MRSRIGS1's SparkPeople Blog MRSRIGS1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Motivators Yesterday, I was feeling frustrated. My husband went to the store and bought JUNK food for himself! He doesn't get it! He was once over-weight but conquered his weight loss by eating only ONCE a day! I can't do that. For one thing, I'm a diabetic and need to eat every couple of hours. <BR> <BR> I attempted to have healthy snacks; or snacks that are better options than chips, salty crackers, coke, Klondike etc. Yesterday, he brought into our home all of these 'crap' foods that I LOVE!! Y... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:52:58 EST Be KIND to yourself! Has it really been a month since I've written in my journal or blog? Time surely does fly! <BR> <BR> Today, while attempting to round up Sparkpoints, I came across a motivational article that really HIT me between the eyes! I borrowed a paragraph from the article to serve as reminder for myself. Perhaps, this will be helpful to you as well. Here it is: <BR> <BR> "Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to someone else. <BR> <BR> It’s pretty amazing how we think it’s appr... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:08:27 EST Grrrr.... I'm frustrated today. I woke up with a painful eye issue. I've had pink eye before and I do not believe I have that. My eyelid is a little swollen and red. The eye isn't red but it is a little bit 'gooky'. I have an appointment later on in the day. I hope it isn't anything serious. <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated because if it isn't one thing it's another! By golly, I'VE HAD ENOUGH. I guess I'd better keep smiling. Things could be a lot worse. <BR> <BR> Moral of this story: Keep smiling! <BR> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:02:02 EST To Record or Not to Record? Since joining Sparkpeople, I am learning many new things. In the morning, before I start my day, I make an effort to read Blog entries. At first, I did it for the Sparkpoints however I now enjoy reading the articles. They are very informative. <BR> <BR> Today, I read an article that has convinced me I must RECORD my calorie intake for the rest of my life! I used to ask myself 'why am I not losing weight? I don't eat much throughout the day.' After reading a blog entry this morning and veri... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:44:18 EST I count MY blessings! I am thankful for many things in my life! I am fortunate to have many blessings! I am thankful for having a roof over my head. I am thankful for having a working car to get me back and forth. I am thankful for having good food in my tummy. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the many blessings I have. I have four wonderful sons who make me very proud to be their mom! I have a healthy mama, whom without her I would not be who I am. I have a supportive husband who loves me dearly. I have many friends... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 13:10:49 EST PAIN or GAIN? The middle of the year folks! My how time flies. <BR> <BR> At the end of 2012, I made my yearly resolution to become healthy. I finally got around to it - it only took me 5.5 months and a trip to the ER to wake me into reality. If I continued doing the things I was doing, I was shortening my life span. <BR> <BR> I'm here and doing what I should have been doing all along. Today, the first day of June, I FINALLY met a goal - adding physical activity to my program. Yaaaaaay! I must admit I... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:03:43 EST Don't that beat all..... Sometimes, I even shock myself! I don't have much to say today - what is up with that? I have been nicknamed 'chatty patty', by some, which amuses me. However, today I'm feeling rather quiet. <BR> <BR> I am journalizing, however, because I promised myself I would. One day, I'll look back on this day and say "Wow, I had a silent moment!" <em>334</em> Perhaps, the reason for this silence is because I have much to do. <BR> <BR> To bring this blog to a closing, I'd like to wish you a very... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:07:39 EST Bumps and Valleys! Is it day 14 since I began journalizing/blogging? I can't believe how quickly time travels! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I felt a bit of discouragement. I met with a new doctor. I liked her very much as well as the staff. They are very encouraging! I will be given the opportunity to meet with a nutritionist to help me reach a healthy weight. Very cool! <BR> <BR> So why did I feel disappointment? First of all, the weigh in. I should have known better not to have worn denim jeans and my heavy walking... Thu, 30 May 2013 12:01:50 EST Saboteurs? Are there saboteurs in your life? There is ONE in my life. That saboteur is ME, myself and I. <BR> <BR> Yes, there are holidays, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and so on that we enjoy with FOOD. It (food) will always encircle us. Also, junk food, as well as, fast food and restaurants seem to be at every corner. We can't avoid it. We are surrounded. <BR> <BR> No one holds a gun to our head and forces us to eat. In the same thought, I cannot hold a gun to my husband or people around me a... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:28:08 EST PEER Pressure Last night, I felt frustrated (maybe a little jealous) at my husband. He's supportive to the extent he wants me to eat properly, that I take my medicines and that I measure my glucose. As for supporting me in what we eat....he's out in left field. <BR> <BR> While I ate my fish, sweet potato and green beans, he ate 'crap' from Taco Bell. (However, the aromas smelled much more delicious than my meal.) I've tried to convince him to try some of the recipes I've found on SP. However, he's convin... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:01:04 EST Memorial Day Festivities! Aaaahhh Memorial Day! A day for giving thanks to our servicemen past, present and future. Our soldiers made sacrifices and many paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy. Let us not forget. <BR> <BR> It is also a day we enjoy with family and/or friends. It is a day for picnics or backyard BBQ's. Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, or steaks; every kind of salad drenched in fattening mayo's or dressings! Then, desserts, desserts, desserts! Oh my! <BR> <BR> What to do? Do we deprive ourselves... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:59:48 EST It's the 'little' things in life that are 'HUGE' As I've mentioned, I learned about this site through my son. Recently, when I had a health scare, he had a proposition for me that I couldn't say 'No' to. He wanted/wants a healthy mom. I, of course, can't let him down! At the same time, he would like to lose a couple of pounds therefore it is a win-win situation for the both of us. <BR> <BR> Here I am taking full advantage of this site. I'm learning new things as well as being reminded of things I should have never placed in the 'back bur... Sun, 26 May 2013 17:49:45 EST Chicken Soup For My Soul.... I am visiting my mother this holiday weekend! My husband takes his yearly 'boy's' trip with his RC plane buddies and I take my annual 'girls' visit with my mama. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we enjoyed a day at the movies! I am proud to say, I DID NOT eat any snacks especially any POPCORN. Rather, I took my Trader Joe's Fig bar (delicious, by the way) and snuck it in my purse. I never even brought it out; therefore I enjoyed later, as dessert. <BR> <BR> Last night, my biggest challenge was dinner ... Sat, 25 May 2013 14:45:35 EST Something to Ponder..... Do you ever put something in your mouth without giving it a thought? What I mean is, do you think, what nutrional value does a food have when you place it in your mouth and finally in your tummy? <BR> <BR> I love learning new things. As I go through this site, I am learning many things that either I've closed my mind to or just plain wanted to remain ignorant! What is she talking about? <BR> <BR> How many of you enjoy going to the theatre? I do! I can remember a time when I'd go to the movi... Fri, 24 May 2013 14:13:51 EST I am worth it! This completes my second week (First week on SP) of watching my food intake and my glucose levels. I've lost 3 pounds and my glucose is within normal range-96 (from 426). <BR> <BR> I learned tracking my food is very helpful. In the past, I have kept a spreadsheet for this purpose. However, I only kept track of my caloric intake and carbohydrates. With that and my meds, I was on track to becoming a healthier me, or so I thought. When I reached 'normal' I stopped tracking. It became a chore.... Thu, 23 May 2013 11:35:06 EST Setting Goals Does anyone, out there, set a bunch of goals then feel bad when you don't meet them? <BR> <BR> I am guilty! In my weight loss journey, I start off excited and motivated! I set my goals. Then, when I'd 'slip', I beat myself up! I start to feel like a failure. I allow negative thoughts to get in my head, for example, I failed therefore I can't! I'd blow my diet by eating my portion and then finishing the box, bag, package or adding more helpings! I would then say to myself "You blew your diet... Wed, 22 May 2013 12:56:57 EST I'm Going To Live Life! I'm a little overwhelmed by this site as there is so much to view. However, as I'm learning how to use this tool, I'm finding tons of useful information. Thank you to SPARKGUY for starting this website. You are an angel. This is an awesome community and I can't believe it's FREE! <BR> <BR> I found an inspirational blog today from a lady who wrote down things she wanted to do through her weight loss journey. She called it her 'Bucket List'. I've heard of people making a Bucket List but hers ... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:44:56 EST Yes, I can! I am feeling SO much better!! I owe much of that to my son. His words of encouragement and leading me to this site is proving to be a lifesaver. He practiced 'Tough Love' but in his usual gentle and caring ways. He should become a motivational speaker! I'm very blessed to have such a compassionate son in my life! <BR> <BR> I have made a couple of goals for myself. I am going to take a 20-minute walk today in my neighborhood. Eventually, I will walk the 1-hour I used to walk 5 years ago. My ... Mon, 20 May 2013 13:19:33 EST My Road to a Healthier Lifestyle This past week, I celebrated my birthday twice. Although, I strayed away from my diet (I find eating out is a challenge) I made healthier choices. For example, I ate out on my actual birthday and chose steamed vegetables as opposed to 'potato salad, coleslaw or French fries'. When the waitress brought the bread, I ate 1 slice as opposed to eating 'my share'. When asked if we wanted dessert, mom and I split a small bowl of fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> Last night, I celebrated my birthday with my ... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:14:19 EST My Feelings for today Today, I felt a little frustrated. I am having a hard time proving I am a Naturalized citizen. I have spent hours at the agencies. Normally, I would have eaten everything in site. However, since I am being supported and encouraged by my son, I behaved and drank water instead. That is major for me! I'm happy after all. Sat, 18 May 2013 19:14:49 EST