RUBYREDIVY1's SparkPeople Blog RUBYREDIVY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Distraction works?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So last week was really good. I hit my calorie mark pretty much as planned. Then suddenly I feel cravings coming on and I'm out of whack. I was getting a little bored with my eating plan so I was looking for something a little spicier than I normally have. So I cooked up a storm for the family on Friday and ended up overeating. My bad, I should've known that I would do so and thought of... Sun, 7 May 2017 17:13:36 EST Back to Pre-dissertation weight! Today I weighed myself after submitting my dissertation on the 3rd of April 2017 and having quite a few ups and downs trying to get back on track. I'm proud to say, although I didn't register the extra weight gain (76kg!), I've now lost 3kg (6 pounds) since 3rd of April! <BR> <BR> So Now I am back where I started when I was when starting my dissertation in September 2017! <BR> <BR> It's a crazy quick achievement, but all possible due to the 5:2 diet - and also sensible tweaking of calories... Wed, 3 May 2017 18:16:21 EST Strangest realisation... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Light up...light up, as if you have a choice, even if you cannot hear my voice, I'll be right beside you dear..." (Snow Patrol, Run) <BR> <BR> I've been the kind of person who enjoys melancholy...I was addicted to a certain kind of sadness which gave me strength during troublesome periods of my life. Mostly to do with my own self-doubt, self-esteem etc. <BR> <BR> I regularly listened to ... Mon, 1 May 2017 17:22:34 EST It's a new Day - it's a new Dawn - and I'm feeling Good! Day 1 of 5:2 diet after long break. <BR> <BR> It works, I know it - just gotta do it. <BR> <BR> Restarted gym membership - so going to be doing high intensity interval training as per 5:2 diet instruction - 20 seconds highest possible intensity on bike/treadmill/whatever then regain composure - then 20 seconds again on highest and keep repeating for just 10 minutes per day, minimum 3 days per week. I haven't tried it yet, but will try it now. <BR> <BR> As for food - fast days, low-carb, n... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:11:50 EST Delicious lunch on feed day <img src=""> <BR> I wanted a nice low carb lunch. I went for a quiche baked into a bell pepper with Mushrooms, asparagus, red pepper, spinach, salmon, cream cheese and jalapeño chilli's. Oh my God. Regular food never packs that kind of taste punch. Yummy. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 12:46:21 EST Delicious meals on feed days! <img src=""> Today's a feed day. Usually time for me to do 2 things: get more nutrition and satisfy some cravings. So while meals might not always be low calorie on feed days - they are certainly healthy. I had carrot cake pancakes - 100kcal each + cream cheese frosting. To die for. I had the whole batch of 4. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:07:03 EST Gorgeous meal on a fast day <img src=""> I love cream cheese with salmon. Just love it. So 50kcals for the bread, 48kcals for 30g light cream cheese and 36kcals for 20g of smoked salmon. A handful of fresh spinach on top negligible calories - but tastes like heaven. Total? 146kcal. I can have it 3 times and still have calories to spare for tea/coffee. Love it. Makes 5:2 easy as pie. But without pie. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:11:42 EST 1 month on 5:2 - let's keep the momentum going! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Today it's been 1 month since starting on 5:2 - not giving up now! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 05:32:39 EST 1 month on 5:2! <img src=""> Tomorrow will be 1 month since I started 5:2 diet. Here's my breakfast today - blueberry, apple and yoghurt on top of scotch pancakes. Felt like a treat today for getting this far. Yum! Also my weight decreased again by 2 pounds since last Saturday. Yay! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 05:15:37 EST 5:2 - day 23 didn't think I'd make it! OK so it's day 23 of 5:2 intermittent fasting. Feels good to be able to say I did it. But not only that - also that I know this plan suits me. So some realisations to note are: It suits me well to eat low carb on fasting days. It also suits me better to drink tea with sweetner rather than cut it out completely. Set and pre-planned meals are better for fasting days than going on a whim. Didn't work a couple of times I tried it - ended up going over 500kcal. Eating 3 set mini meals for ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:51:38 EST Yes, you really can't mess it up. Really. Ok so today's the start of week 4 on 5:2 - a lot of realisations coming forward. <BR> <BR> Yesterday didn't go to plan, at all. I tried really hard but went over my calories. I was aiming for 3 fasting days last week, but it didn't work, so no problem. <BR> <BR> The best thing? Even though missing the mark, messing up and failing can feel bad and actually make you more likely to derail the efforts you've put in - with 5:2 it's not that simple to mess up! <BR> <BR> If you are doing it ri... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 07:07:33 EST Feeling great Today is day 20 of my 5:2 diet. And it's great to have feed days. Today is my feed day and tomorrow will be my fast day. On feed days I eat healthy but incorporate things I really want. Like today I had buttered toast with apricot jam. It feels great to be able to have that. With tea it came to 471kcal but since today's target 1500 it's not breaking the calorie bank. For lunch I'll probably have a mini pizza with tuna and salad. In the evening I'm planning on plenty of veg, mushroom... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:31:58 EST I reached 69.2kg - last time was September 2016! So I reached 69.2kg - big achievement. Last time I weighed this much was September 16'. <BR> <BR> So I've decided to put down some recipes I've shared on spark recipes - pictures will follow, it's just i keep eating it before i remember to take a picture! <BR> <BR> What's on the menu? <BR> <BR> Pizza and carrot cake pancakes! <BR> <BR> Well, not the usual type. My own low calorie versions that taste pretty brilliant. <BR> <BR> <BR> With chocolate cake, all the flavour comes from choco... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:10:08 EST