MOMWANTSNOWAIST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOMWANTSNOWAIST MOMWANTSNOWAIST'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/ I AM FED UP~ with Folate,sodium,fiber levels! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085244 <em>230</em> WHINY BLOG ALERT ! <em>234</em> <BR> I am upset ,so I wrote the blog to vent ! <BR> I have been faithful to put all my food and exercise on the trackers! I have had A MAJOR STRUGGLE with FOLATE, {too low}SODIUM{too high} AND FIBER LEVELS{too low}! I ate extra carrots and celery today to help my fiber and then it went through the roof b/c of the bean soup I had my DH make to HELP MY FOLATE LEVELS~then the calories were TOO HIGH ~even for a 1/2 cup of soup!And DON"T MENT... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:50:52 EST Each NEW Baby Step,Each NEW Habit, inches me Toward a Better,Longer LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083904 As I am ON this WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, I am beginning to REALIZE that EVERY TIME I FALL DOWN on this journey ,when I get up ~just like in learning to WALK, you <em>386</em> TO GET BACK UP AND you usually LEARN from the experience about WHAT NOT TO DO or eat even if it is your three favorite foods in the world~ <em>495</em> <em>480</em> <em>44</em> ! THOSE FOODS are NOT going to HELP ! <BR> I need to take baby steps and realize each one is A STEP FORWARD in the RIGHT DIRECTION~SO ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:22:11 EST DOG OWNERS :Your BEST ADVICE for a FIRST TIME OWNER of a 1 yr.old Rhodesian Ridgeback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082830 Hi Sparkers! <BR> Calling for your help! My family just got our FIRST DOG this last week. We got Frankie ~ a Rhodesian Ridgeback/part Retriever @ 75 lbs.~our 1 yr.old dog~ from a fost/adopt local shelter and he is potty trained and crate trained. My DH is in the process of training him using the basics first ~ Come ,Sit ,Stay,etc. <BR> I have joined alot of SP teams recently to join in and learn more about my canine friend! We have 4 cats and Frankie is used to house cats. I thought it would... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 02:11:47 EST Well, Look Who Made The Cheesecake and ATE IT?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081103 Oh, HOW could I DO it?? TOO EASILY!!! I am my WORST SABOTEUR!!! And I am not helping my family when I gave in to my DS 's request on our Cooking~ Together~ Day to make Homemade Double Decker OREO Cheesecake! <BR> Ok, I MUST NOT beat myself up about it ! I was doing SO WELL! The pounds were going so FAST , I thought something was wrong ! So I guess I MADE something wrong to check ! Well, I MUST NOT DWELL on this! Tomorrow IS ANOTHER day, like Scarlet in the movie ~Gone With The Wind says. ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:55:00 EST MY 6th YEAR SparkAnniversary! Is it here already? I missed it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077094 I was reading on UNIQUE55's birthday blog~January 21st ~one of my new Sparkfriends~ <em>383</em> and realized the date was the SAME ~ MY <em>507</em> + <em>503</em> had passed! Well, I am HAPPY to still MARK IT ~as an IMPORTANT DATE! It is where I lost the weight~maintained the loss for 8 mos. ~regained +6 lbs. and RIGHT NOW~have lost NINE and counting to my goal of 26 total and then MAINTAIN forever! <BR> I have met WONDERFUL PEOPLE~ SPARKMEMBERS, SPARKFRIENDS, SPARKCOACHES and ev... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:08:59 EST Let It SNOW!!! I can fit into my SNOW PANTS!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076311 <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Happiness is LOSING another Pound for a total of NINE! And GETTING INTO MY OLD SNOW PANTS of TEN Years ago!!! I won't be on SP today as I will be PLAYING IN THE SNOW WITH MY FAMILY!!! <BR> Happiness is ...FEELING LIKE YOU ARE GETTING BACK 10 years of YOUTH !!!!! <BR> SNOWBALL FIGHT ,ANYONE?!!!! <BR> PS ~Since we moved this is our... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:26:08 EST I CAN DO this! ~I AM DOING this! ~POSITIVE THOUGHTS EVERY DAY!