BECCA315's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BECCA315 BECCA315'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/ Interim weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780455 Well, what can I say: these interim weeks could have gone better, but they could have gone much worse, too. It's been stressful, and I spent a lot of time eating my feelings. (Hey, I really like that expression, which I just heard today...) But I have kept up with my Spark friends, and I have kept up with my exercise. So while I haven't gone forward, I haven't really gone backwards, either. I am looking forward to the new challenge, which starts in two days. I know myself well enough to know ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:05:45 EST Sept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771664 My small goal for the month of September is to get my eating back on track. Notice I said back on track, and didn't choose to say I will control my eating. Good intake is not something to be wrestled to the ground, like a wild animal, something to be controlled. It's like a friend that you gently want to lead back to the correct path. After all, food is my friend, right? And not my enemy. <BR> <BR> Many reasons why my food choices haven't been the best: both Ed & I are experiencing job issue... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:41:04 EST Tues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758374 Well, it's been a different sort of day here. Back to work after more than 2 weeks off for vacation. Had to do a route, which I did slowly so I didn't mess up my knee again. Waiting for Ed to get home because we're supposed to help buy the dry wall and beams we need to start working on the bathroom, after a week of it being torn apart. (Don't even get me started about having the pee in the woods behind the house!) And just found out from older son that younger son broke up with his girlfriend... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:13:03 EST 8/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753860 Everything I've learned the past year? It can all be put down to a few words: I'm stronger than I think I am. And I can almost always push myself a little bit more. <BR> <BR> I've had a tough year... my mom died, my cat died, I've gotten older, my younger son quit college, my older son got engaged, I've hurt my knee countless times, we've had endless insurance issues, and on and on. But I haven't thrown in the towel, haven't given up on SP, haven't give up on myself. One of the reasons is th... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:04:55 EST Hello... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750614 Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am a sugar addict... <BR> <BR> Went to have my nails done at my friend's house and she offered cookies and zucchini bread, one of my faves. Our roomie brought home little pies and cookies from work. There is chocolate left over from the long trip to Maine. Ice cream in the fridge... <BR> <BR> But today I was strong; today I found things to do when I started to think of sugar; today was better than yesterday. And in reality, that is all I can ask for. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:18:48 EST July 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741538 My best experiences this round can be put into 2 words: determination and friendship. <BR> <BR> First off, even with all the distractions (health issues, insurance problems, new roomies, job frustrations, etc) I was determined to stick with the program, and I did. I did not lose as much weight as I would have liked, but I didn't throw in the towel, either. <BR> <BR> Second, the support of the friends I have made in this round, and previous BLC rounds, have proved immeasurable. Without the c... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:35:59 EST 7/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734065 Day one: no sugar... <BR> <BR> Day two: good girl <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Day three: can I admit I'm only doing this so I can post a positive blog every day? <BR> <BR> Day four: ice cream but I kept it under control, and added a banana for luck... <em>468</em> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:07:39 EST Summer challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721178 My exercise challenge for the 5% team is to do a daily bootcamp or other SP exercise video, and to continue my daily walking. I am now up to 6300 steps per day. While I know that my slow form of walking isn't enough to get out of my current plateau, I feel that adding a daily SP exercise will help. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>311</em> <em>67</em> <em>362</em> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:03:09 EST 5/19/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698590 Two weird/different emotions happened to me today... <BR> <BR> One deals with a DD coupon I've had on my phone for a couple of weeks, a deal on a coolatta. I usually go for the coffee; after all, I am a Mocha Maniac. But the weather has been nice enough that I figured some fruity flavor would sit really nice. But before I drove myself over after work, I got the great idea to look up the calorie content. So I downloaded an app for Calorie King, which is a great tool that I used to use, back i... Mon, 19 May 2014 16:24:23 EST I was going to say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689493 Feeling sort of blah today, and I suspect the reason is because I'm up half a pound from last week. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it's still going in the wrong direction. And I also acknowledge that since I hurt my knee five days ago, my exercise has been limited to slow walking and upper-body ST. <BR> <BR> So I was GOING to say that despite my best efforts, my weight has gone up. But that is not honest. Just looking at my food intake for the last few days, I know I haven't put for... Wed, 7 May 2014 06:43:54 EST BLC blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688156 This is my blog for the BLC#25, about the fitness tests. I did 35 push-ups and 48 crunches in the allotted time. Not too bad for an old lady... Actually, I was surprised that I did that well, especially on the push-ups, but I guess it's true that you can build muscle even if you're still heavy with fat. I know I'm getting stronger all the time. <BR> <BR> As for the mile walk, which took me 37 minutes, slow even for me: hurt my right knee this past weekend, so I wasn't even sure I would be ab... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:25:39 EST A perfect storm of food... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628010 Yesterday was a really bad food day for me. I got caught in 3 old traps: social eating, free food, and impending snow storm, which we ALL know could leave me trapped in my home for weeks at a time with no food, much less any good food. <BR> <BR> I feel very frustrated this morning. For one thing, my weight is up ~ frustrated but not surprised about this one. For another, I feel that I should have moved past these issues a long time ago. Yes, we have a house guest for an unspecified amount of... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:58:36 EST No, thank you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605006 Ok, so I'm one week into the new challenge, and my weight is actually creeping up instead of down. So I've looked back at the last few weeks, and noticed that sugar has made a big-time comeback into my life. That is sort of disappointing after I did so well with the sugar-free challenge I set for myself a few months ago. <BR> <BR> But I've also looked back and remembered the time and place of these sugar bombs... and most of the time, they were 'extra' food circumstances. A piece of cake at... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:42:01 EST 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601512 Just finished the Good Belly Reboot challenge. Not that I have a lot wrong with my digestive system ~ just wondered if I'd learn anything new. And I did, because there were a lot of articles I was directed to along the way. But the most important thing I learned is that the ONLY time I have tummy troubles is when I eat too much... <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:55:32 EST BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598702 Ok, I finally did the goal-setting worksheets. Can't say they were a lot of fun, but they did make me think... <BR> <BR> My goal for this challenge is to lose 8 pounds. Doesn't sound like a lot, but considering how long I've been losing and regaining the same five pounds, I know it will take some work, some different ideas and inspiration. <BR> <BR> So, my goal is realistic, at a pound a week. And my reasons are that I want to live a long, healthy life. Also, less weight would mean less pai... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:19:03 EST 4 out of 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592015 Four out of seven doesn't sound like much ~ it's barely half of what I had hoped to accomplish... <BR> <BR> Started a new journal this year, and it has a space for weekly notes. So I decided to set a weekly goal for myself throughout the entire year. And last week's goal was to declutter one thing out of every room in my house for an entire week. Well, I made it four out of seven days. <BR> <BR> I can look at this as having failed for 3 days... even though I did declutter those days, it wa... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:15:02 EST 12/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572012 Today is my 2nd Spark-aversary! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up in the middle of the night, planning my day, knowing I would need to avoid all the holiday goodies that continue to surround me in all the places I go. Jumped to how I'm going to be very short on time today, due to extra duties at work and the pressing need to buy food for an upcoming party, plus necessities like bathroom stationery and cat food. So it will be tough to get a work-out in. Then I realized that I haven't had ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:46:59 EST Interim plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565383 Was on an emotional high yesterday: enough sleep, cat doing well, getting firmly into the holiday spirit. I had a lot to do, but was really feeling the good vibes. However, the day ended on a LOW note... <BR> <BR> With all the mall-walking we did, we didn't find much that caught my eye. I'm still worried about filling stockings and haven't bought the Santa gifts for my guys yet. Then I spent 45 minutes on-line with a MAJOR book retailor, ordering books that I couldn't find at their huge stor... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:50:38 EST Small lessons ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556515 This is my first season of actually watching The Biggest Loser on TV, due to various reasons. And I can admit that the only reason I started watching in the first place is because I've been involved with The SP Biggest Loser Challenge for quite a while now, and was hoping to get some insight. Now it seems that I learn a little bit of something with every show. <BR> <BR> Last night I learned that you have to give up your old life to really be able to commit to the new one you hope to have. Ji... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 06:11:40 EST BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545375 Just charted my BMI, via SP, and it said I'm at 36.4. That is considered obese. I've never really thought of myself that way... <BR> <BR> The article also said that you’re at your ideal body weight when: <BR> Your weight isn’t causing (or putting you at risk for) any health problems <BR> Your weight doesn't limit you from living the life you want <BR> You can accept your body as it is, without feeling uncomfortably self-conscious <BR> You can enjoy being in your own skin, without... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:35:59 EST I swallowed, but I will not WALLOW... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543200 I fell off the no-added-sugar wagon last night. I opened the fridge and unthinkingly took a couple of slugs of Nick's rootbeer. The can right was in front of me and even though I'm not a big rootbeer fan, it was open and I picked it up. The 2nd sip got halfway into my mouth before I realized what I was doing.. <BR> <BR> This brings up a lot of interesting issues. How many times a day do we, meaning me, but maybe some others, put food or drink into our mouths without thinking about it. How ma... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 06:37:12 EST Cookies again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539875 Cookies and browning and apple cake... oh my!! Had the monthly women's group meeting last night, and those are the treats I was tempted with. It's like a mini dessert buffet every time we get together. But I held it together, and had some cheese and crackers, and apple cider, which I know has sugar, but less than if I had some coffee. Plus I watered it down. (And I couldn't eat apple cake and pretend it was good for me because it had fruit in it, like I used to do...) ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:00:35 EST Cookies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539331 Passing up the candy corn at work today was easy ~ I don't care for it anyway and haven't eaten any in years. Passing up the homemade oatmeal raisins cookies was much tougher. They're my favorite, and I could eat them every day. One way I coped was to tell the construction guys, as I passed them out, that I was going sugar-free until turkey day. No way I would embarrass myself in front of them by going back on my word... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:08:27 EST No added sugar challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538011 Well, this one is going to be tougher than I first thought. One meal in, and I'm already having to make decisions. My SP page asked for cream of wheat, which I detest, so I sought to change it to oatmeal, which is what I usually do. Two kinds of oatmeal in the pantry, and both have 9 grams of sugar... Looked at the 2 boxes of granola bars, also a staple in this house, and they were even worse: 16 grams of added sugar! Yikes. So I had Triscuits instead. SP requested apple juice, which I don't ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:31:11 EST The Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533568 THE BIGGEST LOSER: Can't believe that Ruben was sent home last night! He is so big, and seemed to work so hard. His spirit was true, and I figured the percentages would be in his favor. But I guess it only goes to show that sometimes you can work your butt off and the scale doesn't want to budge. <BR> <BR> This has been an almost 2-year journey for me. I really thought I'd be further along than I am. Seems that I put in the effort, follow the meal plan as best I can, and I KNOW I exercise a... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:32:24 EST 11/5 curiosity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533122 Ever see those commercials for the diet pills. One especially catches my eye, saying it's been proven to help you lose up to 87% of body fat with the weight you lose. They even say they've sold over 20 million bottles!! Yahoo. But my question is: if that many bottles have been sold, why is everyone still so overweight? <BR> <BR> Asked my man-child and he said it's because you would have to take a pill every day or it will stop working. Can you imagine taking a pill every day for the rest of ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:40:47 EST 11/4 reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531961 Was offered some peanutbutter-filled pretzel nuggets at work today. Two of my favorite foods, melded together in tasty bite-size pieces. YUM! Then I remembered the boiled egg, apple and celery I had already decided on for today's snack. So I checked the ingredients of the pretzels... <BR> <BR> REALITY CHECK: while the two snacks would have been appox the same amount of calories, the fat content was more than double for the pretzels than for the healthy food. But more important, to me at leas... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:02:48 EST 11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530686 Giving myself extra or tasty treats just because I did well at workout is NOT one of my problems. But I will be thinking today about why I choose some of the foods I do. Like yesterday: pie at the bazaar, mainly because I can't bake pies and usually take the chance to get a slice when I can. Sardines because I needed a protein boost, but the mixed nuts weren't such a good idea, especially since I had two servings. Little things like that can creep on on a person. <BR> <BR> But today I have ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:40:46 EST Half empty or... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510022 Looked at my weigh stats recently. That is the little jiggy line that shows where I'm supposed to be by now, and where I really am. Hmmm... <BR> <BR> I'm about 22 months into this journey. When my first year was up, I felt I had a lot to brag about. I lost 28 pounds!! Okay, maybe not a lot compared to some people. But SP is the first eating/living plan I was able to stick with for a year, the first 'diet' plan on which I lost more than 11#. So I was pretty proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Now, a... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:31:23 EST 10/6 BLC 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505718 Bringing up a past blog, from the first challenge I was in. Even though it's from last year, and I'm somewhat lighter, weight-wise, there are still basic truths that I'm following today... <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>*** <BR> <BR> Okay, this is the 'required' blog for the first week. Not that it's really required, but as I've said before, I'm a Spark points whore and want those 150 points. And putting my feelings down in writing like this makes everything seem more... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 06:42:12 EST 10/2 ~ last blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502660 Couldn't decide on what to blog about today, but wanted to complete the challenge. Slowly my thoughts were pulled towards my daily life and activities, and how I relate to other people. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't say I'm a people pleaser. If I'm unhappy with someone, they will eventually find out, even if I don't let it be known right away. But I'm not a mean person, either. Many things have happened in the last couple of weeks to throw me off my game, all this on top of it being a rough year, rig... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 16:20:42 EST 10/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501643 Today's choice was easy: my child-like sense of wonder. At my very advanced age of 51, I sometimes feel that maybe I should grow up. But then something wonderous comes into my life: seeing deer in the woods behind my office this morning, passing by someone's home that is decorated for the holidays, having my dear hubby go to the gym with me, seeing a newborn baby (of ANY species!), or even better, holding one in my arms. Even feeling, by the end of the day, that I truly did my best as everyth... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:25:32 EST 9/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500493 With this fantastic time of year upon us, I'm extra thankful for my five senses. I love the season, the colors, the smells, the sights, especially the flavors! Yum, pumpkin and crisp aples!! Even my hearing and touching feel extra sensative with all the autumn delights to savor!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>147</em> <em>465</em> <em>20</em> <em>150</em> <em>379</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:43:29 EST 9/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499413 Okay, I've half-way thru' my goal of finding something I like about myself every day for a week, and I have to say, it's getting a bit tough. I did all the easy ones first. Now I'm on the ones that make me think, where I have to ponder why I like or dislike something. <BR> <BR> Sunday is the only day of the week I wear make-up, mainly so I won't look so tired at church. And it's the one day I spend more than 3 minutes on my hair. I like my hair, I just don't spend a lot of time on it. <BR> ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 15:55:02 EST 9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498750 Today I'd like to give a shout out to my quirky sense of humor. Sometimes it's gotten me into trouble, and more than once I've had to explain my inside jokes to those who weren't really inside. But it's kind of nice to see things differently, to have a way of lightening up a bad mood or a bad day. <BR> <BR> My mother's wit was very dry, and I inherited it from her. Both of my kids have my sarcastic sense of humor, much to Ed's dismay. But being able to laugh during the tough times has helpe... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 18:43:12 EST 9/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497496 I like my feet. Not that they are much to look at. I've always been envious of women who have beautiful hands and feet, especially those who make a fantastic living being a hand model. I have my mother's hands: age spots, little scars, large veins running across the back, nails that refuse to hold a manicure. And yes, they've been this way my entire life, even when I was young. And, lucky me, I have my father's feet: short, very wide, mismatched toes. (If they were harrier, they might look go... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 07:14:09 EST I love my laugh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496560 It may sound conceited, but I love my laugh. It's loud, it's deep, and it's almost like a burst of effervescence bubbling up out of my mouth. Oh, and did I mention that it's loud? Loud enough that people look over to see what is happening, loud enough that it used to embarrass my guys. (They don't mention it anymore; are they used to it, or did they finally realize I don't really have control over it?) <BR> <BR> It's that time again. For those who have stuck with me for a while, and know tha... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 06:26:16 EST 9/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491255 Had a rough morning, due to a rough night. (Why do the MEN think that moving trash from one room to another is cleaning? It's just moving the stuff around!) So I was moody and muddy when I went to work. But I'm fighting my way out! Becca <em>326</em> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:24:02 EST 9/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490488 Looking forward to the new challenge, new ways of pushing myself to be the best that I can be! <em>252</em> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:11:15 EST 204 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481873 I have weighed 204# every day for the last five days, which is really weird for me. Good news or bad? <BR> <BR> Bad, because it means that I haven't lost any weight in five days. But also good, because it means that my food choices have been thoughtful enough that I haven't spiked, then had to work like crazy to get it back down again. <BR> <BR> Silver lining in every cloud! <em>27</em> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:56:00 EST Pre-challenge post: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480738 