RUDITUDI2000's SparkPeople Blog RUDITUDI2000's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rambling update :) <img src=""> The fall weather is beautiful! Second day here of it and LOVING EVERY MINUTE! A lot has happened since my last blog. I've been sick since April 27th until just this past week. It's pretty crazy to wrap my head around. My diseased gallbladder was causing me so many problems! Since getting it removed Sept 2nd, I no longer have chronic pain in my right side (obvious one), no more nausea, no migraines/or ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:28:15 EST Weekly update This past week has flown by! It was camp week for my daughter and my niece. Lots of time in the car and eating from my cooler! I did it and am really proud of sticking to my food plan. I did not however keep up with my workouts. I am feeling it too! I feel sluggish by afternoon, and am not sleeping well. I'm excited to get back to it, starting tomorrow. Today is still crazy through the end with a CT scan on the agenda and the Lion King play that my daughter is performing in tonight. <BR> I e... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:12:57 EST Today was a great day! This morning I woke up cranky and pretty much felt the undercurrent of it all day. I did manage to have an excellent day! I wanted to eat cookies and junk but I did not. I was able to overcome because I connected to my WHY. I want to be as healthy as I can be. And right now, I feel like my control is limited in other areas, so my food choices, they will be GOOD. <BR> I'm happy to feel victorious there! <BR> Me and the kids, along with a niece of mine, went to see Pixels. The movie always m... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:10:30 EST Working Out and Health Challenges Sunday I was really hurting in my hips! My hubs encouraged me to go to the home gym and get some stretching in. I took his advise before I lost myself in the "TO DO" list. <BR> It has been months since I've worked out! I feel like a soft marshmallow lol... <BR> I settled on a 30 day yoga practice and loved every minute of Day 1 of 30 Days with Adrienne (youtube). It was fantastic stretching and helped my hip immensely! <BR> <BR> Monday was Day 2 of the same yoga practice. Day 2 was great to... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:29:39 EST Going to make it a GREAT week I'm feeling so much better! My side pain is much milder..the dizziness is gone! I increased my calories, my first medical hurdle is behind me and I'm full of optimism toward the week ahead! I have spent today prepping my veggies and my awesome man has smoked some turkey. I will cook up some red meat (can't seem to function without it these days). Have cod cooked and frozen ready for quick protein. I'll make sure to keep my stress a bit lower this week. I commit to doing yoga most days and st... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:40:56 EST Friend Time I spent some time today talking to a friend. Live! Not on the phone or via text. It was fantastic. We did nothing but talk and work with alpaca fiber. I was mainly there for the conversation but these girls were making some pretty cool creations with the fiber. <BR> I have missed my friends. SO tomorrow I have plans to spend the evening with a gal who is a new friend. We are going to go to the VS sale! She has put on a few needed lbs, I've lost a few needed lbs and some new duds are in order... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:25:46 EST Tomorrow Proud of myself! I have all my food prepped for tomorrow and ready to go for a day out of the house. I will be running my daughter to an audition for a summer camp play she is pumped about. During her audition time, I will run my son to the imaging center for an MRI. Then, its back to get my favorite girl. I am happy to spend the day with my favorite peeps. <BR> Hopefully during the midst of all the busyness, my doctor will call me regarding the abdominal ultrasound that I had on Friday. I wo... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:15:18 EST Peace Tons of grammar errors in here today. If that bugs you, just skip my blog today... <BR> I don't know what to say on here most of the time. So, I opt to use this blog as more of a diary, a way to just get things off my chest and dig into my heart a bit. Searching inside myself for the answers that I know are there already. <BR> Friday and Saturday I was either almost crying or almost screaming. I felt like I was going to come out of my skin. I could not handle noise. Could not make decisions.... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:52:48 EST Onederland and the free fall from the glorious mountain mountain view I'm finally back in Onederland. I am down 23.8 lbs and 31.75 overall inches. I was feeling a bit disappointed earlier. I felt I should have lost more, should be further along than I am. This slowed weight loss is maddening (for the amount of effort involved). <BR> <BR> Thankfully my hubs and my bestie spoke truth into me. I took new pics and I SEE the changes! The measurements really show me there HAS been progress. Forget the darn scale today! <BR> <BR> I will hop on my bike later, keep p... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 15:56:15 EST AHHHHH AHHHHH I just love when things are going good. My last blog was riddled with emotion! This week has been challenging for me health wise. I am thankful I was tracking my food and activity so I could review and make tweaks that seem to have corrected my issues. LOL. Well, for the most part! I'm pretty proud of myself for not giving up when the going got tough. <BR> <BR> Today I bought a indoor bike that was a great price, does not take up much space, and is meeting the needs of my family. HAP... