NEVERGIVEUP57's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NEVERGIVEUP57 NEVERGIVEUP57'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/ 9 Things Happy People DON'T Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966709 From “MindBodyGreen” <BR> <BR> "We spend a lot of time dissecting the habits and mindsets of happy people, but less time outlining the behaviors to avoid. With that in mind, here are nine things that the happiest people in the world just flat out don't do. It's great when the answer to being happy is doing less. <BR> <BR> 1. They don’t criticize. <BR> <BR> Happy people don’t criticize others for their actions, unless that criticism is imperative to the person’s well-being. And th... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:44:41 EST Molly my Cat - health issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961044 Okay so Molly my two year old calico has severe allergies that she has been on steriods for on and off for two years, and now on allergy shots that will hopefully help... <BR> <BR> Then she had hip surgery about 5 weeks ago and since the day I brought her home she could not swallow her hard food, she eats both hard and wet. <BR> <BR> Back and forth to the vet, emergency vet and now to another emergency vet, I come to find that my vet when intubating her for surgery cause damaged to her esop... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:17:28 EST THM Cheat Sheet - Easy breakdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958695 Hope you can read, found this on facebook, an easy breakdown.. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9741b630-5b28-4451-8755-a017b8f9b7bd.jpg"> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 16:25:13 EST Homemade Almond Milk - Fantastic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953178 Okay so this morning I made my first batch of Almond Milk and let me tell ya it was so easy and it tastes so yummy. I bought my nut bag on Amazon. Ellie's link will take you there or I also posted the Amazon page. <BR> <BR> Once you get your bag she sends you a free Nut Milk Bag Recipes (information on packaging on how to get the e book)...there is a coconut one I'll try next....can't wait to make my smoothy this morning! <BR> <BR> <link>www.elliesbest.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>w... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:28:49 EST Carb creep - is it effecting your weight loss goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951156 Often when people stall in their weight loss or stop getting other benefits from low-carb diets, the problem is "carb creep" -- the insidious tendency to gradually increase the amount of carbohydrate in the diet, often without being totally aware of it. Of course, if you are getting muffins at your local coffee shop, hopefully you are aware of it! But there are foods that are relatively low in carbs that people following low-carb ways of eating start thinking are "free foods". These are fo... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:06:53 EST GYFT Cards - This is really cool and works too.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948051 K, so I'm lazy and I hate paying for gift cards that I always give at birthdays, Christmas etc. Saw an advertisement for GYFT cards, free on-line service where you can send a gift card via your phone or computer to anyone. <BR> <BR> I experimented and used their $5 promotional and ordered myself an Amazon card for $15, that cost me $10. <BR> <BR> I used it to buy my daughter a gift card for her birthday yesterday and viola she downloaded the app and there was her gift card.. <BR> <BR> The... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:07:07 EST Some Heartburn Drugs Could Up Heart Attack Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946455 AARP published on 6/12. Even more reason for us to get the weight off and keep it off, acid reflux is very dangerous and can cause cancer and other issues. The medications can cause heart attacks. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>blog.aarp.org/2015/06/12/some-heartb<BR>urn-drugs-could-up-heart-attack-risk/?<BR>cmp=NLC-RSS-DSO-CTRL-061615-P1_H1-6439<BR>40&encparam=3WajOMF5N/3RMg4wHUfAZb3Ms0<BR>gIYGzR/doTd0RdXcQ= </link> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:08:33 EST FDA Takes Step to Remove Artificial Trans Fats from Processed Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946450 Thought when I read this it's about time! Also a lot of interesting stuff on the FDA site, I signed up so I get newsletters from them. <BR> <BR> <link>www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/Constitu<BR>entUpdates/default.htm?source=govdeliv<BR>ery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery </link> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:39:10 EST Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake (Low Carb and only 148 Calories) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944770 This cake in a mug is so unbelievable delicious you would swear you are being very bad. I eat mine warm with a squirt of sugar free whipped topping but you could use yogurt/berries, etc. <BR> <BR> I had to see how many calories as I was kind of thinking how can I eat this most nights of the week and still lose weight, but at 148 calories, won't hurt to the waist line <BR> <BR> Oh so goodddd! <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2933800 </link> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 05:58:34 EST Update on my fur baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944759 Molly slept from 12:00 noon yesterday until 4:30 am this morning, she came out of hiding after a much needed rest. Vet said after 3 days the muscle pain and incision wouldn't hurt as cats jump back quick. But I was told she can't jump up or down on things for 8 weeks - so my summer will be keeping an eye on her...but prognosis after 6-8 months she should be able to do things as a normal cat. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64e1cd2f-0d09-48ca-8299-3290c54048... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 05:04:45 EST My poor fur baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944305 This sure has been a stressful week. For the past few weeks my two year old cat "Molly Dolly Girl" has been experiencing pain in her left hip and she just had surgery yesterday and I wait to pick her up today... <BR> <BR> Apparently cats bones aren't fully developed by the time they are two years old, her left femoral head/neck (little ball that sits in the hip) slipped out a tad and broke at the hip socket, so they removed the ball from the hip and cartridge will fill it in over time and ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 04:31:10 EST Healthy Paws - do you really want to be without? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942711 Hi all, 3 of my cats are insured by Healthy Paws pet insurance. When I subscribed almost 4 years now, I have used it and have not had any issues and my reimbursement checks were received within a week of submitting my claims. Claims can be submitted via phone as well if you can download the app, which I have done and it works great. <BR> <BR> Molly 2 years old: <BR> 1) Allergist: all needles and meds covered...just received my $166 reimbursement check <BR> 2) Emergency Vet for hip issue: ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:17:25 EST 5 Weeks into Trim Healthy Mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939415 It has been 5 weeks since I started the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating and I'm still pleasantly surprised at how much better I feel already. My insides feel happy, not all bloated! But best of all my mind feels content with the nutrition I have been providing to my brain. Also loving the freedom to have a dessert after dinner which has been very key here to keeping me satisfied. <BR> <BR> Basically I end up eating a small mini snack when I wake up (I get up like 4:00 am) and typically... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 04:26:47 EST Non-scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933793 Went to visit a friend at her cabin for the day, normally I just want to eat everything in sight but didn't. What helped of course is my friend knows I'm following THM. <BR> <BR> I brought along the Good Girl Moonshine (THM) and we all shared. Also made a huge veggie salad and homemade italian dressing to share. She made chicken and had strawberries. <BR> <BR> What the amazing thing is normally I would come home and binge because I passed on say Doritos, but I didn't, just had my meal a... Mon, 25 May 2015 05:50:56 EST Are you following Trim Healthy Mama? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929942 I started a new team called "Trim Healthy Mama" for those following the plan by sisters Serene and Pearl. <BR> <BR> Please come join us and share your knowledge! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65140 </link> Mon, 18 May 2015 04:52:06 EST Sunday Meal Plan - Trim Healthy Mama http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929671 Early as I get up between 4-5: <BR> Cup tea with 1 mozz stick (lowfat) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (S) <BR> Yummy THM pancakes topped with greek 0% fat with tbs low sugar/high fiber apricot) I use instead of syrup so goooodddd.... <BR> <BR> Lunch: (S) <BR> Salmon crabby patties on a bed of lettuce with some blue cheese dressing and slice red peppers <BR> Bread in a Mug - split 1/2 with hubby...yup had butter on it.. <BR> <BR> Dinner: (S) <BR> Egg Roll in a Bowl (THM recipe) <BR> Peanut But... Sun, 17 May 2015 15:09:37 EST Seriously am I dieting, another sample of eating the Trim Healthy Mama way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929433 Seriously how can one eat all these foods, not weigh or measure or count calories? It's all in the way of combining the foods - who is dieting, not me when eating all this great stuff. I do eat every 3-4 hours and include protein at all meals. <BR> <BR> I'm a binge eater and have been for years, counting calories, tracking foods, etc. only make me want to eat more, but thankfully a lot of what we think is emotional eating is lack of nutrition. Wheres the fat?? We were taught to eat lowf... Sun, 17 May 2015 05:25:48 EST Blog to keep track of how my health changes on THM - 5/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928422 A friend recommended to document how my health changes from eating this new way. So far Trim Healthy Mama has been a life saver. <BR> <BR> Since Starting May 1, 2015 <BR> <BR> 1. No more heartburn <BR> 2. More energy - looking forward to even more! <BR> 3. BIGGEST of all NO desire to binge eat after dinner - HUGE deal for me <BR> 4. No more feeling bloated <BR> 5. No obsessing about sweets/carbs <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi if interested in better health and weight loss check out the book. <B... Fri, 15 May 2015 04:56:07 EST One of my fav days so far on THM - Yummy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928418 Early as I get up between 4-5: <BR> Cup tea with 1 mozz stick (lowfat) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (S) <BR> Yummy high protein smoothie (1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop vanilla whey - came sweetened with stevia, 1 cup blackberries, 1 tsp coconut oil and 1/2 tsp. Glucomannan powder) and 5 ice cubes and blended up nicely, very thick can make thinner. <BR> <BR> Lunch: (S) <BR> Low carb wrap with tuna salad (real mayo, diced red pepper, diced onion) <BR> Left over smoothie <BR> <BR> Dinner: (S) <B... Fri, 15 May 2015 04:24:28 EST Sample day (2) of Trim Healthy Mama way of eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926490 Early as I get up between 4-5: <BR> Cup tea with 1 mozz stick (lowfat) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (S) <BR> Two eggs fried in yummy butter and 2 turkey sausage and a few strawberries. <BR> <BR> Lunch: (S) <BR> Low carb wrap with left over turkey, 1/2 avocado, mozz cheese, mayo and a few cherry tomatoes. Had some dill pickles and glass of almond milk. <BR> <BR> Dinner: (S) <BR> Left over Turkey (some dark and light meat), whipped up some fresh mushroom gravy and put the turkey in to warm, ... Mon, 11 May 2015 17:31:43 EST Sample day of Trim Healthy Mama way of eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926149 Sample day for me: <BR> <BR> <BR> Early as I get up between 4-5: <BR> Cup tea with 1 mozz stick (lowfat) <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (E) <BR> THM pancakes, with some pureed pear and 0% greek yogurt plain poured over the top as my syrup. <BR> <BR> (What I like about their recipe is you get a lot and so good no need for syrup) <BR> <BR> Lunch: (S) <BR> Lettuce salad, with 1/2 avocado, some tore up turkey lunch meat, olives, few blackberries and regular fat blue cheese dressing (under 2 gram carb ... Mon, 11 May 2015 05:45:49 EST I know this sounds crazy, but my new food plan has stopped my carb cravings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925610 Hi all, I have been following Trim Healthy Mama for about 9 days and this way of eating has curbed my desire to binge eat on carbs (e.g. candy, chips, pizza, subs, etc. etc.). <BR> <BR> We are always told to lower fat in our meals, but on this plan I eat steak, butter, coconut oil, as well as non-starchy veggies and wonderful desserts and side dishes, even pancakes! This plan is so satisfying I have not even made their desserts in a couple days, not needed because mentally and physically ... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:28:24 EST Are you over 60 and struggling with weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924049 Hi I just turned 58 and have pretty much given up on ever losing weight because of my age and years of dieting. <BR> <BR> An old friend from church who is 62 has dieted all her life and was following WW, etc. and lost weight and never kept it off....apparently a year ago she stumbled across Trim Healthy Mama and has went from a size 18/20 to a size 12 in a YEAR..and she is still in love with the process...so much in love with it it is her new ministry and the women she has helped so far tha... Thu, 7 May 2015 04:45:28 EST Are you chasing the taste? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917342 "Support for Binge Eating" by Leora Fulvio <BR> <BR> Q&A <BR> Leora, I am having a hard time with a binge that comes from "just one candy, cookie, etc." I will be craving something sweet and then say I'll have one piece of chocolate and then keep going back for more. I don't know how to avoid that cycle and do something else instead of binging. Sometimes after the one sweet thing I want something salty, too, and then I'll end up binging by going back and forth between the two foods. Can you... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:36:53 EST Day 29 of 100 - Hand-held foods (not completed) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914959 Lesson 29 - Think about all the foods that come in bite-sized servings or ones that you eat from your hand. Any time you eat one of these small-sized foods, consider using a utensil. For example, try eating M&M's with a fork. You'll probably eat less because the reward doesn't seem worth the effort it takes to put the food into a spoon. <BR> <BR> * Select a hand-held food item such as nuts, chips, or candy pieces. Measure out a precise serving such as one-forth cup or two tablespoons, an... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:33:38 EST Day 28 or 100 Days - Eating because it's there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914700 Lesson 28 - When you grab food because it's in front of you, you're not trying to appreciate flavors. To stop this autopilot eating, tell yourself this magic line: I don't eat food just because it's there. Then catch yourself during those times when you reach for food simply because it came into your line of vision. <BR> <BR> * In the space below, write the phrase, I don't eat food just because it's there. Then write the same words on sticky notes and post them wherever you need reminder... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:45:28 EST Day 27 of 100 - Eat dessert when it's special http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913273 Lesson 27 - to get control over sweets and desserts, consider making a policy that you will eat dessert only when it's special. This label includes not just the food itself, but also the setting and the people you're with. Think about your favorite desserts, and then decide which ones are truly special and which ones are ordinary. <BR> <BR> * Make a list of desserts that you want to include on your special list. <BR> <BR> Cheesecake <BR> Homemade cupcakes <BR> Homemade cookies <BR> Cake <... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:34:45 EST Day 25 of 100 - Smaller amounts, less often http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912187 Lesson 25 - Instead of avoiding yummy treats such as ice cream or chocolate-chip cookies, plan them into your program. By using the guideline of smaller amounts, less often, you can actually look forward to eating wonderful foods. <BR> <BR> *Write a list of your favorite foods. Put as many on the list as you want. <BR> <BR> Potato chips, or other chip type foods <BR> Chocolate <BR> Cheese popcorn <BR> Candy (Twizzlers, caramel creams, etc. etc.) <BR> Pizza and wings <BR> <BR> The list co... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:20:02 EST Day 24 of 100 - Eat for satisfaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911578 Lesson 24 - For your brain to achieve satisfaction, you have to eat slowly, pay attention to the bites and appreciate your food. When you give yourself permission to enjoy food instead of feeling guilty about eating it, you'll get the satisfaction you crave and you won't have to hunt for something more to eat. <BR> <BR> *Recall a food or type of meal that's usually highly satisfying to you. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my dinner planned but decided I rather have a 1/2 of turkey sub on whole w... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:02:00 EST Day 23 or 100 Days - Savoring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910939 Lesson 23 - With this technique, you eat a very small amount at a time. Next time you eat one of your favorite foods such as a piece of cheesecake or something chocolate, savor it and notice every detail. Take tiny bites, about the size of a fourth of a teaspoon, and then pay total attention as you eat the food. With each bite, allow yourself to feel contented and satisfied. <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>------- <BR> Choose something to savor, ideally an Andes mint or ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:22:09 EST Day 22 of 100 Days - Multitask with food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910302 Exercise 22 - you don't have to completely avoid doing anything else in order to stay conscious around food. But you do have to pay attention to your actions. If you're doing other activities at the same time, remind yourself that you are eating and stay aware of what you put in your mouth. <BR> ______________________ <BR> This one really applies to me because in all reality most of us eat while watching TV, well I do anyway :) I really LIKE Linda's take on this as all other books I have r... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:52:04 EST The Healthy Wonders of Water - WebMD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909749 I've been having trouble drinking water and found an article from WebMd in my email (yup I signed up for their newsletter's which are quite good).. <BR> <BR> If you are struggling with drinking your water hope this helps you too... <BR> <BR> 7 Wonders of Water <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-water-9/s<BR>lideshow-water-health?ecd=wnl_wlw_0411<BR>15&ctr=wnl-wlw-041115_nsl-ld-stry&mb=4<BR>GbAYTggUyK%40GByUaA7NjOHnVev1imbClm8X9hWF4g8%3d </link> <BR> <BR> Water and Your Diet: Staying ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:50:54 EST Day 21 of 100 Days - Eat with awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909732 Lesson 21 When you eat with no awareness, you simply miss out on the flavor, texture, and sensation of your food. Because you didn't "get" the taste you wanted, you may still yearn for it, so you eat more. Train yourself to slow down and spend more time with your food rather than wolfing it down on the run. <BR> __________________ <BR> First I'm from the wolfing it down club - and have realized this for some time now, and I attribute it to either being hungry growing up or when my kids were... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 05:01:48 EST Day 20 of 100 Half-off special http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909216 Exercise: For an easy way to manage your serving sizes on an ongoing basis, use the concept called the half-off-special. That simply means eat half as much as you normally would, or take half off the amount you actually want. If you try eating half of your food but you can't stop yourself from finishing it off, take a close look at your emotional needs. Maybe something else in your life requires attention or needs to be filled. <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> I could not do this one yet, as I'm ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 04:58:29 EST Day 19 of 100 Days of Weight Loss - Eat reasonable amounts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908670 Eat reasonable amounts - every once in a while measure out your food to ensure you haven't doubled portions or a cup of ice cream doesn't become a pint. <BR> <BR> For the past week or so, I have been weighing and measuring most of my foods as I'm tracking via the SP tracker. <BR> <BR> Once I go back to normal and not using the tracker I'll have to do this spot check every so often. <BR> <BR> Any packaged foods I'll be eating the recommended serving size. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:56:47 EST Day 18 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Retrain eating habits" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908086 Lesson 18: If you just can’t bring yourself to throw away what’s left on your plate, retrain yourself gradually leaving one small piece of food at a time. Starting at home, intentionally leave some food behind at every meal. Once you’re comfortable doing this, apply concept to restaurant meals. <BR> <BR> Think about all the places you've hear messages related to cleaning your plate. Record the phrases you remember and where you hear them. Then tell yourself these old clean-your-pl... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 05:14:25 EST Day 17 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Stop wasting food" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907477 Lesson 17 - the clean-your-plate rule is one of the hardest ones for most people to break....new way to look at the old rules around cleaning your plate: every time you eat food your body doesn't need, you are wasting it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday <BR> <BR> What I ate and what I left behind: <BR> Breakfast - yogurt/kashi cereal (left a tbs) <BR> Lunch - salad (left a bite behind) <BR> Dinner - left a tiny bite of each item <BR> <BR> Not having extra food around isn't too hard for me as I cooked... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 04:38:25 EST Day 16 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Nurturing power of food" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906835 Will have to come back to this one.... <BR> <BR> Intentionally eat something that will help you feel better. Eliminate any thoughts of guilt or remorse as you eat this food. Write down what you ate and why you chose it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After two bites, stop! Remind yourself that your needs have been met and eating more of the food won't increase your healing level. Then give away or toss whatever food is left. Describe what your did with this part of the food. <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 05:28:42 EST Day 15 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "First two bites" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906181 In Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss, exercise 15 is: with any food that you love, eat the first two bites very slowly, noticing details such as the cinnamon in the apple pie or the soft caramel swirl in the cheesecake. Allow yourself to completely absorb the texture and flavor of the food. After you finish those two bites, decide if you truly need more. In most cases, you don't. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was to chose a favorite food take two bites and throw the rest away, but of cours... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 05:07:59 EST Day 14 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Morning affects evening" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905323 This exercise is to make sure you eat breakfast every day. For a week the goal is to jot down what breakfast you ate. If you wish you could split the breakfast into two mini-meals and jot down your ideas...and plan what might be an late afternoon snack, before dinner. <BR> <BR> One thing for me is I get up really early like 4-5 am, and don't eat until 7:30 or 8:00, that is a long time and so here is my current rational, I can wait for my breakfast because I have my cup of tea that has hone... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 12:23:44 EST Day 13 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Opps, I forgot to eat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905146 Well this exercise is not a problem for me, trust me I never forget to eat! <BR> <BR> Purpose is to note what time of day I was going to eat, then eat within 30 minutes of the planned time. <BR> <BR> Planned: <BR> 8:00 breakfast <BR> 12:30 lunch <BR> Snack if hungry <BR> 5:30 dinner <BR> 7:00 snack <BR> <BR> Actual <BR> 8:00 breakfast <BR> 12:15 lunch <BR> 2:00 snack (pear) <BR> 6:00 dinner (my tiny square of chocolate was right after I ate) <BR> 7:00 snack (fruit cup) <BR> <BR> Each tim... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 06:17:12 EST I've asked and He listened - "No snacks from store please" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904580 Great story...well from my perspective. <BR> <BR> During lessons 8 & 9 - I mentioned my husband likes to bring me a snack home from the store in the evening, and I have been telling him no thanks the last few days...I did say, but you know what, I know you love bringing me something home, how about something that is not food related....then I said never-mind as I really don't need anything... <BR> <BR> He went to the store and on his way in grabbed the mail, came in and handed to me..as I... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 04:28:08 EST Day 12 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Fuel or Filler" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904576 Fuel or filler - label the foods for the day as fuel or filler...foods that are sugary, etc. filler, etc. you get the drift. <BR> <BR> honey - filler <BR> milk - fuel <BR> creamer - filler <BR> bread - fuel <BR> plum spread - fuel <BR> almond butter - fuel <BR> <BR> chicken egg rolls - fuel (but not so good) <BR> pears - fuel <BR> <BR> broccoli - fuel <BR> chicken stir fry - fuel <BR> <BR> werthers - filler <BR> raisin / nut - 1 log - filler <BR> <BR> Most of my day was fuel, albeit not ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 04:01:33 EST Day 11 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Two Purposes of food" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904023 Two purposes of food: <BR> <BR> 1) to fuel your body <BR> 2) to appreciate flavors <BR> <BR> Plan is to have a minimum of 3 fuel stops a day, then add a couple of mini-stops in between. You may want to space out your fuel intake by eating 5 or 6 small meals each day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday: <BR> <BR> Write down the time you ate: <BR> <BR> * 8:00 am breakfast <BR> * 12:30 pm lunch <BR> * 2:30 pm tea <BR> * 6:30 pm dinner <BR> * 7:30 pm snack <BR> <BR> Plan ways to space out fuel stops..I ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 07:28:30 EST Day 10 of 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903124 This exercise is when someone offers a compliment of any kind, use one of your responses to affirm and appreciate the other person by saying.....such things as "you, can't imagine how much it means to hear you say that. Thank you!" <BR> <BR> I was suppose to ask a friend or family member to compliment me on anything from my weight loss to my hair or clothes....Didn't ask anyone would feel stupid putting someone on the spot - just being honest here :) <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Here are... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:20:23 EST Day 9 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Here's what I want" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902712 Day 9 "Here's what I want" <BR> <BR> 1. If you see me eating something that's no on my diet plan - ignore it entirely. <BR> 2. When I'm making progress, such as losing weight - compliment me on how I look. <BR> 3. When I'm struggling or gaining weight - ask me how you can help. <BR> 4. When I'm making progress you can't see - ask me how my efforts are going. <BR> 5. When I've maintained my weight (even though I want to lose more) - tell me you are proud of my current efforts. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:21:28 EST Day 8 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Help me, please" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902519 Day 8 "help me, please"... <BR> <BR> At the moment I can't think of anything that people are always welcomed to say or do in regards to my weight loss efforts. But then again a compliment is always nice! <BR> <BR> What I don't want people to say is they probably won't but I'm sure thinking it "boy she got fat", thankfully they don't :) <BR> <BR> It is just my husband and me and he never does anything negative in ways that would angry or upset me about my eating. He honors whatever I dec... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 19:04:03 EST Day 7 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "I can do it" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901507 Lesson, practice saying the words "I can do it" over and over. Mentally remind yourself of this phrase at least 10 times a day. <BR> <BR> Here are some phrases for me: <BR> <BR> "I can do it because I'm strong enough to beat this" <BR> "I can do it because nothing can stop me from moving forward" <BR> "I can do it because I have succeeded before" <BR> "I can do it because I'm capable of accomplishing anything" <BR> <BR> How will this help me: <BR> <BR> Because I always tell myself I cann... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:54:33 EST Day 6 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Protect Your Program" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901505 Lesson 6 is instead of depending on others to help you be successful with your lifestyle (diet), make a commitment that you will protect your program at all costs! <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> Watch for chance to respond to food invitations by using the line, "Not just yet; I'm going to wait a little while." Describe these below: <BR> <BR> 1) Not hungry yet, I'll wait a bit. <BR> 2) No thanks hon, don't feel like a snack from the store tonight <BR> <BR> Identify at least three high-risk tim... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:45:51 EST Day 5 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Magic Notebook" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900431 Okay, slacking here.....the exercise here is: Create a special notebook or journal section for recording your favorite foods. When a food thought crosses your mind, remind yourself that you don't have to act on it. Instead, write down the name or ever a description of the food, and then anticipate the pleasure of eating it sometime in the future. <BR> <BR> Practice - some of my favs are: caramel cream candy, potato chips, tuna casserole, mashed potatoes, nuts <BR> <BR> Plan to eat anothe... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:30:34 EST