My goals can be broken down into 3 parts, which is unusual for me... <BR> <BR> 1 ~ In this next challenge, I want to lose 6#, which will be enough to make me under 200 pounds. This will be the first time I weighed that little in 2 decades or so. <BR> <BR> 2 ~ My big-picture goal is to lose another 20 or so. This one is harder to define because I'm not sure what the timeline is like. I want to lose the weight by the time my older son gets married, but since he hasn't even asked her yet, who ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 15:21:38 EST 9/8 ~ sad and depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479233 Had a lousy evening ~ feeling like I do everything for the MEN in this family, and get nothing in return. We have been going thru' this vicious cycle since the beginning of the year. (It's been a rough year: surgery, partial disability, death, diabetes, etc. And we're not 'friends' like we used to be...) So I feel down in the dumps today, and am worried that I will quickly slide back into former eating habits, lack of exercise, etc. Ed is my best friend and I miss being able to talk to him ab... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 07:26:36 EST 8/26 ~ last week of the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466409 One thing I would like to change is my perfectionist attitude. While this sort of thinking can be good, such as working towards a complete black-out during the weekend challenges, it can also backfire in a big way. I still tend to see my progress as black and white, all or nothing. If I give in to my chocolate craving, or have a donut for snack instead of making a wiser choice, I can let one bad decision lead to more bad decisions. It's hard for me to just pick myself and start over in one da... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:16:07 EST 8/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465164 My goal for the 4-week interim is to not gain weight. Sounds easy, but without the daily contact and check-ups, it's very easy to slip up. But I have learned so much about myself since going these challenges, I think I have a fighting chance Sat, 24 Aug 2013 20:14:38 EST For the challenge: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464234 The one thing I learned this time around ~ BLC #22 ~ is that I don't have to eat up to my full points. Many times in the past I would run my nutrition report near the end of the day, and if I have calories left, I would eat. Sometimes it sat well in my stomach, but more often than not, it just sat. Maybe that was because my choices, done later at night, when I was tired or bored, were not good ones. Really, who needs a couple of mini candy bars just before sleeping? (Especially those of us wh... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:31:03 EST Tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413936 Tired now, and will be more tired later, or as Ed calls it, Re-tired... LOL. <BR> <BR> Unbeknownst to us, Nick drove 'down south' (won't say exactly where) to pick up a friend. This kid was kicked out of his home by his parents and has no where else to go. So my son drives to the rescue, with his trusty sidekick, AKA Felicia, in tow. <BR> <BR> Ran into problems when they discovered the toll for the George Washington Bridge is now thirteen bucks. Didn't have enough $ to finish the trip, so f... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 06:25:31 EST 15 STAPLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389793 My 'staples' shopping list is pretty basic: <BR> <BR> salad ingredients <BR> apples or oranges <BR> carrots <BR> cabbage <BR> onions <BR> egg whites <BR> reduced fat cheese <BR> 4% cottage cheese <BR> tortillas <BR> almonds <BR> cat food (OK, this is for Jack!) <BR> fresh fruit on sale (peaches, plums, etc) <BR> chicken <BR> fat-free broth <BR> tuna (in water, of course!) <BR> black beans <BR> salsa (sometimes 2 ` hot for me, mild for Ed) <BR> oatmeal <BR> frozen broccoli and corn <BR> <BR>... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:16:13 EST SMART challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383537 My goal this challenge to be end under 200 pounds. Even 199 will be acceptible. Sounds easy, doesn't it? But I have been bouncing around in the 203-212 area for so long. And I know most of it is because of my emotional eating issues. Between the interim weeks, my mother's death, money issues due to Ed's disability checks, and quite a few other changes in my life, I haven't always made the wisest choices. <BR> <BR> So using the SMART system... <BR> <BR> S > I want to end under 200 pounds, wi... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 16:18:57 EST Paying the price... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379922 Had a bad evening, after a tiring day. Ed came home with cookies. I've asked him many times not to, but he got them for himself while on the road, and didn't want to end up eating the whole package. Good thinking on his part, not on mine. <BR> <BR> I'm OK with refusing and stepping away. What I still need a LOT of work on is having one, THEN stepping away. It was almost surreal, how one cookie led to the next, which led to the next. By the time I started to feel ill, I had eaten 6!!!. (Gasp... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 06:21:08 EST Interim thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374297 As the 8-week interim comes to an end, I've been doing a bit of thinking about what I've learned, and what I still have to work on. <BR> <BR> I've learned that once I give in to temptation, I tend to let all good habits fly out the window. If I have pizza for dinner, why not top it off with ice cream? If I have lunch out with Ed, why not stop for a large coffee and donut on the way home, instead of the bottle of water I've got hanging out in the back seat of the car? And if I don't fee like ... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 06:54:03 EST