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Will Work For Stars

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

As an admitted reward junkie, I am excited because I just found one more place where SparkPeople gives recognition. And it is extra exciting because it is for just about the most important thing that can be measured on SparkPeople. It's not a trophy or one of those monthly awards, although I like them all. It doesn't show up on my SparkPage. But it is there, when I earn it. And the reward tells me at a glance how I am really doing with my program.

Did you know that when you stay within your calorie range, you get a STAR, and a yellow-gold star at that, right on your SparkSummary Calendar?? Go to your Start page and down on the left hand column click on SparkSummary Calendar and, if you have any days you have stayed within your calorie range and tracked it, a star will appear on that day! How cool!

Since I was a little kid I would do almost anything to earn a star. I really do know that the only approval I need is my own; external validation is just not necessary. But I know me. I'll work for stars!

  
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HAPPYSOUL91 6/24/2010 2:09PM

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just for you! love to mark my calendar with happy smile stickers when I have met my exercise goal or portion control goal



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KALIGIRL 6/24/2010 1:55PM

    Love rewards!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/24/2010 2:55AM

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You keep on earning them!
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XENA1956 6/24/2010 12:33AM

    I wasn't aware of this either. Will have to look to see how many I have this month. Thanks for the info. Use to love to get those gold stars in school. emoticon

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MONTY68 6/23/2010 10:17PM

    Hi Marsha

Thank you, I never knew it was there. I have 4 days without a star emoticon. But all 4 days were under, 1 was 2 calories less. I can live with that , but it really gives a lot of info.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 6/23/2010 9:33PM

    Oh WOW - I absolutely love gold stars! Thanks :D

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LIBRATAH 6/23/2010 9:30PM

    I'll have to check this out, I didn't know this, thanks.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/23/2010 9:25PM

    WOW! I did not know this! How cool is THIS!? Thank you so much for this information, my sweet friend! I'm running right over to see my stars! There'd better be some, or I'm in trouble! *grin*

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WATERMELLEN 6/23/2010 8:40PM

    Thanks for the info: will have to check this out!!

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JHADZHIA 6/23/2010 8:26PM

    Wow! I didn't know that!! Thanks for letting us know!!

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WILD4STARS 6/23/2010 8:11PM

    OMG! Wish I had known that. I have a whole pocket full of gold stars at all times. Next trip to Circle B, I'll make sure you get loaded with gold stars. I sprinkle them every where I go. I am the Star Giver !!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/23/2010 8:08PM

    What? I don't have to put my own stickers on the calendar? But I LIKE my little sticky stars... right now, I've got one a day since about last Christmas... my stars are for a soda-free day!

But I see a kindred spirit there... "will work for stars", indeed!

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Retail Therapy

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Today I went shopping. Instead of going to my favorite store where I frequent the 70% off and final sale rack, I went to an upscale shopping area. I thoroughly enjoyed trying on expensive things in little sizes. It really is the first time I've done it since I lost this weight.

It was a great pick-me-up to see that, despite a few days of less than perfect eating, I still fit in those small petites and little things I've always aspired to wear. I splurged on a great turquoise tank top, outer shirt, and fancy black and silver belt. Wow!! My motivation is back for sure! -Marsha

  
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WALKINGANNIE 6/23/2010 4:36PM

    You've worked so hard for this reward Marsha. Glad that you're re-Sparked!

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KALIGIRL 6/23/2010 1:14PM

    Way cool pictures please!

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TBRANCH2 6/22/2010 10:43PM

    Good for you!!! You deserve it!!

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FRAN0426 6/22/2010 8:57PM

    You have earned that shopping trip, glad you had a great time at the upscale shopping area.

