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List of Favorites - Major Overhauling along with my Exercise Routine

Saturday, March 03, 2012

A little over a year ago I wrote that I had cleaned up my List of Favorites and removed all things unhealthy. Either I didn't do a good job, or I went back to old habits and started putting things back on it because I ate it. DUH DUH DUH - just because I messed up, I didn't have to make it a favorite. Today I removed 80 items and still probably have a lot more to remove. Unless I missed it, I wish there was a better way to remove those items than individually, which is what I did.

I'm trying the "Wheat Belly Diet" so that was part of the overhaul. Anything with wheat I removed. Not only from my favorites, but they have been removed (almost all) from cupboards as well. They're no longer on my items to eat. I actually ate pizza with my team at work the other day, but my pizza was the toppings only from the veggie pizza.

I haven't tracked in a while, so that's what got me started on this cleanup. Too many items to search through. Now that I'm back to exercising (up to swimming a 1/2 mile, walking again and more exercises with the stability ball), eating what I feel is now right, etc. the pounds are still not going anywhere. So, I'm back to data analysis. I am definitely going wrong somewhere.

Happy sparking everyone!!

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UHURA3 9/9/2013 11:59PM

  It would be great to get an update. I'm sure you've made great progress. I agree with Klassie!

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KLASSIE 9/5/2012 11:18PM

    Just looked you up. You're not doing something wrong, the results are just slow in adding up. Don't quit, just keep on keeping on. May God bless you on your journey.

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Immersed Myself in Landscaping

Saturday, October 22, 2011

From early spring and for as long as the weather holds up, I have immersed myself in landscaping, then sitting back and enjoying the beauty outside.

I reasoned with myself that I was getting a lot of exercise by mowing, pruning, pulling weeds, trimming bushes, etc. but really, I knew when I looked in the mirror that I wasn't seeing the results hoped for. I've been maintaining a very healthy diet and staying within my calorie limits, but that's only one part of what I should have been doing to create that new me.

So last week I started working out with a personal trainer, and he pushed my body to the limit. He actually could be one of the trainers on the Biggest Loser. At the end of the day, I was very close to wanting to - I'm trying to find a nice way to say it, but can't, so I'll just put it out there. I was ready to KILL him. I didn't let my pain deter me and am happy to say I have exercised every day and have now put in a full week.

I'm off to start mowing the lawn for what hopefully will be the last time this year, then I'll walk my 2 miles on the treadmill and work on the other exercises the trainer has me doing.

Wish me the best and hopefully I'm back this time for good with positive results.


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SABLENESS 10/22/2011 11:11AM

    Beautiful pic! I admire people with a green thumb since all the gardening genes missed me completely. I consider my yardwork a great workout since our yard is suffering from too little time and a summer that was perfect for growth, especially weeds. The yard and I are both shaping up.

Hope the personal trainer is just what you need to get to those goals. I'm just grateful that I'm more active, a LOT more active than I was. emoticon emoticon

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Are Those Cooked Vegetables I See You Eating?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Today I had one of my aha moments. Whenever someone asked if I liked vegetables, I would say only raw. Very few would I eat cooked. I do like collard greens, green beans, spaghetti squash, "candied" yams, potatoes and spinach but only if it is in an onion florentine (onion scooped out to form a shell, stuffed with chopped spinach, hot turkey sausage, chopped onions and cheddar cheese). No other cooked veggies, or so I thought.

I came home prepared with my own groceries to last what I hope is the entire weekend. I immediately put together my veggie tray for making my salads. I say I hope it will last because everyone now wants a salad. I guess that's a good thing. I always hear no one can make a salad like you do. When I bring a salad to work, I always hear you can make the best salads, next time bring us one too!! I'm puzzled, because I'm always thinking just how difficult can this be? Cut your veggies and when it's time, grab a handful of everything and put it on a bed of your spinach, or spring mix - my two favorites, add a little feta cheese, tuna and low or no fat dressing and you're good to go. I know what it is though, they don't want to do all of the chopping. It takes me about 40 minutes, to wash, dry, chop, but when I'm done, I'm ready for a week.

