CASEYTALK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CASEYTALK CASEYTALK'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/ "She has a great personality" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652513 One of today's daily Spark videos is this: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644404 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631504 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630881 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629137 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591390 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454738 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. :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443428 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439455 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420647 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 Out, Damned Clot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407417 About three or four months ago, I posted that I had a blood clot in my left leg. Serious stuff -- my mother has clots, her father had clots, and her brother died of an embolism caused by a clot when he was 29, before I was born. <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> During a recent trip to Mindo, I was eaten alive by bugs. I had 54 bites on the left leg and 29 on the right. The Monday after that, I noticed that my left leg, the one with the clot, was swollen. Our health care provider,... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:39:14 EST SiXTY down -- again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387648 At the end of August, I posted my SIXTY down! blog. Here it is: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038410 </link> <BR> <BR> I lost another two pounds after that and made it to 185. I have a photo in my gallery commemorating that. I then gained back close to 20 pounds, which I am happy to say, are GONE again. <BR> <BR> I didn't give up. I just kept sparking, kept starting each day, kept reading articles, talking to YOU, my spark fr... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:37:44 EST That . . . urgh . . . feeling in my stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385962 I have a zillion things to do. I'm steadily working through them, but I still have more to do. My son's graduation is a week from Thursday and the fiesta dinner (they don't have a 'prom', exactly. The families participate) is the Friday after. I have loads of things to do for those. I have loads of things to do for leaving Ecuador late July. Transporting the cats, selling things, packing up things, etc. There seems to be no end of things I have to do. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I h... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:59:55 EST I like to play with my food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379251 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1077930161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Quito Sparkies and I have a healthful foods potluck where we share ideas for tasty, nutritious, and low calorie dishes every Wednesday. Today I made my penguins. The picture here shows them with cream cheese in the lower olive, but now I make them with yogurt cheese. There's so little of it that the slightly tart taste of the yogurt cheese is not noticible, it's less expensive, and it has fewer calories. <... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:12:15 EST It's about to hit the fan. DUCK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373570 In the next few months: <BR> <BR> My son graduates <BR> Seven people in the house for the graduation <BR> Sell the car and some of my furniture <BR> Pack everything and ship it <BR> Fly to the USA <BR> Find a house and buy it <BR> Unpack everything <BR> Find a new job <BR> Send my youngest away to uni and go through empty nest <BR> <BR> I'm probably missing something. Still, that's enough, surely? Fri, 31 May 2013 11:13:13 EST Drawbacks to the life of a nomad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366599 I have lived in many countries around the world. I currently live in Ecuador and before that it was Uzbekistan. Before that, the USA, before that Germany, before that Korea, before that Sri Lanka, before that Ukraine. . . You get the idea. <BR> <BR> I love it. I learn languages, I meet fascinating people, I learn history, and I visit places others dream of. For example, the Galapagos are part of Ecuador, so I've visited them and the Amazon while I have been here. <BR> <BR> There are dr... Fri, 24 May 2013 10:22:13 EST Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358943 My Spark Coach challenge yesterday was to focus on the positive and to give myself a pep talk. <BR> <BR> I did and it feels good. I strongly recommend it. <BR> <BR> One. I have taken off and, more importantly kept off 50 pounds. I started this process over a year ago. Keeping it up so long is creating new habits replacing the bad ones. <BR> <BR> Two. I am breaking through the plateau at last. That shows perseverance. I won't give up on myself. It also shows I do know what I n... Fri, 17 May 2013 07:38:47 EST Nothing. . . and everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354348 My daughter called me for Mother's Day. It was a great call. I called my mom, too, and we also had a great call. We're three amazing women, we are, and it's good to chat. <BR> <BR> My son lives with me. He never even said, "Happy Mother's Day, Mom", let alone made a card or anything. And that, my friends, is beautiful in its own way. <BR> <BR> We spend a lot of time together. We laugh, we cook together, we talk about the Big Issues, and, a lot of the time we're together, we're silen... Sun, 12 May 2013 20:10:55 EST So much to do. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353267 We've lived in Ecuador nearly 4 years. We're leaving in July. The less I own, the less I have to pack and ship and unpack on the other end. As the kids are both going to be at uni, we're looking to find a retirement property that's smaller than our current place, too. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, we held our second yard sale today. We rid ourselves of a lot of stuff. Even with moving every few years, we still manage to accumulate things and it's good to be shedding them. We made a f... Sat, 11 May 2013 16:47:52 EST It's What's For Lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351766 I wrote recently about my laptop lunches. I thought today I would share a photo: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1945829000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> yum! I already have the sushi roll with ginger as a grouping, so tracking will be easy. Fri, 10 May 2013 07:50:58 EST Warning -- This Will Break Your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344821 History: <BR> <BR> When my son had his 7th birthday, he invited all the children in his class to come to a party at our house. We had all the balloons and serpentine, cake, ice cream, party games -- all ready. The time for the party came and went. No guests. Fifteen minutes later, no guests. A half hour later. . . I went out into the neighborhood where we lived and gathered in every child I could find of any age to come eat the cake and ice cream and play the games. Not one invited g... Fri, 3 May 2013 22:23:15 EST Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341737 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109588447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have joined the Woo Hoo jar team. I decided not to make a new container for the purpose as I have these two perfectly functional and currently unused ones available. So - should I use the tea caddy or the biscuit barrel (cookie jar in the American dialect)? <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 May 2013 09:19:54 EST Yes, this is my smug face. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337184 My son has been accepted to the culinary school he wants to go to in California. <BR> <BR> He's graduating from the British School here in Quito with International Baccalaureate certificates. In the last few years, we've found how much he loves cooking. His grandfather (my father) is a very good cook and I'm not too shabby. With just the two of us living here in Ecuador, one way we've found to share time and interests together is to cook. <BR> <BR> He has been loving the recipes in t... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:17:13 EST I have conquered LUNCH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333015 I thought I'd pass this along. <BR> <BR> I used to eat at the office cafeteria every day. The nutritional value varied and, as I was hungry while in line, the treats would call to me. The cost adds up, too. <BR> <BR> So, I bought myself a Laptop Lunch bento system and started taking my lunch to work. I get it out when I'm putting away dinner, so I can put in leftovers and all. I buy canned veggies (asparagus, artichoke hearts, green beans, hearts of palm, whatever) and plop one of th... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:33:07 EST Moving. SUCH a pain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326390 <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> I am a professional nomad. I move house every few years. The Ukrainians have a saying that one move is like two fires and they are right. The good side of it all is that I do go through my belongings regularly and get rid of loads of things I don't need any more. I remember going through my grandfather's things after he lived in the same house for over 50 years and the clutter and accumulation was incredible. My heirs won't have that, at least. <BR> <BR> <em... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:59:02 EST The English Patient (and the Dinosaur) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310290 If you've read my previous blog entry, you know I was recently the guest of the Ecuadorian health care system. Before you read the following, you should know that health care in Ecuador is generally pretty good. You hear griping about health care no matter where you are in the world and Ecuador is no different. Here is my experience. <BR> <BR> I had my ultrasound that discovered the blood clots at about noon. I was in the emergency room immediately after. They admitted me without askin... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:37:45 EST Clots and Clods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307478 I haven't blogged in a bit. I've . . . well. . . fallen down on the Spark job. I haven't given up, though. Here's the not-so-skinny: <BR> <BR> A while back, my left calf started to hurt. I couldn't figure out why as I hadn't done anything particularly strenuous with it, nor had I injured it. Hmmm. A few days later, I noticed that leg was a bit swollen, too. I had a blood clot a few years back and I knew not to ignore the signs. I went to our physician who sent me for a blood test and... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:03:44 EST I climbed an active volcano today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289012 I am knackered. Details to follow. The tracker says I burned over 2,800 calories for a 4.5 hour hike and it sure feels like it. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 17:47:09 EST The plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269017 I seem to be starting through my plateau. I cannot say for certain as I thought so once or twice before, but it is feeling different this time and I am very positive about it. Most encouraging is that I have stayed about where I was and haven't gained back what I lost. When I have lost a lot of weight in the past, it never stayed off so long. <BR> <BR> Thank you to my wonderful spark friends for not letting me give up on myself! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:49:25 EST Hah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268691 The nurse practitioner took me off one of my meds today. <BR> <BR> I'm going to keep going until I'm off ALL of them. Today, Lipitor. Tomorrow, the world! <BR> <BR> Nyah-ha-ha! <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:33:29 EST Yes, it DOES work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265969 You've heard that even some progress to your weight loss goal can improve your health dramatically -- you don't have to lose all the excess weight you're carrying in order to receive health benefits. <BR> <BR> In January or February 2012, I had a blood test to measure my blood sugars and cholesterol. It is now a year later, and we've done it again. I've only lost about half the weight I need to lose, but look at this: <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:25:33 EST What a COOL birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238899 Saturday was my birthday. The kids and I went to the cloud forest in Mindo. Google images for Mindo cloud forest -- it's beautiful. <BR> <BR> We stayed in an eco-friendly lodge that you get to by being pulled across a river on a 'cable car' (essentially a board on ropes). We went to a butterfly farm and saw loads of birds including toucans, tanagers, a potoo, countless hummingbirds, etc. Ecuador is a birder's paradise as it has the most bird species of any country. I'm not a birder, b... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:46:41 EST Volcano climb, attempt number two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230986 Last summer, I was very excited at the chance to climb Pichincha, an active volcano that rises from the city of Quito. Here is my post about that, along with the stats on the mountain, and other bits of info: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965218 </link> <BR> <BR> The Quito Sparkies and I are now planning to climb it March 16. I'm SO excited! This time, I'm going to make it to the summit! <BR> <BR> <em>358</em> <BR> (no, clim... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:00:54 EST Five things that made me laugh yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202026 Yesterday, I said that one way I'd try to focus on living in the moment was to find five things that made me laugh. <BR> <BR> I did! I really enjoyed looking for things that were amusing, too. It put me in a very good mood all day. <BR> <BR> 1) Chris's comment to the blog that I could laugh at him if he were funny. Well, I did and he is. <BR> 2) There was a comment at work that would require far too much explanation here for you to find it funny, but it made everyone who was there laugh... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:22:23 EST It's a new day -- live it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200093 Today is a day very like so many others. I have work. I'm covering for my supervisor. I have more work on my desk than I have time to complete today. I've scheduled in my exercise, I've planned (and made!) my meals for the day. My kids are busy, too. <BR> <BR> But. . . there's only one today. My whole life, only now will I be able to live TODAY. I can go through the motions and forget it forever, or I can see if I can make it memorable. <BR> <BR> I'd rather live today rather than ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:48:18 EST I did it. I did it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198927 I've been avoiding the scale for some time now. I knew I gained over the hols and I didn't want to see the damage. I'm back on track with my health, though, and when I was losing weight I was weighing myself every day. I know that weight fluctuates day to day and I never was too bothered by the little changes up or down because the general trend was down and down and down. <BR> <BR> So, if that worked for me when I was losing weight, shouldn't I be doing it now again? When I'm overeati... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:20:58 EST Set medium range goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189650 More navel gazing based on The Spark <BR> <BR> I know what my total weight loss goal is, but I need to set some milestones that will help me go towards those long term goals. <BR> <BR> The last post gave me some sense of what motivates me and why I want to do this. By intertwining that with my goals, I should reasonably be able to achieve them. <BR> <BR> Goal one: Reach a weight below 185, which was the lowest I have hit on my Spark journey so far. In other words, remove the gain of the... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:05:21 EST Thinking on purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188391 This is navel gazing applicable only to me. My friends are welcome to ignore this post and I won't feel slighted. <BR> <BR> I bought "The Spark" and read it over the summer, but it didn't get me out of my plateau just to read it. So, now I'm going through it again and I'm going to do some of the assignments. DOING is always more effective than 'THINKING ABOUT', right? So, let's start doing. One of the early assignments is to design my goals with a purpose. It's not enough just to wan... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:49:38 EST Starting over -- again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186448 Go me! <BR> <BR> You know what this means? It means I have NOT given up on myself. I gained a bit over the hols, but so what? People do. It doesn't mean I'm going to gain it all back, right? And the way to make sure that I don't gain it all back is to start over again! <BR> <BR> So, I've been logging my food, exercising, drinking water. . . and I feel good. It doesn't really matter how many times I start over. What matters is that I do not give up. I'm way way way below where I st... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:16:56 EST Update on body fat percentage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152953 I mentioned in my previous blog that I was pleased to learn that from the trainer yesterday that I am at 20% body fat, which she said was good. <BR> <BR> Then I looked on the charts -- apparently 20% body fat for a woman is fantastic (upper range of an athlete's body fat) and that I wouldn't need to lose any more fat. That's clearly wrong. I have spoken with the trainer and she thinks something is off, too. She's going to do the measurements again. She said that particularly in the cas... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 20:25:14 EST It hurts so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152543 Yesterday, I had my first session with a personal trainer. Two very important points came out of that: <BR> <BR> 1) Working with her was good for me because she can push me. She didn't push too hard the first time out, but she knows it's OK to work a bit harder next time. It was still effective because I can feel the soreness. <BR> <BR> 2) I'm in pretty good shape for an old lady. I'm very flexible, many of my muscle groups are much stronger than she anticipated, and my body has few of ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 11:24:09 EST Where Will I Be Next Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148186 Wow. Where to start? <BR> <BR> This is part of the Challenge of Harry Potter. <BR> <BR> The coming year will be full of changes for me. I will retire from a career I have loved for 27 years (it will be nearly 28 then) and will slow down on the travel. I have a few prospects for what I will do next and which one materialises will have a significant effect on what I will be doing. We will sell a house we own and will buy one in the east Bay Area near San Francisco, which is where my husb... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:52:24 EST Copy and paste meme -- from CCASKEY37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140232 CCASKEY37 copied from JANTWO and I've copied from him. <BR> <BR> "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. Use one word answers, get an easy three SparkPoints, and help your SparkFriends get to know you.” <BR> <BR> No, I didn't stick to one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> In my bag. Probably out of battery. <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Far away. <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Brown and grey and very long. <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Amazing ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:04:14 EST The many faces of Casey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127637 I have posted two new pictures. One is the one of me as a Greek goddess for Hallowe'en (yes, my workplace DOES go crazy over Hallowe'en) and one is of me as Susan B. Anthony, performed for the Embassy of the USA here in Quito for their election night. <BR> <BR> I wonder why it is I love to play characters so much? I have always loved 'let's pretend' and have never shied away from an audience. There's no money in it, to be sure. I like being someone else for a time, even though I really... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:38:37 EST On beauty and my view of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114794 As is clear from my previous blog post, one of the things that has been changing in my life has been my view of myself as ugly. <BR> <BR> All my life, I knew I was ugly. I was teased as a kid for being fat and pale and having glasses and braces. Few boys were interested in me throughout high school and college (other than the reason they're interested in ANY willing girl. . .). I can't tell you how many times guys would approach me to ask my help to get to know my girlfriends. It was ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:44:46 EST Hear the goddess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113574 Our office has a Hallowe'en party every year. Each section has a theme. This year, we've created a little Parthenon in our section and we're all Greek goddesses. Because I LOVE playing roles and all, I decided to come to work in my kit. <BR> <BR> I can't tell you how many people have complimented me on how I look and, for ONCE, I agree with people who tell me I'm beautiful today. <BR> <BR> I have my camera charging. I promise a piccy! <BR> <BR> <em>647</em> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:13:38 EST Every day a new start. It's simple -- not easy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082000 The years I kept starting with SP and not getting anywhere, I kept kicking myself and hating myself for not doing what I need to do. I kept asking myself, "why can't I keep it going?" <BR> <BR> One of the things I'm learning on this journey is that, as with a lot of things, the answer is simple but it's not easy. <BR> <BR> The answer is that I CAN keep it going. I just have to do it. When I want to eat something I know I shouldn't, I CAN make the conscious decision to do what's best for ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:09:34 EST Setting myself up to succeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073317 This morning, I made a huge batch of roasted veggies so I'll have them ready for lunches this week. I made sure not to buy things when I went to the store this weekend that I find hard to resist. I'm at my lowest weight since I started doing this in January and I'm feeling great. <BR> <BR> If you don't know about roasted veggies, it's dead easy. Here's what I do: <BR> <BR> Cut up the veggies into bite sizes. I did tomatoes, onions, and red and green bell peppers. You can use practic... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:43:17 EST It's not what you're eating. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057994 . . . it's what's eating you. <BR> <BR> That's what they always say, right? Though, I have to say, what's eating me tends to make me want to eat! <BR> <BR> The COHP has set the task of writing a blog about what's bugging me right now. Hmmm. I'm actually in a pretty good frame of mind at the mo, so I'm a little concerned that dwelling on the negative may not be a good thing, but let's give it a go: <BR> <BR> >> It bugs me that Ecuador, with volcanoes all around, does not generate geo-th... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:49:06 EST SIXTY down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038410 The scale this morning tells me I'm sixty pounds down now. That put a smile on my face! Photo coming at 185, which should be pretty soon now. <BR> <BR> I have two start weights -- at the doctor's office, my max was 249. Here, it's based on what my home scale said, which is 247. I figure the difference is due to the fact that I weigh myself naked at home and that's why I use the lower one here. Besides, I have a withings scale. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it feels good. Really good. Tha... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:35:00 EST