SMALLERMELORIE's SparkPeople Blog SMALLERMELORIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunny Gal Challenge #2 I did the body fat test which was suppose to give me a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> My numbers are as follows: <BR> <BR> It says that I have 45% body fat, and I would have thought it was more. <BR> 185 pounds of lean muscle and 151 pounds of fat. <BR> That makes my goal for weight loss 231 pounds.....seems way to high. <BR> <BR> Looking over some of the other Sunny Gals results, it seems that for those of us who have higher weight, our healthy weight goals seem to be very high, those that a... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:23:57 EST My Roadblocks to a Healthier Me <img src="">I have thought long and hard about my situation and the legs have always been a problem because of the limitations, but they are not my biggest roadblock. My biggest roadblock is my love of food, I actually love food. Some people talk about a few minutes of happiness and then hours of guilt that they feel after they eat too much or eat food that is not good for them....I do not feel that. <BR> <BR> I use food to keep me ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:02:01 EST What I Love About Me - Blog #1 love that I have the determination to keep working no matter what my current pain level is or the number on the scale. I suffered a blocked artery in 1993 and again in 1994 and the Doctors were going to take my leg. Through a miracle the blood flow started again and it saved my leg. I have fought hard to keep the leg over all of these years and now tomorrow, I have a blood flow test, because I have had some artery pain and it is getting worse. I am very stressed about this and worried tha... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:59:29 EST Challenge Blog #3 My plan going forward is to get these health issues diagnosed and then to begin to work my plan below. <BR> <BR> 1. Minimum 10 glasses of water a day <BR> 2. Calorie range to not exceed 1500 per day, but I am going to aim for 1200, but not beat myself up over a slip up or two. This seems to derail me and cause me to binge thinking that I wreaked the day I might as well eat whatever I want. <BR> <BR> 3. Stop and wait 5 minutes before going and getting a snack and then adding to this goal... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:10:33 EST Challenge Blog #2 This blog about my hurdles during my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> 1. Changing my eating habits is not only hard, but dangerous for me. Because I am on blood thinners, I cannot make dramatic changed in my eating because it throws my blood clotting levels way out of whack and that is dangerous for my leg. I have fought since 1993 to keep my right leg and it is on my mind every day. <BR> <BR> 2. It always seems that there is some event that keeps me from staying on track. Holidays, birth... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:00:38 EST Challenge Blog #1 How did I get here? <BR> <BR> I have never been skinny and I come from a family who is larger and always cooked to show love. Then came my blocked artery in 1993. They could not sew the leg back together, so they had to "granulate the tissue and do a skin graft". I was not eating enough calories and slowing the healing process, so they sent in a nutritionist to up my calories and I began to heal. They had me on 3500 calories a day and after 12 weeks, I gained 80 pounds. Left the hospita... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:47:54 EST Recipe Challenge <img src=""> It does not look to appetizing in this photo, but it is tasty. <BR> <BR> Broccoli and Fish Bake: <BR> <BR> 20 ounces of frozen broccoli <BR> 1 can of sliced mushrooms (drained and rinsed) <BR> 2 full filets of Salmon (or white fish) <BR> 12 ounces of low fat mozzarella cheese <BR> garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste. <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350 degrees <BR> Spray baking dish (9 X 16) <BR> Layer the broccoli, then m... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:22:33 EST 2013 Christmas Decorating Because of health reasons, I decided to only decorate part of the Inn this year and I had a wonderful friend that is a decorator do my decorating for me. <BR> <BR> Welcome to Christmas at the Wheatfield Inn: <BR> <BR> Front of the Inn: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lower Foyer Tree: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Dec 2013 08:20:06 EST Rainbow Food Challenge Nov. 24, 25, 26,27, 28, 29, 30 Date: 11-24-13 <BR> Red: tomatoes, apple <BR> Yellow/Orange: lemon <BR> Green: lettuce <BR> Blue/Purple: <BR> White: banana <BR> Points for today: 5 <BR> Total to date: 5 <BR> <BR> Date: 11-25-13 <BR> Red: apple <BR> Yellow/Orange: lemon <BR> Green: lettuce <BR> Blue/Purple: egg plant <BR> White: banana <BR> Points for today: 5 <BR> Total to date: 10 <BR> Date: 11-26-13 <BR> Red: <BR> Yellow/Orange: lemon <BR> Green: <BR> Blue/Purple: <BR> White: <BR> Points for today 0 <BR... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:53:10 EST Food Blog #3 11-15-13 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee with sugar free pumpkin spice creamer, Detour Bar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Roast Chicken and Italian Pasta Salad <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:22:11 EST Food Blog #2 11-12-13 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee with sugar free pumpkin spice creamer, Detour Bar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Budweiser Select 55's Turkey Chef Salad <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:54:54 EST Food Blog #1 11-11-13 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee with sugar free pumpkin spice creamer, Detour Bar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Turkey Wrap <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> Arby's Turkey Wrap and Side Salad <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:34:45 EST Seasonal Challenge Processed Food On Wednesday we had to run errands for the business, I was craving Wendy's but I decided to stop to this middle eastern restaurant instead. I also decided to look for better options on the fried etc. I chose the chicken wrap with veggies, hummus and bread side and also the Mediterranean salad for a side. I shared the hummus with my business partner and ate half of the wrap. The salad was phenomenal, I have never had this was green and red peppers, cucumbers, parsley... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 07:56:25 EST Food Blog Oct. 11th #4 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee, pumpkin creamer, Slim Fast Brownie Bar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Baked Chicken Breast <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Apple <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:32:49 EST Food Blog Oct. 10th #3 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee, pumpkin creamer, Slim Fast Brownie Bar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Apple AM <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Turkey Sub from Subway no sauce or cheese <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:59:31 EST Food Blog Oct. 9th #2 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee, pumpkin creamer, Slim Fast Brownie Bar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Wendy's Chicken Flatbread Sandwich and Small Frosty <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:22:43 EST Food Blog Oct. 8th #1 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee, pumpkin creamer, Slim Fast Brownie Bar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Chicken Breast <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> Beer and pizza <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 06:43:17 EST 2 things that made me smile on Sunday First I did not get out of my nightie all day. This is my last weekend off until Nov. 15th and I enjoyed working in my office in my robe. <BR> <BR> Second my mom had a great weekend at the rehab facility and she is scheduled to come home on Wednesday. Every weekend since she has been there (Feb) she has had some sort of setback and it was nice to hear her be happy and healthy. <BR> Mon, 8 Apr 2013 07:44:14 EST My plan to get back on track - Starting now I have been skating for too long. I need to get back on track, and do so NOW. I have evaluated what it will take to get me back on track. <BR> <BR> 1. I need to reduce/deal with the stress. At this point in time, this will be very difficult but I am going to look for ways to deal with the stress. <BR> a. Take 20 deep breaths, 2 times a day. <BR> b. Stretch all over muscles after a warm up every day. <BR> c. 1-10 minute exercise routine a day. Beginning with a bike ride or a Sp... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:17:48 EST WooHoo Summer's Coming -- Collage for Sunny Gals <img src=""> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 12:20:41 EST Letter to Myself Dear Lorie: <BR> <BR> It has been a long journey in life and a bunch of uphill battles. Between the leg problems, surgeries, physical therapy, stress of your parents health failing very rapidly and unusual stressful brides you still wake up every morning and keep going. <BR> <BR> I was so proud of you in 2011 when you lost 65 pounds and were doing so great and then you let yourself slip back into bad habits after the knee injury and the rotten bride who vowed to ruin your business. Well... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 12:28:45 EST Revisiting My STREAKS for this Season First one is drinking 16 ounces of water first thing in the morning. I have been slipping on this streak and I feel the difference. When I did it for the challenge every morning, I really noticed the difference. I did that this morning and I will work at bringing this goal to the forefront. <BR> <BR> Second was portioning snacks, I have been portioning snacks into small snack bags, but not sticking with it--that changes now. <BR> <BR> Third was limiting myself to 1 plate at buffets, this... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:38:40 EST My Favortie Spark Chicken Recipes Recipe #1: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=749802 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Recipe #2: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=672711 </link> <BR> <BR> Recipe #3: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=59319 </link> <BR> <BR> Recipe #4: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=16385 </link> <BR> <BR> Recipe #5: <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?rec... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:41:33 EST Article #4 Falling for Fitness Challenge Drinking Water During Exercise <BR> <BR> The biggest thing that I have taken away from this article (and I have heard this before) is that if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. <BR> <BR> If you weigh yourself naked before and after a workout of typically 1 hour and you are still within 2% of your starting weight, your hydration is on track. Too little water can cause dehydration, but too much can also after your performance and then you are not getting the maximum benefits of ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:28:15 EST Article #3 Falling for Fitness Challenge Declare Your Independence from the Gym <BR> <BR> This article is talking about people who want to become fit but cannot afford a gym membership. It is about getting fit at home without expensive equipment. The gym is not the only place to get fit, you can walk, run, do ST (strength training), calisthenics, yoga, DVD, housework, etc. There are so many options for you to get fit right at home if the cost of a gym membership hinders you from getting fit. <BR> <BR> For me it is not the cost ... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 07:58:18 EST Challenge Article #2 Think Yourself Fit This article was a great reminder for me about the power of positive thinking. There are so many times when I am working that I say "just keep going, you will be so happy when this project is finished". I have thought that before when working out also. There have been times, that I wanted to quit, but I said "just 5 more minutes, it is good for you" and I have done it. <BR> <BR> Positive Thinking (or talking to yourself) is so powerful. I went to a pain clinic in 1994 which was based a... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:12:29 EST Overview of Article on Walking Safety Tips Some of the items, I have been hearing for years....Consult your Dr. before starting, wear bright and light colored clothing, try and find a buddy so you are not walking alone. <BR> <BR> Some new things, bring a cell phone or an alarm in case you run into trouble, dog, person, falling and hurting yourself. Use a watch to monitor your time and slowly increase your level of speed and distance. <BR> <BR> I have always remembered to use the "talk test", if you are so winded that you cannot tal... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:12:57 EST 3 Things I need to Change for the Next Challenge 1. I do not like Strength Training and I tend to avoid it. I am going to make this part of my weekly routine. Start small and work up to 4 times per week. <BR> <BR> 2. Police the "portion control" beast that I have in me. Make inroads into taming that beast. I even tend to go overboard with foods that are good for me, like Freggies. <BR> <BR> 3. Get back to Physical Therapy so that I can start exercising again. Working the knee, the ankle, etc. I need and want to ride the bike agai... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 09:26:13 EST Rock It Challenge -- Playlists Playlist #1 <BR> We Are the Champions Queen <BR> Hot Blooded Foreigner <BR> Welcome To The Jungle Guns N' Roses <BR> Barracuda Heart <BR> Respect Aretha Franklin <BR> Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cyndi Lauper <BR> All I Want to Do Sugarland <BR> Don't Stop Believing Journey <BR> Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue Toby Keith <BR> Kokomo Beach Boys <BR> <BR> Playlist #2 <BR> Who's That Man Toby Keith <BR> Unanswered Prayers ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 07:28:51 EST Food Blog #5 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ugh Birthday Dinner, so bad. Sat, 8 Sep 2012 09:07:26 EST Food Blog #4 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> <img src="... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 07:37:18 EST Food Blog #3 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> <img... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 05:49:12 EST Food Blog #2 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 5 Sep 2012 06:40:40 EST Food Blog #1 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 08:13:03 EST What type of a daughter am I? Lying - Stealing On Monday, I told both my parents a white lie and on Tuesday morning I stole (well borrowed without asking) something from them. Let me tell you the story. <BR> <BR> I haven't told any of you yet but with all of my mother's health issues (and dad's troubles too), she now has been diagnosed with Lupus about a month ago and this has been very difficult for me because I have been pushing her so much to get moving, telling her she would feel better. I was even kind of mean at times because she... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 09:59:25 EST My 2 Roadblocks for the "Rock-it" Challenge 1. PORTION CONTROL This has always been my problem. <BR> 2. Happy Eating, when I am happy I eat. When I am having fun, I eat. <BR> <BR> I am going to try diligently going to divide my meals and snack into portions and take care of the rest BEFORE I begin to eat. <BR> <BR> I will eat before I go to events that I am happy to attend, but that make me, make bad food choices. <BR> <BR> I will remember the words....."a moment on the lips....forever on the hips"....every time I eat. <BR> <B... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:17:14 EST Final SASS Challenge: Looking back over the Seasonal Challenge for the Spring and I started out good, but wedding season got in the way (as usual) at the end--beginning 6-3-12. I am happy that I did accomplish making it to the goal of exercising 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes a day. I did that, and even 1 full month of wedding season, but then my health got in the way and when I had to work 16 -18 hours a day I had to make a choice between exercise and sleep--I choose sleep so that my body could heal. <B... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 07:36:29 EST The purpose of a dog! A Dog's Purpose? <BR> (from a 6-year-old). <BR> <BR> Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. <BR> <BR> I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. <BR> <BR> As w... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 20:08:40 EST Monday Morning Giggle I now know how Easter Eggs were made. hehe <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 07:09:54 EST Food Blog #4 - Challenge Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Atkins Bar and coffee: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> Banana <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Baked Perch, Spinach Salad with Avocado and Wishbone Balsamic Dressing: <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://phot... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 08:52:48 EST Food Blog #3 - Challenge Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Atkins Bar and Coffee: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> Banana and small veggie tray no dip: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> South Beach whipped chocolate almond bar and Austin Crackers: <BR> <img s... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 09:20:51 EST Food Blog #2 - Challenge Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Atkins meal bar and coffee: <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> Atkins Snack Bar: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Slim Fast Shake: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Kashi Cereal, milk and C... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:37:15 EST Food Blog -- Challenge Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee and Atkins meal bar <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Optifast Chicken Soup <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:23:06 EST Sad & Happy on Christmas Day Sad Part <BR> I am sitting here alone sipping coffee and eating fruit on Christmas morning while my family is getting ready to celebrate Christmas without me. <BR> <BR> Happy Part <BR> I am sitting here in a beautiful rental house in Tucson AZ at a great deal. If I have to miss my family at least I am comfortable. My view from most every window is mountains and the other window are cactus. I can even see a little snow high on the mountain tops to remind me of Michigan. <BR> <BR> Front o... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 12:36:50 EST Motivate Challenge For the beginning of the Motivate Challenge, I have to think and blog about why I came to the Challenge and why I came to Spark. <BR> <BR> I originally came to Spark for fear of not fitting into an airline seat at Christmas and I also had a pre-diabetes scare. I wanted to be healthier and to have less pain when working very long days. I am happy to report that I am way away from those scary numbers leading to diabetes and I am sure that I will fit into an airline seat this year with no tr... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 07:12:26 EST Bonus INSPIRE Challenge BONUS: <BR> For the bonus, read this exercise, take some time to think about it, and blog about your reaction to it. What do you agree with? What will you practice from it going forward? What else do you do to promote your own personal happiness? Share your thoughts for bonus points. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lthy-lifestyle/the-seven-habits-of-tru<BR>ly-happy-people/article/441c66263d8031<BR>10VgnVCM20000012281eac____ </link> <BR> <BR> This article talks abo... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 16:54:19 EST Challenge Food Blog 9-30-11 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee and Optifast Bar <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM <BR> <BR> 2 apples <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Ham Sandwich, wheat bread, olive oil may, provolone cheese <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Special K Meal Re... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 16:07:32 EST Challenge Food Blog 9-29-11 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Coffee <img src=""> <BR> Optifast Bar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> Banana <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Optifast Chicken Soup with Broccoli <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 15:43:40 EST Challenge Food Blog 9-28-11 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Optifast Chocoloate Shake <img src=""> <BR> Coffee <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack AM: <BR> <BR> Apple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Special K Meal Replacement Bar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snack: <BR> <BR> Ice Cream <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 15:27:03 EST 2 Motivating Spark Friends I have 2 Spark Friends that I have watched them succeed at their goals and motivate me to do a better job at getting healthier. <BR> <BR> The first person is <link><BR>VS2EXERCISE </link> <BR> When I open her page, the first thing is that beautiful smile that she has that just lights your day. She is always pushing the exercise and always tracks my Friend Feed and leaves me comments. Thanks Jen for your friendship and encouragement. <BR> <BR> The Se... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 15:56:30 EST