~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076160 It happened AGAIN and it WILL KEEP HAPPENING until I AM DONE ! ANOTHER POUND IS GONE!! I am ENJOYING THIS WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY RIGHT NOW as the total weight that has been LIFTED AND THE BURDEN OF IT IS GONE!!! <BR> It is NINE Pounds as of 1.22.2016 . One of the things that I do on SP EVERY DAY is a GOAL that I complete for my LATE -IN-LIFE MOMMIES TEAM and that is to SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE EVERY DAY! <BR> I used to think of different things when I was first on SP in 2010 and had lost the weig... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:02:46 EST It's About Time for ANOTHER THANK YOU ~LEADERS of SP TEAMS!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074332 Step to the Podium and give your THANKS for your SP Leaders~ They give their TIME,ENERGY,EFFORTS AND SUPPORT UNFAILINGLY TIME AND AGAIN!! <BR> FIRST~ I would like to say THANK YOU TO ALL SP TEAM LEADERS OF ALL SP TEAM S~ YOU ARE THERE all the time for us Sparkers at Sparkpeople and you SPARKLE AND SHINE with your DILIGENCE in getting US TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR HEALTH!!!! <BR> I'll start ~ THANK YOU TO HOMEBODY 67 ~Marj~ I LOVE all you do on our FLYBaby Team ~ the FOCUS , THE QUEST... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:30:22 EST Help Needed ~What is YOUR Take on my weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070099 Hi Sparkers! I LOST ANOTHER pound this month! Great news ,right?! I think so!~However, I am afraid I am losing it TOO FAST! I guess my body could be in FAT -BURNING MODE that I have heard of ! <BR> I have been on SP before and lost the 20 lbs. in 4 and 1/2 mos.and I remember the FIRST TEN seemed to come off EASIER than the last ten and the last FIVE were HARD! I am going for 26 wt. pound loss, but am in no hurry to lose it as I KNOW fast loss= gain it back FASTER! Note: I am 6 feet tall. ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:39:30 EST LOVE MY SPARK FRIENDS!~LOVE YOUR SUPPORT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069058 <em>252</em> <BR> I LOVE SP!~~ It was the FIRST SUCCESSIVE TOOL that I have ever used that WORKED!!!! <BR> I lost weight in 4 and 1/2 mos. ,maintained for 8 mos.~ got lazy,no regular exercise, gained it back after 5 yrs. plus 6 EXTRA lbs. and now here I am on SP again,tired of being in the 200s, tired of fighting with the scale <em>225</em> ,and as I am now older, and a little more wiser, I KNOW I CAN DO IT ! WHY? <BR> Because I DID IT BEFORE and I DO IT AGAIN ! <em>521</em> ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:06:58 EST I don't WANT tight jeans! LOOSER is BETTER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068327 HAPPINESS for me is having my jeans fit LOOSER not TIGHTER today! <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>81</em> Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:08:55 EST 7 pounds in 1 month and 6 Days?!! ~CHANGE~The NAME of the GAME PLAN for my Weight Loss Explanation~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066535 I AM HAPPY! <BR> HAPPY with LIFE! <BR> HAPPY with my GOD! <BR> HAPPY with my FAMILY! <BR> HAPPY with our new MOVE! <BR> HAPPY with our HOME! <BR> HAPPY with my NEW ORGANIZATION of OUR NEW HOME! <BR> HAPPY with our ACREAGE! <BR> HAPPY with my WEIGHT LOSS! <BR> Putting my PRIORITIES in order and putting CHANGE in my LIFE is what is HAPPENING! <BR> I have CHANGED MY: <BR> EXERCISE <BR> WATER INTAKE <BR> I can't say FOOD CHOICES YET{just look at my tracker!} BUT HAVE CHANGED my PORTIONS and QU... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:11:19 EST MOMWANTSNOWAIST~ What's In A Name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065502 I have often been asked ~What does your SP name mean ?~ And when we were asked to come up with a name for SP and our identification~ I thought ,well, it should reflect me and be in conjunction with what I am trying to do on SP. So, I came up with ~I am a mom and I want to lose weight.But that was taken three times. So,I thought what would really identify ME? <BR> Then, I thought of how I wanted to get rid of the 'waist' I have~meaning my belly fat ,for THAT is my problem spot and where EV... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:46:12 EST I DID it! Another pound GONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063879 I guess all is working <BR> =measuring portions {the BIGGEST FEAT for me}(SEE YESTERDAY'S "To Measure ..."Blog! <BR> + <BR> upping water intake {from 4 to 8~the SECOND HURDLE } <BR> + <BR> exercising MORE{slowly since coming off of a sport injury!