Saturday, May 25, 2013
One of my favorite places to go to to check out new things to read is Smashwords.com. Budding writers pay someone a nominal fee to format their manuscript or figure it out themselves and are instantly published.
They sometimes make their books available for free, in many different formats for whatever kind of e-reader you might use.
So I checked out nutrition resources this morning. A quick check of titles after my search showed at least one I wanted to download on juicing recipes. I noticed the same author also published a collection of green smoothie recipes and quinoa recipes.
You'll have to decide if the topics are something that would enhance your program.
If the site asks you to register for an account, registration is free. And that will allow you to download free books, purchase books that are priced, and also to publish your own manuscript.
Friday, May 24, 2013
I am having a relationship with this ice cream.
Well, really, I'm trying to NOT have a relationship with this ice cream.
The shop is only 3 miles away. I drive past it if I go the YMCA, and on the way home, a little voice says, "Go ahead, you earned it."
Then that little shredded wheat guy steps in and says, "Sure, it's only 50 calories of cool deliciousness. But what nutrients is it providing to add to your health?"
And I can't come up with a single answer, because it appears to have only 1.5 g. of fat, natural sweetening, and a bunch of air. It doesn't set me off on a binge. And what harm can 50 calories of a bunch of air do???
Well, since I don't know the answer to that, I just don't want to find out. And I drive right past on the way home from the Y. And tonight, I'll just say, "I don't eat that," and walk up to the pool.
See ya there!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I've been watching different varieties of shallots and garlic grow in my square foot garden boxes and grow bags. Much like my weight loss, I didn't know they were going to be such slow growers. But the coolest thing was the elephant garlic this week. I had 3 spathes sprout up a couple of weeks ago, and this week they opened, revealing the flowers you see in the photo. My photography doesn't do them justice. They are a pale lavender shade. After I took the picture, I added some to a vegetable juice I made for a snack.
Then they added zing to my avocado/lime/sundried tomato dressing that topped my lunch salad. When I chewed one flower by itself, it had a STRONG bite to it, nothing like what you'd expect from such a pretty little flower. Definitely a surprise.
My journey here at spark people has had those kind of surprising moments when I think, Wow! I never thought of that; or, Okay, I never expected this!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Well, I've finally settled on my goal weight. Last week I found a picture of me in 1971 in my 2nd year of teaching.
I believe I was overweight then at 150 pounds, and the dress was a regular size 16. Sizes have definitely changed because I'm wearing regular size 16 bathing suits right now.
So I'm aiming for 140 pounds, 10 pounds lighter than that weight. I have graduation pics from even earlier times, but those pics aren't vey helpful covered up with cap and gown.
I'll be very happy to get down into the normal range.
I'm also switching my ticker over. I have been motivated seeing the "weight lost" number get bigger. But I think now I can see the possibility of reaching my goal, so I'm looking forward to that downward trend on my SP ticker.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I've written blogs in the past about the things I felt compelled to share with the world that I was grateful for. I remember being thankful for whoever invented the air conditioner last August. I remember being thankful for my doctor's concerted efforts which gave me back my energy, got rid of tinnitus, migraines, and balance problems after I stopped chemotherapy. I remember being thankful for the full plate diet which helped me see how to eat in a healthy way to lose weight without hunger. I remember being thankful for Spark people being here every day. Just in the last couple of days I wrote somewhere (thought it was a blog, but it's not here) about being thankful for the sunrise that looked like Someone was painting a water color in the sky that morning.
So now, I'm to write about three things I'm grateful for. That's really quite a list already, but I feel like I should update my list. And lest anyone think I'm NOT grateful for family and friends and God and country, I AM. I could probably go on in that vein for a list of 100+ items. No, I'm going to keep this list today focused on why I'm working here at Spark People.
1. First of all I am grateful that this program has gotten me up out of my recliner, out walking morning and evening, and working out in the community pool morning and evening. I no longer sit immobilized in my chair. I recently went shopping for a whole day in between my workouts and lived to model my purchases.
2. I am grateful that Dr. Fuhrman has been brave enough to say what he has learned is true if you want to be healthy. I didn't really want to hear it. For years, I followed an eating plan? that I felt was my right to follow, a gift to myself. I gave myself the right to eat all that stuff. I'll spare you the list, but thanks to Dr. Fuhrman's ideas behind his level 3 plan, I no longer eat anything made with white flour. I am now giving myself the gift of health in every meal. Thanks to him, I no longer want to give myself the gift of obesity, migraines, arthritis, diabetes, artherosclerosis, and cancer. I am grateful that he helped me realize that healthy = happy.
3. I am grateful every time my scale registers another half pound lighter. This morning, tears came to my eyes when it was down a whole pound. I wasn't expecting it. A thyroid issue has almost stalled the weight loss, though I continue my meal plan and fitness plan for my health. This one pound probably means more to me than the other 57 pounds.
Why is that? Well this pound means that I have stayed the course, kept on in the face of weeks with hardly any movement. It was easy to stick to the plan when there was a steady downward trend in the weight department.
It was easy to stick to the plan when health issues were being erased periodically from my "problem list." But it was getting hard to stick to it when the scale remained stoically in place, not budging. It was getting hard to stick to the plan when the thyroid issue was diagnosed and meds still don't appear to be fixing anything. My temperature has actually gone down steadily instead of rising. And all the other measurements I can monitor have remained the same. I kept telling myself that my veins and arteries were clearing out. I kept telling myself my heart was looking younger and younger. I kept telling myself that my brain was thanking me for giving back it's life by clearing out unneeded fat from my skull so there was more room for my brain to do its thing. But I didn't really believe that because my memory is still pretty dodgy.
So that one pound, 4 sticks of butter, was a huge signal. As if,
flashed in neon digital letters on my scale this morning.
4. I know the blog title says Three Things. And that was the outline for it. A. B. C. But I just discovered D. a 4th thing I'm grateful for--the weight tracker here at Spark People. You know how I just said my memory was a little dodgy? Well I decided to see what my weight was on March 26 when my doctor skipped all around the office because I had lost 35 pounds since he had seen me 6 months before. The weight tracker shows I have lost 6.5 pounds since March 26. Not quite the 5 pounds every 3 weeks I had gotten used to, but the scale was definitely NOT stuck in one place for the last 2 months like my dodgy brain was telling me. So, I don't know what my thyroid test score is going to show at the end of the month, but I do think Doc is going to be surprised at my continued weight loss. Maybe I should take him a pogo stick or a hula hoop, at the very least.
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