SMELLOPHANT's SparkPeople Blog SMELLOPHANT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Right-enough is enough! After many years away, and a huge amount of weight gain I am going to try again. During the interim I joined Slimming World, which was really good, I lost 1.5stone fairly easily, but then my brother went to Afgan, he is in the Army, and I know it is just another excuse, but the weight loss went out the window. I left Slimming World and gained all the weight I lost, plus more. <BR> <BR> I have tried numerous times since to get back on it, but to no avail. It is now just getting silly, my wei... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:25:37 EST Let's start again! Ok, so I've been away for a long time, I have been going to a local Slimming World group and managed to lose one and a half stone, unfortunately I also put a stone of this back on when my little brother went to Afghanistan, he is in the Army, At the moment I am at -12lb, which is good, but I am really really struggling to motivate myself again, and it is getting me down! I know that I can do better and I remember how good it felt to be slimmer, but now it feels like I wasted all that time and... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:31:28 EST Argh!! I have just got back from uni for the holidays, and I am working on a pony trekking yard. I have not been getting home until 8pm some nights, so I haven't even had my laptop on for the past 4 days! I will try and get on to track my weight but apart from that I just don't think I'll have time to do much else! But do not fear, I am still going, and I will be back properly afrter the summer! Good luck everyone xx Thu, 6 Aug 2009 17:05:10 EST Days 29 & 31- Back on it! This week I am feeling much much more positive, I have increased my exercise, strength and cardio, I am currently working through the 7 bootcamp videos, which I am really enjoying. When you get to the end of the 7 days do you start back at the beginning again? <BR> <BR> Calorie wise I am doing really well, but for some reason this week I keep going over my fat limit, I think it is because I am trying to include more milk in my diet, but I have finished the milk now, so in theory I should be ... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 15:04:24 EST Days 26, 27 & 28- All quiet on the western front! Well I have not blogged for a couple of days because there is really nothing to report, I weighed myself, but the scales did not move again, I really feel that although I am meeting all my Spark fitness goals it is just not enough. I go home at the end of this week and start work on a pony trekking yard on the Monday, so hopefully 6 weeks of hard graft should shift a few pounds- as long as I keep on sticking to the diet plan! I also plan to go swimming and tree climbing at least once a week (... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 16:08:46 EST Days 24 & 25- 'It's up to you what you really want to do...' Yes, I have quoted the amazing Sublime today- I love them so hard!- but I really think it sums up my feelings over the last few days really well- there are no more excuses to make, I need to stop thinking of ways to 'cheat' and just knuckle down and get on with it! It is up to me, no one else! <BR> <BR> The last 2 days have gone ok, just not brilliant. I feel like I am saying this, or something similar everyday at the moment, but onwards and upwards hey? <BR> <BR> Oh and Cass, I did buy so... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:55:53 EST Days 21, 22 & 23! Says it all really doesn't it?!! Well as you can see I have not blogged for 3 days and that was because I had a terrible weekend, I weighed myself and the scales did not move, at the time I felt awful and consequently had a very bad weekend, and although I did not eat silyl amounts of food- which is a deffinate improvement on my behaviour pre-Spark, I would have binged all weekend on rubbish!- I did not eat sensibly and used food as an emotional aid, which of course it is not. <BR> <BR> I started today with a much more pos... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:13:15 EST Day 20- Uh Oh- I feel a rant coming on!!! Today has been ok, just not one of the better ones, I went 22 calories over my limit, but apart from that I have done everything I am supposed to! <BR> <BR> I had to go and buy a new pair of trousers today, which always makes me feel awful, there is never that miracle pair that hide all my lumps and bumps, though why I keep expecting a pair of trousers to sudenly turn me into a supermodel I just don't know! My bottom half has always been bigger than my top half, and buying trousers/jeans ha... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 18:31:50 EST Day 19- Yes I do feel better... Today has felt much more positive than yesterday, I really tryed to think about the changes I am making and how they will improve my quality of life and not worrying about when I will lose the weight etc. That will come in time if I just keep up the good work and accept that it is a long term thing, not a flash in the pan fad diet. <BR> <BR> I have completed my 2nd lot of strength training and am on target to meet my cardio goals this week. Nutritional goals have gone really well, just that ... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 18:11:52 EST Days 17 & 18- Just keep swimming... I have been doing ok over the last 2 days, nothing too dramatic to report, only that I can really start to feel my motivation slipping, and naughty foods are becoming more and more tempting. I missed my strength training on Monday, so I did it on Tuesday instead, and consequently I will do todays tomorrow and Fridays on Saturday, then next week I will be back in sync with the actual programme! Cardio is going ok, by the time I have walked to and from uni twice I will have met my goals. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 16:33:17 EST Days 15 &16- Out the window The plan has gone out the window these last two days, I have not been eating at normal times, or tracking the food I have eaten, so I do not have a lot to report, just that I will be back on it as of tomorrow! x Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:52:19 EST Day 14- Not so good! Today was good, for the most part, I ate sensibly throughout the day, then we went to the cinema, which involved popcorn and sweets, then I was persuaded into a McDonalds. I feel a bit rubbish about it, I am just about to bite the bullet and log my calories, which I can guarantee will be through the roof, but as I seem to be saying alot lately- tomorrow is another day! xx <BR> <BR> ZellaM- Lol, I know you are right, I don't usually, I just don't go near the biscuit aisle, but I think it was ... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 19:44:53 EST Day 14- Not so good! Today was good, for the most part, I ate sensibly throughout the day, then we went to the cinema, which involved popcorn and sweets, then I was persuaded into a McDonalds. I feel a bit rubbish about it, I am just about to bite the bullet and log my calories, which I can guarantee will be through the roof, but as I seem to be saying alot lately- tomorrow is another day! xx <BR> <BR> ZellaM- Lol, I know you are right, I don't usually, I just don't go near the biscuit aisle, but I think it was ... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 19:44:20 EST Day 13- Friday 10th July. My blog days are all out of sink, so I am just catching up now, I hope no one is too confused! <BR> <BR> Well, my routine has been all out today, and although I did not eat too much, I know I have not eaten well, I had only one set meal, I just picked and snacked for the rest of the day, which is no good for anyone, and I did not manage to do the strength training today either! <BR> <BR> Well tomorrow is another day- onwards and upwards! Sat, 11 Jul 2009 08:02:03 EST Day 12- Oreo's! Well today was going really well until I decided to drive home at 7pm (I had 4 days off of uni and not alot of work to do, so I decided to go home and see Alan), and on the 2 1/2 hour journey Iate a whole packet of Oreo's, they are definately my achele's heel when it comes to healthy eating, so I did go over my nutritional goals by a fair bit (as you would imagine!), except that blinking protein! More meat for me I feel! <BR> <BR> On a complete opposite note, Spark seems to think I am burni... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 07:58:43 EST Day 11- Opps, I forgot! I completely forgot to write a blog yesterday! But in summary, I had a day off from uni, so I did not go for a walk, I usually walk to and from uni 4 days a week, so I did on of the 10 minute cardio videos on spark and the strength training programme- my legs actually feel better for doing more lunges! <BR> <BR> All the nutritional goals went ok, although I did need to have a snack before bed to make sure I had eaten enough calories for the day- it is a very alien thought process to me- hav... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 08:39:25 EST Day 10- Very Strange... Hi! Today has again gone really well, but now I have another problem, I am struggling to eat enough calories! The last 2 days I have been under by around 100 calories, I think this is because I have been eating alot of fruit as snacks, and I didn't have anything to take with me to uni as a mid-morning snack ( I have some cereal bars now) Should I try and make up my calories even though I feel full as I have eaten lots of veg with my dinner and fruit for afters? <BR> <BR> But all in all every... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 14:35:47 EST Day 9- Back on Track Well I have done really well today, I did not go over on any of my nutritional goals, and I did my strength training programme for the first time, which was not as bad as I thought it would be, and did all my cardio minutes and calories. <BR> <BR> It was also Weigh Day, I lost 3lb, which is amazing considering the weekend I've just had! So I am very pleased and feel motivated to have another good week, also because I am not going home this weekend I should manage to keep going until next We... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 15:23:22 EST Day 8- Oh Dear... Well today has gone terribly! I have not even bothered tracking all the rubbish I have eaten today, I know I will have gone over all my nurition goals. I think it is because I know that today is the last time I will see my boyfriend for at least 2 weeks, if not more, and I have been a bit reckless, but I won't punish myself too much because I already feel bad because I miss Alan loads! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Weigh Day! I hope to have lost a little, as I was really good last week, and it was p... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 18:16:12 EST Days 6 & 7- Not As Bad As I Thought?!? Ok, so I have not been as strict as I could have been with my diet these last 2 days but in my defense I have not gone over 2000 calories a day, but admittedly only just! <BR> <BR> It has been my Great-Grans 90th birthday celebrations, so there has been lots of food and drink, so I have been trying to eat really light meals around the ones which I have been eating with family to act as a buffer to the calorie onslaught! <BR> <BR> But because I am home with my fabulous dogs, I have been ge... Sat, 4 Jul 2009 17:10:47 EST Day 5- Best day yet! Hi, thank you everyone who has been commenting on my blog, all your advice and encouragement really means alot to me and motivates me when I need it most! <BR> <BR> Today has gone really well, I hit all my nutritional targets, including protein for the first time (I ate a chicken breast!) I plan to include more meat and fish in my diet to help me consistantly meet my protein target. I also did a cardio workout, the 10 minute caardio kickboxing workout video on Spark, and went for a walk, so ... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 14:42:03 EST Day 4- Phew! Hi! <BR> <BR> Today has gone ok, I am within all my nutritional goal ranges, except for protein which I am really under what I should be! Any tips for eating more protein, but with few calories? <BR> <BR> I accidently ate a flapjack, which I imagined would be low in calories asa it is only oats and stuff, but when I e-mailed the company to find out (it wasn't on the packet!) it turns out that each flapjack has nearly 500 calories in it!!!!! I was so shocked, so I had a tiny lunch and a li... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 15:04:58 EST Day 3- UH OH! Oh No, I have gone over my daily calarie limit by 23 calories, do you think it'll be ok? Well I suppose I was under yesterday, so maybe it balances out? I had a quiche for dinner and I didn't realise it had so many calories in it, I really must get better at checking I guess! <BR> <BR> Apart from that I have had a really good day, I have eaten lots of fruit instead of chocolate and biscuits and stuff, I am also on my way to meeting my water goal, and I walked home from uni today even though... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:02:19 EST Day 2-Still enthusiastic! Hi, so today has gone really well so far, and I have enough calories for my traditional piece of cake with my flat mates which we do once a week, but don't worry it will be a small piece, then I will be good until next week! But I tend to find that it is easier for me to be good if I allow myself the occasional nice food, and luckily I have enough calories left to still be within my daily limit! I have set myself the monthly and ongoing goals to drink 1.5-2 litres of water a day and to snack ... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:18:27 EST Day 1!!! Ok, so this is <em>249</em> ! I really need to lose the weight, and sharpish! I weigh the most I ever have 191lbs (13st9lbs in english!) which is bmi of 35 AKA OBESE. It really scares me, I have always been classed as over weight, but have always managed to stay out of the OBESE catagory; well not anymore, and it is time to do something to change that instaed of whinging about how terrible I feel because I am too fat! I plan to use this blog as a motivational exercise, and a way to scare my ... Sun, 28 Jun 2009 15:51:05 EST