KDYLOSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KDYLOSE KDYLOSE'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/ More Maine pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420528 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93b5ad48-3340-4e45-a1b0-93cf417b6c79.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is Jordan Pond, which is clearly a lake. We were going to just hike around it after our strenuous climb yesterday, but ended up climbing up one of the Bubbles, those two humps in the middle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5dfa495-996a-405f-82c4-c8db1de23771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here I am on top of South Bubble. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:54:40 EST Cadillac Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420195 Did someone request pictures? Hard to get one that does justice to the vista - ocean and islands on three sides, several granite moutaintops and fall foliage below. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6160b1fc-73e2-4cdf-8514-1fe1b3b268b8.jpg"> <BR> Daughter on the way up <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d45e6119-c0a4-4efa-b198-76af72f6a295.jpg"> <BR> Me near the top <BR> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:43:03 EST Made it to Maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419486 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51f4deb5-9dce-4c1a-9a27-384d25b7b39d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I'm not actually taller than my daughter, we were standing on a slanted walkway. Sun, 8 Oct 2017 20:43:51 EST scale finally moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404125 I'm finally losing a few pounds, why? Part of it is an inner shift in level of commitment that happens from time to time and is a mystery to me. <BR> <BR> What I haven't been doing: upping my exercise. I do a very intensive hour-long ST class twice a week, I go on mountain hikes sporadically, and I try to take a mile or two walk the other days but it ends up more like twice a week. <BR> <BR> What I *have* been doing lately is not eating at the top of my range most days. My range limit is 1... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:49:31 EST Textures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402744 Okay, this is my third blog today. Feeling very talkative. <BR> <BR> A few months back, I don't even remember the circumstances, but something was going on emotionally and I decided I was going to go to the grocery store and buy whatever I wanted most and eat it, and the heck with my diet for the day. Kind of a pre-planned binge. <BR> <BR> I spent a long time walking around that store, envisioning my choices. If I was going to do this, I was going to do it right and make it special. For som... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:46:31 EST Kitty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402703 It's been very interesting watching my kitty evolve. When I adopted him, he was 7 and had never been outdoors. I was in the city at the time so that's what I was looking for, but before that when I lived in the country I always had cats who could roam freely in the fields. <BR> <BR> So then I moved here and acquired a tiny back porch, less than 5 feet wide and about 20 feet long, and I decided to introduce my kitty to the outdoors. I took him out and attached him to a leash, whereupon he imm... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:39:50 EST Coming out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402657 KOTWBB referred to this as my Jew Coming Out and I will always think of it that way now. So the lady in my Y exercise class: I was going to tell her last Thursday but she wasn't there. She came yesterday and I talked to her after class, said "you know how you were telling me about going on vacation to a Christian community, well I'm Jewish and I just want you to know that, because I used to not say anything but after Charlottesville I'm not going to do that any more" or something like that, I... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:51:17 EST About passing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401261 I appreciate your responses to my Charlottesville post, but I couldn't help but notice that when I talked about 'passing', several took it to mean that I just 'let things pass'. I should have been more specific. What I was referring to is when light-skinned blacks 'pass' for white. (There are stories of blacks who did this their whole lives, especially right after slavery when there where many who were half-white due to landowner rapes and then they produced even lighter children.) <BR> <BR... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:01:57 EST Charlottesville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400898 As a Jewish person, I have to say that the sight of a crowd marching through the streets chanting "Jews will not replace us" has had a real impact on me. I was talking to my daughter about this yesterday morning, and we both feel that we will no longer just keep quiet and 'pass' in situations that we feel might be uncomfortable. We don't have Jewish names or the features these people expect us to have, so it's easy to do. <BR> <BR> Like the lady in my Y exercise class who was telling me all ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:45:09 EST Seems too good to be true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400119 For around six years now I've been getting A1C blood sugar tests