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Figuring Nutrition Facts?

Published May 31, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

Okay so, you know I’m doing MyFitnessPal, and using the food journal thingy…and I need to know the nutrition facts of the foods that I eat. If everything I ate came out of a bag or box pre-made, that would be an easy task.

But I don’t do that. We make food. We make our own recipes. I eat pre-made things, but not a whole lot. When my fiance makes soup, I have absolutely no clue what the nutrition facts are…when my moms make fried chicken, I don’t really want to know, but that’s beside the point.

But…to me it seems like an almost Herculean task to figure them out by myself. Like I don’t even know how to go about it. Thinking about it now is actually upsetting me a little, because it seems like its something I should be doing but at the same time it sounds so daunting that my brain just NOPES it out of my thoughts.

Is there an easy way to do this, or is it as hard as I think it is? D:

This is the Reason You Shouldn’t Get Cocky

Published May 29, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

According to the CDC, more than 10,000 people receive treatment in the nation’s emergency departments each day for injuries sustained in SRE (sports, recreation, and exercise) activities.

I, dear readers, should have been part of that statistic the day before yesterday, but I wasn’t because unless I break a bone or have a life-threatening illness, I need to be bound, gagged, and dragged into the hospital. I hate them. So I’m sitting here with my leg propped up and pillows behind my back.

Remember how I was all excited about doing the lunges? And remember how I said I couldn’t make it past the 5-minute point of the workout video? Yeah, well, the next time I was doing it, I decided that stopping after I had met my limit wasn’t being careful or safe, oh no, I decided that it was just being lazy. So, I pushed myself past that nice, safe limit. I made it into the 8-minute area, and then I did something to my knee. I think I twisted it. Did I stop? Nope, not me. Not stupid me. So a little bit later, something tweaked on the left side of my back. Pride goes before a fall, I thought. And….then I fell down.

My knee is actually feeling better, it was just a little twist, but my back is a different story. We think that I pulled a bunch of muscles in my back and my left side. It probably hurts more than it should because of my regular back pain. Its too freaking hot for a heating pad, so I’m just dealing with it.

It will probably be better in a few days, but I’ve been banned from doing any workout that involves my torso for a week. I’m not sure what I can do. I’m just walking more for now. I was also forced to promise that I won’t push myself too far again. The popular opinion was that everyone would rather see me take a few more months to get to my goal-weight than see me in an operating room for surgery because I tore something or something.

When I am all better, I will remember this. I will not repeat my mistake. I would also rather get to my goal slower than be in an operating room. (See my aforementioned hatred of hospitals.)

I Can Do Lunges!

Published May 26, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

Well, not good ones. They’re kind of half-assed. But I think they still count. Not easy (maybe not even possible) to do a lunge correctly when you’re carrying around almost three hundred pounds and have like, no muscles! XD

I’m not writing a long post, because Memorial Day and barbeque. As a side note, do you think steak sauce (like A-1) is better for you than ketchup and mayo? I hope it is, because that’s what I put on my hamburger. :/

Anyway, yesterday I did some more yoga. Both videos I found on YouTube. One was basically for relaxing and stretching, so I did it first. It was a little bit of a workout on its own because…I guess because I don’t move much. >_>;
The other was supposed to be yoga for weight loss. And any skepticism I had towards yoga for weight loss vanished in aboutย one minute. It wasย hard! I was so jealous of the woman doing the video, with her happy bouncing and spot-on lunging. Meanwhile, I’mย tryingย to copy her, which is hard as-is but harder because I have no balance, which I mentioned before. So I’m sort-of lunging, not like she is, but I was doing my best, and I’m also all wobbly and my cat, Sweet Pea, is on her perch watching me like I’ve gone insane.

sweet pea laying on bed

This is Sweet Pea, in case you were wondering. You probably weren’t, but just in case.

Anyway, so long story short, I did the first video which was about 20 minutes, and I made it about 4 minutes into the other video before I stopped, crawled upstairs (not literally, but that probably would have been easier) and drank like a gallon of water. It was a bitch.

I did it again today, and this time I made it a whopping four-and-a-half minutes into the second video. It was still a bitch.

