LADYBUG1943's SparkPeople Blog LADYBUG1943's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting the blahs... I've reached a kind of plateau where I just don't care about weight loss, and I'm telling myself that you're supposed to get a little fat on you when you age, and also have a strong desire to return to my Nebraska farm style way of eating. My mother cooked pretty well for maintaining health, and didn't use a lot of fat, but there were regular desserts and heavy-on-the pasta meals. I've always disliked salads, mostly because they took a long time to eat, but love soft warm dishes like casserol... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:31:24 EST How to lose weight: Have a very painful mouth sore! After OD-ing on sweet cherries, I developed a raw spot on the roof of my mouth that I exacerbated by continuing to eat. Did you know that even a banana has rough edges? LOL! It felt like it, anyway. <BR> <BR> Smoothies are my friend; they hurt my mouth, too, but don't make it worse. Have lost about 3 lbs. in the last two days. Hope I don't immediately eat to compensate when this forced fast is finished. <BR> <BR> Rainy here and headed for 97 degrees. Gotta w... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:15:37 EST Sunday... Got in only my yoga this morning, and haven't written in my Journible yet. Didn't get enough sleep so I've been half drowsy all day long. I did do a little more quilting on the Xmas quilt. Starting to get control over the beast. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed having my daughter and her kids (and three friends) visit church this morning on their way to camp. Our minister gave a nice acknowledgement to my 17 year old grandson, saying how much he respected him. Wonderful for people to give teenagers positiv... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 22:31:51 EST How interesting..... That the last time I wrote a blog was last Sunday, after setting a goal of writing 5 times a week. I think it was Ben Zander who said, when you make a mistake, say "How interesting!" and move on. <BR> <BR> Don't know Ben Zander? You'll profit from listening to him on any videos you find. Here's what TED had to say: "Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it -- and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:50 EST Peaceful Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is one of the shrubs I checked yesterday, not yet identified. It's in the mint family and that's all I can figure out. It's not one of the common mints we use in herbal teas. <BR> <BR> It was beautiful the day i took this picture, and had lots of bees and other insects buzzing around. <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:44:10 EST Gardening Today I work in the County Extension garden. My Master Gardener group are the ones in the state that have an exhibition garden, a thing of beauty. It also requires a good deal of work. I've found this group of gardeners to be friendly, hard working, and easy to get along with. Since I have experience in Texas with a 20 yr. membership in an herb club, I was given six raised beds of herbs in the Extension garden. Love working there, but it takes 40 minutes one way. <BR> <BR> Gardening, while ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:24:41 EST Taking it easy I've been too casual about weight loss this summer. You can translate that as "don't care." Consequently, in the last two months I've gained 3 pounds, which doesn't sound like much, but at 72, I have to work twice as hard to lose than I used to (or it seems that way), and I'm still about 20 pounds overweight. <BR> <BR> Reading about weight loss on Spark People, I notice the 100 pound weight losses as the "big deal," and 20 pounds lost doesn't seem to be a huge achievement, but it does make ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:11:23 EST Exercise and challenges Kudos to myself for being much more consistent with my exercise. Next step: with spring coming, I want to get outside much more, not only to walk, but to do whole-body workouts with gardening, which I love. <BR> <BR> Challenges: A newly developed asthma/allergy situation with this move. I'm tackling it on several fronts with not only medication but acupuncture and herbal remedies. It's discouraging to arrive at this stage in my life with health problems. I'm very healthy in most parts of my ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:31:54 EST Weight loss in 2014 Eight tenths of a pound. Not much, right? This last year, however, involved a move to another state after 30 years in the same house, numerous trips back and forth as we moved ourselves peacemeal fashion, and a pretty disrupted schedule most of the time. Moving in our 70s was a lot harder than the previous many moves when we were moving to new jobs. <BR> <BR> My biggest regret is that I've actually gained back about five pounds in just the last couple of months as I just relished in eating ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:16:21 EST Big goals, or long term goals Hmmmm.... having this new house was one of them, and now I realize I'm sort of spinning my wheels. Have had a couple of negative medical diagnoses, which are worrying me more than they should. Though I continue to exercise, worry about my health is keeping me from going all out. We don't have a doctor in this area yet, which is a first step here. <BR> <BR> There are nice things going on, though. We love this peaceful new location, and I'm fulfilling one long held desire: the Master Gardener... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 00:34:26 EST At a standstill.... with my weight loss. After starting on the DASH diet, I almost immediately lost 8 lbs., and then started to occasionally "cheat" (still within calorie range), and have stalled. It does seem that breads, desserts and pastas work against weight loss for me. <BR> <BR> The biggest reason, though, may be our upcoming move from Texas to Missouri and the resultant stress and change in routine. The up side of this is that I have maintained exercising, despite my heavier work load. Packing and organi... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:21:32 EST Atta Girl! I have a huge problem with procrastinating on mail or phone calls. There may be some deep seated issue here, but it's probably just.... I don't like to do it. <BR> <BR> Recently I ordered and received a rather expensive carrying case for my sewing machine. On the advice of someone, I ordered too large a size. I received it yesterday, and have already ordered the new size and arranged to have the other one shipped back. This is way, way efficient for me. I usually procrastinate at least seve... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:53:50 EST Three accomplishments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Coach challenge for today. Will finish later <BR> <BR> Accomplishment #1 - Down 1/5 of a pound today, even after eating at an Indian restaurant with no way to track exact calories. I DID eat mindfully. Woo HOO! <BR> <BR> Accomplishment #2 - Arrived to vocal lesson on time (smile) with a gift for my coach and was successful in working the "cold effect" out of my voice. <BR> <BR> Accomplishment #3 - Got the ma... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:16:10 EST Have you noticed this? On the start page, near the top left, there's a motivational statement that changes every time you go to the page. Last time I was there, it said "anything can happen." Just now, when I was testing my statement, it said "You've got this!" <BR> <BR> Here's the reason I'm spending time on it: Yesterday's coach challenge was to get exercise outside. Not only were we traveling most of the day to get back to our "new" house in Missouri, but I'm recovering from a cold and have found that cold air ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:52:28 EST Answering Coaching question In today's coaching session, I was asked what differences SP has made in my life--what I could do now, etc. <BR> <BR> My first thought was "not much," mainly because my over-achieving self thought I SHOULD be a fitness guru by now, at goal weight and with all muscle not fat. HA!! At my age, that's probably not achievable. Even if I was as thin as I'd like to be, I'd still wouldn't look like my 22 year old self any more. <BR> <BR> But.... a year or so ago, I woke up in the middle of the nig... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:49:25 EST Day 22 - Fill up without Filling out I've skipped day 21 for the time being.... it's about exercising an extra 200 calories, and I'm just beginning today back to exercising after three days of coughing. Yesterday was the worst, but was a turning point. I can tell today I'm on the mend, and intend to exercise just a little to get started back into the exercise habit. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=673 </link> <BR> <BR> This is the link for Day 22, about eating so you feel satiated... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:14:00 EST Smiling You may have noticed there's a gap in my Winter Wellness Challenge. I didn't write it about it but one time while we were in Missouri. I'm picking up the gauntlet today and finishing out the month. I've liked this challenge and like the reminders of all the aspects of losing weight, or should I say.... having a happy, well-balanced life. This wasn't using the challenge the way it was intended, but it'll still work for me. <BR> <BR> Day 20 - Smile <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:29:15 EST Woody Woodpecker? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've been loving watching the birds in our new house (haven't moved in permanently yet). <BR> <BR> Yesterday this gorgeous woodpecker flew in. We have, so far, three species of woodpeckers coming into the feeder. This is by far the biggest. I've done a little research, and I think it's a pileated woodpecker. I first thought this might be the inspiration for Woody Woodpecker, but it turns out that was an acorn wo... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:27:55 EST Day 19 - Tabata training I'm taking a pass on this one. My elliptical is unavailable right now, and that's the only cardio that I do that I can really go "all out" on. I'm still coughing from a bad cold 2 months ago, and physically I'm just not ready for that kind of workout. I'm not going to check off on Day 19 till I get to the end of this challenge and see if I feel more up to it. Four minutes is not very long, but I'm still not back to the level where I can make it at all effective. <BR> <BR> I'm sure you sharp ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:00:41 EST Day 17 and 18 Day 17 - Steps to a better derriere ( I HATE that other word) <BR> <BR> Did three of the exercises, and "starred" the article. These are good exercises. I especially liked the kick boxing one, and was amazed how much easier my right kick was than my left kick - very awkward. I'm sure my form was not