SparkPeople All That Glitters Team Messageboard SparkPeople who also members of the Glitter DIY forum SparkPeople All That Glitters Team Messageboard hey Glitter grrlz + theboy! Any interest in re-activating this team? Mon, 11 May 2015 09:06:38 EST FitBit Activity Group Hi! Do many of you have a FitBit? Would you be interested in having a G* Activity Group? Mostly for seeing each other's number of steps. Might be motivating. <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 12:10:42 EST October - collective fitness minutes Hello! How about for October we tally up our collective Fitness Minutes? <BR> <BR> Say I did 30 mins cycling, when you check in to report 30 mins yoga, add it to the previous total. The team would have 60 mins total so far....the next person to check in says what exercise s/he did and how many minutes and add it to the previous total...and so on until the end of October. <BR> <BR> For walking I'll only count the minutes I go our for a brisk walk, not general walking. The brisk walk is usua... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:25:44 EST Book: Intuitive Eating? Has anyone read this? What are your thought if you have? I recently heard about it and decided to check it out from the library. One chapter in so far. <BR> <BR> The book (thus far) seems to be about focusing on why/how you are eating and on learning to "honor your hunger" and eat more mindfully. <BR> <BR> I am really intrigued by this because honestly, I sometimes think I definitely get too hung up on the healthiness or caloric content of food. I have gotten a lot better about it in re... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:35:09 EST recipes! What healthy stuff are you cooking up lately? Share the recipe here! <BR> <BR> I've been getting much more into salads lately. One I'm really enjoying for lunch is a kale salad with sesame dressing. I had it today and it's definitely a dish that gets me excited about vegetables! Recipe below: <BR> <BR> The dressing is a 1:1:2 ratio of sesame oil, tamari or soy sauce, and rice vinegar. I usually make 1/2 c. at a time, which is juuuuuust enough for 4 salads. <BR> <BR> For the actual sal... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:31:08 EST Septembe /October challenge: no mindless snacking! This is totally my big problem. Anyone else? <BR> <BR> I've figured that I am mainly prone to procrastination snacking at work. On the weekends I tend to stay pretty busy and it's not such a problem. I'm pretty sure if I cut the boredom snacking at work, this summer weight gain would sort itself out in no time. So, for September and October, my goal is to stop the mindless snacking. <BR> <BR> I do generally need a small snack mid or late afternoon to make it from lunch until dinner. ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:10:46 EST G* exercise music swap Hey! Some G* pals want to swap exercise music! Join the swap on the FB page! Or list some favourite high energy songs here! <BR> <em>339</em> <em>363</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:32:40 EST #SparkTheSeason #SparkTheSeason <BR> <BR> Check out this Spark Challenge for the month of December: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=want_to_stay_on_track_in_december_h<BR>eres_how </link> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:14:02 EST Streak Into Spring Hello G* Spark Team members! <BR> <BR> Spark People is having a Streak Into Spring challenge. Want to join? The challenge is to exercise at least 10 minutes a day from today, March 1, to March 20th, which is the first day of spring. <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> #StreakIntoSpring <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l_better_and_get_fitter_by_spring </link> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 17:27:09 EST check-in Hello! How are things going? I'm still hurting from a tough aerobics class I did on Tuesday night, ouch! <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! <BR> <em>129</em> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:37:25 EST 2013 Challenge! Happy New Year! Seeing as we're such a small group, it's hard to do monthly challenges. <BR> <BR> Maybe we can each name a challenge we have for ourselves and check in here to let everyone else know how we're doing? <BR> <BR> I'm on vacation and have a cold so I'm out of my home and healthy routine, but I'd been exercising a lot in November and December and I look forward to getting back into the swing, hopefully early next week. <BR> <BR> I love the optimism of the New Year! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:14:13 EST Hi I am Michaela,please call me Kayla! <em>334</em> <em>334</em> hi i am new to this group!!looking 4 buddies! Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:53:02 EST ongoing challenge Hi! I guess we're not a big enough group for monthly challenges. Let's use this thread to check in on our own goals. <BR> <BR> I signed up for a 5K race September 23 so I'm back to running. I didn't run much in June and July because of the heat. <BR> <BR> I'm planning to run 4 times a week until mid-September. Some say it's important to always have a rest day between runs but I'm going to maneouvre my runs around a bit like early morning one day and later evening the next day so I can som... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:26:04 EST Running Club Hey! A few of us are runners. I just finished week 6 of the Couch to 5K program today! Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:21:10 EST June challenge! fruit & veg Let's up the amount of fruit and veg we eat this month! The famers' markets where I live are starting to have nice local produce. The strawberries are ready! <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:17:27 EST May challenge! Hi! Seeing as we have such a small group, let's make it another DIY challenge. I'm trying to exercise every day, I've only missed one day this month (I had a dreadful headache for 35 hours). <BR> <BR> I've been riding my bike to work most days, jogging 3 times a week and going to yoga at least once a week. Thu, 10 May 2012 21:03:07 EST April challenge - DIY fitness goal Hi! It's April 1 and time for a new challenge. We're all pretty different so let's make our own goals and check in her for support, encouragement or commisseration! <BR> <BR> I went running today. I just finished week one of Couch to 5K. It was raining lightly but I went anyway because I really felt like working up a sweat. I have a new hot pink dri-fit shirt with long sleeves and I love wearing it! Hopefully soon I won't have quite so much belly fat bulging out of it. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 18:22:51 EST March challenge - target a zone Hey! March is coming up and we need another challenge. I'm going to try and keep up with 20 minutes a day of any exercise, like the February challenge. I missed only one day so far! <BR> <BR> For March, Sudley suggested: <BR> <BR> I was thinking March we could each pick our own target area and work towards a measurable goal. I want to target my arms, and by the end of March I want to be able to do the workout I just did (struggling with 5 pound weights) with 10 pound weights. <BR> <BR> An... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:24:42 EST February Challenge - 20 min a day STREAK! Hello! Let's try to do at least 20 minutes a day of some kind of exercise, every day in February! I'll be doing yoga, Nia, belly dancing and power walking! Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:43:35 EST 2012! Happy New Year Spark Glitter Babes! <BR> <BR> Any New Year's Resolutions? <BR> <BR> Anyone up for a group challenge? Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:23:31 EST autumn! Hey there Glitter Spark babes! Did you have a nice summer? How are you doing with your Spark goals? <BR> <BR> I've just started the Couch to 5K running program. It's pretty fun so far, I haven't been doing any serious cardio in awhile so it's a challenge, and it complements yoga well I think. <BR> <BR> What are you up to? <BR> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:58:00 EST summer Hello! Having a nice summer? Sparking much? I'm mostly following the guidelines but not tracking everything. I'm in Sweden now and not exercising much, other than walking around a lot, but I'm feeling pretty good! Back to frequent yoga when I get back to Toronto. Thu, 7 Jul 2011 15:13:14 EST June 19-25 - Spark video challenge Hi! Let's try to do one 10-minute Spark video every day this week! <BR> <BR> I've just done this one, it's pretty much just stepping around so it's easy and doesn't require equipment, but I sure di break a sweat! And it's only 10 minutes! