SMURFS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SMURFS SMURFS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I fell off the wagon and I fell hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693941 The last 3 days my calories have gone from 1500 max to neatly 3000 a day. I am back to binging at night, which is mentally and physically exhausting. I was up many times during the nights with digestive problems and my stomach was so distended it really looked pregnant. This morning I over ate slightly again. No idea why I never learn my lesson. Tue, 13 May 2014 07:26:59 EST 21 Day Sugar Detox- What I have learned. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692798 Ok so I did not make it to the 21 Days according to L1 completely but I did 12 and I am proud of that. I am choosing to look my new plan as a modified continuance of the program to fit my needs and ideas. Admittedly I slipped up, some supporters of this diet say to start over, others to keep going. I am with out a doubt still crazy for the sugary treats and white stuff (wheat) but I don't think adding in some variety of fruit will hurt my attempts to kick the habit. Anyway what I have learned... Sun, 11 May 2014 19:19:54 EST Why the 21 Sugar Detox is not working for me.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692783 Day 14 of the 21 DSD. Maybe my will is weaker then I imagined but after a strong Friday, I binged on Saturday on cookies while I was home alone.. I am still struggling with leg cramps, constipation and fatigue, and some even some pains in my chest (gas I am guessing). So after a discussion with my partner and lots of careful thought, I decided to add fruit back into my diet in moderation. So last night I had an orange and a few prunes. <BR> Today I wasn't sure what I was doing. I ended up ea... Sun, 11 May 2014 18:40:27 EST Reaching new heights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691764 I am giving myself a pat on the back today. It is offically Day 13 of the 21DSD! Last night was a friend's birthday party at a pizza place, I was in a very negative place yesterday mentally. ANGRY that I had to order salad at pizza place, and this diet has been having some negative health effects since I started (some bloating, constipation, lightheadness, headaches, ugh). But I am determined to stick it out the end, just to say I could do it. <BR> Today I feel substantially better in mood. ... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:32:00 EST Day 12 - First binge on 21DSD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690826 This week I have been feeling a little better, although still having some problems with my stools, leg cramps and fatigue while on this detox. To remedy this I have started supplementing my fiber intake with chia seeds, and eating/drinking fermented foods. I have been busy with apartment searching so have not gotten in enough exercise or steps as I would have like this week. But that is solved now, seeing as we found a great place today, and the final step for the application is tomorrow. <BR... Thu, 8 May 2014 20:34:53 EST "I can't eat it" vs "I don't eat it" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686958 I have always liked specific types of diet (vegetarian, paleo, herbal detox) because there are plans that outline what you eat. I do a hell of a lot better when presented with unhealthy foods that I "don't eat" vs deciding whether I "should" eat them or not. <BR> So many times I have thought I will just have one, or just half and ended up eating loads more then I ever expected. With rules that doesn't happen, you just never start in the first place and I am cool with that. I know the plan, an... Sun, 4 May 2014 07:46:29 EST The Fat conundrum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686955 Progressively while on this 21 Day Sugar Detox I have become very tired and weak, perhaps due to the low carb in take. I have talked to a friend that carb cycles and also asked the author of the plan for advice. Both have said to up my calories and eat more fat for energy. I don't know how I feel about this. My friend also told me to up my "electrolytes", especially sodium. <BR> It is so confusing because last I heard everyone said "salt is bad" and "avoid saturated fat, because it will give... Sun, 4 May 2014 07:41:37 EST Day Five 21DSD (day sugar detox) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685968 Well week one is going splendidly so far. I have been eating close to Paleo as Diane Sanphilippo's 21 Day Sugar Detox has suggested. Suprisingly I have not had any cravings or temptations yet. I did however have my period all this week , so it is hard to tell which symptoms are from which. Here are some of my observations: <BR> Day 1: A1 , Regular! Enthusiasm through the rough. <BR> Day 2: Constipated, thirsty, acidic feeling stomach, noooo cravings. Good mood. <BR> Day 3: Constipation, acidi... Fri, 2 May 2014 18:33:00 EST More thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681106 I have been studying different health angles (again) for the last couple of hours (hydrocolonics, detox foods) and it occurred to me: maybe this skin rash is meant to be the kick in the butt I NEED to get off the sugar and carbs (and whatever else is harming me). Maybe the extra weight, bloating, fungal/bacterial problems, stomach and headaches I have been having are just not enough to signal to me that I need a change. Which is pretty absurd if you think about it. We have one life, and one b... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:49:54 EST Sugar conundrums http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681051 Well it was tough week for me, as it is the week before my period. I exercised but I also binged almost every night and the sugar and carb cravings feel like they control me 100%. Bread and sweets make my skin rash much worse it seems, however when I try to resist I feel like I am in withdrawal. I cry, and get angry and anxious until I give in. <BR> I need to take action! It has occurred to me that conventional medicine is not helping me in my quest for health and also that my skin conditio... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:54:41 EST A new way of thinking- Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676576 Today I was blanching some collard greens before going to Easter dinner at my in laws and the leaves looked so beautiful, and fresh- the very essence of that spring feeling we are all starting to get around this time of year. It made me think.. hey why don't we enjoy more of these vibrant whole foods that embody the spring vibe more often rather then overloading on so many traditional things that are less then colorful? It would be healthier if we devoured the rainbow of fresh veggies that m... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:18:23 EST Weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676022 Weekends are my low points. I wait for the weekend all week for a break but when I get to them I dont know what to do with myself and fall into a detrimental pattern without enough structure. <BR> I tend to get sad, negative and tired. <BR> This weekend was a long one for the Easter holiday which sometimes makes things more difficult. Also I have a very ichy skin rash which is making me a little more on edge then usual. I have a new medication that makes me very sleepy and didnt help my usua... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:09:08 EST Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676014 I have come leaps and bounds! The last 2 weeks I have mostly offed the nasty habit of snacking on sugary sweets at work that come in the form of baking, or gifts. It was hard at first and I got a little pressure from co-workers at first but people are slowly getting used to me not using sugar as a pick-me-up, energy-fix, comfort food as my team seems to come accustomed to. (No wonder we all tend to gain 10-15lbs in the first year working there). <BR> I have also been working out and seeing i... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:02:06 EST Troubles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598454 One step forward, two steps back. I recovered from all my viral sickness from December and got back on the gym wagon for 2 weeks but now my back is injured and I can barely move. I am too young for this. I am bored and stressed and keep over eating to the point of massive stomach aches after each "meal". My calories are exceeded 2000+ each day. <BR> I suppose if I can't get back to my exercising schedule this is a good time to really focus on fixing up my eating compulsions. Healthy living i... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:26:33 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583052 Happy new year everyone! 2014 here I come. This year I put a lot of effort into exercising and eating well, even though I wasn't always successful. I had a lot of ups and downs and didnt really loose much weight but I did tone up at times, and worked to build healthy habits. <BR> This year I am going to stick to it, change doesnt happen over night after all. <BR> <BR> I was off the wagon for a three weeks there, overloaded at work and sick. November and December were very tough months for me... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:46:39 EST Just say NO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488639 Just saying "no" to anyone including myself is one of the hardest things for me to do in my life. I have been frustrated lately with my coworkers and cannot muster the guts to tell them my opinion or just how I feel in general so I often become the door mat. Always have been. <BR> I hate confrontation and will be passive because it is the easiest way to cope. For example I was on a very full bus yesterday standing with my gym bag and work bag near the front because there was a spot for bags ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:24:09 EST Over thinking things? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450284 I read the article on the main page today about making time for exercise, somethings I often think about doing but dont do. I have not exercised for 2 weeks because I have been on vacation. I have my exercise clothes, mat, shoes etc. I could go for a run, do a sit up or even a walk, but I have chosen not to. What's done is done, I am not going to beat myself up about it, I can turn over a new page any time I choose. <BR> Soon I will be back to work again, which will be very good for me sinc... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 20:55:04 EST Do we really want success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448810 If a person really wanted to go to bed earlier at night, but continued to stay awake late, do they really want to achieve the original goal? <BR> If a person really wanted to learn french, but never spoke french, do they truly want to learn french? <BR> Same with weight loss. If I truly wanted to lose weight and get fit then I would stop binge eating, right? But I never have. <BR> So I ask myself, is this just laziness, stupidity or a fear of success? Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:28:19 EST Vacation challenges and food pushers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434644 Hi everyone, I am on a two week vacation from work, and for the first week I am back home at my dads house. Which is so great! Except the house is full of so many temptations, my family has ice cream, cookies, a candy jar, chocolate, chips, and they cook deep fried foods for dinner. Tonight I made a big salad and ate that with just a just 6 or so deep fried scallops and about 20 fries.. that still worked out to be about 600 calories. Then after that I had a sugar craving and ate a fun sized O... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:54:12 EST What is wrong with me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409957 I am only 23, and I have been trying to get control of my weight since I have been 10. I have never been far off from my ideal weight, even when I wasnt overweight all I think I wanted was to feel in control of my eating. That's 13 years! My eating is more out of control then ever! The harder I try and the more I think about it, the worse I do. <BR> <BR> I must restart my efforts at least 3 times a year, since I give up every time. I have been on this site for 6 years! Every time I restar... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 19:56:33 EST The only thing that stands in your way of success if yourself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397669 I have never had much self confidence in my life.. <BR> I struggle with mustering the confidence to conquer lots of things in my life. Driving, speaking french, making friends, and of course getting fit. I had the realization today that the saying is true: <BR> "The only thing that stands in your way of success if yourself". <BR> That is very true for my goals. It is my fear of failure, my excuses, my laziness that stand in my way. <BR> A person needs to MAKE time, FOLLOW THREW, CHOOSE wise... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:20:50 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367183 The last two months are not going as well as I would have hoped they would. My sugar and carb cravings are out of control. I often over eat these foods (breads, cookies, chocolate, junk) throughout the day. My monthly average for April and May is 1770 calories, I have been eating at least 200+ over my max a day everyday. A lot of days I am eating over 2000, like today. <BR> I am eating over my calories because: <BR> I give into all my cravings, don't stop eating to see if I am full, <BR> ha... Fri, 24 May 2013 23:11:24 EST Sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303676 Today was a bad day for sugar consumption. I ate a piece of cake at work, and a lot of mini eggs again, then I got home and had some nutella and a small lindt orange chocolate bar. My sugar cravings keep getting more and more intense and the spark people sugar challenge is not going very well. Easter is a time when my sugar intake tends to increase quickly, as is Christmas, other holidays I can handle pretty well. <BR> <BR> I just have to remember that sugar (and overeating) is not a cure f... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:59:55 EST And the binging continues.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300041 This week was rough, especially with Easter coming up. The Easter treats have started at work (Cadbury mini eggs in the staff room), and I have been doing some baking of my own (bread and meringues gifts). I have been "taste testing" traditional Easter foods that were meant to be gifts.. a bread and sugar hurt my stomach sooo much since I have IBS. <BR> <BR> This week was a very low self-discipline, high calorie time for me. I am taking the Spark People "Curb your Sugar Tooth" Challenge now... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:23:16 EST Binging streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289641 I have binged 4 days in a row this week. I have done it out of either stress, anger or worry for things that involve myself or my partner. I do it at 9-10pm with a lot of carbs. I had just had a streak of more then 2 weeks of eating in my calorie limit through thick and thin, and I noticed that I had lost some weight and was feeling better. This is sometimes when things start to go down hill for me. <BR> <BR> I would just like to remind myself of somethings: <BR> It is OK to have success i... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:40:31 EST Things have changed a lot since December.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249771 In my December entry I was struggling because I was overwhelmed because of my new job, well now my shifts have been cut down a lot which creates a lot of room for boredom. I have also been notified that my job will end at the end of March because the place of business is closing. I will soon be unemployed after only be employed for a short 5 months, learning most everything from scratch, and being lulled in to a false sense of security (after 3 months of unemployment). <BR> <BR> So now I a... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:24:55 EST Reasons I eat when I am not hungry.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249756 I am an emotional eater, more then I think I ever realized, my fiance jokes that I am addicted to food. I can be a healthy eater, I love fruits and veggies, and all kinds healthy grains, meat/alternatives, and dairy. I love to eat in season and cook healthy, flavorful meals but I have a problem with eating sugar and carbs to cope with my emotions. ALL emotions. A lot of the time when I over eat for emotional reasons I can't tell when I am hungry any more. <BR> Here is a list of emotions I use... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:12:42 EST Challenges, changes and hangups.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167772 Last month I started a new job, I have been working days and some of the changes in my routines are creating challenges and hangups for me in my attempt to maintain a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Obstacles: <BR> <BR> 1. At work there is a lot of baking and gifts of sweets in the staff room that I havent been resisting. <BR> 2. At work it is difficult to remember to bring my water bottle with me and drink so I have not been reaching my 8 glasses a day anymore, in fact i am averaging 3 glass... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:03:04 EST Fit bit challenge progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137875 Well I have been working on this challenge for 10 days now and I have earned 21 dollars. <BR> I have been using pom poms to signify one dollar each and I put them in a big ol' cookie jar, it is really fun and motivational. I have three "dollars" available to earn everyday: <BR> 1 for drinking 8 glasses of water <BR> 1 for exercising <BR> 1 for eating within my calorie limit <BR> <BR> I average 2 a day, since I am usually not successful at all 3, but some days I am! I have been checking my ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:22:45 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126976 I have decided that I would really like to have a Fitbit One but don't want to just go out and buy something that I may not use very often. So I decided to make a project out of it and use the Fitbit as a reward. <BR> <BR> The plan is to use a jar with the picture of the Fitbit on it, and for everytime I drink 8 glasses of water, stay within my calorie limit, or exercise I put 1 dollar in my jar. I might use pompoms, with the 3 different colours, one for each type of success and that way I ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 08:06:07 EST Need to keep going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117835 I have tried to change my lifestyle to be more healthy for many years- probably about 10 <BR> and I am only 23.. I am only now becoming familiar with the patterns that keep developing and <BR> the reasons my progress stops. I go into funks, that I dont get out of for at least a year!! <BR> I don't really notice, I have difficulty starting but I make progress with tracking my calories, <BR> changing my eating habits, and creating new habits - like a better sleeping pattern, and creating time ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:21:51 EST The No S http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102206 I am using the main principle in the No S "diet" to keep myself on track. It is very straight forward and I look at it as a daily exercise in moderation. <BR> <BR> Each weekday there are no: <BR> Snacks <BR> Sweets <BR> Seconds <BR> <BR> Except you can look forward to having S's sometimes on S days- <BR> Saturday, Sunday and special days (holidays, sick days) <BR> <BR> I have been successful for two days so far. Although I am not following it exactly. If I get really hungry I will eat a ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:59:55 EST I am back (and still fat)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079781 The last time I wrote here was in 2009. Somethings have changed since then in my life. I graduated uni, went on a 2 month trip to Europe which I just finished, and moved to Quebec, where I am now moving into a new place and trying to find a job, figure out services etc. <BR> Before the move I had ups and downs in NS, times where my fiancé and I were frequenting the gym and spending time outdoors. I even completed 3 spin classes while there before moving here. <BR> <BR> On my trip to Europ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:13:14 EST My life now and bad habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2625252 Well the last few months have been pretty stressful since I started a new job 12-18 hours a week, I volunteer to run a humanitarian organization helping a refugee adjust to Halifax , and of course trying to do well in 4 courses! Then there's the traveling back and forth from Quebec to NS that my boyfriend and I do for quick visits and late night chats that I so enjoy but really regret when morning rolls around. Then there's the overall missing him, and difficulties that come with a long dista... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:03:23 EST