SHERYLDS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHERYLDS SHERYLDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Junk Food Independence Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955070 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bed80818-5cfe-4ec1-95f6-6f0ea3e96a0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> July 4th will start the second week of the 5% Challenge. No hot dogs for me. <BR> I have eggplant, zucchini, beefsteak tomato, Lima bean stew, whole wheat rotini pasta, and chicken breast, (which I plan to marinate in lime and chipotle BBQ). <BR> <BR> Just an update on the 8 mystery holes the condo crew dug all around the building... <BR> one of them ended up becoming a small sink hole (ri... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:56:28 EST Crazy IS the New Norm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953167 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e1e1f48-7295-47e1-9d31-54c9a3111cde.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway <BR> <BR> It happened at the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. <BR> <BR> Police say a man in his late 20s and wearing a grey hoodie wheeled into the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. After receiving over $1,200 in bills, police say the suspect then fled westbound on Broadway in the wheelchair. <BR... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:57:01 EST find your joy each day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952949 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af2812f4-d397-4322-b9fa-d9519e658f36.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I babysat my neighbors cat this weekend...what a little sweetie. <BR> I think I had more fun than she did chasing the little laser light. <BR> {...maybe I should get a light...I might get more exercise...} <BR> <BR> I'm back to basics again. No sugar and very little starches, lots of veggies, lean protein, up to 1 cup peanuts in the shell, and no more than 2 fruits a day...it's the only ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:14:11 EST What the Heck ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950896 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29f55b03-b563-4fc6-9fa1-13b8cb0fbc0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THE CONDO MAINTENANCE CREW.....THEY ARE AT IT AGAIN. <BR> <BR> I live in a garden apartment condo and my building is surrounded by about 200 feet of grass and trees. For the last 2 weeks the condo crew has kept themselves busy digging what can best be described as lawn holes with the smallest being 3 feet by 3 feet and deep enough to stand in. There are about 8 of them visible from my ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:51:19 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948614 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/272da86d-069b-422e-93ce-6e110db9b49d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Getting old is for the birds. <BR> I love trying new stuff...my back doesn't. <BR> Yesterday was tough...but I think it rained all last night. <BR> <BR> I am doing a bit better today. <BR> Made my black bean soup <BR> ( I use it a thousand different ways...sauce over pasta, plain soup, rice and beans, veggie dip...)...I just control how much liquid I ladle out and adjust the consistency ov... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:25:34 EST But I'm Not Ready Yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947311 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23a018f6-d724-4da4-8663-295d8aad56a1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hey...Did Ya Miss Me <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Once again we are about to approach the dreaded Summer Bathing Suit <BR> And ... so the season begins. <BR> I am not liking this. I don't usually feel self conscious BUT <BR> put me in a bathing suit and I feel like a squirrel who accidently runs into the middle of a dog park. Not Good. <BR> Oh well....maybe next year. <BR> <BR> I've bee... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:48:59 EST the Pollen Tsunami http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925409 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1576934554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The pollen is insane ... the other morning everyone's car was green. <BR> The lines for the car wash had 20 cars waiting in line when I passed. <BR> I bought a deck mop and car wash instead. <BR> I just finished rinsing off and thoroughly washing the car... <BR> and I will probably have to do it again tomorrow. <BR> And my eyes are killing me. This is one tough season for allergy sufferers. <BR> <BR> AT THI... Sat, 9 May 2015 17:18:48 EST Febreeze Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924978 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2111023361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have animal loving neighbors who insist on feeding stray cats by the dumpsters. <BR> Unfortunately ... they end up feeding stray cats, opossum, skunk , along with any rodents in the vicinity ... <BR> It makes throwing the garbage out at night an adventure. <BR> the other night 2 of the creatures had the fight of the century. <BR> And 2 of my neighbors, who had front row seats, suffered the aftermath. <BR... Fri, 8 May 2015 19:32:35 EST Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913424 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1957701896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> THIS UNDERDOG IS NOT A HAPPY PUPPY <BR> <BR> I'm wearing the cone of shame for letting myself eat a box of Dove Ice Cream Bars. <BR> <BR> Oh, the shame <em>39</em> Oh, the guilt <em>198</em> Oh, that dirty rotten scale <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> {..Note to self.. <BR> a SALE is not BARGAIN when you end up paying for it with DISAPPOINTMENT...} <BR> <BR> It's is drop dead gorgeous today...going to walk my tushie... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:34:47 EST Guilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1472175263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but DOVE Ice Cream bars were on sale. <BR> {...note the plural on the word BARS...} <BR> <BR> See ... this is why I can't trust my inner child. <BR> Leave her alone in front of the frozen desserts section and <BR> she grabs whatever she wants. <BR> {...I make no apologies for this dialogue...you've heard it before...