MINILOVER1's SparkPeople Blog MINILOVER1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Do It Anyway! I went to my doctor's appointment yesterday to go over my blood work results and my triglycerides are a little high but not serious so I am on meds for that for a month. The arthritis in both my hands has been making my hands ache a lot so I am also on Celebrex for one month to see if that helps. I also am Vitamin D deficient so I am on a med for that until summer. Now I could say to myself that my hands hurt too much to do any strength training with dumbbells but I would be the dumb bell! ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 06:21:36 EST New Year Goals Instead Of Resolutions 2015!! Who would ever think when we were young that we would even seen 2015! As I look out my window at our horses in the pasture, I realize that I need to be around to see 2016 and more! I never complete resolutions so I am going to set both mini goals and longer goals for this year and take one day at a time. My motivation needs to stay on the high side and I can't let anyone or anything put me in a negative mood. Only positive thoughts will be in my mind. I am going to make a collag... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:01:46 EST I DID IT!! Yesterday, I walked my first 5K race. It was not an easy task being 62 years old and over 50 lbs overweight and out of shape but I did finish! I was last place but I am just glad that I was able to complete the walk. Some of the course was pavement (broken up in places) but most of it was dirt that was just graded the day before so consisted of a lot of small stones. Two large hills and a couple of small ones but the rest was flat. After walking the first mile (which consisted of one of ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:14:24 EST Just One More Working on getting ready for the 5K this Saturday so I figured I would do 5 miles on my stationary bike. I reached the 5 mile mark then I had to cool down, right so I did a slower mile which makes 6. I then felt good so I headed for the 7th mile and made it. Of course, I had to cool down again so I did another mile. That makes 8. Well, since I made it to 8 I will try for 9. I made that too! So had to do another cool down to made it to the 10th mile. I stopped at 10.3 miles only becaus... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:37:46 EST What Was I Thinking??? Here I am at 228 pounds and 62 years old. I have signed up for 3 5K walks in the next few weeks! What was I thinking??? My knees hurt and I have to hold on to something when I go up and down stairs because my right knee feels weak. <BR> You know what I was thinking? <em>521</em> I am upright and breathing every day and able to do a lot of physical things that others can not do. I exercise every day plus do farm chores before putting in an 8 hour day at work! This girl is not rea... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:21:10 EST Do I really want to exercise today? Every day I ask myself if I really want to exercise today. What I really want to do is to go onto Facebook and play my games before I have to do barn chores and get ready for work. Then a little voice inside of me says, "Do you want to be healthy or do you want to sit and get bigger?" I realize that I am only hurting myself by not getting up and moving. The games and my Facebook friends can wait. I am sure that the world won't come to an end for 30 minutes or so while I do strength training o... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:32:20 EST Easy On, Hard Off If you want something to happen, you have to make it happen!! Weight is not just going to fall off suddenly!! It took a short time to put it on but will take awhile to get it off depending on how much effort a person puts into it. One day at a time and one bite at a time. I have to remind myself of this all the time. Don't expect to wake up one morning at your goal weight and looking 10 years younger. Have to put a great effort into your journey. Just do it! <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:05:00 EST Saboteurs 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... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:51:15 EST Triggers I went off my food plan yesterday and gained 1 pound so now I am working hard to exercise and eat right to have a good loss by my Sunday weight in. I couldn't sleep last night so I got out of bed and reheated a cold turkey burger and ate that on a hamburger bun. WHY DID I DO THAT? I was tired and not really hungry but I did it anyway. Now I have to work twice as hard to get back to where I was or lower on the scale. Frustrating but I am the one who went to the refrigerator. What I shoul... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:16:06 EST No More Pity Train I really went over a lot on my calories today and I know that the scale will show it tomorrow but today is over and tomorrow is another new start. The wagon might have tipped a bit but I am still hanging on and not giving up. We all backslide a bit once in a while but we can't let it get us thinking negative thoughts like "I can't do this!" or "I failed again" or "I will never lose weight". KICK THOSE THOUGHTS RIGHT DOWN THE STREET! No more thinking like that! <em>381</em> all we ne... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:20:19 EST Eat Like A Bird As I look out my window and see the birds at the bird feeders, I realized what the saying, "Eat like a bird", actually meant. Birds land on the feeder, take a few seeds or suet, and fly away. A little later on, they come back and repeat the same procedure. They do not sit there and gorge themselves until they are full like us humans do alot of times. Small bites, leave the feeder, come back for more small bites. Why do we as humans feel we need to shovel our food into our bodies as if it is o... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 04:56:44 EST What A Challenging Day! It was fun riding the motorcycle Poker Run for cancer yesterday but one thing went wrong. I lost my Smart Phone! It bounced off the passenger seat of the motorcycle (I ride in the side car) when we left one of the stops. When we got to the next stop, 15 miles away) the person who was riding behind us asked me if I had my cell phone. I checked and it was gone. She said that she saw something come flying off our bike about a tenth of a mile from our last stop and she hit her brakes but did... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 07:57:31 EST It Is Going To Be Hard But I Can Do It!! Tomorrow my husband and I will be riding our motorcycle (with a sidecar) on a two hour charity run. It will be our first time and I am very excited about going but my worry is at the end of the ride they are having a BBQ with mainly wings and deep fried fries and onion rings. No salads! No fruits! I have done very well this week with my food choices and have had a good loss. I don't want to blow it all away just because I give in to the Wing Monster or fried foods. Packing a salad and h... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:21:21 EST Oh Poor Me 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 to face them and find ways to handle it instead of turning to food or other things for comfort. There are demons that I can relate to. Here is the first one: <BR> (1) Poor pitiful me... <BR> How many times have you said these t... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 20:44:09 EST Don't Eat And Drive Many times we hear about not drinking and driving or texting and using your phone while driving but what about eating while driving? I have an hour's ride to and from work 5 days a week and I use to eat my hard boiled eggs during the trip. Now this seems harmless enough because at least one of my hands is still on the wheel, right? WRONG!! When I reach to open my lunch box while driving down the road, I am taking my eyes off the road , reaching across the front seat and my focus is not o... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 04:51:32 EST Not Getting Stressed Out Today Today is the start of another work week for me and I already have myself stressed out before I even finish my first cup of coffee at home. A lot to do this week for my boss and he doesn't stress me out but it is the overwhelming thought of all the things I have to do. " WOW!! HANG ON A MINUTE!!," my inner voice is yelling at me. "You haven't left the house yet and you have yourself in a frenzy!" STOP IT!! Well, I realized that it was right. I make a checklist every morning when I am a... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:16:51 EST Chewing and not shoveling We have all heard that chewing our food many many times before swallowing it but I never really thought it would matter. UNTIL TODAY!! I ate my breakfast vveeeryyy slowly <em>134</em> and realized that my food actually had a taste to it instead of chewing it once or twice and sending it down the food expressway to my stomach. Eggs actually have a good taste even without the seasonings! The <em>487</em> was so nice and crunchy that I realized I never noticed how great it tasted ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:19:17 EST Still staying strong Day 2 - Have had a very good day. Tracking my food, drinking my water and getting outside doing farm chores, some landscaping and walking my miniature horse. Now the trick is to not over eat at dinner. I have my food all tracked along with my healthy dessert so I don't want to have anything except water after that. By then I should be ready for bed. Tomorrow will be a good day too because I won't let it be a bad one. I will lose this weight! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:20:21 EST Here I go again! Here it is August 1st and my goal for the year was to be at 220 by July 4th but that didn't happen. I went into a "I am never going to lose this weight" and "I can't do this" mode. My doctor has been doing some tests on my heart and lungs to see why I get short of breath when I climb stairs or walk up a hill. All tests came back normal so I asked him if he thought my weight could be causing the problem and he said that it could be but he wanted to do another Stress Test! I am 60 pounds ov... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 05:03:25 EST Back In A Rut Here I am again. Gaining weight. Eating everything in sight even though I'm not hungry. I do really well for a couple of days and then right back to binging!! I am not happy with myself at all and very frustrated. Losing weight is not easy but if I don't put some more effort into it, I will just keep gaining. There is no magic pill that will help. I need to gain more willpower and stop eating when I am full or not hungry at all. This is an uphill battle but it seems more like a up mou... Sat, 3 May 2014 05:37:27 EST In A Rut Stuck again a the same numbers -- 224 and 226. I can't seem to get out of this rut! My motivation some days is high and I have a great day but on other days I just can't seem to get moving to exercise. My barn chores give me some cardio but I have stopped doing any other type of exercise like strength training or Walk Away The Pounds like I use to do everyday. I know that I would feel more motivated if I would just get up and exercise but something is stopping me. Mostly my mind set that... