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I found an old letter.......by me to me.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Whilst clearing out some cluttered drawers I came across an old letter I had written to myself, it had to be at least 15 years old. At least! The paper was even yellowed with age. It still holds true today. Here it is. The only changes I have made, those that are in brackets, are things to modernize it.

A new day, a new year, a new you. This is something you can do if your mind is ready. Forget any past failures. The past will never be again. Put it behind you. Take a deep breathe, admit to yourself that you, as a person, are worth every bit of effort that you're going to put into this, and take that first step. Slowly, step by step, you will reach your destination.

And SMILE!! This is going to be a great year. The first of many more to come.

Attitude.....The most powerful weight loss tool there is. With the right attitude you can overcome any obstacle.

Be POSITIVE.....There will be days when you will be less than perfect, but that only proves you are human. No one, and I mean no one, is perfect all the time. Just don't dwell on the slip. Forgive yourself and get back on track. But do it right away. Don't wait until tomorrow to start again. By waiting it'll just make you feel worse by the time the day is over. Be positive. Know that you can do this.

It's time to make a battle plan. Take a look at what you eat and what you do in a typical day. Eat a healthy diet rich in veggies, fruit, whole grains and lean protein. Cut back on fats, sugar and processed foods. You may want to pick up a pocket calorie guide (track your food on Sparks) to get an idea of where you can do better.

Exercise.....is very important as well. 20 minutes a day to start. You may want to break it up into smaller time amounts if you can't do it all in one go. Anything that gets you off the couch will work. Take a walk, ride a bike, do an exercise video. They're all great activities. You have to move it, to lose it.

Learn to truly love yourself as a person.

Make a game of it.....Time your walks. Try to shave a second or two off your previous time. Keep track of your mileage. Track that mileage on a map and try to walk across the country. Try to beat last month's mileage. See how many people you can say hello to. Count how many steps you take in a minute.

MAKE THE TIME.....There are 48 half hour blocks in a day. Your family can have 47 of them. Make one for yourself.

You have to really want this. More than cookies, chips, cake, or your soap opera. That's what VCR'S (PVR) are for.
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I've rewritten this letter and posted it on my fridge, as a reminder. What was true then, still works today! I had written this when I embarked on a journey that lead me to an 84 lbs loss. Not all of that has been regained, but a goodly portion has. Now I'm back on that trail again. Hopefully I won't need to read this again in the future.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 7/1/2014 4:00PM

    Happy Canada DAy. Awesome letter! HUGS

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LYNMEINDERS 5/7/2014 5:28AM

    Brilliant...thankyou so so much for sharing this....was telling a friend today something simular....

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STALEYK 5/7/2014 4:51AM

    Good wisdome and insight...who knew how wise you were back then emoticon ..

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PALMETTOGIRL22 5/6/2014 10:10PM

    A great letter and wonderful inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!
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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2014 6:06PM

    Timely information. Little did you know, eh!

HUGS

Thanks for sharing this.

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CHEBBA 5/6/2014 5:44PM

    Excellent - thank you. At last I've learned how to do all of those things and what a terrific set of skills to be honing. If I slip, I'll refer to your letter - a blueprint for health and life at a healthy weight.

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MOMTOCONNOR2003 5/6/2014 4:55PM

    What a great letter to yoursel I think I will have to write one and put it in a time capsule and see how smart I am in the future. ha ha! I may not be was wise!

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MENNOLY 5/6/2014 4:47PM

    emoticon Great points and emoticon You have done it once so you can do it again emoticon emoticon

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FINNLANA 5/6/2014 4:24PM

    emoticon Wow!! That is alot of wisdom and insight from you at 15? I think that is really a treasure that you found MaryAnn, I am so glad you shared this with us! I remember putting together a workout routine when I was a teen and posting it on my wall with a checklist for me to keep me accountable. I also remember the all or nothing thinking that I had back then. Oh I missed two workouts - better forget it! I'll try again next week. And that pattern continued. Look at what a inspirational letter you wrote way back then, and you are still like that now! emoticon emoticon emoticon Lana

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A great little article about eating habits.

Monday, May 05, 2014

I found this article very interesting, and what it says about some of your "not so great" eating habits. www.care2.com/greenliving/5-dangerou
s-eating-habits.html

  
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LYNMEINDERS 5/6/2014 1:46AM

    thanks heaps.....
Have printed this off to reread

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FINNLANA 5/6/2014 12:41AM

    Yikes, a little too close for comfort. But very informative, thanks for sharing emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2014 8:52PM

    Thanks for the information!

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CHEBBA 5/5/2014 6:19PM

    I recognise some past traits - I intend to make every effort to make sure they stay there.

