SLIMTHICK2's SparkPeople Blog SLIMTHICK2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It's Been Such A long Time I got a new computer yesterday very pleased. I'm promising myself to keep on sparking and to log my food on a daily basis like I once used to. I gained quite a bit of weight but I won't be stepping on a scale. The last two years have been brutal <em>39</em> but I am promising myself to get back on the journey in earnest. I'm taking things one day at a time and hopefully the weight will drop off. <BR> How are things with you guys. All the best. <em>253</em> Wed, 4 May 2016 07:29:21 EST Another 5k Wasn't the best time since I started actually it was the worst time but I completed the course <em>198</em> . Will be back next year. Actually on Saturday I did one for the Women against Breast Cancer and on Sunday I did a "buddy walk" with the Down Syndrome Society I think I will include this on my annual list of events. I did enjoy myself, it is indeed a worthy cause. <BR> So my friends how are things in your neck of the woods. Have a great week. <em>253</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:38:39 EST Thanks Thanks guys for responding to my blog. My computer is malfunctioning at present and responding is a bit of a problem. <BR> All the best to everyone and have a great week. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:05:56 EST DOWN BUT NOT OUT I can't believe that it's almost a year and I haven't added a blog to my page. My journey so far has not been good, I have regained quite a few pounds but I feel that I will get on top of things as the months go by. <BR> I am now a retiree and I am trying my best to come on site and log my food on a daily basis. I know that I need to be diligent and I am trying to make the necessary adjustments. <BR> Have a great week "sparkies". Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:26:13 EST Not Happy This is just a note to myself so that I can look back when I reach my goal weight and probably smile. <BR> I'm not doing too well in the 'controlling my portion departmet' therefore I have gained some weight about 20lbs and I am fighting to lose them God knows but they are resisting <em>198</em> . <BR> I will however continue to fight until I get the victory <em>224</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 16:48:13 EST My Re-commitment Plan Thus far It's simply this to log my food (with the exception of Sunday) on a daily basis. From December last to present I've regained about 20 lbs. I have to adjust my ticker and begin to get back fully on track. <BR> Because of commitments I can't come back 100% as I used to, so I am keeping things in a manageable way so that I don't frustrate myself. <BR> All the best to you wonderful people as we go through our ups and downs on this journey. <em>213</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:26:06 EST Oh my I haven't blogged in such a long time. Haven't checked into any of my teams for quits some time also. Hi guys how are things, hope to get back on track soon. All the best sparkies. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:39:42 EST Can't Believe It It's been quite a while since I've last blogged. This is a busy season for me and I was a bit under the weather for the last three weeks. I have lost some weight but I really can't claim it as 'legit' because I was sick. So I'll give myself some time before I start adjusting my weight ticker. <BR> I have started to exercise along with my husband and a neighbor who desperately wants to shed some pounds. <BR> That's what I've been up to sparkies and I do wish all of you all the best for the up... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:37:00 EST Time Out Have been under the weather for the last two weeks, therefore my absence from the site. Just saying hello today and hope to interact with you guys soon. <BR> Have a great week sparkies. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:00:44 EST Day 11 Anxiety I had an anxious filled weekend and I believe that led to going over my calories a bit. I'm still pressing on and will get back into full gear soon. <BR> Have a great week people. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:27:19 EST Day 10 Had a bad day today, was over my goal by a few calories, will be back up and rearing to go tomorrow. <BR> Right now I'm so tired all I can think of is sleep. All the best sparkies. Fri, 8 Nov 2013 19:44:34 EST Day 9 and Still Going Strong This has not been as rough a day as the last two. I'm hanging in there and although I haven't finished tallying up my calories for the day I'm almost certain that I didn't go overboard. <BR> Tomorrow I'm sitting down with my friend to help her plan some meals and quite possibly to help her join this community, the aim is to get her familiar with all the features and people on this site. <BR> I believe that she will gain a whole lot from interacting with you guys on a one on one basis. All th... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 17:06:47 EST Day 8 - Made It The evening was tough but I made it by the grace of God. Worked hard this afternoon and just about ready to hit the sack. <BR> See you guys tomorrow. <em>102</em> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 19:19:00 EST Day - 7 I have Company I have a neighbor who needs to lose weight and is attempting to come along with me. I'm helping her with meals and we have begun walking together. <BR> I know that this journey is not easy it takes patience and diligence I hope she's prepared to go the distance. I'm certainly enjoying the experience and my motivation has definitely increased, it's also more reason to keep pressing on with my streak. <BR> Have a beautiful week sparkies. <BR> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 16:27:46 EST Day 6 - A Little Set back Today has been a good self-control day up until tonight. I did a light soup for my husband and I had some. I don't know the nutrition value but it wasn't too much over hopefully. I ate 1100 calories for the day and had 200 remaining. If I went over it wasn't by much. <BR> Look forward to tomorrow and trust that everything will go just great. All the best friends. <em>224</em> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 19:00:06 EST Day 5 - Sowing and Reaping A few years ago I read a book called "The Diet Alternative" by Anne Hampton. A good one to read if you are indeed struggling with your weight, it's from a Christian perspective but the principles laid down can apply to anyone. One of the aspects she spoke of is the principle of sowing and reaping and it rings true to me after all the years. <BR> Whatsoever a man sows that will he reap, so the scripture says and she too pointed out that if you sow self-control you will reap self-control. I ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 17:49:43 EST Day 4 - Feeling Good It's not been a bad day overall. Took a long walk and generally enjoyed the beautiful sunny day. <BR> still holding my ground as far as my calorie intake, looking forward to the new week. <BR> All the best sparkies. Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:43:45 EST Day 3 - Stuff to Keep in Mind There are so many things that I have to keep in my mind as I press on. One of the most important things is that all calories are not created equal. I was reminded of this when I stepped on the scale this morning. I did not eat above my 1300 calorie range but the scale went up from yesterday. <BR> I had some canned tuna in a sauce which I found to be a little sweet and I also had about a half ounce of trail mix with nuts and dried fruit which was also a little sweet. I have to remember to wat... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:26:56 EST Day 2 Today I was scared that I had gone over my goal. I did what I have grown accustomed to in the last few months , eating carelessly not mindlessly because I was conscious of what I was doing. I came home prepared to blog about it and after making my entries on the food tracker, I realized that I was under the 1300 goal that I have set. <BR> I'm happy and I need to throw something out to you guys. What is the consensus on breaking the 'streak', does one simply move on or will the person be re... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:56:41 EST Streak Time - Day 1 Not bad for my first day of '1300 calories per day' streak. I intend to blog as much as possible to boost my motivation and encourage myself. If I can encourage others that would be a plus. <em>41</em> <BR> All the best sparkies. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:43:36 EST Finding my Way Back For the last two years I have been struggling on this journey. I have regained some pounds and I am trying my best to motivate myself. Thanks for all those who have supported me in the past and to those who will support me at present and in the future your advice and encouragement have been a tremendous help in times of need. <BR> I however need to do something to regain lost ground. I have thought of starting streaks eliminating some problem foods but I have learned that eliminating certai... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:36:51 EST Today A neighbor who is also a friend of mine asked me to help her lose some pounds. She came back to the Caribbean to reside after living abroad for a few years, she has gained considerable weight and is quite impressed by the amount of weight that I have lost since she last saw me. (I have lost about 70 lbs so far and have been struggling for the last year and a half to reach my goal weight). <em>39</em> <BR> I am planning to help her, exactly how I don't know since I've come to realize fr... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:04:20 EST It's Been A Long Time I haven't blogged in such a long time. I don't have much to say except that I 'm holding on and not giving up on reaching my goal weight. I'm going through so many emotional ups and downs and its hard for me to identify actually whats going on with me. I guess this blog is for me to remember where I am in the scheme of things at this point in my life. <BR> So my spark friends and fellow sparkies hope things are going well for you and maybe when I blog next time around I will be more upbeat ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:03:44 EST I'm In An Awful Mess I've gained so much weight and can't seem to stop eating. I stayed away from the scale as I promised but did not stay away from the foods that I can't seem to get enough of and the kind that cause the weight to come on easily. I'm also not exercising as I aught and this combination has brought about my demise. <BR> Okay so I have to get back on my feet, leave off the offending foods, and continue with my exercise routine. Easier said than done but this is something that I have to do and the... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:47:58 EST A Note To Self Stay away from the scale. <em>41</em> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:28:22 EST Ain't That A Fact "Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want the most" <BR> I just read this quote on one of my buddies page and it said so much. I need to stop and think of what I want the most out of my present circumstance. I'm losing and gaining the same few pounds and making some unnecessary choices food wise, it simply has to stop. <BR> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:32:07 EST I'm Hanging In there, I think! I'm on the brink of failing at my attempt to reach goal weight. Today has been the worst of my year long battle. From weighing in at 230lbs getting down to 178 and now back up to 189, I'm a bit frustrated and feel like I will never complete this journey. <BR> I am not on a plateau I'm simply making poor choices and can't seem to find the courage and or discipline to make the right ones. I need some sort of counseling but can't afford it. I am simply drifting these days or so it seems to me. ... Thu, 2 May 2013 16:39:58 EST Today I did what I always wanted to do and probably had done in the past but was unaware. I actually made over 20,000 steps according to my pedometer. <BR> I feel good about the feat. <em>224</em> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:51:22 EST Internet and the Beautiful Woman Award Sorry my lovely friends, I have to end my sparking for today my internet connection is not up to speed and it is rather frustrating. <BR> I noticed that the "beautiful woman award" is making a comeback, for those who didn't know, we were advised to quit this over a year ago so I won't be responding by sending it on. No offense. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:40:01 EST It's Been Three Weeks And I feel that I've accomplished nothing in the gym. I'm totally enjoying the workout, sometimes it can be very challenging but I have four other workmates and we laugh at each other a lot. I'm the oldest in the midst and I do pretty well for myself <em>30</em> or so I think. <BR> My weight hasn't changed because I can't seem to find the courage to tell myself no to a treat or two. I'm simply eating too much and I need to put some stuff into perspective emotionally and or mentally. <BR>... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:21:23 EST It's was a good day. My co-worker said she would like us to go to the gym from Monday to Friday. Personally I aimed at three days for the week but she just had a baby and is anxious to get the weight off. I'm giving her as much support as I can and hopefully lose some much needed pounds along the way. <BR> Hope everything works out, I think I'm too old for this <em>30</em> . All in all I didn't do too badly after my long stint from that kind of exercise. <BR> Believe it or not I'm looking forward to the rest... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:35:14 EST To The Gym I Go I haven't blogged in such a long time, so many ups and downs, lack of motivation, family issues and house work and adding to the collection a bit of on the job trouble had me quite busy for the last few months. <em>198</em> <BR> I'm here today however and hoping that you guys are pressing on with your journey. On Monday I will be joining a new gym, the last one was a bummer. I'm going along with two other of my co-workers and hopefully this time I will have a much better experience. I'm ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 17:31:49 EST To Eat or Not to Eat - That IsThe Question Today I went back to work after a month's vacation. Not complaining but I do love being at home. I'm trying to get myself up and busy on this site by month's end, hopefully I'll come up with a plan of eating that I can live with and thereby reduce the tendency to overeat. <BR> I simply need to stop eating in the afternoon when I get off from work, I can't seem to stop from the first bite, I'm trying to cut out that afternoon meal, wish me well <em>30</em> . <BR> Have a great week people. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:30:42 EST I Indulged............ and paid the price for it this morning <em>41</em> . I attended a church reunion last night and boy I ate everything I was offered, of course this morning the scale showed the fruit of my indulgence but not to worry, I'm back on track and moving on. <BR> Have a great weekend sparkies <em>224</em> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:49:52 EST Changes As of this morning I changed my weight loss ticker to reflect my current weight and what I'd like to weigh one year from now. It's not my goal weight but I'm changing things up a bit in the hope that I can re-ignite some spark and keep things a little more real for me. If I exceed the amount of weight loss over this year I'd be grateful if not then I keep pressing on I don't intend to give up. <BR> All the best to you guys. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:50:05 EST New Team New Challenge Just joined a team and one of the requirements is to post a blog I believe its weekly or daily ( have to get this straight), at any rate I need to spark up my life for the New Year and I'm hoping that this new team will help me do just that. All the best to my other teams and beautiful friends. <em>224</em> <BR> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 17:22:33 EST Thanks All! For the kinds words you've sent me in the last few days. I'm on vacation and so busy this year in spite of refusing cake orders, I still had to cater to a few people I couldn't refuse, I also did an addition to my home so I can accommodate my daughter who visits with me ever so often, the pace has been hectic and today I just finishing the cleaning and personal baking for the family. <em>198</em> I'm officially beat but still taking a little time out to spark <em>211</em> . <BR> All th... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:54:40 EST I've had better days Took a day off from work because I'm trying to get over some sort of flu or could be an allergic reaction to dust. I'm doing some work on my home and dust just get in the way <em>30</em> . I'm also trying to catch up on some of my friends here on spark. I haven't been as active as I used to because life gets in the way also <em>30</em> . <BR> It's good to see that people are moving on and pressing on to reach their goal, I'm doing the same. All the best to everyone. <em>386</em> ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 07:36:51 EST Mission Accomplished Took part in an annual 5k walk/run for women against "Breast Cancer'. While I did not compete I did complete the walk. My time was not what it should have been but I feel that I'm slowly gaining my motivation back. <BR> Sorry I don't have any pics to prove that I did the walk, I'll have to get my daughter to help me accomplish that feat <em>30</em> . Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:24:57 EST Tomorrow's 5k I'm entering my third annual 5k run/walk tomorrow. I'm definitely participating but not with the enthusiasm that I had before. <BR> My motivation has taken quite a nose dive over the last few months but I am still hanging in there and hoping to kick my own self in the butt in the hope of reviving myself. I'm not quitting but I'm being very realistic about my situation. <BR> I'm going to enjoy myself tomorrow and hopefully ignite some much needed enthusiasm. <BR> All the best sparkies. <BR>... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:44:43 EST Thanks So Much! I haven't blogged for quite a while but today I had to in order to say 'THANKS' for all the Birthday Greetings. I appreciate it very much. God Bless! Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:08:18 EST I REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO BUT I simply have to change my weight ticker. For the last few months I have been struggling with some motivation issues. I just can't seem to get going like I used to. I have stopped tracking my food as often as I should and I have also faltered in my exercising, therefore some weight gain. <em>39</em> Five lbs to be exact. <BR> I am presently in the process of re-evaluating myself and I am back to tracking and also getting as much activity in as possible, hopefully I will get back on top of m... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 10:36:00 EST I GOT IT! I have full use of my computer again <em>224</em> . My daughter got her new spanking laptop yesterday and we are both overjoyed <em>30</em> , this means more time with you guys and of course the ability to keep a tight reign on my eating via the food tracker. <BR> Have a great weekend people. Sat, 2 Jun 2012 08:10:47 EST Hello People! Just dropped by to say hello to all and to let you guys knows that I still here. I don't have the use of my computer, I'm still helping out my daughter who will get one of her own sometime this coming week. <BR> Sorry that I missed all the e-mails but I should be in full swing by next weekend. All the best people. Sat, 26 May 2012 19:38:07 EST I'm back Sort of <em>30</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:51:29 EST Much Pondering This morning as I got out of bed, I began to reflect on my decision to log in at least once a week or not at all until my daughter got her own pc and guess what my lovely friends I chickened out. I don't think that I can go through with it. <BR> Today I took a day off from work to do some church visitation and as soon as I got back home I headed for my daughter's house and I began to spark. People I don't think it wise what I had planned so I've decided to spark as many days as I can to keep ... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:34:12 EST Taking a break Okay guys, some of you may have noticed that I have not been sparking as I usually do for the last few days. My daughter's computer died on her and she is using mine until she replaces her's. <BR> She has some final exams coming up and is in need of a computer. I agreed to loan her mine until she gets one of her own. Although we live within walking distance of each other it's a bit difficult to be going backward and forward to come on line as I'm accustomed. I have decided to ease off the ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:16:33 EST A good Report I'm happy to announce that I'm down by two lbs. this week, I won't change the ticker though I'll leave it for next week and see what happens then. <BR> Have a great weekend people. <em>224</em> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:44:57 EST Weight Adjustment Today I did something that I thought I would have never done, I adjusted my weight ticker. I have gained about three pounds and I felt I owed it to myself to be honest so I'm back to being in the 80's and making every effort to get going again. <BR> Have a great weekend everybody. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 15:08:13 EST To Gym or Not To Gym? That Is The Question! Over the last few years at different times in my quest to lose weight I had enrolled in about four different gyms. Need less to say I did not get the results that I hoped for. <BR> When I was introduced to this site I realised that the method used here made a lot of sense and I knew it was something I could work with for the rest of my life. I have subsequently lost a significant amount of weight and I have come to realise that no matter how much I have tried to explain to my peers and othe... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:22:22 EST