ARINDANA's SparkPeople Blog ARINDANA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Been a while It's been a while since I've visited Spark People. I seem to go in fits and starts. I really need to step up my game. <BR> <BR> I tend to get bored after a while but I have a new computer and I notice that the start page has changed and things appear so much more convenient and motivating. This is awesome because I have felt SP site slow because it is graphic intensive and I don't like have to click here and there to get everything done. <BR> <BR> While I was exploring the new updates, I al... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:45:48 EST I miss Shadow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sadly, my cat Shadow passed away Friday morning at the vets. She went in for a tooth removal and died within 30 seconds of going under. <BR> <BR> She shall be greatly missed. Cleo is having a hard time and wouldn't eat much except a little bit of canned food yesterday. Today she ate some kibble so that's good. Gracie is eating normal but she's pretty quiet too. Too quiet around here. <BR> <BR> I haven't had much... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:21:22 EST Spark Coach Well I'm on day 13 of the Spark Coach trial and I am still wondering if I should pay for it or just let it be. <BR> <BR> I have found little difference between the regular site and this. One difference, however, is the simplicity of it whereas the regular site has just sooo much info. I do like that aspect. Plus knowing if I pay for it, I'm much more apt to log my food and exercise. So that is also a plus side. The downside is that I think I should be getting more for my buck you know? Espe... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:20:00 EST My Fitness Pal Below is a comment I wrote on someone's blog re MFP. They weren't sure about SP vs MFP. <BR> <BR> "I'm not sure what to tell you. I can only tell you what I've done. I have been a member of SP for over 5 years now or more. I loved entering food data. I've also been a member of MFP for 2-3 years as well as a friend moved from SP to there because it was less graphic intensive. <BR> <BR> I've been horrible at tracking food on either site. But lately, I've gone back to MFP for the diary only (a... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:43:07 EST Progress without a scale Further to tonight's LIVE class, I had an additional thought on how I knew I was doing well or making progress without looking at a scale. <BR> <BR> I recall shopping last fall in Penningtons and came across a young woman who I estimated to be in her early twenties. She talked about getting the Band for her stomach. She was tired of no energy and having knee problems and what not. She could barely walk. <BR> <BR> I always feel shocked when I hear about other people, esp when that young, hav... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 21:15:36 EST Oatmeal in a jar I tried one of the recipes last week. The blueberry one. I had no chia seeds though. oh well. <BR> <BR> I was surprised to enjoy it. Cold oatmeal... wasn't sure about that. But it was good. I plan to make more and try the other recipes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/Overnight,+No-Cook+Refrigerator+Oatm<BR>eal+--+A+healthy+breakfast+made+in+mas<BR>on+jars+in+six+different+flavors! </link> <BR> <BR> I do admit that I was actually hungrier after I finished it. ... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:11:38 EST Lack of maybe? Well I had salad almost every day last week. GO GO GO GO ME! I have noticed my bra band fits better. It's not leaving me feeling like GAH I gotta get this thing off! Before it was digging in all around and leaving marks. But now, it feels just right. :) <BR> <BR> And this morning, I put on a pair of underpants that I had been avoiding because of the digging. Blissful comfort today! <BR> <BR> So the scale hasn't changed numbers. In fact, I am looking to be up one pound. Not good news for our... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:06:32 EST WARM!!! Salad in a jar! I broke down. I had McPuke's three times this week. oops. that's 2 months gone. Oh well. I'm not beating myself up. But my resolve has renewed. <BR> <BR> I have discovered salad in a jar (thanks Pinterest!) and I've bookmarked 2 websites. You can do lots with a jar ... including the not so good stuff for you lol. <BR> <BR> Look into it. Here is a picture of my salad today. I kept my dressing separate though since I like to add it just at the time of eating. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 20:49:59 EST Squats, Toilets & Big Bang OK put that all together and it sounds like a recipe for disaster that would send anyone running away in absolute horror. <BR> <BR> Nah, I'm just talking about a thing I just saw online on the Doc Oz website (courtesy of a Pin).<BR>-lazy-way-pt-3 (forward past the chocolate segment) <BR> <BR> Dr. Oz mentions going to someone else's toilet because you'll want to squat since it's not your own. Well, that reminds me of the time I did just that in the ... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 23:10:45 EST Started Vision Board OK so it's not your normal vision board. <BR> <BR> I have no patience to sit and cut out things and glue them on. I don't quite like the messiness of collages and leftover spaces nor do I scrapbook either so that's out. <BR> <BR> I started to do a powerpoint but felt a bit lost as for direction. I had and still am collecting pictures and motivational quotes etc for my "board." I even have some notes flying around on my desk to include somehow. <BR> <BR> But you wonder... how has she star... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:22:56 EST Groceries Blah blah blah (that's me trying to remember what I else I wanted to mention and I can't remember!) <BR> <BR> So I went to the grocery store on the way home with the intention of getting just a couple of potatoes for my chipster. There were only 2 kinds loose but that's ok. I can try different varieties when the right season comes along. No point in buying a whole bag of spuds. There was a second item which I didn't buy nor can I remember LOL what it was. <BR> <BR> At any rate, here is what... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 22:20:11 EST Lost lb et al. OK I think I lost a pound tonight from my last weigh-in two weeks ago. Our weight recorder wasn't feeling well tonight so didn't make it to the meeting. Not bad considering I just finished my period the other day which had made me get into the chocolate. bad bad! I still have a ton of Christmas chocolate and have not polished it off. I'm doing quite well. I'm a chocoholic. It also helps that I've eat the really good chocolate now and what's left is stuff that is yummy but not as good so I don... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:00:58 EST Woohoo! OK so I didn't make it to the weekly Live meeting as a) I was not registered, b) I was too tired last night and c) I don't plan to join a gym. I am really not a gym type person. Period. <BR> <BR> But I did weigh in at my local Calorie Counters group and apparently GASP I lost 3lbs from the last weigh in which was on Dec 21. WHHHAAA? YAYAYAYAYAYA I have NEVER lost over a Christmas holiday. Now I have the hard task for next Tue weigh in and not gain of it back. <BR> <BR> And I also bought a m... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:40:56 EST Several Things I'm always at a loss for a Blog entry title since I often talk of many things. And I hate the thought of all these mini blog entries. ugh. <BR> <BR> 1) Holidays is suiting me just fine. I'm getting sleep. The pain under my boobs that run along to the back (or is that from the back to the side and around the front) is gone. No more stress yay! <BR> <BR> 2) I am eating between good and bad but not overly bad. Not as many sweets are passing my mouth this year. yay! I did eat some mounds though... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 13:15:10 EST Wii or XBox Kinect? I am considering getting one of these 2. Do you have one? Which would you recommend? Do you exercise with either and what do you "games" do you use/play? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> <BR> I think Wii is in my price range but I hate the idea of having to hold the controller at all times where as Kinect you don't have to. But, it's also quite expensive. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 19:10:39 EST gah another week to come Well in spite of my delicious chili which tasted even better the next day, I still need to eat better. I am tired. I am exhausted. Not sleeping well or enough. Two weeks and counting until holidays! <BR> <BR> So I didn't get my jam jams made. Oh well. Too tired. And Friday night just before bed, I discovered that I have a head cold. It came on suddenly without warning. Is there such a thing as a flash headcold? I don't think I've ever experienced one before. Normally I get the tell tale sign... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 20:44:04 EST Chili!!! Ooooo an actual blog entry! Been ages! <BR> <BR> So yeah I made chili tonight. Finally after a week and a half of saying "I should make chili." I'm usually way too tired to cook. But, I ran to Walmart on my way home and got the stuff. Once I made the decision to make a simple chili, I felt better and was determined to make it. <BR> <BR><BR>st-ever-chili-119509.aspx <BR> <BR> I tweaked it a bit. I had red, yellow and orange peppers. I used a bean med... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 21:06:58 EST Fruits & Vegetables <link><BR>ewDocument.aspx?id=424&PageId=23&Video<BR>Category=General%20Healthy%20Eating&Vi<BR>deoCategoryURL=GeneralHealthyEating.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> There are many days when I'm lucky to get any F&V in. I'm terrible! I really need to make a strict effort to eat more and to get to spark everyday. Fri, 30 Jul 2010 10:29:58 EST Walking Groove Well, the doc gave me sh*t again but I knew that was coming. I need a buddy and I need to go to the fantastic gym near my workplace etc. Ironically, the next day I was approached by a coworker who wants to go walking once or twice a week with me. (we live in different communities even if only 10km away from one another). So this is our second time out. i've been tracking here. yay! go me! <BR> <BR> And ironically, my friend mich who lives 35 minutes away via highway, said 4 days later after ... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 19:05:54 EST Caring How does one start to care enough to change? How does one make a body care enough? <BR> <BR> I'm at my highest weight ever! I am coming in at 257. I've never seen that before! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 10:47:04 EST Sitting vs Moving I'm still in that non-moving state and I realize I have been like that all my life. Any physical activity as a child was never really my choice or desire. I wasn't fat as a kid and it's only because I was physically active... but not one of my choice. <BR> <BR> The first three-four years of my life were in a sitting stage. I walked at the normal expected time but if my parents sat me down, I sat. I didn't move. I apparently was a very still baby. And then when my baby sister started walking,... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 20:53:28 EST Failure Last week, someone at my weight loss group challenged me to do 15-20 minutes of exercise a day. I choked. I told her I could not. I couldn't commit to that. I know it seems counterproductive to losing weight and my struggle. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing. I break promises all the time to myself. I break them everyday. A promise becomes an empty meaningless thing. So, I cannot commit myself to that kind of thing. I will break my promise. You could say, well promise another person and be acco... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 14:53:32 EST Et al. Well I thought of blogging earlier but only just came online now. And then I got an email announcing I had a trophy for Consistency. That kinda shocked me! Apparently, I've logged into the site to either spin 20 times in the month or spinning everyday for the whole month. I need to check that. here is some more info about trophies: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2600916 </link> <BR> <BR> My shoulder on the right had been hurting. Now ... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 20:32:21 EST Off my keester I actually got off my ass tonight and went to square dancing. I haven't been since the beginning of December or rather the end of November. A friend who goes, told me last night on the phone when I called that she'd pick me and then I'd have no excuse. So that's that! Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:15:55 EST Epiphany #-something I need to start writing down my epiphanies and numbering them because I sure have enough of them. <BR> <BR> This time came as a two parter and at two different moments. About a week and a half ago I was chatting with an online friend in MSN when she said something and it triggered an epiphany for me: My self esteem is in OK shape. I don't remember ever having good self esteem. No that's not true. I had times when I didn't know what it was or didn't think about it but I still felt. I had conf... Fri, 27 Nov 2009 14:56:51 EST The Need for Change I just posted this on my blogger. <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>- <BR> <BR> Epiphany <link><BR>piphany </link> <BR> <BR> I've had a few over the last many years but more relevantly I had one last month and one this month. <BR> <BR> The first happened last month when I had gotten sick. When I get sick I have a tendency of finally eating well. I know this happens and my intentions to continue in such a healthful manner never seem... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 20:13:18 EST Expanding the social network So today, on Facebook I said I was ready to lose weight. Finally. And it's true! I've already started the process as mentioned in previous blog entries. (i.e. my advanced reward of Supernatural DVD's) <BR> <BR> But this social network of mine has expanded beyond spark. I've included it on Facebook now. Yes I put a ticker tape up on my boxes tab but it's not quite the same. I've even alluded to weight loss this past week on various facebook status updates. So what's different about today? The... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 13:52:08 EST 1 Weird Health Tip & 1 Not So Weird <link><BR>x?cp-documentid=100234891&imageindex=3 </link> <BR> <BR> Drink pickle and pineapple juices. <BR> <BR> The salt and vinegar in pickle juice can help muscles recover from sodium loss and decrease cramping. "If you're training on a hot day or doing intense activities, drink 4 to 8 ounces of pickle juice 45 minutes and 8 to 10 ounces of water 30 minutes before your session," says certified nutritionist and fitness trainer Majid Ali of the Healing... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 18:17:46 EST Distorted views So after reflecting on my entry of yesterday as I lay in bed last night, I have always had a distorted view of skinny and fat. And I still do. <BR> <BR> I always thought I was fat and really I wasn't. But I also know for a fact, I would have been a fat child or at least a very plump child if my mother hadn't put me in dance class 2 to 3 times a week and I wasn't involved with sports in elementary. I forced into that one because we were a small school and we needed team members. My mom also m... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 06:42:30 EST Old clothes & Summer Gain Two separate blogs rolled into one. I'm at work and not much time to do this but it's on my mind. I was contemplating it while I drove to work. <BR> <BR> Item 1~ <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago or maybe just last week I read a dailyspark blog on hanging onto old clothes and how it can hinder your progress. I have been guilty of this and I did do a clean-out before I moved last year into my house. But I still hung onto a few things that I wore to work and the only really "skinny" clothing I ... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 08:39:19 EST Winchester Boys Saving my Life??!??? Well I broke down and bought all four seasons of Supernatural which is my current second favourite show right now. (Sorry my gal pals who love this show but Dexter moved in hehe) for approx $93CAN on I really cannot afford the $ right now. <BR> <BR> But I'm trying... no... choosing to look at this from a different perspective. If I can't afford the $100 (round-up for taxes) then what the hell am I wasting that money on each month anyways? Junk food and crap to eat. Yeah... I can't... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 18:19:32 EST Facebook Oh My! OK so I've finally broken down and joined the ranks of Facebook thanks to a few people hounding me frequently to join as that's where I can usually find them. So much for msn messenger huh!Ever since its inception I've shied away. No... more like run in the opposite direction. It's not that I'm opposed to social networking. Afterall, we do that here at SP. I've belonged to other forums too. But, I think there are 3 reasons why I've avoided it all this time. <BR> <BR> 1. Facebook requires you... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:47:07 EST I hit 7 fruits & veggies! I'm in shock! <BR> <BR> Let's see. I had OJ at breakfast so that's a count. But not the best I know. Only 1/2 cup so I'm ok with that. At lunch I had a salad which had iceberg lettuce (can't convince my mom to give this up), green pepper, celery and english cucumber. So that was 1.5 servings. Then at supper I had caesar salad and mom doesn't put too much dressing on because I like to see green not white. That was 2 servings. Although not as healthy. Hey, it's still green and better than iceb... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 23:43:44 EST Reflection - Friends with Myself "Are you a good friend to yourself? <BR> <BR> If you met yourself, would you want to stick around and talk? Are you the kind of person others can be proud of? Hopefully you are, because that's who will be with you for your entire life. Your values and beliefs create a pretty good picture of what you want to see in the mirror. To be proud of yourself, do everything you can to make real life look like that vision. Find people that have the qualities you want and learn from them. Becoming a per... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 10:16:31 EST Reflection 7. The ‘wow’ effect <BR> <BR> Picture this: Walking into a restaurant, you run into someone from high school, and their eyes light up. They gasp, "Wow, you look great!" By sticking with your goals, this can happen. Watch the "wows" add up. <BR> <BR> From today's article entitled "9 Hidden Reasons to Stay Motivated" <BR> <BR> I need to remember this reason. The other reasons are good and what not but this is one reason that hits closer to home. Other than distance, I didn't go to my highsch... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 21:23:26 EST Lost Momentum I have lost the momentum of exercising, eating better and even diet journaling on Spark. I haven't even read my emails from Spark unless they are from the forums. I have been tired this month. My energy has waned. My massage therapist couldn't believe how tight my back muscles were yesterday and that's still after one week of holiday! <BR> <BR> March just has just been a blah month. But spring is in the air and officially on the calendar and April is only a week and a half away! April always... Sat, 21 Mar 2009 12:30:37 EST Diet Bets In response to a Daily Blog entry about Diet bets: <BR> <link><BR>ting_on_weight_loss </link> <BR> <BR> My friend and I decided to bet $20 per month for 11 months to get lose x # of pounds and whoever did it would get the pot. I thought the number of pounds lost was too much for 11 months knowing my own history of trying to lose weight. She was convinced. I told her at the end of January that I couldn't do it because a) I wouldn't have the money and b) ... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 08:18:01 EST Reflection: Is the grass truly greener on the other side "Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged." - Helen Keller <BR> <BR> I've actually been thinking of this just this weekend. And especially today as I shopped for groceries. I got paid today (well officially today but it won't show up til tomorrow in my account on account of today being Sunday [no pun intended]) and my groceries... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 17:44:17 EST Reflection: Speak up and take back control! "Many people feel uncomfortable being assertive, which often leads others to take advantage of them. Do you ever feel like you shouldn't say something because you might hurt someone's feelings? Does your spouse shirk their responsibilities around the house and expect you to pick up the slack? While it is important to serve others often, being someone's lackey is unhealthy and it's up to you to break that cycle. Kindly address situations where you think someone is taking advantage of your meek... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:12:37 EST Reflection: Storing up for the winters of life In this email it talks of the story of the grasshopper who doesn't prepare for winter and ends up being cold because winter come and he's not ready. <BR> <BR> "While leisure time is important for rejuvenating an overworked mind, idleness is just a step away from foolishness. " <BR> <BR> Oh how this is me in most areas of my life. I think of this fable often. I need to turn this around! Thu, 22 Jan 2009 21:49:11 EST No cake for me! Tonight, I dragged myself to square dancing. I am very tired tonight and really didn't want to go back out. It was a tough day at school and I was worn out. I toyed with not going but after seeing a couple of ladies at school walking the building for 1/2 hour I knew I had to go because maybe I can be the biggest loser in a month or so. I can't let those ladies win LOL <BR> <BR> So tonight was someone's 70th birthday and his wife brought a cake to the dance hall. I didn't eat even one crumb. ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 21:41:09 EST Proud about Fitness (Response) The fact that I did 5 days worth of exercise between walking to the store and back (.3km one way) and shovelling and snowblowing and Curves 3x, I've done 237 minutes this week. Heck of a job! So yes I am proud! It is hard to motivate myself to exercise usually. Tue, 20 Jan 2009 21:37:36 EST Boston Pizza I am going out to Boston Pizza so I thought to research choices ahead of time. After all, the last time I went there (about 9 months ago) I had one of the worst items you could ever pick. My choice today isn't the best but it is not even the worst either. Calorie-wise, I can live with it but the sodium and fat isn't the best. <BR> <BR> I'll also have a side salad. I chose the caesar because I prefer it over garden. In fact, the garden with house dressing is worse than the caesar. And the fri... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 11:12:32 EST Made it to Curves I made it to Curves tonight. I have signed up there for the "Renewal" program whereby we commit to 8 weeks of going 3x per week, stretching afterwards, weighing in once a week and showing a food diary once a week. Tonight made twice this week. I will go again on Friday. <BR> <BR> I also walked there even in this -26C weather. It was -22C when I left and then 30 minutes later when I got home it was -26C. Colder walking back! BRRRRRR Thankfully I only live 4 houses up! (And there is absolutely... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 20:56:05 EST Learning Curve on Finances I have just finished paying my bills for the month. I have gone through the TV bill with an eagle eye and have determined that they didn't screw me as I first had though when I opened the bill. Hopefully all will be 100% normal next month! I am still scratching my head as to why my car insurance still hasn't come out of my account and why my Curves auto-payment hasn't come out either. I'll give a few more days and then get to the bottom of it. <BR> <BR> Either way I have f**k all left in the... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 22:14:13 EST Quote for 2009 Every year since last year or the year before, I've tried to find a quote that would suit me best for my upcoming year and goals. I don't do resolutions as I think I've stated before so this is the next best thing I suppose. <BR> <BR> Someone comment on someone else's webpage at and I thought the quote she shared was worth noting enough so that I have decided to adopt this quote as my own quote of the year. <BR> <BR> "Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid of standing stil... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 15:00:27 EST Cleaning Up Well the organizing bug hit me last night about 10:00pm last night. Here's what I did: <BR> <BR> - fixed up my spice rack and put spices in my waiting jars. I emptied my spice box that was buried in my pantry. <BR> - threw in my flour bins in the dishwasher ready to fill up <BR> - finally got all my plastic containers and lock-in-lock containers gathered up and put into a proper cupboard and out of my pantry which was making the pantry look very cluttered! <BR> - moved my pots onto the drawe... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 10:42:33 EST Changes for me at Spark This is a comment I left on Kimush23's post in response to a comment she made and the goodie she sent. I felt it was a wonderful blog entry so decided to turn it into just that! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I don't have a resolution but one goal is to get more active in Spark. I joined some time ago but I found I lost interest due to a number of reasons. First, I am a teacher so I'm either too busy or too exhausted to do much online. So that's one reason you're seeing me post now because i have th... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 17:48:32 EST New Year Resolutions (Weekly Blog response) I gave up on resolutions a long time ago. I decided it wasn't worth the headache, the heartache or the guilt when I failed to live up to the expectations I had set up. Instead, I choose to focus on positive feelings for the coming year and reflections of the previous year. Thu, 1 Jan 2009 14:35:33 EST Competition - Reflection I just read the article on reinforcing positive competition that came in the email and it is so very true. <BR> <BR> While I believe it's important to have competition because it helps people prepare better for the world and possible disappointments, allows choices, etc, I do no believe that nastiness and lost friendships have a place in that competition. <BR> <BR> I see that sometimes in my teaching. Working in a Catholic school in someways makes it easier to deal with from a religious poi... Thu, 9 Aug 2007 11:52:45 EST