BELLACUDDLES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BELLACUDDLES BELLACUDDLES'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/ I'm back to my goal!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566304 I can't believe it's been over six months since I've blogged, but here, I am now!! At our weigh in last night at our final TOPS meeting (Christmas party) for 2013, I met my goal weight, and I am so happy. THat does not give me a license to eat whatever I want; I still have to watch those portions, exercise and stay focused to keep it!! <BR> <BR> I can tell you what got me out of my range in a couple of sentences: Having a little extra of something here and there, not paying attention to wha... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:00:30 EST See yourself.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382515 .......where you want to be in a month!! <BR> <BR> That's not too far away, especially if you've been struggling like I have these past 4 months! I'm not even sure how I got to be 3# heavier than my leeway goal, which is: 7# under and 3# over!! I've thought about it, and I've come to the conclusion that I "let", "chose" to let some old habits come into play and I also told myself, "1 more of whatever it was I ate surely won't hurt" and I said this all to myself...NOT OUT LOUD, which I am s... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 14:22:47 EST Enough is enough........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364797 ......Since March, I have been skating on thin ice.....not literally, but with my weight at TOPS........right on the border. In this group you can be 3# over and lose up to 7# and still remain a KOP, but I have been right on the edge for over 2 months now, and I've decided today...doing some positive self talk....it ends....I'm done. I've been thinking that just one more won't hurt me, of whatever "treat" I may want, but it is that EXTRA one that has gotten me to almost be out of being a K... Wed, 22 May 2013 16:21:40 EST Celebrating 2 years maintaining...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250357 and I'm still learning!! <BR> <BR> I am very happy to report the above, but it has not been any easy trip and still at times, I see myself slipping back into those old habits of eating whatever I want, not watching those portions, and talking and thinking negative thoughts! THAT's when I catch myself and say S T O P!!! I make a conscious effort to move more every day, to be around positive minded people......and attend my support group....TOPS on Monday nights! Its that weigh in that I a... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:56:00 EST maintaining 1 year, 9 months..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138137 ....and this is the longest I've done that, and it DOES feel great, and I have to be aware of that everyday and not take it for granted! I still do slip and get back into old habits, but I STOP myself. It is my choice! We have choices every single day to make in all areas of our lives. Why not choose to eat healthy? Now, I'm not saying I don't have "treats", M & M's a peanut butter cup, Hershey kisses, but I keep those treats in the basement, where I have time to think about it, and I me... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:00:12 EST 1 year 7 months....goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062974 Hello all.....it's been awhile since I've posted, but I have NOT left Spark. I continue on in the maintenance stage trying to get to my TOPS 7# below goal. You can be 3 over and still be a KOPS.....Keep OFF pounds sensibly, and if it weren't for TOPS and the weekly weigh-ins, journaling and keeping POSITIVE WORDS ONLY in my mind and on my lips, I think I may be heading back, and I am NOT going there again!! I continue with my exercise on a daily basis, usually 30 minutes or more; I just fe... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 10:42:12 EST My One year journey!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738061 Hello......and so happy I joined Spark and rejoined my local TOPS group!! I got rid of 14# here with Spark and rejoined my TOPS groups 9/21/10 and got to my goal on 2/14/11 and have gone up and down 2-4# during this time, which is pretty normal. NOW, let me tell you, had I gone up 3-4# earlier, I would have caved and told myself I couldn't maintain and I'm gaining it all back....BUT NO MORE!! I am sooooooo done with the negative self talk and listening to those who say the same!! They are ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:22:34 EST 10 months.....this is the longest.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627163 ...I've been at maintenance!! I'm continuing my positive mindset and also putting one foot in front of the other with my walking!! I just got back....5:45PM from a walk around my neighborhood admiring the Christmas lights! Did I really want to get out there in the wind and 45 degree temps that felt closer to 35? Not really, but I put it in my mind....this is what I am going to do!! Sometimes you just have to talk yourself in to DOING IT!! <BR> <BR> I was out part of the day with my Re... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:50:25 EST This is not weight related......warning....new hot water tank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593555 As stated above, this has nothing to do with weight, however, it is an important subject, one of which, we almost did NOT address!! <BR> <BR> Over a month ago, when I went to our unfinished section of the basement to retrieve my Halloween decorations, I noticed a tiny stream coming from our hot water tank and told my DH, and he came down and looked at it, and said there's nothing I can do about it....let's watch it, and that's what we did!! In conversations with good friends, I brought up... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 08:54:51 EST Nine months at goal.....sometimes a struggle!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587453 Yes, it is really does not get easier when you reach your goal, but the rewards are great! I have more energy, I look and feel better, I receive compliments...a lot, and I praise God that I'm not where I was 9 months ago! <BR> <BR> With the holidays coming and all the advertisements on TV, especially those food related ones, it is difficult for all of us!!! We have to keep on persevering, think, and talk positively and be around those with positive minds as well to keep us on track!! ... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:20:44 EST 8 months at goal!! I still have my vision!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535730 I can hardly believe it..........this is month eight of maintenance....and I know rejoining my local TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group has helped a lot. It's the accountability at the scale every Monday night that has helped me! I can be 3 pounds up or 7 pounds under and right now I am one pound under my goal!! This is a group of mostly gals and one guy!! We cheer each other to do our best and have great topics that we discuss. HOWEVER, when each of us gets in our car and goes hom... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:45:09 EST Seven months.......maintaining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484954 Today is my 7 month anniversary of maintaining, and this is the longest I've kept the excess pounds off!!! I am sooooooo determined this time, that it will be my last time for getting rid of the weight. It is a conscious effort to make healthy choices, exercise, and that means less exercise with the fork and sometimes the fingers!!! I'm sure you know what I mean!! <em>4</em> I have said it before and I will say it again.......to keep me in check as well........that it is about the choic... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:11:58 EST 6 months at maintenance!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4430025 Can you believe August is almost over!!??!! <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report I've maintained my weight for 6 months and am actually a pound under my goal! It's not been easy I can tell you that!! Every day.......all of us are faced with choices, not only what we are going to eat, but when or if we are going to get that exercise in? Of course, there are other choices we have to make as well.......like calling or not calling that old friend, your mom, your dad, your daughter, your son!! Choi... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 09:36:28 EST 5 months.......still maintaining!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362164 Where did June go?? <BR> <BR> I'm celebrating 5 months at my goal today! I got an award at my TOPS meeting Monday night for being in leeway too!! It was a neat charm which I added yesterday to my TOPS charm necklace!! It's been quite a journey and it has not been easy, but I continue especially well with the exercise. That is so good for all of us in so many ways. It helps with your metabolism....boosting it; helps you stay young, sleep better, burn more calories even hours after you'v... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:57:28 EST 3 month anniversary.......maintaining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4231886 WOW.....I can't believe it's been 2 months since I blogged, but I am trying to spend LESS time on the computer and doing more moving around and now with spring springing all over, I love to get out for brisk walks and look at all the flowers and flowering trees and bushes in my neighborhood!! <BR> <BR> Today is my 3 month anniversary of maintaining, and I am so glad I attend my TOPS meetings to get weighed every Monday. However, I still weigh every other day at home to keep me from going b... Sat, 14 May 2011 09:51:47 EST Maintenance, my new inversion table.......and very little back pain!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4100281 WOW....it's been over a month since I blogged, but here I am!! <BR> <BR> First of all I gained 1/4# the first week of maintenance and 1 1/2# the second and thought I was going to spiral out of control, but I DID NOT! I caught myself and gave myself a pep talk....OUT LOUD, and talk included God, who I truly lean on for support. In TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), when you are at goal you can gain up to 3# or lose up to 7#, so that is what I am working on to be below goal, but I feel sooooo... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 08:09:53 EST I am NOW a KOPS!!!! I am at my GOAL!!!! :)!