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/ 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 Trust me...it's a big deal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579769 <em>334</em> LOL... This is just an addition to my previous blog. I am the WORST person, when it comes to actually going to the doctor, and the ABSOLUTE WORST when it comes to follow-through of the results. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> I've got 4 more appointments on the books, to make sure I've got a clean bill of health, AND I'm actually following through with referrals, and physical therapy, which I NEVER*** do. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> SO THIS IS BIG FOR ME! And proves that I can t... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:17:11 EST Day 2 Taking care of me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579513 <em>282</em> Dr. appt, after Dr. appt, but it will all be worth it once I get a complete good bill of health. <BR> <BR> I've been having quite a few issues, but so far, all the test results are coming back with no problem. Except for my Achilles Tendon Tear. That makes it a little hard to exercise, but for this first week I'm just using my stretching DVD anyway. <BR> <BR> <em>413</em> I'll be going to physical therapy for my lower back. I finally figured out that I pulled it rea... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:43:36 EST Day 1 of 365 I am what I eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578395 <em>249</em> So this is it! What a way to start a new year, but with a new diet.. LOL <BR> <BR> It's fine with me. I'm ready to start feeling better. It's true what they say about "you are what you eat". If I eat healthy, I'll be healthy. As of now, I'm unhealthy because I've been eating unhealthy, and living a sedentary lifestyle. <BR> <BR> ........And that's all about to change. <em>253</em> old lifestyle, <em>524</em> good health. <BR> <BR> This is my 365 DAY COUNTDOWN ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:55:09 EST Check-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574806 <em>282</em> Went to the Doctor Friday 12/27, to have myself checked out before I start my new year. <BR> <em>102</em> I've been having lower back issues, to where I can't even sleep. I'm suspecting Uterine Fibroids. I guess we'll see. I am scheduled for an ultrasound on Monday, 12/30. <BR> <em>273</em> I think I may have also reached menopause, since I haven't seen my TOM since October. So I wanted to have that confirmed as well. <BR> <em>46</em> I've got a partially t... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:43:42 EST Hello 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572646 <em>411</em> So another year, beginning with "this is going to be my year!"... <BR> How many times has that been said? <em>234</em> <BR> <em>40</em> I reached 200 in 1998. It feels like such a short time ago, but 15 years is a long time to be dieting on & off. It's exhausting. I can't believe its been so long. <BR> And my weight has continued to climb. <em>358</em> <BR> <em>346</em> I met my husband in 1997 @ 149 pounds, and we got married @200 in 1998. How does that happ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:25:28 EST Good points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552470 <em>195</em> Stole this from a friend's facebook post. I like it. <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> (Strength equals self-sufficiency) Being strong – particularly as a woman – is empowering. It will feel good someday to be able to carry your own luggage down the stairs if the airport escalator is broken, and it will be important to have a solid shot at outrunning a stranger should you meet one a dark alley. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> (Fitness opens doors) Being healthy and fit can help you ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 22:39:24 EST Going well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551562 Things are going well again. I'm getting back on track and it FEELS good. <BR> <BR> <em>478</em> I made my green smoothie, that I haven't had since August, and it was soooooo good. I don't know why I put it off for so long. <BR> <BR> I was doing so well with having at least 2 veggie smoothies each day, back in Sept & August. I wasn't having any pain from my arthritis, I wasn't having any cravings for sweets or over eating, and I was loosing weight at a good pace. <BR> <BR> <em... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:51:21 EST Tolerate no more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550408 <em>288</em> In Church this weekend, the Pastor spoke about God's word of 'not Tolerating bad behavior in the church'. <BR> <BR> But what got me, was what he mentioned in the end.... He quickly spoke about things in our own lives that we are tolerating, which we know God would be disappointed with. And one of those things he mentioned was our weight/health and what we ate. In a nutshell, that "overweight people continue to tolerate eating in an unhealthy way", even when they know it's... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 02:47:08 EST ug... Back again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545441 So before I went off on my trip to TX, I was doing incredible! I was strong and felt nothing would put me asunder. <BR> <BR> But once in TX, I did well the first few days, but then Mom bought this chocolate cake stuff, that might have even been called "Chocolate Sin"...name fitting!... when she put it in the cart, I told her I wasn't eating any of it. But I caved about 2 days later and had a sliver, which lead to a square, then a piece, then the WHOLE thing. <BR> <BR> And from then on,... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:16:41 EST Alcoholics, druggies & fatty's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484955 <em>387</em> I was watching scrubs tonight on Netflix, and the young doctor was upset because he couldn't talk sense into this young man, who just had a lung cancer scare, because he smokes over a pack a day. Turned out, he didn't have cancer, and the doctor was trying to express how lucky he was, and that he needs to use this as an eye opener to stop smoking. The patient said he would, but then the doctor walked in on him smoking again. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> The young doctor was up... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:00:09 EST It's powerful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480630 Health Benefits of Kale <BR> <BR> <em>496</em> Better than beef. Kale actually provides more iron per calorie than beef! <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> Antioxidants. Kale is simply loaded with antioxidants that protect against cancers and macular degeneration. To put it simply, it is an overall anti-inflammatory food. Need I say more? <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Brain boost! Kale is a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is an omega-3 fatty acid responsible for boosting brain and he... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:26:31 EST 7 Healthiest Countries in the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480622 I thought this was interesting. <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Iceland <BR> <BR> Due to a smaller population, Iceland is one of the least polluted countries in the world. But clean air isn’t the only reason why Icelanders are so healthy; they also like to hit the gym. Due to chilly weather much of the year, Icelanders workout in order to beat the winter blues. The country enjoys one of the highest life expectancies (72 for men and 74 for women). It also has one of the lowest infant mortality... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 13:20:07 EST Anyone a Mormon or a 7th Day Adventist? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479935 I've been doing lots of research on the 2 religions, because on 2 different occasions, I have read that the people active in these 2 religions have the lower incidences of Alzheimer's, and cancers, and live the longest with a good quality of life. <BR> <BR> Flying home, there was another article in my prevention magazine, this time about the Mormons in Salt Lake City, and how they have low cancer & Alzheimer's rates, and are rated the healthiest people in the nation. <BR> <BR> These are... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:27:59 EST Woa nellie.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478117 <em>610</em> Returned from Texas on Saturday. Feels like it was just yesterday. I've been using the days to recoop. Boy am I tired. <BR> <em>102</em> I'm positive the fatigue is from eating so poorly, and not drinking enough water. <BR> <em>76</em> I went off my program while I was there, but to my surprise, I only gained 1.8 pounds. Not to bad for how much ice cream I ate. lol Boy was it HOT there! <BR> <BR> When I got home, Hubby had eaten everything! So I finally made... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 20:52:35 EST Off to Texas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457218 <em>610</em> Well, I'm off to Texas tomorrow for 2 weeks! I've never been away from my hubby for that long. It's going to be strange. <BR> <em>220</em> It will be nice spending time with my parents. I was going to go house hunting, but I think we've decided to put that off for a little while longer. <BR> <em>282</em> I'm going to be the nurse maid to my Mom, while she recovers from Knee replacement surgery. It is scheduled for the 21st. <BR> <em>90</em> My 2yr old is goin... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:44:41 EST cholesterol results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455518 <em>282</em> So my test results came in. In the past, my highest cholesterol was 240, and it is now 204! My LDL & HDL are both within normal ranges, with my trygerides still high, but only by 20 points @ 170. My tryglicerides have been as high as 510 before. Yes....really bad. <BR> <BR> So I am on the right track for sure! It has been years since my cholesterol & trigs have been so good. <BR> <BR> <em>478</em> <em>368</em> So I will continue with my green smoothies once or ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:17:29 EST If it doesn't fit, don't wear it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454231 I had to fast for 12 hours for blood work this morning. <BR> <BR> <em>226</em> Normally when leaving the Dr's appt, after fasting, my first stop would be Mickey Dees to get a fairly big order... After all... I deserved it after fasting...right? lol <BR> But this time I didn't even think about it. I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things.....still not thinking about the fact that I hadn't eaten yet. As I was driving away I realized I hadn't eaten, and then thought about the... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:12:53 EST Dr. Physical today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454209 <em>515</em> 1 Month with spark 8/12/13 <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> Today I had my annual physical. <BR> I absolutely HATE going to the Dr. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> But I was actually looking forward to this visit. I've been eating well for a month now, and I was curious to see how it reflects on my blood work. <BR> <BR> <em>207</em> Well, the tests' are not ALL in yet, but so far on what is in, my numbers look much better. My blood pressure is within 2 points of a normal range.... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:47:40 EST Going to Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451426 <em>459</em> I'll be flying to Texas soon to visit my parents & look at houses. <em>436</em> I've got some pretty good houses lined up to see, that I am very excited about. <BR> <em>257</em> I will miss Seattle, but I think this is the right choice. It will be nice being closer to my parents, as well as other family members. <BR> <em>610</em> I was born in Texas, but was not raised there. So this will be a new experience for sure. But my entire family is from Texas, and m... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 03:28:59 EST Down 4 lbs this week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450977 <em>30</em> It's been a good week. <BR> <BR> My goal is 10 lbs a month, with a secondary goal of 5 lbs a month. (Meaning if I reach 5 lbs, I'm happy). <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Well, it will be 1 month in 2 days, and I'm down 9 lbs so far, so I just may reach my 10 lbs for this month! (july 12-August 12) WOO HOO!! <BR> <BR> So far I've lost 16 pounds from my heaviest!! So now I can post the 15 pound banner. <BR> <em>9</em> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 16:09:43 EST Day 27 8/7, down 7 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447799 <em>193</em> <em>40</em> My heaviest is 268, but when I re-started my most recent program, I was 261 on 7/12. Since then I've lost 7 pounds. That is almost a full month gone by, and I think 7 pounds for a month is pretty good. <BR> <em>192</em> <em>55</em> I weighed in this morning, down another pound, and of course that really spurs me on. <BR> <em>362</em> I didn't do my DVD this morning, because my bones were feeling really achy, from using weights during the exercise f... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:59:35 EST going going gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445356 <em>9</em> I love seeing progress. I can't wait till someday I can say "going going...ALL GONE!" I stepped on the scale this morning, and wall-la! I was down.. That's amazing for me because I can usually maintain over the weekend, but actually showing a loss, is AWESOME! <BR> <em>76</em> And I even ate ice cream this weekend! yum (organic ice cream) <BR> <em>58</em> I have absolutely no temptation to cheat, and can see that I am thinking clearly now. I'm starting to "feel & ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:57:45 EST So excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444273 <em>190</em> I'm so excited that I'm still losing weight, even after adding 'eating' back into my routine. At first a couple of pounds came back, but they've already fallen back off. <BR> <BR> I was doing the green smoothie diet so I would lose weight incredibly fast, but it wasn't happening, so I went back to just counting calories & eating whole foods. The weird thing is...I'm hungrier than I was then, but at least I'm eating again. <BR> <em>371</em> I'm going to add 1 large gre... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 15:45:35 EST www.eatingwell.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441235 For those of you who are not aware of this site. It is a great site, and you don't have to subscribe to their magazine to use it. When the box pops up to subscribe, just close it with the x button. <BR> <BR> <link>www.eatingwell.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can type in the type of diet you are using, in their search bar, low fat, high protein, vegetarian, ...what ever it is, and it will bring up information about that diet, as well as give you lots of recipes to choose from with photos... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 15:20:16 EST Mayo Clinic calculations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441118 <em>192</em> Hubby had a Dr. appt. this morning, so he weighed on the scale right before he left, to see if it matched the Dr's scale, and it did perfectly. So yea, my new scale is accurate. <BR> <em>55</em> Which is great, since it said that I am down .8 from yesterday!! Over 1/2 a pound. So stoked! <BR> <em>38</em> Why?... because I'm eating again, instead of the juicing, and last night was my first night to have a piece of bread in weeks. So I was very scared of how my body w... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:25:33 EST The Mayo Clinic Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439745 <em>150</em> So since I decided to go back to calorie counting, I decided to pull out a 'journal' binder that I ordered about 2 yrs ago, and never really looked at. <BR> <em>149</em> It is part of a set, including the 'Journal' for tracking, and 'The Mayo Clinic Diet' book, which is fairly large, which I never opened either. <BR> <em>102</em> But last night I began looking at it, and it has a lot of good tips & tricks. They're motto is "Eat well & enjoy life". So I'm going to re... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:04:30 EST