RUBYREDIVY1's SparkPeople Blog RUBYREDIVY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Started going to gym! I've left my exercise bike at walking sessions behind and joined a nearby gym full time. Just did 2 hours per day for the last 3 days now... never imagined it would be this much fun. I always thought it would be bothersome and tiring but actually you get to really concentrate and zone out and the shower and sauna afterwards are a great reward. Everything feels better - food is more satisfying, water is more satisfying and sleep as well. My husband joined me and we're both going now. Anot... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:46:55 EST The Power of Streaking! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well... not that kind of streaking! <BR> <BR> So I've figured out I was getting complacent in my calorie counting and eating more than I thought I was - hence problem in losing weight. <BR> <BR> Armed with this new insight, I'm going to make a run for it now. <BR> <BR> I will aim to streak for 100 days straight. No breaks, no pauses, no excuses. <BR> <BR> I will exercise when and if I h... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:17:07 EST Illusion <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you eat the same sort of menu all the time it's easy to let a couple of extra mouthfuls delude you that you're eating a similar amount of calories. You're not. Every single calorie counts. <BR> <BR> Before: <BR> <BR> 1 poached egg <BR> 1 slice small loaf toast <BR> Smidgen of lighy mayo <BR> Tea with 1 tsp sugar and 60ml milk <BR> <BR> <BR> After - slowly creeping up: <BR> <BR>... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:57:11 EST Day 1 and off to a good start Virtuous cycles and vicious cycles. I can get into vicious cycles sometimes and it's hard getting out... I noticed that this starts with holidays. Never quite get back on track. A vicious cycle starts. I'm am starting a virtuous cycle today. It's Day 1 and I'm off to a good start. The reason I'm optimistic is because I've learnt my lesson. And the lesson is not to destroy the virtuous cycle for 1 holiday like birthday, vacation or celebration. Those days should be like all other day... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 13:42:58 EST Mindfulness Going to try mindfulness from now on. 1. Spot habit trigger 2. Be mindful and curious of it 3. Let it go with joy It's not a big uncontrollable impulse. It's a series of small discomforts that pass. I will give it a try. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:51:49 EST Seeing the bright side I haven't been able to get back into the rhythm of weight loss. wise nor exercise wise....but thankfully I haven't gained any significant weight. I'm still at 72kg and haven't gone up from there so I consider myself very lucky. I'm going to try to get back on track. Wish me luck. Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:22:37 EST Slipping What is it with the reset button to disaster that I like to come back to again and again? I've been on a loss trajectory for quite a while holiday and only 1 cheat day and it's a struggle to get back into the rhythm. A whole week has passed since with half hearted exercise efforts and equally half-hearted eating menus. The result is a gain of 1kg. Not big, I know. But headed the wrong way still. I'm not letting this get worse because i have seen this trend before and 1kg gai... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 03:13:00 EST New Normal and Holiday Strategy The new normal daily calorie count is feeling acceptable and comfortable. Holidays need to be sorted. 2000kcal allowance for holiday days and minimum 30 min exercise. See how it goes. Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:56:56 EST Are Headaches usual? Since 2 days I've been getting strange headaches - lack of focus, concentration and lethargy. Wondering if this has anything to do with losing weight in general? I eat healthy - plenty of protein, carbs, vegetables and even some fats too - all within calorie limits. I stopped exercising after I got the headaches and today it started getting better. Am I overdoing exercise maybe? My target every day is between 30 minutes and 2 hours - how ever long I feel like. My average exercise time p... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:04:47 EST 5kg lost ! Incredible feeling. Weeks of no progress! But then... it started coming off bit by bit . Today I am 69.9kg as opposed to 75kg I'm so relieved. Just need to keep focused. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 02:26:03 EST Rhythm I've realised that once we get into a rhythm of eating less and avoid sugar/sweet things you really do get used to it. I noticed today that I was craving chocolate because it was that time of the month for me...I didn't have any so I made do with an ice lolly and fruit. It was really lovely after a long time. So in the evening my husband got some chocolate for me but by then the craving was gone so I didn't bother having any. That's never happened before. Just seeing chocolate was ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:27:03 EST Accepting is hard...but easier once it's done We all have things we'd rather not have or be. Things we brush under our subconscious carpet and want to forget exist and are part of us. We develop partial blindness to avoid seeing them in ourselves. We fail to accept these truths until they resurface in life and send us a shock wave. Things like...I'm always going to be fat. Or I'm never going to be a social butterfly at parties. Never going to get out of debt. Never seeing the whole world. Never getting rid of my stretchmarks. N... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:33:30 EST Ignorance is bliss Sometimes it's good to be influenced by those around you and take examples. But if you're competitive and take pride on doing everything right then it isn't. What you value when no one is judging you is the real you. If you aren't into home decor and have friends who are similarly unbothered with the latest home decor fashion - you're at ease. But what baffles me is that when people who are into that come round and criticise what I've done I start to care about that and improving myself... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:19:35 EST 3500kcals for 0.5kg or 1 pound gain So...3500kcals must be consumed over that what you need to burn if you're going to gain 0.5kg or 1 pound. I'm confused. I'm trying harder since 2 weeks now and at best breaking even It means. Last week I had reached but despite not bingeing nor overeating and calorie counting properly I don't understand how right now I am 71kg again. I haven't consumed an excess of 3500 let alone 7000 calories for the scale to say 71kg. How does that work? Is it mainly water retention? As I am dr... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:20:36 EST Why I socialise with friends but never with relatives Family is a weird thing. Your bound by blood but it doesn't mean diddly squat about liking each other. <BR> <BR> Friends are wonderful - you know they want to be with you because they want to, not because a bond dictates that's how it should be. <BR> <BR> Asian culture is funny - we hate each others' guts but still keep strong bonds. I guess it's good in a way, but also a little hypocritical. <BR> <BR> I don't want to waste my time on people I can't stand or who wait every chance to crit... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:27:54 EST 70kg reached today! Thank goodness I'm not going insane! I thought I haven't lost anything this week until today when the scale suddenly shifted from 71.6 to 70kg after being between 72 and 71.5 all week. Result! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:58:49 EST 3 Major Accomplishments So I'm back on it again as usual, trying to go down, bit by bit, taking it slow - but focusing on being strict with the numbers. Going ok so far. I am maintaining more than losing, but it's all good. <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd look at the accomplishments that aren't so easy to see to change my perspective a bit, because it's been quite a while now I've reached 72kg and not really going down from here. <BR> <BR> The biggest accomplishment I think has been that I have had no bulimic rel... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:42:45 EST How to stop losing focus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes everything seems to be right, you're tracking calories, exercising, eating good food, but the weight is stuck. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and just feel like I'm cursed with bad genes and a horrible metabolism and that I'm not going to make it and I'm wasting my time. <BR> <BR> I know that's not true, because I've lost and maintained for a good 3 years befo... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 05:06:33 EST You Sushi fan <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> I love You sushi...but it can get expensive. Mondays are awesome because everything in store is £2.80 no matter what you order. So Mondays are my new Friday where I will focus on eating a bit less the rest of ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:20:46 EST Pros and Cons of Working from Home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Pros and Cons of Working from Home <BR> <BR> I've been working from home for about 7 years now and I can't really complain. <BR> <BR> There's many benefits, but the downsides can really get you if this sort of thing doesn't suit your personality. It's a preference thing. The pros and cons below are just my experience and opinion. <BR> <BR> Pros: <BR> Saving on Commuting time. <BR> <B... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 05:18:24 EST New favourites I'm exploring new flavours and so far I've fallen in love with an unbelievably tasty exotic fruit ice cream lolly. You might of already heard of it : solero. 99kcals per magnum sized bar....I can't believe that. In the past I would eat less food so I could have a magnum but it's not worth that aggro. I love the refreshing taste of solero and it makes for a nice & light dessert after a meal. Another new favourite is coconut ice cream and coconut water. Coconut water is expensive but re... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 19:36:50 EST Dear Ex, here's why I am divorcing you... Dear Ex, You've always been there for me, I know, through all the years of kindergarten and middle school you would be waiting for me when I got home and we'd often play together in the nearby park. You've supported me when things got rough, and smoothed my edges when I came undone through my teens. In my early twenties I finally married you, enjoying multiple honeymoons together when there were celebrations and joy to be had. I'd get angry with you but in the end you were irresistib... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:14:38 EST Mango smoothie, not milkshake I'm a big fan of milkshakes. Especially mango milkshake, but given that a mango is much higher in calories than berries for example I felt that I probably shouldn't have as many. How can I make it less calorific? I'm already using 2% milk. I don't think you could make it with water...or can you? I was pleasantly surprised that you can. Actually I got a stronger mango flavour. I added a bit of water, 1 medium mango and lots of ice to make a kind of mango smoothie slushi and it tastes... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:47:00 EST Exercise bike problems but staying resilient My exercise bike has broken down...the pedals turn but there's no resistance. Not giving up though. I got my cardio today by doing 1 hour of high intensity just dance! Great workout! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:52:20 EST New Mindset, letting go, and Pokemon Go! Yeah so it's been a while. <BR> <BR> I've completed all taught lessons of my masters in business administration just last friday and all I can say is, it's a load off my mind. <BR> <BR> Just have some assignments to hand in and a dissertation to write and then I will be graduating soon! <BR> <BR> Very excited, can't wait for my big day. <BR> <BR> <BR> On the weight loss front I have realised I have developed a new mindset. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm consistently avoiding things I shouldn't be ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:44:33 EST On the right track It's the third week starting now that I'm on better eating. Weight is reducing modestly but clothes are definitely looser already. Feeling great. Sun, 17 Jul 2016 04:55:49 EST New BMR So...obviously I knew that as we age our metabolism slows down....but I wanted to check again to what extent. <BR> <BR> I went online to check out my BMR. <BR> <BR> So when I was 20 it was 1553, and now it's 1511. <BR> <BR> That means...I'm burning 14,112kcal less per year than almost 10 years ago. <BR> <BR> That's worth 2kg! <BR> <BR> So if I don't increase exercise and decrease food intake to account for this, then I am going to get nowhere. <BR> <BR> I recently started Uni and my ro... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 12:48:17 EST Lost quite a bit but low carb is out So last week I went on a kick start and lost 1kg to date. However I am not prepared to keep going as I think I won't be able to stop myself from grabbing a chocolate bar this week. So good result is in the bag now I just need to be vigilant with strict calorie counting. One thing I will still do is eat high protein and just add a little complex carbs to my meals and have just 1tsp sugar in my tea. Feeling great - let's see how this week goes! Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:24:21 EST Variety, variety, variety! <img src=""> <BR> So yesterday I got really fed up with the idea that I'm not pushing myself hard enough and really need a "kick" start to weight from today I'm going with a comfortable low carb option for a week to get a kick in the right direction. When I've tried everything and the body just feels like it's in a slump I tend to fall back on this plan b and it works always. Only thing is I can't do i... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 08:41:50 EST 10k steps Today I went shopping and decided to try a pedometer on my phone just for fun. 5 miles and 10, 000 steps later I realised how much fun it was - didn't feel that tiring! But it was a great workout nevertheless - my feet are sore now. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:20:27 EST It's funny A while ago ....about 6 months ago, I was 67kg...and cursing my lack of motivation for losing weight and getting down to 60kg. It's ironic that since then I went up to 70kg and then tried do hard to get back down to 67kg thinking omg that was better than this how could this happen? Then I gained 5kg and yearned to be 70kg again omg please it was better then! Now since then I have lost 5kg regained 3kg then lost 2kg and I'm now stuck at 72.5kg eternally for the past god know how many wee... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 04:26:00 EST Good bacteria Calories in and Calories out is pretty simple. But there's more to it than macros, fat, protein and carbs. Recently a lot of research has confirmed that gut bacteria play a vital role in weight loss. And the key to better gut health are foods that contain beneficial bacteria but not those that are highly processed. I mean stuff people around the world have eaten for thousands of years. Fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut and yoghurt. But that's half the story. We ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 05:35:06 EST Exercise Exercise can be a motivator. Where all other things require a lot of motivation....and sustained effort - exercise is a positive multiplier. It requires foresight, planning and motivation to begin with but then becomes a source of motivation to stick to everything else. It's the glue that sticks together healthy eating and positive thinking. I exercised last night from 11am to 12....felt like the day ended on a high note. 12 hours later I did another session and I now feel thrilled and p... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:37:54 EST Doubt needs to be erased Sometimes ...we inherently doubt what we can achieve...and it undermines everything we do. <BR> <BR> I work from son just started his summer holidays, and today I had a really bad day food wise...and emotionally charged with a fight with my husband. Doesn't happen often anymore so was a bit more uncomfortable than usual. <BR> <BR> <BR> Excuses because of doubt have surfaced...I am not letting my therapy get to my core because I am pessimistic...I am letting the situation contro... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:34:13 EST Lost 1kg! First progress after a long plateau. Lost 1kg and not backing down now. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 05:10:38 EST Vanilla Cheesecake using fat free quark Egg, fresh, 2 large Granulated Sugar, 70g Tesco Healthy Living Enriched Sunflower Spread (UK), 50 g Breisgaumilch Quark 0,2% Fett, 375 gram(s) Morning coffee biscuits - per biscuit (Sainsburys), 20 serving 3 tsp vanilla extract Going to be making this soon. An old recipe I used to make. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:44:45 EST Target the subconscious Most of the decisions ...feelings, opinions and intuitions come from our subconscious. As mentioned in my last post...rational thinking or your conscious self has less to do with you sticking to healthy eating plans. So are we doomed by our internal subconscious programming to fail our goals? Not necessarily. There are a lot of ways to reprogramme the subconscious but things aren't mainstream enough to be well known or rather well practiced. There's CBT that counsellors and psychothe... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 05:33:52 EST It's not rationality that's the problem About a year ago I wrote the blog entry that is below. I have to say. ..After nearly 3 years at sparkpeople...I can honestly say weight loss isn't about rationality. Ok so many people won't genuinely know the information that's necessary for weight loss like BMR, calorie counts of various foods etc, but even when we know pretty much everything there is to know... It doesn't mean that we will stand a higher chance of succeeding. After all its not rationality that's the problem. It's our u... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:54:45 EST Day 1: off to a rocky start All day everything went well. I was below my range. A little later I got hungry - and went a bit over. I broke even basically. No harm done, dusting myself off and going for better calorie range today. Besides...what could've happened was giving in to junk food or sweet temptation but I didn't so it's not all bad. Going to try harder today to eat healthy but stay in the range. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:17:49 EST A new story I'm tired of the reruns this drama keeps taking. I'm taking charge and rewriting my story from today. I get obsessive sometimes. I need to use that to my advantage. I have stopped binge-eating through therapy and am free of emotional eating since 1 week. This means I will find it easier to stick to my eating plans than before. I have worked hard on my assignments without the need to comfort eat. It can be done. All I need is to start. Now. 1. Calorie count every bite 2. Drink wate... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:26:13 EST Cake time! Not eating - decorating! <img src=""> <img src=""> Just made a basket two tone rose cake :) It's for a charity event - Japanese earthquake relief fund. Hence the symbols Fri, 20 May 2016 03:06:18 EST Yo-Sushi Review I had recently heard from a friend that the desserts at Yo-Sushi! are unique, delicious and low in calories. <BR> <BR> I had to see for myself, so I went on over there today for a taste test. <BR> <BR> There's 7 desserts in total but I tried 5 desserts. They were absolutely gorgeous. <BR> <BR> <BR> Strawberry cheesecake mochi - 185kcals <BR> <BR> When I lifted this dessert with my chopsticks I was surprised to find it was very delicate and soft. <BR> <BR> It smelled very sweet and pl... Fri, 6 May 2016 14:58:51 EST Count the times I'm very weak at the moment - I threw the towel in 3 times this week and got back again. I think as a distraction and also to see a visual graph of my struggle I'm going to count every time I am tempted by something and a. Give in and b. Fight it. I'll record these as I go and make a graph by the end of the month. Might encourage me to give in less and start creating a curve to success. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:29:51 EST Day 1 of getting back on track Day 1 15 minutes of intense exercise feeling good. Eating right. Doing well. Positive. Just need to do little things consistently not big things inconsistently. The power of repetitive habit doing only small manageable chunks at a time is underestimated. I will succeed because it's easy. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 11:35:59 EST Blew everything 2 weeks of an intensive Uni programme and 8.5 hours every day taking work calls... and a canteen full of goodies....and I'm up 3 kg Is it the end? No. I can return back to normal now. Today I'm 73.2kg - what will I be next time I check? We shall see... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 14:04:24 EST Chugging along Doing more every day. Trying hard. I had a slip up yesterday. But I am back in it today. And so on and on it goes... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 02:02:50 EST Doing great Stopped counting the days but I am doing really well and have so far lost 2kg. Also realized a trick to make my tea sweeter without using more sugar or any sweetner. I just caramelise 1 tsp of sugar in a small pan and when it becomes liquid just add water, milk and once mixed add the teabag and simmer - tastes great Thu, 3 Mar 2016 04:43:22 EST Day 2 of new super plan Great day - B Stuck to my macros and got creative in the kitchen - tons of stir fry veg at lunch. Only downfall was evening snacking - but I was genuinely hungry so it's okay. 1400 kcal so still okay. Need to redeem myself today - I'm looking forward to lower carb meals for lunch and dinner - my favourites lined up. Try to reach 1250 today and it's Thursday so 1 hour exercise also on schedule. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:15:14 EST Day 1 of new super plan Day 1: Excellent day - A* Clocked in at 1300 yesterday - exercised hard as planned - no deviation no deprivation - totally satisfied with food and really enjoyed it. Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:42:31 EST Back on track - trying new things My son came up with some great ideas for weight loss - he's only 8 but he has a sweet tooth and I have to keep checks on him to make sure he doesn't overeat on sweets. He came up with a great plan to allow for indulging but still lose weight. We've set our intensive 1 - 2 hour exercise days for Tue, Thurs and Sunday. Which coincides with his bath times so great. He also recommended we should have a "party day" once a month where we go out and celebrate our healthy eating and eat whatever... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:17:25 EST