MPETERSON2311's SparkPeople Blog MPETERSON2311's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dear Mandi, I received some comments yesterday that made me quite upset. Those comments seemed judgemental and downright cruel. What wasn't spoken outloud was made perfectly clear through your nonverbals as we corresponded with each other (did you not think I noticed the eye rolls?). I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that you are being a b$$ch- and more importantly it is not justified in the slightest. <BR> <BR> I would like to remind you that when you ask me to do something, I do it 99... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:42:26 EST Regulating my Food I am trying to get my carb cycling back under control but I can feel my perfectionism creeping up to destroy my efforts. So, I am just going to combat it with some planning. I want to regulate my eating and for me, I really think the best way to do so is to limit some of my choices. I HAVE food thats good for this diet/lifestyle. IT IS affordable. I just need to be stop being so damn choosy because its really wrecking my progress. <BR> <BR> Proteins: <BR> eggs <BR> tuna <BR> turkey lunch m... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:34:36 EST Gym Time I once saw Chris Powell say in between a commercial break for Extreme Weight Loss that people ALWAYS ask him "what is the best peice of equipment in the gym?" <BR> <BR> He said its a NOTEBOOK. <BR> <em>203</em> <BR> <BR> Because that way you can log your reps, your weight used, etc. and keep track of your improvements. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> So, since joining the gym again, I've been keeping a mental log of things but I am going to go ahead and post things on this blog too s... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:40:39 EST Wow, what a difference My sister posted this picture of me from 2009...I didnt even recognize myself and those puffy cheeks- NO IDEA how much I weighed back then.... <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> so I went to look at current pics and sure enough, my face is thinner. I am not one to keep up with photos of progress (I know, I know, I should....) <BR> <BR> but seeing this was very encouraging! <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer of 2009 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 14:13:21 EST Such and inspirational video, pics, and this testimonial <link><BR>/mom-blog/taryn-brumfitt-before-after-<BR>cosmo?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1441_58568265 </link> <BR> <BR> The name of this article is "This Woman Will Change How You See "Before" and "After" Weight Loss Pics Forever" <BR> <BR> In the video the woman mentions that she,"asked 100 women to give me 1 word to describe their bodies........" <BR> <BR> Click the link to watch the video to see what they said... <BR> <BR> Some word choices the ladies pic... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 08:53:00 EST Today I am going to.... 1. Go the gym- check! <BR> I was a bit bummed that I was up a pound this morning, but it doesnt suprise me because hubby and I caved in to the stress and bought fast food for dinner last night. I didn't eat the fries (in fact I lectured hubby a bit about a choc shake), but I know the sodium was going to do BAAAAAD things to my weigh in, even if I did stay in my calorie range. <BR> <BR> I could hardly go to bed last night because I was so excited to go the gym this morning. I had a bit of a... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 08:45:19 EST love, love, LOVE this Facebook post I read today about motivation to be healthier This is from the Facebook fitness page "Don't Take About It, Be About it" <BR> Here is the link: <link><BR>t?ref=stream </link> <BR> <BR> He writes, "So I have a couple of friends(a married couple) who have asked me on more than one occasion to help them get into shape. They've seen my enthusiasm before and knew I needed a permanent workout buddy. Well, they've also bailed every time we've started a workout routine. They stick with it for two maybe thr... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 17:29:15 EST Today I am going to.... 1. Eat every 3 hours small "meals" of 200 calories or so, keep it as low carb as possible: <BR> 6am- check! <BR> 9am-check! <BR> Noon-check! <BR> 3pm-check! <BR> 6pm-check! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Get in as many 5 min session on the treadmill as I can, log them individually on SP as I go <BR> 20 mins of treadmill logged at noon <BR> 60 total fitness minutes logged by 3pm <BR> <BR> 3. Remember to drink lots of water. I drank 1/2 of a gallon of water yesterday, aiming for the other half today- al... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:05:59 EST I know what I need to do, I just need to do it.....CONSISTENTLY <em>4</em> <BR> I know I need to track food, I just dont do it all the time <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> I know tracking fitness numbers is important, I just dont do it every time I exercise <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> I know that eating every 3 hours is important in jump starting my metabolism, but I dont remember unless I set a timer and when I leave the house all plans of that go out the window <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I know that my mental health is good right now... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:33:34 EST Feeling better Wednesday was stressful. Let's just say, on a normal stressful day I have 2 Starbucks drinks and Wednesday was the first 3 Starbucks day I've had since during finals week. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> BUT, I am very grateful for all the advice I recieved on my blog about being stuck and needing ideas. It's good to know that as much as I tend to THINK I am not being supported in my physical life- I still have loads of people to turn online that have great ideas for m... Fri, 30 May 2014 12:32:33 EST Well I figured out why I am stuck....any advice anyone? I am strong. I have muscles. I LOVE strength training. <BR> <BR> I need more ideas for cardio. Walking isn't doing it for me anymore. I hesitate to jog/run because of my knees (well one in particular acts up more than I would like it to, even after just walking a lot). <BR> <BR> I am fixing my stationary bike soon- need an air pump since it is actually a road bike just on a stand. Right now it leaves a very annoying black stain on my carpet when I pedal it (3 separate stains actually, you c... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:30:12 EST Well hello bicep! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I poked this growth on my arm today and lo and behold it appears that I have biceps. Tue, 27 May 2014 16:36:57 EST Today I am going to.... Back to carb cycling! 5 small "meals" for a total of 1500 or so calories. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> 1. Remember to eat breakfast- 7am <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> 1 slice bread- 60 cals <BR> 1 tbsp peanut butter- 100 cals <BR> 1 scoop protein powder shake- 75 cals <BR> TOTAL: 235 cals <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> 2. Remember to eat mid day snack- 10 am <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> 1 package sardines in water- 70cals <BR> 2 oz munster cheese- 160cals (I think??) <BR... Tue, 27 May 2014 11:45:40 EST Some neat healthy inspiration on Pinterest I LOVE pinterest- they have access to so many cool things and its mostly big and bright pictures, not a bunch of blue hyperlinks or text to read. <BR> <BR> Here is my profile if anyone wants to be friends and follow each other. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And here are some cool things I found there last night: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 27 May 2014 09:14:01 EST How can you listen to this song quietly???? <link><BR>OisNM0&list=PLFjCgrsE262Oq2-5yb5un5Ijq<BR>HKak-Ryr&index=9 </link> <BR> <BR> What do you stand for???? <BR> <BR> Fun.: Some Nights [OFFICIAL VIDEO] Sat, 24 May 2014 13:01:10 EST LOL had to share this <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes, this is me. Awhile ago I decided that the drive through Dunkin Donuts was my new GO TO spot when I wanted a binge. I had never seen a drive thru Dunkin Donuts before!!! How convenient and sneaky! Getting so much junk without even going inside and feeling like the "fat lady" in a donut store. I could avoid the shame from all the eyes around me. <BR> <BR> <BR> I would buy a dozen, because why not have... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:22:50 EST Great blog- 10 Reasons I love my UGLY body <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This blog is both INSPIRING in words and in pictures! I would copy and paste what she wrote, but really...the PICS are more amazing! Check it out! <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:01:34 EST The Enemy Lately I've been thinking about who is the true "enemy" in my weight loss/healthy living efforts. I started collecting a list of set-backs in my head...before eventually I noticed that by "enemy" I was REALLY thinking to myself: <BR> <BR> "What is your excuse?" <BR> <BR> I prepared a list. By eliminating things, I actually gained some clarity. <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. My husband bringing home sweets to eat his own stressful emotions is ... Thu, 22 May 2014 15:04:05 EST Inspiring Blog- There is More to Life Than Calories & Weight <link><BR>23/there-is-more-to-life-than-calories<BR>-weight/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is NOT my work...just looking around the internet for inspiration. Please click the link for more about this blog's author. <BR> <BR> There is More to Life Than Calories & Weight <BR> by. Rachel "Healthy Chick" <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> 'Do you know that there was a time when all I thought about was calories and my weight? It was downright tiring but I simply cou... