GLINDAGOODWITCH's SparkPeople Blog GLINDAGOODWITCH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Food, ecstasy and agony One feature of the insanity of my addiction to food that I am recovering from is the need to be in control. I try to control my feelings with food. I try to control situations. I am highly trained in certain areas of which I am very proud of. No need to get into them. There have been many times when I felt the need to share my knowledge in an over powering way. <BR> <BR> I exercise a lot. Unfortunately, I also eat a lot. I was discussing this with my personal trainer today. We were discu... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:00:48 EST Obsession, compulsion, powerlessness and surrender First off, here's a positive body affirmation for the day... <BR> <BR> "My body is unique and doesn’t need to look like everyone else’s" <BR> <BR> I just watched a good video about the 1 step <BR> <BR> Go here to watch it <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable" <BR> <BR> First of all, notice how it says "we" not I. What this tells me that I am not alone. The... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:07:06 EST You mean I'm not the only odd ball? I found this really cool free workbook about eating disorders online. <BR> <BR> Here's where it is.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lications/Step%20Workbook%20Done.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> So far I have learned that I am not alone. No matter how bizarre some of my behavior patterns have been there's actually other people out there that have done the same thing. <BR> <BR> You mean to tell me that there are actually folks out there that have done the same... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:57:28 EST My name is Glinda, I'm a compulsive overeater..12 steppin' it Last week after one of my major food binges I literally got down on my knees and begged God to help me. I was so upset, angry, disgusted, exhausted and at my wits end. Then came the "chin up" part. I told myself, "Today is a new day". I tell myself that day would be different and I would succeed. Then it starts all over again. I immediately start to obsess about food and how I think I can manipulate it to get it to do what I wanted. Of course this means to lose weight. Again, I started t... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:46:03 EST Coming Clean I have had issues with eating at night for over a year now. I do well all day long then at about 5 or 6 pm I get this little voice in my head telling me it's okay to eat because I have done well for the day. Then when I start eating I look at the calories of each servings instead of looking at the whole picture. For instance I tell myself, "It's okay to eat this because it's only 200 calories" I never look at the whole picture <BR> <BR> What it boils down to is I am lieing to myself. It's ti... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 13:52:16 EST Another notch in my belt Today has been a great day! I had a great workout this morning and I've stuck to my food plan for the day. I am looking forward to a good night sleep (Crossing my fingers) then I have a Zumba class to go to. After that I'm going to work in the garden then relax and read. And of course spend some time here on Sparks. <BR> <BR> KEEP SPARKLING IN ALL YOUR SPARKLED SPARKINESS!!! <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:20:18 EST Zumba! I discovered Zumba (A dance fitness class) a couple months ago. It is so much fun! When I do it all my worries and burdens lift right off my shoulders. Also when I do it a shake things that I never even knew what I had. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> After Zumba I am home to read my book and have an enjoyable day with my mom. She is 87 years old. <BR> <BR> HAVE A DANDY DAY! <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:44:17 EST HAPPY SATURDAY! Today is my favorite day of the week for some reason or another. I am looking forward to having a great day. I have a workout scheduled for later this morning then I'm home to enjoy the rest of my day. My mom and I started something. At 2:00 pm we turn off the computers and television until 6:00 pm. Our first day was yesterday. It was great! I actually sat and read a book with no distractions. Looking forward to doing the same today. <BR> <BR> PEACE TO YOU ALL! <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:17:28 EST My Mom Back in January my 87 year old mother was diagnosed with breast and kindney cancer. She had mastectomy in June and she recently had her kidney removed. During the surgery for the kidney they discovered that she had problems with her bowels. They had to remove some of them. The surgery lasted 8 hours. Since then she has totally changed. She is very weak. She is also depressed. She is home with me now after spending two weeks in the hospital. I am a nurse. I am taking very good care of her. Ev... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:54:28 EST WOOT! WOOT! I slept very well last night. BIG BONUS! I'm actually on a roll. Four nights in a row good sleep. Most of the time I'm lucky to get one night sleep. <BR> <BR> Today is going to be a great day! I have Jesus by my side, I am going to the gym for an hour and a half then home to read the bible and read a book. <BR> <BR> More later......... <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 09:30:23 EST Accountability Partner? Anyone out there need an accountability partner? I would love to hook up with you! Let me know if you are interested. <BR> <BR> PEACE! <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:23:39 EST Gonna try again A few months back I decided to step away from Sparks for awhile. I had made up my mind that being here was causing me to be focused on food too much. So I chose to step away for awhile. What a DISASTER! I have gained 30 pounds on top of the 170ish that I already weighed. DUH! Now here I sit absolutely miserable because of the weight gain. I finally decided to get back into the game. I have all the tools to succeed. I have started Weight Watchers again (I lost 60 pounds while on it in the past... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:10:50 EST Blessed Be! Today has been a great day so far. I just got back from a 3 hour workout at the gym. Now I get to enjoy the rest of my day. I am truly blessed to live in a peaceful home. I live with my 87 year old mother whom I adore. I have 6 cats which are my life. Today is going to be a day of embroidery and art. I have some movies planned also. And of course I will be spending time with Jesus reading his word. <BR> <BR> Here's to a happy life! <BR> <BR> PRAISE JESUS! <BR> <BR> BE WELL EVERYONE! <BR> ... Sat, 11 May 2013 15:08:41 EST Fast food. Is it really ok in moderation? Absolutely not! I haven't had fast food in 3 years. I kid you not! I mentioned this in another blog entry. Some one said to me that we shouldn't try and eliminate it completely from our food intake A little every now and then is OK. Really? Hmmmmm...... <BR> <BR> I don't think so.... I look at it this way, we quit smoking because it's bad for us. We are constantly trying to eliminate unhealthy food and substances from our lives. And we are constantly looking for healthier foods to eat. <B... Mon, 6 May 2013 12:57:42 EST So here I sit Trying to get over a horrible case of bronchitis. It's been at least 5 years since I have been sick. I kid you not. Not even a sniffle. I'm amazed that I don't have some kind of disease. I spent my late childhood to my mid teens abusing every (or so it seems) street drug that existed back then. Not too mention sexual promiscuity. By the time I was 14 years old I was an I.V. meth user. This was about the time when AIDES came into the picture. I've tested numerous times. Zip, zero, nada.... <... Mon, 6 May 2013 10:41:58 EST LAKE ELSINORE, MURRIETA, WILDOMAR..... Anyone from my area? I'm lookin' for partners in crime. <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you soon! <BR> <BR> PEACE! <BR> <BR> G <em>247</em> Sat, 4 May 2013 17:32:02 EST I'm back! Me and my big ideas. I stepped away from Sparks for awhile thinking I needed a change. Did it help? NO! I've gained weight since I left. <BR> <BR> So here I sit on my big butt (sorry for the visual). Lookin' forward to see you all again. <BR> <BR> Much Love! <BR> <BR> G <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 1 May 2013 17:00:58 EST Gluttony Definition <BR> Habitual eating to excess. <BR> <BR> Basically this means that we practice self service when we practice gluttony. We focus on the food to solve our problems. We eat because it makes us feel good. We eat to celebrate happiness, sorrow, contentedness. We keep stuffing our mouths looking for an answer. We practice gluttony because it is instant gratification. The problem is over and over again we stuff our faces only to feel horrible, fat, we feel like a failure. After awhile ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:02:41 EST My Beautiful Daughter! I am so proud of her. She's 26 years old, has an awesome job, and she is going to school full time to be a Chemical Engineer. <BR> <BR> Here she is....The beautiful Lydia Anne <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:30:45 EST I need your opinion I have an idea for a team. It's about sharing our knowledge with one another. it's based on the knowledge that we have learned through out years of diet and exercise. No matter if we've been successful or not. The amount of information we have learned along the way is insurmountable. <BR> <BR> The team is also based on knowledge that we already know and are still learning along the way. <BR> <BR> Here's my ideas for the team..... <BR> <BR> REMEMBER: I need your honest opinions. Please l... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:06:01 EST You know it's time to resolve to lose weight when. You know it's time for a New Year's resolution to lose weight when you step on a talking scale and it says, "One at a time, please!" <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>40</em> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:03:14 EST Another New Years Resolution I resolve to stop driving away with the gas nozzle still in my car <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>40</em> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:26:10 EST My New Years Resolution My New Years resolution is to learn under water basket weaving <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>40</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:07:41 EST Kinda freaky I just had a nightmare about sugar plum fairies. Kinda freaky to think that they would dance around my head. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:08:16 EST New Pictures Here's a couple new pictures of my family and I <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My son, daughter, daughter in law, my new grand baby Mercedes, and yours truly <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My son, daughter and I <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:03:15 EST Do you drink bottled water? If you do you should watch this video. This is a very informative video. <BR> <BR> Something to ponder on...... