JENNY888's SparkPeople Blog JENNY888's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting Stronger Every Day and Loving It I've learned to love strength exercise. Starting with 3 pound dumbbells I have slowly worked up to using two 20 pound dumbbells now. I feel so good after using them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided to go to the gym to use the weight machines for legs. I find I don't have the right equipment to do that but have been using some rubber bands. It has been over a year since I have been to the gym. As part of Silver Sneakers with my medicare health supplement I get a free membership. Now that I am n... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:54:50 EST Here's what's for dinner at my place tonight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found I had several eggplants in my garden and wanted to use one up. I found this recipe that shows what presentation can do to a recipe. I have made eggplant lasagna before and love it, but when presented in a stack like this it looks much more appetizing. I am going to pair it with some steamed carrots, a salad, and a small panko breaded chicken breast for my husband only to keep him happy and meat eating. I can... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:29:23 EST Time in the Bank - Maximizing Strength Training <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First I have to apologize. I said I would do this blog yesterday but the crazy weather in California took a toll on my time so I haven't had time until today. I am glad there were so many who enjoyed my last blog on Fun Cardio and I want to follow on how I maximize my ST time. I have a previous blog that tells how important ST is as we age. If you haven't read it you might want to. It was an October 8 blog and mad... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:51:01 EST How about major fun while accomplishing fitness goals? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm looking at my fitness in a whole new way the last couple of weeks. I am accomplishing other things that I want while doing it and just plain having fun. <em>30</em> I started out by doing Leslie Sansome Walking Away the Pounds videos on youtube. If you search her name you can look through the list. Check the time of the video to make sure it is not just a teaser. I would suggest one, but I find that they ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:47:28 EST Images - A Better Way to Search for Recipes on the Internet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you ever tasted something that you are dying to get the recipe for with no one to ask for it? This happened to me recently. My husband brought home a delicious date cookie that he got at a business meeting he attended out of town. Immediately I knew I had to have the recipe. It wasn't too sweet, was very crunch, had a few mini dark chocolate chips in it, and I think a little unsweetened coconut. The texture o... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:41:31 EST carrot cake pancakes with tangy lime cashew cream <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the first of a series of blogs I plan to do on my goal to cook more and eat out less. Tried these pancakes on Sunday. I wassparked by an ad I was skipping through on TV that showed some pancakes in it with a green sauce. Having a couple of extra limes in the fridge in addition to a hub who loves pancakes on the weekend, it sparked my curiosity. <BR> <BR> I googled recipes: pancakes lime sauce and decided ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:01 EST Time to Stop the Slip Ups After hitting my new all time low weight I have not been doing so good for the last few weeks. Every day I tell myself I am going to change and then blow it again. I know it is something I have to take control of or I will gain back what I have worked so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> I got started when I was ill. It is still continuing so I know there is something more to it. I think I have identified the trigger point. I find I want to eat constantly when sitting at the computer grading papers fo... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 16:39:15 EST Fun Halloween Activity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I went to the page today I noticed a link at the bottom to create a Yeti video with code. Curiosity got the best of me so I tried. It was a lot of fun. I ended up with a Yeti in just a short time then entered the screen, did a head spin, danced around, and then exited. Had to tear myself away to get other things done. You might want to try this link. I have put the link below. It would be a really... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:03:09 EST Was Feeling Normal Again Yesterday I was so happy because I was feeling almost back to normal. I was able to exercise before going to bed, cooked dinner, graded papers and resumed normal life. Last night I woke up around 3:00 am and I knew it was coming back a little. This morning is full of sneezes and runny nose again. Not too bad, but a setback. I am going to do a little shopping today but not much else. I really want to kick this illness for good. My husband discovered the person he got it from at work and he was... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:24:23 EST Oh Fit Bit, Oh Fit Bit - Where were you! I have got quite attached to my little fitbit flex bracelet and was dismayed when about a week ago when I got sick that I could not find the band. I noticed the battery was getting low so took the tracker out of the band to recharge. After it was recharged I was putting it back into the band but could not find the band the tracker fit into. <BR> <BR> First thought was no big deal because I had two other bands in other colors that came with it. Only problem there was no prong to attach the ba... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:56:42 EST Slowed Down by Illness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've had a temporary detour in my plans for the past week. I came down with the illness my hubbie has the week before. It really through my plans for a loop. It was a bad cold but both hubbie and I think it must have been a little more and maybe a light flu. <BR> <BR> It was also a really busy teaching period starting a new class last week. The combination of a husband still not feeling up to par, many school resp... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:10:50 EST Should Seniors Lift Weight - Could it be the fountain of youth? <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't think anything I have done since joining Spark has helped me as much as learning to love and do strength training. Before doing it I dreaded doing it and only did the minimum possible. Cardio was my exercise of choice until recently. Once I really started strength training routinely, I find I look forwa... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:02:30 EST Visualizing Success and Not Failure <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the last few weeks I find myself lying in bed for awhile in the morning when I wake up planning what activity and exercise I plan to do for the day and also what I plan to eat. I have found it really helps me to get focused before I start the day. I usually follow it with a set of exercises right away to get myself going. <BR> <BR> Today I read an article on Spark, "Think Yourself Fit!" <BR> link: <link>ww... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:42:03 EST New Yum Tea Discovered <img src=""> <BR> Last week I discovered a new beverage I love while eating at my mom's assisted living. It is my new favorite drink. Besides having the healthy green tea antioxidants it also has pomegranate which adds a slightly sweet, fruity flavor that I love. I have been trying to cut my coffee intake so this was a welcome discovery. It is good both as a hot drink and an iced drink. If you haven't tried it give it a try. I am includ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:59:00 EST A Non-Scale Victory and Reward for Eating Right <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think the most surprising non-scale victory (NSV) for me since eating a nutritarian diet was the reward of food tasting so much better. When I first looked over the diet I thought to myself "It looks like something I could do if I really tried", "I will miss all of those foods that are not allowed", and finally "It's only six weeks. I can do anything for six weeks". If I had only known then what I know now! <BR>... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:37:51 EST Black Panther Pride Knowledge-Jalapeno Dip Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I participated in the Black Panther Pirate Challenge. As usual, the activity was very enlightening. All of the activities were fairly easy for me except the one of planning all of my eating in advance. I did it, but found that the style of planning was not for me. Everyone has different things that work, and I believe there was a time where the activity of pre-planning meals would have been valuable to me... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:44:33 EST Always something new to learn - What I learned about my treadmill today! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been using my treadmill for many years now. I learned something new though while listening to a Dr. Furhman webinar on exercising. He stated that a treadmill is an ideal exercise tool because you can increase the incline without increasing the speed and get more results stating that you can burn twice the calories at a greater incline. <BR> <BR> I decided to give it a try today while also meeting my persona... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:12:08 EST August Progress Report Started out the last month 220.2 and ended it 215. Not quite as much progress as I would have liked to made but a loss nonetheless. I like to think of it as losing a little more than one of my five pound weights that I use for strength exercises. I no longer have to carry that weight around and I don't plan to ever again. <BR> <BR> On to September! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 18:13:31 EST Recipe Link: Braised Red Cabbage with Apple and Onion <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-red-cabbage-with-apple-and-onion </link> <BR> <BR> By reader request, DAISYBELLEKIA, I am posting a link to the recipe for the braised red cabbage with apple and onion that I made a few days ago. One of the comments in the recipe was "I could have eaten the entire thing for my dinner. No main dish required!" I have to wholly agree with this comment. It was delici... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:02:29 EST Something New to Plan in Order to Succeed - Another Lesson Learned For the last few days I have not been feeling well. I think I caught something my husband brought home from work. I didn't have the energy to cook like I usually do and was looking for comfort since I didn't feel well. I spent most of the time in bed. <BR> <BR> To make a long story shorter I did not make the best food choices for the few days. I ended up gaining back almost two pounds, one of which I was able to shed again today. <BR> <BR> I realize now how very important it is to have some... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:39:14 EST Finally Lost 30 Pounds on 6th Spark Anniversary <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For anyone out there wondering whether you will ever make it to your goal don't give up. Keep at it and it will happen. It may take much longer than you want, but it will be sweet when you do and you will learn so much in the meanwhile. <BR> <BR> This was the state of my ticker this morning. <img src=""> Note: All of the ticker did not save. What it shows is... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:38:34 EST So Close But Not There Yet! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just kidding about being near the top. Probably more like half way up. Still trapped though. For about the last week I have been on a plateau. I find my body does this at certain poiknts even if I gain again and lose again later. I think the body just has different set points. I knew I had one at 222 because I have had that happen before. It appears that I also have one at 218. I wouldn't know if this is a pattern ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:26:48 EST Carpe Diem! You can do it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am going to summarize the Dr. Furhman webinar blog series by asking you to think about how it will feel to seize the day and conquer your food addiction. By doing this you will reclaim the potential for a long disease free life. You can do it if you don't straddle the fence. One must take a stand, and in doing so can be an example of superior health. You will not only lose weight, but doing so will help a... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:30:14 EST What future self are your goals set on? Don't sell yourself short! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't settle for medium term goals like losing weight for the summer or an event, feeling better, impressing other people, playing better, etc. These goals are good, but there is something much larger in store when you overcome food addiction. Long term motivators such as not suffering from chronic disease down the road, preventing dementia, stopping a diagnosis of cancer or heart disease, preventing a stroke, or n... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:24:48 EST Just a pound - Are you kidding me? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you shed a pound do you think oh it's just one pound. Looking at a picture of a pound of fat on WHYTEBROWN's Spark page today made an impact on my way of thinking and motivation. I had put loss in a perspective before with a five pound chicken or a fifteen pound watermelon. Hard to carry around for too long even though we do on our bodies. Looking at the pound of fat though really made me think about the val... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:55:39 EST We Create Our Future -- Make It What You Want It To Be <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The image above from a blog by fellow Spark member, SHERYLDS, that I read yesterday really summed up my blog yesterday. I, with permission, had to use it today. The blog also included a quote that I want to share <BR> <BR> "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then... <BR> when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable." ~Christopher Reeve <BR> <BR> I also would li... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 16:22:44 EST I'm possible - Not Impossible <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this little image above that I found on Google Images. When I think something is impossible, it reminds me that even the word impossible can be changed to make im possible or I'm possible. This type of thinking is key to breaking the food addiction cycle. <BR> <BR> The primitive, child part of your brain will create excuses and fear of change. It is important to examine these thoughts as they come up and lo... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:12:12 EST God's Plan was Probably the Perfect One for This Tree - What work though! Yesterday when I got up to water the plants in my front yard I noticed a very large, probably 20 foot new bush right off of my door. Once I recovered from the shock and investigated a little I saw it was a nearly 30 foot flowering plum tree that was taken over by a wisteria vine that was in the center of the yard. . Sometime in the night in the rain it just simply fell down. Luckily enough it caused no real damage. <BR> <BR> Hub and I have spent a whole summer of weekends replacing a deck a... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 18:34:12 EST Specific Strategies to Overcome Food Addiction <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only way to break an addiction is to sustain from the substance for long enough. One must set them self up for success. Clear the addicting foods out of the house and inform everybody that you are quitting, thus structuring your environment to maximize your chances of success. <BR> <BR> Breaking an addiction is very difficult, but possible. Everyone can do it if you are willing to go through a short period ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:00:32 EST Stop and Think . . . Your future life could depend on it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stop and Think . . . so you can continue thinking for a long time! <BR> <BR> This will be the third in a series of blogs on a webinar by Dr. Furhman on Overcoming Food Addiction. Today I want to talk about the long term effects of being a food addict. I think this was the thing that most impacted me in the talk and will change my way of thinking. <BR> <BR> In the talk Dr. Furhman stated that high glycemic foods ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:35:37 EST Expert quality fitness, yoga, and cooking videos available for free <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not since I discovered Spark many years ago have I been so excited about a site. I have Spark to thank for it. This morning I clicked on a sponsor link offering free yoga videos. I can't believe what I found when I got there. <BR> <BR> These are not your average internet video classes, but instead extremely high quality ones. I have been enjoying restorative yoga lately and had searched youtube for ones I could d... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:22:14 EST Can food get me high . . . Yep it can <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today as part of the series on a talk by Dr. Furhman on food addiction I want to concentrate on how food can stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain. <BR> <BR> Sweets, salts, and oils promote addictive-like effects due to the dopamine response in the brain. It has been found that this addiction is much like the addiction people can get from cocaine and tobacco. In a study mentioned in the webinar, mice choos... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:28:57 EST More on breaking the junky food addiction cycle tomorrow I am glad so many enjoyed my first blog on the subject. I have been busy this weekend working on a project in my yard and have not had time to continue the blogs on the subject. Tomorrow I will though. Thanks to so many for taking the time to read my blog. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 20:50:51 EST A must read - so important I need to share - Understanding and Overcoming Food Addiction <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This will be the first of a series of blogs I want to do on a Webinar I watched today by Dr. Fuhrman. It was just too good to not share. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> If you are interested in the entire webinar it can be found at in the member center. I will cover what is in the webinar and my own thoughts about it in the next few weeks in my blogs in addition to my own progress in breaking... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:48:42 EST Nearing the 30 Pound Mark I was pleasantly surprised today to see that I am half of the way from the 25 to 30 pound mark. I look forward to that mark as I have not reached it before. Lots of good healthy plans for today. Life is good. Replacement new stove is to be installed on Friday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:07:51 EST More Frustration - Frustration Won - But in the end I won! It was an extremely frustrating weekend for me. The new range is still causing problems off and on (a new one to install has been ordered). To add to that frustration we planned to finally get the fence boards on our remodeling yard project so we can get the new pergola and deck up. <BR> <BR> Clearing the berry bushes and setting the posts and double gate has taken most of June and half of July with just being able to work on it on weekends. We had one post to go and then planned to nail th... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:54:39 EST Sheer Frustration Conquered Yesterday afternoon my three day old dream range decided to stop working. I was in the process of cooking several different vegetables and a homemade pizza for hub when it quit. As I had waited almost a month to get one that worked it was sheer frustration. I am proud of myself though. I did not use food to make it better. Hub grilled the pizza on the BBQ and I got out the old portable cooktop and continued on. <BR> <BR> We turned the breaker off overnight and it was working again this morni... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:08:09 EST Finally Made It to the 25 Pound Gone Mark! Right after I posted my last blog I noticed on my tracker that I have made it to the 25 pound lost mark. I have come close before while on Spark but seem to blow it when I get close and never quite make it. That has been the pattern for the last few years. It's exciting to finally see the 25 pound mark. I don't usually post two blogs in a day but just had to share the news. Now on to the 50 pound mark! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:01:37 EST Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Cupcake Recipe and Mushrooms to Die For I am including the recipe for Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Cupcakes that I blogged about a few days ago for those that would like to make them. Sorry if it was hard to read originally. I made them yesterday and they are really good. They remind me of frozen chocolate covered cherries but not as sweet. They will be a great substitute for ice cream when my DH indulges in it. I like them just a well as the Cappuccino It's Its that we like so much. I have them frozen in a container in my freezer t... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:57:01 EST Day Three Eat to Live - Another Pound and Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Cupcake Healthy Recipe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was happy to see today that I dropped another pound. <BR> <BR> Last night I waited a little long to plan dinner and realized that I didn't have most of what I would have liked to make. Time for a little shopping I guess. I was still able to put a dinner together with fresh cantaloupe, steamed zucchini, carrots, swiss chard, a black bean, onion and mushroom stir fry (leftover) along with a cucumber, chickpea an... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:44:16 EST Eat to Live - July will be great! and report on Mom <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Two days ago I returned to my Eat to Live Nutritarian eating style that I was on a little over a year ago in which I lost 24 pounds. I got sidetracked when I had to go to Florida and move my mom to California and never really got back on it. I was able to maintain for the year... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:11:51 EST Restorative Yoga and New Resolve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A little over a week ago I started attending a restorative yoga class that is offered at the fitness center I attend free with my Silver Sneakers benefit to my insurance. Before I started doing it I was finding myself barely able to walk around. My knee was extremely sore along with most of my right leg. I felt I was walking off balance. It made it very hard to get into exercising or doing anything healthy. <BR> <... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:53:35 EST My New Greenhouse with pics - finally!! What a day this has been. I wanted to do the blog yesterday but my ISP was down. I needed to do work on my course today but my computer refused to start. Windows was able to restore to a previous setting but then Norton did not work. After being on Chat with a very helpful Norton Rep for a couple of hours tonight everything work great again. I think he did several things that also make my computer run much faster. I have been having problems with this one for several months now. Figured it wa... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:38:38 EST Should we think of our weight as a range rather than a set point? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week while reading (I am not sure where I read it) I read that it is better to think of your weight as a weight range rather than a set point. This makes a lot of sense to me. It can explain the day to day fluctuations that we all have experienced and give us a way to measure anyway without stress. <BR> <BR> I like to weight each day. I find I do better that way. If you think of your weight as a normal 3 poi... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:36:17 EST Less stress, more learning, a new attitude -- don't miss TED talks! I am generally a very competitive person. I am finding myself in 2014 being much less so. For example when I do Trivia on Spark which I do daily I used to hate missing a question. Now I just look at it as a chance to read more and learn more and don't stress about my average on Trivia. Does it matter? Isn't it the knowledge which really counts. <BR> <BR> I am working more on this attitude on everything. I watched an interesting TED talk about how stress is not a bad thing for your health if ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:08:06 EST January 1 - I must think of it as a holiday I started the year with the best intentions. I wanted to start a streak of walking 30 minutes a day. Guess what--first day I blew it. First the Rose Parade and then visitors kept me from getting it done. No excuse. I could have done it. That night I felt bad about not even keeping the first day but instead I made sure I did it today. I decided I must have needed one day of holiday before starting. Also I realized I must get it done first things in the day if it is consistently to be done. <BR... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 01:38:26 EST Conquering the Stress Eating and the Aftermath! November was a very stressful month for me due to a two week visit from a family member and getting the house ready for a senior. I'm glad to say I was able to get through this stressful period without gaining any weight and maintained. <BR> <BR> The week after was not so good. I think I let my guard down and celebrated eating a little too much and found I had gained three pounds. As of today, though, the three pounds are gone, lost forever I hope. <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself for not us... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:40:31 EST Team Bonus Points For those of you who love racking up the points here at Spark be sure to try out the new Team Bonus Points. I find I generally have 5 of them after getting my normal points. At that point I click on the five teams that I would like to pick and get random points on each one. Today I got 20 points on one of my teams and 50 on another. <BR> <BR> I think teams are also ranked in how many clicks they get in different categories. I find my favorite teams are quite high in their ranks. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:44:30 EST Spark Radio Anniversary One of the things I heard today on Spark Radio was that they are just having their one year anniversary. I am so happy Spark added this radio station. I find Lily and Karen and their program to be very inspiring and always look forward to hearing it. I think it is a very valuable part of Spark and I hope it continues for a long time. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:02:59 EST My Dehydrating Food Experience At Costco last week I bought a food dehydrator for $39. It was a great buy as it is much more elsewhere. I have had fun trying out new things to dehydrate. <BR> <BR> I started with cucumbers because I had several from my garden and I am the only one in the family that likes them. I sliced them really thin on my mandolin and put various spice mixtures on them. I made the following batches: <BR> <BR> cocoa powder, cinnamon, and a little sugar <BR> garlic spice mixture <BR> dill pickle mix <B... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 14:59:19 EST