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JHADZHIA 6/22/2010 8:06PM

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Its the person wearing the clothes that makes them look great -and you look fabulous!!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 6/22/2010 6:12PM

    Sounds great! Pictures pretty please:)

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DONNABRIGHT 6/22/2010 5:49PM

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/22/2010 5:12PM

    Love when you stated "expensive things in little sizes", that is one of the pure pleasures of losing weight. Glad you have fun

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/22/2010 5:00PM

    Marsha, that sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I think I want to go shopping up north when I go to see my daughter! Lori

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MONTY68 6/22/2010 4:51PM

    Marsha
that is so exciting. You have worked hard on you and I am telling you that you are going to reap all kind of fringe bonus's from today's experience. And if may say, you will look awesome.

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PRINCEZLEAH 6/22/2010 4:33PM

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You've Got to Read this DailySpark if You are Anything Like Me!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

I read the Daily Spark, "Conquering Eating and Other Impulses the Easy Way", a couple days ago. I read a lot of Spark articles, sometimes because I'm just racking up SparkPoints and sometimes to kill time so I'm not eating and sometimes because I really want the information. In this case I started reading just to get the points, but I found myself not just skimming it, but going back to reread it slowly.

Yet I didn't think of it when I gave into an impulse to eat the day before yesterday. But I did think about it when I was trying to digest my impulse eating, learn the lesson, and improve my eating behavior. I went back and reread it.

Here is the core of it:
"...we do have two selves, or at least two different voices in our heads. One is the normal, everyday stream of thinking and impulses that drives our actions. The second, which is much more powerful and stable, allows us to observe those thoughts and impulses. In the phrase, "I like myself,"......"myself" is the Observed; the "I" is the Observer that does the liking.

Unfortunately, our Observers are usually dormant, and the Observed becomes the Unobserved. We then become slaves to our impulses and our often-dysfunctional thoughts, worries, fears, etc. When the Observer kicks in, you realize that you're much more than the sum total of your thoughts and impulses. Then you can rule them, not vice versa.

Read more: http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=co
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So the writer is saying that when we have an impulse we can use our Observer to recognize it as an impulse, and then decide whether to act on that impulse or not. So simple.

Yesterday I found it surprisingly effective. Last eve I wanted something to eat. I was envisioning the refrigerator and cabinet and what my choices were at the time. When I suddenly thought, "This desire to eat is an impulse." I'm not really hungry. I don't have to act on this impulse. And the impulse left!!

I have a strong feeling that this technique is just what I need to overcome my remaining eating behavior problem. Time will tell whether this is THE technique or one tool in the tool box. I'm observing that I'm getting stronger in my ability to analyze my behaviors and change them to become the person I want to be. Thanks, SparkPeople, for a new tool to help me!!

  
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SULLIS 6/22/2010 1:35PM

    Thanks for pointing out that article. It makes so much sense. I'm going to start paying more attention to how I react to "impulses".

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KALIGIRL 6/22/2010 1:28PM

    Sounds like a great tool and another way to reach mindfulness.
Thank you.


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MARYMAC45 6/21/2010 7:10PM

    Great blog. I read that article too. I try to use as much of the info that I can. I've had some success.

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MEXGAL1 6/21/2010 5:11PM

    Thanks so much for reading and sharing with us.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/21/2010 4:42PM

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WALKINGANNIE 6/21/2010 2:40PM

    Thanks for the reminder Marsha. It's a great article and very helpful.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 6/21/2010 1:52PM

    I really enjoyed that blog too and was thinking that it would be a handy tool to have in my arsenal!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/21/2010 12:02PM

    Good article, impulses always gets me into trouble. Being able to analyze my behaviors and then change it before regret is such a good thing

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MONTY68 6/21/2010 11:52AM

    Marsha
It was a fantastic article, I usually skim through is blogs also, but I did read it and it makes so much sense and a great way to stop or slow down impulse eating. Thanks for reminding us.

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JOHAL52 6/21/2010 11:51AM

    Thanks Marsha! I read the blog and yes, I can relate to it! Especially as I have an 11 pound cat sitting on my lap that wasn't there last Thursday emoticon.

I also wish I'd read it yesterday as I scarfed down lots of sugar again. But, one day at a time, one impulse at a time....