Every part of my body from the neck down, with the exception of my hands and feet, is a big ache. But I’m SO happy that it is! Because it means I’ve worked my muscles harder than I have in a longer time than I can really remember. And the videos, though the second one was really hard for me, were a lot of fun!
So I guess this is going to be my new habit. I think I’m gonna become a yoga girl. ๐Ÿ™‚ And that’s much better than staying a couch potato. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Memorial Day, by the by. As an Air Force Brat (My father was not in the air force when I was a child, so I don’t count according to the other Brats, but my dad’s former drill sergeant said I still count because my dad still had a very military mind-set. Anyway…) and with my favorite uncle a Marine and a Vietnam vet, I humbly ask you to please respect our soldiers and the sacrifices they make in the name of freedom, even if you don’t agree with the wars they fight. Don’t forget that today is not just Obligatory BBQ Day; Its for THEM, our men and women in uniform.


home of the free because of the brave

Today I Discovered Yoga

Published May 24, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

It was kind of a spur of the moment thing, and I really enjoy it.

For the record, yoga pants exist for a reason. Yoga is not easy or comfortable to do in jeans. I knew this, but I was sort of in a hurry and didn’t feel like searching for the one pair of yoga pants that I have, that I’ve owned for roughly 10 years and never done yoga in ever. O_O

It was a 20 minute YouTube video, and I only got to do 6 minutes because its dinner time, but I plan on finishing it later (not in jeans). ๐Ÿ˜‰

Off-Topic Post about my Other Blog

Published May 23, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

I enjoy this blog, From Blimp to Bombshell, very much. I love writing it!

However, I have a need to write about other things besides weight loss, and I feel like writing about other topics are posts that don’t belong on FBtB.

So I created a personal blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

I humbly invite you to check it out. You might even like it! ๐Ÿ˜€

The Narcissistic Neko: Self-indulgent Ramblings of an Interesting Girl

Newsflash

Published May 23, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

A vibrating fork (pictured below) is not the solution to your weight loss problem.

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This is the HAPIfork.

Sometime late last year, I was randomly told by a nice and well-meaning lady, who shall remain anonymous, that this gadget would “fix” my weight loss problem. I thought she was joking at first, but I realized she wasn’t. After seeing it mentioned in Glamour magazine just recently, I was reminded of that, and decided to write about it.

The HAPIfork is a “smart-fork” which gently vibrates and flashes indicator lights when it decides you’re eating too fast.

From Dezeen.com: “Created by Hong Kong-based gadget company HAPILabs, the HAPIfork helps users lose weight by reminding them to eat more slowly. The idea is that the slower you eat, the faster you feel full, so it’s easier to eat less. Sensors inside the fork count the times it travels from plate to mouth, and eating too fast causes it to gently vibrate and flash its lights. The device also works out the start and end time of the meal and the number of forkfuls eaten.”

I get the concept, but I feel that the product is dumb. The real solution is to eat smaller portions and exercise the willpower to not shovel your food down like you are a starving animal. Which is easier said than done, I know, but if you can’t do that on your own, I do not think this gadget is going to help you.

Why? Because those gentle vibrations are gonna be real easy to tune out, and if not, and you want to eat more, you will put the HAPIfork away and get out a regular, unhappy fork and eat like you normally do.

You need to change yourself, and this product is not going to do that for you. I guess it might help some people, but it is not a fixer all by its lonesome.


P.S.- Little electric shocks would work a hell of a lot better than gentle vibrations, in my opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Pitfalls of Fried Chicken

Published May 21, 2014 by Christa the Cupcake

I am lucky enough (or unlucky enough?) to not only have a mother who makes excellent homemade fried chicken, but to have a mother-in-law who does as well.
Now, they are different types of fried chicken. My mom’s is more Popeye’s and my mom-in-law’s is more Kentucky Fried. But they are the same in that they are both MOTHERFUCKING DELICIOUS.

There’s a problem with this. That problem is that its delicious fried chicken.

Its kind of like this: Awesome Fried Chicken + Fat Girl = Fatter Girl

And this fried chicken, you must understand, cannot be eaten in tiny portions. That is physically impossible. No one can eat this chicken without being like:
ron fried chicken

I feel guilty after eating this chicken. Like I feel like I’ve gained 10 pounds, even though I logically know that’s impossible. Its gotten to the point where if I know I will be eating fried chicken for dinner, I won’t eat anything else all day. Or I’ll “bird eat” as my mother calls it. I know this is not really healthy or good for my diet, but I can’t help it.

How do you deal with food guilt?