DOLLIE6's SparkPeople Blog DOLLIE6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Seat belt extender I had a great moment this morning. I did not put the seat belt extender on. The seat belt fit just fine. What a moment. I try to act cool in front of my husband. He just looked over at me and smiled real big. I am on the best adventure wondering what I will be able to wear next. What will I not have to worry about whether I will fit or not. I have throwed some clothes away that were too big and I felt funny about doing it. It was like I was throwing part of me away. I know that the ov... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 11:05:52 EST Thanks to everyone. I love Spark!!!! I just wanted to thank everyone that responded to my blog about the pain. I cut my exercise down 20 on the elliptical to 10. I lowered the reps on the weights I was doing. I am taking ginger, manuka honey, chicken broth and gel. It all seems to be helping. I do elliptical four days a week, chest back and shoulders one day and abs, arms and legs the next day on my weights for four days. I then do light walking Friday Saturday and Sunday. I am trying to not overdo. But sometimes I do. I... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:34:14 EST I am in pain anybody got any advice. I have been having a lot of pain in my rotary cuff area and in my hip joints. I stopped doing the exercise bike and started doing the elliptical for 20 minutes to see if that would help. I do weights four times a week. I went from 40 pound weights to 30 pounds. On my arms and shoulders I went from 10 pounds to five pounds. That seemed to help. But I'm still having pain. <BR> I thought maybe I would start taking a tablespoon of Manuka honey and see if that helps. <BR> Does anybody else... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:34:09 EST I'm full 120-1 oz cheese <BR> 80-Ezekiel bread <em>344</em> <BR> 80-large egg <BR> <BR> 230-Amy's light and lean soft taco fiesta <BR> <BR> 150-sweet potato fries <BR> 150-baked chicken <BR> 110-1/2 cup lima beans <BR> 50-1 cup turnip/mustard greens <BR> 1- radish <BR> <BR> 100-apple <BR> 50-2 t peanut butter 2 <BR> 120-package of pistachios <BR> 50-1/2 cup frozen cherries <BR> <BR> 1291 total <BR> <BR> I can't believe I can eat like this and lose weight. I guess the weight lift... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:49:31 EST long way to go. I have lost 58 pounds since the first of march, 2017. I am doing weights fours times a week. I do chest, back and shoulders one day and the next I do abs, arms and legs. I ride my exercise bike four times a week. I work outside in my fairy garden or do house work. I stay busy for the most part. Of course I have to Spark and Facebook. I have given up diet foods and drinks over the years. I only drink water or unsweet teas. I have given up sugar for the most part. I really don't need it. ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:50:49 EST fried or baked Last week was strange. My husband and I were on the go a lot. One day I wanted fried chicken livers while we were out. We got them that night I felt a little ill. I do not think they were fresh. The next day I decided I wanted some fried fish and fried shrimp. I did very good had a few pieces and lots of vegetables, no tarter sauce (that is a miracle, I use to love it.) I got the bright idea I would weigh the next morning. Well nothing new I gained a couple of pounds. I thought about i... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:06:19 EST One pound a week-good or bad or put up with it. A little turns in to a lot later on. I will say first I have lost 35 pounds so far since the last week in July. I was hoping I would be 50 pounds lighter by the first of January. I am losing one pound a week now. I was losing two pounds a week at first. I do about 70 minutes of exercise four times a week. The other days I just walk. I eat 1300 to 1400 calories a day. I really wish I could lose at least two pounds a week. I have a lot of weight to lose, about 150 pounds. You would think the weight would just be dropping off... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:50:32 EST I'm on a roll. I got my exercise done. Great! I am up to 30 minutes walking. I do some in the house and some on the path in the woods. Its a gravel road, uneven, up and down hills. It makes for rough walking. My hips and knee were giving me a fit so I started walking around in the house . I was able to walk 10 minutes on the path this morning and it was good. I did 20 in the house and really got a good workout. I was almost running. I went to my gym and rode my bike and then did my weights and I f... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:44:10 EST Going beyond the pain I added five minutes to my walk. That makes 20 minutes. I will work up to 30 minutes. I figured five minutes at a time once a week should get me there. It is hard in a way to make myself walk. <BR> But I am making myself look at the woods how the leaves are starting to change. The squirrels are starting to store food for the winter. The woodpeckers are storing seeds in the old pecan tree for winter. I think the squirrels go get them. I'm keeping my mind off of how my feet hurt and how ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:17:57 EST Good day I am proud my walking and exercise went better today. I think the heat and humidity really does a number on me. Today was hot but not like I was swimming in water. The weights felt light. I am lifting 20 pounds on some that I do and then 30 on some I do. It feels good to feel my muscles. <BR> So hopeful for the future. Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:42:20 EST Remembering life lessons I was just sitting here thinking. I have been in this same place so many times. Sometimes I lost 130 pounds sometimes I would lose 20 and every time so far I have gained it back. I was trying to figure out why. What triggered me? I like me why did I sabotage myself. I know one time I had went to a friends wedding and they had little bags of chocolate and I ate one. The whole bag not one piece. I took home about 20 bags of chocolate and over a period of a couple of weeks ate them. I h... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 16:19:14 EST Do not look back I really do not want to blog. I was reading over my past blogs and it makes me so sad. I would be doing so good and then out of the blue I would stop and go back to overeating and eating junk. I have lost 100's of pounds . I would feel so good and swear I would never go back. But here I am again over 300 pounds and trying again. I had got up to 346, could not walk very long. My husband was doing all the shopping. I could only clean the house for a few minutes at a time and would have t... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:25:10 EST If only I had stuck to my program Its Friday again. I have completed all my exercises five days and have stayed on my program. I feel very proud of me. It's unreal to me how time is just flying. I have been doing this program two months and have lost 26 pounds as of today. I weigh tomorrow and hopefully I will have lost another pound. Before you know it a year will be gone and I want to be able to look back to my blogs and be proud that I have continued on my healthy way. That I am 100 pounds lighter, or close. I do n... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:09:28 EST One bite can be enough I have lost 26 pounds so far and I am feeling so great because I am doing something about my health. I am learning new things also. I learned last night that a bite is as good as the whole thing. <BR> I had made my husband roast, gravy , biscuits, rice, peas, and greens. The roast just about got to me. I was planning on having the whole works but just a serving. I decided to have a taste instead because I had to weigh this morning and I wanted a pound gone at least. Well lo and behold I ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:35:10 EST Well good for me Well good for me its Friday and I have followed my program do my exercises and ate healthy. <BR> It sure makes you feel positive and confident when you follow your program. I was reading some of the blogs Spark puts out and they are very good and helpful. I am so proud I found Spark.. I have been here a long time and they never let me down. I may have let me down but not them. <BR> I had to add 100 calories o my program from 1300 to 1400. I was waking in the night with a headache and wh... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:31:35 EST I am giving myself a present. I had a great work out this morning. I mean I tore it up. I am doing the recumbent bike to strengthen my knees. They are giving me fits. I can hardly stand for any length of time. The weight I have lost is really helping. I just need a good 100 hundred pounds off. But it will happen in time. I am giving myself a present of one year of eating 1300-1400 calories, recumbent biking for 36 minutes, weight lifting, chest, back, shoulders one day, next day do abs, arms, legs. I will stay as ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:27:12 EST Life or death I am proud I decided to show my weight. I have decided to stop hiding and be honest with myself. <BR> I am the one who decided to do something about my weight and be healthy. No one is making me do this. I will be proud of every good decision I make. I will follow my plan every day, weigh twice a week. I will post on Spark and share my victories and failures. I was meditating the other day and I saw in my mind a pair of scales I had loaded one side with fast foods, processed foods, pro... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:04:40 EST I must stay strong I was looking over my blogs and I could have cried. It seems like I will be all excited and will eat right, do my exercises for a while, lose weight and then I mess up. This is over and over for years. I steadily get bigger and bigger. I topped out at 348 a couple of months ago. I could barely walk I am in so much pain. I started eating healthy and exercising and so far I have lost 16 pounds and have got a little relief on my knees. I have got to stay on my program or I know I will b... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:33:47 EST Handling crisis My mother-in-law died today. She was 83 and could not walk, could not feed herself or sit up long. <BR> She got pneumonia and could not fight it off. I have found myself wanting to overeat today. <BR> So far I have kept it under control. I don't know why I think I can find comfort in overeating. <BR> It is a lot of tension when families are not close and will not talk over things. I know this is not making much sense or maybe it does. I'm sure a lot of people have problems in families... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:17:19 EST snowing I can't believe it we have snow. We don't get snow very often. Its sleet and snow so we stay in. <BR> I have cooked all day. I cooked for my husband and made him biscuits steak and gravy. He said he loves getting snowed in. I also made us some energy bar. We have one a day. <BR> I have had a very peaceful day. I love it when I have a peaceful day with no problems eating healthy. I want this feeling of accomplishment to continue. I want it to be second nature to just eat healthy, ge... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:24:24 EST Here we go again Well its been 27 days I have lost 11 pounds so far. Its been a long time since I have had processed sugar. When I want sweets I make a healthy kind and eat just a little. That is one good thing I have learned. I gave up any kind of sodas years ago. I drink teas and water. I started weighing every Saturday. I am just walking for my exercise right now. I have lost 100's of pounds off and on the last 30 years. I just never seem to learn how to maintain. Maybe at this time of my life I w... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:14:08 EST exercise The first of April. I like looking at the calendar there stretches a whole month to do all my exercises and eat healthy. I went to my gym this morning and did the elliptical for thirty-five minutes. I then did a bout 25 or 30 minutes of weight lifting. This morning was for my abs, arms and legs. I think I am going to up my weight routine and do them four times a week. That will give me two days on my abs, arms and legs and two days on my chest, back and shoulders. <BR> That always worked... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:12:22 EST eight months Wow I can't believe it eight months with no processed sugar. I feel wonderful. I am so relaxed and calm. I am thinking clearly. I make wise choices. If I get a little antsy and want to change things or not sure what I am doing is right it does not take me long to touch base with my sparkers and they usually are so encouraging and seem to say the right thing and I get back on track. I am having no cravings for sweets what so ever. I guess if you don't eat them you don't want them. We w... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:31:46 EST The pine trees know it is Easter. The pine trees know it is Easter. About two weeks before Easter little shoots begin to sprout and then by Easter the little shoots branch out and form crosses. I am looking out the window and I am already seeing some crosses but by Sunday there should be a tree full. I think this is so neat and I look forward to it each year. We may not acknowledge but nature knows. <BR> Ever who celebrates Easter be blessed. <em>452</em> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:46:07 EST why do I want to sabotage myself? I am having a battle with myself. I am eating 1500 calories a day. I walk every day. I do weights twice a week and I do my elliptical at least three times a week. I keep wanting to have diet mentality. I do not weigh and I do not know how much I have lost in eight months. I keep thinking I am losing about five pounds a month and that is too slow. I want to lose 10 pounds a month. I have lost 100 pounds a couple of times in 10 months but I never learned how to maintain. I would put th... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:32:13 EST seven months I am so proud. It has been seven months since I have had processed sugar. <BR> I feel so good. I have more energy. I exercise on the elliptical three times a week and do weights two times a week and I do a lot of walking also. I have dropped from a 4x to a 1x. <BR> I have been eating healthy . Its getting easier and easier to make wise choices on what I am going to eat. I look forward to good food that has taste not some artificial, card board, with a list of ingredients a mile long. ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 23:16:04 EST Nuts! But I will be okay!! Well Sunday (mother's day) I lost my mind or something. My husband fixed me breakfast. <BR> It was a dreary day so we got out. My husband asked where do you want to eat. I did not want to eat out. But he said you have to your blood sugar will drop and you will get a headache. Okay, we'll go to Golden Corral but we will go early to miss the crowd. We got there at 10:30 they were still serving breakfast. We will have a little, biscuit and gravy, one bacon and a star shaped donut. I did not... Tue, 15 May 2012 11:48:08 EST Laughing all the way! I have made it three weeks eating healthy. Today was my weight day. I gained one pound. For some reason that struck me funny. I have counted calories, wrote them down exercised some. In general did a good job this week. I admit I could have exercise more but I could not get my food right and I would have low sugar. I think I finally got it. I needed a little more protein. <BR> I also know how good walking is for me, for the blood sugar and over all feeling stronger and good. So this ... Sat, 12 May 2012 10:43:15 EST All in a day. Its thursday and I am making my menu out for the day. No thought of doing anything different. <BR> I am just glad I have today to make some good choices. I am trying to eat a lot of vegetables all different kinds. I am enjoying thinking up good things to eat for my husband and I . We have decided not to go out to eat for anything. We loss better when we do. I am eating kale everyday. <BR> I never give it a thought to make a salad out of kale. That's what I'm having for lunch, apiece o... Thu, 10 May 2012 13:01:58 EST Tired of talking about it!! I got side tracked. I got to reading some of my past blogs. Wow, up and down, up and down. <BR> Here I am again bigger than ever. If I don't get this right I am not going to be here to enjoy any kind of life. I'm tired of talking about the weight loss, what to eat, how to exercise, how not to exercise because I'm so big. I just want this weight gone once and for all. I'm tired of worrying about it. I only know one way to lose weight and that is to count calories, do the exercise that I... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:24:27 EST Say a pray for me. Well i have reached an all time high. I made myself weigh this morning and it took me awhile to get over it. I weighted 354 pounds. As you can see I decided to eat what I wanted and not do any more moving than I had too. Well here I sit scared to death that I will have a stroke or a heartattack. I would not even look at Spark to get help. I know this has to stop now. I really do want to live. But my actions say different. What is wrong with me that fast food, sweets and junk are more... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:07:39 EST He might have won if he had stuck it out. When things go wrong as they sometimes will, When the road you're trudging seems all up hill, When the friends are low and the debts high and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, When care is pressing you down a bit. Life is queer with its twist and turns as every one of us sometimes learns and many a failure turns about. When he might have won had he stuck it out. Don't give up though the pace seems slow you may succeed with another blow. Success is failure turned inside out. The silv... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 19:04:55 EST This and that I put one cup of vanilla almond milk, a frozen banana, 1 tablespoon of cacao, 1 tablespoon of honey and froze them in the freeze. Oh so good and my husband even wanted him one. <BR> Its fun to think up healthy alternatives to thinks that are too many calories or they do funny things to you like binging. I looked on Spark recipes and they have lots of raw desserts. <BR> I like using agave nectar for sweeteners or honey. Honey is my favorite. A neighbor brought us some fresh squash and zucc... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:33:09 EST No lose in four weeks!! Its been four weeks and I have not lost a pound. Two weeks ago I upped my exercise to riding my stationary bike for 36 minutes and to weight lifting 25 minutes and my treadmill for 35 minutes. I put my calories up to 1500 to be able to do the exercise. Spark recommends eating more but I just can't do that yet. I have always lost weight on 1200 calories and I really don't know how to act eating this much. I am used to being punished for being over weight. <BR> You must eat 1200 and eat st... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:25:39 EST Two months-twenty-five pounds gone It's been two months since I started back eating healthy and exercising. I have got rid of 25 pounds of fat. It does not seem like a lot in the over scheme of things (165) pounds to go but I am thrilled. I am half-way to my first goal of 50 pounds. I can not bear to think of how much I am going to lose so I am taking it in 50 pounds increments. <BR> I have been doing real good on my sweets. I stopped eating them Easter. I have not had any processed sweets. I have one tablespoon of hone... Thu, 26 May 2011 14:15:48 EST The trip continues. The trip is continuing. I have not had any sweets since Easter. I mean candy, cakes, ice cream or like that. I do have one tablespoon of honey a day. It keeps my allergies under control. I usually put it on my popcorn with a little cinnamon. I have been holding fluid this week for some reason. I may not be working out hard enough to sweat. I am watching my salt intake and cut back all the time. I gained four pounds this week. How? I ate the same calories, did the same exercise. I c... Thu, 12 May 2011 14:19:19 EST Truth I have been reading everything I could find on addiction to sweets and there is a lot of research out there. I think I may have found out why I lose and gain like crazy. April 24, 2011 <BR> I promised myself no more candy, cookies, ice cream, cakes etc. I have been checking the milk, everything I eat and there is sugar in everything. No wonder we have problems with our weight. I guess I will get some sugar but I don't have to eat candy, cookies, ice cream etc. <BR> I am going to try and ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:24:36 EST No sweets!!! What will happen to me!!! I have been looking over my diet diaries trying to figure out where I go wrong. I have lost 100's of pounds and have put them back on. I can lose like crazy and then I don't maintain. All I could gather from my research is that I get confident and start eating sweets. I will have a piece of this one day and in a couple of days I have a little more and then next thing you know I am on a binge and don't care until I have all the weight back on. Its like my brain does not work like it is sup... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 21:32:03 EST Pleased as punch!! Thursday is weigh in day and I lost another five pounds. Great!! I have lost 15 so far. <BR> It feels so good when you can look over the week and know you have done everything you know to do and get a good reading on the scales. I also know if I had not lost any I knew I had lost some somewhere, my clothes are looser. I have to eat healthy no matter what, whether I lose or just stay where I am for awhile. You can't make me believe me going from Lord knows how many calories to 1200-1500 I... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 14:50:30 EST POSTED: NO TRESPASSING I'm proud of myself this week. We have had a lot of upheaval in our life. A lot of things we were not expecting. A lot of angry, sadness etc. I have not over eat. I just kept writing everything down that I was eating. I will weigh tomorrow and I hope I have lost something. I know something is happening because my clothes are not as tight. I feel a lot better also. <BR> My husband and I were talking this morning about three weeks ago we would have run out to our favorite Asian restaura... Wed, 20 Apr 2011 13:02:56 EST 2011 was a wonderful year. I read this on facebook, I think and it sounded like a good idea. Start with a letter to yourself written a year from now. Write down "as if" these great things have happened. Aim for a few way out there, a few that is within your grasp. Dear Dollie, 2011 was a wonderful year. I have lost over 100 pounds. I feel like I am floating instead of walking. I am so proud of myself for reaching this milestone. I still have a way to go but hey what is this except a journey for health. The journe... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 14:08:20 EST trip We took the day off and drove down to the coast. I fixed our lunch, supper and snacks. <BR> I did not want us to go out to eat today. I want to fix our meals as much as I can. When I have to plan out our meals, write down the calories for both of us and then cook them I have a tendency to make wise choices and get the most for our calories. My husband loves for me to say you have to have more snacks, don't you want some popcorn or nuts or sometimes both. He is eating about 1700 calories ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:26:40 EST enough I read this on Facebook today and it touched me. <BR> For today, bask in being enough. Good enough, beautiful enough, happy enough, tall enough, sweet enough, enough. You are complete. <BR> I read something else and the comment was "Human beings love transformation." <BR> Think about this for awhile and think of the different kinds of transformations. I am working on my own transformation, not only physical but emotionally and mentally. <BR> How do we react to transformations? Can we h... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 18:53:54 EST Yeah!!! Today is weigh day. I tried talking to myself saying its okay if you don't lose anything, its only been a week, its okay if its a couple of pounds, its okay. I got on the scales and low and behold I had dropped 10 pounds. wow, I know I am holding a lot of fluid but I also know somewhere in there I dropped some fat too. I love a good start. <BR> I went with my husband on a short business trip and we stopped at Wendy's and I got a small chili for lunch. I also had brought me a energy ba... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 19:27:31 EST Its a mystery I can't believe what 6 days of staying on track has done. I have more energy, I slept better last night, I'm not hurting as bad in my joints. Isn't it amazing how if you give your body a chance it will try its best to heal itself. I have been eating very clean. My system is cleaning out. I am eating about 25 to 50 percent raw the rest cooked vegetables. I made a big pot of stew with lean hamburger meat at 95 percent lean. My friend raised some cattle with no hormones just plain natural ... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 18:26:02 EST Create the life you dream about I saw this on facebook this morning and I like it. Author unknown: Create the life you dream about, step into the dream easily. Let the dream energize your waking moments believe more deeply, fully and certainly. I am taking a break for 10 or 15 minutes and I am visualizing a year from now or two and seeing me in the clothes I have in the closet I can not get in. I dream of wearing my hats again, going shopping for more hats. I dream of my granddaughter and I going shopping and having lunc... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 15:19:55 EST counting the days I'm counting the days until I can go shopping and not be wore out. My husband and I had to make a grocery store run. My blood sugar dropped and I got a Snickers Marathon Energy bar and ate it. It helped. I had brought our lunch with us. I had a green smoothie and he had a couple of sandwich's. When we got to the car we ate and got revived. That is awful that you are just wore out grocery shopping. It is a biggggggggg store but good gravy 30 pounds ago I could have walked it two or th... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:29:25 EST Ain't love grand? Well folks you made my day. All the encouragement, wise advice, just seeing all the love caring people have for each other made me feel like I can do anything. It does not matter how many times we start over as long as we do not give up. I had lost 130 pounds a few years ago and then proceeded to put it back on. Now I have 200 pounds to lose. It is amazing what we can do to ourselves, isn't it? Well I will never give up if I do I know I will just get bigger and bigger and you know your... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 18:23:13 EST Scared I am really scared about my weight. I did not sleep very much last night from tossing and turning all night. My side would go to sleep and I would turn over, that side would go to sleep and I would have to turn over. I snored so loud that when I would go to sleep I would wake myself up. I woke up this morning realizing I was crushing my insides. I'm having headaches, neck and shoulder aches. When I walk very far the hips, knees and heart hurts from the strain. You would wonder why I kee... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 14:20:34 EST Whey protein Does anyone have any experience with this. The doctor put my mother-in-law on whey to build her up. I started drinking it yesterday after I did my weight lifting. It seemed to help me recover faster. I rode my recumbent bike today and did some wall pushups and I was trembling real bad and I drank my vanilla whey protein, added a cup of strawberries to it, and in just a little while I stopped trembling. I know it will take me a while to get back to doing all my exercises and lose the 35 p... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:16:18 EST