ALTJ-DOG's SparkPeople Blog ALTJ-DOG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finally got 100 sparkpoints! I've been a member (off and on) since 2012. This is the first time I've gotten 100 sparkpoints! Can't believe it! <img src=""> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 19:18:03 EST Feeling my best with 3:4 fasting This post is mainly for myself as a diary. If it helps someone else I'm happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> I decided to give routine water-only fasting a try. Started with a 5-day fast. Really helped reset my relationship with food which was my goal. Stopped a little earlier than desired but it was fine. Stopping resulted in good family connection time, very important and satisfying. <BR> <BR> After I stopped fasting it was hard to maintain the positive food relationship. No surprise there. Decided... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:01:46 EST Still moving; having severe eye problems I had a scare last week and am going to the eye doctor to get checked out. Exercising seems to make my eyes feel better and helps my mood greatly. Truth told, I'm terrified but am trying to be realistic and strong. I've starting drinking a cucumber/celery/spinach/parsnip/beetroot green smoothie at night and in the morning. After drinking it my eyes feel more moist which is great. I was already doing yoga each morning and sometimes at night. I'm going to do 30 minutes of dance each morni... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:34:19 EST I played ball this week I'm so happy right now. I've wanted to be more active but felt sluggish about doing it. I'd get on the elliptical for 5 minutes in the morning, easing my body and spirit back in to exercise. This week I visited family and got the kickstart I needed from my three little cousins. <BR> <BR> They are young boys ranging from age 8 (I think) to 13. They started shooting hoops in the drive way and I joined in. I decided to concentrate on my form, dibble the ball and try to get the ball on th... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:15:54 EST Stepping back into the world For over a year I pulled away from everyone. I used to sing in a choir and also pulled out from that a several months earlier. During that period I spent a lot of time focused inward learning to stop just moving forward and to start listening to myself. I didn't know why I needed it but chose to trust myself and go with it. I trusted that I didn't have to push myself to be in the world until I was ready. But I did check myself regularly to be sure I wasn't depressed instead of being sad. ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:45:52 EST Reboot, Modified Medifast, Serendipity! This is more of a status update instead of my typical blog entry. I'll get back to my regularly scheduled programming later. Here's a word about where I am and how I'm using Medifast as one of my weight reduction tools... <BR> <BR> I took some time out to rethink my plan. Medifast was not working for me "as-is" so I decided to modify their eating plan to fit my needs. <BR> <BR> Medifast is built around an <BR> -extremely low calorie intake (800 - 900 a day), <BR> -low calories from fat... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:02:54 EST Comic Con/MediFast Recap; Family Reunion Hi everyone. It's over and I think I've finally come down from the whirl wind of activity. During the same time as the con my wife ended up with a severe persistent elbow pain from a re-aggravated injury and I went through my own medical issues. But we stayed on MediFast fairly faithfully. Our meal times were way off and we either missed a meal replacement or ate an extra meal replacement because we didn't remember if we had eaten. CRAZY! In the end we still lost weight so we are thankf... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:11:54 EST Comic Con lessons learned Hi everyone. The first day is under my belt and I learned a few things. <BR> <BR> You will not over eat here as long as you bring your own food and water. My biggest problem was not setting an eating and drinking schedule so I under ate and under drank. I brought oatmeal, started it at home, put it in plastic, and took a spoon. I was supposed to stop at Starbucks (in the convention center) and get a tea, bag on the side, but didn't want to stop. :-I ate my lean and green at a nearby res... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:44:27 EST Medifast first week weigh-in: 3 lbs lost I lost a part of a lb but thats it. Looks like this may work out just fine. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 09:23:50 EST struggling to live decent, moral lives in a completely chaotic world Quote from Joss Whedon, write of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and other shows and comics: <BR> <BR> The times are chaotic. For me, I would hope that people look at ["Angel" (1999)] and gain strength by it. With everything that I do, I hope that they see people struggling to live decent, moral lives in a completely chaotic world. They see how hard it is, how often they fail, and how they get up and keep trying. That, to me, is the most important message I'm ever going to tell. [The Vancouver Su... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 22:18:28 EST 2 food intake problems I need to address Comic Con starts tomorrow! First time going and I have the 4 day plus preview night pass. Woo Hoo! My wife and I were scheduled to go 1 day last year but sadly my father-in-law passed the same week. We didn't get to go then but are very excited to go now. <BR> <BR> I have 2 problems that I have to address though. One is I don't know how the program will work while at Comic Con. I'm low on bars but think I can make do with shakes, fruit punch, and a bar every now and then. I'll know be... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:24:10 EST Progress update - 1st week on MediFast/Take Shape For Life I posted this in the MediFast forum. Re-posting here so I can keep track and share with my non-MediFast people. :-) <BR> <BR> Hi everyone. This is my first progress post. Wednesday will be the start of my second week on MediFast/Take Shape For Life. So far the program has not been too hard. Previously I've juice fasted (I'd recommend) and water fasted (I do not recommend) for health and personal growth so I know what the "hunger" feels like. You adjust when its something you want to do. So... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:11:39 EST Blogging Surprise Thanks everyone for reading and commenting. I thought I was just doing this for me but today I got a surprise. Someone, lots of someones, are ready my posts! <BR> <BR> I knew it was possible since I purposely set my blog to be "public". You just don't believe anyone will read it, till they do. <BR> <BR> Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Wind beneath my wings! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:03:18 EST Observe and Trust What I See On my turn my lie around journey I've found a new quote on Facebook to ponder. It's too heavy for me to comment on yet. Lots of contemplation and prayer required for this on. <BR> <BR> <BR> 'Everyone faces tough moments in life, the key isn't to try and avoid them but to push on and never give up trying to overcome them.' - Mark Brown Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:58:53 EST Too Trusting and Not Observant vs Trust Myself Well and Act Well On What I See/Hear Allow people to show you who they are, and believe them! Do not make excuses for anyone! <BR> Author: chkltcty; Site:; Forum:Dating General Discussion:How do you stop trusting.?" Date: 8/22/09 <BR> <BR> UPDATE to above quote - Including yourself! <BR> <BR> <BR> When I was young I used to watch episodes of the Brady Bunch, know that Cindy, Jan, or Marsha was going to do something truly embarrassing and I couldn't watch it. My heart would race and I'd become anxious. So muc... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 18:42:35 EST I Did It!!! I posted it all. Everything. And decided to let it go. I'm at this state in my life for keeping my mouth shut and holding back. Time to learn to do something different to get different results. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> UPDATE <BR> <BR> The post was well received. Lots of very supportive comments. Had 2 unexpected supportive comments as well. ZERO negative comments. I'm so happy. This was a big boost for me which I'll carry into my weight-loss journey. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:11:55 EST In the end - facebook In the end I didn't make a grandiose post. I updated my status and added the post I created to the 'about me' section of my profile. That is enough for me. I'm not hiding it. If someone cares about me they will look at it. And if some potential future employer finds it some day, so be it. Can't hide yourself forever. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:21:58 EST New bible verse Provided by my cuz; <BR> <BR> Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Heb10.23.NIV Thu, 5 Jul 2012 13:01:29 EST I'm OK with me Sorry for editing and reposting this several times. <BR> <BR> I was about to post about myself on facebook on today and realized maybe I need to reassess what I want to say. Just the act of writing it out here made me feel better. I've been on some emotional roller coaster for the last few weeks and I need to get perspective before posting this, let alone saying it face to face to anyone. I'm not a 'hang it all out there person' like a lot of my friends probably think I am... although, co... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 12:39:10 EST Go J-Dog, It's Your Birthday! Happy Birthday to Me! <BR> <BR> Feeling good about myself. After being in such an emotionally draining place recently, feeling the metaphorical sunshine on my face is wonderful. <BR> <BR> Weighed in on the Wii today which I don't think I've done before on my birthday. Who knew it would be so fun! They had a mini party with streamers and a hat. Too Cute! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> And for an added bonus... I'm back to the weight I was before an ankle injury stopped me in my tra... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 11:13:06 EST First day on MediFast and walked today, first day since last Thursday Just keeping track. It felt good to get back out but it was a little tiring. <BR> <BR> I'm on this journey to return this body vessel to the fit-ess working machine it can be. God gave me this vessel; now I'm learning how to maintain it. Wed, 4 Jul 2012 00:19:25 EST Rain and Sunshine I'm seeing the other side of a dark road I've been on for the last few days. I've been reminded how good God is and how much love and caring he has put in my life in the form of my wife. She has been rock solid and caring the entire time. Something like this happened a few months ago as well and she was even stronger now then she was then. <BR> <BR> I thank God for bringing me to my other side. I thank God for giving me a wonderful wife. I thank God for giving me my life. I know he wou... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 00:15:11 EST Got up and moved today, Medifast 3rd day in a row! Huge step for me. Medifast should be here in a few days. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:04:51 EST Things are not always as bad or good as you think Today I was petrified! <BR> <BR> A few months ago I injured my ankle and foot while walking. Yes you can walk incorrectly and cause damage, go figure. So I let it heal. One month goes by and my body says no, not yet. Two months go by and my body says, try it now. So far so good, YAHOO! <BR> <BR> Bob Harper and I got together for a pilates session last night and then I danced the rest of the night away, calling it quits after a little Just Dance 3 and Dance Central 2. This morning I ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:21:44 EST