AZTLAN777's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AZTLAN777 AZTLAN777's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Previous Post from Feb: My Birthday Month!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273821 Here is February, my birthday month. I am just getting over being sick with some bacterial something or other and a bout of asthma, sort of a double whammy. I think my body has to balance out again. <BR> <BR> I have lost and gained and am now in the process of trying to lose the 10+ plus lbs gained... <BR> <BR> I got off of all of my meds in mid Jan. when I began a Chinese medicine regimen, although it did lower my high blood pressure without meds, it threw off the rest of my body systems... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 06:53:00 EST Page Post From 11/1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241065 <BR> <BR> 09/09/09 Time For Change <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pre-injury <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Completed the BASW Program and Graduated!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have 6 pics in my gallery <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Awards <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Trophy <BR> <BR> 250 Monthly Fitness Minutes, December 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> See All Awards <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does AZTL... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 04:10:08 EST Oct. 19 Let Sleeping Dogs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121018 This post was from 10/18/12 <BR> <BR> My daughter and I walked up to the house that belonged to Dream, she opened the door and said, "yep, come on in". We walked into her home and were surrounded by 7 beautiful dogs. All of them rescued from abusive owners and situations. Dream then introduced us to "Bo Suki" a 1 & 1/2 year old Rottie. She said, "I had to work with him for almost a year to rehabilitate him to normal. Many people have come to see him but I felt they were not right for Bo. Whe... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 01:48:43 EST Excellent Diabetes Site: Could Diabetes Be Caused By Bad Gut Bacteria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121011 Here is a great site called the Glycemic Index (GI News) Many interesting and vital articles regarding diabetes! <BR> <link>ginews.blogspot.com/ </link> Fri, 2 Nov 2012 01:36:28 EST My Page from Sept. 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104912 Here I am 3 years later, down 50.5 lbs! It is a good thing, but I also realized that I am 3 yrs older! I suppose better late than never! The first year on here, I was overwhelmed by the Sparkpeople site, I could not get the hang of it, so much info, so many links and I didn't have the patience to deal with it. I left and was gone for a year trying to do it on my own, but still didn't have a solid direction, so I came back. It took me awhile to build my own food database on the foods I prefer ... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:06:30 EST WOW 6 Months Gone By! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067209 INTRO PAGE CHANGED on 9/19/12 <BR> It is now June, 2012 haven't met my goal that I set...I had fallen off of the page but am back and trying to eat within calorie range, however, I am having trouble eating 6 smaller meals instead, of one big meal and a smaller meal within a 24 hour period. I believe it is because of my insomnia. I have lost 2 lbs since eating less, but have a long way to go. I think I am still ahead having kept off 45 lbs! So, that is a big plus to my downsided report of this... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:57:36 EST What Can I Say? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925851 Jan. 9, 2012 <BR> <BR> I can't believe I have been gone from SparkPeople! Says here I last updated my Status 46 days ago! The holidays have come and gone, with the new year appearing as if by magic. I fell off the page, way before the holidays, but the good thing about SparkPeople is that you can return anytime. I am struggling of course, but like when I first started, baby steps, would probably apply now. Having lost 58 lbs, I have gained 18 back. My spirit is willing but my motivation and ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:35:15 EST And here it's October, almost the end of the year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667987 Poste on: Oct 7, 2011 <BR> <BR> Gee, it seems like every month or other month, things are changing for me...all of my life seemed like nothing ever changed and now in my late adult life, they are constantly changing! Good things have come my way and I am very thankful to my Creator of course, but I am also thankful to all of the people that have crossed paths with me in our lifetime! My sisters on Sparkpeople have been a wonderful gift, with their, wit, advice, love, and compassion. I miss a... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 08:20:41 EST Previous Intro Page from June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461175 My Own Nemesis? <BR> <BR> Hello my Lovelies! Had some extra time, so thought I would come and update my page. I still miss you all and I miss being able to have the time to record my food intake, but it's not going to happen for a while, well at least until I can get a day job. New goal, lose 83 lbs by 03/16/12...could still become a reality, depends on my committing myself again whole-heartedly to losing again. Yes, I have fallen into apathy with regard to my food intake and I guess theref... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 18:09:06 EST When Binge Eating, Brain Chemistry Changes, Causing A Craving for Fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345559 the following is a link to the article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/weight/0706/b<BR>inge-eating-may-be-a-high-all-its-own.<BR>aspx?xid=aol_eh-diet_6-_20110704&aolca<BR>t=DFT&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl16%<BR>7Csec1_lnk3%7C75903 </link> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:56:59 EST Twists and Turns & Potholes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283746 March 25, 2011 <BR> <BR> First job did not work out for me. However, good thing I had applied to second job! Talk about twists & turns & potholes in the road of life. So, my optimism has been down lately. This is where the faith part comes in! <BR> <BR> I haven't been able to come on SP as often and miss it. Haven't been able to communicate with my g/fs as often as before and I haven't stuck to my food plan or rather my routine meals. I will definitely have to make a workable food plan tha... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 17:28:07 EST 3/25/11 Previous Page Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4116715 Copied on 3/25/11 <BR> <BR> It is March 03, 2011 and I just put in a week's worth of training! Lots of driving too! I just bought a used Prius to help with the fuel expense. I cannot believe the gas economy it gets especially at the price of almost $4.00 a gal! So, that is one less worry about how I am getting around with the cost of gasoline. I do a lot of coasting downward through the hills, using less gas! <BR> <BR> On my drive two hours away to pick up the car, I kept having memorie... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 01:20:09 EST Nothing New, Just the Previous Page Message... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4065088 03/03/11 <BR> <BR> <BR> On To The Third Phase in My Journey! (My personal life) <BR> <BR> Wow, new year, as a matter of fact, it is The Year of the Rabbit, which is what I am in the Chinese calendar! I am happy to have lived through 2010, but I am also sooo glad it is over. It is said that nothing good can come without a price. The price I have paid in 2010, I could almost say I would take it all back in exchange for the good things happening in my life in this new year, but it would be un... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 02:33:08 EST Great Article on Achieving Frugality! The Six Steps. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4049728 I read this article and found it very insightful. Sometimes we think we are being frugal, but in essence only live it to a certain extent and without a real purpose. It opened my eyes to the fact that it isn't a matter of needing to be frugal, but to want to be frugal and having the power that comes with the choice. Happy reading! Hugs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>moneyning.com/frugality/7-habits-of-<BR>highly-frugal-people/ </link> Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:59:23 EST Diabetic or Gluten Intolerant? Great Article! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031810 Anyone have to follow a gluten-free diet? <BR> Anyone have diabetes? <BR> Both can benefit from this report/article by two women from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Very informative and educational regarding the effects of foods for a gluten intolerant person, as well as, a person with diabetes. Great charts and food lists. Hope it helps someone! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/d<BR>epartments/medicine/divisions/digestiv<BR>e-health/nutrition-... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 08:18:42 EST Health Troubles? Have You Checked Your Food's Inflammatory Rating or Body's Alkaline/Acidic Balanc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4030409 Here is a link to a site that has been very helpful to me in avoiding foods that are inflammatory as well as to help me eat more anti-inflammatory foods, it's great, just type in the food you are looking for and it brings up all the info from it's glycemic index rating, nutritional values, whether it is a good diet food or not, to its inflammatory factor rating. <BR> <BR> Also, you can type into a search engine, "Alkaline and Acidic foods" and information will come up about these foods, it ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:26:46 EST Past Revisited... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4008469 Wow, I was just going back to the past (2007-2008) about two years and I almost fell out of my chair! I went to my original weight after seeing my pictures from a Christmas at friend's house and OMGosh that's what spurred me to try and lose the weight. This is before I joined SP! My BMI was 59! I am now at a BMI of 49.8. I still have quite a way to go, but I would say, I am healthier than I was then! I have lost a total of 52 lbs to date, 24 on SP. My nutrition is way better, when I lost on m... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:33:13 EST I Asked...Now I Answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4001141 I posted a question about how to remedy sagging skin. Then I thought, duh, I have the internet web search! So, I typed in "Sagging skin after weight loss" and this is what I got! Pretty helpful and interesting stuff. Hopes it helps someone else too! You will have to cut and paste (haven't learned how to make links, yes, I know...still!). Hugs to everyone! <BR> <BR> Angelina <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/searc<BR>h_results_google.asp?cx=partner-pub-93<BR>18947853224619%3A52333... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:27:47 EST Is It Laziness, Lack of Motivation, Burn-Out, or Just Plain, Unknown? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3982409 Today, I have come to the knowledge that I am not doing well in some obscure recess of my mind or brain! I have eaten M & M Almonds and cornbread crackers in place of nutritious foods, OH and sodas! I do still track my delicatos and have managed to keep my slips within my daily caloric intake, but obviously I am falling somewhere, as I gained 2 lbs. Sometimes, I am not hungry and just want to nibble on crackers and a few pieces of chocolate. I was okay with it too! Denial, you say? Possibly. ... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 22:56:00 EST On To My Second Phase! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3950907 This is my previous page message. It is time to move on to the 3rd phase! Ty for reading! <BR> <BR> 12/07/10 <BR> I am on to a new phase, never thought I would be able to say this, having lost 41 lbs so far, my life has changed tremendously, just being here in SparkPeople. Reading about everyone's plights, journeys, as well as, fears, joys, hopes, and dreams, has helped me know that I am not alone, I am not the only one suffering different issues and emotions. I have come to terms with the... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 19:01:41 EST "Time" Website Lots of Info on New Health Facts and One on "Huffpo" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3928653 I ran across this "Time" health site with tons of great information on health and facts! The short video clips, are great educational material. Happy awareness! Also, found this article on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and possible parasite correlation! Hugs <BR> <BR> Angelina <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Please copy and paste to your search engine: <BR> <BR> http://healthland.time.com/2011/01/12/st<BR>udy-can-a-veggie-rich-diet-make-you-mo<BR>re-beautiful/ <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.huffington... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 21:05:28 EST I've Lost My Daddy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3908795 My father left this world on Christmas Day 2010. He was 87, true, he lived a long life and was a happy man always joking or smiling. My sadness is that I will not get to see him or talk with him again, not in this life. Good bye dad, I will miss you, may God receive you with open arms...I love you... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 02:27:06 EST OMGosh! I loved this article! Sooo True!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3885279 Attitude and perception mean so much...Hugs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry, you'll have to copy and paste to your web search, I haven't learned how to make clickable links yet: <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/well<BR>ness_articles.asp?id=835 Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:05:26 EST Don't Know Where to Start? Here is help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3881724 Whether you are just beginning and are not sure what to do or have been at it for a while but have hit a wall, this may help. <BR> <BR> I have been touting Nutrition Tracker over and over and you may be tired of reading it, BUT here is something I used at the time I was frustrated, because my scale would not budge. It has helped me become aware of how bodies work and how important it is to KNOW what your calorie intake should be, just to exist at current weight and how much you are cutting... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:09:46 EST Need a tip? How about tons? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3867992 Hi Everyone! I was so touched by Laurel220's comment that I inspired her! I responded to her with this entry. I thought I would share with others, incase someone may be needing a little tip or tons of tips. Wishing you all the healthiest year ever in 2011! HUGS <BR> <BR> Angelina <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi Lovely Laurel! Thank you for stopping by to visit and for your awesome comment! Gee, it's so nice to hear that I do that for you! <BR> <BR> The one suggestion I have is nutrition tracker as a m... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 21:40:25 EST The Year is Almost Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3864027 It is close to the end of this year, 2010 and 2011 is following on it's heels, it has also made me reflect on what changes I created, in my life. Although I have learned a lot, my stubborn self doesn't change. Perhaps it is this very same stubbornness that keeps me on track, once I decide to do something. Perhaps this same stubbornness has caused me to lose friendships and connections to family members, in 2010. However, I hold on to it because it keeps me going. I have my principles, my valu... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 02:30:31 EST Amazing Stuff to be Had on Cheat Foods!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841853 Here is a link to, low fat, low carb, gluten free, and even the Right Direction cholesterol lowering cookies, etc etc...Hope it helps someone! <BR> <BR> http://www.lindasdietdelites.com/ Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:12:06 EST Chapter One: The Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3830530 I have decided to change my page entry and save the previous entries as a blog, to see the progress of my journey... <BR> <BR> "I am slowly healing from knee surgery in Nov of 2009. I was off of my feet for almost a year, my activity level in that year was almost nonexistant. I get twinges of pain still, especially if I turn too quickly. I have increased my fiber content in all of my meals with flax seeds, lots of oatmeal and beans. I figured my diet would be a good place to start. I love to... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:28:42 EST I Feel... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3821282 The economic situation, the way it is for this country, has been so disheartening for me. Of course, I too have suffered a reduction of income that I had previously, but when I see or read how other people have lost everything, my heart just pains me. The desperation of the victims of downsizing, cut backs, lay offs and the shutting down of businesses altogether, is alarming. I say all this to really say, I feel guilty being so concerned with losing weight, while others are wondering where th... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 09:34:22 EST Information and Awareness are Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3817069 I believe, being informed and aware, is so important to keeping on track, whether it is healthwise, weightloss, or in being proactive when it comes to medication prescribed to you by a medical doctor. One would do well to always research the meds online. I have throughout my lifetime always kept abreast of what doctors want me to take and I will research it thoroughly before I decided to take it or not. I am on 3 small pills daily at the minimum, to keep my issues in check. As opposed to some... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:15:18 EST Grass is Greener on Our Side Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3693588 You know, sometimes we can go around and gripe about how bad things are or how difficult they may be, but it isn't until you cross paths with someone who has it really bad or difficult, that you begin to realize, the battle is in one's mind. Our attitude is the one thing that keeps us going, trying harder, and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.Today was one of those times for me. I realized as I am planning my breakfast that it is not so bad to be me. I have food, I have shelter, I h... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 09:38:55 EST Fluctuating Between Good and Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2621205 I try to keep upbeat and happy, but lack of energy is getting the best of me. After my surgery the doctors told me there was an abnormality with my EKG. I am hoping it is because I was dehydrated and am having thyroid problems. All I can do at this point is have faith and keep trying to lose the weight. Appreciate any feedback.Thanks Wed, 9 Dec 2009 06:52:45 EST