DIXIETANGO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIXIETANGO DIXIETANGO'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/ Fitblr - Tumblr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864800 Tumblr is my new obsession. It's a microblogging/social networking site for those who've never heard of it. I started a blog there awhile back to post pictures of everything I eat, every day. It's funny to look back at the beginning of my blog, I was eating such garbage. I hadn't had my A-Ha! moment yet. I unwittingly stumbled into a community on Tumblr know as Fitblr or Fitspo. I'm still learning the lingo but basically these are blogs dedicated to weight loss, healthy lifestyles, gett... Thu, 3 May 2012 13:33:48 EST Weigh-In Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863059 First I have to say....I hate my scale. Furthermore, I hate weighing myself. It's not an accurate measure of how AWESOME I feel. But its a necessary evil to ensure that I'm not going in the wrong direction so I'll endure it. <BR> <BR> That said... <BR> <BR> I think I lost 8 pounds. My scale is not very accurate since I'm at the high end of it's weight limitation, which is 300 lbs. So I weigh myself 3 times and average it out <em>198</em> Either last week was wrong or this week is be... Wed, 2 May 2012 12:37:04 EST Work What Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861301 Laying the groundwork of new habits can be a daunting task. I refuse to look too far ahead since it freaks me out and makes me impatient. Instead I try to focus on what is going to work for me today. One of the ways I do this is to look back on the last few days and pick out the positive things I did differently and then make sure to incorporate them into today, thus creating new habits. Rome wasn't built in a day and this journey is a long one that can only be reached one day at a time. ... Tue, 1 May 2012 13:20:37 EST Weird Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859966 I got the worst munchies around 2pm. Made some popcorn and had some roasted chickpeas hoping the combined fiber would battle the need to munch, but that didn't happen. I just have days like this every once in a while where my appetite knows no bounds. I was hydrated, I made sure to chug some water. That didn't work. The fiber-friendly snack didn't work. My blood-sugar was fine, a little high but okay. It's just weird, I have no idea what triggers it. I sure was happy when dinner time ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:00:30 EST Sunday Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858065 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249016301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169715667.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96134872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220854182.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l763263310.jpg"> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:14:50 EST Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856765 What a gorgeous day it was today. Not a cloud in the sky and around 80 degrees. I just had to get out in it. Hubby and I went to the nature trail in Huntsville. It's a beautiful park with a big lake and miles and miles of trails. I've been wanting to do more hiking and there was no better day than today. Took my trusty camera along and snapped a few shots. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l856614605.jpg"> <BR> The trail was mostly shady but the sun peeking t... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:19:55 EST This Is Not The Body I'm Used To http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855089 Did my first serious workout today since getting back on track. It's incredible how much can change in the months I've been away from exercising. I feel much older than my 33 years. Aches and creaky joints, who's body is this? I was worn out just from stretching and was ready to call it a day after the warm-up. I hung in there though. I kept telling myself, "Well what do you expect?" and "Give it a couple weeks, things will get easier". Definitely glad I don't have to do that again unt... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 14:55:43 EST Steel-Cut Oats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853431 My stash of steel-cut oats finally arrived from Amazon. <em>244</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l788897417.jpg"> <BR> I've been struggling each morning because I'm so sick of eggs for breakfast and I was anxiously awaiting my oats. So tonight I'm putting the oats in my slow cooker on low all night so I'll wake up to breakfast all hot and ready to go. I'm using this recipe, we'll see how it goes. <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1494... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:47:03 EST Wednesday Weigh-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4851487 1 pound down. Which is actually two up from the weigh-in I snuck in on Saturday. That's what I get for not sticking to once a week like I know I should. On top of that I probably would've been 3 pounds down if I hadn't emotionally gorged last night. I let our stupid neighbors piss me off which led to chips and salsa and a bowl of cereal after dinner. I ate my emotions instead of speaking them. Every screw-up is a lesson. Two lessons this week for me: don't eat your emotions and don't we... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:11:48 EST Failure Is Just Another Word For Education http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849950 I've had numerous false starts on my weight loss journey, which used to really get me down. That is until I realized that I've gained so much knowledge from my failures. <BR> <BR> Any one of us can go buy a book on weight loss or try the new fad plan but what methods are actually going to work for us are as unique as we are. The only way to narrow down the field of options is through trial and error. Take a moment to look back on a past weight loss "failure" and think about what you lea... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:31:30 EST Cravings and The Anti-Diet Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847881 Not long ago I stumbled upon a blog by a young woman in London called, appropriately, The Londoner. She posts recipes and documents her life in words and photos. The reason I'm telling you about her is she has a post called The Anti-Diet <link>www.thelondoner.me/2012/01/anti-diet<BR>.html </link> in which she passes along tips and advice that have worked for her. Considering she's gorgeous and very fit I find that I can take her word at face value. She's not selling anything, there's ... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:38:57 EST Motivating Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846444 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70442710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lp49flYaRy1qlge0co1_500.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0hqgd0KGZ1r3tj0zo1_500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lqihjf7TcX1qd73tvo1_500.jpg" width="500"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://media-cache9.pinterest.com/upload/96334879499292599_AQlEu1UJ_f.jpg" width="500"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://www.womensconference.... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 11:30:44 EST Resolution 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812022 1/1/10 I set a resolution for myself that I would be diabetes free by 1/1/11. I was told when I was diagnosed with diabetes that if I reduced my weight by about 20% I would most likely be able to reverse my diabetes. At that time I weighed 325 pounds so 20% of that would be 65 pounds. I've lost almost 50 of those pounds so far. <BR> <BR> Since I've been doing low carb/Atkins I've seen my blood glucose return to normal levels. If I deviate from low carb I get spikes. I know I'm not out... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:28:33 EST Thanksgiving...my favorite day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775953 There is one constant in my world and that is: Thanksgiving dinner is at my house every year. And I love that! This will be my third year hosting the dinner. The first two years I wasn't watching what I ate and I inevitably ending up eating so much I thought I might need medical intervention. This year I'll be conscious of the goals I've set for myself while still allowing myself to enjoy all that yummy food. Two things will be drastically different from the previous years. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:21:07 EST New Month, New Method http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601515 Two months ago my husband began Atkins and has lost about 30 pounds. Awesome! We took a three week vacation and he managed to stick to it for the first half of the trip. The second half of the trip was spent mostly in Las Vegas, home of amazing restaurants and food. Hard, if not impossible, to stick to it there. I'm so proud of him and he has inspired me to give Atkins a shot. The best part is being able to be on the same plan at the same time. The support and encouragement are unbeatab... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:09:19 EST Wrote a little song.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475687 Wanna hear it? Here it goes.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4bHXmeEP80 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:38:14 EST A new, new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3182684 I've tried to do the raw food thing about five times now. The first time I had moderate success. But every time since then I haven't been able to repeat that success. Yes, I've managed to bring my blood glucose levels into a normal range without the use of medication. And yes, that's great. But if I'm not losing weight then what's the point? Plus raw food is kinda gross. Salads are great but the recipes are usually cold and mushy. I missed eating hot food. <BR> <BR> So, long story sh... Sat, 1 May 2010 14:48:36 EST Hydroponic Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3127815 My lovely little tomato plants are coming along quite well. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l949073976.jpg"> <BR> (Week One) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918193826.jpg"> <BR> (Week Six) <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe that they were nothing but seeds just weeks ago. The first bloom has appeared already. They are heirloom cherry tomatoes, two plants are reds and one will be yellows. I can barely contain my excitement. Hubby won't l... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 19:39:33 EST Mixing It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3107329 I was stuck in a hotel room almost all day Saturday and after watching one $14 movie (the price! ouch!!) I didn't have many entertainment options left. I ended up watching an infomercial for the P90X workout DVDs. First of all I should say that I am the biggest skeptic about anything I see on the boob tube. But you can not deny that those people are in great shape. Long story short, I talked to my DH about it and I told him the price and all and we agreed that the last thing we need is to... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 20:46:50 EST Too Much Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3099302 Two months ago I would've been still asleep or just getting up. Two months ago I would've spent my day lounging in front of the tv maybe lazily doing one or two bits of housework. Two months ago the biggest event of the day was planning and cooking dinner. And I was always tired. <BR> <BR> Now I have so much energy I don't know what to do with it all. I'm not used to feeling this way. It's like I'm overstimulated and hyper. For the past couple days I've been a little on edge because I ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:08:57 EST Day By Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093472 My new workout schedule is kicking my a-double-s but I love it. I'm feelin' great and sleeping much better too. Hopefully I'll be singing the same tune in a few months time. Sticking with it is always my biggest challenge. For right now I just look at every day that I do it as a victory. Endorphins are my new best friend <em>100</em> Wed, 7 Apr 2010 22:38:49 EST Nature's Bounty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3070807 Not much of a blog entry today. Tuckered after a long but great day. I had a great lunch today and just had to take a picture of it. It was so colorful and fresh and just lovely. It made me cheerful just looking at it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591838878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you all enjoyed your day as well. Thu, 1 Apr 2010 20:51:57 EST The Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3064132 I love this show. The amount of awareness and inspiration the show spreads is really important and sadly lacking in most tv shows. I have a problem with the format though. Why do people have to get voted off? I've watched every season and I still cannot see what benefit casting people off the show brings. These people need to be at the ranch getting fit and healthy. They took the initiative to get there so why punish them by sending them home? <BR> <BR> This is how I think the show sho... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 09:04:19 EST Went Over Goals...None (Woohoo!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3062593 For the first day since I began tracking my food intake I managed to meet every single goal and not go over any of them. I also didn't "cheat" today. I've been juicing or making a smoothie whenever I get the munchies and I think that's made a huge difference. I've had so much energy this afternoon, the part of the day when I was usually winding down before, and I can't believe how much better I feel already. <BR> <BR> My blood sugar is down 200 points. I have another 100 to go before I... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:49:50 EST Run For My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3056358 As I was 20 minutes into my 30 minutes on the elliptical this morning I was trying to talk myself into quitting. I told myself that I could pick up the last 10 minutes later in the day. What difference would it really make? For some reason the next thought my brain spit out was this little scenario: It's a quiet morning, just after dawn. I'm out walking our dog like I always do but something is off this particular morning. It's quiet.....TOO quiet. Just as I turn the first corner and h... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:09:26 EST I Am Not My Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3051759 There are days I feel like my entire being is defined by my weight. I always feel like it's the only thing people notice about me. It's certainly the first thing they notice. It doesn't matter if I've lost some or not. I'll have a great streak where I lose 5, 10, maybe 15 pounds and I'll see someone who hasn't seen me in a while. First thing they'll say is how they can tell I've lost weight. Well...great. Of course that's positive and I feel good and confident. Don't get me wrong, I'm... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 09:41:09 EST Smoothies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3046858 I love smoothies. One smoothie a day is such a great way to give a healthy boost to your health. Fruit smoothies are great. You don't need to add sugar or syrup like they do at some smoothie shops. The right combo of fruit is all you need for a vitamin rich, sugar free sweet treat. Here's my favorite: <BR> <BR> Purple Power Smoothie: <BR> 6 ounces fresh pineapple, ripe (this is your sweetener) <BR> 6 ounces fresh strawberries <BR> 3 ounces frozen blueberries (frozen is important, they t... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:43:25 EST What a waste... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3033867 It was drilled into me as a kid that I should never waste food. I was encouraged to be a member of the "Clean Plate Club" at every meal. We ate leftovers until every bit was gone or spoiled or we were so sick of them we wanted to scream. I consider all this to be brainwashing. It wasn't maliciously done, my parents love me very much, but even the best intentions can lead to a disastrous end. So here I am, a grown woman with a home of her own and I hate to throw food away. Actually hate ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:24:43 EST Water Is The Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3030251 Water is the key to good health and can optimize weight loss. The minimum amount per day that is recommended by health care professionals in 8 glasses. I've found that an easy way to keep track of how much water I'm consuming to to drink from a wide-mouth Mason jar. Countrified....perhaps. Each jar has measurements along the side in both cups and ounces. One jar is 32 ounces. Two jars is your daily minimum. Can it get any easier than that? I also recommend getting reusable plastic or ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:46:09 EST