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1038 </link> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:48:00 EST summer challenge: fruit and veg Hi! Summer's here and the farmers' markets are selling nice local fruit and veg. Let's try to eat 5-7 servings a day! <BR> <BR> I've been popping raspberries, blueberries and strawberries in cereal, and eating them plain. I've also been craving vegetable soup, which is a good way to get a few servings of veg in, and it feels good in my tummy even on hot days. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:05:37 EST upper body challenge - June 5-11 Hey team! Let's do exercises from the Upper Body section every day this week! A lot of them require dumbbells or a balance ball but there are some without equipment, take a look: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=upper </link> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 12:23:08 EST abs challenge - May 29 - June 4 Hi! Every day this week, I'm going to do 3 sets of abs exercises from the Spark suggestions. You too? I want to wear skirts with a shirt tucked in this summer and it looks nicer on a flat belly! Sun, 29 May 2011 19:26:43 EST Spring challenge! pick your own! I'm going to get my bike tuned and challenge myself to ride to work at least once a week to start. It's about a 45 min ride each way. <BR> Mon, 9 May 2011 11:14:12 EST challenge ideas Hey! Anyone want to do a challenge? How about a week-long challenge to get going? Like a week of adding a healthy habit. Do you have pedometers? One of my other teams does a steps challenge to see how many steps we can do every day, I liked that one. You can estimate distance travelled if you swimg or bike and add that into it. <BR> <BR> Or a food challenge? Like eating more fresh stuff or giving up a problem food for a week? Or drinking a power smoothie every day for a week? Sun, 8 May 2011 19:25:21 EST April - do one thing every day to meet your goals Hiya! Welcome to a fresh new month! For April's challenge, let's try to do something every day that helps you get to your goals. <BR> <BR> I'm going to get back to drinking water and do some exercise every day. I've gone to yoga 2 days in a row and I got some exercise DVDs at the library. <BR> Sat, 2 Apr 2011 16:04:00 EST what's up, peeps? hi! i'm ready to lose some of this baby weight, but i'm spooked by being back on sparkpeople. i lost about 15 pounds the last time i was here, which was good, but the whole experience triggered/coincided with the height of my OCD. now i'm on meds and in therapy for the crazy, and i haven't tried or thought in earnest about losing weight, and livy's now 20 months old. so, i'm scared, but it's time to get healthy and in shape again. plus, shoot, i miss being hot! i was smokin', if crazy, ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 23:05:04 EST vision boards Are you getting in on the vision board during Aries new moon? It's a pretty popular annual thread on G*. I've done it a few times but not necessarily during the Aries new moon. I think it works so this year I'm going to try and do it exactly the way L.M. talks about it and maybe it'll be even more powerful. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:39:26 EST Jzane jumping on the bandwagon. I only have a few burger and alcohol pounds I want to drop, but I want some motivation to get off my butt and exercise. Because I currently only do... nothing. Mon, 7 Mar 2011 02:50:05 EST March is National Craft Month Hey GlitterSparks! It's National Craft Month... in which nation? all nations? I'm taking a sewing class starting March 14. I know how to sew but I need to refresh my techniques and it'll be nice to have sewing homework and a pro to guide me. How about you? Doing anything special for Craft Month? Fri, 4 Mar 2011 08:44:32 EST March - Spark a little something every day! Hiya! I thought a good first challenge would be to try and do at least one thing on SparkPeople every day. It could be posting on the team message board, tracking one food or exercise, reading one article... <BR> <BR> Starting today, March 4! <BR> <BR> 4 - yes <BR> 5 - yes <BR> 6 - yes <BR> 7 - yes <BR> 8 - <BR> 9 - <BR> 10- <BR> 11- <BR> 12- <BR> 13- <BR> 14 - <BR> 15- <BR> 16- <BR> 17- <BR> 18- <BR> 19- <BR> 20- <BR> 21- <BR> 22- <BR> 23- <BR> 24- <BR> 25- <BR> 26- <BR> 27- <BR> 28- <BR>... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 08:41:21 EST Food Craft Have you tried a new recipe from Food Craft lately? Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:33:02 EST BlueJedi here So, I restarted on here for the fourth? time? I have really bad problems motivating myself, so it's nice to have this group because maybe it'll help me be accountable? <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose about 40 lbs, ideally by summer, but I'm not sure how feasible that is. <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:25:36 EST refresh! Hey Glitter Team! I just became co-leader today and I know we can get the team active again. This is an optimistic time of year! Let's have some fun while getting fit and keeping healthy. I just love SP, there is so much information and support here. <BR> <BR> I've added a few Team Goals and one easy Challenge for now. Let's see how it goes and we can always alter goals and challenges! Suggestions welcome! <BR> <BR> /applesauce Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:22:45 EST i became inactive as the team leader This is Kattwalk. I just now signed back in after oh, FOREVER, and I am an "inactive" team leader. if anyone wants to take the reigns, go for it!! <BR> <BR> I'm planning to come back after I finish physical therapy and get the clear to exercise again. I've got about 20 lingering post-baby pounds I'd like to get rid of. At least 10 of it, anyway. Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:26:34 EST I'm going to commit this time Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> I know that this group is kinda slow, maybe I should just post on *G. <BR> <BR> It's Liat, and this time I'm going to lose the weight that I gained from having a baby. I lost the weight in between baby one and two but not between two and three so I have a ways to go. But I'm going to do it. I want to fit into my pre baby clothing again. I have cute stuff! Tue, 1 Feb 2011 18:05:08 EST 2011! Hey Glitteratti! Want to start some team challenges for the new year? Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:19:39 EST Hey guys! No ones posted recently in here... but I hunted you down (yeah yeah it wasnt hard haha) <BR> How is everyone?! Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:09:09 EST Its me, SG7... ...and really confused by this website. <BR> augh! Sun, 1 Aug 2010 13:27:08 EST What do you do.... When you are kind of hungry, but don't want to actually MAKE any food. This is my biggest problem (and probably why I need more calories). I'm a constant grazer. Handful of popcorn here, some soybeans there, shrimp, leftovers (but just a bite or two), I'm a mess. I don't really sit DOWN and eat (bad bad habit) because I get full fast and there are other things I could be doing. Like being on the computer or reading or knitting. Any suggestions? Mon, 24 Aug 2009 21:57:44 EST Re-introduction - Goals & Intentions Hi, friends! <BR> <BR> My name is cmightym, and I had a baby. I gained 50+ pounds during the pregnancy, most of it being baby stuff and fluid retention (the miracle of life - it is nasty). Now I'm left with 22 - 23 pounds of unwanted mamafat that I'm eager to lose. <BR> <BR> But more than losing the weight, I really want my strength back. I was in good shape when I got pregnant, but bedrest at first plus swollen feet and legs later plus c-section recovery most recently = one out-of-sha... Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:23:48 EST Guess Who? I really need to find different user names... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:54:55 EST Sweatergirl here! Hey Glitterpeeps! I'm super excited about getting started on sparkpeople. I've got 12 lbs to drop but most importantly, I need to start eating better & getting consistent exercise. The meal plan looks great, definitely doable for me. Sat, 23 May 2009 12:15:18 EST It's browneyedgirl! I never did Sparkpeople, I was always a FitDay girl, but with no luck. <BR> <BR> I'm back on the wagon. :) <BR> <BR> -joscelyn Tue, 7 Apr 2009 09:58:52 EST It's cloverilla! Sixleaf is my old name on the forums, so hopefully it's not confusing! <BR> <BR> I joined spark people a long time ago but I'm finally giving it a go! Mon, 2 Mar 2009 23:56:03 EST Greenbean returning for the 3rd time! Yep... I hope I can make it stick this time! I'll probably post my updates in the *G weight loss thread instead of here though. Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:29:23 EST List here! Ok back after babies and giving it another go. My first goal is to lose 10 lbs by the end of March. Hopefully that is realistic. <BR> <BR> Ok I posted from my Iphone and didn't realize I hit a S instead of a A. <BR> <BR> It's Liat Mon, 12 Jan 2009 18:24:53 EST seaAsea here! also known as crafty (ass) chick... whichever name you prefer! ;-) Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:29:22 EST yer ol' pal oohlala, checking in Here I am! I really, really don't care for the format of this discussion board, not to mention how slow it's working for me, so I don't know how often I'll be checking in here. But that's what g* is for though, right? Mon, 12 Jan 2009 12:19:27 EST trying again! this is cloche, just didn't want to have my g* name out there on other sites. i'm logging back in after gaining weight all year and being at my biggest ever now! Sun, 4 Jan 2009 09:38:33 EST Pearliepie here! I want to lose 40 pounds by my 30th birthday. Thu, 27 Nov 2008 11:47:01 EST Goals for November Hey all, <BR> I was going to post this over on G*, but then thought this would be a better place... <BR> <BR> A few years ago when I got thin before 30, I found it really good to write out my goals at the start of each month, and how I planned to achieve them. The months I did it, I did so much better. I'm trying to get back on track (I did ok in October) so I thought I'd do it again. <BR> <BR> So, let me start: <BR> <BR> By the end of November, I will weigh no more than 62 kg. <BR> I w... Sun, 2 Nov 2008 21:04:17 EST hey it's kattwalk (again) I signed up again for spark people and deleted my old account. I have a new goal and I'll be writing about it along the way. 30 by 30 (thirty pounds by my thirtieth birthday). It's a big goal, but I have a little over a year to do it. <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Oct 2008 13:43:17 EST 50 miles to fall Anyone up for another 50 miles to fall? <BR> <BR> The first official day is September 22, I believe. <BR> That gives us some time. <BR> <BR> We could be ambitious and set a goal of 100 miles to fall. <BR> <BR> That's an average of 1.6 miles a day? <BR> Unrealistic? <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jul 2008 15:21:14 EST hey, it's lol stein! *waves* Tue, 3 Jun 2008 13:24:48 EST Things I love/Subs titutions I was talking to my sister the other day, and she had a good idea. She makes a list of things she loves (ex. Hot Fudge Sundae) and then next to them she brainstorms ways she can make them healthier, fewer calories, etc (ex. for Hot Fudge Sundae, maybe a cup of nonfat frozen yogurt with a tablespoon of fudge on it). <BR> <BR> I thought that was a good idea. I like the concept of actually pinning down things you really love, too. I think if I had a list of things I really enjoyed eating, maybe... Mon, 12 May 2008 12:40:03 EST rededication hi peeps! i'm back again. again, again, again, again. after a foot injury that kept me from running and an ovarian cyst that kept me on vicodin, to say nothing of the chicken strip obsession of '08, i'm ready to rededicate and get back to my goal weight before my 30th on 5/15. so here goes... <BR> <BR> anyone else want to recommit out loud? can i get an amen? Thu, 10 Apr 2008 15:52:18 EST purpledoor drags her ass back to sparkpeople Hey all- I finally logged back into the account I created approximately forever ago. I've been doing some working out/dietary clean up on my own and it's going well, but I could definitely use a little extra motivation from glitter and sparkpeople. Mon, 17 Mar 2008 12:29:35 EST racheli here! Hi all, it's racheli (sadly, that name was taken) from Glitter. I've decided to join SparkPeople after a hedonistic weekend in Vegas after which I vowed that I would really, truly, for real this time kick my butt to start eating healthier and exercising more. I've set a goal and I hope I can keep this up more than a week :) Tue, 11 Mar 2008 14:27:01 EST your hot tips What helps you stay on track with your weight loss? <BR> <BR> 1. Fitday. I think fitday's food log is easier to navigate than sparkpeople's. I've made it a point to write down everything I eat, and I mean everything. Even the 700 calorie personal pizza I ate for dinner tonight that almost doubled my caloric intake for the day. <BR> <BR> 2. Marking the calendar with icons when I work out. Visually seeing my progress reminds me of how far I've come and why I need to keep going. <BR> <BR> 3. ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 00:43:36 EST tears for fears Hey Glitters, it's Milo! <BR> <BR> I seem to write a lot of weight related posts on La Vida, and I figured this is probably a better place for those type of posts. <BR> <BR> Here is my background in a nutshell: Was same weight as my peers as a child, hit puberty early, and have been 20-40lbs overweight since. I'm 5'3" and weighed 157 when I decided to join sparkpeople and log my info on fitday. My goal is to weigh 125. <BR> <BR> I'm now 144. According to fitday, I average 1300 calories a d... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 03:44:16 EST This week's dinner menu O.K. peeps, this is going to keep me on track. Chime in with your own plans, and maybe we can steal good ideas from one another! <BR> <BR> Sunday - veggie chili over smashed potatoes, salad <BR> <BR> Monday - tuscan white beans and sauteed kale over brown rice <BR> <BR> Tuesday - pasta bolognese (with ground turkey) and steamed broccoli <BR> <BR> Wednesday - left overs <BR> <BR> Thursday - chicken tortilla soup & 1/2 quesadilla, salad <BR> <BR> Friday - left overs or eggs, toast, and b... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 14:11:48 EST What are you going to do to be healthy today? here's my gameplan for today: <BR> <BR> 1. 30 minutes on the rowing machine <BR> 2. 5 strength exercises <BR> 3. keep to my calorie range Sun, 17 Feb 2008 10:46:22 EST Eating with the Boys So I've noticed that anytime I'm having a meal with either my boyfriend, my male roommate, or any of my male friends, I end up at least 400 calories more for the day than I do otherwise. Part of that is that we are more likely to be eating pizza or something not at all healthy, but even when I've made a veg-tastic stir fry for my boy and I, I end up *way* over calories. I don't want to be the prissy girl who only eats half a slice of pizza and tops off the meal with a naked salad, but I als... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 21:04:42 EST fun strength training website this lady could easily be a glitterati! She uses a lot of wit and humor ni her descriptions and it has a lot of information. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jan 2008 11:33:07 EST our workout plans I am curious as to the other glitterati's workout plans <BR> <BR> Here's mine, since i go to a gym the strength exercises are done on machines or with free weights. <BR> 4 days a week, 2 days of each of these plans, 2 sets of 15-20 reps. Cardio each day for 30-45 minutes. <BR> <BR> Days 1 and 3: Leg Press, Leg extension, Leg curl, adduction/abduction (2 sets each way), Calf Raises, Shoulder press, rear delt fly, abdominal crunches, rotary torso. <BR> <BR> Day 2 and 4: Lat pulldown, low bac... Wed, 2 Jan 2008 14:14:52 EST Motivation what is your motivation? <BR> <BR> Is it a certain outfit you want to wear? <BR> <BR> Is it the challenge you give yourself? <BR> <BR> How do you talk yourself into actually doing something about it rather than just thinking about it? <BR> <BR> Share some motivation here. Mon, 31 Dec 2007 09:26:33 EST morning ladies thanks to whoever mentioned this community @ the "Grown Up" boards. I love Glitter!! I'm an Aussie who wants to lose just a little bit of my post-smoking pounds. Thu, 6 Dec 2007 05:43:54 EST hello hello found the losing weight thread on glitter and decided to join. I would like to lose around 40 pounds total. I had a baby in February and I've been struggling