BELLEFAITH42's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BELLEFAITH42 BELLEFAITH42'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/ Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231868 Sometimes I feel like a salmon swimming upstream, but the good news is that I just keep swimming. Mostly, I felt like I was starting to come out of the funk, but then seemed to get slam-dunked back again the last couple of days. <BR> <BR> 2 nights ago, DH and I were laughing hysterically in bed together, and then the next night, I have tears running down my face for practically no reason. #crazylady <BR> <BR> I believe it’s good for your kids to see that you aren’t perfect, and that you ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:43:31 EST The 20 Mile March Begins with Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222988 I have decided that I need to step back a bit. Sticking with the analogy of the 20 mile march and Amundsen's trek to the South Pole, Amundsen took YEARS to research and prepare for his journey. He tried different things, he tracked his progress and found a plan for moving forward. <BR> <BR> So my baby steps for the next while will just be to track everything I eat. I am not necessarily going to change anything yet, but I think I have made assumptions about what I eat and I need to compa... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:58:49 EST It Does Get Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218877 Its good to know that it only took a week for my outlook to improve. I feel so much for people with real depression that doesn't improve in a matter of a few days. <BR> <BR> I am faithfully taking my Vit D3, trying to get outside for a few minutes of sunshine - depsite the fact that it is -25C in Ottawa!! <BR> <BR> I feel more motivated at work and at home. <BR> <BR> Now to get on with my health improvement! The daily 20 mile march is back on! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 16:15:15 EST Struggling already...January Blues? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210212 It's only half way through January and I've already lost a lot of my drive, motivation or whatever you want to call it. <BR> <BR> I am not sure if its post-Christmas blues, or January blues, lack of sunlight, crazy weird weather - ie. lost of snow, to freezing cold, to fairly warm, back to freezing cold etc. My head doesn't cope well with these weather changes. I feel tired, my muscles ache and each day I just hop on the merry-go-round, survive and then go to bed at night. <BR> <BR> Th... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:45:28 EST My 20 Mile March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195128 My 20 Mile March Plan <BR> <BR> I attended the Global Leadership Summit and got to hear Jim Collins talk about the concept of performing the 20 Mile March. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675839684.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935862584.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Its basically a plan to achieve a reasonable amount of progress, consistently every day - something that you can accomplish on good days and bad days. If you have ever read or heard t... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:57:34 EST My Word for 2013 - JOY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185932 JOY <BR> <BR> I am taking the JOYDARE and naming 1000 Gifts in 2013. From Ann VosKamps book on 1000 gifts. <BR> <BR> My name, Gail, means Source of Joy and it has always been my desire to be a source of joy for others, but I struggle feeling joy myself. Ann's book, which I just got and haven't even read yet, is about finding joy in our everyday lives. I resolve to be thankful every day, to find joy in my every day life and to become someone who is full of so much joy that I can be a sour... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:15:08 EST Accomplished My December Fitness Minutes Goal!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177857 I just noticed that my tracker shows that I surpassed my December fitness minutes goal of 1000 minutes!! Love how the FitBit just tracks that automatically! <BR> <BR> I actually only reached 10,000 steps 3 days in December, so I am going to have to bump up those goal minutes for the month of January. <BR> <BR> Goals for January <BR> - try Buckwheat for breakfast! <BR> - get more 10,000 step days in (not easy when we have 4 ft of fresh snow out there!) <BR> - work on some easy wheat-fre... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:28:34 EST My FitBit is cheating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126331 Well, it feels that way because I am getting lots of lots of exercise minutes and miles for things like 10min walk to bus stop, walk to french class etc.! <BR> <BR> It does seem a bit unfair to get minutes for those things, whereas before I wouldn't have entered any fitness minutes unless I did at least 45 minutes or 3 miles. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, it really does motivate you to get up a move more, get off the bus one stop earlier etc. and I like seeing my Sparkpeople points and tr... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:29:39 EST Eating thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121578 I am back on track with the eating today. Unfortunately, I did have some Halloween treats - its those darn mini Snickers that got me!! <BR> <BR> But I know what I have to do, and I know that its not just sugar, but the wheat, so I am working on a plan and preparing to get off wheat altogether and just stay off it. I need to do this in a way that I am going to be happy with for the rest of my life and not feel deprived. <BR> <BR> Was listening to an interesting interview with Jon Gabrie... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 14:31:00 EST FitBit Zip is awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121272 I was really shocked that I received this so quickly after ordering it. It arrived in Canada in only 2-3 days. This thing is tiny and so cute. I wear it clipped onto my bra and do not notice it or feel it or need to worry about losing it, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1222999722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Syncing with Sparkpeople was incredibly easy and I just have to walk by the computer in my kitchen, it syncs with FitBit which sends the data to Sparkpeople! <BR> ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 09:49:10 EST What I Learned from Going Off Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113806 • Going off sugar was easier than I thought it would be <BR> <BR> • Going off sugar didn’t impact my family life at all. In fact, no-one in my family even knew or noticed until I said something after 2 weeks when offered something. <BR> <BR> • L-Glutamine powder (amino acid supplement) has SAVED my brain and gotten me out of the hypoglycemic cycle of low blood sugar crashes. I carry this stuff EVERYwhere with me. I take a tiny scoop under my tongue between lunch and dinner. I don’t cras... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:29:13 EST Headaches with shoulder pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110172 I had a crazy week last week, had some sugar - thereby breaking my streak <em>46</em> <BR> and more coffee, wheat than I had planned, but definitely anxious to get back in the groove! <BR> <BR> Not only was it a crazy schedule, it was stressful at times, and I don't physically respond well to stress (yet). On top of that, I have been struggling with headaches, shoulder, neck and back pain, constipation and minor annoyances such as a twitch in my eye that doesn't want to go away - for ove... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:35:13 EST how to go without wheat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095465 OK, so I had been gradually cutting back on my wheat but I knew when I went away for the weekend that it would be more difficult to be strict about that. I was able to eat lots of healthy food while away. <BR> <BR> I did notice then when I did have wheat, I would get this annoying cough for awhile. I also have this annoying twitch in my eye. (the twitch could be from spending the weekend with the in-laws <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So I am pretty sure that wheat is something I should be... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:43:36 EST Pumpkin Seeds and planning for a weekend away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086534 I have gotten into making my own trailmix so that I can choose unsweetened and mostlyl unsalted ingredients. I really like pumpkin seeds and have discovered they are a good snack on their own when I am craving carbs. <BR> <BR> Here is some info about pumpkin seeds <BR> <BR> <link>www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=fo<BR>odspice&dbid=82 </link> <BR> <BR> So its an excellent source of zinc and tryptophan. They do however have a fair amount of calories and fat - although the good kind of... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 11:58:19 EST 3 weeks No Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082357 Wow! I can't believe its been 3 weeks! It totally has been way easier than I thought it would be!! <BR> <BR> I also should say though, that if I hadn't put up that Days with No Sugar ticker, I would've casually given in, even though the cravings weren't that bad! Just knowing that I have Sparkfriends doing the same thing, has made a huge difference. <BR> <BR> I was really taken out with a wicked cold, fever, sore throat, cough etc last week that I thought was never going to get better,... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:32:26 EST SLOWWW DOWWNNN woman! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075564 this blog is a note to self <BR> <BR> you know you are tired today and recuperating from being sick. <BR> <BR> you know that you aren't going to use that as an excuse to eat comfort food because we are going down a different road now. Its a road to a brighter future and includes good health and lots of joy <BR> <BR> you made it to work today, with your hair curled, makeup on, some jewelry going on - no-one would ever know that you slept in and didn't have a shower this morning <BR> <BR... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 10:11:50 EST Stress will get you.