MDGARDENGIRL's SparkPeople Blog MDGARDENGIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fear Makes Us Fat? "Fear Makes Us Fat" by Dr. Richard Gould <BR> <BR> "Food craving is a mental phenomena that is really a desire for something else that's buried deep (but safely) in the back of your mind. If you accept this premise (which I believe is fact) then you'll begin to understand what I mean when I say fear makes you fat. <BR> <BR> It is the fear of your own "hidden truth" that is the origin of the mental phenomena that creates the cravings. <BR> <BR> You are literally too afraid to engage your f... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:28:46 EST Never saw this NSV coming! As I sat here watching the rain, I thought I had to do something productive. So on my list of things to get done was clean out a closet. This has been on my To Do list for 2 years! So not excuses, I went to the back bedroom closet and there were a bunch of old "skinny" clothes staring back at me. Do you have one of these? A closet full of clothes with hopes that someday you will get back into them? I had dresses, blazers, jeans, pants, jackets..... all from 10 - 15 years ago when I was... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:02:07 EST Recipe for Buffalo Chicken Burgers... Yummo! My sister (IAMSHERYL1) made these last week while we were on vacation together. I never thought ground chicken could taste so good! So after several requests, here is the recipe! <BR> <BR> Buffalo Chicken Burger <BR> Submitted by: MDGARDENGIRL <BR> <BR> This is a recipe for a burger that is a play on buffalo wings. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 15 <BR> Number of Servings: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 12 oz organic chicken, ground <BR> 1/3 cup Blue Cheese ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:02:50 EST NEVER QUIT PLEDGE Never Quit Pledge <BR> Sunday, August 05, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best fr... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:00:21 EST My One Year Bandiversary visit to the Doctor It's been a year!! And what an experience it has been. A wonderful one that has changed my lifestyle forever! My focus has changed to finding the BEST foods to put into my body and getting the exercise I need to work it off. It's amazing to me how something as small as the Lapband can make such a big difference! <BR> <BR> I had my 1 year doctor's checkup yesterday. I was a little anxious. Maybe curious is a better word? I took in my weight loss graph of pounds and inches lost with a ... Sat, 26 May 2012 08:33:52 EST The Bench I have the wonderful opportunity to live in a beautiful setting of mature woods with two streams on both sides of our house. It’s peaceful, it’s quiet and it’s special. I often tell people that it belongs to God. I am just taking care of the place for a while. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> When my husband first bought this place, it was all woods. I remember him sitting at the kitchen window many a morning drinking his coffee and j... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 20:39:04 EST The Bench I have the wonderful opportunity to live in a beautiful setting of mature woods with two streams on both sides of our house. It’s peaceful, it’s quiet and it’s special. I often tell people that it belongs to God. I am just taking care of the place for a while. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When my husband first bought this place, it was all woods. I remember him sitting at the kitchen window many a morning drinking his coffee and ju... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:00:53 EST I USED TO BE... NOW I AM... I WILL BE <BR> I USED TO BE ...... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I USED TO BE afraid to get on the scale. <BR> ...Now I can't wait for Monday mornings! <BR> <BR> I USED TO BE ashamed to talk about my weight. <BR> .....Now I openly tell people what I weigh. <BR> <BR> I USED TO BE one who took life for granted. <BR> ....Now I live in the moment and savor every day. <BR> <BR> I USED TO BE one who hated exercise and felt working out was a chore. <BR> ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 18:43:03 EST Are you a quitter? Dieting is hard. It takes everything you have in you and takes everything that's in you, out of you. The highs and lows of the scale both physically and emotionally. The fear of eating out, going to a party, vacation, even the grocery store! <BR> <BR> We all have good days and bad. When you are having one of those bad days and you just feel like quitting...... read this...... <BR> <BR> <BR> The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying. There is no insurmountable barrier, exc... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:17:18 EST One more day This evening I went to a neighbor's viewing. He died of a heart attack at only 64 yrs old and was the picture of health. This could happen to me tomorrow, but at least I know I am on the right track to getting my body back in a healthy state. And I know what is at stake if I don't see it through to the end. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that God has given me one more day. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:26:30 EST Oh what a year it has been! I am almost sad to see this year end! It has been such a year of accomplishments for me. <BR> <BR> I turned 55 <em>244</em> <BR> I retired in April <em>244</em> <BR> I had lapband surgery in May <em>244</em> <BR> I lost 60 lbs <em>244</em> <BR> I bought an RV and traveled to the beautiful SouthWest for 2 months <em>244</em> <BR> After 6 months of fills, I am at my sweet spot <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Life is so good and I thank God for all the... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 20:28:31 EST 6 months & 5 fills.. the journey continues Thanksgiving Day was definitely a day of thanks for me as it was my 6 month anniversary with the Lapband! I continue to have success with my weight loss, although slow. But my main objective for the band was to keep me from regaining, not so much losing. So far I have been through summer picnics, a very long vacation and 1 major eating holiday and I have lost 20 lbs since the surgery. <BR> <BR> I am now at 9.5 ccs in my 11 cc band. I really didn't feel restriction until I was at 8cc's... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 19:35:13 EST My first RV trip to the beautiful SouthWest! I just returned from my virgin RV trip to the beautiful SouthWest. What an experience! My husband and I had many plans to travel after he retired. God had other plans for us though. My husband died of a heart attack just 3 days after his last day of work. Six years later, I have retired. I was a bit anxious about buying an RV and travelling alone, but I am determined to live our dreams. <BR> <BR> My trip took me and my Bostons, Fred & Sanford, from MD to Florida to pick up my Aunt and ... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:23:27 EST What it's like to have a Band Sister When I started out on this journey, I was not one to join forums or chat groups. But I had heard that Spark People was a great resource for weight loss and support. So I gave it a try. I found the Lapbander's team and started reading, and reading, and reading. I kept coming back and always found something that helped.... advice, support, kind words and honesty. <BR> <BR> After my surgery, I thought it was time to take the giant leap and find a buddy that I could share ideas and issues ... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 23:04:40 EST 3 months & 3 fills Another anniversary... 3 months today! Am I sorry I did this? NO WAY! Am I where I thought I would be 3 months out? No I'm not! <BR> <BR> I don't know where I got the notion that the band would start working for me immediately? I soon found out that Bandster Hell is what it is referred to. Appropriately named I must say! I wasn't prepared for the weeks/months it would take to get enough fills to feel restriction. 3 weeks after my surgery, I was ravenous and I wasn't prepared for... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 22:46:46 EST How I survived July.... or did I ??? July has been a very hectic month which is really the norm for me, so I don't know why I'm even writing this blog! My brother comes up from Brasil for the month with his 2 kids in tow... George and Julia. My sister came up from Atlanta for a week and my Aunt from Florida has been here as well. I've been to Philly 4 times, Washington DC twice and NYC one day. Good exercise but not the best food choices! <BR> <BR> All in all, my now 6cc band has helped me to maintain my weight loss throu... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:08:15 EST No fill? Wat's up with that? I was all prepared for a 2nd fill yesterday! But my doc had different plans for me. <BR> <BR> I had lost 5 lbs in 2 weeks thanks to the Zumba, Swimming and Walking! I told her I ate some chicken on the 4th and it didn't go down very easy. She said I am doing great! Um.... WHAT? But... but I'm still hungry I said! She told me that I needed to start eating firmer foods, like the chicken. Small bites, chew, chew, chew and slow down. The firmer proteins are supposed to sit in your st... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 18:42:16 EST Those darn plateau's ! Right after my surgery, I lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks. It stands to reason because I was on the liquid phase of the diet. Regardless, it was a surprise to me and happened effortlessly because I couldn't eat a lot due to the surgery. Then came week 3 when my stomach fought back with a vengance and demanded food. Lots of food! I gained 1-1/2 lbs as a result. I was a little worried about it, not knowing what changes were going to take place after I got my first fill. But, remained calm and foc... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 20:02:26 EST 1 Month Anniversary..... observations! Well, actually, DD had to remind me that it was our 1 mo anniversary today! We were banded on the same day. <BR> <BR> I haven't done a blog up to this point, but thought it would be good to journal the journey in case future bandsters are interested in one person's experience. My Surgery was May 24th, 2011. I had a hianel Hernia as well. My recovery took about a week and I was feeling well enough to get around fairly normal. The gas and constipation stayed with me for 2 weeks. Took ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:07:56 EST