DEEGIRL50's SparkPeople Blog DEEGIRL50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Little Victories 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 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=""> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 07:38:29 EST What Lead Me Here This morning I was typing a note to Bee and trying to remember the quote: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 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 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><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 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 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 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 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><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? 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 <img src=""> <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 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? 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? 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=""> <BR> <BR> Ten Things That Work For... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:51:10 EST My Week Review 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 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 <img src=""> <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 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 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 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