LYN-EDWY's SparkPeople Blog LYN-EDWY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goal not reached, but close. <em>340</em> <em>353</em> I am leaving on my Alaskan Cruise holiday this Friday. My goal was to lose 24 lb by then. I have lost 21...and I am still happy with my progress. <BR> It has been a hard 4.5 months but I feel good about myself...I am much more active, I eat better and I exercise as a norm in my day/week. <BR> I don't think I will overeat on the cruise, but I am sure some of my choices will not be the greatest. However, I have become accustomed to a healthier way of eating, I ac... Tue, 7 May 2013 12:42:27 EST UPDATE ~ My vertigo is GONE!!! <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I just did 20 min. of hard boogie and twisting to Silvan Zingg's Dancing The Boogie... <BR> Johan Blohm and the Refreshments...Sweet Little Lisa, I'm Ready, Let it Rock. <BR> Also Jive Bunny's Swing the Mood and Let's Twist Again!!! <BR> <BR> You'll get a sweat up if you do all five without stopping....I guarantee it! <BR> <BR> Love it! <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>335</em> <em>355</em> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:27:54 EST Vertigo...but pleased It's been a rough week. <BR> <BR> Not anything I can put my finger on, but I seem to be struggling lately with staying on course with my food intake. And my energy level is at zero. <BR> <BR> That's the hardest thing to cope with. I usually have a good supply of energy each day. <BR> I have been getting enough protein, and keeping away from sugar. <BR> So I'm not sure why. <BR> <BR> The weather doesn't help when it's raining and blustery. <BR> Today, though, it has started out sunny and ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:33:02 EST Almost there....I think I can do this! Well, here it is April 22, 2013. <BR> <BR> OK....So it's April 22, 2013, what? <BR> <BR> Well.........I'm still alive. <em>334</em> I'm still active. <em>334</em> I have no arthritis. <em>334</em> I have no apparent health problems. <em>334</em> <BR> Oh, unless you count the occasional memory lapse. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here I am....a woman born in 1938....ya' know, that's such a long time ago when I think about it....that's even before the second world war! Oh, my ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:22:30 EST A Panacea....not even close. The definition of 'panacea'..."A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all." <BR> <BR> Now why the blazes then do I/we use food to try to cure my/our problems? It is not a remedy for anything but physical problems, and THEN... other challenges in our lives improve. So why, after living over 7 decades am I still choosing to go down the wrong road!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Some family relationships are not what I had hoped would be at this time in my life. <BR> IT HURTS. IT REALLY, RE... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:10:34 EST Yup...another pound....whoduhthunk? It's been an up/down week for me. Pulled a back muscle last weekend, strained my back in a different place three days ago, made a scrumptious finger food dinner for my dear friends who are moving away soon. That dinner was a challenge. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Three dozen Samosas <BR> Jalapeno Poppers <BR> Baked Artichoke/Spinach Dip <BR> Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches <BR> Apple Pie <BR> Apple Crisp <BR> Carrot Cake <BR> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> ...all of it homade from scratch!!! ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:36:19 EST I don't care.... jean sizes are determined. <BR> All I know is I just got into a pair of size 12 a few minutes ago!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Weigh-in is tomorrow morning....whatever the scales say, I will be grinning from ear to ear this whole week!!! <BR> <BR> But my journey has only just started....there are miles to go and pounds to shed yet...and I will......because I can....and that's because of you Sparkpeople!!! <BR> <B... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:29:04 EST Fiddle-faddle..... Monday morning. <BR> My weigh-in time. <BR> Hrumph! <em>39</em> <BR> My first week of no weight loss. <BR> I am not complaining...just hrumph! <BR> I knew this time was coming. <BR> I have done well since restarting SP. <BR> I have tracked and exercised faithfully. <BR> I have lost weight every week since Jan 1. <BR> So I can't be too upset. <BR> The cold weather does not instill in me a desire to eat salads. <BR> And perhaps I ate a few too many carbs. <BR> <BR> These words from Pixie-li... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:30:14 EST A Point to Ponder ~ When you're <BR> stressed, you eat <BR> Ice Cream, chocolate <BR> and sweets. <BR> <em>493</em> <em>76</em> <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> YOU KNOW WHY??? <BR> <BR> Because "stressed' <BR> spelled backwards <BR> Is 'Desserts" <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>194</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:57:50 EST Another positive non-scale moment... As ususal, on Monday mornings I weigh myself. Today's weigh-in says I lost 2 lb. this past week. But I don't feel as tho' I have. I feel fat the last couple days....I'm thinking I'm eating too much bread...again. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The positive non-scale moment was when, this morning, I put on my jeans which I had just washed a couple days ago...and they felt a little loose....not that anyone would notice, but I could feel the difference. You know...that 'aha' moment of self satisfac... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:42:00 EST To pop a chocolate or to not pop a chocolate in my mouth! Hokay....So I am walking around the house feeling skinnier than I have in over 40 years. I am so determined to stay on track it's crazy! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am a chocoholic, have been since I was a preschooler, and that lets you know how long I have enjoyed this decadent sweet. I have learned to bake desserts to die for, cookies to smack your sister over the head for, and cheesecakes that make your knees go weak! <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> So, after the better part of a century, I fin... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:32:43 EST Sunday Evening Compliment and Monday Morning Weigh-in <em>30</em> I lost another pound. <BR> As always I was hoping for a little more. But I know it gets harder as time goes on and ones weight is less. <BR> <BR> However....I had an unexpected compliment last night from my DH. He has said nothing about the way I look since I started back on SP at the beginning of Jan. <BR> He has said tho'...that he is proud of me for sticking so well to a healthy eating program...and for getting out and walking alot. <BR> That has been a great support for me.... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:12:53 EST Took the Realage test... ...and it rates me as 68.8 yrs old! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> I'll take it. <BR> Only problem is that I feel about 40! <em>334</em> <BR> Now if I could just keep it going backward <BR> every year.... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Have a fun weekend everyone. <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 01:34:24 EST In Lala land... That's how I've been feeling these past 4 days with a strained back. The weather is miserable, wet, windy, cold, dreary, blah. <BR> For the past two months, I get up, go to the computer(SP) find out what I can eat, <BR> go to the kitchen make my meal, eat it. Then try to figure out what I can do to make the day pass faster. <BR> At lunch, it's the same. Go to the computer, go to the kitchen, etc, etc, <BR> <BR> Whaaaaaw...I think I have cabin fever. <BR> <em>24... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:54:53 EST It can be done. "Use it up. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wear it out. <BR> <BR> <BR> Make it do... <BR> <BR> <BR> or do without." <BR> <BR> <BR> This piece of advice was given to me many years ago. <BR> It works. <BR> It's not easy. <BR> But it can be done. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:08:09 EST My weakness is....lickin' the bowl!!! I call it the 'Lickin' the Bowl' Syndrome. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> When I was a very little girl.....way, way back in the 1940' Mom always allowed me to stand on a chair and watch her while she was baking. In those days, for all you younger ones, we had food coupons. Now, these allowed you to buy only a certain amount of any one item per month. For instance, you could only have so many pounds of flour, or sugar, only so many eggs, and there was a limit on lots of items, due to the s... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:08:35 EST 'WOW, what a ride!'" I found this on a fellow sparkers page....just have to keep it for me to read once in awhile. <BR> <BR> "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'WOW, what a ride!'" <BR> <BR> If I can skid in broadside...that means I am going at a pretty good speed when I get there. In order to do that...I need to be healthy. <BR> <BR> HERE I ... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:21:32 EST ANOTHER pleasant surprise. Well, here it is Monday again, my weigh-in day. <BR> And as usual, I was fretting yesterday that I had not lost anything this past week. <BR> Saturday I cooked a 4 course dinner for 6 and I decided to step it up a notch. For me, that means doing a lot more from scratch. Consequently, it takes more time, more effort, and......more time to lick the bowl, taste the batter, sample the baked goods, etc. AND I DID! <img src=""> <BR> This is an o... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:45:59 EST A Pleasant Surprise. Boy, do I ever fret on Sunday evening about my weekly weigh-in on Sunday morning. Last night I did some more exercising than I usually do, hoping it would reflect on the scales. Well, I'm happy to say it did. I lost 2.5 pounds. But I know it was a week long effort, not just last night. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> However, pushing myself last night past my normal workout made me feel rather good. And my level of tiredness was pushed back and I actually really enjoyed getting to that 'sweaty' st... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:23:13 EST First craving in over a month.... Well, it finally happened. I had a craving...and for a grilled cheese and ham sammy. <BR> Of course it has to be the way my Mom made them. <BR> Butter on either side and grilled in the frying pan. <BR> It wasn't a major crave...and I only had one. But it did <BR> put me behind in my calorie count on my journal for today <BR> and left me with a lot fewer calories for dinner. <BR> But, you know, I don't really feel to bad about it....because <BR> I chose it, planned it and also used 12 grain br... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 16:58:59 EST Starting my picture diary.... There are few Sparkers who have mentioned to take pictures of oneself while on one's Sparkpeople journey. <BR> At first I was opposed to the idea. But then I realized the reason why...I didn't want to see myself as others do because I always thought I looked better than I really did. When the scales say one thing, my mind tells me something else...and I continued on a path of an unhealthy life style. <BR> I shut my mind off to what I saw below my chin. <BR> Therefore what one doesn't see, one... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 20:07:19 EST A happy moment tonight! <em>104</em> I may have lost only a half a pound last week, but when getting dressed for meeting just few minutes ago, I looked down and my skirt is fitting more loosely than last week. <BR> Pretty soon I will have to get out my cobwebbed sewing machine and make some alterations! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 21:18:58 EST First real challenge.... This past month I have been focused, seeing results at each weekly weigh-in. <BR> I have been tracking every bite that goes into my mouth....and exercises too. <BR> This morning the scale was not as forthcoming as I had hoped....a loss of .5 of a pound. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> So I took a few minutes and mentally went over my last weeks schedule. <BR> I was hoping for at l-e-a-s-t a loss of one pound. <BR> <BR> While contemplating....I also realized that this is when I start to sabotage myse... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:42:28 EST Hhgggrrr...I'm a snarky Momma bear right now!!! <em>15</em> What did I think when I made up my menu for dinner? <BR> My stomach has been shrinking and the volume of food I eat at each meal is getting less than before SP. <BR> But did I consider this tonight....Noooooo <em>24</em> <BR> I had intended to eat 4 oz. of steak, only had 2 oz. <BR> I ate the spinach, broccoli, celery and brussels sprouts...came to <BR> about 3 cups. Then I started to growl softly like a upset black momma bear! <BR> I ate too much!!! <em>198</em> <BR> And I ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:24:34 EST It's been a good month.... I restarted SP on Jan 1....sort of with the same attitude and expectations I had several years ago. Meaning that I didn't really, deep down, have the confidence that I would stay with it. Just thinking that.....wait,...there was my problem...I was NOT thinking. <BR> Another 'aha' moment. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I made the effort these past four weeks to not compromise myself. And I stuck with that attitude. I MADE myself do as much as was possible, considering some back problems the past ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:49:35 EST Finally !!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, I got to go for a walk outside today. It has been over 6 weeks of cold and I don't do well in the cold. Today was so inviting....the sun peeked out for an hour this afternoon about 3:30 and I said to DH (we were watching golf)....I just have to go. <BR> <BR> So I bundled up real good and away I went. <BR> Oh, how I have missed that feeling of breathing deeply...the fresh air was cold, but so invigorating. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> About half way through my predetermined route...I r... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 20:25:45 EST An 'aha' moment at 74! When I was a little girl, during mom would feed me porridge almost every day. OH, how I hated it. It was gluey, yucky and heavy. I would smother it with brown sugar just so I could get it down. And sometimes gagged even then. <BR> As a teen I would not eat it...and very, very rarely have I eaten porridge since then. <BR> <BR> That is until I restarted SparkPeople again in earnest on Jan 1 of this year. <BR> <BR> I tried steel cut oats. <em>40</em> <BR> I tried a few ideas I foun... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:44:41 EST ....ho...hum...... Well, it's Thursday and still too cold for me to walk outside. <BR> Tried it last week and my lungs paid for it. <BR> Sooooo....I gotta' wait it out. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Have been having pain and deep intense aches in my left hip and upper back these past couple weeks. Not sure if it is from doing too much dancing or what. I sure hate it when I can't do my boogie-ing...but I've been good the past 3 days, and it's seems to be getting a little better. So I'll see what this coming week bri... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:39:06 EST Grrr....another cold day.... least the sun is shining. <em>67</em> <BR> Got a nice pot of homade chicken broth going on the stove for lunch.... <BR> and it's curried chicken tonight for dinner with homade rotis. <BR> <BR> Sure have to watch it with the rotis...but I get full faster now that I am eating <BR> properly. So I don't feel deprived when I finish my one bowl. <BR> <BR> A friend passed away a couple days ago, and I am feeling very sad today. <BR> <BR> And feeling listless....but that's OK. I kn... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:16:16 EST Sunday wrap up.... Well, it has been a difficult week. <BR> Back pain most of the week. <BR> Didn't do much cardio, a little but not much. <BR> <BR> Today is my first day without pain for over a week, and I so <BR> want to get going...but I'm going to wait until tomorrow. <BR> Just to be on the safe side....'cause I have a tendency to <BR> over do things too much. <BR> <BR> Also weigh in tomorrow morning, again not expecting any change <BR> downward, but we'll see. <BR> <BR> It's still minus 3C here and th... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:34:00 EST Good but not great! Well, my first time at a restaurant since restarting SP. <BR> 3DD and SIL's anniversary, and as ususal they wanted to <BR> go to a Chinese Smorgasbord. <BR> This is becoming a tradition for us it seems. <BR> <BR> comparison to my previous visits where I pigged out on everything... <BR> this time I headed for the broccoli and veggies. Had half my plate covered with these...took the smallest piece of meat from several stir fried dishes and that satisfied me. I did have two helpin... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:18:23 EST Am I good...or AM I GOOD!!! I think I over did my exercising at the beginning of the week, I feel so drained and sore today. But I had made a commitment last week to make 5 dozen cookies for the Pioneer School meeting tomorrow. Which I did this morning. <BR> <BR> I didn't lick the spoon, I didn't have a cookie. First time in my life !!! <BR> Seriously!!! I didn't even snitch one single little chocolate chip and pop it <BR> into my mouth. <BR> As I sit here and reread this blog, I really am amazed at myself. I have b... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:38:44 EST Hey People...SP works!!! I started seriously back on SP on the first of this month. Week one I lost 3 lb. and another 2 lb. this past week. <BR> I am not hungry, I eat what I like. <em>265</em> <BR> I make sure I journal every morsel that goes into my mouth. <BR> And also every minute of my cardio and weights. <BR> <BR> I am trying to drink more water, a hard one for me. <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Being indoors for the last week had been hard as the below <BR> freezing weather plays havoc with my lungs. <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:20:14 EST Warm thoughts on a cold day.... ...a quiet day. <BR> A wonderful meeting this afternoon, warm hugs and conversation with all our friends. <BR> A quick but warm ride home, DH had the car warmed up...and then an easy dinner for us both. <BR> Now, I'm thinking about my garden, wondering where and what I am going to plant. <BR> Still have to do my cardio.....but will before bedtime. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my weigh-in day. I am dreading it. I have done well, no cheating...and I have been tracking my nutrition every day. But the... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:05:28 EST Garlic! It's Sat. morning and for us here on the west coast it is cold. About minus 5C last I looked. <BR> The neighbourhood is dead quiet...people here are not used to this. <BR> <BR> When I got up this morning I looked out at my bird feeder and it was empty. <BR> About a half dozen little ones hopping around looking for seeds. <BR> I felt so bad...I immediately put on my boots and jacket and went out and filled it up. <BR> Within 10 minutes there were at least 15 little darlin's hoppin' and eatin... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:56:15 EST Such a cold day... I've been wondering why I've been feeling so much colder than ususal....even tho' the temp is lower that normal for this neck of the woods. <BR> Just checked my food journal and I've been too low on protein the past few days. <BR> That's probably why. <BR> Tomorrow, I need to be more specific with my nutrition. <BR> <BR> Had to go outside and prune a bush for my DH this was blocking the window to his workshop and he was putting in a new screen. Since I'm the gardener in the f... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:39:16 EST Groan... <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Darn my DH's pizza was good. <BR> <BR> He was experimenting in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> I'm presently soothing my guilty conscience with <BR> <BR> Silvan Zinng's Date Blues on Youtube. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just love this piece. <em>26</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:44:43 EST Being adaptable ~ flexible what I am endeavouring to do today. <BR> First....yesterday was a decent day here in the valley. <BR> It got up to 5*C and raining...but OK to go out and walk. <BR> As I type..the snow is coming down very no driving <BR> and obviously no walking for me. <BR> But it does look so beautiful out there. <BR> I bundled up and went out to fill my big bird feeder which <BR> was emtpy. The little birds have deserted my yard temporarily, but <BR> they'll be back before the afternoon i... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 16:20:19 EST Just another day It has been just that. <BR> However, SP has kept me focused today, my nutrition, vitamins and fitness journals all completed. <BR> A good long walk and lots of heavy housework have tired me a little more than I was I'm going to watch the Biggest Loser and unwind. <BR> Stay positive and remember.... <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:48:53 EST Oh, If Only I Could <BR> <BR> .....I have such a yearning to paint a masterpiece that would rival a sunset on the Serengeti Plains ~ <BR> <BR> pen a poem that could draw all the tears from mankind's heart. <BR> <BR> .....I feel such a large gap between my dreams and my abilities. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> ...Oh, to compose a symphony that would stop every man, woman and child in their tracks ~ <BR> <BR> touch their hearts with pure joy. <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> Take some time t... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:13:18 EST A Good Day ~ <BR> Today has been cold and wet. <BR> <BR> I did venture out for a few minutes with my little garden shovel in hand... <BR> <BR> six large garlic cloves in the other hand...I had forgotten to plant them. <BR> <BR> So I went out to my compost heap...