DINIE123's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DINIE123 DINIE123'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/ The secret word is consistency!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567412 It is almost Christmas and I have so much to be grateful for. I take my good health for granted and do not make enough effort to get back into shape. Alright, so I am 71 and in bad shape. Do I want to stay in this miserable condition or do I want to do something about it? Doing something to correct the problem takes effort and you can't be good one day and then take a trip to lala land for a week and expect to have lost weight and have a stunning figure. At 71, my exoectations have been ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:07:17 EST Another wake up call!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542846 Don and I have such a great life and we are grateful for all we have. But we both take our health for granted and at our ages, that is not a wise thing to do. Don just had a stint in the hospital and has CAD and had a rough time especially with the meds. He had to go into the hospital a second time to regulate and change his meds. He is home now and feeling good for the first time in awhile and it is wonderful to have him home. He now knows what he has to do to keep healthy. I also know... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:35:00 EST It is never too late! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427437 <em>252</em> At the golden age of 71, I strongly feel the need to get myself in order. I feel fortunate to be here at this age, Mom died at 60 y.o., Dad at 60 y.o. and Mom's Mom in her 30's, so I am way ahead of the game. But unfortunately I have taken it all for granted, and I need to change my ways. I have all the tools I need to get myself in better mental and physical shape, I have spark people, I have the 2 books written so far and I have a laptop and Ipad. I don't take my laptop ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 14:53:52 EST It is never too late! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427436 <em>252</em> At the golden age of 71, I strongly feel the need to get myself in order. I feel fortunate to be here at this age, Mom died at 60 y.o., Dad at 60 y.o. and Mom's Mom in her 30's, so I am way ahead of the game. But unfortunately I have taken it all for granted, and I need to change my ways. I have all the tools I need to get myself in better mental and physical shape, I have spark people, I have the 2 books written so far and I have a laptop and Ipad. I don't take my laptop ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 14:53:52 EST There is a sensible way to approach health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184162 I tend to be an all or nothing person and when I start something I jump in with both feet. I have found this works for the short duration I can maintain it until burnout occurs. So, I am committing on Jan 1, 2013 to approach this thing in a logical way, not a frantic pace that does not last. Reading SP blogs and articles are so good for my motivation, if I check in with SP every day, I do better. Chris believes in streaks, and I have read it works well by several people who have done well... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 15:05:53 EST Sreaking is the key, I,m going to give it a serious try!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182447 I have spent the morning reading SP blogs and and SP pages and have been so enthused, I am amazed at what is out there with just a touch on the keypad. I was really upset with myself the last 2 weeks, from a guilty conscience for eating jusk and tons of it. I blamed being on Prenisone which sounded good. That took the blame off me. But the blame is on me and only me. So the problem: Eating everything in sight! Solutions: start a streak and see how many days I can do it, and I joined a... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 15:36:19 EST A NEW YEAR, A NEW ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181458 I have had a really good and adventurous year. Got to see family and friends in Calif in June and then friends and family in Ar for Christmas, we have a wonderful family, and the best friends ever. I have come to terms with living in Arizona away from the kids, I love the kids, but love the Az weather, it is better for me. I realize that I have made some big mistakes this year in regards to my health, specifically my weight, and can say to myself. Not a good thing, but something that can ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:02:00 EST Reality is back, right in my face! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066521 We had a terrific 2 month vacation in Mexico, so relaxing no time frames at all, never wore a watch or turned on an alarm clock. We walked a lot and I did lose some pounds, but now we are home. <BR> It is like a terrible let down, I seem to have lost all my ambition in Mexico. We lost our internet connection the last 2 weeks we were there, so no Spark people, no spark coach, and the results are glaring at me. I got lazy. The daily reminders and having to be accountable really helps and ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:37:54 EST Going back to school! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019823 I am learning so much by following the advice to go slow, one small change at a time. That is hard for me, because I want it all right now, I am sort of an all or nothing person which is not good. Reading the spark diet and the articles related to nutrition is making me want to read and learn more. Then I get hooked on reading the blogs and find some amazingly smart and caring people. I have so much to learn, I feel I am starting all over again, but this time I am taking notes, re-reading ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:25:11 EST GRATITUDE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018712 I was sitting on our patio tonight enjoying the view of the lake with large mountains in the background against a sun setting with rainbow colors. It was so quiet, so peaceful. I took several deep breaths and gave thanks for this wonderful day, this wonderful life. I felt content and fulfilled. <BR> I realized I felt more energized than I had in a very long time, I felt awe at the vision in front of me, I knew I had so much to be thankful for. I could go on and on about all the luxury in ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:20:39 EST I am committed now, watch out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016764 What a wonderful day this is. It is sunny in gorgeous Mexico. We walked to the market this morning and loaded up on fresh vegetables and fruits, mingled with people and stopped for iced tea before the walk home on cobble stone streets, a real work-out. No more junk food in the house, I can do this. Went to Spark Coach and every where I looked, it reminded me to use their trackers, in fact I lost 5 points for not doing just that. I don't know about any of you, but the points mean a lot to... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:23:44 EST False starts!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015130 Wow, Monday was a day for all fresh starts and I started with a blast. Made some goals, drank my water, ate my veggies, did my exercise. It all went well, but all of a sudden I felt I was scattered and all over the place. I felt I was doing a lot of things, but none of them good, I was not in the moment. But what can be wrong, I am doing everything I said I would do? I was doing too many things at once. I need to start slow and BE CONSISTENT, work on one goal at a time until it becomes... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:46:27 EST Monday is here again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013530 So, a new week, what do I want to accomplish this week? There are so many choices, but if I try to do too many, I just get confused and discouraged. Let me chose a few to concentrate on: #1. look at food choices and reflect on my food battle in an honest way. That word honest sure comes up a lot in the SP program!!! #2 Eliminate sugar, cut down on salt, increase water intake, and eliminate sodas for the week. #3 Stop hiding my struggle with food and admit I am an emotional eater. #4 Set g... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:24:39 EST It just got better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012181 I am going to do this. Saying something positive to myself works so much better than the negative stuff that keeps circling in my brain. I believe what I think and right now, I believe I can and will do this. Giving daily affirmations has been hard for me, but I must say it is getting easier, and it changes my attitude for the better. I am learning how to talk back to my negative self talk, and I have also learned that most of the negative stuff is what I have heard along the way in my l... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 14:13:39 EST It can't get much better than this ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011200 I am in Mexico for 2 whole months with my husband; we are in an area that has almost perfect weather, and the cool breeze is here most of the time. We are staying in a beautiful home in a Mexican village and are enjoying seeing the culture that inspires the beauty of family and simplicity up close. So we are living the true meaning of retirement which is happiness and contentment with what you have. All this spells perfection to me and I love it. But is there something that I can do to ma... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 18:05:45 EST So many blessings to count, what is number One? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994848 My life is a blessing in general, but I have to realize I give it the quality to be called a blessing. I am learning how important it is to like oneself and working hard at accepting my shortcomings. Mmy #1 blessing has to be me, the one God created for a special reason, a special purpose. Is putting me first selfish? Or is it just a fact that if I don't like myself, I can't like and give to others? I choose the second option and feel good about it. I don't have any special talents to spe... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 13:57:25 EST The simple things in life are free!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981861 I am in Mexico for 2 months on vacation where the weather is a constant 75 with a lovely breeze. What a good place to meditate and figure out what is important to me in life. I love goals and marking off to do lists and being organized and tidy. That is all well and good, but what about the inner me that sometimes does not want to be organized with a completed to do list? I brought my Nook and my knitting and am having such a free and relaxing time just getting good at knitting which I ju... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:20:40 EST Arizona is the way to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3408433 We just moved from Arkansas to Arizona 6 weeks ago and we love it. It has been 110 several days, but it is a dry heat and we are both o.k. with it. The humidity in Arkansas was killing me, and I already feel healthier. <BR> The people are so friendly and helpfu here, it is a pleasure to go to the store. We know one couple from when we lived in Calif. and have reconnected with them, real friends. I got on the internet and looked up card making in the local vicinity and have connected with ... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 16:52:06 EST I believe in myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2432597 Good morning SP. <BR> I am sitting here on the screened in back porch looking at the geese diving into the water and giving someone a good lecture! The weather is perfect, the sky is a clear blue and it is quiet, peaceful and serene, This is my inspiration place, I can refocus, regroup and journal all my wonderings about how I need to do better at this program <BR> Then, I look at the lake again and feel a calmness come over me. I begin to journal all the things I have done rig... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:06:16 EST The day is mine to use productively or waste away and wish I hadn't wasted it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2247356 Today is rainy and yet cool, so it is energizing to me. I got up lazy, and could actually stay that way all day, but the regret I would have would be too much for me, I couldn't have that conscious free sleep tonight, and I need my sleep. I can't walk outside due to the rain, so here comes Leslie Sansome's on-line program, then I will turn on the Wii fitness and then make up the next week's menu and shopping plan. With Spark people, I have all the tools and support I need to be successful,... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:09:11 EST Every day is what we make it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2102134 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/0/b902654003.jpg">I have read some great blogs today and as you can see was not sure how to start one, so forgive me. The blogs got me started on a motivated day, and I have taken a walk with my husband, eaten well and used my balance ball. I got up with no energy this morning and told myself to get it together and I did. I find it helpful to self talk and journal, it gets my guilt on paper and verbalized, so it is not stuck inside me. How do ... Thu, 28 May 2009 16:56:32 EST