YOUNMM23's SparkPeople Blog YOUNMM23's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Buffets make me sick This morning DH wanted to go to Golden Corral, and I decided, why not. I was a little short on calories yesterday, and knew i'd eat light the rest of the day, so as long as I didn't go crazy, I'd be fine. Man, I forgot how insanely GREASY that food is! I got home and spent 20 minutes in the bathroom (no gallbladder+greasy food=bad news). I would have much rather had the same food (bacon, eggs, etc) at home, where I can properly drain the fat, I can counter the fat with fresh fruit, etc. ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:50:16 EST Why do these dang sparkpoints mean so much to me? I'm just 994 points away from level 14. I've been pushing every day to maximize the number of points that I earn to make sure I level up soon (hopefully by the end of february). Why do these points mean so much to me? They are, pardon the pun, pointless. But they still drive me. Really shows the human psyche! Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:52:50 EST Exercise balls for fat people (plus bonus scale talk) I was adding air to my exercise ball and realized that I know something that other people may not. Did you know that most exercise balls have a weight load of 300 lbs or less? A lot of the cheap ones have a limit of 250! Well, I know that the only way I can do crunches is on an exercise ball, and I also know that I weigh more than 300 lbs. And I don't want to sit on a ball that is at risk of popping. Enter the Fitball. Weight capacity of 1250 lbs!! You can bounce away on this puppy wit... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 06:59:32 EST It looks like a farmer's market threw up in my fridge.. and I couldn't be prouder :) watermelon, kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, lemons limes... along with wheat bread, seitan, cottage cheese, hummus.. so many delicious things! Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:15:50 EST Dieting when sick I always struggle with dieting when sick. Especially things that affect taste buds like colds and migraines. With a cold I generally have enough energy to count calories but always end of feeling ilke I'm starving, likely because of the extra calories being burned by coughing. With a migraine, I am just happy to find something that lets me not throw up. <BR> <BR> I'm 24 hours into a migraine right now. Last night, I needed to eat something, but the only thing that didn't sound like puke w... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:03:21 EST Celebrating weight loss My husband is a man of few words. Even when I'm excited about something, or even HE's excited about something, his response is usually just "that's good" or "mmhmm". Love this man :). But I feel like I need a more enthusiastic response. So i've taken to doing a little dance in front of him every time I weigh myself and I've lost weight. I say "ILOSTWEIGHT" *booty pop* "ILOSTWEIGHT" *fist pump* "ILOSTWEIGHT" *shimmyshimmyshimmy*. Can't help but get a big grin on his face after that! <BR>... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:14:08 EST Being in a relationship while on a diet Man, this is so hard! Dieting while single was a snap compared to this. <BR> <BR> I enjoy eating dinner with my husband, but we have trouble finding things that we both like. I used to eat a lot of rice and pasta, but he doesn't eat either of those. The only things we always agreed on were fast food. Since that is mostly off the table, we struggle to find ways to eat together. <BR> <BR> Here's what we are doing to try and make dinners work: <BR> 1)we have one night a week that I've a... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:36:45 EST Don't throw in the towel! Today was a hectic day at work. I was proud of myself for packing healthy snacks, but I came home and said "to heck with it" and cooked up a frozen pizza. While it was cooking I was feeling guilty for not making the steamed chicken and rice that I had planned on, so I quick threw everything into the nutrition tracker. I"m still within my calories for the day! <BR> <BR> Moral of the story: never assume you've ruined your day. Make room for being human. And believe in yourself <em>306</... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:30:21 EST Pants are looser <em>9</em> woohoo! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:04:53 EST Did it! Met my nutrition goals today! It's a great feeling to be able to say that on a day that I ate pizza for dinner <em>4</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 19:38:44 EST Food addiction In my moments of frustration with weight loss, I like to think about how drug addicts have it easy. See, all they have to do is avoid drugs, and it's easy to know when you've succeeded. With food addiction, you can't just avoid food altogether. You still have to find a way to eat food in a healthy manner. What an amazingly hard thing it is to do. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:38:06 EST my love affair with pickles I've always had diet jealousy of the seemingly "easy" parts of other kinds of diets. when I hear that you can eat all the veggies you want on weight watchers, or worship meat with atkins, etc, I wanna go eat an entire cake. <BR> <BR> I've created my own sort of "go to" food. pickles. They are very very low in calories, I like the taste, and that vinegar bite makes me lose my appetite for other items. I don't even count them on my nutrition tracker. (go ahead. look. you wont find them ther... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 16:50:57 EST Dear Doctor... plus... THE dress!! I went to the allergist this week (hated the scale.. ive been in a holding pattern the last two weeks). He looked at my medications, and his first comment was "you are on a lot of medications". I then said "no, i'm not really... most of those are vitamins". I am on a lot of medications for asthma, which is hereditary and I've had since I was 2. I treat my fibromyalgia with just magnesium and potassium supplements... its not as good as I'd like, but, Lyrica stopped working for me and there... Sat, 7 May 2011 10:12:05 EST Operation "Fit into this ****ing wedding dress" begins Need I say more? <BR> <BR> Yeah. I will need to lose at least 40 lbs, ideally 60, for it to fit. <BR> <BR> Lets go!! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 14:45:38 EST WOOHOO WEDNESDAY! MY SCALE KNOWS HOW MUCH I WEIGH NOW! 5 LBS DOWN! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 11:15:34 EST How did I get here? Where was my "a ha" moment? I had several. But more importantly... how did I get to THIS point on the scale? <BR> <BR> It takes small steps. you know how they say that if you throw a frog in boiling water, it'll immediately jump out, but if you put a frog in lukewarm water and slowly turn up the heat, it will let itself die? Its sort of like that. <BR> <BR> It started with a couple of pounds. No big deal. Then I gained a few more. whatever. I'll cut back. Then I went engagement rin... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 21:59:43 EST to restrict, or not to restrict? the math vs. human factor I know whether to restrict the types of food you eat and not to restrict is a controversial topic in the weight loss world. There are tons of specialized diets... atkins diet, low fat diet, raw food diet, grapefruit diet, south beach diet... every day there is a new cannot-fail diet that comes out, along with the books, prepackaged foods, and tv "experts" and informercials to inform the masses about it. <BR> <BR> then there's me. I do not restrict. Do I make sure every day to eat least me... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 12:25:49 EST False start ugh, I was back on 7/1/10, then didnt keep up with it. but my weight creeped up again. I gotta fit in a wedding dress in a year! Okay, I'm going to be hardcore now. I cant keep skipping away from here. its not healthy. <BR> <BR> 1 more year.. give or take a week or two.. and I will be married, and I'm so frickin' excited! Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:21:17 EST The good, the bad, and the fat Well, the good. I'm engaged! :) Getting married next fall :) <BR> <BR> The bad. Its been a rough last 6 months. Miscarriage, anxiety, stress at work, family health crises, which leads me to <BR> <BR> The fat. thats me. I'm back up to 425! Im so embarrassed! <BR> <BR> So.... I'm BAAAAAAAAAAACK! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:16:45 EST Getting back into the SP rituals Wake up. stretch. Make oatmeal. plop myself in front of my computer and plan out my food for the day. These are important rituals I have to get back into. That and mentally calculating what all those random foods throughout the day equal (a chip from a coworker, boss passes around cookies, etc). Food is part of being social, and I don't want to be antisocial, but I would also like to lose weight :). Its a dance. <BR> <BR> I'm still in that shock after a breakup or something major where I... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:21:40 EST My apologies... I'm sorry to all of you for not being on here enough the past two months. I also have to apologize to myself. I've been stressed and have been stress eating like you wouldn't believe. I will stay on track half the days and eat ridiculously the other days, so I'm hovering around the same weight I have since april. <BR> <BR> I'm working slowly into getting back in the SP routine. I'm also learning to like how I look again, because when I get to that stage I lose weight easier. Very counte... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 18:03:49 EST Where's the road? I'm so off track I can't even find the road. I stopped counting, I stopped exercising, I've been ridiculous. Its one of those ruts where you know you are off track but you just can't muster up enough energy to stop yourself. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I start my self-shove. Cheer me on... this is a ditch I'm gonna need help to get out of. Sun, 7 Jun 2009 01:51:16 EST Day 7 FINAL DAY OF OATMEAL CHALLENGE: kiwi cottage oatmeal I was trying really hard to think of a great combo to use for my final day. Thank goodness MORNINGLORY3 stopped by my blog, and inspired me to try cottage cheese. Anyone who knows me knows of my undying love for cottage cheese (I've even blogged about it) but I never would have thought to add it to oatmeal. <BR> <BR> So I had one ingredient, but I needed one more. I wasn't sure if kiwi worked in oatmeal (I know it can be heated, as I've made kiwi sorbet before), so I did a quick google sea... Sun, 17 May 2009 13:41:02 EST Day 6: peanut butter and jelly I had trouble deciding what combo to do this morning, even though i have lots of things I can throw in oatmeal at my fingertips. I decided to go for the jelly, a blackberry jelly to be specific. And of course, then, I had to reach for the peanut butter. <BR> <BR> The jelly kind of melts in the oatmeal, and turns the oatmeal purple (awesome!). And yet again I used chunky peanut butter so you get some added texture but the creamy part sort of melts as well. Its like a liquid version of the... Fri, 15 May 2009 11:15:39 EST Day 5: Banana and walnut oatmeal My bananas were finally ripe this morning (still waiting on the kiwis... does anyone know if they work in oatmeal?), so I was able to make banana nut oatmeal. Classic combo, and I've have prepackaged banana nut oatmeal, but I don't think it has ever had even so much as dried bananas in it. THIS is amazing. I didn't cook the bananas with the oatmeal because I actually wanted some fresh chunks, although I've been told that you can cook them with the oatmeal and then whip them up. I actuall... Thu, 14 May 2009 09:58:44 EST Days 3 and 4: walnut/date/cinnamon and Peanut-butter-honey-deliciousness Not gonna lie, on saturday I forgot to eat oatmeal. But oh well. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I put walnuts and dates in the oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon and some honey to sweeten it. It was my spin on my all-time favorite oatmeal mix from Quaker, the raisin date and walnut flavor. Mine is better. <BR> <BR> And i'm currently eating the oatmeal equivalent of my favorite sandwich, the Pooh Bear Sandwich. My mother invented it when Iwas little. She would sneak wheat germ in with it too to give ... Mon, 11 May 2009 14:44:38 EST Day 2: Date and Applesauce Oatmeal Random combinatin? you bet. But when I opened the fridge this morning the first thing I saw was applesauce, and I really wanted to make something with dates in it, so there you go. Applesauce is a nice addition to oatmeal. It does add sweetness, but also an unexpected flavor surprise. When you get "apple cinnamon" oatmeal prepackaged, it tastes like baked apples (which i don't like) or apple cider, which is nice, but this is better. Plus I really shy away from juice, so I wouldn't add ju... Fri, 8 May 2009 09:25:11 EST 7 days 7 ways: oatmeal I know it is a sad sad world that we live in when the only way a lot of people know how to make things is from a mix. I can proudly say I can make pancakes and cake from scratch, and HATE those things from a box. However, the one packaged item I've always been a slave to is oatmeal. <BR> <BR> Its not that I didn't WANT to learn how to make it. It was just pure laziness that kept me from learning. Plus, I didn't realize that it takes the exact same length of time to make real oatmeal as f... Thu, 7 May 2009 11:47:55 EST Do it for your poo This is going to be a strange blog entry, but hopefully you would expect nothing less from me:) <BR> <BR> There are dozens of reasons to lose weight or eat healthier. It is good for your heart, you will live longer, you will save money on groceries, along with many many other completely valid points. But did you ever think about your poo? <BR> <BR> Ellie, you are thinking. What does my POO have to do with eating healthier? That is a very good question. I know you already know about the... Tue, 5 May 2009 10:17:20 EST When is it okay to give in to a craving? On the way home from work last night, I had terrible cramps and was craving potato chips terribly. Ruffles, to be exact. No other chip would do. And cookie dough ice cream. I don't know why, but sometimes that is my craving combo: to eat cookie