VELMATULIP's SparkPeople Blog VELMATULIP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community No Matter What, I’ll Track It Tracking food and exercise is essential to my path towards getting healthier. I know this. I have done this before. I have watched my mother struggle with her weight my entire life and she is about to go under the knife for surgery simply because she feels it is a last resort to her losing the weight she needs to. We both know that if she does not change the way she eats and moves, she will gain it all back, but she is willing to try. My stepdad has stated that he will be on the same jour... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:55:44 EST Pre-Planning I know that tracking my weight every day helps in my weight loss journey. I know that tracking everything I eat and drink helps in my weight loss journey. I do those without fail when I'm on my "plan" of getting healthier. Where I typically fail is pre-planning what I'm going to eat every day to make sure I'm not overstepping my boundaries. <BR> <BR> So, my goal for this week is to pre-plan every day to have a deficit at the end of the night. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:48:51 EST Back At It Hi there! Did you miss me? <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> The new steroids the dr. gave me have definitely helped put me back in remission and I'm starting to wean off them. Many of the side effects that I typically have on Prednisone weren't as noticeable on Entocort. One nice side effect is that I was able to eat some salt without the migraine hangovers (I still hang back just in case). One not so fun side effect is that I have been craving sugar like MAD. UGH! I've never been a sugar pers... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:09:26 EST *Sigh* More Steroids This three amazing words spoken to me after my last colonoscopy were such a lifeline. "You're in remission!" I had looked forward to them for 22 months while I was poked and prodded, scoped and tested. I never thought to ask at my follow up appointments the question that no one with ulcerative colitis (or any autoimmune disorder) wants an answer to, "how often should I expect a flare?" <BR> <BR> *Sigh* <BR> <BR> Those of you who read and/or comment often (aka my support system) may have n... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:21:46 EST This Week's Realizations I had a few “Aha” moments this week… <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> 1 – Changing the way that I look at goals, makes them more achievable. I’ve always known that looking at needing to lose 40 pounds is too daunting for my mind to wrap around. <em>39</em> I know what I looked like 10 years ago at my goal weight, but just thinking about losing back to that weight makes me want to just go eat an entire container of soy peanut butter ice cream because the goal is so big in my mind. So I set min... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:58:30 EST Numbers game do you think I did yesterday with a plan of spreading everything out? <BR> <BR> 8-I still struggle getting more during the day...especially Taco Tuesday because I'd rather have beer than water with tacos. I did get in 8 glasses, but had to drink 3 before bed. FUN! <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> 30-I woke up and did a few minutes of body was NOT happy bending forward first thing in the morning. I wasn't doing anything strenuous, just sun salutations. I figured my body wante... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:35:20 EST 8, 30, 130, 1500, 10,000 You know what those numbers are, right? Goals! <em>381</em> <BR> 8- Glasses a day <em>91</em> <BR> 30- Minutes a day <em>237</em> <BR> 130- Goal weight <em>192</em> <BR> 1500- Calories (depending on the day) <em>491</em> <BR> 10,000- Steps per day <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> It looks a little daunting, but you know what? With a little planning, I can achieve every one of them! <em>198</em> The problem is, I haven't been planning. I've been just shooting in the dark... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:23:12 EST One Week In <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> So, how are you doing with your August goals? <BR> <BR> Let's see where I am... <BR> <BR> 1 - Get 4,000 steps by noon. This is still quite challenging for me. I may need to start taking the dogs for a walk in the morning before my shower. Get at least 7,000 steps daily. Only one day was less than 7,000 and my average is 8,878 for the last 7 days not including most of today, so I thi... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:26:31 EST One Week In <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> So, how are you doing with your August goals? <BR> <BR> Let's see where I am... <BR> <BR> 1 - Get 4,000 steps by noon. This is still quite challenging for me. I may need to start taking the dogs for a walk in the morning before my shower. Get at least 7,000 steps daily. Only one day was less than 7,000 and my average is 8,878 for the last 7 days not including most of today, so I thi... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:26:27 EST Wishes and Intentions I wish I was a OCD about my body as I am about other things. I do dishes in a specific order. I do laundry in a specific order. I have to hang things and put things in drawers in a specific place. I line things up (like remotes, things on my desk, perfumes on the tray, items in the shower, etc.). <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I eat crap...often. <BR> <BR> I have great intentions of eating healthy and buy all this great healthy food. Just for it to be thrown to the fishes when it's no ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:28:48 EST Big Spread Eating I absolutely love cooking for big gatherings. When I was a Salvation Army officer, I would love cooking for large meetings and gatherings. I'd put together a fun meal and set the tables according to whatever was going on. You'd be amazed how many people you can feed and how far you can stretch food on a budget when you plan ahead! <BR> <BR> I should have been born into a huge family and had a whole mess of children myself, but it wasn't in the cards for me. It's always been a 2, sometime... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 09:07:13 EST Stop Trying To Lose It Quick I'm going to be on my soapbox for a few minutes here... <BR> <BR> Growing up my mom was on every diet known to man. There were pills, shakes, shots, meetings, calorie counting, learning about foods, etc. In the end, she still has not lost (and has actually gained) the weight that she (jokingly) always said was my fault because she gained the weight while she was pregnant with me more than 40 years ago. She has also never been to see any type of counselor to look at the root cause of her e... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:58:42 EST And We're Off Like A Herd Of Turtles Today is August 3rd. My grandmother would have been 92 today. She died 2 years ago and the world is not as bright as it once was. <BR> <BR> She was a gracious southern belle from Americus, Georgia (where Jimmy Carter is from...My Aunt Rossie introduced me to his brother when I was a little girl). The title of this post was one of her favorite sayings any time we took a trip in the car. It always made me laugh when she'd say it. She was an amazing inspiration. She was the first female... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 22:12:43 EST 250 Fitness Minutes! It's only the second day of the month and I already have 250 fitness minutes?!? <em>104</em> <em>224</em> Watch out Fitbit friends...I just might catch up to you this month! <BR> <BR> I was quite worried this morning when I looked at my Fitbit and only had 1596 steps at 11:00. My goal is to have 4000 by noon! <em>40</em> So, I asked someone at work to go with me to lunch a few blocks away so I could get some steps in. He made a comment during our walk that he almost parked in fro... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 20:47:24 EST August - Another New Month It’s another first day of the month. Another day to evaluate my progress…or the lack thereof. <BR> <BR> 1 – Challenge myself through Fitbit. I definitely found new ways to challenge myself with Fitbit last month. I added quite a few friends and challenge myself throughout the day to “pass” others above me. Step it up…I plan to get 4,000 steps before noon daily, average a minimum of 7,500 daily steps and reach 70,000 weekly steps <BR> <BR> 2 – Changed my tracker. This had little to no... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 11:31:31 EST A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Getting Healthier I got this interesting little thing called a Fitbit Flex. At first I thought it was cool simply for the fact that it worked...silently. <BR> <BR> I've had pedometers in the past. Here were the problems with them... <BR> -they clicked every time I moved <BR> -they counted moving my leg at my desk <BR> -they would randomly stop counting during the day <BR> -they were big and bulky <BR> -they had flimsy clips <BR> -they were noticeable <BR> -I had to carry my phone everywhere & before moving... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:27:04 EST My Mind Is Everywhere Tonight I started to write a blog about tracking and healthy living. I read what I wrote, shook my head & decided maybe tonight I should just focus on getting a good night sleep because that post was all over the place! <BR> <BR> I hope you all sleep well Spark Friends! I'm exhausted after getting in extra steps all day to pass my fitbit buddies! Lets race tomorrow! <em>211</em> <link> </link> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:23:34 EST Keep The Lines Of Communication Wide Open I am only (YES ONLY <em>211</em> ) 40 and have 4 doctors. General practitioner, cardiologist (actually an electrophysiologist), gyno and GI (I should ask my cardiologist if I can just call him gist so he has a G title as well <em>334</em> ). <BR> <BR> It is imperative that I keep the lines of communication open with all 4 of them. It is also imperative that I be my best advocate. Any time a doctor comes up with a new diagnosis, and there have been QUITE a few during the last 4 yea... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:40:10 EST Dr Visit I went to the GI doctor yesterday. She said everything looks great in my bloodwork! YES! No more B12 shots because the sublingual is working out great. And she took me off all my meds except my Iron and infusion. I now have to take 40 mg prednisone the night before and night of my infusion as well as Benadryl for 3 days after. Hopefully, that will solve the problems I've been having the past few times I've received my infusion. Aaaaand she doesn't need to see me for 3 months! That's th... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:04:29 EST Help Others Feel Included I used to be a pastor. Part of my life as a pastor was to help others feel included. To draw them in when they were outside their element. Even though that is no longer part of my life, I still try to make others feel comfortable in new situations. I think that's why tonight hurt so much. <BR> <BR> We moved to a new city in November. We have been friendly with one neighborhood couple and now we're getting closer to them. We are also getting to know some other people around town. We ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:10:59 EST 7 Days With Fitbit! I can finally post about my new favorite gadget!!! LOVELYPAMPA suggested that I wait a week to post about it and I have been biting at the BIT to do so! Here are some things I've learned so far... <BR> <BR> I LOVE IT! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> -I love the fact that I can add friends and just the fact that I only need 30 more steps until I pass such & so means that I will walk 30 more steps just to pass them. Yes, I'm really THAT competitive. <em>334</em> Friday night I "only" neede... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:29:14 EST Dreamland Last night I was absolutely EXHAUSTED from so much exercise (I'm not allowed to talk about that until tomorrow night <em>39</em> ). I ate a bunch of crap simply because I could. Per the new tracker I could have another 700 calories last evening...and I did...CRAPPY 700 calories that make you go "Oh MAN, why did I DO that to myself??". I went to sleep around 9:30 (early for me). <BR> <BR> My husband is at his mom's house with his daughter, so I was alone. I woke up at 1:54 thinking I h... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:05:23 EST Water Water is essential to our daily lives. It, along with salt, keep us hydrated. It keeps our blood flowing. It flushes out the things our body doesn't need. <BR> <BR> Too bad most of us reject it. We make sure our pets have plenty of water, but seldom fill a glass for ourselves. We water our plants either when they start to wilt, or on a schedule. <BR> <BR> So, what are some ways you can sneak in some more water? <BR> -Drink a glass before you do anything else in the morning. Weigh ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:50:25 EST That's Why You Track EVERYTHING! <em>4</em> So this morning I wanted something other than my usual work breakfast of pancakes (no butter with up to 2T of syrup). My other go-to place is closed for vacation. So, I went to another place and got what I hoped would be a pretty good for me breakfast...UMMM 629 calories LATER! <em>29</em> I had a large oatmeal with 1t of brown sugar and 2t of cinnamon. That's it! Good thing I didn't add raisins! And the cinnamon had almost as many calories as the brown sugar! I still c... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:15:32 EST Trivia Today's post will be short & sweet...maybe <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Want a quick way to learn some things you may not have known & confirm a few things you just might know? Do the daily trivia! I only get about 60% of the questions correct because many I have absolutely NO idea of the answer and I'm too lazy to Google the answer. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Most of the time when I see the correct answer, I actually say out loud "really??". <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Off to swim some ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:37:26 EST Learning Something New Daily This blogging journey isn't just a way for me to simply put stuff out into the blogosphere. It's a way for me to share what I'm learning along this amazing journey...well & what my dogs and cat are up to. <em>334</em> <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> Today I was randomly reading another person's signature lines and saw something about the SparkPeople System. Ummm WHAT IS THAT??? It is an article that talks about how SP works! There is even a page that is an 8-Step Goal Achievement Plan. WHAT... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:27:36 EST Smile! I work in downtown Jacksonville. I typically walk to lunch and/or breakfast. The best part for me is that there are almost no screaming children. I absolutely do not understand unruly children. I also don't understand parents who are perfectly fine with letting their children being so ridiculously loud! <BR> <BR> Anyway, walking around downtown is so nice because there are so many different types of people. The most amazing thing to me is that there are actually people who will either... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 22:25:39 EST Spread The Streak Recently I checked out The Spark from the library. All I can say is WOW! I had NO idea where SparkPeople started. Well, I knew it was created by Spark Guy, but other than that, I didn't know where the inspiration came from. <BR> <BR> I've been floundering with this site for a few years now. I'm finally at a point now where I'm actually using the site and learning new things about it all the time. Some things about this site absolutely amaze me with the information I gain. Others inspi... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:56:51 EST Animal Night Last Night So, we're sitting there watching a movie and look at our back door at the cat...he brought a gift to us (the first at this house)...a rabbit almost as big as the cat! <em>172</em> Great. <BR> <BR> We then take our dogs for a walk. The little one is a blue tick coonhound. He LOVES sniffing out animals. Every now & then a deer will cross the street before we get to that area. Our little one goes crazy searching out the deer once we get to where they crossed the road. Well, he got away f... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 15:39:33 EST The Clean Plate Club Many were taught they had to clean their plate before they could get up. That's how my mom grew up. She always had to clean her plate, even though an adult fixed her plate not knowing how hungry she was. She was not allowed to "waste" food by leaving any on her plate. <BR> <BR> Now that people eat out more, they carry what they were taught into their adult lives. They eat at a restaurant, that is almost guaranteed to have too much food on the plate for any reasonable calorie range, and... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 09:39:47 EST Had a Great Independence Day We spent the day with 2 different groups of friends during the day. I felt as though I ate like a pig. I did eat quite a few vegetables, but still felt like I overdid it. I asked everyone how items were prepared before anything went on my plate. <BR> <BR> When I entered everything into my tracker today...I stayed within my calorie range for the day! <em>104</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Here's to learning to eat healthier while relaxing at get-togethers! <em>345</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:25:14 EST Streak Day 10 - Healthy Living, Not Gimmick Diet When I was on Weight Watchers years ago, we were told to measure our food to make sure we knew exactly what we were eating. I was a little offended. I knew what 1Tbsp of food looked like! Boy was I wrong! I started measuring most of my food and I was shocked at how much or how little food weighed. I then bought their serving spoons to more easily measure my food. My husband thought I was crazy. I was a little OCD about it, but I measured everything...mind you most of it was crap, but I m... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:55:00 EST Streak Day 9 - Keep Positive I lost a total of 2 pounds in June. There are two ways I can look at this... <BR> <BR> 1 - I failed myself by not losing 2 pounds a week. I failed myself by eating crap every now & then. I failed myself by not being the healthiest version of me that I can. <BR> <BR> OR... <BR> <BR> 2 - <em>244</em> I am <em>55</em> 2 pounds!!! <em>192</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I choose option 2! <BR> <BR> I believe it is on GOPINTOS page that shows what a pound of fat actually looks lik... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 12:16:51 EST Streak Day 8 - It's a New Day! It’s the first day of the month. It’s the first day of the last 6 months of this year. It’s a great day to analyze how healthy I was the first half of this year and what changes I can make during the next 6. <BR> <BR> 1 – I bought a fitbit! It should arrive on the 8th. LOVELYPAMPA is totally excited about that one so we can challenge each other. <em>311</em> I know more of you are on fitbit, so either comment below and leave your info to how we can connect, or send me a private mess... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 15:57:56 EST Streak Day 7 - A Word About Salt Per my cardiologist, sodium is essential to our health. Salt + water = hydration. Otherwise the water would pass right through. <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> If you read my blog post yesterday, you'd know that I get salt migraines (I call them salt hangovers because I wake up with them the next morning). Too much salt = a definite migraine the next day. I've learned to work through them as I can't take off work as often as I've had them. Now that I know what they are, I know what to do & w... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 11:53:32 EST Streak Day 6 - Thanks For The Laughs I knew it would happen after all that salt yesterday...a salt migraine today! I've fought it all day & it's now after 8pm. It's more of a dull reminder at this point. I don't like taking my Imitrex because they are worth their weight in gold. So, if it's still throbbing after I take a long hot bath, I'll probably take one before going to bed. I never used to be negatively affected with salt until the long lovely relationship with high doses of prednisone...ever since I have to do my best t... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 20:21:52 EST Streak Day 5 - Life in 3D The first 3D movie I saw was when I was 9 years old...Friday the 13th. <em>40</em> I was amazed at how things seemed to jump off the screen. The most memorable part of the entire movie for me was when they held up a pair of eyeballs and it was as though we could touch them. We were all amazed at what was on the screen. <BR> <BR> The second movie was Jaws 3 the next year. Probably explains my crazy fear of sharks! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today my husband wanted to go see War War ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:03:13 EST Streak Day 4 - Thanks For The Inspiration! I joined SparkPeople, like most people, because I have some weight to lose. I'm no longer 16 when I could eat a super sized Big Mac meal with a coke and not gain an ounce. I'm also no longer in an ulcerative colitis flare where everything but rice would literally shoot right through me (yeah, I know...GROSS). I no longer live in town where my gym is located, so waiting until 7pm to go to an hour long zumba class in town, then driving the hour home & going straight to bed is no longer an opt... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:45:40 EST Streak Day 3 - Challenges There are many challenge SparkTeams and challenges within interest groups on SparkPeople. The real challenge lies in finding challenges that challenge and interest you enough to actually do them. <BR> <BR> I joined the 28 Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge Team. I joined 4/4...I can never get past week 1 day 1. But, on one of my teams, there is a challenge to post your regular login plus the bonus spin points and I'm all about it. <BR> <BR> Then there's another where you run the daily ca... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:06:50 EST Streak Day 2 - Slow down Amazing things happen when my husband & I exercise together...NATURE! No, not that! <em>40</em> I mean the nature outside. <BR> <BR> I noticed about a month ago while we were taking a walk why I love it here so much. Yes, it's 65 miles from my office, but when my husband & I are walking, we can walk in the middle of the street. We can say hi to our neighbors. We can hear amazing birds and frogs. We don't hear the interstate and heavy traffic that I couldn't help but hear where we ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:43:55 EST Streak Day 1 - Finally Back In A Food Routine! I'm finally home and back to my own food routine. I know that sounds kinda strange, but I felt completely out of sorts the entire 3 days. Some families are perfectly fine eating out every meal. I can't handle it. I was so ready to come home to real food where I could control how it was prepared. It's amazing how out of control I felt with having to rely on others for 3 meals a day for 3 short days. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I didn't gain any weight with all that eating out. I w... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:37:54 EST Streak Day 2 - I'll Miss You For the next day or two I'll be in Orlando. Although I'm looking forward to meeting others from our company and teaching them some new programs, I'm not looking forward to little exercise and eating out. Eating out, especially at new places, is always a challenge because I have to scour the menu for items with no meat and no dairy. Do you know how difficult that is? Even when they say there's no dairy, a lot of times there it's cooked in butter. So a million questions await wha... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:38:21 EST Streak Day 1 - Muscle vs. Fat Yes, you read that right, somehow I missed logging in yesterday! <em>24</em> I was on & off participating, but never actually logged in. <BR> <BR> Anyway back to Day 1 <em>334</em> Muscle vs. Fat. <BR> <BR> I keep seeing over and over again on the boards that muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle (in general) does not weigh more than fat (in general). Muscle is more dense than fat; therefore, you want more muscle than fat on your body. Saying that muscle weighs more than fat is l... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 10:04:01 EST Streak Day 15 - Muscles and Massage So last Thursday I started swimming laps for 30 minutes every day. Friday morning I woke up and upper back was KILLING me. I thought it was a reaction to the shrimp <em>498</em> I had the night before because it was similar to a reaction I had to red meat when I ate it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was still a little sore, but also still swimming. <em>237</em> I realized today that it was the swimming & using muscles I haven't used in years that was causing me a little discomfort...not r... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:39:46 EST Streak Day 14 - Happy Fathers Day Not a long post today. I'm heading to High Springs to have lunch with my dads (yes, I have 2 my real dad & my stepdad & they're close friends, so it makes holidays perfect). Won't get many steps in as I will be in the car for 5 hours total! Enjoy your dad(s) today! <em>221</em> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 09:58:46 EST Streak Day 13 - To Do List I am a massive list person. My list at work is 3 pages long. One day my list fell behind my desk and there is no way to retrieve it without unscrewing the desk and pulling it out from the wall...not even close to an option as it took 2 very large men and a drill to put it together! I was LOST for an entire day! I wasn't even sure what to do. <em>24</em> I finally went to the supply closet, picked up a new pad of paper and jotted down some things I knew I needed to do. I felt much bett... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:50:37 EST Streak Day 12 - Black and White Yesterday I ate terrible! TERRIBLE! I went over my calorie range by 450 calories. <em>40</em> At lunch a friend and I went to a Mexican Restaurant and we had chimichangas with rice and beans (no sour cream or cheese of course). Then for dinner I had about a pound of shrimp cooked our usual way (in a packet on the grill with margarine and Old Bay) <em>498</em> and way too many baked fries. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Truth time came this morning when I stepped on the scale... <em>192<... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:11:40 EST Streak Day 11 - The Dreaded Scale Stress I've been on SparkPeople (this time) for a few months now. I started out just reading an article or two, logging some of my food and tracking my workouts, which is the same way I did it the last few times I was on the site...very little commitment. I then started reading motivational blog posts. And then I started reading other blog posts in general. What I saw over and over again was how people were scared of getting on the scale. <BR> <BR> I was confused about this fear of the scale. ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:05:50 EST Streak Day 10 - What A Shock I work in the office 3 days a week and work from home 2 days a week. I always park as far away as possible in the garage. I take the stairs up and down. I typically walk somewhere to go to lunch. I am up and down all day long walking things around the office. I just knew that I was getting 10,000 steps in daily while at work and that my home life was where I had to strive for more steps. Boy was I wrong! <BR> <BR> In one of my SparkTeams they kept talking about Fitbit. Well, since my h... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:52:21 EST Streak Day 9 - I Hate Meds I have ulcerative colitis (an autoimmune disorder that attacks the colon). At my worst, I was taking 18 pills a day and a medicine infusion every 8 weeks to control it and other disorders associated with it. Those 18 pills included 60 mg of prednisone. Like most people out there, I have a love-hate relationship with my meds...especially steroids. They do a fantastic job of helping my autoimmune disorder and inflammation, but do a terrible job with the rest of my body. I put on 40 pounds,... 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