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/ Another week, another 3 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482182 I've been trying to be very disciplined with this keto, very low calorie, protein-sparing diet I'm trying out. My limits are strict: 850 calories, less than 20 total carbs, 85-90 grams protein, and less than 60 grams fat. This is my second week. keto-calculator.ankerl.com <BR> My FIRST week, I was STUFFED. Disgustingly stuffed. Eventually too stuffed to eat enough of anything and I wasn't getting but half my protein needs. Totally W_E_I_R_D. And my weight plummeted -- water weight loss, o... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:12:28 EST Switching to Keto: why, what, and how http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479951 I suppose things are different because I'm a 62 year-old woman. <BR> I slowly slipped as planned into eating LC. But after 3 weeks and no weight loss to speak of -- not even the initial rush of water loss, I decided to go VLCHF -- and with that decision it was clear that I am most attracted to the Keto Diet. I needed to figure out how Keto differs from VLCHF and I think I've got it. I decided to begin with a "fast" that is protein-sparing -- after all, I want to keep my muscles! <BR> So, I... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 10:22:07 EST i think I'm fine.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476393 Update: I've returned to regular exercise, including leading. Funny, but I have to take short "breathers" when someone else is leading, but I manage quite well when I'M doing the leading. <BR> The "breathers" are becoming shorter in duration -- about 10 seconds after every other song. <BR> I've noticed that my breathing capacity is slightly diminished (still bigger than normal for a 60 yo woman) again -- so I have to go back to working on my breathing exercises. Still, all in all, I've... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:45:06 EST Update on Pneumonia Recovery: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470896 Physical status: much the same as last month -- only I don't "feel" the sputum in my lungs anymore. I am coughing much less. My lung capacity seems to have slipped a bit --either because I am no longer taking medicine or because I've stopped doing my lung exercises. I do notice that I don't have the stamina at aerobics that I had in December (before admitting that I was falling sick). That's what happens SO fast when you are 60+! But I am slowly getting that back as I keep pushing mysel... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:46:48 EST This past week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461967 I've felt better and better, although my breathing capacity hasn't improved and I can still feel that last bit of leadenness (phlegm) in my right lung. <BR> I went to exercise Wed. and Friday and did okay. I can tell it has been so long since I've exercised (thanks to forced inactivity due to pneumonia) that I am losing my endurance. It happens so much faster as you get older! <BR> Bette is out-of-town SO I WILL BE LEADING my aerobics class MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY! I'm both excited and anxio... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:23:45 EST ...happy to report, 1 week later I went again to Zumba! With no ill effects! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459160 I continue to work at erasing the effects of pneumonia (coughing up mucus and deep breathing to increase lung capacity). I almost feel normal. I've been missing my friends, so I went to Zumba yesterday. I repeated what I did last week -- the old-lady shuffle with pushing harder when I could. Now I don't know if I pushed harder than I thought, or if it's the altitude here (and thus low oxygen) but it really seemed harder this time than last week. On the other hand, recovery took only an ho... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 14:10:14 EST Getting older is SERIOUS business, OR, 24 days after the hospital, I went to exercise class! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455830 Yes, I set the bar low, but I did better than I expected! <BR> <BR> Oh, I have missed everyone! Bette has introduced totally new-to-me music and choreography in Zumba class so most of the time I couldn't keep up. I'm still suffering the lasting effects of pneumonia (pain, mucus, and restricted capacity still in my lower right lung) but I was there doing the old-lady-shuffle the ENTIRE time unless there was a familiar set, when I knew what to do. I only had to stop once, for less than a min... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:12:21 EST half-way to way to recovery after 23 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455023 Okay...so the doctor told me I could start acting normal. (LOL!) I've been seeing how much stamina I have left by going to the grocery stores and I also took my DD shopping. I can hold up on low activity stuff for about an hour. But on Sunday, I tried to leave the house without snow-shoveling the driveway.... it looked thin right outside the garage, and besides -- pneumonia! And I made it around the curve but slid sideways on the lower part of our driveway and got stuck. Thankfully DD offe... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:07:11 EST Is Ginger gonna die? Did I do it? I'm sick at heart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451852 I mentioned in my previous blog I stayed far from my pet while I knew I was sick with some respiratory problems because of birds' delicate respiratory systems. The doctors said I wasn't contagious on New Year's Day -- I still stayed far away. The doc said I wasn't contagious January 13th and explained why (even though I still have the occasional cough). This time I believed the doc -- and gradually re-introduced myself to my parrot over the next 2 days. And now she's sneezing and I can he... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:41:02 EST Doc says I'm not contagious -- but I gotta do the work of healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450272 ...saw the doc. I am doing fine. He convinced me that there is no reason to fear that I am contagious, and showed me how to use the devices I had been given at the hospital. He thought I might heal quite a bit sooner than 6 months since I am otherwise strong and healthy (well, other than weight) with a good lifestyle. Pretty much I should continue doing what I am doing. He did stress that I should be VERY careful not to over-exert myself -- I must give my body TIME to reabsorb the phlegm i... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:53:21 EST Slow progress with pneumonia. . . . . . . ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449048 Day before yesterday was a good day. I felt easier and deeper breathing. Yesterday was a bad day -- weaker, shallow breathing and a new pain in my lung. More coughing too. I was probably too active day before -- I went out (to see Star Wars) for the first time since New Year's Day when I returned from the hospital. The docs said I wasn't contagious last week, but I've continued to be very very careful about spreading germs. The difference between being drugged up at home versus drugged up at ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 15:49:54 EST back home and looking for the bright side! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445859 And a happy <em>411</em> of the year to you! <BR> And the New Year finds me back at home feeling better. Anything is better than the hospital! Yes, it got that bad -- but I spent only one night there, diagnosed with pneumonia, a partially collapsed lung, and pleurisy. 3 nites ago, I woke up in excruciating pain when I tried to roll over and get out of bed. I thought it was a pinched nerve in my back. Some light back exercises greatly reduced the pain -- which confirmed my self-diagnosi... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 22:07:42 EST And to all a Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444678 <em>411</em> <em>8</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>409</em> <em>19</em> <em>107</em> <em>410</em> <em>8</em> <em>411</em> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 11:09:37 EST Merry Christmas to All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443216 ... and to all a good night! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Jesus! Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:09:37 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442403 Summary Goal #9 : <em>248</em> but <em>55</em> So I saw the doc; got a diagnosis; and she sent my prescriptions directly to the pharmacy. And OF COURSE I went directly to the pharmacy -- which had received only one of 2 prescriptions. I didn't get my badly needed cough syrup! The clinic had closed for the night... Despite taking all my other meds, I must say it was a miserable night for me. I'm waiting until 9 to call the health clinic and chase down my prescription so I can fill it.... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:37:16 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442223 Summary Goal #8: <em>248</em> and exceeded! But not without some weird stuff! The doctor actually ran out of time with me and rescheduled me for tonight at 7! So I didn't get ANYthing (examined, nor a prescription of course) for the crappy respiratory problem I seem to have. Fortunately, I have some 6 year old codeine cough syrup that I've been half-dosing with, but it'll be used up tonite. So I better get some help tonight! <BR> We also FINALLY got the lights on the tree AND the sun... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:38:02 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441828 Summary Goal #8 : <em>55</em> Total fail. Nobody wanted or supposedly had time to put lights on the tree. DH is getting miffed that the house is SO not prepared for guests' arrival tomorrow. It's HIS family for crying out loud, but he can't bring himself to do anything other than expect SICK ME to do everything that needs doing. And I can barely sit at the computer (physically or mentally). <BR> <BR> Plan #9: see the doctor. Hopefully he'll help me. Anything else is gravy. <em>527... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:45:43 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441655 Goal #7 summary: Mixed bag here! I wrapped almost ALL my gifts! But that was ALL I got accomplished. I'm ahead on the gift wrapping but behind on the house decorating and the clearing off of the sunroom table. I don't know what I've got, but I'm very sick -- and seeing the doctor tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Plan #8: Persuade the family to put up the Xmas tree lights. That way we can hold off on the rest of tree decorating until the guests arrive and make that a mutual fun activity. An... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:21:41 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441239 Summary Goal #6: My goal for yesterday was pretty much only to make it to the wedding and be there without coughing. