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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's been forever since I've "sparked". That's mainly because I found a new and (in my opinion) preferable food tracker app that I use now instead of SP: lose it,

Lose It is a great phone or iPad app with all the bells and whistles as well as a much nicer user interface. I love it. sorry SP.

On the weight loss front lines, I've been maintaining my weight loss for a year this July. I fluctuate between 138 and 142. My "uh-oh, I'm getting fat again" weight used to be 150. Now I push the panic button when I get to 140 lbs. As always, I'd love to weigh in the upper 120's, but unless I get sick, I'm not sure I will ever realistically see "120-ville". For now, I'm good with size six. This morning I weighed 141lbs, so it's time to leave my beloved wine alone for a couple of days and lay off the late-night snacking (which I tell myself and my husband is necessary for me in order to take my meds). I can do this.

Hope all my spark friends are living life fully but moderately, and taking time to smell the roses as well as the occasional chocolate. Find me on pinterest to see my board on my favorite low carb foods/snacks. Search for Lisa Joseph.

Aloha, namaste, and blessings to all!

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ASPENHUGGER 6/27/2013 10:22AM

    Well you do look fabulous! Congrats on finding what works for you & sticking to it!

I'm also discovering that I can't snack late at night, & am slowly getting myself reprogrammed to eat dinner earlier, & nothing after 10 at the latest.

Keep up the good work!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/26/2013 1:19PM

    so glad you are finding what has and is working for you :o)

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GLUECIPHER 6/26/2013 1:08PM


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TIME_TO_SHINE1 6/26/2013 12:54PM

    Congratualtions emoticon

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You know you're succeeding with weight loss, when.....

Sunday, November 25, 2012

1. When you have to do a shopping overhaul to buy smaller sizes, because your clothes are hanging on you
2. When your "skinny jeans" you've kept around for years, are LOOSE!
3. When people who don't see you everyday ask "what are you doing?"
4. When you can finally say you actually ARE the weight your Driver's License states!
5. When you realize you are thinner than your sister-in-law, who has always been thinner than you!
6. When you can borrow jeans from your 22 year old daughter
7. When you start getting "head-rushes", because your BP is getting lower
8. When the saleslady in a boutique redirects you to a size "small" because, "YOU ARE TINY".
9. When you have to take your wedding rings in to be resized, because you woke up to find that your diamond ring fell OFF in the night and was laying on the floor by your bed!!
10 When your bras are too baggy!
11. When it takes very little food to make you feel full- smaller stomach??
12. When you can see your clavicles
13 WHen the scale registers a number that falls in the HEALTHY BMI range!

I'd love it if anyone could ADD to this list! The biggest shockers were the rings falling off and needing to be resized and the comment from the saleslady. You realize that this is a person who didn't know the "fat you", and makes her statement about you being "tiny" as if you were born with that gift. If only she knew!

I hope next year this time to be able to blog about, "You know your weight loss is permanent when......"

Because it is KEEPING it off that is the bigger challenge now, for me!

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MARIAJESTRADA 12/14/2012 8:16PM


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XNANNY 12/1/2012 9:30PM

    I love the fact that you are at goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PLMITCH 11/29/2012 11:27AM

    A few of these don't work for men (although there was a time where maybe I DID need a bra!), but most are very applicable, and I wholeheartedly agree!


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ASPENHUGGER 11/25/2012 6:06PM

    Lately I've been holding my jeans up as I walk around too -- it's a great feeling, isn't it?!!

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RICKISMOM1 11/25/2012 5:19PM

    These have happened to me:
1)When your friends who haven't seen you for a long time do a double-take and ask "Is that you?"
2)When you enter a store that you used to frequent often, but haven't for a while... and the owner asks if you have a twin sister (the one who's heavier than you....)
3) When you dash to catch a changing street light, and you can, without effort
4) when even your grown son does a double take, and worriedly asks if you aren't hiding some health problem from him

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RICKISMOM1 11/25/2012 5:15PM

    These have happened to me:
1)When your friends who haven't seen you for a long time do a double-take and ask "Is that you?"
2)When you enter a store that you used to frequent often, but haven't for a while... and the owner asks if you have a twin sister (the one who's heavier than you....)
3) When you dash to catch a changing street light, and you can, without effort
4) when even your grown son does a double take, and worriedly asks if you aren't hiding some health problem from him

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/25/2012 5:00PM

    Great blog

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This is EASY!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I can do this!

I have always noted that my weight loss success depends on depriving myself of bread. I use the word "bread" as a loose category, as it also includes anything made with white, refined flours/sugars-- crackers, cereals, chips, pastries, baked goods, and so on. Even some gluten free products don't agree with me, if they are made with rice flours and other high carbohydrate ingredients. So in the past, I have always been able to lose weight if I avoid these foods that don't agree with me. But temptation always beckons, and I always, inevitably gain the weight back, when I give into my bread cravings.

