FITANDFAITHFUL1's SparkPeople Blog FITANDFAITHFUL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 4.5 pounds is A LOT <img src=""> <BR> I'm calling this time in my life, "Less of Me." <BR> I've been spending a lot of time reading the Bible and talking to Jesus. I'm "filling up" on what God is saying and this helps me physically eat what I need, and that is all. From this chart you can see that just 4.5lbs. is deducted from my weight over an 11 month period. In that short amount of time I become 49.5 pounds lighter. I become a ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 15:48:18 EST Gonna Print a Logo! <img src=""> <BR> Tuesday was a milestone day because I started writing down true statements about myself that I had recorded on my phone. I have a chalkboard wall in my bedroom. I wrote this out and spoke it: It's real. It's here. It's forever! Less of ME. Thank you, Jesus. I want to turn this into an iron on for some t shirts. And some magnets too! It's so empowering to SEE who I really am and speak out the ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 08:29:02 EST Gave Myself a Talking To Yesterday, I got on the voice recorder of my phone and gave myself a major talking to. <BR> I had some prayers, some scriptures from the Bible, and a great perspective of my future. <BR> For so many years of my adult life my hope and longing was to break free from obesity. <BR> One time in my thirties I lost 40 pounds in a healthy way and learned how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. But as ive heard over and over from people, the pounds crept back on. And honestly, I never reached my final go... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:24:39 EST Less of Me My slogan for this season is "Less of Me." <BR> Less of me... <BR> To hug <BR> To carry up the stairs <BR> To move around on the Pickleball court <BR> To fit into my clothes <BR> To be seen at the pool this summer <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd LOVE to hear YOUR "Less of Me" phrases! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:14:18 EST Baby Steps matter how I slice it, weight loss only happens for me when I track. I've made it through a season of grief for my Dad and the struggle and grief of being an empty nester. <BR> I've been finding a new rhythm that makes me smile. My husband and I are enjoying our time together - going out more, talking more, playing corn hole, :-). So, it's DAY ONE of starting fresh on Spark. I need to say Good Bye to 20 pounds which is my first goal. Our girl will return home in the beginning of ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:11:12 EST Dad is with Jesus My Daddy left his 80 year old body this past Tuesday. He's dancing up in Heaven in the presence of Jesus. I cry and I rejoice. There's so much to do to get ready for his Memorial Service and also in this new season of Mom without Dad. <BR> I am needing the boundaries of Tracking on Spark. So, today is Day 1 to track and to stay within my calorie range. I'm wanting to write a daily journal blog entry all the way up to his Memorial service on November 26th for accountability and supp... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:09:05 EST Day One of the Rest of my Life It's so easy to put off doing what is so difficult to do. There's always a reason. Eating less food and steady exercise are tough habits for me to maintain. Right now, my Dad has been diagnosed with lung cancer and he and Mom live with us. But maybe Dad's struggle with life is a really loud wake up call for me to take care of this body that God has given me. <BR> <BR> We met a senior couple at the hospital on one of our visits for Dad. The husband was in his eighties and having some issue... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:42:45 EST Setting up for Success <img src=""> <BR> It's time to get back to the Basics. Spark is a basic for me to have success with my health. I'm so grateful for my Spark family whom I have neglected time and time again. But in order to succeed I have to get up and start again DOING what I know has to be done to see that number go down on the scale. I celebrated my 50th birthday back in April with a really fun party. I am so blessed and very... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 07:15:37 EST Planning is POWERFUL Good morning Sparkling Sparkers! It's not even 8am yet and I have all my food tracked for today! I had to make 2 portion adjustments so that I stay under 1500 calories. I then took a screen shot of my tracker to remind myself of my menu for today. <BR> PLANNING IS POWER! Now I'm gonna get in some much needed time with my Savior, Jesus. WOW! Wednesday is ANOTHER day of breakthrough for me! #VeryExcited Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:00:45 EST Breakthrough is Around the Corner! Happy Valentine's Day Sparker Family! <BR> <BR> I really want to break through a particular number on the scale. So I prayed about what to do. This is the plan I got. Eat under 1500 calories a day, exercise daily, spend time with God daily for 7 days. Then weigh in and pray about the next step. <BR> Well, I had 2 successful days and then my Mom's birthday and Valentine's Day hit. <BR> But today is Day 3 and I've tracked all food for the entire day already, so that I will s... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:18:27 EST First Christmas With No Candy Good morning Sparkers! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! If you know any of my saga from previous blog posts, you'll discover that I came to a place of realizing that I was addicted to food-especially a certain kind: CANDY, SWEETS, DESSERTS. It's probably been about 7 1/2 months that I cut off the food that held me in an invisible prison. (But not so invisible to look at me and see my excess weight.) One permission I've given to myself was to have the occasional slice of cake or pie at ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:27:16 EST Haven't Tracked in Forever :/ Good morning Spark Family! I hope you don't feel abandoned...but I have not been an attentive Sparker for weeks now. My daughter came home from being away at college, so it's been an incredible joy having her home! Work has been steady and requiring lots of prep hours. The Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful. We traveled and spent time with family...lovely and full of laughter. But BALANCE is the battle I fight. Tracking my eating daily on Spark is an anchor in my my boat has b... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:44:47 EST We Become What We Imagine Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving beloved Sparkers! I am now 17 pounds early Christmas present. <em>334</em> <BR> I've picked up a new sport which I LOVE: Pickleball <em>104</em> <BR> It gets me sweating, and uses my tennis skills from the past. Plus there's lots of people who play, so it's very social too. <BR> But a really profound discovery for me is the title of this post: "We become what we imagine." My thoughts are so pivotal and so powerful concer... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:46:24 EST Update on Me:D I hit the 15 POUNDS GONE mark not too long ago and it really encouraged me. <em>9</em> <BR> Life always seems to have its bumps, though. My teaching job at night is full steam ahead and I breathed someone's cold in class and have been congested for several days. This made me have to pull back from exercise due to just coughing when I breathe too fast or too hard. <BR> <BR> But I know myself, and exercise is not what takes off the pounds as much as food intake. So, I've been holding ont... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:20:47 EST Need a New Game Plan <em>206</em> Well, I'm officially back in to my night time teaching mode. I leave the house around 4:30pm and get home around 9:15pm. I eat a sandwich in the car traveling to work for my dinner, because there's no time to eat during teaching. I eat a really balanced, yummy lunch which is dinner. (My biggest meal is midday. This is good.). BUT THE PROBLEM IS WHEN I GET HOME. I am wound up from work, so I need to stay up for awhile. I also really want to eat. And due to all my energy us... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:43:12 EST I stopped eating Aspartame <img src=""> <BR> I've read a lot of articles about artificial sweeteners over the past 10 years, but recently an article leaped out at me because of possible symptoms associated with aspartame. These are the list of symptoms associated with aspartame poisoning: <BR> spasms, shooting pain, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks,... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 22:33:07 EST Got on the Scale... <em>192</em> We left on August 20th to go to South Carolina for a week. So I weighed myself on the 19th. We got back yesterday, so this morning I weighed in. I not only did not gain, but I was a pound LESS! I am so encouraged and motivated to stay the course and remain FREE from food addiction. <BR> <BR> Even today around 3pm, I was grocery shopping and I really wanted toffee popcorn. I thought about going down the chip aisle and picking up a bag. But then I remembered my weigh in... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:28:15 EST I'm Still Away! Here's an update on my 7 days away from home. <BR> Well, I've been VERY ACTIVE! Yay! <BR> We traveled 12 long hours by car, and then unloaded all of my daughter's college dorm stuff. It's a dorm with a kitchen and living room...really cute, but very dirty. So we scrubbed after we shopped to buy a bazillion items to stock her dorm which they call "The Bunkhouse." For 3 consecutive days we worked long and hard to help get the Bunkhouse ready for our girl and her roommate who did not arrive... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:14:43 EST Gone for 7 Days I'm heading into the 4th month of cutting off sugary junk. <em>244</em> <BR> I would love to write that I am now down 20 pounds, but that is NOT true YET! As one of my Spark friends shared, there are all sorts of wonderful changes that haven taken place in me with more to come! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I am faithfully tracking on Spark everyday. Some days I eat more calories than my range, but still my choices of food are so much better than previous years. I am losing weight and... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:13:33 EST Is the Scale Necessary?!?! <em>38</em> <em>192</em> <em>38</em> <BR> Great changes are happening in my personal life! It's been OVER 100 consecutive days that I've cut off sugary junk and logged into Spark. Yesterday, I ate in the mid range of my calories recommended by Spark and I was completely satisfied! I still find it 'wonderfully mind-blowing" that I eat lunch and that's it. I'm full. I'm content. Moving on with the day. Then 4-5 hours later I eat dinner and that's it. I'm full. I'm content. ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 07:16:44 EST Danger, Will Robinson... For the first time since I cut off sugary junk, we traveled to my parent-in-laws and stayed 4 days. Now the usual pattern for me when traveling WAS: "Throw out all rules and good eating habits and go nuts while you're away." So, I was concerned and yet also determined to see THE CHANGE in me even 3 hours from home. <BR> I did stay clear of the sweets laying on the counter top and the jungle of candies at every cash register of the many stops and places we visited. A HUGE TRIUMPH was ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:53:29 EST 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