MAZZALIN's SparkPeople Blog MAZZALIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Staying on track I am adapting well to the vegan way of eating and loving it! My food cravings and compulsive overeating has gone. Because of my compulsive overeating history, however, I tend to overeat even on healthy food. I'm reading the Eat To Live book and really want to follow the 6 week plan. <BR> <BR> Today I will plan out my meals and follow the ETL guidelines and do my best. <em>249</em> <em>285</em> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:42:52 EST Finding a food plan that works for a lifetime. After all my years of dieting, I realize now that this is a lifelong journey and I will always need to have a plan in place. I want to have a food plan that works for a lifetime. About 5 years ago I found a program that allowed me to lose over 100 lb. It was suppose to be a way of life and not a diet. The only problem for me was that it was NOT something I could stick to for he rest of my life. It was 3 weighed and measured meals off a particular plan with NOTHING in between, ever. I ha... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 09:08:04 EST It has been a long time, but I'm happy to be back. Wow, it has been a long time since I posted a blog entry. I haven't even been checking in here probably since the first of the year. I'm not sure what happened because Sparkpeople is so helpful to me. I still have been using the nutrition tracker on and off but that's about it. Life happens! <BR> <BR> My most recent life event is that 8 weeks ago on this Friday coming up I had unexpected open heart surgery. This was a shock to everyone. I am still 30 over my goal weight but was continu... Wed, 11 May 2011 10:27:58 EST Not my blog but it's a MUST READ my friends. This is not my blog and I sure hope I am not violating any rules by copying it and pasting it in my Sparkpage but it is sooooooo good and motivating that I need to save it to reread it. I also want to share it with my Sparkfriends. If you have not visitited this user's sparkpage please do. Her picture will truly inspire you. <BR> <BR> How to Keep Going When the Road is Long <BR> <BR> By Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL) <BR> <BR> You might think that after losing more than 130 pounds, motiva... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 08:30:09 EST Putting a positive spin on a negative feeling. I am feeling very disappointed right now so I'm coming here to share it so I don't wear it. It is now 10 days until my 60th birthday and I will not be at my goal as I thought I would. BUT, I am 6 days back on track with my food and going strong. <BR> <BR> About 5 yr. ago I lost over 100 lb. on GS (GS = Greysheet, a 12 step program of recovery, is their website if anyone is interested in looking it up) and maintained the loss for several years. Since going off GS, I have gai... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 07:11:38 EST Strategy is everything. In the book the Thin Commandments the author says that thin people do not have better willpower. They have better strategy. Another phrase I use frequently is failing to plan is planning to fail. So today my strategy is to go back to what I KNOW works for me and how I lost 100 lb. and that is Greysheet. As much as I hate the fact that it is my answer, I know it is tried and true. The program also supports my spirtual goals. It's a no brainer for me yet I fight what I know works, why, b... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 13:20:46 EST Tough love from Tony Horton I was on another message board and found an old post that someone posted from a chat room where Tony had been and they posted his message on tough love. It was a very old post and not sure when it was but I'm saving this for myself to read often because it spoke volumes to me. I can picture Tony saying these things but as for where this came from I don't know and don't care. I just LOVE Tony Horton <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>__________ ________ <BR> ALRIGHT, SIT... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 10:27:51 EST Everything does not have to be a 10. This morning I went to an overeaters anonymous meeting and found myself telling someone that the meeting was OK, not great, just OK. Then I heard what I was saying. I then had to tell myself that EVERYTHING does not have to be a 10. My food doesn't have to be a 10 all the time and life certainly is not always a 10. I think I need to take a close look at my expectations. Having that "all or nothing" thinking leads to a lot of disappointments in life. <BR> <BR> So, with that being said I'... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 13:07:26 EST For today I seem to always be either regretting the past or fearing the future which really keeps me from living each day to it's fullest. As far as my eating plan goes I do the same. I am worried about how to get through the next temptation, the next event, the next emotional upset etc, etc. All of this causes me to miss the day. <BR> <BR> So, for today I will enjoy life and do the next right thing. Sat, 12 Jun 2010 11:55:13 EST P90X, second time's a charm After completing all of round 1 except for the last week when I had some health issues, I felt great. My weight, however, did not go down much as I didn't follow the nutrition program. Despite that, I see many benefits of completing P90X. First of all, I have a great sense of accomplishment. I'm definitely stronger. I feel like my workouts have become well rounded. As a spinning