LINDARUTH47's SparkPeople Blog LINDARUTH47's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monthly Rotation? I was reading a review of a Spark Recipe and the reviewer said she liked the recipe so much, she was going to add it to her monthly rotation. I should have emailed her to ask her how to set up a monthly rotation of menus, but I didn't, and now I can't remember where I saw it. So -- does anyone here do anything like that? <BR> <BR> As a retiree, I only get paid once a month, so it would be good if I could plan all my meals. I was thinking of starting out with something like this: <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 25 Oct 2010 17:54:46 EST Need help with menu planning I'd like to throw this out as a challenge to anyone who reads this. <BR> <BR> I've been very short of money this Month. My daughter is going to give me $30 that she owes me, and I need help in using it to make it last for 12 days (I get paid again on October 27.) <BR> <BR> I currently have on hand: <BR> 7 rolls of toilet paper <BR> about a quart of milk <BR> half a loaf of bread <BR> no eggs <BR> 2 pounds of hamburger <BR> 4 or 5 beef patties <BR> package of frozen cauliflower and broc... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 20:07:04 EST Bad Morning It all started when I weighed myself this morning. I had gained two pounds. <BR> <BR> Then I started getting depressed. I'm worried about my finances. I'm behind on a lot of bills, and I want to go to Florida in December to visit my dad, who is in failing health. I'm worried about my family. My son has been unemployed for about 4 months. I'm worried about my other son's marriage. I'm worried about my daughter. She's in her final (I hope) year of college and her finances are in trouble too, a... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 14:54:33 EST How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? At the beginning of this month, I went back to the Fast Break Start. I blogged that I was back and I was going to show my daughter-in-law, who had made fun of me for re-gaining 10 pounds and warned that they wouldn't let me sit on their couch if I re-gained the other 50 pounds I had lost. I got some wonderful, sympathetic, motivating comments from my fellow Sparkers. <BR> <BR> A week later, I had a cheat day with wine and cheese and potato chips (my worst trigger foods). Still more motivatio... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:12:19 EST My first 6-K Walk <img src=""> <img src="">One of the Curves instructors told me about a 5-K and 10-K walk that was taking place at the Dahlia Fields in Canby. I didn't think I'd ever get the courage to try it, but today - I did it! <BR> <BR> I had to walk 1.5 mile to get to the start of the walk, and when I got there, they told me it was a 6K walk, not 5K. But I was that far, so I went ahead and did... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 18:25:49 EST I had a cheat day yesterday Yesterday I had a bad day. I bought a new Droid phone last week (which I LOVE) but I was getting ready to send in my rebate form and I realized I had thrown out the box the phone came in! So, no rebate...lost $100. <BR> <BR> And then the chow-down began. I had wine and cheese and my favorite potato chips. Ruffles Sour Cream and Cheddar. And I didn't even go to Curves, though I did take a mile and a half walk. <BR> <BR> Sigh...but today is another day. <BR> <BR> I was just remembering that ... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 12:13:22 EST I'm back-and I'll show my daughter-in-law! I just posted this to a friend on the "Eating Because You're Bored" Team. She had been away from Spark for awhile and was feeling bad. I thought I'd like to share this with anyone else who might have been slipping a little. <BR> <BR> I kind of drifted away because I got a little overconfident. I visited my family in Florida last June and had WAY too much fun, gained a little vacation weight, then came home and kept up my "vacation." All my bad habits came back, and I gained a little more v... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 19:34:03 EST Saturday with Me Morning cup of coffee while I plan my day on my computer <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Planning my meals on Sparkpeople <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After my morning walk, I arrive at Curves. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am, working out at Curves. (I don't like the way my arm looks pressed against that machi... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 21:14:32 EST I took some backward steps I've regained10 pounds, and I need to act NOW. I refuse to beat myself up (much) but I know I have to take action before it gets really bad. When I lost my first 10 pounds, I considered that a real accomplishment, so I can't just say "it's only10 pounds." I need to go back to Fast Break so I can re-establish the habits that I started back then. <BR> <BR> How do I reset my plan? Anyone? <BR> <BR> thanks for your help. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 13:56:55 EST Thank you, SparkPeople! My one year Sparkiversary is coming up in a couple of weeks. I probably should wait until then to post this, but my heart is so overflowing with thankfulness, I can't wait. Since I joined SparkPeople last year, there have been so many changes in myself, I don't even recognize myself! When I sit at the Thanksgiving table, I'm going to have so many things to be thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. Thank you, God, for having Laneita to refer me to Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> 2. Thank you, Laneita, for referr... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 12:13:36 EST Another Friday I finally made my first goal - down 60 pounds! That last 5 pounds was really stubborn, I think because I was "relaxing" too much on the weekends. So I'm determined to get tougher. Instead of celebrating this weekend by indulging in my favorite pinot grigio, and then ignoring my meal plans - I intend to celebrate by getting a manicure and pedicure after my Curves workout today! <BR> <BR> I'm still a work in progress. According to my BMI, I need to lose another 20 pounds to move out of obesity... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:32:45 EST TGIF It's a rainy Friday, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to do my daily walk. But hey, it's Oregon - we Oregonians don't let a little thing like rain keep us indoors! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after my first workout at Curves, the Curves lady told me that I might gain a couple of pounds at first, but she said that's to be expected because I'm adding muscle. Hmmm, and this morning I did gain half a pound. YIKES!!! I hate that, even though my mind says it's all right, I stayed within calorie, drank m... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:16:29 EST My First Day at Curves I just got back from my first workout at Curves. I decided to try it because I think I've plateaued again and I need to rachet up the exercise a little. I really liked it, and I think it's going to be helpful. The girl who showed me around was really nice-and she wasn't one of those size zero types. (smile) I just hope I can remember what to do on each of the machines, but she said I'll catch on quickly. I'm hoping that next time I go, I can get behind someone else and watch them on the machi... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:55:32 EST A Rainy Day in Oregon Imagine that, raining in Oregon! Haha, after living in Oregon for 19 years, I've grown to like the rain, and it really doesn't rain as often as people think. You hear it rains every day, but even when it does, it doesn't rain ALL day, so you can still get out. But it looks like it's going to be raining on and off all day today, so I can't go for my walk, darn it--I'm really getting addicted to walking. <BR> <BR> Last night on Biggest Loser, Danny gained a pound after being home for a week, a... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:41:17 EST Today's Walk with the Fab Four I have an Internet friend who sends me songs in the form of WAVs and this weekend, he sent me a bunch of Beatles songs. It was so cool, the day was beautiful, and I walked along singing along (under my breath, I hope - I'm not really a singer.) My friend has a Limewire program that enables him to legally find songs and then send them to anyone who wants them. Then I copy the songs to my Blackberry and arrange them in Playlists. I'm not sure I'm doing the copying in the most efficient way, but... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 21:09:47 EST Today is Another Day Thanks everyone for your comments and support. I needed to talk to someone, and you really helped me. My DIL is a good person at heart, but when she gets in a bad mood, she can be very hard to take. But my son and grandson love her, that's the important thing. <BR> <BR> I just went on a 90-minute walk, listening to music on my blackberry. Being an oldie myself, I like to listen to oldies but goodies. Today, it was the Eagles. As soon as I can get some Beatles loaded onto the blackberry, I'll... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:09:49 EST I have to Vent I woke up today feeling a little blah and a little blue - no particular reason, except that I'm in a bit of a plateau again, and -- I don't know, sometimes you just feel "blah" for no reason. <BR> <BR> I live with my son and DIL and take care of my grandson when they're at work. My DIL must have woken up in a bad mood too. <BR> <BR> - She got up, asked me what all the noise was about. (I got a pan out of the cupboard, and it did make some noise.) <BR> <BR> - She criticized what I was eati... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:49:21 EST Send Chris Downie to Oprah One of my teammates suggested that we Sparkers should write a letter to Oprah and tell her how Chris Downie has helped us. If we could get him to the Oprah show, think of all the people we could help! Here is a template to use along with the link. I used the template and added a paragraph from myself. I told Oprah how, at age 62, I had been able to lose 57 pounds and I have the goal to see my great-grandchildren, something my mother and grandmother were unable to do. And thanks to Chris Downi... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:41:04 EST Send Chris Downie to Oprah One of my teammates suggested that we Sparkers should write a letter to Oprah and tell her how Chris Downie has helped us. If we could get him to the Oprah show, think of all the people we could help! Here is a template to use along with the link. I used the template and added a paragraph from myself. I told Oprah how, at age 62, I had been able to lose 57 pounds and I have the goal to see my great-grandchildren, something my mother and grandmother were unable to do. And thanks to Chris Downi... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 18:40:44 EST Hello There I haven't posted much lately, don't know why... but I have been lurking and reading everyone else's posts. So I'm going to try to blog every day and plan my day. <BR> <BR> This week's Biggest Loser had them going to a restaurant and trying to stay on calorie. That's where I always fail, so I'm going to focus on that. This is a lifestyle change I'm on, right? So that means I don't pig out every time I go out. I've learned that I can make healthy food at home that tastes good - so I need to gi... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 13:52:07 EST This & That First of all, thanks so much for all the kind messages. I'm just about over the cold I had, just some lingering coughing and nasal congestion, but I'm back to my regular walks. I really enjoy these walks. I feel so happy with myself after I'm done. <BR> <BR> I recently signed up for the Biggest Loser online club, and today, I'm trying out a couple of their recipes. I already tried Baked Banana Supreme for breakfast; it was okay, don't know if I'll have it again, though. Of course, the first... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 14:34:10 EST I took a sick day I've been fighting a cold all week, and yesterday, it really got me down. I didn't do any exercises and just tried to rest. I did stay on-calorie and drank lots of water and orange juice. I take care of my 6-year-old grandson when his parents are working, and he was so sweet to me--he came and covered me with a blanket and cuddled with me. Then he kept telling me "I'm sorry I made you sick, grandma." (He had brought a cold home from school and then it went to his mom, his dad, and finally, me... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:34:47 EST Biggest Loser Club? I've been getting invites to the Biggest Loser Club - it sounds interesting, but I feel like I would be disloyal to Sparkpeople if I join. Is anyone else a member? <BR> <BR> I had a pretty nice weekend, although I went off calorie. but I did get my exercise in, and my water drinking. And you know, I can't be perfect. Slow and steady does win the race. Thank you for the replies you sent me about my last blog. It helped give me back my perspective. I'm going to cut down on my weighing--to just... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 16:07:39 EST I did the math - and it's not a pretty result It's been a yo-yo month for me, and I'm not happy about it! Check this out: <BR> <BR> September 1 weight - 189.4 <BR> September 2 weight - 188.7 (Loss of .7#) <BR> September 3 weight - 188.3 (Loss of .4#) <BR> September 4 weight - 186.2 (loss of 2.1#) <BR> September 5 weight - 188.1 ( gain of 1.9#) <BR> September 6 weight - 188.2 (gain of .2#) <BR> September 7 weight - 190.8 (gain of 2.6) <BR> September 8 weight - 189 (loss of 1.8#) <BR> September 9 weight - 187.3 (loss of 1.7#) <BR> Septem... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:06:32 EST Army Wives Anybody watch Army Wives, on Lifetime TV? One of the characters just found out she has diabetes, and I'm wondering if they aren't making a little bit more of it than necessary, just for drama's sake. The storyline started with Carlajoy getting into a wreck and almost dying because she had an episode and she passed out while driving. She survived, but during the testing, they found out she was diabetic. She immediately had to start with insulin. She doesn't want to tell anyone because she does... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 21:45:47 EST Good News/Bad News Good news: I got my 15 minutes of decluttering in yesterday. I got one tiny corner cleared out. I'm just going to go all around the room, 15 minutes a day. Hopefully, I'll have some stuff thrown out or given away by the end of the month. Then I can ditch my entertainment center and put in a new flat-screen tv. The entertainment center is way too big for a bedroom, but when I moved in here with my son and DIL, I brought it with me to keep my scrapbooking stuff in. Now I have to find a bookcase... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 13:22:21 EST Clutter, Clutter everywhere... Still fighting that clutter! I keep trying to work on it, but some gremlines keep coming in and stopping me! That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! <BR> <BR> Oh well, I've decided to just spend 15 minutes a day on this. No sense getting frustrated about it. <BR> <BR> I walked to the store and back (about 2 miles, I think) and now it's time for my srength training. No rest for the wicked. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 19:27:28 EST Good morning! Good morning! Well, I didn't get evertything done that I had planned, but I did stay on track, food-and-exercise wise. Today is my grandson's first day of school (kindergarten!) So this will be an exciting day for all of us. Can't believe he's six years old now- and he just learned to tie his shoes and found his first loose tooth. We're having his official birthday party this weekend. That will be fun. <BR> <BR> Well, while he's at school, I'll be trying to get that decluttering done and wo... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 12:52:30 EST Plans for Today I got back on track yesterday and lost one of the pounds I had gained over the weekend. Whew, it feels good that I was able to get going again. I'm always afraid I'll get back into those bad habits. <BR> <BR> I've got a lot planned today to keep my mind off food. <BR> <BR> * Take my walk - I'm getting addicted to my daily walks. (Even when I was pigging out, I didn't stop that.) <BR> <BR> * Go food shopping. <BR> <BR> * Begin decluttering my room. I'm getting a new tv next month, and I h... Tue, 8 Sep 2009 12:48:45 EST The Pig-out is OVER I've only kept to my calorie count twice this month - NOT good! And this morning, I've gained 2.8 pounds since yesterday. Holiday or no holiday, today I'm going to get back on track! I may be out of my Survivor challenge, because I weighed 186 on Friday, and in that challenge, if you gain, you're out. But I'll keep going, just like the Biggest Loser people do. Tomorow is my first Weigh-in for the Tri-Team Challenge. I'm motivated for that! <BR> <BR> I've never actually watched the Biggest Lo... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 12:36:26 EST Tri-Team Weight Challenge - Breaker200team I just joined a new team (see blog title) and one of our goals is to blog at least 5 times a week. I've been wanting to be more regular in my blogging, so this is a good goal for me. And here (TA-DA!) is my first "official" blog. <BR> <BR> The challenge is between three teams set up for the challenge. It's a Biggest-Loser-Type challenge. When you gain a pound or fail to weigh-in, you're out. The teams are named "pods" and my "pod team" is the yellow-jackets. The first weigh-in is Tuesday, S... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 16:32:42 EST Feeling Blue Yesterday I went over-calorie, with the result that I gained two pounds. Although I hated to see that, what really bothers me is that the reason I went over calorie was that I was feeling bored and depressed, so I used food as a comfort. That's how I got into this mess, and I'm afraid that I'm starting to let bad habits get started again. Oh well, today's a new day. It's been raining, so I may not be able to take my walk today. But Hey, I'm an Oregonian! We don't let a little thing like rain... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 12:52:53 EST I fell off the wagon I posted this on a couple of my message boards, and then I thought I should put it on my log too. I gained two pounds this weekend! I completely fell off the wagon, drinking wine and having cheese and pizza. But I'm telling myself that was just a blip - I'm climbing back on the wagon IMMEDIATELY! And that's why I still feel like I'm succeeding in this weight loss struggle. In the past, I would think, "Well, I've screwed it up, it's impossible, I'm gonna eat what I want. It's my body!" But no ... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 18:46:33 EST A New Challenge Lately, I've come across a new feeling, and I'm not sure how to handle it. The new feeling? It's called - HAPPINESS!!!! I've lost almost 50 pounds, and suddenly I like myself. the new challenge? It's handling this happiness without driving other people crazy. And another problem: I was brought up to be modest and not brag on myself. So when people compliment me, I don't know how to handle this either. People are actually asking me for tips on eating healthier. And if you knew how unhealthy I'... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 12:46:34 EST Survivor Challenge Tomorrow is the first day of the Survivor Challenge in our Eating Because You're Bored Team. We weigh in every Friday, and if we gain a pound or don't weigh in, we're out of the challenge. I'm actually nervous! I hope I can do well on it. I posted to the message board that I'm tempted to take a cheat day and eat all I want so that if I weigh heavy tomorrow, it will be easier to post a loss on the first results weigh-in. <BR> <BR> But that's the OLD way of thinking. I want to use my new lifes... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 19:18:29 EST Heat Warnings Today It's predicted that Portland may have a record-breaking heat day today. They predict a high of 107 and it's 102 now, at 11 a.m. Today is my cardio day and I hate to skip it, because I'm plateauing right now. I started doing strength training this month at two times a week and cardio three times per week. I used to do cardio 5 times a week and no strength training. I wonder if that's why I'm not losing as fast. I've lost 4 pounds this week and I was hoping to lose at least 8. Oh well, I've got... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:13:13 EST A New Goal for Me Today, someone posted on a message board that they had bought a couple of pairs of Capris, but she wasn't sure if she should wear them to work - she was afraid people would laugh. I replied, "Congrats to you, you're doing great! And you should wear those capris, you more than earned them. I think maybe your uncertainty is what a lot of us face in being actually afraid of succeeding. It's getting hot here in Oregon, and yesterday I went to Walmart to find some hot-weather clothes. I actually ... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:40:33 EST I LOVE SPARKPEOPLE Today I posted the following entry to the Baby Boomers Message Board on AOL, using the same title as I'm using here: <BR> <BR> Back in November, Laneita referred me to It's a diet program - excuse me - it's a lifestyle change program a lot like weightwatcher, except it's free. Since then, I've lost 44 pounds, and I can't believe the confidence I've gained. I thought I couldn't lose weight in my 60s, but I did it! A few of you have remarked that I'm too meek, and I proba... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:26:42 EST I'm in ONEDERLAND!!! After over 10 years, I'm finally under 200. I'm so happy, I keep repeating 198, 198, 198 like a mantra. I still have a long way to go, but for the first time, I really think I can do it! I'm particularly proud that I went through a break-up with an Internet boyfriend, and I was really upset, but I didn't use food to fill my loneliness. And even when I go off calorie on vacations and special occasions, I'm able to go back to the Spark Lifestyle. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to see my grandchi... Thu, 2 Jul 2009 16:31:02 EST Goodbye April April was a hard month for me, but it's over. I hit a plateau and had some ups and downs and didn't meet my month's goal of 207 (I weighed in at 208.3). And I got dumped, which made it harder. Always before when something like that happened, I would turn to food and wine for comfort. NOT THIS TIME!!! I was determined not to let another man sabatoge my health, so I kept following the menu plan and exercised everyday, sometimes literally through my tears. And I managed to lose 5.6 pounds. <BR>... Sat, 2 May 2009 12:31:00 EST Goodbye, April April was a bad month. I hit a plateau and didn't make my month-end goal of 207. (I weighed 208.3) I got dumped and was fighting the blues because of that. BUT--this time I did NOT turn to food and/or wine for comfort. I refused to let another man sabotage my health. So I exercised, literally through my tears at times, but I did do them. And even though I didn't make my goal, I still managed to lose 5.7 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm stronger than I ever thought! <BR> <BR> Here's something I receive... Sat, 2 May 2009 12:24:36 EST Goodbye, April April was a bad month. I hit a plateau and didn't make my month-end goal of 207. (I weighed 208.3) I got dumped and was fighting the blues because of that. BUT--this time I did NOT turn to food and/or wine for comfort. I refused to let another man sabotage my health. So I exercised, literally through my tears at times, but I did do them. And even though I didn't make my goal, I still managed to lose 5.7 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm stronger than I ever thought! <BR> <BR> Here's something I receive... Sat, 2 May 2009 12:24:20 EST Hi My Name Is Linda My name is Linda and I'm a (fill in the blank) addict. <BR> <BR> Well, I've never smoked cigarettes, thank God, because by now I'm sure I'd have lung cancer. Moderation just hasn't been in my vocabulary. My drug of choice was wine, and cheese. Sounds kind of poetic, doesn't it? But not when you keep drinking and eating. I always liked wine when I partied, but I never brought it home until after my divorce in my 40s. After that, I would self-medicate whenever I was depressed (and as a single ... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 19:39:00 EST BAck From Florida Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here I am at my dad's house in Florida. This picture was taken on Valentine's Day. I had a wonderful time, but unfortunately, I gained 6 pounds while I was there. The good news is, I jumped right back on track and have re-lost 5 of those 6 pounds. Now I'm wondering if I should adjust my monthly goals. My goal for the end of January was 224, and if I can lose 2 pounds this week, I'll be at goal for January! So do I re-... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 15:50:37 EST A Milestone It's been a month since I've had any wine and table salt. (Well, to be honest, I still put a little salt on eggs, but other than that, I've kept the salt shaker off the table.) And in that time, I've lost about 8 pounds. I feel really good about that. Now I'll try for two months-February is a short month, right? <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any good recipes using herbs and/or spices to give a little "punch" to the salt-free foods? Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:55:58 EST Doing a Happy Dance!!!! I lost 11 pounds!!!! <BR> <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE <BR> HAPPY DANCE Sat, 17 Jan 2009 11:17:42 EST Good News/Bad News Good news, didn't gain. Bad news, didn't lose. Stayed the same. Sigh, how boring... <BR> <BR> Oh well, lots of things to do today. Maybe I'll watch Oprah today. She's having problems too. She might have some good ideas. (She pays enough for weight loss, and even she has troubles!) Mon, 5 Jan 2009 13:17:39 EST Oops I went up a pound! How did that happen? I was so GOOD! <BR> <BR> Probably my body rebelling against all that healthy crap - I mean, food. <BR> <BR> Sigh, keep on, keeping on. <BR> <em>198</em> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 16:20:18 EST Happy New Year! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my Progress Report picture (also in my gallery). I'm feeling really good right now; giving up wine and salt has shown results already. It's only been 4 days and I've lost 5 pounds since then. I know I won't lose that fast from now on, but even though it may not always show up on the scales, it's got to be a good thing for a diabetic with high blood pressure to give up wine and salt. (DUH!) <BR> <BR> TO BE CO... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 13:00:01 EST December 31 Progress Report <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I started Spark on November 16, 2008, I've lost 6 pounds. I feel good about that, especially since I had the holidays to deal with. But I've been yo-yo'ing since I started, so I sat down and calculated how much I had gained and lost since that time. (Caution: the following is pretty discouraging). In the approximately six weeks I've been on the plan, I've LOST 26 POUNDS and gained back 20!!! <BR> <BR> I have to... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 13:43:37 EST