Thursday, June 30, 2011

Daily "Lose It" Post

As you can see yesterday was n0t a great day for me. I did great until I didn't have time to eat dinner before a Lia Sophia. My friend, Sabrina, always makes the best party food! I was so hungry by 8pm that I overindulged a bit. :)

I probably overestimated my calories a bit from the party but I would rather that then underestimate. That and some of the foods I ate I couldn't find on the calorie counter so I just found something similar.

I am happy to say that I woke up this morning weighing exactly the same as I did yesterday morning! That's 195.6. 2.4 pounds less then when I started on Monday!

I also won a really cute pair of earrings at the party! :)








Summary
Food Calories 2,275
Exercise Calories 127
Net Calories 2,148
+/- Calories 783
Weight 195.6


Daily Log
Breakfast 297
Banana, Fresh, Sml, 6" To 6 7/8" Long ½ Each 45
Cherries, Sweet, Fresh 1 Cup 97
Yogurt, Plain, Nonfat 6 Ounces 80
Creamer, Cinnamon Van Creme, Liquid, Fat Free 3 Tablespoons 75
Lunch 443
Chicken, Sweet & Spicy Ginger, Market Creations 1 Container 290
Nuts, Almonds, Slivered ⅛ Cup 78
Creamer, Cinnamon Van Creme, Liquid, Fat Free 3 Tablespoons 75
Dinner 1,415
Stromboli, Chicken Broccoli Cheddar 1 Box 360
Crackers, Ritz 9 Pieces 144
Dip, Cheese, Original 4 Tablespoons 180
Soda, Cola 12 Fluid ounces 136
Dessert, Apple Crisp W/ Caramel 1 Each 595
Snacks 120
Chips, Veggie, Tstd 1 Ounce 120
Exercise 127
Walking 35 min 127





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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fiber One 80 Calories Giveaway!!!

This giveaway is one you don't want to miss!

I have some exciting news from General Mills! Fiber One 80 Calories cereal has made it on the grocery store shelves this month!

General Mills sent me some of the new cereal to give it a try. Many of you already know that I am not a huge cereal fan. Although I am always willing to give new things a try.

A few weeks ago I was having a bad day when my cereal and gift pack arrived on my porch. Of course I was excited to see what was inside. I love getting products to review! When I found the box of cereal I ripped it open right then. For the next 10 minutes my daughters and I snacked on the yummy Honey Squares cereal.

Not only was I thrilled with a new product to sample and a great gift pack but I was also thrilled at the fact that I loved the new cereal. It tastes so sweet and of course I love the crunch. It makes a perfect snack!

I can honestly say that I have never had an 80 Calorie cereal that has tasted this good! It's one of those cereals that are always nice to have on hand when you are in a munching mood. It's sweet and crunchy and you won't ruin your days eating by having a serving for a snack.

Make sure you Visit http://www.fiberone.com/ for great information on healthy living and coupons for new products. Look for new Fiber One 80 Calories cereal on grocer’s shelves starting June 2011. Also, be sure to check out the Fiber One Facebook page and get involved in the conversation.



It's Giveaway Time!

General Mils is offering one of my readers a prize pack just like the one I received! One winner will receive a Fiber One 80 Calories gift pack including a box of the cereal, a sensor pedometer with USB connector, to chart your walking progress, and a neoprene iPod holder with arm strap.








I love this gift pack! I am having so much fun using my Fiber One pedometer! I have never used a pedometer before but I am finding it to be great motivation to keep moving.


There Are Five Ways To Enter to win the Fiber One 80 Calorie Cereal Prize Pack:

1. Leave a comment sharing why Fiber One 80 Calories cereal will be something you want to try.

2. For a second entry post on your blog about this contest and include a link to my blog and post the link in the comment section.

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4. For a fourth entry add my button to your blog and post the link in a comment below.

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The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. All entries must be received by Wed. July 6, 2011 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be announced Thursday, July 7, 2011. For U.S Addresses Only. MyBlogSpark is responsible for sending the prize pack.


My Daily "Lose It" Log

I am so excited to be able to do this!!! I can now take my daily log on "Lose It" and post it to my blog. This way all of you can see how well or not so well I do each day. It will help to hold me accountable and hopefully give you some ideas on what I eat.

You will be able to check back daily to see what I ate the day before, how many calories I consumed, how much exercise I did and how much I weighed that morning. It won't always have my weight because I don't usually weigh myself every day.

I hope you all enjoy this new part of my blog. As you can tell I am pretty excited about it. It is really fun to see every calorie I ate in writing. :)

I am loving my Lose It App!!!!

