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Holiday challenge to Maintain

Monday, November 11, 2013

Just had guest for the weekend and although we stayed in and prepared all the food, I had a hard time sticking to my regular portions. Something about socializing and getting together that just makes me want to munch. Did ok on the weight but I can see that the next weeks are going to present a challenge.

I hit my maintenance weight in October of 154 and I am still working on how to maintain it. It has been up a little as I try to figure out how much to each so the social eating is just another challenge.

It is easy to get all pumped up and make promises to myself after the guests are gone, but just wait until the next round. Some things I am going to commit to that I will be able to do are
1. Drink water before every meal and drink a glass with each meal
2. Make a list of noshes and appetizers that are low calorie and buy them instead of high calorie snacks.
3. Eat more slowly, the fork down.
4. Make a lot of fresh salads
5. Record food eaten every day
6. Do get in the exercise, even if I have to get out before breakfast.
7. Post weight each Tuesday

Weight on Nov 5 was 156.5 2.5 pounds above my Maintenance weight. Hoping it will be down Nov. 12 and every Tuesday after that.


Joined the National Bird Day Maintenance Challenge - to help Go Spark
Enter your weight at this link, right here: docs.google.com/forms/d/1dOi53lkhX2P-3ZxHJ YigXC_H0QXzocSkeJI4Ndo0Rsw/viewform

  
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MBTEPP 11/17/2013 11:28AM

    Holidays are challenging for me because of all the "traditions" we have maintained over the years, and all the anticipations, and "don't wanna miss" things, mostly FOOD things. Last year I gained 10 lbs from October to New Years. And I thought I was being good! I had started a swim program the week of Thanksgiving just to keep the pounds from creeping up. I am so holiday shy this year, and don't want all the celebratory food and spirits overflowing.

You have a good plan, so review your plan daily and make sure you have mini (non-food) rewards to give yourself.

We will make it through together!!!!

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LYNKIN 11/17/2013 7:16AM

    Great plan! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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RACEWELLWON 11/14/2013 4:03PM

    Hi Sunny sorry - I missed this blog - the 11th was Surgery day for DH ! Sounds like you did pretty good though . I agree being around guests invites trouble when it comes to food. Like last night I Wined and Dined after work late t celebrate a friends Birthday and I really enjoyed the Food !! OK - it was fine Southern Italian Cooking ! Delish - I have not stepped on the scale today but like yourself I noticed where I was triggered :( back to the drawing board - Hugs Karen

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/13/2013 1:29AM

    That sounds like a great plan, good luck!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 11/12/2013 1:46PM

    November 12 weight is 154.5. This has been my maintenance weight for several weeks. My mind says that I would like to lower it to 151 but I have not been working on it.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/12/2013 9:59AM

    Sounds like a perfect plan! And I'll be working the Bird Day Challenge right along with you!

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/12/2013 8:20AM

    sounds like a great plan!!! Good for you!

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FEMISLIM 11/11/2013 8:54PM

    Great!!!

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-SHOREIDO- 11/11/2013 8:20PM

    Good thoughts here!! Your a motivator!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2013 8:17PM

    Great maintenance plan. If you find some good ones for the second one please share them with us.

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MERRYMARY42 11/11/2013 4:38PM

    I am with you, want to lose more, but want to maintain emoticon until the 1st of the year,

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Right now it seems like I need a new glass

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Thought for the day that I read in a blog "Instead of glass half-empty, I think this glass might be broken because it keeps dripping all over me." Right now it seems like I need a new glass.

My life has always been busy, the oldest of 5 with a working mother, working my way through college, getting married, having a child and continuing to work, progressing through higher levels of responsible jobs while teaching college classes part time.

Then after I retired, I threw myself into volunteer jobs that kept me busy and involved. Last June, after 4.5 years, the volunteer organization changed and I decided to leave. During the same time my DH acquired (not by choice) some physical limitations so we cannot do some of the activities we have always done together and it has been a year of getting him healthy. Since then I have had more time to do nothing.

In fact I found myself not reading every minute, watching less television, scheduling fewer social events, and coming to the realization that I really didn’t know what kind of schedule I wanted to have. So I have been trying to figure out what I want my life to look like. I do have a wonderful DH, a beautiful DD, a fun SIL and a cute grandson, friends, family I like to see and a nice place to live. So this is about I want in my own personal daily schedule and what kind of glass I want to own and how I want to fill it.

