EAGLEVALLEYDE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EAGLEVALLEYDE EAGLEVALLEYDE'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/ It's test your color week...or two! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693515 Am I really a TRUE MOCHA MANIAC? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow moring I leave for a week long business trip with my boss. I will be bringing with me some "healthier" car snacks, as we are driving. My boss loves to eat. He loves delicious, if not healthy, food. I will need to make my own choices here. I will need to be able to "order" healthier options. Repeat after me...I'd like a double portion of steamed veggies, please." and "could you bake and not sautee that fish in that delicious butter?" B... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:28:40 EST BLC 25 - WEC - What to do when I stumble and get off track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693501 I wrote this a few days ago on my printed out guide to the weekend challenge. Just now getting it blogged. After reading a few others, I'm more determined than EVER to succeed at this. <BR> <BR> My alarm says when it goes off, "Every day is a new day." It will take months and months to achieve the overall results of losing over 100#'s, but EVERY DAY I can celebrate my small, moment to moment, day to day, week to week achievements. I hereby give myself permission to be happy and to celeb... Mon, 12 May 2014 15:04:47 EST Incentives? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644529 1st day back at the gym. They have this fancy machine like a bicycle. :) HAHAHAHA It has a screen attached to it and the handle bars move like its a real bike and a program attached that takes me to a park or down a trail. I LOVE IT. I will do it every single day. There are a lot of them too. <BR> <BR> I feel great that I did 35 mins of cardio today. I was hoping for some odd camaraderie at the gym - maybe some encouragement or something but I'm sure that once they see I am committed... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:51:01 EST Down 3 pounds... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343083 I am so thrilled right now. After watching every single bite I ate SUnday - Wed, I am down 3 pounds. Imagine if I could keep this up. I think you are all correct, if I just take it one meal at a time or one day at a time, then I won't be overwhelmed. Iso just want to lose 50 lbs. It's BIG goal number 1. And i can do it. I'm just 51 away, hahah! Thu, 2 May 2013 10:28:20 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339457 I've been streaking with my exercise with gazell intensity. However, I haven't lost any weight. After taking the portion distortion quiz, the answer may have been revealed. I only got 6 of 16 questions correct. <BR> <BR> So, now I know to watch my portions. And stop when full. And I am only have healthy food in the house right now. <BR> <BR> This is good - right? I hope this works because if I do not lose a significant amount of weight by the end of this year, I'm going to have surger... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:30:10 EST Removal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300002 I always said I wouldn't do this but I may just have to put my foot down...or the bag of chips down. <BR> <BR> I commit to eating something like an apple, orange, cucumber, tomato or a healthy baked chip instead of potatoe chips. This is a BIG deal for me since I'm addicted to chips. I lvoe the texture and the flavor and I love to eat them but they are why I'm not losing weight. So, kickin' ya to the curb 'ole fat hogging, depressing favorite. Buh Bye! Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:48:40 EST Bring on the streaking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291069 I think I've got it...using the KISS principle. <BR> <BR> Eat until full...not one bite father...for 14 days. Then we'll re-evaluate. Stop when full. It's like stop on red or at red for a red light or stop sign. Just STOP. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303196374.jpg"> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:24:22 EST I need a new streak... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284720 That totally revolves around food in the afternoon/evening. <BR> <BR> Hummmmm.....thinking, thinking. <BR> <BR> My goal of 100 days of exercise is well under way but 60% of weight loss is food so I've got to incorporate a healthy eating streak goal. Sparkfriends...help! <BR> <BR> I do ok with drinking my water in the morning and at breakfast but usually by noon/3 pm, I'm a wreck and my food follows suit. <BR> <BR> It has to be more specific than eating 3-5 fruits daily. Like, by 4 pm... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:30:34 EST 1/29 - or every day for the rest of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228592 Daily Goal - Eat slowly when at lunch w/ boss and eat a salad or something health friendly <BR> <BR> Walk for 15 minutes while watching tv <BR> <BR> Record food intake in mobile SP app. Whew. that's it folks. Day 1. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:59:10 EST "Do me a favor and join WW?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228480 Said the Dr. yesterday. So, SP Friends, do I need to pay $15 a month to join WW when I could just use SP and have you all for support on this journey? She did schedule me for an appointment in just 4 months. to the day. <BR> <BR> FEEDBACK - PLEASE! Tue, 29 Jan 2013 09:44:26 EST Try, try again. I'm worth it, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177652 Lets see if I can eat 1 produce item today and move it, move it today to reach my fast break goals. I also need to print out some goals and post them around the house. :) Yep, I'm back. And I hope this time it sticks. My friend says she tried to quit smoking 365 days a year for years before it stuck. So here I am trying to lose first 50 pounds, (at first). I can do this. I will do this. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:55:42 EST Blood Pressure: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936436 I called the Drs office and got my numbers as of May 11th: It was 126/72 with HR was 70. <BR> <BR> I gave blood yesterday and it was 110/80 with a RHR of 60! I'm soooo freakin' happy! Boohya! <BR> <BR> a DROP of 16 pts! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:52:35 EST Plant based = cooking based. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926009 I'm like 3 weeks into this plant based thing and I am so wanting nothing more than a burger right now. I eat hummus every single day and breakfast is def the hardest meal. Salads are fine for lunch, dinner is usually a new recipe. It's exhausting and I'm trying so hard to plan my meals, not the other way around. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a good pancake recipe? I bought two vegan cookbooks and none of the recipes for pancakes have worked. They stick to the pan and are just plain, ugh, gross. An... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:38:42 EST New good stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915687 Last night I made kale chips w/ Cajun seasoning and tonight White bean soup. Both delish!!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62533353.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260429874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Chips n a movie? lol Thu, 7 Jun 2012 02:03:55 EST First plant based shopping trip... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912903 I am sooo happy right now. I have a kitchen stocked full of good food. Now if I could only figure out how to prepare it! lol..I will learn. I will also not be hungry, a major fear of mine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380785885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anyone with any recipes or ideas - please let me know! <BR> <BR> Have a great, plant based day. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 09:50:51 EST Forks over Knives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905629 I watched the documentary on Saturday and it changed my life. To date, I've only had some pepperoni and that's it for meat. I am eating all fruits, veggies and still some dairy. Replacing dairy will take some time but it's easier than I thought. I think the fact that food can cure my illnesses was a HUGE wake up call. <BR> <BR> Alrighty then. Talk to ya latah. Thu, 31 May 2012 10:27:52 EST Joy in the journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775210 I measured myself on Leap Day 2012 to find that I'd grown into my current self. A little disappointing but then the next day I pulled out a pair of jeans and they were baggy so there! Have that fat! Zumba is reshaping me and I LOVE it. I love dancing and have really found some new fun in life. <BR> <BR> I will continue to slow down, eat healthier, etc. Bring it on slowest losers! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 09:12:19 EST Leap Year 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763190 Clearly I need to be more consistent with my posting, tracking and blogging. I am a good 2 inches wider than I was 4 years ago in almost every category except for my calves. yeah cavles :|. <BR> <BR> I am 25 #'s heavier but that is soon to go away forever. I'd better perk up, no reason to be down today. <BR> <BR> Talk to you lata! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:46:59 EST Self sabotage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3961456 Ridiculously I made a poor choice today and wasted 260 calories. I ate a snicker's candy bar and I have a weigh in tomorrow for the BL Challenge. I am soooo nervous and scared. I need to lose 2 lbs to be below 340 for the first time in 6 months. It's time. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 00:05:50 EST Wowsers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3858642 Has it really been since June that I blogged on SP? Well...I got a foster daughter on June 21st...with broken toe and broken ankle in toe. Which you can see I mentioned in the last blog. <BR> <BR> To quickly catch myself and everyone else up as well, CAV we call her on the internet and I got along splendidly. So splendidly that her mom came and got her and moved her out of state on Friday. Today is Wed so you can see how well I'm doing (I'm back on SP and working towards my personal goals... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 01:42:42 EST Literally not moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3349800 I have a broken toe and a broken ankle, on different feet. I took some falls and now I HAVE to recover. It's difficult to walk on both feet and to be limping/gimping around on both is even harder. <BR> <BR> I was able to only gain one pound last week but I'm afraid of this upcoming week. The walking boot/cast I have is like 2" taller than my tallest shoe and so I limp around with it too. It hurts my back and I have camp beginning Monday morning. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited about it though ... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:05:30 EST Down, finally!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3238411 I am FINALLY down some big lbs!! 4, in fact. I didn't believe the scale and stepped off and on again just to make sure. <BR> <BR> Last week was a bad week - ladies, it was that totm and just difficult. I did make it to the gym and by far, the most telling thing was that I tracked every single bite I put into my mouth. <BR> <BR> I am trying so hard to track my food because I know that as soon as I do, and learn the best foods to eat, that I will lose weight. And quickly too. <BR> <BR> I'... Mon, 17 May 2010 11:26:40 EST Best friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3193694 Who knew that friends cared soooooooooooooooooo much? <BR> <BR> I just have to get this out on here and out of my head. <BR> <BR> My best friend Jody stopped by yesterday to see my new kitchen progress and I told her that I'd been the gym already and she was like, I'm so glad and happy for you, etc. <BR> <BR> Then we were just shooting the breeze but eventually it came up about age and death (have no idea how) and she started crying because she said she was soo worried about me and my heal... Tue, 4 May 2010 12:59:29 EST I need a plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3187537 I will tell you that I've been impacted by the 10 day emails on emotional eating and motivation. <BR> <BR> Day 1 was use 1 statements when you are evaluating your progress. <BR> <BR> Today I was blown away by the message about weighing in. I'll quote a piece of it below. <BR> <BR> "That number on the scale only tells you how much you weigh at that moment. It tells you absolutely nothing about what kind of person you are; what life has in store for you; whether or not you’ll ever look the w... Mon, 3 May 2010 01:24:59 EST Thank you!