LIZABETT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIZABETT LIZABETT'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/ Your Best Tips For My Cruise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503151 Going on a Panama Canal Cruise in a couple weeks to celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary... <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> Never been on a cruise before... and I know there are many things that I have not thought of yet..., <BR> <BR> Will you help me by giving me your very best tip to make it a happy, healthy trip in every way, including nutrition and fitness tips, clothing and any other tips that worked for you on your cruises or trips. <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> I want to return without wrec... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:37:10 EST Nicest Unsolicited Compliments I've Ever Received! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4428108 I've thought about this some, so I'll put it down here... because anything that builds up my self esteem is an important part of my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Sometime back while visiting a relative out of state, a friend of hers asked me pointedly, "Have you ever had a face lift?" <BR> <BR> Okay, so that's a very personal question, but I smiled politely, and said that I had not! I took it to mean that she was saying that I looked younger than my years, and it actually pleased me. Wo... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 11:39:17 EST Special Delivery...Look For it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402465 I won 2 points on my log-in spin this morning, and thought to myself, "if I got any lower I would have to look up to see bottom!" <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But lo and behold on my bonus spin later I won the biggest number on the wheel! I almost yelled, " WOW, I don't believe my eyes!" <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I wish it were enough to give a big <em>304</em> goodie to everyone of my <em>223</em> because you are all so special. <BR> <BR> But...so not to leave anybody out, I will give m... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:49:20 EST The Mishap That Isn't! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4400180 Since my 'mishap' of last week (see my blog) I can happily report that I am now back down one pound below goal. For three consecutive days, the weight fell at approximately one pound each day until today's results. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Don't ask me how that works! I had drawn a circle around the incident in my food journal to isolate it from the rest, and wrote, "Off Day. Tomorrow is a New Day!" and went back immediately to my nutrition plan, tracking, fitness workouts, etc. Our bod... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 14:50:55 EST Mishaps Happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394521 Because of a minor mishap, I missed my kettlebell class this morning. But to salvage a perfectly good exercise day, DH and I walked at the Y and did some machines. Not exactly workouts compared to doing kettlebells , but it was okay in a pinch. <BR> <BR> Another mishap of my own making happened yesterday. At a baby shower/party, I got out of hand on my eating. Up until then it was a good clean calorie range day. <BR> <BR> But I arrived hungry. Really hungry. Big mistake. And cause for a 'm... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:45:18 EST Am I Over The Top...Or What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371038 I'm thinking...I'm thinking! <BR> <BR> I feel very elated to have reached my SP goal weight, and have been maintaining at or just below goal for some time now. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> But I feel kind of at loose ends. I don't want to slog around with no where to go...no definite path to follow. So I felt I needed some help for a new goal plan. <BR> <BR> I've had at least two helpful responses so far on my call for help. <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> First things first and probably most impo... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:09:30 EST I Love A Party...Especially When It's For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364449 I know it wasn't a fluke. It 'was me what done it'! ( My positive self-talk here.) This morning I was a half-pound under goal....second day in a row I was under. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> But last night was a real blast. <em>283</em> It was my "graduation party" at my local TOPS meeting for reaching my KOPS goal. <BR> <BR> So while I had lots of help from TOPS and especially SparkPeople (my daily go-to fix for motivation, tools and inspiration) I'm the one who is ultimately responsibl... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 11:24:16 EST Visits Are Over But The Joy Lingers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4356079 Michael flew out from Little Rock to Guanajuato, Mexico on Saturday. The last of our four children to leave, whose visits over the July 4th holidays couldn't have been more wonderful. Two others left earlier in the week for Dallas and OKC. <BR> <BR> What would warm the hearts of parents more, whose grownup and mostly far away children return home to mom and dad for that special time --- so that we all could be together again in one place at one time? <BR> <BR> Three sons and one daugh... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:50:25 EST Someone is Putting Me On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4347054 Exercise??? <BR> <BR> 1. If walking / cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> 3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years. <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> 4. A tortoise doesn't run, does nothing . . . yet lives for 450 years. <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> AND YOU TELL ME TO EXERCISE?! I quit! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> DISCLAIMER: This uninvited... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 12:07:26 EST My Challenge Since Reaching Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335806 My big challenge is here and now! <BR> <BR> This Fourth of July holiday may prove to be my biggest test yet! Family members are converging on us beginning today and throughout the coming week. I don't really need to explain all that entails. <BR> <BR> To protect my goal and to avoid disappointing myself and those who have supported me thoughout this time I have been talking lickedy split to myself. <BR> <BR> PLAN. <BR> <BR> *To sign in each morning as usual if I have to wake up earli... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 17:24:07 EST "Reaching Goal is Not an Excuse to Quit!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4318280 I spent considerable time writing a blog with the above title. When I tried to post it, it wouldn't post and I lost it trying to bring it back to life. <BR> <BR> But just wanted you to know that "quitting is not an option" no matter at what point we are in life. <BR> <BR> That's really all we need to know. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> for all your help. <em>248</em> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:10:01 EST Something Better Than Losing Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308869 I'm being asked the question, "Have you lost that last pound before goal yet?". I've even asked myself the question; "Why haven't I lost that last pound yet?" <BR> <BR> The answer today is, "No". <BR> <BR> However, I rummaged through my clothes closet this morning to find something different to wear to church, appropriate for celebrating Father's Day with DH. I pulled out a sweet little dress that was absolutely too snug to wear the last time I tried it on <BR> <BR> I tried it on any... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:54:17 EST Zumba Works For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4306750 I fit right in with the Zumba class today. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Guess what? I wasn't perfect. In spite of that, I did quite well for a beginner, and felt wonderful with the rest of the group. <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Surprisingly for me, I wore the appropriate dark tights and top for the first time....and did not feel a bit self conscious! In fact, I looked GOOD! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Zumba is strenuous , but tons of fun! It definitely fills the bill for a great fitness worko... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:32:55 EST Is A Plateau Really Necessary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4291585 Please. If anyone can answer my question, "Is a plateau really necessary?" <BR> <BR> Since I got to the point (on my scale) weeks ago of only 1/2 pound to goal, it will not budge one ounce downward...and even goes UP! <BR> <BR> I'm staying within my recommended calorie range and exercising 5-6 days weekly. Yes, and even switching those things up a bit. <BR> <BR> I am scratching my head. Is it absolutely necessary that people plateau out? If so, why? My wonderful Spark Friends have che... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 10:04:56 EST My New Name http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282488 I emailed a recent picture to my daughter in Dallas.... <BR> She replied that I am now her "micro-mini mom". <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Is that not sweet? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135892061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love my daughter. <em>129</em> Tue, 7 Jun 2011 08:04:27 EST A Deliberate "Temper Tantrum"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4267751 Today is one of my regular water aerobics days...and I'm remembering what happened at my last water aerobics session last week. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> It was one of those days when I really dreaded pouring myself into a swim suit and splashing around in a cold pool. It was Saturday. Anybody should be exercise-exempt on a Saturday. I reasoned that since I felt that way it must be okay to just pass on it. Right? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> But having learned through the passage of time ... Tue, 31 May 2011 14:53:24 EST A Question of Priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260340 A friend whom I'm trying to recruit for SparkPeople wondered whether I would still be at goal when we leave for our upcoming Panama Canal cruise in October. <em>340</em> . <BR> <BR> It's also a celebration of our 65th wedding anniversary . <em>337</em> <BR> <BR> A better question is, "Why wouldn't I be?" <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> There is too much going for me with all the nutrition <em>190</em> <BR> and fitness tools, <em>405</em> <BR> <BR> ... all the support and encouragement ... Fri, 27 May 2011 18:01:54 EST "Change" Is Fine, But "Routine" Feels Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245693 This week has been 'different' for me! <BR> <BR> For several days I was off computer and SparkPeople; meaning away from all of my friends who support and challenge me. But the work at home (most of it) is finished and I'm back on board the moving choo choo. <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> The Y parking is still being paved making it somewhat inconvenient, but luckily they did remain open for classes today, because of the expected rains...yes, it is raining today and seems it will be all weekend... Fri, 20 May 2011 15:03:55 EST Woe Is Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4238387 Tonight I will be pulled kicking and screaming away from my computer and SparkPeople for at least two days! <BR> <BR> Workmen will be invading our office to put down new flooring. Alas, I have no laptop to comfort me! I will be without the support and encouragement of my Spark friends and tools to keep me on track... for what will seem like an eternity until I can hook up again. <BR> <BR> Then, on Friday and Saturday this week the Y will be CLOSED! Workmen will be repaving the YMCA park... Tue, 17 May 2011 10:34:18 EST Kettle Bells ... My New Discovery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4230455 Today at my second kettle bell class at the Y, I moved up closer to the instructor to be sure I was getting the moves done correctly. <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> I understand that if not done right there is a possibility of injuring my back or causing other problems. I was tired but not really muscle-sore. <BR> <BR> This class was a Sculpt/Kettle Bell Mix, which included a total body workout with floor exercises <em>402</em> <BR> <BR> Technically it is similar to using regular weights ... Fri, 13 May 2011 14:04:45 EST A Spark Celebration Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4228154 Thursday is my usual water aerobics day at the Y. I am in the Olympic size pool for over 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> The routine is about 40 minutes of strenuous cardio which includes strength moves with foam bar bells; about 20 minutes of warm ups, stretches, and cool downs. <BR> <BR> So I feel I've had a full body workout with the whole thing. The instructor is wonderful and professional. <BR> <BR> This week I also tried a class of kettlebells . I thought I would have sore muscles, but I di... Thu, 12 May 2011 13:51:13 EST My Picture Perfect Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215154 Some days my favorite omelet breakfast looks more like a big dish of scrambled eggs hash, but this morning my omelet looked just perfect to me! So wow!.. I wanted to share a picture of it with someone. And since my favorite someones are my SparkFriends, here it is: <BR> <BR> . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l851931290.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I make my omelet with one-half cup egg substitute (like egg beaters), 1/4 cup fat free cheddar cheese, and veggies-- sautéed frozen oni... Fri, 6 May 2011 19:44:34 EST I Had A Revelation Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209755 I am into trying on all my smallest clothes now from a previous weight loss, and most of them are fitting! But a few still fit a little snug about my hips. (The last pounds to go are on my hips!) Hmm, I'll just have to work much harder to reach my goal! And then I thought, almost said it out loud, <BR> <BR> "I'm glad I'm not at goal yet!" <BR> <BR> Not exactly what you'd expect someone to say or even think, but I did......because, as long as I am not there yet, that means I will careful... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:29:48 EST I Won! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198661 I went to this "shindig" at the Convention Center in Hot Springs last night, called Ladies Night Out. It was a fun event with lots of different booths, fashion shows, and tons of prizes. No, sadly, I didn't win anything. <BR> <BR> The MC asked the huge audience of ladies (I'd guess around a thousand people) some fun questions including how old? There were a few ladies older. YAY! How long married? There were numbers of 25+ years married, several 50+ years married, and naturally, th... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 13:06:09 EST Another Half Pound Bit The Dust! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4196113 Why is a half pound so fabulously fantastic? <BR> <BR> Because my dear Spark Friends, those concrete ounces don't chip off easily. It's frustrating when you faithfully stay within calorie range and work out 5-6 days each week...then you step on the scale, and it decides to stay the same or worse, snickers as it goes up a notch or two. <BR> <BR> Well, the thing is not really human, but I talk to it like it is. I inform it in no uncertain terms, " I am the one in control here". Then I... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:02:50 EST Why Is Reaching Goal Scary? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4184242 In all my many dieting programs, I started out gung ho. I could usually lose 20 pounds or so, getting to around 160 pounds. Well, I reasoned, I look pretty good---at least not that terrible-- and so my motivation for losing any more would fly the coop. I soon regained the pounds, and sooner or later, the whole process was started all over again. <BR> <BR> Why did I do that? Did I not believe in myself enough that I'd really make it ? Maybe I subconsciously felt that I didn't d... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:49:30 EST I Couldn't Wait To Change My Goal Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4168943 I did it. I changed my goal weight to 132. Someone kinda sorta egged me on to do it. So I'm ready --- after a very brief celebration, to go for my next goal. <BR> <BR> I don't plan to change it again. But I do plan to continue tracking everything...my nutrition and my fitness to maintain what I have lost. It's what will keep me on track! I know me...if I stop being accountable I could easily fall off the wagon. <BR> <BR> Really I owe so much to SparkPeople and my SparkFriends for tr... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 23:07:45 EST I Reached Goal Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4165756 This morning, when DH brought in the newspaper, he said, "It's still dark outside and the birds are already singing!" <BR> <BR> Well, what do you know? They must be celebrating with me for reaching my hard fought, long sought goal. It was my first goal set at 136 pounds. Umm, I was 'one ounce' shy, but who am I to quibble over a teensy ounce? <BR> <BR> I gave myself a Strawberry Goodie. One, because I love strawberries and Two, because I stopped by the grocery store and picked up 6 carto... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:28:26 EST Spreading My Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161410 I have told several of my friends about SparkPeople and how excited I am about it. <BR> <BR> Truly it has made such a difference in my life. It has encouraged me to be more accountable...more diligent in tracking my nutrition and fitness...made some fabulous friends who encourage me and whom I try to encourage back. <BR> <BR> I can hardly wait each morning to check my Page, to read blogs and nutrition news, and on and on. I am thrilled when someone reads and comments on my page or blog..... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:49:43 EST One-Half Pound To First Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4153928 Just one-half pound away. Already the changes have been wonderful... smaller clothes... sleep better... feel more confident with the knowledge that I can continue on to the finish line. <BR> <BR> I feel more appreciation for my Spark Friends who have been such an encouragement and support. I'm feeling energetic because I am eating more healthfully, with no more night time snack attacks. <BR> <BR> Before I change my final goal to lose about 4-5 more pounds, I want to celebrate BIG on ... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 15:13:42 EST Three's A Charm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144581 I don't recommend that anyone else follow my weight loss strategy. But it's one that works for me and that's what counts. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I met my set goal at Weight Watchers, and won the final charm for my WW key chain. As a long time Lifetime Member, if I play my cards right, I'll never have to pay another penny to WW again and can continue attending, gaining new ideas, recipes, and inspiration. (Their system is counting points). <BR> <BR> I also attend TOPS which is a fine ... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 15:26:56 EST Tracking Kept Me On Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135087 I shudder to think what might have happened this week if I had not been tracking my food faithfully. Think 2-3 pounds. Four days we ate out! Two restaurants and two church events filled my week's schedule. <BR> <BR> This was my tracking strategy: At a Chinese place, I had salmon and shrimp, with soup and veggies. I was careful with the portions. The two church dining events, I portion controlled. <BR> <BR> But the big challenge was a birthday dinner celebration at Red Lobster for DH. I... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 17:41:11 EST The Three R's of Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126488 Yesterday ended my 28-Day Plan. Weight 138.3 pounds. Before starting The Plan I had already lost three pounds on SparkPeople, and now three more pounds are gone. That makes SIX pounds total. Great! <BR> <BR> Which leads me into my topic. I've been in a school environment, learning how to lose weight the healthy way. The lessons included "The Three R's of Losing Weight". We took up: <BR> <BR> READING -- Remember McGuffy's Readers? Some of us grew up on them. Reading has to be perhaps... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:02:46 EST My Dilemma. My Solution. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117768 Here's the deal. I write a blog nearly every day. I write as much for myself as I do for anybody else, because writing helps to solidify my goals and hopes and dreams. <BR> <BR> But I'd like the effort also to be an encouragement or an inspiration to others, if possible. <BR> <BR> So I believe I have a solution to my dilemma. Maybe someone is reading who does not feel like commenting. I understand. We all do it, I think. <BR> <BR> So instead of commenting, there are some great icons w... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:44:27 EST Another Pound Gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4114896 I gave myself a Goodie this morning. Why? Because I deserved it after meeting several eating challenges headlong this week... and beating the little thingies nearly to death. <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not that, but after eating at Olive Garden, and at least two other places in the last week, that is no small feat. <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in at 138.6. Things are coming along swimmingly, of course because of my nutrition tracking. <BR> <BR> Before going to Olive Garden (and you all... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:40:17 EST Experiment of a Lifetimer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112916 I'm doing an experiment with my Plan. I'll 'splain. <BR> <BR> I've been a 'lifetime” Weight Watcher for what seems like a lifetime. I started back in the early days of it's beginning, when we had to eat fish three times a week (tuna) and liver at least once a week. Being a determined soul, I lost lots of weight and was at my smallest weight in my lifetime (114) So I know a little bit about weight watching. <BR> <BR> The motto for awhile was, “If you work the plan, the plan will work” or ... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:30:44 EST The First Day of Spring... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4107762 ... and the end of my 3rd week on The Plan! I am thrilled to be staying under 140. 139.6 today. <BR> <BR> About 2 and ½ pounds are gone since my first day on Plan. Not spectacular, but nothing to sneeze at either. My smaller clothes are beginning to fit me just in time for Spring. <BR> <BR> I've learned a lot. Enough to know that a long journey means putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. If I don't stay down when I trip and fall, I'll get there. <BR> <BR> I'm t... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:12:08 EST "It's A Good Day From Morning To Night" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105047 Good Sunday everyone. Even though I usually don't blog on Sunday, I had a few minutes so thought I'd just have a quick little conversation about a little bit of everything. <BR> <BR> We started out the day earlier than usual. First I did a short devotion and then I had a few minutes at the computer to log in and thank a couple people for commenting on a recent blog. I read over my goals which I'm sorry to say I have neglected to read as often as I should. It did bolster my resolve, ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:52:47 EST No IFS...Ands...Or Buts--I'm Going The Distance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4102950 I feel so ashamed of myself. Some of the blogs I have been reading tell of those who have had such obstacles---so much weight to lose it seems an impossible dream, but they're doing it--going through the loss of the illness or impending death of a loved one and yet keeping the faith. <BR> <BR> And here I have been whining about how slow and hard it is to lose my last 10 pounds. Well, maybe it is hard for me, but not that hard! No more of that, my friends. <BR> <BR> When I read about th... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 12:42:35 EST Riding High -- On My Third Week Of The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4101293 I may not be doing all that spectacular weight-wise, but I'm having tons of fun doing the things that it takes to do spectacular. <BR> <BR> I wouldn't dream of not tracking my meals or my fitness. We were back walking at the Y today after some down time being out nursing our persistent 'bugs'. I love to log in and get all the points I have coming to me for reading the e-mails and spinning the Wheel. <BR> <BR> I always go to my Spark Page to see if anyone has commented on one of my blogs... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:05:34 EST "I Don't Want To Blow It!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4099476 Today started off disappointingly. My scale tipped up a little bit when it should have been plunging down. I have done everything right as far as I know, but tell that to the (expletive deleted) scale. It may be that I need to up my calories from the 1200 or below, to at least 1300. It scares me to do that. <BR> <BR> Anyway, last night DH and I went out on our weekly 'date night' to a little restaurant near by, and I ordered fish since we don't often have that at home. We usually each o... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:32:53 EST I Won 500 Points Spinning My Wheel Today---At Mid Way Point of The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4093681 Now, I've decided that when I want to reward myself for something---anything!---that I'll give MYSELF a Goodie. How else can I get all the wonderful exercise thingies, workout stuff , beautiful flowers...things that I deserve? <BR> <BR> Case in point. I made this yummy (translate healthy) rice pudding last night, recipe courtesy hungrygirl.com, and it was ready for me this morning. It makes two big servings. One serving seemed like such a lot, that I divided it and ate only half. Ordinar... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:29:59 EST I'm Half Way Through The Plan, But It's Just The Beginning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4091099 Today I am half way through my 28-Day Breakthrough Plan. Phenomenal! I'm excited, having lost 2.30 pounds THIS week! My first week showed no weight loss whatever... but no gain either. That taught me what I needed to do to maintain. And also that I needed to readjust my Plan. <BR> <BR> I lowered my calorie range from around 1500 to 1200 calories. I didn't do formal exercise for the week because I was home-bound with a sickee bug of some kind. But I faithfully drank my water, and walked the... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:30:11 EST Have I Got A Great Tip For You Today - On My 13th Day of The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4088577 To expand a bit on a previous blog---I have been housebound for almost a week due to an alien 'bug'---and unable to go to the Y for my usual exercise of walking and water aerobics. It could as easily have been stormy weather, or an emergency of taking care of some urgent business. <BR> <BR> So I have invented my own stay-at-home-exercise. I'm sitting at my computer (or TV) spellbound by all the interesting stuff. But I also have my trusty timer setting on my desk, It is set for 30 minut... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:21:43 EST It Was No Fluke! - On Week Two Of The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4083928 I couldn't help myself. In spite of the fact that one of my daily goals is not to weigh myself over once or twice a week, I had to know if yesterday's scale numbers was a fluke. <BR> <BR> PTL! It wasn't! I was down a couple more ounces instead... at 139.1. So I'm happy and will wait until Monday, the last day of Week Two on The Plan to weigh in. Could it possibly be even lower? I can dream, can't I? <BR> <BR> Just a tip for myself today. My DH and I are fighting bouts of the flu, colds or... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:20:30 EST A Victory To Celebrate! --- Day 11 of The Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4082358 Today I hit 139.3! I can hardly believe it since I have been fighting the “above 140 syndrome” forever. My first week on The Plan I didn't lose one ounce! <BR> <BR> Starting with my 2nd week, I readjusted my calorie range to 1200 and I've been drinking water like crazy! Can I continue like this? Yes, I can...I don't know why not, because I haven't felt hungry or deprived. <BR> <BR> My first short-term weight loss goal is 136, and my final goal is in the 132 range. I felt great when I w... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:20:55 EST I'm Beginning My 2nd Week of "The Plan." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4076359 Well, I'm off and not-quite- running on my 2nd week of The Plan. A slow jog is more like it. I think I picked up a little bug from my DH, who has been down all week with something. But I hope to squish the thing as quickly as possible. <BR> <BR> I'll be skipping the water aerobics today---they'll make it fine without me. But they may miss me, since I'm almost always there in my space on the front row. I'm one of the shorties. I thought I might do an exercise DVD later, but you know what, ... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:15:20 EST End Of Week One...What! - My 28-Day Breakthrough Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4073862 End of Week one and my weight is stuck on 141...the same weight as when I began “The Plan”. I wrote on a message board yesterday that “things do not have to stay the same but can be changed through prayer and works." It pertained to another topic, but the same principle applies to my stuck weight. So friends, who are the slightest bit interested, I'm going to adjust and revise my Plan this week. Starting today. <BR> <BR> Please, don't get me wrong. I'm not unhappy. I'm in a learning proc... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 17:03:58 EST "I Hit Bottom--Almost" --- My 5th Day on The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4068727 Yes, I almost hit bottom when I weighed nearly 200 pounds, and that on my short 5'1"frame. I was frantic at the thought of hitting the 200 mark where I had never been before. I lost almost 65 pounds on a rigid diet in 7 months and reached a good goal for me then of about 132. And ' by jumping jingo', I don't ever want to go there again. <BR> <BR> Having said that, I regained 5-15 pounds of it back over almost 5 year's time. Now at 141 pounds, I have just under 10 pounds to get back to ... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 16:44:27 EST "Is Chris a Wise Guy?" -- Day 4 of My 28-Day Breakthrough Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067293 In The Spark, Chris says that setting goals is at the heart of the SparkPeople program...that they bring meaning to everything we do and that we should write them down so we can stick to them and keep making progress. <BR> <BR> As he said to do, I have set my long term, mid term and short term goals. I talked about them a little bit on my Day Two blog. I wrote that the first and most important daily goal of my 28 Day Breakthrough Plan was: Attend to the Spirit Man. <BR> <BR> As part of m... Fri, 4 Mar 2011 22:49:43 EST