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/ 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 LC calorie cycling week 13: psycho problems? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453788 Thank you EWEFLUFFY and WOUBBIE for your insightful comments. They helped direct my thoughts to more useful directions. <BR> <BR> I think my number of problems with staying on my diet last week is because I am not meeting my psychological needs. So I instinctively turn to food.... As I point out in my previous blog, hunger isn't the problem; it is SATISFACTION that is lacking. <BR> <BR> ONE way to satisfy myself is to eat more. My present WOE would allow me to eat more.... and I think ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:02:45 EST LC calorie cycling week 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452860 week 12.5: lost 1.2 ------------------ week 12: lost 1.8 lb <BR> TOTAL LOSS: 15.6 lbs <BR> I really thought I should've lost more this week. But I am having problems with lots of little wobbles. Temptations. Boredom. Lack of focus. I'm not hungry, but I'm not SATISFIED. There. I said it! <BR> <BR> I could lose faster and threaten my health and it would be something that I would not want to continue nor could maintain as a lifestyle. I don't fast! Fasting leads to hunger, and I al... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:44:38 EST MAJOR REPORT cycling week 12: Back in the saddle again! Beggar riding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446346 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: lost 1.6 <BR> week 3: gained 0.6 ------------- week 2: lost 0.6 <BR> week 4: lost 1.4 -----------------week 3: lost 2.4 <BR> week 5: lost 0.4 ----------------- week 4: lost 0.4 <BR> week 6: lost... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:15:38 EST I lasered my tummy to shrink the skin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442878 It has been three weeks now.... <BR> procedure: CO2 laser <BR> cost: $200 (with coupon) <BR> time: 2 hour procedure <BR> pain: I'd most compare it to a mosquito biting you in a particularly bad place, you get a stinging ZING! That by itself isn't so bad, but you get a million of them, and it goes on for a wholehour! It adds up!!!! It adds up to too much! Fortunately, the technicians understand this and will stop for a minute or so every time you ask. That makes a big difference! <B... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 00:54:42 EST July summation: So far, so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439758 Being that this is the last day of July, it is appropriate to state the month's Results: I lost 3, gained 8, lost 7 lbs. = 8 steps back and 10 steps forward for a net 2 pound lost during this extremely difficult month. I suppose I should celebrate -- historically, July and December are always the months I GAIN weight. And that is without the added stress I've had this month. <BR> <BR> But I am worn out. I'm just glad to be feeling somewhat normal again and to be back on my diet plan som... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:11:35 EST Calorie Calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438596 Below is a link I found to a site that quickly and easily calculates the number of calories you can eat daily (for weight maintenance, with a regular metabolism). *I* found the information interesting and useful. I never knew how many calories I could "technically" eat (and note, this calculator takes age into account!). The knowledge will help me better plan my daily eating and food tracking. I hope you find it useful also. <BR> <BR> www.mayoclinic.com/health/calorie-calcul<BR>ator/NU00598 ... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:39:10 EST cycling week 11: If wishes were horses then beggars would ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437325 That is a very old saying I learned in college. If I could get what I want by WISHING.... well, then I'd have done what I wished for at the end of my previous blog -- done my best, fat-fasted a couple days, returned to normal cycling, ignored my birthday (and DH's too!) celebrations.... and actually lost some weight. <BR> <BR> But I didn't do any of that. I struggled a bit, I craved, I cratered, I struggled, I cratered and ate. I ate enough carbs over our birthdays that I still feel rath... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:12:35 EST cycling week 10 update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429437 Yesterday was a high everything day! I went to the all-you-can-eat Sunday Brunch at the Greenbriar Inn.... I did not restrain myself; but I think I did eat less that I have in the past. And I didn't have the bottomless mimosa either! Also I ate practically nothing else all day. All by choice. <BR> <BR> And yes, there were consequences that registered on the scale this morning. I gained 1.4 lbs overnight. My only surprise is that it wasn't a bigger gain! And yes, I am taking immediate action ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:33:44 EST cycling week 9 update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422979 Lost 2 pounds last week! <BR> Made a weight loss goal by deadline (exactly, not a single extra ounce!). <BR> <BR> I've been suffering an extreme amount of stress these last two weeks. It has disrupted my eating. Although not part of "last week", I feel it is appropriate to report here that consequent to the stress, I lost control of my eating these last 2 days and hugely over-indulged in carb-eating in an attempt to sooth myself. I'm in a bit better control today; I plan on spending the n... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:29:30 EST Oops! Did you just blow it? Your avatar says "SCORE!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420910 In role-playing games, characters/avatars often take detours in order to stock up on weapons, potions, money, etc. that they strongly suspect that they will need in the future to be able to complete the game successfully. Think of it this way: you didn't backslide; you took a detour to pick up some tools you need in order to continue to lose weight. And that is what you did! You picked up a few mistakes/tools; it is up to you to figure out how to turn them into tools that will help you! Don't... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 17:08:32 EST I reached a goal by deadline! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419845 I joined the Weigh and Win Challenge, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. They set reasonable weight-loss goals and deadlines based upon your sex, height, and weight. Every 3 months, you get a monetary reward if you make goal. I am delighted to say that I MADE GOAAAAAAAAAL! <BR> <BR> Yes, I have my own deadlines and goals. But there is a certain pride of accomplishment that goes with reaching a goal that someone ELSE thinks is important and challenging. Somebody else thinks I've been succes... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:02:01 EST SURPRISE! Structure & discipline HAVE advantages! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417892 I am a confirmed Low-Carber -- I do the Atkins Diet. I was stuck for a very, very, VERY long time and could not break through my personal 180 pound barrier without immediately regaining any weight I lost... A friend inspired me to try cycling. <BR> So now I count calories in addition to carbs and I cycle between high calorie days and low calorie days while still keeping my net carbs less than 20 grams. AND IT WORKS! It works! <BR> <BR> Even on my HIGH calorie days when I eat 2-3 times as muc... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:23:33 EST cycling week 8 update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414568 From July 1 to July 8, my net weight has remained EXACTLY the same. This is.... I don't know what this is. <BR> For those of you who are reading this blog because you are interested in learning from my cycling efforts, I went on vacation. I tried for 2 days to stay in LC mode, but failed the evening of the third day. So then I had 2 more days of high carb eating. Next, something very bad happened to me while I was gone on vacation, and I am still reeling emotionally from it and have e... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:21:55 EST cycling week 7 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412602 I know it isn't Monday, but I will pretend that it is (since I was out-of-town): <BR> <BR> I lost 0.4 lb this week. Not much, I know. But it IS a loss! The week was full of minor screw-ups from plan, since I was very busy trying to prepare for going camping for 10 days. <BR> <BR> And for the record, I lost a whopping 5 pounds for the month of June. Ewww... That is what you get with the screw-up approach -- lots of effort to take 2 steps forward and 1 step back, with less to show for it... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 18:34:56 EST cycling week 6 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400245 I've lost 2.4 lb this week total, despite messing up my HCal day and WAYyyyyy over-eating my calories and carbs (I gained 2.6 lbs overnight thanks to that mistake!). <BR> <BR> I reacted immediately to my indulgence and tried to do 2 days of fat-fasting, and while I failed at that, I did manage to eat very high fat and low calorie for those two days. I know it takes me 3 days of effort to recover from an indulgence, and the third day I ate my normal LCal (cycling) Day. And I lost the weig... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:07:44 EST