At first it seemed important to find another volunteer organization to commit to but I have been resisting it. Then DJan who writes the Eye on the Edge blog (link below) had a recent post on the time change and her words really hit me. When I read DJan’s blog she really wrote out what I have been feeling:

"if I were to look closely at the way I structure my days, I might wonder if I should be spending time volunteering to an important cause, or perhaps making a difference in the world around me. The news sometimes causes me anxiety, because this world we live in needs people who are willing to make it a better place. I've got the ability but not the willingness. Am I wrong? Should I be living my life differently? Sometimes I really wonder about this. Well, this day of falling back, rather than springing ahead, has become one of contemplating my daily life. I've done that today, using my extra hour to think about where I'm going..."

In the busy times of living there was never a good time to think about what I really wanted to do. In the past I have done crafts, had hobbies, been involved with my family, organized social events, joined groups, belonged to organizations, took classes and was responsible in my community. So I know how to do all these types of activities and I enjoyed doing them. Yet right now I am not motivated to join or commit to anything. I have been feeling guilty about taking the time to explore but it feels right.

I did get my weight back to a healthy number and my daily exercise minutes are up (thanks to SP and Sparklers help) so I am feeling great. And I have been taking the time to look at issues around maintaining a healthy weight which is difficult at any age. Being 66 and retired allows me the time to explore. So I am taking the time right now to use the extra hours I have to think about what I want to add into my daily life.

If you can take a small amount of time and just sit quietly, think about what you would like in your daily life. Maybe it won't happen today, but it is good to know what your glass needs to look like and what you would like in it.

Eye on The Edge blog eyeontheedge.blogspot.com/

  
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MJZHERE 11/9/2013 5:28PM

  I started my blog today and ended up not posting because it was written for a blog challenge that had specific questions. I could not be specific because I too am "exploring" in a way. It is a time of taking stock and deciding what in my life is important - what can "this glass" hold and what "do I want it to look like." So your blog is very timely for me.

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/9/2013 7:45AM

    I'm in my fifth year of retirement and stopped volunteering. I started volunteering at a facility with a lot of enthusiasm and eager to help. It turned out to be a very disheartening experience which left a bad taste in my mouth. Actually, that volunteering effort was stopped. Not a good situation.
I resist getting into that again. However, I find my days are full. I spend a lot of time helping my daughter with her kids (she has 3). I feel blessed to be able to spend so much time with them. I'm a slow mover so I spend a lot of time "piddling", cleaning out, organizing but, like I said, I'm a slow mover!!!
I've thought about volunteering again but hesitate. Not sure where I want to put my time and effort. I feel content and satisfied where I'm at right now.
I hope you find your glass!

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HAKAPES 11/8/2013 11:51AM

    Great to hear that your exercise minutes and weight is on track in the process!

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KRISZTA11 11/8/2013 7:22AM

    I loved this blog!
You have the knowledge, the time and the resources to design a glass that you really really like.
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-SHOREIDO- 11/7/2013 11:09PM

    I think your heart is "Whispering".... emoticon

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WILDFLOWERMA 11/7/2013 6:54PM

    It sounds like you are listening to what your heart is telling you - which is so important. You are probably exactly where you need to be right now & by allowing some silent space will allow you to find what stirs your soul.

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RACEWELLWON 11/7/2013 6:23PM

    Well , I do volunteer work that is very rewarding but I do insist on limitations of my time and funds. I like to work with crafts but lately I have not had the time to work on my crafts as my husband is limited also and I take care of two aging parents as well as both houses theirs and mine. Whew ! Plus work , cook and workout leaves me with a very busy schedule. But who knows what tomorrow will bring ??/ Hugs K emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/7/2013 6:01PM

    I think volunteering is great, within reason. When it reaches the point of soaking up all of one's personal time and becomes a source of stress then it's too much. I would decide how much time I wanted to spend at this and stick with it. It's what I've always done.

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TEACHING1ST 11/7/2013 5:29PM

    Wow, Sunny...what a timely post! I have lots of time to think this week and have been trying to figure this out. Of course, I am not able to retire unless I start cashing in my investments but with 2 broken bones and the cancer scare this year I am worn out mentally and almost physically! I need to really take stock of the future and what it will be! Thanks so much.

