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Improvements and downfalls

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I know I am getting stronger. A few months ago I struggled with any amount of jogging. I couldn't handle 30 seconds at 4 mph. Since then I have completed the walking 5k your way program. I have done the elliptical for 20 straight minutes - first time on it I struggled to last 5. This week I started the couch to 5k program. The first week involves walking for 4 minutes then jogging for 1. This is done 4 times for a total of 20 minutes. Granted, I've only completed 2 out of the three days, but yesterday the walking part was 3.5 mph and the jogging was 4 mph.

It wasn't as hard as I expected. It went quickly and actually felt good. I may become a runner after all!

Now the downfalls. I am consistently gaining weight instead of losing. I know I shouldn't focus on the scale, but I also haven't noticed any change in how my clothes fit. I know exactly what the issue is though.

I started eating sugar, processed GF food, and drinking diet pop. Why? Good question. The answer: because I don't sleep worth beans. I drag at work so I decide I need caffeine. Caffeine leads to low blood sugar. Low blood sugar leads to eating sugar. The eating the crap GF food is from joining a GF group on Facebook where many of the conversations involve the great finds people are getting. I haven't wanted cookies in forever so why did I buy a package of GF cookies last week? Because I could apparently.

Back to the sleep issue. Why don't I sleep? Easy, I can't shut my brain off. Why not? Because I'm thinking about cleaning and organizing everything. I have never been a clean freak, but now it's all I think about. I bought a binder and recipe box to organize my recipes. Now I'm freaking out because I can't find one of my folders with recipes. I want to get the bedroom better organized as well as just about everything else. I feel like I have no time to get everything done so I am considering taking a day off work just to clean. I have plenty of PTO to do it. Maybe then I would feel more in control.

Yesterday I decide to give up diet drinks and told myself after 30 days I will get a new pancake pan. I had one a couple years ago, but it broke. I have been trying to get the banana/egg pancakes just right and realized last weekend how nice a new pan would be. Maybe I should cut out sugar instead or as well. That will be harder, even though today was hard enough not touching the diet coke staring at me.

At least I know what needs to get fixed. Now I just need to fix it.

  
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ZRIE014 7/19/2014 12:24AM

  you can do it. set you plans and goals.

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STUDLEEJOE 7/19/2014 12:16AM

    keep on sparking you can do it

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Pedometers and treadmills

Monday, June 23, 2014

I was so excited to get a new pedometer so I could walk outside while training for the 5k your way I just finished. Well, the pedometer doesn't match my estimates or my car when I drove around to see what it said. My estimate and the car were a lot closer to each other than the pedometer. So I wore it on the treadmill when I walked the 5k and it didn't even match up with the minutes of activity. A bit disappointing, but oh well.

Had to update my workout clothes. Needed new shoes since I was having horrible foot and heel pain from the walking. Then I needed longer shorts/capris since my thighs still rub together and that means ouch!

It looks like a rainy week so I am excited to get back to the elliptical and/or exercise bike for this week. Next week starts the next 5k training. Going to try jogging now, but it means the treadmill since I need to time my walking and jogging intervals. Planning on a half hour walk on my lunch break every day and the training 3 days after work.

Now if only we finally get our A/C fixed so I can sleep!

  
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SHANTODD420 6/24/2014 12:59PM

    Good luck and have a wonderful day.

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PEZMOM1 6/24/2014 8:57AM

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PEGGYO 6/24/2014 7:32AM

    keep on keeping on

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LEWIS314 6/23/2014 10:37PM

    Do you have a spark tracker? Good luck with your day.

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Eggplant, the Return

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I tried eggplant pizza a year or two ago. The first time was ok, but the second time just depressed me. This was early in my gluten free days and I was looking for pizza and it just didn't cut it. Last week I found an eggplant for $1 and decided to try again. Am I glad I did!

I've gotten used to being GF and have stopped comparing things like GF pizza to the regular kind. Now I appreciate it for what it is. I didn't want the eggplant to be pizza, I wanted to try eggplant. Just like eating spaghetti squash when my husband wants spaghetti or lettuce wraps for tacos. Next is trying a recipe for carrot spaghetti I found on Facebook.

Vegetables are no longer the enemy. People at work are asking how to make my eggplant pizza and cauliflower crust pizza. I am becoming an example. My husband and I went swimming tonight for the first time in months and it was great! I love being sore from exercise.

