HAPPYSOUL91's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYSOUL91 HAPPYSOUL91'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/ 2018 and taking care of my health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446056 Goals: <BR> 1. Lose at least 12 lbs in 2018: Bright Line Eating and WW’s <BR> 2. Income always stays ahead of my bills <BR> 3. Declutter my life – start with 2nd bedroom and clean closet & drawers, then move on to mystery room. <BR> 4. Exercise: Fitbit challenges with goal of 6K steps/daily; strength training 2 times/week <BR> 5 Fill out food journal 3 times/week or more <BR> <BR> January is a great time to reboot: going back to basics Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:16:27 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056878 This is the pledge that is going around Sparks: <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my b... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:36:50 EST Day 4 of the 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274097 So my question: How are you doing day by day with your new habit?" <BR> <BR> I am doing very well on my vegan kickstart program. Had a great dinner last night with bok choy, onions, mushroom and red pepper. Packed veggie soup for lunch and will have oatmeal for breakfast at my desk at work. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:06:58 EST 5% challenge questions part 2 & 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272472 The 2 questions from yesterday and today: <BR> <BR> 2. How will you do that? - I started Dr. Neal Barnard's 21 day kickstart vegan challenge <BR> <BR> 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? Well now this is tough but I am now on day 2 and spent time going through recipes, making veggies yesterday so that I will have them all ready cooked for the work week. <BR> <BR> I tell myself...can't quit, it is only day 2, OMG I am stronger than this! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:12:40 EST Changing a habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270551 Our assignment today on one of my teams was to pick a habit that we want to start. For me it is to start my 21 days vegan challenge. It is a challenge from Dr Neal Bernard, the health benefits are numerous, and I want to do it. But and I hate to even think of a but, it is a huge change for me. Love cheese and it is out of the food menu, so it sure will be hard. Tomorrow is day 1. <BR> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:24:16 EST Now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152444 It is Dec 1st and what do I want for myself this month? <BR> <BR> My goals for BLC fell by the side even though I did keep up but getting rid of these last pounds is taking a lot of energy that I just didn't have. <BR> <BR> I need develop a reasonable plan to maintain my current weight and not gain during the holidays. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat until satisfied and not stuffed, slow my eating down and actually taste the food. <BR> <BR> 2. Don't graze, if I don't know what I truly want then don... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:48:27 EST BLC20 - my plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061341 Objective is to eat healthier: <BR> <BR> 1. Follow the Omni plan <BR> <BR> 2. Consume dense nutritional foods <BR> <BR> 3. Exercise <BR> <BR> a. walking daily for 30 minutes <BR> <BR> b. strength training 2 times/week <BR> <BR> 4. Meditate or read inspirational material daily <BR> <BR> Results: Get rid of 6 lbs. that have been hanging around and to maintain the new weight. <BR> <BR> I have been sitting on the fence for months with the scale going up and down with ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 09:39:22 EST My plan for the break between BLC session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970013 We only have 1 more week to go and then a 2 month break. During this time I plan on the following to do items <BR> <BR> 1. Keep weighing myself every week and recording it on SAC team which starts later this month. <BR> <BR> 2. Log my food at least 5 days of week <BR> <BR> 3. Keep using my fitbit on a daily basis to record all my steps <BR> <BR> 4. I will continue to check off my success regarding exercise by placing a happy smile on my calendar. <BR> <BR> 5. I will continue my ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:37:42 EST I'm in love, I'm in love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680336 Well it happened out of the blue at 8:00am and who/what you are asking....I'm in love with my jazzercise class! This is the 1st time I have attended and it is the start of a long love affair. <BR> <BR> In my next life, I am going to come back and have the stamina and energy of the instructor, wow did she pump us up for 50 minutes of dancing. The last 10 minutes was with weights. She offers the class 3 times/week but I plan on attending 2 times and then 1 time/week I have yoga. It reminde... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:08:28 EST Thank you soooo much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501564 I am deeply touched by the goodies, comments and well wishes from my wonderful Spark friends. You have really made my day special and the feelings are still with me. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2011 11:56:19 EST Oh my sugar! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477155 A major component of my daily thought process is my weight and all the things I do and don’t do to achieve my goal. I have lost over 100 lbs and have run out of steam. <BR> <BR> Currently I am about 12 lbs higher than my ideal/dream weight and I float up a couple lbs. and then down a couple but never just down. There are many physical reasons for me to lose these 12 lbs and yet…..I have been unwilling to bust it out with exercise, which is a problem because of my back/knee challenges. <... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 12:02:45 EST New hopes and dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335129 June didn't go as I expected in the weight loss department. I sure ate better and ate brain healthy foods, eliminated all Aspartame but gained weight. It could be water, it could be an angel of mine putting their wings on the scale behind me (kinda felt a tickle) or it could be while I am exercising, I am not working up any kind of sweat or getting my heart rate up where it should be. <BR> <BR> Ok, now on to July! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Increase my veggies 2/meal <BR> 2. Drink 8 gla... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:26:00 EST New plan and how I am doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293193 The new plan is working on the snacks! <BR> <BR> Don't think I have ever drank so much water or eaten so many veggies every time I wanted to mindless eat. <BR> <BR> It has only been since Thursday but the happy smiles are on my calendar to remind me on a daily basis, and since I am competitive...I want those happy faces! <BR> <BR> Between the water and veggies, the urge to stuff is pretty much gone, yesterday I did work my way to the protein and fruit but didn't have the simple carbs. <BR>... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 09:26:52 EST The habit that will be named! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288852 Snacks.... <BR> <BR> I have been having trouble with snacking, what I should term it is grazing and it starts about 1:00 and goes until 7:00. Those bites and bits are keeping my weight the same, so after refection today, this is what I plan on doing going forward <BR> <BR> When the munchies want to run me over: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 8 oz. of water, if still hungry <BR> <BR> 2. Eat 2 veggies such as carrots/cucumber or grape tomatoes, if still hungry <BR> <BR> 3. Have some protein such a... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 21:59:50 EST 1 week review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215851 Seems like I set these goals a long time ago since this has been the longest week on record at work. <BR> <BR> In review: I need to eliminate the pedometer and 5000 steps/day. Don't like wearing one every day to work and I really don't know how to figure out my steps when I am at the gym working on the recumbent bike or elliptical machine. <BR> <BR> I did my cardio this week and will finish my goal of strength training today. I find strength training to really be a problem because I just... Sat, 7 May 2011 07:30:46 EST May goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4202021 With a new month, many of us set goals. What I have found is that I must print them out and put them up on my bathroom mirror, in my desk drawer at work and on the refrigerator otherwise they are forgotten and don't exist. For me it is so true: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND, I wonder if they knew about me before I did. <BR> <BR> So here are my May goals: <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> *Good food choices following the Mediterranean plan <BR> *Write all food down using my daily journal from Dr. Amen <B... Sun, 1 May 2011 10:37:23 EST New Month = New Possibilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4136532 I love the start of "anything new", everything is possible, and the slate is clean. Now I realize that this is just psychological but still enjoy it very much. <BR> <BR> Looking at my weight chart from January I lost 3 pounds and at 1st I groaned and moaned but then thought...wait a minute, I can continue and look at the prospect of getting rid of 12 pesky pounds by the end of the year and that would put me below my original goal..not bad. <BR> <BR> Will continue to walk as my main choice ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 11:38:26 EST When expectation and reality clash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4040987 I am in week 2 of a class "Change your Brain, Change your Life" and the group I am in is Change....Change your body" which zones in on health and weight reduction. The class has about 20 people and is very informative. It is Daniel Amen, MD who owns the foundation and has done a 3yr study on NFL players, he started the 2nd series on PBS last night. <BR> <BR> Anyway this week I wrote down everything I ate/drank and the purpose was to discover what I was "really" eating...got a surprise. I... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:15:18 EST When my 3D life is crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038218 One problem I have is when I am over-scheduled and lately that seems to be the norm instead of the exception. Fitting in health and what is required is always a challenge at these times especially exercise. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately exercising in the AM is not an option for me as I am too stiff to get up my heart rate and after work is the problem since 2 - 3 days/week I have meetings both business and pleasure. <BR> <BR> The choice then is to walk during my lunch time. The walk will get in... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 11:46:54 EST Day 2 of Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4032155 Staying focused is the issue when my 3D life jumps in big time and throws me a curve. So yesterday, I ran to Whole Foods and had their Green Smoothie instead of eating a sandwich and I was surprised that it didn't taste bad but since I only drank 6oz of it, put the rest in the refrig and when I had it later in the day...love it cold. Next weekend I plan on going back for more. <BR> <BR> Why I want to maintain this excess weight reduction: <BR> <BR> 1. Better for my back pain and hip/knee ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 11:00:30 EST The Challenge starting 2/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4029892 I am a member of the 5% challenge and on the Butterfly Team. <BR> <BR> My goals for this challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Avoid chocolate and sweets <BR> 2. Go back to my higher protein, low carbs food plan <BR> 3. Do not snack in the lunch room at work <BR> 4. Cardio 3 times/week and yoga 2 times/week <BR> <BR> How to do it: <BR> <BR> 1. Plan my meals and snacks the day before <BR> 2. Have a food list, so that I have choices <BR> 3. Write down in my journal all the food I put in my mouth o... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 10:46:53 EST This back pain is driving me crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3512031 I now know why "seniors" always are talking about their health....you just can't believe what is going on with your body"!!! Now for the past year, my back pain has played a major role in my daily life. I have been down the road of Drs. and finally at "Pain Mgmt". The back is not going to get better and I know the situation is continuing to worsen. <BR> <BR> So what are my choices - well I do take drugs to reduce the pain, have gotten shots (which haven't helped) and am losing weight to r... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 10:13:27 EST End of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3488061 Don't have a clue where the month went and I didn't make my goal of weight loss, in fact I just maintained. <BR> <BR> There is a high school reunion in October that I will be attending and I really wanted to lose these last 8 lbs. But my brain always says "tomorrow" "you have plenty of time" and of course the time is fleeting and gone. <BR> <BR> My problem is focus and getting to the gym....lets see, I belong to 2 gyms and yet July was lost among back problems, lack of time and just wantin... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 10:07:20 EST There is always tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3434624 For me these words are the famous ones so that I can put off today what I should be doing. This is followed up with "there is plenty of time to...." <BR> <BR> In October I am going to my 50th high school reunion back in Detroit, MI. Haven't seen my "high school buddies" since I moved out to CA 19 years ago. So...I was planning more than 1 month ago to lose these 10 lbs but have I done it...nope using those mantras listed. <BR> <BR> My daily life (working full time yet) and not being able... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 11:03:22 EST Saturdays agenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3417276 Not sure I have one anything special that needs to be done. I mean I sure have stuff to do because lordy I am back to work on Monday. <BR> <BR> Had a great time at the Casino even though I didn't win, well I won, lost, won, lost....you know the routine and finally came away with only a $60.00 loss. Had hours of fun so for me it was worth it. I played at the poker tables, and of course sat at the mindless slot machines talking to it, then pleading with it and finally throwing myself at it'... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 11:17:56 EST Going to win big bucks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3410842 <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Leaving in a few minutes to go to an Indian Casino about 3 hrs. away. We are spending the night and even though I can sit and gamble all day, certainly can't afford it. <BR> <BR> Plan NOT going to the buffet <BR> Plan ON swimming for exercise <BR> Plan ON having fun and relaxing <BR> Pan ON not over loading on carbs and have packed fruit to take + extra water <BR> <BR> We will be back Friday night and I plan on NOT having any regrets Thu, 8 Jul 2010 11:03:20 EST The scale is a goofy thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3400349 When I got on this morning, it showed a 2 lb loss <em>38</em> , I did watch what I put in my mouth yesterday, ate more veggies but did have banana cream pie (1/2 portion), but there it was a loss. I got on the silly thing 3 times and got the same weight 131.5. <BR> <BR> So I wonder, why aren't I doing a dance of happiness? Why is the scale so unpredictable and yes that it my number 1 measure of success. <BR> <BR> Which brings up...I strongly I feel about the scale number. I do keep a sp... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 11:14:18 EST Day 1 of vacation starts...now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3395013 I have been waiting for vacation for the last 3 stress filled weeks at work. Anticipations are always fun because I think of all the things I can do on my time. The reality is I really come to a screeching halt because I don't want to be on a schedule. <BR> <BR> Now to look at my exercise: Since I am off, I can go to the gym during the day when it isn't so crowded and get into the pool since it is warmer. Making the promise to get in exercise daily. <BR> <BR> Food...have been adding way... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 09:40:55 EST Results from the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3378051 For Sunday: <BR> <BR> I did it, I did it <em>224</em> kept the promise I made to myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> exercise <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> portion control <BR> <em>248</em> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 09:28:51 EST Just for the record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3375039 2 goals this weekend: <BR> <BR> Saturday: I DID have portion control <BR> I DID exercise 30 minutes - speed walking <BR> <BR> Now for today! Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:41:35 EST Am I a type A personality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3370979 maybe I am just split because when it comes to work...type A but when it comes to weight reduction food plan/exercise plan then I get loosey goosey. <BR> <BR> I want to lose this 6-7 lbs and I need to lose this but there are days when the energy needed to do it seems very distant. I am having trouble getting that feeling or sense of urgency to do it right now. <BR> <BR> Usually I charge ahead on projects, love to cross items off my list but this week...every minute seems to be a chore and ... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:53:19 EST So, how am I doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3367003 Hard to rate yesterday since I didn't feel well all day. When this happens I look for dense bread/pasta which settles my stomach. No way gonna eat fruit or many veggies, so my food plan was off. <BR> <BR> Today, I feel much better other than having to much coffee this morning before/during my 6:00am meeting. Have my lunch in the refrig here at work and am staying away from bread servings. <BR> <BR> The little kid in me doesn't like writing everything down, would much rather just say ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 13:25:50 EST Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3363096 Well I have day 2 of record keeping done and still am not 100% happy with my results. I am hungry in the AM, and wouldn't miss that meal at all. Of course I am at work so I have my yogurt 1st and then oatmeal or string cheese. Mid morning I have fruit but that is the time when I will eat anything not moving. <BR> <BR> If I stay out of the lunch room, things are much better because there is always goodies in there. <BR> <BR> So on to day 3 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 11:25:58 EST Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3359957 That was my reaction at the end of the day when I looked at what I ate. No wonder I am just maintaining, its those bites that really add up especially when it is a sugar product. <BR> <BR> Today I am recording everything again and planning on making better choices. Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:46:46 EST Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3355363 Mamas and Papas had a song "Sunday, Sunday" so I just changed the date. Today is the longest day of the year and we have ocean fog and isn't sunny yet. Going forward the days start to get shorter which I don't like but like that I am here to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Well I got on the scale expecting to see a lower number and instead went up 1/2 lb. Just don't understand it, my body doesn't seem to realize what I am NOT eating. I go up 1 lb, then down 1 lb and so it goes. <BR> <BR> So...tod... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:43:38 EST Happy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3352125 Sunday is my favorite day of the week, really a relaxing day before the work week. I love the 2 papers receive and today is more special because it is Father's Day. My dad is 95 (2 wks ago) and is healthy...in fact he only takes 1 baby aspirin a day and is still going to the gym. <BR> <BR> We (us + Bro & SIL) out for dinner at a restaurant on the beach. I have been truly blessed to have him this long in my life. <BR> <BR> I pulled up the menu and planned my meal which is fish, veggies ... Sun, 20 Jun 2010 09:02:47 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3347288 Always glad when the weekend is coming up, anytime I get to plan my day, is a good day. <BR> <BR> Running a muck with food on weekends.... <BR> <BR> As I shift my gears to free time, I also shift from high protein to high carbs (and NOT the good kind). I could live in bagel land and don't even get me started on pastas. <BR> <BR> What I like is the "full" feeling and that means usually overeating. Have tried the eastern philosophy of just keeping slightly hungry and that didn't work. So ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 11:04:50 EST Day not going as planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3340764 When I am not working in the office, I make a list of things I want/need to do. So...today was planned out but my back has other things in mind. <BR> <BR> Haven't gone to the gym yet, and even with pain pills my back is till very sore. That means make an appointment with my chiropractor and see what he can do to relive some of the pain. <BR> <BR> And the list goes on, change plans, adjust to new situation and most importantly....don't even think that I can eat my way out of this problem... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:40:17 EST Lack of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3336824 My name is Carol and I have a sleep problem <BR> <BR> I fall asleep immediately and then wake up at 3:00am when my body temperature rises. Of course this isn't the only reason, my back is the main problem. I have/am under drs. care and after 6 hours my back wakes me up. Now during the work week I get up at 4:30am and on weekends I get up at 4:30am. Houston, we have a problem. <BR> <BR> Last winter my resistance got down and bam, I caught "the flu" and wound up in the ER with 105 temp, t... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:47:05 EST Moaning Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3332788 After being off of work for 2 days I came in to find my desk piled high with "stuff" and in addition I do payroll today. <BR> <BR> I won 500 goodies points today and game myself a woo hoo <em>224</em> , usually I wind up on 2 points or some other low number. Today it was a real treat to sign on! <BR> <BR> Lack of motivation to exercise is continuing and I really need to make a huge effort to go after work to the gym. Now I joined a new gym and really do like it once I am there but (the... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 11:32:01 EST Sunday, relaxing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3329176 Sunday is my favorite day of the week, it is supposed to get me ready for the work week and not filled with "to do". <BR> <BR> But, so many times it doesn't happen because I will postpone things until today when they really need to be done. <BR> <BR> My kitchen table is a perfect example. I load my day planner, and papers all through the week on the end of it. You know things/articles you want to read but don't have time for and then on Sunday I must do something with it all. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 09:54:49 EST Not sure about this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3326536 I haven't done a blog before...I know late at the gate but here I am today. <BR> <BR> It will be a busy Saturday because I am babysitting my 3 yr old grand daughter (munchkin) all day and she is really in the "I do it alone" "no" phase. <BR> <BR> The thing to remember today is watch my portions! I will get exercise because we are going 1st to the park to run around and later to the swimming pool. <BR> <BR> Lunch will depend what DD has in the house and I also must remember to drink wate... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 09:37:03 EST During the Summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2155253 You will find me working out in my yard <em>30</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2009 11:00:46 EST