ANNIESADVENTURE's SparkPeople Blog ANNIESADVENTURE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Monday, Monday. So good to me... Happy Monday, my Spark friends. Is it going to be a great week? Menus planned, groceries bought? Exercise on the schedule? Don't forget how important it is to get enough sleep. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's the big day for me...well, maybe not that big, but it feels big when I've been waiting. My doctor has been away for a few days. I will see him this afternoon and find out what the next step is for this infection in my legs. He switched my antibiotic last week, and I took the last dose... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:58:44 EST My current goals This is a blog I wrote (but didn't get around to posting) on the day after my last blog. I was pondering why I could stick with the plan for a few months or weeks in the past, and now have trouble being consistent 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Part of the solution is keeping it fresh in my mind throughout the day. Life gets busy. Saturating myself with the good stuff here at Spark makes a big difference. <BR> <BR> Here are my current goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Persistence, not perfection. Spark said... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:05:45 EST Note to Self: You Get What You Work For <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You get what you work for, good or bad. If you want success to reach your healthy goals, you must do the work. If you don't, you will get more of the stuff that brought you to Spark People in the first place. <BR> <BR> I don't want to spend each day, week, month and year full of starts and stops that leave me back where I started. I don't want to live with broken promises to myself. I don't want to start each ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:03:51 EST When it rains, it pours Yesterday I started having pain in my chest, like trapped air bubbles. I never learned the art of burping on command. I have no problem swallowing, but every bite or sip causes renewed pain in the chest. The pain increases and decreases in intensity at other times, never quite going away. <BR> My EKG was good. I'm scheduled for an Upper GI test at a Detroit hospital next week. I couldn't get into any of the closer facilities until late November. <BR> Doc prescribed more meds. He said if ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 21:31:49 EST Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? This is a personal health blog. No whining:) Just the facts, ma'am. <BR> <BR> I've had trouble with my legs swelling off and on since my first hip replacement in 2004. <BR> <BR> What is happening now? In July during one of our trips to the Upper Peninsula, my legs swelled from toes past the knees. By the time we came home, someone had to help lift my legs into the car. <BR> <BR> My doctor admitted me to the hospital for a week of water pills and IV antibiotics and tests, followed by 2 mo... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 20:06:28 EST What's to drink? Ice water is the favorite beverage at our house. Many times I feel that it is the most refreshing part of meal! We enjoy our good well water. <BR> <BR> Ice Mountain spring water is my beverage of choice when I go anywhere. It really helps to have it when driving so that I am not tempted to purchase carbonated drinks. I do not like the chemical taste of purified water that fast food restaurants sell. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:58:44 EST What's for Breakfast? <img src=""> <BR> Yummy black cherry and banana protein shake <BR> <BR> What did you have for breakfast? What's your favorite healthy breakfast? Sat, 5 Oct 2013 09:15:04 EST Sunday, Sept 29, 2013 <img src=""> <BR> -Green Thickie, FB <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> -posted on FB Sun, 29 Sep 2013 23:36:57 EST Saturday, Sept 28, 2013 <img src=""> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:39:46 EST Healthy Comfort Food <img src=""> <BR> -Hilarious Photos, posted on Facebook <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark People has an article on comfort foods that are good for you. <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=198 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oatmeal is yummy in cold weather. There are many healthy things we can add to it to change up the flavor. <BR> <BR> My father was an organic farmer way ahead of his time... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:40:52 EST Musings from the bottom of the barrel <img src=""> <BR> -posted by Purple Peony 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> -from Spark People <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:52:00 EST Don't stop. Don't give up. Don't stop. Don't give up. Don't stop. Don't give up. You'll get it right. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 23:25:06 EST Cherries in Greek yogurt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a favorite: sweet cherries coated with Fage yogurt. Mmmm, eyes closed, savoring every delicious bite. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you want to see it again? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yummy. <em>4</em> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:50:48 EST Through thick and thin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this photo by Fit-abulous posted on Facebook today. The woman on the left is 250 pounds. The woman on the right is 130 pounds. While some of us were never meant to weigh 130 ever, most of us would prefer to look more like the woman on the right. She looks healthier. <BR> <BR> One can't help but find the heavier woman's health worrisome. Even at a glance, we can tell that this is hard on every part of he... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:42:25 EST Thought for Saturday, July 27, 2013 <img src=""> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:50:15 EST Home again Discharged from the hospital today with medications and instructions. Still have a ways to go. Lost more than 20 pounds in the week I was in the hospital. <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:31:34 EST Hospital stay I came home from vacation with cellulitis in both legs. Doc admitted me to the hospital. I.V antibiotic, Lasix, hot compresses. Losing fluid weight. I should be going home soon. I've been here 5 days. Doc says, "Patience. One day at a time." Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:01:59 EST Lean Cuisine Salad Additions bistro chicken <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had the Lean Cuisine bistro chicken salad additions for lunch. There were three packets: <BR> The packet to microwave had grilled white meat chicken, asparagus, yellow carrots, and red peppers. <BR> The dressing is sweet and tangy vinaigrette with bacon. <BR> The topping is crispy onion straws. <BR> <BR> I started with almost three cups of spinach and had more veggies left in the bowl when I finishe... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 06:46:01 EST The value of one pound This morning the scale said I lost 1.2 pounds. Big deal. What's one pound among so many? <BR> <BR> Here is the value of losing one pound. It's one less pound my frame has to carry around 24/7. It's one step in the right direction. It gives me a shot of encouragement. It adds momentum to what I am doing. <BR> <BR> One pound + one pound = two pounds. Then another, and another. Losing one pound a week equals 52 pounds a year. <BR> We all know that our bodies don't lose on our schedule. I... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:11:27 EST 7th Sparkversary - April 2013 My seventh Spark anniversary was April 6, 2013. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This picture was me in 2002. It was a good period in my life. I walked with a cane because of arthritis (which I was diagnosed with in my 30s), but I never let that stop me from doing almost everything I wanted to do. I was active, and enjoyed traveling. I worked out at the gym every day, usually ending with an hour on the treadmill. People thought I was you... Fri, 24 May 2013 04:12:52 EST Just for laughs: Perception vs Reality <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> You were expecting something else, weren't you? <BR> <BR> Wed, 15 May 2013 02:46:24 EST