CRYSALLIS1's SparkPeople Blog CRYSALLIS1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 38 Day Streak I am on a 38 day Streak of living healthier. I'm eating healthier foods. I'm cooking & eating at home. I am crossing several projects off my to do list. Most of the projects are related to getting organized. I have lost a few pounds along the way. My February goal is 10 minutes or more of exercise everyday. I'm a little challenged finding exercises I can do within my limitations from my surgery. Looking forward to finishing the month strong! <em>334</em> <em>88</em> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:44:39 EST 30 Day Streak Sorry this blog may be a bit boring. It's a good measure for me of my progress. I have logged on & been more mindful of my program for 30 days in a row. I had woke up from a slumber in November but wasn't quite in the groove yet. I did manage to keep my weight steady during the holidays. <BR> Logging on has kept my program in my thoughts. This has led to some positive changes. I have also done some soul searching which has led to some positive actions. I have cleared some physical clutter t... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:01:55 EST What's Missing from My Healthy Living Plan ¿ Still thinking....Do I really know how to prioritize? It's a much deeper question then I ever thought. Thinking about it much of the week. The true answer will make a big difference in my life. <BR> <BR> I also need to incorporate rewards into my program. I use to think the weight loss would be enough. Obviously food rewards are not the way to go. Thinking on this too. <BR> <BR> Consistency is always my downfall. <BR> <BR> I'm open to thoughts & recommendations. <em>88</em> <BR> <... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:21:59 EST Oh My! Yikes I'm an aching unit tonight. I accomplished some big things on my list but way to much standing. I need to avoid doing that again for awhile. My everything hurts. <BR> My evening meal was fair at best. I spent too much time preparing it. I even sat to do the chopping. I think I need cooking lessons. I can cook Midwestern affair quite nicely but not vegetarian apparently. I may just need to keep it simple. It's cold out right now so raw veggies are not what I'm looking for. I truly d... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 20:57:58 EST Do I Really Know How To Prioritize? Feeling more energetic then I have in a month or so. Because of surgery won't be able to do exactly all that I would like to but nice to have some energy. <BR> Somehow I strayed from tracking my food. I'll get back to that today. Geesh I need to keep an eye on myself all the time!!! <BR> I have a totally nutritious vegetarian meal planned for tonight. <BR> I have slowly been checking off my to do lists. Mostly calls, research, emails etc that I was too busy or procrastinated previously.... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:45:15 EST Refining My Vegetarian & Nurtitarian Skills I have been looking up vegetarian recipes. The flavors are not second nature for me to put together. It's been interesting to read & understand the different methods. Most of the recipes have been authentic Asian. Yum! Thankfully not Americianized with cheese. I like cheese but not on pure innocent veggies. I'm also trying to keep them low fat. Many of the vegetarian recipie call for more carbs or more fat then I'm looking for. I can see how it could be possible to be an overweight vegetari... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 12:46:41 EST Oops & More then Optimisim Side tracked a bit this weekend. It's really quite funny how quickly the scale tells on you. I'm not actually upset that I faltered a bit. I know how those foods made me actually feel. They were definitely not as satisfying as they once seemed to be. I wasn't craving them. They were just on the menu & I imbibed. It was a great weekend celebrating my granddaughters birthday. Nice time with family & friends. I'm thrilled that I don't feel the need to chastise myself. I'm happy that my mind is ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:17:24 EST I'm going to Cure it with Food, Prayer, & Meditation. Still a little sick. Sinus pressure & vertigo. Vomited last night for some reason. I think the vertigo was the cause. Thankfully the nausea came & went very quickly. On my way to make some healing green tea. A fruit smoothy with almond milk, frozen apple slices from my tree, blueberries, Greek yogurt, honey, spinach & chia seeds. Got my eye on some fresh veggies for dinner tonight. This body sure has taken a beating the last month. I have to wonder if I would be this sick if I would have be... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:34:50 EST Looks like I might survive It's been a rough couple of days but it looks like I'm going to make it. lol My daughter is sick now. Still far from 100% today but I need to get out of bed. My back is killing me. Going to try to do some paper sorting today. <BR> This body needs healthy foods so thats on the agenda too. I have managed to loose 3.7 lbs since the start of the year. <BR> So I'm ready to Spark! Wishing you all a great Spark Day! Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:03:32 EST Sick I have been sick with a raging head cold since Sunday. Just trying to keep my household members healthy. I more or less put myself in isolation. There is allot going on this weekend. Not to Sparky right now; so I apologize. I'm not overeating by any means either. Between my surgery on my foot, a burn on my hand, & this despicable cold I'm just plain miserable. No worries though I'll be in fighting form soon. Keep on Sparking! Tue, 12 Jan 2016 00:53:52 EST 9 day Streak Today is day 9 of making conscious steps to improve my health & well being. It's going good overall. <BR> I'm going out for a short Church meeting today. The women are quite happy to have our meeting during the day this month. I'm not looking forward to going out actually but it's probably in my best interest. I'm getting into this homebody business. Not really missing driving to much at the moment. <BR> It's been nice to get some sitting projects done for change. It clears my mind for... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 09:44:54 EST I'm Feeling It! Was able to physically get on the scale today. <em>192</em> Down 2 lbs. from my late December weight. <em>48</em> Admittedly a person can gain & loose 2 lbs. in a blink off an eye. I feel like it's better news then that though. My late December weight was down from earlier in the year. I have been limited in my activity level for a few weeks or so. I didn't gain weight from the holidays Halloween through New Years. <BR> The sad news is 49% of my body weight is fat. <em>53</em> ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:18:51 EST Tuesday Going for a repeat of Monday. Had a banana Monday for breakfast; no smoothie. I forgot to ask someone to get the blender out for me. <BR> I stayed with in calories. Did some intentional strength exercises yesterday & some deeper cleaning. Not so easy on a scooter or crutches. No worries I did it safely but I was definitely sweating. The muscles in my arms, legs & butt was complaining last night. Took me twice as long but I felt accomplished. <BR> I'll keep my foot up more today & do so... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 07:55:59 EST Monday's Goal Monday 1.) 8 H20 2.) Kale, Greek yogurt, fruit smoothie AM 3.) Take a multivtamin in the AM. I have noticed in the past it decreases hunger cravings which may be nutritional deficiencies. ? 4.) 10 minutes or more of strength. Cardio is not possible right now d/t recent surgery. 5.) Minimum of 5 freggies. 6.) Stay with in calorie range. 7.) One hour or more of organizing papers January goal. Blog everyday.Stop by the page of each Hungry for a Change Team Member this month. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:54:53 EST I Logged My Food 3 Days in a Row I have done some mild strength exercises & logged my food 3 days in a row. Doesn't sound like much but considering my current situation I'm quite happy with the direction I'm heading. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:50:21 EST I hung onto a thread. It was stronger then I thought. Revisiting Spark & my program yesterday has provided me with a renewed spirit. I returned due to a Spark mail notification. My heart wasn't 100 % in my program but I returned to look around. <BR> My blog kept my mind going the rest of the day. I spent most of the day pondering what's wrong. Why have I not lost more then a few pounds in all this time? <BR> The biggest barrier is plain & simply allowing myself to let go of old lifelong habits Stress has been getting the better of me too. Spa... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:29:14 EST 2015 is ending "Now What"? I have been here for a long time. I feel somewhat hypocritical. I feel like I'm wasting people's time & space on here. Perhaps I should delete my account or at least start over. I have reviewed my plans, goals, & progress. I still believe in my goals & my plan. I'm not going anywhere. If I do then I definitely won't succeed. I absolutely love Spark! December 25, 2014 my weight was 248. (252 that fall). March 2015 234 was my lowest :) December 21, 2015 244. Due to my foot surge... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:39:39 EST Ready for Spark Challenges I'm currently trying to loose a turkey before Christmas with one of my Spark Teams I'm on. <BR> My daughter has a Fitbit again so that will help. <BR> I'm really excited about the new program challenge that Spark Guy is working on. Check out his blog if you haven't already. <em>88</em> <BR> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 06:41:15 EST FINDING THE REAL ME HIDDEN INSIDE I could give you a zillion excuses/reasons for not meeting my goals. It boils down to being tired & worn out & running in an endless circle chasing my tail. In the end not exercising or eating healthy does not solve it. It makes it worse. I believe in everything I have written on my page. I believe I can do it. I know my program is the key to health & the right path for me. <BR> I'm going on a journey to find me the real ME hidden inside. I'm going to focus on consistency. <BR> Won't you jo... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 17:21:03 EST Feeling Inspired Last weekend for the season at my summer get away. I'll miss it but also looking forward to more time completing this round of my home reorganization project. I'm eager to put some creative energy to work. Enjoying the fall weather immensely. Appreciating life being a bit quieter for a change. Feeling so much better oganized at home and work. I feel I can see some things much clearer right now. It's been a great summer. Looking forward to working on my mind, body & soul. I plan to greet n... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 23:24:18 EST A Wonderful Week I have been on vacation a little over a week. It's been a good mix of relaxation with my husband, time with family, & working on my household reorganization job. I was able to be at my summer hide away most of time. I will hate to close it up in a few weeks. <BR> I exercised but not as much as I could have. I have ate tons of veggies, very little meat, & have reduced my processed foods. <BR> I have been reading & studying Dr. Wayne Dyer self help books & Dr. Joel Furhman nutritarian books ... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 20:38:15 EST DO IT WITH PASSION Dr. Wayne Dyer says in his book "Let the world know why you are here & do it with passion." <BR> <BR> ? Do you know why you are on this earth; right here right now? What is your passion? We all have a purpose. We all have an opportunity to transform our lives & to transform the world around us. I wish you all the best as you discover & act upon your passions. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 02:35:03 EST 10 Day Clean Eating Challlenge I'm starting a new 10 day clean eating challenge tomorrow. (Monday September 14th) . <BR> Anyone want to join me? I'll be checking in daily. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:46:01 EST I have began to study Dr. Wayne Dyer's teachings. Anyone else? I first "met" Dr. Wayne Dyer during IPTV's Festival. I only caught a snipit of his show but found myself very interested in what he was saying. Sadly he unexpectedly passed away a few weeks ago. Many of the e-books are $1.99 right now. I have just started reading them; I'm finding them to be very profound. I do not see a Dr. Wayne Dyer Spark team. I would love to discuss his teachings with other person's familiar with his writings. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:11:40 EST Miracles? Why don't we think we're worthy of one ? On yesterday's blog a few people commented they believe in miracles & would ask for a miracle for other people but do not do it for themselves. <BR> I thought that was very interesting. Quite honestly that's how I do too. <BR> There are all sorts of miracles (answered prayers?) that a person may ask for. I assume the biggest one is healing from a serious disease. I definitely pray for that one for others & have for myself too. Two years ago several drs were sure I had lymphoma. I was quite... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 23:20:29 EST Fall a Time for Transformation <img src=""> I truly believe in miracles; do you? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:21:47 EST September Optmism So many signs that autumn is here. The trees are just beginning to change color. The corn & soy beans are changing from John Deere green to yellow. The squash & pumpkins are ready to harvest. School is back in session. The nights are cooler. The days turned hot again just in time for the kids to go back to school. It's been a challenging summer for me. God willing in a couple months my world will likely be sitting properly on its axis again. My nose & sinuses do not have the needed apprecia... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:54:49 EST Live your life everyday continued. I attended a funeral last Saturday, another one today, one tomorrow, & another next week. Already had a couple others in the past 2 months. Several of our family members needing extra TLC right now for health reasons. I never remember so much loss. I never want to experience it again. I recognize that we do have so much to be thankful for. <BR> My husband & I fit in some quiet & peaceful times over the past week. We took some walks but I also imbibed in some indulgences. I do wish I would ha... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:21:57 EST Oh My Goodness Where Have I Been? My internet time has been limited as I'm working like crazy at downsizing my belongings & reorganizing. For some reason our internet connection has also been unavailable at times. Feeling lucky tonight that it's working. <em>30</em> <BR> Feeling bad as a team leader; that I'm not leading well. Also missing time checking in & dear Spark Friends old & new. <em>2</em> <BR> Eating lots of fresh veggies. The garden has taken allot of time too. But what a wonderful pleasure to be sure. ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 23:06:33 EST August Goals Log my food everyday. The good, the bad, & the ugly. Finish organizing my craft room. Get rid of more stuff that owns me. Get 10 minutes of exercise everyday. Positive words & thoughts. Clean out the deep freeze. Clean out the refrigerator freezer. Freeze herbs. Process garden produce. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 11:40:44 EST I Ate Sushi for the First Time I sampled all sorts of Sushi tonight. My children ordered it. It was allot of fun. I can see how it's addicting. I prefer the all vegetable ones most. I don't favor cold fish cooked or not. I also watched a Vegitarian cooking show. Don't know the name of the show. It's unbelievable how much my food tastes have changed the past few years. Until 2 years ago I could most accurately be described as a carnivore. I even order Vegitarian Mexican food. I actually prefer it. Now to cut out those carbs... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:19:37 EST Home Organization Goals KITCHEN <BR> *get rid of unused items <BR> *less items on the counter <BR> (Note-I have made great progress with this on the past couple years.) <BR> Ultimate goal-better healthy meal planning. Pack "cute" lunches. <BR> <BR> MASTER BEDROOM-not the catch all room. For sleeping, dressing, & <em>212</em> . <BR> (In the last 2 weeks I already got rid of old clothes & misc. items that don't belong there.) <BR> <BR> SPARE BEDROOM-my creativity room. Get rid of extra stuff that holds me back ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:32:37 EST Making Progress Sorry not so active on this site the past several weeks. We have been immersed in a humongous home project with at least a few more weeks to go. Flip flopping some upstairs & downstairs rooms. Our daughter & granddaughter moved in. Fitbit doesn't measure allot if it as active minutes but it sure feels like it in my bones. The garden is growing well & we're trying to eat as fresh as possible. Missing my Spark time but just know I'm striving to make progress in lots of areas. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:34:32 EST God Is Calling Me To Be Strong God is calling me to be strong & to seek his wisdom. Lots going on with some loved ones right now. I plan to be in prayer, study my Bible, exercise & eat healthy. He will see us through. <em>88</em> Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:45:05 EST I'm Hungry for a Change I have reexamined my program. I still whole heartedly believe it is the program for me. Consistency is always my downfall. I'm committed to 10 minutes of intentional daily exercise (minimum) for the next 30 days. I feel this will get me on a great streak. The excuse of being too tired, too busy, too stressed won't hold water when commiting to 10 minutes. I don't think I'm alone on that one. My new Fitbit is feeling sort of unloved. So hopefully I can actually get my minimum 10,000 steps ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:04:58 EST Life Events Life events can knock your socks off or give you the strength to use those same feet to climb a mountain. Climbing your mountain whatever that may be is definitely easier said then done. What we must all remember is each one of us has a God given gift inside of us. God has given us an innate Will to be survivors. <BR> My life has been basically easy compared to so many of my friends. I have not personally faced persecution because of my race, religion, color of my skin, or my beliefs. I ha... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:09:21 EST Thank You Fitbit!!!!!! <img src=""> I got my new Fitbit Chargeâ„¢ today. My other one was not holding a charge. Fitbitâ„¢ verified my situation & sent me a new one right away. I really missed my old one. I'm so excited to put it to use. Nice way to end a stressful day. Lots of storms from Mother Nature today. The weather had me quite nervous & made certain situations tougher to deal with. Time for goods night rest. I'm exhausted! I hav... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:20:55 EST Status Update My mother & stepfather were in a head on collision last week. Praise God they faired much better then would be expected. The other driver had a medical condition causing the accident. I believe the other driver will be ok as well. So once again counting my blessings in a big way. <BR> I travelled for work last week. I made some healthy choices & well hmmmm, aaaaa. Ok, so I had cheese factory cheesecake for dinner & an espresso ne night as a dinner. <BR> Bought all most entirely healthy fo... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:43:50 EST I'm Renewed. I Vow to Really Live each Day. I just spent a week @Yellowstone & the surrounding area. We tried to stay off the beaten path. The trip was exactly what I needed. I renewed my goals. I'm craving fresh foods & exercise. I choose vegetarian foods often.I want to return to Yellowstone to take a real hike. It's my ultimate fitness goal. I challenged myself while gone & enjoyed myself so much. There is so much more I'm capable of when I'm not toting around so much extra weight. I'm eager for the future. We have... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:15:56 EST Thank You! Thank you all for your words of wisdom, support, & prayers. Things are going good right now. I also promise myself a healthy day today. <em>88</em> Wed, 6 May 2015 03:35:16 EST In Need of Prayers My healthy, active 2 year old granddaughter began having seizures a couple of weeks ago. She was admitted to the hospital last week & has been started on seizure medications. Thankfully they found nothing visibly wrong with her brain. She has been diagnosed with epilepsy. She will be on medication for two years. Hopefully she will grow out of the seizures. <BR> My active go getter mother has shown some mental decline. She failed some preliminary tests & is scheduled to do more. <BR> ... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:42:58 EST Three Day Weekend :) Fighting to get my exercise in. Three day weekend away at my camper should help me catch up. Planning on hitting the trails as often as I can. Lots of veggies packed. Planning on grilling them. I'll report back. Have a great weekend Spark Friends! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:25:18 EST April Goals I just spent at least an hour writing an evaluation of my goals & my progress the past month. Then once again I apparently bumped a wrong button & pooof it was gone! At least if was helpful to me. So here's a quick outline. <BR> April Goals- <BR> 1,500 to 2,000 Fitness Minutes. <BR> Log my food everyday. This includes the sensational, good, & not so pretty. <BR> Eat To Live Nutrition <BR> Study more recipies & techniques for Vegetarian & Nutritarian meals. <BR> Write in my Gratitude Journal ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 22:09:30 EST Fitness Minutes I "dilly dallied" around & I'm behind on my fitness minutes. The last few months earned 1500 monthly minutes. For years I was lucky to get 500. I aimed for the moon this month @2000. I'm challenging myself to 299 minutes in the next 3 days to get as close as I can to 1500. I kind of got use to that number recently. I only count actual "workout" minutes or possibly "heavy" cleaning. More or less my Fitbit does the tallying. I don't count other things as I know I'm capable of so much more. Qui... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:11:14 EST The Sun is Shining Today! I'm closing the day today with a happy heart. I found a bit of my spirit. I got a little extra sleep this morning & extra cleaning after that. I had to work real fast as my daughter called to see if I would be interested in having my granddaughter all day. Yes!!!!! She loves to "shop". We visited some dear friends at a cultural event. We visited my niece at her repurposed junk sale. We met our son & his family to check out a house he wanted to put an offer on. We ate dinner with them.I trie... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:53:40 EST I Was Blessed With A Warning So many things were on my mind yesterday as I drove to the Drs. office. I was scared to see the Dr. that I know so well & love so much. So many worries about lots of other things that I need to give to God. Then the lights came on on a SUV going the opposite direction. I honestly didn't know I was speeding. Thankfully for me my past good behaviour spoke up for me. I got a warning citation.I could never be a criminal as a driving violation actually makes me feel like a horrible criminal. Thank... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:20:20 EST I Thankfully Pulled Myself Together Today Woke up feeling blue, overwhelmed, & frustrated. I read my daily Bible reading, prayed & went through the motions of being in order. It was hard but eventually I was able to count my blessings & be in an attitude of gratitude. <BR> I did not walk this morning due to an icestorm last night. I didn't want to drive any further then I had to for work. I could have worked out at home but didn't. I was so exhausted last night. Thankfully I slept better then I had for a few weeks. I also slept... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:10:35 EST Week 2 Progress Had a rough couple of days. I let some situations out of my control dictate my eating. I didn't throw in the towel but I didn't have the strength to follow my program as well as I should. Winter mix weather is making a come back & I won't be sad to see it go away again. Cold, dark, damp weather can go bye, bye ; it's not helping my emotions much. I'm sort of surprised by its effect. <BR> I made a come back today. I was able to go for a walk. My eating was close to my program. Tomorow wi... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:45:58 EST Week 1 ETL I'm very pleased with my week of ETL. Exercise & food was close to what I was aiming for. Next week I'm going to track my food. I bought some much needed fresh veggies & fruit a few days ago. I really love this plan! <BR> I sloughed slightly today. I had a wonderful day with my daughters & granddaughter. Ordered a vegetarian burrito. It was great! A treat later is what threw me off course a bit lol. My daughter is interested in my plan & is borrowing my book. <BR> My Dr. Fuhrman... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:58:07 EST Day 4 ETL The Great & the Honest Great-let's talk pounds- Down 1.4 overnight. No worries I'm eating plenty of wholesome foods. I'm eating as the plan describes. This is a total of 6 lbs. since Saturday morning!!! I have never been this successful before. Not sure why the Saturday and Sunday wt.Loss but ill take it. <BR> Current wt. 234.4. The lowest wt. I remember in at least 5 years. A total loss of 18 lbs. since November. I started a clear vase & stone system. In a large dish is the total stones (lbs.) I would like to loo... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:30:06 EST