SISTER337's SparkPeople Blog SISTER337's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Am the Steward of Myself - A Prayer for Health and Wholeness Greetings! <BR> <BR> I don't know about you but these past few days have been a struggle for me to stay on track as far as making healthy food and exercise choices. The 4th of July holiday brought much food and friends and is still lingering but I began this morning to think about the past few days and am committed to getting back on track...again! <BR> <BR> I don't beat myself up anymore when I make unhealthy choices but instead take a few minutes to consider what I could have done diff... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 09:26:44 EST Update on My Weight-Loss Saboteur Greetings All! <BR> <BR> A couple people who responded to my 5/23/09 blog, where I shared my frustration over a "friend" who seemed to have a problem with my wanting to eat differently, asked me to update them as to how things were going. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, there is nothing much to write home about here. Two weeks passed and I finally called her. First time, she hung up on me before I could barely say hi and ask if we could get together and talk. <BR> <BR> I called back and tried ... Sat, 30 May 2009 13:27:33 EST Losing Self-Control...Has This Every Happened to You? OK, I don't know what got into me but it started with a few tortilla chips on Sunday but ended up with being off the track full-blown on Monday. I had totally NO CONTROL! I not only ate things I knew were not healthy but continued to eat when I was clearly NOT HUNGRY and indeed was full. AUGHHHHHHHH! <BR> <BR> Maybe confessing will help me deal with today's struggle . . . <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Memorial Day...and like many others, I went to a barbecue lunch. A little chilly outside so ... Tue, 26 May 2009 15:18:48 EST Help! How Do You Stop A Weight Loss Saboteur that You Thought Was A Friend? I don't know about you, but I have made it a point to tell all I know that I have turned my life in the direction of wellness and this includes healthy eating. Despite this, I have one "friend" who insists on putting things on my plate (in the presence of others) and telling me to just "try it." The first time she did this, I tasted the item and told her it was quite good but that I would forgo the rest as I knew it was high in calories and sodium and fat and that with what I was currently ... Sat, 23 May 2009 00:02:12 EST MORE PROTEINS SEEMS TO BE CURBING MY CRAVINGS! <em>220</em> I would like to include this as one of my blogs or as a topic on my SparkTeams so I thought I'd put it out there for everyone else on this message board. I will be curious to see what experiences others have had and if any have been similar to my own. <BR> <BR> I am amazed as I notice that since I've joined SP and have been using nutrition tracker meticulously, I have not had the intensity of cravings that I have had in the past on other "healthy eating" or "diet" programs.... Sat, 16 May 2009 00:46:50 EST Am I Really Physically Hungry? Dealing with cravings and temptations... <em>304</em> Thank you to all who have welcomed me to the various SparkTeams and to those who replied to my first blog, "Why Gastric By-Pass Isn't a Simple Answer...." I am so comforted in knowing that I am not alone and that my struggles are common to so many. <BR> <BR> Your replies are a great motivator knowing that I have a cheering section made up of people who do not know me but care about my progress. How awesome is that! I actually stayed on the food plan yesterday ... a litt... Fri, 8 May 2009 19:30:57 EST Why A Gastric By-Pass Isn't a Simple Answer and Why I Have Hope Again! <em>150</em> I am 55 years old and have been an educator for 30+ years, first as a teacher and then a school administrator. I have struggled with weight all my life and have always been both self-critical and self-conscience about my appearance. I have experienced the criticism and judgement of others who assume overweight people are lazy and somehow less of a person. At the end of my last semester of college, a fellow student was surprised to find my name on the Dean's list and actuall... Thu, 7 May 2009 19:49:16 EST