SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SLENDERELLA61 SLENDERELLA61'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/ "Funnest" Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954889 Natalie, my 8 year old granddaughter, rode her bike with me this morning over 6 miles on Fort Frazier Trail. It took us a little over an hour, so no speed records here, but she did great. She was ready to go home at that point, though, and we did! I think it is SO COOL to have a granddaughter as an exercise partner, and as she gets speedier it will just get to be more and more fun -- until she passes me!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2af19dd-5753-4e88-a530-4e12... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:55:28 EST GMO Foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954358 Interesting info about how to read labels: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccba64c8-2c84-4304-8c29-7fb271a75216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I never worried about GMO foods and didn't worry much about pesticides and pollutants until psoriasis started telling me that something I was doing wasn't right. Now I'm much more careful. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:29:56 EST Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954042 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a1dec15-85e4-4406-aa87-d3f64f474121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saw this one on FaceBook and just had to share. Good sentiment. <BR> <BR> My Triple Neem Cream has arrived and my feet, that were already starting to heal, seem to be getting better and better. Had a good bike ride last eve. Right foot is probably still too sore for a walk today; maybe tomorrow. Gwen and I spent an hour at the park early this morning. I pushed her on the swing for maybe hal... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:16:59 EST Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954041 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a1dec15-85e4-4406-aa87-d3f64f474121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saw this one on FaceBook and just had to share. Good sentiment. <BR> <BR> My Triple Neem Cream has arrived and my feet, that were already starting to heal, seem to be getting better and better. Had a good bike ride last eve. Right foot is probably still too sore for a walk today; maybe tomorrow. Gwen and I spent an hour at the park early this morning. I pushed her on the swing for maybe hal... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:16:52 EST Healing and the Regimen 12 Week Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953362 Last night's sunset bike ride was very enjoyable. I could pedal with the balls of my feet and had no pain. This morning - hooray -- my left foot is healed enough that there is no pain walking. I'm waiting for the Triple Neem Cream recommended by my psoriasis natural healing group that I ordered. Should come today. In the meantime I'm using aloe out of my yard. Of everything I've tried on my feet, it feels the most soothing. It is an anti-fungal, too. The group thinks I've got fungus that is p... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:50:23 EST Missing the Races http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952597 I sure am missing running. Here's my niece and nephew-in-law at yesterday's Watermelon 2015 #2 race: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4a02ff7-8622-4dd0-a286-189c96be56f6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a better picture of them after Watermelon 2015 #1 race three weeks ago: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f53a4341-11dc-4918-97e6-836f1e2a5f0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here is why I didn't get to run it: (Darn. The best picture wouldn't load. I have 4 blee... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:09:30 EST Setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952422 Thursday I danced pain-free with no blood, no splits, no big cracks in my feet. Oh, I knew my feet weren't normal. The skin felt tight, and crunched a bit as I moved. Still, it was great to have 15 dances that I just really enjoyed. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, today I have blood, splits, big cracks. I walk on my tiptoes very softly, gingerly. Hoping this is just a little setback. <BR> <BR> Edit: My splits are due to psoriasis. I have tried traditional medicine including steroid and other crea... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:58:56 EST Taking My Own Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951931 I filled out the National Weight Control Registry survey that was e-mailed to me today. Seems that it has been a year since I joined. It was satisfying to answer the questions, thinking about my weight management for the past year. And it was satisfying to know that I'm participating in a scientific effort to learn what maintenance strategies work. If you've lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off a year, I encourage you to join. <BR> <BR> For now, I've decided to leave the Refuse to Regain ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:02:38 EST Finally Resolved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951013 The neurologist released me. No surgery. The water on my brain has arrested and requires no treatment as of now. I'm only to go back if I have symptoms. Finally the issue raised by my fall on September 27, 2014, has been resolved. Relief!!