RUBYREDIVY1's SparkPeople Blog RUBYREDIVY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Mid of week 3 on 5:2 Hi. I recently wrote on the non scale victory of losing a dress size. Seems after 3.5 weeks of starting the scale had started to budge this morning. I'm now 70.4kg and started at 72.5kg. That's 2.1kg loss or 4 pounds! Wed, 25 Jan 2017 02:52:45 EST Dropped a Dress Size! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dropped a dress size. :D Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:16:17 EST Evaluating 5-2 Strategy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok. So today is the start of week 3 on 5:2. <BR> <BR> So far so good - already realised I'm a dress size smaller, which is great. <BR> <BR> But today was supposed to be my 500 day and I didn't manage to pull it off at all. <BR> <BR> I had a great start, but then forgot that it was my 500 day. Funnily enough, when I aim to eat 1200, or 1500 or 1700, I tend to go slightly over. But on my... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:33:48 EST Weight vs Measurements <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I've been very good since the Sunday before last - going steady with my calorie intake, macros and challenging unhelpful thinking. So far so good. <BR> <BR> I haven't weighed myself since I started and it's now approaching the end of week 2 this Sunday. I weighed myself today instead of Sunday, even though I shouldn't have, and found I am the same as at the end of week 1. <BR> <BR> A ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:51:42 EST Mindset - Reminders So it went perfectly well yesterday - I really had a think, really went for it, and it felt good. <BR> <BR> Today was one very stressful day. One of the most stressful. <BR> <BR> Somehow the mindset is quite powerful, so I didn't succumb, like I usually would. <BR> <BR> I didn't think about the comfort I'd get from eating comfort food and just putting it down to a bad day and saying that's that - let's start over tomorrow. Why should I? <BR> <BR> I don't ever want to start over. "Start... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:24:51 EST Mindset, Sabotage and disbelief <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm very proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I try my hand at any diet, and I can stick to it for a while and lose weight. <BR> <BR> Only to then change my mindset, start sabotaging and disbelieving in the weight loss goal and asking for more time. <BR> <BR> Why do I do that? <BR> <BR> I know I lose weight well with intuitive eating, albeit very slow. <BR> I know I lose weight well with low carb,... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:18:57 EST Tracking Everything <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just realised that aside from tracking calories and exercise on the trackers on spark people - it would be a more motivating idea to also track it on my blog like BigRentMan, who is by the way, a huge inspiration! <BR> <BR> So I'm backtracking to when I started the gym - which was 10 days ago on the 6th of Dec, 2016. Going to just be backtracking the exercise as the food was not tracked ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:49:30 EST A New Dawn <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a new dawn for me. <BR> <BR> So much has changed this month - so much has never changed even in the last 5 years. <BR> <BR> It's all new to me, and I'm grappling with a lot of new emotions and challenges. <BR> <BR> For a bit of background and to commemorate the start of my new journey, I'm going to recap what my relationship with weight loss has been from start to now. <BR> <BR> I w... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 07:22:46 EST Food Addiction It's real. And I think I might have it. According to an article in sparkpeople the first thing is to write down truthfully what sends me into binge mode and not have those foods anymore as they are triggering this behaviour and can't be eaten in moderation. Trigger Food list: Pastries - any kind Kinder chocolate Milka chocolate Kinder Bueno Any commercial pizza Tiramisu any kind Chocolate chip cookies Biscuits Indian takeaways Indian sweets Biryani Pilau rice KFC Creamy pasta Mini cakes... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:59:52 EST 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 t... 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