dough ice cream and ruffles. Anyway, I actually uttered the phrase, "if we don't stop at the grocery store and buy cookie dough ice cream I very well might die." <BR> <BR> At this point, I didn't care whether or not I gained a pound. My craving ... Thu, 23 Apr 2009 09:29:04 EST Slipping a bit... need traction! I've been slipping a bit diet-wise. Life is incredibly hectic now with work and transportation and with me moving in 2 weeks. There's just a lot going on . I'm hoping that once I'm on my own and w/o a car that the lack of transportation options to get unhealthy food combined with the "if I don't buy it it won't be in the house" benefit of living on my own will help. Plus unpacking all those boxes has just GOTTA count as cardio. <BR> <BR> I was practically drooling yesterday at the things... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 19:39:05 EST Fruity! I've been keeping fruit on my desk at work. A bunch of bananas and a half dozen apples. Whenever I want chips, I eat up all the fruit I want. It has been working out pretty well! Except that fruit doesn't taste like chips.. thats the whole flaw in the plan. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:17:35 EST Back troubles I throw out my back every few years, ever since middle school when I had a paper route and ended up on muscle relaxants. I moved some boxes and I threw it out on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I just went to urgent care because I am in so much pain. They gave me vicodin and valium. I actually almost didn't take the vicodin, because I worry about taking too much medicine and I need to actually be able to function at work. But I took it because I figured I don't have to take it. <BR> <BR> I've never t... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 21:18:57 EST Back in the swing of things... I think. I'm back into that comfortable diet rhythm. I count before I bite, I don't freak out if I fall, and I listen to my body. I'm back in a veggie phase too, and I'm taking advantage of that. I actually love eating steamed sugar snap peas during my breaks at work, since they help keep my tummy from rumbling when I'm answering the phones, so I stocked up. <BR> <BR> Do you all love those frozen veggie steam bags? I mean, I have steam bags, but I'm talking about the bags of frozen veggies that ... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 15:38:04 EST i'm not a math wiz, but... Okay, so here's the count. I ate stuffed crust pizza for dinner yesterday (2 slices). I had a chimichanga and tons of tortilla chips for lunch. We had a pig-out at work on thursday, and ate the leftovers on friday. <BR> I didn't exercise all week because I was coughing and stuffed up all week so I couldn't breathe. I did count my calories the other days and was in my goals every day. <BR> With how much I ate, I should have broken even. <BR> <BR> I lost 2.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> Not to look a g... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 07:09:12 EST The plague? That's what I feel like I have. I just have no energy, no appetite, and I ache all over. My head won't stop pounding, and I'm wheezing (my asthma is very angry over this). <BR> <BR> I know I should eat more today, but I just can't. I tastes like cardboard, and it takes too much effort. Sun, 15 Mar 2009 19:54:29 EST Things I did well last week The good: <BR> -I was conscious of calories for my breakfasts and lunches, and watched my protein. <BR> -My sinus infection isn't better, but the antibiotic isn't making me sick as much, so I was not having to eat according to what I could keep down. <BR> -I drank a TON of water throughout the week. We are talking anywhere from 12-20 cups of water. This is very good. <BR> <BR> The bad: <BR> -I didn't plan out my dinners. The joke I told went something like this: "for breakfast, I made sur... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 08:38:14 EST I'm gonna be honest I didn't count calories at all last week. And it wasn't liberating at all. In fact, it made me feel imprisoned by my own lack of self-control. Mon, 2 Mar 2009 07:29:29 EST Need to cut back on the meat I didn't eat a lot of meat before i moved back home, and now i seem to eat it every day. i think it is partially why i feel so hungry all the time. not that i have any problem with eating meat, nope. Its that it is so calorie dense. <BR> <BR> Tonight i ate brown rice and a veggie stir fry of onions, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers and garlic. The veggies were barely any calories at all so I allowed myself to eat as much as I wanted. Even with a good cup worth of brown rice, I barely at... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 21:57:00 EST Things are better now Thanks for listening to my rant, guys! I chatted with my wellness nurse today (oh, the perks of my insurance...) and we both decided that I've lost my drive and I need to kick my butt and get back in gear. I bought myself some easy-to-grab healthy snacks that are salty from the store. I don't get no satisfaction (*hums*) from fruits and veggies as snacks. I throw those into my meals, yes, but if I wanna snack I want something crunchy and salty. <BR> <BR> I FINALLY got to work out today!... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:18:22 EST Big failure=me. This is an overdramatic blog entry title. But I'm feeling a bit overdramatic. <BR> <BR> I pissed at myself! Why can't i just stay in a calorie range?! Why can't I just get off my lazy butt and go for a walk? Why can't I just eat whatever I want and lose weight like some of the annoying people I know? <BR> <BR> Joined Virgin HealthMiles through work today (google it). Hope it will be a motivation to get off my fat ass. And I should have clearance to work out at the fitness center FINAL... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 01:37:44 EST This week I'm going to stay on track every day this week. That is my mini-goal. I will stay within my nutrition goals, and I start at the fitness center this week. <BR> <BR> What are your goals this week? Mon, 9 Feb 2009 07:11:01 EST My scale and I aren't speaking I had a fight with my scale. He said some mean things to me. Granted, he made some good points. I shouldn't have eaten out of the vending machine. I should have been counting calories more carefully. And I should have been putting my feet up more often to keep the swelling down. But he didn't need to scream that horrible number at me. So we aren't speaking right now. I might be willing to say sorry on Monday. But not before. I'm still too angry. And he better be ready to talk nicel... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 20:46:47 EST New job results I LOVE my new job. I won't say the company, but I will say this: it has got to be the most amazing company when it comes to wellness. There is a fitness center on site, i'm going to literally get paid to lose weight, they will give me bonus money to buy exercise equipment, etc. There is so much amazing stuff that I would love to share but my hands would get tired. Its nice to work for a company that wants its employees to be healthy. Tue, 27 Jan 2009 19:31:18 EST Trying on older clothes I've been feeling bummed about having my weight be UP on the scale, even though i've been working out hardcore and eating right. That is, until I tried on my small goal jeans. Size 28. They zip up! I don't even care that this picture make my legs look like they have rolls or that it isn't very flattering. Don't care. Wanted to share my happiness regardless! I won't go around wearing these jeans until they actually fit nicely, though... <BR> <img src=" Sun, 25 Jan 2009 13:29:46 EST Oh, sparkpoints, how I love thee Is it sad that some mornings my only motivation to work out is the knowledge that I'll earn more sparkpoints that day if I exercise? I don't even care if it IS sad... it's reality :). <BR> <BR> The weather report is "freezing fog"... what the heck is that? Fri, 23 Jan 2009 10:10:42 EST Yowza! I don't know what happened yesterday, but I went a little fitness crazy. I think I did 40 crunches. I usually do 10-15. My tummy is SO SORE! But it burns so good! :) <BR> <BR> I can't decide if i should do tae bo or yoga today. yoga isn't really legit cardio, but i am kind of tense. then again, kicking some major tae bo butt could be just what I need to get my energy up. Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:04:17 EST Cathe Friedrich She scares me. I wanna forcefeed her carbs and ban her from protein shakes. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 11:08:26 EST Exercise Head Games <link><BR>/ask_the_experts.asp?q=68 </link> <BR> <BR> I can read this all I want, but the fact is, my scale isn't moving, and it is frustrating. i'm doing cardio, circuit training, eating right, drinking water, everything I'm supposed to be doing. And yet... my weight isn't moving. This is totally psychological, of course, and I know that exercise is important. Its just....frustrating. <BR> <BR> I kind of wish that SP had a "status" message, like fa... Tue, 20 Jan 2009 09:38:48 EST Back on track (sick of typing that) I ate well yesterday and today. I've got my "diet brain" back, and my diet boxing gloves on. I am asking myself "am i eating this because i'm hungry?" before I put anything in my mouth. I'm planning out my food the day before, and sticking to my plan. <BR> <BR> FYI, my email filter is gunked up, so I haven't gotten any SP emails of any sort since Wed. So, if I missed a comment or email, I'll respond soon! Sun, 18 Jan 2009 21:43:58 EST