Thanks for your blog Marsha! I always enjoy reading it.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/21/2010 11:38AM

    I read it, also and found it very interesting. I have been trying to implement it today and am having some success. I'm sure it gets easier over time.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/21/2010 11:30AM

    I read this late last night, and boy did I ever relate to it, too! I am going to do these things and I believe it will really help! Thanks for sharing it! emoticonLori

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Past the Blahs

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yesterday I was feeling too blah to blog. But I'm back on it today. The scale is up, but only .8 pounds. I'll live. I'll even stay a healthy weight. And I'm trying to give up the "yelling" at myself when I slip.

I wish I could be perfect. I mean perfect when it comes to eating, but I think I best accept that isn't going to happen. After 60 years of struggling with eating, I am not changing into a different person. I need to take it just one day at a time. I need to celebrate all my healthy eating and activity successes. And I need the slips to just slip away without much acknowledgement.

My slips have become smaller and less frequent. I don't know why I felt so discouraged yesterday. It was way out of proportion to the situation. Oh, well. Yesterday is gone and I'm committed to healthy eating, healthy activity and healthy thinking about food today! -Marsha

  
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MONTY68 6/20/2010 9:08PM

    Hi Marsha
So you gained 12 oz. or .8 pound. What happened? emoticon. That is the problem with a digital scale. I know my old scale which was really hard to read the little numbers would not have shown that. You know that it could be any number of things , even drinking a glass of water. I know that this hasn't effected anything in your life. You have done a fantastic job on yourself and are a inspiration to many people.
So you had a case of the blahs, I understand that it goes around and affects many of us. A new age person might say your biorhythms might be off, it could have been the moon or it could be you just didn't feel like writing a blog. The good thing is there doesn't have to be a reason and certainly one doesn't have to feel guilty about it. But Marsha has one of the best attitudes . I have seen, is excited and motivated about living this new healthy lifestyle and would not allow a blah to consume her.
If you didn't know it, you do more exercising in one day as a number of people might do in a week. That is why you are so successful and since we have met, you have continually motivated me.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Monty

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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2010 2:49PM

    Marsha you are doing a wonderful job! My guess is that you didn't sleep well on Friday night, Saturday it was hot and sticky and you may have a lot of things you want to accomplish right now. When you are tired .8 of a pound seems like a huge amount. If you slept well last night and feel better today, it doesn't seem like such a big deal right now but it did then. I'm the same way. Being hot and tired makes you feel you don't want to do anything. Feeling rested gives you energy and lifts your spirits. You are normal and you're doing great! Keep up the good work!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/20/2010 12:16PM

    Glad you're over the blah but whatever you did , it's only one day in a trend of progressively better days and habits - and I agree with others about the 0.8. It could be water weight and is probably a temporary fluctuation.

Realistically, perfection probably isn't going to happen for any of us. If perfection means denial and deprivation then it probably isn't a healthy aim anyway.

Would you yell at any of us if we slipped a bit? Of course not. Time for that positive self-talk.

You're doing just fine Marsha. Progress not perfection.... and just look back at your fantastic progress!!


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JHADZHIA 6/20/2010 11:33AM

    Wow .8!! I am glad my scale doesn't measure fractions or I would surely go batty!!
Ease up on yourself Marsha! I can't see an single person living a healthy lifestyle that doesn't go off the rails and slip up once in a while. Its called giving our human nature a wild break. What is really important, is that you are getting right back down to the healthy lifestyle when the wilding is over! You are doing this! You are a success! And you are only human, like the rest of us!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/20/2010 10:32AM

    I believe we all these kinds of days, it is just part of life. But as you said "yesterday is gone" and today is another day.

Enjoy the healthy eating and exercise

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2010 10:23AM

    I'm thinking that .8 is not necessarily a real weight gain -- could be water retention after something salty -- within normal fluctuation??

So glad that you are NOT yelling at yourself: nobody gets to yell at Marsha!!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 6/20/2010 9:54AM

    One day at a time is the way to go! Glad you conquered the blahs:)

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DONNABRIGHT 6/20/2010 9:40AM

    Maybe you can try weighing yourself less often?

