JLITT62's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JLITT62 JLITT62'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/ Yes, I'm still alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712515 I resisted Facebook for sooo long . . . But then I created a community page about my running - Chocolaterunsjudy - and because there are only so many hours in a day, I spend most of my online time there. <BR> <BR> So let's see . . . Feb was a bad month in a bad winter & I gained several pounds. <BR> <BR> March we went to Las Vegas & had gorgeous weather & I did a running tour (very fun!) & ran in Red Rock Canyon Park (so hard!). <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I got sick & was sick pretty much a... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:58:03 EST You have to have faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611768 Weight-wise, January was a tough month. Despite my best efforts, I was up a few pounds by the end of the year & in an uncomfortable place. Boggles my mind that I used to carry 30 lbs more around. <BR> <BR> So I buckled down in January. And the scale.wouldn't.BUDGE. <BR> <BR> So frustrating. Why exercise & eat right if you're not getting the results you want? <BR> <BR> I've no doubt getting my period twice in January is a big part of the reason the scale wouldn't move. I've also no doubt th... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 05:03:45 EST I'm a little challenged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609241 As in I think I signed up for too many challenges at the beginning of the year! <BR> <BR> Yoga! <BR> Organizing! <BR> Healthy eating! <BR> Meditate! <BR> Draw more! <BR> <BR> A challenge is a good thing. We should always be challenged. <BR> <BR> But you shouldn't be challenging everything in your life. It's too easy to get overwhelmed & do nothing. <BR> <BR> Actually, I think I've taken a little something away from each challenge. <BR> <BR> But maybe next year I need to be a bit choosier... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:32:35 EST At least I know why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607830 As I wrote in my last blog entry, that was just so unlike me. The fact that that stuff had been in the freezer 2 years is a pretty good clue! <BR> <BR> Turns out I was getting TOM just 2 weeks after the last one. In hindsight, I had all the symptoms, but that's never happened before so I was definitely not expecting it (for those that don't know me, I'm just about 52 & definitely still in perimenopause). <BR> <BR> I've at least managed to maintain my weight, which is surprising. The problem... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 05:26:51 EST I was just trying to clean up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599724 Apparently, literally. <BR> <BR> So there I was gong through my freezer. Checking out just what IS in those foil wrapped packages. I'm not quite sure what was in one - 3 pieces of some sort of chocolate pie (I think it was vegan chocolate pumpkin pie from thanksgiving a couple of years ago). <BR> <BR> And we're off! One bite turns into a few bites turns into at least an entire slice, if not more! You know the drill. <BR> <BR> That sort of episode rarely happens to me anymore, but I'm not i... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 07:36:43 EST Are you in a food rut? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596683 I'm not, but I was for a while. So easy to fall back on the tried & true. Which is completely ironic as I'm a cookbook junkie. <BR> <BR> Do you set goals? Daily, weekly, monthly? <BR> <BR> I try. I'm pretty good about weekly & monthly; daily is kind off hit or miss. One of my monthly goals for January was to try 4 new healthy recipes. I think I've already met that goal! <BR> <BR> Some people actually do better eating the same thing all the time. I like to cook & I like variety & besides, ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:00:27 EST What do YOU do when you're frustrated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595979 Frustrated with the weather. Frustrated with insomnia. And yes, frustrated with my weight. <BR> <BR> Well, the first thing I did was find something I WASN'T frustrated with & today that's my naturally curly hair. I just looked in the mirror & the sight of my curls made me smile. <BR> <BR> I stuck with my food plan for the day & that just happened to include this very yummy treat: <link>http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/201<BR>2/10/08/chocolate-peanut-butter-cake-i<BR>n-a-mug/ </link> beca... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:24:20 EST How clean is your fridge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592408 I'm not talking about the things that are about to crawl away, although there's that. <BR> <BR> But when you open that door, what do you see? <BR> <BR> You should see healthy good you can grab. If all you see is processed junk or sweets, guess what you'll probably grab? <BR> <BR> I rearranged mine a bit so that things like my home made black bean burgers & home made salmon burgers are at eye level. As well as some cooked quinoa, cooked rice, yogurt. The black bean brownies & cheese are on ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:10:49 EST WW Simple start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589265 If you're a WW member, have you tried simple start? Similar to simply filling, which I've never really done - I like my indulgences, as they're now calling them, too much, apparently. It's WW's version of clean eating. <BR> <BR> I did try it a few days this part week. There are days when I feel as though I'm eating too much, but I did lose weight this week. TOM started. Seems as though when I'm having perimonepausal problems I gain no matter what, but then I start losing again once I get my ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:27:59 EST You can wallow or . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585284 . . . you can pull yourself up by your bootstraps. <BR> <BR> So what's a girl to do when the scale disappoints her yet again? <BR> <BR> Put on her tighter jeans & lift some weights! <BR> <BR> Obviously, I rant, I vent, I am not above pouting either. In the end, these things get me nowhere. Yes, perimenopause is kicking my butt. TOM did decide to arrive, which partially explains last week's surprising WI (but I'm willing to bet it's not the whole story; it never is). <BR> <BR> But I can't ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:49:40 EST The good, the bad, the ugly . . . again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584161 The good: still plugging away. Still exercising, still trying to eat healthy. Wish I could say my WIs reflect that, but more on that below. <BR> <BR> The bad: spending a bit more than I probably should have the last month. Those end-of-the-yr sales really get to me. Most of it was stuff I really needed - workout clothes, sports bras, you know - the really exciting stuff. There weren't even any shoes! But it adds up. <BR> <BR> The ugly: my last 2 WIs. Now I know you're thinking well of cours... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:57:00 EST This was sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571013 A little while ago I bought an ipad 3 from a friend who was getting an ipad air. So now I can take photos & videos on my ipad & use FaceTime (apple's answer to skype). So I got the bright idea to try it out with my brother & his family on thanksgiving; I knew his wife had an ipad. <BR> <BR> I was confused when he said he'd use his son's ipad (my brother's a lawyer), but whatever. <BR> <BR> So we did it, it worked - kind of cool. But his wife, when we asked where she was? She wouldn't join u... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:43:58 EST Still slow & steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570509 I've blogged about this before, but it's been on my mind again. Some of the people in my WW meeting have had phenomenal success lately: big losses & they're not that far from their goals! <BR> <BR> I haven't had big losses lately, but I have been going down slowly & fairly steadily. And maybe that's better than those big losses, no matter how much I want them! <BR> <BR> Because maybe those small losses are more indicative of a healthy lifestyle. A sustainable lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well, I'l... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:18:20 EST I got caught http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568031 Running errands without a snack or water, that is. <BR> <BR> I used to carry around a little tin of almonds, but I've gotten out of the habit. <BR> <BR> And nowadays I always bring a water bottle with me . . . I just wasn't planning to run errands after my WW meeting today. But then I realized I needed to stop at a grocery store . . . and because Michaels was right there & I want some silicone mini muffin cups, I figured I'd stop there, too - at least by that time I had the grape tomatoes I... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:23:15 EST New favorite snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567089 My blogs were interrupted by the shoveling . . . so I got an ecookbook a while ago that I'm digging. One of the snack suggestions was to mix yogurt with some nut butter & crumble a protein cookie on top. I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> I'm a volume girl, so anything that makes things look like more helps me be more satisfied. <BR> <BR> But I didn't stop there : I made some healthy brownies a while ago - a black bean brownie . So I crumbled one on top of yogurt & then drizzled it with some PB2. <BR... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:31:32 EST You can hate it . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565691 . . . or you can embrace it. <BR> <BR> And I came up with that all by myself! It just kind of popped into my mind as I was driving around on this cold, chilly (but thankfully sunny) day - going to the library, 2 grocery stores, petco & target. <BR> <BR> And it was snowing . . . lately it's been much like when we lived in VT: it just snows almost daily, but thankfully it's usually just some flurries (but if you look me up on FB you'll see what it looked like this weekend!). <BR> <BR> The su... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:06:11 EST Weekly wrap up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563385 Do you review your week? The good, the bad - hopefully not the ugly but we all know it happens. <BR> <BR> Weekly wrap ups are a really powerful tool. How will you ever know what you have to work on if you don't spend some time thinking about how you've done? <BR> <BR> Sound too time consuming? <BR> <BR> Just think of all the time you spend not moving or not doing things you want to because you're too tired. Wouldn't that time be better spent considering what you've done that works & what y... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:46:37 EST Nipping it in the bud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562906 I'm not really quite sure how they come up with SP motivators - because really, I haven't been all that active lately. And it's not the first time. And I'm not looking for a lot of people to tell me how worthy I am, either. But if I can inspire more people to just keep at it it makes my day a bit brighter. <BR> <BR> And not to sound snooty here, but I'm picky about my spark friends; I want to interact with them & the way I enjoy interacting is blogs. So if you don't blog, I may not reciproc... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:55:47 EST Give up a little, receive a lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561961 I love to bake. Like I could bake every day. And most of my baking is healthy treats. <BR> <BR> Sadly I have realized that while I can definitely still have my treats, I can't have them anywhere near as often as I'd like to (which would be every meal, basically). <BR> <BR> But that's okay - I'll trade how I feel in my body right now for extra treats - which healthy or not, don't always energize me or keep me full. <BR> <BR> And that means that I can't bake nearly as often as I'd like too,... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:15:23 EST Purging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561095 It's that time of the year: out with the old, in with the new. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately I was forced to purge my garage freezer: even tho I'd deliberately checked the door after having some trouble with it, somehow it was ajar for some length of time. <BR> <BR> A waste of a lot of good food, but it did get me to go through everything (some things, like muffins & flours, didn't need to be tossed). <BR> <BR> Sometimes it's important to purge, even when it's painful. Sometimes the old stuff i... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:01:22 EST Living in yoga pants isn't necessarily a bad thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560372 You often hear that you want to wear form fitting clothes; stretchy clothes can make it too easy to overeat. <BR> <BR> Lately I've been living in my exercise pants for about half a day on ST days. In fact, I get dressed in my exercise pants & top first thing in the morning (and put a turtleneck over the top, which I can easily take off during exercise). <BR> <BR> That way I don't procrastinate because I hate changing my clothes multiple times a day. And I get some exercise in early in the m... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:44:54 EST Aim big, fail small http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558170 For thanksgiving week my goal was to try & squeeze in some extra workouts . . . it was a crazy busy week & it didn't happen. <BR> <BR> But regular exercise did. <BR> <BR> So sometimes having a big goal can help you at least stay on track. <BR> <BR> The trick is you can't beat yourself up when you don't reach your big goal. <BR> <BR> Anything is better than nothing. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:40:18 EST New to me fitness sites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556694 I read about <link>http://blogilates.com </link> on a blog; they were talking about her new fitness journal, which sounded very similar to my fitbook, so I ordered it (hasn't arrived yet), but the prelaunch price included a meal plan & exercise plan for 3 months. <BR> <BR> I've been using some of it, putting my own twist on things as usual, but she's so darn cute. Her workouts remind me more of barre (which I love) than Pilates. And they use popular music, which is super fun. <BR> <BR> Th... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:07:46 EST Slow & steady wins the race? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547475 We'll, if that we're true I'd be winning HMs! <BR> <BR> Every once in a while I get in a groove. I seem to be in one now. Going down a little every week except when hormones interfere. <BR> <BR> In the past I'd have more mood swings: big loss, gain, gain, big loss . . . so I'm hoping slow & steady can get me to my goal before I have to seriously start training again, which isn't for several months. <BR> <BR> I'm also left wondering if there is a season to weight loss; to everything there ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:41:45 EST She's alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545006 So sorry to abandon y'all. <BR> <BR> So what have I been up to? <BR> <BR> Not really struggling; in fact, inching down slowly but steadily. <BR> <BR> On a great vacation like my buddy SLIMMERJESSIE suggested? <BR> <BR> I wish! <BR> <BR> Nope, just super busy with life. Every week I think THIS week won't be so bad . . . and then something crops up. <BR> <BR> Except maybe this week. Finally. Still busy, but not the crazy busy I've been the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> Because my next HM isn... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:10:31 EST The first step is always the hardest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523064 We make such mountains out of mole hills! <BR> <BR> Looking at the chilly, windy weather forecast made me dread my run. When the truth is it was actually quite pleasant. I also just got out there as soon as I could, knowing the the temperature wasn't going to rise much in say half an hour & I really want to squeeze in a little ST plus walk the dogs & there's a lot more on my plate today. <BR> <BR> So the real trick? Being prepared & having the right equipment, aka running clothes: a long sl... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:10:14 EST It's nice when it works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522242 I admit to being bummed last week: I felt I'd been good on vacation, my clothes didn't feel tight, but I was still up. <BR> <BR> So what would a person at GW do? <BR> <BR> Well, they wouldn't keep doing the same thing! <BR> <BR> I turned to savory breakfasts this week. I didn't bake, but I had a small amount of dark chocolate or 1 dried pineapple ring most days so I wouldn't feel deprived. And I ate almost completely Paleo during the week - I hadn't really planned to, but I knew I just did... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:39:08 EST It's like cleaning out your closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521055 I am in the process of moving summer clothes into the closet in my other room & moving the winter clothes into my closet. <BR> <BR> When we lived in Austin we had 2 walkin closets & I didn't have to move anything, but I digress. <BR> <BR> So sometimes we have to clear out & change up what we're eating. <BR> <BR> This week I am making sure that: <BR> <BR> I'm eating savory breakfasts <BR> <BR> I'm eating extra veggies <BR> <BR> I'm not baking treats <BR> <BR> There is a time & a place f... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:06:46 EST Bulking up without working for it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520382 As in eating more veggies. <BR> <BR> I don't find that I like Trader Joes produce much, with a few exceptions: I'm very fond of the 8 veggie healthy mix. I put it into salads & sautée it to top other things. <BR> <BR> I bought their veggie tray yesterday, which seemed promising: grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas, baby carrots & jicama sticks. Only the jicama sticks were already getting slimy, o I guess I'll pass on that in th future. <BR> <BR> Their Asian blend is good for a quick stir fry. ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:10:03 EST I'm fighting my true nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519124 I wanted to title this I'm all about the veggies, but the reality is when I veer off track the veggies start to dwindle, even tho I actually really like veggies! Let's face it, veggies can be time consuming - but the payoffs are huge: feeling fuller & being healthier. <BR> <BR> But that's not the real fight . . . the real fight is reigning in my sweet tooth. I guess it will always be a battle. And again, when I veer off track, it's important to start my day with savory meals. It's not that p... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:01:51 EST Are you asking the right questions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516708 Yup, I dragged out a paper 3 month tracker - & used it. It makes me think a bit more than tracking online & it's easier to look back through what I've done. <BR> <BR> Made a frittata for dinner last night & had some leftovers for breakfast this morning. Do I miss something sweet? Yes. Even if it's a healthy sweet. But is that the right question? <BR> <BR> Am I hungry? No. <BR> <BR> Was it satisfying? Yes. <BR> <BR> Will it move me closer to my goals? Probably. <BR> <BR> Would a person a... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:48:32 EST It's all gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516060 I've heard more than one successful person comment that in their mind, the weight was already gone when they started. <BR> <BR> I know I CAN do it. There was a time when I really thought I couldn't get past a certain number, but I did. <BR> <BR> So despite a weight gain, despite a very small temper tantrum in my mind, right now I'm actually feeling pretty happy. Because I know that weight gains will happen. It's just part of life. <BR> <BR> It is a bit odd, tho, because my clothes don't f... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:16:56 EST When in doubt, drink! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514905 I'm a good water drinker. Aside from tea & the occasional hot chocolate after a run in winter, it's all I drink. I seriously can't understand people who get by on just a glass or two of liquid a day. <BR> <BR> And I know that hunger is often thirst in disguise. <BR> <BR> But it seems only recently that I've begun to drink a glass of water when I feel hungry. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, for instance, I felt hungry after walking the dogs but before raking, ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 07:38:12 EST New jeans make me love my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513957 Seriously, I don't know why I waited so long to buy jeans that made me feel good about myself. No wait, I do: every WI I expected to get down to GW. So darn close all the time. <BR> <BR> I am so happy I got new jeans, even if I have to go out & buy new ones WHEN I get to GW. Cause some day it's gonna happen. <BR> <BR> I am also so glad that Old Navy tweaked its sweetheart jeans design so that it really fits me to a T now. <BR> <BR> And lest you think jeans shopping is easy for me, think ag... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:44:04 EST TOM + HM = weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512936 Yes, I am back from vacation & running my sixth HM. It went well - sooooo much better than the last one. Technically it was a PR by half a minute, but somehow in my mind that barely counts. I know it does, but we always want more, right? If you want to follow my running, I post on FB as chocolaterunsjudy. <BR> <BR> So I got my wish, at least partially; TOM started the day after the race. At 51 & the end of perimenopause, I just never know when it will hit; I was 3 weeks late. In fact, for th... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:51:50 EST Sometimes you need a carrot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501093 And not the orange kind, either. <BR> <BR> Today I am somehow going to squeeze in a movie. Been trying to get to it for WEEKS & today I'm gonna do it, despite everything on my plate. Unfortunately it means an early lunch & I don't usually have dinner til my husband comes home, so there will be a loooong time between lunch & dinner. <BR> <BR> So I've planned a snack. A home made protein bar after my ST session. I have a lot on my plate today, lots of chores around the house, a short run & wa... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 07:37:34 EST It must be fall . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497548 . . . I'm totally craving carbs. <BR> <BR> And a more carb-centric diet will cause more water retention. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter how much protein I eat, either, the carb cravings are still there - even when I'm not really hungry. <BR> <BR> Which is not really keeping me where I need to be. <BR> <BR> For the most part I try to fill that craving with healthy carbs: sweet potatoes, brown rice & oatmeal. <BR> <BR> But sometimes some dark chocolate peanut butter pretzels sneak in there.... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:22:07 EST Sometimes you cave & move on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494561 I am surprised by the number of people who actually let themselves get truly hungry . . . I will be the first to admit it's a rare occurrence for me. Sure, I get hungry, I get the hungries - but to hear my stomach growl? That doesn't happen often. <BR> <BR> Moving on. <BR> <BR> Not quite sure what happened to me yesterday. I had a sudden craving for Trader Joe's brownie & oats bar. This box has been sitting in my pantry for literally 6 months. Untouched. I discovered paleo & the cravings fo... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:47:00 EST How quickly we forget! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493829 Just barely over a week since Yom Kippur. Even tho we break the fast in the afternoon rather than at sunset, I was Hungry. My stomach was literally growling - which it never does. I had a headache. These are tue signs of hunger. <BR> <BR> Today I had a coup,e of hours of errands to run. I was feeling really "hungry", too. But no growling stomach, no headache . . . and I'd had a snack before heading out. Truth was I wasn't experiencing physical hunger. <BR> <BR> I drank some water, even tho ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:50:11 EST Dress the body you have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491210 I'm sure you've heard this before, but it bears repeating: dress the body you have, not the body you want. <BR> <BR> Even tho half my jeans are too big, I held off buying new ones be ause I didn't want to have to buy yet more jeans when I get to & STAY at my goal weight. Well, guess what? Still sort of spinning my wheels & got darn close to GW, but didn't stay there. <BR> <BR> This blog brought to you by Old Navy, who is havving a jeans sale. <BR> <BR> Yes, I went there & tried on 8 pairs ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:22:25 EST You have to show up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490267 No one here has ever seen me really heavy; I lost most of the weight before we moved here. <BR> <BR> At the very end of my WW meeting today, someone I chat with sometimes was saying how motivating it is to see before/after photos (I have one in my photo gallery here, another on my iPod). So I whipped mine out & showed her. <BR> <BR> Then everyone wanted to see it . . . actually another busy day but I showed it to some of the people I know. <BR> <BR> They were floored. They couldn't believe... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:48:12 EST Mindset of a healthy person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488997 I thought this week wouldn't be so busy . . . I was wrong! Gearing up for a trip is always a major undertaking & I'm practically living at a variety of vets lately (nothing serious, bu must be done). <BR> <BR> So my husband came home from a business trip late last Friday & it seems like all he can think about is going out to eat. Which is odd, because usually it's me who's dying to go out to eat after he's been gone a while. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel the need: I'd gone out to lunch with a fri... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:54:51 EST Gave my food processor a workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482423 I love my massive 14 cup food processor, but darn thing takes up almost the entire top rack of my dishwasher. So I'm often reluctant to drag it out, but yesterday I gave it a workout: <BR> <BR> 1. Shredded zucchini for low carb zucchini fritters <BR> <BR> 2. Riced cauliflower for cauliflower "breadsticks" - basically 1 head cauliflower, spices & 2 eggs mixed together & baked (and then topped with shredded cheese). It was actually kind of bland . . . I'll bet garlic mixed in with the cheese ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:25:48 EST The grocery store NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480285 Why do I feel that when I enter a grocery store it's like entering a field littered with land mines? <BR> <BR> There I was at Trader Joes . . . staring at the mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups . . . the dark chocolate covered almonds with sea salt . . . but I knew both spelled trouble. Sadly I left the store without them. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good with doling out my treats most of the time. Heck, I still have some of the dark chocolate bar I bought in Kauai just about a year ago! Actua... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 08:29:28 EST A nice NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477493 I was trying on a few tops recently (no, I didn't buy anything!) & because I was wearing a dress I grabbed a couple of pairs of jeans just to see what the tops would look like. Both were a Levi's, size 4. Levi's tend to work very well for me, but I'm not a size 4 in them. <BR> <BR> One was a pair of super skinniest & not too surprisingly wouldn't even pull up over my thighs. The other was a curvy girl cut & while they were too tight, not only did they pull up they even zipped up! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:54:10 EST Don't shoot for a number, shoot for a range http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474747 That's the newest advice I've heard about losing weight. Again, isn't that just common sense? And hey, I can be really good at maintaining, the problem is I neve seem to maintain the range I want to be in! <BR> <BR> But then all we have to do is look at Diana Nyad; her best advice? Never, ever give up. We have watched her try, try again, be defeated by elements seemingly out of her control. But she never gave up; she continued to learn new things & she surrounded herself with an excellent te... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:46:34 EST Sometimes you need a reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470581 I was reading something this morning about the various stages of breaking bad behavior. There was a lot of good info packed into a little space, but mostly it reminded me that I want o be one of the 5% who maintains her weight loss. <BR> <BR> Even tho I'm not quite where I'd like to be right now, this is still probably the longest I've maintained a significant weight loss my entire life. And I'm 51 & have been yo-yoing for about 30 of those, so that's saying something. <BR> <BR> And here is... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:44:06 EST Still maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470091 I'd be happier to lose, but I also realize that with training for a HM & whacky hormones (must be an acronym in there somewhere!), I'm still doing pretty good. In fact, there's been quite a bit of baking lately & I often see an uptick with that much baking - so maintaining isn't so bad. <BR> <BR> Right now I guess I'm just not that motivated to cut backon the sweets. It's a very delicate balance trying to fuel enough & lose weight at the same time. <BR> <BR> All sounds like a lot of excuses... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:46:19 EST I will never have a 6 pack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468601 Nope, not gonna happen. I actually do have decent abs, but they're nowhere near a 6 pack. For the most part I do like my body. I'm lucky that curves are now celebrated, because I'm a curvy girl - but they weren't when I was growing up & I was teased. I wasn't even heavy then; I just didn't fit what society deemed beautiful at that TIME. Because beauty is a rolling target. <BR> <BR> There are still things I'd like to change about my body: <BR> <BR> More arm definition <BR> Get rid of the fat... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:38:56 EST Newest study: just don't gain weight. Seriously? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468007 Apparently the gist of it is that if you focus on not gaining, rather than losing, you can stop that mid-life weight gain so many of us experience; you might even lose weight. <BR> <BR> Geez, what will they think of next? <BR> <BR> Maintaining my weight loss hasn't been too hard, despite the whacky mid-life hormones. But getting to GW & staying there? That's been a different story. <BR> <BR> I remain determined. I will keep trying. I see too many success stories not to become one myself. E... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:10:59 EST