} <BR> <BR> so today I was better.... <BR> {...and of course I didn't admit my transgression on ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:39:33 EST Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1005718069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> UNDERDOGS RULE <BR> <BR> I love the feeling you get when you put aside all the competitive angst <BR> and just smile in the atmosphere of enjoying the journey. <BR> <BR> "IT'S WHAT YOU LEARN AFTER YOU KNOW IT ALL THAT COUNTS." <BR> ~~JOHN WOODEN <BR> <BR> I've learned far more about being healthy <BR> from being able to get back on track... <BR> than I would have, if it had always been just steady progress. <... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:49:48 EST Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2099120641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NOW....YOU DIDN'T EXPECT SERIOUS FROM ME...DID YA <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> HAVE A GLORIOUS HOLIDAY WHATEVER YOU ARE CELEBRATING <BR> <BR> watch out for those Easter bunnies...if you bite them they hang on to your hips <BR> <BR> and in the unlikely event that you haven't seen this <BR> BIG BUCK BUNNY short video (great 10 minute video on YouTube) <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoTag<BR>OnLVqM... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:14:27 EST Bon Appetite --- Challenge Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904863 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728515522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm on the UNDERDOGS team for the 5% Spring Challenge. <BR> <BR> There was a great sale on frozen veggies this week and I stocked up with all kinds of medleys. <BR> Love my stir fry. Love my chicken primavera. Love my veggie omelets. <BR> But especially love my shrinking numbers. <BR> So while I haven't been particularly great on the exercise, <BR> I stayed true with the healthy eating. <BR> <BR> The ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:33:27 EST My Tail of... Whoa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889387 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l713596098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have neighbors who like to feed the stray cats <BR> people keep abandoning in my condo development. <BR> Gives them a sense of pet ownership. <BR> Now we have a new addition to the animal menagerie. <BR> <BR> To some of you this may look like a cute little critter <BR> BUT <BR> to me...who grew up in New York City...THIS looks like a RAT. <BR> {...yeah yeah...I know it's an opossum...a marsupial...sti... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:05:51 EST Fabulous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888381 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l657954629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> OKAY...So once again, this underdog didn't quite make the 5% challenge goal. <BR> but I did lose 6+ pounds and I ate extremely healthy. <BR> I joined the in-between challenge to keep me on the straight and narrow <BR> {...I am notorious for gaining back a few pounds when I'm not in challenge mode} <BR> <BR> I looked at the weather forecast for my area...I was amazed it isn't going to snow. <BR> Tomorrow it suppose... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:16:23 EST Moving slowwwly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886323 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792055056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.....BITE ME <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Been AWOL on the blogging for a month ... but I have been pushing along. <BR> Winter weather makes my lower back ache and puts a damper on my efforts. <BR> But <BR> I have been good with food... <BR> <BR> I took 3 large red peppers the other day ($.99 a lb), add 2 lean pork chops and braised them with a large chopped onion, and threw in Italian h... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:51:45 EST Awkward Moments -- the Cheating Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860973 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832708925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When you get on the scale and it shows a gain <BR> you look forward to that little lapse of memory ... <BR> what I call FOOD AMNESIA.... <BR> but unfortunately...the one thing I can remember... <BR> are the things I shouldn't have eaten . <BR> <BR> And trust me....I don't do enough exercise to blame MORE MUSCLE. <BR> <BR> I don't know what the scale is going to say tomorrow. <BR> I have been great with the food..... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:03:21 EST Drive Safely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859519 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408089297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In my area a lot of people think traffic speed signs are just a suggestion, <BR> and the solid double yellow lines are just there for decoration. <BR> That being said...I keep seeing commercials for the new breed of smart cars <BR> that have safer driving features. The thing that scares me is that the clueless <BR> drivers who don't pay attention to the road will feel even more comfortable playing with even m... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:41:12 EST It's A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858086 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107061599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TODAY IS A HAPPY DAY <BR> <BR> "ONCE YOU MAKE A DECISION, <BR> THE UNIVERSE CONSPIRES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN." <BR> ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I haven't gone to the gym in a long long time because the facility nearest me <BR> is underground, musty, smells funky, and cramped. <BR> Not very inviting. <BR> I have a lifetime membership for $48 a Year. <BR> {...yes...that's right...I joined a well known chain when I ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:47:42 EST Challenge Week #1 -- the 1st part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856423 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l546114122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TODAY WAS THE FIRST WEIGH-IN.....VICTORY IS MINE. <BR> <BR> 3 POUNDS THIS WEEK <BR> <BR> Something about starting brand new always makes me try a little harder. <BR> But it's easy for me to get cocky and get over confident. <BR> I am going to push for another 2 pounds this week... <BR> I would love to see myself 7 weeks from now passing the next milestone <BR> into the land of OVERWEIGHT. <BR> {...yes people...s... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:18:42 EST Dream BIG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1042038195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to weigh-in on Saturday <BR> {...whoa...wait....did I just say that ???...} <BR> YES....YES I DID <BR> So I have every intention sticking to the plan. <BR> Soup du jour is minestrone <BR> Grilled chicken with lots of veggies for dinner <BR> and <BR> EXERCISE <BR> <BR> So TODAY, I am going to try Planking <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:01:54 EST Goddess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854197 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2136142464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am on the Underdogs Team for the 5% WINTER CHALLENGE. <BR> 8 Weeks to focus on losing 5% of my body weight. <BR> For me that is just under 12 pounds. <BR> It's the first week....I'm pushing hard. <BR> <BR> Some days you wake up looking and feeling great. <BR> This isn't one of those days. <BR> But maybe some caffeine and some protein and some music <BR> will get me out of this funk. <BR> {...yeah yeah yeah...e... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:25:53 EST The Force is Strong these days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853411 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2090866434.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1339067429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am feeling very positive these days. <BR> The FORCE is strong. <BR> I think it is the combo of the New Year and New Challenge start. <BR> I am psyched. <BR> I am pushing for 2 pounds this week. <BR> {...for a slow loser like me...that's a lot...} <BR> <BR> I am going for it <BR> <BR> CAME ACROSS THIS FUNNY COMMERCIAL THAT MADE MY DAY ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:42:49 EST I will get there...eventually http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852086 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937056009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HEY...I'M MOVING AS FAST AS I CAN...GET OFF MY BACK <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I made leek and lima bean soup with carrots and beef broth <BR> and I had a wonderful dinner of grilled chicken breast with broccoli and cauliflower with a tiny bit of Ginger BBQ sauce. <BR> Food wise I am doing well. <BR> Nee... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:25:34 EST The Challenge Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850812 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1907588746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> " YOU ARE TOO SMART TO BE <BR> THE ONLY THING STANDING IN YOUR WAY" <BR> <BR> GO FOR IT. <BR> <BR> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Today is the official start of the 5% Winter Challenge <BR> Lose 5% of my weight over the next 8 weeks. <BR> A mere 8 weeks of committing to doing <BR> what I know I should be doing in th... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 06:43:09 EST Baby it's Cold Outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850070 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212988843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> BUNDLE UP .... IT'S COLD OUTSIDE <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Scientists have found that exposing yourself to cold temperatures regularly could speed up weight loss. By cooling the body's core temperature, evidence shows that the change in temperature helps to convert "white" fat, which is linked to obesity, to "brown" fat known as the "good" fat that burns calories ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 07:55:28 EST Seriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847015 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1875145356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LET'S BE SERIOUS.... <BR> <BR> Doing the cha cha with the same 5 pounds for a whole year <BR> is not a Plateau...It's a MINDSET <BR> <BR> When I work hard for 3 weeks to take off 3 pounds and then <BR> I eat a container of ice cream and put it back in 1 week. <BR> that's INSANITY. <BR> <BR> This has to stop....I am putting my paw down. <BR> <BR> Lately ... I don't have much of an appetite. <BR> I am hoping tha... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:48:55 EST Keep Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844735 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679429060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm about to do my exercise....... <BR> so I just thought I would take this opportunity to Procrastinate <BR> and right a brief blog <BR> as a last ditch effort to Avoid <BR> what I should really be doing <BR> namely <BR> Exercise. <BR> <BR> {...not working?....you're not buying this?...darn...} <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Okay...but it was worth a shot. <BR> <BR> have a great day. I'm off to do my 30 minute... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:50:35 EST Drum Roll Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842707 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1351885092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Needless to say .... topping the list of my New Year's Resolutions is <BR> {...drum roll please...