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:06:06 EST Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949992 Son in law passed his certification test today. Definitely proud of him! <BR> <BR> Got new crown today and teeth cleaned. No problem. (I used to be a wimp at the dentist.) Proud of me! <BR> <BR> I'm celebrating 3 full months of absolutely zero artificial sweetener after years of overusing it and multiple attempts to cut back. WooHoo. Proud of me again. <BR> <BR> Didn't have my best eating day today. Just a little over on calories. It will be okay. I'll balance it out, not cutting back too ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:44:49 EST Don't Hold Your Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949275 Busy day. Got Natalie to dance camp this morning and played with Gwen almost all day. Leaving in just a few minutes to go to my son-in-law's graduation from the law enforcement academy. He still has one more state certification test to pass later this week, but tonight Polk State College recognizes his accomplishment of finishing the course. Within a month he should be on a 2 week schedule where I keep the kids 4 or 5 days a week instead of the 6 days I've been doing for the last 9 month, min... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:56:01 EST Glad to Be Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948735 My review of Refuse to Lose got interrupted by a trip to Tucson Arizona to visit my 87 year old mom and younger sister. The trip had some stresses, but overall went very well. I did the best I could sticking to my food plan and did no overeating. I got at least a half hour walk each day at sunrise and most days much more plus a swim. It was hot, 112 degrees one day, but with very little humidity it felt very different than Florida. We were treated to tourist sites - the Desert Museum, Sabino ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:51:35 EST Want to Do It Justice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943330 Last eve I was super tired, too tired to blog. The next chapter of Refuse to Regain starts the 12 tough rules and it does not disappoint. The first rule explains why "moderate" just doesn't make it. It all makes a lot of sense. I'm thinking "tough, not moderate" is a great new mantra for me. <BR> <BR> I slept 8.5 hours last night and feel like a new person. I'm just about to get cleaned up for Senior Dance. Most Thursday mornings are hectic, but worth it. (I usually get to DD's house by 7:15... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:59:14 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942449 Chapter Title: Expect Sabotage <BR> <BR> Berkeley states that as you enter maintenance, you will inevitably encounter sabotage. "You are no longer part of the club -- and that will generate friction and negative comments." Even people who care about you may do things to rattle your resolve. Common reasons for sabotage: anger, jealousy, and fear. Sabotage may be blatant or subtle. Berkeley says that maintenance juniors must recognize and defuse sabotage, including the following types: <BR> <... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 16:31:29 EST Maybe I've Just Arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941695 I went to the doctor on Friday and the nurse called me back to take my vitals and weight. For the first time ever I stepped on the scale with my shoes on - big athletic tie shoes and socks. The nurse smiled. That morning I had weighed 124.4 at home naked, but dressed after breakfast I knew it would be more -- especially with those shoes. I saw the digital display flash. It was 128 point something. No problem. "130," said the nurse and gave me a conspiratorial smile. She thought I'd like to be... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:35:19 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941274 Chapter Title: Staying Afloat in the Food Flood <BR> <BR> "Humans show little evidence of innate nutritional wisdom and individuals learn what to eat primarily through exposure to the eating habits of others. Until recently, most human societies ate time-tested diets, worked out over many generations by their ancestors. Today such diets are largely a thing of the past...." -Anthropologist Katherine Milton. Berkeley comments, "With traditional diets gone, our ideas about how to eat are entire... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 16:40:08 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940817 Chapter Title: Understanding Your New Metabolism <BR> <BR> "while most overweight people are not too sure about the definition, they remain pretty certain that their own metabolism is sub-standard." <BR> "in reality, it's very uncommon for excess weight to be related to a low metabolism. - Mayo Clinic" - quoted by Berkeley <BR> "Metabolism can be measured by the number of calories your body uses each day." "Metabolism is created by the calories you burn at rest, the calories you use in movi... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 17:31:24 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940318 Chapter Title: The S Foods or That's Not Spaghetti in Your Blood <BR> <BR> The S Foods are starches and sugars. Berkeley says they all turn into sugar, and that POWs (previously overweight) should treat all grains as sugar, even whole grains and those with low glycemic index. She goes on to state that she consider S foods addictive. <BR> <BR> Berkeley shows an interesting chart with nutritional data from one study of those eating only fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, meats, nuts and seeds... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 16:27:07 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939665 Chapter Title: Practical Ancient Eating <BR> <BR> Although I've decided not to follow Berkeley's food plan, I did read chapter 6 and will give you brief highlights in case you are interested. <BR> <BR> WHAT PRIMARIANS EAT: <BR> (ancient foods:) <BR> lean meats <BR> lean poultry <BR> fish <BR> other seafood <BR> eggs <BR> vegetables - any vegetable except potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and corn <BR> fruits <BR> berries <BR> nuts and seeds <BR> (not ancient:) <BR> low fat or non-fat dairy <... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 13:57:20 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939164 Chapter Title: EAting With Your Genes: Becoming a Primarian <BR> <BR> "Living organisms thrive best min the milieu and on the diet to which they were evolutionarily adapted..." - O'Keefe and Cordain, quoted by Berkeley <BR> <BR> Berkeley says: <BR> *As our world becomes more complex, our eating style needs to return to its origins, bringing us back into harmony with our ancient design. <BR> <BR> *Ask kindergarteners how to take care of a lion and they all know to feed raw meat. The lion wi... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:47:11 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938298 Berkeley says that humans were designed for lean times. Our ancestors were unsure of a steady food supply. Our bodies slowly developed to match an environment with periods of deprivation and starvation. But now food is plentiful. <BR> <BR> "When you choose not to eat for several hours, think of yourself as a one-way street with the arrow flipped to 'Release Fat' option." <BR> <BR> For us to thrive in a plentiful food environment, Berkeley suggests that we create our own "scarce food environ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:58:27 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937809 I read chapter 3, When Fat is Fatal: Metabolic Syndrome and Other Nasties, right before I went to bed. Not a good idea really. Berkeley states that she is trying to scare you. She tells you all - or certainly a lot - of ways that fat can hurt you. She is simplifying complex biological functions to make her point. I could have skipped this part with no problem; didn't need all that detail. Excess fat is bad. I got it. (pages 26-33) <BR> <BR> Fat can hurt you mechanically (hard on knees, back,... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:35:54 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937163 The second chapter is entitled "Become a Warrior: Banish Guilt and Commit Yourself "(page 15). Some of my favorite quotes: <BR> <BR> "you will relapse unless you decide to make a real commitment to maintenance." (15) <BR> "guilt has no place in maintenance." (17) <BR> "Yet the supposedly irresponsible citizens who allow their families to get too fat are the same people who own their own successful businesses, raise productive children, buy and maintain their own homes and earn advanced degre... Sun, 31 May 2015 08:48:45 EST Refuse to Regain: Chapter One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936723 There is a whole lot of me that just wants to turn the pages and get to the 12 tough rules that start on page 109. However, I am trying to learn to be more patient, so I will read every word. Promise. <BR> <BR> Chapter One is "The Maintenance Junior." She is referring to people who have "Just Reduced" = JR = Junior. However, despite the fact I've kept off 80 pounds for more than 6 years, I can still relate to Junior. Seems like I have never gotten my trend line to stay still; I've been eithe... Sat, 30 May 2015 10:39:56 EST Starting Slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935784 I'm starting slowly with Refuse to Regain because I've got a million things (perhaps a slight exaggeration) going on. <BR> <BR> I loved the introduction because Berkeley calls us, the maintainers, the experts about ourselves. She says to read this book critically and compare it to what you know about yourself. Adopt the things that resonate and discard the things that don't. I appreciate that, author. I was going to do that anyway, but I'm delighted to have your permission to do so!! <BR> ... Thu, 28 May 2015 15:41:17 EST Another Maintenance-Psoriasis Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935210 