OILPAINTER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OILPAINTER OILPAINTER'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/ YAY! Down -8 lbs & -6.625 inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716199 Okay, Excuses have gotten in the way of my goals but I'm back on the correct path again and my scale is rewarding me for it. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> POUNDS LOST SO FAR THIS BLC25 ROUND = 8 <BR> <em>9</em> INCHES LOST SO FAR THIS BLC25 ROUND = 6.625 <BR> &#10037; &#10037; Since April 30 &#10037; &#10037; <BR> <BR> <em>439</em> I'm beginning my green smoothie "cleanse" again for the next 6 weeks... <BR> &#10037; No Grains <BR> &#10037; No Dairy (except goat cheese) <BR> &#10037; No s... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:25:55 EST CAMILLE'S BLC 25 GOALS: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684578 CAMILLE'S BLC 25 GOALS: <BR> <BR> **** Work as hard as I can to Finish in the TOP 50 <BR> **** Be Faithful to my Low-Carb eating plan & Make healthy choices <BR> **** Eat Veggies for Snacks - this works for me! <BR> **** No Carbs within 2 hours before bedtime <BR> **** 20 min Exercise / participate in our FOX challenges <BR> **** Drink my water 8-8 oz. glasses <BR> **** Get proper sleep 6 to 8 hours <BR> **** Recognize where I need Discipline & take steps toward improvement <BR> <em>268<... Thu, 1 May 2014 06:13:38 EST BLC-23... Must discover why I let my discipline down during breaks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490447 BLC-23... I Must discover why I let my discipline down during breaks! <BR> <BR> What is up with that!? It's like I really need that "team" weigh-in to keep me on the right track to losing weight. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> I was so bad during our break... too many temptations and schedule interruptions. <BR> <BR> During BLC Break, We were up in beautiful Wisconsin for the International "Birds in Art" exhibition at Woodson Art Museum and met other artists from around the world. It was amazi... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:54:30 EST Persistence, Determination, Commitment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470176 <em>8</em> "Desire is the key to motivation, <BR> but it's determination and commitment <BR> to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal <BR> -- a commitment to excellence -- <BR> that will enable you to attain the success you seek." <BR> -- Mario Andretti <BR> <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> Motivational speakers share how PERSISTENCE is often their key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like you will never reach your goal? <BR> <B... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:42:42 EST BLC22: I LOST -17.5 INCHES & -15 lbs !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469110 I LOVE THE BLC CHALLENGES on SPARKPEOPLE.COM!!! And, I am soooo grateful to those of you who lead this amazing group!!! Since joining SparkPeople in 2008, I have proven to myself time and again that I cannot lose the weight without this challenge. When my schedule becomes too busy and I drop out, I also gain the weight. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! <BR> <BR> Even though my schedule became crazy again, I am very proud of myself for remaining somewhat on track and seeing t... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:35:32 EST MY NEW PAINTING... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444368 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465725006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My new painting: "Floating Between Two Worlds" just shipped to Woodson Art Museum for 2013 "Birds in Art" exhibition! YAY! <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a larger version: <BR> <BR> Flickr: <BR> <link>www.flickr.com/photos/camille-engel/<BR>8651608054/ </link> <BR> <BR> For some reason, my Facebook links won't work when I post them on SparkPeople... I wonder if Spark has them blocked? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em>... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 18:08:59 EST GOAL: To finish in the Top 50 again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400481 I finished #38 in the BLC21 CHALLENGE and at age 58 with my metabolic problems, it took every bit of discipline I have to refrain from the carbs I know cause me weight gain. <BR> <BR> I've been on a "cleanse" the past two weeks... I will be honest, I expected the weight to slide off me, even my tough body... but I am beginning to lose slowly again... mere ounces each week and I'm hardly eating anything. I have two more weeks in this cleanse... and she reminds me it's NOT about the weight los... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:52:58 EST BLC22 / Week 2 / -9.0 lbs so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395345 <em>192</em> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> - 5.4 last week! <BR> - 3.6 this week! ~~~~~ -9.0 lbs so far ! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> For my BLC22 Goal, I put down -15 lbs as my desire to lose during this round because all the nutritionists have said with my PCOS + age, I could only hope to lose ounces each week, no matter how hard I tried. And that has been my experience all the years leading up to 2013. <BR> <BR> THIS is what is working for me and my stubborn... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:06:34 EST Stop Fooling Yourself about Weight Loss!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382059 NOTE: I found this article at PSYCHOLOGY TODAY & wanted to share it (I posted the Resource link at the bottom of my blog): <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <em>15</em> <BR> Stop Fooling Yourself about Weight Loss!!! <BR> <BR> There is a parallel with overeating. Delaying is easier than the hard work of developing healthy new eating habits. <BR> <BR> If you have a negative eating habit you can find corresponding negative habits of the... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 02:27:12 EST CAMILLE'S BLC 22 GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381010 I finished #38 in the BLC21 CHALLENGE and at age 58 with my metabolic problems, it took every bit of discipline I have to refrain from the carbs I know cause me weight gain. <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> CAMILLE'S BLC 22 CHALLENGE GOALS: <BR> <BR> **** Work as hard as I can to Finish in the TOP 50 <BR> **** Be Faithful to the Detox eating plan & Make healthy choices <BR> **** Eat Veggies for Snacks - this works for me! <BR> **** No Carbs within 2 hours before bedtime <BR> **** 20 min Exercise /... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 03:00:20 EST -2.0 this week.... -21.4 so far in 11 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310473 <em>192</em> <em>9</em> <em>334</em> -2.0 this week.... -21.4 so far this round!!! <BR> <BR> VERY EXCITING FOR THIS OL' GAL!!! (Especially since the drs told me I could only hope to lose -1 lb per month!) <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> MY Body Fat HAS REDUCED down from 64.1 to 53.0 this round!!! <BR> <em>30</em> My Hydration percentage has changed from 26.2 to 34.3 this round!!! <BR> **(lean muscle mass is measured by hydration, muscles hold more water.) <BR> <em>9</em> My Weight HA... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:52:08 EST -19.4 so far! AMAZING RACE next 2 weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302494 <em>386</em> I AM GIVING THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS MY VERY BEST! <BR> <BR> THE AMAZING RACE to see what I can do in 12 wks when I consciously put my mind to losing this excess weight! <BR> <BR> I am very time-challenged right now... April is Birthday Month for my family so I am up to my ears in surprise-planning and temptation along with Easter temptations and plans... along with my crazy, deadlines to create important paintings in time for two international shows... along with internet pro... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:07:56 EST I AM SUCH A LOSER!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286019 I thought that title might get your attention! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My doctors said I could only hope to loss around -1 lb each month because of my age and metabolic medical challenges, but I've gone low carb since January 16 (resisting grains & sugars) and have found success!!! <BR> <em>9</em> I AM SUCH A LOSER!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Camille - OILP... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:18:19 EST RECIPE for Gluten & Wheat-Free whole grain QUINOA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277865 HEALTHY EATING: <BR> <em>4</em> <em>481</em> I tried whole grain QUINOA (keen-wah) last night for the first time! Have you ever tried it? It is GLUTEN/ WHEAT-FREE and I quite liked it. I've heard it was highly nutritious and good for you. Here's the recipe I tried: <BR> <BR> Quinoa with Toasted Almonds and Cranberries (78 calories per serving!) <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2419879 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> I LOVE YOU GUYS!... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:36:13 EST STOP Horsin' Around with Your Weight Loss!!! (PSYCHOLOGY TODAY) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276888 NOTE: I found this article at PSYCHOLOGY TODAY & wanted to share it (I posted the Resource link at the bottom of my blog): <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <em>15</em> <BR> Stop Fooling Yourself about Weight Loss!!! <BR> <BR> There is a parallel with overeating. Delaying is easier than the hard work of developing healthy new eating habits. <BR> <BR> If you have a negative eating habit you can find corresponding negative habits of the... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 04:27:58 EST YAY! Down -15.8 lbs in 7 weeks! (GREAT for this 'ol' gal!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276838 <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <BR> I lost another 1.6 lbs this week... for a total of 15.8 so far since January 16!!! <BR> <em>244</em> THIS WEEK I passed my BLC21 (-15 lbs) goal by .8 lbs!!! <BR> <BR> I had hoped for another -2lb loss again this week... but I had to leave the house early to deliver a painting and didn't have a full 'bathroom' moment, if you know what I mean. I plan to remain disciplined this week and I can only hope my body will reward me the loss of a few extra ounce... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 01:41:13 EST YAY! Down -14.4 lbs in 6 weeks! (GREAT for this 'ol' gal!