KITTYLADY1259's SparkPeople Blog KITTYLADY1259's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community UPDATE Well, I am down 4.2# since Monday or Tuesday. So it definitely was processed foods and perhaps Advil. So good lesson learned. Either avoid processed foods as much as possible, or be prepared for the consequences! <BR> <BR> I am also experiencing a freedom with my decision to make this plan fit me. I am so happy to be concentrating on "healthy" instead of "diet". Healthy is a better sounding word anyway. And I can still accomplish my goal of healthy even if I don't drop pounds that part... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:48:50 EST Discovery Well, I learned one very valuable thing from last week. Processed foods are not my friends! I was going along smoothly, losing weight, and all of a sudden the scales went the other direction. So that's why the food log, right? Sure enough, processed lunch meats and probably too much cheese. That discouraged me. And I did fall off the wagon and ate too much of everything for a couple of days. Then I said to myself, "I thought last week was a learning week. Look at the tracker and see ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:44:16 EST Day 3 Today is only day 3 and I am still so excited! I realize I am in the "honeymoon" phase, but I have high hopes of this being the time that I really do it! I know I won't lose weight every week, and I am trying to tell myself that it is ok. Even if I don't lose I am still living a healthy lifestyle. That is more important than anything. <BR> <BR> And I absolutely refuse to put food into either "good" or "bad" categories. I know some foods I have to be careful with. And I have to exercise... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:18:51 EST New Month and a New Perspective When one of my teams asked if we had any success in March, I had to say yes. Even though I have been off track with both nutrition and exercise. I had an "awakening" or "aha" moment on Sunday, March 30. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to find a quick, easy solution in "diet" books or online programs. unfortunately there is none! And I have been trying to conform to all of their "rules". some work well for me and some do not work and others are impossible. so, what to do? <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:00:47 EST GOALS AND REWARDS FOR BLC22!!! This is my 12-week plan for success. <BR> What can I do to succeed? <BR> 1. Settle on what healthy plan I can live with. And hopefully enjoy doing. <BR> 2. Plan, plan, plan. How many meals and snacks per day? Plan the menu. <BR> 3. Make a schedule allowing time for exercise. Realize that all that weed eating and lifting boards, etc is exercise!!! <BR> 4. Take advantage of slow cooker and pressure cooker. <BR> 5. Have snacks available. Cleaned veggies, fruit, etc. <BR> 6. Plan for... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:54:44 EST BLC 21 before pictures <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ouch! Two phrases come to mind: A picture is worth a thousand words. And: Pictures do not lie! Looks like I have some work to do. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:38:28 EST REWARDS FOR BLC21 This was the hardest one for me to decide on. I am thinking more on the line of "me time" to do things I enjoy. Like perhaps crocheting, reading, etc. There isn't really anything that I want to buy that would inspire me that much at this point. Perhaps a Kindle! I just don't know yet. Anyone out there have any ideas that have worked for them? <BR> <BR> I am thinking of breaking it down into 10# increments, perhaps, for reward levels. Anyway I have been thinking about it and if a light... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:58:03 EST BLC21 PLAN FOR SUCCESS I am trying to use what worked before and what didn't as guidelines for this plan. I know that tracking definitely makes a difference. So that is on my to-do list. Also planning makes a very big difference. Or at least planning to have foods prepared that I can grab when in a rush or hungry. That includes both for snacks and meals. I often come up short on protein. so I need to make more of an effort to have protein handy. Also I have been lax with portion size and getting seconds. I... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:52:08 EST BLC 20 plan for the holidays I have really mixed emotions about this. I know I have a definite problem with sweets. Yet to totally eliminate them does not seem to be a solution. Because if I break over and have one, it will be look out!! I won't stop until I have eaten the whole batch. Then I'll probably make more! <BR> <BR> I have discussed this issue with a dietician, family, and friends. Most think that total avoidance of sweets is not the answer. So how do I do moderation? How do I stop at just one or two? ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:53:26 EST Mid Round Slump First the exciting news. My NSV!!!! My original measurements were bust 40, waist 36, hips 46, right thigh 25 and calf 16. Today they are: bust 39.5, waist 34, hips 46, right thigh 24 and calf 16. Woo Hoo on the waist and thigh!!! That's 3 inches gone, gone, gone!!! <BR> <BR> Ok, when I read this weekend's challenge I was so disgusted with myself. I looked at the weigh and I am exactly right where I started from. So I felt like a failure. I was worried that I'd be kicked off the tea... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:35:36 EST WHEW!!! THE FINAL THREE!!! Ok, the last three things that I love about myself. This is getting more difficult each day! I'm starting to think I'm vain!! lol <BR> <BR> 1. I love, love, love to cook. So the made-from-scratch food is healthier and better for us. <BR> <BR> 2. I can and freeze my own fruits and veggies. Also can meat. We raise our own potatoes, too. Sometimes I can ready meals in jars such as beef stew, etc. <BR> <BR> 3. I like to bake my own bread. Not in the summer when it is super hot! I al... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:24:33 EST Day 3, three more things! I'm running out of ideas here!! I kept thinking, oh gee, three more things. lol I think I am going to have to borrow a few things that other people have told me over the years. <BR> <BR> 1. Brown eyes. I have gotten several comments on my pretty brown eyes. <BR> <BR> 2. My smile. I have been told that I have a very pretty, special smile. One lady even told me that I am "such a happy little thing." <BR> <BR> 3. My creativity and imagination. I came up with this one on my own! I ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:05:16 EST BLC assignment part two: 3 things I love about myself Today is harder!! lol I did the easy, most obvious yesterday. Or most obvious to me anyway. I have a good sense of humor. I enjoy laughing and do not mind laughing at myself. I have told many a tale on myself!! : ) I love animals and do very well nurturing them. Cats are my favorite! I also have dogs, birds, fish, and farm animals. I have doctored lots of them. Including cows. And I do a decent job nursing sick people, too. I seem to be able to cheer them up and make them feel b... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:18:42 EST BLC assignment: 3 things I love about myself I am still not real comfy doing blogs. But I think it will be helpful, so I am giving it a try. Especially this one is a challenge. I feel funny saying I love this about myself. So I am trying to look at it from another person's point of view. What would they like about me: <BR> 1. I think my caring nature. I try to be considerate of others and helpful. <BR> 2. I am very, very tender hearted. This makes me a very sympathetic listener and sympathizer. <BR> 3. I keep plugging along. ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:32:35 EST BLC pictures UPDATE DECEMBER 2, 2012 <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are my before pictues. I sure hope there is an improvement by December. I am hoping this is the motivation that I need. <BR> <BR> So far, I ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:44:52 EST CREATIVE WRITING 101: BLC 12 WEEK PLAN I am not real comfortable writing blogs, but I think it will help me to "go public" with my plan. <BR> <BR> Time is one of my biggest issues. Time to exercise and time to cook. One way to make sure that I have healthy food for myself is to plan my meals ahead of time. I need to plan at least one day ahead and preferably one week ahead of time. As soon as breakfast or lunch is finished, I need to begin dinner. Either by using a slow cooker or oven simmering. No more of this running in... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:45:01 EST Hi! I'm new!! I'm very new at this and still learning. So please be patient. I don't always end up where I want to go, and worse yet can't always find my way back!! Anyway I'd like to get support and give support to others. I want to get healthy and get to a healthy weight. But I have a problem with a "sweet tooth" and emotional eating. <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <em>126</em> Mon, 5 Apr 2010 12:58:55 EST