Yes, I know I started reading Refuse to Regain and I promised blogs. But I'm really, really involved in an anti-psoriasis book that is difficult reading,very technical, between long hours of child care. So forgive me. I will definitely blog that book soon. <BR> <BR> I am still very interested in maintaining my weight loss, of course. You may remember I was disgusted with the scale number on Monday. Several of you pointed out it was probably sodium, and some of it was. I was down over a poun... Wed, 27 May 2015 14:21:44 EST Works For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933839 I started the book Refuse to Regain and it's just on time. Did not like the number on the scale this morning. There was an 8, not a .8, an 8. Oh, there was a 1 and a 2. But I'm not saying or writing that number. I had not seen a number that high for 57 days. I had just decided I'd lost enough and said 124 would be my new target. Although I've maintained an 80 or more pound weight loss for over 6 years now, I still maintain best when I'm trying to lose weight. LOL <BR> <BR> I did not purposef... Mon, 25 May 2015 08:01:28 EST Going to Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933420 One of the best thing Matt Ludwig, my psoriasis mentor, said to me yesterday, was to remember that The Ph Miracle book that he swears by was written for average people. I had cried when I read the chapter on exercise, advocating light exercise, never getting sore, never getting tired, and never allowing lactic and other acids to accumulate in your body. He said that chapter wasn't written for athletes. Yes, he called me an athlete! And he encouraged me to get back to running as soon as my fee... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:30:50 EST Good Session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933160 Mentoring session today (re: psoriasis) was incredible! I took lots of notes and will need to digest it. It was suppose to be a 90 minute session, but he stayed 150 minutes, and would have stayed longer but hubby and I needed to leave to go to a party. I found some things I am doing that make my life more difficult (like brewing my morning slippery elm bark tea longer than I need to and waiting longer than necessary to drink it). I got confirmation on many of my practices. I will make a list ... Sat, 23 May 2015 19:47:05 EST Not Much Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932664 My psoriasis mentor is coming tomorrow. I need to re-read his publication, finish my list of questions for him, prepare a healthy lunch for us (and that means getting to the grocery store, too), and straighten the house a bit. So forgive me if I don't blog much today. Fri, 22 May 2015 17:34:11 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932162 Been busy, busy, busy, but good. Weighed 124.0 this morning, so not continuing to lose. Think I've plateau-ed. Part of me wanted to get down to 122, since that was my predicted best running weight (per Matt Fitzgerald's online calculator) at my current % of body fat. But my hubby is calling me "skin and bones", and I'm about to shrink out of all my underwear - tops and bottoms, so if my body wants to rest at 124 I don't think I'll push it any further. That's BMI of 20, I'm pretty sure. <BR> ... Thu, 21 May 2015 19:24:41 EST BIG Thanks to My Great SparkFriend, Gaye! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930080 An amazing good thing happened several weeks ago and I didn't blog about it. I kind of just stood there with my mouth gaping open. My great SparkFriend, GABY1948, Gaye, sent me a book. I had even forgotten I'd given her my address, so I was totally shocked that she would do such a kind and thoughtful thing. The book is Refuse to Regain by Barbara Berkeley. I have not read it, but I have read blogs about it here on SP and it sounds like something I will benefit from. Now that I've finished Bec... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:13:33 EST Good Six Months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929576 I washed out of the Parents' Day Challenge on the At Goal & Maintaining Plus .... SP Team. I fell below my goal range target. I had set my center weight at 129, having completed the previous 2 nine-week challenges successfully at 132 and then 130.5. And all I have to say about it is: WooHoo! I like this new weight. Time will tell whether it ends up being a maintainable weight for me or not. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4311176-c8ed-49e5-801f-2c73bf84735f.JPG"> Sun, 17 May 2015 11:37:05 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 8, Holiday Traps & End of Beck Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929040 From the time I was 8 years old and my mom and dad used Christmas vacation from their teaching jobs to load our dining room table with homemade divinity, fudge, butterscotch stacks, peanut brittle, sea foam, toffee, more varieties of candy than you can imagine, and at least 10 varieties of cookies, (they gave all our friends, neighbors, relatives big plates of goodies and hosted lots of parties, too) holiday time was gaining weight time for me until my late 50's when I decided it doesn't have... Sat, 16 May 2015 09:41:37 EST I Need to Chew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928533 Yesterday I made a delicious smoothie for my breakfast using many foods and supplements recommended by our Psoriasis Healing Warriors: <BR> <BR> <BR> Breakfast on May 14, 2015: <BR> Flax Seed Meal (ground flax), 2 tbsp ⊗ 70 4 5 3 4 <BR> Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 inner leaf ⊗ 3 0 0 0 0 <BR> supplement, lecithin granules, 0.5 oz ⊗ 40 1 4 0 0 <BR> Spinach, fresh, 0.7 cup ⊗ 5 1 0 1 0 <BR> Cherries Dark Sweet Pitted Frozen 1/2 Cup, 1.5 serving ⊗ 68 17 0 1 2 <BR> Dole Frozen Pineapple,... Fri, 15 May 2015 09:15:07 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 5, Food Pusher Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928284 Some food pushers you can easily put off by "No, thank you," but others are more insistent. <BR> <BR> 1. The Chronic Hard Sell Trap - people keep pushing you to eat even when you say no. <BR> <BR> *Beck says that the best tactic to counter the chronic hard sell is just endurance. As long as the food pusher has no malicious intent the broken record technique, just repeating "no thanks." <BR> * You never need to give a reason why, but you may if you want. For example, "I couldn't fit in anoth... Thu, 14 May 2015 20:50:36 EST Lentil Veggie Burgers - I made them!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927513 Today I made Lentil Veggie Burgers. I made them vegan, using chia seeds instead of eggs. I ground the seeds in my Nutribullet. <BR> <BR> Here the "burgers" are in the fry pan: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76acced3-40ca-4169-8e39-88cae4e88e0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And after I turned them over: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abeae5ef-9d60-4cc5-b36a-4f3cec7a6625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's the final product surrounded by most of the ingre... Wed, 13 May 2015 12:08:00 EST Ideal Weight Calculation - Your Help Needed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926867 When I was trying to explain the concept of goal weight range to Gaby1948, I came across a most interesting site, Moose and Doc's Ideal Weight Calculator: <BR> <BR> <link>halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm </link> <BR> <BR> You enter your weight, age, gender, height and it will tell you what people with those same stats as you consider their ideal weight. I tried it with both 5'6" and 5'5" because I may have (okay, I have) settled a bit. At 5'6" it said 130 and at 5'5" it said 127. Very int... Tue, 12 May 2015 10:22:42 EST Beck Blue: Conclusion, But Not Finished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926412 I'm going to blog about the conclusion chapter of "Beck Blue", The Diet Trap Solution by Dr Judith S Beck and Deborah Beck Busis. I'm going to do this chapter now because if I follow the instructions that Beck gives, that is what I would be doing. Based on my test, I read and blogged about foundation strategies, stress traps, emotional eating traps, family traps, psychological traps and getting off track traps. I also did the travel and eating out traps because I have a trip later and I'm con... Mon, 11 May 2015 14:32:03 EST Sad Bird Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925805 On this Mother's Day I feel for the dear mother brown thrasher flying around my yard looking at loose ends. We loved watching her babies hatch and get their first feathers and start to become aware and active. Unfortunately, there are no babies in the nest now. I mourn - not really those baby birds, I mean, they weren't our pets - but mourn the experience I hoped to share with the granddaughters of watching those little one grow and fly. The 4 year old suggested that the mom and dad thrasher... Sun, 10 May 2015 13:37:41 EST Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925800 Here's niece and nephew last eve after the 3 mile mark at the Mayfaire 5K: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l951164087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nephew had a victory. He sat his goal to run the whole thing straight - no walk breaks - and he achieved it for the first time in a race! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1648893078.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Niece hadn't trained a lot for this one, so decided to run with her brother. They had run it together t... Sun, 10 May 2015 13:26:37 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 10, 4 More Off Track Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925330 The Diet Trap Solution by Dr Judith S Beck & Deborah Beck Busis, Chapt. 