Mary

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JANEDOE12345 11/7/2013 5:23PM

    Several of my retired friends are not happy about their long days with no specific thing to do. I can't really imagine that, but when my time comes in 5 years, I hope I can plan meaningful and worthwhile ways to spend my time. Of course, I will enjoy a few months of doing nothing - but after a while I know I will need to be out there in the world being productive somehow.
Thanks for a thought-provoking blog.


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SUZYMOBILE 11/7/2013 4:17PM

    Perfect! I may be in the same position next year, when I finally retire at 67.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/7/2013 4:08PM

    Thank for sharing. It's good to regroup and focus on other things in your life.

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MERRYMARY42 11/7/2013 4:06PM

    My DH and I worked so very hard, trying to save and plan for when we could not work, and this day Is here, and I find that what I thought I wanted really is not that important anymore,. We really denied ourselves things that we could have and should have enjoyed 20 years ago, because we didn't my DH's mantra now is, we better not, you will need it later, so I guess what I am saying is that our son and DIL who are not and never were as frugal as we have been will get those new things we did not buy, seems kind of silly of us, when I look back, but I am happy, so that is important too.
I know I sure missed your blog, just thinking about how I have been spending my life this past 7 years or so,

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KELLIEBEAN 11/7/2013 3:51PM

    It's good to stop and regroup every now and again, prioritize, adjust to changes.

Thanks for the link to the blog!

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MOMNAMEMANTOOTH 11/7/2013 3:35PM

    I liked this a lot thank you for sharing. it's good to take a break and evaluate what's going on around you and what calling you have. I'm only 25 but I'm working a little more each day to have a day of quality.
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Some changes I would rather not have

Sunday, November 03, 2013

It has been a rough week, several people close to me are very ill. It makes me melancholy because life around me is changing and I am anxious about what it will look like. I have found myself hiding in the house and pulling back from being engaged with others. It is easier to fold up rather than add more opportunity for pain. I am involved with those close to me and will be as strong as possible to help their families through the difficult times ahead. But the effect on my life and the empty spaces they will leave make my eyes tear up. I am allowing my self to grieve for those who are in pain and for myself and the loss I am already beginning to feel.

I read a blog Be yourself..everyone else is taken by Beth and her words echoed with me. (Do stop and visit http://moredoors.blogspot.com/ and enjoy the beautiful photography)

These thoughts are from the blog but fit so well with what I need to do to help me through how I am feeling right now.


Make others laugh
Make yourself laugh
Be, don’t be back there or too far ahead, just be here
Love deeply, love like there won’t be a tomorrow,
Be thankful when you wake up, the past is the past, leave it there
Eat Broccoli
Play in the leaves
Don’t keep your feelings inside
Quiche can be eaten three times a day
Walk, walk a lot,
Don’t wear clothes that make you feel ugly
Drink more water,
Figure out what makes you happy and do it
And Last but not least, let me repeat. Be here, Be Present


My thoughts go out to anyone who is feeling a loss and I hope that we all come through our journeys with our focus to have happiness in our days and to add happiness to the lives of those we love. I am so grateful that I found SP, getting healthy and strong will help me through the stress and the people I have connected with have helped me to understand myself better.

Tomorrow I will be back on track but tonight I am going to allow myself to feel sad. But food will not be involved I have learned how to take care of myself.

Be yourself..everyone else is taken by Beth
moredoors.blogspot.com/

  
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GRANDMABABA 11/4/2013 10:25AM

    I pray your tomorrow's will be brighter. Sad is hard, but also such an important part of our lives. Thanks for sharing.

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RASPBERRY56 11/3/2013 6:07PM

    BTDT, Sunny........please know that your fellow Sparkies care! Please be gentle with yourself while you work on coping!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/3/2013 5:32PM

    Oh baby. The fact that your soul is so open to others is even more important than being "on track." This truly is ON TRACK. Once I disengage from the work life, I hope that I'll be as in touch with others as you are now.

Is Beth the woman whose blog you put us in touch with? I hope she's not the one who is ill. Do you know her well? Her blog should be a book!

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-SHOREIDO- 11/3/2013 1:29PM

    Oh wow!! You are a special person,you are!!
To take the time and share what you have here displays a beautiful soul.

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Ginny (Healthy Hearts Team)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/3/2013 11:19AM

    I understand completely. I lost almost all of my family from 1995 until 1998. It was very painful. My prayers are with you.

