NANA2TWINS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NANA2TWINS NANA2TWINS'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/ The Ups and Downs of my Health Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460520 I have been overweight most of my adult life and only once was able to lose weight to be within normal range for my height and age and that was when I was in my twenties. I have tried so many diets I can't remember them all. I even spent several years in therapy trying to figure out why I cannot seem to lose the weight. I have learned a lot along the way but still struggle with trying to live a healthier life. <BR> <BR> I enjoy exercising but so often let life get in the way and then I do... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:51:29 EST My S.M.A.R.T. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383689 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1753460626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My S.M.A.R.T. Goals for this BLC round are: <BR> <BR> 1 – Increase my strength training exercise sessions to three times a week <BR> <BR> 2 – Focus some of the strength training exercises to toning my arms, especially my flabby upper arms <BR> <BR> 3 – Increase my walking to reach a minimum of 10,000 steps every day <BR> <BR> 4 – Get back on The Lyn-Genet Plan 100% until I determine the foods to which I’m high... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:10:29 EST Scavenger Hunt - Sea Shells & Seahorse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337807 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967515143.jpg"> <BR> Here are some of the many sea shells I have. I love collecting sea shells. The large shell in the middle was a gift from the employer of my first real part-time office job when I was in high school. I've had it for 46 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l928985016.jpg"> <BR> A few weeks ago we took our granddaughters to the Seattle Aquarium and one of the girls took this picture. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 23:30:10 EST Glad to be Back with The Silver Spies...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283295 What does it mean to be a member of a BLC team? It means commitment, time and hard work. Members are encouraged to post on their team chat thread daily, Tuesday is LCW (last chance workout) and Wednesday or Thursday is TNT (Tighten N’Tone). There is no rest on the weekend either because Friday through Monday is the weekend challenge. All of this can take up a good deal of time but the benefits are worth it. I know from experience. <BR> <BR> I joined the BLC at the beginning of round 12 ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:41:37 EST Advice To My 16 Year Old Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227247 If I were able to talk to my 16 year old self I would tell her: <BR> <BR> Take care of your body, you only have one and there are no do overs. Eat healthy and get plenty of physical activity. Get involved in sports. <BR> <BR> Follow your heart when it comes to your career. Don’t give up on your career choice and don’t let life get in the way of obtaining your goal. You will be much happier if you wake up each day excited about going to work as opposed to feeling like going to work is ju... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:55:25 EST Road to Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4712654 I’ve had weight issues most of my adult life. I gained a little bit of weight when I was 20 years old and pregnant with my daughter and continued to gain weight as I tried to deal with a divorce and becoming a single parent. I struggled for a couple of years to lose the excess weight and after joining Weight Watchers in my mid-twenties I was able to get back to my normal weight. After a year or so I went through a difficult time in my life in another bad relationship which ended in a brok... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:59:30 EST Success – Dealing with a Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4573693 This round I have not lost nearly as much weight as I have in previous rounds. On a positive note I’ve not gained anything but there have been weeks with no loss and others with less than a pound. At this point last round I had lost 17.7 pounds. So far this round I’ve lost 8.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> Last round I lost a total of 30.1 pounds and my goal for this round was 24 pounds. I know I won’t reach that goal and I’m okay with that. Of course I would like to be losing more but I know tha... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:05:22 EST Success – Having Turkey Dinner and Staying in Range http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570266 Every year my daughter and family go camping with a group of friends over Thanksgiving weekend so we don’t get to spend Thanksgiving with them. Our granddaughters are visiting us this weekend and we decided to have a traditional Thanksgiving style turkey dinner today since we won’t be seeing them on Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> I carefully measured and recorded everything I was going to eat and when I sat down at the table I showed my husband how much food I was able to eat for 700 calories. ... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 21:54:02 EST Success – Finding 4 New Freggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569167 I had the hardest time finding new freggies for this challenge. We live in a very small town and the local store is a Thriftway. Think of grocery stores in the 60’s. That’s how it’s stocked; the basics only. Fortunately I had to pick up my granddaughters for the weekend and we stopped at a Top Foods in a much larger city. Even then there wasn’t much to choose from since I’ve tried so many “new freggies’ in several other challenges over the years. <BR> <BR> I did find 4 freggies though.... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 01:07:22 EST Recommitting and Finishing STRONG!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4561808 After reflecting on what I’ve done the first half of this BLC round I realize there are 3 areas that need improvement. For the most part I have no problem tracking my food or staying in range using my Bodybugg. I do struggle daily to drink 8 glasses of water. The only time I seem to do well is during a challenge. I do 45 to 60 minutes of cardio exercise daily but I need to increase the time for that. I have been doing strength training 3 days a week but I need to do more than that. <BR> ... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:00:59 EST Celebrating Non-Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516188 I have lost over 80 pounds since my fitness journey started, 60 of those pounds since January 2010 when I joined my first BLC team. Along with the weight loss there have been many non-scale victories along the way. Here are 10 that I have experienced recently: <BR> <BR> 1 – I can walk up and down stairs alternating legs instead of one step at a time using my stronger right leg for support. (I have a bad left knee as a result of a dislocated knee cap which was surgically repaired 35 years ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 02:01:47 EST ONE Point Weekend Challenge - Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342326 Silver Spies ONE Point Weekend Challenge <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 8oz of water you drink: 26 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 20 min of intentional cardio: 8 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each strength training set completed (10-12 reps): 30 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each freggie you eat: 10 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day alcohol free: 4 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you record every bite: 4 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day in calorie range: 3 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 11:27:30 EST ONE Point Weekend Challenge - Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341097 Silver Spies ONE Point Weekend Challenge <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 8oz of water you drink: 6 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 20 min of intentional cardio: 2 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each strength training set completed (10-12 reps): 30 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each freggie you eat: 0 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day alcohol free: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you record every bite: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day in calorie range: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you p... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 19:33:44 EST ONE Point Weekend Challenge - Day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4338980 Silver Spies ONE Point Weekend Challenge <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 8oz of water you drink: 8 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 20 min of intentional cardio: 3 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each strength training set completed (10-12 reps): 0 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each freggie you eat: 4 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day alcohol free: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you record every bite: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day in calorie range: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you po... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 14:54:34 EST ONE Point Weekend Challenge - Day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336963 Silver Spies ONE Point Weekend Challenge <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 8oz of water you drink: 6 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 20 min of intentional cardio: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each strength training set completed (10-12 reps): 0 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each freggie you eat: 4 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day alcohol free: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you record every bite: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day in calorie range: 0 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you po... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 10:24:20 EST ONE Point Weekend Challenge - Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4335210 Silver Spies ONE Point Weekend Challenge <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 8oz of water you drink: 6 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 20 min of intentional cardio: 2 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each strength training set completed (10-12 reps): 0 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each freggie you eat: 2 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day alcohol free: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you record every bite: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day in calorie range: 1 <BR> <BR> ONE point for each day you po... