KITT52's SparkPeople Blog KITT52's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Hump Day I have been busy with the garden and we were gone for 4 days visiting family in PA. <BR> we had a great time and I got to tell several people about Spark people...they seemed excited about it but so far have not seen any of them here or signed up.... <BR> <BR> The Month is almost over and things have gone well..i have maintained my weight...with the usual up and down a pound... <BR> <BR> I was very pleased how well I did while not at home...I watched my portions and reminded myself I did n... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:08:52 EST Friday the week sure did fly by... <em>198</em> <BR> I am still busy with the garden and getting the produce canned, frozen or dehydrated.... <BR> <BR> I dehydrated cilantro yesterday and I can still smell it through out the house....we love it.... <BR> <BR> I picked more beans and will be drying them as well...I caned 25 quarts of beans so going to try my hand at drying some....we love beans too.... <BR> <BR> We will have plenty of vegetables this winter....and pickles too... <em>373</em> ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:33:13 EST Tuesday Had an A---ha... <em>189</em> moment last night... I was laying on the couch in the sun room..this was a couch I have had for over 20 is still in perfect condition....not having children or puts jumping on the couch really makes them last for ever..... <BR> that is not my special moment.. <BR> as I laid the and thought about how much this couch and I had been through, it accrued to me that I only took up half the couch...there was all this room left over...oh ya I'm less than wo... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:02:08 EST Thanks I wanted to thank everyone who posted to my blog...(what 200 pounds lost) it really made me feel good about myself.... <BR> <BR> Keeping the weight off has been the challenge of my life....but it has been worth all the hard work.... <BR> <BR> It's good to know I have so much support from friends and people I don't know..... <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark people we all love you..... <em>252</em> .... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:16:40 EST What does a person look like after loosing 200+pounds I am posting a few pictures of what I look like today....8 years and 4 months later.... <BR> <BR> When I started this journey I never thought I would get to this point....But I had a dream that someday I would live a healthy happy would not be easy but if i never gave up I could reach my goals... <BR> <BR> today I look look like this..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gary my loving husband and my biggest supporter....... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 10:22:00 EST Sunday Sunday is fun everyday is fun day if you want it to be.... <BR> I have planned my meals for the week and will continue with my workouts. early morning and after dinner...also getting a lot of extra moving, picking in he garden.... <BR> we have lots of summer squash come on over and get some..... <BR> <BR> it was a rough week and I am trying hard to look for the positives....had to get my tire fixed, and out rather new fridge has stopped working and they have yet to find out what th... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 07:00:26 EST Thursday Have a Happy and Healthy Thursday.... <BR> Where did July go......time seems to be moving fast this Month.... <BR> Making plans for a Healthy August....I have had such a good year...I seem to have found a Happy place with my healthy life style....adding the evening workout, most times I just go walking or use the bike, my goal was for 15 minutes then I went to 30 and now most evenings I walk for 50 feels good to have time to clear my brain from the stress of the day and think abo... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 03:00:22 EST Saturday The week flew by...We have been busy in the garden, picking weeding and canning.... <BR> <BR> We have made lots of pickles, shredded zucchini for later use..made blueberry jam, cherry pies and cherry jam.... I canned turnips, and froze snow brings me to canning green and purple beans. this will be an on going job, there will produce beans for some time.... <BR> <BR> I can anticipate a lot more work in the next week, and when the tomatoes get to be more abundant, I'll be cannin... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:48 EST Tuesday What a beautiful Morning it is...sunny and clear...but the weather report is for a hot day and humid day.. <BR> I'm up early to get my workout done before it gets to hot and I find reasons why not to exercise.... <BR> <BR> No excuses here....90 minutes on the treadmill....15 minutes with weights and 5 with stretchy bands.... <BR> <BR> My positive start to a glorious day......meals planned, snacks too....drinking plenty of water....... <BR> <BR> What are you doing to make it a glorious day.... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:23:01 EST Sunday..the start to another healthy week I finally finish with the cherry canning job....30 pounds of cherries are now ready for the later part of the year....I made 20 half pints of Cherry preserves, 4 quarts of just frozen cherries to be decided later what to do with them, 6 quarts of cherry pie filling and then I used a new recipe from a friend for pie filling that you don't can, it stayed in the fridge for up to 2 months....I will make a pie and cobbler for the next family dinner which is Aug. 3rd... <BR> <BR> I plan on giving ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:40:42 EST Friday Have a healthy week end <BR> <BR> I'm making cherry jam, pie filling and cherry syrup...lot of work but I love canning <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:59:57 EST Sunday Have a healthy week <BR> Today I am planning my meals for the week <BR> we have fresh veggies from the garden so it will be a very veggies week.... <BR> I have been eating a lot of turnips..we just love them fresh in salad but I steamed them and have mashed them with potatoes......also found a great turnip salad recipe//with carrots and apple with a easy vinegar dressing... <BR> have been enjoying the zucchini's and sugar snap peas as well....this week hoping for a few crook neck squash.... <... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:41:53 EST Lesson Learned I had a very hectic day yesterday....I had to drive to my Dads an hour a way, do some shopping and run several errands in different areas.....When I left home I had the car packed, I was returning things that family members left at my house over the holiday week end...Darn if I did not forget my snack and my the time I got to my Dads I was very hungry but Dad had just finished his I got busy helping him, shower (he is 90 years old) wash his clothes, and tidy up his hous... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:21:25 EST Healthy and Happy I just want to thank all my spark friends for the support and encouragement they give me every day, with out all of you I'm not sure I would be a live today..... <BR> <BR> and I hope I can help just one person to find their way to a healthy life style, help them survive and thrive in a healthy way...I will have accomplished my goals.... <BR> <BR> Have a healthy July..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> .... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:48:54 EST Happy 4th of July Hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July.. <BR> WE LIVE IN THE BEST COUNTRY ON THIS PLANET..... <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS AMERICA .... <em>232</em> .... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ..... <em>252</em> ..... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:07:28 EST A fun week end at the Races Gary and I went to the Kentucky Speedway this past week end, we had a ball....lot's of walking... <BR> <BR> I'm going to try and post a picture of me in my Kyle Bush hat, it has M&M's in it as well....I love M&M's, guess it says my picture is too large,,darn not sure how to make it was taken on Gary's phone. <BR> oh well we did have a great time, Kyle did not win but he was 2nd....but he hates to be 2nd.... <BR> <BR> have a healthy day .... <em>252</em> .... <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:57:42 EST The Month is almost over.. July is just a few days away...I am getting my July plan down on paper... <BR> writing it down seems to make it more concrete....more real.....and I have thing to look at when the times get tough.... <BR> <BR> I will be tracking my calories, planning my meals, watching portions and trying to get some new foods a try...I tend to eat the same things... <BR> I'm happy to be adding radishes and spinach from our garden and soon beans, peas, carrots, squash and other yummy veggies.... <BR> also mo... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:40:52 EST HAVE A HEALTHY WEEK What kind of week will you have..... <BR> as for me.... <BR> I have planned my meals, I bought fresh fruits and veggies for the next few days....I made sure I have snack items that are healthy and handy so when I just must have something to eat it's ready... <BR> <BR> I planned my exercise, I'll get plenty of rest so that I feel like exercising....I will park my car and walk as much as possible....I'll use the steps, if I get bored I'll go for a walk or walk around the yard, I'll remind mys... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:37:10 EST Happy Birthday <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>408</em> <em>26</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DEAR HUSBAND AND BEST FRIEND GARY <BR> <BR> HE IS 65 TODAY..... <BR> <BR> HUGS AND KISSES....I LOVE YOU <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this picture was taken at a family gift exchange our dear great nephew said...Go a head U... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:20:06 EST Things are warming up It has been warm here in Central Ohio.......but no rain for a few days... <BR> <BR> The garden is going good....things are growing....I can't wait to pick and can or freeze for the winter.. <BR> <BR> Going to look for fresh picked strawberries tomorrow, hoping to make jam... <BR> <BR> I have been doing really good with my exercise and food...I am at my goal weight and have been maintaining right on the mark....this is my happy spot....I am feeling content and healthy... <BR> <BR> Not much... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:03:08 EST HAPPY FATHER'S DAY I am so lucky to still have my Dad...he will be 90 in Oct..... <BR> <BR> He can still take care of himself, takes no medications and still has a lady friend.... <BR> <BR> One big lesson I learned from my Dad was to give thanks to God for what we have, in my younger years when I lived at home I watch my Dad pray on his knees for the blessings of his family . <BR> So today we will gather at his home, bringing dinner and gifts and spending the day with him.... <BR> It will be one to remember,... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 05:39:59 EST Friday Have a healthy week end <BR> <BR> remember Sunday is Father's Day...... <BR> <BR> don't let the day go by with out letting your Dad he is loved.... <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> ..... <BR> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:16:16 EST Saturday It has been an emotional day for me, it started last night at dinner, I heard some ladies at the table behind talking, they were poking fun of a very large women who walked by our rude people can be, how dare they judge that women.... they did not know and probably never would know her... <BR> It made me flash back to my days when I was over 300 pounds, I heard people snicker at me too....It dredged up all the old pain and hurt that only someone who has been there would know..... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:45:07 EST I think I was in Heaven today This morning we went to a nursery looking for fruit trees... <BR> it was a beautiful place, so many flowers, plants bushes and trees...... <BR> <BR> As I was walking out back to the fruit tree area I heard some very nice soothing music, kind of like you hear at the funeral Home...I smiled as it made me feel relaxed and calm..then I walked a few feet and <BR> smelled the most beautiful aroma....I heard the birds singing and OMG I thought I was in heaven...a feeling of complete calm came over... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 12:21:08 EST Happy June It was May when I went to bed but June when I <BR> what a beautiful day it as well..Sunny and warm....the birds are chirping and the garden is growing... <BR> <BR> May was a good Month as I reflect back...I am going to keep my same plan, it has been working so well for me and no reason to change....of course my meal plan might change up a bit, adding more fresh veggies and fruits....I had some wonderful watermelon and blueberries yesterday.... <BR> <BR> I am feeling so motivated... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 07:24:27 EST Memorial Day God Bless all the men and women who gave there lives for our freedoms.....I pray for you and your families..... <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> Today is also 11 years since my mother died....... <BR> My mother gave me a rough time most of my life about my weight.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here we are back in 1995 or 1996...... <BR> <BR> <BR> and here I am today....... <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 26 May 2014 08:19:14 EST A long week end has began For most of us it will be a long week end....that sometimes is a good things <BR> But there was time in my life when it wasn't.....the days when I worked and did not get time off just because it was a holiday...Working in the Mental health field has some down sides.... <BR> <BR> But now I am retired and it seems like every week is a long week end....everyday can be a <BR> <BR> The last 8 years have been learning to live healthy, not just loose weight but be healthy, be happy.... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:07:04 EST Happy Wednesday This seem to be going good here. <BR> I have done well with my food and exercise....I have maintained my goal weight.... <BR> <BR> Going back to basics and hold my self accountable does seem to be best for me....having nicer weather seems to help a lot too.. <BR> we did have rain his morning but now it's sunny and 75... <BR> I went to the green grocers and got plenty of fresh fruits, yum yum strawberries, pineapple, and bananas. <BR> I also bought a cantaloupe, hope it's a good one.... <BR> ... Wed, 21 May 2014 14:02:03 EST It's Friday Have a Healthy and Happy week end.... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> .... <em>104</em> .... <em>4</em> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:34:11 EST are supplements really safe I read this: Nutrients in pill form can't give you the same benefits as real food....from CR On health news letter <BR> <BR> I get the Consumer Report ..ON HEALTH " news has a lot of common sense articles..... <BR> I won't post the article and worry about copy right issues...but it was sure and eye opener to read....for me the bottom line is most supplement don't do what they are advertised to do.....I sort of knew that but I do take Vit. D as my blood work showed I was deficie... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:44:59 EST HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY <img src="">HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Roses I received from my DH <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> not the best photographer ..... <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful day.... <em>252</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 08:26:28 EST Sunny days We have been so lucky, nice weather has come to Ohio at least for now....and the best news is we have humming birds....we set on the deck and watched them this morning...I love watching them <BR> <BR> I have been able to get outside and walk and enjoy the sun and warmth....yahoooo <BR> <BR> I washed DH truck and my car this was so much fun.....inside and out..... <BR> <BR> I rode the exercise bike pretty early this morning...... <BR> <BR> I feel like a new person since it ha... Thu, 8 May 2014 11:48:48 EST Planning another healthy week today is a beautiful sunny day and warm..63 so far this morning.... <BR> <BR> I'm once again planning this week meals....I find recipes that look yummy and then I rework them to be health.....I have used a few recipes from spark people as well... <BR> this week looks like this....... <BR> <BR> home made spaghetti for Sunday, I use the shiriaki noodle in place of pasta....I love um' <BR> <BR> chicken fajita's for's cinco de extra veggies and I use low carb wraps <... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:06:55 EST Happy May Today is May first...... <BR> <BR> I am pleased with my progress so far this year..... <BR> <BR> I am back to my goal weight, my May goal is to get down 2 pounds... <BR> <BR> my new weight range is going to be a long range goal id to loose 5 pounds this summer.... <BR> <BR> eat no or little processed foods...get plenty of exercise, at least a 5k daily...that' only 3.3 long range goal is to walk at least 5 miles a day or more...I know I can do it.... <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 1 May 2014 14:12:26 EST Who really knows what works... Today I received yet more advice from people telling me how to loose weight.... <BR> In the 8 years since I started here on spark people, I have gotten messages and post from people who tell me how I am doing it all wrong.....I am not eating enough food or I'm not eating enough whole wheat or I'm eating to much fruit.. <BR> <BR> the list goes on with the advice people send me.....some days I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry, especially after I check out there spark page....wonder why so m... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:25:10 EST May Goal It's almost the time sure fly's when your having fun... <BR> <BR> Are you having fun....Have you thought about new goals for May?....are you going to challenge yourself? <BR> <BR> Have you thought about what small change you can make in your life that will help improve your health? Small changes can add up..... <BR> <BR> MY SMALL CHANGES FOR MAY... <BR> <BR> I'm going to eat a bit less, instead of 1/2 cup of yogurt for breakfast I'm going to eat 1/3 cup... <BR> I'm going to ad... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:25:46 EST Thank You everyone I want to thank everyone for the wonderful goodies and all the kind well wishes for for 8 year sparkaversary.....there is no emoticon for 8 years.....maybe they did not think anyone would still be here this <BR> SURPRISE I'M STILL HERE...... THERE ARE MORE WHO HAVE BEEN HERE EVEN LONGER..... <BR> <BR> HAVE A HEALTHY WEEK <BR> <BR> TOGETHER WE CAN REACH OUR GOALS AND MAKE AMAZING PROGRESS.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>250</em> <em>381</em> <em>... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:51:19 EST 8 years right here I have been with Spark People for the past 8 years.... <BR> <BR> Has my life changed.....yes it has, not only have I lost over 200 pounds but I have kept it off.... <BR> <BR> I have meet so many wonderful and supportive people.....I never thought that would help , but it did... <BR> <BR> Back in 2006 I retired from my very stress filled job.....I was just so tired of the red tape in the State system that I thought I would die if I did not retire.....( I was 52 years old)....but I later le... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:42:39 EST 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 ... 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