LINDYPOWER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LINDYPOWER LINDYPOWER'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/ Day 26 - Lenten Fast - feeling successful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339184 Weight is still maintaining 201.6. I know the scale is waiting to jump to 200 and 199 this week. ONEderland. It's truly happening. I want it to happen. And I did this starting on February 28 - last minute decision when I realized the next day was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. This Lenten fast was really begun on a whim with quiet,calm decision and no expectations. I have been crossing over on a monkey bar challenge - hand to hand - meal by meal - hour to hour - day to da... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:02:07 EST Day 25 - Lenten Fast- emotions can undermine plans & energy levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338772 I was UP all night until around 5 AM. My daughter texted me at 3:38 AM to explain she cannot go on our lecture and then our private hike through the state preserve to take pictures because she received a middle of the night text to work on software today for a job. The person she refers to is a 'former college student friend" who works from his house in a town next door to mine. She may be collaborating with him on something. Her text was vague. She said she couldn't go and that is it. <... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:37 EST Day 24 - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338510 On the 24th day of the Lenten Fast with no gluten or sugar, I've gone from 209.1 to 201.7 or 7.4 lbs. 35.7 lb. to go to reach a BMI of 24 - Healthy Range. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a93e093e-0695-422a-ae2c-d6ada2e35141.JPG"> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 2 cup (8 fl oz) ⊗ 4 0 0 1 0 <BR> Friendly Farms Organic Vitamin D Whole Milk, 0.5 cup ⊗ 75 6 4 4 0 <BR> Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup (1 serving) ⊗ 100 20 2 3 3 <BR> B... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:59:26 EST Day 24 - Lenten Fast- I feel differently - for the better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a33bec3-4071-4aa6-8833-4db1dfc706e4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Was up late - but DID NOT eat anything after dinner!!! Fell asleep around 2 ish and Breaawake by 8. I did leave TV on all night. That's another goal to correct. The moment I awake, I turn coffee pot on over the stove, use bathroom, and remove heavy bedclothes, and weigh myself, faithfully. Knowing the night before I'll be on the scale, PREVENTS ME FROM LATE NIGHT HEALTHY SNACKS. <BR>... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:17:16 EST Day 23 - Lenten Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337794 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b34ec83-44d9-4252-a2a1-8a745bfe51f2.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Okay so even after I attended my first Tai Chi class for 2.5 hours of moving on the floor, and ate very healthy meals, yesterday, the scle did not go down. I did give in when I came home and eat this snack at 9:30 PM which is a no no, but I never go out at night, and it was freezing. I came home dehydrated, and drank some water but had a heated up rice - gluten-free wrap (120 calories) w... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:26:38 EST Day 22 - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337418 I've assessed the two morning meals. And using SP food analysis it shows me how much more I need to eat in certain nutrients. I'm struggling with fiber due to the gluten-free fast. I may use some supplements because f it - natural fibers. I have psyillium husk but it's old. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aa69e69-02b4-4d98-b478-13d5f824ebac.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d672c685-b8f3-4e98-b226-58c8d770f35a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> At ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:57:11 EST Day 22 - Fit & Fiber Challenge & Lenten Fast - measure every morsel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c3d5366-fee8-4a55-b317-de23e001cbe3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Scrambled Egg, 1.5 large ⊗ 136 1 10 9 0 <BR> Cabot Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese - 1 oz., 0.5 serving ⊗ 55 0 5 4 0 <BR> Bacon - Pork 1 medium slice pan fried, 1 serving ⊗ 46 0 4 3 0 <BR> Tangerines, 1 small (2-1/4" dia) ⊗ 31 8 0 0 2 <BR> Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:44:24 EST Measuring your success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337016 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41ea5a07-33f8-4d51-b6b2-ed9b2598bdc7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Researchers found that the longer the women waited between weigh-ins, the more weight they gained. Women who weighed themselves nearly every day over the course of the year not only lost more weight than those who kept infrequent tabs on their number, but they also maintained their weight loss—something anyone who's ever dropped pounds knows is really tough to do. <BR> <BR... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:13:18 EST Day 21 - Fit & Fiber Challenge - Day 21 Lenten Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f3165fe-c958-4e5f-807a-53f012d93aaf.JPG"> <BR> <BR> So this scale can't be cleaned of these stains - nothing will remove them. But seeing beyond that, the scale is now going back down. This proves one should not weigh themselves 2x a day like I do. It could really throw you off with despair. Look you can't manufacture 2 lbs. of fat in 12 hours. LOL. <BR> <BR> But because I am solidly and faithfully being true to this Lenten Fast of 4... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:05:32 EST Day 20 - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336087 I was feeling very sleepy all day from this continued lack of sleep and being awake all night. I received a call to go to a lecture on Celtic Culture so it motivated me to wake up - bath - wash hair - go to library - instead of working outside. <BR> <BR> After the library, I stopped to say hello to my daughter and then go to ALDIS. With $51 dollars left for my food budget until April 2nd, I was happy to shop for the first time in weeks. <BR> <BR> yogurt, asparagus, 93% ground beef, a st... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:08:06 EST Day 20 - Fit & Fiber Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335608 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/082cff44-744e-4a93-a616-76df465aaf49.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Every day I see dirt on this scale via the pictures, and I scrub it with a scrub brush, use Chlorox spray, wash clothes - grrrr it doesn't come clean <em>198</em> but worse, after all my measuring, deprivation, and diligence, the scale went up, but I felt it in bed at 2 AM. I woke up with pain in my feet - it felt like swelling but my ankles were fine. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be 21... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:05:56 EST Day 19 - part 2 - feeling very sleepy - finally!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335464 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c1b7508-fcc9-43da-91ab-6effe77e561a.JPG"> <BR> last bit of meat - 3 oz. <BR> <BR> Day 5 - corned beef - are we done, yet? Yep! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc139ce8-edf7-4dcd-b596-aa4a581289ae.JPG"> <BR> <BR> snack 1.2 cup yogurt with blackberries. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c446048-ed6a-4ed1-8867-a40583cd7754.JPG"> <BR> <BR> 1 cup of weird one dish meal with steak, tomat... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:58:53 EST Day 19 - Fit & fiber Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335219 START WEIGHT MARCH 1RST - 209.1. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/714d99fb-da8d-4da3-a8ab-1450573cfbd4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Every single day - in baby steps - but with absolute diligence - with measuring every morsel - taking pictures of every crumb I eat , logging everything into the food tracker, having a sterile kitchen VOID of all and any boxed foods, preserved or processed foods, and no junk, candy, cakes, cookies, and no eating out. <BR> <BR> Yes, day 19 of a bi... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:47:57 EST Day 19 - Fit & Fiber Challenge - I'm really DOing this!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335086 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53a122e4-de44-45ea-b805-90930db02cf4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Impossible = I’m possible <BR> Fail to plan = plan to fail <BR> "Never, never, never, never give up" - Winston Churchill <BR> “Just Do It” Nike <BR> “If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of anyone else.” Father Richard Lesnick <BR> “The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.” Vince Lombardi <BR> “Whether you think you ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 02:16:05 EST Day 18 - part 2 - feeling satisfied and full. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334989 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90b8b382-f622-4853-95e8-125a6c9f80c9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> the old cupboard in the cooking room is very low on food and that is good. I'm not buying any boxed goods. When the cupboard is empty, I can wash the shelves and get it ready for canning jars. <BR> <BR> and the freezer needs emptying, too. I discovered some frozen kale from the garden dated Oct. 15 2015. oooooh no good, but I used it, anyway. I can't waste anything. And I found ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:47:03 EST Day 18 - Fit & Fiber Challenge - no gluten or sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334829 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8cf20add-85ca-4952-b928-9f336e9d7652.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I didn't fall asleep until 3 AM. And I did give in for a celery stalk with a smear of organic peanut butter, and I did it because my stomach felt weird. I think it was still full, but I wanted to rattle it up with a lot of water, and it still rumbled, so the celery did calm things down. I slept from 3 AM until 9:45 AM. I'm working to get the schedule down to sleeping at 10 PM and arisi... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:22:12 EST Day 17 - part 2. Being True to my goals!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334594 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9041821-51e1-4eb3-bb4f-8284c11e4b3f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9de4d4bf-b9f1-497d-8033-8d249ca194ac.JPG"> <BR> <BR> 6 AM Grits and raspberries <BR> 201 calories <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54cf47f8-cd87-4c15-9ee1-e425161e0679.JPG"> <BR> <BR> 12 noon 2 oz corned beef and 1/4 head cabbage, and 1/2 boiled potato 1 carrot <BR> 246 calories <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:16:12 EST Day 17 - Being TRUE to MYSELF. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334418 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1775a07a-5957-4098-971a-5683f1f4893b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Another night - NO sleep. My mind is searching my memories, and I just cant quiet down to get a complete sleep. The brain burns up 20% of the bodies calories - mine must be burning 50% <BR> <BR> I have no one to physically talk to. I go through days and weeks and months and years being verbally quiet. When I do speak, people don't want to listen to me. So my brain talks to me, I the... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:37:51 EST Day 16 - part 3 - feeling better after a good cry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334116 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/848e7b06-f2b5-4bf8-b2ad-d3cfcb77bf74.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I continue to break my promise of not eating after 7 PM. The body burns more fat when you allow 12 hours to pass from 7 PM to 7 AM. <BR> <BR> Eating at night comforts me as I have lived alone 18 years, now. Gosh I can't believe it!!! <BR> <BR> But intuitively I know it's wrong and unnecessary. So with my Lenten Fast from March 1 until April 16th, and not eating gluten foods (or even f... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:07:12 EST The Gift Within ~ True Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334031 True Love ~ The Gift Within <BR> <BR> True love needs a fresh and renewing atmosphere, without fear. When you feel spiritually full, you feel overflowing with pleasure, happiness, well being, and that state helps you to accept others as they are. From your fullness you give and share and you don't need or expect anything. Love in its purest form is a like a spring that pours forth for the benefit of others. Learn the art of loving, being free and allowing to be. Pure, true, love is an uncon... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:35:23 EST Day 16 - Fit & Fiber Challenge - feeling very sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333668 calories 246 carbs 26 fat 12 protein 10 fiber 2 <BR> <BR> Breakfast at 1:00 AM?????? no no no My sleep routine is wrecked. I can't sleep. I couldn't attend my first Tai Chi class at 7 PM because of lack of sleep. I'm now obsessing over this 46 day Lenten fast and measuring every crumb to prove I can't lose weight no matter what I do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6551371c-6ae6-4b91-9284-776baca585aa.JPG"> <BR> <BR> So what will I do if I'm up all nig... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:12:31 EST Day 15 - part 2 - pinching myself for consistently doing this obsessive measuring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333509 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23306999-fd41-44a9-924a-845fe3f217c0.JPG"> <BR> <BR> so to re-cap, the scale was 206.4 this morning. :-( I ate humble grits for breakfast - total calories 295. <BR> <BR> then I crashed for a few hours as I was awake all night. I decided to stay in bed all day. I have my first Tai Chi class, tonight, but I'm a frightful mess. And it's 11 degrees outside. <BR> <BR> At 1 PM I made 2 oz. corned beef with 8 oz. cabbage, 1/2 potato, and 1... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:24:46 EST Day 15 of Fit & Fiber Challenge - so long so little results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333176 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45f70745-70f9-492e-b347-fdbeed8187a6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I weighed in on the 13th and was happy to see this number - down from 209.1 when I started March 1rst. I've been eating under the recommended amount of calories and eating bland, nutritious foods <BR> <BR> But after the scale read 204.2 I weighed myself an hour later BEFORE I ate and the scale was up a pound. That is why I shouldn't do this. <BR> <BR> I'm becoming obsessed with this... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:35:44 EST Day 14 - part 2 - scale 205.2 and by evening 206.4. :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333005 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcf12ac7-2b02-47f5-8f83-dd1912267fe1.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Instead of having another serving of corned beef and cabbage (lunch was 387 calories for a plate of measured food) I realize how I'm not going to ever lose weight.......and all this obsessing and measuring and deprivation has taken up a LOT of my precious time, and if I have one regular meal all te weight comes flooding back and I'm back to day 0. <BR> <BR> So because I stayed in my pajam... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:27:12 EST Day 14 - Fit & Fiber Challenge - 205.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332975 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f38080f-ebd4-4b42-8ba9-4e2087dc9691.JPG"> <BR> <BR> 1 dollop Greek yogurt <BR> strawberries <BR> 1 rice pancake - using yesterday's batter. This cooked better. But it still was dry and strange. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/053bc102-383c-4388-8af4-404c49245a65.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I decided to cook the small brisket I only bought cause it's St. Patty's Day on Friday. It was $3.79 a lb. at ALDIS. (2.24 lbs... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:53:33 EST Day 13 - Fit & Fiber Challenge 204.4 lb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332970 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f389f8cd-2102-4600-ba37-5ae00315d61f.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I made a rice flour pancake for brunch as I woke up late. It was terrible. lol <BR> <BR> but Gluten-free!!!! Maybe if I'd cooked it right it would have sufficed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca812e5b-2b98-449b-a541-be02a120fab1.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I made a thin flounder fillet for dinner and topped it with freshly picked young garlic leaves sticking out of... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:37:06 EST Day 12 - Losing my hunger for food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331929 Brunch and Sunday dinner totaled: calories 617 carbs 77 fat 23 protein 29 fiber 13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7243d83d-589a-4973-bc72-582aabcb0cef.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I didn't awaken until 10:30 AM (really 9:30 AM) after being wide awake with the full moon energy. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat brunch until 1 PM <BR> <BR> I made a very small potato (2 OZ) 1/2 small onion, 1 garlic clove, and a slice of white cheddar on top of the egg. With coffee, and 8 in... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:50:27 EST Day 12 Fit & Fiber Challenge. Gluten is my enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331624 I started getting weird rashes on my lower back, and my doctor looked at it and said nothing. I decided to give up gluten for Lent and within 11 days there's dried up scabs falling off my back, and I've had no more hives, no more violent burning itches on my upper back. I figured this out all on my own. I was passing out after a kaiser roll or unsweetened mini shredded wheat. I felt awful. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Gluten causes inflammation and my doctor had asked me to think about what ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:32:25 EST Day 11 - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331534 It's Saturday night and I'm all alone, as usual. Snow still on the ground. 15 degrees outside. <BR> <BR> I finally moved night table and dusted it, dusted under this area of bed, and vacuumed then using scrub brush hand scrubbed carpet with rug cleaner then used steam machine to suck up the dirt. Washed bedding, and duvet cover to white comforter, but didn't wash the thick comforter (for fer of setting myself up for breaking washer machine in winter with no money to fix it. But I did ha... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:57:48 EST ACCURACY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331302 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d2b88c2-f938-4990-81fa-7da56a3fc4b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Accuracy ~ The Gift within <BR> Accuracy is not just about doing things perfectly or to a set standard. In spiritual terms, being accurate first of all requires that I be aware of the attitude I need to create harmony in my relationships. If I inspire enthusiasm, trust and confidence in those around me, whether colleagues, friends or family, my own self-esteem and ability to get things don... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:31:26 EST Day 11 of Fit & Fiber Challenge - gluten-free only http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331275 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b36e75c0-204f-4449-b8ac-ddf3c5d3b374.JPG"> <BR> <BR> small banana and 8 dry roasted almonds for breakfast. 224 calories. <BR> <BR> I slept very well. But up later than I need to have on my schedule. I'm trying to form a schedule that will allow me to return to a job without stressing me out. If I can arise at 6 AM for yoga on television, and be moving about by 6:30 AM this would be ideal. I might ave to say good bye to Stephen Colber... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:46:10 EST Day 10 - part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331015 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed82152d-5ba9-4f5e-b6a7-c7af3f378fbe.JPG"> <BR> <BR> around 4 PM I started feeling better after eating that salt injected chicken cutlet. I crashed after eating it and my throat burned. My BP was high. <BR> <BR> NEVER AGAIN will I buy those sodium injected cutlets. READ your LABELS. Look for 15% chicken broth added. AND DON'T BUY IT. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/405b8207-2c3e-48bd-8bd3-d18b5f4c1e04.JPG"> <... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:10:07 EST Day 10 - part 2 - feeling sick after eating PLUMPED injected cheap chicken cutlets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330956 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b87abf5-0afb-40e8-b8f9-29f6b4ef50da.JPG"> <BR> <BR> read the label that ALDIS PLACED ON THE CHICKEN - A WARNING - marinated <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2f111cf-db08-4fe2-8ae0-5359206ba88d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> look how plumped these cutlets are. These are always CHEAPER than thin cutlets. Perhaps it is because the meat has between 15 - 30% salt water injected into it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:36:56 EST Day 10 - Fit & Fiber Challenge ~ Note: Butchers add sodium injections in poultry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330828 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d245ced-7598-4aaa-bd5a-507c94e494f6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I am 207.5. WTH? It is IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO LOSE WEIGHT. so I cut the cereal portion in half to .5 cup of Cheerios, and ate a small banana. <BR> <BR> I am going to stick to this 40 day challenge. <BR> <BR> Last night I did it, again. I ate something after 7 PM. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2be9eb5e-acdd-452b-b67b-57e7c953b16e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I dra... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:04:59 EST Day 9 - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330489 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c5280e4-2b80-4085-85d9-1b98ac6e307b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I really didn't have lunch. I ate 1/2 cup yogurt before going to the Post Office to mail seeds from my garden to my son and a friend in Ohio. And then to go to ALDIs for yogurt and berries, etc. Spent $18 on food. Of course all good things. <BR> <BR> So for dinner I figured I'd better eat that last bit of ground turkey - 4 oz. Made a simple burger and topped with cheddar cheese and p... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:02:32 EST Day 9 Fit & Fiber Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330255 Yesterday, I ate too many weird things all together. What was that all about and a friend delivered samples of dried beets and kale yesterday without my asking for it How thoughtful of her to leave them on my stoop. <BR> <BR> So it was a weird day, and at midnight, I started grieving over not seeing my grandchildren from my eldest son who is married to a career woman who has no love for me - though we only met 5 times before this estrangement that began in 2006. separated by many miles... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 11:12:42 EST Day 8 - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329943 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99d3d2d8-447f-4e38-84b3-ae09df87a0b4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cb6d1f4-21e5-41c6-94de-7d2120ae1cc0.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Day 8 of Lenten Fast - no gluten - I've never bought or eaten smoked salmon, before. I purchased it last week at ALDIS at $3.49 as a splurge. I thought it would be a flavor able addition to a bland Lenten fast for 40 days. It was. 2 cups romaine, cherry tomatoes, baby cucum... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 19:45:32 EST Day 8 -Fit & Fiber Challenge - scale - 205.6 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329667 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27a31346-4523-43e8-9600-85e95f91bb62.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I had no idea what I'd do with these ingredients I placed out on the kitchen island - some last night, but I knew I'd be using the gluten-free mix this morning. Maybe a pancake??? <BR> <BR> And I read last night that our metabolism killer is spreading out our range of time when we eat. Example Breakfast at 7 AM and last snack at 8 PM.. The message said to close in the gap to maybe brea... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:52:04 EST Day 7 - part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329404 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a5241f7-0477-4dc1-badc-431388c26bfe.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/beaa860f-c22b-4959-9baf-05a54a0be2b6.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1841d842-a17e-4929-848f-f528a8653376.JPG"> <BR> <BR> 6 PM 4 oz.turkey burger with salad for dinner, and 4 PM snack of 8 almonds. Every crumb is being tracked and put on food tracker to make sure there's enough nutrition being provided. NO de... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:45:00 EST Day 7 of Fit & Fiber Challenge - have lost 3 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329243 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcdc2407-cfc1-4173-9be8-05bd93fe6f19.JPG"> <BR> · <BR> Day 7 - Fit & Fiber Challenge & 40 day No Gluten No Sugar Lenten Fast. Feeling SO much better without bread, whole grains, gluten, wheat, rye, barley, sandwiches, toast.....etc. 3 lbs. melted off this old body. The great thing is I have no desire to stop what I'm doing. There is no edginess to missing foods because I quietly suspected that 45 calorie whole wheat bread and mini shredded whe... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:32:05 EST Day 6 - part 2 - feeling very happy & peacefully calm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328865 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3cd68ce-2c63-4512-b2d0-3dae6cfce0f3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> After going to the dentist up in Huntington, and taking some pictures before going home, and stopping at Home Depot to buy a 3 cu. ft. bale of peat moss for making my own potting mix, I came home happy, and not too hungry, but was looking forward to finishing up the cauliflower crusted pizza made on Saturday. I decided to fry it as it accumulated moisture in the frig. I made a simple sal... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 17:43:35 EST Day 6 - Fit & Fiber Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328664 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dafd3f3-74f7-4b46-a2df-7c651157711a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Monday, March 6, 2017 - Day 6 - Lenten Fast - NO GLUTEN - taking a bit of a risk with steel cut oats and praying for no gluten. ALDI's product. Soaked oats all day yesterday, and cooked 30 minutes last night with water, 1 banana, 2 strawberries, 8 almonds, Ceylon cinnamon, ground flaxseed, and 1 tbsp yogurt (to remove phytic acid). 