KALANTHA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KALANTHA KALANTHA'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/ One Thing I Know is True . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464443 One thing I know is true . . . <BR> <BR> I am at a critical point in my effort to lose weight and be the healthiest me I can be. <BR> <BR> I am at a place where it would be very easy for me to give up. <BR> <BR> Since Christmas, I have had difficulty sticking with my healthy lifestyle. I have missed some scheduled workouts. There have been MANY times I've eaten foods that I know raise my cholesterol and trigger overeating. I've been struggling mentally, with my self-talk basically consisti... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:31:34 EST The QuickFire Challenge Team's "Curb the Urge" Late-Night Snacking Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458492 When the new SparkChallenges came out, I was very excited about making a challenge for my team, The QuickFire Challenge ( <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/QuickFireChall<BR>enge </link> ) related to one of my biggest personal challenges: over-doing the late-night snacks. For some reason, when I first read about the challenges I thought there would be much more room for creating our own challenges and I was disappointed that we were limited to the six SP challenges as they are already presented.... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 17:26:41 EST Instant Athlete: Just Add Water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451932 Instant Athlete: Just Add Water! <BR> <BR> Sounds crazy, no? <BR> <BR> But think about it . . . <BR> <BR> Everyone knows there are tons of reasons for drinking water, right? First off, it keeps you hydrated. Water keeps your joints, muscles, and vital organs lubricated. It helps keep your muscles strong and flexible. Water boosts your metabolism by keeping your digestive track moving. And, did you know your brain needs water to send messages throughout your body, including helping to regu... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:43:35 EST Dangers of a Sendentary Lifestyle OR . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44c1dc2f-e201-4020-b4b7-890fb8057aab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I found out what this week’s blog challenge was, I took to the “Google Machine” and looked up “sendentary lifestyle” and these are just some of the articles that came up: <BR> <BR> 1. “7 Negative Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle” <BR> <BR> 2. “Sedentary Lifestyle (Sitting Disease): How to Get Active” <BR> <BR> 3. “Sedentary Lifestyle is Dangerous to Your Health” <BR> <BR> 4. “T... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:16:12 EST Blog Challenge (Week 14) I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431074 Running a day late with this. While it was fun to do, it was also harder than I expected. <BR> <BR> Topic for this week was "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly". <BR> <BR> For those of you not familiar: <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC_xO2aN_IA </link> <BR> <BR> Here's my version: <BR> <BR> I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Fries <BR> <BR> I know an old lady who swallowed some fries. <BR> I don’t know why she swallowed those fries. <BR> They’ll grow on her thighs. <BR> <BR... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:32:25 EST Blog Challenge (Week 13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427574 Blog Topic: This is the youngest your body will ever be. Ten years from now, what will you look back at and appreciate and even wish it was just the way it is right now? <BR> <BR> <BR> Ten years from now, when I look back at my body, I will be thrilled for it to be as physically strong as it is today. I have always been strong for a female – even as a child. I had lots of brothers and mostly played with the boys in my neighborhood. I could throw balls as far and as hard as they could. I co... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:01:09 EST Blog Challenge (Week 12): Favorite SP Features http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425010 I'm a little late completing last week's blog challenge. I usually write them on the weekend but this weekend was more hectic than expected. We discovered some rotted wood in my screened in back patio and had to take a whole side down and rebuild it from scratch. It took the entire weekend, but we burned a ton of calories and it turned out great. Thanks to my best friend, DoItDottie, who basically did the whole thing while I carried, held, hammered, lifted, and screwed whatever she told me to... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:26:55 EST N.E.A.T.: Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422761 I read about N.E.A.T. on another Sparker's blog this morning and had to do some research. <BR> <BR> Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.) is the energy expended throughout the day that isn’t due to sleeping, eating, or sports-like activities. N.E.A.T. energy comes from activities we would otherwise perform on a daily basis. Some examples: walking from your car into work, washing dishes, doing yard work, playing with the kids, etc. If N.E.A.T. energy expenditure is increased, you bu... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:17:06 EST Blog Challenge (Week 11): Thinspiration Picture Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421803 For me, "Thinspiration" means a desire to be healthy, NOT a desire to be skinny. <BR> <BR> This is me, when I started my quest for better health back in late January 2017. I weigh about 247 lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0abee01-49b8-429a-87b3-ff67867e499f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d6ff292-402d-4647-b0b3-b6cc5a1c3f42.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since then, I've lost 54 lbs and this is where I am today (October 15, 2017): <BR> ... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:28:30 EST Blog Challenge (Week 10): Easy Healthy Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419017 If you were thinking, "Another serious blog from Kathy.", Think again. That would be too obvious (and too me). I'm going with humor this time: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/448fd636-32d6-4d64-bf33-0f2b9e1eab73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fabd2bdc-2dff-410f-a546-cd3ecc290c0a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dba04a5f-fd40-477d-b5e3-242ac2fb03d3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:06:00 EST Blog Challenge (Week 9): Self-Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417332 “Stay focused and stay determined. Don’t look to anyone else to be your determination – have self-determination. It will take you very far.” (Justice Smith) <BR> <BR> <BR> This quote speaks truth to my soul and is a lesson taught me by someone close to my heart – my son, who has Autism and is now 38 years young. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you a story . . . <BR> <BR> From the day he was born, Nate loved playing in water and loved his bath time. He could spend hours in the tub if I let him. Th... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 14:42:11 EST Blog Challenge (Week 8): I'm Not Fat, I'm . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414286 Before I retired, I was employed by an agency who supported people with developmental disabilities for almost 25 years. The agency’s corporate culture was one of Positive Approaches and one important aspect of Positive Approaches is something called People-First Language. <BR> <BR> The purpose of using People-First Language is to avoid dehumanizing and perpetuating the perception of people with disabilities as being “less than” or subhuman. For example: “my Autistic son” becomes “my son, wh... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:52:23 EST Blog Challenge (Week 7): Top Banana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410521 Does anyone remember the old egg commercial? The one about “The Incredible Edible Egg”? <BR> <BR> Well, I say, bananas have gotten short shrift and should rate their own commercial (and I don’t mean one with some lady dancing around with fruit on her head)! <BR> <BR> After all, just look at what one medium banana has to offer: <BR> <BR> 105 calories <BR> 0g total fat <BR> 0 mg cholesterol <BR> 0 mg sodium <BR> 450 mg potassium <BR> 30 g carbohydrates <BR> 3 g fiber <BR> 19 g sugars <BR> 1 ... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:31:03 EST Blog Challenge (Week 6): When I Eat Sweets, My Body . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409440 When I eat sweets, my body does what everyone else’s does: gives me a sugar rush, then crashes and craves more. <BR> <BR> The other thing that my body does after I eat sweets is ache. <BR> <BR> My body aches, somewhere or everywhere almost every day. Up until recently, I’ve been chalking the aches and pains up to being so overweight and as a natural side effect of me being almost 60 years old. Was I surprised to learn that eating refined sugars can exacerbate my aches and pains?! <BR> <B... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 19:57:05 EST Blog Challenge (Week 5): Think Thin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406814 What? <BR> <BR> THINK Thin?! <BR> <BR> I’ve been THINKing Thin for about 50 years! <BR> <BR> “I THINK I should be Thinner.” <BR> <BR> “I THINK I’ll start my diet tomorrow.” <BR> <BR> “I don’t feel like walking today. I THINK I’ll do it tomorrow.” <BR> <BR> If THINKing Thin worked, I’d be thin as a rail by now, right? <BR> <BR> But maybe – just maybe – what I was doing was more like WISHFUL THINKing than THINKing Thin. <BR> <BR> Maybe I need to make some adjustments to my THINKing. <B... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 11:06:16 EST Not-To-Do-List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404250 I Choose Not to: <BR> <BR> Answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize. <BR> <BR> Spend time with people who are energy/life drains. <BR> <BR> Do things that cause me stress or anxiety. <BR> <BR> Ruminate on all the reasons I’m going to fail. <BR> <BR> Worry about things I can’t control. <BR> <BR> Let my past dictate my future. <BR> <BR> Expect perfection. <BR> <BR> Say anything about myself that I wouldn’t say about someone I love. <BR> <BR> Allow fear to limit my choices. <BR> <BR... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 16:01:00 EST It's Never too Late to . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401724 Consider these people and some of their mind-boggling achievements: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34fe074c-517d-40c8-9e9c-918ff67ba9c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> John Glenn became the oldest astronaut to go into space at age 77. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc2f2358-9ad4-45c7-9661-cac4bad0cbc5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Katherine Pelton swam the 200 meter butterfly in 1 minute, 14 seconds when she was 86 years old. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:59:30 EST Blog Challenge (Week 2): I'm Not Perfect, But . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399508 The past week has been a challenge. My step-daughter, who is the same age as me and really more of a friend, has been visiting us from Florida. We had a nice time, but having Amy here made sticking to my normal routine a bit more difficult than usual and I did better with some things than others. <BR> <BR> Food was my biggest challenge for a bunch of reasons: <BR> <BR> 1. Having “company” is always a stressor for me and, at times, stress has been a trigger for me to overeat. Knowing that, I... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:41:15 EST Some Day I Will Thank Me for This. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395242 “I know this is hard for you to understand now, but, someday, you’ll thank me for this.” <BR> <BR> <BR> Those are words I heard from my parents when I was growing up, usually when I was being punished or corrected for one of my many transgressions. I heard them so many times, the words are firmly fixed in my head, never to be forgotten. It’s not that I was bad, it was just that I was strong-willed and always thought my choices were CLEARLY right. <BR> <BR> In fact, on most days, if I’m hon... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 19:09:27 EST "My Sweat Life" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392006 Preparation: <BR> <BR> Blister socks? Check. <BR> <BR> New Balance walking shoes? On <BR> <BR> Cell phone with Runkeeper app ready to roll? Check. <BR> <BR> Ipod with my fitness playlist and earbuds? Check. Check. Check. <BR> <BR> Head to Falls Township Community Park, planning my workout in my head. <BR> <BR> Feeling: Dedicated, Committed, Ready <BR> <BR> Get out of the car. <BR> <BR> Earbuds in, Music pulsing. <BR> <BR> Start Runkeeper. <BR> <BR> Go, Go, GO!!!!! <BR> <BR> Walkin... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:38:05 EST Review, Revise, and Move Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386180 Time to Review, Revise, and Move Forward. <BR> <BR> I’ve been back at SP and on the way to a healthier me since January and I think it's time to review my program and progress toward my goals, make revisions where necessary, and move forward with confidence. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now so I hope I won’t be too surprised by what I find. <BR> <BR> Here are my goals, with what I hope is an honest self-evaluation of my progress: <BR> <BR> 1. Make my healthy chang... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:38:02 EST Yesterday's Walk in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342647 Walked at Tyler State Park with my best buddies yesterday afternoon. We've had quite a bit of rain lately and the Neshaminy Creek was running so high, the footbridge was under water, as you can see in the photos below. Fortunately, the park is huge and there were plenty of other footpaths to explore with lots of hills, water, and trees. There's been an infestation of the ash trees in the park and they've had to cut down hundreds of trees because they want to stop the infestation and prevent a... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:56:53 EST What to Do When You Don’t Want to . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341391 Ever have one of those days when you don’t want to . . . <BR> <BR> . . . eat right? <BR> <BR> . . . exercise? <BR> <BR> . . . be with people? <BR> <BR> . . . or even get out of bed? <BR> <BR> I do. <BR> <BR> Today was my day to not want to exercise. <BR> <BR> I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately – trying to take better care of myself; take care of my hubby, who’s been dealing with multiple surgeries for skin cancer; make sure my son (who has Autism) and his staff are doing ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:48:51 EST Patience + Persistence + Commitment = POWER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337523 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb6d57de-6025-4977-a537-1de238dc2127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Patience – the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. <BR> <BR> I've had many people tell me I'm a very patient person and, I guess, in some areas, I can be. For instance, where my son or someone else who has a cognitive disability is concerned, I am VERY patient. But, in some other areas, I would have to admit I'm not exactly the "Patien... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:59:32 EST Inactivity Research" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333530 I’ve been reading a book by Selene Yeager called “Bike Your Butt Off!” In it, she mentions “inactivity research”, which I’d never heard of before. Turns out, it means research into how much people are sitting during the course of the day and its effects on their health. Yeager says that people have become so sedentary that they actually spend 8 hours a day – or 56 hours a week – sitting down. <BR> <BR> Even I know that can’t be good, so I decided to do a little research of my own. <BR> <BR... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:40:02 EST How Do You Know If It's a Habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331008 Today was tough. <BR> <BR> I REALLY didn't want to go outside to do anything in the way of exercise. And I didn't want to do my Leslie Sansone 4-mile walk dvd in my living room either. Truth is, she drives me crazy. <BR> <BR> I've had a good week so far . . . nice long walks on Monday and Wednesday. Bike rides on Tuesday and Thursday. I've been feeling pretty good about my progress. <BR> <BR> This morning I got up and the weather had changed from warm and sunny to cold, blustery, and snow... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:50:44 EST I Got My New Ride!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fb9fc53-a2bf-414f-85fd-7ae183687446.jpg"> <BR> Getting some final adjustments and add-ons before coming home. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79e9ac30-4b7c-46f5-b77d-4a2642d50616.jpg"> <BR> She so much lighter than my old bike and much easier to maneuver on and off the bike rack. That will make riding away from home so much easier! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4307267e-f96d-40e2-844e-5... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 16:46:04 EST Lifemap: Choices, Responsibility, and the Power to Transform http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327908 “Your power to choose can never be taken from you. It can be neglected and it can be ignored. But if used, it can make all the difference.” (Steve Goodier) <BR> <BR> DoItDottie and I went to The Vincentown Diner for lunch today. After working hard all week at cooking and eating meals at home, burning calories, drinking enough water to drown a whale, and tracking, tracking, tracking, we decided we deserved a little afternoon relaxation. <BR> <BR> DoItDottie made her menu choice quicker than ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 21:13:43 EST Just Another Day . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327413 Sorry, about the video clip. I couldn't see that it was upside down before it was posted and I don't know how to fix it. Yikes! <BR> <BR> On the road to success. <BR> <BR> My day started out on a good note because I got up feeling a little better. I was able to sleep with my CPAP last night for the first time in almost a week, which means I got more and better sleep than I have been. I still have a little cough and some scratchiness in my throat, but, overall, I'm feeling much better. <BR>... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 21:32:59 EST My Top 10 Motivational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323578 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/586250cd-e173-4205-a4e6-ccc92af0b8e5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5bc82bc-9c46-4797-bf6e-63f9c9a702d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30523c86-36c7-453f-8656-11820805911d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4ca1051-b46b-4a7f-b16e-739abf782582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50c0f76d-a4e9-4dc7-8fc8-c2cc9eae9794... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 19:22:46 EST Good Day Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323035 Woke up still feeling pretty under the weather -- lots of congestion and super tired. Even got out of breath walking up and down my driveway to get the morning paper. But, still, not as bad as the last few days. <BR> <BR> Took my hubby to the dermatologist. He's trying to heal a wound from a Moh's surgery last December. May have to go to a wound center before we're finished. He also had to have another little lesion biopsied, so could be another Moh's in the near future. But, on the bright s... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:13:04 EST Good News and Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321448 First, the bad . . . <BR> <BR> I'm fairly certain I'm getting sick with some sort of upper respiratory crud. I had it over Christmas and it took 2 weeks to get rid of it. I keep telling myself I refuse to get sick and I won't get sick, but, so far, today, my body doesn't seem to be paying attention. <BR> <BR> Now for the good (and it's REALLY good) . . . <BR> <BR> I ordered my new bike today. It's a KHS Vitamin B Fitness Bike. This is what it will look like (before all my little accessorie... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:15:20 EST Cycling 2017 -- I'm Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320990 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/272dfa3d-8d70-4cc0-aa22-3c5de2515947.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather here in PA has been exceptional this week and I've been able to ride my bike 3 times! I love, Love, LOVE riding my bike. It doesn't matter that, right now, it hurts my butt and that my legs feel like concrete because the muscles are sore and, oh, so tired. It feels like flying even though I'm no where near as fast or as strong as I once was. And it provides such a sense of freedo... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:05:45 EST Obesity & Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320020 Before I launch into my main topic, Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, I want to update my progress with the night time eating, calories, etc. Last night, I was still pretty hungry at night and ate more calories than I'd planned (but still well within my calorie range). Today, I made an adjustment. I front-loaded more of my calories so that my 3 main meals were a little larger. I want to see if the increase in calories during the day lessens my hunger at night. It is now 7:34pm and, so far,... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:07 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319479 Update of yesterday's blog . . . <BR> <BR> So, last night, I was sooooooo hungry it hurt. I did what I said I was going to do in yesterday's blog: <BR> <BR> I waited 10 minutes and I still wanted to eat. <BR> <BR> I tried to distract myself by taking a hot bath in my whirlpool tub. Didn't help. <BR> <BR> I tried reading and watching tv. No difference. <BR> <BR> Still, I was ravenously hungry. So I ate what amounted to a really BIG snack (I mean about 400 calories big) and then felt bette... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:00:58 EST Potential Trouble Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318987 So far, so good. <BR> <BR> I’ve been eating within my calorie range every day (with only a couple of small slips), drinking copious amounts of water, and exercising faithfully at least 5 days a week for the past month or so. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, the weather was so nice, I got my bike out of the garage and took myself for a ride. It wasn’t until I’d been on the bike for about 15 minutes that I remembered how much I loved riding and actually missed it. I rode for 6 miles and am now chomping ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:25:06 EST Want to Make Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317516 Measure! <BR> <BR> “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” (Dr. H. James Harrington) <BR> <BR> I read an interesting business article today that I think applies to weight loss success very nicely. It was called “You Can’t Improve What You Don’t Measure” by Todd Smith <link>www.littlethingsmatte... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:36:51 EST Slow But Steady . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317140 Progress. <BR> <BR> I know this even though, up to this point, getting healthy again has been, still is, and will be HARD. <BR> <BR> I know this even though I have been stiff and my muscles have ached every day. <BR> <BR> I know this even though there have been times I said to myself, "Who are you kidding? You're not going to make it. This is too hard and you're too old." <BR> <BR> I KNOW this even though I am exhausted. <BR> <BR> How do I know? <BR> <BR> For one, the scale says I've lo... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:41:54 EST Where I've Been and Where I'm Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310367 The past couple of years have been busy and excruciating for me, which I'll explain in a minute. Needless to say, in navigating my way through the storm, I didn't pay any attention to myself and gained every ounce I ever lost back and more and reached my highest weight ever -- 246.2 lbs. (CRINGE) As a result, my sleep apnea is in high gear, I'm exhausted, and I ache all over. Since the storm appears to be over and life has settled into a more even and easier rhythm, I decided first to take a ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 19:31:18 EST My Most Recent Detour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981023 I haven't been around SP much these past six months because I've been way too busy and stressed to even think about Sparking. <BR> <BR> It started in February when my 80-year-old mother had her 5th back surgery. Between her degenerative discs and her most recent diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica, she could barely walk BEFORE the surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery didn't go as planned. My mother kept telling people in the hospital that she was in a tremendous amount of pain and couldn't wa... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:12:50 EST Goodbye, January and Hello February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867434 Goodbye, January. I’m actually very sorry to see you go because I didn’t do as well as I’d planned and I’d like more time to put things right. Here’s what happened (or didn’t happen): <BR> <BR> Progress on My Existing Goals <BR> <BR> 1. I want to have a healthy “BMI” (18.5 – 24.9). <BR> <BR> On January 4th, my current BMI was 38.0; now it’s 37.4. That’s good, but had I met my weight loss goal, it would have been better. This will continue to be a goal going forward. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:49:05 EST True Confessions . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853856 Usually this space is full of optimistic tales of progress and success -- sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, as the old song says. <BR> <BR> Tonight is different. <BR> <BR> Tonight is (dunt, dunt, duhhhhhhhhhh . . .): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383280722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The question: What happened to my recently-cemented habit of no mindless, late night snacking last night? <BR> <BR> My "true confession" is that that habit went right out the window! <B... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 22:01:17 EST Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852138 I had a great "Weigh Day", which made me very happy because I've worked VERY hard this week. That start to my day motivated me to stay on track today and get lots accomplished, including 2 workouts. <BR> <BR> The first one was unplanned. I was waiting in the car while my SparkSister, Dottie, went into Walgreens to pick up a few things. While I was waiting, I decided I was wasting time just sitting there and got out of the car and did some laps around the building so that I'd make my daily g... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 20:45:20 EST Lean and Mean: Kalantha's Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848858 Anybody ever heard of Billy Beck III? <BR> <BR> I hadn’t until yesterday. He’s apparently the epitome of personal trainers, owns a personal fitness center, based in Florida, and has a Masters Degree in exercise physiology. He’s been in fitness magazines (no wonder I missed him!), on radio, and on t.v. Anyway, I downloaded one of his books yesterday and, I have to admit, he speaks to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l78384224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are my notes... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:34:56 EST Review and Revise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846153 The new year has begun and, before it's too far gone, I need to review my goals from December and decide upon what I'm aiming for in the month of January. <BR> <BR> Progress on my existing goals: <BR> <BR> 1. I want to have a healthy “BMI” (18.5 – 24.9). <BR> <BR> I know this isn’t an entirely accurate measure of health, but it's another way to gauge my progress, in addition to the scale. I’m not sure what my BMI was at the beginning of December, but I know it’s lower than it was because... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:46:01 EST Update 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844194 Step-daughter leaves tomorrow and I'm getting right back to my regular routine (I can't wait!) <BR> <BR> I actually met my December goal of 213 lbs. last week, but this past week of eating hasn't been all that great. So, I'm expecting a small gain when I weigh in on Sunday, even though I've been keeping up with my exercise. <BR> <BR> Starting a new "walk with me challenge" as of January 1st. I'll be walking with my friends on the "Relighting the Spark" team and you are welcome to join me th... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:03:07 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840065 Busy, busy, busy! <BR> <BR> Christmas, visitors, birthday, New Year's, fitness (I am still on track). Didn't lose anything this week, but didn't gain either, so I'm happy. <BR> <BR> Step-daughter arrived yesterday and she'll be here for a week which means my Spark time will be severely limited. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to do a quick update: <BR> <BR> Levittown, PA to Cape May, NJ is 114 miles <BR> <BR> 12/1 - 1.2 miles <BR> 12/2 - 6 miles <BR> 12/3 - 2 miles <BR> 12/4 - 6.5 miles <BR>... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:51:18 EST The Road to Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837668 “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” (Buddha) <BR> <BR> I’m moving further and further along on the road to “truth” and, this time, I AM going all the way. <BR> <BR> Here’s how I know . . . <BR> <BR> There are certain truths about weight management and I have faced and ACCEPTED them. The "accepted" part is a BIG deal because even in facing a truth, I still have the option of turning away from it, as I did all the other... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:40:30 EST One at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835110 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974406582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One thought at a time. <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Holiday, party, event, celebration <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Choice, decision, goal, change <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Food label, healthy recipe, <BR> Bite, sip, serving, portion, dish, <BR> One meal <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> Just One. <BR> <BR... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:20:48 EST Nip It in the Bud (Notes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834599 The notes below are important to me because, while I have always been able to lose large amounts of weight, I have never been able to maintain my losses. This particular chapter of one of the books I'm reading addresses strategies for how to do just that, so I want to be sure I have this information where I can get it and remind myself of it as I continue transforming my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I also think this information is important because every weight loss program I've ever followed was... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:53:16 EST