BONNIJEAN's SparkPeople Blog BONNIJEAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This is taking so long The scales have stayed in the same place for a couple of months. <BR> <BR> I'm not complaining. Hey, the numbers aren't going up! <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I am looking at what I can change up to get off this plateau and start things moving downward again. <BR> <BR> Here's what I have concluded. <BR> <BR> 1. Be more consistent with exercise. Some weeks life overwhelms me, and I don't go for walks. I have asked my husband to check with me about walking. <BR> <BR> 2. Limit the "healthy fats.... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 13:44:24 EST Weekend, not weak end I'm ending the week strong, not weak. <BR> <BR> I'm not planning a cheat meal. Why would I do that? I would be cheating only myself. <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:50:01 EST Rethinking treats I have been rethinking treats for myself and in general? <BR> <BR> Why use food as a reward? Why do classroom parties center on food? Why do moms believe they need to give sugary foods as treats? <BR> <BR> I can't undo the past, but I choose non-food treats in the future. Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:35:34 EST Big Birthday Last week I had a birthday that ended in 0. Birthdays that end in 5 or 0 seem more important and cause me to reflect on my situation and my goals for the future. I am not where I wanted to be at this age, but I am in better health than I was last year at this time. <BR> <BR> I'm celebrating better health and feeling younger! Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:01:22 EST Doing what I can Some days I can push myself on a walk and get a fairly brisk pace. Other days, I just manage to walk. Walking is beneficial either way. The more I walk, the more good walks I have. <BR> <BR> Keep on walking. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 19:16:57 EST Thinking ahead When I release 100+ pounds, people are going to want me to come and speak to this group or that group. I'm already thinking about presentation and content. I can hardly wait. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:28:47 EST Denial about Diabetes Until fall of 2017, I was in denial about the seriousness of type 2 diabetes. I knew there were complications, but it seemed as if lots of people had the same diagnosis and everyone seemed to be managing. When I watched the IThrive docuseries, I finally realized how serious type 2 diabetes actually is. Yes, many people are managing, but serious complications will affect many of those people down the road. Those serious complications affected my own family. My great-grandmother had her leg amp... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:02:58 EST I wish my doctor had been more frank. I would go to the doctor and complain of pain or feeling bad. She'd give me a prescription for pain and the suggest that losing some weight would help. I'd try to lose weight, but didn't notice a difference in the pain levels. <BR> <BR> I recently made a focused effort to cut sugar and processed foods from my eating plan. I feel so much better. <BR> <BR> I wish that instead of vague "lose weight" advice she had said "you will feel better if you give up sugar. You might lose weight, but even... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:17:27 EST 7% solution I have released 7% of my highest weight. I have been on a new way of eating (WOE) since mid-November 2017. I have never had this kind of results before. <BR> <BR> My plan is based on the Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue. I focus on adding greens and eliminating sugar, salt, and oil. I haven't gotten 100% on the salt and oil, but I have learned to drink tea and coffee with no sugar. <BR> <BR> I feel better than I have felt in decades. Sat, 10 Mar 2018 18:44:48 EST Moving page information to blog I'm redoing my page so I moved the page information to a blog entry. <BR> <BR> I am a long time member of SparkPeople, but I don't have great results so far. I'm sure that SparkPeople works, but my results have been hampered by physical challenges and low motivation. <BR> <BR> I have changed my focus. By focusing on a smaller goal I saw some success. Instead of looking at all the weight I wanted to shed, I focused on getting rid of 5%. I'm now down 6%. I reset the goal. I want to ... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:12:05 EST The Power of Suggestion For years, I bought into the suggestion that going to the grocery store when hungry meant I would spend more. So if I felt the least bit hungry, I would drive thru a nearby restaurant and buy something, often French fries. I'd justify eating fries because it would keep me from buying unhealthy foods in the store. <BR> <BR> I was wrong to listen to that suggestion. I can be a little hungry and stick to the items I need to get. I recently proved that by going to not one but two groceries store... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:25:36 EST 6% Down After years of slightly trending up, my weight is definitely heading down. Since Thanksgiving, I've put off more than 6%. <BR> <BR> What is making the difference this time? <BR> <BR> Eating more vegetables. I eat 8-10 servings a day. <BR> <BR> Almost completely cutting out sugar. I used to have the occasional treat. Ha! Every day had one or more occasions. I loaded the dishwasher. That calls for a peanut butter cup. I made a phone call that I had been putting off. Well, that deserves a bro... