SOULBUG's SparkPeople Blog SOULBUG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just Lost 4 lbs. I am thankful for each and every pound. But when I reach that 5 lbs. increment, I say wow. My goal is to lose 5 lbs. each time. <BR> <BR> This lifestyle change is not easy. It takes much determination and persistence. I plan to step up my program through water aerobics this week and for the next six weeks at the Y. It's a great way to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I can't wait until I lose another 5 lbs. Each 5 lbs. seems like a milestone to me. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:13:27 EST Trying Harder to Lose :) I just started using my old Weight Watcher's tracker a couple of days ago. Also, I'm trying to walk every other day. I am just determined to lose this time. So tired of this extra poundage for 9 years. It's time to take it off. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine just gave me some used clothing that was my current size. But as I lose this weight I plan to donate it to the food bank. Other people can use this clothing. <BR> <BR> I fell persistent and determined to lose! <BR> <BR> June Mon, 19 Mar 2012 10:06:26 EST Hospice, sunny weather, and using Weight Watchers My Mother is currently in Hospice care at home. She has accepted the Lord as her saviour for which I'll be eternally grateful. <BR> <BR> Looks like the sun will be out today. Hurray! <BR> <BR> I found my weight watcher clicker and just need to replace the 2 AAA batteries. <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are having a great Friday :) <BR> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 08:30:47 EST Sugar--bad, bad, bad to the bone! I just read a SP article that states sweets with sugar should be occasional treats, and I agree. Sweets are my downfall. I need to eat sugarfree yogurt or sugarfree ice cream just once, may twice, per week. NOT EVERY SINGLE DAY!! That is really wrecking my weight loss journey. I will monitor what I eat and NOT eat after 9 pm because that's when I'm BAD. <BR> This is what I have to do if I want to need the weight off. And, I do!! <BR> <BR> Bad to the bone, June <BR> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 05:55:01 EST I Want to be a With-It Woman My definition of a with-it woman is someone who does everything right. In all areas of their life. Exercise, eating the right foods, socialising enough, and meeting career goals. <BR> <BR> Guess what--the "with-it" woman does not exist. All I can do is the best I can do then let it go. The sun will rise again tomorrow. Perfection is not healthy. Reasonableness is. <BR> <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurd... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:52:04 EST Life and Animals <BR> Life is not the way it's supposed to be.. It's the way it is.. <BR> The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference. <BR> <BR> <BR> "Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains <BR> Unawakened." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>240</em> <em>200</em> <em>338</em> <em>219</em> <em>172</em> <em>145</em> <em>86</em> Mon, 8 Aug 2011 12:13:28 EST Believe in Yourself A poem that I really like: <BR> <BR> Believe in yourself-- <BR> in the power you have <BR> to control you own life, <BR> day by day, <BR> Believe in the strength <BR> that you have deep inside, <BR> and your faith will help <BR> show you the way. <BR> Believe in tomorrow <BR> and what it will bring-- <BR> let a hopeful heart <BR> carry you through, <BR> For things will work out <BR> if you trust and believe <BR> there's no limit <BR> to what you can do. <BR> Emily Matthews Sun, 7 Aug 2011 18:34:38 EST Nasty, nasty coffee drinks! Now I know why I hit a plateau and gained back a couple of pounds. I was drinking one or two of those large, delicious iced coffee drinks a day. Not any more. One of those bottles contain 300 calories. OOPS!! <BR> <BR> Also, I need to walk at LEAST 20-30 minutes 3 to 4 times per week. And, start and end that with stretching. And, I need to use my food tracker. That should really help. <BR> <BR> I WANT TO BECOME HEALTHIER. And, I need to take the right steps to do so. I'm going to be using m... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 17:06:47 EST Being Stressed Out & Overeating! Yep! It happens to me too. I've gained a couple lbs. back and am not getting in the exercise. This has to change right now. My health is important to me. Being overweight is bad news, and I know it. Ugh! It's really hard to do this when stressed. I think that I'll have to use the tracker for everything I consume. Otherwise, all my hard work will be for nothing. Guess this lifestyle thing includes handling stress well. But, that's really, really hard. <BR> <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</e... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:50:16 EST Delicious Snack and Plan 4 Exercise Soft avocado and tomato with whole grain tastes so good. I never would have even thought about eating that before my lifestyle change. <BR> <BR> Went to a local fair last night, and there was a Zumba class going on in the fairgrounds. Well, I jumped in. First I concentrated on the foot work, then I worked on the arms. It was much fun. I plan to sign up 4 a class this fall. Great exercise. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 00:16:17 EST Good weekend and am still losing Met a nice gentleman over the weekend (who knows??). Nice feeling. Divorce does not mean an end to dating and future relationships :0). <BR> <BR> I've lost another 4 3/4 lbs!! I need to look for a size smaller. <em>252</em> My total loss is over 20 lbs. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Feeling better about my life in general these days... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 09:30:33 EST Bad Back after Moving I'm going to the MT today for a massage, not that I can afford it. My back has not been the same since moving. Ugh! Need to feel at least halfway normal again. They say to left with the legs and not the back. Yeah, right. I'm lucky I got everything moved out on time. Turned in the keys to the landlord 20 min. until midnight on my last day. Procrastination in packing is not good <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But I am moved and in the process of organizing and hopefully getting back into my weight l... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:43:59 EST Stress and Wrong Food Choices At this moment, I am moving and looking for a job. Unfortunately, the stress of both of these = poor food choices. As soon as my situation settles down, I plan to regain the whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and non-trans fats. <BR> <BR> Seems like stress can equal poor choices. <em>198</em> Sat, 21 May 2011 23:33:03 EST Many challenges ahead--but jeans are fitting much better :0) I noticed today that I am now fitting into shorts, capris, etc. that did not fit a year ago. And, I actually purchased them last fall thinking that they would fit. <BR> <BR> It feels so good to have wiggle room in my clothes. And, I can't wait until I get down into the next size. <em>9</em> Thu, 19 May 2011 01:39:44 EST 16 lb. weight loss I've lost 16 lbs. Woo hoo. Joining TOPS has made be more accountable. My family doctor wants me to lose another 5 lbs. than my original goal weight, so I adjusted my tracker. My goal is to walk 1 mile every day consistently and then increase it to 1.5 miles and so forth. <BR> <BR> I hope all of you are doing well. <BR> <BR> Soulbug Tue, 17 May 2011 20:15:21 EST 10 lb. weight loss I have lost 10 lbs.--55 lbs. more to go. <BR> <BR> I lost the 10 lbs. in 1 1/2 mos., which is relatively fast. I did it by increasing my veggie/fruit intake, using whole grains, and drinking soy milk. I still need to increase the exercise routine. <BR> <BR> I plan to keep on going through the holidays. Smaller portions as needed. Yes, I do have that sweet tooth:). I think that reading the entries on SP and getting more involved has helped me! Fri, 29 Oct 2010 20:17:34 EST The Next Day Well, after a good night's sleep, I am reflecting. I see that it's not going to be easy to get a job out there. The important thing is to keep going as best as we can. Life is not easy, it's not easy for anyone. Life is a challenge and either we meet those challenges or we don't. I will meet them. <BR> <BR> Life is better today. I want to be happy and maybe after reading a SP article I'll look into volunteering and getting back on track at the YMCA. I'm feeling stronger today. <BR> <BR> Ho... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:38:33 EST Long Day I just put an entry on Ladies of Dayton that I should have put here. Duh... <BR> <BR> This was a bad evening. I've been much too busy and have been in too much of a rush. Life is suppose to be happy. I need to find ways to turn things around. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'll take that green tea bubble bath and relax to soft music. And, I'll sit down and make a schedule for this week so I feel a little bit in control. Too much has happened lately. We all have that meltdown point when it's time to step ba... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 22:43:32 EST The Ice Cream Mess :0( OK. I am addicted to ice cream and have been many years. This addiction is ruining my diet. I am full of excuses. I want to change. I can lose weight if I don't eat the real thing. It seems that I can justify a stop my the Dairy Queen. I need to become less self indulgent. I am an emotional eater from 9 pm on. <BR> <BR> I know that there are ice cream substitutes out there. I just can't have real cream in the house since I don't seem to have any willpower. But this is not fair to others in ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:57:23 EST Starting Monday, July 5 Tomorrow begins the journalling, using the food tracker, and exercising. But I'm really afraid to post a beginning weight. Maybe I'll just post what I have to lose. I know that I have gained from this stressful summer. I just can't let food be the answer. I need to be stronger than the temptation to comfort myself by eating food. <BR> <BR> I know I need to lose weight and get in shape. I don't have a choice. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jul 2010 23:20:26 EST Starting Over--Just Bought the Spark book Have decided to start over. This last year was stressful and I did not meet my goals. Am going to follow the book:0) <BR> <BR> I'm completing starting over with Week One on July 5 (after July 4, of course) and plan to follow the book. This is something I need to do. I'm setting my weight back to zero and will join TOPS next week for that extra group encourage. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:03:18 EST Adventures in Eating Raw Food :) I have been visiting a friend in Florida for the past week. She eats raw foods only, and I'm beginning to understand and change some of my thinking and habits. Hurray :). It actually makes sense to me now after attending a meeting at a local health food store and listening to a speaker talk about his new book. (If you want to know the name of the book, send me an email and I'll let you know.) Basically, the three rules are no gluten, no dairy, and drink eight glasses of water a day. For someo... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:06:41 EST Working Out and Losing Weight This is a great combo--I just need to keep it up for about 1 1/2 years <em>40</em> . <BR> <BR> I love the encouragement and strength I receive from SP. I'm feeling more determined everyday. We all can lose weight and become fit and healthy with each others' help. A group of supporters is just what I needed. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for this site and the advice/information I receive from members. :) <BR> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>220</em> Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:52:59 EST Ok, I ate it :( Tonight I was UPSET about some unkind, rude, and nosy questions that a family member poked at me. I felt bad and cried in another room. I tried to be assertive and diplomatic to that person, but I wanted to slap her face. Just plain insensitive remarks after a very stressful year and nosy too. <BR> <BR> Then I ate another meal, which was not needed. I was in a weak moment and gave in. You know, the next time this happens I will tell that insensitive/rude person how I feel and hopefully make ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 23:30:00 EST What I eat... Gone are the days of REAL ice cream. Now I sneak in those 100 cal. goodies. Gone are the Doritos, potato chips, cake, cookies, and high calorie but low value snacks. Now I eat fruit with low cal. Cool Whip, drink a glass of skim milk, consume 80 cal. yogurt goodies, and munch on carrots with hummus. I put sliced almonds on my raisin bran for a special treat in the am. <BR> <BR> I hope these changes mean I just might actually looooooooooooose weight. But, even if the weight loss takes an ete... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 18:24:51 EST A great lunch or snack... Today I had snappeas and carrot sticks with hummus for lunch. Delish. I think I'm going to have that everyday for either lunch or a bedtime snack. <BR> <BR> <em>210</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2010 16:56:28 EST My New Year's Resolution... I've joined the Y. Already I've met some really great workout buddies who will make the time pass faster. <BR> <BR> This is the first time I've joined any club for a year. I feel really positive about this. Just have to purchase a gym bag and go. Plan to attend in the mornings right after breakfast. <BR> <BR> Have any of you made a New Year's resolution? <em>108</em> <em>138</em> Sat, 2 Jan 2010 18:02:35 EST Forever Friend "A FOREVER FRIEND" <BR> <BR> Sometimes in life, <BR> you find a special friend; <BR> Someone who changes your life <BR> just by being part of it. <BR> Someone who makes you laugh <BR> until you can't stop; <BR> Someone who makes you believe <BR> that there really is good in the world. <BR> Someone who convinces you <BR> that there really is an unlocked door <BR> just waiting for you to open it. <BR> This is Forever Friendship. <BR> When you're down, <BR> and the world seems dark and em... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 17:25:04 EST Time to Get Serious about this Weight Loss Journey!!! I went to the doctor earlier today, and, of course, they had to weigh me in. Ugh. I wasn't happy with the results. I realize now that THIS IS THE TIME to start using my food tracker, exercising at least 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes. I was surprised at my weight. I thought I had been doing better. But, the scales don't lie. <BR> <BR> So, here's to tracking every day, exercising for 30 minutes at least 3-4 days a week, and adopting that healthy lifestyle. I'm still in Stage Two because I've... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 12:25:33 EST Check out New Beginnings for Women 50 Plus <BR> New Beginnings for Women 50 Plus -<BR>_individual.asp?gid=33349 <BR> <BR> <BR> please check out this new team :0) <BR> This team is for women fifty and older who are starting over after a relationship. This could be a boyfriend, spouse, lover...I want us to feel free to regroup, discuss our plans and feelings; move on in a healthy, constructive way. I know that it's not easy. But we all can have a new beginning and have a fulfilling life. May... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 20:51:30 EST Back to Goals--AGAIN I am persistent. My goals are to track my food, lose 1 lb. per week, and work my way up, again, to 5,000 steps a day. I have to stay focused, positive, and away from the ice cream. Wish me luck and fortitude :0). <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Aug 2009 14:11:19 EST oops :0(( I received a letter from my insurance company that said I have been identified as a possible participant for the arthritis, hyperlipidemia, hip replacement, hypertension, knee replacement, metabolic syndrome, obesity, osteoporosis programs. Depressing, isn't it. <BR> <BR> Back to the weight loss program, exercising 30 minutes a daily, and taking my vitamins. <em>198</em> <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:34:20 EST New Goals My new goals as of June 29 are: <BR> <BR> * Lose 1 lb/wk <BR> * Walk 5,000 steps/day (that's about 2.5 miles) <BR> <BR> I'll see how I do this week. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 7/7/09 <BR> <BR> Ok, I did the 5,000 steps 4 out of 7 days, so starting tomorrow I'll do 5,000 steps for another week. I'll check the poundage later. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2009 16:02:51 EST Today is Sun., 6/21/08--I've been in the dumps people If I have sounded down in the dumps or perhaps nasty lately, it's due to a personal crisis of sorts which I prefer not to go on and on about. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, it is these personal crises that can make us overeat. At the same time, it can help us grow as individuals. Life is short and time is precious. Right now I'm doing much reflection about my future. <BR> <BR> All of this started last Saturday. That's probably about the time I started to sound like a *!*!. If I offended any o... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:58:21 EST Steps I walked yesterday... 2594--when I'm done with the online class work I'll try to walk some. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:06:45 EST Handed a lemon then make lemonade :-~ This can be difficult to do when one feels wronged or angry for whatever reason. I have been that way for the last 5 days. Today I realize that I have to move forward no matter what. Not just with SP, but with my personal life. A person needs to reflect and think things through to reach sound judgments. (Yes, I sound really "heavy" as the HIPPIE SP team would say.) <BR> <BR> But I am a strong, independent woman and will not let events interfere with my educational goals or personal goal... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:00:37 EST My new pedometer Just before I ate 2 much real ice cream last nite (go figure), I bought a new pedometer. The selection is much better than it use to be. 4 $7, this is what my pedometer entails: <BR> the new goaltrack monitors my personal goals daily, calculates calories burned, counts my steps, measures walking distance, and includes a security leash. Not bad for $7. I plan to use it today. I'll be trekking with the pedometer and my MP3 player. Whether or not continued usage of the pedometer will mak... Tue, 9 Jun 2009 11:10:30 EST Buffet Restaurant I am sooooooo proud of myself. This is the 1st time I've been to a buffet restaurant since I've joined SP and I kept my goals in mind. <BR> <BR> First, I went to the salad bar and used low-fat dressing (1st time for that kind of dressing). And, I was careful to avoid the potato salad, the macaroni salad, and the fattening and unhealthy selections. I stuck to a great salad with lettuce and spinach, broccoli, carrots, and a little grated cheese. Then for the main meal I had carrots, green ... Thu, 28 May 2009 21:02:04 EST The Meaning of Memorial Day As it states on the front of my local paper, "Families Remember Loved Ones Lost in the Line of Duty." <BR> <BR> This day is sacred to all war veterans. None need to be reminded of the reason why Memorial Day must be commemorated. Why remember? Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrances. <BR> <BR> The freedoms that Americans take for granted everyday were paid for by the deaths of this nation's defenders. Our men and women in uniform gave the ultimate sacrifice: their lives. And... Mon, 25 May 2009 12:52:45 EST What I've Learned About WELLNESS Since Joining SP To me, wellness is an overall state of being--nutritional, physical, emotional and spirituality. Total health encompasses all of these components. As a pie chart, each slice of the pie probably is not equal, but they all equate to an entire pie. As one's lifestyle changes in positive terms, the nutritional slice grows larger, the physical part grows larger, and the emotional health of each person would subsequently grow larger. The spiritual slice depends on the individual. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 11 May 2009 15:08:29 EST Coffee or Water? I'm going to have to reach for the water and not the coffee cup with the extra serving of 1/2 and 1/2. I read the water article today and could relate. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 6 May 2009 08:22:34 EST Poison Ivy I think I'm doing all better now, but I'm afraid to tie up the twigs that I pruned that afternoon I came down with the rash. Ugh. Sat, 2 May 2009 22:40:07 EST I Love (don't) Calamine Lotion :-( I have this lovely application of calamine lotion to 1/2 my face and all my neck. This is from cleaning up brush towards the back fence. I have to remember about the 3 leaflets and the strong possibility that I could run into this rascal. Ugh. Be careful out there, SP members. It could happen to you <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Apr 2009 20:37:32 EST Today is Good Shoulder does not hurt today. Yah! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This bird needs to control his/her portions. Sat, 18 Apr 2009 12:09:00 EST Those Trigger Pt. Injections I've overdone it and now my right neck and shoulder is hurting again and I <BR> m taking meds for it and using Thermacare. Too much lifting and aggravating that area by doing those activities-- <em>39</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2009 11:27:44 EST Time to Blog--My Taxes are Done 4/14/09 I've started my exercise plan and am losing weight. HURRAY!! Time waits for noone, and (you know the rest). <BR> <BR> Walking for 30 minutes daily is working. That is using my shuffle and about 7 or 8 tracks. The weather here is better and warmer. <BR> <BR> I had two trigger point injections in my upper neck and shoulder region and can tell a positive difference. The heat pads and various heating apparatus are gone. Life is good <em>224</em> Sun, 15 Mar 2009 13:16:59 EST