JENNY888's SparkPeople Blog JENNY888's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community And it only took 4 years, 6 months, and 7 days! <img src=""> <BR> Never give up in the quest to lose weight. If you are persistent and keep your eye on the goal you can get there. It really did take 4 years, 6 months, and 7 days for me to reach the milestone I reached today of 50 pounds gone. It was also after blowing my progress when I was close about 4 years after I joined Spark. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:51:51 EST I've lost 50 pounds and I can't wait to lose more <img src=""> <BR> Today was the day after many years of working on this goal.. I reached the 50 pound down mark. I have to be careful now to not be satisfied with where I am. There are so much better things ahead. I know I can have a tendency of sliding after reaching a milestone such as this. It feels so much better, but will feel even better when I reach goal. I have to keep this in mind and not let up. <BR> <BR... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:49:07 EST Tips to make exercise fun and not drudgery <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My plan today was to do a Leslie Sansome 5 mile walk. I went to youtube but found all of the 5 mile walks that I saw were only partial videos and not the entire video. I'm actually glad that was the case because I was able to add some variety to my walk and customize it more by combining videos. <BR> ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 18:46:29 EST Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Squares - I like it better than Pumpkin Pie and much healthier <img src=""> <BR> This is the recipe for Pumpkin Pie Squares that I made for myself on Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Pie Squares <BR> <BR> Serves: 14 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> For the Crust: <BR> 3/4 cup old fashioned oats <BR> 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds <BR> 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut <BR> 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon <BR> 2/3 cup pitted, chopped dates <BR> 1/4 cup chopped pecans <BR> For the Filling <BR> 1 1/2 cu... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:30:41 EST Eating healthy does not need to be expensive or time consuming <img src=""> <BR> This morning I mixed up the breakfast a little, both in recipe and taste. I had cooked up a large pot of black beans yesterday and they were chilling in the fridge. <BR> <BR> At first I was going to heat them up again but then remembered a tub of fresh Organic Pico de Gallo that I purchased at Costco that they were closing out for $1.95 a few days ago. When I purchased it I wasn't sure what I wa... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:10:39 EST Walnut Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy Recipe Link Only got a few minutes before I go to teach a class but I finally found the recipe again for the lentil loaf and gravy I made for Thanksgiving. It was posted by Deskie in the Sparks Secrets of Success. I highly recommend it. <BR> <BR> I have been searching for the link for a couple of days on Spark with no results. I finally found it by googling site: Walnut Lentil Loaf with Mushroom Gravy. I sure wish Spark was better indexed for searches. At least there is always google and... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:25:42 EST Being Thankful for Diabetes This Thanksgiving - SPARKED! <img src=""> <BR> When asked how diabetes had influenced his life in a recent Diabetic Living magazine, Brian Nelson-Palmer listed Diabetes as a driving force to push himself to go after opportunities and inspiration to take control of his life. When I read this I realized that it mirrored exactly how I have been feeling. <BR> <BR> Today I am only one pound away from the losing 50 pounds with SparkPeople. It has... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:50:43 EST How not to feel deprived when eating nutritarian and being diabetic <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have realized I can find or invent a substitute when I am drooling over some yummy looking food that I am fixing for my husband. It makes it much easier to stay on plan. I don't feel deprived at all. I'd like to tell you about a couple of discoveries I have made in the last couple of days. <BR> <B... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:17:15 EST Pulses (Dried Beans) so much to love in combating Diabetes <img src=""> <BR> There is so much to love about dried beans. Cook them yourself and there is probably not a more economical food with so much bang for the buck. The variety of types and flavors is almost endless. They are full of protein and fiber and best of all exceptionally low glycemic and have a positive effect on blood sugar. <BR> <BR> The effect of pulses goes even further in combating diabetes though tha... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:20:06 EST Don't try - Just Do It ! <img src=""> <BR> What you think makes a huge difference. A few weeks ago I adopted the motto in the title and it has made a difference in my attitude towards what I am doing. I found myself often saying I'd TRY to fit in my exercise, I MIGHT do something, Even saying I PLANNED to do something isn't good enough. Every time I use one of these words, and they do still pop up in my thoughts, I rethink what I am thinki... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:00:16 EST October: 18 lbs removed - blood sugar from 295 to 103-110 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After getting horrible blood tests results that showed I was now diabetic with a sugar of 295, I got really serious with my nutrition. I had an appointment with my doctor 5 weeks later and I decided I would reverse the trend by then. It was very successful. She told me at the appointment that I was already at the point she would like me to be by my next appointment. <BR> <BR> I had been coa... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:59:05 EST The VERY Best Husband ever and finally - - - "onederland" at 70 Monday was my 70th birthday and I woke up to this sight Sunday - my husband in the kitchen cooking me a birthday cake. He had gone out at 6:00am in the morning and bought the 21 or so ingredients in the cake. It was the first cake he had ever baked in 60 years. How special was that. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been a very restrictive eating plan and he wanted to take me out to eat and I told him I couldn't. Then... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:41:19 EST Sometimes Experience is the Best Teacher <img src=""> <BR> We bought these cute little "Pugs" on sale about a year ago planning on having the dogs join us in a snowshoe trek. We got to try them out the weekend before last. Starting in the parking lot we found that it was VERY difficult to get them on the dogs to stay. We would put them on and one or the other would be kicked off. After struggling with this process for awhile I decided it would be best to ... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 19:36:52 EST Week 4 Results Eat to Live Another 2 pounds disappeared in the last week putting my total for the 6 week diet now at 11.2 pounds gone. Overall I am very happy with the results so far. It is putting me on the track I wanted to be for the year. I have not been feeling deprived or hungry and my resting blood pressure continues to improve. It is now at 110 over 75. I am ready to start week 5. Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:20:42 EST A Mile in 10 Minutes I'm teaching a class later this afternoon so wanted to max out some steps with my morning run. Did a video with Jessica Smith that does a mile in only 10 minutes and adds intervals also. Looks like it is a good way to start my day. <BR> <BR> <link><BR> </link> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:36:09 EST Eat to Live Half Way There Results - Removal of 9.2 pounds and many other health benefits <img src=""> <BR> I've reached the half way point of my 6 week diet and the image above says it all. At the half way point I have removed 9.2 pounds and my other health indicators all keep improving. I've done it all without feeling deprived or even that I am on a diet and I eat everything I would want to. One of the benefits is I also do not have to track food. I know if I eat in the diet guidelines I will be alri... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:49 EST New Concept - Sleep deprivation effects supported by research and 8.6 pound progress so far Not quite three weeks into my Eat to Live Diet (1/2 way point) and I have been able to get rid of 8.6 pounds. I am very happy with this so far. Mostly I have been able to follow the diet with no problems or cravings but last Friday after a heavy teaching day I found it much harder and fell off a little. <BR> <BR> I was very tired after only getting 4 hours of sleep the night before and getting up for an early morning class. I just had trouble getting to sleep. Several things brought that on... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:49:05 EST Day 9 Eat to Live - Temporary Setback But Many Health Benefits I woke up yesterday morning to find I had diarrhea. It was a good example of having to have alternate plans. It was also a frustrating day as my tablet which I love to play on took a dive. I was able to get a new one and get most things set up as before. Now I can work on the old one to see if I can get it going again. I was only able to get 2 hours of sleep the night before. Big recipe for failure. <BR> <BR> Being frustrated, tired, and sick are all trigger points for me to eat I know. Over... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:10:45 EST Eat to Live Diet - 1st week results I am thrilled to say that I am down 3.8 pounds in the first week and feeling great. I don't even feel like I am on a diet. Generally in an extra good week I can lose 1 pound. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:02:56 EST Tangy Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe with Homemade Hummus - Triple Yum - Day 6 of Eat to Live <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been meaning to try a Spark Recipe, <BR><BR>ail.asp?recipe=2005266 <BR> <BR> <BR> Note: I was not able to get this link to work. If anyone knows why let me know. Instead go to Spark Recipes and search for Tangy Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe. <BR> <BR> for quite some time now. I kept forgetting to buy tahini. Before taking the tri... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:53:15 EST 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