POSSIBLEPEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POSSIBLEPEN POSSIBLEPEN'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/ Dangers of Sitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284913 I just read an article in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/<BR>sitting-at-work-why-its-dangerous-alte<BR>rnatives_n_1695618.html ) that talks about the dangers of sitting for long periods of time or having a sit down job... which I have. It is pretty scary. <BR> <BR> Today, I commit to getting up and away from my desk more frequently, engaging in more physical activity and doing desk exercises when possible. I want to encourage all of you that have to sit for m... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:15:30 EST Vitamins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240068 Nothing can change in your life until you make up your mind to change it. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up, drank 8 ounces of water, make a quick less than 300 calorie breakfast and gathered up my vitamins. I take fish oil, evening primrose, vitamins E, D and C and glucosamine hydrosulfate. I am not promoting these they just work for me in my fight to get rid of Diabetes and PCOS with menstrual problems. <BR> <BR> I am going to add a B Complex, chromium picolinate and a raspberry supple... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 10:50:57 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034292 I am starting this journey over. One day at a time... one pound at a time... doing it the right way. God be with me. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:24:39 EST Falling off the train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960279 I fell off the train. <BR> <BR> I slowly stopped exercise because of life events (getting busy at work, getting shingles, getting lazy...) and then my cheat days turned into everyday. <BR> <BR> Then... came all the guilt and shame. <BR> <BR> I am publicly announcing that I started at 255 pounds, lost down to 220 pounds and I now today weigh 239 pounds. <BR> <BR> I kept waiting on the right day to restart my program (the first of the month, the end of summer, when it stops being hot, etc.)... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 09:49:45 EST Sick and Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858779 I had a good workout on Saturday but I was feeling a little sick. By yesterday I was fully engulfed... its official... I have a cold. <BR> <BR> I feel so terrible but I am preparing for a challenge I set with myself for the month of May to lose 10 pounds and I refuse to turned back. <BR> <BR> What do you do when you are under the weather? Do you keep working out and eating clean or do you take a break? I really need help with this one. <BR> <BR> In the meantime... I am chugging water an... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:12:19 EST Moving in the WRONG direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843674 Two days ago I stepped on the scale and discovered that I had gained three pounds. I stepped off the scale horrified. Now normally, a three pound gain wouldn't scare me because at different times of the month my weight fluctuates...but this was three pounds ON TOP of my normal three pound differential... aarrghhh! <BR> <BR> There is no one to hold accountable for this but me. My husband and I went to dinner last Friday (something we hardly ever do) and I had a loaded baked potato. I cou... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:06:27 EST Tightening the Belt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794595 Ok, it's March 19, 2012, first quarter is almost over and Spring is upon us. No more excuses about cold weather. No more lines to get on the treadmills (most folks have given up the New Year's Resolutions by now...). No more heavy comfort foods. <BR> <BR> These are all things I have told myself over the past two weeks. <BR> <BR> I have started to clean eat. Rice, pasta and basically all things white are off the menu for me. I am drinking lemon water to flush and taking my supplements. ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:20:18 EST No Excuses, Keep Pushing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4747859 I did the craziest thing ever...I waited to start an exercise program in November...right before Thanksgiving, right before Christmas, right before my birthday. And, to top everything off, at the end of January my husband and I decided to reconcile after being apart for almost 4 years. <BR> <BR> What does that mean to my exercise program? <BR> <BR> Well, I had to learn how to say no to all the holiday foods (well most of them anyway) that I have grown to love (being from Lousiana) for year... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:03:52 EST Blocked, Not Stopped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726728 The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for me. My husband and I reconciled after being apart for more than 3 1/2 years. He is moving back in and bringing lots of stuff (he's a pack rat and technology guy with lots of wires and stuff, I am a book hound but like things sparce and neat). Then...to top everything off... I got sick for the first time in almost a year! <BR> <BR> I guess I don't have to tell you all that I got off both my eating and exercise plan. I have been going strong sin... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 09:35:47 EST New Year's Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686940 When I first started exercising in October of 2011 people were unkind and in some cases downright adversarial. I got funny looks, little jabs and barbs from friends and coworkers and my daughter was a little irritated that I was always talking about weight and nutrition and exercising at home. I really felt alone. <BR> <BR> After about a month or so people started to see the weight loss and took me a little more seriously but they still didn't cheer me on. Thank God I had learned to do ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:38:50 EST Weightloss and Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663801 My birthday was Tuesday. I am 41 years old and loving it! I feel healthier at 41 than I did at 31...probably because at 31 I was a confirmed couch potato! <BR> <BR> Every year on my birthday I call all my friends together and we meet at some restaurant here in Atlanta and have a great time talking, catching up, meeting new folks...all OVER FOOD! This year was different... <BR> <BR> I had a game night at my house and announced that there would be no cake and ice cream only healthy snacks... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 10:58:57 EST Weight Loss and Dating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636564 My husband and I have been separated for 3 years, 6 months and 23 days. Yes, I kept count. Not counting the separation, we would be married for 15 years this coming March. <BR> <BR> It has taken me to this year to finally accept that it is okay to still love my husband but to move on with my life in every way. Divorce is sometimes necessary. I struggled with that because of my religious beliefs. <BR> <BR> This summer I decided that I need to make some changes in my overall health an... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 21:44:24 EST 30 pds Down and Showing Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625417 I can not tell you how absolutely happy I am that I have, as of today, lost 30 pounds from my heaviest weight ever. I feel like I was stuck in a bad dream for the last 12 years and I have finally found my way out. <BR> <BR> I am like a little child with all the "first times" that I have been experiencing... <BR> <BR> I am wearing a belt again for the first time in 15 years. <BR> I can bend down and tie my shoes with huffing and puffing for the first time in whenever... <BR> I can actually ... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 12:12:54 EST Not Prepared For The Haters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618125 Ok, the word "haters" might be to strong, but I was totally unprepared for negative comments regarding my weight loss journey... <BR> <BR> Since I started Spark People I have been really, really excited about exercising and losing weight. I read about it constantly, I watch videos on youtube and try out new exercises and I have been research 5K runs to enter in the spring (I am definitely not ready now...LOL). <BR> <BR> I have found out some really amazing facts about how much sugar cert... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 18:19:50 EST Diminishing BMI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612057 In September of this year I was 255 pounds with a BMI of 41.2 and my waist to height ratio was .58. According to webmd...for my height, my BMI should be between 18.5 to 24.9 I should weigh between 120-150 pounds and and my ratio should be .50 or less. <BR> <BR> My goal is to weigh 135 pounds by the end of November 2012. I have been exercising and weighing in and watching my food intake on Spark People since the end of October and I have to say I have really seen some positive results. <BR>... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 16:34:24 EST Set to Lose 5 Pounds this Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602439 Thanksgiving is over, done with and way behind me. I did not completely stick to my plan. I had two dinner rolls and I ate mac and cheese and rice with my gumbo over the course of three days. I stayed away from the cakes and pies and sweet sodas and drinks though...hooray! <BR> <BR> As for fitness, I got up one morning and did my strength exercises on the floor of the hotel room (yuck) but in 3 days I got in NO cardio! Now its time to get refocused and back on track. <BR> <BR> I plan t... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 10:05:02 EST Know Thine Enemy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592135 Ok, so its clear after two weeks and weighing essentially the same that pasta, rice and bread are my sworn mortal enemies. I would also add dairy to the mix, although I think I will hang on to Greek Yogurt. <BR> <BR> When I avoid PBR I lose weight easily, I feel better and the workouts aren't as hard. As soon as I add even a little bit back to my diet I gain 2 pounds and I exercise my heart out only to maintain my current weight... I think my course of action is obvious. <BR> <BR> I am... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 08:14:24 EST Trouble Came And I Wanted To Run For Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4583246 I guess it's a testament to the bad habits that I developed over time, but last night I got home from visiting a friend to find that my whole downstairs was flooded and the first thing I wanted to do was eat something. I was shocked at that! I kept trying to figure out, "Why do I want food right now? This is crazy." I hadn't realized that over the years my "drug" of choice had become food. <BR> <BR> When I think back over the years, everytime I have gone through a difficult time I usually ... Mon, 14 Nov 2011 07:51:58 EST How did I overeat 350,000 calories worth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580844 As of today, I have 100 pounds even to lose. That is 350,000 calories. When I looked up how many calories were in a pound I found the information staggering. How in the world did I manage to eat 350,000 calories more than my body needed to survive? I thought about the last 10 years and how through every triumph and every struggle I rewarded and soothed myself with food. I denied my body and my taste buds nothing it wanted. Thank God those days are over. <BR> <BR> I am so glad to be tur... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:54:35 EST