CALAMITYJANE44's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CALAMITYJANE44 CALAMITYJANE44'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/ Sorry Hare - No Inspiration From You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492625 No doubt many here have been where I'm at now. My eating has been off the rails pretty much all of the time. I do well for a few days then I lose sight of what I should be doing. Time to break it down to basics yet again. <BR> <BR> My weight loss goal for this month is to lose weight - whatever the scale will give me, lol - but it's mostly to track my food each and every day. Consistency is the key. <BR> <BR> I'd like to say that walking 5 days each week is another goal, but let's get real... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:04:55 EST Update on Itchy Rash - Eczema? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302929 Finally broke down and went to another doctor (not my endo) about this lovely rash. She gave me a script for some cortisone cream which is a bit stronger than OTC stuff and told me to take Claritin (loratadine?) to help with the histamine reaction. <BR> <BR> Within just a few days, praise God the rash started to clear up and on day one of taking the antihistamine the itching nearly stopped. <BR> <BR> It's been a week today since I started this and the relief is very, very welcome! <BR> <BR... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:37:13 EST Never Say Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268487 Funny thing. I determined that 2013 was THE year I was going to GET IT TOGETHER and GET HEALTHY! <BR> <BR> What's funny you say? Be patient, this could take a bit. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I went to my GP at the end of last year to have my thyroid levels checked. I had been on 90 mcg for quite a while but still symptomatic. <BR> <BR> Using just the TSH, mind you (you Hashi's out there know what I'm sayin') the doc boosted me up to 120. I felt much better in just a couple weeks time. Grea... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 11:50:51 EST Inspiration in the Weirdest Places! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094965 Lot to do today, but wanted to share an inspirational video with everyone. <BR> <BR> I recently discovered "Bond" - 4 beautiful, talented girls who play beautiful music. <BR> <BR> It's kind of hard to put it into words, but I'll try. <BR> <BR> Here's where the inspiration part comes in. The beautiful women in this video, wearing exquisitely designed garb (don't know the traditional word for what they're wearing - sari's?) move so gracefully and really "show" their femininity. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 08:41:56 EST If Talk is Cheap Then I'm a Millionaire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090974 Talk is cheap, and boy can I talk. And talk. And talk....yeah, you get the picture. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Putting talk into action, well, let's just say that it's "not my strong suit". <BR> <BR> Last week is a wash...no tracking, no exercising... <BR> <BR> I know I can do this - I've done it before (well, not all the way to goal, but I KNOW I can do this) <BR> <BR> One meal at a time. <BR> <BR> Father...I've prayed to You so many times about losing weight it's not funny. I know You ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:53:04 EST Too Real For Prime Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087568 Life is messy. I'm the queen of messy, married to a neatnik, and learning to change my ways! I've always had this neat, organized girl living inside of me...somewhere...I think she and the "skinny" me are off shopping... <em>40</em> I want to come too... <em>46</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm getting back on track (I almost said "trying to get back on track", but I've purposed to be more direct - positive in the way I think (and write!) <BR> <BR> I've read where some peopl... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 08:43:48 EST August 11, 12 and 13 2012 Food Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013139 Gotta catch up! <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> 8/11 <BR> <BR> <BR> banana <BR> 2 cheese burritos <BR> cantaloupe <BR> popcorn <BR> pizza <BR> salad & dressing <BR> funsize snickers <BR> hot chocolate <BR> <BR> points - 24 <BR> weekly points - 8 <BR> <BR> 8/12 <BR> <BR> 1.5 c cereal <BR> 1/4 c raisins <BR> 1/2 c milk <BR> <BR> tortilla with pt butter <BR> and banana <BR> chips <BR> <BR> 5 vanilla wafers <BR> <BR> vegan pumpkin chili <BR> saltines <BR> 18 vanilla wafers <BR> hot... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:22:17 EST August 10, 2012 - Food Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009652 Breakfast <BR> <BR> 1c oatmeal <BR> 2 T sugar <BR> cinnamon <BR> 1 med. banana <BR> <BR> Points - 6 <BR> Cheats - 3 <BR> <BR> 2 tortillas <BR> 1 oz cheese <BR> veg soup <BR> <BR> Points - 6 <BR> Cheats - 4 <BR> <BR> cantaloupe <BR> 8 saltines <BR> <BR> cheese <BR> quesadilla <BR> <BR> Points - 9 <BR> Cheats - 8 <BR> <BR> Points - 24 <BR> Cheats - 15 (ouch - gotta change that!) Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:47:58 EST Sweet!