CRYSALLIS1's SparkPeople Blog CRYSALLIS1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Day 3 Day 3 completed. All is well. Fitbit said 11,000 plus steps. 63 active minutes & 23 floors. Spent sometime looking at the ETL cookbook tonight. Trying to figure out something that will be acceptable to both of my daughter's & my 2 yr. old granddaughter when they come visit this weekend. Or at least something vegeterian if not ETL. Suggestions? <em>292</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:31:42 EST EAT TO LIVE DAY 2 Day 2 is in the books. Not 100%; but not bad. I need to bring more food to work as I was a little hungry. Not the programs fault but mine for not bringing enough food. I broke down & had a little crackers & dip a co-worker brought in to share. My evening meal was very satisfying. I'm well within an appropriate calorie range. I definitely wasn't deprived of anything. My husband had "embellished" frozen pizza piping hot & ready when I got home. I had to politely pass. He offered a small piece ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:18:39 EST EAT TO LIVE PLAN DAY 1 I'm so excited today's the day. I plan to follow Eat to Live as closely as I can. I don't plan on baby steps as I have been taking them long enough. My husband & I tried this 18 months ago. We felt better & lost weight. But we soon let modifications in & reverted back to old habits. That was then this is now. ETL HERE I COME! Bring on better health, more energy, clearer skin, & weight loss. I'm in :). <BR> <BR> My Program: <BR> 2015 Plan-CONSISTENTLY FOLLOW MY PROGRAM. (Original start 8/27/1... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 07:32:54 EST The Road to Success <img src=""> I have been under the weather for a couple days so my exercise has decreased a bit. Still not logging or measuring my food. Not exactly sure why so I have chosen a "Quit" date. To turn that around to a more positive spin maybe I'll call it a "Start " date. I could give you lots of excuses but none of them are helpful to my cause. I improved my healthy eating & exercise last November. I have had a stellar 2 months of exe... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:07:06 EST Jumped into the day wrong but stuck the landing. Woke up this morning full of aches & pains. Busy weekend with stress brought on by procrastination & too much to do. I was exhausted but got up an hr. before I needed to. Once I remembered all I needed to do today I had to hit the floor running. I did not go to the arena to walk which impacted my whole day negatively. <em>225</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <BR> Got home from work a bit late. Ate less then stellar. Then I remembered that my new plan is taking care of myself. I went ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 22:11:38 EST Some of My Favorites...... These things go through my mind as I continue my journey. <BR> "The only person who can beat me is me." <BR> "Just do it!" <BR> "The Power is with in Me. I had it all the time." <BR> <BR> I try to push myself just a little further by taking the stairs "one more time". <BR> 1 more quick round around the track. <BR> Walk in place xxx steps to round it up. <BR> Workout for 1 more song. <BR> Not let anymore distance get between me & the person ahead of me. <BR> Pass the person ahead of me. <BR... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:42:10 EST WHAT WILL YOU BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH IN 2 WEEKS? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm much faster & a little more agile. When I walk I have to find stairs to do in intervals to keep my heart rate up high enough. I'm getting more distance when I walk or use the elliptical. I'm passing more people when I walk. It's also getting easier to take the 10 flights of stairs to my work. <BR> <BR> A lady that runs said to me "You got this, keep it up!" Made my day! She makes me wonder if I could possibl... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:41:48 EST I Will Triumph <img src=""> <BR> <BR> March Goals <BR> <BR> Minimum of 30 minutes of Exercise everyday. <BR> Monthly Active Minutes 15,000...Do I hear 20? <BR> 10,000 steps or more everyday. <BR> Daily Bible Devotional. <BR> Record Meals Everday. <BR> Daily Meal PLANNING. <BR> 30 minutes of extra cleaning 5x per week. <BR> 5 Freggies. <BR> 8 waters. <BR> I plan to incorporate 15 minutes of strengthening exercise each day. <BR> Get out of bed when I... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:54:27 EST A Little Help from Friends <img src=""> <BR> XOXO <em>88</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:20:20 EST I'm Sorry <img src=""> <BR> Steps 17,180 <em>546</em> <BR> Miles 7.16 <em>364</em> plus <BR> Floors 31 <em>358</em> <BR> Active Minutes 110 <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Calories in 2,303. (Definte stress eating <em>29</em> ) Calories out 2,181. <BR> Stress 6. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I set up my alarm <em>128</em> .I prayed & read my Bible <em>296</em> I did some quick chores <em>542</em> then headed to rhe arena to walk ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:39:38 EST Today Is Your Day To Start Fresh! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week was a challenge but I got up early everyday to workout & get my chores done. I walked 100,670 plus steps in 7 days! <BR> <BR> I did a little stress eating & I did not track my food. I'm up 1 lb. <BR> <BR> This week I'm going to follow my plan completely. I can only imagine the sucess if I exercised that intensely & tracked at the same time. <BR> <BR> I'm also going to spend more time on prayer. <... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:50:44 EST What's in Your Body? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I could pass this test today. Just don't look in the freezer; but then again I might get a good mark because of all the frozen fruit & veggies. Just move that one carton of birthday ice cream to the side. <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Clean Eating week filled with mental & strength giving Exercise. I also plan to have Wisdom to take time to STOP to LISTEN to God's word. I wish you all Peace in Your Heart. ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:19:00 EST NOTE TO SELF <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thankfully most days I have remembered this. <em>88</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:18:43 EST Just Another Reminder <img src=""> <em>292</em> <em>88</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 23:34:07 EST My Eye is On the Prize <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last 2 weeks were a challenge. My work schedule took all my stamina. Slipped a bit last week. I actually missed drinking all my water, getting up & exercising, and eating mostly freggies. I let a few treats like soda slide in. If I wasn't working I felt I should be. Due to a heavy workload I couldn't find the energy to make a new plan. I found myself procrastinating when I finally got home thus accomplishing ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:21:37 EST Today is My Day. <img src=""> <em>88</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:45:17 EST I WILL FIND A WAY! <img src=""> <em>88</em> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:37:44 EST