HUNGRYWOMAN2's SparkPeople Blog HUNGRYWOMAN2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finding the time to live the Spark life I begin with enthusiasm. I have the motivation to get healthier and live my life to the fullest. I am tired of being tired. After a long absence from Spark I return with gusto. I am enjoying the articles and information about the lifestyle I want to live. The support of other members is encouraging. <BR> <BR> However, I realize I find myself spending more time exploring the site and visualizing myself taking the steps and enjoying the results. This is not to say that I don't follow the ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 13:11:27 EST A Golfing insight Granted I am not a golfer. Occasionally I will go and attempt to hit a few balls. I have all of the outward trappings and look the part. Compliments of a friend who is a regular player. However, my attempts are quite lacking. Yesterday I made one of my rare visits to the golf course. <BR> <BR> I love the walk, and the idea of burning a few calories along the way. As I was plowing along I realized there are many lessons I could learn about myself as I play. One incident stands out very ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 11:13:31 EST My Exercise Routine As part of a challenge I have been given the task of reflecting on my exercise routine. Should be pretty simple, but I find myself staring into space wondering what my routine really is. I have come to the conclusion that I don't have one. <BR> Sure, I exercise, but there is nothing I could claim as routine. <BR> <BR> My exercises are chosen by convenience and the way my body is feeling. I have a tendency to gravitate to cardio, so I am trying to add more strength training and/or resistan... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 08:30:08 EST Uncovering the Source Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows there are many reasons the scale continues to climb. Stress, and environmental cues all contribute to our urge to overeat. Everyone has individual reasons. However, they are not alone. Countless others share the same struggles. <BR> <BR> writing has a way of helping me to put things into perspective. So here goes... Recently, I have had a sudden weight gain of 15 pounds. This has been quite a shock as I have maintained for several years. I h... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:04:55 EST A new Challenge It has been a long time since I have joined in a Spark Challenge. I remember them being very helpful in the past. I am hoping another will help jump start my motivation. Today, I joined the pull your sweet tooth in 21 days. The assessment indicated no problem, but my behavior often indicates otherwise. <BR> <BR> I often find myself eating something sweet if I am stressed or anxious if it is available. I do not purchase sweets for my home, but my significant other does. When they are ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:45:13 EST Watching the Scale climb I am in a dilemma. I have reached a point of feeling helpless and out of control. This is not the case because I know I am ultimately in control of every choice I make. I simply need to make other choices than I am currently making. However, I am at a loss as to what exactly they are. <BR> <BR> The scale keeps climbing daily. Usually, I don't weigh myself that often, but I am currently heavier than I have been in years. Each day I am seeing an entire pound which has the nasty habit of s... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:41:47 EST Retiring my fit bit We have been together for a long time my fit bit and I. I remember splurging for a treat after achieving a goal I had set. They were new on the market then and few had even heard of them yet. I was impressed by comments I had read on Spark, and decided it would benefit me. I am pleased to say I made the right decision for me. <BR> <BR> We have taken many strides forward in our journey together. I have even provided a name. It appears it is time to retire Abby and move on to the next ge... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:07:16 EST Keeping Track One of the first things I learned when I began my journey to a healthier me, was the importance of keeping track. Maintaining a record of diet and exercise would be key to maintaining healthy habits. I remain well aware of this, but for some reason, perhaps an unrecognized desire to fail or plain laziness has resulted in my tracking being derailed. Often, in spite of my best intentions I simply forget. <BR> I find myself wondering how this could happen with so many tools available. As tim... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:05:17 EST One Small Step A lifestyle change doesn't happen with a snap of the fingers. There is no Pooof! Ah if it were only that simple. After a prolonged period of spinning my wheels, I have come to the conclusion that it is time to be proactive concerning my health and well being. The connections I have made through Spark play a key role. The support of friends old and new help inspire and motivate me as I once again restart my journey <BR> <BR> I am becoming more aware of how important attitude can be. It... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 15:10:23 EST Finding my Motivation Sometimes before we can move forward it is necessary to see things we have been avoiding. Somewhere along the way I have lost momentum. For too long I have ignored the inner voices urging me to a healthier lifestyle. My doctor recommended an anti-inflammatory diet, and engaging in strength/resistance training five days per week. Monday is the day of reckoning. I have an appointment to discuss the results. As he wanted to do this in person, I do not have a very good feeling about the out... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:04:57 EST Use it or lose it Today, as I was attempting to follow the instructions on a workout video I realized that what I once was able to complete was now way beyond my current capabilities. Has it really been that long? To be honest yes it has. Injury and health issues provided the perfect excuse to take a break from a regular exercise routine. What was intended to be a short break, however, turned in to an extended period of time. It wasn't long before what I once enjoyed became something to be avoided/ <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:11:39 EST Processing Time passes quickly. Things change. These are the truths with which we must all come to terms. To live is to die. Understanding and acceptance come easily for some. Others struggle, fight, or deny.There comes a moment in everyone's life when it occurs to them that nothing is what it was. Sometimes it is a sudden aha moment and at others the awareness is gradual. It is this awareness which precipitates what is commonly referred to as a mid-life crisis. <BR> <BR> Every individual has a ... Sun, 18 May 2014 17:10:37 EST Breaking my streak This morning when I logged in to Spark, I was surprised to find that I had failed to log in yesterday. I was actually disappointed that I had broken the streak I had begun when I returned after an extended absence. Well, I told myself, it was your birthday, and other activities replaced <BR> the usual time spent at the computer. Once this was brought to my attention, I began to look a bit deeper. After all, what difference does missing a day really make? After some reflection the only ho... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:40:20 EST Ideal Weight Ideal what? Is there such a thing as an "ideal" weight? These are a few of the thoughts which occurred to me recently when I was asked what I would consider an ideal weight for me. Now, I do know that weight is relative, it differs from individual to individual, and that it is only one of the many components which contribute to our health. Images of my teenage years immediately passed before my eyes. Yes, I will admit, that in an ideal world the scale would once again read the same, (and... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:22:35 EST Focus on the Positive It is always easy to look at the negative side of things. Research has proven that those who look at life and its challenges with a positive attitude are more likely to have good outcomes-in all areas of their lives. <BR> <BR> The Spark Coach challenge of the day was to find three positive things accomplished today. My immediate response was What? Three things-impossible! Then, as I continued to listen to the encouragement to find more, and then perhaps to make this a daily practice my o... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:41:49 EST An Unexpected Turn I found Spark in 2007 as the result of health issues. A sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and self-imposed isolation was destroying me. However, there remained a tiny piece of myself that wanted more. I did not like the future which lay ahead. I had no idea where the road would take me, but as I took that first step I knew it would only get better. <BR> <BR> Admittedly, I was not very accountable in the beginning. It was mainly the recipes, and nutrition tracker I would use. A ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:32:09 EST Milestones The path of our lives has many milestones. Some we choose to celebrate and others ignore. <BR> They are often a time of reflection. Today is one of those days for me . One of my recurring themes has been friendship. The nature of our relationships change with time. Old friendships fade as new ones begin to blossom and grow. It is not the result of conflict but of growth and life experience. We are bonded by our memories of the past and shared experience. This will never change. <BR> ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:16:29 EST Self-Talk Spark Coach Challenge After reading the coaching session I was once again reminded of the inter-relationship of how our thinking affects our behaviors and emotional state. Writing a letter of encouragement to yourself as if you were a friend was suggested. I was struck by how often the things I tell myself <BR> about myself are extremely negative. Not surprising, but it was an eyeopener. Learning to see the positive in myself is something which needs practice and a great deal of work. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:56:54 EST Spark Coach Challenge for Today Today[s challenge was one that I re-visit often. It is simple, basic, and should be something that is easy to do. Drinking more water. The benefits are well known. For some reason it has always been a difficult thing for me to do. <BR> Many of the suggestions I have tried. The unfortunate thing is I still lack consistency. <BR> However, there were some new ideas I think will be beneficial. The challenge is to carry a <BR> water bottle with me, or stash supplies of water in visible plac... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:53:57 EST Preventing binges before they begin Today, the Spark Coach Session concerned ways in which to prevent nibbling throughout the day. For many, once a bite is taken it leads to another. I am one of those who will grab a little of this and a little of that when i allow my emotions to get the best of me. <BR> The emphasis was on what was called "Out of sight out of mouth." This is something I have been practicing for years. I am happy to say that I am now able to have items in my home I once totally avoided. <BR> I am not a su... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:06:07 EST New Year Reflection I found this quotation the other day. As is my usual habit, I will initially scan what I read, and then peruse it more thoroughly . As I read, something struck deep within me. We celebrate the New Year as a time of new beginnings. Why? What is it about one day of 365 that is different? It is a good thing, I believe, to celebrate the good things past, forget, the mistakes, <BR> learn the lessons we need, and focus on the present moment, and what we would like our future to be. <BR> New ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:57:31 EST Time Flies Wow! I just realized that the day after tomorrow 11/25, will be my fifth Spark Anniversary <em>507</em> <BR> <BR> What a journey it has been! I have learned so much from the members and coaches of this amazing site. The support and encouragement I have received has resulted in easing the challenges along the way. <BR> When I first joined, I was not in good health. as I silently monitored the site, and learned from the stories of others, I realized that what seemed, in my discourag... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 20:36:34 EST Not Enough Time How often have I said to myself that there just are not enough hours in the day. Today happens to be one of those days. Why is it I can't seem to accomplish all I would like when I have the same number of hours as everyone else? <BR> <BR> I believe there is time, it is simply a matter of re-adjusting my thinking and taking a realistic look at what is really important. I have found the following to be some of my obstacles. <BR> <BR> Expecting too much. It becomes overwhelming sometimes ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 18:53:09 EST Where Did It Go... Lately, I have felt something was missing. Where could it possibly be? I hear of it, I just don't see it. Happy Holidays! What has happened to happy? Every one I know is overwhelmed with meeting the challenges of daily life. Adding to that all of the extras which have become <BR> a "necessary" part of this time of year has many at the end of their rope. They would just as soon hang themselves with it than to attend one more office party, or family gathering. <BR> <BR> As a child, ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:43:39 EST Living One Moment at a Time Today has been one of those extremely busy days when countless things continue to circle through my mind. I need to do this and I need to do that etc. All the while running around in no particular direction. Getting one thing accomplished and finding much much more. The result-once again feeling overwhelmed. What happened to my plan? Where did I put all of the tools I have received from being a part of the Spark community? <BR> <BR> So much time wasted, and so many things missed. As is ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:12:36 EST To All Of My Spark Friends <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> The goodies and comments on my feeds, page, and blogs are greatly appreciated. <BR> As life events don't always allow for us do to all we wish-I just wanted each and every one to know how much it means to have the support and encouragement of so many special individuals. <BR> <BR> Each goodie, or comment on my page or blo... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 09:59:13 EST Spending Time with my Spark Friends There is no doubt, organization is not one of my strong points. It is one of those things I am working on, but only in a haphazard manner. Obviously, I still have things which hold me back. <BR> Here are a few things I have noted: 1. I think in terms (underlying) of all or nothing. 2. My results must be perfect, in addition to the time, situation and other factors going on etc. <BR> The result is a much bigger tangle than initially. For example, cleaning my pantry has resulted in <BR> k... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:46:57 EST Cinnamon Caramel Corn <em>422</em> <em>147</em> <em>422</em> <em>147</em> <em>422</em> <em>147</em> <BR> Enjoy a Halloween treat. <BR> <BR> Compliments of Diabetic Cooking <BR> <BR> 8 cups air-popped <BR> popcorn (about 1/3 cup unpopped kernels) <BR> 2 tablespoons honey <BR> 4 teaspoons butter <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees <BR> Spray jelly-roll pan with nonstick <BR> cooking spray. Place popcorn in <BR> large bowl. <BR> <BR> 2. Stir honey, butt... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:47:55 EST A Timely Lesson From Spark Coach I am writing this as an attempt to assimilate the lesson given by Spark Coach today. This is personal ramblings and may be of little interest to another reader. <em>228</em> If useful, (not the lesson) it would make me happy indeed. <BR> <BR> The discussion was on ways to determine our ideal weight without depending on the number of a scale. The line between becoming obsessed and using the scale as a tool is a fine one and easily crossed. <BR> <BR> As I reflect I know there are times whe... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:23:23 EST A Message to All Sparkers I receive so much support and encouragement from the wonderful individuals I meet. I am always looking for ways to show them how much their comments, and support for me and each other mean. I am often unable to reach every one I would like. As I have said many times, I carry them along with their messages in my heart. <BR> <BR> I am very verbose, but not that articulate when it comes to self-expression. I often turn to the words of others. I have a rather extensive collection of quotat... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:08:43 EST Preparing for the end I have been blessed for many years with the company of a snowshoe cat. His unconditional love, <BR> and companionship has added so much to my life. He is always there for me, watching and providing cat love when I most need it. As a result, I began to think of him as my "angel cat". <BR> This comes from an incident when I awoke screaming from the pain of a leg cramp. He was there immediately, as I called out and began providing comfort, in a way only cats can. This is one of only many. <... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:10:41 EST Peach-Blueberry Parfaits Courtesy of Diabetic Living <BR> <BR> Servings 2(1/4 cups each) <BR> Carbs per serving 34g <BR> Start To Finish 10 minutes <BR> <BR> 1 6-ounce carton vanilla, peach, or blueberry fat-free yogurt <BR> 1 cup lightly sweetened muligrain clusters or low-fat granola creal <BR> 1 ripe peach pitted and cut up <BR> 1/2 cup fresh blueberries <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon <BR> <BR> 1. Divide half of the yogurt between two dessert glassws, or bowls; top with half of cereal. <BR> Top with half p... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 20:01:36 EST Cream of Chicken and Rice Florentine Courtesy of Diabetic Living <BR> <BR> Servings 6 (11/3 cups each) <BR> Carb per serving 31g <BR> Prep 25 minutes Cook 40 minutes <BR> <BR> 2 tablespoons of olive oil <BR> 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves <BR> 11/2 cups finely chopped onion <BR> 1 8-ounce package fresh mushrooms sliced <BR> 1/2 cup shredded carrots <BR> 1 tablespoon minced garlic <BR> 1/3 cup uncooked long-grained rice <BR> 1 14.5 ounce can reduced sodium chicken broth <BR> 1 cup water <BR> 1/4 teaspoon nutme... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:30:50 EST Autumn Fruit Salad Courtesy of Diabetic Living <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Servings 4(3/4 cup salad and 1 tablespoon yogurt mixture each) <BR> Carbohydrate per serving 20g <BR> Start to Finish 15 minutes <BR> <BR> 2 ripe pears cubed <BR> 2 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted <BR> 1/4 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt <BR> 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar <BR> Ground cinnamon (optional) <BR> <BR> 1.... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:01:47 EST Pesto-Parmesan Topper Great quick and easy meal: Feeds 1 or as many as necessary. <BR> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <em>422</em> <em>333</em> <em>423</em> <em>423</em> <BR> <BR> Compliments of Diabetic Living: <BR> <BR> Servings 1 (3-ounce chicken and 1/4 cup topping) <BR> Carb per serving 2g <BR> Start to Finish 10 minutes <BR> <BR> 1 3 ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast half <BR> 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil <BR> 1 tablespoon finely shredded parmesan cheese <BR> 2 teaspoons roaste... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 17:23:21 EST Pumpkin-Apple Quick Oatmeal <em>481</em> <em>465</em> <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> Recipe Courtesy of Diabetic Living <BR> <BR> Servings 4 (3/4/ cup oatmeal and 2 Tablespoons yogurt each) <BR> Carb per serving 35 or 32 g <BR> Start to Finish 10 minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> 11/3 cups water <BR> 2/3 cups apple juice or apple cider <BR> 1/2 cup-canned pumpkin <BR> 1/3 cup chopped dried apples <BR> 1 Tablespoon brown sugar <BR> 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg <BR> 1/2 cup vanilla non-fat yogurt... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:32:28 EST Despised no longer Today, I have had one of those moments. A moment when I realized how much my life has, and continues to change. I miss exercise! I never really considered the role it began to play as I have changed my lifestyle to fit with my priorities of health and overall well-being. As I have commented repeatedly, when I began this journey, I hated every step I took. However, literally I knew my life depended on it. <BR> <BR> I have had some setbacks which have prevented me from my usual routine. ... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:19:56 EST Moderation Today I was once again reminded by my Spark Coach session of some very important lessons I need to keep in mind. The words which jumped out for me were moderation and perfectionism. <BR> "Moderation in all things". This is something heard again and again. Sometimes I even practice it. Actually, I am fairly often successful. However, as I reflect I question the relationship of moderation and balance. For me, although subtle I can see some minute differences which I may need to look more ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:34:46 EST The Power of Visualization Last night, following a great deal of reflection, I made a difficult decision. I realized it was time for me to quit fighting and let go. As I am trying to put all the pieces together, I am wondering why is it that we make the simplest things the most difficult? Why create extra stress by creating obstacles where there is no need? <BR> <BR> I realize challenges are necessary for growth, however, they can also be detrimental to your personal balance and well-being. For me, the act of l... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:43:14 EST Spark Coach Reflection-Sabotage by Others Today, the lesson was on sabotage. Do others sabotage (or try) our best efforts? If this is the case, what is the motivation? Is it misguided affection? Dislike of change in your relationship? <BR> or simply being mean? <BR> <BR> These behaviors take many forms, and most of us have been confronted with some of them. <BR> The bottom line, is Do you have someone, or something which interferes with your plan? <BR> If so, the best plan of defense is preparation. Know what to expect, and hav... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:59:41 EST A Surprising Revelation Motivation comes in many forms. It has a way of sneaking up on you without your knowledge. <BR> The timing is always right. Even though we remain unaware, or indifferent to its presence it continues to do its work. Often, our awareness comes slowly as if we have been in a deep sleep. Which, in many ways we are. <BR> <BR> I would like to share something which caught my attention as we were driving by. It was a <BR> logo on the side of a gym- "Be Fit, Be Healthy, Belong". The words stuc... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 18:01:03 EST Growing along the way It is my belief that life is a journey, and you have the ability to choose the direction you take. Fortunately, there are many opportunities to re-choose. <em>246</em> <BR> It was suggested in Spark Coach, as it often is, that we blog about our chosen journey. <BR> <BR> I have chosen to live a life which is healthy and active. I choose to work towards the best quality of life possible! Today, we were to consider some of the changes we have noted along the way. <BR> I made the decision to... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:28:52 EST Spending the night in the Emergency Room Today, I am able to laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Last night was one of chaos and confusion. You never know what life has in store. I was working on my pantry, in an attempt to get rid of an infestation of bugs which likely were in some product I purchased and spread like wildfire. I was feeling a sense of accomplishment as I was on schedule with my to-do list. <BR> Things can change so quickly. <BR> <BR> Suddenly my finger was gushing, and I looked at the floor to find the bl... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:08:54 EST Nutritional Changes I would like to make (Spark Coach Assignment I have joined the Spark Coach team, and one of the tasks suggested was to write a blog about the changes I would like to make in my nutritional habits. This will be good for me in many ways. <BR> Accountability is, naturally one of them. Writing things down is one of the methods I use, when I <BR> begin to feel things are escalating out of control. <BR> 1, Monitor water intake <BR> 2. Decrease sodium and Fats <BR> 3. Plan meals ahead <BR> 4. Limit distractions while eating. Eat more slowl... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:01:42 EST Re-connecting with my Spark Friends After taking a sabbatical from regular, active Sparking I have concluded it is time to resume. I miss the comments and camaraderie. It is necessary for me to accept the fact that I continue to have certain limitations. However, learning to ways around the challenges is a journey which will result in positive outcomes. I believe it will be one of my most useful healing tools. The positive <BR> outlook, and determination of those following the ups and downs of their life journey provides... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:57:32 EST Celebrating the progress of my Friends It is my intention to provide a brief update. I have not been very active lately. However, as circumstances have permitted I have made an effort to keep the Spark alive. Reading articles, <BR> gathering information, and viewing the progress of my wonderful and supportive friends. I see so many positive things occurring in the lives of so many. This provides motivation and inspiration for me. <BR> In keeping with "brief" suffice it to say I have found a healthcare team which appear to be... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:19:06 EST Medication Anxiety A brief request for some positive thoughts. My personal experience with medications has not been good. My Doctor has put me on something new. Naturally, I am near to the final hour as I procrastinate. Quite frankly, I am afraid. However, it is something to help me sleep, and the lack <BR> is definitely affecting my life quality. <BR> <BR> I have often had anxiety attacks simply as the result of being afraid of what often happens. I realize that it is not a good thing to expect the wo... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 22:48:50 EST The Medical Community is Finally Becoming more Nutrition Conscious Today I was, believe it or not, (temporarily, of course), speechless. I am in the process of changing most of my medical team. I spent 2 1/2 hours with an individual I am considering for primary care. <BR> <BR> I will try and be as concise as possible. As we were discussing various issues, she actually questioned me about my exercise routine. Surprise number one. As the conversation continued she posed the theory that some of the abdominal distress I have post food was what I was eating... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:56:25 EST Autumn Fruit Salad By this time it is clear I incorporate the Diabetic Diet into my rather eclectic plan. <BR> This is something I found in Diabetic Living. <BR> <BR> Servings: 4(3/4 cup servings salad and 1 tablespoon yogurt mixture each) <BR> Start to finish 15 minutes <BR> <BR> 2 ripe pears, cubed <BR> 2 Tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted <BR> 1/4 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt <BR> 1 Tablespoon honey or agave nectar <BR> Ground cinnamon (optional) <BR> <BR> 1. In a medium bowl c... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:34:58 EST Chaotic Life Truth be told, I am an individual who needs structure. I am at my best when I plan my days. I perform at my peak when I know what to expect. When life changes course, as it often does, and my expectations go out the window, I find it difficult to deal with the hurt, disappointment, or simply changing direction. There are times it throws me off sync and I become dysfunctional. As this happens it becomes necessary for me to really re-create a structured existence. <BR> <BR> Five years ag... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:04:08 EST