RUBYREDIVY1's SparkPeople Blog RUBYREDIVY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Some days...greed gets me I'm having one of those days - instead of fighting it, I'm just hitting my maintenance calories today - if I deprive myself I will go overboard. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:17:02 EST Need to be good Weekends can be minefields. Right? Well temptation can be derailing efforts anytime but weekends tend to be bad for me. I don't have a strategy to counter this - just need to stop buying the little oatcakes I started eating last Monday. Good intentions went out the window when they became a "fix" item - go to for craving and addicted behaviour as I eat them with Nutella. Nutella sits in my cupboard unafraid most of the time. But when a medium like crispy oatcakes enters the house I ca... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 03:47:11 EST New tastes, new experiences I think any healthy eating effort is a journey that keeps evolving as you get better at it. I'm switching up a lot of flavours and to good effect. Yesterday I decided to try these new pots we have in the supermarket - zucchini noodles - so I made chicken mince but didn't stick to any Italian seasoning at all. I need a kick of spice, so I upped it on red chilli, tumeric and garam masala with plenty of tomatoes. I enjoy the spiciness so much I forgot that I was planning to add wholemeal s... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 03:12:12 EST Rethinking my strategy I've totally left spark for a good 2 months now. Weight has crept back slowly so I am back to starting point at 70kgs again. Not a problem. As we age our preferences do change. I need to rethink everything I know. Here's what I can't do: 1. Eat ultra low carb 2. Deny myself sweet stuff 3. Eat the same thing over and over 4. Calorie count every morsel So keeping in mind new rules that won't make me feel like I'm missing out on life - I will definitely need to strategisze around these an... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:13:13 EST How to Make A Minecraft Creeper Cake <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 20 Dec 2015 06:56:10 EST Wooooooooooooo its working!!!! Yay! Mindfulness and stopping in my tracks is working so well I cant believe it!!!! Balanced breakfast - check Balanced Lunch - check Light Dinner - check Evening munchies x time of month = overload on snacks But what am I doing? Catching myself before I fall! Just realizing I am about to head into a slippery slope made me snap out of it! Im now relaxing with a nice cup of tea instead of having 2 mini packets of biscuits and a chocolate bar. :) My healthy day ends healthy - not rui... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:24:35 EST Minecraft Creeper Cake! Happy Holidays! <img src=""> Today is the last day of school for my 8 year old. So to start the holidays right, Im surprising him with a cool Minecraft Creeper Cake! I will be uploading a video on how to make this on youtube soon for any monmies out there that want to do the same for their little monkeys! Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:44:08 EST Going great <img src=""> So far so good. Since being mindful - I have been really good. And now making very positive changes overall. Feeling Great. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 08:49:43 EST Solution to weight yo yoing Ive admitted I am an emotional eater/binger. But after so many days of being mindful i have realized how effective Ive become in spotting it and stopping it in its tracks. Now I do need another solution to keep me heading in the right direction. I cook separate meals for my family and for myself. Ive noticed that I tend to not be bothered to make my own balanced meals when Im overly stressed or upset about something thats happened. But this causes me to go double or nothing on the meals ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:09:59 EST 10 year Wedding Anniversary! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> EDIT: changed the decoration to white swirls and strawberries! I like it better now. I made a small wedding Anniversary cake for our 10th Wedding Anniversary! Its on the 10th of December and I can still tweak things... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 18:41:45 EST Easy Colourburst Mugcake <img src=""> Is a big cake too much temptation for you? Make a mugcake! Hot, moist and portion controlled! See recipe below - makes 4 small servings S<BR>ee the video for how to make! Mon, 7 Dec 2015 13:48:56 EST Easy Rainbow Pancakes! <img src=""> Check out my youtube video made with my son on how Rainbow Pancakes are made. Sun, 6 Dec 2015 03:37:07 EST Mindfulness Day 2 <img src=""> Morning! I love Saturdays! Started the day right with husband making tea for me in bed. I had delcious tea and went about making breakfast. Grilled French Toast with Strawberries and a hint of nutella. I grilled the french toast on my george foreman grill and it tastes really good without all that frying in oil. Recipe: 3 eggs 3Tbs sugar 130ml semi skimmed milk 7 slices of 100kcal bread Makes... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 06:55:28 EST Mindfulness - Day 1 OK so the first step to beating emotional eating is to be mindful of it. So starting today I will try my best to notice when I get a craving and possible reasons why. 1. At breakfast - I knew I was going to have a hectic day so thought I'd "treat" myself to a nutella breakfast. No. I will be out all day and if i have pancakes with nutella and fruit it wont last me as long as poached egg tomato and beans will. So I resisted that. 2. I was having a invasive procedure done at the hospi... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 12:14:42 EST Get that rabbit! An analogy just hit me as i was thinking about why i sometimes yo yo up and down... I dont mind tracking, actually quite quick and effortlesd with grouping and favourites features on sparkpeople. I dont mind healthy eating - it gives me a nice feeling if doing something good for myself. I dont mind wating the right portion size - over time i have becomed used to it and my stomach has adapted. I dont mind having treats in moderation - i tend to feel sickly if i allow myself too much chocol... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 05:27:51 EST Tell someone about your goals today Wow. Its like having a personal coach. Just now i got this message from sparkcoach: tell someone about your goals today.... etc I just had a sweet treat and was torn over having another one when i got that message. It totally blew everything out of the water. So okay my goals are 1. To reach 65kg 2. To maintain my weight for at least 3 years The longer i can maintain the higher the chance of it continuing. Our bodies like to stay in one place if they become accustomed to a certain way... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 08:45:00 EST Why I don't batch and tupperware meals <img src=""> Failing to plan is planning to fail, right? Well ive noticed a lot of people batch cook chicken breasts, steamed veg and rice etc and packing them into controlled portions in tupperware and ready to eat across the week. Sounds foolproof, right? Not for me. If i knew i had to have the same thing every day even for a week i would go mad. I dont care about not having to weigh, measure, count and just... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 08:51:42 EST Calorie Counted Meal Gallery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just made a youtube video showing all my healthy, portion controlled and calorie counted meals. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the slideshow - includes calorie count. Check it out at the link below. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks! Please like my channel! Tue, 1 Dec 2015 16:52:29 EST Pre-new year resolution New year resolutions tend to fire up strong and then die down and disappear much like the fireworks on new years eve. Im going to have a head start on my new years resolution by testing the waters a bit before committing on dec 31. We make our habits then our habits make us. So from today i want to focus on weight. Reaching 66 or even 65kg and staying put. Maintenance. I have a little way left to go now. So i will step it up a notch and teach goal a little early and then lock on my new... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:19:00 EST Healthy eating youtube Channel You have received a YouTube video!<BR> Hi everyone! Im working on a youtube channel to spread info on healthy wating. Keeping it simple by making top 5 foods lists for various things. Will be making a segment on weight loss as well and sharing my experiences on my weight loss journey. Please watch and subscribe if you like the videos! Greatly appreciated! Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:17:24 EST My response to Andeewi's mail Hi Andeewi Thanks from the bottom of my heart for taking interest and time out to write back to me about the mysteriously vanished blog. Its funny but i dont normally write about my personal life on here - only rarely to vent. After the first few - "get help!" Messages i did feel a bit exposed and while others were more than understanding and had empathy, like yourself - i kind of feel like getting counselling isnt what will help me. Your solution is tight up my street. Like i said im ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:27:58 EST Makeover - Overhaul - Focus! Feeling helpless and as if on pause. Sometimes situations make you put wishes on pause... For so long you forget what they were to begin with. Im fed up. Pent up resentment and hopelessness ruins my good weight losd efforts and i feel so deprived sometimes of being denied what i really want that i sometimes substitute it with real bad food choices. I want to change. Everything. Ive been through a lot. I never wanted a life of luxury. Just wanted a decent, stable life without huge fi... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:57:34 EST Back to square one I just checked my shouldnt be a surprise....but im back at 70kg I should be ashamed for the setback. Emotional eating taking its toll. Starting over from today. I need to get a grip. I really sabotaged myself big time... i really feel awful. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:12:47 EST It was pass anyway <img src=""> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:03:31 EST No more procrastination <img src=""> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 04:57:34 EST Rye Bread <img src=""> Although wheat products reign supreme on the shelves of supermarkets in the United States, foods made from whole rye are worth looking for, not only for their rich, hearty taste, but for their numerous health benefits. Like most grains, rye is available throughout the year. Rye is a cereal grain that looks like wheat but is longer and more slender and varies in color from yellowish brown to grayish gr... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:07:36 EST First time When Im upset....i eat a lot...emotional eating. But...recently ....i have become upset...and instead my appetite has disappeared... I am that upset. And i dont see a way back. Im forcing myself to eat... All the wrong things... just a couple of bites here and there... just not hungry at all....very upset. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 13:25:43 EST It has to be special Day 4 of back to basics today and it's been proven time and again that my special treat for the evening has to be truly special. I didn't have time to make any desserts so I resorted to nutella with ____ insert accompaniment here _____ But it doesn't hit the spot. Toast with nutella - I am left wanting more crispbread - same as above crepes - don't really fancy it pancakes - only good when fresh - don't have time. porridge - same as with toast Satisfying are vanilla cheesecake - made wit... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 12:31:13 EST Treats working like a treat <img src=""> I made a fantastic nutella swiss roll - tried to keep it as low calorie as realistically possible so I didn't add any cream or extra chocolate decorations or coatings at all. It looks rather plain but the taste is guaranteed nutella magic. It's potent enough to hit the spot! It busts my cravings in a heartbeat - and at 220 per slice will not break the calorie bank. Surprisingly - I didn't eat the... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 14:14:43 EST Success! Back to Basics day 1 Going back to basics day 1 What I was going to eat, thinking the wrong way: 2 fried eggs, 1 sausage, 2 toasts with butter, mushrooms and a cup of tea. Total: 550 kcal Reason for eating this much? 1. Not drinking water before meal 2. Thinking this will fill me until lunch 3. Saturday/Sunday treat mentality What did I have instead and feeling stuffed? 1 poached egg, 1 wholemeal toast with 5g flora light, 3 tbsp mushrooms poached, 1 slice of deli chicken salami, 1 small poached tomato. ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 06:34:13 EST All or nothing mentality I am really sabotaging my own efforts.... I've just realized from one of the comments someone left that it needs to be a lifestyle change - not a diet - hit it on the nail. When did I let it become a diet??? I dunno. I just looked back at some old blog posts... Over a year ago... I've not been cutting out carbs... But reducing them significantly! So the whole low carb thing works for me - definitely, but I cannot go without any actual carbs for long. I will go back to eating like befo... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:09:05 EST Really? Motivation is a funny thing. Where's mine gone? I started sparkpeople in September 2012...gradually lost 11kgs and gained back 2kgs then maintained at that weight with a fluctuation leeway of 2kg for 2 whole years. Then in 2014...It all fell apart and I gained so much. Thankfully I didn't gain more than I started at as I hit the breaks when I reached my original starting weight of 2012. Now its almost 2016 and I'm struggling to get it off and keep it off. From my starting weight of 73kg... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:47:36 EST Soup's up! Soup for breakfast? Well I woke up late. But boy did today's experiment turn out good! I combined 2 soup flavours and it worked out really well. Tomato and chicken. Then later at dinner time I tried something different again. Maggie noodle soup with knorr chicken soup packet - mixed veg and prawns. Yum. Weather is getting colder and the soup us so comforting. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:11:46 EST Visualising the week ahead It's Sunday. Lazy day. Can't be bothered to lift a finger day. Really have to have that pudding today. Just let me be day. OK so I've had my day today. Now I'm visualising the week ahead. I'm really in the mood for soups and have made preps yesterday. Also want to get back into the swing of dancing again - so have it penciled in. I'm off low carb and looking forward to balanced, calorie counted meals and nice treats. I've got broccoli, mixed veg, runner beans, meatballs, chicken bu... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 17:36:55 EST Time of month How do you cope with the first day if that time of the month? I tend to do the lesser of 2 evils: Calorie count unhealthy / less nutritious foods and have them within calorie allowance. If I didn't do this then I would probably throw caution to the wind and just eat whatever and pay later as my cravings and such get 100 times worse when I'm on. So today I had homemade crepes - recipe using 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup semi skim milk, vanilla extract 1 cup plain flour ( no sugar). Th... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:58:00 EST End of low carb - start strict counting It's now the end of my low carb week. From tomorrow I will eat normally again but count calories more closely and increase exercise. I look forward to having nutella crepes tomorrow and my dance session in the afternoon. Feeling positive and ready to go! Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:32:48 EST Fastest Snap Back - A new record <img src=""> After splurging quite a but over the weekend, my biggest worry (which has happened countless times) was that 2 days will turn into 1 week of bad eating, over eating and so on. It's the end of day 2 of getting back on track and no slip up in sight. Marching through like a trooper. Eating clean, avoiding carbs, sugar and guzzling water. Feeling good and sleeping very deeply. To date this has been ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:17:40 EST Awesome low carb On recovery week now from overindulging on my birthday and it's feeling surprisingly easy so far. I managed 1250 on low carb yesterday and wasn't hungry for most of the day. Now I'm trying to find new ideas for low carb breakfast as I want to change it up a bit from eggs. Any ideas? Tue, 20 Oct 2015 02:51:49 EST Birthday Bash - 1 week to recover <img src=""> I've just finished my calculations for extra calories eaten over 17th and 18th October. It's not too bad. I really enjoyed my time and really loved it. It'll take about 1 week to get back on track. Here's to a fresh start. Started out great today with 1200kcals clocked in and all low carb. Feeling positive and ready to roll! That's my birthday cake it was awesome. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:59:35 EST Shopping trip - full on pampering! Tomorrow I will be 29 years old. Today I have pampered myself as today is the last day I'll be 28. I went all out! At 10 am I had my hair cut and styled, a facial, some eyebrow shaping and then hit the shops. At 11 am I had breakfast at Subway - chicken salad 6 inch with tea. From 11am till 3.30 I was just whizzing in and out, back and forward through the shopping centres. There was a huge sale in almost every shop. I was especially fond of the stuff in Primark I bought winter glove... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:33:42 EST Giving the Love back to myself <img src=""> Yesterday wasn't good. After the mishap I didn't eat anything else that might tip me further off balance but I did get hungry at dinner so had my usual meal. Today I want to be extra good and show myself some extra love in eating clean and tasty foods. I'll skip the carbs today so I can rebalance the extra glycogen I've probably started storing. While I don't do ketogenic low carb - the level of ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:34:03 EST