LDYSABELLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LDYSABELLA LDYSABELLA'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/ Fitness: From Metamorphosis to a Way of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863070 Working out has been great for me. I end up sore, but I'm always in pain anyway. Now it's satisfying proof my body is changing, a metamorphosis I'm responsible for. I can already feel the difference. Aside from moving closer to the steering wheel and yanking up my jeans, I feel stronger. I can go down stairs like an adult again, one foot at a time rather than doing the toddler shuffle. I can more easily lift my legs to mount weight and cardio machines. I also feel steadier getting into and ou... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:20:20 EST How do You Measure Success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862500 I don't have much time tonight, but I'm so excited about my progress. I weighed in this morning under almost normal circumstances (different shoes and breakfast). I gained 1 pound. I'm not letting that get me down I've added strength training to my workouts and I can already feel the difference. The biggest indicator for me is my driver's seat believe it or not. I used to have to drive with it all the way back. this week I moved up a couple times. The butt of my jeans are looser and they keep... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:15:58 EST I've got to Believe in Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861792 I'm having a hard time today reconciling the need to go work out and not miss a day with the need to let my body recover. I'm trying very hard right now to make a habit out of going to the gym. I need to and I can see the difference after only two weeks. <BR> <BR> The problem is, depending on who you ask, it takes three weeks to 30 days to form a habit. Unlike most habits, workouts aren't something you can push through every day. Sometimes you have to give your body a rest. I'm afraid that i... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:02:04 EST Sometimes Later is Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860939 My husband as an IT security specialist taught a seminar in which he pointed out that we all suffer from decision fatigue. The more decisions we have to make in a day the harder it gets to make good ones. I think this is one of the reasons I don't mind exercising in the evenings. I admit I'm a night owl by nature and hit my stride about 7PM. Unfortunately I live in the real world and have to go to bed and rise far earlier than I'd like. <BR> <BR> After I've drug my butt out of bed I actual... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:04:29 EST How Did I Get So Lucky? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860616 I'm going with the suggestion to list three things I'm thankful for in my life. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that my kids are starting to overtly support me in my life style change. They aren't fighting me on dragging them to the Y so much. My daughter saw my son's Burger King lunch bag and quizzed me on what I had for lunch. She congratulated me on eating the fish fillet without the bread or tartar sauce. It was so great that she had my back. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful that my best friend and my hus... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:35:32 EST The Cost of Being Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859388 Today I did a Cost Analysis for a TOPS contest we are running through March. It took a bit of time, but it was a very eye opening and useful exercise for me. I wanted to share it here. I think It would really be beneficial for anyone struggling with these life changing decisions. After all, we have to change our lives because if we don't we won't be able to maintain our health and fitness. Unfortunately, the table format doesn't translate here so I had to get creative. <BR> <BR> Cost Benefi... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:54 EST Be Your Own Competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859012 I was really terribly excited about my workout yesterday. I finally broke 12 mph on the stationary bike. I'm sure I looked like a maniac while fist pumping, covered in sweat with my face a alarming shade of puce. I'm very happy with myself. <BR> <BR> My Dear Husband is a cyclist. This will be his fourth year doing the PanOhio Hope Ride: a four day 328 mile ride across the State of Ohio to raise money for the American Cncer Society and the Ohio Hope lodges. It starts at the Hope lodge in Clev... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:34:15 EST Am I Willing to Pay the Piper? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857167 I lost 3.2 pounds this week. I'm so proud of myself. This wasn't excess water, it was fat. I can pick up 3 boxes of butter and feel and see the loss. <BR> <BR> I'm sore from my workout yesterday, but it's worth it. It was my first full strength training session. Unfortunately I woke up in pain a few more times than I usually do, but that means I'm changing. I'm making progress. I know I need to take a day off. The big test is whether I can get myself into the gym tomorrow. Missing just one ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:46:41 EST Get Creative and Get Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855706 I'm very lucky and I know it. Like everyone I know, we've gone through some grim times. My husband finally found a better job and we are fortunate to be able to afford the $90/month YMCA membership for our whole family. Our private training sessions are part of that membership. My mom is getting her individual membership that would be $25 through Medicaid and Silver Sneakers. She also has an aqua aerobics course that they cover too. My daughter also qualifies for a free membership through Med... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:46:08 EST There are No "Ladies" at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855376 I saw a video today on what women really look like as they workout as compared to what the media projects. We don't glisten, we sweat. We jiggle. We occasional ripple. We smell bad and make unladylike noises too. <BR> <BR> Their are far too many of us that care too much about what is expected of us and how people might think of us. It makes us reluctant or even down right scared of showing our imperfect, very human bodies out in public. We feel like we're on display and open wide to critici... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:11:40 EST Eva vs the Treadmill or I'm Entitled to Make a Fool of Myself Once a Day Without Losing Self Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854612 I didn't think I would be back at the YMCA today, so I did my day off 10 minutes walking at Sam's Club. It felt good and I still had lots of energy so I ended up doing another 10 min at the grocery store. I marked it down feeling satisfied with myself. <BR> <BR> Then my husband came home and asked me if we were going to work out tonight. I was so thrilled he wanted to go I got my things together. Our daughter came too. I didn't think I would last long after my other walks. I climbed on one ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:34:41 EST Victory Is Mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853818 I did it! I managed to drag most of my family with me to our home YMCA tonight. I'm trying very hard to be a positive influence and example to my kids and husband despite my size. I ran out of my protein meal replacement shakes so it's been a strange day for me. I did alright until dinner when I was left with eating homemade pizza with my family. I immediately felt the difference: nauseous, fatigue, and a bit of disorientation. I took all those carbs and went to the gym. <BR> <BR> I did a 15... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:01:11 EST Now The Real Work Starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852818 I weighed in at the YMCA in Powell yesterday. I don't know how far off it is from the scale in my doctor's office. I've decided I don't really care at this point. I'll use this as my starting point and weigh at that Y in the same clothes every Sunday. <BR> <BR> If it's close to my doc's scale, I've lost about 9 pounds. I expected that. I know it's mostly water weight. Now the real work begins. <BR> <BR> I know not to get nuts about this first loss because it isn't really fat. I won't have w... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:50:24 EST Sore But Satisfied http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852049 I made it back to the YMCA today. I gave my arms a break because after using the elliptical yesterday my upper body is feeling it. I did stretch them out which seemed to help. I got 30 minutes and 5 miles in on the stationary bicycle. It's no where near what I need to do to keep up with the rest of my family, but it's a start. I'm glad I went back although I'm taking tomorrow off. Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:32:46 EST Using My Time More WIsely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851228 It's colder than Mars in my part of the country now. I'm very grateful for my YMCA membership. I had the chance to try out the Y near where my daughter works which is 30 minutes from home so I usually hang at Panera, eat a bagel and get some coffee while I read a wait for her to get done. Instead I packed a couple protein bars and water and went to the Y. It's basically the same as my home base and has all my favorite things (including the seated elliptical) with hot showers being a glaring e... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:08:28 EST Tell Them About It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850293 Four days back on my feet, taking control of my life and I'm feeling pretty good. At 800 calories a day I feel pretty good an I'm not starving like usual. My family is still trying to adjust to the change, especially since I'm cooking for them. They are starting to come around. My eleven year old tried to feed me a candy cane. I gently reminded him I couldn't have it and he apologized sweetly saying he forgot. <BR> <BR> I recently wrote that my family and friends often seemed to subconscious... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:01:29 EST Getting It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849534 I think that my family is finally starting to “get it”. I served steak, broccoli, and baked steak fries to my family for dinner last night. They asked me if I was eating and I said no. They asked me why. I explained to them that, as they know, I'm signing up for the RounY gastric. That means I'm planning have someone reduce the size of my stomach from the bottomless 2 liter pit to the size of an egg. I told them I wouldn't be able to eat like that again after the surgery so I might as well ge... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:29:21 EST Love Myself Now Enough to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849507 I am trying very hard to be positive and love myself. Now. While I'm fat. While I'm struggling. I have a really bad habit of putting myself last and going without for others. I need to remember that I am beautiful and desirable, and worthy and deserving of love. How can I care for someone else if I can't care for myself properly? How can anyone else love me if I can't love me. So here I am hoping I can give and receive encouragement so that all of us can love ourselves enough right now as we ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:49:34 EST Making Better Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848756 So day three of my high protein liquid meal replacement plan, I had my weekly outing with my mom and best girlfriend to a local breakfast joint. I was able to choose the egg white omelet and refused the bread and potatoes on the side although the server didn't make it easy. I took the fruit which I couldn't eat and gave it to my mom. I recorded it all after finding I could indeed fit the SparkPeople app on my poor old iPhone 4. I felt very good about my choices. Then plans went awry. <BR> <B... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:02:46 EST Loving Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847938 "you’re beautiful even though you’re fat. <BR> <BR> you’re beautiful and fat. <BR> <BR> stop acting like these are exclusionary words that don’t belong in a sentence together." - Housewifeswag via Tumblr <BR> <BR> I need to hear this every day, maybe several times a day, until I really truly believe it! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 19:06:20 EST Finding the Miraculous in My Life Everyday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117852 My sister from another mother was in a bad car accident last night. I'd been worried for her because she was running late. She was supposed to have dinner with us before we left for my TOPS group. I decided I would be late and drive to my Mom's where she had left from to see if I could find her. <BR> <BR> She had made it to my apartment complex before things went horribly wrong. It seems as though she blacked out while turning and lost control of her car. She crashed through a small tree and... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:39:06 EST I Will Not Treat Myself Like a Garbage Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1805849999.jpg">I was truly inspired by a post on a message board. It was posted on August 14, 2012 by SJKRACH. This entry really made me think and I wanted to share it with my TOPS group as the program for tonight. I had a devil of a time tracking it down because I thought it had been posted as a blog instead of a message board. Here is the post: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Garbage Can Body? <BR> <BR> Over the last few days I've realized that ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:24:37 EST What an Amazing Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114145 Today was a really wonderful day for me. Every year around this time are the school Harvest Parties for my kids. My little guy is the last elementary student we have. I went to his 3rd grade class today. Having been through many of these gatherings over the years (my oldest Dear Daughter is now 16) I noticed some big differences. <BR> <BR> There are only 3 handicap parking places at the school and I had to walk a quarter of a mile from my parking spot. I was able to do this. The pain was the... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:45:24 EST Adapt and Overcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112730 After camping, I had a really hard time getting back into my routine. I got the creeping crud my mom and husband had. By the time I started to feel better I was dealing with lots of stress from the kids' schools. I either got sick again or never managed to completely get over the crud leading up to lots of work for our annual Halloween party. <BR> <BR> It was a fun, successful party that turned out much like the camping trip two weekends before. I ended up supervising teens, running for supp... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:16:10 EST The End of an Era? Disenchanting Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090349 I had a really rough weekend camping physically, mentally and emotionally. It used to be so much fun. I would look forward to it all year. I usually end up with the lion's share of the work, but I didn't mind so much because the benefits outweighed the draw backs. <BR> <BR> My husband came down with the creeping crud Wednesday and didn't go with us Thursday night when we left. My Mom who is usually also there was getting over the crud she gave to my hubby so she didn't spend much time either... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 18:26:23 EST Walking the Path or Not Letting Camping destroy my Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086554 It's been pretty crazy for me juggling four kids and my husband these last couple weeks. I've wanted to sit down and write, but just haven't really had he time. That's a real shame too. I find that journaling is the best way for me to sort out what I'm thinking and how I feel. <BR> <BR> Physically I feel fairly good today. I started my aqua therapy and it felt good until I walked another mile doing laps at the grocery store immediately afterwards. I really had to put my leg up and ice my kne... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 12:11:48 EST Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5073298 I'm preparing for another TOPS meeting. I've got laundry started, a healthy dinner in the crock pot and protein thawing in the refrigerator for tomorrow's dinner. As I wait for time to go I'm sitting here troubled. I visited my Sports Medicine doctor last week. He took a look at my knee which has been constantly swollen and in pain. He said that I'm not ready for surgery yet, but I shouldn't be working with a personal trainer. My knee is too injured for that. I need to get back into Aqua Ther... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:21:29 EST Focusing on the Right Things Makes All the Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064709 I had a good strength training work out with my Personal Trainer yesterday afternoon. I also made it back to TOPS with my BF in tow. I wish we lived closer so she could come with me all the time, but she would be better served finding a local chapter. <BR> <BR> The program was two halves of a whole concept; how our tendency to concentrate on how we didn't meet our goals is discouraging as opposed to how we feel when we make small achievable goals and meet them. I really found it helpful. <... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 10:45:25 EST Moving in the Right Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063045 I had a good day yesterday. I got the kids to enjoy Honey Bran Muffins with an addition of a handful of chocolate chips. I got to play Guild Wars 2. For dinner I made Buffalo Chicken Pizza with my 33% red wheat herbed pizza crust. These are small triumphs along the way to getting my family to come with me on this. <BR> <BR> I also got to the office, which is a 5 minute walk for me each way, and on the stationary bike for 50 minutes. I feel tired, accomplished and fulfilled. Today I meet with... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:14:38 EST From the Inside Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004229 I went for my second session with my Personal Trainer today. We meet in a workout room at an apartment complex near my Dear Friend's home. I was able to very slowly and carefully get on a tread mill and walk for 7 minutes holding on for dear life the whole time. I also used the "gynecology" machine as that one comedian calls it. As I was opening and closing my legs towards the parking lot, I began to look at myself. <BR> <BR> I tend to think of myself in terms of being trapped in a piece of ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:18:03 EST Silver Linings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999388 So far so good. It's Friday and I have been back at tracking my nutrition for five days. The only hitch I have is Monday is short an entry for high fiber nutrition cookies I had at my friend's house.As I sit here typing this all in, the survival show my kids are watching has been interrupted for a Lipozene commercial, yet another miracle drug to solve all your problems. As much as I wish these things were true, I know better. There are no shortcuts to getting fit and healthy. <BR> <BR> I fin... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:50:00 EST Keeping it Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996123 After my terrific weight loss, I went to a pain doc and started a medication for my arthritis that seems to have increased my appetite severely. It has helped with my arthritis pain, but I've gained back 15 pounds which makes everything worse. I've quit taking it and can already feel a difference in my comfort level and my appetite. I believe being able to have control over what I eat and make better choices will be better for me in the long run than the benefits of the arthritis medication. ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:24:07 EST Black Holes and Revelations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862036 On Optifast I've finally learned something that I've been "not getting" for a long time. I need to treat food like medicine my body needs to be healthy. There is good medicine that builds a stronger healthier me and foods that are to be taken in very limited quantities because too much is detrimental to my health and well being. <BR> <BR> I have used food for everything but what I truly need it for. I eat when I'm not hungry and indulge when I feel like I need comforting. I eat when I'm bore... Tue, 1 May 2012 21:37:34 EST Dilemma for Anniversary Movie Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840873 My problem is this, although I'm really truly looking forward to the Marvel Movie Marathon leading up to the release of the new Avengers movie, I've realized I've committed a grave oversight. I forgot that I'll be a the theater over 14 hrs and will need to stick to my diet somehow. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I want to sneak my hand shaker/blender in so I can use my shakes for the day. The Optifast protein bars are for the 800 calorie program and have twice the carbs that I'm used to. They are al... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:32:34 EST Struggling with Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840856 I'm having a rougher time this week. I've lost 20 lbs in two weeks but it isn't getting easier. A big part of the problem is my family. My kids aren't using the quick and easy dinners I got for them to prepare and they leave food everywhere. I've finally dug out of the Easter candy I've been surrounded in for almost two weeks. My husband is no better. He's spending so much money eating out for lunch instead of bringing it to work and then bring home crap for him and the kids. <BR> <BR> Sund... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:19:55 EST Optifast 70 Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833655 This is my second week into the Optifast 70 program. For those of you who don't know what this version entails, it is five shakes a day for a total of 410 calories a day with 70 g of that being protein. So far I'm doing pretty well. I've experience a minimum of hunger, even the first three days on the program I'm having bullion once a day to keep my sodium up so my blood pressure doesn't bottom out. I'm allowed sugar free gelatine which I've been adding to my routine once daily. I also take e... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:38:24 EST Binge Free Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3610121 I'm so proud of myself. I went to a house warming party tonight and didn't binge on all the tempting food and alcohol offered. I kept my cup of water filled and didn't eat or drink anything else. I was afraid that if I did, I wouldn't be able to stop. I made it through and can chalk another Binge Free day up. <BR> <BR> Someday I know I'll be able to eat reasonably at parties, but not yet. Until then, I've proved to myself I can fight the temptation. Sun, 5 Sep 2010 22:26:22 EST Accepting Myself as a Whole Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3601500 For so long I've been at war with my body. That's got to change. I'm trying so hard to learn to love myself and respect myself enough to make these changes for a healthier life style. I don't want to be skinny and I'm not trying to be a certain size. I want to be fit and active so I can keep up with my kids and live my life the way I want to. I deserve this! Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:00:16 EST Family Get Together Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3588136 I;m back home from our weekend up at the lake with the Fam. Weekends with my cousins family are something I look forward too and dread at the same time. I have a chance to unwind, relax, and catch up with my email and journals. It means walks along the beach, movies, and a nice chunk of time when the kids are actually entertained and not derailing my train of thought every 3 minutes. <BR> <BR> The flip side is really stressful in itself. My dear cousin's hubby is Greek in the Big Fat Greek ... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:27:22 EST Small Step Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574597 So the appointment with my doctor went pretty well. I'm getting a referral to the Eating Disorder unit for evaluation. With that in mind, he is not going to prescribe me Meridia, leaving the decision up to the experts. Also, it was gratifying to see my weight has dropped 3 lbs in less than 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Today was a bit of a challenge. I didn't end up having enough time to get all of our salad materials together and eat before running to the doctor. I saved myself by remembering the pr... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 20:01:55 EST Small steps forward on my Vision Quest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572966 I put my inspirational collage back up on my desktop. I also printed out a copy for my refrigerator door and my Living Well folder. It's the one without me in it. I just can't stand to look at that first one and my "before pictures is now almost 15 lbs lighter than where I am, and 6 years younger. I need to dwell on the positive and the possibility that my shape is not a forever thing. i guess I also <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275348378.jpg"> need to take another befor... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 10:50:26 EST Another day crawling along the path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572741 Well here I am. Another day has dawned. I have a fresh slate, another chance to make the right choices. It's wonderful that we awake each day to this opportunity.Ii weighed in last night at my heaviest ever. I'm telling myself that I know I'm retaining water, that I didn't eat 14K extra calories last week. I have to repeat this over and over again to ward off the deep disappointment I feel. It feels like I am doomed to stay like this for the rest of my life. It hardly seems worth it. <BR> ... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:59:13 EST August 17th from LiveJournal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572667 I can't diagnose myself, but it's come to my attention that I has been exhibiting symptoms of Binge Eating Disorder for years now. I'm pretty much the text book definition. You would think that OSU might have some kind of program to treat eating disorders, but the nearest one is seems to be in Pittsburgh. <BR> <BR> Since I'm not completely brain dead yet despite years of exposure to Nickelodeon and Disney, I've been doing some deep soul searching and lots of reading in lieu of a good therapi... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:42:06 EST August 16th from LiveJournal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572660 I'm up and awake. DD3 was in first thing to ask what is for breakfast, as if food isn't my first coherent after the I free myself from the night's dreaming. My body isn't far behind demanding it's share. I hope I can appease it and the kids without going overboard. I want cereal to be enough. I can't get in too much trouble with cereals. I tend to actually be content with the bottom of the bowl. <BR> <BR> I spend so much of my day thinking about food. I fret about the stores of groceries goi... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:40:45 EST Full Steam Ahead on an Exciting Healthy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2489105 it's been a hectic weekend, and the week ahead is going to one long crazy fun haul culminating in our Halloween party Saturday night. I'll be working my butt off (hopefully literally) doing yard work, painting ceilings, bottling beer, cleaning house, and decorating. I'm also going to try making yogurt at home tomorrow since we're blessed with an oven that has a dehydration/proofing cycle which can maintain the right temperature. I've been researching different home recipes, and I'm excited to... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:54:25 EST Ironic Isn't It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2464263 We just got The Biggest Loser for the Wii and the DS. The DS version has a digital calorie counter, recipes, and tips from Bob and Jillian. <BR> <BR> The Wii game is supposed to customize a nutrition plan for you including recipes, customize a workout, provide health and Life style tips, and give you advice Bob and Jillian. the funny thing is that it shows people using the Wii board on the back. The Wii Board has a weight limit of 330lbs. I won't be using those exercises for a while. It ju... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 21:36:44 EST Keeping to the Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2463222 It's nice and chilly today, and I'm feeling it. I've noticed when I'm cold, I'm more inclined to choose higher fat foods. I'm still keeping control of myself and trying to get in the five fruits and veggies I promised myself. It's too bad beans and legumes don't count towards it. <BR> <BR> We're expecting 4 inches of rain later, so I'm not sure how or where I'm going to get my cardio in. I'm too heavy for our treadmill and the thing bores me to death anyway. I did get my strength exercise in... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 13:26:58 EST Taking my first steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2457785 Boy did I over do it on our camping trip, and I'm not talking about the eating. I brought lots of healthy snacks along with some fun junk. I was really pleased with my family. We made trail mix with mixed nuts, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and M&Ms which are the only thing that's left in the bag. <BR> <BR> I worked so hard, even after being diagnosed with asthmatic bronchitis, to make it fun for every one. I am worn out. My cough is still lingering and I have a few more kitchen duties... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 16:44:34 EST Saturday night's all right for fighting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2432312 I knew last night would be rough, but I stayed in control somehow. I went over might fat allotment for the day, but stayed within my caloric goals. Not a bad fight to stay on track. The worst part is to come while camping next week. No shakes for me, just lots and lots of activity and walking. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 10:56:57 EST Thanks but No Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2424143 It's so hard to turn down something you like that is offered as part of a buffet, but it's even harder to turn down trigger foods being offered to you by well meaning people who have no idea they're torturing you. <BR> <BR> I went to a school function today where they fed everybody pizza and tons of cookies. I managed to ignore the cookies and ask for a slice of cheese pizza. They gave me two. I couldn't resist finishing both even though I ate the first very slowly with a whole glass of wate... Wed, 23 Sep 2009 21:01:31 EST