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266719 <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <em>268</em> <em>104</em> <BR> Camille - OILPAINTER <BR> <BR> Age: 57 <BR> Height: 5'6" <BR> Challenge Weight Loss Goal: -15 lbs (during our 12 week challenge.) <BR> <BR> INITIAL WEIGH IN: Jan. 16 <BR> Week 1 Jan. 23: — -4.8 this week <BR> Week 2 Jan. 30: — -1.4 this week.... -6.2 so far <BR> Week 3 Feb. 06: — -3.8 this week.... -10.0 so far! <BR> Week 4 Feb. 13: — +0.2... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:21:44 EST FINISHED! My Newest Painting (photo) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252164 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1651187990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Alice in Wonderland-themed painting, <BR> TITLE: "Oh, to Go on Such an Adventure" <BR> <BR> The art galleries of Santa Fe, NM host an "Art Feast" fundraiser for the children's arts programs each February after Valentine's Day This year's theme is "Alice In Wonderland." <BR> <BR> The art gallery that represents my paintings in Santa Fe, Giacobbe-Fritz fine Art Gallery, stages both of their entire art gallerie... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 00:05:17 EST 2013-- Eliminate Excuses!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205770 2013-- Eliminate Excuses!!! <BR> <BR> I got off-track during the last challenging years of taking care of everyone else but me...and I GAINED! <BR> <BR> -- I allowed the three white deaths back in: sugar, salt, white flour. I'm starting fresh... this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down-- it’s the staying down!!! <BR> <BR> NO EXCUSES: I never get anywhere when excuses pave the path. <BR> <BR> NO EXCUSES: There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:52:16 EST My doctor put me on the South Beach diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918420 <BR> I am alive! I am here! And I am disciplined! <BR> <BR> I gained all but 9 lbs back (of the 60 lbs I had lost) so I'm beginning my weight loss journey ALL OVER AGAIN. My doctor put me on the South Beach diet and so far, so good. I've lost 9 lbs since May 22 which is pretty great for this old, picky metabolism. But I haven't had a grain, or sugar, or fruit since that date! <BR> <BR> I've been eating lean proteins and veggies... abstaining from all sugars and grains and fruits... until t... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:10:29 EST LOOKIN' GOOD IN THE 1980s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704480 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l884245229.jpg"> <BR> In honor of 1980s week... this is ME- Sept. 1985!... 30 yrs old. <BR> (WHY did I let myself go!?) <BR> <BR> <BR> It's 1980s week in the BLC & I've just updated my SparkPage inspired by the theme... Taking a little "me" time to reflect where I've been all these years... I was so pretty at 30 years old... I am DETERMINED to be amazing at 60! <BR> <BR> I've been lost beneath ALL THIS FAT for way too long!!! It is TIME ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 01:28:33 EST FAILURE is not the falling down-- it’s the staying down!!! (PHOTOS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4551340 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947453505.jpg"> <BR> This is me "before" I began to lose weight in front of my paintings in Santa Fe. Don't I look happy!? My arms are so large they don't even lay next to my body. <BR> <BR> I got off-track during 2009 & 2010 and gained -- I allowed the THREE WHITE DEATHS back in: <BR> • SUGAR <BR> • SALT <BR> • WHITE FLOUR <BR> I thought 2011 would be different, and I worked very hard, exercising 2-hours-a-day, eating only 1200 calories-a... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:53:39 EST NEW PAINTINGS (PICTURES) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4491544 Okay, my friends... I apologize for being too busy to come "play" with you but I'm really, really trying to get things out the door so I can come back (and get back with the program.) <BR> <BR> Here is the link to my painting going to Santa Fe for the International Realism Exhibition, Click here: <link>conta.cc/n1C71w </link> It's a witty painting of a Raven & Rook playing cards. <BR> - it's my newsletter w/ the latest news. <BR> <BR> And, these are a few of the paintings I've been wo... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 19:14:53 EST My September ART Newsletter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490461 Here's a link to my September newsletter... <BR> <em>268</em> Click here: <link>conta.cc/n1C71w </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't been able to create or send a newsletter since last October 2010 -- thanks to the tornadoes, aging parent care, and my studio flooded twice this year... oh, and the effort of me trying to exercise 2 hours a day and eat perfectly took it's time as well. <BR> <BR> I'm doing my best to get my life and career back on track... trying to stop emotional eating and nee... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 00:30:53 EST Age-Activated Attention Deficit Disorder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417489 Yep... this fits me to a tee! Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oHBG3ABUJU&<BR>feature=player_embedded </link> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:31:02 EST Gone for a While... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370815 My mom fell and broke her femur... time to travel to Oklahoma to take care of her for a few weeks. I'm praying for a quick recovery... and that I'll be able to maintain my exercise and healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I just wanted you, my Spark Friends, to know why I won't be responding to comments or weigh-ins... it is hard to get on her computer since she is always on it. <BR> <BR> My husband will remain here at home in Nashville, TN taking care of our home and cat and working. He just burie... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:31:48 EST Beach Wedding Cookie Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348642 These are the cookies I made for a beach wedding on Hilton Head Island, SC. Sea Horse Cookies & Sea Shell Cookies... Decorating cookies for me is like handing me a box of crayolas. Very relaxing but very time-consuming. I decorated approx. 100 cookies. <BR> <BR> One cookie was placed at everyone's place-setting at the reception tables. <BR> <BR> The 'miracle' is... I didn't gain weight this time because I resisted eating them! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l4... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 03:47:42 EST I LOVE YOU GUYS! Thanks for your support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345205 My BLC Saucy Sapphire (& Pink Ninja) Sisters, Nashville & other Spark TEAMS... I can't tell you how much it has meant to me to have you walk this journey with me! <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> This BLC Round (the past 12 wks), I am VERY PLEASED that I lost <em>192</em> -16.2 lbs <BR> and <em>7</em> 20.25 inches! I passed my -30% goal and hope to reach my -35% goal in July. <BR> <BR... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 15:43:51 EST Slow Going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343172 I'm back from my trips but still haven't unpacked -- I have been concentrating so much on my exercise and eating properly. <BR> <BR> I cannot express how frustrating it is to live in my body... to work so hard at something every day with so few results. <BR> <BR> I spent the evening retracing my steps, looking back to those food journals & exercise journals to when I had great results in order to replicate them-- but I am doing the same things. <BR> <BR> I realize I do best when I eat mo... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 18:25:43 EST Keeping my Challenges in order http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337784 Needed a place to easily refer to my challenges in order to participate so I decided to place it in a 'blog'. <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> BLC-16 SAPPHIRE WEEKEND CHALLENGE: ONE Point Challenge = __ pts <BR> Runs Friday July 1st through Monday July 4th <BR> <BR> ONE Point Challenge <BR> <BR> ONE Point Challenge <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 8oz of water you drink! <BR> F( 16 ), S( 16 ), SN( 16 ), M( 16 ) = 64 pts <BR> <BR> ONE point for each 20 min of intentional cardio! <BR... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 20:13:35 EST I HIKED A MOUNTAIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313036 I HIKED Mt. LeConte, Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN, 6,593 elevation... 5 miles up! - then- 5 miles down. We took the very challenging Alum Cave Trail... it's like 5 hrs on a stair-machine for me. <BR> <BR> I am the largest woman in my group at 253 lbs and with a full backpack, this was VERY challenging for me... but I did it... IN THUNDERSTORMS!!! <BR> <BR> The June heat was thick with the humidity for which Tennessee so well known... but I felt GREAT starting off, I had been training fo... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:40:29 EST My Illustration - Friend's Wedding Map http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288962 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996645631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I Thought you might like to see the fun illustration I did for a Friend's Wedding Map of Hilton Head Island, SC. Since it is so small in the blog, Here's a link to an enlarged version I posted on Flickr: <link>www.flickr.com/photos/camille-engel/<BR>5816615909/in/photostream/lightbox/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'm going to give some samples to the hotels in the area, hopefully get more business ichanging things around ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 22:50:42 EST LAST ONE STANDING... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288952 LAST ONE STANDING... that will be the name of the book I write at the end of this journey. I have a metabolism that will outlast all of humanity -- but I AM DETERMINED NOT TO GIVE UP until I reach a successful healthy weight! <BR> <BR> Each day: 60 min cardio + 60 min strength (I vary body parts each day to give the others rest); 1000-1500 calories daily; low fat, low sodium, low carb, etc; 1 gallon water. I'm such a good girl! I weigh every gram and journal it all (although I took a break ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 22:45:00 EST My New Bird Painting (photo) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275080 I've been painting all-nighters trying to complete paintings in time for the International Realism Exhibition in Santa Fe. <BR> <BR> This is the painting I finished in the neck of time to enter into the exhibition: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l344381339.