GRANDMA0627's SparkPeople Blog GRANDMA0627's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Welcome back food tracker: I've missed you 16 lbs. worth. I slipped quietly off to enjoy traditional holiday fare...and promised myself that my Jan. 19 birthday was the cut-off on that reckless behavior. <BR> <BR> I did try to maintain some sense of portion control. I didn't count carbs...I ate them morning, noon, and night. I enjoyed them. On some levels. But my body didn't enjoy them. <BR> <BR> One of the first things I noticed was my return to being achy and stiff. That only took about 24 hours. Increased Carbs = Increased Stiffness <BR> ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 12:08:59 EST Going to make it...I've decided. In January of this year I began a quilt that I call War and Peace...little did I know what this year would bring to my life: <BR> February: my Daddy died unexpectedly. <BR> a son announced marriage plans <BR> another son announced a new addition to their family <BR> <BR> March: I began a new journey toward weight loss and health. <BR> <BR> April: Husband becomes gravely ill...missed two weeks of work with an unknown virus. <BR> I'm sued by... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 04:46:09 EST One diet - Many health benefits Following is an excerpt from an emailed comment posted by George Mateljan of World's Healthiest Foods (see link below). He makes an interesting point. We don't need a cancer-prevention diet and a heart disease prevention diet and a MS prevention diet...or you name the disease prevention diet. One diet leads to health in all areas. <BR> <BR> October 29, 2012 <BR> <BR> Healthy Eating Helps Prevent Degenerative Diseases and Obesity <BR> <BR> With the elections just around the corner, healt... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:46:57 EST Dancing on the scales this morning!! I'm scared to record the weight loss, for fear it will somehow turn out to be "water" and jump right back on. I've been at such a slow rate of loss for several weeks, averaging a pound a week. But this morning I was down 2.5 pounds!! <BR> <BR> What a surge of motivation that brings...won't be overeating today, for sure. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:38:09 EST That moment arrives before midwife. That moment just after you've brewed up two pots of coffee (decaf and reg) and laid out half a dozen cups on a polite little cloth, on the neat kitchen table...all in preparation for the soon to arrive small army of midwives...and you hear your daughter-in-law scream "I have to push NOW!" from the other room and your son yells, "Mama, come here NOW!" <BR> <BR> That moment when your son says, "I've got the head right here!" as you are still hoping that the midwife will hurry up and answer the... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:35:26 EST Amazing video- Healthy food reverses MS I recently viewed this youtube video of a talk given by a doctor who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was confined to a reclining wheelchair before doing her own research and drastically changing her diet. Her story is amazing. I think the important thing we can all take from what she is saying is that if we don't eat the nutrients our bodies need, we are starving ourselves, even while we may be gaining weight. Feeling full does not mean being nourished. Here is the link, in ca... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:51:35 EST In Donnatopia In Donnatopia... <BR> <BR> It is a day filled with cool breezes and warm sunshine <BR> as azure seas cast delightful waves edged with sparkling white diamonds upon a powdery shore. <BR> <BR> Everyone has the pleasure of making personal choices which suit their own desires, <BR> and that never infringe upon any other's. <BR> <BR> All peoples are happy and healthy and have an abundance of good and nutritious food. <BR> <BR> I'm strong, healthy, vibrant, and live a life full of the j... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:26:48 EST All of my trigger foods have one thing in common: All of my trigger foods have one thing in common: They are all, without exception, high in simple carbohydrates. They may be sweet, they may be salty, they may be warm, they may be cold. They are solid, and they are liquid. They are nutritious, and they are nutritionally bankrupt. But they are ALL CARBS. Pralines, divinity, pasta, potatoes, popcorn, chocolate, soda, fresh baked whole wheat bread, fresh baked wheat and flax biscuits, cookies, pastries…on and on it goes. <BR> <BR> My trigger... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:26:41 EST I Measured - down 6 1/2 inches in hips! I’ve lost 14 pounds: <BR> <BR> 6 ½ inches in my hips <BR> 5 ½ inches in each thigh <BR> 3 ½ inches in my waist <BR> 1 inch in my neck <BR> ½ inch in my upper arms <BR> <BR> I've gone from being comfortable in a 20 to wearing my 16's. And I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:10:25 EST Finding my groove: Shrugs... everybody's different. But for me, low-carb is like magic! <BR> <BR> And under the heading of OMG I HAD NO IDEA, file the little fact that a tiny packet of Truvia has 3 carbs! And that plate of pasta, 280 carbs! thanks. <BR> <BR> For fitness, I spent $20 on a used elliptical $20 I've spent in a while! I'm up to a big 10 minutes on that thing...but it is great for resistance training for my legs, while really getting my heart up and going. For t... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:00:43 EST 25 days and down 13lbs! I can eat healthy food all the way to the grave, and have the muscles to get me there, but if I'm 100 pounds overweight, it will be an EARLY GRAVE. <BR> <BR> Finally, I've found what works for me. I came to terms with the fact that my body just doesn't lose weight easily. I've dieted lots of times...and for more than a year had been really striving to eat nutritious foods. But the weight just wouldn't come off. <BR> <BR> After lots of introspection...a trip to my doc...and a complete revam... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:57:09 EST Choosing Me...Enticing bit of carby sweet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Choosing Me <BR> by donna falco <BR> <BR> Enticing bit of carby sweet <BR> <BR> On grocery shelf we often meet. <BR> <BR> I know you better than before; <BR> <BR> I’d gobble you and want for more. <BR> <BR> I’ve come to realize the fact <BR> <BR> that longing in my soul comes back. <BR> <BR> Eating one bite never fixes <BR> <BR> What that hunger surely misses. Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:05:25 EST And then finally (and pasta has HOW many carbs?!?) And then finally: <BR> <BR> I finally realized that all the healthy, nutritious, delicious food I was eating was not only keeping me at an unhealthy weight, but it was making me fatter! <BR> <BR> Eat enough you will gain weight, no matter how healthful that food is! <BR> <BR> After completely overhauling my grocery shopping practices, cleaning the pantry of undesirables, and learning to make an amazing loaf of whole wheat bread…after going to the doc to be sure I am healthy, I had hoped th... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:01:59 EST The second thing I did: Second thing: Went to the doctor for a complete physical. I wanted to know exactly what I'm starting with on this new journey to a healthier me. <BR> <BR> The unexpected death of my father (heart attack, February 2012) jarred me out of my absent-minded pursuit of the same fate. I began to make immediate changes to my diet, and began to pursue better health. <BR> <BR> By the time I got to appointment day, I'd been on a whole foods diet for two months, which consisted of lots of whole grai... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:52:33 EST So, the first thing I did: Back in February, 2012, following the death of my father, I realized that I had to make drastic changes in my eating habits and general health, or, I figured, follow in his footsteps, and those of my grandmothers. The eating heritage of our family had caused many premature deaths. Why would I be different? And I'm not ready to count down my last 20 years on this earth, enjoying my family and life in general. I want more time, and more health to enjoy life with. <BR> <BR> So the first thi... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:35:26 EST My story, in bite-sized portions. Since the birth of my third child, back in 1990, I've been overweight. I began my first diet when my next child, 1993, was nearly a year old. With a copy of Butter Busters in hand, I cut my caloric intake by drastically cutting nearly all fat from my diet. And I lost weight. <BR> <BR> But of course, returning to my old dietary habits soon had me gaining weight even faster than those few pounds had come off. <BR> <BR> Fifth child, 1995. Sixth child, 1996...seventh child, 2001. Hysterectomy, ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 09:09:56 EST