MINILOVER1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MINILOVER1 MINILOVER1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A Great Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414266 My daughter, Kim, and I decided to go for a walk on a portion of the Sugar River Trail in Newport, NH a adjacent town from where I live. It was a beautiful, sunny day with a small cool breeze. We walked along side a river with clear flowing water as the sweet sound of song birds in the trees entertained us. The trail was wide and covered with soft dirt with a firm hard packed foundation that made the impact on our feet easier. We continued walking until we reached the covered bridge whic... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:05:33 EST Made it to the top http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413086 Yesterday my neighbor and walking buddy, Chris, and I decided we would try hiking Silver Mountain in Lempster. It was an overcast sky with occasionally a little drizzle of rain. Neither one of us had done any hiking for awhile so it was a good challenge. Silver Mountain is 2,160 feet in elevation and the trail is mostly tree roots and some ledge but otherwise pretty good. It took us 2 1/2 hours round trip but we did it! We never once thought of giving up and turning around. We kept tak... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:04:05 EST You Never Know How Far You Can Go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408900 Yesterday I was doing well on my eating with a healthy breakfast and drinking my water. I decided to take a short walk along the walking trail in the next town. When I first started out, I kept telling myself "turn around. You really don't feel like walking today." but instead I focused on a tree a ways up the trail and decided I would turn around there. At least I did some walking, right? Once I reached the tree, I decided that maybe I will walk up to the railroad bridge that I could s... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 05:33:09 EST Always Challenge Yourself! You Are Your Best Motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297398 I use to want to lose weight because I wanted to look good for my husband and family but now I find that I am doing it for ME! My health is very good except for my weight and my weight is causing me to be out of breathe sooner than I should be when I do anything physical for a long period of time. So.....I took some pictures of myself and printed them out. Hung them up (not only in my exercising room but every where in the house). It motivates me to keep exercising even when I don't feel... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:29:37 EST Lazy and Binged GRRRR!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296013 All I wanted to do yesterday was sleep. <em>102</em> I don't know if it had anything to do with the slight head cold I am fighting but I just didn't feel right. Did the normal barn chores but had to do them in segments instead of all at once like I usually do which takes 90 minutes each morning. Strength or Cardio training were totally not on my list of things to do so I didn't do any. <em>39</em> <BR> Along with not doing my usual exercising, I binged on anything I could find in ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:18:02 EST Tape VS Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294042 Getting on the scale today, the number went up! My first thought was one of frustration and wanting to just give up on losing weight or even getting to my short term goal. I was doing everything right includingbnot cheating at all! Why am I gaining? Then I remembered that muscle weighs more than fat and with all the exercising I had been doing maybe the added weight is muscle. Getting my cloth tape measure out, I took my waist and hip measurements. Guess what! I had lost a half inch ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 17:43:53 EST Importance of a Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293354 Back in 2009, I did a Vision Board and on it I had pictures and quotes that kept me motivated to reach my weight goal but then life got in the way and I lost it. I gave up and put the board away and forgot about it and did not reach my goal weight. In uncluttering my bedroom the other day, I found it behind my dresser. I sat down and really looked at it and realized that I had accomplished some of the pictures I had pasted on there. For example, I rode a horse for the first time in over 50 ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 17:22:21 EST Tired but exercised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292590 This morning I am very tired due to taking some sinus non-drowsy medicine that I reacted to as if I was on speed. Tried to sleep but my mind kept racing and I got restless leg syndrome so I decided I would do some housework and chat with some friends on Marestare and watch the sunset drive from Africa from National Geographic but that didn't even make me tired. Got all my housework done and still couldn't sleep. I finally laid down at 3:30 AM and then woke back up at 4:30 AM. <BR> Now... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 12:50:27 EST SUCCESS-APHOBIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291977 I find that I have a phobia that I call Success-aphobia! I am terrified of succeeding in my weight loss journey. Not because I don't want to be healthy because basically I am very healthy except for my weight. Many times I have lost weight (32 pounds and kept it off but it took years to do so) but then my mind goes crazy on me and all kinds of nonsense jumps into my head. "Oh my goodness! You are losing weight! You are really doing it! What will people say when you lose? Will your person... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:31:17 EST SUCCESS-APHOBIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291976 I find that I have a phobia that I call Success-aphobia! I am terrified of succeeding in my weight loss journey. Not because I don't want to be healthy because basically I am very healthy except for my weight. Many times I have lost weight (32 pounds and kept it off but it took years to do so) but then my mind goes crazy on me and all kinds of nonsense jumps into my head. "Oh my goodness! You are losing weight! You are really doing it! What will people say when you lose? Will your person... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 14:31:16 EST DID YOU EVEN TASTE WHAT YOU JUST ATE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291150 Many times I use to just shovel my food into my mouth, quickly do a few chews and then swallowed it and then reach for more food. Not even taking the time to really savor the taste of the food. This, I feel, is one of my main cause of my large weight gain. Once I finished what was on my plate (which was basically a large amount), I would get more food and shovel some more. Sitting in front of the TV or computer while I ate didn't help any either because I wasn't paying attention to what ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:16:03 EST STOP! I'M FULL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290541 I have always been told that our stomachs are the size of our fists which makes mine about the size of a baseball so why do I keep eating as if it was the size of a basketball? Even though I feel like my stomach is ready to burst, I keep on shoveling the food into my mouth! Then I feel sooo uncomfortable for awhile. Why didn't I stop before I reached that point? There is no real excuse for it. I could say that my mother always told me that I had to eat everything on my plate because ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 16:44:15 EST 10 Changes I have Made in my Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289765 I have made a few changes in my eating habits that I should of been doing a long time ago. <BR> (1). Don't eat in front of the TV or computer. Sit at the kitchen table and enjoy what I am eating. <BR> (2). Measure my food so I know I have Portion Control and not Portion Distortion. <BR> (3). Drink water with and between every meal instead of coffee. <BR> (4). Look on SP for new healthy recipes to try. <BR> (5). Plan my meals! This is very important because my husband can eat anything an... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:01:09 EST Excuses Begone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288490 First day of 2017. I am very motivated and did 30 minutes on my stationary bike which equaled 10.10 miles. Yesterday I did only 1 mile and the most I had ever completed before was 8 miles which was a struggle towards the end. This time, I listened to Richard Simmons Walk Across America cassette tape that I had bought many, many years ago and just never used it. My first intention was to listen to a cd on my cd/radio but my batteries were dead. Now I could of just said the heck with it an... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:26:44 EST Don't Grab for that Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288058 I did real well on my eating in the morning and afternoon yesterday but then my husband told me he wouldn't be home right after work because he had to do something for his daughter (my step) which blew my supper plans right out the window. A good healthy meal with salad, salmon, broccoli and cantaloupe for dessert. I was so angry that I started reaching for everything in the refrigerator that I could find! I ate a salad then two small baked potatoes with butter, cottage cheese out of the c... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 14:15:39 EST Working on Motivation and Tracking again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287303 As I sit here thinking over this past year, I see a trend in my weight loss journey where I start off the year completely motivated and ready to buckle down and get serious about my weight loss and exercise program but then not more than a month later, I am back into the old habits that made me gain weight in the first place. Then I get motivated again and that lasts for maybe a week. Staying motivated and heading in the right direction has got to be my main objective or I will never succee... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 06:01:57 EST Why Wait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285274 Made it through Christmas without over eating! Taking one day at a time and remember to drink my water. My new mantra is "Water is life," and I repeat it many times whenever I have a craving and drink a glass of water. I find it helps. This year is almost over and a new one begins. I am not waiting until January to work on changing my thinking and eating habits. I started already. Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:31:19 EST Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284504 Two more days til Christmas and so much to do. Buying the grandkids gifts, wrapping all the gifts tending to the farm, cleaning the house, clipping the dogs......How am I ever going to get this all done??? <em>40</em> Now I have two choices here.. One is to just shut down and wish that everything would get done by some one else and just sit and eat whatever I can get a hold of OR I can take a deep breath and write down and prioritize what needs to be done and get busy working on it. ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:37:09 EST Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284503 Two more days til Christmas and so much to do. Buying the grandkids gifts, wrapping all the gifts tending to the farm, cleaning the house, clipping the dogs......How am I ever going to get this all done??? <em>40</em> Now I have two choices here.. One is to just shut down and wish that everything would get done by some one else and just sit and eat whatever I can get a hold of OR I can take a deep breath and write down and prioritize what needs to be done and get busy working on it. ... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:37:09 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284243 I did terrible on my eating yesterday and didn't do any real exercising except doing my farm chores for an hour and half. My energy comes and goes. Winter time is a hard time for me because of the arthritis in my hands (especially my thumbs) and I hate the cold. Living in New Hampshire most of my life I should be use to it but I don't think I ever will be. <BR> Tonight I will practice my Reiki healing and Tai Chi then write out my daily goals for tomorrow and place them where I can se... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:31:55 EST Starting Over For The Umpteenth Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283339 Hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I wrote my last blog. I have no excuses of why I haven't. I could write a lot of them but it would be a waste of time because I should have none! Change of subject.....It seems that I always end the year at the same weight I started the year with. 232 pounds!! I keep doing the same thing over and over and I need to stop being lazy and get back on track with my eating and exercising. Since I retired last December, I have joined a Ta... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:30:57 EST Saboteur #7 "I'll Start First Thing Tomorrow Morning" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102608 Since you are going to "start first thing tomorrow" that means you can indulge one last time, right? Wrong!! You must remember that this day shall never come again. Think of this statement the next time you think or say "start tomorrow!" If something is truly important to you, why wouldn't you want to start it right away? How many of us have said, "I'll start tomorrow" prior to starting eating healthy or exercising? Did you actually get started? How long did it last? <BR> <BR> You have to ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 06:14:36 EST Saboteur #6 Just a Little Bite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102045 Have you ever said to yourself, "I'll only have one bite" but it leads into two bites, three bites and goes on until you ate the whole thing? Sometimes just a bite is all we need to satisfy our craving. Here are a few ways you can have "just a bite": <BR> 1. Eat the bite slowly and enjoy its flavor, texture, aroma and taste. Think only of that one bite and savor the moment. Some say that the first bite is the most pleasurable. <BR> 2. After taking a bite of, say, a piece of cake or browni... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:20:51 EST Saboteur #5 Entitlement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101073 This one can be very tricky because it catches you at your weakest moments. Have you ever said to yourself, "I'm tired. I worked hard all day so I deserve this (enter sugar, fat, and calorie-laden treat here)." "I've earned this treat, right?" Maybe we are exhausted from the day, maybe we don't want to put in the effort to prepare something healthy, or maybe we just plain don't care tonight. <BR> When the saboteur raises its ugly head, it is time for us to take back the power. All you have ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:27:21 EST Saboteur #4 Devil or Angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100366 Have you ever been in a situation where you have to make a decision to eat something that is not healthy for you or to just leave it alone? I have many times. It's like having a little devil on my right shoulder saying, "Yes, eat it. You've blown your plan today anyway" and an angel on my left shoulder saying, "No, don't. Is it really worth it?" Decisions, decisions, decisions. "I want that chocolate bar because I already went over my daily goals anyway so what difference will it make." "But ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 08:07:18 EST Saboteur #3 Other People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098319 You are trying real hard to lose your weight and be healthier but then you run into people who say to you, "I liked the old you. You use to go out to eat with me all the time." The problem with that is that we weren't happy with the old us. Being afraid of losing friends because we want to be healthy should not be something we need to deal with. I figure that I am doing this for me not for anyone else and if other people can not except that then that is too bad. <BR> How many of us have had... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:34:35 EST Saboteur #2 Eating Cues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097533 How many times have we finished eating, went into the livingroom, turned on the TV and a food commercial will come on from an fast food place, a store etc. We watch it and what happens??? We feel like we need to eat again even though we just ate 5 or 10 minutes ago. <BR> Another scenario: We aren't hungry but then we drive past a McDonald's, Wendy's, Dunkin Donuts and all of a sudden there it is again. That "I'm hungry" feeling but we are on our way home to supper. What do we do? I have an ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:06:27 EST The 7Saboteurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096477 In 2010, I posted a series of blogs entitled " 7 Saboteurs" and in reading through them today, I thought that I would share them again since they really opened my eyes. hope they do yours too. <BR> <BR> Saboteur #1 <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt that you are being pulled into a thousand different directions from work, your business, your family and things that pop up when you least expect them too? Everyday life is what that is called. You can't avoid it and turn into a mushroom. We have t... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:55:26 EST The 7Saboteurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096476 In 2010, I posted a series of blogs entitled " 7 Saboteurs" and in reading through them today, I thought that I would share them again since they really opened my eyes. hope they do yours too. <BR> <BR> Saboteur #1 <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt that you are being pulled into a thousand different directions from work, your business, your family and things that pop up when you least expect them too? Everyday life is what that is called. You can't avoid it and turn into a mushroom. We have t... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:55:26 EST Starting training to walk another 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093323 For the past two years, I have participated in a <em>364</em> for Linda's Closet here in one of our New Hampshire towns. It is a beautiful walk around Granite Lake which consists of some paved road but a lot of dirt road and hills. <em>311</em> Now I am getting motivated to do my third one in September of this year. My <em>56</em> has decreased each year and I did come in ahead of 10 other <em>342</em> instead of being last the previous year. <BR> My plan is to do the 3... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:10:53 EST Making the right choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091613 Many times I have made the wrong food choices when I am very hungry. Grabbing whatever is there or convenient to fix, is mostly what I would eat and most of the time it was not on my diet plan. Having to stop and think about what I really should be eating was a very difficult habit to get into but it does pay off on the scale. I am not always perfect with my choices but I don't beat myself up for eating unhealthy. It's over. I ate it. Move on. It isn't easy but thinking positive that I can ma... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:28:53 EST Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090643 Have you ever not exercised then say to yourself, "I shoulda exercised, I coulda taken the time to exercise instead of watching TV, I woulda felt better and been closer to my goal?" I am great for the shoulda, coulda, woulda's. Now I am trying to avoid saying those by getting myself going and exercising instead of procrastinating so much. I know that I feel more energized and limber once I have worked out on my stationary bike/elliptical for 15 minutes or more. I am learning to see my ex... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:34:31 EST Just Laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089457 When you find yourself in a grouchy mood <em>234</em> , just laugh <em>334</em> . Laughter is the best medicine around and it is free. You can't be angry, frustrated or depressed if you laugh out loud. Laughing is good exercise for the abdominal muscles and your lungs. Watching your pets play or playing with them is sure to make you laugh. Just go somewhere by yourself or even with friends, take a deep breath and let out with a healthy laugh. Laugh until tears run down your cheeks. Yo... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:41:09 EST BE SELFISH FOR YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088148 When you are at a friend's house, are you afraid to say no when offered food that you know isn't on your food list just because you don't want to hurt someone's feelings? Do you fall for the "one small bite won't hurt you. You have to try it", from your friend? I know I have been in both situations but you know what I discovered? Even though I did not eat the food that was offered, my friend was still my friend and understood that I was saying no to the food and not our friendship. <B... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:44:11 EST Schedule It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086799 I was cleaning out my home office the other day and found my old large dry eraser board that I use to use to do presentations when I was with a product company. Thought that I had thrown it out many years ago. So I said to myself, "Self, why don't you set it up on the table in your bedroom and each day write down what you need to accomplish the next day and the time span for each item?" So, I did and you know what??? It really helps keep me focused on getting things done and within the t... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:50:36 EST LIVE FOR YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085622 Have you ever asked yourself why you want to lose weight and get healthy? Is it because of any of the following reasons? <BR> 1. My husband/significant other or family tell me I am fat and I need to lose a few pounds. <BR> 2. I want to be able to fit into a nice two piece bikini this summer so I will look good at the beach. <BR> 3. My health insurance will be lower if I meet the guidelines set by a corporate wellness program. <BR> 4. I want to hear compliments like "you loo... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:20:12 EST New Month, New Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084782 February 1, 2016 Here I am again attempting to do a blog every day of the month for February. I start out real strong and motivated to write but within a few days my motivation seems to go on vacation and I don't take the time to write. My life has changed in the last month due to my retiring in December 2015. I now find that I can do all the things I have been having to put off in the house and with our horses because I didn't have the time or energy. Last month, I went into a slump and... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:14:10 EST Day Thirteen Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051151 I did not do any other eating after dinner last night and I have discovered that when I am tired, I think I need to eat but aren't really hungry. Today I am going to start a journal and write down how I am feeling when I think I am hungry. I know that emotions can affect cravings and I will have to find a way to divert to something else. Pick up my book that I have put aside or finish the jigsaw puzzle I have been working on could be the solution. Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:59:35 EST Day Twelve Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050117 Worked around the farm and house today but didn't do any Strength or Cardio per se. I made a recipe from SP for dinner called Tator Tot Turkey casserole that was good and my husband even liked it. I got hungry about an hour after dinner so I had a yogurt instead of digging into the leftovers. I am trying to stay in control of my eating and portions but the little sabotage devil whispers in my ear and I give in. Need to knock him off my shoulder when that happens. Sun, 20 Dec 2015 08:29:07 EST Day Eleven Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049207 I did well and had a good day but didn't do my Strength Training exercises. I looked them up on SP, decided which ones I was going to do and then sat oin my recliner and read FB for two hours instead of exercising. Around 11:00 PM, I raided the refrigerator! I was very tired and should of just gone to bed instead of eating! But that day is over and today is a new day! Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:04:02 EST Day Ten Of My New Life - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047952 I finally got it right!! Increased my exercise time, eating more fruits, drinking more water and including more vegetables in my meals and the scale is going down!! Just those small adjustments and what a difference. I always knew that taking in less calories and exercising would result in weight loss but was too comfortable in my comfort zone to really even want to make any changes to eat better or get off the couch to get moving. <BR> I now enjoy making time to exercise ev... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:03:43 EST Day Nine Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047448 What a good day I had. Stayed on track and increased my Strength Training time and drank 6 glasses of water. Have to work more on the water. I didn't eat after dinner either. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:29:45 EST Day Eight Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046750 Last night my husband made a green salad with tomatoes, celery, onion and Ken's Valida Onion dressing for dinner and then we had a couple of leftover KFC chicken. I also had a biscuit with butter. I know that I need to eat healthier dinners and my husband ( who weighs 128 pounds) said he wants to eat healthy too. It will be fun sharing healthy recipes. ( he was a chef in the Army). I didn't eat anything after dinner so I am on my way to a good habit! Sun, 13 Dec 2015 08:48:59 EST Day Seven Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046381 Last night, my husband brought home KFC with all the fixings. I know that I should of taken the skin off the two drumsticks and thighs I ate but I didn't. I had a small helping of mashed potatoes and gravy and Cole slaw with the chicken. Now the good part is that I did not go back for seconds and I did not eat anything else the rest of the night. I know that I can control my portions and what I eat better so starting today, I will pay attention to what my food choices are and what my sto... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:24:50 EST Day Six Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045891 Again I did well all day and then binged! I was very tired and should of just gone to bed at 11:00 when my husband went to work but NO I had to hit the refrigerator and eat unhealthy food. Maybe if I put duct tape over my mouth I won't eat. Now I have to work twice as hard to lose the weight. Very frustrating but I'm not giving up! I will stay positive and work out what my nighttime triggers are. I know there is a solution and I will find it! Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:32:57 EST Day Five Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045520 So far. So good. I have eaten healthy all day and am having a Lean Cuisine for dinner. Going to the store and buying heathy choices plus fruit to have in case of any cravings will help me to stay on track. I know that once I make eating right a habit that I will do automatically, losing weight will come easier. Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:35:46 EST Day Four Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044670 Yesterday I did well with my eating UNTIL after dinner!! I had made a chicken, broccoli and rice stew for dinner and it was very good. Measured out my portion and was full. My husband went to bed around 5 PM (he is a trucker and had to be up at 11:00 pm). Well, that is when I started grazing! I ate two chocolate cookies and finished off the potato salad (about 1 cup) that was left over from another meal and I wasn't even hungry! <BR> I know that I should of found something to do un... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 06:04:00 EST Day Three Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044227 Today is cardio workout day on my exercise program. So I took my tablet, logged into SparkPeople and found an article on what makes us overeat and got on my stationary bike. By the time I had finished the article, I had completed over 3 miles and 15 minutes of exercise without realizing it! I am hoping to find other ways to exercise without it being something I dread doing. Mixing up the strength training ones will be good too. Looking forward to tomorrow with a positive attitude. Tue, 8 Dec 2015 09:37:01 EST Day Two Of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043598 With all my good intentions of eating right yesterday, I binged and ate out of control. Not sure what triggered the binge but I had to drive an hour to a meeting then back to a meeting at my church. I stopped at the store and bought a wrap and some cheese sticks for my trip. I ate only the meat and cheese from the wrap and a half of the cheese stick. At our church meeting, there was Chocolate cake and I had a large piece. I know that I should of passed it up but gave in. When I got h... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 05:59:10 EST Day One of My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043121 Today I did Walk Away The Pounds Fat Burning One Mile video. I had to talk myself into getting out of my recliner and get moving. When I was a few minutes into the workout, I realized how much fun it was to do it again. After completing the one mile, I was breathing heavy and was tired but I was happy that I actually finished. Once I recovered from the exercise, I went outside and fed my 11 horses and put them out to pasture, cleaned their stalls, emptied the water buckets and refilled ... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 08:56:55 EST