HEALTHYJEANIE's SparkPeople Blog HEALTHYJEANIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cravings I get a craving for something salty, or sweet when I'm not hungry. <BR> Could it be that I have a true need for something, and since I don't know what that need is, I eat? While I eat I feel happy and am satisfied. <BR> I enjoy the flavor and sensation of the food. <BR> However when it's gone, I want more or I think I want more, even if I'm stuffed. <BR> I eat and when I eat I avoid or ignore my true need. <BR> Food will never satisfy that need. <BR> As long as I turn to food I wi... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:11:49 EST Walking upstairs with no hands! Okay, I must admit there hasn't been much weight loss here. <BR> Last week I said this wouldn't be about losing weight and I lost 1 pound. <BR> Last week I started to notice I could walk up and down the stairs without holding and leaning on the handrail. Yeah! <BR> Yesterday, I noticed that I could walk up the stairs rather quickly, without holding or touching the handrail. <BR> I even walked up the stairs faster than my husband. <BR> So, If this journey is about becoming stronger and more... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:32:03 EST Changing my focus This is the 2nd week without weight loss. 2 weeks ago I lost 4 pounds. I haven't gained, but haven't lost. I think I will change my goal. Instead of losing weight, which I have little control over, I will focus on taking better care of myself, eating foods that are good for me, getting exercise and only speaking encouraging honest words to myself. I can decide what to think about and choose my attitude. I can choose to eat foods that heal instead of harm. So for now I will track my hea... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:46:56 EST Day 4 God looks for His people "Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?” Proverbs 31:10(NLT) <BR> <BR> “God looks down from heaven <BR> on the entire human race; <BR> he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, <BR> if anyone seeks God. <BR> 3 But no, all have turned away; <BR> all have become corrupt. <BR> No one does good, <BR> not a single one!” Psalms 53:2, 3 <BR> <BR> God says we have all turned away and no one does good. Jesus tells us that we cannot do any good apart from Him (see John 15:5). It ... Sat, 3 May 2014 13:35:55 EST Day 3; God can make us people after His own heart! Jesus deserves to find His church passionately in love with Him, serving Him with all of their hearts and souls. He deserves a bride who has a pure heart. A bride clothed in His Righteousness. I challenge myself and all of God’s living Church to aspire to be such a bride. <BR> <BR> “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as ... Fri, 2 May 2014 13:43:18 EST Day 2 - What do I want to live for? Proverbs 31 study 2Peter 3:10-13 “10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. <BR> 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in ... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:51:21 EST A Proverbs 31 study; The Bride of Christ; God’s Perfected Wife. ...Day One Introduction <BR> I hope this study into Proverbs will be different than any other study you have done. This study is the results of my prayers for God to teach me and show me what kind of person He created me to be. I believe that I am fulfilled and happiest when I am who my creator made me to be. I trust God; He knows me better than I know myself. This trust came slow to me and it came because of the great love, forgiveness, patience and faithfulness of Jesus Christ. When I first met Je... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 14:31:35 EST Always good at starting; poor at finishing I lack motivation or something. I do really good starting and my will power and drive only lasted 2 weeks and I'm already losing ground. In this case, should I say gaining weight. I had a really busy week last week. Gave into temptation a few days. Did not feel well. Did not exercise for 2 days because I was sick. The results? weight gain......I gained 1 1/2 pounds. <BR> <BR> So I am disgusted and left wondering what is wrong with me? How do I stay on track? I'm sorry. I guess I... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:43:33 EST Letting God's grace soak in Romans 5:18 "Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men." <BR> <BR> Last week-end I went to a Beth Moore Simulcast and she spoke about grace. I never get tired of hearing about God's grace. His grace is mind blowing. She said something that stuck in my head she said, "Jesus has enough righteousness for both of us." In other words, Jesus' righteousness is enoug... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:13:13 EST Laura Story; I can just be me I can really relate to this song. Learning to let go and let God be God in my life. It's a good thing, but I think we need God to help us let go. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:50:59 EST Lost 3 pounds in the last 7 days! So, I've been faithfully recording my food in my journal for the past 7 days. I was afraid to get on the scale this morning because I was not able to exercise as much as I was before. I was pleasantly surprised when it registered 3 pounds lighter. I even stepped off and on again several time....just to be sure it was right. I am happy with this progress. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:27:23 EST The problem with over commitment. I committed to do more than I knew I could do and it did not pay off. Here I am 5 months latter, 15 pounds heavier with 1 more inch around my belly. I am not back to where I started, thank goodness...but almost. I am still 7 pounds lighter than I was when I started.....but I could be 22 or more. <BR> <BR> I will admit that I over committed, doing things that were good, but leaving out things that were important....namely exercise and meal planning. For the last 5 months I have eaten what... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 13:18:17 EST What are you wearing? Revelation 16:15 <BR> “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” <BR> <BR> We are to clothe ourselves in Christ’s Righteousness. We are to know who we are; we are the redeemed. We are to go our own way; the way that Christ leads us; not the way the world would have us go. We are to have our own…we need to have our own relationship with Jesus. We each need to accept God’s gift of salvation and hold... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:00:12 EST A Happy video - Michael Franti, I'm Alive This video puts a smile on my face, a bounce in my step. You might even find yourself whistling: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 12:24:11 EST More than a verse to memorize 'Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.' John 14:23 <BR> <BR> Did you hear that? My Father, who happens to be the creator of this entire universe, will love them. Wow! Who would not want to be loved by our awesome creator. To have God on our side? I know I want that. <BR> <BR> It gets even better when Jesus says, "we will come to them and make our home with them." I can't think of anyth... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 12:14:06 EST What can I do about the past? LEARN FROM IT. I can not change the past. Regrets are a useless waste of time. On the other hand if I learn from past mistakes, then I have spent my past wisely. Maybe that's what making our past our past is all about. Don't leave it there. Take the lessons you have learned from the past into the present. <BR> <BR> If I learn from my past, then it has accomplished what it was meant to do. I can embrace the past and not live in it. Use the lessons learned from the past as a spri... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:02:19 EST Home of the brave It would appear that America, my nation, is once again divided by race. So I ask are we one nation under God? Or, are we a nation of races fighting amongst ourselves? <BR> <BR> Jesus said, A kingdom divided will not stand. <BR> <BR> If my brother is hurting or oppressed does this not affect all of us? <BR> <BR> The media has started a conversation that at first angered me. Then I heard some things and realized that many people in our nation are hurting. It's time for America to be brav... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:02:19 EST Shhh, want to know a secret? Hi, my name is Jean and there is something I need you to know about me. <BR> I am human. <BR> I will fail you at times. <BR> I will sometimes miss the mark. <BR> I may be insensitive sometimes. (I never want to be, but it happens) <BR> Sometimes I will feel miles away from you. <BR> It is not my intention to hurt you, but if we get close I might....I probably will. <BR> I am human. <BR> That also means I will do my best to love you, <BR> accept you for who you are and I <BR> reall... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:22:31 EST Being patient with the inpatient; treating the unkind with kindness Following are some things I believe God is trying to teach me. These are not easy things to learn and I can not do them without His help: <BR> <BR> Just because someone dishonors & disrespects me does not give me the right to disrespect them back. <BR> <BR> When I am disrespected by another, the one who has done wrong is the one who has shown disrespect. Somehow Satan would have us believe that we have done wrong or sinned just because someone else mistreats us; that's a lie. If that wer... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:49:56 EST It's the inside that counts What's on the inside is way more important than what's on the outside. Watch this video from a beautiful young lady who is learning to love herself and has a wise message for all of us. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>man-moment-at-a-dress-shop-but-her-res<BR>ponse-is-way-better-than-julia-roberts?c=ufb1 </link> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:57:07 EST Inspirational video This video made me think of Sparkpeople because you are all so brave! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Sara Bareilles - Brave <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:57:14 EST Wow, can't believe this! So excited! The scale isn't the whole story!! Ok....I am flipping out. So my scale says I've gained weight. I can believe it because I have slipped back into some old habits.....but get this: <BR> <BR> A little back ground. When I started this journey my size 16's were getting too tight. I have gotten back into size 14's. Yesterday I pulled out a cute pair of jeans that I know used to be very comfy. They were size 12. I almost decided not to try them on. I reminded myself the last time I got them out I could not even zip them up... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:59:23 EST God's Math is Simple God’s Math is Simple <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 God + 0 = Love <BR> 1 God + 0 = All Power <BR> 1 God + 0 = All knowledge <BR> <BR> Therefore if <BR> <BR> God created man = God loves man <BR> God loves man = God wants man <BR> You are alive = God loves you <BR> You are still alive = God still wants you <BR> <BR> It’s so simple we almost miss it. I got it. Do you? <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:06:35 EST Refocus; Now is not the time to quit! This is my attempt to encourage myself to re-focus my efforts on becoming a healthier woman. I admit the last few weeks has been rough. 4/13/2012 my mom died; 4/13/2013 my sister in law died....It has been emotional and I have not focused on eating right and I have missed too many work outs. That's ok. Sometimes life is pretty rough. Sometimes we need to focus on other things.......Now I need to re-focus on making healthy food and exercise choices. <BR> <BR> This is a journey. I was... Sun, 5 May 2013 14:18:32 EST Reminded how fragile life is My friend and sister- in-law passed away unexpectedly yesterday. April 13....on 4/13/12 my mother passed away...and now my sister in law on the same day one year latter. It must be a special day when God calls home His special angels....I will miss them both. Both special people in my life and in the lives of my family. Feeling sad because they are gone and blessed because I had them in the first place. They were loved and will be missed. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 15:07:10 EST Hubby's trying a healthy recipe He's been telling me that he won't eat that junk (referring to healthy fruits, vegi's, ect.) What I'm making tonight is kind of a compromise. It has cream of mushroom soup (allot of sodium and is processed) and potatoes which are high calorie and spike the blood sugar. However he is excited about trying something new and this meal is definitely better for him then a hamburger and fries. So I hope he likes it. I will probably have a spinach salad and some fruit with it, that way I don't e... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:28:46 EST Frustrated but not gonna give up I feel like I really lost my focus last week. I did not make a healthy menu; so I ate really poorly and did not even track my food. I can see how crucial a weekly menu plan is for me. I seem to have more trouble eating healthy when my husband is home. He refuses to eat anything healthy. He's a meet and potatoes guy. I know I could cook 2 different meals, but that is expensive & time consuming. If any of you have faced this and found a way to eat healthy and fix meals for a spouse who r... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:16:21 EST A song of victory Music lifts my spirits and when I first heard this was like....Yes! Many of you may of heard it. It's Matthew West, Hello My Name is: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy it! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 22:01:32 EST Is the payout worth the cost? There is a price to pay for every choice we make be it our time, money or both. Every choice we make also pays us back. The question I need to ask myself is this: If I do this is the payout worth the price? I'm pretty good at jumping in and doing things, but not always so good about thinking about the payout or the price. I can apply this to just about everything I do. For instance the choice I made yesterday. <BR> <BR> I made the choice to spend the day watching 2 of my grandchildren.... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:53:08 EST Scars become hope and beauty <BR> Here is a poem I wrote about my own scars: <BR> <BR> When everybody else had given up on me God valued me. <BR> No one could help. <BR> No one wanted to. <BR> When all others were disgusted and totally revolted by me <BR> God saw beauty and <BR> took me to be His very own. <BR> But I pushed Him and everybody else away. <BR> I ran and hid. <BR> I put blinders on my eyes and refused to look at the truth. <BR> Then the walls of my heart and mind became my very own <BR> d... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 12:52:02 EST I lost another 1 1/2 pounds! Yeah! I did lose 1 1/2 pounds this week; that's tripple what I lost last week (I think, I am no math whiz). I also took my measurements. Although it is not as fast as I would like, I lost 1" off my waist! Yeah....I am happy about that and have noticed that my jeans are getting baggie, it might be time to pull out the size 14's. I tried them on a couple of weeks ago, they fit, but were a little snug still, maybe they're be comfortable now. If not, soon....soon. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:39:51 EST lost half a pound this week Wow, I lost half a pound, 8 ounces. 8 ounces really sounds small. But I will look at this on the bright side. I did not gain weight this week. I did exercise 5 days this week and I also must have done some things right to lose those 8 ounces. So I'll be proud of that loss and work harder at eating right today and next week. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 14:01:47 EST From Me to You Hi everyone! I always wear my IPOD and listen to tunes while I do my cardio work out. I find that it helps keep me motivated. Anyway while I was winding it down this wonderful Tune from a group I like, Raining Jane, played. It's called "From Me to You." I just think it's food for thought and an encouraging pick me up. So I thought I would share it with you all. Hope you enjoy it! <link><BR>5W8Oi7I </link> <BR> <BR> You might have to copy and ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:17:49 EST Time with some of my favorite people in the whole wide universe! How lucky am I? Some of the best people in the world are my very own children and grand children. No, I really mean it. I had such a wonderful day today. I got to spend my morning with my creator, my afternoon with my 3 year old grand daughter and my evening with my daughter. Today was a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 22:24:38 EST All is not lost Ok, 2 days in a row and I've gone over my calorie goals. Tuesday I went over by some 400 calories; that's like a meal. Yesterday I went over by nearly 100 calories. What's the deal? I've done really good until right before bedtime....then came out the cookies my husband brought home, the popcorn or pretzels. I did not even try to stop myself. I just went in for the food. And all this after such a good week last week. My family is coming over this week-end with all kinds of food that I... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:49:54 EST You're not alone Just knowing that makes life so much easier. I love that I am not alone. I heard this song today that says, "Gonna sing this song to let you know that your not alone; and if your like me you need hope, coffee and melody." It's by Robbie Seay Band and here is the link if you'd like to listen to it. <BR> Hope it makes you smile! The song is for you. You are not alone. <BR> <link><BR>Yvpxtkk </link> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 12:40:13 EST Woo Hoo!!! Goanna keep this short and sweet. I got the results of my blood work today. After 3 months of hard work, cutting out most processed foods, slowly increasing exercising and counting my calories....I lost 13 pounds in 3 months and my A1C is down a whole point....from 6.5 to 5.5, my triglycerides went down 85 points too. My Dr. is happy and has cut down my diabetes meds too......Keep working at it, one day at a time, one step at a time. It does pay off, even if you can't see it on the outsid... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:13:46 EST Don't worry; pray I have been trying to talk to God more often during my day. I've been talking to Him about allot of things; even what may seem like the small stuff. Yesterday we had a bit of storm. It was wet heavy snow. Too heavy for me or my husband to shovel. My husband is still recovering from back surgery and has been told not to shovel. Last night as I was looking out the window I remember saying...."God, please don't let him hurt himself. Wouldn't it be nice if someone did our drive way, and my... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:25:41 EST That Guilt Trip is a Lie This is my first blog entry. I have been actively doing Sparkpeople for about 3 weeks now. I have been on the diet yo yo for years. Last October I decided no more. I will not diet. I want to make permanent life changes for my health. My goal will be to become healthier. It's been trial and error. I have found some things are too restrictive for me and don't work, like only eating fruits and vegetables. I can do that for short time and then get bored with what I'm eating. I have los... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:55:02 EST