METIS457_79's SparkPeople Blog METIS457_79's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 21... Catching Up I missed a few days of blogging, mainly because I wasn't doing the things I know I should be doing. <BR> <BR> I have been reading You on a Diet, by Dr Oz. A lot of what he says in the book makes sense. We have to get our bodies to work with us instead of against us. I am not done reading the book yet, but I want to try to apply some of those principles to this journey. <BR> <BR> I don't want to feel deprived or have these terrible cravings like I do. Right now, I know the cravings are all... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:37:02 EST Day 18... Demons! Yesterday was not my best day eating wise. I went over on calories by dinner time. But I didn't stop eating then, even though I was full. <BR> <BR> Those demons we call hormones were out in full force last night. After dinner, I ate a Skinny Cow Ice Cream sandwich thinking that would shut the demons up. Wrong answer!!! It spurred them on. Even though I knew it was wrong, I ate 2 whole Snickers bars after that. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Stupid hormones! It was like once I fed them that little bit the... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:14:02 EST Day 17... Perkins?!?! Yesterday was an errand day for us and Steve wanted to go out to eat. So, I braced myself for it and we picked Perkins. We got a gift card from there for Christmas, so it made sense to use it. <BR> <BR> We got there and I ordered water instead of my usual cherry coke. They have awesome cherry coke there, the kind they make by adding cherry syrup to coke. Anyways, I'm staring at the menu and feeling a bit overwhelmed. Then, I remember the Spark app. So, I get out my phone and am trying to fi... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:34:20 EST Day 16... It's all in my head When I started here on Spark, I let the system set my weight loss time line for me. I got a TON of calories and it was hard to eat all of them. So, I decided to change my goals to be more aggressive. It really felt like I had too many calories before. I was under almost every day. So, it seemed very reasonable that adjusting my goal to lose the weight faster would be easy. <BR> <BR> Now the top end of my range is about where I was eating before making the adjustment, but it feels harder. Be... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:12:58 EST Day 15... DDP Yoga Okay... so I was supposed to start working out last week. I did one day of a video, but no more. I did spend at least an hour moving furniture two consecutive days, which burned a LOT of calories. <BR> <BR> However, since I'm not quitting my job to be a mover, I figure I need something a little more consistent. Maybe you've heard of DDP Yoga, maybe you haven't. It's done by a former wrestler, Diamond Dallas Page, and it's yoga that's more manly. He has renamed the traditional poses and does... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:30:50 EST Day 14... Awesome Thai Soup and a Weigh-In So, on day 14 I was a bit sick. In the middle of the night I was freezing cold with achy joints and skin that felt like someone poured acid on it. I slept until 11am and woke up feeling not terrible, but not great. I got up and wandered to the basement to do my weigh-in. The scale said I was down 4.6 pounds from last week. Yippee!! I was so thrilled with that. <BR> <BR> I spent the rest of the day, laying on the sofa trying to convince myself to eat. I ate a handful of nuts because those re... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:33:04 EST Day 13... pistachios are not my friend I love pistachios, times a million. At the grocery store yesterday I thought I could get a bag and be responsible with them. No, no I can't. I ate the whole bag last night. They were already shelled, so I tore through them like a ravenous beast. I wasn't hungry or anything like that. But I ate and ate, until the whole bag was gone. Blah! I felt awful. My stomach hurt and my intestines started talking to me. So I found a limit and pistachios can only be purchased in a single serving for now. Sun, 20 Jan 2013 13:17:58 EST Day 12... Another new Recipe I love to cook. My mom started teaching me how to make meals when I was 9 or 10. Some people would say it was child abuse, but it wasn't. It was time spent with my mother learning her tricks and tips. My mom is a great cook, truly great. She doesn't make fancy restaurant style food, but she makes fried chicken so good it would make you weep. Chicken and dumplings were always on the menu when you were recovering from being sick. <BR> <BR> New Years day always involved a mess of greens, black... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:07:42 EST Day 11... Moving Furniture We are working on our house in MN, getting it ready to sell. One of the last things we needed to do on the main floor was get new carpet. We ordered it last week an they are coming to install it this morning. <BR> <BR> They wanted $250 to remove and haul away our existing carpet. We thought that was ridiculous, so we planned to do it ourselves. Yesterday morning, I got up and had my usual breakfast. Then, we got to work. Our plan was to empty the two used bedrooms into the much smaller offic... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:18:12 EST Day 10... 2 new recipes Yesterday was a pretty good day. I wasn't ever really hungry and ate fairly decently. I need to go to the grocery store and get some more fruits and vegetables. I haven't been eating as many as I should be the past couple of days. <BR> <BR> For dinner, I made 3 bean taco soup. It was awesome! I made over a recipe I found over on SparkRecipes because the calorie calculations on the original were way off. Everyone in the family gave it a "Make again" rating. The link to my revisions to the re... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:54:31 EST Day 9... Exercise! and a rant about school lunches I did a yoga video yesterday and it was hard, but awesome! I bought some videos last year that I never used. In fact, I had never taken them out the mailer they arrived in. So, I cracked them open yesterday and did the 1st video. The videos came with an exercise plan, so I'm working on following that. <BR> <BR> I felt so good after the exercise that I spent a little extra time and made a tremendously awesome dinner. I made smothered pork chops, baby red mashed potatoes and peas. It was very... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:15:47 EST Day 8... a trip to the VA My fiancée is a disabled retired veteran and about once a month, we have to go to the Veterans hospital for a few appointments. Yesterday was our trip for January. <BR> <BR> It's a long drive up there, about 1.5 to 2 hours. I was very concerned about making healthy choices while I was there. Previously, I have found their healthy offerings really lacking. We went into the cafeteria for lunch and Steve goes straight to the burgers and fries line (he doesn't really gain weight). I am looking ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:49:41 EST Day 7 ... Football Munchies (a little late) Sunday was day 7 of this journey. I weighed in and found I had lost 3 pounds. Not too bad! <BR> <BR> Sunday was big football day in our house. I'm a big Atlanta Falcons fan and they were in a playoff game. It made me nervous and antsy watching them. I kept feeling the need to eat something even though I wasn't hungry. When I started feeling like eating something unhealthy, I would get up and go do something else for five minutes. <BR> <BR> It was not my healthiest eating day, but I stayed... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:41:29 EST Day 6 - Proper prior planning Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance. It's a military saying that gets used in my household a good bit. We refer to it as the 7 Ps. What does it have to do with this journey I'm on? Everything! <BR> <BR> I know what will be for breakfast every day because I am a creature of habit. A bowl of cereal with 1 cup of milk and a piece of fruit. The cereal and fruit may vary, but right now it's Kashi Go Lean Crunch and clementines. <BR> <BR> After I eat breakfast and drink a glass... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:53:27 EST Day 5... Snickers bars and Emotional Cliffs Yup! You read that right. I ate a Snickers bar, a full sized one. It tasted good and I don't feel bad about it at all. I had been craving one for a few days and had calories left, so I had one. Just one, not two or three. Just one and I was satisfied. I wasn't really hungry when I ate it, but it really satisfied that craving. <BR> <BR> The world didn't end because I ate it. My path didn't change because I ate it. I didn't miraculously gain 10 pounds because I ate it. Nothing changed! What I... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 09:09:06 EST Days 1-4 Well, today is day 5 of my journey. Small steps have been my goal this week. <BR> <BR> I have stayed within calorie range each day. I've actually been a little below most days because I'm too full to eat anymore. I KNOW I'm supposed to eat all my calories for the day, but I don't want to eat if I'm already full. That's what got me into the position in the first place. So, I'm going to listen to my body. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was worried all day because Sadie (my fiancees daughter) wanted ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:34:46 EST