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074574 Been wiped out with a cold and low-grade fever for the past couple of days. On top of that, I seem to have hurt my back, although I don't remember doing anything specific to hurt it - probably one of the violent sneezes I have been having - LOL! <BR> <BR> So my exercise goals have been put on hold for the past couple of days. Last night I went to bed at 8pm and slept until 6:30am this morning. So feeling a bit better today, but still pretty congested. <BR> <BR> I also lost my keys on T... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:00:16 EST Full Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069278 So it's time to up the ante, raise the bar, step up to the plate, go big or go home - however you want to say it. <BR> <BR> I have learned that I can live without sugar. I can live with much less processed carbs. This is how I want to live the rest of my life - not being emotionally tied to food and making good choices. Lots of good foods will be part of my regular routine, as will some form or regular exercise. <BR> <BR> For the next 8 months, it will be walking and training to walk... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:52:45 EST Living and Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068028 Its been a week of learning new things. I am still 99% sugar-free and that is going well. I have no desire to eat the crappy grocery store chocolate chip muffins that I was addicted to over the summer. My daughter picked up a chocolate chip cookie / Lava cake thing from M&M yesterday and wanted to share it with me because it was quite big. I just said No thanks. She ate about half and put the rest in the fridge. <BR> <BR> Going off white flour has been more difficult, but more due to p... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:01:04 EST HFCS is labelled as glucose-fructose in Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066409 In my diligence to seek out all forms of sugar and learn more about its devastating affects on health, I had another urgent question. And that was - What is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) labelled as in Canada. I know I search a lot of ingrediant lists, and have never seen high fructose corn syrup on any product in Canada. <BR> <BR> So I did a little more digging and discovered that in Canada, manufacturers are allowed to label HFCS as glucose-fructose. And on top of that, are allowed ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:13:59 EST Week #2 No Sugar - No Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064921 Made it through a busy weekend. Even made cupcakes and cookies and didn't need to eat any. This whole week is busy, I am starting to get a glimpse of how much better it feels to be off the sugar and so I have no doubt that what I am doing will be so worth it in the long run. <BR> <BR> Sunday I was feeling great, lots of energy, clear-headed etc. Had a great afternoon doing the thing I am passionate about - working with quizzers!! (I lead a Bible quizzing program for Youth at my church)... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:53:17 EST Know that any sacrifice will be 100% worth it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058825 Planning for Week #2 of No Sugar <BR> The DailySpark blog from Bruce Corwin today was EXCELLENT!! <BR> <BR> I saw this quote from Sparkpeople PERIWINKLE88 <BR> <BR> 'If my 196 pound self could have lived for just one day in my energetic, positive, dynamic 131 pound body, I could have seen from day 1 of this journey that any sacrifice would be 100% worth it.' <BR> <BR> This is a great message for me today as I am 199 pounds on Day 5 of my journey. And I am going to visualize living for one... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:43:38 EST Just a Quick Update for today - No Sugar Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057749 Yesterday I was thinking that today's blog would be something along the lines of - wow, this sugar detox is too easy! I haven't even had a headache yet. <BR> <BR> But as it turns out, today's blog doesn't look like that. I crashed last night, argued with DH, cried and of course have headache today. I was so tired this morning and would have given anything for a Starbucks with lots of cream and lots of SUGAR! and maybe a scone to go with it!! But I did NOT give in!! It made me realize... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:22:31 EST Confidence to Achieve Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055748 I finally bought a copy of the The Spark. I have been on Sparkpeople for a long time, so I wasn’t sure if there would be anything new in there, but definitely glad I am reading it. Last night I was reading about goal setting. I have a business degree, I have taken leadership training etc. I know all about SMART goals etc, but there were still some things that Chris Downie said that hit home for me. Unfortunately, I don’t have the book at work with me to be able to quote directly from it. ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:41:29 EST Week 1 of No Sugar underway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054179 <BR> I did a test run on Sunday, not really planning for it to be my first day of no sugar, just to see how I would fare in the presence of treats etc. (treats were served at a church event). I found it was no problem to say No. Even when my daughter handed me the rest of her OREO cookie from a youth game, I refused it and threw it in the garbage. I just didn’t want the taste of sugar in my mouth. <BR> <BR> Anyways, yesterday was the first official day of No Sugar. My battles were pure... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:25:19 EST Why I need to go Off Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l131660966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is blog that I am writing to myself really, just so I can put down and remember all the reasons why I need to go off sugar (other than weight). <BR> <BR> • Reactive hypoglycemia – my hands get shaky quite frequently, doesn’t look professional at work. Plus, I just feel lousy. I get ridiculously weak and crazy HUNGRY! <BR> <BR> • Get off the cycle of craving sugar, indulging, feeling lousy and then craving it... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:56:04 EST Plan for Cutting Out Sugar Next Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5048649 <BR> It has been a busy but good week with the kids going back to school. My oldest daughter started high school. She went from a small private Christian school out the incountry with 120 students to a high school with over 2000 students. Despite being nervous, and not having her close friends at the same school as her, she was ready and did awesome. I am so proud of her. <BR> <BR> This is her on the far left, standing with a pink tank top. (the pink t-shirt in front of the cake is m... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 14:17:02 EST But I wanted to lose weight FAR MORE than I wanted to eat a sandwich http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034828 I came across this great blog today <BR> <BR> <link>losingweightinthecity.com/2011/09/oh<BR>-yes-you-can-or-why-i-dont-believe-you<BR>r-excuses/ </link> <BR> <BR> favourite quote from this blog <BR> But I wanted to lose weight far more than I wanted to eat a sandwich <BR> <BR> It was a good reminder. I have been having what I think may be reactive hypoglycemia issues lately. Dizziness, hands shaking, weak limbs, strong sugar cravings etc. (I have not been diagnosed or anything, but ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:58:46 EST Setting Big Goals and Little Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033230 I think its important to take the journey one pound at a time, 10lbs at a time and then maybe a 6 month goal. <BR> <BR> But I think that the last year or so, I have forgotten to look ahead to the big picture, to the final goal. I had in mind that I wanted to get down to 156 first and then focus on getting down to 136. But to be honest, 156lbs doesn't sound very exciting. For my height (5'3"), I would still be considered overweight. Although I would feel significantly better and have muc... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:08:06 EST The 150 Calorie Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026525 Saw this on Joy Bauer site today and thought it was a good thing to keep in mind: <BR> <BR> Snack smarter - When it comes to choosing snacks, 150 is the magic number that you'll want to keep total calories below. To maximize staying power, choose options that contain both protein and high-quality carbohydrates, such as 6 ounces nonfat yogurt topped with berries; 15 pistachios and an apple; a small bag of soy crisps; or a cheese stick and an orange. If you get the urge to munch later in the d... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 14:34:27 EST Maintaining Weight Loss, Depression and Disinhibited Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024633 I have a lot of weight to lose, so its perhaps a bit premature to be thinking of maintenance, but I do think its important. I want to know what exactly works for people who are long-term successful at maintaining weight loss, because I think its part of the secret to losing it in a permanent way. <BR> I reference the National Weight Loss Registry often but I found this blog today. <BR> <link>wekeepitoff.com/2012/07/maintenance-<BR>predictors/ </link> <BR> <BR> ‘One of the more interest... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:39:15 EST To Tell or Not to Tell? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023427 I am REALLY determined that this is going to be permanent. I am going to be consistent for the REST of my life. I have been through the cycle and read enough diet books to do know WHAT to do and I am also very aware that the MIND has to be in the right place as well. I spent the last year really focusing on the MIND part, but still haven't been able to put it all together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406983912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In July 2011 I paid over $10... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:31:41 EST Time Wasters - my SparkCoach assignment for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016225 SparkCoach Assignment for the day - Blog about the obvious (and not-so-obvious) ways you tend to waste time, and come up with a few healthier ways you can use that time to work toward your goals. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82237753.