MAIZEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAIZEY MAIZEY'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/ Taking Stock - My Current State in this Long-Term Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504800 I have been working at getting healthy and losing weight for many years now. I have made great progress and I am determined to get to my next goal of 20 more pounds lost by the end of this year. This will be my 100 pound milestone. <BR> <BR> I am also working on being satisfied with my healthy progress so far. I'm still learning to pay attention to measures of success other than the scale. <em>192</em> I think it is rather symbolic that my scale stopped working this week. Initially... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 22:32:52 EST Progress and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269426 Since the scale is moving slowly for me, I figured it is time to take stock of my Non-Scale Victories (NSV) and set an updated set of goals. I don't intend for this to sound like a bragging blog, my goal is just to write these milestones down to keep track of progress easily forgotten and to set my mind in the right framework for the next set of goals. <BR> <BR> I had RNY Surgery on July 11, 2012. I lost 25 pounds several years before the surgery and was able to maintain that, but despite ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:37:11 EST Plateau Philosophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212583 Working on being philosophical about this plateau since I haven't been able to ignore it. Since my body is sticking at this weight for 6 weeks, I am assuming that it needs time to adjust to the rapid weight loss I had immediately after RNY surgery. I have been somewhat obsessed about not wanting excess skin. Perhaps this adjusting is reducing that risk. We'll see... <BR> <BR> I am confident this is not my final weight. I am confident that I am rocking the plan - correct nutrition, high qual... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:57:42 EST Staying Motivated and Recognizing Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203296 I have been on a path of improving my health for the past five years. I have made remarkable progress, but quite honestly, never as quickly as I hoped as I started each phase of my journey to lose 140 pounds. Although I didn't have any of the serious health issues associated with obesity such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or sleep apnea; I knew I was dancing with danger and would likely develop these if I didn't change my lifestyle. My other goal was to do this without ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 08:51:30 EST Maizey's Version of the You On A Diet Grocery List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123385 Grocery List - this is for more than one week. I made this list so you can have a well-stocked, healthy kitchen. I choose organic whenever possible. <BR> <BR> Grains <BR> Uncle Sam high-fiber cereal <BR> Wheat English muffins <BR> 1 box brown rice <BR> 1 box quinoa <BR> 1 box wheat pasta <BR> 1 box steel cut oatmeal <BR> 1 bag 100% wheat tortillas <BR> <BR> Canned Items <BR> 2 quarts organic chicken broth <BR> 16 ounces white beans <BR> 2 – 14.5 ounce cans of stewed tomatoes <BR> 1 can w... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:48:19 EST Try, try again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641191 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440384862.jpg"> <BR> Well after trying several other approaches, I realized that my best success has been here on Spark People. The support of my Spark friends, the nutrition and fitness trackers and the great resources help to keep me focused. Also, as many of you know, that Spark Wheel is a great motivator. <BR> <em>347</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> 2012 is the year that I will make it happen! I am setting small daily goals as a way... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 07:33:20 EST Mother-Of-The-Bride Dress Ordered 2 Sizes Smaller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3933379 Okay - here goes. I just ordered my dress for my daughter's wedding on October 22, 2011. For the first time in my life - I ordered the dress two sizes smaller than my size today. I have hit a very resistant plateau in my weight loss goals so this feels risky! <BR> <BR> Still, this is an attainable goal. I researched weight, height and size and this means an average weight loss of 1 pound per week. <BR> <BR> Here's the dress: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491158894... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:31:43 EST Maizey's Version of the You On A Diet Grocery List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2746606 Grocery List <BR> <BR> Grains <BR> Heart to Heart Cereal or other high-fiber cereal <BR> Wheat English muffins <BR> 12 inch prepared wheat pizza crust <BR> 1 box brown rice <BR> 1 box wheat pasta <BR> 1 box steel cut oatmeal <BR> 1 bag 100% wheat pitas <BR> 1 bag 100% wheat tortillas <BR> <BR> Canned Items <BR> 2 quarts chicken broth <BR> 16 ounces white beans <BR> 2 – 14.5 ounce cans of stewed tomatoes <BR> 1 can whole, crushed or diced tomatoes <BR> 16 ounces tomato sauce <BR> 1 jar marin... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 19:54:08 EST FOCUS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2614919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/8/b386654200.