SHILOBOOTH's SparkPeople Blog SHILOBOOTH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community People come people leave Happy New Year :D <BR> <BR> I have noticed today that another of my friends has gone. I think this is what upsets me the most tbh. I myself have been wondering if I should keep this account as tbh I am now doing Weight Watchers and am a member of several slimming forums. I have noticed more and more that Sparkpeople gets left. It isn't that I don't adore all my wonderful friends here, but I just have so many sites and so many things on the go this gets put back all the time. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 03:48:37 EST It's been a while Yes, it has been a long while since I blogged. I have gained in that time so am pretty much back at the start plus some more, but that is behind me now. <BR> <BR> I am feeling positive. I have made moves to improve my life - joined Weight Watchers online (WW), and just joined a gym. <BR> <BR> I have decided to focus more on the fitness angle for now given the season. I shall try my best to fit in with the points allowed on WW but I really want to have some fun too and that is my choice.... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 03:57:59 EST Update :D Sorry not been around. <BR> <BR> The juice fast lasted 3 days out of the 5. I am not sure if 3 is my maximum doable at the moment or whether the cold I caught from my darling husband scuppered things. I got very very hungry and found it impossible to stick too - I was hating every juicy moment come day 4 when I should have been feeling great. Will try it again in November. <BR> <BR> I lost weight though - am on track. Am happy. Hoping I can lose again this week. I'll settle for even... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:19:11 EST 1.5 lbs gone Considering I wasn't a good girl for all of last week I am very content with my loss. The flu jab threw me off a bit as I was tired and had the appetite of a raving cookie monster, well in my case a raving fatty food monster. I still can't believe I have eaten 3 Big Macs this week - that's like more than I eat in a whole year! <BR> <BR> Anyway all is good now and I'm full of the joys of spring even though it is autumn lol. <BR> <BR> Next week I am going to try the Juice Master 5-day juice... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 03:37:43 EST What happened? That is what you may well be asking. Well the Saints and Slimmers started badly because the company always had stock issues, then I got stressed over my mum and work and I just kept eating so here I am back again heavier than ever. <BR> <BR> But I'm not going to let all that bother me. There are 12 weeks till Christmas and I have set myself the goal of losing 12 lbs. That's 1 lb a week. Maybe I'll lose more but that is the goal I am setting. <BR> <BR> Keeping it simple. <BR> <BR> Have ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:16:32 EST I think I've finally found something that works for me It is called Saints and Slimmers. It's a complete programme. <BR> <BR> I have been using the products for the last week or so and love it :D <BR> <BR> When I get back I will be doing the 1,200 calorie option. <BR> <BR> Right now I think this will suit me - it will help me keep my appetite under control. A "box" diet that is not overly packed with carbs. <BR> <BR> I will be back on 25th May. Until then have a great month and success to you all <em>381</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 12:26:16 EST Back in the Zone and my Morning Selfie Yay I'm in the swing of things finally. Long may it last. I keep reminding myself how good I will look on the cruise if I drop a size or two - hey that also means clothes shopping, oh yes! <BR> <BR> Okay to the selfie. This was taken about 5 years ago - wow, that long! - when we got our cat Arnie who turned up at the back door. He wasn't neutered then and was a tad unpredictable. Anyway he was on the worktop in the kitchen, I bent down to pick something up and as I came up I ended up wi... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:59:05 EST Keep falling I have to ask myself why I can't do this and the answer I get is one big blank. There's definitely a big psychological something going on but I can't say what. I know I comfort eat but right now I have nothing to be upset about although I am craving the summer - maybe that's the problem but I don't know. That is the frustrating thing right now. Why can I not detach myself, stop thinking and just do. Why do I allow myself to do what I do, to order that pizza I shouldn't have, eat the choc... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:31:15 EST My Revised Plan Right I'm still using Sparkpeople just not for logging food and exercise, but I've been really busy lately and not had time to sit down and actually read blogs etc as much as I would like or even make a blog so here I am finally. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to do Diet Chef but tbh it is too much carb based for me. I'm hungry all the time and struggling. So from 16 Jan when I get my organic meat box I will be low carbing. I have tried to keep away from the low carb because it is so restrict... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:42:31 EST WI 1 of being back on track and 7.25 lbs Don't you love that water weight hehe! Was nice to see a good first week loss. <BR> <BR> It has been hard and it will be hard I know but going to keep going. Here's to week 2 :D <BR> <BR> Had a good weekend - went out twice on Saturday hence some regain from my sneak peak in the week. Weekends were always going to be hard. It is why I moved my WI to Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm on holiday this week so hoping to get more exercise in than usual. <BR> <BR> Have a good week all :D Mon, 2 Dec 2013 02:29:58 EST Sneaked a peak on the scales In the past I've been a daily weigher but have managed to resist until today. Last night was a struggle as I was very tired but I stuck with it and so I looked at the scales this morning to give myself a bit of a boost and what a boost. <BR> <BR> 6 lbs gone, 0.3% fat gone <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So so happy! <BR> <BR> Okay got a photo for you. I've not been doing archery long so this year saw me doing my first shooting outside ever! I got a 3rd Class Bowman and here's the photo of m... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 02:11:46 EST Got the hubby joining me now :D Except he uses another website boo! <BR> <BR> But after a bad week in which I gained and gained some more it is great to now have my hubby losing along side me. He has high blood pressure and he is pre-diabetic. So now I feel really inspired as I'm not doing it on my own yay! <BR> <BR> Had a great first day back on track. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:58:43 EST 0.25 lbs gone Okay it could have been more but I binged last night. I really need to work out why I do that. I was tired and I do think that is a factor! I'm trying to improve my sleep and figure my Fitbit Flex is really going to help. One thing I have learnt already is that I don't need 8 hours, I need about 6 to 7. If I push for 8 my sleep quality drops to about 93% but at 6 to 7 it stays at about 98%. So my plan for the next week is to try for 6 to 7 and see what that does for my mood etc. Sound... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 03:21:07 EST Lost 1.75 lbs this week Not all of the pounds I gained during my stressed out binge but a loss for which I am grateful. <BR> <BR> It has allowed me to learn something about my sleep pattern. I have been monitoring my sleep closely and when I do eat a lot at night especially carbs I sleep like a log. Last night I got 7 hours 56 minutes (according to Fitbit Flex) of good sleep. When I don't eat a lot at night I sleep about 5 hours, wake up for 2, then go back to sleep for about 1 or 2 more hours. Interesting and... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 03:15:24 EST Bad week - 5 lbs gain Okay numerous reasons or should I say excuses - the only valid one is that it is lady's time so perhaps that is why it is so much. Otherwise no excuses. I have eaten rubbish, not done any exercise and I have paid the price. <BR> <BR> But this gain has boosted my resolve so back on track and onwards and "downwards". I am so going to lose that 5 lbs and who knows hopefully some more my next WI. No more excuses. <BR> <BR> Archery - I've also not been going to archery. Again no more excus... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 06:19:56 EST Diet Chef Week 2 - 1.5 lb gone Well I think the protein day helped a fair bit and that I've not been well. I cannot honestly say I stuck to the diet this week for more than maybe 2 days!! But I have managed a loss which I'll take, thank you very much. <BR> <BR> Total of 5.5 lbs gone in two weeks - yay. <BR> <BR> In total I have now lost 28.5 lbs so have earned back the bead I gave myself after having lost 28 lbs so I can wear my weight loss bracelet proudly again. <BR> <BR> For those who don't know I am buying a bead ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:13:12 EST Don't think I like pizza anymore and can fit into trousers :O Yes I don't know what is more shocking, the pizza revelation or the trousers hehe! <BR> <BR> I had a bit of a pizza binge last night and came to realise I prefer Chinese by far. Yep, my urge for bready cheese has come to an end phew! <BR> <BR> Trousers - I had a pair of Slimma Trousers in size UK26 which have never fit although I appear to fit every other size 26 around with some of them being massive!! So today I tried them and yes I can now wear my Slimma Trousers - happy days. Probabl... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:02:59 EST End of Week 1 on Diet Chef - 4 lbs down Finally back under the 18 stone mark. <BR> <BR> 4 lbs gone yay! I have found it hard and have cheated so could have gone better. The diet is more carbs than I am used too but since getting my fruit habit I don't want to lose that so will not be substituting fruit for protein. I will adapt. <BR> <BR> Very happy with my first week's result. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 04:09:27 EST Woohoo! 750 mile Fitbit badge :D <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just hope my Fitbit Ultra can stay intact for the next 250 miles - it is getting a little bit battered and has a crack hehe! Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:51:50 EST Diet Chef So I decided to go back to Diet Chef. It has been a very long while since I did the Diet Chef programme but given by success with Jenny Craig I thought maybe that is the way I will go. Something has clicked in my head - I have come to accept that now I have made my programme choice I need to stick to that choice. Of course I'm allowed days off (when seeing mum on Saturday) but Diet Chef is now my programme for the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Stick to the calories ev... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 04:59:27 EST Changed by target to 0.5 lbs a week Decided to go easy on myself and so 0.5 lb a week will do. I've been obese for as long as I can remember and maybe going slower is a better approach. Plus I hopefully will lose more but at least I'm not putting so much pressure on myself. <BR> <BR> Feeling much more positive and well those 0.5s will mount up bit by bit :) <BR> <BR> Have a good week all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:06:14 EST Begging for some psychological advice please - coping with loose skin Okay I keep sabotaging my own weight loss plan. I have realised this for a while, which is why I'm stuck at 18 stone (252 lbs). I know why I do it - skin! Yep, skin! Right now after over the last few years losing 2.5 stones (35 lbs) (I hit the 20.5 stone (287 lbs) after dad died!!!!!!!!! but not for long) my stomach skin is already puckering. I know I will have an apron and I don't know how I will handle that. I'm not a vanity person but I have my limits on what I can tolerate in the mirror. ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 05:28:42 EST Raspberry Ketones Well I don't normally buy into the hype surrounding supplements and all, although I will take some chromium from time to time and do find that glucosamine is good for my back, but hey I thought I'd try the ketones and see. <BR> <BR> Well I am not surprised to let you know they didn't work. Maybe they just didn't work for me. They do smell nice if you like that fruity smell. <BR> <BR> I have a few more to take so since I paid for them I'll finish them off but will obviously not be buying a... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 02:17:50 EST Week 5 - gained 1.25 lbs - stupid birthday celebrations :p Okay I was expecting a lot more but looks like it has not been too bad. I am still below the 18 stone mark which makes me happy and there are no birthdays between now and end of November and tbh that will be just one meal. For my own birthday I spent the whole weekend celebrating! I have had my enjoyment and now it is back to business as usual. <BR> <BR> We are out on Saturday Night on the Rochdale Company of Archers World Tour - we are doing American. I plan to eat less on the other day... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 01:59:04 EST Week 3 - lost 1.5 lbs Yay! Phew! <BR> <BR> I was hoping and aiming for more but experience tells me that 1.5 lbs is about my average. That's what I consistently lost when doing Jenny Craig. <BR> <BR> I have struggled this week a lot - still had the cold and am only really getting back to normal. It left me feeling tired at a bad time. Yep, winter is coming. I have started using my lightbox but I think I need to change the time I use it to the afternoon instead of morning. <BR> <BR> I am going to pull mysel... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:44:57 EST Weigh in 2 - STS Well I didn't lose anything - stayed the same, but that is good. I am happy with that as I have had a few things go against me this week. 1. We ate out a lot and 2. I have had a cold. Not done much Step to the Beat or much of anything really. <BR> <BR> Now in good news, the fruit eating seems to have had a positive effect on how my body deals with colds. Sure I still get shattered, bad head, etc. and ache but the cold started on Saturday morning and it is now starting to clear somewhat -... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:38:49 EST 2.75 lbs gone Yay! Back on track finally! <BR> <BR> Okay I could have lost more but I have decided that around 1.5 to 2 lbs a week is enough so 2.75 lbs is great. Here's aiming for another 2 lb loss next week. May be a bit difficult as birthday bash for hubby on Sunday but we have opted for a takeaway so I can make better choices - Chinese hmmm, thinking black bean sauce with veggies yum. <BR> <BR> Right enough talk of food. <BR> <BR> What I could improve upon:- <BR> <BR> Exercise - oh we went for a... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 03:21:53 EST Back to daily weigh and question re Fitbit or SP calories Okay I've tried not to weigh in daily but I've come to the conclusion that it helps me. Not sure why but it does. Perhaps because I'm not denying the urge to get on those scales. <BR> <BR> I don't find the ups bother me as long as I know why and it's a pound or two. Today for instance I'm up a pound but I've not taken a note of it as I have changed my diet, reduced my coffee, eaten less sugar and gobbled the fibre all in one day and yep, my body is a tad bloated but it will adapt. <BR> <... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 03:53:00 EST I have my target date so really must get cracking I started this journey at 278 lbs and today I weighed in at 254.5 lbs. The fact that I have not lost any weight for the last several months (possibly even a year) does not bother me. I am content to have just kept off what I have lost. I don't want to be one of those statistics that regains and adds some on. I know people who have lost many pounds and regained the lot. Maintenance is difficult. So I am content with my journey choices so far even if I have started to try to lose weight a... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:15:59 EST Mum We arrived yesterday at noon to take mum shopping and go for a meal and found ourselves faced with a very hysterical mother. She'd been taken dizzy on Thursday night, but did she ring us no. Not even on the Friday. She left it until a Bank Holiday and until she had got all distressed. Needless to say it got me a bit wound up and I had a good chat to her about it - explained it was not fair to spring it on us like that when we were not expecting it. <BR> <BR> So A&E it was and many hours ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 02:36:22 EST Mum out of hospital Sorry I didn't blog earlier but have been so so tired. <BR> <BR> Mum came out on Tuesday with 7 days' worth of meds for H. Pylori infection. She has inflammation of the stomach and should hopefully get better. Phew! <BR> <BR> Since then I have been unable to get back on track. I'm exploring some options. Going to do a few high protein days and am considering shifting slowly towards a vegan lifestyle. I have tried vegan before and my stomach could not handle it but will try it again and... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:34:24 EST 2nd Weigh In After what has been a stressful week and one of ups and downs I finally settled on a loss of 2.25 lbs making a total of 4 lbs in two weeks. That makes me happy. <BR> <BR> Mum went into hospital on Wednesday. She has not been eating and got herself into a panic. Worry not, so far they have found nothing physical but are doing the "up and down" just to make double sure but mum has a history of psychosomatic symptoms on and off when depressed and stressed. Emotions manifest as physical symp... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 04:55:43 EST Got myself organised It has taken me a while to get my head in the right place once again but here I am getting organised. I have one full month of Jenny Craig left and the plan sheets so going to do that. I'm looking at things from a week to week perspective and nothing too long term. <BR> <BR> I suppose some part of me is still disappointed that Jenny Craig pulled out of the UK because the plan was working for me, better than any plan I'd used before. I got on well with my counsellor and was being quite con... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 05:25:58 EST First weigh in after the restart and setting out some rules Good morning! Afternoon! Evening! <BR> <BR> Loss: 6.5 lbs - love that water weight (actually WI was yesterday's) <BR> <BR> I am now back below the 18 stone mark - UK weights are weird right hehe! Each stone is 14 pounds so it gives a nice little mini-target. In fact I aim for 7 lbs at a time. <BR> <BR> Well my first week went well until last night when I just had the biggest craving ever and went for it. Frankly the crazy thing is and I have said this a million times over, it made me... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 02:26:15 EST What happens when the plan goes awry So last night's dinner was supposed to be two chicken breasts, lots of stir fry veg and black bean sauce. I had this planned well in advance as I knew I would be craving a high protein meal by this time. <BR> <BR> But oh no, the chicken was off. Well I believe it was off. I know sometimes they pack it in sulphur gas to keep it fresh but this smelt so strong and even the hubby commented so in the bin it went. So now what!? <BR> <BR> Er umming and arring and we ended up at Nandos. I was ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:46:30 EST New Job and New Start Well the new job is going well. I am settling in and getting used to the new routine. It is similar to what I was doing before, i.e. working from home typing lots of stuff. <BR> <BR> I keep falling off the wagon, getting back on track, falling off the wagon. I have in all honesty not lost a pound in ages and in have gained a few if all is said and done. I have been struggling. <BR> <BR> I cannot say why. I do think bad eating is a habit like any other and is hard to beat. I have to fa... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:36:24 EST Weight Loss and New Job So I have lost 6 lbs :D I've decided to weigh in whenever the mood strikes. Just going to chill and get on with it. <BR> <BR> Had my training day with the new agency yesterday. Well I think we will get on nicely. They have excellent systems in place and I left their offices feeling like I had had a very productive and yet brain stunning day. Just need to get cracking and practicing. Going to start next week and see how it goes. They said they were impressed with what little I did in t... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 03:43:05 EST Writing a blog, posting then deleting can be therapeutic Okay I just wrote a long rant, posted it and deleted it. <BR> <BR> I needed to express and feel I have done. But I didn't want it out in the open as if I saw it in a few months it would bring me down with memories. Memories are so powerful and I am learning to let the past go, hard though that can be. <BR> <BR> When I was younger I used to make diary entries and then rip them up. Some how digital blogging does not have that satisfactory rip noise that paper has but it still does the job.... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 03:52:33 EST Food Addiction Before I started this journey I would constantly want a multitude of foods. Now the two things I crave most are donuts and pizza. I have conquered chocolate (although I have my slips), biscuits, Indian food, Chinese food and even Italian food - yes I was that bad. <BR> <BR> I even have managed to get a grip on my donut urges. They give me awful indigestion for one! <BR> <BR> But pizza is proving hard - very very very hard! I find it odd that pizza is so attractive to me as I'm not a big... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:01:57 EST Back from Cruise Hello :D <BR> <BR> So glad to be back, well okay not that glad but I have missed the cats and other things. Obviously didn't miss the British weather although after having sat through several very interesting talks on hurricanes and tornadoes whilst on our cruise I think we have very little to complain about except rain, rain and er rain haha! <BR> <BR> St Petersburg was beautiful and I think all the Step to the Beat (Walk It Out) helped very much indeed. Plenty of steps but they are shal... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 03:44:47 EST 7lbs, 7 whole big pounds gone!!! Well, as a good British Northern lass all I can say is "eee by gum" which I believe actually means OMG. <BR> <BR> I followed the Fitbit calories rather than Sparkpeople and have to say, they are mean, oh yes, they are so mean, but what a result!!! And I truly cannot believe it and feel so invigorated. After all that messing about hovering it is nice to finally have a good loss. <BR> <BR> Total loss now in British speak is 2 stones 1.75 lbs (29.75 lbs) which means I have finally earned my ... Thu, 16 May 2013 03:20:01 EST Feeling very motivated Well I'm on a roll, yay! <BR> <BR> I am feeling very motivated, partly due to cruise coming up on 8 June and partly because I have had a flare up of a disorder I do not often talk about, hidradenitis suppurativa. It flared up badly after an episode of stress and I have been in agony for the last two weeks but it is now calming down. There is no cure but losing weight will help and keeping to a healthy