DEEGIRL50's SparkPeople Blog DEEGIRL50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Remembering Randy Randy Duane McCoy, 54, left us all way too soon, July 14, 2017, at Cleveland Clinic. <BR> Randy was one of the original members of 100+ First Step Club and a Wicked Sister. Today is a celebration of Randy's life! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share some classic messages from Randy: <BR> <BR> Your work this week will catch up --- it's just a little behind. Which is what we all want. hehe. <BR> <BR> I was ready for the challenge this time. I faltered a little getting back into the swing of thing... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:21:13 EST A New Day I had a little misstep this weekend. It involved buying pasta salad from the deli at the grocery store and eating it in my car. Then came the Oreo cookies (double stuff, bought them on sale). Toss in some hot buttered popcorn, popped at home to eat while watching a movie. <BR> <BR> Learned my lesson well.... <BR> <BR> 1. Skipping meals does not work for me. Eat at regular intervals. <BR> <BR> 2. If I'm going to snack on cookies, take them one at a time not four. <BR> <BR> 3. Real... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:17:21 EST I Want That Feeling Back This is my journal entry from Friday, August 4th: <BR> <BR> "I'm feeling really good about myself. Every time I meet one of my small goals, like taking the top bun off my burger or ordering a side salad instead of fries, it's a powerful feeling. Today, I ordered a single scoop of ice cream at the same time I ordered my lunch. If I had waited until after I ate, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have eaten the ice cream. I was full and satisfied." <BR> <BR> There was no perfection. I was at a f... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:15:36 EST I Missed Out In January, my sisters and I signed up to do a 20 Mile Bike Ride. I had 7 months to get in shape. I didn't do it. I work in a school so I've been off work since June 10th. I should have been riding my bicycle every day. I didn't do it. <BR> <BR> I still could go on the bike ride. Test myself. See how far I could go. I didn't do it. <BR> <BR> What did I do? I let fear stop me. I was so worried about "could I" and "what I should have done" that I made myself sick to my stomach. The... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 11:20:40 EST I'm Happy I lost 4 pounds this month. I'm happy with that. <BR> <BR> Some day I'd like to be able to say that I've lost 100 pounds. "What?" I need to lose how much weight? That's enough to make me run to the nearest McDonald's! <BR> <BR> I don't know JAMES, but he left a comment on Tracy's blog... <BR> "Losing weight is like walking a long distance, it's slow and sometimes boring, because you wish you were there faster, but you will get there." <BR> <BR> So, I am happy with my 4 pounds gone.... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:18:48 EST Mini Weight Loss Goal I was challenged by the 100+ First Step Club to write a blog about my next mini weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> My mini weight loss goal is to lose 3 pounds which will bring me under 240. It will bring me back to the amount of weight I had lost before my "all-or-nothing" attitude caused me to gain 10 pounds back. <BR> <BR> Instead of trying to change everything about my lifestyle at once, I am setting small daily goals for myself. <BR> <BR> I started with 10 minutes of daily exercise to w... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:33:00 EST Week Days or Weekends Harder? This is a blog challenge for the 100+ First Step Club... Are Week Days or Weekends Harder To Stay on Track? <BR> <BR> "WEAK" days are the hardest. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Friday... the work week is done... let's relax and go out to dinner. It's the weekend, let's go out for lunch with friends. It's the weekend, let's have a football party with lots of food. It's the weekend, let's take a road trip. <BR> <BR> I'd definitely say that weekends are harder. I have lost the attitude ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:55:07 EST Building My Confidence My confidence has been shattered. I've started to believe that "I can't" lose weight and "I can't" make exercise a habit and "I can't" stick with any of my commitments. I can do anything for the short-term, but it hasn't become a lifestyle for me. <BR> <BR> So, I made 3 small goals for this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Cook breakfast at home. I love to go to McDonald's for breakfast. I find it relaxing and enjoy a large Diet Coke with my breakfast. I need to find a better way to start my day. ... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 09:24:19 EST Failing Miserably Joined a 10 minute exercise daily challenge. Exercised one day and then skipped the next. Not exactly a streak. <BR> <BR> May Challenge for First Step Club... stay within 100 calories of my SparkPeople calorie range. Tracked one day and stayed within the goal. I didn't even track the next day and was way over my range. <BR> <BR> 5% Spring Warrior Challenge... look for ways to save 100 calories. Example: open faced sandwich. Thought about it when cooking breakfast, but ate two pie... Mon, 8 May 2017 07:23:52 EST Truly Radiant I heard this on a commercial... "I want to be truly radiant. How about you?" <BR> <BR> It made me smile and I wrote the line down in my journal. <BR> <BR> Then I looked up the definition of radiant. <BR> <BR> 1. Bright and shining. <BR> 2. Someone who is radiant looks very healthy and happy. <BR> <BR> Yes, I want to be truly radiant. How about you? <BR> <BR> Note: *Google images not me, but I like the feeling captured in the pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:07:59 EST Exercise Mind Trick I picked up a new book at the library tonight. I can't wait to read it. <BR> <BR> I was thinking... too bad I don't look forward to exercising as much as I look forward to reading. <BR> <BR> Mind Trick! It's an audiobook and I can only listen to it with headphones on and feet moving. Yes, I've just discovered the powerful motivation to exercise. Listening to a book while walking. <BR> <BR> If the weather is bad or it's dark outside, I walk in the house. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 02:48:46 EST Blog Challenge Write a blog that contains a list of five items you are looking forward to when you hit your goal weight. <BR> <BR> I look forward to not having to check the weight limit before riding a ride or trying a new adventure. <BR> <BR> I look forward to being able to find my size clothing on the rack. It's so disappointing to find something I'd love to wear and then not even being able to try it on. <BR> <BR> I look forward to having more energy and strength to do fun activities. <BR> <BR... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:35:59 EST Beautiful Women I went out to dinner with my girlfriends. We're all, how to say it nicely, big women. We're also fun, happy, generous, loving, sisters, daughters, mothers, so much more than our weight. We dress well and look good. <BR> <BR> Of course, during dinner the conversation turned to calorie counts and should we be eating this and do we want dessert. One of my friends mentioned a lyric from a Ed Sheeran's song: <BR> <BR> "I'm all for people following their dreams. Just remember life is more th... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:10:34 EST Talking Back to Myself Yesterday, I posted a blog about Date Night and cooking at home instead of going out. I was tempted to stop for fast food on my way home (this is a big temptation when I'm tired at the end of the day), but I stuck to my plan. <BR> <BR> I did have a few slip-ups yesterday. It was Friday Treat Day at work. I try not to participate, but this time I ate 1/2 piece of cheesecake and a handful of almonds. Then after supper, I ate trail mix without measuring it. <BR> <BR> The biggest slip-up... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:34:15 EST Date Night I went out last night with girlfriends to an Italian restaurant. It was a high calorie meal and a very good time. We splurged and had dessert. <BR> <BR> Friday night is traditionally date night. DH and I usually go out for dinner. It's nice to have someone else cook, do the dishes, and serve the meal, after working all week. <BR> <BR> Tonight's date will be at home. We'll be grilling our dinner (pork chop, asparagus, and red potatoes). It's a choice not a punishment. <BR> <BR> Co... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:38:12 EST Salad Days I can still here my mother saying... "You'll learn to like vegetables some day." Well, I'm in my 50's and mother is finally right. <BR> <BR> This is a portion of my journal entry from 12/28/16... <BR> I was thinking that I'll never be able to eat like Lisa (who lost 120 pounds) -- that's not me -- I don't "like" that food. Then it dawned on me that in order to lose weight, I Need To Change the way I eat. Who knows what I will be eating (and enjoying) a year from now?!?! <BR> I need t... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 01:15:11 EST Blog Challenge I've been challenged on the 100+ First Step Club to write a blog about my Greatest Struggle in my Weight Loss Journey and what I am going to do this coming week to combat that struggle. <BR> <BR> My greatest struggle is my "All In" or "All Out" attitude. I'm either planning, tracking, eating better and exercising (All In) or I'm going out to eat daily, snacking too much, and riding the couch (All Out). <BR> <BR> This week... I will make a visual collage of all the fun things I want to do ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 03:44:56 EST It's Me Spring Break was my excuse to totally cave in and give up on all my healthy lifestyle changes. I want to blame my family and friends, but it was me. <BR> <BR> My sister and I took a road trip which was my first detour that lead to overeating. Then I had a day when I tracked everything and ate low calorie nutritious food. <BR> <BR> Then my other sister called to do a day trip. I choose to overeat again. At least, we went for a walk afterwards. <BR> <BR> Next day, my girlfriend called ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:57:19 EST Dream, Plan, Execute I was going great guns and then ran smack dab into a wall. I had set January 1st as my start date. I was committed to losing this weight once and for all. I was being successful too! And then... <BR> <BR> I hurt my back and couldn't exercise. In my mind, I was losing weight because I was burning approximately 500 calories a day by exercising. Take away one piece and everything falls apart <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:21:43 EST My Exercise Calendar <img src=""> <BR> My heart is in it. Two months of exercising every day. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:18:29 EST Slimmer By Summer <em>30</em> Slimmer By Summer <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> That's my new mantra! It keeps me going every day. Creating new healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I like how it feels. <BR> <BR> This time it's forever. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:59:56 EST My Proud Moment I was doing a SparkPeople Everyday Workout video (4 parts). When the second part started, she said and we're going to start with side planks. "Oh, no no no." I can't do a plank of any kind. Time to skip this video. <BR> <BR> Instead... I got down on the floor and gave it a try. The video had different levels for beginners and then more challenging. I was surprised to find out I could do a beginner side plank. <BR> <BR> My exercise is done! I've lost 5% of body weight for the 5% Wi... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:45:48 EST More Fitness Fun I've been varying my workout by trying different videos. This morning I searched for a cardio warm up and found a 5 minute easy warm up. My YouTube loops to the next video which was a 28 minute cardio workout for beginners. "Might as well try it." <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Then I switched to some dancing videos. This midwest girl, in the middle of winter, was able to dance at the beach! Now, this makes exercising fun. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 10:36:20 EST I've Stopped Trying I've stopped trying and started doing! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've lost 12 pounds. <BR> I'm tracking my nutrition every day. <BR> Planning my meals ahead of time. <BR> Exercising daily. <BR> Drinking 8 glasses of water. <BR> Eating one evening snack or none. <BR> Closing my kitchen at 8 p.m. <BR> Trying new and healthier recipes. <BR> Sparking every day. <BR> <BR> I need to work on my sleep habits. Lucky for me that's the focus of our 5% Winter Weight Challenge this week. <BR> <BR> F... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:15:48 EST Week 1 Results Remember last week when I didn't lose any weight? I reminded myself to just "do better." <BR> <BR> This morning I really didn't feel like exercising. "I can do it later" thoughts were running through my head. <BR> <BR> I weigh myself once a week on Friday mornings. Nothing is as motivating as success! I lost 6 pounds this week! <BR> <BR> That made me dance. 40 minutes of exercise done. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:18:02 EST Changing My "I Can't" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My meals for the day are planned and in the tracker. <BR> My lunch is packed to go to work. <BR> <BR> I have a card-making class tonight. We always go to Perkins after the class. I'm going to eat a bowl of chicken noodle soup after work to hold me until 9 p.m. Then I looked up a healthy option to eat at Perkins tonight... it fits within my calorie and fat range. <BR> <BR> I exercised f... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:56:01 EST Fitness Fun <em>335</em> Let's Marvin Gaye and get in on -- just like the say in the song... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This was so much fun. I just had to share it. <BR> <BR> I did 2 miles indoor walking (one with Leslie Sansone and one with Jessica Smith). Then I danced for an additional 20 minutes. Stretched my comfort zone this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:41:37 EST Thank You Warriors Thank you Warriors for getting me up and moving! (5% Winter Weight Challenge) <BR> <BR> I made a commitment to myself to exercise a minimum of 10 minutes a day. I'm putting a heart sticker on the calendar for each day that I exercise. Proud to say I have 17 January stickers (so far). <BR> <BR> Our team is trying to get 9,000 exercise minutes to make it to Australia. Our leader posted that if everyone on the team did 30 minutes of exercise per day, we would make it. <BR> <BR> I'm a te... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:03:27 EST Disappointed (do better) I'm disappointed that I didn't lose any weight this week. <BR> That's okay. <BR> It just means that I need to "do better." <BR> <BR> My specific "do better" steps: <BR> Eat less fat. When I used the nutrition tracker, I was going over the fat goal. <BR> Get more sleep. <BR> Reduce my evening snacks (one or none). <BR> Continue my 10 minutes a day exercise streak. Add extra minutes when able. <BR> Stay positive. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:41:32 EST My First 5% Weight Challenge I've joined the 5% Winter Weight Challenge for the first time. I'm a Warrior. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited by the possibility of losing 13 pounds in 8 weeks. I know, just joining the challenge, isn't going to take the weight off. I need to do the work, but having a team of people counting on me to do my part is very motivational. <BR> <BR> The actual challenge doesn't start until January 14th, but they set up a practice week for those of us new to the challenge. I'm learning something n... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 03:57:26 EST New Year Started I joined the Realistic Resolution Challenge. I set a goal of exercising 10 minutes every day. <BR> <BR> I have a terrible head cold and exercising was the last thing I wanted to do, but it was important to me to start the year off on the right foot. <BR> <BR> My solution: I did 10 minutes of chair exercises and danced to a beautiful Hawaiian song. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 17:59:59 EST The Life I Want I want this life... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, this is the life I have... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remember, This Will Not Help... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This Will Help... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:12:06 EST Vacation Life 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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=""> Thu, 19 May 2016 14:49:05 EST Believe to Achieve 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! I'm warning my brain and body... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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... 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