STEPHLOKI's SparkPeople Blog STEPHLOKI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Struggling but getting there <img src=""> <BR> Yes since my trip to Ghana I have been struggling. But you know what? The scale has started moving again. Now at 81.3kg. Was 82.5 before the trip. My BMI is in the lower overweight range. It is 27.1 So I am making progress. When I reach 77kg (2kg above goal weight) we will start introducing higher carbs again. Looking forward to that. With the current trend I should be able to reach there in 6 ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:24:31 EST Another bad week over and done with This week I struggled. I did attend a wedding (lots of bad food choices and pigged out on dessert buffet). Helped cook at BF's birthday party (ate too much cake). The whole week I struggled with low carb and suddenly seem to have an aversion to fish. I ate a lot of sausage, which is actually not part of my diet plan. The whole low carb thing was not achieved all week. Result: I did NOT loose weight and am having daily headaches. I think the headaches might have to do with the preservatives i... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:49:03 EST Out exploring <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Today we decided with BF to go try out a quaint coffee shop I had been reading about. It is called the Tin Roof Cafe. It is a great place! Even found some gluten free chocolate cake made with dark chocolate. Wonderful tasting of cocoa and not very sweet. Just the way I like it! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 13:57:50 EST Side effect of hormone balancing that I did not expect Here I am 49 years old in year 6 of perimenopause. Since this year I had gone without my periods for 5 months I actually thought I am finally getting to the end of perimenopause. After all my hormone check last year showed the hormone levels in the Menopause range. Also every medical book I own - remember I am a nurse - tells me perimenopause takes 3-5 years on average. Since I started the fat loss diet to balance my hormones I suddenly have been getting my periods again and regular. Nit am... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:25:41 EST Week 7 of Fatloss diet - tiny victory <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> This week was a struggle had to pay for going off the diet on the weekend and combined with cravings from periods that unexpectedly came. But with all that I still list .2kg. Not much but I take it as a victory since during periods I would usually gain, since i started perimenopause. Not just water retent... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 01:24:54 EST Why am I putting myself down? Yes by end of next week I had hoped to be 10kg down. But I have done well. I am 6.7kg down in 7 weeks. Hey that is an average of almost 1kg a week, or 2 pounds! At the same time I have battled another boil and had a minor surgery. Still can't go to the gym, but am playing 9 holes of golf once in a while. Yes I can be proud of myself! All my trousers feel lose and I can fit comfortably into tops I was avoiding a few weeks ago Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:36:14 EST Need to focus again I did loose 1 pound last week. But still struggling with the wound healing so slowly and am only working half day. Can't sit longer than that. I have exhausted my fully paid sick days. Not sure yet if they will deduct from my salary or use next year's annual leave. Over the weekend I went to visit D. And the kids. I made a conscious decision to go off the diet for the weekend since I needed a break from all. But now I am struggling to go back onto the diet. I ate ok throughout the first ha... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:05:40 EST Week 6 of fat loss lab diet I am still on daily dressings and sick-off, but finally my leg is feeling better. Even though I ate something that I should not every day I have lost 1kg. So something seems to be going right. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 01:37:48 EST Week 5 on Fatloss diet It has been a tumultuous week and a half since my last blog. My body has finally settled in and I do not feel hungry any more. But I developed boils again. Not worried about the small ones. Those I am used to But there is that big one that got worse when travelling over the weekend. When I got back I went straight to the hospital and they kept me for I&D under GA. It was done over night and I was discharged the next afternoon. Now am on 1 week sick-off and going for daily dressings. It w... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 01:54:58 EST Week 3 of Fatloss diet <img src=""> <BR> Another week of struggle. This week the hunger feeling and cravings went down. Still there but much less. Now I struggled with constipation. Even though I drink about 3 liters of water a day. Well used fiber powder and fiber capsules. The Fatloss Lab Lady says this is all normal. Has to do with the hormones slowly settling into normal. I certainly did not enjoy this week. Then weighed myself an... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:05:47 EST Week 2 with Fatloss Lab diet I am actually shocked how hungry I still feel on some days. Also had another migraine and promptly slipped up for 2 days. New strategy: on days I go to the gym I will have 1/2 glass of apple juice. Topped up with water before and same after the gym. And no, eating roasted white corn is not acceptable when you are on low carb...... on Wednesday I went outside and bought 1/3 ear because I was craving carbs. Should have gone to buy coke zero instead... Still I lost about 1 pound. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 02:25:03 EST 1 week into the new diet Well week 1 is done and dusted. Last night I totally overate. I was at an Indian cook-out and it was difficult to find good choices. I think my choices were the best under the circumstances but just too much. Problem is that food gets finished at different times and plates are passed around. Am still also struggling on days I go to the gym. I end up feeling VERY hungry. Am trying to get through the sugar cravings with coke zero and sugar free gum ( both are allowed within limit ) but am wond... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 01:19:12 EST Day 5 of the new diet Day 4 went much better. Actually felt nice and full even after 2 hrs of golf. Did have a hiccup with me confusing the measurements and eating a bit (about 20gm) more meat than I should have. I used the measurement for chicken on beef. But now I know and will not do it again. Looks like a warm and sunny day ahead. Getting ready for the next day on my adventures Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:20:21 EST Day 3 on the new diet Here I am on day 3. Saturday was hard yesterday was ok. Today I went to the gym and felt HUNGRY the whole day. I know part of it is my body having to get used to low carb again. In the afternoon I had the weird mixture of sugar cravings and nausea from a migraine. This is actually expected, I just need to get myself through the first couple of days. I am using the fat loss lab diet. You have blood tests done and send the results in. Then a team of Doctors developes the diet for you based ... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 15:21:31 EST Yesterday at Eldoret Club <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> I love the quaint accommodation at the club. Sun, 26 Jun 2016 00:11:16 EST Letter to my hormones Dear Hormones My whole life I have suffered thanks to you. As a teenager I had the strongest periods with cramps weight gain mood swings - the works - for 10 - 12 days every months. Thanks to the pill I managed to reduce this to 7 days, but the other symptoms remained. In my late 30s I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and realized I would never have the children I dreamed of. From the year I turned 40 I have been battling the bulge and since weight is going up in leaps the week... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:45:34 EST After a long time - a new blog <img src=""> <img src=""> After a long time I am blogging again. I am just plotting along. Not really loosing weight but trying to make good choices. In April I decided to try core Balance diet. I ended up feeling much better but by evening I was usually so hungry I ate everything in sight. I think this thing of having added carbs onl... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 12:16:12 EST Another Boil I got another boil and like the previous ones I have been getting the last 8 months it has been slow to ripen and resolve. Have gone for thorough check-up to figure out what is causing them. First we thought it was the detox. But now I have not been detoxing in a while. Got some lab results which are all basically normal. Now am going for the culture and thyroid results today. Hope we can figure out what is causing these boils. Sat, 16 Jan 2016 03:11:10 EST Frustrating! !!! I was so happy that I maintained over Christmas. Then TOM came and went and left me with 1.6kg extra.... aaaarrgh. Not funny. But at least it is not like last year where it could be up to 4kg extra. And that is after water retention is gone. I will be so happy when perimenopause is over. I so do not enjoy it.... Well will stay focused and concentrate on what I am eating. Will also try to get as much exercise in as my joints allow Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:27:33 EST Looks like I am on the downward spiral again After a tough week I had a tough weekend, which started with a girlfriend abusing me throwing all kinds of accusations at me and when I blew my top and told her off it all somehow became my fault. <BR> <BR> I thought I had rested after this, had a nice & quiet weekend slept a lot, spend quality time with BF who is traveling for 1 month tomorrow. <BR> <BR> But then this evening some emails I got overthrew all the hard work I had put in the PMI Africa Sponsorship in the last few months and I... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:57:15 EST slight progress Well I don't feel like I made progress, but I actually have I have lost 2 pounds and now I have staid there for a couple of days. And that despite sugar cravings and some mindless eating. <BR> I was doing very well with eating only fruits for breakfast for many months, but now I feel like if I don't eat enough starch & protein in earlier parts of the day I tend to binge eat when I get home from work. <BR> <BR> I am sure it has to do with stress as well. But it is frustrating me. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:10:21 EST Frustrations - but I won't give up Now that TOM seems to be back regular again I am struggling again. During the last TOM I gained 3kg that did not come off. <BR> But I think part might be due to another problem. I was having a really bad cold and it turned bacterial. So I was put on antibiotics. I think those caused constipation, since I was not emptying out properly. So I took first fiber capsules, then an Indian fiber power. Both usually work well on me. Nothing much happened. Then I took Epsom salt, and it also worked only... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 01:01:38 EST Monday Morning blues After a weekend that was restful but once again felt too short I am trying to motivate myself for work. I am currently putting so much into my work I feel drained. This working every Saturday for 5hours cuts the weekend so short I feel like I am missing out on life. Got some thinking to do Sun, 25 Oct 2015 23:42:57 EST Wonderful Holiday in South Africa I know this blog is way overdue, since I came back 1 month ago. <BR> <BR> But I have been so busy since that on weekends or in the evenings I could simply not bring myself to open the computer.... <BR> <BR> My 3 days in Capetown had been planned through before I went, since I wanted to make the most of it. I was also extremely lucky with the weather. August is the end of winter in SA and it is still often cloudy, raining, cold & Table Mountain had been closed the week before several times d... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 04:50:28 EST Update I guess I haven't blogged in a while... <BR> <BR> I did get under 80kg for about 10 days. And I did buy myself that Immersion Blender. I use it almost daily. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last de-tox was the hardest and I couldn't keep it up. I guess a bit of de-tox fatigue.... So I went back to a more normal diet. the 4 month program is over anyway. <BR> <BR> Now I first regained 2kg, which I then maintained,... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 03:15:48 EST Slight Progress & toe is healing I am back on an easier diet, but am supposed to do another Liver Cleanse over the weekend. <BR> <BR> One day my weight was actually below 80kg, but then it went slightly up again. Well by next week I should be squarely under.... and deserve my treat.... LOL <BR> <BR> My Nutritionist is actually happy with my progress considering the health problems I have been having. So why am I not happier... Well I had hoped to be below 80kg a while ago and I am not quite there yet. <BR> I need to sit m... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:58:24 EST Some set-backs and some much needed rest during the blood cleanse I started 2 weeks ago I got some pimples (which is normal and a sign that the body is getting rid of toxins), but the one on my big toe got bigger. <BR> I did dressings myself, but it was like there was another boil growing underneath it. So we tried some home remedies with my Nutritionist to bring it to ripen. We applied garlic & turmeric, one time I fell asleep with it and it stayed on the whole night. The next day I had some big blisters around it. So I stopped the... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:31:16 EST Progress - week 10 part 2 Another week of Liver Detox is behind me. <BR> <BR> This time it was supposed to be 2 days of apple juice. I did very well on Saturday, only a tiny morsel of cake during our monthly team meeting. Had to try if the cake I made is any good.... By evening I didn't even feel very hungry. <BR> <BR> On Sunday I rested a lot, and only went out for some grocery shopping. Lunch time I could not blend my apples, since we had no electricity. I did well until mid afternoon when I got really hungry. I t... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 01:56:04 EST Long Weekend in Taita Hills Game Sanctuary Another great weekend trip with BF. <BR> <BR> We left my office at 4pm, but it still took us 1.5hrs to get across town and a total of 5 hrs to reach Makindu. We spend the night at the Sikh Temple and enjoyed the peace, quiet & the good vegetarian food there. <BR> <BR> The next morning we drove through the rain the 200+km into the Taita Hills Game Sanctuary. <BR> Along the way we could see that the work on the Standard Gouge Railway is making good progress. Yep the Lunatic Express is being r... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 05:54:47 EST Progress - week 10 After another rest week and a great weekend trip the scale has finally started moving again. Even though I felt like I stuffed myself on veggies in the Lodge, and even allowed myself some coffee (with milk & sugar) and some small dessert at lunch time, I must have done something right!!!! <BR> <BR> This week I am back to liver cleanse. the weekend will be apple juice prepared in the blender only. <BR> <BR> But have been doing well without too many hunger pangs, so should be able to survive ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 05:05:21 EST Progress - 8th week Well TOM finally came and I have shed most of the water retention. <BR> <BR> And even though I am taking it easier this week and have even eaten desert this weekend and had 2 cappuccinos (not the same day though....LOL) I am loosing weight. <BR> As of this morning I am at 82.7kg! That is 10.5kg = 23 pounds down since I started this fruit & vegetable journey! <BR> <BR> Here is the latest pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 