KANOE10's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KANOE10 KANOE10'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/ Give Yourself A Spark Goodie and Fine Tuning Successful Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829033 I began my health journey 5 years ago with a 100 excess pound obesity weight and a myriad of health issues with blood sugar and high blood pressure. Upon reaching my goal weight those problems have disappeared. Over the past years my tests were spot on low..even as close as last summer. I have continued a life of successful habits of eating and exercise. <BR> So I went to the doctor and discovered a slightly elevated blood pressure. What is this? I was not happy at all. tts not fair su... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:40:31 EST Waking Up With Joy the Day After Thanksgiving and Using Mr. Haagen Dazs as a maintenance tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823764 I celebrated Thanksgiving early last night due to work conditions with my kids. This is my 5th year of losing and keeping 100 pounds off and going through the holidays. In the past years my Thanksgiving meals h ave been varied. I have eaten a very lean protein and vegetable meal while losing, have also been in Hawaii and had seafood, cooked Indian food or prime rib. <BR> <BR> This year everyone decided they wanted the standard American food. So it was a hectic day of me researching tips ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:05:26 EST Celebrating Serenity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814094 I am celebrating a return of serenity in my life. My friend Morticia, reminded me of the Serenity Prayer. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. My mom had the entire prayer posted on her bathroom mirror and I saw it frequently. <BR> In these past two months, I have learned to accept that I cannot control another person's health and that there will be miles separating me from my mom. I have let go of guilt. <BR> <BR> So thanks to all of my Spark Friends. Your blogs ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:24:33 EST No longer a Spring Chicken, but there is a spring to my steps and the best birthday gift. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779604 I am celebrating today. I am officially 65 and certainly not a Spring Chicken anymore. However, there is a lightness and a spring to my steps. I have the energy of happiness. Like MJREIMERS says, " I feel like I am aging younger." <BR> <BR> I commented that I once went to the grocery store and bought 5 20 pound bags of potatoes. They filled up the cart. I looked at those potatoes and envisioned them on me. That is what I used to carry around. I donated them to a shelter. I may just do th... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:33:44 EST A decision about what to weigh is a decision on how to live and clues on successful maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774482 I like this quote. " A decision about what to weigh is a decision on how to live." In other words, if you are committed to staying at your goal weight, you have to adopt the life that goes with it. This means that you not only have to live in a way that matches your goals at the moment, but you also have to accept that you will be doing this for the rest of your life. <BR> I am content with this life I have chosen of maintenance. <BR> <BR> In Refuse to Regain the author offers clues about ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:00:58 EST Transition from trying to maintain to becoming a maintainer and ice cream flashbacks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746493 When I initially lost my weight 3 years ago, I went through the honeymoon period where I was celebrating and happily buying new clothes. However, I had fears that I would regain my weight as I have spent my life doing. I recall almost being in tears after buying small sized clothes, wondering if I would still fit them months later. <BR> <BR> Almost three years later, I have decided that this is my summer of defining myself as a maintainer. I am no longer trying to maintain, but I have become... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:27 EST The longer I maintain, the more I love being thin and "you always gain your weight back." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736711 I have decided that part of maintaining, is not only being relentless determined, but it also being feisty. I am considering myself, a feisty maintainer! Almost three years ago, two co-workers took me aside and said separately, " You have lost a lot of weight, however, you always gain it back. You should not get so thin." <BR> At that time, I lacked self confidence in my ability to keep weight off, and I responded with something like I hope I can keep it off this time. Now, 3 years l... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:11:45 EST Returning under goal weight and "I don't want to be as skinny as you are." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727059 I am happy to report that I returned from Hawaii under my goal weight! <BR> <BR> Family dynamics can be interesting. My sister is my height and weighs around 20 pounds more than me. It is hard when my Sister in Law comments to me..saying, "You look great. You are so thin," but says nothing to my sister. Then later my sister comments. " I do not want to be as thin as you. It is just too much work and it is too hard to stay at that weight. Plus I do not want to give up my favorite foods." ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:00:08 EST Preparing to Maintain in Hawaii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718992 Tomorrow I fly to Hawaii with my daughter to see my family. I am excited to be in the lovely tropics again. I was reflecting that my mother who is 94 had me when she was 38. I had my daughter when I was 38 also. My mother and I also both had 4 kids under the age of 5 in 5 years. Those early years were hectic for both of us. <BR> My plan is to maintain in Hawaii no matter what and to stay within my range. To prepare for this I have put myself on a mini boot camp to get below my goal weigh... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:46:48 EST Am I really keeping these 100 pounds off? Enjoying my habits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703406 There is a sense of unreality at times in maintenance. As I head into my 3rd summer of maintenance, I tell myself, "You are really are doing this. You really are keeping this weight off." This is the most self confident and stable that I have felt in years or perhaps ever. <BR> <BR> My views on things have changed. I realize that I have started to enjoy my healthy habits. They have become a part of my life. <BR> When I was losing my weight, I purposely began an exercise regime with the ... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:03:42 EST Yes, I will go eat sushi at 8:30pm and not feeling like a senior. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682266 I am visiting my daughter in the lovely city of San Francisco. It is a special mom daughter visit , with a formal college graduation ceremony. I treasure this time with my daughter. She is a wonderful vibrant young woman about to enter a new career. <BR> <BR> As a maintainer of over two years, I have established strong successful daily health habits. I take these habits with me when I travel..but now schedules change and adaptability is needed. <BR> <BR> I continue to wake up early and... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:21:49 EST On a Spring Roll: Giving Mr./Ms Creep the Boot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659182 My maintenance lifestyle includes keeping within a weight range. Lately I have been noticing that I am staying at the top end of my range, and not working off the up pounds. I picture Ms./Mr. Creep sitting on that step on the up escalator, and not moving downwards..but instead, riding upwards. Upwards means heading to Never Never Land. <BR> <BR> Technically I am successful maintainer. I am in my range, exercising, and eating healthy. However, staying at the top of my range is not a good ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:25:49 EST Replacing "I can't" with "I'll find a way." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648971 Linda Spangle has a book, "100 days of Weight Loss." I use it for motivational tools every now and then. <BR> <BR> I like her comments on the words, "I can't". As we lose weight or we maintain weight, we run into challenges. They can be social challenges. I can't eat healthy at the conference as the food they offer is not on my plan. Or they could be physical..either illness or medicine interferes with your healthy eating plan. Weather can intervene. Family can intervene. <BR> <BR> She... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:16:50 EST Spring Fever: buying spring clothes in the snow and I'll eat that food when I hit my goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631429 I have definitely been hit with Spring Fever. Snow is forecast and it is cold. I am walking around looking at the swim suits and shorts that the fashion world presents..regardless of the weather. I purchased two lovely cotton print shirts. Now the question is will I wear them over my merino wool sweater? LOL. <BR> <BR> When I was seriously overcoming my addiction to food and binge eating, I would often use this tool. " I will not eat that food now. I will eat it when I reach goal weight.... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:23:45 EST My Husband Does Not Understand Tracking Steps and It Is OK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620181 So February is a hard month. The winter simply takes extra work to follow your habits of maintenance. Shopping, exercise,driving are often more difficult in the cold and icy roads. <BR> The overcast days led me to turn to music, flowers, bright colors and trying new recipes. <BR> <BR> I decided to try the Spark Activity Tracker as a way to increase my exercise and for a little fun in motivation. It works for me. It is fun to see your steps tracked and graphed. The virtual trophies are al... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:19:49 EST Watching Old Family Videos Without Feeling Like Crying: NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598716 I have spent a lifetime of being overweight with periods of being thin. I would carefully weed pictures of me out of the family celebrations as much as possible. Frankly I disliked looking at myself being overweight and I was embarrassed and sad to look at them. <BR> <BR> Now I have reached my goal and have maintained it for over two years. <BR> <BR> My husband decided to compile all of the old family videos of our kids into an epic DVD. He proudly showed me his results. While I loved ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:39:16 EST Getting Rid of MY " Just In Case I Regain My Weight Clothes." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576479 My life with clothes has paralleled my up and down weight. It was very unstable. <BR> I have had three types of clothes at all times. <BR> Type 1: The clothes that I fit today and are in my closet. <BR> Type 2: The clothes that I will fit again when I lose weight in a trunk. <BR> Type 3: The clothes that I am keeping Just In Case I regain my weight in my basement. <BR> <BR> When I reached my goal weight over two years ago, I once again put the large just in case clothes in a bag in the bas... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:51:43 EST Refusing to Regain over the Holdiays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572886 In the At Goal and Transitioning to Maintenance team, on the Healthy Holiday Pop In blogs, <BR> 4A-Healthy-BMI posted a link to Dr. Berekeley's blog on the holidays. <BR> DECEMBER 11, 2013 <BR> Falling Off The Various Wagons: A Holiday Peril <BR> by Barbara Berkeley, MD <BR> As the author of Refuse to Regain, she explores the Holiday Perils. Here is the link. <BR> <BR> <BR> In Food Cravings, Sugar Trumps Fat - NYTimes ... - Refuse To Regain <BR> www.refusetoregain.com/2013/12/in-food-c<BR>... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:58:31 EST Using Spark People to Bounce Back From a Holiday Curve Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564750 TinaJane once posted that resiliency is one of the most important tools for losing and maintaining weight. For over two years I have maintained my weight loss of 110 pounds by establishing healthy exercise and food habits. <BR> <BR> In the last months I had an injury that required physical therapy. I was told no elliptical and no treadmill. I thought fine, then I will walk. Then winter hit with a force and I was unable to walk on the ice. <BR> <BR> To someone who exercises 6 times a we... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 09:39:49 EST Still Finding Joy in Fitting Size 6 Capris and Holiday Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549202 I am packing for a trip to Hawaii this week. I tried on my size 6 capris and they fit perfectly! I realized two things. One I still am finding a great joy in wearing this size. I do not take this for granted and really am pleased to continue to fit my clothes. However, I also had to laugh as I realized that normal people do not try on their clothes before they pack. I am not normal. I am a Previously Overweight person. Yes, it is slightly crazy to try on shorts that I was just wearing ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:00:47 EST How Trying to Control Your Weight is Like Running Down the Up escalator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523781 Dr.Sharma wrote an interesting article about how controlling your weight is like running down an up escalator. <BR> He commented that as a child he used to run down the up escalator. At the top of the escalator, it is relatively easy to get down the first steps as the escalator is moving slower. <BR> However, the further down, you get the faster the escalator moves, It gets harder. <BR> To keep at the half way level, you need to keep moving at the speed of the escalator. If you slow down ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:07:44 EST I could not have made the move 100 pounds ago; 2 years of maintenance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512123 Last summer I helped two sons move into new apartments,. This involved walking up two flights of stairs carrying heavy boxes. I realized that 3 years ago when I weighed 100 plus more pounds, I could not have made it up those stairs nor could I have kept up with my sons. Now I have energy and muscle strength from exercising and strength training. I am a fast walker, I often have to slow myself down when I am leading lines of kids to class. <BR> <BR> October is my two year celebration of mai... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:21:30 EST Savoring Precious Moments of Summer, Spark, and Maintenance! Getting excited over a tomato! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470620 I am drinking an excellent cup of coffee and enjoying my summer blueberries. I have truly loved the fresh produce of the summer..and am savoring the fresh produce while it lasts. I had to laugh the other day as I saw some absolutely gorgeous beefsteak tomatoes. I remember driving home thinking.."My goodness, you are excited about a tomato! This is a real change from past years where you did not really care about vegetables." <BR> <BR> I am also savoring my support from Spark People. Wate... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:33:30 EST Mount Everest verses Mount Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447439 This was a fairly good comparison from Refuse to Regain. The author is promoting the paleo way of eating which is no starches and no sugars. I eat low carb starches. However,no matter what plan of eating you are on, she has some good insights into maintenance. <BR> <BR> I like the term diet of conviction..although i have to get rid of the connotation that diet means trying to lose weight..here it means having an eating plan of conviction. <BR> I also love number 4. You have to learn to l... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:42:51 EST Are you a successful maintainer? Refuse to Regain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440834 I read the book, Refuse to Regain by Dr. Elizabeth Berkeley. I think it has some good tools for maintenance. <BR> <BR> I like her comment, " I encourage you to think of yourself as a noble warrior in a very tough fight, one that is truly worth winning. Periods of failure amd backsliding are normal, but guilt is simply not appropriate." Removing the guilt and staying positive is so important. <BR> <BR> She believes in daily weighing and in reversing the small gains immediately. <BR> She s... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:53:42 EST Why I am keeping these 100 pounds off, summer maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435102 I was cleaning out my desk and discovered a lab test dated 2010. My blood sugar was 139. For those of you who don't know, this means that I was practically in the diabetic level of 140. This was the start of my three year journey to health. Quite frankly I looked at that result and was horrified that I was that unhealthy. <BR> Three years later my blood work is in the normal category and my BMI is normal. I am heading to one year and 9 months of maintenance and keeping off a loss of 112 po... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:26:44 EST Recycled orchestra: making instruments out of trash in Paraguay slum. Goodness in the world. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430499 It is nice to be reminded of the good that can happen in this world. <BR> <BR> This has nothing to do with healthy eating, but it has to do with healthy living. There is a settlement in Paraguay which is built on top of trash. People began to make instruments out of things that were found by digging through mountains of trash. Children from this poor area now have instruments made from trash. The village now has an orchestra with totally recycled instruments. This is a village where the... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:02:19 EST Opening a can of organic worms! How Junk Food Can End Obesity: Could the drive-thru make us healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408660 My son sent me a link to this article from the Atlantic magazine;;July/Aug issue. <BR> <BR> http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arch<BR>ive/2013/07/how-junk-food-can-end-obes<BR>ity/309396/ <BR> <BR> It is a controversial article, but it did make me think. <BR> <BR> He begins by going to health food eateries and getting 9 dollars kale shakes. He then comments that he found a 3 dollar healthy and lower calorie shake at McDonalds. <BR> <BR> He notes that now the trend is to say that all pr... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:16:25 EST "In the depts of winter, I finally learned there was in me, an invincible summer." Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408534 "In the depts of winter, I finally learned that there was in me, an invincible summer." Camus <BR> <BR> I am simply enjoying maintaining in summer. My non scale victories for the summer are good changes. <BR> <BR> For the first time in over 10 years, I am wearing sleeveless tops. Last summer even though I was at goal weight and had lost 110 pounds, I did not like the loose skin on my arms. I always wore shirts that were either long sleeves or covered up with a sweater. Now after a year ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:04:45 EST Fat-Shaming: Don't apply if you are obese as you have no willpower. Outrageous. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381426 http://www.cgbrooke.net/2013/06/04/fat-sha<BR>ming/ <BR> <BR> I read this article called Fat-Shaming by Colin Brooke. He responded to a twitter from a university professor who said: Obese candidates for the PHD program should not even apply. Being obese means that you are weak and have no willpower and would not be able to finish a PHD program. The response was outrage. <BR> <BR> Colin Gifford wrote an intelligent, honest, painful response to this subject. It was excellent but also ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:01:16 EST How do you pass up the cake and doughnuts;Enjoying being alone and different in maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374478 I am celebrating one year and 8 months of maintaining 112 pound loss. Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers came up to me and asked, "How do pass up eating the cake, doughnuts, and candy in the staff room? What do you say to yourself?" Actually after all of this time, I don't need to say anything to myself. I just looked at the goodies and walked past them. It has become a habit to avoid these sugary sweets and they simply are not part of my life. I do not need pep talks to myself to avoi... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:57:26 EST Happily Maintaining 1 year 7 months: Ordering Tortilla Soup without Tortillas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338533 Today I am happy. I am celebrating one year and seven months of maintenance. AND I am actually enjoying my life of maintenance! I will keep these 112 pounds off for good. <BR> <BR> I really had to smile at my poor co-workers who still consider me crazy for the way that I eat. So in front of 25 people at a Mexican restaurant I ordered Tortilla Soup without the tortillas and cheese. Who orders tortilla soup without the tortillas? I do as it gives me a lovely chicken soup with avocados and... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:47:25 EST Yes, your stretchy jeans feel tighter, but you are not fat: seeing yourself as thin when feeling fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288777 I am one month away from my year and a half maintenance celebration. I have lost 114 pounds and have successfully changed my lifestyle to include exercise, healthy eating, and being accountable on Spark. <BR> The At Goal and Maintenance and Transitioning to Maintenance Team has a very good link on maintenance. One of the articles deals with the the emotional stages of maintenance. Phase 4 is Ouch: i have gained weight. <BR> <BR> For myself, I am in the my pants are slightly tighter, but... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:54:32 EST Cooking challenge Two: At goal and maintenance team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234495 Here is a link to my newest find: Bobby Flay's Ginger-Soy-Lime Marinated Shrimp. <BR> http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby<BR>-flay/ginger-soy-lime-marinated-shrimp<BR>-recipe/index.html <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful recipe. I followed it exactly. Some of the reviews recommended taking the shells off of the shrimp while marinating. I did both. Bobby Flay was right. The shrimp has more moisture with the shell on. <BR> <BR> My family loved this shrimp. I did change the recipe as I ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:39:33 EST Not Feeling Deprived in Maintenance and Living binge Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234479 I have not binged in two years and 4 months. I have kept my weight off for one year and 4 months. I am often asked, why is this maintenance working when I have yo-yoed all of my life. <BR> I know my standard response was to say: I eat little sugar, high fiber, low carb. I exercise 6-7 times a week. I have Spark people for support. I am eating things I enjoy. I am not bingeing while maintaining for the first time in my life. All of these are important factors. <BR> <BR> Lately I have fin... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:22:07 EST Choose your crazy. Yes, Mom I am still on that crazy diet. It is called healthy maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219012 So I called my mom on my last visit. She asked me, " Are you still on that crazy diet? You looked so skinny last summer." Ok..this is the straw that broke this maintainers back. LOL. Plus I have been criticized at work for always being on a diet. <BR> <BR> It is ironic that I am eating the healthiest I have eaten in decades, I have maintained a 114 pound weight loss for one year and 4 months. I have stopped food bingeing and my health is great. So this is now a crazy diet? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:21:50 EST "No rum balls for you.You are on a diet" and cookies in the disposal..Xmas maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177561 I have lost 117 pounds and am in one year and three months of maintenance. One of my tools to stay focused during the holidays is to get rid of the abundance of goodies that keep arriving. <BR> I have dumped trays of cookies in the disposal. I might comment that in my addictive past, I would search for unfinished bags of cookies in the garbage! <BR> I have gotten rid of 3 boxes of candy. As I was carrying a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts out of the house, I had to laugh. I realize... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:29:13 EST Why gaining one pound feels like gaining 100 pounds; Accountable, not hysterical maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160842 I am in year two of maintenance and in my second month. 90 percent of the time I am happily in my range. However, now and then I tap into old emotional reactions. <BR> <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I noticed that I was one pound above my maintenance range.. I am very serious about keeping this weight off and I was upset. I logically know it is only a pound gain, but emotionally it felt like I was gaining all of my hundred pounds back! Feeling blue, I went onto Spark..read some wonderful blog... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 08:26:12 EST What ?? Am I really "a tiny thing?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115407 I was at a Baby Shower yesterday with people who do not know me. A lady and I were sharing twin pregnancy histories. I told her that my twins were 9 lb. 2 oz and 9 lb 4 oz babies. She commented.."I don't see how you could have carried those big babies. You are such a tiny thing." <BR> Well..in my entire life now one has ever called me a tiny thing. I have been told I was plump, fat, big boned, large framed, and had a pretty face. <BR> <BR> The funny thing is that she did not know that... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:18:31 EST Celebrating 1 year of Maintenance: This is who I was meant to be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097370 Last Oct. 10 I weighed 142..down from 242. This October 10 I weighed 128. I am officially celebrating one year of maintenance. <BR> This healthy thin person is the person I was meant to be. I am done being the fat girl. <BR> <BR> As many people have said here, losing weight is not just the scale..it affects your whole life. It is a daily commitment to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> My personal symbols of healthy maintenance: <BR> <BR> 1. Neon pink orange workout shoes: These make... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 09:39:32 EST 30 Day September Challenge Catchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079293 24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.) <BR> 25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try? <BR> 26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> 27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutr... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 08:49:35 EST 30 Day September Challenge Catchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079275 Here are the last questions. <BR> 24. When did you incorporate fitness goals into your healthy lifestyle? (Before starting to lose weight, during weight loss, after goal weight, etc.) <BR> 25. Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you would like to try? <BR> 26. Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> 27. Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 08:29:48 EST 30 day September Challenge Catchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070132 16. Do you follow an eating 'plan'? (Vegetarian, paleo, South Beach, Atkins, yada yada yada) How has this helped you live a healthier life? <BR> 17. Do you have any meals/snacks that you repeat over and over? What are they? <BR> 18. Do you have a go-to meal for days when you have to be on the go, no time to stop to eat and no refrigeration/cooler available? <BR> 19. What 'unhealthy' food(s)/drink(s) do you refuse to give up? Any that you have given up completely? <BR> 20. What are your fa... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:44:07 EST 30 Day September Challenge Catchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060105 Question 15 is What is your favorite weight loss, fitness, or wellness, blog outside of Spark People? I like 3 fatchicks.com. However, I must say that Spark People is my absolute favorite source of support. <BR> <BR> Question 14: What life changes have been easier than you expected? I never thought I would get over my cravings for sweets: ie ice cream and donuts. After two years of eating low carb and staying away from sugar, I find that I do not need these foods in my life. I eat low ... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 08:59:18 EST Day 9 of the Septmember Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050771 How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time? <BR> <BR> I am 62 years old. I have been on a diet since I was a teenager. I was an athlete, but still fought the pounds and always felt plump. It did not help that I grew up in Hawaii which was the land of the bikinis. I gained more weight in college and then got married..I spent my life raising my kids, and constantly dieting..losing, gaining, bingeing, <BR> <BR> I now realize... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 09:58:28 EST 30 Day September Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049443 Today's topic is: "What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?" <BR> <BR> I am in my 11 month of maintaining a 114 pound loss. <BR> <BR> What did I think would be different? I thought I would be healthier in my lab results, have more energy and be less self conscious about my body. I also thought I would be much happier! <BR> <BR> That all occurred. However, I did not ... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 08:20:16 EST Are you a member of the Nobody Else is Doing it Club and feeling alone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019155 I have just spent 3 days in training meetings with 200 people and sitting with the people I work with. After three days I realized I am a member of the Nobody Else is Doing It Club..and not a member of the Everybody Else is Doing It Club. <BR> <BR> Nobody else is getting up early and walking before the meetings. <BR> Nobody else is not eating the donuts for breakfast. <BR> Nobody else is ordering stir fry for lunch . Everyone else is ordering deep fried heavy gravy lunch specials. <BR> Nob... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:10:07 EST The joy of only one piece of sushi - I am doing it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992846 I am in month 10 of maintenance after losing 114 pounds. <BR> <BR> I grew up eating sushi like candy. There is one type of sushi called inari sushi which uses a tofu like pita pocket laced with sugar with the rice. I am on a low carb practically no sugar eating way of life. If I have sugars it is fruit or low carb bread..I have it in the morning.. <BR> <BR> I made some sushi for a dinner party and brought home the leftovers. I made the mindful decision that I was going to have my favo... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:02:18 EST Do you feel deprived? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4977418 I am in month 9 of maintenance. I went out to lunch with two friends. We were talking about cooking. One of them said, "oh i don't cook anymore, I am on a diet." Then she proceeded to tell me about how hard dieting was and that she was craving the deserts being displayed in the restaurant. <BR> <BR> Well, I am curious. Do others feel deprived when they are eating healthfully? Do those of you who are maintaining feel like you are unhappy and unable to eat foods you like? <BR> <BR> My r... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:06:58 EST Staying on track while vacationing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937373 I have just finished two back to back vacations. One to Hawaii and one to South Carolina. Time difference of 6 hours. I did not gain any weight which is exactly what I wanted to do as I am in month 9 of maintenance. <BR> Here are some of my crazy ideas to stay focused. <BR> <BR> 1. Wear your walking shoes to the airport. That way you can make your husband watch your bag and walk laps around the airport. <BR> <BR> 2. Before you begin your vacation day, get up early and power walk ar... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 09:24:43 EST