ANNIESADVENTURE's SparkPeople Blog ANNIESADVENTURE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Having a good week Stayed within calorie range today. No breakfast. Lunch was a big old homemade low-calorie chef salad. Dinner with Sis at Bob Evans. <BR> <BR> I am avoiding snacking, especially mindless snacking while watching television or on the computer...and especially late at night. <BR> I'm getting more sleep, trying to stay in bed longer at night. Faithfully taking naps (for medical reasons). <BR> <BR> I've been faithful in logging my exercise, etc, on the 5% challenge. Our Monarch Butterflies are d... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 22:14:58 EST First week of Spring Challenge How was the first week of the 5% Challenge? <BR> <BR> I like to celebrate my birthday the whole week of my birthday. Perhaps because I have been so slow popping back from being sick the last few months, my family has already started to celebrate my birthday which is more than a week away. Too many treats have been brought to the house. I've been out to eat more times than usual. It is possible to eat healthy while dining out but that has not happened. It may start out healthy but it doesn't ... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 00:30:02 EST How to be motivated <img src=""> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:29:31 EST Link to inspiring weight loss story <link><BR>st=fear_of_heart_transplant_leads_to_2<BR>00_pound_weight_loss </link> <BR> <BR> Inspiring story of Spark member Beth who lost 200 pounds. She was a yo-yo dieter, losing and regaining. Even when she made the commitment to lose, it wasn't a perfect path but she stayed with it. <BR> We are writing our own stories here. Have you ever wondered what your success story will look like? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:35:26 EST Dreams and reality It was a typical women's banquet. The room was filled with chatting women finding their places at round tables draped with white tablecloths. Red fan pleated linen napkins stood in stemmed glassware, creating an illusion of grandeur. <BR> Friends quickly found their way to our table. An older Katharine Hepburn sat quietly on my left, just one of the girls. We were old enough to choose comfort over the latest fashions but there was plenty of bling. <BR> As the dinner progressed, someone at o... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 03:35:03 EST Who would have thought I'd be struggling to get enough calories? I enjoy food. I like to try new recipes. I collect recipes and cookbooks. I like to eat out with friends or family. I like grocery stores. I loved fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. <BR> <BR> As I became less active over the years, I had to watch the calories. Each injury or surgery or new phase of life added pounds. That brought me to Spark. <BR> <BR> Since surgery in October this year, everything has been turned upside down. Who would have thought that I'd be struggling to add... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 16:19:50 EST After Surgery update I had surgery under general anesthesia on July 27 this year. I had another surgery under general anesthesia on October 30. I have not popped back like I usually do. I'm blaming it on the two surgeries close together. I tire easily and am not back to full strength. <BR> <BR> It is a blessing to have help from a home care agency. There is a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and bath aide. The physical therapist works on lower body strength. The occupational therapist is workin... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 02:24:41 EST Surgery Day It is finally here. Today is Surgery Day. I started the preps yesterday. I am shuddering and smiling in amusement at the same time. Isn't life an adventure? I have two more pre-op things to do this morning. Surgery is this afternoon. <BR> If all goes well, I could be back Monday. This part will be behind me. <BR> <BR> The morale of the story is: Don't skip your annual checkups and the occasional other things you are supposed to do. Get your mammograms, pap smears, colonoscopy, etc, when y... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:40:06 EST I am blessed <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014223 </link> <BR> <BR> I've been surfing Spark, enjoying the blogs. I came across this one by an excellent blogger. He passed on a comment he'd heard by an inspirational speaker, "Every time you whine, complain or generally think life has treated you badly, simply add to the end of the complaint <BR> "And my life is very blessed." <BR> <BR> In another blog, the same Sparker stressed living in the moment. No wo... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:30:59 EST Beginning of the week We had a lovely weekend trip toward the western part of the state. Traffic was heavy around the state capital because of a football game. <BR> Our hotel room was large and comfortable. Why they put a tub shower in a "wheelchair accessible" room is beyond me. It's hard to find handicap rooms with walk-in showers. <BR> I gave up trying to log in on Spark People at the hotel because Internet was slow, impossible to get on. It broke my log-in streak, but as another member pointed out: it's ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 22:37:08 EST Nutrition and Taste Weight Gain! The scale has been moving in the wrong direction for awhile. <BR> <BR> 1. Every month when we go up north I gain weight. Very few hotels there have restaurants at the hotel. There are many fast food and pizza places but very few sit-down restaurants. The only vegetables most of the restaurants have are potatoes: baked potatoes, french fries, and mashed potatoes. I've already talked about this in other blogs. We go to the nearby Walmart and buy fresh fruit, cheese, yogurt, etc. T... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:04:13 EST Fall 5% Challenge just ahead I found this on Barbie176 Spark page. She is a team leader for another team in the 5% weight loss 8-week challenge. If you are not part of a challenge, check this one out. I am on the Tiger Monarch team. <BR> As we gear up for the Fall 5% challenge, I thought her words are appropriate and adaptable for me. <BR> <BR> "My pledge for the Summer 5% Challenge is to make this the time to achieve my goals... I am here to inspire, support and motivate others in their journey while receiving the ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:00:28 EST Monday Morning Thoughts I was surfing Spark today for my daily dose of happy. I came across a Sparker who lost 100 pounds on Spark...and regained. I came across another similar story by another Sparker. Hmmmm.... <BR> <BR> I have been on Spark a long time. I shoulda been at my goal weight by now. If I had stayed the course, I coulda been at goal weight. If I had hung on to all those hard-won losses, I woulda been at goal weight. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:48:38 EST A Place I've Never Been When I was downsized from my long time position at work seven years ago, a new phase of life started. I had never been a stay-at-home person. I had no habits associated with spending days at home. I determined to start the journey as I meant to go on, with healthy habits. I ate well. I exercised. I lost pounds and inches. I felt good. <BR> It wasn't always easy. I was my father's full time caregiver until he passed away four years later. I slowly got off track and regained. <BR> I have not l... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 08:04:01 EST An eventful start to the week Monday, July 27, 2015 - copied from Spark journal entry <BR> <BR> Going through a rocky spell. <BR> Precious dog died Sunday. Cried until I felt sick. <BR> I had surgery today. Hurting. <BR> Nothing tastes right, probably because of the anesthesia. <BR> Please, God, let tomorrow be a little better. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, July 28, 2915 - excerpted from Spark journal entry <BR> <BR> First up was a call for a clothes dryer repairman. The dryer was making a terrible screeching noise. It ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:05:47 EST First two days of Summer 5% challenge Day 1 - Journal entry from Saturday, June 27, 2015 <BR> It rained all day Saturday. After I stopped at the post office for the mail, I was drenched. I can't use an umbrella and maneuver a walker too. I had made plans to meet a friend for lunch at Bob Evans. Nice lunch, but we were both chilled through. Later I picked up some groceries at the big grocery store. The rain soaked through my raincoat. My clothes and hair were wet. I wanted to get home and get warmer clothes on but I knew I wou... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:17:58 EST Losing weight is as hard as you make it KITT52 posted a blog on May 28, 2015, in response to questions if her weight loss and hard work had been worth it. <BR> <BR> “losing weight is as hard as you make's really up to you...once I focused on what I could eat, on what I could do....once I stop making excuses for myself and resigned my thinking to positive thinking and stop telling myself how unfair it all was...I made progress.. <BR> <BR> it still is a struggle some days, I have made a commitment to myself, that I... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:34:17 EST Finish what you started <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This speaks to me: Finish what you started. That's where I am right now. I need to finish what I started when I joined Spark. <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 09:36:00 EST Discouraging weight gain on vacation While on vacation, I planned to make fairly healthy choices. I did not bring unhealthy snacks. No cookies or chips or sweets. <BR> <BR> The hotel free-breakfast was slim pickings. Mostly I chose hard boiled eggs and (mini-sized) yogurts, occasionally a freshly made waffle. I get tired of waffles very quickly! <BR> <BR> There were not a lot of choices for lunch and dinner. We had baked potatoes from the nearby Wendy's most days. That helped because I was hungry much of the time. The meal ... Thu, 21 May 2015 23:20:06 EST Avocados, cauliflower and other vegetables I do not like avocado. It must be an acquired tasted like pimento-stuffed green olives. It took me awhile to like coffee when I was young. Now I have it every day...usually decaf now. <BR> We are committed to learning to like avocado. It's healthy. It appears regularly on my menu. <BR> I buy only firm avocados. They are probably less tasty, like an overly firm banana is, but I can't handle the mushy texture of a soft avocado in my mouth. They don't have a lot of taste. <BR> I have a Spark ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:18:04 EST Celebrating 8th Sparkversary <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Eight years ago I discovered Spark. I stumbled into the Spark America section which confused me because it looked like each team was composed of people working for the same employer. That was not applicable to me. <BR> Two years later when I was ready to leave a for-profit weight loss site, I checked out Spark again. It was amazing. (Ironically I've never seen that employer-team section since I've been back.) <... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:33:52 EST Delicious Ways to Add More Fiber For our 5% Winter Challenge, we are adding our daily fiber intake. This is an area where I need to improve. It's a balancing act since my family is aiming for gluten free and lower carb meals. <BR> <BR> I found the article below on Spark, Delicious Ways to Boost Fiber Intake. There is a handy little chart in the article, listing foods that are 7+ grams of fiber, 5-6 grams of fiber, and 2-4 grams of fiber. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=442 </li... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:04:18 EST Dr Birdie's Spark Success Story <link><BR>st=im_a_doctor_and_mother_of_5and_i_lo<BR>st_143_pounds </link> <BR> The link above is to an inspiring Spark success story from 2009. She is a doctor, mother of 5, and she lost 143 pounds. I am sharing some of the things she said. <BR> <BR> "I felt that being so extremely obese was a public statement that my life was out of control." <BR> We've felt that way. We've made excuses for being overweight. It really isn't our fault, right? As a... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:26:16 EST Make living healthy a high priority. No excuses. We start the morning with the best intentions. By the end of the day we have all kinds of reasons and explanations why we didn't follow through. Most of them are excuses. Living healthy was not high enough on our priorities. We lost sight of our goals. <BR> <BR> This year I have given myself permission to lose the excuses. <BR> <BR> <BR> How do we keep our healthy goals at the forefront of our thoughts? <BR> <BR> 1. We must have concrete goals. We must have definite steps to reach thos... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:51:07 EST Why is 2015 different than my previous years here at Spark? I have been trying to lose weight (off and on) for many years. The problem has been that pesky "off and on." During the ON times, I work hard. Motivation and commitment are high. I lose pounds and inches. During the OFF times, I regain those hard-lost pounds and inches, which evidently weren't really lost since I found them again. Worse than that, they bring some buddies with them. At the beginning of this year, I weighed more than when I started Spark. I've learned a lot along the way. I ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:29:38 EST Good day vs bad day When I have a day where I do exceptionally well, I feel great. Tuesday was one of those days. By evening I was so excited thinking about weighing in the next morning because I knew those inches and pounds were falling off. I wanted to share the excitement. <BR> <BR> When I have a day when I don't do as well, I feel disappointed and discouraged. Wednesday was a day like that. The weather cooperated (cold but sunny) so Sis and I got some shopping done. Then we picked up Chinese...not at all ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:23:58 EST Sunday and Monday It was a beautiful day today. Sunshine was flooding in through all the windows. It was still terribly cold outside. Sunshine in winter makes my spirit dance. <BR> <BR> I've been down a tiny bit in weight every day this week...even after the buffet on Saturday. I've been feeling fuller than I like the last couple of days, so I need to rethink my choices. It's probably caused by eating foods that are a little higher in carbs. It's discouraging to feel full like this at night but by the next ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:56:49 EST Staying on plan at a buffet restaurant Yesterday we went to a buffet restaurant for lunch, his choice of restaurant. I thought it out ahead of time, planning what I could have that would fit with my plan. I mostly had meat and fresh stuff from the salad bar. It was a crispy, yummy salad with lots of crunchy things on top. The only variation from what I planned to eat was 3 sweet potato fries and a small lemonade. <BR> He brought me a sweet treat from the chocolate fountain. He said that little bit wouldn't hurt but I said I reall... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:45:45 EST Eating low carb I'm enjoying checking out the recipes in my new low-carb cookbook. There is a recipe for faux stuffed potato skins that I modified to make a little heartier. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before we ate it. <BR> <BR> Slice Summer squash in half lengthwise, removing the ends and seeds. Season the squash with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Fill with about 1 to 2 tablespoons of browned hamburger cooked with onion. Sprinkle lightly with cheddar cheese. I forgot to top it w... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:42:22 EST Mid-January Review The first eight days of January 2015 were a smashing success. Everything was going right. I could feel the progress. Pounds were melting off. Clothes felt a tiny bit looser. I was moving better. I felt good. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I was extremely tired, which opened the door to being emotional. Brain fog made me wonder why I was doing this. <BR> Every morning this week I started well before falling back into bad habits. There were a lot of excuses. My weight is up. I don't feel good. It... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:18:01 EST Goals: Adequate sleep, and eliminating late night munching The New Year seemed a good time to renew my commitment to some of the goals that brought me success in the past. <BR> <BR> One of the goals is to eliminate late night munching. It's a bad habit. Some people do better by planning a healthy snack in the evening. Since I am trying to listen to my body's signals of full and empty, I do not need to eat at night when I am really not hungry. This works for me. Since the New Year, I've had smashing success with this goal. <BR> <BR> Another go... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:28:35 EST Smaller basket for me, please. <img src=""> <BR> Option A: Lose some weight <BR> Option B: Buy a bigger basket <BR> <BR> <BR> Every New Years starts with so much hope. Why, I don't know, because any day is a good day to make healthy changes. New Years seems like a fresh page. New beginnings are exciting. But this is not an all or nothing journey. Some pages will not be perfect. That's ok. Success comes from persevering. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to a smaller ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:20:28 EST Fun and Inspiring video on Spark <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=79 </link> <BR> <BR> The link should take you to an inspiring and fun video about a mother and daughter who commited to a 100 day (and beyond) challenge to get healthy. In 100 days the mother lost 42 pounds and the daughter lost 32 pounds. They are continuing their journey, not stopping there. <BR> <BR> 1. There is fun and encouragement and double-the-determination when doing this with a buddy. <BR> <BR> 2. At ... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:48:05 EST Eating slower and enjoying every bite I read this in CAT-IN-CJ's blog. It works. Hope you find it helpful, too. <BR> <BR> "I admit it, I've become a gulper but I'm turning that around. I have been burdening my system by eating more than I need and compounding that by not chewing it thoroughly. <BR> So, I've been eating half as much and enjoying it twice as long. And you know what? I've not been hungry and I have been more satisfied." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=58069... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:41:11 EST Simply Delicious Mason Jar Salad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Doesn't this look delicious? Fresh and crunchy. Colorful, healthy, and hearty. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2564877 </link> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:33:30 EST Hungry! Oral surgery with a local anesthetic this morning. I didn't eat breakfast because I didn't want to get sick during the procedure. They gave me a voucher for a Wendy's medium sized frosty. Only cold food today, like yogurt, pudding, orange juice, etc. Tomorrow I can add warm foods, like cream soup. <BR> <BR> It's evening now. I've had the frosty, yogurt, applesauce, and a banana. I am hungry! <BR> <BR> I was surprised to see my great niece when I went in for surgery. She had her wisdom... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:53:17 EST The miracle of walking <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796996 </link> <BR> <BR> I read a blog by Sparker IndyGirl about her recent success at wearing a Halloween costume for the first time and going out with her husband and walking a "haunted" trail. She wrote this: "We had fun because I was able to stand and walk this year. I only began walking with a walker in 2009 and got to walking without one in late 2012. So over the last 2 years I have been honing my skills of... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 02:59:40 EST Down 4 pounds It wasn't a fluke. Four pounds down when I weighed in earlier this week, and it's still gone. Thanks, Mary, for the Spark goodie to celebrate the event. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I ran errands in the nearby village. Stopped at the pharmacy, post office, and supermarket. By then my legs were hurting so badly that I just wanted to sit down. Still not back to where I was before I broke my hip this Summer. <BR> I didn't think I could make it to the hardware for furnace filters. The filters are cheaper... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:17:26 EST More vegetables please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like vegetables. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I grew up on a farm. We ate lots of vegetables. <BR> We always had a big garden until recently. I miss my garden. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My living situation has changed. I don't buy the groceries or do the cooking (what little there is of ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:17:36 EST Healthy eating is one good choice after another. This came up on my Facebook page, posted by author Lysa TerKeurst: <BR> <BR> "When friends ask how I’ve managed to eat healthy for the past few years, I say it’s one good choice after another! <BR> It’s not easy but I have to think about the realities of the food choices I make every day. If I were struggling with finances, I would need to think about the price before I decide to buy something. The same is true with my food choices. I can’t eat, eat, eat and just pretend the calories won’t a... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 18:33:06 EST Medical tests Yearly mammogram, pap test, and ultrasound done. Bone density test done. Good for another year, right? <BR> Then the phone calls from the gynecologist's office started. There were questions about the fractured wrist last year and the fractured hip this year. The office person who called said the dexa scan (bone density) was good but I must be "osteoporotic" to have these fractures. She said the doctor was ordering fasting blood work to check "vitamin levels." I never heard it put that way.... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:53:19 EST Breast Cancer Awareness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I had a mammogram today. Have you had yours? <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:32:51 EST Interesting Day It was the two of us for Easter so we made taco salad for lunch. Delicious. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, April 22. Today my parents would have celebrated 72 years of marriage, so I am sending happy anniversary wishes winging to heaven. <BR> <BR> Today was an interesting day. I planned to take a friend for cataract surgery. I ran into a back up on the expressway. Three hours earlier, a truck carrying rolled steel had rolled over in the median. The driver was taken by helicopter ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:17:20 EST All in a Day It's snowing. My dog acts like he doesn't feel well this morning. Our computer router stopped working yesterday so no one has laptop access. <BR> <BR> I have the house to myself this morning. I made a pancake for breakfast, washed the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen. I've gone through the mail and paid a bill. My dog wants to be held while I read my computer messages. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had an appointment with the tax preparer. The silver lining to the cloud is that I owe less than I ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:11:10 EST Twenty pounds and counting... I've lost over 20 pounds this year. Twenty pounds doesn't look like much when I have so far to go. Does it show on the outside? Probably not. Sometimes I think I feel and move a little better. <BR> Today at the grocery store I looked at the 15 to 16 pound bags of dog food. They look big. The 30 pound bags were difficult to lift. <BR> Down 20+, and more to come. Stay tuned. <BR> <BR> <img src="" Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:44:51 EST Heartburn <link><BR>lth-center/8-simple-changes-to-curb-yo<BR>ur-heartburn/ </link> <BR> <BR> I found this information on, simple steps to help with heartburn. <BR> <BR> Foods to avoid because they affect the lower esophageal sphincter action: chocolate, peppermint, tomato sauce, citrus fruits and juices, carbonated drinks, and ketchup. Drink water instead of soda. Look for pasta dishes made with light, broth-type sauce instead of heavy toma... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 23:20:00 EST Value each day <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=35 </link> <BR> <BR> I found this video on Spark. It is not a feel good story. It will make you think about and value each day of your life. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 01:45:20 EST 10 pounds a month goal One of my goals for this year is to aim for 10 pounds weight loss each month. I know this is not always in our control because our bodies lose weight and inches at their own pace but I will have all the behaviors in place to make it possible ...if my body chooses to cooperate :) <BR> <BR> I have a lot of weight to lose to get to a healthy size so 10 pounds is not unreasonable. Small changes will make it possible. It does not require a massive overhaul. All-or-nothing doesn't work anyway. <... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:21:21 EST Success stories The January 13, 2014 issue of People magazine has inspiring success stories of people who have lost half their weight. None of them followed the same plan but they all found success. Yes, there is one that used Spark People. Tracy Meuschke was 373 pounds, and is now 157 pounds. She watched what she ate through the Spark nutrition tracker. It works! <BR> Read about Tracy's success here on Spark <link><BR>st=sparkpeople_success_story_in_people<BR>_half_the... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:05:49 EST Be your own cheerleader <img src=""> <BR> -Book of Quotes Thu, 19 Dec 2013 02:11:45 EST