KRISZTA11's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KRISZTA11 KRISZTA11'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/ Beck Check #20, high school reunion and retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241435 This was a good week. <BR> Had to twist my exercise schedule on account of two business trips with long drives, but did everything I planned. I requested a day off (Thursday) for the long hours worked. <BR> Eating went well. <BR> All is good, so I only did my weekly Beck skills checklist and read Advantages Response Card, D3 Eat Sitting Down and D5 Eat Slowly and Mindfully. <BR> <BR> Our 30 years high school reunion was Friday night, after work. <BR> It was good to see most of us look great ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:59:10 EST Beck Check #19 - good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238256 This was a good week. <BR> I followed my plan at all but one meal - that is success 20/21 meals. <BR> The unplanned meal was comfort food, response to unpleasant emotions - ate tortellini instead of my planned dinner. <BR> That meant I had the brown rice and beans I cooked for the next two dinners - and it was so easy to just take them out of the fridge, microwave them, add olive oil and vegetables. Knowing what I was going to eat and really eat it was comforting and pleasant. More than the s... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 03:39:22 EST My 5 Years of Maintenance: a journey of continuous learning and practice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237236 I reached my goal weight 5 years ago, 16Sep2011. <BR> That's a huge milestone - when you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%! <BR> I wrote my first SP blog on the day I reached my goal: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487673 </link> <BR> <BR> The upcoming anniversary kept me thinking during the past week, searching for what message to share here about my journey... it is continuous learning and practice. <BR> ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:14:43 EST Beck Check #18 and retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234126 Good week again. <BR> Workload was low and I noticed I can easily take 2 days off and still get everything done - so I took Thursday and Friday off, and went to my parents' summer house for a 2-day silent retreat. It was my sixth this year. <BR> As always, I did long hikes on the hills, and lots of meditation: breathing, walking, sweeping (ie. through body parts), mindful walking barefoot on the grass, listening to dharma talks. <BR> Some sessions I got to very good levels of concentration. <... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:50:24 EST Beck Check#17 and meditation update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229810 This was a good week again. <BR> After realizing unmeasured summer fruits can get me into trouble, now I measure watermelon, cantaloupe and grapes at dinner. Weight is back to center and I feel good. <BR> I ticked all items on my weekly Beck to do list as done or not applicable (eg. go cravings, no sabotaging thoughts...) <BR> So I read my Advantages Response Card, <BR> (a few weeks ago I added a new, very meaningful response to "Why Do I Want to Maintain my Weight by Sticking to my Plan?" ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 04:52:36 EST Beck Check #16: now I know why... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225201 Now I know why it took me 4 weeks to get rid of weight gained on vacation, instead of the usual few days... it is Watermelon and Cantaloupe! <BR> I always measure all my food on kitchen scale, cheese, legumes, butter, peanut butter, cheese, rye bread, nuts and seeds... but not fruits and vegetables. <BR> Not vegetables because they really have so few calories they are not worth to fuss with. <BR> Not fruits because even if they can hold significant calories, portions are obvious. <BR> And thi... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:31:13 EST Beck Check #15: good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221252 This was a good week. <BR> At work I had some time on my hands and organized my emails and notes, discarding thousands of emails I will never need and making my folders, calendar and tasks simple and easy to use. I also started to use OneNote, very useful and pretty. <BR> <BR> I followed my food plan, 3 meals a day, pre-planned portions, no unplanned eating. <BR> I was a little disappointed on Friday morning when I my weight was up exactly where it was 3 weeks ago, returning from vacation...... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 05:34:28 EST Beck check #14: better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218492 Last week's summary blog helped. <BR> I did a better job at not eating standing up (except some watermelon after dinner), and followed my plan. Now I'm one pound closer to my center weight - at least I was before I left for a 3-day mini vacation with my parents and two sisters + their husbands and kids. <BR> Little nephews and nieces are adorable. <BR> I ate well and did my usual exercise, but due to unusual / salty food I expect I'll be back up. <BR> Oh well... Direction is good, so I don't ... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:55:29 EST Visualisation of balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215329 The first weeks of weight loss phase always seem easy. I'm determined and motivated, I'm active, I have a good food plan and follow it 100% - and magically I feel stronger and happier immediately, before losing a noticeable amount of weight. I know what I want to eat and I'm satisfied with that. In past, I always gave up after those few happy weeks. <BR> <BR> Five years ago things changed (thank you Spark People!) and here I am in maintenance. <BR> I still notice that it is very easy to stay... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 04:54:12 EST Beck check #13: so-so http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213835 I'm not very happy with my eating this week. <BR> Same old, same old: breakfast and lunch fine, dinner somewhat bigger than it should be, and on top of that, almost every day of the week abundant amounts of ice cream were available, wherever I went. And most days I had 2-3 portions, over my normal food. <BR> Result: I'm still 2 pounds over center weight, and I experience some food coma and cravings on most days. <BR> I never suffer from them when I follow my plan, and I don't want to - so I n... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 16:26:07 EST My summer vacation - picture blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209881 We spent the first 7 days of our vacation in Austria, 2-2 nights at small villages surrounded by nature: mountains, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers. Lots of hiking, biking - wonderful experience... My beloved hills in Hungary are rather small compared to these mountains so I enjoyed every minute spent in this (for me) special environment. <BR> First picture was taken at our second guest house, then I hiked up to the border between Alpine forest to bare rock. I loved how thick pine forest thinne... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:00:28 EST Beck check#12: vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209855 I was on a 10-day vacation with DH and two grown up kids - this blog is about the healthy lifestyle aspects, will write a separate blog about the places we visited, with pictures. <BR> <BR> Eating: I did great! <BR> Followed my plan: 3 healthy meals a day, nothing in between. <BR> Indulgences: 1 full size pizza (in Italy), and a midnight snack when we got home after a 14 hour drive (yellow sweet corn, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate) <BR> Alcohol: I drank a small beer 3 or 4 times with dinne... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:55:44 EST Beck check #11: good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201417 This week was good on all fronts: private life, work, food and exercise. <BR> Kids are traveling, making steps toward adult life in different ways: both organized their trip without any help from us, and DS went with his girlfriend, DD pays everything by herself. <BR> DH and I have the evenings and the weekend to ourselves, things are where we left them, kitchen and rooms are tidy, no need for grocery shopping ; ) <BR> <BR> Eating was good: I did not eat anything off plan or outside meals, ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:49:14 EST Inner peace is priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199016 Most of the time, when I eat well, sleep enough, don't drink alcohol, follow my exercise plan and meditate daily, I experience a very pleasant state of mind: peace, calmness and inner bliss. At the same time I feel alert and full of energy. <BR> Especially in the mornings when I do my yoga and walk or run, I'm very happy for no reason whatsoever. <BR> <BR> Now, in the past week I did a few things that did not fit in my healthy lifestyle. <BR> Nothing horrible and not many times: <BR> -once a... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 03:16:21 EST Beck Check # 10: good week and epic fail on Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197867 I had a good week, both in my private life and at work too. <BR> Exercise went well, there was an extra evening walk with husband, but I skipped 2 morning yoga workouts due to work schedule and did not do them in the evening because I was lazy. <BR> I'm not good with evening exercise. <BR> <BR> Last week I reported I have trouble with eating standing up & nibbling, so I monitor this daily. <BR> No problems all day, only when I get home from work. <BR> Not really cravings (discomfort level 1... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 04:50:35 EST Beck check #8 - behavior adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193977 In the past 2 weeks I noticed my tendency to eat unplanned bites standing, <BR> the problem with this behavior is not the extra calories. <BR> Nothing is wrong with a big slice of watermelon or a very small cup of ice cream. <BR> The problem is the more unplanned bites I eat standing, the more I want, and I have (mild) cravings and struggle instead of the usual peace and freedom from cravings. <BR> <BR> I wanted my peace back, so paid attention and practiced Beck anti-craving techniques. <BR... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 08:25:47 EST SP Planner: found my weight loss phase blog entries #4 and Last: September 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193398 These are the last ones of my old weigh loss phase journal series, <BR> because I started to write real blogs when I reached my goal. <BR> <BR> 03Sep2011 - Portion size versus serving size <BR> I believe "portion size" is not always same as "serving size", especially not for grains. <BR> We are supposed to eat 6-11 serving sizes of grains, but we do not have 6-11 meals a day. <BR> I have 4 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dinner 2), usually around 280-350 calories. <BR> One serving of grain... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 05:07:00 EST SP Planner: found my weight loss phase blog entries #3: August 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193396 01Aug2011. Feeling good and No Cigarettes <BR> Nothing special, I just feel good today, <BR> Slept well, so well that DH snoring on my side woke me up once only and I slept back immediately. <BR> <BR> No cigarettes for 5 days - this did not happen to me in the past 6 years. <BR> But I don't miss it - well, 1-2x daily I feel a vague urge to light one, but ut goes away within a minute. <BR> If the urge was worse, I could always meditate, but I never had to meditate as an emergency solution. I ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 04:44:45 EST SP Planner: found my weight loss phase blog entries #2: July 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193394 02Jul2011: How I spend time <BR> Tracking food and physical activity and goals, and writing journal takes quite a lot of time. <BR> This is the time I used to spend sitting at my desk in the evenings, reading and eating mindlessly. And it is at least as good a way to spend time. <BR> It wa just inertia, the easiest way, when I used to eat all evening. <BR> The way I grew up - eating was the central interest at my grandparents' house. <BR> <BR> Today I bought some new super foods: millet and ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 04:29:29 EST SP Planner: found my weight loss phase blog entries #1: June 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193388 One of my teams' message boards provided a link to Spark People Planner, where one can make private journal entries and set up appointments and reminders: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/planner.<BR>asp </link> <BR> <BR> In the past it used to be more visible, but it was moved elsewhere and I completely forgot about it. <BR> Yesterday I checked - and all my weight loss phase journal entries are there! <BR> I share those that are relevant to my healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 04:00:58 EST No cravings tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191247 My craving log and Beck Day 13 Overcome Cravings response cards were waiting for me on my desk, but I didn't need them tonight. <BR> When I was finishing my watermelon slices after dinner, I quickly decided dessert is one square of dark chocolate and ate it. <BR> No indecision, no struggle, no cravings. <BR> This is how I like it ; ) <BR> <BR> My response card says (copied from the book, not my own wisdom) <BR> "The emotionally painful part of cravings is the struggle. <BR> Once I say with t... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:53:57 EST Overcome Cravings reminders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190582 So, after last week's mild evening overeating episodes I decided not to wait until I'm in trouble, <BR> instead this morning I pulled my old Beck D13 Overcome Cravings, placed it on my desk where I eat dinner, and made simple log to record what happens. <BR> Last year when I did the book I could not do this experiment anyway, because I had no cravings to work with. <BR> <BR> Sunday and Monday was similar: after proper dinner I still felt like eating something more. <BR> Tonight I had room fo... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:26:42 EST Beck Check #8 and overnight stay at my parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189813 Eating was OK this week, but far from perfect. <BR> Almost all evenings I ate a few bites of bread standing in the kitchen - at least alarm LEDs were blinking in my head, I knew I'm on the edge of provoking cravings and overeating. <BR> Thanks to that, overeating remained minor. <BR> <BR> Saturday night I was going to have a date with my parents at their summer house - and it was moved to Friday night as my son wanted to have a party in our home. <BR> We sat on the terrace of their house, t... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:59:25 EST My new staple foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187046 Early April I stopped eating meat regularly. <BR> I only eat a small portion of meat when someone (usually DS) cooks for the family, especially to honor the cook and show my appreciation. I don't miss it. <BR> To make sure I get enough protein and nutrients, I planned to eat more eggs, diary and legumes. Also switched from white to brown rice. <BR> <BR> I got to love legumes, they became my new staple foods. <BR> Now, my breakfast is always oatmeal with nuts and fruits, workday lunch is rye... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:22:26 EST Beck check #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185284 Good week again. <BR> Took 3 days off, and spent 2 days - 2 nights on self retreat at my parents' house, this was my 5th this year. As the house is on a hill, and the back door of the garden opens to a hiking trail, my retreats always include several hours of hiking. <BR> Thanks to this, I did more exercise than usual: 900 fitness minutes and 3600 calories for the week (my plan is 400 minutes, 2600 calories). <BR> Did a lot of meditation, had nice experiences of calm, silence and concentratio... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:40:18 EST Beck check #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180679 This was a good week again. <BR> I complied with my plan all week except 2 times: accepted a chocolate wafer from boss at work one afternoon, and accepted 2 small slices of leftover pizza from DS after dinner once. <BR> That is fairly good compliance, and did not induce cravings or any negative feelings in me. <BR> <BR> For any new readers, the plan I'm following is a mixture of Beck diet solution and Bright Line Eating: <BR> Beck: <BR> -eat sitting down, slowly, noticing every bite <BR> -e... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:49:57 EST Beck check #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176401 A good week again! <BR> I had one minor slip up that I blogged about during the week. <BR> Otherwise eating, exercise, meditation and work went well, and I have been in a good mood. <BR> So, I only read my Advantages Response Card, titles of all other response cards and an old sabotaging though analysis card (relevant to Monday mishap) <BR> <BR> Sabotaging Thought: <BR> "It is OK to eat this small piece of bread. It will satisfy my craving, and then I'll stop eating immediately and I will fe... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 13:54:32 EST Meditation progress analysis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175540 "Thanks" to waking up too early almost every day in the past 2 months, I developed a consistent daily meditation routine: I do 45-60 minutes 5-7 times a week, in the morning. <BR> I took notes of my experience and found out what works best for me. <BR> <BR> Timing: <BR> My concentration is sluggish if I meditate immediately after waking up, just sitting up in bed. I did that for a while because the earlier the time is, the lower the risk of noise and disruption is. A few times I woke up real... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 04:02:36 EST Minor derailment on the food front (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173496 I usually write summaries on the note of "this was a good week", that means all meals were fine and had no negative sensations/feelings regarding food: no cravings, no overfullness, no hunger (no more than mild, few minutes per day). <BR> <BR> Poor food choices are rare, and nothing horrible and I don't think it is very important. I had one last night, and I share for the Beck check how I handled it. <BR> <BR> So, Monday was a hard day! I had 4 meetings, 90 + 90 + 30 + 60 minutes, with no ... Tue, 31 May 2016 04:04:26 EST Beck check #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172272 This was a great week. <BR> <BR> Eating was good - proper portions, all eaten sitting, paying attention. <BR> Exercise as usual - 4 runs, 3 walks, yoga every day. <BR> Last night we visited friends, they cooked wonderful mexican food, I did not plan what I will eat but ate reasonably. <BR> Did my weekly Beck check on Saturday, as there were no problems I only read Advantages Response Card and titles of response cards. <BR> <BR> There was some pressure at work, and during weekend I supported... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:33:09 EST How did my healthy lifestyle journey start? + yoga on concrete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168499 A Spark Friend asked on her blog: <BR> "what flipped that switch in you that made you passionate about changing around your whole life, to lose weight?" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168336 </link> <BR> I share my response here too: <BR> "For me it was reading The Spark, by SP founder Chris Downie. In e-book, I recall it was about 6 dollars. Yes, I'm a self help book person. <BR> The book promised I can build a healthy lifestyle for the re... Mon, 23 May 2016 03:42:46 EST Beck check #3 and update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167582 This week was wonderful for me. <BR> <BR> For the Beck check: <BR> last week's thorough review of my response cards was good for me. <BR> This week I did not engage in any unskillful thoughts and behaviors, I was happy with my food and my food choices at all times. I ate good food, only breakfast - lunch- dinner, no overeating, no cravings, with rare and fleeting hunger. <BR> <BR> So this Saturday I only read my Advantages Response Card, titles of all other response cards and a sabotaging t... Sat, 21 May 2016 14:02:15 EST Beck check #2 and update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162574 This was a good week. <BR> There was only one problematic meal: after stressful day ate bread standing in the kitchen AFTER dinner, and set off a minor overeating episode (details in previous blog). <BR> I got back on track immediately and rest of week was fine. <BR> <BR> Beck review: <BR> -read my Advantages Response Card and all my relevant response cards carefully <BR> -D3 Eat Sitting Down <BR> -D5 Eat Slowly and Mindfully <BR> -D11 Differentiate between Hunger, Desire and Cravings <BR> -... Sat, 14 May 2016 05:13:54 EST Minor derailment on the food front http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160899 Monday was super busy. <BR> I gave a long