So what's the problem? Easy, I now have a sweet tooth. This is crazy! Growing up I was never big on candy. My Halloween candy would last months. Same for Easter baskets. In fact I just threw out two packages of peeps from last year. Now I find myself drawn to the tootsie roll pops at work. Even last year I had trouble eating the fruits and veggies because it got to be too sweet. The only thing I can figure is that I'm not getting enough carbs since I'm not eating many grains. My stomach feels better without the grain, but eating candy is no good. Tomorrow I am planning on hitting the elliptical on my break to stay out of the break room. I have my carrots and snap peas waiting in my lunch bag at work for a snack and a
Lara Bar type thing so there is no reason to eat candy!!!

  
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Two years

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I just realized that Friday was my 2 year sparkiversary. Wow, two years and I'm still here. Have I met my goals? Nope, not even close. Is that ok? It sure is!

I may not have reached my goal weight, in fact I think I am currently at pretty much the same weight I was when I started. I guess it's good that I haven't gained. Sure, I wish I weighed less, but that doesn't mean I haven't improved.

When I first started I was afraid of vegetables. Not all, but most. Especially cooked. Today I made tacos with chopped mushrooms mixed with the meat. I also had my tacos on butter lettuce leaves instead of taco shells - and loved it! I can't wait for summer to get here so I can have zucchini. I've started using spaghetti squash for my spaghetti noodles and could probably eat a whole head of cauliflower popcorn.

When I first started I was sick. I had horrible stomach pains and felt bad almost everyday. I discovered I most likely have celiac disease. Lots of people think that when you go gluten free you will lose weight. For some this is true. I started losing weight until I started eating the specialty GF bread products. I was dealing with being depressed over what I couldn't eat and tried to replace what I thought I'd lost with high calorie, carbohydrate filled substitutions. They never tasted as good and always left me wanting more, yet I ate them.

I would join the weight-loss contests at work and lose weight, even winning last time. Yet I always went back to my old ways. It was easy to blame it on the weather. The moving to a new apartment. Starting a new job. There was always an excuse.

Then I started noticing how I felt better when I didn't eat the GF stuff. I realized I liked getting on the treadmill. I started feeling better when I did something on the weekends instead of watching movies all day.

So I've been here for two years, but haven't embraced it like I could have. This weekend I didn't let my husband buy me Doritos. This weekend I bought two types of
lettuce for lettuce wraps and chicken breasts for a healthy lunch. I made double batches of quinoa egg muffins and oopsie rolls so I have my freezer stocked with healthy GF options so I don't rely on the more expensive frozen entrees when I have to work late.

My husband says this week he'll start going on the treadmill with me. We'll see. Either way I plan on getting my exercise in. Tuesday and Thursday I plan on using our treadmill since I like them more than the ones at work. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be the exercise bike/elliptical at work. I figure Monday and Friday I will be more tempted to skip a workout so if I do it before coming home it will be easier. Plus a mile walk on my break when the weather cooperates.

I have a plan. Now I need to follow through.

  
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PEZMOM1 4/27/2014 10:56PM

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LJCANNON 4/27/2014 9:49PM

    emoticon Seems like a Very Good plan. It takes time and experimenting to find what "Works" for each of us. What you Learn during your Journey is just as important as the Number On The Scale!

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DMEYER4 4/27/2014 8:14PM

  you can do it .you are doing great so far.

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Why?!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why do I do this to myself? I figured out that I feel better eating mainly grain free. Or at least when I don't eat the GF breads and pasta and such. Well, at work my lunch is provided and often that means plain chicken breast and veggies - perfect. This week they decided to give me GF pizza one day and GF spaghetti today. I ate some each time, not a lot, but some. My brain apparently took that to mean it's ok to eat the junk in the break room. I could have done worse - much worse, but I did bad enough.

I am determined to remember my back- up lunch tomorrow. I forgot the other day and that didn't help. I was trying to figure out which is better - eating the overly processed GF crap, junk food, or skipping lunch completely.

I made it to the fitness room at work twice. The elliptical is so much harder than I expected. They have two and the one I tried today was better than yesterday. I think the stride was too much for me. Tomorrow I hope to walk with Leslie Sansone before work since I won't be able to after work. I also need to remember my tuna and celery even though lunch is supposed to be safe and figure out what to do on my break to stay away from the snacks.

  
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OOLALA53 4/18/2014 9:19PM

    The Italians and French do quite well eating moderate portions of pizza. (Those two countries have the lowest average BMI in Europe and arguably in the developed world.)

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