KITT52's SparkPeople Blog KITT52's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring Time is here Everyone knows spring is suppose to be here but it has only been about a week of warm temps and that it really did feel like spring in Ohio..... <BR> <BR> I have been spring cleaning for about a month, trying to get things done my <BR> <BR> Today was my day to get my spring clothes out..... <em>41</em> ..I was wondering what new things I might need and well the truth is I was wondering if the old things would fit....I have worked very hard the last 4 months to get back to my ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:25:38 EST Happy Easter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Healthy and Happy Easter........ <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>67</em> <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <em>453</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:52:18 EST Good Morning World I'm up early today as I have so much to get done..... <BR> <BR> I decided to get up and exercise then check in with spark people so I could have the rest of the day to complete my long list of things to get done.... <BR> <BR> Planning always helps me stay on track........ <BR> <BR> The weather has turned cold again so I was on the bike this morning....hoping to get to the treadmill later today.... <BR> <BR> I'll be sort of away from Sparkpeople for a few days as we are having family with ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:46:51 EST Positive Progress everyday Spring seems to bring the positive out in me.....I want to go outside more and get more exercise...... <BR> <BR> This morning I got a real positive kick...I was down one more pound....and try not to let the scale set my tone for the day but the truth is seeing a lower number on the scale does make me smile from eat to ear...I still work hard everyday to do my best..... <BR> ..... <BR> One of the best positive things from my journey is my DH, Gary has picked up on my healthy life style. It wa... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:42:50 EST positive progress This morning as I was working out, walking on the treadmill my mind wondered back to the first time I was on what I use to call the DREADMILL.....when I first started I was lucky to do 15 minutes and not liking it much at all....I have come a long way ....this morning 90 minutes went by so fast I could not believe it.....I am prove that it can be done....(for those who don't know I'm 61 and in 2006 I weighed 347 pounds)....I learned from spark people and people I meet here that I just needed ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:19:26 EST Happy April it was a beautiful day, sunny and warm....hope it lasts..... <BR> <BR> My goals for April are the same as March, watching portion and getting a extra workout after dinner... <BR> this has worked for me since the first of the year..I am getting closer to my goal weigh...again... <BR> tomorrow is weigh in day ....I am sure I lost my usual half pound per week...this works for me.... <BR> <BR> have a healthy day..find what works for you and keep going...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:08:02 EST My 2 month Streak Today is my 2 month streak...I started a streak to exercise a second time 3 times a week after dinner.... <BR> I started with the idea of 3 days a week at least 15 minutes.....but I was able to do it every day but one for at least 30 minutes.....I am going to continue for as long as I seems a good way to have some me time, digest my dinner better and even eat less ..... <BR> I enjoy setting goals or starting streaks to keep me interested in my healthy life style plan...... <BR> <BR>... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:36:28 EST A few things I have learned on Spark People It does matter what I eat.... <BR> <BR> I will never reach my goal if I think I can't..... <BR> <BR> I can eat way less food and still not starve........ <BR> <BR> I learned that portions is the best way to keep on track, and yes I am happy with a half a cup of ice cream ... <BR> <BR> and I can be happy without fast food....soda pop and candy bars <BR> <BR> I can start each day with a smile and a thanks to God for my strong body... <BR> <BR> and exercise is not only good for but fun...... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 08:39:28 EST This really spoke to me today Pixie sent this to me today and it really spoke to me... <BR> Sometime when we slip up we wonder how can we get that spark back.....this really seems to hit home with me.....thought I would share....... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Whatever you want in life, start today. ... <BR> Not tomorrow - today. <BR> Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning. <BR> Your happiness depends on starting today - every day." <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:47:27 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Happy and Healthy St. Patrick's Day.... <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:25:08 EST Starting another week Today is the start to another healthy week.. <BR> I have my dinner menu all set for the week, we are having fish twice this week, my part of my lenten offering. I have my exercise plan all mapped out, I am still doing an extra workout in the afternoon or after dinner, what ever works out for my schedule... <BR> I will be attending soup dinner at the church Tuesday, we went last week and it was very uplifting... <BR> <BR> I have learned a lot about nutrition since joining Sparkpeople , but th... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:47:20 EST Happy Days The sun is shining I'm down another half pound this week. I seem to be on a roll again... <BR> My journey has had it's up and downs like most of life..... <BR> I really have been so lucky to have sparkpeople friends and my family for support and encouragement.... <BR> I do work hard each day and try and do my best....this journey is not about being perfect or with out ups and downs but it about what to do to be healthy and happy... <BR> As I have stated many times find what works for you and ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:47:56 EST Happy March Today was weigh in day ...I'm doing the happy Dance...... <em>185</em> ..I am down .5 pounds again...I am making slow but steady living a healthy life style and making small changes really does work..... <BR> I have been asked what went wrong and why did I gain weight back....the answer is easy I ate more than my body needs to function ....I am one of those people who has to be very mindful of each morsel of food I put in my this fair....heck no but it's the facts..... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:40:59 EST it's almost March Feb. sure did go by was a good month for me...I stayed on track and found healthy ways to keep going with my plan and closer to my goal....... <BR> My goal for Feb. was to loose 2 pounds, I know that doesn't seem like much but it's half pound a week...that is a goal I can reach and not feel like I am starving or being deprived...this works for me... This is a plan I can live with...that is important to my success..and that is what Spark People is all about. Finding a plan that wor... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:10:05 EST Have a Healthy Week Just a quick hello..... <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Planning is a sure way to success..... <BR> <BR> What have you planned for..... <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <em>311</em> <em>361</em> <em>102</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:28:16 EST Fab Feb. Today I reached my Feb. goal....I still have a way to go to get to my goal weight of 140..I am at 149.5... <BR> this has been a rough road some days....I made a promise to myself to get back to where I need to be... <BR> I am going to stick with it till I get there...and then I need to stay there...I have gone up 10 pounds and down...I need to find a way to stay between 140 to 145....I know I can do this, it will always be work but i can do it..... <BR> <BR> So today I am a head of my goals,... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:23:53 EST Having a good day Hard for me to believe its already Feb.16....only 13 more days to March.... <BR> Hoping March has less cold and snow...I want <em>67</em> and <em>125</em> <BR> it sure has been a cold snowy winter..... <BR> <BR> Planning my meals for the week..trying to find a few new things to keep things fresh and new.. <BR> <BR> I have been doing great on my exercise, wondering when it got to be my favorite time of the day... <BR> working on puzzles as well...trying things to help me not get to cr... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:52:44 EST Happy Valentine's Day <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> HAVE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY..... <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:23:06 EST Kindness KINDNESS IS THE LANGUAGE THE BLIND CAN SEE. <BR> .......AND THE DEAF CAN HEAR.... MARK TWAIN <BR> <BR> some one send this to me yesterday with a nice letter about how much simple kindness can mean in a persons life...... <BR> <BR> This is so true, sometimes just a smile can change a person's with Valentine's day being here, remember a small kind act can make a difference.... <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Valentine's Day.... <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:59:08 EST Sweet Surprise I got the sweetest surprise this morning...My spark page was given the honor for the spark page of the day from a wonderful team I'm on ...ROOTING FOR RUBY... <BR> <BR> I am so honored...we had a challenge to decorate our page for Valentine' if your bored or want to get a Valentine ( a joke ) please stop by my page...... <BR> <BR> With the cold weather this has warmed me up a bit....thanks everyone for your sweet comment and all the goodies...I do love you all, and happ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:55:52 EST Snowy Sunday Today is a snowy looks more like Christmas out there ....I guess it is Feb. in Ohio..... <BR> <BR> I am planning my meals for