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Title: Strike A Pose <BR> Artist: Camille Engel <BR> Size: 16 x 20 inches <BR> Medium: Oil on Panel <BR> <BR> Since we can't enlarge our photos in the blog, here are some close-up views... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:47:10 EST I HATE MY PCOS BODY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263542 Bad Habits? ME!?! <BR> <BR> Okay dear ones, this "Memorial Weekend" -- <BR> I am MEMORIALIZING my BAD HABITS! <BR> <BR> Friday = Sleep Habits <BR> Saturday = Stepping on the Scale (stress = cortisol hormone = weight gain) <BR> Sunday = Figure out how to eat more (yes, you read it correctly!) <BR> <em>192</em> I hadn't stepped on the scale since Wednesday but woke up so hungry this morning. I have been eating so lightly and so perfectly I couldn't resist... I just 'knew' I'd see a loss t... Sun, 29 May 2011 17:28:36 EST MEMORIALIZING my BAD HABITS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261800 Bad Habits? ME!?! <BR> <BR> Okay dear ones, this "Memorial Weekend" -- <BR> I am MEMORIALIZING my BAD HABITS! <BR> Yesterday's Blog was all about my discovery of SLEEP HABITS <em>102</em> I didn't think sleeping specific times of the day would matter in this weight loss journey as long as I made sure I got 6 to 8 hrs of sleep each 'day/night.' But, here I am, a perfect example of someone who has tried it ALL -- I AM SO DARNED PERFECT & SO FRUSTRATED by losing mere ounces each week!!! <... Sat, 28 May 2011 16:02:51 EST My Newest Paintings (Photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260879 These are two of the paintings I've been working on to enter in the International Guild of Realism Exhibition in Santa Fe (Tuesday, June 1st deadline.) I will show you the third painting by Wednesday, June 2 because I'm still adding the finishing touches to it. <BR> <BR> Please tell me what you think! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898442279.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need help giving this hummingbird painting a title... any ideas? <BR> 12" x 16" Oil on Panel by Cam... Sat, 28 May 2011 00:24:22 EST Ahhh... THIS is 'why' I'm not losing as quickly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256931 First of all, let me say how proud I am of myself for working as hard as I do, changing my lifestyle to make 'health' a priority. In spite of my frustrations, I've managed to lose -36 lbs overall... 11.8 lbs so far this BLC round (in 6 wks)... and 19.4 lbs since my Jan. 5th recommitment. <BR> <BR> I began an 88-day Transformation Program designed by a trainer friend on April 26 & HBO interviewed me a few days afterwards (returning to film the results of my 'loss' on July 9). I've been so STR... Thu, 26 May 2011 02:57:47 EST Ahhhh... THAT is 'why' I'm not losing as quickly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4256389 First of all, let me say how proud I am of myself for working as hard as I have. In spite of my frustrations, I've managed to lose 11.8 lbs so far this BLC round (in 6 wks) and -36 lbs overall. <BR> <em>244</em> I just realized I passed my 25% mark on my weight loss ticker and I am only 2 oz away from my 30% goal! <BR> <BR> AND, to all of you who are YOUNG... BE PROUD OF YOURSELF that you are dealing with your health and/or weight gain BEFORE you reach my age. I turned 56 in April and my ... Wed, 25 May 2011 20:37:25 EST Mother's Day indulgence set me back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226035 <em>192</em> Well, my Mother's Day indulgence set me back at least 1 week (stupid body!) I was 2 lbs lighter last Friday. <BR> <BR> For MOST people, a little 'measured' indulgence is actually good. But for me, I can't indulge in the sugar-type-carbs like most people. Sugar-type-carbs metabolize differently in my body and causes extreme weight gain. For instance, last March 15 I over-indulged just a little... but it took until last week to finally lose the weight I had gained. That's 6-7-W... Wed, 11 May 2011 16:26:48 EST Day 10 in my 88 Day Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213381 DAY 10: <BR> -7.2 lbs <BR> -8.5 inches <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I began a friend's training program 10 days ago... an 88 Day Transformation. I've been very diligent and documenting my progress. <BR> <BR> He has been developing his program over the process of many years. I signed a non-disclosure contract and he is taking me "under his wing" determined for me to reach my goal weight (& in turn, have a great testimonial for his program.) <BR> <BR> The exercise regime is quite simple, even a ... Thu, 5 May 2011 22:43:19 EST HBO & Walk 100 Miles w/ Mayor PHOTOS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4199725 & <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> WOW! I did my 60 min cardio + 45 minutes strength (arms) this morning... then met everyone to Walk with the Mayor and for the HBO interview. It was an action-packed day and I loved it!!! My body is feeling it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530578720.