MINISAPPHYRE's SparkPeople Blog MINISAPPHYRE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Meh . . . I don't like the new sparkpages they were so much more creative before. <BR> <BR> Went to bed yesterday thinking, when I wake up tomorrow I have a clean slate and a chance to achieve my daily goal . . . so here I am achieving it. <BR> <BR> The weather is so much nicer now, a bit cooler and just a joy to get out in. I have my usual two hours of housework that will kill what calories I'll be taking in today. Dusting off the ol' exercycle and getting on the hot foot to kick that into gear. ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:55:30 EST A year From Now I want to lose 52 pounds. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:08:35 EST Support . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all need it don't we? I just let my mother know I'm "trying to lose some weight". She didn't say anything. She was going to ask me about the turkey sausage I bought for my breakfast sandwich. So I told her. I also dropped a line to Richard and asked him about good carbs because I don't know that much about them and am getting confused trying to figure it out. I'm not a big bread eat... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:58:31 EST Richard's MOTD and Motivation Richard's Motivation <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I`ve got 24 hours today to concentrate on winning this fight! <BR> <BR> THANK YOU SO MUCH! <BR> <BR> Tuesday, 10 May 2016 <BR> <BR> It's one of the most overlooked, yet simple niceties in the world as far as I'm concerned. I was blessed to be raised by one very special lady, Shirley Simmons, who always made a special effort to teach me and my brother, L... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:55:01 EST I'm Terrible ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> About not wanting to waste food. So of course the best way to NOT waste it it so eat it. Well thank goodness it's only ribs I'm not wasting, those and pinto beans. Today isn't a good day, I got yelled at and beaten down verbally YET AGAIN but I'm picking myself up dusting myself off and going on with living and attaining my goals. I can do that, because, I'm the only one that can. Mon, 9 May 2016 18:26:00 EST Richard's MOTD and Motivation Richard's Motivation <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I may be too busy for a lot of things, but I`ll never be too busy to take good care of me. <BR> <BR> THE LATEST FOOD FACTS <BR> <BR> Monday, 09 May 2016 <BR> <BR> Oh, those scientists are always making new discoveries and I'm not just talking about of new celestial bodies in outer space, either. Science is hard at work right here on planet earth and one ... Mon, 9 May 2016 18:22:05 EST RS Blogpost O' the Day! Daily Motivation: <BR> <BR> Richard's Motivation <BR> <BR> I owe no one an apology for who I am. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> EATING OUT? <BR> <BR> Saturday, 07 May 2016 <BR> <BR> I talked to you yesterday about the way we Americans eat today. And, I'm sorry to say, it really isn't so good. Also, a few weeks ago, I discussed how much better it is for your weight-loss efforts to prepare your mea... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:48:38 EST Up and At 'Em . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ready to get this day going I have about 3 solid hours of cleaning to do so that is my workout today. I will do well on calories, I do my food tracking a day in advance and just follow the menu I've laid out so no choices to make that might sabotage me. Can't wait till Monday so I can get stirfry stuff, chicken breasts, tilapia filets and other wonderful light food. A new wind is blowin' ... Sat, 7 May 2016 11:43:18 EST Needed This One . . . Richard's Motivation <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I really want to lose weight and be healthy. I believe that I deserve it and that I will do it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 7 May 2016 00:10:03 EST Still At It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a goal to lose 5 pound in a month from today. <em>334</em> That's my only goal right now. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Just curious, did anyone see the documentary PBS did on Janis Joplin? I loved her. I'm very melancholy since watching that. <BR> Fri, 6 May 2016 21:38:07 EST Richard's MOTD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DRINK, EAT...DRINK AND EAT! <BR> <BR> Monday, 18 April 2016 <BR> <BR> What? Nope, I didn't get confused about the old saying to "eat, drink and be merry," that's not the subject of today's message at all. It's more about how what you drink can end up making you more likely to eat...more! Oh-oh! That sure sounds like trouble to me. What could be going on here? Are your favorite bevera... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:25:13 EST Hmm I started over on Spark a while back but darn if I can remember the new name. Oh well. Since August the job didn't work out and I'm still unemployed, but looking. Things are really not good and they won't be for quite some time. I am incapable of making any positive changes so I am doing the best I can to retain some form of sanity but day by day it grows harder. I'm glad to see my weight down even 10 pounds, it motivates me to keep going with it. I am still working on it but I can only... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:07:35 EST Ok . . . Just got back from finalizing my employment and getting my uniform, I'm a Team Member for WhatABurger! Don't worry I will SELL the food but not imbibe!!!!! :D I'm starting out with 4 hour shifts so . . . not many hours but will get more in time :D Happy happy happy! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:06:34 EST I'm so happy I'm going back to work! I got a job!!!!!!!