Darlene's Weight Loss Blog!
Archives: May 2009
31, Sunday Night: I managed to put some tomato plants in the
ground yesterday. I used to have a good size garden every year but
didn't do anything the past two years. I wasn't going to do anything
this year either but decided to try growing my own tomato plants from seed
and I got 21 out of 23 to actually grow! So now I'm trying to find
homes for all these plants. I put 7 in the ground and want to try
a few upside down like you see in the commercials for that Topsy-Turvy
tomato planter. Only I'm going to save the money and make my own
version. My idea is to put about 6 grocery bags one inside the other
then hang that from hooks on the side of my deck. Then I'll just
cut a small hole and stick the plant in there upside down and fill with
soil. I'm not even buying the soil. I'm just going to dig some
up from the wooded area behind my house. If this tomato creation
works I'll take pics for you! I also put about 30 cucumber seeds
in the ground. I hope it's a good season for cukes because I love
them!!! I could eat 3 or 4 a day... sliced and lightly salted.
May 29, Friday Night: I seem to be taking time off but didn't plan on that. I was sick Monday and Tuesday and didn't get any new auctions up and running. Then Wednesday and Thursday I tried to get caught up but never really did. Now it's Friday and I'm still behind! How I hate being sick! Now I will take the weekend to try and get my sewing done and I really need to work on my writing blog because I know many of you want to start writing articles like I do. The info is coming... hang in there! And just when I thought my knee was starting to get better it's back to hurting really bad again. So still no walking. As much as I hate the treadmill I really hate not burning those few extra calories that I was burning while walking. I hope I can walk a bit on Monday.
May 27, Wednesday Late Night: I am just getting ready to sign off for the night but wanted to check in with everyone to say that I'm still loving the way I'm eating and I want to encourage anyone who desires to lose weight to please start right now on your journey!!! I know I'm losing weight slowly but I'm convinced that I will be speeding it up. Now that I know how to eat to stop my cravings all I have to do is cut back a bit and the weight will fall off. It really will! It will for me and it can for you too. You just have to want it bad enough! So don't give up. Keep trying!
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May 24, Sunday Afternoon:
It's 1:00pm and I'm just now getting up. I've been awake for about
an hour but could not bring myself to open my eyes. And it's raining
which is my favorite form of weather. I love the rain so much.
The sound of it could keep me sleeping all day. I just wish I would
have my tomato plants in the ground. I started my plants from seed
for the first time and 23 of the 25 pots have beautiful plants growing.
Not bad! Now I need to find homes for all these plants. I also
want to mention that many of you have been asking me about how you can
write articles like I do. I'm going to be setting up a page with
instructions for you. I hope to do that over the weekend. Writing
is fun and I think once you try it you may find a new addiction.
It might be enough of an addiction to keep you away from food! And
if you don't know what to write about you can always just write recipes.
eHow pays for recipes although they don't do as well as other articles.
If you look to the right at the eHow widget you will see the articles for
easycooking... that really me. I write on several IDs on eHow to
test which type of articles do better. And since I promote weight
loss and healthy eating on my primary ID I did not want to write recipes
there. So I'm hiding under another name... sssshhhhh! And I
simply look up recipes and change them a bit to make them my own and post
them! So far my highest earners have only earned about 70 cents each
but that is still a new ID so it takes time for them to get picked up in
the search engines. And they both happen to be about chicken.
May 21, Thursday Evening: I have to stop walking for a bit. I hurt my knee awhile back while trying to jog on my treadmill (stupid idea!). I kept walking on it thinking it would heal but it is getting much worse. Bad enough that I'm almost scared. I'm starting to wonder if it's really a treadmill injury or maybe a blood clot or something because of all the sitting I do at the computer and sewing machine. My mother got a blood clot in her leg that moved into her lung and could have killed her so I worry about that happening to me. But for now I'll just take some time off and see how it goes. If it does not get any better I'll see my doctor. What I plan on doing in the mean time is some light weight exercises for my arms. That's not much of a calorie burner but at least it's something.
May 17, Sunday Late Night: What a lousy day I had! I was up all night and finally got some sleep this morning and slept until almost noon. I had such high hopes of getting some sewing done but the day did not go as planned. It started out bad and just got worse. I won't bore you with the details but just was a lousy day and I'm glad it's over. And I sure hope I can sleep tonight. Anyway, my weigh in was nothing major. I need to jump start this weight loss! Walking is getting me nowhere fast. All I have to prove I've been walking is a really bad knee. I took today off from walking but will start back up tomorrow. Instead of taking Sat and Sun off I now take Wed and Sun off and I walk the other 5 days. This way I don't get two days off in a row. I loved 2 days off in a row but man, it was really hard to get back into the swing of things on Monday. I'm getting sleepy so I think I'll try to sleep. I hope I can. The nights are long when you lay there trying to sleep. I can't even imagine what it is like to sleep several hours in a row! I must be nice!
