SANDICANE's SparkPeople Blog SANDICANE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Walking is Wonderful Today I was able to enjoy a walk each with 2 friends. It may be dreary outside, but the sunshine of friendship brightens up even the rainiest of days. <BR> <BR> I wish you all a wonderful day! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:29:35 EST Such a Pity Party! It's Tuesday now and after a night's sleep, I was angry this morning for those self-pitying feelings I blogged about yesterday! Oh my gosh. But I guess we do need to be gentle with ourselves sometimes and just accept the process. Feeling better today and ready for another day of clean eating and a 3 mile walk. <BR> <BR> btw, I made myself black bean salsa for supper yesterday with diced fresh grapefruit, black beans, onion, green onion, black pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Now... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 06:10:00 EST iT'S MONDAY AND MONDAY IS ALMOST OVER I never used to think about exercise. Didn't ever (except when getting my body ready for <BR> DD's wedding) think about doing exercise every day. Now I do. And I DO count heavy cleaning as exercise if and only if I sweat while doing it! So whenever you see that know I've been working hard. <BR> <BR> And something else too. I used to always think about getting as many sweets and bready carbs as possible. My scale was not my friend. Now it is. Even when I get on it afte... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:25:09 EST Another buffet today Yep, we are attending another buffet dinner tonight! Oh my goodness. Well, I am fully prepared for it...know exactly what I'm going to choose and in what amounts. <BR> <BR> I just have to keep remembering how long after I quit smoking that I wanted a cigarette...even though I was OH SO VERY VERY HAPPY TO HAVE QUIT! <BR> <BR> Same with food. I am ever so happy that all my clothes fit....ever so happy, but I still crave sometimes. So, I'll keep remembering how VERY VERY HARD it was to l... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:34:18 EST Fake it until you make it?!? I know that saying, but I feel like an impostor. I'm not a thin person...I'm a fat person masquerading as a thin person and that fat person is fighting to get back out! Yep, it doesn't take much to give that fat person some strength...just a little letting down of my guard (I can have A LITTLE BIT....RIGHT?) WRONG!!! NO CHOICE is the best choice. But life has to teach me this over and over and over again. <BR> <BR> You know what? For a smart person, sometimes I'm pretty stupid... Crip... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:24:32 EST Canada Blooms the Home Show and Cooking I love to cook. It's a fabulous pass time and I love to be creative when I cook. Now I love to create new recipes which are healthy, low calorie and yummy! <BR> <BR> We attended Canada Blooms and the Home Show in Toronto today where I purchased a pot. A large pot. A pot so large that Watermellen would only have to make soup once a month if she were to borrow it! I LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> I was going to host a Soup Sunday in February for family and friends but the weather was terrible. ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:59:31 EST National Thin Person's Day?! Today is St. Patrick's Day. How very nice that we celebrate being Irish, even if we're not. So why not have National Thin Person's Day? This at least is something people could aspire to being. We could all eat salad and baked salmon while we drink green tea or water together! There could be Salmon and Salad FEASTS!!! <BR> <BR> There could be parades! There could be signs "COME JOIN THE RANKS OF THE THIN!" There could be aerobics in the streets a walk/run, a parade with fabulous music... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:02:41 EST 4th Day of DH's Birthday Celebrations Well, today is the 4th day of DH's birthday celebrations and today I will have to gird my loins with ALL of Beck's tools. And I will. I will because I don't have another big loss in me folks. <BR> <BR> This afternoon both my daughter and her family and my son and his family will arrive to celebrate not only DH's birthday but DS's, biggest GS, and GD's too. <BR> <BR> We've planned lots of games hoping that the celebration can be about fun and not just food, but of course, the pizza and... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 01:48:16 EST Today is Day 3 of DH's 3 day Birthday Celebration Not sure why he's wanting to celebrate so hard this year...guess he's really happy to have made it to age 63!!!??? Anyway today is day 3 of the 4 day birthday celebration DH planned for himself. I'm only up 3 "salt pounds" this morning so I guess it could be worse!!! Those onion frizzles at The Keg were fabulous last night! I ate every one, along with my steamed veggies. <BR> <BR> 2 more birthday cakes are already baked and ready to be lit up and wished upon! <BR> <BR> Onward I go. <BR> ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 07:56:10 EST Date Day Thursday DH and I have been doing Date Day Thursdays every Thursday since before really brightens the week! We take turns choosing what we'd like to do. This week is DH's turn. <BR> <BR> It doesn't usually involve food, but today we are going to Elements Restaurant which is right beside the falls and overlooks both the Canadian Falls and American Falls as well as the upper Niagara River. The setting is lovely. The food is expensive, but really nice for a special treat. I'm hoping ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:39:04 EST TOO MUCH!? I was blessed with a thin face. When I was 50+ pounds overweight, it was a blessing. Now that I've lost that weight and almost 60 years old...not so much. The gaining and losing of so much weight, so many times has taken a toll on the elasticity of my skin. And since I'll not be wearing a bikini ever again, it's my face that the public notices. My BMI is good...not even on the low side of normal, and when I go to a BMI calculator, it tells me I can easily lose another 15 yes 15 lbs and s... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:26:25 EST REQUESTED BLOG: Hidden Exercise I've had a request to tell you about my "hidden exercise routine". <BR> <BR> So, how many times have I sat through a meeting and done nothing! Plenty! Not any more though....I'm not going to waste my time doing nothing when I can be fitting in FABULOUS hidden exercise. <BR> <BR> I squish my thighs together, pulsing twice and then rest. As I change positions, I flex my butt muscles. It's easy to contract abdominal muscles as I just sit there...even without the movement of right shoul... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:08:53 EST WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION - SUGAR INTAKE RECOMMENDATIONS Two days ago, The World Health Organization again made their recommendations known about our sugar consumption. They recommend that we do not ingest more than 10% of our total energy consumption (calories) in sugar. They go on to say that a further reduction to only 5% or roughly 6 teaspoons per day would give us further health benefits. <BR> <BR> They call them "free sugars"...monosaccharides (such as glucose, fructose) and disacharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) which are added to ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:48:07 EST It's the HONEST CALORIES!!! Ok, so there are many many facets to weight loss, however, the single most important thing is how many calories I eat. <BR> <BR> I can focus on healthy foods...but it's the number of calories in those healthy food that matters. <BR> <BR> I can focus on exercise...but at 59, it's impossible to exercise off 2 chocolate bars, or a pizza! <BR> <BR> 19 weeks of maintaining with INTENT and WATCHFULNESS, has taught me that nope, I can't eat everything I used to want to eat...b/c there are just to... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:30:11 EST It's good to be a BOTTOM FEEDER!!! The local newspaper ran an article on addictive foods last Saturday. I'm sure NOBODY is ready to hear this, but here are the 5 most addictive and the 5 least addictive: <BR> <BR> MOST ADDICTIVE: <BR> 1) pizza <BR> 2) chocolate <BR> 3) chips <BR> 4) cookies <BR> 5) ice cream <BR> <BR> LEAST ADDICTIVE: <BR> 1) cucumbers <BR> 2) carrots <BR> 3) beans <BR> 4) apples <BR> 5) brown rice <BR> <BR> The list at the top, oh my yep, lots of my "used to be" favourites. These days I'm loving being a ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:01:53 EST Ya just never know We had planned to go away to California. We had been planning for four weeks...where we wanted to go, what we wanted to see, where we wanted to stay, what airline we wanted to take and what dates we wanted to go. Well, the day we planned to book, airfare doubled over the previous day. Hmmm and the website said we had until Feb 14th for those rates too...but it was only Feb 12th!!! Grrrrr So that was the end of our trip for now. The date came that we had planned to leave and low and beh... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 03:05:05 EST 18 Weeks of Maintenance Ah yes, 18 weeks of basically staying the same weight. It's new and it's nice. Things have changed: <BR> <BR> I went out for fish tacos and ate one...bringing the other 2 home to enjoy on 2 other days. <BR> <BR> I enhanced my goal-board on my SP Start page and mindfully read each frame every day. <BR> <BR> I've never had such an "active" winter, except maybe when the kids were little. <BR> <BR> I'm having company over and planning the food, but only planning on eating "allowable" and "h... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:45:41 EST It's Sunday. Who knows what will happen today. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:10:09 EST It's Play Day! Yes, it's Play Day and we're off the to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester! There's fresh snow out there in my yard, but it will have to wait another day for my shovel. I'm so excited! The coffee is on, all grandchildren already received their hand-crafted Valentine cards from Nana and Papa and guess what folks? All my food for the day is PRE-PLANNED! Yep, just can't let all the excitment and LIFE draw me away from Beck's tools. <BR> <BR> My tickers says I've been maintaining 16 ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:19:37 EST What a Weekend coming The weekend is almost here, but Nana has miles to go to get ready for it before she sleeps tonight. <BR> <BR> DD, SIL and littlest GS are arriving tonight for a the weekend. Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Valentines's day and I'm hoping to make heart french toast for breakfast or perhaps heart pancakes...I'll see. Plan to make black bean brownies this afternoon for a treat. So also tomorrow is the celebration of our 3 year old littlest GS turning to a 4 year old and the entire family, except our... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:05:25 EST Pondering Questions Why would someone need/want to grill grapefruit? Grapefruit tastes AMAZING right out of the fridge. <BR> <BR> Why would anyone want/need to add icing sugar and chocolate chips to ricotta cheese? Ricotta cheese tastes soooooooooooooo good right out of the container that it's hard to keep my spoon in the drawer? <BR> <BR> Why do I have to have a food addiction? Food is so uplifting. Yet, some leads to some more leads to MORE leads to TOO MUCH! <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:57:00 EST Happy Hump Day! It's promising to be a full Hump Day for me! Reading a chapter of my book in the morning. Off to make sandwiches at the Salvation Army. Lunch and cleaning out ONE drawer! Meeting fellow Sparker for coffee. Then a volunteer Valentine's dinner for me and DH this evening. <BR> <BR> Yep, and I get to do it with 2 HANDS, phew! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a wonderful, wonderful Hump Day! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:22:13 EST The Piles are getting higher! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, just in case my Sparlking Friends have been wondering what the heck I'm doing shoveling all that's me yesterday with the "pleasure" of my work. It only shows one side of the end of the driveway and not the walkway, nor the back yard. But, I'm sure you can imagine! <BR> <BR> Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:54:05 EST Well, SOMETHING'S happening! First and very, very important...welcome back Watermellen! There're a whole lot of Sparkers who are glad you had a nice break and grateful you're back. And for sure I am one of them!!!!! <BR> <BR> So, last week, I put on my big-girl panties and didn't tell anyone how discouraged I was feeling. What a flippin' pity-party I had for me at my house!! Why do I have to measure food all time? Why can't I have a piece of cake? Why can't I eat toast? Why can't I make a banana bread and stop ea... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 08:13:46 EST Sunday Yes, we're going to church this morning...haven't been in over a month b/c I've been sick and didn't want to give it to those sweet little old ladies that surround us in the pews. Other than that, it's going to be a quiet fancy supper, so huge fitness goal, no "tidy this" nor "accomplish that" a lovely, quiet Sunday. <BR> <BR> And, in case you were was a NO CAKE day yesterday. Beck works when we work Beck! <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a Sparkling Day! Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:36:56 EST Life life life What do we do when life get's in the way of living? Oh Well. <BR> <BR> So I'm up early again to attack my wanna do list....and I'm already looking forward to an afternoon nap before the big birthday party tonight. NO CAKE for me tonight....NO CHOICE! Say it with me friends...the echo will be helpful. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a fabulous fabulous Saturday! <BR> <BR> Sparkcheers! Sat, 7 Feb 2015 05:42:12 EST It's Friday ALREADY! I'm not sure where the time goes. Of course, when we have to spend a few hours in the middle of the night watching TV, it doesn't make for the best next day.... Anyway, DH suggested I plug that phone back in and see what happens. All day, everything was ok. Then at 2:30 A.M. (yep, again!) the dial tone started and it started dialing and ringing. Ok, I'm throwing it out. <BR> <BR> As for today...I've got hopes and dreams and plans AND I wish that being here on SP would accomplish them, b... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:23:23 EST You are NOT going to believe this one!!!! I've been blogging about all good, exercise, organization, relationships....all good, but no one is going to believe what happened at my house last night! <BR> <BR> I awoke to the faint sound of a phone ringing at 3:10 a.m. I layed there, waking up a bit, then noticed the "in use" light was on on the phone next to our bed, but the phone was on the hook. I awoke quickly at that point...first reaching out to see if DH was still in bed. Yep. Then jumped up and ran to the phone... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:48:28 EST Hump Day Oh yesterday went well...very very well! This is what can be accomplished when I PRE-PLAN! and NO CHOICE that plan!!! It works for everything...not just food! Beck is a wonder!!! <BR> <BR> So, now I need another plan for today...I gotta be careful not to work every minute of my day....balance, balance, balance. Yikes that balance thing is harder to do than to say!!! <BR> <BR> Ok, so I'm hoping to mend a few more items today, clean out a drawer and start recovering some cushions for my ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 06:23:43 EST New Resolve Today Any of you who have come to know me, knows I have not stopped working on "stuff". I work on relationships here on SP...trying to read and respond to my friends blogs. I eat well and log my food. I exercise and log my activity. I've been having a lot of family company lately. I've been working on "in-person" relationships too. HOWEVER, the one resolution I have let slip a bit is the organizing of my home. Oh yes, I have been sick, sick, it's understandable that something had to... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:35:25 EST Monday...Blizzard Clean Up Day!!!! Had a lovely visit with family this past weekend...too bad they got stuck in a motel in the middle of the night last night b/c they couldn't make it home in the BLIZZARD! Gosh...the weatherman was calling for snow...but a blizzard? No one said anything about that! <BR> <BR> DH used his snowblower 3.5 hours today and I shoveled for 2 hours...then we napped. Now it's time for healthy supper and a lovely shower. <BR> <BR> My personal squat challenge is done...moving along to punches...140 p... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:15:07 EST It's Saturday and Cardio House Cleaning is Planned Yes, my friends, when you see that I've posted 2 or 3 hours of heavy house cleaning, you'll all know that I'm ready for MORE company! I love this! I really do. Ok, so it's that balance thing again and when I have company, I don't have much time to commit to my other goals, but hey! Family company has to be taken when it comes, b/c lives change....right? Kids go into sports or have birthday parties to attend or mom and dad have "stuff" to do, and then visits are not possible! <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:42:14 EST Concurrent Goals January 1st I made a resolution to 1) maintain my weight 2) organize my house 3) cultivate "in-person" relationships. <BR> <BR> I am surely moving along on all of them, but I'm just saying that I cannot spend too much time on any ONE of them...otherwise I feel overwhelmed and the other goals receive no attention. <BR> <BR> Gosh, this BALANCE thing in life is harder to achieve than to say. And hey, balance wasn't even one of my resolutions!!!! It just seems to be an unintended consequence... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:17:17 EST It's Monday!!! Very short blog today. I love to see the steady "steady" of the weight of the long time maintainers and am always inspired to see them put their weight out there. <BR> <BR> I've only been maintaining 13 weeks now, but this morning I'm 1 lb below goal....see how much I am INSPIRED!!!! <BR> <BR> I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE!!! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:47:14 EST All I Really Have is TODAY! Today is day 21 of Steve Siebold's free 21 day program. Today he sets me up for continuing success. In weight loss, in fitness and in anything I chose to focus my energies on. He says I need to maintain a sense of urgency because yesterday is gone, tomorrow is promisary note so all I have is TODAY. He urges me to keep my eye on my goals and ACT towards them today. <BR> <BR> He also tells us about his friend. How Steve was supposed to call his friend, but the friend passed ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:53:58 EST Three Stages: Excitement, Season of Pain, Knowing Phase Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, today is Day 20 of Siebold's free 21 day program. Today he reviews the three phases we go through when making major personal changes. <BR> <BR> He's told me these stages before in this 21 day program, but today he really focuses on what to do when I reach The Season of Pain. Strategies to focusing my thinking on why I want the change. Thinking over and over to myself that I will succeed. Thinking over and over to myself the benefits of that success.... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:23:24 EST Inventory of my core beliefs Today is day 19 of Siebold's 21 day on-line free program. I have wondered and wondered and wondered why I have never been able to maintain my, he tells me the answer to my question!!!! <BR> <BR> Today he wants me to think very carefully about what I believe. Because he says Belief precedes Action. He also says that probably, once I figure out what I currently believe, that I will need to take the time to REWORK AND REWORD those beliefs to reflect what I want to achieve. <BR... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:43:43 EST I have been WRONG! First, goodbye to my very good friend Watermellen, who has been oh so helpful to me in my journey... She's taking a Spark break and I wish her every good thing in her life and while I will sincerely miss her, I do understand that us "virtual" friends do need to take a back seat to real life. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone who knows me knows I very, very often say "Action is King"!!! Well, today Siebold tells me I have been incorrect in my thinking. It is not action that is is MY B... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:02:30 EST The Ball is in My Court This morning Steve Siebold, my mental toughness coach, reiterates that being overweight is MY FAULT. It is a result of old, bad habits. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to hear this!!! Really...b/c this means that control for my weight is squarely up to me! He tells me I can change. Yes, I can. The interesting thing is I had never thought of the reason for being overweight and yo yo-ing all my life was b/c of MY HABITS! Gosh, now that I know...I know! <BR> <BR> And Beck has giv... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:07:33 EST Something else to learn?! Today is Day 16 of Siebold's free program. Yesterday the lesson was: <BR> Make my decisions with logic. <BR> Motivate myself with emotion. <BR> and NEVER EVER mix the two! <BR> <BR> Today he tells me that I ALONE am responsible for my success or failure. Not my husband, not my diet, not him, not my coach...nope...ME! Ok, so the responsibility and the POWER are directly in my lap. That's good actually...this means I can do whatever I am determined enough to do and have eno... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:09:12 EST Control over emotions/feelings Siebold's day 15 is another good lesson for me. <BR> <BR> Make my decisions with logic. <BR> Motivate myself with emotion. <BR> and NEVER EVER mix the two! <BR> <BR> To get to this, he urges me to monitor my emotions today, and my response to them. You know folks, things are always good when we're all excited about doing something new. We're upbeat and woo hoo-ing. The problem for me arises when I hit what he refers to as "The Season of Pain"....when the novelty has worn off and now it... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:09:23 EST Pre-planning Today my body is still invaded by "the bug" so no church today, however, I am pre-planning my day and my food for today and food for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> New year's goals are going well but pre-planning has been slipping a bit, so I'm going to tighten that up RIGHT NOW! I guess it's too new of a skill to be automatic as yet, so I'll work it until it is. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm starting a personal "squat challenge" of 2 weeks in length, starting with 10 the first day and increasing by 1... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:24:32 EST Saturday Saturday is done...I'm off to bed. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:20:11 EST Growing up - today. Siebold's Day 12 is about growing up emotionally. Ok, so I want to relate this to my life, and my coach has sent me a FABULOUS e-mail with lots of clarification and things I definitely want to work on, and will work on. <BR> <BR> For today, growing up emotionally means not whining because I'm sick. Today is another day in my life when I know I'm just going to have to suffer through to achieve my goal...which is to stay above-ground at least until Saturday morning. Yepper, that's the goa... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 22:59:40 EST Say it ain't so!!! Today is my Day 10 of the free on-line program by Steve Siebold. Today he tells me that losing weight is a simple 2-step program. <BR> <BR> 1. Make a decision. <BR> 2. Develop the mental toughness to stick to it until I get it. <BR> <BR> He says no one wants us to believe it's this easy, b/c the weight loss industry is worth <BR> 68 BILLION DOLLARS a year in the United States. Now, he does say that us humans are emotionally-based creatures so we have to overcome our emotio... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:50:03 EST The Second Week of Deer Camp Does anyone know this song: <BR> <BR> It's the second week of deer camp <BR> And all the guys are here <BR> We drink play cards and shoot the bull <BR> But never shoot no deer <BR> The only time we leave the camp <BR> Is when we go for beer <BR> The second week of deer camp <BR> Is the greatest time of year! <BR> <BR> This morning it won't stop cycling through my head!!! Guess it's just a fun song to sing in the deep freeze of the winter on a sunny morning.... Oh yes, and it is the 2nd ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:00:07 EST A Late in the Day Blog Today Siebold wants me to commit to doing whatever it takes to succeed. Yep...I never want to regain...I'm there. <BR> <BR> He also tells me that major change is not easy...nope, it's not...but I want it. <BR> <BR> He tells me "life isn't fair and success isn't free" has taught me he's right. <BR> <BR> He tells me to take control of my emotions...I'm working on it...I'm working on it. <BR> <BR> And he tells me to "Dream Big!" <BR> <BR> Ok, Steve, I'm dreaming of the day when I h... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:44:36 EST Sunday and Siebold and Beck and Me I'm continuing on with Siebold's program. Today was day 7, but each and every day he has a good lesson for me. I LOVE his program. <BR> <BR> Now, having said that, I hear Beck's words in my head every day too. NO CHOICE. EAT SITTING DOWN. Oh Well. Pre-plan!!!!!!! It's kinda like Siebold is encouraging me to stick with Beck's program...b/c Beck's program works! Beck's program does work if I work Beck's program. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a peaceful, happy, on-plan Sund... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:58:53 EST THIN PEOPLE EAT TO LIVE...FAT PEOPLE EAT FOR PLEASURE This is the topic of Siebold's Day 5 of I attended a Little Christmas dinner last night and did not go over my calorie range for the day. I pre-planned and ate VERY lightly during the day so I'd have extra calories for the dinner...well, that worked. However, the person next to me is a naturally thin person and she ate about 2/3 of what I ate and had NO DESSERT! Yep. No dessert. <BR> <BR> She piled her plate with salad, ate some lean chicken breast and some squash. Yep,... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 08:24:49 EST EXPECT PAIN Today is day 4 of my review of Siebold's and his message today is EXPECT PAIN! Yep, to be successful, we must suffer. Interestingly enough, he also tells us "nothing is free, there's a price to pay for everything". Success is not free...failure is not free either. I'm with him, I'd rather pay the price for success than the pain of failure. <BR> <BR> What a great day for this lesson to re-arrive, considering we've been invited to Little Christmas dinner at a food-pusher's h... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:06:38 EST