LTHRASH4's SparkPeople Blog LTHRASH4's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trying to overcome I am gradually overcoming the craziness of my life. Here and there I am finding time to cook food that I can freeze and have available when I need meals in a hurry. I have also found some recipes that can be made in a dash and some crockpot recipes. While I will not be eating like I want I will definately be eating better than I am now. And hopefully the food will taste much better than fast food. At least now my family is getting somewhat healthy meals when I have a chance to cook then ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 05:25:59 EST Hanging in there I have not had any Coca-Cola since July. I have formed a habit of exercising. I have even reached the point that I realize my body feels better and I sleep better as a result of exercising. What I would give to tell you about all the awesome, healthy meals I have been fixing my family. But to be totally honest I rarely have time to cook. While my mother-in-law was in the hospital and now rehab I have been trying to accomplish the things I had not got accomplish while having to help talk ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:18:00 EST Headed down the right road I have not had a Coca-Cola since July. With my son in school I am finding more time to exercise. I have even started craving healthy foods. I just hope that when my mother-in-law gets back from the hospital and rehab that she does not make cooking discouraging. Before she left she expected me to cook a meal based on her nutritional needs as well as her likes. Then she would refuse to eat my cooking. So I would have to either cook her something else or she would just eat ice cream for h... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:52:24 EST One major accomplishment, One more on the way I have not had a coke in over a month. While it is still a constant struggle to remain coke free so far I have managed. Now I a trying to spend a few minutes per day exercising. Up until now it has been hard to find time to exercise. But the way my body is starting to feel I don't know if I have time not to exercise. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 05:16:36 EST One more try Probably 90% of my daily intake is Coca-Cola. I need to figure out how to get off coke. Today my doctor told me to try drinking two glasses of water before I allowed myself a coke. I instantly knew that his idea was not going to work for me. So I set out trying to solve the problem of how to get water in my diet without actually having to drink water. I decided to try shaved ice. I could not get enough shaved ice. And the ice was far more satisfying than a coke. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:58:47 EST Hopefully moving in the right direction I have a cool new cookbook that hides all those nasty ingredients that my husband and mother-in-law refuse to eat. Since my 4 year old (Taser) helps me cook he realizes that we are having fruits and veggies with every meal. Not to mention Taser is eating better than ever. I actually need to take time and enter the nutritional information in the computer so I can look at the nutritional facts. But at least I am getting some nutrition in my food that is always a good start. <BR> <BR> Even ... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 05:31:28 EST Where do I go from here? I need to get healthy. It seems like the only support I have is my 4 year old. Taser is always wanting to take turns working out, encouraging me to make healthy decisions when I am eating and drinking. Taser does not understand that what seems like a two second turn exercise turn only annoys me. My husband and mother-in-law encourage me to get healthy with words. But their actions says something entirely different. At one point I was having to cook four meals at each meal time. So at b... Sun, 26 May 2013 17:51:03 EST My husband got a new bike Yesterday was my husbands birthday. One of the gifts he got was a new bicycle. He is all excited that he can go bike riding with Taser and I. His bike is a 9 speed and mine is an old fashion bike where all your speed comes from pedaling. So now I am going to be pushed to stay up with him. In the long run that will be good. But right now Taser keeps screaming go faster Dadda is leaving us. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:44:30 EST Back to only caring about eating healthy I am suppose to be on a low carb diet. Problem is low carb equals no energy. I cannot afford to fall asleep while walking around the house or worst yet driving. Someone has to take care of my son, mother-in-law, dogs and keep the house maintained. Not to mention my employers like having me productive. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, just eating healthy will help out some. I will admit that there is lots of signs that my body does need a total cleanse. The pills that I am on is doing something. ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:41:29 EST No longer feeling guilty I have been taking my husbands dog for walks. But the whole time I have been feeling guilty about not taking my dog. Little Miss thinks a walk is where I carry her around the neighborhood. I decided to put a pillow in our bike basket and take her for a bike ride instead. She enjoyed her trip. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:00:57 EST I am starting to feel a lot better. I don't know if it is a sign that the yeast is starting to leave my system or what but I feel better. Probably everybody I know would say it was because of my weight loss. But I know that is not correct. Every time I have ever been skinny all I wanted to do was sleep. Don't get me wrong I am still not skinny but a lot closer. But feeling better has to be related to getting more nutrients since SparkPeople helps figure all of that stuff out, the exercise, or the yeast. Whatever it is, I ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:51:34 EST Exciting news <img src="">The original measurements that I entered into the computer was lost. When I discovered that I was heart broken because I would have to wait an extra month to find out how much my body had changed. The difference in measurements is still unknown. However, I can say that my mother-in-law took me to buy some new clothes today. I originally wore a size 20WP but today I bought a size 14P. Mon, 5 Nov 2012 20:18:33 EST Yogurt for breakfast. I have found that I enjoy eating yogurt at breakfast. I can even put a few almonds in it to pretend its more filling. I just wish I could have fruit or cereal or something with it. Right now I cannot have fruit, berries, grains, seafood, or anything with carbs. I guess what surprised me most is I cannot even have carrots. <BR> <BR> Mostly I get to have salad with low carb veggies, yogurt, nuts, some meats, and lots of spices. <BR> <BR> I am glad my hunger is suppose to decrease. In two... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 06:19:49 EST Can't wait to get back on real food. There is apparently yeast through out my blood stream. As a result, I am on a special low carb diet. The yeast is feeding on the carbs in my system and depleting my body of B-12 and water. This was my second day on the diet I can already tell it is working. I can not wait until I am no longer on the low carb diet. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:54:57 EST Trying to motivate myself to run I have been riding my bike some. But I am also trying to motivate myself to run. Right now running is so gross it smells like I am running through the sewer. I guess I need to try to find a track that is close to where we live but the water comes from somewhere else. Sat, 3 Nov 2012 21:50:42 EST Looks like I am back on track Day four and I am almost done cleaning the pantry. I had to throw away so much food because of bugs that it was sad. But now almost everything is in plastic storage containers. One of my mother-in-laws friends was nice enough to go too the store to pick up groceries for us. I am glad to have food back in the house. Everything looks great and is easy to find. <BR> <BR> Last night Taser and I went to the circus. We had so much fun. After the circus we got to ride the elephants. It was ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 07:51:02 EST Trying to be good its just not working I have been looking forward to trying Strawberry Waldorf Salad for several days. Tonight I was so excited I was finally going to get to make it. I looked up the recipe and instantly discovered that we had ate all the apples. Ok we can have a spinach salad with brown rice and chicken. Measured out the brown rice only to discover there was bugs in it. Maybe chicken and potatoes with a spinach salad. I really don't know I am so frustrated. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:51:27 EST I ran my first 5K today. I decided to run around my neighborhood today. During my run I met another runner 3 times. The third time she stopped to cheer me. I was so excited when I saw the house and new the race was almost over. I looked at my watch it said 58 minutes. My first response was to speed up because I did not want to have to write sixty minutes. I managed to complete the race in 59 minutes. Being in my first race ever was so exciting. Planning on entering more races. But also wondering if SparkPe... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:09:37 EST A night of accomplishments Last night I managed to get my mother-in-law to try to healthy snacks. I actually do not know how the compare to her low carb and low sodium diet. But I think that they are a lot better than her usual snacks. She usually has ice cream before and after each meal, one for dessert and one for snack. So that is like 12 ice creams per day if she does not eat any extras. <BR> <BR> Now to figure out husband and kid. My husband asked if we could have mac & cheese for our side instead of somethi... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 05:28:58 EST Went out to eat tonight I went out to eat with my family. Tonight was the first time I ever ate Nantucket Salad. It was really tasty which was kind of surprising since I don't like salad or cranberries. But I am learning that there is lots of things that improve salad, including cranberries. <BR> <BR> I was unable able to enter the salad on my food tracker because I have no clue how much of anything was in it. I can say by the taste of the salad I probably had to much sodium. It surprised me how salty the sala... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:22:27 EST Another exciting night Tonight Taser asked if he could go for a run with Dragon and I. I let him go with us he had so much fun. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:03:26 EST Glad at the decision I made. My most recent doctor wanted to put me on medicine for my health problems. I told him that was an unacceptable option. I am glad that was the decision I made. I could not help but smile while I was out running tonight. It felt so good to know that I was preparing for a race. I have always wanted to run a race but have never been in good enough shape to have a chance. Tonight the biggest challenge I had was keeping my pants on. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:55:08 EST Tired of eating My eating has changed so much. I use to go way over my daily recommendations on nutrients. But now there is days I am actually having difficulty eating enough to reach my goals. Sat, 13 Oct 2012 22:11:21 EST disappoint About one month ago I entered my body measurements into the computer. Tonight I had my mother-in-law measure me but could not find my old measurements on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> For more exciting news I ordered some new shoes for work. These are suppose to keep my knees and back from causing trouble. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 22:16:17 EST Feeling like my legs are about to fall off. I have been taking my husbands dog with me when I run at night. He has really slowed down my exercise. If you combine that and the rain my exercise has slowed way down. I can really tell it tonight. After running for 30 minutes I feel like my legs are about to fall off Mon, 8 Oct 2012 21:40:53 EST On a day that everything went wrong apparently my nutrition went right I was so excited to discover that I Met My Goals <BR> <BR> Fat My Goal – 29-65 Today – 65 <BR> <BR> Carbohydrates My Goal – 148-271 Today – 229 <BR> <BR> Protein My Goal – 60-146 Today – 82 <BR> <BR> Fiber, total dietary My Goal – 25-35 Today – 32 <BR> <BR> But even the goals I went over was not that far off. <BR> <BR> Calories My Goal – 1320-1670 Today – 1704 <BR> <BR> Sodium, Na My Goal – 0-2300 Today – 2512 <BR> <BR> Went Under My Goals section is extremely difficult but each day I... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:21:58 EST Today is my birthday Today is my birthday. So as you probably figured I did not totally stick to my diet. But I am proud to say that there is areas I did good in. Met My Goals <BR> <BR> Fat My Goal – 29-65 Today – 39 <BR> <BR> Protein My Goal – 60-146 Today – 89 <BR> <BR> Sodium, Na My Goal – 0-2300 Today – 1268 <BR> <BR> My potassium was not great but at least it is head the right way. <BR> <BR> I went back and looked at my intake and was surprise to discover everything would have been fine without me dr... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 18:21:40 EST Inspite of a bad day dieting I still had one accomplishment. I started out this morning trying to add more potassium to my diet. Inspite of my efforts I still have a long way to go before I have enough potassium. I was so busy watching my potassium, sodium and carbs that I neglected to watch my calories. Shortly after lunch I figured out that I only had 200 calories left. I make matters even worst I was planning on a birthday dinner tonight. By the time the dinner was over I had eat enough sodium for one whole day at dinner alone. Everything look... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:34:54 EST A day of accomplishments I stayed in the good range on calories, fat, carbs, and sodium. But I took it a step further today and brought my nutritional levels to an all time high. Don't get me wrong I have a long way to go but at least I am on the right road. I ate a salad today that was topped with mixed berries talk about so good. I even tried milk with molasses in it today. I enjoyed the milk. But the amazing thing was that Taser liked the milk enough that he wanted a glass. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:32:41 EST Tasers tricycle ride turned into my evening run Taser wanted to go for a tricycle ride. He had so much fun. He got to ride fast and I ran to keep up. He enjoys riding fast but usually does not get to. He has to stay with me. Which last year around Christmas time he was fixing that problem. We would go around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights then when he got tired he would get behind me and make me run to keep from getting ran over. I probably should have disciplined him but I just laughed and figured I needed the exercis... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 20:50:57 EST Enjoying Family I joined SparkPeople expecting to start my weight loss journey. But I have discovered that is only the beginning of the changes in my life. Taking my husbands dog for a walk has helped the dog and I bond. Taser has been going with us for our walks and is enjoying himself. Usually before the walk is over my husband even shows up. It is so fun having us all together. My husband was sick for around 2-1/2 years during which time he really did not feel like spending much time with us. When ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:38:24 EST Conquered my sweet tooth for the day anyway I start out the day right. I took my usual salad to work this morning. Actually I had tried replacing my tomatoes with strawberries. That was an excellent move. No more than my lunch was over then we had a big bag of Hersey Kisses brought in. That was challenging but I made it back to work without eating any. When I went to clean the breakroom I found several trays of cookies, chips, Chic-Fil-A chicken nuggets, and lots of pizza. I did eat three pieces of pizza before it was over. But... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 20:07:51 EST It is Fun Reading the SparkPeople Success Stories While reading the success stories I keep hoping that I will find something in my life to look forward to. Don't get me wrong I am happy. But my husband and child are all I have in my life. I don't have any form of life without them. My christian training continually enables Satan to remind me that people without vision perish. I have been dreamed out for years. I hope more than anything that SparkPeople helps bring life to apart of me that has long since been forgotten. <BR> <BR> I am ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:18:28 EST Sick as a dog So sick I can hardly do anything before breathing becomes difficult. But luckily for me browsing around SparkPeople is easy. Hoping that if I keep browsing while I am sick that when I am well I will be able to get back into being actively involved. But I figure if I ignore the website that by the time I am well SparkPeople will be forgotten about. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:06:32 EST Frustrated I have not liked SparkPeople on facebook because I figured that my mom would belittle every attempt that I made to lose weight. And that I would end up quiting just so I would not have to listen to her. Anyway to me running a race seemed harmless it is not like that is anything either of my parents know anything about. Anyway I posted last night that I walk/ran 1.3 miles in twenty minutes. Today my mom was nice enough to call and tell me that she could walk 2 miles in twenty minutes. So ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:02:49 EST A day of accomplishments It looks like I actually managed to stay in my dietary guidelines provided by SparkPeople. That's just calories, carbs, fat, sodium and stuff like that. I still need to improve my calcium and other nutrients. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:02:23 EST Covered a Iittle more distance Last night I ran 1.13 miles in 20 minutes. And before I even finished I could tell it by the way my legs felt. Tonight I ran 1.5 miles in 20 minutes. The amazing thing is tonight getting hot was the only discomfort I felt. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:44:10 EST I did find time for training tonight After I put Taser to bed. I got ready and did some training for the 5K race. I walked/jogged around the well lighted areas in our neighborhood. I usually do not take that kind of risk. But completing the 5K is an accomplishment I look forward to making. The twenty minutes I trained amounted to 1.13 miles. Just a little bit short of half way through the race. Ever so exciting. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 22:08:50 EST Making improvements I have reached the point that I don't actually mind eating a salad. I am even starting to take time and chew my food. <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying exercising. However, I did not get to do much outdoor exercising because of the rain today. I was planning on starting my training for the 5K race Monday when Taser was in school. But my work schedule changes so I am working when he is in school. I guess I will figure out something. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:44:40 EST A Day of Adventure Taser and I went walking on a nature trail this morning. We both had so much fun. The scenery was awesome. We got to cross a boardwalk to go over some swamp land. The trail was so beautiful. <BR> <BR> After the walk Taser played basketball by the swimming pool. While I ran in the swimming pool. That is the only way I can figure out to practice for the 5K run while Taser is home. Once Taser is back in school Monday I am planning on using the 2-1/2 hours he is in class for my time to tr... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:59:03 EST Enjoying the exercise I am enjoying exercising. I do bicycle rides and walking. Today I signed up for the 5K race. That was very exciting for me I have always thought it would be so cool to be in a race. But I was always afraid to enter one because I was concerned that I would place last. And worst yet be far enough behind everyone else that I would look horrible. I have started walking the dog as one of my additional form of exercise. So far the only challenge I have had is that I have to involve my son in... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:12:24 EST Trying to change my mind and my body one bite at a time. I enjoy being fat. Every time I have lost weight I have had problems with depression. So I the only reason I have any desire to lose weight is because I am under the impression that I have the choice to lose weight or end up in a wheelchair. So I have found myself in a position that I have to lose weight. And to trust God to help me handle all of the issues that come with being skinny. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:56:07 EST