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:15:12 EST Emotions Emotions are such a big player in my eating choices. I'm battling this part of the plan the most. I regained my weight due to emotions. Not caring emotion specifically, depression. I really dislike depression! <BR> Now that I am on a successful path currently, I'm really trying to be aware of my emotions. I am gauging how I'm feeling and working through the emotion. INSTEAD of my stand by mode of avoiding feelings. I recognize what I do most naturally is to stuff my feelings down with a handf... Wed, 11 May 2016 12:48:40 EST Forever Wowza, It has been so long since I've been on sparkpeople! I am needing a spot to get some thoughts out of my head so here I am choosing spark once again. First up...FOOD! <BR> I love a hot breakfast. Eggs, bacon or sausage, and avocado is my absolute favorite. However, lately this has left me feeling sick to my stomach, boo.... I think I will try switching back to my old standby of a healthy shake to include low sugar fruit, water, plant based protein powder and some supplements added in spe... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:33:25 EST needing an attitude adjustment I'm really upset and sick of my attitude, so I wont say too much about all my recent health discoveries and woes. <BR> <BR> My REALITY is actually very good! I'm just not thinking clearly about life at the moment. I need to turn away from my feelings, journal them and acknowledge, accept them and then, take one step, then another, then another and keep moving in the right direction. Not run away from problems, but move towards solutions and opportunities to learn and grow from them. <BR> ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:00:24 EST Long stressful day... Well, it's been a stress filled day! There was good news at the end of it! I had a scary new mass on my breast that needed an ultrasound. Praise God it turned out to be a cyst. Nothing too concerning. Phew! <BR> Then I found out I have a bladder infection and the Dr. says I'm on the brink of a sinus infection. Lovely, but at least both temporary health issues. My parents took my peeps to their home for an overnight stay. Me and hubs are about to eat together and snuggle in for a movie togeth... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:41:10 EST The scale! I'm not liking the scale today. It is just not moving in the direction I wish it too. Wishing is not enough. I will be making some changes to my eating, my hubs is doing the same so it will be a bit easier to keep the less than favorable food outta the house. <BR> <BR> I just did a sugar scrub and I cannot stop sweating. Wonder what that is about. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the randomness today. Just that kinda day. I'm off to purchase a long awaited new barbecue grill. Its gas and charcoal! Me ... Mon, 25 May 2015 12:19:44 EST 15 days For the past 15 days I've kept my commitment to myself to workout a minimum of 10 minutes! <em>244</em> <BR> Gonna keep this going. Consistency! <em>321</em> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:36:27 EST Something about that tracker I'd like to think its my personal motivation but maybe, just maybe, its something about that tracker. <BR> I bought a sparkpeople tracker about a month ago. I have enjoyed that it does most of the work of entering my workouts/fitness minutes for me. That is the reason I bought it. <BR> I don't track my food, yet. Though that may be a new goal for me...I'm starting slow on that. So far, the past two weeks, I've lost my 2 lbs a week, and that is a great start! <BR> <BR> I also signed up for ... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:10:30 EST Planning I took just a minute last night and another few this morning to think through the logistics of my day. I say my day, but I means 3 (me n my peeps). I had to get the kids to ice skating, pick up books from library, return a few things at kohls, get to Costco and then drive an hour to my mammogram, then pick kids back up...all in about 5 hours. Phew! Tired. <BR> <BR> To prepare for the exhaustion that sets in upon arriving home on a day like this, I knew I had to get dinner going this morning... Wed, 13 May 2015 22:34:04 EST Back exercise I did a great back workout tonight. It was a circuit of strength then a burst of cardio and immediately back to lifting. I am so happy to be feeling stronger finally, less muscle fatigue! <BR> That is a great non scale victory! Another was yesterday's run, I did not stop or look at my watch the first 1.8 miles. I was sailing along, slowly and surely! It's really encouraging me to keep up the momentum. To help me along, I'm in a 30 day challenge with myself to exercise 10 minutes daily..stret... Tue, 12 May 2015 00:27:19 EST Sweaty hot run today really happy with my workout effort today! I went out for a walk/run. It was sunny and I was so hot! The first mile and 1/2 I was able to jog without stopping and felt great, hills and all. The remaining of the 4 were on and off. I had to walk for spurts just to cool down. I was drenched in sweat and reminded to dress appropriately! Dress for 20 degree warmer weather...if it's 70 out when start, dress as if it were 90. <BR> I came home, watched a movie, stretched did core work and upper body.... Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:10 EST cardio sculpt & runners yoga Since today is a super crazy busy day, I woke up a little early and did a cardio sculpt 20 minute full body workout. I finished that up with 15 minutes of yoga for runners stretches. I also read a little christian material & a few verses to encourage me today. <BR> I'll be having a shake now to meet another one of my weekly goals, a green one with berries and protein. <BR> For lunch I'll have a big salad and some green soup. <BR> Dinner will be a little late, and off plan a bit. Its our ye... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:06:40 EST Two off days 😁 I ate a great breakfast on Wednesday, was out too long, no food...I did avoid fast food and made it home to eat. And eat. And eat. It was a late lunch so was full until bedtime. There were a few lessons learned here, reminders really. I need to bring a yummy shake with me in a cooler so I can avoid getting too crazy hungry and then overeating. I was really tired, and achy sore from my run/walk the night before. I am certain that played into my overeating too. <BR> Then today happened. Today ... Thu, 7 May 2015 23:48:24 EST Yes! Sweet 4.61 run/walk tonight through hilly neighborhood! I did walk another .60 miles as a warm up so really 5 miles tonight. Felt great! Then I tried out and enjoyed Coach Nicole's runners stretches workout (10 minutes). I am sure I'll be sore tomorrow since I wore my orthotics in my running shoes tonight for the first time. I already feel some fatigue there. <BR> <BR> I had a green/berry/protein shake today (that is 2/4 towards my goal) <BR> I had a green/energy soup today (that is 3/4 tow... Tue, 5 May 2015 21:00:46 EST Fighting for it! Today I woke up and got in gear! I did not plan on fully getting it together until after Friday's celebration. Then I decided to jump ahead and fight for myself, make some changes, take a leap of faith, just do it! i was hurting when I went to bed, hurting when I woke's time for a reboot. I am back on board with the recommended food of my functional medicine doc. One day down and I'm feeling relief in my gut pain. I know the puffy eyes and dark circles, the excess weight, the lethargic... Tue, 5 May 2015 00:04:49 EST Exercise It's been fantastic getting workouts in these past two weeks. I cannot believe how much I missed getting sweaty and stinky! The shower is so refreshing when you really need it, lol. <BR> I have a pretty busy week this week so I must define my goals for week accordingly. <BR> This week: <BR> I will do some intentional stretching three time <BR> I will run/walk 9 miles over 3 sessions of exercise <BR> <BR> I will incorporate my morning protein shake with greens 4 days <BR> I will incorporate ... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:56:01 EST Steps... There are so many steps to take..... <BR> Its been an eye opener to see how many steps I actually take vs what I think I'm doing. Ouch. I'm thinking my calorie intake would be the same enlightening experience if I took the time to do it. <BR> <BR> One day, one step, one goal at a time. I'm choosing to keep taking the next step. This will all come together, one step at a time. <em>381</em> <em>194</em> <em>550</em> <em>312</em> <em>314</em> <em>320</em> <em>247</em> <e... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:09:16 EST Overeating I am not lacking enthusiasm right now. I'm enjoying my food choices, but just too much of them! I have tracked a little just to see where I am, I've been way over the past two days, and again today I'm heading down that same path. :-( eating too much. <BR> I need to journal about this vs boring you all with the details... <BR> <BR> I had a great workout last night. I ran/walked and jogged off 500 calories last night in 45 minutes. Really felt great! New tennis shoes from Fleet Feet made the... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:27:42 EST Today.. <BR> I'm an overcomer, despite being challenged.. <BR> Woke up feeling quite cranky. I get weary at times and this puts me at a fork in the road. So today, I fed the family, and off to church we went. I really enjoyed the worship and service. Then the car ride home I lost my peace for a bit. It's too easy to follow the negative emotions. I'm really going to declare a battle against this. I want so much to be a half cup full kinda girl, but Its not natural to me, I wish it were. It will have... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:11:32 EST Feels so good! It feels so good to be back! I ate a great breakfast (eggs, sausage, avocado, coffee), a fantastic lunch (squash, chicken drummies, salad) and I am feeling like I'm ready to tackle life. I come humbly with a thankful heart that I'm able to wake up today and make good choices. Choices that have me feeling hopeful! The Lord is my hope...I gave a few things that were weighing me down to Him on Good Friday. I nailed them right to the cross. There was a person in my life that I was always trying t... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:53:38 EST To reset or just continue I struggle with the urge to reset my page and clear all information or just let it be a record and continue. My impulsive side says delete and start anew. The truth is though that I'm not starting over. We don't start over every time we mess up. We simply choose each moment and each day if we will make good choices or poor choices. All those choices have consequences. Some good, some bad. In light if this truth, I'll continue on my journey vs looking at this as a reset. It's just me, choosing... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:35:48 EST 10 minutes I want to say only 10 minutes tonight..but 10 is enough. It's enough for a sleep deprived mom who is sick, plus sick kids. I am feeling hopeful that my son at least is on the mend. I am feeling stressed due to being behind 2 days of school due to all thus yuck floating around. With vacation coming up in just over a week it will be tough to get and stay on top of all my responsibilities. I had some chocolate chips tonight and they were not planned. I will have to be careful and manage my stres... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:31:55 EST Up up and away <BR> <BR> I've spent the last few months eating poorly <em>24</em> and barely exercising <em>15</em> . I've been overall happy, but stressed <em>198</em> . My husband works a lot during extreme weather and it's been a very busy time for him. Which means a very busy time for this mama. I love my life. It does however get lonely sometimes when my man is gone so much. I don't like feeling so disconnected and just plain miss him. So I've been eating, and not weighing, and barely exercis... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 02:46:04 EST Weekend Planning I am spending some time planning today & will update when I have it laid out. Things I want to keep in mind as I plan: <BR> <BR> Do not do anything to set yourself up for failure-unreasonable expectations are no good. <BR> Choose lifestyle choices that will replace those pesky old habits that have been rearing their head lately. <BR> Trackable goals so I can measure my progress. <BR> Have a short, mid range, and long term goal on paper. <BR> I need a target! <em>292</em> <BR> <BR> Thi... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:48:41 EST Sore and Blue... Well, the weekend is upon us! I am sooo sore today from the strength training I did the other night. I am used to doing functional workouts that involve my whole body. This workout was 5 lb weights and 55 reps, quick. It was tough keeping speed and form a priority. I was totally fatigued after 50 minutes. I don't know that I"ll do this kind of workout forever because it seems like a recipe for injury! <BR> <BR> I don't regret the workout and I will likely do it again, it was fun to mix it u... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 01:15:25 EST Wednesday ramblngs <BR> We are planning our vacation to Orlando and that is great fun. I am motivated to do more strength training so I feel confident in my swimsuit while we are there. I've been slacking on my strength training lately, and my running too...hmm. <BR> <BR> My week has been good! My friend from TX is here visiting and I love spending time with her and her family. A blessing for sure! <BR> <BR> The rest of the week is pretty busy. Tomorrow we are swimming with friends. Tomorrow night we may c... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:17:44 EST Eye of the Tiger Eye of the Tiger is the song that was playing as I finished up my run this morning. <em>40</em> I used it to ponder my next steps. Before I go int those, I'd like to ask for your help and advise. <BR> <BR> I have struggled for the past few days to eat healthy. I've been drowning in potato chips and chocolate chips...I may have to boycott any food with the words chips in it--for eternity. They seem to be a major trigger food. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> What I have learned this week from ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:01:51 EST Update time! Well, its been quite a struggle the past month! <em>28</em> BUT I am on track now, 3 days and counting! <em>224</em> It feels so much better to be in control than to eat with wild abandon and live with the guilt hangover! <BR> <BR> I am eating whole, healthy food. Food undressed, in its original form (well I do COOK the food) but its not processed into something that resembles food but really has not benefit to the body. I'm enjoying it! <BR> <BR> I had introduced dairy, gluten, su... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:05:08 EST Non scale victories Several non scale victories this week! When I ran sprint's, my heart rate monitor chest strap was sliding down to my waist! So I was quite happy to tighten it up before my run last night. <BR> <BR> Number two: last year I wore the same red Nike running shirt all year...I love the comfy material. Well! Now it is so loose. It hangs down past my hips & totally covers my rear! Crazy. <BR> <BR> Number three: I do not hate trying on swimsuits! I may even wear the new one without my shorts over ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:05:01 EST June I am settled into a good groove at the moment. I am still eating a high nutrient, anti Candida diet, and loving it. I am wearing shorts size 8 & 10's right now! Last July I was busting the seams of my size 14's. I feel great, healthy and strong most days. I gave up coffee & black tea last month. I am convinced it is why I'm feeling so good. I am so much more chill. I had no Idea how it was affecting me, until I gave it up. I'm running a few days a week, walking a few, doing full body workouts... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 00:32:21 EST Last weeks mileage report Short & Sweet! <BR> <BR> Last week my mileage was 11 miles. Not quite 15 as I'd hoped but it was a rough week. No excuses just reality. Lets see how this week works itself out! It may be hard for me to do the 15-25 without a bike ride. SO! This week, I dream of a bike ride....Will have to work on making that happen....and soon! <BR> <BR> <em>217</em> <em>108</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:32:28 EST This week I would love to bust outta the 180's asap! My next weight goal is to see 179 on the scale! I weighed myself today & its 184 (TOM). <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> I'm very happy there has been progress, I was back up to 208 as of last July 2013. Just at 194 close to 4 weeks ago. I'm not where I want to be, but I am SO blessed to be making sustainable lifestyle changes! I'm loving the anti candida diet. Its so healing for my body. I do appreciate that soon, I'll be eating fruit again! I don't mi... Mon, 12 May 2014 13:43:22 EST No turning back! I think I can...I think I can....I think I can..... <BR> <BR> I've decided to remove caffeine for awhile. SO! Today I had a terrible headache and absolutely did not want to get outta bed! I ended up not eating much today, was recovering from too much sodium yesterday. I was out all day enjoying the History Museum and picnicking. I did stay on track which is great, however, the meats were salty and the nuts were salty and I munched munched munched too many of them. <BR> I did push myself to ... Tue, 6 May 2014 23:40:13 EST May Ramblings.... This is the first time in awhile that I have felt the need to set some goals! I'm kinda excited! <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> In May I'd like to get in some exercise 5 days of the week. Strength training is becoming very seeing some muscles starting to take shape. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> I want to log 15-25 miles each week. Biking, walking, running all count. <em>312</em> <em>320</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> I will continue eating the anti candida protocol 100% o... Sun, 4 May 2014 00:07:17 EST Things are coming along! I am feeling pretty good. I'm in a few weeks now with the anti-candida diet protocol. I hope to soon be able to afford to see my functional medicine doctor again. I was supposed to see her early February. So until we have the funds, I will continue working towards this on my own. She is awesome though, and I could sure use her advise, encouragement and support! <BR> <BR> We are making great strides here with the finances. My husband is working his tail off on these side jobs. He is tired, m... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:49:54 EST Phew I made it! Those first 8 days were ROUGH getting back off the sugar/grains/dairy/gluten....I'm happy to say I survived! I am feeling it again! Remembering how good I can actually feel. With God's grace, my body will continue the process of healing. <BR> <BR> Some things I was feeling...defeated...I am tracking a 90 day time frame to determine some patterns of "on & off" track. On track means I am following the anti-candida protocol 100%. This seems to be the only way to combat it, to starve... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:27:44 EST Life :) Easter Celebration! God is faithful! The love I have felt from Him this week, as I've drawn near to Him in the word, has been SO sweet. Loving the extra time with Him I've been stealing. <BR> <BR> My week has been good. I am back on track after a fun filled, sugar bonanza this past Saturday night. That was some GOOD cake and a fantastic night celebrating our Classical Conversations achievements for the year. <BR> <BR> The deal is though, that I cannot be "off track" more than 4 days now. When I am, I am so ph... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:47:52 EST On the go.. The week is going great! Feeling great overall. A few misunderstands this week and stressful moments but no falling into the bad habit pit! Spiraling downward...tired if it! It's what happens when I veer off the path that keeps me healthy. I'm blessed to have good whole good! <BR> <BR> Had some great run/walks this week and today was sprints on the treadmill while kids swimming. We are all wore out, in the best kind of way! Nighty night all! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:35:13 EST Fun & energizing week in progress I'm slowly making progress. I'm happy. My body is liking the walk runs vs straight running. I'm especially excited for the extra hour of light spring blesses us with. <BR> <BR> In looking forward to running with my best friend tomorrow. She has inspired me so much these past 3 months by changing her lifestyle and losing 36 pounds, so far. <BR> <BR> I'm excited for a new bible study starting this Wednesday with some great women. <BR> <BR> Thursday is always an exciting day. Thursday night... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:59:59 EST Great week Its been 9 days of solid effort. Finally. Feeling. Like. Myself. Again. It,has to be a combination of a few days of sunshine, re-vamping my food choices, spending more time with friends, consistent outdoor exercise.. I think all these things contribute to less fatigue, sleeping better, renewed sense of dependence on God, appreciating my blessing... <BR> <BR> Its been an amazing week so far and its,only Tuesday! Praise you Jesus! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:42:13 EST Praise & Prayers I made it through the night without going off track, and it wasn't really hard! I seem to have found the right mindset for the time being to keep myself moving towards my goals. I even survived a night out with girlfriends last night, of all places to the Cheesecake Factory! What tempted me the most was to have wine, then cheesecake, that looked phenomenal! There were four pieces at my table and oh my oh my, besides my dairy allergy, no sugar, no grain diet, that would have injured my gut bad... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:06:50 EST