Now to get to those cooked vegetables. When I was preparing my dinner tonight, I knew I was going to have veggie burgers. Tonight I would be topping them with red onions, red, yellow and orange peppers and mushrooms that had been sautéed in extra virgin olive oil.

When all was said and done, and I was enjoying my meal, it dawned on me, hellooooooo, aren't those cooked vegetables you're eating? Weren't those cooked vegetables that you were eating during the summer that you were so proud of grilling. The yellow squash, zucchini, etc.? Now that I think about it, I probably wrote about this back then too. Guess I'm having another senior moment. But eating cooked vegetables is a small step, maybe I'll progress to other veggies that are cooked as I go along on my journey to becoming a healthier me.

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JAZZID 3/30/2011 11:37PM

    emoticon visual... thanks for sharing.

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BABY_GIRL69 2/19/2011 10:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonGod bless, Dee

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The View From Behind ... It Ain't Pretty!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

WARNING: I'm back to my lengthy blogs emoticon

I've thought about writing this blog for a very very long time. I've finally decided I needed to get it off my chest. I had several names for it, wanted something very catchy to make sure I got at least a few of my Spark Friends' attention:

The View From Behind was My Behind
The Chair Runneth Over
Is That Really Me?
Why Are People Passing the Seat Next to Me?

The list goes on, but you'll get my point in a few. So please just bear with me.

It all started when I saw Tyler Perry's movie - Why Did I Get Married? In particular the scene with Sheila where she's told she has to deplane. Why? Because she's fat. Here's an excerpt from this site:

"Sheila (Jill Scott) and Mike (Richard T. Jones) - We are cut back to the classroom and Patricia is asked about Sheila and Mike. Patricia says that they are still together and we see the couple along with a friend of Sheila’s getting on a plane. They have 2 seats on one row and the third seat is one row ahead. Mike says that Sheila should take the seat on the row in front while he and Trina (Denise Boutte) – Sheila’s single friend will sit together. Sheila looks disappointed, but acquiesces and moves to the single seat in the row ahead. She has the center seat. As she sits down, she bumps the gentlemen on either side of her. Then we see the gentleman in the aisle seat get up and approach the flight attendants. The flight attendant then approaches Sheila and tells her that the flight is full today. She acknowledges the fact and says she purchased her tickets months ago. The attendant says that he must ask her to de-plan because a person of her size is required to purchase two seats. She is clearly humiliated and we hear Mike saying that he has told her to lose weight. He then tells Sheila to get off the plane and take the bus or drive to Colorado, while he and Trina remain on the flight. He gives her some money for gas and tells her that she will enjoy the quiet ride. Mike hands her a bag from the overhead compartment and tells her to go ahead and they will see her there. She then gets off the plane, presumably to drive to Colorado."

Mind you that was just a movie, but does it happen in real life? Obviously, it does. "Film director is thrown off US plane for being 'too big for seat' - Kevin Smith has unleashed a tirade on Twitter after being told by Southwest Airlines that he was a 'safety concern' - full article can be found at:

Now here's the icing on the cake. I travel Southwest all the time, and when making my last reservation I noticed for the first time their policy for Customers of Size:

"Customers of Size Policy
Guidelines for Customers of Size
Customers who encroach upon any part of the neighboring seat(s) should proactively book the needed number of seats prior to travel. The armrest is considered to be the definitive boundary between seats and measures 17 inches in width. The purchase of additional seats serves as a notification to Southwest of a special seating need. Most importantly, it ensures that all Customers onboard have access to safe and comfortable seating. You may contact us for a refund of the cost of additional seating after travel, provided the flight does not oversell (which means having more confirmed Customers than seats on the aircraft)."

