KOSHIE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOSHIE1 KOSHIE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Dean Anderson, our own behavioral psychologist, says: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864099 "The Winning Attitude: IF YOU NEVER HAVE PROBLEMS, YOU'LL NEVER HAVE ANY SUCCESSES. (emphasis added) You’re in the business of changing your lifestyle, and finding solutions that work for you will take a lot of trial and error. Your problem areas and setbacks can become valuable opportunities—if you let them. So ditch the drama and the negative self-talk, and replace it with a little open-minded curiosity. What was going on when this problem happened (in your environment and in your mind)? Ho... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:11:14 EST LC Tip of the Day #161 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853967 Pleasant scent affects the brain area that causes cravings. Smell something non-edible that you like (your husband, flowers,…). When scientists scanned the brains of people eating different foods, they found that the brain reacts to fat in the mouth in much the same way that it responds to a pleasant aroma. So if you feel a craving coming on, apply your favorite scent. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:08 EST Kick a Weight-Loss Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847909 AS FOUND ONLINE AT PREVENTION.COM: <BR> <BR> Trying to kick a weight loss plateau? Unhand the celery and head for the spice cabinet: New research shows that cumin powder can help jumpstart weight loss, decrease body fat, and improve unhealthy cholesterol levels naturally. <BR> <BR> Researchers at Iran's Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences randomly split 88 overweight or obese women into 2 groups. For 3 months, both groups received nutrition counseling and decreased their daily i... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:29:46 EST LC Tip of the Day #160 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847826 To deal with a craving: <BR> substitute another treat; <BR> call a friend and talk; <BR> try various points of accupressure; <BR> get away from it for 20 minutes (leave the room!); <BR> eat something else that is very strong-flavored; <BR> go smell something you really like; or <BR> tap (your feet, your head, your fingers on a table, your chest....preferably watch yourself tapping);. <BR> <BR> And how do YOU deal with cravings? <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:00:14 EST LC Tip of the Day #159 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839274 Goals are dreams with DEADLINES. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:13:52 EST LC Tip of the Day #158 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834188 Know that cravings last only ~20 minutes. Distract yourself; it will pass. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:29:22 EST LC Tip of the Day #157 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832408 You don’t have to diet ALL day -- only for the next 20 minutes! Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:19:25 EST LC Tip of the Day #156 (5 STAR!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829158 The rewards of accomplishing your goals will never grow strong enough unless fed daily. <BR> <BR> There is a sense of reward generated every time you honor your commitment to yourself. Over time, the desire for the reward will become stronger and more influential in daily decisions. This desire is what is oft termed as MOTIVATION. Basically you are creating a new reward system that, over time, will be able to compete with the old one of eating. It takes time to find what empowers you but it... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:09:52 EST LC Tip of the Day #155 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827824 Because the scale doesn't show a difference doesn't mean that your mind and body aren't making a difference! Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:32:38 EST Research shows SUGAR is ADDICTing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826659 "'Everyone who owns pet rats knows if you give them a cookie they will like that, but no one experimentally had given them all they want,' Sclafani told me when I met him at his lab in Brooklyn, where he continues to use rodents in studying the psychology and brain mechanisms that underlie the desire for high-fat and high-sugar foods. When he did just that, when he gave his rats all they wanted, he saw their appetite for sugar in a new light. They loved it, and this craving completely overrod... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:18:18 EST LC Tip of the Day #154 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826611 Apply abstract mental labels: Associating foods with abstract ideas like: “energy crash” or “longevity” or “gum disease prevention” helps you resist temptation and opt for healthier choices. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:35:03 EST Allow me to let you in on a secret -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824964 Something most women either don't know or don't believe: sexy is all in the head! Yup! It is an attitude of confidence in yourself, the knowledge that you have something good to offer others, and the belief that you are attractive where it counts (on the inside). It is loving yourself! Notice that I didn't say beautiful or even pretty anywhere. Trust me. <BR> <BR> Men get it. Too many get it TOO well and ignore their need to maintain themselves physically. Ugh. But women seem to devote e... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 00:57:58 EST LC Tip of the Day #153 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824739 Denial doesn’t work. Moderation does. So plan to have your “weak moments”. Choosing between loads of temptation or loads of deprivation? To avoid complete surrender: Remember to eat less for several days before. Stuff yourself at home with diet foods before the party so that you can only just barely sample the most tempting items; buy a diet treat to take to take along in your purse (a really fine bittersweet chocolate, a LC candy…); make a favorite diet treat to have at home later (why ea... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:00:55 EST LC Tip of the Day #152 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823596 Make contact. Have a diet buddy, and exercise buddy, a hobby buddy… your family. Social contacts keep you committed and strong in many ways. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:31:37 EST LC Tip of the Day #151 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821042 OMG, it has been a full year since I posted one of my tips. I am renewed and reinvigorated to start fresh. So here's a new one: <BR> <BR> Part of success is stifling the urge to “Quit!” There is NO excuse good enough; no short cuts! You have to really want it. It’s work, but no one regrets it. It changes everything. When we come out of our comfort zones, we grow mentally, emotionally, and physically. It empowers you. I find out a lot about myself when I am pushing my limits. <BR> You don'... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:00:50 EST OK. Now it's REALLY over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623087 I got a call back (FINALLY!) from the district attorney regarding the case against my brother. They told me they dismissed it since <BR> 1: they didn't want to get involved in a "family matter" and <BR> 2: it seemed to have nothing to do with the state of Wyoming. <BR> <BR> Unbelievable! If he had killed me, it STILL would've fit those two parameters for dismissal! And totally cutting off my air supply WAS an act against my life! I consider that a VERY serious thing! Unfortunately, ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:59:18 EST It's over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620638 I got a letter from my attorney. Charges against me have been dropped. It only took 6 months for the state to finally conclude that there is no evidence against me to uphold the assault charge. It appears that instinctively fighting for your life while being choked is allowed by law after all. <BR> <BR> The state still hasn't contacted me regarding my assault charges against my brother, who choked me. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:07:18 EST Back from my trip and visiting family. Not boring. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548377 So my brother choked me in July and I called the police and we both spent the night in jail since I somehow scratched his arm while fighting for my life.... Yes, we are pressing charges against each other.... and my family is playing "blame the victim" since they all believe I should not have called authorities. What should I have done? Die? Allow myself to continue to be further intimidated anytime I try to see my family and he's around? It doesn't matter what I do. The moment my brothe... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:30:06 EST LC Tip of the Day #150 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531264 Forget about being “bad” or “weak”. So what? We all have “moments”. You know, you didn’t learn to walk by giving up when you fell down. Simply begin anew at the first available opportunity. You are that much further ahead than last time! Don’t give up your ‘edge’! Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:07:50 EST Happy Halloween! Adult Humor #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528276 I've been searching for SOMEthing to do on Halloween.... so I'll go to a flash mob scene this evening and wear my Ghost Buster's Costume -- which I made for a video for church. I posted a few pix on my SP page. <BR> <BR> There was a haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk - the ghost which 'lived' there was feared by all. <BR> However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he enter... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:24:37 EST Adult Halloween Humor #12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525688 It is NOT WISE to marry on Halloween -- it brings out the mean spirit in us! Husband and his wife had a bitter quarrel on that day, their 40th wedding anniversary. <BR> <BR> The husband yells, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads, 'Here Lies My Wife - Cold As Ever'." <BR> <BR> "Yeah" she replies, "When you die, I'm getting you a headstone that reads, 'Here Lies My Husband - Stiff At Last.'" <BR> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:06:45 EST Adult Halloween Humor #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525026 So here is my long, convoluted, joke based upon a Massachusetts accent: <BR> <BR> It seemed a scene out of "The Birds"! Along a Massachusetts stretch of farm-to-market road there were SO many dead and dying birds... mostly black birds, crows, and other corvids -- it was scary! Many were horribly mangled! What threat could've killed so many? The state ornithologist was called in. He collected samples and all the dead birds were removed -- but the birds kept dying in great masses! Whatever the... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 22:24:39 EST Adult Halloween Humor #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523482 SO! It is FALL and it is FRIDAY -- and you know what that means! FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL! <BR> <BR> Every now and then, Halloween falls on a Friday. And to help fill the stands, the local stadium had COSTUME NIGHT on Halloween. A couple of long-time friends, ladies who were now over 50, decided to go to the game together as "The Flying Nuns" (remember Sally Field in that old series?) Sitting up in the nose-bleed section, they were unfortunate enough to be sitting in front of some young rowdie... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:38:56 EST Body Fat Percentage Calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520855 www.everydayhealth.com/toolkit/body-fat-ca<BR>lculator.aspx Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:51:32 EST Adult Halloween Humor #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519543 An extremely shy and very modest man was in the hospital for a series of tests, the last of which had left his digestive system upset. <BR> <BR> Upon making several false-alarm trips to the bathroom, he decided that the latest was another false alarm, so he stayed put in his bed. He suddenly filled his bed with diarrhea and was embarrassed beyond his ability to remain rational. Loosing his presence of mind, he jumped up, gathered up the bed sheets, and threw them out the hospital window. <... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:10:56 EST Adult Halloween Humor #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517902 Just in case you have forgotten the rules for a safe and Happy Halloween: <BR> <BR> 1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead. <BR> <BR> 2. Never read a book of demon-summoning aloud, even as a joke. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell. <BR> <BR> 3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out. <BR> <BR> 4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not kn... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:59:56 EST Adult Halloween Humor #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517901 Just in case you have forgotten the rules for a safe and Happy Halloween: <BR> <BR> 1. When it appears that you have killed the monster, NEVER check to see if it's really dead. <BR> <BR> 2. Never read a book of demon-summoning aloud, even as a joke. As a general rule, don't solve puzzles that open portals to Hell. <BR> <BR> 3. Do not search the basement, especially if the power has gone out. <BR> <BR> 4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they should not kn... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:59:56 EST Be GLAD for a plateau! It's an aid to success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516373 We all know a plateau and how wearing they can be! I was on a plateau for a YEAR (!) partly because my inner strength wasn't strong enough to get past the breakthrough point and push hard enough -- I'll admit it.... but anyway..... <BR> <BR> There are many reasons for a plateau and some of them are GOOD reasons! So it is time for a mental adjustment as I tell you MY top 4: <BR> <BR> 1. A plateau is a weight-maintenance phase in disguise. Yes, you are going to have minor incidences of up... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:11:01 EST Lesson to Learn: How to Eat Normally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516267 I had planned a good low carb, low calorie day yesterday.... but I couldn't do it! It was DD's birthday, and she wanted to eat sushi! There's lots of rice in sushi and not much else... And tradition has it in MY home that the birthday person never makes their own cake.... And DD wanted something new this year -- frosted "birthday" brownie cake. I was a goner from the START! So... I had a Celebration Day instead. Good for my social life and my mood, but... <BR> <BR> I just finished logging ev... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:45:06 EST Adult Halloween Humor #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515295 Here's a new Corny you won't find anywhere else -- and I want you to tell me if it is any good: <BR> <BR> A young lady, somewhat inebriated, was walking home from a costume party, past the cemetary late Halloween night. Slowly she became aware she was being followed. She looked over her shoulder and saw a very dirty disheveled man, moaning, mumbling, walking stiffly and staggering behind her -- and he was gaining on her! Given her state of mind and location, "A ZOMBIE!" she feared! She felt ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:05:18 EST Corny Halloween Humor #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514161 Horribly busy yesterday, and it looks like today is shaping up to be almost the same -- except today, I AM visiting SparkPeople! <BR> Here are Corny Halloween jokes that you hopefully have not heard before. Try them out on your friends! <BR> <BR> Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers? <BR> That's silly, zombies eat brains! <BR> <BR> Why don't skeletons like dances? <BR> He had nobody (no body) to go with! <BR> <BR> What is a mummy's favorite genre of music? <BR> Rap! (Wrap!) <BR> <BR>... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:03:25 EST Adult Halloween Humor #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511771 Top Signs That You're Too Old to Trick or Treat ... <BR> <BR> <BR> 10. You get winded from knocking on the door. <BR> <BR> 9. You have to have another kid chew the candy for you. <BR> <BR> 8. You ask for high fiber, no-sugar candy only. <BR> <BR> 7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, you lose your balance <BR> and fall over. <BR> <BR> 6. People say, "What a scary mask!" but you're not wearing a mask! <BR> <BR> 5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or..." and can't remem... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 19:37:23 EST Halloween Humor Change-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510968 Here's things for the grandkids and trick-or treaters so that you can be the coolest lady on the street (oh, and a few are thrown in just for YOU!): <BR> <BR> <BR> Halloween was confusing. All my life my parents said, "Never take candy from strangers." And then they dressed me up and said, "Go beg for it." I didn't know what to do. I'd knock on people's doors and go, "Trick or treat . . . no thank you." ~ Rita Rudner <BR> <BR> This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegg... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:52:00 EST Adult Halloween Humor #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509727 A tourist in Vienna is going through a graveyard and all of a sudden he hears some music. No one is around, so he starts searching for the source. <BR> <BR> <BR> He finally locates the origin and finds it is coming from a grave with a headstone that reads: Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827. Then he realizes that the music is the Ninth Symphony and it is being played backward! Puzzled, he leaves the graveyard and persuades a friend to return with him. <BR> <BR> <BR> By the time they arrive b... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:33:22 EST Adult Halloween Humor #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507926 This one is LOL-funny, but the adult quotient is pretty high (you've been warned!): <BR> <BR> Police arrested Malcolm Davidson, a 27 year old white male, resident of White Plains, NY, in a pumpkin patch at 11:38pm Halloween Night. Davidson will be charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, public indecency,and public intoxication at the County courthouse on Monday. The suspect allegedly stated that as he was passing a pumpkin patch, he decided to stop. "You know, a pumpkin is soft and squish... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 11:54:56 EST Halloween Humor #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506242 Oh, I'd love it if you found some humor worth sharing! Here's my absolute favorite: <BR> A man was walking home alone one night when he heard a "BUMP....BUMP....BUMP..." behind him. Walking faster, he looked back, making out an image of an upright coffin banging its way down the middle of the street towards him...."BUMP...BUMP...BUMP..." <BR> <BR> The man began to run toward his home, and the coffin bounced after him faster....faster...BUMPBUMPBUMP. <BR> <BR> He ran up to his door, fumble... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:35:43 EST Adult Halloween Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505455 Here's my seasonal joke for the day (ADULT content!): <BR> <BR> On the night of a Halloween costume party a couple were having trouble picking suitable outfits. After a while the wife got mad and stormed out of the room. <BR> Fifteen minutes later she came back completely naked except for a lemon between her legs. The husband looked at her for a moment and then stormed out of the room himself. <BR> Twenty minutes passed and then he came back himself with a potato around his manhood. His wif... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 19:52:43 EST Finally the mountain roads are opening (the dirt ones!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503055 It takes time to re-build a road, even the dirt ones. The high mountain roads were heavily eroded by the flood, the bottom-of-the-canyon paved roads were generally completely washed away. In other words, access has been limited to non-existent. But one mountain road did get repaired enough to allow residential traffic -- so I was FINALLY able to get through to our other mountain home (unsold -- on the market) and check for water damage --AFTER 3 WEEKS! The back road I found was rutted, pot... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 23:58:27 EST You have 3 months left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497000 So, here's my suggestion. If you haven't done it already, write down a weight loss, fitness, and/or health goal for the rest of this year, including what you plan to do to MAKE it happen. Then, go through your list carefully, looking for negative language: don't, won't, stop, avoid, lose, quit, never, etc. Wherever you see something expressed in negative terms, change the wording so it expresses what you do WANT to do, instead of what you don't want to do. Plan rewards for sticking to your pe... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:52:08 EST The Road to Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494970 They opened up the road into town yesterday! Just one lane, but finally! No more major detours adding 30 minutes to your trip! OMG, it was heart-stopping to see the major devastation due to flooding near the bridge! Not just water -- there was mud, and entire trees, and big boulders... and ruined homes. <BR> <BR> We have potable water on tap again! <BR> <BR> Still no phone; still no gas. But I have "Dish", so I can get TV; the internet works so I can communicate. But I am starting to ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:19:18 EST and, actually, I was right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489432 We received a community-wide e-mail yesterday telling us all that CLEARLY we had ignored the previous announcement asking us to be EXTREMELY conservative with the little bit of water we did get 2 days ago-- because it was now all gone. Hardy-har-har. WE haven't even turned on the tap for 5 days now. We flush with rain-water. Now, those selfish people will have to use porta-potties. I am NOT sympathetic on this one! <BR> <BR> And this is precisely why I am feeling panicky about our electr... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:31:12 EST 9-16-2013 Personal History Catastrophic Flooding Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487253 Some news reports call this a FIVE-Hundred Year flood. <BR> <BR> Water on tap is completely gone. Our Home Owners' Association president e-mailed us this morning asking all to reduce flushing (pouring rainwater into the toilet bowl). I lived 20 years in Houston TX during flooding and water shortages; I know this! (And have already been doing this for a week!) Not everybody knows. I responded by sending him some tips on HOW to do as he requests. Hopefully, he'll pass them on. <BR> <B... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:53:55 EST Personal History of the 100-year Flood, Boulder CO, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486382 Although the term has gone out of favor officially, I'll use it: it is a 100-year flood, folks! That means every year, there is a 1 in a 100 chance that it will be this bad. Boulder has NEVER had this much rain so fast since it started keeping records, in 1897. Essentially, we've gotten half a year's average rainfall in 3 days! So says the news. <BR> <BR> It started raining last Sunday, intermittently. Intermittent became nearly constant; then it became constant and rather heavy (for Bould... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:43:29 EST LC calorie cycling week 16: final report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479657 So here is my final report on the results of cycling while doing Atkins. <BR> The half week is due to starting on a Friday, but I prefer reporting on Mondays. Having 2 reports reveal daily fluctuations. Here's the list: <BR> Friday reporting ------ OR ------Monday Reporting <BR> week 1: lost 5 ------------------ week 0.5: lost 3.4 <BR> week 2: lost 2 ------------------- week 1.5: lost 1.6 <BR> week 3: gained 0.6 ------------- week 2.5: lost 0.6 <BR> week 4: lost 1.4 -----------------week 3.5:... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 16:01:17 EST by Nancy Howard, SP blogger, 10-31-09 : Optimist, Pessimist, Realist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477938 "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> I love this inspirational quote! I came across it last week after experiencing some major obstacles here at home. What I love about it, is the words sum up exactly how I have changed my attitude in the last 5 years-- going from one who used to view the world with great doubt and negativity to embracing every obstacle as an opportunity to learn or change di... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:41:15 EST LC calorie cycling week 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473419 It has been a difficult week. It has been a difficult 2 months for me emotionally, and that has led to physical reactions. And of course, I've been coping with physical therapy and recovery from ACL surgery. My cycling experiment has been put up against significant odds! Overall, I'd say it has been successful despite myself! <BR> For good or for bad, I've had to be very focused on my way of eating. Ultimately, this has led to "Diet Fatigue" -- since one relaxes when one eats, but I've b... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:16:38 EST I think, therefore I am.. going to start temporary weight maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470060 I made it through the day with good intentions. Evening and hunger tripped me up. Still, I managed not to pig out. Food has been a lot on my mind lately. And it doesn't help that there are chocolate-covered almonds sitting on the kitchen counter, my favorite home-made bread next to it, and sweet Italian pastries (DH bought them! And he NEVER buys pastries!) next to that! Actually I'm not thinking about them... I'm OBSESSING about them! I'm gaining a little bit of weight everyday thanks ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:04:54 EST LC calorie cycling week 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466963 This is my second-to-last post on the subject of my experimentation with cycling. <BR> <BR> If I was reporting on Friday, I'd say I lost 3.6 pounds from the week before. But I am reporting on Monday, and I have to say that I've gained 0.2 pounds since last Monday. <BR> <BR> I had a precipitous loss mid-week over 2 days unexpectedly -- and by that I mean no special reason based upon any change in my diet cycle. I was also getting light-headed. I thought I might be getting dehydrated, so I... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:24:02 EST Once a (sugar) Addict, ALWAYS an addict. Now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462085 I suppose.... emoticon ....that I may have celebrated losing 45 (now WHY should that be any different than losing 44???) pounds by EATING too laxly on Monday. <BR> <BR> I am saddened that I would so easily and quickly slip into choosing sugar to eat. Not that I ate so much... just that I chose it AT ALL. I KNOW I'm a sugar addict. Sometimes it seems that I can "get away with" eating SMALL or INFREQUENT amounts of sugar. I thought that I had conquered my sugar cravings because I no longer ba... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:57:20 EST LC calorie cycling week 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459819 I lost 3 whole pounds this last week! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> I've still been planning my eating a day in advance. I've recently been having a little difficulty sticking to my food PLAN for the day -- but I've had NO problem sticking to my diet! I will say that using the food-tracker allows me to PLAN a better day nutritionally than I do on my own. But ya know, some days things happen and you just don't feel like cooking! Plus, lately, I seem to be suggestible.... every day, somebody says "c... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:22:06 EST