LOIS263's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOIS263 LOIS263'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/ Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367224 🎵And I'm feelin'gooood!🎵 Sat, 27 May 2017 09:20:44 EST Water water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366651 I am lucky enough to like drinking water. I know it's a challenge for some. We don't realize how blessed we are to live in America and have access to clean water to drink. Each sip I take is a blessing! Thu, 25 May 2017 21:39:42 EST Release The Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344567 I heard this term that someone is "releasing" their weight, because they don't want to gain any weight back. I love this!! Losing means you might find it again, so release the weight and let it go. 😊. I don't "diet" any longer, I change my eating habits to be healthy. I don't say "I can't have that", I say "I'm choosing not to have that". I'm not perfect & have moments where I'm not on track, yet that doesn't deter me from getting healthy!!! Thu, 6 Apr 2017 08:52:42 EST Health is the focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331627 So many embark on diets to look good, but fail to remember that being healthy is important, not doing a fad diet to lose fast, but feel like crap. Taking things slow and adopting healthy habits are what last a lifetime and increase your life! <BR> Being healthy doesn't care about the number on the scale per se, setbacks are just small glitches, not something to erase all that you have done. <BR> When you put food that is healthy into your mouth, you feel better not only physically but m... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:37:22 EST Another Day :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330191 People ask me how my day is and I say great....I opened my eyes this morning, so it is a great day. Just being able to live and experience another day makes each day a great day!! I am so grateful for my life. Thu, 9 Mar 2017 08:52:13 EST Another Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897236 I just had another birthday this past Thursday!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I have learned to be happy about getting older because like one of the dog food commercials say Getting Older Means You are Living Longer!!! <BR> <BR> In the past I have focused on a number on the scale as a goal, but I just want to be healthy and strong. I use my fitbit and most days during the work week I walk 10,000 steps a day. I am also going to start my strength training again. <em>104</em> <BR> <B... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:12:57 EST Slipped Not Failed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829092 As I get older my body has changed, including my metabolism, which hasn't been that great due to all the unhealthy dieting when younger. I don't "diet" any longer. I just want to be physically healthy and track my body measurements not as a measure of success but just as a way of keeping on track. <BR> <BR> I am going back to decreasing the processed foods that have crept back into my daily eating habits. As for exercise which is the bane of my existence, LOL, I will work it into my lif... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:14:06 EST All or Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123192 It has been a long time since I have had an All or Nothing kind of attitude. <BR> <BR> I learned years ago that a slip up means nothing in the big picture of health. <BR> <BR> I learned not to feel guilty or have those automatic negative thoughts rule me. <BR> <BR> I also learned long ago not to "diet" but change my way of eating and think of it all as a lifestyle, so you can't be upset by the ups and downs of life we all have. <BR> <BR> It isn't an easy road for many to self discove... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 05:19:17 EST Doing So Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099375 I have been eating Vegan for over 3 weeks now. I am doing it to help with my migraines. I am not eating typical processed food, it makes a huge difference!! I am going to be completely Vegan for 6 weeks then eat 90% plant based foods. <BR> I read the book Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman it is very eye opening. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 03:08:01 EST Why I do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054126 The challenge today at Spark Coach is to blog about why I want to be healthy and lose weight in the process. <BR> <BR> For me it is to be around to see my grandson grow and perhaps see more grandchildren and even great grandchildren. <BR> <BR> I want to be a smaller size so I can shop in the "normal" section, not the big women's section of a store. <BR> <BR> And except for being fat I am healthy and have been even at my heaviest (390), but I can't depend on that forever. I had gastr... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:00:26 EST I did it this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020369 I actually did strength training 3 days this week and cardio 6 days.....that is amazing for me. I joined the Spark Coach, it helps with accountability and I find good articles etc. Sunday begins week 2 for me, I can only get better!!! Sat, 18 Aug 2012 08:44:34 EST Adding Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009507 I am a firm believer in the power of gratitude. So when I am tired from work and really don't want to do my workout because my feet, legs and back are sore, I have to remember to give thanks. <BR> <BR> I give thanks that I have a job, even if I do get tired, because so many don't have a job and I give thanks for being able to walk and have sore feet and legs as so many can't even walk. <BR> <BR> There is always time to add gratitude in your day. Even a small thank you to a friend, cowork... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:17:18 EST 5k walk/jog challenge YES BIG PEOPLE WE CAN ALL DO THIS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933923 Ok so today is day 2 first week of the 5k walk/jog challenge. I am a big girl and 52, but still I walked the 4 mins and ran the 1 min a total of 5 times!!!! And us big people know with all our flabs flapping and thighs rubbing, that is not an easy feat!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So I challenge everyone out there to try this challenge even if it the 5k walk, let's show those skinny people what we are capable of!!! Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:25:34 EST joined the spring challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861659 I started the spring challenge on Sunday 4/29. This seems to be one that for once I will actually be able to stay with and am motivated by. <BR> <BR> I've gained back weight since last year....not happy about that. So I have to make changes in my eating and especially exercising!!! <BR> <BR> I want to be at goal by the end of this year! <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 17:15:33 EST SOMETHING FOR MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3009496 I was watching Biggest Loser and saw the Pound for Pound challenge, that you pledge to lose a certain number of pounds by June 30, 2010, up to 50lbs and money is donated to your nearest food bank. What motivation, lose weight and help those who are going hungry everyday. I read a recent statistic in my local paper the San Jose Mercury and they said 1 in 4 people in Santa Clara county are at risk of going hungry everyday!!! I challenge everyone to join, even if it is to lose only one pound!... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 01:56:27 EST almost 9 months out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3000642 Thurs 3/18 I will be 9 months out from surgery. The weight just doesn't come off as easy as before. I am going back to basics, whether I like it or not! This is my life, not a diet and I must succeed! In many of my co workers and family's eyes i have succeeded, but I still have 100lbs to go. It seems the closer I get to being in the 100s the harder it is for the weight to come off. It is frustrating. <BR> <BR> And now it is time to make that frustration work for me and for me to take... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:00:16 EST There is something positive in that comment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2838985 This is for the people who have or had over 100lbs lost or need to lose. When we are losing the weight people are amazed at all the weight we are losing and are trying to be supportive. Then they ask the inevitable question...."How Much Weight Have You Lost?", simple question for most. When I say at least 130lbs in less than a year, the comments come.... <BR> <BR> Wow you've lost one of me!!! <BR> <BR> Wow you didn't seem that big!!! <BR> <BR> Wow how much more do you have to lose, be... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:14:02 EST spreading the spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2829059 My youngest who is 15 went to see a nutritionist to help her get on track with her eating. I then showed her how to track her calories on the Teen Spark. She admitted it was eye opening to her how many calories she eats each day. Since tracking it has helped her be a better label reader and has helped her decide to eat healthier choices. I am proud of her. <BR> <BR> I also tell many people when they lament that they are gaining weight to use Spark People just to track their food and to... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 03:11:56 EST excuses excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2811807 I have been recovering from gallbladder surgery and hadn't been walking the way I should. I'm still not feeling well, but am I just making excuses not to do my fitness walk? It is so easy to fall off the wagon when you haven't been able to for a few weeks. <BR> I know it is good for me, I know it helps me to lose the weight and make my heart even stronger physically! My head knows all of this, but my body just resists right now. I had tried on Monday to start my walking regimen up again... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:30:08 EST CAN YOU EAT THAT??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2809141 Why is it that people feel they need to monitor what you eat??? I mean after my surgery when people asked if I could eat something it was because they were curious, now those same people ask it over and over again...."CAN YOU EAT THAT? ARE YOU ALLOWED TO EAT THAT?". I don't monitor other people's lunches why do people think it is ok? Granted I am not a shy person and nip things in the bud, but I know many of us go through this daily. <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jan 2010 13:22:37 EST Gastric Bypass the easy way out??