GOPINTOS's SparkPeople Blog GOPINTOS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My “Seasonings Eatings” Tips I am not an expert, and do not play one on TV either, but here are a few short tips that I have compiled that help me. ****Your mileage may vary**** <BR> <BR> Drink lots of water – Staying hydrated is important for lots of reasons, but falsely signaling hunger is one. <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Stay nourished – Also important for lots of reasons, but lacking in vitamins or nutrients can signal hunger until we fill that void. Fill your body with good foods ahead of time, in hopes to avoid ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:53:47 EST Beautiful Horseback Ride to an old Rock Quarry (w/pics) I went with my niece (on buckskin) and great niece (on the bay horse) for about a 2 hour ride this morning, to an old Rock Quarry back behind the house. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:35:30 EST Some Braggin' Rights Just so darn proud of my daughter. <BR> <BR> She has never had a weight issue, but had some stomach issues and it took a very long time to finally figure out it was celiac. She was so miserable from pain and discomfort, and not knowing why. <BR> <BR> She worked while going to college, married her HS sweetheart while in college. So she was working, college, husband, household, then baby number one, then about a year later, baby number two. During all this time, pretty much in constant... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 21:27:30 EST Getting Healthier - Priceless Weight loss slow - 2 lbs. <BR> Inches lost in same time frame - 5 inches. <BR> Feeling healthier and stronger every day - PRICELESS <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 09:32:01 EST Who says you have to starve to lose weight? I rec'd this today and wanted to share this little bit of perspective: <BR> <BR> One McDonald's Big Mac contains 540 calories, 29 grams of fat, and more than 40 grams of highly-processed, blood-sugar-spiking carbohydrates. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And that doesn't even count the fries and soft drink that you KNOW you're going to order with it. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At the same rate, here are a few alternative food choices and amounts that will land you at th... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 16:15:08 EST Update w/Pic Ok, so I haven't updated a pic lately. <BR> <BR> I was heading out to mow yesterday, and I really liked my hat, so I tried to take a picture. No Glamour Shot w/makeup or anything, just another day in the life. But just when I start to get bummed about how much journey is left, it is nice to remember where I started and how far I have come. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:41:40 EST Who is this Chick & Why is she lovin' Summer?! I never have been much of a summer person. I hate that it gets too friggin' hot. I hate to sweat. I hate that my feet swell. I hate that my hands swell. I hate seeing everybody running around in cute shorts, or heading to the water in cute swimsuits. I just hate it. <BR> <BR> Until this year. <BR> <BR> Now, I am not running around in cute shorts or cute swimsuits - I am not bikini ready. But I have come to realize that I may never be, but that is okay. I have also realized that if I... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:44:14 EST My oh My where did May go?! (update w/pics) The older I get, the faster the time goes. Why is that? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I have been sort of MIA the past few weeks. Let me fill you in. <BR> <BR> We had some out of town (state) company. DH's children and grandchildren. I think we had 15 - 20 ppl here at any given time, 3 meals and snacks per day <em>341</em> Couple of my kids w/family could not make it, so we had 6 of our 9 grandkids here, with their parents. <BR> <BR> I also had a trail ride scheduled for Memorial Da... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:06:52 EST Spark Rally! with Pics!! This past Saturday was our Missourians Team Spring Rally. <BR> <BR> A special thanks to our planning committee: <BR> NITTINNANA <BR> GONNABSKNE0124 <BR> BECCAZEN7 <BR> GOPINTOS <BR> <BR> These ladies are the reason, the push, the driving force on the Make It Happen program. A HUGE Thanks to them for making this rally a reality! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> We heard back from many people who were unable to attend due to previous commitments. Kudos to all of you who were able to get out and... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:24:14 EST Feeling Extra Chipper Today Feeling Extra Chipper Today. It is just a great day to be alive!! <BR> <BR> It is just an amazing feeling to know that you are doing everything you can to improve your health, to improve your quality of life, to maybe extend your life. <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I was ready to throw in the towel. I felt old. I felt used up. I quit going out with friends. Quit going out much even with DH. Quit going to his company functions. Quit going to most family functions. If you look back through... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 12:05:03 EST Couple of Long Term goals met I didnt know how else to title this blog. <BR> <BR> One of my goals when I started my journey, I wanted to get a new wedding ring. I hadnt been able to wear mine in many many years. Then after the house fire, well I didnt have it anymore. Same for DH. <BR> <BR> Now, I didnt need the marriage ring symbol really, we have been married 20 years and know we are stuck with each other <em>20</em> ... ummm I mean still deep in wedded bliss... <em>337</em> (something is deep huh?) jk, ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:26:30 EST Phase 3 - Day 6 & 7 Well, it was weekend. <BR> <BR> I did stick with the foods, but my schedule was pretty messed up. We were out on the Harley both days. <BR> <BR> So when she says... Do NOT skip Snacks! and Drink your Water!! she means it. <BR> <BR> I had a gain of .7 Sunday morning, but a loss of .4 this morning. <BR> <BR> All in all, I had a great week, especially since that is the week during the month that usually shows a gain, but instead I had an overall loss of 5.9 lbs!! Just crazy! <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:59:32 EST Phase 3 - Day 5 OMG phase 3 is fantastic!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Lots of good healthy fats. Yumm-o! Lots of variety from all macros for 3 days. <BR> <BR> The plan says don't count calories, but I have been counting calories for over a year, so it is hard not to. Plus I was just curious as to how it would all play out. <BR> <BR> She says calories dont really matter, it is the combination of foods eaten at certain times, which I am starting to see the effect. These are the same foods I use to eat,... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:37:02 EST Phase 2 - Day 4 I didnt get to weigh today. Dead batteries on the Wii remote. <BR> <BR> Day 4 was pretty much the same as the day before. <BR> <BR> I love protein, love meat. I would rather have steak with whole eggs though..... having just egg whites is different for me. Of course there are other protein sources if you don't' want egg whites. Lots of choices. <BR> <BR> I have done high protein days before, but usually goes along with it's fair share of fat, so that has been different, trying to ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:36:48 EST Phase 2 - Day 3 So yesterday was a protein and veggie day. <BR> <BR> I have not fixed just egg whites before, I saved the yolks maybe for the fat days, maybe for the dogs if I can't use them all. Now I know eggs are not bad for me, it's not about that. It is about certain macros at certain meals/snacks on certain days. I can have whole eggs on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday if I want. But the 2 protein & veggie days are low fat, low carb days. <BR> <BR> I was just getting tired of turkey, but it was ready ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 06:47:29 EST Phase 1 - Day 2 Yesterday went great. Always encouraging after seeing the scale budge downward a little, even though I am certain it is just water, it's still going in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Food yesterday - I pretty much ate the same as the day before, just a little less. I was so stuffed on Monday, I just couldnt eat it all yesterday. The plan doesnt count calories, but it counts servings (ounces & cups &/or pcs. of fruit) and if you want to lose more than 20lbs, you add half a serving. For ea... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:08:22 EST Phase 1 - Day 1 Ok, so things have not been moving along as I would like. For quite some time. I have calorie cycled, carb cycled, low carb, low fat, high fat, high protein, moderate protein .... most every combination trying to mix it up. <BR> <BR> I lost my first weight just by dumb luck I guess. Before I even knew what a carb was, or what a macro was. I knew good foods and I knew bad foods, but that was about it. And it worked. Just eating good foods. No more sugar. No more fast food. More fruit... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:21:27 EST Ugggghhh Pictures - But Just what I needed to see. Sometimes after awhile, we tend to sort of forget from where we started. At least I did. <BR> <BR> Weight loss is happily plugging along, until one day it isn't. And I know this is normal - the ups and downs, and plateauing for a bit before another drop, etc. But yet sometimes I still wonder, if I have really made any noticeable progress at all. I mean I know I have, but while your body is healing and plateauing for a long time - could be months & months to heal and adjust before you ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 07:11:30 EST NSV - The Garbage Disposal Short Story - I can retrieve my own items out of the garbage disposal!! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Long Story - We built this house almost 3 years ago, and I put in the biggest garbage disposal I could find. Why? I don't know why, just in case I guess. I think this thing would grind up a cow <em>198</em> Without getting too graphic, I gave the kiddos (my niece and grandson) a looooong lecture on how they should never EVER stick their hands down inside there. Bad things were sure to ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:32:14 EST "Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same." ~ Tony Schober, Coach Calorie Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:59:07 EST "You can’t start the next chapter of your life... ... if you keep rereading the last one." <BR> <BR> ~ Tony Schober - Coach Calorie Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:05:13 EST "Weight loss is a side effect of living a healthy lifestyle." ~ Tony Schober, Coach Calorie Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:11:30 EST "Don't Start a Diet..." <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ~ Tony Schober, Coach Calorie Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:16:13 EST "Weight loss happens the moment you don’t give up." ~ Tony Schober, Coach Calorie <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:43:24 EST This is YOUR journey, take the wheel and DRIVE!!! I write this because I really truly care about your journeys. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> Ok listen guys. You have really got to want this and commit to it. It's not about not having time enough in the day to work out. If you are doing dishes at the sink, do some calf raises. If you are loading and unloading the dish washer, do some squats. If you are vacuuming, do it with gusto. I call it Cardio Cleaning. It is possible to squeeze out a few minutes here and there throug... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:39:45 EST Do or Don't make New Year's Resolutions? Ah, that is the question I present to myself. To make or not to make my New Year's Resolutions. <BR> <BR> Usually my initial line of thinking is, "Why? I won't keep it anyways." However this year I was thinking what a relief that I don't even have to think about it because I am already doing all the things that I need to do. So I just need to keep on keeping on. However, I did feel it would be beneficial to re-visit my goals, restructure my plans, look at where I need to fine tune, an... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 02:09:55 EST I've had enough! I sent DH packing out the door this morning... <em>198</em> .... with all the leftover Holiday Goody Temptations!!! <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> I didnt do too badly as I didnt make or buy much, but some goodies got brought and left here ... and I have had my fill <em>29</em> I have taken my hit on the scale <em>15</em> and I am ready to get it out of my house and move on. <em>104</em> Some I sent with him, some I sent straight to the trash, as he doesn't really need it at the office either. <em>494</em> <BR> <BR> I wil... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:04:47 EST Just a Quick Update Like everyone else, busy times during the holidays. So this is just a quick update in case anyone was wondering about me and my where-abouts over the next few days, in case I am MIA on SP <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> We have family starting to arrive today, about mid-morning. The snow and black ice were a deterrent last night, so hopefully travel this morning will be a bit better. <BR> <BR> We are having a family Christmas tomorrow evening, along with a baby shower. We do these dinners onc... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 06:26:06 EST Managing Stress through the Holidays: I am on the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge, Diamonds Team. Our challenge this week is to write a blog on 3 ways that we manage our stress during the Holidays. <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Managing Stress through the Holidays: <BR> <BR> 1. Don't throw Health out the window – The holiday is not a free-for-all for overindulging, and then later feeling guilty & stressed out about it. Either allow for treats and set your limits ahead of time and stick to it, or decide ahead of time that y... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:47:36 EST The Final 4!! 2013 Here We Come!! This is the 1st week of the last 4 weeks of the year!! I don't know about you, but I am going out with a BANG!! I am going to end 2012 on a good note - no regrets in the nutrition department. This is going to be a fantastic week!! A fantastic Final 4!! I can feel it!! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> 2013 Here We Come!! <BR> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:46:23 EST My Journey Thus Far (couple of pics) My Journey Thus Far <BR> <BR> Today I have been thinking about my journey, (as I do every day) but instead of thinking of how far I have yet to go, I am looking at just how far I have come. <BR> <BR> I started an excel chart about a year ago, and it is so rewarding to see the steady downward progress. I can see where I started with my weight and BMI – in the morbidly obese category at almost 50% body fat. Unbelievable. And now I am just shy of 70lbs lighter and now in the lower half of o... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:38:31 EST I got a "kick" outta this. You probably will too!! So Sunday we had family Thanksgiving. About 30 ppl. About half a dozen or so extra helpers in my kitchen. My sis made sweet potatoes but wanted to healthy them up so she just baked them and set out some butter, brown sugar, cinn/sugar, & cinnamon. The last two which came out of my pull-out spice rack. <BR> <BR> So yesterday, I am making myself a yogurt snack. I make homemade Greek yogurt and I added some blueberries, a little more than usual in order to use up the last few in the bag. ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:48:07 EST Short & Sweet - Happy Thanksgiving Dear SPFriends! This Thanksgiving, I want to say a special Thank you to & for all my Spark Friends. You are always there with me through the ups and downs. To push me up high on a good day, to pull me up even higher on a bad day. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for much in my life - for the abundance of food, our home, and the many blessings that we enjoy. However this year, Thanksgiving is not just about a relatively guilt-free day to stuff myself silly with all the turkey and pumpkin pie I can eat until I expl... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:08:32 EST Funny thing happened on the way to the store today... ... not funny really, but weird. An odd occurrence and so unlike me, the "old" me. <BR> <BR> I get ready to pull into the farm&home store, and I see a friend loading up her Tahoe. I have known her for years. We use to ride horses most every weekend, before I got so heavy. Earlier this spring she was coming over every few days to Zumba with me as she was wanting to drop a few pounds also. <BR> <BR> And normally when this would happen .... Panic would set in! I would be thinking .... ... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:29:10 EST An old friend waiting I have a Spark friend heavy on my mind & heart as I have not heard from her in a number of days, as well as some of my family heavy on my mind & heart, so I just decided to go take a little walk. Riding my horse is very therapeutic but not something I like to do when home alone, so I opted for a walk. <BR> <BR> I know that a fault of mine is that I want to try to help everyone, and try to fix things, sometimes without regard or detriment to my own self. But sometimes I just can't help ever... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 13:22:45 EST I remember back when I was an old lady... ... back when I was much older than I am now. I felt disabled though I could still walk. I felt like each night when I went to sleep, I might never wake up. I felt like there would be grandchildren I would never get to see. I was settling into a life of pain and suffering for the remainder of whatever time I had left. <BR> <BR> Then one day, I snapped out of it. <BR> <BR> This picture, I can't believe I am sharing, was probably my all time high. It was my daughter's graduation from c... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:34:38 EST National Recycling Day I think I will recycle some fat deposits and burn it for energy!! I have been meaning to get rid of it anyways <em>9</em> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:44:41 EST So... I had my Spark anniversary yesterday. Doesnt seem like a year. Partly because though I signed up a year ago, I didnt really start using SP until shortly after January. <BR> <BR> I was trying to make some changes on my own, first of which was cold turkey cutting my sweet tea. I think that alone made me drop like 6lbs. I probably lost 15 or so pounds over the preceding 6 months, just making little changes, the biggest of which was cooking at home more and eating out less. <BR> <BR> It wasnt until I started tracking with SP tha... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:13:17 EST A Christmas Challenge Countdown!! Can you believe, only 49 days to Christmas!! 49 days left to... no not to shop, but to push on towards our Christmas weight loss goal!!! <BR> <BR> I venture to say that most of us have one, right? OH sure you do. You know you have said... "I want to lose X amount by Christmas?" or "I want to weigh X amount by Christmas" A short term goal? You know you have one <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, so 49 days to go!!! I am going to re-evaluate, be realistic - remember life happens ;) - an... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 10:17:32 EST You're Invited to a Magic Mike Party! Ok so my sisters want to watch Magic Mike. Now … not a movie I would have gone out to rent mind you, but who am I to stand in their way. And since I am the one with the 72” TV, of course they want to watch it here. So since I love my sisters and would do anything for them, I will make the sacrifice...I will take one for the team... I will suffer through a Matthew McConaughey stripper movie. I must really love them huh? <em>100</em> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 12:27:14 EST Chocolate: What is the Optimal Dose? Loved this info!! <BR> <BR> Read more about the benefits of chocolate regarding Cardiovascular Disease, Against Diabetes, Against Dementia and In Support of Cognitive Function, & Support of Circadian Rhythms. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ate-what-is-the-optimal-dose/ </link> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 05:51:14 EST Make No-vember a Yes-vember!! Yes I can keep my calories in check <BR> Yes I can keep my macros in check <BR> Yes I can get my exercise in, even in small increments <BR> Yes I can track <BR> Yes I can drink my water <BR> Yes I can drink my green tea <BR> Yes I can take my vitamins <BR> Yes I can get my sleep <BR> Yes I can blog my journey <BR> Yes I can socialize with my RL friends <BR> Yes I can visit my SP friends and uplift them <BR> Yes I can take a few minutes for myself each day <BR> Yes I can enjoy and see the beau... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 10:39:56 EST October was Spooktacular! Very pleased. <BR> <BR> About 10 inches gone from the places I measure. About 5.4lbs gone just since the 23rd! I saw new numbers on the tape measure, on the scale, and on my jeans that I have not seen in ages! <BR> <BR> Very happy with my forward momentum! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I have a feeling that November will be just as great, maybe even greater!! <em>386</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:17:48 EST God Bless our Lineman I saw this and just had to share. I know many personnel were sent ahead of the storm so they would be in place and ready to assist as soon as they could. My nephew left Friday or Saturday from Central Missouri, headed to the East Coast. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:43:20 EST "When you do the things you need to do ... ... when you need to do them, the day will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them." <BR> <BR> -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> This can be applied to so many areas of our lives, including weight loss! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:46:33 EST Halloween, Poison Ivy, and Kimchi - OH MY! What do these 3 all have in common? The mailman! <BR> <BR> Ok, let me back up. <BR> <BR> So, we are having a Halloween Party here Saturday. No, let me back up farther. Last Sunday, I had a little trail ride here with a couple of nieces and my grandson. Somewhere along the line, I got into some poison ivy. Actually I think it might have been from the big hay bale that I rolled out to the horses, which when I do that, I always end up with pieces of hay down my shirt. I really can't ex... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:49:23 EST New Team I started a new team today. I have been reading & implementing the Perfect Health Diet and I was surprised that there was not a team already. <BR> <BR> So... I contacted the author to get permission to use the book image, and he thought it was a terrific idea and is going to provide help and support whenever possible. <BR> <BR> It is only bare bones now. Always open to suggestions! Thanks!! <BR> <BR> Perfect Health Diet webpage <link> </link> <BR> Perfect Heal... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:58:12 EST Down an Inch... ... on the measurement that is about 3 inches below my belly button, from about 10 days ago. Glad to see that going down. It is weird though, the scale is up about 3.5lbs in 5 days. Just goes to show ya <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> So what's up with the 3lbs? Well, I think it was a bun on Saturday, and a piece of pizza crust yesterday. Calories were in check, so I don't think it was fat gain. However I was expecting to see some bloat inches on my waist, so I was pleasantly surprised that i... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:55:38 EST Today's Motivational Picture <img src=""> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:40:36 EST New Jean Size!! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I havent seen this size for quite a few years!! Hoping I won't see it very long either, shooting for a short visit, but it was nice to finally arrive. <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 21:26:52 EST