Currently, I have struck a balance between deprivation and indulgence. The balance is working, insofar as being able to lose weight and keep it off. I don't feel so deprived, but I am not over-indulging.

The morning is the only time when I might allow myself a "bread cheat". This would be in the form of a whole grain bagel or english muffin, made by the Western Alternative Bagel company. Their "healthy 10" bagels and whole wheat english muffins are a little higher in protein than other brands. The protein inclusion seems to offset the amt. of carbs from flour and my glucose levels are stable after one of these treats, I have noticed (per my glucometer).

I treat myself to a protein-rich snack every 2 to 3 hours, so that I can satisify that noshing part of my personality that always seems to want to eat, and so that I am never getting to the point of feeling "starving". This also helps to keep my BG levels stable. I like zone bars (I look for protein/carb ratios that are nearly even), and QUEST bars, which I found online. I also find these soy protein bars from a store in my town that sells low carb products.

Now that the weather is cooling, Lunch is usually a soup (warm, satisfying, and filling, and loaded with veggies) that I either make homemade or buy, and is higher in protein and lower in carbs. I add a couple oz of tuna, chicken or fish on the side, to add protein. In the hotter months, I packed homemade salads with a 2 to 3 oz protein addition.

An afternoon snack is usually a protein shake, beef or turkey jerkey, or piece of fruit with a lowfat cheese or peanut/almond butter.

Dinner is any typical meal that isn't loaded with carbohydrate, especially from wheat. Pasta has been replaced by these AWESOME noodles I found called MIRACLE NOODLES. They take on the flavor of whatever you cook them in/with. I can make spaghetti and meatballs, for example, substituting miracle noodles for the pasta, and making my own marinara sauce and homemade, lean ground turkey or bison meatballs. Bread crumbs I substitute with ground oats, or crumbs made from spelt bread. Usually though, it's just a meat and a vegetable. If I make potatoes or rice, I only allow myself a very tiny "taste" portion. Just enough to satisfy, but not enough to send my BG levels rising and my insulin pumping out of control.

Dessert? Very DARK chocolate (the darkest I can find), organic fair trade, and maybe a small pour of my favorite accompanying wine.

It all comes out to be anywhere from 800 to 1300 calories a day.
Works for me. I'm not starving myself. The weight is coming off. My body comp (done by my PT) shows it's fat, not muscle. The higher consumption of protein prevents muscle wasting, something I experienced in the months I was bedridden prior to my back surgery.

I am less ambitious with my exercise these days, as I get older and have had major surgery on my spine. Walking, yoga, stationary bike, and swimming in the summer.... these are my staple forms of movement.

So I no longer dis-allow ALL bread and bread products, but I do limit them greatly. I no longer try to "fast" or drastically reduce calories every other or every few days (something I did when I tried to do Johnson's UP day DOWN day approach). I no longer limit meat/protein like I did when I was trying to support Santosh as a vegan, and I no longer feel HUNGRY all the time, thanks to allowing myself to EAT every 2 to 3 hours!

The result is something I can live with. It isn't hard.
I can do this! I got this!

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XNANNY 11/7/2012 8:22PM

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ASPENHUGGER 10/28/2012 5:45PM

    That loose category "Bread" is my downfall also. But I haven't gotten as dedicated as you are. I'm trying now to stay away from white bread (crackers, etc.) and go with multigrains. Learning how to make bread in a bread machine so I can have more control about what goes into it. I'm a person who has t
o do these things gradually -- but I usually get there in the end. Just call me The Tortoise! emoticon

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CARINMARIE 10/28/2012 10:56AM

    It's working! You look fantastic!

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YOBOELI 10/27/2012 2:29PM

    Well when you find what works dtick with it. Keep Pushing Good Luck

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Making a soft return to SP after a 6 month break!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I announced in a blog back in January 2012 that I would be taking a break from SP. I found myself obsessing about logging in, spinning the wheel, tracking, meeting the criteria each week for the Community Team, being a team admin, blogging, and so on. I spent more time focusing on Sparkpeople online than I did on any actual focusing on real-life strategies for losing weight. In other words, instead of getting up and making healthy food for the next day, I sat and read about eating healthy food on SP. Instead of exercising (Yeah, I did have that horrible back surgery, but it was time for me to let that go and get back at it), I sat around and WATCHED Nicole's workout videos and writing down which ones I liked. You get the picture.

As a result all I did was lose and gain the same 2 pounds over and over again.

It was difficult to pull myself away from my computer and leave Sparkpeople for a while. I have been so programmed to log on and sit in front of SP, it was like brushing my teeth. It was a good habit to some extent, but I had allowed my involvement with the online community to become a pseudo-attempt at losing weight, without really committing to the stuff you learn about on the site. I knew I needed to just get away.

I will admit, the ONE tie I kept daily to SP was through my phone. I tracked my food every day with the mobile tracking application. I also tried my hand at keeping track of weight watcher points, though this too became an obsession, and a program with way too much flexibility. I started thinking back to times I was thin. What was I doing differently? Well, a lot of things. And I began to implement all of those things again. And slowly, the weight has been coming off.