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2802775 Before I had my RNY gastric bypass on 6/18/09, I used to think having the surgery was "the easy way out". I thought the surgery did it all for you before I began the process. I knew people who had the surgery and felt full after a few bites and didn't have to exercise and lost over 100lbs in six months, while I struggled with eating less and exercising more. It seemed so unfair!!! <BR> <BR> For years I tried to lose weight and change my lifestyle by eating less and exercising, but each t... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 05:54:02 EST Jan 24, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2792033 Had my gallbladder removed a little over 2 weeks ago on 1/8. Still recovering, went back to work last wed., boy was i wiped out this weekend! Eating is ok, but digestion is much quicker...so have to be careful! Haven't been able to exercise much, but I will start up again slowly on Monday, it is like I am starting all over again!!! Oh Well, that's the way life is! <em>334</em> Sun, 24 Jan 2010 23:36:23 EST Jan 14 six month check up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2745956 Went today for my 6 month checkup group. My vitamin D is low and so need to work on that. But part of it is I hate going out in the sun and that doesn't help. I need to take higher supplements for a little while. Oh well, not that big a deal. <BR> As of today, Since Feb. 8 2009 I have lost 125lbs, just 100 lbs to go to be a "normal" weight. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:10:55 EST Jan 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2737950 Wow I looked at my last blog and that was a year ago, in some ways it seems YEARS ago. Since that blog I have lost 122 lbs. From Feb 8 2009 until June 18, 2009 I was on a pre op diet and lost 55 lbs. I had RNY Gastric Bypass on June 18 and have lost 67lbs since then. Even with the surgery it isn't easy to lose. And exercising is still difficult for me, I do it, but get lazy and don't work as hard as I could. <BR> <BR> I just need support and motivation to keep me on the exercise trail... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 02:23:27 EST A New Year 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1639188 I've written and spoken about wanting to lose weight, I do fine for a while and then get right back where I started. I don't make New Year's resolutions, but this year I am going to make losing 50lbs or more a resolution. I have to do this or I will get the lap band surgery. <BR> Another resolution….a hard one! One diet soda a day, NO MORE! They are my vice, I enjoy them so much, but I’m sure they are adding to my weight issues. <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 12:27:59 EST Did I Really Fall That Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1227124 Life has a way of getting in the way of trying to lose weight. Stress, family obligations etc., are not excuses, but seem to derail me at times. I gained more weight...I was losing but fell back into being lazy and not eating right. <BR> <BR> I know all the right things to do, ask me and I can tell you about every diet, how many calories are in things, but just haven't had the motivation. Well I'm starting again....all over again for the millionth time, but each time could be the one! Sat, 24 May 2008 13:40:44 EST 3/22/08 sooooooooooo busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1090244 Wow things have been so busy for me, work, my dad being in and out of the hospital, just life in general. <BR> <BR> This past wed. I turned 48 yrs old. I really have to be healthier with me being even older. I am blessed by the fact I don't have health issues related to weight, but I can't count on that as the years pass. <BR> <BR> By next year I want to be at least 100 lbs lighter! I've got to be good about exercising this year, that is my biggest hurdle!!! Sat, 22 Mar 2008 13:23:36 EST 2/6/08 off to a bad start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=989318 So the last 2 days have been difficult as my dad was in the hospital for dehydration, nothing too serious, but I spent more time at the hospital than home and haven't slept well. Did well with my eating, resisted temptation of getting fast food for dinner, so not all is lost. Hope that he will be home tonight so that i can get back into the routine. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 06:05:05 EST 2/3/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=982416 I always think of Monday as the beginning of a new week. A time to start new goals or restart healthy eating, whatever it is, each week is a new week, filled with new beginnings! It is also a time of ending things that are not healthy as well, but I tend to put a more positive spin, that I am replacing the unhealthy wih the healthy!! Sun, 3 Feb 2008 16:20:46 EST 2/2/08 Giving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=979304 They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.- Hindu Proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> My family taught me to be a giving person, not a wimp, but to truly give from the heart. Just by doing little things for people I feel like I am paying it forward. It makes me and whoever is recieving the favor a good feeling. Anf if you feel good you pass it on and things just get better and better. Sat, 2 Feb 2008 06:33:29 EST 2/1/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=977466 My goal for next week is to exercise at least 3 days for 30 minutes . Exercise is my weakness, but I know I can do this. Fri, 1 Feb 2008 11:12:30 EST 1/31/08 Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=975112 Really stressful day already this morning. Trying to mentally relax and not get too grouchy! ;^) Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:36:03 EST 1/29/08 Are you setting the pace for your health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=969442 This is the hardest thing for me. Exercise used to not be so difficult, but after a back injury, even walking is a chore. Also I wasn't an athletic person in school, but could dance for hours, so that is what I do when I am motivated. <BR> <BR> Motivation, that's what is hard. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:48:26 EST 1/28/08 follow or lead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=967822 The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.- Stendhal, 19th century French writer <BR> <BR> Wow isn't this true for so many things, religion, politics and even weight loss. I can't even remember all of the get slim fast diets and products I have bought, used and been disappointed with. Thinking back now, at least I didn't make dieting a big thing so that my kids have a healthy relationship with food. Mon, 28 Jan 2008 22:01:00 EST 1/27/08 Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=962643 So the email quote of the day is: If at first you don't succeed, you're running about average. - Unknown <BR> <BR> I have to say I have been blessed that my family taught me perseverance and resilience. In 1999 I had a bad back injury at work, I was told I would never be able to go back to the work that I did, even if I wanted to. Sometimes I felt down and sad, but then I would think of other alternatives, just in case I really couldn't go back. Yet I kept going and I was able to return... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 08:32:54 EST 1/26/08 first anniversary of my mom's death http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=960360 Today is a tough one for me, this whole year has really sucked in many ways. Things have happened that I know would have been made easier had my mom been alive, she had a way of making things ok, even during really bad times. my mom was far from perfect, but at the same time she was funny, grouchy, caring, loving and could curse like crazy!!! <BR> <BR> I do my best to help like she did, but don't have the magic that she had. And I can't quite curse like her!! :) Sat, 26 Jan 2008 07:39:00 EST 1/25/08 FRIENDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=958316 "Friends, how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on." lyrics from Whodini's rap <BR> <BR> email of the day subject was regarding friends. The lyrics from this rap are so true, how many of us have true friends? We call people our friends, even when they are truly just acquaintances. We have online friends, email friends, work friends etc.... <BR> <BR> Friends come in all different kinds and I think many times online friends learn more about us because it isn't a face to fac... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 11:33:03 EST 1/24/08 HAPPINESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=955140 So one of the emails sent to me today from Spark was regarding Happiness. The whole I can be happy when I.....for many of us on this website it is my happiness can happen when I lose or I am a certain weight. <BR> <BR> When I was young in very early twenties I had that mindset, as time went on I realized fat or thin, ugly or beautiful on the outside doesn't really matter when it comes to happiness. It is all about the person you are. Sure we all have our bad days and aren't "happy, happ... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 11:27:16 EST 1/23/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=951670 OUCH..... ok so I knew it would be bad, but I gained 4 lbs!!!!! I will have to be really good the rest of this week. Not going to beat myself up, just didn't want it to be so bad. Oh well, time to really get things moving! Wed, 23 Jan 2008 10:46:12 EST 1/22/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=948516 Not looking forward to this week. Saturday will be the 1yr anniversary of my mother's death and notice I am not as positive this week. I will get over it, but it is going to take time. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 11:26:05 EST 1/20/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=943892 HORRIBLE MIGRAINE!! It is hard for me to stay on track when I feel so lousy. Didn't do much today. Oh well tomorrow is another day! Sun, 20 Jan 2008 22:55:53 EST Did It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=939959 First thanks CDNRAE, good advice and I do break it down....just have a hard time doing sometimes! :^) <BR> <BR> So a co worker and I started talking about Ben and Jerry's ice cream, went to the website and noticed some really great new flavors. I had to do some shopping and found the flavors I thought looked good, so bought them. The good thing is, I only spooned out 2 tablespoons of each of the 3 flavors to taste them and put the rest back in the freezer. Normally I might have eaten at ... Sat, 19 Jan 2008 11:04:42 EST 1/18/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=936761 With so much weight to lose, I just wonder if it will ever come off. Been here so many times. I motivate myself mentally, but sometimes the execution is what fails. Fri, 18 Jan 2008 04:43:34 EST here we go again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=935247 On this journey again....it is important to me to lose the weight, not for looks etc., but for my health. I don't have many of the health issues that usually go with being obese, but I can't count on that forever. <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Jan 2008 15:55:35 EST