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l561762258.jpg"> <... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 01:06:49 EST 88 Day Transformation Begins Tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4190462 TODAY @ 3 pm I reconnected with an old friend who is a fitness/nutrition expert. He has created a program and said he can make miraculous changes in me within 88 days. He'll be on Nashville's NBC show Wednesday @ 10am. <BR> <BR> HBO will return July 9th to film the end of their Documentary Series on Weight in America during our final Mayor's Walk & wants to film our "transformations" That's in 75 days... <BR> This will be interesting... <BR> <BR> I had to sign a non-disclosure contract so ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:39:17 EST Banishing Bat Wings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189312 <em>419</em> <em>218</em> <em>419</em> <em>218</em> <em>419</em> <em>218</em> <em>419</em> <em>218</em> <em>419</em> <BR> <BR> A GREAT LINK to "Banishing Bat Wings" - I'm adding those moves to my Cardio Dance! Woo Hoo! I like what he calls them... "Echo Arms" <BR> <link>www.doctoroz.com/videos/banishing-ba<BR>t-wings </link> <BR> <BR> EVERYBODY GET UP! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>268</em> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:14:31 EST How to Stop Sugar Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189128 Okay, now that Easter is behind me (& this year it's not on my "behind" because I made controlled choices)... I ran across a great article on how to stop sugar cravings. <BR> <BR> There isn't a single cure-all to sugar cravings, but in general, the less sweets you eat, the less you'll crave them. And if you indulged at all on those cute but dastardly peeps and/or chocolate bunnies, then take action TODAY to stop the continued sweet cravings. The more sweets and desserts we have, the more we ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:14:56 EST HBO Documentary- Spark-Nashville! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4176829 HBO Documentary with a brief focus about my city team, <BR> <em>276</em> Spark-Nashville!!! <BR> <BR> HBO is researching for a four part television project on weight in America. They are conducting research for the final episode of this project. Part four of the series will focus on 'solutions' and because of Nashville's proactive city-wide approach to solving the systemic issues that lead to inactive communities (Walk 100 Miles w/ Mayor Program), HBO is investigating doing some filming in... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:55:08 EST Yes-- I'm Publicly Streaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174249 <em>128</em> TIME to exercise has always been my downfall so last Wednesday I committed to exercise at least 20 minutes each day. I am STREAKING! (I love having the BLC encourage me to this 20-min-a-day exercise streak!) <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I recognize one thing about this journey-- my success relies heavily on the power of consistency. More than anything else, I must BREAK bad habits and CREATE new "good" habits... and the most successful way I know is through small consistent actions ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:43:12 EST Persistence. Persistence. Persistence. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4173195 Persistence. Persistence. Persistence. <BR> (from Spark’s Healthy Reflections) <BR> <BR> We keep hearing about how persistence is often the key to success. But what do you do when you've been striving for so long that it seems like your goal is never going to see light? <BR> <BR> How do you deal with the fear that you're about to fail? Again. <BR> Simple. Give it just one more shot. <BR> And then one more. <BR> <BR> Think about the sweat and time you've committed already. You've come th... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 00:57:20 EST YOU have the power... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4169785 <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> A few wise words from Jillian Michaels! <BR> <BR> "When it comes to diet and exercise, I forbid you to ever use the phrase: I can't. I'm telling you, there's no such thing! There might be "I don't want tos," but there are absolutely no "I can'ts" from here on out. <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> Why am I being so hard on you about this? Because I know you can! In fact, I promise that you can do anything you want in this life — if you want it bad eno... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 12:09:21 EST As if "Biopsy" wasn't scary enough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4168433 So, as if the word "Biopsy" isn't scary enough... when I went to Wednesday's doctor to schedule a colonoscopy, she said, "Wow! Your blood pressure is WAY UP, are you experiencing chest pains!?" <BR> <BR> Sheesh... I've never been this scared! <BR> <BR> Fortunately, when I went Thursday to the gyno for the endometrean biopsy, my blood pressure had dropped 20 pts but it is still too high. <BR> <BR> -- Colonoscopy is to determine the source of the pain I'm experiencing. <BR> -- Thursday's Bio... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 18:07:19 EST