} <BR> Lose Weight. <BR> <BR> So what else is new? <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR. <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>212</em> <em>253</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:05:39 EST To Cheat or Not To Cheat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841265 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l461924046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer <BR> The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Craving, <BR> Or to take Arms against a Sea of calories, <BR> And by opposing...limit them? <BR> To lose, perchance to make the scale move — <BR> <BR> The last 2 days of any year always makes me feel like <BR> an escape prisoner caught in the spotlight. <BR> Do I make a break for it...eating whatever tempts my fancy... <BR> or ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:52:09 EST the Last 2 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840844 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1725668499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I guess I have 2 days left to use sorry excuses before I commit to my <BR> 2015 New Years Resolution <BR> <BR> EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:15:33 EST Happy Holidays -- 'Twas the Night AFTER Xmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837951 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l99424095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wrote this a few years back...hope you enjoy it <BR> <BR> 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS <BR> by SherylDS <BR> <BR> 'Twas the night after Christmas, when all through the house <BR> Not a cookie crumb lurking. There must be a mouse! <BR> The stockings were ripped off the chimney with flare, <BR> In hopes that St. Nicholas left chocolates somewhere; <BR> The kids were all sleeping with toys in their beds, <BR> W... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:58:21 EST Living in Denial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837479 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1608983832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SOMETIMES I JUST NEED A LITTLE PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION <BR> <BR> Thank You <BR> <BR> This is a tough time of year... <BR> and the last chance to end the year with a positive score. <BR> I have been stuck around the same number so long, <BR> I can almost predict what the scale is going to display. <BR> <BR> I would even settle for a mere 2 pound loss to end the year on a positive note. <BR> <BR> I know E... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:59:37 EST JOY to the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1236670250.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I LOVE THIS PICTURE <BR> <BR> I can so relate. <BR> Ghost of Xmas present, Ghost of Xmas past, Ghost of future Visa bills. <BR> I need to call the plumber, the car needs a major tune up, <BR> and the other day the power to my entire house got cut off. <BR> Naturally, I was in the middle of cooking and cleaning. <BR> Checked my circuit panel..all good. <BR> Checked with my neighbors...they are good. <BR> Calle... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:58:45 EST ThanksGiving Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823069 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161577389.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1972267143.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76094688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1909893130.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gratitude is something we all need to practice a little more. <BR> It's easy to overlook what we have when we get overwhelmed and distracted. <BR> May you be surrounded by family ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:42:15 EST Happy Halloween -- Push That Tush http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808230 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l955917623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1676413461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534225227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281519447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1507008797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1633524887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:26:15 EST Witching Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807064 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1197142700.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would like to have taken off my 5% for the challenge <BR> but it doesn't look good. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying....never never never give up. <BR> I get into some strange eating patterns....this week it's red cabbage. <BR> I made a whole head of red cabbage...very thinly sliced...with <BR> 2 tbsp. of mayo, 2 tbsp. of spicy brown mustard, 4 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar. <BR> I can't get enough of it. <BR> <BR> Han... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:09:11 EST Back on the Dance Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803587 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l283813975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Feeling Better today...thanks for the get well comments... <BR> <BR> One of the good things about using the food tracker is seeing my trends. <BR> I'm happy to say...I am eating around 7 veggies a day not counting my apples. <BR> That is a big change from the way I once ate..... <BR> meat with starch, and starch, and another side of starch. <BR> <BR> I've been sautéing my veggies with a tsp of olive oil and a thi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:50:35 EST Aww NUTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802817 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l793312959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I buy peanuts in the shell....no additives, no extra sugar or salt... <BR> and it takes time....But even then, I have to watch myself. <BR> I have to be careful about turning a good thing into a bad habit. <BR> You can get into the mode of grabbing a handful here and there and <BR> suddenly you have had 4 servings . <BR> <BR> mindful eating..mindful eating..mindful..OH LOOK A SQUIRREL. <BR> <BR> I'm going to... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:47:40 EST Where there's a WILL there's a WAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802366 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1816979855.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Halloween Commercials are getting to me...and I'm sure that is what they are designed to do. For most people I know, chocolate is a weakness. <BR> I am no exception. <BR> Three times this week, I passed on picking up a bag of my favorite. <BR> {...I don't even want to mention the name... <BR> saying the name has the power of starting a craving...I must resist....