JEFFALLEN70's SparkPeople Blog JEFFALLEN70's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Frustration can lead to new expectation! I am almost back to the weight I was when I started. I am very unhappy with myself...and that's the truth of this whole situation...I am unhappy with myself. It's not a diet I can blame, it's not a friend who kept me from the gym. It's not people inviting me out to eat, or the stupid's all about me folks. It's all about my choices. I made excellent choices for a long time and lost 50 pounds. I made bad choices for a while, and put a lot of it back on. I am still ahead of the... Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:22:47 EST Where I am today Like anything else in life, if you find something that works, stick to it, and make it a priority in your life, you will be successful. If you walk away from what you know works and just try to do it without walking the walk, you will fail.... <BR> <BR> I have been failing and falling for far too long now. <BR> <BR> I got frustrated because spark people has a tendency to run slow sometimes while I'm trying to track, and I used it as an excuse to just stop trying. What was the result??? ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:30:05 EST The consequences of self-maintanence Yup, been away for a while, but now I am back. I realized somewhere along the way, (about the time my spark battery died), that I was only tracking the normal exercise, and had stepped away from tracking the food. I figured, heck, I can maintain one my own, right? I've got the habits, I've got the skills. I might even drop a few more pounds, and tracking got further and further away from what I ought to be doing. I ignored the scale, I thought what I was doing was enough. I kept telling... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:39:23 EST NetSue64's blog To all my constant must go to netsue's page, (link to it on my friends list), and read her latest blog about the old navy store. It is an experience you must share! more from me soon! keep on sparking!! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:17:28 EST 32.... I'm gonna tell you a story that you won't believe...I am not sure I believe it myself, but the facts as I am about to relate them to you are true. No names have been changed to protect the innocent...I am guilty, and I am PROUD OF IT!!! <BR> <BR> When i was in high school, I had a pair of jeans...not just any pair of jeans mind you...I had a pair of genuine Levis button fly 501 jeans. My recollection is that I found them at a thrift or second hand store, and though they didn't still have t... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:52:48 EST A Quick Note of Thanks blog post of a month or so ago is causing quite a stir! I am overwhelmed by the number of folks who have stopped by, read my blog, left me comments, and added me as a friend. This community and all it can do never ceases to amaze me. I have read every comment that was made, and hope to have time in the near future to stop by each and every person's page to drop a "thank you", but for now, let this message suffice to all of you. I am overjoyed that my thoughts and experience have ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:18:18 EST A Different Kind of Tired I just got home from work, and I am tired. It's been a very busy day. I'm in the process of training new employees, getting ready to go on vacation, I had to take my favorite walk to Walmart again today to pick up supplies, (didn't weigh my purchases this time, but I was sure relieved to put them down and know the weight wasn't mine), I was on my feet all day, and now I have a few more things to do to get ready for a staff meeting tomorrow, and the start of our vacation. I am tired. And y... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:35:42 EST 45 pounds and interesting perspective. I'm a walker...always have been. I tell others my eyesight, or lack thereof, has been the driving force that has kept me hoofing it for most of my life. The truth of the matter is, I love to walk. It just relaxes me and helps me think. <BR> <BR> Today I went for a walk for a very practical purpose. It was grocery day. Every other week, I make the 40 minute round trip trek to supplement my diminishing food stores. I might be changing my lifestyle to keep my weight down, but I still enjo... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:41:55 EST Been Away So Long... No, not away from the spark, never away from this...I have made great progress in so many ways that I would be a fool to give it up, but been away from blogging....but it's because WE ARE SOOOO BUSY!!! <BR> <BR> I used to say that a lot. I used to tell people that I didn't have time for things, like exercise, or playing my guitar, writing, or many of the other things I really enjoy doing. I'm beginning to wonder now looking back at it all how much my weight was affecting my desire and ab... Thu, 30 May 2013 16:07:37 EST The Year So Far Greetings spark brothers and sisters. I have been away from blogging for a while. I have NOT been away from the spark. I am still working hard and still seeing gains as you can see from my ticker. I had a tough fight with the holidays where I lost just a little bit of ground, but I have made that up, and added a little bit more. <BR> <BR> January has been a month of challenges in many ways, and though success and failure have both mixed together for Netsue and I, I feel as though we ar... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:45:10 EST The Oversized Pants Maneuver. So, I'm a fan of the Big Bang Theory, and one of the things i love about the show is the titles of the episodes. You can always tell enough about the show to clue you in, but they use big words which always do something to intrigue the geek in you. And with this blog, I will pay a brief homage to the show I am so fond of with my title, and at the same time, share a recent experience that both embarrassed and thrilled me. <BR> <BR> It was a calm Wednesday morning like any other morning, an... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 22:34:00 EST Three little turtles And to think I can diet...or rather, eat more healthy, and still enjoy turtles. No, I'm not talking about the little guys who roam the bottoms of lakes and ponds, digging themselves into the dirt, and making like rocks so no one can find them. I'm talking about the caramel pecan clusters that I have called turtles my whole life. Mmmmmmm....and so, on the occasion of the devouring of three delicious little caramel pecan turtles, I plan to write a little poem. Nothing fancy, mind you, but I... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:26:28 EST All I want for Christmas is my classic 36... So, here it is, the blog that makes me sound in touch with my feminine read it. I want to be in a size 36 for Christmas. But I don't just want to be in any size 36, oh no. I want to go back to the days when my jeans didn't have to hang off me like oversized church curtains, or those army ponchos that could be used as a sleeping tent in an emergency. I want to go from baggy to clingy, from floppy to figured. I thought that losing weight was enough, but a recent trip to JR... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 13:59:01 EST Stepping up my game, and how did I used to eat ALL THAT???? Time was, not less than three months ago or so, I would eat with impunity, and not pay much attention at all to what I ate. I am happy to say I have been successful in my attempts to change that for now, but I struggled last night with a hard reality, and came to terms, in a big way, with just how bad I used to be, how much I can be my own worst enemy, and, thanks to a very special woman, (yup, that would be you, netsue) have spent the morning contemplating my future endeavours to spark off ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 09:21:11 EST 213.8!!!!! First of all, let me start off by saying I think the last time I saw this weight might have been after I separated from my ex, but I think the truth is, I haven't seen this weight since I was in my late 20's....I feel....good is not the word to describe it. I feel...healthy, fit, like I can do things and not get huffy and puffy and feel like I want to complain. <BR> <BR> I just spent two days doing very hard manual labor, (the store I work for moved to a new location, and we all had to pi... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 20:13:04 EST The Slow Road Last week I weighed in after our vacation and discovered, much to my happiness, that I had maintained my weight despite a little extra eating. This week, I weighed in after being very good, and I found I had lost just a little less than a pound. To top matters off, after vacation, I checked in with my current weight, and got a new recommendation from spark people...the dreaded...LESS CALORIES! I was more than a little afraid that eating 220 less calories a day would be difficult. I don't ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 10:28:02 EST Amazed Ok...not a long blog, but an important one for me at least....I am not hungry. I ate a little more than half of what spark people has graciously allowed me as my daily calorie intake, (don't worry, gonna eat more later, I need the carbs), but I end today's important eating with a content belly, having eaten things I enjoy, and I am....speechless to find out I don't need all that extra food. Wow. How did I manage to EAT all the stuff I ate before? <BR> <BR> More later. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:57:06 EST Under 220!!!!!! Not much to say today except I wanted to celebrate with my spark brothers and sisters for just a moment. I haven't been under 220 since about six years ago or so!! i am very excited to have progressed this far, and looking forward to going even further!!! Thanks spark people, and all those who support me. <BR> <BR> WhOO HOO Fri, 5 Oct 2012 11:08:03 EST A moment to reflect. Not too much to say right off the top of my head today, although I know I need to write. It helps me focus on this place and on my goals to take a few moments to jot my thoughts here. Knowing me I will ramble for a bit, but you can either read or not. I hope you will. <BR> <BR> I didn't have much progress this week, (and I kind of expected it). I lost a tiny bit at my last weigh in, and had a bit of a....shall we say....lax weekend. I do believe that to not indulge in things we enjoy f... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:47:40 EST it occurs to me... Ok, gearing up to weigh in tomorrow, and after such a successful first weigh in, I'll be honest, I am a bit nervous. I keep eyeing my scale, (tucked away in my closet so I can only really eye it when I look), and wondering if I've done enough this week. I can't dwell on that tonight, the scale will say what it says tomorrow, and I will go forward from there. I have been reflecting on a few things today though. <BR> <BR> If I plan my eating day, or at least track my breakfast and lunch, an... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:51:50 EST A goal within a goal Whilst reading another members blog this morning, (kudos to September spirit and her featured post), and remembering back to Netsue and her goal challenge and decision to reward herself for accomplish her weight goal, I considered the possibility of having my own reward for making my first goal weight. After all, working hard without the carrot just ain't as successful as working hard for the carrot. And so, I am going to think about an appropriate reward for myself for making my goal. I'm... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:25:01 EST The sweet feel of success..... I have heard tell that in the first week of a diet, you can lose a bit more pounds all of the sudden, as if the body WANTS to drop weight quickly. I am...stunned as I step off the scale today, and see what I have accomplished over the past week. I do not consider this a diet, I am fully committed to a change in my lifestyle, but it is very VERY heartening to receive immediate positive results when you finally choose a plan. <BR> <BR> Yes, I am going to gloat just a little right now! WOW!!!... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:53:18 EST Today's quote.... Did you all get this in your e-mail??? Cause if you didn't, you all need to read it, and if you did, you all need to read it again!!! <BR> <BR> "Pursuing your health and fitness should be in balance with time spent in other areas of life (family, friends, work, etc.). If it's not in balance, it will never last." <BR> <BR> Wow...thank you coach Tanya whoever you are for that simple piece of wisdom. That quote caught me hard and fast this morning when I read it, and hits hard upon my very o... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 09:40:24 EST Yeah, ok, I did it..... I haven't owned a scale since....I can't say how long ago. Being aware of how much I weighed was never particularly of interest to me. As long as I could be active and do the things I wanted to, and didn't feel like I was busting out of my clothes, why should I be concerned about my weight? I could tell how much I weighed just from looking at the real estate hanging over my belt. When it got too big, or when it felt like I wasn't getting enough air being active, then I could sneak onto so... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:03:05 EST The Belly Wars, Episode 4, A New Hope!! Yeah, Ok, my geek is showing, and so is yours if you understand the title of this blog, so don't laugh too hard!! Unlike Lucas though, I do not plan to go back and alter my battle, just to press ahead and move forward from lessons learned to successes achieved. <BR> <BR> And therein lies the point of today's thoughts. We all have created things in the past and done things in our lives that have been...well, lets just say, less than perfect. And I daresay we have all registered regrets on ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:15:27 EST The First Day Well folks, I've always been a bit of a writer, and used to keep some blogs around and about the net, but I've gotten out of the habit. Sometimes I wonder if I spent a bit more time writing and a bit less time snacking, if I might begin to win the battle of the belly. Time will tell, but for now, I will do my utmost to keep at least some record of my thoughts, successes and lessons learned here for my benefit, and perhaps for yours, gentle reader. Thanks for taking the time to look, and if... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:27:06 EST