JSMC10's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JSMC10 JSMC10'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/ 7 Tips To Stop Overeating (from mindbodygreen.com) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486829 <BR> Almost everyone has moments when they overeat, especially when they are stressed. People often turn to treats for comfort, and then wind up feeling guilty (on top of being stressed) about what they just ate. Instead of piling on the guilt from overindulging in junk food, use these healthier strategies to reduce your stress. <BR> 1. Instead of losing yourself in the fridge or the pantry, talk about what's stressing you. <BR> <BR> Just naming it or talking about it can help you get in ... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 03:36:38 EST Help Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234143 This site has been keeping me going alongside Brain Quotes and Spark People, and it's.... <BR> <link>www.helpothers.org </link> <BR> <BR> I hope some of you will take some time to check this out, it's quite addictive, in a good way. <BR> <BR> Thank you for taking the time to read this. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 07:55:18 EST Some quotes I like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230703 I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. <BR> John Burroughs <BR> <BR> When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. <BR> J... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:22:59 EST Positive Thinking Quotes (4/12/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155607 Below are some positive thinking quotes that I quite like, I hope you do aswell <em>41</em> <BR> As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog and have a great day <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. <BR> Gautama Siddharta <BR> <BR> The ancestor of every action is a thought. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> When you wholeheartedly adopt a "with all your heart" attitude and go out w... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:31:51 EST 30 Things to Start Doing For Yourself, a Thoughtful Article (2/12/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153215 This is an article I found while looking around for what to post today and I really like it. It refers to some other articles on the site and so, if you are interested in reading more, then just click on them, after you've clicked on the link that I provide below. <BR> I hope you find it as interesting and thoughtful as I did <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Start spending time with the right people. – These are the people you enjoy, who love and appreciate you, and who encourage you to i... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 03:59:04 EST Some Things That Inspire Me And Make Me Feel A Warm Glow Inside (30/11/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151293 Below are some pictures that inspire me and just make me feel a glow inside. For the picture of Kristen Stewart as a vampire, I mean that the sheer beauty and perfection that she has then, also, she has an amazing body anyway, plus, I love vampires, both sparkly and otherwise haha <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1066376114.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1051007923.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:00:36 EST More Motivational Pictures (29/11/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150149 I find pictures such a helpful tool and I love reading blogs with them in aswell. Below are some more pictures I like <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l254221272.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942349240.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335944660.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1805753231.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l2341672... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 03:34:18 EST Energizing Meditation (28/11/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149075 I thought I would do a blog entry about meditation today because when I do do it, I find it helps. I hope it helps you too! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> This guided meditation will refill your body with vibrant life force energy. All it takes is a few minutes to reenergize and revitalize yourself! <BR> <BR> Find a comfortable position. Either lying down in savasana or seated in an easy cross-legged position. Shut your eyes down and bring your awareness back to your body. Observe your breath. S... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 03:29:01 EST Motivational Pictures (27/11/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147929 Below are some pictures that I find particularly motivating. I hope you enjoy them too and thank you for reading my blog <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1189780396.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l111320031.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2036669316.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1875319692.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 05:23:34 EST Motivational Quote (26/11/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146759 I love Martin Luther King Jr, so when looking for a quote to put up on todays blog, I found one by this great man and knew I had to share it. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> "Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, 'Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary'." <BR> -Martin Luther King <BR> <BR> Beyond The Quote <BR> Your greatest capabilities lie within your own positive mindset. Remember... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 07:42:19 EST Inspirational Blog (25/11/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145632 These points go for every single one of you <em>223</em> . I hope you all have a great day. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog <em>30</em> . <BR> <BR> 24 Things To Always Remember <BR> by: Author Unknown, Source Unknown <BR> <BR> Your presence is a present to the world. <BR> You are unique and one of a kind. <BR> Your life can be what you want it to be. <BR> Take the days just one at a time. <BR> <BR> Count your blessings, not your troubles. <BR> You will make it throu... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 04:32:53 EST The Power of a Positive Attitude (Motivational blog 24/11/12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144799 I found this article while searching for what to post today and I think it has some helpful tips. I hope you all enjoy it <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Having a positive attitude can mean the difference between living a life full of joy and happiness and living a life full of depression and misery. Your attitude will determine what you will experience in life regardless of the actual circumstances. If there is one thing you can work on that will change your life, it is your attitude. This articl... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:42:33 EST Motivational Story 23/11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143982 Why are Goals Important? <BR> On the best sunny day, the most powerful magnifying glass will not light paper if you keep moving the glass. But if you focus and hold it, the paper will light up. That is the power of concentration. <BR> <BR> <BR> A man was traveling and stopped at an intersection. He asked an elderly man, "Where does this road take me?" The elderly person asked, "Where do you want to go?" The man replied, "I don't know." The elderly person said, "Then take any road. What dif... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:29:10 EST Feeling a bit 'meh' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143138 I feel like my life is lacking some excitement. Do any of you have any ideas of how to inject some excitement back into my life? <BR> <BR> As always, thank you for the continued support <em>41</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 04:53:10 EST A Tip for Looking after Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132608 So today I was watching some of the videos from the people that i'm subscribed to and I am subbed to so many different people with different channel subjects, including just vlogs and healthy living. <BR> Anyway, i'll get to the point. One of the women that i'm subscribed to said something that I had never thought of in one of her videos. I'll paraphrase bu she said something along the lines of, 'think like your body isn't yours and it should help you live healthier'. <BR> I interpreted thi... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:10:46 EST Working on Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122584 This is just going to be a blog post just to ask your opinions. I suffer from depression (on medication for it) and sometimes anxiety (nowhere near as bad as it used to be). Some days are harder than others. I have been wondering, I want to lose the weight but I haven't been making it an absolute obsession of mine, I haven't been doing that with anything in my life. I know that weight loss will dramatically affect my happiness, self esteem and self confidence, but then I know that you have to... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 14:39:03 EST CBT website http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117766 My friend mentioned this website to me about some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and I checked it out. It looks like it will be really helpful for me and I have uncovered something within myself that I hadn't recognised before just from one session of sitting down and really thinking about myself in that situation. I hope it continues to be helpful. <BR> The website is get.gg Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:32:54 EST Great start to the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109413 Today I woke up and prepped some carrots and red bell peppers, by cutting them into batons, so I can easily reach for them to snack on. I am also making some cauliflower mash in advance so I can just heat it up later and not have the excuse of being tired and not having time. I also am up with loads of time to work out before work. I am also sat here with 2 apples and water for breakfast! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>48</em> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 04:42:58 EST Stress - How does it make you feel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108821 Well, I just came back from work and i'm tired, therefore tiny things stress me out. It got me thinking though, I can recognise certain feelings that also occur when i'm feeling stressed and i'd like to document them. <BR> I'd like to do this because, maybe when i'm feeling some of these other feelings, I can relate it back to being stressed and then go about sorting it out some other way. <BR> When I am stressed I... <BR> - want to cry <BR> - want something crunchy to eat <BR> - feel like i'... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:56:26 EST Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106818 For those of us who have been lucky, I suppose, to have been slim before and then put on the weight, do any of you feel like you're not worth and won't suit your most loved hair cut/style and colour? <BR> I feel like this, I want choppy layers and bright red hair again but my self confidence is so low that I refuse to get it until i'm the weight I want to be, but this kind of gets me down as I know that's a long way away. <em>24</em> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:06:51 EST Embarrassment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100806 Well, I went onto the Panic Button message board and posted a message. I didn't realise that the people who moderated the board could also take a look at my nutrition tracker. Well, I knew it wasn't too great but I try my best to still keep it under the cals. I know I eat quite a bit of processed food but I find it hard not to as my fiance and I work quite a bit, at different times and often reach for easy to prepare foods. Needless to say, most aren't that amazing for you. <BR> What would y... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 04:31:49 EST Cardio Dance With Some Toning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091049 The dvds that I bought about 7 months ago have been used a bit but not as they should be, so I decided to give them another go. <BR> They give options for 5, 10, 15 and 20 minute workouts, or you can do them all back to back. <BR> When I first started using the dvds some 7 months ago, I thought 'well i'll just do 10 minutes' and that used to kill me haha. <BR> Now that i've been working out more I thought i'd take the challenge of doing them all back to back. It is SUCH a great workout. I str... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:47:19 EST How Do You Like Them Apples? (my super easy, healthy autumn/fall recipe) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087664 First off I would like to say that I am feeling a bit happier today, it seems to be evenings when it gets me. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I was thinking about creative ways to get my 7 freggies a day for my challenge and I came up with this idea. <BR> I love apple crumble or apple pie, my favourite part of it is the taste of the soft, warm apples. <BR> So I thought, why not bake some apples without the added calories? <BR> <BR> Here is my recipe: <BR> <BR> 1) pre-heat the oven to around 180c... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:56:51 EST Depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086946 For some reason, even though i've still been taking my anti depressants, and exercising and trying to eat right, depression has hit me hard for the past couple of days. <BR> All i've wanted to do is cry, sleep and even the thought of drinking alcohol has crossed my mind (I don't drink). <BR> I haven't given in though. <BR> I do cry and sleep. <BR> I just hope that this will pass or at least ease off until my next doctors appointment. <BR> I haven't written this for pity. <BR> I've written it ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 18:27:55 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081778 I would like to say that joining a challenge with other like minded people has bought out the competitive side of me. <BR> Certain goals were 15 mins of cardio a day and drink 10 glasses of water a day. <BR> As i've strived to meet these goals it has made me make the changes I knew I should make, but didn't yet. <BR> The great thing about this is it becomes part of my routine and makes me more and more healthful! <BR> This week has fruit and veg servings and strength training on top of card... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:45:03 EST ABC's borrowed from Pixie and NOFACEMIRE1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068144 A. Are you at all artistic? <BR> not really but I like to craft <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? <BR> ketchup, burger ketchup, onions <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? <BR> purple <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? <BR> pearls (birth stone) <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? <BR> tortoise, water dragon, cameleon <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> Dredd (didn't like it much) <BR> <BR> G. What... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:12:14 EST Thank you and a loss within the Sparkpeople community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065855 First of all I would like to say thank you so much to anyone who comments on my page, sends me goodies, messages back from a post I put on a message board, friends on here and readers of my blog posts. It would take me an age to say thank you to every single one of you but I want you to know that it hasn't gone amiss at all. I fully appreciate you taking time out of your day to comment and read etc, so this is for all of you guys: <em>247</em> <em>30</em> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> On ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 06:46:24 EST Eating When Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053110 Just wondering if anyone else has a problem with eating when alone. I find it really hard to control myself and it is so easy for me to binge. I find it really hard to stop myself. <BR> Can anyone else relate? Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:37:26 EST Biba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045491 Biba is my familys dog. She is most definately family. She wasn't her usual self so we took her over to the vets and the prognosis wasn't great. She had an infection of the uterus and it was pretty dangerous. She had a temperature, was leaking pus (luckily), was drinking a lot and just generally wasn't her normal silly self. I went back to my parents house and told them the news, she would have to have emergency surgery right away. I burst into tears, it was like my baby going in for emergenc... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 11:55:29 EST Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024581 Yes beauty is different for everyone but I thought i'd make a quick blog post about it. <BR> I think that EVERYONE on here is beautiful in their own way. <BR> Yes, you, reading this right now, you're stunning, you have a beauty that no-one else has. <BR> Stay strong and I am proud of every one of you :) <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>345</em> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:07:40 EST Dining Out For The First Time Since I Started This Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019018 I was a little scared, i'm not going to lie. I knew my fiance wanted to get something to eat out before we went to the cinema to watch Ted (which, by the way, was SO funny). We went to a Morrisons Cafe that we had been to countless times before, but never before had I taken account of the calories they put next to each meal. Yes, I went for a childrens sausage and mash meal that came with a Freddo bar and a bag of fruit, but to be honest, I was REALLY happy with myself. I wasn't having the gr... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 07:06:49 EST Loving this journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015429 Even though I have only been on the SparkPeople journey for 6 days, I love it. I feel SUCH satisfaction when I go within my goal calories/fat/carbs/protein (ok protein I have to work on as I need to introduce more into my diet somehow) but it makes me feel great :). Also with the fitness tracker, I have burnt more calories than it stated but haven't done enough minutes. <BR> I know I will get into the swing of things and get fully into my targets further on in my journey, but this is a fanta... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 16:56:24 EST Getting in Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012149 Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who have said encouraging and supportive things to me already, it makes me smile and I wish everyone all the best too :) <BR> For many people I know mindless eating and just eating and not thinking about the nutirional value of things can be so easy to do. I found it VERY easy to do aswell. But now, I feel like I am gaining control of my eating habits, which I have never, ever done in my life. I am actually thinking about the nutritional values and weth... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 13:48:47 EST First Blog Entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009411 I've tried to stick to things in the past and just haven't, i've lost interest. <BR> This site seems to be different. There are lots of different groups and teams for whatever you like I think. <BR> It also appeals to me because I don't have to carry around anything else apart from my phone (as I have the free diet and calorie SparkPeople tracker app ans it's so easy to use). <BR> Another thing that stood out to me is it's almost like a game type layout, the more you do, track and achieve, ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:14:52 EST