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/ 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 ... Sat, 2 May 2015 17:43:30 EST Can You Identify these Flowers? Bird Update, Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921417 Here's an update on our baby birds: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l572787785.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We saw both the mom and the dad brown thrashers bringing food for the little ones. It's great to be able to follow their development. <BR> <BR> While I've got you thinking about nature, can you identify this flower bush? Or maybe it is just a small tree. Hubby got it from the nursery and doesn't remember what it is. Of course, I could go back to the nursery and find o... Sat, 2 May 2015 17:14:14 EST Beck Blue: Chapter 4, Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920917 Would you rather have one problem or three? If you respond to the original problem by overeating, then you have the original problem plus feeling bad about overeating. And then you look at the scale. Three problems. <BR> <BR> 1. The Trying to Numb Pain Trap - you believe it's not okay to feel negative emotions <BR> Remember a time when you were really upset and did not eat. If you think back over your history you will likely find plenty of evidence that you can tolerate negative feelings. <B... Fri, 1 May 2015 16:45:38 EST Beck Blue: The Chapter Three (lost portion) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920342 3. The De-Stress with Food Trap - you eat to relax after a stressful day <BR> <BR> - Identify the problematic situations that contribute to stress <BR> - Ask friend/family member to brainstorm solutions with you <BR> - Rearrange your activities so you can de-stress before meals <BR> - Use de-stressing techniques such as music, bath, cup of tea, walk, meditation, friends <BR> <BR> 4. The When Things Calm Down Trap - you think it will be too difficult to work on healthy eating during a stre... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:18:06 EST Beck Blue: Chapter Three, Stress Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920285 Beck and Busis identify three stress traps: <BR> <BR> 1. The Too Busy Trap - your life feels too packed and stressful to make time for healthy eating. <BR> <BR> "If you want to be able to lose weight, you have to fit the rest of your life around healthy eating, not try to fit it into an already packed day." She advises to cut back, do less well, or stop doing some of your activities. <BR> <BR> 2.The Unreasonable Rules Trap - you create overly restrictive rules for yourself that lead to str... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:51:13 EST Beck Blue: Chapter Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919784 "Do you want this to be the last ("last" in italics) time you try to lose weight?" That is the first sentence of Beck Blues' second chapter. Well, don't hurry to start dieting. Learn 10 basic skills before you start your healthy, reasonable, flexible and maintainable eating plan. This will be the plan you follow "while you are losing weight and for as long as you want to maintain your weight loss." (italics from "and" until "loss") In the past you lost weight quickly, but then you have falle... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:20:43 EST Can You Identify This Bird? & Beck Comment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919160 I know this is a challenge as I really don't want to get close enough to scare her. This momma bird hatched 3 or 4 eggs yesterday and is diligently sitting on her nest this rainy day! We got to see four eggs and then one baby and then three babies yesterday. The kids are really excited about it and I'm thoroughly enjoying it, too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730877203.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband thinks she's a cardinal. I don't. She is a rich red-brown colo... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:21:56 EST Beck Blue: Chapter One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918653 I really wanted to read The Diet Trap Solution by Judith Beck, PhD, and daughter, Deborah Beck Busis, because I benefitted greatly from two previous Beck books and a workbook. I don't know if I would have been able to keep off more than 80 pounds for over 6 years without Beck. I am almost certain I would not have my current level of control over food if I had never employed the cognitive behavior techniques to my own food battles. <BR> <BR> Chapter one is an introduction to the book. It appe... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:42:47 EST Cookie Concert Precedes Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918056 Kids really enjoyed the cookie concert today by our local symphony orchestra. The interactive session was really cool. The kids got to play lots of instruments: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l425049552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l555780682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883793082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I posted even more pictures on FaceBook. <BR> <BR> Plan to start reading the Beck book ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:58:47 EST Kahlua is Fine! and More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917534 Kahlua, our 4 year old German Shepherd-Chow-Lab mix, had surgery yesterday to remove an intestinal polyp that was causing bleeding. It never seemed to bother her, but you just can't let an animal bleed and bleed. (And I don't mind giving up following her around with a bottle of peroxide to get blood out of our carpet either.) We took her in at 7am yesterday, but when we called at 2pm to get results she hadn't even had her surgery yet due to several emergencies the vet had to handle. The surge... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:04:28 EST Beck's New Book and Becky's New Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916979 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470752462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Judith Beck has written a new book with her daughter. It was just released on April 21st and I got mine on the 22nd. I looked it over a little last evening. I see that it uses index cards just like her other 2 books and workbook. It is organized differently and has no food plan. It looks decidedly interesting. I've benefitted so much from her other books, and I suspect this one will be no exception. If I had not ma... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:24:53 EST Report Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916453 Gaye (Gaby1948) reminded me that I haven't done a weight report for a while, so I will be proud to. Here's my WeightGrapher report for the past 30 days: <BR> <BR> Trending Weight <BR> 125.41 lb <BR> Recorded Weight (today) <BR> 125.00 lb <BR> One Week Change <BR> ↓ 0.36 lb <BR> One Month Change <BR> ↓ 4.02 lb <BR> One Month Prediction <BR> 121.39 lb <BR> <BR> Here's my graph for the past month: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1035865139.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:29:03 EST Worth Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915639 Saw this one on FB and thought it worth sharing: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480791838.jpg"> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:32:03 EST 66 Names for Sugar and Substitutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914991 1. Barbados sugar <BR> 2. Barley malt <BR> 3. Beet sugar <BR> 4. Brown sugar <BR> 5. Buttered syrup <BR> 6. Cane juice <BR> 7. Cane sugar <BR> 8. Caramel <BR> 9. Carob syrup <BR> 10. Corn syrup solids <BR> 11. Corn syrup <BR> 12. Confectioners sugar <BR> 13. Castor sugar <BR> 14. Date sugar <BR> 15. Dehydrated cane juice <BR> 16. Demerara sugar <BR> 17. Dextran <BR> 18. Dextrose <BR> 19. Diastatic malt <BR> 20. Diatase <BR> 21. Ethyl maltol <BR> 22. Free Flowing Brown Sugars <BR> 2... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:59:10 EST My Friend Featured! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914637 My friend, David, who I met at Weight Watchers and recruited for our Galloway running group is now featured in Half Size Me! If you are interested, check out his interview: <BR> <BR> <link>www.halfsizeme.com/167/ </link> <BR> <BR> On a somewhat related topic, some of our Lakeland Runners have already finished the Boston Marathon today. So exciting! Someday perhaps I'll get to watch it in person. And someday I hope to run again. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:01:47 EST Bonus Blog: Because You Asked, My Anti-Psoriasis Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914026 My natural treatment is again an experiment of one, but with a big support group of 2,000 people on FaceBook who calls themselves Psoriasis Healing Warriors. This is alternative medicine, not science. I am convinced it is worth a try, especially when the alternatives are so bad. <BR> <BR> Alkaline Water - water with liquid chlorophyll and Cell Power (or other such salts) is the most important natural remedy for psoriasis. Gradually increase to 4 liters per day. I'm at 3 liters now. <BR> <BR... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:57:10 EST Surprisingly Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913922 Check out my Green Smoothie recipe: <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2911935 </link> <BR> <BR> I was really surprised how good it is! I had dates set out to add, but that one lovely ripe pear was just the right amount of sweetness all by itself. I'm sure you could start with fruit juice rather than water, but the water was fine with me. Lots of good nutrition for just a small amount of calories. For psoriasis we add a few drops of Cell Power, too, but... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:04:28 EST Not Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913602 We enjoyed a dinner out and I ordered my salad with no croutons, no cheese, no tomato and they got it right. I had grilled tilapia and asparagus that was heavenly; decaf coffee and I didn't feel deprived at all. <BR> <BR> After our meal, hubby took me to a lovely park where he had played shuffleboard in Senior Games. I had never seen this park. There must be 20 screened pavilions that can be rented for family reunions and group meetings as well as dozens of unscreened covered picnic tables. ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:48:32 EST Things Going On Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912888 Natalie is going camping with her Girl Scout troop this weekend. This morning Gwen and I helped her carry in all her stuff (sleeping bag, trunki, 2 bags and pillow) to the school office. The principal asked her if she was going camping and they had such a good conversation about it! He praised Gwen for helping; she was carrying the pillow. Gwen will be going to VPK (pre-kindergarten) there half day starting in August, so it was good for her to get to interact with the principal, too. I belie... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:01:37 EST Gentle Does It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911768 Sorry that link didn't work yesterday. After I turned the https to http, it worked for me, but perhaps you have to be a member of the Psoriasis Healing Warriors (PHW) on FaceBook to see it. <BR> <BR> I loved that _Linda commented that Qigong "is a great way to give peace to a raging body and mind." Yes, I think the skin on my hands and feet are raging and this may be at least part of the answer. I'm not aware of my mind raging, but a little more peace sounds like a blessing indeed. <BR> <BR... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:24:53 EST Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911164 Today I tried Qigong, a gentle stretching and breathing exercise technique that some people think helps psoriasis. No harm in trying. If you are interested, check out this youtube video: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=<BR>10106619470375121&set=o.65087279495478<BR>4&type=2&theater </link> <BR> <BR> Edit: Link is now fixed! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:55:28 EST