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I noticed and saved this Spark motivational poster yesterday, because I complain about time all the time! ha ha! And I complain about people who complain they have no time! <BR> <BR> Oddly, its a delicate subject f... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:12:52 EST A quick note about Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014998 Just reviewing what I think is one of the best posts on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=the<BR>_secrets_to_losing_weight_and_keeping_<BR>it_off </link> <BR> <BR> and this one stood out for me today: <BR> 4. Keep your diet consistent. Resisting the urge to “splurge” on holidays or weekends, NWCR members eat the same foods on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Maybe because SparkCoach (Day 2) talked about the importance of consistency today <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:28:22 EST So Far So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014724 Well, its only Day 2 of Back to Basics, but that's ok. <BR> <BR> It's funny how seeing a picture of yourself is what gets a lot of people motivated. That was definitely a trigger for me this time around. I had spent the August Long weekend at the cottage with 18 of my in-laws. It was a fantastic weekend, lots and lots of sun and water and boating and nieces and nephews ranging from 4 months to 22 years old! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792192004.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:25:11 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013878 Well, it's been awhile and unfortunately - it shows <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> But, no excuses, its just time to get back to it. I have cleaned up my goals and streaks and kept it simple - Track EVERY day and exercise 10 minutes EVERY day. We will start there. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65495704.jpg"> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:24:24 EST Be Happy with Who I Am, What I Have and What I Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678360 This is what I claim getting into 2012 <BR> I will Be Happy with Who I Am, What I Have and What I Do <BR> <BR> I will not make comparisons to anyone else. <BR> I am not emotionally connected to Food. I enjoy food, but I don't medicate with food. <BR> I take care of my health - physical AND mental. <BR> I don't need to change things to make me happier, or to make things better. I am content with all I have. <BR> My husband, my family love ME. <BR> I will make jogging/walking a regular habi... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:06:27 EST The Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4422461 Phil 8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philipians 4:8-9 The Message <BR> <BR> I tried to put th... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 09:16:26 EST Back from mini-vacation part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4389840 Went to Connecticut for a wedding this weekend. (totally a fun wedding!) and then in NYC for 2 days with the kids on tour. Will have to try and post pics later, don't have them here at work. <BR> <BR> I came back from 5 days of travel, 2 full days of 8-10 hours travelling, a wedding. 2 trips to mcDonalds, one trip to KFC, one to Olive Garden and one to Red Lobster, Hershey store in Times Square, Lindt chocolate factory outlet and YET - DOWN A LB!! YAY! <BR> <BR> It just goes to show that... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:16:47 EST Do I FEEL like eating this today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4372592 Do I FEEL like eating this today? <BR> <BR> ‘Do you really think that a craving is a command that absolutely must be obeyed otherwise you’ll simply collapse in a heap and die on the spot? Well here’s the good news – it’s NOT and you WON’T! A craving is simply a thought and it will only take up as much space in your head as you will allow it to. ‘ <BR> Shirran’s Solution: The Gastric Mind Band. <BR> <BR> How many times do you stand in front of the fridge and think ‘What do I FEEL like eat... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:42:54 EST A Mammogram and a visit to the Dentist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359695 venting blog warning - sorry, just a bunch of stuff I had to get off my chest... <BR> <BR> I booked my mammogram 2 weeks ago, knowing that I was going to have to go off caffeine for it. I was supposed to do it 2 years ago, and honestly, the caffeine thing had me keep putting it off. But at my 42 Year old checkup the doc made a point of saying I had to do it. Unfortunately she had a 43 year old patiend who finally went for hers and sure enough - they found advanced stage cancer. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:57:05 EST 60 Day Challenge End of Week #1 So Far so Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350347 Wow - this has been a great week! I am so thankful to have this challenge right now. I am staying intensely focused for 60 days. I am still going strong. I feel good without the sugar and caffeine. I have been struggling between 189-192lbs for SO many months and this morning I weighed in at 188! It has been years since I have been able to break below 189. I had so much energy tonight. I came home, cooked dinner - BBQd sausages and grilled asparagus, I juiced and had a small fruit smoot... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 21:53:43 EST My new Workout Bag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4347485 I had to share this with my 'SPARKFACE' friends. (this is what my daughter referred to my Sparkpeople friends yesterday.) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This week my mom is at my house with my kids while DH and I are at work. My oldest DD is 13 and is mature enough and responsible enough to be home with the other two. (Son 11 and little DD 9) but every summer Grandma comes for a week at the beginning and they do crafts and watch movies with Grandma! (grandma camp!) <BR> <BR> So yesterday they ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 15:13:35 EST 60-Day Challenge - Day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345346 So far so good - still focused <BR> - still off the caffeine and sugar - although I popped some cookie dough in my mouth without even THINKING last night! totally a habit! I stopped and didn't want any more, because I want THIS more! <BR> - 2.5 mile walk at lunch yesterday <BR> - fruits and veggies going well <BR> - still smiling <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I just saw the Daily Challenges for our 60-day challenge team, so I have to catch up on that. I did take measurements, but not recent p... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:46:36 EST The 60 Day Challenge Begins - I am Ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342343 I am actually really pumped about this. I have taken my measurements. <BR> • I am going to stay intensely focused for 60 days. <BR> • I have a pretty new water bottle and I'm drinking lots of water. <BR> • I am taking short breaks in my day to do a 10-minute walk around the Parliament buildings. <BR> • I am off sugar and caffeine (day 2 today) in prep for a Mammogram in one week, but I will continue even after that. <BR> • I am going to make sure I am getting lots of fruits and veggies a... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:33:22 EST Learning more about Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4332726 More focus on the mental aspect of healthy living, I have been researching how motivation works the last couple of days. Found a good article from Coach Dean on Sparkpeople. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=630 </link> <BR> <BR> Here are some great highlights from that article <BR> Motivation is not something you find or lose, have or don't have. It is the product of how you see yourself in the world: active or passive, effective or ineffective, p... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:29:13 EST I am a Fake Optimist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4317821 My year of being 42 has me on a journey to becoming the person that I want to be. I know 42 is a weird age to suddenly be so introspective as its not a major milestone or anything, but it has been my favourite number for so long that I am determined to have an unforgettable year! <BR> <BR> I have always prided myself on the fact that I am an optimist. I have difficulty being around negative people, I always see the good in people and expect the best outcomes. But I also struggle with th... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:30:02 EST My Very Simple Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311055 After a deep-diving exercise evaluating my relationship with food, I had become stuck at determining a Plan of Action. But I had an Epiphany today! (they don't come often so you have to celebrate when they occur!) <BR> <BR> More Mileage + More Fruit <BR> (based on findings from the National Runners Health Study) <BR> <link>healthresearch.lbl.gov/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579244597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The key to changing how I live my life and my re... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 15:43:54 EST Evaluating My Relationship with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302449 This is a bit long, but I needed to work through the process. <BR> <BR> Things I know about how I interact with food <BR> <BR> • Hunger = Anxiety - My mind seems to equate hunger with anxiety. I feel anxious when hungry, so I feed myself to calm the anxiety. Likewise, when I feel anxious, my mind thinks I need to be fed. <BR> <BR> • Grazing & Mini-meals - I have taken the ‘grazing’ concept too far. I am not a binge-eater but my problem seems to be that I can’t or don’t want to go more t... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 10:51:58 EST Running & Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4298292 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309155593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TRYINGHARD1948 pointed me to WATERMELLEN's blog yesterday called Feet or Fork? which lead me to this website <BR> <BR> National Runners Health Study <BR> <BR> <link>healthresearch.lbl.gov/ </link> <BR> <BR> from January to April, I was up to at least 25 miles per week. My weight stayed pretty steady, but I did lose some inches. After reading all the research data, I think the point is to keep the mileage... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:45:59 EST