LUVLYLORELEI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LUVLYLORELEI LUVLYLORELEI'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/ Working towards a milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751246 I'm just 2.4 pounds away from losing 40 pounds off my highest weight. Thought I'd get it this week, but I guess it will be next week since I stayed the same weight this time around. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to next week's weigh in! <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:21:26 EST The fat is melting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712508 Hi all! <BR> <BR> Guess what? <BR> <BR> It's been an amazing past few weeks! I'm down 30 pounds total, a little over 26 of that was done just in the last 5 weeks! <BR> <BR> Feeling good! <BR> <BR> This week has it's challenges though. ... <BR> <BR> A graduation party with pizza, etc. ... <BR> <BR> An upcoming family outing. ... <BR> <BR> Oh the food. <BR> <BR> I've tracked it the best I can, at least as much as I can based on best guesses about calories. <BR> <BR> I guess it's all I ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:43:35 EST Doing fabulously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693040 Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm glad to report the good news. I finally got my groove back and am doing fabulously. At my weigh in last Thursday, I lost 11.1 pounds in one week. I thought my jaw was going to hit the floor! <BR> <BR> I'm aiming to lose another 5.5 pounds if I can this week so I can finally say that I am out of the 400s! <BR> <BR> It's just a few days away, so I can hardly wait to see how I've done! <BR> <BR> Today I became the leader of a SparkTeam, TOPS Challengers. I'm trying to ... Mon, 12 May 2014 03:48:04 EST Doing better despite the recent numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688523 It's been a rough month or so and just as my weight was going down, it popped back up again. But fortunately, that's not the end of the story, I've gotten back on track. <BR> <BR> I haven't quite implemented everything quite like I last blogged, but I think that's okay because I accomplished the ends, even if the means weren't precise. <BR> <BR> I've been eating well over this past week and although I've missed today's swimming workout, I'm still wearing my pedometer trying to make the most... Mon, 5 May 2014 23:44:12 EST Breaking through the barriers, setting myself up to meet goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676116 It's time to re-evaluate. I've been stuck lately. The numbers show it and I can't deny it either. <BR> <BR> What's been wrong? <BR> <BR> Well, I have been blogging about already, but in the plainest way I can put it, these are my issues: <BR> <BR> 1.) I stay up to late. <BR> 2.) I get too little sleep. <BR> 3.) I mismanage my time. <BR> 4.) I'm rarely home. <BR> 5.) When I'm home, I'm too tired to cook or clean. <BR> 6.) I stay too long at work and miss my workouts. <BR> 7.) I don't have t... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:04:26 EST Ideas needed: What works for you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675425 When time is too scarce to cook and the refrigerator looks like the land of expired food, and days off are not close, what kind of food does should one buy to get by? <BR> <BR> I need my food easy, my dishes paper or plastic -- at least in the immediate when time and energy to cook and do dishes is in low supply. <BR> <BR> I've eaten too much sodium lately, so I should steer clear of eating too much sodium this week. <BR> <BR> Maybe I should buy some pre-chopped watermelon to start, but t... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:03:50 EST Back in the same cycle again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670191 I stay up late, then I go to bed after sun up. I get a little sleep. Then I have to get up a shortly later, and wonder why being so tired I keep staying up so late every night. <BR> <BR> Ugh. Last week, I not only did this, I stressed to the point that my stomach was in knots. <BR> <BR> I missed swimming and all other exercise that week too, except for what I consider Day 1 of the weight loss week -- that's Thursday for me. <BR> <BR> This week I'm determined to stop this cycle because it ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:17:57 EST Update: I busted my butt and gained two pounds -- that scale better run away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664762 Ugh. I'm up two pounds. Seriously? I worked hard. Not amused. <BR> <BR> Still, I got back in the pool and will keep doing so. I'm trying to perfect my freestyle stroke which is frankly probably a disaster in terms of proper swimming techniques. <BR> <BR> I'd like to find a way to learn proper technique, but swim classes are often for children. <BR> <BR> YouTube has taken me only so far, so now I know what is wrong, but not necessarily how to correct it. Maybe more YouTube time is necessa... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 03:31:09 EST Busting my butt: Must lose at least 200 pounds to qualify for prosthetic knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662278 I know I haven't been around much lately. I don't know if very many people have noticed that, but in any case, for those that have, and for those that care, I've not given up the fight, quite the contrary. I've kicked up my fight to lose weight so much that I'm too tired to do anything else. <BR> <BR> Hence my noticeable absence. <BR> <BR> I'm busting my butt lately for a reason. I not only have to lose weight, I have to lost half of my weight as quickly as possible to qualify for surgery. ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 03:03:06 EST Being unstoppable: Not letting a knee injury keep me down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619114 After injuring an already bad knee, I'm determined to keep going. <BR> <BR> Osteoarthritis has done its damage. <BR> <BR> Then, last weekend, I did it. I injured myself. <BR> <BR> My knee has been fussy lately anyway. <BR> <BR> Knees locking up, bone on bone, and osteophytes tangling with a whole mess of knee matter, a.k.a. ligaments, trust me, it's no fun. <BR> <BR> I yell more than I ought. Yelping, yelling, whatever. <BR> <BR> I could give up. It would be so easy to just sit th... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:28:18 EST Loving great ideas: A new way to get my freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606729 Almost every time I shop, without fail, I make my way through the produce section making selections that I have so many good intentions on using, one way or another. Yet so often, those same freggies I've selected find themselves rotting away in my fridge while good intentions fade away into nothingness. <BR> <BR> A cucumber turns to slime, a banana turns black both in and out, lettuce turns into a mass of grossness I'll never find the courage to eat. <BR> <BR> It frustrates me as I know I'... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:31:56 EST Polar vortex freezes butt off: Total loss for week: 6.1 pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604875 If there's been anything I've been doing this winter besides freezing my butt off, it's been complaining about this winter's polar vortex. <BR> Arctic temperatures, freezing air, whatever you choose to call it, it makes me want to scream, "I hate cold!" <BR> It brings with it a certain amount of suffering, that freezing nonsense, and I've had enough. <BR> But I hate to admit it, as much as I want to send all that cold back to where it came from, I did get at least one benefit from it this pas... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:00:20 EST Finding a rhythm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590826 One of my biggest weight-loss journey challenges I'm motivated to overcome is a lack of rhythm to my week. <BR> <BR> What's rhythm got to do with it? <BR> <BR> Everything. <BR> <BR> If I'm one step behind on everything I do, then I don't do so well, but if I'm right on, the pounds melt away. <BR> <BR> It's hard to keep rhythm I need when I can barely walk without wincing, but I'm sure if I outsmart my knees, my hips and other cranky joints, then maybe I can do what I need to do to stay on... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:47:25 EST Poll time! What's your biggest motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586048 Some sources of motivation for any goal can come and go at a drop of the hat, but the best motivation for any goal is the kind that sticks around for the long haul. <BR> <BR> So what's your biggest motivation? <BR> <BR> My motivation is knowing that if I got my health in order, there's a whole lot of good things that I could do I can't currently do now in my condition, thereby adding a source of happiness to my life, and hopefully a bright spot in the world for others. As heavy as I am, ov... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:33:51 EST Easy peasy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583803 That's how I want it to start out, easy peasy, at least when it comes to getting my food around for the day. <BR> <BR> Barely able to stand and walk, I'm finding convenience is a necessity, only convenience doesn't have to mean going through a drive though. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out what that means for me though. <BR> <BR> I'm considering prepackaged diet foods, but they are so expensive and not in line with the calories I need on a day-to-day basis - at least not the plan I just ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 02:02:13 EST Getting poised for a successful new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575169 Just a couple days away and I, like many others I'm sure, get a another chance at a successful weight-loss year. <BR> <BR> In 2013, I lost 57 pounds only to gain over 90 pounds back. <BR> <BR> Boomerang pounds, I hate them. <BR> <BR> But in a couple of days, I get a new start. <BR> <BR> That's not to say I haven't "started" already, but for the sake of measuring weight loss over the course of the year, I'm counting it as a new chapter, so to speak. It gives me a chance to forget my goo... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:09:14 EST Say cheese! Food addiction poll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566887 1.) Do you think it's possible to be addicted to cheese? <BR> <BR> - Yes, but I'm not addicted to cheese. <BR> - Yes, and I've actually overcome it. <BR> - No, cheese isn't addictive. <BR> - Maybe, I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> Thanks for taking my poll! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Note: This poll is just for fun, although the writer may want tips and tricks to overcome a cheese addiction if you just happen to have some. ... <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:16:48 EST Fighting for the me I'm supposed to be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566175 I began this journey at 382.2 pounds in Nov. 23, 2011. I thought then my weight had reached it’s highest point and that never again would I weigh so much. I was wrong. Inspiration to lose the weight had taken me like a whirlwind after a loved one was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. <BR> <BR> I wanted to walk in a Relay for Life as an expression of gratitude for the care given to my loved one during treatment. Unfortunately, the realization hit me that this one thing I felt was my dut... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 02:27:00 EST Diet saved by a split skirt and thwarted by a snowstorm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565267 It's kind of funny how circumstances can totally step in and change both the best and worst laid plans out there. <BR> <BR> For me, that was a reality this week, on both ends, a split skirt and a snowstorm. <BR> <BR> <BR> The split skirt <BR> <BR> <BR> As usual, I've been quite busy, so once again, the necessary activities of life take a back burner. <BR> <BR> This week I ran out of pretty much all of my planned foods tracked here on SparkPeople that I was eating the week before, so it ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:25:01 EST Feeling the calorie burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560929 It's funny how easy it is to forget just how awesome a calorie burn one can get while at the pool. <BR> <BR> I went today for my aquatherapy, and spent a little extra time beyond that as well, and boy, I can tell you I am totally bushed. <BR> <BR> It's weird because I notice that I feel totally fine while in the pool. I couldn't tell you at what point I've gotten tired while in the water. <BR> <BR> But the moment I step out of the pool, reality sets in. <BR> <BR> It's like "Woe! Where's m... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:58:25 EST Doing it different this time: Maximum preparation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559478 I fell off the wagon this year, but I'm getting back up again. <BR> <BR> Part of me wishes everything continued to go smoothly in my last attempt to lose all of my excess weight, which there is a lot of that, but another part of me is glad that I had to opportunity to learn from both my successes and failures from my latest weight-loss attempt. <BR> <BR> Actually, over the past 15 or so months, I've lost 57 pounds and gained back about 87 pounds. Yikes! I not only fell off the wagon, I let... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 00:53:50 EST Starting again: Startled by tracker changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558776 I'm starting my weight-loss journey all over again and I need a little help. <BR> <BR> I've noticed that since I stopped signing in to SparkPeople, sometime in the past year, that there have been changes to the website. <BR> <BR> Anyway, if finding things on the site were my issue, it would be a small one I could figure out myself, but I think I've stumbled upon something new that I'm not sure what to make of it, or whether or not I even can bring myself to accept it. <BR> <BR> The food t... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 00:43:03 EST Deprivation mode rears its ugly head. Have you been there? I need help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421308 My journey got its start here on SparkPeople last September and I did really well. The pounds seemingly just melted away. Not all of them of course, but about the first 50 pounds or so. Actually, the last week before things fell apart, I had lost 58 pounds. <BR> <BR> That's when it happened. Deprivation reared it's ugly head. <BR> <BR> I haven't been the same since. I do still eat some of the healthier food items that I used to, but the measuring cups have spent a lot more time in my cupboa... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 01:03:05 EST A taste of Estonia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360488 Well, it’s begun. My Tour de Goulash (or stew) has kicked off with a nice pot of Estonian Cabbage and Mince Stew. <BR> <BR> I’ve never had Estonian food before today, but I have to say that I like it. <BR> <BR> First, it was easy to make and didn’t take too much time. <BR> <BR> Second, it’s healthy. <BR> <BR> Third, it smells really good. <BR> <BR> Fourth, it’s really filling. <BR> <BR> Fifth, it tastes pretty good too. <BR> <BR> Now, I will say that it doesn’t exactly taste as good as... Sat, 18 May 2013 19:47:44 EST Tour de Goulash – Getting healthy while eating my way around the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354658 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1538085660.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I recently started a project of trying to plan as many days worth of meals as I could and storing them up so that I could track them one by one, week by week as needed, saving me time as each week approaches. <BR> <BR> The thing is, this project I have discovered, seems to take a lot of time investment up front and I’m not sure how I’ll be able to get it all done. <BR> <BR> I have to figure a recipe’s calories, ... Mon, 13 May 2013 02:22:36 EST Food and focus vs. my waistline: Is there a cure to a short attention span? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353606 If there’s one issue I’ve discovered that has come up over and over again as a challenge to my weight loss, it’s a short attention span. One minute I am doing well, but the next … <BR> <BR> “Oooo! There’s something shiny!” <BR> <BR> A few minutes later … <BR> <BR> “Uh … what was I doing a moment ago?” <BR> <BR> I scratch my head and think, “Who knows. If it was important, I’d remember.” <BR> <BR> And most of my life, that’s what my weight-loss efforts have been like. <BR> <BR> For the ... Sun, 12 May 2013 00:03:23 EST You gonna order that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352704 Ah, it's amazing to see how people react to overweight people sometimes, especially in a restaurant. <BR> <BR> Standing in line to get my take-out food recently, I noticed two teeny-weeny teeny boppers throwing a shocked look in my direction. <BR> <BR> Next to them, I felt like a beached whale and wanted to disappear. <BR> <BR> I placed my order with them looking at me, or so it seemed. <BR> <BR> While this is going on, I imagined they might be thinking, "you gonna order that?" when I or... Sat, 11 May 2013 00:53:40 EST One hungry chickadee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1102983088.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hunger's a funny thing. Sometimes it smells like bacon and sometimes it smells like melting cheese. And for me, often times, it's coming off of someone else's food and tantalizing me when I should not eat. <BR> <BR> Hunger. Sometimes you can control it, and sometimes you can't. Sometimes it defies reasoning, and sometimes it's quite logical. <BR> <BR> For me it's a mix of a little bit of everything, and sometime... Tue, 7 May 2013 01:58:56 EST Pushing to do what once came easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344963 The first chapter of my weight loss journey here on Spark seemed to come so easy. I put at least 1,000 percent effort into it if not more, or so it seems and the weight melted off. <BR> <BR> Then came chapter 2 - a bumpy ride. <BR> <BR> Well frankly, I can't end chapter 2 until I resolve my whole bumpy-ride situation, and that's what I've been doing, little by little. <BR> <BR> Tonight I got back into tracking my food for the week. I've been planning my meals and portioning them over the p... Sat, 4 May 2013 01:35:50 EST I’ve been tricked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340147 Yikes! I watched recently a DVRed episode of the Dr. Oz show and learned something that I’ll never forget, and frankly something that’s going to change my meal planning from here on out. <BR> <BR> What’s that you might ask? <BR> <BR> Well, frankly, that a container of yogurt has more sugar in it than 8 ounces of regular soda, and here I thought it was healthy. <BR> <BR> I could barely believe my ears, so I checked it out for myself. <BR> <BR> Yes, 8 ounces of regular Coca-Cola has 27 gra... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:21:49 EST ¡Ay frijoles! Beans, beans, beans … http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338486 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926822328.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If there’s any week that has taught me a lesson in the art of meal planning, it’s this one. <BR> <BR> Inadvertently, I thinking that it would be a great idea to have soup and a sandwich for lunch and black beans and rice for dinner, I proceeded to do some grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> Well, being the not-so-very-domestically-inclined person that I am, I opted to buy a soup mix rather than making it from scratch, a... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:54:49 EST Ready to get active in the great outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336925 Ah, it's that time of year again, the temperatures are warming up and it's perfect weather to begin trekking outdoors a bit. <BR> <BR> But for me, that doesn't always come natural. Sometimes I have to make a plan to get my tushy outside. I don't know what it is, but it's so easy to stay inside sometimes. <BR> <BR> But there is so much beauty outdoors and so much fresh air, I might as well enjoy it while it's there. <BR> <BR> I expect come summertime, I'll be wanting to stick near my air co... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:10:00 EST Getting back in the groove and stuff like that ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333620 The past couple days I’ve been working hard at getting my weight-loss groove back and well I’m not sure how it’s working because I’ve been stubbornly avoiding the scale. <BR> <BR> I figure once a week weigh-ins at TOPS are good enough for me, and the anxiety of watching it go up and down throughout the week is something I can do without. <BR> <BR> I’ve cooked up some meals and portioned them all out in advance – all except the soup I made today for lunches – because I’m running short on co... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:46:50 EST It’s been a bumpy ride … http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330003 Ah, the first 50 pounds were almost a breeze, and then came the bumps in the road. <BR> <BR> On some levels, I’m not sure what happened, but in other ways, it’s not much of a mystery. <BR> <BR> I was probably due for my first rough patch anyway, since it’s hard to think that I could possibly go about reaching my big goal of losing a total of 232 pounds without at least a few bumps in the road. <BR> <BR> It’s a lot of weight to lose. My body at one point went into some crazy deprivation mo... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:25:38 EST All tripped up: Ouch my head hurts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271908 Just when I’m starting to get back in the swing of things, I have to go and fall right on my head. Ouch. <BR> <BR> Okay, it wasn’t really that bad of a fall, I caught my foot on a phone wire while looking out a window and when I went to walk away, boom, I’m flat on my back on the floor. <BR> <BR> The strange thing is that somehow I ended up facing the opposite direction as I was walking, so I can only imagine I did some quick little maneuver to avoid falling straight forward and landing on ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:58:57 EST Sometime's life is full of monkey wrenches ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269244 Ah. It's been a couple of weeks now since I've blogged last. Obviously, my journey is not done yet, but I've had to hit the pause button on the intensity lately because life is full of monkey wrenches sometimes. <BR> <BR> The interesting thing is that when a person focuses on changing one area of their life, often the other areas of life follow right behind. <BR> <BR> That's happened for me, and continues to happen. But sometimes, it's a bit much to keep on top of it all. <BR> <BR> When I ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 01:16:45 EST Turning back time … http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253239 BLOGGER'S NOTE: Here's the story of my successes so far on SparkPeople. Over time I've shared my story in bits and pieces through my blog, but today decided to update my SparkPage, putting the story all together and here's what I got: <BR> <BR> My story is a story about time and a waistline getting away from me, and me finally doing something about it. With each pound lost, I’m turning back the clock. <BR> <BR> I was my highest weight of 382.2 pounds on Nov. 23, 2011, when I weighed in for ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 03:35:45 EST Adios, high capacity scale! May we never see each other again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251934 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l140639965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was a good day for me. One day after my TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in, my bathroom scale has me weighing in even lighter than it did yesterday and I was able to pull out my old, neglected normal capacity scale out for it’s first use in several years! <BR> <BR> My latest weight loss occurred today, one day after my small weight loss shown at TOPS that put me slightly past my 50-pounds lost goal, ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:07:58 EST The road to self acceptance and how I got there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246848 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760348352.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ve spent almost an entire lifetime as my own worst critic, and it’s a hard habit to drop; but of all bad habits I’ve ever had, this is probably one of the best of the worst habits to do without. <BR> <BR> And that’s just what I’ve done. <BR> <BR> It’s not to say that I don’t get a little frustrated with myself every now and again, but I’m not the same person that I was a couple years ago, or even a year ago. <B... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:31:23 EST Focusing on the journey, not the destination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742962322.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The other day I was thinking about my almost 50 pound loss, shy of two-tenths of a pound and I found myself falling into a bit of a trap. I found myself thinking about how I will have to do this over, and over, and over again, to reach my goal and then some. <BR> <BR> It’s hard when a person has so much weight to lose. The destination seems so far off. <BR> <BR> But don’t worry, I’m not discouraged, even if some... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 21:03:20 EST Mission accomplished: Trading short-term goals for medium-term goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244501 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l494730957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With this week’s weight loss, I’ve finally put an end to my short-term goals and am ready to move on to accomplishing my medium-term goals. <BR> <BR> It’s another encouraging sign of success and I’m glad I took the time to make them a while back. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l248512216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1525671452.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:18:02 EST Well, I almost did it … http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243363 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1593114265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just two-tenths of a pound away from my goal of 50 pounds lost. I thought for sure I would make my goal this week. <BR> <BR> Close, but not quite. <BR> <BR> I needed to lose 2.4 pounds to meet my goal and according to the TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) weigh-in this week, I took off only 2.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> I swear that scale is mocking me. <BR> <BR> My bathroom scale said I lost 4.4 pounds this week. Sig... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 22:11:00 EST Magic mirror: Have I lost some weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238141 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1843723917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When will I be able to look in the mirror and notice a major change in my appearance as a result of the weight I’ve lost? I wonder. <BR> <BR> I’ve lost almost 50 pounds so far, just 2.4 pounds from it, and people tell me I look different. They can see the change. <BR> <BR> On some levels I can see it myself too, but not so much. In some ways, I feel like I look the same. <BR> <BR> It makes me wonder when the dr... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 02:16:54 EST Approaching a barrier and ready to knock it down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236029 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1690428948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week as I approach my goal of getting to 50 pounds lost, I stop and wonder for a moment what comes next. <BR> <BR> I’ve already written about my plans to charge ahead towards my next big goal of losing another 50 pounds, and also about changing the way I do things up a bit, but I haven’t yet taken a moment to look at what reaching this milestone means. <BR> <BR> I’ve been at my goal weight before, 332 pound... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:49:14 EST Switching things up: The fight to fifty pounds lost continues … http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234852 The battle is on, and with just 2.4 pounds to go towards meeting my first big weight-loss goal, I’m getting ready to switch things up a bit. <BR> <BR> First comes my strength-training routine. It’s a good one but even as I have tweaked it as I have progressed with getting stronger, it’s time to change things up to keep my routine interesting and to keep my muscles guessing. <BR> <BR> The funny thing is that I’m still guessing what that routine might be. I think it will involve my new speedw... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 19:56:34 EST A milestone a week away? Just 2.4 away to 50 pounds lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234009 I’m so close to a milestone, I can taste it. <BR> <BR> The game is on and I’m kicking it into high gear. After last week’s drama of frozen pipes, not being able to cook, shower or flush, life is getting back to normal and I’m ready to kick this goal in it’s butt! <BR> <BR> At next Thursday’s TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting, I fully intend to be 50 pounds lighter than my highest weight of 382.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> It will be official, finally and at last! So long as my body cooperat... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 02:22:56 EST Two for the price of … two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229585 Don’t you just love it when food manufacturers think it’s a good idea to pack two servings into a small package the size of one serving and then mark the calories for one serving on the front of the package as if that’s all that package really contains? <BR> <BR> Seriously. I just discovered that a food I was tracking as one serving was in fact two. I’m not happy about that. One serving of that food wouldn’t be satisfying and therefore I would want to eat the whole package. But then I get tw... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:16:12 EST Sneaky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1973321351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was thinking a little while back about the rate of weight gain I must have experienced over the years to get to my top weight of 382.2 pounds and it seems the reality is a little bit more surprising than I thought. <BR> <BR> I’ve always thought of my weight gain as something that happened in giant lumps piling on a pretty good clip, but the reality is that when I look at my approximate weight on a year-to-year ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 02:17:01 EST Fat wings versus bat wings: The battle is on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219511 Noticing changes or sometimes a lack of changes, well, it’s been an adventure. <BR> <BR> For instance, until recently, I couldn’t tell you what it would feel like to start developing core muscles, but now I think I’m finally getting a taste of that. <BR> <BR> It’s strange. The other day I’m sitting there in my comfy chair in the living room and low and behold I feel something weird, like muscles in my core all tight as if they were busy getting stronger. <BR> <BR> Of course that day I had... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:01:08 EST Old recipes prompt a Homer Simpson moment: “Mmmm sausage” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209388 - OR- Old recipes and a new way of eating <BR> <BR> Having abandoned my old fast-food ways, I find myself cooking more and more, which is a good thing; however, I’ve discovered that some of the old recipes that I’ve known and loved for so many years seem to sodium disasters. <BR> <BR> Yikes. <BR> <BR> I’m watching my salt and when I think I’m digging out a relatively easy to make-over recipe, I still find the sodium count out of control. <BR> <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> Of course it won’t be so... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 02:46:51 EST