PETTIGREW3's SparkPeople Blog PETTIGREW3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A goal accomplished I have a difficulty time eating in restaurant. I always feel deprived when I can't order what I want to eat. However, today I went to restaurant and got what I wanted and stayed within my carb and caloric goals. I didn't overeat and I felt satisfied. <BR> <em>590</em> <em>592</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:57:23 EST Feeling inspired to continue I have been logging my meals on Spark people since October. I had not been consistent on Spark people for a long time. However, my blood sugar has been going up. I was not liking the numbers. I told my doctor, I wanted to take the diabetes education classes again. When I went to my individual consultation, I realize that I knew the information. However, I was not putting into practice what I knew. As I begin to log my food, I saw my problems. I was eating way too many carbs and calorie... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:56:46 EST Focusing on the positive I was just thinking that I have not have not made much progress since I last blogged. But then a positive thought emerged. Why don't I focus on the positive and write what I have achieved. <BR> <BR> I am walking 20 minutes a day for at least 3 days. Since I walk outside, I didn't get walk those days that it was icy or snowy. Yet when the weather was better, I walked. This is change for me since previously if I stopped for any period of time I would not have returned to walking. I ha... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:19:18 EST Eating out healthy My daily visualization was to "imagine that you're out to dinner and you order one of the healthiest options on the menu instead of your usual order. How does it make you feel to have made the healthier choice? Think of that feeling if you have to face tough food choices today." It was not a good visualization for me. All I could think about was that I was deprived of eating what I wanted to eat. I know from past experience too, I will probably want have whatever my husband has. This i... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:29:42 EST I feel motivated today! Yesterday evening when I got off of work, I was starting to feel nauseated and my head hurt. I had plan to prepare for dinner turkey chili. However, I knew this would probably upset my stomach even more. I needed something light like chicken noodle soup. The canned chicken noodle was not option because of the sodium content. This is usually the point where I throw up my hands because things are not going as I had planned. But I pushed toward staying goal oriented. I enlisted the ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:53:28 EST These are the days. Today, I am mindful that it is days like this that I forget my health goals. It is a very slow and quiet day in the office. I am bored. It is days like this that I tend to overeat. But because today I am mindful of this emotional habit, I am adhering to my goals. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 15:20:26 EST Do something different: Go forward! "Every time you misstep on your healthy journey, you have two choices: to keep walking backwards, which will surely take you even further away from your goals; or to accept your lack of perfection as normal and forgivable, and take not one, but two positive steps down the path that brings your closer to the future you want." That's a quote from the Spark People's Healthy Heart Newsletter titled "25 ways to get back on track today". So today, I miss stepped on my first day to promise to d... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:05:26 EST I am doing this for me I was in committee meeting. We needed to meet again to accomplish tasks. However, several members of the committee had previous plans. We had a deadline. So we decided to meet at unusual time for the group. I made the statement that I could make the meeting if I was assured it was going to be one hour, because I said I have to eat. (I am diabetic.) There were several giggles about my statement: I have to eat. I knew that I was been made fun of because of my size. As I was thinking ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:48:38 EST 14th day I have been attempting to lose weight for a while. The recent plateau caused me to look at the things that I have been doing. As I blogged before, I was eating more than I should. Now I realize since I have posted my goals up (at my desk in front of me) that I had not in the past been sticking to the goals. Also, I get started going on Sparkpeople, then I will stop when I am having a busy. Every day is really helping to keep on pushing. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:03:43 EST I overdone it. November 2nd is the last time I have exercised in this month. I did myself in. I jogged in the pool for one hour on Saturday, November 2nd. When I got up Sunday morning, my back was messed up. I finally went to the doctor on Wednesday. He said my back was very inflamed and put me on bed rest. I am off of bed rest now, but I have two weeks of physical therapy. I've learned my lesson. I want to reach my goals but I must slowly build up my exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:47:03 EST Back on the road again I am back on the road again to a healthier me. I had reached a plateau in weight lost. I blamed it on my age, menopause and limited mobility. But I realized it was none of those things. I started tracking my food again and I have discovered that I was probably eating more than I should. I had been eyeballing my portions, guessing at calories and not writing anything down. It was a recipe for not losing weight. Today, after one week of tracking my foods via Spark, I have lost on... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 12:55:53 EST Entries deleted That's 3 entries that have not posted. What goes on here? Did I need to keep that to myself? Sat, 19 Nov 2011 18:31:17 EST 2 good weeks I have been walking consistenly for two weeks. Today, I realized that I could have walked a little farther when I got to my usual spot. So next week, I will step up steps and time. I have walked 5000 steps for most days this week. I only walked 4000 steps yesterday because my knees hurt because of the walking I did on Wednesday. On Wednesday, I did my regular walking and then I help serve dinner at the church. I put 3000 steps on my pedometer between 5pm and 7pm at the church!! I am... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:35:04 EST 15 minutes to goal Today, I finally walked before I went to work. I have been promising myself for months, that I had to get back to walking. I have been sporadically walking for last six months or so. When I think about it probably longer than that. Well, I going to end this blog because problem has been that I can't get up in the morning 'cause I'm up late at night. So , I am heading for bed now! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 2 Nov 2011 23:34:33 EST Favorite Foods I have manually entered some favorite foods over the last year. However, when I pull up favorites, not all of them are on my favorite list. I have had several instances where I thought I manually entered a food,but then I could not find it. Today, I printed out my manually entered favorite list and compared it with my favorites list. I discovered that a lot of the manually added favorites are not on the favorite list. How can rectify this? Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:08:17 EST Life is not always a bowl of cheeries I just spent an hour trying to calm down my daughter. She had a big fight with her daughter. She is depressed about her relationship with her grown children. It is difficult to hear the problems she is having with them. I know she feels all alone in this problem but she is not. I experienced same problems with her when she was in her young adulthood. I survived and she will survive. She will survive and thrive in Jesus' Name! <BR> <BR> We also talk about her failure she felt to lose ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 17:06:21 EST Boredom VS Healthy Lifestyle Boredom get me into trouble with healthy living. When I am bored, I don't want to take the time to fix a healthy breakfast. I just want stop and get a high calorie breakfast sandwich. I know there are other alternatives, but when I am bored I get into this ho-hum not caring state. I have fallen into that state this week. I think I know what causing boredom. As I am writing, I realize it is not boredom, but depression. I am really depressed about all the medical bills that I am facin... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:38:15 EST Who knew? I generally eat tomatoes on a salad. I often tried to add an whole sliced tomato as side dish with lunch or dinner. However, I usually don't eat it all. It just does not seem to taste as good as on a salad <BR> <BR> Recently, I watch Chef Meg's video on how to peel and de-seed tomatoes. It's not that I didn't know about how to peeled tomatoes; but I decided to peel them for just eating them raw. I found tomatoes are more palatable for me if they are peeled. Now am enjoying them more... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:56:29 EST Good Morning I just exercised for 20 minutes. I danced while I listened to songs from Kirk Franklin's Hello Fear albumn; songs like At the Altar and A God Like You. I feel wonderful. I am having a great day! Each day God loads us with benefits and blessing. I am holding open my hands for all my blessings. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:06:08 EST Standing Firm "Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil" Esphesian 6:11 NLT <BR> My last blog entry was April 3rd . The next week after my blog about my busy lifestyle, I attended a revival. My faith was strengthen during that revival. On the last day of the revival , I returned home to find my husband very ill. He was in a lot of pain. We rushed to the emergency room. The hospital did all kinds of test but could not find anything. For six... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:54:53 EST Busy lifestyle Last week, was like a blur. Monday night was the only day that I didn't do something after to work. I worked to make good choices, I believe except when I went to my job event at the Governor's mansion. The good thing about those choices, I made is that I didn't stuff myself. I went out to dinner Friday night and excellent choices. <BR> <BR> I have been listening an audiobook --Geneen Roth's "Women, Food and God". She has some excellent ideas. I have not grasp her concept of eating ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 19:58:11 EST Exercise on Sunday I did the 10 minute Spark's cardio bootcamp workout this morning. I didn't want to 'cause I prefer to walk outside. But on Sunday, I usually don't have the time to walk or for that matter get any exercise. I glad I did it. Although, I am suffering from sinus problems, that make me sluggish, the exercise gave me a much needed boost. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:08:28 EST When will I learn the lesson? Oh my goodness!! When will I learn the lesson of you can't tell what you are eating my just looking at it when you are eating out. I went to Jason's Deli last night and got a muffaletta. I ate 1/4 for dinner last night and 1/4 for breakfast this morning. There was about 2 to 3 oz of turkey meat along with about 1 slice of provolone cheese on a bun. Of course, I figured the calories was high, but not 425 calories! Ok, I could have been ok with that but the Sodium was outrageous. The... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 23:45:14 EST Things have improved I haven't had much time to blog lately or track food and exercise on Sparkpeople. Even though I have not had time to track, I have been eating sensibly. I am exercising more. I wear my pedometer and it keeps up with my steps. It keeps the reading for 7 days. Saturday, I had over 8000 steps by 3pm, a new high for me for the weekend. Even a a busy day on Saturday, I usually don't walk but 4000 steps. Today, I walked 10,745 steps. It is amazing how exercising can change your perspecti... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:02:16 EST I need to Exercise! I don't like to exercise inside. I prefer to be outside. I enjoy walking. However, it has been so cold lately. I am going to have to incorporate indoor exercise if I want to continue to lose weight. <em>104</em> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 16:39:26 EST My goals will not change It has been a week since I was in the hospital. I am nervous about what's next. I will be going to primary doctor on Wednesday and to the cardiologist a week from today. I am not feeling my best, however I continued my walking today. The doctor said it was ok for me to do it. I Despite what I am going through now, my goals will not change. I am working to change my lifestyle. I will continue to change my eating habits. I will continue to exercise. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 23:16:08 EST One step forward, two steps back I had a stressful, frustrating day at work yesterday. I cried, I complained. When I got home. I was so stressed until my back hurt. I told my husband to go and get me some Church's fried chicken. I could have gnawed up the world. This is a feeling that I have trouble controlling. I do myself in with it. <em>46</em> Sat, 8 Jan 2011 00:55:20 EST Things went well today Today, I ate enough food. I had been eating less than my calorie range. I also exercise today. I walked for 30 minutes straight. I wanted to give up at the end but I kept myself going by thinking " if I can just make it that bench, if I can make to that tree, ----I was thinking if I can just make to the next crack in the sidewalk and the next and next until I was back in my office. I was exhausted but happy I made it. It gave me more energy for my chores at home this evening. I giving... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 23:16:37 EST Progress Today is last day of my Christmas vacation. I go back to work tomorrow. I am blessed because I survived the cakes, cookies, pies, candy, cornbread dressing and didn't gain any weight during my vacation. Not only did I survived but I made progress because I ate those foods but I didn't go overboard. And I didn't throw my quest for lifestyle change to the wind. Now that's progress for me. I am looking forward to more changes! I looking forward to day that my pants will fit me like ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 16:09:12 EST New member to the family Yikes, am I ready? Today my granddaughter, Chelsea is having a baby! When my first grandchild was born born 25 years ago this December, (Chelsea's older brother, Kristofer) my cousin, Diane asked me "Does it make you feel old now that you are a grandmother" I told her, " No, I feel wonderful!" I love being a grandmother. I doted on all three of my grandchildren. <BR> <BR> But now I feel old to think I will be a "GREAT" grandmother! Yikes! But I am very excited. Also, I feel ble... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 10:49:19 EST Thanks to all! Thanks to all that posted to my blog entry title "Get on Track". You made me feel better. <em>30</em> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:56:08 EST Get on track I need to get back on track. I started out good today, but I got off track for dinner. I knew my schedule. So I should have plan for the events of day. It's making me feel sad. <em>39</em> Sun, 19 Dec 2010 23:42:28 EST Goal Achieved Accidentally I walked more than 11,066 steps today. I had not plan it. My husband had the car & was supposed to come pick me up from work. I called him repeatedly but could not get an answer. He works nights and I figured he had overslept. So, I thought I will walk as far as I can and then I will call him again. ( I live about a mile and half from my job) <BR> <BR> However, everytime I called the phone would go to voice mail. Suddenly, I became concerned---suppose he was ill. So, I decided t... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:21:06 EST Steps forward I doubled the amount of steps I took. I exceed my goal of 4000 by 4880 by 6pm. Before I became more serious about my lifestyle change on Oct 18th , I was walking on a good day about 3000 steps. I know in my head that the best way to make changes is gradually but somehow I am always trying rush things. I want to be able to walk 10,000 steps in a few like I did in the past. But today I feel good about my success, I am making steps forward. Yea, me!!! <em>244</em> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:41:12 EST Breakthrough! I have been dealing with this company that insists that I owe them $50.00. I had to involve the Attorney General Office because of the harassing phones calls and letters. Today, I had to go yet again to the Bank to get information regarding the payment made to them. It makes me angry that this multi-billion dollar business is harassing me for $50.00. It is a waste of their time, my time and not mention the amount already spent to trying to collect the $50.00. <BR> <BR> I told my co-wo... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 17:28:50 EST Thanksgiving Victory My Thanksgiving was a victory not because I didn't eat holiday food but because I ate in moderation . I ate in moderation not only on Thanksgiving day but the entire holiday weekend. It was a victory also because I travelled out of state and had to eat at fast food restaurants and relatives' homes. And the best part was that I didn't have nagging negative thoughts, like "I am missing out on all the good food or Poor me, always on a diet. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 23:29:40 EST New Beginnings I have been a member of Sparks since January 2009. I have been a hit and miss of trying to loss weight and changing to healthier way of eating and living. However, last month, I decided it was time to get serious. I was not losing any weight. Nothing I was doing was consistent. <BR> <BR> Realizing that the times that I have lost weight before and change eating habits was when I worked with other people. I know I needed some help, I need something to spark my motivation. So along with... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 14:00:18 EST