SMARTPOET06's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SMARTPOET06 SMARTPOET06's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ It is working! (11/21/13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547177 Doctor put me on the DASH Diet weight loss solution to lower my high blood pressure. Read the book and stocked up on groceries according to the meal plans. Phase 1 is restrictive in what you can eat and lasts for two weeks. I started the DASH diet on Sunday, 11/17/13. The only "cheats" I have had are not giving up my hazelnut creamer in my coffee (2 cups of coffee each morning with 1 tbsp creamer each) and eating Dannon light & fit greek strawberry yogurt. I've read countless testimonials ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:30:53 EST Monday, 11/04/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532179 Some days I am so good and everything goes right and other days I am just horrible and not on track at all....My best times for tracking and eating properly and healthy are at work. Once I get home it all goes out the window.....just can't seem to find my willpower or motivation or whatever it is that I am lacking. I hate to talk negatively to myself, and that is what I end up doing, which just makes me feel worse, which makes me eat the wrong foods. Feel like I am spiraling downward. <BR>... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:48:15 EST Wednesday, 10/30/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527638 Went to the doctor's today for my physical and annual exams. Lost 1.2 pounds since I was there last week, and my blood pressure was down! Woohoo for me!!! Have been trying to eat healthy, although this evening I didn't do too well with that. My weigh-in day is always my "anything" day, so that was today....if I have a craving for something I wait to have it on my anything day...and by the time that rolls around I have forgotten all about the craving! Works for me! <BR> <BR> Purchased th... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:04:46 EST Thursday, 10/24/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522576 It has been a week since I've been on SP. Have not been able to use my right hand and type...Have been having trouble with my hands the last few months and finally today saw my doctor. Have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, but right hand is the worst and now is really bad. Can't use thumb anymore and now have to wear brace until I can have surgery...makes it hard to type! Didn't realize how much we use our thumbs, something we just take for granted! From getting dressed to undoing seat... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:54:55 EST Thursday, 10/17/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516283 Forgot to weigh in this morning before I left for work, so will have to write myself a note to weigh tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Had a "wellness" day at work on Tuesday. One of the tests I signed up for was the blood glucose and cholesterol test. Was concerned since there is diabetes in my family and since I am overweight....actually considered obese by the medical charts...was so hoping for positive results. Well.....blood sugar was 94 and cholesterol was 179!! Woohoo for me!!! <BR> <B... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:24:19 EST Wednesday, 10/09/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509225 Disappointed in myself a little today....took the elevator...just did not feel like climbing up those four flights of stairs. Woke up tired. Have not been sleeping very well. My husband says something must be on my mind, but nothing is bothering me or pestering at me so I don't know what the problem is. Only thing I can think of is feel a little down....always do when it gets dark early. Hate it when I go to work in the dark and then it is dark before 7 pm! Didn't even walk today. Just ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 19:28:43 EST Tuesday, 10/08/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508325 I am really wanting a piece of that pumpkin roll I bought yesterday for my husband, but think I will have a weight watchers mini carmel bar instead. When I have a snack, I have to have the 100 calorie packs or very small packs of whatever as I have no control over portions. Last week I bought a treat for myself...a can of regular pringles...and dag gone ate nearly the whole can in a matter of minutes....so, I know I can't bring them into the house. <BR> <BR> Trying to drink water, but it i... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 20:39:26 EST Monday, 10/07/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507394 Has been a busy few days. Saturday was at Apple Harvest Festival craft show all day with my girlfriend. Had a ball looking at all the crafts for 7 hours! My husband had his antique farm equipment display set up there so we took a few breaks to go sit with him for a few minutes and rest our weary legs...walked 4.5 miles Saturday. <BR> <BR> Sunday was my day of rest. Always clean house and do laundry on Sundays. So stayed home and did my chores. Played with baby kitty Lucky, who is now... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 21:20:35 EST Thursday, 10/03/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503829 Back on track today. Ate healthy and had a walk. Baby steps will get me to my goal! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:49:12 EST Beat Myself Up Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502898 Blew it today....Had big egg order to take to work...