10 continues: <BR> <BR> 2. The Self-Criticizer Trap - you beat yourself up about making a mistake. <BR> <BR> card: Learning to diet is like learning (insert something it took you a while to learn, for example, to play tennis). I'll make mistakes but that's part of the learning process. As long as I keep my expectations reasonable and keep practicing, I'll get better and better at it. Beating myself up just gets in the w... Sat, 9 May 2015 13:11:08 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 10, I've Blown It Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924871 The Diet Trap Solution, Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep It Off for Good by Dr. Judith S Beck and Deborah Beck Susis <BR> <BR> Chapter 10 <BR> 1.The I've Blown It Trap - you tell yourself you will get back on track tomorrow <BR> <BR> card: When I make a dieting mistake, remember that it makes no sense to keep making more. Just as I would never consider throwing myself down any more stairs if I stumbled, I shouldn't consider continuing to eat off track. <BR> <BR> card 2: There is no... Fri, 8 May 2015 14:21:33 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 9, Overburdened and Don't Care Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924476 Continuing Chapter 9 to the finish: <BR> <BR> 4. The Feeling Overburdened Trap - you get tired of focusing on and putting effort into weight loss <BR> <BR> card: Either way I'm burdened. Either I'm burdened by having to work on healthy eating, or I'm burdened by being overweight (physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially). At least when I work on healthy eating, I get so many positive benefits as a result. <BR> <BR> Losing weight take a big investment of time and energy that can f... Thu, 7 May 2015 21:04:39 EST Where Everyone's Name is Known http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923512 The baby birds are growing. Monday I saw one eye open to look at me and yesterday when I took this picture the little birds hissed at me, so I backed off and only took this one picture. It is so amazing how they hatched all naked and started growing feathers almost immediately. Just a couple days old and look at them now: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l610376903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the dad keeping a watchful eye on me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Wed, 6 May 2015 07:30:51 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 9, Deprivation & No Willpower Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923042 The second of the psychological traps is The Deprivation Trap - you feel resentful for having to restrict what you eat. This one doesn't apply to me so much. I feel so blessed in so many other ways. Don't think I've really felt resentful since about eating since I was a teenager. Seemed like all my friends gulped cokes, ate pizza and sweets without problem, whereas every bite showed up on me. Looking back on it, I learned over-generous portions at home as well as many poor choices. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:52:22 EST Beck Blue: Chapter Nine, #1 Discouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922534 Chapter 9 is titled Psychological Traps. <BR> <BR> 1. The Discouragement Trap - you want to give up when dieting becomes difficult <BR> <BR> I found this section so powerful that I decided to blog it in more detail than I have been . In the past discouragement has been a major factor in my failed maintenance efforts and I don't want to fall to it this time. <BR> <BR> Card One: While losing weight sometimes feels difficult, the results will be worth it. The advantages on my list are too im... Mon, 4 May 2015 15:55:12 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 7, Travel and Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921839 Even though I did not test that I needed this chapter on travel and eating out traps, I decided to read it because I have a trip coming up next month and I am concerned about how I am going to handle it. <BR> <BR> 1. The 24/7 Treat Trap - you think every meal out should be "special" - even when you eat out all the time <BR> <BR> sample card: When I eat out, decide in advance what to order - and stick to it. Even if I think I'm really hungry and won't be satisfied, that's not true. I'm alway... Sun, 3 May 2015 14:25:51 EST Better Pictures and Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921827 It's a gorgeous day and I thoroughly enjoyed an 8 mile bike ride on Fort Frazier Trail this morning. I saw a runner my age I know and had a great conversation. Then saw 2 more runner friends at Publix (grocery store). And then I really struck gold! I decided to get a decaf coffee and ran into my great friend who I met through SP but now enjoy both 3D and online, Cyndi Aquagirl and her husband. Had a great conversation. <BR> <BR> I managed to get better pictures of the little birds in their ... Sun, 3 May 2015 13:43:53 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 6, Family Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921425 Okay. This is the first chapter I've read that I know I can't begin to impart to you in a summary what is in this chapter. If you have a difficult family situation, this book is gold. Get it. No kidding. <BR> <BR> That said, I'll give it a try. I skipped chapter 5 at this time because I didn't score any points on the quiz in that area, so food pushers are not a problem for me. I'm going with Beck's recommendation to give myself a personalized program by focusing on the chapters that I test ... 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