HUNGRYWOMAN2's SparkPeople Blog HUNGRYWOMAN2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Journey through my Journal I was cleaning out some boxes yesterday, and found the journal I began last year when I became serious "again" about losing weight and eating healthy. Strangely enough, it was dated a year ago on that day. <BR> I have been struggling with the same number of pounds recently, and have become quite frustrated. Of interest to me was the same struggle a year ago. However, I am down 10 pounds so I am struggling with a whole new set of numbers. I am grateful for this, and Spark has been instrume... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:33:19 EST Train Wreck At some point my attempts at a healthy lifestyle have become derailed. The pounds creeping up, fatigue, and general lack of motivation eventually caught my attention. Initially, although knowing what I needed to do, I simply could not find it within myself to take action. <BR> <BR> Eventually, I came to my senses and took stock of my basic plan. I made some revisions in order to make it less overwhelming. I joined some Spark challenges to help keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> I have returne... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:44:55 EST A New Beginning My journey definitely does not follow a straight path. There are many curves and ups and downs. I have made the decision that I would like to take an easier path. However, I realize that nothing worthwhile is easy. At least not for me. <BR> <BR> I have been recovering from health issues for some time. As usual, when I need to take the best care of myself I can, I neglected to do the things I know I need to do to get healthy and active once again. Now that I am feeling better again I am... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:03:15 EST Here I go- again It seems like this has been a month of starting over. I had developed some healthy habits. I was tracking my calories, eating healthier, and keeping active. Then it happened...two and 1/2 weeks I was sick. One by one, I watched my healthy habits disappear. I let my healthy eating slide, I gained some weight, and stood by as everything came to a standstill. <BR> Now that I am feeling better I know it is time to renew my efforts. Somehow my motivation to actually act on this knowledge i... Sun, 7 May 2017 11:49:52 EST Worried Pet Parent Approximately six months ago I adopted a rescue cat. I had lost my companion of fifteen years, and after a period of mourning him I felt the need and readiness for another. I wanted another Snowshoe because they generally have the temperament which suits me best. I found one and drove 100 miles to pick him up. Since that time he has had me wrapped around his little paws. I am not certain who is training who as we continue to adapt to one another. <BR> Lately we have been having issues wit... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:06:36 EST Exercise Reluctance It is raining today, and I am feeling restless. Yesterday, I tracked the most steps on my fit bit in a very long time. Unfortunately, I was not able to sync them to my activity tracker. I am reluctant to do my cardio, but there is a part of me that says JUST DO IT! I have completed my yoga practice, and the first thing I did was eat an early lunch. Oh well, I suppose that won't hurt too much as long as I don't continue the trend. <BR> <BR> I am trying to decide whether or not I want to ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 13:37:59 EST Eating for Hunger or... The nibble monsters are attacking and it is only mid-morning. It feels like I am hungry, but am I really? Currently I am drinking a glass of water to keep them at bay. I ate breakfast, however, it probably could have been less carbs and more protein. This satisfied me for a couple of hours until I crossed paths with some Russel Stover's diet candies. The chocolate and caramel turtles called out to me. Not bad, except it happened not once, but twice. I am trying to stay away from proce... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:20:56 EST Back to the Basics I have joined Spark People small steps challenge. It is helping me to step back and focus on the basics. There are times I become overwhelmed and it is helpful to return to the basic steps which provide the foundation of health. Yesterday the challenge was adding 10 minutes of activity. Today, it was to eat a healthy breakfast. So far, I have met my goals. But I must remember it has only been two days and I am on the journey of a lifetime. <BR> <BR> I have been away from home for a few... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:02:06 EST A Fresh Start Today, having re-evaluated many of my unhealthy patterns, I wiped the slate clean. I have made the commitment to slowly, replace my unhealthy practices with ones which are healthier. I began by joining a new Spark challenge. Although not perfect, which needs to be eliminated from my pattern of thinking, I did take some positive steps. <BR> <BR> My Spark challenge was to find 10 minutes to fit in some exercise. We went to the mall and I exceeded that by walking at least 90 minutes. Prior t... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:27:59 EST Struggling I feel as though I have hit a brick wall. Perhaps it is the proverbial rock bottom. It has come to the point where I can not stand myself. It was suggested in a Spark article that writing a blog about your journey might be helpful. This one is not heading in a very positive direction. <BR> <BR> I am not usually in charge of my meals, and frequently fail to eat what has been suggested by the doctor of my wellness program. He recommends whole foods, no sugars or substitutes, healthy oils,... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:24:24 EST It's all in the Head I am an individual who has a mood disorder. I have the usual range of emotions that all have the only difference can be the intensity. For example, lately I have been extremely irritable. Some of the things which bother me are way out of proportion to the situation. I know this, but my reaction remains the same. No matter how hard I try to talk myself out of it I just don't get through to myself. <BR> <BR> I don't know how many times I have been told it is all in your head. Just a few ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:46:56 EST Derailed Today, I was doing fairly well with my plan. I completed my yoga routine and was drinking my water. Lately I have been tracking my food again to see if I am meeting my nutritional requirements. I maintained my calorie range until I became stressed. Just like that all of my hard work was sabotaged as I began to eat some animal crackers. <BR> I realized that my cat is favoring his right paw, and just isn't acting like himself. Tomorrow I will check with his vet. I am just hoping that in t... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 20:33:50 EST Regaining control over the scale Once again, I have found myself in a battle with the scale. Even though I know that the number fluctuates naturally as a part of the life cycle, I am finding myself unwilling to accept this lately. <BR> <BR> Recently, I had issues with fluid retention which caused the scale to regularly climb at a quick pace. My doctor and I have been working on this and I finally was seeing some improvement. <BR> As the fluid left, I actually saw my baseline weight. <em>224</em> It has been hovering th... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 10:18:54 EST Medication Change I am extremely sensitive to medications. This makes it a big challenge for my doctor to find the right combination to treat my bi-polar and anxiety symptoms. When there is an extremely rare side effect it seems as though I am one of those lucky ones to exhibit it. Fortunately, I have a fantastic doctor who understands the interactions of medications. I may be taking something for years and then suddenly something happens. It either quits working or some unexpected effects occur. This se... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:11:31 EST Every Bite Counts Throughout my life my weight has gone up and down in cycles. I am currently in an upward spiral which I am trying desperately to curtail. There are many reasons for this, and many of them need to be treated professionally. However, the one thing I can control is what, when, and how I eat. <BR> <BR> Because I have become more aware of my eating patterns there are a few things I have noted. <BR> For the sake of brevity I will not attempt to note all of my patterns here. I feel that one of ... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 13:25:32 EST 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