HAPPYDOES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYDOES HAPPYDOES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The Lord's Table Bible Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038074 I recently discovered The Lord's Table Bible Study by Mike Cleveland. I am on day 12 and have thus far lost 11 pounds, to the glory of God. <BR> <BR> I have learned that food is not the problem. The problem is that I have turned to food to satisfy me instead of to the Lord Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR> God will not share His glory with anyone - not diet or fitness experts, not counting calories or nutrients (all of which I have tried in many, varied ways---just name a diet and I have most likely... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:06:56 EST finally: hard earned and a long time in coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980811 It is good to know that I have learned some things from SP that I am carrying forward in my daily life. <BR> <BR> When I began here several years ago, I was wholly inconsistent in my habits and knew very little about how to achieve success in reaching my goals. Overall, my weight loss efforts were simply trial and mostly error as I lost and regained weight. <BR> <BR> Since being here, I have had success in learning good habits that helped me lose weight and learn to take care of my body. I... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:44:27 EST P.A.W.S.E. 08/05/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972654 Plan: <BR> Eat. <BR> 4-5 freggies/day <BR> Fiber! (at least 25g/day) <BR> Water- 8 cups daily <BR> Sleep at least 8-9 hr./night (I'm exhausted) <BR> <BR> Fitness: <BR> Continue with MMs daily <BR> <BR> <BR> Action: <BR> Just DO it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Write: <BR> <BR> Last week I only got in 1 day of fitness and I was MUCH weaker than I hoped I would be after two weeks of illness. I need to work my way back up to being strong. <BR> <BR> Also, I started working and I am not eating wel... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 14:45:49 EST P.A.W.S.E. 07/30/2015 (A day late) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969470 I just realized that I forgot to do this PAWSE blog yesterday. (Hmmm...in fact, I forgot to do it last week too! Wow.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, this past week and a half has been a disaster. I have been very sick and haven't exercised, tracked my food or stuck to the Atkins diet. In fact, I think the Atkins diet is to blame for my sickness because of the very limited amount of fiber in the diet. <BR> <BR> At this point I am still taking antibiotics and experiencing pain when I eat anythi... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:31:33 EST P.A.W.S.E. 07/15/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961299 P (Plan) <BR> <BR> This week my plan is... <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> Go back to Induction Phase of Atkins diet after blowing it on Sunday (hospital) and Monday (power outage). <BR> <BR> For fitness: <BR> <BR> MMs first thing every morning - except Tuesday <BR> (I have worked out two exercise routines using the Tiger Manic Monday format and I plan to use them alternately every day except Tuesday when I plan to rest. This will give me both cardio and strength training in one session. If this wor... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:13:59 EST Lesson Learned (A&W Restaurant food) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961290 You can't hear me, but I am screaming silently. <BR> <BR> I spent 2 days by my husband's side in two hospitals on Sunday and Monday. I went to the cafeteria of the hospital to eat and I was surprised at how little they offered that I could eat on the Atkins diet. I had taken several Atkins bars and shakes with me to the hospital, but I used the majority of them on Sunday. Then, Monday evening, as we were traveling the almost 4 hours home, we were both hungry and so he decided to stop at A&W ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:54:19 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959521 Yesterday didn't at all turn out the way I intended. <BR> <BR> Some days you just have to rest! <BR> But today I started first thing with circuit training and I can definitely feel it! <BR> <BR> I am trying to become consistent in my strength training, so I worked up two different Monday Manic Maneuvers sheets with different exercise on them and plan to alternate them during the week leaving Tuesday as my day off since it is the day before weigh in. <BR> <BR> We'll see how THIS works for ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:28:33 EST Doing the drag... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959010 I slept for a long time last night and I still feel like I'm dragging around here this morning. <BR> <BR> Therefore, I am jumping right into my daily chores and eating yet more meat (bleh) so that I can keep my metabolism going. Hopefully as I keep moving and DOing I will begin to feel better. Energy begets energy or so I've heard. <BR> Today I will be brilliant! <BR> <BR> I will: <BR> *get full points on the WEC <BR> *stick faithfully to the Atkins diet <BR> *drink at least 64 oz. of water... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 10:27:46 EST Another bleh day. What's going on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958766 Today is another day of feeling just slightly under the weather and not my usual sparkling self. <BR> <BR> I'm beginning to wonder if I'm getting sick. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, I am still doing everything I need to do today: <BR> *track all food <BR> *stay in calorie and carb range <BR> *sticking faithfully to Atkins diet <BR> *5K Friday (cardio goal met) <BR> *ST - at least 4 x 15 reps <BR> *64 oz. (or more) of water <BR> *sharing fitness goal with team <BR> *at least 6 hours of sleep <BR>... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:32:53 EST It's been kind of a blah day for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958362 Thank goodness there is tomorrow to look forward to! <BR> <BR> I was just kind of dragging today and I'm not really sure why. <BR> But the GOOD NEWS is that tomorrow is another day...another opportunity to be fabulous! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Also, I did everything I needed to do today: <BR> *tracked all my food <BR> *stayed in my calorie range <BR> *drank 14 cups of water <BR> *exercised <BR> *took my vitamins and necessary meds <BR> *rested <BR> <BR> ...and now I'm hitting the sack. <B... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 23:47:24 EST P.A.W.S.E. - 07/08/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957330 Wednesday, July 8, 2015 <BR> This plan seems to be working pretty well for me so I'm going to stick with it. <BR> <BR> <BR> P (Plan) <BR> <BR> *Follow Atkins Diet faithfully again this week, paying close attention to calories as well as carbs. <BR> * Increase my cardio to 30 minutes per day <BR> *Strength Train full body workout at least 3 times this week. <BR> *Drink 8-10 cups of water daily. <BR> *Make no excuses! <BR> <BR> <BR> A(Act): <BR> <BR> Just DO it (my plan)! <BR> Stay positi... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 06:00:38 EST P.A.W.S.E. - 07/01/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954153 Well, everything seems to be working with my plan so I'm not going to tweak it except for one thing. <BR> <BR> P (Plan) <BR> *Follow Atkins Diet faithfully again this week. <BR> * Increase my cardio to 30 minutes per day <BR> *Strength Train full body workout at least 3 times this week. <BR> *Drink 8-10 cups of water. <BR> *Make no excuses <BR> <BR> <BR> A(Act): <BR> Just DO it (my plan)! <BR> Stay positive! <BR> <BR> <BR> W(Write): <BR> <BR> Last week worked pretty well for me except... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 21:55:44 EST Atkins diet: Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952902 FINALLY! I think I have turned the corner! <BR> I feel really good today with a good amount of energy. <BR> <BR> Keeping to the diet isn't that hard (except for finding a variety of things to eat) because I am really not hungry between meals. <BR> <BR> I like this! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 16:53:27 EST BLC28 Week 6 Back to Basics WEC - No Excuses!...Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952586 Iwill make today healthy by : <BR> <BR> *Allowing no excuses <em>248</em> <BR> *Doing my fitness 1st thing <em>248</em> <BR> ^Drinking plenty of water (10 cups) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I can do this because I am worth this journey. I will find a way to remain faithful to the little steps each day that make reaching my long term health goals possible. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:59:27 EST BLC28 Week 6 Back to Basics WEC - No Excuses!...Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952074 Three ways I plan to make today healthy are: <BR> <BR> 1) Stick to Atkins diet faithfully <em>248</em> <BR> 2) Walk 15 minutes x 2 today + ST my core <em>248</em> <BR> 3) Live in the NO EXCUSE zone, like Jackie! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I will find a way to stick to every small step of my plan in spite of boredom or temptation because I am worth this journey. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 04:57:49 EST BLC28 Week 6 Back to Basics WEC - No Excuses!...Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951656 I will make it a healthy day by: <BR> <BR> *sticking to the Atkins diet <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> *drinking plenty of water <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> *resting when necessary <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> *being cheerful! <em>334</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> *NOT focusing on pain <BR> <BR> <BR> I will find a way to check off ALL the boxes on this weekend's challenge every day because I am worth this journey in order to be healthy, fit, and active. <em>104</em> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:16:11 EST Atkins Diet: Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951452 Ugh! I think I hit a wall today. <BR> <BR> EXTREMELY tired and weak, but I'm going to keep at it. I'll add a little bit more salt tonight. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:53:51 EST BLC28 Week 6 Back to Basics WEC - No Excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951186 Part of our Biggest Loser Challenge 28 (BLC28) Weekend Challenge (WEC) this weekend is to write a blog all four days about how we plan to make each day healthy. (That's a good habit to get into for the rest of my life. Hmmm) Ok, so here I go: <BR> <BR> I plan to make today healthy by... <BR> *eating between 18-22 carbs <em>248</em> <BR> *doing 15 minutes of cardio (since I am still nursing this ankle a bit) <em>248</em> <BR> *eating no processed foods for breakfast, lunch, or dinner... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:41:53 EST P.A.W.S.E.: 06/25/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950663 I meant to get this done yesterday, but the truth is, I didn't make it a priority. I must not let another week go by without doing my PAWSE on Wednesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> P (Plan) <BR> *Follow Atkins Diet faithfully again this week. <BR> *Do 10-15 minutes of cardio each day to see if foot can handle it. <BR> *Increase cardio by up to five minutes by the end of the week if foot doesn't swell. <BR> *Play in the "Jungle Gym" (Tiger Weekday Workouts) every day this week, if foot can take it. <BR>... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:29:06 EST Tossing and Turning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950635 This is a blog to just get stuff out of my head, so please bear with me, or better yet, feel free to just skip this one. I'm not even sure why I am blogging this. I guess it is just convenient to have this here since this is all part of my journey toward weight loss, fitness, and health. <BR> <BR> * <BR> <BR> I've been tossing and turning every night from pain for so long now that I can't remember when it started. Last night was another one of those nights and at 3:30am I finally decided to... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:35:20 EST Atkins Diet: Day 5 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949850 Things are going better since I cut back on the salt, especially by not drinking the 2 cups of bullion they recommend. I am getting plenty to eat, around 1500 calories per day, and I have almost lost 5 pounds already. <BR> <BR> No symptoms od salt shortage as of yet, though I do get muscle aches and cramps from time to time. I think that may have something to do with the Fibromyalgia though, so i'm going to just keep going on with this, looking for new things to eat so that I don't become bo... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:04:55 EST The NEW Atkins Diet: Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948386 My cardiologist put me on the NEW Atkins Diet three days ago, so here is my first blog concerning beginning to learn to eat a whole new way. <BR> <BR> First off, here is a link to the NEW Atkins Diet if you are interested in knowing more: <BR> <BR> <link>www.atkins.com </link> <BR> <BR> The NEW Atkins Diet (NAD) has four phases: <BR> <BR> Phase 1 - Induction <BR> Phase 2 - Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) <BR> Phase 3 - Pre-Maintenance <BR> Phase 4 - Maintenance <BR> <BR> Two things: <BR> ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:58:34 EST P.A.W.S.E.- 06/17/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947413 Well, I am now on contigency plan C or D, I think. <BR> <BR> I went to my cardiologist yesterday and she said for me to go on the Atkin's diet. I have no heart disease or blockages, but I do have a crooked blood vessel in my heart that causes pain mostly when I exercise. <BR> <BR> I have tried the freggie thing here at SP and my weight is still going up (maybe it also has something to do with my age and hormones?) At any rate, the cardiologist told me yesterday that my body just doesn't han... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:35:27 EST * http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943719 * Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:19:06 EST Learning to Find My Sweet Spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943718 I have been a person of extremes in my weight loss journey: <BR> <BR> Eating disorders in my past. <BR> Restricting whole food groups to the point of making myself sick. <BR> Fitness routines that I cannot keep up with. <BR> And on and on, ad nauseum. <BR> <BR> Now I am trying to find that sweet spot in my daily habit that makes weight loss just a walk in the park instead of something I dread. <BR> <BR> I enjoy working out, but trying to do more than about 30 minutes per day is not somethi... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:19:02 EST P.A.W.S.E. 06/10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943102 P (plan) <BR> <BR> Back to basics with daily goals of: <BR> <BR> 8c. water <BR> W (8) Th (8) F ( ) Sat ( ) Sun ( ) M ( ) T ( ) <BR> 8-9 hours sleep <BR> W (8) Th ( ) F ( ) Sat ( ) Sun ( ) M ( ) T ( ) <BR> 1 Protein shake and 1 green smoothie daily <BR> W (0) Th (P) F ( ) Sat ( ) Sun ( ) M ( ) T ( ) <BR> 5-6 freggies <BR> W (3) Th (4) F ( ) Sat ( ) Sun ( ) M ( ) T ( ) <BR> 25 g. fiber <BR> W ( ) Th ( ) F ( ) Sat ( ) Sun ( ) M ( ) T ( ) <BR> 1500 mg sodium <BR> W ( ) Th (2427) F ( ) Sat ( ) S... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:59:14 EST Describing My Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940814 I've been listening to a book called The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. <BR> <BR> Parts of the book make complete sense to me, but there are some parts that I simply can't relate to (like "the pain body during" a woman's TOM ). I have latched onto the part about focusing on NOW and connecting to God through a single moment and many single moments strung together. That is what I have been practicing lately, and it is easy for me to do, as long as I am not distracted by things that are emotio... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 17:26:24 EST Loving VS Hating My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938456 As far back as I can remember, I have hated my body. <BR> I remember being shamed throughout my life, even from the time I was little girl, for being fat. My mother's sister told her, "I would rather clothe your family than feed them." <BR> <BR> So all my life I have looked in the mirror (or avoided them) and hated my body. I even hated my body when I was anorexic and bulimic, although I do remember how good it felt to finally be thin, except that there was a constant over-riding fear. (When... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:53:13 EST Learning to breathe and focus on now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937498 Yesterday was a yucky day. Just a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that has me stressed, and this morning, I awoke around 4:30AM with this overwhelming sense of loss and dread. <BR> <BR> I tried to go back to sleep but the longer I lay in bed, the worse it got. So I got up and went into the living room and just sat down and began to focus on one single moment at a time. I listened to my breathing and felt the tension in my body. I noticed a big knot centered in my gut, but as I sat th... Sun, 31 May 2015 21:36:48 EST Kicking and Screaming, Silently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936711 Bear with me, please. <BR> I just need to get some thoughts out of my head. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sitting at my laptop in a composed, silent manner and no one sitting near me has any idea what I'm feeling inside as I type because it doesn't show on the outside. <BR> <BR> To begin with, I hate the thing SP has started doing of automatically adding our calories burned to our daily calorie range in our nutrition trackers. Just about the time I figure out how to eat to lose w... Sat, 30 May 2015 10:15:32 EST 05/27/15: P.A.W.S.E. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935428 Plan: <BR> <BR> Stay within calorie range: more specifically, raise calorie intake to at least 1500 calories to try to make my body release weight. <BR> <BR> No sugar. (Watch Fed Up documentary again.) <BR> <BR> Walk 30 minutes each day plus Tiger weekday challenges. Include strength training on the days it is not included with the Tigers. <BR> <BR> Drink 14 c. water daily. <BR> <BR> At least 5 freggies. <BR> <BR> Sodium Goal: 1500 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Act: <BR> <BR> Exercise first t... Wed, 27 May 2015 22:47:30 EST Flooding in Central Texas today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933463 Last night, the Blanco River in Hays county began to rise. In fact, according to what I read, the river rose 9 feet in 15 minutes, and 33 feet in 3 hours! Many people are stranded on their roofs or in their attics and are being rescued by helicopter. <BR> <BR> My daughter and her family was supposed to be moving into an apartment this week, but that apartment is now under water. I am so grateful that they were not in the apartment when it flooded or this could have been a tragedy instead of... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:39:42 EST 05/24/2015: My plan isn't working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933345 So far I've had a great start in BLC28, but I am suffering. <BR> <BR> This level of fitness and my food plan is not one I think I can sustain for life, so I need to either figure out what I can add into my menus that will give me more calories and yet not too much more fat or sodium, or I need to back off on the fitness minutes a bit. <BR> <BR> I'm not sleeping well, and this morning I just feel wrung out, stressed to the point of wanting to have a good cry, and sick to my stomach. (There ... Sun, 24 May 2015 06:51:14 EST 05/20/2015: P.A.W.S.E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931517 <em>241</em> P (Plan)- <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Thursday: <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> Breakfast <BR> Milk, nonfat, 1 cup <BR> Banana, fresh, 1 extra small (less than 6" long) <BR> True Nutrition Complete Milk Dairy Isolate (1 scoop=30g=1 serv), 1 serving <BR> Breakfast TOTALS: 275 <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> CotS Chunk Light Tuna in Oil (1/4c=1serv.), 1 serving <BR> Red Ripe Tomatoes, 1 medium whole (2-3/5" dia) <BR> Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing. 2 Tbsp, 1 serving <BR> Spinach, fresh, 2... Wed, 20 May 2015 16:23:05 EST My Reasons To Stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931299 Today, on my start page, I saw an article about reasons to stay motivated. <BR> <BR> Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1) To FINALLY win this battle!!! <BR> 2) Feel the “wow!” at the end of a workout <BR> 3) Feel the inner joy at the end of the day <BR> 4) Fit into that red coat! <BR> 5) To not lose muscle <BR> 6) To not regain weight I’ve worked so hard to shed <BR> 7) Keep learning what works for me, and building on that knowledge <BR> 8) To KNOW that I can do this! <BR> 9) Help my hus... Wed, 20 May 2015 09:48:11 EST 05/19/15 Evaluation and Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931017 Today, I had a LOT more cardio planned but quite frankly, I simply wasn't up to it. I did 42 minutes of walking up and down hills on gravel (hiking?) and called it a day. I felt really sick afterward and just needed another rest day. I feel much better this evening. <BR> <BR> I need to eat more if I'm going to do this level of fitness each week. So tomorrow will be spent trying to find new ways to add a few more calories. <BR> <BR> Also, I forgot to do the fitness test for BLC28 this week s... Tue, 19 May 2015 21:13:26 EST 05/18/15 Evaluation and Adjustments to Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930421 I woke up at 3:30 this morning and again, I was wide awake until about 6AM. I went back to bed and slept until 9AM. <BR> <BR> I don't know what is waking me up so early and keeping me awake for so long, but it put me behind in my schedule for today. Thus I didn't get all my walking in that I planned. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I got some important sewing in this afternoon, and I also managed to do the weekday challenge as well as the WEC. <BR> <BR> So, The plan for tomorrow is to slee... Mon, 18 May 2015 21:42:58 EST Stars for Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929834 Here is my list of rewards for losing weight, getting fit, and living healthy: <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Earn a star for every item I check off my daily plan. <BR> <BR> 100 stars = 1 small reward <BR> 1000 stars = 1 medium reward <BR> 10,000 stars = 1 large reward <BR> <BR> <em>148</em> Small: <BR> *Take a bubble bath <BR> *1 TV episode <BR> *30 minutes on Pinterest <BR> *30 minutes to design Chicken Scratch <BR> *30 minutes of needlework (outside, if the weather is nice) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 17 May 2015 21:32:48 EST 05/16/15: Today's evaluation and adjustments for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929386 Today I felt absolutely wrung out so I took a day of rest. <BR> <BR> I don't think I have been eating enough calories, so I might add one more snack during the day if I can find the time for it. I'm trying to keep my carb count to around 40 for each meal except breakfast (30) in order to lower my glucose blood work (A1C) to a normal level and keep it there. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm trying to keep my sodium levels around 1500mg/day, so trying to balance all this stuff and get enough calories is d... Sun, 17 May 2015 00:27:07 EST WEC : 05/15/15 - 05/18/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928502 May 15th: <BR> <BR> <em>241</em> #1-Define and blog your goals for this round...short, mid, and long term! Make the S.M.A.R.T.---Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely! <BR> <BR> Short Term: <BR> * Establish a group of menus that I can use over and over to help me reach my goals, and build a master grocery list by May 31st. <BR> * Practice my mantra daily until it becomes automatic: "Trust the process." <BR> * Establish a good bedtime routine by DOING it every day. <BR... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:23:36 EST Today's evaluation and planned adjustments for tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928347 I am struggling to get everything done during the day in time to be in bed by 9PM. <BR> <BR> I overslept this morning and I was also having back pain from yesterday's workout. I put on my TENS unit and wore it all day, even when working out. That helped a lot. I'll sleep with it on tonight, although I'll turn it off before I go to sleep so the battery doesn't run down. <BR> <BR> Because I slept later than planned, and because of the pain and stiffness in my back, I didn't get moving or eati... Thu, 14 May 2015 23:15:54 EST Practicing my PAWSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927712 P.A.W.S.E. – May 13, 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> P (Plan)- <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Food: <BR> Breakfast- Skim-Banana-Protein Shake + 1 T. Blood Orange Olive Oil (after exercise) (30 carbs) <BR> Snack: Apple & PB w/ 1T. bran (21 carbs) <BR> Lunch: Spinach-Romaine-Mandarin Orange-Almond- Chicken Salad w/ Lite Asian Salad Dressing (15 carbs) <BR> Snack: Breakstone’s 2% Low Sodium Cottage Cheese & ½ c. peaches in extra lite syrup(rinsed)(21 carbs) <BR> Dinner: 2 slices Double Fiber Bread, 2 c... Wed, 13 May 2015 21:06:58 EST I'm trying to envision my life as it could be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923509 I was reading this article on my start page this morning about writing a weight loss vision statement. Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=695&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been able to imagine what my weight loss effort looks like by imagining that I am rock climber and every tiny choice of food and drink, exercise, and sleep is essentially about where to place my hand or foot as I climb closer to my goal. <BR> <BR> And I have ... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:18:01 EST Visualizing Success (One Choice At A Time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921807 I have mentioned before that I am reading a great book titled The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. The cover would cause one to think that it is about financial success and might also cause one who is trying to lose weight and become healthy to just pass it by on the shelf. In truth, it is about financial success, but it is also about success in every area of life. <BR> <BR> I have learned a TON about achieving success by reading this one, relatively short book. It has changed my entire perception... Sun, 3 May 2015 12:39:49 EST Goals, Reasons, and Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921184 (This blog will be edited as I make changes to my plan.) <BR> <BR> DEADLINE: December 16, 2016 <BR> <BR> (May 2, 2015 - Dec. 16, 2016 = 594 days or 84 weeks and 6 days. Therefore, I must lose 1.09 pounds/week to meet deadline.) <BR> <BR> (Dec. 16th is about halfway through December and gives me a chance to find/buy my reward: that red coat I've been wanting for years!)(I may buy it early---about 5-10 pounds before I reach my goal, just to make sure it doesn't sell out. I just won't wear i... Sat, 2 May 2015 07:51:12 EST Gearing Up for BLC28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919701 BLC28 is almost here! (May 12th) Yay!!! <BR> <BR> I have been SO out of the groove since I fell out of BLC27 due to medical issues. <BR> <BR> I've been reading a good book called "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. It seems to be mostly common sense, but it is good to be reminded of things, to have them put in an order that builds on one another, and uses words in a different way than I've used before. (if that makes sense) <BR> <BR> I had almost given up on losing weight and trying to get fi... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:15:38 EST I'd rather pay for SparkPeople than... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914048 I hate ads. Period. <BR> <BR> I'd rather pay for SparkPeople than deal with these constant ads that attach themselves to my IP address and use up data that is precious to me. Now that our internet provider has begun limiting the amount of data we can use per month, this is even more of a concern. If my family and I go over our monthly data allotment, not only do we have to pay for it, but our internet service is disconnected until the payment is made. <BR> <BR> I truly enjoy the Biggest Los... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:33:41 EST SparkPeople's Nutirition Tracker has one particular flaw, and I HATE that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907004 As you know, I hate rants, therefore I will just say this: <BR> <BR> I HATE NOT BEING ABLE TO TRACK SUGARS ON SPARKPEOPLE! <BR> <BR> (Since nutrition labels have sugar content, SparkPeople's Nutrition tracker should allow us to track it, specifically because science is showing how damaging sugar is to our bodies!) Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:34:59 EST My "rant" about Fibromyalgia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892335 I don't like rants. <BR> Furthermore, I really don't like to be the one ranting. <BR> Therefore, I will just simply say this: <BR> <BR> i DESPISE Fibromyalgia because it causes me to want to give up. <BR> <BR> (I thought I should come back and at least give the reason that I despise Fibro.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:53:33 EST HappyDoes: A HAPPY NEW YEAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842875 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1484080030.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I pray that 2015 will overwhelm you and your family with blessings, and that you will have the best year ever. May you be filled with peace, joy, hope, and love throughout all the days of this new year! <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:24:52 EST