AALLEY2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AALLEY2 AALLEY2'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/ New Goals and Motivation for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092067 I am going to get back to my healthy BMI, which I started last October, now I am going to add this to my vision board. <BR> <BR> Stay within my calorie range 1250 - 1500 <BR> Eat more veggies & fruit ~ try new one too <BR> Limit bread and all white products made from sugar & flour <BR> Avoid trigger foods because one leads to another and so on <BR> Start the morning with lemon and warm or hot water <BR> Add fresh ground tumeric and ginger for anti inflammation <BR> Walking 5 days or more wee... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:42:33 EST Flashback from March 1997 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084987 Here's an interesting blog I wrote from when I first started my journey. My weight, no idea, I didn't weigh myself back then. This was before my doctor put me on cholesterol meds. <em>273</em> <BR> March 6, 1997 <BR> Learning and taking responsibility: <BR> Get fit and stay fit by making a plan <BR> Walk daily by starting out with 10 or 15 min <BR> Increase the time each day <BR> Stop eating high calorie snacks <BR> stop drinking Mountain Dew and coke/pepsi <BR> Drink more water add lem... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:59:48 EST Starting a Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083332 Today I was going through some of my pics I have wanted to share it for some time now but couldn't remember when it was taken. Finally, I got the answer so here it is! It isn't the best quality, but you get the idea. I don't know what my weight was, but I do remember I was down to a size 20 (this dress was a size 18/20) from a 24. I also remember that I was proud of myself for getting there. I hope I can find some of my earlier weight loss journals to share more. <img src="http://photosaws.s... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:24:39 EST Optimal Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079926 Here's what my optimal plan looks like: <BR> I have breakfast within the first hour upon waking <BR> a.m. workout - have my protein snack <BR> Noon or no later than 1 p.m. - lunch with protein, carb, and veggies <BR> Afternoon workout if I'm lucky, another protein snack <BR> Dinner no later than 6 pm. <BR> Evening snack - Fruit <BR> Every day is a challenge and every day is different. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Started a strength training program around the Jan 11, 2016. I have been doing t... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:59:45 EST Note: Remember to Praise Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069607 I remember to visualize myself at my goal weigh, which by the way shouldn't be hard to do since I was there just a couple years ago! Now I am creating a new habit, praising myself and remembering to reward myself too with non food things! I'm down another lb so that is a total of 8 since October 2015. Next week is my reward, a well deserved massage. So woohoo me! Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:06:26 EST Staying Focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063423 I am happy to report that I am down a lb today. <em>224</em> I am trying to be positive and use positive self talk. Today for instance, I had to tell myself that I had energy to get out the door and walk. Sure thought we went more than 2 mi, but it was the same as yesterday. But I managed to burn more calories. <em>244</em> We will try again tomorrow to walk .5 more miles. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my DH and I power walked. Our highlight was going to the organic CSA farm and pick up our p... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 19:42:07 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060372 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:45:54 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057370 Reflecting on the past year brought up a lot of sad events for me. Talking with my DD about her latest breakup made me realize, once again, how much I have to be thankful for. It also makes me appreciate each and every family member more than the day before. While talking with her, I also realized how much we grow from all of our experiences. I hope I passed on a little knowledge and helped comfort her. Wishing all my SP friends a Happy healthy New Year. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:44:20 EST Featured Motivator! Thank you all! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053577 Today, SUEPERWOMANSUE left a comment on my page. I really had no idea what she was talking about. I checked out her blogs and really didn't see anything. I thought maybe she was named a featured motivator. Then I started going through my sp points and clicked on my mail. there it was in an email. It is a very nice recognition. Thanks all you sparkpeople! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Congratulations! You are today's Featured Motivator! <BR> SparkPeople members selected your SparkPage as being mo... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:13:45 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052249 <em>446</em> Merry Christmas! Thu, 24 Dec 2015 20:32:45 EST My New Workout Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050349 Monday - Brisk 30 min walk 30 min Circuit Training Upper body <em>362</em> <BR> Tuesday Circuit Training - Brisk Walk - <em>342</em> <BR> Wednesday Bike ride <em>332</em> Lower Body + boot camp <em>320</em> <BR> Thursday Circuit Training:Upper Body + Jessica Smith fast 30 min walk <em>85</em> <BR> Friday Merry Christmas! Circuit Training:Lower Body <em>446</em> <BR> Saturday Boot Camp with Coach Nicole <em>216</em> <BR> Sunday Rest Day <em>102</em> <BR> *F... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:37:47 EST Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049836 When I saw this today, I just had to share because it is what I needed. So thank you whom ever it was that posted it. I can't remember and have not been able to find it again. Awha! Found it! Thank you Jan and 1CRAZYDOG! <BR> <BR> **********You are a light in the world, a light of infinite joy that can never be put out or hidden. You are a blessing born from the heart of Spirit, and so long as you remember that you can and will find peace in any situation.************* Luitha K. Tamaya <BR>... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:16:56 EST Walk This Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049409 Hope it's a happy Friday, so far so good! This week was fun, we went for our walks and on Monday took a beach hike. That was our highlight for the week. <BR> <BR> This morning my DH and I took our walk, I was disappointed that I couldn't walk as fast as yesterday. So we added a fat burning workout to our mix. <BR> <BR> I had read and also been told that to burn fat one should stay in your heart-rate zone. However, I found this article today, the author says it is a complete myth! That's fi... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:49:57 EST Fitness Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049062 <em>342</em> The last couple days my DH and I are using a heart rate monitor and a pedometer to see if we can get into our fat burning zones. I'm not sure why I don't get my heart rate up when I don't wear a divice of some kind. Today was an improvement over today. It didn't take 10 minutes to get to the low end of my zone, and we covered more ground in less time. I can't wait to see more results! Love the challenge. Walked along this beach a couple days ago. The air was heavy and tired me ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:58:42 EST Taming the Sugar Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045541 <em>493</em> While participating in the Tame Your Sweet Tooth challenge, I did fairly well. I was able to limit my sugar intake and for most days not to eat after dinner. My new goals are to continue with the limited sugar and eat fewer of the bad carbs and more freggies. Especially after dinner I need to watch out for the sugar monster. <em>18</em> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18:53:43 EST Woohoo! Sweet Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043729 <em>244</em> The scale moved! When I saw the number this morning I was a bit skeptical, so I got on again, it said the same thing! I hope it is a true weight loss and not a fluctuation. As you know, our body can fluctuate from day to day. I'm really glad I waited to record this weight! This week I am going to try to stick to my goals from last week. Hope you have a sweet day too, only without the sweets! <em>104</em> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:41:03 EST Short & Sweet Tooth Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043259 <em>248</em> No coffee today, instead I tried some herbal tea with lemon. It was okay but I miss my coffee. No sweets yesterday but I am eating more fruit. If I keep this up maybe the scale will move again! <em>244</em> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 13:30:16 EST Tamed My Sweet Tooth Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042770 My unsweetened morning snack: carrot, celery stick, tiny sweet peppers, radish and 2 T of hummus. After eating this I wasn't hungry for the sweets. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/381088bf-24d7-45de-91bc-fe271ec83568.jpg"> <BR> This summer, dealing with death of a loved one, my DH and I would ride our bikes to the doughnut shop and do a 10 mile ride on Saturdays. It killed the pain for a bit, but I also gained 10 lbs. My DH can eat most food without gaining. I am glad I join... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 13:23:37 EST Friday Sweet Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042389 <em>386</em> So glad I feel better today. Nothing with sugar for me yet. Of course it will be after dark when the craving will hit. My plan is to have unsweetened herbal tea or a grapefruit. This weekend will be hard ~ just because it's the weekend! Have a great one! <em>381</em> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 16:35:01 EST Sweet Free Thursday for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041922 <em>386</em> Even though I didn't have any extra sugar I did go over my calorie limit. When ever my head hurts I tend to think I need more to eat! It never makes me feel better. Last night I ate a snack after dinner. That isn't too bad considering I haven't done it much since the beginning of this challenge. I think my head hurts because I only had one cup of coffee today. Maybe a bit too soon to go to one. I donno, but I'll keep plugging away, <em>469</em> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 19:27:42 EST Sweets For Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041135 <em>265</em> Today I woke up very hungry. Did I mention that I am monitoring my hunger and fullness levels (1-10 1 being ravenous and 10 being stuffed). <BR> Anyway, I am also trying to eat all my calories during the day and eating three fruits and lots of veggies, Not eating after dinner is a challenge but I am doing it for the most part. Last night the nutrition tracker warned me about not eating enough calories. So, I need to eat more during the day. I am cutting back on the caffeine and... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 10:00:08 EST How Sweet is Your Tuesday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040732 <em>345</em> Went grocery shopping today and was looking at the sugar in the different varieties of kombucha. There was only one brand that didn't have cane sugar and had 1 gm of sugar depending on the flavor there could be more in some. I got that one. Didn't pick up any creamer for coffee. I need to get coffee out anyway. Have you seen how much sugar is in creamer? There is either cane sugar or corn syrup in it. Guess I can do without it. This afternoon I ate a whole grapefruit instead of... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 15:20:25 EST Anything but Sweets Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040061 <em>248</em> One lb down. Finally! Cutting out most of the sweets and not eating after dinner is working. My goals this week: <BR> Follow the suggestions for Tame your sweet tooth challenge <BR> Eat six mini meals <BR> Drink more water <BR> Work out 3 times with Jessica Smith or Coach Nicole <BR> Walk for 45 or 50 min daily, 3 X with Leslie Sansone <BR> Have a no sweet Monday <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:13:51 EST Awesome Sweet Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039631 <em>345</em> Today was a beautiful day. It was supposed to be my rest day, but I just can't do nothing, had to get out and enjoy the beauty so went on a short bike ride at a slow pace and enjoyed God's beauty. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I had absolutely no cravings for sweets at all. I ate the apple, grapefruit and blueberries that I added to my nutrition tracker. I am amazed at the nutrition feedback charts. They are making sense to me, finally! I see the lines looking more uniform. I hop... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:53:49 EST Sweet Treats for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039157 My sweet treat today was sweet and salty popcorn and my healthier pumpkin pie. Tomorrow I am trying to go without any treats and see how that goes. <em>471</em> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:33:32 EST Taming my Sweet Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038632 Yesterday I was Thankful for family, friends, and those that have gone home before me. <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> This is the start of week 2 in the challenge to tame my sweet tooth. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I didn't go over my calorie limit with just one slice of lower fat and sugar pumpkin pie! Thankful that I got my full workout in also. <BR> Today I am not craving any sweets. So far that is. <BR> <BR> I have a plan to eat a grapefruit if I do crave a sweet. I am also planning on not e... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:24:56 EST Thankful for Sweet SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038235 <em>426</em> Being thankful for a free site to log and blog about fitness and food. Thanks to Chris for being generous in sharing his insight with us and giving us this gift. <em>430</em> <BR> <BR> Even after having chocolate yesterday I am not craving sweets. My lunch today was like any other day. We are having fresh fish tonight with squash and salad. I made a healthy pumpkin pie that didn't have eggs or a lot of sugar. <em>471</em> <BR> If you want the recipe for the pie, here is ... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:02:08 EST Have a Mindfully Sweet Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037899 Day 6 of my Tame the Sweet Tooth Challenge <BR> <BR> Today I was craving chocolate and fought it off most of the day. Went for a.m. walk 45 min and bike ride for an hour. Made some awesome chocolate bark. It is healthier than a candy bar and much lighter. It was so very good and I stayed within my calorie goals. Although I didn't make it through day 6 without eating after dinner. I had an apple for an evening snack only because the nutrition tracker said I was under my calories. But even so,... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:32:47 EST Amazing Day 5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037306 <em>244</em> It is already day 5 of the challenge to tame my sweet tooth. I am confident that I will be able to go without eating a sweet snack today. So far I haven't had ONE! And to top that off, I don't even care if I have one. <em>345</em> I am hoping the scale will move on my weigh in day. <em>192</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:05:38 EST Short and Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036757 This will be day 4 of the Tame your sweet tooth challenge. I have made it 3 nights without any sweets after dinner. Actually, nothing after dinner. It is a big challenge not to eat after dinner because my DH always has his sweets while watching tv. I have kept myself occupied by doing an activity. Last night I went through the SP points and earned all I could. There sure are a lot of em! <em>244</em> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:26:12 EST How Sweet Do I Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036206 <em>244</em> Day 3 of nothing to eat after dinner! I am very proud of myself. Not that I don't eat any sweets. It is the after dinner sweets that I have a problem with. Last night after dinner I drank tea and knitted to keep myself occupied. <em>386</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:31:48 EST Sweet sweets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035719 <em>104</em> After dinner last night I was able to say no to my usual sweet treat. I am hoping that I will do the same tonight. So that's 2 nights in a row! <em>224</em> for me! <em>529</em> <em>495</em> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 13:49:36 EST Sweets for my sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035344 Tracking my sugar content today. Didn't do too bad, I am glad that I don't have to give it up all at once! <em>104</em> I didn't have my usual snack after dinner. Hope tonight goes as well as last night. <em>386</em> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:47:11 EST I'm stompin' sugar out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034840 Maybe sugar is my biggest enemy! Just took the quiz and I am almost sure the evil substance is keeping me from reaching my goals. Should be interesting to see what the withdrawals are like. I am hoping it won't be as bad as giving up cigarettes! I'm jumpin' in! Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:36:31 EST