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/ 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 Quick Check-In Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832481 I think I'm finally starting to feel a little better, but had A LOT of trouble sleeping last night. Tomorrow's my exercise "day off", so my plan is to get to bed early tonight and then take it easy all day tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Despite not feeling all that great, I am on track with my eating, water, and exercise and I'm hoping for a good weigh-in tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Took my walking partner, Justice, over to the park this afternoon. It was about 40 degrees and predominantly cloudy (I ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:42:10 EST If You Snooze, You LOSE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831571 For some reason, my American culture glorifies a fast-paced lifestyle in which people are proud of getting up before the sun and staying up late, often getting only 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, when most people actually need about 7 – 9. But there is a price to pay for those “all-nighters”. <BR> <BR> Not getting enough sleep can cause: <BR> <BR> 1. your metabolism to not function as it’s supposed to (it slows down). <BR> <BR> 2. you to make bad decisions because it slows activity in the ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:30:01 EST Quick Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831014 I've been fighting a cold/sinus infection for the past couple of days and busy with Christmas prep. Still trying to keep up with my piano practice, other household chores, exercise, and meal prep. So, needless to say, not much time to "Spark" these past few days. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to check-in here and post my progress on my virtual walk to Cape May, NJ. <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 - ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:16:30 EST Self-Efficacy Related to Weight Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829320 I started out today thinking about the difference between Weight Loss and Weight Management. For me, the obvious difference is that Weight Loss relates to short-term dieting, that will eventually end, and Weight Management relates to a permanent lifestyle in which I am in a position of power and control – to make healthy choices and decisions and over my impulses and temptations. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to the concept of self-efficacy. <BR> <BR> Self-efficacy, defined, is the extent or st... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:13:01 EST Time to Catch Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828774 When I last visited this blogging space, I was Becking (Day 5), reading a book about food addiction, decorating, shopping, going to the gym, and taking a virtual walk to Cape May, NJ. <BR> <BR> I dropped the food addictions book because I wasn't getting anything out of it. It was too negative without offering any reasonable solutions or any type of positivity. Maybe they come later in the book, but by the time I get to them, I'll probably want to put an end to myself (yes, the book was THAT... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:01:22 EST Reporting In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826599 Didn't get to post an update yesterday. I went to the gym and did my first strength training with the weight machines and then did an hour of water aerobics in the pool. By the time I got home, I was barely able to eat dinner because I was so tired. I went to take a nap for an hour and, even though I woke up for awhile, I was still tired and ended up going back to sleep. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday was really good for me. I did everything the Beck Diet Workbook suggested, including giving myself... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:09:23 EST Levittown, PA to Cape May, NJ Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825306 I love to motivate myself with fitness challenges. I’m always amazed at how quickly my body changes when I take care of it and I like to push myself to do better. One of the old challenges I did had to do with walking and I’m going to redo it again because I had fun with it the last time. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow (December 1st), I’m planning to virtually walk from my home in Levittown, PA, to Cape May, NJ (114 miles). I’ll be using my SPAT to track my miles and, when I “get there”, I'm g... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:32:40 EST Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook Review (So Far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824847 Wanted to share what I'm learning/doing in "The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook" with you, just in case anyone else is interested in what the "program" entails: <BR> <BR> I've only just completed Day 2 and read what I'll need to do on Day 3. So far, it's very simple, moving very slowly, and building one day upon the next. <BR> <BR> Day 1: Make multiple copies of my list of reasons I want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle and post them in various places (Mine are on my c... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:58:15 EST Reasons I Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823000 Went out to find The Beck Diet Solution book I mentioned in my last blog, with no success. What I DID find was "The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook". I started reading it last night and I plan to give it my best shot. <BR> <BR> First, there was a questionnaire about my "dieting history", which I completed and will have to revisit when I'm finished to see how my answers have changed. <BR> <BR> Next task, my list of reasons why I want to lose weight. They will become my "motivators" a... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:28:47 EST CBT Research -- Warning! This is Long. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821816 Awhile back I mentioned the possible need for me to consult a "professional" of some sort to help me figure out why I can lose so much weight, come so close to my goal, only to give up and put the weight back on. <BR> <BR> I spent some time this afternoon researching Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). I thought I'd share my notes in case this is of interest to someone else. There are topics/ideas here that I will need to explore further and I'll share as I learn, if it's appropriate to do so ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:37:39 EST Time to Set Some Short-Term Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821286 “Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” (Brian Tracy) <BR> <BR> Since starting back on SparkPeople on November 1st, I have been getting by with some very general, long-term goals. I know that setting and meeting short-term goals is something that is very motivating to me. I like the competition with myself. It helps me be the best me I can be. <BR> <BR> I think I'm this way because I was the eldest child of five in my family and always the "responsible one" (jus... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:26:38 EST I Have a Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819704 “For 24 years of my adult life, by choice, I weighed well over 200 pounds. I say 'by choice' because I have never 'accidentally' eaten anything, so when I choose to eat too much, I have chosen to weigh too much.” (Zig Ziglar) <BR> <BR> Wow! Who knew? <BR> <BR> Zig could have just as easily been talking about me when he said that! <BR> <BR> But no more, because I have a choice. <BR> <BR> Instead of eating food with little or no nutritional value all day long, then capping it off with cooki... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:41:20 EST Strength Training 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819156 Last week I set a goal to begin strength training by the end of November. <BR> <BR> Last time I was successful at losing weight was the first time I ever did any strength training. That was mostly because I hated even the thought of lifting weights. I was a member of Planet Fitness at the time, which was convenient for me because it was on my way home for work. My friends talked me into giving the strength training circuit a try and I learned that I liked it. It made me feel strong and acc... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:59:08 EST Kathleen's Guiding Principles of Self-Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816905 VLOG text: <BR> <BR> Dignity, Respect, and Love <BR> <BR> ALL people have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and love as part of their basic humanity, including those who struggle with obesity. That I am currently obese in no way diminishes those rights. I am a loving, intelligent, strong, generous, and beautiful woman of integrity, who has many talents and interests. Obesity is only part of who I am today. When I am no longer obese, I will be that same woman. STILL worthy of th... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:41:32 EST Time to Get Serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815733 It's time to get serious about this weight loss thing and time to make it permanent. Here's why: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926705208.jpg"> <BR> First of all (and this is the least important), I want to like what I see when someone photographs me instead of thinking of how awful and FAT I look. Look at that! Can you even count the chins?! <BR> <BR> I want to look like the picture on my driver's license again! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:32:26 EST It is a Walk in the Park! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815167 We had a surpisingly beautiful day here in Pennsylvania. The sun was shining and it was 70 degrees, which is really warm for mid-November. I decided I had to take advantage of the great weather, so I laced up my walking shoes, clipped on my Spark Activity Tracker, grabbed my dog, Justice, and headed over to the park. <BR> <BR> This was my longest walk yet (3 miles), since returning to SP and, believe me, I wasn't setting any speed records. But that didn't matter. It felt really good to be ou... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:49:41 EST A Conversation with Queen Kathleen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813761 “Hey, Kath,” <BR> <BR> I look around and see no one. <BR> <BR> “Yo, Kath.” <BR> <BR> Now, in the past I’ve joked about talking to myself. I tell people it’s nothing to worry about, as long as I don’t get in any arguments. Well, this time, the little sit down with Queen Kathleen (that’s me, at least in my own mind, if not my house) is for real. <BR> <BR> “Um, er, excuse me?”, I say. <BR> <BR> “Ooops! Sorry, I meant, Your Majesty.” <BR> <BR> “That’s better. What can I do for you?” <BR> <... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:09:14 EST Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812716 Got up early this morning, did some laundry, and gave one of my dogs a bath. Enjoyed some Spark time. Then, I decided to take my beautiful boy, Justice, for a walk in the park. <BR> <BR> It was sunny and very windy, with a little chill in the air -- just like Autumn's supposed to be. The sun was reflecting off the beautiful Fall leaves and the wind was blowing some of them through the air as if they were dancing. Others were fluttering on the trees, hanging on as if their lives depended upo... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:14:38 EST Personal Responsibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812164 I've been back for a few days and it's time for a look at how I've been doing. <BR> <BR> In the area of nutrition and diet: <BR> <BR> I've been watching what I eat and doing fairly well in that I've been cooking healthy breakfasts and dinners at home and I've been passing up my almost daily ice cream. I even went to Friendly's for lunch and had the salmon entrée (no Hollandaise sauce and healthy) and wasn't even tempted by the ice cream. I've been tracking my food, too, which is good. <BR... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:28:35 EST Don't Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810938 I'm Baaaaaack! <BR> <BR> Again. <BR> <BR> My name's Kathy and I am a SP Weight Loss Pro. Don't that title fool you, though. I've never quite made it to my healthy weight. I've been here twice before and come close both times. I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight in copious quantities and have done it twice already. <BR> <BR> What I don't know how to do is "FINISH". For some reason, despite all my success, I manage to fall off the old SparkWagon just when my goal is in sight, and... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:15:35 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528327 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760076049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A man is walking home alone late one foggy night... <BR> <BR> when behind him he hears: <BR> <BR> <BR> Bump... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BUMP... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BUMP... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:09:52 EST