REFFIE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=REFFIE1 REFFIE1'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/ Pigging Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783266 <link>www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1015212<BR>7180856467&set=vb.684216466&type=2&the<BR>ater </link> <BR> <BR> This is why we keep our cookies on the bottom shelf! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:09:53 EST New Regime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774570 Almost two weeks ago I bought a book by Travis Stork called the Doctors Diet. Now I hate the "d" word so I wished he titled it the Doctors Healthy Eating Plan or something like that. <BR> <BR> I have fantastic results. I lost 6 pounds in less than two weeks and I checked the calorie count and there is more than enough calories in it. It is just the type of calorie. Never before have I eaten so many vegetables or breakfast for that matter although my breakfast is a smoothie. The plan vascil... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:29:39 EST August 2014 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767313 I challenged my team the Peppy Party to try something new this month. I started to read the Doctors' Diet written by Travis Stork and just yesterday I did my first day on it! Well, it is after all still August, if just barely. Hey, I am slow but worth waiting for. <BR> <BR> I always say a change is as good as a rest and this new endeavor proves that! One new thing always seems to lead me to other new things: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: I ate breakfast for the first time in years - a smoothie! <... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:27:31 EST Sad Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751681 <BR> Well, although I had some exciting trips - Israel and Europe, there has been a lot of loss for me in the span of a few weeks. I am afraid it does come with aging these losses. As I get older, in my sixties, the things around me age as well. Does this fact help me except loss, well not really. It is always difficult. <BR> <BR> Just a week before our Europe vacation my husband's father became gravely ill and we stood by his bed side as he had his oxygen cut off and chose to pass away. H... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:46:50 EST La Blast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685771 <BR> Dancing with the Stars performer Louis van Amstel came to my fitness class to lead one of his La Blast classes. He developed this dance fitness program. I love doing Zumba and La Blast. Dancing is the one type of exercise that actually makes me feel joyous. <BR> <BR> Louis is really inspirational. With him, you don't think about the steps you are taking or the steps you don't know - you just feel the music and dance. By the end of the session, no matter what I looked like, I felt like ... Fri, 2 May 2014 12:41:20 EST Games I Play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679444 <BR> Just because something is healthy and relatively good for you doesn't mean you can eat a ton of it. I talked about nutrition with my trainer. At night I overate on nuts (a couple of cups) plus some granola (don't know the calorie count). My trainer figured that the nuts alone added 800 calories to my day and probably with the granola I was up to a day's worth of calories. I tell you I am the worst of the night snackers. Please someone hit me over the head with a rubber mallet at 4pm an... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:44:06 EST April challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668213 I put the Peppy Party's April challenge to the test last night. Remember we were going to ask ourselves "if" questions and respond with "then" plans. I used it spontaneously and it worked. I was serving a guest a cinnamon bun that smelt and looked irresistible to me. I walked away and sat down in another room and asked myself "if" I eat that cinnamon bun how will I feel afterwards. My "then" answer was regretful. I then made a healthy choice to eat alongside them. It works because I actually ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:03:05 EST Random Act of Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641334 <BR> The big city I live in has the reputation, well-earned. of not being all that friendly. The driving here is fast and furious. So, I wasn't all that surprised when some inconsiderate person who drove an oversized black truck thought that it would be cool to box me totally into my parking space. I just had been to a hard workout at the gym and my arms were too tired to mess around with my wheel. Also, I am not the greatest of parkers. I usually drive into very big spaces. <BR> <BR> Lo ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:47:42 EST Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640367 <BR> Okay guys, I will admit it for an over 60 year old gal sometimes I am a bit of a baby. Okay, so I was the baby of the family and my 95 year old mom is surprised when finding out I can actually do things er like making important phone calls and such. Sigh! <BR> <BR> Having admitting to this flaw. You won't be surprised when I tell you that it actually bothered me when one of my Zumba instructors would always pick out the most prettiest, most athletic dancer in our class to heap prais... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:36:52 EST Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626371 <BR> More news regarding my pushups with shoulder taps. My husband is tall and thin and pretty well eats what he wants. Whenever we go for walks he has to slow his pace because I have such short little legs compared to him. So I always lag behind most people when walking. Of course, as you may have already guessed I was always picked last for any sports teams. <BR> <BR> He was curious about my pushups with shoulder taps. I demonstrate them and then he proceeded to try. He got to 3 and was... