LADYJAJA's SparkPeople Blog LADYJAJA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Long Time Gone It's hard to believe I've been Sparkless for so long now. My hobbies are to blame. As a musician, I am incapable of focusing for long on things that don't make sounds, and even then, I am an "unfaithful lover" because I want to learn to play so many instruments. When I find instrumental inspiration, I can lose myself at play for hours. <BR> <BR> I have lost 10 pounds without really obsessing over needing to lose them. Through having my first colonoscopy, I rediscovered WATER. During th... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 14:11:26 EST A Hoop Story My Spark journal has gone unattended for such a long time! My first attempt to write sounded like a million stories of the cozy winter, enjoying hot soups and stews, quilts and the like. So I decided to switch things up and tell a summer story, an old fashioned tale with a moral at the end. <BR> <BR> We live in the country, waaaay out in the country that makes us feel like we've had the good pleasure of occupying paradise. And, when you're out of reach and the outside world seems to go... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:42:29 EST Hit and Miss Summer 2014 I'm welcoming myself back to Spark after an unusually hectic summer. We tackled projects that have been on our to-do list for years, and once we started, just kept going with it! There were no breaks. There were no vacations. And at the mere mention of doing something else, as in, "gee, that shed roof is looking ........", my husband was off to the hardware emporium gathering the supplies. So it was a working summer, but hugely productive and satisfying. Now it is fall, and the time I'v... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:49:45 EST I'm Discovering..... TOFU! <BR> <BR> I've never really gotten acquainted with tofu, that bland soybean curd in the plastic tub of runny liquid. Not very appetizing to look at. A little sliver of a taste is bland personified. So, why all the excitement about tofu? <BR> <BR> I've been following an Oriental cooking program on television and have been inspired to give tofu another try. One of my "triggers" is seeing someone taste something and start "ooo'ing" and "ahhh'ing".....I wanted to know what co... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:06:03 EST If you don't use it........ You might lose it! <BR> <BR> Tonight I grabbed my hoops for a little living room hooping, but when I tried to execute a move I've had down for months and it didn't happen, and I couldn't make it happen, I realized that you can lose it if you don't use it! <BR> <BR> I haven't been hooping as I would when life is normal. It's my fault. I've been putting all of my energy into house remodeling and pushing myself hard to complete an ever growing list of projects. I've spun the hoop from t... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:56:02 EST Ups and Downs Memorial Day 2014 <BR> <BR> I knew the scale would show a gain this morning. Indulgences over the past few days of being out and about, sampling great foods, enjoying too many cocktails (they are guaranteed to put the weight on!). Today we'll be sharing a family picnic with all the traditional taboos. I think I'm just going to have fun, try to be mindful, but if I can't be disciplined enough not to eat the hot dogs and hamburgers , I'll get back on track tomorrow after life returns to nor... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:00:04 EST Never Too Old To Play After enjoying several days of perfect weather (meaning warm breezy outdoor hoop friendly weather), we awoke this morning to rain and cool. It's shaping up to be a wet weekend, but I'm not too concerned about that since I like rainy days too. It was really nice to be outside to play for a few days, and I enjoyed all the time I wanted to practice with my hoops. I'm feeling stronger, more confident, still trying to find that fluidity that (I hope) will come with more practice. Right now I'm... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:31:16 EST The Scale in the Doctor's Office I had to go for a physical two weeks ago. We all know that feeling in our gut when the nurse says, "Okay, step up onto the scale", and we worry if their scale will reflect the numbers on our scale. It was the first time in years that I was surprised and happy to see that I weighed in 2 pounds lighter than my latest low <em>41</em> . Now for the bad news. Last week I had to return for the next part of the check-up, hoping not to have to weigh again (I mean, I had just weighed the wee... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 14:01:05 EST Massage Therapy It's been a busy couple of days with my son here doing some ceiling replacement and caring for my increasingly crabby spouse. I try to put myself in his shoes and understand how frustrating it must be for him not to be able to participate in life as he'd like, but being unappreciated and yelled at takes it's toll on me. More than a few times I've felt at the end of my rope with so many extremes of emotion I think I'll explode. My hula hooping really takes me to a zone of oxygenated bliss, ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:11:07 EST I Need Techno Advice! Okay Sparkers, time to enlighten an old girl with the latest and greatest technological gadgetry to enhance my hoop journey. One, I'm tired of having to depend on the radio for my outdoor hooping (abundant commercials and no choice of music). Oh, how I dream of getting lost in a playlist of nothing but my favorite hoop music! It seems everyone but me knows how to accomplish this. I don't have an iPhone/port, a very cool way to solve that very problem, but is there another way? <BR> <BR... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:31:52 EST Self Evaluation It's going to be another gorgeous spring-like day in the South, U.S.A. Still some colder weather on the way this week, but I plan to do more walking and spending time outside while it's nice. <BR> <BR> Hoop session yesterday was okay, no music or video, just me and the birds out there stretching and testing our wings. I can feel it this morning and am anxious to get out there again today. Goal is to resume work on hoop flow. I've got lots of tricks under my belt, but flow needs work.... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:42:26 EST Tardy Resolutions Yikes! I haven't blogged since October?? And I've had all winter, stuck inside to do it. My B-A-D. I've also been bad about not tracking. If I had nothing to monitor progress but my tracking, it would seem I've exercised 14 times over the past year and lost zero pounds. But I have exercised (nearly) every day and lost 10 pounds, 2 or 3 of which I've been arguing with this past couple of weeks. I get so much inspiration from reading others' blog posts about streaks and healthy habits. A... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:39:03 EST Juice Fast Night before last, hubby and I watched the documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead", and after that viewing decided (well, he decided) that we should go on a pre-vacation juice fast! The movie is very inspiring and it's easy to get excited about the success of others, so out to the garage I trudged to find our old juicing machine, cleaned it up and juiced our first concoction of fruit juice that very night. <BR> <BR> "Not bad", we said as we drank our potion of 8 carrots, 4 apples, and a... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:48:36 EST How 'bout Those Arms? It's been awhile since I've blogged. Been feeling pretty good about things in general, doing well with my exercise and eating (even though I forget to "track"!). My thigh master has become a nightly ritual while watching television and is as much a habit as brushing my teeth before bed. Hooping is my waist whittling passion and is helping me get my daily fat burning cardio workout. Check, check, and check. But there is one thing I have decidedly not checked, and I don't know why? My arm... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:18:34 EST Reality Check You know how it feels when you realize things aren't exactly as you thought they were? I had one of those reality checks this evening. It's okay, I'm good, but I was a little disappointed. Here I've been feeling all new and improved since I started hooping a little over two months ago. I hadn't videotaped my progress, but decided that I should get on that goal pretty quick so I can see how I'm really doing. This momentous decision was made as light was beginning to wane, so Hubby and I h... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:51:54 EST Please Don't Tell Me I'm Not Hot! Where did I go? There is nothing about me that sounds the same, thinks the same, or looks the same. My attitude about life is completely changed. There was an old lady here a couple of months ago (albeit in a too young to be old body). Now don't get me wrong, I don't go around calling anybody old, I know better than that, but I was too young to be as old as I felt. How's that? The former lady was mentally decrepit! And thank goodness, she's gone! Beaten back by an innocent hula hoop. ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 18:25:08 EST New Life In The Circle I'm in my late 50's, have experienced some arthritis, weight gain secondary to smoking cessation and menopause, and have to admit that I really had kind of given up on myself. Even though I wanted to be healthier and in better shape, was experimenting with new ideas and finding inspiration on Spark People, overall I wasn't very successful. I felt I had too much going against me, and that I was probably my own worst enemy (even though I didn't intend to be). I'd always loved that Norman Roc... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:33:41 EST Spring! First of all, I didn't reach my goal by Nov. of last year. It's okay, and I'm okay. I've learned not to beat myself up and maintain a positive self-image regardless of my weight. We'd all like to be thinner, prettier, richer or whatever "er" strikes your fancy. <BR> Now I'm gaining that momentum that always accompanies spring. Since my husband is disabled, it's upon me to maintain things here on our two acres of heaven (which is a labor of love). It gives us great satisfaction to sit ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:59:12 EST It's Hard To Sit..... Since visiting the doc and being told to stay off my foot for another FOUR WEEKS (eternity), and gaining four pounds since being sedate, it's hard to keep the spirits up. The rude awakening on the scale this morning has me scrambling to get back on track and quick! <BR> <BR> I'm only three months away from my initial target weight date and have far too many pounds to go to reach my goal. I dreamed of being newly svelte for our Thanksgiving gathering this year, but it isn't going to happ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:26:01 EST I Fell Doesn't it just figure when things are falling into place that something happens to derail it all? Let me begin at last week when things looked so perfect. <BR> <BR> My cousin moved from New York back to the South recently, and suddenly I had a kindred spirit to share long walks with while we caught up on years of living far apart. We'd logged some motivating miles last week with plans to keep up the good work, something we were both looking forward to and carving out the time for. I w... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:03:11 EST Great Article.... I just finished reading a great blog post by Nicole Nichols titled, 15 Best "But" Busters. At first glance I thought, well I could use some work in THAT area. I soon realized that I had misread the title and the post addressed the many "buts" that keep us from eating right and exercising. As I read on, it was apparant to me that I need as much help in the "BUT" department as I do the "BUTT"! It's startling to see yourself in the words of someone who understands how to convey the excuses ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:20:44 EST Starting again.... I wish I could say that since signing on to Spark People in February I have been nothing but completely devoted DAILY to getting healthier and losing weight. But I'd be lying (I'm ashamed to admit). Much rests on my shoulders since my husband is disabled and I, like so many women, tend to put my needs last. Today I'm going to do my workout. Spark People sent me a free Cardio Blast DVD, just for spinning the wheel, and I've loved it. I was expecting just one workout, but there are several... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:30:09 EST The Water Cooler Last year, devastating tornadoes ripped through our area. Thankfully, we were left intact but without power and water for several days. My Aunt B was able to get through with potable water in whatever containers she could gather, plus she brought a couple of water cooler style jugs of drinkable water. As it turned out, we never ended up needing to drink any of that water, but when we returned the full jugs to her, I felt a kind of void for not having them on hand. They looked so appealing... Sat, 26 May 2012 13:41:02 EST Something about Post Menopause... For the past week I've noticed a change. For one thing, my appetite has diminished considerably and it's not a problem for me to push my plate away when I feel satisfied. This is a curious new thing for me because I'm from the old school 'clean your plate' crowd. I first noticed it, the diminished appetite, when we stopped at a favorite restaurant last week. My husband remarked when I sat, with food still on my plate, waiting for him to finish, "are you okay?" (it's always the other way ... Sat, 12 May 2012 12:05:59 EST Not Lost but Losing.... Dear is it I fall so far behind in my goal(s) when there are others who are so much busier than I that manage to juggle it all? My mental excuse is 'I don't have enough TIME!' But then I read a favorite blogger who continuously burns the candle at both ends yet manages to track, blog, give goodies, and stay in touch with everyone all racing toward their goals. You know who you are :-) and I know the type personality of those go-getters and if I sound a little jealous, I am. I... Sun, 6 May 2012 11:09:18 EST The Best Birthday Present! Happy Birthday to ME! My sweet hubby gave me the SparkPeople Cookbook for my birthday (a box from Amazon that I've been tempted by for two weeks!!!), and I can't wait to dig in and start cooking! I love to cook and that has helped me gain 100 lbs over the years (along with my addiction to chocolate, deserts, and overeating in general), so food that tastes good is key for me in re-learning my technique in the kitchen. One of the features of the book I appreciate are the motivating testimoni... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:03:50 EST Oh boy! I hadn't intended to drop this far behind so quickly but I have. Now it seems hopeless to try to catch up on all of my journaling so will start new. It's a little discouraging to have lost ground, but there's no way I'll ever find the time to catch up now. I so admire some of my team mates who juggle so much and manage to keep several plates in the air with so little effort! But, we look ahead and not back and start new every day. <BR> <BR> <BR> My weekend set me back a little too :... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:50:30 EST Persistence Pays! It seems I've been out of my SP routine much longer than I have. Thanks to computer "downage" I haven't been able to log on for two days and have gobs of journaling to catch up on. But! The best thing I have to report, and cannot wait until I've journaled to report it, is that after being on SP for 3 weeks I have finally seen the scale MOVE, and I don't mean up this time! I weighed in 5 lbs. lighter this morning!! Hardly believing this could be accurate, I moved the scale all around the ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 17:22:20 EST Chinese Restaurant Sunday Alright, I admit it. I had what I wanted at the Chinese restaurant and I've probably consumed today's (and probably tomorrow's) calories for the day(s). There was one difference I did notice though. I only picked tiny bits of the things I love the most and was full much sooner than I would have been say, two weeks ago when I began this journey. These have been small improvements and best of all, when I overheard someone in the beauty shop talking about wanting to lose some weight, I had t... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:43:19 EST Best Trophy Just on tracking this morning when I saw I had won a trophy for 280 workout minutes this month! Since I didn't join until mid-month this is monumental. I don't want to sound all gushy, but I'm proud of myself for having done this well in such a short to 280 in less than two weeks....I'm elated! At this rate I'll be able to reach my yearly goal for exercise with just a little more effort. If not for being able to actually SEE what I'm accomplishing (or not doing so well at, for... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 14:14:07 EST Aw nuts........ Well, I came, I saw, I learned! And sometimes the glare of learned truth can be SHOCKING, as in how many calories and fat are REALLY in that little half cup of mixed nuts I adore. While logging my food intake for yesterday, my "snack" was a cup of chex mix that I had added a few mixed nuts to, thinking I was doing well to add some "protein". But the fat and calorie addition flipped my otherwise healthy snack into the RED ZONE! Okay, from now on, if I want to satisfy that craving for a han... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 13:14:40 EST That scale..... Against my better judgment I stepped on the scale first thing this morning, before I had ingested so much as a sip of coffee. Was SO disappointed not to see that number dropping yet. However, since beginning this comittment to fitness only days ago, I have exercised nearly every day for at least a few minutes and, even though the scale is not reflecting it, my pants are hanging looser and I'm not "sucking" in my stomach to hide that spare tire bulge (thank you crunches!). I definitely hav... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:07:09 EST So far...... This is the first time I've ever actually "tracked" what I eat, and what an eye opener! I so appreciate SparkPeople for making this site so comprehensive, motivating, and user-friendly. Being able to actually see the nutrion values along with the calorie counts has given me an awareness I hope to have ingrained as second nature by the time I reach my goal. I have exercised daily and already seen a dip in my BP (blood pressure) back to normal levels after feeling that powerless fear of it s... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:46:49 EST