nearly as good as my grandkids' kicks, all of whom take Tae Kwan Do, but I didn't do bad for an old broad. <BR> <BR> Day 18 - build a better lunch. This one is not too relevant, as I never pack ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:40:40 EST Day 16 - Get enough sleep This one will be easy. We'll be at a motel tonight, with none of our regular responsibilities, and we always get a really good rest. Working hard right now to get the trailer and suitcases packed means we're expending a lot of energy, which will help as well. <BR> <BR> I'll write next when we reach Missouri! <BR> <BR> Get some good sleep tonight, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:09:33 EST Day 15 - five 60 second bursts of energy 1. Drink a tall glass of water. Too easy! Drinking for 60 seconds???? <BR> 2. Twist it out. <BR> 3. Take a deep breath. Done. As a singer (and former trombone player), I know a lot about breathing deeply, breath management, and how to take little "sips' of air. However, now I have some residual gunk in my lungs from a bad cold, and each of my deep breaths resulted in coughing... I believe that's actually helpful. <BR> 4. Do 20 jumping jacks. The spirit is willing but the knees and bladder are... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:00:41 EST Days 13 and 14.... Check out these easy leg lifts, Day 13 assignment: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>detail.asp?video=21 </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't do the leg lifts yesterday, because I'd done fifty lunges [modified] during the days and my thighs were hurting. I am going to do them today, and try to remember them, 'cause they're a handy tool when you've been sitting all day and haven't exercised. <BR> <BR> The good news is I've been consistent with exercise so many days that I'm n... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:21:27 EST Day 12 - Interval Walking <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> I've missed a day, so I'll talk about day 11, which was to concentrate on relaxation techniques. I've been doing a morning yoga routine for several years, and have trained myself to know how to relax. As I did my routine this morning, I noticed how much my body needed it, especially after a two day absence. The first thing I ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:22:26 EST January challenge: Winter Wellness Right now, I'm failing on this challenge, so I'm going to have to start blogging to make myself accountable. I love these challenges, but I'm five days behind on this one. I try to do them in order, but sometimes am tempted to check off the ones that don't require exercise, because I usually do those all the time anyway. <BR> <BR> But to get specific..... the challenge I haven't addressed yet is "10 smart ways to Burn More Calories." I'll come back and report when I've read the article and f... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:16:33 EST Here's some motivation This lady is not on Spark People, but she's motivated herself to start the journey toward health. Just the way she talks and acts changes tremendously from first to last <BR> <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 23:40:01 EST Spark start page My favorite thing, besides the "rolling for your team flag," is the marquee of your goals that roll past, and 5 spark points if you review them. I like the way I was guided through the process of adding my own personal goals, besides borrowing some from Spark People. <BR> <BR> I'm really good at looking at the goals with my eyes and not listening and taking them to heart. For example: the shortest term goal I have is to walk a 10K by the end of the year. This was derailed by 2 weeks of bein... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:56:00 EST THE WORK BEGINS We're home now, in Texas. Grieving over the upcoming move because I love this house we live in, and I love the church here. It's going to be sad to leave. Whenever I start feeling sad, though, I remember the tall forest we'll be living in after the move, and the scurry of birds flying into the bird feeders we filled while we were there. Outdoor living is going to be wonderful there, and I do like the house with its two complete kitchens. <BR> <BR> Now, however, we have to shed ourselves of ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:14:56 EST SHORT CHECK IN... and then some more. In the new house; no computer. Thumb-pecking on my Kindle is pretty laborious. <BR> <BR> Challenge for today: Plan tomorrow's meals. <BR> <BR> Mini Wheats w/banana & 2% milk <BR> <BR> One bread Turkey sandwich with salad greens, milk, grapefruit <BR> <BR> Frozen dinner <BR> <BR> FOLLOW-UP! I did not follow the above menu, which is why I don't like to make them. What I did eat was fine and still in the program... just different. I don't think I'll ever be a good set-the-menu-ahead-and... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:00:22 EST Three accomplishments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been sick for 10 days now. No fever; it's not the flu, just a terribly wracking painful cough that is keeping me from sleeping at night. Ever since I reached the coughing stage of this cold, I've been forced to get up at some time during the night, wrap myself in a nice warm fleece bathrobe, and sleep the rest of the night in my comfy "reading" chair. <BR> <BR> Because of this, I've only exercised a few time... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:27:29 EST Health! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got this picture from my daughter today, taken when she and her daughter are saying goodbye. My granddaughter is leaving to go back to college. As I looked at the vibrant health they both have (including the photo-bombing Dad!), I reflected how very important healthy eating is. My daughter is a terrific cook, and has cooked delicious meals starting with this same first child. They eat three meals every day, and ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:59:37 EST Today's challenge: Changes We're to concentrate today on the changes in our life due to Spark People. This was actually on my mind last night, as I used my abs only to sit up in bed. I used to brace myself with my arms to sit straight up like I did. (Which I think started with the birth of our last child by Caesarean section.) <BR> <BR> Except in my early motherhood years, I've eaten a pretty healthy diet as far as getting nutrition is concerned. A subscription of "Organic Gardening" in the 60s made me aware of additi... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:29:58 EST Our new house (I hope!!!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This shot was elongated... realtors do it to make the house look bigger, I think. It's not as big as it looks here. <BR> <BR> We've since found out the house has too high a level of radon, so we have to decide if we want to get a mitigation system. I fell in love with the landscaping. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Native stone walkway.... gorgeous! <BR>... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:32:06 EST Today's challenge: Vegetables I'm blogging about this one, because my emphasis is usually on the FRUIT part of fruits and vegetables. We eat a lot of fruit, but they are more calorie dense than vegetables. I remember when I married my husband, I was appalled when his mother cooked vegetable-only meals, and now I'm trying to do that myself! [Her vegetables were cooked in... I'm not kidding... about a half an inch lake of lard or vegetable oil. She later repented!] My own mother used to serve a delicious dish of "wilted let... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:46:18 EST Headed home... In a motel in Miami, Oklahoma. (pronounced My-am-uh!) We had a good time in the Missouri farmland/hills and visiting our daughter and family. We possibly have a house, too, if everything goes well. Yea!!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is fitting in some strength moves, so I'll be doing wall pushups in the restroom stalls and if I find an empty bathroom, maybe some lunges or something like that. I've done this before and feel very virtuous. I LIKE that feeling! Did a short walk up a very steep ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:24:41 EST Today's Challenge Today we were to eat slowly, enjoying our meal, and the challenge was so easy, since we ate out at Red Lobster with daughter and her husband. Calories were less than I expected, dinner was enjoyable and company was special. What a coincidence! <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:23:40 EST Joined a challenge today Tightening up the derriere! I HATE that other word.... too many years of my mother's insistence on proper words, not slang. We were taught to say penis, vulva, urinate.... no giggling behind the hands at the real words, multi-syllable they may be. Need I add that she was an English teacher? <BR> <BR> Speaking of English, I was surprised to get no comments on yesterday's blog. Any of you reading this one, can you tell me why? No love for poetry? I share that that apathy, though in my case th... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:04:10 EST Unconquered Spark Coach asked me this morning to devise a motivational quote for myself. All I could think of was "I'm the boss of me," kind of a childish phrase, but appropriate for a people pleaser like myself. It's been a thought I hadn't yet put into words. I sometimes find myself too responsive to what other people think I should be doing, including my family, Spark persons, and even sometimes mere acquaintances. To be aware that ONLY I am the master of what I do, as well as the one who suffers the ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:37:57 EST Ft. Worth Cultural center today There were mustang competitions, a dog show, and a quilt show. I could have happily spent all day in any of the three. I was a little dismayed in how exhausted I was when we got back. I'll add a picture as soon as I get it downloaded. <BR> <BR> I had to wake myself up to get ready for bed, so only 10 minutes of exercise today. Have to do double time tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> G'night! Sat, 21 Sep 2013 23:29:00 EST Eating Intuitively That's today's challenge in the SparkCoach program I joined. My first thought was that I'm pretty good at eating only when I'm hungry. Then I thought of all the times I eat because I'm at someone else's house and everyone else is eating. We all know, too, that food in social conditions isn't often the best thing to eat. I'm guilty of fixing our favorite dessert only when we can make sure there's others to eat with us. Do I have some too? You bet! It's a solution that's only halfway good. <BR>... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:09:58 EST Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been very depressed lately. That would surprise people who know me personally; I'm actually a friend who lifts the spirits of those around me. My depression has come from my own inadequacies and the fear that I am, by nature, worthless. I know.... sounds really dark, but it usually doesn't last too long. <BR> <BR> Because of SP coaching today, I'm to list three things I'm grateful for. I've kept gratitude jo... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:09:18 EST Second Day Of the "Consistency and Maintenance" group with Spark Coaches. Today we're supposed to plan tomorrow's meals, and we're leaving tomorrow on a short two-day trip for my husband's business. I know the first meal of the day will be two eggs and a sliced tomato, and dinner will be roast beef at our favorite on-the-road restaurant, so I need to be thinking about any food we eat in the car and tomorrow's supper. Yes.... supper. I'm from the Midwest where "dinner" is at noon [promptly!!] and supper ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:49:46 EST Goal Setting Goal setting is a real challenge for me. The minute I make one, I defeat myself, knowing I will not meet the goal. Consequently, I avoid goal making 95% of the time. There ARE a few I've made that succeeded, and there's a change in the way I think about it them. Mostly, it's that the goal was MINE to choose, and wasn't in response to a goal I thought I SHOULD choose. <BR> <BR> The biggest example of this is the fact that I've actually gained about 5 lbs. the 3 years I've been on Spark Peopl... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:45:05 EST Another lesson learned..... After fitting in walking so well on my trip, I have yet to take a walk since I've been home. My epiphany this morning was that maybe when you have too MUCH time, it's easier to procrastinate. It's true also that the first day home (Monday), I was pretty tired but I've found that you can walk through any amount of tiredness, and feel better for it. <BR> <BR> I also have to fight my tendency to never be satisfied. At the end of the day my mind dwells on the things I did NOT get to rather than... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:09:06 EST Walking when you can.... Just back from a beautiful Alabama wedding, but the trip itself was hard.... 12 hours both ways; left Friday morning, home Sunday night. <BR> <BR> Saturday I did a "hotel parking lot walk" with two different groups... racked up just over 2 1/2 miles, in 90°+ temperatures. Did NOT take advantage of the hotel workout room; being with my family was more important. Two family members participated in a 5K Charity run, so the fitness bug is spreading! <BR> <BR> Traveling there and back.... walked... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:11:46 EST Today's assignment is..... to blog about our workout excuses. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My problem is that I don't consciously make an excuse as I procrastinate. I always think I'm going to do it.... soon...... up until 10 p.m., when I realize that I haven't done anything yet. That's when I often will exercise, despite the fact that it's not a good time. So far, I'm acknowledging that it's okay for me to do that, rather than not at all. However, the time is... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:26:54 EST More on the back pain... Today I did light gardening and little chores around the house, just to keep moving. I've gotten very sensitive to bending down. I shoveled some mulch into the wheel barrow, making the bag light enough to lift and empty it. The hardest part was tossing the mulch down among the flowers and bending down to spread it.* I was very slow and deliberate with this. I anticipated pain and made the move more gradual than it really had to be, I'm sure. I'm feeling like a wuss, but my back is definitely ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 01:20:05 EST Trying to stay on my feet.... I've been having major back pain lately, and it's from sitting too much, I know. <BR> <BR> Not only did I have almost a week of sitting in a car... well, sitting then jumping out and trying to get some exercise in for a while; going from stiff and stumbling to walking normally as fast as I could... but I was tired when I got home so I "rested." I think I only had two days with no exercise at all, but there was way too much sitting, so today I've been trying to only stay in a chair for 15 min... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:10:51 EST Hectic times <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We recently drove up to Missouri on a house hunting trip, completely derailing the last week on the two week plan of SP's new book. <BR> <BR> Within one hour of leaving, we were sideswiped in a bizarre accident, delaying us 30 minutes. About two hours after that, going north on Hwy. 75 in Oklahoma, a southbound car catapulted a stone right toward my head. Thankfully, the windshield did what it was supposed to do... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:38:58 EST The Spark Solution Today's post is in answer to some questions about the new Spark Solution Program <BR> <BR> • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? <BR> - I needed a "new start," and was determined to follow it exactly [which I've been unable to do]. Over the last 6 months, I've gained about 5 pounds instead of losing, even though I have a very nutritious diet. I no longer eat chips, and almost no processed foods. Desserts, especially homemade ones, come into my radar just frequently enou... Sat, 18 May 2013 18:53:55 EST