MARIELYNN49's SparkPeople Blog MARIELYNN49's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm back I haven't blogged since October 2012!! I fell off the wagon <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back. I was doing the medifast and lost 30 lbs but then I tired of going around the summer time and by Christmas I was up 20# and back into a tight size 14 and feeling more comfortable in size 16. Not cool. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, here I am back on Medifast and into my second week. I lost 2.5 lbs my first week so I am encouraged. I'm not being as strict on the Lean and Greens as I probably sho... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:19:53 EST Happy Fall When the food and Wine festival starts at EPOCT it marks the beginning of the fall season for me. The Halloween season, for me is kicked off with AMC's Fear Fest and for the last three years the Season premier of The Walking Dead. I love this time of year! The weather cools off (a little bit in Florida, at least.) and the decorations go up. <BR> <BR> The week started this year with the "Crazy about Steven King" movie marathon on AMC. I watched The Dark Half, The Dead Zone, Cujo and Pet Semet... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:53:13 EST Achieved! I achieved my weight goal today. Now the challenge- maintain it! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:23:12 EST Smack my head I'm glad the work week is over. I don't say this in a "Oh my god, I hate my job" kind of way like I used to. I no longer dread going to work. Trying to learn a whole new approach to patient care, protocols, policy and procedure and being responsible for every patient need is exhausting. But I love it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was supposed to be at the desk with Linda my preceptor but she had been charge the day before and wanted to get back to the bedside so we ended up trading spots with Staci... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:50:14 EST Things are coming together I signed my job description yesterday between patients in the emergency room yesterday. (then I stupidly threw it into the recycle bin never to be retrieved again) I also received instructions for the week coming up. <BR> <BR> I'll be off on Monday. Tuesday through Thursday I'll be in hospital orientation (mostly Meditech training I think) from 8am until maybe 5 (I wasn't given that specific ending hour), Friday I will report to the nursing unit at 0645. My pay will be about $0.18 mor... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 13:55:09 EST Shirataki Noodles Through Medifast we have discovered Shirataki Tofu noodles. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These noodles are made of Tofu and they are a good low carb substitute for pasta. Their texture is a bit different than pasta but they pretty much absorb the taste of what ever they are in. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I use it with a meat sauce and it is just amazing. We love it. <BR> <BR> Check these noodles out. We find them in our produce s... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:03:02 EST A job!! The Job hunt is over. I got my first nursing job on wednesday!! I will be working DAY SHIFT Medical oncology at my current hospital. I’m so excited, yet scared out of my mind. I can’t really start until the new pay period which is like the 9th of September so I have three more shifts as RT. <BR> <BR> Because they will not let me do both at my facility I need to to give up RT for now. But I do want to maintain my RT license so I will have to get a job PRN somewhere at some point thi... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 08:52:52 EST Dinner tonight Had a weigh in today at Medifast. I am down to 158 lbs. 23 pounds gone!! I am now out of the obese category and into "overweight" My BMI is now 29. My BMI was 32.8 in the beginning. That's pretty good. <BR> <BR> While My goal weight is still overweight for my frame I picked this goal as something I felt that I could reasonably maintain. And I felt and looked good at this weight. I still feel that way. I am feeling pretty good these days as far as my body goes. and I am 7 lbs away f... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:46:50 EST Non-scale victory I am now in medium scrubs. My large scrubs are too large and they just hang off me. This feels great!! <BR> <BR> I have my first nursing job interview next wednesday at 2pm. Wish me luck! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 08:50:25 EST Zucchini Fritters (medifast lean green meal recipe) 2 whole eggs <BR> 4 egg whites <BR> 1 cup (1 sm) zucchini, grated <BR> 1 tbsp onion, thinly sliced <BR> 1 tsp olive oil <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1/4 tsp onion powder <BR> 1/8 tsp garlic powder <BR> 1/8 tsp salt <BR> <BR> Grate Zucchini, add onion, garlic power, black pepper, onion powder, salt, whole eggs, and egg whites. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Drop 2-3 tbsp of mixture (per zucchini fritter) into warm skillet. When brown on one side, t... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 21:08:26 EST Back from vacation Back from vacation on Monday. I ate actual food and drank some alcohol during my vacation. We ate at Paula Deens restaurant on our first night there. WE had fried green tomatoes ( of which i could only eat 1.5 slices because it is too greasy and I'm not used to that anymore.) For dinner I had Chicken Pot pie. I didn't eat most of it. It was a rich white sauce with chicken, carrots and peas with a thick lattice of puff pastry on the top. It was a ridiculous portion. <BR> <BR> During ... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:49:39 EST Doughnut Had an expensive calorie Mistake today. One of the students brought in Dunkin Donuts today and I had half of one and then the other half later. 200 calories and 29 carbs passed these lips in two swoops.I was just jonesing for sugar. I'm not gonna beat myself up over it, trust me. I will just be really good for the rest of the day to try and keep my calories in check. And not do it again tomorrow. But it sure did taste good. <BR> <BR> Luckily I am working so that means I will walking A LOT... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:06:08 EST Non Scale Victory!! Non Scale Victory today!! <BR> <BR> After my weigh in at Medifast I went over to Old Navy to get some additional pairs of shorts for my trip to Savannah next week. I pulled all 16 shorts and they were too big! I went to size 14 and they fit beautifully! Not too tight, not too loose! I am so excited! I also picked up a few more large size tank tops (extra large is a little big unless I'm layering.) <BR> <BR> I lost 3.6 lbs this week so I am down 17 some odd pounds. Woo hoo!! Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:03:45 EST Trip My vacation is booked. We have a reservation at Lady and Son's, Paula Deans restaurant. Yes, it is likely not on my diet but it's a Savannah institution so were gonna do it. I just won't go crazy. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:18:40 EST FAIL I gained a half pound this week. Probably too much life enjoyment this week. I am going to respectfully ask that no one say that it is not that big a deal. My husband and I have already had a go around about this yesterday. It's my own fault and it feels like a major FAIL. Scares me to think that just this little screw up can cause me to gain weight. Maybe my mom is right. <BR> <BR> Well camping got cancelled due to the river being closed although the camp ground was fine. However the w... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 12:39:53 EST Yay! and Boo!! I had a weigh in and body measurements done today. I have lost a total of 14 lbs and 19 inches from my body. I could go into specifics but I just don't feel like it right now. I'm stoked though. <BR> <BR> Still on a hunt for a nursing job, (I just got my license last friday) and I emailed the director of cardiovascular services with my resume. So I hope something will pan out with that. <BR> <BR> My camping trip was cancelled. Debby is gone but the park is apparently no bueno. The riv... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:33:30 EST TS Debby not even here yet. Wow, I didn't even realize that TS Debby is not even on shore yet. We are only getting bands from the storm. This camping trip may be cancelled yet because it's supposed to come on shore in the vicinity of where we are going. No bueno. Our friend is going to call the park to find out if it is flooded later in the week. If that is the case the trip will be cancelled. And I will have also to cancel our "on the way back" trip to see my grandparents. (we haven't given them a heads up as to o... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:27:03 EST Debby, please go away. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tropical Storm Debby is upon us!! It's been raining like crazy the last two and a half days. No dog park for us today nor yesterday. We've been pretty much hibernating inside the house. Our poor dogs won't go out in the rain and we've had to force them to go pee outside the house. We are under a tornado warning this morning and we were last night as well. <BR> <BR> I am really looking forward to the camping... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:15:09 EST epic fail, oops! Epic fail today at the dog park. We forgot to bring a ball to throw so the dogs sniffed around until a snoodle dog showed up then even Buddy, my smaller dog, played. It was fun to watch them run around. <BR> <BR> After the dog park we settled the dogs at home and headed to Whole Foods and picked up a few essentials and some boneless pork chops for dinner tonight. Then we headed to BJ's to get some food for our weekend camping trip coming up next weekend. I am really looking forward to... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 21:15:15 EST compatible browser Found out today my nook color is not compatible with any browser supported by google play so I cannot download the Spark people app to my Nook Color. Poo. <BR> <BR> I also found out that it is next to impossible to log food on the website through the Nook browser (whatever it is) but i can make blog entries ( such as this one) and look at the rest if the site. In order for me to log food i have to go to and do it there. Its a bit of a pain in the... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:23:39 EST Sugar Oh geez! I just had a tiny sliver of cake and I am afraid it will derail my entire week and throw me out of ketosis! Sat part about it is that I didn't even enjoy it that much. *smacks hand to forehead* <em>46</em> <em>55</em> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:43:26 EST TWO OUNCES This week was apparently not a good week for me for weightloss. I only lost 2 oz. Two ounces! Isn't that crazy?? I did have that cheesburger and went on a dill pickle binge earlier in the week. Or maybe its because i am due for my period in the next week. I do not know. But whatever, next week will be better. <BR> <BR> So the long wait is over! i passed my board exam!!! NOw in addition to being a registered respiratory therapist i am now also a registered nurse!! Yay! I'm so happy... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 08:39:01 EST Spaghetti arms As I sit and wright this after my walk this morning I have 3 hrs and 45 minutes until my NCLEX exam. I'm guzzling my water after my 38 minute walk on my usual route. I stopped my stop watch after I reached the play ground and decided to attempt to hang upside down on the bar to allow my spine to stretch because ever since I pulled a muscle a few days ago my neck has been stiff. <BR> <BR> Well, I couldn't even lift myself up on the bar. Then I attempted the monkey bars and I couldn't ev... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:24:37 EST In less than 24 hours In less than 24 hours I will take the NCLEX nursing exam which will determine my future career prospects. <BR> <BR> In less than 24 hours will have another credential after my name. <BR> <BR> In less than 24 hours I have managed to derail my whole weightloss effort. <BR> <BR> Why? Well.... <BR> <BR> <BR> I went today to study with one of my classmates over at the college. I ate my Medifast breakfast as usual. Then I left for the college. Right as I turn into the campus I realize t... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:56:17 EST Rock of Ages/ A good day. I'm having a great day today. I am eating well and not feeling hungry. I went to see Rock of Ages with a friend whom I haven't seen since around November last year, we've been estranged for the last couple of years because she's dealing with her stuff and I'm dealing with mine. You know how it goes.... <BR> <BR> I had a lovely lunch at this salad place called Designer greens. You can design your own salad so I designed one to fit with the Medifast plan. It was delicious. Too bad I had to... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:56:55 EST Milestone 1 I hit a mile stone in weight loss today. I am down 10lbs total!! I am proud of myself for hanging in there with the medifast plan! Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:12:27 EST "fajitas" My husband and I are both on the Medifast plan and he made up an amazing "fajita" recipe that is basically in line with Medifast "lean and green" meal. <BR> <BR> *12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast <BR> *blackening seasoning <BR> *One Red Pepper, chopped into strips <BR> *one half onion chooped into thick strips <BR> * Medium salsa <BR> *Butter (butterhead) lettuce leaves <BR> *Hot sauce (Tobasco Green or chipotle) <BR> *Veggie Shredds Cheddar Flavor <BR> <BR> He basically cooked the o... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:17:46 EST Another Terrible Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had the weekend off this past weekend and my Sunday was terrible diet wise. I woke up way too early. So I was tired. Hubby and I ran some errands that day. <BR> <BR> Nothing would satisfy my hunger at all. I was constantly hungry. I ate several sticks of celery and about 4 fill pickle spears (about 2 more pickle spears and six more celery sticks than I'm supposed to have). I couldn't finish my "lean and green" m... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:59:48 EST This is hard, so very hard. <BR> <img src="">'' <BR> <BR> I've been on Medifast for two weeks now and I've lost 7.4 lbs. As weight loss plans go, this one is not the easiest at all. Don't get me wrong when I say that it is not easy because it isn't but it does have some easy aspects. All the food is freeze dried and just needs to be constituted with plain cold water. Some are microwaveable and some you just shake. So it's easy peasy. <BR> <BR> What i am finding d... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:52:09 EST Weigh in 6-7-12 I weighed in today at Medifast and I now weight 174.2 lbs!! That's a loss of 3.6 lbs this week for a total of 7.4 lbs gone!! I'm very excited!! Thu, 7 Jun 2012 14:40:59 EST NUTRITION I just graduated from nursing school so I've taken a nutrition class (and was actually damn near ready to change my major to dietetics.) <BR> <BR> I read this great article today on Spark People. I was impressed on how accurate it really was. <BR> <BR><BR>rence_intro.asp <BR> <BR> There are 3 MACRONUTRIENTS AND 2 MICRONUTRIENTS. Only the Macronutrients supply energy and are needed in large amounts (Thus the "macro".) <BR> <BR> MACRO-NUTRIENTS <B... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:49:35 EST Suppliment to my first video blog entry This is a suppliment to my first video blog entry because I have no idea when it will be available and I have an easier time expressing myself through writing anyway. <BR> <BR> Today I went out in the smoked tinged air and walked. I walked a route I've done before around my subdivision. It's a big subdivision. I walked 2.2 miles in 38 minutes and burned 210 calories. Before this, I did a little stretching. I am not that flexible at all, sadly. I used to be when I was still doing the Tae Kw... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 14:00:26 EST my first dorky video blog. This is my first video blog entry. I think I sound like a total snob in this video but really I am not. Just nervous about putting myself out there like that. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:12:04 EST First Weigh in I had my first weigh in at Medifast today. I am down to 177.8 from 181.6 (3.8 lbs gone) <BR> <BR> Right after the weigh in I purchased more food. I got some of our regular stuff that we already had but I also got a new one Cinnamon Rolled crunch bar I think it's called. I had it for lunch. It was delicious. <BR> <BR> I walked the outdoor shopping mall after my appt today. I walked for 26 minutes. I will also do that after my next appointment next week. <BR> <BR> Tonight it's out with... Thu, 31 May 2012 15:37:31 EST Doing much better today Our Saturday after our outing to NBA city went well. No hunger. We even went over some friends house for game night. That was a lot of fun, as it always is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am doing much better today than on Sunday. Sunday I was so miserable that I was actually crying and I couldn't stop myself. My husband gave me a weight watchers snack bar to make me feel better. I really think it had to do with the normal Metformin dose I took the night before. <BR> <BR> Monday I worked an... Wed, 30 May 2012 14:19:55 EST Hey I'm back with a new path. Hey! I'm back with a new path. The last time I was here I had just gotten accepted to nursing school. Now I am done! I graduated about 3 weeks ago. I kept a blog in case you are interested in that experience and will continue that blog as I continue on my journey <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>speedingthroughnursingschool.wordpre<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I started the Medifast weight loss plan with my husband. We went last night for orientation and weigh in and then we had a ... Fri, 25 May 2012 13:08:33 EST Ugh I have been off track for two weeks. Barley tracking and having not lost any weight and I haven't gained any weight. I don't feel great. I'm trying to get back on track, however things have been hectic and I am grabbing what I can when I can. Either that or I've been just too lazy to plan anything. <BR> <BR> Work is a bear lately. Every time I am there I work my ass off. And still I get texts from work saying they need help. Right now I am feeling like a failure at my home life because... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:57:41 EST I'm back..... again. I am back.... again. ... for real this time. <BR> <BR> Tried to start out the new year right with a walk that turned out to be shorter than I thought it was. 1.22 miles to the bank and back instead of taking my car to deposit a check from my father -in-law for Christmas. <BR> <BR> I won't be tracking food here but I will be using it to help figure out how many miles I walk and to get an idea of how many calories I am burning. And tracking weight. I am a 2nd timer weight watchers member.... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:47:52 EST I'm back. I'm back I haven't been on this site since May 2010 which is really only a few months but seems like a decade. <BR> <BR> So we went to Germany on Vacation from June 26 until July 7. I ate a lot of good food and drank a lot of good beer. And we walked around a ton. Lot's of early mornings and late nights. I coughed a little in the mountains of Germany. It was a great trip but I came back and had gained 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> And then I got sick. Two days after coming home I came down wit... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 10:48:49 EST Forever hormone free (sorta) It has been forever since I've written in this journal. Almost as long as I've tracked food. I stopped a few weeks ago when I got sick and kind of half heartedly started tracking a couple of days ago. I logged everything I ate today (or plan to eat) with the exception of dinner because I don't know what we are doing for dinner tonight since I didn't plan but two meals today. <BR> <BR> I've started eating more organics. Organic eggs, organic pork, organic chicken whatever I can get organi... Sun, 9 May 2010 10:00:09 EST opps! Last night in class I was doing a back moon kick and I guess i was a bit to vigorous and my other leg flew out from under me and I landed on my left side and shoulder. It knocked the wind out of me! I could put weight on the arm so lucklily nothing was broken or dislocated. I carried on through the rest of the class and the next class and my hubby put an Icy HOt patch on my shoulder and back. I'm not in too much pain today and I have full range of motion in my arm. Of course I am wearin... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 09:05:42 EST GREAT ONE, BAD ONE It was a great weekend and a bad weekend. <BR> <BR> I had 5 days off from work. That made it a great weekend. <BR> <BR> Went to 2 tae kwon do classes instead of the planned three. Skipped saturday class. I was very tired and slept 12 hours. Didn't make it up in time for class. <BR> <BR> Saturday night went to IceBar Orlando with friends. Drank excessive amount of alchohol. Drinks tasted like jolly ranchers and life savers and were served in Ice glasses. Only vodka served because it ... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 12:48:32 EST Shorts I am wearing shorts for the first time this year and for the first time since I lost some weight (again). I"m so excited!! 171.5lbs (from 187 at the start) <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 1 Apr 2010 13:59:47 EST Moon In class last night I recieved the rest of the stripes I needed to qualify for belt testing in a couple of weeks. I somehow broke a board doing the Moon kick. I was amazed. <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Sat, 27 Mar 2010 15:32:29 EST Anniversary I have not been very active on the site lately. I've been tracking most meals and have gone over some days. It's been hectic lately. Been doing my normal fitness routine and I am now stuck at 173.5. I am okay with that for now. I'm planning to get back into the groove of things as I have now the Tracker for iPhone. <BR> <BR> Got a new stripe on my belt in Tae Kwon Do last monday night. ( for the Poomse.). Class last night was quite a work out. He would have us do a poomese in one dir... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:39:20 EST What the doctor said again. I went to the doctor again this past monday. I had an ultrasound and then I talked with the ARNP and she said that my progesterone is very low. That is why my periods are so messed up and maybe why I haven't gotten pregnant all this time. I'm probably not ovulating. And I have a 7mm fibroid on my uterus. <BR> <BR> So I'll be taking progesterone systematically until mid summer at least. It is our plan to try and get pregnant after our return from Germany this summer. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 10:38:04 EST Bike path Hubby and I found about a half mile off road bike/walking path that goes near Lake Toho today. We rode it as part of our bike ride today. I am doing so much better. The asthma wasn't an issue at all today. I used my rescue inhaler before going. Our ride was 5.09 miles and took us 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> It was such a mild and lovely day. 71 degrees today and sunny. After we came home from our ride we took the dogs into the back yard (common area) and I threw the ball for Blue and Budd... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 16:24:07 EST iPhone Yesterday I finally got the iphone I've been wanting for about a year now. After downloading Tweetdeck and a dictionary and a pedometer I downloaded SparkPeople Mobile. Now I' can spark anywhere!! Sun, 7 Mar 2010 10:55:41 EST All set I haven't been very good about tracking in the last couple of days. I've been very busy at work and haven't had the time to log on much. <BR> <BR> I FINALLY got everything straightened out with the college. It took several phone calls and transfers of phone calls to get my name change straightened out and my residency straightened out. But now I'm all set! Fri, 5 Mar 2010 09:39:37 EST What the doctor said Or rather what the Nurse practitioner - midwife said. I had a pelvic exam today. And she didn't find anything except a freckle that should not be there. She said she didn't feel anything on my ovaries or uterus when the pressed on my abdomin. <BR> They took some blood to check my hormones. Next week I will be having an ultrasound in the office. <BR> <BR> She said this could be a one time thing, my hormones could be screwed up, something else is wrong, or menopause is rolling in. I'm only... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 00:49:50 EST