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/ A1C down two percentage points!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677143 It's not a huge victory, but it's the right direction. In October I was at 6.2% and now I'm at 6. Still not back to my low a year ago of 5.7, but way better than my high two years ago of 6.8! <BR> <BR> Also, the cat is out of the bag and that critter is not coming back. I announced formally today that I'm retiring at the end of May. I feel nothing but a flood of relief, punctuated by small moments of panic as I visualize running out of money. But I know I can pick up some part-time work. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:13:17 EST Everything's easier in the spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663472 I think it's safe to say it's finally here! Already I'm spending more time out of doors and generally moving more. And suddenly my body, which seemed perfectly fine for curling up during the winter, feels too heavy. Ugh, want to feel lighter. I find this to be a great motivator, as it's not some abstract goal but rather something I'm feeling all the time. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 12:19:39 EST Esophageal spasms, anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656343 Does anyone else get these? You start to eat a meal and your esophagus decides to try and turn itself inside out. I've had them for years, but only once in a while and they only lasted a few minutes. Sunday I had one that went on for 2 hours so now I've made a gastoenterologist appointment. I've read that peppermint oil can help relax the muscle contraction, hoping this is true as my appointment is not for two weeks. I don't have any other gastric-type problems, just this one weird thing. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:54:32 EST fighting the war with the army we've got http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641214 I was thinking this morning about how this week, for no apparent reason, I suddenly have a lot of momentum and energy, and am finding it easy to track, eat the right foods, and stay within range, after several weeks of struggling with these things. And I was thinking, I'm the kind of person who goes through a lot of waxing and waning cycles. I can't think of a better word for this off the top of my head, but it's just the way I am. And I was thinking, instead of trying to turn into a person w... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 09:53:35 EST complications to my little plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640288 My plan to retire at 64 is not looking as good. <BR> <BR> We met with a navigator for the Affordable Care Act, and it turns out that for us, health care would not really be affordable. Estimating our joint income for 2014, assuming that I don't work at all the second half of the year and that my husband continues to collect SS and work 32 hours a week at a low-paid job, we would make $3,000 too much to qualify for the actually affordable plans. <BR> <BR> We would be looking at at least $50... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:04:05 EST choosing to track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632650 So, after 10 days of eating only my Wheatbelly foods but not tracking them, I find that I kind of miss the tracking. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy my little holiday, but overall I think I feel more in control when I know how many calories I've eaten. <BR> <BR> Exercise, didn't do as well. I keep thinking spring and outdoor walking are just around the corner, so why keep battling with myself to do it indoors. I did make it to the gym for my usual weekend workouts and I did indoor tapes a few ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:16:34 EST Taking stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624618 Those of you who follow me know I've been all over the place lately, trying out different strategies, ever since my labs last fall said my blood sugar, which I'd gotten all the way down from diabetes to normal, was back up to pre-diabetes. <BR> <BR> I tried joining Weight Watchers, I tried committing to 10 minutes of exercise every day, and each of these got me initially super-motivated but then I didn't sustain it. I was supposed to return for new labs this month, but I postponed it a mont... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 09:52:00 EST Some thoughts about addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613824 Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has had me thinking about addiction, and how those of us who self-medicate with food are luckier than someone addicted to heroin. We injure our health slowly over a long period of time, but at least it's not going to kill us on the spot. <BR> <BR> This weekend, about the same time Hoffman was embarking on his last drug binge, something went wrong inside me. I came home from work Friday evening with good intentions, but as the evening wore on I went over my rang... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 09:56:22 EST In a good frame of mind this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608050 This week I'm not on an all-out push, but I'm exercising consistently every other day and I'm working in some fun foods while staying within my range. I think this is where I need to be, in a moderate and balanced place. If I go back to the doc and my blood sugar is still high, it's not the end of the world. I'll just keep working on it and go back again. Trying to get everything perfect by a certain date just doesn't seem to be working for me right now. It's worked sometimes in the past, bu... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:06:38 EST update on my WW experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603296 Well, I've decided I really like the Weight Watchers online tools and will continue to buy them for $15 a month, but the Weight Watchers at Work meetings aren't doing much for me and I'm not going to sign up for the next session. <BR> <BR> I like the tools because under the WW points system, I have an allotment of 26 points per day, which comes out to about 1200 calories, but then I also get a weekly allowance of 49 points to use any way I see fit - kind of like a kid with an allowance, it f... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:18:53 EST Finally feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593565 The bad news is I missed 8 days of exercise while I dragged around half sick, only had an appetite for salty/fatty foods, and gained two pounds (which I know is mostly temporary water weight). The good new is, I MISSED exercise. I missed salads and lean proteins. I missed my normal way of life! Today I just took my mile walk at lunch and I'm eating a big kale salad, so I am officially back. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:40:46 EST an extremely good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584919 I am pleased to announce I have exercised 7 days in a row and tracked all morsels of food! And maybe even more importantly, I'm fitting in some "fun" food so I won't crash and burn out of boredom and deprivation. Anyone had Mary's Crackers? They're in the health food section at Krogers and are so delicious, yet somehow not a trigger food for me. I've been counting them out to make my own private hors d'oeuvre plate with crackers and low-fat cream cheese. They're made of whole brown rice, quin... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:21:01 EST found a great high intensity low impact video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575697 I'm really liking jessicasmithtv on youtube. She has a 9-minute video of high intensity interval training that's extremely easy on the knees. As she says herself, it's a little unusual.... but it does the job. I do it twice in a row and I'm good to go. <BR> <BR> It's called <BR> 9-Minute, Low Impact High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workout <BR> here's the link <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdgnOnaSq<BR>UY Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:40:06 EST About that missing icecream portion-control gene... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568617 Why oh why won't the grocery store sell single-serving cups of sugar-free icecream? <BR> <BR> After some thought I decided I really needed to add some icecream - the only sweet I miss - to my program in order to not feel deprived and go off track. So yesterday on my lunch hour I purchased a half-gallon of lowfat, sugar-free icecream and a package of small paper cups, planning to portion out and freeze it in single servings. I even tracked a cup of it ahead of time to eat that evening. <BR> ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:39:06 EST Deadlines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563416 Well, this seems to be working extremely well. I think for me it's all about the weekly weigh-in. Knowing I have to walk in there on Wednesday and step on a scale and have my weight recorded by someone gives me an immediate reason, when I'm sitting on the couch in the evening and want another snack, to not say "Oh, I'll go a little over my range a little today but I'll get serious again tomorrow." <BR> <BR> My 2.4 lb loss is not going to show up on my weight tracker because I never moved it ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:26:53 EST In the groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559937 I haven't felt this on-track in a really long time. Great feeling. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 18:10:11 EST and so I begin my double life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557357 I weighed in at my first Weight Watchers at Work meeting yesterday, up 4 pounds from my low of last April. (Which, if it weren't for my blood sugar issue, I would think was not a big deal.) Anyway, I'm going to be tracking for the next 3 months with their online tools, using points instead of calories, but I'm keeping my community activity over here. <BR> <BR> Tracking points isn't really any different than tracking calories, though I do feel that just shaking up my routine in any way will h... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:03:10 EST Spark is my lifestyle but I may need to go on a diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552074 Well, I have to go back and get my blood sugar tested/see the doc in February and this time the 3 month deadline is not having its magical effect on my motivation. I'm eating the right foods and I've upped the exercise, but I'm eating too many calories to lose weight - actually inched up a couple since I saw her - and I just don't seem to care. I'm in that "oh I'll start tomorrow but right now I've used up my calories and I want to eat " frame of mind. So I'm contemplating joining the Weight ... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:49:46 EST Saving the day at the last moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549762 Yesterday started out good - I tracked my high-protein breakfast, put on my gym outfit and went out to run errands in the late morning while waiting for the Y to open at 1:00 so I could do my weekly circuit on the ST machines. One of my errands was in a grocery store, and I was craving a treat. So I bought a pack of sugar-free Eskimo Pies, the smallest sugar-free icecream available in the store. It contains 6 individually wrapped servings. This always presents a problem for me, as I was bor... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:17:36 EST the motor's running, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542673 I'm starting to feel like an old car. You know, the kind where it still runs fine but lots of little parts are starting to wear out. This week I've got my right hand in a splint because I have what is either a painful overuse injury or osteoarthritis in the base of my thumb. My eye doctor told me yesterday I have macular edema and if it doesn't clear up I'll need to get steroid shots in my eye. And I learned two weeks ago that my blood sugar and blood pressure are both inching up the wrong di... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:31:17 EST MUST SEE VIDEO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537376 I was just cruising around on the blog of a Sparker who just hit goal weight, and I found this video she linked to in 2011. This is the most motivating reason to exercise I have ever seen. I don't know if the link will work from here but you can copy/paste it into your browser. <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HI<BR>Go <BR> <BR> or just go to YouTube and search for "23 and 1/2 hours" <BR> <BR> I may watch this every day for a while. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:17:48 EST Feeling more energetic already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535489 No matter how many times I tell myself this intellectually, I don't really know it until I experience it again: I fall off my exercise routine due to events or illness, and then I don't get back on for a while because I'm always too tired. Then finally I make myself start exercising again, and within days I have so much more energy. Not exercising is a vicious cycle that leaves me feeling too sluggish to exercise. Exercising makes me restless for more. Why is something so simple so hard for ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 06:38:39 EST News I didn't want to hear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527398 First of all let me apologize for being so absent lately. Blogging is only one of the habits I've been getting out of, the other being exercise. <BR> <BR> Which leads to the news I didn't want to hear - I went back for a new A1C glucose test after six months, and my numbers are up. They're not back up to diabetes levels, but they're in prediabetes. Here's the way it's scored, and below are my numbers. <BR> <BR> Normal -- below 5.7 <BR> Prediabetes -- 5.7 to 6.4 <BR> Diabetes -- 6.5 or ab... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00:48 EST I'm baaack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499234 My vacation was wonderful, very relaxing and we had perfect weather the whole time. Did a lot of walking on the beach, day trips and reading, never even got around to painting. Didn't lose any weight but didn't gain either. Now we head further into my favorite time of year, all is good. I hope my Sparkfriends are doing well. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:13:25 EST vacay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484410 I'm taking my vacation for the next two weeks at the beach in Delaware. Planning to work on some paintings, take a lot of walks on the beach, and enjoy lots of seafood. I'll have access to my tablet through wireless, but no desktop computer, which means typing is difficult. See you! Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:20:10 EST Slinkily victorious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474358 I had mentioned earlier that I was to attend a wedding in a slinky wrap dress and wanted to feel good in it. Well, it was great. I danced like a banshee and generally felt extremely slinky. I could tell all those weekends of strenth training at the gym had really paid off. <BR> <BR> My Zumba Gold class starts tonight at the Y, which is great because I didn't realize how much I missed dancing. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:24:51 EST I have taken control of my... tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467629 Sounds silly, but there were so many of them I was feeling overwhelmed trying to process these things around my work schedule. Now I've discovered homemade tomato paste. I just fill my largest pot with cut up tomatoes, olive oil and salt and simmer for about 5 hours till it cooks down to this outrageous paste, which I then freeze in one-cup portions. Bring it on, 13 tomato plants, I'm ready!!! Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:46:26 EST Okay, this isn't working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464836 I've now crept up 4 pounds from my low in April, and there's no mystery to it. I'm simply not tracking. I track at work and then don't bother when I get home, figuring I'll just estimate in my head for the rest of my calories. Figured that as long as I stay strictly on my WheatBelly diet I don't really need to track. Well, the results are in and this doesn't work for me. <BR> <BR> I'm going to a wedding next weekend for which I found a slinky wrap dress and I want to feel slinky, dang it. S... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:41:18 EST What a zoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445111 I've been dogsitting for my daughter since Thursday. Benny is a nice dog but he goes ballistic over cats and I have three, so it's kind of crazy when he's here. Just to top things off, while walking Benny along the edge of a cornfield Friday evening I was adopted by a frantic abandoned kitten. Now, my older cats know to keep their distance from Benny, but this kitten was following me around the house all weekend, crying when he couldn't see me, and getting way too close to the dog. And Benny ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:41:04 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434130 So why haven't I blogged in a month? <BR> <BR> 1) Seems like not much new is going on <BR> <BR> 2) Busy weeding, tending and dealing with produce from my vegetable garden, the biggest issue being how to keep my gynormous tomato plants from falling over no matter how much I stake them <BR> <BR> and number 3, the real reason - embarrassment that I haven't been tracking my food, after stating several times that I was going to. What is my problem? I'm still following my WheatBelly plan and I... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:40:13 EST My gourmet life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402182 As I trundled off to work this morning it struck me what a great spread I was taking along in my little plastic containers: <BR> <BR> For breakfast: Trader Joe's smoked herring tossed with some greek yogurt <BR> <BR> Morning snack: Fresh slices of kohlrabi from my garden with roasted garlic hummus <BR> <BR> Lunch: A home-made improvised chicken pie made with eggplant from my garden, red peppers and onions, and a grain-free crust of almond meal, flax meal and olive oil. <BR> <BR> It don't... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:08:15 EST taking stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358644 Well, it's now almost month and a half since I got my great lab results. So what have I done since then? Stuck to my Wheatbelly food plan; exercised great on some days but not as consistently as I was; and gained a pound. So I'm just in a holding pattern. And this is okay, I needed a break after the intense push I'd been on. But where does the break end and the long slide into laziness and procrastination begin? I think right about here. My next goal is just 10 pounds, I just want to get into... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:45:59 EST Chapter 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347042 My weight hasn't moved in a while, and I'm still 20 pounds over what was my normal weight in my 20s and 30s, but it seems like my body is changing shape. I'm smaller proportionally through the hips and middle than I ever remember being. I like how it feels so much, I keep wondering why I didn't do this sooner. (Duh, because I needed the threat of a heart attack to get serious.) <BR> <BR> Lots of drama still at work, which may ultimately be a good thing if it spurs me into moving on and leav... Mon, 6 May 2013 07:32:49 EST I heart tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332917 So I decided after my last post that I'd take a week off from tracking (but stay on my food plan) just to mix things up and take a break. Well, I miss tracking. I miss knowing how many calories I have left for evening snacks. I miss the absence of anxiety - without tracking, I find myself at the end of the day going over what I ate in my head, wondering if I went off the deep end. So much simpler to just put it in writing and not give it another thought. <BR> <BR> Husband is tilling up big v... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:05:48 EST meh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325280 Now that the three months where I was on fire to lower my blood sugar are over, I'm missing that intense motivation. I'm still absolutely motivated to stay on the Wheatbelly food plan, but when it comes to tracking calories and exercising more in order to lose more weight .... not so much. Even with no sugar and very low carbs, it's still possible to overeat. Believe me, I proved it last night and am paying for it with indigestion. <BR> <BR> Reasons I should work to lose the last 20 pounds, ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:34:13 EST The next big thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315938 My friend VTORIA3 asked me whither to next, now that I successfully got my lab numbers down. I thought about this and realized that I want to continue this Wheatbelly diet as a way of life, and would want to even if I didn't need to lose weight or keep my blood sugar down. What's so enjoyable about it is the feeling of control I have, control that comes from not having carb cravings. I'd give up a lot of foods to keep this feeling. It makes me feel more self-confident in all areas of my life.... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 13:40:41 EST Am I nuts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311013 I think the most surprising thing to me about this plan I've been following so successfully the last three months is how many nuts I'm eating. Even after years of hearing about good fats, I was still wary of them because they're so "fattening." <BR> <BR> Now I'm eating at least three servings of nuts a day - 1/4 cup almond flour in my morning muffin, an ounce of almonds for a midmorning or midafternoon snack, and at least one tbsp of peanutbutter in there somewhere, sometimes two. Plus I spr... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 06:59:47 EST Victory is mine!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309848 After 3 months of no sugar, no grains, and losing 7 pounds, my A1C has gone from 6.8 to 5.5 - I'm not even in the pre-diabetic range, I'm in the NORMAL range!!! I am so excited!!! <BR> <BR> Also my cholesterol went from 210 to 166. Been eating more good fats. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 08:56:37 EST my own private eggplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307592 I made an eggplant dish this weekend that was so good I decided not to share it with my husband. <BR> <BR> For the sauce I used just tomato paste and Trader Joe's pesto, only added a little water. I made a crust of almond and flax meal with olive oil, baked it, then layered roasted eggplant circles and mushrooms and topped with the sauce, then baked until the sauce began to caramelize. It's so rich. And he'd rather eat chili anyway. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:27:05 EST Day of reckoning approaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302956 Well, I got my blood drawn before work this morning and will see the doctor next Thursday for the results. She's rechecking both my blood sugar and cholesterol. I 'm hoping so much that they've gone down, even if only a little bit, just to show that I can do it. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say that I could not have eaten better than I did the last 3 months. I didn't always hit my goal of 30 minutes aerobics 5 days, ST 2 days, but my eating was perfect. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:56:55 EST An interesting perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298298 There's a passage in today's featured article that I really liked: <BR> <BR> "Almost every persistent behavior happens for a good reason—no matter how many problems it may cause. You rarely do the “wrong” thing because that’s what you want to do, or because you literally can’t stop yourself—you do it because there is some payoff... <BR> <BR> So if you’re having trouble resisting that sweet tooth of yours, for example, don’t waste time blaming yourself or trying to figure out what’s wrong wi... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 14:08:11 EST Upper arm denial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293581 For the past few years I've been focused on losing the huge tire of fat around my middle, but now that it's gone down quite a bit (along with my butt, as my husband points out - I can't see it, but I'll take his word for it) I'm finally ready to take a look at my flabby upper arms. I think I've just been tuning them out, or maybe they've gotten flabbier as I've lost weight. Whatever, they are embarrassing. So I've started serious doing arm ST with my 5-pound barbells. Hoping I'll see some res... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:55:48 EST Time out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287489 My reaction to being disappointed about not losing enough weight was to take two days off from tracking and exercise. Sounds like the opposite of what I should have done, but I've found over the past few years that sometimes I have to let my emotions run their course before I can get back on track wholeheartedly. I didn't binge or eat any foods not on my plan, probably ate at the top of my maintenance range. Now I'm over it and ready to resume the downward progress, slow as it may be... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:14:42 EST A little flustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285109 Well, it's been almost 10 weeks since my doctor gave me three months to try and get my blood sugar down, and I've lost 6 pounds. When I look at it that way it's not bad, but most of it was lost in the first month and now lately it's been frustratingly slow. <BR> <BR> I'm sticking religiously to my eating and tracking, so it's not that. I was exercising more consistently at the beginning because I was just doing a straight 30 minutes every night on my Gazelle in front of the TV, and I was ve... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:46:32 EST cookin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271363 I'm having a little kitchen marathon. Started out this morning with a chicken and a beef shank bone. Now I have a huge pot of beef-vegetable soup and an interesting chicken dish in a creamy sauce (pureed cauliflower, soy milk, lowfat cream cheese, parmesan, pesto, olive oil, garlic) with butter beans, black-eye peas, mushroooms, eggplant, onions and peppers. Still have to make the salad. This will last us through Wednesday at least. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:11:50 EST My incredible salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268555 My salad today has: <BR> <BR> romaine <BR> fresh baby kale <BR> red peppers <BR> walnut and pecan pieces <BR> feta cheese <BR> 4 oz poached salmon <BR> dressing of mayo and greek yogurt with spices <BR> <BR> It's 400 calories but I won't be hungry all afternoon and I feel like I'm having an enormous treat. Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:40:01 EST Finally made it to the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261007 I usually go to the Y to strength-train for an hour on the machines Saturday morning, and I've been planning for a few weeks to go back and go swimming on Sunday. But the lap lanes on Sunday aren't available till 2:30 pm, by which time I've lost my steam. So I decided to try switching days, went swimming this morning. It's not as hard to get myself to the gym on Sunday, or I might even go back later today. (Only about 2 miles away) <BR> <BR> Anyway, swimming is such a great workout and it fe... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:08:56 EST Adapting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260063 I've had two huge bags of salmon and cod in my freezer for months - the kind that contain about 10 raw fillets, each one shrinkwrapped in plastic - and I wasn't eating them. Finally had to admit to myself that for some reason I consider it too much trouble to come home from work, cut open the shrinkwrap and cook the fillet. <BR> <BR> So last weekend I decided to adapt to myself. I cut open all the fillets, laid them out in a big roasting pan, blenderized a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:22:10 EST I just bought a chair aerobics dvd and I'm not embarassed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253547 After a few weeks of doing 30 minutes on the Gazelle five nights a week, my knees are killing me. I feel so stuck, afraid I'll make them worse but wanting to keep up the aerobics and clearly not going to make it to the pool. So today I researched chair aerobics tapes, and this one looks like a serious workout. I'll let you know how it goes... <BR> <BR> LATER... Yep, it's a serious workout. My blood is definitely pumping. Your lower half doesn't just sit there - you have to raise both legs ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:45:04 EST Been here before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250185 This is a familiar point in the journey. A month and a half ago when my doctor announced my blood sugar results, I gained a new burst of motivation which led me to pretty easily stick to my diet and exercise and drop 5 pounds. But sooner or later that initial burst wears off and you're looking at the long haul. <BR> <BR> This week I began to slide a little. I still ate only the foods on my plan and tracked all day, but I didn't bother to track every bite of dinner and evening snack, just "... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:47:45 EST