ANUSCHKA9's SparkPeople Blog ANUSCHKA9's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ghost Ship and the Art of Oakland Burning I have been especially moved by the Ghost Ship warehouse fire tragedy in Oakland. I can't count the number of times I've stared vacantly out the BART train leaving the Fruitvale Station as it flew past the unremarkable street full of shabby structures that was home to the Ghost Ship. I never gave it a second thought <BR> <BR> Maybe it's my personal relationship with deadly fires. In October 1991, three weeks before our wedding, my husband lost everything he owned in the Oakland Hills Firesto... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:40:33 EST Back on SparkPeople So, here I am... back with SparkPeople. I took a hiatus while I did Weight Watchers. I couldn't see myself tracking on both systems. My life is already consumed by computers. <BR> <BR> I lost almost 20 pounds with WW but I can't afford to keep paying for the program. WW used to be a sensible, workable program. You had options and could work around business lunches and family get-togethers. The new program they rolled out earlier this year just doesn't fit my lifestyle. The points values of ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:09:46 EST Who Do I Eat For & Why? I went to a coworker's Retirement Event after work. They had simple finger food: cheese, crackers, veggies, dip, etc. I ate enough to fit into my daily plan. <BR> <BR> Then, I went home. <BR> <BR> My husband had cooked dinner. I told him that I'd already eaten and to put the food in a container and I'd eat it for lunch at work. He threw a fit. Pissing, moaning, trying to do me a favor and I'm an ingrate. <BR> <BR> So, to avoid strife, I ate a second dinner. Now I feel sick. GOD, I HATE... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:36:54 EST Going Green We had our first cooking class in the Nutrition Class at work. It was a lot of fun! <BR> <BR> We got a brief lecture and demonstration from three Food Science students and then they turned us loose in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Today's assignment was for each team to cook one dish made from greens (collard, mustard, kale, bok choy) and one grain dish (oatmeal, buckwheat, quinoa). My partner and I sauteed bok choy in olive oil with onions, garlic and ginger. We tossed the final dish in a dress... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:41:10 EST Fitness & Nutrition Program @ Work I've sort of fallen into a rut lately. I'm not losing any more weight although I am losing motivation. Needing some Spark, I joined a Fitness & Nutrition program at work. The six-week program consists of nutrition coaching 1 day per week. This even includes 2 sessions in Food Lab learning new recipes! We also meet one day per week with a Fitness Coach. <BR> <BR> Today was the first coaching session. We started with a mile run around the track. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Then... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:23:42 EST Diet Sabotage Lesson Learned: I control what I do or do not eat <BR> <BR> My elderly mother, who's grossly obese and has congestive heart failure, spends every waking hour watching food shows on TV, looking at recipes online, talking about food, thinking about food, cooking food. She has always been a food "pusher" using guilt and tears to get other people to eat with her. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday afternoon, she came over to my house with a container of cookies and cupcakes. <BR> <BR> "My doctor says I n... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:05:32 EST Running Into The Unknown This New Year's Day, I ran a 10K race at Lake Chabot Regional Park. I ran the 5K last year... a pleasant 3.1 miles over a gently rolling hill trail that hugs the lake. My friends, Pat and Linda, ran the 10K. I was jealous. <BR> <BR> So this year, I signed up for the 10K. Pat laughed when I told her. "Good luck! I'll be there to cheer you on, but I'm doing the 5K this year." <BR> <BR> This year all my friends did the 5K while I did the 10K. "What's up with that?" I thought. <BR> <BR> A ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:00:16 EST Intrepid I was scheduled to go on an East Bay Regional Parks hike at Garin Park today. The rain was coming down steadily. The weather forecast called for thunderstorms. Winds were blowing up to 40 mph on the ridge-line. The park schedule said "rain or shine," so I showed up for the hike. <BR> <BR> The park parking lot was full of hardcore runners in rain gear doing their warm-up stretches. So, I wasn't the only fool out in the elements. <BR> <BR> The park naturalist showed up at the appointed t... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 00:36:26 EST Changes Since Developing Healthier Habits I started running on a regular basis one year ago. I'm still wearing the same shorts that I wore last year, but now they're all looser. I was running in one pair last week, and they were actually falling off! Although my weight hasn't changed much over that time, my leg and butt muscles are definitely more toned and shapely. I can certainly see changes that don't involve a scale. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:20:10 EST Emotional Brain Training (EBT) I've just started a weight loss and emotion management program called Emotional Brain Training (EBT). The program provides online tools, workbooks, video training classes and teleconference sessions that help you change how you respond to stress in life situations. <BR> <BR> I'm an emotional eater. As long as I'm operating from my rational brain, I can follow diet and exercise plans faithfully. The problem is when I get emotional and feel stressed, I try to avoid my feelings by stuffing... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:16:37 EST 5K 2nd Place Age Group Finish I ran my second 5K this morning, and had a blast. Not only did I come in 2nd in my age category, I shaved 5 minutes off my previous time. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> While waiting for the race to begin, my husband and I ran into a couple that we had been good friends with. We had lost touch with them about 15 years ago. DeeDee, the wife, was running with her two kids. The daughter finished second overall in the 5K women's event... ahhh, to be 16 years old again! <BR> <BR> At f... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:30:10 EST Learn to Bollywood I definitely left my comfort zone tonight. I bought the DVD "Learn to Bollywood with Pallavi." I love Bollywood music and the intricate dance routines. I've always wanted to learn to dance, but I was always too self-conscious because of my weight. The DVD was perfect. I could dance in the privacy of my own home. <BR> <BR> Volume 1 of the series teaches the dance "Dhoom Taana." The teacher, Pallavi, breaks down the choreography down into small, easy to follow steps. She repeats the s... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 00:25:03 EST Can You Keep People From Eating Themselves to Death? We had our family July 4th BBQ today. Yes it's a day early, but we'll be attending a parade and other events tomorrow. I grilled salmon and had salad, rosemary red potatoes, and corn on the cob. All very healthy. <BR> <BR> My mother was told me last night that she would make a salad. She was also supposed to bring some low-fat ice cream. She showed up with neither. Instead, she brought a big bucket of KFC extra crispy and the ingredients for S'mores. <BR> <BR> My mom is grossly over... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 23:39:58 EST Revelation: I now eat when I'm hungry I had quite a revelation. I took the "How Positive Is Your Body Image" quiz yesterday. The revelation came at question 8: <BR> <BR> Most of the time, I eat when I’m _______. <BR> __ Hungry <BR> __ Bored, depressed, lonely, stressed and/or worried <BR> <BR> Any, and every, other time I thought about this question, I would've answered "Bored, depressed, lonely, stressed and/or worried." <BR> <BR> Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I answered "Hungry." I now eat when ... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 23:23:58 EST Lesson from the Lytton Casino My girlfriends and I went to a local Indian casino today. Half way through the afternoon, I realized that following a diet plan is like gambling at a casino. You play the 5 cent slots (choose the lowest cal options), play one try at a time to stretch out your funds (eat slowly), and when your money is gone (your plate is empty), push your chair back from the table and walk away. This is how to play the game guilt free and without a hangover. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 20:36:05 EST Complacency & Little Pills My doctor has been treating me for high blood pressure for 10 years. I started having problems after I turned 40, became less physically active, and gained weight. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I decided it was time to move from Stage 2 (Healthy Diet Habits) to Stage 3 (Lifestyle Changes) in the 1-2-3 Diet Stage Challenge. The first step is to complete the Weight Loss Motivation Worksheet. As I completed the Health & Fitness portion, I skipped over the check box for "Lower my blood pressure." <... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 15:01:26 EST Good bye Sweet Pea A very sad day. We had to put down our oldest dog, KC. She had end-stage cancer. It was a tough decision to make. She's been sick several times over the past year, but has always rallied back. This time she couldn't keep down any food and was wasting away. <BR> <BR> I came home from work early and sat with her on my lap for a few hours. The vet came to the house around 5:30. It was over very quickly. I'm so glad we did this at home. She died very peacefully in her own dog bed with he... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 23:40:34 EST Sidelined by Injury I've been sidelined by an injury. Not from running... that I could understand. I fell on the stairs at work a week ago. My foot clipped the top step, and I hit the landing on all fours. One of the handsome young students saw it and helped me up, which added to the embarassment factor. I pulled some muscles in my butt/hip and can barely walk now. <BR> <BR> I'm sooooo disappointed. I was really looking forward to the 5K race. If I feel better in a week, I might try walking it. Frustr... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 13:48:56 EST Runners High I'm getting ready for my first 5K race. I started out doing two 10-minute runs each day. I haven't run on a regular basis in over 20 years, so I wanted to ease my way in and avoid injury and burn-out. I've kept up my routine for two weeks... going a little further each day. I'm really enjoying it. For the first time I felt the "runners high" yesterday! I was in a rhythm and felt great. I didn't want to stop! I didn't think I'd be doing this at my age (51). There's hope for me yet. T... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 13:03:04 EST