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:35:03 EST Surprise Feeling of Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623239 <BR> Yesterday, I went bra shopping. Yep, most of you can probably identify with the terror of this matched only by bathing suit shopping. The mirrors were not kind to me. I was also not kind to myself. My sister gasped at the $500. price tag of a bathing suit to which I responded, "Well I am not putting a $500. swimsuit on a 5 buck body!" I have gained weight from my all-time low a couple of years ago, and I was feeling every pound and inch. Because I work out so much, I also had a bit of ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:36:32 EST Ways to Nurture Ourselves Without Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615881 <BR> The following list was adapted from "Some Body to Love" by Leslea Newman 1991 (Chicago). Prepared by the B.C. Eating Disorders Association. <BR> <BR> Ways to Nurture Ourselves Without Food <BR> <BR> Sing <BR> Go shopping <BR> Practice juggling <BR> Buy yourself flowers <BR> Curl up with a good book <BR> Go for a walk <BR> Take photos <BR> Colour in a colouring book <BR> Cry <BR> Browse in a book store <BR> Go "people watching" <BR> Kiss and hug your pets <BR> Go swimming <BR> Write... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 12:01:55 EST Pushing Buttons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611382 Although I know it is viewed as a cop out when we blame our parents for things we have wrong with ourselves today but I can honestly say my weight problems began with my mom. I was very slim as a child and she constantly pushed food on me until I was overweight. Then came years of pushing food or withdrawing it from me and putting me on diets. She herself, kept herself slim and I was never considered attractive by her because I was overweight. Example, my sister was slim so she kept her grad... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:05:20 EST Eggsactly Right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606153 <BR> Cool trick for all you foodies and egg lovers out there! <BR> <BR> <em>452</em> <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/iAp8pEaWB1Y </link> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:43:14 EST Touching Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605489 <BR> Every once in a while life will share its miracles with us. <BR> <BR> <link>delightmakers.com/news/wild-elephant<BR>s-gather-inexplicably-mourn-death-of-e<BR>lephant-whisperer/ </link> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:36:19 EST Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603659 <BR> After we had a big flood in our basement our files were carelessly put back in our cabinets in our basement by the restoration company. I am now sorting them out, at least my section of them. <BR> <BR> Going through the files is like travelling through old memories. I found some of my old Weight Watchers booklets where my weight was recorded over months. Interestingly, a pattern of loss and gain occurred in 1991 and 1998 that was identical to each other. I got down to about 158 pounds... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:41:30 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596337 <BR> Today is day one when I have kept on the healthy eating track. My new motivators are two upcoming trips I am taking. At the end of May I will be going to Israel for my niece's wedding and at the end of July taking a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with a side visit to Prague. I want to be able to have some latitude eating wise on my holidays and I don't want to have gained so much weight that I will have to be uber cautious when eating in all these fascinating places. <BR> <B... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:48:21 EST Shopping Downer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591312 My gym issued gift certificates for New Balance for personal training. I reached a deadline for using up the $150. credit so I went shopping yesterday. <BR> <BR> I bought a fleece hoody and really great exercise pants that fit like a glove and show my gym toned calves. However, even the extra large top was kind of clingy and showed all the fat rolls I sport near my waist. I decided to buy the outfit and forgo wearing it until summer. Hopefully, my tires will go down by then. <BR> <BR> M... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:45:12 EST New Year's wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585907 <BR> There is nothing like fuzzy little animals to send a message. Please enjoy and my best wishes to all my Sparkfriends! <link>www.clevelandwomen.com/house/ny-wish<BR>es.htm </link> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 17:00:35 EST Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578324 Sometimes it is very handy being married for a long time to the same person who knows you almost as well as you do yourself. For the last few days I have been indulging in sweets. It hasn't been a full-blown binge but the kind of thing that leads to more indulgences if you don't reign it in. So, having this long term partner helps me verbalize ideas and thoughts that are internal and that I am not too aware of. <BR> <BR> Today, we walked for 35 minutes to a restaurant for brunch. Now, social... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:57:28 EST Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574053 I just found out my last shift is on Jan. 7. This will end my adventures in working graveyard shifts. I am glad to go back into retirement. I asked the manager if I could get a positive reference. She said, "Of course, you were excellent!" <BR> <BR> The really touching thing is that all the co-workers who work there full-time want me to stay. They can't understand why I am not asking for continuing work. I did work in another life for 32 years straight. However, I am touched and pleased th... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:52:26 EST Jokes from Jolly Olde England http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571921 <BR> Here are some seasonal jokes from England and very punny they are! Enjoy! <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas<BR>/10523013/50-Best-Christmas-cracker-jo<BR>kes-ever.html </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 00:16:21 EST Holiday Wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571717 <BR> To all my Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> <link>www.elitecollege.ca/images/xmas-huan<BR>yehLei.pdf </link> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 15:58:21 EST Body on Pause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568243 <BR> <BR> Graveyard shift finally got me in my personal training class. I had so much pain that the instructor laid me down on a mat and rolled out my sore spots. That was a lot of rolling, I had a lot of sore spots! She told me to take a break that my body won't suffer from a few missed exercise classes. Great advice! <BR> <BR> She also told me to take a bath in Epsom salts with a few drops of lavender oil. I also put peppermint oil on my feet which hurt. I feel so much better. This is... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:30:47 EST Christmas Food Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564907 I feel so liberated! I just got back from a fabulous Christmas Farmers' Market with a ton of tempting goodies. I had one little bit of treat - some gingerbread caramels but apart from those I just bought healthy snacks for my future. I bought dried apples and fruit and sugary goodies for everyone else. I now can sample a caramel and not go wild and keep on going. It so freeing to know one bite no longer leads me to another. I am going without sweets today because sweet indulgences can be a s... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 14:00:10 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561563 <BR> I have to admit that I really enjoy watching people crawl back into the gym in January. Usually they have quit exercising, have thrown out all food programs and are repentant. It is not that I don't empathize because I have been there and done it too. But, alas, am I just a touch smug because I have stayed with my gym program all throughout the year come rain or sunshine and whether or not I have gained weight or lost it. Yeah me, I say! I am made of stronger stuff. Maybe some of you wi... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:42:17 EST Halloween Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529530 As a co-leader of the Peppy Party, I posted the challenge to try to avoid or at least limit the amount of treats and candy you consumed for Halloween. No, I wasn't perfect, I limited my consumption to 3 small fun sized treats probably the equivalent of one normal sized chocolate bar. Am I filled with remorse? Not at all! I enjoyed them but not like I used to where one bite led to another. They tasted too sweet and too artificial. What a relief that I can have a couple of bites and stop! I use... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 19:43:24 EST Maxine's Living Will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524774 Working Graveyard, I am starting to feel like death warmed over. Here is Maxine's take on life and death matters: <BR> <BR> <link>funnymail.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/m<BR>axines-living-will/ </link> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:58:01 EST A bewitching Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517114 OHH NOOO!! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1411093922.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are witches in my mailbox. <BR> What am I to do? <BR> I found them there this morning, <BR> doing things they shouldn't do!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1720778387.jpg"> <BR> How the witches got there, <BR> I haven't got a clue. <BR> <BR> But they won't be there much longer <BR> because I'm sending them to <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 15:35:25 EST temporary job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509297 <BR> Two years ago when I retired, I didn't know if I could handle not working so I applied for work in a bookstore. I had worked for 32 years as a librarian so I knew I could relate to the environment. I never heard about my application, it was one of those anonymous online things. Imagine my shock when they called me in for an interview. <BR> <BR> I am working on contract until Jan. 12, just for the Christmas season stocking shelves and doing inventory. Here is the rub. It turned out t... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:51:44 EST Offhanded gym exchange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492096 <BR> I was talking with a friend at the gym today and she made the offhanded comment, "Oh the gym has become your new religion!" I didn't know whether that was a joke or she thought I had some sort of gym addiction. <BR> <BR> I usually go to the gym about 5 times a week. Twice a week I am there for two hours because I do strength training followed by a cardio class or vice versa. For the first time I am enjoying exercise. It takes a lot of exercise for me to see any results. <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 17:18:41 EST September Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488128 <BR> The September challenge for the Peppy Party team was to go to the list of members and pick the person to the right of you and then support and cheer them on all month. This I dutifully did for my person but have not had any responses from them. This posed an interesting challenge for me or rather a question that extends beyond the challenge. <BR> <BR> In life, when you try to extend yourself to others, do good and bring happiness but don't seem to get a response, do you do it anyway?... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:36:08 EST Incentive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483884 My group personal trainer told us that as of Monday we are to set a 3 month personal goal. It can be more than one goal and of our own choice. Although I am 12 pounds up from my lowest weight I decided on losing 5 pounds. I am terribly addicted to sugar so I told my trainer I would like to cut that out too! She suggested I modify it to having sugar once a week. Anyhow, so that is my goal. I am going to try to stay off the scales and see what happens. <BR> <BR> In other news my Zumba instruct... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:41:49 EST Size doesn't Matter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480493 Boy, isn't the sizing of women's clothing just crazy! I am pretty sure it is driving me crazy. <BR> For example, I am a proverbial "apple" in shape. Big on top, small on the bottom. Bigger waist and smaller in the hip and thigh. Most pants are made for "pears" the most common of female shapes, bigger in the beam and smaller in the waist. <BR> <BR> So, given my shape trying on pants is like an Olympic sport. Try, try and try again! The other day, I couldn't get a size 14 on and then went on ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 11:19:41 EST New Year thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477673 Yesterday I went to synagogue and I found the Rabbi's speech very inspiring. For Jewish people this is the time of year where we reflect on the year that has passed, atone for our sins and try to do better. This guy did not dwell on all that we did wrong but emphasized the positive and how we can be our best selves. <BR> <BR> In school I took a course on the Sociology of Religion and so went to a number of churches to learn about the religion of other people. My best friend growing up was Ca... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 10:48:02 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475760 Surprised at this greeting! Well, tonight marks the start of the Jewish New Year which I celebrate! We usually partake of honey and apples or honey cake to symbolize a sweet year. No matter your religion, may I wish you "Shanah Tovah" for a sweet year. We all like a new beginning and what better time to start new, fresh and healthy than September. So, my Sparkfriends I wish you "Shanah Tovah" and good health! You are a blessing to me! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 13:26:06 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474031 My husband is going back to his job teaching special education in a new school so we thought we would relax in a nice quiet garden. <BR> <BR> Well, unbeknownst to me every Labour Day (our holiday in Canada today) the garden celebrates Scottish heritage. I am pretty sure Robbie Burns Day falls in January LOL. Anyhow, we all paraded about being led by a young lad on bagpipes. The parade ended in a garden full of heather where a garden volunteer told us all about this plant. <BR> <BR> I notice... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:45:52 EST Persevering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473609 I went to a spin class at my gym this morning after I did group personal training. Managed to snag the very last bike. Then after this class literally hordes of people (well, more than usual) came flooding through the doors to take the step class. The gym has been very sparsely populated in the summer because of course, some people are away. I do suspect many take the summer off. I do admit I enjoyed all the roominess that created. <BR> <BR> Now, summer break is ending and the proverbial swa... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 14:38:24 EST Garcinia Cambogia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464270 Has anyone tried the herbal supplement Garcinia Cambogia made from the tamarind root.?It is one of Dr. Oz's touted miracle items to help curb appetite and burn fat. Sigh, I find most of the things he talks about don't work for me. Also, I am worried because there is not much testing on the side effects of herbal medicines. My friend actually dropped 10 pounds using this. Any experiences to share? Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:24:55 EST Birthday tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458162 I turn 61 tomorrow. How can that possibly be? I am only 30 years old, so who is that old lady looking back at me in the mirror? I have had my ups and downs in weight this year struggled onward toward my 2nd Sparkversary in November but I have learned that you are never too old to grow. So, much of my thinking was established in my youth and to change a lifetime of bad habits and negative thought patterns means constant vigilance. I never dreamed it was so hard to change established behaviours... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:06:45 EST Gaining Empathy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455216 <BR> My trainer was complaining today about a woman who belongs to our Fitness Club who was just being so annoying yesterday. It seems she was one of the finalist in the club's contest as to how being a member had changed her life. She applied last year and didn't make the cut. She had lost 130 pounds and as a finalist was showing off her makeover she got as a prize. Usually curly headed she sported a sleek do. Apparently, she was bouncing around and ecstatic. <BR> <BR> I pointed out sever... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:26:39 EST Ms. Kit-Kat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454494 <BR> My mom comes over for Sunday dinner every week an always admires our clock which is black and looks like Felix the Cat. The tail and eyes are supposed to move together but just the tail moves now. <BR> <BR> I found one in her favourite colour of pink. They are testing it before shipping to make sure the tail and eyes move. My mom at 95 is kind of a kid again, so I can hardly wait to see her face when she gets this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l242983... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:31:11 EST People that Leave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451817 In the past, I probably quit and rejoined Weight Watchers at least a dozen or more times. I paid dearly for the privilege both in cost, weight and might I add a dented self-esteem. It is very hard for me to conquer certain weight plateaus. I believe my body has a memory of certain weight and it will take a lot of dedication to break the pattern. So, at times I have thrown in the towel. <BR> <BR> With Sparkpeople it has been different. First, there is the fact that there is something out ther... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:08:52 EST Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450816 <BR> I have been doing lousy. I gained 12 pounds and have not been able to get them off. I used to think some things were true that I now realize are false, well at least based on my experience. <BR> <BR> 1. Increased exercise will compensate for increased eating. So not true. Exercise is good for my insides - my heart, my lungs. It is good for mobility and some calorie burning. However, it will not take away fat only eating healthy with portion control does that. I know this because I exe... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:48:39 EST Having a Voice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442178 The first time I ever walked into my gym, I felt so intimidated. However, the girl at the reception desk gave me a wide grin and made me feel so welcome. That was only the first 5 seconds of my gym experience but oh, what a difference it made. To this day, Nickie the young lady at the desk always makes my day by taking a few moments to welcome me. This she does unfailingly for all. <BR> <BR> I have to say because so many gym members are young and thin, it is easy to be put off going there. I... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 11:01:04 EST Cheerleading! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441021 <BR> You know I am very proud of being a co-leader of the Peppy Party, where we cheer each other on! <em>321</em> I didn't start out being a fan of cheerleaders, I was more of a drama geek than anything. However, as I grow more mature I am treasuring the cheerleaders in my life more and more. <BR> <BR> When I started my journey over 40 pounds heavier, I had a trainer Sarah, that had awesome cheering skills. When I started I definitely needed cheering on but surprisingly, after I finis... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 12:09:12 EST Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435198 <BR> Well, I went to my favourite stores in the U.S. yesterday - Macy's, Kohl's and T.J. Maxx and was totally frustrated. I am between sizes because in spite of vigorous exercise I still sport a muffin top which makes Size 12 pants squeeze my middle and make it even more muffin like. On the other hand, if I go up to Size 14 they are way too big and loose on my ever dwindling tush and thighs. I exercise like mad and fear that eventually I will turn into Mrs. Potato Head with pencil thin arms... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:02:20 EST Stories I Tell Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431818 For years I went to Weight Watchers meetings and later used their online tool before finding Sparkpeople. I kept a few of my cards from WW and it was always the same pattern. I would get into the 160s, plateau in weight, go up and down in pounds, give up and gain it all back plus more. Based on this pattern I have been telling myself the same story for years now. That I simply cannot get below 160 and manage to stay there for any length of time. <BR> <BR> This month I set a goal for the Pepp... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:01:59 EST Salad Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420722 Call me naïve, no don't, it will hurt my feelings. Yesterday, thinking I was eating something healthy I went to Earl's restaurant and had something called the Sante Fe salad. This is a chain restaurant up in Canada. Now the salad included a lime dressing, taco chip shreds, Cajun chicken, black beans, corn and dates. I did not eat all the dressing or chicken (too spicy) and pulled off the taco bits but was I ever amazed when I put this salad into Spark and found it has 900 whopping calories. A... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:45:02 EST Walking Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416934 I came home from the gym yesterday in an unusual state - stressed! This lady was eavesdropping on a conservation I was having with another woman. She obviously was quite an angry person and went off in a tangent, prattling away and giving me her viewpoint. I won't go into the subject matter but my family had personal experience with the topic. She will never know this because every time I went to mention it she prattled over me. <BR> <BR> I did not want to listen to her nonsense but being a... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:10:36 EST