GRACEBELL's SparkPeople Blog GRACEBELL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hard to remember to sign in everyday and do tracking. I am having a hard time getting back in the flow of writing down what I am eating. <BR> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 18:59:52 EST UPDATE on my progress I do not remember when I first started on this site. I have been away a long time. I want to thank Spark People for being there for me. I gleaned lots of good information and I am sure some of what I saw/did on this site got me on my weight-loss way. However, I somehow got out of the habit of checking in and keeping up with my progress so I wanted to give you an update. <BR> At my heaviest, I was 255...I am now 192...and on my 6'3 frame, I am looking "skinny" again. One of the reasons I thi... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:49:48 EST Weather getting you down? We finally had sun breaks for two days...after a month of cloudy weather. That's how it is in my part of Washington state...lots of clouds in the winter. I know most of the USA is packed in with REAL WINTER...snow, sleet, high winds, ice storms and horrid driving conditions, so, of course I consider myself lucky to have a fairly temperate's just, well, I NEED my Sunshine. I was born in Kansas in August..and Sun is my thing. Might I add: I am a Leo...and we love our sun. <BR> I ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:05:03 EST Praying for the victims of Boston and West Tx. Goodness...what a week. Keep everyone in your prayers... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:39:48 EST Busy Friday So much to do...Happy to feel able to accomplish something today. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:09:39 EST new leve yeah moved up a level today...that's nice... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:30:17 EST Monday...please be sunny ok, ready for spring...bring it on Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:41:08 EST March 21 - crazy weather Spent morning working out the medicare/primary insurance issues that occur when you retire. It's been three months, and still they haven't updated records. Crazy world we live in. Control freaks everywhere...for example, imagine my surprise when watching a few minutes of NASCAR (GO K.Khane)..the other day..and the sportscasters show a diagram of the race track (which takes 15 seconds to lap during the race)...and mentions that one of the drivers had gotten a ticket/citation/penalty/whatever y... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:29:36 EST Wednesday, March 20 Just realized I forgot someone's birthday..It's today..and too late to get a card out. Dangit Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:17:49 EST Tuesday <em>67</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 12:01:01 EST Monday and still rain I M SO Tired of rain... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:02:14 EST Loving the weekend Loving the weekend...lots of things to do..and Sat, 9 Mar 2013 15:07:30 EST busy hardly remember to check in...and have not been tracking food very well but I am eating yeah on that. It seems the better I am at making good food choices, the worse I am in journaling.... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:59:47 EST March rain.... I know a good deal of the country is having really cold weather, but here in the northwest it is rain, rain rain...ready for a sun break. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:42:29 EST Monday = here we go again Looks like it may stop raining today...can only hope. Looking forward to a great week. My scale seems to be stuck... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:44:33 EST Lunch with my Sister and shopping for good food Today, I will meet with my Sister and enjoy a nice healthy lunch and then we will go shopping for good wholesome food at the grocery store. She is doing really super with her weight loss....I am a bit jealous...(just kidding-I am so proud of her). Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:55:34 EST Today-a gift I am so grateful for today. I am trying hard for this new opportunity. Many things to do...must get after them. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:38:38 EST Some days are better than others Today the weather is to be mild...temp is expected to be in the 60's..WoW, that seems balmy for sure. I see the rest of the country is having some pretty cold weather. Wishing for Spring.... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:31:25 EST oh my...another Tuesday So many things to do, and just seems like not enough time. Busy, Busy, Busy. Which is a good thing. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:42:33 EST Friday Thank goodness the Valentine candy is finally gone. <BR> Now for a new beginning. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:30:55 EST Thursday Late getting started today. I used to get up at at work by 6 or 6:30...My hubby leaves for work at 8:30 or 9. He was used to having the house to himself every morning....and now that I retired, I am in the way. It's sort of weird, I know. The first few weeks, I woke up my usual 4:30, and would just be awake when he got up...gradually (I retired January 1) I began to stay in bed later and later. Now, I just try to stay in bed until he leaves. Today, he went to work late. I couldn't sta... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:10:11 EST Wednesday It's after 11 and I have not exercised yet...utho...will this be ONE of THOSE days? I am just feeling a little lazy. Need to pry myself out of my chair and get moving. <BR> I can do this...later... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:15:36 EST Monday Monday A new day...a new week of progress Just getting ready to do my Bally Dancing routine. I am not comfortable doing it on Saturday and Sunday when my hubby is home...would be far too entertaining for him to see me, his 6'3 - 230 lb. delicate flower bouncing around in the living room, making the whole dwelling shake. LaughOutLoud Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:29:57 EST Blogging for the points So lazy today...blogging for the points...not feeling all that great...maybe go back to bed. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:11:21 EST Happy day shopping, mostly meat and vegetables ... hopefully won't have to go to the store again for a while. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:00:27 EST Day 4...BallyDancing I still am learning the steps...and forget about getting my knees to let me jump like those girls do, but this is good for me. I will keep trying. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:07:52 EST Three days exercising in a row...WOW ok, am proud to say I have danced along with the bally video three days in a row. My one knee is a little mad at me...but I think eventually, it will "come 'round". LOL. I got my heart rate up, and that is what it is all about. I have a heart condition, and I have been hesitant but I think this is just what I needed to get going. At 67, and seemingly glued to the floor, the hops and jumps are daunting, but I do what I can. <BR> join's fun. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 13:52:20 EST Saturday = Faterday Saturday is my Faterday...I eat what I want, but I have been getting better and better at planning my Faterday meals to still be nutritious and colorful and not sabotage my goals. I am learning to switch out ingredients .... ok, it's a process and I am not there yet, but I am trying. Making myself eat breakfast is the hardest thing for me. But, I will make it through. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 13:34:23 EST February 4 already...where does the time go Time for new effort on my part. Get out of this chair..that is an exercise all be itself. I feel very heavy and bloated today..chips and dip yesterday,perhaps??? to figure out how to best get my house under control..time to sort and toss. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:35:02 EST Super Bowl Sunday - 2013 OK, cheering for the 49ers cause they are the westcoast team...and in the same conference as my SeaHawks...and, I used to live in the bay area of CA years ago. That said, I did visit Baltimore once...for a brief time...stayed in the old Harbor Inn, perhaps was the name of it???Big Blue Crab hanging on the boardwalk outside the hotel. Seemed to be a pretty neat city....but San Francisco it is not. <BR> I am back on Day One of my SparkPeople tracker, cause I just don't seem to get my streak goi... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:53:19 EST Another Day... Just thinking about what want to get done today. I have been exploring the sparkpeople pages and added a few more goals. I wish I could make my streaks start from the day I came back...9 days ago . <BR> I have been busy working in my house. I retired the first day of this am getting some deep cleaning and clearing out of know how it can only do so much, and when you work every day, it's hard to have the time and energy to keep the house done. <BR> My husband ... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:50:17 EST It's never too late to start over... I have let a lot of time slip by. I am happy that what I have learned on SparkPeople has helped me maintain my weight....but I still need to lose more. I saw a segment on Today this morning and was inspired to come back to sparkpeople to start my quest again. Congratulations to those 12 who have lost 100 lbs each...I am sure more than one of them is a member of SparkPeople. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:17:56 EST Last day of 2010 Last day of 2010. WOW. I wonder how this year passed by this quickly. It seems like time is accelerated. I am hopeful that this new year will be one of joy and love for all of you sparkers. Resolutions will be made...and hopefully kept. I am speaking to myself here. I actually use my resolution list from 1989, cause it is still the same. I know that is funny, and kind of sad...but I really do want to be a be a better person. (back in 89 I wasn't trying to lose I do add that one t... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:41:52 EST Good bye to 2010..tomorrow is New Year's Eve Another year, another set of resolutions? I have a stutter-step backwards, & have gained back a few pounds...DANG-IT. It's a process, but I feel ashamed I cannot stay on track. I'm not depressed, mind you, just disappointed. I will not give up. Just a little under the weather today...staying home from work...think I may have the flu. Bit of a fever and chills and other obnoxious know what they are! <BR> My other concern going into the new year is I want to go on a debt-diet.... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 09:39:49 EST Feeling good today I didn't totally destroy my diet over Thanksgiving. My sister's pumpkin dump cake was the main problem, but for the most part, I managed to stay sane. Looking forward to the busiest month of the year...December. So many events, and so much to do. Will stay busy, that is for sure. Happy Holidays to all of you. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:06:35 EST Where are the days & months slipping away to? Thanksgiving ALREADY REALLY???? Thanksgiving? And we all know what that means...more food....good food, no GREAT food and most of it not on our list of things we want to eat...well, we want it, but do we need it? The better it tastes, the more I want it. The turkey is ok...we like that nice lean protein...but those pies, cookies, and other treats...WOW, WATCH OUT! They are coming to you very soon. <BR> I have not been coming into Spark pages much the past few months. I started in June, and was pretty regular. Got... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 12:14:25 EST Crazy Summer I have been negligent in visiting SparkPeople this summer. I hope I do better. Prayers, please, for my father-in-law who is having open heart surgery for a valve replacement tomorrow. I will be traveling to Portland area to visit him tonight, and stay a few days. I pray the Lord will guide the doctor's hands and my dad-in-law will recover swiftly. He is in his mid 80's and has 90% chance of recovery. <BR> My weight is yo-yo-ing up and down by 4 pounds.. Today, I am at 232, which is my lowest... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 10:53:10 EST Back from Vacation First off, NO, I did not keep track of my food on SparkPeople while on vacation..just a big ZERO on that. YES, I did eat junk food, including chips, ice cream, hot dogs, and some good stuff too. The main thing is, I managed to visit with my daughter and grandson and another granddaughter and my sister, during the course of the two week vacation. Also attended a really great church conference...had a wonderful relaxing vacation. One little slip on the rocks and I TIMBERED to the ground, THUD.... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 09:43:16 EST Getting ready for vacation Only four more work days and I will begin my vacation...Won't go back to work until the 16th. <em>244</em> Let the fun begin. Hubby and friend went crabbing, clamming, oyster shucking this weekend, which gives me the house to myself ... to put in order for my vacation. The last thing I want to do on vacation is clean the, Since Thursday night, I have been picking at my mess...moving things from one room to another (or better yet...out the door). Time to downsize, and also time t... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:27:01 EST Munching on a plum...and happy ok, I went to go to water aerobics with my sister this morning, but the wind was so darn cold...the idea of being in the water, (outdoor pool) freezing and shivering did not appeal to me. The last thing I need is to cramp my muscles. The goal is to stretch and loosen up, RIGHT? So I blew if off, went shopping and found some good deals on fruit. Back home to a high fiber, high protein cold cereal with fruit and a yogurt. Yum. So now to tackle the laundry and the kitchen. I really need to simpl... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 14:31:36 EST another two pounds...whoo-hooo Would be more if I had not had two blizzards in the past week...DARN old DQ..should be a law. But what did they do, they went and make Pecan Pie blizzard for July..And Just GUESS what my favorite pie is????and you know I was all over those other pecan blizzards..forget the name right now..cause, you know...brain freeze. <em>104</em> Wed, 14 Jul 2010 11:40:17 EST Trivia Sucks I think I should stay away from the trivia questions...they just make me feel stupid. Multiple choice should be limited to three options...ok folks...? LOL Fri, 2 Jul 2010 14:37:32 EST Keeping on...each day is a new day Good news: Jeannine's tumor is not in her lymph glands and there is a chance the tumor is not actually in the pancreas...Please keep praying for her. My husband is in shock, still, about his friend. Hard to shake the image of his friend/coworker having a stroke right there in front of him. Wishing I could erase his brain and ease his pain. <BR> I am up a pound...yes, it might be the DQ blizzard...I would change my weight on my ticker, but I really want to think I lost those four pounds..I did... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:34:15 EST Living past yesterday First I want to say this site is a blessing and I am thankful I found it. I have been tracking my food intake, reading a few articles, and have even had a couple of my friends join. We are slowly learning out how to navigate the web site...which at first seem daunting, but I finally think I am getting it! <BR> Yesterday was one of those days that I do not want to relieve...we attended the wake for my husband's coworker, Eric. Eric was only 47, and died suddenly and unexpectedly from a blood c... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 11:51:30 EST FINALLY some progress I had hovered at 240 for weeks...and finally, today, I weighed myself and I am at 236. This is the first time I weighted myself since I started. I know I have not been an angel, but I must be finally doing something right. Just ignore all those ice cream sandwiches...which seems to be my diet..because there are so many of them. I am so happy, happy, happy. Finally on my way. Me and my little lucky lady bug are going to meander down to 200 during the next several least by Thanksgivi... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 11:16:01 EST UTHO-there is ice cream in the house Do I really really HAVE to sabotage myself? I just bought a box of ice cream sandwiches and a box of ice cream bars from the Schawns guy. And, yes, I already ate one of the bars. Now WHAT? <BR> I guess I will add it to my food for today....and try to avoid the freezer for the rest of the day. OH BOTHER!!!! <BR> Sometimes I am my own worst enemy. <BR> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:55:35 EST I need to exercise, but heart problem is getting in the way So, today, someone suggested I try Yoga. So, am looking for some Yoga information that I can incorporate into my "plan'. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:37:29 EST First Blog - Day One ok, not going to be a successful day as far as eating properly...already ate the pizza, thank you! I had heard about this site from my sister. Her friend has reported some good results using SparkPeople, so, I thought, what the heck..why not take some baby steps. My highest weight is 250...I got down to about 222 and was feeling great....and next thing I know, I had a heart issue...and now I am back up to 240..and I refuse to tip the scale at higher than that. I draw the line there. My ideal ... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 18:12:47 EST