Program Summary
Plan
Goal Lose 2 lbs per week
Start date June 27, 2011
Goal date December 14, 2011
Daily calories 1,366

Weight
Starting 198 lbs
Current 198 lbs
Goal 150 lbs
Weight Loss -
Percent -


Daily Report for June 27, 2011

Daily Log
Breakfast 125
Yogurt, Plain, Nonfat 6 Ounces 80
Banana, Fresh, Sml, 6" To 6 7/8" Long ½ Each 45
Lunch 692
Tortelloni, Asiago Cheese, Market Creations 1 Container 270
Bread, Pita, White, Enrich, Lrg, 6 1/2" 1 Each 165
Salad Dressing, Ranch, Light 2 Tablespoons 77
Dip, Spinach, Parmesan 4 Tablespoons 180
Dinner 875
Potatoes, Russet, w/ Skin, Baked, Lrg, 3" To 4 1/4" 1 Each 290
Beef, Ground, Hamburger Patty, Brld, 15% Fat 3 Ounces 212
Buns, Hamburger 1 Each 120
Cheese, Cheddar, Low Fat, Slice 1 Each 48
Margarine, Soft 2 Tablespoons 204
Snacks 311
Candy, Miniatures, asrtd 2 Ounces 311
Exercise 145
Walking 40 min 145

Summary
Food Calories 2,003
Exercise Calories 145
Net Calories 1,859
+/- Calories 493
Weight 198



Daily Report for June 28, 2011
Daily Log
Breakfast 222
Banana, Fresh, Sml, 6" To 6 7/8" Long ½ Each 45
Cherries, Sweet, Fresh 1 Cup 97
Yogurt, Plain, Nonfat 6 Ounces 80
Lunch 454
Dish, Pot Stickers, Asian-Style 1 Container 260
Cheese, Cheddar, Shredded ⅛ Cup 57
Croutons, Caesar, Garlic, Fat Free 12 Pieces 60
Salad Dressing, Ranch, Light 2 Tablespoons 77
Dinner 447
Hot Dog, Beef 1 Each 147
Buns, Hot Dog/Frankfurter 1 Each 120
Salad, Pasta, Garlic Parmesan 1 Cup 180
Snacks 388
Chips, Veggie, Tstd 1 Ounce 120
Chips, Veggie, Tstd 1 Ounce 120
Cherries, Sweet, Fresh 1 Cup 97
Crackers, Cheddar, Goldfish 20 Pieces 51
Exercise 145
Walking 40 min 145



Summary
Food Calories 1,511
Exercise Calories 145
Net Calories 1,366
+/- Calories 1
Weight -






Monday, June 27, 2011

How To Tell If You Really Need To Eat

This article sounds like an obvious but I found it to be a good reminder.




Hunger vs. Emotional Eating - Click here to read the article.


I Found A Really Cool App!

I'm so excited! I found an app for my phone last week. It's call "Lose It" and it's free. I started using it today and although I swore I would never count calories I am really enjoying it.

I always thought counting calories was too complicated but with this app. it is simple and fun. I put in my weight, my height, my goal weight and how many pounds I want to lose a week (I put two)and then it told me that I can eat 1366 calories a day and be at my goal weight by December 2011.

It is really neat because I can track my calories, my weight loss, exercise, and it counts down my calories throughout the day! It also notifies me on my phone at the same time every day after my meal time to remind me to enter my calories. I also get reports emailed to me every day of the week to tell me about my progress. So far it seems awesome and super easy. Tje email reminders seem like a great way to stay motivated.

Do you use an App on you phone to track your calories? Why do you or why don't you like to count calories?


Friday, June 24, 2011

Another Week Has Past

I can't believe this head cold is lasting this long! I got my second set of antibiotics yesterday. Unfortunately the only thing they are doing so far is upsetting my stomach. Hopefully in a few days I will start seeing a difference.

This past week has been a bit of a battle for me. I have been trying to catch up on the house work that I got behind on last week while I was sick. Between cleaning, cooking, laundry and couponing I haven't had much time to post.

I am hoping that next week my appetite calms down a bit. It's that time of the month for me and all I wanted to do is eat. I haven't gained anymore weight but I haven't lost either.

Tomorrow I have a family reunion and if you know my family you know how hard it is to resist all of the yummy food. My family loves to cook and loves to eat. It's not a good combination unless you have a great metabolism. Unfortunately I didn't inherit that. :) I am really looking forward to spending the day in the Grove with my family.

Sunday will be spent with my in-laws. We haven't seen them in a few weeks and I'm sure they are dieing to see the girls. The girls are so excited to see Grandma and Grandpa.

Sometimes I wish life would just slow down a bit. I love this time of year but it always seems to fly by way too quickly. I really need to get focused on eating healthier or the summer will be over and I won't have lost any weight. I really need to start planning better. It really is the easiest way to lose weight.

Exercise at this point is non-existent. This cold has really wiped me out and I just haven't had energy to even think about exercising. Now that I will hopefully be recovering in the near future I need to get a plan in place.

Any suggestions?
I will try to update on Monday about how my weekend went and hopefully by then I will have some sort of exercise plan in place.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cymbalta Withdrawal - Please Read

Wondering where I have been? Here goes!


I'm sure many of you know that I have Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed almost 6 years ago and have been battling this disease ever since. I have my ups and downs and it's not fun but I just keep reminding myself that it could be worse.


