BEVIEANN's SparkPeople Blog BEVIEANN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community March 2, 2017 Hi all, <BR> <BR> It has been a long winter... am looking forward to spring... looks like they are calling for more snow this month for my area. What a winter. I love the snow but am tired of it especially seeing the tulips and crocuses trying to come up in my garden. <BR> <BR> Just got back from a really relaxing trip to the oregon coast... Seaside... the weather wasn't great but we did have a few periods of sunshine and I seen the most awesome sunset in Cannon beach on saturday evening.... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 15:05:43 EST Been a while!! January 21,2017 Been awhile since I have blogged here... been a rough few weeks since our flooding here in the house... still am in limbo not knowing what is happening... they are waiting for the insurance to okay the claim... I really don't like living in upheaval and that is what it has been for almost a month now... hoping I hear from them monday so I know what is happening. <BR> <BR> I haven't hardly posted in my 5% team challenge... the last post I did earlier this week was on the negative side so dec... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:44:44 EST Sept. 16 Am on week 3 of the getting rid of sugar ... so far managed only a few days at a time... am now back to being on day 2... tonight is the dessert wedding reception... I do have a plan to pack some healthier snacks. It helps that sugar causes inflammation which I certainly don't need. When I add it to my plan I have so much more knee pain... doing this has really helped me be aware of how different drinks and foods especially sugary desserts affect my body... so I need to be smart about this.... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:26:25 EST Sept. 12/16 Had a wonderful day of fellowship and visiting with my friend in a beautiful area in washington state today... deception pass and surrounding areas... beautiful day... got burnt... how does that happen in september... It was so relaxing... needed some down time... was a really nice day... <BR> <BR> Day 6 of no added sugar didn't come to pass... I caved for a peanut butter square... it was rich and gave me a headache... so won't be doing that again any time soon... back to square one tomorrow... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:38:13 EST sept 11/16 Today was day 5 of no added sugar... and day 27 of my exercise streak... I am on a roll... feeling pretty good... was pretty lethargic this afternoon but got over that after a short nap. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow am spending the day with a friend who lost her hubby last january... it would have been their 41st anniversary... so we will travel across the border to annacortes/deception pass go out for a bite to eat and get some exercise in... should be a pretty nice day... love that area <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:58:38 EST sept 10/16 Well I made it to saturday with no added sugar and no specialty coffees... have taken to getting the flat white with cinnamon for flavour... it is good that way and I actually am enjoying coffee without the added sugar with the sweetened syrups.... got serious about this on wednesday... after a sugar fix on monday ... it gave me so much pain in my joints wasn't worth it to eat it since then... that was the ice capp, donut pie and ice cream... my daughters pies are really good. <BR> <BR> I h... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 19:51:44 EST Sept. 8/16 Choices <BR> Some people sit, some people try; Some people laugh, some people cry; Some people will, some people won't; Some people do, some people don't. Some people believe, and develop a plan; Some people doubt, never think that they can; Some people face hurdles and give it their best; Some people back down when faced with a test. <BR> <BR> Some people complain of their miserable lot; Some people are thankful for all that they've got; And when it’s all over, when it comes to an end; Som... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 17:45:40 EST Sept 7/16 Well i did it.. first day without any added sugar... was a good day... yesterday had some and my joints were so inflammed today.. was in a lot of pain... have to quit derailing myself... day one under my belt so to speak... <BR> <BR> Got out for a rainy walk despite the pain... so that was good... was another busy pie baking day here and lots of cleanup... <BR> <BR> Day 2 no sugar here I come... didn't even have a coffee today... no wonder I feel so wiped out Thu, 8 Sep 2016 01:19:50 EST sept 5/16 Had a great walk today... missed the rain... am hurting in my joints but always feel so much better when I move... <BR> <BR> Made a bunch of mini cheesecakes to try the recipe for a wedding that is coming up... good thing they are small... <BR> <BR> Had some cottage cheese this morning... will have some watermelon then hit the road... still working on removing the sugar... some days are good others not so good... have got to where I order the flat white for my starbucks coffee with cinnamo... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:08:28 EST sept 3 Another new day... so far haven't had sugar but then I haven't eaten yet... I think I will have some watermelon and cottage cheese then go out for a walk before the rains hit... it is sure getting chilly out... fall has arrived <BR> <BR> DD is at work today so no pie being made... that is a relief... need to get some greens in and start eating healthier so will make my way to the produce store to pick a few things up <BR> <BR> Hoping this will be a better day Sat, 3 Sep 2016 14:12:21 EST September 1st I started today off well with the wean off sugar... but sure messed up later in the day... today is a new day... I need to learn how to say no to it... I am a fanatic... I know I need this for my health. <BR> <BR> I ended up going for fast food which turns into sugar and had cake and ice cream... <BR> <BR> Today is a new day... I know that sugar is the main cause of the inflammation in my knee joints and aggravates it... I really need to do this for my health... plus getting off sugar I sh... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:04:11 EST Just joined the sweet tooth challenge for 4 weeks I have a very hard time avoiding sweets... I have always loved to bake for myself and others so it is very hard to change that kind of life style. <BR> <BR> This last few years I have cut back on my baking till around the holidays and either give it away or have sold it by the tray. Lately I find myself making cookies when the grandkids come over as they love to bake and especially eat the dough. <BR> <BR> today I joined this challenge to wean myself off sugar... this week my challenge w... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 02:02:30 EST Inbetween Challenge!! Well I finished the spring challenge with a bit of a loss although still over my starting weight but at least I stuck it out... <BR> <BR> Will be participating in the inbetween challenge to keep me aware of how I am doing... I am on day 57 of my walking streak... trying to at least keep that going... will work on healthier eating and hope that I can see a loss by the time the summer challenge starts. <BR> <BR> This last challenge was a hard one for me for some reason... maybe I still haven'... Sat, 21 May 2016 22:02:33 EST Good Afternoon I can't believe it is already october... The year has just flown by... started the year with many losses in our families so it has been hard but we are getting there... you eventually realize that the people you lose are always with you in your heart and in your memories. <BR> <BR> My mom is ill now and having a hard time swallowing so that is rough but she is cheerful when i do go and visit her... am so glad that she is still able to see the bright side and tell her stories <BR> <BR> So fa... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 20:41:46 EST I can do this!!! We are halfway through this 5% challenge... I am actually feeling like I can do this... down 6.2 as of today the 24th of august... 4 more weeks to go... I will do this... will be the first time ever for me to hit my 5% goal... 5% at a time is more doable than looking at the 100 pounds I need to lose. <BR> <BR> been a good week... starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel... just hope it isn't the light of the oncoming train. <BR> <BR> Off to see mom... she is 88... holding her own... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:40:06 EST Summer 5% challenge Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Looking forward to changes in my attitude, changes in my body and changes in my weight. <BR> <BR> This year has been a very challenging year for me having lost 5 people in my family in the early months. Then having my best friend of 17 years decide to go her separate way instead of trying to work out a misunderstanding... it was like another death in the family. So yes it has been challenging in that I am an emotional eater. <BR> <BR> Recent... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:21:12 EST most awesome road trip ever!! Just got home late last night from the most awesome road trip ever... my aunt lost a brother and sister in january... my brother and I decided to go and try and cheer her up. Having just lost my dad in december I thought maybe she could use some company. <BR> <BR> We stopped in radium on our way for a couple of days with some friends... we sat in the radium hot springs every day then on the way to calgary went to the banff hot springs... they were toally awesome... we then made our way to c... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:09:47 EST September 13 2014 My oh my where did the summer go... I was so busy with my 2 grandsons 3 days a week from the middle of june tiill almost the end of august. I am so ready to get back in control and get this weight going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> I have been under so much stress the last year and unfortunately it affects me in the fact that I gain weight and don't lose. So am working on getting the stress levels back to normal and eating healthier. <BR> <BR> I am trying to cut my sugar and flour bu... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 03:54:17 EST Day 5 of exercise streak!!!! So far so good. Hard to get the exercise in with my 7 year old grandson here took him to white rock and walked 45 min the last 2 days. Tiring. But little by little <BR> <BR> Today I see the chiro. Sure hoping he can get my bones back in line. Next week am at our church camp helping in the kitchen <BR> <BR> It has been a very busy summer with having my grandsons 3 days a week but I sure enjoy them <BR> <BR> Need to get to bed here. Sure won't be getting enough sleep tonight it is after 1 a... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:05:15 EST (no title) I did 30 minute walk today... i think it is good for my back to keep moving... so on to day 3 tomorrow... it is down in the 60s today so a nice cool day... now to find something to eat... have only had some tea today... not good... <BR> <BR> Finding it hard to cut the processed foods but am working on it.. <BR> <BR> have a great day Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:21:46 EST Day 2 of exercise: Yesterday I started a 10 Min. + exercise streak... I only did 15 minutes but figure that is better than nothing. Today it is only in the 60's so will try for a walk and see how that goes... <BR> <BR> Put my back out tuesday of last week so am dealing with a lot of pain when i sit to long and will see how it reacts to walking longer than 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> My scale crashed on me so this week had to weigh on a new scale and that is always different plus had a pretty bad eating week this w... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:19:16 EST Week 3 of 5% challenge Was down 2.2 pounds on my week 2 weigh in... now to begin week 3... it will be a challenge trying to eat 3 meals a day... I used to eat 5-6 mini meals but somehow got away from that... so back to eating 3 a day... my problem is getting up to late and going to bed to late.. harder to fit in 3 meals. <BR> <BR> I managed to do 5 days of exercise this week despite my knee and hip pain... just walking then yesterday did a bike ride.. ohhh that felt good... haven't been on my bike since last year.... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:30:17 EST Beautiful sunny summer day!! Met my daughter in white rock today for a walk along the waterfront... it was a beautiful day for it.. so needed this to get my mind of family problems... did 90 minutes. <BR> <BR> We then went to the boat house for lunch... had a bc wild salmon burger with a salad on the side. drank lots of water. <BR> <BR> Now it is after 6 .. will make a green smoothie to top out the day... it has been a good day here in beautiful Bc... no matter what we go through there is always a way out. I just hav... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:16:42 EST A new year to a new me! Well another year... here we are again after a few months of being absent. I have been dealing with a lot of challenges in the last few months but i am back. Been under so much stress that i have gained about 14 pounds in the last 2 months. But i have to tell myself it is what it is and there is nothing i can do about it... It is all in God's most capable hands. <BR> <BR> So I am back and trying again... Never ever give up is my mantra for the new year... for it is when I give up that is w... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:25:38 EST Aug. 1st Had a wonderful time away with the grandkids... a little to much driving... but we were able to be on the oregon coast for 2 days then over to winston oregon to take them to the wildlife safari park... now that was awesome... then we went to crater lake yesterday ... was really to bad there was a fire in the area as the smoke haze was bad over the lake but what a beautiful area. <BR> <BR> The kids had a great time... we were just looking through our pictures and afterwards... they both said ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:06:12 EST June 3/13 Well, I am into this spring challenge and still pretty motivated... although I fell off the wagon and under it the last couple of days i did eat healthier for supper... It has helped that my chiro is wanting me to cut sugar and flour from my eating but he has also wanted me not eating fruit cuz of the sugar content... Been on this for about a month now... have lost a few pounds and I am feeling better... I know that sugar is the big culprit for feeling bloated as not having it for a few week... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 00:43:58 EST Home again... april 27th We had such an awesome time in hawaii... walked miles every day while I was away... wasn't to concerned about my eating... we had a nice basement suite in a home in maui so hit cosco on our way from the airport. Ate mostly chicken and some sausage with salad.. we ate out 4 times and just had burgers and fries... <BR> <BR> We did the pearl harbour, circle tour of the island... the polynesian cultural center... both awesome tours... really amazing as a matter of fact... the circle tour we st... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:27:33 EST Hawaii here I come!! Well I am leaving tomorrow for honolulu for 3 days then will fly to maui for 6 more nights there... will celebrate my 60th birthday in maui. <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to go on a trip like what better time when I am hitting such a milestone of a birthday. <BR> <BR> I probably wont' be online while I am away as i am not taking my laptop with me... we will just have a mini ipad and no internet connection unless we are in a coffee shop. <BR> <BR> Thankyou for all the birthday w... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:14:12 EST I am not an on again off again bear! I see that today I was put in the spotlight... just to let you all know that I took a break last fall for personal reasons... I also gained quite a bit of weight during this time.... I was struggling with a lot of physical pain due to arthiritus... I had to quit my gym membership as I couldnt' use the machines... my mistake was to just take a holiday from exercise all together.. <BR> <BR> I had been with the teddy bear on these challenges for many of them... I would lost about half of my 5%... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 02:30:21 EST Happy St Patrick's Day I had a good weigh in this week... Got below my wieght loss I had last fall then came christmas and a vacation... so here I am... happy with my almost 5 pound weight loss in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I am on day 48 of my walking streak but will be doing walking tapes for the next 3 days as I am having a procedure done this week so the prep for it is not to fun... but we will get through it.. thankful that I have the walking tapes so I can keep at it <BR> <BR> my 9 year old grandson is so awesome.... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:59:14 EST Last day for weekly blogging I haven't done to well with the blogging... I comitted to cutting my whites... I have cut them down but not quite out. <BR> <BR> I am also probably up this week as well but not discouraged... tomorrow starts another week. I can and will do this... <BR> <BR> I hit 21 pounds from my top weight last week and am determined to hit a 25 pound icon in the next few weeks.. then 30 then 40.. then 50... and pretty soon well maybe not that soon I will hit my 100 pound goal .. when that happens I wil... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 17:49:52 EST What can I improve upon I think I must have picked the hardest thing for me to actually make a good habit as I have been having such a struggle with it. <BR> <BR> I Know that one thing that would help is to not bring the stuff into the house for a start and to just take more time with meal planning... that is a real downfall for me.. tend to grab whatever is available as I usually wait to long to eat. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to successful with this habit of cutting whites but I am not eating as many of them as I ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:22:48 EST Day 4 of Week 2 Well so far haven't been to successful with cutting back on my whites.. was out all day yesterday.. met a friend at tim hortons for coffee... in the morning... a friend in everett WA for lunch and then stopped by another friend's place on the way home and had nachos... so yummy but so bad for me... <BR> <BR> It was a great day for getting together with friends.. one of whom I hadn't seen in almost 10 years but not a great day for my eating... <BR> <BR> Today will be a better day... will be... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:23:49 EST 3/3/13 How will I change my sugar habit I really didn't know what I would say to this question.. there is sugar in almost everything you eat... <BR> <BR> But what I can do is not eat added sugar... this is a hard one. I feel so much better not eating it. <BR> <BR> my plan for cutting it out is to cut up veggies and carry a bag of them with me in the car. That ought to help... haven't been to great so far... I have waited to long to eat and you just grab what you can. <BR> <BR> But I think if I can get more freggies down the ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 01:07:28 EST Day one of changing one habit this week!! I went to a nutrition seminar today... didn't learn to much except they were trying to sell their product which I can't afford. But it was a day out... <BR> <BR> I got home just in time for the rain to stop and the sun to come out so got a 45 walk in... I will be working on cutting out my sugar this week and trying to eat more fruits and veggies . I know I really lacked in those 2 areas this last week. <BR> <BR> I am pleased with my 3 pound weight loss. I just hope it keeps going i... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:37:23 EST tuesday february 26th Well 3 days into this challenge. It is going okay but having trouble cutting my whites. I know they are my downfall... When I eat the bread and sugar it just makes me crave more. <BR> <BR> I am finding when I am out I don't do to well with my food choices. I wait to long to eat and then eat junk so at least I am finding out things about myself that I can try to change <BR> <BR> I am on day 29 of my walking streak. I will have to cut back as it is affecting my hip, and ankles and knees. ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:02:40 EST Back again to participate in the 5% challenge I have not been on here since last fall... obviously not having done well. Gained more weight so here I am trying again. <BR> <BR> I will do this. I need to do it... looking forward to starting this 5% challenge.. hoping that it will help to motivate me to do something for me. <BR> <BR> I am on day 26 of a walking streak. I do from 30-60 minutes a day... depends on how my body is cooperating with me. <BR> <BR> So here goes... am on the plane going to russia. lets get there fast... will... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:53:52 EST Weigh in on tuesday the 16th First weigh in after my start up again. Was down 6.4 pounds... I guess I can do this... so far so good... really helps to have a good friend doing this with me and checking up on me <BR> <BR> Hopefully I won't lose my motivation... want to go to hawaii to celebrate my 60th birthday in april of next year so have a nice goal to work towards... even if I don't get to do that will be wonderful to be down in weight by that time... is only 6 months away.... <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your commen... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 04:07:57 EST Starting again... first week! Well after a few months away I am back .. a few pounds heavier but the main thing here is that I am back.. This time I have a buddy I am working with and that seems to be helping... we both are shooting for 50 pounds going 5% at a time from our top weight. <BR> <BR> This is day 5 of the first week. Been using the trial version of sparkcoach... I find that motivating to start with at the beginning of my day. <BR> <BR> I really need to work on getting more sleep. I tend to get to bed in the... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:27:10 EST Spring Challenge 2012 Well here we are again at the start of another challenge... well actually we are almost 2 weighins into it. I did great last week. Probably because I wasn't home... was house and dog sitting at my son and dil's... so I went to curves 4 times that week and walked the dogs for almost an hour ever day for 5 days out of the 7 I was there. I was hurting in my knee joints and legs when I got home on saturday so took about 3 days off. Got back to the gym on tuesday and have gone 3 days so far th... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:45:29 EST Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to all... hope you had a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> My day here was such a gong show... rofl... have had my grandsons all week... went through 2 days of them puking and being sick... had an awful head cold myself.. then had my husbands sister and brother in law for the weekend... had company last night that canceelled out so had tons of food made and only 5 of us here... lol... then today christmas day.. I got up to get the turkey in the oven by 9:30 so we could eat by 4... got... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 02:00:42 EST What a week!! Well I ended up getting a bad cold on monday... so have been sick all week... I dragged myself into vancouver with my grandsons to spend the day with my daughter and visit with my sister yesterday... We took them to see the lights at vadusen gardens... it was well worth the price but just to many people.. it was really crowded... <BR> <BR> We got home around 8 or so... the kids went to bed... the oldes one woke me up jsut before 3 am telling me he had puked on the bathroom floor... so it ju... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 01:52:14 EST week 3 day 1 Another busy day here... but did better with my food choices... will get about half the poppycock out of the house tomorrow when I go out to my grandson's birthday. Made HIs cake as well and sewed about half my skirt together... is a snug fit but that is better than to big... it will fit better as the winter weeks go on as I am going to be going to curves 3 times a week to start. <BR> <BR> Anyway... am tired... so will sign off here for now. AT least this week I don't have nothing big happ... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 23:20:18 EST Week 2 not so good! Well it has been a busy busy week here... cooking 2 huge dinners... lots of visiting and to much eating and not enough exercise... I was on a roll for 4 weeks with my walking tapes... <BR> <BR> I am pretty discouraged tonight... was up this morning... although I think it is a sodium gain so not going to stress over it. I don't have any more gatherings till christmas day where I have to cook another big meal. <BR> <BR> So this week starting today since it is 2:24 am I am cutting out my su... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 05:29:56 EST Not so good news! Day 3 of week one of our challenge, <BR> <BR> I went to the chiropracter today only to find out that somehow Ihave put my shoulder out... was getting tingling and soreness andnumbness in my left arm.. and sure enough it is my shoulder... <BR> <BR> I got my neck adjusted and my knees again... so needless to say no weights or stretchie bands for me for awhile... he said a week but when I tried to do alateral raise without the weights I couldn'teven do that so guess we shall see... <BR> <BR... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 22:19:16 EST 12/5/11 Well day 2 down... and a pretty good exercise as sunday is a very busy day for me. But I kept within my points for the day and ate pretty good. <BR> <BR> It is late here. But wanted to let you all know that I am still going strong... lets hope this keeps on going. <BR> <BR> Took my measurements yesterday so this will be like starting over and hoping to see some improvement by the end of this challange . So far so good...Tuesday my neice is coming over to help me with some baking... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 03:31:30 EST 12/3/11 Hello all, <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the winter challenge... I am always motivated the first week or so... am hoping that the motivation will continue thoughout the challenge this time around. <BR> <BR> This week I must stay within my points and exercise. That shouldn't be to hard. will concentrate on eating more fruits and veggies as well... A week from today is our annual christmas family get together... I am basically in charge of the food and setting up... as usual So next ... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 17:54:33 EST Last day of the 5% fall challenge I know I am finishing up this challenge weighing more than I did at the start. But at least I am still here finishing and signed up for the next one. I will do this. <BR> <BR> I am on day 4 of watp dvd... so far so good. I can feel it in my knees some so I am not able to do large movements but I am moving again and I am proud of myself for that. It took some doing to get out of my funk and get to feeling like my normal self. I thank you all for all your encouragement through this chal... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 13:06:51 EST exercise! Well I finally did it... I pulled out a walking dvd and actually finished the 2 mile walk tonight. Feels so much better to be doing something. Was surprised I could finish it as it has been quite some time since I tried to do one... <BR> <BR> Rain is expected here tomorrow and snow by the weekend... so is a good time to do my walking tapes again. Doesn't take long... jsut have to set aside the time to take care of myself rather than always taking care of everyone else. <BR> <BR> I sign... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 01:26:13 EST Fall 5% Challenge Did not do well at all this challange... I have more challenging things to work out and get through these last weeks... couldn't concentrate on my weight loss efforts with all that was going on here. It has been a real struggle. <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I will continue with the winter challenge. I wasn't able to participate much in the last one as I was on a emotional roller coaster for almost the full 8 weeks of the last challenge. Now becuz I wasn't participating in the exercise and l... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 03:37:40 EST