I also recognise some of my mother's current traits, which are deleterious to her health - but at 87, and having had a heart attack 18 years ago and being on pills, I don't think I can get her to change. She's in denial, my trying to say anything turns everything into a tense situation, but on the other hand I'm scared she's shortening her life. Oh well, I must concentrate on my own endeavours.

Thanks, Hon!

J.

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AJB121299 5/5/2014 6:01PM

    thanks

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Interesting study on Coconut Oil

Sunday, March 09, 2014

I've heard a lot of hoopla about coconut oil recently, and came across this article. I think I'll check into this a little more.
www.care2.com/greenliving/how-coconu
t-oil-can-help-you-lose-weight.html


  
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IMEMINE1 3/11/2014 12:44PM

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CHEBBA 3/10/2014 5:46PM

    How very strange - I walked into the health food shop today, to get some good quality fruit teas, and there staring me in the face were jars of coconut oil on a BOGOF! So, it was too good an offer to miss so I bought one and, of course, got the second. If it proves to be unhelpful to the weightloss, no matter - amongst a very long list of other uses, it can be used directly onto your skin as a moisturiser, a hair treatment, or even as an alternative to WD40!

More anon….

Hope you are hanging on in there….

Hugs

JJ xx





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LYNMEINDERS 3/10/2014 3:46AM

    Thankyou...very interesting....
there will be a rush on coconut oil now....lol

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FINNLANA 3/9/2014 9:46PM

    emoticon Good article, thanks for sharing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/9/2014 8:15PM

    I read that too. Interesting!

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LIBBYG7 3/9/2014 7:39PM

    Hi Boo.....

Hmmmmm (also)........
Read the article with some interest. I always thought that coconut oil, like palm oil, is one of the highly saturated oils and to be avoided. Am I wrong?? I'll do more reading.
But I believe the article also says a minimum of 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day is necessary for weight control. That's way more than I use - I try to get in about 1-2 tsp of olive oil per day. Living on 1200-1300 calories daily, I would find 2 tbsp of any oil 'too expensive' for me.

Hope all is well on your end.....I'll write a long note tomorrow.....(bad few days.......)
Rod's surgery is coming up, right?? We'll 'talk'.......

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CHEBBA 3/9/2014 5:21PM

    Hmm. How very interesting - I will do some more research too.

The only thing I have any issue with doesn't really relate to coconut oil or any other oil - it's the old chestnut which you yourself know is one of my whinges just now… I'll quote from the article - and a shed load of others which we have all read over the years:

" If your body expends more energy (calories) than it takes in, then you will lose fat."

I am definitely working hard with exercise and gardening as well as taking in low calories, albeit healthy ones. I don't snack, I eat three meals a day (mostly, I have to miss lunch sometimes owing to pressures of commitments) and I track EVERYTHING. There is no way that I am taking in more calories (averaging 950-1000, albeit a healthy balance) than I'm expending with the exercise (oh the sweat, dear girl, the manly sweat!) and just keeping my body going. The scales have not budged for 2 weeks plus and I am getting bored with the phrase, or versions of it, in the quote! It isn't always true, it ISN"T!!!

I know you'll talk about muscle weighing more than fat, I'm ready for it! I also apologise as I have digressed. The coconut oil thing is definitely really interesting - maybe it could be the key to speeding up my metabolism…...Just have to see if it fits in with my leptin regime!

Excellent, m'dear - thank you.

JJ xx

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Cravings vs. Addiction

Monday, February 10, 2014

I found this article, and it's links that it has, to be very informative. It helps explain why we do some of what we do, and what we can do about it.

www.care2.com/greenliving/are-food-c
ravings-addictions-ruling-you.html


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IMEMINE1 3/7/2014 11:35AM

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CHEBBA 3/2/2014 3:06PM

    Just caught up with this - very interesting. My mother is addicted to crisps (potato chips),biscuits (cookies) and neat sugar candy like mint imperials, and trying to get her to be responsible for regulating her intake is proving to be not only a Herculean task, but it is also a stressful point of conflict. At 87 and with one heart attack behind her, albeit 17 years ago, she is playing Russian Roulette with another attack, diabetes or a stroke, but she is in denial. In a bizarre way, this is helping me take responsibility for my own cravings and past-but-could-be-again addictions.

People complain about not wanting a 'Nanny state' but I now firmly believe that governments in the obesity-afflicted countries must, must, MUST take the food industry to task and include them in complicity in this dreadful epidemic. Governments must start to penalise the wanton and cynical inclusion of hidden addictive ingredients in even so-called 'healthy' products as well as the contemptuous science behind advertising, packaging, placement of specific products within stores to deliberately lure children and adults alike and, also, to stop the practice of packaging in bulk. Yes, people have to take responsibility for their cravings and addictions but, from first-hand knowledge, this leads vast numbers of people to also eating in bulk.

You can tell I feel very strongly about this. I feel a blog coming on! Good link, M!