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Minor Obstacle

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Last eve after pilates, my concern was confirmed. The callous on my left foot, running about 2.5 inches from my second toe toward my heel, produced a few drops of blood from a crack about 1/4 inch long. It had been sore for a couple days. The callous has been there for years.

Earlier I had been looking at the callous and I told Natalie it was a boo-boo. She looked at it and dismissed it, saying it was dirt not a boo-boo, with all the certainty a three year old nurse could muster. But after I really got it scrubbed, I'm sorry to admit, it still looks dirty. The rest of the foot gets pinky white, but the callous stays dark. But now I know it is not just dirt.

Well, I've got Neosporin and a Band-Aid on it, so I'm going to Zumba. I hope I can get it healed up without a doctor visit. Anyone have a home remedy for callouses on the foot?

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2010 2:40PM

    I think any time a callous bleeds you have two problems. One problem is the way your shoes are fitting and the second problem is what is making your foot callous and then bleed. If the antibiotic ointment doesn't clear it up within a few days, you probably need to seek out medical treatment. When you go to the foot doctor be sure to take your athletic shoes and the shoes you wear most often during the time when you aren't working out for the doctor to look at. Looking at those shoes can tell the doctor a lot about your feet. Just a suggestion. I hope you feel better soon!!!

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AMANDAJCD 6/18/2010 9:39AM

    The neosporin or polysporin sounds like the way to go. Mine have cracked before and I just waited until they healed then started filing the callous down and using a very heavy emollient moisturizer on it.

Over time, that has alleviated my cracking problem.

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MONTY68 6/16/2010 11:23PM

    Marsha
I would watch it. give the neosporin a day or 2. It may have been dry and cracked. If it doesn't do something, you may have to see the Doctor.

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DWKINSEY 6/16/2010 9:24PM

    Marsha, since you say it is bleeding, your current treatment is probably best for now. When the bleeding stops, try using an emollient foot cream that exfoliates the skin. This will soften the callus and cause it to shed surface cells. I have bad feet myself and have found that keeping the skin soft helps to avoid many problems. If you want to remove a callus, it is best to see a podiatrist to avoid infection. Since calluses are caused by friction, you might try adding some padding to the bottom of your foot to get rid of some of the friction. As we age, the padding on the bottom of the foot decreases, making us more likely to have this problem.

Hope it heals soon,
Donna

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JHADZHIA 6/16/2010 8:39PM

    I would be concerned why the callus is there. Its usually in response to continued trauma to your foot, although yours is in a very unusual place. I have very bad calluses on my feet and toes because of my foot problems that even orthotics can't help. But regular scrubbing of them (daily) with a pumice stone or an emery board, and good lotion slathered on after will help. You may want to get it investigated eventually. What if a metal sliver is in there or something? Or you may have a spur.
I know how irritating they are. I am lucky to be in a podiatrist's constant care and she files them down for me on a regular basis (as it bothers my hands to scrub them myself). I see her at a reduced price because of my low income. Got to love Canadian Medical Care.
Good luck with it..

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/16/2010 7:18PM

    Well, usually the callous on the foot means it is under and the skin just keep layering. If it doesn't work with the antibiotic then please go to a podiatrist, I would rather be safe.

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KALIGIRL 6/16/2010 6:40PM

    Hope it heals soon!

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MEXGAL1 6/16/2010 6:04PM

    Hope your booboo is better soon!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/16/2010 3:57PM

    Sorry to hear about this Marsha. In the UK it's the sort of issue that a pharmacist could advise on but I guess that things might be different in the US.

Hope you get it cleared up soon so that it doesn't hurt or interfere with your life too much.

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PINKSAINT247 6/16/2010 3:25PM

    nope I have one on my left foot about 2inches long 1 inch diameter that cracks and bleeds. i just suck it up and keep going. It'll heal eventually.

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