RANJINI4's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RANJINI4 RANJINI4'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/ 20 Kilos Down-Where did that Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204825 How Time Flies?My Life is Flying past and now 9 mths have gone since the most important surgery since my knee replacement. <BR> This has meant a radical change in my lifestyle-I eat less and cannot eat more than a tablespoon of rice-with small grains.Need to eat more protein but here in India we eat more <BR> carbs-and I cannot tolerate much of this with fructose of sugar of any kind. <BR> Need to heal emotionally and physically. <BR> I do the sun salutation regularly otherwise movemnts as a... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:40:12 EST 6/9/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179434 Now my weight loss s/p the gastric sleeve surgery seems to have stabilised.I have to find if there are any teams for others like myself-must be as this surgery is for numerous medical issues as in my case.I know how it has helped though I do have so many restrictions. <BR> I have to work on a diet for my self which is leaning to vegetarian + fish or egg-must can't tolerate the latter as much any more.Must be choosy with nuts and grains, however.We will see. <BR> Plan to keep posting as often ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 04:32:33 EST s/p a Gastric Sleeve Operation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036024 Since my last blog,I had a few stops and starts-due to psoriatic arthriatiris but now am quite a few kilos less following a gastric sleeve resection. <BR> It limits my food but that is how it should be-wish I could have done it without surgery.Exercise alone just didn't suffice. <BR> How are all my friends. <BR> I get some news frome Rekha Kakkar and E.J.Heinrich. <BR> Have been busy with a cancer preventive course.Hence this delay.Also my dad has thyroid Cancer-on radio iodine treatment and ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:43:50 EST A New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930640 This is a new start and as i begin again ,I need accountability-hence I start my blogging again. <BR> You all have been so patient and followed me this year <BR> Its time for me to step up and heal and get healthy.So here goes! Tue, 19 May 2015 08:06:56 EST New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607703 Happy New Year everyone-I am starting my resolutions a little late I know but have been pretty busy-My Grandmother just passed away and we have had a lot of customs to go through.Last set will be on the 7th and 8th of February. <BR> So far-was doing good till about a month ago when stress set in,I got more depressed and i started stress eating again.Hence my return to SP.I have to be more faithfful in keeping to a schedule and keeping a journal and tracking food and exercise.Will be restartin... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:08:42 EST New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607702 Happy New Year everyone-I am starting my resolutions a little late I know but have been pretty busy-My Grandmother just passed away and we have had a lot of customs to go through.Last set will be on the 7th and 8th of February. <BR> So far-was doing good till about a month ago when stress set in,I got more depressed and i started stress eating again.Hence my return to SP.I have to be more faithfful in keeping to a schedule and keeping a journal and tracking food and exercise.Will be restartin... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:07:36 EST New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607700 Happy New Year everyone-I am starting my resolutions a little late I know but have been pretty busy-My Grandmother just passed away and we have had a lot of customs to go through.Last set will be on the 7th and 8th of February. <BR> So far-was doing good till about a month ago when stress set in,I got more depressed and i started stress eating again.Hence my return to SP.I have to be more faithfful in keeping to a schedule and keeping a journal and tracking food and exercise.Will be restartin... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:07:04 EST Looking for places! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349427 Am going to move to a town called Kochi about 2 1/2 hrs from here and tomorrow we are going to look for apartments.Am looking for a place with 3 bedrooms and water-scarce at this moment! <BR> We are going searching tomorrow.Luckily I have my aunt with me and that is such a blessing-she is more like a friend than an aunt so its going to be fun as well. <BR> still exercising.Will let you know of any changes-can feeel the change in my dresses-gettting looser.Have to check my weight now.Will... Wed, 8 May 2013 06:44:33 EST Walk and Bike,its too hot otherwise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338891 I never thought I would complain of heat but think of needing to change sweat soaked clothes thrice a day.however,trying to stop snacking in between-that is my next goal and keep on exercising.Must start strength training today afternoon if all goes well.Each day is so busy-which is good but I will be glad when my stress is less. <BR> My aunt is so sweet as is my husband but he isn't here so it isn't quite the same.my other minigoal is to lose 2-3 lilos before he arrive on May 18th!Wish me lu... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:12:15 EST new Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332524 I am back excercising seriously and stresssed out as usual.I decided to blog about how I am dealing with stress.i am guilty about stress eating but am going to make sure i try to curb it and work it off.My dog is with my brother and sister in law-who adore her,and I miss having her too walk with.Walking here is with my aunt and we walk to temples and walk around them.There are no walking paths in our part of town.however,I did get a stationary bike and am using it daily-have to get my afterno... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 05:55:31 EST 4/1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306847 doing better-restarted exercises on ball and with weights.also am walking -all of theses early in am and managing breakfast daily.only fruits and sometimes dark chocolate!So far so good.Hope all of you out there are doing well as well. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:32:53 EST rise and Shine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305918 Am going to be in the challenge for April.Will have to get on the exercise mat and ball.Am already walking! <BR> Meanwhile am glad to be back in action as a Sparker!Talk to everyone again soon! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 01:47:36 EST Settling Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147846 Having a lttle trouble getting this posted?! <BR> its been a week since since I reached here -still getting used to the climate and time change.Missing my family over there but enjoying time with my family here <BR> got to restart my exercises-getting a stationary ball and dumbells today.Will keep walking.There is a gym close by but have to go to work starting day after tomorrrow so its going to be tough!Walking I can do. <BR> How is the SP family ?Did everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving?N... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:19:00 EST Feeling Better About Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132997 On Saturday,a bunch of people gave me a send off party.I loved it.The was an impromptu appearance of an Accapello group -hope I spelt that right.I loved it and felt appreciated.Took lots of photos,and talked of all the old times.now I feel ready to go forward. <BR> Its funny when we need someone else to tell us that we are worth it but I needed it.Now I will go forward.have been feeling misused and miserable but now i can leave the past-the parts that hold me back and go to living ech day -in... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:25:48 EST Only One Day Left For The End Of the Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118138 Boy!Did October fly by-that means only 16 more days for me to go.I feel torn between my boys here and my family needs there.What to do?!one has to accept changes as a part of life. <BR> I saw that Most of our SP friends were spared great damage ,Thank God!The pictures on the News were awful!my prayers are with them. <BR> Still dragging over the packing but getting last things done -bank,etc tomorrow. <BR> More news later!Keep exercising -the weather has cooled somewhat for us here. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:23:40 EST Packing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115749 Today I have to sit and seriously decide what I have to pack and what I will give away-such a lot to do.most of the stuff in the house will go to my elders son's appartment as he only has own place. <BR> I have been here for so long and looking through things bring bittersweet memories at times,happier ones at other times. <BR> May we all keep making happy memories for as long as we can and continueto hold all the East Coast in my prayers! Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:39:11 EST FrankenStorm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114480 Today we are having nice winds and stormy weather-just got back from a short walk with Mais due to the weather!The wind is more than the rain! <BR> So inside the house i am going to make a red lentil curry called Sambar-which is on my recipe page. Also will try to do some yoga-after my kneee replacement,my limbs have been less flexible.So little steps,little steps! <BR> No more news for now.I am praying that all my SP friends on the NE coast of the US will only have this much of bad weather a... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 09:32:04 EST food Sensitivities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112178 I really think there is a lot of truth in saying that we are attracted to things we are allergic or sensitive to..Wheat and artificial sensitivites make my mouth tingle in a weird way.No hives or shortness of breath.And an overwhelming appetitie for these products.So I am going to try to avoid these.Being a vegetarian these days it is difficult but I can try! <BR> meanwhile still exercising and walking,walking,walking. <BR> Also working whenever I get a job!So life goes on!Keep on keeping on! Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:04:20 EST True Courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111487 today I saw a patient with Multiple Sclerosis -with only eye movements possible.her mom is a strong retired nurse who is the main caregiver and her courage is immense.She explained the code status to me and was upset but told me what the disease had done to her daughter.now I am caught between a brave patient in pain and a brave mother who cared so much for her daughter to let her dye if the occasion should arise.It made me so emotional thinking of that. <BR> I think we all should applaud s... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:36:47 EST Avocadoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108598 I am surely becoming a fan of avocadoes-they are rich in omega -3 FAs ,Potassium and makes you feel full. <BR> Also heres a salad you can try-Chop up 3 avocadoes,2 small cucumbers,2 tomatoes,alittle mint and parsley,radishes-small-a few cut into rounds, <BR> mix all with a little splash of low cal raspberry vinaigrette and add 3 small string chees sticks made of light mozarella cut into 1/4" pieces.Mix and chill before serving .Enjoy! Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:34:20 EST cooking in small portions!!Oh,la,la!