SCOOTERMAMA56's SparkPeople Blog SCOOTERMAMA56's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Really wanted 'comfort foods' this morning Last night, realized I was coming down with a sinus infection. This morning, I really wanted some 'comfort foods' maybe scrambled eggs w/ veggies and cheese, lots of cheese, and biscuits with butter. <BR> <BR> Intellectually, I know that I will get more nutrients if I choose whole grains and fruits. And that will actually help me to get better faster. But old habits die hard, I guess, since my first thought was biscuits. <BR> <BR> Then I got on the scale. And I'm down a few pounds. My mott... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:34:09 EST The first few days were hell I'm sure I've said it before, but the first few days were HELL! No, my body didn't like a cup of beans a day. Or raw veggies. But it's been a week now, and my body has adjusted for the most part. The biggest issue is that I work a 4 hour shift first thing in the morning, so I don't get a break. Of course, around the 2 hour mark, I really need to use the bathroom. But I'm hoping that I can 'train' my body so that the urge comes at around the 4 hour mark. <BR> <BR> And it seems to be true wha... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 01:29:12 EST Really feeling different I feel like a fog has lifted. Or as if I had been in a semi-sleeping state and am now wide awake. So aware. I can feel energy coursing thru my body so much clearer. It's like I had been living in analog and now everything is in high definition. <BR> <BR> That's not to say I don't still have cravings. I'll be feeling fine. Not even hungry. And the thought will cross my mind, damn, a 3-pack of McD's choco chip cookies would really hit the spot right now. Shortly after the thought comes the 'h... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:44:31 EST Feeling better again Well, I made it thru the first few days back on the wagon, and I'm feeling better. The first few days were rough... detoxing is NOT fun. But I pretty much stuck to my plan and now I think the worst is over, at least for now. The caffeine headache is gone!! And the toxic hunger pains are very intermittent and really not that strong anymore. <BR> <BR> My body is really starting to feel better. Lighter. My energy is flowing better. I can feel down to my cellular level that I have less water ret... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:20:03 EST Made it thru another day Last night I woke up around midnight to find that I was laying on my pillow funny and felt pain in my side, the intercostal between 4th & 5th rib was sore, so at first, I was like, yeah, my ribs are sore because I was bent all funny the way I was sleeping. Then I started thinking, OMG, what if it's my heart. So, I was up for quite a few hours. I never had any fears like this until Jim died, and we just passed the 2nd anniversary of his death. So then I started thinking, my other 2 big scares ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:28:32 EST Planning to overcome obstacles A positive side of having failed so many times is knowing what my personal pitfalls are. Kind of like the roads I drive on all the time, I know exactly where the potholes are. So the key is to plan the route to avoid as many potholes as possible. <BR> <BR> First pothole: a messy, unorganized, dirty or cluttered kitchen. If the counter is messy and the sink is full of dirty dishes and the pan I planned on using is caked on with yesterday's food, it's not fun, pleasant, or speedy to cook. <BR>... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 23:00:01 EST Beginning again OK, so I'm not at my goal weight. I fell off the wagon, so to speak, regarding eating habits. But, really, there is science behind 'food addiction'. Certain foods do act with dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, just like alcohol or other drugs. <BR> <BR> I am beginning 2013 realizing that my brain/body does react with a drug-like response to junk food, processed foods, and even home-made foods with white flour and refined sugar. There is no such thing for me as eating "just one" or "... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:36:10 EST What's with all the processed foods in grocery stores anyway? It's getting harder and harder to shop at grocery stores in my area. Minimally processed veggies are almost disappearing, replaced with row after row of butter sauce or cheese sauce covered crap. I certainly don't trust any package which states, 'and other natural flavorings'! <BR> <BR> I liked buying frozen pea pods for stir-frys. I think the flash-frozen variety tasted better than the 'fresh' ones in produce which were probably harvested weeks ago. Ditto for frozen asparagus. By the time ... Tue, 1 May 2012 09:28:57 EST Thinking like a nutritarian As I was thinking about breakfast today, I decided that, instead of putting a banana on my oatmeal, I'd like half a banana and a handful of raisins... the same sweetness but a greater variety of nutrients. Wow. Then I added some cinnamon. It was really, really good! And only a couple months ago, I wouldn't have thought about breakfast at all, I'd have cravings & just head out for a fast food breakfast biscuit and a Coke. So I guess you could say, I've changed. <BR> <BR> I still seem to b... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:24:31 EST New Breakfast Favorite My old breakfast favorite was a bacon egg & cheese biscuit & a medium coke. My NEW breakfast favorite is steamed carrots and parsnips tossed with water-sauteed bok choi, some fruit, tea, and a handful of almonds. If you told me two months ago I would be eating like this, I would have looked at you like you were nuts! <BR> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:08:41 EST It dawned on me today It dawned on me today, as I was eating lunch, that I am that person who eats a veggie wrap, salad & beans. I am that person who bikes to work (or at least, I will be in a few weeks when the weather gets warmer and I get a bike). I am that healthy person. My body hasn't caught up with the new me yet, but it's on its way. And all it takes to eat whole, real foods is a little bit of planning. <BR> <BR> When I plan out my menus, I'll add cooking tasks to my schedule. For example, if we're having... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 14:41:05 EST Busting thru the Fear! Ever since my sig other died of a massive sudden cardiac event, I have freaked out every time my heart beat increases. Even though, on an intellectual level, I know he was in cardiac failure for 12+ years, and he didn't eat right or exercise. So it really wasn't sudden. But he seemed so vibrant up until the last seconds of his life. And it's really affected me. So, since he died, no long walks on trails or exercising at home. I have only been able from a psychological standpoint to exercise i... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:46:55 EST Today I had cravings ... but for CUCUMBERS! Was I ever surprised. I guess my body really needed something in cucumbers. So I went out and bought some. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 17:56:44 EST Yikes! Allergic Reaction Yesterday I made some green juice for breakfast & had that with a fresh mango. Shortly after, the right side of my face and neck turned red. OK, I thought, I have sensitive skin, maybe I accidentally rubbed some ginger juice on it or something. Or maybe the mango. A few hours later, it was definitely hives and my lips were also swollen. Then, by 3 p.m. the left side of my face & neck also broke out in hives. Then, by 4:30, my tongue felt swollen and itchy and my throat felt dry and scratchy..... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:11:47 EST Time to reorganize the kitchen! It's the middle of week 2 of Eat for Health & I'm really into it. I finally found a plan I can stick with for the long haul. Sure, the first few days were tough, detoxing. And then I ate fast food and had to go thru another 'mini-detox' (meaning, I felt really crappy for about a day an a half after eating the fast food). But, as long I as EAT FOR HEALTH, I feel absolutely fantastic. <BR> <BR> As I was pulling out the juicer today, I realized that I need to re-organize my kitchen! It made se... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:21:27 EST A Good Sunday Had a good day. Overslept, so couldn't eat before church. Wasn't feeling any cravings, but was getting hungry by the end of church. Had to do some shopping, so decided on a quick fast food breakfast. It didn't taste as good as I remember & I didn't feel great after eating. I felt OK, but not--- I guess the word is: satisfied. When I got home, I made a quick green juice & it actually tasted so much more complex & flavorful than the Coke I had earlier. Wow! That blew me away. Took the kids up t... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:36:15 EST Dodging a Bullet Yesterday was day 4 of my new Eat for Health plan. Around 3 I was really wanting to 'graze', but not on veggies, LOL! So I remembered that a body lacking nutrients will revert back to toxic cravings and I made the MOST delicious spicy sweet dark green juice. It was good enough to share, so I posted the recipe. And it took care of the cravings. Then, Friday is Pizza & Movie night. So I contemplated NOT having my pre-dinner salad (so I would have room for 2 pieces of pizza... I know, I know, bu... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 09:52:50 EST morning of Day 4 I had a hot lemon water last night... I squeezed 1/2 of a fresh lemon, put it thru a fine sieve & added a cup of hot water. It was GREAT. I mean, a week ago, I would never have thought I could actually look forward to tea instead of chocolate before bed. But it was so good. Warming, which was immediately satisfying. And I KNEW that I was doing something very positive for my body's pH levels, much better than chocolate. And I slept thru the night. No wee hours of the morning anxiety wake up. S... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:58:51 EST Eat for Health My mom leant me her copy of 'Eat for Health' by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. and I couldn't put it down! I really liked the book. He totally turned the USDA food pyramid on its BUTT! It's very interesting, because my youngest child basically wanted to eat this way as a toddler & I made her drink her milk and eat her grains & heavy proteins. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm on day 3 of phase one, and feeling great. Last night I felt kinda crappy... gassy. And when I get gas, I can't sleep & get an irrational... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:10:06 EST Motivational quote I want to remember When I felt like quitting, "I knew in my heart that finishing this one workout today would determine who I was, what I would look like, and how I would feel about myself tomorrow." <BR> <BR> (Day 20 success story (Everett Herbert) in "Success Journal, Body for Life", by Bill Phillips, published by Harper Collins, 2002) <BR> <BR> Now, that's powerful stuff! Getting my behind over to the gym NOW! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:57:20 EST Allergies, virus & progress I just hate it when I feel like crap. At first, I thought it was just allergies, but I got so very tired & had the chills & the sore throat got much worse, I realized it was most likely a virus. So, I've been laying low for a few days. I did indulge in a few comfort foods & added sugar to my tea, but for the most part, I ate healthfully. And now I am feeling close to 100%. So it is back to the gym!!! I think something has switched, deep inside, because other times I've done diet & exerci... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 08:52:29 EST Week 3/Day 1 Down 2 pant sizes!! OK, I did not join a gym for the week I was in San Francisco. And the seminar schedule made eating 6 mini-meals impossible. So, what I did was, I WALKED just about everywhere. And the hills really gave me a workout! And, for meals, I continued to balance protein & carbs, and added in fruits & veggies. And drank lots of water. But I did splurge & have a glass of wine one night & a Thai iced tea. And even one or two cokes. And, I finally lost .5 of a pound! But the biggest thing is, I ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 10:18:34 EST Week 2/Day 1 - zero pounds, but huge progress! I weigh myself in the mornings, so today I weighed in for the end of week 1. No change in body weight. HOWEVER, my body fat is DOWN!!! I lost almost four pounds of fat!!! That's really, really cool. My hydration level is virtually identical, so I'm pretty confident that the results are accurate. (I have a weight watchers scale that does body fat & hydration, taking into account height, age, and gender.) So, all that hard work in the gym really did pay off. I know I see it in my arms ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 08:17:56 EST Week 1/Day 7 It's my free day! I don't even care. I mean, I feel so great & the way I've been eating is working for me. <BR> <BR> And my deep clean/clutter control is almost done on the main floor. I still have years of computer-type clutter to go thru. I really wish Jim were still alive, I mean, I don't even know what some of the stuff IS! LOL! And I have some other things that I have to find homes for, all piled into the soon-to-be massage therapy room (formerly the formal dining room). <BR> ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 09:08:35 EST Week 1/Day 6 I woke up this morning & my arms aren't sore AT ALL. And I know I worked them as hard yesterday as I did on day 1. And then, yesterday, a few hours after the workout, I spent a good 8 hours on deep cleaning, moving furniture, etc. I didn't get as much done as I had planned, I guess I forgot how much time it takes to de-clutter & deep clean :-). And I was very, very, whole body exhausted & had sore feet. I took some ibuprophin & had an epsom salts bath & went to bed, achy. The only thing... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:21:52 EST Week 1/Day 5 I did a couple massages last night, which are intense upper body workouts, plus a decent lower body workout (because you're standing in lunges practically the whole time). I got home at 10 & had a protein shake. I didn't like the vanilla flavor. Live & learn. :-) Anyways, the whole point of this is that my arms were a bit sore when I went to bed, so I was worried about today's upper body strength training. But I woke up, without the alarm, and had no muscle soreness. <BR> <BR> I got to ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 10:36:03 EST Week 1/Day 4 Oh, I SO did not want to get out of bed to work out this morning. But I did. I got to the gym later than I had planned, but not by much. I feel SO GOOD about actually sticking to my plan. I mean, I had a date with myself to do something healthy & great for myself & I almost let the temporary desire to sleep in derail me. I know if a friend of mine broke plans with me to do something 'better', I'd be pissed. So, yes, that book really was right. When we break promises to ourselves, self ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 11:23:29 EST Week 1/Day 3 Yesterday's cardio routine went AWESOME!!! I got to that point where you feel all tingly inside, I think because of all the blood moving faster than normal through every capillary in your body plus that endorphin rush feeling. I remember that from years ago & it is totally AWESOME! As I approached the end of the session (following 'fit for life' program, so was pushing it at the end) I had a bit of a panic attack. Yeah, that's a hold-over from the shock of Jim's sudden death. But I had a... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:53:48 EST Day 1/week 1 I've had a "Body for Life" book & workbook sitting around the house for years. Amazing before & after photos in both the book & workbook. So, I decided to give it 12 weeks, following the program as closely as humanly possible & see what happens. As I was thinking about starting the 12 weeks, I looked in my calendar & saw an event coming up in August. Oh, better wait, it would be too hard to do it then.. Then another in September. Oh, better wait until after that. Then it finally dawned... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:07:21 EST Milestone: no longer interested in 'pre-diet' binge Hmmm... biggest loser starts Monday & this is the FIRST TIME I don't feel like eating lots of junk foods & drinking lots of pop as a 'last chance' deal before starting the program. You guys know what I'm talking about! So, I think this is really a new approach to food. Very much caused by my beloved fiance's death. I mean, there are no guarantees in this life, but I figure I might as well do everything I can to be as healthy as possible. (He didn't & he's dead at 54.)I'm pretty sure my s... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 09:27:40 EST Biggest loser at work My work is running a 'biggest loser' contest again. I've participated before & I want to WIN IT this time. So, guess if I eat right & exercise I have a shot. I can do 45 minutes of cardio each morning if I get up 20 minutes earlier & don't surf the web in the morning. (Of course, have to work up to 45 minutes... I'll probably start at 10 or 15!). I can walk for 20 or 30 minutes at lunch time. And, I can do another 20 minutes or so of something at night, before dinner. I don't think I'... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 08:37:50 EST Subconcious motivation? Ever since my fiance died (12/26), I find that I get very, very ill from processed foods, caffeine, and high fat, high sugar 'treats.' I feel sick to my stomache and also get really, really scary panic attacks. And, I can't eat large portions anymore, even of healthy things, like lean proteins, fruits, veggies, whole grains. Large portions don't give me panic attacks, but they do make me feel queasy. So, I've been trying to figure this out. I mean, what gives? I think it's because my de... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 09:02:43 EST I'm Back Well, I forgot that I had lost 18 pounds. I got caught up with other things and let my weight slide back up. But, I'm back now. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 08:03:26 EST 18 Pounds!!!!!!!! I have lost 18 pounds since last August. Wow. OK, so when I think about the fact that I've averaged 3 pounds a month, I get a little bummed. I mean, that's less than one pound a week :-( But then I think, STOP IT! That's just negative self-talk that I don't deserve. I lost 18 pounds!!!! That's huge. That's fantastic. That's 18 pounds I NEVER have to deal with again, if I play my cards right! So what if it took 6 months? I've had experience during that 6 months making gains & then ... Thu, 5 Feb 2009 10:05:19 EST I NEED SLEEP! But I'm proud of myself I'm proud of myself for staying within my calorie limits. For making meals from scratch at home this week. For doing the Challenge videos plus at least 30 min of cardio. For eating sane portions yesterday for dinner at my sister's. For recording my exercise & progress. And for spending some time surfing around Spark people, because that helps me stay focused on my goals. <BR> <BR> I've done the Challenge videos (modifying exercises which put pressure on the knees) and I am feeling it in... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 22:53:35 EST Post-Holiday Rush Well, Christmas break is over, so gone is the relaxed pace I can take when the kids are out of school. It's back to early kid bedtimes (which means packing a lot more life into a lot fewer minutes in the evenings), packing lunches, supervising homework, and making sure they are fed & ready by the time the bus gets here! Whew. <BR> <BR> But I made it thru day 1 of back-to-school. And even though I had a coke, I did stay within my calorie limits for the day & I did get exercise in. Yea!! <... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 23:20:56 EST Happy Birthday to Me I turned 42 yesterday. I took the day off work. My mom gave me & my daughters "mother-daughter" pearls, so we put those on & went out to a nice restaurant for lunch & I had the salmon- grilled- yum! And I stopped eating when I was full. I did order a Sprite, but I'm learning that carbonation does not agree with me anymore. So, I would really have felt better (& saved 200 cal.) if I had had tea or water. <BR> <BR> And since it was Friday, that's pizza/movie night, so we rented a moive ... Sat, 27 Dec 2008 10:14:13 EST I've lost 10 pounds! Woo Hoo! I've lost 10 pounds and this time, they are NOT coming back. 10 is less than I had wanted to lose by now, but it's actually more than I expected, seeing as I haven't been paying that much attention to diet & exercise... OK, so I payed a little attention. But I'll be paying MORE attention going forward because I'd like to speed this process along! And I have been SUCCESSFUL in avoiding Cola these last few days. Here's to another COLA FREE DAY!!!!!!!! Tue, 9 Dec 2008 08:02:27 EST So now it's December Well, guess I won't be meeting my goal of #200 by Jan 31! That's what happens when old habits die hard and fitness/health takes a back burner to other priorities. But today is a new day. At least I didn't backslide from the end of September until now. I guess I'll consider this time period as "practice maintaining" But it's a bummer that I'm still so far away from my goal. YIKES!! I'd still like to look good in a swimsuit by summer (which isn't until JULY around here.) Hmmm... that's ... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 21:39:37 EST Getting back into it OK- end of summer is ALWAYS hectic, so I got off track for a week and a half---- at first, my food choices stayed great, I just didn't squeeze in time for fitness. Then, I had a soda. Then another. Then I stopped at the Big McD because I "didn't have time to cook" with all the other stuff going on. Then I caught the most nasty cold in my life, which made excuses even easier... don't want the kids to catch this from me if I sneeze on their food.... OK. GET REAL TIME: One, it is possible... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 10:10:09 EST When to pump iron OK, I really feel good when I work out with free weights- at the time. And that feeling of total muscle fatigue, it's really quite a rush. Really. But I don't remember that soreness/stiffness that sets in about 4-6 hours later. That didn't used to happen. YIKES. OK. So I really have to remember that & pump iron at night! (I know I've said that before- it just didn't sink in yet.) With a nice protein-rich dinner, the soreness should pass by the morning & if I am a little stiff, the a... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 21:06:48 EST End of week 3 Waahoo!!! Down 7 pounds, which doesn't seem like a LOT, but I notice a HUGE difference in how my clothes hang!! I've lost an inch of my waist, an inch off my high hip & 2 inches of my hips!!!!! And I see changes in my arms & legs- more definition and firmness, even though the actual size hasn't gone down. I've lost all that bloating just under the surface of the skin--- like, I can cross my ankles now on a footstool & I don't get a depression on the lower leg. That makes me feel much you... Sat, 16 Aug 2008 08:31:10 EST Daily Weigh-ins? Here's my take on daily weigh-ins. Precisely because our weight can fluctuate by several pounds daily- depending on water retention- I like to track my weight daily. And then graph it in Excel (or the report here). What I'm looking for is a downward trend. I find this works much better for me, because even if my weight one Saturday is more or even with the prior Saturday, if there's a downward trend overall, I know that I'm just looking at a higher water weight day & I'm still making pr... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 07:44:34 EST Wow I'm still with the program - Week 3!!!!! Well, it's the beginning of week 3, and I'm still on track. I've lost about 5 pounds & am happy about that. I've also started to see a lot less tummy- so it must be the crunches puling everything in! And even though it's "only" #5, I do see noticeable changes in the bod, so who cares about the scale! Also, I've noticed a mindset change. I work so hard so often that I always used to eat out at lunch or get fast food breakfast because it felt like someone was taking care of me. But now I ... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 07:39:17 EST Observations- end of week 2 Wow. The end of week 2 is tomorrow (I start my week on Monday) & I can hardly believe I'm still so highly motivated, even with the sore knee thing earlier this week. (It's back to normal now.) In the past that would have caused me to throw in the towel. Instead, this time, it really motivated me to stay on track. I must be growing up. Also, I am totally over the caffeine addiction- and my body is used to not being fed high fructose corn syrup ALL DAY LONG... I used to sip soda at my des... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 20:21:56 EST Hidden blessings I was kinda feeling sorry for my old self & my sore knees. And mad, too. But today, the few times that I felt my resolve weaken- due to routine daily stress, mostly, it was that same pain in the knees that kept me on track. If I want the knees to get better, I have to carry less weight on them. And the quickest way to make that happen is to stick to my healthy eating/exercise plan. I mean, consuming excess calories is NOT going to put more hours in a day or change my workload- either ... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 23:15:23 EST Day 6 So, I may have overdone it a bit on the stair climbing. I know stairs irritate my knees, so I have avoided them as much as possible for about 5 years. Duh! So, stair climbing goes on the back burner for now. And you get the same knee action on a scooter, so I'll cool it for a while on that, too. But I've found a great replacement- I can do seated leg lifts at my desk! That should help strengthen those muscles. In the past, a setback like this (sore knees - - - sore anything!) would ... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 07:17:06 EST Day 3 - the first Saturday I usually get up & make pancakes for the kids on Saturdays. But that takes a bit of time (from scratch), and I wanted to exercise. I have to admit, the first thought that went thru my mind was: we'll just run by McD's & then I'll be able to squeeze in exercise. Then I stopped myself & laughed! NOT THE PLAN. So instead, I pulled out some of those great whole grain oats that have been sitting on the shelf, plugged in the electric pressure cooker & jumped on the ski machine. (Technically, o... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 10:04:18 EST Excercise Plan I have been trying to figure out how to pack exercise into an already hectic schedule- I have 2 jobs, volunteer at church, and am raising 2 kids as single head of house. So, time is at a premium. But time out of service due to a heart attack or stroke would be WORSE than planning in exercise. So, here's what I've come up with: <BR> <BR> Early a.m. 15-30 minutes (cardio or strength, depending on day) <BR> AM work break: 5 minutes stair climbing (hey, it's better than nothing!) <BR> Lunch... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 08:18:46 EST Day 2 The alarm didn't go off today. Boy was I tempted to just jump in the shower & head out to a fast food breakfast & buy lunch out. But I hurried & packed a healthy breakfast & lunch. I was pretty happy, because that whole wheat sandwich & cheese kept me satisfied all morning- no cravings until lunch time. Praise be! I was worried about caffiene withdrawl (it's day 2 of no cola) but one Aleve took care of it. Probably because of all the water I've been drinking. Looking at the time, I'd ... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 20:38:12 EST