SEATTLE9's SparkPeople Blog SEATTLE9's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Life - Again I just turned sixty-four! It’s a strange age – I read of so many leaving this world at this age, but then there is the frightening truth that I may have another thirty five years to go… So I have been trapped in a series of days that begin with hopes and schemes for a future that finally fulfills some of the dreams that have lingered at the edge of my mind all these years, and end with a vague dread that I will wake up to begin the hopeless cycle again. <BR> <BR> What does this have to ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:18:22 EST More Cancer My younger sister, Barbara, age 60, went to the emergency room because she had difficulty breathing. The hospital stay lasted six days. <BR> <BR> She has heart problems and colon cancer. She will have surgery in three weeks after some of the heart issues are treated. In other words she will have surgery with two heart blockages. Prayers are needed from all of you who pray, or just hold her in your heart. <BR> <BR> Now all three siblings have faced cancer. Please get regular checkups, f... Mon, 16 May 2011 13:21:30 EST Challenge I am extremely grateful for the Trick or Treat Challenge. Knowing I didn't want to let me team down really helped me stay on track. Recording my calories all month was a great training tool by forcing me to look at my consumption through the day. I've educated myself on portion size and just how MANY calories are in a tablespoon of fat! <BR> <BR> I am making friends with more fruits and vegetable each day - it's been wonderful! I've lost three pounds this month, breaking through a subbor... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 16:50:34 EST November Goals Now that my nutrition intake is under control, consistently remaining within my calorie limits and getting the cravings out of my day to day life, it's time to look at fitness. I am amazed that I can go to the store and not even look at the snacks and candy! It took a tremendous amount of jaw clenching at the beginning, but now the idea of ruining my efforts to get healthy by indulging horrifies me! However, getting through the holidays without falling off the wagon is going to take a grea... Sat, 23 Oct 2010 09:16:11 EST Humbling Moment After a week of carefully measuring my servings to be absolutely certain I am staying within my calorie limits, I find nothing spectacular has happened. Okay, I admit it, I was SO confident that there would be a great AH AH moment, and weight would come sliding off. I think I can put that dream aside. I call times like this "humbling moments". It is so difficult to have to deal with food choices each day without the immediate gratification on the scale. But I will continue with the pla... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 20:05:44 EST Reality Check I'm not one for blogs, but it seems appropriate today. I have had my ups and downs with the weight issue. I realize that all the exercise I am doing is not doing it (and trust me - I AM exercising). So it has to be the calories. Obviously I am taking in more than I think I am. So - no more guessing; I am using measuring cups and spoons. No more big containers; it's too easy to have a little more. I am clearing the cupboards of anything that can lead me astray. Portion control - here I... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 16:31:00 EST 2010 Goals I am focused on a single goal - to be physically strong enough to have the freedom to do whatever and go wherever I please! While weight loss is part of this, without the physical strength it would mean little to me. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:15:02 EST