SLENDERELLA61's SparkPeople Blog SLENDERELLA61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bonus Blog: Cute Grandkid Story My best smile of the day: <BR> <BR> The 4 year old said she wanted to wait until her sister got home to have afternoon snack. I reminded her that her sister wouldn't be home after school today because she had gone with their mom to Miami for a bridal shower. She looked at me and sweetly asked, "When will they be back from Your-ami?" <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:56:27 EST Plenty Motivated I had thought I might make Beck-style advantages cards for sticking to my psoriasis elimination diet. But, I haven't needed them. I feel plenty motivated. Funny-strange, I've had no trouble sticking to the most restricted food plan of my life, when it took me decades to be able to stick to a weight-loss plan. Fingers crossed that this food plan will help! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:03:53 EST Pay Attention One thing that struck me in the Healing Psoriasis book by John A.. Pagnano, D.C., is that he routinely asks his patients what they think is causing their psoriasis. And when they are clear he asks them what they think made the difference. He says to pay attention to our own thoughts. If there is something we are doing that we think is not helpful, quit doing it. <BR> <BR> For me that is artificial sweeteners. He has a page about them and ends up saying he allows moderate use in his program.... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:40:11 EST There is No Perfect I read a SP blog this morning written by a nutrition expert about her own life, her own health crisis, and how she gained balance by giving up some gardening and perfectionism about healthy eating, and focused a little more on moments and times with her children and enjoying her life. She said there is no perfect, there is just the best you can do with the circumstances that life has given you. Hits a real chord with me. <BR> <BR> The first time my husband said to me that the psoriasis I h... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:29:20 EST Not Good-Bye, But "See Ya" Last evening I went to the Galloway running group's end of the season party. I didn't stay long. I went primarily to say thanks and 'see ya' as I don't know when I'll be able to run regularly again. Sigh. I know that a positive attitude is very important. I'm trying. Honestly, I am still feeling hopeful that I'll find something that helps. <BR> <BR> On the good side, I'm maintaining my weight without running. My trending weight on WeightGrapher has a middle two!! (Just barely - 129.94, but... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:10:29 EST My Plan for a Food Plan I'm excited that I found this link by a dermatologist that says although there is no scientific evidence that diet impacts psoriasis many people believe it does. He recommends eliminating 8 types of food from your diet: alcohol, junk food, red meat, nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, white potatoes), citrus fruit, gluten, dairy, and condiments. <BR> <BR> For anyone who is interested: <link><BR>ds-to-avoid-if-you-have-psoriasis.aspx </li... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:47:57 EST Read This Blog Later - Pictures Won't Download Our magnolia tree has its first bloom of the season! Makes me smile, even if this one is too high up to sample the glorious fragrance. I know it won't be long until they are down at my nose level. Can't wait!! <BR> <BR> How are magnolias related to weight loss, weight maintenance, and healthy living? Why am I blogging about magnolias on SP? <BR> <BR> Well, fresh air is healthy. Spending some time each day outdoors is good in so many ways. I feel more in balance. I appreciate life more when ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:26:04 EST Challenges: Weight and Healing I signed up for the next At Goal and Maintaining Plus..... SparkTeam's Challenge. They named it after United Nations' Parents Day on May 31st. The nine weeks ends that day with results announced June 1. I finished the last challenge yesterday using WeightGrapher and a center weight of 130.5 just fine. For the challenge you must maintain within 3% up or down of your center weight. I signed up for a center weight of 130 this time. I plan to take it down about a half pound per challenge until I'... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:03:52 EST Active Grandkids I'm trying to stay active even though I feel every step. Keeping the grandkids active is good for them and helpful to me!! <BR> <BR> Here's Natalie riding with no training wheels: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's Gwen riding in our driveway: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My daughter has been dealing with an ankle injury since August 2014; she's still in physical therap... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:52:23 EST Promised Picture Here's the picture I promised yesterday of me and my hard-won bronze medal for the 1.5K (.9 mile) walk in 11:16: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm back committed to burning calories and seeking fitness despite my foot problem. I walked 4.66 miles this morning. Plan to keep doing all I should do. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:11:34 EST As Good As Gold No, I didn't take the gold medal in the 1500 meter Senior Games walk. But I finished it, sore feet and all, in 11:16, just 16 seconds behind my time of last year. I took the bronze medal. And I'm just as proud of it as I was of my gold medal last year because I overcame more to take it this year!! I'll have a picture to post tomorrow. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 13:42:14 EST Ups and Downs Up: <BR> Today is gorgeous. Blue sky. Singing birds. Cool breeze and warm sun. Not too much dew -- must be lower humidity than earlier this week. <BR> <BR> Gwen played at the playground this morning and asked me to read her the posted rules. There were signs like a picture of shoes with a red circle and through it. She knew that meant no shoes on that piece of play equipment. When she saw the picture of the water drop with the red circle and line (that actually said not to play on it when i... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:11:13 EST Celebrating St Patty's Day a Little Early Senior Dance today was a St Patty's party. I even won a door prize - an Erin Beanie Baby bear, shiny green napkin rings, and some candy that I will share. Promise. I did skip the cookies, cake, and ice cream they served. My friend, Bertie, took this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Old Dad and I managed 3 slow dances despite sore feet. And I did 3 semi-vigorous line dances. Bertie got a pix of us both, too: <BR> <BR> <img sr... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:42:49 EST Six Years The At Goal and Maintaining Plus Transitioning to Maintenance Team has recognized me for maintaining my 80 pound weight loss for 6 years now! I really appreciate the positive and supportive comments and goodies. Another year of maintenance is something to celebrate! Without the team I might have just let it go by without a thought. Thanks, team. I am a success at weight loss and maintenance. Even when I don't eat perfect (and believe me, I'm far from perfect, and don't always eat the way I wa... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:49:43 EST Better Off My weight today is right where I want it. Really I'm doing pretty good. However, I've not kept all my promises to myself. I've set goals for streaks (like doing Beck's Success Skill Sheets daily) and then not followed through. I've decided to take a few days or a few weeks to think through what streaks and goals I really want to work on. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm trying to adjust to my reality. Right now I can't run. Hope to run again. Wishing for healing. No guarantees. <BR> <BR> When I fi... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 17:36:17 EST Thanks, SparkFriends Thanks, everyone, for your very kind responses yesterday. I hear you. I'll try to stay positive, but will vent when I need to. You don't know how much your kindness means to me. <BR> <BR> Last eve we had a local SparkTeam dinner and it was great. Glad to get hugs and support in person. So sorry to see Jane in a cast again and using a walker. Hope she felt the support, too. <BR> <BR> I have laser therapy this morning and then a shopping trip to get some items that have been recommended. Doc... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:14:13 EST Too Much At some point I suspect when a person has a problem or limitation they quit blogging and complaining about it and just accept that that is the way things are. I'm not ready to declare my psoriasis -- feet and hands --will always be a problem. I still hold out hope that they will improve if not totally heal. Time will tell. In the meanwhile, I'll try not to complain too much. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:21:59 EST Wild Flowers of a Central Florida Yard At this time of the year our grass is dormant. You can see some brown dry grass if you look, but mostly you see our yard is filled with what some people call weeds, and other people appreciate as wild flowers. Hubby will be mowing the weedy flowers soon. He does it about once a month to keep the briars out of the dog's fur mostly. The kids appreciate all flowers, so we took some pictures yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:35:31 EST Florida, Land of Flowers, Even in Winter We are having absolutely great weather. I didn't even need a jacket leaving the house this morning at 7am to go get the granddaughters. Yesterday Gwen and I walked to school to get Natalie because Old Dad needed the car for Senior Games. It was well over 80 degrees and sunny. We wore sun screen, hats, and took water bottles for our trek. It paid off. Hubby earned a Silver Medal in Checkers!! Both my feet were sore enough I wasn't sure I could even do the walk, but I managed. (Not looking goo... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:36:02 EST The Fraud in the Mirror WATERMELLEN wrote another great blog today. She called herself a fraud, which she definitely is not, but she made some great points: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886069 </link> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite parts of her blog, "weight loss/maintenance is another area in which fraud is really not possible. We 'wear' our bodies 24/7." Isn't that the truth! <BR> <BR> Sometimes when I screw up I look in the mirror and think I don't dese... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:29:38 EST Give Yourself Lots and Lots of Credit My Beck quote of the day: "You deserve credit for taking the time to prepare meals; eating all of your food slowly, while sitting down and enjoying every bite; sticking to your plan precisely; and filling in your Food Plan Chart." <BR> <BR> It's easy for me to think I'm just suppose to do eat right and don't deserve credit. It's pretty easy even to think I don't have to plan, eat slowly, or give credit any more. But I definitely do. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:18:45 EST I Could Run Today!! And Eat Smart, too!! I ran over 3 miles today! Counting the warm up and cool down that was primarily walking, I went a total of 4.33 miles. It was an almost pain-free run. Hooray!! I did the 5K after warm up in right at 31 minutes. That's way off my PR of 27:33, or my last 5K of 28:15, but at least I am running. Feel confident that I'll be able to run and finish the Senior Games 5K on March 14th. I'm thinking the feet are just going to get better from here. (Fingers crossed.) <BR> <BR> I pre-planned all my food ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:14:05 EST Preparing for Competition Senior Games opened today, but my training is suffering. I ran about 50 steps and decided my heel was just too sore to run. Will try again tomorrow. It rained most of the day, so I didn't want to ride my bike. Hubby had the car for his Senior Games chess event, so I didn't have a way to the gym. I did 75 minutes of low impact aerobics, carefully finding steps that didn't hurt. That'll just have to do for today. <BR> <BR> Senior Games 5K run and 2 walking events are 2 weeks from today. I'm r... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:06:07 EST Not Going There I have been trying to maintain a weight of 129. Weight Grapher gave me this warning today. It's the first time it predicted my weight would go up: <BR> <BR> Trending Weight <BR> 129.98 lb <BR> Recorded Weight <BR> 130.00 lb <BR> One Week Change <BR> &#8593; 0.37 lb <BR> One Month Change <BR> &#8593; 0.34 lb <BR> One Month Prediction <BR> 130.32 lb <BR> <BR> I did not make any one big mistake, just was not as careful with measuring and tracking. Especially during this time of foot pain when ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:03:54 EST Disjointed Blog Want to thank everyone who put Ryan in their thoughts and prayers. He is 22 years old, the father of my only step grandchild. His brain tumor was benign and his healing is going very well. Two weeks after surgery and the only treatment he is expected to continue is speech therapy. They are expecting 98% recovery. We are very relieved and grateful. Hoping he'll be able to get back on track with education. He hopes to graduate with a bachelor's degree in engineering in December. <BR> <BR> My p... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:56:07 EST Almost Rattlesnake Indulge this grandmother. I have to share this true story. <BR> <BR> Yesterday while I was helping 8 year old Natalie with her piano lessons, hubby was keeping half an eye on 4 year old Gwen who was playing outside. Suddenly Gwen came bursting into the piano room, yelling "come, come." She said she'd found something she really wanted us to see. What kind of a thing? "Well, it is kind of like a rattlesnake", she said. A rattlesnake, oh, no!!! "No, it's not really a rattlesnake. Just kind of l... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:20:25 EST Picture from Dance and More From Gasparilla Part of the reason I have been sleep deprived this week, the Sweetheart Dance on Saturday February 21st. Hubby and I really enjoyed, although getting up at 3am for the Gasparilla races that morning was a challenge!! Hubby looked really nice. Love his haircut. Now I feel like I'm the straggly member of the family. May just have to do something drastic: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And speaking of challenges, my dear niece won a medal... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:14:10 EST Gasparilla Photos I wrote a long blog with pictures this morning and it just disappeared when I clicked on "post blog entry." Sigh. I'll try again. <BR> <BR> The Gasparilla races were so much fun! Here's a picture a friend of mine took of the pirate ship next to the convention center (where the runners had after-race food) along with the medal from the Half Marathon: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's Rachel and Barb before the HM race. I don't th... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:26:54 EST Just a Blurrrrrr Barb was running so very, very fast at the Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon, all I got was a blurry hand: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She did an incredible, awesome, wonderful job!! But I'll let her tell you. Besides, I've been up since 3am. Yawn. Will share more tomorrow!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:13:01 EST The Keys were in the Legos!! My keys were in the legos. No kidding. Just when I wanted my keys to take Barb to Lake Hollingsworth, a beautiful area to walk or run, I could not find them to save me. After she left I spent over an hour looking for them, and there they were, where they fell out of my pocket when I sat on the floor with Gwen building with all those little colorful plastic pieces. <BR> <BR> It was spectacular to get to visit Barb yesterday. Everything I was looking forward to!! She had a glitch getting her ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:35:54 EST Cool Days, Beautiful Days Dear Barb is coming to Florida just when it is getting cooler and cooler. We have freeze warnings for Friday, so I suspect she'll feel right at home. Takes me back to the years (1992-1997) we lived in North Carolina . I grew up in Florida and just could not get warm all winter. My hubby had a job assignment in Fort Lauderdale, much farther south than where we live now in Lakeland. You'd think it would be warm. But we spent 2 weeks in Fort Lauderdale and it set a record -- 2 full weeks with ne... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:19:44 EST More Progress Ryan is now able to swallow pureed foods, but his speech is very limited. He has said "hey" and "hi" and he shakes his head yes and no. He seems to be having no trouble understanding speech. He gets frustrated trying to write. He is able to walk around his ICU room, and will probably move to a neuro room today where he can walk even more. His tumor was determined to be benign, which truly is better than expected, so no radiation and no chemo for now. All in all, very good news. He would have ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:32:59 EST Upcoming Meet-Up Ryan continues to make progress. Thanks for prayers. <BR> <BR> I'm really getting excited about our upcoming SparkPeople meet-up. We have found child care for Sunday so I'm available and can go watch Barb, her cousin, and my niece run the half marathon. Then Barb and I plan to cheer on the 8K runners, including my niece (who is running all 4 Gasparilla races - 2 Saturday and 2 Sunday), Monty and D. Will be great! <BR> <BR> I do have a dance the evening before about 15 miles north of our hom... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:34:03 EST Not There Yet Didn't do as well eating as I would have liked yesterday. Enjoyed the women's college softball game, though. Today I did better eating. It'll be okay. I'm trying to develop that NO CHOICE mindset every day, but I'm not there yet. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a good run in before my right foot started hurting. Today it didn't let up much. Have bandaged, soaked and babied it between housekeeping chores today. So I give myself credit for not just sitting around. Just 4 weeks from yesterday is my n... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:17:39 EST Last Eve, Today, and Tomorrow Wonderful local team dinner last eve. The kale-chicken-sweet potato soup was heavenly and the jalapeno cornbread was very good. But the company was definitely what made it very, very special. I do feel very blessed to be part of this great group! <BR> <BR> I've mentioned in previous blogs a young man, related to me by marriage, who had a brain tumor. His surgery was today, but we don't yet know how successful it was. Please include Ryan in your prayers. His wife and toddler son need him. <BR... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:29:32 EST Free Food Isn't Free "Extra food will always go to waste, either in the trash or in my body," -Judith s. Beck PhD, The Complete Beck Diet for Life, pg. 83. <BR> <BR> "...trying to 'get your money's worth' will cost you a lot in terms of gaining weight and strengthening your giving-in muscle," -Beck, specifically in regard to buffet restaurants, pg. 147 <BR> <BR> " 'Free' food is only free in terms of money. Eating unplanned free food brings a heavy cost in terms of reinforcing my giving-in muscle and increasing... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:08:32 EST Still Smiling It's late and not too much time to blog. Good, active day with elliptical workout, playing with kids, and moving while watching my favorite basketball team on TV. Tracking really approximate; probably a little too much food today, but if so, this one day is not a big problem. My long-term commitment is strong. <BR> <BR> My dear SparkFriends who have been following me know that since Nov 16, 2014, I've reduced my trending (average) weight by about 5 pounds. At one point I mentioned, not reall... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:32:58 EST Hungrier "The hungrier you are, the slower you should eat. Eating quickly -- which may be your first instinct -- will leave you feeling unsatisfied and still hungry!" - Judith S. Beck, PhD, The Complete Beck Diet for Life, pg. 62 <BR> <BR> Why is it some days I just feel so much hungrier than others? Today is a hungry day. But Beck has convinced me that I can tolerate hunger. Hunger is not a reason to give up my weight goals. Even real stomach-rumbling empty hunger is not an emergency. And cravings, ... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:56:20 EST So Worth It! "Continue to remind yourself why it's so worth it for the rest of your life." -The Complete Beck Diet for Life, page 191 <BR> <BR> Judith S. Beck, PhD, says that we have multiple opportunities every day to tell yourself "it is so worth it to keep on going." Every time you look in the mirror, acknowledge that it is worth it to look this way. Every time you accomplish a physical task you could not have done before losing weight, tell yourself it is worth it. Every time you realize a skill you ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:32:19 EST Getting Easier and Other Beck Points I'm re-reading Beck green (The Complete Beck Diet for Life), looking for things I missed, and deciding if there aren't more parts of her plan I want to incorporate in my life. I found this suggestion for a card that I had overlooked before: "I have to eat every bite slowly, while sitting down, so I can fully enjoy it. It's worth developing this lifetime habit so that I can have a lifetime of being thinner." <BR> <BR> When it comes to the re-reading, I'm back on page 34. But I am trying to c... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:08:24 EST Celebrating I am taking a little time today -- to celebrate!! On November 16, 2014, I set a goal to reduce my goal weight (which was 132 at the time, but I was averaging a little more than a pound over it) to 129. I read and followed The Beck Diet for Life book. Today I'm announcing and celebrating that I did it!! My trending weight is now right below 129. Here's the weight data graphed: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And WeightGrapher's analysis... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:41:15 EST Too Loose Beck quote of the day, "It is a biological impossibility for your weight to go down every day." Isn't that a truth I tend to forget! <BR> <BR> I think I did good eating, but honestly, I was a little too loose in my approach today. I pre-planned the menu for supper, and knew what I was cooking, but did not decide what portions I was going to eat. I had not even pre-planned whether I would have some cake or not. I ended up having about a 1" square cube of cake. I didn't measure my supper port... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:25:18 EST Quick Blog Hubby did fine yesterday in surgery. He now has 2 stents, giving him much more blood flow to his heart. I spent all day at the hospital; his surgery was delayed 6 hours because his doctor has to take care of an emergency. DH was hungry and wanting it over -- not a happy camper. Fortunately, he gets to come home this morning. <BR> <BR> I'll go get him after my laser treatment. I'm sorry to report that my feet, that felt so much improved on Saturday, look and feel pretty bad today. Glad I got... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:36:11 EST Living Life Beck quote of the day, "I'd so much rather be thinner than have the momentary pleasure of eating this food." I'm re-doing Beck "green" to focus on parts I missed or didn't complete fully, but I'm not going to blog it this time. Or maybe only if I have a real Ah-Ha to share!! <BR> <BR> Today I went to Highland City Elementary School and saw my granddaughter receive 3 awards: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Honor Roll <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:49:02 EST Beck Stage 5: Get-Back-on-Track Plan My hope is to never again need a get-back-on-track plan, but I'm glad Beck includes one. (Starting on page 198 of The Complete Beck Diet for Life.) <BR> <BR> This section starts with an example of Jamie who had lost 37 pounds with Beck 3 years before, but had gained back 8 pounds and despite repeated attempts could not seem to start losing weight again. Beck determined that Jamie's thought that it was taking too much effort was sabotaging her and that she had not been able to talk back to t... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:06:32 EST Beck Stage 5: Re-Motivation Plan When you find yourself thinking "this is too hard", "it isn't worth it", or "I can't keep this up", it's time for the Re-Motivation Plan. You are to do this plan in addition to your regular Daily Motivation Plan. <BR> <BR> 1. Add up the hard hours. When is it easier? How many hours are really difficult? Most people realize that following their eating plan is pretty easy most of the time. <BR> <BR> 2. Analyze why you are having a harder time. In which situations? Could problem solving or de... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:23:13 EST Beck Stage 5: Motivation-for-Life When Things are Going Well & Updates Re: The Beck Complete Diet for Life, green book <BR> <BR> Beck encourages us to move on directly from Stage 4 to Stage 5 with no test to pass this time. She advises that we may need to reread Stage 4 over and over again throughout our lives, trying additional experiments, and being alert for slipping into loose eating. so on to her final stage, Stage 5! <BR> <BR> Stage 5 is all about 3 motivation-for-life plans. It is 16 pages filled with ideas, so this is just the highlights. The plans are... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:19:21 EST Beck Stage 4: Change Your General Plan/Starting Maintenance Change Your General Plan <BR> <BR> Beck says that it is okay to change your plan as your life changes. You may need to change the number and time of snacks or time of your meals. Examples she gives if you have gone back to school, taken a new job, improved your social life or had a child. She advises against slipping into eating more, but approves deciding to step up to the next higher-calorie level and gaining a few pounds. Later you may or may not decide to drop back. <BR> <BR> When you ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:42:42 EST Beck Stage 4: What I Left Out, Part 2 Develop a General Plan (from page 179 of The Complete Beck Diet for Life) <BR> <BR> Beck has you write out "My Think Thin Eating Plan." A sample dinner plan is, "Any dinner from page 218 or dinner recipe from pages 237-247 and 259-262 or from my list." The list is referring to what you have written down in your Diet Notebook, using Beck principle to create your own recipes and meals, adhering to the calorie limits you previously adopted. Beck comments that dieters usually resist having limi... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:15:47 EST Beck Stage 4: What I Left Out, Part 2 Develop a General Plan (from page 179 of The Complete Beck Diet for Life) <BR> <BR> Beck has you write out "My Think Thin Eating Plan." A sample dinner plan is, "Any dinner from page 218 or dinner recipe from pages 237-247 and 259-262 or from my list." The list is referring to what you have written down in your Diet Notebook, using Beck principle to create your own recipes and meals, adhering to the calorie limits you previously adopted. Beck comments that dieters usually resist having limi... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:15:47 EST