I cut back on wine. I cut WAY back on bread and other starchy carbs. I got real about being consistent about taking my prescribed medications. I walked. I resumed strength training. I cut way back on my portions and calories. I ate small amounts every two to three hours, never going more than three hours without eating.

Since taking my sparkbreak in January, I've lost 15 pounds! My rings are sliding around. My pants are falling off. My blood pressure has dropped. I feel great! And all I did where Sparkpeople was concerned, was track what I ate.

If that was all anyone came here to do (track food), it might be enough. There reaches a point and time when all the teams, articles, games, videos, and blogs can actually become a diversion instead of a support. I found that was true for me.

If I gain all my weight back (and God knows I've done THAT before), I may come back here, eating humble pie.

Or at least looking for a healthier version on the SP recipe boards!!

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XNANNY 8/25/2012 9:27PM

    I am glad that you posted this blog. I have been coming here too much as well. I will try just to come once a week or so. It is fun to get over a hundred points in one day!

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ASPENHUGGER 8/20/2012 8:14PM

    I've missed you! And you are looking SKINNY! emoticon
I think you are right about some of the trappings of SP getting in the way of actually DOING what you need to do to get the weight off. I think it probably works well for some people -- keeps them mindful of their decision to exercise more, eat less, etc. For others -- it becomes the raison d'etre and we forget to actually DO what needs to be done. Well done you, for figuring that out!

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PARKERB2 8/20/2012 3:26PM

    Welcome back. All things in moderation.

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MYOWNHERO 8/19/2012 11:32PM

    Good points. Glad it worked for you.

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LADYOLIVER 8/19/2012 9:10PM

    emoticon I have been thinking about a sabbatical from SP, because I too I found that I am more caught up in keep up w/the community, the numbers, and others progress. All is helpful, but you are sooo right, it is an obsession. I don't want it to be an obsession, nor a competition w/others on this journey. I want a life style change.

My schedule has changed drastically and my timing for working out seems to be less, along w/being consistent in getting a balanced meal. However, maybe I can redirect my time spent on SP to working out and/or better planning (focusing) on my nutrition. I may see those last 20lbs shed.

Thanks again for sharing your story.....I believe I will start effectively as of tomorrow. I will pray about the time away, but I will keep in mind all that I have already learn and apply. I may or may not use the food tracker.

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Pics from Sunday's solar eclipse

Monday, May 21, 2012

Well, weirdly enough, my small town of Redding, CA was in the auspicious path of May 20th's annular solar eclipse. Aside from a few random cities in China and Japan, Redding CA, (and neighboring outlying areas) Reno NV, and Flagstaff AZ had the best views~! It was a surreal experience. I thought it would get darker, but because it was an annular (moon doesn't completely cover the sun, which allows the "corona" or ring of sunlight to show), it darkened but cast this eerie light over the landscape. Light refracted through the unsteady atmosphere, causing weird "shadow bands". Here are a few pics I got. Some were taken from inside the viewer boxes, and one was taken through the special viewing glasses that were being sold/given out all over town.
I can knock this one off my bucket list!

The viewing boxes Santosh and I made

the beginning of the eclipse

Maddie and her boyfriend take a peek through the glasses

The eclipse in the viewer, as it approaches max

Max annular solar eclipse, taken with an iPhone through solar viewing glasses

"Shadow bands"... like hundreds of mini-eclipses cast onto the driveway

Santosh and I sharing the glasses... amazing view!

Ending of the eclipse- Goodnight, Moon!

OH... and one taken by a pro, at our sundial bridge... next door to my school!

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ASPENHUGGER 5/23/2012 11:57AM

    Gorgeous pictures! We didn't have the glasses, so I wore my sunglasses which have UV coating, & looked through the leaves of a tree. Didn't look long at a time either, just a second or two. It took about 15 minutes for the afterimage to go away, which was kind of scary! They're not fooling when they tell you not to look at an eclipse without that special protection! I probably would have driven up there if I hadn't had a meeting from 2 - 4 that I absolutely had to go to.

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WHATAGRL42 5/22/2012 7:48PM

    Local museums, eyecare centers, and our local planetarium were selling them and in some instances, giving them away while supplies lasted. Many people bought their solar viewing glasses on Amazon.com, I heard.

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3G1RLS4ME 5/22/2012 12:33PM

    by the way where did you get the solar eclipse glasses?

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 5/22/2012 11:48AM

    Thanks for sharing and for posting on my blog about our eclipse experience - my husband and I remembered when we watched the 1992 eclipse so it was nice to share this one, too!

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FLAMENM 5/21/2012 10:57PM

    Albuquerque, NM also had great views! It was a wonderful day for an eclipse.

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SOCDIRECTOR 5/21/2012 10:39PM

    Pretty cool! Thanks for sharing...

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