KAYSON25's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAYSON25 KAYSON25'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/ I can't believe it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487893 Have you ever sat down to track your food and thought your food tracker might just explode? <BR> <BR> I just tracked all the food I ate after work yesterday. The feeling I had was like blowing up a balloon, I can just see my tracker growing bigger and bigger and bigger! <BR> <BR> After working 70 hours last week, I came home yesterday after an 8 hour day (I call that my short days) and put away the groceries I had bought on the way home. <BR> Decided to eat a few potato chips.... <BR> DH c... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 04:05:57 EST It all works together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477434 Today I start a new phase of my life. I have been in the weight loss mode for years, losing and gaining the same 10, 25 and even 35 pounds. Keeping it off for a while then going back to the same eating and exercising habits that kept me from having the self esteem I need. <BR> I consider myself as smart as the average person, successful in supporting myself and a few loved ones, so what is a few extra pounds? <BR> <BR> Why avoid all the junk food, spend time exercising, cooking healthy? <BR... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 06:31:56 EST Timed eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399797 We should eat every 3 to 4 hours to keep from getting too hungry. I agree this works for me, but really takes some planning. <BR> <BR> I have found that I will make up for it later in the day or even the next day when I go too long without eating. My problem is keeping my portions in the correct range. I can easily eat a whole meals worth of calories every three to four hours! <BR> <BR> I get up 6 days a week at 230AM to be at work at 430. It is a challenge to spread a days worth of calori... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 04:17:16 EST SparkCoach Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389268 My SparkCoach challenge for today is to post three thing I am grateful for in my life. <BR> <BR> 1. I am gratful for my wonderful husband of 17 years. If good men are hard to find, it is because I have him! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I am grateful for a good job. I complain about the hours and the overtime, but I am lucky to have a good steady job with a good supervisor. <BR> <BR> 3. I am grateful for my two sons, daughters in laws, 4 grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter that I get to... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:35:14 EST Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388651 For some of us blogging is hard. I always wonder why would anyone want to read my silly comments. <BR> This is an insecurity of mine. <BR> <BR> I am working on a positive attitude and blogging. <BR> <BR> Thank you Sp friends for the support you give me. I am here, still working on my social skills (maybe I could blog about that?), healthy eating and some type of exercise beside the walking I currently do. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark on Friends! Fri, 14 Jun 2013 04:36:46 EST Patience becomes me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374373 Today is the first of June. My original goal was to lose 17 pounds by yesterday. That would have been the perfect weight loss for me. In reality I have lost 10 pounds and several inches. <BR> <BR> After carrying the extra 17 pounds for five years or so since I lost down to only that much to go, one would think I wouldn't be so impatient to lose the rest of the weight, but patience is a virtue I am still working on! <BR> <BR> Here is my journey so far. I found SP on January 26th. Set up so... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:50:32 EST Spark Solution review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361485 I love to change things up and the Spark Solution is an excellent way to do that. I seem to have stablilzed 8 pounds from my goal and have been trying to be patient. Learning new ways to exercise and new menus seemed like a good idea. I like having the program put together in one place and still be able to eat foods I like. <BR> This week has been amazing. I have been full and haven't craved sweets or junk food. This is what satisfied feels like! I am short and over 50 so I have had to cut b... Sun, 19 May 2013 20:25:12 EST Spark Solution, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358209 Day 1 was very interesting. I tried to eat according to the plan, but when I tracked the calories I came up with a lot more than what is shown in the book. It was a lot of food! <BR> Breakfast was delicious and very filling. Lunch was great. Dinner was a huge amount and very good. My husband like it as well. He didn't even know how healthy it was for him, though he did add salt. <BR> The dinner meals are for 4 people so I will have leftovers. Frozen instant meals for later? I need a filing s... Thu, 16 May 2013 06:55:16 EST Spark Solution Journey (SSJ-Day one) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357222 I am starting the first two weeks of The Spark Solution. I am anxious because I have a perfection disorder (lol) and get distracted easily. I am going to follow the book as closely as I can. Lots of cooking involved, so I will have to have a plan in place and plan ahead a lot. <BR> I am going to commit to getting the exercise scheduled in the book each day. I am fairly active, but do not like to sweat! I've got to get over that! I walk and garden, so I do some lifting, but not planned strengt... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:45:30 EST Good Mothers Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354477 I had a great Day today. Talked to both my sons early this morning. Had lots of text messages from friends and family. Went to my Mother-in-law's and went to church with her and the family. Back to Sister-in-law's house and had grilled hamburgers. Visited with the family, then went to town and found not one but two great pairs of shoes for walking! My DH bought me a new wheel barrow for gardening (yeah!) then ate out and came home. <BR> In all this, I stayed within my calorie limits and ate h... Sun, 12 May 2013 22:20:54 EST Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352856 Weighed today and stayed the same. No surprise there as I eat really well and haven't been as careful as I should have been with my tracking and measuring. Getting a lot of walking and gardening done. <BR> Took my measurements just because I had the time to log it all in and Surprise! <BR> I have lost an inch in my hips! Yea! Woohoo!! <BR> Took the waist measurement and found the inch. My waist has gone up an inch! Not too sure I wanted to be an apple. I have always been a pear. <BR> Oh, we... Sat, 11 May 2013 08:34:00 EST Small Positive Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319555 I need to count the positive changes I have made since I began SparkPeople in January 2013. <BR> I have discovered that I have the tendency to be negative when dealing with myself. I think I do that to keep from being disappointed when I let myself down. I hold myself to very strict standards and feel like I should do everything perfectly or not at all. This is not a good thing! <BR> <BR> I have started to drink water, yes, 8 cups or more per day. That goal took me several weeks, but I have... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:16:24 EST Stress Good and Bad This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286152 We never know what kind of stress is waiting just around the corner. I have had good and bad stresses enter my life this week. My ex's father passed away at the age of 86. This meant my son and his family has been staying with me from out of state as this was his grandfather. Love being with my son that I only see for a few days a few times a year, but company really interferes with my routine. <BR> I had a mis-communication with my other daughter in law (that lives nearby) so there was a sm... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:19:57 EST Keeping an upbeat attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279786 Wow! Heading into week 6 with SparkPeople. Haven't stayed with anything this long in years, with the exception of my DH and my job, of course. I haven't lost any weight in three weeks now. What is going on there? Too many nibbles, portions too big, not enough sleep? Work on those things this week. I have joined the sleep challenge, will watch how much I am eating closer, etc. <BR> Changes I have made that are becoming easier. I bought myself a fitbit for my birthday and I amazed at how much I... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 07:47:08 EST What's normal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260783 What is normal eating? A lot of my co-workers think my eating is abnormal. I pass up the donuts on the table, turn down sugar and fat laden cakes, don't go to the vending machines for my lunch, (I need real food, and have always brought my lunch) and try to choose mostly vegetables at celebration dinners. <BR> The truth is the sugar makes me feel awful....for days. It acts on me like a depressant or kinda makes me, as my husband says, "Have a Jekyll and Hyde personality" I will admit that th... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 08:40:29 EST Pulling back on the Reins (Too many goals and changes at once) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255750 Wow. I have set myself up for failure. I guess I am a perfectionist or is it called Anal? Thin line there, I suppose. So I want to get healthy, am tired of paying for a website that wasn't exciting or working for me, need to lose the extra 17 pounds (well that varied occasionally) that I have been carrying around for 10 years or so. <BR> I find SP and am so excited. This site is alive! It is free! Like the proverbial kid in a candy store, I joined groups, challenges, set goals............and ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 06:11:54 EST