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959042 After going back to the TurnAround plan I've lost 3 pounds! Woot, woot! Coincidence? Maybe, but as my hubby says, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"! Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:42:37 EST Back To My Future? LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949515 Decided to go back to the regular Points program where I had success - easily. Going to work out on my Total Gym too - got to firm up these wings! lol <BR> <BR> I'm fighting a UTI (have to call doc on Monday) so that could be another reason I'm so tired. Honestly, I'm just tired of being tired... <BR> <BR> Going to also make an appointment with an Endo rather than my GP - My TSH is supposedly at the right level but I'm still symptomatic. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Anyway, hope everyone has a great wee... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:07:41 EST Oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945833 Consistency, or rather the lack thereof, is obviously one of my faults. It's been 10 days since my last post. Ugh! <BR> <BR> No, I've been a bad girl, but also no I'm not giving up. <BR> <BR> I heard something at PeerTrainer (don't worry, SP you're still my fave) about the fact that even accomplished people (people who are top in their fields) have difficulty with this weight issue. They (and we) need to realize it takes the same effort (concentration, dedication, focus, etc) to drop (and m... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:37:33 EST June 18, 2012 - Food Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932222 1 c cereal 4 <BR> 1/2 c 2% 1.5 <BR> 1 T sugar 1 <BR> Strawberries 0 <BR> <BR> Bread & jelly 9 (I think this is where the problem started...no veggies for starters) <BR> <BR> Bread 10 (yeah...the fun continued....) <BR> pepperoni <BR> slices 2 <BR> bread 4 (can you tell I like bread?) <BR> <BR> 4 peanuts 1 ? <BR> <BR> 1 c split pea soup - 4 <BR> bread with butter - 5 <BR> <BR> even 1 more slice ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 21:25:51 EST June 17, 2012 - Food Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931439 Pancake 4 <BR> agave syrup 1 <BR> dried cranberries 1 1/2 <BR> apple <BR> <BR> bread w jam 9 <BR> <BR> 1 c split pea soup 4 <BR> strawberry shortcake <BR> w 1/2 tbsp sugar 4 1/2 <BR> <BR> total for the day 24 1/2 <BR> <BR> It was a good day. Was very busy so didn't have time to eat! lol Picked berries, canned the berries, fixed a nice father's day dinner, and then pretty much collapsed the rest of the evening! <BR> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:43:45 EST June 16, 2012 - Food Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929352 <BR> cereal w rice milk and fruit - 6 pts plus <BR> 1/2 c pinto beans and <BR> vegetables - 4 pts plus <BR> 1 slice homemade <BR> bread - 3 ounces - 6 pts plus <BR> <BR> 2 small cookies - 3 pts plus <BR> w coffee <BR> <BR> 1/2 c pinto beans and <BR> vegetables - 4 pts plus <BR> strawberry shortcake - 4 pts plus <BR> <BR> The strawberry shortcake points came from the cake (3pts) and 1/4 c non dairy... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 19:52:03 EST Accountability Starts Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929346 Since I cannot attend WW meetings for the support I'm leaning on my SP friends - both those I know now and the ones I meet along the way - for the support I need. <BR> <BR> I've always been a private individual - it's hard sometimes for me to open up about my failures. Sure, it's easy when things are going good, I'm losing weight, meeting my exercise goals, etc., but when I screw up, it's hard to admit that I've failed. <BR> <BR> I hide from failure, as if it defines who I am. <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 19:47:21 EST A Dilemma I'm Looking Forward To! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866689 Awwww sweet dilemma! One (or both <em>20</em> ) of these pictures are my rewards for meeting my final weight loss goal. You don't think I'd spend this kind of $$ on something that I can't keep? lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l156333710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OR (AND?) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914965520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm favoring the blue one, but love both of them. This site, btw, needs to be banned...the stuff is TOO good... Fri, 4 May 2012 17:37:46 EST I've Got 6 Babies...