FITANDFAITHFUL1's SparkPeople Blog FITANDFAITHFUL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Doing Right But the Scale Seems Broken Good morning Sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> I have gone 6 consecutive days and counting of tracking my food and staying within my calorie range with this past Friday being the only day that I went over. I feel really great and know that this habit is crucial to shedding the excess, but I sure would love to see even a slight move for the better on the scale. I could really use some encouraging words and words of wisdom. Have a Wonderful Wednesday! <em>381</em> <em>248</em> <em>137</... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:44:09 EST #3 Time to Zero In:D One of my Sparker friends told me that when she got overwhelmed with all the "to do's" of getting slimmer and healthier, she would zero in on one goal toward her health. What a wise word of advise! <BR> I have determined to "zero in" on tracking all food that goes in my mouth and striving with determination to stay at the low end of my Spark calorie range. <BR> Obtainable ,Measurable Goal with Reward: <BR> I, Fit and Faithful, will track my food intake on Spark from March 6 to March 13 whi... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:50:46 EST #2 Working on the Roots You know the story about Charlie Brown and his Christmas tree? <em>378</em> I remember the scene where he put one ornament on the tree and it bent over with the weight of just one ornament. <BR> <BR> Then, I heard another story recently about a man who wanted his life to affect millions of people in a great way. He told God about his desire to be like a mighty tree that was brimming with fruit and was a source of safety for the birds and other creatures. This tree represented his lif... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:58:13 EST #1 Look into the Mirror <em>213</em> First, let me say "Hello Sparkers!" It seems there is a correlation between me posting on my blog and success with health and weight loss. SO, my challenge to myself is to post for the next 30 days and really see some results in all parts of me. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I heard a great teaching about how we cannot see change on the outside of us, UNTIL we make changes in our thinking. So, I've created the beginnings of my own "Emancipation Proclamation." Emancipate: to... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:12:07 EST Fitbit and Faith <em>311</em> What a beautiful day for a walk! I purposed to go at least 50 minutes and it was so pleasant. AND I WALKED 10,167 steps today which EXCEEDS my 8000 step goal! <em>334</em> Of course, my goals for a healthy life include the physical, but also the spiritual. I invited Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior many, many years ago. HE is the key to life and peace. As long as I've prayed and read His words from the bible, I long to know HIM more...and <em>521</em> <BR> T... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:32:23 EST Weighing and Measuring I can tell things are different in me concerning my eating and exercise. I did weigh-in and found that I was down 1 pound from the middle of December. <em>224</em> <BR> Today I weighed my almonds and I counted my chips making sure my portions were correct. I did 25 bicycle crunches to work on my abs and I made some homemade chicken soup with lots and lots of carrots. <em>210</em> Yum! <BR> I really only ate 2 meals today, so I did eat a small amount of food kind of late for dinner. B... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:49:22 EST Stayed at the Low Calorie End <em>9</em> I needed to let you all know that I stayed at the low end of my Spark calorie range today AND my hubby and I have made a pact together to REFUSE night time eating. I am going to bed feeling content and very proud of myself. <em>334</em> I did nothing extreme today. I just made sensible choices that are taking me to ONE-derland! <em>205</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:09:01 EST Just BEGIN! <BR> Welp, I must confess that I fell into the “Holiday Denial and Eat Anything and Everything Pit” that kept me from Sparking on Spark because I was avoiding this website altogether. <BR> Tomorrow I will weigh in and today I have been updating my Spark page and getting myself “Pumped up” for the Winter 5% Challenge that starts sometime this month. <BR> If any of you out there fell into the same pit that I did, today is your day to JUST BEGIN! I know that I DID! I have my food trac... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:49:32 EST Look for the Victory <em>334</em> Non Scale Victories for the Fall 5% Challenge of 2013 <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> This challenge got me re-focused on Spark <BR> <em>48</em> I made new and wonderful friends on the CAT Team <BR> <em>48</em> Instead of gaining during Thanksgiving and Christmas season, I am in-the-zone to maintain and also to even drop 2 pounds before Christmas day <BR> <em>48</em> I "upped" my Fitbit step goal from 4,000 steps to 8,000 steps and discovered that wit... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 21:46:01 EST Over 8 Sticks of Butter! Guess What?!! I lost over 8 sticks of butter this week. That's right: 2.2 pounds off this body! <em>9</em> I am rejoicing and filled with encouragement and DETERMINATION! <em>224</em> So far I have lost OVER 3 pounds on this 5% Challenge. I feel like a powerful takes a little time to pick up speed, but then LOOK OUT - <BR> I CANNOT BE STOPPED! <BR> <BR> Let us STAY THE COURSE oh wonderful and delightful Sparkers! <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>248<... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:37:18 EST BEST WALK EVER! I got outside this morning and WOW I am so glad I did. The sky is so blue and the air is the perfect temperature. The leaves are falling off the trees now over here in Delaware, but the view of my little town is still so pleasant. Feeling the sun on my skin and listening to some new awesome tunes on my iPod made me smile. On the outside I was walking, but on the inside I was DANCING! What a difference in my energy level and my attitude for this day and my OUTLOOK for this season of "LIVI... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:10:33 EST Body Bag of Productivity <em>20</em> Hopefully the title of this blog peaked your curiosity! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Today I filled up a GIGANTIC contractor bag with a bazillion clothes that I do not wear. (My title is based on the extreme size and weight of this bag of clothes AND also my love of murder mysteries! ) It's so funny how I hold onto clothes...even ones that have never really fit me right or never really looked good on me. WHY? <BR> <BR> But to be clear, I did save some of my favorite clothes t... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:44:47 EST Little Changes = Big Benefits <em>198</em> I was wearing my Fitbit everyday, but since the 5% Fall Challenge I purposely get out and walk for at least 30 minutes in addition to the rest of my daily activities. I had upped my Fitbit goal to 8000 steps and it could not be achieved for me without that walk. Today, the weather was very gusty, so I went to Lowes and walked the aisles for a steady 15 minutes to get more steps in. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> I have determined to track my food and REALLY TRY to stay within the... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:56:11 EST Weigh in Day Approaches! The first week of the 5% Fall Challenge is nearly complete. How did I do? My activity is definately up, BUT some days I overrate based on my tracking on Spark. One thing I must do regardless of food consumption is TRACK! <em>101</em> It is the ONLY way I succeed at weight loss and maintaining that loss. I need to strength train too. I did it once and I overdid it and hurt for 5 straight days. So...I will select another Spark video and do it AGAIN today. Does anyone recommend a strength... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:57:01 EST Inspired by my Cat Buddy I woke up this morning feeling very,very lumpy. My coffee was calling but I thought about my Spark Cat Buddy, DebbieDay and how yesterday she said she got up early and walked before she had a chance to change her mind. SO...I did the same thing today and I woke up on my walk without coffee! (A definite miracle!) The additional great news is because of those 39 minutes of steps, I will reach my Fitbit goal of 8000 steps for today. Isn't it great having Spark buddies to inspire us in this da... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:35:36 EST My Rainy Walk Victory! This week has been a wet one, but I have made the decision to get back into a daily walk wearing my Fitbit. So on Monday, I ventured out with my cell phone and an umbrella…the weather is sunny…cloudy…sunny…cloudy…so I figured I had a fairly good chance at getting in some exercise before the rain began to fall. One thing I do when I walk is to call a very close friend of mine. She has time in the morning to talk. So I talk to her and walk and time flies. It’s as though I have a walking bu... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 16:54:09 EST Really Dreadful Photo It's September 16, 2013 and its a Monday too. What a great day to start fresh and get moving forward with my health goals! The weekend was wonderful. We had a picnic on Saturday and pictures were taken and posted on Facebook. One particular photo had me sitting in a lawn chair with my head turned toward my hubby who was next to me. It was a candid photo. Last night I just stared at myself in legs were huge and my stomach was pushing out from under my t-shirt and there was a lo... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:29:43 EST Treading Water <img src=""> <BR> I was looking at some pool exercises on the internet, and I watched a video on treading water. Evidently there are different ways to tread water. I hadn’t considered this because I found something that works for me, so I figured everyone else had the same technique. I have been trying the “egg beater” form of treading water, but in truth extending my legs like I’m leaping in the water and then quickly closing th... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:31:47 EST NO SLIP TREAD :) I am responding to my own previous blog about “Slipping.” <BR> I’ve decided to put on my “NO SLIP TREAD”. At first, I thought that I had lost my <BR> “NO SLIP TREAD,” or rather I completely forgot that it existed. Perhaps, I might <BR> have thought that the “NO SLIP TREAD” did not come in my size…but the <BR> TRUTH is that “NO SLIP TREAD” comes in ALL sizes and in whatever color you <BR> would choose. For me, my “NO SLIP TREAD” works AMAZINGLY WELL when <BR> I TRACK WHAT I EAT each da... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:49:20 EST Slipping : ( Wrong Thinking: “I’m not gonna track today because I ate a slice of peanut butter pie and its an easy ‘bazillion’ calories…not to mention the Stromboli we ate after church today. : / I’ll start tracking on Spark tomorrow.” <BR> <BR> Results: I just keep NOT tracking because everyday I’m either eating too much or I let the busy-ness of life keep me from tracking and my head hits the pillow and I realize that I did not check in on Spark, nor did I track. <em>480</em> <BR> <BR> Wrong... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:28:20 EST $20 Library Fine :O I had 5 DVD’s to return to the library. In Delaware you can only check them out for 1 week. On the last day of that first week I rushed over to the library and found that it was closed for the next 4 days. (So I headed over to the drop box knowing that we would be out of town the next several days) The drop box said “Books Only – DO NOT put in DVD’s or CD’s” I called a nearby librarian in another town, and she helped me renew them for 1 more week after explaining that our library was clos... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:24:51 EST "No Stick" ME! Hello wonderful and yet neglected Spark family! I have been looking online and reading some of your comments here on Spark, but I have been allowing “stuff” to get in the way of me communicating with all of you and with tracking my eating on Spark. <BR> <BR> Well….NOT ANYMORE! I have revamped my goals starting today and through the end of August. I have them recorded on my Spark page. AND also today in the rain and gloom, I beat my own personal swim lap record and I swam 21 laps today... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:35:21 EST Going With the Flow <em>237</em> know that I've been swimming.....a lot.....because I really, really enjoy it and its so wonderful to be out in the heat but not feel like I'm out in the heat. This morning, I realized with my husband's help that I had no car to drive today, (in the shop), so I drove my daughter to work and kept her car so that I could go to the doctor's for a follow-up visit. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> I decided to get my laps in early before taking my girl to work. I never u... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:25:30 EST Pool Toy Art :D <img src=""> <BR> Behold! My newest creation of Diving Pool Toy Art! Each toy represents one lap (up and back) in my pool and I went for the record today.....are you ready for it?.....drum roll.......and the TOTAL amount of laps that I swam today is......19 !!!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> It was such a glorious day. I love blue skies with moving clouds and clear blue water that beckons me to jump in and glide through....well, I don'... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:16:07 EST Guess how many laps?!! <img src=""> <BR> I had a marvelous swim day on Saturday! The photo of pool toys shows how many laps I swam in my pool. It was such a beautiful day! After I exercised in the pool, I got on my raft and floated around. I looked up and "cloud watched". I've discovered that our pool is my place of peace and refreshment. THE FIRST TEN PEOPLE WHO CAN TELL ME HOW MANY LAPS I SWAM WILL RECEIVE A SPARK GOODIE! (Each pool toy represents one l... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:37:46 EST First Swim of the Season :D We have this wonderful in-the-ground pool that was here when we bought our home 4 years ago. I was never a great swimmer but I always loved the water. I've gotten so much better now with swimming laps and treading water and just enjoying the fun pool games too. Today, I swam 15 laps and treaded water for 10 minutes and had fun walking around the pool and enjoying the sunny day. With exercise that I love and watching my calories on Spark, along with all my Sparker friends, I will be skinni... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:22:23 EST Venting from : ( to : ) Dearest Sparker Family, <BR> I've been in a bit of a fog for the last 2and1/2 weeks. (which actually feels like at least a month) I know I'm not supposed to let circumstances mess with me, but I did. The good news is that both my mom and my mom-in-law are recovering nicely from back surgeries. My own mom, however, is still in rehab and my parents live with us, so my Dad has been absolutely terrible. Yes, I know I should have compassion with his wife being in the hospital for such a long sta... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:42:32 EST Results of Surgeries I realized today that I had been in a hospital or rehab place for the past 7 days spending time with either my Mom-in-law or my own Mom. (Both had back surgeries 2 days apart.) Today I made the choice to stay home and rest. I went to church first, which was so wonderful. There is this awesome worship song that I really connected with: "I may be weak, but Your Spirit's strong in me. My flesh may fail, but my God never will." <BR> <BR> I wanted to say <em>304</em> for all the response... Sun, 26 May 2013 21:38:42 EST