LAHUDSONCHEF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LAHUDSONCHEF LAHUDSONCHEF'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/ Well...Hello Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593708 Okay, so much for trying to fly solo with no accountability... <BR> <BR> Nearly a year and just over 15 lbs later, I have decided to reset. Not likely that I'll be able to spend a great deal of time on SP this go round, but at least I can still log and get back in the swing of eating mindfully. <BR> <BR> The exercise has taken care of itself, as I'm ballroom dancing...often going dancing 3-4 times/week. But, the eating has been almost uncontrolled at times. I was just getting into a comfy 1... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:10:57 EST Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Popeye's, Turtle Soup & Dark Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252178 No...not all today. :) Here are some snapshots from this past week. <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> <BR> Life doesn't move with smooth regularity, and I sometimes find myself in a pickle, without having gotten the expected time to prep food for work. Although burgers & fries are NOT the healthiest thing around, I do occasionally opt for something like that if such a situation presents itself. A few things (besides salads) that I've found that are workable (and affordable), if I've got the room in... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:25:08 EST Unexpected NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238565 Last night's blog entry describes my newest physical challenge...bit o' pain there as well. Tried to throw some humor into it...lemme know if I failed miserably when you read it. ;-) <BR> <BR> But, one thing I didn't touch on was the NSV that was confirmed when I visited the doc yesterday. <BR> <BR> For about a month, I've been noticing (or imagining - I wasn't sure) that my forever tight & tense shoulder & neck muscles were feeling more "normal", not taut like a violin string. Not knowing... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:38:32 EST Rib-End Dysfunction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238121 No, it's not about a dysfunctional fear of running out of BBQ ribs...wish it were! <BR> <BR> An hour or so after I got to work today, I turned to answer the phone and immediately sucked my breath in sharply as it felt like someone was jabbing a pencil in my upper back. Since that didn't actually happen, I figured something was wrong. (Of course, someone jabbing a pencil in my upper back would've also indicated something was wrong, but I digress...) <BR> <BR> The long and the short of it is ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 01:31:27 EST Some Things I'm Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227091 Okay, so every now and then, you have to stop and think about what you've learned. Here's a brief list of things that have been impressed on my mind lately. <BR> <BR> 1. I need to eat more fish. <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Pre-packaged fish has some truly viable options, such as: Crown Prince No Salt Added Sardines & Polar Smoked Kipper Snacks (can I use brand names?). Both of these are low in sodium for packaged fish, and the kippers in particular are VERY yummy. <BR> <BR> 3. In a pinc... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:27:15 EST Hidden Sodium, Groaning Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221586 I had Chinese for lunch on Sunday, and knew that I'd be a bit over calories for the day, but that I had room for it. I had the tiny cup of Egg Drop soup (with fried Wonton crunchies), and the Egg Roll. But, I only ate about 1/3 of the Shrimp Fried Rice and half the Imperial Chopsticks Special entree. Not having nutrition info available from the restaurant itself, it was interesting trying to find items that would approximate what I ate on the SP tracker. <BR> <BR> When I was done piecing my... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:05:31 EST Just a Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216823 This is a blog just to blog. Nothing major to report. The Chinese food was way higher in calories than I expected, even though I only ate half my plate. And I have to wash out all the excess sodium it gave me...I hate feeling puffy. Not to mention what it does to my bp. <BR> <BR> At least I'm not in hormonal crave-mode like I was a few days ago! <BR> <BR> Well, guess that's it. Have a Sparking day, ya'll! <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:24:00 EST January NSV's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210050 Starting the year, I decided to challenge myself to get back into the routines that I had established before the holidays and my roomie's wedding, etc. <BR> <BR> In the face of that, I managed to log a few NSV's the last 2 weeks... <BR> <BR> After re-establishing my supplement regimen (primarily minerals), my joints don't hurt as much with exercise. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> This week, while still kicking my butt, the vids in the January Jumpstart Challenge are easier to do! Whoo-hoo! <... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:58:18 EST Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189139 Okay...I didn't make it to the gym tonight, for various reasons. However, I did manage to get in some exercise. <BR> <BR> What I just finished was the Day 1 video from the January Jumpstart Challenge. 8 min of butt-kicking interval cardio! I think my lack of cardio the last 2-3 weeks is showing! <BR> <BR> Before that, though, I did some hula-hooping with my Danskin 2.5 lb padded hoop. Thought I needed some music to go with, so I hauled out the boom box and grabbed a CD somewhat haphazardly.... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:54:18 EST A Chocolate Buffet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174135 Yes, a chocolate buffet. Really. A couple of us took a friend out for his birthday...he wanted to go to Jazz Live at the Hyatt in N.O., to hear Anais St John sing and to sample the gourmet Chocoholics Buffet. <BR> <BR> I planned for it, knowing I'd top my ranges, but trying to keep the rest of the day nice and low while concentrating on protein. Didn't do too shabby, either, as my inexpert figuring puts me at these values for today: <BR> <BR> Calories: 1660 (my range is 1200-1550) <BR> Fat... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 02:10:32 EST Working in a Red Hat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173377 Okay, so I took the Santa hat to work...boss was okay with me wearing it. :) <BR> <BR> Today was weird...I slept short last night (stayed up too late), and this morning, I could barely drag myself up, so I didn't get a decent b'fast or manage to set up a solid plan for a meal while at work. (On Fridays, I'm not home until nearly 9pm, so I try to make sure to have a meal while there, before 8, if possible.) Anyway...I headed into work without a plan. <BR> <BR> Around 4:30, as I was eating th... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:06:05 EST Is Up the New Down? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172828 A la Vinny Barbarino, "I'm so confused!" (for you youngsters, that's from the show Welcome Back, Kotter) <BR> <BR> After my crazy sodium extravagance earlier this week, I had 2 decent sodium days, and almost stayed within my calorie ranges. <BR> <BR> With everything going on for me, I was certain that I was fighting to maintain and not gain. <BR> <BR> Early in the month, I posted less than a half pound loss and I was thrilled. Today, after nearly 2 weeks of not weighing, I tried again. And... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 11:19:34 EST Accountability & A Santa Hat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172532 Okay, for the purpose of accountability, I'm blogging tonight. <BR> <BR> I just over-topped my calorie range today, because I really, really, really wanted a shot of spiked egg nog tonight. And that upped my sodium just a bit from what I logged on the low sodium group. I'm at 1620 on the day, which is worse than yesterday, but way better than the 4 days prior to that. <BR> <BR> In other news, while I'm not a hat person, a friend dropped a Santa hat by my computer today, and left. So, all af... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:45:21 EST I Can't Relax This Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171524 Well, like other SparkFriends, I find that I'm learning something about myself and my journey this month. <BR> <BR> I had decided early on, that with the multitude of events, I wasn't going to worry about losing anything this month, but wanted to guard against gaining. When the first two weeks (which included me being sick nearly that whole time) resulted in a tiny loss, even though I'd overshot my ranges several times, I got cocky and relaxed my guard. <BR> <BR> Bad move. <BR> <BR> That c... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:57:15 EST Long Time No Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166006 Okay, so it's been a while...10 days to be precise. Most of that time, I've been sick - allergies with secondary sinus infection, followed by a nagging cough that wouldn't let me sleep. So, I've barely been making it through my days, what with work and the surprise party we were throwing for my friend's 45th. <BR> <BR> Last night, however, not only did I not wake up coughing even once, I clocked a solid 8 hours asleep! Whoo-hoo! Still not 100% by any means, but I made it to the gym this even... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:54:45 EST a Blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155346 This entry is just to say "HI!" <BR> <BR> It's been a massively busy several weeks, and I'm not sure how soon it'll die down. But, I thought I'd throw a blog in here so I'm not entirely out of practice. <BR> <BR> My friend's wedding was this weekend...it was lovely, met their out of town family, had a good time in the awesome French Quarter of New Orleans, had a really talented jazz trio at the reception, walked back and forth through the Quarter, enjoyed a couple balmy December days just p... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:50:39 EST One Word Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133848 Copied this from one of my Sparkfriends who copied it from someone else...and so on...and so on... <BR> <BR> Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> desk <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> shaggy <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Nancy <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Lowell <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Church <BR> <BR> Y... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 10:18:16 EST Shostakovich, Strauss and a Shock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120994 So, I went to see the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra play tonight. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> I had to spend a while picking an outfit, because very little fits right now. A few things from my sis are close, but need a few more pounds down before I can really wear them. So, I pull out my one pair of dressy black pants, close-fitting, thigh-hugging, flared-out from the knee. Since they no longer make me look like a sausage, I'm wearing them while I can. (Hope to find something similar to re... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 01:00:41 EST "New" Clothes! - and more NSV's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113136 My sis (who lives 90 min from me) called the other day. We hadn't seen each other in well over 6 months - i.e., before I got serious about getting healthier and losing weight. (Remember, I blogged about one of my NSV's is thinking about how surprised family members are going to be when they see me.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, she called and asked if I'd like some size 10 jeans that she still has in her closet. Ummm....YEAH! She's also very slowly losing a little more weight, just trying to be wise ab... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:17:58 EST Blogging to Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107807 This week has been nuts...even with a double-scoop Baskin-Robbins Waffle Cone one night (I had over 400 calories left to reach the bottom of my range because of eating so lightly earlier that day), and barely getting anything but my minimum 10 min exercise most days, I still logged a pound down when I weighed in Wed. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Not that I have anything spectacular to say, but I'm blogging to stay in the habit of blogging. <BR> <BR> If you didn't see my new pics, check out th... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:45:41 EST THE Dress in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103941 Okay, I had a total blast with a friend visiting from Seattle. She is pretty good with a camera, so we had this long photo shoot. The main point was to get some really good shots of me in THE dress...and we did! So, here's a fun photoblog of it... <BR> <BR> We'll start with a portrait shot - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1666154134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And now, a sedate full front shot - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l917765817.j... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:45:39 EST More NSV's... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095190 Wow! It's been an entire week since I blogged on here. A little nuts on the homefront. <BR> <BR> In this past week, I've managed to stay within my ranges for the most part, even though I allowed myself (here and there) to indulge in: <BR> cheesecake bites <BR> McD's double stack w/o cheese <BR> bacon <BR> donuts <BR> taco soup (salty, all from canned ingredients) <BR> potato chips <BR> <BR> But, that's not what this post is really about, it's about some more Non-Scale Victories (NSV's) that... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:47:54 EST Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5085073 Had a strange week, some real UPS, some low downs. But, last night, in our study at my church, talking about the fear of God and how it's vital, one statement came up that says it all for me, regarding my new lifestyle changes, my new relationship with food, my new health, but also every other area of my life: financial, personal, work, social, etc. <BR> <BR> Wanna know what that statement is? Okay, okay, I'll tell you! <BR> <BR> "A SUCCESSFUL PERSON IS A PERSON WHO MAKES ONE WISE DECISION ... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 11:03:29 EST My Current NSV's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077882 Thought I should post my NSV's to this point...they are the things I'm motivated by: <BR> <BR> 1. My bp has dropped from pre-hypertensive to high normal in just 10 weeks of making new choices. I'm pretty stoked! <BR> <BR> 2. My fitness has increased by leaps and bounds. My heart rate normalizes after intense activity MUCH faster than it did when I started all this. <BR> <BR> 3. I can do 25 pound chest flys! <BR> <BR> 4. I can dance for an hour without getting winded. <BR> <BR> 5. I c... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:15:30 EST A Wedding Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071055 Well...I have family in town for a nephew's wedding. They've never been to New Orleans itself, so I took them on a little tour and went out to eat for lunch, and I told them they MUST try Blue Dot Donuts! So....in all, with eating out, donuts, and a wedding, all in one day, I knew I'd need to be very careful while still allowing myself to partake of the goodies. <BR> <BR> It's easy to control the donut treat and the eating out...it's the wedding food I was concerned over. H'orsdeuvres (sp?) ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:24:06 EST Blogging about Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068602 I do have another blog...a "regular" one. If you'd like to see it, here's the link: http://standingbygrace.blogspot.com/. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile...I had an odd day today. Second time this week I just wasn't hungry in the morning, but I made myself eat anyway. Good I did, b/c I didn't manage to get anything for lunch until 3pm! then around 5, I had a snack of sushi (yummm), and dinner around 7:30. Just barely topped my minimum today, even with 100 calories of sushi! <BR> <BR> Was going to go t... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:54:00 EST The Quintessential "Little Black Dress" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059054 Hi, fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Well, I did it! I bought THE dress. <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> The most gorgeous dress that I can imagine, to wear when I stand in my friend's wedding in Dec., but to be an awesome addition to my wardrobe, anyway. (Need some fancy Christmas & New Year's parties to go to now!) <BR> <BR> I bought a 12, and it fit. That's right! A size 12. The last one in the store, as a matter of fact, and they weren't getting new stock, and I got an amazing price on it. <em>... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:05:30 EST Encouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056024 Okay, not only did I break 180 today, <em>244</em> but I had a look at my nutrition reports. While still eating meals with friends, and still getting the occasional "treat", I am staying within all my ranges, watching trends (but still fighting the sodium monster! ) <em>18</em> and overall looking good nutritionally. <BR> <BR> I coulda told myself that, seeing as I'm feeling good (except for these durn allergies that keep me from sleeping soundly unless I'm medicated...in which case, ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:33:59 EST Quads on FIRE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051826 Okay...second training day for the Trick or Treat Trot! I had company this time, my friend's teenage daughters. The 16-year old made my week when she saw me walk in with my workout clothes on... <BR> <BR> "You look TINY!" <em>334</em> Don't think I've ever been called "tiny" before...it felt good! <BR> <BR> I will admit that when I'm wearing clothes that ACTUALLY fit, I look WAYYYYYYYY smaller than I do with non-fitting clothes! Wow...12's here I come! And look out, 10's, you're next! <... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 23:50:53 EST Re-Adjusting My Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049255 I kept wondering why my calorie range was so high, and why it was sometimes difficult to even get to the bottom number if I focused on veggies a lot in a day. <BR> <BR> So, I looked at my SP program. Turns out I was telling the program that I wanted to lose weight too slowly. Another 32 pounds, and nearly a year to do it? Too slow! (No wonder I was haunted by thoughts of the Six Million Dollar Man in slo-mo!) <BR> <BR> Therefore, today some program changes were made, some nebulous ideas wer... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 00:18:34 EST New Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044921 I love that I was excited to take new photos! <em>104</em> My friend took them, and cropped them for me, and it took her nearly 2 weeks to get them to me. I wanted a particular type of shot, but she, being the photographer (with training, even!) wouldn't let me dictate any of the shots. <BR> <BR> Anyway, none of the pics ended up looking like I wanted, but at least you get a good shot of my face. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> So, here they are, and I hope you like them. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 00:57:43 EST Post-Hurricane Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043305 Well, Hurricane Isaac is gone, though my area is still undergoing residual flood threats from the swollen Pearl River, thanks to Isaac's prolific deluge, and recovery organizations are jumping in to help people get back on their feet. <BR> <BR> Last week, with nearly 20 people sheltering together at my church, who all brought the stuff that was likely to spoil if not eaten quickly, and with an area bakery bringing over a TON of goodies that would otherwise be thrown away, I let myself splurg... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 00:44:59 EST In Other News... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038159 We interrupt this SP blog with a public-service announcement from the ministry I've been volunteering with since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. <BR> <BR> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> <BR> Wow...our community was really badly hit by Hurricane/TS Isaac! Sovereign Grace Homeland Missions ministry is poising to launch disaster rebuild/relief outreach again. We can certainly use any help from any quarter. <BR> <BR> Food, water, basic clothing (mostly jeans/underwear/socks/tennis shoes, etc.), personal ca... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:23:17 EST Enuff, Already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036786 Okay...I'm officially REALLY tired of now TS Isaac! He decided to camp out in SE Louisiana, barely crawling forward, and dragging mondo amounts of water and dumping them all over our area. Sections of town that have never flooded before are flooding now, and very badly. Please pray for the area. Lots of people getting stranded in places that have always stayed dry before now. It's the sheer magnitude of the rain...and tomorrow, my area will get hit with the reverse winds, which will cause a s... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:35:13 EST Hurricane Party! Or, Sheltering in Place, Sort Of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035464 Okay, so Isaac is still crawling toward us, nearly a direct hit by the eye, if he stays on his current track. Only, it's a weak, unorganized storm, that has just "wobbled" to the west, to quote the meteorologist, so the wind impact here will be less than it otherwise might've been. However, moving this slow, it's building up a huge storm surge and water levels along the central Gulf coast continue to rise visibly, and the storm is dumping 2"/hour all over much of the area. <BR> <BR> Since I... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:44:30 EST On the Watch for Hurricane Isaac http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033950 Today's been a good food day, except where sodium is concerned. Haven't done my 10+ min exercise yet, and it's so late, it won't be cardio! <BR> <BR> The biggest thing on folks' minds down here right now is Hurricane Isaac. <em>230</em> It was just upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane a few hours ago, and it's moving s-l-o-w-l-y across the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with plenty of time to strengthen before it makes landfall on the central northern Gulf coast. Very, ve... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:55:20 EST Ups & Downs Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031206 Well, technically, yesterday, since it's after midnight... <BR> <BR> Firstly, I tried to be prepared because I knew I'd be going out tonight to a Mexican restaurant. My roomie was singing a gig there, and I hadn't heard her band yet. They're good! So, I kept everything real light & simple through the day. <BR> <BR> First, the DOWNS: <BR> By only eating about 1/3 of my meal at the restaurant (plus chips & salsa, and having a margarita!), I'm 800 over my daily calorie budget. OUCH! <em>198</e... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 01:47:33 EST More Peculiarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028051 I did something just now for lunch that I don't think I've ever done before. <BR> <BR> A half hour after I finished eating my leftover stuffed pork loin & steamed veggies, I found that I was still hungry. Knowing what I would be having for dinner tonight, there wasn't much I could think of to add to my meal without throwing the rest of the day out of whack. <BR> <BR> If I had bread, that would be empty carbs and I'd be hungry again shortly. <BR> If I had sandwich meat or cheese, not only wo... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:34:37 EST Odd, Strange & Peculiar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027207 Odd day today, I wasn't really myself, and I think it relates to the fact that I was thrown for a loop schedule-wise yesterday, and ended up getting food out twice. Didn't even realize it until today, but I didn't take ANY of my supplements yesterday. And I can tell with the minerals in particular...my body's not handling sodium as well as usual, though I've had less than some days recently. And my knees ached more than usual and I just couldn't get up a head of steam for the day. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:19:42 EST A Donut Saved... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024330 Well...there was nearly a dozen donuts <em>473</em> left from the church's fellowship meal yesterday. (I did NOT indulge on Sunday...I think a first for me!) Today, I chose to work one donut into my day. Only one, so I deliberated a while to decide which one would be the winner. Picked the one with cinnamon (not a cake donut, tho), because cinnamon helps with carbohydrate metabolism. <BR> <BR> Anyway...I had that and a cup of coffee with my morning supplements. Everything was fine, no bloo... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 01:40:06 EST Party Day Went Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022506 Knowing that my church would be having a fellowship meal after church today, and knowing what the menu was, I decided to be careful with calories at b'fast. This turned out to be a wise decision! <BR> <BR> It worked out really well. <BR> <BR> The menu was as follows: <BR> Beef Roast & Gravy <BR> Roasted Potatoes (in hunks) - <em>367</em> <BR> Cheesy Potatoes (yes, 2 potato dishes) - <em>367</em> <BR> Iceberg & Tomato Salad w/Cheddar - <em>140</em> <BR> Dinner Roll <BR> Cake (from a b... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 22:46:18 EST Lower Sodium Options http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020172 Doing a lot of experimenting here, and here's my take on the lower sodium options I've tried so far, some I plan to try soon, and some strategies I am learning. I will ask your forgiveness, though, for not listing the mg sodium/serving on each of these...I'd have to turn out my pantry to do it! <BR> <BR> Bush's Lower Sodium Black Beans (and other beans) - this may be a lower sodium version than the original, but it still packs a whallop for those of us seriously trying to control the salt. <... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:23:22 EST 'Nuther Lesson Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016024 Okay...when you're planning to eat out, MAKE SURE you've recorded the correct nutrition figures for the items you're interested in. Made that mistake with Chili's today. <BR> <BR> For the record, the Caribbean Salad with Grilled Chicken is awesome and has really good numbers, even with the dressing! Only, I recorded the numbers for the side of guacamole, not the full appetizer of guac, salsa & chips! Had a slight shock when I put it in the tracker. <BR> <BR> However, what went right was th... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 01:05:10 EST Reprise of the Calorie Chase http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014521 This has been another day when I just can't get myself even to the bottom of my calorie range, even though I had half a blueberry cake donut this afternoon. It's strange... <BR> <BR> I tried something new today, fixing up a can of Blue Runner No Salt Added Creole Cream Style Navy Beans. Really looking for ways to cut out the salt, and have quick-fix, protein-rich "lunches" to bring to work, that won't kill me on sodium. <BR> <BR> Anyway...added that to brown rice and made a meal. Well, tech... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:02:55 EST Height-Weight Charts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012693 I just want to express a pet peeve of mine: the height-weight charts doctors use to tell you if you're "normal", "overweight", "obese"... (And don't get me started on the use of "obese"...) <BR> <BR> At my height, just shy of 5'4", I'm told by doctors that I should be 115 pounds. I'm sorry, that's laughable, as I'd be a skeleton at that weight. As an adult, I was healthiest at 145, looked great, and felt wonderful. I got seriously ill when I tried to lose more. <em>230</em> The reason I t... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:50:29 EST Took a shot at Chinese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012593 Well, my weigh-in was good...exactly, even with decimals, 2 pounds down from last week. Given my strange week, I'm very happy with that. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Lunch was a long time coming today after church, and I wanted something with a lot of veggies, but didn't want to cook. So, knowing I'd be paying the sodium piper later, I splurged on a large side of mixed veggies (ate half) and a single serving of a yummy beef entree. I also got an order of veggie spring rolls. (Shhh) Anyway, whe... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 20:32:08 EST Chasing the elusive calorie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010427 Well, it's happened a couple times, but I've been able to salvage it at the last minute up to now. <BR> <BR> One would think that being below the SP calorie range is a good thing. It's not. None of us want our bodies to go into starvation-mode, hoarding the precious energy we so stingily supply. But, there are days, like today (which, thankfully, often follow days like yesterday), in which it is nearly impossible for me to even hit the bottom number in my caloric range. <BR> <BR> It was th... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 00:20:33 EST Gotta be ready... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009123 Went to see a couple friends perform at a new pub in town. I thought I had prepared myself for the extra calories of the beer. But...I didn't plan for having a second drink. I was shocked to find out how many calories are in a shot of Bailey's!!!! My goodness...I'll need to leave plenty room next time! Thankfully, I did have a bit of exercise today, which offset the extra calories, and left me with a slight differential. Gotta really work on the "math in my head" thing. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:50:57 EST When is Dinner not really Dinner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007439 Really tempted to splurge tonight and go way over my calorie limit...I'm not exactly hungry, but I'm not satisfied, not in the slightest. My friend made homemade pizza for us, and given what was left for my day, I ate what amounted to a half serving and am now just over my upper limit. But, while I'm not exactly hungry, I don't feel like I ate dinner. I have the major munchies and it's after 9pm. The dough is so calorie dense and nutrient-poor, that I think I just wasted a meal. Problem is, I... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:33:06 EST Ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982220 Been doing well, mostly, with changing how and what I eat. The when is a little more difficult to control, given everything. But, today, upset with something totally outside my control, I jumped to the junk and totally overloaded myself on carbs, junk carbs. Fat, too. I'm 400 calories over budget for the day, and I feel icky, with zero energy and a heaviness. <BR> <BR> Note to self: if I MUST eat when I get upset, run to the raw veggies! Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:48:07 EST