MAVERICK59's SparkPeople Blog MAVERICK59's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Your best day is coming. <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:18:02 EST Interesting thought. <img src=""> <BR> huh. <BR> Makes sense when you think about it. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:35:08 EST Checking in with you. <img src=""> <BR> How are you doing? <BR> I hope you are doing ok and able to stay focused on your goals. <BR> Belinda Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:14:42 EST You Promise? I promise to you. <BR> But I want to know that you really mean what you say. <BR> I want to know that you are doing your best to get healthier. <BR> Do you pinky swear? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:34:04 EST Gets me through the work day. <img src=""> <BR> My Monday through Friday mantra. <BR> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:19:17 EST Just hanging on a Friday night. Me and my posse. <BR> I’m the cute one. <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:08:34 EST Peek-a-boo! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope you have some fun and giggles on this very American holiday! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 02:38:59 EST Look familiar? <img src=""> <BR> Looks about righto me! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:41:18 EST Feeling annoyed. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Co-workers. <BR> Need I say more? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:48:46 EST Shelter pets are the best! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My family has been so blessed with all the big and little adoptees that have come through our doors over the years. Except for the 36 inch iguana. He was just a foster! <BR> Makes my heart smile thinking about them all. <BR> Have a blessed day. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:57:04 EST My first day back after a week off. <img src=""> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:57:02 EST Montessori Hi am looking into a new method of working with small children. <BR> Does anyone have any experience or insight into the Montess0ri Method of homeschooling? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:40:44 EST Monday smile <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have to do what we have to do, right? <BR> Have a peaceful Monday, <BR> Belinda Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:25:33 EST :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Works at my house! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:41:45 EST Happy Friday! <img src=""> <BR> I knew it!!! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:42:34 EST Happy Thursday! <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:33:21 EST A smile for Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> Hope you find a lot today that makes you smile! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:34:58 EST Smile for today <img src=""> <BR> Have a great day! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:14:59 EST Empowering This is from the weekly Spark. I looked it up on You tube to share. <BR> If you are a woman, you should listen to this, and then go have an amazing day! <BR> <BR> Love and hugs, <BR> Belinda <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LPSw8U8 </link> <BR> Colbie Caillat singing Try Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:24:05 EST Don't have time for a sit down breakfast? <img src=""> <BR> <em>198</em> What will they think of next? <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:08:00 EST I need to change my way of thinking too! <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:08:35 EST I was surprised at how easy it was, thank goodness! <em>334</em> <BR> Let me know how you do! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:27:17 EST You know what I'm talking about. For me, this applies to ANY day that doesn't start with S. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 01:01:33 EST Turning the Clock Back 14 Years From <BR> <BR> A short, 4 minute video- "Four simple health behaviors may cut our risk of chronic disease by nearly 80%, potentially dropping our risk of dying equivalent to that of being 14 years younger." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-clock-back-14-years/?utm_source=rss&u<BR>tm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=turning-the<BR>-clock-back-14-years&utm_source=Nutrit<BR><BR>SS_VIDEO_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_te<BR>... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:35:28 EST Courage You have it in you to step outside your comfort zone and do one thing differently today. <BR> Just one. <BR> You may surprise yourself with what you thought you couldn't do! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 31 May 2014 16:02:42 EST Choices Today I learned my neighbor lady died, due to complications related to obesity and diabetes. My mother lived the last 15 years of her life mostly in a chair or a bed due to complications of obesity before dying last week. <BR> Food addiction has a powerful hold on the mind, even when we know we are literally killing ourselves with the food choices we make. <BR> For me my Sparkpeople BL team is one of the best tools I have to fight my addiction. If it weren't for the Blue Sapphires support, ... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:21:27 EST Right now, in this moment. I can’t think of this as a lifelong dieting process. It gets too overwhelming and I feel defeated before I begin. I have to think of this as a “Right now in this moment.” plan. <BR> What can I do right now, big or small to make a positive difference for my health? <BR> Choose water or soda? <BR> Don’t pick up the salt shaker? <BR> Ask myself to wait 15 minutes before eating that little something I think I can’t live without? <BR> Take my dog for a 10 minute potty walk instead of letting ... Sat, 24 May 2014 16:52:28 EST We should all feel this way This video is about a news anchor and how she responds when a viewer feels the need to let her know how fat she is. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=28 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:56:56 EST Happiness Experiment This wonderful video put out by Sparkpeople will warm your heart. <BR> You may even want to try it! <BR> <BR> (A couple of you mentioned it made you cry. I must admit it got to me too! Hugs, B) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=4 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Belinda Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:32:46 EST Just for tomorrow. Pizza, candy, ice-cream, mayo, enormous amounts of cheese, fried potatoes, butter, salted popcorn, heavy cream in my coffee, eating 5-6 meals a day. <BR> I thought I had moved away from eating like this. <BR> What has sent me spinning out of control the last several days? <BR> Is it recovering from my 4th surgical procedure since July? <BR> Is it the phone call and then mail from my employer letting me know what is expected of me when I return to work in early February? <BR> Is it watching ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:45:51 EST my 3rd year with Spark People As of 12/28/13 I have been a Spark member for 3 full years. What an amazing part of my life Spark has become. I never expected to make such great friends when I signed up for this online program and then later was invited to join this team. I certainly never expected to gain insight into myself as I have done. Reading about the lives of my Sapphire Sisters (and a sister from another team, Go White Tigers!) always gives me much to reflect on in myself. You have been more than a team. You are ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:08:55 EST Well, shut my mouth! These arrived today from 3 of Santa's sweetest little elves. <BR> I never saw this one coming. It’s not often I am left speechless. <BR> I feel loved and appreciated. <BR> You 3 are the true definition of friends. <BR> You are exactly what Christmas is supposed to be about. <BR> Thank you so very, very much. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I hope each of you experiences the wonderful feeling I have in my heart at this moment. <BR> Hugs, <BR> Belind... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:55:19 EST So You're Feeling Too Fat to Be Photographed... My daughter sent me this article. <BR> I hope you have a chance to read it. <BR> It gave me a new way to think about it. <BR> I think I will be having my picture taken a bit more. <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Belinda <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Religion </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:18:39 EST Goodbye my little one. My sweet little Tammy. <BR> I never thought you would leave us so quickly. <BR> The doctor had said you were doing better. <BR> Your daddy and I miss you so much. <BR> Both of the girls and both of the boys are feeling so sad at your sudden passing. <BR> We all thought we had more time to love you. <BR> I know you have passed over the Rainbow Bridge to join Holly, Noah and Vegas. <BR> I know your pain is gone and you can once again see and hear everything. <BR> But I miss you so much, my hea... Tue, 29 May 2012 15:28:26 EST Welcome Sweetie I am so happy that my sister, Rondini2, has joined the Blue Sapphires!! <BR> Please give my sister a special Blue Sapphire welcome. <BR> She is a bit shy, but I know you all will make her feel right at home. <BR> WooHoo!!!! <BR> <BR> :) <BR> Belinda <BR> Sun, 27 May 2012 13:11:22 EST ITC for WEEK 10 of BLC. Reflection. Blog about your past 10 weeks. Did you reach your goal? What’s next in your journey? <BR> <BR> <BR> These past 10 weeks presented more challenges than I was able to emotionally handle. I fell back into over eating as my coping mechanism. I regained 10 pounds instead of losing 25 like I had planned at the start of the challenge. <BR> However I never broke from my commitment to exercising every day. I am very proud of that. <BR> <BR> I was also recently able to step back and r... Sun, 20 May 2012 00:25:40 EST This is not easy for me. I have been asked by some Spark friends for a 'before' picture and a current one. <BR> I carry a lot of shame and sadness around how large I allowed myself to get. <BR> I seldom allow anyone to see pictures of me. <BR> But I have learned that I can trust my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> This is me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This first one was taken when I was over 350 pounds. <BR> I clearly was not happy with the photographer (a.k.a my daughter... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:23:10 EST Being an addict. I am 53 years old. Old enough to understand some things about my self. <BR> My brain is the brain of an addict. <BR> <BR> I have to fight this monster called food addiction 1 hour at a time, every hour I am awake, every day. Even after having lost 120 pounds I still feel fragile and vulnerable. I still have a lot more to lose, and then hopefully maintain. I know that if tempted, I would eat my way through the day, <BR> So- one hour at a time. <BR> <BR> I have been through years of tal... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 15:52:08 EST Choices Choices. <BR> <BR> They will always have an impact on us, positive or negative. <BR> <BR> Late last night I ate a slice of my favorite sharp cheddar cheese. <BR> <BR> I really wanted a second slice. <BR> <BR> I knew that one slice of cheese would have less calories than two slices of cheese. <BR> <BR> I made the right choice. I closed the fridge. <BR> <BR> We impact our health and weight loss one choice at a time. <BR> <BR> I wish you many good choices today. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Be... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:08:06 EST Delighted to be Average I have read that an average walking pace for women is 3 mph. <BR> That is 20 minutes to walk 1 mile. <BR> I have been practicing and striving to be 'average' for 15 months. <BR> With the use of a second hand treadmill ( and lots of Tylenol) I pushed through: <BR> <BR> A starting weight of 353 pounds <BR> Heel spurs and Plantar Fasciitis on both feet <BR> Anger <BR> Boredom <BR> A finicky right knee <BR> Resentment <BR> Loneliness <BR> 517 miles of practice <BR> A temperamental, loudly com... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:58:43 EST Opinions are like... <img src=""> <BR> Proof that you have to believe in yourself. <BR> <BR> Don't let anyone else's opinion of you <BR> matter more to you than your own opinion of yourself. <BR> <BR> God does not make mistakes. <BR> You are a work of art. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope you have a day filled with Joy. <BR> <BR> Belinda Sun, 4 Mar 2012 01:49:08 EST Open Challenge Update, I hope you will join me. I originally posted this blog intending for it to be a one day event. <BR> It turns out folks have enjoyed this and I know it REALLY helps keep me on track because I hate to lose a challenge! <BR> Please feel free to challenge me anytime, as often as you like. <BR> Hugs to all of you, <BR> Belinda <BR> <BR> (Original post of 2-25-12) <BR> I am seriously bored. <BR> When I get bored I start rummaging through the refrigerator. <BR> I realized I need a diversion sprinkled with a little bit o... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:32:55 EST Week 10 of Spark BL Winter challenge. My goal over the past 10 weeks of this Spark Winter BL challenge was to lose weight of course, but also to continue my journey into learning more about myself. <BR> <BR> I feel I have accomplished so much, not the least of which was to have made some wonderful new friends. <BR> I can't believe how much all of you have become a part of my daily life. <BR> <BR> I am happy to be ending this challenge having lost a few pounds, <BR> but more importantly, as part of finding me, I have also beg... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:48:29 EST Co-dependency My co-dependency on taking care of other people's needs, wants and problems is one of the biggest challenges I have faced on my journey towards better health. <BR> The benefactors of MY need to take care of their problems are not so happy with my trying to change how I interact with them. <BR> <BR> Hmmm.... <BR> Oh well, it is their problem not mine! <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:44:37 EST My weight loss Secret I was recently asked for my secrets to weight loss. <BR> I wish I could tell you that I have some great weight loss secrets for you. <BR> I don't. <BR> What I do have is determination to beat this unhealthy, emotional attachment I have to food for comfort and security. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it feels like I am rollerskating on ice, struggling to keep my balance, but I inevitably fall. <BR> I fall down a lot. I have many a bruise to show for it. <BR> I feel fragile, but I get back up ever... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 02:01:42 EST What is different this time? I have failed this journey of weight loss so many times in the past. <BR> I began to wonder what I was doing differently this time, <BR> that I had not given up on myself yet, despite several setbacks and disappointments. <BR> I think this time has been different because I became more willing: <BR> <BR> to talk with God about everything <BR> to accept that I cannot always have things my way <BR> to understand my past ways of dieting did not work <BR> to accept that my family might not like... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:16:56 EST Thank you Sis. Paying it forward. I love you too. My dear sister Rhonda forwarded me an email she received from Proverbs 31 Ministries, because today's message was about triggers. It resonated with me, so I thought I would share an excerpt from it with you. <BR> <BR> ~Triggers can be as large as the stab of loneliness from a broken relationship or the memory of a childhood trauma. Triggers can be as small as a discipline “chat” with a teen out past curfew or stumbling across fresh doughnuts in the office break room. They can prompt the tho... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:53:41 EST I did it! One of my goals over the next 5 weeks was to try 2 new vegan recipes. <BR> This might not seem like a big deal, unless you know how much I avoid actual 'cooking' when ever possible. <BR> Today I made a Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup. <BR> My daughter is giving it 2 thumbs up! <BR> I actually think it turned out pretty good myself. <BR> <em>147</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> • 1/4 cup coconut oil ( I just used 2 T of a canola oil) <BR> • 1 cup chopped onions <BR> • 1 clove ga... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:51:30 EST Venting I am so disappointed by how Spark has clearly prostituted them self out to every advertiser that is interested. These advertisers could not access our trackers or the other personal places on our individual Spark pages without permission from the top. The constant popups and forced 'rollovers' are very frustrating. If I wanted my thoughts posted for the world to see, I would put them on FB myself! Not everyone understands how to remove the share button on their blog. I understand the desir... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:14:53 EST Motivation Challenge Question or Name Your Inner Beast The challenge this week is to name what motivates me to stay focused, or name and tame my inner beast. <BR> In truth I have two issues motivating me. <BR> <BR> The first is heart health. <BR> I am a food addict. I have used food for comfort and companionship since I was a small child. I am concerned that over the years I have caused problems to my heart by being morbidly obese for so many years. I have read a lot of information about slowing down or even reversing this problem through fo... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:06:01 EST