PHANTY1's SparkPeople Blog PHANTY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Help! Need tips for taking that last 'bit off. I joined SP in October of 2009 and have consistently kept about 10# off. I am on a major plateau and this summer, I am doubling down on finally taking the last 8# off (my goal is 18 total). <BR> <BR> Spark Peeps..I need some tips. I consistently get at least 150 minutes in a week of walking, hiking, x-country skiing, yoga, yard work, biking, etc. I eat almost a gluten-free diet and because my A1C is elevated, I have about 3/4 C of carbs... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:58:57 EST Three good gluten free recipes <img src="">I have been eating gluten free (or low) and sugar free for almost a year now. I initially and easily lost 5# and I keep counting. Mostly, I feel about 100% better. Mood swings have gone away. I no longer have sugar crashes. Here are three simple recipes I wanted to share: <BR> <BR> Banana/Chocolate Smoothie <BR> 1 C almond milk <BR> 1 ripe banana (partially unfrozen) <BR> 1 package Stevia <BR> 1 heaping T cocoa powder (no... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:07:00 EST We have been fed a line that is making America Fat For those of you confused about whether a low-carb diet is good for you, I would offer insights. In October of last year, my blood sugar as measured by the A1C test was too high. It was at the 'pre-diabetic' stage (5.8). I immediately freaked out as diabetes runs in my family. I had to do something although I had been slowly losing weight on SP since '10. But, I would yo-yo up and down, and honestly wasn't taking it very seriously. <BR> <BR> Since last year, I have lost 10#. How? I e... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:59:27 EST Be an Athlete (For Me) I live in a state that usually ranks as the thinnest in the nation, Colorado. The town I live in has world class Olympians and many, many, many residents bike, run, etc., and are very thin and very in shape. On one level, this is inspiring. But, it can be very intimidating. I have finally decided that I compare myself to these people and this hurts my exercise program. I say to myself: I cannot run a marathon so I better just give up. Or, I cannot mountain bike 20 miles up steep hills so bi... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:08:10 EST 10.5 Pounds and counting Today is the day I have lost 10.5#. Woo Hoo! I am now roughly 1/2 way to my goal of losing 18 to 20 pounds. At one point, I was so stuck, I thought I'd be at my highest weight forever. I had no hope. I was wearing all my "big" clothes. I deleted pictures of myself. I had given up except for one tiny voice in me that said I had to try. What is working? <BR> <BR> 1) Positive Visioning: If all one does is focus on "how bad my weight and body are", then I believe that The Universe wi... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:19:28 EST Keep at it. Never give up. Well, I started back on SP in June and have lost 10#. It really works. For me, the best feature is the Spark Minutes. I try to do at least 150/week if not 220. When my husband and I start a hike, I say: Did you turn on the spark meter? I count everything......walks in malls, stretching in the morning and of course, my walks and other, harder workouts. I also like reading success stories. While I have at least 10# still to go, I was recently on a beach vacation and actually felt good.... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:04:32 EST Love SP! Back at it..... I recently went back on Spark People after gaining 12# back that I had lost over 18 months (due to a long period of respiratory sickness, walking pneumonia, allergies, you name it). Good news! I have lost 7.5# and counting. So what am I doing? <BR> <BR> * 210 minutes a week of exercise (biking, hiking, health club, yoga, hard hard work) <BR> * Really cutting carbs and I cut out most wheat a year ago (feel 100% better) <BR> * I focus on salads (good ones), eating good meat, and not ea... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:37:19 EST At it again This year, I went through a number of very busy cycles and a five month bout with allergies that turned into asthma. Bummer... I gained all but 2# back of the original 10# I had lost over about 17 months. So demoralizing. I am now back on the proverbial horse though! I remember now that losing weight is a long term proposition; doesn't have to happen overnight; and it's all about counting calories and exercise.I am now very set on losing 10# and plan to do it NO MATTER WHAT. <em>249<... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:20:33 EST Fall exercise routine starts again Hiking in Colorado's National Monument today! Time to get back into a exercise routine after 6 weeks of doing only easy stuff.. <em>295</em> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 10:21:39 EST 9.5 off over two years.....Debunking some myths! Do you believe that you cannot lose weight? Are you in mid-life and the pounds stick on you like concrete? Are you depressed about it? Have you given up thinking you'll ever be your former, active, thinner self? Well, these statements each describe me in summer 2009. I went to a family reunion and saw a picture of myself standing by someone who I always thought was fairly overweight. There I was: not looking much different. My face was so fat. I wore a skirt to the reunion because I was so fe... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 13:47:50 EST Colorado is awesome in summer!!!!!! Summer is here in Colorado! There is so much exercising to do...hiking, biking, backpacking, rowing the rivers. I feel sooo lucky to live here. Mon, 4 Jul 2011 17:03:01 EST Getting Back on "the Horse" Today is the first time I've ridden my bike in 8 months......after a gnarly wreck last August and then a motion/inner ear/neurological problem following (Mal de Debarquement), I am getting back on the proverbial horse. I am proud that during this time, I not only did not GAIN, I lost about 5#....but, I need to get back in shape and biking is my favorite sport. <BR> <BR> I learned a lot of lessons during this time and espeically, that any type of disability or challenge DOES not mean you ha... Sat, 14 May 2011 12:24:47 EST Visualize what you want, don't obsess I am now down to a weight I have not seen for a few years. It feels very good. While I still have 10# to lose, I know I can do it. I gave up on saying, "I need to lose weight to look good for others" or "I have such and such event coming up so I need to lose" or "I am not worthy if I am not a certain weight" ...what did it was putting out there to The Universe that I wanted to manifest a healthy weight and lifestyle, and I visualized the number but did not obsess on the number. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:16:07 EST Been on boat? Can't seem to lose your "sea legs" feeling? Since last fall, I was told by three separate MDs that I had a concussion. For five months, I was not getting better and in fact, it was getting worse. The symptoms: headaches, feeling dizzy, light-headedness, rocking and swaying, memory issues, etc. Finally, in December, I took my health into my own hands and went to Colorado's top ENT/Neurologist. I do not have a concussion but rather, I have something called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome or "MdDS." This was from being on Lake Powe... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 13:56:08 EST What are your values? Are they about you or "shoulds"? I am realizing that for about the 17th time in my life I have set a New Year's resolution to lose weight. I am asking myself what will be different this time and realizing that the same old arguments don't work anymore which are: You MUST do it. You have to look good for others. You are not worthy if you don't weight 10 or 15# less. You look horrible and must eat less and work out more. You should do this because you live in a town where everyone is thin (Colorado). <BR> <BR> These ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:26:47 EST Snow shoe-ing Exercise should be fun. I was reminded of this today when snow shoeing for 50 minutes in the Colorado Rockies. On a stairmaster or treadmill, this would have seemed like an eternity. Mon, 27 Dec 2010 22:14:34 EST Losing over the holidays I have set a goal to lose 3# over the holidays. I want to SEE the weight I was in January 2009 on a hiking trip to Utah. I CAN do it. I have three weeks off and thus, no excuses. Plan: <BR> <BR> * Cut down on carbs <BR> * Watch all that holiday eating <BR> * Go to the health club almost every day <BR> * Count calories on SP (sometimes I just use estimates vs. counting every single one) <BR> * Watch the holiday wine drinking! <BR> * Limit the snacks that I think don't add up (peanuts... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:24:27 EST Walking with a Dizzy Head NO matter how I feel w/this concussion, I am bound and determined to walk at least 4 to 5 times a week! No matter what! Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:59:41 EST Traveling and Still on the Program I travel for work at times and am on a trip now. I'm really trying to keep healthy. I ordered fish tacos last night instead of really caloric and fattening items. I am going to get a walk in today after a meeting. It's so hard. Luckily I have my lap top and am logging into Spark People too. <BR> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:56:46 EST Health Club Here I Come! After years of boycotting health clubs, I am now hooked. I have a concussion so cannot walk UP steep hills (it makes me dizzy). I can, however, walk around the inside track and be on the bike. I am starting to really like it. I don't care what people think...... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 23:12:12 EST Concussion with Complications isn't Stopping Me! In August I had a bike wreck ...very long story but have a concussion with two complicating symptoms. One is something called POTS syndrome which means my blood pressure drops when I stand up and my pulse rises dramatically. Another one is Central Vertigo. I have never felt so cruddie in my entire life. I am fatigued, dizzy, sick to my stomach at times and "not right in my space." Even walking up a little hill puts me off balance. I may have to go to the Mayo Clinic because the symptoms are... