HEYITSLISA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEYITSLISA HEYITSLISA'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/ Spring Firecracker exercise commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901634 The spring 5% challenge starts on Saturday, and step one of the pre-challege is to put your exercise plan in writing. <BR> <BR> Mine is as follows: <BR> AT LEAST 10 minutes of exercise every single day, with a mix of cardio and strength. <BR> This shouldn't be as hard as I make it since I have a Y membership and I work at a gym! <BR> <BR> Take at least one class a week. Look up the class schedule at the Y and find one that works for my schedule. <BR> <BR> Walk outside whenever it gets ab... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:13:32 EST the verdict is still out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876120 I have officially been trying the intermittent fasting for a week now, and I'm still not quite sure what to think about it. I'm still doing some refining. <BR> <BR> As it was pointed out to me, really all it is is skipping breakfast. Yeah, that's pretty much it and I have no problems with that. I still have my morning coffee. It's the no eating after 8 pm that is harder for me. I get panicky when I think I can't have any more food. I've been having a 20 calorie hot cocoa before bed some nigh... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:55:05 EST trying something new and the Italian Renaissance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871205 I have become pretty good friends with one of my coworkers. We only work together about 6 hours a week, but we have tons in common. We're about the same age, kids around the same age, married to the same man since we were young, and a life long battle with our weight. <BR> <BR> We have our differences too, one of which being that she enjoys trying different "gimmicks" in her weight loss journey. Where I have always been a proponent of "eat whatever you want, just not too much" weight loss pl... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 11:09:24 EST The good, the bad, and the ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867113 Doing a little "month in review" on a cold, snowy morning... <BR> <BR> THE GOOD <BR> -despite everything, I am still here <BR> -I am ending January .2 lbs lighter than I started it. I will take it and say thank you to the weight loss gods. <BR> -I joined the 30 day walkabout challenge to keep me moving through February. <BR> <BR> THE BAD <BR> -my husband is once again in the kitchen frying bacon. No potatoes though so I'll take my small victories. <BR> -I only did 336 fitness minutes in Jan... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:52:04 EST Not necessarily a weight loss blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862137 My husband is in the kitchen frying bacon and eggs and potatoes. He read some where years ago that food made at home is better for you than eating out, so when I complain about the unhealthy food he is cooking he sites the fact that it is being made at home so it must be ok. <BR> <BR> We've been going round and round about this for years, and I am exhausted. I'm so tired of fighting. It would be so nice to have a partner instead of an adversary. <BR> <BR> Not just him, but everyone. <BR> ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:41:03 EST figuring out the "'whys" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857093 I seem to have fallen off the weekly blogging wagon. I really need to get back to it. It's a good way to think through all the thoughts swirling around in my brain. <BR> <BR> Why do I feel such a need to eat sweets? And why, once I give in and eat one, does having more become an all consuming obsession? <BR> <BR> Why do I allow myself to be talked out of exercise, even when I know how much better I'll feel if I do it? Why do I allow myself to believe all of the lies I come up with for why I... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:01:45 EST the aftermath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839876 Somehow I missed blogging for a couple of weeks. I thought about it a couple of times, but just didn't want to take the time to do it. Or I just didn't know what I wanted to say. Still don't really, but here it goes anyway. <BR> <BR> I was really struggling with getting in the Christmas spirit. There are no small children in my life, and really that is who Christmas is for. My youngest is 16 and she lives 3 hours away, so until I picked her up on the 17th I had done virtually no Christmas sh... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:31:17 EST I almost forgot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829513 I normally do my thankful blogs on Sunday but I got busy yesterday and forgot. <BR> <BR> It has not been a good week, Spark-wise. Too much food, not enough exercise. Too many binges, not enough tracking. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that every morning when I wake up I am given another chance to do it right. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375833554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am thankful that at any time I am in control of my choices whether they be good or bad. <BR> <BR> And t... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:58:34 EST new week, new month, new Spark year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825610 I had a big long blog typed up yesterday, and when I went to post it my computer froze up. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I took a little Spark sabbatical this past week. No food tracking and virtually no exercise. It's amazing how quickly bad habits can creep back in without some diligence and perseverance to keep them at bay. <BR> <BR> DD#2 was home from school for Thanksgiving break. She is a horribly unhealthy eater. She also loves to bake. During her 9 days home she made 4 dozen cupcakes, c... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:26:25 EST accidental experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821612 Had a fairly uneventful week, which isn't a bad thing. Worked a lot, vegged a lot, slept as much as I could. <BR> <BR> I sort of accidentally discovered something about myself this week. One day I woke up and just didn't want to track my food. I'm not sure why, but the thought of doing made me physically queasy. Normally I am fastidious about logging every bite I take. Even if I eat 4000 calories I log it all. But I just didn't want to do it, so I didn't. Same thing the next day. The followi... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:05:33 EST and don't get me started on the freaking' snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817888 Let me tell you first what I am NOT thankful for: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170554076.jpg"> <BR> We ended up getting over 12" this past Thursday. Slow moving band of lake effect just sat over us for most of a day. Drive 10 miles in any direction and they barely got a dusting. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But here is what I AM thankful for: <BR> -the snow plow drivers who spent the entire night plowing, sanding, and salting so that my drive on Friday morning was n... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:10:07 EST Friends and family; family and friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813596 Had a fairly uneventful week, which isn't a bad thing. Work is settling down some with one coworker coming back from bereavement leave (her grandmother and father passed away about 12 hours apart!) and a new person hired and starting very soon. Once I get back into a set schedule I think I will be better able to concentrate on me. Right now I am working such screwy, varying hours that its hard. <BR> <BR> The building I work in is right on the river, and there is a beautiful walkway and seati... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:34:26 EST Some weeks 'thankful' is harder than others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809318 This week is the perfect example of why I started doing this weekly thankful blog. It hasn't been a bad week, just kind of blah and looking for the good in it is good for me. <BR> <BR> First I'm thankful for my husband, even though he drives me crazy! (or as he would say "honey that's not a drive, its just a putt!) After 28 years of seeing someone every day I guess you have to expect them to get under your skin at times. He is not perfect by any stretch, but then neither am I. He puts up wit... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 12:09:25 EST An ode to pumpkins and other things I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805001 I love pumpkin and could eat it year round, but this time of year it is every where you look. I had been resisting getting anything because, lets face it, most of what is out there is super high in calories/fat/sugar. But I knew eventually I would break down and try something. <BR> <BR> When DD was home from school we went to Sam's Club to get some provisions for her dorm room. While there I bought three large cans of Libby 100% pure pumpkin. They were sitting on the dining room table just b... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:34:37 EST If you like it then you should write a blog about it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800826 I really do try to be a positive person. I avoid writing blogs when I'm in a "down" mood. I mean really, everyone has their own trials and tribulations and who really wants to hear about mine? Especially since mine are so minor. (I am self aware enough to realize this!) <BR> <BR> --there are people on this planet that don't know where their next meal is coming from. The fact that I have access to so much food that I've gained 25 lbs in the past year is a "problem" many would love to have. <... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:51:50 EST 5 things I need to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791092 1. I am a great cheerleader..... for everyone else. I need to work on speaking to myself kindly as if I were talking to my best friend. <BR> <BR> 2. despite that fact that I have been gaining and losing the same 5 lbs all year, I am still down over 60 lbs from my highest weight. That is something to be proud of. <BR> <BR> 3. when I started the thought of walking a mile would have been unfathomable. Now I'm more likely to think of it as "only" a mile. <BR> <BR> 4. the number on tag of m... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:38:39 EST just because http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784108 Usually I reserve my blogs for when I have something to say, but I just realized it has been a while since my last blog and I should probably do one. <BR> <BR> I started a new job on Tuesday. It is only going to be part time, but for right now I am working 8-5 every day. After being off work for so long it is hard to get back into the habit of going to bed at a decent time and getting up in the morning. (for those of you that haven't been following every detail of my life, the company wher... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:15:45 EST things that make you go hmmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1793356432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539841355.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468133198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:13:54 EST Things I'm loving right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774487 I was thinking last night about the learning process and how it never stops. I have been on my Spark journey for close to three years and still surprise myself when I find a new function, food, or fitness tip. Then I thought if I wasn't aware of these things others probably aren't either. <BR> <BR> First and foremost: unsweetened cocoa powder. OMG! Why did this not occur to me before? I like the Special Dark, and an entire tablespoon only has 5 calories! I love adding it to my smoothies, st... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:14:29 EST There goes another month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770547 Last day of August, wow. Where did it go? And how did I accomplish so little during it? <BR> <BR> I will not make my 1300 fitness minute goal for this month. Unless I work out for like 7 hours today which isn't going to happen! <BR> <BR> I didn't lose any weight, in fact I gained 1.