LENELLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LENELLA LENELLA'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/ I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506822 Hello all my friends at SP! It is so good to be back and be among you. I have missed being here, and have miss the accountability. However, I am grateful that I have not gained any weight during my sabbatical, but with that being said, I feel I have missed a month and a half of not losing as well. Being offline (which was not a decision to do so, but circumstances beyond my control that made it happen) drilled into me very deeply that I need SP! I can't manage on my own without being here dai... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:03:47 EST My heart aches... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457541 Dear friends, <BR> <BR> I was able to jump on here for a short moment this evening and I wanted to share something with you. <BR> <BR> The other day I was perusing the message boards, adding comments here and there when I stumbled upon a room that the title seemed interesting, but when I went in I was a little shocked at what was being written. Most of the comments were about all kinds of fattening desserts, and how they could not wait to eat their pies, their ice cream, etc. <BR> <BR> It ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:35:28 EST I will be offline for a short time :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454339 Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to let you know that I will be offline for a short while. <BR> <BR> I will miss talking with all of you, and there are so many new friends. But do not fear, I will be back. I will be manually tracking my nutrition, and weight loss. Once I am back, I will up load it all. :-) <BR> <BR> Keep smiling, sparking, and encouraging one another as I will be back soon. Keep me in your prayers. <BR> <BR> Love you all. <BR> <BR> Love and peace, <BR> Lenella <BR> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:40:50 EST Victory! A Winning Combination! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451582 Hello Ladies and Gents, <BR> <BR> I am very excited today! I have been holding off blogging, because I wanted to be sure of what I have been doing really works before I shared it with you. But I am happy because it is working! Yeah!!!! <BR> <BR> What am I doing? I am doing what we have been told to do. I have been eating the right amount of calories and exercising. And yet this past week I have not had the chance to exercise until yesterday, because I had an unexpected surgery on my foot to... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:45:17 EST Losing Weight After Menopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443370 I recently made this reply on a SP Board and wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> The first thing I want to say is congratulations for not giving up on losing weight, and starting the process all over again. DON’T buy into the lie that you can’t lose weight once you have gone through menopause. And don’t buy into the lie that you’re never going to lose weight, so you will just accept it and stay fat the rest of your life. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople is living proof of that both of these are l... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 14:56:31 EST Reporting in: 7.28.2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436188 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I have found that it is important to keep in contact with you for two reasons. The first is that I cannot do this alone. I need your support to hold me accountable. And secondly, I hope you need my support as well. It is hard to make this weight loss and fitness journey alone…it is much better with a buddy. :-) <BR> <BR> I have read a lot of things on SP this past week, and I want to share with you a couple of things that I commented on. <BR> <BR> I like the “Getting... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:32:19 EST A New Discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418298 I must say that this journey is different than all the rest I have been on concerning weight loss. So what is my motivation? To beat surgery. I don't want to have my body mutilated to lose weight. Once you have severe surgery, there is no turning back. <BR> <BR> Again, my thought process is this. If I have to learn how to lose weight, and begin to lose weight before surgery, because it will be life changing and I will never be able to eat the way I have in the past, then why can't I just hav... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:54:22 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415936 Here I am, back at square one. Well, not really. You see, things are worse this time around. Instead of being at my starting weight of 320 lbs., I am now at the starting weight of 339.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> Also I now have high cholesterol which my doctor wants to try to control with diet and exercise. I agree. There is no way I want to add another medication added to what I already take for depression and arthritis. But I am very thankful that everything else on the inside is okay. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:33:00 EST Slow & Steady: Changing Habits One at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805134 Wow! I can't believe I did it! I made it below my 300 goal. Now my mind would tell me, "That it isn't such a big deal, you have done this before, and besides your not losing big amounts of weight or doing anything grand!" <BR> <BR> Well self...let me tell you a thing or two. The number one thing is I have cut fast foods out of my life. Since I have started this Final Weight Loss Journey, I have had three fast food items. One is a subway sandwich my daughter bought me, because she knew I was ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:35:36 EST Yes, I am still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764800 I know some of you may have been wondering if I am still here, and still at it. The answer is yes. However, I have been struggling, yet I have never given up. <BR> <BR> Truthfully, at times, even keeping track of my calories is overwhelming to me. Especially when I am not sure about how to track them. Take for instance, I make home made chicken broth, but how do I track the nutritional value of it? So do I just use the nutritional value from canned chicken broth? And if so, then what kind? ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 08:39:53 EST Day Thirty-Six & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711901 Good Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> I had a great weigh-in this week. After putting on some pounds last week, I fought back hard and came in with a 13 lb. weight loss. And I did surpass my first goal of 320 lbs. weighing in at 315.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> I did not under eat, and as a matter of fact, one day I actually went over 100 calories on my calorie count this week. But I have to tell you, I really did come to understand that stress can cause your weight loss to stall. <BR> <BR> I am so glad ... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:11:34 EST Day Thirty-Two & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704874 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I bet you thought I have fallen off the edge of the world, or given up on losing weight, but you can rest your worries, as neither is the case. <BR> <BR> While on this journey, as you know, I have struggled with time spent on weight loss, and balancing that with my life. And as much as it was a personal goal of mine to blog daily about my weight loss, I find that it is not practical. So you will not see me blogging daily about my weight loss journey, but I will blog... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 09:43:19 EST Day Thirty & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700552 Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I have struggled big time this past week. My head was not in a good place, and everything else followed. I have learned so much from this experience, and I want to share with you what I have learned. <BR> <BR> #1 Do not check weight daily. <BR> <BR> I was so focused on hitting that goal of 320 lbs., that it became an obsession with me. Up until this time, I weighed myself once a week, and I was always happy with the results. But I was so close ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 08:27:23 EST Day Twenty-Six & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693935 The day started with my mind tired, and overcome with the thought that my weigh loss and fitness program must take a back seat. Then my children, and grandchildren came to visit, and all the doubts seemed to fade in the background. <BR> <BR> They encouraged me, and gave me strength to continue on my program. It doesn't matter what my weigh in is on Monday, I am determined to continue on in my fight for fitness. <BR> <BR> My son the chef, came today and we made pizza, all different types, an... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:08:22 EST Day Twenty-Five & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691962 It has happened...My first major set back. I felt it coming on yesterday, by last night I could not walk without an ankle brace. I'm talking about Plantar Fasciitis. For those who have experienced it, you know it is one of the most painful things to experience, and it is debilitating. <BR> <BR> For those who don't know what it is, please go to your Health Conditions tab, then to Health A - Z to get the proper understanding. But basically it is a tear in the fibers of the fascia which is a b... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:40:10 EST Day Twenty-Four & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689434 Hi Everyone! It has been a little quiet on here lately. I pray everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> I continue to push on through the dark clouds and the sunshine. Again I state that giving up is not an option, and I refuse to let myself fall back into my own routine. YES it is hard! Everything in this life is hard. Even when we sit back and hide from everyone, it is emotionally hard. So I would rather be doing something, than loathing myself day in and day out, because I do nothing except sit ... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:22:45 EST Day Twenty-Three & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686727 As I awoke this morning, I went about my morning necessities, then decided to do a quick jump on the scale to see if I had budge off of that 321.5 lbs. But alas, when I stepped on the scales, there was that number staring me the face, mocking me, and teasing me for the 5th day in a row. I was feeling a little low all day yesterday, because I did not reach the goal I was hoping for. So now the scales were telling me that I was going to have to wait another day to see the results. <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 12:09:26 EST Day Twenty-Two & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683619 Well today was weigh in, and I hate to tell you that I did not reach my goal. I have been stuck at 321.5 since Friday. So what should I have done differently? I should have walked yesterday, and I should not have let my body go into starvation mode. <BR> <BR> I woke up late yesterday, and then I worked on the computer. By the time I was finished, it was 11:00 AM. So I went ahead and fixed lunch, thus skipping breakfast. I worked on cleaning the house yesterday, and then my granddaughter came... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 07:50:07 EST Day Twenty-One & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682422 Good Afternoon Everyone. Hope everyone has been having a great weekend! :-) <BR> <BR> I have spent most the weekend cleaning. No, not the whole time. But I did clean the bathroom yesterday, and swept and mopped my kitchen floor today. I also wiped down kitchen cabinets, cleaned appliances, washed rugs, and still have the carpet in the rest of the house to sweep yet. <BR> <BR> No, there is nothing special going on, just weekly cleaning stuff. lol My granddaughter is coming to spend the night... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:18:56 EST Day Twenty & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681056 Good Evening Everyone! <BR> <BR> Not much to blog about this evening. I had a fairly quiet day. I did walk 14 minutes today, and removed the snow from the sidewalk for the second day in a row. I also cleaned the bathroom. So besides the walking, my other household chores were pretty intense. <BR> <BR> As I am drawing very close to accomplishing my first goal; to reach the milestone of 320 lbs. Hopefully I will show that on Monday's weigh in. So with that thought in mind, I spent a little bi... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 21:58:40 EST Day Nineteen & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678783 Well, I have been weighing myself daily for the past week, to see how my body weight loss is affected by what I eat. It has become a good tool for me, and it confirms what I pretty much already know. But again, I am finding now at the age of 56, I can count calories all I want, but unless I exercise daily, even if it is just a 10 minute walk followed by some stretching, I won't even lose an ounce. <BR> <BR> So once again, I have confirmed in my mind information that will help me along this ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 17:02:20 EST Day Eighteen & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4677211 Good evening everyone. Talk about two days in a row of my schedule being turned around. I babysat for my grandson today, which put me off schedule. I thought I would walk after his dad came to pick him up, but boy was I wrong. <BR> <BR> After my granddaughter got off her school bus today, she had to have her step dad take her back to school, because she left her book and paper at school for a report that is to be turned in tomorrow. She always needs Uma's (that's me :-)) to help with her re... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:09:18 EST Day Seventeen & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674466 Good evening everyone! <BR> <BR> I know, it is much, much later than when I usually write my blog, but it has been a busy day. I didn't get to work out until after lunch as well, but it sure was a good workout. I worked out for and hour, and I walked for seven and half minutes. My shoulders are aching right now, but none the less, I feel so good! I always dread working out, but once I do, I feel so much better, even if I am in pain. I become energetic and focused. <BR> <BR> Then after I w... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:57:42 EST Day Sixteen & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671034 It is amazing what one day can make in attitude and action! As I talked to my daughter yesterday, we zoned in on what my problem was. I need her for accountability. Yes, I am doing this for myself, but to know that someone is checking in with me all the time, it helps me to set those good habits. So until I can do it on my own, she is there for me. :-) <BR> <BR> I don't get on the scales daily, but this morning, I wanted to see what a day would make in getting my eating back in line, and exe... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:50:41 EST Day Fifteen & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4668506 Day Fifteen...Not where I thought I would be, and not where I wanted to be, but I still had a loss even if it was only one-half pound. At least I did not put on any weight. <BR> <BR> My daughter came over this morning and we worked out which was hard for me. But more importantly we talked. I am blessed to be able to talk with her about anything, and so I told her the struggle that I had this past week. So we made a firm resolution to workout on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday...No excus... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 11:32:11 EST Day Fourteen & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665900 Good morning everyone! Hope everyone is doing well, and are continuing on their journey, even if it is getting tough. I know I am. This has been an eye opener for me this week, and I thank God for it. Every time we learn something about ourself, it is one step closer to victory. And that is where I have found myself. <BR> <BR> As much as I have that desire to be that social person, it is not in me to do so. Therefore as of today, I am quiting all of my groups, because frankly, I need to conc... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 10:54:06 EST Day Thirteen & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664421 I know it is late in the day, as I usually post this early in the morning when I can think. But today was not a typical day, and sometimes we have to go with the flow. I did however managed to get my grocery shopping done, and so there are lots of good things for me to eat in the house. <BR> <BR> I did get some exercise in today, not as much as I would have liked. <BR> <BR> Going to make this one a short one as I still have a list of things I need to do before going to bed tonight. <BR> <... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 16:42:38 EST Day Twelve & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662039 If you have been following my blog, you will have noticed over this past week that I have been struggling to keep on track. I have had a couple of evenings when I have put my calorie counter to rest for the day, and ran my report. Then later in the evening I craved something before going to bed, and followed through with that craving. <BR> <BR> In the beginning I did not have these cravings, because my mind was closed to anything like that, and I was stoked to be starting a new journey in m... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 13:20:17 EST Day Eleven & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4659037 Good Morning Everyone! <BR> <BR> Well, it was inevitable. Because I started to stray away from what I knew worked for me, and tried other foods to eat, because everyone said that if you stick to a strict diet you will eventually fail. <BR> <BR> So this week I have been switching things up, trying to eat different vegetables, and not have just salad greens twice a day, and it hasn't worked. Not only did it not work, but it caused me to crave a late night snack. Not only a late night snack, ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 09:20:13 EST Day Ten and Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4656857 Good morning everyone! Hope everyone had a great day yesterday, and woke up with the frame of mind that you can do this!!!! <BR> <BR> This is where we start faltering. It is so easy to give up at this point especially when you have had a great weigh in. I know it is for me. When I lost that 12.6 pounds last week, it was such a high for me, but now the doubts come flooding in that I can do that again. <BR> <BR> I may not be able to for several different reasons. For one, I have drank water ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:27:12 EST Day Nine & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653576 Yesterday was a very good day as my weigh in was great! I was stoked, and I hit my goal. But now, this is where the rubber meets the road. <BR> <BR> Looking back on this past week, I am beginning to examine what it is I really need here on SP, and what may not be what I need. So today I am writing my reflections on what is necessary, as I realize I cannot stay on this site for a big portion of my day. I do have other commitments, obligations, and just plain everyday life that holds me accoun... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:38:15 EST Day 8 & Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650378 Are you ready? My first week weigh in results. I started out weighing in at 341.2 lbs. on Mondya, 12.26.2011. Today, 1.2.2012 I weighed in at 328.6 lbs. A total loss of 12.6 lbs. WooHoo! <BR> <BR> I accomplished my first goal! I wanted my first weigh in to be below 330 lbs. and I accomplished that!!! Happy dance, Happy dance!*!*!*!*!* Thank You Father for making this possible. :-) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a day of getting my ducks lined up so to speak. I decided that I was going to start pos... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 06:13:17 EST Day Seven and Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647965 So The New Year Begins… <BR> <BR> The new year begins, but not my mindset. That started a few months ago, and the commitment to count calories, stay on a physical fitness program, started this past Monday. <BR> <BR> I no longer celebrate holidays for many reasons that I will not go into here, so for me the new year had no meaning. For me it was just another day. <BR> But I did spend time reflecting on my progression this past week as tomorrow is weight in, and this is the results of that re... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:11:17 EST Day Six and Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646429 Day six is upon me. Tomorrow is weigh in for one of my groups, and then I weigh in again on Monday. I am excited. I know that I have lost big this week, because of excess water, and all the sweating I have been doing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday ended up being a lazy day for me. Nothing worked out as planned, but I did get a chance to go to the store, so I was able to get some exercise in. <BR> <BR> I went to Aldi's and was able to buy two bags of frozen chicken tenders, and two bags of Talapia, fr... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:03:21 EST Day Five and Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644487 Good Morning! Hope everyone has their game face on today. Every day that progresses for me becomes a little harder, and a little harder. I am still trying to figure out what works for me and what doesn't. And as much as I would love to eat raw vegetables, my body is rejecting them. <BR> <BR> Over the last few years I have developed ulsers from my NSAIDS, and pain medicine. And at times they even bleed. The first time the blood came through my body, I freaked out and went to the hospital, on... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:17:08 EST Day Four, Counting Calories, And Putting it Out There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643257 Day four, and it was good to have my daughter back to work out with this morning. We went through our routine, and even though when I looked in the mirror that voice said to me, "You are so fat, you will never lose your weight, who are you fooling?" I dismissed it and told my daughter that I will lose this weight, nothing was going to stop me this time. <BR> <BR> I expect these challenges to come along. We fight the enemy within ourself each and every step we take to improve ourselves. Our f... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:17:05 EST Day Three and Counting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641455 I know that I seem all chipper and cheery all the time, but honestly after spending most of my life unhappy, I have decided I don't want to be that way anymore. And all of this sudden dedication to lose weight and become fit did not just happen overnight. This has been a long time coming. <BR> <BR> There are many events that has taken place in my life over the last fifteen years that are monumental. And even ten years before that. All of them kept me up and down dieting, with each event came... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:30:57 EST 2nd Day and Counting the Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640028 We had so much cookies, pies, and candy around this house this year, as I made some for our family get together, and then my oldest son made about 20# of fudge to give away. So the day after our gathering on the 18th, I gathered up all of the extras that no one wanted, and took them across the street to my neighbor. I know she rarely makes things like that and has all the grandkids daily for Christmas break. She was thankful for the gift, and I was thankful to have it out of my house. <BR> ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:57:45 EST Hello Everyone!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638931 Well, today is the day. I know that each and everyone of you have been here at this point at one time or another. Everything seems to align for us, and we make the promise that this time it is going to be different. That is where I find myself at today. <BR> <BR> About a week ago, I prayed that God would help me do something about this weight that is literally making me an invalid. Internally I have a very healthy body. And yet, I am obscenely obese. And my obesity compounds my physical prob... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 15:10:53 EST