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107262 I can never cook in small quantities-with a family of four-it was OK.now its only the two of us!Heavens-I need to reduce in more ways than one. <BR> I am using smaller pans and less veggies which tend to bulk up my stews.Using small sauce pans too is helping. <BR> Any one with similar problems? <BR> Also those edamame are addictive! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:22:42 EST Walking in the Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105847 I enjoy cool waether-so spring and fall are the best times for me to walk.Maisy and I walk the same route so far but we might change it somewhat next week.We will see. <BR> The only problems-is our squirrel population-so much of jumping around for my dog. <BR> Just talked to my mom-boosted my mom somewhat.Am waiting for my eldest boy to wake up -he sleeps late. <BR> My SP blogging also makes me happy-another way to keep me accountable.keep Blogging my friends. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:19:50 EST Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105185 I have stuck with my program faithfully sinve the beginning of this month despite the downs i have had.Exercise gives me a natural high and now would loveto go to a yoga class but so little time. <BR> For those of you who might not kknow-I am leaving for india on the nov 16th.I wil still be sparking through the marvel of the internet.Have to find out gym equipment there. <BR> Yoga might be easier there though. <BR> Diet is hard but my nutrition is healthier.I love wasabi green peas.They are a... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:41:33 EST my vegetarian journey-1/3 raw as well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103403 I have have doing mainly veggies for a long time but since this month I have been totally so and since 4days-1/3 raw.I wake up earlier and have more energy! <BR> I do have an afternoon siesta but just because I am in between jobs. <BR> I do work at Hospce and enjoy that -keeps me from being blue and i meet wonderful people! <BR> hope all of you are doing well and enjoying somewhat cooler weather.I hate to jinx myself but I believe I have lost 1 lb!Yay! <BR> Keep on keeping on guys!Temptations... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:35:48 EST Weekend problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097316 I think weekends are rough for all of us who are trying to mantain a healthy life style.I am going to try to eat healthy no matter what!Also to try to increase my walking-sort of scared to walk on the road but can walk in ur subdivison.Only problem is all the other dogs-some of whom are not friendly!Oh dear,!What can be done/!maybe add some crunches and ball push ups daily-as I have a ball downnstairs. <BR> Any ideas guys-remember I am a very shy person and that is a problem getting out!? <BR... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 08:45:34 EST Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096441 love is <BR> A beautiful smile when you are down <BR> A hug when you are lonely <BR> understanding at all times , <BR> The sun in the leaves <BR> The stars in the sky.... <BR> Love is... <BR> i thanks all my SP friends for their love! Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:00:57 EST gratitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095478 i have realised from reading quotes-inspiring ones-that we have to be grateful for everything!This is ,for example, one- <BR> i was sad <BR> For I had no shoes <BR> till I saw a man <BR> Who had no feet! <BR> Isn't that true? <BR> I am healthier than1 year ago,have a wonderful family and people who love and care for me!Thank you Sp for all the positivity you have brought in my life! Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:56:00 EST 1 step back but two steps forward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093684 I had so many friends from SP encourage mee yesterday that this is a thank you note to everybody.I am not giving up!Maybe I will do Hospice work alone for a time or will go to india and work there.Today started with a deep blue funk but will exercise later today!Am also getting a haircut-that will make me feel a little better! <BR> one of our friends has a husband with acute Leukemia so ,looking at the big picture,I don't have it that bad !God always has a plan and maybe he wanted me out of a... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 08:32:03 EST Laid Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092953 I have been thinking hard about today and I am so low that I think writing about it on this blog will keep me from eating my despair away.yes,Doctors can get fired too.no job security!Apparently my employer and myself had to part ways due to their ideas.I can never win everybody's hearts or make everyone happy.I worry about my patients but they hae been calling and asking me to start another practise-I do not know if I can do this again!Anyway still exxercising except yesterday evening.I was ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 16:42:12 EST STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080515 I know all of us have stress but ,in trying to do my job faithfully ,i have ended up with more stress.i hav laid it all in front o God and i firmly believe that this too will pass.However,it still makes me stress eat though I am working and exercisng. <BR> I am listening to music as i read -just anything to get my mind off this.i feel so helpless.Please pray for me guys-I need all the help I can get! Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:54:34 EST Pinterest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074614 very interesting site which is more addictive than facebook-lots of ideas as to gardening,cooking,motivation and exercises.Must see this everyone.You must all have seen this already-am always slow on finding things! <BR> So far-everything is going as planned=have not snacked unhealthily today-yeah!Now must strive to stick to my calorie range.Exercises going well! <BR> how is fall treating everyone-now its getting a little cooler and Maisy and I are enjoying our walks. <BR> Must stop now and r... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:43:40 EST A friend's demise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072555 I am so sad today- a 45 yr RN-a good fiend of mine has just passed away!i cannot believe it!She was trying to quit smoking.Heaven has gained an angel. <BR> Anyway this makes me all the more motivated to exercise-one does not know when the call comes.Let us each lve each day to the fullest. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 08:55:36 EST 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071800 I am taking part in the fall 5% challenge -hope i stick to the plan this time.I am not being wishy-washy but this is really important to me-Got to break this plateau .Also have to reduce my stress-no easy thing to do.I will try to blog daily and get motivated by reading all your pages.They mean a lot to me.God Bless fellow challengers-lets go! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:54:42 EST A Warm Fall Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060537 We got a few days of cool weather and I started to get used to it-we are getting warm again and the mosquitoes!!They are horrendous this season! <BR> my exercises are improving but my mind is going between my hospice certification,work and home.Come October-things should lighten up! <BR> my poor Maisy was very sick with Gasteroenteritis yesterday and we had to take her to the ER for fluids and shots.She is doing much better now. <BR> Well,maybe going upstate tomorrow to see my youngest !Long... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 15:24:07 EST Seesaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981868 my weight does this seesaw and i know why-my snacks-though healthy are too many calories-have to get back to tracking these pesky cals!My exercising is being kept up and i am going back to the gym tomorrow.Still walking too. <BR> How is everyone else?Hope you are enjoying the sunny summer days! <BR> my thoughts turn to Colorado and my prayers go to the family of all the victims who died that horrific day!That was simply a nightmare . <BR> Talk to all of you later-keep on keeping on!Each day ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:26:20 EST HOT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949213 Well we are in the 100's.I cannot believe it-bet we could cook eggs on the pavement!I am afraid to take Maisy out in the afternoon-gave her an early morning walk and several trips to the backyard! <BR> Keeping cool as much as possible,and drink,drink,drink! <BR> Meanwhile we are having fires in Colorado-my prayers are with those over there! <BR> Have joined a summer 5% loss challenge and have lost 0.5 lbs so far.Have also started tracking!Yeah!opens my eyes to what goes into my stomach.Hope ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:15:29 EST Stomach Bug! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919125 Hi guys-I am sorry for not posting last week.Am getting better from a stomach bug!Much better now,thank God!i thought it would never end!it even caused a slight pancreatitis! <BR> However,now am back resting ,walking Maisy who was so quiet near me while I was sick! <BR> The weather is hot and muggy.I saw some turtles in a pond near where we walk but nothing new to report! <BR> Better news next week! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 16:10:30 EST Memorial Day Weekend and the Spoletto-Piccolo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899131 Boy,is it HOT!We are still walking-Maisy and I -Right now we are sitting in the airconditioned house after a particularly hot walk!I watered the poor plants-the cosmos and roses seem to love the heat and the magnolias-Thank god for the trees and their shade! <BR> We have a very busy weekend downtown-and I try to avoid going down as the roads are crowded but it is fun to see the paintings and the peoplee having fun.After all the years here I have not been to the tea plantation,Middleton place... Sat, 26 May 2012 17:38:31 EST Back In Action! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890098 Am still here guys!I have been so busy that I have not been posting as usual.Am going to try again-at least once a week! <BR> Am walking and now that my training is over ,will go 3x to the gym,everything going on as it should.Am planning for 30 min cardio and the rest strength training. <BR> Have been walking nearly daily with Maisy-unless I get home too late!I have even started jogging but the rt knee is acting up when I do that.must be careful. <BR> have ot a nice little garden and have st... Sun, 20 May 2012 18:15:36 EST Rainy Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846741 I love the sun -can deal with heat but humidity and rain-can make me gloomy!i have been off the screen for the last two months and I have been so busy that I have been only been tracking the exercise but not the eating or the blogs-strangely in a sense of blueness if there was such a term! <BR> Anyway I have decided that there is a time and place for everything -the time is for me-i have to look after me and that means exercise and a proper diet.Back to basics for me.I am tracking the food wi... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 15:25:59 EST i wish..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764029 i wish there was an insurance for each and every one of us; <BR> i wish that back stabbing was a thing of the past; <BR> i wish that it were easier to do work without criticism; <BR> 1 wish..... <BR> Its been one of those days-I wish things were easier in this world of ours but i have given all my issues to God and i am confident he has a plan for me and my poor patients! <BR> Am still not giving up on exercise or lifestyle change no matter what! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:49:31 EST Walking and back to Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758364 Since Jan 11th,I have been walking and exercising with my trainer-even danced last Friday-a type of line dance incorporating lunges,squats,grapevine steps and walking!It has been fun!However,they have been busy days in a nice way! <BR> hence my slow blogging!to make things busier I have joined Weight watchers' on line! <BR> Sorry guys-promise to be better! <BR> Also I have officially joined the East Cooper Hospital and so some stressors are gone-others are appearing-a different kind as I hav... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:55:56 EST Back Home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727777 Hi there everybody!I am back after a lovely holiday and though my grandmother is getting older,i got to enjoy some time with her and the rest of my family.I also got to go house-boating and up in the hills to see spices and tea plantations.Amazing sights throughout-got to see spices like cinnamon and cardamom in the wild,eucalyptus trees,beautiful flowers everywhere!Got to learn how to upload these into this page so that you all could see them. <BR> Anyhow I am back on my diet and exercising-... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 20:06:52 EST Day5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689765 Did my regular biking.Yesterdays' exercises were eye-opening -you can do a lot without weights. <BR> meanwhile seem to have developed some sensitivity to the eggs-my stomach feels awful. <BR> The day went well and have been busy.i still have to get the portion size right if I am to get 4 meals a day!Drinking lots of water also. <BR> have not done any packing-my poor husband will need to supervise. <BR> Have got all the presents for the family there. <BR> Talk to all of you tomorrow! Wed, 18 Jan 2012 18:57:08 EST Day 4 of my program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682537 I have realized that I cannot totally give up fruits -made a green shake with blueberries,strawberries and collard greens and protein powder.I think that its better than eating chips,fries or even the protein bars,aren't they? <BR> Anyway did a lot of exercise(for me) to use up the calories.Got a new pair of New Balance shoes-so have to break them in! <BR> Now as the days draw closer for me to go to India-I am feeling worried about leaving half of my family here though it might do the good t... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:20:54 EST day3 of my program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680578 This is Day 3- I did eat nuts in the morning snack-won't be doing that again-too many oils even though they are good ones .I did some grocery shopping and got Ezekiel Bread and Ezekiel muffins in the frozen bread section-they are low in sodium.Also Hunts and Heinz hhave a no HFCS ,low sodium ketchup and there is also low sodium tuna in water. <BR> i am learning that we should eat several smallmeals-4 for ladies who want to lose weiht and tone up and do without salt,sugar and oil.I have to l... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 16:40:28 EST Day 2 of my diet,exerccise plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4675553 II have just begun a whole body reconditioning plaan-will let you know how it goes.It involves eating 4 meals-3 of which are 1 protein+1 carb from their list.no fuits for the first month.It is doable and involves a lot of cooking ,planning,tracking and ,of course ,exercising under supervision.I will do it for three months.I am a size 18/16 now and they promise if I am consistent that I will be a size 6/8-so I am being good. <BR> My problem is that my arthritis is flaring up and needs daaaily... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 08:28:38 EST Day 1 in the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4669603 Success for today-have eaten enough but within calorie count and i just spoke to a trainer!Things seem to be on the way p!Finally! <BR> Am excited about trip to India but worried about leaving half of my family here-I guess I am just a worrywart! <BR> Have also decided that i will read a chapter a day from the Course In Weight loss-so I will let you know how it goes.Am learning to tell myself no to eating too much. <BR> Talk to you later ,everyone!Have a wonderful night! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 19:34:30 EST 1 week into the new Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666631 A week of the new year is already over-its been busy yet that is good.i have joined a gym-hope to start tomorrow ona different exercise schedule so that it might shake this weight some.I have also started reading the Course in Weight Loss by Marianne Williamson.Another thing is i am going to blog and keep my gratitude journal daily. <BR> I am going to eat smaller portions-unfortunately will have to limit those cars that creep up on me. <BR> Am going to India week after next Saturday and have ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:02:44 EST 1/2/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651277 Wow! We all made it to the second day!It looks warm outside-hope it still is when I go for a walk in a couple of hours. <BR> its been a lovely holiday but now it is time to get back into the usual run of things in a better way,I hope! <BR> I have done my bike -got to walk and strength train.my Rx strength naprosyn has finished and I am left with oTC ones which will have to do while I exercise.i realize how important our limbs are to us -being virtually helpless for 2 weeks last year taught me... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:15:31 EST