SIMPLYPATTI's SparkPeople Blog SIMPLYPATTI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So it is three more weeks of this boot I am in a lovely boot for the next three weeks on my left foot. I am guilty of stress eating for the last few days. I am in the middle of wrapping up our IRS audit and then get this injury on top of that is just not what I need in my life right now. Tue, 12 May 2015 21:45:56 EST 21 years and counting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy to say that today marks 21 years with my hubby. I could not ask for a better partner and best friend than the man I married! I love him more each day! <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:26:01 EST So the odds are against me, but... I read an article in Prevention Magazine yesterday that had a very depressing statistic. <BR> <link><BR>t-loss-tips/weight-loss-gastric-bypass<BR>-surgery </link> <BR> <BR> This is a quote from the article : <BR> <BR> "Ninety percent of people who nonsurgically lose more than 5% of their body weight regain it within 5 years. "When you diet, every signal in your body says eat," says David R. Flum, MD, MPH, a gastrointestinal surgeon at the University... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:46:09 EST Three things I love about me! I am trying to stay positive right now, I am part of a 5% challenge group and I feel like I am letting the team down because I am so sick right now. I have had a stomach virus since Friday night. This is day 5 of the 7 days the doctor I went to see said this thing could last, my 14 year old son has it too. We are living in the plague ward at the house, staying away from everyone else. <BR> <BR> So anyway figured I needed some confidence boosting instead of letting myself continue to tea... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:38:08 EST Doing better but not 100% I am able to keep some food down. Tonight will tell the tale. I will go to the doctor tomorrow if anything else bad happens in stomachville. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 22:30:54 EST Hopefully not the trend for this challenge I am so sick right now. Stomach issues with a vengeance. I am hoping they resolve quickly so i can enjoy Easter with my family. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:25:47 EST Ten Reasons I am losing weight <BR> 1. To be healthier. <BR> 2. To be able to go farther, I want to walk, swim and ride farther and faster <BR> 3. To be more comfortable in my own skin. <BR> 4. To go sky diving <BR> 5. For less achy knees. <BR> 6. TO be able to complete a 5K <BR> 7. To be able to bike the Towpath from Cleveland to Akron <BR> 8. To go up stairs without straining. <BR> 9. To dance with out getting worn out <BR> 10. To feel sexy again! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:43:14 EST I have decided that I cannot diet. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Diets will never work for me. I am all about how to get around a problem. I view a diet as a challenge to get around not a solution to the issue. Because diets are temporary in nature, I tend to view them as something to get through, not what I need. I need a way of life change. I need to add activity and exercise to my life because I really like to eat. Not garbage, just food. I love to eat yummy food. If ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:14:45 EST My TIA made me MIA So I have been doing really well keeping up my spark streaks and participating in my Spark Teams and losing weight and feeling happy about my progress. Then a sassy ole TIA decides to come along and mess my progress all up. But you know what? I don't even care! I am so happy to still be here, so happy to be typing these words without any assistance. Heck, I am thrilled to pieces about everything! <BR> <BR> Because it could have been so much worse. Please know the signs for a stroke. ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:15:14 EST Making friends with the tape measure~ I am happy to say that I am getting better at not dreading the tape. I had not measured myself since Nov and that is not good, Non scale victories are important and I need them in my life. So I went on and did it. I lost an inch off my waist! Now that may not seem like much, but I have been at this since August and the tape had not budged. A whole inch is awesome! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:35:44 EST My timer is a great success tool. I have to write and say that it is sometimes the silliest things that really work. For me, I can get lost in the desk work and not move all day. I own my own business and I can spend hours doing the paperwork, entering the bookkeeping and answering emails, (playing online), etc. So it has been the simplest thing, I set a 30 minute timer on my phone with the clock app that came standard. It goes off I get up - if I am at the office, I check the post box across the street and other up and m... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:04:39 EST Twas the night before Thanksgiving... Tonight before the holiday, I am taking them time to write down all the people I am thankful for, the things in life I am thankful for, and the experiences I am glad to have had. Now this list could be a mile long, and I am so happy that I can say that. I do this every year, I write til it feels right. I would urge anyone that is struggling with the day, take this time. If you have the opportunity to share that list, then do so, tell the people on it that you appreciate them. I want to say ho... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:24:58 EST Smile! The world is watching! Today I have worked hard to smile at any stranger I see. The holidays can be so dark and dreary. The smile I share maybe the only one that person saw today. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:34:27 EST Today and Yesterday My goals for yesterday were to talk with a friend or family member - take a trip down memory lane. I talked with my kids, my hubby, my aunt and a friend at work. <BR> <BR> Today was to take the time to appreciate animals. My kids and I stopped today to watch a flock of Canadian Geese going about their morning routine. My daughter pampered our dog with a really thorough brushing when we got home. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:01:08 EST Talk to someone on the fringe Today my goal is this: <BR> <BR> Take time today to engage someone on the outside of your usual circle. Is there someone where you work with whom you would not normally talk? Strike up a conversation. If you know everyone at work, give a smile to someone who looks like they are not having the best day. Sometimes that is the only outside acknowledgement they may receive today. It only takes a moment, but it can mean the world to someone. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:57:04 EST Counting down to wellness Everyday, I am going to try to post something positive for the day. A good thing that I am doing, a thought, etc. Surrounding myself with positive as we go into the winter months and SAD takes it's toll. <BR> <BR> So today, my goal is to make something to give away. I will edit this later to show what happened. <BR> <BR> I made lunch today to share with someone I work with. <BR> <BR> She was very appreciative. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:21:09 EST Could this be the time I get it right? I am actually afraid to type this email. I am doing really well right now. I am in Week 4 of an exercise challenge here in Sparkpeople. I have been consistently walking three times a week with my family since August! I had to buy new walking shoes because I wore the old ones out!! Holy moly! I am so scared of jinxing the whole thing, but so proud of how far it has lasted. I have lost 14 pounds since July. I weigh in every week expecting the yoyo and the scale keeps showing a smaller n... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:29:12 EST Keeping fit is great! I got the Fitbit and I have a lot of good things to say about it. I have had it almost a week. It really makes you think about how much you sit. I think it is making me move more just so I have a happy little face on the silly thing. But if that is what it takes to get there, then I will. I still have not hit my 10k steps in one day. But I was almost there last night. So that is the next goal and then we will work toward a new goal. Good luck and Happy Monday! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:14:59 EST Walking to win My husband and I both have a lot of weight to lose. The kids just went to their annual physicals and they were told that they are getting to heavy and need to break the cycle before it becomes a problem. We sat down as a family, made the hiking schedule. Put it in our calendars as an appointment and stuck to it. We are walking 60 minutes three times a week to start. We will add more days after two weeks of sticking to it. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:44:51 EST Taking a good hard look.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And not liking what I see. This was taken at a friend's house two weeks ago. Man it really helps me to put my size in perspective and not forget how far I need to go. The mind can trick you and help you remember how you used to look. Then a picture like this comes and blammo no more fantasy world for me. Time to get back on it. Need to look at this everyday. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:04:06 EST Being wrong never felt so right! I posted last time that I had gained all this weight back and I was feeling horrible and all that work was for nothing! Well, as the week went on last week I still felt back physically weighed in again on Thursday because I could not get my rings on my fingers and my shoes were tight. I had gained even more weight. Well I talked it over with my hubby because i was looking at a 16 pound gain over a two week span. That was crazy. I knew I had not been doing all I could to get healthy but t... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:23 EST Even though I messed it all up, I am still not stopping. So I went and gained all the weight I had lost back. I am trying so hard to not go right back to failure mode. Where I give up and say that I should not even try because I cannot ever do this. I will not give in to the ugly voice in my head that says I am destined to stay this big. <BR> Here is the plan for getting back on track (and how I am doing so far): <BR> <BR> 1. I have to, have to, have to track my food. I get so lost in the day and mindlessly munch. The tracker makes me stop... Thu, 8 May 2014 08:08:52 EST Happy Birthday to me! Today is my birthday, it has started with a bang. Animals sick, hubby sick, cleaning all that associated mess. Cooking my own birthday meal due to hubby being sick. Getting ready to go pick up my own birthday cake. Wow. This year has to have an upswing soon. I am exhausted. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:16:42 EST Wow 2014 can bite me already. This has been a rough start to a new year. Jan 7th I fell off of the back porch and tore my right petellar tendon in my knee. Got well from that and two days after the all clear to regular activity, I got H1N1 flu. I am just now feeling like a human again, even though I am still on meds and an inhaler. It is March people. I have spent the better part of this year on the couch sick! Good news. I am not any heavier than when I first got injured. I consider this a major accomplishment. ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:54:47 EST plans and commitments So I went and bought three sport bras. Big step here. Removing excuses. "Oh I would do that but it hurts." Well not now. These puppies are on lock down. Not moving a bit. Not the most flattering look, but it will get the job done and that is what matters. Hubby and I have discussed getting outside for walks together, after mother nature is finished with her arctic blast. Not walking in below zero. I have not yet reached that level of exercise nirvana. <em>425</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:49:31 EST Working for my goals in 2014 We are all looking forward to a new year, looking for the fresh start and the begining of a time to make resolutions. I do not make resolutions, I make goals. I make a plan, a to do list, this is what works best for me. I like this quote. <BR> "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, <BR> Whispering 'it will be happier'..." <BR> &#8213; Alfred Tennyson <BR> This is a good way to look at things. I hope you all have a prosperous New Year. I wish nothing but the best for all my... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:16:42 EST Planning the work and working the plan I am getting ready for the post holiday return to a regular routine. Do I think I have been successful in weight loss this holiday break? Not really. Do I think I gained any weight back? I hope not but I am also not weighing in until after the New year. I know that my weight has probably fluctuated all through the month and I feel that by weighing myself I will only make myself feel bad. Also as this is the first year since my mom passed away, I needed to deal with that and if I push to... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:19:51 EST Merry Christmas Baby! <img src=""> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:54:50 EST Hope you had a Cool Yule!! We celebrate Yule here in our house. We welcome the return of the sun after the longest night of winter and we burn the Yule Log. We sing carols and drink the wassail. Gifts are given and love expressed. We share the stories of the year thus far and remember those that are only with us in spirit. They are kept alive through our stories and memories. When you ask someone to describe somebody, "Tell me about Joe" They do not give you a physical description. "Well he was about 6'4" blond... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:40:44 EST Whew tis the season to be hectic! Man is it crazy right now, presents to finish, and wrap - cards to mail, like today! So much to do. Trying to fit healthy eating in this schedule is presenting a challenge and I find myself resorting to old habits of fast food. Going to make a healthy lunch my priority today. I figure one healthy meal at a time to help me find my way. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of the tree we built on the wall. Me and My 13 yr old son!! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:12:36 EST Finished with the decorations So we finally got the house completely decorated and it is looking good! Kids were great! I made this awesome tree for the wall with my son and the power tools! Here it is in all it's Yuletide glory!! <BR> Or not since I cannot get the photo to load, oh well it is late and I will get it going tomorrow. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:20:23 EST Relaxation and memories I think these two items need to go together better for me this year. This is the first Christmas without my mom. I need to relax and allow myself to feel whatever it is comes through. Acknowledge that feeling and let it go. Don't fight what my brain or body is trying to do, if I need to take a quick minute and have a cry, that is ok. I did yesterday after we put up the tree. I decorated this year with all of the ornaments that my mom passed down to me. Some are from her childhood. We ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:32:21 EST Why I am trying! <img src=""> <BR> These guys are why I try - they are why I get up everyday and stay motivated to succeed. I will be healthier, I will be strong and I will meet my physical goals. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 08:34:22 EST Holiday cookies without guilt! We are in holiday cookie making land this week and I will not allow guilt to sabotage me into overindulging or being miserable. I will have a few cookies and adjust what I eat for the difference. If this is truly to be a lifestyle change, I will need to adjust to life. There will be cookies and I can eat my fill, or I can have a few and give the rest as gifts. That is the plan this year. Bake like we always do, but they go away! I own my own business so instead of buying corporate gifts... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:18:19 EST Winter breakfast I am sitting here with my daughter and contemplating my breakfast choices. I am planning on a warm bowl of Irish Oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins and dates. She had Greek yogurt with granola. <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:02:47 EST Home is where the leg rests Had a good time with my daughter yesterday in the park. We hiked for 5 miles and her school group learned a lot about the Cuyahoga Valley Watershed. I got home and was sore but expected a little bit of soreness because I hiked 5 miles in the snow and ice. But as I warmed up I realized that this was not just some soreness. I did some damage. My knee was swollen and aching - so I applied RICE and watched some TV while making snowflakes with the kids. Took motrin and propped it up in my be... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:16:04 EST Hiking for the day Today I will spend in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with my daughter and her class. We are part of a 4 day outdoor education program. I will hike at least 5 miles and it is not warm here in Ohio. But I will bundle up and make the best of it. My lunch and snack will be all organic and vegetarian. I am looking forward to sharing this adventure with my little one. Today's picture is of snack so I will post a pic of my lunch and snack later. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:09:20 EST Best Part of Winter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not a winter loving kind of gal. I do not like to be cold. I am a fan of snow if I do not have to be in it. I like to sled ride for about 15 minutes. I like to hike in the freezing cold about that long. I do not like warming up my car or scraping off the ice. Why do I live in Ohio? Four words. I love my husband. He loves it here so I put up with it. But truly I would be happier down south or on an isl... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 08:10:42 EST Best part of the day <img src=""> <BR> In the mornings, Belladonna crawls up next to Taylor and snuggles. She does it every time she get the chance. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 11:09:56 EST To Do List Today's item is a to do list picture. I have so many to do lists, I have a daily reminder list, a list of 100 things I want to do each year. I have a winter, spring, summer and fall bucket list each season is made new on the first day of that season. I have project to do lists and a list of books I want to read each year. I also have a fitness to do list. I have fitness goals for each week, month and a yearly goal as well. So what to post, what to post? <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:57:38 EST DIY forever! Today's picture is of something homemade. Now what to do what to do?? I am a passionate DIY'er. I love making things with my hands, gardening, painting. I skipped home ec and took shop in high school. Love Love love power tools! I also like to paint as in making art, the background photo on my page is a family tree I painted and then had everyone put their names on felt leaves to add to the tree. So I am not sure what to post. I think it will be my last completed project. I have sev... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 08:52:13 EST Winter Beauty Today's photo was supposed to be of winter beauty which makes me think of snow. We have none right now. So this is last March. And I know it will be back this weekend. <img src=""> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:10:12 EST Morning madness The picture for the fourth of December is supposed to be a morning pic. I can only laugh as I realize that I did not take one because my morning was nuts yesterday. Here is one of my favorite morning pics. It is my big dog Belladonna watching the sun rise. She sat out there and watched it the whole time. Once it was up she came to the door and barked to get in. <img src=""> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:07:45 EST Day 3 Tradition <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 2 was a picture of tradition. Our holiday lighting festival has been a tradition in our hometown for decades. We welcomed Santa went to the town square and sang carols as a community and light candles to show our unity. Now it is so important to show we are united. Our politicians want to keep us apart so we do not look at what they are doing. We need to stand together, to help each other and love one ano... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:04:12 EST Day 2 restart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is for the picture of the day I am trying to keep track of and to motivate me to get out more with the family. We spent hours outside yesterday with the parade and walking around looking at the lights. Hubby asked if I wanted to just drive and look at the lights and I said no let's park the car get out and enjoy them. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 08:09:15 EST December 1 sounds like a good place to restart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am uploading this image and I am tracking this for December. I did not do gang busters in November, lost 10 pounds overall, did not gain any back. But I was not as consistent as I need to be to make this change forever. So It is a reboot time. I do not have Instagram, but I will post my photos here and my goal for December is to lose another 10 pounds and to be outside and active at least 3 times per week. ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:33:07 EST Day 17 - TGIT Last day of school for the children. They are glad! I am too - I am blessed with really good ones, and I enjoy their company and miss them when we are apart. I look forward to school breaks. Heading in the cold today to the office. Got a ton done yesterday here at home, all the home office work, all 8 loads of laundry. More cleaning. Taylor went to the dentist and got an extraction like a trooper! Not really sure what my plan is for fitness today. I may just play on the wii fit with t... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 07:43:23 EST Day 16 - playing hooky So I am not really playing hooky from work, but it felt good to write that. I am a small business owner so I do not ever really take a day off during the week. I am working from home today with reports, year end analysis, etc. I have to pick up kids today and take them to dentist appointments. I have pre holiday housework to get done and want to try to stay active as possible today. I have a timer that I set when I am going to be on the PC a lot for work. It is set for 30 to 60 minutes ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:20:53 EST Day 15 - Baby it's cold outside! Yesterday, had a great day with the kids, we super cleaned the house as we watched a Doctor Who marathon and the 50th anniversary is on the DVR. We would watch a show and then I told them ok now we have to get up and move that same amount of time! So 30 minutes of show equals 30 minutes of moving. We did this all day. It was great - Got the ceiling fan taken apart and deep cleaned and put back together, moved all the furniture in the house and cleaned under the pieces. Dusted all the cei... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:07:07 EST Day 14 - Back in the saddle again! Wow - I got hit with a doozy of a sinus thing but I am breathing through my nose again and back on line and getting on track. Had a good breakfast, and have a fun day planned with the kiddos. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:07:54 EST