Complete information can be found at:

Now how does all of this relate to me? While recently looking at my pictures on my computer, this one got me to thinking:

I'm the one that set up the tripod for pictures to be taken automatically, and when I looked at it again, I thought this could be me - being told I have to get off the plane because I'm taking up 2 seats. Or it could be me on the bus and someone complaining that I'm taking up 2 seats. Whenever I sit down, I always run my hand down to see if I could feel the line or space between the seats to reassure myself that I'm not spilling over. If I'm sitting next to the window, I press myself as tight as I can against the bus thinking I'll take up less space. I even changed winter coats thinking one took up more room than another that I had. Again I didn't want to risk being humiliated. I'm glad in a way when no one sits next to me on the bus, because then I definitely have more room to myself. But on the other hand, I sometimes think was it because they thought they didn't have enough room? Once someone who seemed quite a bit larger than me sat down next to me or I should say squeezed down next to me and for the next hour and a half it was the most uncomfortable ride I ever had. She was practically sitting on top of me I was just that squished. I couldn't complain, because I thought that could be what others think when I sit down next to them.

Although a blog I put up about a month before this picture was taken, I think in February 2010 bragged about my clothes being baggy, they're still not baggy enough so I don't have this uncomfortable feeling. So I've printed out this picture and it is posted on my refrigerator, on my treadmill, on my bathroom mirror. I think I'll call it the view that everyone else sees and the one that I tried to pretend wasn't there. But I'm working on it.

I'm hoping when this summer rolls around this year, that I'll knowingly take another picture, but this time the view will definitely be different.

Happy Sparking everyone!!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 2/14/2011 9:14PM

    If a photo helps motivate you and keep you focussed on your goals, then it's all good.

Good luck on your continuing healthy journey!

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Food - Just because it's on my List of Favorites ... Doesn't Make it Right

Saturday, February 12, 2011

When I first started using SparkPeople, I was eager to capture everything I was eating to make sure I could analyze my calorie intake. When finding a food, I would always add it to my list of favorites. So, whenever I did eat something, I didn't have to search for it, I knew it was in my list. After 2 years with SP, today I finally realized, just because it's on my list, doesn't make it right. I know what is good for me and what is not. What is healthy and what is not. What has the most nutritional value and what doesn't. So why was I keeping those BAD things on my list to just have to scroll through them to find what I wanted?

Today, I edited that list and was amazed at the number of things I was removing. Off went the Dunkin donuts, Panera Caramel Latte, Dunkin glazed donuts, Utz chips, Fritos, cookies, cakes, anything with McDonald's in front of it (including the salads). I didn't need their salad, I make a pretty mean one on my own. Anything with KFC in front of it, especially since I preferred the fried stuff. I could go on and on, but I think you get my point.

What stayed on my list were the newly added Morningstar Farms veggie products, Klondike Slim-a-Bears, plenty of fruits and vegetables, etc.

And guess what? I'm feeling pretty good that I've removed them all. It's like I cleaned my refrigerator, although those things weren't actually in it. I guess the power of suggestion caught up with me and I had to deal with it.

First I survived the bake-off at work where I had to bypass their table of desserts for 3 days. Now I've survived my own List of Favorites. Another baby step for me.

Hope everyone has a sparking good day!!!

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JAZZID 3/30/2011 11:38PM

    ... I like your revised list better! Good job!... ~ Dee emoticon

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DDHEART 2/12/2011 8:07PM

    I never thought about editing my favorite food list...duh...think I need to go do that now!

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NEWMAC2011 2/12/2011 9:55AM

    That's great! I only keep things on there that I eat often. One of the great things about SP is helping make up mindful eaters. I check calories before I eat something now then can decide if it's worth it or not! You've made great strides towards being healthier.


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AUNTB63 2/12/2011 9:27AM

    What an ingenious thing to do. I'm going to follow suit and clean up my favorite list too. I know there are items on there that I won't be needing any more. Thanks for blogging about this. Have a great weekend.

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