May 16, Saturday Afternoon: I have a boo boo knee. I think I've walked it to death. It's completely inflamed and it hurts like crazy. It has been hurting for about a week now. I was going to give up walking for a week but I've decided to continue. I know if I stop walking I may never start up again. I'm just going to walk a bit slower and see how the knee feels. I really have to lose more weight and more quickly because I know this weight is hard on my knees and hips. I'm working hard on keeping my calorie count low and I find that as long as I stay away from trigger foods (chips, candy, cake) I do just fine. And I'm still eating my soup but just not such a big bowl. Just made a fresh pot of soup today!
May 14, Thursday Evening: I am getting ready to watch Survivor and just wanted to mention that I still hate walking on the treadmill very much! Just thought you needed to know that :o) Also, I canceled my stress test because my portion of the cost would have been $900 even with insurance. So no stress test for me. Getting that bill would cause me even more stress! I told my doctor I will just lose this 100 pounds that I need to lose then if I'm still not feeling well I'll take a stress test. Told her for now I'll take my chances on having a heart attack. Gotta run... Survivor is on!
May 10, Sunday Late Night: I hope all of you had a nice mother's day. Mine was nice. I actually went out. I took my mother and sister and the three dogs to the beach and my sister and I walked the dogs on the beach a bit while my mother watched from the car. Spring and fall are really the only times I get to take the dogs on the beach because summer is full of tourists. Three dogs are way too much to handle with tourists and I can't afford to pay $15 to park just for 10 minutes at the beach. Parking is still free right now. So it was nice. I almost ended up falling in the water... long story. Let's just say I did something stupid and I forget how heavy I am. Thankfully I made it without falling in. Anyway, it was a nice day and the wind was blowing and I loved feeling the wind and smelling the salty air. I really was meant to live by the beach. Maybe one day! At least I was lucky to only be about 15 miles a way. And my dad was a lobsterman so I grew up on the ocean. Those days are some of my best memories.
May 8, Friday Afternoon: It's a beautiful day here in Maine. And I'm tucked away inside the house where I belong :o) But the sunny day has inspired me to go ahead and order some new sarongs to use as fabric. I have been getting lots of requests for larger sarong tunics and I think it's time to start selling a bit more. Anyway, enough about that. I want to talk about eating for a minute. It's obvious by my weight loss chart that I am losing weight but at a snail's pace. Fine. I'm happy with the way I feel about food now and that was my immediate goal. It has been over 8 months (how time flies!) since I started this blog and during that time I have managed to completely control my crazy obsession with food. What worked for me was NO VARIETY! I ate soup and almost only soup for months. And by doing that I think my body adjusted to knowing there was never going to be any variety and it just stopped craving other foods. So now that I have that under control I'm going to start lowering my calorie count so I can start to lose. I'm still going to keep things simple so I don't have to do a lot of planning. And I'm not giving up my soup! Here's what I'm going to try for a week or two. Coffee when I get up. Then a smoothie. Then soup and a frozen dinner. Pickled eggs for snacks. And raw veggies and salsa dip if I'm hungry during TV time. And hot air popcorn when I go to bed but only if I really need it. I'd like to cut back on the popcorn a bit, or at lets use a smaller bowl :o) So let's see how this works for me. I'm determined to lose a chunk of weight over the summer. Watch me do it!
May 4, Monday Night: I have a new plan for eating. I've been eating soup and almost only soup for months now. And I love that I'm not craving and not going on binges but the weight is coming off sooooo slow. So now I'm changing my eating plan. I'm mixing frozen dinners with soup and I'll have raw veggies for snacks. I'm trying very hard to stay clear of artificial sugar and preservatives. I buy organic when I can afford it. I just believe that real food is what my body wants and needs! I'm also going to try and add some weight lifting in addition to my daily walks. LIGHT WEIGHTS! Nothing too strenuous wet! I might even bring the exercise ball up from the cellar! You can see my updated food plan and you will see all the items in gray are the ones I'm trying to eliminate. I just really have to increase the speed at which I'm losing weight. I'm very happy that I started off slow. That really was my plan... to start slow and adjust to eating more healthy and to beat the cravings. Now I'm ready to move on and step it up a bit! That gain I had got me motivated :o)
May 2, Saturday Afternoon: It's a lovely day here in Maine. I really should try to get outside and do some raking. I still have all the leaves from last fall. I hate raking but it would be good exercise. I should also do some sewing and some writing and some housework. Lots of stuff I should do. Not likely to do them all! One thing I have to do is walk a mile today because I skipped Wednesday's walk. I just could not get myself on that treadmill on Wednesday. So I have to make up for it today to get my 5 miles in for the week. I guess that's it for now. I'm anxious to get on the scale tomorrow. I better have a loss this time!