JANUINE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JANUINE JANUINE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ I Am What I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741445 I've been doing a lot of deep thinking lately. There has come a time in my life that I need to make some decisions. Where I want to go. What do I want to accomplish in my lifetime. I think there is a statement that everybody makes at one time in their life. 'Wish I had known then what I know now'. What differences would this have made in my life? Well, now that I am in the second half of my life I want to hopefully live a little wiser. Not wait ten years later and think 'man, I wish I had don... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:07:14 EST Getting in Shape in Ancient Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740796 I ran across this video on Youtube. After watching it I don't mind going to the gym so much. Those poor women of the past. What they went thru to get in shape. Literally being pulled, pushed and kneaded into shape. Would you have gone thru this? <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek6tHGvTT74 </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:31:21 EST What's Your Excuse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740015 Yesterday during aqua aerobics I had an AHA moment. Every have one of those? I was doing the movements and took a look around me. I looked at all of the lovely ladies that I take this class with. I've gotten to know several of them and count them among my friends. Most of them are into their sixties and beyond. I've gotten to know one lovely lady that is 93. I really admire them. Most of them are much older than I am and here they are making the effort to workout. So with that said, what's y... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:09:00 EST Bra Boo Boo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739327 Okay. Confession time. Yesterday morning I went to the store to do my grocery shopping. When I was leaving the house I kept thinking that something was off. That there was something I forgot to do. But I couldn't think of anything. So off I went to HEB and did my shopping. When I got home and changed clothes into something more comfortable, I discovered what it was. <BR> <BR> Ladies. Do you, like me, have a comfortable droopy bra that you wear at home where no one can see? And a more support... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:46:51 EST Hanging in There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738615 I am back on track. I have been working hard for the last two weeks on my weight loss journey. I have been on this road many, many times. But this is my last time. I did well week before last and lost 3.5 lbs. However this morning I stepped on the scale and this is how I felt (ode to Star Trek). No loss. Same as last weigh in. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969801398.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, I'm a very emotional eater so I had a long talk with myself. I know what ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:08:52 EST Never Doubt The Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927608 I have had a tough week. I’ve been going thru a lot personally. But my biggest struggle has been with myself over my meal plan. In the last two weeks I have been following a plan that came with my stuff for the DDPYOGA program. In those two weeks I did lose about five pounds. I made the mistake of reading an article in a magazine about another diet and it claimed that you could lose a lot of weight in one week. It messed with my mind. Rather, I let it mess with my mind. I got off cour... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:09:19 EST Finally Back In Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4882596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558426842.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am finally back in Onederland. I was there about two years ago and lost my way. I wandered back into Twoville. But I am very glad to be back. I plan to never go to Twoville again. I have worked too hard to get here. <BR> <BR> I tried on a pair of black jeans I bought when I was here before and they fit. In fact they are a little loose. But I'm going to find a way to wear them even in this warm weather. <B... Tue, 15 May 2012 12:51:38 EST Never Complain About Exercising Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870405 The following is a link to a video on YouTube about a man named Arthur. If you can watch this without crying for joy you're a stronger person than me. After seeing what he has accomplished I feel that I have no right to complain about exercising, ever! Needless to say I have already ordered the DDPYOGA dvds to give it a try myself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=5wVbvOg704k </link> <BR> <BR> It's amazing what he has overcome. <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 May 2012 11:36:51 EST Thank You to the Fates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864600 Just wanted to do a quick blog while I was thinking about it. Yesterday I went walk/running in the park. I had completed my C25K and was walking out the last mile so I could complete my 3 mile route. Just as I was finishing up and walking along the front part of the trail that runs along the street side I got a very nice surprise. Now you have to imagine my condition at that time. I was very red faced and sweaty by this time. The following is an example. And yes, my face was probably a... Thu, 3 May 2012 11:33:45 EST A Few Observations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863694 Thought I'd just give my observations on a few things I've noticed on SparkPeople. I often scan thru the blogs just to see what's up with members. One of the most often blog titles contain the words 'Starting Over'. When I go to the Spark pages I often see that they have been members for two years or more. I know this is tough but I hope they keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556613550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Keep moving forward, don't look back.... Wed, 2 May 2012 20:43:09 EST Dance Walking - Gotta Try It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861625 This was posted on my Facebook page. You gotta try it. Know I am. Sorry it's just a link but I couldn't figure out how to get the actual video added here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=Ib3Duz_6a9M </link> <BR> <BR> I makes me smile. Tue, 1 May 2012 16:47:50 EST Greedy Fat Begone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829493 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l211291273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay. Yesterday when I did my weekly weigh in I only lost one pound. I know for me any loss is a good loss. But I worked really hard last week and I don't think I did anything that kept me from not losing more. I ate what I was supposed to eat and I worked out hard. But that stupid scale made me upset. I tried not to let it get to me, but that is easier said than done sometimes. <BR> <BR> Then the more I tho... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:25:43 EST Supermarket Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824983 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l397082270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I went this morning and did my grocery shopping. Sometimes I think I should count it as fitness minutes because I often forget something and have to trek all the way to the other end of the store. Sometimes that happens more than once. Okay, usually that happens. <BR> <BR> I got my shopping done and made my way to the front of the store. I searched thru the lanes for one that had the fewer carts and landed in ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 20:59:10 EST Today's Walk/Run C25K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823794 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529319513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've restarted training with the Couch to 5K program. I have no big ambition to run a 10K or a marathon. I just want to be able to run and finish a 5K. I'll see where I go after that is accomplished. <BR> <BR> I'm back on doing the first week of the program. It is probably a breeze for those who carry a lot less weight than I do, but it is work for me. <BR> <BR> It's fairly simple. I use a MP3 that helps a l... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:49:27 EST Three Simple Rules http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4819227 I was sitting here wondering about what I would write. So I went to my motivation folder and looked at what I had there. I came across this one and it just said everything that I would like to say. It has spurred me on to go forward and accomplish reaching a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l6352166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope it does the same for you. Tue, 3 Apr 2012 20:54:19 EST Where Has My Whimsy Gone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817518 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l310687015.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been a long time since I've seen my whimsy. Over the last ten years I have gone thru a lot. A lot of illnesses. A couple of times they were life threatening and I wasn't sure I'd make it. But thank God and my stubborness, I'm still here. Now I am having to deal with type 2 diabetes, but with proper eating and exercise, I've got it pretty much under control. <BR> <BR> Today I started thinking that I mis... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:03:17 EST Changing My Way of Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815010 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529412675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scales this morning even though my actual weigh in day is until tomorrow. It's a bad habit I have of thinking that the number on the scale is the only measurement of how I'm doing. It can be very destructive to my way of thinking. But as I sat here at my desk mulling over what I would write about in my blog, I came to a startling realization. (I know it's a lot of big and serious words). But t... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 13:26:33 EST Butterflies in the Bluebonnets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806316 Finally got outside today to go for a walk. The weather is warm, there's a breeze blowing and the sun is out. Around the bend and up the road from where I live I noticed a field full of bluebonnets. It was a beautiful sight. A sea of blue backed by green. Then I noticed all the little butterflies flitting all thru the field. It made me smile. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose as much weight as I would have liked this week. I did lose a pound and I have always tried to go by the philosophy that ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 21:29:27 EST Changing My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289041 I've been reading Dr. Oz's book about a new way of thinking about food. It's called 'You Losing Weight'. It's only got about 120 pages for the whole book. But just reading the first few chapters has already realigned my way of thinking about what I eat. I have tried so many diets (a word that has become negative to me) and never had any long term success. Or else I wouldn't still be struggling with the issue now. <BR> <BR> I want to not have to even think about it. For it to become aut... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 23:32:47 EST I Am Not A Runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3729765 My Day's Revelation <BR> <BR> I went for my walk/jog this morning and quickly discovered that I was not ready to step up to the next level of the workout. After my second jog which was increased to five minutes I felt it in my shins. And it was NOT a good feeling. I think I still have too much weight on me to do that kind of stress on my legs, especially my shins. I am glad I worked up to this point because my breathing is much better. And my recovery time is much faster. <BR> <BR> But... Wed, 20 Oct 2010 23:09:23 EST A Vast Darkness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3727074 Things To Be Happy About. <BR> <BR> So the one I picked for today is 'A Vast Darkness'. I really thought about that and what it would mean to me. To me it's like looking into a very dark night. A night where you don't really see anything except the blackness of the night. No landscape, no moon, no trees, no nothing. It should be a sort of scary thought. But to me it's like a totally blank chalkboard. A place where you can write anything you want. Create anything you want. Begin a n... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:00:00 EST Thinking About Stuff to Fill the Void http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3717591 Think sometimes we overthink stuff. Ironic huh? I've been thinking lately since I no longer think of food as entertainment I need to find something else to fill that void. Here's just a few ideas. <BR> <BR> Crocheting - I really do enjoy it and now that the weather is getting cooler I don't mind having a afghan lying on my lap while I work on it. <BR> <BR> Music - I don't listen to music as a rule but I'm thinking about getting out all my vinyl records and starting to play them again. M... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:27:33 EST Food Is Nourishment Not Entertainment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3713270 I figured out that food is for nourishment and not entertainment. Food is provided to feed our bodies and keep us going. To maintain our health. But I have been using all my life to entertain me. To fill the void when I'm bored. To soothe my emotions when I'm upset. To make me feel better if I'm depressed. But that's not right. <BR> <BR> I need to think of food as providing me the means to keep my body going not growing. It's an epiphany I intend to learn from. <BR> <BR> So my mantr... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:09:34 EST My Spare Tires http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3691763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l924319991.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was sitting in my chair in the living room watching TV. A commercial came on and I looked down at the magazine that was on my lap. For some reason I noticed the shape of my stomach. You know, I've heard the expression 'spare tires' when referring to someone who is overweight. But I never really fully understood what that meant until that moment I noticed it. <BR> <BR> I visualized the extra weight around my ... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 14:38:13 EST I Was Almost A Hippie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3671793 I actually was not old enough to get into that scene. But not long after that I became one of the groovy people. I was watching a video yesterday. Actually it was just a recording, but it made me nostalgic. It was of an interview that was done with John Lennon. Apparently, some teenage guy snuck into Lennon's hotel room and managed to get an interview with him. It was during Lennon's 'give peace a chance' phase. I enjoyed it. Mainly because I had never heard of it before and because i... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 15:47:48 EST My High School Psyche http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3667903 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419620334.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found my high school year book when going thru some stuff. Yea, that's me. I was looking thru the pages and something occurred to me. I was actually quite a cute girl in high school. But if that was true, then why did I feel so inferior. All the girls that were in the 'popular' category were my friends. I wasn't an outcast, I wasn't ignored or looked past. But for some reason I never felt like one of the ... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 15:25:32 EST My Box of Monsters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3619365 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280155016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a dream last night. When I woke up it was still on my mind. It was so vivid that I even saw it in color. I dreamed I was with a group of people. Don't know who they were. But we had guns. I went to a room (think it was a storage room) and there I had a collection of monsters. All sizes and sorts. The people let them loose and started hunting them. All except one box. One box that I couldn't he... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 17:20:34 EST Take Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3435179 I started using Weight Watchers online a couple of weeks ago. I did really well with the first week. However last week was a different story. But it was fine because the disruption was a visit from my niece and her daughter. It was great to have them here. I don't get to see them very often because they live about four hours away. She has become a woman with a child, one on the way, married and a regular job. From where she came, I am very proud of her. But as what happens, she now ha... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 13:27:27 EST What A Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2365914 Oh what a day! I have been working for eight months trying to get a family property sold. It is driving me up the wall. Problem is it was all done back when very little records were kept. But I hope to have it done by mid month. It just seems the more information you give them, the mor info they want. <BR> <BR> Today was my Mom's birthday. She turned 86. She was telling everyone at church that she was turning 83. I thought that was sort of funny to tell people that. I gave her a car... Tue, 1 Sep 2009 20:29:00 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2361378 I've had a very busy year. With everything that has been going on, staying on a diet and exercise have not been a priority. But now, thankfully, I'm in a place where I can now get that part of my life in order. I decided a week ago that the time had come. <BR> <BR> Just a little about me. I am 54 (in years only) and am my mother's soul caregiver. She is 85 and not able to get around very well. I quit my job and have been taking care of her for the last seven years. Thankfully, our fam... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:05:22 EST