to get the weight off. It's pretty cool to have a glitter group here. :) <BR> -aether from glitter Wed, 7 Nov 2007 09:22:21 EST Happy Birthday Guttergirl!! I hope you find some room in your plan for birthday cake!! Sun, 21 Oct 2007 20:32:49 EST Question only the Glitterati can answer! Some of the bikes at my gym are set up so you can easily read while using them. Has anyone tried crafting while on these kinds of exercise bikes? Like knitting or crochet? Mon, 8 Oct 2007 09:01:12 EST suzieqbg here! Hi Glitterati, I just saw the Losing Weight and Feeling Great thread. Looking forward to this! <BR> suzieqbg Sun, 7 Oct 2007 23:00:30 EST hi. Just wanted to poke my head in and say hi to the new peeps. :-) Fri, 5 Oct 2007 09:40:00 EST I can't.....But I can! I can't eat healthy food all the time. I just can't. <BR> <BR> I tried and I just end up binging on the foods that I want to eat. It feels like torture, sometimes, actually. I like food too much. <BR> <BR> <BR> BUT - I CAN eater smaller portions of my "bad" foods. And I CAN eat 2 healthy meals and snacks a day and have something enjoyable for dinner. <BR> <BR> I CAN deal with that compromise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What can't you do....that you can? Wed, 26 Sep 2007 12:57:33 EST small victories! i lost half an inch off my booty region! <BR> i also only had one bite of birthday cake at my SIL's birthday celebration last night! <BR> <BR> any other small victories that we should celebrate? Mon, 10 Sep 2007 21:58:55 EST How do you work out? I started working out again after a looooong break. I feel great about that, and it feels like I can keep it up. The boyfriend & I are doing it together, which is good. We're doing the "intense weight-lifting method," where you only do one set of about 12 reps of the highest weight you can manage. Like you should just barely be able to do #12. So it's great, because the workout only takes about 30 minutes, and you're only supposed to do it twice a week. We'll see how it goes... <BR> This web... Tue, 4 Sep 2007 02:39:55 EST 15 days or 50 miles into Fall! So, has anyone logged any miles or days of exercise yet? <BR> <BR> I'm currently at .5. Pathetic, but I did walk to a bus stop a couple of blocks down instead of the one near my house yesterday. Hopefully today I can knock some more down. Sun, 2 Sep 2007 08:00:00 EST September challenge? Anyone feel like doing a challenge for September? Just throwing the idea out there. Mon, 27 Aug 2007 08:46:27 EST Hey guys! Hey guys! It's Krystle! I saw everyone on Glitter talking about SparkPeople so I thought I would join in. I am so looking forward to getting healthier with you guys! <em>247</em> Wed, 22 Aug 2007 16:24:54 EST Who are we & what are we doing here. Part II! do-over! do-over! here's a chance for all the new folks and regulars to say hi and write themselves a little mission statement. <BR> <BR> me, i'm cmightym over on glitter (but it would be stalkerish in a funny way if i weren't). i lost 15 pounds between january and may, and i've been happily sitting on my laurels since then. i was training for a 5k, but i've been sick for the last 3 weeks, so that may not happen by the race on 9/9/7. whatevs, i say. there are other races. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 22 Aug 2007 10:10:01 EST signing in... 'cept of course over here I'm Lis0707, 'cos someone else is irma... <BR> <BR> Help me look like my meez please :-) <BR> <BR> Edited: 16/1/2012 to remove my G* username for privacy reasons. Wed, 22 Aug 2007 05:30:39 EST At the end of my rope.....(and my belt) When I signed up with SP I was about 258 lbs.... it went down to 254 & then literally, I'm not even joking when I say this, it all of a sudden shot up to about 265. I've been trying to be so good. I've been walking more than ever, not snacking as much at night, eating smart lunches....and now...I weigh 272. <BR> <BR> I'm *gaining* weight at an incredible speed! It's nuts! Someone suggested it was due to quitting smoking but I don't know - I used to be a notorious night snacker & have almost ... Tue, 21 Aug 2007 13:17:35 EST Anyone else still around? I'm feeling a little lonely. Tue, 7 Aug 2007 10:52:01 EST I am Back Hello Spark/g* folks! I got back from my amazing, wonderful and food-filled 6 weeks in Italy yesterday and I am so ready to be home and also so ready to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I left the states weighing 134.2 and I weighed in this morning at 143.6! GULP! I knew I'd gained weight but I can't believe I gained almost 10 pounds in 6 weeks. Yet again, my eating was so tightly controlled before I left and I really just let go and ate everything and I was drinking tons and tons more alcohol t... Fri, 6 Jul 2007 10:03:53 EST Help W/ Spark etd <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jul 2007 01:26:59 EST I Think I'm Ready to Come Back Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm read to respark. Is anyone else still out there? Can we start back up again? I took a sparkbreak to break the burdensome spell of data entry and contstant quantification, and I still managed to lose some weight. I'm ready to rededicate in a more formal way, though not as crazily as I did last time. Please, please don't let me start thinking about points accumulation again! I was starting to go nuts... <BR> <BR> Write and tell me if you're still here! <BR> <BR> x... Fri, 8 Jun 2007 11:12:09 EST Diet and exercise fatigue Lately, I find myself sick of quantifying. In my dance class yesterday, I got mad at myself for thinking, "Oh, this is such good exercise!" when I got winded during free dancing, rather than just enjoying flinging myself around like normal. I'm tired of eating being a matter of math, something which complicated a most delicious visit to a vegan restaurant last night. This new way of thinking that came with doing Sparkpeople is undoubtedly useful, but I'm sick of it right now. I think soon... Wed, 16 May 2007 14:37:19 EST All that Glitters love Just wanted to take a second and tell you guys how great this little team is and how helpful it has been to me. <BR> <BR> You guys are great! Thank you so much! <BR> <BR> love, Heather Mon, 14 May 2007 16:35:46 EST On the Occasion of My 25th Birthday I just wanted to write a little something to you guys today to let you know how thankful I am to have all of you to listen while I vent, comfort me and to cheer on my successes as I cheer you on. Every single one of you is really inspirational to me and has played a crucial role in this weightloss journey I've been on. <BR> <BR> I just came back from a 2.5 mile run and honestly, when I am running I feel like I own the world. I don't wear headphones, I don't do anything fancy, I just go out ... Sun, 13 May 2007 18:40:29 EST Good "lite" substitutes I can't take a lot of "diet" food. Artificial sweeteners gross me right the hell out, and I can't stand skim milk. Consequently, a lot of this Sparking has been through reduction rather than substitution. However, I've found a few lighter things that meet my apparently lofty requirements: <BR> <BR> -Fat-free sour cream <BR> -40-calorie-per-slice bread (yes, that's what it's called) <BR> -Fat-free yogurt (vs. "light") <BR> -1 percent milk <BR> -Fruity Popsicles, rather than ice cream <BR... Sun, 13 May 2007 04:37:09 EST Drinks that aren't water I've never drank a ton of juice, and I've generally favored water, but now? I'm so sick of it. What are some not terribly calorie-laden alternatives? My boyfriend puts a squirt of lime in it, but that's not enough. I miss my lemonade but I can't afford the calories right now. What do you do? Fri, 4 May 2007 17:14:24 EST How many times do you chew a bite? I normally wolf things down - so about 2 chews per bite. <BR> <BR> I have discovered, though, that you get maximum flavor enjoyment of your food if you chew it many more times - at least ten. (I learned this at a coffee tasting, where they suggested "chewing" the coffee to further test its flavor). <BR> <BR> I am going to try to chew my food more times! Up with flavor! <BR> <BR> Sorry if this thread is kind of gross. Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:19:11 EST How Many Miles in May? If you want to set a goal again, let's do it! We can track our progress on this thread too. <BR> <BR> <BR> I haven't decided yet if I want to do 50 or 60, but I'm going to track biking and walking this month. (last I only walked). Maybe I'll do 55. Bike miles are easy to put on, but I have boring, stupid areas to ride in my neighborhood so its not much fun. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Apr 2007 16:21:18 EST What are you eating RIGHT NOW? I'm drinking an americano w/half & half and some sugar free cherry syrup. Wed, 25 Apr 2007 18:24:51 EST Food Obsessions Does anyone get fixated on a certain food and then you can't get enough of it until one day the switch flips and you won't eat it again for months? <BR> <BR> Right now I am on a serious oatmeal kick. Its all I want for breakfast. I have been eating one serving of plain oatmeal, microwaved with water, with .5 oz. raisins and two teaspoons (unpacked) brown sugar almost every morning now for nearly 4 weeks. Sometimes I tell myself I am going to eat cereal or toast but I never do. I love it, I a... Tue, 24 Apr 2007 11:45:21 EST Exercising at home, plus other stuff. I stink - I've completely blown off any sort of healthy anything for two weeks. Now that I have gained weight and want to lose it again, I am hungrier than ever. Bah. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ordered an elliptical machine to use at home. I have young kids and limited free time, plus there is ONE GYM in this little town and NO, I WON'T. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts or suggestions or comments? Does anyone else have exercise equipment at home that you use? What do you do while you're exercising? (Music?... Mon, 23 Apr 2007 14:08:19 EST this week's menu this is what i'm making for dinner this week. <BR> <BR> monday: turkey breast, brown rice, steamed broccoli <BR> <BR> tuesday: salmon & asparagus cooked in a wee foil packet with herbs, brown rice <BR> <BR> wednesday: left overs <BR> <BR> thursday: grilled tuna steaks, brown rice, steamed broccoli <BR> <BR> friday: shrimp stirfry on brown rice <BR> <BR> saturday: fat free vegan black bean soup & guacamole on whole wheat toast <BR> <BR> sunday: fake ass grilled chicken greek fo... Sun, 22 Apr 2007 11:11:31 EST Anyone eat Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs? Because I entered them into my food tracker a while ago as one serving but I can't remember how many one serving is! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 18 Apr 2007 11:53:34 EST Classes? So today I went to go to the pilates class that my gym offers. It was going to be my first ever pilates and I was kind of nervous. I asked at the desk whether I would be ok and they told me that while yes, I would be ok, that the class was cancelled because the instructor was away. Instead they were running rock hard abs and bottoms. So I signed up. <BR> <BR> Ok, that class kicked my flabby abs and bottom! I did about (by my estimation) 800000 crunches of all different styles. There we... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 21:26:02 EST Occupational Hazards i've been very diligent about tracking my food over the last 9 days, and it was a shocking to realize how much alcohol i consume. it's rarely excessive, but still a habit i'd like to cut back on. <BR> <BR> i work in the music business, so i spend 4-5 nights out every week in clubs watching mostly mediocre bands. i will usually have a beer while i'm out (mostly to dull the pain of listening to bad music, but there's certainly a social aspect, too). <BR> <BR> <BR> i know i need to cut back ... Tue, 10 Apr 2007 12:37:43 EST Willpower Okay, so I just jumped into this game for real yesterday evening. I felt totally committed and positive while sitting on my couch and reading through the site. I felt totally committed and positive while kicking ass at the gym this morning. AND THEN, it was time to eat. <BR> <BR> I've never been one to deny myself food or obsess over what's going down my gullet and I usually feel good about that. But I know that if this is going to be worthwhile, I need to be much more diligent than I'v... Tue, 10 Apr 2007 02:45:14 EST Recipes! I just made this up tonight using two other soup recipes for inspiration but if you ever crave vietnamese hot and sour soup like I do this is amazing! <BR> <BR> Vietnamese Inspired Hot and Sour Soup <BR> Serves 4-6 <BR> <BR> 6 cups water <BR> 1/5 tbsp Better than Bouillon (warning - this has a TON of sodium in it! its much better to use low sodium chicken or vegetable stock) <BR> 2 tbsp soy sauce <BR> 4 tbsp fish sauce <BR> 1-2 tsp chili sauce <BR> 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar <BR> 1 1/2 tbsp ... Mon, 9 Apr 2007 20:50:47 EST How do I account for this? Today I was out shopping for 5 hours...I don't have a car, so I take transit and walk everywhere. How should I calculate this as exercise? Should I? It doesn't seem like exercise because I'm not breaking a sweat, but it's still walking. I figure I should account for some of the 3+ hours I was walking around the city... <BR> <BR> What would Glitter do? Sat, 7 Apr 2007 19:22:29 EST 30 Miles to May This thread is to keep track of the mileage challenge proposed in this thread: <BR><BR>messageboard_thread.asp?imparent=55202<BR>80&imboard=7064 <BR> <BR> You don't have to do 30 miles. You can do whatever you want to do, but just post in this thread what you are aiming to do. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a convenient way to keep track of our mileage? Are there any little trackers anywhere or something? (Or, I guess we could change our weight trackers to s... Mon, 2 Apr 2007 12:33:52 EST I exercised yesterday! finally! y'all may have noticed I've been terribly unactive here at spark. I started off strongly then went to work in the suburbs of Denver and it just all fell apart... it's so hard to eat healthy on the road! <BR> <BR> But I've been increasingly dissatisfied with my laziness and bad eating, so I finally did something about it! Ran yesterday, been eating healthy all weekend, really trying to get back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> Help me stay strong... I have a reunion, and I'm going back to T'stan ... Mon, 2 Apr 2007 11:38:09 EST Exercise into daily routine? I go to dance classes at least twice a week, and I'm starting to go to boxing fitness classes. However, I want to get some exercise every day. The best way I've figured out for this is something I call "One Woman Dance Party," but I'd like something more. <BR> <BR> What exercise do you do regularly that doesn't require classes, a gym, or other people? Mon, 2 Apr 2007 03:45:55 EST Your fast food Well, most of my food is fast (I'm lazy!), but... <BR> <BR> *Every week I make a batch of brown rice in the rice cooker and then use it all week. I mix half a cup with refried beans or add it to a salad. Today I mixed it with Trader Joe's Masala Simmer sauce for instant indian food! <BR> <BR> *I always have a bag of romaine hearts and I just chop one up and eat half of it for a salad <BR> <BR> *I chop up mushrooms & tomato, stir fry it (no oil - the tomato is juicy enough to help there) a... Fri, 30 Mar 2007 22:38:04 EST Miserable... I am having a downer day. I got 2 hours of sleep due to insomnia. I ate fried food for lunch. My fat pants are an inch too small and super incomfortable. I'm about to go get a latte because I'm so tired and damn the calories. there's no way I can go to the gym feeling like this. <BR> <BR> How can I possibly turn all these negatives into a positive attitude? I feel like a fat failure. <BR> <BR> I have not been sleeping well. At most the past week I've gotten 4 hours of sleep. A lot o... Fri, 30 Mar 2007 15:05:15 EST Daily 3 things evaluation There was a SP email about a post in the forums that says: <BR> <BR> Every day, I write down: <BR> <BR> 1. One thing I messed up on <BR> 2. One thing I did that was great <BR> 3. One thing I feel really good about <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> This is a nice little ritual. <BR> <BR> 1. One thing I messed up on: no cardio <BR> 2. One thing I did that was great: didn't eat in front of the TV (ate on the front porch - awesome!) <BR> 3. One thing I feel really good about - being consistently within... Fri, 30 Mar 2007 14:50:22 EST New Habits What are your new habits that you are developing or want to develop? Share here! <BR> <BR> I am shocking myself by eating breakfast at home everyday and liking it. Toast topped with a thin layer of marmalade and a few spoons of cottage cheese or oatmeal cooked in the microwave with brown sugar, raisins and soymilk or even just plain, nonfat yogurt with honey and cereal. Crazy! <BR> <BR> Other habits - <BR> eating far fewer bread, pasta, rice, starchy