POKIE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POKIE1 POKIE1'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/ Shirataki Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4481240 OK, I said I would try the noodles and then share my experience. <BR> I used them in a recipe by Hungry Girl, mixing them with mushroom soup and tuna....and I was surprised by the results! Not because I found that they tasted good, but because it was the texture that I wasn't very fond of! <BR> You see, we've been eating whole wheat noodles and I had gotten used to the firmness of them...and my ONLY objection to the shirataki noodles was that they are very soft! <BR> Other than that, I would ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:30:29 EST Wierd and wonderful foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426108 Ok, so I said that I wasn't going to start eating "diet" foods....But I have changed my mind. <BR> Really, I don't see them as diet foods. Why? Because if I like them, and my DH likes them, then they will be added to our diets Forever! <BR> First I tried the soy crumbles...do you know that my DH didn't even notice that it wasn't "real" ground beef? Of course, I added into a casserole, so it's not as noticable. And it was wonderful! Now...the calorie counts, is it really worth it to use the so... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:57:49 EST My Fitness and Nutrition Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350859 I made a big discovery the other day.....on each of my tracker pages there is a little button that says "how do I use this page?". Out of curiosity, I clicked on the one on the Nutrition page-and boy was I surprised!!! <BR> I learned so many new things, and way that I can use that tracker! For instance, I like to make and eat breakfast burritos, and I always make them the same way. I found that I can put all of those individual ingredients together into a "group". When I have a breakfast burr... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 08:26:39 EST Battle of the Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321413 I am just so amazed that not only have I lost 10#, but it has stayed off! It's gone! And I feel great! Not like before, on another wt. loss program. <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking-what is different this time? I know it's the way that the Spark Program is set up, and that it's about changing the way that I see food, myself and my health. But I wanted to look at specifics, what is it that is working for me? <BR> <BR> WT Watchers: 1100 Caloric intake. This was impossible for me to do and st... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 07:22:16 EST Weight lifting at the Grocery Store http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313762 I found something that really helps to put things into proper perspective, and to motivate me-anytime I feel like quitting, or think to myself "what is the use" I need to do the following (either at home or at the store): <BR> <BR> --Find something that equals the weight that I have lost so far and lift it. Reflect on how heavy it is. Then, hold the object close to me, to figure out where I would "wear it". <BR> This helps me to see that what I have done so far is not useless, or meaningles... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:01:54 EST Day 22! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309776 Well, here I am, still Sparking!! <BR> I'm finding that my days off are the hardest-I'm not as active as when I work, and food is more of a temptation. <BR> So I switched it up this weekend. I walked over 2 miles on Saturday, and then on Sunday did some light activity plus 10 minutes of strenght exercise that I found in the back of the Spark Book. <BR> I also went ahead and kept myself busy: made up a menu, researched how to make yogurt and did so, grocery shopped, cut up watermelon, etc. <BR... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 05:07:33 EST Some things Spark People didn't mention... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4306268 Well here I am in day 21 of my Spark Journey, and I am still motivated! It's not that I haven't had my down times, it's that I am finding new ways to deal with them and I am so excited about that! <BR> <BR> I am also seeing some things that I haven't read, yet, anywhere on Spark. So I wanted to write them down for myself, so I won't forget them, and for anyone who might read this. It might help them too! <BR> <BR> --I need to trust what is said about calorie intake. It's tempting to keep it... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 07:46:10 EST I'm seeing things and I'm not crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303282 Today I realized that I have been using a "tool" that I hadn't used in a long time! <BR> <BR> Back when I was in nursing school, I used to "see" myself doing procedures. I always made sure that I visualized every step, and that I ended with a successful outcome. Whenever I did this, I had no problem with actually doing the procedure! I have used this tool with every job I've had, and probably all of my life. It's only recently that I found out that it has a name, and is a technique that is t... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:10:38 EST Mistakes I've made and Lessons learned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4300973 It's Day 18 and I am still Streaking! The main goals I wanted to do everyday-walk at least 1 mile every day and keep track of my calorie intake-I have kept! I have even added more goals, such as 5 serving of veg/fruit and some type of exercise for at least 10 minutes a day. <BR> I AM EVEN THINKING OF JOINING THE YMCA! Now that is a real mind blower for me! To even think of walking into the Y, let alone join it. I have been so self conscious for so long, but now I don't care what ones might th... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:18:50 EST Florida National Cemetery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293046 Today has been a tough day for me...we visited my DH's Father's burial site. <BR> Jim was a good man, and I loved him dearly. Not long after I married his son, he told me "You have made my son the happiest that I have ever seen him. Thank you for that!" When he ended up having surgery, he asked if I could stay with him during the hospital nights, because he was afraid. He was afraid because at night he would get confused, and try to climb out of bed and pull out his tubes, etc. But when he w... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:33:21 EST The A to Z Express http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288577 I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon. Every year we took a week's vacation in the Cascades Mountains, at a place called Big Lake. It's a wonderful place to go to, but I had one problem with this vacation-my Dad! <BR> <BR> Dad is the kind of person who just wants to get to where he is going. No stops. No breaks. No look and see. Dad is not interested in the journey, he simply wants to arrive. When we left for our vacation, he would drive the 1 1/2 hours there without ONE SIN... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 19:40:46 EST Where did my "Self" go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283735 Yesterday was an odd day for me-I felt fat. It was odd because nothing had changed, not my weight or diet or exercise. I just felt fat. <BR> <BR> Not only did I feel fat, but my DH forgot that Monday was our day to walk the course in front of the town Hospital. (They have a special course for walkers/runner with different stations for warming up and stretching). Plus, a storm was brewing and the wind was kicking up along with the distant rumble of thunder. Perfect excuses to not keep up my s... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 17:21:09 EST I hope I am becoming an addict! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4281456 I remember that a couple of weeks ago I was reading an article on exercise-I just couldn't believe that anyone really looked forward to it! Well...I am on day 9 of my new life, and I couldn't wait to do my walking. All day I thought about it, but couldn't get to it yet because I was at work (Though I did do some leg lifts, push ups from the side of the counter, and some stretching). <BR> <BR> I also rented a movie, Sense and Sensibility (can't wait for the new Jane Eyre to hit Netflix) as my... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 19:04:32 EST Weigh-In Day of my Spark Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4278022 I know that I have only been at this for a week...but I have met every single one of my goals and am still feeling good! <em>104</em> It is really nice to know that if/when I start to falter, I have somewhere to go and ask for help. <BR> <BR> My journey has amazed me so far, as well as my DH. He says I am in a much better mood, and he attributed it to his finding full time work. I told him that no, you've had a full time job for a couple of weeks now. It's the Spark Journey that I'm on that... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 08:00:36 EST Enjoyable Eating isn't for thin people only http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273305 I know...seems like a silly thought, one of those "Duh" things. But this is a new realization for me. <BR> Last night I was sitting on the couch with my DH, watching a program and eating a Weight Watchers ice cream bar, when I suddenly realized I WAS ENJOYING THE ICE CREAM WITHOUT ONE BIT OF GUILT! I had to stop for a few seconds, to get past the shock of that... <BR> I am 51 years old, and have only been overweight for the past seven years. Before that, for 44 years, I could eat whatever I w... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:21:03 EST Day Four & still feeling good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270749 I have played the weight loss game before-even used Weight Watchers. At first I'd lose weight but then come to a dead stop. Because my focus was weight loss, I'd get discouraged and give up: WW and other diets had me at 1100 calories per day, so I was tired, grouchy, hungry, and had bad headaches. This was worth putting up with while the weight dropped off, but NOT when the weight loss came to a halt. <BR> <BR> I sat down recently and asked myself why I wanted to lose weight? What benefits d... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 18:30:40 EST Day Three of my New Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268084 I finally decided to take control of the controllable things in my life! I have had enough of just getting by, and more than my fill of "so-so". I have been cruising along hoping that things would change and get better, but now I see that it isn't going to happen unless I make it happen. <BR> <BR> I am a worrier, a fretter, and an anxious person. I'm also a perfectionist and because of that I spend my life afraid of failing. My definition of failure is making ONE mistake. <BR> <BR> I reali... Tue, 31 May 2011 17:55:01 EST