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-of-bottled-water/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:12:59 EST Random Acts Of Kindness Have you ever done it? I do it all the time. I love doing things for people even perfect strangers. It's so nice to see someone face light up with a smile. <BR> <BR> Give it a try. I promise you will be happy. <BR> <BR> Here's a website on the subject... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:23:01 EST TRIVIA QUESTION FROM THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS What was the name of the town in the movie, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas"? <BR> <BR> If you can name it without peaking do so. <BR> <BR> If not, then you can cheat. <BR> <BR> Go here for the answer. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>name_in_the_Grinch_stole_Christmas </link> <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> <em>247</em> <em>444</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:50:51 EST JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE ALL THE WAY.... Dashing through the <em>425</em> <BR> In a one horse open sleigh <BR> O'er the fields we go <BR> <em>246</em> all the way <BR> <em>445</em> on bob tails ring <BR> Making spirits <em>67</em> <BR> What fun it is to <em>246</em> and <em>335</em> <BR> A sleighing song tonight <BR> <BR> Oh, jingle <em>445</em> , jingle <em>445</em> <BR> Jingle all the way <BR> Oh, what fun it is to ride <BR> In a one horse open sleigh <BR> Jingle <em>445</em> , jingle <em>445</em> ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 20:15:20 EST It's a Wonderful Life quote This is one of my all time favorite quotes! <BR> <BR> I posted this for those of you who remember the movie and to bring a smile to everyone! <BR> <BR> This is from the character Clarence... <BR> <BR> " Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings." <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:15:30 EST SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE,SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE,SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE,SPARKLE, SPARKLE, SPARKLE, <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>334</em> <em>236</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> <em>334</em> ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:42:03 EST How to stay positive Turn that frown upside down.... <BR> <BR> It's simple really. Here's some ways that will pop that 'ol negative bubble.... <BR> <BR> Smile! Remember it takes twice as many muscles to frown. <BR> Make a blog post like this one. <BR> Give someone a hug. <BR> Let someone hug you. <BR> Practice random acts of kindness. It can be as simple as opening a door for someone. <BR> Crack a joke. Keep it clean! (O: <BR> Give someone a Christmas card. <BR> Send someone a Christmas goodie. <BR> Be gratefu... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:11:44 EST Please join me in making 3 healthy and positive choices for the day For the last few days I have been on the low side. For today I have decided to participate in at least 3 healthy and positive choices. <BR> <BR> I am going to go for a nice long walk <BR> Give myself a pedicure <BR> Go the the gym <BR> <BR> Have you been feeling down lately? Think of three positive things you can do to make yourself feel better. <BR> <BR> I promise it will help tremendously! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:34:56 EST MOMENT OF SILENCE Lets all take a moment of silence and prayers For the people in Connecticut at...... <BR> <BR> 9:00 AM Pacific Time <BR> <BR> 12:00 PM Eastern Time <BR> <BR> 2:00 PM Central Time <BR> <BR> 10:00 AM Mountain Time <BR> <BR> Please post a <em>247</em> if you participated <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Dec 2012 09:01:50 EST Stormy Stormy is a calico and sooooo cute and pretty. Calico's are a different bread. I found her when she was a tiny little kitten. I was out jogging when all the sudden I heard this little kitten yowling as loud as could be. I stopped to listen for her and she came right out and got on my feet. She pushed to sucker button on my forehead. <BR> <BR> She's a year and a half now and never a dull moment. She is such a blessing. I love her so much. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:42:01 EST Binge eating and me I have had issues with binge eating all my life. Lately, I have been working on new ways to help me with it. I have been a binge eater all my life. Throughout my life I have focused on dieting, removing food from my diet, exercise, and on and on. <BR> <BR> I had an epiphany this morning. <BR> <BR> I obsess about food constantly. I am very physically active and I am a vegetarian. I am constantly focused on getting all the right proteins, carbs and other nutrients daily. I also spend my enti... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:44:14 EST ANOTHER HAPPY DAY IN GLINDALAND! I had a good night sleep now I am looking forward to a happy and healthy day. I have a great walk and workout today. Then I'm home to do some yard work. After that, I am going to work on the Xmas gifts I am making. <BR> <BR> HERE'S TO A HEALTHY, POSITIVE, SPARK FILLED DAY! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:07:10 EST Glinda the lounging witch Today is an off day from my workout. I am going to do some chores during the time that I am usually at the gym. Then I am home to work on Xmas gifts that I am doing. I just started a new book too. I am going to read the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Sun, 9 Dec 2012 09:47:57 EST One positive aspect for the day I have so many positive things in my life. Today I am going to acknowledge one thing for today. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for Sparks..... <BR> <BR> Can you name one positive thing in your life? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 09:55:16 EST YAY FRIDAY! I am looking forward to a nice day at home. Of course I am going for my walk and workout then I'm home to work on my Christmas projects. I am also going to give my Spark friends some goodies. <BR> <BR> The positive thought for the day is to count my blessings and be grateful for what I have. <BR> <BR> I am very happy! <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 7 Dec 2012 09:12:05 EST She talks to angels This is one of my favorite songs. By The Black Crowes. The reasons why are that I truly believe in my guardian angel. There were things that happened to me when I was a kid. In all actuality I had come close to heavens doors. And, I met people throughout the years that were pure evil. I am so grateful for what I have. I even have angels tattooed on my back. The song talks about addiction to drugs and about a little boy she once had. I went through something similar in my life. I am a recove... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:04:20 EST GET UP AND GET MOVIN'! Stuck in a rut? Can't seem to stay motivated? Here is a simple remedy for it..... <BR> <BR> Remember it's never too late to start even if it's just one simply thing at a time. Give yourself praise for making healthy choices. Pick one for the day and run with it. It doesn't have to be all about diet and exercise. By simply logging into Sparks is huge! The whole idea is to move into your decision to live a healthy lifestyle slowly. You've probably been living a certain way for years. Can't cha... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 09:20:05 EST I get to see my new granddaughter Today is going to be a busy day in Glindaland. I am going to take my daughter in law to an appointment. While I'm there I get to hold the baby. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> When I get home I am going to rest. I didn't sleep too good last night. I am a chronic insomniac. Fortunately I live in a very peaceful atmosphere. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great spark filled day! <BR> <BR> DON'T FORGET TO SPARKLE YOU BRIGHTEST SPARKINESS! <BR> <BR> Here she is! Mercedes Anthony McDonald <BR> <img s... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:01:22 EST I'M ROOTIN' FOR YOU! Wake up, have your favorite morning beverage. Today is a new day. Fresh start. Get dressed and ready for a happy, healthy, positive day. Keep a smile on your face. Too many negative and scary things in our world today. Give yourself credit even for the small things you do. Support your Sparkling buddies. Give them a goodie and a BIG HUG! Give yourself a BIG HUG! Take time to appreciate the positive things in your life. Be grateful even if it's small thing in your life. <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO A... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 10:27:49 EST IT'S FREE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are so many positive things in your life that are FREE! <BR> <BR> *Hugs <BR> *Fuzzy puppies <BR> *Fuzzy kittens <BR> *SPARKS! <BR> *Walking outside in the fresh air <BR> *Sending your Spark friends a goodie <BR> *Eating healthy <BR> *Offering someone your support <BR> *Post a joke <BR> *Post a blog entry similar to this one <BR> *Christmas <BR> *Being grateful <BR> *Random acts of kindness <BR> *Laughter <BR... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 09:23:00 EST TODAY IS WORLD AIDS DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thoughts, prayers, donations and awareness are needed... <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:19:13 EST Singin' in the rain.... I LOVE the rain. Walking in it is invigorating to me. My garden is getting lots of rain. My car gets a bath. I love the sound of the rain. I love being all snuggled in my bed. I love snuggling with my cats. Today I am going to have a great day with the sound of raindrops on my roof. <BR> <BR> Can I get a <em>244</em> <em>257</em> if you love the rain? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:15:37 EST Have a happy and healthy day! Hello all you sparkers! <BR> <BR> *Make positive choices today. <BR> *Live in the moment. <BR> *Tap into something positive that you haven't tried before. <BR> *Make it a point to support others. <BR> *Give someone a hug. <BR> *Smile <BR> *Be grateful <BR> *Practice random acts of kindness. <BR> *Make at least one healthy choice today. <BR> *Get at least 15 minutes of fresh air today <BR> *Give a goodie to one of your buddy's <BR> <BR> AND MOST OF ALL SPARKLE YOUR SPARKLIEST SPARKINESS!!... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:25:50 EST CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH.. I have a deck that's right outside my bedroom window. During the day I let all my cats out. I usually put dry food and water out for them then I bring it in at night. Last night I forgot to bring it in. At about 3:00 this morning I was awakened with a loud crunching noise. As it turned out there were two huge fuzzy raccoons crunching away on the cat food. They were really cute but I had to remind myself about their big fuzzy teeth. So I left there cute fuzziness alone. I turned on the outside... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:06:58 EST My new embroidery project This is a new project that I started on just recently. It is a denim jacket. Denim is my favorite medium. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:58:53 EST