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This is by a woman who does the videos for personal enjoyment. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UNO<BR>6stT-g8 </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:28:39 EST CHAIR BOXING!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832428 First, I managed the intro and 5 minute warm up of my new Chair Boxing DVD, and I must say, <BR> while I could only do 5 minutes, I am choosing to see it as “I have somewhere to go from here” rather than “just” 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> Second, it is SCARY how much I LURVE this!!!!! I mean LURVE!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy McBob! That’s the most fun I’ve had in a chair ever, and I am one hella chair dancin’ babe at wedding receptions and parties and nights out on the town! My nieces- and nephews- in law al... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:55:38 EST WOOT! Finally got my 20# TOPS WINNER charm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815728 The funny thing is, I actually earned it at last week's weigh in, but I didn't think I had. I had my beginning TOPS weigh wrong in my memory bank. So today I was a full pound and a half loss over what I needed for the charm!! So I definitely earned it!! WOOT! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2011143301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My progress continues slowly but surely, and that's just fine by me. All progress is good progress!! <BR> <BR> Oh, and I got an award at our Fall... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:16:58 EST Feedback, not Setback! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809923 Okay, when it comes to my weight loss, I'm a bit of a geek. Or nerd, if you prefer. I love data and numbers and math. Always have. So it makes sense I would bring that love and fascination to the project of weight loss. <BR> <BR> Over the years, I've kept a lot of data and notes about various efforts, which have come in very handy now as I finally cobbled together an unusual plan that is really working for me. It's all based on previous weight loss experiments and the notes and data I kept. ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:57:02 EST Spark Activity Tracker not even tracking 25% of my steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807785 I've had it with this Spark Activity Tracker. Sure, it's oh so cool they way it uploads the data wirelessly in the background. But at the end of the day, if the data is 75% INACCURATE AND INCOMPLETE, what good is it? <BR> <BR> I've known from the beginning it wasn't counting all my steps, but I didn't realize how inaccurate it was until this week. I measured the new deck, figured out 11 laps around the periphery is 0.25 kilometers, and then counted my steps. I had 100 on the Spark Activity t... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:18:15 EST Down 18 pounds in one month, no surgery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781793 I never thought it was possible. Not for me, anyway. I'm a turtle with weight loss. And a re-gainer. Over the long term, though, I am down 59 pounds from my highest weight of several years ago. When I've had partial regains, it's when I've gotten discouraged and overly stressed out by life. Or discouraged at how difficult or wearisome the journey can get. <BR> <BR> 11 months ago, on October 17th, 2013, after months of hard work, I finally hit the lowest weight I had ever been (except of cour... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:03 EST Don't ever give up!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781068 Blasted that concrete wall to smitherines, and I ain't lookin' back! Sayanaro, baby! <BR> <BR> I am waiting for tomorrow to reveal the specific numbers, but they are big and beautiful! Why tomorrow? Because tomorrow marks my one month of my new way of eating, and tomorrow is also my official weigh in at my Wednesday TOPS meeting. So it's not just me and my home scale, but an official weigh in on a medical grade scale! <BR> <BR> Oh I can hardly wait for tomorrow!!! This is all so very exciti... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:46:50 EST Finally breaking through a big wall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780194 My body hit a wall 2 weeks ago. It's a big wall. I've hit up against it many times in trying to get under it. So I realized that I could either stand there and try chipping away at a concrete wall with a plastic spoon, or I could back up, take a breath, and try something a bit different. <BR> <BR> The plastic spoon method wasn't working, so I backed up and took a breath. And wow does it seem to be working for me! I am SO HAPPY I've found something solid and realistic and natural that works s... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:40:43 EST Interval Feeding with Planned Variance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772739 This is REALLY working for me!!!!! <BR> <BR> I've never had this kind of consistent success, week after week, with no big struggle or feeling of deprivation!!!!! <BR> <BR> I'm loving it! <BR> <BR> So not just what I eat, but when I eat and how (in)frequently I eat is enormously critical to my success and how I feel physically. Loads of science to back it up. For me, it doesn't just look good on paper; it works! It feels good! And I feel great! <BR> <BR> Today was my weekly TOPS meeting, a... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:11:09 EST Wood pulp as a fiber additive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769438 Here’s a head’s up. In looking for a higher fiber, higher protein, lower carb option for wraps and tortillas that also do not not not not contain soy flour, I found two. One is the Flatouts brand of wraps but ONLY in their LIGHT versions. All their other products have soy flour. The Light Flatouts are good, but it’s not quite as thin or flexible enough to make a great bean burrito, you know? So I kept looking. <BR> <BR> I found Ole Xtreme Wellness High Fiber Low Carb tortilla Wraps. <BR> <i... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:55:17 EST Down Another 3! And winning money from it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768197 Biggest Loser of the Week for my TOPS meeting today, and I will most likely be Biggest Loser of the Month with 8 pounds net loss. That will be determined next week, though. <BR> <BR> For today, I'm thrilled! I finally got my bracelet and first charm from my TOPS group!! <BR> <BR> I have to be careful this week because next week is the first weigh in after Labor Day, which means it is a double fine for gains (usually a quarter) but a pay out if I lose any weight. Also, being the first weigh ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:15:40 EST Looking forward to tomorrow's weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767268 From the looks, it's going to be another good one!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now, for those inquiring about my WOE, let me say that I have hit upon a winning combination through years of trial and error, researching, experimenting with this and that. And what works for me is precisely that--what works for me. <BR> <BR> My basic plan that undergirds all my little tweaks is exactly what I've shared on my Spark page: <BR> <BR> It's called the 3-0-1 plan. 3 meals a day, 0 food in between, ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:25:49 EST New eating plan agrees with me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764799 Well, I haven't been blogging here on Spark, or anywhere for that matter, for months. After spiraling around in a 6 pound scale vortex for 4 months, it was clear I needed to change something! So I've done a bit of tweaking to my food plan. <BR> <BR> Happily, I have sort of stumbled upon a new plan of eating that is really working for me on a number of levels, with weight loss only being one of them! Having my pain levels managed is truly a gift from the heavens! I haven't had this decrease i... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:17:50 EST Losing weight again, and new tracking helper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660027 The long, hard winter is stepping aside to make way for spring and a new start! <BR> <BR> Since moving 1200 miles last fall, it's been a challenge getting my legs under me again! I was doing well until December. January and February were a real struggle. <BR> <BR> But now that is behind me. While I did regain a few pounds, I did not regain everything and lose all my hard work. And now it's time to move forward again! <BR> <BR> I've finally found 3 great weekly support/study/discussion grou... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:42:32 EST 36 pounds down with no diet and no plateaus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419535 How many years have I been on the dieting merry-go-round? Well, more honestly, it was the not-so-merry-go-round. <BR> <BR> Well, I've been dieting since I was in 8th grade, and that was a looooooooooooong time ago. More recently, in the past 7 years, I have lost down to today's weight (265) and regained all the way back up to 302 a total of 3 times. This time is different. <BR> <BR> Today, I hit 265 again. But THIS TIME, I am NOT on a diet and therefore can't stop the diet and regain. <BR>... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 06:58:07 EST Progressing VERY nicely, with no struggle at all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411255 I've been busy. Finally completed all the decluttering/sorting/packing/cleaning tasks and got the entire house staged. One one hour open house and one 20 minute private showing later, and bah da bing, we have a buyer. <BR> <BR> So there's been a flurry of activity to find a new house, get inspections, have loads of electricians, plumbers, asbestos specialists, and the like tromping through the house giving us estimates, etc. It's been an overwhelming amount of work, and it could still all fa... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:56:05 EST Still dropping weight and inches..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383397 I was surprised that on June 1st, my measurement day, I had lost another 2.25 inches from 3 measuring points. My waist and hips stayed the same from May 1st, but my upper arms and thighs and neck all lost. <BR> <BR> My smallest jeans are now very loose. And the 3 pair of capris I have for summer wear are so huge they look like clown pants and are MOST unflattering. But I don't really want to buy new ones just yet. Maybe in another 25 pounds, and by then, it will be cooler weather. I will def... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 13:03:37 EST Still doing really well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372469 Still in the serenity zone, still losing, still dropping jeans sizes..... <BR> <BR> I've not been avoiding Spark, because i still track my food every day. <BR> <BR> BUT, I am in full on packing/sorting/cleaning/staging mode. We are HOPING to have it all done early next week so the house can be listed. It's just been an overwhelming amount of work, hard physical labor at that, which really pushes me to the max. <BR> <BR> The weather isn't helping either. <BR> <BR> Once the house is listed,... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:19:46 EST WOW! Down 2 jean sizes, 9.5 inches, and 20 lbs in 66 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341907 Now, that's not breaking any speed records, but I am not in a race. <BR> <BR> I have never eaten better or enjoyed the journey more than I am now. <BR> <BR> I have quit dieting. Food is neither my enemy nor my best friend. I am finally doing that which I always wanted to do, knew to do, but was beyond my ability to do. /And I am doing it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> I apologize for not posting much to any of my groups over the last few weeks. There's been a lot of stressful events--Boston ... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:27:52 EST Day 52: A very different journey this time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325099 I've recently been sharing about all my attempts in the past that did NOT work. I was playing a scale game. I wasn't sticking to the food plan. I thought I was serious, I wanted to be serious, I meant to be serious, but I never could stick to anything very long. <BR> <BR> My HEAD knew how to do it and what needed to be done, but the rest of me could not get on board with it all. I tried EVERYTHING to make it happen, to no avail. "The results were nil until we let go absolutely." And this tim... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:09:43 EST SO happy the DIETING days are OVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318176 So I've been cleaning up, sorting through, throwing out, and packing up in preparation for a possible long distance move this summer. I swear I had a library of books, a fourth of which were cookbooks and three-fourths of which were diet books. You name it, I had the book, had read it, and had tried it at least once. <BR> <BR> Happily, my dieting days are over! I have found a new freedom! I still measure my food and track it all here on Spark, and have a range to stay in, but without the tin... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 09:56:07 EST Baggy pants again...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310395 Okay, 14 pounds down should not cause these jeans to be this baggy! <em>9</em> Not that I am complaining, mind you!!!! <em>334</em> But seriously, for these jeans to be this baggy in the past, I had to lose about double what I have so far. <BR> <BR> So here's what I'm thinking....... because I am on a massive cleaning/sorting/packing schedule, doing a little at a time several times throughout the day, I am moving more than I have in the past 6 years. Also, I am getting out to a coupl... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:22:35 EST I love Mondays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308091 I know, that's just not right, is it? <em>334</em> But I really do love Mondays now, and here's why. <BR> <BR> I have a Monday morning meeting that gets my week off to a perfect start. It's also the day I review the week just past and look at the data and say WOW! Another week of success! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l532900299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If I'm doing anything "wrong" at all, it's in not eating the full 1500 calorie allotment for the day! <em>4</e... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:29:56 EST 8 Cardio Myths!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305629 What a great article on 8 Cardio myths!! <BR> <BR> http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-<BR>cardio-myths-are-making-you-fat <BR> <BR> <link>www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-car<BR>dio-myths-are-making-you-fat </link> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:59:03 EST House chores whupped my butt today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302278 I'm not as active as I'd like to be with some of my Spark Teams, but I'm on a time crunch to get a lot of stuff sorted through, cleaned out, and packed up! <BR> <BR> Still, I want to post a huge THANK YOU to all the kind Sparklers who take a minute to read my blog and leave an encouraging word!!!!! <BR> <BR> As soon as I can spend more time on the computer, I hope to be better about leaving notes around SparkLand! <BR> <BR> You Sparklers are so <em>345</em> !!!! You rock my world!!!! ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:53:32 EST Scale still hading south, slower, but still moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301193 So another week has passed, and wow....I'm still doing this thing 30 days later! Who'd a thunk? <BR> <BR> My nutritionals for last week all fit right in. Actually, I came in a little low last week. My average calories for the week was 1300 a day, and that's a bit low. But I am pleased with the ease! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l357919187.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pesach has begun, which means: MATZAH PIZZA!!!! YAY!!!! It's a great way to get my pizza on with very few... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:47:10 EST Scale now down 10.8 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294745 Well, it hasn't yet been 30 days since i started my life over. <BR> <BR> Version elebentybillion.1 <em>334</em> is definitely better than anything previous! <BR> <BR> And while the journey now is SO not about the scale, the scale has certainly surprised me. Not even 4 weeks, and yet I'm down within a sneeze of 11 pounds. No previous diet ever gave me that. <BR> <BR> But the bigger and better gift? No diet ever gave me the absolute serenity with food-- and with life-- I now have! I me... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:22:56 EST 3 weeks in, and all is beyond positive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291227 Three weeks have zipped past. A lot has happened, both in the news and in the weather, and in terms of major stressful events in my life. But I can honestly say that I have never felt better, more alive, or happier, through it all! <BR> <BR> There really is a solution! <BR> <BR> Another week of doing exceptionally well on the eating plan, without a single struggle. I am gobsmacked. And grateful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1069443506.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wen... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:04:38 EST New jeans, and another week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282688 Today my new jeans arrived. The larger of the two pair will have to be sent back, why? BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO BIG! The smaller of the two fit me perfectly now, so I will exchange the larger pair for one size smaller than the pair which fits me perfectly now, as I will be into them before the end of summer. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I ended another week feeling really great about my food plan. Really nailed it all the way across the week! I LIKE what I am doing, EXACTLY how I am doing it! Furt... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:45:13 EST The most delicious light breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281347 Yum yum yum! <BR> <BR> I just have to share what I discovered as a yummerific light breakfast or perhaps a snack for those who snack. <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup low fat or no fat vanilla yogurt of your choice <BR> 1 very small apple, cored, peeled, diced into small cubes <BR> 1 cinnamon graham cracker board board <BR> a pinch of ground cloves (do not leave this out!) <BR> <BR> Measure the yogurt into your bowl (I buy the 32 oz containers as they are less expensive). Dice the apple and toss it into ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 15:38:51 EST No more excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278742 I've been on Spark off and on for a long time. And I even had a few attempts before my current "embodiment" as Knit1! <BR> <BR> Obviously, I have struggled for YEARS with my weight. Which is why I would get angry at physicians when they would bring up the weight issue as if I had never ever thought of it or tried to do anything about it in my entire life. I would think to myself, "If they only knew!" <BR> <BR> During my lengthy absences from Spark, when I would come back on and look at how ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:01:53 EST I've been missing out!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274389 Who knew? All this time, people have been leaving me such beautiful and encouraging notes along with the goodies they send me, but I never knew! I am so glad I clicked and was able to see the notes.... really gave the ticker a boost! <BR> <BR> I know I can get it via email, but I've turned off all Spark email notifications because my inbox just gets so unmanageable, and I'm on Spark several times a day updating my food anyway, so it never even occurred to me that I might want to click and re... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:25:41 EST Truly grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272514 Week 1 on "Plan B", as i like to call it, has been absolutely liberating. I've found a new freedom, a new happiness! And this is obviously not because the scale reads 6.4lbs lighter than it did just one week ago. This is from an internal change that was gifted to me, not by my own merits. And I am grateful. <BR> <BR> When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. My teacher came not in the form of a person, but in the form of a book, and life itself. <BR> <BR> That I was finally able t... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:33:49 EST What a fabulous week it's been! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268616 The week has just zipped by, and food was never big on the list of things to think about, mull over, obsess about, struggle with, or be tempted by! In fact, a couple of times I was so busy I nearly forgot to eat. <BR> <BR> Every day, without trying or struggling, my food came in at exactly the right totals all the way across the tracker. It feels a bit magical. <BR> <BR> I feel so unburdened by the whole food issue right now, and this is a very very good place to be. In fact, it's almost a... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 13:23:19 EST Simply KISSing my way to health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266114 I am doing a couple of book studies, with different friends. The two very different studies are dove-tailing nicely! <BR> <BR> In the one book, the chapter was about character-building. In the other book, the chapter was about in destruction of self-centeredness. <BR> <BR> In the character-building book, I like how the author defines character: simplicity, self-mastery, and sympathy. <BR> <BR> Self-mastery "means the surrender of the self to the finer sensibilities in the self; it means a ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:26:00 EST New 'do to go with the new attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264997 I cannot tell you how excited I am! I have identified and admitted to the real problem, and I have found a real, solid solution! I feel as if my life has truly just begun! <BR> <BR> So to celebrate that, today I went out and got a new hairdo......cut, color, the whole shebang. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804907454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534047179.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was the before: <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:49:48 EST I've got a new attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263504 Okay, I confess, that is one of my favorite Patti LaBelle songs! But seriously, what I've discovered this past week while I searched around for a new eating plan is that a new eating plan was not the issue. It never has been. <BR> <BR> I mean, c'mon. I've spent more hours researching nutritional and medical information than physicians do, so I have all the knowledge I need. I know what is good for me to eat and what is not, and how much. Do I follow that knowledge? No. <BR> <BR> So the prob... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:10:35 EST Well, time for a different plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260067 I completed my 2 weeks on the other eating plan. First week went well. Second week was a struggle, AND I regained some of the scale loss from week 1, even though I was still following the same plan. I wanted that plan to work for me, but it didn't, and I have the vague memory that this is exactly what happened when I tried this eating plan in previous years. <BR> <BR> So, on to another plan. Problem is, figuring out what that might be. <BR> <BR> Well, the only way to proceed is forward, rig... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:25:10 EST Nemo and Scale Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244984 So Blizzard Nemo is over. What a massive storm! This little town had 31.5 inches dumped on it! That's a LOT of snow! Bah on snow! <BR> <BR> I love my new eating plan!!!!!! This is Day 7, and so far, I am just loving it. The scale this morning is 4.8 lbs less than it was last Monday morning. I know that's mostly water weight, but I'll take it. Plus, other shifts are happening. On the days when I can eat more freely, I'm just not as hungry. And that's not by my effort; it's just happened natur... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:07:31 EST Version 2, or 3, or maybe even 300.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241591 I've finally found my way back to Spark, after going "off the wagon" and eventually, as usual, regaining the 35 pounds I worked so hard to lose 2 years ago. For the past 6 years, every other year I work really really hard to lose 30 or 35, and then the following year I gain it all back. <BR> <BR> I'm really tired of the yo yo. I am focusing on losing, again, that 35 pounds, because I feel SO much better at that weight, and then learning how to STAY there for a few months before diving downwa... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 12:58:16 EST Spark Women: PLEASE don't lose weight quickly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947366 Yes, I am serious. <BR> <BR> I am collecting stats, and they are astounding. I know and read about so many women who lose weight quickly, and at around a 50 pound loss or more, are all being diagnosed with breast cancer!!!! <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because it is a FACT that our fat cells do more than just store fat. They do two other things that are critical in this equation: <BR> <BR> 1. Fat cells store TOXINS. All those toxins we take in are stored in our fat cells. <BR> 2. Fat cells MA... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 09:14:21 EST doing well.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943849 I've been having good days. It's just that now that I am tracking on Spark AND on WW online AND in a little tracking journal, it's a bit much some days. <BR> <BR> I will try to get to Spark tomorrow for a little bit of catching up....... <BR> <BR> I'm still ending my days with leftover points. It doesn't concern me as I'm not going to eat my points just to be eating them. I only want to eat if I am actually hungry. By focusing on veg and lean proteins, it keeps me full on very few points. ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:08:51 EST Fun day yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940152 Yesterday was the normal knitting group, which is always fun. We meet at Panera, and my usual breakfast there is a fruit, yogurt, and granola parfait for 7 WW pts+. Very filling. Oh, and I had an apple, too, for 0 pts+ and I had to force myself to finish eating it, I felt so full. <BR> <BR> After knitting we went over to a friend's house and ordered in salads. I had a chicken and steak tip salad, with a side of extra steak tips, and about half the dressing. While we were waiting for the sala... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:06:58 EST It's Cinnamon's birthday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937582 Today Cinnamon turns 15!! She's the cutie in my profile image. She has Congestive Heart Failure and possibly a brain tumor, and has been doing very well on Vetmedin, Lasix, and Keppra. She did start coughing a little the other week, so we're keeping a close eye on that. I know we are on borrowed time with her, but I'm really hoping she can get through the summer. <BR> <BR> I had enough trauma in May with her sudden-onset seizures and trying to manage that, and then getting sick myself and r... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:33:42 EST New Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934269 Today is a new day! It's supposed to be hotter than Hades around here for today and tomorrow, so I have the windows all shut and shades down to keep in last night's cool air as long as possible. And an a/c in the window for when the wave really hits. <BR> <BR> I'm not recovering quite as quickly as I wanted to, but all in good time. <BR> <BR> I struggled with appetite and eating enough the last couple of days. Last night I sort of forced myself to eat a bit more. Still way under target, ex... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 07:48:07 EST When will I learn?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933150 When will I learn not to EVER ask for help on public forums when it comes to weight loss??? ACK!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> So, I re-joined Weight Watchers yesterday. They have a community forum. I really struggled with eating ENOUGH food yesterday. Since my surgery, I mostly have not have the appetite I had before surgery. As well, I have SO many more food guidelines/restrictions than most people do (no soy; no eggs; no gluten; restricted sodium; low fat; yadda yadda). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I simply post... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:44:39 EST Tired of being a charter member of The Fat Club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931881 Okay, I'm just done with being a member of The Fat Club. There were some good times, but there were way more not-so-good times, and, well, it's simply time for a divorce. I'm checking out and moving on, baby. <BR> <BR> Now, I am under no disillusions here. It's a looooooooooooooooooooong ways yet to the Not So Fat Club (see? I can't even picture myself yet in The Skinny Club! Just getting out of The Fat Club and into The Not So Fat Club will be a major accomplishment!). But I am going to do... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:15:37 EST The month is flying past.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930116 Well, I'm slowly getting better, although I had a lot of stomach pains yesterday that are new and I am not sure what set them off. <BR> <BR> I've lost a few pounds since the surgery, but I haven't really been focusing on weight loss. I'm just trying to figure out what to eat/not eat, while my body continues to SCREAM for beef. I may have lost quite a bit of blood during the surgery...as I said, the surgeon never gave me any details afterwards. I do know that I awoke to a blood bank band on m... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 13:03:16 EST Had a reaction to the frankenstaples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918109 The frankenstaples all over my abdomen (49 of them) caused a reaction, so they had to come out really early. I'm not sure how well my healing is proceeding, but 2 internal stitches popped through in the inguinal area. Gah. <BR> <BR> I have a few days of good eating, and the scale moved down a few pounds, and then a few days of not doing as well. But at least the scale didn't bop up. <BR> <BR> I just feel as if I am waiting. Waiting to feel better, waiting to heal, waiting for the digestion... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 18:54:07 EST Appetite is back, but so is confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905519 Well, my appetite seemed to come back with a vengeance yesterday afternoon. I think all the drugs have finally left my system. That stuff hangs around in my system longer than they think it does. I think I just don't metabolize drugs the way "normal" people do. That's why a little goes a long ways for me. <BR> <BR> But now I am entirely confused about WHAT to eat. It seems that my gallbladder may have been responding to losing weight at a fairly rapid pace last summer, plus going low fat low... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:22:18 EST