MORINJ's SparkPeople Blog MORINJ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Frustrating week I was so shocked that I've been dropping 2 pounds a week. this week I hit the wall and struggled to stay where I was at last weigh-in. a few days ago I was a 1.5 pounds heavier! I was kind of sick last Friday, had company Saturday and didn't track all of my food. Monday morning I was still 173 so I thought no harm had been done. those pounds found me by Tuesday, though. Hope to get it going in the right direction this next week. Exercise is going well and I'm generally at the low end o... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 08:38:49 EST Initial goal reached Now I weigh what my driver's license says I weigh. Clothes fitting much better, too. Took an extra walk today because it is nice and because I was afraid I'd start eating everything in sight if I stayed in the house. <BR> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:46:09 EST Tracking going well Now that I've committed (resigned might be a better word) myself to tracking everything I eat, I think things are going well. My gray pants do not cut in the waist like they did last time I wore them. I have also been weighing myself daily and even though I was up 1.4 pound this morning, I do think it keeps me more on track throughout the day. I thought that 176 I saw yesterday was an aberration anyway. <BR> <BR> I have even stayed in my target calorie range for a whole week, and that I... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:35:44 EST I'm back I've creeped up to the 180's again. My clothes hurt and I don't like the way I look or feel. Since its January and the whole world is dieting, or at least talking about dieting this seems like a good time to jump in again. After a couple of days of clean eating I have lost enough water weight to cross the 180 divide again. My next goal is to get down to what my driver's license says I weigh--175. Ultimitely, I'd like to get down to the high 150's. At that weight, all my clothes fit, I l... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:13:30 EST Miniscule progress Well, I seem to have stalled the rate of gain that I've sustained since Thanksgiving. I'm down half a pound since I last weighed myself on Dec. 17. Lord knows I probably actually started at a higher weight than I recorded since I didn't weigh myself on Dec. 24 and that week was an eating frenzy. Despite being home all day everyday this week, I think I am doing very well with the eating. I'm measuring, weighing, and recording what I eat and it is helpful knowing where I stand during the co... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 10:20:00 EST In the deep midwinter I have gained over 15 pounds since stopping WW last spring. Most of that has been in the last few months. And now its Christmas, which is usually good for several pounds of weight gain. I'm still exercising each morning, but food intake is more difficult right now. Put my old reliable black pants on this morning and boy! Did they ever shrink up in the dryer! Not. Time to try and reverse the trend before it gets any worse. Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:15:26 EST Knee improves--she walks! After the initial morning stiffness yesterday, my knee felt pretty good all day. I slept wonderfully and went for a long walk this morning. I'm definitely better. I wish I knew what caused this issue in the first place, though, so I could avoid it in the future! Of course, periodic episodes of knee pain will motivate me to keep the weight down, but I hate having to hobble around like an elderly person. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:25:32 EST WW Weigh-in I was down almost a pound this week and I haven't exercised since last Thursday. Friday I was getting over the UTI, Saturday and Sunday we had company, and every morning since then I've been dealing with a bum knee which is especially stiff and painful in the mornings. Good thing there is nothing much in the house good to eat! <BR> <BR> The knee is slowly getting better, I think. Now, I'm only awake with it once or twice in the night instead of hourly. But when I want to exercise at 5:30... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:40:34 EST Annoying health issues The exercise has been a problem lately. Late last week I developed a UTI and decided not to work out because I still felt a little punky and feverish. Then over the weekend I did something to my knee. It was fine when I went to bed Friday night and Saturday all day long is got progressively more achy. I was limping by bed time and had trouble sleeping Saturday night. It stiffened up in the night and as I got myself out of bed at about 1 a.m. to take some ibuprofen, I found myself taking ... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 11:44:55 EST Spring! Work has been pretty busy so I haven't had time to post much. Now that I have a few minutes, here's what has been on my mind... <BR> <BR> The glacier finally retreated and I started my morning walks again this week. I missed being outside! I jog for a while and walk for a while, to keep my heart rate up. Surprisingly, my distance and stamina isn't too bad and not that far off from where I was last fall. It probably helps that I'm 8-10 pounds lighter now, too. But oh, my achin' legs! T... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 09:54:09 EST A quiet month I haven't posted for a long time, nor even peeked in at SP, but I have stuff to report today! <BR> <BR> New weight! I'm finally down into new weight loss territory again. I got my 40-pound star at WW today, which was my goal for the week. I lost a pound this week and needed to lose .6 to get the star, so total WW loss since May 2000 is 40.4 pounds. <BR> <BR> Step Challenge! We had a contest at WW to keep us active during the winter. The challenge was to walk 1 million steps in 100 days... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:39:07 EST A new low I'll wait until after my WW meeting at noon today to update my weight ticker, but the number I saw on the scale this morning was VERY encouraging. I think the chocolate cake is now officially history. We won't talk about the two birthdays coming up in my family in the next ten days, however, OK? <BR> <BR> I've been experimenting with my meat-free meals lately. I'll probably always want a steak from time to time, but I'm finding out that eating more fruits and veggies is very scale-friendl... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:52:53 EST Day of Reckoning According to Wii Fit, I've gained 3.5 pounds since last Friday. Gulp. OK, I knew that was probably coming. I don't think its all cake, though, since I've got the usual PMS weight gain going on this week, too. <BR> <BR> I disposed of the last corner of cake last night, with the baker's blessing. She's trying to watch her weight, too! That temptation is gone now--yippee! <BR> <BR> I tried something new last night. I was invited to a woman's Bible study and *I went*! I decided that I re... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 09:25:53 EST Horrendous Day Monday was such a bad day, and I sabotaged myself big time further compounding the horrendous-ness of it all. <BR> <BR> Weather got awful, so an important medical appointment had to be postponed, which is causing me some stress, but I'm dealing with it. <BR> <BR> Bad weather means many staff can't come to work and I needed a minimum number of people to help me do new student orientation on Tuesday, so I was worried about how to tweak things last minute depending on who came to work. <BR> <... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:02:14 EST Graduated from "grannies" A diet strategy that has worked for me many times is to buy clothes that are too small and then diet to fit into them. I did this again last fall when I picked up a pair of jeans at Wal-Mart that were a size smaller than what I was currently wearing. I didn't try them on because I knew they wouldn't fit (that was the idea!) but I just threw them in the cart based on their size. <BR> <BR> When I got them home and tried them on, they fit! They were tight, but wearable. The problem was they... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 09:40:49 EST Rumors fly, part deux I got my haircut yesterday and my stylist, who is also a friend, has decided she needs to fix me up with the guy who owns the beauty product wholesaler they use. He came by to drop off the products she had ordered and as he left she said, "If my husband wasn't around, I'd be after him!" Then she got this funny look on her face and said, "Oh! You could have him!" Oh yes, men are just falling out of sky for me to choose from! She doesn't know if he's married or not, however. So her next p... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:06:55 EST Rumors fly I heard yesterday that people are speculating that I have a boyfriend. Their evidence? My weight loss! I'm a little upset by this. Why didn't people think I could have a boyfriend when I was fat? Don't fat women deserve love, too? At least now it is within the realm of possibility for most people--ideally for some single middle-aged man with minimal issues and grown children. I told the person that confessed this to me that if it were true, I would likely take out an ad in the local pa... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:09:32 EST Fantastic weekend I stayed on program, I got my 10K steps in each day, I tried on a pair of size 10 dress pants and they fit beautifully. Hurrah! I decided not to buy them because I didn't really like the pockets on them. There was a time not so long ago when I would buy the first pair of pants that fit just to be done looking at the thunder thighs in the dressing room mirror. Now, I can afford to be picky! Is this the way most of the population buys clothes? This is quite a revelation to me. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 09:59:41 EST Good news/bad news The good news is that I got my size 10 jeans on this morning. <BR> The bad news is that they hurt. <BR> <BR> The good news is that according to my official WW weigh-in yesterday I did not exceed my weight gain goal during the Christmas holiday. <BR> The bad news is that I went right up to the limit of 159.8. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I exercised this morning. <BR> The good news is that I wrote down what I've eaten so far today. <BR> The good news is that I threw away the left over Chr... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 10:05:39 EST Over a year It's been over a year since I logged into SP. Last fall, I started gaining weight again and those new clothes got pretty tight. In April, my workplace started a Weight Watchers at Work program because obesity is such a problem, evident through our wellness program. I joined and I've lost just over 35 pounds on the program. I'm 20 pounds lighter than I ever was previously. And I mean in high school, in college, when I got married, etc. I'm also 12-13 pounds above my WW goal. ... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 08:55:53 EST Long time, no SP I have inadvertantly taken a month or two off. Now that I no longer receive SP emails everyday, I no longer go the site to spin the wheel or to get my fitness points. The exercise was still happening all that time, but the time I devoted to it each day dwindled because I have kids who needed to get to school early two or three days a week. I also have gradually been eating everything not nailed down and voila! I've put on six or seven or ten pounds! My pants are uncomfortable and that ha... Wed, 29 Oct 2008 09:15:05 EST Need a kick in the pants It's been a stressful and strange week. Consequently I wiped out my loss from last week with an equal gain this week. I knew I wasn't doing well, but I didn't think I had fallen off the wagon that much! Lots of back-to-school stuff this week and why is there suddenly cake everywhere I go this week? I don't even like cake that well, but I've been shoveling it in. And it all adds up. I haven't been logging as diligently as I should (time issues) and I haven't been drinking water as I shou... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 09:37:05 EST So pleased! I am very happy to update my weight ticker this morning. I'm back down to the weight I thought I'd go above again. Despite eating at Red Robin while back-to-school shopping yesterday, I lost two pounds this week. Still lots of work to do, for sure, but for me, success breeds success and now that I've got a spurt of losses going for me, its easier to stay on program and stay motivated. Fri, 15 Aug 2008 08:28:16 EST Taco salad shells Here's the story: I come home for lunch and find my 12-year-old daughter and her friend that slept over last night STILL ASLEEP (it's 12:05 p.m.) and the kitchen full of their dirty dishes. I was pretty angry, so after waking her up and speaking with her and laying down the law, I decided to get the heck out of there so they could clean up. I hope to be very impressed at 4:30. Stay tuned... <BR> <BR> So I went out to lunch. Everything was crammed, so I ended up at Hardee's where the ja... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 14:46:49 EST I never want to see this number AGAIN I've been strict about logging my food now for three days. This morning was my usual morning to weigh in. This is the first time since I've been home from vacation that I weighed myself on my own scales, and the first time I've weighed in in two weeks. What I saw was a number I never want to see again...190. Boo! I should have weighed myself the morning after I got home to see how much damage I did, but I didn't have the heart for it. Fri, 25 Jul 2008 07:34:29 EST Renewing my efforts, day 2 What is it with the food tracker and steak? Ribeye steaks were on sale so I bought two and grilled them last night. They were delectable. When I went to track what I had eaten, the food tracker only listed restaurant-style steaks all in the 1,100 to 1,200 calorie range. How huge are those steaks, or what are they doing to them? I cannot imagine. So I did a little research and came up with a more believeable calorie range. I figure I ate half a ribeye, so that's about 6 or 7 ounces cook... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 13:53:50 EST Good day yesterday I'm post-vacation, and boy am I feelin' it! How did these clothes get so tight? I'm back to being serious about logging food. I'm home this week, so its easier to jump on the computer every little bit without distractions. I did very well yesterday and stayed BELOW my calorie range. In fact, after supper I realized I'd better eat some more so I wouldn't get too hungry and binge. I messed around with my tracker and added half a serving of triscuits, a serving of milk and a piece of strin... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 08:57:58 EST In the right direction--at last I was down a pound this week, so I'm at least headed in the right direction again. Why is it such a revelation to me that I need to be track my food (be conscious of my food intake) to lose weight? Even when I only track haphazardly, as I did this past week, I do so much better. <BR> <BR> So I'm still 2.5 pounds over the weight I swore I would never see again, but I'll make that my immediate goal: to get below 185 again. <BR> <BR> Have a happy 4th! Fri, 4 Jul 2008 08:55:00 EST Progress? I've been slightly more disciplined the last couple of days. My pants didn't hurt this morning when I put them on, but maybe I just really stretched them out last time I wore them? I've been trying to cut down on the snacking and keep the temptations out of sight or throw 'em away. I hate logging my food because its difficult to be accountable for everything that goes in my mouth and its hard to face those numbers, but its so good for me when I do! Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:48:23 EST Discovery I've been tracking my food intake for the last few days because I've been gaining weight. Guess what I've discovered? <BR> <BR> I eat too damn much! I eat stuff that is high calorie! I eat when I'm not hungry! I graze and snack a LOT! <BR> <BR> It's a small wonder I'm only gaining a pound a week! Time to rein in the eating machine that I have become. I'll need help with the 4th of July weekend, my birthday and then vacation. Man, July is about shot already and its only the 2nd! Wed, 2 Jul 2008 09:26:18 EST Gaining or losing? Have you ever had a week where you thought you were doing pretty well, only to find out on weigh-in day that you had actually gained? That's been my week. I was up 1.5 pounds despite more exercise than usual and I thought I was doing a better job on portions and snacking. This is nuts. My clothes are getting more uncomfortable. I guess I'll start tracking food again and see if that helps? <BR> <BR> I bought a new Weber grill and we'll use it tonight for the first time. Our old grill... Fri, 27 Jun 2008 09:32:59 EST Exercising In response to my "human sponge" post, H. asked how my exercise regime was going. I was surprised last spring when Denise Austin was no longer available on Lifetime TV. I've been able to fill in my exercise time with some exercise shows on public television, but they are not as rigorous in the cardio sense that D.A. was. Luckily, I do still have some of the old "Daily Workout" shows on videotape, so I'll usually do one show when I wake up at 5:30 and then whatever public television is broa... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 09:25:58 EST Human sponge Wow. I'm a human sponge, just sucking up calories all the time. I'm hovering in the high 180's, 10 pounds over where I should be and probably 20 pounds over where I want to be. Blah. I always have trouble with weight gain in the summer. I guess I need cold weather to shiver off the calories. <BR> <BR> The kids are home and they want snack foods. If I don't buy them, they make them. Too many temptations around. Plus, I have more time to prepare food in the summer as most of my evening ... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 09:16:32 EST Still fightin' It hasn't been a particularly good week. I was up a couple of pounds again. Bleah. It seems like I'm always up a couple of pounds all summer long and then when cool weather hits those three-five pounds are gone again. Weird. I'd like to get to the point where I stay the same weight year-around if I'm not losing it. <BR> <BR> I was sick Sunday night, so did the BRAT diet all day Monday. I ate a ton of rice that day. Everything is good again now, but the carbo-loading is showing up now.... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:17:32 EST Struggling I haven't written much lately because I keep getting error messages every time I try to post a blog entry. By then I've written so much I don't have time to re-post. <BR> <BR> Trying again....I'll keep it short. <BR> <BR> I've been struggling. Last week I was up 5 pounds in one week. I had a flurry of baking and cooking last week, trying out new recipes, etc. Some of that gain was water retention from too much salt, but a good deal of it was plain ol' fat. I was down 3 pounds this week... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 09:28:45 EST Weigh-in 4/25 I was up a little bit this week. Not a huge surprise since I was pretty much off program all weekend and there were too many homemade cinnamon rolls around. I did do a fair amount of exercise this week. Since it was nice this week I walked to work a couple of times. <BR> <BR> Next week is bunco at my house. It will be the first time I've hosted and only about the fourth time this group has gotten together. That's a food and drink fest, fershure. Fri, 25 Apr 2008 09:31:07 EST Good recipe I made this for supper last night. The kids didn't like it much, but I thought it was great. <BR> <BR> Rice & Bean Roll-ups <BR> <BR> 1 cup cooked brown rice <BR> 2 chopped Roma tomatoes <BR> 1/2 chopped green pepper <BR> 1 can black beans, undrained <BR> 1 cup frozen corn <BR> cumin to taste <BR> <BR> Stir this up and put about 2/3 to 1 cup of the filling into whole wheat tortillas. Place in a 9X13 pan which has been greased and has some salsa in the bottom. I had enough filling to mak... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:03:35 EST More on In Defense of Food I can't stop raving about this book. It is going to be very influential for me personally! I'll probably finish it today. Last night's reading emphasized how we have moved from a leaf-eating species to a seed-eating species. Seeds are less perishable and are carbohydrate rich. Seeds can be transported long distances without spoiling and have concentrated calories. And now, nearly everything we eat is seed-based--our oils, our flours--leaving very little room for the leaves that have the... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:24:23 EST In Defense of Food I'm reading Pollan's In Defense of Food and it is giving me lots of new ways to think about what I eat. Do you know that nearly half of the calories the average American eats are sugar? And another large percentage is refined carbs. There isn't much room for the good stuff--fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Do you know that food today has fewer nutrients than they did 50 years ago? A 1940 apple has 3X the iron today's apple has. We've been so busy breeding plants for high production that ... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 09:29:57 EST Up, down, all around I've got to start doing better with my portion size. Last week I was up above 185 and I'm just barely below that this week. I had a good dieting week two weeks ago and since then? I can't seem to sense when I'm full until I'm miserable. I've got to sit down and slow down. I guess I'll be fighting this rush to stuff my face for the rest of my life. I wish I had a gauge or a sensor that would tell me, "Ding! You are now full. You might not FEEL full, but you are. Drop that fork immedia... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 08:32:49 EST Exercise routine The best thing I've done for myself is to get in the habit of exercise. Then just over a week ago, Lifetime Network quit carrying Denise Austin. Bah! I really depended on that 6 o'clock program and when it went away, I suffered. I think I gained two pounds last week because even though I was trying to keep up my exercise routine I wasn't being as intense as I should have. <BR> <BR> Necessity is the mother of invention, though. I discovered Denise Austin has workouts on her website, but ... Tue, 8 Apr 2008 09:22:09 EST No more Denise Austin As of Monday, Denise Austin is no longer on Lifetime TV. This was a huge surprise to me. I've been exercising with Denise for 5 years now. Time to get creative! I have a few episodes on tape and it looks like I still tape some more episodes on later in the day on ESPN. It's on too late in the morning for me to exercise with when it is on...wish I had TIVO or something like that. I did find a short work-out DA had posted on her own website, with promises of a new show starting in the fal... Wed, 2 Apr 2008 09:30:19 EST Post-Easter week It looks like a gain, but since I haven't updated my weight ticker in about 3 weeks (ahem), it's actually a loss from last week, down just over a pound. <BR> <BR> After poisoning myself with sugar and chocolate over the Easter weekend to the point where I was sick on Sunday night, I decided to do myself a favor and swear off sugar for awhile. Tuesday, I had the worst headache all day! By Wednesday, though, I was feeling much better and its easier every day that I stay away from it. I know... Fri, 28 Mar 2008 08:55:11 EST Health is a many-splendored thing That Spark email yesterday about emotional eating hit me right between the eyes--zing! I've been a bit on edge about my health lately and in the wake of those worries I've eaten jellybeans without number and lots of other sweets. I was eating because I was worried and all that sugar helped me feel better--temporarily. Now, I've gained weight and irritated my sensitive teeth from all the sugar. <BR> <BR> First I have this thyroid testing going on. It started as an innocent annual physical... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:45:18 EST Feeling better today Thanks to Lionsima and Jarlynn for the nice responses after yesterday's blog posting. I got in to see the doctor bright and early yesterday a.m. and since I had no fever he is thinking this is a virus that I'll have to wear out on my own. By Friday evening, my throat was beginning to feel a little better and this morning it is much better than yesterday a.m. I spent the day totally vegging out. Eating and drinking makes my throat feel better, so I've been drinking hot tea and lemonade and... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 08:01:49 EST Sick day I don't remember the last time I took a day off work for being sick--three years ago? I've been battling a terrible sore throat for the last day and a half so I called in sick today. I don't feel that terrible, but I have no voice at all. I'm off to the doctor later this a.m. to get something to help. If its not strep I think its a sinus infection. <BR> <BR> I don't have time for this! My parent's are coming to visit this evening for the weekend, one daughter has a volleyball tournament... Fri, 7 Mar 2008 09:21:20 EST Keepin' on The exercise is going well. I think that endorphin push each morning is the only thing getting me through a very long winter. The eating on the other hand, is just barely in check. I find myself popping the unlikliest things in my mouth--chips especially. I crave sweets usually, but I seem to be changing my ways. I don't have sweets in the house much, so I am compensating with the salty stuff I do keep around. They usually don't tempt me, but lately? I can't get enough of 'em. <BR> <B... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 09:11:28 EST Big gain this week When I gain, I do it up right. Three pounds! Birthday cake, brownies and some Valentine's Day candy were the culprits. Also I ended up scooping snow two mornings during my usual exercise time and that just doesn't burn the calories. <BR> <BR> Ironically I had three weigh-ins this week--I had my normal physical, my annual wellness check at work two days later and my own weigh in today. You'd think if I was going to be on the scales that often I'd have been motivated to watch things a bit ... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 09:10:08 EST Down a pound For the first time in several weeks, my weight is DOWN. Just a pound, but I'll take it. This was the week of the dreaded cheese fries, after all! <BR> <BR> Out early for an out-of-town meeting today. I'll try to check in again this weekend. Fri, 8 Feb 2008 07:35:37 EST This week, so far I have a day off today, so have some time to blog before I run off to do errands on this foggy morning. <BR> <BR> I have entered "birthday season." My daughter's respective birthdays are one week apart, so we celebrated on birthday last Tuesday and we'll have another one coming up next Tuesday. My big splurge on E's birthday was the appetizer we had when we went out to eat--CHEESE FRIES. Can there possibly be anything worse? I did order a salad as my entree and she opted to forget the c... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 10:17:43 EST