LOVESTOWALK49's SparkPeople Blog LOVESTOWALK49's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community An experiment I took a few days off from tracking my calories. I didn't chart my diet or exercise most of last week. I did weigh myself everyday. I seem to be able to keep a stable weight without obsessing over what I eat. <BR> <BR> I do have a problem. My live-in boyfriend likes to call me "fat chick". I know I'm not fat. Consciously, it doesn't bother me. But subconsciously, it keeps me from eating as much as I would otherwise. He says I still have a belly. I do, but it's shrinking. I find a... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:53:40 EST Diet change helps IBS My weight is still falling, not as fast. I changed my diet. I'm eating less vegetables (fruit included). I find I have less gas and D. I feel angered by articles like this one. <link><BR>s-to-eat-a-plant-based-diet/ </link> I was vegetarian for 17 years. I had bad IBS the whole time. Eating less vegetables is helping my bowel become regular. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, my appetite seems controlled by calories, not bulk. I'm weight training so I can... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:28:29 EST New goal weight I hope to maintain between 112 and 116 permanently. I allowing myself to eat more. it's hard. I'm letting myself have sweets. I feel like I'm pushing myself to eat just a little more. My weight seems pretty stable. I hope I can keep it up. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 16:12:18 EST Saw Doc today I went to my follow up a little early. I was feeling a bit down. I told him that I was still losing weight. He told me to make an immediate appointment for blood work if I lost more than ten more pounds. <BR> <BR> He asked me if I wanted to increase my dose of Prozac since I was still having symptoms but they were far less severe than before or if I wanted to add another drug. I didn't want to add another drug. More side effects and possible interactions between drugs. <BR> <BR> S... Thu, 30 May 2013 20:02:15 EST busy day I moved wood from the pile the truck left to neat piles for later use. A cord of wood is a lot. I think I did more than half today. I have more to move tomorrow. I have a friend's birthday party to attend tonight. Sat, 25 May 2013 16:17:55 EST Sad today I went to a Peers' Support meeting this morning. I felt like all I could do was complain so I went for a long walk. I walked to an arts and craft store and brought myself a coloring book. <BR> <BR> While I was walking, I thought about going to a all you can eat restaurant for lunch and pigging out since I was depressed. I thought about it. Eating too much wouldn't have helped. It would have only gave me a bellyache. I went back to the Peers' group happier. Then, I took the bus home ... Wed, 22 May 2013 14:35:47 EST Looking at pictures I found a site with pictures of women at different heights, weights and clothing sizes. Seeing other women my height and weight made me see how small I really am. I don't see it all the time in the mirror. Seeing another woman that is my size was a real eye opener. Sun, 19 May 2013 09:08:06 EST the difference between underweight and overweight If my BMI was 18.5 the lowest normal weight, I could only lose ten pounds before a doctor would be concerned about my weight. If I had an injury, respiratory infection, bad anxiety or depression and I lost weight as the result, I could be at risk of developing complications due to be underweight. <BR> <BR> If my weight was even fifty pounds over BMI 25, I would still In the category of Class I obesity which has a mortality equal to normal weight individuals. While being underweight incre... Fri, 17 May 2013 12:24:31 EST new place I am moved in for the most part. I have Internet here. I don't know how often I'll log into Sparks, but I try to keep in touch. I hope my weight didn't go up with all the eating on the run. Sun, 12 May 2013 17:32:16 EST moving I got boxes today and rented a UHaul. I'll be moving Friday. I have to pack this week. Lots to do. I got a lot done this morning though. I'm on my way. Mon, 6 May 2013 13:23:34 EST Cheat day It isn't really since I don't do cheat days. I eat what I want each day. I ate a lot of junk type food today. I needed it. Yesterday, I realized that going gluten free wasn't for me. It wasn't helping my IBS. I was so badly constipated that I was in pain for three hours last night. I took a couple laxatives which made the pain stop and I had a movement in the morning. <BR> <BR> Today, I ate a lot of wheat. I also did some chicken without any problem. I bought a new cookbook. I go... Sat, 4 May 2013 19:06:58 EST Attention seeking article The writer of "Why Women Shouldn't Run" has an agenda. He's into power lifting. I think just steady state running isn't the best exercise, but if that's what you like you should do it. Runnings is a great exercise for people that like it. I think that one should do a variety of exercise to get the most benefit. Most marathoners vary their routine. They do short runs, long runs, sprints, weight train, etc. I try to vary my routine. <BR> <BR> I think varying one's routine helps with fighting ... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:07:21 EST Summer coming I bought four pairs of shorts today to get ready for the warm weather. Three are size one and one is a size zero. I bought them all at the same store. I still have a headache lingering from the flu. At least, I'm not having body aches and chills. My sinus was clogged so bad that I couldn't shop for perfume since I could smell anything. Oh well, I'll use the perfume I have. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:20:47 EST Looking for IBS triggers I'm starting an elimination diet to find my IBS triggers. I'm tired of the gas and diarrhea. I'm starting with eating rice, oatmeal, lean meat, fish, fruit that isn't citrus or berries, common vegetables,flaxseed and herbal tea. I staying away from beans, soy, gluten containing grains, dairy, eggs, shellfish, most nuts and seeds, and most processed foods. I figure in a week or two I can start adding food back if eating a very simple diet relives my symptoms. <BR> <BR> I don't know if thi... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:08:04 EST No gluten I'm going to try to eliminate gluten from my diet for the next few days and see if it makes a difference with my stomach issues. I fear gluten is in a lot of things that I eat so it might be hard to find all the sources of it. Still, if I make an effort to locate most of them and I feel better, it will be a big step. This will make it harder to get enough calories unless I eat a lot of rice. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:49:58 EST dating and needing to be thin I reentered the dating market. I noticed that men clearly don't want a woman that is overweight, obese or has the slightest amount of extra body fat. They want a woman in the lower half of the normal range or even underweight. It's more than fitness. A woman needs certain dimensions to attract a man. It would benefit me to have a smaller waist since I'm apple shaped. I might blame genetics for my large waist/hip ratio since both my parents carry their extra weight in their abdomen. Howe... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:16:04 EST Two minds about losing weight I'm doing Eat to Live which causes me to lose more weight. It's a vegan diet with lots of fruit, vegetables and beans. I like that the number on the scale is falling, but I know I shouldn't. I've bought more clothes at this size than another size on the way down. A size 2 is rather small and hard enough to find. Size 0 would be harder to find, but it's not about clothing size. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my BMI is fine. I feel great. I need to find a way to maintain my weight and keep away from... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 07:12:22 EST "Extreme obesity the new normal" I'm going to link two articles. <link><BR>treme-obesity-the-new-normal-20130411-<BR>2ho3h.html </link> Extreme obesity the new normal. The article is wrong and right. Extreme obesity is still pretty rare, but normal in most eyes is what is defined by BMI as overweight or on the border of normal and overweight. Someone in the middle of the normal range looks thin to most people. <BR> <BR> People see me as thin. My BMI is normal. This site calcula... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:20:59 EST Sad I'm a bit sad and overwhelmed by the events in Boston yesterday. I took the bus to Boston to visit a friend yesterday afternoon. I arrived after the explosion. I knew little about what happened. I saw police standing outside the train stations. The streets were quieter than usual. It was almost eerie. When I got home late last night, I read the news. It's shocking. I feel numb inside. My stomach is in knots. <BR> <BR> I hope to go to the gym later today and work out these feelings... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:06:26 EST Normal eater The daily spark has a much talked about blog "Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'". I haven't yet which I've spoke about before. Tracking helps me to remember to eat all my fruits and vegetables for the day. It keeps me away from eating too much food that isn't good for me. I feel comforted by tracking my food after I eat it. <BR> <BR> There has been much discussion about compulsive eater compared to emotional eating. I have never compulsively ate. I think all people emotional ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:03:36 EST Different scale I'm using a different scale so my weight dropped. It dropped on the scale at the gym a bit as well. The gym scale was 118, but my new home scale is 115. It's one of the old fashion types so I can only do pounds, not parts of a pound on it. I don't know if I want to go with the gym scale or my home scale. The gym scale might be better since it's digital and I can track my weight down to the tenth of a pound. Either way, I'll no longer be using my landlord's scale since I have my own bath... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 12:22:35 EST walking in rain I decided not to go to the gym this morning since it was foggy and dreary. Around noon, I decided that I wanted to go to the gym. It was then raining fairly hard. I found an umbrella and went. I then had to walk home while it was sheeting. I got my exercise for the day. Now, I have to do laundry since I don't like having wet clothes sit in the hamper. Oh, well. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:55:13 EST super foods from Super Immunity kale, collards, mustard greens <BR> arugula, watercress <BR> dark green lettuces, cabbage <BR> broccoli, brussels spouts <BR> carrots, tomatoes <BR> onions, garlic <BR> mushrooms (cooked) <BR> pomegranantes <BR> berries (all types) <BR> seeds (flax, chia, sesame, sunflower) Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:19:57 EST Super Immunity I started reading "Super Immunity" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I finished my reread of "Eat to Live" last night so I can start six weeks of his diet. <BR> <BR> I had a danish while out with a friend last night. It didn't agree with me. I don't know what in it bothered me since it was the Sam's Club kind and had at least a hundred ingredients. I usually stay away from processed food with a long ingredient list. What can I say, I was hungry and it was there. I shouldn't have eaten it. <BR> <... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:29:29 EST Vegetarian? I'm thinking about returning to eating a vegetarian diet. I was vegetarian for seventeen years. I quit January 2012. I tried to incorporate meat into my diet. I found out that beef didn't like me. I must have known that years ago, but have forgotten. I used to have problems with pig fat before I became vegetarian many years ago. I don't have that problem now. I can eat greasy pizza without a problem as long as it's light on the cheese. So with my problems now with beef and chicken, ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:40:34 EST changed my goal weight again I saw a personal trainer as a benefit of joining a gym. We didn't do much. She used bio-impedance to check my bodyfat. I was dehydrated at the time so I figure the number was close to useless. She checked my posture during squats. She agreed that my current weight was fine and that I shouldn't try to lose more. <BR> <BR> I've lost weight since I've been trying to maintain. My current weight is about 120 pounds. I'm using that as my goal. My previous goal weight on my ticker was 125. ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:12:32 EST Heartrate monitors I was looking at ads for heart rate monitors yesterday. There is a large ad for polar heart rate monitors at my gym. I was wondering if they're useful. I look at the ads and the reviews and I think that I really don't need to know my heart rate at any moment. The calorie burns given on SP are accurate enough. <BR> <BR> Heart rate monitors look like a neat toy and I don't have a watch. I have enough trouble setting up an ordinary watch. I had to give up one because I forgot how to set... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 07:39:48 EST More fun at the new gym Being my first week at the gym, I don't know how to use most of the equipment. It's different than the equipment at the other places I worked out. I also haven't taken any of the same type of classes. I've taken similar classes, but not the same. <BR> <BR> The instructors of each class ask if anyone is new. I raise my hand. They tell me to take it slow and that I'll get the steps in five to six classes. First off, I won't get the steps in five to six classes. I'm fairly uncoordinate... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:10:42 EST Checking out a new gym There is a problem with my Y membership. I don't know if I want to bother with trying to fit it. There is a Best Fitness even closer to my home than the Y. They offer a free seven day membership. Which is great since I won't have money until after April 1st. That will give me time to decide. Anyway, this gives me time. <BR> <BR> I checking out Best Fitness this afternoon. I hope they're friendly, good classes and have nice equipment. There will be no track, but I can walk on a trea... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:36:54 EST Size 2 I went to a thrift store yesterday and looked for size 2 or size 0 jeans. I found only two size 2 jeans. I tried them on. They were slightly loose so I bought them. The store had no size 0 jeans in stock. After I go to the Y today, I might go to a larger thrift store, one that I haven't visited in awhile. Since it's a consignment shop, not a store that sells donated clothes it might have more choices in the smaller sizes. I like going to stores that sell donated clothes to help a good ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 09:00:05 EST tracking I need to track my food right now. Without tracking, I'm not getting the variety I need. I was eating the same foods. I need to get my vegetables, whole grains and protein foods. With tracking, I don't only get sufficient calories. I can be sure to get a variety of food everyday. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:08:13 EST candy Lately, I'm been eating a lot of candy. I know it's not good for me. It's empty calories. I think since sugar is fairly tasteless easy to eat calories is why I eat so much candy. Candy is also cheap. It's a food that is easy to eat. I can eat a box of candy in very little time. It takes longer to eat a meal and that doesn't even count the time preparing it. When I don't want to eat, it's too easy to eat candy instead of real food. <BR> <BR> I usually treat candy as a treat to have on... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:32:09 EST got sick I was on the trail for only six days when I got sick and had to go home. The spirit was willing but my body was weak. I got flu like symptoms and bad diarrhea. I also have bruises all over my body. I know they're a mineral or vitamin deficiency because a multi-vitamin took care of a similar problem around a month ago. Anyway, as soon as I'm less bruised, I'm going to take long walk locally. <BR> <BR> Getting sick after only 58 miles is a cut to the ego. I should have known that I have... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:10:05 EST 49 I'm turn 49 today. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:03:03 EST got train ticket I have my train ticket. I have all my gear ready to pack. I haven't decided on the clothes to take. I'm leaving Boston Wednesday morning. I'll be at the trail Thursday. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 19:47:40 EST Getting ready I'm going to leave next week. I have almost everything. I've been walking a lot lately. I know I can easily walk many hours a day. I'm running laundry and then I'll test pack my bag and see what I can take and how heavy it feels. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 02:58:53 EST not more fear I'm not going to be afraid that I'll gain all the weight back if I eat comfortably or that I will starve to death if I limit myself. I let myself eat as I feel like at the moment and stop worrying about it. I realize that my weight seems just beyond my conscious control. I can do everything right and it goes in the opposite direction that I want. I'm just going to relax and let my weight settle where it wants. <BR> <BR> I'm going to buy some stuff for my trip this morning, then, head out... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:35:09 EST Restaurant food I know I'm sensitive to something in restaurant food. I had pizza the night before I got sick. I had a large muffin at a bakery that morning. I had lunch at a buffet type restaurant. I've got sick from restaurant food many times before. I know that eating at night is very bad for me and I no longer do it. I know too much fat or protein at a time causes me problems. Too much protein may give me headaches and nausea. Too much fat, I get gas and sometimes vomiting and/or diarrhea . <BR> ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:59:29 EST yesterday I've been upset since I'm still losing weight. I ate much more than usual yesterday. I went out with my son and I planned to eat well as much as I could comfortably. It turned out that it wasn't comfortable on the way home since I got horrible gas. I wouldn't call it a cheat day since I'm on maintenance and it was planned. <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to being upset about losing weight. The scale is higher than it has been today (124) since I ate a lot yesterday and I always gain two or three... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:08:46 EST Talking about weight loss When I see someone that I haven't seen for a few months, I feel odd if they mention that I lost weight or if they don't. I find it's best if I know them well to mention it myself. If I know them very well, I might say that I started to lose weight due to a family problem that triggered anxiety and prevented me from eating a few days. Even with family, I don't talk about the problem itself since it's upsetting and people not involved don't want to hear about it. They make a comment to the ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:51:30 EST Amusing video I love that she keeps saying, "I don't eat very much, " when it is apparent that she does eat a lot. I would guess about 4000 calories in the food that she described eating that day. An average woman needs only 2000. I would definitely gain the weight back that I lost on 2000 calories if I stopped exercising regularly. <link><BR>_embedded&v=n-Ruc1dMsm0 </link> <BR> <BR> Why go to a dietitian if you aren't going to take his/her advice? I fee... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:06:27 EST Lots to do I still haven't bought all of the equipment I'll need for my walk. I need tarps, a water filter and small portable propane stove. I have a large backpack, sleeping bag and other equipment. I even bought shoes for my hike. It's like I know I need other stuff, but I don't want to spend the time and money getting them. I tell myself that I have plenty of time which I do. <BR> <BR> I like to go to the donation center at Savers and give them the clothes that are way to big for me. I would ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:13:14 EST Desire to Exercise I have mentioned before that I've always want to find time to exercise. When circumstances are that I can't exercise, I'm miserable. I need to take walk, jog or ride a bike. I need to move. Housework isn't enough. If I can't get out to exercise, I'll do exercise video, pace or even jog in place. <BR> <link><BR>887324432004578304250252788528.html?mo<BR>d=rss_Health </link> <BR> <BR> I think people that love to exercise will find a way to do it. I ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 19:33:54 EST Fruit and vegetables I had dizzy spells twice this week while at the Y. I think it's because I'm not eating as much fruit and veg due to having a restricted diet for three weeks. I bought oranges yesterday so I hope eating them will help. I'm one of these people that usually eats more than five servings of fruit and vegetables. I would guess that I usually eat more than seven servings a day. <BR> <BR> I've been having less than usual and they're more processed. Last week, I made a salad soup since lettuc... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 00:51:45 EST Ate well yesterday and my lean body mass I ate more than my alloted calories yesterday. I had three meals and two snacks. That is a lot for me. Many days, I have to fudge having three meals since it's more like two meals and a dessert or snack. I have this tendency to skip lunch. I ate no junk food (sweets) to bring up my calories. It was all healthy food. That makes me very happy. <BR> <BR> I need to keep my weight up if I'm going on that walk in around a month now. I've figuring on leaving sometime between March 20th and ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:37:03 EST my poor appetite I'm still losing although I told myself that I would start to maintain my weight in December. I lowered my maintenance weight twice. I'm not lower it again. It will stay at 125: what I weighed when I left my husband in 2001. It's the thinnest weight that I've maintained as an adult. It's a good weight. I need to eat enough to maintain that weight. I figure that I'm not eating enough right now because soft food is boring. <BR> <BR> There is more to it. I don't like eating alone. I'... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 07:46:47 EST Petite While I was at the pool for water Zumba, I complained to no one in general that I was small or short. I was having difficulty in the crowded pool finding a place deep enough that most of my body would be covered by water, but not too deep. A much taller woman next to me called me petite. It reminded me of a time when I was a young teen and my father told me that I was short but I wasn't petite. I was no heavier than than I am now. I'm petite. I claim it. I feel petite, small even at m... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:15:05 EST Soft foods for two to three weeks The dentist removed most of my damaged tooth so he could fit a crown over it. He put a plastic crown (spacer) over the very small tooth remaining. He said I was lucky that it was a clean break and the filling wasn't involved. I also said I was lucky that the break was above the gum line so I didn't need root canal or to have the remainder extracted. <BR> <BR> It seems likely that I had a hairline break in this tooth for 32 years. I had two filings done right after I had my braces remov... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:46:32 EST My diet I can't recommend the way I eat to anyone. I'm not a 'normal' previously overweight person if there is one. I remember the shock of the other people at WW when I talked about that I can forgot to eat. I told them that I can realize it's nine o'clock at night and I haven't eaten anything all day. Well, now it's three or four in the afternoon some days. I can't eat at night anymore with my IBS. The rare times that I eat too much at night, I get violently ill. Something I want to avoid ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:04:38 EST There wasn't a pebble in my veggie burger I looked at my plate and found a piece of tooth. The tooth must have cracked a long time ago since it didn't hurt when it broke. Now, there is a rough edge in my month that feels weird. No pain though. I should make an appointment to see a dentist on Monday. The plows clear the snow quickly here so the dentist will be in. I haven't seen one for years and don't have dental insurance. Just one more annoyance. I never broke a tooth before. And now, I broke one on soft food. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:09:01 EST