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LYNMEINDERS 2/24/2014 4:22AM

    Great article...thankyou

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PALMETTOGIRL22 2/14/2014 1:15PM

    I agree...super article. Thanks for sharing!!!!
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EDDYMEESE 2/12/2014 5:05PM

    Fantastic article! Thank you for sharing :)

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1CRAZYDOG 2/10/2014 3:11PM

    Great article. I just read it this morning also! You bot to post it and I'm very glad!

HUGS and hope all is well with you.

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The Infamous "Santa 7."

Monday, January 06, 2014

It goes without saying, every Christmas Season, like clockwork, for as long as I can remember, I gain 7 lbs. Hence the name “Santa 7.” Now the season is not officially over in this house until Jan 7, Ukrainian Christmas. We do this to honor the relatives on Rod’s mom’s side. And it gives me a legitimate excuse to leave the decorations up a little longer. Now, I hope I’m not jinxing myself by saying this before the end, but to date, I didn’t gain an ounce! And by no means did I refrain from enjoying what the season had to offer. I gave myself license to have what ever I felt I needed. The only difference this year is that I didn’t allow myself to have everything I wanted. It was need vs want.

Now, to be fair, there were times when I absolutely needed to have an almond slice, or a chocolate ball, Xmas cake or other specialty, available only at this time. But I only allowed myself 1, no seconds. Beyond 1, it is no longer a need, but a want. And I feel if I live a life of need vs want things will go much better. I’m even hoping to post a loss this week.
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STALEYK 1/24/2014 2:50PM

    Sounds like you made a good plan and stuck with it!

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KRISKAY1962 1/22/2014 5:45PM

    I HAVEN'T KEPT UP VERY WELL WITH MY SPARK FRIENDS. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE HANGING IN THERE PRETTY GOOD. I MANAGED TO KEEP THE WEIGHT OFF BUT NOT LOSING ANY MORE, I AM STUCK, AND HAVE BEEN SENSE LAST MAY. I AM WORKING HARD RIGHT NOW TO LOSE MORE WEIGHT AND I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP. I THINK IT IS PRACTICE FOR KEEPING IT OFF FOR GOOD. TAKE CARE. KEEP SPARKING.
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BOSS61 1/8/2014 9:09AM

    I try hard to identify with a chocolate "need" or a sweets "need." I have many food weaknesses (I need nuts by way of example) but not that. Happy Ukrainian Xmas all the same.

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GLYNISADELE 1/7/2014 5:11PM

    What can I say? You are just awesome!!!!!! Well done, go girl and just plain WOW!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 1/7/2014 3:06AM

    Woohoo...go you...thats awesome...

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SPARKFRAN514 1/6/2014 11:45PM

    way to go on no weight gain this season . Enjoy the rest of the Christmas season. I still have my Christmas up too !

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1CRAZYDOG 1/6/2014 9:52PM

    Awesome job! Enjoy the Ukranian Christmas celebration!

HUGS

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IMEMINE1 1/6/2014 9:30PM

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LIBBYG7 1/6/2014 4:13PM

    Hi Boo-----
Congrats on your uncommon good sense!! and your success!! emoticon

Of course, when it comes to me, I NEED that second piece of whatever ---- and maybe even a third. Especially late at night when I'm semi-comatose.
How do you NEED a first piece of pie or a scoop of ice cream? No.....with me, it definitely starts with want. Then comes the needing... Now.............how do I stop the wanting?????
If you have an answer ---- pls. relay.
Luv and hugs.
Me.
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CHEBBA 1/6/2014 4:02PM

    Well done Twinnie! Terrific - and it just goes to show that eating healthily doesn't mean going without yummies.

This Christmas was so quiet for us that we didn't even do a "Christmas Shop", which was actually OK. No boxes of choccies, no Christmas pud (yuk), no bread sauce and no mince pies! If it's there it beckons, if it's not there, well, tough. And then Christmas is over anyway. We didn't have a miserable table, it just wasn't groaning and neither were we. However, just after Christmas my pal in Philly sent her usual gift, a box of bits and bobs - some non-food and some of it tasty things. And there they were, like hen's teeth or rocking-horse doodah over here in England... her annual gift of Hershey Kisses! Mmmmm....

Like you, I'm being careful and sensible, but not setting harsh goals..... and my Hershey Kisses are a godsend. 22cals each, I'm treating myself to a couple or so every day and tracking them. You have illustrated that treats are fine as long as we balance them out with healthy practices.

Hugs and WELL DONE AGAIN!

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MENNOLY 1/6/2014 2:06PM

    emoticon emoticon I wish I could say the same about no weight gain. You are doing great!

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LUANN7 1/6/2014 2:04PM

    I am so glad you didn't gain-that is great-congratulations!!!!

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