SLJWATTS's SparkPeople Blog SLJWATTS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Good week Trying to fix one problem after the other... At work there are cookies galore and lots of cakie types of things, then chips and pretzels= none of these things help with weight loss... but they call me, even though I have stopped having sugar cravings. I have stopped eating most sugar items and have gone back and added 1-2 slices a bread a day and increased my whole grains... and cravings still gone.. <BR> <BR> You don't know how wonderful it is to walk into a grocery store and the sugar item... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 11:07:07 EST dreaming about my old eating habits This was a stressful week. My tire was slowly going flat and I didn't have the money to get a new one... my job had different some tasks that are challenging... stress everywhere. I started dreaming about my old eating patterns. And... I ate three cookies and 5 rugalach on Wed and Thurs... and didn't measure the peanut butter- so I am sure it was more than I should have eaten. That said I realized part of the problem was that I didn't get fruit and veggies set up in the kitchen, I still walke... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:12:14 EST Move forward with Hope So I am more focused than ever... and seeing success for the first time in a very long time. I have hope!!! <BR> <BR> I have hit my 10 lb loss goal and am out of the 190's!!! That is a happy day. I have not been out of the 190's for a very long time. I am 188.8... and smiling. <BR> <BR> I am trying not to get to ahead of myself, because the dreaming about how much I weigh verses what I think I should be loosing often derails me... so I have focused on tracking, getting my steps in each day... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:11:15 EST Technical Failures My scale failed on "weigh in day" God got me to hit my scale yesterday and it came up error. you know your technology is old when you go on the internet and the pdf with the information won't download... it is off the market. <BR> <BR> Sad because I love that scale and now when you get a scale you have an entire physical analysis program ready to download on your fitbit/whatever you use... I don't want more things to be neurotic about. I just want a weight and the good scales don't just giv... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:24:58 EST Working against derailing I have been thinking about what stops me when I start a new eating plan. <BR> <BR> The first thing that came to mind was my lack of gratitude for loosing in a slow and steady manner when I would like the fat to jump off me... LOL I talked about this in my previous blog and the only thing I will say is I have decided to think of it as the creator knowing what I need more than me- rethink my decisions about what to eat....and just be thankful for each loss no matter how small or even my platea... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:31:19 EST Wanting More So I stepped in the scale for week 2 and only lost 1.2 lbs.. now mind you I lost 5 lbs the first week and in my head I know. 1.2lbs is a good number.. I was so excited after the success of the first week, that I I stared adding up the amount I could loose and got lost in my dreams of being thin and feeling good about myself. I stepped on the scale after many a year of not loosing a lb mind you.. and thought... but I wanted to loose 3 lbs and get out of the 190"s.. <BR> Now I know this is no... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 15:47:12 EST Seeing Less of Me I am happy to have lost another 1.3 lb last week and a total of 2,25 inches off of me! <em>521</em> I have had a wonderful week putting order in my home, and while I have been doing that I have been walking about 50 min a day <em>311</em> and eating summer veggies and fruit. <em>491</em> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> I am excited to have made it to the farmer's market last Tuesday and have been cooking fresh ingredients. I got the most wonderful golden beets which I steamed (just b... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 09:17:12 EST Walking each day So for some reason I have been hungry. I have been working to make good choices- veggies and fruit and good protein sources instead of sweets and high calorie. I think that I have done pretty well. <em>289</em> <em>4</em> <em>367</em> One great decision I made this week was to go to the farmer's market- I have had some awesome veggies and fresh fruit this week... and took a risk on two I have not eaten- celery root and swiss chard... I am excited to try something new... <BR> Each day... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 19:28:58 EST Working it I have been staying on a good eating plan for 2 weeks and feeling successful for the first time for a long time. I am happy to have some incentive with my first weight loss in years. I have also been walking- joined the walking challenge and I am feeling pretty good with this success. Day by day... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 16:35:29 EST Happy 2nd day of Christmas Christmas is such a wonderful day. I love spending time with my family. My mother is doing better, my daughter is at home, her boyfriend is coming in to town, and I have spent time at church with a great group of people. Christmas is a time to hear the call to do well on this earth and the call I heard was to take a bit better care of me. I take care of so many people that I need to balance this with some time for me. Soo here I am... <BR> <BR> It seems like I am always starting anew. So why... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:15:12 EST Work work work So my pulled muscles are all repaired and my explosion at work is coming into line- restart my goals and restart my life on a more regular basis... <BR> <BR> Had a good breakfast and am ready to start the day.. in a clean and healthy way... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:52:49 EST Pulled Muscle- uck Soooo I have really good stretch, but I over did it with my leg muscles- REALLY overdid it. Didn't hurt when I was working out, but I think I did to many exercises with one area and I have to say I was in pain. I could have exercised my upper body, but I was in to much pain... so I sat out several days and worked on my food plan- ok after New Year's eve I worked on my food plan... and lost 2 lbs... I am happy about that at least. My leg muscles are feeling better- so I am going to try walking... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 10:30:37 EST Day Two Keeping with my 10 min of exercise- I can feel yesterday's exercise... LOL and just 10 min. That is sad... oh well, I will build up from here. I did run for 10 min and did 10 more min of exercise from my hip flexors so that was working the same area so I can feel those muscles-Which is good. I am working out this am before going to help Mom. <BR> <BR> I am spending to much time with the tv... I need to fix that.. I kind of get here and float.. I need to turn it off and get other things done... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:59:45 EST Back It has been a while since I have been on... today I am getting back on track. I am ready to start some consistent exercise and eat more healthy... so here we go... one day at a time.. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:43:53 EST Family day We had a family gathering today... and I met people that I have heard stories about but never saw before. It was really wonderful to meet family. <BR> <BR> Today I ate a small chicken salad sandwich, fruit and 1 mini cannoli and I enjoyed each of my bites of food that I know I will not eat on a regular basis. Other than that I have eaten veggies and 1/4 cup of black rice as well and 1/4 cup of canned salmon... So I still made my calories even though it was not the nutritionally dense food t... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 20:41:33 EST Today is going to be guacamole day So I have the avocado... and it is just the right amount of ripeness... and I have tomato, lime, cilantro, onion, and my favorite high fiber cracker and I am going to mix this up for a delicious treat in the hot weather... <BR> <BR> after I come back from my walk I am going to treat myself to this and enjoy the day... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:14:06 EST Progress is a wonderful thing So I have lost 1.6 lbs this week and it is a miracle because the heat has made it more difficult to push the exercise- I am walking every day but not as fast as I could if the heat was a bit less... but you can't tell it by the moisture running off at the end of the workout- water, water, water is my friend.. <BR> <BR> my eating has been lighter also- a lot of veggies and fruit- I need to make sure I am getting enough protein as I just don't feel like heating up the house to cook it- even if... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:28:41 EST Today is a day with a lot of different demands Exercise, job hunting, getting together two events for the weekend AND listening to a group of immigrants to hear the challenges of starting a new life in the United States... how is that for a day... so I got up early to exercise. Have my list of places to look at and am getting myself ready for the weekend... oh and did some housework today... <BR> <BR> And I am taking my rice, bean and veggie mixture with me to eat healthy and keep myself on track while I am running from place to place. ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:17:12 EST Good Day <em>274</em> water in <BR> <em>267</em> food healthy <BR> <em>311</em> walking <BR> <em>319</em> core workout <BR> <em>361</em> time with a friend and my husband... <BR> <BR> Temperature not to hot and we had a great day... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:19:03 EST Rethinking food Soooo I love veggies and I love summer fruit, but when I get hungry I go for sugar and fat... usually because it is so readily available. But no more... I have pre-cooked a bunch of brown rice and veggies in the frig so if I am hungry I can go mix up some- add some beans and presto a low calorie dish that keeps me from being hungry. The veggies are so easy to mix together in different combinations and you can also mix in spices and different sauces.. so versatile and I love since I am ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:19:55 EST Half way through my mini goal So this time I decided on my tape not to put the entire journey out there to do- but to make mini goals that were far enough away that it was till a lot of work, but not so far that it was something that seems impossible... so I put a 12 lb weight loss which is 3 months of work.. <BR> <BR> This week I have been up and down in being hungry like crazy and still trying to make good decisions about food... and I weighed today and I am half way down my tape... <BR> <BR> So I am happy <em>353</... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:13:47 EST putting me in the equation So I have ups and downs this week- it is hard to get your healthy habits going sometimes. I am walking each morning and lifting a different part of the body each day- today is core day. I am slurping up support from my SP buddies as I attempt to get my routines stabilized... and feeling daily that I am failing and succeeding at the same time. <BR> <BR> The hardest part for me is thinking about me. I have so much on my list that I want to do, it is hard to get it all done... This summer is a ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 07:45:38 EST The good food always disappears first in my pantry Yesterday I ran into trouble because the good food had vanished. Now there are only two of us, but DH heads straight for the food I got for myself- so I got up... Milk- gone, brown rice- gone, stuff to make guacamole gone... fruit gone... and guess what is left in the kitchen... the stuff I should not be eating that DH goes out and buys... plenty of white bread... butter... cheese... ok- how can I get in trouble with these... I ate oatmeal... and I hate oatmeal, but it was the only healthy th... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 09:06:31 EST New Day and Ready to go So I rested yesterday and it is so good to take a day and just be... went to church and came home and read.. it was a joy and reset my clock... <BR> <BR> So today I have <em>311</em> for 2.2 miles in 45 min. I was going to increase my walking but I was tired yesterday and think I will give my body one more week at this pace. <BR> <BR> Then I am going to <em>362</em> and I will do <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> My <em>274</em> <em>274</em> is going and <em>491</em> at breakfast ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:17:46 EST Day of Rest So today had a wonderful service at church and a wonderful sermon to think about... Love having a day that resets the entire week. <BR> <BR> Came home from church tired and took a nap and have read two short stories... both from Europe about a time that I am not as educated about- so I looked up some information about the Franco=Prussian war, several words I was unaware of... and generally came away refreshed and feeling like my brain stretched a little bit. <BR> <BR> I got this book writte... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:35:28 EST Hungry Day I think I am going to have to regroup on my exercise, fluid, and food ratio- I think I got dehydrated early on- even though I got all my water in by noon and then got more... I still felt moist all day and possibly dehydrated after my walk and my lower body workout. <BR> <BR> And I was having a hungry day... you know when you eat and then food is on your mind all day and the frig is calling your name every time you walk into the kitchen. My avocado's are usually my go to food on these days, ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 07:55:44 EST New self care ideas I have been drinking my water and exercising each day since Tues. it is always a process for me to get moving and drinking, but when I do I feel better... so why don't I keep on going? Life always gets in the way. I start doing something- focusing on something else in life, and I have found that my body needs a certain amount of care to loose. <BR> <BR> I have started out so many times and lost 15- 20 lbs on SP only to find myself back in the same position several years later. it usually ta... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 07:18:38 EST Some progress for a great fire cracker day!!! So I have lost 2 lbs since the last time I weighed and today I lost another 1 lb (I got on the scale late yesterday and decided I wanted an am weight to see what was really going on- will weigh again next Thursday)... and I don't lose weight very easy. Try as I might I usually only lose 1 lb a week- so this is enormous for me. So I am more than smiling... <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> I am keeping on my plan today- eating healthy <em>289</em> <em>267</em> <em>492</em> drinking my wat... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 10:52:37 EST Rain... Oh come on I actually wanted to walk today.... LOL I got up and heard the rain pounding down in my roof and thought= me... I... actually wanted to walk- can you imagine? I am so happy to have exercise on my mind but if I can't walk outside (ok I suppose I could walk outside and get all wet... but...) I am going to put on some SP videos and get some exercise in the dryness of my house. The good news is that it is on my mind. <BR> <BR> Eating was not too bad at the indian restaurant yesterday- I ate bits of things and didn't have a full p... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 07:04:19 EST Walking and after the first three steps it was fine. Have you ever gotten up and said- I need to walk and just didn't want to? <BR> <BR> I had every excuse in my head as to why I should not take that first step- and yet once I put my shoes on and just started it was more than fine. By the end of the first block I was noticing the blue in the sky and the trees- it even started a light rain and I just smiled. It made me come back and get moving on getting my hair back in shape. I have made it my goal to walk 5x per week and am doing my baby walk... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:28:32 EST Time has passed, but I am still committed I have not logged in for a while, but I have been working like a crazy woman picking up years of stuff from being away at school. I have been home in the summer, but taking courses and home in January, but often also going for courses at least one or two weeks of that time. I am lifting heavy stuff and going to the good will- reinforcing that my husband and I have two different ideas of clean. I am also attacking the front yard. So heavy work and not eating the way I should... often eating fo... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:53:48 EST Focusing I am tired of getting sidetracked. I have attempted to get this weight off so many times and it is NOW that it needs to happen. I was successful last summer and I am going to readapt these habits and see if I can drop 15 this summer... it's a goal and if I drop 10 I will not be distressed. I found if I worked out one and a half hours a day and ate 1,300 calories I lost a lb a week. I thought that was an awful lot of work to get weight off, but it made me happy. maybe not happy when I was doin... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:19:54 EST First Day of a new time in my life Back from school today after graduating from my master's degree program and I am bringing in an entire dorm room into my living room. I have to get these things fitted into my house somewhere- ok I confess, in addition to eating more than I should, I have a major book addiction. then I need to figure out how to get this house as clean as I would like it to be.... this will be a journey. <BR> <BR> But I am staring out with healthy food- and have my exercise plan ready to go.. <BR> <BR> I am... Fri, 24 May 2013 10:32:43 EST Graduation Day After 3 years of being in a dorm room, sitting on my backside reading like a crazy person about 600 pages a week, eating from a refractory that thinks salt is a base food and everyone wants comfort food all the time- I am ready to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I have my diploma and I have a home that needs 3 years worth of dirt removed... so I am ready to go... <BR> <BR> Exercise, eating healthy and checking in to sp every day. Thu, 23 May 2013 21:43:46 EST End of the school year parties So the third year of school is coming to an end and we are having parties left and right. We had a great party last night that had grilled salad, couscous, salad, and so it was healthy... until desert. I am still full and have a party at least 2-3 times the next three weeks. I am so looking forward for things to get back to normal and to have control over my eating habits. So I have been eating lean, lean, lean before the parties and today I have been eating that way also... so healthy eating... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:06:55 EST Comfort food is not so comforting My daughter once said to me that comfort food does not bring comfort- and boy is she right. As soon as it leaves your lips, then the gult begins. Why did I eat that? Did it really make me happy? <BR> <BR> At my school they bring comfort food out all the time- macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches... ok and the list goes on. But I find myself eating more and more because this food does not satisfy me. I think my body is crying for real nutrition. And when I get on the sugar roller c... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:29:14 EST Did not do to badly at Seder I always start Holy Week out with my husban at Seder- and last night was a wonderful time with some very valued Jewish Friends. We celebrated the freedom of Jews who left slavery in Egypt and opened their eyes to a new relationship with God in the desert. It is always wonderful to celebrate people who get closer to God. <BR> <BR> The dinner however is a challenge- salt is part of the ceremonial foods, and many are from cooking in years where calories were not an isse... but I dd ok- still we... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:21:46 EST Back to Basics I have worked really hard this last quarter- I have one of my seven courses done and I will have four more courses done in the next two weeks if all goes well. So that said I have some time for me this quarter. My goal is to work on me- I am going to exercise and eat healthy. I am excited and my goal is to get into the 180's by graduation. <BR> <BR> So back to SP- I am going to exercise 6 days a week, and to log on my food... then I am going to saturate in worship the last 7 weeks- it is Hol... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:45:33 EST A up and down week, but a great day today This week has been up and down with eating- my stress level is high with 3 difficult classes that I am taking and for the second quarter I added a 4th for graduating credit... I hope I will do better this quarter with eating, exercising and keeping up with my reading. <BR> <BR> But today I won a lottery- no not one of those big million dollar ones, but one that I value a lot. You see I never win anything- but today I won a seat at a conference with Barbara Brown Taylor. She is an Episcopal P... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 06:58:08 EST Today not my best... The amount of reading has me on edge and I caved today and ate unhealthy- not even halloween stuff, just not healthy- I'm going to the gym.. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:17:37 EST good day I stayed on my eating program and exercised... <BR> <BR> and then my husband gave a wonderful discussion on gun control at his synagogue (he is an ex police captain so we are talking from a law enforcement perspective) where he discussed how much control the local and federal govt had in modifying a constitutional right and the bill of rights. He took it away from the political discussion all together of how many people are shot by criminals and how out of control people are who have guns i... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 11:43:50 EST Fall Break... Hi SP Well I have ended the first quarter of my school year and it has been challenging. After loosing weight this summer by eating 1,200 calories a day and exercising 1.5-2 hours 6 days a week- I am back at school. <BR> I started by eating off the salad bar, but I must say- 2 meals a day off the salad bar gets a little old after a while. Breakfast is the best meal- I drink 1 cup of FF milk and do one apple with 1 t of peanut butter. But after that... - <BR> So a special meal menu- fried chicken,... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:42:01 EST Pressure is hard to handle This Sunday was a weak day for food. I wrote a blog that everywhere I went there was fried chicken... and it got me hungry and craving food. Well.... that and I realized after I was reading a 1550 theologican Richard Hooker whose sentence structure is dense and complex. His ideas are wonderful and I loved reading him, but he is definitely a bear to decipher... think that had anything to do about my increased hunger??? I love stress and my eating habits. <BR> <BR> Well today I am writing a pa... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:04:31 EST Yesterday was Fat Sunday I went to church and found out it was Fried Chicken Sunday... Ok I ran from the chicken, fat filled cole slaw and biscuits. Althought the sent got me hungry and thinking of food all day. <BR> <BR> When I got back to school one of the Professors had her church over to a picnic on the grounds with all the students invited- and you guessed it fried chicken, BBQ ribs, an entire tent with desserts, and an ice cream truck. <BR> <BR> I was hungry and knew if I went to the fair I would eat more c... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:41:17 EST I got the courage to face the scale and I'm jumping up and down with happiness! When my friend's husband died, I got off track with my weight loss. I was not tracking my food and was not exercising regularly. However I worked at her house helping her get her life back in order- removing years of paper and rearranging furniture and books. I tried to eat well, but I was not sure if I had or not because there was no record to track. <BR> <BR> School started and the same thing- I was just scared to step on the scale... I never lose weight easily- I put in a great deal of e... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:23:55 EST Got my cardio on So today was a better day- I got my cardio going- 1.5 height on the tread mill- and walked for 5 min at 3.6 and ran for 3 min at 4.5... kept that up for 45 min and was a happy camper. <BR> Lifted for 40 min for upper body and felt good- <BR> <BR> For the last two days I have tracked my food at school- and eaten from the salad bar- got some whilte fish to put on top of my salad that looked grilled... hope it was=-didn't see grease laying on it so I thought it was safe to eat... but I've stay... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:31:36 EST Didn't want to do cardio- but did it anyway Today I wanted to exercise at 2 PM- but they changed the hours at school that we can exercise. I thought about just doing some SP videos, but it is core day and I like using the ball to do that series- so I thought I'd just do it together. I went and got dinner and put it away until after I exercised, but when I got there at 6 PM all the people who said they went at that time were not there... I was alone. I got a stability ball and did 40 min of core work, but when it came to cardio... I jus... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:06:31 EST Thank Goodness for a hard head Several days ago I was zooming around my house and I opened the attic stairwell to put some things up in the attic and a big wooden chess board fell out on my head... It hurt, but I didn't get knocked out, didn't have problems with memory or processing information and didn't break the skin. I spent the rest of the day in bed with an ice pack on my head, took motrin and was in a panic. I could have gone to the ER, but with no symptoms except for localized pain I didn't think it would be worth ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 11:09:29 EST It is good to be home I have had a wonderful time today being at home. I have not been home for a several weeks and I am loving getting my house in order. The bathroom, entrance, and den are looking good today. I am getting my exercise groove on- today is the lower body. I am having a great time lifting and feeling like things are back to normal. Getting my water in. <BR> <BR> Sugar is better- I had to do one sugar thing, but it is less than the last several days... I ate two cookies- a plain vanilla. I was havin... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:11:00 EST Doing great until... I realized that I have let sugar creep into my diet again- being away from home and eating out a lot I think the amount of sugar in restaurant food got me triggered again. I have been eating as healthy as I can while helping my friend get her home under control. She has been taking my husband and I out to eat to thank us for helping her... but I realized yesterday as I returned to my home eating pattern that I am craving sugar AGAIN... so it's back to a no sugar diet for a while... once I get... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:25:12 EST