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4018157 I weighed in tonight and made my goal at TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly), so now I am a KOPS (Keep off Pounds Sensibly)!! I was sooooooooo excited when I got on the scale, cuz I weighed at home before I left, and saw that I was at goal, so I knew on the TOPS scale I would be really close!! It just feels sooooooooooo good!! Everyone applauded me and some gave me hugs and were so happy for me!!! This is a great support group and it helps being accountable to that scale on a weekly basis, e... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:46:28 EST Remember.......YOU are sooooooo worth it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874780 I just want to take a couple of minutes to tell you how much all of you have meant to me during this past year of ups and downs.....and now I am finally down......in weight that is.....not in my positive attitude or "down in the dumps"! LOL!! I thank all of you for your awesome support and inspiration to me!! <BR> <BR> I am praying that all of you will have a wonderful 2011! There will be troubles, no doubt; that's life!! But it is in our attitude that we can accomplish great things....... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 16:56:52 EST fROM SPARK PAGE A DAY CALENDAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3860405 I tore this one off last night and it is a good one and hope it helps you during this holiday (Christmas) season! Here it is: <BR> <BR> Stay focused on your goals!! Yes, you CAN stick with your healthy lifestyle habits during the holidays. Take part in the fun and enjoy yourself, but remember to practice MODERATION!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark people <BR> <BR> I hope all of you have a lovely and blessed CHRISTmas!! Seek peace first! Fri, 24 Dec 2010 09:22:28 EST As a man (woman) speaketh, he (she) becomes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829373 For the past couple of months, I have told myself......out loud: "I am worth it", "I can feel better" "I am looking better" (even if I wasn't)! "I do NOT need that extra piece of............" "I am satisfied, not stuffed"!! As stated above, from the Bible.....we are what we speak, so I stopped saying.....I'm never going to get to my goal, I've done this too many times without success, I can't change! Those words are NO longer in my "speaking out loud" or even to myself!! <BR> <BR> At ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 08:51:24 EST REMOVED 9 sticks of butta!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3813972 I had a great Thanksgiving, so many great foods to choose from and I enjoyed them all in moderation and with my dd being home, got out for a couple of long walks as well, and since Friday, I have really been watching my portions, with my TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group meeting Monday nights, I really want to make that scale go in the right direction and sure enough, was down 2 1/4#!!! I was LOW (Loser of the Week) and got $3.00 for that!! I also presented the program last night and st... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:25:56 EST I AM seeing changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793655 I can't believe how long it's been since I've blogged!! A lot has happened since the end of September, mostly good, PTL!! <BR> <BR> I rejoined my local TOPS group on 9/21, and have no regrets at all!! I needed the accountability at the scale and support from this group. Yes, I do get support here at Spark and am so thankful for that, but really needed that weekly weigh in and to know I was going to say I'm up or down, and I've been REMOVING weight for 8 weeks straight, and I've gotten rid... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 08:38:53 EST I still miss you dad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3679174 Three years ago tonight, my dad peacefully took the journey to heaven, where I know he is! I think back on all the fun things we did as a family and what a great dad he was to me and a wonderful husband to my mom.....always putting the family first! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are going up to see mom on Saturday, take her out to lunch along with my sis and her dh, and we will also go to a mass especially being said in remembrance of my dad. I'm sure I will get teary-eyed, and I know my m... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 10:27:27 EST Fellowship with the 55 and over group!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641489 We had our first luncheon for the season and what a great success it was!! My social chair ordered baked and fried chicken from our local super market.....it was great! Guess which one I had....yes, a baked chicken breast, and it was wonderful along with broasted potatoes, fresh veggies, baked beans, tossed salad and did not even have a dessert, though it was tempting! I decided I was satisfied with what I had eaten, and that felt good to not "give in"!! <BR> <BR> We had a good turn out ... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 16:59:39 EST Visit at my mom's and NO M & M's!!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3596526 I was at my mom's Monday and home late yesterday afternoon. It's a 1 1/2 hour drive, so I try to stay at least overnight. She has no AC except for her window unit in her bedroom and the one upstairs,where I sleep when I come to visit....PTL, cuz it was quite warm in the house, but the floor fan and ceiling fan were on the main part of the house, so it wasn't too awfully bad, but the temps Monday and yesterday were close to 92. I was able to get her outside yesterday morning for about a... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 12:18:51 EST DD home for weekend....and bruises from fall a week ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3582730 My dd and her beau drove home last night to celebrate dh's b-day tomorrow; she made a luscious looking red velvet cake, which I will savor with each bite! I am baking calories to really enjoy it!! I have not missed one day except a week ago today, with my walking due to my fall a week ago. I still have the bruises, which are slowly starting to go away, and my back is still bothering me a little, but mostly when I get up in the AM. A brisk walk for 30 or more minutes has really helped wit... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 10:39:03 EST Getting back....from my fall Friday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3561978 Yesterday was our big Woodward Dream Cruise.....a bunch of old classic hot rods, cars cruise the 16 mile route all day Saturday. Anyway, I woke up with some stiffness and pain and prominence of bruises on my chin, elbow, upper thigh from my fall Friday, but I felt well enough to go to the big parade of cars with my DH. We sat in our chairs for almost 5 1/2 hours; I did get up and walk around a bit, just to see if I could without some pain, and I did pretty well! PTL! That was my exercise... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 09:49:32 EST I fell.......literally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3557471 My day started out really well. I called my good friend in OR on my cell, and she walked and I walked.....with over 1,000 miles between us! It was great to get out before the humidity settled in. When I got home, I got busy making zuchinni bread. A good friend gave me a large one, and I decided to make a lowfat version....replacing the oil with apple sauce and eggs with egg whites. I tried a little of a few minutes ago. It's OK....not great! I think I will put both loaves in the freeze... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 14:35:13 EST Plant these........and harvest success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3437773 It has been sooooooooooo hot here in SE MI.......but I am not letting that dictate my exercise. I either lift my weights while watching TV with the AC on or I'm in the basement on my treadmill and elliptical. There are NO excuses for mel...so hope you are not finding them too! It feels so good to get it done with in the AM.......and that is my plan. I met a good friend at the mall a couple of days ago and we walked for 40 minutes and I had a healthy lunch of salad with grilled chicken and... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 09:48:54 EST 6 months from today......January 1, 2011!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3390262 WOW.....where did June GO? I haven 't blogged since May 17!!!!!!! I guess with preparation for my big 3 day garage sale, different outings, I never got on here to bog in June!!!! Well, the garage sale was a huge success.......over made close to $500.00 and I sold a lot of little stuff, jewelery, some clothes, Christmas decors, and a couple of big items, desk, mini trampoline, enclosed glass book case! It was fun and my Spark friend, Denise helped out and she sold some of her stuff too!!!! ... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 16:37:56 EST Yesterday with mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3237618 I started my day out with a healthy breakfast........one egg white, flaxseed toast (1 slice) with a tbsp. peanut butter........then up to mom's we went. We showed her the graduation video of Mary last weekend; she would have loved to have been there, but with her difficulties, we knew she was there with us in spirit! Bill also had a video of mom and dad's 50th wedding anniversary.......way back in 1997, and hearing dad talk and seeing him teared her up, but they were good tears; she still ... Mon, 17 May 2010 08:32:31 EST What super friends YOU are!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3234328 I am beyond thankfulness for your kind words of support; they all mean SOOOO much to me! Thank you!! <BR> <BR> I must say that knowing I was going to blog about this, made me even more diligent in not "blowing" it!!!!! <BR> <BR> First of all it was a sit down dinner at this black tie event.....APACC...Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce dinner party. Their mission statement is to facilitate business relationships among Asian and US companies and to promote entrepreneurship for th... Sun, 16 May 2010 07:37:20 EST A birthday puts some "stuff" into perspective...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3232566 .....and it is a new year the way I look at it when you have a birthday, which I just did on the 13th, and I NEVER realized how many caring friends I have right here at Spark!!!! Thank you so much for your well wishes, comments, goodies!!!!!! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I probably should not have done this, but I did.......got on the scale the day after my birthday after not having weighed for over 3 weeks, and I was disappointed once again.......up 5# or 20 sticks of butta!!!! That was yeste... Sat, 15 May 2010 13:39:58 EST Last Saturday's at Mary's!!!!! and general Spark thoughts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3223249 Mary and our son, Joe got together a menu of loveliness to celebrate Mother's day for Bill's mom and me!!!!! It was wonderful and what a selection to choose from: Belgian waffles, pancakes of any kind, eggs, fruit. I picked two egg whites with lf cheese and one belgian waffle with bananas!! It was really nice and so very thoughtful, especially to watch them in the kitchen, especially our son, who really did not know too much about what he was doing, as he cooks with his George Foreman g... Wed, 12 May 2010 18:21:56 EST Let's go back to May 6, Thursday, a little about Friday too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3218744 The weather was very good for our travel to Chicago.......PTL!!!! We had to go a little out of our way to pick up DH's parents from Spokane, WA.....who arrived before us.....and then DS came in about 1 1/2 hours later. The car was overloaded, but Mary's townhouse is 1 1/2 hours away!!! So, we wanted to make it in "one fell swoop" and didn't want anyone having to take a taxi! <BR> <BR> Mary's place looked sooooooooo nice and she had a happy birthday balloon bouquet waiting for me, and we ... Tue, 11 May 2010 14:47:07 EST What a wonderful time! DD received (worked for) her MBA!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215854 We left Thursday AM.........to drive to Chicago.....going to the airport first to pick up DS and DH's parents.......they flew in from Spokane, WA......DS from Austin, TX!!!!! Then, onto Mary's townhouse!!! What a wonderful day Friday was...the day Mary graduated with her MBA...and also a 4.!!!...from Northern Illinois University!! I am hoping to get some pictures posted; we'll see! I am not really too computer literate, and DH got a new camcorder and the video is really great!!!!!! <BR... Mon, 10 May 2010 20:20:43 EST Yesterday......no Zonya class..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3196726 I forgot to mention last week that there was NO Zonya Foco class yesterday, due to Nurse's day/week...... but my sis had me over for a healthy early birthday lunch, and we even got out for 2 walks.......one was 30 minutes and the other 35 minutes!!!! I did NOT have much calf/back pain either! Maybe that's the secret......lube those old joints up by walking briskly, and that helps! <BR> <BR> Today is our Red Hat lunch and since my birthday is next week, the birthday red hatters for the mo... Wed, 5 May 2010 09:17:36 EST A GREAT Spark idea..........and the new emoticons! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3179931 This is one of my favorites so far on my page a day calendar: <BR> <BR> Track your progress. Each time you reach a goal or take a positive step, place a BIG sticker, star or checkmark on your calendar. Over time, you'll create a visual reminder of your progress towards that long-term goal!! <BR> <BR> Do you do this or do you have some other ideas? I do keep track of my exercise in a little daily calendar and I love it when I see that I've only missed 1-2 days a month, and some months NO... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 16:18:23 EST R of DIET FREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3167498 .....which stands for replace processed foods with close to the farm whole foods!! It was a good class and we (21 of us) are getting to know each other and support each other too! I do try to stay away from processed foods and eat more whole natural foods. Zonya, on the video, talked about looking at the ingredients, spotting the sodium, fat gms, sugars in the processed junk. Also she talked about continuing the exercise and get out the weights and/or exercise bands/cords. Even if you ar... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:30:09 EST Going to mom's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3147683 The last time I was at mom's was March 5, so it is time, although I did see her the Saturday before Easter when my sister had all of us over for dinner! <BR> <BR> Yesterday our 55+ fellowship at church had our last inhouse luncheon. We had a great quartet entertain us! The food was great too! Yes, I had to have one small brownie!!! There were a lot of nice salads, fruit salads too and ham and turkey wraps with NO dressing, and I did not put any on my turkey one! This group of people ar... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 08:14:02 EST F of Diet Free!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141289 F if Diet free!!!! I arrived at the hospital at least 40 minutes before class and went for a good 30 minute walk up and down the streets near the hospital! It was great......all the spring flowers are out, tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, flowering trees. It was gorgeous!!!! <BR> <BR> OK......f...is for find the fat! I am wearing my turquoise bracelet that says the same! The video we saw was about the good, bad and the ugly fats. Most of you probably know that the ugly fats are the worst... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:39:25 EST Thank you.......and our anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3127182 Thank you, first of all, to those who sent goodies, posted comments on my blog, sent well wishes!!! THANK YOU !!!!!!! <BR> <BR> We had a really nice dinner out at a really nice Italian restaurant; DH ordered lobster fettucini. I order mushroom/veal ravioli.....We each had a tossed salad; of course, my dressing was on the side, but DH likes his Italian dressing poured on, but it was a vinaigrette! Mine was a caesar dressing and I just dipped the tines in my dressing; there was soooooo muc... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 15:08:28 EST 32 years ago today......our wedding anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3121596 WOW.....hard to believe 32 years ago I was a young bride and there actually were little flakes of snow coming down at times on our special day! Where does the time go!!!!???? We got a really lovely card from our kids......together....one in Austin, TX and the other in Chicago. Joe bought it.....wrote some really nice words in it and sent it to Mary, who wrote some teary words and we received it in the envelop Joe wrote out along with gift cards to our favorite restaurants!!!! We are ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 07:35:07 EST T......of DIET FREE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3115185 This one is about TAME your sweet tooth and naturally eat as little sugar as possible!!! My bracelet I am wearing is purple....my favorite color and it says that on it (Tame your sweet tooth) This session is about being aware of how much sugar is in the food we eat!!! Every 4 gms of sugar is a tsp. Watch the sugar in those cereals, yogurts, muffins......it can be a lot!!!! Instead of adding sugar to your oatmeal, how about cinnamon, berries, chopped apple, raisins. Why not dilute that l... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:42:01 EST So many choices at the Red Hat lunch today!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3092216 I settled with a calzone...with chicken and cheese, but it was soooooo good and not real gooey! PTL!! I ended up only eating about 1/2 of it and 2 small pc. of garlic bread. I probably should have ordered a veggie to go with it, since my new plan calls for a f/v with every meal or snack, but I had fresh pineapple when I got home and my portion of celery, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower and actually rode my stationery bike for 20 minutes this AM and walked with my church/Spark/red hat f... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 16:33:32 EST The E of DIET FREE with Zonya Foco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3087339 Another great class....with around 21 of us attending.. We are on the E.....eat often....and include a fruit or vegetable each time. How many of you do that? OK, that means when you have a snack, be it crackers, a cheese stick, rice cakes....include a fruit or veggie....and that way you fill up with healthier choice.....well, not fill up.....after all, it is just a snack!!! This is a great habit I have been trying to incorporate into my lifestyle. Like any habit, it TAKES time! <BR> <... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 14:09:46 EST Got that tunnel vision going on!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3068050 Today is my 2 year anniversary with Spark......ya, why am I not at goal???????!!!!! I am NOT going to beat myself up about it. Lord only knows, I've had my ups and downs, but I am now heading in the right direction.....REMOVING this weight. I got on the scale and am down another 4 sticks of butta......2# this week, so far!!! I do NOT feel deprived either using my new DIET FREE methods with Zonya Foco, who by the way, commented on my blog yesterday! What a wonderful surprise........and th... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 08:01:41 EST The I of DIET FREE.....with Zonya Foco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3061158 This was my 2nd class this morning......down 1/2#, and I'll take it.....that's 2 sticks of butta. We are not required to weigh in, but the scale is there if we want to. The only required weighing is the 1st and last class, which is in May sometime. <BR> <BR> OK, so today we saw a video on the I of diet.....include breakfast and stop eating 2-3 hours before bedtime. The video was great. If you saw it on PBS, Zonya asked who liked donuts and a few people raised their hands, and she had on... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 13:46:14 EST Walking with a Spark friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3049407 I talked to my church/Spark friend yesterday and she told me she was helping out at our church, which is only a mile from our house, on a funeral luncheon and so this morning, I called her on her cell and asked her if she wanted to go for a walk afterwards. She said SURE!!!! It is sooooooo much more fun to walk with a friend, and so we did a 20 minute walk and I had thawed out turkey noodle soup, and she stayed for a healthy lunch too...with reduced fat Club Crackers!!!! I still have to "p... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 12:32:25 EST Drink your water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3042702 The first step in my new Zonya Foco program. Here is the link again to find out more about this program and dietician <link>www.zonyafoco.com </link> I am wearing my little blue elastic type bracelet that says drink water and think......meaning besides drinking water, think about what else you might be drinking that adds loads of calories to your day!! It is very visual wearing it and I am drinking my water....using my straw, the easiest way for me to get it in! I also dilute my wate... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:19:06 EST