ELENGIL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELENGIL ELENGIL'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/ Go Crazy: BE POSITIVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365649 Background: I watched this ... movie isn't exactly the right term, sort of a cross between movie and documentary, but not really either one... anyway. The point is, it was about positive thinking and how it affects our self perception, and how our self perception and thoughts affect our body. <BR> <BR> One illustration they had of this was a woman looking at her body in a mirror and what she sees is grossly distorted from reality, but that doesn't change the fact that *that's what she sees* ... Thu, 23 May 2013 11:58:43 EST A Leisurely Walk Through Middle-Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358607 I'm going to play a game with myself. It's called "Let's walk to Mordor and back" and it's based on the calculations of people with far too much time on their hands and far too much geek cred for their own good. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012<BR>/07/23/walking/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a great site that has mileage and milestones all the way from Bag-End to Mordor and back, even including a side quest to the Gray Havens. And this is my new walking goal. My firs... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:15:35 EST Paddling Against The Current http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287847 Anyone who has ever been in moving water knows that a current is a very difficult thing to fight. Whether you're swimming, in a boat, or losing a toy to the sweep of water, currents are so much stronger than they look. Sometimes they can even look entirely still on the surface, and suck you under all the same. <BR> <BR> For many of us, weight control is the same way. We are fighting against a sometimes invisible enemy which is threatening to wash away all our progress, or prevent us from ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:25:10 EST Little Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868194 I had to run into the store to get batteries. They had easter candies and such for 75% off. I managed not to pick up any of the chocolates or marshmallow peeps or anything, but I found myself headed to the check-out with one of those decadent sugar cookies that have like 400 calories a bite, the soft ones with that melt-in-your-mouth frosting on them... <BR> <BR> I'm standing in line holding my batteries in one hand and staring at that cookie with this sense of inevitable defeat of "I coul... Sat, 5 May 2012 21:42:15 EST 1 oz? Seriously? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850065 It's easy, right? Put a little bowl on your scale, press tare to zero it out, then add chips until it reads 1 oz. There isn't any kind of difficulty to this task. <BR> <BR> Oh, except for staring at that 1 oz of chips and wondering "but where's the rest"? And of course, somehow resisting measuring out 2 oz instead. <BR> <BR> Which, 2 oz is fine, if you have room for a double serving of something that already runs around 120-150 calories an ounce when you're already choosing the healthi... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:45:00 EST You have to be ready to change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779320 8 years ago, I went to therapy for a bit for the various bumps and bruises life can give our mental and emotional selves. It was good for me, I came out of it a lot better adjusted. But one of the things the therapist told me that has stuck with me was "You were ready to change." <BR> <BR> That's one thing that I've realized, no matter what you're talking about, that the person has to be ready to change, or they won't. No one can change you from the outside if you are not ready on the ins... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 14:07:25 EST As If I Needed A Reason... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751151 It was raining yesterday. Now by that I mean I live in Washington state, and it was raining too hard for *me* to want to go out in it. That's pretty heavy rain. Also, I forgot a jacket, which might have something to do with it. <BR> <BR> I remembered the jacket today, but the rain stopped. <BR> <BR> But that's not the point. The point is, yesterday's rain prevented me from going on my daily walks, and I can't tell you how bad it threw off my entire day. <BR> <BR> I felt more edgy, ti... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:42:47 EST Box To Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742021 It's no secret that portion sizes at restaurants have grown, and that the plate in front of me is usually two or three meals worth of food. Especially when I am so careful about my portion sizes and dish sizes at home, it can be far too easy to forget that I've got three times the amount of food in front of me that I'm used to and over-eat to not just a diet-killing but a stomach-aching degree. <BR> <BR> The best solution I've found for this is when I order a meal, ask for a to-go box to c... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:41:51 EST Birthday Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732480 I track my food for the day first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> Rather than eating first and then logging it in, I try to track my meals as early in the day as possible. This is a great way to plan meals and think of recipe ideas or ponder what the pantry holds before I get home. It's nice to know what I'm going to eat (or have to buy at the store) before it's time to actually have to fix it. <BR> <BR> This not only allows me to keep to a schedule and eliminate 'boredom' snacking, it ... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:00:46 EST