ALLIEINSHAPE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ALLIEINSHAPE ALLIEINSHAPE'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/ Spring update and photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314885 Hi everyone! <BR> I hope you have survived the winter weather and are well underway with your spring cleaning! Probably better than me. I have had a quiet time since December enjoying the end of winter/beginning of spring, slowly sorting out possessions in my condo, trying to be more organized but failing badly.. nothing new there. It will happen though. <BR> <BR> This has been my favorite time of year, the last cold crisp days of winter clouds and snow and then the softening of earth prep... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 17:27:16 EST HAPPY HOLIDAYS! and some photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1176593965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a festive and merry holiday week! Or peaceful and reflective, whatever your preference. Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year, where goals are met and dreams come true. <BR> <BR> Here are some photos I took on Sunday in Toronto at Allan Gardens Victorian conservatory. From a bleak midwinter's day into the glorious colours of the season! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 23:43:46 EST Finally, a blog and some new photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147477 Hi everyone! <BR> Long time, no blog! I have not checked in for months and good to see many of you still here sparking away. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007419061.jpg"> <BR> I would like to start again on Sparks but the same old story, still a health issue for the arthritis in my knees and back and circulation in my legs to sit at the computer each day tracking and blogging at my slow pace plus trying to keep up with everyone's blogs, instead of meal prep, hou... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:35:31 EST I am an entrepreneur! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999848 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897801530.jpg"> <BR> July was a busy month for me as I started selling my photo note cards and framed photos at a market table in front of our historic St Lawrence Market, conveniently located across the intersection from my condo building. All I need to do is push my cart across the street and I am there. The table is divided in two with one half flowers and nature subjects, and the other half city streets and the Toronto skyline. It is i... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 17:31:29 EST Busy with my photography http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859331980.jpg"> <BR> Hi all- just checking in after a few months away. (I am still watching my weight, have not gained it back). I have been concentrating on my photography and have been approved to sell my cards and framed prints at an outdoor table at the market square across the street from my condo. I am selling my 4x6 prints on beautiful card stock, with matching envelopes in plastic sleeves, plus larger 8x10 and 8x12 photos, maybe a... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 15:53:38 EST Important free video "Hungry for Change" please watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801938 I just finished watching this amazing video and am trying to share it with as many people as possible. This video may motivate you in your weight loss and in making better food choices as nothing else has. So much useful info and makes so much sense, will be of much benefit to anyone watching it with weight and health issues. <BR> <BR> <link>www.hungryforchange.tv/online-premie<BR>re </link> <BR> <BR> It is documentary length 1.5 hours so please allow time to watch it all through. You... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:52:08 EST Letting Go of Sparks and Finding Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767723 The other day I posted a message on my status that I was “re-evaluating things and not sure about Sparks”. <BR> <BR> Sparks was extremely helpful in a transformational period of my life right at the time I bought my first computer and when I retired after many years of extreme stress working in an accounting job I was totally unsuited for, with people who were not like me, at great detriment to my physical and emotional health. Sparks helped lift away the heavy burden of those job years, di... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 20:29:22 EST a Valentine's Day wake up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246796922.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great day today whether you have a special sweetheart or not. If you have that love of your life, who is your best friend and soul mate too, you are truly blessed. For the rest of us, I was listening to a radio program with a single woman as guest who said that while she does not have the "one" in her life she has all the other "ones", her family and friends, who love her and who she loves too.... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:09:40 EST My Point Challenge - Day 19-22 of 57(+paper control plan) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735957 MY GOAL - to earn 40 points a day and lose 10-15 lbs by March 19 <BR> #1 Exercise daily - 15 minutes : +5 points <BR> #2 Track all food intake daily on Sparks: +5 points <BR> #3 Stay within daily Sparks (1200-1550) calorie range: + 5 pts <BR> #4 Eat 3 meals a day and dinner before 8pm: +5 <BR> #5 Drink water daily (at least 4 glasses): +5 points <BR> #6 Eat daily vegetables or fruit (at least 4 portions): +5 <BR> #7 No daily sugar (or chocolate) intake: +5 <BR> # 8 No daily wheat prod... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:13:23 EST My Point Challenge-Day 18 of 57(+Mulligatawny Soup recipe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731255 MY GOAL - to earn 40 points a day and lose 10-15 lbs by March 19 <BR> My daily calorie range 1200-1550 <BR> <BR> Weekly weigh in: <BR> Start: Mon Jan 23 - 238 lbs <BR> Saturday Jan 28 - 235 lbs - down 3 lbs! <BR> Saturday Feb 4 - 235 lbs - because I did not do the challenge for several days <BR> ******************* <BR> Thursday Feb 9 = earned40 points <BR> (1408 calories) <BR> <BR> breakfast - onion and asparagus omelet <BR> Lunch - cucumber and salad greens with Renee's sherry he... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 20:13:00 EST My Point Challenge - Day 14-17 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729835 MY GOAL - to earn 40 points a day and lose 10-15 lbs by March 19 <BR> My calorie range 1200-1550 <BR> Weekly weigh in: <BR> Start Mon Jan 23 - 238 lbs <BR> Saturday Jan 28 - 235 lbs - down 3 lbs! <BR> Saturday Feb 4 - 235 lbs - because I did not do the challenge for several days <BR> ************************************ <BR> The last few days I was busy getting my paper clutter sorted out for tax time, and yesterday and today attended seniors' classes. I must deal with this paper clutter... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 23:23:16 EST My Point Challenge - Day 13 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722920 MY GOAL - to earn 40 points a day and lose 10-15 lbs by March 19 <BR> <BR> Weekly weigh in: <BR> Start Mon Jan 23 - 238 lbs <BR> Saturday Jan 28 - 235 lbs - down 3 lbs! <BR> Saturday Feb 4 - 235 lbs - because I did not do the challenge for several days <BR> <BR> I do not have a digital scale as ones I have seen have a glass top and I am afraid I will drop something and crack it. It is hard to see what little mark the needle is pointing to on my scale and it changes if I lean to one si... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 04:03:56 EST My Points Challenge - Day 12 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721386 MY GOAL - to earn 40 points a day and lose 10-15 lbs by March 19 <BR> <BR> Weekly weigh in: <BR> Start Mon Jan 23 - 238 lbs <BR> Saturday Jan 28 - 235 lbs - down 3 lbs <BR> Saturday Feb 4 - <BR> <BR> Back on track today after a break to get caught up with long overdue housework. Within my calorie range today but over in fats because of the avocado, 15 gm in one half. I am always under in carbs since I don't eat wheat products, have to eat a lot of veggies, rice or beans to get close to... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 01:48:55 EST My Point Challenge - was off Sparks for 4 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719079 MY GOAL - 40 points a day and lose 10-15 lbs by March 19 <BR> <BR> Weekly weigh in: <BR> Start Mon Jan 23 238 lbs <BR> Saturday Jan 28 235 lbs - down 3 lbs <BR> <BR> These points will drive me crazy keeping track of them for several months. I know I am not going to get the 2000 pts I aimed for originally if I count these days off, and I am sure this will happen again when I need a computer break, so I am changing my rules and see how I do a week at a time. Seems more reasonable and ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 17:59:24 EST My Point Challenge - Day 6 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709535 MY GOAL - to reach 2000 pts by Mar.19 and lose 10-15 lbs <BR> <BR> Day 1, Monday, Jan 23 = earned 40 points (met goal for day) <BR> (1376 calories) <BR> Day 2, Tuesday, Jan 24 = earned 26 points (no brekkie and some wheat) <BR> (1262 calories) <BR> Day 3 Wednesday, Jan 25 = earned 15 points (some sugar, no dinner, not enough fregs, over calorie range) <BR> (1690 calories, maybe more) <BR> Day 4 Thursday, Jan 25 = earned 40 points… woo hoo!! <BR> (1409 calories) <BR> Day 5 Friday, Ja... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:42:02 EST More reasons for home cooking using real food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709151 See my previous blog on the Death of Home Cooking <BR> <BR> So interesting to me when I returned from the market with my fresh vegetables to read these articles on line... <BR> from Yahoo Canada <BR> <BR> <link>ca.shine.yahoo.com/mcdonald-s-ditche<BR>s-use-of--pink-slime--in-u-s--meat--ch<BR>ef-jamie-oliver-celebrates.html </link> <BR> <BR> “On Thursday, (Jan 26) McDonald's announced they have discontinued the use of ammonium hydroxide as a processor in their U.S. beef -- an ingred... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:12:12 EST My Point Challenge- Day 5 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708699 MY GOAL - to reach 2000 pts by Mar.19 and lose 10-15 lbs <BR> <BR> Day 1, Monday, Jan 23 = earned 40 points (met goal for day) <BR> (1376 calories) <BR> Day 2, Tuesday, Jan 24 = earned 26 points (no brekkie and some wheat) <BR> (1262 calories) <BR> Day 3 Wednesday, Jan 25 = earned 15 points (some sugar, no dinner, not enough fregs, over calorie range) <BR> (1690 calories, maybe more) <BR> Day 4 Thursday, Jan 25 = earned 40 points… woo hoo!! <BR> (1409 calories) <BR> Day 5 Friday, Jan... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:19:02 EST My Point Challenge - Day 4 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707313 MY GOAL - to reach 2000 pts by Mar.19 and lose 10-15 lbs <BR> Day 1, Monday, Jan 23 = earned 40 points (met goal for day) <BR> (1376 calories) <BR> Day 2, Tuesday, Jan 24 = earned 26 points (no brekkie and some wheat) <BR> (1262 calories) <BR> Day 3 Wednesday, Jan 25 = earned 15 points (some sugar, no dinner, not enough fregs, over calorie range) <BR> (1690 calories, maybe more) <BR> Day 4 Thursday, Jan 25 = earned 40 points… woo hoo!! <BR> (1409 calories) <BR> <BR> This blog is a da... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:43:54 EST The Death of Home Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706250 I was reading something on the net and it led me to a New York Times article entitled"Out of the Kitchen, onto the Couch", from 2009 by Michael Pollan, who has written several excellent books about the importance of eating whole foods. His is a long article but very well worth reading, makes so much sense about why there is so much more obesity in the last few decades, and really also about the death of home cooking. <BR> <link>michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/o<BR>ut-of-the-kitchen-onto... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 23:45:44 EST My Point Challenge - Day 3 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704193 Day 1, Monday, Jan 23 = earned 40 points <BR> (1376 calories) <BR> Day 2, Tuesday, Jan 24 = earned 26 points (no brekkie and some wheat) <BR> (1262 calories) <BR> Day 3 Wednesday, Jan 25 = earned 15 points (some sugar, no dinner) <BR> (1690 calories, maybe more) <BR> <BR> Today was weird. Started out good with an oatmeal breakfast. I met a friend who wanted to see the group art show I am in at the bookstore. The person who bought my photo had taken it with him which left a blank space... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:49:29 EST My Point Challenge - Day 2 of 57 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702481 Day 1, Monday, Jan 23 = earned 40 points <BR> (1376 calories) <BR> Day 2, Tuesday, Jan 24 = earned 26 points (no brekkie and some wheat) <BR> (1262 calories) <BR> <BR> Today was not so good. I am finding it difficult to get off the computer and was on this morning instead of making breakfast. Then I was on for several hours this afternoon, and again tonight after watching some TV and it is almost 2am. <BR> <BR> When I do not eat breakfast I have to eat more at the other 2 meals to be... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:17:06 EST My Point Challenge Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700272 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736767975.jpg"> <BR> last night at sunset - from my condo building roof in Toronto <BR> <BR> Day 1, Monday, Jan 23 = earned 40 points <BR> (1376 calories) <BR> <BR> Today I did 15 mins with a "Sit and Be Fit" TV show. I think this is an old show from PBS, comes on at 5:30 am, not getting up at that hour! so I started to tape the episodes. I like it because the host does not do too many repetitions of the same exercise, a lot of variety... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:57:39 EST My new challenge - blog for 8 weeks and earn points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698866 I am going to be blogging daily for 57 days starting today Monday, January 23, until my birthday on Mar 19th, using a point plan adapted from one created by ANDI571. The longest I have blogged daily was for 21 days on a cleanse two years ago and then again in December when I followed a restricted list of whole, fresh, mostly organic foods for my various food sensitivities and reported on my progress, including photos of my dinners. See my food list - <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypa... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:09:02 EST Sold a photo in a group photo show, & some altered views of Toronto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693623 I submitted six photos to a group art show at the new age bookstore gallery where I had my solo show last May. My own show was themed "Walk Into Green - nature in the city" and had photos of flowers, birds, and trees in my local city park. This group show is themed "Conscious Shift 2012" so I submitted ones that seems to fit that theme, including this one taken from the rooftop of our condo building. I used a filter in my photoshop program to get this effect somehow - one of a kind as I ... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:49:49 EST To comment on Spark-Facebook sharing - see this link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683861 UPDATE!!- Sparks has now removed the new Facebook sharing feature that many were concerned about. They also removed the box to tick <BR> "Show share bar on my blog posts" when you click on "edit my Sparkpage". <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683820 <BR> <BR> Please see other info below on opting out of certain ads we receive on the Internet. There are opt out options available from these companies once we know how to find them. <BR> **... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 09:49:30 EST IMPORTANT - To block your blog from FACEBOOK sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682025 I am passing on this important information that is circulating among Spark teams. <BR> <BR> You will notice a NEW SECTION at the end of your friends' blogs where you can check off... <BR> <BR> "You like this. Be the first of your friends to like this". with a Facebook logo <BR> <BR> This is a new feature on SparkPeople that automatically added a "Share Bar" to our blog entries. That means if someone likes YOUR blog entry they have the option to "share" on their Facebook wall!! <BR> <BR... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 12:39:47 EST Solutions, not Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651737 After the initial enthusiasm and motivation we all feel leading up to the New Year, I was feeling a bit down yesterday and today. About the reality of it all, having to make those actual difficult changes in my behavior and habits to achieve that list of to-dos and goals whirling around in my head that I have set for myself to accomplish in this new year. Looking back I realize that although as usual I have not achieved most of my goals on my list, I have had some real accomplishments in 201... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:26:23 EST My Health Focus Results - Day 21 of 21, and beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640700 Christmas Eve was my last day of my 21 day cleanse. <BR> <BR> Since December 4th (and still going!!) I have not had any caffeine- tea or coffee, bread or pasta or potatoes, or wine or beer. I made it 17 days with no wheat, sugar, cow dairy or chocolate until I had a piece of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting at a restaurant, some Lindor chocolates a neighbour gave me, and the brown sugar and maple syrup in my gluten free cookies and cupcakes I made for Christmas. <BR> <BR> I have fol... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:25:04 EST Merry Christmas - and gluten free cookies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637398 Here are some cookies and hot cocoa with a marshmallow (or hot mulled cider)for you on Christmas eve. Wish Santa could deliver them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l91280730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My first attempt at gluten free cookies. Came out great and I have limited myself to one taste test, so far. Here is the recipe... <BR> <BR> Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies <BR> <BR> My recipe made 54 cookies. I made them quite small because I was not sure if a big mou... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 19:42:53 EST My Health Focus Progress -Day 20 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637092 My dinner last night- I roasted a pan of cubed sweet potatoes, halved brussels sprouts and whole green beans with olive oil, celtic sea salt and fresh thyme. Served with the usual boneless skinless chicken thighs and carmelized onion and some garlic. I have onion and garlic everyday because I love them and... <BR> "both contain antibacterial properties. Onions and garlic have been used to treat everything from minor illness to major disease and inflammation, both internally and externally. T... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 11:50:05 EST My Health Focus Progress- Day 15-19 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635775 I have been slacking off on this cleanse and will not make it to the 21 days. I find that I have some digestive issues with the supplements I have been taking, and was in need of more fiber to conteract them. It is my own fault. I needed to drink more water and also eat on a regular basis. The last couple days I have been eating out after I hurt my back shifting stuff and too painful to stand up for long and make food. After 2 trips to the chiro and another tomorrrow I should be straighten... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 01:25:07 EST Possibilities of 2012, we can make it so http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634375 One of my teams has started a discussion about what we will be doing in the next year until Dec 21, 2012. Considering all the hocum on the net, TV, movies, and books re the misinterpretation about that date in the Mayan calendar and the resulting hysteria about the end of days, I choose to believe something different about next year. I believe it is possible to use this opportunity to bring about a new age of enlightenment and that very shift of collective consciousness for humanity that ne... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 18:53:02 EST My Health Focus progress- Day 13/14 of 21, & new photo show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629467 I am getting behind in my blogging. As usual I am becoming bored with doing the same thing for more than few days, like tracking my food. However, since I am eating the same assortment of foods over and over on this cleanse the ranges are staying between 1300-1400 calories on average each day. I would never be over my max of 1550 calories unless I picked up the pace and started eating a lot more than usual. Maybe I need to eat even more as I am still stuck at this weight, only lost a litt... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 18:59:15 EST My Health Focus progress - Day 12 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627283 1402 calories (my range 1200-1550) <BR> Now I am getting confused as I was blogging yesterday morning for the 2 days previous, did not get around to posting my food as I was having a downer day like I do this time of year and did not feel like doing much. Most of the time I am quite content to do my own thing and live alone but Christmas is all happy families celebrating so I feel a bit separated from all that. Baking used to put me in the Christmas spirit but I am not doing much, if any, ba... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:13:28 EST My Health Focus progress - Day 10-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625454 Monday I was at the Christmas Fair, wrote my blog on that and Tuesday I had computer issues. It was refreshing yesterday not having the computer to gravitate to all day. I actually got some Christmas cards written. I did not post my food but I am sure I stayed within my ranges if not under as both days I only had 2 meals. <BR> Monday breakfast - Irish steel cut oatmeal with frozen blueberries, walnuts , cinnamon and goat yogurt <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:40:32 EST Christmas Market at the Distillery District & photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623517 I went to the European style Christmas Market at the Distillery District today. <BR> <BR> Monday was a good day to go since it was packed on the weekend. Lots of activities, carolers and other entertainment, outdoor booths in the main and side streets of seasonal gift items, candy, baked goods, and other food treats, none of which I can eat on my cleanse. I had my cleanse approved dinner there at a great restaurant, and did buy a couple of small gifts of fancy loose teas and lacy carved Chr... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 00:34:30 EST My Health Focus progress - Day 9 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622017 1374 calories (my range 1200-1550) <BR> <BR> Today I ate at more normal hours so I was able to fit in supper at 7pm. I made a zucchini and onion omelet for breakfast and then a big bowl of the puree of cauliflower/split pea/swiss chard soup for lunch that I made yesterday . I think it is better in small portions as an appetizer than as a main dish. So many pureed vegetables at one time, like drinking a giant glass of thick fresh veggie juice, a little too intense. I decided I craved some ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 23:32:57 EST My Health Focus progress - Day 8 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620707 875 calories (my range 1200-1550) I am pathetic <BR> <BR> I decided to buy a different variety of foods at the market today. I am getting sick of my usual cold lunch salad and decided for the winter I will try some warming soup recipes. This morning as per my usual bad habit, I got up late since I went to bed after 2 am last night. Then I was on the computer entering my food and blogging and finally had my oatmeal breakfast at noon. Then I went out to the grocery store and our famous St... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 22:07:38 EST My Health Focus progress - Day 7 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620264 Friday - Dec 9 - 1123 calories (my range 1200-1550) <BR> <BR> My kitchen is in a terrible state again because I have the bad habit of not picking up after myself. So now I have to backtrack and clean it up whereas if I had tidied up all along I would be ahead. I was getting better, but now with all this extra food prep… And my kitchen looks like a health food store with all the containers of rice, quinoa, beans, nuts and seeds, steel-cut oatmeal, coconut oil, almond milk, little bags of r... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 12:52:55 EST My Health Focus Progress: Day 6 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618309 Dec 8 -1469 calories (my range 1200-1550) <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of my spinach onion feta cheese 2 egg omelet before I folded it over. A bit over done but still tasted good. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969128792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am trying to post photos of some of my meals every day so breakfast will have to do today. I meant to bring my camera to the restaurant where I had lunch with my niece but I forgot it. The restaurant looked festive with a Christmas... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 21:16:51 EST My Health Focus progress : Day 5 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617108 Dec 7 - 1445 calories <BR> <BR> I am on a roll with this tracking. It is a challenge to plan my day’s food ahead of time in the morning, making sure it fits in my ranges with the right proportions for calories, carbs, fats, and protein. I am usually near the top of my range for fats but they are the good fats, olive and coconut oil. My daily 2 tb of ground flaxseed has 8 g, half an avocado has 13 g. I recently bought a Zwilling J.A. Henckels TruClad Thermolon Fry Pan wih a non-stick cera... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 23:12:45 EST My Health Focus progress: Day 4 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615637 Dec 6 1355 calories <BR> <BR> Still doing the cleanse but time will tell as it is still a novelty. Today I had a spinach, onion and 2 egg omelet and ginger tea for breakfast. Then for lunch a bunch of mixed greens topped with stir fried green beans, shiitake mushrooms, lentils, parsley, garlic, and cubes of goat feta cheese. For supper I made a brown/wild rice mixture with carrots, broccoli, onions and a cup of canned pink Pacific wild salmon and fresh dill. I always add tumeric to my rice... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 22:44:41 EST My Health Focus progress: Day 3 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614198 5% Winter Challenge and Candida/G.I. Cleanse <BR> <BR> Calories (My Range on Sparks) <BR> 1200 - 1550 <BR> Calories Consumed <BR> Dect 3 - 1305 <BR> Dec 4 - 1397 <BR> Dec 5 - 1310 <BR> <BR> I am within my ranges for carbs, fats, and proteins. I have to work to get enough carbs in because I am not eating any bread or other wheat products. I have to watch my fats so I am not over but I only eat the good fats such as in nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado. <BR> <BR> This morn... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 00:17:58 EST My Health Focus Progress: Day 2 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612723 I did not get anything done here as far as decluttering goes. On the computer til after 2 am last night and the same tonight. I slept until 10 am this morning so I got a late start. I tried to set the timer for half hour periods on the computer but simply got annnoyed when it went off so that idea did not work. I was looking up somewhere to get all cotton bras as it is so time consuming and futile trying to find that at the stores here. Isn't bra shopping frustrating, especially if you are ... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 03:15:11 EST My Health Focus progress: Day 1 of 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611355 Dec 3 <BR> I will be blogging for 3 weeks during my cleanse which is also the first 3 weeks of the 8 week Sparks 5% Winter Challenge. I have read it takes at least 21 days to change an old habit or form a new one. For me to finally give in and give up the initial RESISTANCE to the idea that I must strictly follow a restricted food list for 21 days plus implement a structured daily routine to reduce computer time, add more exercise, more food prep time, more housekeeping, and fit in occasio... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 01:33:44 EST Time to Focus - on 3 week cleanse and 5% winter challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607978 I was on a Sparkbreak in November where I limited my time on the site, but still was on the computer way too much each day, not sticking to any routines or getting much exercise. I am eating a lot better with my limited but healthy food choices (see last month's blog on food sensitivities). I have lost my GERD since eliminating coffee and wheat but am still stuck at the same weight, and am not eating enough or at regular intervals. I still have little energy and incentive to do more in my d... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 14:49:45 EST pumpkin poem and soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561438 Something for Halloween to share with you that is healthier than candy- from <link>livelighter.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> A Halloween Poem <BR> <BR> by Bindu Grandhi <BR> <BR> Tis the season of goodies and goblins, <BR> And decorated porches with pumpkins! <BR> Popular in fall and loved by all, <BR> Bright orange in color and sometimes disguised <BR> By a crooked smile and cutout eyes. <BR> Its flesh is best when fresh <BR> But canned also meets the test. <BR> Rich in vitamins lik... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:02:15 EST Decluttering, Food Sensitivities, and November Spark Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4559213 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l893074524.jpg"> <BR> Sparkbreak - <BR> I will be off Sparks for the month of November because I am still on the computer too much and I am not getting enough exercise or work done on housekeeping or preparing healthy meals at regular hours. A real struggle here to break the habit!! Even one hour once a day is too much if I have pain in the knees and back when I stand up and my left ankle and foot swell up. I am unsubscribing to all team pos... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 22:08:42 EST Recommended viewing - free on line film http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4522726 I just finished watched an excellent health movie FOOD MATTERS on line. It is FREE until October 8. I highly recommend it to learn some simple truths about how we can change our health so easily if we make up our minds to do it!. <BR> <BR> <link>www.FoodMatters.tv/ScreeningEventCin<BR>ema </link> <BR> <BR> "With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our malnourished bodies, it's no wonder that mode... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 14:41:50 EST Changing, My Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4498725 I am realizing that no courses or books or web sites or blogs are going to make me change, no matter how much more money or hours of my life I spend on them from now on. Certainly they have been a help to me in identifying the probable reasons I am the way I am and changes I must make to have a better life, and they reinforce and inspire me in what I already know I must do. I feel some of the better ones have helped me to have less stress and less anger, but in part that is a natural result o... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:55:48 EST