242WILLNOTDO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=242WILLNOTDO 242WILLNOTDO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ She's back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265294 Hey Spark friends! I have missed you and seeing how you are doing on this healthy living adventure! Both eye surgeries are complete now - the second one went much better than the first and THAT is a tremendous relief! <BR> <BR> I went back to the gym the first time today in a couple of weeks. I was a bit afraid to get on the scale because of lack of exercise (docs orders) and my eating habits were SO different over the last couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> It was VERY frustrating trying to wei... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:50:02 EST SO LONG FOR NOW... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252107 I HAD MY FIRST EYE SURGERY AND I AM HAVING SOME COMPLICATIONS. I AM NOT ABLE TO SEE THE FOOD TRACKER, NUTRITION TRACKER, OR FRIEND FEED WELL ENOUGH TO MAKE ENTRIES. I AM STILL WATCHING MY CALORIES AND WILL BE BACK WALKING AND IN THE POOL AS SOON AS I AM CLEARED BY MY DOC. <BR> <BR> I HOPE TO BE ALL BACK TO NORMAL IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS...I LOOK FORWARD TO CATCHING UP ON YOUR HEALTHY LIVING ADVENTURE THEN. <BR> <BR> TAKE CARE! <BR> Trae Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:49:32 EST Another gift to me, but first...CONFESSION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210537 I am finding the task of weighing/measuring and logging EVERY morsel quite tedious. Don't get me wrong, I think that recording every morsel (and staying between 1100 - 1200 calories 99% of the time) has been a major component to the successful weight loss that I have experienced so far. Early on, I wondered if I would be able to continue that meticulous tracking for the rest of my life. I found some consolation in the thought that I most likely would not need to be as strict once I began t... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:36:23 EST A gift to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196557 I haven't done the resolutions thing for several years and I like it that way. I do see a lot of benefit in setting some long-term goals though. For me, it's like a compass to keep me going in the right direction...not a measure of my worth if I do everything on the list perfectly or not. <BR> <BR> Several friends are doing lists of 52 things they want to do in the next 52 weeks. I can't really think of that many things, so I am just going to share some things I want to do for me during 2... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 09:07:56 EST Welcome to Flight 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186317 Good Day and welcome to Flight 2013. <BR> We are prepared to take off into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked in, in the upright position. All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time. All negativity, hurt, and discouragement should be put away. Should we lose altitude under pressure, during the flight, reach up and pull down on Positive Thinking! Positive thoughts will automatically be activated. Once activated you can assist ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:04:36 EST Yummy Tex-Mex Recipe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158362 This is a Spark recipe that I came across this morning: <BR> <BR> Stepfanie's Quinoa-Black Bean Casserole <BR> Submitted by: SP_STEPF <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> An experiment with leftovers yield a delightful, filling vegetarian meal. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 30 <BR> Number of Servings: 8 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 cup cooked quinoa <BR> 3 cups cooked black beans (or two <BR> 15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed) <BR> 2 large sweet potatoes, shredded ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:20:31 EST Non-scale victories...we have some! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133715 Like many of you, I started my healthy living journey as a result of several 'events' over a course of time that finally added up to...enough is enough! <BR> <BR> One of my 'events' was being invited to swim at a friend's house this past May. It was the first swim time of the year and I am a water baby so, I was really looking forward to this! We had lunch and ran some errands and then headed to her pool. To my horror and disgust - I couldn't get into the swim suit that I had worn the p... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:44:30 EST First *B*I*G* goal of 10%...done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121722 The first BIG goal that I set for myself was to lose 10% of my weight - or 24.25 pounds. I lost 2.5 pounds this week...1/4 more than what was needed to meet this goal. My incentive/reward for this goal is a $50 shopping spree at my favorite quilting store. Of course, I already have something picked out! The item that I have picked out will be on sale the day after Thanksgiving so, I will wait until then to pick it up. <BR> <BR> Oh, I am almost half way to another bead for my healthy livi... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:04:04 EST My Cholesterol level! I had no idea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119645 Even at my heaviest and unhealthiest, I still kept loose tabs on my blood pressure and blood sugar. They were always well within normal limits...a relatively healthy obese person, I suppose. I knew that I needed to check my cholesterol and made a plan to do that when I joined Spark. <BR> <BR> A part of me wanted to know...there's freedom in knowing. A part of me didn't want to know...this girl loves her cream and bacon and fried chicken! I feared having to give up my favorite fatty food... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:03:39 EST Fried chicken and ice cream? I think I will! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109683 Today is day 40 of my healthy living journey. The journey has been very pleasant so far. I started out making small changes in my food and fitness and making a BIG change in my attitude. I've made some wonderful Spark friends and I am learning to be kind to me. I am down 20 pounds so far, I sleep better, and I feel great. I have been able to curb most food 'hankerings' with a revamped, healthier alternative. Except... <BR> FRIED CHICKEN! <BR> <BR> I love a Church's Fried Chicken thigh ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:48:30 EST 13 questions concerning your weight loss journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107342 I saw these questions on another blog and thought it would be a good thing to add to mine. Some of the questions have stirred up some memories and emotions that I have spent time writing about in the Journal on the Calendar tab. I feel it's important to look at those thoughts and feelings - and work through them so that they no longer have a hold over me. I encourage you to do the same. I will probably share parts of those writings in this blog as time goes by - just not quite ready to do... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:33:17 EST 1 month, 18 pounds, 5.5 inches...and MORE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097433 Happy ONE month SPARK-iversary to me (and all the other Sparkers in my class)! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I was originally hoping for 10 - 12 pounds this first month so I am ecstatic to be down 18 for the month. This proves to me that measuring my food, logging in every meal and making exercise time a priority really IS worth it. I can't just try to keep track of my meals in my head - and I am not a great guess-timator on portion sizes either. This week, I picked up a good ki... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:42:32 EST From embarrassment to affirmation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094370 Until now I have remained a bit anonymous on the site. My user name doesn't really say that much about me other than I am obese. (I mean really...how tall would you have to be for your goal weight to be 242?) My message board signature doesn't have my name - just a couple of my favorite quotes. I don't have my name listed on my Spark home page. I didn't have a photo of me on my page - until now. <BR> <BR> The reason? It's a bit silly, but I was embarrassed. What if someone I know in p... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:30:05 EST They're messing with my plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084964 Okay, so I am on my third week of this new way of living: <BR> - I Spark through out the day. <BR> - I'm taking time to plan and track my foods. <BR> - I'm going to bed a bit earlier so that I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. <BR> - I have a plan for regular physical activity that I enjoy. <BR> <BR> And, THEN...there's a wrench (or two) in the works...UGH! <BR> <BR> My fitness activity? Go to the pool and tread water for 30 minutes each morning before I go to work. It's a good... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 09:55:35 EST WHAT did you say to me?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077096 She repeated, "You're a slacker, you could've done better on your eating, and you should've been more active than just 3 days in the pool. You'll never get that weight off!" <BR> <BR> Why did I get this chastisement? I weighed in and only lost 1.5 pounds for the week. <BR> <BR> WAIT A MINUTE HERE! <BR> I *O N L Y* lost 1.5 pounds? A loss of any kind is wonderful! <BR> <BR> Who was I letting talk to me that way? Oh, that would be the perfectionist inside my head - she can be such a b!... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:33:21 EST Swimming - well, kinda! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074462 When trying to walk or do stairs, my knees and ankles just WERE NOT happy. So, I figured getting into a pool might be a good way for me to be active and get some weight off. <BR> <BR> I joined the local fitness center on the 17th - about the same time I started Sparking. The center has all kinds of contraptions, weights, mats, and mirrors - I am just using the pool, the activity area - not the lanes. <BR> <BR> Last week, I was just treading water for 30 minutes. I could tell that my hear... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:24:29 EST What a difference! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071343 What a difference 5.5 pounds makes! I can tell a difference in the way my pants fit, getting dressed is easier, and I am sleeping better. I removed the biggest pants from my wardrobe (they were brand new) and put them in the donation box. <BR> <BR> My attitude is different as well. I had a social function to attend yesterday and I knew there would be 'pot luck' food. For me, at this time, it was just easier to eat a good lunch at home and show up just after lunch. When sweets were offer... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 10:44:56 EST ABCs of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069307 A. Are you at all artistic? <BR> Yes <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? <BR> Bacon, grilled onions, avocado <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> Blue <BR> <BR> D. What is your preferred diamond cut? <BR> marquise <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> hedgehog <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> Magic Mike <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? <BR> White, cotton, gra... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:20:48 EST