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Plan #7: Wrap gifts. At least 10. Do some house decorating. Nothing too brainy or strenuous, since I'm really not up to ANY tasks. If I do feel better, I'll work on the sun-room table. We really will need it when company arrives in a few days. Fortunately, I made twice what we needed to eat 2 nites ago, so we'll just be eating leftovers for d... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 07:44:28 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441054 Summary: <BR> Goal #5: No, but I did pretty well; I got everything done except clearing off the sunroom table. I didn't realize how sick I was until I took a nap. I NEVER nap unless I'm sick! I slept 13 hours yesterday! I do feel a bit better, given the codeine cough syrup and ibuprofen I'm now taking. <BR> <BR> Plan #6: Today is the wedding I'm attending... I've no idea how long to expect the celebration to take. If I get ANy work done, it'll be gravy! Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:16:58 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440799 Summary: <BR> Goal #4: <em>248</em> and I crashed early and went to bed! <BR> <BR> Sometime during the night my lung congestion (I've been coughing strenuously these last 2 weeks trying to get this foamy white salty mess out of my lungs -- but I've felt fine!) morphed into a cold. I woke up to an achy head and body and a drippy nose -- I most definitely do NOT feel fine! But life goes on and I still have to do all these things -- which leads me to: <BR> <BR> Goal #5 (today's plan): ... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:50:01 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440482 Summary: #3 : <em>248</em> Took me until 2 this morning, but EVERYthing got done. We decided not to decorate the tree (as expected) in order to let the branches "relax" into the position they will hold. To boot, the living room is clean, AND completely rearranged (sofa got moved out into the sunroom). <BR> <BR> Plan #4: Governor's mansion tour; clean and press my fancy dress for the wedding I'll attend and decide upon accessories. AND go to bed early -- I'm gonna need it! <BR> <BR... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:47:17 EST Xmas Daily Self-Challenge #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440200 SO: <BR> Day #1 : Wrap some gifts -- <em>248</em> and exceeded <BR> Day #2 : Exercise; friend/lunch time; and tour -- <em>39</em> had to reschedule the tour (it was closed for the day!), so I didn't meet the friends. Ended up substituting needed grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> Day #3 (plans) : Buy and decorate (maybe today) the tree; put away the boxes; make zucchini bread (gifts); clean the kitchen. Dye silk flowers and attach them to purse and wrap as birthday gift. Also wrap 7 ot... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:15:36 EST Daily Xmas Self-Challenge #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440003 Well, I managed to wrap 15 gifts yesterday -- and I felt so VERY accomplished! <em>334</em> Only what, another 50 to go? Who's counting? We'll know when I'm done! What's that, you say? Yes, really! There's so many because I'm the mom! The mom who is responsible for finding and buying all those little things that you must find boxes and bags for and wrap them ALL up individually (O.K., I cheat! Sometimes I just roll a thing in tissue paper and put a bunch of those things in a big bo... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:58:57 EST Xmas Daily Self Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439591 We've got guests coming; there are a few last preparations I have to make besides all the grocery shopping and food cooking! There's a fancy wedding to attend -- and a fancy dress to buy and wedding gift to buy. The tree isn't up, but the Xmas decoration-boxes are out of storage awaiting my attention. Gifts are bought but not yet wrapped. The kitchen's a mess..... I'm SO "behind the 8-ball" and stressing! <BR> I COULD USE A HOLIDAY!!!! <BR> So I'm challenging myself this morning to get gi... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:48:50 EST worik owrk wrok work WORK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431358 We've been having lovely weather and I've been trying to take advantage of it by getting the outdoors work done while it is still pleasant outside. The back is finished except for my work that waits upon the fence being rebuilt. The workmen who built the new deck over our broken pool trampled the garden that took TWO YEARS for me to get something to grow (it is very shady and very dry) and since this garden abuts the broken fence there is no point in my doing anything until the fence is also ... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:24:30 EST Halloween was Happy! THREE costumes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429233 Check my SparkPage for the most recent 2 photos! <BR> I was gonna do something EASY this year -- I ordered a Monarch Butterfly Wings cape online and I prepared the rest of the costume (black body suit, extra set of legs, bug eyes, and antennae), but the cape didn't arrive in time. So I scrambled to come up with something else appropriate for my costume-wearing occasions..... I have no pix of the third costume --- but I think you'll easily picture it in your head: I live in Colorado -- an... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 20:58:52 EST Year to Date, Short Summary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417036 I get about 150 to 200 e-mails daily, not including spam. I suppose none of it is essential, but it generally is a lot of information regarding things I AM interested in. And earlier this year, I spent 6 weeks caring for my mother after her bilateral mastectomy. I was without any computer access during this time -- and my e-mail inbox was a horrendous thing when I returned home -- way over 3000 new entries. I've been whittling down the number ever since. And I am just now finishing up 3 ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:25:30 EST LC Tip of the Day # 228 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358663 224) Drink from tall thin glasses. It feels like you're drinking more! Sun, 7 May 2017 00:19:36 EST Nanny nanny boo boo, I am NOT afraid of you, Salt! OOPS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353002 I don't retain water; I don't have high blood pressure; I don't have ANY health problems diagnosed by any health professional. And salt makes food taste so much better! WHY should I care about all the hysteria surrounding salt? Well, that's what I THOUGHT until 2 days ago. <BR> <BR> There aren't MANY scientific studies that tell me I'm wrong to enjoy my present careless consumption of salt -- but I just read about one. "1". ONE! While it is ONLY one, it is an extremely rigorous one -- i... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:57:30 EST Big Business wants you fat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347989 I'm age 60+. So that's my time frame for all the following: <BR> <BR> Do you remember being very young, at a restaurant, and seeing "the Diet Plate" on the menu? I do. It was always cottage cheese, a piece of meat, and a half a peach sitting on lettuce leaf in my town. That's low-carb! <BR> <BR> Why do I mention this? Because It was way back when we were very young that political interests decided to push carb-eating on America. We've been taught this is right-eating for 50+ years. Remem... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:56:11 EST LC Tip of the Day # 227: Raise RMR 11 ways Scientifically http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344092 Every time we eat or drink, we can thank our metabolism for converting all those calories into energy. Our size, gender, and age all factor into our metabolic rate, but there are also ways to independently adjust its speed. Here are ways to help with your RESTING Metabolic Rate! <BR> <BR> 1. Sleep! Researchers have found a link between metabolism and sleep, and not getting enough of it may seriously slow metabolism. <BR> <BR> 2. Drink green tea. Not only does it pack an antioxidant-punch,... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:34:09 EST Low Carb and Ketosis For Dummies -- the Short Form: What is it & what's it mean? (a 4-minute read) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332931 When you eat lots of carbs (I'll just call that the Usual American Diet), you are using a metabolic pathway that produces lots of glycogen (another word for sugar!) for energy. IT is VERY efficient and uses all the calories it can get out of the food you eat. Americans generally eat too much; and so we get fat. In fact, we get fat very fast on the Usual American Diet. So you can eat less of everything and you'll lose weight, but you'll feel hungry! One solution is to use the Low Carb Way Of... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:13:48 EST Blow it? Getting back on track! (low carb diet, but good advice for others too!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311479 Carolyn of All Day I Dream about Food (condensed): Don't beat yourself up. Treat yourself lovingly. Don't excuse your behavior. OWN it. Think about it. Understand why you did it and make preparations to do better. Take notes or keep a journal. Remember how you used to re-copy your notes in high school, in order to better remember them for a test? Same thing here. The simple act of putting it in writing makes it all the more real and vivid. But be sure to write down how much better you f... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 23:39:19 EST LC Tip of the Day #226 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310863 You will never change your life unless you change something you do every day. The secret to success is found in your DAILY routine! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 19:50:38 EST Need help setting & achieving goals? KNOW the difference between process and desire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304636 Goals are the translation of desires into actions. Since you can only live one day at a time, losing anything more than one pound healthily is not a goal, it is a desire. It is easy to understand then that every goal-desire should defined as an action or behavior and be attainable at the daily level if you are starting out. <BR> Process goals are two to three behaviors you can measure and achieve daily that are directly related to the desired outcome. Your process goals can change and shoul... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:10:13 EST LC Tip of the Day #225 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298083 <link>www.nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/01/to<BR>-change-your-life-learn-how-to-trust-y<BR>our-future-self.html </link> <BR> <BR> So you don't have enough will-power to achieve your long term objectives when temptation is right in front of you? Me neither! This article gives you another tool in your tool-box to aid you in achieving ANY goal! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:40:08 EST LC Tip of the Day #224 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297638 Eat with your non-dominant hand. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:38:11 EST New Year's LC Tip of the Day #223 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286619 You can be Stupendous Woman any time you want! Give yourself permission to believe in yourself, in your own superpowers to do anything you want, to have fun! Let your mind take you wherever you want to go. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:53:31 EST Christmas LC Tip of the Day #222 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283372 Actually this tip is good any time, but especially easy to do during this season! <BR> <BR> Place food on RED plates. For psychological reasons, you tend to eat less! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:02:55 EST LC Tip of the Day #221 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280118 Emotional Eater? The need to take positive action of any kind while avoiding negative action is essential. Develop a list ahead of time of things that will distract you, improve your mood, get you doing anything but reaching for food in order to have some realistic alternatives close at hand so you don't have to think of them in your more difficult moments. Perhaps you could write these options on small slips of paper and put them in a little box or jar. Then, when you need an alternative to ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:06:42 EST Tip # 220: Motivation: Being a "10" is just ONE step away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273836 "10" is not Bo Derek at age 28 in that movie; it is YOU at YOUR age acknowledging where you are starting, then setting appropriate goals, working to achieve them, making progress, and never giving up! "10" is not a beauty pageant that you age out of. It is a strong mind, a strong body and a strong spirit! It is being at your best at the chosen point in your life. <BR> <BR> And the chosen point in your life is hopefully, always, "the here and now." <BR> <BR> You are closer than you realiz... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:43:58 EST LC Tip of the Day #219 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262555 The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new. - Socrates Sat, 5 Nov 2016 23:58:17 EST LC Tip of the Day #218 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257008 Think of exercise and right eating as a deposit in your health bank -- and earn INTEREST <em>211</em> on your deposits! Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:23:13 EST LC Tip of the Day #217 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250895 Plan some powerful pay-offs for reaching your wellness goals. Sure, internal motivation is great... But, no matter how committed you are to your cause, unhealthy habits will always entice you with their quick, underlying pay-offs. If you plan ahead and reward yourself with extra incentives [immediate, easy, and with underlying pay-offs!] for working out and eating right , you'll be riding high on healthy habits for a lifetime. <BR> <BR> Megan Coatley <BR> SparkPeople Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:44:40 EST I can do this. I'm the ONLY one who can. And not by Willpower. NOW I begin to win my war! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242713 So how are you doing? Are your efforts SUCCESSFUL for you? Or are you still here (like me!) rocking along, gaining a pound, losing a pound, over and over.... feeling frustrated and foolish because you really are working hard at getting practically nowhere? <BR> <BR> Working hard? Yes, working hard and trying different things and they DON'T WORK? I know (boy, do I know!) that you can work HARD and have nothing to show for it! For years and years! <BR> <BR> Why? I'll tell you why! I JU... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:13:12 EST LC Tip of the Day #216 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242422 How and what we eat is very much a result of conditioning, outside cues, and old habits. Science shows that when we heighten our awareness, create an environment conducive to healthy body weight and practice healthy llfestyle habits, we lose excess pounds. So work on changing a small habit or exchanging a familiar unhealthy cue for a healthy one (big plates & forks for small ones). Or be aware and check labels, measure food, and food-track! <BR> <BR> How to be aware? <BR> Draw some HARD l... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:44:01 EST LC Tip of the Day #215 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229657 It's not always going to be easy or fun, but on those days when you feel like you failed, it's important to remember that the fight goes on tomorrow, whether you're ready or not. Those moments after feeling defeated are the most important moments on your journey, the ones that define who you are, how tough your spirit can be and how much you want that end goal. How you react means the difference between same old same old and greatness. <BR> <BR> Champions aren't champions right out of the g... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 19:51:22 EST LC Tip of the Day #215 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228427 You only have to say "no!" ONCE at the grocers. If you bring it home you have to say "no!" every time you see it. Don't bring temptations home! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 13:16:49 EST LC Tip of the Day #214 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221925 Remember that compliment that made you feel so thin and pretty? <BR> Remember that compliment that made you feel so thin and pretty! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:40:50 EST