MS_MAYZEE's SparkPeople Blog MS_MAYZEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Are You An Active Sparker If you are an active Sparker I would like to hear your weight loss experience. I just got back on SP Aug 8 after being gone for two years and I found that most of my friends that I had before are no longer active. I wish all of my fellow Sparkers a great weekend! <em>213</em> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 08:42:16 EST I've Been Down But I'm Not Out! It is easy to let the shuffle of life get you down. I had to give myself a good talk! I decided to continue my efforts to lose weight because I've been spinning my wheels for the last 2 years...seesawing up and down...getting more depressed and overwhelmed by the day. <BR> You can't accomplish anything unless you put in some real effort! I have to put in some real effort and say NO to those pesky desires for "feel good" foods! <BR> When I'm anxious or overwhelmed I have to do something to bre... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:11:05 EST Focused and back on track! I had gone a bit off my diet goals for awhile but with the new year I have adjusted my eating patterns and learned a few lessons also. <BR> Lesson #1-I must track all my food&drink everyday because it sets limits for me. <BR> If I don't track I eat more than I intended. <BR> Lesson #2-I can't eat a "small portion" of anything sweet because I will over indulge! So I won't try anything at all! <BR> Lesson#3-I must measure All my portions because all my life I have been used to serving everyon... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 11:38:30 EST 10x Sweeter Than Sugar Products And Facts Stevia products are used by many companies now as artificial sweeteners. Stevia has no calories and can be used in beverages, cooking, baking, and anywhere sugar might be used. The Stevia product SweetLeaf Sweetener is calorie free, all natural and has a zero glycemic index. <BR> Truvia is another Stevia product used as a sweetener. <BR> These boxed sweeteners are quite expensive so I will grow the plant for use. Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:09:35 EST Sevia Plant-10x Sweeter Than Sugar-Almost No Calories I just ran across this plant in one of my new seed catalogs. You can grow <BR> it in pots so you have access to it all year. The plant grows up to 3' tall. <BR> The leaves can be used fresh or dry for later use. <BR> If you prefer to buy Stevia in ready to use form look for it in grocery and <BR> health food stores. <BR> I plan to order a couple of the plants. I like to use plants , herbs, and <BR> vegetables in their most natural forms. <BR> I'm the new leader of the Natural Remedies Team... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 11:15:52 EST WARNING SIGNS OF DIABETES Many people have diabetes and are unaware that they have it. I had many of the symptoms of diabetes for years but I wasn't diagnosed until recently. <BR> I had gotten so tired that I would go back to bed after being up for a short while. I was suffering a lot of anxiety. I felt dizzy. I felt weak most of the time even though I was trying to eat correctly. I had extremely dry skin. I kept being so thirsty that even water didn't quench my thirst. <BR> When I had gotten to the point that I didn'... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 12:29:58 EST Organic Fertilizers & Compost I recently researched to find out more about organic fertilizers. <BR> There are a number of ways you can add minerals to your soil. <BR> These include adding Greensand, Fish Emulsion, Animal Manures, <BR> Soybean Meal, Cottonseed Meal, Coffee Grounds, Seaweed, Bonemeal, <BR> Cover Crops, like Clovers, Compost, and others. <BR> Go to: Http for complete list. <BR> http://www.basic-info-4-organic-fertiliz<BR> <BR> <BR> If you are a first time gardener you will want to create a compost ... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 08:32:52 EST Companion Planting-Plant Groups Guide We are all getting ready to plant our gardens this year so I thought you might be interested in knowing which plants are helpful and beneficial to other plants. I listed groups that will grow well with each other and what they are protected by if I knew of something. This isn't a complete list but I will do more blogs as I get more info. Please feel free to send me info you have to SHARE. For complete list click&copy.<BR>nion_plants <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 09:09:56 EST Small Achievements I have to take my weight loss one day at a time because if I think ahead I can easily become overwhelmed. Thinking too far in the future makes my goals seem unobtainable so I rejoice in the small achievements that each day brings. If I should fail today to keep within my goals I will get back on track tomorrow. I won't wallow in self pity because I failed, it is only one day. I will regroup and keep going. I won't let this defeat me. I'm happy and blessed with any progress I make,no matter ho... Fri, 14 Mar 2008 21:21:03 EST