JILLYBEAN3628's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JILLYBEAN3628 JILLYBEAN3628'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/ Day 29 of 45X45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789101 Just a quick blurb to shout out my 6.8 weight loss this week! I had what I thought was a pretty rough week...but my body was all like, "No problem, I got this." <BR> <BR> Looking forward to another rough week if that's what it takes to get rid of the pounds! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430089552.jpg"> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:12:50 EST Day 18 of 45X45 (Fibro) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782354 I talk about my recent diagnosis and my plan of action. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:19:40 EST Day 13 of 45X45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779681 Re-uploading from last night, since the power went out right in the middle! Ugh. I talk about changes and my all-or-nothing stinkin' thinkin'. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:12:37 EST Day 11 of 45X45 (Control) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778200 Whoa...today was a bust. I felt generally dissatisfied with the whole day. In other words, "Blah". <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998293510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It wasn't one thing that I could put my finger on...it was just a general feeling. I know that these days will come and go, and I know that I can't necessarily control when or why they happen, but I do know that I can CONTROL HOW I RESPOND TO THEM. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:01:44 EST Day 8 of 45X45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775935 Just a little update... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:42:19 EST Day 3 of 45X45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772861 I'm doing just fine with my program...getting back to basics with my tracking - remembering to do it meal by snack by meal. I've been within my calorie range so far and am eager to plan out my food for the week. I can't believe I ever left Spark People...it means so much to be healthy and fit. I need to work specifically on mindful eating....taking time to enjoy food rather than use it to fill some need other than hunger. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1925366... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 20:44:20 EST Day 1 of 45X45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771394 SORRY for the audio - I had my fan on, which was vibrating on the desk. Will make sure it doesn't happen again. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:17:31 EST I'M BACK Y'ALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769535 45X45 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:26:59 EST Another Monday....must mean another video! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607341 I'm back again...in a much brighter mood and with some more insight into my approach to losing the weight this time around. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:51:25 EST January 20 - my birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600303 Not much to say, but at least I said something! <em>24</em> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:42:57 EST Stay tuned... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594711 Things have been going along pretty much the same. My daughter and I have been trying so very hard to eat well, buying the best ingredients and making soups and other healthy dishes that have leftovers. <BR> <BR> We've officially decided to work on weight loss together, and our new start date is Monday, which coincidentally is my 44th birthday. I'm trying to get her to start her own Spark page to keep track and use all the wonderful tools and support I've found here. I'm seeing my endocrino... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:22:48 EST Keepin' it clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585088 My main nutritional goal for this year is to eat clean as often as I can. I'm pleased to say that it's been working out pretty well so far. <BR> <BR> This noon, my daughter made some bean and rice burritos that were to die for...and made plenty for days to come. Filled with pinto beans, brown rice, corn, cilantro, and spices, we wrapped them up in whole grain tortillas and topped them with some avocado and some Greek yogurt. TASTY! <BR> <BR> We find a lot of our recipes in All You magazine... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:52:24 EST Short n' sweet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583627 Not much to say today...did stay up all night then felt awful in the a.m. Laid around most of the day trying to recoup my energy but had a tummyache and headache, which is likely from not enough water and the screwed up day/night. <BR> <BR> Feeling a little better after a couple of scrambled eggs and toast with a big glass of H2O. Tomorrow is a new day and I hope to get the measurements done and up and also plan on setting up a doc appt to get lab work done. <BR> <BR> Until then, my friend... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:05:21 EST Shopping, part deux... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582544 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l365261523.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, today...my daughter and I decided to take back some returns and a few extra groceries before the big cold snap (-25 below windchill, really???). We started with a lunch trip to Burrachos for a nice big salad with brown rice, grilled veggies, chicken, pico de gallo, and a dollop of sour cream and guac. I didn't finish the whole thing like I have in the past and stopped as I was just getting full, so I considered... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:56:54 EST First grocery trip of the new year... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581301 As I've mentioned in previous blog entries, I am not a fan of going grocery shopping, which I'll explain in a bit. First, look at what I bought: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2055825539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, that's not exactly my food because I neglected to take a photo of it, but it's darn near close enough. By the time I left the produce section, the whole bottom of my large shopping cart was covered. However, this is not new to me. I have been buying healt... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:12:54 EST 2*0*1*4, explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436859599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A very easy way to describe my main goal for 2014. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1902178955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * <BR> <BR> As promised, this is from my prior blog entry regarding Turning Another Leaf: <BR> <BR> I. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS <BR> a. I will keep external distractions at a minimum each day. <BR> b. I will not e... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:26:40 EST New year, new chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l643363526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is basically my new motto for January. I'm a testimony to the fact that one should never give up. I've been trying to get to my goals for decades. I've been trying here on SP for 9 months. I have gone away and come back a few times now. I reflected on my priorities and what worked for me in the past, and SP is definitely one of the most important tools I've had to lose weight. I was able to lose around 40 poun... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:06:50 EST She's baaaack..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543554 I'm back to the place where it all began...where I know I can be successful. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 15:16:12 EST Distractions, simplifying, and goodbye...for now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488575 I'm going to follow my own carefully thought out advice and do whatever I can to remove as many distractions - my own term for a group of certain things that take up too much space in my mind - as are in my control. <BR> <BR> I have come to realize that I need to simplify as much as I can possibly can in order to get back to why I started my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople was the catalyst for my journey, and I will come back once I empty out the overfilled pantry that has been ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:08:25 EST NEW RULES...NEW PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486239 I can't fool around any more. It's not just going to happen TO me; I have to MAKE it happen. <BR> <BR> I. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS <BR> a. I will keep external distractions at a minimum each day. <BR> b. I will not engage in conversations about others that do not directly involve my mission. <BR> c. I will listen to others carefully in conversation, but if they get too negative, I will change the subject or remove myself from the discussion. <BR> d. I will not complain out loud or in my head. ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 13:27:45 EST Pics for the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485779 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l863905083.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l399501521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l358017235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l91154912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I start my first real personal challenge/streak. I need to be serious about this. More to come... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:55:01 EST Just a picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l787966143.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:05:22 EST Hello! I'm ready to Spark some more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479428 I'm back after a week of taking care of my dad post-surgery and ready to face a fairly normal week ahead. <BR> <BR> <em>382</em> Sun, 8 Sep 2013 11:30:33 EST Dad & Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473963 My dad is having surgery to repair a hammertoe tomorrow morning. We have to be to the hospital at 5:15 a.m. I don't even know what that means. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> It should be a quick-n-easy surgery, but he is on a blood thinner for atrial fibrillation, so they're always cautious when making any cuts. <BR> <BR> He'll be off his feet 95% of the time for the first week, but he's a great healer and hopefully will be back and even better than before because he won't have such pain when w... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 21:36:38 EST End of August...end of Facebook hiatus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472058 Had a great family reunion today with good food and good talk. <BR> <BR> Still not feeling back to "normal" but have hope that I will by the end of next week. <BR> <BR> I'm back to my Facebook antics, hoping to reconnect more socially with my buddies. If you care to add me as a friend there, please be my guest: <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/startingallover </link> <BR> <BR> New month, new post tomorrow...take care, all. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:50:16 EST Change o'scenery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470460 New location for kicks and giggles...Just 10 Lbs. emotional eater details and what's been going on with me lately... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 01:37:38 EST Just 10 Lbs. Step 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469348 I have never ascribed to just one way of changing my lifestyle. I don't belong to any one particular sponsored nutrition program or do one particular type of exercise...most importantly I like to keep my mind as open as possible to the many theories and recommendations that are out there and piece them together to make my lifestyle quilt, if you will. <BR> <BR> I have been re-reading Brad Lamm's "Just 10 Lbs.", which provides "easy steps to weighing what you want (finally)" as it's byline. ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:12:07 EST In your head, zombie, zombie, zombie...hey hey hey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467285 How I am feeling today....long form. You can skip this if you are short on time...I mean it. Nothing to see here. Just babbling on and on... <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Oh...and Diablo/Kitten makes his debut!!! <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:01:56 EST Finally...a response to my SWF video! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465862 I finally have time to address those who gave me sage advice on how to go about snaggin' me a fella. <em>342</em> <em>212</em> <em>337</em> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:22:06 EST The Cupcake Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465081 Taken from the book "Just 10 Lbs" by Brad Lamm: <BR> <BR> <em>475</em> The Cupcake Story <em>475</em> <BR> <BR> This is a story to illustrate how our crafty minds work. Let's say I'm dieting to lose weight. I crave a cupcake but feel torn between the desire for the cupcake and the need to stay on my diet. I've got those two conflicting thoughts in my head at the same time. Eat the cupcake; don't eat the cupcake. This typically creates a feeling of uncomfortable tension. Psycholo... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 17:52:48 EST DANCE FRIDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464192 Inspired by my dear friend, Karen...I give you my version of "Dance Friday" on Spark People. I encourage you to kick up your heels today...it feels FANTASTIC!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:36:04 EST Don't let Dad get on your nerves... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463309 A treasure found in a box brings back memories, and I share my opinion on some sparking attitudes. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:20:19 EST Being grateful for challenges... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462279 Just a quick video on where I am right now in the moment and today's reading from "Each Day A New Beginning". <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:37:14 EST SWF seeks companionship... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460064 I start out with smoothie talk and end up sounding like an advertisement for a dating site. <em>198</em> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:13:39 EST Good dreams, bad dreams... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458949 THIS IS LENGTHY, but I appreciate if you stay through til the end. I start out with what happened over the last 18 hours and end with going through the Goal-Setting Worksheet from SP that I completed. <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:39:29 EST Enjoying the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458185 I overslept today...unusual for me since I've gotten into a good habit of getting to bed and getting up around the same time for a while now. I didn't let it deter me from the plans I had of cleaning, though. I unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, got my coffee, and sat down to check out what happened on SP overnight. Then, when properly caffeinated, my dad and I set out to tackle The Garage. <BR> <BR> The Garage has not been adequately cleaned in quite some time. We have just the one-car g... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:43:24 EST STOP....LOOK....LISTEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457579 Before we begin the process of transformation, we have to stop doing the things that have been holding us back. Here are some of those things...along with my new specs! <em>36</em> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:30:28 EST In It To Win It...visual edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456149 ***Technical difficulties*** Sorry about the skippy, weird unsynchronized audio/video. Bear with me...I talk about just how far I've come using a visual. <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:40:29 EST Equipped with equipment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455252 I asked around on my message boards recently about what sorts of things others use if they do their workouts at home. I got a variety of responses and came up with some neat ideas. <BR> <BR> This is what I'm currently using: <BR> <BR> 1. Brand new as of today: The HemingWeigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044897284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I typically workout in our lower-level family room, which has a thin indoor/outdoor carpet with... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:21:07 EST Just chitty chatty... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454470 Talked about my day...nothing too revealing or scandalous <em>43</em> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:03:36 EST Performance progression aka exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453139 Sweat = good <BR> <BR> TWO VIDEOS in ONE DAY! Woot woot. <BR> <BR> This one's short. The one from yesterday...not so much. Enjoy both, if you please. <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:38:34 EST New hair...my spa Sunday regimen...moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453029 This is from yesterday: I talk about my Sunday spa day I created to take care of ME! <BR> <BR> TMI alert: I also talk about certain skin issues some of us deal with. The technical term is inverse psoriasis or candidasis, etc. if you wish to look it up yourself. <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:22:35 EST D'oh...must fix this habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452251 Oh dear...I've gone and done it A*G*A*I*N! I have a habit of recording a vlog during work hours and then returning to work and forgetting to upload it. TWICE in a week. Good gravy. <BR> <BR> You know what that means??? An obligatory ridiculous pic for your pleasure. I'll make it two because I'm feelin' saucy... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l987719862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AND <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1895458955.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:56:43 EST Cleaning house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450925 The phrase "cleaning house" can have many meanings. There's the literal one, of course, in which you take bucket and rag in hand and get to work making your home sparkle and shine...like mine here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810919998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No, seriously. That's my house! <BR> <BR> Well...it sometimes looks like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l80406752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No, seriously. <BR> <BR> It's rea... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:41:16 EST My frowns :( are upside down :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448868 Giving thanks is where it's at, yo. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:22:51 EST Having a bad day? Come sit next to me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447734 I am off to a very bad start today and needed to share. <BR> <BR> 1. I use a few swears in this video - but that's who I am in real life. Just a warning that I'm not my usual "perky" self. <BR> <BR> 2. Re: my daughter - she is not "worthless". I meant she has not been helpful or sympathetic to my situation since moving back home in May. I love my daughter dearly and wanted to clarify my meaning there. Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:59:02 EST Whoops...I did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446943 I made a vlog, then forgot to upload it, and just remembered about it now. <BR> <BR> In lieu of today's video, I give you this ridiculous picture instead: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l975661238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watch for the video tomorrow, kthanks! <em>224</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 21:35:25 EST Mind Over Body challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445722 I am going to take the Mind Over Body "challenge" that is offered up here at SP: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mind_ov<BR>er_body_fat.asp </link> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 21:16:09 EST Things to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442817 I wrote this some time ago to remind myself of certain truths in my life... <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Today is today. Tomorrow is tomorrow. The past cannot be changed. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> How I feel right now is not how I will feel for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> Life changes minute to minute, and only God has the power to control that. <BR> <BR> <em>52</em> There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith. You must decide which one will live there. <... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 23:18:14 EST Out of spoons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439897 I talk about feeling empty and out of spoons. Link to "The Spoon Theory" is: <BR> <BR> <link>www.butyoudontlooksick.com/wpress/ar<BR>ticles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-<BR>theory/ </link> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:07:53 EST