SHEILA234's SparkPeople Blog SHEILA234's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2015 New Beginning! Soon we'll be celebrating New Year's, and I'm going to get serious about healthy eating in 2015! Having said 'serious', I think it will be an adventure, and hopefully a lot of fun with a lot of great benefits! <BR> <BR> I really want to turn around my "living to eat" / "eating what I want because it tastes good or is convenient" mentality to that of "eating to live" ... learning more about what my body needs for optimal health and finding healthy and tasty options to fulfill those health ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:49:50 EST This time... April 7, 2014 <BR> <BR> I'm making a new start today, with a fresh commitment to a healthy lifestyle. I really think this time will be different (i.e., that I'll stick with it, and not give up after a few days). I feel a lot more committed this time. This time I feel like I *really want* to get back in shape and lose those 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> I think in the recent past when I started a new 'commitment' to lose weight on various occasions, I wasn't really 'committed'. I didn't have a lon... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 03:31:13 EST Nutribullet, here we come!!! I bought a Nutribullet (along the lines of a Magic Bullet, but I think it pulverizes the food more) last week, and am finally ready to start (once again) on a healthy living lifestyle. The Nutribullet will of course be only one part of my healthy living plan, but I'm hoping that a tasty and nutritious drink (incorporating fruit, vegetables, some nuts & seeds, etc.) made in the Nutribullet will be a good snack alternative sometimes. <BR> <BR> Evening snacking is my worst habit, so that is t... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:12:19 EST Re: 12 Ways to Top your Tomato Soup Spark article<BR>_ways_to_top_your_tomato_soup <BR> <BR> Just saw this article on Spark, and there's something about it that I Love! <BR> <BR> I think it's the sheer simplicity / purity / 'back to basics' factor. I mean ... what can be simpler, and tastier, or more comforting and warming on a cold day, than a nice bowl of home made tomato soup? <BR> <BR> I haven't thought to make home made tomato soup in YEARS! (seriously!) ... but with these great toppi... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 01:15:56 EST Is this me?? I'm now on Day 5 of my new lifestyle, and still going strong! This is feeling really good. I'm focussing on nourishing my body in a nutritios way (well, on the whole, anyway -- reducing wine still needs a bit of work), and I feel great after my workouts. I've got my organic oatmeal packets ready to take to work for breakfasts, and am going to make extra chicken-vegetable stirfry tonight to take for lunch tomorrow. <BR> <BR> As I asked in the title to this blog .... Is this me??? Lol. ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:10:38 EST The Junk Food Cupboard is Bare! Okay -- that's it! I can start my New Year's resolutions early -- as i just finished off the (gasp) LAST of the junk food*. Now my cupboard is rather bare .... no chocolates, no chips, no candy... but this is a GOOD thing! I DO have healthy options in my pantry ... and I need to shop tomorrow for some more appealing, healthy snack and quick meal options. *Okay, I do have a handful of those dollar-coin gold wrapped chocolate discs ... but I almost don't count them, because I really don't ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:33:45 EST Nice time with long-time friends today Met up with my former boss (from way back!) and his wife - David & Marilyn - today for a Christmas visit. David was my supervisor in my first-ever full time job, which I started when I was 18. I stayed at that company for 20 years. We have kept in touch over the years. <BR> <BR> We had lunch at a just-opened local pub, then came back here for tea. They're big cat lovers, and brought a little gift bag for Roscoe -- he was a happy kitty! <BR> <BR> I'm just having a relaxing evening, g... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 23:28:19 EST New Start in 2013 I decided tonight that 2013 will be different. A new beginning. New, healthy eating habits. Exercise. Spending more time doing things I will feel good about afterwards, like reading and healthy habits, instead of falling into the habit of unhealthy 'grazing' snacking whenever I have free time. <BR> <BR> 2013. A new beginning for me. I hope to share the journey with many of you. <BR> <BR> And ... Merry Christmas, everyone! <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>361</em>... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 04:18:57 EST Doing it Right this time! Yesterday I decided that, starting today (July 11, 2012) I would really DO what I have been thinking about ... talking about ... wishing for ... writing about ..., etc. etc. for FAR too long --- to actually START and STICK WITH a healthy eating and exercise program, and to lose those annoying 15 or 20 lbs. for good! <BR> <BR> I was thinking about the idea on the way home from work yesterday, and debating about whether to start today, or, then again, maybe leaving it until September 1st, as... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 01:47:01 EST Eating Better I finally seem to be getting on track with eating better, at least a lot of the time. This week I'm actually taking lunches to work, which results in healthier lunches than I generally buy on campus. I made a nice cold salad dish with organic garbanzo beans, tuna, organic red pepper and organic celery, mixed with some Greek salad dressing and a splash of Dijon mustard. I have a bit of the salad left for tomorrow, but after 2 days I'm getting tired of it, so to change things up a bit I boug... Tue, 8 May 2012 23:59:32 EST Musings about the Titanic story I have been so enjoying the many Titanic documentaries that have been shown this week. I think I'm at least somewhat addicted... <BR> <BR> What is it about this story that so fascinates us, I wonder? There have been countless shipwrecks and tragedies over the centuries... Why our fascination with this one? <BR> <BR> I guess maybe we can relate more to the Titanic account because there is an amazing amount of information and detail that survived ... photos and even movie-camera footage... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:04:05 EST Organic grains shopping spree! I went to a great little local natural foods store today, and stocked up on a bag full of organic grains, etc. At least one of them I don't even know what to do with, but I'll figure it out! I know that this site is a great source for recipes and info. <BR> <BR> As an aside, Galloway's is a wonderful little place that was selling natural foods long before they became popular, and which I remember back to my childhood in the 1960s. When you enter the store, you're greeted by a wonderful ... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:15:05 EST Attending a Dr. Neal Barnard lecture in person on Monday! I just learned that Dr. Neal Barnard (author of 'Breaking the Food Seduction' among many other titles) will be speaking in Vancouver on Monday. What a cool opportunity -- I'm going to go! <BR> <BR> He's going to be talking about his '21 Day Weightloss Kickstart' book, which sounds interesting. I gather the premise is a vegan style of eating -- I'm not interested in switching to that eating style entirely, but I'll be interested in what he has to say about nutrition and health in general,... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:04:22 EST I'm going to do this! After much back and forth, to and fro, indecisiveness, and poor eating habits... I have made a DECISION! I'm GOING TO GO back to Weight Watchers next week! <BR> <BR> I know that Spark alone works for many people, and I wish it did for me, but I just seem to need the additional structure, at least for a while, at least at this point in my life. I have waffled, changed my mind, and done everything except lose weight or adopt a healthier lifestyle for months and months now! So this is IT!... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:11:43 EST Okay -- ENOUGH Already!! Okay ... This is the time I'm GOING to make a change for GOOD! I'm REALLY going to change my eating habits and lifestyle this time. <BR> <BR> Eeeekkk, how many times have I come up with my "latest, greatest" new plan, and even posted it here often ... only to then just stay with my old, ingrained, bad habits. But I believe that change IS possible, and I have seen the results that so many of you on this site have experienced! So this time it's my turn to start posting "victory" updates... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:43:26 EST New Job Butterflies! So I start my new job today (9 month temporary promotion to university student advisor / course scheduler), and I must say I'm kind of nervous. Realistically, there isn't a lot to be nervous about --- (a) it's in my same faculty, so I know the people, (b) as this is a temp. promotion I have my other job to go back to at the end of the 9 months, and (c) this week is reading break for the students, so it will be quite quiet on campus, without many students needing advising. I'll be training a... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:08:03 EST Hmmm... not going so well... Unfortunately, my "best laid plans" of the New Year for healthy eating and exercise aren't going so well. Maybe I "bit off more than I could chew", fitness-wise --- although I don't seem to have a problem with "biting off" or "chewing" when it comes to things like potato chips, chocolate, etc. <BR> <em>4</em> Ha ha. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Therein lies the problem. I was doing not too badly (although not as much fitness as I had planned) until I hit some stress last weekend, in rega... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 22:19:14 EST Getting back to my 'Aha moment!' So every time lately I see the title of my October "Aha moment" blog entry on my home page, I feel a bit guilty ..... because I haven't been acting on the great revelation I had back there in October. My October "Aha moment" was that: <BR> <BR> "I'm failing at consistent healthy eating because I'm failing to Plan Ahead." <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay --- the light bulb just went on again for me. ....The same light bulb, I think --- maybe I'm a bit of a slow learner? Maybe we ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 03:10:27 EST 'Aha!' moment! I just had one of those moments where something I've really known about for years, but haven't done, suddenly seems SO obvious. <BR> <BR> Planning my daily food choices the day before! <BR> <BR> It's not rocket science, is it? BUT.... I haven't been doing this. And it suddenly seems so clear to me that NO WONDER I keep making poor food choices, despite my best 'general' plans to "eat better" --- I'm leaving the choices to times like when I get home from work after a long day and am rea... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 06:17:17 EST Help!! It's the after-work snack and glass of wine that's the hardest to give up. The night before, I make all sorts of great plans for healthy eating the next day. Then, on the day, I'm fine all day at work. But it's that ritual of the after-work glass (or two) of wine and snack (hmmm... unhealthy snack, like potato chips) that gets me every time. <BR> <BR> I'm being very transparent here, and I know I'm taking a bit of a risk in posting this. But this is really the most difficult time of day for me. I guess I already have some ideas toward the solution ... I should ... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:12:01 EST Cleaning up my Pantry So I have decided that I need to use up everything (within reason) that I have in my freezer and cupboards. I must admit to buying things when they are on sale, or they catch my interest, and then going home and eating something else ... and the new items fall to the back of the freezer or the cupboard. So.. as part of my healthy eating plan, I'm also going to use up what I have (lots of healthy foods in there) and then shop for new healthy foods when the existing stock is used up. Of cour... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 23:28:51 EST Furniture assembly 101 Assembled 2 Ikea shelving units this evening. Managed it by myself, with a few interesting 'gymnastic' moves (the instructions didn't mention anything about having to SIT on the unit in order to hold the pieces together during the construction process, but I found that helped a lot, lol). Anyway, after letting the 2 boxes sit unopened in my 2nd bedroom for probably 3 months, I finally decided to put the units together this evening, and once I got started, nothing would do but that I would get... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 05:40:19 EST Still Undecided... Hmmmm... I'm still undecided about whether to return to Weight Watchers or not. I HAD decided to join again, and tried to go to the local meeting earlier this week ... but when I got there it turned out that the time had been changed to an earlier start time, so everyone was leaving as I got there, lol. I was then planning to join next week ... but then I keep reading positive stories on Spark from people who have had great success through SparkPeople alone. So that makes me wonder if I n... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 04:22:56 EST Back to Weight Watchers, I think. Well, I'm strongly considering re-joining Weight Watchers, to help me with the area of accountability. I lost 15 lbs. before with WW, and got to what was a really good weight for me at that time. Eating within the points system also led me to make healthy food choices a good part of the time. <BR> <BR> I thought that my local meeting was tomorrow, but just looked it up and found that it's on Tuesdays. So if I start it will be next week. I think it might be the best option right now, ... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 01:31:12 EST Back to healthy eating tomorrow Well, my long weekend didn't go so well in terms of eating healthily. I think the main problem was that I didn't eat good food regularly enough, and so I got hungry & run down enough to believe my justifications that some chocolate (not the healthy kind) wouldn't hurt because, after all, I missed lunch, or that the corn chips were a good idea... <em>475</em> <em>39</em> Etc. etc. Sigh. Also, there was a bit of boredom involved, and the stress of my mom being in the hospital. There'... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 23:43:52 EST Maybe Weekends Don't Deserve a Licence Hmmmm... I just got to thinking (after searching, perhaps fortunately in vain) at the grocery store on the way home for corn chips, but eating some pretzels (from the bag, not a pre-decided amount put onto a plate) anyway, and pouring a glass of wine... that maybe JUST because "it's Friday" doesn't really mean that I should give myself licence to eat in an unplanned way. What a concept!! <BR> <BR> It's not that what I've had tonight was "bad", really (very SMALL amount for me in terms of s... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 00:06:50 EST Coming Back Home..... Well, here I am again ... after being AWOL for far too long ... again ... sigh... But I guess the good thing is that I AM back here (and committed to a healthier lifestyle) again. So no looking back, just looking forward! <BR> <BR> I'm looking at trying to reduce my carbohydrate intake (just REDUCING carbs, definitely not super-low or no carbs) ... does anyone have any input / suggestions on that? I'm thinking that just trying to vastly reduce highly processed carbs would likely be a po... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 23:52:41 EST My New Fitness Goal! I've set a new fitness goal. "To do at least 10 min. exercise every day." The key here is the "every day" part. <BR> <BR> Fitness every day?? gasp! <BR> <BR> All kidding aside, this is a very do-able goal for me. The thing is, I've lost track of how many times I have set more challenging goals in the past (20 min./day, 30 min. 3 x week, etc. etc.), but then not met those goals. Therefore, I'm going with this goal that is very easy (fitness-wise) for me, with the knowledge that this on... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:23:44 EST