ICEHOUSEGUITAR's SparkPeople Blog ICEHOUSEGUITAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Oh my gosh, it's a new blog! I wanted to share with you, on this beautiful September morn, some thoughts from a dear friend who lives in Paris. She is both an RN and a psychotherapist and she blogs weekly about her life in France. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this particular blog with all my Spark friends. I hope you enjoy it and find its wisdom and compassion and good, solid horse sense as compelling and helpful as I did. Let's keep on keeping on! <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>386</em> <em... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:33:42 EST NSV: How Did This Happen? A couple of days ago I found some old button down shirts of mine I used to wear when I was at my post-illness heaviest. I washed and dried them and hung them up without trying them on. <BR> <BR> Out of curiosity yesterday, I tried one on yesterday. OMG. They hung on me like a sack, like I was wearing a really large man's shirt. What happened???!!!! <BR> <BR> I say this because I don't feel thinner, smaller, lighter, or different than when the shirts fit. How can this be? I'm wonder... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:36:53 EST Pig Races! Pig Races at the Texas State Fair, opening day! <BR> <BR> Best viewed in HD for all the blazing glory. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Jane Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:22:43 EST I'm at Maintenance and guess what? I don't know how much I weigh; I don't know how much I've lost; and I don't care. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> All I know is that I look and feel like myself again and that was always the goal. Numbers were never the goal. <BR> <BR> Through Sparkpeople I've developed new habits of eating--very tiny portions!--and new habits of exercise. I still cross train because it's what I love to do, but I apply the TED talk rule of 20 minutes to all my activities because I know I will do them. Twenty ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 08:31:39 EST One Year Anniversary Post! Yes, I've been here a year and what a year it has been. Quiet, calm, steady, peaceful. Okay, well maybe not that peaceful, but I digress. I'm proud to say I've been Sparking for one year exactly today. So what's changed you may wonder? <BR> <BR> Me. <em>334</em> You knew I was going to say that, didn't you? <BR> <BR> I was fumbling for answers and solutions to my fitness and body woes. I went from a very healthy, happy gym rat to someone who experienced congestive heart failure (... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 09:21:19 EST Week 23: Day 7 Happy Mother's Day, everyone! I hope today is an extra-special one! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> My own mother passed away more than 20 years ago. Here is a photo of her: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And, for good measure, here is a photo of her mother: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a super day, everybody! Love and success to us all! <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Sun, 13 May 2012 05:50:06 EST Week 23: Day 6 Happy Saturday, everyone! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I have always loved Saturday mornings. When I was little bitty my dad and I spent every Saturday morning doing fun stuff--eating pancakes, running errands, and riding horses. Good memories! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm off to work in a little while. Yes, let's all find a cooler climate and move there. Seriously. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Hope it's a fun day for everyone today! Love and success to us all! ... Sat, 12 May 2012 07:33:31 EST Week 23: Day 5 So I fiddled around the Fitness Tracker again yesterday, trying something different. I don't think I succeeded in what I was trying to do. LOL! Something I want to do in its setup is get credit for the things I do daily but not get credit for things I DON'T do daily. I'd like to get those daily Spark Points to reflect my genuine activities. I'll keep trying! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> No rain, but it's still nice here. I think I need to move to a cooler climate! I had a good friend in ... Fri, 11 May 2012 08:07:10 EST Week 23: Day 4 Well, I'm thankful to know it isn't me! Thank you for explaining the way the Fitness Tracker can be used. <em>304</em> <em>304</em> I really feel they should offer a more customize-able Tracker for folks like me (us?) whose fitness plans morph. Maybe they will! Hope so, anyway. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Beautiful sunrise this morning in Dallas! It's been cooler recently and I sure wish it could stay this way a bit longer. Here is a photo I took last summer of "Texas Shade": <BR> <... Thu, 10 May 2012 07:51:18 EST Week 23: Day 3 Okay, I admit it: It's fun being back. <BR> <BR> But I'm extremely self-conscious that I don't have anything new to say or to report other than some really fine weight loss and improved health. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I fiddled around with the Exercise Tracker yesterday, and, so help me, I still can't set it up to fit my needs. I was able to customize the Food Tracker effortlessly. I set the ET up the day I joined, not knowing I was going to be sick with shingles for 3 months. I've d... Wed, 9 May 2012 09:00:23 EST Week 23: Day 2 Okay, I'm kinda sorta back. I may blog the whole week. Not sure, though, because I really don't have anything new to say. <BR> <BR> But I want to thank everyone for the comments! Your goodies are on the way! <em>224</em> <em>223</em> Your support means so much! <BR> <BR> Yes, I show up here multiple times per day recording every smidgen I eat and every drop I drink. I am still amazed at how I enjoy doing this because I'm not normally like this. I'm a disciplined person but I don... Tue, 8 May 2012 08:55:35 EST Week 23: Day 1 No, I'm not really back. At least, I don't think so, but I wanted to check in since I just celebrated my 5 month Sparkiversary last Saturday. I said when I stopped daily blogging that I was going on hiatus to pause, reflect on, and regroup my efforts. Here's a bit of the process... <BR> <BR> I mentioned this morning that I "suspected" I've lost 10 pounds since Sparking. Yes, I've not confirmed the number since I'm not Sparking by the scale; I weigh occasionally so I have an idea of what... Mon, 7 May 2012 08:50:01 EST Week 11: Day 7 I'm going on blogging hiatus. I've got to think things through a bit and finally find that second wind I keep mentioning here. I won't be leaving SP, though. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I really love it here and adore all of the people I've met. Everyone inspires me. <BR> <BR> I'll still be here every day recording what I eat and drink and will be telling you how much coffee I'm having in the mornings, though. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Love to all! <em>252</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:17:51 EST Week 11: Day 6 Saturdays are always fun in one way or another. My students today were great and I really enjoyed the Chinese food I ate (a lot!) afterward. <BR> <BR> I came in at just under 1200 calories, so I've not had a single day--since joining SparkPeople--of going over (or coming close to) my daily allowance. Wow, thank you SP for showing me the way to easy portion control! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Love to all! <em>252</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 16:13:17 EST Week 11: Day 5 A lovely day. <em>334</em> I'm still eating a bit more each day and don't know what to do about it. (Um, eat less?) But I can tell I've been genuinely hungry and so I've been opting to eat healthy choices. I don't binge or engage in any mindless eating. <BR> <BR> Although I've been drinking some--no alarms necessary! <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> <em>33</em> I've been socializing much more than I usually do and so I've had Lite Beers along the way. All duly recorded in m... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:31:11 EST Week 11: Day 4 Another thing that has kept me rocking and rolling this week is the concert my friend guitarist Andrew York gave in NYC. It was a tremendous success. <em>334</em> And I was completely thrilled that my friend Sharon Isbin, guitarist extraordinaire, was able to attend. Here is a post-concert photo: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still eating a bit more. I believe I'm averaging about 1100 calories a day at the moment. I'm still waiting... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 12:51:38 EST Week 11: Day 3 Oh yes, this is long after the fact but I remember what's up from day to day. It's been an unusual week so I am late, late, late with daily blogging. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> My friend's mother had hip surgery, her second in two years, and is recovering well with no complications. That said, it is doubtful she will ever walk again and will require full-time professional help. I've lost all my immediate family already, so I have an understanding of what he's going through. We all go throug... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 09:42:42 EST Week 11: Day 2 Valentine's Day! I love it! I'm unattached these days, except for my dogs, and I'm completely happy. I feel very lucky. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> It has not been a quiet day, by any means. A friend's mother is having emergency surgery after arriving at the hospital via ambulance. I believe things will go well as his mother is a strong person and has good vitals. <BR> <BR> I am staying within my calorie range but I've eaten more today. I had some pizza and a glass of red wine. Yum! ... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:47:48 EST Week 11: Day 1 Week 11! I can't believe it, but here it is, big as life. I've been here every day and have loved every second of it. I check in first thing every morning! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still in my holding-thinking-adjusting pattern. I'm maintaining my 1000 calories per day and am fitting in exercise, too. Today I walked to work, which is about 2 miles each way. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm working on getting my second wind. I'm eager for more progress! I think my new ha... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:36:09 EST Week 10: Day 7 Yes, this is waaayy after the fact, but I still want to write as if it's Sunday. Silly, yes, but that's just me. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'm "late" writing my entries because I'm (still) thinking and adjusting and planning for the next phase of whatever comes. <BR> <BR> I'm maintaining my 1000 calories per day and loving it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not in a holding pattern and am not plateauing--quite the opposite, I think. Time will tell. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Love to all... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:13:37 EST Week 10: Day 6 I apologize for being late with the blogs. I'm not avoiding writing them or slacking. I'm thinking. I'm thinking about the progress made--YAY!