ANDREAG89's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ANDREAG89 ANDREAG89'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/ From the Mouths of Babes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812465 I weighed in today, the "first" day of my effort (of THIS round of efforts). As expected, I lost a pretty good chunk of weight, as history has told me this is the case. <BR> <BR> But because I am using the advent calendar to remove pounds as I lose them, I let my son rip up the numbers. Because when I lose 15, it's a night of bowling for the family. <BR> <BR> The original advent calendar...(since this was taken, I put the numbers in descending order) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:26:01 EST My Goal/Reward Sheet (with kids' input!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810650 After our Wii "Just Dance Marathon" last night, I asked the kids to give ideas for rewards for weight lost. For those of you who looked at my last blog, you saw an advent calendar of sorts, where I (or my kids) will rip up the numbers of pounds I've lost when I weigh in on Fridays. <BR> <BR> So here's what we came up with. Photo... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2072920963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My daughter is 16 and my son 9. So you know whose ideas these were... <BR> 15... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:14:45 EST A New Approach...? See photo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809914 A visual reminder for the entire family that they have to help me with this. This sparked a lot of questions from my kids. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l401140177.jpg"> <BR> My 16-year-old: "What's this?" <BR> Me: "It's my reminder of my November goal. And it's there so you guys can keep me accountable." <BR> Her: "What are the little numbers in the corner of the big numbers?" <BR> Me: "That's the grand total of weight I need to lose." <BR> Her: (eyebrows raised in ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:50:44 EST A Quick Fall Lower-Cal Dessert Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799200 A friend gave me a recipe for pumpkin muffins that is super easy. She said it was a Weight Watchers recipe. I modified it then entered it into the calorie counter I use. Give either a try - you may want to enter the ingredients into your own calorie counter just to make sure they are correct. <BR> <BR> Original Recipe <BR> One box of reduced-sugar yellow or white cake mix <BR> One can of pumpkin (15 oz) <BR> 1/2 c water <BR> 1/2 bag of cinnamon chips <BR> This is a Weight Watchers recipe tha... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:56:16 EST Your water, infused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753072 On impulse, I bought a water bottle based on a spot I saw on Good Morning America's "Deals and Steals." It is a personal water bottle that allows you to have flavor-infused water. <BR> <BR> My water flavor of the day is cucumber cilantro. My sister first used hers with a blueberry basil infusion. <BR> <BR> The bottle was designed by a teenager who wanted to have different flavors of water. This way no sugar or artificial stuff is needed - just fruit, herbs, veggies, whatever. <BR> <BR> ht... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:05:37 EST A Little Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735424 Read this on my LinkedIn account today (if you have an account, you probably saw it, too): <BR> <BR> "Stay committed to your dreams and you'll see them reflected in your future." <BR> <BR> and the image that came with it - very cute... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l186870235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:45:55 EST Me & Mom Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731297 Since putting my then 66-year-old father in a nursing home full-time last year due to his Alzheimer's disease, my mother has not had a break - <BR> <BR> * She remodeled the basement of her home, which was 'almost' an apartment, to make it into a livable apartment. <BR> * She moved into said apartment (still being worked on), getting rid of most of her furniture, boxing up everything, painting, etc., and is still surrounded by boxes <BR> * She cleaned out her closet and struggles with getting... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:04:43 EST The Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725221 I watched an episode of "Extreme Weight Loss" tonight, quite by accident. I'm traveling, and was flipping through channels in my hotel room as I sit at my computer. I came across it, and watched. <BR> <BR> And cried, of course. <BR> <BR> I'm learning what the difference is between a person on "Extreme Weight Loss" and others of you out there who have lost 10 lbs, 20, 30, 40, 80, or whatever amount of weight, and me. The difference between all of you and me? <BR> <BR> You don't quit. <BR> ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:48:23 EST Back in the USS...A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709646 Because I have a song from the Beatles on my brain, and nothing ends in "USA." Anyway... <BR> <BR> I took a trip to the UK. It was because of work that I went, so I took some extra days and an extra person (my husband) and we took a few days of enjoyment. I felt like it might have been the only chance for us to go together - there's no telling if it will be our only chance. And our lives are busy enough that we can't just say, "Hey, I know! Let's go to another country!" So trust me, take the... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:41:27 EST A Little Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683923 I put on a pair of summer shorts this past weekend and at first was angry about them fitting. These are the shorts I wore last summer, the shorts I wanted to have shrunken out of. <BR> <BR> But then I realized that had I not lost the 10 - 15 lbs that I gained from the time I wore them last year, those very shorts would have been too tight for me to even button. <BR> <BR> And this morning I put on work clothes. Note I work from home 99% of the time, so sweatpants become the norm, and dangero... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:52:58 EST Face it, I gotta maintain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682328 So here's the deal. <BR> <BR> I have grand plans for a month's challenge, even ask my SparkFriends or brother or husband to join me, then I eat crap until I hurt. It's like planning out a hike using a very detailed map and then leaving the map behind and walking a different direction, letting a flurry of thoughts and emotions take control instead of carpe-ing the diem. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> So May is going to be maintenance month even though I still have lots of weight to lose. I think ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:28:24 EST There Once Was a Girl, Who Had a Little Curl... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669726 ...right in the middle of her forehead. <BR> And when she was good <BR> she was very very good. <BR> But when she was bad <BR> she was HORRID. <BR> <em>103</em> <BR> That sticks with me, this nursery rhyme I learned when I was a child. <BR> <BR> It reminds me of ME. I am both very very good and HORRID, mostly now swinging from very very good in one week to HORRID the next. Very very good = tracking and staying within calorie range by eating a healthy variety of foods and getting in the ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:14:19 EST Just Stick With It - Lesson Learned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664209 I hope so. <BR> <BR> March was my "feel sorry for myself" month. For whatever reason. No point in dwelling (after all, I had 10+ years of "feel sorry for myself"). <BR> <BR> I gained a bit of weight in March, stopped tracking food, didn't care to exercise much, ate poorly, broke a good streak of water intake and freggies intake. I must have been sick in the head to forget that I really can get healthy again. Think of it as a 31-day "mind flu." <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> So this week each da... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:44:48 EST Excitement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660726 No long drawn-out entry here, but after a wasted March of making excuses and showing a slight gain of weight (instead of losing 6 lbs - see right side of my home page), I've opted to make a quick list of what is going on this month: <BR> <BR> Lose 8 lbs. And mean it this time. <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> Exercise plan: walk dog daily, do yard work, do the 40 min "Insanity" workouts, stretch. <BR> <em>376</em> <BR> Eating plan: 1200 - 1400 calories daily, with all veggies and water to s... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:26:36 EST My Wasted March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660139 As much as I believe in "live only for today; focus only on today" it's amazing at how quickly I am able to justify giving in to bad habits when I am not feeling "up" to being kind to myself. <BR> <BR> Day after day in March I made excuses for eating poorly, not exercising properly, not drinking enough water, regardless of all of you friends picking me up and checking on me. I'd do really well one week then dive into my selfish abyss the next. So the 6 lb goal and challenge was ultimately me... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:06:34 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636475 Edited 3/17: <BR> So far, not doing well on focusing and committing to my goals. What I have done - some paper shredding, some taxes (yes, February's goal), and no morning workouts. Opted to get frenzied in anxiety due to Dad's condition instead of dealing with it the right way so gained and lost 3 pounds for the first two weeks of March. Ultimately, I'm starting at "0" as of today. So let's re-align the reality: <BR> <BR> "NEW Weight Loss" Goal (meaning quit re-gaining and re-losing the sam... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:44:44 EST I Played Basketball!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636458 I've always been one of the guys. Always. <BR> <BR> Before last night's basketball practice the coach of our 8 year old boys asked parents to come ready to play if we were interested in "scrimmaging" the boys just for a fun last practice. Per usual, I was the only female (besides two of the three coaches!!) who was dressed to play, with seven of the dads ready to play. <BR> <BR> Basketball is (was) my sport. I really was good at it. I can't play volleyball worth a darn, softball pretty mu... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:13:41 EST Figuring My Weight Loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631730 If I can lose 6 pounds a month through July, the end of July being when I go on vacation, I will be at a weight I haven't seen in over 10 years. I will have to order a new swimsuit in a smaller size, new shorts, and new smaller undergarments. I've already started perusing the swimsuit catalog choosing not to order until closer to vacation...when I am smaller!!. <BR> <BR> I tentatively have planned to get family photos done on the beach, an idea given to me by my brother and sister-in-law, w... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:29:52 EST Monday Morning Quarterback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622232 For 31 days of January I kicked butt - mostly. Then another 6 in February, I continued to kick butt. And then... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982527926.jpg"> <BR> I set myself off into my old habits because of a few frustrations and changes in my life. Ultimately instead of thinking through them and considering an approach, praying, talking to good supportive friends about these changes, I decided to let them set me off. <BR> <BR> So I ate. And ate. And ate. And ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:59:52 EST Unfinished Basement v. Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616941 At this point in my life, the unfinished basement wins, and this is why: <BR> <BR> 11. I am not surrounded by mirrors on every side. <BR> 10. The drops of sweat that rain off of me can stay exactly where they are and dry up, without my concern for wiping it up for fear of offending another patron if I don't. <BR> 9. I can look as gross as I wanna look, and smell as bad as I can't help but smell and offend no one but myself and my angrycat in the process. <BR> 8. I use the workbench for my pu... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 13:20:32 EST February Goals & Plan of Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611357 I did this for January and it worked well for me, so I'll continue with what works! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> *) 1000+ Fitness Minutes for February <BR> *) Finish 2nd half of "Insanity" (continue modifications of no jumping) <BR> *) Stay within range of 1200 - 1550 calories per day <BR> *) 8+ glasses of water each day <BR> *) 5+ vegetables / fruits each day <BR> *) 8 hours of sleep each night <BR> *) Complete taxes (arggggghhhh!!! Me HATES do to taxes!!!!) <BR> <BR> Plan of Action to Reach thes... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:19:42 EST Not to Toot My Own Horn, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611039 "TOOT TOOT!" <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> January was the first month out of the five years I've been on this site that I have hit 1000 minutes of fitness. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I'm feeling stronger, more energetic, and more hopeful than I have in a VERY long time. <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> And even though I had about 5 days where I led a full out assault on pantry foods (pre-wrapped, you know, not the canned veggies), I got back on track faster than usual. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> No ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:30:47 EST Snow Monkeys Know How to Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603489 Seriously. How wonderful of a treat is THIS?!?! Shopping for spas... <BR> <BR> http://news.msn.com/offbeat/snow-monkeys<BR>-have-a-spa-day#image=1 <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:47:40 EST It's Been Five Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587984 I became a member of this site 5 years ago today. I intended to be "fabulous and forty" so gave myself two years to do so. <BR> <BR> Today is also my 43rd birthday. I am 56.6 lbs overweight. That is 6.6 lbs OVER where I started 5 years ago. So what have I been doing this past five years? <BR> <BR> Logging in and being diligent when I had the energy. <BR> Ignoring this site and its helpfulness when I didn't want to face my truth. <BR> Diving into food when things got tough. <BR> Feeling sorr... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 11:09:11 EST Wishing I Was a Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584106 They curl up to sleep all winter, and they don't lose muscle mass. I want to be a bear. <BR> <BR> Short and interesting article about how bears' metabolic systems work. <BR> http://www.npr.org/2011/02/18/133849231/<BR>hibernating-bears-a-metabolic-marvel <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:08:23 EST January 2014 Exercise Tracking Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579668 This blog entry will be constantly updated just so I can see all of it in one shot. <BR> <BR> Note all "Insanity" workouts are modified to low-impact and push-ups modified to wall pushups...whatever I need to do to get a great workout. No jumping for me! <BR> <BR> Wed Jan 01 - "Insanity" Fitness Test. Within calorie allotment. <BR> Thu Jan 02 - "Insanity" day 2, shoveled snow for 40 min. Within calorie allottment. <BR> Fri Jan 03 - "Insanity" day 3, "Just Dance" Wii with my son for 45 m... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:45:02 EST Erased the Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578705 Hey there SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your constant support and asking about how I was doing. With the busy-ness of the holidays I simply didn't log in. <BR> <BR> And I ate and ate and ate and ate... <BR> <em>471</em> <em>475</em> <em>495</em> <em>493</em> <BR> And then I'm not surprised, got sick... <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> I opted to erase my old weight-loss beginning date and end date and start my tracker over. I also decided to re-start my log-in streak. Erase the... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:38:19 EST The Tracker Slacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560320 All the success stories I read say, "Every day I track my food in some form or another." I know this works. Wondering why I opt to not practice something that's proven? <BR> <BR> My jeans are tight (the jeans I had to buy because my regulars were tight). Without using the scale but only my clothes as an indicator, I've gained weight. I saw some friends yesterday that I saw one year ago, and I could see by the look on their faces their disbelief at the weight I've gained. No amount of baggy ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 08:43:41 EST Back in USA from Europe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538259 What an amazing week!!!! <BR> <BR> Had you asked me three years ago if I would ever go to Europe, I would have said, "Some day" knowing that was an open-ended possibility. But it just so happens that I went to Europe for work...last week!!! I've never been overseas - actually, I've never even been to California - so this is a HUGE adventure for me! <BR> <BR> Note I used to be a school teacher. No travel required. Then after teaching junior high school kids for too long (only 2 years full-ti... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:32:41 EST Embarrassment and Doctor's Orders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515988 When the doctor's office calls YOU and tells you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible, should you be worried? <BR> <BR> I had blood work done on Tuesday. It was ordered last winter and I kept putting it off. I finally went in to face the ugliness I knew it would be. <BR> <BR> I walked to the doctor's office at a swift pace to make it there in time. So when they took my blood pressure it was ridiculously high. After 10 minutes she took it again and it was in the normal range. I d... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:59:34 EST My Little Secret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515594 "People often quit due to slow progress. They forget - even slow progress... is still progress." Thank you Journey1986 for putting this at the top of your page! <BR> <BR> The last time I lost 27 pounds (half of my goal, and yes, it's back plus more), I made a conscious effort to text a group of friends/family members after every weigh-in each week for several weeks. I loved sharing with them my success, and felt like they would keep me on track because they care about me. They gave me much e... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:36:08 EST What is the 5% Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513713 I don't mean to be stupid here, but I keep reading all these blogs and postings about people entering a "5% challenge." <BR> <BR> I've not found any challenges named "5% challenge" nor do I find any articles about it anywhere. What am I missing? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> AndreaG89 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:57:43 EST Help - Anxiety and the Eating Beast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507740 I'm very anxious due to possible changes in my job. I'm certain that's all there is to it. <BR> <BR> But I'm telling you, I want to eat everything in my house. I work from home, so that's a little too convenient. <BR> <BR> Telling myself, "Just right now" isn't seeming to help, and "even a little progress is still progress" falls on the deaf ears of the anxious eating beast. <BR> <BR> Little help...??? Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:42:52 EST My NSV: 15 minutes...x2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503964 Just gotta brag on myself a bit. I know all of you understand because "you're there." Or you've been there. Or you're on your way, like I am. Regardless... <BR> <BR> I'm in a hotel because I sometimes travel for work. I packed tennis shoes (roughly more than half the length of the carry-on) and workout clothes. I was determined to work out. <BR> <BR> So I did! Tonight I did a 15-minute video which had me breathing so hard my lungs burned and I had to pace around my room for quite some time ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 23:37:45 EST A Perennial Exchange and Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500396 Here's an interesting way to improve or change your landscape: exchange perennials with a friend. <BR> <BR> I called a friend who is an avid gardener. I am not. However, I live in a yard that has 25 years of growth in some areas, a few years in another. I have ripped out landscaping that was covering up other landscaping that has grown through. If the plants weren't alive, I could swear I was a paleontologist. I kept running into various vines, roots, rocks, and bulbs (oops!). I knew it was ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:18 EST Out of Sight, Out of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495791 Did you realize this applies to nearly EVERYTHING?!?!? <BR> <BR> Like, you have junk food on the countertops. It's there, so you must conquer it. You put it away, maybe even behind things in the pantry, and you can more easily put it out of your mind. <BR> <BR> Goals. Let's say you don't have any. Gee, it's easy enough to get swirled away in the regular tasks of living day to day. But if you put them out there to see, you will be more willing to pay attention to them and take care of them. ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:51:13 EST Woof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485606 Oh the crap I've eaten today. <BR> <BR> Today is the day where the thought "just right now" and/or "just today" didn't even enter my head. I was tired, I didn't have a schedule, I didn't do any sort of planning, so I just ate whatever was in front of me. Then I made bad choices at Wendy's (could have had a really good salad there, but NOOOOooooOOOOO), so now my stomach is rolling and I feel like I need to go to bed and it's only ~7pm. <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> Live and learn. Done eating po... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:54:20 EST Plus-Sized Models Rock the Runway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484531 I thought it worth sharing. <BR> http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/slid<BR>eshow/fashion-size-models-rock-runway-<BR>20237427 <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! <BR> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:38:20 EST The Wedding Ring - Part I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482546 I haven't worn my wedding ring in over 10 years because it hasn't fit. <BR> <BR> Everyone always asks, "Well then why don't you get it re-sized?" It's a valid question. <BR> <BR> The reason I haven't gotten it re-sized is because I feel like I'm giving up on myself. It means my fingers have officially become this size for the rest of my life, and those fingers are a reflection of the extra padding I have put on my body, which I don't want to have on for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> And t... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:00:31 EST "Just Today" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477777 This past week I've been catching myself getting down and essentially insulting myself for having 55 pounds to lose, even though I've been eating much better and getting more active. <BR> <BR> So as I am in the kitchen where I can either raid cabinets or eat something healthy, or as I am getting dressed in my largest of large clothes, or as I walk by a mirror and want to say derogatory things to myself, I instead say, "Just today." <BR> <BR> "Just today" is telling me to focus on what I can... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 12:23:47 EST The re-start that feels real... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474348 I'm hoping this time the "be good to yourself" advice sticks. <BR> <BR> I've downloaded an app on my phone to allow me to track my food being as I'm not always sitting at my computer. I know my weight loss kicks in when I track - and everyone I talk to say it works for them as well. Stick to what works. It's different, but it seems like it will work for me when I'm not sitting here. I look forward to the day when I don't have to do this, but I need to just take one day at a time - and track... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:09:10 EST A Kind Letter to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469043 Andrea, <BR> <BR> I'm writing you this letter because I'm really concerned about you. You seem so unhappy and unhealthy lately. <BR> <BR> Please know that you are beautiful at any size. But you've lost the sparkle in your eyes, and you seem to want to hide from everyone and everything life has to offer. I wonder what's happened to you that has made you lose your energy and charisma. <BR> <BR> You've been down on yourself for a long time. You find faults in everything you do - the way you w... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:59:13 EST Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457668 I may have found a way to eat chocolate slowly. <BR> <BR> I am a dark chocolate fan. I figure it might be like anyone who really likes the taste of alcohol - why water it down, why add to it any cola? In my case, the darker the better. Give me the stuff straight up. <BR> <BR> So, I found a bar that makes me eat slowly and curbs my craving quickly. It might sound gross to many of you, but it seems to be working. "Working" means I've eaten 3 parts of it when one serving is 1/2 the bar. I stil... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:25:00 EST Heartbroken and Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440872 Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Some of you read my blog about my father being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He's only 66. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago he had a a few episodes that could have gone in a way that he could have hurt himself and/or my mother. His mental health has gone down hill so much that the only way he can be safe and cared for properly is in a nursing home. Again, he is 66. <BR> <BR> Last Friday I went 'home' (2.5 hours away) and stayed with Mom for 9 days to try to get everything wo... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:15:39 EST Take What You Need (A Few Pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418907 When I stopped for dinner at a Cracker Barrel late on Wednesday night I went to the ladies' room. This was on the back of the door in my stall. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l475719246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It immediately made me smile. I didn't take "Faith" because I didn't want to tear off the last option. But it made me wonder what the others were. My mind started racing, and I enjoyed filling them in with my imaginary list - <BR> I am loved <BR> I am beautiful <BR> ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:41:55 EST 42-year-old knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397204 I played basketball last week with my kids, leading me to do some full out sprinting and getting my heart rate up. It felt great, but I have to tell you, really odd in some ways - <BR> <BR> I jumped for the ball, and it's like my reflexes/reactions to that are based on a body I had 25 - 27 years ago. So the timing would have been right if I still had the strength in my muscles to propel me to where my body thought it was going to be instead of the vertical jump of approximately 1.5" (that m... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:04:57 EST My Excuses and their Definitions - Ever Used These? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387830 The list of excuses I've used that never seem to help me lose weight - <BR> <BR> "I'll start on Monday" <BR> This gives me x number of days since I fell off the wagon (Tuesday afternoon?) during the week to eat whatever I want, because, after all, Monday is the deadline for getting myself back on track. Every week. All the time. <BR> <BR> "Once I finish this [insert food name here], I'll start eating right" <BR> Because eating the item in front of me means it's not going to waste. As if ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:37:46 EST The Daffodil Principle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378781 I usually loathe emails that have been forwarded to me from a chain of a million unknown sources. But this one has a great message, and some fun pictures too. I hope you enjoy - <BR> ===== <BR> Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over." <BR> <BR> I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to LakeArrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday," I promised a little reluctantly on her third call. <BR> <BR> Next Tues... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:00:04 EST My Parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361582 I'm 42, a wife, a mother of two children. My parents live 137 miles away, which takes approximately 2.5 hours by car. <BR> <BR> Because of busy schedules (kids in activities, etc., etc.), I rarely see my parents. So I went on Saturday by myself as a belated Mother's Day visit with Mom and Dad. I told Mom I'd help her do some yard work if she was interested. She took me up on it - potting flowers mostly. It was a nice visit with her, giving us much-needed time to talk. <BR> <BR> And I will ... Sun, 19 May 2013 22:08:39 EST Wondering How to Close the Door on the Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347374 On my walks I find myself thinking too much about what has been instead of what is and what can be. <BR> <BR> I read a quote a while ago that goes something like this - "the past is good for textbooks, but it's no place to set up an address." <BR> <BR> So I'm thinking that living in the past only makes me dwell on regrets, brings back memories of things I've done that either cause good feelings or bad feelings. But neither of those help me with the "now" I have to deal with. <BR> <BR> I'm... Mon, 6 May 2013 12:10:44 EST