LETHA_'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LETHA%5F LETHA_'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/ The Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265259 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/123ce04f-50bf-49cb-b35b-57e5c579ad73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking back over my life I'm trying to think of a time when there wasn't something going on in the world that I found distressing. Even my happiest moments happened during times when something unfortunate was happening somewhere. The question I'm asking myself today is, "What is the best way to cope with this crazy world?" <BR> <BR> First off, I'm not going to help myself or anyone els... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:53:55 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256020 One of my BL32 (Spark Group Weight Loss Challenge) team members asked for words of wisdom to help her find some motivation. I posted a response and another team member suggested I repost my response to my blog to make it easy to find in the future. <BR> <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> There have many been times during my 40 years of diet history when I felt motivated or inspired to stick to a diet or exercise plan. Feeling motivated or inspired makes it much easier to get the job done.... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:22:46 EST 18 Guideposts - Part 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252934 <img src= http://yoursmiles.org/bsmile/animals/b0621.jpg> <BR> <BR> I'm participating in a private Spark Team (BLC-32) weight loss challenge that runs for 15 weeks from September through December. Among the many team activities are four-day weekend challenges that include fitness, nutrition, and motivation tasks that you can complete to earn points. This weekend we were given a document with "18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey" and asked to select four per day and journal a response to... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:37:03 EST 18 Guideposts - Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252327 <img src=http://yoursmiles.org/bsmile/animals/b0616.jpg> <BR> <BR> I'm participating in a private Spark Team (BLC-32) weight loss challenge that runs for 15 weeks from September through December. Among the many team activities are four-day weekend challenges that include fitness, nutrition, and motivation tasks that you can complete to earn points. This weekend we were given a document with "18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey" and asked to select four per day and journal a response to ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 10:31:20 EST 18 Guideposts - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251903 <img src=http://yoursmiles.org/bsmile/animals/b0644.gif> <BR> <BR> I'm participating in a private Spark Team (BLC-32) weight loss challenge that runs for 15 weeks from September through December. Among the many team activities are four-day weekend challenges that include fitness, nutrition, and motivation tasks that you can complete to earn points. This weekend we were given a document with "18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey" and asked to select four per day and journal a response to ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:36:13 EST 18 Guideposts - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251410 <img src=http://yoursmiles.org/bsmile/animals/b0612.jpg> <BR> I'm participating in a private Spark Team (BLC-32) weight loss challenge that runs for 15 weeks from September through December. Among the many team activities are four-day weekend challenges that include fitness, nutrition, and motivation tasks that you can complete to earn points. This weekend we were given a document with "18 Guideposts for Your Personal Journey" and asked to select four per day and journal a response to earn... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:02:34 EST Slow and Steady Wins the Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247798 Good advice. Sounds easy. But for me it's been harder to implement then you'd think. At 402 lbs, I can easily lose 5 lbs a week by taking my calories down to 1200 per day. But doing that has caused me to do endless rounds of yo yo dieting. For the past year I've taken a much slower approach, striving for a 1-2 lbs loss per week, with my current calorie range being 1700-1900 calories per day. This has been much easier for me to sustain long term. I realize that my BMR will decrease as I... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:56:45 EST Emergency Preparedness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244134 Life can be a cruel b.... It kind of reminds me of Tetris. In Tetris, as you become more and more competent, the game gets progressively more difficult. Your reward for doing better is that the game gets harder and in the end you lose every time. Makes me think of the challenges we face as we get older. Life just gets harder and harder and in the end we lose every time. <BR> <BR> Emergency preparedness has become popular in recent years. Mainstream box stores like Costco sell package... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:46:10 EST Persistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201532 I like this one - got a lot of stubborn dandelions in my yard. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cda5897c-9765-45e1-a066-1d56ab207632.jpg"> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:07:02 EST Recipe Websites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197488 I'm planning to switch from Nutrisystem to a plant based diet in a couple of weeks, after my Nutrisystem food runs out. I've been reviewing recipe websites and inputting recipes I want to try into the SparkPeople recipe builder so I can easily add them to my Spark Tracker with just one click. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite websites that I've looked at this past week. <BR> <BR> <BR> Engine 2 Diet: <link>http://engine2diet.com/recipes/ </link> <BR> <BR> Potato Strong: <lin... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:30:46 EST Things are rolling along nicely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191740 I'm down 2.2 lbs for the week. <BR> <img src=https://queasypeasy.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/happydance25255b125255d.gif> <BR> Reflecting on the past week, I can't really think of anything I need to change for the next week. I don't have any challenges on the horizon. I just need to keep with the program. Have a great day! <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:59:07 EST Down 1.8 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187494 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a072dc4e-d8fe-40ef-bf14-ca12b706fede.