May 2015 03:37:01 EST Starting week 8 of the Detox - Finally the scale has moved again On Monday I found myself in problem with the Olive Oil intake which was part of the Blood Cleanse. It was too much for my damaged pancreas & fatty liver. So I ended up with water retention, bloating & running tummy. <BR> <BR> I went immediately on a full fruit day and am currently cooking my veggies without additional fat. I am still not 100% but the water retention is almost gone. The stomach will cool down. <BR> <BR> This week she has given me a "rest week", meaning no specific detox goi... Thu, 21 May 2015 02:34:41 EST Week 7 - blood cleanse week 2 The Nutritionist was very supportive, she also thinks the slight weight gain is due to the hormones. Was expecting TOM this week. Not come so far, but am cranky today. <BR> <BR> Now in week 2 of the blood cleanse I continue as before, only Breakfast has changed. Hmm still getting used to eating the Coriander, Olive Oil, Almond paste and the poached apple. <BR> <BR> But will get there. Fri, 15 May 2015 05:11:33 EST Frustration - feeling low I am still on the same weight as 10 days ago. Have followed the diet advise 95% over the last week. Am proud of that, but frustrated why the scale is not budging..... <BR> <BR> I really would like to understand what is going on. Last weekend I also had some running tummy with cramps. Am wondering if that is a side effect from the blood cleanse. Have tried to call the Nutritionist, but right now she is not picking. <BR> <BR> I really to want to loose the remaining 10kg, but seems stuck righ... Mon, 11 May 2015 02:41:04 EST Week 6 - Blood Cleanse I am really glad that for now I am done with Liver Cleanse. <BR> <BR> Now Blood cleanse is different and a bit easier, apart from the Neem Tea, which is disgusting.... <BR> I start my day with lemon juice in hot water, 1 hr later I have vegetable juice made from Corriander (fresh) and a bit of lime / lemon (for taste only). I can also eat some little fruit. <BR> at 10 am I take Nettle tea - I average 2 cups of that, and a fruit. <BR> At lunch time I take 1/4 plate starch (any) and 1/2 plate... Fri, 8 May 2015 02:39:53 EST Week 5 of vegetarian diet My Nutritionist is still worried about the pancreatitis I had some years back. So she wants me to continue with a lighter liver flush. Right now I do fruit days every other day and the normal days I take veggies & starch at lunch time, dinner only veggies. Epsom salt 3 x a week. <BR> I am still supposed to do another weekend of juice only. <BR> <BR> I was a quite disappointed, but I think that had to do with me being so hungry when I went to see her. I did starch even for dinner that day and... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:30:27 EST Week 2 to of liver cleanse done Ok, almost done, only need to get through today. Fruits only. But I got through the worst day of apple juice & lemon juice only. <BR> <BR> As of yesterday I was on 84.8kg! That is 7kg down! also have lost inches almost everywhere. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's photos: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wore the same clothes, to get the proper picture, they do fit more loosely and the love handles are not as big.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:45:06 EST Another fun weekend with D & the kids Did we have fun last weekend or what? <BR> <BR> On Saturday I got to Gilgil later than I wanted to due to some traffic jam caused by accidents. But main thing is I was not affected by those accidents. <BR> <BR> So we rescheduled out program and it turned out just right. We just relaxed in D's garden chatting on Saturday, got up early on Sunday and went to the Egerton Castle. We were actually the only visitors there. So we had the Castle to ourselves. Saturday they had a wedding in the gar... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:46:18 EST Progress in the 3rd week of Detox I couldn't resist the temptation and stepped on the scale this morning and was surprised! <BR> After the scale hardly moved last week it has started again! I am now officially 4kg less than I was 3 weeks ago! <BR> <BR> We will celebrate with a weekend full of fruits and fun with my friend D and the children. <BR> <BR> They want to visit the mysterious Egerton Castle <BR><BR>/17/love-thrives-again-at-lord-egerton<BR>-castle/ <BR> <BR> It will be fun ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:12:20 EST Starting Week 3 of the Detox Had a few hick-ups the last few days. <BR> Over the weekend I couldn't stick to my plan since I was visiting and for example how do you refuse to eat a chicken which has been slaughtered for you <BR> Yesterday I woke up with a swollen face. No Idea what caused it, maybe TOM, which would be due now, but is so far absent <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I went for the review. I have lost 1 pound after all and have lost 1/2 of an inch on ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:38:33 EST Week 2 of the vegetarian detox The Nutritionist changed things around a bit. I am now taking my banana instead of at breakfast at 11am. <BR> I am still eating a full bowl of fruits for breakfast. Now am feeling much better. Getting also better at thinking up new ways of cooking my veggies... <BR> Currently the Nutritionist does not want me to eat lentils or beans and we have cut out milk, since I seem to have developed a lactose intolerance, so I am getting my protein from boiling a small amount of the different kinds of ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 01:48:46 EST Vegetarian Diet - trying to get my weight loss started again As most of you know I have really been struggling with my weight loss in the last 2 years and have actually been on my heaviest ever. <BR> After successfully loosing 10kg before that it was really frustrating. The combination of RA, Hormone Imbalance, Peri Menopause and having to slow down in terms of exercise has wrecked havoc on my system. <BR> <BR> So I decided to go to a Indian Nutritionist, who apparently has been very successful in helping people loose weight. <BR> I went there last w... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 03:12:09 EST Update on Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare-up The good news is something seems to be working. <BR> <BR> Now my days are ok and pain only increases in the evenings. The same applies to the feeling feverish and the extreme exhaustion. <BR> <BR> Have been able to exercise quite a bit. <BR> Saturday I tricked myself by limiting my walk & cutting it into 2. I realized should I take my usual routes I would be tempted to extend and do too much. So I decided let me go to the Gold Club 3.75km from home and have breakfast there. This way I did a... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 01:41:20 EST Rheumathoid Arthritis rears it's head again For the last 10 years I had RA pretty well controlled, with only minor flare ups. <BR> I had to make minor adjustments to my life and one big one: <BR> <BR> 1. First I changed from running continuously to the run-walk Galloway method and still did a couple of half marathons. I did however realize that doing another full marathon would hurt my joints too much <BR> <BR> 2. I use solely fresh vegetables in my diet, if frozen then froze by myself, to eliminate all artificial preservatives from ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:09:11 EST Frustration and Joy at the same weekend over the same things.... My good friends daughter is getting married. We had one of the traditional functions last weekend, where the grooms female relatives come to visit the bride & her female relatives. So I thought I's wear one of my dresses. <BR> <BR> Well I had been wondering, that I am wearing trousers that i wore with 10kg less than now... now I know where the weight is: my arms, my tummy & generally my upper body... <BR> <BR> I tried 2 dresses, gave up and put on a trouser & an Indian blouse. Driving to th... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 02:47:24 EST Something that motivated me this week I saw one of my beloved Aunty Acid posts on FB: <BR> <BR> "Never use scales Ladies.... because scales don't measure sexy" <BR> <BR> Wishing all of us a feeling sexy kind a weekend..... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:26:41 EST Golf - great fun & great frustration Yesterday was one of those days. I felt like the greatest Idiot on the golf course. I took many air shots and topped many of the balls. Did I mention "head up"????? Need some weight around my head to keep it down.... <BR> <BR> I was even asked my Caddy whether I am too stupid for this game. I just felt like I forgot everything I ever learned. <BR> But luckily I did count my points. I am not handicapped yet (golfer's will understand this), but I counted assuming I am playing of a handicap of ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:12:39 EST Senior Golfing Society Annual Dinner Yesterday it was time again for the Senior Golfing Society annual dinner. That is the one event in the year where they all come with their wives, all dolled up to have a dinner and some serious fun at the prestigious Muthaiga Country Club. <BR> <BR> As usual it was lots of fun. This was now the 4th time that BF took me along. <BR> <BR> By now I know a lot of them quite well, since I have come along to a lot of their golf weekends. After the dinner (great food), there is always dancing. <BR... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:35:13 EST Westgate Terror Attack - 1 year later The anniversary has come & gone. I think it was good I was not in Kenya last weekend, since I think I would have watched too many things on TV about it. <BR> <BR> Overall I am very happy that I have recovered well from the trauma. When I watch the things they are showing on FB & TV I am sad about the attack, the many severely injured & traumatized people but it doesn't hurt me any more. I feel now panic. <BR> <BR> It is a sad day in the history of Kenya, but it also pulled people together. ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 03:02:16 EST Wow.... am still in a daze After overworking myself for 6 months on the new job and feeling at times like I am on the wrong boat here yet accomplishing a LOT suddenly it has become so much easier. <BR> <BR> Well Monday I lost my temper with the procurement guy and went home feeling like I am the biggest twit ever who just does not know how to do things. I send my immediate boss an email telling him I am resigning, since I honestly felt I am the wrong person. <BR> <BR> Well the next day I did not go to work obviously,... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:35:30 EST