MAUITN's SparkPeople Blog MAUITN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Turning Loose January 2017 - Turning loose of past sorrows and self-defeating practices. Looking upward and forging ahead to a new and better life. Creating new. <BR> <BR> 2014, 2015, and 2016 were difficult years. I struggled and coped, but I didn't really live. I feel that now I am ready to move on with my life. I hope to make 2017 a year of discovery. After living most of my life with the love of my life and truly considering his likes and dislikes, I now need to discover what will make me happy... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 12:55:32 EST 1/2/17 The Click - Changes Coming Every time in my life when I have made some decision to change, it has happened when a little switch has clicked in my brain. There have been times when the changes have been modest, but some were more dramatic. These clicks were times when I could see clearly what direction my life should take. The end of 2016 has been one of those times and I am in the midst of making some changes. My life has changed immensely over the last three years and now I am ready to bloom. I am in a position t... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 15:26:46 EST Ready for 2017 & the 5% Challenge I'm looking forward to participating in the Winter 2017 5% Challenge. <link> nd ividual.asp?gid=67977 </link> <BR> I'm turning over a new leaf this year and changing things up. You remember the old saying about doing the same things and expecting different outcomes. Well, I'm doing things differently and expecting wonderful and exciting results. Come along and play with us. This is the year of the Rooster! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:05:39 EST Morning View My morning view taken 11/23/16 while walking the dog. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:42:38 EST Celery & Leek Spicy Soup I just made the best soup. I cooked celery and leeks in chicken broth, added garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, Harassa, threw it in the blender and add coconut milk. Spicy, warm, comforting! Serving it with half a Yarlsburg cheese sandwich and mandarine orange. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:38:17 EST We're Ready <img src=""> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:12:56 EST November 18, 2016 My Day My Day <BR> My Birthday <BR> My Life <BR> Woke early, as usual <BR> Long walk with the dog <BR> Enjoyed the beauty of the morning, the colors, the warmth <BR> Gentle day of home and errands <BR> Got a flu shot, gassed up the car, grocery haul <BR> Tried a new recipe <BR> Calls from family and friends <BR> Thankful for everything <BR> My Day <BR> My Birthday <BR> My Life <BR> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:35:33 EST Broken and Sprained Ankles Sunday evening, August 14, 2016, I was walking my new dog late before we turned in for the night. I was foolishly star gazing and despite having my flashlight with me, stepped into a hole in the yard. I managed to hobble into the house and went to bed thinking I would be better in the morning. No such luck. My morning, I knew something was badly wrong and got to the ER. I had a broken left ankle and a sprained right ankle. I am now in a boot for I don't know how long. I have someone wh... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:46:17 EST Spicy Vegetarian Blog Just this morning I came across this blog which speaks to me and all my tastes. I can't wait to try some of her recipes and ideas. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:15:37 EST Turmeric Zucchini Bowl for Dinner I plan to make this for dinner tonight. It looks and sounds so good. <BR> <link><BR>bowls/#more-25172 </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:21:37 EST Catch Up It has been a while since I posted a blog. So here is an update. <BR> <BR> This seems to be the year of the House. I had to have some repair to the overhang on the front porch. I also had three doors from the living room and bedroom that go out onto the back deck replaced. Next came having the whole house painted outside. I am currently waiting on a contractor to come and build a large dog lot/run. After that, the landscaper will come and replace shrubs that died over the last Winter... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:25:41 EST Plans & Lists To An Orderly Life For the 5% Challenge, I made my bed first thing this morning. I always do this unless it is the day the housekeeper is coming and then I know she will change the sheets. <BR> <BR> I have four large bags to donate to charities. One contains clothing, one is linens (tablecloths and napkins), two are fabrics. I also de-cluttered two drawers in tables in the living room. This challenge will be good for me. But, I can't stop with a bit of culling, I need to get my house and my life in order... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:10:11 EST Persevere The scale was up a pound over last week's weigh in on the Spring 5% Challenge. I both lost and gained weight over the last week, but this morning, the scale was up. Disappointing, but thanks to Lynn (Kaliswalker) and her post here <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138438 </link> I plan to persevere. In the past, I would have given up. Not this time. I'm tired of giving up and having to start over. Track everything. Journal everything! Sat, 9 Apr 2016 12:58:09 EST Day 1 Spring 5% 3/26/16 Day 1 <BR> <BR> Day 1 of the 8 week Spring 5% Challenge. Everyone is excited. I love the enthusiasm of a beginning. My challenge, beside losing 5% and getting healthy will be to keep my enthusiasm and energy up as time goes on. I tend to lose interest as time passes so I will begin plans to combat that. <BR> <BR> I have been one who weighed every morning and either was disappointed and tempted to give up or became complacent. I am going to limit weighing in to no more than ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 14:24:43 EST March 23, 2016 Wednesday, March 23, 2016 <BR> <BR> B - Oatmeal, chia, oat bran, raspberries, blackberries, sunflower seeds, coffee <BR> L - 2 olives, broccoli soup, salad (Romaine, cucumber, tomato, guacamole) <BR> D - Tomato Eggplant casserole, fruit <BR> Ex - 46 min. treadmill <BR> W - 48 oz <BR> Home all day. Trying to cull and clean a storage closet. Mostly just enjoying the day. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:22:50 EST March 22, 2016 Breakfast - Banana, strawberries, raspberries, water <BR> Lunch - salad (kale, Romaine, cucumber, tomato, guacamole) <BR> Dinner - Broccoli soup, spicy sautéed spinach <BR> Ex - 30 min. treadmill <BR> W - 48 oz <BR> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:56:55 EST Challenge Commitment Spring 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> Current weight - 148.4 lbs <BR> 5% = 148.4 x .05 = 7.42 lbs <BR> Challenge Target Weight - 141 lbs <BR> Goal Weight 130 lbs <BR> <BR> My Commitment Plan <BR> 1. Start with 30 minutes exercise 5 x weekly, I will work up to 60 minutes 5 x weekly. <BR> 2. Calorie range - 1150 - 1350 <BR> 3. Fiber range - 25 - 45 <BR> 4. Water - 3 to 6 glasses. <BR> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:56:06 EST Focus & Plan My focus and physical condition has been spayed, all over the place since I returned from vacation. I came back with the scale down a few pounds and with all good intentions of getting myself and my house organized. Everything has gone the way of "Best intention of mice and men". I let the many social functions, getting back into my life here and visiting with friends be the excuse for out of control eating and lack of exercise. I have a week before the challenge starts to organize my sc... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:54:43 EST Why? Why do I get these stupid "?" marks when I use an "'", a "?", or a "-"? What am I doing wrong? <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Oh, did I just answer my own question? I have to put everything in quotes...... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:18:31 EST Up Ahead! I’m joining a challenge here on SparkPeople. One that starts soon, March 26. A challenge that is filled with fun and helpful and supportive people. Yes, I need to lose a few pounds, but that’s not why I’m joining this lovely group of people. I also need to learn that “exercise” is not my enemy. I can’t change my age and be young enough to jump high buildings in a single bound. But I need to take better care of my self, live a healthier life, eat a better diet, and move more than I’m do... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:15:22 EST 3/12/16 Pics to come 3/12/16 – Saturday – 144.4 <BR> A very lazy day at home. I didn’t sleep well – awake from 1 pm to 4 pm with feeling stiff and achy. Laundry, lots of cooking - a dish for Church tomorrow, a new dish for dinner <BR> B -Coffee, lemon/cucumber water, Bowl (cucumber, ginger, apple, banana, chia, oats, grapefruit juice, lemon, kale, mint) (2.75 cups) (used 1/3 rest in refrigerator) <BR> L – 1 slice The Bakery Whole Grain Honey Oatmeal Bread, 2 T Red Pepper Hummus, 1 sm Italian tomato <BR> S – alm... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:48:00 EST Making Changes and Having Fun! I am declaring the Winter of 2015 over. Over and done with. I’m looking forward to changes, to Spring, to being happier, healthier, and feeling and looking good. Warm weather, puttering in the garden, luscious vegetables and flowers, paddling the kayak, enjoying friends and neighbors. Making changes for more happiness. The Spring 5% Challenge right here on SparkPeople is going to help me accomplish all of the above. It’s fun and it’s good for you. Come join us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <lin... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 08:56:33 EST Feelings Sunshine - frost. Looking back - looking forward. Blessings - sorrows. Stillness - quivering. Life - faith - future. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:10:58 EST 100 Days (Day 4) Day 4 <BR> <BR> I plan to attend a Weight Watchers meeting on Thursday to see if I think that program will work for me. I like that it doesn’t cut out anything. You just stay within your points and if you need/want more, you exercise for it. Sort of a boundaries thing. It also forces me to have face to face accountability. <BR> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 17:30:25 EST 100 Days (Day 3) Day 3 - Do It Anyway <BR> <BR> I need to do it for me. I've changed. (When did that happen?) I use to love being active, loved gymnastics, riding horses, swimming, skiing, etc. Granted that was when I was very young, but I enjoyed it and considered it "fun". I need to get back to that mental place of having fun. I need to do it for me! <BR> <BR> Start. Just start -- and each day take a few more steps. Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:18:16 EST 100 Days (Day 1 & Day 2) 100 Days of Weight Loss <BR> <BR> Day 1 – No more. Not this time. I used to let friends who wanted to go out (for whatever reason) dictate eating out. Regardless of how much I like going shopping with them, it always means we are eating out. And that means, higher fat, higher sodium, etc. Now, I will make a point of ordering the best thing for my body that I can. I plan to tell my friends that I’m trying to lose weight. I will put a small bag of almonds in my purse to help tide any hu... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:13:32 EST 5% Leap Into 2016 The last two years have been less than stellar. Let’s call them what they were - BAD. I have been stuck in a rut, one of those, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” periods. But a few days ago I came across a Spark friend’s blog mentioning this 5% Winter Challenge. Now I have never been a high energy, game-type person and have had trouble in the past with challenges that have you doing six different things each and every day and reporting them in six different places by a specific time. I lo... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:53:24 EST Put It In Reverse And Turn This Around December 10, 2015 <BR> <BR> The Christmas season is crashing down around my head. At a time when all should be having fun and enjoying the season, the parties, and other people, I’m exhausted, achy, feeling used, and worried. I have deadlines to meet, parties to prepare for, food to make, presents to wrap, and am going on the third day of unplanned house/roof repairs with no end in sight yet! I don’t feel like exercising and my weight has gone up. <BR> <BR> This is not normal for me a... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 08:24:51 EST Holiday Horrors I had a great time enjoying the many holiday gatherings, parties, lunches, and at our neighborhood First Friday Christmas party last night. Decorations and friends and lots (way too many) good things to eat. The scale hit a high this morning and I know that part of it is sodium from too many meals out and it will go back to a more (still unacceptably high) number tomorrow morning. But I have to do something now. Water, moving, better eating. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Dec 2015 10:19:21 EST Beck Day 32 Travel Beck Day 32 – Travel <BR> <BR> Like Eating Out, I do not over eat when traveling and almost always am more active. I always lose weight when traveling or eating out. This is not an issue for me. <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:45:05 EST Beck Day 31 – Drinking Beck Day 31 – Drinking <BR> <BR> No doubt about it. For me, and more as I age, alcohol makes it harder to lose weight. When my thyroid quit working, my metabolism slowed down, I exercised less (age & retirement), I found it much harder to lose weight. So, for me, I need to limit alcohol to occasionally. And enjoy it on those times. <BR> Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:43:07 EST Beck Day 30 - Eating Out Beck Day 30 - Eating Out <BR> <BR> Eating out is not normally a problem for me. I’m too busy enjoying the company and talking with friends. I over eat more at home from boredom and loss. <BR> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:46:19 