MCASKEY6's SparkPeople Blog MCASKEY6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Changing Taste-buds My roommate bought cupcakes for the 4th. <BR> <BR> I had a couple. But the crazy thing is, they weren't that good. In fact, they weren't good at all. They were rather gross. <BR> <BR> It wasn't that they were bad or off in flavor. It's just that I've been eating fresh fruit, yogurt, and veggies for so long that corn starch, sugar, and butter tastes off to me. <BR> <BR> Not that I'm complaining. It's just another of those subtle changes. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:02:41 EST Why am I doing this? Every holiday I bring a treat into the office. It’s always something I baked from scratch, brownies, cookies, a cake, etc. <BR> <BR> Well the 4th is coming up and I’ve been trying to come up with something to bake. I was thinking of that layered “Flag” cake. I thought of brownies with red, white, and blue frosting. I even thought about a fruit platter. <BR> <BR> But as I was writing out everything I would need to buy, and dreading having to coordinate going to the store, then rushi... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:05:00 EST But it's a Healthy Cookie! This friend of mine has been broadcasting the wonders of the Belvita biscuits/cookie bar things. They are very tasty, you get four biscuits to a serving and they have bits of fruit in them so they have to be healthy, right?! <BR> <BR> Today after lunch I was still ravenously hungry so I stopped by a convenience store. <BR> <BR> The choice came down to the Belvita, at 230 calories and 3g of Protein, or a bag of jerky at 240 calories and 14g of Protein. <BR> <BR> Humm, which is worth ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:04:26 EST Free Will and Well Informed. When I was in Ca. visiting family I noticed the fast food restaurants had their calories listed right on the order board, rather than tucked off in a corner. As I was thinking about what I wanted to order I saw the calories and that became a part of the decision process. <BR> <BR> Granted, there were a few times when I ignored the calories, but the option was there. I was making a free will, informed choice. I like that. <BR> <BR> But I don’t think it should stop with Fast Food. Yo... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:27:08 EST New plan Since my terrible weigh-in, I’ve decided to change things up a little. <BR> <BR> 1) I haven’t changed my calorie intake since I started this, 24lbs ago. So I’ve decided to lower that by a hundred calories, down to 1300-1500. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2) I had switched over to working out in the evenings. I did this because it gave me more time to workout, but because life is life, there are days when I have to skip; for example my bike tire has blown for the 4th time this month and I have to get a ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:50:02 EST Remember <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Or, you know, whatever feels right. ;) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:47:35 EST Weigh in As I had feared my weigh-in was a dismal failure. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Last month I was at 184.5, this month I’m at 186. <BR> I’m 0.7% down in my body fat. So I guess that’s a positive. <BR> <BR> Nancy tried to build me up, telling me not to be discouraged. She reminded me that I’ve lost twenty pounds and kept it off. And I keep telling myself that weight doesn’t matter, my clothes are fitting better, I’m down in my body fat, I’m feeling better, etc. <BR> <BR> But I just felt... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:24:07 EST Weigh-in Next Week I’m feeling nervous about my upcoming weigh in next week and that’s making me feel stupid. Last month I learned that my home scale is not anywhere close to accurate; so I’ve been without a scale for a month. That has made me nervous because I can’t weigh myself weekly and I have no idea how much I weigh right now. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I’ve been feeling really good about myself this month. I keep noticing how my clothes are getting bigger and that I look slimmer in the mirror. My ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:43:25 EST It’s Called, “The Gym of Life!” No, I didn’t go to the gym Tuesday. My bike tire was still flat so I walked 3 miles to work, then another 2 miles to the bike shop, and another 3 miles to the grocery store (I was out of cat food, and there’s no way I could show my face at home without Fancy Feast) I then walked home, with 2 watermelons (the full size), a bag of cat food, 10 cans of wet cat food, a bunch of bananas, and a bottle of shampoo on my back. And did mention that the temp was around 100. <BR> <BR> And no, I won... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:39:55 EST What About After? I often read articles about people who have successfully lost weight. Stories with titles like, “Half My Size” or “I Lost Over 100lbs!” are very inspirational. <BR> <BR> However, so often I realize that these people reached their goal weight 6 months ago or maybe a year ago. There don’t seem to be a lot of stories from people celebrating 10 years of maintenance. (I know they have to be out there, I’m just wondering where?) <BR> <BR> I keep running across articles that estimate, that as... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:17:42 EST “Eat Less, Exercise More” Isn’t The Answer For Weight Loss An interesting article in "Time" about how simply cutting calories won't actually cut it when it comes to losing weight. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore-isnt-the-answer-for-weight-loss/ </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:40:17 EST Morbid Obesity is a Thief When I’m honest with myself I don’t think about the health side of losing weight. I want to lose weight because I’m young and I want to be attractive. I dream of bikinis and slim-fit jeans. I want to be the “Hot” chick. I want to feel sexy when I look in the mirror. <BR> <BR> But the other day I was talking with my mom and she’s having a rough time. <BR> <BR> As a service for her church, and for her own mental stimulation, she goes around and visits with people who have difficulty g... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:01:57 EST Rough weekend Friday: My bike tire went flat for the 3rd time in a week. So I had to push it, in 100 degree heat, all the way home. It took me a little over an hour. <BR> <BR> I got home just in time to have my rather bouncy, overly energetic, immature roommate, eagerly pestering me to go see "How To Train Your Dragon 2", with her....RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I recovered enough to go to the 10:30pm showing. (it's a good movie, I recommend it.) <BR> <BR> Saturday: My apartment complex decided th... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:18:14 EST A measurement no scale can provide. Back in 2012, I had a shirt that I pulled off the hanger and tossed in the bottom of my closet. It was too small and every time I put it on I would get frustrated and angry with myself. The few times I wore it, I felt like I had to hold my gut in all day to keep it from rolling up. It finally got to the point that I couldn’t even put it on. <BR> <BR> Today, I was wearing this shirt and realized, it fits perfectly. In fact, it looks really good on me. <BR> <BR> Here’s to hoping it ends... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:41:32 EST That Moment :D That moment when you catch yourself in the full-length mirror, and have to stop because you suddenly see just how far you've come. <BR> <BR> This happened to me earlier today. I waltz into the bathroom, and caught myself in the mirror and had to pause for a moment, because, man, I'm lookin' good. <BR> <BR> It's so hard for me to see the change, because I see myself everyday. <BR> <BR> And even though the pants are looser, they're still the same pants. The scales have been betraying m... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 19:16:10 EST National Donut Day It always seems that it's the tiny, skinny-mini who remembers it's National Donut Day, and brings in a big box of donuts, insists that you have one (or two), but then she 'just can't possibly have one' herself. <BR> <BR> It's making me paranoid that perhaps they are trying to sabotage me in some way. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nah, that's silly. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:03:00 EST Long Lost Twin? According to my friends and family I strongly resemble this character from Game of Thrones. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just got my hair cut. I should probably start watching this show. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:29:52 EST One Size I bought jeans yesterday. I tried on a 12, 14, and 16. The 14 was perfect. The 12 almost fit. The 16 was so tight I couldn’t even get it buttoned. WTF?!!! <BR> <BR> Granted, they weren’t the same brand or styles of jeans, but still WTF?!! <BR> <BR> I guess I just don’t get it. It makes sense to me to have a national size scale. A 16 should be a 16 no matter what brand you try on. <BR> <BR> But I guess when you have different styles that becomes a challenge and designers are crazy... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:13:41 EST Too Much of a Good Thing. In an effort to cut down on my TV addiction and increase my workouts I made a rule that I can watch as much TV as I want, as long as it’s on the elliptical at the gym. My all-time record was 3 hours. (Note, I have not come close to that since). Typically, I was doing an hour and a half. <BR> <BR> But I rapidly began to notice that my strength was evaporating. My regular bike commute was becoming significantly more difficult. Hills I used to pop over without a problem where now taking ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:38:16 EST Your Friendly Neighborhood Vampires I just had a visit from my friendly neighborhood vampires. They seduced me with cookies, how could I say no? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:13:11 EST It's Monday, but I'm happy I caught myself in the mirror Sunday, and realized how much slimmer I look and I decided to put together a bit of a timeline. <BR> <BR> I still have a distance to go, but it's important to stop and remember how far I've come. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> (I posted this yesterday, but I'm just so pleased with my progress I decided to post it ag... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:30:51 EST Update Its important to stop and take stock every once in a while. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:43:37 EST Addictive Personality After working so hard to quit my diet soda habit, going through all the withdrawals, struggling, and finally succeeding; I proceeded to fall right off the wagon and pick up my addiction right where I left it. <BR> <BR> So now I’m giving it a third round. Hopefully, third time’s the charm here. <BR> <BR> I started drinking regular soda when I was just a toddler; with three older brothers in grade school there was no way my mother could keep the baby away from it. <BR> <BR> When I sta... Fri, 30 May 2014 12:58:11 EST Soda Vs Water Why is it, that I can drink can after can of diet soda, all day without a problem, but I drink one bottle of water and I feel so bloated I think I might burst? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:49:39 EST The Great Burger Hunt: Spoiler it ended in failure (kinda). Yesterday, May 28th was National Burger Day. <BR> <BR> I decided to see about having a burger for dinner. However, I have a new attitude that if I’m going to waste calories on something like a burger, I want it to be a good burger. <BR> <BR> There’s a Jack in the Box on my way home, however, that’s not a good burger and not worth the calories. <BR> <BR> There’s a In-and-Out Burger, near the mall, but then I’d have to go all that way, on my bike, in 100 degree heat, and who wants a bur... Thu, 29 May 2014 13:23:50 EST Nature, Nurture. Disease, Behavior. Genetics, Lifestyle. It’s all just a big mess. Can a government really make it's people skinnier? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fat-111740558.html </link> <BR> <BR> I feel like court ordered weight loss classes are a bit like court ordered AA. <BR> <BR> Speaking from experience, with obesity and alcoholism running in my family; the cold hard fact is, unless the individual, decides to change, unless they are truly committed to change and willing to put in the time and effort, there is nothing their family,... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:49:55 EST I did a bad, bad thing. I have a, from scratch, chocolate chip cookie recipe that is The Bomb! It’s one of those old fashioned, butter and sugar recipes that tastes so good but you seriously don’t want to ask for the calorie count on them. <BR> <BR> I get all kinds of complements on them and I have never had a problem offloading two full batches in a day. <BR> <BR> I don’t make them very often, only for pot-lucks, holidays, etc. because they are so rich and waistline unfriendly. <BR> <BR> But I figured th... Fri, 23 May 2014 12:37:51 EST Unsolicited Help It’s a lesson in life that sometimes, Help can be more of a hindrance then, well, a help. <BR> <BR> My co-worker took off a week for her granddaughter’s High School Graduation. Her entire family was there to celebrate and they all noticed my co-worker’s weight loss. (She told me that she’s lost around 100lbs so far.) <BR> <BR> Happy to see her changing her life and becoming fitter, they all decided to spend the week, “helping” her. <BR> <BR> Her granddaughter kept a log of everything... Wed, 21 May 2014 19:15:19 EST My scale lies. Everyone jokes about the “liar scale”. Well, I learned this morning that it’s no joke, my scale actually does lie. <BR> <BR> I got on my $10 CVS scale this morning and it said I weighed 187.5lbs. I then went to my nutritionist, (with my preverbal tail between my legs, because I’d “gained” weight) and learned that actually I’d lost over a pound and a half; down to 184. <BR> <BR> When I told my nutritionist of the difference, she assured me that her scale cost $3,000 and is regularly ... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:32:27 EST Triumph Half way to the gym, in 98 degree weather, I realized that I'd forgotten my water bottle in the freezer. (insert colorful word here) <BR> <BR> As I pulled into the bike racks at the gym, eagerly looking forward to a nice long run on the elliptical, watching TV, I realized that I'd forgotten my ipod and earbuds. (insert colorful sentence here.) <BR> <BR> BUT, I pushed on and completed a good workout anyway. Sat, 17 May 2014 18:25:32 EST Doldrums of Fitness. For months now my weight loss has been stalled. I’m going down, but slowly and it’s nothing like before. Then I realized, its simple boredom. <BR> <BR> I go to the Gym, and run on the elliptical for an hour. Seriously, nothing more boring than running in place. <BR> <BR> On alternate days I do weights. The same machines in the same order, just like last time. Boring. <BR> <BR> I bike commute every day. Peddle, peddle, peddle, boring. <BR> <BR> I tried running, even learned a bu... Fri, 16 May 2014 14:55:05 EST Excuse Me, But That's Just Stupid; In My Humble Opinion. I read a story about a woman who’d lost 180lbs. But her weight loss came at the price of excess skin. She talked about all she has to do to keep the skin clean, treating sores, and preventing infection. She said she can’t have the skin removed because her insurance doesn’t cover it. <BR> <BR> That got me to thinking. Here we have a woman who did the healthy thing, lost weight, is helping turn the tide on the obesity epidemic, who is suffering with chronic wounds and infections because of... Fri, 16 May 2014 13:19:47 EST Tough weekend, leads to a tough week. My biggest problem is breaks in routine. A couple of days off schedule and I feel like I’m starting over at day 1! <BR> <BR> I’m preparing to move, so I spent the entire weekend going through old paperwork, shredding what I don’t need (like 10 year old phone bills) and filing what I want to keep. I didn’t have time to go to the store or cook so I didn’t really have a lot of food options. <BR> <BR> Because it was a break in my typical routine, I completely fell off the wagon, bounced alon... Wed, 14 May 2014 13:54:20 EST Front-Load, Front-Load, Front-Load. The older I get, the more lessons I learn, the more things I discover, the more I realize the importance of Front-Loading things. <BR> <BR> This is especially true with food. I have been developing the habit of cooking on the weekends. I make a big dish of something, like spaghetti, and instead of putting it in a big multi-cup container and measuring it out a little at a time, I use little half cup size containers; pre-portioned, no thought required. If I want a cup of whatever, I grab... Tue, 6 May 2014 18:00:06 EST Attitude <img src=""> Tue, 6 May 2014 09:41:17 EST Even in your darkest moments, keep fighting because you never know... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A fisherman in Australia caught a jungle perch only to discover a living frog in it's throat. The frog escaped just after the picture was taken. Poor fish has to live with the indignity of having his meal escape. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>t/fisherman-discovers-live-frog-throat<BR>-fish/ </link> Mon, 5 May 2014 17:01:31 EST The Sucrosatarian I’ve talked about my roommate before, but she still baffles me. <BR> <BR> She claims to be a vegetarian, but her diet is completely void of any form of actual vegetable. I’m now calling her a Sucrosatarian. <BR> <BR> In the mornings she has a bowl of cereal, usually it’s some Fruity Pebbles, or other high sugar thing. For lunch and snacks she carries around a family sized bag of Hershey Kisses and a family sized bag of Taffy Candy. <BR> <BR> On occasion, when she’s wanting to be “h... Mon, 5 May 2014 13:14:15 EST True <img src=""> Sat, 3 May 2014 21:58:54 EST Doing too much? I'm wondering if I'm doing too much, too fast. I'm working out more and working out longer, but I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> When I bike home at the end of the day, it's more uphill and it is taking significantly more effort then it did in the past. I literally feel like my legs just can't peddle the way they used to, like I'm creeping along and each turn of the wheel is a colossal effort. <BR> <BR> It's a bit like my thighs are encased in lead. <BR> <BR> Plus, I feel like it's taking ... Thu, 1 May 2014 00:20:13 EST It’s Called Karma for Your Stomach. As a belated Administrative Professionals Day, our bosses took us out to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, yesterday. <BR> <BR> Because it was a special occasion I went ahead and got a cheeseburger and fries. Also the bosses ended up buying a whole cheesecake, which we brought back to the office for everyone. Around 3pm I had a slice of the snickers cheesecake. <BR> <BR> I was pretty full (over full actually) the rest of the day, so for dinner, I just had some watermelon. <BR> <BR> At... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:07:38 EST BMI Vrs Reality I learned long ago that the Body Mass Index, was never really meant to measure a person’s fitness level or to be used to set an ideal weight. The reason it’s an incorrect measurement is because the BMI only takes into account weight and height, not body type or fitness level. <BR> <BR> This is evidenced by the fact that three of Hollywood’s hottest male actors, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon are, according to their BMI, overweight or even obese. (If you think Matt Damon is obese... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:53:15 EST Cat + Diet = Early Mornings. My two cats are on a diet; one of which has taken this very hard, as he’s the food motivated one. Every day, a few minutes before the alarm, he begins crying trying to wake me to feed him. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up but just laid there petting him. He finally got fed up with me when I didn't spring out of bed to get his food, so he climbed up on my nightstand and began pawing at my alarm and rubbing his face on my lamp. <BR> <BR> I realized that he understands I do something wi... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:26:23 EST Watching TV at the Gym I want to watch the Big Bang Theory tonight, which means an hour and a half on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> I love this, using my addiction to push my workouts, thing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:57:03 EST Revision To My No TV Rule. I have given myself the liberty to watch as much TV as I like; as long as it’s at the gym, while I’m on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> Last night, I watched for about an hour and twenty, and ran through two and a half 30 minute workout cycles. Usually, I’m only on the elliptical for half an hour and then I’m done. <BR> <BR> I’m using my addiction to my benefit. <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:12:08 EST The scale is conspiring against me. Last Saturday I weighed in at 185. I have followed my nutrition guide, stayed in my calories, I’ve even kicked up my workout routine. <BR> <BR> And I gained two pounds. <BR> <BR> My jeans are no loser, I don’t see any difference in the mirror. It’s so depressing. <BR> <BR> But tomorrow I’ll be weighed with a Body Fat % scale, so hopefully I’ve put on muscle to explain these two pounds. <BR> <BR> I’m just tired of bouncing around. I’ve put in the work, now I’m ready to break pa... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:19:48 EST Easter Food Pushers I’m sick to death of food pushers. They are all very well meaning, but don’t really care about or consider, your feelings. <BR> <BR> My roommate is a huge junk food person. She literally carries Hershey kisses, Taffy candy, etc in her backpack with her everywhere she goes. She always has a box of cookies right next to her seat and her morning cereal is usually Fruity Pebbles or some other high sugar “kid’s” cereal. The other day she wanted to get a “Healthier snack” so she bought a huge ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:18:57 EST Yeah, I Kicked, youknow, Today! I biked an hour to Tumamoc Hill, hiked it in less then an hour, biked back, stopped at the grocery store, shopped, and then PUSHED my bike, loaded with my groceries (which included 4 twelve packs of diet soda), as well as a backpack that contained two watermelons among other things, all the way home. <BR> <BR> According to the fitness track I nearly achieved a 3,000 calories burned in one afternoon (I think it's shorting me a little <em>211</em> ). <BR> <BR> I am giving myself the ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:54:46 EST One Week With No TV!!!! Day seven with no TV. While my TV may not be entirely dead, I haven’t check it since the water damage, I’m running with the idea that it is beyond repair, and have left it unplugged. <BR> <BR> I’ll admit that at first I kept going over to watch TV, just mindlessly following my routine. But more and more I’ve been gravitating to other things. <BR> <BR> The toughest part has been during dinner. I know you aren’t supposed to watch TV while eating, but it was such a common routine for m... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:00:12 EST The Kindness of Strangers, I just got a huge compliment. I was in the bathroom washing my hands, and there was another women at the sinks. She turned to me and asked, “Are you the one who rides your bike everyday?” <BR> <BR> I told her yes. She said, “I thought so. You are looking really good, I can really see the results!” <BR> <BR> I was so flattered, especially since I’ve been in a real slump with my whole weight loss regime. <BR> <BR> She kept saying how it was fantastic and she could really see my res... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:01:30 EST Totally <img src=""> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:11:55 EST