carbs in general <BR> Actually going t... Thu, 29 Mar 2007 09:54:49 EST Its worse than I thought.... Well, it's officially spring. And with spring comes warmer weather and less clothing. <BR> <BR> Today I went to get dressed and found that practically NOTHING fits me. (and not in a good way.) I have about 5 polo shirts I can wear to work that fit, but other than that - nothing. My button down shirts don't fit (well, they fit enough, but I don't feel comfortable in them.) <BR> <BR> I wanted to cry. I really don't want to have to go buy new, bigger clothes. But I also don't want to look lik... Mon, 26 Mar 2007 12:45:11 EST Snacking I am trying to sort of follow the meal plan recommended, but I really just want to snack a lot. There is a big plastic container of chocolate cookies and mini-candy bars right in front of my desk right now, and I am fighting to not eat them. I ate my very delicious and nutritious lunch sandwich at 10:30 today because I wanted something to snack on so bad!! <BR> <BR> What do you do? What do you snack on? Mon, 26 Mar 2007 11:58:42 EST Do you do any of the Spark strength exercises? And if so, what are your favorites? <BR> <BR> Today I tried a whole bunch of them: the superman, the banana, the genie sit... and some less-interesting sounding ones. <BR> <BR> It was actually kind of fun to browse through them and choose some random ones. Thu, 22 Mar 2007 22:51:16 EST Mileage Challenge anyone? Anyone up for a mileage challenge? <BR> <BR> We could either pick one distance and work towards the same goal, or we could each pick our own distance to work to. I was thinking it could be for the whole month of April. <BR> <BR> <BR> I always thought it was so cool at my old gym, they'd have like "Swim the great lakes" and for each lap you swam you moved a mile across the lake and after crossing each lake you'd get a prize. <BR> <BR> Who's in?? Any suggestions? Wed, 21 Mar 2007 13:09:28 EST What's for lunch? I'm hungry. <BR> <BR> I'm gonna have: a whole wheat mini bagel w/a Laughing Cow light triangle of cheese on it. A bowl of cream of tomato soup. Perhaps a salad... <BR> <BR> You? Thu, 15 Mar 2007 16:53:08 EST awesome graphic! we are like rollerboogie queens! Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:16:13 EST Checking In... Howdy team! I figured that we could use a check in seeing as its been nearly 2 months. How is everyone doing? How are you feeling? It would especially be nice to hear from people who signed up but don't post at all. I'll start... <BR> <BR> I started the Spark-plan on January 15. In the last two months I have lost 11 lbs. I am still in disbelief that I've actually done this myself but all my pants except the one pair that was too tight are falling off me so it must be real. <BR> <BR> Right ... Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:36:04 EST What areas do you need to work on? I'm good at staying consistent w/tracking my food and eating within my calories. I am also good at drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day (except today). <BR> <BR> Needs improvement: going to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep a night; exercising consistently; exercising at least 3 times a week; strength training. Tue, 13 Mar 2007 03:19:53 EST One thing... In an attempt to try to rebuild healthy habits, I've been trying to focus on one thing at a time (exercising, getting enough fiber, staying within my range). <BR> <BR> Today my goal is get all 64 oz. of water in before I leave work. <BR> <BR> What's your one thing for today? Thu, 8 Mar 2007 10:27:00 EST i miss you guys over the weekend that's all. just a valentine to my sparkfriends. see you tomorrow! Sun, 4 Mar 2007 20:33:27 EST my dad has lost 23 pounds..... in 2 weeks! <BR> <BR> He got his gastric bypass surgery done *TWO WEEKS* ago! <BR> <BR> Here's the rub - he says he can't even tell a difference. He says he doesn't feel *ANY* different. <BR> <BR> I've only lost 4 pounds & I swear to god I can tell. <BR> What's going on here? <BR> <BR> In any case - 23 poubnds in 2 weeks vs. 4 pounds in 2 MONTHS....yerg. Wed, 28 Feb 2007 10:35:23 EST intensely upset... Ok, so I just spent the last 30 minutes deleting all the info off my spark page and then figuring out how to set it offline, and then readding the info. <BR> <BR> Someone stalked me out on sparkpeople and I'm really effing upset. I don't think this thing will let me swear or I would be using the REAL EFF WORD FOR SURE. <BR> <BR> IMO my weight loss plan is a personal thing, and my WEIGHT which was listed on my spark page is also and it was only for people I CHOSE to let see it which MOSTL... Tue, 27 Feb 2007 22:57:21 EST Do you take your measurements? So far, I have only weighed myself. Anyone else take other measurements to gauge how you're doing? Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:09:32 EST falling off the diet wagon. ok, so I basically ate a whole extra meal today. I walked over to the lunch room to get the kettle for green tea and muttered "... my god". <BR> <BR> Meeting left overs! Roast beef sandwiches with lettuce, cheese, cucumber, and tomatoes on a cheese bagel! Potato salad! Tuna salad wraps! Totally free! I already ate my lunch, and now I've eaten a second lunch which was way higher in calories. <BR> <BR> How could I resist? HOW?? Free food is my ultimate weakness. I will probably even ... Fri, 16 Feb 2007 14:37:30 EST Shared fitness & nutrition trackers... Is anyone else doing this? Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:49:11 EST Calorie Counting Help Hello friends, I am trying to figure out a few items calorically and I am a little stumped and hoping that someone here can help me out. <BR> <BR> I had homemade risotto last night, about a cup of it cooked with clams, scallops and cod. I'm sure it didn't have a ton of fat, maybe a tablespoon of olive oil to start it out but I am not sure about the arborio rice itself. <BR> <BR> I looked on the package of rice and it said that one serving was 1/4 cup and 182 calories. It also said that ther... Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:45:15 EST water I very very very very rarely drink just water. I find the taste revolting except in the case of too-expensive-for-me-to-drink-8-cups-of-it<BR>-a-day bottled water or if I've done a hardcore fencing workout and have sweat out as much as I'm taking in. <BR> <BR> I do drink ridiculous amounts of green tea though. Do you think that counts? <BR> <BR> It has some caffine in it but not as much as black tea or coffee. <BR> <BR> I dunno, maybe that's a stretch but water is so gross and there's on... Wed, 14 Feb 2007 11:45:59 EST i hurt my knee <BR> i hurt my knee and now my knee hurts. i just felt like putting some complaining out there, i guess. i don't know what i did because all i've done in the past 2 days exercise-wise is to go for walks in my neighborhood. but now it's so sore that it kept me up last night. i'm going to ice it tonight and hope that it's better tomorrow. but no gym today unless some miracle occurs and it stops hurting by the afternoon. <BR> <BR> ouch. owie. whinge whine moan. Tue, 13 Feb 2007 10:27:49 EST Other nutrients that you track We talked about iron in another thread. I also track calcium and fiber every day. It's kind of fun to have something besides JUST caloric intake to keep tabs on. <BR> <BR> I do great in fiber every day, and I usually have to work to get enough calcium & iron in. (I don't eat a lot of dairy or meat.) Mon, 12 Feb 2007 15:00:46 EST Iron intake Looking at my nutrient tracking I can understand why I've been very anemic (is that spelled right?) in the past few years. What do you guys eat that gives you lots of iron besides red meat? I eat red meat but not a lot. I would rather get my iron from food then supplements if possible. <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Feb 2007 12:09:41 EST I'm sick! Sad! I don't think I'm gonna get any real exercise while I'm sick! Sun, 11 Feb 2007 21:38:54 EST southern food dilemma <BR> tonight we're going to a southern/soul food restaurant for dinner with friends. what the hell am i going to order? <BR> <BR> i tried pulling up their menu online, but it isn't posted anywhere. i think they have a fried chicken salad that could be o.k. if i plan ahead for it, but the rest is fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, fried catfish (would this be a good idea?), mashed potatoes & gravy, collards, and pieces of cake the size of dinner