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866659 I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE spring! <BR> <BR> Last year we were blessed with a pair of Canadian geese who raised their brood of 4 (started out with 6 but 2 went missing :( ) so imagine my delight when another pair of geese (or the same pair, who can say they all look alike..lol) brought 6 of their little darlings to spend the day at our pond today. <BR> <BR> They stay here during the day and then nest across the road at another, larger pond at night. <BR> <BR> I wish I had a digital camera to take ... Fri, 4 May 2012 17:05:16 EST Booyah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830245 Down another 4 pounds...can we get an amen?? <em>334</em> <BR> Love eating the McDougall way - I've got more energy (when I get enough sleep too that is) and don't think of food all of the time unlike other eating plans. <BR> <BR> So glad to see a lot of my sparkfriends are doing well, even through the candyfest that Easter has become. (sigh) <BR> <BR> I don't like the fact that everything seems to be about a bunny and his weird egg leaving habits, BUT I look at the candy as representing ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:54:07 EST Still Here - Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819220 Still here! Don't know why I stopped the McDougall plan - got sidetracked I suppose, but never one to give up I started over. <BR> <BR> Now I'm on week 2 of the McDougall plan, (hey SparkPeople - we need a "start over" button emoticon...am I missing something?) <em>38</em> but honestly I'm just easing into the Maximum Weight Loss version of the plan. Week 1 resulted in a 4 pound loss - <em>244</em> <em>236</em> so I'm anxious to see what this week will bring. <BR> <BR> The best part ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 20:47:01 EST Yeah, Well....Guess I'm Still Human After All...LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4738262 What does God's word tell us? "Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty look before a fall." Or something like that... <BR> <BR> Well, guess I don't have this emotional eating thing conquered after all...can we say duh? lol <BR> <BR> I know that the scale can fluctuate, yada yada, but let's just say after doing 1 week on McDougall, tracking on SP and walking 5 days I was expecting a loss...not a gain of 1 pound...ugh! <BR> <BR> But, looking back over last week I did go over my calorie ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:22:15 EST Update, Ramblings, Etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732078 Hello fellow Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I've been thrilled to read about so many miracles on Spark - people receiving healing, lives being changed - I love this place! <BR> <BR> Things are going fine around here. Bless God everyone is doing well. My poor little Danny burned the back of his 2 fingers on Thursday from touching the burn barrel - with his gloves on mind you - for not even 2 seconds - and he's pretty miserable about it. If we can keep his mind off of it he does okay. He knows what "hot... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:11:23 EST I Think We Have A Winner... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692774 I received my full face mask for the CPAP machine yesterday and used it last night. Before getting this mask I had started with nasal pillows which, while fairly comfortable, were noisier than my snoring was! <BR> <BR> My husband told me this morning that the new mask was quieter than the machine - which is a very quiet machine itself - and combine that with its comfort factor (not as good as sleeping without a cpap, but doable...) I think we'll stick with this mask for my therapy. <BR> <B... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 07:58:27 EST It's Like Finally Walking Into A Store I'd Passed By Many Times... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690912 That's the feeling I have about this effort at weight loss. I've passed by the shop so many times it's hard to count. I've looked into the windows, gazed at all of the brightly colored jewels on display, imagined sitting inside the comfy chairs I can spot from outside tucked up with a hot cup of coffee and a good (thick) book or chatting with the store's owner, talking about what life used to be like before I was healthy... <BR> <BR> Now, after choosing high nutrient foods and leaving the *t... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 09:50:44 EST It's All Good.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682527 Well, got my CPAP on Friday, tried it out Friday night - epic failure, maybe used it 2 hours? <BR> <BR> Next night - I don't give up easy - lol - adjusted my mask (I had it too tight the night before, no wonder) and slept all night with it, although I vaguely remember waking up a couple of times, it was ok. What helped was listening to my MP3 to go to sleep. <BR> <BR> 2 things helped - Cameron told me, "put the mask on, then go to sleep." Simple, yes, but effective. He knows me so well. I ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:13:21 EST Good Thing It's Not Serious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674437 No call from the DME provider yet about a CPAP machine. Good thing it's not a pacemaker or anything...lol! <BR> <BR> Anyway, today was a good day food wise - I'm eating a plant based diet and also cutting out dairy and gluten, just to see how I feel. <BR> <BR> I don't have any gastro issues with gluten, so I can't find a doc willing to test, but if being celiac were a crime, I'd be put away on circumstantial evidence - lol! <BR> <BR> Maybe it's psychosomatic, but I do feel a wee bit less ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:36:02 EST Finally.