ANY010113's SparkPeople Blog ANY010113's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My version of cabbage soup It is great for when i don't have the appetite to eat, feeling sick or have the flu/cold. Seems to get me back to myself in no time .... Here is how i make it ... <BR> <BR> I usually make for 3 servings. <BR> <BR> List of ingridents are : <BR> Mustard seeds (handful) <BR> Onions (2 medium sized) <BR> celery ( 1 whole bunch) <BR> cabbage (can use any type, 1 whole cabbage) <BR> Carrots ( 2 medium sized) <BR> Chili ( 2 whole chili) <BR> garlic (2 table spoon of crushed garlic) <BR> vegetable... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:30:04 EST Staples Grocery List For BLC one of our challenges this week was to complete a bingo card for better changes in our life, one was to create a staples grocery list, that consisted atleast 15 items that you have on hand ready to cook any healthy meal. So here is my list : <BR> <BR> Banana, apples, pears, lime, lemon, tomatoes, spinach, onions (red and white), green beans, fresh garlic, capsicum, lettuce, mushrooms, brocoli, chicken, fish (mainly salmon, talapia, sole, snapper, or tuna), Seafood (squid, prawns, or ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:56:43 EST Head or Tails In Australia its a popular game called Two up when you use 2 coins , 2 heads you win, 2 tails you win, one of each you loose. And when you can not make up your mind or choosing who or what goes first in a team there is the common heads or tails. I don't know why but i seemed to be favoured with tails based spins in the past. Not sure why though. But now to work through my "to do list" As there is alot of things i want to do "now" but it is hard so i am going to leave the decision to the coin ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:13:16 EST What to do when hit rock bottom? Today was just one of those days, where everything just went not accordingly to plan. How your mood just seems to suck out all the positives the day may bring, and you go to turn to bad things. Temptations and all. Before i had issues with my body exercise use to be my turn too now that is a stuggle. What are some things other sparkers do when they have a bad day, a day that made them frustrated or a day they were so upset they couldn't stop crying, where do you go when you have no one to tur... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 12:07:20 EST My 12 week plan of Groovy Geckoness xD So here i am starting again with BLC round 22. Team Groovy Geckos. <BR> <BR> 1) I plan to give it 100% GIVE IT A TRY participation! even if i come short of 50% of the max total, i will be glad enough i did try it! <BR> 2) Post on the chat board EVERYDAY <BR> 3) Get atleast 20 minutes of fitness 6 times a week <BR> 4) If i get lost with the challenge or unable to do it with my medical condition, I will not keep it to self but speak to one of the leaders (I know of fault from last round) <BR... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:02:04 EST Ready to get a move on ok so for BLC 22 i will be with the Groovy Geckos. I am needing to make a new goal list for the 12 weeks, i have not even made one for this month, not since March. I also need to catch up on my blogs, i have so much to share, from 5 march to 5 June, 2 months worth, wow where did the time go, in time i will catch up, It is just harder to do theses on a laptop than a desktop. But i will get there. I may have some time later to do some. Maybe i could do a week's blog in a day so 8 weeks in 8 day... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 20:59:35 EST It has been some time But i am here I almost feel like fresh bait, it has been so long, i didn't go stray i just let go a little of sparkpeople because of lack of internet, the move, and all things that happened in April/May i just didn't have time to settle in and complete the things i wanted to do with sparkpeople, tomorrow i have a day off so i can chill and "catch up" sorry for letting teams down with last weeks of challenge or complete challenge just when i saw some reached week 10 i just did not know where or how to pick ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:19:22 EST Bye Bye 250 Ville I am officially under 250. I am at 249.5 And i hope to keep out of the 250 ville. Just i thought i would share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:33:40 EST Being An Awesome A Today was a surprise in my sparkmail, since that is usually first place i look when i sign in to sparkpeople and saw i was an Awesome A for today. Woohoo. What a great feeling that sure is. It is so nice to feel appreciated, not long ago i had a week with another team of mine and to have a day today with my team Awesome A 5% weight challenge group is great. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:28:34 EST A&I BSG Leprechauns March Week 3 - Positive Affirmations Our topic this week was: Do you think positive affirmations help you achieve your goals? If so, what are some of the positive affirmations you use? <BR> <BR> I do read a motivational quote each day, i may not always post it in time in my blogs but i read them. It has helped me alot to stay motivated in my weight loss journey, and the motivation i get from my sparkgroups and spark buddies, and those few buddies being my accountable buddies too have been a great help with my weight loss weight... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:00:43 EST March Goals My March Goals (are pretty much the same as February Goals) <BR> <BR> Motivational : <BR> - Listen to a motivational song daily <BR> - Read a Motivational quote daily <BR> - Blog Daily <BR> - Do something nice for someone (can be in real life or sparkpeople) Daily <BR> <BR> Nutrition : <BR> - Track calories <BR> - Cut down on soft drinks <BR> - Limit Fast foods <BR> <BR> Fitness : <BR> - Get atleast 10 minutes a day for starters <BR> - Track fitness minutes <BR> - Do more minutes than the... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:55:09 EST Week 9 Results: 26 February - 4 March Weekly Digest <BR> <BR> Alot of packing this week. But it has to be done. Its coming closer and closer the day i will be moving. <BR> <BR> ___________ <BR> <BR> Weekly Goals <BR> <BR> Motivational for others i have been on top, but for myself i have not been there, i really need to catch up alot on blogs and tracking on sparkpeople. I have tracked Nutrition and Fitness with Calorie King Diary. I like these books because they are pocket size and can fit into my purse. I do have the sparkp... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:54:21 EST Day 62 - 4th March 2013 Monday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> So It is Monday again, where are the days going? I had active moments today playing with kids. They seemed to have the day off today, schools these days. Almost like they don't want to teach our kids anymore. Or the generations are becoming lazier and so are teachers. <BR> <BR> _____________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> I believe my strength is willpower, I may not be that strong in determination but i have the will to keep going despite how slow i am at... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:36:02 EST Day 61 - 3rd March 2013 Sunday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> More packing, it never seems to end, I will just be glad when its all done. Done a few challenge things for my sparkgroups for the weekend, i like them, it helps me keep focused on my goals. <BR> <BR> ______________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> If i had the opportunity to have anything i wanted in 3 wishes, my wishes would be , Fortune in wealth and life, Happiness and a Long living life with a Fast metabolism. lol. I would then always be Happy and able ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:20:49 EST Day 60 - 2nd March 2013 Saturday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> So i made it through 60 days, that went fast, alot of things i planned out to do, didn't turn out the way i wanted too, or i let them be. Did alot of packing today, almost done, Atleast i know where everything is going now. <BR> ____________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> If i could have any special powers of a super hero, i would say i would like to have speed like flash, get everything you wanted done, go to the places you want, and still have alot of tim... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:04:47 EST Day 59 - 1st March 2013 Friday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> <em>517</em> So the first day of March sets in. Meaning i have been with sparkpeople for 3 months now. Wow time went by quickly didn't it? <BR> <BR> ______________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> The oldest thing i own beside myself , lol is probably this stuffed animal which is a teddy crossbreed brown dog which i named Cotty. He has been with me since i was a baby in a cot lol. So he is about give or take 26 - 28 years old. Almost as old as me :) And ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:48:58 EST Fighting Resistance Resistance- what keeps us from accomplishing goals <BR> <BR> You can only defeat resistance by understanding its three <BR> primary problems and applying appropriate countermeasures. <BR> <BR> • Problem #1: Fear. The typical response to this strategy is <BR> procrastination. <BR> <BR> The countermeasure is to START. <BR> <BR> • Problem #2: Uncertainty. The typical response is <BR> distraction. <BR> <BR> The countermeasure is to FOCUS. <BR> <BR> • Problem #3: Doubt. This usually ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 09:28:01 EST Almost there Monday/Tuesday is often my weigh in day, and i have another weight loose, not only that, i am 0.1 lbs away from hitting 250. I am 250.1 lbs at the moment, it would be so nice to finally get out of the 250 ville where i have been sitting for some time now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:58:01 EST Sunny Gal of the Week Wow didn't expect it so soon with this round to be Sunny Gal of the week, and what better week then starting it of with Saint Patrick's Day? So excited, almost as good as your birthday when you get presents, a real motivational boost this is <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> And to represent my week, here is another Sunny Gal Collage <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:38:42 EST January & February Photos Now to compare the 2 months photos, Is there a difference you see? In this time i have lost 0.9 Kg / 2 lbs. And 47 cm /18.5 inches. <BR> <BR> JANUARY 2013 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY 2013 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:02:32 EST February Photos This is bit overdue with posting it on sparkpeople but i wanted to get done all my February blogs done, now that is done, i can post it up, i don't have the same clothes as i have in January and my hairstyle is also different, it was also taken in a different room since i no longer have a wardrobe with a big mirror i used a cabinet to place the photo on timer setting to take my own photos for this month. <BR> <BR> February 2013 Photos <BR> <BR> FRONT <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:58:20 EST February Goals Recap How I went with my February Goals .... <BR> <BR> Motivational : <BR> - Listen to a motivational song daily - This has been good <BR> - Read a Motivational quote daily - This aspect has been awesome <BR> - Blog Daily - This month it has been a slow process but its done even though its late <BR> - Do something nice for someone (can be in real life or sparkpeople) Daily - For most days i did this, i sent compliments and spark goodies to spark friends atleast twice a week. And in my life i ha... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:17:24 EST February Quote List My February compilation. <BR> <BR> 1) “The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napolean Hill <BR> 2) “The successful person has the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:10:40 EST February Song List Another month, another list of songs to listen too. <BR> <BR> 1) Stronger by Kelly Clarkson <BR> 2) Don't give up the fight by Racoon <BR> 3) Simply Falling by Iyeoka <BR> 4) Move your Body by Beyonce <BR> 5) You are my sunshine by Jimmie Davis <BR> 6) The Twist by Chubby Checker <BR> 7) Twist it , Shake a tail feather by Ray Charles <BR> 8) Urgent by Foreigner <BR> 9) 300 Violin Orchestra by Jorge Quintero <BR> 10) You Raise me up by Josh Groban <BR> 11) Chariots of Fire by Vangeli... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:03:47 EST Day 58 - 28th February 2013 Thursday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> So February comes to an end, that went fast pretty quickly didn't it? Today i got in a good amount of exercise. I got 174 minutes (2.9 hours) today. It was also my Physical therapy day so it added to it too. It would be funny for those born on the 29th February, as it doesn't come every year. My Uncle is born on that day but he celebrates his birthday on the 7th in a way he adopted his birthday for the 7th of February. I also had a friend who had her baby last year on ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:53:16 EST Day 57 - 27th February 2013 Wednesday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Today i made muffins, half were blue berry and other half were chocolate chip, my kids loved them, so did my husband, They tasted really good, i do like baking. <BR> <BR> ______________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> My worries are that i may die young, and won't see my children grow up, get married and have children of their own, i have so much health problems that came with me becoming overweight. and in the Obesity range. So i am planning to lower my ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:21:53 EST Day 56 - 26th February 2013 Tuesday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> The start of another week according to my weight loss weeks. I had some sushi today, i went into town to get them, it was a new store opened so i wanted to try it out, it is nice but this shop is a little pricy for their sushi. So i may not go there again due to that reason. Today i had also Physical therapy. It went ok i guess, i struggled with some of the exercise today, I seem to do better on Thursday sessions than Tuesday sessions , i guess its because with the we... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:55:16 EST A&I BSG Leprechauns March Week 2 - Saint Patrick's Day Our blog for this week was : Blog about ST Patricks Day, write about if you celebrate it, do you attend any parties & how to overcome temptation. <BR> <BR> I am 3rd Generation Irish, so this day goes further than what alot of people associate Saint Patrick's day, People see it as a reason to over indulge in alcohol and have drinking feast. It may be a day where you can have a break from your Lent / fasting. And allowed to drink. <BR> <BR> Growing up there would of been alot of celebration,... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 16:51:18 EST Week 8 Results: 19 - 25 February Weekly Digest <BR> <BR> More packing done this week, atleast most of it has been done this week, So not much to do for later. And i had quiet some good meals this week which was nice. <BR> <BR> ______________ <BR> <BR> Weekly Goals <BR> <BR> Motivational has been coming along, there had been days where it has been hard, and i am slow on my blogs, but i will get there . Nutrition this week was good, and so was fitness, Household is coming along well, and so are myself goals, i have been ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:48:04 EST Day 55 - 25th February 2013 Monday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Monday again, and I am hitting day 55 with sparkpeople. Wow still going strong since i hit that 50 day mark. Baked a swine roll, Wild pig, hog, boar or what ever you may call it, The taste is stronger than a normal pork roll, i enjoy it. Taste good with a little pepper and chili herbs on it. And another day of heavy packing, my husband had a day off today, some Mondays he doesn't have anything to do for his work. So we got a good amount around the house done today. ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:04:41 EST Day 54 - 24th February 2013 Sunday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Sunday is here, the time for rest . But today it was not for me, more packing, more things to be done, atleast you don't do this sort of things too often in your life, how stressful would that be? I know some people do it, but i couldn't see myself doing it , There should be atleast 5 -6 years between the moves for me. Well i have lived in this place for almost 8 years. <BR> <BR> _________________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> I like Auctions , being at ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:28:11 EST Day 53 - 23rd February 2013 Saturday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Alot of packing and heavy household chores done today with the house, so much had to be done , since we are moving, but i think we will get everything organised on time, we are doing it at a good pace. Had some Healthy Vegetarian Indonesian food for dinner. <BR> <BR> ____________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> I carry in my purse a instant disinfect carry size bottle in my bag, As there is always germs everywhere its nice to have with you at all times so y... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:56:20 EST Day 52 - 22nd February 2013 Friday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> So its Friday once more, time surely flys. Today i didn't do too much minutes with fitness, i still got in 30 minutes for the day but that was about it, And i did have Chinese food but a small serving to keep in range, As like anyone knows how Chinese food can tip you over in your calories. <BR> <BR> ___________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> I like all things Authentic, I like learning of other cultural and tasting the flavours of the world. I guess it al... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:43:10 EST Day 51 - 21st February 2013 Thursday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Another day of Physical Therapy , alot of things are increased either by time or by weights, i do feel each time i go there. I also spent the morning at Ikea, isn't it a great shop? I had also breakfast there. It was good and filling, The breakfast included a bread roll, margarine, jam, a slice of cheese, a slice of ham, a boiled egg, a croissant and a cup of coffee or tea. It was nice. <BR> <BR> _____________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> I like going t... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:38:49 EST Day 50 - 20th February 2013 Wednesday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Wow 50 days already, and still going strong, Finally i feel like i am actually sticking to something. Today i went swimming, i swam for 2 hours, i pretty much stayed in the pool, its nice they have the pool heated on Wednesdays, the kids enjoyed it, my mother in law also came. But once i came out of the water , boy was that painful, i had been so smooth in the water with easy movement you can make in the water, it became to heavy and hard to get out of the pool but i d... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:31:23 EST Day 49 - 19th February 2013 Tuesday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Another day here we come, another day of Physical Therapy, though i don't see an improvement in this area, keep on chugging i have to go on! Today i may of went over at ate one too many dinner mints, you know those lovely chocolate filled with mint, oh how do i enjoy those, but i stayed in range for calories none the less. <BR> <BR> ___________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> I am a Note writer, i write about little lines or just a word to remember what i di... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:23:12 EST Week 7 Results : 12 - 18 February Weekly Digest <BR> <BR> The days have not been really settling, As i am so far behind in my blogs, and just trying to catch up, i will get there. ! My Mother's birthday was during this week on the 13th and so was Valentine's day on the 14th. <BR> <BR> _______________ <BR> <BR> Weekly Goals <BR> <BR> Motivational has been up a little up and down this week, I guess it is due to what is going on in my life currently, Nutrition this week was alright. Fitness i am improving each week so tha... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:55:36 EST Day 48 - 18th February 2013 Monday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Another day of Monday Blues, why is it that most people feel the blues on this day? I guess it is because when you have a great weekend you do not look forward to the week, but the way the year has been going, it be weekend before you know it. <BR> <BR> ____________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> My favourite gemstone is Jade, I also like opal river stones as well. I like the shiny roundness of these stones too, as sparkly type gemstones you need it cut and... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:31:54 EST Day 47 - 17th February 2013 Sunday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Another day of packing, spending time with kids and visiting in laws. Dinner at in laws place, Her style of cooking i never found it to be cooking , after my husband tasted my food he stoped wanting to eat at his mother's. There is only a few things she knows how to make, other than that its just boiled things and out of the packet, the things she makes on her own are things like baked pasta with which is a baked version of macaroni and cheese. Spaghetti, meatballs wi... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:21:17 EST A&I BSG Leprechauns March Week 1 - Motivation Our topic this week was : Blog about what have you found that has worked to get your motivation back once you've lost it? <BR> <BR> Well in the past i have been such a yoyo in anything i do, my weight, sticking to something for long time, i usually would go and come back, even with my personal art projects, some things took 6 months to complete when it should only take me a month. I would often have 10 projects almost started at the same time and couldn't get them done, i would look at it an... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:50:00 EST BLC 2013 Spring Melt Off : Team Collage This season i am with team Indigo and this is the collage to represent that i am on that team.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:36:39 EST March Collage <img src=""> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:34:06 EST Sprining Into Action - Sunny Gals - Week 3 Collage Challenge This week our main challenge was to make a collage on what we expect to be for summer, I have made an online collage, the beautiful fairy indicates i want to feel beautiful , and other colour feathers are to represent beauty too, the 3 girls are what i feel is a good look to aim for and thick to thin i want to achieve that, And a smaller waist line I want to re spark my romance with my husband thus the love couple picture. <BR> <BR> Bonus was to blog about it and show it so here it is! <BR>... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:26:09 EST It has been some time When i have a day i will catch up on my blogs, but notice for now i am still currently still packing and such and don't have much time to do things i enjoy like sparkpeople, i miss it on a daily basis and what i was able to do a couple weeks back, I am still doing Physical training, But there has not been an improvement with my Fibromylagia. And i had another appointment with my internist, Seeing i have IBD, but not knowing what i have, I had been on the treatment for UC but it did not help, ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:49:43 EST Week 6 Results : 5 - 11 February Weekly Digest <BR> <BR> This week my days have looked a bit blue, i have been feeling down and i am my own worst enemy at times, i do things to get by my life, be a mother, and a wife, doing my team challenges of sparkpeople and do my physical therapy aswell. Also the packing and selling, I have a few things on list for people to buy, a friend of mine is meant to give me a call when she is able to come and see some baby items as she is expecting and also looks after a toddler that she wants ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:47:36 EST Day 46 - 16th February 2013 Saturday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> I have been feeling really down lately, and my whole body hurts, especially around my abdominal area, my IBD and Fibro and depression has like joined up forces and teamed up against me, and there are days i feel like i am loosing the battle, if it was just one i could take it on but it has been getting me really down. Despite that i have been doing my best with the challenges i can do, but those that ask to love yourself, or list positive things about yourself i am hav... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:20:32 EST Falling For Fitness - Sunny Gals - Evaluate My evaluate <BR> <BR> I did not start this challenge in the begin i came into week 11 of it, and i have really liked some of the challenges, got you thinking about things and was good to do on the spread of a week, I like how it is laid back like that, there is only once a week tracking, as i do notice with other groups where it is more than once a week tracking i tend to fall behind. The place i notice i need to devote more of my attention to is loving myself, and being positive about myse... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:43:02 EST Day 45 - 15 February 2013 Friday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> I got my hair dyed, I should of done it awhile ago but things got in the way, now one of my groups wants a picture for the team page, well ok then i better look my best for it then, don't want a picture showing all my grays, its hard to believe me being 27 and having so many grays, i usually dye my hair myself once a month, as that is when they start appearing again, and doing it at a hair dresses is too expensive for getting the same results if i do it at home. <BR>... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:13:43 EST Day 44 - 14 February 2013 Thursday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> So it is Valentine's Day. As for romance there isn't much, nor do i actually celebrate it more than sending a few goodies and emails to people in this time, but in reality for me i don't celebrate it, i would like to but it can't be one way now can it lol. Hope everyone else had a great day though. Sparkpeople should have goodie free days for holidays and such days like Valentine's Day, as i ran out of goodies points pretty quickly sending out Valentine's goodies, so s... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:04:25 EST Day 43 - 13 February 2013 Wednesday Daily Digest <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Mother! She is far away visiting her family, so i didn't spend time with her but i did some creative things and sent it in her email. Have not heard from her yet but hopefully she likes them. I did bake a cake too on this day, apple cinnamon cake. <BR> <BR> ___________ <BR> <BR> Something about me <BR> <BR> I hate preparation time with cooking, i am someone that prefers easy quick meals, once in awhile i will be in the mood to make something that ta... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:56:43 EST