POETICA7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POETICA7 POETICA7'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/ Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347249 After being sick last week, I feel ever so much better. This also means that I'm eating and exercising on a more regular schedule. So many things can set us back, but when something does, I try really hard to just jump back on the healthy living train. The scale smiled at me this morning, although I'm 2.4 pounds above what SP says I should be right now. I'm trying to not pay too much attention to that, but rather to a slow and steady loss. Mon, 6 May 2013 10:25:10 EST Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333149 My son's birthday party Sat. night and last night's salad buffet at Bible study offered too many opportunities. I didn't do well Sat., but last night wasn't terrible. I need more help in managing the eating out. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:00:42 EST Two Steps Forward, One Step Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327651 It's a funny journey I'm on. It seem to go forward, then back. I was at a 20-pound loss the other day, but am now at 19. This means I'm two pounds over what SP has me at for today. I didn't exercise yesterday because of overwhelming fatigue. I think that's still part of recovering after having a seizure last week. But I'm going to exercise today and try to get all my calories in. The calories-in has been a challenge lately, so I really need to work on that. I guess I'm in a bit of a rut, but ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:26:28 EST Getting Back to Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320975 I have epilepsy, and had been seizure-free for seven years, three months and 25 days...until Tuesday when I had another seizure...boom, out of the blue. One of my medication levels was low as was my albumin, and a nutritionist at the hospital told me I needed to boost up my protein. Now I seem to be at a standstill (loss of 18 pounds), and don't want to stop until I lose 12 more pounds. However, I cannot, absolutely can NOT risk a protein level that's too low. So I'm trying to keep everything... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:01:20 EST Exercise "Buts" (Not "Butts" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287712 But I just don't feel like it... <BR> But I forgot earlier and it's too late now... <BR> But I don't feel well... <BR> But...but...but...but...but...will only lead to a bigger butt! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:29:59 EST Back in the Pink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286715 The flu grabbed hold and wouldn't let me go. <BR> Now that it's gone I want to world to know <BR> that I am back to exercise and food <BR> that nourishes, sustains, improves my mood. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:35:06 EST Ways to Measure Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284404 For me, after losing 13 or so pounds, my clothes are fitting better. I am down one size. I do have more energy. I have actually lost my craving for chocolate and sweets, although I admit I don't mind a treat once in a while. The good thing is that once in a while is enough. People have said I look different, which is absolutely wonderful. My husband said he notices it in my face and my waist. <BR> <BR> So, thank you SP! Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:35:23 EST Getting Back into Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280161 Although I'm still coughing a little, I'm staying out of crowds (our grandchildren's floor hockey and indoor soccer games), but I do feel better. I just think that I might not be doing myself any favors by being around a lot of people....not quite yet. <BR> <BR> I have returned to exercise, however, and it's not a strain. I'm glad about that. And my appetite has been coming back to normal. This flu took quite a toll on me, and it lasted two weeks. Finally, finally, it's leaving. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 13:49:21 EST Goodbye, Flu, I Won't Miss You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277402 I think it's gone. Oh, I'm still coughing a little. But the big news is that I exercised for the first time in nearly two weeks, and it felt good. I only did ten minutes, but I did both strength and cardio. I will get back into my routine. I am going to try for eight glasses of water, too. I've been less hungry and thirsty than usual, so today is going to be my entrance back into healthy eating, drinking and exercise. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:21:29 EST Hoping the Flu is Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271018 Although I'm still coughing quite a bit, I don't feel quite as sick as I have for the past week. I'm thinking of doing a little exercise, yet at the same time I'm kind of afraid to. I don't know if my body is up to it. <BR> <BR> It's been a tough go, and I'm ready to put this behind me. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:34:18 EST The Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268369 I've had the flu since Saturday night. We had taken our grandchildren to a basketball game, and it started with a stiff neck. I thought nothing of it. Later that night I had shaking chills and could not -- could NOT -- get warm. Sunday it was full-blown, with cough, body aches, sore throat, headache, more chills, fever, the whole bit. And it's been s-l-o-w to go away. I hardly have a voice. My chest aches from all the coughing. Monday night my temp was 101.8, which was the highest. Doctor sai... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:29:20 EST Ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257530 Monday I did an online SP abs video and yesterday was sore in my upper legs in front and lower stomach (figure I must have done something right). I think I'm not quite ready for that sort of thing. So I skipped exercising yesterday since it was hard even to walk. We have a lot of stairs in our house and those were excruciating. Today I was also going to skip, but I did five minutes of a Richard Simmons' Sweatin' to the Oldies video followed by ten minutes of walking. Nothing too strenuous, bu... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:07:36 EST I Love SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255000 Tracking food and exercise is so important and it keeps me honest. I measure everything so as not to be tricked into thinking my portions are accurate. I prob would be way off if I tried to eyeball portions. <BR> <BR> I'm down 8.2 pounds in five weeks and am happy with that. Had a healthy breakfast and lunch and am just about to have an afternoon (healthy) snack. <BR> <BR> I was told last Monday that my face looked "thinner." I'll take it! Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:39:48 EST Woo-Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239289 Today I am back at my pre-Superbowl weight. I couldn't be happier. I had a Subway 6" veggie delight sandwich for supper, and it didn't put me over. <BR> <BR> What suggestions might you have for me? I came in low in carbs. I thought too many carbs in a day would be a problem, but I'm not getting enough and I know I need to. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 5 Feb 2013 20:44:39 EST Oh, That Superbowl Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237141 Well, yeah, I ate. I'm 1.8 up this morning. But I won't despair because I know a lot of it is water weight due to salt. I had a good healthy breakfast, am planning a good lunch soon, and am back on track. I admit that what I ate tasted good, but Superbowl Sunday is history, and I am on a mission to continue losing weight. There are more days of success than not, so SS, go. The "lights are out" on you! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 12:37:36 EST Keeping Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234726 <em>244</em> I feel great today. I'm down 5.4 pounds. The scale smiled at me this morning, showing me that over time I am making the right choices. I've lost this in two weeks and five days so I guess that's fairly on track. And I've exercised a lot today, well, I should say differently from what I usually do. In addition to ten minutes on my recumbent bike I walked a mile to a YouTube video, and I did another ten-minute walking video. I'm one of those people who does best with short bursts... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:22:09 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233113 I am at the exact same weight this morning as yesterday, which is 4.4 pounds down from beginning SP on Jan. 14. I ate a good breakfast, and walked for ten minutes. I think that's all I'm going to exercise today because I put in a lot of exercise time yesterday and am sore and tired. Time for a rest day. <BR> <BR> I am contemplating lunch. Should I have tuna salad? Or a bowl of Progresso Chicken Noodle soup? Or should I reheat pork chop/rice/California vegetables from last night's dinner? At ... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:34:38 EST I Shouldn't Have Eaten Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230459 I ate lunch out today and was tempted beyond my endurance. I had chicken salad (oh, I'm bemoaning the mayo), and since the plate came with cottage cheese (which I cannot tolerate) I was brought applesauce instead. Well, of course it was sweetened, and of course I ate it. My bad. And then there was a hard boiled egg, a little watermelon, ten green grapes, kiwi, and a small sliced banana. I was amazed at the number of calories. And I'm taking today off of exercise, other than the ten minutes pe... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:40:54 EST Daily Weight Fluctuations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228853 Well, that .6 found me again this morning. No biggie. I am entertaining the thought of weighing every other day, but somehow I just love to step on it every morning to see if anything has changed. I don't depend on it for absolute accuracy. There are other ways to tell I'm losing. For example, my slacks all fit a tad bit better, even after losing 4+ pounds. And that's wonderful. So I'm sticking with it and am still very encouraged. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:35:30 EST Great Weight Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224715 I was down .6 of a pound this morning. This after eating a huge Asian grill lunch (out) with my grandchildren. I made a large salad for supper, with almonds, dried cranberries, and feta crumbles with FF dressing. I know, I know, things don't change that much in 24 hours, but hey, I liked the look of that scale smiling up at me. <BR> <BR> Hope to be continuing it. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:43:26 EST Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222784 I tried Friendly Farms honey Greek yogurt and didn't like the taste of it at all. So I'm back to either Yoplait Greek honey vanilla or Dannon pineapple and coconut, both of which are delicious and low in calories. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:48:12 EST Getting Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222137 I finally did the big grocery shopping this afternoon and got lots of wonderful things to have on hand to cook and eat. When I got home I cleaned out my pantry. One shelf is devoted to goodies for my grandchildren. Everything else is organized. And I took older foods out of the refrigerator, wiped it until it was shiny and beautifully-clean, and loaded it up with new foods, including lots of vegetables. <BR> <BR> Now I feel READY FOR SP! <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:00:15 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220127 Yesterday I had a "weight fluctuation," and found that I was one pound up. But this morning the scale showed that I am down a total of three pounds since beginning SP a week ago Mon. This feels really good to me and I am encouraged. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I drank 12 glasses of water, and I don't think I can do that again! I was you-know-where every ten minutes, it seemed. Eight is going to seem easy! <BR> <BR> I ate well yesterday, and my numbers were good in all categories. This is going to w... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:41:46 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218602 Thanks, everyone, for your welcoming comments. Yes, I will be able to have my chocolate (something akin to having one's cake and eating it too) while on SP. This is good, this is good. This morning I was up a pound, but I know fluctuations occur. So far today, good food choices and 2/3 of my exercise done. <BR> <BR> Have a great day, and let's all stay on track together. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 12:35:45 EST This is Possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209106 I already realize that I can be just as satisfied -- actually more -- eating healthy foods. Will I miss the chocolate I like so much? Oh yeah! But there's something contagious about tracking what I eat, trying to do a great job, and being rewarded with a pound lost, exercise done, even Spark Points. It's great being in a supportive community where others are on the same journey. Having just joined yesterday I know this is the place for me. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 21:42:55 EST