instructor, I focused more on cardio and then weight training and really nothing else. I tried things I thou... Thu, 27 May 2010 14:11:53 EST weight goals May 1 - 165 <BR> June 1 - 158 <BR> July 1 - 149 <BR> August 1 -145 <BR> Sept. 1 - 139 goal weight <BR> <BR> That is very doable for me and will accomplish my goal to be 139 by Sept. 17 when I will be 60, sexy and sassy!!! <BR> <BR> However, there is no room for playing around or cheats so I must keep my eye on the goal. Thu, 13 May 2010 10:50:29 EST Sick of the scale dictating what kind of a day I'm having. My plan is to stay off the scale until June 1. I am tired of up 1 down 2 up.5 down 1. It is just crazy. I'm so addicted to the scale that sometimes I weigh several times a day. One thing I do know is that if I follow my plan with no cheats that I will lose something. <BR> <BR> So, my plan is to stay off the scale until June 1 and have NO CHEATS. If I do that, I can do nothing else but lose. That's a winning plan! Thu, 13 May 2010 09:48:54 EST Following my foodplan no matter what! Today I'm feeling really hungry. I've had my breakfast and lunch and will just wait until my planned dinner to eat. My MO has been to continually graze on healthy snacks which is why I have not been able to take off the 30 lb. I regained. <BR> <BR> I am doing so well on my foodplan and I will not let "hungry" sabbotage my success. Wed, 28 Apr 2010 15:34:16 EST I'm changing the gameplan. After completing round 1 minus the last week of P90X I am definitely stronger and feel a great sense of accomplishment. I took 2 weeks off then started round 2, However, as I need to focus more on the nutriotion portion right now I feel the need to go back to Greysheet which is where I lost all my weight. It is a disciplined program and requires a lot of work. It also works more on the spiritual and emotional aspects too. So, that being said, I plan to put P90X on hold for now until I ta... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 12:53:59 EST Getting more focused in round 2 of P90X I'm starting round 2 of P90X with more strength and ready to be more focused. I am definitely stronger than when I started but not near where I want to be. So this time around I will focus more on the nutrition to shed some fat. I've also increased my weights since round 1. <BR> <BR> Instead of making it through the workouts I plan to BRING IT this time around. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:33:46 EST Almost made it through P90X, 11 weeks completed With 2 weeks left of completing P90X I developed some medical problems which required taking some time off exercise and having some tests done. I made it through week 11 and week 12 was really the last week with week 13 a rest schedule. I got the results of my tests taday and all is well and much less serious than suspected. I got the OK to go back to exercise, yay. <BR> <BR> So, I did not get RIPPED this round but I did accomplish a lot. I did more than I thought I ever would. I was co... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:09:38 EST Working the P90X nutrition plan W4, D4 and going strong with the exercise. My food, however, could be better, much better. I am going back to my old pattern of grazing. I made a few poor food choices over the last month but not many. Basically, I'm grazing on healthy food. That does not support my goal of losing weight. So, I'm tracking my food again in the food tracker. That eliminates all the guesswork and tells me exactly where I'm at caloriewise and nutrientwise. <BR> <BR> I have a friend who started the progr... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 11:31:13 EST P 90X rocks! Week 4 day 3 and I'm feeling stronger. I'm a little tired right now but feeling great. Not much else to report right now except that it's a good tired and I'm off to bed. Wed, 3 Feb 2010 21:03:02 EST P90X Week 2 Day 4 Today was yoga x and I completed the entire routine. Last week I only did 1/2 of the DVD but today I pressed on and completed it. Whew, it was no pice of cake and I modified a lot of the moves. Several moves I could not do at all. But, I'm focusing on progress and not perfection. I am eating better and feeling strong. I may never look like the pros on the DVD but I'll be the very best I can be. Thu, 21 Jan 2010 13:01:45 EST P90X W1 D5 I did the Legs and back and Ab ripper X routines. I did it at the gym with a friend who has started with me. It's not all pretty yet but I'm feeling stronger each time I do the Ab ripper X. I am so encouraged. When I'm done I feel really good and not worn out. Plus, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:14:57 EST God knows what we need when we need it. Yesterday I was looking at some pictures of myself and became very unhappy about the way I look right now. Since losing 100 lb. I have gained back 30-35 lb. and it shows. I became very discontent with who I am. Then, I even looked at some of my thinnest pictures and thought that wasn't even good enough. So, although I'm working on losing the weight and doing P90X to become more fit and in shape I became very dissatisfied with myself. <BR> <BR> Part of my new program is to become more fit... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 08:59:26 EST P90X W1 D4 Every day I'm feeling strong and feel really committed to P90X (or need to be committed:) and I have much to do today. I HAVE to be organized now or it won't get done. Also, I was very convicted about spending so much time on this and so little time set aside for GOD. My devotion time is a pidly amount so that HAS to change if I want to continue. I'm looking for more ways to just keep God first and foremost in my life. After all, when my day comes to stand before Him He's not going to ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:13:18 EST Exercise daily. Walk with God. OK, it's not my own saying but I saw it on a church billboard yesterday. It was like God himself was speaking to me. I am taking on a huge challenge physically with P90X and I'm devoting a LOT of time to it every day. My hearts desire is to start my day with prayer and devotion time. I have finally started doing that but always seem to squeeze it in. My meager 10 or 15 minutes in the morning is nothing compared to what I'm devoting to P90X. So, my goal is to get up a little earlier to s... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 15:04:33 EST P 90X W1 D3 I am feeling stronger every day. Today was Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper X. I also taught a Silver Sneakers class and did a 40 min. Spinning practice with another instrudctor. My eating is good and I'm feeling really great. My triceps are talking to me right now though and I don't think they are saying nice things <em>100</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:56:49 EST P90X Week 1 Day 2 I'm on W1 D2 of P90X. Yesterday I did the core synergistics and I taught a Spinning class and took a Bodyflow class. On today's schedule was cardioX. I had a really busy day at work and I got home at 6pm, asked Roger if he would stop and get dinner for himself on the way home because I would be exercising right after work. So here I am so proud to stay motivated enough to do the workout at home and complete it even if I looked like a dork doing it. Anyway, as I'm doing the DVD Tony says if yo... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 20:31:14 EST P90X Week 1, Day 1 I just did my first core synergistics workout. I completed the entire workout with modifications minus the bonus round. Did you hear the WOOHOO? There is one move called the dreya roll that was put in by Dreya Webber an aerial star. You stand feet together and lower yourself back onto the floow lying down and then roll forward to a standing position. It is unbelieveable and I will probably never be able to do that. <BR> I kept a record of the modifications I made so I can track my progress. I... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:25:16 EST Monday is the day............. I officially start the P90X program. When they say that P90X is extreme, they are NOT kidding. I have only attempted to do and mostly watched the 2 core workouts and OMG. This is one bad a$$ program. I will do as the program suggests which is to "do your best and forget the rest". I WILL NOT be defeated before I even start by telling myself that I can't do this or that. I will keep a record of what I do and watch my progress. And maybe at the end of the 90 days I will stil not be doin... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 13:31:21 EST What I've accomplished so far preparing for starting P90X... So far I've........ <BR> watched the "Bring It' dvd <BR> taken the Fit test <BR> taken my measurements <BR> taken before or "goodbye" photos <BR> worked on eating according to the foodplan and am getting better <BR> done as much as I could of the Abs X routine <BR> started tracking my exercise on a calendar <BR> read part of the Fitness guide <BR> watched part of the plyometrics DVD <BR> <BR> So, I officially start the routine on Monday and before then I will have read through the entire Fit... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 15:44:48 EST My plan for starting P90X I just got my P90X in the mail yesterday and my plan was to start Monday. I thought I'd be able to take my measurements, take before photos, do the fitness test, watch the DVD and read the guides. Well, that's not going to happen and I want to be properly prepared. <BR> <BR> So my plan for starting is to start the nutrition plan on Sunday and all next week continue the workouts I usually do. I will do all the steps in the prep work, watching the Bring It video, read the guides, take my m... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 15:05:04 EST P90X please hurry. I am very psyched about starting the P90X program. I hear it is a tough routine and I hope I am ready to start it. It should arrive this week or early next week. I am continuing my regular exercise and eating clean and watching my portions. That should give me a good base to start the program. . Tue, 29 Dec 2009 21:38:38 EST Never, never give up. Today's a new day and an opportunity to stay on plan. I was reading some other blogs and see that I'm not alone when it comes to giving in to holiday tempatations. In fact for me it was not even the holiday temptations. I resisted the holiday treats all around me and then dove into some "junk". What a shame when I could have had the real thing, LOL. But, it's behind me now and I will not give up and I really like what another sparkmember said ........... "she's not throwing in the 2009 t... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 09:16:03 EST Always stay on guard. After a month and a half of staying on plan and losing 11 lb., I gave in to temptation on Friday and was not much better yesterday. I got on the scale today and the number definitely reflected how bad I was with my choices the last few days. I went to work on Friday to an office that had a catered lunch brought in with all kinds of desserts. I had planned on doing shakes during the day and when I saw the food I just gave in to temptation. I started out OK eating the chicken, veggies and s... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 09:48:24 EST Prayer changes things I am so thankful for all the prayers since putting Jasmine down on Saturday. I've really felt the power of prayer. I've been sad yet peaceful. I feel like I'm grieving in a healthy way and I attritubute that to all the prayers. I'm not using food to comfort me. I'm just feeling the feelings and moving on. Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:35:54 EST Jasmine is gone. I am very sad today as I had to put Jasmine, my cat of over 15 years down yesterday. She had her lung removed 5 years ago and survived cancer. She did so well that I'm grateful for the 5 years after that that I had with her. Recently she spent 2 weeks in the hospital then after a month another few days and then home and not eating or drinking again. I took her to her vet and he wanted to ultrasound her again and he did and her pancreas showed signs of cancer this time but without going in... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:52:22 EST What a difference a day makes! Wow, just one good day of clean on plan eating and I feel 10 lb. lighter. It's amazing! I've gotten all those food thoughts out of my head. I write my food down, call it to a food sponsor and commit to eating that and only that for the day. Viola, all other food thoughts out of my head. Greysheet is not easy but it definitely is simple. I'm listening to a phone meeting right now with people all over the world on the call. I am so thankful. Off to have a wonderful day. Fri, 23 Oct 2009 07:09:51 EST Why do I keep trying to reinvent the wheel? Well, last night I got so out of control that no amount of food was doing it. Roger is out of town and I just let the house go and got into the food. I talked to Roger last night and he really encouraged me to go back to Greysheet. He told me that up until now that he really didn't buy into this AA type of connection with food and needing all the support of GS. I told him that any diet would work if I would stick to it. He was raising his voice saying NO, GS IS THE ONLY ONE FOR YOU. Who... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 17:05:05 EST Stayed on plan while away but................... then came home and got back into the grazing/snacking mode. Geez, it's so frustrating. I went out of town for several days and we ate very healthy. I made healthy choices, ate only 3 meals a day and no snacks. Today I found myself back home and grazing again. I guess I need to be thankful for the days I did not graze. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 19:52:32 EST Be a friend to yourself In my devotion time this morning I read that we are to love God, love our neighbor and love ourselves. If I can love God and my neighbor, why is it so hard to love myself just the way I am. I wouldn't talk to a friend the way I talk to myself sometime. So, for today I will love myself just the way I am, extra pounds and all. I'll encourage myself that I can and will achieve my goal. I'll put Phil 4:13 into action and remember that I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Tue, 13 Oct 2009 07:59:31 EST Focusing on progress, not perfection. My calories are not where they should be to lose weight consistently but they are better than they were 3 days ago, much better. Also, for three days I have committed to log my food into my food tracker and have exercised 2 of the three days. That's progress! I'll focus on the positive today and be proud of small accomplishments. Mon, 12 Oct 2009 10:56:49 EST Learning what works Keeping a food journal and staying connected is not only keeping me on track with my eating but it is helping me to learn what works and what doesn't. Yesterday I remained hungry all day which caused me to graze. I also ate out and made some food choices that were not what I had planned. By going back to my nutrtion tracker and looking at the previous day I could see the food choices that kept me satisfied. So, today I'm duplicating some of my meals from the previous day. Sun, 11 Oct 2009 10:32:22 EST The way to build momentum is....... to have a plan and stick to it. It really is that simple. Failing to plan is planning to fail. In one Sparkmember's signature line she writes about commitment saying "you are either IN or OUT. There's no in between". That really spoke to me and I decided yesterday that I'm IN. Enough is enough. Today is only day 2 and already I feel empowered. It's amazing what one day of staying on plan can do. The days start building and the momentum gets going and viola "you're on a roll". <BR> ... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 11:36:29 EST Grateful for a new day Today is the day for me to stop the pattern of bingeing and restricting. I will follow a modified Greysheet plan and eat ONLY what I have planned. I have entered my food for the day into my nutrition tracker and it is a reasonable amount of food. I pray the God will help me to stay focused on my goal and not deviate from my foodplan today. Fri, 9 Oct 2009 08:30:03 EST Trying a new pla. For me structure is so important in my life and structure with my food is a must. There are many food plans that work but the key is sticking to it. I'm trying Wendy Chant's Conquer the fat loss code. It is structured yet it allows for "life" by aloowing carb up and even cheat days in moderation. Ahhhh, moderation, something I've not done well with in the past. I am going to give this an honest try. We'll see. Mon, 25 May 2009 20:28:21 EST