WINACHST's SparkPeople Blog WINACHST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community oh my oh my oh my I am so frustrated. My weight is up again. I am stuck in this zone and cannot seem to get out of it. ARRRRRRRGH! <BR> <BR> On the positive, I am getting my cravings under control. Last night at a Bible study, there were cookies and brownies and guess how much I had? Not one bite. I was not even tempted. All I could think of with the brownies was all the sugar and fat in them and the cookies just looked nasty. One step forward for me. <BR> <BR> I still eat too much, even of the good foods. ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:24:49 EST Veggie Tikka Masala Well, I just ate a meal of my version of a Tikka Masala. OMG! that was so amazing <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made mine with all veggies. The sauce is a variation of Vegan Richa's that i found in her cookbook. I did not follow the recipe and have no idea how it made this. So it will be an adventure next time I want to make it Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:46:18 EST E2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet Challenge Day 3 Well, I made it through the first two days and realized how many calories I am not eating by eliminating the junk food. Too be honest, I am amazed at how many calories I have eaten in the past from junk food (candy or chips) in one sitting. <BR> <BR> I am down a pound. But I am not going to get too excited about that. My weight goes up and down so much that I do not think much about an extra pound here and there unless I start seeing no down trend. <BR> <BR> The challenge is basically to e... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:30:02 EST Which Would you rather have, being overweight or kidney stones? Hubby's back is giving him some serious grief. Yesterday, he mentioned that he felt a bulge and it was pulsating, so being concerned that it may be involving a disc and a blood vessel, he asked me to take him to the doctor. Relief given, no way was it the concern he had. But, get this, the doctor asked him if he ever considered the Paleo diet. <BR> <BR> Hubby is overweight, seriously overweight, and we did try a Paleo diet in the past and the weight fell off of both of us. However, he devel... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:33:57 EST New Year, New Mindset Well, it has been a difficult past month, weight wise and smart eating choices. But I signed up for the Engine 2 7-Day Rescue challenge hoping to have motivation to get back on track. My daughter signed up for it and is anxious to start eating better. So, I need to be strong so that I can help her eat better. <BR> <BR> December was a rough month for me because hubby had a lot of doctor appointments and whenever we go to town he always wants to eat out. That meant more oversized meals that w... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:56:31 EST So Thankful for all those at Spark People Even though I do not respond a lot to those who take the time to respond to my blogs, I want you all to know that I really appreciate all the support and kind words that have been given these past days, weeks, months, and years. I really do appreciate you all and all those at Spark People too. <BR> <BR> Thank you all and I hope you all have had pleasant holiday and I wish you the best in this coming year. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:02:45 EST After the holiday... Well, this years dinner is over and boy, oh boy, did I not stay compliant with my eating this past month. First, during December, hubby had a lot of doctor appointments which meant we ate out more than usual (read here: I ate a lot of higher fat meals and way more than I needed to). Plus I often eat in the car so that meant candy or chips. Way more than i ought to have eaten. <BR> <BR> Then I made cookies under the guise of I was going to take to the family dinner. Ha! I only fooled myself.... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:38:12 EST I am a gadget junkie Yesterday, as I was doing my treadmill run, I came to the realization that I am a gadget junkie. I had 4 gadgets tracking my workout: treadmill, ipod touch, ipod nano, and fitbit. <BR> <BR> I later realized that I forgot to open the charity miles app on my phone. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My reason for this is not really as crazy as it seems. The other day, I noticed that my ipod touch was not recording my runs and it was working just fine the last time I used it. So, i set out to discover... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:56:58 EST Christmas Cookies...I knew I couldn't resist My mom requested someone make her the cookies that she has been making for everyone for the past 30+ years. I think my sister is making some, but i don't know if she is bringing them to our get together. Since I will be seeing her this week, I decided to make a batch of the sugar cookie and the molasses cookies for her. I have no self control; I must have eaten about 7 cookies already. So glad I did not frost them. <BR> <BR> They still do not taste like my mom's so I'll have to try again. A... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:58:58 EST I cannot seem to get with a program, any program! I have gained 5 pounds due to eating junk and I feel miserable and bloated. I talked to my hubby and he suggested we do Mary's Mini, which is to pick a starch and add fruits and vegetables to it for about 10 days <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nl/june/marys.htm </link> <BR> <BR> He suggested it because this fall he went to the potato farm and bought about 250 pounds of potatoes because "they were cheap". Due to the warmer fall, I told him NOT to buy so many bec... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:09:41 EST I did it! I finally did it! I ran a sub20 2-miler this morning. I have been working on making this goal for about 7 years now. WHOOHOO! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:07:45 EST My Mother-in-law has passed It has been a rough few days. My mother-in-law has passed on to glory. She had COPD and ended up in intensive care and then it was decided that she go into hospice care. The nursing home she was at had an awesome staff. She was kept comfortable and I was amazed at how many of the nurses and caregivers stopped by to say goodbye to her. <BR> <BR> It was hard to stay focused and eat right, I did all right about 70% of the time. The family is all taking it well. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:04:54 EST Overslept and missed the Turkey Run Now Gobble Later 5k So Bummed! My cat woke me up and I shooed her away not thinking to get up early to go for the 5k. I woke up with no time to get there before the race started. So, I loaded the route on my ifit treadmill and ran a virtual 5k. My time was 33:47, ha, but my scenery was sunny and green (summertime). It has been snowy and cloudy here. I then did a cool down walk in Etalai, Sri Lanka. That was a pretty flat course. I walked most of it because I was sort of tired after the 5k. <BR> <BR> Hubby and ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:52:27 EST Whoa!!! Man, I just realized that I have been eating a lot of junk AND I am stressed. Time for me to take a time out! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:50:01 EST BDS Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down | Day 5 - Eat Slowly I think I am going to park myself on days 3 and 5 for awhile. Eat sitting down and eat more slowly. I seem to be having difficulty with these things. Mindlessly putting things in my mouth and woofing them down at the same time. Both these unhelpful habits are keeping me from actually enjoying my food. <BR> <BR> And if I focus on Day 4 and give myself credit for when I do these two things, I think I may actually accomplish a bit of what I am setting out to do <BR> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:10:39 EST BDS - Day 4 Give yourself credit Well, <em>521</em> , The fact that I Have not given up considering how many times I have started, quit, and started again tells me that I am still plugging away at trying to get rid of my junk food habit. <BR> <BR> Good job! to me for not giving up completely and getting right back to it. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:51:31 EST BDS - Day 3 eat sitting down. Well, I managed to sit down when I ate today. However, a couple times I ate in the car. I need to learn to not do any other activity while I eat. If my memory serves me correctly, that will be a later exercise. <BR> <BR> My eating has been horrendous this past month. One of the grocery chains has vegetables on sale. I stocked up on veggies, have plenty of potatoes, grains and beans, and some fruit already. I am looking forward to getting back on track. <BR> <BR> I went to my daughter's plac... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:51:06 EST This sugar beast has got to go! I cannot believe how much junk I am eating these days. I cannot seem to pinpoint exactly what is going on inside my head. A while back I restarted the Beck Diet Solution and made it through Day 1. I blogged my advantages and have been rereading them whenever I log onto SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> The Beck Diet Solution has helped me in the past quieting the sugar monster that resides inside me and I have learned that I need to speak louder than the monster so I cannot hear its screams. <BR> <B... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:55:16 EST Critiqueing my cravings I find that I have a tendency to eat a lot of sugary snacks when I am tired and/or bored. I often hear myself justifying a bad choice by saying I need a sugar rush for energy and then am wanting the crash when it is over so I will be able to sleep. <BR> <BR> I also find that I crave salty, oily potato chips whenever I feel dehydrated. Somehow, I cannot follow the logic of eating salt when dehydrated. I "duh" moment here. <BR> <BR> I have discovered that whenever I need to sit around and wai... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:02:21 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 day 1 again! My Advantages for Healthy Eating <BR> 1. I only live once and I want the most out of my life <BR> 2. I do not want to suffer from chronic diseases which can be prevented by the foods I eat. <BR> 3. I like being able to move without having aches and pains <BR> 4. I enjoy physical activities like running races with my grandkids. <BR> 5. I want to eat to nourish my body <BR> 6. I want to get rid of excess body fat. <BR> 7. I want to feel good about how I look. <BR> 8. I like the idea of being i... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:01:26 EST BDS - Feeling Bleh! and needing a new mindset. Man, I have not blogged for a while. I am noticing a trend in that when I am not doing well in my eating and exercise, I do not blog much. <BR> <BR> I am up a few pounds since my last weigh-in and I am not going to do so until I am not feeling frumpy. On the positive my jeans are still fitting so I cannot be that far off track. <BR> <BR> I have started to run on the treadmill again and am amazed at how quickly time seems to get away from me on the treadmill. When i bought it I thought it'd... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:54:35 EST Slowly Getting Back on Track The other day when I checked the Beck Diet Solution Team board, the posting that caught my eye was the day 20 Get Back on Track. That was just what I needed and I am slowly getting back on track with my eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> I started to run a bit on the treadmill again. I have an ifit membership and am able to use Google maps and it will automatically adjust the incline depending on the route. I use the street view and pretend I am running on vacation. HA! <BR> <BR> So, the worko... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:52:20 EST Time to override the stress and take control It has been some very stressful times around here and my eating is reflecting how I handle stress. This morning I am up 3 pounds and feel bloated. It is hard to get rid of the stress because the one causes it is part of my life at the moment. I just need to learn to deal with it differently because as long as there are other people in my life, there will be stress. That is a given, no matter who they are. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:54:22 EST I cannot believe I actually did that i had some yard work to do so I put on my headphones, loaded my cd walkman with Chris Tomlin's Love Ran Red and went out and worked in the yard and I mean worked. <BR> <BR> There was a some cut wood from some trees that were just thrown in a pile, so I went out and stacked the logs. Some of those logs were h.e.a.v.y! Only took about 2 full plays of the cd. <BR> <BR> While I was doing that, my son-in-law dropped two more because they split down the middle from a previous storm and most like... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:20:41 EST Beck Diet Solution, dropout again! I cannot seem to get with this program; I keep dropping out.I am busy and the exercises seem to take too much time for some other things I ought to be doing. I am getting up earlier to try to get things done but still do not have enough time in the day for all that needs to be done. <BR> <BR> Hubby is no help at all. He has chronic pain issues and won't even try to help me. I even make meals and tell him that I want to work out in the yard for so many hours and this is what I want for dinne... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:33:11 EST Huh? All of a sudden and I do not know why, but I am craving (and drinking) soda pop. What gives? <BR> <BR> I am not a pop drinker and have not had pop for years and all of a sudden I have developed a craving for the stuff. <BR> <BR> Maybe it is because this past week I had been working out in the yard and we have had some warm days for this time of year. Maybe i got dehydrated and was needing something more than water. <BR> <BR> It just seems weird that I actually got in the car and drove to... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:41:13 EST I don't want to take a chance. I recently saw an article that the obesity epidemic has increased to 35% in four states. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The trend keeps getting worse. The article states that 4 states have shown a decrease. My state is one showing the decrease, but I seriously think that is because of the influx of refugees and not because of diet and exercise trends. But that is my opinion and my opinion only. <BR> <BR> Both my daughters and hubby are overweight.... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:39:36 EST Beck Diet Solution ~ I do not even know which day I should be on I just cannot seem to get into a routine that includes the tasks listed. On the positive, I am attempting to follow the principles that I have learned. Although, it seems to be in a haphazard way. All of a sudden, I remember something that I have learned, such as: eat slowly and mindfully. <BR> <BR> When I apply this technique, I notice that what ever I am eating (whole food plant based) tastes so good. For instance, after the 5k I ran on Saturday, I ate a banana and that banana tasted so d... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:20:05 EST Beck Diet Solution ~ Day 6 - 9 I need to move on, the diet coach coach threw me off balance for a bit, and I think I was using that as a crutch to not continue. I started and restarted so many times and I want to get moving forward. Many of the exercises in the book are what other diet plans suggest. BDS has the exercises to make it easier to implement all that needs to be done to be successful. I am not sure what I will do about the diet coach as of yet but I am not going to let it be a stumbling block for me. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:10:10 EST Snip, Snip, Snip I am spending 2 - 3 hours a day clearing off the septic drain field. It became overgrown when we rented the place to our daughter. When the septic was put in, hubby thought it'd be a good idea to just let nature take its course- on a wooded lot. It is a mess! Of course, hubby's idea became the company that put in the septic tank idea, so he insisted it not be mowed. <BR> <BR> 4 years later, talking to septic company's, no, grass only is best. UGH! I shouldn't have let it get so overgrown, b... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 09:19:56 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 5 ~ haven't moved on I have not been faithful in my daily tasks. For some reason, I just cannot seem to make a commitment to myself to get with it. Day 6, find a diet coach, may be the reason. It makes me so aware of how alone I am. I have no friends and cannot rely on my family (they just take from me and do not give). <BR> <BR> I have no friends, because my life revolves around me being at home. I recently started going to church in hopes I can form some sort of friendship. I do volunteer work once a month, bu... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:02:28 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 5 Eat Slowly and Mindfully. <BR> <BR> This skill seems to come and go for me. Sometimes, I feel like I am just shoveling in the food and not paying any attention to what is on the fork. Other times, I really pay attention to the food and am constantly amazed at how sweet fruits and vegetables really are. <BR> <BR> I definitely need to refine this skill so that I will be consistent in doing this at each and every meal. I often multitask when eating, this means that I need to focus on eating a... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:46:41 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 4 I spent a couple days on day 3 and have not mastered that, but I fear if I stay with it until I master it, I will once again not finish this course. <BR> <BR> Today is "Give Yourself Credit", I used to think this was such a stupid exercise, after all, I am not in the third grade where I need to have a pat on the back for every time I do something I really ought to be doing. But now as I read this for the fifth or sixth time, the idea of focusing on the positive, the things I am doing right ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:38:34 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 Day 3 Eat Sitting Down <BR> <BR> That is one that is going to take some effort for me. I have become aware of all the places I nibble from doing this one in the past. <BR> <BR> There is an episode of Fat Families where a person was told to make the car a no-eat zone. That is something I ought to do because eating in the car is a huge trigger for overeating chips and candy. <BR> <BR> I have found that when I eat sitting down, I am also more aware of what I am actually eating, (what it tastes lik... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:40:33 EST Responding to my Day 2 BDS Blog Wouldn't you know it? As soon as I say I am going to start saying "no" to other people's requests to do things for them, my daughter calls with a request. It involved an activity for my grandson. I gave in and said I'd do it. <BR> <BR> It's like she read my mind and called to irritate me. <em>211</em> I know that is not the case. It was circumstances beyond her control that happened. It was just the timing of the request. <BR> <BR> Oh, the request was to see that my grandson got a ride... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:24:31 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1, Day 2 Pick Two Reasonable Diets <BR> <BR> This day is the one that I think has been my downfall because lately, I just cannot seem to get with a plan, any plan. <BR> <BR> I really want to focus on eating a whole food plant based diet and eliminate a lot of the junk food that I have been eating. <BR> <BR> Plan A ~ whole food plant based diet (The Starch Solution) <BR> Plan B ~ Intermittent Fasting (eating within an 8 hour window) <BR> <BR> I am picking the Starch Solution because that is the ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:46:38 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 1, AGAIN Adding a new advantage for getting a grip on what I put in my mouth <BR> <BR> I want to give healthy eating a higher priority than satisfying a momentary desire because of the addictive (and destructive) attributes of eating junk food. <BR> <BR> I totally binged on chips last night and woke up in the middle of the night craving more. I satisfied my craving by drinking the smoothie my hubby left in the fridge for me. This morning I woke up bloated and feeling frustrated over my lack of cont... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:28:32 EST I don't want to share I am trying to figure out why I keep giving in to eating junk food. I think that somewhere deep inside my brain is the thought that if I do not eat it then someone else might. Heaven forbid if I should share! <BR> <BR> This realization came to me when my hubby pulled out a chocolate covered coconut bite in front of our grandson and would not share. When gs asked why he couldn't have any, gpa ignored him. Seriously?! You pull out a snack and eat it in front of him and not give him any?! <BR> ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:27:03 EST Body Fat % I pulled out my Engine 2 Diet Book and was flipping through the pages. When I came to a part where it said the body fat % for a woman should be 25%, I realized that I have some serious tweaking to do with my diet. <BR> <BR> I am currently at my goal weight, am fairly active, but my fat % hovers between 30-32%. It is obvious that I carry excess fat in my hips and thighs, so I know I have some extra stores to lose. <BR> <BR> But then, I recall one article I read (but not the author) who said... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:14:05 EST one more notch Yesterday, I put on a pair of jeans that I purchased about 7 pounds ago and need to wear a belt to hold them up I had to move it in a notch Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:36:11 EST Can't or Won't? I have my Beck Diet Solution book open to a page (p. 201) that has a response card that says, " It's not that I can't control myself, it's that I don't want to control myself at this moment...." Boy, does that describe me in a lot of situations. <BR> <BR> That perspective also changes the amount of control I have over my eating choices. Many times when I make the choice to eat something that is not wise, it is not that I cannot control myself but after that dialogue that goes on in my head, ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 10:21:57 EST Went to the county fair... and I bought and ate a funnel cake. I had them hold back on most of the sugar. Does that make it better for me? lol I will admit that I enjoyed it, but am thinking I can do without another one. <BR> <BR> In the past, i always stopped and bought a milk shake, but not this time. It did not even appeal to me. Ice cream is one thing I crave when it is hot outside and it was hot and humid. I am glad I passed on that and only ate one bad thing for me. <BR> <BR> I go to the fairs to look at the ex... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:51:57 EST Going to be working on clearing out clutter. I am attempting to clear out clutter in my house. In the past, when a quick cleanup was needed, things got thrown in a box and stuffed somewhere out of sight. Well, I am now clearing out those out-of-sight hiding spots. My, oh, my! anybody say packrat?! i cannot believe how much "stuff" has accumulated. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, when I attempt to clear out clutter, I have to struggle with my inner hoarder in me. However, I am telling every one that as I go through the clutter, I am having no mer... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:31:47 EST Why Do I Even Eat That? I have been struggling with eliminating junk food--he so-called "food-products" that are manufactured in the lab. It is a struggle because junk food is everywhere I go. Once I went to an auto parts store and the first aisle was a candy and chip aisle. I guess the manager wanted to make sure that he was stocking all the necessary parts for all makes of cars and trucks. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Little by little, I am coming to the realization that those little packages of sugar, fat and salt... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:49:03 EST Want to Change, then be as you are Ok. I just found a file on my computer that I copied from Hey Sigmund and the jest of the article was when wanting to change not to fret too much over all those goals you want to accomplish but to live in the moment. <BR> <BR> All right, i am paraphrasing big time. But, what i got out of the article was that if I want to cut back on sugary snacks but find myself failing time and time again, then instead of becoming over critical with myself and my behavior to just accept myself where I am at... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:06:04 EST Am I moving forward? It is my birthday next week and I reached the phase one of my goal that I set for myself this year, just barely made it but I succeeded. However, this year has been a struggle for me to get with a routine or a plan. <BR> <BR> I thnik I started and restarted many times. Even though I slipped and fell, went back a few steps, I am still attempting to get with eating healthy. I have not given up. That all by itself is enought to tell me that yes, I am moving forward. <BR> <BR> I have a certif... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:32:10 EST Totally blew it Yesterday! I gave in to a craving and my granddaughter and I emptied a carton of Oreo thins while at the laundry mat. We both sat there reading a magazine, reached in, chomp, chomp, reached in for another. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Til i reached in and there was nothing left. <BR> <BR> I am such a bad example. Next time, if I have the munchies, I am stopping at the grocery store and buying a bag of lettuce to munch on. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>17oUiQ </link> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:53:36 EST Phase One Goal reached I have been struggling this year to get back down to my goal weight. I reached phase one this morning when I stepped on the scale. This is my weight that I was in early adult years. Now, I need to focus on getting rid of the excess body fat that I am carrying around. <BR> <BR> I have three pairs of jeans that I bought years ago when I hit my lowest weight ever that I could remember for my adult life. When I bought them I remember saying that I did not want to have to go up in size again. <... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:20:23 EST Race Result and some Ramblings July 9,2016 Red Ore 5k was my best time for the season so far. 31:57 It felt good to come in under 32 minutes, that was the chip time, gun time was 32:12 I'll take the chip time. :-) At my last race, I said that I was going to work on coming in under 32 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am now beginning to train for another 5k in August, I'll focus on 31:30 for the time to beat. I am doing a lot of my training on the treadmill because I live in a rural area surrounded by farm fields and the poison plan... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:46:32 EST 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