LITTLEBO's SparkPeople Blog LITTLEBO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Benefiting From Others’ Misfortune.... Truth be told, I have not been doing very well with eating healthy, with not binging and maintaining my weight in a healthy way (I’m not too much over, but still……). I have fallen back into a lot of my old habits. I’ve let stress at work and my own laziness take over and dictate how I feel and react. I have wished repeatedly over the past year that I could just get a "BREAK" from everything. Have a vacation. Get away from my life….. <BR> <BR> BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!!!!!! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:44:32 EST When you are afraid of heights….. The Grand Canyon may not be the best place to go on vacation….but it was on my Bucket List….and I’m glad I went. We stayed in some rustic accomodations..... LOL!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw some of my cousins super-glued to the side of a cliff…… (how on earth do they DO that!!) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And my trusty mule, Wickiup kept me from toppling over the edge of th... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:46:16 EST The worst part of eating healthy.... ...having to do all the dishes.....I seem to produce an aweful lot of them when I'm eating healthy. <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:49:15 EST Dog hunting interrupted my lawn mowing..... well, not hunting really, but a dog was running lose and the owner was trying to catch it. I stopped my mower, and tried to call the dog. But I think he sensed I am not a dog person. <BR> <BR> My neighbor came out, brought her dog to try to lure the runaway over, but no dice. The neighbor followed the runaway down the street. I could see people coming out of houses bringing their dogs. Gotta love a neighborhood that comes to help. Bulldogs were the winner. They helped entice the run... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 23:33:15 EST Not my best month….. ….The whole month of August. It started out ok, but deteriorated quickly. I binged a lot…and I didn’t want to admit it. Plus I didn’t feel well, still don’t. I see a specialist in a month. <BR> <BR> Even though I didn’t keep up on message boards and blogs, I did manage to log in every day. And I really, really appreciate my SparkFriends checking up on me…. It made me feel better….. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> So September can only improve….I’ll try to get back to being more involved……th... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:54:47 EST My Eeyore day… If you would like to skip my pathetic whining, jump to the end, I need some input about exercise) <BR> <BR> I have not been doing all that great lately. Won’t bore you with the details, but my eating was pretty horrible a few weeks ago and I didn’t want to admit it to anyone. I'm back on track now,though. <BR> <BR> Other than yoga a couple of days a week, I haven’t been exercising for a couple of months. This morning I decided to try some very light weights to get started back. I did one... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:53:13 EST I’m celebrating one month of maintenance…. Well not so much “celebrating” as recognizing it. Celebration for me means eating and drinking…the traditional connotation of celebration. <BR> <BR> I’ve been this weight before, but I’ve never been able to maintain my “goal” weight….ever. Usually, the second I get to goal, I start gaining it back. Because I didn’t get what I needed to do. This time, I lost weight the right way. Slowly, with a food plan I can live with. And I don’t feel deprived. AND I don’t feel bad when I eat “so... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:35:19 EST We are under voluntary water restriction here…. Suggestions include <BR> *Using your dehumidifier water to water plants. <em>126</em> (Something I have done for years) <BR> <BR> *Don’t flush the toilet unless you have to. This reminds me a little of the great floods of 1993 when we couldn’t flush for 10 days. <em>6</em> (Thanks to my SparkFriend for this icon and I finally have a chance to use it!) <BR> <BR> One I thought of: I need to do some laundry. Some of my clothes have cocoa powder on them from a previous “I Love Lucy” eve... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:50:08 EST Isn’t there an “I love Lucy” episode…. Where she rips opens a bag of flour….and the powder flies all over… thoroughly coating her and everything around her in a blanket of white? <BR> <BR> Imagine that….only it’s a shower of cocoa powder… 6:30 AM………all over my face….and neck….and clothes….and counter…and sink…..and cabinets….and floor….. <BR> <BR> So I looked at the floor and I could hardly tell where the cocoa was…. <BR> <BR> Was this just a sign that is it time to mop the kitchen floor??????? <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:18:57 EST Is THIS a Non-Scale Victory????? Part of my eating plan for life has been to include a “sweet” with my breakfast. It can be anything I want … anything…… as long as it is under 200 calories. This is to help me not crave sweets…then binge. <BR> <BR> This morning, I found my new self having a little debate with my old self : <BR> <BR> LittleBo (my new self): HMMMM! What should I have as my sweet this morning? I have cranberry scones (SparkPeople recipe– yummy) or brownies (made from a brownie mix and pureed black beans, –... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:37:05 EST I tried something new today..... Acupuncture. <BR> <BR> I've always been curious about it. I've had back problems for 35 years and I'm hoping this helps. Pain gets a little old after while. <BR> <BR> I guess it takes a few sessions to see if it does help. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else tried it? Was it helpful? <BR> <BR> I'd hate to think I'm turning myself into a pin cushion for nothing..... <em>24</em> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:43:48 EST Why am I still here….. I have nothing in particular to blog about today….. <BR> <BR> I have been looking through my SparkFriends and blog subscriptions. There are quite a few who haven’t blogged or updated their status for a long time. Some who only blogged once and never came back. Some people participated on the site with gusto…then just disappeared one day. Poof!!! <BR> <BR> So that got me to thinking …. I better keep in touch or people will think I left the site ….then I was thinking (I think a lot) …..abou... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:21:25 EST Just wondering.... What you would interpret these new Emoticons to be? <BR> <BR> 1) <em>371</em> <BR> 2) <em>373</em> <BR> Obviously, I got nothin much to share today.... <em>24</em> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 22:39:20 EST Had a pretty good week until tonight...... when I pulled my nightly sugar-free popsicle out of the freezer and..... <BR> it was the artificial grape flavor one. <BR> <BR> DISAPPOINTMENT!!! <BR> <BR> I like liver, I like broccoli, I like ....artificial grape flavor....not so much! It is the downfall of our society. (ok, that 'might' be an exaggeration) I used to bribe my god-children into eating the artificial grape ones for me. I know, I know, I could just throw them out....but that is wasting food..... <BR> <BR> Anyway, the arti... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 00:22:58 EST I guess I'm in maintenance (7/1).... I was worried about how much I would gain while on vacation last week. I was hoping to gain no more than five pounds. I lost three. Go figure. When the "experts" say that sometimes you have to eat MORE calories to lose weight, they mean it. <BR> <BR> So this past week, I was having trouble making my minimum calories on most days. I eat pretty much the same things at each meal. So many proteins, carbs and veggies/fruits at certain times. So each day I thought tomorrow I would get the mi... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 21:15:48 EST Glad to be home safe and sound......sort of.... The visit with my mother went better than expected. When I dropped my sister off at the airport, she said she had more fun than she expected. I agreed. <BR> <BR> During the 5 hour drive home, I stopped at a rest stop and walked into the restroom ~~~ URINALS???? ~~~ In the women's restroom?????......Ooooppss <BR> <BR> I guess I'm more tired than I thought.... <BR> <BR> Night All! <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:32:03 EST The continuing saga of my "vacation"... (A recap: I am visiting my mother who turned 88 today and tonight is her 70th high school reunion / alumni dinner.) Today is the most social day of my vacation.....We have visited cousins, an aunt and still have a "cocktail hour", "happy hour" and dinner to go. (That is just today.) If I stopped right now, I would be ok with the food. I'm going to go waaaaay over my calories today....but I hope this will be the only day I will go over....or I guess I should say that this is the only day I w... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 16:45:48 EST IF you're gonna play in Wisconsin..... You gotta have a tuba in the band.....Went to listen to a polka band tonight. That is the music of my people. Polka dances were the way to celebrate everything: wedding, anniversary, fund raisers....brought back some memories. <BR> <BR> Today went OK. Did I mention my sister is visiting my mother right now, too. Sis and I had a nice discussion about her weight. She is having some health problems and needs to lose 70-80 lbs. I gave her some advice on healthy eating. She is on board wi... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:21:40 EST Today was my Friday........ I’m going on “vacation” for six days. I put in two ten hour days this week. And work is sort of crappy in general, so I am looking forward to time off. But tomorrow I drive 300 miles to visit my mother. Visiting my mother is an emotional land field…I know some of you can empathize with this. <BR> <BR> I really felt like I was on vacation tonight. Normally “being on vacation” means I start overeating early and often. That is what vacations are for, right! And visiting my mother exac... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:25:47 EST The real me.... <BR> My avatar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The real me <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Clearly, I need a hobby! Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:56:20 EST Digging in my desk at work.... I found a quote I scribbled on a post-it note: <BR> <BR> "Don't let a lapse ~~ Become a collapse" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:37:30 EST Tuesday seems to be my downfall….. The past three Tuesdays have been a problem for me, food wise. At first I thought it was because I was going to Weight Watchers that night (I could write a whole blog on the stupidity of the program. I don’t follow the program per se. I never lost any weight counting points. I’m a lifetime member from about 20 years ago and after I lost weight on my own this time, I went back to meetings because I thought the information/”support” would help me in maintenance. But I find the points to be ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 07:15:02 EST A big woohoo to Anne Klein and Goodwill... I hate to shop for clothes. <BR> <BR> My Goddaughter got engaged a few months ago. I started to look for a dress because I thought it would take me a long time to find one since I can only shop for about 10 minutes at a time. I tried several on a few nights ago and found out....surprisingly, that I fit into size 12, A-line dresses....OMG.... A-line....that is amazing. (I have hips. No matter how much I weigh. I have hips so A-line dresses NEVER fit) <BR> <BR> So today, I went to Good... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 23:18:23 EST Raise you hand.... if you are looking forward to this weekend.... <BR> <BR> I wore my shift(dress) backwards all day.....for the second time.....granted, the front and back look pretty much alike, but, would have thought I learned the front from the back after last time. <BR> <BR> This was a long week. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> Thu, 7 Jun 2012 23:02:56 EST Just checking in..... Nothing good but nothing bad has been happening. Everything is just so-so. Two days ago it was warm and I felt like being outside. Today was rainy and cold....I had to turn the furnace back on. <BR> <BR> But I am still here .... and lurking around....and waiting for for sunshine... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Thu, 31 May 2012 23:04:57 EST Everything comes in threes..... I like to group things in threes like pictures and vases <BR> and days of binging..... I haven't had days like this for almost nine months. <BR> <BR> But with the help of a fellow Sparker (who has my undying gratitude ) I was able to not binge today. <BR> <BR> And not just that, but I exercised and swept and mopped the floor and went grocery shopping (for healthy food only!!!) All things that I haven't been able to do all week. (Except the cleaning.... which I haven't done in about thr... Sat, 26 May 2012 21:58:56 EST Backsliding... definitely backsliding the past two days. Not eating very healthy and tonight I came home after work and changed into my jammies...and got in bed at 7. (Throwbacks to the old days.) To top it all off, today felt like Friday, so tomorrow is going to be one LOOOOOOOOOOONG day. But tomorrow I will make better choices, get in a walk outside after work (so it better not rain) and make out my to-do list for this weekend. <BR> <BR> Night all..... Thu, 24 May 2012 21:55:12 EST Bye, bye eggs....I LOVE you..... So my eating two eggs a day for most of my life has caught up with me. My Cholesterol is elevated. (HEY, I'm a farm girl. We eat eggs, so sue me.) <BR> <BR> I know a lot of things contribute to elevated cholesterol: age, menopause, weight loss, etc. I have to add some olive oil, eat nuts etc. But cutting back on eggs is gonna kill me. The food plan I follow has a good bit of protein for breakfast, so I general put 93% ground turkey or turkey ham in an omelet. I've tried egg substitute ... Sun, 20 May 2012 08:24:57 EST I just realized I worked 7 days in a row.... No wonder it was a low energy week. But I think I got things back on track. I ate well, excercised some. Started physical therapy for my rotator cuff. I see better range of motion already. I can now do this: <em>104</em> (I couldn't lift my left arm up before. I still can't get it behind my back. So I can't tuck in my own shirt. I hope to be able to dress myself, soon.) <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> Fri, 18 May 2012 23:39:04 EST Regrouping.... AGAIN! *Sigh* <BR> <BR> Regrouping after my Friday night meltdown. Sugar is a B****! <BR> <BR> However, I AM just regrouping...I'm not starting over. I'm standing here in my little puddle of water, but I'm moving on from this weekend...a little groggier from the sugar...but I am moving on. <BR> <BR> Think I will go back over the SparkDiet Stages and learn me somthin new. <BR> <BR> Thank you, everyone, for all your support. <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> Mon, 14 May 2012 18:55:37 EST not working today.... I'm going to yoga then meeting a friend to walk. I haven't seen or talked to her for about six years and she just lives across town. I've lost track of a lot of friends I really, really enjoyed due to a carrer and job change. Today will be nice weather for a walk. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 May 2012 10:13:58 EST I really have learned nothing…. For the past couple of weeks, I have felt void. I haven’t felt any highs, no lows, nothing special, pretty much nothing. I haven’t blogged about it because, people pleaser that I am, I didn’t want to disappoint anyone by not having something funny or entertaining to write about…. <BR> <BR> I won’t bore you with the details, but yesterday I felt like my old self. I mean the old self that eats for comfort….I have really learned nothing. And today I’m pretty sure I will gain all the weigh... Sat, 12 May 2012 20:33:37 EST I answered the phone at work.... and it took me about 10 seconds to remember where I worked and what my name was (so I could give a proper greeting on the phone.) Darn that SUPERMOON! It is still affecting me...the electro magnetic fields or something. <BR> <BR> At least I didn't drive over myself with the car or something. <BR> <BR> I am going to bed early... Night All!!! <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 7 May 2012 22:14:41 EST No "real" thoughts..... As always in the past few weeks, I haven't had any "real" thoughts to blog about. There are no great insights, breakthroughs or happenings in my life. <BR> <BR> So this is what life is REALLY like? No daily drama? No daily angst about ....EVERYTHING! Well, this is something new for me. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about allowing myself a lemon ice at night. Tart and sweet and it would taste wonderful on some of these muggy days, but I think I would be eating it for the wrong reason... Sun, 6 May 2012 22:22:45 EST I can't see the supermoon, but I can feel the effects.... The supermoon - the full moon is close to the earth so it appears large. Except it is cloudy here and I can't see it. But it affect my whole day. <BR> <BR> I had a meeting this morning. I got in the car to leave and realized I forgot my WATER for the meeting and my WORKOUT GEAR for later. So I trekked back in the house. <BR> <BR> So after my meeting started, I realized I forgot my WATER in the car. <BR> <BR> I went home for lunch and went out shopping for a birthday present for a fri... Sat, 5 May 2012 23:31:27 EST My 14 year old wellness coach... OK, I am exaggerating...she looked 16. <BR> <BR> At work, they sponsor an annual wellness assessment and have done so for the past few years. The only reason I do it, is because I save a few hundred dollars on annual health premiums. The people doing the assessments are fresh out of college. They want to be wellness coaches, trainers, etc. But they are just kids. <BR> <BR> Every year, some child tells me my cholesterol is "borderline" and that my BMI is (usually) too high. Some child w... Tue, 1 May 2012 22:03:47 EST Lost in the ether(net)…. Lately I have been thinking about a fact I learned about 10 years ago: When we talk on the phone, we lose about 33% of the intent of the conversation because we cannot see the person’s reaction to what we are saying, nor can they see ours. If you can’t see a person’s reaction, you can’t determine if the person seems confused, is interpreting what you are saying correctly, or if they are listening at all. If you email someone, you lose 55% of the conversation. Fifty-five percent of the co... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:48:47 EST Where ARE you, Auntie Em..... I't a tad bit windy here tonight. I thought a door got ripped, but I think it was just a tree limb hitting the side of the house....I hope it was just a limb anyway. All the doors seem to still be in tact. I thought about going to the mall, but I'm afraid my car will end up on its side, a victim of a high velocity gust. <BR> <BR> So I'm sitting here reflecting on my week, watching "The Finder". I was a-motivational and non-productive. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. <BR> <BR> I h... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:20:28 EST I'm a WHEEEEE! bit exhausted tonight..... So my day deteriorated a little bit after I changed my status to say I was doing OK. My day was a 5 until then, which is actually pretty good for me..... <BR> <BR> It really wasn't horrible. I just got stuck on a phone cal.......a THREE HOUR phone call....with a help desk for an application I am just learning. So I ended up leaving work two hours late, missed my support meeting and almost blacked out after taking a hot bath to relax. I guess blacking out would have constituted relaxing, ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:40:00 EST I really like donating blood..... The blood people have a drive every two month at my place of business. Ok, so today, the person drawing my blood must have been sort of new...she had trouble getting the needle in. Which is odd since I have the best veins West of the Mississippi. Seriously, you can see them from 10 paces away. So the supervisor had to move the needle around to get the blood to flow. That is an unpleasant it smarts. Ironically, the new person from two months ago who had trouble finding my ... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:48:03 EST Take me out to the ballpark..... Today was a nice, warm day and I took the afternoon off work to go to a minor league baseball game here. It was nice to be at the ballpark although our boys of summer lost the game.....This is the state of the field of would think they would do better..... <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> I did go back to work...but only to work out. Used the elliptical and lifted weights to try and rehab my rotator cuff. (BTW-yesterday I did make it to yoga...since I missed my normal class, I went... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 22:25:23 EST Threw my whole day off.... For some reason, I thought my yoga class started at 11. At 9:50 I realized it started at 10. Seriously, I've been going to it for two months, so how did I mess that up???? <BR> <BR> I was in a store and had an overwhelming, immediate feeling I was going to cry. I have experienced this before. This time it wasn't as deep a feeling, but I realized that instead of my usual breakfast of protein, I had a muffin. Now I am thinking that that may be the reason I am more depressed on Sunday's.... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:25:34 EST Was trying to think of something humorous or amusing to blog about .... but I got bubkas..... <BR> <BR> So.....what is the funniest movie you have ever you have watched more than once, because is made you laugh...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 22:14:47 EST Am I backsliding or settling in???? I have missed some workouts....and some support meetings....and changing into my jammies when I get home from work some days....These are things I was doing before coming back to SparkPeople. When i was pretty miserable. <BR> <BR> Am I backsliding....or am I just living my life the way I am comfortable living it? <BR> <BR> I told myself I needed to find things I could live with the rest of my life. This applies to my eating plan, exercise plan, life plan....I just don't want to backslid... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:12:30 EST Having another average week..... Nothing profound, nothing too horrible is going on. Work is Work. I've been a little more hungry than usual. And I'm not sure attending Weight Watchers meetings is a good idea, since they seem to make me want to eat a lot more....a lot of talk about how good this xxx is and how delicious xxxxx is. Made me want to binge this week. But I'm haning in there. <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> I came across my fat pictures tonight….You know the ones….where you stood around in your skivvies... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:52:31 EST Having another average week..... Nothing profound, nothing too horrible is going on. Work is Work. I've been a little more hungry than usual. And I'm not sure attending Weight Watchers meetings is a good idea, since they seem to make me want to eat a lot more....a lot of talk about how good this xxx is and how delicious xxxxx is. Made me want to binge this week. But I'm haning in there. <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> I came across my fat pictures tonight….You know the ones….where you stood around in your skivvies... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 21:52:30 EST The loaded gun is out of the house.... That would actually be the chocolate covered graham crackers I blogged about yesterday. And they have gone to the great "red barrel" in the sky....actually, the food bank barrel at the grocery store. I feel pretty good about that. Old world, I would have eaten them all in one sitting. Not sure what I was thinking in buying them anyway. I just like to torture myself, I guess. <BR> <BR> Yoga was really tough today. It was "all about backbends". <em>405</em> Which requires you to be... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:51:53 EST Those gosh dern chocolate graham crackers called to me all day.... I bought them a couple of weeks ago to eat one each morning as my allotted breakfast treat. I hadn't opened them yet because, quite frankly, I thought as soon as I opened them, I would eat the whole box....and they are 110 calories a piece. No idea how many are in the box, but I'm sure it is a couple of days’ worth of calories. <BR> <BR> I went and looked at them twice today. And re-read the calorie content... No miracle occurred... it always said 110 calories a piece….it never changed. So... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:20:02 EST Spent the week trying to think of something profound to blog about But this week was one of those weeks that was just average. Work was busy. There were a couple of nights I came home and wanted to eat a bag of cookies, but (fanfare) I didn't. I struggled through yoga because the broken bone spur in my foot bothered me. But I DID make it through as best I could. And I'll keep going and walking when I can. Oh, yea, I made my 7 month weight loss goal one week late... thirty-six pounds gone for good. <BR> <BR> So, all-in-all, average ain't so bad. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 22:58:02 EST Had me a little meltdown.... the creshedo of which was me bursting into tears in a Goodwill dressing room about a week ago, although I am not sure why. At least no one witnessed it. So this week, I took a little break to get my act together, but have managed to stay pretty much on track....Just needed some time to myself, I guess. <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:40:14 EST