CASEYTALK's SparkPeople Blog CASEYTALK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community This is a little nerve wracking. I'm going to eat more. <BR> <BR> I've hit a plateau, and I don't have time for a plateau if I'm getting into that suit by June 7. I've read all the articles on 'plateau busters' on SP and they all point to one culprit -- I haven't been eating enough. <BR> <BR> I've been eating each day to come in a little under or just into the SP calorie range. I've been doing that consistently for a couple of months now and it was working. According to the articles, that often results in a plateau ... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:34:47 EST GIVE ME MY HOUR BACK! I was born in winter. If I die during daylight savings time, so help me, SOMEONE owes me an hour! <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> My reasons for not liking Daylight Savings Time or, as it is called elsewhere, Summer Time: <BR> <BR> <BR> It stays light longer in summer naturally. Mother nature needs no help from us to do that. <BR> <BR> When my children were little, getting them to bed in June while it was still light out was a struggle. <BR> <BR> Sleepy people who had an hour'... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:17:20 EST "Recipe" (more like assembly) for the penguin treats in my previous blog. Several requests for the instructions. <BR> <BR> I added it as a Spark recipe. Please try it and rate it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=3358552 </link> Tue, 6 Mar 2018 18:50:04 EST I've become one of THOSE people! I've been taking pictures of my FOOD for crying out loud. I'm not a photographer. I don't take good pictures of anything, but I do make really pretty food. <BR> <BR> This was a recent breakfast. Scrambled eggs with veggies and air fried asparagus. OH, so good. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this was a recent lunch -- bibimbap. Yummers! <BR> <img src=" Tue, 6 Mar 2018 13:59:02 EST Still on track! I'm really proud of myself. On January 18, I created a blog post called, "Where I will be." In order to wear The Suit* (explained in another blog: "A Good Cry". ) on June 7, I have to be very consistent in weight loss between now and then. The "Where I will be" blog shows what weight I must hit each Thursday to be on track to meet that very ambitious goal. <BR> <BR> Today was another weigh-in day and I am definitely on track. There's not a lot of wiggle room as I don't see any use in losing weight too quickly, jus... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 13:31:48 EST I'm hearing voices Angels and devils. You have one on one shoulder and one on the other. The angel is telling you to get your butt out of the chair and go exercise. The devil is reminding you that tasty thing in the fridge will go bad if you don't eat it, right? <BR> <BR> Sometimes one is louder than the other, but they're both there all the time. <BR> <BR> I made a post in the pep talk thread today and writing the last line of it made me cry. When something does that, I figure I need to figure out why... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 19:22:42 EST Scales are silly old things I've been doing very well the last month. I've made excellent progress towards my goals, I've been cooking healthful foods, exercising, tracking, and losing weight. <BR> <BR> As I said, Friday was a bit of a glitch, but nothing serious and nothing to worry about. The scale yesterday morning after the glitch registered less than a pound gain that may have had more to do with salt than fat. I weigh myself every morning, but I see the fluctuations and they don't bother me. I know it's not ... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 11:01:59 EST Yesterday's failure is actually a huge success I ate too much yesterday. I had intended to eat sparingly throughout the day because there was a party last night where I knew I would eat too much. It wasn't my birthday party exactly, but enough people there knew it was my birthday that they bought a cake and all, and I knew I was going to have a piece of that cake. I also ended up eating more food there than I had intended. <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of the day cooking for the party. Some of what I made was a little richer than I usuall... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 14:09:28 EST I do not WANT to eat that. That is going to make me feel unwell. <BR> <BR> That is going to mess with my blood sugar. <BR> <BR> That is going to interfere with my plans for my health and fitness. <BR> <BR> That will put flavors in my mouth that will make me crave other things I don't want. <BR> <BR> That may make me want to skip nutrition tracking, which has been so helpful to me and my goals. <BR> <BR> I will throw that out. <BR> <BR> I will not buy more of that. <BR> <BR> I will not take any of that if ... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:21:58 EST Where I will be As I said in my previous entry, my short term goal is to fit into a certain suit by my son's graduation date. This post is just for me to show where I need to be so I am on track for that. I don't want to change my main ticker, so I'm putting it here. (1.65lbs/wk, rounded down to nearest tenth, but rounded bits kept for next calculation. My scale does tenths, but not hundredths.) <BR> <BR> This is an ambitious goal, but at under 2 lbs a week it is still one I can meet in a healthy way. ... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:48:42 EST A Good Cry There is a certain suit I was wearing when the doctor told me my son's diagnosis of autism. He was two years old. The doctor told me that day I should save because he would likely one day be institutionalised. We started an intensive, one-to-one therapy programme with him, averaging about 25 hours a week. He couldn't speak, didn't sleep through the night, was fearful of everything. It would be another two years before he would sleep through the night or be out of diapers. <BR> <BR> When ... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 22:49:52 EST It's elfing COLD out there. I had another gig this week -- this time it was as one of Santa's elves. One would think that people who work at the north pole might have warmer clothes. . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yours truly in the middle. It was for the annual staff party at a local winery. It was fun giving presents to children. It was a paying gig, too! They found me through my comedy group. Love the ears, but I managed t... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:54:44 EST 8 Week Diabetes Challenge -- Week One Requirements include setting three goals this week. <BR> <BR> Exercise -- Do Tabata training often. I will consider myself successful at this goal if no more than one day in a row passes without my having done it this week. <BR> <BR> Nutrition -- Track all my nutrition daily. I will consider myself successful at this goal if this week no more than one day is incomplete. <BR> <BR> Other -- Get plenty of sleep. I will consider myself successful at this goal if this week no more than ... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 16:43:31 EST The love in the air is thicker than the smoke Everyone here knows people who have lost their homes, or have themselves lost their homes. Everyone knows people who have lost pets, cars, memories, musical instruments. <BR> <BR> Some of us know people who died. <BR> <BR> The air is poisonous, as it contains burnt electronics, appliances, tires, paint. . . everything. <BR> <BR> All around me, friends are taking in evacuees. Friends are volunteering. Friends are fundraising. <BR> <BR> Friends, all around me. <BR> <BR> I am s... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:13:22 EST Picture of my progress -- take two <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spark Coach has again given me the task of making a visual representation of how much weight I have lost so far. Last time, there wasn't so much in the picture. <BR> <BR> This time -- guitar 11 lbs <BR> samovar 11 lbs <BR> hand weights 5+3 = 8 lbs <BR> a pint of water 1 lb <BR> <BR> Nice not to be carrying that around with me all ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:47:11 EST See, whatcha otter do. . . . I bought a kayak last year. I live near a beautiful river and I love to kayak, so it made sense. Besides, the road to my house floods in the winter a couple of days a year and it doesn't hurt to have a way to get out. <BR> <BR> It turns out that getting a kayak to and from the river, even nearby, was a challenge. I bought a rack for the car. This broke, that didn't work, couldn't figure out the other. . . urgh. I never put the boat in the water last year! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <B... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:59:00 EST Dad joke for the win! My father and I have a very good relationship, built on mutual respect, curiosity, fondness for wordplay and, most of all, love and laughter. <BR> <BR> He has everything he could possibly want. I haven't bought him father's day gifts in . . . a decade or two? <BR> <BR> Today's gift was a 'dad joke' that left him chortling for quite some time, according to my mom. <BR> <BR> PUN WARNING! DO NOT ATTEMPT WHILE DRINKING! <BR> <BR> Ready? <BR> <BR> Are you sure? <BR> <BR> You can stop ... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:16:57 EST I ain't that lonely yet I heard a song on the radio today -- "I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet." <BR> <BR> Since the divorce, I have thought about dating and there are a couple of blog posts here about it. I'm not having much luck because, like it or not, most men are not interested in fat women. <BR> <BR> The only ones I have 'luck' with are married men. <BR> <BR> I'm lonely, but I ain't that lonely yet. Sun, 11 Jun 2017 18:13:24 EST You'll see it's all a show -- keep them laughing when you go! I had a big audition yesterday. I flubbed the singing, though there was enough there for me to show I can carry a tune and be heard at the back of an auditorium. Meh. I am under no illusions that I am a great singer, just a competent one. <BR> <BR> The monologue, though, I killed. I had them completely caught up in the story. It was supposed to be funny and I managed the perfect slow boil -- chuckles and small laughs through the buildup and great glorious belly laugh at the end. If you... Sun, 21 May 2017 12:03:27 EST And I think to myself, what a wonderful world! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took this yesterday on my way home from volunteering at the school library. I caught a lovely little rainbow, didn't I? Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:45:58 EST How did I do on my holiday strategy? ONEKIDSMOM summed it up pretty well: <BR> <BR> "Balance and planning. I do better with a plan than without one, even if I don't follow it exactly!" <BR> <BR> I didn't follow my plan exactly, but I did better than I would have done without a plan. I didn't track as I intended. I did, however, restrict my treats to special events and special foods. The result is that I gained a pound-and-a-half since November (already lost the one. Working on the half.) rather than the more significant wei... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 15:50:11 EST You can save lives, please! A dear friend of mine has her birthday tomorrow. It is a MIRACLE because not long ago she went through a lung transplant that saved her life. <BR> <BR> In her honor and in honor of all the other people who have been and will be saved through the generosity of organ donors, I am asking my friends to PLEASE SIGN UP TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR NOW! <BR> <BR> If you are a US citizen, your drivers' license mark is NOT enough*. The link to make sure you are in the donor database is at the end of this ... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:00:40 EST Strategies for the holidays This is how I plan to avoid weight gain this season and, with diligence, actually lose weight. <BR> <BR> 1) Plan now. NOW. When I go to a gathering is too late. <BR> <BR> 2) Eat well and track on days when I am not going to a gathering. Don't buy festive foods for home other than for the actual special occasions. Keep the 'special' eating 'special.' <BR> <BR> 3) When there is a gathering, prepare and bring something healthful and tasty. There are loads of great recipes out there ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:40:17 EST How not to eat Halloween candy (for me, at any rate) When I was living in other countries, there were usually some neighborhoods in the city where the US people were concentrated. It did not take long, I expect, for the locals in those countries to learn that their kids could get free candy by going to where the Americans are. I had to buy a TON of candy because half the city would show up. I would wait until the last minute to buy it and would give it all out. I ate a few, but not as many as if I had had it in the house or had any leftover... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:26:29 EST Just say, "Yes! And. . . " We had another fantastic show on Sunday. I love improv. It is having a great effect on several aspects of my life. Here are some of the benefits I've already seen: <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> I am making fun friends from many backgrounds. We PLAY together. How cool is that? <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> It gets me out of the house regularly. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> It is a huge rush when people laugh at something I've said or done. <BR> <BR> <em>525</em> The principal of "Yes! And.... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:52:53 EST Not carrying THAT any more! My SP coach challenge for today is to translate the weight I have lost into other things to show how far I have already come. Here is about twenty pounds of barbell, cheese, peanut butter, butter, and honey: (two eight-pound barbells) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am glad I am not carrying all that around! Imagine what it will look like when I reach my goal! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:33:53 EST Not another false start. At last! Background: I lost 50-60 pounds when I lived in Ecuador. <BR> <BR> I retired, divorced, kids left for college, moved house in 2013. I ate. I gained back more than I had lost and yes, that's a very short period to have gained so much. As usual, I repeatedly started back here because THIS TIME WAS IT. <BR> <BR> Late spring, I started losing slowly for a month or so, then I was diagnosed with diabetes. I was in denial for a while (see previous post. I had good reason to be in denial)... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:50:31 EST Time for a new doctor. I have had wonderful NPs and doctors for most of my career. Even living overseas, I felt that I was in good hands. I retired, came here, found a doctor in my insurance network and was ready to work with her as I had with my previous health care providers. <BR> <BR> This one is dangerous for my health. <BR> <BR> (SKIP OVER THIS PART AS HEALTH DETAILS ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DULL) <BR> <BR> My concerns: <BR> ONE: I am not menopausal, though most women my age are. Every time I vi... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:29:21 EST On being furniture In spring of 2002, our family adopted two cats. My daughter chose Beck, a tuxedo cat, and my son chose Angel, a black cat. This is the story of Beck. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was typical. <BR> <BR> We lived in Virginia at the time. The cats were indoor cats and quickly displayed their quirky personalities. Beck was the goofy, lumbering one who was very friendly and always looking for human furniture, ... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:12:31 EST Three successes! The WooHoo jar lounge group focuses on reminding ourselves of the positive things we do. Heck, we all KNOW what we're doing wrong and beat ourselves up for it all the time. Today, I am posting three things I've done recently that are good for my journey: <BR> <BR> 1) I've started working with a personal trainer. If I have an appointment and I've paid for it, I'll get my backside there and do the workout! <BR> <BR> 2) I've held another meet-up coffee with the Santa Rosa Spark Team. It wa... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:24:52 EST Just wing it What has been happening? <BR> <BR> Nutshell since last blog: <BR> <BR> Dating: <BR> The guy I met in the city and I had two dates. No spark there, so that's fine. We tried. Then I met another man I've been seeing from time to time. I'm not in love and I'm pretty sure he isn't, either, but we go wine tasting and things like that and enjoy each other's company a lot. He has frequently said he'd like us to travel together, which I wouldn't mind. I'm actually fairly content with my roman... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:52:53 EST I don't like reality sometimes. I'm starting to get out there to try to meet people. I'm on a couple of on line dating sites. I try very hard to be honest because I'm tired of not getting second dates. If they don't like me as I am, then let's not even get started, right? <BR> <BR> Today I was chatting on line for the first time with someone who sounds very promising. We like a lot of the same things, we get the same cultural references, we're making each other laugh. He has seen the head shot I have on the site. He a... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:54:17 EST You are not alone And neither am I! <BR> <BR> The SP team for my area has been inactive for a very long time. I finally broke down and decided to offer to lead the team figuring I couldn't do any damage to it. There are thousands of members, yet no activity on the team page. <BR> <BR> I posted, sent e-mails, tried to stir up some interest, and was happy to see a couple of posts now and then. We finally arranged a meet up and today was the day. <BR> <BR> EvilDuckie, Amerkrebs and I met for coffee thi... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:19:28 EST Interim goal achieved! I had gained so much weight that I was over my previous highest weight. When I started again this time, I made my first goal to reach my previous highest weight by my birthday, which was yesterday. <BR> <BR> I made it! <BR> <BR> I hadn't adjusted my little tracker turtle, so he wasn't budging even though I was losing some weight. Not a lot. . . I wasn't that far over my previous top. <BR> <BR> My little turtle has started his journey again. That tiny tiny tiny amount there means a l... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:57:33 EST Baby step day For the last three nights, I have had very frequently interrupted sleep. I'm exhausted. It should be fine soon, but today, I have no energy. I stayed home all day and my fitbit is showing a meagre 1,237 steps. <BR> <BR> It is STILL a good spark day. I drank loads of tea (oh, thank goodness for tea) and I stayed within my calorie range. I made the SP cookbook creamy broccoli soup and omitted the butter and cheese. I tracked as if I had made it according to the directions, though, and s... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:23:53 EST What I want to tell myself My challenge today is to write down a letter of encouragement to myself. I'm to think how I would encourage a friend and say those things to myself. I know I'm very critical of myself and I will rewrite several of these lines to make sure that I keep that out and keep the positive in. <BR> <BR> Casey -- <BR> <BR> I know you are facing a difficult road ahead and I want to write you a few words of encouragement. <BR> <BR> You can do this. You know you can. You've learned what works for ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:27:32 EST Mushrooms! My daughter gave me a mushroom farm and it has been producing gorgeous fresh shiitakes. I have made mushrooms with brown and wild rice, a mushroom omelette, Thai soup with mushrooms. . . I will let you know when I start to be tired of mushrooms. I don't expect it any time soon. <BR> <BR> On the WOO HOO! front, I have stayed within my calorie range for two weeks now. The loss isn't showing on my ticker because I didn't adjust my ticker to show my new top weight. I am fine with that. I w... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:29:54 EST I'm NOT starting again If you go through my blog, there's definitely a theme . . . starting again. Starting over. Not giving up. <BR> <BR> That last, fortunately, is the one that applies today. I have been tracking my food for over a week and I stayed within my calorie range all but one of the days. Therefore, I have already started and now I get to CONTINUE doing well. <BR> <BR> It feels good to be able to look over the last week and be pleased with my progress. I know this process. There's a long road ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:43:17 EST Fine dining This post is inspired by ADARKARA. <BR> <BR> I love to eat. I think that is obvious, don't you? I love to eat so much that I eat too quickly to feel full and start looking for more to eat and then become overfull by the time the brain kicks in to tell me I've had enough. I need to slow down my eating. <BR> <BR> Easier said than done, right? I mean, I expect none of this is new to you. It's clearly a common problem among us. <BR> <BR> Adarkara posted her menu for the week. It's very ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:54:46 EST It has been forever It seems that while I was losing weight, I was blogging. Perhaps I should listen to that. Today SP will be swamped with the annual resolutions and that's great. Yes, a lot of people don't keep them, but I did keep mine one year and lost a lot of weight, so why not do it again? <BR> <BR> Any day is a good day to get healthy. <BR> <BR> I've logged into SP. I've logged my breakfast. I'm signed up for a hike today. It feels good. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for not giving up on me as I st... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:10:55 EST "She has a great personality" One of today's daily Spark videos is this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=54 </link> <BR> <BR> (This is a gender normative post because I'm straight and these are my experiences. I understand that people in other situations have other or similar experiences, but I'm using 'men' and 'women' to reflect my own experiences only. ) I never played with Barbie when I was growing up, but I was surrounded, as we all are, with impossible beau... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:32:43 EST Cosmos and me I'm a nerd. I looked forward to Neil Degrasse Tyson's revamp of Sagan's Cosmos and watched it excitedly last night. While I hope future shows in the series tone down the whiz-bang effects of the space ship, it was a fun ride. I'll keep watching. <BR> <BR> I want to think about how I fit into the cosmos. We are all star dust, after all, right? <BR> <BR> It's so pretty here. I live in California's redwood forest. The trees, the Russian River, the hills, the wine country, it's all so bea... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:47:12 EST Struggling with the daemon Yesterday afternoon, I was hungry. I looked at my plan and saw hard boiled egg and spinach salad. Sounds good and I have the hb egg already in the fridge, so it will be pretty easy. <BR> <BR> I pealed the egg and thought, I would really rather have this with mustard. That's no problem, so I ate it that way and then got to thinking I had some calories left over, so I could eat some more. That is when the daemon came. <BR> <BR> He won the first battle. I had a slice of bread and salsa a... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:48:50 EST Four and more! Four days following the SP menu plan. I really like this. By shopping only once a week, I am not being tempted to buy foods I shouldn't eat. I have everything I need to make good food. I am learning how I will modify the menu next week, too. I am going to add in some of my favourite spark recipes and make up a batch that I freeze in portions. It will save money and I do love to eat the spark cookbook recipes. <BR> <BR> On life -- <BR> <BR> I've started volunteering at the local scho... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:01:07 EST Back to the basics Before I regain ALL the weight I had lost, I know I have to change. Madness, as they say, is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Waking up every morning and saying "this is the day!" and then continuing to make poor food choices was clearly a failed policy. <BR> <BR> Now that I am living in the States, I have been seeing adverts for Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. I don't want to spend the money for those, but wouldn't it be nice to have the planning done and one simply eat... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:23:11 EST A lot has happened Major life changes in the last six months: <BR> <BR> Retired. <BR> Empty Nest. <BR> Decided to divorce. <BR> Moved house from Quito, Ecuador to Guerneville, California <BR> (Includes purchase of a house, packing, unpacking, etc.) <BR> <BR> I knew these were all coming, so I tried to prepare myself and to warn myself against eating for stress reasons. It didn't work. I gained back a lot of weight. No more excuses now, though. I'm nearly settled into the new house, the family have departe... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:21:40 EST I sparked a colleague! I have been walking to work every day. As my workplace is two miles from my home, that's four miles a day. One of my colleagues just told me that inspired him to go for a bike ride after work. What a nice thing to tell me! <BR> <BR> The bad news is that I have really fallen off the nutrition wagon in the last two weeks. I have been doing stress and boredom eating. I don't have a scale here, but I do not need one to know that I have gained. <BR> <BR> Plan: <BR> <BR> Stop eating betw... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:30:20 EST Anticipating body aches and soreness. :) I went to my do jiang today. For an hour and a half I trained with the advanced class. I expect I will be sore tomorrow, but I feel great today. <BR> <BR> I love tae kwan do. I'm glad I'll be able to take it up again now that I'm retiring. I've missed it! My instructor said I was looking pretty good out there. He said it's strange, but I seem to be doing even better than when I was training with them every day. I pointed out that it's a lot easier to do this stuff when I weigh so mu... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 16:36:23 EST Back and blogging Since I was last here, I've packed up all my belongings and sent them off with the shippers. I don't know when I'll see them again as I can't take possession until I have a house to put them in. That won't happen until after I have been here in Washington, DC for a month or so. I do so detest DC in August. It's hot and sticky and just not 'home'. I'll go to Northern California in September to house hunt and, once I have a place, I can have my things delivered and unpack. I won't be sett... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:35:22 EST What do I fear? My Spark Coach challenge today is to do something I'm afraid of doing. SparkGuy, as we all know, has worked hard to overcome his fear of public speaking, which is one of the most common fears out there. I don't happen to share it, which is a good thing as public speaking has been a significant part of my professional life. I get butterflies and all, but in general public speaking is something I do well and I seek out opportunities to speak or perform. <BR> <BR> I went skydiving with my d... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 11:27:39 EST