ARTSYGIRL5's SparkPeople Blog ARTSYGIRL5's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finally!! After 2 years I finally reached my goal. Slow and steady wins the race. <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> Ten years ago I lost 40 pounds with W.W. 2 years later I gained back 20 pounds. There had to be an easier way. I attended a Maximized living seminar and something clicked. I also read the Wheat Belly Diet and Paleo Blueprint. It made so much sense. Over the last year I have stuck to the plan, most of the time - NO Sugar - NO Gluten. <BR> <BR> <em>475</em> <em>341</em> ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:25:35 EST Still sitting here Still sitting here waiting for my knee to heal. I do get up and wander around a bit, and do some stretching. <BR> This sure makes my "thankful streak" easier.You realize how much you had before the injury. <BR> We sure take things for granted. <BR> Thank you Thank you Thank you for my healthy body. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:20:17 EST New Streak No sugar <em>473</em> No junk food <em>486</em> Count calories <em>387</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> No, none of them. <BR> <BR> My new streak is to write down everything I am thankful for twice a day for 30 days <BR> Starting now ! <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I have injured my knee and can't exercise.All I am doing is whining about it and that won't help anything. <BR> <BR> 30 days of THANK YOU <em>304</em> <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:03:59 EST Disappointed I am so disappointed. This is week 2 of my walk/jog program.I feel like I have put my knee out. <BR> Will have to rest up until it gets better. Not sure, but it may have been my golf swing that caused it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:19:15 EST Week 2 This is week 2 of 5km walk/run challenge. I walk a lot now so am finding it very easy. Playing by the rules and gradually working up as suggested. <BR> Bought a new pair of Merrill barefoot running shoes. My other pair were worn right through the insoles. <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> Today I am walking over the bridges with my hubby. <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:01:42 EST Stopwatch Yesterday I bought a stopwatch. The 5m walk/jog program will be be easier to do. <BR> I am so pumped about this program, that I can hardly wait to start week 2 tomorrow. <BR> Today I will walk the 2 bridges. Perfect day for this. <em>311</em> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:34:28 EST streaking I am going to do a 14 day streak - NO SUGAR FOR 14 days I can do this. <BR> The 5km walk/jog has inspired me to set better goals. <BR> I have completed week 1 <em>205</em> <em>521</em> <BR> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:15:19 EST Red Jeans My biggest challenge is that darn scale. I can't stay off it. One week I even had my hubby hide the scale on me. I went looking for the scale when he was out. <BR> I took my measurements and posted them in October but it takes so much longer to see any improvement. <BR> Why do we need that instant gratification all the time ? <BR> <BR> I have wanted a pair of red jeans for some time. Red jeans tend to stand out a little more than black jeans. This will be my new scale - so to speak. I am ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:03:35 EST Ah Ha Moment I think I had the Ah Ha moment as Oprah would say. <BR> Do you ever really think about what you are eating? I mean really think about it. <BR> There is a difference. Sure we all know how many calories are in the food we eat. <BR> We all know how many fruits and vegetables we need . <BR> Protein - check - Water -check .So far so good. Why are we eating this food? <BR> We need these nutrients for a healthy body. Lets take it one step further. Carbs found in all plant food supply the body wit... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 09:19:48 EST TIME TO TAKE OWNERSHIP This is my first blog. It is time for me to to take ownership. I signed up with Sparks this summer. I have been dipping my toe in the site for too long.I have read every blog and article.Weight loss and and inspirational stories are my motivation. <BR> Weight Watchers was how I lost my first 32 lbs. Over the last 2 years I have put on 10 lbs. My health has always been my reason to lose weight and right now my blood pressure is slightly elevated and I do not want to take medication. <BR> I ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:15:12 EST