LUNARAEVNWILDER's SparkPeople Blog LUNARAEVNWILDER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just a Peek-a-Boo Hi there, <BR> I've been gone, lost, away, distracted, slipping, searching, etc. Here I am today. <BR> <BR> After May's medical event and June's convention and July's depression, I decided to peek in here. Really do want to get back on the ball. <BR> <BR> I've gained back to 206 again. I've not been doing the minimum 10 min fitness either. <BR> <BR> I say "peek-a-boo" because I know I'll be gone again in a few more days. When I get back I want to sign in daily. Track daily. Comment alm... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:27:51 EST Half way thru May We're half way thru May. How's it all going? <BR> <BR> Well, Still working my way through 5 books. "Mood Cure", "Diet Cure", "Life is Hard, Food is Easy", " 100 Days of Weight Loss", and "Coach Yourself Thin". They've all been very helpful. <BR> <BR> My sister joined Weight Watchers and had her first weigh-in yesterday. I went to the meeting with her as a guest. She was down 3 pounds. I enjoyed the meeting as we discussed the challenges of navigating the grocery store and what strategies me... Thu, 17 May 2012 14:15:57 EST "SoOoh Good Lookin, Whatcha got cookin?" I made one recipe from the Cookbook and two others from the online data base. <BR> <BR> From the book: Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken. <BR> I've had my book about 3 months now and kept putting that one off since its THE FAVORITE of favorites it seems. (I have this thing where I like to be different..go, we'll figure it out later. Come back.) It just completed its 6 hour cook time and Chicken shredded perfectly. Smells wonderful. I did not put in the sour cream though. Instead I dry ... Wed, 2 May 2012 19:00:27 EST The Incredible Journey I watched a movie yesterday: The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant. This is NOT a review of that movie. Just a musing concerning one of the lines. <BR> <BR> There is about to be a mutiny of sorts between Mary Bryant and the other handful of escaped convicts. Mary and her husband sleep the night in the cutter while the others are tented on the coastline during a storm. These men are discussing fears they have about leaving land to cross the open waters in search of Timor, where they'll find a... Tue, 1 May 2012 20:26:04 EST Today I "put awareness jogs in place." "I'm not what you're looking for." <BR> <BR> "final answer?" <BR> <BR> "yellow submarine" <BR> <BR> Those are a few post-its put in those few places where I know I shouldn't venture. For instance, several months ago I organized the food pantry and the cookware cupboards. The baking supplies all ended up in a box that I strategically placed in the back of a deep cupboard behind all the mixing bowls and seldom used heavier cooking pots. Boxes of "glorified candy bars" (energy bars), processe... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:19:59 EST Springing Into Shape ...I'm just not sure what kind of shape? <BR> <BR> Hopefully I'm not taking on more than I'm ready for. The last challenge I signed up for was the 10 min. Daily Exercise Streak Challenge. And for me that was indeed a challenge. I really benefited though. I don't think I would have stuck with it faithfully like I did though without joining the challenge. <BR> <BR> I debated on whether to repeat the 10 min streak or to take on springing into shape. I looked at my track record for the streak ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:50:19 EST Today I "will take small steps". I am going to practice taking small steps each day instead of lots of leaps and sacrifices in hopes of reaching my goals in unrealistic time frames. Rather than over-whelm myself with the amount of work between where I am and where I want to be I'm going to live thru the journey- not squash it. <BR> <BR> Reading in my book I came across this gem of enlightenment: "Whenever we initiate a change, even a positive one, we activate fear in our emotional brain. If the fear is big enough, the figh... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 13:52:08 EST This Year I Will....Today I "..." Regarding the book: This Year I Will... <BR> <BR> In an effort to see myself actually accomplish my goals ( I have two that are important to me this year as well as other longer term goals) I'm reading a book titled: THIS YEAR I M. J. Ryan. I've never read a self-help book on staying motivated before. Plenty of "diet" ones but not one addressing sticking-to-it- or any other personal goal or change one may desire to make. <BR> <BR> My future blogs titled "Today I "..." will be abo... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 17:59:18 EST A new approach. So I took off for a bit. Had a couple weeks in March that were busy and some things in my routine had to go. Sparking went, and that had a domino type affect on other things. But now we're beyond half of April. So what happened? What took me so long to get back here? How long will it take me to get all my pieces back in order? Why did a detour turn into a train wreck? (Gained the 5 I lost all back. Inches and everything.) <BR> <BR> I'm going to set that self-sabotaging thought process aside.... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:33:54 EST Does anyone know a way out? Not sure why I'm blogging this. I guess more for myself than anything. I really worked hard to lose those first 5 pounds. I was glad that I did not give up in my efforts even though the weight-loss was ever so slow. But now in the past week I've gained it all back. Took nearly two months just to lose them 5 stubborn pounds and about 9 days or so to see it all come back. <BR> <BR> Its a scary feeling, or feelings. Can't quite give them a name. Desperate? Disappointed? Discouraged? Confused? ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:44:24 EST Got Your Smile On? Bleh. <BR> <BR> I've been slacking lately (past 3 days). Of course it didn't start out intentional. Had a day that interrupted my somewhat routine and seems like since then I've only been half-hearted. Half hearts only get half the results as I'm finding out. <BR> <BR> So today I am resolved to put my whole heart back into the actions necessary to improve my health. <BR> <BR> One thing I've noticed is that if I put a smile on my face while working out my energy picks up. No kidding. I'll... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 11:50:15 EST 5 down about 35 more to least Been active on Spark since middle of Jan. I'm now down 5 pounds. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It has been slow. I have been honest in my efforts. Not perfect but honest. Tracking everything, including snickers candy bars. Tracking has helped me to be more aware of accountability. I may eat things I don't necessarily want to see on my tracker but whatever I eat is being recorded into my why not put it on the tracker. Looking at my tracker and reports has really helped me to make adjust... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 00:08:26 EST What to do: Hmmm, this maybe will be my first blog rant..... <BR> <BR> I love my sister (twin) and we currently share a home. I have had several health complications during the past year and really need to watch what I eat in order to have "good" days. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. What I eat does affect the degree of pain I am in and my range of motion. So, I have been trying very hard to eat well and devote some time to exercise. <BR> <BR> I have not been able to work for over a year ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:16:26 EST This n that this week. 2-23 I was getting ready to make a blog when I decided to read my last one. I noticed I started with "In 3 more days it will have been 2 months since I became active on SparkPeople." Um. I'm sure I learned how to count and read calendars in grade school. However, I would have received a failing grade on that blog. Feb. 19th is my One month reactivation. So it's now been just over a month. <BR> <BR> Friday is the day I have been updating my weight loss ticker. But last week I was disappointed and ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:38:20 EST See Ya In the Next Mile In 3 more days it will have been 2 months since I became active on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I've been tracking everything. <BR> I've just completed my first challenge: 10 min. Cardio Everyday. I had days where I did more than that. So in all I averaged 15 min. daily. <BR> I got involved in a few projects. That's an indication that even my "depression" is receding. <BR> In all I feel good about my efforts and want to continue. <BR> <BR> What I'm finding the hardest to deal with presently..... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:59:44 EST SP Cookbook: Grilled Shrimp with Jicama Salad I'm not sure why I even attempted to make this. Not a real fan of jicama let alone the odd mix of shrimp with grapefruit. <BR> <BR> But the verdict is in: A very winning salad!! <BR> <BR> Compliments were: <BR> "I had no idea it would be this good." <BR> "You've got to make this again." <BR> "We'll have to keep the house stalked with grapefruit and shrimp now." <BR> "I love the contrasting textures of the jicama with the grapefruit and shrimp." <BR> "That marinade is fantastic! What's in i... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:18:59 EST W"hooping" it up! What a weekend! My sister and I went shopping yesterday for our hula-hoop making adventure. Supplies were simple to find. <BR> <BR> 1. 3/4" PVC irrigation tubing @ 160 psi. (100 psi was available but most DIY videos recommended 160 psi for beginning hoopers. I went with a whole roll of 100' knowing that I might mess a few up or might make some for friends who want to join in on the hula-hooping experience. One roll of 160 psi cost us $32.47 here in the Pacific NW. Did I save by going DIY? ... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:04:46 EST Say "Goodbye" to Fear & Shame STRONG, CONFIDENT, HEALTHY. Sometimes we don't think that is what we are. We think that is what we will become only after the weight is off. Truth is that is what you can be everyday. You don't have to wait. <BR> <BR> Fear and Shame are very powerful. I guess they have their place but they get carried away at times. Stepping in where they don't belong. Saying things that are not true. They like to make things look bigger than they are. Like the monster under the bed when you were little. The... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:05:41 EST Make Music Everyday I just read an article about my favorite musician, David Garrett. (Google him or look him up on YouTube.) <BR> <BR> He was quoted as saying: "Music making is objectively listening to yourself, finding the mistakes and leaving them out." He of course was referring to the fact that although he is considered the "fastest violinist", a "master of his art" and has played since he was 4 years old, he still practices and learns everyday. He says, ""If you stop learning, you get worse. It's importa... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:02:36 EST I almost didn't do it...almost. Not exactly a busy day. Just allowed myself to be sidetracked from my goals...almost. <BR> <BR> I was good at tracking nutrition but kept procrastinating on the fitness aspect. I joined the 10 min cardio per day for 4 weeks challenge. Been faithful all week until today..almost. By evening I still had not done my Cardio or ST. <BR> <BR> Then I was invited to a movie with my sister. I went. It was late when I got home. Wanted to just go to bed. Almost did just go to bed. Almost. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 02:16:49 EST Color Slate Good So my status today was : LunaRaevnWilder is looking at the blank slate....hoping to fill it with good things. <BR> <BR> How'd I do? <BR> <BR> I took in some sun this morning. Got outdoors for a bit between hail and rain. But there was some sun and I snagged me some. <BR> <BR> Then I made my sister and I a wonderful breakfast of "Alan's Eggs in a Nest" from the Sexy Forever Recipe Bible. It was a pleasant surprise for my sister. She works hard and deserved it. <BR> <BR> Later I called my m... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:32:07 EST How do you know? Who can you trust? What can you do? This blog starts out with a list of titles I have read and am reading over the past 12 months in a quest to find....what? answer to something....I just don't know what anymore. <BR> <BR> Detox Diets for Dummies <BR> Killing Cancer- Not People <BR> Oil - Protein Diet <BR> Irritable Bowel Syndrome- A Self-Help Plan <BR> The Specific Carbohydrate Diet <BR> The 17 Day Diet <BR> Dukan Diet <BR> The Ultimate Ph Balance Solution <BR> How to Eat Away Arthritis <BR> The Complete Idiot's Guide ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:19:08 EST What I've noticed: It's been a long year. Don't want to bore readers with too many details but in short life changed drastically for me starting Dec. 24th 2010. There have been a lot of adjustments to make. A lot of tears shed. A lot of learning what my new physical limitations are. And realizing what I'm really made of. <BR> <BR> For a while it was quite know I was not made of as tough a stuff as I thought I was. That was a real crusher. <BR> <BR> So, many months, drugs, counseling, su... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:22:00 EST