PINKGRANNY's SparkPeople Blog PINKGRANNY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lifestyle Changes I believe I am a retread when it comes to lifestyle changes. I keep coming back to start over. Small steps mean big wins so I will just try to keep myself in focus to achieve my goals one at at time. The place to start is identifying goals in order to achieve them. In order to achieve weight loss I need to focus on what I am really eating and tracking what I eat. It always comes back to this and it is important to realize that this should be a lifetime habit, lest I lose my way on the journe... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 09:32:50 EST Taming the Sugar Habit I am working at it...trying to tame the sugar habit. It is a good thing I don't have sweetened coffee. Working at this challenge helps make wiser decisions and I will be glad to see how the next few weeks go! Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:28:08 EST Motivation.... Ah, motivation, I need you today! Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:28:09 EST Keeping on with my Journey I am not moving as fast on this trail as I would like to but I am still moving forward in my own way. This week I am focusing on tracking my food. Good, bad and ugly. I am paying attention to what I am eating and how I feel afterward. <BR> <BR> Not eating after supper is the second thing I am working on and have been for a few weeks. I am realizing I don't need to snack that late. I haven't been a night time snacker but sometimes when my husband is having his ice cream it is hard not to hav... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:47:05 EST Yikers.... Just realized how long ago I blogged here. I have since left my new just wasn't what it was cracked up to be I am re-inventing myself again. Sad? No...why stick with something that was taking a mental toll for boredom and full of way too much seat time. Life is too short and I don't need that. Here's to new adventures and more activity~ Sun, 19 Aug 2012 21:15:02 EST New week later! Whew! I have been at my new job for one full week now and I am happy to say that I am not as tired as just a week ago. And... the software system is easier to navigate too. I am settling in and it feels good. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:30:50 EST A penny.... Someone famous, probably Benjamin Franklin said a "Penny saved is a penny earned"....the same thing doesn't apply to pounds...too bad they are harder to "spend" than pennies! Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:54:44 EST Merry Christmas! May you all have a wonderful day! Sun, 25 Dec 2011 17:56:32 EST Oatmeal....a great way to start the day! Oatmeal is a go-to food in my house. I used to take packets to work with me in the '80's because the bank where I worked had a hot water dispenser and it was easy to pack in a Tupperware container. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to the past 10 to 15 years and you find me taking 1/2 cup of regular quick cooking oatmeal in the same Tupperware container and cooking it in the microwave. It takes less than two minutes to cook and the site of that rich bowl of plain goodness entices me to slow down and sa... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 08:50:35 EST Planning ahead.... I am in planning mode today. I want to fill my pages with good fall recipes that will be on my mind as I track my daily food choices. Planning will also help my husband by letting him know that I am on the ball with "What's for dinner" rather than having no clue and then settling for last minute choices that are not a good fit with my program. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 15:53:24 EST Fall means altering menu plans There seems to be that time as the weather cools down that we need to adjust our food plans....salad for the main dish isn't as satisfying in November as it is in July. I tend to have a heartier appetite too which can be a nuisance when I am trying to eat healthy and within my calorie budget but my tummy says it is still hungry! To help achieve balance I switch to heartier recipes for soups, baked hot dishes (my mom's old fashioned name for casseroles....). I also stock up on my favorite teas... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 21:30:24 EST Happy Halloween! <img src=""> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:46:10 EST Cold Weather... Cold weather makes me long for comfort food. Nothing is more soothing than a warm casserole from the oven. Using whole wheat pasta is a good way to make your meal more nutritious. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:01:50 EST Cold Weather... Cold weather makes me long for comfort food. Nothing is more soothing than a warm casserole from the oven. Using whole wheat pasta is a good way to make your meal more nutritious. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:01:32 EST Cold Weather... Cold weather makes me long for comfort food. Nothing is more soothing than a warm casserole from the oven. Using whole wheat pasta is a good way to make your meal more nutritious. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:01:26 EST Cold Weather... Cold weather makes me long for comfort food. Nothing is more soothing than a warm casserole from the oven. Using whole wheat pasta is a good way to make your meal more nutritious. Sat, 29 Oct 2011 00:01:21 EST October 27th.... The belly comes before the soul. <BR> <BR> - George Orwell, British writer <BR> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 10:29:03 EST Saturday.... Ah fall is in the air, the night was cool, the fog blanketed the fields this morning as my grandson played soccer. He commented tonight that he enjoyed watching the fog disappear while he played his game. He is so observant, so vibrant in his descriptions that some days it is hard to believe that in a mere month he will be eight years old. He is wise in his youth, wise in ways we can no longer be because he has the curiosity and interest of a child. Every day is fresh with new things to disco... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:43:54 EST Water.... Now that the weather is cooling off, it may be harder to get our water in. Hot tea is a good way to get in your water. It is warm, soothing and also helps quell hunger. There are a lot of varieties in the market to choose from whether it be Earl Gray, Lady Gray (I choose decaff) regular black tea, green tea, herbal tea...check them out! <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is fun to check discount stores like Ross or TJ Maxx who often have great brands not available on the grocery shelves. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 09:47:08 EST Friday October 7th! Fall is definitely here and the cooler air makes me hungry! It is a time when I need to review the cookbooks and plan some hearty meals that meet our needs nutritionally and that satisfy our fall appetites. What a difference that can mean to successful weight loss! Fri, 7 Oct 2011 23:12:16 EST Monday...Monday.... This has been a productive day...what does that mean? Not so many urges for unwanted calories! Hooray.... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 22:00:21 EST Sunday, sweet Sunday October 2nd.... I believe I can do it....I just need to get over my unbelief! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 15:19:47 EST October 1st! I read that it is a good idea to journal issues that are blocking success...I have a few empty journals....I better get my pen out and start writing! Sat, 1 Oct 2011 19:14:26 EST Friday September 30, 2011 Tomorrow is October 1st...a new day, a new month and a new quarter! Tomorrow I will track my wise food choices and do some walking Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:44:57 EST A neat product~ I love my new Mary Kay TimeWise Eye Cream! <img src=""> <link><BR>10027908/10027908/default.aspx?et_cid=<BR>27735439&et_rid=117690929-US-P-MK </link> <BR> <BR> Check it has made a difference to my skin around the eyes! Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:05:58 EST Pearls of Wisdom... Many people are credited with one version of this quote or another...Henry Ford, Mary Kay Ash and many more.... <BR> <BR> "Whether you think you can or can't you are probably right." <BR> <BR> I like this one no matter who was first to say it because it puts our thoughts into perspective Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:54:44 EST Little things do mean a lot... "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." <BR> William James Fri, 9 Sep 2011 00:59:28 EST Sunday...getting new gear for fall! I am updating my wardrobe...simply...what else would I like to say until I have gotten closer to my goal. I don't want to buy too many new things and yet I have to do something to keep myself motivated. Small additions are just the ticket to feel updated and to reward myself on my progress so far. <BR> <BR> I invite you to visit my blog for an insight into what I am up to! You might like to update your look too~ <BR> <BR> <link>pinkgrannysjourneyofexperience.blogs<BR> Sun, 4 Sep 2011 16:56:20 EST Late Friday Night.... I am here I all you other night owls....good evening. Sat, 3 Sep 2011 02:17:50 EST Bread! I love whole grain bread. Currently I have Kirkland brand in my freezer. When it is gone I am replacing it with Oroweat again! I found a Multi-grain bread from Oroweat that has 80 calories a slice and is not of the miniature variety like the Light Bread I used to buy. Last week I enjoyed a PBJ sandwich without the guilt of spending 280 calories on bread....or 140 calories for a half sandwich. This will help me save calories while staying satisfied. I used light bread for more years than I wan... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:56:36 EST Tuesday....August 2! More fruits...nectarine with my at lunch, grapes and pineabpple! More Veggies....tomato, romaine and tomorrow I will add more....I like it!!!! Wed, 3 Aug 2011 01:31:40 EST Monday August 1....New Month... Today I feel empowered to be successful and determined to stick with my goal of losing this extra weight. I would like to lose 4 pounds this month. It is a reasonable goal and within my power to achieve. After I lose those pounds I am determined not to find them again! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 12:56:17 EST Bountiful Baskets... I picked up my first order from Bountiful Baskets yesterday and it was loaded! a bunch of bananas....about 6 kiwi, 5 grapefruit, 1 pineapple 7 or 8 nectarines, a huge head of romaine lettuce, a lovely head of cauliflower 5 summer squash and a package of crimini mushrooms, all very good quality for $15.00. <BR> <BR> They had extra heads of lettuce so I grabbed one. It smelled so good when I washed and prepared it for salad. If you have an outlet in you state you should check it out! Several... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:59:21 EST Words of Wisdom? It is becoming more and more evident that I have a voice. What I like best about this is that I am getting better and better about using it! Thanks are the best. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 20:55:30 EST Saturday....July 16 What a wonderful month this has been! Lots of family and good times. I so appreciate times like this. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 01:35:15 EST Celebrating my values! I love being an American! I was born here, I was raised here and I love being here. I am a conservative like most of our country's founders. My beliefs are part of my freedom. Long may I be proud of where I came from...and long may our flag represent freedom. Sat, 2 Jul 2011 10:21:12 EST summer snow The cottonwoods are snowing the cottonwoods are snowing! Go away go away....come again some other day.... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:39:35 EST Busy Bees.... There are a lot of bees out today. As I turned the crank for the umbrella table on our lower deck I found two small starts of hives...little gray honeycombs and on one of them a bee was working away on it. My Granddaughter and I decided to eat on the upper deck and leave that for Grandpa to take care of. Up above, there were no signs of bees on the umbrella but we heard them buzzing in the background nonetheless. My dear one called them useless critters until I explained about how we enjoy f... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 21:58:10 EST Summer What a beautiful first day of Summer this is! A bright beginning to the promise of sunny days and warm nights. Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:13:49 EST A special Sunday in June! Happy Father's Day to all the Fathers out there! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 22:10:50 EST Friday....June 17th! Happy Birthday to my 2-year old grandson. I love you to pieces little one! Sat, 18 Jun 2011 00:23:02 EST Flag Day 2011 I like this quote about our wonderful flag! <BR> <BR> "One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation, evermore!" - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:27:50 EST Another holiday weekend...bring on the barbecue... Tomorrow we celebrate my husband' parents 65th wedding anniversary! A big barbecue attended by the whole family. It will be wonderful. I am taking the baked beans planning to enjoy myself...within reason of course! <BR> <BR> Have a good holidy weekend everyone. Sat, 28 May 2011 23:41:10 EST Words of Wisdom.... "Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. " <BR> ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hmmmm.....this is a point to ponder. Wed, 25 May 2011 22:27:47 EST May 24, 2011 I am on a mission for better sleep. I know it will help me achieve my goal in a much healthier way. I have joined the Better Sleep Challenge and am committing to starting and updating a sleep journal. The feedback from this journal will help me improve my sleep habits. <BR> <BR> This will be an impactful challenge for me as I have long been a poor sleeper. Tue, 24 May 2011 11:22:58 EST Progress 101 Tracking is great but a turning point for me is making the tracker a habit. <BR> <BR> Planning ahead is also part of my progress point; if I look at the first two meals and am asked to go out for a bite, I actually looked up the restaurant online for the calorie count so that what I ordered fit in with the rest of my day. <BR> <BR> Two points of progress will add up to three and as that third point becomes habit I will keep moving forward. The success will feed on itself and push my moti... Thu, 19 May 2011 01:46:56 EST Tuesday....treading along the path to wellness I have had a full good week. I am feeling so much better today because of that and with the sun shining and a full moon tonight I am ever hopeful for a good full night of sleep. I slept poorly last night and I was very hungry most of the morning. Sleep, they say is huge and I agree wholeheartedly! <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 May 2011 21:39:50 EST Another Rainy Day....Monday May 16th, 2011 Here we go...another Spring Day! Rain. I cannot complain because there are so many areas in the country that are having a heck of a time with the weather. <BR> <BR> Keep safe everyone. Mon, 16 May 2011 23:38:04 EST Sunday Seasoning It is Sunday...and rainy and a good day to ponder the seasons of our lives that are made up of Spring, summer, Fall and Winter. I am enjoying this season, rain and all. The flowers are blooming, the grass is greener, allergies are awake yet no matter what, it is pleasant to go about without heavy winter clothing! Sun, 15 May 2011 20:47:38 EST Signs of support..... While walking through the gift area of an old fashioned drug store I saw this sign: "Change is good...YOU first" Isn't funny how often we want to put changes off and see how things turn out before we dip our toe into the water! Change is good yet we resist. The reality is that not making those changes is what holds me back. I am much better off when I acknowledge that I need to make the changes because then I will definitely see results. Sat, 14 May 2011 16:17:24 EST