IT-IS-WHATITIS's SparkPeople Blog IT-IS-WHATITIS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I talked the talk, but was not walking the walk I never left SP. I still checked in to spin the wheel and checked in with Sparkcoach, here and there. <BR> However, I stopped using the trackers, stopped blogging, stopped keeping in touch with my Sparkfriends (except ones on facebook), stopped checking in on my Sparkteams. <BR> The result: The weight came back, plus some. <BR> SPARKPEOPLE is STILL the best guide to become a healthier person. <BR> However, I talked the talk, but was not walking the walk. <BR> Time to put my favorite insp... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:13:41 EST The Spark Solution Just preordered my book The Spark Solution, which goes on sale May 7. <BR> <BR> With being totally free, I love to support SP any way I can. <BR> <BR> I love my Sparkworld!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>334</em> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:40:40 EST Set Backs Feels good to be back on track and to be making healthy decisions again. Set backs..."We ALL have setbacks. ACCEPT IT, HANDLE IT and MOVE ON!!” Yea BobbyD31, years later, and I am still quoting your line! Hopefully I will continue to move on to a healthier me. One day at a time... I will just keep focusing on making healthy choices one day at a time. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:37:33 EST PREDIABETIC wake up call Data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet (released Jan. 26, 2011) <BR> <BR> Total prevalence of diabetes <BR> <BR> Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. <BR> <BR> Diagnosed: 18.8 million people <BR> <BR> Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people <BR> <BR> Prediabetes: 79 million people* <BR> <BR> New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010. <BR> <BR> The above infor... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 23:43:22 EST SIMPLIFY SIMPLIFY SIMPLIFY Simplify. I love that word. Love the concept. I want to learn to simplify... just keep it simple. It is much harder to do than I realize. I want to just enjoy life more without the worry. Get rid of clutter. Don't keep anything I don't really need or want. I want to simplify getting healthier. Just keep it simple. Eat more raw foods. Life is so short. Just want to keep it simple. I will keep practicing at it... Simplify. Love that word... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 19:25:04 EST SAD WAY TO DISCOVER, I AM STILL AN EMOTIONAL EATER After a few years of up and downs….. I got it right…. Eating healthy, exercising, feeling good about life. Lost 65 pds so far and going strong. Had absolutely no trouble turning down desserts, junk food, I prefer the healthier foods. I was truly enjoying the person I have become….. a few incidents occurred, Mom in hospital a month, dealing with father in law developing Alzheimer's, it did not matter. Everytime, I reached for those cut up veggies in the refrig instead of a cookie or ice cr... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:49:42 EST Finally, an update.. LOL Did not realize it has been so long since I updated my Sparkpage.... in this blog I want to add a SPECIAL THANKS to all my Sparkfriends! Some I met from the start of my journey, a lot I am so thrilled to have met at the Convention, and my special ones I keep meeting through the Community Boards. It is each one of you that makes my Sparkworld sooo AWESOME!! ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to my SPARKWORLD! <BR> <BR> So glad you stopped by my SPARKPAGE! <BR> <BR> Soon to be 5 years with Sparkp... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:45:01 EST Finally cured of wanting diet soda I have been reading so many articles on diet soda being so unhealthy. All the chemicals. Yet, I could not give it up. Slowed down a lot, but could not give it up. Still got my 8 plus cups of water in daily, but still wanted my diet soda. Some days, I or 2 glasses. Other days, I would drink 4 or more glasses of diet soda. <BR> Well…. After reading this article 3 days ago, I think I am cured of wanting diet soda. Only had 2 sodas since I read the article, and could not enjoy drinking it cau... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 00:14:55 EST Goodbye 2011 Goodbye 2011. Although there were Blessings to give thanks for in 2011, it was indeed one of the roughest years of my life. Too many funerals of relatives, friends, coworkers….. too many illnesses, too many setbacks…. <BR> So happy to say hello to 2012. <BR> Mission for 2012: Stay focused, stay positive, stay healthy and SIMPLIFY. <BR> Happy New Year <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:26:00 EST NO LONGER AN EMOTIONAL EATER! Mom was very sick, (became septic from a stone in her bile duct) needed 24/7 attention which means I had to move in with her for 5 weeks. Thank God for an understanding and supportive husband. We got through the chapter, and she is much better. On most days, I had no computer, so I had to use hospital guest computer and count on husband other days to spin the wheel for me. Missed two day! Rats! I think it is sooo wonderful how I was able to still keep track of my food and exercise on a n... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:33:31 EST 3 Year SparkVersary Just completed 3 years with Sparkpeople!!! So excited!! I just said it on my Sparkpage as I updated my intro text, and I will say it again, I truly love my Sparkworld!! <BR> <BR> We had some major computer problems, it took forever just to log in everyday and keep up with my nutrition and exercise trackers. Happy to say, results are paying off as the pounds are dropping! Woo Hoo! We just got a new computer and it is sooo fast, I am excited! It will allow me to stay active in the SP Comm... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 00:57:43 EST Good to blog again Just updated my Sparkpage profile. Feels good to be blogging again. <BR> <BR> What a mess I made, but I know with a positive attitude, I can "move on". <BR> <BR> Thanks Sparkfriends for all the support! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 21:09:55 EST A weekly gratitude journal Started a new journal yesterday. <BR> <BR> A weekly gratitude journal.. <BR> <BR> I need to learn to be filled with gratitude for God’s grace. <BR> <BR> I will just list whatever I am grateful for during the week. This exercise is to help me stay in a positive attitude and stop any whining or complaining I catch myself doing. Even though most people thinks of me as a positive person with a smile on my face, I know I have a lot of room for improvement, especially behind closed doors... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 00:29:01 EST Current status IT-IS-WHATITIS is going to make September a healthier month! is my current status, and looking at alot of my Sparkfriend's current status this past week, it seems like a lot of people are trying to refocus and have a good month in September <BR> <BR> Hope all had a good first week! Good luck in achieving your Sept goals!! Sat, 4 Sep 2010 18:51:44 EST Sure wish I did not have to use it.... Even though it is one of my favorite SP quotes (from BobbyD31) <BR> Sure wish I did not have to use it… <BR> <BR> “Remember we all have Setbacks: <BR> ACCEPT, HANDLE, and MOVE ON!” <BR> <BR> Had to move the scale to show the horrible weight gain from this summer of inactivity, and being stuck in the house, eating… whatever… <BR> That was accepting it… <BR> <BR> This week I have returned to faithfully logging every calorie that enters my mouth <BR> Still can’t do any exercises, not even... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 22:16:15 EST GOOD LUCK BILLALEX70 All thoughts are with my Sparkfriend BILLALEX70 today as he starts his Pelotonia adventure, the bike tour with one goal, to end cancer. <BR> <BR> 180 miles……. Wow. What an adventure! <BR> <BR> Bill has been such an inspiration to me, always encouraging me with such a positive attitude. With his remarkable success story of his own, easy to see why he is a Sparkpeople Motivator <BR> <BR> Good luck Bill! Enjoy the adventure! Hope you get a lot of support! <BR> <BR> If you have not showe... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 09:58:42 EST Long hot inactive summer Disappointed. Supposed to be leaving next week for Hocking Hills, to do some serious hiking. <BR> THAT is not giong to happen. <BR> Been out of work for a month now, due to back injury. Still have to be totally inactive. <BR> Long hot inactive summer. Sure wish the accident happened in JANUARY instead of July!! Sat, 14 Aug 2010 23:51:46 EST Last full month Tomorrow is August 1st. Last full month of SUMMER!!! <BR> Due to the back injury, have not been able to do any biking or hiking yet!!! Hope in couple of weeks I can at least get back on the bike!! Summer is going way too fast........ ENJOY! <BR> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 23:46:54 EST THANKS THANKS for all the support while I am trying to stay focused and still make this my year. <BR> Its a challenge with the bad back, still off of work. <BR> Trying to be careful with the food intake since exercise has totally stopped for awhile. <BR> With so much encouragement from my Spark friends, I know I can STILL reach my goals! <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 24 Jul 2010 23:59:48 EST Sure footed.... I am NOT As I just posted on Facebook, <BR> I can definitely say, I am NOT sure footed..... yesterday at work, I ended up in the emergency room. P.O. had 2 mats down at the machine I was working on for the day. One mat was overlapping the other, and my foot got caught between the mats, and I went flying and falling to the floor. Overweight old ladies (as myself)... should not attempt such tricks! <BR> Messed up the back.... :-( <BR> <BR> Now I REALLY need to watch what I eat since any activity is V... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 21:59:47 EST Need a big kick..... I need a big kick in the butt to get me motivated to do as good as I was doing a few months ago! I know what i need to be doing, just can't get myself to be doing it!! I was on such a roll before I hurt my foot, which is now totally healed. <BR> Got to get energized and motivated again before I blow my chance at making 2010 my year to reach my goals!!!!! <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 23:16:03 EST Keep THE SPARK moving Updating my monthly Sparkstreak <BR> (to send out a copy of THE SPARK each month to a family or friend) <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> niece Jenny <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY <BR> friend (that I have not seen in 20 years!) Mary S <BR> <BR> MARCH <BR> sister in law Vickie, to share with 2 daughters Alisha and Amanda <BR> <BR> APRIL <BR> friend at work Laura <BR> <BR> MAY <BR> friend and SPARKER DeNean <BR> <BR> JUNE <BR> sister Sherry and niece Becky <BR> <BR> JULY <BR> left in loc... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 10:50:57 EST Garage Sales <BR> I absolutely love Garage Sales. Never know what I will find! <BR> <BR> However, this week I got another perspective on used items. <BR> After 22 years, my husband’s Aunt moved away, taking with her only what could fit in the car. I had the fun of selling a few items, donating lots to Purple Hearts, giving away stuff to anyone who wanted it, and even having a FREE garage sale, sitting out everything and anything left over for people to take, and most of it was taken. <BR> <BR> I ha... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 20:37:52 EST Ready or not Ready or not, Monday is first day of Summer. <BR> <BR> Going to try to enjoy it to the fullest, Cleveland summers goes by fast....... <BR> <BR> Biking and hiking, want to get in as much as I can this summer! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has fun summer plans! Sat, 19 Jun 2010 21:09:33 EST Time goes by soooo fast Attended my great niece’s high school graduation this past week. As I sat there, being very proud of her accomplishments, it seemed like yesterday I was sitting there watching her Mom graduate from high school. <BR> As a matter of fact, as I was sitting there with my sis in law, we realized we were standing on that same stage 35 years ago, receiving our diploma. <BR> <BR> Time goes by soooo fast. CHERISH the good times. DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF. <BR> Say I LOVE YOU as often as you can!... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 16:35:34 EST THANKS BOBBYD31 for the inspirational reminder! I was not on track for month of May to reach my 2010 goals. Had a terrible month. Could come up with a bunch of excuses…… Birthday, and anniversary celebrations, relatives from out of town, hurting my foot and not able to do any exercises for 2 weeks, but bottom line: those are all excuses……….. <BR> <BR> So, I will quote one of my favorite lines that I tell other people that has set backs. <BR> <BR> As BOBBYD31 told us at the Cincinnati Convention: <BR> <BR> ACCEPT set backs, HANDLE ... Sat, 5 Jun 2010 10:01:54 EST Have you tried a green smoothie yet? Anyone for a green smoothie? I LOVE THEM!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My two favorite ones are: <BR> <BR> Smoothie #1 <BR> ½ c water, 3 c spinach, 2 bananas, 1 cup blueberries, 10 strawberries <BR> Calories: 377, Fat 2, Carbs 93, Protein 7, Fiber 18 <BR> <BR> Smoothie #2 <BR> 1 c water, 3 c spinach, 2 pears, 1 apple <BR> Calories 298, Fat 2, Carbs 74, Protein 4 <BR> <BR> If you have a favorite, please share it with me! <BR> Sat, 29 May 2010 23:44:19 EST Another Spark on its way Completing my monthly Sparkstreak <BR> (to send out a copy of THE SPARK each month to a family or friend) <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> niece Jenny <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY <BR> friend (that I have not seen in 20 years!) Mary S <BR> <BR> MARCH <BR> sister in law Vickie, to share with 2 daughters Alisha and Amanda <BR> <BR> APRIL <BR> friend at work Laura <BR> <BR> MAY <BR> friend and SPARKER DeNean Sun, 23 May 2010 00:00:24 EST Contest ended, thanks for the help! WITHOUT REALIZING THE DEADLINE, THE CONTEST HAS ENDED! THANKS TO SO MANY THAT EMAILED ME PERSONALLY OR FACEBOOKED ME AND VOTED FOR ANNE and thanks for the ones that helped to spread the news! Have to wait until June to see if our girl wins! <BR> <BR> MIAMIA7 is a SPARKPEOPLE MOTIVATOR, chances are she motivated YOU in someway. Here's a chance to say THANK YOU and motivate HER!! <BR> <BR> PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND VOTE FOR ANNE (MIAMIA7) <BR> Afterwards PLEASE send this message to ALL of you... Thu, 13 May 2010 07:46:18 EST THANKS for the Birthday wishes! Thank you Sparkfriends for so many birthday wishes! In spite of the terrible weather today in Cleveland, rain and cold all day, (we actually had SLEET!), I had a wonderful birthday. My stepdaughter came over with my 1 year old grandson this morning to start off my day. Sam was with Gramma all morning, smiling and playing. All 5 of my brothers and sisters called me, rest of the day was filled with loved ones. A Blessed and great day. <BR> <BR> Did not have to worry about gaining back the 2 p... Sat, 8 May 2010 23:37:28 