VELMATULIP's SparkPeople Blog VELMATULIP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Making A Few Changes As you may have read recently, I make soups for lunch to eat during the week. It's nice because they keep it super cold in my office and I make sure they're around 10 grams of fiber+ per serving. <BR> <BR> I have ulcerative colitis. It is an autoimmune disease related to chron's. What most people don't realize about most autoimmune diseases is that they don't attack just one part of the body. The biggest part of ulcerative colitis is that it attacks my colon (namely ulcers in my colon)... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 17:34:09 EST Making It Work If you've been reading my posts and status updates, you'll know that I have a chef as a roommate. She is a very large lady who has no interest of losing weight. So, when she cooks dinner for the 3 of us, it's seldom a healthy meal. It's ALWAYS delightfully delicious! <em>4</em> I usually eat with her and her boyfriend 2, maybe 3, times a week. <BR> <BR> To counteract living with someone who cooks high fat, high calorie meals, I started making soups for lunch and having light breakfas... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 13:12:33 EST Keep Focused At work, I get a lot of things thrown at me all day. For instance, it is now lunch. I've been at work just over 3 hours and I've sent and received 47 emails. I have a written list of items I need to accomplish today and I add and mark off items throughout the day, so that when one of my bosses says, "I have no idea what you do all day!" I hand him the folder with my daily lists. I also keep the list so that I can stay focused on the most important things throughout the day. I feel a sens... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 12:36:51 EST Free Food Isn't The Best So, my intention was to have tacos last night and then go to our usual hangout at the Bowling Alley (BA) with my friends. We get to Salsa's and people were 3 deep waiting to sit at the bar (getting a table is always a ridiculous notion and then people bump you walking by, so we always belly up). My roommate started asking all of us where we wanted to go and my friend & I just decided to go ahead and go to the BA even though specials didn't start for another hour. <BR> <BR> We get to the ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 17:49:57 EST It's A New Day! I've never been big on new years' resolutions. It's always been my belief that if you want to make a change, there's no reason to wait until January 1 right after you've gone through Thanksgiving and Christmas and partied all night celebrating the New Year. I am, however, a big proponent of 30 day challenges to challenge myself to do one thing new, or change one thing I dislike about myself. <BR> <BR> I've done all different types. The hardest by far was giving up bread for 30 days. Man... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:31:29 EST Tempting and a Question So, I didn't do so well with tracking while eating this weekend. I get with friends and completely forget to track what I'm doing until the next day I get on the scale & think to myself, "What in the world happened yesterday?". I still continue to weigh myself daily, but this morning came & I kept one eye closed to peek at the scale (I'm NOT one of those people who can go a week without getting on the scale because I am a lot less accountable to myself when I stay away). <BR> <BR> Anyway... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:31:39 EST SparkPeople For Life 8/200 for the yearly challenge. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for quite some time now. When I stop tracking, blogging, reading, lurking...basically participating on SP, I might stay the same for a while, but then I gain weight. It's usually when I'm put back on the dreaded Prednisone for a month or longer when I'm in a flare, but that's no excuse. <BR> <BR> I've said before that to get healthy (whether it's losing weight, gaining weight or overhauling your food and/or exercise), one has to c... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:38:15 EST Tracking After Midnight 7/200 for the yearly blog challenge. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So a random question to throw out there...for those of you who cross the midnight hour and then eat or drink after, what day do you count those calories? Do you count them based on everything before you sleep is day X and everything after is a new day? <BR> <BR> I'm torn on how to do it. I've been tracking everything after midnight as a new day, but this almost seems like beating the system to me. And then there are a coupl... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:19:52 EST Container Eating...Trash Day I forgot to say yesterday that it was post 5 of 200 for this year's challenge that SparkGuy put is 6/200. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So, I promised yesterday to post about box eating. I grew up eating out of boxes, cereal boxes, mac n chs boxes, frozen dinner boxes, cake boxes, ice cream containers, any canned vegetable, soup and fruit you could imagine, instant breakfast boxes, etc. Even when I lived with my ex-husband, he couldn't pass up freezer boxes and ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 17:42:02 EST Indulging NOT Cheating My mom is about to go through weight loss surgery. I've seen her struggle with her weight my entire 42 years. If there is a gimmick diet, shot, pill, etc. out there, she's done it. She's basically done everything but overhaul her diet to eat a healthy diet and exercise. Their biggest thing is eating out. They eat out almost every meal and if they aren't eating out, it's from a box (I'll write more on box eating in a future post). <BR> <BR> Anyway, back to the purpose of this blog entr... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:55:42 EST Vision Board/Journaling Happy Friday! This is post 4/200 for my challenge this year. <BR> <BR> I have decided that instead of a vision board that I know I'll want to change all the time, I'm going to do a vision art journal instead. Then my monthly and/or weekly challenges can be incorporated on new pages and as my goals change, so can my journal. I think it will be a great way to look back and see how my goals have changed, developed and focused over time instead of one big board in my room that I know I'll wa... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:23:04 EST Vision Board & Ultimate Sparkpeople Life Challenge 3/49 Not sure if you have seen SparkGuy's recent posts, but he is doing a challenge to do 200 blog posts this year. Today is day 49 out of the year and this is my 3rd post, so even though I'm a little late in joining this challenge, it is still reachable. <BR> <BR> Here is the link if you're interested: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032197 </link> <BR> <BR> On to today's post about my Vision Board. I've never been big on vision boards. I have ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:16:13 EST Weighing My Options **If you look at the scale with dread and anxiety, this post is not for you.** <BR> <BR> There are many posts and articles about the pros and cons of weighing yourself daily. Let's start with a few cons. Many people are afraid of the scale. They get so much anxiety just thinking about whether or not they've changed that number that they almost go into a panic attack. To me, that would be a very big con. Thankfully, that isn't how my brain works. If I was, I'd probably never get on the ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 13:33:02 EST 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