HHUSTON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HHUSTON HHUSTON'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/ Our UK Vacation - Part One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914531 <BR> We took an overnight flight that landed in London on May 8. <BR> We rented a car attached our GPS (or as the Brits call it, the SATNAV)and headed down to Portsmouth to catch a Ferry to the Isle of Wight, where my Aunt and a second cousin live. Bob adjusted to the driving very well, I would NEVER be able to manage the wrong side of the car, and the road along with paying attention - because the view was magnificent - everything was green, and rolling and there were fields covered with ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 10:16:33 EST A look back...and a smile for today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785377 Rough week. March 8, 2004 my mama died. March 9, 2012 my DH's best friend (Dozer) died. The weekend was a blur of unhealthy choices, and a good amount of depression. A dear friend cared enough for me to actually talk to me about it all and pray with me. That meant the world to me. In the course of beating myself up over managing to do nothing for weight goals in the last year, I learned an important lesson. Am I hard on myself YES - someone has to be. God is a loving God. As far as I c... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:12:12 EST Still time to make goal..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506532 When the goal is close enough to feel, I blow it. I changed my profile pic today and saw that last Nov. I weighed what I weigh today. WTF? So once again, I will try to surrender my mind to what I know is right for me. I would REALLY REALLY REALLY like to be at goal this November. The ONLY person holding me back is me. I don't "need" anyone else. To walk and talk, to encourage, to do anything. If I need that, I will always have an excuse. This is MY goal so it's MY responsibility to ... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 10:49:39 EST 10 pounds to go.......with ALL my senses intact. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174413 Ok I'm a little PO'd at myself, no A LOT!! I ignore my signals to myself....really I must be daft. I got to 139 (my goal) then decided it wasn't a safe goal, so my new goal is 132. Why is it I've had to bounce around 139 so many times this year? I DID figure that out. It's because I haven't REALLY changed mentally. I just followed a strict eating plan for long enough to get past my first plateau. Now that I've reached plateau #2, my evil twin keeps reminding me this isn't as much FUN a... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 13:46:23 EST Measure, Weigh, Make Goals, Blog!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4027512 When is enough enough? We have to know when we have reached our goals. A friend put it very well to me, at your current weight, do you still feel fat? OUCH! As a matter of fact I do!! So how to you "change" your mind? With facts. The biggest? Loose clothes. For some reason I think NO WOMAN likes the scale, it can turn on you in an instant! I also like the BMI calculator. My favorite I am adding as a link here - because it gives you FACTS - statistics of where you are with the rest of... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:20:53 EST How FUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4001471 I took the nudge, got some pics today and updated my SP Page. WOW - I feel so accomplished!!! The pic of me in the long dress was days before my 50th birthday. Now, I am so excited to have pictures when I'm 51 - amazing what a year of change will do for a person!!! <BR> <BR> I do believe my next pics may be in a swimsuit when I'm 51! Tue, 8 Feb 2011 15:16:36 EST Thank you SPARKPEOPLE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992157 I couldn't have done this without you, all of you. Even those I haven't met, but read and commented on your stories or was amazed by your pictures and the obstacles that you overcame. Then there are the special people who took time to be my friend, understand me, and encourage me. I could name you all, like it's the Emmy's but I think you know who you are. <BR> <BR> Thank you. I am now able to feel that I am doing right by me!! <BR> <BR> The goals I will be making now will be MUCH LESS ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 10:11:27 EST Sorry I keep stepping on you Mr. Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3747926 Three times this morning, just to be sure. Yes, I know I see you every morning, but this morning I thought you must be off your game. <BR> <BR> So I THOUGHT yesterday was a happy day.......today is even happier!!! It's wonderful how this plan has helped me "hear" my body again. I know when I'm hungry, I know when I need protein and I know when I'm just in the mood to "graze". <BR> <BR> I think what got me off my "plateau" was more veggies and nothing before bed. If I'm really snacky, a w... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 08:56:19 EST YAY!!! Today is blogworthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3664990 I ran a weight report from SP today and realized WOW yesterday I hit the lowest weight I've been since joining Sparkpeople in March, 2007. <BR> <BR> I thought I had reached this mark before but when I checked I was a couple pounds higher.......can you see my HAPPY DANCE????? <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway - this has renewed my already revved up enthusiasm and I am so excited to see where the rest of September takes me. The plan I am on makes so much sense to me, and I don't have to s... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:22:45 EST Starting Week 5....