RUBYREDIVY1's SparkPeople Blog RUBYREDIVY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First wobble and panic button worked! I am more aware now of the emotional triggers that send me towards unnecessary food. For the first time in over a week I felt emotional hunger/craving and this time I was able to pinpoint it to its cause. I love my husband but sometimes he can be annoying when he’s being lazy. So that set me off but I used the app to press the panic button and there was a series of helpful questions that put things into perspective and literally 2 minutes later I was calm and collected and didn’t need to h... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:09:35 EST Intuitive Eating and 5 pounds gone Intuitive eating is a little bit daunting for almost anyone who is used to dieting. The idea that you don’t know how much you are eating or what to plan ahead for seems almost like a slippery slope for getting heavier, not lighter. How can you leave behind all the rules and just eat whatever you want and actually lose weight? It must take a disproportionate amount of willpower and discipline to achieve and seems counterintuitive ( no pun intended). Or is it? Well, it depends. We’re ve... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:26:46 EST Iron deficiency Day 1 of Recovery Iron level is extremely low. I have had 2 servings of liver since yesterday and am hoping to improve my diet from today. I have already bought gently iron supplements. I am currently going to stick to my 16-18 hour eating window and therefore not eat late nights. I had around 800-900 calories today and am not hungry right now so I won’t have any more. I kept my sugar intake low as I only had it in tea, 1 slice of wholemeal bread and 1 rice cake. I believe insulin has a... Tue, 31 Oct 2017 14:37:01 EST Revised Plan: 5:2 but with Higher Protein, HIIT and Strength Finally! <BR> <BR> I was stuck in a rut for over 3 weeks, re-thinking, revising and re-evaluating my eating because I had lost my way. <BR> <BR> I had to lose weight quickly for my graduation day so I went quite strict and did a sprint. It worked but not as well as I had hoped. <BR> <BR> Sacrifice > Result <BR> <BR> So, yes...while I didn't reach my desired goal for graduation I still looked pretty good so not complaining there. <BR> <BR> However, coming off a strict diet is never easy ... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:04:32 EST Healthy Meal Book Complete - Recipes fully calorie counted Hi guys. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So as I was saying before...I'm compiling a healthy recipes/meal book of all the different food groupings I eat on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> After so many years of experimenting with outlandish and sometimes strange recipes, I've come up with around 39 pages worth of recipes that I've definitely eaten again and again because they taste good. <BR> <BR> I've included sna... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:42:58 EST A Sustainable plan So I've come full circle. From doing low fat and aerobics back in the 2000s to low carb, intuitive eating to sparkpeople then low carb /clean eating / 5:2 and back again. I think I can realistically say I can personalise my new plan to suit what fits me. So essentially I will be eating mainly medium to high carb, low fat, high protein. My plan is a cocktail of what worked out for me. So I learnt that eating the same target every day doesn't work. So it does need to be a little dramat... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 19:52:44 EST Thank you all at Sparkpeople Do you know that being motivated or demotivated is just a matter of perspective? <BR> <BR> How quickly we lose perspective when we are alone with our negative self-talk. <BR> <BR> I realized posting to the community feed and here has helped me save probably around 1 week to a month of a downward spiral. <BR> <BR> No kidding. <BR> <BR> The minute I saw those responses and how true they rang from everybody here at sparkpeople, I realized I was just frustrated with what I'd put myself on a... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 11:19:15 EST What am I doing...? Yeah, i went from bad to's only one day but it was probably the worst day this year. I dunno what happened...I just snapped because I am so tired of not seeing progress. It's the longest plateau ever and eating smaller portions, eating clean, eating low carb, having done HIIT and Strength, taking protein shakes and still the scale being so sluggish is so so so demoralising - <BR> <BR> I just missed the taste of the junk I was addicted to for years even though I hadn't had it in... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 23:53:54 EST Update on Protein I think life is dull if eating is no longer enjoyable. <BR> <BR> That's how I'm feeling at the moment though. I think I'm taking this thing a bit too far for comfort for myself. I'm trying to stay low carb, eliminate sugar and up the protein. I've eliminated my daily sweet treat and to be honest it is total misery over here. <BR> <BR> I have time now, I need to take it slow, but even going slow why would I need to be so strict with my macros? <BR> <BR> I think the reason why I was becom... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:42:04 EST Shoulda gained but lost! Metabolism eh? Mystery! Since graduation day my diets been mostly high carb. Not keeping to ranges either. No exercise either until today. Today I'm 2kg lighter than last week Monday. Mystery to me how that happened. Happy to increase carbs on a regular basis - maybe carb cycling is for me plus meeting protein macros. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:53:00 EST This Sparkpeople Article made me Cry <img src=""> <BR><BR>vation_articles.asp?id=2272 For anyone struggling with yo-yo in please read this - it reduced me to tears! Thu, 6 Jul 2017 07:07:20 EST Don't forget the Sparkpeople Grouping function like I did! I'm picking myself up again. I've had another rethink. I used to use sparkpeople's grouping function when I started in 2012 as I realised which foods I was having regularly. After a year l compiled all the grouping meals into a word document and printed it off to keep on hand in the kitchen. That way I just looked up what I felt like and how many calories it was and be able to see what went into it so I could make it and just add that grouping into my daily tracker without having to ent... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 07:54:42 EST Exercise but diet is failing Introduced exercise - HIIT but now my diet is failing. Dunno why. Day 1 - caved in and had a cake. Day 2 - brownie! Day 3 pancakes with nutella. Day 4 crepes with nutella and a whole milka 100 bar.... I've completely lost my mind. Not sure what's happening. Help. Sat, 1 Jul 2017 16:42:42 EST New me! Mindset has changed. Going back to basics has set me free. But I'm he'll bent on improving health and wellbeing as well not just losing weight. I'm 30 now and it's the best time to start looking after my health, skin, hair and nails not to mention reverse the effects of aging by increasing muscle mass. Small steps. I'd like to introduce a nourishing and motivating morning routine that will make me feel good. This consists of drinking warm water with a squeeze of lemon on an empty stoma... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:45:55 EST Not what it seems Right. <BR> <BR> So although the scale has shifted and says 70kg - my clothes are not looser. Oh-oh. <BR> <BR> Not good. I'd rather the scale say I'm 71kg and the clothes falling off. <BR> <BR> I'm dreading the worst. <BR> <BR> What if I'm losing muscle? <BR> <BR> It makes sense though...I haven't been hitting my macros - undereating all macros. <BR> Not lifting weights or doing strength training. <BR> Not doing proper cardio like I used to. <BR> <BR> It's time to re-think. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:32:23 EST I think I'm getting it now! 1KG down! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Alright. So weight loss is not straight forward, predictable or linear, by any means, I get it. <BR> <BR> But it would be nice to know the predictors of when I do lose weight and when I'm stalling and that can be a challenge in itself. <BR> <BR> Like today - I was half expecting to see 73kg - but actually I'm 70kg today, which baffled me. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because a couple of day... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:55:52 EST Social Anxiety, Lack of Tact, Alienating People... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was the day (let's mark it for good measure!) that I've realised all that has ever ailed me. <BR> <BR> I've always felt something was missing. <BR> <BR> It might look like I've got a great thing going - married 12 years, nice husband, son, happy home, finished masters programme with flying colours, entrepreneur - what's not to like? <BR> <BR> However, I finally put my finger on th... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:42:33 EST Making progress again Day 3 of getting back to basics and making good progress. Bit of water retention from exercise but otherwise clothes are looser. :) Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:22:35 EST 80/20 Diet Sparkpeople Article - so that's what it's called? <img src=""> <BR> I just stumbled on this article on sparkpeople which mentions that there is a 80/20 Diet. 80% is healthy nutritious food while 20% is whatever the he'll you want. This has made me realise that it's almost similar to what I am already doing. Just didn't know it had a name lol. I also realised that it's great for losing weight but also for maintenance. Maintenance is a beast I had a chance at ... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:43:48 EST It's one of those days... Just feel terrible. Bored. Unsatisfied. I even fell off the wagon last Thursday but still feel unfulfilled no matter what I ate. Even foods not cutting it anymore. Just feel restless and annoyed. I dunno why and what's missing in my life. ...just can't put my finger on it. Yes I started my period last Wednesday and it might be to do with that. Generally I feel bored. I want some excitement and adventure. I want to travel and have a holiday. But I can't. And since my sons holiday... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 12:20:51 EST No more excuses <img src=""> <BR> No more excuses Fri, 9 Jun 2017 17:46:28 EST Updating all Comic Entries <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 18:01:56 EST Going back to the old trick of keeping sweets last <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm having a bad day today. Go figure. <BR> <BR> I just want to have sweets constantly today. Dunno why. <BR> <BR> It might be lack of sleep again. <BR> <BR> Stressful day. <BR> <BR> In any case...starting tomorrow I will go back to an old trick that did it for me back when I joined sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I'd eat normally during the day - calorie controlled, healthy and balanced macr... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 06:48:58 EST Episode 3 of the Yo Yo Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> lose your marbles. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 17:20:35 EST Episode 2 of The Yo Yo Life <img src=""> Mon, 5 Jun 2017 16:27:33 EST The Yo Yo Life Comic, Cover art and Episode 1 uploaded <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I made this comic to capture some of the funnier things that I've encountered whilst trying to lose weight. This is actually something that happened to me the other day and I still can't believe crusts weigh so much lol. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:36:29 EST Junk food diet??? Wtf? <img src=""> <BR> I was watching a tv show that looks at lots of different kinds of diets and recommends them to different people wanting to lose x amount of weight. While I knew most of the diets out there this one just seems wrong! The junk food diet? To lose weight? Seriously? How awful that sounds! Unhealthy and weird. Or so I say but I am a bit curious and a bit envious that people can lose weight with ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 05:45:36 EST Boredom, deprivation, lack of sleep and lack of planning Right. So I said I would get back on track today. I didn't. But I stayed under 1800. There's many reasons. And I need to safeguard against them next time we have a celebration day. 1.Boredom When I have a gap in my schedule and nothing to fill it, I'm bored. First instinct is to go to the fridge. Needs to stop. I need to stop myself and ask myself if I'm actually hungry. 2. Deprivation Each and every time I have a celebration day - my normal healthy eating routine seems less... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 18:14:48 EST A little wobbly but getting back on track quickly So the celebrations were nice - we had cake and a jolly time. Next day I aimed to get back on track. didn't pan out that way. So today is another re-start day. But over these 2 days I have consistently eaten 2000+ calories. So need to get back on it before it turns into a week of splurging. Today I'm back on 5:2 way of eating and doing a 500 day. It's already noon and I've just had my breakfast of 181kcals and going to check in with real hunger signals before eating my next... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 06:16:56 EST What a difference So I'm 3kg lighter in the pic with my friends ' lovely daughter in comparison to the other pic. What a difference it makes. I'm smiling full on here and wouldn't consider my face to be looking too fat but in the older pic I'm smiling much less but the face is really chubby. Go figure. Fri, 2 Jun 2017 19:38:58 EST Potato Chips <img src=""> <BR> Lol Fri, 2 Jun 2017 03:25:24 EST Am I Broken? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lately...trying to understand my own inner voice and motivation for doing things in life has become more and more difficult. I'm really confused at a time when I'm supposed to be crystal clear. <BR> <BR> I'm just wondering...what do I want? <BR> <BR> The answer is more complex than what could fill a book I think... <BR> <BR> It's a strange paradox. <BR> <BR> Checking in with myself I ... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 01:08:31 EST Need to lose a total of 22lbs - 11lbs gone! Halfway there!!! <img src=""> So I'm almost halfway through my journey. At first I thought I'd go for a loss of 30lbs but given my deadline of July 14th I think I can realistically only lose another 11lbs and just hope for the best. I'm going to try my hardest to lose more but the only thing I can do is increase exercise a bit and choose foods more wisely and not have anymore maintenance days. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 06:21:50 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> Create a deficit of 500 per day to lose 1lb per week. Wed, 31 May 2017 18:14:20 EST 5 kg down!!! (11 pounds!!!!) <img src=""> What a day! I have a maintenance day yesterday and still my weigh in today clocks in at exactly 71.0kg. I was 76kg at the end of March 17'. Struggling through April and May and finally shed 5kg! So excited! I'm super motivated to step it up now! I'm increasing exercise and upping protein and I'll get back to my routine of 20 sit ups, pushups and squats! Woooooo Wed, 31 May 2017 04:00:44 EST Maintenance day It's been around 10 days now since I've had a "maintenance" day so today I just felt like having a bunch of stuff I enjoy which isn't exactly 100% clean but I know eating healthy means allowing yourself treats now and then and 10 days is a good enough time frame between treats, am I right? So today I was weak and enjoyed a little nibble of this and that. Oreo cake half a portion, kinder chocolate mini, some slices of apple raisin crackers with tea, and for savoury I've had baked beans on... Tue, 30 May 2017 12:51:28 EST Breaking the Plateau! Stuck at 72-73kg for the most part of May...I've finally crossed into 71kg and May isn't over yet so a big result in breaking the Plateau. Fasting really helped break up routine and my body responded quickly. For once, haha! I'm hoping to continue fasting and if things slow down then drastically change things up again. Up the exercise or go low carb for a few days or cut out sugar and up the protein and fibre- just random things to trick myself out of comfort zone eating. Might go cold ... Tue, 30 May 2017 02:43:19 EST Fasting I've been doing 18 hour fasts to help speed up weight loss...seems to be working. Last ditch attempt to rattle my body into shedding fat. One issue is that I can't seem to be able to eat much once I do open the fast... been clocking 950 calories 2 days in a row. Drastic change in scales too but probably water loss. Will keep checking up on my progress and try to up my calories. Sun, 28 May 2017 19:16:07 EST Dissertation result!!! Ironic. I gained weight because of the pressure of my dissertation. I got my result today! My mark and my weight are the same (almost)! I reached 76kg and got 78 marks for my dissertation ( 70 min for A grade / Distinction) haha what if I had gained more? Just