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:17:40 EST It's almost been 3 years since I was at this point When I first joined SparkPeople I would have been dismayed to be at my present weight. At one point I had lost over 10 pounds from my starting weight, but over the last 12 years, my weight slowly climbed to the point where I weighed 35 pounds more than when I first joined. <BR> <BR> But I am really happy now! Why? From that top weight, I have removed 5%. Yes, I still have more weight than I did when I joined. But I am finally doing the right things again rather than just reading about them. ... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 13:08:47 EST Progress report In my last blog, I decided to focus on cutting out added sugar and oils. I am astounded at how much sugar I had been consuming even on days that I stayed within my calorie goals. With the focus on eliminating sugar, I managed to reduce weight during the holidays. <BR> <BR> I did the Engine 2 Seven Day Rescue plan. I am happy with my progress. Sun, 7 Jan 2018 14:47:14 EST Thanksgiving I decided to focus on reducing sugar and oils. So far it's been going ok. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 16:22:51 EST Walking because I am worth it I don't particularly like walking when it is hot or humid or the sun is shining brightly, but I do it because I want to keep living. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:59:42 EST A walk in the park Walking is my go to exercise. My favorite walk is to the neighborhood park. I also enjoy playing Pokemon. There are two pokestops at the park. Extra incentive to move. <BR> <BR> Today my daughter went with me to the park for the first time in a couple of months. Huge victory. Her doctors have been encouraging her to exercise to help with her physical issues and her anxiety. I'm so glad that she went. I will keep inviting her to walk with me. I hope she will join me more often. Thu, 18 May 2017 19:11:43 EST 5 pounds down since Christmas When I recorded my weight and realized that I am down five pounds since the middle of December, my first response was delight! Woo hoo way to go. Then negativity flared up. Only 5 pounds, it's been three and a half months. At this rate it will take you a decade to lose all you want to lose. <BR> <BR> But I'm telling myself a couple of things. First, this is the first time my weight has trended down for 3 months straight. Second, I knew it would not be easy, but I am making it happen. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:14:48 EST Why Not? I like to walk to the park? Why do I not walk there more frequently? Well usually I intend to do it in the evening and either I forget or something supersedes that intention. <BR> <BR> I have just decided that a 20 minute walk requires an hour of commitment by the time I shower and change clothes. <BR> <BR> What am I doing with that hour when I am not making the fitness commitment? Many times I have spent that hour doing things that have little immediate impact or have no long term positiv... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:43:06 EST Get your hands on this book! The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson, MD explains why modern people and animals are all gaining weight. He gives practical suggestions for getting your body to work with you instead of against you. Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:13:16 EST Best Test Results in Two Years At my last appointment, my doctor told me that if I lost 10%, she believes I can go off diabetes medicines. I have lost 2% and I just got the best A1C rating in 2 years. <BR> <BR> What is different? Eating less sugar. Eating more natural foods. Exercise. <BR> <BR> This is a non-scale victory. The scale shows only 2%, but I'm feeling better and my blood sugar values are getting better. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:03:37 EST Temporarily saying "Bye" to Chai In a previous entry, I mentioned that I had a problem thinking of appropriate incentives. <BR> <BR> As I was simultaneously contemplating incentives and sipping my chai latte, I realized that I was using chai lattes as a reward. "Aw, poor thing. That meeting was really stressful. Have a chai latte." <BR> <BR> So I decided that I would reward each 1% lost with a chai. I already had one today, so I'm counting that as my one for reaching 2%. <BR> <BR> I will not purchase another chai latte,... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:31:26 EST Goals and Rewards - Does anyone have this problem? I have a problem with incentives. I'm not interested in most of the things suggested as rewards for losing a certain amount of weight. <BR> <BR> I am trying to declutter and to reduce spending, so I don't want a purchased item as a reward. <BR> <BR> If I genuinely need something, I don't want to hold that need hostage. "Sorry, no bathroom remodel till you lose more weight." <BR> <BR> If a friend calls me and needs to talk, I don't want to be saying, "Sorry, I can't talk to you until I los... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 22:03:33 EST I did the math I did the math and realized that I need to lose half of my body weight. <BR> <BR> Wow! That's a big challenge. Sun, 6 Nov 2016 21:17:07 EST Non-scale victory! This is the first year in a long time that I didn't open and eat my Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters before Halloween. I did eat a piece this evening and wondered how I ever liked something so cloyingly sweet. <BR> <BR> Not only did I save money by not buying candy 3 or 4 times, I saved myself lots of calories. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:15:03 EST Does SparkPeople Work? You can look at the success stories and tell that SparkPeople does indeed work. <BR> <BR> Perhaps the question should really be "Will SparkPeople work for me"? <BR> <BR> I have been a member for 10 years and am now heavier than when I started. But I still believe SparkPeople has been a positive influence. Without SparkPeople I would be even heavier than I am now. So in that sense, SparkPeople has already worked to limit my weight gain during stressful times during the last 10 years includin... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:56:43 EST Non-scale victory or not? Recently several people have asked if I have lost weight. <BR> <BR> Well, yes, but not very much. In fact, it has been several months since I have seen them and I had gained in the interim. I think I'm almost exactly where I was the last time I saw them. <BR> <BR> I have been exercising and have lost maybe 4-5 pounds from my highest weight. But my clothes aren't fitting any differently. Maybe I just look more fit. <BR> <BR> I don't know. It just seems odd for people to comment when my clo... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:42 EST Hard Lesson I'm sad that our dog died. Not just because we lost a pet, but because I lost one of my reasons for walking. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:55:40 EST Walking for fun and fitness Tuesday I participated in Walk at Work for the first time in months. Since the weather was cooler, I really enjoyed it. I need to remember to bring a water bottle and my inhaler, but I managed by walking to the inside and drinking from the water fountain. Not ideal, but I made it work. <BR> <BR> I walked back to the office from a meeting at another place on campus on Wednesday and today. <BR> <BR> I can do this! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:19:27 EST Fall for Fitness Today I brought clothes to wear for Walk At Work. <BR> <BR> It's cool enough to walk outside. <BR> <BR> My employer will let me walk for up to an hour while clocked in. <BR> <BR> Woohoo! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:16:48 EST 40th High School Reunion this weekend My husband's graduating class is gathering for their 40th reunion this weekend. I think I'll know about 6 people, but maybe I'll enjoy meeting new people even though I tend to be introverted. <BR> <BR> Tonight's activity is a dessert fellowship. Previously at similar events, I would be very tempted by the variety of desserts and would have consumed far too many calories. But I am a different person now. I have to eat gluten free, so most of those desserts would be like poison to me. When I f... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:10:42 EST Online Learning I am enjoying online learning from and <BR> <BR> I'm learning so much that I can apply to weight loss and fitness. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 14:34:42 EST Walking the dog I can't walk the dog because holding the leash aggravates my tennis elbow. However, now that the weather is a little cooler, I am accompanying my husband or daughter on the walks. I am winded long before the dog is ready to go home. I think I'm making progress though. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 21:22:39 EST Wow factor My sister-in-law had weight reduction surgery and has lost about 90 pounds. A friend's daughter has lost 85 pounds by replacing meals with shakes. <BR> <BR> I want similar results without surgery or shakes. <BR> <BR> I obviously need to change something, since my current activities aren't making a difference. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 12:27:27 EST Breaking up is hard to do I've read breakup blog entries that are humorous. I wish I could be so clever. <BR> <BR> I have decided that I don't like the way I feel when I eat peanut butter M&Ms. Maybe it's the dairy. All of my children have some degree of dairy sensitivity. Maybe it's the peanut butter. I seem to be becoming more sensitive to other nuts besides cashews (allergy). <BR> <BR> In the weight loss realm, I doubt that exiling peanut butter M&Ms will make a huge difference. However, if I don't replace that t... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:40:18 EST Thinking about food So I was thinking about my relationship with food and wondering why my brain will suggest chocolate and other carbolicious foods when I'm upset or tired. <BR> <BR> When I'm upset, why doesn't my brain say "you know, you've got cucumber and some hummus hidden in the refrigerator"? <BR> <BR> Or when I've had a tough day, why doesn't my brain tell me to "just put your feet up and indulge in a nice healthful quinoa salad"? <BR> <BR> Or "you've got this! You remember where you hid those peaches... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:38:24 EST Conflict Resolutions Concepts Applied to Relationships with Food I'm reading a book for professional development at work entitled Negotiating the Nonnegotiable. As I'm reading through the book, I find myself thinking of other applications. While the book specifically addresses relationships with other people, I can see parallels to my relationship with food. In Chapter 5, the author Daniel Shapiro explains Repetition Compulsion as "a dysfunctional pattern that you feel driven to repeat." <BR> <BR> As soon as I read this I thought about my relationship, no... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:53:54 EST I found a new place for short walks! I mentor a teen who is in foster care. Yesterday I got a call saying that she really needed to talk. I called the group home's office to get permission, and the director suggested a small river side park nearby. It was perfect. We could walk. We could sit side-by-side and watch the river (better for listening to teens because less eye contact). The sound of the water and the shade made it perfect. <BR> <BR> It's a little out of the way for me to just go there from my house, but it is perfe... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:25:56 EST 5 to 10 percent - I have a new goal! I finally asked my doctor what it would take for me to go off of my medication. She said 5-10 percent weight reduction. Hmm. Her math was a little off, and she suggested that it could take a year or two. <BR> <BR> I believe that 5 percent is possible before my next check in January and 10 percent by the following check in May. <BR> <BR> What am I doing to make that goal achievable? <BR> <BR> Walking - in fact I've walked both yesterday and today <BR> Focus on healthful foods - I've been w... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:11:41 EST Pounds vs Pokeman I don't know how long Pokeman will hold my interest, but it's motivating me to move. <BR> <BR> My daughters talked me into installing the game on my phone. I have done more walking than I planned on just to catch the critters. <BR> <BR> My husband who is sort of anti-gaming actually likes the game even though he doesn't play because I go with him when he is walking the dog. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:10:30 EST Supporting someone fighting anxiety and depression I'm parenting a teen struggling with anxiety and depression. I am doing my best to be loving and supporting, but I feel like I'm not adequate. There are so many conflicting opinions. Plus I have to consider the level of cooperation. I find myself turning to food when I should be turning to a quick walk. I'm gaining weight despite setting a new goal. Sun, 29 May 2016 15:53:11 EST New Goal Spring and Summer Goal - 16 pounds <BR> Goal Date - August 11 <BR> Exercise Strategy - more steps, more walks, strength training <BR> Food Strategy - reduce use of sugar and sweeteners, continue eating gluten-free, more organic food, less processed food Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:32:12 EST Previous Introduction Text How many new beginnings will it take to actually be successful? Well, at least one more. I'm doing the Spark Start challenge this time. <BR> <BR> I have been sidetracked by injury and arthritis. I have regained all of the weight I lost a few years ago. <BR> <BR> What's different? <BR> A new book with recipes and encouragement? <BR> A SparkTeam with people to help me? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I've had those things before, so what's different this time. <BR> <BR> Knowledge that it has worked be... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 09:11:29 EST Resetting the Goal I am inspired by people who stick with a plan and have a large weight loss. <BR> <BR> I revisited my goals, adjusted the amount to lose per week, and set a new target date. Yes, I'd love to do it faster, but I really want to do it no matter how long it takes. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:49:43 EST Summer Gratitudes 1. I'm glad my knee replacement surgery and recuperation has gone well. I enjoy being able to walk without pain. <BR> 2. I'm glad that watermelon exists and that I get to enjoy it in the summer. <BR> 3. I enjoy my job and my coworkers <BR> 4. I have a loving family. <BR> 5. I have friends. Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:15:38 EST First Walk at Work My employer has started a "Walk on Wednesday" program that allows employees to stay on the clock and walk on Wednesday afternoon for up to an hour. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my first time participating. It was very hot, very humid, and very sunny. I was able to walk 1.25 miles in about 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> I can tell that is progress. Six months ago (pre joint replacement) I would not have been able to do half of that walking because the pain was exhausting. <BR> <BR> Next week, I'm going ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 22:32:15 EST I am so glad The surgery and recovery have been a difficult process, but I am definitely happy with the results. <BR> <BR> Before the surgery, I would be exhausted walking the short distance from my car in the parking lot to my desk. Last week, I went to IKEA with my daughter. I would have taken shortcuts, but she wanted to see everything. If you have ever been to an IKEA store, you know that seeing the entire store involves a lot of walking. And I did it without the crushing exhaustion! <BR> <BR> I wou... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:47:14 EST Eight Weeks Yesterday I went to the DMV. After standing in line for a few minutes, I realized I had left the title in the car. Before surgery, I would have been so discouraged. Walking back to the car would have been a big deal. However, I went to the car, got the title, got back in line, stood for a much longer time than I could have managed before. It's something that no one else would notice, but I can totally tell the difference. Tue, 5 May 2015 19:46:56 EST Seven Weeks My physical therapist is very pleased with my progress. Today I could bend at 115° and could straighten to 3°. The goal is to reach 120+°. <BR> <BR> Like many other things in life, physical therapy is hard, but very rewarding. When I bend my knees during the exercises, sometimes it feels as if the skin covering my knee will burst open. It hasn't happened, and my range of motion is so much better. <BR> <BR> Note to self: stick with the hard things in other areas of life to see positive resul... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 13:28:56 EST Slipping Before I had knee surgery, I was at my highest weight ever. Then after the surgery, my weight was still high, probably because of all the IV fluids. But as I became more mobile, I dropped 12 pounds in 3 weeks. Dropping the weight so fast gave me a false sense of how much sugar I could consume. I've been treating myself to too many desserts. My thinking has gone like this. "I'm in pain, and I deserve this treat," "Physical Therapy took a lot out of me, I'm sure I've burned off enough calories ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:56:31 EST