WINACHST's SparkPeople Blog WINACHST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 6.39 miles on treadmill with no walking Wheeeeee! I cannot believe I did it, (I did stop for a brief few seconds to pull the curtain on the window because the sun was hitting something that caused a glare. But I got right back to running. <BR> <BR> I cannot believe I did it. I used the Ifit program on my treadmill with the trail route I did on the 11th. I am positive that the ifit app did not do the proper inclines because I remember running uphill a lot more that what the program had me doing. <BR> <BR> I started at 5.6 mph, ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:34:27 EST Did I say I was restarting BECK DIET SOLUTION? I am sure I did and I made it to day 3. Then I had to be away and my routine was disrupted and I ate junk, junk and more junk. <BR> <BR> I also came to the conclusion that I am overly critical of my hubby's eating choices even though mine are no better. That needs to stop. No good comes out of negative thinking. <BR> <BR> It is just that he likes to eat sweets and I am trying not to eat them. The other day when I asked him if he wanted to join me in the diet plan I was choosing, he respon... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:34:58 EST It's not fair... (BDS) I have owned the book The Beck Diet Solution for many years. I have yet to make it through all 6 weeks and have started and restarted many times and the phrase, "It's not fair..." irritates me to the maximum. To think that it is not fair that some one else can eat whatever they want and not gain weight and that I would have to pay attention to what I eat. UGH! It's not fair. <BR> <BR> All I can say to myself is "Quit your whining, you are not that person and you are not entitled to their m... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 10:49:25 EST Restarting Beck Diet Solution Well, I finally got my books out again and I am going to restart the Beck Diet Solution. I am getting tired of letting my cravings for junk have the power over me. Plus, I see my husband gaining weight because of the cookies, chips and other fattty foods and I think of how selfish it is not to take care of yourself. He suffers from chronic pain and so he is not active, but he eats way more calories than he needs. <BR> <BR> That got me thinking that I, too, eat way more calories than I need.... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 11:14:58 EST Half of a Half Race Results 6.55 miles -- trail run with lots of hills <BR> <BR> 1:19:04 (12:04 minute per mile) <BR> <BR> I was hoping to come in under 80 minutes and wishfully wanting a 75 minute. But I think I overtrained and did not have as much in me as I hoped. Lesson learned. <BR> <BR> Plus, I was not eating as well as I should have and ate quite a bit of junk the week before. I did make a connection with wheezing to fried foods, so I am eliminating deep fried foods from my diet. That should not be too hard ... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 10:29:03 EST CDC reports obesity rates up in 2015 I just read and article that the obesity rate is still going up. What gives with that? <BR> <BR> I remember about 5 years ago when I was at a family gathering, I was envious of my brothers because they had not yet showed the middle age spread. But I am not envious of them anymore. My older brother is having such difficulty breathing now and he is carrying his weight high. That must mean his heart and lungs are being crowded by the fat he is accumulating. <BR> <BR> My hubby is overweigh... Fri, 27 May 2016 09:22:35 EST Running Streak As soon as I finish typing this blog, I am going to do day 26 of my running streak. I cannot believe that I am sticking with this. It is my goal to run at least 1 mile a day until my birthday. <BR> <BR> We bought a treadmill, so I will have no weather excuses as to why I did not run on a particular day. My granddaughter wants to do another 10k in july and I am giving it some serious thought to run that distance again with her. <BR> <BR> My running streak is for that purpose , the be able ... Thu, 26 May 2016 08:34:16 EST Close, but not there yet! Body fat % needs to be lowered I set a goal weight to meet by my anniversary (9 days ago) I did not meet it, but I am now less than a pound away. Perhaps by Memorial Day? I shall see. <BR> <BR> I really need to lose body fat. My % is hovering around the 30% mark. That seems way to high, even if I am close to the weight I was in early adult life. <BR> <BR> I just need to tweak my eating and stop eating junk <BR> Wed, 25 May 2016 10:16:18 EST Race Results, I surprised myself 32:33 <em>244</em> My granddaughter did not do as well as she wanted. I was just 6 seconds behind her at the finish line. <BR> <BR> However, I ran hard that last 3/4 of a mile because I saw her ahead of me and tried to catch up to her. The race course had a small hill after mile 1 that was steep enough for me to walk up it rather than run up it. My granddaughter ran up it and with the heat, I think it was a bit much for her and she ended up slowing down. <BR> <BR> There were 746 runners,... Sat, 21 May 2016 23:37:14 EST Race Day Tomorrow! Running a 5k with my granddaughter tomorrow. I was hoping to stay close behind her, but she told me she has a goal of 25 minutes. ~ no way will I be able to keep her in sight. I am aiming for 33 minutes. <BR> <BR> She might make her goal time because that girl gets an adrenaline rush in races and I saw a post that the registration was just shy of 1,000 people. That means there should be at least 800 running. BIG RACE for her. This race is the one that got me hooked on running races and it wa... Fri, 20 May 2016 09:31:47 EST Allergic to my yard I was working in my yard yesterday and today I broke out in hives. It is like delayed onset muscle soreness with me, It never hits right away but will take 24-48 hours to show up. It seems whenever I do yard work I end up with an itchy rash of some sort. <BR> <BR> We have a wild yard and we just let it grow and whatever comes up (it as a wooded lot) The problem is I tried to let some of it be natural and attempted to plant native grasses and flowers, but now I do not know what is what. So, y... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:40:41 EST Naked Udon Noodles and Veggies Last night for our anniversary we went to a newly opened restaurant that featured Asian cuisine. I ordered a Vegetable Udon Noodle dish, but since I do not like a lot of sauces, especially from restaurants because they are full of oils, I ordered the sauce on the side. <BR> <BR> So what I got was a plate of noodles and veggies. and a bowl of soy sauce, garlic and oil, lots and lots of oil. I added about 2 small spoonfuls to my noodles just to taste. I decided that I did not like the sauce a... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:47:22 EST Are we having fun yet? Well, today is my goal date and I did not meet my goal, but then I just couldn't seem to get with it seriously until about 2 weeks ago. Since then, 1/2 pound gone, but my jeans are looser and I was able to wear my 5 pounds lost jeans. These are the jeans I bought at a thrift store a while ago when I had actually lost weight but not yet to goal. These are my in-between jeans. What fun to be able to fit in them again and be comfortable. <BR> <BR> I am not too focused on the scale because the s... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:41:12 EST Sleep and Exercise I find that I sleep better when I do vigorous exercise shortly before bedtime. Isn't that the time you are supposed to be winding down. <BR> <BR> I don't know but when I get insomnia nights, I make it a point to hop on the treadmill and hour or two before I am ready to go to sleep. Maybe I put my body into a state of exhaustion. I don't know, but it seems to work for me. Sun, 8 May 2016 10:31:05 EST Logic Lost Today there is a smoke is in the air warning. My daughter, who is a smoker, complains that is just what she needs because they have an outdoor farmer's market today. <BR> <BR> HUH? <BR> <BR> It is sort of like me complaining I cannot seem to lose weight and I stuff tortilla chips in my mouth and follow it with a candy bar. <BR> <BR> I am watching my husband gain weight and he is eating candy, cookies and chips. But whole grains cause him to gain weight. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I am amazed at... Sat, 7 May 2016 09:23:54 EST 11 pounds lost 11 pounds lost, that is what I saw this morning when I logged onto SP. It was encouraging and discouraging at the same time. <BR> <BR> Wow! 11 pounds lost <em>30</em> and that was since 2011 and only 11 pounds lost! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I had gained 40 pounds in my adult life and regained some of that and that is what I am struggling to lose. I have 2.8 pounds to reach a mini goal which is set for my anniversary May 16. I good present to myself would be to be at that weight I was a... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:09:57 EST Race Results and random thoughts 10k--> 1:09:14 <BR> <BR> I came in about 1 minute faster than my goal time. AND I was less than 2 minutes behind my granddaughter. It was a great run! <BR> <BR> I did a 4:1 run/walk and only a couple of times I had to cut the run time short. I had been practicing my pace on the treadmill while watching a video of a runner (the and I used my granddaughter as my pacer. <BR> <BR> Now, we start training for a 5k scheduled on May 21st, and then a 6.55 mile trail run that has a... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:49:32 EST Before the race Race starts in 3 1/2 hours and I am having my coffee. I cannot start my day without coffee. I had a restless night and woke up before the alarm. The good news is that the weather is going to be great for running. <BR> <BR> Last night we went to pick up our packets, but on the way, we picked up my 6 year old grandson from school so that he could come along and run the 1k. He thinks he is fast and puts so much emphasis on winning. I try to tell him running is not about winning, but only doing... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:18:50 EST Been awhile Wow! It has been quite some time since I logged onto Spark People. We no longer have internet service where we live, so my access is very limited. <BR> <BR> How have things been for me? Well, I have lost a couple of pounds and hopefully, they will stay lost. <BR> <BR> I have been training with my 14 year old granddaughter for a 10k race, which is on Saturday. This is her first 10k and I may be more nervous than her. I am so paranoid that she will lose her way and we'll have to skirt the to... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:41:12 EST Cannot wait til the spring weather is here to stay. I have not been online much lately because our internet is now limited and we have to be careful of how much data is transmitted. But I am still hangin' in there. We bought a treadmill and I have been able to run indoors instead of outside where the roads are not the best for running, icey and full of ruts from the tires, too easy to twist an ankle. <BR> <BR> I finally figured out how to get my music from my ipod nano to the ipod touch my hubby bought for me over 1 year ago. I had to rename... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 10:00:02 EST How many calories are in this? Yesterday, I made Jill Nussinow's Spicy West African Sweet Potato Tomato and Groundnut Stew from her book, The New Fast Food. I omitted the oil and added carrot and celery. The dish had: onion, carrot, celery, sweet potato, cabbage, tomato, spinach and kale, and peanut butter. Awesome! It was so good. Leftovers taste great also. <BR> <BR> Today, hubby asked how many calories were in it. Turns out there are about 170 calories per serving. I find it odd that whenever I make a dish that has v... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:36:49 EST Wow! Long Time no post! It thas been over a month since my last blog. I think I lost my Spark again. This page just isn't working for me like it used to. Plus we now have limited internet and so I am logging on with my phone, a 4-inch screen and online typing is not much fun. But it sure don't use much data. <BR> <BR> Update: I bought a treadmill so I don't have to brave the snow and cold or go to the gym to get my run finished for the day. <BR> <BR> I am still working on doing a whole food plant based diet , but... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:19:37 EST TV show Fat Families or how I am learning to eat slower I found a show on youtube called Fat Families; Steve Miller finds obese families and then works with them for about 10 weeks and his motto is eat less and move more. I looked him up (it is a UK show) and he uses hypnotherapy. The families seem to lose weight at a reasonable pace 2-3 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> It is motivating for me, especially in the beginning where the scenes are of the people shoveling the food in their mouths, closeup! My thoughts is; "OMG! That must be what I look like wh... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:11:11 EST Happy Holidays! Well, it is that time of year again. The end of 2015 is near and I did not reach my goal weight and have to much to go to make it. So. this week will be spent preparing my mind for a successful 2016 in regards to eating healthy and exercise. <BR> <BR> During this holiday time, remember that you will never "find" time to do some things that really matter. If you want time to do certain things, then you must make the time to be available. So. with that in mind, plan and make memories for your... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:42:05 EST Ta Da! The Light is turning on! Last night at Share A Meal, a community service where groups and/or individuals will make and serve a meal for the community, I ate what was served: Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole. This morning, my fingers are aching. I am thinking that the culprit may actually be that animal product. <BR> <BR> In the past, I thought maybe it was due to tomatoes (the nightshade family) but I think I am waking up to the fact that I really ought to make that final step and eliminate meat (dead ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 09:40:59 EST What are you buying? It seems with the food choices we have available now, knowing how and what to eat to be healthy is a thing of the past. Today, man-made ingredients, preservatives, and artificial coloring are in most items on the shelves. <BR> <BR> I watched a documentary that showed Nestle going into poorer, developing countries and marketing junk food as affordable calories. This is in areas were malnourishment was an issue and now obesity and related illnesses are what they deal with and even though they... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 09:13:37 EST My year in review Just a couple of weeks until the new year. I am thinking of the my successes and failures of this past year. One is of the sort of this quote, " I resolved to lose 10 pounds this year; only 15 to go." It has been a struggle. Fortunately, that is not true in my case; I have been losing and finding the same 4 pounds over and over and over again. Frustrating. But it is my fault because I kept making poor eating choices. <BR> <BR> On the plus side of things, I was going through a stack of papers... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:29:58 EST The brain in the belly I read an interesting article about our gut having a brain that leads us and guides us. You know, the saying, "I just had a gut feeling" or " I feel it in my gut" whenever we make some decision based upon what we call intuition, that inner voice. <BR> <BR> It was from the psychology of eating facebookpage. Unfortunately, when I tried to find it this morning it only linked back to the free videos they offer. <BR> <BR> Here is a quote about the brain in our belly: <BR> "Rather than the one b... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:23:13 EST Almost the end of the year... Well, it is almost the end of the year and tis the season of sugary junk food. I was tempted to make the family favorite cookies this year because my mom is not able to; but I have decided not to do so because of the ingredients: shortening, white flour and sugar. <BR> <BR> If I was eating healthy all year, then to allow it for a celebration would be different. However, it seems that I have been eating celebration foods way too often. So, I am not going to make them. For that reason and the... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:42:49 EST Commit to Commitment "Commit to Commitment" ~ that is a phrase I heard on an episode of Fraiser, when Fraiser was wondering why he always broke up with that someone who was a good match for him. His brother suggested that it was because he was afraid to commit to commitment. <BR> <BR> That is how I feel with my struggle in taming the sweet tooth, I have not fully committed to making the decision to do it 100%. I have not committed to commitment. This makes it too easy to give into temptations, especially when I... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 10:22:04 EST Slaying the Sugary Beast Here is a great article to tame that sweet tooth: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ers15/ </link> <BR> <BR> Start thinking of sugar for what it really is and the damage it can and will do if you eat. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:42:24 EST Interesting article as well as the comments, who do we believe? I just read an article, <link><BR>ilk/ </link> , No Body Needs Milk. I like to read comments on articles to see what and how others are thinking on an issue. I was amazed at how the majority of the comments were attacking the author and that he is a chiropractor and therefore is not an authority on nutrition. <BR> <BR> The irony of it all in that if one gets their nutritional information from the food pyramid, they are getting their information from th... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:06:18 EST Sugar needs vitamin b and it takes yours I found a cookbook, "Smart Muffins" , at one of the library book bag sales. I looked at it last night because my grandson takes his lunch to school and I try to bake him something so he'll have a healthy treat in it. The author, Jane Kinderlehrer, writes a bit about sugar in the beginning. She states, " Sugar provides no body-building protein, no minerals, no vitamins--only empty calories. Yet Sugar needs vitamin B, especially B1 or thiamine, to be metabolized. Since it has none of its own, i... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:30:49 EST What is wrong with me? (Warning -- venting) Ugh!! I cannot stand my eating choices, yet I keep making the same bad choices over and over. I need to stop eating so much candy. There I made my declaration. Now, that I ate all the candy that was in the house, I have a clean slate. <BR> <BR> It is almost embarrassing when my grandson brings me the empty box and says, "you ate all of it?" Yes, I ate all of it, just so I wouldn't have to share. So there! <BR> <BR> I feel better when I do not eat the junk, but I keep eating it just because... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 12:28:40 EST Rebooting----again! Reboot time! I had a very bad week: no exercise and ate too much candy. I need to refocus and get back to the basics: eat real food, not too much and move more. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do, but just seem to lack the motivation to do what I need to do. So, my first thing I am going to do is not buy any "treat" (candy, cookie, donuts) from the store. But if I want a so-called treat then I have to make it. Not exactly the best, but it is a solution for the impulse buying after "thinking... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 09:38:11 EST Happy Halloween! Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat! Let's not get tricked by the treats! <BR> <BR> I know that I might think that it tastes good, but I am really being tricked into thinking that. These past few years, I have stopped eating so many candy bars because they do not taste as good as I remember them tasting. I have become very selective in which "treats" I choose to eat. However, I am finding that the more real food I eat without the extra fat and salt, the more I realize that my favorite candy is n... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 14:27:22 EST Beck Diet Solution ... I think I am officially a dropout :-( <BR> <BR> Once I hit that plan your meals and day the night before I found I was not organized enough to do it or just did not make the time to do so. That is so out of character for me to plan ahead; I usually just wing it day by day. <BR> <BR> So, I will gradually attempt to get with it by at least planning what I want to accomplish and at least one meal and have that task completed by the time I finish my coffee. <BR> <BR> Should be easier to do ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:12:31 EST Herb Vegetable Broth Powder I love making soups, but to find a bouillon without MSG is a chore. I finally found something that I can make: <BR> <link><BR>table-broth-powder </link> <BR> <BR> I made a veggie soup yesterday and this has passed the test in this household. It is a keeper. <BR> I found an instant vegetable soup mix for the dried vegetables. <BR> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:48:19 EST 2 out of 3 10 minute runs... Yesterday, I did an interval run 10:2 x 3 and I wanted to get close to 1 mile during the 10 minute run segments. I did it 2 out of 3. The 3rd one, I ended up with the hill from hell and I did not make it up without walking. I got home and proclaimed, "If I just count the 2 10-minute runs, I can say I did a 20 minute 2 miler." Ha! Cheater, cheater, I had a 2 minute walk break in the middle. <BR> <BR> Feeling accomplished! Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:02:46 EST Sore Neck means swollen ankle? I did something to throw my neck out of whack and now I am having a swollen ankle!? This must mean I am walking funny to compensate for the hurting neck. Taking it a bit easy Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:02:41 EST Hot Diggity Dog! Oh My! My dog was limping badly and I took her to the vet. It is Soft tissue damage and they gave her an anti-inflammatory pill, so I went to the grocery store to buy some hot dogs to hide the pill in. $6.49 for a package of hotdogs! It has been a long time since I bought hot dogs. The majority were on sale for $3.99, but still. Hotdogs are the junk of the meat and I could not believe how much the hotdogs cost. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 22:14:03 EST Beck Diet Solution Day ???? I have no idea what day I ought to be on but I do know I am not going to get through these exercises by the 22nd. I am stuck on the to do list and plan your meals the night before. I just cannot get with it. The closest I have come is when I get up I think about what I am going to do for the first couple of hours. <BR> <BR> I am getting a small sense of accomplishment doing just that. So I will work on this exercise til I can do it consistently. I do need to get some type of organization. Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:00:54 EST Beck Diet Solution I seem to have fallen behind on the daily assignments. I am taking that as a cue that I need to take more time on some of the lessons. I have done the rate my hunger and skipping meals, but did the assignment in my head. So, I need to backtrack and get the results in writing. <BR> <BR> oops! company here, need to finish post later Sun, 27 Sep 2015 12:41:04 EST Beck Diet Solution Day Whatever I have had a major set-back ~ OMG! what junk I ate! Time to regroup and refocus Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:02:15 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 8-10 I admit that day 8 is a tough one for me, to take time to schedule dieting activities seems to be going overboard just a bit. Can you hear the sabotaging thoughts shouting in my head? It seems silly to me because I do not have a set schedule and do my activities around what every one else is doing and often things happen at the spur of the moment. But i will attempt to put the activities to paper. <BR> <BR> Day 9, exercise is not a problem for me because I have learned through experience tha... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 10:22:26 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 7 Arrange Your Environment <BR> <BR> I cannot believe 5 days have passed, I confess, I did not do the Beck exercises during this time. I have been overwhelmed with too many things to do before the cold weather settles in. Lots and Lots of yard work to get done before the leaves fall. One thing is to prepare the hillside for sledding this winter. I spent 7 days out there with a hand snipper because our weed whacker is out of commission and we cannot afford a new one. It was a great 7 days. Peac... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:16:46 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 6 Find a Diet Coach <BR> <BR> I am fighting feeling a sense of hopelessness on this one because it makes me realize how little support I have for the things I do in my daily routine. I wish I could enlist my hubby as my coach, but he expects me to diet for him, so I certainly cannot ask him to encourage and support me in my efforts. <BR> <BR> My daughters are too wrapped up in themselves for me to say, "Hey, I need help". One daughter is too sensitive and if I bring up anything concerning w... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:15:47 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 day 5 Eat Slowly and Mindfully <BR> <BR> I think I sort of failed on this today. I overslept in the morning so I was out of sync the rest of the day. I chose to eat my meals in front of my computer and so while I ate slowly, it was not mindfully. Although I did manage to focus on about 1/2 of each meal. <BR> <BR> I am not that far into the program and I am struggling to keep up with all the "homework". I am having a hard time figuring out if I should be reading the chapter in the morning or ev... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 21:25:15 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 day 4 Give Yourself Credit <BR> <BR> Okay! This is great! This is probably my fourth time reading this chapter and this is the first time I was able to comprehend exactly what the author is saying without thinking, "This is so stupid. It is something you would tell a third-grader to say and do." But, just a couple days ago, as my hubby and I were walking through the grocery store, I walked out and had him give me a high-five because I left the store without any impulse buying. I felt empowered and... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 09:52:43 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 day 3 Eat Sitting Down <BR> <BR> I recall doing this in the past and, if my memory serves me correctly, I actually ate less because I was fully aware of when I was eating. Too often in the past I would eat from a bag and eat the whole bag because I was not aware of what I was eating. So sitting down while eating implies putting your food on a plate. <BR> <BR> So whenever I wanted to eat some potato chips, I would put some on a plate and go and sit down. After the third or fourth time getting up... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 09:47:31 EST