presentation at office meeting, then was in and out of meetings all day except a 15 min lunch break. I was very tired but not particularly stressed when I got home. <BR> <BR> Ate my healthy dinner, then went to the terrace to do walking meditation in beautiful evening sunshine. (credit, credit) <BR> Then DD and DH came home from grocery shopping, and I joined them putting the things away. I was not hungry. <BR> DD ate a piece of white bread roll st... Wed, 11 May 2016 14:42:24 EST Beck check #1 and update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158002 For the weekly check in of the Beck Diet Solution team. <BR> I finished the pink book in February 2015, and I'm doing weekly checks since then. <BR> <BR> # I have read my Advantages Response Card weekly <BR> (being in maintenance, it is about advantages of maintaining my current healthy weight) <BR> -I feel good <BR> -I have a lot of energy <BR> -I look good <BR> -I am free from cravings <BR> -I am free from overeating <BR> -I don't think of food much between meals, I have more time <BR> -I ... Sat, 7 May 2016 04:56:51 EST Alternative solution - instead of tracking all my food every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149678 Tracking all my food is the foundation on which I built up everything l know about healthy eating, and I will be forever grateful for SP Nutrition Tracker. <BR> However, after almost 2 years of tracking everything I got bored. I knew all the data, why bother? Unfortunately Not Tracking also meant Not Planning and Not Measuring, and that got me into trouble: emotional eating, cravings, overeating, weight creeping up, feeling helpless... <BR> <BR> How I can I have the benefits of food planning... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 03:37:34 EST Invisible Calories - harmful in many ways! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144013 Eating invisible calories support the false belief one is compliant with the diet of choice. <BR> That may be a pleasant thought, but invisible calories do more harm than just manifesting as weight gain: <BR> <BR> - they are eaten in a hurry, not paying attention so there is no visual / sensual satisfaction <BR> - they are immediately forgotten, so food consumption is underestimated <BR> - they create feelings of helplessness and deprivation: "I only eat so few calories, my meals are so smal... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:44:04 EST What we can't control - and what we can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135265 We have absolutely no control over how much we weigh today. <BR> Actual weight is a result of past actions that cannot be changed. <BR> Too simple, isn't it? <BR> An still, how many hours are wasted on worries and regrets in response to the number of the scale in the world every day, people wanting their bodies to be different from how it really is. How much suffering arises from feelings of helplessness and guilt. <BR> With no impact whatsoever on actual weight. <BR> <BR> But we can take c... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 03:56:33 EST The Ultimate Pleasure Deficit of Food - my insights from mindful eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118799 I ate quite a few meals mindfully in the past days, the last being today's breakfast. <BR> By mindful I mean no reading, no distractions. <BR> Look at food, raise hand, lift spoon, take mouthful of food, chew, feel taste, swallow, feel volume and warmth in throat and stomach, feel fullness, repeat. <BR> <BR> What I noticed is this: eating is a neutral feeling most of the time. <BR> There are pleasant moments, but few and short. <BR> The disappearance of hunger (if I was hungry before the mea... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:58:17 EST Retreat #1 of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117923 I spent Thursday and Friday on self- retreat at my parent's house. <BR> I love the silence and the beauty of the place. <BR> Did a lot of sitting and walking meditation, and long mindful walks in the forest and in the village - it was resting and uplifting, as always. <BR> Not as comfortable as on warm days, as there was no running water and heater only in one room. Rest of the house was freezing cold, a lot colder than outside. One evening I made a fire in the tile stove first time ever - i... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 05:38:31 EST Not the way I planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113079 The lunch with my family did not go as planned. <BR> We had a great time and enjoyed it all, but deviated from my plan - I have no bad feelings about that, I'm just sharing this to show bad food days happen to everyone and that they are not the end of the world. If you don't care to read my account of overeating, please don't bother to read : ) <BR> <BR> In the restaurant there was the chef's daily offer: roast pork knuckles with cabbage, which was not on the online menu I chose from. <BR> I... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 02:23:06 EST Miscellaneous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112352 I had a very busy week at work, on Monday and Tuesday I had meetings at 9 am which is bad because normally I start at 10:30 and leave after 7. It is no good leaving earlier because of traffic. But it was a very productive week, on Friday I handed over a big project to a colleague... Phew... so now only have my "real" job, people management, and will have ample time to do it. <BR> We worked on Saturday, to have bridge day 14th March off. <BR> I had to twist my exercise schedule to avoid traffi... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 04:38:04 EST Happy Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106645 Thank you my friends for your support and words of wisdom on my yesterday's blog! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> After my nap I was not annoyed anymore. <BR> Also, eventually DH found 10-20 he could let go of, and I too had some old vocabularies and language textbooks, altogether 40-50 books left tour home - not much, but looks a lot better. <BR> We agreed that we will tackle the second half of books differently: <BR> I'll put every book on the floor, do the cleaning, and leave the sorting and or... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 09:44:18 EST Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106006 Today I tried to sort books with DH. <BR> He was reasonable with DVDs and enjoyed the end result: having only our favorites, rather than having them scattered in the sea of those worthless to us. <BR> <BR> I explained upfront that I want to get rid of those nobody touched in 20-30 years, and neither us will read them ever nor will we recommend them to anyone. He said OK. <BR> Then I took off the books, dusted them off (aaargh), cleaned the dust and spiderwebs that accumulated in the past 15 ... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:29:27 EST Eat Dessert Every Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104264 I read these two great articles, I hope you find them useful. <BR> They say eating dessert regularly in a smart way, in controlled portions is a lot better for successful weight loss and maintenance than total deprivation: <BR> <BR> Why We Eat Dessert Every Day and You Should Eat Too! <BR> <link>https://beckdietsolution.wordpress.c<BR>om/2016/01/12/why-we-eat-dessert-and-y<BR>ou-should-too/ </link> <BR> <BR> How to Eat Dessert Every Day <BR> <link>https://beckdietsolution.wordpress.c<... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 02:59:30 EST My experience with maintenance cycles and not-so-good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100297 My SP Friend JEANKNEE wrote a great blog about maintenance cycles and slippery slopes: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098092 </link> <BR> <BR> and shared this article: <BR> <link>https://beckdietsolution.wordpress.c<BR>om/?s=cycle+of+maintenance </link> <BR> <BR> I had two weight loss phases, one in 2011 (thanks to The Spark) and one at start of 2015 (thanks to The Beck Diet Solution), and since my weight has been pretty stable, exce... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 03:42:39 EST Pick Center Weight As Goal, Not The Lowest Achieved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095445 I often read blogs in which Sparkers complain about "gaining" 3-4 pounds overnight, and being worried about it. <BR> <BR> I wrote a maintenance Secret of Success about how I handle weight fluctuations without worries - I post it here hoping team members transitioning to maintenance may find it useful: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/secrets.asp?tip=<BR>44383_pick_center_weight_as_goal_not_t<BR>he_lowest_achieved </link> <BR> <BR> I had a good week again. Very busy at work, including a two-day... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 05:10:26 EST Good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090139 On Monday I complained about feeling grumpy, on account of not enough sleep, no morning exercise and blue light therapy. <BR> Thank you for the good wishes, they helped a lot. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> On the next days of the week I made sure I went to bed on time. <BR> On Tuesday and Wednesday I woke up too early, but did deep relaxation in bed (just as resting as sleep) and did my yoga and walk or run every morning. After that, my sleep was back to normal. <BR> I was amused, because... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:02:42 EST Bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084975 Not THAT bad, but pretty bad. <BR> Did not sleep enough and did not sleep well. <BR> Had to go to work early, and had to stay in late. <BR> Did not have time for walking, running or yoga. <BR> Forgot to switch on my blue therapy lamp during breakfast. <BR> I felt sleepy, irritable, distracted and slow all day. <BR> <BR> Guess what? <BR> In pre-Spark times ago almost all my days were like this, with more or less overeating on top. So feel lucky to have these days are now very rare. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:47:29 EST Update on tidying project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083640 This is not about eating well and exercise. <BR> But it is relevant to living a healthy life, so I thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I read this book, after SP Friend JJMLSPN mentioned in her blog: <BR> The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing <BR> By Marie Kondo. <BR> It is a keeper, and I added it to my book list on my SP page. <BR> <BR> She suggests an unusual approach: <BR> declutter by category, not by location, <BR> all in one go,... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:24:28 EST