SALDABA6's SparkPeople Blog SALDABA6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Know How I Got Like This , Now To Fix It! My youngest son is getting married June 29th. Last weekend I took his kids shopping for shoes for the wedding. I could barely walk. I had to keep sitting down because my lower back hurt so much. I know what is wrong... it is all the extra poundage I am carrying coupled with the fact I have not done any exercise in a long time. <BR> I fell last September and landed hard on my knee twisting it and wrenching it badly. <BR> When my son told me he was getting married and when, I decided okay, tim... Fri, 31 May 2013 15:51:02 EST Healthier Choices I have gone to fast food places many times and ordered food that is supposed to be a healthier choice food for myself. At Wendys, I will order a plain baked potato, a small chili and a side salad. I have to watch the person doing the baked potato..... When I say plain, I don't want that butter stuff squeezed on like they do on a plain potato.... that is not plain. My entire filling dinner comes in at less than what the calories etc are for a single quarter pounder. <BR> I take my small chili ... Mon, 9 May 2011 13:05:44 EST Weight Tracker First of all I would like to say hello to everyone and let you know I have returned after a long hiatus. Kudos go to all that have remained and worked on removing your excess poundage and the successes you have entailed <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <BR> As those of you who have read my older blogs are aware of, I set my goals to ten percent of my body weight and that is how I successfully removed 64 pounds. I concentrated only on smaller amounts, leaving the big picture behind. The problem was... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 16:16:27 EST My Review in Pics Okay so it has been quite a while and quite a few pounds that have come off and yes I still have such a long way to go. Here goes. <BR> This pic is of me about 9 months before I started on SP. I am not sure of my actual weight at that time but I ballooned up to 265 some time after this was taken <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a few pics taken in between but this is me again after taking off 39 pounds. Weight here is 226 <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 21:50:06 EST What I am up to <img src=""> <BR> The last two weeks have not been great. Yes I started off the year wonderfully......and then......A very close friend of mine who has been sick quite a bit since last September, finally revealed to me that she has cancer. Stomach cancer no less, stage 3B. She doesn't sleep at night, never has, but that is okay, I don't either. So every night near midnight my phone rings. And we spend the entire night talking. I listen while... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:14:48 EST ALERT received through email (Please read) Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Rolaids Recall <BR> Containers' Moldy Odor to Blame for Recall of 60 Million Over-the-Counter Products <BR> By Daniel J. DeNoon <BR> <BR> WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD <BR> Jan. 15, 2010 -- Because of a sickening smell in some containers, 54 million packages of 27 different over-the-counter remedies now are being recalled. <BR> <BR> Products include various types of child and/or adult Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspiri... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 19:58:02 EST January(email) Twas the month after Christmas, <BR> and all through the house, <BR> Nothing would fit me, <BR> not even a blouse. <BR> <BR> The cookies I'd nibbled, <BR> the chocolate I'd taste <BR> At the holiday parties <BR> had gone to my waist. <BR> <BR> <BR> When I got on the scales <BR> there arose such a number! <BR> When I walked to the store <BR> (less a walk than a lumber), <BR> <BR> I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared; <BR> T... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:33:14 EST My Stationary Bike Routine I realize that not everyone likes Michael Jackson's music, but personally it pumps me severely. I have created a routine for myself and if anyone wants to, feel free to join me in doing it. <BR> I start off slowly as all good cardio routines should (we need the warm up) with Man In The Mirror. The song has meaning for me, for if I am going to take the weight off I have to be the one to look in the mirror and make that change! I am pumping my legs at about 9-10 miles per hour for this song, s... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 00:11:08 EST On Leadership I am forever researching something, often much to the chagrin of others. The first team I got involved in on SP was my class team. I do not mean involved as in leading but more as in reading people's blogs, commenting on them and joining in challenges that I felt would work for me. There was one challenge that motivated me more than all others and that was started by SEKSUNSHINE. It was called The Last One Out Wins challenge. I worked at it but not too hard. I could go at my own pace and I r... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 05:35:56 EST How To Stay Young(from an email received) HOW TO STAY YOUNG <BR> <BR> 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them' <BR> <BR> 2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.. <BR> <BR> 3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's. <BR> <BR> 4. Enjoy the simple things. <BR> <BR> 5. Laugh often, long ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 23:06:53 EST I'mmmm Backkkkkk!! Here's to the end of another year <em>194</em> <BR> The fifty odd pounds that are now off my frame <BR> The 7000 odd minutes I have actually made my body work <BR> The people I have encountered through blogs and friend's lists <BR> The continuing sagas of life's ups and downs <BR> The joy felt when reading of a new birth <BR> The sadness when reading of a death <BR> The reenactment of my computer <BR> And the few friends I have made on SP. <BR> Here is to all of it. <em>274</em> CHEERS!! <B... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 11:07:32 EST Merry Happy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <em>425</em> <BR> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <BR> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <BR> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>442</em> <em>460</em> <BR> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Favourite Christmas Tune: <BR> <link> Sun, 20 Dec 2009 13:31:05 EST Looks Like It's My Turn Oh yes you heard right. I have a major computer problem. I have no idea how or why or what it is. I woke in the middle of the night last night to find my computer shut off. I looked around to see if the power was out because my computer is never shut off, nor does it go into hibernation. Well there was no power off, so I turned my computer on. It started up and shut down again. It will not stay on for more than 5-10 seconds before shutting down again. I have been trying to find the problem si... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 20:35:14 EST Feed A Cold, Starve A Fever??? Last Friday I babysat the little boy I sit with once in a while. He had a runny nose. He wasn't coughing at all, just the runny nose. Sunday I started sneezing and couldn't stop. Sunday evening I got the call. Can I babysit every day this week except Wednesday? I assured them that yes I could do that. Monday I woke feeling lousy. My head was stuffed up, sinus headache, coughing like crazy, but I had given my word and went off to babysit. I walked there. It is approximately 1.5 klms from my pl... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 04:57:40 EST Almost Did It! The other day I was doing some searching on the net. I came to a page that suddenly changed and began "scanning" my computer. It tried to tell me that I had so many trojans and viruses and malware on my computer that it wasn't funny. For most, they would freak about this and download what it said to download. I did not. Thanks to Sue and Bernadette, I was not fooled to put a virus on my computer by this page. I instantly recognized the antivirusprv that I was instructed to download IMMEDIATEL... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 14:12:03 EST Discovery.... It Is TRUE What They Say The first two weeks of November I exercised on my bike quite a bit, and ate at the upper end of my caloric range. I did very well. Those two weeks I lost over 8 pounds. The following two weeks I was back to my old self, eating little, lucky to get in 900 calories a day on most days. I skipped meals because I just wasn't hungry. I was too tired to exercise. The result of the first week : I gained almost a pound. .9 to be exact. The second week has been much the same. Not eating enough, not exe... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 17:50:27 EST Signs for Women(joke) I received these in an email. Enjoy all <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And just around the corner is Christmas. Have a good season ... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 20:12:00 EST Motivation When I started on SP I was encouraged to find things that motivated me to keep going. Recently, Whitney Houston has put out a new album and this song is on it. I find it extremely motivational. I pertain it to the past six months on my journey since I found SP. The vid link is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy <em>211</em> These are the lyrics: <BR> <BR> Whitney Houston - I Didn't Know My Own Strength <BR> <BR> Lost touch with my soul <BR> I had no where to turn <BR> I had no where to go ... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 12:41:19 EST Have A Laugh:) *_ONE_* <BR> Recently, when I went to McDonald's I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. <BR> I asked for a half dozen nuggets. <BR> 'We don't have half dozen nuggets,' said the teenager at the counter. <BR> 'You don't?' I replied. <BR> 'We only have six, nine, or twelve,' was the reply. <BR> 'So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?' <BR> 'That's right.' <BR> So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets (Unbelievable, but sadly true.... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:58:18 EST Sparkaversary Today, Friday the 13th, is my 6 month sparkaversary. Whodathunkit? Who would have thought six months ago when I started this journey to change that I would actually commit to do it for so long. Yes, I know what I said! I always know what I say, but the doing is quite another matter. My intentions are always good to start with, but I generally peter out after a short time. I got on the scales today, a day early for my weigh in day, because I wanted to know what I weighed exactly six months la... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 13:42:02 EST 25 Reasons I Owe My Education To My Mother...or When I Became My Mom 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE . <BR> "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." <BR> <BR> 2. My mother taught me RELIGION. <BR> "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." <BR> <BR> 3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL . <BR> "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!" <BR> <BR> 4. My mother taught me LOGIC. <BR> "Because I said so, that's why." <BR> <BR> 5. My mother taught me MO... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:59:59 EST Done like dinner <em>248</em> As of my weigh in today I am officially finished my second mini goal of 10% of my remaining body weight. The goal was to reach 214.8. Today's weigh in was 213.7. I had made a goal to be here by the end of October. I am a week late, but nevertheless I did it!!!!! <BR> I am down 51.3 pounds now from my starting weight. My long term goal is 140 pounds gone. I now have less than 90 pounds to go. In fact I have 88.7 pounds to go. <BR> On to the next mini goal of 10% of my remaining w... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 23:13:44 EST On Tracking Today I am musing. When I went to Weight Watchers many years ago, I had to write down everything I ate and hand in my "menu" weekly. It was then checked and I was given advice on where I needed to make improvements. It was a way of tracking what was eaten. The reason I started on SP was to use the nutrition tracker, to help me keep track of what I was eating. I have learned something from this. Portion control! It seems that when one tracks what they eat, they are more likely to use such item... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 22:09:07 EST I Am Proud of Me My goals for the month of October were to make my second goal of 214.8 pounds. <BR> This meant taking off 6.3 pounds this month. I didn't make it. The month has been a struggle weight wise. My lack of eating contributed to that. I have managed to remove 2.7 pounds. I am proud of me for that. <BR> My second goal was to meet or surpass 1770 fitness minutes. I didn't make that either. As of right now(still have today to go)am at 1400 some odd. I am proud of me because I did that much. Not only t... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 07:27:51 EST Can Exercise Really Be Fun? I had this sent to me in an email. It goes to prove as far as I am concerned that if something is made to be fun anyone will do it. <link><BR>feature=player_embedded# </link> <BR> I think this was totally ingenious. Have a good day everyone <em>30</em> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 19:29:53 EST Sing Along Folks:) There is new challenge starting on one of my teams this coming weekend. Our fearless leader painstakingly wrote out the words for The Twelve Days of Christmas. I changed the words to suit myself. Please sing along to the tune of twelve days of christmas: <BR> <BR> For the twelve days of christmas I gave these gifts to me: <BR> Twelve pounds down, <BR> Eleven inches lost, <BR> Ten pounds of weights, <BR> Nine exercises, <BR> Eight cups of water, <BR> Seven fruits and veggies, <BR> Six whole g... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:34:42 EST The Way I Prefer To Eat I enjoy All Bran for breakfast. I normally have half a cup with some fruit in it. Sometimes it will be a banana, other times kiwi, and still other times a frozen fruit. Once in a while I mix it up with yogurt for something different. What happens when I eat this way? I need to drink water. I feel thirsty and only water will quench the thirst. I also love oatmeal. When I make oatmeal I start off with some water and cut up an apple and boil it for a few minutes until the apple softens some.I le... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 06:51:14 EST Out and About Okay one goal down... but I will go back out and get some more pictures. I went on a neighbour walk today and got some fall pictures. Here they are: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yes Hallowe'en is just around the corner <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 19:48:48 EST How Catty Since I am seeing a lot of people sharing their pictures of their animals, I decided to share a couple of my cat, Mindy. She is a Bombay. The other day she wasn't feeling well at all and was very cozy with me. She thought she might drink from my glass instead of her own dish. She does this once in a while. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She must have enjoyed it judging from this look <img src=""> <B... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 21:14:43 EST What a week This past week has not been a good one. I only exercised a couple of days, I missed tracking my food three days out of seven, I ate very little, the result.... I am down .9 pounds. I am at that point that I have been to so many times before... shall I continue. My goals loom large for the month of October and I don't think I am going to make any of them. I feel it is an impossibility at this point to take off 3.6 pounds in only two weeks. I also feel that beating 1770 minutes of exercise is n... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 07:03:32 EST Not great but.... The past two days I have not been on sp much at all. Have only been here to track my food and to track my exercise. The rest of the time I have been on my gaming site Pogo. One of the people I regularly chat to on there passed away Wednesday evening. There are a large group of us that congregate to one room, so I have been busy getting the word out to all, talking to the lady's daughter, getting home address, the whole nine yards. It is amazing how someone that you never met in person can aff... Sat, 10 Oct 2009 07:56:34 EST My Biggest Challenge I just went into the fridge to make myself something to eat. I am sitting here in tears. Hubby brought home a box of cadbury chocolate bars. I am feeling so down right now it is unbelievable. I have been on my journey for almost five months now and I have done very well. I have taken off almost 46 pounds.I exercise daily in some form. I feel so much better. I have many more up times than I have down times. I only seem to get really down now when I am tired, except for this moment in time. I f... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 22:00:08 EST OOPS I did it again... Over the past week I have noticed that my strength training has gotten easier and so has my bike riding. Today I upped my strength training to 3 sets from 2 sets of ten. <BR> I have been doing 45 minutes a day on my stationary bike for a couple of weeks but not daily like I need to. Last week, I really wanted to make my weekly cardio minutes goal, but I missed a day. What did I do? Well, I changed to doing cardio twice a day for 30 minutes each time. I was short 15 minutes on the week, becau... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 23:27:11 EST The Dawn Keye Diet The Dawn Keye Diet <BR> <BR> <BR> This really works. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend of ours, a nurse, who has done a lot of research about dieting, had given us information about the various popular diets including Atkins, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and the South Beach Diet. <BR> <BR> <BR> She then mentioned a diet about which we haven't heard previously, but which she insists works for almost everyone: <BR> <BR> The Dawn Keye Diet <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 16:29:27 EST Keeping My Fingers, Eyes, Legs and Toes Crossed I was talking with my youngest daughterinlaw last evening. She just informed me that I am going to be a grandma yet again. Well that is great news, yet I am a bit worried.Her and my youngest son have given me a beautiful little granddaughter who is now two years old. Since she was born, my daughterinlaw has been pregnant twice. The first time, she had a miscarriage after about 8 weeks into the pregnancy. She was devastated of course as all young wanna be moms are. The second was worse. She wa... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 03:30:49 EST Lighten Up I like to write poetry when the mood strikes and hopefully others see this from my sarcastic humour. <BR> <BR> I have been told to lighten up <BR> I thought they meant my mind <BR> Who knew they were referring to <BR> My bountiful behind? <BR> They told me to eat healthy <BR> I said I often try <BR> I love apple, pumpkin <BR> And strawberry-rhubarb pie! <BR> Orange juice is my favourite <BR> With vodka, it's the best <BR> Heck I even love peach schnapps <BR> It adds a little zest. <BR> Veg... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 21:24:35 EST My goals for this month(October 2009) I surpassed what I thought I could do in my wildest dreams in September by exercising for 1770 minutes <BR> My goal for October is to exceed that number. <BR> Secondly, I am aiming to complete my second weight removal goal of 23.8 pounds. As of last weekend I have 6.3 pounds to go. Then I can begin my third pound off goal. <BR> And lastly, I have a goal to go out and about and take some autumn pictures. I love fall colours, they are so pretty. Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:12:24 EST Adventures in grocery shopping This evening I trekked the two blocks to get a few groceries. I am finding that I seem to go more often now, having to replenish mushrooms, radishes, grape tomatoes and romaine lettuce every three days or so. The great thing is, I have to replenish them, because I have eaten them all!! Oh yes, I used to buy these things when I went shopping, however, I often wound up throwing them out. My intentions were good but my eating habits another matter entirely. I am proud that I now have to replenis... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 22:18:35 EST Decisions Part 2 After posting my blog the other day on whether or not to change my tracker. something happened that let me know I am not to change it. Not now, not ever. These things happen to me quite often. When I question myself, usually an answer is given in a totally unexpected way. <BR> My ultimate goal is to remove 140 pounds but as I have blogged before, I have broken it down into much smaller goals. The problem with this is, I can't always remember the exact amount I have to take off to make that go... Sat, 26 Sep 2009 15:46:47 EST Decisions Decisions I am sitting here having an argument with myself, and I am not quite sure if I am winning or losing. The argument is on whether I should change my tracker or not. <BR> Yes I have removed 42.5 pounds, but that is gone now. What keeps staring me in the face is the 140 number at the other end of the spectrum. I no longer have to remove that much. In fact, I now have less than 100 although not by much. I know that I can never go back to eating the way I was if I want to maintain the fact that my ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 19:45:21 EST A Weekend of Treats Friday I woke about 3:30 in the afternoon, poured myself a coffee and sat down on my office chair to get on the computer. Not two minutes later, my daughterinlaw from downstairs messages me to let me know that the lady that is going to do my pedicure is here. HELP!!! My place is a total mess, I am not dressed, and I just woke. I had forgotten she was supposed to come today, and after last month's no show, I really was not expecting her. I messaged Nikki back and said I would be down shortly, ... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 02:42:34 EST Ok This Can't Be Me In May of this year I began on SP. I knew at that time I needed to do something about taking off some of my weight. I was very sedentary. Here it is four months later. I am still sedentary for the most part but some things have changed. In June I got into a challenge to exercise for 500 minutes in a month. I thought it would motivate me. It did a bit, but I really wasn't ready for it. I did try, but I didn't really give it a wholehearted effort. Needless to say, I did not accomplish that goal... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:07:00 EST Just Having Fun I know of a website called GlassGiant. Once in a while I go there and upload a picture or two and do some fun stuff with them. Here are some of my pictures today LMAO <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is the link if y... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 20:25:56 EST Another Profound Email UNIVERSAL LAWS <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Law of Mechanical Repair - After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to pee. <BR> <BR> 2. Law of Gravity - Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner. <BR> <BR> 3. Law of Probability -The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act. <BR> <BR> 4. Law of Random Numbers - If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and som... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 20:50:34 EST I Got This In an Email Latest Survivor Challenge:) THE NEXT SURVIVOR SERIES <BR> <BR> <BR> Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes. <BR> <BR> <BR> There is no fast food. <BR> <BR> <BR> Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, and complete science projects, <BR> cook, do laundry, and pay a list of 'pretend' bills with not enough money. In additio... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:05:59 EST The Difference in Eating Habits Tonight hubby and I went to Swiss Chalet for dinner. He had asked me yesterday if I would go and I said yes, knowing what I was going to have ahead of time. <BR> This is how it went down <BR> I had a baked potato with two teaspoons of sour cream put in the middle to melt and add flavour. <BR> He had french fries. <BR> We both had the quarter chicken white meat. He removed the skin. I kept mine. I love the skin, even though I know it has a ton of sodium and fat. <BR> I had a garden salad wit... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 23:15:26 EST I Did It Thanks to SEKSUNSHINE and her never ending challenges, I surpassed what Spark People set out as my yearly exercise goals today. I am now up to 45 minutes on my recumbant stationary bike and doing my strength training three times a week. I have not yet upped my reps because I am not yet ready for that, I have added a couple of exercises though. <BR> I do feel a heck of a lot better and ever so much younger than I did when I first started on SP. <BR> I know I am still humongous, but I don't fee... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:14:06 EST On Whining Today is all about self talk. How I talk myself into and out of things I don't wish to do or pursue. If anyone thinks that I am talking to them, I am truly not. I am talking to me. However, if you see yourself in this post, maybe it is a good thing you are reading it. <em>30</em> <BR> First off, don't whine to me that you can't do something. You can, you just choose not to. Don't tell me you don't know how,do some research and find a solution. Be brutally honest. If you don't want to do some... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 12:37:01 EST Gratitude and Motivation Today I wish to say thank you. Thank you to my daughter in law for continuously cheering me on and noticing constantly that I am taking off unwanted poundage. You keep me motivated to continue. <em>247</em> Thank you to the spark people that have responded to my blogs and posted their own so I can read and sometimes be inspired by them. You help me on my journey. <em>304</em> Thank you to my friend Wil, who tells me how proud he is that I am and have done so well. He knows and works with m... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 23:32:31 EST On A Lighter Note I went over to my mother's last evening to bag up a bunch of clothes that were too small for her and give them to my daughterinlaw. I took the bus just over half way, but at the transfer point, decided to walk the rest. It is about 14 blocks. It didn't take much time at all. I had left here shortly after 6 pm and was at my mom's before 7 pm. I got there and spoke with my mom for a bit, then started the chore of cleaning out the dressers, separating clothes, bagging what was too small and putt... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 20:58:48 EST