KITCHENCLOWN's SparkPeople Blog KITCHENCLOWN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Favorite Christmas Gift This morning I weighed in on that blasted *&^% wireless scale at 159.9 pounds. Six months ago, I weighed 146.9 and come hell or high water, I will not allow myself to re-gain all that weight I worked so hard to lose. <BR> <BR> Having listened patiently to me whine about my weight, as a Christmas gift my dear friend Diane gave me a 1994 collectors’ edition of the Richard Simmons Deal –A – Meal - Plan. It was in the original packaging, shrink wrap and all. I guess Diane meant it as a joke. She... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:52:39 EST Coping with Failure is not the Answer My Dear Spark Friends, <BR> In this bleak pre-dawn darkness I sit here and must face the cold hard facts I can no longer deny. Over the last 5 months, I have gained 8 pounds, and the 2 pairs of skinny jeans I bought 6 months ago ($99/pair) no longer fit. The only person I can find to blame is me. <BR> If you have read my previous blogs, you know I have been seeking an answer to my problem for some time. Sadly, I must report that nothing has worked. But am I giving up? Not No, but H... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:46:54 EST Keeping the Motivation It is 7 a.m. where I live and this morning in the cold hard light of dawn, I am trying to figure out how I lost the motivation I used to shed 30 pounds. Unless I know what triggers this senseless behavior of over eating and behaving like a couch potato, I will never reach and keep my goal weight and the healthy lifestyle for which I yearn. <BR> <BR> The truth hurts, but here it is: Over the past 3 months, I have regained 7.5 pounds! Why am I still not back on track with this "Spark Peop... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:38:55 EST Kentucky Fried Cheatin' No, I have not gotten "back on track". I am still avoiding that Aria scale like the plague. (Because I have another scale, I know I have gained 5 pounds.) My Fitbit tracker thinks I've died, and Spark People should disown me. This morning I vowed to get my life back in order and stop this madness. So, what did I do? Well, following church we stopped at KFC. I was absolutely craving the "Original Recipe Chicken" and that is exactly what I ordered. My food was served at the counter in a paper b... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 19:15:14 EST How Can I Lose the Training Wheels? Whittling away all but that last 6.5 pounds was a battle worth winning. This Spark People thing was really working for me and my goal was within sight. As the pounds seemed to melt away, I became more and more confident in my success. Actually, to be brutally honest I must tell you that I became overconfident. I decided that I did not need to log every bite that passed my lips; I could do this on my own. So, I shed the virtual "training wheels", or Spark People Trackers, Fitbit and Aria from ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 06:40:51 EST Is this the Answer? For the past 16 years I have been retired and enjoying most of the things I had planned to do when I reached the end of a career that spanned 30 years. Throughout my working years as a teacher, librarian and district administrator, I was always active and always on the move. I seldom had to worry about my weight. <BR> Now I live a fairly sedentary life in a small rural community in Tennessee, and regrettably, my carefully constructed retirement plan resulted in my gaining a whopping 4... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 16:46:15 EST