LYNNGETTINTHIN's SparkPeople Blog LYNNGETTINTHIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy First SparkVersary to Me! One year ago today I signed up for SparkPeople. Happy anniversary to me! <BR> <BR> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> These last 365 days have been filled with plenty of progress. I had gotten some unpleasantly elevated numbers on my annual blood tests, and my doctor said that I needed to lose weight. She pointed me in the direction of a nutritionist who ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:58:40 EST Strong Enough to Trust Have you ever listened to one person give advice to someone else, but the wisdom triggered something in you? That happened to me this evening. I was watching an episode of "Dr. Phil," who I think has a great talent for speaking truth in a way that makes sense to a lot of people. He said something that he has said many times before: <BR> <BR> "How much we trust another person is really a function of how much we trust ourselves to be strong enough to deal with their imperfections. If [you]... Sat, 5 May 2012 01:14:55 EST Revelations I have been sparking for about four months now. At first, everything here looked very overwhelming. The site offers so much that it wasn't possible to absorb it all at once. My first reaction was that there was no point in starting because it would be way too much work and far too time consuming. But for some reason, instead of giving up, I decided to give it a try. Baby steps, I told myself. Don't try to do everything. Just choose one or two things. If those go well, I can add more l... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 00:27:33 EST Hit a Deer I did something today that I have never done before . . . but I would have been happy if I had never experienced it. While riding down the highway with a friend, two deer ran across the road in front of us. We missed the first one, but not the second. Blessedly the deer stayed on the outside of the car rather than flying through the windshield. Other than a few sore and scared people and a car with a very ugly front end, we are well. Tomorrow we will have to make some arrangements for th... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:45:31 EST Challenging Evening Boy, do I have the munchies tonight. I am not really hungry, but I still have the urge to eat something. Anything. And I am out of calories for the day. <BR> <BR> I have been doing so good lately that I am determined to stay within my calorie range for the day. I just have not figured out how I am going to accomplish that. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 21:52:37 EST Followup Blood Tests Wow, what a day. I have been both looking forward to and dreading this day for six months now. This journey got kick-started with my annual check up in August. The results of the blood work came back with some disturbing numbers. My liver enzymes, cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose were all elevated. A basketful of tests later and I was in the hospital for gall bladder surgery and a liver biopsy. Thankfully the biopsy came back clear. And today, I got the results of my followup bl... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:54:39 EST What's Up? I have no idea what is going on inside of me, but over the last week or so, I have been having the oddest mood swings. One minute I feel balanced and centered, the next I am certain that there is no point in trying and I want to give up. Then I am kinda panicky about nothing in particular, then an hour later I feel fine. At least I am aware of this, but it is puzzling. Don't know what's up. Thu, 9 Feb 2012 11:14:05 EST Good Day Yesterday's appointment with the nutritionist went really well. She seemed honestly pleased with the progress I have made, and said I did not need to go back for four months. Woohoo! Now I have to make sure I have more progress to show when I go back in June. <BR> <BR> So I enthusiastically stuck to the game plan today. I came straight home from work, changed my socks and shoes, and headed down the sidewalk for a brisk walk. When I say brisk, I mean that in two ways. First, brisk as in... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 22:27:48 EST Appointment with Nutritionist Later today, I have an appointment with my nutritionist. Last time we met, in December, my goal was to not gain weight over the holidays. This was just a couple of days after I signed up on SparkPeople. I am excited that I get to tell her that I actually lost five pounds since then. <BR> <BR> And she has been encouraging me to start doing something aerobic . . . go for short walk several times a week. That is one of the hardest pieces for me. I really hate exercising. But then I notice... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:37:02 EST Good Week, Bad Weekend I did so well last week. I went out to eat twice, but each time previewed the restaurants' menus online and selected what I would order. I managed to stay within my calorie range even though one of the restaurants was Olive Garden. (And that's not easy to do there!) <BR> <BR> And then the weekend rolled around. I am not sure why, but Friday afternoon I felt so down, so discouraged, so apathetic. I ended up grabbing some really-bad-for-me goodies, which I gobbled all weekend. When I wei... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:16:05 EST