} <BR> + <BR> ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:04:37 EST To Measure or Not to Measure~ THAT is the Question! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062972 This morning as I went to eat my oatmeal {with brown sugar and butter~ I have to have it that way !} that my DH had so lovingly prepared,I reflected on something my DH said~ " I did not bring it to you in a bowl as I know you want to measure it. " I thought about how IMPORTANT it is TO ME NOW to have my set of MEASURING CUPS and MEASURING SPOONS {especially the tablespoon}nearby whenever I am going to eat. <BR> I CANNOT EYEBALL food very well at all , so I NEED these small tools to help me. ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:12:14 EST Having a GAME PLAN Makes ALL the DIFFERENCE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058642 I was thinking about the difference in my last two days of tracking food today and why one day was SUCCESSFUL <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <em>521</em> {yesterday }1/2/16 and another day was NOT <em>198</em> <em>4</em> {New Year's Day~no,not b/c it was a holiday~}. It was because I had a GAME PLAN ready and IN PLACE! <BR> When I used to play softball <em>300</em> in college and on recreational teams and tennis <em>260</em> for fun with DH {before my hubby had an exceptionally b... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 07:28:12 EST YAY! Top TEN on Trivia Board!{Finally~and for the MOMENT! @ 5am this morning!} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057660 I LOVE playing the SPark Trivia! However, I am not very good at it~70% overall~up from 58% (due to this month and my SIX <em>100</em> questions answered !).I love increasing my knowledge whether I get all the questions right or not. I get upset at myself if it is a question I had before and I miss it AGAIN! <BR> But THIS time ,instead of being on page 20~{yes, I have looked up my stats once or twice just to see where I am}, I am in the TOP 4 ~just for this moment{@ 5a.m.!} answering 6 of ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 05:33:56 EST Happy New YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056636 Happy New Year and Happy New YOU! <BR> What a way to look upon the New Year as A NEW YOU! <BR> Everyone thinks this is THE YEAR I am going to DO IT ! <BR> I am going to LOSE THE WEIGHT! <BR> Well, you are on SparkPeople ,so THAT is the RIGHT START! <BR> You are TRACKING your FOOD,EVERY BITE ! <BR> You are TRACKING your FITNESS and getting it DONE ! <BR> My SP FRIENDS ,you are on THE RIGHT TRACK as you can see,so keep up with the CHALLENGES of life and stay the COURSE! <BR> HAPPY NEW YOU ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:30:06 EST Ending the year with a LOSS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055870 How many times have we heard a loss is not good? Financially,physically,spiritually,emotion<BR>ally? <BR> But on SP and in my world of being overweight, <BR> LOSS IS GOOD! <BR> LOSS IS FUN!{Done healthfully,of course!} <BR> LOSS IS HEALTHY! <BR> LOSS IS GAIN ~to one's thinking when it is a weight loss! <BR> Hoping {and KNOWING ~with Tracking food,watching portions, and a healthy ,daily dose of exercise + enough water+ enough sleep } on this New Year's Eve to see a NEW ME and a LOSS to the ol... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:02:19 EST I CAN DO This! ~ I Hit my Range! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055034 This is the HARDEST hurdle for me except tracking every food bite~though I am an old pro at it being on SP since 2010 but only for 1 year then coming back on intermittently and now on for 3 weeks,five YEARS later. <BR> I DID lose the 20 lbs. the first time in 4 AND 1/2 months and kept it off for 8 mos. Then, got lazy and did not exercise regularly in the summer and every successive summer,winter,fall and spring. <BR> Now I am trying to lose 26 lbs. and DID lose 5 lbs. last month. <BR> Maybe i... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:05:10 EST Focusing on What I CAN DO Right Now ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054241 Today was a big day for me! I was able to get back on my Soloflex machine and do a FULL workout!! It was different than in the past, since I have been recovering from a rollerskating fall three weeks ago {injured tailbone}{they turned the lights out just as I was coming off the rink!