diet will also help. <BR> <BR> My hubby is going for his final blood test today to see i... Wed, 15 May 2013 04:06:36 EST Stayed the Same So I stayed the same this week which was what I was aiming for. I have spent the last week pondering whether to lose anymore before our cruise as I will need to buy new evening dresses. The ones I have at the moment fit well and they are expensive. <BR> <BR> But, after all that I have decided to shift another 7 lbs. I figure that will mean I can still wear the dresses but just won't need the battle armour corsetry, seriously it is like being in a straitjacket! <BR> <BR> So back on the Je... Thu, 2 May 2013 02:00:13 EST Archery Madness Okay on Saturday we helped out at a St George Memorial Shoot at our club. Was a casual shoot as opposed to a record one, but still done with all the rules etc. although didn't have to conform to the dress codes. We did not shoot as were not ready but we did help with score running - help the record keeper keep an ongoing record of the scores. Involved a lot of walking and standing and I still ache. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was such good fun meeting people of all ages and skill that I and my h... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 01:01:52 EST 0.75 lb gain but lost 0.3% fat Well what a result :D I'm happy about that - the scales really do not reflect the entire situation. <BR> <BR> I feel healthier and that is one thing. I feel lighter and my clothes fit somewhat better. <BR> <BR> The one thing I do not like about me and when I say I do not like I don't to the point of being detrimental to myself, I accept it as it is, but well I am small on top and massive around the backside and hips. Seriously, you could put an entire tea set on my backside it sticks out... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:27:25 EST 1.5 lbs gone Okay so I am still 0.5 lb up after my Easter mishap but yay, I'm happy :D <BR> <BR> It has been a good week overall. Only "bad" day was going out with mother and she decided to do the three course special - was nice and okay once a week. Otherwise I have been good. <BR> <BR> Not done as much Step to the Beat/Walk it Out. Hubby is off this week and I admit I prefer to step when he isn't around. Nothing self-conscious wise, just my routine gets messed up. It is good to have a rest righ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:22:19 EST Lost some of last week's gain and pausing Jenny Craig I am like a sponge one week, then squeezed the next. Water retention is a right pain in the backside. Anyway I have lost all the water and now am back down to 253 so target for next week is to get under the 250 and it is so doable if I'm a good girl. <BR> <BR> I have also realised I get bored easily. The JC stuff is lovely, varied, etc. but the plan lacks the one thing I adore when the spring/summer comes - fish! Plus I have a backlog of stuff to work through. So have paused the plan un... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:58:34 EST A very bad WI So bad I'm not even going to record it. <BR> <BR> I am water bloated - it is that woman's issue time bah and yes I have been eating way too much over the festive season. So letting my bad WI go over my head I am back on track and looking forward to getting with it next week after what my friend would say is a "visit from Aunty" (don't know why she just couldn't say period). <BR> <BR> I am bored of Jenny Craig. I cannot say why I am bored but I am!! The food is great, plentiful and varie... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 06:00:24 EST 6.5 lbs gone phew Okay after my disasterous weigh in last week I gave myself a break from trying to do Jenny Craig. You know what the food is great, the plan is great but there is a psychological block after a while that tells me I need a change. I do miss fish but have been adding into my noodles, etc. <BR> <BR> So this week I have been good and have lost 6.5 lbs. I am now in the 17 stone bracket (14 lbs to a stone). <BR> <BR> So happy :D Phew! I have now lost a total of 14 lbs on JC. Not a lot but if... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:51:52 EST Er 4.5 lbs gain doh Okay I have had a bad week. I have been very very tried. Just felt generally blah and run down and lost my will power. <BR> <BR> So today is the start of another week which means a new beginning. I know I can shift the weight easily enough. I feel more positive today - got a day off work to recharge the batteries. I have yet to work out how to handle the long hours I sometimes work, but tbh the insomnia has been bad this week and it is all connected. <BR> <BR> So next week I shall shif... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:42:44 EST