FITANDFAITHFUL1's SparkPeople Blog FITANDFAITHFUL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Ate and I Was Satisfied?! (A journal entry from yesterday) <BR> <BR> Today for lunch I had 1.5 cups of corn chowder(homemade with fresh corn), 10 crackers, and a 1/2 cup of cantelope. After the food was eaten, I was content; I was satisfied; and I got up to do my next project. <BR> <BR> This is wonderfully liberating for me. It used to be that I ate lunch and when I finished, I wanted something else- something more-- usually a sugary dessert. I would select a small portion, but find myself wanting more th... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:56:12 EST Burn Baby Burn! It's now been 81 consecutive days of living free from the control and addiction of sugary junk. <BR> Here's a "before and after" photo of the sugary foods that are no longer on my Favorite's List! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:58:04 EST Not My Favorite Anymore <em>100</em> So....I've been on Spark for quite a few years now and I've accumulated quite a "favorites" list. Hopefully everyone knows about how you can save a food to "Favorites"if it's a food often consumed. It makes tracking faster. <BR> <em>104</em> It's been almost 70 consecutive days that I've cut off sugary junk from my life. For years I reasoned that I could eat anything as long as it was a reasonable portion and that I tracked it, to stay accountable. 70 days ago, the... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 08:26:47 EST Up a Couple Pounds : / Two weeks ago I hit 10 pounds gone. It was exciting and motivating. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> 5-6 days ago I weighed in and I was up on the scale. I disregarded it thinking it must be an off weigh-in. (Maybe I was holding water weight from too much sodium or the high jump in temps). But today I weighed in and I am definately up 2 pounds and I'm not near "Aunt Flo" or any other reason for me to be gaining. I have been continuing to track and have done pretty well. I have upped my exercise qui... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:34 EST Chocolate Cake : o I had a wonderful opportunity to go to a baby shower last night. It was very laid back and I didn't know the people very well. I enjoyed the dinner and stayed easily within my boundaries. Then, we headed to a different room for the Mommy-to-be to open her baby's gifts. <BR> <BR> There was an adorable cake that was bakery made in the corner of the room. I was nowhere near the cake and forgot about its existence until a family member hands me a plate with a nice sized piece. It's ch... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:01:01 EST Gotta Have It! On my way home, yesterday, I was dreaming of a sweet, juicy, mouth watering.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WATERMELON! <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, I stopped at the nearest grocery store and selected what I hoped was the perfect watermelon and.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> IT WAS! <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, today, I parked at Rite Aide to go in and pick... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:43:15 EST The Scale MOVED ; } Good afternoon Sparkler family! <BR> It was just an ordinary Saturday morning until...I stepped on the scale and the number got SMALLER! Now, I've been doing the right things with my health for 40 consecutive days and I am now down 9 pounds. I'm so close to my first 10 pounds. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Just to look down and see a different spot on the scale was spectacular. But as I'm writing this post and I look at how many days verses how much weight lost, it doesn't seem as incredible... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 15:27:36 EST Sin City I've heard Ocean City, Md. described as "Sin City," but for me today, I'd call it "Sugar City." I live in the area and I've gone to OC my whole life. I love the beach, ocean, and Boardwalk....AND the many sugary desserts. This trip I saw OC with new eyes. After we parked and walked up to the Boards, "Fisher's Caramel Popcorn" was on my right and "Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard" was on my left. The smell of sugar mixed in the salty air, was EVERYWHERE. <em>40</em> I felt like an alcoholic a... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 22:13:13 EST "No Thanks!" Sugary Junk. I gave it up over 30 days ago. It's like my eyes have been opened to my real addiction to it. A couple days ago, I went to Cracker Barrel with some family from out of town. I love the gift shop as well as the food. As I circulated the store I realized that a large third of the store was filled with desserts to buy. So I steered myself into the the other parts and found some cute things to buy. BUT I remember how I HAD to buy the peppermint sticks and chocolate bars on EVER... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:33:57 EST Threw Out my Stash Today is significant. I've always had a hiding place for my sweets somewhere in the kitchen. Currently, it was a cereal box that was the holding place of chocolate and other sweets. Perhaps this sounds terrible that I stashed sweets away. Maybe it is. I did it because if it was sitting in the family food cabinet, it disappeared without me realizing it was gone. Then, when I went for even a small portion, there was nothing left. I lived each day thinking that I really "wanted and needed... Tue, 12 May 2015 22:15:06 EST Another Night Bites the Dust! One of my biggest struggles is eating at night after 9pm when I get home from work. Even driving home last night I was thinking of eating, even though I'd eaten all my calories for the day. I get in the house all "wound up" from work and visit with my family. I'm in the house for about 10-15 minutes when I realize that the temptation to eat passed. So, I went to bed earlier than normal so I could relax and enjoy my book AND keep the victory of not over eating. Another night of over eatin... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:09:35 EST The Harder it is, the Greater the Reward This is my 12th consecutive day of cutting off the junk. Thank you,Jesus and family and Spark family for your help and support. <em>224</em> <BR> Yesterday, was a really tough day in the evening. I'd eaten all my calories and I was coming home from work around 9pm. I was really wanting to eat when I got home, but I had eaten enough. To top it off, my husband was cooking food that smelled wonderful and my daughter talked about a dessert she'd brought home from a college awards ceremony.... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:49:34 EST My Wall of TRIUMPH <img src=""> <BR> This is my Wall of TRIUMPH! It starts on April 20th and ends on May 17th. A check means "I did it" and a dash means "not done." My columns are date, TAWG(time alone with God), Track on Spark, Exercise, and a "Hit the Target" which means I stayed within my Spark calorie range. Notice the change when I stopped eating sugary junk. There are 7 consecutive days of measurable success! Now, today is the beginning of my 2... Mon, 4 May 2015 14:05:27 EST Reflections of Eating No Sugary Junk Today is Day 6 of purposefully not eating sugary junk. In addition to this goal (which is set for 1 week) I have spent time each day in prayer and Bible reading, tracking my eating on Spark, exercising a little each day, and hitting the target of staying within Spark calorie range. At first the idea of making through just one day without some kind of candy(especially chocolate) seemed almost impossible. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I thought "How depressing not to eat any sweets for ... Sat, 2 May 2015 13:53:37 EST My Treats for Today A book and a bowl of cantaloupe; those were my treats today. I'd have to say that today was just a harder day with abstaining from junk food and staying within my calorie range. I was around people morning and evening just chomping away on candy. Even at home there is a certain time of day around 2-3pm that I want to hunker down in my rocker, eat candy and watch part of a munder mystery. Today, I went upstairs (away from rocker,TV,and food) and I laid down and read my book. What a treat!... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:29:50 EST No Sugary Junk This is not the norm for me, but I feel that I need to "cut off" my sugary habits completely. I have set the goal of 1 week, which for me, is an incredible achievement. In choosing this goal, I am also tracking my food intake on Spark, striving to stay within range, plus exercise daily, in some way, and have a daily time of prayer and Bible reading with God. It is 4:00pm and I feel good. I am shocked that I feel good physically and emotionally without some chocolate around midday. I put... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:08:21 EST Day 1...again Okay, Spark family. It's me, beginning.....again. I tried on a spring top from last season today and my standing profile (not even gonna think about what I look like sitting down) around my middle is so much larger than I remember last season. I am heavier on the scale, but I can also really see it in the mirror. I got on a good path a few weeks ago, but I slumped off. <BR> <BR> What is different about this Day 1? How can I make this Day 1 different than the last Day 1?! One thing rea... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:59:51 EST Day 15 Snow Lion and More! Here is my hubby, myself, and our daughter posing with our Snow Lion. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm hoping you can see her better with this shot. Notice her "claws" and her tail has a red fluff at the end. We went for the lion idea, because the snow was kind of dry, so my hubby shoveled a big mound and we all got on our knees and pushed the snow up and held it to make it stay. It had the look of a lion, so we went for it! <BR> <img src="... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:54:48 EST Day 14 Sweet Things to Share <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a very sweet Valentine's Day. We had dinner and a movie. But what I loved the most was that he gave me an antique looking frame that had a personalized scripture and saying: Trust more. Worry less. Luke 10:38-42. This passage talks about two sisters:Martha and Mary. They invite Jesus and the disciples into their home. Martha is working hard to be a great hostess. Her sister,Mary, however, is sitting at... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:12:28 EST Day 10 and Trying to Sparkle <em>30</em> I started well, but did not finish well. <em>39</em> I really was a lump and I ate far too much food today too. Usually, I love going outside to walk, but the temps were in the teens today, so I was not motivated for the outdoors. I forgot that we have the WiiFit board, so I could do some stepping while watching a movie. <BR> <BR> On a positive note, I had some really good time with God today. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day. Happy Valentine's Day! ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:56:40 EST Day 9 Skim vs Whole I went to visit my daughter's friend at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore today and they have a Starbucks. I am SUCH a fan of Starbucks! I have this perfect hot drink which I love at Starbucks: a grande(medium) latte with extra hot skim milk and 2 pumps mocha, 2 pumps toffee whip. It is delish and a drink that <BR> I can measure and track the calories. Well, as I waited, other customers were getting their drinks and mine did not appear. What happened was that the girl w... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:07:24 EST Day 7: 20 lbs of Bird Seed Oh my, it was a delight to feel great again. I am fully recovered. Thank you, God! Even the little things are sweet. I got out today and went grocery shopping and over to the library. I picked out Valentine cards for my loved ones. I even bought a 20 lb. bag of bird seed for our bird feeder that has been empty thus far. So I'm carrying this bag of bird seed to the car and it is quickly getting heavy. When I plop it in the back of my van I see the weight: 20 lbs. I smile to myself th... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:23:18 EST Day 6 Stronger Sparkle Today, I am getting stronger, but I still needed to rest a lot. However, I could eat today. <em>244</em> I tracked everything and got some much needed paperwork done. Tomorrow, I will be 100% back to me! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:55:43 EST Day 5 Sickly Sparkler How many SPARKERS got that throw up virus? I unfortunately have not had a pleasant Sunday. <em>39</em> <BR> BUT TOMORROW WILL BE BETTER! <em>41</em> Sun, 8 Feb 2015 20:53:41 EST Day 4: Sparkling Dinner <img src=""> <BR> Let me share some Saturday Sparkle <em>41</em> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> In the past I've used the weekends as an excuse to over indulge and skip tracking. But this weekend including today I've tracked all my eating. It's one of those days where I'm not as hungry, so for dinner I enjoyed some yummy fruit. Now I'm done eating, stayed within my calorie range and I'm going to knit some more on my ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 19:59:23 EST Day 3 and SPARKLE STEADY I love Fridays. I do not work and neither does hubby. I am one blessed chick. I really love being with my husband even after 24 years. So our kitchen is in constant flux. Today we went "back splash" shopping. Nothing was purchased, but we got some ideas of what we like and do not like. Right now, I stare at drywall that has been splattered with my yummy recipes for the past year. I can't wait to have something pretty to look at as I cook. Does anyone have some back splash do's and do... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 17:56:15 EST Day 2 and Sparkling <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> For Day #2, I worked on my muscles with "VigorFit." I created this chart to make it more rewarding when I write in my reps. Right now, I can only do one set of 15, but next week I'm going to try for 2 sets of 10. My husband and my daughter work out with me some too. I can tell I am getting stronger, which is exciting! To add to my sparkly-ness ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:49:49 EST Day 1...What if...? What if.... <BR> I lived today as though I were already 30 pounds lighter? I already know what to do because I've done it before. But there is a mountainous difference between KNOWING and actually DOING. <BR> This is my first blog post on Spark in many,many months. <BR> I am disgusted with where I am on the scale and how I look and feel. <BR> I tried a month ago to get back on track, but I was still wishy -washy, and luke warm does <BR> not cut it. <... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:58:56 EST Pointers on Tracking Food on Spark? I have a new Spark friend who asked me about tracking food on Spark. I took some photos with my iPad of how to search for a food you have eaten that is not already in your Favorites and then how to put it in your Favorites. I have learned that the speedier way of tracking food is to have those frequently eaten foods in your Favorites. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In the above photo, I wanted to find the calories in sautéed yellow squash, so... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:44:50 EST I got a very BAD case of... I really wanted some cereal today for a midday snack. So I measured 1 serving of Frosted Mini Wheats which is 3/4 cup. Here's what I got. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SHOCKER! I am sure I easily do double that, but only track it on Spark as 1 serving. Cereal as well as popcorn are 2 of my "Lucy Goosy" foods when it comes to portion. <BR> <BR> I GUESS YOU COULD SAY THAT I AM DESPERATELY TRYING TO GET OVER A VERY BAD CASE OF........ Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:20:02 EST Just Peachy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday evening I was making choices about what I wanted to eat keeping in mind my calories remaining. For me, I prepare dinner at lunch and then eat lighter later in the evening. Most of the time, this works. However, I have to stay on top of my tracking throughout the day, to know how much I can eat. <BR> <BR> I had become "Lucy Goosy" with certain foods. Popcorn is one of those foods. So, I found out sp... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:23:21 EST Hello, Mr. Carrot! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, was my official "I'm back in the saddle and riding into the sunset" day. All went well until the evening....around 7pm. I really wanted some popcorn with a slice of cheese melted on top. I looked at my tracker and realized I did not have enough calories left. <BR> <BR> Then.... <em>189</em> ......I could have some raw carrots! And I did which kept me easily within my Spark calorie range. <e... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:25:45 EST Help Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel like a "broken record"?! This summer has actually been filled with wonderful memories and special events. Unfortunately, I have completely ignored my good,healthy habits and the weight that I lost climbed back on with a few extra pounds as well. I have been so convicted about my poor health choices. Today, I gave my Spark Page a Fall Face Lift and I am RE-FOCUSSED in my words about beginnin... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:56:31 EST Reflections of Summer 2014 <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I've decided that my Healthy Slimmer Me story will be about a 48 years young woman who never gave up on her dream of ONEderland. Although she kept at it seeing progress and then sliding back into old habits, she persisted anyway. She kept getting up and getting up and getting up and getting up after each time of falling down. Then, one day she got up and stayed up. Her excellent habits of tracking foo... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:40:04 EST Drywall & Wisdom Teeth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my first blog post for July. The summer is flying by! <BR> <BR> My daughter had all 4 wisdom teeth extracted this past Monday, so both of us have had cabin fever. And now that my cutie is doing better from her surgery, the house is torn apart and covered with sheets and tarps as my hubby sands our new kitchen wall. All this instability is a great excuse to overeat and I did. Now I did get in my swim... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:27:06 EST Delay Tactic!! <img src=""> <BR> <em>244</em> I read this idea from a fellow Sparker and I decided to TAKE ACTION and do it! <em>334</em> My most difficult time of wanting to eat when I do not need to eat is in the evenings usually while watching tv with my family. So, what I will say tonight and in future evenings is "Janine, set your cell phone for 10 minutes. If you still want to get the popcorn, then you can eat it." I will fill my Spar... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:32:08 EST STRAWBERRY PICKIN' : D <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I picked 6 quarts of strawberries at a local field near my house on Friday. The day was sunny with a gentle breeze and blue skies. I walked along the patches of green plants looking for bright red treasures. I found them! So I got home and cut off the stems, gave them a nice bath and put them on display. I just HAD to share my treasures with my Spark family. <BR> <BR> These are truly some of the sweetest str... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:59:30 EST Winning at Weeding <img src=""> <BR> It never ceases to amaze me how weeds grow every season in the most difficult of situations: concrete and a very small slit with a teensy spot of soil and BAM! a weed begins to grow. If I'm not on that weed soon, it takes off in growth and the stalk becomes so thick and the roots so deep that all I can do is chop it down, but then the roots are still there. So yesterday, I used a shovel to chop down countless milk wee... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 23:09:03 EST My Spark Calendar <img src=""> <BR> Accountability and encouragement; two things that I desperately need. So here is my Spark calendar thus far for May. At first, my goal was to track the food eaten everyday. As you see, I did not always meet this goal. THEN, I hunkered down to zero in on my calorie range. I am striving for between 1600 to 1750 calories per day. Spark had my high end much higher, but I really believe that for my body, I need to stick ... Thu, 29 May 2014 15:57:22 EST Motivated or Pressured to Lose Weight I know so many people who buckle down and drop 20 pounds because of a "big event". I am traveling to see my best friend on June 12th. We haven't seen each other except Facebook in probably 10 years. I had all these great ideas of losing 20 pounds before my visit, but so far it's about 5 pounds. I actually do not do well in these situations. For me to stay focused and live my life in a healthy way, I tend to be home in a routine and the pounds gradually come off. The other factor is that ... Wed, 28 May 2014 20:39:31 EST We are Overcomers! <img src=""> <BR> The weather is gusty and rainy today, but I was determined to take a walk outside anyway. I got in 6000 steps and I came in the house excited to take a picture of rainy, overcomer me to share with you all! <em>334</em> <BR> My whole attitude changes when I walk, especially when I add my voice recorder to the experience. I previously have recorded prayers, songs I sing, and scriptures so that I can listen to these... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:11:26 EST How BAD Do You Want It? <img src=""> Mon, 5 May 2014 14:58:01 EST 42 Instead of 200 Calories! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is a bowl of yummy spaghetti squash with 5 mini meatballs and a dash of parmesan cheese. I am such a lover of pasta, that I have avoided the concept of something resembling pasta, yet being a veggie. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But I REALLY WANT TO BREAK THROUGH AND KEEP LOSING on the scale. I know that an infusion of more freggies will really help me. What's amazing is that the spaghetti squash was REALLY... Sat, 3 May 2014 19:32:41 EST Day 21 and Still Kicking <img src=""> <BR> This is my 21st day of forming a good habit. My habit is being a mindful eater. The measurable way for me to establish this good habit is to track my food daily on Spark. I wish I could say in this moment that my weight has plummeted and this whole healthy life style thing is a breeze, but THAT would be a lie. HOWEVER, I have dropped some weight...then came Aunt Flow who is so unkind in the weight loss department. ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:10:37 EST DAY 15 of a GREAT HABIT Greetings Sparker family! <BR> I am now a year older and I have much to share with you. <em>386</em> <BR> As some of you know, I am on a journey to establish the good habit of tracking my eating on Spark and striving to stay within calorie range. I have seen some amazing results already. <em>9</em> The scale is changing as I am forming this good habit. In 10 days I dropped 5 pounds. I did nothing extreme. I ate plenty, but I had those evenings when I looked at my calorie total and ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:22:16 EST My new friend, Bubba Hey sparkly Sparkers! <BR> I wanted you to meet my new friend, Bubba. He's gonna help me drink delicious refreshing ice cold water everyday! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:40:04 EST Day 5 of Forming a Good Habit! <em>128</em> The alarm went off inside of me 5 days ago and my tricycle has turned into a motorcycle! <em>537</em> <BR> SO, today is Day 5 of me forming a really good habit of tracking my eating on Spark. I am currently reading and discussing a book with some of my friends called "Making Good Habits and Breaking Bad Habits" by Joyce Meyer. In her book she states that 30 consecutive days are needed to form a good habit or to break a bad one. This book is awesome! <BR> <BR> Well, ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:11:44 EST Focus on the Little Things... PLEASE READ MY SPARK PAGE! <BR> The new content there is my post. <em>334</em> <BR> I would love to here about the little things that you can control. <BR> I really need your encouragement Sparkers. I am sick of playing around, and I am ready to hunker down and WIN. <em>381</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:24:15 EST Keep Going! For the next 10 days there are 2 good habits that I am pursuing for ME. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> To have QUANTITY time with God <BR> <em>9</em> To faithfully track my eating on Spark staying within my calorie range <BR> 7/10 days or better <BR> <BR> I am discovering that I cannot have "quality" time with God without having more "quantity" time with God. Two days ago I woke up dragging. Everything was a struggle. I turned off my phone, locke... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:20:18 EST Doing Right Pays Off I weighed in today AND.......................I AM DOWN 2 pounds! <em>244</em> <BR> I stuck to the plan of tracking my food everyday on Spark and striving to stay with my calorie range. Out of 8 days only once did I exceed my calorie limit. Now I will say that I saw absolutely no change on the scale until yesterday which showed I lost 1 pound and the this morning I was down one more. THANK YOU FOR RESPONDING to my previous blog posts. It really is true that we are just a few steps aw... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:00:07 EST