JILL313's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JILL313 JILL313'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/ My Last Big Supper Phase is Finally Over, Just in Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219947 Since Thanksgiving just two months ago, I have been struggling to eat healthy and exercise more again. Before that, I had been consistently losing weight each week and feeling better about myself eating the South Beach Lifestyle way and exercising more For Thanksgiving my family and I went to a nice Restaurant for a big and delicious turkey dinner and I stuffed myself to the point where I felt uncomfortable. At that dinner once again my dil told me how much better and thinner I looked. ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:44:11 EST I Take this Seriously. . . My Never Quit Pledge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837734 Monday, April 16, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to Stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best Friend, because that is who I am. <BR> I pledge to ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 13:33:55 EST My Son, my Inspiration to Get Healthy in 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649651 My oldest son, Brent, is 38 years old and has always lived with me. Unfortunately, since he was 15 years old he fights "demons" that I only can imagine would be terrible to deal with. He has a severe mental illness and yet is the most caring and loving son I could ever imagine. He is always there for me and rarely complains about the poor "hand" in life he has had to cope with daily. From the little bit he tells me he lives in a very scary world most of the time. Yet, he is usually cheer... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:26:36 EST I'm in a Rut and Really Disappointed in Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4529964 Until about a month ago I was making WL progress and losing weight at a slow steady pace and then I somehow seemed to lose my enthusiasm even though I was still Sparking like mad and I continued to encourage others to do what I haven't been able to do for myself--eat within my calorie range and exercise more. I usually do eat Healthy but just too much of it! I'm given 1200-1550 calories a day and most days I eat at the upper range or go over it. I'm mainly doing chair marching for my exerc... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:42:58 EST Put Live To Be 100 on My Bucket List?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4520568 Even though I don't have Live to be 100 on my Bucket List following is an interesting MSN Health article that gives you good suggestions on how you can achieve that goal. I'm going to list all the things they suggested you to do to achieve that. To be honest, most of them I already do but the ones I don't I'm going to start doing them as I want to be healthier now. <BR> <BR> 1. Floss Once a Day can add 6.4 years to your Life Span <BR> <BR> 2. Take a good Multivitamin slows the signs of ... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 10:44:14 EST I AM ACCOUNTABLE . . .!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448985 I've been trying to Lose a Significant Amount of Weight since I joined Spark in 2010. At first I was really motivated and rapidly lost 15#s and was so excited that my Goal was to Lose 60#s by the end of the Year. Well, 2011 came and due to my unhealthy Choices and Inconsistent Exercising I wasn't even close to that WL when I "rang" in the New Year of 2011. <BR> <BR> I was Discouraged but Never Thought of Giving Up as I guess I thought by just Sparking and having Good Intentions I would los... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 04:47:29 EST My Spark is Just Flickering. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370388 Recently, due to my not focusing on my goals and some upsetting things in my life I'm not as determined and motivated as I want/need to be to get this weight off and get healthy! I think of myself as a positive person but recent things in my life have me even questioning that about myself. <BR> <BR> Over the last couple of months or longer all I've been doing is losing then regaining the same few pounds so I'm mad at myself about that. As, I have all the resources right here on SP, read ... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 13:57:14 EST Daily Courage to Continue My Weight Loss Battle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4240150 I read The Serenity Prayer for Weight Loss throughout the day and it gives me the strength to continue my Quest to continue my Weight Loss Battle! I've been in kind of a Slump recently so need this even more today than yesterday. . .It's been going around on people's blogs so if you haven't already read it-- read it now and I hope it helps you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Serenity Prayer for Weight Loss <BR> <BR> <BR> God grant me the Serenity <BR> To Mak... Wed, 18 May 2011 01:39:41 EST I'm At A Weight Loss Standstill--What I'm Going to Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229096 I've been at a Weight Loss Standstill for way too long and I read an article on MSN called "The Golden Rules of Weight Loss" and most of them I'm not consistently doing! I believe most, if not all, are part of the SP Plan but maybe I'm more open to implement them in my quest to get at a healthy weight. I have lost 24#s which is a start but a far cry from the over 100#s I still need and want to lose. Maybe what shocked me into fine-tuning my strategy, besides the standstill, is the fact tha... Thu, 12 May 2011 22:30:05 EST Being 60+ But Move and Feel Like age 80+ Most of the Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123235 I didn't really become obese until about 15 years ago when I was going through my divorce after 26 years of marriage to my college sweetheart . . .It was the beginning of a slow weight gain due to not really caring about myself anymore (depressed) and falling into really bad unhealthy habits. It was the first divorce in my family and I didn't find much comfort or support from my Mom and Sisters and I sure could have used some. They made me feel like I was less of a person being single and u... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 08:27:57 EST Small Price for the Help It Gives Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4066754 In the back of my mind I knew along with the SP website I also needed a Journal to write down my goals, measurements, before & after pictures and feelings along the way. I track my food, exercise, calories, etc. online and in this Journal. I knew if nothing else I would be more accountable and could keep track of every bite that goes in my mouth and wouldn't have to wait until I had time to get on the computer or sometimes I forget to add it in as I've read you should try to put them down w... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 17:31:57 EST Low Calorie Sweet Treat Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4010587 ..........................................<BR>....................SWEET TREAT-------------------------------------<BR>-------------------- <BR> <BR> I finally made the Sweet Treat Low Calorie Recipe my friend had told me about. It's super simple to make and has about 90 calories the size I made it or less depending on how big your treat is: <BR> <BR> You'll Need: <BR> <BR> 1 box of Betty Crocker white Angel Food Cake mix <BR> 1 box of Duncan Hines cake mix - any flavor, I used chocolate <... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:41:29 EST Finally, I Think I'm Doing it Right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4001692 I honestly feel I am eating healthier than probably ever before in my life. As I've given up the Fast food runs, eat 4-6 veggies and fruits most days and cut way down on meat portions and even have one meatless night a week--usually pasta. I now use Sandwich thins to make a sandwich and have all but given up on eating garlic bread, etc. as I do love carbs. When I snack I prefer eating healthy veggies & fruits as not only are they very low in calories but also low in sodium! I switched to ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 16:48:23 EST Cutting Out My Excuses!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3974546 For those who may not know I;ve been told by my Ortho Dr. that I need two knee replacements and it is exacting why I'm finally going to stop all my excuses and once again start exercising slowly even if I can do only 10 minutes a day. A couple of weeks ago I stopped my 30-45 minutes of sit down exercise as my knees were hurting worse than ever and I blamed it on exercising!! When I went to my Ortho Surgeon I asked him if the exercising could be why my knees were hurting and he just said, "... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 16:22:18 EST Just realized I'm Having a Strong Start!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3938520 I realize I'm more motivated about getting healthy the SP Way now, than I was months ago, and it' because I'm having a Strong Start and feeling good about myself!! <BR> <BR> When I first really tried SP back in August of 2010 I kind of played around with SP, however I knew it was what I wanted for myself but just couldn't get going. I'd stick with it for a few days and then eat what I knew wasn't healthy maybe for the rest of the week and still was a couch potato. I did lose 11#s but wen... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 20:06:25 EST Finally, Being Honest & Doing Well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3889377 My weight yesterday morning was a little up- - 289#--I think I put on a few pounds over the holidays but I'm not worried about it . . .as I know just what to do! I will try to weigh myself only once a week (Mondays) and I hope my Ticker keeps adding up to a 75# weight loss by the end of 2011. <BR> <BR> At the encouragement of a dear Spark Friend I decided even though I mentally knew my goals for 2011 it was high time to write them down. She also said to post them throughout the house where... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 16:45:57 EST Healthy Changes I'm Making On My Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871735 I'm doing a long Fast Break Stage and will be starting Stage 2 on January 1st. <BR> <BR> These are the healthy changes I've made to help me get healthy: <BR> <BR> 1. I now get 7-8 hours sleep a night as when I don't I get hungry and don't seem to have any willpower to stop doing mindless eating. I don't seem to even care when I'm tired as I will stuff myself with calorie laden sweets, chips, etc. I also do better with my emotional eating when I'm well rested. <BR> <BR> 2. I made quite ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:34:08 EST Even a Little Success is Wonderful & Motivating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3847653 Today is the 5th Day of my Fast Break Stage and it's amazing how just a little success really is motivating me. Truthfully, I haven't had much SP success recently and I'm feeling like YES, I Can Do This!! <BR> <BR> Wow, I've lost 3# more since I started SP and that is Huge for me as I haven't lost any weight in a long time. I'm going to happily change the Ticker on my Spark Page. That is so motivating for me as that is one of my goals to lose 15# by Jan.2011 and I'm working toward that ... Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:52:27 EST My New Adventure . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837249 As some of you know I am re-reading the book, The Spark, even though I read it about a year or so then I set up my Spark Page but didn't even give it a real try for almost a year . . .Then I jumped right into it and never did do a Fast Break Stage or the other 3 Stages as recommended. While on SP I started losing weight but then because of almost always either eating at the top of my calorie range or over and not exercising the weight didn't come off. I guess I thought by my good intentio... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 23:17:54 EST Starting Over, Finally!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3828080 As some of you know, I just returned from a 4 day get-away with 3 girlfriends. My friend has a 2 bedroom timeshare in Escondido, CA with a view of a very green golf course. <BR> <BR> The 1st night we didn't get there until almost 7:30 pm so we just ate a casserole that one of them had made and watched some movies. We talked and laughed and had such a good time. I had always wondered how my best friend, Mary, was so heavy (around 360#s at 5'11") but my eyes were opened. Before when we h... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 16:51:35 EST My Thanksgiving Crash!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3815912 Thanksgiving was spent with my sons, DIL, and grandson and we all talked and had a good mid-day Brunch. I did well eating within my calorie range and I did track my food intake. My DIL made my day as she told me I looked like I had lost weight. When, they left I couldn't convince them to take home any of the many leftover desserts. So, guess who's been snacking and eating them, too ashamed to even track the calories--ME, that's who. <BR> <BR> My DIL had made a good pumpkin pie, which ... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 01:04:04 EST So Much to be grateful for . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3794491 Honestly, I can't believe how many things I have to be grateful for. . . <BR> <BR> My rugs throughout my house were really in bad shape. I have hardwood floors underneath so I was hoping to have them refinished. But, found out they were in too bad of shape and needed to be replaced. Well, for various reasons, I decided to put ceramic tile floors in throughout my house (not kitchen). I decided on tile because my son knew of 2 out of work tile guys that would do the job very reasonably and... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:49:29 EST My Embarrassing Confession. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3770998 My name is Jill and I don't exercise like I might have said I did. I am really embarrassed to admit it and even I don't understand why I don't. It's not as if I don't have exercise DVDs--I do--even some new ones I ordered and have never even tried. So, what is wrong with me? <BR> <BR> It's true that it's a bummer having to exercise sitting down as I can't stand long enough to do regular exercises. But, other Sparkers exercise that way and I don't hear them complaining about it. Is it th... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 17:43:56 EST Tomorrow I'll Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755905 Tomorrow morning, before I eat and get dressed I am going to weight myself as haven't done that in well over a week. I've ben sick for over a week so haven't exercised but haven't eaten too much either. . .Today is actually the first day since a week ago last Saturday that I almost feel like myself again. <BR> <BR> I hope to have dropped a pound or two and that will motivate me to try harder now that I feel better. When I was so sick I really didn't care too much as felt nauseated just t... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 00:13:00 EST It's No Fun . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3745406 I've been sick since Saturday with either a very bad cold or the flu. I never did get around to having a flu shot this year. I usually get one and can't remember the last time I had the flu or even a cold. Finally, yesterday I felt so bad I decided to call my Dr. for advice. After I told his nurse my symptoms she said the Dr. would call in an antibiotic for me. As soon as they delivered it I started my first dose (last night). Today is really the first day that I've felt somewhat like m... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 01:22:30 EST I Couldn't Control Myself . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3731028 A couple of nights ago my niece and her boyfriend unexpectedly showed up around our dinner time. I hadn't started dinner yet and as luck will have it I didn't have enough healthy food to make dinner for the 5 of us. Well, I had the bright idea of ordering pizza and salad for us. What a mistake that was for me!! As we were waiting for the pizza and salad to be delivered I had plenty of time to fix myself a healthy dinner--but I love pizza and told myself I'd just have one slice of cheese p... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 13:40:59 EST Cooking Again--and Enjoying it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3715680 When I was working full-time, especially the last few years, I got in the unhealthy habit of stopping by a fast food drive-thru to get our dinner, sometimes even lunch. I really think that's one of the main reasons I've gained so much weight over the last 10 years. Of course, we always super-sized the meals with shakes and all the extras. It was not only unhealthy but very expensive. For each take-out dinner I bought I could have made 2 home cooked meals. . . I actually think my sons and... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 17:52:10 EST Tried them all -- No success until . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3703984 I've tried so many diet plans/programs these last 15 years when my Dr. told me I was obese and needed to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Years ago, I tried the JC program where they furnish your food, with a steep price of course. I did lose about 20#s but had to quit because it was so costly. I'm happy for actress Valerie, she's one of my favorite actresses, but I don't have all the resources she has--and others haven't done well on it. <BR> <BR> About six years ago I tried NS where they send y... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 16:47:20 EST Is It Possible? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3700635 Is it really possible to feel better, even move better, with just a 10# loss? <BR> <BR> I have lost a little over 10#s and already and feel stronger and more mobile. I asked myself is that possible? Recently, especially today, I have so much more energy. I haven't kept my house as clean as I like due to my mobility issues. Well, today I managed to clean 3/4 of my house all by myself--including moping the kitchen floor. I felt more confident walking around a little unaided (no walker o... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 23:53:03 EST Finally . . .!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3690422 I have lost 10 pounds in the 2 months I have been active on SP. My weight loss is slow but I'm still proud of the fact that I'm finally getting a handle on my overeating and lack of exercise. I couldn't have even lost 10 pounds without wonderful friends like all of you. You listen to me when I'm happy as well as discouraged. I feel so fortunate to have good friends that care, motivate and sometimes even push me, which I need. <BR> <BR> I was so happy to replace the I lost 5 pounds to 1... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 00:51:28 EST I'm Happier Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3683469 Almost since the day I re-committed to Spark People in August 10' I realize I'm a happier person. Thanks to SP and friends I'm finally feeling I'm making progress in getting healthier. I have learned how to set mini-goals instead of setting an overwhelming one such as Lose 100 #s. I've learned how to achieve my goals from reading the blogs, articles and The Spark Book. It always puts a smile on my face to receive a Goodie--just knowing a friend is rooting for me. And, I love being able ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:51:50 EST Who Am I Hurting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3672316 I'm going to have to stop weighing myself on the scale every day as sometimes I get so discouraged. Just a couple of days ago I was down almost 10 pounds and now today somehow I've regained 3 pounds of it back. Thinking back over the last few days I had been mindlessly eating which I should have tracked, but didn't--now who am I hurting--me, of coarse. <BR> <BR> It's very hot here today in Southern California, well over 100 degrees, so I've put off exercising until later in the evening. ... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 20:18:13 EST Why didn't I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3668789 About 8 years ago, my Doctor told me I was in the obese category--so now today 80#s heavier and morbidly obese I ask myself why didn't I do something about it before now? At that same office visit he told me that I was pre-diabetic and recommended that I lose a significant amount of weight or I would become diabetic. Why didn't I at least seriously try to lose weight? Instead I stayed inactive and kept eating all the white starches he told me to avoid. <BR> <BR> I just took my good he... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 01:48:34 EST My picture is a Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3653583 Well, today my son took some pictures of me for my Spark Page. I thought I looked ok so he took 11 pictures of me. I really hated all 11 of them. I looked so fat in all of them. Before I saw my pictures I had this fantasy that maybe people wouldn't think I had over a 100#s to lose--how wrong I was . . .I looked so fat in all of them and didn't like any of them. I couldn't believe that is how other people see me. I know my excess weight isn't attractive and makes my life harder . . and ... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 23:39:27 EST Portion Distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3639623 I am so glad I finally took the time to read the SP Diet Personality Profiler and took a short quiz to find out I am the Portion Distortion diet personality type. ( I even received 10 points for reading it!!) Well, I wasn't exactly surprised as occasionally I do eat fast food and I usually super-size it. I usually eat average to small food portions for breakfast and lunch--but for dinner I'm ashamed to even log in how many calories I eat. I can't just "eye-ball" my portion sizes anymore so... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 06:38:08 EST