(I raise chickens and sell the eggs) so I broke my streak and had to take the elevator this morning...kicked myself all day for that. Breakfast and lunch were good and healthy. Walked a lap on the walking path. So day was good...til I got home. Planned on making a healthy shrimp dinner. Husband wanted pancakes...need I say more?? Had two small pancakes with blueberry preserves and syrup. No protein, and then I just spiraled downward.... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:20:55 EST Tuesday, 10/01/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501703 Wow...October 1st already! Leaves are changing. Don't know where the year has gone but they just go by too quickly anymore! <BR> <BR> Goal for October is to drink water. Got 3 cups down today...that is a start! By the end of this month I will have increased it to 8-10 cups a day....baby steps! <BR> <BR> Stairs even seemed easier today. Guess since I've done them for a month now they should be easier. Got a walk in today on morning break. Felt good to be outside. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:57:19 EST Monday, 09/30/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500624 One month into SP and I think overall I did pretty darn good! Have eaten more healthy meals and walked to get my steps in. Need to improve though on both eating and exercising. Will step them both up in October. <BR> <BR> My goal for September was to always take the stairs at work (work on 4th floor). I accomplished my goal so now I consider it a healthy new habit! <BR> <BR> My goal for October will be to drink 8-10 cups of water a day. This is especially important to me now that I h... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:22:24 EST Sunday 09/29/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499677 Ate good healthy breakfast and lunch. Then spent the afternoon at the ER due to a kidney stone. Very painful...but feel better now but worn out so going to bed early to get a good night sleep. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:28:02 EST Saturday/ 09/28/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498861 <em>24</em> <BR> Not a good day today. Bad choices for my eating. Fell off the healthy wagon! ate junk and did not even enjoy it. Had meals planned but did not eat them. Was out running errands, and weekends are my hardest time to stay on track. But tomorrow is another day so I am not going to beat myself up about stumbling today. Have to remember my vision board and remember my goals so I can stay on track tomorrow. I can do this and am not going to let food rule me! Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:42:09 EST Friday, 09/27/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498042 Was another wonderful day of good healthy eating and exercising. Did splurge and had a cupcake at a team meeting to celebrate a coworker's birthday. But I had looked the calorie info up before I went to the meeting so I would know that I was spending 130 calories to eat it. And I savored every bite! Was really tired this evening but still managed to fix a healthy supper! Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:04:13 EST Thursday, 09/26/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497050 Today was my weigh-in day....more trash to throw out....down 1.2 pounds!! Woohoo for me! I am headed in the right direction! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:29:51 EST Wednesday, 09/25/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496166 For the last several years I have worn a pedometer daily. Sometimes I hit the 10,000 mark, sometimes go over, lots of times get in the 5000-7000 range. Have two that I alternate with, one from weight watchers and one from Omni. But they are big and don't stay on my waistband very well. So today after work I decided that since I am so motivated, I stopped by Radio Shack and splurged on a FitBit Zip. Love that it will sync with SP and I won't have to remember to record my steps anymore. ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:48:48 EST Tuesday, 09/24/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495230 Another successful day of staying on track...just need to step up my activities! But at least I am heading in the right direction! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:57:14 EST Monday, 09/23/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494155 Has been a good day. Planned my meals last night and so didn't even have to think about what to fix....that was easy! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:27:14 EST Sunday, 09/22/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493025 Worked 18 hours overtime this week, so today I slept in and got caught up on my sleep. Felt good! Spent about an hour last night planning my meals for this week using the Spark menu mix and match. Then went this afternoon to the grocery store to get what I needed so this week I am going to be eating healthy! Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:15:39 EST I am that magic pill.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492192 The time has finally come to fess up and be honest with MYSELF. Writing these words down is my therapy. And putting them out there makes me vulnerable and exposes me. It is the only way I can be accountable to myself. So I will just ramble on... <BR> <BR> Oh, how we all want to lose weight. I want to get rid of mine, not lose it. I, for one, have always looked for that "magic pill" that will take the weight off effortlessly. I've dieted all of my life, tried every kind there was. Lo... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 19:50:34 EST Friday, 09/20/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491437 Felt much better today after going to bed early and getting a good night's sleep! Walked 2 laps at work on the path, which is only 1.2 miles, but it is better than not doing anything! Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:47:45 EST Trash day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490515 Today was a good day and a not so good day. The good news....I've got trash to throw out! Woohoo! I am getting rid of .4 lbs today!! I'll get rid of any amount, big or small, as it all adds up to reaching my goal. <BR> <BR> Did not do any exercise today, and did not eat much today, except for my "comfort" food for supper....Little Ceasar's pizza. Not feeling well today, lots of folks at work are sick. So thought I'd get my post in for the day and then go to bed early. Tomorrow is a... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:38:08 EST Wednesday, 09/18/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489558 As I sit here I am listening to one of my favorite sounds....geese flying overhead! Love the symphony of the honking! Fall is right around the corner now, and the leaves are just starting to show some colors. My favorite season! <BR> <BR> Increased my activity today by walking around the path at work twice. My challenge for me to stay motivated and stay on track is that I am going to practice one new good healthy habit each month. September my goal is to always take the stairs instead o... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:07:45 EST out with the trash! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488521 I am not going to lose any more weight! <BR> <BR> Ha! Generally speaking, when you lose something you look for it because you need it or want it back. Like your keys, or a library book, etc. <BR> <BR> In my case, I have lost weight over and over again, only to have it come back. So now I have decided I am not going to lose it anymore...I'm going to get rid of it for good! When you have something you no longer want, like clothes, or books, or household items you get rid of them. If th... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:34:59 EST Monday, 09/16/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487624 I think I have given up the elevator! Walked up 4 flights of stairs 4 times today and never even thought about taking the elevator! Starting my second week of stairs only. Woohoo for me! Think I have established one new good habit! Satisfied with my food choices today. No snacking and under my calorie limit. Feel very satisfied and not hungry. Worked some overtime today to try to catch up with the workload. Will hit the bed early tonight...right after I finish my sparkcoach! <BR>... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 20:28:16 EST Sunday, 09/14/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486478 Beautiful day today, perfect fall weather! Went to church this morning. Sunday is my normal cleaning and laundry day. Was a very pleasant relaxing day. Read a few chapters of a book and watched a little football. Didn't eat too much today, under my calorie limit. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:50:20 EST Saturday 09/14/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485660 Another great day, but not for my food choices. Went to a craft show today. I knew I was not going to fret over my food choices. It is what it is some days! Did pretty good at the breakfast buffet...lot of fruit to choose from so that was good for me. Lunch was the kicker...McDonalds...ate just about my day's calorie amount...dinner was not much better as it was takeout from Italian restaurant. But all in all, only overshot my calorie limit by about 150 calories, so don't feel I did tha... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 20:12:20 EST Friday 09/13/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484854 Another great day for me...took the stairs again today, that makes all week I have not used the elevators! Had one walk around the path at work (.6 miles). Good food choices also. Could have made even better choices, but still under my calorie limit, so didn't do bad. Writing just a few sentences about my day helps to keep me accountable to myself. I feel if I don't write something each day then I would be giving up and don't want to do that! It seems to keep me focused on my goals. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:07:11 EST Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483953 Giving myself a big Woohoo!! <em>244</em> Had my weigh in today and lost 2.2 lbs! Felt good with my food choices. Wanted to walk the path at work but it poured all day, so I walked up and down 4 flights of stairs instead....go me! Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:39:46 EST I feel motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482961 Today was another successful day! My motivation has kicked into high gear...I made healthy choices for eating, tracked my food, and went for a walk. This was also the 2nd day in a row that I have not used the elevator at work. I work on the 4th floor and am determined to conquer those wicked stairs that take my breath away and leave me gasping for air. I know I have it in me to succeed! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:54:46 EST Day One down...rest of my life to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481900 I completed day one of my renewed commitment to myself to get healthy! The realization hit me that I am the only one that I have to be accountable to...no one else can do this for me. If I succeed, it will be because of my efforts...and I WILL succeed! If I fail, the only person to blame is me, but I won't fail this time. You only fail if you quit, and I am not quitting!! Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:34:21 EST