LEANGIRL22's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANGIRL22 LEANGIRL22'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/ Problem With Late Night Snacking - Help, Suggestions Please. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450625 Okay Guys...I've been great with my diet and exercise during the day but at night I have to admit I'm a disaster. First of all I am a night owl and I love it. At least part of the time. I do enjoy staying up late and watching Netflix. But the problem is that I am snacking on chips and hummus and crackers in the middle of the night! Not good at all. I know this is a disaster to losing weight so I need help with this...what do I do? <BR> <BR> Do I plan a late night snack? I know I canno... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:18:53 EST 16 LBS TO GO...BUT WHO'S COUNTING? KEEPING MY EYE ON THE PRIZE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449111 I am excited because each day is another day closer to my weight goal. I was on one of the Biggest Loser Teams and that really challenged me and got me moving again -- for that I am grateful, however, I found the pace a little too much and so I am going at my own pace. Slow and steady in this race. I have already lost 2 lbs. this week and so I am encouraged by that. I have a lot of family responsibilities so that has to be balanced in with my weight loss. For me to lose weight I do have ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 18:57:36 EST Kind of a Gloomy Winter Sunday But Some Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448624 The Good News is I am down another pound. Since I just got my diet and exercise program back I suspect this is just water weight. 2 lbs. in two days -- but you know, I'll take it. I have been busy today -- went to church this morning and took the tree down this afternoon and got things packed away! Always glad to have that chore done. I like getting back to normal. Now I need to get the suitcases put in the attic as well from the trip. <BR> <BR> Still have to pick up my son tonite a... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 18:37:59 EST What's Wrong With Losing a Pound a Week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448026 Well, I'm back and have given things a little thought. Yesterday, I did get on the treadmill for 30 minutes after doing some Christmas returns and other errands. Today I'm headed up to Dad's with my DH to take care of some things in his assisted living room. Dad really needs some family time after we have been gone for 10 days. He seems to like it when Fred visits with me and Fred does some Mr. Fixit stuff as well. Who doesn't like that? So looking forward to a nice visit with him and t... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 10:00:37 EST A New Year and New Opportunities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447613 I'm still reflecting on the past year as well as 2018. 2017 was a year of great change. With the loss of my brother in April it changed our whole world as a family. Such a great loss left a large hole in our hearts and required immediate changes in all our lives. David was a great and good man. Yes, both. He was great at taking care of the ordinary things and quietly went about them. He is with the Lord now and I'm sure he's still great at taking care of many things in Heaven. Here we... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:55:51 EST Small Victories Are Adding Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424678 This morning was a good one -- I managed to get down to 150 lbs. on the old scale. That is a benchmark for me and I am very encouraged. It is not my final goal, but a milestone along the way. The next benchmark will be 145 lbs. which doesn't seem as elusive now as when I started this journey. I am pleased with the progress (however slow it is) and will continue toward my goal of 135 lbs. That is only 15 lbs. to go and is actually seeming like it is doable. I have managed to get into one... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 19:39:41 EST Mastering Our Minds - Stick to Your New Healthy Habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422677 This weight loss journey truly isn't an adventure for wimps. It is deceptively difficult as we are truly mastering our minds and thoughts, and those pesky emotions to lose weight. It's the ultimate mind game. When there is discomfort, pain, adversity or difficulty our minds can rationalize why we should avoid exercise. To top that off our life eating and sedentary habits are set in pretty well. <BR> <BR> I am finding that I have some serious challenges telling myself not to have an extra... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:54:41 EST Working Hard at Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418892 Today was busy as I went up to have lunch with Dad and then returned to work a bit on the desk that I am refinishing. It needed a bit more sanding and some other touch up. Tomorrow morning I will give it another sanding and then another coat of paint. Then depending on how it looks I may even give parts of it a third coat of paint. I will be doing a bit of shopping in the morning and then I really excited about attending my first auction here in Texas. That is always fun -- I don't even ... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 00:24:21 EST A Pound A Week, But I'll Take It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417963 Another week has gone by and I have lost a pound. Only a pound but the good news is that I'm losing a pound every week. At this rate it will take me 17 more weeks to get to my goal weight. I am a bit frustrated by that, but also a bit encouraged by it. I am eating healthy and recording every BLT each day. I am exercising every day. I am doing strength training as well as cardio. When I lose it seems to be when I have gotten more steps in (shooting for 10,000 today). That seems to be k... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:16:02 EST Small Victories - Slow but Sure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415916 Well, what a surprise. I got on the scale this morning and found that I had lost almost a pound. I'm now 153.2 lbs. That's the first time in a long while I've been that low. I'm not sure why it went down but I'll take it. I have been on a fitness streak for the past couple of weeks. It's frustrating not knowing why so I can do more about it -- but one thing's for sure I will not give up walking. I'm determined to keep my mileage and time walking up. It's easy for me to watch the calor... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:03:03 EST Checking Back In... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415210 Haven't had time to sit and collect my thoughts for a while. It's been a busy week. Since I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge I have really split my time up between trips to see Dad (3 times a week), exercising (both cardio + strength training), cooking & planning healthy meals and recording every BLT. Just adding the strength training takes more time as I do that 3 times a week now. Glad for it, although I'm definitely feeling it all over. SP has some great resistance band and weight w... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:21:26 EST Raising the Ante http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408716 Well, as usual when I start to lose weight I hit that dreaded plateau -- you know the one after the initial water weight comes off. I have been stuck for 5-6 days and I decided I will fight through this by upping my game. I am doing longer workouts -- maintaining my low calorie diet and adding strength training. I will sleep well tonight! My arms are feeling shaky right about now -- that's good as I think it means I worked them to exhaustion. <BR> <BR> My goal is to no longer have that... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:47:16 EST My Birthday Present - I Love Windmills!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407688 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/406ba7f3-bee9-464b-8689-dc1e330c0dc4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This is my personal piece of a windmill. A bit of Texas, the country and our history all wrapped up in one. <BR> <BR> I was surprised by my DH and son - so grateful! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share! <BR> <BR> Sheila Mon, 4 Sep 2017 20:47:19 EST Setting Priorities & Finding Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406809 So this week was about balancing all the things I have to do vs. working out and taking care of myself. I think its hard for all of us to balance family responsibilities, careers, and the rest of our lives with taking care of ourselves. It's easy to take a short time and focus primarily on taking care of ourselves only to find that other areas in our lives are slipping rather badly. Still trying to settle into a new house, unpack endless moving boxes and trying to find a place to put thing... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 11:01:25 EST Just finished Painting our Workshop Doors !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405440 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/659f083e-2e52-42fc-9a48-5d0ae78e2b9a.JPG"> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:51:53 EST Update and Some Illumination on My Personal Motivational Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405369 Yesterday I hit a wall and had no energy and could barely get through a reduced 15 minute workout. I took some time and just rested and got a good night sleep. I learned the value of "downtime." Also I learned that the 10 - 15 easy minutes to get my metabolic rate up didn't hurt me either. I thought it would but in the future when I feel exhausted like that I will still do at least 10 minutes to rev up the metabolism. The rest and good night's sleep did me a world of good. <BR> <BR> I d... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 13:40:07 EST Quick check in for Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404776 Just checking in -- busy again today: visited a new church in the AM, stopped in at Walmart to do some shopping for my Dad, got caught in a downpour afterwards, fixed healthy lunch (salad), unpacked 6 boxes and put things away, picked up my son at work, did my treadmill for 15 minutes. This was kind of a rest day so just picked up the metabolism a notch. Made chicken and veggies for dinner, and going to bed early. <BR> <BR> Going up to visit my Dad tomorrow with his newly framed photos fo... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:18:30 EST A Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404385 Today I was hoping to drop another pound but that didn't happen (I know I'm impatient)! So I upped my cardio and got over 10,000 steps in today. For me, that's a lot. Also did lots of other walking at Walmart -- seems I'm there shopping a lot. So I increased my workout and stuck to my diet and I'm feeling really tired. <BR> <BR> I hung a couple of paintings today and got several others unpacked. Had to buy paint rollers to paint the garage doors tomorrow -- didn't get that done today.... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 23:28:21 EST Day 6 of the Small Commitments Challenge Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403951 I made it through 6 days of cardio. Is that bad? I'm really not moving all that fast so I figure its probably okay. I ate healthy so far today and we took some bookcases up to my Dad's and put them together. Then we went for lunch (Chilis) I did the Grilled Chicken Salad and it was enjoyable! Skipped desert and watched my Dad and husband eat ice cream with Strawberry sauce on it. I was not tempted because I was full and also because I feel so much better being even 4 pounds lighter. I... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:32:09 EST Goal Update for Today - Slow But Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403687 This was a good day in that I have upped my calorie intake as it was too low, and yet still in a healthy range, and also managed to get 20 minutes cardio in on the treadmill. I was so tired but still got on there telling myself I would just do 10 minutes (that really does help me) and then I managed to reach 20 minutes. Because of a trip to Walmart I managed to up my steps to over 6000 today. I have had to start slow but I'm steady and consistent. After being sedentary for the past few mo... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:07:39 EST Feel Good Today For the First Time in a Long While http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403160 I can't exactly describe it but for the first time in quite a long while I feel good today. I feel a bit lighter and my allergies are less than usual. It just feels good -- also more energy -- that's definitely part of it. It's definitely different than 4 days ago when I started this journey. I'm surprised that I feel better already and very pleased. I was down a pound this morning and that's always good -- but the real joy is just feeling good and healthier somehow. <BR> <BR> I've de... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:14:09 EST More Activity Than I Bargained For... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402902 Today was a crazy busy day, fairly productive in the morning running errands, etc. and it got crazier as the day went on. My husband finally broke down and said I could go get a sofa & love seat I' found a good deal on. So I was all excited and we finally went to the furniture store in the afternoon and made the purchase. However, my 72 yr. old thrift minded husband decided we would pick them up ourselves and bring them home. So home we went to get our grown son and the three of us moved ... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:29:25 EST Day 2 and I've Started a Streak of Exercising... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402540 Well, I've started an exercise streak -- that's always the real challenge for me. The food part is easier, but my body just wants to be sedentary. I wonder if I'm the only one who feels this way. I can cut out fat and carbs and sugar -- but moving the old body there's the rub! Well Day 2 and I have done 30 minutes each day. I committed to doing at least 10 minutes every day. My plan is to do at least 30 minutes each day for 5 days and maybe the 10 minutes the other 2 days for now....a ... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:46:59 EST Hello From Texas (Am I Dreaming)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401927 I can hardly believe we live in Texas. I guess I am in a bit of culture shock or maybe just adjusting to the whole idea of being here. We lived in Virginia since 1987 -- wow that's 30 years. We are so glad to be here to be near my Dad and it is such an honor to be part of his life again and help him with his needs and share his memories! He truly was a wonderful part of The Greatest Generation! He was in the Navy in World War II, came home and raised his family well, adored my mother unt... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:36:09 EST Big Changes Are Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367226 First off -- I have to report that I lost a pound! So thrilled with each pound lost. I did my cardio 30 minutes yesterday and that is a victory every time. It's getting a little easier though. But the big news is our house sold. It took about 3 weeks and we are kind of in shock and getting ready to get on a plane for the Dallas area to find our new home. Really scarey, I am happy as our home was a high maintenance place with everything needing paint and stain all the time. Lots and lo... Sat, 27 May 2017 09:24:06 EST I Already Messed Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366833 Well, just as soon as I got started I messed up. I had to go out of town for a day and didn't get any exercise in at all. I didn't even attempt it. I am not going to give up, and right now I am waiting for my husband to get up so I can go into our bedroom and get on the treadmill. I was up early to take my son to work and walk Max our dog. I've had my breakfast and decided I'd write to get this off my chest. I need to admit when I let myself down. I wasn't prepared for what I need to d... Fri, 26 May 2017 09:32:09 EST Loving Myself Enough to Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365990 I read the above title and it really motivated me however, I have given it some thought. Loving myself seems weird to me but the idea of respecting and taking care of the body God gave to me is closer to my thinking. Either way you look at it, the concept can be motivating. We only have one body so it only makes sense to take care of it and give it a chance to flourish. I think we sometimes take better care of our pets nutrition than our own. We have to put healthy fuel into the tank to ... Wed, 24 May 2017 09:34:55 EST Busy & Healthy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365797 I got my exercise done in the morning and I liked that so much better. I was able with my son's help to get that chest of drawers I was talking about almost stripped. Just needs a little more on the drawers. So the worst is over and we can move on to sanding, staining, painting, etc. If it turns out okay I'll post a photo. <BR> <BR> Healthwise, I was good with diet and got the cardio in and drank all of my water. I am trying to eat less meat (usually its lean chicken) and more veggies... Tue, 23 May 2017 21:53:11 EST Moving Right Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365393 I did 35 minutes on the treadmill and ate healthy today. Probably didn't get enough carbs today so will work on adding more of them tomorrow. I know since I have started exercising my legs do feel a bit tired when I get up. But I think that is to be expected. I am sleeping longer and better. I am drinking the water but find it a nuisance to be in the bathroom all the time. But I tell myself that I am ridding my body of toxins and fat. I am happy with myself (content actually) that I ha... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:57:53 EST Busy Productive Day Yet A Healthy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364917 Well I kept my priorities straight today. I went to church in the morning and then repainted my kitchen cabinets (white) in the afternoon. Fred (my husband) helped and we got them done. This was just a repaint but they needed it. Still need to put things away when the paint dries but they are done! <BR> <BR> And I still managed to do 30 minutes of cardio that I promised myself I would do. I recorded my food (leftovers) and fluid intake. I still need to get more fluids before the even... Sun, 21 May 2017 21:47:55 EST Focusing on Improving My Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364333 It's hard to admit you haven't really been taking care of yourself -- but that's a fact for me. Well time to wake up and pay laser focused attention. The past two years have been really difficult -- first major surgery but thanks to God's mercy they didn't find any cancer. Had to recover though and that took a while. Then I fell and badly sprained my ankle and foot. I was in a boot for 6 months and there is still some weakness in my left ankle. On top of that my brother died of brain ca... Sat, 20 May 2017 11:47:00 EST Taking a Hiatus From Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330445 For anyone who may have wondered what happened to me as I have not been on the site for a while -- we have had a family situation that has put extra demands on my time & attention. My brother is dying of brain cancer and I have needed some time to sell a couple of houses and move to Texas. I need to be close to my father who is 97 and will need my support. <BR> <BR> I just cannot keep up with everything so will possibly return next year when things settle down. I have enjoyed my time on... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:28:27 EST Day 2 - Hobbling on a Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280311 Well, I survived my first exercise routine out of the boot! 6 weeks of that is enough! All I could say when I was done was ouch! But it wasn't that bad and this morning my foot isn't any worse for wear! I thought for sure it would be... but it's fine. So I will wrap it and get going today. I am encouraged. I didn't do more than 15 minutes because it hurt and I didn't want to re-injure the tendons, but I was in motion and going forward. I proved to myself that I could start exercising an... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:09:22 EST A Second Run at Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279915 I have been off the site for a while -- over a year for sure. Lots has happened. My son moved home to live with us which is a blessing as he helps me so much and I am grateful for that! Secondly, I had a serious health challenge as they found a large tumor in my colon when I had a routine colonoscopy. I had a cancer scare but it turned out the tumor was benign! So they took out a section of my insides and here I am. The surgery was last June, and I have recovered from it with a few die... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:54:39 EST A Quick Hello to My Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984703 Wanted to let you know I am missing being back in action, but wishing all you well and hoping you are all moving each day towards your healthy goals! Took a photo on the way home from the lake where we stayed. In the photo are my husband Fred and my son Jeff (and of course our dog Max). They all took great care of me coming home! This was taken on top of Afton Mountain at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an overlook. <BR> <BR> Be back soon, <BR> <BR> Sheila <img src="http://photos... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:11:40 EST Went on Vacation & Got Pneumonia! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983041 I can only sit for just a little while. Ended up getting very sick the morning we were leaving for our trip. Went anyway -- thought it was just a gluten attack. It wasn't. I ended up in the hospital ER with pneumonia. Slept most of the time. Read a little. The boys got to go fishing so that was good. Just got home last evening. Feel awful. No energy...taking antibiotics and can barely walk across the room. The only good news is I am down 2 pounds. So no matter what I'll always tak... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 08:29:19 EST Did It Again. One Day at a Time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980427 I made it through another 40 minutes on the treadmill! I really really didn't want to get on the treadmill tonite. I have lots to pack, etc., but I walked in the front door and headed straight for the treadmill. I knew if I let my mind start to think about it I would talk myself out of it. Let myself off the hook. But I just did it. No thinking, no bargaining with the body that just wanted to eat dinner and do anything but exercise. So -- I really feel good about myself. I am glad I d... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:49:05 EST Victory over the old self today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979778 Thank you so much for all your comments. I really do take them seriously and consider each comment. I really appreciate your caring and support so very much. I am making sure I get more water as I was falling a bit short on it each day. Also, I did buy a food scale and I am monitoring each bite and recording it as well. If anything I am probably not getting enough calories. Also I have tried hard to get more sleep -- although that isn't easy with so much going on. But I have been doing... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:51:53 EST On A Plateau......Yikes I am so tired of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979224 I guess I am just going to be on this plateau until I figure out that I will just have to move a lot more than I have been to shed the last 9 lbs. It is driving me crazy so I may as well get serious and get it over with. I have certainly proven that I know how to maintain. So since I lost the first 11 lbs. you'd think I could motivate myself to get moving and get rid of the rest. I certainly think about it all the time. So instead of thinking about it I need to just move move move and j... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 22:55:14 EST Catch Up Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976552 I have come to the point where I see that I am just going to have interruptions in my weight loss journey. It is just not going to be totally "me in control of each day." Because I just have commitments to others that have to happen I will have to put those things in first place. I have a need to bring in income so that has to happen. I need to care for my grandson and that has to happen. But, that said, I am still on track even though Monday and Tuesday it was not first and foremost. I... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:33:55 EST Into Each Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973943 It has been such an emotional week for me. I finished paperwork for my son's disability and I am praying that there are no issues to keep him from continuing to receive benefits. So that was an emotional block of time all morning. Then we found out my husband has DVT which is a thrombosis or blood clot in his leg. So he spent all afternoon and early evening getting ultrasounds to confirm the diagnosis and then going to several pharmacies to find the drugs for it. I am wondering why he is... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 00:01:40 EST Back On Track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972879 I haven't blogged in a few days as things have just gotten so crazy. I have been quite upset as I have had to scramble to pull together all kinds of information to turn in to social security disability folks regarding my son who has ADHD and Aspberger's Disorder. Jeff has some serious disability deficits that limit him severely. He was born with this and it isn't like he will be getting better or anything. At any rate, we are having to prove that he is still disabled and show all kinds of... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 23:51:05 EST Keeping it moving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970498 Just got off the treadmill for 45 minutes and the rowing machine for another 10 minutes. I feel better because I added some more carbs for energy without going over my calories. It's seems to be about balance. I hope that doesn't stall the weight loss. I am concentrating on portion control, and keeping the body moving. Yesterday was my exercise day off so I was glad to get moving again today. It really was great to have had a rest and it felt so good to be moving again today! I will c... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:56:01 EST I'm celebrating today! Finally hit 150 for the last time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969067 I have decided to do something nice for myself today for hitting 150. This is harder than I thought it would be. I guess because I didn't understand exactly what the changes in my lifestyle needed to be. So it has been a learning curve for sure. There are just some behaviors and food habits that have to stay gone forever. I get that now. Otherwise the weight will be right back again and I am just not willing to allow that. Also my life needs to be active no matter what! So I am mental... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:44:47 EST You Guys Are All So Right... Thanks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968202 I totally appreciate your comments and your encouragement. And I agree with you all. You are so right about portion control!!! My nemesis! It has been three days since I last wrote. I have been super careful and weighed and measured everything. I have dropped one half pound as of this morning. Negligible. But I must tell you ---I am not as frustrated as before. I think that is because I know that I will eventually drop the weight. It has to come off. I am exercising and eating corre... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:02:04 EST All I have done this week is maintain...change needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966322 Does the word plateau ring a bell with anyone? It sure is ringing in my ears! All I have succeeded in doing this week is maintaining what I initially lost. I have exercised religiously and thought I was eating properly. However, the scale doesn't lie so I must be kidding myself somewhere. So I took a look over the past week and thought seriously about what I have been eating. <BR> <BR> Breakfast is always oatmeal with 1% milk (.25 cup) -- no worries there. Lunch is smallish salad wi... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:33:39 EST FYI and An Observation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964518 My FYI: is about the photos on my Spark Page. The birds in the photos are Sand Hill Cranes which I love. The larger birds are the Momma and Papa and the little one in the back is the baby. He's more timid. They were feeding in my Dad's back yard in Florida. This was taken before he moved to Texas. He loved feeding them and they were like pets for him. These birds mate for life and are such a joy to watch. They are not just in Florida but migrate all over the states in various areas. ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:26:38 EST Crazy Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964069 Was in motion all day today. Did a buying trip to Ashland and Richmond and while I accomplished a lot, I got home late. My son and I then proceeded to sand his desk that we are refinishing. We will hopefully put a coat of primer on it tomorrow night. But tonite we did get it sanded. Also we had dinner late (I was good on the diet all day - no problems there). But it just got so late I couldn't exercise because my husband went to bed and the treadmill was in the bedroom. So I did 15 min... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:46:05 EST I Really Didn't Want To Do It... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963469 We had my daughter and her family over today for Hailey's 15th birthday. Had a great time and enjoyed the family feast. But I did okay with the food. For potato salad I only had a half cup, same with cole slaw, and had lots of cider vegetables and some chicken. All in all I saved calories from breakfast for this large lunch so did okay for the day. Dinner was just more veggies again so okay there. Lots of temptation but got through it. These are the times that really test me. I love h... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:02:45 EST What is a Good Day??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962683 Any day I lose a pound is by definition a good day! Each one is hard fought. But in reality any day we are moving toward our goal weight and have eaten healthy foods in healthy amounts is a good day. And any day we have exercised and moved our body closer to the lean side is a good day as well. So today is the result of our consistent healthy lifestyle. Again, the key is the consistent day by day just doing it! Go Nike! I am patting myself on the back as an "atta girl" for sticking wit... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 10:08:16 EST