the week...I bought some turkey tenderloin, and going to roast it so I have lean protein for the week....I have also baked my eggs for the egg whites....baking them has been fun easy and they egg tastes better, DH says the yolks are creamy.... <BR> <BR> I have been on track following my plan since the new year...I am proud to say things seem to be <BR> ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:54:12 EST Winter time in Ohio Yep it's winter here in North East Ohio... <BR> We have about 2 inches of snow and some ice...during the night the snow turned to rain and then back to we have snow under and over ice....we are staying home today and staying safe.... <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a healthy day and be safe....... <BR> <BR> nice day for soup and to read a good book..... <em>244</em> .... <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:16:31 EST What a beautiful day The sun is out and it is warm today...we went shopping and had great day...I can't wait for spring to be here... <BR> <BR> I found free videos for strengthening muscles if any one is interested...... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>deos </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> there are some very easy check it out if you need something new to give you a new spark or too <BR> <BR> have a healthy day...... <em>252</em> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:51:34 EST DO YOU USE COUPONS I read this today here on spark people wonder what you think....Just yesterday on of the teams I'm on asked the QUESTION DO YOU USE COUPONS....NOW I KNOW WHY I REALLY DON'T USE THEM.... <BR> DO YOU AGREE WITH THE ARTICLE..... <BR> <BR> TUESDAY, Jan. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Clipping coupons to trim your food budget might be bad for your waistline and your health, a new study suggests. <BR> <BR> The study found that coupons offered by grocery stores often chop the costs of calorie-laden ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:41:34 EST My Thoughts for this cold Tuesday Today I read a blog from a friend Barb (BARBARAROSE54)....she dedicated it to her friend and mine RAINBOWMF (Mary) got me to thinking just how rainbows do effect our thoughts....I mean who doesn't like a rainbow or thoughts of a rainbow or pictures of a rainbow.... <BR> We are having a really cold windy winter and I am getting really down about it until I saw Barbs blog, and it got me to thinking about the beauty in rainbows..this is what I posted to her blog <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:40:08 EST cold out there I don't have much to say except it sure is cold out there.... <BR> It was only 15 today but the wind was blowing and so it was below zero.... <BR> I went to Wal mart to get fresh veggies and fruit for the week end because it's suppose to snow.... <BR> we are set for the week end and let's hope this cold weather goes away already..... <BR> <BR> on the positive side the sun was out all day so it looked beautiful but it sure was cold.... <BR> <BR> have a healthy week end.... <em>381</em> ....... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:29:58 EST What an Honor I am so honored to be chosen Ruby-lite of the year from the spark team ROOTIN FOR RUBY.. <BR> I want to thank everyone for the goodies, posts on my spark page and all the kind words...It all means so much to me.. <BR> I have been with Spark People for almost 8 years now....I lost over 200 pounds and have kept off 200 pounds for just over 4 years....I am still struggling with 10 pounds, it goes and it comes back, it goes annd boy it come back.... <BR> But I have decided to focus on what I have... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:30:09 EST funny but true I snagged this from was posted and it sure gave me a huge smile for the day.... <BR> <BR> <BR> --------------TOP TEN REASONS GOD CREATED EVE--------- <BR> <BR> 10. God worried Adam would be lost in the Garden of Eden, because he wouldn't ask for directions. <BR> <BR> 9. God knew that someday Adam would need someone to hand him the remote. (It has been noted that men don't want to know what's ON TV, they want to see WHAT ELSE is on). <BR> <BR> 8. God knew that Adam would ne... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:04:19 EST Sunny Tuesday I always feel better when it is sunny...... <BR> Today as I was waiting in line at the store I was talking to a young women, she appeared to be maybe 30 or so....she asked me about the South Beach diet bars I was buying....She asked if there were good and if they helped loose weight...she did not appear to need to loose weight but she was using a scooter and had a cane ....I told her a very short version of my weight loss and how the bars helped me get through the rough times of wanting to ea... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:14:09 EST Saturday Have a wonderful something nice for your deserve it.. <BR> <BR> eat healthy , get some exercise, feel good about your self....... <BR> <BR> treat yourself like you are your best friend....because you are....learn to love your self as much as you do others.