EST TWO WEEKS INTO ZUMBA People keep asking me how am I doing with my Zumba class, so thought I would report in after 2 weeks of classes. <BR> Regardless of the fact I can not even come close to the moves the instructor is doing, or go as fast on some of them as she does, I AM still constantly moving....... ha <BR> Great workout, LOTS of fun, LOTS of laugh, good time! <BR> I will give a final update on the class in 6 weeks when it ends. Sat, 1 May 2010 20:32:04 EST Have you had a MUM MUM lately? <BR> In two weeks, Grandson Sam will turn one year old. He is starting to walk around and is a bundle of joy! He is starting to eat table food, so he is eating baby finger foods for snacks. I LOVE THOSE BABY SNACKS!! Banana puffs are great! Only 25 calories for ½ cup!! MUM MUMS are fabulous with a cup of tea and only 15 calories for 2 of them! I now take them daily for my snack at work!! LOL <BR> THANKS SAM for helping Grandma to stay on track! <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 24 Apr 2010 17:49:50 EST Status on April goal to reach 2010 GOALS April Goal - 169 <BR> <BR> WOO HOO!!! I reached my April goal and on track to make 2010 MY YEAR to reach my goals!! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:55:11 EST GETTING READY TO ZUMBA!! Just signed up for 6 weeks of ZUMBA classes starting next Monday, April 19th. My niece Jen (GOT2BME1) found a class on Mondays, which is my off days so I can attend! I have heard so much about it. I think my Sparkfriend Sam (Samoder) mentioned it over a year ago. <BR> With no rhythm, I know I will make a complete fool of myself. But I think it will be fun and I will be burning calories so I won't mind too much looking stupid. LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Apr 2010 13:24:37 EST Enjoy the Easter weekend Have a very Blessed and fun Easter weekend. <BR> <BR> P.S. Remember, the DARK chocolate is healthy for us! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 17:14:46 EST Ever had food poisoning? Two days ago, I came down with food poisoning. I think it was, of all things, the fat free veggie dip I bought that day and used for the first time on my veggies and fruits. If you ever experienced it, you know what a horrible and painful couple of days it was for me. Between the stomach pain and the bathroom trips, not a good time. Over it now but very afraid to eat anything except bread and oatmeal cause it is the only food I trust right now..... I know I will get over it, but it is just... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 23:18:33 EST ITS HERE!! ITS HERE!! HAPPY SPRING!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!!! <BR> My favorite time of the year!!! Sooooo excited it has arrived!! It does not matter the temperature outside, ITS SPRING!!! Soon it will be green EVERYWHERE!!! <BR> LOVE THE GREEN!! LOVE THE SPRING TIME! <BR> Everything fresh and new once again!! HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!!! <BR> <BR> P.S. Thanks for putting up with me during my Spring countdown on my status! That was something I ... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 04:14:10 EST Another Spark is on its way Completing my monthly Sparkstreak <BR> (to send out a copy of THE SPARK each month to a family or friend) <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> niece Jenny <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY <BR> friend (that I have not seen in 20 years!) Mary S <BR> <BR> MARCH <BR> sister in law Vickie, to share with 2 daughters Alisha and Amanda <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 13:21:57 EST HOW I WILL MAKE THIS MY YEAR Ok, last week I said I would set specific goals to make sure 2010 will be MY year. <BR> Here it is: <BR> Current weight 172 <BR> <BR> By 1st week in April: Goal weight: 169 <BR> By 1st week in May: Goal weight: 164 <BR> By 1st week in June: Goal weight 159 <BR> By 1st week in July: Goal weight: 154 <BR> By 1st week in Aug: Goal weight: 149 <BR> By 1st week in Sept: Goal weight: 144 <BR> By 1st week in Oct: Goal weight: 139 <BR> By 1st we... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 10:22:33 EST NOT ACTING LIKE IT IS MY YEAR! I am telling everyone, and wrote on my Sparkpage, THIS is my year! Monday is first day of March, the 3rd month, and my actions are not acting like it is my year to reach my goals! TIME to step it up!! Not dong bad, but with 40 pds to lose this year, need to do much better!! During this week, I will set specific weight goals for each month to help me reach my final goal. I will also make a written plan on how I am going to step it up each month to become more active. <BR> I know we can’t j... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 09:56:49 EST Special blog to a new member Denean Spark friends, this week’s blog is dedicated to my postal co-worker, and good friend, Denean. She will be joining SP on Tuesday, her day off at work. At that time we will learn what user name she selected. <BR> <BR> Denean, <BR> WELCOME to SparkPeople! I know you have been hearing me talk about SP since we met at the Post Office and you see me carrying my book THE SPARK. Now you will see why I get so excited and smile when I talk about my Sparkworld! I know your goal is to use the nutritio... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 23:58:31 EST Another "SPARK" on its way! Just ordered another "THE SPARK" book to send to a longtime friend from school days that I found again on Facebook. My goal is to send THE SPARK to at least one person each month! <BR> <BR> Speaking of THE SPARK, after weeks of thinking of my collage, I finally finished it yesterday! I seen on my Sparkpoints page, I did a collage years ago when I first started SP. Although I kinda remember doing it, I must have not given it a lot of thought cause I can’t remember what I put on it, and I h... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 11:56:16 EST Needed that little "slap in the face" "ENJOY your journey to a healthier you." "HAVE FUN along the way!" Sentences that are on my Sparkpage. Sentences that I write every week on the message boards to new members. Sentences that I truly believe, but this past week I had to be reminded of my own words! Without going into details, a situation happened that made me think maybe I am not where I am suppose to be. Maybe I should give up and accept the way things are. <BR> <BR> A very caring SP friend had to give me a little “slap i... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 23:59:37 EST Definitely a WOOHOO moment! What a long exhausting week! Took Mom to doctor for bronchitis, 4 days later she is getting out of hospital after doctor found a heart condition, atrial fibrillation. Common for elderly people, but left untreated, causes strokes. Had to use a week of unexpected vacation time to stay at hospital with her. She is doing much better now. Tomorrow she will be 79 years old, and is so happy to be home. Worse part of the week, I did not get a chance to log on much to my Sparkworld! I did not get to ... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 23:22:36 EST HAVE A VERY 2010 GOOD YEAR Did not get a chance to wish each one of my Sparkfriends A HAPPY NEW YEAR on their Sparkpage, so taking this time out now to do so since it is STILL THE FIRST MONTH of the start of the new year. <BR> Wishing all the Sparkpeople in my Sparkworld a Very Happy New Year. I am excited cause I truly believe THIS YEAR will be the year I reach MY weight goal!! Here's to wishing each one of you that your hopes, desires and goals for the year come true. <BR> Have a very 2010 good year! <BR> <em>... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:46:56 EST Proof on how truly SPARKED I AM! I work at the Post Office, the main processing and distribution center. We are able to carry a disposable water bottle with us on the floor, which I do everyday. Today, I went to put my initials on the top of the cap, so when I sit it down, it won’t be confused with anyone else’s bottle. Routine I do everyday. <BR> Instead of putting BY (Becky Young), today I wrote without realizing it, SP!!! It put a smile on my face at the mistake I made and realized how truly SPARKED I AM! <BR> <em... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 02:04:44 EST ARE YOU READY FOR IT? ARE YOU READY FOR IT? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow starts the bootcamp! After very full holidays, I am SOO ready to begin the Spark your Body Bootcamp! Excellent way to start off 2010. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Jan 2010 23:47:31 EST Could you lead the way? Several of my Christmas gifts were the Wii Fit plus, the Wii Active, and a Wii microphone. <BR> I love the Wii fit, so I am excited to get the new gifts for the Wii system. <BR> A couple of my Sparkfriends, from my HC Sparkteam, Mary and Liz, also has the Wii and we are trying to work it out so that we can play each other on line. I was wondering if anyone out there has done that yet and could lead the way for us? <BR> Sat, 26 Dec 2009 23:57:04 EST Working out with Coach Nicole I just finished working out with Coach Nicole in my living room! <BR> What excellent instructions and encouraging words! She has such a sweet personality! <BR> Total enjoyment to work out with her! <BR> <BR> I am referring to the DVD: FIT, FIRM and FIRED UP! I love the way you can <BR> decide how little or how much of a workout you want to do! <BR> Stop at a 10 min session, or repeat it once or twice, or do another day of 10 min session. Create your own workout combination. She lets y... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 13:08:43 EST You will be glad you did Can’t believe Christmas is only 13 days away….. <BR> <BR> I will finish my Christmas cards and mail them this weekend ! I do 85 cards, so it takes me awhile. <BR> <BR> I have several loved ones facing very serious health issues, makes me realize how fragile life is. How people should not sweat the small stuff, how people should say I love you more often. How I have a whole different outlook on buying Christmas gifts this year. <BR> <BR> Give someone a hug. Say “I love you” to someone tod... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 23:47:30 EST