DIANE2110's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIANE2110 DIANE2110'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/ Weekend Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486028 What is it that just about every weekend we, no I get 2s and 3s on the Sparkpoints wheel? I look at it go around and around, the big numbers getting closer as the wheel slows down, then just as I think I got the big one, the wheel got a little bit more 'gas' and in a last ditch effort, almost as a last thought, finally stops on the next point value, usually a 2 or a 3. Seems to me that weekends are when most sparkers need a little incentive to curve indulgence or slack off! Anyway, I had t... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:29:17 EST 11/11/11 at the 11th hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579068 Take a couple of minutes today to remember those who fought to make the world a better place to live. Thank those who sacrificed so much, those who came back and those who died. <BR> <BR> LEST WE FORGET! Fri, 11 Nov 2011 07:38:47 EST Best advice: DON'T EVER QUIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4563016 I just got back on SP after getting fed up last March about my lack of progress since Xmas and feeling more or less like a fraud for giving 'pep talks' to others while I was doing so poorly myself. I just felt I needed a break from it all; SP can be very time-consuming, if you let it... and I did. I believed I could 'fly' on my own for a while. After all, I had read just about everything I could on SP, so how could I fail! <BR> <BR> First, my back started to give me grief, so the daily ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 11:10:59 EST DOING MUCH BETTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4026118 The weather is improving and so is my mood. I've been doing pretty good for the past three days in all aspects of my "Strategy for Healthy Living" (thanks SWEESIN for letting me borrow this terminology). I've been going for walks with DH, been doing cardio on my old stationary bike and started my strength exercises this morning. I've been doing well with my calories for two days now and today, I've finally drank all 9 glasses of water. I've even started tackling my sewing projects. <BR>... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 19:00:55 EST FUNKY MOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4007128 <em>230</em> <BR> I've been in a funky mood for a few days now, no desire to exercise, no desire to get strict with the food but still logging it in, eating a piece of chocolate here and there, not thirsty AT ALL, no real enthusiasm for anything. Of course, those are the reasons I have been hovering around the 240 lbs mark. <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> The grandkids are coming over for the weekend and so is my eldest son who wants to spend some time with them (he's away in the military... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:30:21 EST SABOTAGE RANTINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3993518 I soooo know what you are talking about when you say you are tired of resisting your DH's snacks. I have chocolate wrappers left on DH's side table in the TV room calling my name (yes, we're on a first-name basis! Hi Diane, come and get me! Yum, yum, yum, I'm waiting for youhoo!) and the coconut jam rolls in the cupboards... next to DH's heart meds (!!!) and the maple cookies still waiting for the grandkids to return (but I put packing tape on those suckers to stop me from snacking in the m... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 20:17:12 EST GOOOOODBYE JANUARY! HELLOOOO FEBRUARY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3980315 Boy! I'm glad January is done. It's been my hardest month so far in all aspects: calorie count, exercising, motivation, even water! So glad it's behind me. Now looking ahead, this month, I will work on rectifying all the above and especially work on: <BR> <BR> 1) Drinking at least 8 glasses of water/day: I sometimes struggle with this. I think I'll buy an inexpensive timer watch for when I'm on the go to remind me on the hour to drink 8 oz. When I'm at home, putting the timer on the sto... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 11:36:43 EST Doing better today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3975079 It's going to be a short one tonight. Just wanted to tell you that I hooked up my VCR today and did the Step Reebok workout... well part of it anyways, 20 minutes worth. I had forgotten how much one sweats doing it. I also realized that I still out of shape and I have a way to go to do it all but I will; I did it before maybe 10 years ago but I was also heavy then and I twisted my knee in a funny way while doing that workout and that put me out of commission for almost a year! I will have... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 19:56:07 EST 6 MONTHS OF SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971519 Was commenting on a blog and realized, again, that it is what I wanted to say today. Talking about bariatric surgery, this is what I said, "It's a big step. Are you sure you can't lose the weight the conventional way? I was also considering it for a while until the day I had almost convinced my GP to recommend me for it (in order to be covered by our health plan), I chickened out at the last minute. For whatever reason, I wanted to give it one more try on my own. I knew deep down that I had ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 12:01:35 EST It's going to be different this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942020 I realized now that there is no easy way to lose weight. You have to be willing to walk the walk and talk the talk. I've been on so many diets before and spent so much $ on losing propositions hoping that dieting alone could do the trick. It does not! Those diets did not work for me and, to be real, I was not ready to work for them either. I'd lose a little bit of weight, soon got bored and gave it up and finally regained the weight and much more. This time, it's going to be different! ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:12:17 EST KEEP ON KEEPING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3919345 Today, I had to attend the funeral of a good friend and great individual; he'll be missed! Have a great trip, Ducky! Anyways, that meant putting on something nicer that the ever-present jeans. As I lose weight and try my clothes, I put those that are getting way too big for me into a box and when I'll realize that the weight is gone for good (with my past experience with dieting, I guess I still have a hard time believing that the weight won't come back,) that box will be given away. Wel... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:55:16 EST EMOTIONAL EATING AGAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3887914 I was responding to another sparker's comment, "I blew it today" and realized that I was getting a bit windy in my reply. So I decided to make it today's blog. <BR> <BR> We are having the back-splash tiled in the kitchen. We were delighted when our tiler called early in the morning to tell us that he was able to come today to start the job. But it also meant that we didn't have access to the kitchen for preparing meals... so the chili prepared the day before was on the menu. I watch for ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:20:31 EST My new mantra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3879791 They say to stay positive, get a positive mantra and repeat it as often as possible. My new mantra for this new year is: <BR> <BR> "MAKE IT HAPPEN IN 2011" <BR> <BR> You'll see it with my signature in my blogs, my messages, my comments to articles and to your blogs. I hope that every time you'll see this, you'll get a subliminal message to stay the course and meet your goals on target. I'll even settle for meeting goals - period. <BR> <BR> So, all the best to you and keep SPARKING! <BR... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 10:28:35 EST Bye Bye 2010! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874984 2010 was a very good year for me. Although I reached my heaviest weight in 2010, I also reached my breaking point and knew I had to do something, one way or another. Then I discovered SparkPeople. What a help that has been. I have not yet done all the calculations other than I am 40 lbs lighter, a lot more active, a lot more energetic, a lot more happy. I've also dropped 3 sizes. WOW! I can now fit into outfits I bought six years ago... the tags were still on them... Yes, 2010 was a g... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:41:39 EST WOOHOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3872704 I lost 4 lbs since the 20th. I was more excited about that than I was about DH and son installing our new stainless range hood (vented outside thank you) and it worked. But 4 lbs!!!! During all this Xmas festivities, shopping, lack of proper exercise, etc., etc., well I'm pumped. What a boost that was for me. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Hope you all have a great New Year celebration, stay safe and I wish all SPARKSPEOPLE the very BEST for 2011! <BR> <BR> Diane : ) <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:32:34 EST I'M BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869592 Oh boy! What a week I had. First, Christmas was great. The boys made it home and we had a small but enjoyable day together. They are grown now but they are still my babies!!! Then on the evening of the 25th, my eldest picked up his children, 4 and 2, to come for a visit for a few days. He's away with the military most of the time and so it's important for him to see them when he has a chance. Unfortunately, both have the flu, again... The poor little mites needed TLC so Nana had to st... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:59:07 EST MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS PAST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3860467 What is the tradition at your house? Here, it's a bit quiet and that's DH's influence. Oh! I tried to resist for many years, but I got worn out at the end. On the other hand, it's better for our waistline. But when I grew up, it was much different... <BR> <BR> We used to spend the whole Xmas Eve getting ready to go to midnight mass in our best attire. I come from a family of 15 (11 kids, Mom, Dad, Grandpère and uncle Fernand) and we had to take turn with the bathroom. Boy, we sure had t... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 10:01:45 EST I'm up one - Waky, Waky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3854044 Just as I suspected, I'm up for the first time since I started SP and it serves me right. It showed me how very easy it is to fall back into old habits, i.e. overeating and not enough exercising. It showed me how important to be vigilant to holidays temptations - and they are many - and that you must make the effort of exercising as much as you can. But I won't be lying to you, I'm scared. I'm scared because this weekend showed me that my new habits are not yet ingrained enough to fight th... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 13:23:29 EST BOY I'M GLAD THIS WEEKEND IS OVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3852873 This one is not going to inspire anyone at all. Far from it, although it started pretty well with me preparing my lunch to bring along the trip to the big city instead of stopping at a fast food joint as we often do. We finished our Christmas shopping, a few grocery items to get and we picked up the grandchildren for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Well on the way back home, our grandson started throwing up. We figured it was because he had eaten too many goodies as there was a couple of birthday ... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 21:13:00 EST How do you give support to negative people? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3848088 This morning I read a blog and it was semi-negative. I wanted to give my support and send a little encouragement so I decided to check that person's sparkpage. I read about 7 or 8 blogs, long ones too, and they were all negative, two years worth of blogs, negative blogs. It really bothered me. It is not because that person does not know what to do, where to get support, how to change this or that. On the contrary, that person is very knowledgeable about healthy living and is also very an... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 19:43:48 EST The Death of Common Sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845027 An Obituary printed in the London Times: <BR> <BR> Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: <BR> <BR> - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; <BR> - Why the early bird gets the worm; <BR> - Life isn't always fair; <BR> - and maybe it was my fault. ... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 08:36:25 EST A bit of humour on negative people. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3843763 This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing and cares less tries to make your life miserable. <BR> <BR> *********** <BR> A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser who responded, " Rome!? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to <BR> Rome... Tue, 14 Dec 2010 14:50:59 EST Spreading the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842209 I went to see my GP this afternoon for a referral to a physiotherapist for the problem I have with heel spurs. I'm not getting better on my own and it's time to take care of this problem then mix my cardio workouts a little. I'm learning that if you do the same routine all the time, your body takes it for granted, i.e. the exercises become the norm for your body and soon it won't burn as many calories as before. So remember this: mix it up! <BR> <BR> Anyways, my GP was quite impressed ... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:56:22 EST Enough slacking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3833956 It's time to get serious again. Lately, I've been slacking a bit on SP. We've had to make a few shopping trips in the big city. Each time, it's been 'eating' at my momentum. I've brought my lunch a few times but it has not been possible at other times - mostly my fault for poor planning : ( DH is a junkie when it comes to food and so the pit stops were mostly at fast food joints and a few arguments would start because eating healthy at these places is more expensive. I gave in a few tim... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 10:30:19 EST Had to have that poutine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808967 Boy! What a splurge! I had postponed having one a few times since I started SP but today was the day, you know, Christmas shopping and fast food. At 780 calories a shot, I can't afford to do it too often. But it is so yummy, even if around here they use mozzarella instead cheese curds : ( For those of you who don't know poutine, keep it this way - it will ruin you. All the same, I made sure that I did a little extra exercises today to make up for it and I've accounted for those 780 calo... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:51:06 EST CHRISTMAS PAST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806443 Now that Halloween, Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving are behind us, Christmas is the next biggy to come. What is the tradition at your house? Here, it's a bit quiet and that's DH's influence; on the other hand, it's better for our waistline. But when I grew up, it was much different... <BR> <BR> We used to spend the whole Xmas Eve getting ready to go to midnight mass in our best attire. I come from a large family and we had to take turn with the bathroom. Boy, we sure had to keep our tong... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 08:18:40 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805106 Just wanted to wish all my American fellow sparkers a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> Diane : ) Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:32:28 EST More Canadian Humour! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800517 A man in Newfoundland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, "I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough". <BR> <BR> "Dad, what are you talking about?'" the son screams. <BR> <BR> "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer", the father says. "We're sick of each other and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her". <BR> <BR> Frantically, the ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 20:50:08 EST Tough to get back to exercising! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800311 <em>198</em> As the grandkids were spending the weekend with us, today was tough to get back to my workout routine. On top of that, I broke one of the pedal on my stationary bike. Bummer! I wonder if they still make that type of bike (it's soooo old) to get a part for it. Let's be optimistic here, perhaps a generic type will fit. Let's hope I can fix it because at this point, this is the only type of cardio exercise I can make (at least that I know of) considering my very sore heel spu... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:02:04 EST A bit of humour! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3791640 CANADIAN JOKE #6 <BR> <BR> One day an Englishman, an American, and a Canadian walked into a pub together. They proceeded to each buy a pint of Labatt Blue. Just as they were about to enjoy their beverages, three flies landed in each of their pints. <BR> <BR> The Englishman pushed his beer away from him in disgust. The American fished the offending fly out of his beer and continued drinking it as if nothing happened. The Canadian picked the fly out of his drink and started shaking it over t... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:51:35 EST Not feeling so good today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790533 Was feeling funny this morning, postponing eating my breakfast. At around 10, I started to have stomach cramps, correction - gut cramps, big ones. Then I started to have chills. Oh Oh! Something's up. Stopped blogging and went to bed for a two hours sleep. Ccccoooold, I was so cold. <BR> <BR> In the p.m., starting to feel a bit better. Got my breakfast down. At the same time, I'm reading about how skipping meals could lead to overeating at night. Well my biggest meal of the day is d... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 16:01:53 EST PROCRASTINATION... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3787610 Yep! It's come up again. OK, OK! I'm a Procrastinator! There, I said it. My name is Diane and I am a procrastinator. I've told you before that when I retired two years ago, a project on my agenda was to put my photos in order; it's still not done! I started sewing a blazer a year and a half ago and it's still not finished. I always was a bit inclined to put things off but since I joined SP, it's even more of a problem. DH has been away for three weeks and, you guessed it, I let my daily... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 11:20:38 EST OMG! 4.5 LBS DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782964 WoW! I can't believe it - 4.5 lbs this week! It has to be because I added the interval sprinting to my cardios. <em>104</em> <BR> That means that I reached my first goal, 10% of bodyweight lost. <em>248</em> <BR> and... 30 lbs gone! <em>252</em> Sun, 14 Nov 2010 11:59:29 EST Calling GOALME1 - Where are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782856 Responding to you comment on the Secret to Success - Weight Loss Secrets: Log your calories using the Spark Nutrition Tracker <BR> <BR> Although it is time-consuming, you can record your own recipes without having to submit any if you don’t want to. <BR> <BR> Take the list of all ingredients needed for your particular recipe, including spices etc. and the fat needed to grease a pan. Go to <BR> my Nutrition, <BR> Add A Food, <BR> Recipes tab, <BR> Access Recipe Calculator (bottom rig... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:59:30 EST COMPLETELY LOST CONTROL TONIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3780269 As DH is still away for another week, I took advantage of this to try a few SP recipes. Tonight, I made ANDREWMOM's recipe, Carrot Pumpkin Bars. They turned great... so great that I had 3 bars while cutting them to size and three more when I was putting them into freezer bags for later use. I said 'later use'! Those SIX, repeat SIX, bars added 508 calories to my food log (I always enter the ingredients into the recipe calculator because the nutritional value always differs from the poste... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 20:28:29 EST Special K Ad at Top of your Screen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3776615 Isn't that ad annoying? You have to wait until the girl finishes her walk before you can continue your business of sparking. No wonder my PC has slowed down recently! <BR> <em>234</em> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 08:33:20 EST WE WILL REMEMBER THEM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775485 <em>479</em> Tomorrow is Remembrance Day and I'll be busy with Legion events but I wanted to leave you with a few thoughts: <BR> <BR> It is the VETERAN , not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. <BR> <BR> It is the VETERAN , not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. <BR> <BR> It is the VETERAN , not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. <BR> <BR> It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. <BR> <BR> It i... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 15:09:56 EST TERRIFIC DAY TODAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3773290 I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here in Southern Ontario, it is absolutely beautiful. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Besides doing a great workout (9 strength exercises, 6 matching stretches, 30 min on my stationary bike followed by 6 more stretches), I am also in the process of trying three new SP recipes: Feta & Spinach Scramble (gave it a 3 - good taste but lousy appearance), Marinated Pork Tenderloin, and Spiced Pumpkin Soup. The last two are in the process of cooking and it s... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 16:09:16 EST WOOHOO! DOWN 2 LBS... but HOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3767610 <em>334</em> I'm so happy! But what did I do differently this week? As usual, I tried to stay in the low to mid range of my caloric intake, well maybe a couple of times I had Oreo cookies during the evening (not too smart but I did record them!) To counteract the effect of "such indulgence", I increased my cardios by 5 minutes which happens to be one of my sparkteam's monthly challenge (so no biggy on my part there!) However, at least three times this week I increased the intensity of ... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 10:42:48 EST Got to keep going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3757834 Half way to finishing that sewing project. Sort of losing interest as it will not fit for another couple of months. Still, got to keep going! <BR> <BR> Hey! I should make that my motivating goal for the next little while: fitting well into that blazer. Here we go! I already feel better. <BR> <BR> Other than that, DH is away for a couple of weeks. Thought I'd enjoy time by myself for a change but I miss him. I was so tired of having the TV always turned on, now it's too quiet. Wil... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 20:12:35 EST More Confessions and Feeling Blah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3753894 Why don't I feel good today? I haven't been bad with Halloween treats, I only had two Rockets lollipops and I've entered them in my food journal. I had a pretty good week and I started on a sewing project, a blazer, I cut out about a year and a half ago! That should count for something! I was glad to realize I hadn't lost my sewing skills after more than 15 years. I can't even remember the last time I made a garment from scratch. <BR> <BR> To make a long story short, half way into my sew... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 11:32:12 EST CONFESSION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750649 Yesterday, DH and I went to town and ate out for dinner. It had been a couple of years since we had a really good pizza. So we decided to go to a restaurant we used to go to a few years back as they really had a good pizza. So we ordered the molto meatza, medium (DH had to fly out last night and didn't want peppers or mushrooms on it because they upset his 'delicate' stomack... in deference to the other flyers.) I'm easy going and finally agreed to this as I had a nice house salad for lun... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 19:17:30 EST 3RD MONTH ANNIVERSARY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3748071 <em>517</em> This has been the second best move I've made in my life, the first one being marrying DH some 34½ years ago! I feel better physically than I have in a long time, my moods have improved quite a bit, I have more energy, I am more focussed, and I lost 23 lbs, and most of all, I am still motivated to keep going. Thank you SparkPeople and all of you Spark People. <BR> Did I say <em>252</em> ? <em>212</em> <em>334</em> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:50:54 EST GETTING ORGANIZED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3746992 I had been feeling overwhelmed lately with wanting to do the sparking I enjoy but which is time-consuming, keeping my house clean and tidy and doing my outside activities at the Legion. Somehow, it was mostly the house cleaning that suffered but a couple of time I was "too tired" to do my strength exercises and cardios. <BR> <BR> Well, no more! I decided to split my household chores and it works beautifully. Mondays: bedrooms, Tuesdays: bathrooms, Wednesdays: main living area, Thursday... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:57:34 EST GETTING RID OF OLD BAGGAGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739412 Today, as I was dusting in my bedroom, I looked at all the books I had in by night table and the dust they gathered. So I decided to get rid of them. To show you where my mind has been in the last so many years, here is what I removed from my night stand: <BR> <BR> Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution <BR> Atkins for Life <BR> The Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program <BR> Weight Watchers Program (leaflets, etc.) and cookbook <BR> Stop The Insanity (Susan Powter) <BR> Dr. Phil's weight loss book ... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:08:14 EST Bye Bye 260s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3737359 Hope I'm not speaking too soon but I wish I never see the 260s ever again. Slow and steady, that's the way I go and I really can't complain too much. I feel good, I eat well, I mean I'm rarely left hungry and soon I'll have to take in my pants. Still, I wonder if I will meet my weight loss goals in time. <BR> <BR> Two things I have to work on: portion control and planning ahead. Portion control because I still eat in bulk although I stay within my calorie range. Very often I would ch... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:23:30 EST I DID GOOD... SORT OF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3735618 I did very good last evening with the Fish Fry at the Legion. As planned, I gave most of my fries to DH in exchange for his coleslaw and I removed all deep fried coating around the fish before eating it (the fish). The Honours & Awards presentation went quite well but it was long (those things always are I was told). Unfortunately, it's after the presentation that I indulged a little with cheese (cheese ball) and crackers. Not too bad in itself except that I hadn't planned for it and I wa... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 20:12:49 EST I FEEL MY MOJO COMING BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3733451 Yes, things are looking up. I have been struggling a little for the past 10 days or so with my motivation. Didn't feel as eager to do my workouts and snacking a bit more than usual on things better left alone. I still recorded them in my tracker but even if I told myself that it wasn't cheating, it felt like I was. I guess I still haven't got that "all or nothing" mentality out of my system yet but I'm working on it. <BR> <BR> Today I read one of the "Secrets to Success" on motivation ... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 15:06:05 EST PROCRASTINATE, MOI?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3726654 Today, I read about making a collage of what motivates me and about goal setting. I know that will take me a few days to get it together. I have so many projects on the go, that is just another one. Hey, perhaps one of my mini goals will be to tackle those projects and cross them out of my list. Let's see, put my photos albums in order; you won't see too many of my mug in those - I despise the camera and its despises me (this, by the way, runs in my birth family.) Then, I have to sew a b... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 18:43:18 EST I WILL NOT QUIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3721904 I just want to put it out there that I've had a few days lately when I've struggled keeping up with the few changes I made since I met you, SP! I had quite a busy weekend which took me completely off my routine and I will have another busy month coming up. I could have avoided some temptations if I had done some minimal planning. Instead, I flew by the seat of my pants, took too long grooming to have breakfast, had to get on the road and once we arrived at destination, we had to get to bus... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 22:02:28 EST