--so unexpectedly, what it means, and what I should do now. <BR> <BR> There's not a lot I can change or even want to change. I need to keep my calories where they are. I need to keep eating the foods I'm eating in the portions I've determined are right. I could exercise more. <em>211</em> I'm still off-track since having the shingles but I kn... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:18:37 EST Week 10: Day 5 Just an extra note about Day 4: Yes, I had a "little more" and treated myself to a nice glass of red wine. I don't indulge often so it was a lovely way to end the day. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling with the concept of being "hungry." I can't believe--although I should--that I am so rattled by this. I've not changed anything in my food routine--perhaps I should? I thought I could up the protein a bit so that the feeling of fullness would stick around longer. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 08:47:53 EST Week 10: Day 4 I'm hungry. <em>246</em> Yes, I really am and I don't think it's a bad thing. <BR> <BR> I'm genuinely hungry and am absolutely positive no craving is involved. Wow. It's kinda weird and kinda neat at the same time. <BR> <BR> I suspect this is showing that I'm finally getting down to brass tacks when it comes to burning calories. It took me 10 weeks to get to this point. Wow. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've had my 1000 calories for the day and I'm still a little hungry. Will I indulg... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 18:48:20 EST Week 10: Day 3 Speaking of accountability, I ate more yesterday calorie-wise than I've eaten in nearly 3 months. I ate just over 1300 calories! <em>40</em> And I was hungry!! <BR> <BR> I forgot a lot my essentials when grocery shopping last weekend and I found myself eating higher-calorie substitutions for what I was missing. For instance, I ate a bowl of chowder for lunch since I didn't have any turkey hot dogs. Oh, I ate healthy or healthy-ish, but wow, it's so easy to escalate the calories if thi... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 19:32:02 EST Week 10: Day 2 Good morning, everyone. I hope it's a marvelous day for us all. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So I've really been thinking about these next 8 weeks. I've realized I have a real shot at meeting my goals of getting toned and losing weight. Wow, I never thought this day would come! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The two magical ingredients in any success I may experience will be portion control and accountability. Those two things are my foundation now and I've got to maintain their presence in my ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:58:19 EST Week 10: Day 1 I just had a nice dinner of sweet and sour chicken with rice and vegetables. I'm maintaining my 1000 calorie average per day. Yes!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I can't believe this is Week 10! Wow! It goes by so fast and I enjoy every minute of it. I like being accountable here. I can't believe that anyone wants to know the details of what I eat every day--LOL!--but it's so nice to write something down and put a period behind each day. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I walked to to work today... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 21:54:06 EST Week 9: Day 7 So, did your team win yesterday? Mine did. ::: happy dance ::: And I didn't indulge in any Super Bowl food shenanigans. I know, how did that happen??!? <BR> <BR> It was a chill day for me yesterday and was something that I needed, evidently. I may have to do this more often until I get my strength back from the shingles episode. That was 7 weeks right there. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't attend a party yesterday but stayed put for a change. (I did some strength training and st... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 10:33:29 EST Week 9: Day 6 Yes, I'm blogging after the fact. <em>2</em> It's partially on purpose because I've reached a new point in my journey with SparkPeople. I'm reviewing the situation, as Fagin used to sing in the film "Oliver!". Things are moving now, and I have to change my thoughts--move them along, too--so that I can accomplish the next phase. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday was teaching and errands and another Mexican feast although it wasn't quite as feast-y as last time. No beer. <em>234</em>... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 08:56:37 EST Week 9: Day 5 As I just said in my activity feed, I'm definitely not hungry now. Why? Because I ate an entire footlong at Subway today. I'm not upset about it. Embarrassed maybe, but not upset because I've done it before. I still have calories to spare for the day if I need them. If I stay the way I am right now, I definitely won't need them. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I eat at Subway every two weeks since that seems to be the way my schedule works out. Sometimes I eat half of a sub and sometimes I g... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 18:19:42 EST Week 9: Day 4 I'm still averaging 1000 calories a day, but I confess I've been eating a lot of kettle corn popcorn. My daily totals are just fine but it feels weird to be eating something that is sweet. Wow, I'd like to get used to that feeling! <em>246</em> Sweets seeming alien? Wow! <BR> <BR> I did some weight training and stretching today and may do some yoga in a little while. <BR> <BR> An uneventful day today which isn't a bad thing at all. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a gre... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 21:12:30 EST Week 9: Day 3 I just had breakfast. Feelin' great. Black coffee and a breakfast sandwich come to 200 calories that totally satisfy. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's so weird to eat such a hearty breakfast every day. I know, I know, it's what we're supposed to do but I was never one to be hungry in the morning. (I take after my mom.) Now I enjoy having a nice breakfast as long as it's calorie-friendly and makes me feel fueled. <BR> <BR> I'm aware of my calories per day and I count them because the tr... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:31:24 EST Week 9: Day 2 I just ate some kettle corn popcorn. Wow, that was good! <em>40</em> I haven't had anything like it in ages and I have a real fondness for popcorn. Yum! <BR> <BR> That said, it's been a good food day so far. I doubt I'll be having anything else unless I have a glass of Odwalla's Superfood. That's another thing I like. <BR> <BR> Not ready to begin chatting about my 8 week review because I don't have it in my head yet. One of my first shocks upon arriving here, though, was discoverin... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:19:31 EST Week 9: Day 1 I am SO far behind in my blogging. <em>198</em> Not that this is an interesting read or anything, but I've found blogging makes things clear to me and provides a kind of structure I need. <BR> <BR> I think it's time to do an 8 week review. I've been mulling things over for the last week or so, and I'll write what I've learned in dribs and drabs over the next few days. <BR> <BR> I wish I weren't so tired tonight because I want to say hello and thank you to all the wonderful people who... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:38:47 EST Week 8: Day 7 Ah, Sunday. I've spent most of the day rereading one of my favorite books, Toni Morrison's Paradise. I love all her novels, but I have a soft spot for this one. <BR> <BR> I've also enjoyed the company of the dogs even more than usual, as they've been both funny and mellow today. <BR> <BR> I did some weight training and stretching today. My calories were just under 1000. <BR> <BR> It felt like an early spring day today. I wonder if winter will be visiting? <em>444</em> <BR> <BR>... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:48:38 EST Week 8: Day 6 Yeah, I'm almost 2 days behind on my blogging. Just give a girl a little scale success and she starts skipping... LOL. Nah. Not gonna happen. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I had an amazing breakfast before going to work. I had homemade, from scratch, buttermilk pancakes, and I didn't even have to make them. Heaven. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> It was a typical Saturday otherwise--work and errands--so it was a nice day. <BR> <BR> Love to all. <em>252</em> Sun, 29 Jan 2012 20:42:58 EST Week 8: Day 5 I weighed myself. I've lost 5 pounds, maybe more. I'm in shock, the good kind. I don't know what to think. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I decided to weigh because it's so plain that I'm smaller... LOL. I have a problem with swelling thanks to an autoimmune disorder, so I thought weighing at this time would tell me without a doubt if I was "unswelling" or losing weight. I think the answer is I'm doing both. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Right from the start following my Spark plan helped my ed... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:37:35 EST Week 8: Day 4 Kind of a quiet day today. Not much to report. <BR> <BR> I ate under 1000 calories today and did some yoga, some stretching, and some weight training. <BR> <BR> I took my last pill for the shingles this evening. <em>244</em> I still have pain but I'm managing now with Ibuprofen. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has had a great day today. Love to all. <em>252</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:53:21 EST Week 8: Day 3 My body and I are getting back on speaking terms. I'm beginning to understand it and it's beginning to understand me. And it's about time. <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> What drove me to the brink was doing what I was used to to doing--what always worked--and falling flat on my face. I was ready, willing, and able to try whatever would bring me back to my fit and healthy self. I couldn't find the formula and I couldn't find the key. <BR> <BR> I've lost lots and lots of inches since I've b... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:21:10 EST Week 8: Day 2 So guess what happened yesterday? That might be too big of build-up, but I felt empty yesterday between lunch and dinner. Yes, I had a hunger pang, a real one, and it felt good. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> It really is nice to be able to distinguish between hunger and craving, as we are admonished to do. Well, it was hunger and I couldn't eat until 8:30 pm, so it was a long stretch between meals. I ate a normal dinner at last and that was that. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I can see my daily... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:54:42 EST Week 8: Day 1 I've been thinking about the things I've given up. Chips. Cough drops. Eating out. <BR> <BR> Do I miss them? No, especially when I calculated that cough drops could be adding (or keeping on!) about 5 pounds a year! <em>40</em> Yeah, I was shocked, too. <BR> <BR> I really don't miss the chips. I used to munch a bunch nearly every day it seems now. You'd think I'd miss it, but I don't. <BR> <BR> I don't miss eating out at all. Who knew, eh? I enjoy preparing my own meals. <e... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:45:41 EST Week 7: Day 7 I started today with yummy leftovers from yesterday's Mexican feast. Nice way to shake things up a bit as I tend to eat the same things over and over. <BR> <BR> I'm still amazed by the magic of portion control. Portion control was something I didn't do when I was younger because it didn't seem to matter then. What mattered then was going to the gym for strength training, jumping rope every day, and doing tai chi several times a week. (I'd work in some time with StepReebok, the VHS tape... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:28:41 EST Week 7: Day 6 I'm playing catch-up this morning as I missed blogging yesterday. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I taught all day and ran errands afterwards, but the part of the day that caught me by surprise was finding myself in a new Tex-Mex restaurant for dinner. I had no plans to eat out yesterday, much less enjoying a Mexican feast along with a Lite Beer. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It was a truly yummy and fun day and I would hate to think I didn't mention it here! I've read we are to "reward" ourselves ev... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 10:08:50 EST Week 7: Day 5 So I've been here about 7 weeks and I've seen wonderful and amazing--to me--results. They are not what I would have expected. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I've met my daily calorie target every day, so I've managed around 46 days of consistent 1000 calorie (my average) days. This puts me, or should, in line and according to the math, for a loss of 7 pounds. Did I do this? I have no idea! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> The scale and I are not on speaking terms. I've left it for greener pastures--t... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:23:12 EST Week 7: Day 4 Good day. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> More later! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Love you guys! <em>252</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:10:11 EST Week 7: Day 3 So, I've been wondering, in the literal sense, why it's all working now. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I was not having problems with self-acceptance (the illness, the ageing) but I was living in constant frustration and despair of ever finding my way back. Nothing really in my "old ways" was effective except the habits I had of healthy choices. I was unable to find anything that worked. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I have a mysterious auto-immune disorder that has stumped brilliant doctors. One... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 10:02:04 EST Week 7: Day 2 I know these blog entries can't be much fun to read--sorry!--but they keep me an honest woman. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've mentioned that lucky randomness brought me to SparkPeople, and I just recently mentioned the triangle of trouble we all contend with: Food, Exercise, and Illness/Aging. <BR> <BR> I had this triangle in balance for decades. Here is a snap of me about 10 years ago. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was hap... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 14:05:49 EST Week 7: Day 1 Things are settling into a pattern, a good pattern. <em>30</em> What is that saying about doing something for 6 weeks and it becomes a habit? Well, maybe, just maybe I have established new habits of eating and new ways of thinking. I hope so!! <BR> <BR> An inspiration that lead me--it's all been random--to SparkPeople is my following a lady on Twitter whose name is @watchmedisappea. She is keeping a public food and exercise diary and she actually photographs her food every day, every ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:57:55 EST Week 6: Day 7 Just finished not watching the Golden Globes--I "watch" via my Twitter stream because it's like being at 20 different parties with very, very funny folks. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I seem to be averaging just under or at 1000 calories a day and today was no exception. I did a little weight training, too. Nice! <em>244</em> I also watched "Let the Right One In" this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I've abandoned my scale. All I have to do is look down at myself as I type this to see the results ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 23:28:54 EST Week 6: Day 6 Just finished dinner. <em>41</em> I ate around 900 calories today. No exercise yet. I just want to chill for the night, to tell you the truth, because I had a long day. <BR> <BR> I think I'll curl up with the dog and a good book for a while.. Then do some exercise. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone's getting a good start to a 3-day weekend! And Happy MLK Day to all! <BR> <BR> Love to all! <em>252</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:18:54 EST Week 6: Day 5 I had a nice day. I hope you did, too. It was a bit uneventful and I had to stay in front of the computer for most of it, but at least I'm more awake than I was yesterday. <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> I mixed things up a bit today food-wise. I tend to eat the same things over and over, so for dinner I ate a Swanson Hungry Man tv dinner, a double chicken fried steak. It had 570 calories and I ate every smidgen. What an unhealthy thing to consume, eh? (I'm cross-training my dietary habits. Ha... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:52:17 EST