SOULFISH80's SparkPeople Blog SOULFISH80's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Year I had a wonderful holiday. Christmas Eve was at my house, my siblings came over and we grubbed on ribs, collard greens, baked beans and bacon mac and cheese. I cut out the beans and mac and cheese. It was delicious!!! Those ribs were the best. We stayed up laughing and telling stories about the good old days. It was a fun night. My brother stayed over. It was nice to stay up chatting with him. He works hard and I don't see him much. The next day my sister came over to pick us up and we drove... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 15:32:39 EST Goals This is the first time in ages that I have reached my calories burned and fit minutes goals on my exercise page!!!! You have no idea how excited I am!!! I didn't think I'd ever do it for awhile there. I bumped my elliptical and bike times to 15 a piece for the last two days. I feel like I could push it to 20, but I'm going to wait a little while to do that. I believe slow and steady is best for me. I also added situps, pushups and bridges the last two nights. I'm sore! I know I should probab... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:57:05 EST Day off <img src=""> <img src=""> So I slept in....way in, past 12pm in. It was glorious. Woke up, tidied the place up, pored my coffee and got my stuff together to steam and roast beets and butternut squash, mmmmm. I'm bumping my exercise time up to 15 for elliptical and 15 for recumbent bike. I've been doing 10 a piece and I can tell my body ... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:12:21 EST Oh yeah!!! The eliptical rocks!!!!!! I've had it 2 days now and I love it. I've only done 10 mins on the eliptical and 10 on the bike each day. I could probably have pushed another 5-10 minutes on it but I want to take it slow. I definitely don't want to hurt myself. I bought a Foo Fighters concert and was rocking out!!! I felt like my legs were going to give out!! Lol, I'm so out of shape. Walking is the only exercise I've had in awhile, that and a little bicycle riding. The eliptical is a totally diff... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 21:41:29 EST Eliptical, woo hoo So Tim bought me an eliptical for Christmas. It's an eliptical/recumbent bike combo. I can't wait. No more missing my nightime walks.....cuz it's gonna be nightime eliptical mins, woo hoo. It's supposed to get here today, I can't wait!!! I plan to buy a bunch of my favorite concerts on Google playstore. I exercise best to music and having concerts gives me something to watch and listen to. Yep, I'm exited!!!! Tim said he shopped for two weeks to find the most sturdy machine he could in his p... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 12:15:35 EST Time change and other ramblings Thanksgiving turned out to be a pretty wonderful event. I didn't eat my usual two plates, so that was successful. I had a bit of dessert, not 3!!! I must have done pretty well overall because there was no weight loss and no gain these last few weeks. We've been super, crazy busy at work and I've been getting home late, after dark. I didn't get my weekly walks in this week, but I definitely burned extra calories at work. We're buying an eliptical machine for Christmas, if we have ... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 15:40:10 EST Nice weekend <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> I had a nice day out yesterday with my sister. We drove over to a quaint, little town in our county. A creek runs through it, so we took the creek walk and enjoyed the cool weather and scenery. Then we went out to lunch at a little place that's been on Diners, Drive In's and Dives. It's always good. After l... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 14:53:35 EST Fall <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Well I've been busy. Had a nice trip to Apple Hill on the last Thursday of last month. It was so lovely. My Mom, sister and I went up together. The weather was pristine and all the farms were decked out in their Fall... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:30:38 EST Shopping I haven't been clothes shopping in at least 6 months. So I just went to the nearby salvation army and picked out tons of cute things, including 3 pairs of 20 and 22's!!!! I've been wearing 24 and 26's and they've been falling off. I'm so excited!!!!! I can't wait for 16 and 18's. I wore those sizes for years, semi comfortably. Don't get me wrong, my goal size is much smaller than 16, but for now it's a good goal....and it's not that far away! I remember when I first realized I wasn't a size 1... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:48:48 EST Rocking it! I have been busy lately. Mostly home related stuff. I went gang busters on the place yesterday. Spent about 3 hours catching up on stuff that had gotten outta hand. I know I was burning calories because I was sweating like mad. It felt good. I need to do that about once a week to really stay on top of things, but I usually let it go too long and then it's a bigger job. I'm just glad to have a clean, organized place now, feels so much better. I hadn't been weighing for a week or so. I was fee... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:48:43 EST September So I'm at a plateau I guess. No movement in either direction. Nothing has changed with my plan.....maybe that's the problem. Probably need to shake things up a bit. Things are going good here. Tim's enjoying his new job and the shop has been busy this summer. We bought a new car two weeks ago, which is great.....besides the car payment :p It's a little commuter car and gets amazing gas mileage. I haven't put gas in it in two weeks and it's been driven from Sacramento to home, all around town... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:22:25 EST Twoderland!!!!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> I broke into the two hundreds today, I've been waiting patiently and it finally happened. 1 more pound and I've lost 50 lbs!!!! Woo hoo, I'm happy. I've been waiting for these little milestones for a couple of months, not knowing if I'd ever get here, and I did!!!! I can't wait to lose another 50!!! The first p... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:57:30 EST Weekend My Mom's cousin from Missouri is out visiting, so I drove out to my Mom's house yesterday to see her. It was a great visits filled with laughs and stories. My absolute favorite part was when they pulled out a CD that had my grandmother's voice on it. She was talking about her life from the time she was born up until my aunt, her firstborn, arrived. I felt tears welling up just hearing her voice. It was remarkable. I heard stuff I never knew and it was a priceless experience. My grandmother pa... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:02:00 EST Post it!!! I've been posting every pound lost, so why stop now! I hit 300 today and I can smell twoderland!!! I absolutely can't wait to weigh myself and see 2's instead of 3's at the beginning of that number. It's probably been 2 years since I've been this weight. It doesn't feel much different, but I know if I stick with it it will. It's only a matter of time. You are all so inspirational to me, you really keep me sparked!!!! Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:18:52 EST I can taste it!!!! 2 more lbs til twoderland. I'm at 301 and that makes a 46 lb loss!!!! I love it when the scale is my friend!!! I'm so happy to finally see it consistently moving in the right direction. But, I realize if it plateaus here for a month, I'm not going to stop. I must beat the wavering scale blues. You know what's interesting is I'm on my period, and I usually gain 5 lbs when I'm menstruating then drop it quickly when I'm over. Maybe I'll just drop it this time without gaining.....wishful thinking... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 21:50:14 EST V8 Well, live and learn. Yesterday I was 1 ounce from dropping down to the next lost pound. Then with dinner I drank other changes to diet or calorie intake, and I gained 2 lbs overnight. Salt. I had no idea how salty that stuff is. So, it's no juice of any kind, fruit or veggie for me. That stuff just seems to wreak havoc with my diet. I should have known better....but in the past, when I'm not counting calories I've guzzled that stuff thinking mmmmm veggies. I have a juicer, I just... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 23:12:43 EST Booyah!!! After two weeks of gains and stalls I lost a pound!!! Woo hoo! I guess sticking to my plan regardless what the scale said was the right thing to do. 2 more lbs til I hit twoderland!!! I haven't been this close in about a year and a half. Never thought 299 lbs would be so exciting.....but I got up to it is exciting!!!! Hopefully I'll hit my 50 lbs lost soon, it's taken a year to get here, but if it stays off I don't care how long it takes. I've been sticking with my eating and exerc... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:48:05 EST Moving right along The scale hasn't been my friend for a couple weeks now, but that hasn't stopped me. I think about all you amazing people out there sparking away and it inspires me to stay on track. I've been consistent with my fit mins, which makes me happy. Sometimes it's only a ten minute walk.....sometimes it's an hour, and sometimes it's somewhere in between but I'm getting it done. The lack of weight loss isn't keeping me from working towards my goal, I'm proud of that. Tim's been applying for new job... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 13:07:31 EST Staying positive through gains I've stayed in my calorie range and have been consistent with fit mins, yet I had a 5 lb gain this week. I know fluctuations are normal, but it's always a bummer to gain when you're on track working your program to the best of your ability. I've started today with a full water jug and a healthy I'm on track still, just a little bummed. But I've noticed, just as easily as those 5 lbs came on, they can drop off again. Small of today I've lost 44 lbs in a year an... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:19:08 EST Waaaaa???? I was just tracking and it took me to an ad for ice cream???? This isn't the first time I've been on SP and been directed to an ad for junk food. So wrong!!!! Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:19:03 EST Hard <img src=""> <BR> It's hot, I'm tired, work was blah......but I still managed to stay in my calorie range and get my two mile walk in. I'm proud of myself, I wanted to lay around after work, but I managed to get off my booty and walk....woo hoo for small victories. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:59:43 EST I made it!!! Woo hoo!!!! For three consecutive visits to my dr. my weight has stayed the same according to his scale. Mine would show a few lb loss and his would show the same. Well, yesterday I stepped on his scale and it showed a 9 lb loss since my last visit!!!! My scale shows 7 lbs lighter than that. Which, I go by my scale because it's the one I have on hand. Either way, things are definitely moving in the right direction for the first time in a few months. Walking in the heat has been hard, but I ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:16:32 EST Vacation <img src=""> <BR> I posted my vacation pics last blog but I didn't talk much about it. We had a blast! We started in Mt. Lassen. It was all snowy and gorgeous. We took a little hike there, in the snow. Some drifts were above our head. It was really lovely. We wanted to see some geysers, but they were all buried with snow. We drove around the mountain, through Chester and had burgers at this cute little place there... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 13:31:35 EST Haps <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> So Tim decided to join SP with me. I've been in a slump since April. So we've both lost 4 lbs this week and I'm 6 lbs from breaki... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:42:10 EST April at a glance So all is well. Losing weight, fitting into clothes I've never worn and nightly walks along with sticking to my lowered calorie limits all make April great. I was so happy to be able to button these jeans that were too small when I bought them, woo hoo!!! Things to focus on, even more water....I'm doing OK with it, but could use a boost and more exercise, I'd love to bump up to an hour a day. My food is pretty well on track. Sensible breakfast and lunch followed by large salads at dinner. Se... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:17:43 EST At a standstill I'm sitting at a standstill weight wise, which is always OK with me. I spent 7 years gaining, last year lost 35 and am managing to keep it off. So a standstill is really not a bad place to be. Exercise has been amped up to nearly every day walks, which is great. I'm tracking all foods pretty religiously, which is good. I'm taking a natural appetite suppressant, which takes the edge off. I'm shooting for 1500-1700 calories and my natural eating pattern is 1700+, so that is why I'm using the a... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:46:59 EST Embarrassing Now that I'm tracking everything that crosses my lips, I'm fully aware why I'm not steadily losing weight. My current diet has been embarrassing. I'm eating like a teenager! There's been chips, sugary drinks and even doughnuts. What happened to my low carb, no wheat, no sugar diet???? I think these really bad habits have only been in effect for a week or so.....but, when you don't track it's easy to "forget" items here and there. All I can say for myself is that I'm staying in range, 1700-200... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:16:27 EST Losing a bit more Seem to only be blogging occasionally, but that's what's working for me now. I updated my weight, which was a 3 lb loss from current stats, but a 6 lb gain because I haven't updated my weight tracker in quite some time. So, I still take it as a loss, it's probably been about a year.....and my last wonky scale was in action then, that I've updated my weight ticker. So it's all up to date. As of today I'm at a 35 lb loss since my new attempts have been underway. It's moving slow as molasses, bu... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:40:49 EST 4 down!!! I'm back in the losing game, woo hoo!!! Sunday was my 37th birthday, I had a blast. Tim took me out for prime friendly mmmmhhmmmm!!!! Then yesterday my Mom and siblings took me to two museums in Sacramento and out to my favorite cafe. They had a blast too. Even got my brother to take a day off.....unheard of!!!!! It was really a great day. Little stressor, Tim lost his job. Poor guy. He has pretty bad luck with jobs.....partly because he speaks his mind, most companies don't like... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 12:58:41 EST Bicycle I got a bicycle and all is well!!!!!!! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:34:05 EST Aftermath Everything is going well. I didn't gain any weight over the holiday season. This is the first year since I can remember that this has happened. I'm pretty happy with that. In the past I've gained up to 20 lbs over the holidays! Thank God this didn't happen. I'm not truly on track for 2017 yet. Even though I didn't gain over the holiday, I'm not losing either. I lost 3 lbs between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but now it's stalled. I also started reading my scale differently, which changed thin... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:51:56 EST Cool I lost three lbs between Thanksgiving and today!!! So cool! I never loose weight this time of year. I'm still above my lowest weight this year....which may have been a fluke due to scale mishaps. My mantra lately is water first and foremost. Food has been pretty great and exercise is happening slowly but surely. I'm really happy at this little loss, I needed to see that today. My Christmas meal us planned, same as Thanksgiving. Tons of veg and some meat. I'm so happy to have a plan this yea... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:28:46 EST Sorting things out Cutting my carbs back has been challenging. I sat steady on the scale for over a month, then recently it crept up a few lbs. I know what I need to do, I have a plan in play, it's just about ramping it all up. I feel water has been great, 2 out of 3 meals per day have been great, exercise although not great is also not non existent. So, ramp it up baby!!! I'm back to my eggs for breakfast and tons of veg with lunch and dinner. I'm really working on this thing called health, but it's going to ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:37:27 EST Thanksgiving Thanksgiving turned out nice this year. Just Tim and I. I was so proud of my plate this year. 3/4 veg, turkey and a lil gravy. Pretty great stuff. I didn't have pie or dessert of any kind......until night time when I had a hot chocolate that was oh so yummy. For me, on Thanksgiving, my very favorite food holiday, I did super amazing good. I'm proud of myself. Of course I had items in the house for Tim, that I wanted, but stayed away from. Once again, I'm so proud of myself! So it was perfec... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 13:45:01 EST Dicken's Faire <img src=""> I had the best day yesterday. One of my oldest and dearest friends invited my to The Dicken's Faire in Daly City. It was so fun. I adore the era so I pretended I was in A Christmas Carol the whole time. It was very jolly and no one broke character, the accents were really fun. I did great with food, good era also for good food!!! Roast beef and green beans and a sausage with sauerkraut for dinner. I a... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:43:42 EST Notice the good things I've been so focused on stressful things these last few months, so today I'm noticing that I feel pretty good. Really good actually. I stuck to my low carb, low inflammation diet yesterday and now this morning. I slept great last night and feel really great mentally, physically and emotionally. So I'm noticing it and running with it. Eat well, drink water, feel better. I was only off my diet about a week, but lot's can go wrong in a week, especially if left unchecked. Anyway, STOP the bad, co... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:30:04 EST Moving along So, things are ok. Not terrible, not amazing just good overall. I had about a week of stress eating and gained a few lbs, which was expected. I'm feeling a lot less stressed now, as my sister is moving to AZ with my brother. This whole ordeal with her has just been terrible, so nice to see some forward movement. My mother hasn't spoken to me in a few weeks, hence the stress. She was hoping my sister could move in with us, which we were open to, after a laying down of the rules talk. Well she ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:24:59 EST November ♡ Moving right along. Even though the last two months have been pretty stressful, and it's not 100% over, I'm holding steady weight wise. Haven't lost or gained in a few weeks. I honestly feel good about this. I would have stress ate myself into a coma in the past over the things that have been going on. But, I didn't. I did add a small amount of carbs back into the mix, and have been enjoying the little bits of potatoe and slices of bread here and there, but I am hoping to cut them back out so... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 13:21:02 EST Just blog..... Feeling down. Had a blow up with my sister last night. She left on foot to a friend's house. I feel terrible, but she's not better yet, and is very aggressive. She told us our marriage is horrible and lots of other not nice things, then she left. Very stressful. On a lighter note, I'm getting lighter. So this is good. Every couple days a lb drops off. I'm still not back to 40 lbs lost, but I'm past 35 lost, with a functional scale, so this is good. Moving right along. Got some fit mins in ... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:51:31 EST Just great! Things are going great this week, for the most part. My sister is on her way home with my Mom today. This is ending a month of worries. What's next remains to be seen, and hopefully it's smooth sailing from here. The scale is steadily showing a lighter weight every day or so. This is good. I've been pretty tight with my diet and water and have gotten a lil exercise in there too. I'm happy to know that this is my true weight, the scale is right, so all is well in this area. I've been cooking... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:52:54 EST New week's happenings So my sister is finally getting to come home on Wednesday. I was supposed to go with my Mom to help with what has to be done the next couple of days, but my husband put his foot down. He offered to go, again, with my Mom. As if the week he spent there earlier in the month wasn't fun enough. But my Mom refused his help. Her reasoning didn't make sense to me, but now I don't feel too bad for not going. She could have had help, but refused it.. my guilt can subside, right? I hope it goes th... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:08:58 EST Things.... It's a gorgeous day. I'm at work, doors open, smell of rain wafting through, so lovely. I get to go home in 2 hours, so that should be nice. I have some light cleaning, changing sheets, kitchen and vacuuming to do when I get home. Nothing major. I'd planned a nature walk today, but the place I go is closed today, so I need to go on a weekday. The scale discrepancies did not end up in my favor. In fact it ended up 10 lbs not in my favor after I finally changed the batteries in my scale. I've ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 13:16:39 EST Scale woes There was some wavering with weight between numbers when I weighed this morning. So I reweighed a couple times and got readings anywhere from 299-316....Pretty big difference. So I changed the batteries, there was less wavering, but still a little. The numbers it came back to the most were 304, and 311. I was 306 yesterday.....or so I thought. So in my world either of those numbers could make sense. Of course 304 would be a 2 lb loss and obviously the other would be a 5 lb gain. Now I'm wonde... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:57:03 EST 41!!!! I hit my mini milestone today!!!!!! Yes, so happy!!! I've lost 41 lbs in three months. I'm proud of myself! Only 7 more and I break under 300! 9 more til 50 lost!!! Oh boy I'm excited! I love you spark peeps! Twoderland here I come, lol! Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:22:57 EST Down baby! Lost a lb, finally!!!!! 2 lbs away from 40 lost. I'm happy! Already have my reward present picked out. Waiting is the hard part!!! I was up 5 then down 6 this week. Just goes to show that water weight can really account for a lot! I was supposed to go visiting today, but it fell through. I've been sleeping all morning instead! Feels nice. Would like to get up and get going now. Just not sure in what direction!! Maybe a nice, long walk? I'm sure after a shower I'll have a better idea what toda... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:30:56 EST Crisp, Fall weekend <img src=""> <BR> This has been a quick moving couple of days. We had a lil date yesterday after work, and I didn't go off my diet....nice one girl :) Got the car washed after our dinner date, it really needed it. I tried out a new recipe that I really like. It is a cauliflower rice bread substitute. It was yummy and easy to make. I'd like to do a large batch next time. After that we watched a lil TV and I went to... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 19:22:41 EST The seriousness of Inflammation <img src=""> So, tons of fun stuff going on. But I need to blog and possibly reblog about my body and inflammation. The culprits are, so far, simple carbs and sugar. I'm sure I have lil issues with other foods, but these two are my biggies. I mentally went through my last two weeks thinking of some of the things that passed my wasn't great. Some sugar and even more simple carbs. And even though I didn't g... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 12:50:09 EST Hmmmm, really? Well, this morning started off bummerish, I gained 4 lbs and I was not happy. Yeah, overnight. Didn't go off diet yesterday, but I somehow think it's water. Haven't had enough lately. That and sodium, probably had too much. So, it is what it is. Started off with my eggs and a full jug of water. So that's going in the right direction. I'm kinda excited though, because I might be moving into a new business opportunity. It's not for sure, but it could be exciting. Plus we'd (the owner here and... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:01:41 EST New findings I just found out I had to do a little something else to see my friends posts on a popular social network that shall remain nameless. I just thought tons of people dropped off the face of the planet. Nearly a year I've been using it and only seeing a few people's posts. It was like a family reunion this morning!!! I missed their shining faces :) My sister has a hearing today to find out if she's released. I hope she is so we can get this ball moving forward. But not if she's not ready, of cou... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:25:04 EST Feeling Fine I split my weekend almost in half, deep sleep/resting and full blown cleaning and cooking. It was pretty amazing. I got everything done, and more. Tim even commented on how clean the place even smells amazing. I tracked 4 hours heavy cleaning but it was probably closer to 8 or more, split between two days. I'll take the four, still don't know if I burned the calories it said. Still happy that every stitch of cleaning got done, including items I hadn't originally factored in, like... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 12:26:48 EST