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:53:39 EST Overcoming Blah- great inspiring blog from a friend on Facebook OVERCOMING BLAH… <BR> by. Kaile Hamilton <BR> <BR> Visit her on Facebook at <BR> <link><BR>ton </link> <BR> <BR> Some days I feel fatigued, uninspired, and well…blah. But the world doesn’t stop, just because I want to hit pause. My to-do list doesn’t go away. There are people counting on me: my family, my fur babies, my friends, my challengers, my coaches…the list goes on. <BR> <BR> Now the irony is, when we feel blah, our knee-jerk focus is typicall... Wed, 21 May 2014 15:36:41 EST Creative So, I kind of forgot that at some point in my life I was a creative person. I used to love all things literature, creative writing, some art, unknown music, and even films that got bad ratings because no one else could see their true beauty. <BR> <BR> I used to like to try new things (particularly exercise being my biggest epiphany of the past 2 years) and I liked putting myself out there to see what I was capable of. This was especially true as I talked to people. My world as a stay at hom... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:43:14 EST Inspiring Blog- More to Life than Thin and Pretty Another find in my quest to stop obsessing about weight loss: <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the blog: <BR> <link><BR>/31/more-to-life-than-thin-and-pretty/ </link> <BR> <BR> "More to Life than Thin and Pretty <BR> This entry was posted on March 31, 2011, <BR> <BR> Let’s get one thing straight: I did not set out to lose weight because I thought it would make my life better to be thinner. Being fat never held me back from living my life. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 19 May 2014 12:21:34 EST Break the cycle of stress YOUtube video <link><BR>R9I9RE&feature=trueview-instream </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Break the cycle of stress <BR> <BR> I know this is an advertisement, but I really loved his story. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sadhguru is a yogi, profound mystic and visionary. As the founder of Isha Foundation, Sadhguru has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide, contributing to his vision of raising human consciousness. His presence creates an extraordinary opportunity to break thro... Wed, 14 May 2014 18:44:43 EST Inspiring Blog-Is There More To Life Than Weight Loss, Fitness & Food? <link><BR>here-more-to-life-than-weight-loss-fit<BR>ness-food/ </link> <BR> <BR> In my search for inspiring myself in areas OTHER than weight loss- found another cool blog... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> <BR> Is There More To Life Than Weight Loss, Fitness & Food? August 31, 2010 <BR> <BR> Filed under: emotions,exercise,good things,health,maintenance,weight,writing — Susan @ 11:40 pm <BR> <BR> <BR> Until January of 2009, I kept a very reg... Wed, 14 May 2014 14:40:54 EST Inspiring Blog- Have You Thought About How Many Years You Have Been Dieting? <link><BR>ht-many-years-dieting/ </link> <BR> <BR> Found this blog today. Helped me cheer up a bit: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Have you stopped to think about how many years you have been dieting or planning your body transformation? What about pondering on how many times you have lost and gained and lost and gained the same weight over and over? How many times have you started at the gym? <BR> <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> How long do you plan ... Tue, 13 May 2014 15:32:15 EST Inspiring Article- The article says.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The lady in the article: <BR> "Name: Jessica Leigh Johnson <BR> Age: 33 <BR> Height: 5'5" <BR> Before Weight: 305+ pounds <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> How I Gained It: I was in a head-on collision in 2002, and I shattered my ankle. My mobility was greatly affected, and I also became depressed because of the pain. I used my mobility issues as an excuse to stop the physical activity I once enjoyed, like hiking. I have always been an emotional... Mon, 12 May 2014 16:01:56 EST Aww....sweet husband/daughter moment Recently I have realized my daughter is more introverted than I realized. We always knew she was introverted, but I sort of gave up forcing her to do things she didnt want to do because it was such a power struggle. I didnt know if it was an age thing or not, but I got sick of us yelling at each other all day. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I think the AH-HA moment was when she told me she didnt want to go out in the "green car" one day. No library, no running around all day, she eve... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:39:57 EST "You don't hate yourself BECAUSE you are are overweight because you hate yourself" "You don't hate yourself BECAUSE you are are overweight because you hate yourself" <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> This is a line from Chris Powell's book. It is something he reports from his largest clients on the VERY FIRST DAY of transformation. When he and his wife look at the client and say "how do you feel about yourself???" <BR> <BR> Chris and his wife say they hear a lot of "I hate myself... I am fat...why wouldn't I hate myself??? It's my size! I hate my size I ha... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:38:06 EST Inspiring YOUTube video- Wiltrina Jones Amazing Weight Loss Story <link><BR>qj-dwc </link> <BR> <BR> YOU GO GIRL! Fri, 9 May 2014 15:44:15 EST Oh my idiot husband....