PORTIAWILLIS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PORTIAWILLIS PORTIAWILLIS'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/ Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783771 Back at work and on target with eating and exercising today. H2o 8 glasses. One diet coke(bad me). Did 90 minute massage for friend which got in my workout minutes and still walked over 9000 steps per spark tracker. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652079813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> picture from recent vacation in Florida Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:06:41 EST Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783030 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257747160.jpg"> <BR> This was the first thing I saw during my walk this morning. It was so innocent and beautiful. It was also very trusting. Made me think of how this should be the way we trust the Lord to provide for all our needs. I am working on trusting that he knows just the right time for me to finish what HE has in store for me. I am struggling with wanting to lose weight and get healthier when I should be thankful for all the Lord h... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:47:35 EST week 2 ,6th day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781755 Short and sweet. Still sick. Missing work, and walking. Gona get off here and do some Yoga to at least get in some exercise. Might help my mental attitude too. See everyone at weigh in tomorrow. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:40:23 EST Bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781153 I have never had migraines but believe I have one today. This headache started last night, was dizzy and slightly nauseated. Tried to do the holistic route with peppermint essential oil, also did the raindrop therapy treatment with the oils, used hot pack to neck and base of skull. That finally relieved me enough to go to sleep this am at 1:30. Up at 5:00 and started right back up. It is 5 pm and still can't hardly think it is hurting so bad . Took 2 BC powers without relief. Hope I can find ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:11:33 EST My hike today at Radner Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779914 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1665004182.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677935509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1609337368.jpg"> <img <BR> <BR> src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l346625876.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1345951525.jpg"> <BR> These pictures say it all. Have a wonderful week. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:50:55 EST week 2 day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779288 Kicked my butt at work today. Now to soak in the tub and relax with my homemade Lavender essential bath salts and diffuse Release as I read a good book. If only I could have a glass of wine. <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:18:38 EST Weel 2 of challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778789 Not a bad day. Cravings gone most of today. No snaks at all today and no hunger in between meals. Got in 36 minute walk during lunch. Foot still hurting but just keep on going. Really got sore after the walk. Home now and going to read some more of the new book The Metabolism Miracle. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:44:45 EST Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777835 Lost 3 pounds this week. Pretty good but not going to get too excited. I always lose more the first week or two. My challenge is to continue eating sensibly and to keep exercising. It has helped tremendously that my husband is eating the same way as I am. Also it is helping to be accountable to our STOP group <BR> <BR> WHAT I DID WELL <BR> 1. Ate every 2 or 3 hours till I got my blood sugar stable <BR> 2. No Alcohol <BR> 3. Tracked everything I ate <BR> 4. Bought the battery for my Spark Tr... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:40:18 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776852 Not to bad a day. Worked all day at home. Did laundry and cooked dinner and food for lunch tomorrow. Stayed on track all day except for exercise. Just didn't want to do any. Finally about 7:30 I made myself get up and do a Yoga video I bought several months ago and did not every try. Boy was I stupid. Nothing like I thought it would be. I had trouble getting through the stretches. I did not realize that just about all the poses would involve me being on my knees. At least half of them I shou... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:50:55 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775916 Yea got to sleep till 9am this morning. That felt great but I was still tired after the hectic weekend at work. We lost a baby yesterday and that is always so emotional for both the families and the staff. I have really learned to trust that God our king knows best in these situations. <BR> <em>285</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to walk today but my feet were still hurting and I decided to whimp out then I opened the door to let my dog outside and realized it was the perfect day to start my dai... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:06:06 EST day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775402 Today was a much better day eating wise. The craving almost gone. Was able to stretch out the time between meals. Walked over 14,000 steps at work today and 12,000 yesterday. Managed to drink my 8 glasses of H20 today. No Diet coke in 2 days. Now to get my feet to quit hurting. LOL guess you can't have everything. <em>521</em> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 20:55:04 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774181 Started the day off right with my bible study. Hunger better today. Still a little anxious and easily irritated. Working on that. Spark Tracker on and working again. Back to work tomorrow so getting my food ready tonight. Dinner was really good tonight and only enough left over for my lunch tomorrow. I am trying to learn to cook for just Tim and I. We waste a lot of food and I hate that. Good luck friends I hope you are all doing well. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:45:41 EST Day one of the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773631 Wow what a day. Up at 7:45 and did not stop till 8pm. Very stressful. Not able to eat the way I should due to being on the road all day but stayed on track and did not eat any sugar or gluten. Managed to drink only small diet coke today. Decided to be kind to myself and not stress the diet coke. Have to ease back in to a healthy life style. Walked on treadmill for 15 minutes at 3mph and did 15 minutes in the pool. Hard to believe how quick I got out of shape. I was walking 3 to 5 miles a day ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:53:42 EST Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772524 Was looking over my diet plan yesterday and realized my body just does not do well on the typical low fat low calorie diet. I start listening to all the negative comments on the Adkins diet and let myself be persuaded to change how I eat and look what happens. I stay hungry all the time, gain weight, and have problems with my stomach. That being said I am back on a modified Adkins diet. Hope it helps me stay on track. Due to this I will be keeping close watch on how I react to this plan of ac... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:52:06 EST New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771799 Well had a very busy weekend with friends and family but my tracking went out the window. I would like to say I was busy but the truth is I really did not want to know how much I was eating or drinking. Starting a new group challenge Thursday. Very excited to have the support. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:41:50 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768822 Yesterday was a crazy day. Had a headache all day. Think might have been from my blood sugar being low. Was also hungry all day. I ate but not nearly as much as normal. Did get in 25 minutes of walking but skipped the ball exercises d/t headache. Staying on track is really hard when you feel so bad. Was at the high end of my calorie range than decided that pecan pie would cure anything wrong with me. Well it did get rid of the headache but then I was discouraged for my lack of discipline. Jus... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:09:33 EST 30/30 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767707 Today I started a 30day challenge to study the bible for 30 minutes for the next 30 days. As I listened to the first video Joyce Meyer was talking about the necessity to be disciplined, to see success with any area of our lives. She recommends that we study some area that we are challenged with right now and see how Jesus will come to our rescue. I thought how appropriate this is as I start back with Spark People and try to change some of my bad habits and lose weight. I have decided to stud... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:52:06 EST Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765136 Well not such a good day eating wise but great other ways. Spent time with The Lord early this morning, got to spend time with my grandson tonight and his mother. Had a lot of good laughs. Tomorrow is another day and I except today's results with a smile and know that I will do better tomorrow <BR> <BR> . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l884425658.jpg"> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:19:56 EST Here I am again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764542 Things went from bad to worse with my weight sense the last post. Not sure why. Not really important. I'm back and plan on staying. <BR> <BR> AS A MAN THINKETH IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE; THEREFORE, ALL OF MY THOUGHTS ARE POSITIVE. <BR> I TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BODY <BR> I EAT RIGHT <BR> I LOOK GOOD <BR> I FEEL GOOD <BR> I WEIGH WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO WEIGH <BR> LET ME GRASP GOD'S LOVE THAT I MIGHT BE FILLED THROUGH ALL MY BEING WITH THE FULLNESS OF HIS SPIRIT <BR> <BR> <BR> T <img src="http://... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:56:11 EST God help me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691975 Today is just another day. A day that I can choose to make a good day or a bad depending on my attitude. Started this blog off with a really negative attitude. Thank God that I read what I was writing before I posted it. Today I choose to look at the world and myself with a positive attitude. I am healthy, my bills are paid, I have a beautiful new granddaughter and who cares if I ate a piece of cheese pizza as I was telling myself how awful I am. It stops here. I am grateful for the many bles... Sat, 10 May 2014 13:15:30 EST Time to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638893 Well not sure what really happened. Was going along so well. Was eating right, exercising and for the most part in a good state of mind. Lost weight last week and suddenly found my self eating everything I shouldn't be eating. No exercise the last 3 days and today just slept all day on the couch. At least I did something positive today and read some inspirational words that truly opened my mind to what I was doing. I was setting myself up for failure because I let my mind roam around and star... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:21:02 EST Review of January's goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614472 1. Lose 1lb a week---lost total of 8lbs <BR> 2. Eat 2 servings of vegetables daily--- managed to do about 2/3 of the time <BR> 3. Strength training 2 times / week---NONE <BR> <BR> 2 out of 3 not bad. Still disappointed in myself for not even trying except for once. Guess what they say about making sure you enjoy the exercises you pick is true. I really don't like to lift weights. Got to change that attitude about weights because the walking is not changing the shape of my body. Legs look lik... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:20:27 EST Sinful cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604818 Just left Chili's restaurant. Boy did I lose it tonight. I just quit counting calories when I reach 1800. They have a new desert that is absolute sin on a plate. Wish I could say I regreat eating it but my moma told me not to tell lies. I loved every bite I took. Back to work tomorrow. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:45:22 EST Down and out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599520 Not a good day for many reasons but guess I need to remember that things don't always go as planned but God has a greater plan for our life than we do. Lost a 4 month old child today, my favorite patient went to surgery to get a new heart and things didn't go well. Was in surgery 19 hours than had to have more surgery later today. My heart aches for his family. When I think of how I would feel if it were one of my grandchildren I realize just how blessed I am to have healthy children and gr... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:56:29 EST Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597469 Had a bad couple of days but back at it today. Had a very cold walk today but managed to last for 62minutes. Helped make up for the 2 days I didn't get my steps in. It is strange how much different everything looks in the winter. I have walked this same trail so many times, yet today it seemed so lost and lonely. I only saw one other person the whole hour. The squirrels and deer were in hiding and only saw a few blackbirds flying overhead. It was kind of neat though because when I stopped and... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:00:43 EST Trying to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594903 Haven't blogged sense my Friday night splurge but you will be glad to know that until yesterday I was back on track. Got sick yesterday so only got in 5000 or so steps. Left work early and just couldn't eat the rest of the day. Than last night I was so hungry but nothing and I mean nothing tasted good. Than low and behold I noticed that forgotten bag of chips left over from the kids. Yes I broke down and ate a few. Really was just a few. I estimated 2 ounces. Drank 32 oz glass of H2O and went... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:33:37 EST Paying the price http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590660 Well last night I went to Chili's with my daughter and a friend. My friend and I split a California Flatbread and Blackberry Margaritas. We had a wonderful time and I enjoyed every minute of the food, drink, and companionship. <BR> <BR> Things I did right <BR> 1. Tracked everything I ate <BR> 2. Stayed within my calorie range <BR> 3. Drank 9 glasses of water <BR> 4. Got in over 13,000 steps by hiking for 3 hours at my favorite park <BR> 5. Had my 2 servings of veggies <BR> <BR> Things I co... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:13:13 EST Hoping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588649 Oh well another day of not reaching my 10,000 steps. No exercise except for 20 minutes walking in a circle in my living room. Needless to say that didn't last long. Could not find my walking video. Had the case and pulled it out to do the 4 mile walk when low and behold the walking video was gone and in its place a dumb movie. Moral of this story don't wait till the last minute to get in your exercise. Now for the positive from today <BR> <BR> water 8 glasses <BR> vegetables one but plan an... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:33:58 EST another day down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586158 A great day today. No hunger, no craving for sweets, stayed on track, and even managed not to eat from stress today. Several really sick children at work today with very upset families. <BR> <BR> water 8 glasses <BR> 2 servings of vegetables <BR> under calorie goal for the day <BR> No processed foods <BR> step goal attained <BR> fit and firm 10 min done <BR> <BR> only thing I regret about today is that I have not got in my daily lunch walk. Weather just to cold and just choose not to walk i... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:15:10 EST Crazy me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584999 Wrote a blog last night but went missing somewhere. Oh well I know I did it. <BR> <BR> water 8 glasses <BR> 2 servings of vegetables <BR> on track with calories <BR> fit and firm 10minutes done <BR> cooked and packed my food for tomorrow <BR> <BR> Mostly a good day without hunger. Did have a diet coke though. Much easier to stay on track when you are prepared. Now to get in the habit of coming home and cooking !!! <em>224</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:27:22 EST Jan 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582447 water 8 glasses <BR> no vegetables <BR> stayed within my calorie range <BR> no alcohol- really wanted a olive garden chocolate marshmallow martini but did resist that <BR> no exercise today - really tired and just decided not to <BR> <BR> Well as you can see didn't manage to stay on track for more that 2 days but the difference this time is, I am <BR> 1. Planning this weeks meals ahead of time. <BR> 2. Forgiving myself for not being perfect <BR> 3. Tracking everything I ate today. <BR> <BR... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:59:18 EST January 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580035 Water 10 glasses <BR> 2 servings of vegetables <BR> No bread today <BR> <BR> I have decided to lower my carb intake. My sweet tooth has gone crazy and the more I eat the more I want. Time for a intervention. No concentrated sweets. Will allow myself fresh fruit if really craving something sweet. <BR> <BR> Bad news for today, broke down and had a diet coke at dinner. Oh well maybe tomorrow I can do without. Can't expect to give up everything at once. <BR> <BR> All in all I feel pretty good ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:35:46 EST New Year new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578654 Decided to restart my program with spark. Evidently what I have been doing is not working so will go back to the basics. I am going to start with small steps and try to be very consistent. If that works for others it will work for me. The one thing I do know is I am tired of never meeting my goals. So I am going to set 3 goals and monitor them for 3 months than reevaluate where I am. <BR> <BR> 1. lose 1lb per week <BR> 2. eat 2 vegetables daily <BR> 3. strength train 2x's per week Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:02:41 EST The Lord gives, He takes and He will restore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565845 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745367745.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2024252677.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845620540.jpg">My heart was heavy today as I started my hike at Radnor. It has been a rough couple of weeks. As my friends know I started work at Vanderbilt Pediatric Critical Care unit several months ago and I really love this job but it can be very emotionally challenging. We have lost several patients rece... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:40:34 EST 12/03/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556131 Hello Friends, <BR> As is often the case for me my intentions are good but just don't follow through. I have been walking every day and taking pictures but just can't seem to find the time to journal like I want to. Oh well feeling guilty doesn't do any good so have decided to just journal or blog whenever I can. With that said I have some pictures to post. Here they are. most are taken on Vanderbilt's campus <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827697213.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 17:14:57 EST 11/26/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551022 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1982539783.jpg"> <BR> As I was walking today on the campus of Vanderbilt University I was reminded how everything can change in just a few days. Last week,during one of my walks ,this campus was bustling with college students and the trees still had most of their leaves. Today almost no one but me was walking the campus trails and very few trees still had their leaves. The wind was blowing and the skies so grey and dreary, but I was determin... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:10:22 EST Sunday's walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549200 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l384764498.jpg"> <BR> Boy was it cold today walking around the lake at Long Hunter Park but was still a great day. <BR> I love walking when the air is crisp and the sun is shinning. I have seen this lake in so many beautiful settings. There is always something new to see. As I walk I talk with Jesus about all my many blessings and also my doubts and fears. I see his glory every time in the beautiful nature that surrounds me. Today my heart wa... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:57:49 EST Todays walk 11/11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538400 Had a wonderful walk today at Two Rivers Park. It was a non weight loss victory. I have walked this same trail many times in the past and had to stop several times as I climbed the hills. Today I didn't have to stop at all and was not even short of breath. I did feel the burn in my thighs as I walked. I did 4.6 miles total. Took some great pictures but can't get them to down load. Oh well maybe next time. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:42:03 EST Nov 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533098 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965761800.jpg"> <BR> Took this picture as I did my walk today at Long Hunter Park. It never fails to amaze me how this lake changes every time I walk the trail. Each season has it's own beauty but my favorite time is in the fall. Not sure why but something about the colors and the leaves falling reminds me that everything passes with time. Our GOD is so awesome. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:11:23 EST Stats for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531411 Wow I could hardly believe my eyes when I got my e-mail with my weekly report. I love my spark tracker. It has really motivated me to be more consistent with my walking plan. My goal was to walk at least 10,000 steps 5 days a week. Feels wonderful to be able to see that printed out and to see my success especially sense I was feeling so defeated because I failed to eat on plan this week. Now instead of complaining about failing once again I can be proud of what I accomplished. That is a gre... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:45:16 EST lost spark tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524949 Whew did I luck out. Thought I had lost my tracker last night. I was at my granddaughters basketball game than went out to Chili's restaurant (yes another margarita). When I got home the tracker was gone. I noticed it right away and called the restaurant and there it was. Just got it back tonight. Haven't got my 10,000 steps in today but that is ok. My goal is 5 days out of seven so am still streaking. Yesterday I walked 3 trails at Radnor Lake Park without any problem. It was a beautiful day... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:01:07 EST Up date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519609 Well it has been almost 2 weeks wearing my heart monitor. I get to send it back on Wednesday. I see the cardiologist Nov the 4th. Today I walked some steep hills without any unusual shortness of breath. That was a great feeling of accomplishment. I want the monitor to record anything outside the normal before I send it back so I intend to go back to Radnor Lake tomorrow and do some hiking. I hope that nothing happens. I would really be embarrassed to be carried off that hill again. Wish me ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:41:16 EST day one for the spark tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510191 Love the new tracker. Fits snugly on my shoe and don't have to worry about losing when going to the restroom. It appears to count my steps much more accurately. I am 5'1" tall and don't think my regular pedometer measured my distances correctly. Some people are worried that it doesn't track their exercises but I mostly walk for mine anyway. For all of you that commented on my last blog, thank you so much for your comments. I walked over 12,000 steps today without any problems. YEA!!!!!!! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:05:09 EST Cardiac Cath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509246 Well just got home from the hospital this afternoon. I had to be carried off one of my favorite hiking trails Monday afternoon. As I climbed the trail I became very short of breath. Tried resting but heartrate was still so fast that I could not count it. Decided to call for help from the rangers. When they got to me neither of them could count my pulse or get a blood pressure. They started me on oxygen while waiting for the rescue team to get there. From their I was taken to Vanderbilt ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 19:52:42 EST Starting again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501858 I guess that not giving up is better than worrying about how many times I restart. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 21:34:05 EST Day 12 of 30 days to fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366884 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l226939737.jpg">Wow I can't believe it has only been 12 days sense I started this program. When I started I was hungry all the time, had no energy,severely depressed about not being able to stay focused and eating healthy, but the harder I tried to follow the spark plan the more of a failure I felt. I had been within calorie range for 3 months and only lost 4lbs. I was exercising regularly but still eating to many sweets and high fat foods ... Fri, 24 May 2013 16:29:18 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361547 Today has been a strange day. Calories down but no hunger most of the day. Managed to get in my 30 minutes of walking late this afternoon. The wind was blowing and made for a nice walk. Still have my grandson as his mother is in the hospital so my routine is off. Really wanting something sweet. Not hungry just wanting something sweet so bad I can taste it. Oh well that's why I hit my spark page. I know that if I start I won't stop. Thank God for the Spark site. Helping me to get heal... Sun, 19 May 2013 21:38:55 EST Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360373 You ask for them and here they are. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1796461328.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l370824019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the real me. No bodysuit. I wear one every where , even exercising. <BR> Weight 178 <BR> Height 5' 1" Sat, 18 May 2013 16:32:38 EST Day 5 of 30 Days to Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359606 OMG I feel amazing. No more headaches, no nausea or reflux, and most of all no hunger. I can't believe how good I feel. Even my asthma is much better. I have not had an asthma attack sense I stopped eating bread. My cravings for sweets is almost gone. I have decreased the physical symptoms from my addiction to sugar and diet colas, now if I can learn to control the mental addiction I am on my way to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I want to thank everyone for the support I have received. ... Fri, 17 May 2013 18:53:06 EST Day 3 of 30 days to Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358006 Well have been on my program for 3 days and am doing good. Not easy but doing. Most of my problem is with my insulin reaction to cutting out the sugar. Until I get my low blood sugar back to normal I have severe headaches and the shakes. Over the worst of it now. My focus has been just to get used to eating smaller amounts, no processed foods, removing the gluten from my diet and no sugar. Next week I am hoping to add exercise back on a daily basis. Thought it best to wait on that till my ... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:10:38 EST