} <BR> But by some miracle ...again...I st... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:13:00 EST The Fast Food Heist. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801086 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l463843278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I caved. <BR> I came across a commercial for Wendy's BBQ pulled pork sandwich and <BR> a few hours later I found myself in front of the drive thru ordering it. <BR> I was possessed. <BR> The demon of fast food must have hypnotized me. <BR> I confess ... I had sense enough to just order the sandwich... <BR> but I didn't even get out of the car. <BR> I felt like I was buying illegal drugs...{...don't get any... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:49:56 EST Late Night Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799827 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070285746.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used to come home after a stressful day, park myself in front of the TV <BR> and snack myself into a food coma. <BR> Spark helped me reform and I have seen the lite. <BR> But <BR> everyone needs to find what works for them and for me <BR> small HEALTHY low-carb meals spread throughout the day...works . <BR> <BR> Give me starches...healthy or not...and I crave more and more. <BR> Give me a serving of fruit, and ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:44:18 EST The Look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344217381.jpg"> <BR> <BR> what can I say....I know this look from both sides. <BR> It's hard to watch someone eat something you want. <BR> It's hard to enjoy eating when someone watches everything you eat. <BR> Nothing triggers cravings quite like it. <BR> It's hard to be in sync with everyone else. <BR> <BR> And Halloween is a trigger...bite size...come and get me...eat me, eat me, eat me. <BR> Individual serving size ... yeah right..... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:17:55 EST Priceless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797529 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890618810.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I sometimes feel like a very slow learner.... <BR> the real prize in the weight loss game isn't about losing it... <BR> It's about maintaining what you've lost. <BR> It's about continuing those habits and not slipping back. <BR> It's about knowing your limits with indulgences and not letting go. <BR> <BR> I am bad about losing it...then getting too sure of myself, and gaining some back. <BR> The weight loss game o... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:08:14 EST the Shell Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1486865310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hermit Crabs Are Interesting <BR> Reminds Me Of The Yo-Yo Weight Loss Cycle. <BR> …..(Found Some Info In Wikipedia) <BR> <BR> “As The Hermit Crab Grows In Size, <BR> It Must Find A Larger Shell And Abandon The Previous One. <BR> <BR> {…Like Letting Go Of Hopes And Dreams…} <BR> <BR> “This Habit Of Living In A Second-Hand Shell Gives Rise To The Popular Name "Hermit Crab” <BR> <BR> {… Lower Self Esteem And... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:43:16 EST Hakuna Matata http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1346585509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l104350687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182359899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898438970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> well....still no heat and temperatures are dropping <BR> but...I have my game plan for staying cozy...so no worries. <BR> I read somewhere that cooler temps make the metabolism wo... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:14:24 EST Silent Scream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794127 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l685798084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> condo mgmt still hasn't turned on the heat...Thanks for the words of sympathy <BR> Tomorrow night temperatures are forecast to drop to 46. <BR> This should be interesting. <BR> I bundled up last night and woke up pain free. <BR> Got my sleeping bag ready and waiting just in case. <BR> <BR> I find expressing my aggravation with humor is helpful . <BR> These days I let my neighbors carry on the fight...th... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:17:33 EST No Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1617201688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I live in a condo....don't ask <BR> <BR> Last night temperatures dipped to 44...they didn't bother turning on the heat. <BR> This is typical for them. <BR> I woke up this morning and everything ached. My back is killing me. <BR> Since losing weight I'm more sensitive to temperatures. <BR> <BR> Still no heat tonight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1800800783.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:21:03 EST Handling My Inner Brat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792776 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1811968655.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I believe that my body has a mind of it’s own…called my INNER BRAT. <BR> <BR> It gets quickly bored with exercise and needs variety, spontaneity, and fun. <BR> If I tell my INNER BRAT we are going for our exercise walk… <BR> she procrastinates and hopes I’ll give up trying. <BR> She wants to play her music. <BR> She can't find her shades. <BR> She wants to do her nails. <BR> If I tell her, we are... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:04:39 EST Every Little Bit Makes a Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1223541674.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Patience is a virtue ... which I do not have. <BR> The more effort I put into something...the faster I want to see the reward. <BR> HOWEVER <BR> Here is something to consider <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783797520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> {...this is not me...I'm still the before image...I'm trying, I'm trying...} <BR> <BR> If living a healthy lifestyle and exercising makes you look go... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:04:42 EST