MAUITN's SparkPeople Blog MAUITN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Q... 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 ... 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 ... 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 th... 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 churc... 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 a... 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 experien... 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 ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:36:27 EST Disruption! Another night waking at 2:30 a.m. and not being able to get back to sleep. I’m having fewer nights like this, but still the occasional disruption. So, I will have a long, long day! <BR> <BR> This is usually a bad day for cravings. Going to try to combat that with multiple cups of tea and lots of water. Exercise, yep, maybe some exercise. <BR> <BR> Just let it go. Let that ball of twine unravel. <BR> Mon, 7 Sep 2015 07:33:09 EST Beck Day 10 & Hanging Day 10 - Realistic Goal <BR> <BR> 5 pounds - Happy with that because if I can lose five pounds, I can lose fifteen. <BR> <BR> Slowly! So far, I don't seem to be having it any other way... <BR> <BR> I'm hanging in there over this busy weekend. I have <BR> <BR> Read Beck daily <BR> Eaten every meal sitting down <BR> Given myself credit <BR> Read some blogs <BR> And blogged <BR> <BR> What I haven't done or finished is the scheduling chart, the essential/non chart and exercise chart. I... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 09:44:26 EST Beck Day 9 Beck Day 9 Exercise <BR> <BR> I hate it, but I know it is important. There is one of the reasons to exercise that is not true for my body. That being that it controls appetite. Not in my case. It always makes me more hungry. But I will do it anyway. No choice. <BR> <BR> Sabotaging thoughts are coming out now. LOL Back, down, out! I am replacing them with fun and funny. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Sep 2015 19:37:06 EST Beck Day 8 Beck Day 8 <BR> <BR> I have copied out the different charts used in this day’s exercises. <BR> <BR> I am filling in the Priority Chart. Realization = It is amazing how little of the things we fill our day with are truly Essential Activities. <BR> <BR> Daily Schedule - This is difficult because I’m retired and there is less structure in my days, but busy with many different activities. I’m working on it. <BR> <BR> Food Chart – Printed and still going through thought and pr... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 08:20:02 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 7 No Dawdling or Procrastinating Here! I will not fail. No, no failing here! Not this time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today are insanely busy for me and I can’t do everything or I will be frustrated and quit the whole thing. So here’s Day 7 thoughts and I’m working on all the days’ steps, BUT I will leave the many e-mails, blogs (so many) and thoughts to read until a time when I can catch up. My compromise. <BR> <BR> Arrange Your Environment <BR> <BR> I have been working on thi... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:07:52 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 6 Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 6 <BR> <BR> Find a Coach – The book said find a diet coach, but I think a Beck coach is better. I wanted someone who had the whole picture rather than just the nutritional data and someone who has worked the Beck plan before and knows her way around. And I found a jewel! <BR> <BR> We seem to have so much in common in the way we think and the way we try to enforce our ways of doing things only to come to the realization that the Beck way may be better! I need â€... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:27:44 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 5 Eat Slowly and Mindfully <BR> <BR> Fork down <BR> 20 minutes to register full <BR> Sip water <BR> Soup first <BR> Photograph food <BR> <BR> Later adding in some distractions on occasion <BR> Writing journal <BR> Bible study Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:45:32 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 4 Giving Yourself Credit <BR> <BR> I always think I'm better at this than I am. So, I need to work on this. I will add money to a jar for every time I give myself credit throughout the day. I expect to be able to buy a very expensive item of clothing at the end of this challenge! Now where is that GREAT BIG jar? Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:42:59 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 3 Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 3 <BR> <BR> Eat Sitting Down. Eating at the table with no distractions. Make it a culinary experience and a work of art. Photograph it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I have done this for a couple of days now. That is until this morning. I made a smoothie and carried my glass to my kitchen desk and computer. I had taken a couple of sips before I realized what I had done. I got up, move... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:20:32 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 2 Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 2 <BR> <BR> Diets – plural because I need a back up plan. Because no one diet is perfect, I have chosen to count calories and work for high fiber, low fat and sodium, little to no sugar. My second choice is Eat To Live, a low fat vegan diet. Both will emphasize fresh, whole, and as much organic as possible. <BR> <BR> I know that the minute I am denied a particular food or category, that will create a craving and lead to failure on my part. This selection ... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:46:52 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 1 Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 1 <BR> <BR> Prepare and Practice! Those two actions will make or break my success or failure! <BR> <BR> My Advantage List <BR> 1. Be able to live alone in my own home longer <BR> 2. Not to be a burden to other people because of ill health <BR> 3. Increase energy to do what I want to do (travel, hiking, etc.) <BR> 4. Look better & be happier with myself and in my clothes. <BR> 5. Pick anything out of my closet at any time -- and having it FIT! <BR> 6. Have only... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:59:21 EST Beck Chapter 4 - Slow Down and Work It Slow Down and Work It <BR> <BR> Beck is giving us all the tools we need to succeed in changing our behavior and our body. We’re being led step by step to ensure that we get it right and that we don’t lose motivation. My history has been one to jump in and do everything immediately. Impatient. That’s me. I want results now and without all that much work! <BR> <BR> But this time, I’m changing. I’m going to take it slow and do it one step at a time. I’m going to do it right... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:45:40 EST Beck Chapter 3 Beck Chapter 3 <BR> <BR> I exercised my resistance muscle yesterday. I was out of the house and out of town and my food choices were good and no snacking. I deserve credit for doing so well. <BR> <BR> On to Chapter 3. I answered “yes” to a few of the questions at the beginning of Chapter 3. Not ever question was a “yes” completely or every time, but enough that I need to study these issues carefully, honestly. <BR> <BR> In characteristic 1, yes I certainly have eaten when I... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:22:53 EST Beck Chapter 2 Sabotaging thoughts. Especially the ones that allow you to disregard the advice in this book. This is ME! I have always thought that planning meals and putting your gym clothes out the night before was foolish and didn’t really need to be done. I have also always failed to maintain a loss! This is a lesson I must learn this time around. <BR> <BR> Triggers. Another issue I have ignored. <BR> Environmental Triggers - I use to be a “foodie” and still subscribe to all the food ma... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 07:50:13 EST Gathering Gathering <BR> <BR> I have spent the afternoon gathering the materials and the resolve I will need for the Beck ReBoot challenge. I read the first chapter of Beck. My thoughts are that it is about learning to change, about creating new, healthier, habits and about new ways of thinking. I must learn to stop blaming, stop making excuses, and to go into this with a positive attitude. An attitude eager to see the new me! <BR> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:56:21 EST Every Day Is Different Some days go easily by. Others find me clawing my way to the end of the day. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 04:17:32 EST Change Must Come During the first months and year after the death of my husband, I was determined to be strong and capable of handling all details, financial and otherwise. And I did! That first year I stayed busy. I was running on what I now know was shock and denial. I had things I had to do. I had to prove myself capable. And I did. Did it well. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, for the last six months, I have been suffering from what I can only describe as delayed grief. A year and a half after his death,... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:47:14 EST ETL Day 5 6/23/15 <BR> Despite eating pretty well (80%), the scale was up this morning. BUT, I believe it is mostly sodium, because two meals were out plus a bit of wine at dinner. I'm not giving up. But I will start drinking more water to combat the higher sodium meal out. I am not going to give up going out with friends. Being alone, it is easier to have my bigger meal out earlier in the day when I do have social events. <BR> <BR> We'll see what happens. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:14:51 EST Day 4 The scale was down a little bit. I'll take it. I had to drive to a town about an hour away early this morning for a dental cleaning and check up and later met my niece and great niece for lunch and shopping. Fun, hot day. Back home and had my book club meeting. <BR> Lunch was a black bean egg roll at a restaurant and dinner is a little homemade soup of mixed veggies. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:07:11 EST ETL Day 2 6/20/15 <BR> Despite not being 100% ETL yesterday, the scale was down this morning. I wasn't 100% today either, but spent time planning, buying fresh lettuce, kale, baby eggplant, and yellow squash at the Farmer's market this morning and researching some recipes I plan to make tomorrow after Church. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a perfect ETL food day. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the comments and the encouragement. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:40:15 EST ETL Day 1 6/19/15 – Day 1 <BR> B – Smoothie (5 strawberries, 1 c frozen pineapple/mango cubes, 1 T chia, 1 T oats, .5 c almond milk ), coffee <BR> L – salad bar @ Ruby Tuesday <BR> S – 1 slice bread with hummus and tomato <BR> D – Cheese & crackers, wine <BR> Vit. & Meds - Done <BR> Comments – I have tried my very best to convince myself that I could be slimmer (healthy weight) and still eat and enjoy what I wanted to. I love to eat and to cook and don’t like being limited. However, th... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:29:28 EST Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas and Feta I just made this for brunch and it is a saver. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>less-mondays-with-martha-stewart-lemon<BR>y-leeks-with-chickpeas-and-feta-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Lemony Leeks with Chickpeas and Feta <BR> Serves 2-3 <BR> <BR> 3 large leeks <BR> 1 cup vegetable stock <BR> 1 cup chickpeas (canned is fine) <BR> ½ cup crumbled goat feta <BR> Dressing: <BR> 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 tsp. liquid honey <BR> juice and zest of one lemon <BR> pinc... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:56:23 EST