}.I was so accustomed to doing all the exercises before my fall,that I took it for granted whichever way my body could move to do my workout. <BR> Now I am finding I cannot do every item for each M/W/F workout a... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 20:25:33 EST Help! Folate and Fiber Choices Needed! Any Ideas ~~beside fortified Cereal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053853 Hi! I have been on SP for 3 weeks now and though I am a regular member, I can't seem to get my FOLATE AND FIBER INTAKE high enough! I can't seem to remember good folate choices. I know eating MORE veggies and fruit will get my FIBER intake higher. <BR> This is what I have tried ~ <BR> Folate <BR> Orange juice <BR> fortified cereals <BR> Fiber <BR> What else besides veggies and fruit? <BR> I do not want to add any fortified breads as I have trouble with the calories from bread! <BR> Any ideas ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:48:35 EST Rescuing Tom the cat and giving him a home for Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053561 Today's blog is just the facts about what happened today that DID involve FOOD ,in a way! We had gone to our church services and afterwards went to a local farmers' market. As we were coming in , a friendly cat met us at the door. The owner said someone had dropped him off as they were shopping on Christmas Eve and LEFT him there. <em>39</em> Well, our young son was enamored of him ,and though we had THREE cats already {2 of the 3 cats were from the shelter;1 was found on a rainy day under... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:43:38 EST LOVE those award icons! ~ My First One ~Loss of 5 pounds ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050487 It dawned on me today that I have reached my first set of milestone awards~loss of 5 pounds! {Actually, this is my second go-round on SP since being on a 4 year hiatus.} However, the FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT is STILL the SAME! I feel great! Though I am having trouble taming my sweet tooth and am taking the challenge, I am finding baby steps are slowly working for me . Grabbing an apple or a carrot stick to replace my sugar shack snack attack is starting to work. Journaling about sugar ,of ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:11:45 EST Give me your BEST Protein Snack Idea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049958 I am taking the Fit Food Challenge and wrote down the 9 protein snack ideas,but would like more! Do YOU have a BEST Protein snack that you like ? Ideas, <em>303</em> <BR> Here are the 9 snacks listed by SP in their article <BR> 1~ 2 tbsp of peanut butter <BR> 2~1/2cup of cottage cheese <BR> 3~3oz of tuna <BR> 4~1oz of mozzarrella cheese <BR> 5~1 hard-bolied egg <BR> 6~1serving of trail mix <BR> 7~Greek yogurt <BR> 8~Milk~skim~1cup <BR> 9~1/2cup edamame +2tbsp of hummus Sat, 19 Dec 2015 20:48:00 EST Lost my 4th pound ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049320 I kept busy grocery shopping for 2 hours {since we were having the car fixed at Walmart~tire patch and oil change } so that was my only "workout" since I fell 2 weeks ago rollerskating with my son {they turned the lights out @ the rink temporarily!}. I also received a gift of a homemade pecan pie for Christmas from a neighbor and saved my calories to be able to have a slice ! So there went the pound for this month ! YAY! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>213... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:16:46 EST I achieved a goal! ~8 hours of sleep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047026 This may seem like a ridiculous goal to some people. However, to me, who is a night owl, Homeschooling mom, over 50, insominac in the summer{ 4 hours straight and always up @ 3:40am} and dealing with hot flashes continually since I am in menopause and has a nonstop thinking hard -to -wind down brain, this is a coup for me ! <BR> Maybe it is because I am on Christmas break, had the annual cookie-bake yesterday, the house is all clean from 13 hours of cleaning on Friday and night, or could it... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:46:57 EST How does everyone handle the Sugar challenge ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043542 I just got on the Sugar challenge or I should say sugar under control challenge and am having a hard time with it. Of course, that has always been my problem ,so I guess facing it head on is something. I started the journal writing today. has that helped anyone? If you have taken the sugar challenge and been successful,please write a few words to let me know how you conquered it or get in control. Thanks ! <em>24</em> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 00:34:04 EST Relearning my GOOD habits on SP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893444 I had been on SP in 2010 and after losing the weight, maintained it for awhile and here I am again! <BR> Thankfully it is all coming back ~how to do the Nutrition tracker, add a food manually,etc. <BR> Though it is a lot of work {at least it is to me!}, it is worth it to revisit those GOOD habits like : <BR> ~Drinking ALOT of water daily {8 glasses for me IS a lot and I need to drink tea more often!} <BR> ~Exercising daily <BR> ~Blogging: to ~talk~it out~ even if you're the only one listenin... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 16:48:50 EST Right back where I left off...{please send SP goodies!} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893120 Hi everyone ! <BR> For those of you who do not know I am an "old" SP member from 2010 and am back to try to lose the weight again! I had lost the 20 pounds in 5 months, kept it off for 3?years and in the course of 4 years with Homeschooling and just flat dropping exercise ~SHAME ON ME!~ {TOO TIRED from watching swim lessons in the summer at the local high school ~ we live in the desert~ and eating salads with avocado lime dressing and too lazy once we got home from those lessons to even ge... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:39:17 EST Happy Birthday to My Child! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455697 Dearest Child of Mine~ <BR> How is it you are now 6? I remember when you were 3 and 4 and 5 like it was yesterday! I also can't forget when you were 0-1 and 2 and it seemed like FOREVER! You are getting smarter, taller, bigger {in general} and learning oh -so many things~how to swim, ride a bike, see underwater, whistle, wink,tie your shoes,play T-ball, reading . These are all greats feats of accomplishment! But what is so precious to myself and your father is how you say the most wonderful,h... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 03:27:38 EST FEATURED MOTIVATOR PAGE TODAY~ WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389634 WOW! I happen to finally {late @ night} catch up on all my e-mails {or even catch a glimpse of them!] and there it was~ Spark Page Site Notification~ "You are today's Featured Motivator!" How FUN and WONDERFUL to see! So. of course, I had to do a blog! But on what? Especially since I think it should be motivating...!~ Well,first I think it is polite to say THANK YOU to all the SP friends and members alike who voted for me ! And I want to say that this is HARD WORK and no, I do not get to ge... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 02:35:53 EST A Little SP Nutrition Tracking ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355071 I am have been on SP now for at least 3 years and I still have difficulty tracking all three meals and all the snacks! I have tried groupings and that has helped ,but I decided since I cannot get ALL my meals tracked as I would like to {time and /or laziness or having to LIST each ingredient separately!] , I do what works for me~~ list breakfast and put the fitness in as soon as I do it . That has helped [and the fact I get it all done while my son is still asleep in the mornings!] {Did I men... Mon, 13 May 2013 11:30:24 EST I am Making VERY SLOW BUT SURE PROGRESS! YAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245816 Happy my weight is SLO-O-OWLY making its way DOWN the scale! <em>224</em> <em>306</em> <em>211</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:23:28 EST Thank YOU , SP for HELPING ME get my energy BACK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236184 I just finished writing a reply on the message board to "How have you done on SP so far? " It made me think back to BEFORE SP and how I was always sluggish and had no energy for my young child. I was so tired back then I literally would SIT on the stairs and go down one-at -a-time. Well, after losing the weight and maintaining and then regaining half of the weight due to a false pregnancy, I realize that NUMBERS AREN'T EVERYTHING!! I have MUCH MORE ENERGY NOW than I did when I first s... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:29:26 EST My 3rd YEAR SParkversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217421 Happy 3rd SP year to me!!! The numbers aren't great in the sense that I had gained wt.{due to false prenancy!} but here goes: <BR> Waist: WAS 34.25 NOW:39.62 <BR> HIPS:WAS: 39 NOW:44.68 <BR> THIGH; WAS: 19.5 NOW:21 <BR> Upper Arm:WAS 11.25 NOW: 12.5 <BR> Belly WAS:39.5 NOW:45 <BR> Body Fat WAS:32 NOW:33 <BR> My point here is NOT to depress anyone or myself! Hey, it's been 3 years and I am back into playing softball regularly for my church team [including running the bases this year &... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:01:04 EST It's a New Year ~ A New Habit ~A New Me~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188580 I woulld have NEVER thought I could bake some tea cakes ~Madeleines[@ 54 cals. per cake]~ or cookies {SP recipe Berry-Cherry Oatmeal Cookies}[76 cals. per cookie[ and not have at least 3-6 at one serving! In the past if I baked ANYTHING, it HAD to be THREE servings of it, or I wouldn't feel full! I also notice that some days I can actually BYPASS them and NOT have one! It's a NEW YEAR~A new HABIT~ A NEW ME!!! <em>381</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 16:45:31 EST Ending 2012~Beginning 2013~Healthfully! Resolutions~Fitness or Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182818 One of my resolutions toward exercise is to get at least 10 minutes in a day/ 6 days a week. <BR> Do you have a New Year's resolution to share concerning food ? I would like ideas anyone has that has helped them or suggestions!Thanks! <em>30</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>243</em> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:04:14 EST Thank You SP for being here and all the SP friends & support !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181024 As this year comes to an end, I want to thank SP and all my SP friends & support groups~my teams~HOMESCHOOLING PRE-K TO HIGH SCHOOL, LATE-IN-LIFE- MOMMIES AND PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS and tech support and SP MEMBERS in general for BEING THERE! I haven't been on SP regularly for this year ~only about 4 mos. and now,as my time schedule allows, in trying to get back into working out and making better food choices & water {ALWAYS WATER!}, I am MUCH MORE APPRECIATIVE of having SP here to come ba... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:28:58 EST If only... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176794 If only logging food was as EASY as logging in exercise! <BR> If only working out was as EASY as eating that piece of pie {or whatever favorite sweet is yours} <BR> If only making food choices came as EASY to me as working out! <BR> But~~~ then it wouldn't be as HARD and as REWARDING as when it happens~ <BR> ...the pants FIT AGAIN! <BR> ...the scale shows me the numbers I WANT to see! <BR> ...the long-AWAITED GOAL is MET! <BR> ...and all the HARD WORK that I have done has PAID OFF!!!! <BR> ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:10:58 EST Slow But Sure Wins the Race! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159849 I am learning the hard way that getting those pounds off the slow-but-sure way is the way to go for me! <em>252</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>4</em> <em>30</em> <em>9</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>250</em> <em>91</em> <BR> And I earned 100 points today ~working out and on the SP table of points~reading articles,taking quizzes,polls,blogging! <em>381</em> Sat, 8 Dec 2012 02:05:56 EST What have you cleaned for Spring Cleaning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776682 I have gotten our car cleaned inside and out! And our craft area,besides the kitchen ! What have you "Spring cleaned"? <em>104</em> <em>30</em> <em>85</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>438</em> <em>56</em> Thu, 8 Mar 2012 00:54:39 EST Am Happily Tracking my Own Foods And Being Successful ~so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773860 Hi everyone! I have decided to see if I can keep to a food plan already planned by myself for the day and put on the fridge to follow and check off daily! So far , it has worked ~[ I am of course only into Day 2}! <BR> What do YOU do to keep yourself motivated or when you have backslid concerning food choices or weight gain? <em>306</em> <em>224</em> <em>192</em> <em>140</em> <em>481</em> <em>301</em> <em>327</em> <em>328</em> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <em>231</em> <em>425</em> <... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 13:38:50 EST 2nd Sparkversary~~Wow! Times does fly!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711137 Has it been two years? I remember anxiously awaiting my first Sparkversary last year and now it passed by with me barely noticing! Things are the same & yet different ! <BR> Different: Am not on SP as much as I lost the wt. & have only regained a few lbs. back.,so I am unable to track every day anymore. <BR> I don't huddle as much or get to talk to SP friends as much. <BR> I hardly ever do quizzes & trivia anymore. <BR> I don't do streaks of spinning the wheel daily. <BR> Same: I DO LIMIT ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:56:16 EST What is YOUR favorite SPARKPEOPLE DVD Workout??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698691 Hi everyone! I just won a SP DVD today!!!! I don't know which one I will get,but was curious as to which favorites OTHER SPARKERS like???? And would you recommend buying any certain one~??? I have the most trouble with my ab/belly region. And if there is any regimen you do for your working out your abs~especially if it is on SP??? <em>347</em> <em>224</em> <em>328</em> <em>327</em> <em>315</em> <em>312</em> <em>418</em> <em>414</em> <em>344</em> <em>304</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:59:04 EST Happy I am Eating Healthier Snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693493 This year and since I lost the weight on SP two years ago, I am happy to say I finally have gotten much better at snacking in general { I still have the slip-up,occasionally!}~ ! My snacks consist of trying to keep the cals @ 150 or below per snack if possible! <BR> See if you have any that match what you like to snack on~ <BR> Emerald Dark Cocoa Almonds[27 per serv.] <BR> 1/2 cup 2% Knudsen Cottage Cheese <BR> 1 cup Chocolate Cheerios with 1/2 cup Unsweetened Silk Soy Almond Milk <BR> Veggi... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:48:15 EST What is your Favorite Indoor Pedometer Recommendation??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608802 I LOVE my Garmin for outdoor use! It tracks my cals burned & mileage,heart rate,pace,etc. I really NEED an indoor pedometer to wear every day to help keep track of those needed steps & how many I DO take! Anybody have an indoor pedometer they really like & would recommend??? <BR> Please let me know the price,name brand if you know it & it's strengths {& weaknesses,if you want} and any other info. you think is pertinent! Help, <em>303</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 01:41:18 EST Tracking Every Day !~Reality Check for me~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598561 Well, something's got to give and it is my time on SP and tracking every day. So I realize since I cannot do it each day, I'll do what I can !My goal will be to try to get in even SOME tracking every day . <em>39</em> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 05:21:10 EST I Miss my SP Friends....I Can't Lose the Wt. Without YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551948 For all my SP friends~ I am back on TRACK with tracking my food and getting my exercise in and now I am trying to reconnect with you after an 8 month absence! I have been Homeschooling my child and have put everything including SP on the backburner .Well ,now I am ready to be back and just had to learn how to tweak the time slots for everything! I understand if any of you want to drop me as you haven't heard from me in several mos. I usually expect myself to "visit" at least every season ,but... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 05:10:59 EST Well,it's ABOUT TIME I CAME BACK ON TRACK! Tracking FOOD ,that is.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4548666 Well, my Sparkfriends and Sparkmembers, I can say I've been there and done that,but I HAD HOPED I would be able to keep the weight off permanently WITHOUT having to track! WRONG ~for me,that is!!!! I had stopped tracking when I started Homeschooling or only did it sporadically and sometimes, just Breakfast since that was easier ~I have LOTS of breakfast combos of oatmeal with fruit. May be boring ,but it WORKS FOR ME in KEEPING MY CHOLESTROL at a HEALTHY ,NORMAL level since I brought it down... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:19:10 EST