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the changes in my life are positive, because I made them that way.....and so can you... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:36:17 EST Interesting food facts I was reading an article about food and the confusion most of us have....I know there are time when I read labels that I am so surprised or see the eat this not that.... <BR> today I was reading an article from a nutrition expert named Marie Grace Berg, she is also a RN.... <BR> she was talking about belly fat and hormones...I can't say I completely agree with the story about belly fat...but she talked about food that some times we think are healthy , they are pushed as healthy and the words ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:45:50 EST cold day Boy is it cold out there...if you don't have to go out don't...those below temps can be dangerous to you and your pets..... <em>338</em> <em>200</em> <em>239</em> ..they want to be warm too <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is safe.... <BR> <BR> Kitt Mon, 6 Jan 2014 15:01:17 EST Sunday Blog Not sure I have a blog in me today... <BR> I have had 5 good day in a row, the last 2 I have worked hard on eating slower...and have done very well... <BR> I am surprised how well it has gone and it has made a difference as well...I do seem to get feel more satisfied ...I know that it will take time to get this in grained in my slow...I have tried to eat slow before and do good for a while then slip back into old habit..... <BR> I have asked DH to remind me in a gentle way to eat... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:08:09 EST reviewing my success I have time today to look back and see what I have done well and also what I have not done so well.. <BR> <BR> I am very proud o say exercise has become a very big part of my life.....I use to count down the days before my rest day, the day I did not have to I have to figure out when was the last day I took a break...we all need a break... <BR> <BR> I now always eat breakfast, a healthy breakfast...fiber one cereal , greek fat free yogurt, blueberries, flax seed and fish oil... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:05:55 EST Happy and Healthy New Year <em>408</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Hope we all have a Healthy and Happy New Year <BR> <BR> I'm making plans for a healthy 2014....I'm sticking with Spark People and finding ways to eat health and exercise most days....there is not real secret to losing doesn't happen over night and it doesn't come's a way of live and you have to work at it every day if you are to be successful.... <BR> <BR> Good Luck friends, thanks for your friendship and support this year... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:09:34 EST Beautiful Weather Today here in Ohio.. Dec 28th .... 54 degrees..I can't believe it....I have been out most of the day enjoying the sun and the warmth.....We are going out to dinner tonight for the New Year, we always go out for dinner on the eve's but we decided to go tonight when we can enjoy the weather, have a better time..... <BR> On New Year's eve we will be home in the warm house as we know it's just a matter of time before the cold, snow and wind are back <BR> <BR> everyone have a healthy ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 15:17:12 EST the next day Well I made it through another <BR> we all had a wonderful day's great to be with family and friends... <BR> <BR> Today is a new day and time to stick with my healthy lifestyle....I enjoyed a few special treats.. <BR> <BR> I took all the goodies I had left over from the Christmas party to my Dads and my brother will take to work today to share with his friends, most don't have family so enjoy when ever he takes them our over abundant thighs are ha... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:50:10 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS HOPE EVERYONE HAS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS <BR> <BR> AND A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> AND MAY GOD BLESS US ALL .... <em>334</em> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 10:52:54 EST Healthy News Letters I was tried from the party yesterday and 2 nights of little today I did 30 minutes of exercise and then relaxed, I had time to read a few of my health news letters so thought I would share a few of the healthy tips..... <BR> NATURAL FLU-FIGHTING FOOD...(HOPE NO ONE HAS HAD THE FLU) <BR> <BR> ALMONDS,rich source of vit. E, which helps ward off viral infections, opt for chopped almonds or almond butter it is absorbed easier <BR> <BR> <BR> BLACK-EYED PEAS, rich in zinc and trace ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:08:21 EST Thanks everyone Thanks every one for the comments about the spark points... <BR> <BR> Like Mary some times things seems to disappear, I thought it was only happening to me.....LOL <BR> <BR> I guess I will as tech support and see what they have to offer..... <BR> <BR> I am almost done with the baking 2 pumpkin pies and the baking will be done....I have some cookies to frost, I make a few fancy ones for the little kids, they get a kick out of the big Christmas tree cookies decorated..... <BR... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:58:42 EST spark points Is any one else having trouble getting all 15 points on the food tracker....yesterday I noticed I only got 14 even thought it was all filled out... <BR> and today it was 13, but I was able to get up too 14 again..... <BR> <BR> any help would be appreciated <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a healthy day Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:31:49 EST Busy Days Like most everyone else I am having busy days....I was not going to do a lot of baking this year but have had so many request from family and friends.... <BR> then a very sweet thing happened to me... I was at my sisters and over heard her mother in law tell her daughter what a wonderful gift she received last year from me....she explained to her daughter how special she felt that I took time to give her a goodie hit me that small things can mean so much to others....I decided to... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:36:51 EST Smile and pass it on.... Yesterday I was shopping and as I walked by the bell ringer I heard him ask people as they went by if they had lost some time, so I wanted to know what they lost, nosy I was so cute when he asked if they had lost there smile, he would give them on of his.... <BR> It reminded me how easy and simple we can all change a persons day with a SMILE including our own....I noticed as he asked each person they suddenly had smiles....which made other's smile as well.... <BR> <BR> So here a... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:48:30 EST THANKS EVERYONE <em>252</em> I wanted to thank everyone for the goodies and the wonderful comments..... <BR> <BR> SPARK PEOPLE CAN CHANGES LIVES, I KNOW IT CHANGED MY FOR THE BETTER... <BR> <BR> I AM SO BLESSED.... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:56:00 EST Maintenance's for 4 years---before's and afters Tomorrow Dec.11, 2013 with be 4 years that I lost 201 pounds, reached my goal weight.....I'm a bit disappointed that I am not in my goal weight range....I tried really hard to get there but I am a few pounds up....BUT I AM SO DARN PROUD OF MYSELF THAT I HAVE NOT GIVEN UP OR HAVE STOPPED MY HEALTHY LIFE STYLE....I will keep working at staying in my goal range....145-150..this AM I was 153.....BUT thinking back to 2006 I was 347 pounds..... <BR> I went back to my gallery and picked out the Chri... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:14:18 EST A BIG SURPRISE TODAY Much to my surprise this morning when I went down to exercise was this shiny new exercise bike... <BR> my old one gave up a week or so ago and I have missed my riding, I still have my treadmill and my other exercise equipment..but sure did miss my exercise bike..... <BR> <BR> There was a note on it that said, Santa knows you deserve to he healthy and happy....enjoy .... <BR> <BR> Of course I figure it was Dear Hubby but he is gone hunting again....I can't reach him.... <BR> so here I sit ex... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:41:59 EST Thankful As I sit here in my wonderful recliner in my warm house, after I had a healthy breakfast with sweet fresh strawberries, fiber one cereal and Greek Fage yogurt....I am over whelmed by the feelings of Thankfulness...I am such a blessed person....I am also blessed with loving and caring family and friends, like the wonderful people right here who read my blog and give me such wonderful comments <BR> <BR> Let's all have a Healthy and Happy day..... <BR> <BR> Think Healthy thoughts.. Wed, 4 Dec 2013 07:36:11 EST CoQ10 Wondering if anyone takes this supplement or knows about it.... <BR> <BR> I have done some reading but like to know as much as I can before I start taking something.... <BR> any info would be appreciated...... <BR> <BR> Have a healthy week end.... <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> .. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 19:05:16 EST Happy Thanksgiving Wishing everyone a HEALTHY AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING... <BR> <BR> Please drive safe if you are traveling..... <BR> <BR> enjoy yourself ....... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> those two little guys are my great nephews....such little cuties pies...... <BR> <BR> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:13:46 EST FOOD ADDICTION GROUP I was at a birthday party yesterday and had an interesting conversation with people I don't usually talk with....One of my goals that I am working on is to be more engaged with people... <BR> We were talking about weight loss and she was so surprised by my weight loss, she really did not believe me....I have known this women for over 15 years, she is the Aunt of my Nieces's husband, so not a real close friend or family member...I asked don't you remember me from the wedding, she said no I rea... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 14:00:30 EST