RSANDBERG's SparkPeople Blog RSANDBERG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Two Sides of the Coin Opportunity is a two sided coin I have recently come to realize. There is the take/grab/seize side of opportunity. This is the side where we move forward in whatever arena of life we apply this to. So, looking at nutrition and fitness as an opportunity we can seize the opportunity to make healthy choices or we can flip to the other side of the coin and ignore/postpone/give away the opportunity to be fit and healthy. Both sides of the coin are conscious, intentional decisions that I must m... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:32:31 EST Pizza 0, Becky 1 Well, I know that it is ok to eat all varieties of food as long as I track them and keep within my caloric budget. And living in Chicago, I have this thing for deep dish pizzas of all kinds, but especially "Lou's". So, I have "allowed" myself to always eat pizza! Now, that can lead to all kinds of other issues-shall we say. And as we were having Lou's pizza at home with family this week, I made up my mind ahead of time to make my own pizza while everyone else enjoyed their deep dish chee... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:40:37 EST "I can't believe he said that..." We had grandchildren spending the night with us this weekend and you never know where the conversations will take you with grandchildren. Always interesting. So at dinner we were discussing our favorite foods. Our grandson, age 7, told us what his favorite foods were and then his younger sister, age 6 said that her two favorite foods were bread and ice-cream. I know this to be true! Then, I asked, do you know what my favorite food is? They guessed, but could not come up with the answer ... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:09:53 EST The Girl Who Likes to Bake Baking is something that I enjoy. I enjoy every aspect of the process-planning, looking at recipes, deciding who it is for and all of the licks and tastes that go along with it. Baking is one of the things that has changed dramatically for me since beginning this healthy journey. I do not bake very often now, because I am finally convinced that baking is actually more for me than anyone else and I ALWAYS eat way too much of what I bake. Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with eating bak... Fri, 24 May 2013 16:00:04 EST Lost and Found 12 weeks ago I had reconstructive foot/ankle/heel surgery and it is a happy thing to be 12 weeks on this side of things. I definitely have gained weight during this time, but I was already in a "lost" place before surgery. Surgery just gave me an excuse to make more dismal choices to become ever more lost on this journey of mine. In fact, it has been close to a year since I got to that 50 pound weight loss and now I have put over half of it back on. Wow, that is a lot to say out loud and ... Wed, 15 May 2013 17:00:20 EST The Truth Lots of time on my hands (and my behind!) gives me time for introspection. My good friend asked me last night: If I promise you that you will lose weight and achieve your goals if your track your food, do you believe me? Well, isn't that the million dollar question? Do I believe this? Of course, I do. She is right-this is the truth, isn't it? And truth is the plumb line for life. Thank you dear friend for your care and insight and for always being truthful with me. <BR> One and a h... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:55:32 EST Grab it! Getting around on crutches, 7 weeks post surgery and I am so ready to get on with things. There is only so much that is within my control and much of the physical aspects of my life are dictated by recovery. So, basically that means, I can control what I eat and I can use my hand weights often during the day. Before surgery, I bought two sets of weights-6 pounds and 8 pounds with the plan to use these multiple times a day during recovery. They are placed conveniently by my "brown chair", ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 11:33:14 EST My Happy Smoothie As I am sitting here, checking out Spark People, talking to friends, I am enjoying my Happy Smoothie and thought that I should share some of this happiness with my friends. I drink one of these most summer mornings (too cold for our winters!). So, you need a decent blender-add 1/2 c. frozen blueberries, 1/2 c. or so frozen strawberries, 1/2 frozen banana, artificial sweetener (I know what you are thinking) to taste and approximately 10-12 oz of water (depending how thick or thin you like y... Thu, 31 May 2012 09:24:07 EST This girl is a changing! Went to an outdoor mall today and parked on the bottom parking level. Went to the elevator as I was headed to the top floor and the stairs were right across from the elevator. Really without thinking, I ran up the flights of stairs until they ran out, then I was forced to take the escalator the rest of the way. So fun, really not a big decision, but before I would have thought, "Oh, no, I'm not doing the stairs, I would sweat too much and the elevator is just a lot easier." Ran the stairs... Tue, 15 May 2012 22:04:33 EST The Mystique of Compounded Living We all know about the financial incentives of compounded interest, don't we? Good investment move, right? Well, have you ever thought about how this applies to our healthy living and healthy eating. The principle (no pun intended) is the same. The initial investment that you make financially, keeps growing, as it gets reinvested with interest each day. And yes it might be obvious to you, it wasn't to me until recently-the investments that I make in healthy living today are also compounde... Tue, 8 May 2012 15:01:57 EST Scrambled ...and I don't mean eggs Have been pretty quiet on SP for almost 5 months now and it is because all I have done is bounce around on the scale and bounce around trying to make something happen without following the game plan. And guess what? It's not working. I feel pressure to succeed, but I am not succeeding. I am disappointed in myself to say the least. My husband says it is very simple: "Calories in, calories out", "you are making this hard", "you know how to do it", "you know what's right, now just do it" ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:52:35 EST Rainy Inspiration One of the joys in belonging to my gym are the other athletes that work out there, too. Biggest Loser at home winner from several seasons ago, Jerry Hayes and his lovely wife Estella work out at our gym. Jerry and Estella are encouraging and inspiring people to be around. After several years of losing all the weight, they are both still diligent in staying healthy and they both put time and effort into the process. They love to inspire by telling their story. It is one thing to watch the ... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 07:38:31 EST Popcorn Amazement! OK, Spark Friends-here is some life changing, mood altering, death defying , thrills and chills information......... <BR> OK, here's the skinny-Ha,Ha! 2 T. popcorn kernels in a brown paper lunch bag, folded down twice at the top and in the microwave on the popcorn setting. Yummy popcorn, that needed a little salt (sorry). 1/4 c. plain kernels=120 calories. I believe 2T is 1/2 that size, so 60 calories and only 5mg sodium (before the salt grinder). <BR> Yum and fun and inexpensive. I bou... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:32:42 EST Remember, Reset, Renew It is time to have a talk with myself and remember exactly why I began this journey and what helped me reach this point of success. My journey really began from a deep place of sadness and hopelessness. Because this area of being overweight colors every other area of my life, it was hard to find true joy and happiness. Yes, I would have said that I was happy in my life-I am happy because I love Jesus, because I have a great family and amazing people in my life. But, the truth of the matt... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:56:25 EST A month to remember... On December 8, 2011, I received a text from my son in law, telling me that my daughter had broken her leg and to please pray. The diagnosis was a broken tibia and fibula-a torque break and surgery would be needed to insert a metal rod. I flew to MD that day and we have been together for 4 weeks. My daughter and her husband have 4 children under the age of 6. Four of their family members eat (4 different) special medically designated diets and the 16 month sweetheart isn't walking, yet. A... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 16:18:18 EST What's in your purse? In my nice, little inside pocket, I have a cutie (tangerine), string cheese and a hard boiled egg! <BR> What are you packing? Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:00:20 EST I am thankful... So, sometime in August, my very fit and trim and active 30 year old daughter, Elizabeth posed a question to me. She said, Mom, would you like to work out at the college track with me early in the morning and we could do some “explosive moves.” Well, I was not sure what explosive movements meant exactly, but I could conjure up some images that just did not sit well with me. In the past, when Elizabeth has asked me to do something, I just say OK and then do not follow through or I just say N... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 08:45:01 EST Movin' towards... We are always moving towards something, aren't we? By our actions, we choose to move towards health and fitness or by our actions, we choose to move towards poor health and inactivity. By our actions of what we put in our mouth, we choose to move towards a healthy weight, or by our actions of what we put in our mouth, we move towards an unhealthy weight. <BR> There is no idling in life, there is no neutral gear----we either move towards our healthy goal by our choices or we move towards a... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 15:08:05 EST I won the I-Pad!!!! <img src=""> <BR> Coach Nicole came to a Best Buy near me today! It was very exciting to meet her in person, have a photo taken, with her and sweet friend, Jess and to receive Coach Nicole's new 28 day Boot Camp DVD. I must say it was just fun to be around a real famous Spark Star in person! We left before the final drawing for the I-pad, and I told Jess, that if I won, she could have it. My husband asked me if I wanted to go back fo... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 18:13:16 EST does a body good!! Have you tried some encouragement lately? It does a body good! It also does our heart, mind, and emotions good. Encouragement is a gift that we can give others and it is also a gift that we can give ourself. How do we give that gift to others? <BR> Spark People has a great system in place where we can cheer each other on in this journey. We can offer kind words, we can send spark goodies, and we can elevate all the hard work that someone is giving to this effort. It is noticing the thing... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:24:48 EST Marshmallow Delight Was looking for something in the pantry the other day and I saw a large bag of white, soft, squishy, sweet opened marshmallows. Am not sure how long they have been in there, but I did give those little fellas a squeeze to make sure they were still soft. And even through a zip loc bag and the marshamallow bag, those little perky things just bounced right back from my squeezer. And then, do you know what I did next? <BR> I took the whole thing and tossed it in the garbage. <BR> Why do you... Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:02:04 EST Out on a Limb It takes courage to go out on a limb no matter what the reason is that takes you there. It is a conscious choice that only you can make. It is a decision that comes from within. And I am celebrating because I am out on a limb with choosing to eat wisely and to quit hiding behind a myriad of excuses. So what does eating wisely look like to me? In a nutshell, it is weighing, measuring, recording food, without lying to myself. It is recalling a food that I forgot to record and going back... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 14:36:12 EST Thank you! Just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all of you who take the time to write blogs. They are encouraging and inspiring! They are reminders of what I am looking for when I lose my way. Thank you for showing photos and for being real about this journey. Thank you for revealing your food trackers. Funny thing about those is that a look at someone else's food choices can be so insightful. Thank you for taking the time to document your exercise successes and struggles. Thank you ... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:32:14 EST June Gloom-No More! June Gloom seems to be something that affects the California beach areas. Once when visiting a friend in beautiful Santa Barbara, she explained this phenomenon to me. And it seems like I have been in a May and June gloom cycle of my own. <BR> Ah, no more! I am throwing aside everything that is clouding my view and obstructing my vision. I have things to accomplish and can only do that when I can see things clearly. So, a reiteration of my daily goals: a complete and accurate-food trac... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 10:21:27 EST NVR KWT This was the vanity plate on the car in front of me at a red light yesterday. How perfect is that! I love it. What a great battle cry for all of us. <BR> NVR KWT! Fri, 20 May 2011 11:16:03 EST If the UPS man notices... Was in Macy's yesterday, doing an exchange and along comes "our" UPS man from work. He has been serving us for at least 15 years. We exchanged pleasantries and as he was leaving, he said: "Wow, you look like you have lost weight!" I assured him that I am losing. So, I always say, if the UPS man notices a change, it must be true. Tue, 10 May 2011 10:42:14 EST Never give up! This journey began January 2011 and once again, I began in a tenative," hope I can, but probably can't" attitude. There was a little difference this time in joining a healthy people group at my work-out place and joining spark people. Both of these new elements have added up to a successful 4+ months. <BR> I am working out more, using new equipment and absolutely enjoying the work outs. Excuses for eating the wrong foods have been replaced with a conscious, mind-ful choice of an alternat... Mon, 9 May 2011 09:21:38 EST We can do this! Getting healthy and making good food choices is a slice of our life, isn't it? It is not the sum of life. However, these choices seem to impact every other area of our life, don't they? Well, they sure do for me. <BR> This week has been a week of struggle for me and at times poor food choices. I am loving the exercise aspect of life and going from a stationery bike only girl to a 50 minutes on the eliptical (this morning) girl, makes me happy! So, yesterday, I recorded all of my food-... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 09:44:56 EST A New Way of Thinking We just returned from a trip overseas to visit children and a new granddaughter. It was a sweet time of being together. The reason for the trip was obvious; to be with our family and to love and encourage them. Well, it is also obvious that you cannot go on a trip without food being a part of every day life. We had some pretty long airplane flights and lots of airplane food, airport lounge food, hotel food and "home" food. There were extremes in the food-from fancy international delight... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 20:43:53 EST The Day After... It is the morning after our 6 week challenge and guess where I was this morning. I kept our usual early morning routine and went and worked out. And I am so happy to get up and go to the gym. No kidding. Only this time, my routine is a little different. When I first began this journey, all I did for cardio was to sit and pedal my little heart out on the stationery bike. One of the fitness team members suggested that I change things up a little (have I heard that before?) and so with the... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:23:35 EST Super Success Yesterday was the Super Bowl, one of our nation's eating holidays, right? Well, on Friday, I made a "pinky promise" with 2 of my friends in our work out session that we would all make healthy eating choices for the super bowl. We had 3 families over to watch the game. I am happy to report that I enjoyed fresh blueberries, sweet strawberries, and tons of yummy veggies with hummus. What a great feeling to be in control and not be swept along in mindless eating. Hooray for the healthy team! Mon, 7 Feb 2011 08:56:29 EST Food is Not my Friend! These last 4 days have been an emotional battle for me that have taken me back to my old faithful friend, food! It has been a discouraging few days that began with a maintained weight from last week, instead of a loss. I chose to tank with that and have tried to buoy myself with food. Of course, that only makes me more inward and more discouraged. Fewer workouts, unrecorded high calorie food choices, discouragement and withdrawl. If you are like me, you know the drill. After a light din... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:53:43 EST Travelin' Went down to Florida for 4 days with friends and was pretty concerned about the eating part of being away. My usual response to going somewhere is: Does the party begin before I leave the house or once I get to the airport? No kidding! This time I traveled with 2 sliced apples in my purse and a turkey sandwich! That was a huge difference for me and I really worked on healthy choices the entire time that I was gone. We went out to eat most evenings and over all, I was able to make healt... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:16:14 EST Baby Steps! Phew! This is the first blog entry of my life. Don't have much to say, except I did it and I am enjoying the beginning of this life journey. Group training is fun, nutrition classes with Jess are fun, and the way I am feeling is fun. Notice a theme, here? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:37:41 EST