COLIBRI1's SparkPeople Blog COLIBRI1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm back Back to SP, <BR> Back to tracking food, <BR> Back to the Protasov Diet, <BR> Back to life - the only one I have <em>30</em> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 2 May 2013 10:33:03 EST Today is yesterday's tomorrow 00:07 AM here - is it still today? Or tomorrow already? <BR> Anyway, since one of my goals was blogging - here I am, just before bedtime. <BR> So, my weekend (Friday and Saturday here) was very much off-track. Our daughter is getting married on Wednesday, so we had a family gathering at home, plus another Henna ceremony tonight (on a much smaller scale than for Naomi, but still, all the pies and sweets...) <BR> But, here's for a new day! (Yes, definitely today <em>211</em> ) <BR> And thank ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 17:14:47 EST Back to tracking 9:40 PM here. Today was the first day I tried tracking the Weight Watchers points. <BR> My goals this week are: <BR> 1. Going back to tracking my food! Both WW points and just regular SP tracking. <BR> 2. Re-learning to drink water. <BR> 3. Blogging about the process. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> So: <BR> 3 - here I am! <BR> 2 - 5 glasses of water today... not enough, but better than before! <BR> 1 - SP food tracking was great! WW points - somewhat less convenient. But the strangest thing is tha... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:55:37 EST Getting back. One step at a time. Hopefully. Wow, it's been quite a long time since I wrote... <BR> Here I am. Still shaky, but starting to get back to myself. <BR> Still not really walking, in the workout sense - but wearing my SP pedometer every day (with the exception of Saturday). <BR> Right now, for example, it's 3:25 PM and it says "4311 steps". That's something, isn't it? <BR> Still eating crazily... Hanukkah holiday (we're in the middle of it) doesn't help, with all its traditions of eating fried food, doughnuts etc. BUT I start... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:39:44 EST Hand in hand - SP motivation for today <img src=""> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:23:40 EST Overwhelmed Hi Spark Friends, <BR> Sometimes I feel as if it's all too much for me... <BR> <BR> Well, first things first, there are lots of good things. <BR> Baby Hila is home and doing good, thanks God! <BR> And my eldest daughter surprised us - totally - by announcing she decided to get married! So the official engagement is going to take place in three days, God willing. <BR> <BR> This is wonderful. <BR> But... I'm so so so so exhausted. <BR> The hormones, I guess, are still going wild. <BR> I have... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:01:14 EST So true... Found this picture on Facebook today - just had to share: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:44:25 EST Welcome hypo... So I got the results from my bloodwork today: <BR> No wonder I feel so down... as was expected, I'm finally hypothyroid. Hypo hypo hypo, big time. <BR> Endocrinologist told me to call him in the afternoon, and probably will write me a prescription... I don't know how long it takes for the hormones to bacome balanced again. I hope not too long. <BR> In the meanwhile, I feel kind of foggy. Very very weak. <BR> Yesterday, in addition, I believe I caught some kind of a bug or virus - was feeling ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 06:01:13 EST Time out Is it still recovery? <BR> Or do I just need some peace and quiet? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> So I had my colonoscopy, and was told everything was just fine, thank God! <BR> My plans were to go right back to work the morning after the procedure (yesterday), but then I found out the doctor gave me two days of sick-leave. And that's how I understood that I really really needed some time out... <BR> So today is my second day at home. My legs still feel a little shaky, or maybe I'm just imagining ... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 02:03:49 EST And another update Went to see little Hila and her mother today - the baby looks a lot better, thank God! She still has to stay at the hospital for a couple of weeks, probably - but definitely looking better, gaining weight, reacting well, and her mom is going to start breastfeeding her! So that's a joy. <BR> Thank you all for sending your prayers, wishes and thoughts! <em>247</em> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:18:56 EST Update on little Hila Thank you, thank you, dear Spark Friends, for all your prayers and support! <BR> Hila is still undergoing all kinds of tests; she has bacterial meningitis, so she will have to stay for some time in the hospital and receive intravenous antibiotics. She also has bouts of very rapid heartbeat, so they check that too. They can't give any prognosis yet as to whether she will recover completely or have some complications... but of course we hope for the best! <BR> The good news are that she has no ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:56:25 EST Prayers and positive thoughts needed! My dear niece had a baby girl less than a month ago. The baby is hospitalized since yesterday morning with septicemia (an infection got into her blood). She's receiving good professional care, and both her parents are with her constantly. If you read this blog, please just pray for her to overcome this infection and to get well soon, or simply send a good thought this way! <BR> The little one's name is Hila (that's 'aura' in Hebrew), and her mother's name is Kochava ( that's 'star'). <BR> Tha... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 10:25:32 EST Sweet horrors from yesterday... Yesterday I joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. <BR> This week assignments include: <BR> <BR> "Don't try to change your ways yet, but do keep track of what, when, and how often you crave sweets" <BR> <BR> Hmmm... <em>40</em> that's a good opportunity to write about yesterday, for instance. <BR> Yesterday started OK. The first time I wanted something sweet was after lunch (we ate out, lunch was pasta). I planned for it and had a nectarine with me for dessert, so it was still relat... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 03:07:08 EST Questions and answers SparkCoach suggested today that I blog about dealing with mistakes. And WOW, do I need to do it! Holidays are such a hard time to eat in a sensible way... I had a couple of days of terrible eating. <BR> And just when I was about to start beating myself up for it - here comes SparkCoach with an article about stopping instead and asking myself some questions. <BR> So here we go: <BR> <BR> - If someone I respect did exactly what I did, would I come to the same conclusion about them that I'm ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 02:12:29 EST Walking 5K completed! I joined the "5K Your Way" challenge early this spring. When I joined, I was so out of shape that I could barely walk around the neighborhood - that's 15 minutes, about 1.3 Km. <BR> Very slowly I started building it up... and then my thyroid went hyper again, and I couldn't continue walking - was experiencing chest pain, palpitations, and had no strength at all. <BR> And then, about two months ago, I started again. <BR> Very very gradually. <BR> One round at first... then two... going on to t... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 03:20:08 EST SP inspiration for Sunday <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 23:55:55 EST Gratitude list for Thursday Here are ten things I'm grateful for this morning: <BR> <BR> 1. The beautiful weather <BR> 2. Tomorrow is Friday - a day at home <BR> 3. My married daughter lives nearby, so I got to be with the little ones yesterday and help them in the shower <BR> 4. I arrived to work early enough to have some Spark time :-) <BR> 5. It's still the season for summer fruits, like peaches and nectarines <BR> 6. 3% cottage cheese <BR> 7. Spark Coach! :-) <BR> 8. Internet connection <BR> 9. My mother <BR> 10. A... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 01:41:10 EST New Year Spark shopping :-) Today is my first day at work in the new year. To celebrate, I indulged in a shopping trip: <BR> went to the Spark Shop here and bought myself two long-desired presents: a pedometer and The Spark book. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> I have to admit that I'm always a little nervous about shopping online... so please, if you have any experience with Spark shopping - feedback wanted! <BR> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 04:39:45 EST Happy New Year! (with wedding pictures) Here we are - tonight is Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. <BR> Time for taking inventory, for soul-searching, for New Year resolutions... yet I feel I don't really have the time or the real peace of mind for it, since the whole family is here for the holiday... a great joy. <BR> We are going to be 16 at the table, and I didn't even start cooking yet! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> But before I retreat to the kitchen - I just HAVE to share some of the wedding pictures: <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 03:30:03 EST Still waiting for the wedding pictures... ...and in the meanwhile, I borrow two pictures my daughter posted on her Facebook page. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:59:27 EST Countdown: the wedding is tomorrow! And I feel just so confused... can't seem to bring myself to concentrating on anything. Is this normal? <BR> Good thing I'm staying home today and not trying to be useful at work... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took all my daughters - the bride and her four sisters - to a spa at the Dead Sea. The girl's won't let me post any pictures of them - so here's me, at least: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I'm going to try and figure out how I can be ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 00:59:58 EST The blog was lost in cyberspace... After I wrote all about going back to the 17 Day Diet, starting today - I probably didn't post it... <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> So' its officially Day 1 for me, <BR> And to celebrate, I received a compliment - <BR> A coworker greeted me by :"Hello, skinny lady!" <em>246</em> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 07:31:14 EST A very short after-party blog This will be a very short blog. <BR> I'm posting it just for the accountability. <BR> After two bad days with sugar - <BR> I'm saying NO to sugar today. <BR> After the henna party - <BR> I'm getting back on track. Yes I am. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These are my daughters at the party - Naomi, the bride, is on the right. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 01:42:42 EST 500 fitness minutes I have to confess: I started this day in a kind of low. <BR> The scale informed me that my weight was up again (sort of a mindless-eating day yesterday :-( ), I was tired, the house was in a mess (we have our garden party tomorrow, so it's a kind of the day-before mess), etc. etc. <BR> Then I actually started the day. <BR> Made lunch for school for DD, went for a walk, ate breakfast, started a load of laundry, sent DH to work... then came here. <BR> Tracked my weight (ouch), food (yes, the t... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:53:18 EST The double-dinner day The granddaughters came with their father yesterday. It was like they already had it all planned - the moment they came through the door, they declared "Savta (that's grandma in Hebrew), we want pancakes for dinner!" (well, the youngest can't say "pancakes" yet, so it was "pnakenecks"). <BR> So we went to the kitchen and prepared the pancakes together. <BR> And then I remembered that the princess just told me the day before, that in India she day-dreamed about a home-cooked dinner - mashed po... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 01:20:00 EST Familiology Well, in Hebrew it would be "mishpachtology" - admit it sounds better.... <em>20</em> <BR> We had a full house this weekend. All the kids home, the bride-and-groom-to-be, the grandlids, my MIL back from the hospital (she had a cardiac pacemaker implanted), my mother invited a friend of hers... well, you see. <BR> <BR> Of course, it's wonderful. <BR> But it's hard. Emotionally, more than physically (though I thought I was spending the best part of the day washing the same dishes over and ove... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:59:38 EST My princess is back home My dear daughter came back last night from her trip to Nepal, India and Sri-Lanka. <BR> These three past months I missed her so much! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (she's the one on the right, dark-haired) <BR> <BR> She's still asleep after the trip... and I'm waiting impatiently to hear her stories! <BR> In the meanwhile, I'm baking her favorite chocolate cake... <BR> but none of it for me :-) <BR> I'm going to bake for myself some Spark Peopl... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 02:41:16 EST Never Quit Pledge Never Quit Pledge <BR> Sunday, August 12, 2012 <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 past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best fr... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 02:05:12 EST Renewing motivation Thank you all, my friends, for your positive comments on my blog... <BR> Well, the trick must be - not to quit. Just hang on there. <BR> This too shall pass. <BR> The weight is slowly moving down again. <BR> I joined SparkCoach here, for some additional program motivation. <BR> For the first time today, tried some abdominal crunches... and continue walking. <BR> I'm tracking my food, and now started to track my exercise as well. However small an accomplishment - like, what's 15 minutes of wa... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 00:58:07 EST Frustrated... Well, yes, I know, that's not very positive... but that's how I feel. <BR> And yes, I know, weight is by no means the only indicator of success... <BR> ... but IT'S SO FRUSTRATING WHEN IT DOESN'T MOVE!!! <BR> Or worse - moving upward! <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> And yes, I know, I coud have told a friend - "relax", "release", "you're doing fine", "that's the way your body functions"... <BR> ...but it frustrates me. <BR> 90.9 yesterday, 91.7 today. Yes, I know, must be water retention or something... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 06:06:18 EST Out for the weekend We're traveling to the North - which is not very far in our small country... <BR> Anyway, we'll be visiting our son, then spend a night and tomorrow in a small hotel. <BR> Please wish me luck - nutrition-wise! <BR> See you on Sunday! <BR> <em>382</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:43:28 EST Accountability I bought a new scale yesterday. Digital. My old mechanical scale was becoming too moody and difficult to read. <BR> So, this morning I was all hopeful to see on the new scale the end of my plateau... surprise surprise. The weight was higher than I thought, and written out like that, in plain numbers - no way to hide from it. <BR> So I changed my weight ticker. It was a little painful, to move the numbers higher... but I owe it to myself, for honesty and better accountability. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 00:29:24 EST Tracking my food - for the first time ever... Well, just to show that I really got serious about this - I sat myself down and actually used the Food Tracker, for the first time. <BR> I always thought it was too difficult, too boring, would take too long... well, not at all. <BR> The plus is, that today I know exactly what I'm going to eat throughout the day. I finally got to planning! I was never able to do it - even when I lost all this weight some years ago. Planning makes it all so easy! A real miracle! <BR> (Or else, it's the age...... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 01:46:07 EST Oatmeal bake! What an excitement! So, after completing the 5 weeks, I started the stepping-down (or is it stepping-up?) process yesterday. <BR> The trick is - slowly, really gradually, re-introducing complex carbs, oils, fruit other than apples, cooked veggies... step by step. <BR> Let me tell you what I craved yesterday. Truly really craved - BOILED CAULIFLOWER!!!!! <BR> So that was my treat. <BR> And another treat - I made an oatmeal bake from SparkRecipes. Changed the recipe a little: omitted the Splenda and the chocolate... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:18:13 EST My plan - The Protasov Diet The Protasov Diet was first described in 1999 by the Israeli dietitian Kim Protasov. <BR> The diet is meant to "reset" the metabolism and reduce cravings, jump-starting weight loss and healthy eating habits. <BR> The diet is a cycle of 5 weeks, followed by another 5 weeks of gradually re-introducing other healthy foods ("step-down"). <BR> The weight loss during the 5 weeks is THE OPTIMAL for every follower! <BR> <BR> THE 5 DIET WEEKS: <BR> <BR> WEEKS 1 and 2: <BR> - RAW vegetables - ANY qua... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:12:26 EST New day, new beginning Wow... four months since my last blog here... <BR> A lot happened. <BR> First, my chronic health condition - Graves disease, hyperthyroidism - decide to come back. The relapse threw me completely our of my emerging food/exercise routine... I was exhausted and without energy all the time, and so overwhelmed... and so I gained back all the weight I lost (yeah, I know, hyperthyroidism is supposed to make you lose weight... not me). <BR> Finally, I was scheduled for radioactive iodine ablation of... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 02:13:00 EST Can you have it all? Well, first things first - here's the birthday cake: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And the banner: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I figured, if I'm not going to eat this cake, at least I'm taking a picture of it - lasts longer than the taste, and no negative side effects... <BR> <BR> And now for my morning mood. <BR> I'm scared this morning. <BR> I'm afraid of not being good enough. Not as go... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:47:37 EST Birthday princess <img src=""> <BR> My eldest granddaughter (here in the picture she is with her little sister) is turning 4. <BR> Actually, her birthday is in another couple of days... but she's celebrating in her kindergarten today, and then the whole family is coming here for the weekend, so we"re going to have a family celebration. <BR> She's all beside herself with excitement. She already ordered her birthday cake (my eldest DD, her aunt, is a pastry ... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 03:02:47 EST On broccoli and miracles Now I'm starting to believe in miracles. <BR> Today is my Day 7 in Cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet. <BR> My first miracle is - NO CRAVINGS. <BR> I wouldn't believe it. My home is full of all kinds of foods; I pass pastry shops every day on my way to work - and nothing there calls my name. <BR> Well, not exactly. I do have some cravings. <BR> Yesterday my DH went shopping. I asked him to buy some vegetables, whatever looks good and fresh to him - because, for the first time maybe, we finished all t... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:47:49 EST Only once??? Several years ago, a friend whom I appreciated very much, told me: <BR> "You can only get abstinence from compulsive overeating once". <BR> Which means - if you are successful in your weight loss / recovery, and then one day you "fall of the wagon" - that's it. No way back. <BR> That's what she believed, obviously. <BR> The problem is - I trusted her then, so I believed that too. <BR> And even now this phrase is still haunting me. Every time I start something and then fail - I hear it in my h... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:04:39 EST My first blog Well, here I am. Of course, I'm already (probably like many of the other friends here) an old-timer in dealing with weight problems... but something definitely feels different now. <BR> <BR> I started the 17 Day Diet - and it feels GOOD! <BR> Of course, there's this small nasty voice there in the back of my head, which keeps whispering "so what, big deal, every new beginning feels great, you've been there before..." <BR> ... BUT I DON'T WANT TO LISTEN TO IT! <BR> <BR> I guess that's my moti... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 02:06:34 EST