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:04:53 EST Went on vacation and only gained .5# Ya hoo! We just spent a week on vacation at a cabin in Colorado. I only gained .5# and am sooo happy. I usually gain at least 4# on vacation, usually 5#. How? I shopped ahead of time and cooked all the food.....we only went to dinner once and we ate light. We didn't eat in the car (chips and such) and we walked .30 to .45 minutes every day. I still have this darn concussion so didn't get a lot of exercise. This is a first! <em>250</em> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:47:46 EST First trip to the health club in years...happenin' today Because I have a concussion (mild but it's definitely there), walking and hiking is very hard. (One affect of the concussion is low blood pressure when standing.) So, I plan to go to the health club today and work out on a bike. I sort of hate the health club so this will be a test!!! First of all, I feel insecure because I live in a Colorado town where people are obsessed with fitness and I feel like everyone is thin who goes there, but me. Next, it's a small town and I have a high pro... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:42:51 EST Duh! I have a concussion Well, as I've been posting, I have had dizziness for almost two months now. After several MD appointments and seeing some alternative providers, I found out this week I have a concussion. Duh!!! I had a bike wreck in August and then went on a boat for 8 days. The good news is that I'm still logging about 150 to 180 fitness points week although even walking makes me light headed. I just have to lay low and take care of myself. Thu, 28 Oct 2010 15:01:27 EST Dizzy but still walking Well, dizziness is getting worse. Off to an ear/nose/throat MD on Monday. Tried a prescription that was like Dramamine but couldn't work!!! I am still walking every day ONLY b/c of Spark People. I feel so weird that it would be easy just to throw in the towel on exercise for awhile. I'll figure it out. Had a bike wreck in August followed by one week on a inner ear is apparently P-Oed. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:05:31 EST Dizziness I can't get rid of my dizziness after spending a week at Lake Powell is late August. It's driving me crazy and making me fatigued. I've tried herbs, acupuncture, cranial/sacral...etc. Time to go to the MD. I have been still walking but don't really feel like working out HARD. No weight gain yet, luckily. Sat, 9 Oct 2010 11:04:03 EST Making up fitness points on Saturday (last day for tracking) SUPER busy week including 4 night meetings. I have 135 fitness points to clock in today but I'm looking forward to it. Fitness points keeps me accountable. My plan: walk to Farmer's Market and back -50; hike 30 minutes in the Mtn. Park behind our house; yoga for 20; possibly go to gym and finally learn the fitness/weight machines. JUST DO IT. Sat, 2 Oct 2010 11:01:37 EST Changing Goal so it's Real My goal was to lose 25# from when I started SP in 10/09. It isn't happening. I am on a major plateau and I think it's because I'm right in the middle of menopause. I am NOT gaining weight but I'm not losing much either (5 to 7# depending on the day). So, I have changed my goal to lose 10#. So, my tracker shows I'm now 1/2 way there!! This feels way more realistic. Once I lose this 5#, I'll see if another goal feels right. Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:34:30 EST It's only 30 minutes more I've 'upped" my fitness minutes to 210 which means I need to work out for 30 minutes more week. Seems do-able!! Note to self: don't wait until the last day of tracking to get them all in! Sat, 25 Sep 2010 11:51:21 EST Plateau I cannot seem to get off the plateau. I had lost 6.5# but then gain 2# back and then lose 2# and then gain 3#, etc., etc. I know I have to dramatically step up exercise or reduce calories but for some reason, I'm not doing it. I need to connect with weight loss in a new way. <img src=""> SP has meant that my pants fit much better, I'm eating way better, I'm paying a lot of attention to "extra" calories, etc. BUT, I'm not seeing the p... Mon, 20 Sep 2010 09:44:25 EST Vacation Strategy Didn't Work :( Yikes! I have gained 8# in 2.5 weeks, one week was a vacation at Lake Powell. Time to get on the wagon again. <em>40</em> Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:04:48 EST Lake Powell We're off to Lake Powell. Must really watch what I eat/drink b/c I'll gain weight in the blink of an eye. Strategies: <BR> <BR> * protein for breakfast and lunch, with veggies <BR> * no chips! <BR> * watch tonic water (cal's add up) <BR> * try not to over eat just because you can and want to on a boat filled with calories! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 23:08:03 EST Tumble Sprained my shoulder and ankle from a bike tumble. Big downer. It's like getting bucked off a horse. Get back on! <em>46</em> Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:51:59 EST Hiking on the agenda Off for a 4-5 mile hike today in Colorado! I love hiking as exercise because it doesn't feel like exercise. Talking with a buddy (in this case my husband), experiencing nature, taking pictures, seeing mountains.. <img src=""> -- I'd take this any day over going to a sweaty gym with 100 of people and germs! Sun, 15 Aug 2010 10:12:20 EST Have to get caught up It's Saturday and all I want to do is house projects, cooking, reading....I have to get 105 Spark Points in today so better figure something out that is fun and creative! Sat, 14 Aug 2010 09:22:30 EST PANTS! I am wearing capri pants that I have not worn for three years! They are actually loose on me. Motivation enough to keep going. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 18:48:40 EST Tired I notice when I am tired, I want to eat horribly. It's not so much stress or "emotional" eating, it's just purely the simply fact I don't want to work at it. Must keep this in mind. <em>2</em> Fri, 6 Aug 2010 16:30:32 EST Biking is not exercise I don't think biking is real exercise. Biking is just plain fun. I get on my bike and can move for 45 minutes without batting an eye lash. I only wish I could bike in winter. Colorado is not very helpful in that regard. Tomorrow....55 minute trip out to our mall and back on the City bike trail! <em>332</em> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 22:34:28 EST Women unite to fight menopause fat I'm going through peri-menopause. I don't see enough literature and help on SP about this...It's a significant change for women's bodies making losing weight doubly more difficult than it used to be not to mention that it can be hard to eat right and exercise when feeling crummy with cramps, headache, hot flashes, fatigue, joint aches, etc, etc., etc. I have found a site that helps: There, you can find herbs supplements, self-tests, good advice (MDs run the site), ... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 20:17:30 EST Spark People helped me re-start a backpacking hobby I have not backpacked in three years and this weekened went six miles. We further hiked another 7 miles on day hikes. I credit Spark People b/c I have been consistently working out a lot more! The backpack wasn't super hard but it was UPHILL and I didn't get tired, at all! <img src=""> While the scale doesn't say what I want it to,, this is a huge victory. Thu, 22 Jul 2010 11:45:55 EST stay +++ during stress It's so hard to stay on track in the midst of a busy, busy project. Keep your goals attainable when working 18 hours days. Walk 20 minutes, not 50. Don't dive in the deep end and eat a 700 calorie meal or snack. Stay ++++++++++++++++++. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 17:00:34 EST Work the problem Am clearly on a plateau and must do someting to actually take #'s off. Keep thinking on it. I have increased exercise by about now really watching everything I eat but menopause means 10# on most women so that's what I'm fighting. Thu, 8 Jul 2010 13:12:19 EST Yard Work I always forget that hauling stuff around the yard, bending down time after time, walking all over the yard, etc. - should count as exercise. I simply put in "yard work" for 20 minutes in my cardio -- even if I'm out there several hours. At least it counts for something. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 10:18:30 EST Yeah for me Did super well while <BR> <BR> * didn't have "car food" (chips, nuts, etc.) <BR> * made myself walk .30 minutes day despite QUITE severe fatigue, stress and allergies (going to a wedding where family dynamics were double black diamond) <BR> * tried to stay away from carbs..the entire trip <BR> * didn't do sugar <BR> <BR> Proud of myself...actually lost weight <BR> <BR> Next is the The Big Goal! Have to have a vision. Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:24:06 EST Vacation Going on vacation for five days. Better THINK about what I'm eating. It's so easy to justify this or that....Stay strong! Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:51:15 EST Don't let the scale = your total success I have only lost 5 to 7# (it varies) on Spark People...HOWEVER, the other day a friend told me I have really lost weight and ", you have a cute figure." I wanted to discount this great comment due to the scale not moving but I resisted and am soaking it in! Next, I took out a pair of shorts that normally, I would wear and they would be tight and very uncomfortable. This year, they fit and indeed, were loose. I need to get over having the scale dictate my success while still trying to ... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 09:49:53 EST Bike weather is here! Getting into summer exercising on my bike. It doesn't feel like work. How to replicate in the winter,is the QUESTION. <em>332</em> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 10:25:32 EST Motivation not just the scale I am not losing pounds but have done SP since 10/09 and everyone tells me I look better. I tried on a shirt the other day that zips at the bottom and last fall, it wouldn't close all the way. Two weeks ago, I wore it all the way zipped. A small step! Maybe the scale isn't the only secret of success? Sun, 9 May 2010 13:08:15 EST Winter Where I live winter is long and can be brutal for the work out routine. This year I set a goal to get outside doing something 15 times...snow shoe-ing, cross country skiing, hikiing in nearby places with Yak Trax on...So far, I'm on #14 and counting. Sat, 20 Feb 2010 09:48:48 EST