DEEGIRL50's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEEGIRL50 DEEGIRL50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What I'm Willing To Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807391 Always an excuse and a tomorrow I'll start, but I'm off for 4 days. I'll be going on some day trips; going out to eat; and hanging out with friends. Eat, eat, munch!! The "I don't want to" feeling is really up front in my mind. <BR> <BR> I don't want to count calories. I don't want to skip dessert. I don't want to go to the gym. I don't want to... <BR> <BR> Okay. Got that. "What Am I Willing To Do????" <BR> <BR> I will look for ways to include vegetables/fruit with every meal. <B... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:55:14 EST Morning Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806744 <em>271</em> I'm enjoying a mocha chai latte this morning. Their advertisement says "The taste of peace & quiet." Ah, deep breath. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I'm up an hour before my alarm would ring. I love a leisurely start to my day. <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> I've been taking small steps to get myself back on track. <BR> Step 1... no soda in the morning. <BR> Step 2... only one evening snack. <BR> <BR> I know they're small steps, but when I wake up in the morning with the "I did it... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:01:49 EST Just For Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805017 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I'm struggling. Actually, I've been on a huge binge. Craving chocolate (really really good chocolate). Eating fast fat food again. <BR> <BR> I will find my way back. Right now... I want to share some fun! I went on a Freaky 5K walk with my family. It was a beautiful fall day. 60 degrees outside in Wisconsin in October!!! We had a grand time!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435951439.jpg"> <BR> Dee & Molly (niece) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:00:06 EST Need To Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803807 I completely gave up on Weight Watchers this week. I've repeated this phrase a lot: "I'm going to be a WW drop out. I'll never eat like those people." <BR> <BR> At the meeting people were saying... "I ate more fish this week. Just put a piece of fish in the microwave with a little lemon and seasoning. Delicious!" Inside my head, I'm screaming "YUCK!" <BR> <BR> Another WW member said... "I over ate on beets this week. I roasted 5 beets and ate them in 2 meals." Again, I'm thinki... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:58:49 EST I Had A Dream... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792614 Do you know what it's like when you wake up in the middle of a dream and it seems real? <BR> <BR> That happened to me this morning. I dreamed that my favorite pair of capri pants (which are too small at this time) were too big for me. I mean fall off your body - too big. It felt soooooo real. <BR> <BR> It's time to make my dreams come true! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028005765.jpg"> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 06:53:44 EST Time to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786585 Have you seen the Weight Watchers commercial -- the one that shows all these healthy plates of food and says "I can eat all of this on Weight Watchers"? <BR> <BR> That food doesn't look appealing to me. Spaghetti with olives instead of meatballs? No way. Chicken... I don't eat that. <BR> <BR> Well, little lady (hear John Wayne saying that) -- It's time for a change. <BR> <BR> I can keep saying "I don't EAT that kind of food" and go on eating junk and harming my health, gaining weig... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:21:36 EST Tea and Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785304 This morning I'm taking time for tea and journaling before getting ready for work. <BR> <BR> I read a blog about how after saying "No" to herself all day, she would eat wildly after work. Instead she said "yes" to herself all day. <BR> <BR> "Yes, this healthy salad with all the colorful vegetables is for me." <BR> "Yes, I can get up from my desk, stretch, and enjoy a walk outdoors." <BR> <BR> I tried it. Really told myself how much I was going to enjoy my peanut butter, banana, honey, ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:07:49 EST My Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784553 My friend urged me to do one good thing for myself today. <BR> <BR> I will start by throwing away the potato chips and dip I bought this weekend. <BR> <BR> Jules wrote in her blog about feeling "chaotic and disordered" and waiting for stability to return. That's me in a nutshell. <BR> <BR> While chatting with Jules, I realized that I've been stacking up legal and funeral related things on the counter. If I would just sit down and do them, I could be done with it. But, then mom would rea... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:41:50 EST I'm Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778974 I'm here. Trying to peak out from all my sorrow and grief. I know my Mom is in Heaven and reunited with my Dad and her brother and sister and her parents. Somehow, that doesn't make the missing her part any easier. <BR> <BR> Oh, wait... this was going to be a happy blog. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653095621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maya Angelou said this was from an African song: <BR> "When it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine any more, God put a ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:37:15 EST Day 7 "I Can Do It" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765962 Squash my doubts -- "I am strong and committed. This time, I will do it." <BR> <BR> I will "Skyrocket my self-talk and create a strong belief that I can do it." <BR> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> I can do it. <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> I can do it because I'm... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:30:49 EST Day 6 Protect Your Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765425 "No one will ever care as much about your diet plan as you." <BR> <BR> I don't really have Food Pushers in my life, but I do have temptations, cravings, and occasions. <BR> <BR> I put these food hurdles in my own way. I do the grocery shopping so I'm the one bringing the treats into the house. I love to go out to eat and socialize. I'm the one choosing the restaurants and the making the food choices. <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> Time to Start Protecting My Program <BR> <BR> Don't pu... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:18:29 EST Day 5 Magic Notebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764982 Magic Notebook"... write down your thoughts about food. "Just because food crosses your mind, you don't have to act on it." <BR> <BR> Record ways you could work the food into your program. Plan for it. Quantity? How often? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l347412308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aren't keys beautiful? This thought is Key to Me... <BR> <BR> "Stretch the times apart for eating this food. You may discover that after awhile, certain foods don't seem as im... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:14:23 EST Day 3 & 4 Boundaries? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764428 Day 3 in Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss book -- "Do It Anyway" <BR> <BR> "If you're really committed to your goals, you'll make these choices no matter what, regardless of whether you feel like it or not." <BR> <BR> I've been wishing that making healthy choices would just become easy, routine, and a habit. I'd wake up every morning and just want to do it. <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> Welcome to the real world. It doesn't work unless I do the work. Wishing isn't going to make it... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:10:25 EST I Need to be Committed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762856 Day Two of 100 Days of Weight Loss, book by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> 1. Decide that you will be committed to your weight-loss plan, not just interested. <BR> <BR> Interestingly, when writing that statement, I almost wrote weight-loss "Efforts" instead of "Plan." <BR> <em>3</em> Big Difference. <BR> <BR> I need a plan! Acknowledge that going out to eat is part of my lifestyle. Stop using that as an excuse to go off my plan. "Just Eat Less" and make the "Better Choice" (salad instea... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:31:09 EST I use to be that way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762087 Linda Spangle wrote the book 100 Days of Weight Loss - The Secret to Being Successful on ANY DIET PLAN. Linda has joined SparkPeople!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761637 </link> <BR> <BR> I bought the book and plan to do the activities. <BR> <BR> Day 1 -- Today <BR> Make a list of any fears or negative behaviors that have hurt your weight loss success in the past. Read each one out loud and then say, "I used to be that way... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:38:54 EST Six Simple Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759610 I just read SparkPeople's Stage 2 Healthy Diet Habits <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stage_2o<BR>verview.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This article has re-lit my spark!! It just seems so logical. Sign me up! I can do this!! <BR> <BR> I want healthy decisions and actions to become a natural part of my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> "To succeed the best habit you can adopt for the next six weeks is to meet or beat your calorie goals every day." <BR> <BR> How will I do this? <BR> 1. Set... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:00:06 EST Stuck With Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728853 A couple of things really stuck with me this week. I'm not even sure where I read them. <BR> <BR> 1. There is no free food. Every sample in the grocery store has calories. <BR> <BR> I was able to walk past all the cheese & crackers and free pizza slices while grocery shopping because of that statement. <BR> <BR> 2. Healthier junk food is still junk food. <BR> <BR> Last week I bought baked Cheetos and baked Ruffles. Better than the originals, but still junk food. Unfortunately, I was... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:08:17 EST Mind Over Body Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727903 What did I learn this month? Get ready... this could be a long blog... I learned a lot!! <BR> <BR> "Stop arguing in the negative, and frame the choice within a positive outcome." <BR> <BR> I don't want to be in a constant battle with my food. Stop and think... is this moving me towards my goals or away from them? Am I really hungry? Is this what I really want to be eating? Make the decision and own it. Food is not controlling me. <BR> <BR> "Yes, it looks good, but I love feeling ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:06:03 EST Vision Statement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722522 My Vision Statement: I want to lose weight so I can feel young and energetic; wear stylish clothes; have fewer headaches; be less flabby and more muscular; and prevent Alzheimer's. <BR> <BR> The Hard Work Will Be Worth It Because: I will have a longer, healthier, and happier life. I will be able to participate in fun activities and enjoy shopping for clothes. I will feel better about my appearance. <BR> <BR> What else needs to change (besides weight) within yourself to get to where yo... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:43:32 EST Plan of Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721445 My goal is to lose 12 pounds by August 1st (big family vacation to Mackinac Island). That is 2 pounds per week. Some of my current weight is from eating out all week. I hope to see a bigger than 2 pound initial loss when I stick to my program. <BR> <BR> Plan of Action: Track every bite. <BR> Calorie Range: 1,400 - 1,800 <BR> <BR> Exercise: Continue with 15 minute daily streak. Add in 1 water aerobic class and 1 strength training session per week. <BR> <BR> Sleep: 6-8 hours <BR> <B... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:56:37 EST Mind Over Body Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717250 My team is working on Mind Over Body this month by reading and implementing ideas from SP Coach Dean Anderson. <BR> This blog is to summarize my week. First of all, my attitude went from: <BR> Struggling, but Hopeful <BR> to Uplifting <BR> to Positive and Upbeat <BR> to Soaring!! <BR> <BR> This is the thing that really hit home for me... <BR> "Your motivation will be as strong as the amount of effort you put into making your own decisions (regardless of what they might be) with conscious aw... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:10:39 EST Before I Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712660 I just read the SP article: 7 Things to Do before You Lose Weight <BR> Creating a plan to succeed. By Ellen G. Goldman, Health & Wellness Coach <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1849 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Create your personal wellness vision. <BR> <BR> I will have a strong limber body. <BR> I will wear stylish clothing and move with ease. <BR> I will be able to walk a 5K and not come in last. <BR> I will be able to ride my bike and take adve... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 10:45:44 EST Five Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687727 The Challenge... Believe in your own inner strengths. Take time to remind yourself of past successes in other challenging areas of your life. Identify the strengths you used then, and apply those strengths to your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I thought of the times I've lost weight in the past (believe me - it's been a real roller coaster ride). Here's my list of things that have worked for me in the past. <BR> <BR> 1. Meal planning and calorie counting. It really works. I can do it.... Mon, 5 May 2014 06:28:49 EST Good Day at the Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686272 StrongWoman posted a link to the article: "Use Shorter Workouts to Build Consistency." <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=645 </link> <BR> <BR> I've been super busy and stressed lately. I can fit a 10 minute workout into my day. I bet it will help to relieve my stress and build up my successful feeling! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I followed the link to read about the SparkPeople DVD's. Total Body Sculpting with Coach Nicole has three 20 minute i... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:02:10 EST Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682906 I do think it's a good idea to look back and reflect on the month. Was there progress? Did I learn anything new about myself or my program? How's my attitude? <BR> <BR> Well, my main goal was to work on my sleeping habit. This is definitely a work in progress. I'm sleeping more, but usually in my recliner or on the couch. I would sleep better if I set a bedtime and went upstairs. Working on it. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> My biggest improvement has been cooking at home more. I w... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:49:03 EST Brainstorm New Approach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681379 Brainstorm New Approach from the book: Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> "You know that change you've been longing to make? Write down 10 things you haven't tried yet on your quest. Get creative. Think outside the box. For the next 10 minutes, while you write, there are no limits. You don't have to try everything you come up with, but get your imagination going and your brain out of its box." <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> At first, I thought "I've tried Everything" but then I was re... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:15:06 EST Why, What, Where? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678435 Why am I doing this? What am I doing? Where do I want to go? <BR> <BR> Let's start with what derails me... <BR> <BR> Emotional Eating -- boredom, fatigue, not feeling well, frustration, stress, etc. Eating for reasons other than hunger. <BR> <BR> Holiday and Weekend Overeating -- it's hard to reign myself back in. <BR> <BR> Sweet & Salty/Fast Food Cravings -- addictive foods. Fear of changing and giving up things I love. Thinking "I'm never going to eat this again." <BR> <BR> Lack ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:24:42 EST Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672525 Write a blog that contains a list of two items you are working on this week to ensure weight loss. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> I'm working on creating a better sleep routine. <BR> I know my body functions better with the proper amount of sleep. It also helps prevent late night snacking. I wake with a more positive attitude when I get enough sleep. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Planning and Tracking my meals. I need to know exactly how many calories I'm consuming a day. Writing it down will sh... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:44:15 EST Starting From Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671771 I overate all weekend. Fresh start today. <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> Slept 6 hours. Cooking a healthy breakfast. Packing a healthy lunch and snack. Exercising after work. Tracking meals before I eat them. Dinner prepared and just needs to be reheated when I get home tonight. Going to bed on time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852819644.jpg"> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:53:26 EST 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671057 I joined Jules new team: 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/100Days </link> <BR> <BR> I don' have the book yet, but the forums had a lot of information. One of them suggested looking at how you can do things differently. <BR> <BR> Here are a few of my statements: <BR> <BR> I used to reward myself with a candy bar after grocery shopping, but now I drink water on the way home. <BR> <BR> I used to go out for lunch as a break from work, but n... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:20:49 EST Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668723 I've only gone out to eat once since April 1st. We had a family get together at Pizza Hut. <BR> <BR> I've made breakfast at home every morning. <BR> <em>216</em> Kicking my fast food breakfast sandwich habit!! <BR> <BR> <em>191</em> I've packed my lunch every day! <BR> <BR> <em>286</em> <em>302</em> I've cooked all our dinners at home! <BR> Planning and prepping on the weekend has made this easier. <BR> <BR> For someone who ate 2 meals out almost every day... this is a hug... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:04:39 EST Making Tracks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666251 <em>30</em> I tracked before I ate today! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I even went to my store's website and found out the nutritional information for their hot ham and croissant. Found out the croissant is actually 45% fat. No wonder it tastes so good. Next time, I'll make a healthier choice. Maybe even look at the website before I shop! <BR> <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> I have my Nia dance class after work! Our weather is going to be beautiful and sunny today. I'm going to have a gre... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:46:59 EST An Aha Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665619 I'm eating all my meals at home this weekend. I'm also tracking my calories. <BR> <BR> Cooking at home keeps the calorie/fat count lower. There's too much candy and snack food in the house. That's where I should start to "declutter"! <BR> <BR> When I logged into SP today, I saw this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l438576463.jpg"> <BR> Easy Bulgur Salad <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> I thought "That looks delicious." Hmm, maybe I can learn to eat heal... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:08:26 EST My Next Mini Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663941 My mini goal is to be able to say "WooHoo" more often than "Darn Gummit!" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> So many things to improve on... my next mini goal <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> My number one goal is to create a healthy sleeping habit. Lack of sleep is adding to my carb cravings; late night snacking; headaches; lack of energy; and poor choices! <BR> <BR> I do better with a positive attitude! <BR> <BR> 1. I will sleep in my bed more often than my recliner. <... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:28:05 EST April Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660031 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l744468417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My focus is on creating new healthy routines. Starting with getting more and better sleep. Learning to eat healthier. Looking and feeling my best. Being happy and having fun. <BR> <BR> This is some of the pictures and captions that I found to put on my vision collage: <BR> <BR> Imagine all your possibilities! <BR> There's never been a better time to focus on you! <BR> <BR> "I have eaten more fruit and vegeta... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:48:51 EST My Budget Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659280 My April Challenge -- Save Money & Calories! <BR> <BR> I'm challenging myself to prepare all my own meals. My only exception will be if it's a social occasion (invited to go out with other people). <BR> <BR> Note: I started to write "No fast food breakfast" and "No restaurant lunch breaks", but that sounded like a self-imposed punishment and very negative. I think "Instead" is a better way to say it. <BR> <BR> A. Instead of fast food for breakfast: <BR> Oatmeal yogurt in a glass jar.... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:50:27 EST Spinach and Feta Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658424 <em>22</em> I'm not sure that I like feta cheese. On the other hand, I'm not sure I've ever tried feta cheese. <BR> <BR> It's feta and spinach time! <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> First, Randy posted a recipe for Quinoa with Spinach and Feta Cheese. It sounds easy to make and yummy! I've been meaning to try it. <BR> <BR> Today, SparkPeople's featured recipe is Spinach-Feta Personal Pizza. The same ingredients can be used in two recipes. Both look and sound delicious. <BR> <BR> It's ti... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:48:41 EST Make it a Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657488 I read a blog by MTULLY about making healthy habits a "routine". <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466273 </link> <BR> <BR> Her routine for Exercise (every morning, same time); for Drinking Water (a glass before and after meals, and always have my water glass full, with a slice of lemon and a straw); for eating more fruits and vegetables (1 fruit mid morning and 2-3 servings veggies at both lunch and dinner). <BR> <BR> According to Scholast... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 02:51:40 EST Sleep is Restorative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655145 I subscribe to Health magazine. They have a monthly feature called: Best Life Now. How cool is that? <BR> <BR> Getting more and better sleep is a goal of mine! I know my body needs sleep to operate properly. I have a better attitude with more sleep. I make better choices when I've gotten enough sleep. I snack less if I go to bed on time. <BR> <BR> I've just added another reason: It may help me to avoid Alzheimer's disease. <BR> <BR> I just read an article in Health magazine that sa... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:27:23 EST Better Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654408 For a very long time, I've wanted to make a second vision collage. I made one 4 years ago and I've accomplished so many of things on that collage!! <BR> <BR> I've made several attempts to make another one. Cutting out pictures, collecting quotes, and buying supplies is as far as I get. <BR> <BR> Why couldn't I complete this task? It's something I enjoy doing. It's worked for me in the past. I wanted to do it. I know how. What was stopping me? <BR> <BR> I Didn't Have A Clear Vision! ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:35:57 EST Am I Growing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652914 I thought at 50+ years old I would be all grown up, but I don't think so! <BR> <BR> There was a time when Snickers and/or Milky Way candy bars were a daily treat. Some of you remember me posting about it. "Freeze them so they're not so easy to eat." "Buy miniature bars and only allow yourself one." I can still hear you!! <BR> <BR> I can't remember the last time I ate a full size candy bar. We went on a road trip and in the past that meant buying a candy bar at every gas station. Thi... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:36:35 EST Good Ideas Brewing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651305 I was reading some of my old blogs from when I was successfully losing weight. This is from one of my earlier blogs: <BR> <BR> "What can I serve with my salad or vegetables?" <BR> Salad and vegetables are the main stay. Every day items. <BR> <BR> "Is there a healthy recipe I've been meaning to try?" <BR> Expand my options. Plan ahead. Be curious and inventive. <BR> <BR> Cook Once -- Eat Twice! Make healthy eating easier. <BR> I stop for fast food for the convenience. If my meals ar... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:50:26 EST Starting From Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649678 I have been on a giant detour. Making my way back... starting from here. <BR> <BR> I looked back in my journal to see what happened. I think the detour began when my husband had back surgery. Then he was forced to retire. I had to pick up his chores (shoveling snow, taking out the garbage, lifting anything heavy, etc.) Plus, going to work every day while he stays home. <BR> <BR> Add in a whole lot of other stresses! Dealt with my feelings by abusing food. <BR> <BR> This is not an ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 07:51:58 EST Confidence, Style, Pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630698 Just for fun images! Fashion from Paris. <BR> A SparkFriend described it as Living Art. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724464322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Confidence, Style, Pop!! Beautiful at any age. Not an impossible look to achieve. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1969449351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Feeling good about how you look. Having your own style. Taking care of your appearance. Beautiful! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:18:13 EST Where's My Sign http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622015 Think Bill Engvall and "Here's your sign..." <BR> <BR> I did it again. I was falling asleep while watching TV. Instead of going to bed, I snacked and snacked and snacked. Eating cashews, ice cream, and chocolates. <BR> <BR> Why do I even have these foods in the house? Good question. I always think that I will eat them in moderation. <BR> <BR> I have a migraine headache this morning. I'm sure it's connected to not enough sleep and too much junk. Why do I do this to myself??? <BR> ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:07:22 EST Body Art Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621702 Like the priceless pieces of art in the Louve, your body is also a work of art. Look in the mirror or take a picture and look at it closely. Consider it to be your blank canvas. What are you going to do with that blank canvas? How are you going to paint your future? What is your muse? <BR> <BR> I found a picture of myself at my heaviest weight and one at my current weight. I'm proud to say that I've lost 40 pounds. Doesn't matter that it's taken me years to accomplish that. Doesn't matter... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:05:47 EST On The Positive Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608920 Okay, I ate sugar cookies (plural) and cashews. Not on the menu plan. I was still under my high calorie range. No exercise. I had the day off from work and I made it a lazy day. <BR> <BR> On the positive side... <BR> <BR> I had only one diet soda for the entire day! That's a big for me. <BR> <BR> I didn't snack after dinner. Not one bite. Another big one for me. <BR> <BR> I tracked every bite. See a pattern? This is another big one for me. I haven't been tracking since November.... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:58:58 EST I Have To Go Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607820 I love the pudding commercial where the dad asks about the little boy's first day of school. The son asks for pudding and then describes how hard school was. The father says "don't worry it will get easier." The little boy is shocked and asks "I have to go back?" <BR> <BR> I had a good day yesterday. Tracked my meals; ate according to plan; drank my water; and exercised. "What? I have to do it again today?" <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I hope the dad is right and it gets easier. ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:41:23 EST I've Done It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606806 I tracked my meals for today (before I've eaten them). That means I've got a "plan." <BR> <BR> If I eat according to my plan, my sugar will come from fruit. I will have 6 servings of fruits/vegetables. I will be within my calorie range! <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I have a dance class scheduled after work. <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> Here's to a brand new day! A fresh start. <em>67</em> <em>469</em> <em>474</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 05:41:47 EST Big Girl Panties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605147 Up another pound this morning. <em>39</em> <BR> <em>340</em> Time to turn this ship around. <BR> <BR> While getting dressed this morning, I actually had to put a couple pairs of underwear back in the drawer. I knew they would be uncomfortable because I've put back on 9 pounds and haven't been exercising. Now, I really need to pull up my big girl panties and get serious about creating life long healthy habits. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>526</em> I know all the lingo. In... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:26:51 EST