MAUITN's SparkPeople Blog MAUITN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dietless and happy I've been dealing with the scale going up and up and getting more and more frustrated. So yesterday I decided not to diet. I ate three healthy and reasonable portioned meals. I had a better mental day. Going to do the same thing today. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:37:47 EST Good Friday 2017 It is a beautiful day here with blue skies, a light breeze and Sunshine. And not a day that I should be struggling, but I am. The scale just continues to go up and up. I'm struggling with cravings - I couldn't possibly be hungry, but I can't be filled. So I know it is all in my head. I have never been depressed before in my life, but that's the only thing I can figure this is. <BR> <BR> I'm taking a friend to my Good Friday Church service later today. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 08:49:54 EST Day 3, 4, & 5 Spring 5% Back on the horse. <em>572</em> After the previous two days of off plan food, not only is the scale way up, but my system was feeling the upset (bloating and gas). So, bring on the horse. <em>572</em> Now today I have two social (food) events. One at lunch and one at dinner. At neither event do I have a choice of what foods will be served. So I will have to rely on myself to pick carefully and only eat what I know I should. No grain, no dairy, no sugar. Protein & veggies, coffee ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:01:22 EST Day 2, 2017 Spring 5% I have lots of little plans for the day. Church, checking out a flea market, and puttering in the yard. Oh, and spiffing up the house in prep for having the Bible study here Tuesday morning. Things like digging out the coffee urn, plates, napkins, forks, finding some new tea, and some refreshments. I already have the Easter decorations out on the dinning and the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> As for my food, I’m combining Whole30, Keto, & Clean Eating. Because of the area of the country I l... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:04:54 EST Day 1, 2017 Spring 5 % Challenge Day 1 of the 2017 Spring 5% Challenge <BR> 136.4 <BR> 5% = 6.82 <BR> The day started off rising early, feeding and taking the dog out for a long walk. I dressed and headed out to pick up a friend and her daughter to drive to East Ridge, Tennessee (just outside Chattanooga) to a Garden Expo. We met up with other members of our local garden club and were on the search for a few plants to add to the small garden in the middle of the town that the garden club has chosen to take on as our projec... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:55:47 EST Whole30 Day 2 4/2/17 JRNL <BR> Day 2 of Whole30 <BR> I slept well last night and feel pretty good this morning. Church, continue to clean up house and 4th of July party planning and appetizers at neighbor’s house tonight. <BR> B – slice of pork roast, Roma tomato, ¼ avocado, coffee <BR> L – Romaine lettuce, mushrooms, Roma tomato, 2 hard boiled eggs, 2 slices bacon, Balsamic vinegar, olive oil <BR> D – Potato, boiled shrimp <BR> S – <BR> Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:44:30 EST Whole30 Day 1 Day 1 was easy and only had some cravings in the late afternoon, thus the snacks. <BR> <BR> 4/1/17 – 136.4 <BR> B – coffee, 2 strips bacon, 2 sm eggs, 1 Roma tomato, 1 plum <BR> L – Lettuce wrapped meatballs (2), Roma tomato, avocado, mustard <BR> D – Gr beef pattie, sweet potato, zucchini <BR> S – half carrot & almond butter, sm apple <BR> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:34:46 EST March 31 JRNL Jobs Today’s Job # 1 – <BR> I have been making a few changes in my house and before it could get better, it sort of had a "tornado blew through it" look. So my job today is to clean up and put things back in place. <BR> <BR> Today’s Job #2 – <BR> Plan & write out week’s meals <BR> Prep meals for Day 1, Saturday <BR> <BR> Soul Searching <BR> I have started a new diet, exercise, whatever so many times and yet I’m still not where I want to be. I end up quitting or cheating and giving up. I can... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:51:46 EST March 30, 2017 Two New Things March 30, 2017 JRNL <BR> <BR> I’m beginning a new diet on April 1st and a new 5% Challenge on April 8th. For the diet, I’m reading and planning to do a lot of prep work tomorrow. There is still time to get in on the 5% Spring Challenge. The site is here<BR>ual.asp? <BR> gid=68315 <BR> <link> ark/groups_individual.asp? gid=68315 </link> <BR> and is filled with fun and supportive team mates. Come join us. <BR> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:10:48 EST A Very Blessed Visit I spent a very short time with a neighbor and friend today taking down the last of her Christmas decorations and packing them away. This is a second home but a very loved one for her and she has not been able to be here since December 9th when she began heavy treatment for her second round with cancer. She was not able to take down the last of the decorations and was unable to get back up here to her home until now. So, she directed from her chair and her husband and I packed away the last... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:40:51 EST January 28 Three years ago today, my sweet husband took his last breath as I held him in my arms. I have told people that the second year was the hardest, and it was. I believe the first year the spouse that is left is in such shock, and having to deal with all of the realities and duties of arranging the funeral/memorial, taking over all of the finances and responsibilities of the home, family, and then left, alone, to find their way in their remaining life. People go away after the second year. <... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:06:36 EST Challah <img src=""> <BR> Spent the afternoon making Challah! Sat, 28 Jan 2017 19:40:22 EST Two Days of Baking (and an change) Two Days of Baking (and an change) <BR> <BR> I ran to the grocery early yesterday morning to pick up a few things for a soup and bread lunch for some friends. I invited three ladies over to bake homemade dog biscuits at noon so provided them with a light lunch. I went by a friend's house and pick fresh mint to go in the dog biscuits and had all the supplies out and ready for them to bake. It was fun and each woman went home with two dozen dog biscuits. <BR> <BR> Today, I have been invite... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:46:54 EST 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