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> I ate an average of 2500 calories per day in August. And I wonder why I didn't lose any weight! <BR> <BR> I could just chalk August up as a failure and leave it at that, but I won't. <BR> B... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:51:00 EST Hanging in there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764985 It's been a while since I've written a blog so I thought I would. Doing ok. I'll have several good days in a row and then completely ruin it with a 4000 calorie day. <em>24</em> Consistency has never been my strong suit. I am able to recognize what triggers my binges and am successful at stopping them some of the time but not all. <BR> <BR> My daughter has been away at school for 2 weeks. My son is starting on Monday. It seems like whenever I adjust to one change another comes along. ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:20:28 EST Reunion lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757506 This past Saturday I went to my 30 year class reunion. It was a combined reunion of the class of '83, '84, and '85 since in the past having only one class has provided such a low turn out. The organizers eventually opened it up to any grade from our school so we had a few from '82 and someone's younger brother from '87. It was fun. Very laid back and casual. They had BBQ catered by a former classmate, and the bands lead singer was a former classmate also. They played beach music of the Jim... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:16:50 EST trials and tribulations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755988 I have been having some very trying days lately. I normally make a point of not dwelling on the bad and focusing on the good but some times that is difficult to do. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I got up at 4 am, loaded up the truck, and drove my 16 yr old daughter to her new school 2 1/2 hours away. She will be living there for the next 10 months, coming home every 6 weeks or so for an extended weekend. It's tough not having her here. Unlike my other two children who by this age were gone most of t... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:42:24 EST Ready or not, here comes August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750396 When I was a kid, it seemed like the summer lasted forever. Time seemingly stood still throughout June and July and by the time August presented itself I was ready to get back to school. <BR> <BR> The older I get the more quickly time flies. I can't believe August is here already, with a lot of changes about to happen. <BR> <BR> My youngest will be moving into her dorm next Wednesday. She is only 16 and will essentially living on her own taking college level courses. Although she is ver... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:10:11 EST Who cares? I do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741521 Happy Friday Sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> Hi my name is Lisa, and I'm a daily-weigher. <BR> <BR> I've tried not to be. I've read so many articles on the importance of only weighing once a week (or less!) and not fixating on the scale. On how you should judge your progress on other things. Non-scale victories. And yeah, I agree. But.... <BR> <BR> But.... <BR> <BR> ...that's just not me. Every time I try that it seems I veer off course. I need the first thing daily reminder to keep me focus... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:46:22 EST what could I do if I REALLY tried? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725478 So I'm happy to report a loss again this week. Part of me, that devil on my shoulder, is trying to tell me it doesn't count. I've lost this weight before. This isn't "new" weight loss. For the most part, in spite of that little devil, I am still happy about my progress this week. <BR> <BR> Here's the thing; I really only ate on plan 3 days this past week. So imagine what I could do if I stayed on plan 6 or even 7 days!! It boggles the mind! <BR> <BR> I may have had a little extra exercise ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:11:15 EST Life is all about change, but I don't have to like it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717821 Twenty years from now I will remember 2014 as "the year of change." I'll have to get back to you on whether or not that is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I am not a big fan of change, but I recognize it is part of life. For the most part I like routine. I shop at the same grocery stores, get gas the same places, even drive the same roads because of the familiarity. In 1996 when we moved to our current house I drove back to our previous town for months to get groceries from "my" grocery store. <BR> ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:48:23 EST What goes on inside Lisa's mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712023 Sometimes it's funny how the brain works; the connections and ramblings that go on. When I tell DH about my musings he looks at me like I'm crazy. I don't think I'm crazy, at least I'm pretty sure... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So it all started with: <BR> I need to go to the grocery store. <BR> I should walk there. <BR> Wait, it's Thursday, I should go to the Farmers Market <BR> That's too far to walk. <BR> I should ride a bike. <BR> I don't have a bike. <BR> There is one in the garage belo... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 10:50:50 EST I can resist anything, except temptation and sugar cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704225 I have had a horrible time with my eating the past few days. A long weekend, a couple of cookouts, and just being out of my usual schedule. I told myself today was the day to get back at it. And then I ate a package of sugar cookies. <BR> <BR> Baked goods are my kryptonite and I know that. So why did I even go down that aisle at the grocery store? At least I chose the package of 8 unfrosted cookies and not the dozen frosted ones. Small consolation. <BR> <BR> Only good choices the rest of th... Tue, 27 May 2014 09:38:51 EST Searching for motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702646 I've been struggling for a while with my motivation. I started this journey for several reasons: <BR> <BR> I had some not so good blood work come back. <BR> My numbers have been great now for over a year. <BR> <BR> All of my 3x clothes were starting to get snug. <BR> I now can wear most 1x, and the capris I was wearing yesterday were a (stretchy) size 16. <BR> <BR> I felt horrible, inactive and sluggish all the time. All I did was sit and watch TV when I was home, and sit in front of the... Sun, 25 May 2014 09:04:09 EST my body is amazing. So is yours. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694201 I was sitting here trying to decide what to blog about, or if I wanted to blog at all, when I absentmindedly clicked on an old blog I'd written some time ago. <BR> <BR> Kind of funny to go back and read old blogs. I used to blog AT LEAST once a week. I used to be optimistic about my health goals. I used to be buoyant and revel in every little NSV. <BR> <BR> What happened to me? When did I lose my can-do attitude? Good question, and here is the answer; right about the same time things star... Tue, 13 May 2014 13:27:15 EST Rabbit rabbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684851 Happy May Day all! I remember back in elementary school making May baskets to give to our moms'. Construction paper rolled into a cone and stapled with a strip of paper taped on for a handle. I would collect flowers from neighbors yards on my walk home to put in it. I especially loved the lilac bushes... <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Ah, those were the days! Back when school was fun. i am currently spending about 5 hours a day on my administrative medical assisting and human anatomy classe... Thu, 1 May 2014 11:22:20 EST the good, the bad, and the downright frustrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675953 My neighborhood has a Facebook page for residents, former residents, business owners, etc. It is used for people looking for recommendations for getting work done, needing help with stuff, reporting crime, and stuff like that. A couple days ago someone posted "would anyone like to do a neighborhood weight loss challenge?" I immediately responded with "I would!" We set up a time to meet and discuss it for this morning. Normally something like this would be completely outside my comfort zone... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:21:06 EST but I never get sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665941 I've been feeling a bit off for a couple days now. When DH suggested I might be getting sick I railed against the idea. I mean, I just don't get sick. So Saturday I woke up with a sore throat. Never a good sign. Didn't feel too bad otherwise so I just went about my day. Went to a casino and lost some money last night. Ate way too much at the buffet. Stayed up way too late. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2073889282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, full force head cold. ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:53:14 EST April 1st (no jokes, just goals) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662103 April is here and I am starting it with high hopes. March started pretty dismally but I have been making steady progress and am hoping to continue with momentum through April. <BR> <BR> My exercise is going well. I do a cardio kickboxing class on Monday, zumba on Wednesday, zumba toning followed by swimming on Friday, and spinning every other Saturday. As the weather gets better, going for walks on the days I don't have class will get easier and easier. I met and exceeded my 1000 minute ex... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:15:11 EST I needed this today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1420290209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend posted this on Facebook today. Thought someone else might need to see it too. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:23:44 EST I'm not perfect and that's ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644844 Guess what? I'm not perfect. Some days I eat too much. Some days I don't feel like exercising. Some days I'm extremely motivated to follow through with the actions needed for a healthy lifestyle and other days not so much. <BR> <BR> That's ok. This isn't a sprint to the finish line, in fact there is no finish line. So I keep putting one foot in front of the other and try not get down on myself when I stumble. <BR> <BR> I found this and it really spoke to me: <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:38:38 EST time for a reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637086 I don't acknowledge weight gain. Those little 1-2 lb fluctuations? Just blips. I don't worry about them because normally they're gone within a week or so. And if I log them, when I do lose them it looks like I actually lost weight when in all actuality I haven't; I've re-lost it which to me just doesn't count. <BR> <BR> So most of last year was spent gaining and losing the same 7-8 lbs over and over. Occasionally I would actually lose a 1/2 lb, but 216 lb has been the number to beat f... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:14:11 EST goals, joyful movement, and February has got to be better... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615295 I am a horrible goal setter. There is such a fine line between attainable and not challenging. I have an exercise minute goal of 1000 a month. This is attainable when the weather is decent and I can get outside for walks. I have videos and a gym membership so even in bad weather it is attainable, but I like walking outside best. So I could lower my minutes during these winter months, but then is that challenging myself? Shouldn't my exercise minutes increase over time? Like I said, I am a... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:34:29 EST Sunday reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606095 It's been quite a week. I've had a couple of really good days, but also a couple really bad days. And a couple only so-so days. I've started to recognize a pattern. The days I stay busy with errands, cleaning, cooking, going to the gym, I don't eat near as much as the days I sit and watch movies and and surf the net all day. Those days I find myself just munching all day, and not necessarily on good stuff either! <BR> <BR> Structure is my friend. Despite not having a job to go to every... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:39:21 EST Tired of looking at snow? Then don't read this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585652 The travel emergency has been lifted as of 43 minutes ago. That means I can go out on the roads without getting a ticket. But honestly I can't think of anywhere I want to go so I'll probably just stay in and putter around the house. I haven't left the house since Saturday, but when it's nasty outside I really have no inclination to. It's still only -2 out but it's supposed to get all the way up to 5 degrees today so I'll go do some shoveling then. And probably start my van, just to make s... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:57:06 EST I'm not going to do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576140 I'm not going to be in my calorie range today. <BR> I'm not going to meet my exercise minute goal for this month. <BR> I'm not going to reach my weight loss goal for the year. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to stop trying. <BR> I'm not going to give up. <BR> I'm not going to let minor set backs derail me. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:33:39 EST Well that was fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572391 The festivities are over. I gave myself a week to just not care. About what I ate, about exercising, about finding a job. I immersed myself in the here and now; spending time with family and friends. Enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season. I didn't even track my food for a couple days, which I NEVER do. (I'll admit I'm tempted to try and go back and remember everything I ate yesterday even though I know it would be pointless.) <BR> <BR> Today is day 7 and I'm trying to ea... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:07:07 EST Today is my 2 yr Sparkversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557002 Well, technically today is the day I joined SP. I didn't know it was the beginning of my journey at the time because I didn't realize I was starting one. I just wondered in to look around, and I was inspired! <BR> <BR> I wanted to write this long, deep, meaningful post about how much I've learned and grown in the past two years, but how do you put such things into words? <BR> <BR> I know what a proper portion looks like now. I still over do it at times, but I know that tomorrow is a new ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 18:38:32 EST Interesting stuff I'd like to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542722 I don't really have anything to say today, which I take as a good sign. Usually the only time I feel like blogging is when I'm complaining. <em>24</em> No complaints today. My week is going well, all of my exercise goals are on track, and my weight is holding steady. <BR> <BR> As I'm sure a lot of us do, I read quite a few diet and fitness websites. So today I thought I would just share some fun things I've encountered this week. <BR> <BR> <link>menustat.org/ </link> just went liv... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:57:21 EST Don't panic, it's the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536107 As much as I love weekends some times the thought of one approaching makes me feel a bit apprehensive. I have a notoriously difficult time staying on plan on the weekends. More time for exercise, yes, but also more time for mindless munching. <BR> <BR> But I'm feeling very optimistic about this weekend. I really think I can curtail the bad eating while still enjoying a couple little splurges. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to a Women's luncheon. They always serve very well portioned healt... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 20:56:40 EST what is my plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530332 Here we are at a new month. My plans for last month had a limited amount of success. <BR> <BR> 1. take pictures of my meals and blog about them every day. While I think this would work great if I actually did it, it is just too time consuming to be practical. <BR> <BR> 2. take the focus off the scale by not weighing all month. Although I didn't make it all month I did manage to cut down drastically. My first thought upon waking isn't about weighing myself anymore which is a good thing. <... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 19:57:17 EST Halloween edition of Throw-back Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528459 Here's a picture of my DH and I at a Halloween party in 1988. I can't believe how young we look! It's funny, I thought I was so huge then and now I would LOVE to be that "huge"! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471465678.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And some funnies for your day: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l626403399.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2025235717.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:57:16 EST Roald Dahl's inspirational words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523326 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017439621.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1475367711.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564881609.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my absolute favorite: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1112451120.jpg"> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 16:32:14 EST Ahh, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519113 Taking pictures of your meals and posting them really will help keep you on track. For the couple of days I did it I did great. A lot of work and kind of a hassle, but I think I'm going to try to keep doing it. <BR> <BR> Here are last Thursday's <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1489285022.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1579574810.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1493559710.jpg"> <BR> Pretty good all day, ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:47:06 EST