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Operation Holiday Survival Kit <BR> <BR> My goal for the next month is to slow down, pull back from the hectic hubbub and FOCUS - on the things that are really important to me - my Five "F's" of FOCUS: <BR> Faith - I plan to have a reflective Advent and prepare room in my soul for the Baby Jesus. This includes reflecting on and acting in service to others - reaching out to people who are struggling financially and... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 19:25:39 EST Maintaining Balance and Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1952703 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/5/b257442728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week I am setting goals that will help me reach my goals of limiting stress and taking time for myself. I just returned to work after a brief medical leave (4 weeks) for surgery. What amazes me is that everyone has commented on how great I look - well rested, calm and healthy! I feel that way too! A few good friends even joked that I looked more like a person who had been on vacation than a person who had sur... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 19:17:44 EST You On A Diet - Shopping List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1906348 Grocery List <BR> <BR> Grains <BR> Heart to Heart Cereal or other high-fiber cereal <BR> Wheat English muffins <BR> 12 inch prepared wheat pizza crust <BR> 1 box brown rice <BR> 1 box wheat pasta <BR> 1 box steel cut oatmeal <BR> 1 bag 100% wheat pitas <BR> 1 bag 100% wheat tortillas <BR> <BR> Canned Items <BR> 2 quarts chicken broth <BR> 16 ounces white beans <BR> 2 – 14.5 ounce cans of stewed tomatoes <BR> 1 can whole, crushed or diced tomatoes <BR> 16 ounces tomato sauce <BR> 1 jar marin... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:57:20 EST Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1906225 I've been focusing on walking an average of four miles per day and doing my walk/jog DVD with Leslie Sansone which is 2.5 miles when you're done. So... I bought a new DVD with Leslie Sansone where you can chose to do a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 mile version and the miles are 12 minute miles. <BR> <BR> I've looked at it for about a week and today I thought - Am I just going to look at this forever or am I going to do something with it. I decided - I'm going to just do it! Then, I also debated how ma... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 19:13:47 EST Continued Focus and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1892477 I'm preparing to start a four week challenge with a focus on keeping motivated and fine tuning my efforts for success. I've lost 35 pounds and have kept it off - but I'm slow in moving forward on my long-term weight loss goals. There great part is that I am much healthier as a result of my efforts to date and in fact recently sailed through major surgery remarkable well. I am confident this is a result of excellent nutrition and a consistent exercise effort that has increased my stamina. <... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 22:11:05 EST Hard to Meet Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1701059 I've been working to define goals for myself that are specific and measurable - I'm tracking most of these here on Spark People and working to meet each goal each day - things like at least 30 minutes of exercise per day with a goal to hit 45 minutes most days in the week; eat a high fiber breakfast each day, have one MUFA at each meal and getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> The goal I haven't set and really need to is one that addresses stress levels and taking active steps to reduce stress. I... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 23:55:58 EST YOAD 14-day Restart Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1015218 Here is my fitness plan for the next 14-days: <BR> <BR> I'm in weeks 8 and 9 of a 12-week active metabolic training routine using Heartrate Target Zones. The Zones for me are as follows: <BR> <BR> Zone 1 = 136-146 bpm; Zone 2 = 146-156 bpm; Zone 3 - 156-166 bpm; and Zone 4 = 166-176 bpm <BR> <BR> Everyday includes a 5 minute warm up and cool down in addition to the "Zone Minutes" noted below. <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> Monday Feb. 18: 30 minutes intervals alternate Zone 2 for 2 minutes and Z... Sun, 17 Feb 2008 15:17:31 EST Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=998556 Thich Nhat Hahn, a scholar, peace activist and Buddist master wrote about Mindful Eating... <BR> <BR> Mindful eating is very pleasant. We sit beautifully. We are aware of the people that are sitting around us. We are aware of the food on our plates. This is a deep practice. Each morsel of food is an ambassador from the cosmos. When we pick up a piece of a vegetable, we look at it for half a second. We look mindfully to really recognize the piece of food, the piece of carrot or string bean. ... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 00:57:44 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=954152 The Wonders of Water ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Date updated: June 16, 2006 <BR> Content provided by Staywell Custom Communications <BR> Revolution Health <BR> <BR> We all know that April showers bring May flowers because flowers need water to thrive. But did you know that you need water just as much as those flowers do? Water is essential for good health. It's as important as any vitamin or mineral. Drinking enough water every day is necessary to help keep your body working at its best. The ben... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 01:20:16 EST