When I was first diagnosed my rheumotoligist put me on pain killers to help ease the pain. When I first started taking the pain killers I was so happy. They were a miracle drug. I felt like a normal person again. I had no pain and I could do everything I used to do with no trouble at all. That is until my body became addicted to the medicine two months later. The pain came back and the Doctor upped my dosage several times before I realized that I was addicted and needed to go off of the medicine. I slowly weened myself off and had the worst week of my life after I stopped taking it. I felt like a crazy person. I cried, I screamed, I had headaches, nausea, anxiety and I felt like everything in the world was wrong. I just wanted to die.


After that horrible experience I swore I would never go on pain killers again. It is not worth going through such a horrible withdrawal. It was really that bad!


Last year the drug, Cymbalta was approved for Fibromyalgia patients. It is normally used for patients with depression but for some reason the FDA decided that it was okay to use it on Fibro patients also. I am telling you that they are wrong! This drug should never be offered to anyone other then someone suffering with depression. If only I knew 9 months ago what I know now. This drug is scary and I would have never gone on it if I would have known what it can do to a person.


After reading on message boards that my experience with Cymbalta is the same as so many others, I decided that I need to go off of this drug that is making me feel crazy. This drug has messed with my body and my mind from the day I started taking it. It may have helped with the pain at first but that relief eventually went away and this drug turned me into a person that I have never known and one that I don't want to be.



Through the past 9 months you have seen posts from me telling you that I felt "blah", have no motivation to lose weight anymore, have no motivation for anything, and just feel like I am depressed. I now realized about 9 months later that this was caused by Cymbalta. Whatever is in it completely numbed me. I didn't have normal emotions, I didn't care about anything, I felt like a slug, didn't want to get off the couch all winter, didn't have any ambition or motivation to lose weight, and gained twenty pounds.


I had no idea that my medicine was causing all of these problems for so long until I did a little research and realized that hundreds, if not thousands of other people are or have already experienced the exact same reaction from Cymbalta. I wish I would have done my research sooner. I really thought that I was in a funk from the Fibromyalgia and I just needed to get myself out of it. I got really scared when I realized that nothing I did made me feel like myself. I just felt so blah!

Now I realize that if you are taking Cymbalta for pain that it can cause depression. This medicine alters everything in your mind. That is why it helps depression patients. It completely numbed me and made me not care about anything.


If you are considering going on Cymbalta for pain please do your research first. This drug is horrible and so strong and you really need to consider the side effects that so many suffer before you decide to take this medicine. I know that when you are desperate for pain relief you are willing to try anything. I understand that feeling. I don't know if I would have turned the medicine down if someone would have told me what it would do to me. I probably would have decided that it couldn't be that bad and that I would be in the 2% that don't have any side effects. When you are in pain and so desperate for help it is hard to think straight.





As of today I have been completely off of Cymbalta for a little over two weeks. I slowly weened myself off but unfortunately still had to suffer with horrible, terrifying withdrawal.


The past almost three weeks I have felt like a crazy person. I have suffered with headaches, nausea, crazy thoughts, crazy dreams, crying for no reason, screaming for no reason, irrational anger and so much more.


My two least favorite side effects were the "Brain zaps" and the 10 pounds I gained in the last 3 weeks. I'm not kidding I really gained 1o pounds in the last three weeks. I felt ravenous at first so I ate everything I could find. Then I just felt like my emotions were everywhere so I ate. Pretty much every withdrawal feeling I had made me want to eat.


You are probably wondering what "brain zaps" are. It feels like wind blowing through your ears very loudly, you feel a little dizzy, and feel like a zap in you head and then it is over. It only last a few seconds each time but let me tell you that when I first went off of the Cymbalta I had these "brain zaps" every few seconds. At first it was every time I moved and then it became less frequent and only when I would turn my head. It was a horrible feeling and it really is so hard to explain it.

As of today I am finally over all symptoms of withdrawal. Only with God's help was I able to get off of this medicine. I cried and prayed and prayed and cried so many times in the past few weeks. Going through this withdrawal was one of the scariest things I have ever had to face. Only God could have gotten me through it. It was so bad that I was actually having suicidal thoughts at times. It was scary. The worst part is that no one understood what I was going through. Which of course made me feel even more alone.


I just gave it all to God and asked him to get me through it. It was much easier to get through when I realized that God was in control of it not me. The hardest part was trying to function normal daily for my family. We had family functions, kindergarten graduation, birthday parties, etc... Everyone was expecting me to be normal, act normal, take care of my kids, my house and cook meals. It was really hard to hold it all together under all of that stress. But with God's help it was possible!


I am symptom free now and although I am 10 pounds heavier I don't regret for a second getting off that nasty medicine. Right now I have a horrible head cold (possibly bronchitis) and I can't think or do anything. I have felt like this since Sunday and today is Thursday and it just keeps getting worse.

I hope by this time next week I am cold free and can get my life back on track. I notice a difference already in the way I feel and act now that I am off of the
Cymbalta. I forgot that I used to be silly and funny and love to goof around. It has been so much fun feeling like me again!

If you are considering taking any type of drug please do your research first. Sometimes it's just not worth it. I would rather live with pain for the rest of my life then feel the way I did on a mind altering drug.



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