NEWVINE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NEWVINE NEWVINE'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/ Tracking Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815488 For the split Team Challenge we listed 5 things we are Thankful for. We have to pick one of the words and take a letter from it and write a blog. <BR> My word is HEALTH and the letter I picked is T <BR> <BR> Tracking the food I eat has been helpful. I have learned how to cut the salt intake and increase the fiber. Drinking the right amount of water is important. <BR> For a long time I have stayed at the same weight and looked for some changes. The information was helpful but still not w... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:09:38 EST Beating Self Conscience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723622 When I started this journey I wouldn't go any where with out putting on a long sleeve shirt that covered me. Even when the weather was hot. Now that I am wearing clothes 2 sizes smaller then when I started, I don't give it a second thought to just go out with what I am wearing that day. Why did it take me so long to see that I was embarrassed the way I looked? <BR> I wanted to try running and at the time one doctor told me I was to old to start running and the other doctor told me to try it... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:35:40 EST Taste of Home Cooking School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518651 <BR> Saturday I went to the Taste of Home Cooking School featuring Culinary Specialist Eric Villegas. <BR> This is the second year my sister has invited me to go with her and her friends. <BR> They do 10 recipes each show and use products given to them by many of the sponsors. This years new sponsors were Dorot who gave them samples of there spices, garlic, cilantro, basil,parsley,ginger and chili. These are found in the frozen section of the stores. I am going to check this week to se... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:46:16 EST Do you lick the lid when you open yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490084 <BR> Lunch time at work we were all having yogurt. I always lick the lid when I open my yogurt, and wasn't sure if I should do there. I skipped it that day, but watched the others as they licked the lid of their yogurt. <BR> I said I wonder if anyone ever cut their tong doing that. They laughed and said it wasn't sharp, so it couldn't happen, and asked me why I didn't. <BR> I told them I wasn't sure if it was proper to do when eating with others. <BR> Here is a web sight I fond and vot... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:37:28 EST Remind Myself To Eat Slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461279 <BR> After reading a blog. LETHA wrote made my stop and think of how I eat. At 4:30 am eating slow is no problem. The rest of the day is a question. <BR> <BR> Do I really know what I am eating? <BR> What did it taste like? <BR> Was it in my calorie range? <BR> How many things do I have to take off my menu for today to make up for it? <BR> Was it worth it? <BR> <BR> Point is I need to slow down, and take time to enjoy what I am eating. <BR> <BR> Funny story <BR> When our young... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:22:02 EST Volunteering Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460130 <BR> Every year we volunteer our time to work in a food stand at the New York Woodsmen s Field Days that is held in Boonville New York.This year it was August 16-17-18. <BR> Friday night my husband and I took time out to walk in the 5K WALK that is held each year along with a 10K RUN. We meet new people and a lot of old friends we haven't see in a long time. <BR> Saturday and Sunday morning starts at 4 am we help cook and serve breakfast. The menu is eggs bacon, sausage steak, pancakes,... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:35:18 EST Making The Right Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454278 <BR> What makes me go off track? <BR> <BR> I give in and eat a food I haven't had in a long time. <BR> <BR> Why do I have an off day? <BR> <BR> I wait to long between meals. <BR> <BR> What trigger's me to eat the wrong food? <BR> <BR> I am in a hurry so I eat what ever I find first. <BR> <BR> What could I do before picking the wrong food? <BR> <BR> Go find some thing to do. <BR> <BR> A plan that would make it easier to stay on track. <BR> <BR> 1. Try to put some of the foods I l... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:06:24 EST The Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432003 <BR> Dear Believers <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> Some of us have finished our second Split Team Challenge together and gained new members along the way . We have found new friends and learned things about each other. <BR> It is fun to give and receive greetings from each other every day. You each had special things you were doing and still found time to keep up with the challenge. This helped me to slow down an enjoy other things with out worrying if I would have time to finish all th... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:47:50 EST Meditation Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429453 As I sit in my quiet house, I close my eyes and relax. I see myself sitting at our camp sight.The sun is shining on the pond in front of me.A fish jumps out of the water and makes a splash.This makes the water ripple. I watch the ripple get bigger and disappear.There is the smell of a camp fire and some one cooking chicken. This makes me hungry, but I have had my lunch so I will fix chicken later for dinner. A frog cocks and makes me jump. He is in the grass close to the deck. I get up to see... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:48:07 EST How I cut my sugar cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425440 <BR> Cutting sugar cravings is the hardest challenge I have met. My husband and father in law like deserts because my mother in law baked all the time when she was alive. To them it isn't a meal with out desert. <BR> I do all of the baking and it is a bad habit to test every thing I bake. When I made up my mind to cut out sweets it was hard. I would have to stop myself from taking the taste test. At first sugar free gum worked, but like every thing else that didn't last. <BR> Then I tr... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:05:38 EST Invitation to my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421941 <BR> Dear Mind <BR> <BR> <BR> You are Invited To Return To Our Journey To Healthy Living,that we agreed to take. During meditation you wander.I am leaving notes so I remember to do the things I have planed for the day. This has been a long journey that hasn't been easy. <BR> Willpower and Cravings are having a tug of war.Temptations will always be there, and some old habits are hard to break.We have to work harder to make the right choices. <BR> Change is hard to do,but body is... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:12:01 EST Learning How to Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353233 When do you stop thinking you have to wear loose clothes to cover your over sized body? <BR> I still wear long shirts to cover my butt. A long sleeved shirt to cover my arms when I go out. <BR> When I look in the mirror my pant legs are to wide and to long. My work uniforms are to big, but I'm afraid the next size will be to tight. <BR> Does Spark People have any thing to help me change the way I am dressing? Or help me to see the changes that have been made? I still see my self as FAT and... Sat, 11 May 2013 15:50:12 EST Happy Days Are Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314922 <BR> The snow is starting to go. The days are warmer and it looks like rain for most of the week. <BR> Today I went to Lowe's and bought plants and seeds for the garden. The warm sun will make my front porch like a green house as day light is longer now. <BR> The plants I bought were common sage, rosemary, German Thyme, fern leaf dill and cilantro. Parsley I start from seed in a hanging planter. Once I see how much room I have I will add more. <BR> I found Jalapeno Pepper plants and Ho... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:06:18 EST Did you ever taste a RAW sweet potato? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267242 <BR> When I was making Light and Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes, I wondered what raw sweet potato tasted like so I tried a slice. What a SURPRISE ,it had a bite like raw turnip, so I tried a slice from the baking dish that had coriander,cumin and black pepper on it. That taste doesn't come out when the potato is baked. <BR> Not sure until I track it how many calories or the serving size, but I HAVE FOUND A NEW SNACK. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:38:36 EST I forgot the joy I found in cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216914 <BR> When I joined Spark People it was only to loose weight. I rewarded my self with the Spark People Cook Book when I lost 25 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have found many new foods and recipes. Eggplant was only a purple vegetable I walked by, but is in my menu at least twice a month. I found okra in the store last week, and I am adding it to this weeks menu. Until Spark people I had never heard of it . <BR> <BR> Beans were only baked for summer cook outs, and used in chili maybe once a year... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:17:09 EST Today was a long day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160456 <BR> It was a fun but long day, It started with mass at 8 am for the holy day. Then work at the public library from 9-12. I am in charge of the library's Christmas Party which was to day from 12:30-3.We had 42 children and did a craft, sang Christmas Carols, and Santa came to visit. Then I cleaned the library like I do every Sat. <BR> During the week I got a call to bake something for the churches Holiday Sale also today. <BR> My sister also had a Pampered Chief cookie exchange Party t... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 19:56:02 EST Dear Santa Hibernation is my Christmas Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146221 <BR> The start of this cold weather is more than I can stand. Do to a medical condition I am cold all the time. It feels like my bones are made of ice and the new med dont seem to be helping. With no circulation my temperature is low and so is my pulse. I just want to find a place to go to sleep, so hibernation sounds like the right thing for me. My water bottle has been replaced with a travel mug with warm water, my salad replaced with soup or oat meal. The pounds wont come off with me a... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 17:48:38 EST IF ITS TO BE, ITS UP TO ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098682 <BR> <BR> A 3rd grade teacher in a school I clean made a poster with these words on it. For some reason it hit home. <BR> For the last few months I have not lost weight or inches. Call it a plateau, a brick wall,or an excuse to slack. I found out the hard way you dont stop trying. <BR> I read blogs, emails and joined challenges. Looked like nothing was working. <BR> As I was getting ready for an out side wedding I found my dress pants were to big. I had to go to the SOME DAY part of ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:03:56 EST