(just kidding...but still...) My husband and I had a doctor's appointment last night for his diabetes. It was an evening appointment and we had to drive all the way back up north to where my mom lived to see the doctor I asked him to see when we lived with my mom. It was a late appointment. Kid was already delirious, but we were already 2 months behind so better late than never. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It was not good news. <BR> <BR> When I first asked my husband to see my primary care physician of 10 years hi... Fri, 9 May 2014 08:12:04 EST So what did I learn from wrapping up the scale in wrapping paper? I eat too much. There is no "you don't want to see a big number" off switch to make me stop eating. <BR> <BR> Electronical numbers keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> But...I also beat myself up thinking I would've gained 20lbs overnight. <BR> <BR> I maintained. <BR> <BR> Couldn't last 10 days but I'd rather unwrap the scale than continue to overeat. Thu, 8 May 2014 17:31:30 EST Saw these pics all over Facebook today <img src=""> <BR> MY BUTT IS BIG <BR> and round like the letter C <BR> and ten thousand lunges <BR> have made it rounder <BR> but not smaller <BR> and thats just fine <BR> its a space heater <BR> for my side of the bed <BR> its my ambassador <BR> to those who walk behind me <BR> its a border collie <BR> that herds skinny women <BR> away from the best deals <BR> my butt is big <BR> and thats just fine <BR> and those who might scorn it <BR>... Thu, 8 May 2014 14:55:54 EST The Mind vs. The Machine I am not sure how popular Chris Powell thought his career or the TV show would be when he wrote his first book. Honestly, its a bit confusing, jumps around a lot, and reads almost like a textbook when it comes to what carb cycling and the diet plan actually is. All of the great exercises he uses with the clients in the TV show to help motivate them are in the 2nd book, first and foremost, which is what I always expected him to do. <BR> <BR> But, the coolest part of the first book, was that... Thu, 8 May 2014 08:47:49 EST Had a bit of an epiphany with my food today... I have looked into STRESS EATING. I know that is my heart pounding, my head feeling like its going to explode, short patience with the kiddo, etc. THAT can lead to shoving food into my mouth without even tasting it, thus, binge eating. I just want to NUMB myself and then I feel guilty later. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So, I took steps to fix that. <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have looked into BORED eating. I know that is not knowing what else to do with m... Wed, 7 May 2014 17:42:05 EST Already posted this in the teams but......FILL IN THE BLANK I'm curious to read some more answers: <BR> <BR> My friend and I were talking today about motivating each other to get healthy and what challenges we were facing. She said "Working out for 30 mins or longer then going home and eating junk food is like......." Then we struggled to think of analogies. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, FILL IN THE BLANK: Working out then eating junk food is like ___________________" <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 May 2014 16:33:42 EST How to Detox from Sugar- Great Article <link><BR>ig-ideas-detox-sugar/ </link> <BR> <BR> Top 10 Big Ideas: How to Detox from Sugar <BR> <BR> by Mark Hyman, MD <BR> <BR> <BR> "Here’s the not-so-sweet truth. We are killings ourselves by consuming truckloads of hidden sugar. <BR> <BR> Sugar is the New Fat <BR> <BR> Despite 40 years of Americans being brainwashed into thinking that fat is bad, it turns out it’s sugar, not fat, that makes you sick and overweight. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <... Wed, 7 May 2014 08:41:54 EST Today I am going to.... <em>248</em> 1. wake up early...took 3 alarms, but I did it! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Eat within 30 minutes of waking up. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Try to convince husband to give me the car, so might end up driving him to work. <BR> <BR> Eat my 5 "meals" three hours apart so 6:30am, 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, and 6:30pm (low carb stuff) use the food tracker <BR> <BR> LOTS OF WATER <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> if I get the car, walk around Target in the morning <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> If ... Wed, 7 May 2014 08:30:27 EST Great Inspirational Pic <img src=""> Tue, 6 May 2014 16:04:24 EST Promise #3 I make myself crazy with things to remember (high carb day, low carb day, exercise this way, exercise that way......ugh). I am really overthinking things. So, starting with a small obtainable goal. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Promise #3: Track all my food tomorrow on SP. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still keeping my 1st promise, the scale is still wrapped and I have resisted the urge to rip it open. <BR> <BR> I slipped backwards a bit on promise #2 today about grabbing fruit when I wa... Mon, 5 May 2014 19:56:18 EST Inspiring YOUTube video- Moms Working out with Toddlers I chuckled...way more than once in this video....but HATS OFF to that mom! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>123</em> <em>89</em> <em>174</em> <em>171</em> <em>269</em> <em>139</em> <em>176</em> Mon, 5 May 2014 13:04:04 EST Inspiring YOUTube video- What if I cheated on my diet? <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I am searching YouTube for some more motivation and inspiration. I found this video and I must say I LIKE THIS GUYS LOGIC! <BR> <BR> 140 meals = 1 month <BR> slipping up 3 or 4 times....still 136/140 = 97% <BR> <BR> Also, its pretty ironic that when I searched for "I cheated on my diet" I got PAGE after PAGE of MALE body builders! Wow. Not just a female issue anymore. Mon, 5 May 2014 13:02:50 EST Promise #2 If I am craving sugar I need to reach for fruit. Processed sugar and carbs really give me headaches these days. Not worth it. I will probably ask my doctor about it. I know there's always a risk of diabetes. Sun, 4 May 2014 13:56:40 EST Rewards Bouncing back from a binge last week, I am trying to keep in mind a couple things: <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> 1. BE PREPARED: I am boiling/crock potting chicken like crazy so I have no excuse to not stay on track, especially on low carb days where I mainly eat proteins and fats. Those days make me moody with only one carb serving at breakfast, but they are the best days for burning fat! With a high chance for mood swings, I better have a lot of easy-to-grab proteins around the house. <... Sat, 3 May 2014 15:35:23 EST Promise #1 I have been inspired by Chris Powell's talk about keeping promises to yourself. I wrote a blog about it after I read it in his latest book. Then hubby and I went to hear Mr. Powell talk and he was also very uplifting enough to make me believe in his book even more. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So, I have been talking to my husband about promises. I don't make very many and those that I make are very wishy washy, only half-heartedly made because I know somewhere in my head I am SUPPOSED t... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:12:13 EST Can't Forget about Ruby Gettinger <link><BR>nHxs-0c </link> <BR> <BR> She inspired me such a long time ago (around 2012). She started her journey at 700bs and had a TV show when she was losing weight down to 500lbs and 300lbs. <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though her show is not on TV anymore, she is still very much active on social media and I love watching old clips of her on YouTube. <BR> <BR> She is SO STRONG! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:34:56 EST Today I am going to.... It's been awhile. Time to start making some promises to myself again. <BR> <BR> 1. Use the stationary bike in the living room AT LEAST ONCE, and remember to set a stop watch this time. Sadly, the WiiFit CD is missing. I am going to have to ask my mom if we accidentally left it at her house when we moved <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Today for carb cycling nutrition is a HIGH carb day, but I am going to take it easy on the carbs because yesterday I stress binged a frappacino and I KNOW those are tons ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:35:53 EST For Facebook Users- some amazing inspiration on Facebook! A while ago I decided that I would transform my Facebook into something that WAS NOT just "so and so achieved something in their life" and "so and so had a crappy day....hates life" <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Facebook can be awfully bad for us sometimes. They've even done studies on it! <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I started following different types of pages: <BR> 1. Weight Loss stories <BR> 2. Fitness pages <BR> 3. Nutritional pages <BR> 4. Positive and Uplifting pages <BR> <BR> as well ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:03:33 EST Rethinking some Goals I've been keeping a record of some things from SP since I joined on my GoogleDrive. I have the folders listed into: <BR> <BR> 1.Food <BR> 2. Fitness <BR> 3. Mental Health <BR> 4. Motivational Resources <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> 5.Goals <BR> <BR> Upon looking at some of the stuff I saved I noticed that my goals folder has the LEAST amount of things inside it. <BR> <em>42</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I did some thinking last night. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> ... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:55:03 EST Uplifting Inspirational Pic <img src=""> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:42:30 EST Drew Manning- Fit2Fat2Fit interview about the EMOTIONS about obesity Mr. Drew Manning- personal trainer extraordinaire. He knows what we've been through. <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel the need to talk this guy up. Hes not very eloquent. He's not as jaw dropping inspiring as other speakers, but actions sometimes speak louder than words, so I respect him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mKQUtxY </link> <BR> His interview on ABC NEWS ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:14:45 EST