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:59:33 EST SUMMER Challenge M&M http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327418 'M" #1 <BR> <BR> The results of the first 10 weeks of BLC16: <BR> <BR> 1,165 LCW Minutes <BR> + <BR> 4,355 Fitness Minutes <BR> + <BR> 106 TNT Points <BR> + <BR> 1,737 Weekend Challenge Points <BR> = <BR> 27.5 Pounds Lost <BR> <BR> WOW!!! I love how that all adds up. The exciting thing is that there is room to improve on all of those numbers which will lead to a healthier me!!! Overall though I am happy with what I have done this round as far as participation goes and extremely ... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 02:56:09 EST Day #4 NOW Challenge – Overturn a Bad Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4266254 Just a quick update on working on overturning a bad habit or in my case two bad habits. <BR> <BR> Bad Habit #1 – Eating too many meals out instead of at home. <BR> <BR> As far as the eating out goes we have planned all of our meals for this week except for Wednesday. Actually that one is planned but it is planned to eat out since we are celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary that night. Our anniversary is actually Tuesday the 31st but my husband’s grandsons each have a game that night a... Mon, 30 May 2011 23:58:56 EST Day #3 NOW Challenge – Overturn a Bad Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263430 I have another bad habit I need to work on changing. During the week I tend to not get enough sleep. On weekends, when I don’t have to get up at a specific time, I always get at least 8 hours of sleep no matter how late I go to bed. During the week it’s a different story. Knowing I need 8 hours of sleep I should be in bed by 10 pm since I’m up at 6 am but most of the time I’m not in bed until 11 pm or later so I end up not getting enough sleep. I am a night person and always seem to get ... Sun, 29 May 2011 15:59:00 EST Beautiful day at the beach.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262027 My husband and I went to the beach today and the weather was great. Lots of sun, a few clouds, very little wind and a balmy 60 degrees. We walked the beach looking for treasures and we had our usual agate challenge. There are several categories to the challenge and we are very competitive when it comes to finding agates. Honors go to: <BR> the first agate found <BR> the largest one <BR> the smallest one <BR> the most found <BR> the prettiest one <BR> the last agate found <BR> <BR> Toda... Sat, 28 May 2011 19:21:15 EST Day #2 NOW Challenge – Overturn a Bad Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261575 Yesterday’s blog was about my bad habit of eating meals out too much so last night I talked to my husband about reducing the number of meals we eat out. He agreed that’s a good idea and said he much prefers eating at home but doesn’t like the hassle of trying to decide what to eat an hour before dinner. He said he wanted to try more recipes in the slow cooker. Today we’re going to find a couple of recipes to try this week and we will also go through our freezer to come up with some other m... Sat, 28 May 2011 13:05:36 EST Day #1 NOW Challenge - Overturn a Bad Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260029 I have a problem with eating dinner out too much. My husband and I do it because it’s easy but, even though I can usually stay in my calorie range, I know we aren’t eating as healthy as we could or should be. I need to make time in my week to plan our meals and then make time each day to prepare them. I know my husband will help because he enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. He recently discovered the slow cooker and loves using it. With this being a long weekend I think it’s a good t... Fri, 27 May 2011 14:25:36 EST Silver Spies Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257564 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l614349226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Too many great pictures to pick from so I picked a bunch!!! Now I have to decide which one to vote for. Thu, 26 May 2011 11:32:25 EST 30 Day Streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236920 I’ve chosen to do two different 30 day streaks. The first is to take my vitamins and supplements daily. I used to be really good about doing that everyday but have been slack about it for the past few months. I’ve been eating healthy so I don’t think missing my multiple vitamin is too detrimental to my health. I do take glucosamine for my knees and a generic form of Prilosec for my esophagitus. Even though neither of the conditions is life threatening, by not taking those two supplements... Mon, 16 May 2011 17:12:01 EST Perfectionism and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117685 I recently found an interesting article on perfectionism and how it relates to weight loss. Some of the negative aspects of perfectionism are procrastination, fear of failure and an “all or nothing” attitude. I know that I am a perfectionist and often joke about it as it relates to other aspects of my life. For example, for years now I have wanted to start my own business but have yet to do so because of my fear of failure which causes my “all or nothing” attitude which leads to procrastin... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 13:06:34 EST Yes, I Can! But Why and How? - Weekend Challenge Blog Assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4092326 As part of our BLC 15 weekend challenge we have been given the task of writing a blog reflecting on our BLC journey so here goes…… <BR> <BR> I started the round coming off several weeks over the holidays during which I did very little exercise and pretty much ate what I wanted. Unfortunately my choices caused me to gain weight. When the round started I was very ready to get back to a healthier lifestyle. The first thing I did was make a commitment to faithfully use my BodyBugg to track c... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:16:08 EST Something to think about.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062311 <BR> “If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page” – Mark Houlahan <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Mar 2011 02:36:25 EST Hungry Girl’s Good & Hungry Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3999573 I love everything Hungry Girl. I have 3 of her cookbooks and a set of her recipe cards. I enjoy watching her TV show on the Cooking Channel. I just recently started trying her recipes and have not been disappointed yet. <BR> <BR> She has devoted a lot of time and resources to come up with the recipes she shares with us and now she has something new - a challenge. The challenge is for Lisa to take a recipe and cut the calories in half. Recipes can be submitted on her website and if you... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 22:34:42 EST Yesterday's Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3996203 Had an amazing day yesterday. Had lunch with my girlfriend and spent the afternoon with her. Did well with my choices at lunch and stuck to my plan. <BR> <BR> Then I met my hubby at the casino for a dinner and show. The dinner was good and the show that Little Anthony and the Imperials put on was fantastic. <BR> <BR> I did okay with my choices for dinner and only slightly deviated from my plan. For appetizers there was cheese, crackers, fresh raspberries and strawberries, a delicious... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:25:06 EST Today's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992675 Today is going to be a very busy day and on the food front will be a bit challenging. I'm meeting with my girlfriend for our monthly get together and then this evening I'm going to a local casino for a complimentary dinner, show (Little Anthony & the Imperials) and night's stay at their hotel. <BR> <BR> Lunch will not be difficult as I have choices but the only choice I had for dinner was beef, chicken or fish. I have no idea what else is going to be served. The one good thing is that I c... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 13:29:45 EST Yummy Pizza!! (02/04/11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3991728 I've been watching the Hungry Girl show on the Cooking Channel and in one of the episodes she made pizzas. She had some really good suggestions as to how to make them low calorie. One suggestion was to use turkey pepperoni. I love pepperoni pizza so I decided to try one with the turkey pepperoni for dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> The ingredients I used were: <BR> 1 Flatout flatbread (only 100 calories) <BR> 51 grams of pizza sauce (a little less than 1/4 cup) <BR> 50 grams of reduced fat mozza... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 03:35:23 EST BLC 15 Non-Scale Victory Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892652 Fitness Goal – Cardio exercise a minimum of 45 minutes a day for 6 out of 7 days a week – Strength training exercise 15 – 20 minutes 3 days a week <BR> <BR> Nutrition Goal – Stay within calorie range 6 out of 7 days <BR> <BR> Personal Goal – I want to lose enough inches that I don’t have a problem with the seat belt on an airplane. Every time I fly I’m concerned that I will have to ask for a seat belt extender. So far I have been able to buckle the seat belt but just barely. It will be s... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:32:06 EST Feeling a little lost.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2946312 My first day of unemployment and I'm feeling a little lost. I thought it would feel like I was on vacation but knowing there is no job to go back to and the fact that there will no longer be a pay check changes things. I had such good plans for today but instead just kind of moped around most of the day. I did okay with what I was eating until this evening. I made healthy choices but ate way too much. I have problems with emotional eating and I think that was what happened tonight. Too ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 00:41:36 EST Making plans.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2936227 I have now joined the ranks of the unemployed in search of a job. Actually I have known this day was coming since last November but I still wasn't totally prepared for it. My husband has been unemployed for over three years and I think it's time for him to support me for awhile. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> More than anything I would love to take a few months and focus on taking care of me, to be accountable to me and not some boss. My plans for the next few months, or as long as ... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 21:07:53 EST My first blog entry.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2933319 I've enjoyed reading others' blogs but have never posted one so this is a new experience for me. First, I would like to say how much I'm enjoying being part of BLC12. I find reading my team's thread is educational, motivational and sometimes very entertaining. For my first blog entry I thought I would share a quote that I feel is applicable to my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> "And finally, I want to acknowledge that making changes in your life is never an easy task. The key, however, i... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:01:22 EST