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RACEWELLWON 11/3/2013 8:47AM

    Oh Sunny - I am so sorry that you are feeling the pain of grief an anticipation. Helping those in need is very thoughtful during this difficult stage of Life. Perhaps you may be able to find a Bereavement Group through your local Hospice . I found that to be very helpful through some difficult times- Hugs Karen - I am here if you need someone - Karen emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/3/2013 7:13AM

    I am so sorry that you have to go through this painful time. It is hard to let go of loved ones; it is hard to think of life without them. You will have the strength that you need to support the families and yourself. I am sending prayers for you; for the ill and for their families. emoticon

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TORTISE110 11/3/2013 5:41AM

    Were that it were not so, but sadness is part of a full life. How could it not be? Saying goodbye to people we love and who make our live's good is hard. You take care.

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KRISZTA11 11/3/2013 4:57AM

    I'm sorry there is so much trouble and anticipation of loss around you...
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Being there in the here and now, not too far ahead really helps in difficult times.
It is good you allow yourself feel the sadness, feeling and accepting is the only way out and forwards.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/3/2013 1:10AM

    This is beautiful. I'm so sorry that you are going through such a rough time in your life and with people that you care about. Take each day as it comes and work with that.

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Small changes make a difference

Thursday, October 17, 2013

I was thinking about the last time I got off track with my food choices. What caused me to get derailed from my good intentions? One of the problems was not eating enough protein at meals and then the Munchies Devil would attack and I would eat anything that was available. So I make sure that I have egg whites at breakfast, keep lean cooked turkey in the freezer for snack, and have kidney bean salad with my lunch. This really helps when the munchies attack, I am better able to pick better portions. Before I would overdo the amount of peanut butter, but now I measure it out and spread it on low calorie crackers. A small change but has a big payoff in total calories during the day.

The Sugar Monster would attach at almost any time and I would snack on anything sweet, but I keep individual applesauce servings in the refrigerator and go for one of them first. Then if I still want something sweet like chocolate or a cookie, I find that I can limit the amount I eat.

In figuring out maintenance, it is clearly important to find strategies that will work every day and that I can live with. Just saying no doesn’t work but having some easy, acceptable alternative helps me with making good choices. It is too easy to slip in extra calories and then slide down the slippery slope back to weight gain. Small changes becoming habits will be a part of my success. I need this to help ward off the Munchies Devil, the Binge Demon, the Emotions Beast and the Sugar Monster.

It is all about calories and being happy with the calories I eat. Maintenance is definitely different than losing weight.

  
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IS1GAR 10/26/2013 12:22PM

    Thank you, I also have been fighting this battle. I have try some different things but I will try the protein approach to find the balance as you have.
Good luck and have a beautiful weekend!
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PMRUNNER 10/20/2013 6:26AM

    Thanks for sharing, still working on taming my sugar cravings!

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KRISZTA11 10/20/2013 6:08AM

    Eggs whites, lean turkey and beans are great choices to put enough proteins in your meals. I too find it easier to avoid mindless eating on days when I have enough proteins.
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BETONME2 10/19/2013 8:31AM

    Ah protein. It works for me.

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KANOE10 10/18/2013 7:47AM

    I think that is a great small step. I agree that protein helps you stay balanced. I have heard that the nf dry peanut butter is a good source of protein.

Great job of finding ways to maintain that help you.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/17/2013 9:28PM

    I think protein is the answer to my problems right now too. I am trying to increase my protein.

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RACEWELLWON 10/17/2013 5:54PM

    Good Choices Sunny - I too stock up on protein , the egg whites I place in my poached egg gadget and have hard boiled whites available similar to hard boiled eggs , make is easy. Karen

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What do you mean I can’t eat it all After-I-Finally-Get-To-Goal?

Friday, October 11, 2013

First thanks to everyone who liked my blog and made it a Featured Blog Post and thank you for voting me a Motivator. It really does mean a lot when someone posts a comment and shares their story. Thank you.

In my continuing process to figure out how to keep myself healthy and at a good weight, I realized that the After-You-Get-To-Goal is just the beginning of another phase. As I thought through this I have spent some time “getting in touch with my feelings.” How many times have I been through a workshop --on all sorts of topics -- that the leader has brought this up? Often it is easy to be active during the exercises during the workshop or training but it is really, really hard to apply different strategies during the chaos and messiness of day to day life. But it has become apparent to me that keeping the weight off is partly about managing the feelings that food evokes.

