QUERIDAANA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=QUERIDAANA QUERIDAANA'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/ Soaking Flaxmeal in water = egg substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884692 I was looking for a muffin recipe today to use up my carrots. It calls for flaxseed soaked in water for 5 minutes as an egg replacement in carrot muffins. <BR> <BR> <link>minimalistbaker.com/one-bowl-carrot-<BR>apple-muffins-vegan-gf/ </link> <BR> <BR> Flaxseed faux egg <BR> <link>minimalistbaker.com/how-to-make-a-fl<BR>ax-egg/ </link> <BR> <BR> Dr. Fuhrman used chia seeds and no eggs in this recipe. It has less sugar, so I will go with it. <BR> <BR> <link>thechalkboardmag.com/dr... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:35:56 EST 25 cheap foods that are good for you--spark article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884519 I loved this article about cheap foods that are good for you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1210&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> But the prices are much higher in my area. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:08:59 EST Last day of the month--time for updates and analysis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884223 This month was very productive for me. <BR> <BR> 1. increased vegetables and fruits <BR> 2. was consistent in cooking healthful meals <BR> 3. exercised as much as I could <BR> 4. feasted daily at The Lord's Table <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:50:17 EST My computer likes the cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883950 I have found the learning curve for windows 8 rather steep. I much prefer my old dying laptop which has windows 7. <BR> <BR> however, it overheats and then does the dreaded blue screen dump crash--but not today. Today it is unbearably cold in my unheated back porch room. I wore 3 sweaters and a coat with gloves and 2 knit ski hats and wrapped a comforter (quilt) around my shoulders, while I worked on the computer while stationary biking to keep warm. <BR> <BR> This was perfect for the com... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:57:24 EST Eating every 4 hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883398 I have been eating every 4 hours for the last 2 days. I always get hungry after 3 hours. So for one hour 4 times per day I am practicing patience, practicing distracting my self, and I have been drinking tea and water to fill myself up. The most successful distractions were taking up the piano and knitting again. <BR> <BR> An unexpected bonus has been that I didn't feel like snacking late in the evening (a problem that I had been trying to overcome). Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:07:28 EST I had better luck with meal planning this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882170 This week I improved planning meals based on time, taste, season and coupons following the advice from this article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1485&page=2 </link> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:25:29 EST Has anyone tried this drink remedy for heart health? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881313 Unpasteurized Apple cider vinegar <BR> garlic juice <BR> ginger juice <BR> <BR> I read that it iis good for unblocking arteries. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:20:09 EST Too much sitting changes the metabolism for the worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880229 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=how_much_sitting_is_too_much </link> <BR> <BR> This article was eye-opening for me. I will walk for 5 minutes every hour tomorrow. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:28:39 EST Snow preparation the stores were full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880163 We went shopping to beat the snow storm. Seems like everyone had the same idea. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:24:36 EST Record cold temperatures this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879624 I have been enoying my fireplace and exercising to keep warm. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:39:11 EST Banana instead of table sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878969 I discovered that I cannot handle sugar, but I still like to sweeten my smoothies with a banana. I also like frozen banana "icecream" made in my power blender (Ninja Pro varible speed Ultima Blender. I like this brand because they replaced the pitcher (jar) free of charge when I accidently cracked it by leaving a spoon in the jar and then blending. Today I dropped the plastic juice collector part of my Braville juicer, "Juice fountain Multi-Speed", on the floor and it cracked. It was $19.99 ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:49:51 EST foods that lower ldl and decrease inslin resistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878441 <link>www.everydayhealth.com/health-report<BR>/managing-type-2-diabetes-every-day/fo<BR>ods-blood-sugar-control-pictures.aspx#<BR>/slide-1 </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't know vinegar can reduce insulin reistence. "... vinegar's effects on the body are similar to the effects of the commonly used diabetes drug metformin." Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:28:22 EST Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878213 My sides and back are huting because I over did it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1568 </link> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:24:50 EST One cereal has 0% sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877103 One cereal in the list at the link below has 0% sugar. <BR> <BR> Can you find it? <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/<BR>cereals-high-vitamin-b12.php </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:33:45 EST I made roasted potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876971 I made these today. Amazing! <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=456370 </link> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:13:19 EST Portobello burrito--shocked at how many calories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875966 Yesterday my sweetie and i celebrated Vakentine's by eating lunch out. I chose what I imagined to be a safe, healthy choice: a portobello burrito. <BR> <BR> When I came home to track my nutrition, I discovered that the burito had over 900 calories! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 01:40:44 EST Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875903 No chocolate. <BR> No candy. <BR> No cake. <BR> No regets! Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:53:33 EST It's getting better all the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875361 Went swimming today. Tracked all my food. Cooked lots of vegetables. No junk food. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:48:19 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874241 I am grateful for family, friends, and sparkpeople. I read a sparkpeople <BR> article that said gratitude has a way of rurning our mood and eventually <BR> lives around. <BR> <BR> What are you grareful for today? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:20:53 EST Today promises to be another nice day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743979 Good weather and time to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:33:45 EST Happy Sunday Sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742511 Have some fun today! You deserve it! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:56:56 EST It is nice to know there are others in the same boat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731456 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168139821.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople is a great place to read the stories of wonderful people. We are all working on our goals. It is great to have like minded friends! <BR> <BR> Boston Tea Party clipart courtesy of Phillip Martin at <BR> http://americanhistory.phillipmartin.inf<BR>o/americanhistory_bostontea.htm Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:00:29 EST Things I did right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l235768409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Corresponded with my accountability partner. <BR> 2. Read Sparkpeople articles. <BR> 3. Avoided processed food. <BR> 4. Worked on a hobby instead of snacking. <BR> 5. Relaxed and destressed. <BR> 6. Ate salad and fruit. <BR> 7. Drank electrolyte rich coconut water. <BR> 8. Found a new recipe. <BR> 9. Did gentle exercise. <BR> 10. Prayed with a grateful heart, counting my blessings. <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:32:16 EST Making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729945 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736881089.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I played freerice.com instead of snacking. <BR> <BR> I laid off the peanut butter this week. <BR> <BR> I used less butter and substituted guacamole on my sandwiches. <BR> <BR> I ate fruit instead of rich desserts. <BR> <BR> Small steps in the right direction. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:18:48 EST Top 10 Things to do for the 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727145 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852934669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Have a barbeque, <BR> <BR> 2. Go to a block party. <BR> <BR> 3. Have a swim party <BR> <BR> 4. Go on a picnic. <BR> <BR> 5. Watch a movie. <BR> <BR> 5. Boating. <BR> <BR> 6. Visit a national park . <BR> <BR> 7. Watch a parade. <BR> <BR> 8. Walk run a marathon. <BR> <BR> 9. Eat out in a restaurant. <BR> <BR> 10. Play a sport with friends. <BR> <BR> Summer is here. Be sure to wear sunblock and bring al... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:16:01 EST Countdown to the Fourth of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726526 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1518332317.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Independence Day is just around the corner, but it is never too early to plan a menu and devise a plan of attack for mindful eating when coping with the many delicious holiday delicacies. <BR> <BR> My go to snack will be berries. Can't go too wrong with this great tasting super food. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842529165.jpg"> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:10:25 EST 10 commandments for dieters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725358 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1823196046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Drink your water. <BR> <BR> 2. Watch portions <BR> <BR> 3. Use smaller plates <BR> <BR> 4. Exercise <BR> <BR> 5. Eat lots of veggies <BR> <BR> 6. Eat fruits. <BR> <BR> 7. Love yourself. <BR> <BR> 8. Make smart choices. <BR> <BR> 9. Avoid temptation. <BR> <BR> 10. Forgive trepasses. <BR> <BR> 11. Never give up! <BR> <BR> Clipart by Phillip Martin <link>states.phillipmartin.info/indiana/in<BR>diana_w... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:11:16 EST Letter from an accountability partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723856 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639871046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "We had the wrong idea about being free from overeating. It is not a 60 day fix or a one-time decision. It is a daily, hourly, moment by moment, battle. <BR> <BR> At any time we can choose to go back to the bad eating habits. <BR> <BR> In fact it doesn’t even seem like a choice, because it just sort of slips into ones pattern of living without a big conscious thought about it. <BR> <BR> You said that it a mara... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:44:17 EST Summary: First 9 Days of Restart (After a Long Break) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723842 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1933117961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I restarted my program 9 days ago. I tried out the formula for my endomorph bodytype, which is recommended by ISSA firness nutrition specialist course. The suggested breakdown for an endomorph whose goal is to lose body fat is 35% protein, 25% carbs, and 40% fat. <BR> <BR> It went well. Today I compared my food intake over the last 9 days to the macronutrient recommendations of Sparkpeople. My distributi... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:57:51 EST Day 6 accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723020 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1720668947.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Did you do anything spiritual to feel your soul? Listened to the audio Bible. <BR> <BR> 2. Did you exercise?Yes. 30 minutes on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> 3. Did you eat intentionally (mindfully, deliberately)? Yes. Using the sparkpeople tracker maked food planning a breeze. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:44:43 EST Today was a peanut butter day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721046 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2030102917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was online for hours reinstalling software instead of cooking or meal planning. So I ate peanutbutter instead of cooking. The picture above is my dinner one day this week. <BR> <BR> There are days like this. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be better. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 00:19:02 EST Some food weaknesses and solutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719549 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l486083149.jpg">> <BR> <BR> In the article, "9 Simple Tricks to Eat Less" the author challenged the reader to "Make a list of your food weaknesses and the places you encounter them. Come up with solutions to avoid those encounters..." <BR> <BR> My weaknesses <BR> 1. I tend to overeat carbs, then get hungry <BR> 2. I have trouble gaging correct portion sizes. <BR> 3. I have trouble planning meals. <BR> <BR> Solutions <BR> 1. Eat more ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:42:04 EST Adding more veggies--Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718819 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1517626653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Taking pictures of my meals helps me stay accountable. The camera does not lie. <BR> <BR> Tomatoes <BR> cream cheese on baguette, topped with flax seeds <BR> Broccoli <BR> Spinach and blackbean salad <BR> limes for my water. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 02:11:40 EST Scriptures to help me lose weight Day 1-- 60 DAY BATTLE PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718596 Day 1-- 60 DAY BATTLE PLAN <BR> Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. — 1 Corinthians 10:31 <BR> <BR> For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. — Isaiah 48:11 <BR> <BR> And the LORD said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.'... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:42:44 EST What are your goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330199 I revised my goals today. <BR> <BR> Daily goals <BR> 1. eat until comfortable, not 100% full. <BR> 2. Eat enough protein <BR> 3. get enough calcium <BR> 4. stay active <BR> 5. do spark coach <BR> 6. read the Bible <BR> <BR> Weekly goals <BR> 1. shop for healthy foods <BR> 2. pre-cook and chop foods to have ready all week long for easy meal planning <BR> 3. plan meals and exercise sessions for week <BR> 4. measure weight gain or loss, skinfolds, girths <BR> 5. blog at least once per week ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:22:53 EST Yes I CAN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328324 Today I read about triggers. <BR> <BR> No, it does not mean trigger foods (also known as red light foods) that may cause one to overeat. <BR> <BR> So, "What are triggers?" you might well ask. They are the things that spur you on to glory and victory. they motivate you and put you <BR> "in the zone." <BR> <BR> They can be music that pumps you up. Do you have a favorite workout song/playlist? <BR> <BR> They can be motivational phrases and Positive self-talk, that inspire you to greatness. ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:17:50 EST Three things I am proud of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319156 Wow, it has been a week since I blogged. Reason?I have been spending more time doing 3 things that are on my list of things I am proud of. <BR> <BR> 1. Reading the Bible: I aligned my goal to exercise more with my goal to read the Bible, so now I read the Bible while walking on the treadmill, listening to an audio recording of the Bible while I read it. <BR> <BR> 2. Listening to hunger signals and eating to 80% full. this habit is really challenging t me still, but smetimes I have aced it... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:41:17 EST Pep Talk for when things go wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310977 Today everything went wrong. <BR> <BR> Everything you tried to start when practicing consistency and good habits didn't work at first. There was a stumbling block for each planned activity. <BR> <BR> So, you worked around the problems. You told yourself start where you are , use what you've got, and do whatever you can to be a little better than before. <BR> <BR> No all or nothing thinking trap for you. You were great! You could not do x, so you substituted activity y. <BR> <BR> You... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 05:29:27 EST Made up some missed workouts today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307969 Last week my dentist forbid me to exercise. That caused my exercise compliance to go down to 60%. NOT GOOD! <BR> <BR> I am aiming for 90% compliance so that my program will show results. <BR> <BR> It will take a while to get all the exercise made up, but I noticed that a week off did not destroy my strength and agility gains. GOOD TO KNOW! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:35:59 EST What's for dinner tomorrow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305449 tomorrow night I will eat: <BR> <BR> - 3 oz. or more of salmon eaten slowly til 80% satiety <BR> - fresh green salad with tomatoes and onions <BR> - banana and walnuts for dessert <BR> <BR> If still hungry, I will make a spinach smoothie with coconut water, 95 g of frozen spinach , and a cup of frozen berries. Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:36:27 EST Feeling Great and doing the April Rise and Shine challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304307 I usually get up earlier than my husband. I was in the habit of reading my Spark Coach lesson before our morning walk. But when I saw the Rise and Shine April challenge advertized, I decided to walk on the tread mill early before my husband gets up. That way, I will have exercised a little before our morning walk together. And the exercise allows me to eat complex carbohydrates (such as grains) at breakfast. <BR> <BR> In my experiment of one, this week I am trying to follow the rule to only... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:10:40 EST Level 4 of spark coach--DONE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303096 Today I completed 90 days of Spark Coach. It is my graduation from the first program to the Motivation and consistency program. I am very excited because the new program will help me keep my program fresh by setting challenges for me to keep me on track. <BR> <BR> Spark Coach fits into my life style perfectly! Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:49:13 EST How do you keep your motivation high? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301659 Sometimes our motivation erodes. I want to build an arsenal of good tactics for revamping my motivation for those difficult times. <BR> <BR> What has worked for me so far: <BR> <BR> 1. Looking at before and after pictures of people at goal. If they did it, it is possible. <BR> <BR> 2. exercising and completing a difficult routine. Success builds on success and I feel so proud of myself for trying. <BR> <BR> 3. Losing inches, fat, building muscle, getting firmer, fitter. <BR> <BR> 4. sp... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 07:47:49 EST Recovering from dental surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299599 After a great week last week, where I gained muscle and lost fat, this week I am recovering from dental surgery, and the dentist forbade me to exercise. I am drinking liquids since I can't chew. <BR> <BR> After refraining from physical activity for 2 days, this morning I took a short walk, then took my pulse. It was 80 bpm (normal is 60-63 for me). So, I sat down and rested a few minutes until my pulse went down to 60. Then I waked just a little and it shot back up to 70. In addition, the ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:01:42 EST Making progress--I completed some of the goals from my 2011 bucket list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297901 <BR> <BR> We all have dreams we aspire to. These are the things I want to achieve in life. <BR> <BR> I wrote this list over a year ago. I am completing some of the goals on it. I completed a nutrition course with ISSA, I improved my Portuguese, and I learned to eat mindfully more often. <BR> <BR> 1. Be slim <BR> 2. Be healthy <BR> 3. Be in love <em>248</em> <BR> 4. Be successful <BR> 5. Have a job I love <BR> 6. Earn an MA in ESL (English as a second Language) <BR> 7. Learn Mat... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:41:37 EST Gained muscle lost fat this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297240 I changed up my eating. I ate more protein and more frequently. <BR> <BR> I increased my exercise to 887 minutes this week, most of it walking. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520611228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This lead to a decrease in body fat mass <BR> decrease in body fat percentage <BR> and increase in lean body mass. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:30:32 EST Two new ways you can mix up your program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294893 What are two new ways you can mix up your <BR> program, whether it's setting a new goal, trying a new food, or <BR> re-energizing your workouts? <BR> <BR> I will answer this for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. Do foam rolling with a ball instead of the foam roller. <BR> <BR> 2. Do my warm up while watching a movie in Portuguese to practice my listening skills and improve my vocabulary (and distract me from how hard the exercises are for me). <BR> <BR> 3. Read the Bible and listen to the radio whil... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:18:03 EST Offering a friend encouragement regarding her weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289519 A:HI friend! <BR> <BR> B: Hi! Good to hear from you! <BR> <BR> A:How is your program coming along? <BR> <BR> B: So, so. I am a bit discouraged and overwhelmed at times. <BR> <BR> A:How are you measuring success? <BR> <BR> B: I am weighing, taking my heart rate, temperature daily. On weekends I have my skinfolds and girths measured to calculate % body fat, lean muscle mass, and body fat mass, and take pictures to document my progress. <BR> <BR> A: That`s awesome! You are an amazing perso... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 07:15:19 EST How I will manage stress so it doesn`t affect my healthy life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288433 Spark coach said "... Not controlling stress can impact your weight, but it can also put you at greater risk for mental health issues including depression and even dementia. How can you take steps to control and reduce stress?" <BR> <BR> I would like to answer that here. <BR> <BR> I manage stress by taking walks--long walks in beautiful places. <BR> <BR> When I walk in a beautiful park, it fills my senses with beauty and fills my soul with peace and strength. The wonderful smells of trees ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 04:03:42 EST Watch the weight melt off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288425 Good morning all! <BR> <BR> Start wherever you are, <BR> Do whatever you can, <BR> with whatever you've got. <BR> <BR> Eat S-L-O-W-L-Y and mindfully, really paying attention to the food you are eating slowly. <BR> Eat until you are 80% full then stop. <BR> Ask yourself how hungry you are on a scale of 1-10, and don't eat if you are lower than a 7 (10 is ravenous). <BR> When eating, take a bite, put down your fork when chewing. Breathe in between bites. After each bite, check in on your hun... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 03:35:16 EST