GARDENERGALANN's SparkPeople Blog GARDENERGALANN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New year, new me As I begin the Winter 5% Challenge, I am looking forward to hard work and consistency. My food plan is low carb and my exercise plan is workout videos and jumping rope. I will achieve my goals! Wed, 4 Jan 2017 06:01:17 EST This time-keep moving forward I am exchanging my disappointment and frustration for determination and motivation! <BR> It is amazing how weight that was lost by great effort and consistency can creep back to us if we don't stay on the path that was so valuable during the loss venture. Trying to establish a healthy lifestyle needs to be constant, even when we begin to take it for granted. That is my downfall for regaining some of the weight I worked so hard to drop! Got cocky and thought I could maintain healthy habits and... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:47:20 EST Then and Now... Strategize The main thing that has plagued me in my past efforts is the idea of "normal" eating versus eating to lose pounds. Before Spark People, I had a huge on or off mentality which is a very real way to ADD pounds. When on... Watching what I eat and how much, but when off... Thinking I should go ahead and enjoy what I had been denying myself. Setting a "back on" date, I would overeat and pile on the pounds, thinking "I can just take these extras off when back on" but not always being successful. Th... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:11:56 EST Mindful Eating... Another Way of Thinking When I am eating something, I like to try to think about ALL that is involved in what I have in front of me. Take a simple breakfast of a blueberry muffin. <BR> First and foremost, it is easy for me to thank God for all that He has provided for that item: blueberries, wheat for flour, chickens for eggs, vegetables for oil, cows for milk. <BR> Then I go to the people who have been involved in the process of getting this gift from God to me at my table. Someone, probably a farmer, planted ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:00:11 EST