CHARLIE-B's SparkPeople Blog CHARLIE-B's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Have to Admit It was to Much for My Body!!! I made a commitment to myself and to PHOENIX2B on 3/18/16 to do CIZE everyday for 30 days. But, I have to admit it was to much for my body to keep it up everyday. At first I was taking my time while learning and doing a lot of reversing of the DVD to get the steps down in Crazy 8's. I did that for 5 days and have been doing it every other day since. <BR> <BR> PHOENIX2B is still sticking to her commitment even though she has had a bad cold or flu for the past 4 or 5 days. I don't know how she... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:24:11 EST THM Day 54 & CIZE Challenge Day 7 of 30 I'm loving both THM and CIZE. The combination of the two is working for me. I am sleeping better (and that's a big thing for me) and have a lot more energy for everything. This is my new lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Just from walking 3 times a week and doing THM (Trim Healthy Mama Plan) since Feb. 1st my: <BR> A1C has gone down from 6.7 to 6.3 <BR> <BR> Sorry this is a short one!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Charlie Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:55:43 EST THM Day 51 & CIZE Challenge Day 4 Day (51) Trim Healthy Mama Plan is going along smooth now. I have it down pretty good now and am losing slow and steady. I have been losing about 1 pound a week just on THM and walking 3 days a week. But, on 3/18 I started CIZE (dance routine) so I'm hoping that will kick it up a little. <BR> <BR> Day (4) of CIZE Challenge for 30 days. I'm enjoying learning the moves and still a little slow doing the them but, like they say the time goes by so fast because it's fun. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em>... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:03:21 EST I'm Committing to 30-days of CIZE (a FUN alternative to exercise). Besides continuing with eating the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA Plan and walking, I am committing to having fun with and learning CIZE for 30 days. I actually started 3/18/16 when I received my Cize DVD's. So, this is Day 3 of my 30-day exercise challenge, Cizing It Up! <BR> <BR> CIZE is an alternative to getting fit for those who dislike the monotony of traditional forms of exercise such as weight work and cardio drills. CIZE brings the dance studio home with dance courses that help you master profes... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 02:22:33 EST I'm LOVING My New "Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle" Trim Healthy Mama Plan is truly my lifestyle now. I received my THM Plan book on 2/10/16 and the THM Cookbook on 3/10/16. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to get into planning my weekly menus. I have never done that (and don't really know how to start) because I have always been a fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl. It's kinda like these blogs, I really don't know what I'm going to say when I start one. <BR> <BR> I choose THM because I need to get back to where my AC1 is under 6 and that mea... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 16:45:58 EST I Was Inspired To Write This Today... Hi I'm Charlie, I'm 69 yrs. young... believe it or not, it doesn't matter how old we women get,,, we never stop wanting to be as healthy and as trim as we can!!! <BR> <BR> I was inspired to write this today... <BR> <BR> I'm just starting to learn about Trim Healthy Mama (THM). I received my book (the THM Plan) on 2/10/16 and have only read through Chapter 2 but, I have learned a lot of things already that I didn't know (but, things I thought I knew), just in the Intro. and 2 Chapters. (... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:18:10 EST You’re Not Sleeping Enough <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Sleep is incredibly important for overall health and studies show that a lack of sleep correlates with weight gain and obesity. <BR> <BR> A lack of sleep can make us feel hungrier (5). It will also make us tired and less motivated to exercise and eat healthy. <BR> <BR> Sleep is one of the pillars of health. If you’re doing everything right but still not getting proper sleep, then you won’t see anywher... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:27:22 EST Never Quit Pledge I reblogged this from Ohanamama who copied this from CERIUSLY 's blog who copied this from JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from...... <BR> <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my pas... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:48:54 EST 2013 Blog 17 ~ Update on my progress with eating on The Fast Metabolism Diet! Update on my progress with eating on The Fast Metabolism Diet! <BR> <BR> 1st 28 day cycle From 7/1/13 to 7/28/13 <BR> Weight <BR> +174.4 <BR> - 167.4 <BR> ====== <BR> 7.0 Pounds Lost <BR> <BR> Inches 6/29/13 to 8/3/13 <BR> + 302.5 in. - <BR> -298.25 in. <BR> ========= <BR> 4.25 Inches gone <BR> <BR> <BR> I started my second 28 day cycle of The Fast Metabolism Diet on July 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> 2nd 28 day cycle From 7/29/13 to 8/25/13 <BR> Weight <BR> +167.4 <BR> - 163.8 <BR> =... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:39:18 EST 2013~Blog~14 ~ I’m So Excited I can hardly contain myself!!! My monthly goal started out to be lose 5lbs a month. I lost 7 lbs. in 28 days. <BR> And a goal to Read The Fast Metabolism Diet book “ by Haylie Pomroy. I read it! <BR> <BR> July 1st I started on my 1st 28 day Fast Metabolism Diet, (I think of it as My Fast Metabolism Life Style now). <BR> <BR> The first thing I did was give up my 2 cups of coffee in the morning. It was not as hard as I thought it would be and now I don’t even miss it. <BR> <BR> I don’t think I have ever eaten so much foo... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:09:33 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~ 13 June Results & July Goals My Goals for June 2013 were: <BR> <BR> Lose 5 lbs, SW was 173.0 lbs, GW 168.0 lbs. CW 175.2 lbs. = 2.2 lbs Gain in June. I started looking for a way to speed up my metabolism and found a way on June 21, 2013. <BR> <BR> I said in June that I will NOT stay on Low Carbs forever and I’m NOT. <BR> <BR> <BR> **** July 1st I start The FAST Metabolism Diet to repair my metabolism!!! <BR> <BR> My Goal for July is to lose 5 lbs AND to read The FAST Metabolism Diet Book and learn how and what to e... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:06:41 EST 2013 ~ Blog ~7 I have been inspired by Renne` my SP friend to eat RAW today! <BR> <BR> I made a Green Smoothie for Breakfast: <BR> 1 cup Spinach <BR> 1 small Apple, pealed <BR> 1/2 Avocado <BR> 1 cup of Dole Frozen Fruit Mix <BR> 1 Tbs Flaxseed <BR> 1 scoop of Whey Protein <BR> 3 cups Water <BR> ================ <BR> Calories 501, Carbs 61, Fat 22, Protein 32 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I will be away from home today working on my daughters house again so, ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:05:26 EST Fruit infused water! This may help get down those 8 glasses of water each day!!! Fruit infused water <BR> Submitted by: CARABY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> <BR> I picked up this little trick at an upscale hotel I stayed at last year. It's delicious and helps make the transition from sweetened drinks to water so much easier. It tastes just like plain water until the fruity aftertaste hits you! Use any fruit that you want. I like strawberries. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 2 <BR> Number of Servings: ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:26:23 EST I Have Questions and Need Answers? Let’s talk about the real things we should be talking about. Not just talking to be talking. Don’t get me wrong I love the support everyone shows on SP but we all need answers. I have been on SP for over 4 years trying to find the answers and I have learned a lot but, I‘m still looking for more. <BR> <BR> These are a couple of things I have noticed that happens to me: <BR> 1) If I drink decaf or regular coffee in the evening I lose a lot of water weight within a couple of hours after drinki... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:52:14 EST What my body Needs, NOT WHAT I WANT…. Where do I start? What I want to say is that, I’m not as stressed or I guess the word is fixated on losing weight like I was. <BR> <BR> I have decided that my body is on it’s own time schedule. I KNOW I WILL LOSE WEIGHT, but only when my body is ready to let it go. So, I’m taking the pressure off of myself. <BR> <BR> I will just continue to exercise and eat healthy. I will listen to my body. If I’m hungry I will eat slowly and small amounts of good healthy organic food, drink water when I... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 12:34:41 EST I have come a long way baby! I was on low carb for about 14 years and now I’m finally making the switch to Vegan. <BR> <BR> I have tried before to no avail in 2010. In Sept. of 2011 I stopped doing Atkins and went to low fat to see if I could break the stall I had been in for almost 2 years. I did lose from 177.8 pounds to 164.6 but I have not been able to get past that. I just refuse to go another year or so in the 160’s. <BR> <BR> I thought I had to stick with low carbs because of my blood sugar. I thought it was t... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:50:33 EST Our Time From the day we are born we are dieing. Each day we live we are one day closer. This morning I woke up thinking about a dear sweet friend who we are going to lose to cancer. Don’t get me wrong now, I’m not giving up for her and she is not either. She, Barbara has a wonderful fighting spirit for someone who has been told that she has stage four lung and brain cancer. She doesn’t know about it being in her bones too. <BR> <BR> Barbara is coming home today from the hospital. She lives just ac... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 08:34:44 EST Converting from Atkins to The Gabriel Method & The Mediterranean Way <img src=""> <BR> Jon Gabriel ~ Lost over 200 lbs Without Dieting using the Gabriel Method <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Mediterranean Way. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Well, I’ve been here on SP sense Jan. 4, 2008. I weighed 198.7 then. <BR> <BR> I had weighed 190 lbs and gotten down to 140 lbs (lo... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 21:17:23 EST Here I am AGAIN <BR> ~~~~~~~~ <img src="">~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> I don’t know why I keep having these overwhelming desires to try to look and feel as good as I did when I was in my youth, but I do from time to time and I actually believe that I can. So I start to work on it and I even make progress until something happens that knocks me on my ass. <BR> The last time it was last June 26, 2009 when we (my Dubby and I) found my beautiful Arabian horse Boo, struggl... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:24:49 EST I Actually Rode Boo!!! <img src="">Well I finally got up the courage today to get in the saddle for the first time in years. This has been my goal for over a year and I finally did it. I actually rode Boo!!! <BR> <BR> If you read my blog about How Horses Helped To Save My Dubby then you would remember that I wanted to buy a horse so he would have something to look forward to, something to get him out of bed again. <BR> <BR> I was never scared of ridding horses... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:58:25 EST If you're "doing everything right," and nothing's happening, A flaw or weakness is only that because we constantly tell ourselves that, and because we don't strive to change it. <BR> Set the goal, Envision yourself achieving it, put new protocols into practice, and Work Toward THE Goal Mentally and Physically. <BR> If you're "doing everything right," and nothing's happening, then check your mind. You're very likely unknowingly sabotaging yourself with negative thinking. <BR> <BR> Questioning the protocols too much, even under the guise of "seeking ... Thu, 16 Oct 2008 13:28:59 EST Boy, if we could figure out what makes us lose focus I guess we would be rich. Boy, if we could figure out what makes us lose focus I guess we would be rich. <BR> <BR> What with all the diet pills, diet programs, exercise clubs, DVD’s, TV shows, and the list goes on forever. <BR> <BR> I have a thought. Maybe, just maybe if we each think about what we are thinking when we lose focus and that makes us go back to our old eating habits and if we write it down maybe we won’t lose our focus on getting healthy and losing weight again and again. <BR> <BR> If you think thi... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 21:05:21 EST My Adventure with Atkins My Adventure with Atkins <BR> <BR> I had been thin all my life. So at 17 I didn’t need to lose weight. But, some of the women in my life did and I remember them having heated discussions about this new diet and a man by the name of Dr. Atkins. I remember one lady saying who ever herd of losing weight eating all you want of eggs, cheese, bacon, stake, etc. Well some how all that stuck with me and this was way back in 1963. <BR> <BR> At age 28 I had a complete hysterectomy, due to an imbedde... Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:53:29 EST September September is my birthday month and my favorite month of the year, because in Texas it starts cooling off a little and every year I am more ready for cooler weather than the year before. <BR> <BR> September also seems to be the month that I always take stock of myself and make goals for my health and weight. But, I did that in July this year. However, I find that I have been spending to much time here on the computer learning about SP and trying to post on to many teams and that it has hurt m... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 13:54:48 EST My Love of Texas My Love of Texas <BR> <BR> I know that I'm not the only person in the United States that ever felt strongly about where they were born and so, this is for everyone. People are just naturally drawn to where they were born and grew up. Some people leave their home town for one reason or another and in a lot of cases at some point in their life do their best to move back HOME and some actually do succeed. Even if it takes them a life time. The kicker is that, you can't go back! It's never the s... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 11:02:43 EST This is just for the Fun of it! This is for all the fun I haven't had because I was with drawing from life and being with people weather it was family or friends. That is what getting older and weighing more than I see myself in my minds eye has done to me. <BR> <BR> So I'm putting myself out here for the world to see and I am going to be the best I can be until I die. I am going to live like there is no tomorrow!!! <BR> <BR> I probably won't sky dive or clime mountains again but I will get back in the saddle and ride ... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 10:30:45 EST In everyone's life, at some time, our inner Photo: Morjorie Newin age 78 <BR> <BR> fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. (For me that was SOAPFAN and Morjorie Newin) We should all be thankful for those people who kindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> <BR> It is very important for us all to remember to give thanks to the people who help us remember what living is all about. Who has helped you rekindle your inner spirit or remember why you are here? Call them or w... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 15:08:49 EST There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between. Pat Riley <BR> <BR> Your life deserves better than a half-hearted effort. Meet your goals with a weak handshake and they’ll soon be waving you goodbye. Since you probably don’t want to look back on a life full of “almost made it” memories, it’s time for total commitment. Leave it all on the field, don’t hold anything back. Is there anything more satisfying than pouring out your entire being, straddling the cliff... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:10:23 EST Horses helped to save my husband About two years ago I almost lost my husband to blood clots in his lungs. I don't know the medical term but anyway he made it through a real bad time and I was looking for something to bring his sprits up. We have a few beef cattle ( Belted Galloways ) and we just love them. But they weren't enough to keep Dubby's ( my husband ) mind busy. So, I told him I wanted a horse. That did it, he perked up and I realized I couldn't back down then. So we started talking about horses and looking for a b... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 07:09:03 EST Boy, is my old BowFlex going to get a workout Now! <link><BR>p?id=45 </link> <BR> <BR> I am so inspired by SOAPFAN and her inspiration (mine too now) Morjorie Newin an 86 year old bodybuilding lady who looks like she could be in her 40's. <BR> <BR> Smiles, <BR> Charlie <BR> <em>216</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2008 10:36:11 EST I'm so Excited, I'm on my way ! <em>244</em> I have lost in my first week 3lbs & 7 1/2 inches. <BR> <BR> This is a pic of me when I was 24 and I weighed 115. I felt great and didn't have any health problems. I won't ever look like this again but this is how I see myself and I am going to work hard to ultimately get back to that weight and feel as good as I did then. <em>303</em> Wish me luck if you have read this. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Smiles, <BR> Charlie Sun, 13 Jul 2008 11:12:38 EST New Goal getting in the saddle. I have joined the Team of one called " 60 + Horse People " I like what the leader Tater Termater said about it. <BR> She said the team is for people who love their horses and are in their sixties & are riding & eating to be healthy". <BR> That is what I want to do, eat healthy and ride my horse, not walk my horse like I do now. I am in my sixties so that part fits but I take my horse for walks like most people walk with their dogs. I have owned my horse Boo for a year and I have never ridd... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 08:21:49 EST