EST Beck Day 29 - Overcoming Challenges Beck Day 29 – Overcoming Challenges <BR> <BR> There will always be challenges. The sooner we learn to accept and deal with them the better, and happier, we will be in the life. <BR> <BR> It is only our impression that our refusal of food will hurt other’s feelings. Are they not imposing their desires upon us? Would we badger them? We are not responsible for their feelings or reactions other than to not deliberately hurt them. Work on this as you would your Resistance Muscle. <BR> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09:45:20 EST Beck Days 26, 27 & 28! Beck Day 26 – Recognizing Thinking Mistakes <BR> Again, I don’t fool myself, but I don’t always do the right thing either. It’s a choice. I often make the mistake of thinking that I will eat healthier and less if I eat at home. My life is a very social and active one and the truth is that I usually lose weight if I am out and active and find that I eat healthy and smaller portions. Usually because I’m talking with a friend while eating. Lol <BR> <BR> Beck Day 27 – Seven Questions <BR... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:10:50 EST Beck Day 25 - Sabotaging Thoughts Beck Day 25 - Sabotaging Thoughts <BR> <BR> I'm going to be traveling on Tuesday & Wednesday with a friend and it will be interesting to take this time to study my sabotaging thoughts. I will be out shopping for clothes and with a friend who has different food likes, etc. Should be interesting. This will throw me behind on days, but that's okay! <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:33:46 EST Beck Day 24 - Discouragement Beck Day 24 - Discouragement <BR> <BR> So apt today. At some point the high of newness wears off. The promise that if you just do A, B, & C, you will be slim and healthy. And, I would have, except. Except that I did A, slacked on B, and didn't really try C. I'm 24 days down the line and not where I want to be. I could of, should of, but didn't. I've learned a few things and I've made a tiny bit of progress, BUT. Go back to my previous post and read. Honesty #1 and Record everything.... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 14:43:59 EST Food For Thought & Reviewing Patterns Here is a blog that I ran across and I believe it fits in with what Beck is teaching us. Check out ON2VICTORY ‘s blog. <BR><BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998632 <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998632 </link> <BR> <BR> But this is not his only great blog! In reading some of his other blogs, I came across these points. <BR> Honesty is #1 <BR> Keep It Simple - Consistency & awareness is ke... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:58:10 EST Beck Day 23 - Unfairness Beck Day 23 - Unfairness <BR> <BR> Where did we get the idea that life had to be fair? It isn’t. I don’t mean to imply that life is not good. I have been so very blessed in my life. Yes, things have happened that were unfortunate, bad even, but none of us, not one, will escape this life without some sorrow and pain. <BR> <BR> Perhaps many mistake the word fairness with equal. I found this on line and couldn't copy it so had to re-type it. <BR> <BR> Fair VS. Equal <BR> Equal mean... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:29:32 EST Beck Day 22 Beck Day 22 - Oh Well! <BR> <BR> Why do we compare and judge ourselves to/against others? I have friends who are born organizers, decorators, artists and thin! We envy their talents, but we never watch them closely to see how they accomplish all that they do. I'm sure they have to work at their end results, but we think it must be easy or automatic for them. Watch your friends closely. See what they eat, or how their house gets to be sparkling clean. <BR> <BR> All of this is FREE CHO... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:17:44 EST Beck Day 21 Day 21 – Get Ready <BR> <BR> I weigh every morning and I try not to allow it to influence my plans or emotions. That doesn’t always work, but I do my best. Somehow the thought of only weighing once a week and finding the scale up as much as five pounds would freak me out. I can more easily accept a correction of two to three pounds and not deal with wasted time. Just me. <BR> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 11:10:24 EST Beck Day 20 Beck Day 20 – Get Back On Track <BR> <BR> Starting over. Start again <BR> Changing. <BR> Whatever you want to call it. Okay, I did it. That was stupid. Let’s try this again. <BR> Today I overate. Some was low fat vegan. Some was not. It’s over. Move on. <BR> All these comments work. We just have to remember to use them. And to give ourselves credit for continuing the work. <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:30:13 EST Beck Day 19 & Eat To Live food I don't believe we ever fool ourselves. Yes, we make all sorts of excuses. Those are for the public. But deep down ( and for me, even on the surface), we know exactly what we are doing. <BR> <BR> The trick is combat those lies and deal openly with our excuses. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:26:38 EST Beck Day 18 Beck Day 18 - Change Definition of Full <BR> <BR> Like yesterday, today’s lesson deals with over-eating and changing that pattern. <BR> <BR> I agree with SLENDERELLA that most of us who weigh more than is healthy for us eat to prolong the pleasurable experience. <BR> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:31:14 EST Beck Day 17 Beck Day 17 – End Overeating <BR> <BR> This is one that used to/could be if I don’t watch it, a problem for me. When eating a low fat vegan diet, the push among other things was for a pound of raw vegetables and a pound of cooked green vegetables. It offered lots of food. But I also found for me that I became use to feeling really full. What I believe I need is a reasonable amount of mostly low fat vegetables and fruits, with a small amount of good fat to keep me satisfied without the ad... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:16:48 EST Beck Day 16 Beck Day 16 Prevent Unplanned Eating <BR> <BR> This lesson was about ways not to deviate from your plan. Not to eat something that is not healthy or helpful for your diet or eating when you don’t need to. I do understand that. It is not in my opinion changing an apple for an orange. Both are healthy and good for my body. I’m often making substitutions. Healthy ones. <BR> <BR> For instance, this morning, I got up, dressed, had a half a cup of coffee and headed off to a local church th... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 09:53:30 EST Beck Day 15 Beck Day 15 Monitor Your Eating <BR> <BR> I planned my meals ahead of time. Breakfast went well, but by lunch the terrible two-year old tantrum came out and instead of eating my planned meal, I chose another. The meal was equally as healthy and within my calorie range. I had bought a Subway veggie sandwich yesterday and only ate half. Today I finished the last half. It was good and I wanted it. But it was not on my plan. Defiance! <BR> <BR> Dinner was as planned. Two out of three... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 22:00:33 EST Beck Day 14 Beck Day 14 Plan for Tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that) <BR> <BR> I don’t know where to start with the meal planning. I have always just decided what I felt like eating at the time of any ne meal. I always had good fresh food in the house, so had much to choose from at any one time. Now I’m asked to plan ahead and to check off anything I didn’t eat or anything I ate that was not on my plan. <BR> <BR> I can make a plan of wonderful recipes, but will I stop and coo... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:46:29 EST Beck Day 13 Overcoming Cravings <BR> <BR> Yesterday I worried about smashing the two days (11 & 12) together. I was afraid it would be too much and throw me off. It turned out very well. I was proud that I did not over eat and even skipped a meal. <BR> <BR> But today, when I read the topic, I was excited. I though craving were hard for me. I was armed with all the techniques to help me through the day and I was determined. I was filled with energy and understanding of how Beck wants us to p... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:28:45 EST Switch, Beck Day 11 & Maybe 12 A Switch Flip <BR> <BR> This is the second time in the last week that a switch has flipped in my way of thinking and in my actions. That’s a good thing. Last night when I wrote my blog about the few times I had ever experienced hunger I experienced a change in my thinking and could view my actions, or re-actions toward food and eating in a more rational manner. You know how you can read the same statement over and over again and never truly understand it? That’s what I have experienced.... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 22:08:38 EST Beck Discerning the Difference Beck Day 11 <BR> <BR> Discerning the Difference <BR> <BR> Learning the difference between true hunger and both desire and cravings. I haven’t figured out the difference between desire and cravings. Can someone help with that? <BR> <BR> I haven't been hungry for many years. When I was a child and would play outside until I was famished, my Mother struggled with having something that I could put into my mouth immediately because if I had to wait for her to fix it or cut it, I would be pa... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:36:27 EST