SANDICANE's SparkPeople Blog SANDICANE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Taking life in stride. Just received a phone call that oldest GS is not coming today. I had been looking forward to seeing him, playing with him, swimming with him, taking him out on the boat. His momma cancels me A LOT so even though I had been looking forward to these things, I knew in the back of my mind that they might not happen. And now I know they won't. So, I'm planning a good day doing other things (or maybe the same things) with other people. <BR> <BR> All is well. <BR> <BR> Oh yes and the scales sa... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:28:06 EST That Monday Morning Smile Last night's going to bed with a smile translated to greeting the scale with a smile this morning. Yep, I'm down 2 pounds from last Monday and am now 11 lbs from goal. <BR> <BR> Onward I go friends...onward I go.... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:09:52 EST Another weekend VICTORY! Yep, tomorrow is weigh in day. Whether I'm up, or whether I'm down, having Monday's as weigh in days is the #1 reason for on-plan weekends. <BR> <BR> We had company alllllllllllllllllllllllllllll weekend long! Lots of fun, lots of family, lots of kids, lots of activity and all on-plan eating for me. Why? b/c I could picture the scales between my toes on Monday morning. Yep, all weekend long...when they were eating pasta salad, chips, cookies, ice cream sandwiches...I could picture the s... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:24:39 EST OH GOODNESS!!! Oh goodness, one VERY VERY VERY BUSY weekend in almost here! I must remember to breathe, eat ON-PLAN, and do some exercise if the company hasn't kept me busy enough!!! <BR> <BR> Oh yes and, I'm going to try pressure canning for the first time in my life! I have my new pressure canner still in the box, with instructions waiting for me to read them. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:55:19 EST 19 lbs gone, 12 lbs to go. Yes, it's true. 19 lbs gone...12 lbs to go. The most interesting thing to me about this is I do not feel that the end is 12 lbs away. I'm not looking forward to mowing down on cake, cookies, tarts, breads or any of those other things I tend to "take back too quickly" when I get to goal. <BR> <BR> Nope, not this time. I'm not excited about being 12 lbs from goal...this time the future looks seamless. Weight loss phase will blend into maintenance life by adding a bit more volume of the he... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:14:53 EST Monday Weigh In's (again) Quite soon after I set Monday as my weigh-in day, I noticed what a difference it made to my weekend eating. Weekends are traditionally the time when we eat for and with fellowship of friends and equate eating with fun. <BR> <BR> With having Monday's as weigh in day, I don't even entertain the idea of over-eating or eating for fun b/c I really do want to be able to see the scales down on Monday. That's my get back to goal and stay there. <BR> <BR> But who knew that such a simp... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:59:15 EST EXPECTATIONS!!! Oh, my darn expectations can make me or break me. Better to expect nothing, then when something's a gift. I believe this goes along with mental toughness. Developing the ability not to expect takes mental toughness and practise. <BR> <BR> Anyone else have an opinion on expectations?????? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:48:34 EST Interval Yesterday I started interval training....yep, me! <BR> <BR> I LOVE it! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:00:59 EST Monday morning...weigh in day I was down 1.5 lbs this morning over last week. It's my reward for having made good "on-plan" choices all week. Now, having said that, I am fully prepared that one Monday morning the scales will not reflect my efforts of the previous week, and that will be ok. I will go onward with my "on-plan" choices b/c they are my CHOICES! <BR> <BR> When I'm feeling like not much is happening, it's good for me to notice I've lost 12 lbs in the last 8 weeks. It's my CHOICE! <BR> <BR> As for some ot... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:24:55 EST Family pool party/bbq over Well, it's all over. Gosh, just imagine not having any home made cookies, nor dessert. Just imaging no snacks in the chips, no dip. Can you imagine it? I can...I lived was FABULOUS! Tonight I want to shout to the world: I DID IT! I WON! I PUT ME FIRST! <BR> <BR> (I'm pooped...) Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:30:41 EST Stunned Today, I am stunned. New knowledge has brought a pondering of my life...and I am stunned. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 08:45:25 EST Grateful Today I'm grateful for not having not overeaten once in the past week. <BR> I'm grateful that friends and family who had "proceedures" are all doing well. <BR> I'm grateful for SP and SparkFriends. <BR> I'm grateful that my new dress will soon fit perfectly. <BR> <BR> Happy day to one and all!!!! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 08:34:56 EST I could write forever... This morning I could write forever on my blog, but DH has left town for a few hours so gotta go get some "me" time! <BR> <BR> Yesterday on Dr. Oz, he did a segment on diet pop and how now it's been proven how bad it is for us. Yes, apparently it increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, increases belly fat, and increases the risk of sudden death. And, all that with just a couple of cans a day!!! <BR> <BR> Really??? Yep, really. I'm never sure how this stuff gets approved by the FDA... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:22:43 EST It's a new day. I love mornings. They are full of fresh beginnings and I often wonder what today will have in store for me. Well, this morning I was down the 1/2 lb needed to be 1/2 way to my goal. Nice. Shared the news with DH, who was so proud. Also nice. <BR> <BR> Then DH said I made it look easy. I MADE IT LOOK EASY???????? That made think about how that could possibly be. And then it hit me, yep, things have changed inside me. Every other time I've been in weight loss mode, I could hardly ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:34:01 EST Feeling FAT is a sign of my success I've been down this road more times than I care to admit, and right about now in the weight loss thing, I start to feel like I'm really, really fat. Yep, it's a sure sign of success and I just have to hold on tight to move onward. <BR> <BR> I've got 16 lbs to go to goal. I'm going there. <BR> <BR> What I really want is to remember how much I don't ever EVER want to go down this road again, which means NO MORE REGAIN! Ok, time for sleepy-sleep. Nana is pooped. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:52:23 EST I need a best friend!!! Oh my gosh, I need a best friend. You know, one that you can call up to yack about what to wear and how to do your hair and ask over for coffee...and stuff. I miss Ana sooooooooo much today...oh lordy, good friends are few and far between so I've got a BIG hole in my life. <BR> <BR> My Aunt died and I'm trying on clothes to wear to her funeral...there's no one to call to say Hey this, or Hey that. When best friends leave, they do leave such a big hole in our lives.... <BR> <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:28:23 EST I received an e-mail today, how to lose 60 lbs! I received an e-mail this morning telling me how to lose 60 lbs or more! <BR> So my computer knows I'm losing weight..what's new, there are spys everywhere! <BR> I didn't even have to read it. It's simple, right?! Choose an eating plan and STICK TO IT! I can lose as much weight as I want!!! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:24:06 EST Slowly "re-thinking" everything My usual drip coffee maker isn't working well so it's time for a replacement. I was "googling" coffee makers and found that most of this style contain BPAs! Really??? Oh my goodness...even things we are soooooooooooooo familiar with need to be re-thought. So now I'm looking for a ceramic cone or a Melitta Coffee Maker, Porcelain 6 Cup Pour- Over Brewer. It seems that, other than a french press, this is one of the only coffee brewers that does not contain plastic which comes in contact w... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:06:43 EST Supper by the water I'm so looking forward to cooking supper by the water tonight. The BEST part about this is that I'm planning lean meat, salad and grilled mushrooms. Gosh, life is good when our emotions agree with our brains!!! No fighting...just peace. <BR> <BR> And I want to thank the universe for a good night's sleep last night too, as it was the first one in a week! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, life is good..... <BR> <BR> Hoping your Sunday is good too. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:06:59 EST Yesterday Thank you to all my SparkFriends who shouted out encouragement as I "held on tight" yesterday. I did. Yesterday was a day of roller coaster emotions and "stuff" and I just held on tight. <BR> <BR> I think that's the key. Things happen in every life. Ups and downs and some days more downs than I think I can handle. But really, if I just "hold on tight" today passes to yesterday without any more grief than necessary. <BR> <BR> So there was no over-eating at my house yesterday. There... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:43:57 EST Imagine that! So, Monday's are weigh in days for me, however I did step on the scales this morning b/c the mirror told me there had been a change in my body. And yep, the scales were down 2 more lbs from Monday. Now, not knowing if it were cheating to post my weight again this week, I asked for advice from someone we trust and she said, Yep, you got it, you take it today! <BR> <BR> So I'm woo hoo-ing and quietly happy...and onward I go friends. Onward I go. <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:20:59 EST Monday Weigh Ins I've never had Monday as my weigh in day before. You know what??? It makes the weekend sooooooooooooooo much easier. If I want the scales to be down on Monday, I have to eat "on-plan" all weekend long. There's no stress about what little extra bits I can eat, b/c there are NO extra little bits I can eat if I want to lose this weight for the last time, and I do. I will do whatever it takes to get back to my goal weight and stay there. <BR> <BR> Yep, it's Mondays for me forevermore!!! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:03:34 EST Gratitude Grateful for SparkFriends' support. <BR> Grateful for DH. <BR> Grateful for being able to "do it again". <BR> Grateful for having quit smoking for 20 years now. <BR> Grateful for home. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:15:33 EST 100% compliance Ok...100% compliance. Whether I feel like it or not....100% compliance. Whether I'm hungry, sad, lonely, angry, bereaved or tired. 100% <BR> <BR> Hey, I had to be 100% compliant to be smoke-free now! It worked...on January 1 1994 I made a decision to do whatever it took to quit smoking...whatever it took! 100% compliance is what it took! <BR> <BR> So too now with food...100% Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:34:56 EST First Ride Today was the first boat ride of the nice...even the rain that fell on us while on the river couldn't dampen my spirits. Today the 2nd boat ride happened as well...DH took GS and friend and her GS and me out this evening. <BR> <BR> What a nice day. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:27:21 EST Another pound I've been reading a bit about binges lately...never thinking they were my problem...but they ARE! Gosh, 58 years old and just figuring that out!!! Better late than never. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm down another pound this onward I go to more healthy eating. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:07:37 EST Grilled cauliflower...yum I've heard about grilled cauliflower. I heard it doesn't taste like cauliflower. I've heard it's really yummy. I've heard it's amazing. <BR> <BR> Well, I finally made some for lunch today and everything I heard was CORRECT! Oh my, it certainly was yum. Brushed with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper then grilled...oh my...delish and filling too! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 15:04:14 EST Thursday night Last night was my friend Ana's daughter's graduation from high school. When Ana was diagnosed, it was the one thing she wanted to make it to...her daughter's graduation. What a bittersweet night it was as her daughter received numerous awards including 3 scholarships. oh oh oh Ana would have been SO proud. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:51:39 EST New skill I'm a good worker. I'm a REALLY good worker. Time to cultivate other skills. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:14:22 EST 5 lbs down. I'm 5 lbs down...2 lbs this past week. I will build on my successes and learn from my non-successes. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:45:53 EST dr oz In my newspaper yesterday there were 6 tips for weight loss from dr. oz. One of which was calories are the most important part of weight loss. <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:29:30 EST NEVER I won't take friends for granted...ever. The in-person ones are great. The on-the-phone ones are great. The on-line ones are great. The walking ones are great. The cooking ones are great. <BR> <BR> They all make a difference in my life... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:20:44 EST Back to the garden Well, gardening certainly makes us tired enough to sleep, so onward I go to tackle my front flower bed. <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:56:05 EST Healing I'm off to "heal" in my garden again....cheers to all. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:05:33 EST good start egg, kale and coffee without sugar for breakast...gardening day today. It's a start. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:00:58 EST oh I'm back again. What a long series of unfortunate events 2014 has brought to me. Well, it's time to pick up the pieces and start to smile again. I can't thank my SparkFriends enough for their loving support over the past few broken heart is very grateful to you all. <BR> <BR> My body is asking for lean protein and lots of green veggies, and my brain seems to have stopped screaming for carbs and sweets, so tomorrow I'll begin anew. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all, <BR> Sandi Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:25:25 EST Gone already Those little arms are gone already, but they sure felt good while they were here. <BR> <BR> Gonna do a bit of work today and then gonna read and rest...and breathe. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:03:02 EST Coming today Three year old grandson coming for a visit today. I can hardly wait to feel those little arms around my neck... Sat, 31 May 2014 08:20:27 EST Walk Went for a 45 minute walk this morning with a friend. It's the first walk since I hurt my leg on January 31st. How lovely it was to get out into the fresh air and do the activity I love so much!!! Fri, 30 May 2014 10:25:02 EST Funeral today Having Ana's family here yesterday for dinner was like having my own family here. They ate, they thanked, they laughed and they insisted on cleaning up. Yes, it was good to be able to do something for them b/c in situations like this, we all feel so helpless. If love could stop cancer, Ana would still be alive and healthy. I've said goodbye to Ana many times over the past 2 weeks but today I'll listen to her family say goodbye and we'll all cry together again at the loss of ... Thu, 29 May 2014 06:00:52 EST Visitation today Visitation is today. Ana's family of 30+ are coming to my home in between visitations. It'll be nice to see them...wish it wasn't under these circumstances. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:00:02 EST Day 29 No words... Mon, 26 May 2014 09:21:10 EST Day 27 On Friday, May 23rd around 7:15 p.m., the world lost a beautiful, kind, caring, thoughtful person. My friend Ana is gone. She was 51. She had wanted to live long enough to see her daughter graduate from high school, which will be on June 26th but she couldn't stand the pain long enough to make it. That terrible disease we call cancer stormed her body, ravaged it and took her away. <BR> <BR> So very sad. Sat, 24 May 2014 00:47:22 EST Day 25 Yesterday I just wanted to eat sweets. I know sweets won't make ANYTHING better, but I ate some anyway. Today, I'm not hungry at all. Strange the way emotions affect eating differently. Thu, 22 May 2014 07:23:31 EST Day 23 No desserts again today. <BR> My friend wants me to start walking with her again...I said we'd try Thursday. <BR> <BR> Today "Nana duty" and "friend duty" calls...but no overeating for me and NO DESSERTS! Tue, 20 May 2014 07:38:35 EST Day 22 no words words. Mon, 19 May 2014 11:00:08 EST Day 21 WHEN??? When will I accept my food addiction? A little bit of dessert leads to more dessert, leads to more weight gain, or no weight loss. A little bit of sweet, leads to a lot more! <BR> <BR> When am I going to accept this? <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 May 2014 07:33:03 EST Day 20 Onward I go... <BR> Onward I go... <BR> Sat, 17 May 2014 12:24:00 EST Day 19 Today is day 19. I can't believe it has been almost 3 weeks that I've been back on track. At this point I wonder why I didn't start before this, and then tell myself not to go there...just do it now. <BR> <BR> So here's to a quietly "on-plan" day. <BR> Fri, 16 May 2014 08:31:48 EST Day 18 It was an ok day...I'm ready for bed...I'm ready for bed. Thu, 15 May 2014 21:24:01 EST