LIZAPOPE's SparkPeople Blog LIZAPOPE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community a new day It's been two years since my last blog and much has transpired. Last week I had a gastric sleeve done. WOW. I never thought I would do that but my co ntinueing back problems with the possibility of back surgery propelled me towards surgery. ALl my joint problems are made worse but the weight that I carry so I have to do something about that first to expect real success with other surgeries. And while I have lost about 60 pounds and kept it off that has been such a slow and difficult pro... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:14:06 EST becoming vegan I am seeing results from seriously limiting meat and dairy. I'm not a vegan but I am eating vegan, or better plant strong. I still like meat and cheese, milk and eggs but choose not to eat them for health reasons. It's working for me. I have lost 40 pounds since January. Not fast but in a way that seems sustainable for the rest of my life. And that's what I am looking for. I have lost lots of weight in the past but have always regained and more. What I want now is a way of eating that... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 07:15:28 EST another visit to the gym Already I am benefiting from my visits to the gym. I find walking the dog is getting easier to do. We don't go for very long walks but I am doing more than opening the back door and letting her out. I can see a future when I am walking the neighborhood while I am walking the dog. My imagination can' t quite get to hiking or climbing. But if I keep on as I am, before I know it I will be walking wherever I want. Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:37:32 EST cheesecake temptations Tomorrow the rest of the cheesecake goes into the trash. It had been in the freezer and for a while that made it safe but tonight one piece just begged and begged and finally I ate it. So the rest gets the can! I am slowly learning that I must keep my environment clean. Only healthy foods I want to eat should be in my house. Anything else just sends me in the wrong direction. Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:32:58 EST orientation at the gym Yesterday was a good day. I went for my orientation to the gym. Ten minute warm up on a recumbent bike. Already an improvement over the last one I used which gave me a blister on my thigh from friction! I could feel the strain in my bad knee but I could manage that. Then on to the Machines. This was always my favorite part of exercising. The strength work. The young man who oriented me was surprised that I knew what I was doing. That for me is one of the pleasures of getting older. Th... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 06:02:03 EST weight waggles Monday 383.0 up about 2.5 lbs <BR> Wednesday 379.4 down 3.6 lbs <BR> This is why I can't be too concerned about what the scale says because at this weight I can be all over. <BR> <BR> I am having cravings. Visions of ice cream, cheese, pizza, fries, chocolate bounce around in my head. I can hear them calling to me. Come find me, I'm waiting for you.... All those hungry mouths. So far I have been able to distract myself but I am stressing about it. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:48:35 EST A Non-Scale Victory (NSV) My kitchen sink was empty and clean this morning. I have eaten a healthy breakfast and put the dishes away and am cooking quinoa for lunch.. WHoo whoo That's a lot for me. It's not even 6:30 yet!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about the problem of lunch. That is the meal that is my challenge. Why? Because I have to plan it and execute it so far ahead. The beginning of the week is easier because I will have leftovers from the cooking of the weekend. By Thursday they are gone and ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:36:49 EST blueberry rice "pudding" cooked brown rice <BR> ff plain yogurt <BR> 1 spoonful of Zero <BR> 1/4-1/2 c blueberries ( frozen and nuked for less than 2 mins) <BR> <BR> mix it all up and it is a mildly sweet cold rice pudding with piping hot berry sauce. YUM <BR> <BR> and every bit healthy Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:38:25 EST Yesterday's Big Day:Aftershocks Weigh In was a smashing success; 380.5. And the day went well. Food in the the kitchens I passed did not tempt and my apple quinoa salad on baby spinach did not disappoint. IT was delish. After the end of the quinoa and pea pods for dinner I made my first visit to the gym I have just joined to use the pool. Ah to be in the water again. It was good. I swam a few laps until I felt the strain in my arms and then just bobbing around enjoying the water. Getting out again I could feel the w... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:57:40 EST First WI Since Starting Despite my self talk about this not being a diet I am facing the end of my first week of "healthy eating" with anxiety/anticipation about weighing myself this morning. So much so that I can't eat breakfast. The crazy voice in my head is screaming " what if eating breakfast negates any loss you have had." Now it's this crazy voice or rather voices that have wreaked havoc in my life. My efforts to add other messages seems so weak in comparison to their strength and certainty. The voice of do... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:04:35 EST apple salad Tonight I made Quinoa for the first time. I used half of it to make an apple salad. <BR> <BR> About a cup, cup and 1/2 of quinoa (made 1 cup dry, rinsed first and used rice cooker, have same amount left over for something else) <BR> 1 apple cut up skin on <BR> much of two stalks of celery <BR> about a 1/4 cup of walnuts, dry toasted in a cast iron skillet <BR> mix this all up <BR> <BR> add a good squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of great olive oil, a little wine vinegar and salt and peppe... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:11:24 EST The Other Big Project I am a slob. I wish I weren't but somehow the neat gene passed me by. I leave cupboard doors open. Milk on the counter, I drop my coat where I take it off. I carry bags of stuff into the house and there it stays by the door for weeks...months. I will do nothing, stare at the walls, watch paint dry before I will do something resembling housework. BUT as I write I have a load of laundry going, the kitchen sink is empty and clean, and nary an open cupboard door to be seen. Have I been rep... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:23:01 EST NOT DIETING THIS TIME I am NOT I say NOT dieting this time. When you have tried something again and again and it doesn't lead to the result you want it is time to try something else. Therefore I am not dieting. <BR> What am I doing then? Because it does look a lot like the same old thing. And yes I am weighing myself. But only once a week- no scale in the house. I am writing down what I eat. I am not figuring out intake. Just keeping track of the kind of food I am eating so I can pay attention to the cir... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:26:50 EST