4 oz serving. Served with blackberries & raspberries and sto... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:23:24 EST Day 5 Fit & Fiber Challenge - 207.1 lb. measuring everything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfb19ff1-4976-47ae-a8c2-c9f7f4343d29.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I like the ALDI's Yogurt. I had 1/2 cup of Vanilla whole milk yogurt with cultures with a few berries in the middle of the night - a big NO NO. I will push through this sleep irregularity that began when I lost a tutoring job in mid November. The family couldn't afford to pay, and ended up leaving their son with neighbor after school whose son was in his class The boys were thrilled t... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:24:00 EST Day 4 - Part 2 - long day of specialized garden chores & making cauliflower pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327962 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd3a40a1-eb24-4b4a-9147-cd115bbc63cf.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23bb32cd-4802-41e5-8bb5-13f68570c2ac.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40f545c7-076d-4e37-83c6-f1fe6e6385ad.JPG"> <BR> <BR> bake cauliflower crust at 400 degrees for 40 minutes <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9908c587-9ea7-463f-8736-3ad4a1a1fb91.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 00:09:16 EST Day 4 of Fit & Fiber Challenge - No Gluten & Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327723 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2aaef7fe-baac-4efd-8155-55ff61a214af.JPG"> <BR> <BR> calories 324 carbs 42 fat 11 protein 15 fiber 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was unable to fall asleep reasonably early. After Stephen Colbert, I was drifting in & out with the tv on. I'm going to have to set tv to go off and give up the Late Late Show - I've formed a dependency to keeping it on all night so I have a human voice in the house. MY SLEEP is more important as is a structur... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 12:12:52 EST Day 3 - Part 2. Food Gathering at ALDI's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327348 Beginning of the month I paid my bills and food shopped for the next 2 weeks. No bread, no wheat, rye, barley, no sugar, no prepared foods, no ice cream, no cereals except for grits and steel cut oats. I needed a few paper goods, and to take care of myself and daughter, Kaelyn, who lives in another place. I bought some lovely, very affordable face cream for us at $3.89 a jar. I got 4 lbs. of salmon & flounder for $11.28, 20 oz. ground turkey for $3.29. and $8.49 for a corned beef for St. Pat... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 18:02:58 EST Day 3 - Sticking to it! 207.6 Lost 1.5 lb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327157 I allowed 12 hours to pass from dinner to breakfast which I believe is a good thing to do. I slept better Had 7 hours of sound sleep. <BR> <BR> 8 AM I got up later than I wanted. Ate 1 cup of Cheerios with 1/2 cup Organic Whole Milk and 2 cups stove top perked coffee. <BR> <BR> Vit D3 - 1000 IU <BR> Liquid B Complex <BR> <BR> Today I will food shop. Going to make a cauliflower crusted pizza. <BR> <BR> The Secret To Perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust <BR> Serves: 2-4 <BR> A gra... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 11:06:21 EST Small Meals & Intermittent fasting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323972 Small Meals Vs. Intermittent Fasting ~~ Written by Michael Smith <BR> <BR> For years now, we’ve been told the best way to lose weight was by eating multiple, small meals a day; usually between 5-6 small meals consisting of between 250-400 calories. The thinking went that the steady supply of calories introduced into the system would assist in maintaining a steady metabolism, blood sugar and assist in weight loss. This has been accepted as conventional wisdom for health-types for a while. <BR... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:11:17 EST Day 2 of the Fit & Fiber Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323850 I always food shop on the 2nd of the month when my EBT card is reloaded with a voucher for my food. I ran low last month, again, and have not been able to shop for over a week. So the winds are whipping outside at 55 mph at 9 AM. I don't want to go out in it, and I still have some things here to eat. I can always food shop on the 3rd. <BR> <BR> 7 AM Breakfast. a banana, 1 cup of whole grain cheerios, 1/2 cup organic whole milk, coffee, and vitamin B complex in liquid form and D3. <BR>... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 09:17:58 EST I lose hope when I spend hours trying to calculate a recipe - waste of time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323596 for 4 servings - 568 calories 11 fat 85 carbs 45 protein fiber 22 gm. <BR> <BR> A message kept coming up in the RECIPE MAKER that the file was too large and I lost the recipe 3 times, Now I get it. It was the picture format that was too large, I guess, but it erased all my work!!!!!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So I put a recipe for 4 servings into today's dinner on my food tracker which is ridiculous. so I have to divide it by 4 now. Such a waste of my precious life!!!!! <BR... 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