JUNESHOPE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUNESHOPE JUNESHOPE'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/ Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789896 <em>341</em> Well, going to the grocery store can be a big trigger for me. <BR> <BR> <em>475</em> In our grocery store, the bakery is right when you enter the front door. And it's not just any bakery....it's freaking gourmet and marvelous. <BR> <BR> <em>35</em> I usually look, and will occasionally purchase a single slice of something. But what I noticed today was amazing. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> I did my shopping, went out, put my things in the car and started driving awa... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:43:02 EST Risky game, I know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788510 I woke up this morning and felt compelled to weigh myself. Yesterday was my weigh-in day, which showed a 3 1/2 pound loss for the week. When I weighed today, I was down another pound. <BR> <BR> That's exciting, however, weighing in on days other than weigh-in day, is a risky little game to play. If it showed even he slightest gain, it 'could' have thrown me off on a binge. But luckily, it showed another loss, which inspired me to be even better on program today. <BR> <BR> I'm 2 poun... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:52:12 EST 3 1/2 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788009 <em>185</em> yipeeee!! <em>55</em> 3 1/2 pounds! <BR> I haven't even added exercise yet. I ate really healthy all week, and was not hungry. I would say my carbs were probably moderate to low this week. Aside of a spaghetti dinner with a small bit of noodles and 2 slivers of garlic bread, my carbs only came from fruit & veggies. <BR> <em>106</em> (& a little honey in my coffee) <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> I'm going to continue to tweek the plan to make it fit for my life, unt... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:39:09 EST Carbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786362 <em>343</em> A fellow sparker said it best.... How great they feel from not eating crappy "Carbage" anymore. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> I'm not cutting the carbs down as low as I thought I would. They are around 60 per day. But I'm not eating 'bad carbs' either. I'm eating very few carbs from bread. Most all my carbs are coming from fruits, & veggies. <BR> <BR> <em>10</em> My Dad came over for dinner last night, so I made my famous spaghetti. I had very little noodles, and mos... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:27:39 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784141 <em>2</em> Ok...so for the last 4 days I've been carb overloading (binging) because I knew I was starting my low carb plan today. <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> <em>192</em> I knew doing that would most likely put the 3 lbs back on, that I lost over the last 2 weeks, but I did it anyway, and sure enough, they're back. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> And it's a shame I did that, because I could have been ahead 3 lbs before even starting the new program, but I'm not now. And that's ok....no sinc... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:37:15 EST Nothing fake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783704 My low carb plan will NOT consist of anything fake. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Organic when ever possible. <BR> <em>227</em> No artificial sweetners (lots of the low carb recipes call for this) <BR> <em>227</em> No low carb bread... yuck... I'd rather do without. <BR> <BR> So it's going to be a struggle to find things to always fit into my plan that doesn't have sweeteners. But I'll work it out. No processed artificial foods. <BR> <BR> I'm doing this my way. <em>362</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:41:05 EST Gearing up to start low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783168 <em>53</em> Well, I've decided to give the low carb plan another try. It's been a while since I've done it, but was successful the 1st time, so here it goes again. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> I'm actually looking forward to going low carb again. Last time I did it, I had amazing energy. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> So anyway. I start it on Sunday. (I know....I shouldn't put it off, but I'm still researching and putting the plan together.) My weeks start on Sunday, so I want to start th... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:42:41 EST Success on Low Carb? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781877 <em>38</em> Has anyone out there had good success on a low carb diet plan? <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Anyone...anyone...Bueler?....Bueler? LOL <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <em>382</em> I've visited the low carb groups, but it looks like a lot of them have been inactive, or have a lot of inactive members. So it makes me curious if long term success is possible. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> So I'm just curious if there is anyone out there that has actually had success on a low carb program... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:29:16 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779919 <em>192</em> <em>38</em> The scale seems to be stuck. I think I need to revamp a few things. <BR> <BR> <em>76</em> Cut back on sugar will probably be a big one. <BR> <em>274</em> Amp up the water <BR> <em>180</em> Cut back more on bread <BR> <em>311</em> Amp up the exercise <BR> <em>551</em> Eat smaller portions <BR> <BR> I'm still happy with my energy level, so I can tell I'm still getting healthier from within. Eventually my body will let go and stop fighting me... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:02:28 EST The WAR IS ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778565 <em>18</em> My Body has held myself hostage for a long time, and I've allowed it to because I was to lazy to fight to be set free. <BR> <BR> <em>530</em> This is no 'Journey' for me, this is WAR. War with myself, my hormones, my mind. I'm taking over and I'm going to live like I'm already at my goal weight, and not allow these bad habits to continue. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> One small thing lead to another, and before I knew it I went from 139 in 1997, to 268 by 2005. My mind sho... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:54:25 EST Decided against the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778556 <em>40</em> I know...I sound crazy don't I? <BR> <em>81</em> <em>19</em> Well, I started thinking about the whole gym thing and my Mom paying for it as a Christmas gift. I think I really need to be the one paying for it, to hold myself accountable. This is one thing that I just don't feel I should accept from someone else. <BR> <em>18</em> Not to mention that it may make my Mother more controlling over me, and I don't need that for sure. She offers to pay for stuff for my br... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 11:37:42 EST Better workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778146 <em>237</em> So today I did water aerobics. It was kind of a strange class, but I could tell I still got a good workout. Instead of the instructor being in front of everyone and yelling out things to do with music on, she just turns on some background music, gets in the pool and starts talking....everyone starts talking... It's more of a social circle. She'll give an instruction of something to do, then everyone starts doing it and goes back into the conversation, doing that step for ab... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:19:52 EST Ug...Work-out day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776912 <em>315</em> So all I did was walk the treadmill for about a mile. <BR> <BR> *) The first treadmill TV was fuzzy, so moved over to the next one. <BR> *) The next treadmill TV had the screen start bouncing around near the 3/4 mile part. But stuck with it since I was almost done. <BR> *) I forgot my headphones, so I couldn't hear the TV. (but they had on closed caption) <BR> *) My water bottle wasn't working correctly. <BR> *) Messed up using their locker combo lock thingy, and had to g... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:34:32 EST A great gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776030 <em>407</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <BR> Well, surprisingly I received a call this morning from my Mom, and she said that she is going to pay for my gym membership for 1 yr, as my Christmas gift. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> I am very appreciative & thankful I get to join the one that has everything I really want. So I'm super stoked and excited! <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> I am starting tomorrow morning! fun fun fun. Can't wait! <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> <em>319</em> My M... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:43:39 EST a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775514 <em>521</em> I relaxed a little over the weekend with food choices, but still made wise choices. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> Searching for a gym is a daunting task. The issue is whether or not I want to pay for one. I don't 'need' a gym to workout, so is it really worth the money? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> This move has really drained our budget, so I may decide just to keep my DVD's and do exercises at home. We'll see. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> I've got a free week trial at Gold's ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:04:23 EST What's your Gym? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774885 We went & checked out 3 different Gold's Gyms, all right here in our area... The best one was $170/month! WAAAAY out of our budget. The cheapest one was around $70/month, but was in an area that will be really hard to get in & out of, with this San Antonio traffic. <BR> <BR> So Gold's Gym is OUT. I'm still leaning towards the women's gym, Bella for $27/month, but we are going to check out LIFETIME FITNESS tomorrow. (ANYONE A MEMBER OF ONE OF THOSE?) It's in a great location, and my Mom... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:34:07 EST Healthy Oatmeal Cookies-no flour or sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774549 Egg-less, dairy-less, flour-less, and with no added sugar. Oatmeal cookies <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1446651168.jpg"> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:42:43 EST It's ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774514 <em>192</em> The scale didn't budge. Kind of surprising because I'm eating very healthy, but I haven't been drinking much water at all, and still haven't added exercise, so at the same time, it's what I expected. <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> So it's ok, because I feel great. This heavy weight of junk food & over eating, has been lifted off my shoulders, and my energy has skyrocketed. <BR> <BR> <em>231</em> I'm honestly going to try to incorporate exercise into next week. I'm going ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:55:32 EST Tomorrow is weigh-in day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774065 <em>38</em> <em>192</em> Not sure about any weight-loss, but I know how much better I FEEL, which is most needed. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> My daily nap is starting to disappear. When before, I didn't see how I could do without it. I would feel so tired, I felt like it was a danger for me to drive! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> But now I am ALERT, and with that comes more activity. I've been eating healthy, which is what is giving me this energy, however, without exercise yet, I don't... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 15:04:37 EST Getting active again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772101 <em>252</em> So I'm trying to get active again and joined some new groups, that seem to fit into parts of my program. <BR> <BR> My main goal is getting healthy, and getting vitamins from food, and getting the nourishment by body needs, while losing weight in the process. I don't like pills, or extreme weight loss programs using certain types of food deprivation, or dangerous vigorous exercise routines. I want my organs to run at full capacity with the proper nutrition, and get my body... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:02:16 EST The year is not over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771084 <em>12</em> If you think about it.... We have almost 1/2 a year left, minus 2 months... <BR> <BR> So a lot can be done in 4 months. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <em>421</em> <em>431</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> I admit, there are a lot of Holiday's in these 4 months, that can totally detract a diet.. Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas! <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Planning is the key. Alter favorite recipes to make them healthy... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:17:41 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770455 <em>30</em> Feeling really happy. I'm glad to be getting my life back on tack. So happy to be having a bit more energy. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> I was staring at myself in the mirror yesterday, as I was getting ready, and I was thinking to myself how different I'm going to look, once I reach goal. I'm going to have these skin-tags removed from my neck, and not be so self-conscious about wearing wide-neck t-shirts. I won't have the wide neck & double chin. I'll have cheek-bone defi... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:57:18 EST Lost 3 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769900 <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Yeah, down 3 lbs this week. I haven't even added exercise yet. It's amazing how just eating healthy tells the body that it doesn't need to hold on to unhealthy fat anymore. <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> This is my first week back, and it's simply amazing that I'm noticing my energy already increasing. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> I read a girls website a while back, that said she didn't even add exercise until she lost 50 lbs. I mention that be... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:33:39 EST Feelng good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768431 <em>610</em> <BR> Ever since we moved to TX, I've been down in the dumps, with no motivation or desire to eat healthy. I've had no energy, and have just felt weak all the time. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Well, it's only been 3 days back on program, but today I could feel the positive change in my body KICK-IN. I have a little more energy, and my mood is picking up. It just hit me this morning....I was like....."wow, I feel good". <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>265</em> <em>45</e... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:07:38 EST Trying to get back on track T-129 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766256 Today is the 236th day of the year.. 129 days left. Just think if I had stayed on program for those 236 days, how far I would have gotten today. But it's never to late to pick back up & get going. <BR> <BR> Ok, so I didn't start last time I blogged and I said I would re-start. Things have been busy and I've just been in a rut. <BR> <BR> The move from WA to TX exhausted me, and visits from, out of country, family, so soon after the move, took a lot of time & energy. I just feel drain... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:25:03 EST T-172 days left in the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737595 Today is day 193 of the year. That leaves 172 days left to get back on track and lose weight before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> A lot has happened since I last wrote. It has been a very stressful past few months of having our home for sale in WA, and keeping it show ready every day, and packing for our move to TX, 2,200 miles away. <BR> <BR> We have now been here for almost 3 weeks. I didn't diet through all of that, and will weigh in on Monday to see the damage done. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:10:42 EST Day 56, Maintenance Month, (T-309) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633555 <em>192</em> So February turned out to be a maintenance month. It looks like I'm going to break even with January. <BR> <em>198</em> I know I can't do this again for another year. I've got to stick with it and get to ONEderland this year. Even if it's just 199 by December 31st!! I've GOT to get out of the 200's. I'm sick of being this weight. <BR> <BR> And I know that I will be able to enjoy the weight loss at a lot of points across the journey. I don't need to wait till I'm '... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:12:10 EST Day 52, Feeling Great (T-313) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630473 <em>2</em> I had a great month of January, until January 25-Feb 15th, which became basically 21 days of maintenance. So I didn't go off the deep-end, but I wasn't sticking to the plan either. <BR> <em>4</em> This week I got back on track on the 16th, and have had a very good week this week. I have completely enjoyed eating healthy this week. <BR> <em>387</em> I feel great and I know that I'm getting healthier. I'm not getting on the computer until night time. So cutting back on ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:21:11 EST Day 49 Self Control, (T-316) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627598 <em>296</em> <BR> Galatians 5:22-23 <BR> But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and SELF-CONTROL. <BR> <em>288</em> This was the sermon at church on Sunday. I truly do need to use self control more in my daily choices, and life. This was an eye opener for me. Now when I crave a bad food choice, I just think of that verse, and it helps me "conquer the crave". <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <em>425</em> <em>257</em> <... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:23:30 EST Day 39, tough week, (T-326 days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618996 <em>198</em> well, getting back on track from my 'break' week last week, has been a little harder than expected. <BR> <BR> But I still haven't gone all the way off the wagon, so I'm ok... I just need to try harder this week. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> I honestly feel like I'm thinking more clearly. So I think losing this weight and eating the right nutrients, through food, is really helping me through brain fog, and being stuck in a rut. <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> I'm feeling better a... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:39:01 EST Day 35, maintenance week (T-330 days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614605 <em>192</em> So my scale stayed the same on my weigh-in Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> I'm ok with that. It's perfectly ok to have a maintenance week every now and then. As long as it's not a gain, I'm happy. <BR> <BR> <em>76</em> I knew I had gone soft on a few food choices last week when I ran out of my 'diet food' menu items. But it also felt good to allow myself a few things that I normally wouldn't, and just take some time off, and still maintain. I watched por... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 02:12:30 EST Day 31, temptation (T-334) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611738 <em>24</em> It's been a bit of a casual week. I ran out of my diet food stuff, and for a couple of days was making due with other stuff in the house, and got a little laid back with my food choices. Finally went to the store yesterday and got back on track. <BR> <em>192</em> Tomorrow is weigh-in day. I'm a little scared. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the super bowl. <BR> <em>281</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> Go Sea Hawks!! Sat, 1 Feb 2014 02:25:19 EST Bonus entry-depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607801 <em>24</em> I feel pretty let down with myself. I can't believe I've let myself get to this point. My doctor has "morbidly obese" written on my diagnoses & now we've added "pre diabetes" to it as well. <BR> <em>282</em> The diabetes test she ordered was supposedly a better test than the normal one given on annual physical's. Normal levels are up TO 6.0. And my level was right on 6.0. One more point, and I would be diabetic. <BR> <em>2</em> I honesty feel like my body is falli... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:18:49 EST Day 27, Ice Cream (T-338) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607257 <em>76</em> So hubby bought some ice cream, and I haven't been so good with it this weekend. I've had about 1 & 1/2 cups day & night, which = 3cups per day this weekend. ug <BR> <em>551</em> My meals were still on track. So it wasn't like I went waaaay off the deep end. But I'm leaving the ice cream alone for a little while. <BR> <em>282</em> Got my test back from the Doctor this morning, which shows 'pre-diabetic'. So I really need to start watching the amount of 'table' sugar I... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:03:30 EST Day 23 Feeling it (T-342) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603963 <em>9</em> So it may be mind games, but I 'feel' healthier already. It's almost like I can 'feel' my body shrinking. And maybe I can't actually physically feel that, but emotionally I sure do. I'll be walking across the parking lot, and realize that I feel smaller. :-) <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> I saw my new General Practitioner on Tuesday, and she marked on my "on-line health chart", under diagnoses...."Obesity". My last Dr., whom I never felt comfortable with, never put that on the... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:41:51 EST Day 20 still strong (T-345) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600189 The year started out with 365 days, and already at 345 left.... It's going fast, but by this December I plan on being somewhere in the world of Onederland! <BR> <em>41</em> I am so happy. Maybe I'm gaining mental clarity from eating healthier...but what ever it is, I really feel great. <BR> <em>313</em> I hate to admit that I haven't added the exercise portion of my program yet. But I do plan on starting to walk my doggie in the mornings soon, and start the walk-away-the-pounds DV... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:57:47 EST Day 19 starting to crave (T-346) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599206 <em>368</em> <em>210</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>551</em> Been eating really well for a while now, and I am finally starting to crave "The Good Stuff" over the 'bad stuff'. <BR> <em>194</em> It's so refreshing. I am cooking more, and I NEVER cook. I've just never been a person who likes to cook. I like the 'grab-n-go' stuff, whether at home or fast food. <BR> <em>550</em> Cooking whole foods is a great way to keep things tastin... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:35:45 EST Every Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598147 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1111435312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1839015950.jpg"> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:36:56 EST Day 18 Weigh-in (T-347) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598131 This week -3 pounds <BR> Month so far - 6 pounds in 17 days. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>55</em> <em>192</em> = <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> It's gonna happen this year! <BR> <BR> *(2 more weigh-ins to go for this Month) yeah! <em>9</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:22:06 EST Day 17...Cup of Coffee.. (T-348) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597107 <em>106</em> Thank you sooooo much for all your encouraging words. I am the WORST at going to the Dr., so I am very proud of myself for ACTUALLY showing up for all these appointments. LOL <BR> <BR> <em>271</em> I've given up coffee...or I should say that I'm in the process of giving up coffee. I don't actually remember the last time I drank a cup. But my idea is, that when it's all gone in the house, then that will be my final cup. And this morning I made a cup, and the first sip... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:37:06 EST Day 16 Dr. Scale (T-349 days) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596075 <em>282</em> Yet another Dr. appointment today. More blood work done. Eager to get the results, hoping that my #s have improved since last year. <BR> <em>192</em> Happy to say the Dr. scale weighed me lighter, with clothes on, than I weighed on Saturday morning in the buff. So if I weighed less with clothes on, that means I've got a loss this week! So excited to weigh-in on Saturday, before I get dressed, to see my true weight. yeah. <BR> <em>474</em> <em>478</em> <em>368</... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:22:16 EST Day 14 - juicing (351 days left) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594274 <em>478</em> I started juicing again, adding 2 veggie/fruit juices to my day, and I really feel great. I missed them, not sure why I ever stopped. <BR> <BR> I'm also trying to eat more sushi <em>492</em> , and nibble on seaweed chips, to get a little more iodine in my diet slowly. (my salt is iodine free) <BR> <BR> I'm studying a lot about hormones and its effects on the body. My thyroid may be off kilter, because of my lack of iodine. I've used iodine free salt for years. That ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 02:04:12 EST Day 10..and taking it slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589731 I didn't jump in full steam ahead... and I'm glad I didn't, or I would burn out really fast. <BR> <BR> Just making slow changes is showing me that I WANT to make more.. My body is craving the changes, and that's so much better than 'forcing it on myself'. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:20:57 EST Day 9: I'm Happy (356 days to go) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588116 <em>30</em> I am really happy with who I am. There are a lot of changes going on in my life, and I love it. <BR> <em>296</em> God's will and direction is so amazing and powerful. Prayer is an awesome tool. <BR> <em>38</em> We've had to make a very confusing decision recently, and God has directed it, to where we didn't have to make the choice at all. It is such a relief. <BR> <em>9</em> Anyway... back to the diet side of things. <em>9</em> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>1... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:12:21 EST Tell me you love me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587198 ....I love that commercial. It's a Hallmark card commercial..."tell me you care, tell me I matter, tell me you love me....even if it's every day". So sweet, but so true. Adults & kids, both need to hear that they are valued. <BR> <BR> The analogy I think about, is if you lived alone, no friends, no family, nobody ever came to your house, would you decorate it for Christmas..., would you care how you looked...., Most likely the answer is no.. The fun about decorating for Christmas is ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:17:14 EST Day 6 and gaining strength. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584449 <em>84</em> I feel like I'm still going strong.. Only 6 days you say... I know. <BR> <BR> And believe me...I haven't been perfect. And I haven't even been what people would call being good. But I haven't been very bad either. So that's a step in the right direction. <BR> <BR> What I'm gaining strength with, is the knowledge of how nutrients affect weight loss, moods, and how my body functions. <BR> <em>150</em> About to stock up to start the 30 day slim/cool down. (the book fr... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 14:23:18 EST Day 5...found a great book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583150 <em>24</em> I've recently began menopause. My ultrasound shows that my uterine lining is wasting away. I knew I had been in perimenopause for quite some time. But to hear "Uterine Atrophy" (wasting away), from the doctor, was pretty mind blowing. <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> So I purchased a book called "The Natural Menopause Solution", and it has a "30-day slim-down cool-down diet" in it. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> I started reading this book last night, and I LOVE IT! I can totally see... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:30:52 EST Day 4..moving forward slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582474 <em>551</em> I am trying to eat right, and I had planned on making all my own food. But I hadn't gone to the grocery store, and I had just a few things that were healthy in the fridge to tide me over till I could get to the store. <BR> <em>198</em> When I finally got the chance to go to the store, I forgot my list... ug! So I just purchased healthy frozen entrees, to get me by, until I can actually get to the store again. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> It's probably actually a good call,... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:27:48 EST Day 3... educating myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580824 <em>387</em> So I've been doing a lot of research, Reading pros & cons of each type of 'diet', and looking through my old food journals. <BR> <em>195</em> For one thing, I suck at keeping daily food journals. And what happens is, that on a day where I didn't write down everything, I would purposefully blow it at the end of the day, because I felt like I 'failed' anyway, by not writing 'all' my stuff down. Then when the next day came, I knew I had already blown it the night before, so... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:53:43 EST 3 women lost over 100 lbs each. One lost over 300! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580771 Interesting video. One of the woman even lost over 300 lbs. <BR> <BR> <link>gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/three-<BR>women-lose-half-body-weight-133434343.<BR>html?vp=1 </link> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:03:52 EST