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3567048 Wow, it's going kinda quick. I really want to be down another 7-10 pounds at the end of the 6 weeks - and I'm realizing that won't happen. Then we go off to vacation and I hope and pray it doesn't all come back. DH was nice this morning, said we'll look for fresh fruit stands and only eat when we are hungry. That's the best part of our vacation plans - NO FOOD PLANS!!! Just 1 planned dinner out for the whole week. Usually when on vacation, every social event seemed to center around food... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 18:18:19 EST Starting Week 4..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3542942 I feel great. I am starting to look great. My clothes are looser. My muffin top is now a mini-muffin top! I have a waist again. I'm ENJOYING the change in lifestyle - I may have FINALLY found a plan that works for me......HOLY MOSES I am grateful for that!!! <BR> <BR> An added benefit is having a supportive husband, who, while he does cheat on this plan, he doesn't flaunt it in my face or try to get me to cheat also. <BR> <BR> I thought I would miss wine, but when I see DH's progre... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:47:48 EST If at first you don't succeed...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3462906 This will be my 3rd organized effort to try a plan I didn't dream up on my own. Hopefully I will be ready to start the 6wbmo on Sunday. I feel like I'm cramming for an exam with all the materials. Even if I don't agree with it all, I can say it's a huge step and I need to take it....... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 18:10:45 EST Day 3, Headache 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3121706 Crazy how changing your eating messes with your head. I'll get past it. I'm still stoked about sticking to this program and drinking water like it'll dry up tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Oh mother nature, why can't you surprise me and just level out the hormones so I can TELL why I am having a migraine??? Such a fun tap dance it is. <BR> <BR> I may buy stock in imitrex. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:14:15 EST 3 Years in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2681950 It's hard to believe I joined SP almost 3 years ago! I've made some wonderful friends and learned more about my eating patterns so I guess this is the year to show what I know! Sat, 2 Jan 2010 18:38:34 EST Here I Go!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2348458 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/4/b947774238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been really getting excited about visiting the Captain - so I've been googling Clarksville - HOW COOL IS THIS? The Monkees first hit refers to Clarksville and the picture was taken in the train station (according to a website I found).! I may have to get the Captain to take me there to see if I can find that spot! Here's some more trivia: <BR> <BR> Boyce and Hart wrote this as a protest to the Vietnam War. Th... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 14:16:29 EST Thanks Mama :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2086952 Today you would have been 79. There are so many things I can thank you for. First of all - being born! You were just what I needed in a mama. You were so pretty, and smart. I wondered if I would EVER be able to type as fast as you.......you had traveled the world and moved to a new country with the faith that everything would work out. You had great courage! You were ever so polite. You always knew how to spell everything! You also had a huge vocabulary and made it fun to learn new wo... Sat, 23 May 2009 12:36:03 EST Keep on keeping on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2022676 I started my new eating plan on March 28 and today marks 10 pounds gone. I hope I can keep the momentum going. I was sick yesterday (no, not the pig flu) something bronchial and it's been kicking my butt! I have no energy so I'm really glad I got a lot of exercise in earlier in the week. I'm looking forward to a healthy weekend and making my new almond cheesecake recipe with almond flour! Fri, 1 May 2009 11:24:39 EST Day 13 Phase 1 SB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1957352 Well, I knew that 6th pound would be a bear, but it's gone too so I changed my tracker. It's been slower progress this week, but I also feel a zillion times better than the last week - that was TOUGH!. Meanwhile, DH has fallen way way off the wagon and I'm re-evaluating my goals since tomorrow will end this phase. I'm going to take a few new tools away from this experience with me. One doesn't necessarily "fit" with SB but it works for me. <BR> <BR> 1. I want to continue eating higher p... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 08:48:14 EST Day 7 Phase 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1940615 Yay! The headache finally left the head!!!!! I really didn't know how much longer I could take that. I got my first bit of exercise yesterday since Saturday (the day we started) and that felt good too. I can't believe I am half-way through the official phase 1. I'm looking forward to the next 7 days - they should be a little easier. My body really wasn't happy with the lack of sugar, but maybe now it knows who's boss!!! haha Fri, 3 Apr 2009 17:09:49 EST SB Phase 1 Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1936406 Well, if we could always lose a pound a day that would be cool. I've lost 6 pounds but only posted 5 because of the idea in the back of my head that this will stop at any moment, I always know inside the first 5 are the easiest to lose. I am going to try to get some exercise today. I read quite a bit yesterday about "no-sugar headaches" and it was reassuring to see that I am not alone and that eventually my body will right itself. I also read from other "sufferers" that going all out to ... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 10:38:27 EST SB Phase 1 day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1929259 I didn't expect my body to react so strongly to this phase. I guess it thinks it cannot function without sugar. Poor Bob is even worse. He has stomach cramps and the trips to the toidy that go along with that. Neither of us want to eat at this point, but I know that isn't good either. <BR> <BR> Just hoping we get over this hump soon. Only 10 more days until......? I guess I better start reading up about what happens in Phase 2 or I've heard rumor of a phase 1.5......... <BR> <BR> A ... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 10:16:55 EST Day 1 SB Phase 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1920937 So far, so good! We had a great bike ride; picked up some amazing deals and are doing the food thing right so far. I didn't realize that EVERYTHING has sugar in it. No wonder I'm addicted :) I bought canned kidney beans to make chili and it's the one thing I didn't check at the store - 2 gr. per serving!!! Sat, 28 Mar 2009 16:00:04 EST We quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1495693 Smoking that is. Big Big step for DH; but with the help of my sisters and Chantix and that quit smoking site, I think anything can be accomplished!!! Sun, 5 Oct 2008 10:47:02 EST 22 days soda free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1468692 8/28/08 I drank my last diet dew. I had to go find the post where I said that and I'm glad I did before too many more days passed. Funny thing though, it seems like a LOT LONGER!!! Not even a month! I've drank soda since I was a teen so I'm suprised I haven't had worse "withdrawals" <BR> <BR> The other good thing is the fact that I had the flu this past week. It screwed up my taste buds so that now the water I'm drinking with "true lemon" in it actually tastes sorta good!!! <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 21:39:11 EST Welcome Austin Ray!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1357094 My nephew and his wife are new parents!!! Woo Hoo!!! This baby just didn't want to come out - 11 days overdue and after 24 hours in labor they did an emergency cesearean. At least they were well prepped - he's a firefighter/paramedic and she is a neonatal nurse at the hospital where little Austin was "extracted" weighing in at 8 lbs, 10 oz and 21-1/2" long he's off to a good start. Now into day 2 of life, I'm told he LOVES to eat!!! <BR> <BR> Now we have a reason to go back to Chicago s... Thu, 24 Jul 2008 16:48:56 EST Miss my baby boy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1297824 Today is Luke's 28th birthday. I love this picture it's from Valentine's Day - he is SUCH a sugar fiend like his mama. I hope he gets something in the mail from me today. I've been sending him packages and cards but you never know when the stuff will get distributed since he's not on a US base. I sent him an e-mail last night and another today. I am just so proud of him. I hope he can celebrate a little bit today and feel the love that his family has for him. Fri, 27 Jun 2008 12:57:40 EST WOW - 10 pounds gone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1044332 Ok, so I am really really happy to be able to say this. BUT, I have this nagging fear inside of me; I mean I wasn't losing ANY weight for months before my surgery and now I've lost several pounds since I've been immobile - so of course the devil on my shoulder is telling me "it's all muscle dearie - so there!!" I mean I do see a marked difference in my right calf (shrinkage!) but I have cut my calories enough that I just don't want to believe it's all coming from my muscles. Am I kidding m... Fri, 29 Feb 2008 13:13:47 EST My thoughts on time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1027857 I wrote this poem the day before 9/11 and told one of my SP friends I would post it so here goes: <BR> <BR> What is time? <BR> My only enemy <BR> <BR> The demon timekeeper whose inexplicable capabilities <BR> Can change the course of life in the blink of an eye, or a tormented year. <BR> <BR> A glorious moment cut short, or a tragic moment stretched into a lifetime of sorrow <BR> <BR> What power, what magic, what merciless amusement does the timekeeper call his own? <BR> What rulebook h... Fri, 22 Feb 2008 13:41:49 EST A great approach to life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=985427 I read this article a friend sent to me; and it transcends all problems; including eating in an unhealthy way. I hope it helps someone besides me :) <BR> <BR> 10 Stepping Stones to Spiritual, Physical and Emotional Health <BR> by Gerald Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> In business as well as in our personal lives nothing causes more stress and diminished output than relationship problems. It is our fault finding and condemning others as well as ourselves that not on... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 17:26:39 EST End of year thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=878208 23 years ago today; out came Jonny! I had a dream about him last night that he came into the room and was only about 4 years old. When I asked him why he was there he said "it's my birthday". I told him he was older than that; and he just gave me a funny look and said, how old am I? I told him about nine?????? Yep, I want a dream analysis STAT! Besides that, I'm happy that I've only gained one pound over the holidays, now that it's all said and done (and the fudge is all gone!!) I fe... Sun, 30 Dec 2007 15:01:18 EST Two years ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=834787 Today is the anniversary of my accident. Instead of being all blue about it; I'm really happy to be alive. I have a lot to be thankful for and we will spend most of tomorrow reflecting on that. Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:28:42 EST Starting a new Program :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=801368 10/25/07 Calorie Cycling: <BR> S-M-W-Th-Sa: 1216 <BR> Tu: 1460 <BR> Fri: 1338 <BR> <BR> To speed this endeavor; I am going to try to burn 200 cals/day. If I can do this as well; I should drop 6 lbs by Dec. 12 :) <BR> <BR> I've added this to my signature until it is memorized (I HATE tracking numbers!!) I've done really well in keeping my calories low, but I'm just not losing. I've found as much info as I can on this and with some good advice from ... Thu, 25 Oct 2007 13:47:31 EST Patience is a virtue??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=731652 I had a great weekend visiting family/friends and bottling the 1/2 case of wine we split. My wine labels are fantastic and the bottles look wonderful. The box was much lighter when we got home from Tampa!! I got some disturbing news on Thursday evening from my doctor's assistant, and the weekend was a wonderful distraction. Now that work is backed up and busier than ever that makes it easy to keep it out of my mind. I don't want to mess up the progress I've made so far. The challenge i... Wed, 5 Sep 2007 09:26:01 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=702337 I'm very happy - I lost a pound. It's been about 6 weeks so I'm feeling pretty good today. I lowered my calorie max. about two weeks ago and I really think that helped. I just don't exercise enough to warrant eating so much and I'm glad I'm listening to my body. It's really getting easier to say "no" and I think the fact that I'm not around all the temptations makes it a lot easier. Wed, 15 Aug 2007 12:13:48 EST Let it go.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=700616 I have this ongoing battle about work. I feel SO blessed and lucky that I have my job, and I can work at home now. I can't imagine WHERE I would be if I had lost my job after the accident. There is my evil twin though, reminding me I am "out of sight, out of mind" . The company is growing so fast and there are so many new people, I have to constantly follow up on things, or repeatedly request information that used to just come to me. Now, I seem to get either NO info, or BAD info and ... Tue, 14 Aug 2007 11:38:32 EST Yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=644170 I just couldn't lose that extra pound in time for the Phoenix challenge.....dammit! Well, this must be my self-imposed plateau. Still, I feel good and I am much more active than I have been in the past months (which doesn't say much - but I feel like an Olympian). Today I woke up with sore muscles today and I have always loved that feeling. Since our trip to Tampa, and me actually swimming in the ocean and the hotel pool, I really want to swim for my exercise more. I thought my swimmin... Mon, 9 Jul 2007 11:50:00 EST Woo Hoo - 1 pound down for Luke! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=625855 Today is Luke's golden birthday and I really wish we could spend it together. In his honor, my body decided to cooperate and drop of a pound of JUNK! I am so happy. Just in time for our little diversion to the beach next week. It seems like it's been forever since I lost a pound and I am pumped now! Wed, 27 Jun 2007 10:20:05 EST 5 months married :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=604391 If the weight was going as well as the marriage, I'd be wearing my 6's again!! I am very happy though and will conquer this body eventually! Wed, 13 Jun 2007 10:21:19 EST Mama's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=572540 Today she would have been 77. It's hard to believe she has been gone for only three years, so much has happened in that time it seems like a decade. I will celebrate the gifts she gave to me today. I am so proud that she was my mom. I learned a lot from her - and hope when I am gone my kids feel the same. Wed, 23 May 2007 10:31:19 EST Keep the promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=563934 Got this in e-mail and want to memorize it...."Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who…keep their promise even when it hurts. " <BR> Psalm 15:1,4 NLT <BR> That includes promises we make to ourselves. I will drink 8 glasses of water today! <BR> Thu, 17 May 2007 10:14:31 EST Not Fair!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=552434 My DH is losing more weight since I started this that I am!! He isn't tracking or anything. He said he thinks it's great, I do too, just wish the scale would move!!! Wed, 9 May 2007 13:01:51 EST Day 1 of STAGE 2!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=523873 It's been a month and a day. No weight loss, but I am in what I think is the right frame of mind now. I did a baby workout this morning and it felt good. I think I'm getting a handle on the food and as long as I can help with the shopping I think we may make some good progress. This week has been good and hopefully there will be some results showing by Monday :) Fri, 20 Apr 2007 15:30:29 EST Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=513094 Can't wait to see what day 30 looks like HA HA HA! Actually, I want to start planning my meals out so I don't eat what is available. Once we get our freezer emptied, I am going to make some food that has the protein and fiber and I want to lower my CHOCOLATE consumption so I can eat more CHEESE :) I'm still in stage one cuz' I am NOT READY TO LEAVE. Fri, 13 Apr 2007 18:16:31 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=489655 No weight loss, no weight gain. Lots of water drinking. Lots of thinking about food. I wish I could ignore it! Thu, 29 Mar 2007 16:12:00 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=475697 More water, less chocolate - that's a start. Tue, 20 Mar 2007 15:38:03 EST