LA_CHISPA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LA%5FCHISPA LA_CHISPA'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/ gone vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661806 At the end of the long holiday slog that started around Thanksgiving 2012 and ended with the new year, I had tightness in the chest and constant headaches. By chance and good fortune, I came across a vegan website, and also discovered nutritionfacts.org, a website that focuses on plant-based eating. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I jumped in and have never looked back. Since then, without focusing on portion size, I have lost 25 pounds and feel better than I have... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 13:45:11 EST back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5101036 I didn't fall off the wagon, rather, it slowed down when i got distracted by other things and stopped. The wagon and i have been inactive for some days now. Today i remembered that i have this wagon with me to carry me somewhere. So up we go. I am back on board and moving forward. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:17:52 EST Using more of the available tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093884 Living and eating and exercising in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula is very different from living and eating and exercising in Pennsylvania. <BR> <BR> The weather is very hot here, so exercising outside in the baking daytime is not comfortable, and most likely not healthy. At nighttime or in the morning when the weather cools, it is very dark and the roads and sidewalks are not friendly to walking. I have been to one gym, it was an oven in the daytime, but cooler at night. Trouble was that they ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:08:35 EST A fresh start in Mexico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092447 Going fresh. Now that I am living in Mexico, I am starting to try to add different Fresh and healthy foods into the diet. With the exception of the occasional Coke Zero and a 2.5% milk fat Lala Light, I am completely ignoring processed "light" and "low fat" foods that are so dominant in the grocery aisles in the USA. Light cheeses and nonfat yogurt are not available where I live, so I am eating full fat versions, but in smaller quantities or less frequently, and recording everything. I am als... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 10:10:07 EST Nighttime dangers--habits that feel impossible to break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3481349 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804337820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been very good with my daytime habits, eating well, stretching when I wake up, doing something active during the day. When the end of the day comes, however, I am vunerable to my old habit of sitting in front of the television and watching a movie. With that habit comes its companion habit: snacking. <BR> <BR> It is the end of the day. I am tired. I am relaxed. I lose my willpower. <BR> <BR> I have started... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 09:05:00 EST Close encounters with a vanilla wafer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3450101 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599800329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After eating a healthy dinner yesterday, I enjoyed a dessert of five delicious, slowly-consumed vanilla wafers. Later, I reached my hand into the box and pulled out five more cookies. "I'll record them and live with the consequences," I told myself. Then I thought that eating them would be a swift and shallow experience that would give me nothing but empty calories. So, I put them back. <BR> <BR> I had a visceral... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:07:58 EST Close encounters with a vanilla wafer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3450100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599800329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After eating a healthy dinner yesterday, I enjoyed a dessert of five delicious, slowly-consumed vanilla wafers. Later, I reached my hand into the box and pulled out five more cookies. "I'll record them and live with the consequences," I told myself. Then I thought that eating them would be a swift and shallow experience that would give me nothing but empty calories. So, I put them back. <BR> <BR> I had a visceral... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 09:07:58 EST 4.2 pounds gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3443113 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375725034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The first week is behind me and I've lost 4.2 pounds, a projector's worth of weight (see photo). I feel great. Now to see what I can lose next week! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 08:24:52 EST Another thought about articles in Sparkpeople.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3433512 It would really be great if the reader was given a below-the-story opportunity to respond to the articles on sparkpeople.com. Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:40:34 EST Two interesting Spark articles today...and a question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3433472 I have been very impressed with the articles and information in the Sparkpeople.com website. It feels very complete. Today, however, on two separate occasions reading the Spark site, I had some interesting observations(interesting to me, that is). <BR> <BR> First, after reading the front page article about the new weight loss pill, which had uninspiring results in tests, I thought long and hard about editorial decisions on Sparkpeople. Is the drug company feeding the web site those stories?... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:21:59 EST Falling in love again. With myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3420763 I read that people who are significantly overweight are passive-agressive, letting their bad food and physical fitness habits "slide" instead of confronting them. I don't like confrontation and have recently acknowledged that I have been putting off healthy practices for at least ten years. <BR> <BR> I know the success of diet and exercise, I spent the first 30 years of my adult life going in and out of weight loss and exercise programs. But along the way, with all the changes that came wit... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 16:37:01 EST