at least every six months, after an initial diabetes reading at 6.8. All these years I've stayed, through strict diet, within the pre-diabetes zone, my results ranging from 5.7 to 6.2 <BR> <BR> This morning I went in for a routine visit with my GP and discover they are now set up to do the test right there in the office with a finger prick. It always involved a full blood draw and waiting for lab results before. <BR> <BR> So ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:50:37 EST My new son-in-law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397979 Painted last spring when he was the boyfriend, but I procrastinated and just finished it this week. When they announced their marriage on Facebook I wrote "Welcome to the family! You know you're going to have to keep sitting for me, right?" and he responded "I knew what I was getting into." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b6f552a0-2967-41e0-8f01-ddde33dcb3dd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:31:11 EST Hike time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396822 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6bd109a1-e72f-4a14-b2dd-22143ffb7e75.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I hiked a new trail in Catoctin Mountain National Park. It was only a four-mile round trip, and while it had some climbing, it was less steep than some of my other regular hikes. But you know how some days you just don't have as much energy? I notice this in my strength training class at the Y, some days are easier than others. Well this was a day where I felt like I was running out of... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 21:35:16 EST beach paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393217 Here's one I just finished of my sister-in-law and one I'm still working on of my cousin and her daughter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c3c27bf-91df-4f3d-89d3-50a60d84085f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4874eeda-d17b-463f-b7ea-47e2e5432095.jpg"> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:34:54 EST Finally back to the outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391976 Sat beside this waterfall today after a hike. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60992883-597f-43ed-9923-35e1e44763c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d6a9b6d-41e9-453f-a8df-7e9c6be32ec6.jpg"> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:17:03 EST I'm a probiotic believer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390886 This is a followup to my last blog, where I was having some strange symptoms that I decided were probably from taking too many antibiotics and messing up my gut flora. <BR> <BR> I've been taking a daily probiotic (Enzymatic Therapy Pearls) for three weeks now and I can't believe the difference in my stomach. Looking back, I see now how many Tums I was taking, how often I had that feeling that something was eating at my stomach lining. It was a faint feeling but it was there a lot and I was t... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:59:16 EST well that was weird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384554 I've had a very strange couple of days. I'm usually put off when people give long detailed descriptions of their medical problems, so I don't mind if no one wants to read this or comment, but it's been so weird I need to write it down. <BR> <BR> It started yesterday, right after I finished my latest course of antibiotics for a UTI. First, out of nowhere in the late morning I got some very strange chest pain that kind of felt like heartburn but it was different, not burning, just my chest was... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 17:50:41 EST Fourth of Julys past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383386 As I sit here watching one of the extravaganzas on tv, I can't help thinking back to the Fourth of Julys of my childhood in the 1950's. We lived on a court in a quiet, modest wooded suburb of Washington D.C. Every year my father's old army buddy, who had stayed in the service after the war and was now a colonel, would come to visit. It was the only time we saw him - Col. Siebert showing up on Fourth of July was like Santa at Christmas for us. <BR> <BR> In the evening my family would gather o... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 21:23:57 EST and still more paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a6f6c85-6e83-4689-ab60-5062f3a3a215.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c497563-99f0-4175-9d49-3437521602b3.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:29:37 EST A strange day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374745 My daughter called me yesterday morning. We are pretty close and she calls me at least once a week to talk so I wasn't expecting anything unusual. Out of the blue she announces that she and her boyfriend Chris are planning to get married at the courthouse the next day, not tell anyone, and have a real wedding later on. Apparently they weren't even going to tell their parents but decided maybe they should. (Duh!) <BR> <BR> A little background: I like Chris a lot, they seem like an extremely s... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:44:46 EST My back porch garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371581 It's small but I'm enjoying it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e15cc7e4-0745-4f5b-8c89-5c59bd3472b9.JPG"> <BR> sugar snap peas, sweet red peppers and eggplant. You can't see in the photo but I have twine strung between the porch columns that the peas are climbing on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d2f174b-df4e-436e-9da9-e1cee7bb8ac8.JPG"> <BR> three ledge containers of salad greens and herbs. That's my trusty 2001 Buick LeSabre in the... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:10:38 EST more paintings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370314 Had a busy week... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44e91dc1-f455-4064-8871-964508d75d2c.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89c043bf-ab43-45a1-8f5e-286725c3df8d.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 3 Jun 2017 12:06:47 EST Peter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/716dd060-28fc-4c2f-b35b-dda8500a488c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An interesting character, he owns a farm and a small printing business and also paints with us sometimes at the YMCA. We just started a new summer painting group in the upstairs workroom of his print shop, (the Y kicks us out in the summer because they need the room for summer camp) and until we get more members and money he's volunteered to model, so there may be more of studies of him to c... Wed, 24 May 2017 13:22:59 EST more men in my studio! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365561 My work was very female-heavy so this is nice. Guy on top left is daughter's boyfriend, the others are models. Girl is the one who couldn't come for her second sitting because she got arrested. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9e78970-57d7-438f-85a3-69802421c7c7.jpg"> Tue, 23 May 2017 10:03:24 EST fallen expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355952 I'm going in to take down my show today, this was the last weekend. I gallery-sat for three Saturdays during the month it was up, and it was a disheartening experience. Mostly I just sat there and watched people walk by my work without bothering to look at it, then go to other parts of the gallery where they scrutinized things attentively. I wasn't necessarily expecting anybody to buy my paintings, but I wasn't expecting them to be dismissed outright. <BR> <BR> Sitting there for hours watch... Mon, 1 May 2017 06:42:33 EST I have outsmarted the cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351986 So I'm gallery sitting again today, but this time I drove to Frederick an hour early and visited this cool health food supermarket where I made a big, scrumptious salad at the salad bar with hummus, tuna salad, pea sprouts and edamame beans. For crunchy bought a bag of spiced roasted chickpeas and for sweet, an 80% chocolate bar. This is what I needed to do, instead of bringing the same old foods I always eat from home and then wanting the goodies in the basement. <BR> <BR> Next time, stop... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:04:40 EST motivational surge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351477 After all these years on Spark, I feel like I know exactly what to do and how to do it to lose weight in terms of what foods to eat, tracking, and exercise. For me the exercise component is where I lose motivation and don't do enough to lose, only to maintain. And that's the sometimes missing ingredient - motivation. <BR> <BR> Just this week I seem to have gotten into a motivation groove and am suddenly feeling very in charge and confident about losing my winter weight. What is the change? T... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:16:23 EST doubts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345932 Yesterday was my second shift gallery-sitting at the my show (gallery is open Fri, Sat and Sun and I take my shifts on Saturday afternoons so I can drive back home over the mountain before dark). <BR> <BR> Turnout was pretty low, and once again most people totally ignored my work and spent their time looking at other things. I got one guy who really appreciated it and asked questions but he turned out to be another artist. Then this woman, on her way out the door, turns indignantly to her h... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 09:46:30 EST Show opening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342561 Well, my opening reception was about what I was expecting. Though unfortunately the turnout was low - the gallery has these receptions each month in conjunction with an event called Downtown Frederick First Saturday, which has live musicians playing on street corners and usually has thronged sidewalks in the historic district. But last night was pretty sparse, and most people think it's because of the Final Four basketball tournament on tv. Still, about 120 people wandered in and out over a p... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 07:59:34 EST Kate 1, mountain 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340896 About a month ago I wrote that I'd gone for my first spring mountaon hike - crazily early- and had to turn back halfway. Well guess where I am right now, at the top of the overlook. Only had to stop for one long break, which I used to download the spark phone app. But I can only type so much with one finger so bye. Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:40:20 EST That extra padding I put on that was kind of comfy in winter really bothers me in the spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339600 Yes I'm talking about you, extra six pounds of belly, and it seems like my face is fuller too. It's a good sign when I start to become very discontent, it means I will actually go the extra mile (kind of a pun there) and do something to make it go away. Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:57:31 EST My daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338918 I am so immensely proud of her. This is what she posted just now on Facebook. I was worried all day about her being out alone in Death Valley. <BR> <BR> <BR> I hiked DESOLATION CANYON at sunrise (it feels like it must be in all caps). It's the quietest place I've ever been. There are no plants to stir in the breeze, no animals to make noise. Nothing lives here. It's strange to think a place so serene was created by violence - the bright colored sediments were deposited by ancient volcanoes ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:50:52 EST duh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338795 I like my little apartment on the edge of town, it's small but well kept up and has everything I need. My one complaint has been that I can't just step out the door and take a walk. There's a great city park a mile away, but the way there is through an iffy neighborhood where nobody walks and I feel conspicuous. So I've been driving to the park, but that tends to make me procrastinate. <BR> <BR> This morning it suddenly dawned on me that if I walk a block the other direction and cross the h... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:06:43 EST reactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338277 I wrote an entry a few days ago about how I am having a problem when I have to gallery-sit alone, spending hours in boredom and isolation in a building with cookies and candy in the basement. I keep no sweets in my home, as I am unable to control my intake. When I'm around sweets, it's usually at social occasions with lots of people around and I am able to abstain or have a small taste. <BR> <BR> First of all, nobody responded. <BR> <BR> Then somebody gave me the helpful suggestion that I ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:50:31 EST yet another portrait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333495 This is Barbie, my sister's husband's sister. She sat for me late last summer and then never got back up for a final sitting until this week. Barbie's husband died suddenly of a heart attack about ten years ago. She had never worked outside the home. Now she's a manager at Panera and takes in roomers at the home that she's kept up. But last fall at her son's wedding she met a man, the divorced father of her son's bride's best friend, and they are having a big romance. He is well off and has a... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:46:12 EST Start Page - we have won a small victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331471 In case you didn't notice, due to our complaints, now when you go to the Start Page and filter the Community Goal Feed for "People I Follow", after you select that option a teeny tiny box will appear in the top center of the feed where you can check "make default filter" and shazamm, that nasty feed is filtered forever. It's still a totally useless waste of space, but at least it's constrained. <BR> <BR> So much for SparkGuy's glorious vision of one big, happy family singing kumbaya and shar... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:07:18 EST Visited one of my favorite places today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330471 The cemetery on a hill overlooking Harper's Ferry, where two rivers come together. It's so peaceful up here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a00659e7-e6d7-4bcc-8f0b-358c59d0c50f.JPG"> Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:21:33 EST I'm really happy with this one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323452 Now on to framing with my extremely limited woodworking skills. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16b6fed4-bf23-491d-bc2c-afeb40347312.jpg"> Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:13:22 EST sunburn in February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320977 Seeing as how the weather today was what it should be in mid-May, I had no choice but to set out on my first hike of spring on the Appalachian Trail. Boy, really saw how out of shape I'd gotten over the winter. The same climb that I could do last November with no rests, I had to stop for two long, sitting-down rests to wait for my lungs to stop hurting and my heartbeat to slow down. Leg muscles were up to it from strength training, but aerobic component is a little rusty! Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:32:40 EST Lot of people staring at me in my kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320899 Maybe I should pretend they're saying Nooo! Nooo! Back away from the refrigerator! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68e81f69-13c6-41e9-baa1-4acb7a645ae9.jpg"> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:59:22 EST thanks for your answers about doctors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313911 Sometimes it really helps just to know that other people have experienced the same thing and that you're not overreacting. This is the good side of the internet for sure. Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:41:10 EST This one took me back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312957 I felt like a dirty old lady while I was painting this young man - as I worked I was transported back to when I was his age, 25, and remembering what it felt like to cuddle up to my strapping young mustached boyfriend. I wonder if this is what all those male artists are thinking... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ea65951-e36e-4cf4-b2d4-7ad8209c60b1.jpg"> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 16:22:16 EST doctors, doctors everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312284 Is anyone else getting a bad attitude about having to go to more doctors as you get older? I went for my wellness checkup today and because of this visit I now have to see four more doctors - a urologist to determine if there's a reason I'm getting so many UTI's, a gyn exam, a sleep study to see if my CPAP is on the right settings (because I told the doctor I feel tired when I wake up in the morning, and that was his immediate response, not even considering any other reasons) and a colonoscop... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 11:34:34 EST more paintings for my show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306139 This model I only worked on for about two hours, then decided to leave it alone. My show will be a mix of paintings that I worked on for longer and shorter periods of time, showing both the underdrawing phase and the more finished phase. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c24cd1f-7b94-4454-b038-1dada3a5a78d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The wall of smaller still lifes will be for those who ask "Is that all you do is paint portraits?" <BR> <BR> Very frustrating trying to get the ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:50:30 EST Spark nutrition experts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304911 Most days I don't read any of the Spark featured articles - I just track, check my friend feed and page/blog comments, and maybe blog. But lately I clicked on two articles that left me dismayed. It appears that in some cases writers are being paid to just churn out stuff that they know little about. Or it certainly seems that way. <BR> <BR> The first article was about 'fake foods' that are bad for you - processed cheese, etc. Included on this list was fake chocolate chips, which, the writer ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 08:52:34 EST the march http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303433 Wasn't sure I wanted to blog about this because of who might leave comments. Then it occurred to me to set my page to private and post this, and by the time I set my page back to public the next day my blog won't be showing up in the Recent Blogs list. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was amazing to be part of this enormous crowd of people, the largest crowd by far that I've ever been in, just a massive sea of people united in being appalled by Donald Trump. I especially enjoyed seeing the other women ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:10:03 EST me and Amy at the mall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302728 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7a4cda8-f090-4f78-ba43-b0a5eef63b73.jpg"> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:48:01 EST sick but stayed on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301837 I'm very proud of myself this week. I've been the kind of sick - sinus infection or bug, I'm not sure - but the kind where you're too sick to do anything but lie around feeling miserable, yet not sick enough to lose your appetite. And you have lots of cravings for salt, sweet, fat and carbs coupled with feeling like your stomach can't handle proteins (except cheese!) or vegetables. <BR> <BR> Always a challenging place to be. And usually in the past I've just let myself go, gaining a few pou... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:01:35 EST pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299070 I have finally found my purpose in life: I am the Funny Mom on Twitter, like George's mom on Seinfeld. <BR> <BR> She takes screenshots of my text messages and posts them on her Twitter account so her friends can laugh at us old people. Now I know why she was bugging me to get a smartphone! <BR> <BR> (I should add, 99 percent of our communication is still done by old-fashioned phone call, so it's not an invasion of anything private.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:36:56 EST my new habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296692 You know how they say it takes 30 days to create a new habit? Well, I think it's working. I went back in my blogs to find the date, and since Dec. 1 I've been copying my Evening Meal of two hardboiled eggs and a tbsp of peanutbutter into each day's tracker ahead of time and eating it at 8 pm. There's been a few evenings where I was short of calories and dropped the peanutbutter, and one or two where I wasn't hungry and didn't eat it at all, but mostly I've just been eating this meal automatic... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:11:47 EST learning to change all or nothing thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295652 I'm very pleased with myself today. It was one of those days where I was hungrier than usual in the first half, and could see by afternoon that I was not going to be able to stay under 1550 calories. <BR> <BR> Many times in the past I have used this situation to stop tracking for the day, giving myself permission to go off track, eat whatever I want, and "start again tomorrow". Because the day was already ruined, right? My choices were 1550 calories or failure, and I had already failed. <B... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:54:07 EST