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:43:28 EST Learning From My Animals We have a 8 month old miniature colt named Monty who is a real handful. He is stubborn, fearless and I think he may have ADD. I took him for a walk the other day trying to train him to walk nicely but he kept wanting to go ahead of me and pulling me. He did not know where we were going but he didn't care. He had no fear of the unknown. Watching him, I got to thinking that I could learn a lesson from him. Don't be afraid to go to unknown areas and out of my comfort zone (like being thinn... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:39:42 EST I need to make some changes now! I get so frustrated with myself every day because I do so well during the day but once I am home at night I find myself wanting to each everything in the house. I eat my dinner at 5 PM at work and leave for home at 6 PM. I drive an hour to get home so I am here between 7:15 and 7:30 if I run into traffic or a lot of frost heaves and have to take it slow. My husband is a trucker so is already in bed due to having to get up at midnight to go into work. I know that I am not hungry but I head... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:21:58 EST Are You Afraid? Are you afraid to set yourself a weight loss goal because you don't want to fail? No one wants to fail at anything they try but we have to get over that hump and just do it! I am 62 years old and I have wanted to lose over 80 pounds for the last 10 years. I start off great but then I get scared. As the weight starts coming off and I get closer to my goal, all of a sudden I start binging and not tracking my food or exercising. On come the pounds again! <BR> I asked a friend one day why ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 06:19:04 EST Another Day, Another Step As I sit on the edge of my bed after turning my alarm off, I take a few moments to be grateful to be able to move my arms and legs and sit up by myself. Many people do not have the capability of doing and need help every day. Some days I just do not feel like exercising but then remember that there are others who can't. My joints ache but once I exercise, I feel so motivated and energized for the rest of the day. Just 15 minutes in the morning makes a big difference. <BR> Instead o... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 06:08:31 EST My Measuring Tape is My Best Friend I was starting to get bummed out whenever I stood on my scale and I still am stuck between 224 and 226 but then I did my Monthly Measurements. My body is shrinking! I have lost inches all over my body and did not even realize it!! My clothes are looser but I thought that was because they were old and stretched out but I was wrong. <BR> Whenever you feel like you are not progressing because the NUMBERS on the scale don't change, get out your measuring tape and take your measurements.... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 05:50:34 EST A Way To Prioritize Your Day Here it is April 1st already. Time just seems to fly. Not enough time in one day to do the things I need to do plus try to catch up on other things. I have realized, though, that stressing myself out isn't going to get anything done faster or make the day any longer so I need to do a Priority List. <BR> First thing in the morning, I will write down everything that needs to get done then number them. Like this: <BR> <BR> 1. Dishes <BR> 2. Laundry <BR> 3. Wash Floors <BR> <BR> Then und... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 05:38:32 EST Get Up And Do Something I use to procrastinate to get things done at home and on the farm but one day I realized that I should consider myself very blessed to be able to get out of bed every morning and do anything physical. Many people cannot do this. Instead of sitting in front of the computer playing games or being on FB, I get things marked off my To Do list. This gives me a sense of accomplishment and boosts my spirits. If you can physically move, get out of your chair or off the coach and work on your To ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 06:30:10 EST Just Isnt Fair People have heard over and over that second hand smoke is worse them smoking itself and I am proof of that. I am 62 years old and was never a smoker. Last year I was having trouble walking up hills so I had my doctor run some tests. The result that he told me was that I have the lungs of a 75 year old man! I am SO mad and frustrated! Why should I have to suffer because other people around me smoke! My parents smoked, my friends smoked and my husband smokes(not in the house or in my truc... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:06:00 EST Staying on track Feeling a bit better today. Have to go to a miniature horse club meeting this afternoon then home to spend time with my hubby before he has to go to bed. He is a truck driver and leaves before midnight or around two in the morning. I am glad he is home every night but most of the time he is in bed by the time I get home from work so I eat supper alone a lot. This is when I wind up binging unless I really stay focussed and have the right snack foods handy. I have been reaching for a glass... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:26:23 EST Read Your Past Blogs. It was an eye opener. I just skimmed through all the blogs that I have written and just reading the titles I can see where my motivation was high and where it where it was low and why. I have a head cold and sore throat today but I am going to stay focussed my exercise and eating. We can do this! <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:54:51 EST A New Year. A new chance to succeed. Hello, again. I am at the weight I was on 1/1/13. I guess that it is a good thing that I didn't have a gain but my goal was to lose at least 20 pounds for the year. That is in the past and now I am looking to the future. I can't change it so no sense in stressing out over it. With the help of my Spark friends and SparkPeople, I will do my best to stay focused on my goal. I CAN DO It!! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:35:12 EST Joining the "Starting Over Again" members Here I go again. Picking myself up and getting back into the game. Eating has been out of control and exercising has been almost nonexistent. Pulled three ligaments in my left foot so haven't been doing my Walk Away The Pounds DVD's but I have been getting the barn chores done. I have arthritis in my hands so have to go see a Orthopedic doctor this month. Tried to do strength training but I can't grip the weights with my hands. Too much pain. SO!!! I can sit here and just don't exerc... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 06:13:11 EST Emotional week This week has really been an emotional one for me. Saturday, I have to attend the funeral of a dear friend of over 30 years. His wife, who was my best friend, passed away last September. They were both wonderful people. On Monday, I sprained my ankle and now have to wear an ankle brace for awhile so no exercising like I use to do. Yesterday, our miniature mare lost her foal. She had 63 more days to go but I guess it just wasn't meant to be. She lost a foal last year too. We will not b... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:19:59 EST Just can't get it together!! Last week I lost a dear friend of over 30 years pass away. He was the husband of my best friend, Molly, who passed away on 9/11/12 from brain cancer. I had introduced Dan and Molly and they were married for close to 20 years. Now I find myself wondering when my time will come to go to the Lord. A few months ago, my doctor informed me that I have the lungs of a 75 year old man due to my being around second hand smoke all my life. I am 61 years old. I was never a smoker. Recently, I am fi... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:26:56 EST Write The Letter <em>335</em> I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you <em>335</em> How many of you remember that old song? Seems like centuries ago that it came out. On my way to work yesterday (an hour ride), this tune just popped into my head and it gave me an idea for this blog. Many years ago, I did write myself a letter when I was trying to decide what to do for a stressful and unhappy marriage I was in. One day, I took a pad of paper and a pen and ... Wed, 29 May 2013 05:41:22 EST I am very upset with myself Today has started off very frustrating. I couldn't find any pants to wear. All my size 22's are in the dryer and won't be dry for at least another 1/2 hour. I have to leave for work in 8 minutes. Searching through my drawers and closet, I found a pair of 20's that I could squeeze into but I will be uncomfortable all day long because they fight very tight in the waistband. The real part that makes me so upset is that I have 6 perfectly good pairs of size 18's that I can not fit into. I ... Wed, 22 May 2013 07:26:53 EST Back in the race I really need to get my head back into my goals!! I have not been journaling or blogging in over two weeks or more. Never realized what a different it makes to my weight loss when I do stay on track. Right now I am 4.25 pounds away from my goal for April. Bad choices in foods and not staying on my exercise program has really hurt me. I was using excuses for not exercising instead of staying positive. Went back and read alot of my old blogs and am now ready to start again. I will do th... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:32:47 EST Don't Lose It, Remove It I may have had a blog regarding this already but I feel that it is important to repeat it. When we are eating healthy, we say we are losing weight or we want to lose a certain amount of weight. Losing it is good but it we say we are removing it then it is better because if we lose something, we usually find it again (lbs). Working hard again to stay on track and focused on our goals becomes a little harder. If we say we are ""removing or have removed" the pounds, then it becomes a mindse... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 07:40:20 EST Why We Need To Drink Water I know that when I do not drink at least 8 glasses a day, I did an experiment to see if there was a difference in how I felt if I didn't drink enough water during the day and I discovered that I got tired in the middle of the day, loss focus on my work and my joints and muscles ached. When I drank my water, I felt refreshed, stayed focused on the task I was working on and felt so much better all day long. Try it yourself and see what a difference it makes to you. <BR> <BR> This link i... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:22:46 EST Making Healthy Choices at Easter time Chocolate M&M's, Cadbury eggs, Milk Chocolate Bunnies, Peepers. Wow! So many calories in all of those. Easter is a wonderful time of year but I know that I have to be strong and not eat any candy because I won't stop at just a little bit. I have worked hard to get where I am at and no bunnies, peppers or chocolate candies are going to sabotage my efforts. I will remember that special little word and keep repeating it to myself. No! No! No! Is one moment of chocolate on your lips and going... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 05:51:59 EST Give Away A Smile How many of us pass people in the hallway at work and don't say hi or good morning to? I have worked for the same company for over seven years now. I would not make eye contact with anyone I passed. Why did I do that? Probably because I had the fear of rejection. No one likes to be rejected! One day I decided that for that day I would look at the other person, smile and say good morning or hi. WOW!!! A whole new world opened up to me. The other people smiled back and said hi!! Now, I... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:43:23 EST Is It Worth It? A lot of times I use to binge after eating but my husband has helped me get over it. I told him that when he sees me grabbing for something more to eat when I had just eaten, for him to ask me, "Is it worth it?" This makes me stop and think about it. Is this moment of food worth all the effort I have put into exercising and tracking my food just to go over on my calories for a weak moment? NO! Nothing can taste as good as healthy feels!! It is not worth it!! Put the food back and give y... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:24:04 EST Was I being rude? A few days ago, I wrote a blog entitled, "My Boss Is A Saboteur" about my boss bringing food into the office that my co worker (and long time friend) should not be eating. Jeff, my co worker, is over 400 pounds, has high blood pressure, goat and bad knees. To give you an update, yesterday my boss comes out of her office and says, to Jeff and I "I'm buying lunch. What would you like?" Jeff perked up and said, "Chinese food!". He got the Crispy Chicken with all the sauce but that was all. ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 06:51:20 EST You controlled the fork. Now control the weights. A couple of years ago, I did not exercise at all except for my daily housework and farm chores. My feelings were, "Exercise to me was a very naughty word!! Don't talk to me about exercising or strength training!! You can go do all you want but don't expect me to join you!! " But then the pounds started jumping on and I was getting very disappointed because I hurt all the time and didn't want to do anything. One day, when I was feeling sorry for myself, I realized that I am the only on... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:21:29 EST Do It For You! What are your reasons for wanting to lose weight? Is it because your spouse or DH makes remarks about your extra weight? Do you want to buy new clothes and fit into woman sizes instead of plus sizes? Do you want to impress your friends at a reunion or your family? Whatever your reason is, you must remember that the main thing is to do it for you! It doesn't matter what others think about your weight! What you do about it and how you feel is the most important thing. If you try to do i... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:37:07 EST Start each day with a positive attitude. We all have our good days and bad days but some of us let the bad days continue on and on and on until we have no motivation to want to track our food or exercise. I have done that many times and all it got me was more weight to take off then when I started. Sure there are days that I just don't feel like coming on to SparkPeople and tracking my food but if I don't, I have a large gain because I have no clue as to how many calories I put into my body for that day. Working twice as hard to ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 06:24:44 EST A little voice told me off I did not want to exercise today! I'm tired and I have alot of things to get done before I head off to work. I don't have the time to exercise now. The dishes need to get done and then the barn chores. How am I going to do all of this and get to work on time???? Suddenly I heard this little voice inside of me that said, "Stop your darn whining. You can fit even 15 minutes of exercise in. The dishes aren't going anywhere and you can do them tonight. The horses aren't starving and besid... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:34:18 EST My boss is a saboteur!! Yesterday my boss (one of them) asked my co worker, Jeff, if he wanted pizza for lunch. He said yes and then she asked me and I told her no thank you. I have my planned salad and fruit in my lunchbox. Real snotty like she said, "Well, then. Be that way!" Now let me explain something here. Jeff weighs over 400 pounds and is trying to lose weight. He has high cholesterol, high blood pressure, gout and bad knees. He also has no willpower! He told me that his doctor told him that he sho... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 07:59:05 EST Sweat Is Good!! Lately, I have noticed that when I have been exercising, I did not sweat. This may sound like a good thing but actually it isn't. lol I have discovered that if I do not break into a sweat when I am exercising, I am not making my muscles really work. Today I increased the weights a little and worked out a bit longer and guess what. I am sweaty and I love it!! Not over doing it on the exercising either. Am in my heart range and not completely exhausted when I was done. Yes. Sweat is goo... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 06:23:43 EST