LADYSALUBRIOUS's SparkPeople Blog LADYSALUBRIOUS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Keeping a low profile Here's the thing...I'm always doing this. Starting a health challenge, trying to lose weight, blah, blah, blah. I'm sure no one in my inner circle truly takes me seriously anymore because it's kind predictable, as everyone knows the outcome. I've only been successful in losing weight a couple times in my life. After having my babies (15 pounds each time) and then in 2010 when I lost 26 pounds. Can I do this? Clearly, yes! I have the tools and knowledge. It's just my mind and behaviors that I ... Mon, 16 May 2016 10:47:39 EST Attempt #237...I will break you diabetes! Today I read a blog by fellow Spark member Sarah (Smore 007). Her story brought me to tears just thinking of the journey she took to get herself healthy and her ultimate achievements. A couple years ago she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at a young age. This story hit close to home as I am in a similar situation. Although I feel young and healthy, my body tells me different and I've been struggling to keep it under control. I'm hoping that by shedding my excess weight, this thing will fi... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:14:51 EST No Excuse Mom Challenge - Week 1 Progress Last week I started the No Excuse Mom 12 Week Challenge. I have participated in these before but was really looking forward to this one as I feel my mind is truly in the game this time. I have to say that week 1 has went overall well. I was able to get in exercise each day, logged in to Spark to track everyday, and even did a decent job on food intake. I do have to admit that this was the hardest part because I worked a lot of hours this week and came home feeling like I wanted to inhale the ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 14:11:24 EST What do you love most about SparkPeople? Happy Sunday everyone! <BR> <BR> As a member of SP for the past 4 years, I can say that I have really enjoyed my time here. No matter what ups and downs have happened through my loooooooooonnnnggg journey, I still manage to make it back here and stay active. I know my reason for coming back but what about you? What things about Sparkpeople keep you coming back? What has been most helpful to you? I'd love to hear your comments. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:04:39 EST Eat NOTHING before attempting Insanity There's a reason it's called Insanity yet I never learn. No matter how little I smash in my gob, it always threatens to revisit me. Even water is a challenge in that class. So, my message to you tonight, eat NOTHING before attempting it. And if you are a super human who can do it with no avail, right on sister/brother! <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:34:06 EST Salad Bar in your fridge I wondered what ideas people had for creating a salad bar in their fridge. I searched and mostly found nicely organized ways to arrange containers full of condiments/veggies. All helpful time savers. If you have any fun tips, please share! <BR> <BR> This lady who went bento style with Snapware: <BR> <link><BR>-to-make-salad-bar.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fun video showing how to measure containers for your crisper drawer: <BR> <link> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 21:43:00 EST Kale Salad at Hyvee Grocery - YUM! Recipe included Yes, this is a strange blog. More like a post but I had to know, has anyone else had the Kale Salad that is on the salad bar at Hyvee? I swear I am addicted to it. And that's not a bad thing considering two weeks ago I was craving Whoppers. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Because this is my latest flavor craze I had to share the recipe. I actually called the store to get it! Give it a try and see what you think. <BR> <BR> Title may be Megan's Magnificent Kale Salad. I've seen similar recipes onl... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 13:26:44 EST Milestone 1: REACHED! Woot woot! I'm feeling great! <BR> <BR> As you can tell by my use of exclamation points, I'm feeling pretty happy today. I've been working at my own pace to change my habits with the hopes that results will follow. I started in November and really kicked it up a gear a couple weeks ago. I am now happy to say that I am down 5 pounds, 3.5 inches in my waist, 2.5 in my hips, and 1 inch in my thighs. Yahoo! <BR> <BR> Honestly, seeing this on the scale was what I really needed. After weeks of s... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 20:23:43 EST Dedicated to all the FABULOUS females...... To all you FABULOUS females who know where you're going and you know what to, ooo, ooo, ooo, ooooo.....New Attitude! <BR> <BR> PATTI LABELLE - NEW ATTITUDE VIDEO <BR> <link><BR>feature=kp </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:38:07 EST The "Comical" Statements That Motivate Me Surprise! Yes, it's been a while since I've written yet here I am, back on the saddle, in the midst of my latest operation which I now call "Mission Invincible." I have motivation but I've recently gained more in the silliest of ways. Would these comments motivate you or turn you off? <BR> <BR> 1) Me: "Starting tomorrow I am going to hit it hard and work on my fitness and food......etc." <BR> Person X: (laughing) <BR> Me: Why are you laughing? <BR> Person X: Because I know you. You always s... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:45:07 EST Progress...FINALLY!! This past year has been a whirlwind. I let stress take me over, I didn't focus on myself much, and I didn't see much progress towards any goals I set. The result...a gain of 10 pounds and a new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Lovely. <BR> <BR> But you know what? I'm not feeling defeated. Instead, I've been feeling more motivated than ever. I started working out and watching food in November. I started slowly and took it a step at a time. I am happy to say that I have FINALLY started to see so... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:16:31 EST Update from May. Yes, I said MAY! LOL In one of the last entries I wrote before once again going MIA, I mentioned that I had done 10 days of the gym in a row. I am happy to report that I actually got to 30 consecutive days in that period (yay me!). I mention this now because I have been S*T*R*E*S*E*D with school this semester and and started to get off track. When I did my 30 days I went NO MATTER WHAT and was also taking an intense 4-weeks statistics class that made me want to pull out my hair. But I still did it. Now that I am ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:52:18 EST Oldest Woman Bodybuilder...WOW!!!! I seriously think I just found my new personal inspiration! Check out this lady...she is 75 and bodybuilding! Can you believe it? I can't believe how great she looks. There are a lot of misconceptions about older adults and she certainly helps break through those ideas! Amazing! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nestine-shepherd-worlds_n_1884286.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:44:02 EST 10 consecutive days of feels good to say that! I've done something AMAZING. The one thing I am good at exercising, these days, is my mouth but rarely do my empty words get me anywhere. Even I have surprised MYSELF. For the past 10 days I have went to the gym and got in GOOD workouts. Yes, 10 the gym...IN A ROW! I can't believe it. Who is this new work-out-aholic and where did she come from?! I'm not entirely sure but the one thing I know is that I'm really enjoying her presence. <BR> <BR> I have to say that the one thing that ... Wed, 29 May 2013 22:07:06 EST Sense of accomplishment - can you feel it? I've been here before. I've done this. And I've been successful. But one memory was shrouded by all the greatness that I was experiencing...all the blood, sweat, and tears that had to go into RESULTS. I've been back in the game for the past few weeks and am easily remembering how much work this takes. Willpower when you feel like you want to indulge, the pep talks to self when you'd rather lye around, and the pure commitment to consciousness needed to accomplish each change. <BR> <BR> Writin... Wed, 22 May 2013 21:57:50 EST I call MYSELF to ACTION! Enough is enough! There is only so long a person can go before they have to pull themselves back up and get back with the living. If I read one more string of blogs, created by MYSELF, that makes promises, breaks them, and then just wallows in self-pity, I'm gonna scream! Don't get me wrong, we all have to have our times...we're only human after all. But at some point, something has truly got to give. I can't take the lack of energy, the achy joint pains, or being at the highest weight (and c... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:20:08 EST Some encouragement needed please :( So I'm having one of those days. You know, where you realize how much you haven't taken accountability for something and it sinks in that you're failing. Yep, that's the kind of day I'm having. <BR> <BR> 7 weeks ago I said I was ready again. I said I was going to re-lose all the weight I gained back. I started at 168 and said I'd be down 10 in no time. Fast forward 7 weeks to today as I hang my head in shame. I've gained two pounds, haven't been mentally "in the game", and feel like poo bec... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:20:47 EST The day before weigh in Do you ever notice that the day before weigh in there is a mix of emotions? Excitement combined with fear, anticipation combined with hesitation, etc. The day before I tend to not eat large meals, drink lots of water, and basically prepare myself for the big day. Although I'm looking forward to seeing the progress from the prior week I also get a nervous in case I don't see any at all. <BR> <BR> I write this curiously wondering if anyone else ever has "day before" feeling of your own. <B... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:53:54 EST I'm proud of myself and of YOU Since getting back on the wagon for the one hundred thousandth time, I honestly have to say that I am proud of myself. I've taken on a good attitude and have been working towards my goal at a steady and reasonable pace. You have to know that I am a planner and sometimes tend to overcomplicate or overthink some things. I have banned myself from allowing this to happen and thus far it's working well. I'm setting up SIMPLE meals, staying within or close to my calorie limits, getting in workouts,... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:36:28 EST Reading old blogs makes me smile After a nice little Samba inspired workout, I decided to sit down and look through some of my first blog entries. As I read them I felt almost transported back to the mindset that I had in early 2010. I began to feel the excitement of my words, the persistent motivation, and sheer joyI had in each new thing I was putting my mind to. <BR> <BR> These blogs remind me of how great I can feel inside and out. That desire and drive I once had has never truly been gone. I realize that now as I lo... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:04:37 EST What are your favorite breakfast staples? I have to admit, I'm not one for traditional American breakfast items. It's probably a good thing too since many are laden with everything that I don't need right now. My issue is always coming up with new, creative ideas that are good for breakfast. I get bored with some of my own staples so I'm curious what you all enjoy. What breakfast staples do you enjoy and stand by? Got good ideas for portable breakfast on the run? <BR> <BR> <em>474</em> <em>490</em> <em>469</em> <em>470</... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:23:37 EST I study health but do I practice it?! The past few weeks have been interesting. I've flipped the script on my life and started as a full-time Nursing Student. Yes, I'm on the path to my second degree and am thus far loving the new environment. One thing I've been thinking about, as I go through my readings, is whether or not I practice what I learn and preach? Hmm... <BR> <BR> The simple answer is only a little. I eat decently but know that I've allowed myself to fall back into bad habits as far as food choices and physical acti... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:19:53 EST The $1 Menu - More like the $Indefinate Menu I have to admit it. I am a sucker for the dollar menu. No matter where it's offerred, you probably will find me there. It's all too easy for me to pick up a quick sandwich, wrap, or even just a cup of coffee and not think too much about it. After all, it's only a $1, right? <BR> <BR> Well, after looking at how much I actually do succomb to this easy indulgence, it's clear to me that my $1 menu really isn't a $1 at all. I seem to forget about simple addition and how each of those dollars pil... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:52:14 EST Is your town health & fitness friendly? I was thinking about it the other day and was wondering if where you live makes a difference in terms of your workouts and healthy choice options. I'm fortunate to live in a place where fitness is encouraged and a part of a lot of people's lives. We also have access to gyms, supermarkets, bike paths, and community resources so that we can make good choices. Besides a beach (dream on!) I feel like I am set up to make good choices. <BR> <BR> In your town, do you feel like there are options fo... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 17:11:31 EST Sorry Solid Gold...I've got new plans After two fun Brazilian inspired workouts I have to say sorry to Solid Gold. Although the dream was once alive, I've decided to move on to spicier flavors. I want to be a Samba Dancer when I grow up! <em>701</em> <BR> <BR> And in case you're wondering, I have been doing Brazilian Dance Workout from Vanessa Isaac. Tons of fun! Let's SAMBA! <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:18:51 EST Cool Whip...I adore thee! Through endless challenges, <BR> and tempting treats, <BR> when my willpower hangs at a thread, <BR> you are there with your billowy lovliness. <BR> Void of excess calories, <BR> yet satisfying in flavor, <BR> your light and lovely nature <BR> comforts me without guilt. <BR> For it is you Cool Whip, <BR> that is versatile and forgiving, <BR> a friend indeed, <BR> when glucose levels fall. <BR> Oh Cool Whip, how I adore thee! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>470</em> <em>45</em> <em... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:14:26 EST Appetite control...aye, aye, aye Well, this is the first week in a while that I have had focus on my health goals. I've felt like I've had a tapeworm for the past few months and could not seem to curb this ravenous appetite that I have. Before I could do anything I knew that appetite control was Mission #1. <BR> <BR> This is the first week and so far I have to say it's been going well. I've focused on the right foods, watched my portions, and been retraining myself to feel satiated with less. The first few days were hard b... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 23:11:20 EST When was enough, enough? Just sitting here thinking about a few things and I was curious....when did you reach the point where enough was enough? What finally gave you the push to work towards a healthier YOU? <BR> <BR> My first brush with this mindset was 2 years ago (have I really been here that long?!). I think I may have looked at a picture and really LOOKED at it. Besides what I saw, I just knew I was sick of breaking promises to myself. <BR> <BR> I'm at that spot again where I think enough is enough. I've l... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 22:37:09 EST What's your favorite Snowy Themed workout? After a bizarrely warm winter we are FINALLY getting some snow in my part of the world. One thing I love about a good snow fall is the chance to do some running in snow banks. What a workout! <BR> <BR> What fun ways do you fit in fitness when the snow hits? <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:57:42 EST Hip Hop Hooray!!!! What can I say? I'm feeling great! So Feel Me Flow as I go on with my bad working out self! Out of the 12 days I've been on Project FLABuLESS I've got in fitness 10 of the 12. Can I get some hands in the air and a Hip Hop Hooray to that!? In no time at all I'll be back to the frame I so much adored in 19-naughty-3! Slim, trim, and feeling great! So Pin the Tail on the Donkey cause Everything's Gonna Be Alright! <BR> <BR> To everyone I say make today a Jamboree day full of fitness and FLABuLE... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 08:56:40 EST I did it! I did it! I lost a pound! Happiness, joy, excitement...those are all the feelings that I am having this morning after stepping on the scale. I lost a pound!! <BR> <BR> This is such a big deal for me since I've been a bit doubtful and jaded about my ability to lose weight. I guess I'm holding on to baggage cause when I hit my plateau in late 2010 I got so frustrated that I couldn't break it that I gave up for a while. I didn't mean to give up for the whole darn year but it kind of worked out that way. I still feel dou... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 09:57:34 EST 100 Days of Weight Loss: Day 4 - Boundaries, Not Diets BOUNDARIES, NOT DIETS <BR> <BR> The problem isn't with diets, it's with the way we use them, the rigid perfectionists ways. Most people on a diet strive hard for the exact number of calories, fat grams, carbs, etc. But if we slip up by eating a forbidden, we use the all or nothing approach and figure since we've blown it, we through it all out the window. <BR> <BR> Instead of looking at the word diet, look at it as a boundary, setting limits but can be flexible allowing for common sense a... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 09:18:39 EST 100 Days of Weight Loss: Day 3 - Do It Anyway Day 3: Do it anyway <BR> <BR> I don't feel like exercising today! Does this sound familiar? Then what happens? Do you push yourself and exercise in spite of not feeling like it? Or do you give in and hang out on the couch because you don't feel like making the effort? <BR> <BR> Right now, you may be solidly committed to your goals. But what happens when you don't feel like cooking healthy meals or following your diet plan? If you aren't careful, you can easily slide back from being commit... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 14:36:01 EST My tape measure is brutal After many months of searching (ok, maybe only half searching) I FINALLY found my tape measure. I was happy too cause it's been a while since I've done any kind of measurements of self. Anyway, I got that thing out and took some quick measurements to see where I was at. All I have to say is "What is wrong with my tape measure?" I mean seriously, you'd think the thing could have taken it easy on me, been kind, and sugar coated a bit. But Nooooooo....instead it had to be brutal and give me num... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:30:19 EST 100 Days of Weight Loss: Day 2 - Interested or Committed? Day 2: Interested or committed? <BR> <BR> Debbie was discouraged. "Whenever I start a new diet, I'm so determined to stay on it until I reach my goal. But after just a few weeks, something comes up-a party, someone's birthday-and next thing I know, I slip off my plan and give up." <BR> <BR> Do you feel totally determined to stick with your efforts, or do you entertain a few nagging thoughts about "having fun" instead of staying on your plan? If you tend to start and stop every time you di... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:42:43 EST I want to breathe again I'm 3 days into Project FLABuLESS and I'm already envisioning the ability to breathe again. Sure, I wanna see myself in a thinner frame. That's certainly a motivating factor. But what I want to get back more than anything is the ability to breathe again. You know, walk up the stairs without struggling for air. Run after my kids without feeling like I've been stabbed in the side. And to have the feeling and strength of a super hero. I really miss that. <BR> <BR> If you know what I'm talkin... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:02:48 EST My 2012 Theme Song If there is one thing I love it is MUSIC! With that said I decided to pick one of my most all-time favorite songs as my 2012 Theme Song. "I'm feeling good from my head to my shoes, know where I'm going and I know what to do....I'm in control, my worries are few! Oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oooooh....I've got a NEW ATTITUDE!!!" <BR> <BR> Sing it Patti! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http:... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:23:01 EST 100 Days of Weight Loss: Day 1 - I Used to Be That Way When I began my journey in 2010 I had a very supportive coworker that introduced me to 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle, RN, MA. She used to receive one daily through her Weight Watchers membership and would share them with me. I found them to be very valuable and thought that I would share them again this year since the words in them are wonderful. <BR> <BR> In case anyone is interested in a hard copy I have attached the author's site and have picked up a copy myself. I plan to sha... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:20:03 EST 2012 Contract to Self: Project FLABuLESS 2010 was my year and I intend for 2012 to be even better. Here's my plan of action for January. <BR> <BR> Here is My Contract to Self: <BR> <BR> 1) Lose 20 lbs by May 1st (5 lbs per month with wiggle room) <BR> 2) Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day <BR> 3) Work out 4 times per week at 45+ minutes per day <BR> 4) Plan meals every week <BR> 5) Pack lunch for work <BR> 6) Limit eating out <BR> 7) Get 7 hours of sleep each night <BR> 8) Finish reading "The Spark" <BR> 9) Use Sp... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:57:17 EST 2010 was my year. 2011 was not. Will 2012 be IT? Well, here I am again. Starting off with what I hope is not a bunch of unbroken promises to myself. I made a contract to myself earlier this year and have not kept up with it. If this was a real legal agreement I'd be in financial ruins. But no, I didn't take it seriously and here I am. No weight lost and grasping for energy. <BR> <BR> 2010 was my year. Oh boy was it my year. I lost a good 26 pounds of the 40 that I intended to lose. I was strong, bursting with energy, and had a fierce dete... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:38:30 EST We are ALL in training...This just needs to be DONE! If this isn't your first time trying to lose weight I ask you to think about how many times you have tried this and how many times you haven't went through with it to completion. Think of when the first time was and add up the months and/or years. <BR> <BR> When I did this I really got to thinking about what a "waste" of time this back and forth has been for me. The constant thinking, and excuses, and whatever else I let get in my way. If the habits are made and we are doing well a majori... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 22:45:28 EST Fitness = Good; Food = eh! It's time to celebrate, rejoice, and spring up and down in excitement! I was exhausted, felt like loafing around at home, but yet I STILL drug my butt to the gymm tonight. Woot woot! This is seriously a large step for me as lately I am a master of pulling out any excuse NOT to go to the gym. So score +1 for me on today's fitness! <BR> <BR> Food, on the other hand leaves something to be desired. By looking at my tracker it reads of nothing but grease, fat, indigestion, and all things bloated.... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 22:28:28 EST My Contract to Self: Round 2! Well, I made a contract to myself in March and did not stick with it. I'm finally ready to give it another go. But this time I intend to stick to by remembering that I called it a "contract" for a reason. <BR> <BR> Here is My Contract to Self: <BR> <BR> 1) Lose 15 lbs by January 1st (5 lbs per month) <BR> 2) Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day <BR> 3) Work out 4 times per week at 45+ minutes per day <BR> 4) Plan meals every week <BR> 5) Pack lunch for work <BR> 6) Limit eating ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 23:34:42 EST Which physique is your pick? As a teen I remember looking at pictures of Cindy Crawford and Gabrielle Reece and thinking that they both had great physiques. Of course, at the time, I'm sure my vocabulary suggested something more along the lines of "skinny" or "pretty". As I got older I realized that certain body types were more appealing to me and what I'd hope to accomplish one day. Cindy Crawford was thin but not wafey looking (at least not in most pictures). Gabrielle Reece, on the other hand, had a strong, athletic ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:16:38 EST Evening Wrap-Up in TWO words Hometown Buffet <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> 'Nuff said. I'm off to hang my chubby cheeks in shame. <em>39</em> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:17:00 EST What's worse? The weight gain or the BLOAT? Ok, I am going to get straight to the dirty rotten point. Of course it stinks gaining weight. My pants are tighter and I don't have that great skinny bitch feeling. But you want to honestly know what I think feels worse? The gaseous, bloated out feeling that I experience from a not-so-good diet. My belly feels like it's full of carbonation and is about to pop the buttons on my shirt (if I really had buttons on my shirt). You ever seen "National Lampoon's European Vacation" where Audrey dreams... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 20:42:09 EST My rib cage feels like it's sitting on a bouncy ball! Did that title catch ya? haha That's my way of saying I'm having a "fat" day. This past weekend I went a tad bit overboard...ok...just plain out overboard....and ate many many calories beyond what I should of. Of course, I'm paying for it by a 3-pound weight gain and a terrible pudgy feeling that won't go away. Literally my rib cage does feel like it's sitting on top of some spherical type of mass. Blah. <BR> <BR> All kidding aside, I'm not proud of my gain (yet another, BTW) but I'm also ... Wed, 25 May 2011 14:45:06 EST I get it, it's not easy... So here I am AGAIN rereading my blogs and furrowing with excitement. For the past few months I went from a superstar of health to the pits of all things non-healthy. Salads and grilled chicken were traded in for whatever was cheap, available, and in any quantity (usually large). Workouts were replaced with long nights of studying and my joints and back started to feel like that of the stereotypical 80 year old. <BR> <BR> This past semester was, in fact, a NIGHTMARE! With two demanding cours... Tue, 17 May 2011 11:42:04 EST Operation Skinny Bitch in full effect! <link> </link> <BR> (It would be best to play the music in the background while reading this blog - it will add to the effect!) <BR> <BR> I am in the midst of one of the hardest battles I have ever fought. It's tough, it's intense, it puts me on edge, and challenges my lip service against my very will. I am in combat with the toughest challenger I can think of...and it's making me MAD!!! Who is this ever growing life force that knows just the right butto... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 22:47:49 EST My Contract to Self In January I wrote down some realistic goals that I wanted to achieve this year. I didn't get off to a great start, as I did in 2010 - my best health year ever! - but I haven't lost the desire I have to get these goals accomplished. <BR> <BR> Today marks the end of my first week back in the saddle. Tomorrow is weigh in and I'm excited to see how I did! I put forth an honest effort this week and did well with fitness and eating. I made sure to pay attention and to get myself off on the right... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 15:43:32 EST