SLIMMERJESSE's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERJESSE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yesterday's Discouragement Lead into Today's Additional Weight Loss What a difference a day makes! (yes, I'm singing it) I'm reading the "Eat to Live" book again. This time, it's sinking in. <BR> <BR> Loving these cooler temps, but heat wave is predicted for next week. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. <BR> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:50:18 EST Happy New Year Wishing all who celebrate this new year a wonderful one. I'm making it my new year as well. <BR> <BR> I'm discouraged today and wondering why I'm bothering to do this healthy stuff. Too much work for a body that loses so slowly. <BR> <BR> Have a happy, healthy day and new year. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:27:55 EST Another LB Gone, and I Feel Lighter It's now a total of 8 in since a month and a half ago when I started food tracking. I can't believe that, after all these years on SP, I was so resistant to tracking. Honestly, I thought I was making great choices. NOPE. I actually can feel the difference 8 lbs lighter makes. The lightness of being. <BR> <BR> I'm easing into juicing and don't think I'll do only juice for days and days. I'll probably mix it up with "real" food/meals. Yesterday, by late afternoon, I was ready to eat a b... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:15:05 EST Trampoline, Juicing, Sugar Blues (the film) I assembled my mini-trampoline and like it a lot. It was inexpensive and not really super-bouncy, but good for my purposes for light cardio. I figured I'd spend very little now, but if I love it, I can eventually upgrade. The last one I had, that I gave away to a family with kids, was super great. <BR> <BR> I'm easing into juicing. Finished most of my groceries on-hand. I'm wondering how I track juices on my food tracker. When I make my morning smoothie, I track everything I put into... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:58:57 EST NSV Made Me Realize I Should be Measuring Instead of Weighing Yesterday I received an effusive NSV, a compliment that raved on about my looking slim. Actually slim. I'm convinced that these (I had one about a month ago that was similar) have a lot to do with the illusion that clothing creates. I definitely look better in some outfits than others as they have a slenderizing effect. <BR> <BR> Which made me remember what several SP friends have said throughout my years on this site; that they don't weigh themselves, they go by how their clothes feel.... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:14:23 EST You mean I actually have to use this stuff? (smiling) Now that I have received my new juicer, I look at it and smile. You mean, no one is going to make the juices for me? No one is going to clean up after each use? <BR> <BR> Okay, I'm joking. Kinda. With everything, there is effort and work involved. The theory meets practice as I am faced with not having a clue as to where to begin. Found several terrific juicing recipes on the internet. I still have a few days of groceries to finish up before starting, but tomorrow I will buy the pro... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:14:08 EST Juicer Arriving Today, Weekend Order Exercyle & mini tramp, Misc. Yes, my juicer arrives today. I've been through this rodeo before, but this time I'm going to try an experiment. I think. I've also got to research what to do with the pulp. I think I can use it in my smoothies. We'll see. I'm excited to see if 1. I'll do this experiment, 2. What results I get. <BR> <BR> I've narrowed down my choices of exercise bike and mini trampoline and will order this weekend. I don't intend to do serious jumping acrobatics, just light cardio. (smiling) <BR> <BR... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:45:42 EST Credit Freeze, Super Juice Me film, Food As Medicine film, Stress Eating After the facts of the hacking into the credit bureau (Equifax?) last week, I decided to freeze my credit reports with all three companies. I can unfreeze them, when needed; meanwhile, it gives a bit of peace of mind. I try to keep close tabs on things as I've had a few episodes with my credit card in the past and it is not a good feeling to have your info stolen or compromised. <BR> <BR> I saw the film Super Juice Me and enjoyed it a lot. I tried juicing in the past, after seeing Fat, Si... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:38:22 EST THANK YOU, FRIENDS. SURGERY SUCCESS. I want to thank and cyber hug all of you for your positive thoughts and prayers. Surgery was fast and successful and he's on his way home. Thank you, God. (smiling) It was a huge kidney stone. Eating habits and water drinking have got to change right now. <BR> <BR> Have a good evening. Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:17:45 EST Surgery Today After accompanying my family member to Urology appointment yesterday, he is now scheduled for surgery today. I am stressed, worried, and have spent 6 hours in the past two days at medical establishments with him. I am thankful that there's another family member who is going to take him and stay with him today. It's an outpatient appointment, but early arrival for prep. <BR> <BR> Any positive energy and/or prayers will be greatly appreciated. <BR> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:51:26 EST Cancer Can Be Killed Documentary I saw this yesterday and am awed and amazed. If you can find it, I'd be interested in hearing what you think. <BR> <BR> I'll be accompanying my family member to the Urologist's office this afternoon. His 9mm kidney stone is causing him excruciating pain. Hope they will help him. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:43:54 EST ER, 9/11 and Misc. I still shed tears on 9/11 and part of my broken heart never mended from all the tragedy. Especially when they read the names and show the people jumping out of the buildings. And all of the first responders who've gotten sick and died since then from asbestos and other causes. Just so sad. <BR> <BR> This next topic will have to be written with tact as I have a very bad attitude and opinion about the medical monolithic establishment. I respect others' choices to partake, and when I have ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:36:40 EST Smaller Portions, Slower Eating, and More Stress Reduction These are what I'm going to be working on for the rest of the month - and probably year! (or maybe the rest of my life, whichever comes first - smiling) The stress reduction is important but tricky. <BR> <BR> I've blogged about a relative's health issues and these totally upset me. I'm trying to work on the things I cannot change and help myself not get so anguished and agitated. But when you care about people and you see their decline due to things they can control, it is very frustratin... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 13:42:30 EST Scale Must Be Broken. It Indicates I'm Down another 3 lbs!!!!! Before I get too excited, I have to figure out if this is an accurate scale at this point. Besides food tracking started a month ago, which helped start this downward trend, I am also doing so much better limiting starches (I love me my breads, macaroni, etc.), sugar and cheese. Those are three major culprits that are terrific saboteurs. <BR> <BR> If my scale turns out to be accurate after weighing a few consecutive days for consistent numbers, I'll then allow myself to yell out a loud woo... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 10:22:30 EST Another lb Down, Melbourne, FL, and Misc. I'm happy to report another pound has left town, a total of six this past four weeks. And I owe it all to food tracking which I started at that time. It really makes me accountable and what a difference to actually see what I'm eating instead of guessing. <BR> <BR> My aunt lives in Melbourne, FL and I researched that they have mandatory evacuations. She is elderly and I hope my cousin is able to take good care of her. I'm worried. Hope this new hurricane doesn't do the damage they are... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 08:49:20 EST I KEEP FORGETTING THAT MY STOMACH IS THE SIZE OF MY FIST If I keep that in mind before meals, it helps with the amount I put into my pie hole. (smiling) <BR> <BR> Wishing all a fine day. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 09:19:27 EST Mini-Trampoline I gave mine away awhile ago to someone with kids who needed one and are now enjoying it. But it's fun and supposed to be good for draining lymph nodes. (do mine need draining, I wonder) Shopping around online and am torn between springs or no springs. <BR> <BR> Not really looking to jump as much as jog in place and various exercises. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 13:56:02 EST Wishing This When Sparkers Post Scenic Pics I really enjoy the lovely shots posted on SP. However, I wish that people would include info on what I'm looking at; I mean, where? It gives me a chance to see various locales in the U.S. as well as worldwide. Good example is ClaireinParis. Her photos take me on a tour through her pics. <BR> <BR> Temperatures have cooled and now I'm less stressful. I was so worried about Harry during the extreme heat and I figured that I'd put him in the carrier and sit in my air conditioned car, if it ... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 14:38:32 EST Nail Contest Ends, Hair Roots, Food Tracking, Misc. Here's an update on some of the topics I'd tossed out in the last few weeks. I was having a personal, fun contest to see how long I could grow my nails. I made it to one inch and then one broke so I trimmed them all. Have to admit that they really got in the way more than I'd anticipated and probably won't do that length again. <BR> <BR> I also had pondered whether I'd continue to do my hair roots anymore. I have a lot of my natural color with some grays, so the outgrowth really didn't... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 09:38:24 EST A/C Conks Out During 108 degree Temps, Worried about Harry Up at 2 a.m. researching how to keep a cat cooler. He's 13.5 years, so I'm worried; it's been 88 degrees in here for over 24 hours now. <BR> <BR> I had the a/c tuned up and ready for summer. So I thought it was fine. Sun, 3 Sep 2017 10:33:28 EST I Guess I Miss My Old Bad Habit A few weeks ago, I began a new phase in this journey. Thanks to food tracking, I discovered that I am a habit eater. So I've been working to break the habit. <BR> <BR> But as crazy as this sounds, even though I am doing so much better, I miss my old bad habit. All of that grazing simply had to stop if I'm ever going to make any real progress. But I miss the grazing. And, yes, I have put healthy snacks in my path in case I have to graze for the day. (smiling) <BR> <BR> As always, keep... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 11:59:53 EST Heatwave in SoCal Record breaking temps, but compared with what's happening to those suffering in TX, I'm not complaining. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy holiday weekend. Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:23:34 EST The Following Quote Turned my Head Around About Cheese For a long time now, I have tried to minimize my cheese intake. Suffice it to say, I eat way too much. I'm doing better, but still have a long way to go. <BR> <BR> Recently, I stumbled upon the following quote that finally made me sit up and take notice. I think it will make a difference in my direction correction with cheese. <BR> <BR> "Fun fact: Cheese is the single biggest contributor of saturated fat to the American diet. And unlike other fats, the saturated variety is the most lik... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:21:25 EST Huge Revelation from Food Tracking Has Rocked My World When I told a friend about the following, the response was, "No way can that be true." Friends, it is indeed true and hard to admit to myself, let alone others. <BR> <BR> I'm into my fourth week of food tracking and it has literally changed my life in the way I eat. I've blogged about one result being that I realized I'm dealing with a habit - I'm a habit eater. As such, this entire journey has become do-able. I know how to eliminate habits. <BR> <BR> However, the lightning bolt that we... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:43:41 EST 4 Cups of Coffee a Day - The Secret to Long Life? This was in the news today and was done by a study in Spain. Hmmm, guess who was paying for that "research." <BR> <BR> I am caffeine sensitive and have tried to give up my minimal coffee intake for awhile now. I've finally settled on allowing myself half of a small mug each morning. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'll be blogging about a surprising revelation I got from food tracking. When I told a friend, he said no way could that be true. But thanks to food tracking, I found out it was and have ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:34:29 EST Confession from a Recovering Habit Eater Up until a month ago, I frequently snacked while on SP. Now I don't. Proud of myself. That would be like an alcoholic showing up at an AA meeting with a beer in her purse. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Thoughts and prayers for those in TX. Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:26:23 EST Annoying New Sleep Pattern. Things Have Got to Change. I awaken for bathroom, water, or whatever and then have a hard time getting back to sleep. Harry has started to wake me up at 3 a.m. Of course, I know all of the potential solutions and am trying everything. I've never had a problem getting good sleep and I don't want one now. <BR> <BR> Hope all have a happy, healthy, safe day. Sun, 27 Aug 2017 15:10:08 EST Heatwave in SoCal The heat is back and the a/c is on. I guess it could be much worse as I watch the news from TX. Wishing all a safe harbor during that storm. <BR> <BR> Sat, 26 Aug 2017 19:34:28 EST Harvey, Orchids (why don't my older ones reflower?), Misc. For all of those in the path of Harvey, please stay safe. I've just lit my special intention candle with that thought in mind. <BR> <BR> I've been on an orchid binge this week. I bought one very unique large one, and three mini orchids in assorted shades of purple. (I hear Prince singing) My dearly-departed cousin and I had a special bond in many ways. Orchids was one area we both loved so much. She had one with her during her last moments and I had mine. <BR> <BR> The problem with m... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:34:38 EST Flip Flops, Running Shoes, Lottery, and Misc. Thoughts I often see people walking long distances in flip flops; how? That would kill my feet. I got new running shoes yesterday and had been wondering why my current shoes feel so blown-out after only three months. They usually last about six months. <BR> <BR> Come to find out that shoe construction is made to last up to 350-400 miles. Not just by the wear on the bottom, but I can feel them kinda flat and limp inside the shoe. I've been walking more in these and in previous pairs, so I guess t... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:19:59 EST Why Does Beck Use the Word Diet? As I reread some of her books, I wonder why Judith Beck uses the word diet. Maybe that's a buzz word that most can connect easily with rather than something like "changing mental attitude toward eating regimen?" <BR> <BR> The scale has been going down already. I don't intend to weigh daily, but did for these first few days back in the saddle, so to speak, I did. It's going down already. Amazing what better choices will do. <BR> <BR> Temps are starting to get cooler, thankfully. Wish... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:56:13 EST I Had to Do It- Faced the Scale after Four Months (Yikes!) Since I've been doing great with food tracking, it made no sense for me not to have a starting weight. Up until I joined SP almost nine years ago (this coming January), I never even owned a scale. Didn't need one. (smiling) Yes, thin all my life until a confluence of factors - hormonal changes, overwork w/less exercise time, overeating, etc. <BR> <BR> Lately, lots of compliments and clothes fitting well, so I didn't fear the scale. I felt like I was doing great. But the scale told a d... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:23:47 EST Satin Boots, Eclipse, and other Random Thoughts I went into the store for underwear, and as I was passing the shoe department, this pair of dark blue satin (with satin tie ribbons) ankle boots was screaming my name. Oh, I'll just try them on. What harm could it do? Well, they are the most charming footwear and since I was in Marshalls, the damage was minimal. (smiling) <BR> <BR> I'm viewing the eclipse on the NASA website, and cancelled my plans to go to a local event. I don't like crowds. <BR> <BR> What's up with my bladder? It use... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:52:27 EST Food Tracking is Getting Easier & Reaping Rewards I've been here for almost nine years and for that entire time have resisted food tracking. Foolish, for sure. Today is my 12th day and, wow, I've learned a ton about myself. <BR> <BR> As I wrote in my recent blog, I realized due to tracking that I'm a habit eater. That means, mentally, it's easier for me when I understand a behavior. If it's a habit, I'll deal with it as I did with other habits I've eliminated. <BR> <BR> I've also gotten helpful tracking tips from SP friends, which have... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:35:54 EST WHAT ABOUT ME? Documentary about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome If you have Amazon Prime, check this out if you are effected in any way by CFS. I'm not, but always interested in learning more about what's going on. <BR> <BR> As usual with these types of films, after viewing it I feel discouraged, disheartened, and disgusted by the deceit and corruption in the medical monolithic profession. I think I should stop watching these. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a wonderful day. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:32:22 EST Silly Olden-Day Fashion Advice - Do you wear white after Labor Day? There are some things that stick with me from childhood, even though I know better. For example, I feel that since I live in a year-round sunny place, wearing white all year is fine. And when I do, I imagine that people will recoil in horror and view me as some kind of rebel or someone who doesn't know any better. The official end is Labor Day. Silly stuff, and funny since I really don't pay attention to stuff like that ordinarily. <BR> <BR> Then there's the tip my mom gave me that I alw... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:57:25 EST The Clarity that Resulted from Recent Blogging A light went on the other day. Something so simple that was right before my eyes, but blogging brought it into focus. <BR> <BR> I blogged about the nail-growing contest I'm having with myself, and how I used to be a nail biter, but conquered the habit. Then, in another blog, I wrote about food tracking and how it has verified to me that I am a habit eater. <BR> <BR> Well, hey, if I can beat other habits in my life, this eating habit is another one I can beat. Simple, but profound for me ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:42:11 EST My Take On Spark Points It's funny, I've always said that I was a kid who was never motivated by the gold star on top of the school homework paper. So when I joined SP many years ago, I thought spark points were silly. Who in the world would care about virtual rewards that weren't real? Joke's on me. They have been real enough to keep reminding me to check in each day and make better food and exercise choices. Just like when I get those fitbit awards. <BR> <BR> One thing I've noticed from day one is that tho... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:02:41 EST Beck's Green Book - 2200 calories, Daily Weighing, Planning The Beck green cover is The Complete Beck Diet for Life. Although it includes a bit more stuff, it is basically the same info as in the other two books. The mail brought this and the pink workbook. I opened the package and laughed. Not that either book is funny; but I am. <BR> <BR> What was I thinking when I ordered them? I pondered where the motivation from last week disappeared to. They were both very inexpensive, so no loss if they go directly to the shelf. But I did peruse the gree... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:13:56 EST Finished Cleaning My Carpets, Now onto Work Projects I have a small house and a powerful carpet cleaner. Also have a barfing cat and spot cleaning only goes so far. So I usually do these carpets every four months. They were overdue, but now they smell and look WONDERFUL. Hooray for me. That'll do until December. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a good day. Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:59:49 EST Water Only, Grocery Depletion, Nails Contest I've decided to drink water only. Aside from a half of a small mug of coffee in the morning, my drink of choice lately has been water. And it's okay if it gets boring. I feel great with water. I recently slacked off on intake and could really feel the difference. Now I'm back to being the water queen of the universe and my body is appreciating it big time. <BR> <BR> I tried to do this before, but didn't follow through. Am going at it again, using all of my stocked groceries on-hand bef... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:26:39 EST What Food Tracking Has Confirmed About Me This Week Today is my fifth consecutive day of vigilant food tracking. As suspected, but now confirmed, I am an absolutely hardcore habit eater. Which means that it wouldn't matter how many appetite suppressants I'd take (if I were to erroneously think that would work for me). Hungry or not, the food goes into the pie hole. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm tracking, it makes me more aware and accountable. I have a very strong feeling that I am getting serious. Up until now, it was all about making healthie... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:49:10 EST NSV, Chiropractor, Food Tracking Success, Misc. There are days I feel thin. And days I feel, well, you know. On one of those you know days, while on my walk the other day, a friend suddenly said, "wow, look at you. you look great." I was shocked because I've been feeling large recently. Maybe because I was eating with wild abandon? (smiling) I do think that some clothing creates an optical illusion and make you look svelte. Anyway, it was a great nsv and just the spark I needed to get going. I am really really getting going. We'll... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:03:18 EST Beck Diet for Life (green book) I have the Beck pink book; yes, and have actually read it and tried to work it. I've heard that her blue book is very similar. Yesterday, I found this other one with a greenish color and ordered it at a deep discount. Also got the workbook to accompany the pink one. I do think cognitive therapy is terrific, but I really haven't worked with it diligently enough to be successful. Hoping that I get busy when these books arrive. <BR> <BR> Have a good day. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:14:12 EST Staying Healthy - Change your Kitchen Sponge and Toothbrush Often Yesterday I heard a scientist on the radio talk about how surprised they were to find more microbes in a kitchen sponge than they thought there would be, and stronger bacteria as well. He advised changing your sponge every 10 days to avoid the effects of a multitude of microbes. (or using something other than a sponge) <BR> <BR> And, of course, frequent changing of the toothbrush is important as well. Especially if you've used it during a cold. <BR> <BR> Wishing all a happy, healthy day. Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:15:11 EST R.I.P. Glen Campbell Another talent has left the planet; at least no more suffering. He will be missed. Tue, 8 Aug 2017 17:38:42 EST Would You Choose Yourself As a Friend? The other day, as I gazed in the mirror and noticed ever-changing features brought about by time passing, I thought that it's a good thing I've always been comfortable in my own skin. Otherwise, I'd balk at the physical changes that come with chronology. (aka- aging - smiling) <BR> <BR> If you don't like yourself today, as you are, when will you start? That lead me to the question, would I pick myself as a friend if I were out there. What did you answer? The answer before thinking about ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:21:53 EST VAXXED (the documentary), Update on Relative, Misc. Anyone else watch this film? I'd love to hear your thoughts. They are not saying NOT to get vaccinated, just showing the effects of the MMR shot - giving 3 at once to such a young body. Interesting. <BR> <BR> As I've blogged about before, for a long time now, I've been worried about a relative who has been dealing with diabetes and other health concerns. After a series of tests, yesterday's news from his doc revealed a large kidney stone, gallstones, and fatty liver. I'm going to make i... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 12:04:12 EST Forcing Myself to Keep Trying to Track Food It's super-daunting for me, for some mysterious reason. But I keep food tracking daily and am getting closer to successful completion than ever before. It will be an important tool as I transition from just concentrating on making healthier choices to actually losing weight. I get too busy after lunch and usually get side-tracked. <BR> <BR> Hope you are doing well and having a wonderful day. Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:20:59 EST HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU FORGET A BABY LOCKED IN A HOT CAR? Of all the human behavior I can understand at least a little, this is not one of them. I remember hectic times raising kids. Very difficult times. Distracted times. But "where's the baby" was like breathing. Knowing where baby is seems to be an instinctive priority. <BR> <BR> My heart breaks for these little angels dying in hot cars. <BR> Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:38:23 EST