(which is full of great soil for next year) <BR> <BR> and stuck the six cloves in a sunny corner of the compost pile and covered <BR> <BR> them well. <BR> <BR> I have already planted 60 cloves in my planters....and they have taken root. <... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:14:01 EST Starting agin.....(and I see I'm not alone) Well, here I go again. <BR> <BR> I did it before, I can do it again. <BR> <BR> Different attitude, 2 years older and slower.... <BR> <BR> but not down and out yet. <BR> <BR> Am keeping up with my NEW bucket list. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day....and if I wake up in the <BR> <BR> morning, I will give thanks and do my best to make <BR> <BR> it the best one yet. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:21:28 EST My NEW bucket list ~ <BR> <em>311</em> Walk everyday...inside or outside.....(Progressing well!) <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Drink lots of water....has been a hard one all my life....but here I go...(still a struggle but trying) <BR> <BR> <em>401</em> Stretch every day...(Always) <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Buy a new pair of walking shoes...(Done!) <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Weigh myself only once a week....(yup...) <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> Keep my potassium levels up and track food daily!!!!!(Doing OK...but can do be... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:18:46 EST Can I do it again? From April/09 to April/10 I did well. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople helped immensely. <BR> <BR> Then DH got a horrendous 'flu and a month later so did I. <BR> <BR> Was two months of no energy, etc. <BR> <BR> Longest 'flu I ever had. <BR> <BR> Ate too much, lost my drive. <BR> <BR> Still haven't got it back like before. <BR> <BR> But~~~ I am here. <BR> <BR> Going to try again.... <BR> <BR> No one said it was going to be one said I could do it..... <BR> <BR> No one except me. <B... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:28:46 EST Walking in the rain..... A wonderful Sparkfriend recently mentioned to me that I can sing in the rain too. <BR> <BR> Well, this morning, less than 2 blocks out on my walk, I remembered her words. <BR> <BR> And I started singing softly to myself. Gene Kelly, eat your heart was so uplifting. <BR> <BR> The rain was light and the air was fresh......and then I remembered her next message....that I <BR> <BR> could dance too. Well, you know, I couldn't really see myself dancing down the street, but I did ... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 15:47:49 EST IN MY NEXT LIFE...I'm gonna be a BEAR! (a must read for all you ladies out there) <BR> <BR> In this life I'm a woman. In my next life, I'd like to come back as a bear. When you're a bear you get to hibernate for six months. You do nothing but sleep for six months. <BR> I could deal with that. <BR> <BR> Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too. <BR> <BR> When you are a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping, and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. <BR> I could definit... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:12:36 EST It's been one year..... ...since I started on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> It has been the most rewarding year....I have learned so much. <BR> <BR> I did not meet my goal, but I am still satisfied and pleased with my progress. <BR> <BR> These past months have been difficult. But I intend to continue on this road. <BR> <BR> It is a new road for me, the one we all strive for.....the healthy lifestyle road. <BR> <BR> I have lost 35 pounds in this year. That is 35 pounds more than I have ever lost before. <BR> <BR> And... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 22:06:27 EST Making April a great month.... "You only go through this life once".....those words really hit home with me tonight. <BR> <BR> I am going to be so focused this week I am going to make my head spin. <BR> <BR> But in a good way! <BR> <BR> I am really looking forward to making April a great month, nutrition and exercise wise! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 28 Mar 2010 23:54:57 EST I hit the wall and you were there...... It is true! Sparkpeople do help you! <BR> <BR> I hit the wall after 11 months of pushing is no fun. Sugar indulgences overtook me and I succumbed!!! <BR> <BR> Then I got sick from sugar overload! Then I felt lousy.......felt like a failure......had totally disregarded my own advice I so freely gave to others!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now I am trying to purge myself of this poison in my body, will probably take about four days of abstinence and eating properly. Lots of water, veggies... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:31:23 EST It's working ....and thank you friends! This smaller meal plan is starting to grow on me. I'm never hungry and I'm never full. <BR> Sure is different, but I'm starting to like it. <BR> <BR> And....I want to say thank you to so many of my Sparkfriends....many have commented on my feed so much these past few days. I am sorry I haven't got back to each and every one. <BR> I want you all to know that your ongoing encouragement has been the number one motivation in my life since I started SP. <BR> <BR> You are needed, you all are so ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 21:14:48 EST