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D:D Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:29:38 EST When The Going Gets Tough . . . I generally just want to pack it in. Amazingly I get up every morning and start all over again trying. I guess I'm just not a quitter, even though success is slow to come for me this time. But I'm not fooling myself, I know it's up to me to do it and do it ALL. If I want it I'll get it. And at least right now . . . I still want it. Tue, 12 May 2015 18:09:38 EST Another Dark Day It's raining today so I can't do the yardwork I wanted to do. So it's indoor exercise for me I opted for housework and calisthenics. I love good old fashioned calisthenics, don't you? Remember (you Stephen King fans) the scene in Carrie where they had to do the after school exercises? I think of that whenever I do mine, it makes me smile I don't know why <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> So, um. I have two problems. Night binge eating that has reared it's ugly head again and the crap I bought... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:38:41 EST One Day At A Time . . . I'm definitely going to be going at this one day at a time, every tomorrow is a new day and a new opportunity to reach my goals. Time management has always been a problem for me but I'll get the hang of it. Just a matter of taking the time and doing it right. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:13:34 EST Success! Day one total success I'm tired and on program. Tomorrow exercise will consist of heavy housework and some yardwork so I'll be on my feet pretty much all day. IF the weather holds out and I don't think it will it's supposed to start raining tomorrow and keep it up for 4 days. If that happens I'm just gonna be so sad I'm so sick of rain. However, my hosta is coming up I was so pleased to see that and my crepe myrtle is doing so well and I saved ONE rosebush from the winter so it's not all ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:08:54 EST HONESTLY . . . I can come up with the STUPIDEST excuses not to start exercising: <BR> 1) I dont have workout clothes (bull) <BR> 2) I dont have the room (bull) <BR> 3) Now's not a good time (MAJOR bull) <BR> <BR> I just pulled out my Richard Simmons 60s Blast off and will start with that, along with 30-45 minutes on my BRAND NEW NEVER BEEN RIDDEN exercycle. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:38:13 EST I'm Back and Beginning Again. Ok so I've been watching My 600lb Life all day today and a couple of the women kind of kicked me in the ass. Charity, at 778 pounds and Susan who looks just like me (to me). Probably not the best reason to restart a weight loss program, but I'm still viable, I'm still active. I can still be a better, healthier person. All I have to do is want it and I do. I've started with a simply goal. 53 pounds in a year. After which I will only be about 50 pounds over weight. But if I can get to 2... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:54:49 EST Lowest Weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lowest weight I've seen in a LONG time! Y'all are gonna hear me when I hit 239! I can't believe it! Oh wait yes I can I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sucked that racing was rained out and my guy got wrecked out. But everything else is going great!!!!!!! Have a fantastic week everyone move those butts!!!!!!!!! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:15:31 EST Weight Is Going Down! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Really, it's unintentional. We're flat broke and have hardly anything to eat in the house. I've been living on baked chicken quarters. No veggies, no bread, just chicken. We get paid Thursday and the government has reinstated my full food stamps so July is going to see the pantry, fridge and freezer full again. But I kinda like this weightloss stuff so when I shop for me, it's going to be light, healthy and l... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:38:41 EST Doing Great! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I reset my goals because obviously the end date had come up and I hadn't met the goal. But I'm going great and I can see that goal real clear! I got my own room that makes SUCH a difference! Life is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sun, 18 May 2014 13:09:32 EST Blessed Beltaine! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy May Day to all! <BR> <BR> As for me I'm getting out and tending what survived the winter (not much, really). Keeping to program and making this a wonderful day. Get out and bloom where you are planted! :) Thu, 1 May 2014 12:24:43 EST Determined <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm determined to succeed. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm into simple now. Trying to keep things simple, uncomplicated, what comes natural. A comfort zone I can slip into and live in. And I want to surround that zone with flowers :) Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:09:35 EST It Amazies Me . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's amazing when I see a day's food total less than 1600 calories. Because I'm so used to eating such huge amounts of food. If I track my WORST day, it would total around 5500 calories and astronomical fat percentages. Though when I eat well and stay within calories and am not really all that hungry, and don't think about food so much, I wonder WHY can't I do this all the time? Why is it taking me so long to m... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:00:50 EST Logging <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting back to logging my food, been lax at that. Sunny days giving me more energy, good thing I've lots to do. Hope everyone is having a great week and is doing well on program :) Fri, 7 Mar 2014 10:42:40 EST Breakfast <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok so I finally got up this morning and actually ate breakfast. I know it's important to eat breakfast because if I don't I'm STARVING by lunch. So I'd bought some whole grain Quaker cereal and had that. Very good stuff. I'll have a good day now, won't need lunch for another hour or so. Racing today very hopeful Kasey will win but one never knows. All in all things are going well Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:49:19 EST Spring Is In The Air <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunny and warm days have been upon us and things are going well. In a day or two, hopefully, a new home will be ours. A new to us home that is and will get us out of this cramped, decrepid hellhole we're living in. I am very excited. I'm doing more of the cooking for Mother and I and she seems to be enjoying it, she enjoyed the salmon I prepared for us. Today will be a good day foodwise, am working hard to kee... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:03:02 EST Got One!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who got a new exercise bike? This gal!! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:14:38 EST FAT FAT FAT . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok so I've successfully swapped all my 'fatty' snacks to fat free versions. Well fat free or low fat. Chips are now Quakes. Pudding is now yogurt. Extra sweetness comes from fruit cups (only one per day!). I'm hoping hoping hoping we're going to be getting more warm days than cold in the future but I do know the coming week is going to be cold. Know what we got 2 days ago? SNOW. 4 freaking inches of it. It... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:43:40 EST Catch Me . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some days I catch myself early and think "ok the day has just begun and you've not screwed up yet. Let's make it a great ON PROGRAM day!" I'm hoping I can catch myself EVERY day. Today is a fairly good day. There are things that can go better, there always is, but for now, it's good and I'm doing well. I will hold on to this :) Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:21:28 EST 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so cold. <BR> <BR> But yesterday I did well with my diet I ate ONLY the things I'd put on my Nutrition Tracker and did very well :) <BR> <BR> Today, equally good, so far, I think I'll finish out the day doing great, even getting some walking in so that's always good. <BR> <BR> Otherwise same ol stuff, still trying to find a job. Not many people are clamoring to hire someone who'd been out of work 3 years. ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:38:52 EST Back To It . . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If there is one thing I know it's this: when you get started doing something you'll go no where without a plan. It's one thing to say to yourself I'm so tired of being fat! and deciding to do something about it, but without a path to follow, and a clear destination to keep in sight, it ain't gonna work. One of the things I'm doing differently is to lower my goal. I'm going for 190 which is 67 pounds rather than... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:58:57 EST Unwritten . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you haven't grooved to Natasia Bedingfield's tune Unwritten in a while hop over to YouTube and give it a listen. Such an inspiration. I needed that today. Another wonderful fall-like day and I've been out soaking it in. Got some housework done, got more to do, got my walking in got more of that to do too. Why am I still doing this? Because I am still unwritten, today starts my book and the rest still to b... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:31:20 EST Good Start . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Excellent fall day today. I just stepped out to check on my garden and didn't get bit by one mosquito! So I'm about to dress and put on my walking shoes and get my walk in. That's all I'm going to do this week is an hour walk every mid-morning, then next week break it up with my calisthenic workout combined with a cool-down walk. Life is looking healthier! <BR> <BR> Why am I still doing this? Because I CAN! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:40:02 EST Ok . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, day one sucked a little. On to today. Why am I still doing this? Because I deserve a healthy body. <BR> <BR> I have to do something about my nighttime binging. I had that licked, gotta kick it in again. But I will. Sad thing was I was gorging while watching The Biggest Loser. But it takes a day or three to get kicked back in good. I did get my water in that's a start. One day at a time, one step at a ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:09:22 EST Why Should I Keep Trying? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I need to remind myself of the reasons I am doing this. So for a while, I'll be starting my entries answering that question. <BR> <BR> Because food addiction is killing me. <BR> <BR> Beginning anew again today and have to get my head in the game. Probably will not be moving much because I woke with a headache and doubtful it's going to diminish any time soon. But I'll watch my fat/cals and stick with ... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:14:10 EST Feeling Better, Stronger, and Motivated . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have I missed the premiere of The Biggest Loser? I'll check and see, don't want to be missing that but I have other shows catching my attention on Tuesday, especially The Little Couple. That kid of theirs is just too adorable. But I'll figure it out. <BR> <BR> I've gotten a new lease on life as of last night, another agonizing epiphany. Hell I don't care how I suffer as long as I stop, drop, and figure out tha... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:17:52 EST Fall Cometh . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm so aggravated and irritable lately, I just hate everything right now. Hopefully the cooler weather coming will put a smile on my face. I weighed yesterday I don't weigh as much as I thought I did so I'm pleased on that front but I do still weigh way more than I want to so I'm back to being mindful of my foods, doing well so far today will try to keep it down some. Hopefully I'll have a better week next week,... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 13:58:16 EST A Good Start To A Good Day. . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started with a simple breakkie of coffee and yogurt. I feel better already! Going to get my exercise in by doing housework, we're getting cluttered again so I need to do some reorganizing. Happens sometimes. <BR> <BR> Other than that just fighting the good fight, I am up again but again I think it's sodium related. I got my hands on a box of white cheddar cheese its. STAY AWAY FROM THOSE THEY ARE ADDICTIVE!!... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:45:02 EST So Tired . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of summer! Still fighting the good fight, I've not weighed this week I just know it's up and right now I'm too fragile to see a gain. I'll kick myself in the butt and get a better weighin next week :) Mostly it's just too darn hot to move these days. Won't be cooling off here until the end of October, if then. We'll see. In the meantime I'm just keepin on keepin on. Eating melon for sweets, that's one thin... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:50:10 EST Happy Monday :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though my allergies are kicking my butt, it's been an alright day. Still hot here but tolerable at night and in the morning. I have a lot to do this afternoon that will help me walk off some of my lunch, got to tend the garden and mow a little when the sun goes down. I hope the weekend has begun well for everyone. Let's try this week to do better than ever! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:14:26 EST Some Exercises :) <BR> <BR> As I'm about to start some form of calestenic (sp) routine, I found this and thought I'd share. I wanna be a superhero! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ainingforsport/a/20-Exercises-To-Make-<BR>You-A-Superhero.htm?nl=1 </link> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:33:25 EST What A Great Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine called yesterday wanting me to accompany her to a plant nursery, she wanted to get a couple of crepe myrtles for her mother. I agreed as there is nothing I love more than browsing in a plant shop unless it's BUYING the plants :). So today we went, I was apprehensive at first because her mother was going to go and they tend to argue, but her mother was ill so it was just she and I, I'd weighed whe... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:09:17 EST Yet Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> {forgot my pic!) <BR> <BR> Down another 2 pounds. Definitely working out everything I'm doing now just trying to maintain that momentum and see how much more I can go down. Things are looking up for sure Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:47:28 EST Better :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Down two more pounds! I guess I've just been retaining water, my water intake is a lot better now so I'm getting rid of a lot of it. I just keep a gallon in the fridge and have a glass every time I come into the kitchen, some of them I put a drink mix stick in 10 calories). So I'm feeling better about things. It's better now that I can regroup on my sparkpeople. EVER so grateful for this site and these people... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:13:17 EST Fighting the Fight . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was thinking to myself today that I'm never going to lose this weight. That I am fooling myself if I think I will ever get back to some kind of healthy weight. I'm not giving up though, I just can't. Whenever I think like this I just go over the things I know I can do to get back into the groove. Right now my biggest nemesis is the weather, we're in drought conditions, and our temps are staying in triple di... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 18:07:41 EST (Sigh) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ok I have to refill my pictures folder, in the meantime here's my dog Gypsy! So I just got a brand new computer, this if the first brand new never used computer I've gotten in a long time, we've just had such rotten luck with the used ones we've been buying we're going this route. I've been off program, but have maintained in my weight so no gain is good too. But now I have my Sparkpeople back so I can concentr... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 14:40:49 EST Taking a HUGE Plunge . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm picturing peace lilies because there are some things about to die out completely, once and for all and about TIME from my eating . .. FAST FOOD, SALT, SUGAR, and BAD CARBS! <BR> <BR> Since I've been without the refrigeration I've not been drinking soda so I see now it won't kill me to give them up. I've never been big on salt so going salt free isn't going to be that big a stretch. Sugar, well that's gonna ... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 16:42:50 EST