I see apple pie and lemon meringue pie and it reminds me of helping my mom in the kitchen when I was young. Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, fried chicken and potato salad bring back pictures of picnics and big family gatherings. A simple thing like the smell of beef stew with dumplings cooking on the stove on a cold winter night is very comforting. Pumpkin pie is all of those Thanksgiving and Christmas family gatherings. Nowhere does a bowl of broccoli bring up memories (unless it is a wonderful high fat cheese casserole). So whether I am happy, sad, stressed, bored, angry, lonely, nostalgic or ecstatic there is some food that will help reinforce my feelings or bring me comfort while I work through them.

What I realized as I work through the first part of maintenance is that I have to give up the foods that are tied to my memories because many of the foods do not fit into my healthy lifestyle. So my first reaction was total DISBELIEF that I could not go back to the way I ate before and it made me very angry. I have to permanently Change my Food choices. As I worked through these emotions in my blog it seemed that the Stages of Accepting Change really apply. I found the list on the Internet and have rewritten them to apply to me.

The Stages for maintenance are:

1. Shock and Anger, I learned that Change in Food Choices is permanent and I still do not get the 20 year old body back.

2. Denial, I wanted to be in a comfort zone, it will be different for me “I can still eat all the cheese I want”.

3. Depression, feeling depressed and negative about giving up foods I love to eat and only having them occasionally in small amounts if I really want to keep the weight off.

4. Insight and Acceptance, realizing that without Change in Food Choices, the road will lead me back to an unhealthy place while Change in Food Choices leads to a real chance of success and I am in charge of making those choices

5. Learning and Actualization, a positive mind state, adapting and figuring out strategies for Change of Food Choices and incorporating them into a healthy balanced life

I can see that in previous weight loss situations, I had never worked through the phases and really got stuck at number 2 or number 3. I am working through the Depression of giving up foods I have always loved to eat and working into Insight and Acceptance. Part of this process is learning to cherish the memories but not indulging in the calories. Also, it is about recognizing emotions and acknowledging them with something other than food. And recognizing hunger and choosing wisely most of the time trying to push out the Food Demon (Eat both donuts!) from my healthy self-talk (Have some fruit and ½ of a donut).

What struck me as I read through the comments was how many Sparklers have moved to the learning and actualization state. It doesn’t mean that maintenance is always easy. But the bottom line is you’re weight’s always going to creep up. You just have to keep pushing it down. We have to do the best we can with whatever information is available and what we accept about ourselves. You can read through all the wonderful comments but these are the ones that really resonated with me. Thank you all for sharing I posted your Spark name at the end of the comment.

SOME THOUGHTS ON CHOICES
Stick with what you know is truly fair and that you can live with for a long time. It really doesn't have to be a terrible struggle every day. OOLALA53

But I think in the end it is about doing the best that we can do to stay healthy without killing ourselves or injuring ourselves to lose the fat. HMAZIS

Fortunately as humans we've got free will and intelligence and grit, and we get to decide if something is worth the effort. 4A-HEALTHY-BMI

It is clear that the same rules for weight loss apply whether you're 30 or 60 -- reduce your calorie intake and increase your activity level. TORTISE110

Mother Nature can be such a meanie, but I will accept a healthy body and organs and let the shapers and camouflaging clothing handle the appearances! We will not give up, even though time is definitely not on our side! MNNICE

I can totally relate to what you say. It's the same for me. Losing weight means exercising my butt off - literally- and starving myself to death - literally. LOL. I have scaled back my expectations. MORTICIAADDAMS

I just keep moving and strength training at a moderate rate. I have stopped focusing on the scale number and rely on how I look and feel in my clothes. RACINGTODOIT

I enjoy and appreciate my new body, my new muscles. I'm not going to lose sleep over what I have not achieved so far! NICKYCRANE

I have learned to enjoy my cup of lasagna, and just a tablespoon of each component in a Cobb Salad. The one upside, I guess, is that time seems to pass faster at my age, so "a couple times a year" doesn't feel so onerous. NELLJONES

But I do more than an hour of exercise daily, including ST and I really watch what I eat. I am a size 8, but if I don't watch that will become a 10 again, and I gave all those clothes away. I think that it is important to watch what I eat and how much I exercise to make sure I feel and look good. I am 59 1/2 and find that every year it gets harder. But I work harder. LRSILVER