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3175494 The support is amazing on this site because of YOU! Thu, 29 Apr 2010 13:51:44 EST Easter Week Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3079208 Whoot Whoooooo!!! Down 2.2 lbs! Sun, 4 Apr 2010 15:57:50 EST I used to obsess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3078952 But I don't wake up every morning thinking, what is the plan. The plan is to eat small, healthy meals. To move more today than I did yesterday. I am not sure if this is a healthy place to be at because it's kinda vague but I still think it's ok to not obsess. I was reading something that said if you think about food all the time, it's just unhealthy as not thinking about it at all thereby making bad choices. I feel like I know what is good and healthy and I enjoy eating healthy foods. <B... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 13:47:35 EST Weekly WEigh in - 3/29/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3056591 Here is the latest and greatest. It is what it is but I have a plan. Not that the plan has changed much; only it's implementation. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 12:53:56 EST Today's reflection... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3033869 Often in moments of discouragement or depression, it's easy to feel that your life is going nowhere or that change is impossible. But it's simply not true! Take a minute to think back over your life. Chances are, you'll see a lot of growth in all of your formative areas. From childish playing, to youthful impulsiveness and adult reasoning, life sure has taken you on a rollercoaster hasn't it? When you were young, someone probably asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up. If someone po... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:25:04 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3027810 Ok, so I've gone up two pounds and I'm quite distressed about it. I've actually had a really, really, really bad day and hope to come out of this slump before it can negatively impact me in all aspects of my life. <BR> <BR> I weighed in today at 331#'s. Aunt Flo arrived today and I'm glad so it can soon be gone but it surely didn't help with my weigh in. Neither has my gutted kitchen and constant fast food. <BR> <BR> I know I'm worth something - I'm just not quite sure what. I'm sure I... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 01:31:12 EST Some ?'s and my answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2993590 Where is your cell phone? <BR> on the stove <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> what spouse? <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> brown and light brown <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> The Couv <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> On his way to help me with the kitchen!!! <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Loved ones. <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> That my leadership breakfast was amazingly awesome (which it really will be). <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> water <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> Livi... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:05:58 EST How many of you heard the electric fence analogy?!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2980686 Did you hear it too? I heard the electric fence analogy. The guy on the Biggest Loser. Now, I'm no junkie nor do I own any of the dvds or anything like that. I am just watching it tonight and I heard that he used the analogy about the 300 # limit kinda like being his electric fence. He said that he would get close to 300 or below it a few times but was never able to go below it and continue to lose and so like an electric fence, that number trained him to quit trying to leave the barnyar... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:22:45 EST Another chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2973687 Thanks for the support sparkers. I realize that I do have it in me and that trying to do too much is killing my resolve. I have been reading the book and have been inspired so much by the little things. <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 14:01:18 EST Whining my way to my next weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2942208 I didn't vblog yesterday. I want to quit. I came ot SP this am to find inspiration and oddly enough, all I am finding are excuses about why I haven't eaten well, exercised and lost weight instead of gained it. All the motivational blogs I'm looking at I'm saying it's just them - they can do it. I can't do this. I have failed so many times that its ridiculous to even try. <BR> <BR> The Done Girl team goal is to blog at least 1 paragraph 5 times a week. Here is my paragraph. Done. <BR... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 10:20:25 EST Start Over Weighin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2909696 I would normally have given up - but not this time, never again on myself. I won't let me down. Sun, 21 Feb 2010 16:41:02 EST Valentine's Day Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2882403 Gosh, I don't even think I thought about it that way. I am learning to just use the scale as a gauge. I know what I'm doing and what I'm not doing and as I am finishing up "Going Rogue" by Sarah Palin, I'm realizing that all successful people keep a journal. I believe this is so that they can set goals and view their progress. I'm recommitting to writing something down every single day in a space that folks will know that it's a journal. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:40:35 EST Total choas and Providence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2873572 I just wanted to quickly share with you that this week has been utter chaos. Burning the candle at both ends and then again in the middle. And it's really been like two weeks worth of it now. I got sick last week and actually stayed home from work and then it started all over again. I have managed to exercise one day this week but I chose cardio, a FIRM dvd. I am really learning to LOVE those dumb ladies who smile through the entire workout. <BR> <BR> Anyway...I have a monthly appt with... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:35:03 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2851796 Doin better today - scale actually agreed with me (moving in the right direction) so I just hope and pray that when I do the things I'm supposed to do this week, it will continue to move DOWN! I soooo want to be in the 320's. I seem to just stay between 320 and 330 and never break through. This is the week - I feel it. Thanks for checking in on me. I guess I thought it was ok to vblog b/c no one would watch 'em, haha...I'm obviously unsure about how many folks acctually see them. Sun, 7 Feb 2010 11:33:44 EST Weekly Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2825347 I'm NOT happy...only accountable. Mon, 1 Feb 2010 12:15:56 EST No SPIN Zone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2797674 Hahahahahaah, I went to the gym BUT I was the one that got there too late - I guess it's so popular that you have to get there 30 minutes ahead of time! So, I did the eliptical and drove home and I really want to lift some weights tonight. I am back on plan and for the record - setting your home page to Spark People is the way to keep yourself accountable. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sharona Tue, 26 Jan 2010 01:02:47 EST Weekly Weigh on 1/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2791326 Horribly week of eating, actually, more like just Friday & Sat but no exercise since Wed!!! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 20:51:22 EST Weekly Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2757919 Ok, I did watch this and I am totally whiney so if you're not in the mood to hear whiny - be forewarned. I am also looking for fitness advise. I need to know if I am doing it "wrong". Keepin a new, long term perspective and streak alive!!! I added 40 minutes to my weekly workout streak goal and I know I can do it. <BR> <BR> Sharon Sun, 17 Jan 2010 15:39:04 EST A first for everything...Crying during spin class? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2732514 What I didn't get a chance to say in the vblog is that I began crying during class. As I was struggling to even sit my very large po (german word for buttocks) on that tiny little bike seat, and it hurt. I hurt. I felt weak. I saw what looked like professional trainers for the Hood to Coast of the Seattle to Portland bike ride in the class. All I could do is fight for myself - to imagine being better than I am. I have the right. I own the pleasures of life too. They aren't reserved for... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:25:28 EST I got to thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2723241 ANd we all know how dangerous that can be. I thought about why sometimes I feel so good and sometimes why I feel so bad and I know that when I take care of myself, I feel good and when not, I feel bad. This is the same for all dimensions of our lives. If we are doing what we know we should for our spiritiual selves, or emotional selves, financial selves and physical selves, we feel pretty darn good. There will still be issues that pop up from time to time that we don't get or understand b... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 11:33:49 EST This week's weigh in!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2718633 I lost weight, did only 2 days of boot camp but eat with purpose and tracked every single bite. I think this whole food tracking thing works. Sat, 9 Jan 2010 10:21:42 EST Jan 3, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2688955 Just me trying to stay accountable. I am going to post every single Sunday with my weight. It's a little embarassing but hey, can't make progress unless I am honest with myself. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 22:35:19 EST Dec 30, 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2668472 My first video blog and I'm launched. Written and told in person what my goals are. Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:36:52 EST Just catching up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2663349 Ugh...I'm doing ok with tracking my food. I had a wonderful Christmas but I could totally tell that TOTM was arriving as the weekend wrapped up and sure enough, today, she (UGH, blah, bsssshhhh, oweeeeee!) arrived. <BR> <BR> This is no excuse, just the realization that this is a DIFFICULT time of the month for me. I get flu like symptoms and all sorts of sweating and then freezing and I'm exhausted as if I were prego. Not that I'd know how that felt, just what folks tell me from time to t... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 22:17:59 EST Well alrighty then... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2640109 Um, I was honest with myself this AM as I sat here thinking, no why don't i lose weight? <BR> <BR> I went ahead and entered my food for yesterday in the food tracker and was shocked to see that I was almost 800 calories over my allowed for weight loss and add to that that I didn't exercise. Um, this will have the effect of weight GAIN!!! <BR> <BR> I also did something odd - a few days ago I was going through some old pictures and found me at my almost thinnest. I would be thrilled to be u... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 10:53:06 EST Portions are gettin smaller...bite by bite by bite... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2620491 I went to get lunch today, making sure I had real appetite and not just a craving. I looked at all of the fried foods which in the past I would easily have selected without even a 2nd thought. I asked about soup of the day and saw a a good special of potatoe (not creamy potato) soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. While it's not a salad or anything, I guarantee you that it was better than the fried foods I would normally have eaten. I also decided NOT to order anything extra - which I have... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 20:54:27 EST