BROCCOLIROSE's SparkPeople Blog BROCCOLIROSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back In The Saddle! Had a long hot Summer, most likely just like everyone else! I did not track much of anything all Summer long and have to say that I did great! I even lost another few pounds. So, I'm feeling pretty confident that I have a good hold on how to keep the weight off. But, now that Summer is wrapping up I'm hopping back in the saddle to get to my goal weight! It was great knowing I could "maintain" the loss, now I have to knuckle down and get to that goal! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a nice S... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 21:25:23 EST Lesson Learned !! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What does 96 degrees, bright sunshine, high humidity and not drinking enough water do? It makes you dehydrated, beyond hot, sweat an incredible amount and pass out..... And I learned this the hard way today. <BR> <BR> Now, I know better than to go outdoors in this heat without my trusty water bottle in hand. In fact, there really isn't any excuse because I have 2 in the fridge at all times, one with plain wate... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:02:13 EST One Little Word.... <img src=""> <BR> OBESE......what does that one little word do to you? To me it meant many things, here are a few: <BR> <BR> *Higher health insurance rates <BR> *Size 22 clothes <BR> *To much money spent on junk food <BR> *No energy <BR> *Not being able to catch my breath walking upstairs <BR> *Not being able to catch my breath doing ANYTHING <BR> *Fitful sleeps <BR> *Constant increases in Asthma medications <BR> *Not being able to see ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:22:12 EST Company's gone....I'm SO proud of myself! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm not usually one to go around tooting my own horn but I really have been through an "ah ha" moment and just wanted to share.... <BR> <BR> We've had company for 12 days, that happens quite often in the Summertime when you live on a lake! Seems everyone taking vacation wants to take it at YOUR house! We love "sharing" our lake with family and friends. This Summer, however, I was a bit shaky about having people ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 11:50:59 EST A Trip Down Memory Lane.... <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes letting go is harder than it seems......sometimes a "thing" can evoke memories that are hard to deal with. This trip down "memory lane" happened to me while cleaning out my dresser and 2 closets and the trip was a tough one. <BR> <BR> I started this little trip to better health at a size 20-22, depending on what it was. Since the beginning I've lost 40 pounds and am currently in a size 14. I had no idea tha... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:25:43 EST YoNanas Frozen Treat Maker....My Review.... <img src=""> <BR> Who would of thought that an appliance could make someone SO happy! My darling hubby bought this for me as a surprise. I have to admit he is my biggest fan and best supporter through this journey I've been on to get healthy. Really, I wouldn't be where I am right now without his cheerleading, especially on those weeks when the scale didn't move. <BR> <BR> I love ice cream....I mean I REALLY love it. That's part of t... Sat, 26 May 2012 09:08:23 EST Everyone Has That One Little Thing..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you have that "one little thing" that you find hard to ignore? Mine is potatoes. I can walk away from anything..... but potatoes????? They are my nemesis. Baked, boiled, steamed, fried, tots, stuffed, twice baked, or doesn't matter how they're cooked I love them. I thought it might be the carbs at first but I had no trouble limiting my intake of brown rice, pasta, bread etc. In fact, I hardly... Thu, 17 May 2012 20:58:53 EST My "Mountain" Is Now A "Molehill"...... I was taking a break yesterday from my yard work....sitting on the patio with a bottle of water gazing out over all I have gotten done this week. I started thinking about how nice the yard was coming and looking forward to when the garden was producing it's bounty and the flowers in the pots had all filled out. While I was on this "mental journey" I started thinking about last Summer. Did I have a garden? No......did I plant flowers? Yes but not nearly as many as I did this year. How ab... Sat, 5 May 2012 09:41:42 EST Meltdown in the Produce Section..... It wasn't pretty.....and I'm sure people around me didn't "get it" was a meltdown pure and simple. Why? Because the produce was HORRIBLE that's why! My poor DH was, to say the least, dumbfounded by my's how it went down.... <BR> <BR> I made my list at home, I had planned my weekly menu out ahead of time because I had the extra time today to do it. I had planned some creative and yummy meals that I could use my new steamer to make. Anything I can make in 1 pot... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:59:37 EST New Team! I just joined a brand new Team and thought I'd pass the information on to those that might also be interested! "Putting Foods Up" <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=56424 </link> is a Team that is dedicated to canning, freezing, drying and dehydrating their own, freshly grown, fruits and veggies! <BR> <BR> Do you garden but are overwhelmed in the Fall when everything seems to get ripe at the same time? Have you always wanted to learn how to can or freeze ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:19:25 EST First Week Home.... .....and have I been busy! Being gone from here for over 5 months is always hard on me. I love it here, this is where I feel "alive", active, happy.....oh, I "adjust" when I'm in Tucson from November-April and I love being there with my grandchildren. But, this is "home" to me! There is just something that makes me smile each morning when I get up. <BR> <BR> Seeing the sun rise over the trees and shining on the lake, creating a blanket of diamonds sparkling from one side to the other. T... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:32:13 EST Holiday Eating Success! Holiday's have been tough for me....all my "favorite" foods sitting there staring at me from the center of the dining room table. They mock me....they call to me....they waft their delicious aromas past my nose....SNAP OUT OF IT! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Easter Dinner was no different than this past Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners....temptations all around and having to not fall back into the traps of my past. What do we do when faced with this? We fall back on our knowledge from Spark, w... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 11:28:08 EST Another Week....Another Plateau! I've come to the conclusion that if I feel I have had a "great" week that it doesn't really matter at the scale! Weighed in yesterday and thought "wow, I really rocked it this week I should see about a 2 pound loss".....then the scale says "really, now what ever gave you THAT idea"! So, "another week, another plateau"! <BR> <BR> I remember back last Fall when I started here....watching those pounds drop off felt SO good. I was rolling along and then about mid-January someone slammed the d... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 12:37:54 EST Dealing With Meals Away From Home.... This past weekend was a first for me, eating a meal out at someone's home and not taking something I made myself. It actually made the palms of my hands sweat! I have been SO focused on what I cook at home that it really didn't cross my mind that I would be presented with the challenge of eating somewhere that I had NO control over the foods served! <BR> <BR> I have always taken a few dishes when we're asked to someone's house just so I knew I had some "safe" things to eat. This time howe... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 10:58:13 EST Spring Has Sprung! ......and I am SO happy it's here! Since losing some weight and bumping up my activity level I have so much more energy this year. I am really looking forward to getting outdoors and working in my yard. I have a complete vegetable garden planned and am anxious to get things in the ground and watch them come up! <BR> <BR> I am going to compost and garden organically. I found a company that sells plants and seeds that are Not "GMO" (genetically modified) and have been doing lots of readi... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 18:40:19 EST Confessions Of A Carb "Freak"...... It seems I'm doing pretty well with my eating and staying well within my calorie range. I'm great getting in plenty of servings of fruits and veggies and have stopped eating red meat completely. In fact, I eat very little meat other than poultry (fish once in a while but it's not my favorite food). Then there are those pesky CARBS. There is just something about crackers, bread, potatoes, pasta, muffins, cake still my heart. I am just having the hardest time with CARBS! <BR>... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 15:20:14 EST First 5K.....Kinda... My daughter in law's brother has Lupus. There is a "fun run" 5K put on by the Lupus foundation tomorrow and I entered. What was I thinking.....I keep telling myself it's for charity and no one is going to "grade" me on my performance (good thing). I'm NOT a "runner", I'm more of a walker/power walker with an "occasional" jog here and there! LOL I have always said I would LOVE to run, especially long distances...but that will never happen with my bad knee....and I've accepted that. <BR> ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:54:32 EST Cleaning Out The Closet... <em>9</em> <BR> Well, this will be "clean out" number 2 for me. I pulled 2 pair of "crop pants" (you know the ones that are soft like sweat pants)....and 4 more shirts today that no longer fit me. In fact, I had worn one of them this morning and DH said "you look terrible in that"...I burst out in tears! I've worked SO stinking hard to lose this weight and now your telling me I look "terrible"? It wasn't pretty.....poor man.... <BR> <BR> He gave me a huge hug and said "no honey, I don'... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:28:32 EST Homemade Yogurt...Easy Peazy! I eat a ton of yogurt...always loved the stuff but when I came to SparkPeople I needed to go to the "healthier" version of fat free and very low in calories to stay within my calorie range for the day. My poor Hubby kept saying "we should just buy this stuff by the case you eat so much of it". Yeah, I do but it's my 1 not so "guilty" pleasure now and I really didn't want to cut back. So I started doing some reading and discovered how easy it was to make my own! Plain, it comes out to abou... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:45:28 EST Health Update..... Not that you've been waiting but thought I'd toss up an update on my physical health since having the little issue with my thyroid meds/heart problems. I'm doing great! I feel better now than I have in is amazing how much your thyroid gland plays a part in your overall health, physical AND mental! My last EKG was great, not one single blip where it didn't belong, my strength is back, my endurance is improving daily and I feel like a million bucks! <BR> <BR> I got the ok to g... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:35:06 EST Two Steps Forward....3 Steps Back... <em>39</em> <BR> Well, saw the Doctor today and he really read me the riot act regarding my health and expectations. I guess you could say it was a "reality" check. I have been having increasingly odd symptoms over the last 4-5 weeks...I just thought it was my body going through all these changes due to the increase in activity and change in diet. In a way it was....but not for the better. <BR> <BR> I have hypothyroidism and have had it for about 11 years now. My TSH levels go up and d... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:17:14 EST The Frustration Of A Plateau... ** SIGH ** <BR> <BR> Weigh in day. I've come to loath it...especially when I see NO movement on the scale. Even though I know the "why" of a plateau I still get a lump in my throat and my eyes well up when I see the exact same weight I did LAST week. It hurts, it really does.... <BR> <BR> I start second guessing my week, did I exercise enough, did I eat right, did I get all my water in, did I......did I......did I...... Maybe I should not of "splurged" on that ONE small piece of Dark Ch... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 11:56:36 EST 3 Little Rubber Bands.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Resistance Bands....seem pretty innocent don't they? Well, let me tell you a little story about 3 little rubber bands.... <BR> <BR> I'm one of those "all or nothing" kinda gals. I guess I never learned "moderation" in anything in my life. That included eating, obviously, but it also plays a big part in the way I approach things. Now, I've been down this diet/exercise road before, in fact I don't even need the ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:57:13 EST Lurking In My Closet.... Well, I've been toying with the idea of cleaning out my closet for the last few days. I've been on "diets" before you see and I have a range of sizes from 8 (like THAT will ever happen again) all the way up to a size 22. I have been doing well on SP and have gotten down to a "loose" size 18 after losing 22 pounds so far. So what's lurking in the closet? An excuse to fail that's what. <BR> <BR> Why, after losing weight would I want to hang on to clothing that is 4 sizes to big for me now?... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:18:44 EST Giving It All You've Got! Exercise, one of those necessary things that many of us really don't like to do......If I could lose a pound for every blog I've read that started out with "but I hate to exercise"....well, there would be no need for me to be here! <BR> <BR> I could of started this blog out with that same statement "but I hate to exercise".....and then go on to add "and I hate to sweat". But, I didn't and the reason why I didn't is because I have learned to LIKE exercise.....and if I am exercising and NOT s... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:56:13 EST Didn't Lose Anything? Read This....!!! You've been counting calories, weighing your foods, tracking every bite and every step you got on the scale on weigh-in day and what do you see????? NOTHING, NADA, ZIP, ZERO, NO LOSS! What do you do? Cry, kick the scale, pound your fist on the bathroom wall, throw your hands in the air.....GIVE UP? No, stop, take a deep breath and let it out slowly.....and take a few minutes to "take stock" of the NSV's (non scale victories) you have been noticing lately. Here is MY list: <... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:08:50 EST Reaching Out To Someone.... Yesterday I was absolutely devastated, hated myself, felt hopeless and just wanted to chuck it all in and give up. I went with my "plan" and consumed EXACTLY 499 calories for the entire day while I exercised 105 minutes straight...step aerobics. How did I feel by the time I went to bed? Hungry, sore, sad, mad, upset and totally, totally hopeless. Today is a much different story.... <BR> <BR> Last night I spent about an hour reading about people that had limited their diets to 500 calorie... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 11:58:29 EST If It Wasn't So Funny It Would Be Sad.... Well, armed with some Christmas money and a 20% off coupon had me sprinting to Kohl's to purchase an "exercise" outfit. I'm done with the baggy sweat pants and oversized T-shirts. I wanted something with fabric that wicked away the sweat, was a pretty color and felt good on. I got to Kohl's and headed over to the Plus size dept.....I'm getting to those smaller sizes but am not quite there yet...NOTHING. They didn't have 1 single item of activewear there. I was surprised. So, headed back... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 12:24:10 EST Running? I have always wanted to "run". I envy those I see along the roadways running, looking so free and strong. I actually tried using the C25K program at the beginning of 2010. I was doing ok with it, although with my weight I just didn't have the stamina to get past week 2. I also hadn't bought a good pair of running shoes, I was just using my old tennis shoes and that too may of been an issue. <BR> <BR> It was hard, REALLY hard for me but I tried. About 3 weeks into it I blew out my knee a... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 11:10:03 EST 5- Weeks In.....Looking in the Mirror.... <img src=""> <BR> 5 weeks. Doesn't seem like such a long time does it? If you told me 5 weeks ago I'd be looking at myself differently I would of told you that you were crazy. I know what image I saw when I looked in the mirror....and it wasn't pretty. <BR> <BR> I would avoid mirrors if I could....brushing my teeth with head down, cover over the "full length" mirror in the bedroom. I avoided ME. Then I found the real reason why Spar... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 12:34:51 EST Traveling Across Country.... <img src=""> <BR> Meet SisseeLou our little Maltese. Sissee loves the lake, loves boating and LOVES Jet Skiing! She is happiest when I fly across the lake as fast as I can....we all have things we love about Lake of the Ozarks AND about Tucson, Arizona. It's that shift between the 2 that give us the most trouble, well, she adapts quite, "not so much"! <BR> <BR> I love comfort foods....when I'm stressed, upset, sad, bored ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:31:17 EST Letter From Jesus... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dear Child of Mine, <BR> <BR> *If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a Healer? <BR> <BR> *If you never had to pray, how would you know that I am a Deliverer? <BR> <BR> *If you never had a trial, how could you call yourself an overcomer? <BR> <BR> *If you never felt sadness, how would you know that I am a Comforter? <BR> <BR> *If you never made a mistake, how would you know that I am a forgi... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 13:10:16 EST A Day Serving Others.... We can get so tied up in our own lives. Our families, work, running kids here and there, shopping etc. But, we need to remember all those around us that are in need, especially this time of year. Yesterday I spent the entire day serving my church and my community during our annual community Turkey dinner. I was able to really talk to people that I felt drawn to, that I felt were maybe ready to listen to my story and have faith and believe that their own personal story could be rewritten..... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 00:35:55 EST "Diet" Pills.....Good for a laugh... I was watching some television this evening after dinner. I was also surfing on the net at the same time until a commercial for the newest "diet" pill came on. And as someone in the process of changing their lifestyle the words "just take this, you don't have to do anything else" got my attention like a big brass band! <BR> <BR> I listened to the "Doctor" explaining how it just melts that body fat away, yes, it will just jump right off your thighs and backside.....I heard the "testimonies... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:42:31 EST Second Day... Seems I've been here before....and it didn't work! But, you only fail if you quit and I'm no quitter so I'm going to do this and take it slow this time. Changing your frame of mind before you even get into this was what I needed to do. Much like anyone else with an "addiction" I guess I had to hit rock bottom before I could start crawling out of the hole! <BR> <BR> Some of the things I will be doing now are these: <BR> <BR> 1. No more negative doesn't solve anything and is... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:20:11 EST