EMPOWERED_LIFE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMPOWERED%5FLIFE EMPOWERED_LIFE'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/ Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632022 It's hardly a blog entry, but I'm feeling accomplished. I've gone 8 days counting Weight Watchers Plus Points, staying under my daily allowance all but Friday and Saturday, and only using 14 of my 42 weekly 'bonus' points. It didn't even hurt! Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:59:09 EST It's Easy When You Get It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763643 In 24 ounces I'll have lost 20lbs, and you know what? It hasn't hurt a bit! When you realize that what you put in your mouth needs to have more to do with how it is going to make you feel, rather than how it tastes, the game gets a whole lot easier! Start seeing food as nutrition, rather than entertainment. When I made that switch, I found that I always had weight watchers points left over at the end of the day. SCORE! <BR> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:01:18 EST I Demand A Recount! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753740 So I'm taking the spark trivia quiz, and the question was true or false, soup before your meal can mean you consume less calories. I hit false - and was told it was wrong! <BR> <BR> Okay, spark quiz setters... what if the soup was cream-laden vichyssoise... somehow I don't think THAT is going to decrease the caloric intake if the rest of the meal was lean protein and green veggies! <BR> <BR> Humph! <BR> <em>20</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:40:01 EST A Wonderful Thought For The Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743404 "All that you seek is already within you. In Hinduism it is called the Atman, in Buddhism the pure Buddha-Mind. Christ said, 'the kingdom of heaven is within you.' Quakers call it the "still small voice within." This is the space of full awareness that is in harmony with all the universe, and thus is wisdom itself." ~ Love, Ram Dass Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:38:36 EST If We Look For Trouble We Are Sure To Find It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741403 Working through my Spark points this morning, I got to the points I could earn for commenting on a blog entry, so I moseyed on over there to see who was writing what. I haven't found anything on which to comment yet, but I did find inspiration for my own blog. Why? <BR> <BR> So many of the entries were full of such negative energy! "Today's a really bad day." "I'm so disappointed." "I wanted it to be better." "I'm having such a hard time." <BR> <BR> <BR> A very wise man once told me that l... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:47:22 EST More Than Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733452 I was reading through the blogs this morning and I came across one about how we use the word enough in our lives. We talk about having enough money, enough to eat, whether we've exercised enough, whether we've lost enough weight, but what does enough really mean? <BR> <BR> We seem to live in a society where even enough isn't enough! We're urged to want a bigger house, a newer car, a higher salary. Why isn't what we have enough? <BR> <BR> When we stop to consider the alternatives, then what ... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:04:48 EST The Importance of Empowered Language. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730236 Y'know, everything in me wants to scream about how bad a day yesterday was. I did too much overtime, there was an altercation at work, I didn't have time to do what I wanted to do (like blog and play around on Spark people!) and the day left me feeling crabby, tired and drained. I wanted to gripe. I wanted to update my status about how lousy it all was. I wanted to vent on Facebook. But what good would that have done? <BR> <BR> It's very hard to stay positive when we feel like garbage. It i... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 08:54:33 EST The Past Has Created Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727551 I was going about my daily chores this morning, thinking about my current journey to fitness; and then it hit me. Thirty years ago I dreamed of a 'little house on the prairie' lifestyle. I pictured myself in a very simple house on a postage stamp of land. I wanted to make my own herbal remedies, pick and preserve my own fruits, grow my own vegetables. I envisioned myself wearing long gowns, wrapping myself against the cold with a shawl or a cloak, rather than a coat. <BR> <BR> In my vision ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 17:05:16 EST Wow, Is That Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4724709 So, I've been exploring all this barefoot running thing, looking at websites, reading blogs and articles, prancing about a bit like a dork, and last night I decided to try it. I mean, REALLY try it. <BR> <BR> I waited til it was dark and I went out into my yard in my socks (because it was dark and I have dogs and, well, no words needed, right?) and I jogged. Only down the grass next to the drive and back. For one, I didn't want the neighbors to see me, for two, it was cold, and for three, I... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:41:34 EST If It Doesn't Have a Label... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723367 This information disturbed me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.localssupportinglocals.ca/news/n<BR>eotame-new-neurotoxic-sweetener-fda-sa<BR>ys-no-label-needed-not-even-organics </link> <BR> <BR> I like following a fairly natural diet, and as soon as I've lost my weight it will be even more so. I take a supplement at the moment, but as we expand the garden and add more of our own produce, I am going to become more self-sufficient in my nutrition. <BR> <BR> I've never been one for sodas, or packag... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 11:56:14 EST This Time It Is Different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722484 How many times have we said that? "This time it is going to be different. This time I'm going to do it. This time I will stick with it," and then we realize that it has been months since we've blogged, and we weight the same -- or more <em>40</em> -- than we did when we promised that it was going to be different?! <BR> <BR> Welcome to my world. Only... Well, this time it IS different. I don't know what happened, what penny dropped, or from where the enlightenment came, but I know that this... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 20:28:14 EST Today's Song is Brought to You by Chumbawamba... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4467102 Yeah... Tubthumping ( <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS-zK1S5Dws </link> , for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about) has to be the theme for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Saturday at work I dropped my keyboard while working with a live client, sending them a load of gibberish rather than an answer to their question, and I lost the client. Then I found that someone whom I thought was a friend had not only unfriended me on Facebook, but had totally barred me from finding or interactin... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 09:39:24 EST It's All About ME. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462084 What is the line from the old song, "Ain't nobody loves you better," or something like that? Well, this is what is finally resonating with me. If I am going to be the best I can, then I am going to have to do it. No amount of roses, or chocolates, or other gifts is going to give me the happiness which I create for myself, and that is the most profound happiness of all. <BR> <BR> I used to justify not working out by explaining that I worked three sedentary jobs and I did not have time to work... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 08:15:07 EST How Can It Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460313 I've been watching my calories like a hawk, upping the protein, counting the fat and the carbs. I've been working out more than ever (not that I ever worked out, you have to understand that half an hour playing around with a step, a rebounder, and some kettle bells is a workout for this old lady). I feel great, my bodily functions are awesome... <BR> <BR> ... and I've GAINED weight!! <em>40</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, it's only 1lb over 2 days. I know all the stuff about it is t... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:18:40 EST Today I Learned... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4456199 That exercise really DOES make me feel better. I have started taking Dr. Oz's advice, and I do a half hour workout (warm up, gentle cardio, cool down) every morning after my first shift at work and before breakfast. Dr. Oz says that is the optimum time for burning fat. and you know what? I've noticed several things. <BR> <BR> The first is that, after I exercise I feel buzzed. My body tingles, as if I was sitting in a vat of carbonated water. It zings, as if it is coming alive again, and that... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:03:36 EST More Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454137 What I find most amazing about this new adventure, you know, the one where the penny finally dropped and I got my head around the fact that I was not TRYING to do this, I was actually DOING it, is the amount of ENERGY I have. <BR> <BR> That's a great bonus. You see, I work at a computer most of the time. When I am not writing, I am knitting, another sedentary activity. Gardening and pottery get me moving, but I have to admit that many days the most I used to walk was from the computer desk ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 09:20:33 EST A Little Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452393 "Nothing tastes as good as slim feels." <BR> <BR> I was working a party last night, and there were chips and pop and wine and burgers and dip and you name it galore. The old me would have been right into that bowl of ruffles, and gods help anyone who got in my way. Briefly the temptation was there. Potato chips and crisps have always been my comfort food and my nemesis, and I have to admit that there were a few moments when I thought, "Just one wouldn't hurt." <BR> <BR> I know myself. I kno... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 08:36:00 EST Embarrassed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4450920 I logged back into Spark People after what I thought was a few months away, to find that I've been inactive on here for over 15 months! That's embarrassing. <BR> <BR> I guess I'm just starting over then, but the interesting thing about this is that this time, I feel more empowered than I ever have in my entire life. It is as if something has clicked. I realize that in the past I had been 'trying' to lose weight or 'trying' to exercise more. Now I'm just doing it. And let me tell you, there's... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 08:49:05 EST Who Empowers You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379921 There is a window on my spark page that says, "Does (MEMBER NAME) Motivate You? If this member motivates you, tell us why (using the drop down tab) and click the link below to submit your nomination. If other members feel the same way, (MEMBER NAME) will be featured as a "SparkPeople Motivator!" " <BR> <BR> Well, you know what? If I answered that, I'd do nothing but sit and write on Spark People all day. You see, everyone on Spark People motivates me! <BR> <BR> Sure, I have my favories... ... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 18:11:08 EST Time for A Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3288101 My daughter, who lives out of state, sent me a text message last month. In that message she simply said, "I don't have many pictures of us together, and that makes me sad." <BR> <BR> Talk about being hit by a bus! <BR> <BR> For the last 15 years I've been so camera shy, because of my weight. I'd always have my photo taken 'once I lost the weight.' <BR> <BR> Well, her 16th birthday came and went. Her high school graduation came and went. Her 21st birthday came and went. And there is not one... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:44:20 EST Is It Really Worth It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3284714 So, last night my husband and I decided to celebrate having Monday off work by imbibing in a little alcoholic indulgence. Now, don't get me wrong, I planned this. I added up my calories, and ensured I could have this as a treat. Even planned for a bit of popcorn, too! <BR> <BR> And I thoroughly enjoyed my drinky-poos while I was drinking it. <BR> <BR> But you know what? <BR> <BR> I awoke this morning, and while I don't have a hangover, I don't feel 'clean' like I have been doing this last ... Mon, 31 May 2010 11:17:15 EST Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3282015 In the past I have found that, whenever I start something and I am unsuccessful, rather than picking up where I left off, I start over. This doesn't just apply to dieting; I have unfinished knitting projects, unfinished writing manuscripts, unfinished cleaning activities... you get the picture. <BR> <BR> Recently I have become more focused. I find that it is easier to stick with things, although I still have trouble going back to what I have started. But one of my epiphanies is that one of... Sun, 30 May 2010 11:23:47 EST I Joined Curves! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280949 I joined Curves yesterday. I'll post my progress every Friday. Anyone want to be my Curvy buddy? <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 29 May 2010 22:40:37 EST For 2.7fumanchu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3268631 "Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." <BR> ~~ Dr. Maya Angelou Wed, 26 May 2010 00:11:11 EST Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3267592 It is easy to procrastinate. "I'll pick it up later." "I'll go tomorrow." "I'll start my diet after I've been away for the weekend." Yet life is what happens to us while we are busy rationalizing our actions. I know. I've been fat nearly all my life. <BR> <BR> I've always had a reason 'not' to do it. Friends were visiting. I was celebrating my birthday. I had apple danish in the fridge. And while I was busy finding reasons 'not' to do it, life passed me by. <BR> <BR> There are very few pho... Tue, 25 May 2010 18:38:47 EST