TIGER-PLUSHIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TIGER%2DPLUSHIE TIGER-PLUSHIE'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/ Lost traction a couple days, but tomorrow is a new day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028509 So, I tried eating normally, on a schedule, on Wednesday to see how my weight would fluxuate with the extra food added in. I saw a 2-3 lb gain after eating normally, for a single day?! I actually felt insanely guilty for indulging myself in normal eating patterns for that day. I felt slow and fat, like the food was just weighing me down in more than just my stomach. <BR> <BR> Worse news being is that the bad habit eating more than I need made me want to continue eating normal today. But tomo... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:50:11 EST I did great today :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022563 So today, I kept with my current method of eating when I'm hungry instead of eating on a set schedule. I didn't feel sluggish, grumpy and run-down like a lot of people claim happens when you don't eat every 2-3 hours. I actually felt quite energetic and was able to do 30 minutes of cardio on the exercise bike without any difficulty. Sure, my legs felt like jelly, but that happened even when I was eating on a schedule. <BR> <BR> I somehow feel like I have to justify my decision to eat the way... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 23:27:05 EST Shaking things up a bit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019938 If you haven't read any of my previous blogs, I've been dabbling in intermittent fasting. I've been changing things around a bit in the plan and seeing what works better for me and I'll definitely blog about any changes in my body that I notice and update you guys on what I'm doing. <BR> <BR> Currently, I'm eating only when I'm hungry. (There's a concept!) I'm not eating on a schedule, but instead eating when my body tells me it needs food. And when I do eat, I'm eating a healthy meal instea... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:37:21 EST Bit ranty tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015773 It's my first day back on intermittent fasting and I'm currently 4 hours into the fasting state and feeling a bit like I want to rant, not because I'm hungry, but because of the criticism I've faced here on SparkPeople because of my choice of what time of day I decide to put food in my mouth. I'm eating all my calories, I'm exercising almost every day... People are still going to be whining about my metabolism, I bet. <BR> <BR> People are terrified of what they don't know, they hear "fast" a... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:45:19 EST Hit up the weights + still working on diet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014402 I knew we had to go to the grocery store today so, I figured my intermittent fasting wasn't going to work out today, but I think I stayed kinda within my calorie range, I haven't put all my foods in yet, I'm kinda scared to. We went and had Mexican before we went grocery shopping because we didn't want to shop hungry. <BR> <BR> I got some decent stuff, canned peas, vegetarian chili and vegetarian baked beans. Yeah, canned foods and sodium, not good. I'm keeping my water intake up and sweatin... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:11:11 EST Getting back on track, again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012669 The past week has been drama-filled and stressful for me, my entire life was thrown completely out of whack. I won't dive into details, but my mother and I had a very big disagreement about something and I had to go stay with my sister and her fiance all week. I felt less in control of my eating times because I always ate dinner with them at whatever time they both got home from work so, my intermittent fasting wasn't really working out. <BR> <BR> Today, we went shopping so my sister could l... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:24:23 EST Day 2 of intermittent fasting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998066 "IF" is going really easily so far. I just had my first meal of the day at 1pm. I actually wasn't hungry at all leading into my eating time, stomach wasn't growling, didn't feel hungry, but I ate anyways. <BR> <BR> My first meal was a nice 650 calorie meal; 2 servings of special k red berries cereal and a splash of light vanilla soy milk (I like my cereal damp, not swimming), a cup of vanilla greek yogurt and 2 bananas. When I put everything in the tracker, the number of calories shocked me,... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:36:40 EST Intermittent Fasting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996664 So you might read the title and are ready to comment all kinds of bad things to this blog about how horrible fasting is and how I shouldn't restrict my calories and yadda yadda. <BR> <BR> But hear me out... <BR> <BR> Intermittent fasting is not a calorie restricting fast. I eat all my calories in a day. <BR> WHAT'S THIS?! *brain explodes and leaks out of ear* <BR> It's true, Intermittent fasting (or IF for sort) is just changing WHEN you eat, NOT how much you eat. I can eat my full 1,200-1,... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:47:11 EST Picture Food Diary - June 6, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915622 BREAKFAST: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l159385467.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l869554057.jpg"> <BR> 1/2 c Quaker Quick Oatmeal, prepared with water. <BR> 2 c Coffee w/ 2 tsp sugar & 2 tsp Powdered non-dairy creamer. <BR> <BR> LUNCH: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l104149372.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l931597598.jpg"> <BR> 4 Bisquick biscuits w/ 1/2 c Country style instant... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 00:20:29 EST My first Spark People exclusive vlog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915473 I make daily vlogs on Youtube, decided to make one just for Sparkpeople. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 22:08:19 EST Oh, hi there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912587 So, in March, my father passed away, since then I've been emotional eating, BIG TIME, after I had been doing so well with my weight loss... I'm pretty much back to square one. <BR> <BR> I'm still daily vlogging on Youtube, you can check me out here: <link>www.youtube.com/theamberfiles/ </link> if you want. I'll be doing weekly weight check-ins every Friday to monitor my progress, or lack-there-of. <BR> <BR> I don't want to dive too much into personal stuff at the moment, I'm still a bit ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 02:31:48 EST Long time, no see, Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629060 I haven't blogged over here on SP in a long time, mostly because life has been so super busy and more recently, I've started daily vlogging on Youtube. I pretty much film most of my day and it helps me keep track of weight-loss too, but my weight isn't really the main focus of my videos, it's just chronicling my life in-general. <BR> Filming myself is helping me deal with self esteem issues and insecurities, since when I edit my videos, I have to look at my face and hear my own voice constant... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 10:35:05 EST I wish I could unsee it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4163792 I was researching some last night on health issues and ran across some of the most disturbing images I've seen in a long time. I wish I could unsee them, every once in a while, they just pop up in my mind and I try to make light of it and think of it in different and amusing ways, but it's still imprinted in my mind as the same disgusting things. <BR> <BR> Reminder to myself: Don't get curious about odd medical conditions and go researching them again. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:09:55 EST lol water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161725 The other night at dinner, my sister said that it was her 4th glass of water that day, but she was annoyed she had 4 more to drink. We all looked at her like "a serving of water is 1 cup, not a whole glass, a bottle is 2 servings" she was like "what? really? I've been always upset that I didn't drink 8 glasses a day. Aww man, I could have got tea." <BR> <BR> xD Just wanted to remember that story for later on. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:22:48 EST Stressful times, kinda. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4158260 With all the stuff going on, haven't had time to make a blog on here. <BR> <BR> Last week, my dad was diagnosed with cancer and my parents are brushing it off like it's not a big deal. My Dad's main concern with the treatments is how he'll look without a mustache. My mom has made insensitive remarks (that usually wouldn't be, if it were a different situation). I can't help but wonder if they're in-denial about the seriousness of this or if the situation isn't really as bad as I see it. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:02:08 EST Spending time with Sis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129282 So, my sister invited me to hang out yesterday and we walked a mile together with her dog, Squirt. I kinda slowed down towards the end because my legs were sore, but it's okay, at least I did it. <BR> <em>313</em> - Just make that dog almost as tall as the woman walking it and that'd be Squirt. :) Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:10:33 EST It apparently snowed this morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124185 So, I awoke by my mother calling me this morning and asking if I had got up early enough to see the snow. I was like "what snow?" and she said it snowed this morning and even stuck to the ground. It was in the 80's last week and I was roasting and then it snows? Crazy weather here in NC. <BR> <BR> My get-up-and-go song today: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=V84OM5wQu-M </link> <BR> Dude is an awesome mixer/music maker and when he started doing White Stripes about 2 and 20 seconds in, ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:58:22 EST Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038759 I just started doing Beachbody Insanity this week. <BR> <BR> After the fit test yesterday, I thought I was going to puke afterwards. I couldn't do a couple of the exercises because of limited space and my belly limiting my legs from doing the full movements, but I still did as much as I could and I'm proud of myself. <BR> <em>15</em> <BR> Today, I did the cardio circuit and I couldn't go as fast as them and even some of the exercises I couldn't do fully or at all because of the previously ... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:46:02 EST Year could be going better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008556 So, basically this year has been going crappy so far. I know that it's only what I make of it and I should stop being so pessimistic about things lately. It just seems that everything is piling up all at once and people expecting stuff from me and it's just a lot of stress with very little ways to let it out. <BR> <BR> The 9th was mine and Maaike's 2 year anniversary. I miss her so much, I wish I could be there with her right now, but neither of us have a job at the moment and plane tickets ... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 02:00:35 EST A funeral and tears aren't the best way to kick off the new year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878645 My Aunt passed away on Wednesday and the visitation was New Years Eve and the funeral was New Years Day. <BR> <BR> I'm really sad that Aunt Dolores is gone, especially because we hadn't talked in a while after we used to be close when I was a kid, but it really tears me up worse seeing how it's effecting my mom. She was the youngest out of 5 kids, all her siblings have passed away and her parents too, she's the only one left out of their family. Nothing hurts me worse than seeing my mother c... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:27:35 EST Back from my trip to The Netherlands. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3820578 I got back from my trip to The Netherlands on Monday. I did A LOT of walking and ate a lot of good food that wasn't overly processed and full of salt, ate on a regular meal schedule with snacks too. I actually lost about 8lbs during the trip. <BR> <BR> As soon as I got back home, there was nothing but junk food in my parent's house. Chips, cakes, ice cream, trail mix (the junk kind with M&M's, overly salted, etc) and just nothing that seems healthy. Being sad about leaving Maaike behind, I d... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 22:28:47 EST An update, of sorts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3734323 My weight has been steadily going up since my trip in February, I've almost hit the point of my peak weight again, which is 260lbs. I hop on the scale and see it just passed 250 and it's killing me inside. Nothing in my diet or activity level has changed that much, I actually think I'm being healthier than I used to be, which is why the weight gain really troubles me. I calculated my BMI and Body Fat Percentage and was hit with the "heavy" blow of seeing this: <BR> Body fat percentage: 53.57%... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 00:44:26 EST Is Wally World boycotting vegetarians or something? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2440141 I'm sad to say that my mother shops at Wal-Mart for our groceries... Anyways, over the past few months, I've noticed some changes in my local (and not so local) wally world. <BR> <BR> 1. They used to have a whole cooler, top to bottom filled with food for vegetarian and vegans and it started to shrink. Now, it barely has 2 shelves between the eggos and frozen sausage biscuits. <BR> <BR> 2. For months, I've not been able to find any vegetable broth. They have chicken, beef and even seafood b... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 01:14:27 EST Do muscles have memory? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2435566 I used to have firm, big muscles in my upper body, especially my arms when I worked out a lot. Then when I started gaining weight again and not working out at all, they just kinda turned to flab like everything else. <BR> <BR> I've only been working out 2 weeks and it's like my muscles have just bounced back into being firm again. It's weird, it's like part of my brain remembers how they used to be. Which kinda hit the number on the scale hard since muscle weighs more than fat. :x Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:45:57 EST I feel like I'm the only one eating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2433825 I live with my family, that's 3 other people in this house. I notice that no one eats as much as I do. Given that my dad is always out of town on business trips and my sister is working almost every day, but my mom has been out of work for a while now because she had total knee replacement surgery on August 14th. <BR> <BR> My mom only cooks for my dad and sister on Sunday nights (I'm never offered food because I'm vegan so, I have to cook for myself) and other than that, they hardly ever eat... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 22:16:09 EST Setting mini goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2431305 I've decided to do what many many others on this site have done and set up some mini goals for myself. Looking at the end goal weight, it just looks too far away and it's discouraging so, I'm setting little 10lb goals and I'll reward myself somehow when I finish one. I'll see how it goes in comparison to what I've been doing to see if it helps me or not. <BR> <BR> I really want to get a digital scale, but I don't think my mom would be cool with that since we just bought a normal one not too ... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 20:32:50 EST Ugh, stupid pizza. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2418809 Due to my mom refusing to go to the grocery store, we had to go get something for dinner since there was nothing in the house to eat. <BR> <BR> My sister suggested pizza, mom agreed that was a good idea and I just went along with it. I've been sticking pretty well to my veganism, but today I kind of strayed since I was really hungry and there was no food. Papa john's had some sort of online special (sister was talking about it) so, I got just a plain, large cheese pizza for 25 cents since th... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:41:38 EST I don't know what to eat. :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2414326 Today I'm chugging water and plan to play DDR if no one protests that I'm using the TV. If I can't DDR, I'll go walk if it doesn't rain again. Reason for that is I feel guilty about pigging out on hibachi veggies and rice last night (and the rice again for late night snack as well as breakfast this morning) and I feel like I need to go work that off. <BR> <BR> Today will probably be the last day I eat chips and salsa since the salsa is almost gone. <BR> <BR> Also, I have no idea what to hav... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 13:18:30 EST Haven't made a blog on here lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2405857 So, it's raining here today and as much as I love rain, I kind of wanted to go outside and walk today, but I played Dance Dance Revolution instead for my cardio, which I think is just as good. <BR> <BR> I still need to do my strength training exercises and get a shower. I feel so awkward when my dad is home though, he asks so many questions about everything you're doing and why you're doing it, etc etc. <BR> <BR> I'm excited that I got my girlfriend to join Spark People, that way we can hel... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:51:27 EST Oatmeal made with water is horrible. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2170547 I ran out of soymilk yesterday and I had to make my oatmeal with water... eww D: I tried to add a couple of drops of vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon to get rid of the gross-ness, didn't help. <BR> <BR> I made it though so, I choked it down with orange juice to not be wasteful. <BR> <BR> Does exercising enhance your sense of smell? I never noticed before now, but I smelled things so much more strongly after I worked out this morning... which was kind of gross walking through the rooms that t... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 09:16:21 EST What's more important? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2167616 The best hours of the day that I could go swimming or be active, I'm stuck in front of my computer, doing the most boring work for bad pay. Seriously, I have to sit and watch my computer screen (that's it) from 1pm to 5pm for like $1. One freaking dollar for 4 hours of perfectly good summer weather that I could be outside, taking care of myself through exercise or whatever. I mean, I need all the money I can get but there has got to be a better way. If any of you know of better ways to make m... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 22:38:07 EST The things I can't say when we're alone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2106220 So, it's like 4:15am and I'm laying here in bed, watching the love of my life sleeping on webcam and I feel so helpless, insecure and slightly concerned. She's so small, she's just 92lbs* and here I am more than twice her size. She says she loves every inch of my body and I believe her and feel lucky to have someone who really doesn't care about appearance... but I care and I've slipped out of exercising and eating right because I just got too comfortable with that. <BR> <BR> The gym we join... Sat, 30 May 2009 04:36:13 EST First Day at the Gym. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1131687 I just got home; my sister and I went together to the gym. We just did cardio for today, we were both tired after cardio and I think a bit intimadated by the weight machines. <BR> <BR> We started out on the ellipticals and I'll be the first to admit, they kicked our asses. I kind of felt bad because there was this old dude next to us and it was like it didn't even phase him. We didn't stay on them but for a couple of minutes. <BR> <BR> We did bikes next, they were alright. I didn't really f... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 17:06:29 EST We joined a gym together ~ Concerns arise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1127402 My mom, my sister and I all went down to the local gym tonight and joined (My dad joined last week). I think it's definately a step in the right direction for my family. <BR> <BR> I'm worried about my mom though because she has really bad knees. One of them is worse than the other because of a car accident she had when she was a teen. Both have arthritis in them now, I'm wondering how she's going to get any cardio in without causing her any great deal of pain. <BR> <BR> Otherwise, I'm very ... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 23:11:08 EST Being mean to myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1118883 I've been really mean to myself tonight and I find it oddly motivating. I made a sign and stuck it behind my computer monitor and it reads: <BR> <BR> Quit eating processed foods, fatty! Get an apple! <BR> ~~~ <BR> Have you exercised today? <BR> ~~~ <BR> Do your sparkpeople stuff... NOW!!! <BR> ~~~ <BR> WATER!! <BR> <BR> //////////////////////// <BR> <BR> I know it's odd and sounds like I'm sort of beating myself up, but it makes me want to prove myself wrong, you know? <BR> <BR> By the wa... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 04:28:31 EST Week 3; Messing up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1064639 Everything just seems to want to mess up on me this week; my sleep schedule is still screwed up and it's ruining everything. I'm going to try my hardest today to stay up until 9pm to set it back on track. <BR> <BR> I'm scared to weigh in today and take measurements out of fear that last week completely blew everything from the first week and a half. That would really really suck. [EDIT] Just as I feared, I haven't gained weight, but my measurments say that I'm bigger than last week. <BR> <B... Mon, 10 Mar 2008 05:35:16 EST My Second Week on Spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1049320 I'm still losing fat, but the pounds remain the same number. Apparently my muscles were very out of shape, not that I'm getting fatigued or anything, but the at rate I'm losing fat and the scale stays the same.. I must be building muscle or something. Don't know, but I'm happy regardless. <BR> <BR> Going to talk my mom into getting me a fitness ball so I can expand what I can do in strength training since I have old dumbbells from years ago gathering dust somewhere around here. (: <BR> <BR>... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 01:53:34 EST My First Week On Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1040031 I've learned so much this one week on spark about diet and exercise than I ever have anywhere else. I'm so happy that my sister told me about this site, even though she's now given up on it because of her own ignorance. I won't go into any details with that because it only makes me angry to think about. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I'm guessing I'm gaining lean muscle mass because my muscles feel tighter to touch. I've already lost like about an inch in my waist and half an inch in hips. I'm so happy ... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:55:20 EST Good physical day, bad emotional ending. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1024080 Okay so, I woke up today completely pumped to get started with my exercising and being on track. I did everything I should have done and tonight, I got cozy in my computer chair and started talking to some friends. <BR> <BR> So, it comes to find out that underage girl had a crush on me, I thought she was joking and laughed about it.. I ended up hurting her feelings and making her cry. After that, someone told the girl I like that I liked her... in front of her boyfriend. Which that ruffled s... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:03:32 EST Emotional UNDER Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1021054 I always hear about people who over-eat when they are emotional. When I tell people that I don't eat and sleep all the time when I'm upset, they seem a bit confused. <BR> <BR> I honestly get scared when it happens, I just sleep all the time. I might get up for some water and bathroom break, but no eating and the lack of food just makes me even more tired. I fear that I'll just become incapable of even waking up at all. <BR> <BR> I think it's possible that this is another reason I'm scared o... Tue, 19 Feb 2008 18:48:34 EST