plates. <BR> <BR> so, the plan as i see it now is... Sat, 10 Feb 2007 11:17:58 EST Trying not to eat my emotions.... I have had a lousy couple of days and it has been a real struggle not to drown my mood with sweets. I am much more conscious of eating out of anger, boredom etc...but it is still tough. Anyone have an pep talk tips to keep me from finding solace in a bag of M&Ms? Fri, 9 Feb 2007 12:11:34 EST Re-committing Well, I've been doing very poorly the last couple of weeks. Long work days, cold weather and the January Blues set in. BUT I sat down this weekend and mapped out my plan for the next year. I've created weekly goals and a monthly goal, my monthly goals will be revised, well, monthly :) <BR> <BR> I'm not giving up. I refuse to. <BR> <BR> I just had to write this down to keep myself accountable. <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Feb 2007 10:35:01 EST God that was stupid!!! Saturday my scale was insanely nice to me - reading 214.5! I haven't seen that weight in months - it was exciting. <BR> <BR> So what did I do? <BR> <BR> I ate an entire pizza <BR> ate a bag of combos <BR> made a carrot cake for my grandpa and ate 1/4 of it!!! <BR> <BR> I kept trying to tell myself "Well, at least there were carrots in it!" <BR> <BR> Needless to say this weekend was BAD. I can forgive myself for the pizza and the combos, but that god, I can't beleive how much... Mon, 5 Feb 2007 10:30:57 EST Jamba Juice: low-cal smoothies & free 24hr fitness So yesterday I was at the mall (I WALKED there!), and I saw that Jamba Juice has low cal smoothies (16 oz: 150-160 calories, 4 flavors). I got one 'cause I was starving, and they gave me a coupon for 30 days free at 24-Hr Fitness... not sure if anyone else is into that! Just thought I would pass it on! <BR> Fri, 2 Feb 2007 14:44:25 EST How have your foods changed since you started SP? I mean, obviously our habits have changed, but what foods do you eat a lot of now, that you didn't eat as much before? Or what do you go without now that you never would have before? <BR> <BR> I have been eating tons of spinach (I ate it before, but now I eat it pretty much every day or twice a day). My favorite quick thing to eat is to cut up 1-2 cups of mushrooms and 2 roma tomatoes and then "stir fry" them (I add a half a pat of butter to "saute" it in, but you could skip that because the... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 22:49:00 EST sedentary hobbies & weight loss? i tried bringing this up on the knitting & dieting board, but it didn't really get addressed. <BR> <BR> how are you all doing with reconciling sedentary interests (for me knitting, embroidering, reading, watching movies) with your activity levels and weight loss? since starting this program in earnest i haven't been reading as much, and i'm afraid that i'll never knit again if i become an active, fit person because being an active, fit person seems to take sooooo much of my time. how can i... Tue, 30 Jan 2007 15:44:29 EST Admin note-Please check in! A reminder: this team is for Glitterati. <BR> <BR> If you have recently joined this team, and especially if you are using a different name here than you do on Glitter, please make a post in the "Reintroduction/What are we all doing here" thread that cmightym started, and say hello, and let us know who you are on Glitter. Thanks! Tue, 30 Jan 2007 11:18:45 EST It's so fun it doesn't feel like exercise Anyone have any "It's so fun it doesn't feel like exercise" recommendations? Mon, 29 Jan 2007 22:23:11 EST Aw crap! PMS! PMS strikes and I lose all control. <BR> <BR> I get headaches, and I'm tired and achey and all I want to do is eat crap and sleep. <BR> <BR> Friday I caved in to some emotional eating (I had a craptastic day and had mac'n cheese). It actually wasn't too far off cals wise from what I was going to eat, so I didn't feel so bad. Plus, I figure sometimes I NEED to emotionally eat - because I knew if i tried to eat something healthy, I wouldn't have been satisfied and eaten more anyway. <BR> ... Sun, 28 Jan 2007 15:31:29 EST Hitting the gym... Who belongs to a gym here? Which gym do you belong to? How much is it? <BR> I live walking distance from a Bally's and I'm wondering if it's worth it. <BR> Help?! Sun, 28 Jan 2007 15:08:37 EST Body Distortion I know one thing we were discussing on g* before this got moved over here was how some of us (me completely included) feel like we have one idea of ourselves but then we look in the mirror or at a photograph and we look completely different. <BR> <BR> Its really strange but as I get back to working out and get deeper and deeper into the mindset of spark, I am looking closer and closer at myself and I am finding that I don't like what I see. I have always struggled to love myself, and I still... Sat, 27 Jan 2007 15:44:58 EST Goals for this week Goals of any sort! (The article I read today said that you should have a specific timeline - the timeline makes wishes into goals) <BR> <BR> By Sunday night: Get Feb. CROQ finished <BR> To go for a walk today <BR> To take my lunch to work with me on Monday & Tuesday <BR> To clean off my desk by the end of today <BR> To clean the bathroom by the end of today Sat, 27 Jan 2007 15:40:24 EST i don't have a problem. my bar does. no seriously. 'our bar' has a never-ending supply of freshly popped popcorn which by the way is the one of the most satisfying thing to eat in large quantities when you're tipsy. <BR> <BR> other than not going to this place (and i'm giving up enough things i love lately!), what can i do instead of chowing down on this delicious, warm, fluffy popcorn? damn it! is there a similarly satisfying snack i could bring with me? there has to be something other than chainsmoking. Fri, 26 Jan 2007 22:01:44 EST CRAP. I'm sliding back. I'm totally falling off the wagon with the fancy coffee drinks. I'm getting the non-fat no-whip ones, but that still adds 255 calories and 45 grams of carbs since there's so much sugar. To make up for it I've been restricting my fruit intake. SO not good. But when I see my caloric intake come out within my range at the end of the day it seems to justify this crappy behaviour. <BR> <BR> Can someone kick me in the ass, please? <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jan 2007 15:30:32 EST I am sooo failing already... I don't want to give up. <BR> I need start again, but with new goal. I think I was right when I was dropping one bad thing every month...basically, taking it slow. <BR> I dove back into severe calorie restiction and it's not working, big shock. <BR> I think I was doing better just being careful with food choices. Wed, 24 Jan 2007 15:39:13 EST not a f*&%#ing pound <BR> no change from last week. NO CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK!! granted, i didn't track my calories last weekend, but i didn't splash out on any completely outrageous food, and NO change from last week? really? honestly? for rillies? <BR> <BR> dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit! so i'm going to the stupid gym and obsessively planning all my stupid meals and counting all these stupid calories for NO CHANGE. <BR> <BR> perhaps my rage will burn a calorie or two... dammit! Wed, 24 Jan 2007 10:56:11 EST Today's menu of food and exercise! Breakfast: Sandwich with whole wheat english muffin, veggie sausage, and egg whites. <BR> <BR> Snack: Strawberries. <BR> <BR> Lunch: Salad with yucky not-homemade dressing (forgot to bring some from home), leftover beef tenderloin, and some bread. <BR> <BR> Snack 2: I think I might skip this one since my lunch went way higher on calories than I had planned. <BR> <BR> Dinner: I think I am going to make turkey burgers and serve them with salad. I'm debating making some potatoes to go with t... Tue, 23 Jan 2007 15:37:06 EST Stress/ven nt/support thread I'm not sure if people will be interested in this or not, but I thought I would start a thread and see. Stress and life in general can be major factors in diet and exercise (of course) and just general well-being. So I thought maybe this could be a thread for support or just vents about things you have on your mind or need advice about? <BR> <BR> I got inspired to start the thread because I've had a really bad week! Something went majorly wrong with my car - either electrical or computer ... Tue, 23 Jan 2007 11:50:44 EST The Exercise Motivation Thread I need help with this. I haven't really done any exercise. <BR> <BR> I have a kickboxing video that I like, but my apt. is small, and there's no convenient place to do anything like that. <BR> <BR> I like walking. <BR> <BR> Help. Need. Motivation. Tue, 23 Jan 2007 02:46:19 EST I messed up big time last night. (oops sorry should have posted on the checking in board but I didn't see it and now I can't delete this one) <BR> <BR> we took the client out to dinner at The Melting Pot (fondue). <BR> <BR> bread + cheese (too much, terrible) <BR> salad (good!) <BR> tofu and veggies (ok) <BR> chocolate fondue (horrible) <BR> and 1.5 glasses of red wine (but that's good for you!) <BR> <BR> it was probably like 2000 calories. <BR> <BR> It's so sad how one evening can destroy a week's worth of healthy ch... Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:07:55 EST Water Weight? I am a little weirded out right now. A few days ago I was 150 according to my scale. Last night I weighed myself at about 8PM just for kicks and the scale said 142.8. Whaaaat???? I'm usually MUCH heavier at night and I ate right all day and I drank all my water. I went out dancing last night (had enough calories to even have one beer yay!) and when I got home at 2AM I was 141.8. Ok, what's up with that? When I weighed myself this morning I was back up to 148. I am not going to do another "off... Thu, 18 Jan 2007 13:06:40 EST Rewards Does anyone reward themselves for goals met (small or large?) <BR> <BR> This is something I've tried for motivation and it works pretty well for me. Last summer there was an $80 Queenbee tote I really wanted, so I set a goal that if I walked my dog at least 25 days out of that month (July) then I could reward myself with the bag. And I did! <BR> <BR> Right now I'm at the point where I need to buy some better-fitting clothes, so I'm thinking of doing some things like a pair of shoes for a ... Thu, 18 Jan 2007 12:11:09 EST What's Helping you Stick? What's helping you stick to your plan? <BR> What are you doing to avoid your cues to eat? <BR> I think we might give each other ideas :) <BR> <BR> I am using gum, which works really well, btw, for kicking the boredom eating. <BR> Also, hot beverages (ie coffee, tea) is working for me. Tea especially makes me feel full temporarily. Usually gives me enough fullness to get me to my next meal...not to mention it gets those fluids in you. <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Jan 2007 14:21:41 EST Food Choices I have a question.... <BR> <BR> So, I know the whole "eating right" thing - whole grains, lean meats, fruits veggies - all that. <BR> <BR> My question is - if you're staying in your calorie range, and are satisfied - how much does it REALLY matter? <BR> <BR> For example, for breakfast most days I have a white english muffin with 1Tbs. cream cheese. These packs of english muffins cost like $0.89. The whole wheat english muffins are $2.00+. (I'm cheap) <BR> <BR> I am satisfied and don't g... Wed, 17 Jan 2007 14:03:19 EST Checking in... Thought I'd start a thread to check in on our progress. <BR> I'm on Day 3 right now without breaking my plan. I'm feeling really proud of that since it's been a relatively stressful week for me on top of it. <BR> <BR> My biggest struggle is dessert. I really want something sweet at the end of the day. I have been subbing sugar-free pudding and jello for now, but I want to try to eliminate dessert all together in the future. <BR> <BR> How about you guys? Successes, struggles? <em>38</em> Wed, 17 Jan 2007 12:22:50 EST Nutritionist? Has anyone ever seen a nutritionist? <BR> <BR> I think it would be a good move for me, since I am a vegetarian and I really want to make sure I'm getting enough vitamins and minerals and I am really clueless about that kind of stuff. <BR> <BR> My gym has a nutritionist on staff but I would have to pay extra and I think its pretty spendy, plus I'm already maxed out on my gym budget with paying for my trainer. <BR> <BR> But! I just found out that the University has a liscensed nutritionist ... Tue, 16 Jan 2007 13:25:45 EST Keeping track of the metrics So I have this idea to weigh myself, take my measurements, and body fat percentage. But I find that a) I don't have a scale, b) I'm too lazy and c) I'm too scared to hear what my body fat is. <BR> <BR> I should do this soon so I can actually track the changes. Sparkpeople needs a place where you can put in other things besides weight! Like body fat % and measurements. Once I start doing weights, I will gain weight before I lose it, because I put on muscle so quickly. And I don't want to b... Tue, 16 Jan 2007 00:26:20 EST What are you eating this week? I'm sitting down today to plan out a couple of meals. I try to do at least a couple each week - though I don't always stick to them. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have some Italian sausage I need to use up so I think I'm just going to make sausage with peppers and onions with those. <BR> <BR> And I'm going to make some "real simple" black bean soup - which is basically 1 can drained black beans, 1 can refried black beans and 1 can chicken broth mixed with some pico de gallo. Easy, healthy. <BR> <BR> A... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 14:17:11 EST Name your nemesis - pitfall foods? You all probably know mine: beer! Man, I LOVE beer. If I were God I would ordain beer to be a food group all on its own. Beer only comes in 500ml cans/bottles here.Two beers equals about 400 calories: between a third and a quarter of my daily calorie allowance! And it's a bloater, too! And it gives me gas, but you probably didn't want to know that. <BR> <BR> I am not going to kid myself and pretend that I will stop drinking beer. But I treat it like candy: I can have one when I've been stic... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 09:28:45 EST This is not working. Ok so day 1 (Friday) went ok, but by 9 pm I was *starving* so I had a small small handful of walnuts. because they have omega 3s and they're good for you and all that. Well they also have 200 calories - putting me over for the day. Today I tried so freaking hard, but again, hungry too early, small snack of chik'n nuggets - again over. <BR> <BR> I am drinking a lot of water! I am eating a lot of fiber! (I'm tracking it, and I'm above the RDA both days) I feel like I'll have to go serio... Sun, 14 Jan 2007 03:23:25 EST Exercise! I try to keep up with the days I'm supposed to exercise here, but...somedays it doesn't work out. (har har) <BR> And I keep telling myself that I'm trying to ease into this slowly and I don't want to tackle too much at one time anyway or else I might become overwhelmed and quit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyway, the other night I did some squats (as prescribed!) and every time I've done them I've sworn I'll NEVER do them again. My legs ache for days. Today I'm at the "can't lower myself onto the toile... Fri, 12 Jan 2007 17:22:39 EST Hey it's me Scooter! Hi! <BR> How goes? I'm still mucking around on this board, but I'll figure it out. Fri, 12 Jan 2007 14:19:48 EST Re-Introdu uction/What are we all doing here? i wanted to reply to chubbyknees's and vikarious's sort of "weight loss introductions" in the food thread without taking that thread on a further tangent. it seems like we need a little re-introduction to one another in this new venue... like who we are as weight loss people as opposed to glitter people. so here's my deal: <BR> <BR> this whole weight loss thing really freaks me out. the only times i've ever lost weight in the past i've been 1) engaging in horribly disordered eating habits... Thu, 11 Jan 2007 19:04:31 EST Food! What are you eating lately? Favorite recipes? Low-cal snacks? Post it here. <BR> <BR> This weekend I made 5 days' worth of egg white omelettes with veggies for breakfasts, let them cool, and I can take one with me each morning to work. I really like fixing my breakfasts in bulk, in advance, so that I don't have to think about it every day. Any ideas for what I can eat next week? I'm pretty sick of omelettes! <BR> <BR> Did you know you can make your own microwave popcorn? In a brown paper lu... Thu, 11 Jan 2007 10:47:24 EST The YAY ME thread This is the thread in which you can post your accomplishments. At least for me, this is a very one-day-at-a-time endeavor, and I think it's important to acknowledge every goal reached. <BR> <BR> So YAY ME! Yesterday I kept my calories in my goal range, did all the strength training exercises on my list, and did half an hour of cardio. I'm way proud of myself! Thu, 11 Jan 2007 10:30:45 EST