LINIS_THIN's SparkPeople Blog LINIS_THIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 52 getting healthy for good!! Just so you know I'm alive I'm blogging. <BR> <BR> I renovated my page and uploaded new motivational photos for my goal board... then decided to share them here. on my sparkpage.... see my photos. <BR> <BR> I'm avoiding evening eating for my challenge with the Awesome A team so I'm a bit cranky but its improving each day! Today is day 3!! <BR> <BR> It is 52 days since i returned to sparking or... <BR> 7 weeks and 3 days or... <BR> 1248 hours or... <BR> 74,880 minutes or... <BR> 4,492,800 s... Mon, 4 May 2015 20:02:46 EST Day 22 Awesome A team!!!!! Spring 5% challenge First thing I did when I came back to spark people after tracking my food was try to reconnect with old friends. <BR> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Thank God one of those friends was Ceriusly who is a leader of the Spring 5% challenge. <BR> I was invited to join and probably joined 60%because I did not know how to say no. Now im so excited about this challenge that I feel its the best thing that ever happened to me! <BR> <BR> I'm motivated to MOVE more than ever before. I'm pos... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:28:06 EST Day 21 Reflections on the perfect body I was spark surfing and found this blog I wrote in 2010. The way I view my body has tremendously improved since then so I thought it was worth re-posting. I hope someone is inspired. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <BR> Wednesday, August 04, 2010 <BR> <BR> This statement was made on a friend's blog: <BR> "usually when I like something on a body, it's somebody else's" <BR> <BR> So true!! <BR> <BR> I starting practicing something new this year. As opposed to what I used to do, (put myself dow... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 10:21:58 EST Day 20 WHY I GAINED A POUND I joined SP in 2009 and lost 40lbs before falling off the wagon <BR> <em>507</em> <BR> <BR> So surely by now this time I knew better ... I got my diet so healthy and mostly clean that when I went below minimum calories more than once..... I ignored it. I figured if I was not hungry it was ok. (I knew better) <BR> <BR> When I was hungry I struggled to stay within range despite eating more... Here is the clincher... I really upped my exercise this week... by more than double. I danced/z... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 20:21:28 EST Day 18 Fitness everyday I started sparkpeople already doing Zumba twice a week. as only SparkPeople can do I feel motivated to exercise more often. From today I plan to do some exercise everyday even if it is only 10 to 15 minutes. I'm in the spring 5% challenge so I expect many new changes in the near future. Today's lunch <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:44:05 EST Day 16 When the going gets tough... <img src=""> Sorry but I started eating before I thought to take a picture. I am out of lettuce I'm out of a lot of produce so this salad is made of leftover veggies. I sliced the carrots and cucumbers with the veggie peeler to get thin slices. Prunes are the only fruit left... I better go to the grocery today as tomorrow is a holiday. yesterday it was a bit rough because I was really feeling stressed for the last couple of days and I ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:05:46 EST Day 14 Old friendship rekindled <img src=""> Portion control is key. I learned this in 2009-2011 when I finally hit my first goal weight of 220lbs (total loss 40lbs) then promptly started to regain. Not breaking up with my friends again. My scale is camera shy... Its really one hubby uses for work so it's not pretty but its pretty accurate. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:08:54 EST Day13 Lunch like never before <img src=""> So here is my lunch of provision medley and smoked herring. Provision medley includes sweet potato, eddoes, dasheen, green bananas, cassava sauté with red onions, thyme and garlic in olive oil. This idea was given to me by the dietitian. I think this was the best thing to come out of that visit.... Well this and the fact her diet felt so restrictive that I reawakened my spark account. The smoked herring was soaked in boilin... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:01:13 EST Day 12 Lost 10lbs!!!! Weighed in yesterday with a 10lb loss. I was so afraid to weigh. I was afraid that if I didn't lose enough I would be discouraged. but because I joined a few challenges and reporting is part of my responsibility I decided I had to face the music. I asked a friend to weigh me while I kept my eyes closed only when she told me it was really good that I let her tell me how much I lost. I jumped up and down and probably burned a calorie or two celebrating, lol Now I'm even more motivated. Just ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:54:38 EST starting my week off right Lunch today is packed! <BR> Topped with chia seeds and flax meal. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now to have a quick great grains and milk breakfast and be on my way... <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:54:54 EST A week ago I would not have.... ...Given my friend my car keys and walked the length of the mall to get to the cinema. ... Skipped juice to drink water ... Danced for 10 minutes for the exercise (and fun) ...eaten a medley of ground provisions (sweet potato, eddoes, dasheen, green fig, cassava) ... Ordered chick peas, green salad and chicken for lunch ... Ignored dairy queen and cinnabon and eat a healthy lunch right in front of both of them ... Untied my TRX and do a few strength training exercises to wake up my musc... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 21:38:54 EST ate out today <img src=""> Not bad huh? Shared this with a friend. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:14:44 EST plan B to the rescue!! <img src=""> One again lunch is packed and ready to go.... Having packed and logged this morning's breakfast and lunch, imagine my horror to reach to work having left both at home!! Thankfully I planned ahead for such eventualities so there was flavoured tuna, crackers and coffee ingredients in my drawer at work. So I made breakfast dinner, had a different rescue breakfast and had lunch a bit late. I'm now having a snack to bring my cal... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:19:07 EST my strategy in a nutshell.... <img src=""> After starting in 2009 then falling off the wagon.... I'm surprised how easy everything feels this time around. I have not forgotten the basics of how to move around the site. The app is a new learning curve but it is a variant of the main site so not totally new. This time around I'm clearer on what really matters and how to get them done. Eg. I want to blog every day but some days it's more important to do all the right th... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:09:09 EST plan for my too big clothes I am currently wearing dresses that are too close. For the first 20 or so pounds lost I may simply fit better into the clothes I already have and currently wear. <BR> <BR> I have another set of clothes that are too small for me now. I'll be very happy to wear those again. Esp my size 16 jeans. <BR> <BR> Some of my large clothes I will happily give away or dump. Not sure which yet. <BR> <BR> Just the idea of fitting in my too small clothes makes me smile. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:54:04 EST day 2 down It was a good day although I ate too much of the wrong things while out. It's still better than it was before. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 23:57:27 EST Finally back Finally an app for my phone with full functionality!! I've reached 40!!! Glad to be alive, sad to be 287lbs.... This is an all time high. I cannot forget losing 40lbs with spark people in 2011 I think... I was only sorry it took hours in front of my PC. Now with this new app I can finally spark fully on the go and I now have hope I can deal with my weight. I loved blogging in the past.... It helped me tremendously. I'm jumping in with both feet! Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:20:30 EST Back in the gym!! I'm showing up to say im still here and im still determined to make it. <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym for the first time since my mom died in April. I was out of gym some months before that.... I'm proud of myself for making it back. Now its just a matter of time before I'm back at goal 1 where I left off! <BR> <BR> Im happy that my fitness is still better than the first time I started this journey.... On the elliptical when I first started I could not last 3 minutes on level 1!! Today I d... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:00:48 EST A Quickie! I tried blogging from my phone a couple of times but my internet connection on my phone is not reliable at best. <BR> <BR> I'm splicing in a few good food choices among my bad ones... and circumstances have kept me away from a pint of my favorite Ben and Jerry's at the grocery, lol <BR> <BR> So im here. sorta <BR> <BR> Keeping sanity kinda trumping keeping slim right now... I rest in the confidence that I've done it before, I'll do it again. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 08:32:41 EST here again... Blogging two days in a row!!! Whoo hoo!!!! <BR> <BR> Went gym this am. Was not keeping up but I did it! <BR> <BR> Had a salad for brunch. <BR> <BR> Two good choices in one day! Wow! <BR> <BR> I finished the slice of cheesecake from yesterday. And had coffee then granola (only a little) with sweetened condensed milk. My two baddies for today. <BR> <BR> Overall I feel good for what I did today. <BR> <BR> I also skipped visiting mom today... For me! My first day off in over a week. I rea... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:27:46 EST junkie I'm sitting here in front of a delicious slice of caramel fudge cheesecake considering my ways. <BR> <BR> Its not like I did not give my conscience a good chance to talk me out of it. <BR> I did. <BR> <BR> Its not like I have never done this before. Not like I don't know food changes nothing but your weight. But once again I convinced myself to buy the cake. <BR> <BR> It was so sad that I had to come back from months of absence just to blog about it. <BR> <BR> I feel like a strung ou... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:58:54 EST Smallest size so far!! My weight is being stubborn still as I have not yet recactured 224 my lowest recorded weight. The closest ive gotten is 228 once. <em>225</em> <BR> <BR> I dont care because my clothes tell a different story... <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm at my smallest size so far!!! <BR> The jackets and jeans I bought at the end of 2010 are now fitting well!!! <BR> I can button the jackets and they rest flush on my body. (I'd bought them a size small) <BR> My favorite jeans I blogged about needs a belt ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:29:58 EST Here for help I have been trying on my own to do the right thing in the midst of my demanding life and not doing too great at it. Been putting on a few. <BR> <BR> But I gave away all my fat clothes so my wardrobe will vastly diminish if I do not control my eating and fast!! I also need to add cardio back into my routine. It will also help my moods once I get into it. <BR> <BR> So I'm back to blogging and accountability becasue I need you guys to give me the KITB I need. <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 27 Apr 2011 22:02:56 EST I'm not dying here! I'm not dying fat! <BR> <BR> In case the title freaked out a few I'll tell you where it came from... <BR> <BR> In church a week ago I was feeling the lowest I've felt inn a long time. It was a struggle to wake up a struggle to sleep no motivation to do anything exhausted all the time. <BR> <BR> However I did not feel hopeless!! <BR> <BR> Since Jesus came into my life I have hope no matter how bad things get. No cliche here... there truly is a light burning within me that keeps me moving o... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:32:44 EST Smile! The title was for me! <em>334</em> lol <BR> I need to smile! <BR> <BR> It has been one rough year emotionally so far. But to God be the glory, he does not give you more than you can bear! <BR> One of the intercessors in church said God put me on her heart to pray for me. We have really bonded so now she calls me at 5am to pray. So now I have a new prayer partner and I feel soooooooooo much better already! (Things were so rough it was hard for me to pray for myself) <BR> <BR> 3 cheers for... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:49:14 EST back in my main gym!! I'm still working with the sports rehab trainer from my physiotherapy place... dont plan to leave him... But its been a few months since I was @ my main gym where I do my own thing esp cardio!! <BR> <BR> I cant remember the last time I did a spin class... due to the knee or the back or physio or time or.... (you get the picture) <BR> <BR> Today I jumped on a bike cuz I happened to enter the gym just b4 the class.... I did not even have my spin shoes so I used stirrups on my sneakers... NOT ... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:25:01 EST A RAMBLE... don't say you were not warned! Ok... <BR> Thoughts are racing in my head and I decided to declutter them here... <BR> Nothing else so far has been working! <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I will not bother to try to make sense of anything... i'll just throw it out there. <BR> <BR> I gained a bit! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Not saying how much because I have not been consistently weighing so I'm not sure if i caught a high or a low with my last weight. I have varicose veins that make my legs swell so I can retain quite a bit of... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:06:16 EST Happy Valentine All of you!! I'm not huge on valentine's day... honest!! <BR> <BR> But my blue page was not helping my blue mood lately! <BR> <BR> So I decided to brighten thingsa up a bit!! <BR> <BR> Mini update... I completed my physiotherapy and am now in the gym associated with my physiotherapy clinic to strengthen my knees so they will be less unstable. <BR> <BR> I LOVE it!! The exercises are creative and use body weight alot, core stabilisers alot and really creative tools like weighted balls, swiss balls, bod... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 22:21:22 EST Sparked birthday!! Thanks to all my friends who wished me birthday greetings... esp the done girls who do not know me but are connected by a love and unity that cannot be explained! <BR> <BR> I am tired from trying to respond to so many greetings... so I'll try again tomorrow to catch up. <BR> <BR> My spark friends who sent the lovely goodies and page postings MUAH!! Love you all!! <BR> <BR> I had a great day (so great i may have put on a few lol!! <BR> <BR> I'm finally out of physiotherapy proper and am no... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:04:54 EST In loving memory of TANSHAN1 I was saddened yesterday when I found out that qwerky joyful bubbly encouraging Shannon had passed away. I went to find that quote she made that inspired me so from the day I 'met' her "Living like I am Living **NOT** Living like I am Dying!!!!!" <BR> <BR> While on her page I found this awesome, funny yet serious blog she wrote in october that comforted me that she is way ok! I have to share the link in her honour. I hope you all are as blessed by her life as I and many others were. <BR> <B... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:50:01 EST The start of 2011's 60lb loss!! LIN IS THINNER THAN EVER in 2011!!! <BR> <BR> I'm fired up with excitement to lose 60lbs this year! Oh yeah!! BRING IT!! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sparking distracted me from FLYing (Finally Love Yourself see <BR> But it was for the best... <BR> I'm FLYing again and my home is looking better as a result. I restarted FLYing on the anniversary of my original start 28 Nov 2009... Made good progress so far with the inspiration to keep on keeping on. <BR> <BR> I am more at p... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 10:34:14 EST Happy Sparkversary to me!!! I celebrated my <em>503</em> with a breakfast of cottage cheese and peaches! <BR> The rest of the day displayed some moderation and adequate water intake... though the fruitcake and ponche de creme roast pork and ham from christmas did indeed make an appearance. <BR> <BR> Once again i am conscious about my eating and working towards better leaner choices.... <BR> <BR> Here's a toast to the start of a second 40lb loss!!! <em>274</em> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 21:16:34 EST My absolutely FAAAAAVORITE brand and cut of jeans! Last night I got my favorite jeans I ordered off the net. <BR> <BR> If u got a curvacious behind with a relatively small waist (small relative to the size of the behind) Please check out Riders jeans (by Lee) Relaxed fit. <BR> <BR> I had trouble getting proper fitting jeans all my life. On 3 separate occasions I fell into these awesome jeans at walmart not realising they were all the same brand and same cut. After the last incident I swore to marry this brand and cut and live happily ever ... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 08:31:51 EST sparkiversary resumption... I give myself till my sparkiversary to get back to full trottle watching my eating again. <BR> I will have a 7 day meal plan cuz its easier to track. <BR> If I need to eat something not in my meal plan I will try to exchange for same quantity and quality of calories. <BR> <BR> I have been maintaining my 40 lb weightloss... which is a SUPER accomplishment in itself... I have a whole new wardrobe now... YIPPEE!! <BR> But I want to start losing weight again. I still have not reached my teenage ... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 09:43:22 EST No Pay leave.... oh the drama! After months of work stress that you guys hear of all too often... and wanting to resign so very many times... and insufficient vacations to allow me to recuperate and repeated bouts of illness and/or injury... I finally decided to apply for no pay leave to get over the stress. <BR> <BR> And they are tying me up in bureaucratic red tape to get this! <BR> It is annoying! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> All I wanted was 14 working days whick works out to just a day short of 3 weeks. I had planned to... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:26:03 EST still here.... You guys know Im never giving up right? <BR> I bought my firstadult life bikini yesterday <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'd share a lil pic but hubby will not have pics of me in a bikini on the net!!! lol <BR> <BR> im so thrilled! This should inspire a private bikini blog to inspire me to keep on losing. <BR> <BR> But not yet! <BR> <BR> First I need to overcome some overwhelming work stress I will not honour with further discussion. <BR> <BR> Bless you all my dear friends. <BR> Love you ... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:59:27 EST Puppy Love!!! Never thought I'd see this day! <BR> I'm in love with my puppies!! <BR> <em>200</em> <em>338</em> <em>129</em> <BR> These puppies are the first animals I have loved since my childhood. <BR> First dogs to ever lick my face! <BR> I love them so! <BR> <BR> My pets all died when I was a kid ... one by one over the years. <BR> I eventually shut my heart up! <BR> <BR> Now if only they'd stop rolling around in their poop when we leave them home in their box I'd hug them when I get home!! lol <... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 18:43:51 EST Update! I dropped in to pay a visit <BR> I have been trying to eat well... some days better than others. It does not help that I have no fresh anything plant origin in the house!! lol <BR> <BR> I've been exercising. As I can when I cna how i can how much I can... Challenges stress me when I cannot measure up rather than motivate me. <BR> <BR> I still have not measured cuz I still feel unable to handle a poor response! *sigh* Soon I'll brave up! <BR> <BR> Oh by the way I worshp lead with the dancer... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:30:50 EST At the stage that usually ends in failure.... I WON!!! Life happens! <BR> <BR> You start out hot and sweaty wanting nothing more than to lose weight. <BR> <BR> You put all your focus and energy into this journey! <BR> If all you have to lose is 20 pounds or less you may make it to goal! <BR> Even if all you want is 50 pounds off you can keep on chugging along! <BR> <BR> But when you have to lose a hundred or more you easily get weary along the way. <BR> ESPECIALLY when you have kids and jobs and businesses and school and church and husband and... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 21:00:23 EST Sparkalance and DANCING again! The never ending quest for balance in my life.... <BR> I got a blackberry! Among many other things, my hope was to be able to spark on the go so I am a tad disappointed that the internet speed here is too slow to spark without frustration. <BR> <BR> I've been adjusting to that and weaning myself off of figuring out all that the talking computer can do and focussing more on actually doing!! <BR> <BR> UPDATE: <BR> I've graduated from the dance workshop, injured myself in the process and now t... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:29:37 EST It's been tough... ... trying to smile every day lately. <BR> <BR> I was sick since last friday with a cold from hell!! Coming on the heels of bedrest for my knee injury this was hard to take... ANNNND it spoilt my vacation with bedrest!!! <BR> <BR> I did not want to blog about feeling lousy because it has ben a rough time for me these last couple of months. I have had to struggle to keep my mood up and it is much harder when I cannot execise. I need to give myself a break because beating myself up draws me c... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 10:57:17 EST SPARKATION! The family is checking into a hotel with a pool, gym and waterslide for 2 days. <BR> I will be M.I.A. but I should get some swimming and gym time in!!!! YAY!! <BR> <BR> I was going to not track at all as I will not have spark and I could appreciate the break but I see no harm in at least writing down what I eat so I can either say "good girl" or "OMG!!!" <BR> <BR> I may or may not enter it later. <BR> <BR> I am getting off soon to pack. I'm planning in a spreadsheet now. I have a colmn fo... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 08:42:19 EST Crunch/Pushup/squat challenge plus great food! Sorry I cannot get a pic! <BR> I just heated a tsp or more oil in a pan and sauteed some italian seasoning, ginger powder and garlic and parsley bits. I then added finely chopped baby carrots and cooked it lightly. I then mixed in crab meat (the real thing from a can) which was premixed with finely chopped sweetpeppers and just barely got that warmed as I did not want to overcook the sweet peppers or crab. I then put it on a bed of spinach leaves and drizzled a little apple cider vinegar and ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:48:06 EST Inspired by someone's blog again... plus some loving yourself stuff. Once again I wrote my blog commenting on someone elses. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3532331 </link> <BR> <BR> This phenomenal woman lost 183 pounds!!! She lost more than her current weight!! She is now 140lbs!!! OMG!!! These are the stories that keep me moving in the right direction! One day I'll be sharing such a testimony!! <BR> <BR> I am putting my comment here because I need to remember this throughout my journey. These are the sup... Fri, 13 Aug 2010 16:15:09 EST ZUMBA!!! Gotta love it (with video) <link><BR>NR=1 </link> <BR> Beginner's steps. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> The real deal! <BR> I cannot tell if I am in a nightclub or fitness class!! <BR> <BR> I never had the priviledge of attending a zumba class but I'd so love to!! <BR> I'm sitting in my seat moving upper body only and in less than a minute my heart rate is up! <BR> It is so darn sexy too!! <BR> <BR> My promise to myself:... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:22:13 EST 3 things I am thankful for today... These 3 things I am thankful for today... <BR> <BR> Strength- which does not feel like strength when it is being increased... the only way it can... by lifting more load than you are used to! You do not get stronger by doing nothing harder than you are used to. <BR> <BR> Support- family friends church... never take them for granted... someone is wishing they had half the support you do! (At the very worst at least you have sparkfriends... that is alot!) <BR> <BR> Peace of mind!- I have i... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 23:16:30 EST My best self Carolyn is one awesome woman! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2466845 </link> <BR> <BR> Her first blog ever is as inspiring as her last!! (go see her last it is awesome!! dated 5th August 2010) <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3507460 </link> <BR> <BR> Babies learn the world and how to interact with it by copying. If you stick your tonge out at a 1 week old baby.. or even a newborn whose eyes are open... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 00:56:28 EST A downward spiral of eating... DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! I tend to go perfectionist on the things I do. <BR> <BR> So when I ate after midnight one night... then had too many cashews yesterday... then got hungry and started this morning's food last night.... which caused me to not have enough breakfast this am.... which caused me to be hungry by lunch and ...hating the stupid cabbage that I took for lunch which I spoilt and marenamoo told me to dump yesterday... I bought 2 pieces of KFC!!!! <BR> <BR> I felt so lousy about my wonderful eating goin... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 17:31:28 EST Loving the body I own... This statement was made on a friend's blog: <BR> "usually when I like something on a body, it's somebody else's" <BR> <BR> So true!! <BR> <BR> I starting practicing something new this year. As opposed to what I used to do, (put myself down and compare my worst features with other's best features), I find something to celebrate on my own body even if it is only the texture of the hair on the top of my head.... Lol.... Then I realistically look at others and if I find something about their b... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 20:20:51 EST I might as well blog about it! I was not is a blogging mood. Plus I had little to say... but I had a running commentary on my adventures in eating on target and It was getting so involved and so many lessons are being learned or revised that its worth a blog. <BR> <BR> I will sort through the recent feed items to make the story make sense for future reference. <BR> <BR> It all started with me adjusting my diet to fit within my calorie allotment esp since my injured knee is interrupting cardio so I cannot simply burn off ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 18:47:25 EST