CURLYCURLY62's SparkPeople Blog CURLYCURLY62's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community well, well, well.... after years, it's the attitude shifts that have helped me lose! I don't know what to say. I'm not sure what's happened. Finally at 54 years of age, my body is starting to listen. My body seems to be responding. The scale is registering. I am the one who has tried all sorts of healthy eating styles and is familiar with most of the diets out there. I think I've tried them all. The only real weight loss I had in the past was a 20 lb loss about 4 years ago when I went raw vegan practically overnight. I loved being raw vegan but didn't do it properly as my b12... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 21:31:16 EST Looking at myself with softer eyes I don't know where I initially heard that expression - look at yourself with soft eyes - but I've always remembered it and it helps me whenever I feel like I might get discouraged. When I plateau, when I give in to a craving, when I am not sure what to eat, when I know I've eaten enough and still have that little bit more.... during those times I simply take a breath and squint my eyes and picture myself as if I were someone else looking at me and I ask myself - what would I say to me if I w... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:35:18 EST A new approach... I was reading over my old blogs and noted a real sense of frustration. I've been off sparkpeople for some time and rather than think about what could have been I'm going to move forward and envision the strong, healthy woman that I want to be. Though I'm still not where I want to be weight wise, I'm gradually losing a pound or two and somehow this time I've lost that sense of urgency. I feel calmer and more graceful. I am more forgiving with myself and others and as a result I find that my fo... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 14:10:46 EST here we go (grow?) again....'s been a year of me trying something new - HFLC diet. I am no further ahead. Ok, well the only interesting thing is that I don't think about food as much as I used to since high fat eating keeps you full, and fuller for longer periods of time. Have been reading all about the High Fat Low Carb way of eating. The Swedes eat this way...the Swedish government revamped their food pyramid and they are advising that we eat 85% fat, 10 - 15% protein and only 5% carbs. I've been drinking my bu... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:02:00 EST Things are going backwards, trying to stay positive but.... I was off SP for at least a couple of months during my kitchen reno and managed to gain back the 6 pounds that I painstakingly lost. Being a positive person I thought to myself that I had temporarily gotten off track and decided that I would jump back on the bandwagon and start over again. After all, what choice do I have? Either move forward and start again or do nothing and keep on gaining. <BR> Here's the hard part. I was slowly losing when I first joined SP back in May of this year while ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:38:52 EST Healthy, delicious While raw fooding last year, I stumbled upon so many delicious meals and desserts that really blew my mind, like chocolate pudding made from blending avocado, cocoa powder or raw cacao powder, young coconut, coconut water, vanilla and a touch of sea salt. The pudding was so rich and creamy that I couldn't imagine ever eating boxed chocolate pudding again. I never got around to making the raw ice cream until just last week though. It's so easy! <BR> <BR> There are different ways of making raw... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 14:00:49 EST nutrition confusion...who do we believe? well... I am going through a bit of a spell here. I am an avid reader and have been reading about nutrition and nutrition related subjects since I was a teenager. So, almost 40 years later, I like to think that I've learned a thing or two. I have taken the best from vegetarianism, fruitarianism, volumetrics, slow food, Paleo and a brief time on Atkins. The Atkins diet did not work for me at all and I was off it within 2 weeks. I actually want to be vegetarian, preferably vegan, however, I d... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 21:53:51 EST I think I may be on to something here... Ok, it seems that somethings going to give here. I have blogged about how this was going to be difficult and how it seemed that nothing was happening and how the go is so slow. A couple of days ago I was thinking about my tendencies and how I tend to take the easy way out of things if I can. I know that arriving at optimum health (including optimum weight) involves hard work, persistence, determination and most of all commitment. Intellectually, I know all that. Practically, the reptilian sid... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 08:20:33 EST So much for the healthy banana bread I baked for tomorrow I was done with eating for today and then decided that I would be proactive and bake this wonderful, healthy banana bread recipe for the week. Whole wheat flour, flax, bananas, low sugar, eggs, greek yogurt. I knew it was going to be good and it was. I decided to take a little corner of the banana bread, as it was cooling on the stove, and tasted it as I wanted to make sure that it turned out ok. Not that that was really necessary but I wanted to try this new healthy recipe and didn't want to... Mon, 28 May 2012 20:34:07 EST This is going to be harder than I thought I must be in denial about something. I've been trying hard to figure out where I'm slacking or where I'm cutting corners. One pound down in over 2 weeks doesn't seem like much though I do appreciate that it's one pound down and not one pound up. <BR> <BR> What I really thought (or hoped) when I joined SP is that making myself accountable with a food diary, something that I've always resisted, would make me realize where I was going wrong with my eating habits and result in a slow steady los... Sat, 26 May 2012 15:05:03 EST Blame it on PMS I go through this every month. A week or so before my period is due I start to think that I'm always hungry. I just had my breakfast of a cinnamon raisin bagel, cottage cheese and a banana. I remember purchasing the small 113 gram PC Blue Menu cottage cheese containers yesterday and thinking to myself, are these people kidding? 113 grams of cottage cheese is just a large spoonful to me. Ok, maybe a couple of large spoonfuls. I ended up eating 3 of them yesterday. I am sitting here this mornin... Wed, 16 May 2012 09:07:36 EST