kidding. Yeah really happy with the result! First class 1:1 MBA! Couldn't be happier. Almost can't believe it. So the lapse and weight gain were worth it. Thanks oreo cake! :) Having lost 4.5kg since April is great but ... Fri, 26 May 2017 16:25:47 EST Worried But Hopeful I'm worried right now well as being in a plateau...I had a really unflattering picture taken yesterday which made me cringe....bulges on my back and what seemed like huge arms... I'm really upset by seeing that. My cheeks are sticking out when I smile and I do not look nice at all - selfies are completely different! I really need to kick it up a gear... <BR> <BR> On the positive side...I tried cauliflower shredded as rice today as my lunch with green onions and a little mince... Thu, 25 May 2017 08:55:24 EST Plateau Today I realised I'm in a plateau. My deadline is drawing closer and I'm getting worried. So I'm going to change up my routine a little. Up the exercise and cut out a few carbs and eat more protein. Recently I've started eating a lot of fruit and I think it might not be suiting me because I respond really well to low carb. I started my day today with an omelette full of onion, tomato and spicy sausage without any oil or bread. <BR> <BR> <BR> Very satisfying. I noticed that I've had ... Thu, 25 May 2017 04:05:18 EST Paperclip chain for motivation <img src=""> <BR> So I broke my 8 day streak to remain within calories. No problem. I somehow managed to have only 1 slice of birthday cake despite really wanting it. Great victory so I went back to normal next day and I've tried doing a 500 day but so far achieved roughly 1250, 1000 and 800 in the last few days. Pretty good considering it fell from 2300 on my sons birthday. Feeling positive and motivated to ... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:21:45 EST 8 day paperclip streak. Will I break it today? <img src=""> <BR> So I have a streak of 8 days. Quite happy with that to be honest. It's my sons birthday today so...I'm mentally fighting with myself if I should break it and go over 1800 today or not. I lost at breakfast as I had 2 fluffy butter pancakes with nutella and real whipped cream. So much for that. But will I be able to practice portion control and be sensible for lunch, dinner and....cake? C... Sat, 20 May 2017 10:37:16 EST Cramping my style... <img src=""> <BR> Yeah today is starting off to be one of those days where I have 0 motivation to do anything. Including making and eating food. Can't be bothered but also not really hungry at all. Just want soothing tea...or hot milk with honey/cocoa or something similar. I'm just going to lay low today and concentrate on getting my office work done. I'll rely on quick fixes and convenience today. Which can... Fri, 19 May 2017 03:08:51 EST Extreme cravings due to periods, but I made it anyway! Go ME! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> yeah...not quite, I didn't eat pizza or cheesecake. <BR> <BR> I clocked in at 1372 today even though I know I'm allowed 1800 since I'm on my period, but I'm done for today, totally stuffed and satisfied. <BR> <BR> What did I have? Well I went with the flow! And what a weird menu it looks like, indeed! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 18 May 2017 13:09:04 EST Play your cards right, and burn up to 15% more calories on your period! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Contrary to the funny cartoon, some studies suggest women do burn more calories on period days. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-i-get-so-hungry-before-and-during-my<BR>-period/ </link> <BR> <BR> It kind of makes sense as the body then manipulates us into eating high calorie foods before and during our periods to compensate. <BR> <BR> However, it can bec... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:55:26 EST Streaking Paperclips! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I started a new page on my fridge as it's a daily calendar I made myself. 5 clips and counting! Had a fast day yesterday and the paperclip chain kept me on track! Today I had a gorgeous steamed breakfast with everything. I made double (first pic) so my husband would enjoy a healthy treat (for once!) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 17 May 2017 06:02:28 EST Sparked by Sparkpeople Article - Visual Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the Sparkpeople Article: 7 Fun Ways to Visually Track Weight Loss Progress, there's several examples of how we can visually motivate ourselves to keep on track, keep going and stop ourselves from breaking our streak. Here's a link: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=7_fun_ways_to_visually_track_weight<BR>_loss_progress </link> <BR> <BR> Today I decided... Mon, 15 May 2017 18:37:47 EST Don't compare! You are normal! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I do think - do I eat THAT much that I've been overweight most of my life? Really? Or is it that my body is really working against me - most of my relatives are the types that can eat what they want and never gain weight, including my dad, brother and sister. My mom and I gain weight easily... <BR> <BR> It must be nice to have that - but I shouldn't compare myself - I'm normal... Mon, 15 May 2017 09:54:06 EST How could I forget? Thank goodness I blog! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling like I need to re-think my strategy - I feel like I'm heading towards a dead-end and its a matter of time before I completely stop with my weight loss progress... <BR> <BR> I'm stalling, literally. I haven't lost weight in 13 days - and it is definitely not a plateau. <BR> <BR> It's self-sabotage. <BR> <BR> And this only sets in because I'm rebelling against myself. <BR... Tue, 9 May 2017 07:08:10 EST