JENNY888's SparkPeople Blog JENNY888's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 A New FAVORITE Breakfast Part of my plans for October are to blog more again like I used to. Today I would like to feature a recipe I found on Spark. I am sorry I cannot give credit to the author of the recipe but there was no link to save the recipe to My Recipes so I have lost it now but it will be in my memory for sure. <BR> <BR> I cut an apple up into small cubes (about 1/4 inch square) to start. I put a whole wheat tortilla in the microwave for 10 second to warm it a little. On top of it I added a little peanut... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:44:46 EST I'm not where I want to be - but a lot better than I used to be! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a direct quote from an 82 year old woman, Marie, who started doing yoga in her late 70s which is included in the DVD I just received from Amazon, HeavyWeight Yoga 2 by Abby Lentz. Marie is an inspiration on how not to let problems get in the way of progress. <BR> <BR> Abby sets out in this video to change the image of yoga an... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:48:07 EST YOGA can be done by EVERYONE! <link><BR>st=national_yoga_month_lets_celebrate </link> <BR> <BR> The link above is to the excellent series of articles on Yoga that Stefanie Romine has compled on Yoga. I want to give her many thanks for the articles. They are well done and links to references are also provided. I have spent all of my Spark research time in the last couple of days looking at her articles. <BR> <BR> I was especially impressed with the link to Abby Lentz (see link belo... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:20:20 EST Summer Tasks (pics) and Lucky Goat Pic I thought I'd share a little of what kept me so busy this summer. I have had several people comment that I had left Spark. I don't know why because I have been on almost every day without exception but did blog less. <BR> <BR> I decided to do a make-over on several areas of my yard. The main project was to lay a flagstone path in my fenced front yard that led to the various areas. The ground had to be dug up, sand laid, stones in, and gravel in the cracks. It was quite a job but one I am pro... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:25:40 EST My solution for tight hips and sore leg I have noticed that my right hip and leg often is sore and tight. A little over a week ago I started researching yoga to make this condition better. I found one on youtube that I love doing and I think it has made a great difference. My leg and hips almost feel normal again. <BR> <BR> Many years ago when I was in my 20s a yoga instructor told me that they could tell I would have problems with my hips when I got older as they were tight. Turns out they were right. I wish I had been doing thi... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:02:06 EST Covered with bees stinging all over head and neck! What a morning. Put our two small goats out on their leashes to weed eat only to hear one scream bloody murder about a half hour later. Thumper had got into a hive of meat bees and her face and neck was covered with them stinging her. <BR> <BR> I was able to pull her over to the hose and wash them off a little at a time but she collapsed and was wheezing. A quick trip inside to Google gave me a suggestion to put honey on her gums. About three minutes later she was able to lift her head a li... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 17:56:29 EST Kitchen Rules to Lose Weight and Reverse Disease Video Links The three videos (Parts 1, 2, and 3) of Dr. Furhman on Dr. Oz's show are very interesting. I wanted to post them here so others have a chance to watch them. I think it is a very good introduction to Dr. Furhman's eating style which I have come to love and miss if I am off it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-lose-weight-and-reverse-disease-pt-1 </link> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:19:02 EST Temptation is hounding me - I need to be strong!! I have had such success on my new diet plan and have lost almost 22 pounds now in the little over two and a half months I have been on the diet. I can see how easy it would be to slip and go back to where I was though. <BR> <BR> I have spent the last two weeks in Florida moving my Mom out to California. My brother and I have packed all her belongings in a pod, cleaned the condo, shipped her dog to California, stopped everything that needs stopping, and also managed to sell her Condo in the ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:48:18 EST Summary of my new diet I am including notes here that I made as I read the Eat to Live book and as I read and listened to materials on Dr. Furhman's website. I found it helped me to keep track of what was allowed and what was not. There are notes on both the Six-Week Diet and Life Plan diets. This will give those who have asked me an idea of what I have been doing. I recommend that anyone interested read the entire Eat to Live book before they start the plan. That is what Dr. Furhman suggests in his book and I agre... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:34:25 EST Results of my Eat to Live Diet 14.5 pound loss and Future Plans <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I apologize for taking so long to post the results of my six week diet. Several have asked me for details on my diet and I wanted to respond sooner. Things have gotten very busy in my life with school and trying to make plans to move my 86 year old Mom from Florida to here in about a month. It has been about as stressful time as possible in my life the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> The good news is I have been able t... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:26:52 EST Three Week Report - 10.5 pounds and success like I've never had before! In my last blog I promised I would continue to report progress on my six week Eat to Live diet. I have just finished my first three weeks and could not be happier. I am down 10.5 pounds, my blood pressure is back to normal again, and I feel wonderful. What a difference three weeks have made. <BR> <BR> Learning the new style of eating has taken some time and I am glad that I started it over a school break. I have come to love the foods though in these three short weeks. All urges to eat, eat... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:43:07 EST Success Like Never Before - Now I Know I Can Do It! Tonight I proved I can do the "nutritarian diet" anywhere. I just finished the second week of the Eat to Live six week plan. I learned I can celebrate with food without going off of the plan. I went with my husband to a buffet that is quite gourmet at an Indian Casino. I was a little worried about doing it and resisting all of the forbidden food on the six week plan. <BR> <BR> It was a total success. Before I went I made a non oil Tangy, Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe that I saw featured... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 01:42:57 EST Eat to Live - Turning my life around? It has been awhile since I have blogged but I wanted to let everyone know what I am up to. I have lost 8 pounds in 12 days and have loads of energy. Every day it gets better. I am so excited I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> I downloaded the Eat to Live book by Dr. Joel Furhman to my Kindle and think it might be the key to me leading an extremely healthy life. I am feeling better today on day 12 of the initial six week diet than I can remember feeling in a long time. <BR> <BR> I have struggled t... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:31:56 EST Spark People Radio - Don't Miss It The highlight of my day today was listening to Spark People Radio. What a treasure this resource is. <BR> <BR> I had not listened to it previously due to my very busy week. I didn't think I had the time yet. This morning I decided to treat myself to a little time. Was I ever glad I did. <BR> <BR> It ended up being a little more than a "little" time because I did not understand the format when it started. It automatically starts the newest episode - the entire hour. I could not put it down t... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:09:41 EST