STORMY40's SparkPeople Blog STORMY40's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Motivation and Frustration. Long time since my last blog post. I find that since Christmas I have been ever so slowly losing weight. In the beginning, I was right on target for reaching my goal. Now I've had to scale up my goal almost 10 pounds in order to reach it by my date. That's really frustrating. Nothing has really changed in my eating habits but still, the weight just doesn't want to go. A couple of times I increased my calorie intake (still staying within the spark range) in order to boost my metabolism b... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:26:54 EST Pound for Pound Inspiration Last night, I was thinking about how people like to compare their weight loss with stuff. Like a bowling ball or a pound of butter or a bag of potatoes etc. Suddenly, I just had the idea that I should donate pet food to our local pet shelter. I was thinking, for every pound I lose I should donate a pound of pet food. I'm thinking that when I lose 20 pounds I'll bring in a 20 pound donation. Next 20 pounds lost I'll bring in 40 pounds of food. Next 20 pounds (that will be my first goal ... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 21:49:54 EST On to Phase 3 Well I have just completed 30 days of dieting. While I had hoped to lose more than I did lose, I am still happy to be almost 12 pounds down from the start. That is really good. <BR> So tonight at Curves we had the weight and measurements and video for the Phase 3 portion of the diet. In phase 3 you eat up to 2500 calories a day, (for me 2000 will be enough) and do so until you gain 3 pounds. Then back to phase 1 for a few days *until you drop those 3 pounds and then back to Phase 3 again.... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 23:55:53 EST I'm figuring it out. This week has been pretty easy compared to the last two. I'm finally figuring out that I don't have to starve. I can divide up my calories and carbs and protein and such into the number of meals I have per day making sure that unlike the first week, I don't starve all day and eat snacks all night. This was a major revelation. Thanks to the spark nutrition tracker I was able to see that prior to supper I was barely getting half of the calories etc in, than I would have a larger supper and ... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 18:34:28 EST Woohoo 10 down! I am absolutely thrilled that I have lost my first ten pounds. According to the body fat analysis, 8 of those pounds are fat loss. Wow! Now that's what I am talking about! It is getting easier too. I just need more energy, so whatever is dragging on me, I hope it passes soon. <em>193</em> <BR> Our curves owner said it's like loosing ten blocks of butter. I like that analogy. Ten whole pounds of fat, or blocks of butter (which incidently I haven't missed eating at all). This week my... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:12:36 EST Thanksgiving and Hunger Well it's been a tough week. I'm happy to say that I have lost some weight and that even though it has been a struggle this past week has been worth it. Only one day did I blow out my goals. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> So today is our Thanksgiving. I know that if you don't plan ahead you are just planning to fail but this is going to be a toughie for sure. I just have to take lots of deep breaths and big glasses of water today and keep my focus. I made the Spark recipe for Pumpkin Custard ... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:54:19 EST Choosing! Today was insanely busy for me and I didn't have much home time to eat. Instead I pit stopped at 7-11 for breakfast, couldn't find anything decent to eat there at first, then I spotted the two pack of boiled eggs. What a testament to my will power that I passed up the fried fatty foods and sweet pastries and such. Every time I "choose" not to give in I feel that much stronger. <BR> It's really hard to choose - it blows my mind how many times in a day that I have to "choose". I've realize... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 00:14:46 EST The future seems so scarey. Today what seems to be eating me (ha ha) is that these changes to my diet and exercise routine are forever. Will there never be pumpkin pie again, chocolate or chips? I know they say that moderation is the ticket. It's just scarey kind of, knowing that if I am to reach my goal there will be no pie, chocolate bars or chips in my very near future and then someday when I get where I should be I'll have to learn how to have these things again but only in moderation. I just hope I can learn th... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 19:33:07 EST She aint heavy - she's my daughter... So it's really early in the morning on day three here. I don't know what brought it to mind but I was just thinking - I need to lose at least 60 pounds - what would that look like? Well at about that same time I was thinking about my daughter who is 7 and rapidly developing some poor choice eating patterns even though she is not overweight and healthy still (it's not too late to lead by example). She weighs 44lbs. Now back to the original thought, I have to lose over 60 pounds. I am carr... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 09:57:06 EST Oh Man this is Hard <em>198</em> Well this was day two. Given how little I ate today, and the number of calories that amounted to, I shudder to think what my old eating style racked up. I was well over the 3000 calories a day most days I bet. <BR> Ok, so day two is pretty much over if I can manage not to eat anything else tonight it will be a miracle. I just finished supper, and feel kinda full, but yet I am thinking already of what else I can eat. Thats pretty sad. <BR> I went to Curves today to do the ... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 21:24:10 EST