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/ Vacation Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202461 I was pleasantly surprised when I weighed myself after vacation and discovered I had lost 4 pounds. Got on the scale three times to be sure. Then, you know how it can be when you get home from a vacation and real life steps in, exhausted... work to do... people to see... bills to pay... no food in the house... television... etc. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> I ate crap and didn't move as much and drank diet soda... viola the 4 pounds came right back. <BR> <BR> 60% of July is gone and I'm rig... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:40:54 EST Halve It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197968 I love this advice from Spark Coach Becky... <BR> <BR> "Halve it and you can have it." <BR> <BR> I've been craving a Steak & Cheddar Melt sandwich. I looked up the calories and holy smoke that's a day's worth of calories in one sandwich. <BR> <BR> However, when I halve it, I can fit it into my calorie range nicely. Lunch will be my big meal of the day. Breakfast and dinner will be smaller. All meals will include a fruit and/or a vegetable. <BR> <BR> It's 8:30 a.m. and I've already w... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:29:16 EST Mini Weight Loss Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197422 As part of the Red, White & Blue challenge on the 100+ First Step Club, we're asked to write a blog about our next mini weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> I really want to lose 100 pounds. It will be a glorious day when I accomplish that goal. I expect there will be many happy victories along the way. <BR> <BR> My first mini weight loss goal is: lose 3 pounds this month. (One pound per week.) <BR> I'm setting a low goal because I want to feel successful. <BR> <BR> If the scale doesn't show a ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 08:52:13 EST Usually Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196861 This is where I usually quit. I followed a healthier eating plan; added fruits and vegetables; ate my salads; cooked at home more; drank my water; slept more; started exercising... <BR> and gained one pound. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Instead of quitting, I'm re-evaluating my week. <BR> <BR> 1. I only tracked my meals for the first half of the week. <BR> 2. I had three special occasions this week. <BR> 3. Some days, I did the bare minimum for exercise. <BR> 4. I ate fancy desserts 3 times this ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:25:46 EST Getting It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170608 I'm getting the hang of this healthier life style (slowly), but I am getting it. <BR> <BR> I stopped at Culver's on my way home from work and had a cheeseburger, fries, diet soda, and ice cream. There are a zillion reasons why I did this, but that's not the point of my blog. <BR> <BR> This morning when I woke up, my first thoughts were "Oh, I can have an Egg McMuffin and Large Diet Coke for breakfast." I goofed up so it's over, right? <BR> <BR> My second thought was "I can have Kashi Go ... Thu, 26 May 2016 08:19:26 EST Error Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168605 We're on a road trip. I made a couple of errors. First, I let myself get too hungry. Second, we chose Pizza Hut for dinner. <BR> <BR> The waitress came up to get our drink order. "Unsweetened Ice Tea." Then she says "Would you like me to put in an appetizer order for you right away to get your food here faster?" <BR> <BR> Remember I'm very hungry. We haven't really considered the menu or thought about our order (error #3). I go right for my old favorite "Garlic Bread." Oh yeah, an... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:13:18 EST Weekend State of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166753 I'm fighting my weekend state of mind. You know... the one that says... you've been good all week so let's live it up on the weekend. <BR> <em>18</em> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the situation... I need to get my hair cut and colored after work. This will probably take two hours. Do I want to come home and cook after that? Fast food is calling out to me. <BR> <BR> Give me willpower, motivation, and/or inspiration! I don't want to spoil all my hard work on the weekend. I rea... Fri, 20 May 2016 07:15:40 EST Planning Saves the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166382 The students are rambunctious this time of year. <BR> I have a headache. <BR> I need a break! <BR> <BR> Almost went to Culver's for a cheeseburger. I wasn't going to order the fries, but maybe a soda. <BR> <BR> Instead... <BR> I ate the soup and salad that I had brought from home. I had a glass of ice water. It was delicious. I am revived. <BR> <BR> Planning Saves the Day! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0e20c99-ad64-481c-974c-f5bdcfb76757.jpg"> Thu, 19 May 2016 14:49:05 EST Believe to Achieve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165612 Monday was my starting day. For one week, I'm eating fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, soup, and lean protein. I'm limiting my bread to 2 slices of whole wheat bread. I cut back to one diet soda a day. I'm drinking a glass of water before each meal. <BR> <BR> Call me crazy, but after only 3 days... everything tastes better. It's like I've cleaned my palate and everything tastes fresher. <BR> <BR> I've committed to one week because I can do anything for a week. Hopefully, I'll have en... Wed, 18 May 2016 13:19:17 EST Change is Coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161984 I'm warning my brain and body... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf4844d9-7c4e-42ca-82fc-4b191d927b5e.png"> <BR> <BR> I've just spent a week eating whatever I want. I've just gained another 4 pounds. I've just got to stop this! <BR> <BR> I fight change all the time at work. I know this about myself. Whenever I'm asked to change, my immediate response will be "no." I've learned that I need time to accept the change (brain) and then implement it (physical). ... Fri, 13 May 2016 07:38:42 EST It Feels Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159227 It feels good to... <BR> <BR> Wake before the alarm. <BR> Put clean sheets on the bed and have your DH say "I had a great nights sleep, must be the clean sheets." <BR> Pray on my morning walk. <BR> Eat oatmeal for breakfast. <BR> Have my meals planned out. <BR> Do a load of laundry before work. <BR> Tell the customer in front of you that she missed a Save $2.00 now coupon on her kitty liter. <BR> Turn down a FREE scoop of ice cream on Mother's Day. <BR> Order a side salad instead of fries. <... Mon, 9 May 2016 08:33:25 EST Today is My Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158040 This morning while reading blogs, I thought... some day I'll be able to write a blog about being successful. A blog that says "I did it." <BR> <BR> I love reading blogs written by people who have successfully changed their lifestyles. You know the people (maybe you're one of them)... they're eating healthier, exercising more, losing weight, organizing their clothes, taking risks, out there doing stuff. <BR> <BR> Look at the list. Is there anything on there that I can't do today. O... Sat, 7 May 2016 07:15:59 EST Reasons Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155371 I went for a walk this morning. It's a good thinking time. This morning my thoughts were about "why" I want to eat healthier, exercise more, and lose weight. <BR> <BR> Here's my random thoughts... <BR> <BR> My DH bought a Corvette. I feel like I'm ruining the seats with my excessive fluff. <BR> <BR> I have a 14 year old niece who is still willing to hang out with me. I feel like my weight embarrasses her. Plus, it limits the activities I can participate in. <BR> <BR> My son is alwa... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:02:51 EST Right Back To It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149798 We went out of town this weekend. Weather was cold and rainy. The only real exercise I got was taking the steps every time we left the hotel instead of the elevator. <BR> <BR> This morning I was catching up my sticker calendar (exercise streak), I could: <BR> a. consider the weekend a flop and no sticker earned <BR> b. count the steps as making an effort <BR> c. consider the steps as having made my goal and continue the streak <BR> <BR> I'm using owl stickers, but there are a few flowe... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:24:00 EST Mulling It Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140506 I'm putting a sticker on my calendar for each day that I exercise. When I didn't feel like going for a walk this morning, I said to myself "Then you won't be able to put a sticker on the calendar." That motivated me to get up and get moving. <BR> <BR> If a little sticker can motivate me to exercise, why doesn't losing weight motivate me to eat better? When contemplating eating a donut, I said to myself "If you eat that, you will not lose weight this week." I ate it anyways. <BR> <BR> Wh... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:09:22 EST Singing in the Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136120 I've a smile on my face <BR> I'll walk down the lane <BR> with a happy refrain <BR> Just singing in the rain! <BR> <BR> Was dressed to go for my morning walk... opened the garage door... and what to my wondering eyes should appear... Rain! <BR> <BR> I didn't let it stop me. I went for my walk and sang "singing in the rain" to myself. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with eating healthy and within my range, but I've started an exercise streak. I've got 9 stickers in a ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 08:07:18 EST Drats... derailed again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135287 Monday started out so well. Morning walk. Meals planned. Drank 8 glasses of water. Walked 12,000 steps. <BR> <BR> So, why didn't it end as well? <BR> <BR> I skipped eating my fruit at lunch time. In too much of a hurry. Decided I'd eat it as a snack later. I had a diet soda in the afternoon for a pick-me-up. The fruit went untouched. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, I was exhausted. Overate at dinner time. Sat and watched TV all evening and ate sweets. <BR> <BR> So, I know wh... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 05:50:55 EST Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134532 Because I went for a walk this morning... <BR> <BR> I saw the sunrise. <BR> <BR> I saw beautiful purple, blue, and white clouds. The clouds were so low, they reminded me of mountains in the background. <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed the fresh air. <BR> <BR> I saw an older man who was outside drinking coffee and smoking. He reminded so much of my dad. <BR> <BR> I started my day out on a positive note (or should I say foot). <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 08:20:57 EST Little Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132376 My Fitbit died, but I decided to go for a walk this morning anyways. I'll know I got the steps. <BR> <BR> I thought about having McDonald's for breakfast this morning, but decided on Special K hot cereal instead. <BR> <BR> I wanted a Diet Coke this morning. I'm drinking a bottle of water first. If I still want the diet soda afterwards, I will have it. (I use it when I have a headache. I've had a migraine three days in a row. Today it's "just" a headache not a full blown migraine.) <BR... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:17:37 EST First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129920 First Day with a Fitbit. First Day putting on a sticker on my calendar for exercising. First Day back to work after Spring Break. Packing a lunch and planning to take a short walk on my lunch hour. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed0f9296-a60c-4fe0-a977-d31c97e6e177.jpg"> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 07:38:29 EST What Lead Me Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129211 This morning I was typing a note to Bee and trying to remember the quote: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e31d4893-e458-4457-abfd-c6308b17925e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love inspirational quotes. <BR> <BR> Next, I was reading blogs from FSC team members. Ran out of them so I went to "Today on SparkPeople". On my friend-feed, PIXIE-LICIOUS had posted "Happy Monday." I haven't checked her page out in a looooong time. <BR> <BR> Pixie hasn't written a blog since her Feat... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:25:34 EST Why Waste A Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126572 I've been eating way too much lately. I want to lose weight, but I haven't been counting calories or measuring my food or making good food choices. Why? <BR> <BR> It's hard to change. I'm always thinking there will be a better time. For instance, I could start today but we're having a big family get together on Saturday and going out for Easter brunch on Sunday. If I start today, I'll go off my diet in two days. <BR> <BR> Are you saying "Aha" with me? I don't know where I read this: ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:52:46 EST Three Reasons/Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125624 KALISWALKER posed this challenge in a blog: List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diet and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123590 </link> <BR> <BR> Here goes... <BR> <BR> 1. My "all or nothing" attitude. Slip up = Give up. <BR> <BR> Strategy: Set smaller goals. If I exercise 5 minutes a ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:14:32 EST The Biggest Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125028 DH and I were watching a television show where men compete against each other in physical challenges. One man weighed 265 pounds. My DH commented "Wow, he must be the biggest man to ever compete on here." <BR> <BR> My mind immediately went to... "Does he know how close I am to that weight?" <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> We're going out for Easter brunch and my nephew is bringing along his girlfriend and her family. We've never met her family. I wish I wasn't the short fat person coming to ... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 09:47:14 EST Monday Morning Quarterback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118807 I feel like a Monday Morning Quarterback... thinking about all the mistakes of the weekend and saying how I could have done better. <BR> <BR> The past is the past. I'm prepared to do better today. <BR> <BR> I started my day by dancing. <BR> I'm having oatmeal for breakfast. <BR> I'm packing a healthy lunch and snack for work. <BR> I've planned 6 servings of freggies. <BR> My supper is pre-cooked and just needs to be reheated. <BR> I plan to have only 1 diet soda and 8 glasses of water. <B... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:10:17 EST Make Today Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114061 I like this new plan. It doesn't matter how yesterday went or what is going to happen tomorrow... I've got my plan for today! <BR> <BR> 1. Each evening plan the next day's menu, then stick to plan so no impulse eating. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning with my meals all planned. It feels great. Now, to stick to the plan! <BR> <BR> 2. Make a list of foods that get you in trouble -- then do not eat those foods. <BR> <BR> I did realize there are two foods I need to avoid completely...... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 07:39:19 EST For The Millionth Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113238 I've tried a million times to lose weight (well, at least it feels that way). Thanks to this blog by KALISWALKER, (I don't even know you, but you helped me), I'm ready to try for a million and one times! <BR> <BR> "Just do something, then you are started..." Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> Link to blog <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110785 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Each evening plan the next day's menu, then stick to plan so no impulse eating. <... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 08:33:40 EST Swimsuit Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105875 I went to Costco with my sisters. They were selling Women's Speedo swimsuits for only $20.00 <BR> <BR> I impulsively purchased one. I did this in front of my sisters. <BR> <BR> Tried it on when I got home (alone). <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, my sisters want to know if it fit??? <BR> <BR> It fits (sort of), but I wouldn't wear it in public. I didn't want to admit that to my sisters so I said "it fits but I need to buy black swim shorts to wear over it." <BR> <BR> Good thing s... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:24:41 EST Fat Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091614 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9779a84d-2ea3-487a-8683-1eb7b706545f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This just made me smile! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm cooking a healthy breakfast at home. My Bento Box lunch is packed. My afternoon snack is measured and weighed. My taco salad supper is prepped. I made sure to get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. I tracked all my nutrition. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> I'm ready for Fat Tuesday! Wishing everyone a Happy Day! <BR> <BR... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:29:40 EST Putting It Out There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087437 I'm gaining instead of losing. My eating is out of control. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Need to edit that thought... It's me not the food that has the controls. <BR> <BR> I'm making poor choices. I'm not making excuses. I'm owning it. <BR> <BR> If you're given a ticket for speeding, do you continue to speed the rest of the day. I've been on SP a lot of years, I know the answer. I even repeat it to myself. <BR> <BR> I injured my sciatic nerve in October and quit exercising. I went... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 07:41:06 EST Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076972 Another blog challenge... What Motivates Me To Lose Weight? <BR> <BR> I have a lot of reasons why I want to lose weight, but what will motivate me to actually do it? <BR> <BR> Is there a right or wrong answer to this question? <BR> <BR> My sister had gastric bypass surgery and has already lost 60 pounds. I want to lose weight with her (without having the surgery). The thought of her being skinnier than me is really motivating me to lose weight. Is that wrong? <BR> <BR> I picture the... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:29:59 EST Think You Can? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073412 As part of our BIO challenge, we were asked to write a blog about what works for us. My first thought was... I haven't been successful so it would be easier to write about what's not working for me. <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> But, that is a defeatist attitude. I have experienced success. I've just lost focus/commitment and reverted to my old ways. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d73d56b-e5e2-4a07-bed2-c8fadca81fb4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ten Things That Work For... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:51:10 EST My Week Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069984 The first week of the New Year (with the gung ho attitude that this would be the year I lose all the extra weight), I lost 4 pounds! <BR> <BR> Immediately my head went to "If I can lose 4 pounds every week..." (yes, I realize this is unrealistic, but the mind goes where the mind goes) <BR> <BR> Reality... I lost 1 pound this week. It doesn't feel as good as 4 pounds. The journey sure is going to be long if I only lose one pound a week. I gave up so many things and it only amounted to o... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:27:45 EST The Last 6 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046259 As part of the 12 Pounds of Christmas challenge, we were asked to write about how we've done for the past 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> It's been painful. My sciatic nerve is Angry! I have shooting pains going down my leg. I'm going to a chiropractor for deep tissue massage. It feels wonderful at the time, but the pain keeps coming back. I'm on prescription medication to reduce the inflammation. <BR> <BR> I haven't been able to exercise due to the pain. I'm down one pound in six weeks. I migh... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:55:48 EST Growl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034614 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40ffe4ca-dc2e-4568-81c9-08f3616699bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My stomach is growling this morning. I feel hungry! <BR> <BR> Why am I so happy? <BR> <BR> It means I didn't stuff myself last night. I had one small evening snack and then closed the kitchen. <BR> <BR> My body needs more fuel. I'm eating for the right reason. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make oatmeal with raisins and walnuts for breakfast. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:47:27 EST Promise Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033538 I love McDonald's breakfast. You know what is stopping me from having it this morning? <BR> <BR> A promise I made to myself. "Fast food / restaurant meals only once a day." And not every day! Aim for 75% of meals cooked at home. <BR> <BR> I'm having a sub sandwich for lunch. I enjoy taking my lunch break at a restaurant. After I'm done eating, I enjoy reading a book for 15 minutes before returning to work. <BR> <BR> I looked up the restaurant menu to make the best choice. I could ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:06:00 EST Don't Wake Up in the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030809 I fell asleep in my recliner last night with a bag of chips on the end table. Woke up in the wee hours of the morning and ate the chips. <BR> <BR> Preventative Strategies: <BR> 1. Pour a single serving of chips and eat from a bowl. Put the rest away. <BR> 2. Don't bring chips into the house. <BR> 3. Do something other than sit and watch TV in the evening. <BR> 4. Start a bedtime routine. <BR> <BR> I don't want to negate my hard work during the day with poor choices at night. <BR> <BR... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:12:48 EST Letter to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028129 Dearest Dee, <BR> You been challenged to write a letter to yourself regarding "why you deserve to lose weight over the holidays and how you plan to accomplish it." <BR> <BR> I deserve to lose weight over the holidays because it's a great time to make dreams come true. A season of love and hope. I've been wanting to lose weight, but have been putting it off for "another day." The time is Now. <BR> <BR> Instead of looking in the store for the perfect gift, I'm going to look for family acti... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:53:04 EST My Swaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027565 My swaps were a flop! <BR> <BR> Heating up a Lean Cuisine meal for lunch. Spot a big bowl of Halloween candy in the teacher's lounge. Eat two miniature candy bars. Omit apple from my lunch. <BR> <BR> Afternoon snack... 1 ounce of almonds (170 calories) or 1 bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn (100 calories). Ate the popcorn. <BR> <BR> Saw my niece in her school play. Sugar Cookies were served. My favorite! Ate one just because it was offered to me. <BR> <BR> Evening snack planned... hot ap... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 06:53:03 EST My Sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021345 My big sister is having gastric bypass surgery this week. She has been in counseling for it since June. Bunny has been big since her teen years. I'm certain she is morbidly obese now. <BR> <BR> I wish her luck and hope this is the tool that will finally set her free. As anyone who has a sister may know... this is also an incentive for me to lose weight. I don't want to be the heaviest of the sisters! I hope we lose weight together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:35:42 EST Love Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020238 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4956b8e3-80db-4ccb-adbb-fdc03bba0f00.gif"> <BR> <BR> I won 500 points on the SP wheel today. I bought myself a crown. I wanted to over-spend and buy myself the tiara, but I didn't. (Hmm, might be a pattern. I tend to over-eat too, but I shouldn't. Excuse me for that side trip.) Back to the crown/tiara... <BR> <BR> I typed myself a message with the goodie: "Treat yourself like a princess. Love yourself thin." <BR> <BR> I may never b... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:26:58 EST Trying Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018563 Again, I did fine all day. Ate according to plan, drank 8 glasses of water, and exercised. <BR> <BR> Then everything fell apart in the evening. We're talking snack overload at night. I know there's no way I will lose weight if I continue to eat potato chips and chocolate. Someone else posted: "I can't do what I've been doing even in moderation." I might have to take that approach. Make the commitment. Go cold turkey. <BR> <em>429</em> <em>40</em> <em>429</em> <em>40</em> ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 05:47:52 EST Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017982 I probably write most of my blogs on a Monday. I'm always ready for a fresh start and raring to give it my all on a Monday. <BR> <BR> If that Monday doesn't go perfectly... I'm not so ready to go on Tuesday. My "this isn't working" or "I can't do it" or "I'll start again next week" internal voice is very loud. Plus, she's use to getting her own way. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm listening to the little whisper saying "try again." Even if you follow the plan only in the day time, it's better th... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:41:04 EST I'm Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017399 I'm ready for a great day! <BR> <BR> Starting out with 6 hours of sleep in my bed. <BR> Woke up early and washed a load of clothes and emptied my dishwasher. <BR> Packed my lunch. <BR> Planned my meals and tracked them on paper. <BR> Enjoyed a cup of tea. <BR> Eating oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. <BR> Calculated the calories for one of my favorite recipes. <BR> Contributed to my SP team. <BR> Exercise clothes ready to go. 60 minute dance class after work. <BR> Positive attitude! <BR> ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:07:59 EST I Declare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013577 I declare this binge, free-for-all eating, is officially over! <BR> <BR> I weighed 239 on Friday and 242 on Monday. Clothes are too tight. My knee aches. I'm getting migraines again. I feel miserable. <BR> <BR> Time To Care Again! <BR> <BR> Short-term goal... lose 10 pounds before my Christmas vacation. <BR> <BR> Long-term goal... make it a life-style! <BR> <BR> I'm still considering what my Medium Goal will be. I need to put a stop to the Last Meal Syndrome immediately. I'm pl... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:43:52 EST Is That Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005277 I have magic mirrors in my house. I can fool myself into thinking that 238 pounds on a 5'4" frame is not obese. Then I see myself in a picture or full length mirror... "Is that me?" I'm like the teapot... short & stout. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I want to look better. I want to enjoy more physical activities. I want to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> It just seems so hard to make the changes permanent. I can do it for a little while, but I go right back to my old ways. <BR> <BR> I abu... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:13:25 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988609 Today is the first day back to work (elementary school library). <BR> <BR> I'm up early enough to exercise and eat a healthy breakfast. No matter what else happens today... I had a good start. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23dcfaa9-90cd-412f-b606-8a8a36ffbd3c.jpg"> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:48:45 EST Boredom Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987295 I did it again. I should have been wearing a pedometer for all the trips to the kitchen and back. <BR> <BR> I have 101 excuses, but it really boils down to: "Boredom Eating." <BR> <BR> This is one of those lessons that I have to learn over and over and over again. If there's nothing good on TV... get up and do something else. <BR> <BR> Here's a list of ideas for things I could do: <BR> <BR> Go for an evening walk or car ride. <BR> Make a puzzle or play a word game. <BR> Read a boo... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:31:51 EST Spark To The Rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985889 Today was a work day (getting ready for the first day of school). Plus, it's the first anniversary of my mother going to Heaven. Emotional. Stressful. Hectic. Tiring. <BR> <BR> I just got home from work. My plan was to come into the air conditioning; take two aspirins; drink a diet soda; eat chips and salsa; and sit in my recliner. Then get up and make supper. <BR> <BR> After all, I ate a bunch of food at work today. They provided sub sandwiches (ate a half of ham & cheese on wheat ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:52:30 EST Easier? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984510 I've come to realize some changes are easier than others for me! <BR> <BR> Since July 1st, I've been tracking all my food. It's becoming routine for me to grab a measuring cup before pouring my cereal and milk. I plan my meals ahead of time and include fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> We had grilled hamburgers last night. We normally have fries or potatoes or pasta with our hamburgers. Last night, I served roasted asparagus, baby carrots and dill dip, and unsweetened applesauce. DH... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:08:46 EST