I hope I will be able to make good choices and live a healthy life and be content and satisfied with how I look, belly fat or no belly fat. I think the most important thing is how healthy I am and to continue to make healthy food choices and keep portion controls in check, and from there I'll take it one day at a time. OFFICECHIK

I am not in my 60s yet but as I creep into my 50s I am feeling all of the things you wrote here. It is really hard to maintain that first initial goal weight as we age and Mother Nature pulls her fast ones on us all. Great glob! Thanks for sharing. ISHIIGIRL

I refuse to live my life worrying about every mouthful of food. OOLALA53

Do I cut out all of the foods I enjoy across the board or do I eat healthy and enjoy some of my favorites, too? At my age, I'm thinking of enjoying my life a little more but I'm not liking the numbers on the scale or on my pants. My goal needs to be healthy not thin! BETHGILLIGAN


  
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NEZE11 10/18/2013 12:55PM

    I am new to SP and finding your biog give me inspiration to keep going. Thank you for sharing your struggling moments... which we all have!! emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/17/2013 8:14AM

    Interesting to show the stages. That really rings true for me. There is definitely an emotional adjustment to the changes.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/15/2013 10:17PM

    It's eye opening to think that until menopause I was a person who could eat anything I wanted and not gain weight. I was also extremely active - always on the go and had a really active job. I actually didn't eat all that much back then and that it why I stayed thin. It's hard for me to mimic those former conditions because I no longer work and can't recreate that level of activity at home. And now I'm hungry. But I can't give into it and have to change my ways or die an early death.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/13/2013 11:30AM

    Reading about those early stages in the process reminded me that I really am lucky enough to have reached the learning and actualization stage. There are a LOT of foods that I don't even pine after any more. On another forum, we were talking about how we haven't had donuts pass our lips in 10 years or longer. Same, with me, for pancakes, muffins, heavily cheese-covered ooey-gooeys, beef stew, and so on. They just aren't allowed. Where I get into trouble sometimes (and pay for) is deep-fried or sauced things, like fisherman's platter and buffalo wings, or pizza, washed down with a glass of wine. Still, I'm staying in a sort of balance. It took years to get here, by the way.

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HOLLYM48 10/13/2013 9:48AM

    I loved your blog! Very insightful to the smells and memories of food and days gone by.
You did a great job with the different stages that people/you go thru when deciding this is a forever maintenance lifestyle, not always easy, but oh so worth it.
With the tools on SP and the support, I have no doubt that you will be successful!
I love the quotes from different people and they really all hit home for me too.
Thanks for sharing this great blog with us and keep up the great work and you venture on down the path of this awesome journey! Holly

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RACEWELLWON 10/12/2013 11:58AM

    Good Morning Sunny - what a lovely blog - you deserved both of those Honors . I agree with you relating food to Memories is a hard habit to brake. I feel like this Journey is like going through stages of Grief at some point , we want what we cannot have , and when we do have it that Guilt Word come s to play. Such a Dilemma , its feels like that at the end of this Journey a new begins we are always finding new ways to Create Ourselves . I too have associated many foods with Memories , Bousha's baked goods , peroggis etc. I feel this way at our age we now have the ability to start new Memories with the younger generation with Healthy recipes and habits . For example today is my Wedding Anniversary and opposed to a Heavy Meal we are heading out to a 11 mile Corn Maze in the shape of the Beatles - I am packing a healthy back pack but you know what I am having the Pumpkin Pie today - Great Potassium in that Pumpkin ! Hugs Karen - Thanks for the Mention emoticon

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TORTISE110 10/11/2013 5:45PM

    This is such a generous blog. Quoting all of us struggling maintainers! How cool is THAT. Thank you.

At 66 I LOVE food, and am realizing that smaller amounts are incredibly satisfying. I mean that. I really do. I avoid NOTHING that I truly want. I really do not. But if it is laden with things that clog my arteries or send me on a sugar jag, I do it in small (savored) bites. I do not suffer much. I really don't.

Tonight I am alone. I am having a 4 ounce filet, brussel sprouts with bacon and sauteed mushrooms. Oh and a glass of wine. I feel no pain!! But saying all that, I think it was mindlessly stuffing myself of more that was good that made me fat. I know we are all different.

Today I did a 4 mile walk in the rain. Felt so young (-: It's something really old people don't do. So. I must not be really old!!! Cheers to you and thank you for talking about maintenance.

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USMAWIFE 10/11/2013 5:10PM

    great blog.. I am in my late 50's looking 60 in the back door soon

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