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm down 1.8 lbs. I've lost 100.2 lbs. since last November. I'm pleased but not as joyful as you might expect. Not only do I still have a really long way to go but this will be the 4th time in the past 15 years that I've lost 100 lbs. The last three times I gained it back. So, it doesn't feel like a new or special accomplishment and it brings up a lot of guilt and embarrassment about ha... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:51:17 EST Talent versus Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182071 This morning, after reading the first chapter of the book "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth, I'm considering the difference between talent and effort. I'm thinking back to the times in my life when I did as well or better than people who had more experience or more education simply because I tried harder. I'm also remembering times when I gave up on something because it was difficult when I might have succeeded had I been more persistent. How did I determin... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:17:06 EST Letha's Laboratory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178385 For the 31st round of the Biggest Loser Challenge on SparkPeople, I was given my first choice of teams, the "Spicy Sparkologists". This team uses the scientific method as the theme for their team which competes with other teams in the overall challenge. The Spicy Sparkologists team members are expected to design their own weight loss experiment and the team supports you in that endeavor. To briefly summarize my experiment: <BR> <BR> Experiment Aim: <BR> Lose 1.5 - 2 lbs. per week. <BR> Los... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 14:21:40 EST Costco Frozen Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176408 I'm really enjoying Kirkland Signature Organic Frozen Normandy Vegetables. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac89fcf5-c108-4bd1-a364-148b741abf63.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I divide the bag into four 622 gram servings, then cook one per day, eating half for lunch and half for dinner. Cheap, healthy, quick & easy. Good way to bulk up my meals with low calorie veggies. I generally add a few spritz of butter spray but nothing else. I've been doing this for months and I'm s... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 14:11:08 EST Down 2.6lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169479 I continue to make slow and steady progress on the weight loss. I have a bit of a glitch with my exercise this week. I've been doing Jodi Stolove's 45 minute "Chair Dancing Through the Decades" seated aerobic exercise DVD every day since the first of February. <BR> <BR> <img src=http://s33.postimg.org/n3idpbfwf/Chair_Dancing_Through_The_Decades_Front_Cover_45784.jpg> <BR> <BR> Now my shoulder is acting up so I need to take a few days and rest it. Then I'll probably do a few days of the... Tue, 24 May 2016 12:16:46 EST SP Community Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166337 This morning I joined the SP Community Team. I think that staying engaged here with the folks on SparkPeople will help me keep focused on my health and fitness goals. If you are not familiar with this team, you get a little Community Team Member Icon under your name when you post messages. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d275010e-cf52-4832-8cdc-e4d7fd93f5e5.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Here are the weekly requirements to stay active on the Community Team: <BR> <BR> 1. St... Thu, 19 May 2016 13:27:50 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158702 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fcb1c38-60cb-4bb8-9497-e75bcda80f29.jpg"> Sun, 8 May 2016 09:56:54 EST Fuchsias http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157750 Picked up a hanging basket of Fuchsias from Fred Myers today and hung it up outside. I just love springtime. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f544955-8b52-49de-a5c0-1bcf36bd32c9.jpg"> Fri, 6 May 2016 17:32:51 EST Yogi Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156310 I really enjoy Yogi tea and find a warm cup of tea helps with food cravings. My favorites are Ginger and Egyptian Licorice. I also drink Joint comfort, Throat Comfort, Blues away, Bedtime, Breath Deep, and Calming. I organize my teas in a clear plastic caddy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4af4d18-931d-4d1f-8853-5b5f7e8695a3.jpg"> Wed, 4 May 2016 14:10:19 EST Beet Kvass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155515 I thought today I'd share a bit about my beet kvass. I drink two 3oz glasses of homemade beet kvass everyday for the probiotics. I credit beet kvass with calming down my IBS. Beet Kvass was traditionally made as a health tonic in many areas of Russia and the Ukraine. I count each 3oz serving as 13 calories based on a commercial product called Zukay Beet Kvass. <BR> <BR> Here is the basic recipe. <BR> <BR> Beet Kvass <BR> <BR> 6-8 organic beets (depending on size) <BR> 3 tablespoons pickl... Tue, 3 May 2016 11:10:34 EST Swamp Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154914 Hello all, <BR> Today I thought I'd share a bit about my herbal infusions. I've been doing these for nearly 2 years and credit them with reducing my chronic sinus problems. So, every morning, one of the first things I do is get myself a jar of dandelion and nettle herbal infusion going. I actually refer to it as swamp juice. It doesn't taste good - I'm not going to lie. But I drink it every day, with nothing added to it. <BR> <BR> The difference between an herbal tea and this herba... Mon, 2 May 2016 15:47:56 EST Nutrisystem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154042 I've been following Nutrisystem since February 4th and I'm losing about 3 lbs. per week. I find it easy. They have frozen food and shelf stable food but I mostly get the frozen food which is similar to Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine frozen meals. So the food tastes OK to me. I pay for Nutrisystem with deeply discounted COSTCO gift cards. They went on sale in March, $59.00 for a $100.00 gift certificate, and I bought enough to last through July. <BR> <BR> So it's working, it's easy, I like... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:55:52 EST Registered for BLC-31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153597 I did a BL challenge a few years back. I think this one starts up next month. If it helps me keep my focus that would be great. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:58:00 EST