RUBYSNANA's SparkPeople Blog RUBYSNANA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Boundaries - Day 4 - <BR> <BR> "Picture your diet program as a road or as a path. You can define the boundaries of your diet based on the number of calories, points, or other factors you choose to follow. As you walk on the road each day, your goal is to stay between the sides of the road. Unlike strict or rigid diet plans, boundaries stay flexible. They provide guidelines, but at the same time they allow for common sense and good judgement." Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> <BR> When we are able to sti... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:55:32 EST Committed Means Do It Anyway. Day 3 - <BR> <BR> "To improve your commitment, learn to focus on actions, not your feelings. <BR> Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> These are words of wisdom from the book "100 Days of Weight Loss". With these words we are reminded that just because we want to do something doesn't mean we should do it. Do I want apple pie for dessert. Absolutely. Should I have apple pie for dessert? N... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:01:07 EST Day 2 - Interested or Committed Day 2 - <BR> <BR> "The 100 Days of Weight Loss Challenge" ask us to consider the difference between interested and committed. <BR> <BR> According to Linda Spangle " When you're just interested in dieting, you depend on seeing results to keep you on target. So as long as the scale keeps moving, you stay motivated." The problem with interest is that when you stop seeing results you give up and go back to your pre diet eating habits. I think that this is something we can all relate to. <B... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:13:03 EST Day 1 - And so it begins - Day 1 - <BR> <BR> My 100 days of weight loss challenge is based on a book by Linda Spangle and is designed to be used by with any diet plan. It is a book of daily motivations and exercises to help you along your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Todays lesson was about changing your way of thinking. This statement from todays lesson really resonated with me: <BR> <BR> "Your past does not determine your future. In fact, your previous failures have absolutely no effect on your ability t... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:34:58 EST Starting a new 100 day challenge - Getting ready - <BR> <BR> Diet Sparkpeople- stay under 1500 calories, but aim to be in the 1300's. <BR> <BR> Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days a week, but aim for at least 50 minutes 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> Create a vision for the future - <BR> <BR> 1. I will have more energy. <BR> 2. I will be healthier because my cholesterol number will be better and my blood pressure <BR> will stay in a healthy range. <BR> 3. I will have less knee pain and b... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:07:41 EST Big snow coming or…….. Big snow coming, or - maybe not. <em>24</em> All week long the news has been calling for us to get a large snow fall <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> . Like a school kid, I was getting really excited - dreaming of big white flakes falling to the ground and the wonderful silence that comes with those flakes. I was making plans for homemade soup, binge watching on Netflix, quilting time, and snuggling in my blanket with a good book. I was sure that I would be snowed in f... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 08:48:28 EST Our third challenge and progress. We are in the third week of the 5% challenge and I have had some wins and a couple of disappointments. Week one went very smoothly and I had good results which was very energizing and left me excited for week two. That being said, week two was a bit of a disappointment. I did everything I was suppose to do from exercise, to water, to tracking, and I only lost a few ounces. Hmm - what was I doing wrong? What needed to be tweaked or changed? After some thought I decided to make a few smal... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:31:57 EST Day 4 of 5% Challenge…... Day 4 of the Winter 5% Challenge and - <BR> <BR> I feel I am right on track, drinking my water and doing my exercise. <em>274</em> <em>217</em> I have not made big changes in my food intake because I had made changes recently that seem to be working for now - I have removed red meat from my diet except on very rare occasions. I am eating fish three times a week and white meat chicken and /or turkey the other days. I am not using any added salt or sugar. I am eating more whole grain... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 09:37:41 EST New Beginnings…... Yesterday was the first day of the 2016 Winter 5% Challenge, and I was excited to get back on track. I got up early, ate a healthy breakfast, and immediately headed to the family room to get in my exercise by riding on my stationary bike. I hope to keep up this pattern of doing my exercise early before life gets in the way, and I put it off until it doesn't get done at all. Also, today after my bike riding, I will do some upper body weight work to balance my exercise program. <em>217</e... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 09:20:35 EST 5% Spring Challenge - a fun way to get it done! Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Spring 5% Challenge Teams. Members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise and healthy lifestyle habits. The Challenges are planned around travel; as we "travel to exotic locations around the world, we earn "air miles" through exercise, tracking, etc.. Team members give support and encouragement., and the 5% weight l... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:42:11 EST I usually loathe shopping……. Today I found my happy place doing something I usually dread…..and it happened during a rare trip to the mall. I HATE to shop, and can never find anything that fits me right, but I headed off to buy a few new things for myself because I was starting to look a little seedy. I tried on a pair of jeans I found that I now wear a size smaller than I thought. That gave me the confidence to look at some tops, and before I knew it, I purchased the jeans and four tops that all fit perfect and that I... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:40:33 EST Today's happiness is worth remembering….. Today I met two ladies on the bike trail, riding their bikes loaded down with sleeping bags, tents, clothing, etc.. While I was feeling good about riding ten miles in this heat, they were on their way home from a five day bike trip, AND - they were not young. Perhaps not my age, but at least in their fifties. We chatted for a while and one lady told me how twenty years ago she biked through Cambodia on the same folding bike she was riding today. This winter she will be going to Thailand for f... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:22:12 EST Haven't done a blog in a while…... When I blogged last I was having problems with body aches that would sometimes leave me sitting in a chair, or on the bed, all day. It didn't happen everyday but it was happening often enough to send me to the doctor. Three visits later, and several visit to get my blood drawn, we are still not positive what the problem is, but we did discover that I have very low levels of B-12 and very low levels of Vitamin D. We are still testing to find out why my levels are so low ( can my body absorb... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:28:43 EST Tomorrow is our last weigh-in….. Tomorrow is our last weigh-in for our Spring Challenge 2014, and have I lost weight….yup! <em>30</em> - but, not my 5% <em>39</em> . I am okay with that because I have really tried hard to get the weight off and I will keep trying. It is going down, not up - so I think if I continue on eventually I will see the results that I want. <BR> <BR> The Spring Challenge hasn't just been about weight loss… has encouraged me to up my exercise program <em>248</em> track my food <em>248</... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:09:39 EST Today my body is…….. Today my body is telling me something I don'y want to hear, and I am getting the message loud and clear. I have been riding my bike <em>332</em> almost everyday for the last week or so, and most days I ride between 8 and 10 miles and sometimes a little more. I have loved even minute of it, but today I realized that my entire body was tired and achey and there was no way I was going to be able to ride. I didn't even want to drag myself out of bed this morning <em>102</em> . I was very ... Thu, 29 May 2014 18:15:10 EST I love quotes that make me think…... Anyone who has read my spark page will see that I love quotes. Today Maya Angelou author, poet and civil rights activist died at 86. Years ago I took one of my daughters to hear her speak and we, along with the entire audience, were very moved by her words, wisdom, and sense of humanity. I want to honor her today by including some of her quotes in my blog. <BR> <BR> 1. "I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory. <BR> <BR> 2. "I've learned that people will... Wed, 28 May 2014 19:13:21 EST Blog challenge - Day 4……. It has been another great day here with warm weather and lots of sunshine <em>67</em> . I really wanted to take advantage of today because tomorrow is suppose to bring <em>27</em> rain and lots of it then we will have a few cooler days. Even rain has an upside…..I won't need to water the plants which is always a good thing. <BR> <BR> Keeping the 5% challenge in mind…….one of my favorite topics on the challenge page and on my team page is where we list three things we are thankful for ... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:29:04 EST Day 3 of blogging challenge……. Today has been a great day. <BR> <BR> I joined the Summer 5% Challenge Team and completed the" introduce yourself" topic. I also passed on the link to a spark friend who would like to join. <em>304</em> to my more experienced Spring team members who sent me the correct link. While I was reading over some of the introductions on the Summer challenge I was amazed to see how many challenges some members have completed. Kaliswalker has done 20 challenges. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> For m... Mon, 26 May 2014 19:50:22 EST Day 2 of my goal to blog daily……. First let me say that I appreciate all the comments and support I received for my blog yesterday. <em>304</em> That is one of the best things about belonging to the 5% Spring Challenge and the Casual Travelers Team. <em>256</em> The support and advice is there when you need it. You know you are not doing this alone. <em>220</em> This has been my first challenge and it is one of the best things I have done on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Today I tried to tell a Spark friend how to join ... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:02:57 EST I always seem to put off blogging…... When push comes to shove, I always seem to "shove" blogging off the "to do" list. I think I feel intimidated, and find it hard to decide where to start but I will try to be more diligent. <BR> <BR> Today I will start by saying that I am really enjoying the Spring 5% Challenge and that I am already looking forward to the Summer challenge coming up. This challenge is so well done…..the leadership is great, the travel premise works great for me, and I look forward each week to reading about ou... Sat, 24 May 2014 19:35:28 EST a couple of bumps in the road……. I am struggling lately with a couple of problems…….. <BR> <BR> First, I am experiencing some body aches and pains, and have been for quite a while. The worst are in my neck, shoulders, and arms, but they do not seem to be related to any exercise I am doing. Yesterday was particularly bad, but some days I am just fine. Years ago I had whiplash and I sometimes wonder if that could be the root of the problem, but other times my whole body aches so I can't see how that is related to my neck. ... Thu, 8 May 2014 08:36:23 EST not a good day…... Yesterday was not a good day. I tracked my food, but I did not eat healthy and barely stayed within my calorie count. Although I did 30 minutes of exercise it was pretty lame and I'm sure I didn't burn many calories. This all came about because I had a mid day meeting that I found very upsetting and that is all it took to make my day spiral downward. <BR> <BR> I woke up today feeling pretty disgusted with myself. I haven't had a day like that in a long time, and hopefully I won't happen ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:15:12 EST Boston Strong…….. I am listening to the morning news today as the runners are getting ready to run this years Boston Marathon, and I can't help but remember last year's marathon bombing which killed three and injured or maimed two hundred and sixty four others. I marvel at the resilience of these runners and their families, and of the city of Boston where so many have rallied to make this years marathon bigger and better than ever. They are an inspiration to us all. May we keep them in our thoughts and pray... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:57:32 EST Today was a great day…. I started my day off by doing my first week weigh-in for the 2014 Spring Challenge (Team Casual Travelers) and I had lost 1 pound so I was happy with that. A few weeks ago I had gone without losing any weight for several weeks. I was pretty discouraged at the time so now a one pound lost is all it takes to make me very happy. <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> After doing my weigh-in I headed out to do some shopping for fresh fruits and veggies then came back and ate a healthy l... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:05:53 EST Slowly making progress……. Today I realized I am slowly - okay very slowly, making progress. Controlling my food intake is getting easier. If I am tempted to "cheat", I find it easier to walk away because I don't want to put weight back on after working so hard to take it off. I track every meal and snack every day, and find it fairly easy to stay within my calorie intake. It is harder on days that I am not at home, but I am getting better at making healthy lunches. I am worried how it will go this summer when we ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:31:22 EST A new challenge….. Today is the first day of a new challenge that I joined. The challenge is The 2014 5% Spring Challenge, and I am on Team Casual Traveler. I am really excited about this new challenge that goes from today through May 31. Members of the challenge are divided up into teams and basically, the teams compete against each other earning points which turn into "air miles" on our journey to Australia. Members earn miles for their team through exercise minutes and the number of glasses of water that ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:59:34 EST New Goals for April…... A new month is a new start! Time to set some short term goals for April. <BR> <BR> 1. I will mix up my food intake by adding more protein (I'm always low on protein intake.),by increasing my vegetables through salads, and by introducing beans and chick peas into my diet. <BR> <BR> 2. I will continue exercise 30 minutes a day at least 4 days a week and 45 minutes one day a week.. I will find one new form of exercise to add into my rotation this month. <BR> <BR> 3. I will lose 4 pounds... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:49:14 EST Emotional triggers….. Like many over eaters, I am an emotional eater. And, it doesn't take much to send me to the kitchen cupboard. (Or, it didn't! I have been doing better these last few weeks.) My two biggest triggers are stressful situations and boredom. Both of these will send me to get food. I guess this is where the expression "comfort food" comes from. <BR> <BR> As a child I came from a family where my mother showed us her love by preparing our family wonderful meals. I was a very skinny c... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:49:17 EST Spring is on its way……... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went by the grocery store this last week and they had bundles of tulips to buy. The blossoms hadn't open yet, but I couldn't pass them up. So I put them in water and waited and waited. Low and behold my patience was rewarded this weekend with the burst of color and the promise of Spring to come. It was such a nice feeling to see them sitting there on the piano. I couldn't help but think how easy it would ha... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:02:25 EST Fine tuning the process…….. Today as I went to my Spark Teams I realized that many of my teams have been with me since I joined Sparkpeople years ago and I am no longer active on them. After giving this much thought, I think I will slowly start reviewing my teams and keep only a few for now. That will allow me to be a better team member and perhaps join a few teams that are more appropriate for my situation now. As we follow this healthy living journey our situation changes; weight varies, we age, and our physical l... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:21:47 EST My muscles are sore…... This week I purchased some workout videos to mix up my exercise program, and yesterday ( Thursday ) I decided to start with a Leslie Sansone video that is a 30 day program. Day one you do a 30 minute walk that has you walk the equivalent of two fifteen minute miles. It is pretty fast, but not a problem because I have been doing a similar walking video for a couple of weeks now. I like the walking videos because you do not have to go somewhere to do them, and they mix up the kinds of steps ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:32:27 EST Feeling better = Doing better! I haven't felt up to par for a few days, but now I am back on my feet and feeling fine. Everything seems so much easier since I am no longer sick…….easier to prepare food and eat right and also exercise right. This morning I did my two fifteen minute miles like they were nothing and I had no problems staying within my calories today which was a real relief. I'm already looking forward to my exercise pan for tomorrow which really feels nice! Mentally I am enjoying the extra hour of dayligh... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:47:18 EST Wondering about The Spark Coach…….. I am struggling and have been wondering if anyone is using the Spark Coach and how they feel about it………….I think it sounds like a good idea, but without signing up I can't seem to find out much about how it works. Is it individualized for you or is it just general feed back. Are members finding it helpful? I know it is free to sign up, but does it continue to be free or is that just for a trial period? I would love it if anyone who is using this program could give me some feedback. <BR>... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:48:20 EST Just plain tired….. Just plain tired today. I ran around a lot yesterday but ate fairly well and did a small amount of exercise. Not sure why I am dragging so much. Maybe it is mental… has been a long winter and we are feeling a little closed in. This weekend the time changes which will be nice, and today is in the forties which we haven't seen is a very long time. We are looking at the possibility of another storm next week and normally by now I wouldn't give it much thought but we still have a good a... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 12:01:25 EST Today was weigh in….. Today was weigh-in Thursday for me, and as I predicted, the results were dismal. Here it comes……wait for it……..I lost .4 pounds. Not exactly earth shattering, but I'll take it. Since I did some measuring yesterday I now know that the inches are coming off, and I can accept that the weight may come off more slowly. I considered stopping the exercise until I got more weight off but decided against it. Since my goal is to be healthy, and I am eating properly, it seems counter productive to ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 18:42:30 EST The importance of measuring…... Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I was really dreading it, because although I am doing every thing I am suppose to do, I know the weight is not coming off. I am afraid that I will get discouraged and give up which I do not want to do. I am too early in this process for a plateau so I'm not sure how to handle this. I do not want to cut my calories really low at this point because all that will do is slow down my metabolism. I really can't up my exercise at this point because I am doing all ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:05:28 EST Today was a better day…... It was very cold here today, but the sun came out and there were lots of birds and squirrels at the feeders. It is funny how this time of year a little sun can make such a difference in how we feel. <BR> <BR> I did some early morning weight training then made a nice picnic lunch for my husband and myself and we headed over to the Housatonic River for a nice lunch. We really enjoyed getting out of the house. We took our binoculars and a bird book with us and spent some time identi... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 17:38:11 EST Don't want to blog today……. I really don't want to blog today. I'm tired, achey, and irritable. Plus, I just don't have much to say. On the other hand, I want to hold myself accountable so here I am two finger typing about very little so I won't be disappointed with myself. <BR> <BR> I guess the good news is that I have done fairly well with my food for the last two days, and I have been able to up my protein, which I really needed to do, without going above my calorie allotment. I also forced myself to exer... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:23:42 EST Found this plank challenge…….. Today on Facebook I found a plank challenge. ( See links below. ) I have done "PLANKS" before and know they look simple but are very challenging, especially if held for any length of time. <BR> <BR> BUT - I still thought I would add this challenge to my "to do" list. Let me preface this by saying - I am not young, I am over weight, and not particularly physically fit. <BR> <BR> AND- let me point out that I am somewhat realistic…which means I have to admit that even before ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:49:17 EST Waiting for snow, wishing for sunshine……. Today is my second day on the "StreakintoSpring" challenge and I did what I needed to do to meet my goals first thing this morning, but now I sitting down and thinking about whats to come and, where I am whats coming is more snow instead of Spring. I realize that it is only the first day of March and we still have a long way to go, but I'm ready now for warmer weather and more sunshine, less snow. <BR> <BR> I went to a blog today where the Spark member was talking about planting her g... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 17:24:46 EST "Streak in to Spring"……... Today I read a blog challenging us to do a 20 day streak to "Spring in to Spring", and at the time it seemed like such a great idea! So, I decided to commit myself to the challenge which among other things includes at least 10 minutes of exercise. Then my daily schedule started; I cleaned, went shopping, ran errands, and made a big meal, etc.. Then, time to sit down and take a break…….oh yeah - I need to work out and I so didn't want to. So I sat there, and sat there………and felt guiltier, ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:28:31 EST Mix it up……. Today I changed up my exercise routine a little in hopes it will help to speed up my metabolism. I spent some time looking at Sparkpeople videos and decided to leave my free weights behind and give resistance bans a try. I did the 7 minute upper body resistance video twice and a 20 minute full body resistance ban video once. I really enjoyed doing something different and I definitely could feel that my muscles were being worked. The advantage of using the resistance bans is that I could v... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:03:34 EST Discouraged….I did the unforgivable…... I should have known better, but I did it anyway……….the unforgivable……..I got on the scale even though today was not my weigh-in day. To put it mildly, I'm discouraged! It is not that I haven't lost weight, I have, although very, very little. What is so discouraging is the fact that I have been doing everything right, staying within my calories, exercising at least 30 minutes five plus days a week, reading articles, blogging, quizzes, message boards, the compete package. I lost weight much... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 09:17:11 EST Some days are harder……. Some days are harder than others, especially when I'm traveling. If my travel interferes with my regular eating times it can be in rough. I try to pack lunches or snacks and that usually works okay for me. Otherwise, when I get home I am so hungry that I eat every thing in sight! <BR> <BR> A bigger problem is my water intake and I really have not found a good solution for that. When I'm on the road I purposely cut back of my drinking water because I know I may not be able to find... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:01:03 EST Small changes…………. As part of my healthy living plan, I have been limiting my intake of red meat. As simple as the sounds, for me it is a bit of a challenge. First I really like beef, and I have a severe allergy which limits me from eating several of the options normally used to replace meat based meals. <BR> <BR> One way I am limiting beef in my diet is to replace two meals a week with fresh fish. So today is my fish market day; I drive an hour and fifteen minutes each way in order to get fresh fis... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:52:11 EST Today is my tomorrow……. Today I read PINKHOPE'S blog where she gently reminded her readers that we can't keep putting off taking charge of our lives, our weight loss, our exercise - in general our health by saying that we will start tomorrow. PINKHOPE and I have had a similar journey where we both had lost a good deal of weight but over time we had let it creep back on……."I can have this today….I'll get back on my plan tomorrow……I deserve this treat……and on, and on, and on." Well, this week I started my journey……I... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:06:03 EST Self Nurturing "Oh, yes, we might have a little "reward" or "celebration", but face it... this self-nurturing in a strong way FEELS good! " ONEKIDSMOM <BR> <BR> I read ONEKIDSMON's blog today and when I read this sentence I realized how true this is. Taking charge of my nutrition and getting my exercise does make me feel good and that is a reward in itself. Hopefully that "good feeling" trickles down to my family and becomes my way of playing it forward. When I set goals, track my food, and trac... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:46:41 EST Slowly I am starting……. Slowly I am starting to feel like I have more energy even though I have only lost 1.6 pounds. I think this small boost is a combination of eating healthier and being diligent with my exercise. I do at least 30 minutes of cardio five days a week and some weight building at least three days a week. Also I feel that the "weight" of a difficult winter has lifted a little. That is VERY GOOD THING because this winter just continues to be cold and snowy with very few breaks. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:27:51 EST Tough Going…….. I am really struggling to get the weight I regained to come off. I track my food every day and have added a regular exercise routine, all to no avail. It is so easy to give up, but that is not going to happen. Today when I read a sparkpeople motivation blog by a woman who had been very successful, she mentioned that one thing that had worked for her was joining a 5% weight loss challenge. The challenge is basically to lose 5% of your weight in two months. This is a doable goal! I searc... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:28:31 EST Doing better... Have been staying on track now for almost two weeks with no slip-ups, and it is starting to feel normal....when I get on track, I always feel better and have more energy. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long run. I seem more motivated then I have in a while.......taking it one day at a time. 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