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671303 Okay, finally I've been diagnosed with mild sleep apnea. Waiting on the respiratory company to give me a call so I can get my new bestest friend...a cpap machine. Add yet another reason to lose this *#$% weight!! <em>101</em> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 12:40:15 EST Snoring - Obviously Nothing to Laugh At http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600939 Okay, I can't believe I'm even mentioning this, but I snore. There. I said it. It's very embarrassing to admit it. I mean, only men snore, right? Well, in most instances they do but we women do as well. How could I have known...I mean, I'm asleep, right? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I've been married for almost 3 years and for 2.5 of those years I've been snoring. We tried every home-made remedy so I finally broke down and went to the doctor. She took note of my symptoms - tired in the a.m., snor... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:16:09 EST Who would have thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157653 Who would have thought that I'd ever be excited at the opportunity to have vegan sausage patties with roasted broccoli and onions for breakfast? <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I'll be going shopping later today, so I was scrounging through the cupboards and freezer to find something to fix for breakfast this morning. Since I'm out of fruit, dried or otherwise, I decided to go the "non traditional" route and have vegetables for breakfast. Anyone else ever do this? <BR> <BR> To anyone reading this bl... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 10:34:24 EST My birthday/anniversary weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128803 This post could get long, but I've got a lot to get done today, so I'll try to be brief! <em>20</em> <BR> My sweet husband took the kids and I to Lake Superior this last weekend. Now I know, it's nuts, going there in the spring, but we'd never been and wanted to see it, so we went. It amounted to a day trip because it's over a 100 miles from here, but it was <BR> fun. <BR> <BR> We were able to climb over the ice that the lake had sculpted on the beach, and walk out close to the shoreline.... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:26:01 EST Week 2 of E2L http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109798 For the first time since beginning E2L I actually had a craving. But...it was easy to tell that it was a "head" craving, so it was much easier to say no to than had I been eating a SAD diet. Wonder what it was? lol It was peanut butter on white bread. Homemade white bread. Now I only buy natural peanut butter, so it wouldn't have been too bad had I given in, but I thought about it and since I've committed to following E2L strictly until I get to goal weight, I figured it could wait. There wil... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:14:26 EST I've Finally Found Freedom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4100445 After 1 week following Dr. Fuhrman's Eat To Live 6 week program I've finally found freedom. I know it only gets better from here. <BR> <BR> The first few days were rough quitting the caffeine, but after drinking coffee pretty much nonstop throughout the day that's to be expected. <BR> <BR> Now I'm drinking water and caffeine free teas and I'm not having any cravings for the caffeine. But what's even better is, I'm slowly getting more energy and actually feel confident that I will achieve m... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 09:23:25 EST The Lights Were On, But Nobody Was Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4044735 Yeah me, I've finally been able to stick to my eating plan for longer than a day! lol <em>211</em> <BR> I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about why I've been battling this weight thing all of my life. I can't remember ever being at my goal weight. Even when I was a kid! <em>40</em> The reason I've finally come up with is that every time I try to lose weight the whole "It's a lifestyle not a diet" mentality went in one ear and out the other. No surprise considering there's nothing i... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:09:51 EST Fit To The Finish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3937092 Hey, fellow Sparkers...found a neat website, called Fit To The Finish. The blog's owner, Diane, is basically saying what many of us (especially me) don't like to hear...we're responsible for being in the condition we're in. <BR> <BR> It's all about making choices...better choices, and taking responsibility for our own actions. It's not the food that's shoveling itself into my mouth (although I swear I hear the ice cream calling to me from the freezer...;-D )but it's me shoving it in myself,... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:11:58 EST I Can't Believe It's Fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685083 Can you believe it's fall already? It's so hard to believe that the year is nearly gone. So many things I didn't accomplish, but I'm not going to focus on those...I'm going to be thankful for all of the changes I've seen in my life that have been positive, such as finding a better (and tastier) way of eating...i.e. plant based rather than omni. I feel better, and that's what makes it worth it. <BR> <BR> There are many other things I'm grateful fort, but I've got to get some work done, so I'... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 14:53:59 EST Food Journal 8-29-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3587153 Today was a good day. Despite some stressful moments, God helped me through this day without resorting to stuffing my face. <BR> <BR> Yes! I'm going to take that victory and be thankful for it. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a blessed day! <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 c cereal - 5 pts <BR> 1/2 c milk - 1 pt <BR> 2 T raisins - 2 pts <BR> banana, small - 1 pt <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> whole wheat tortilla - 0 <BR> 2 T hummus - 1 pt <BR> 1/2 c lima beans - 1 pt <BR> salad - 0 <BR> 2 ... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 22:58:47 EST Late Summer Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3583104 We have a kiddie pool for my 3 yo (soon to be 4!) at home, so most of the time I leave him with Dad to take my step-son swimming at the lake. I'm not really into lake swimming (too many years living in Florida) so I'll just sit in the shade (either reading a book or working) and enjoy the day relaxing. <BR> <BR> Today it will be different though, because Dad is going with us. No, he's too chicken (I say) to get in the water, but since he's coming, so is Danny. It will be a great day enjoyin... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:52:57 EST Food Journal 8-27-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3583092 Good day yesterday. Except for the unplanned slice of bread...but I still counted it! Got too busy yesterday to post, but here it is, in all it's boring glory! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> 3 vegan muffins - 3 pts <BR> 1 T jam - 1 pt <BR> <BR> snack <BR> 5 oz bread (homemade) - 7 pts <BR> 1 tsp. earth balance - 1 pt <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> grapes - 1 pt <BR> salad - 0 <BR> 3T salad dressing - 3 pts <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> 1/2 c rice - 2 pts <BR> 1 c red lentils - 4 pts <BR> ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:49:07 EST Food Journal 8-26-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3578485 Breakfast <BR> <BR> 1 c corn chex - 2 <BR> 1/2 c grape nuts - 3 <BR> 1/2 c milk - 1 <BR> 1 sm banana - 1 <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> salad - 0 <BR> 2 T. salad dressing - 2 <BR> 1 c lima beans - 2 <BR> 1 c rice - 4 <BR> <BR> snack at 3 pm - 2 c canteloupe - 2 <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> <BR> tortilla - 0 <BR> bean burger - 2 <BR> salad - 0 <BR> salad dressing - 2 <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> <BR> 3 vegan low point muffins - 3 <BR> <BR> Total Allowed = 24 <BR> Total Consumed = 24 <BR> Pretty good day ... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 22:14:43 EST Truth In Advertising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3576422 Are you being truthful in how you advertise yourself to the world? Do you try to pretend that you're perfect, that you "have it all together?" <BR> <BR> Well Sparkfriends, I'll make no bones about it...I'm a mess! <BR> <BR> Good thing I've got Christ on my side, isn't it? If not for Him I'd been dead a long time ago. <BR> <BR> The only thing is, He won't do it for me. He won't stop me from eating something that would put me over my limit for the day and that I really don't need. He won't ... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 10:29:46 EST Keeping It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3525648 My weigh in day is Saturday and by Wednesday I normally see a little bit of a change on the scale. This week so far, nothing. This is where my tracking comes in. In reviewing my diet this week I see that I've eaten too many simple carbs each day, i.e. potatoes, bread, etc. and not enough greens. <BR> <BR> Now that I have that bit of knowledge I will eat more greens and one serving of a healthy carb each day. That should get things moving along a bit more! <BR> <BR> Now I know I should wait... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:05:49 EST By The Grace Of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513848 I took the kids this weekend to a pizza parlour (best pizza in the world, imo) to a carnival/festival in our area, and then to see the movie "Despicable Me." <BR> <BR> We all had a great time, and what I'm most happy about, besides spending time with the kids, is that I did not overeat. I ate one piece of pizza, a fat free/sugar free ice cream cone, and I took a Fiber One bar with me to the movie theater. All of it was well within my allowance for the day. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for th... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 23:02:07 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3498556 I am thankful for so many things in my life. Certainly, my life is not perfect, nor is the situation I am in, but with the grace of God I can live each and every day with purpose and with joy, even in the toughest of trials. <BR> <BR> Stepping out in faith can sometimes mean that others will think you're nuts or just won't understand why you are doing what seems to be crazy to them. I've found that the trials I am going through right now are revealing a deeper side of God's grace, mercy and ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 10:59:42 EST It's Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3488191 Yeah! We had a great time at Vacation Bible School and even more importantly a lot of kids who hadn't heard a lot about Jesus got to see Him in action this last week through the lives and example of all the great workers and helpers at VBS. <BR> <BR> Now things are getting back to normal and the best part of that is I got to sleep in this morning! Yeah! lol That is, if you call 9 am "sleeping in!" I'm normally up at about 6:30 so it was a treat! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope everyone is having a... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 10:44:48 EST Fun At Vacation Bible School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475333 Everyone had a great day at VBS today. I've been attending my church for about 6 to 9 months but hadn't really gotten too involved until I knew this is where God wanted me to be. After spending time with the other helpers and teachers at VBS, I'm certain that I can help this church out in whatever capacity I'm needed in. I've promised myself that I will be more diligent in my prayers for the great people of this church, its mission to reach the lost for Christ, and especially for the church... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 14:42:32 EST Keeping it Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3453617 Some days are diamonds and some days are stones. Wasn't that a line from a Kenny Rogers song? lol <BR> <BR> Yesterday was definitely "stone" but praise God He got me through it. I had car troubles which left me blessing my husband that we have AAA Plus. I almost limped her home, but got stuck on a hill and could go no further. My hubby got it working pretty well again, but there is still something wrong with it so I've got to take it to the mechanic today to have him do a diagnostics on it... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:06:21 EST Good Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3376815 This week has been a good one and I know the rest of the week will be as well. God is with me, as He always has been, however I have finally faced my stronghold and am working with Him to defeat it. He promises me I can, so I will! <BR> <BR> I hope that everyone who is struggling with motivation (as I was for quite some time) will realize that you must DO it even if you don't FEEL like it. Eat right, get some exercise and track. Be accountable to yourself first and foremost. <BR> <BR> I be... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 21:45:52 EST Back In The Saddle Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3370117 I'm Back In The Saddle Again...Don't you love that song? I know I do... <BR> <BR> And no, I don't mean the Gene Autry version, although he's okay. I'm talking about Aerosmith's version! <BR> <BR> Have any of you ladies read the book by Shaunti Feldhahn "For Women Only?" In this book (which is great by the way) in one of the chapters she talks about the importance that our husbands place upon our appearance and why it is so imperative that we make an effort to take care of ourselves. <BR> <... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 11:45:22 EST Dying To Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3033369 Man, what a tough thing to do! I finally faced the music and determined that: <BR> <BR> 1. Can't do this without God (can we say "duh"!) <BR> <BR> 2. God has "not given me a Spirit of fear, but of Power, of Love and Self-Control" which means it's my job to kill the flesh (but He did give me the means to do it!) <BR> <BR> 3. The more I "kill" the desire to eat simply when I'm bored, stressed, etc. the easier it will become. <BR> <BR> 4. As Paul commented, it has to be done DAILY! <BR> ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:37:34 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3018349 I had to go to the oral surgeon on Wednesday to have 6 teeth removed to prepare for a partial, so I've been a bit sore the latter part of this week. Unfortunately I've got six weeks to wait until I can start getting fit for the partial and it won't be until June before I'm done with the dentist! Hey, at least I should drop a couple of pounds this week because it's only soft foods for me! tee-hee! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:23:08 EST Amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2997338 I suppose I'm too old not to be critical of people's claims (especially ones who stand to make a profit!) <em>211</em> but I am amazed at not being constantly hungry for what seems like the first time...ever! <BR> <BR> Eating nutritious, God created vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes, as close to their natural state as possible, has really made a difference in my hunger levels as well as my attitude. I seem to be cheerful and optimistic much more often as well. <BR> <BR> I'm loving t... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 09:54:43 EST