Saturday, August 23, 2008
Trout River, Jacksonville, Florida
Hi all :)
Storm has past... We were without power for three days.. Well almost three days. It went out Thursday night. It felt like forever. The power folks (who worked like crazy), got it on for us about 8 PM this evening. I would have kissed their boots if I could have chased down the truck as the left the neighborhood.
Just popping in to tell you we're alive well and exhausted :)
I'll catch up on the Totals for Weight Loss and all the cool emails you guys sent me, and blog comments, tomorrow.. Right now, I need bath n bed. :)
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
On my journey into weight control, and finding SparkPeople, I wish, I had known a few of the tools and how they worked. I'm a hands on person though, and I could read manual after manual, and honestly, I'd still have to work through it.
Food Tracker - Additional Food Selections
When you used your food tracker, you can manually add in food you eat daily or weekly that you can't find in the list of foods.
For instance- Idaho Potato. The kind that I eat has 100 calories for each 5.3 oz selection. The ones listed are no where near that count so I wanted to add in my own potatoes.
To do this go to the Food Tracker and click, "Add A Food Not Listed" button, in the upper right hand corner of your food tracker. *(reading buttons on all of the pages is very important)*
The page which comes up lets you input the data of each individual food you wish to add into the Food tracker. Just look on the back of the packages, read the list of Nutrition Facts and put in the numbers just like they appear on your food package.
When you save it. OH! by the way. Make sure you give the food you are listing "a name" prior to the data listings- because if you don't and you hit "save", it gives an error message, and you will have to do it all over again, and that's just infuriating.
Now this process is really annoying, I have to tell you. One of my biggest pet peeves. BUT, if you want to have a variety of foods and enjoy things you normally would daily, then you have to go through this, lengthy process. However, now I have about 50 or 60 extra food selections I can choose from because of the effort I took to place the data in the Food Tracker.
On the topic of the Food Tracker. You may also build a Recipe and then add it into the Food Tracker. ... For instance. I really love a good Mushroom soup. I had no idea how many calories it would end up being per-serving so I went to the area....
and put in my recipe for the mushroom soup. After I did that, you hit "save" and UNCHECK the little boxes next to the save button, unless you wish to share it with the rest of sparkpeople. Now, you will get the recipe page show up and it has the calories for each serving. Then you click the link at the bottom of the Nutritional facts about your new recipe and it asks you if you would like to add this to your food tracker. If you want it added into the "manually added foods" then you click it.
I must have 20 or so recipes now added in my recipe file box and also they are added into my Manually Added Foods.
This gives you more selection, variety and ease of tracking the usual foods you cook for your family. Can you image how frustrating it would be to break down 1 serving of a casserole??? ugh... So this works amazingly to track that casserole serving you just ate!
There really are so many wonderful features here. And SP makes it very easy to succeed at your goals. I just wish I'd known about these features early on... Maybe way back when I first joined sparkpeople if someone told me, I'd have stuck with it and then not dropped out early. ... However, I'm back with a vengeance, and telling everyone I know about the features I have found of help, so they won't struggle like I did. Hey! It's been 6 months now and I love SP! I want you to love it too!
Sending you Goonie Hugs
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I was thinking about all the wonderful people out there who have lost 5 pounds this month, and how sad they are that it wasn't "significant''.
Well, I'm here to tell you it is Quite Significant! I went and hunted up a photo of how much FIVE pounds of human fat looks like... Just so you never think, it's insignificant again. It's AMAZING you have lost that!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Stuff has certainly change in the last month. I spent today adjusting my pants on the sewing machine. Had to take them in 4 inches in the waist and then 3 inches in each leg.
I got into the "One Day I Will Be Able to Zip These" Pants today... They've been sitting on my shelf since godknowswhen. I took them down today to perhaps try it out and see if (since last month) they would zip. Well The Did! I could still loose 5 more pounds so they'd be totally comfortable, but last month they lacked 4 full inches of zipping! Today they Zipped! YEAH!
Well, that's about all the crowing I can do for one day... :)
The beginning of the month I gained weight no matter how hard I tried. 8 pounds- no less... Wanting to cry, but sticking it out, they left. I say that so anyone out there experiencing weight gain while dieting shouldn't sweat it. (I did enough for you already). If you are doing the right stuff, the weight will leave.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
We all evolve from one thing and into another. It's life's process. If we stagnate and do not change and grow then our whole reason for being here is less than what is desired. Purpose, is to be positive and be healthy while enjoying what our planet has to offer.
Along the way from that initial glowing purpose we meet up with negative forces. Our bodies react in a negative fashion when we begin to absorb all of that negativity. How does the body react? It either gets sick, mentally or physically, or it packs on weight or causes us to loose dramatic weight. We do have the ability to focus on positive energy and grab back the control of our life. In focusing on what we do want which is healthy bodies, and why we want it, we can rest in the knowledge that the positive aspects of that desire will manifest. Yes, it will take work. However, anything worth having will demand that you put forth effort in attaining it.
So daily, and yes, sometime moment by moment, I keep my mind focused on the outcome of my actions, and focus on the real desire in my heart.
Talking for a minute about how our mind tries to protect us and the often resulting event.
Abuse happens here on different levels. Some mentally, physically, and others spiritually. When we experience abuse and pain, often that or those events, becomes our focus. Our bodies are stimulated to protect itself. That is one scenario. The other is the escape route syndrome where we agree with the conflict at hand and decide to let ourselves starve to death. Unfortunate that some feel these extremes in life. It's all about getting control though. Whether it's packing on weight to keep safe, or starving to get out of life. It's still about control.
There is a way which is better.
Today focus on what you makes you feel happy. What makes you smile? Fill your day with any positive energy you can find. I don't care if it's painting swirly's on the floor of your kitchen. Find that happy spot today and be in it! .... easy huh? no... not always.
When you are besieged with a lot of storm, it's hard to locate 1 thing which brings back the peace of your mind. However, in locating the peace in some area, you can build on it. ... Just one brick at a time. Build build build.... happy,, peace,, joy...
When I wake in the morning, I lay there and begin to look for things to be thankful for. ..... mmmm my toes don't hurt! The bed is soft. My blankets are warm.... I have a roof over my head. Everything on me right now is at total peace, and not sore.... and I keep building that list. When I get out of bed, I continue to find positive aspects. ... I have toilet paper. It's cool I have coffee. I'm happy Wal-Mart has the ability to bring me things from all over the globe, so I can exist happily with things I desire. My dog loves me. My cat is so funny.
The sky is lovely this morning. The trees in my yard are such a blessing on hot days. I'm happy they didn't get hurt in the wind storm last night. ....
Now, by the time you make your own list... the negative energy which has built up in your life begins to fade and loose it's strangle hold on the new day.
We really can introduce Positive Energy into our days, by what we think. ... I mean come on.. that other 3/4s of the brain which scientist say is unused, has to be good for something.
Well, this may seem basic, but I tell you this morning, it really is life, and peace... It's also scripture.
-Think on these things... Whatsoever is lovely, peaceful, of good report... keep your mind focused on these.-
That's Minospeak-paraphrased but, you get the drift.
Alright.. I'm done talking now. I feel good that I have left you what felt good inside to share with you today.
Hugs to you Goonies out there who read my blog, and hugs to you folks who read this and aren't Goonies :)
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