MEDHOPEFUL777's SparkPeople Blog MEDHOPEFUL777's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dessert Soup? This is going to sound strange, but by accident I have stumbled upon the most delicious dessert. So it all started with a craving for pudding. While at the grocery store I picked up a yummy looking box of Jello sugar free cheesecake pudding mix. It was low calorie and ready to hit that cheesecake craving hard! I get home, mix it together with almond milk and start mixing. And mixing. And mixing. After a few minutes I checked the box and the soft set directions said it could take 5 minutes, so... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 02:41:00 EST Practice What You Teach <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since the first of the year I have been making small steps to a healthier me. January of course is resolution making season, but I just wasn't in the mood to really commit. I'm a physician in my community and even though I teach all my patients about healthy eating and exercise, it is a lot more difficult to put it into practice. Sometimes it doesn't matter how much you know, because all the... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:19:43 EST 1/6/16 - Small Steps One of the reasons I love Spark People is because I can look back on so many years of personal weight loss failures and success. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:19:23 EST 100 Day Countdown to Healthy I have decided for extra motivation to do a 100-day countdown to a healthier me! Today is day 2 as I really started making more conscious healthy decisions yesterday. I got a FitBit for Christmas and this has been a fabulous motivation tool! I plan to try to eat a maximum of 1200 calories per day, track my activity with my FitBit with a goal of 10000 steps/day, try to add in extra exercise as I get used to my regimen and work towards toning up for future wedding dress shopping. My ultimate we... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 00:18:00 EST Scary Realization! So I had been doing so well this past week, and then it happened, the weekend! I always seem to crash and burn on the weekends. Maybe it is because I go to my parent's house and my Dad always wants to take my Mom and I out to eat. Maybe it is because I don't have the rigorous schedule of work to keep me in check. Either way, I always seem to get in a cycle where I tell myself I can splurge, then I feel bad for splurging and figure I am already over my calorie limit, what is one more slice of ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 23:51:53 EST Why Can't I Get My Act Together - Problems/Solutions So I have been attempting to really get started with my weight loss for almost a month now without much success. Granted I have started a new 6AM-7:30PM 6 days/week job and this has been a real hindrance to my weight loss attempts. The last time I lost weight it was a lot easier because I had time to plan and cook meals. Now when I get home at the end of the day. cooking is the last thing I want to do. In general, I am good with breakfast and lunch at the hospital I work at. Typically I have... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 23:41:28 EST Scary Numbers! So this was basically my face when I stood on the scale for the first time in months: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... only way less cute of course! <BR> <BR> I didn't have any questions about how I got to this place. Months of being lazy in my last few peaceful moments of my 4th year of medical school, plus poor eating habits, plus a vacation to India, plus lots of celebration after graduation led to pound after pound of gain. Th... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:58:28 EST Practicing Maintenance For a Week This week is my Spring break week off of medical school! Woo hoo! It is going to be so much fun to have some free time out of the hospital, but I know it will mean a lot of challenges as far as my weight loss efforts go. My parents do not live far away from me, so I have already been spending a lot of time at their house. This means going out to eat on Friday nights and a lot of delicious, but not necessarily low-calorie, home cooked meals on the other nights. I do pretty well when these cha... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:11:27 EST Finding My Exercise Niche I have never been a big fan of exercise. I find controlling my calories way, way, way easier than fitting in exercise. I hate being out of breath, sweaty and in pain. Plus the time just never seems to fit in my schedule. I have tried running, but I don't feel that "floating on clouds" thing that everyone else seems to and instead of being able to let me mind drift like I have heard about all my brain is thinking is "please stop running!!!" I have tried other exercises like bike riding which i... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:20:15 EST Chocolate Cookie Dough I Can Eat!?!?!?! I have made great improvements since my last blog entry which I am very happy about! I am not letting that one bad meal make me feel crummy anymore, and I am moving on. I have been eating great this whole week which feels so good. I have even been hearing some positive comments from my boyfriend about the lighter, but still delicious meals we have been having which is always a good positive boost. Just two of the selections from this week were creamy spinach enchiladas (245 cals for two) and ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:02:43 EST A New Battle For Me Well so this is a type of blog I never thought I would be writing. For me maintaining weight is much harder than losing weight. I haven't quite figured out that exact balance yet of maintenance. Once I reach my goal weight I think "woo hoo" party time! This also usually coincides with a particularly stressful change in clerkship demands ironically, so that I start slipping on my healthy habits and a month later what do you know I have gained some weight back. The first time this happened I ha... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:38:56 EST Spring Time! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, yes I know that the official beginning of Spring is not coming until March 20th for this year, but when you live in AZ it just feels like it comes sooner with the warm weather. All this week we have weather predicted to be in the upper 70's/low 80's. Winter is my favorite time of year here in AZ, but I am excited for my balcony flowers to be rejuvenated by the warmer weather! After my weight loss in 2012, my ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:45:49 EST Lowest Weight So Far, Yet Something Feels Off I weighed myself yesterday and I am at my lowest weight so far! I am within 10 pounds of my goal weight, but for some reason the last two days I just feel not as good about my body as I did before. I went for some dreaded bra shopping yesterday and was mad that I couldn't find anything that fit perfect or looked the way I wanted it to. I have been eating, exercising and losing weight according to the plan I have set out so I should be happy. Yesterday I baked Christmas goodies with my Mom and... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:46:01 EST Late Night Clinic and Dancing So last night was a late one. Once a week I volunteer at a clinic to provide healthcare services to an uninsured population. I love my volunteer work, but it usually goes till 10PM at night and once I head home I am starving! Usually this is the time of night where I have to really bring out all the willpower I have to avoid the evil ice cream that lurks in the freezer. My plan of attack is taking a shower right when I get home. Something about the hot water and Christmas music this time of y... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:25:16 EST Thanksgiving Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I stuck to my plan through the Thanksgiving celebration and managed to still lost 1.5 pounds over this past week. It is one of the best feelings and truly makes me believe in the saying "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!" I still splurged on a few items that are my favorite. The difference was I took a little taste instead of eating a whole bunch. For example, my family is from Wisconsin an... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 15:01:30 EST A New Reason for Success... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems like there is a common theme going around on the blogs of Spark members that have been here for awhile. We no longer just want to lose weight to look good, but it seems we all have another larger more motivating factor in our lives. Be it a medical condition you want to get under control, wanting to increase your longevity to be with your kids longer or just plain wanting to feel better about yourself, in t... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 14:22:02 EST The Lowest Calorie Noodles in the World! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tonight I made something awesome! Delicious noodles that have very few calories, but delicious flavor and a lovely al dente texture. What is the magical secret you may ask? SPAGHETTI SQUASH!! I had heard about this before, but just tonight I got around to actually trying it out and boy was it delicious. A full cup of "noodles" has just 42 calories, 10 grams of carbs, 1 gram of protein and virtually no fat. Add to... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 00:21:41 EST Nothing To It But To Do It - (Even with the holidays coming up!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a few months away from dieting, my shorts that I worked so hard to fit into at the beginning of the summer were starting to feel a bit snug. Now that I have gotten the stresses of starting my 3rd year of medical school under my belt, I decided it was time to get back onto the weight loss train and lose those last ten pounds (plus the five I gained back) to get to my final goal weight. I probably co... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:33:03 EST A List of the Positives From This Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Part of my weight loss plan is to come up with weekly non-weight loss related goals that are good for my health. <BR> <BR> This week's goal is to find something positive in every day and blog about it, so here we go: <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY (5/23/12): Friends & Family - Sometimes I take for granted how lucky I am to have such a wonderful boyfriend, parents, brother and friends. Especially now in this difficult time i... Wed, 23 May 2012 18:42:17 EST Sticking To A Plan Means Sticking To A Plan - Say NO To Cheat Days! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I have a friend who swears by losing weight by eating almost no carbs and tons of protein for six days a week, and then eating everything in sight during a cheat day on the seventh day of the week. After he loses the amount of weight he sets out to lose he goes back to eating fast food, large portions and mostly food with low nutritional content. I never gave this too much thought until the other day when I saw... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:45:03 EST ULTIMATE GOAL LIST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since the goals section of my profile seems to have a character limit, I have listed all my long term goals here. <BR> RULES: Under each week I have added a non-weight loss goal. For each of these goals I have listed a non-food reward that I will get if I accomplish my goal. Each month I have listed a weight loss goal. This will be in addition to that week's weekly non-weight loss goal. The reward for these dates ... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 01:06:35 EST My First Big Diet Test <img src=""> <BR> I have almost completed week one of my program and I feel like I am still going strong! For the most part I feel as though the week has been pretty easy because it is so scheduled. Get up, eat a light breakfast, pack my lunch, go to work, come home, work out, make dinner, relax/study, go to bed. With that kind of schedule I find it pretty simple to stick to my plan. I even look forward to entering my data for the day on ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:03:42 EST The First Day is Always the Hardest! I was born in the beautiful Southwest of America in the state of Arizona, but my family is originally from Wisconsin. That being said, I was raised with a passion for food! It is not that fruits and vegetables were not a part of the dinner table growing up, they definitely had their place, the problem was that they were placed alongside mashed potatoes, mounds of pasta, sauce covered meats and sugar laden desserts. Growing up I just considered potlucks at family reunions and a lack of portion... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:35:32 EST