STARCROSS's SparkPeople Blog STARCROSS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community On The Road Again Tomorrow's breakfast will be Dorset Museli with a grated apple and a small handful of sliced almonds and skim milk. <BR> Lunch Half a Peanut Butter sandwich with cucumber slices and a small glass of skim milk <BR> Supper small portion whole wheat pasta tomatoes and a sprinkle of parmesan and green salad on the side <BR> Snacks cottage cheese and fruit. Handful of almonds and a few dried dates. <BR> This could be pure fantasy but not unlike what I normally eat as a vegetarian. <BR> I am lea... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:00:52 EST Thankfulness I am thankful for my life. <BR> I am thankful for my family. <BR> I am thankful for my home. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 18:22:40 EST Am I up to it? Facing the enemy within........The scariest things to do are sometimes not really very scary at all when you actually face them down . And sometimes it can be scary and you do it anyway. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you have to try again. And again. And again. <BR> No matter what.... it is all good. You learn as you go.....I have a couple of things on my plate that I would like to say "Not me." I don't have to do these things . Someone else could but I know it is a good challenge to f... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:07:38 EST Resisting Temptation I have found that I have little will power over things that I love to eat. So as a general rule anything that will tempt me is banished to the garage and put in a place that I don't about by my husband. Unfortunately it appears that he is now putting on the weight that was to be mine! <BR> I think the next step is to not buy it . Ultimately I want to be able to stare it down and not be tempted. That is still a long way down the road. <BR> One day at a time. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:55:47 EST Changes in me When I joined Spark People I did not know what I was really like until I noticed differences in how I was feeling and in particular what I was able to do. <BR> We had moved into a semi rural setting with water and woods, lots of space, trails and freedom to enjoy it all. But I had slowly become unable to walk any distance because of pain and instability in my knees and feet. My knees would give out without warning and at times I would be on crutches for days. My feet would also prevent me fro... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:41:03 EST It Takes Me Back I found the 20 minute eating challenge just that .....a challenge! It is an alien concept almost. But I tried....Not enough food to make it last so I had to change my menu. Then I needed to add more water to the meal. I ended up drinking 6 glasses of water. That still didn't work so I added baroque music at a very low level. That helped a lot. I started to relax. <BR> Playing classical music at a meal is a memory from a high school retreat at a Franciscan Monastery outside of my home town. I... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:13:04 EST I've come a long way................ It is surprising to think that I did not recognize the changes that I have made in my life . It is only when I wrote to myself as another person that I realized how far I had come. <BR> I really have changed how I live my life and have maintained it and continue to work at it on a daily basis for at past 10 months at least. <BR> I see this as being a truly life changing experience that I can maintain on a permanent basis. I am very proud of myself. And I think I deserve a round of applaus... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:28:14 EST Bag Of Tricks I am a big believer in trying something new. You never know what the result might be.Therefore I am game to try the food challenge. I will do it this afternoon. If it works I will add it to my "bag of tricks" to take with me on this journey of discovery. If not. It was worth a shot! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:44:50 EST Thankfulness I am thankful for my life.... My health .... My family. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:17:24 EST Competitive Family Spirit My daughter and I have fallen into system where one of us will call and challenge the other to an activity. This has led to each of us breaking with the norm and on to new discoveries about our abilities and attitudes . It has been a great motivator. It has Sparked an interest in things I never would have taken the time to try but it also made me work a whole lot harder because I hate to lose. She joined SP a while ago . I think we are both in for it now. She hates to lose even more than... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 17:11:26 EST Upping the ante I am going to focus my attention on reaching 60 minutes of cardio daily. I am going to do it by combining different types of cardio rather than relying on one. <BR> I will continue to walk but I will also use videos and intervals which I will create indoors and outdoors . I am thinking a different activity in each room and running around the house for starters. It will be fun. <BR> I am starting today. Right now I have 50 minutes. I will do Coach Nicole's Jump Cardio for an extra 10 mi... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:54:44 EST Thoughts From Abroad This exercise has been an affirmation of what I am doing for myself now. I could see me in the future doing and living much as I had anticipated and hoped it would be. The one thing that I had not expected was the issue that I am now experiencing with my leg developing into a bigger problem in the future. I was informed by my future self to get that seen to now! And I will. <BR> This exercise was one that I intend to repeat when I can relax and spend more time on it. Too many interruptions ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:49:03 EST Change Is Good I have been making changes in my nutrition and fitness over these past few weeks and it is starting to pay off. I broke through my plateau yesterday and made even more progress today. <BR> What I am struggling with is enjoying the process ........We live in the country 45 minutes from the nearest fitness facility . That is where I would really enjoy myself . I love to swim and and the gym. I also enjoy taking group classes. So I am looking into a summer pass to see how a gym membership wo... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 18:40:26 EST Broadening My Horizons I have been thinking for some time that I need to widen my circle of friends and acquaintances.....get out more if you like. I tend to be a person that focuses on home and family but that really does not carry you through when you are older and end up alone. This is what has happened to some people that I know. I don't like what that looks like. <BR> So it is time to get out there in the world and meet new people and experience new things. Have an adventure. I shall start by looking up plac... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:17:09 EST Toxic Memories Like many people I am the adult child of an alcoholic. No one got out of our family without some scars. One of mine relates to being around drinking or drunks . I get mad. If it the drinker happens to be a person that I love, I lose it. <BR> This came to a head a year or so ago when I was to attend an event with a family member and their children. When I got there that person was too hung over to get up. My mind immediately played tapes of when this sort of thing happened to me as a child. ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:24:17 EST Big Deal I have officially entered the "no fly zone " in regards to my weight loss. This is a range where I have found in the past that the emotional aspects of taking off weight become involved. I am determined to break through this barrier and not be defeated by it as have been in the past. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:17:50 EST Family I have two issues to deal with and one of them relates to my own behavior towards a family member. One of my family is trying to lose weight as well but they are doing it in a destructive way (around 600 calories a day plus extreme exercising) . This is being noticed by the children who are wanting to copy the results that are obvious. I would estimate 20 lbs in a few weeks. The goal is to lose 25+ pounds in a few weeks using a Fitbit program. What concerns me is the role modelling and the ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:38:21 EST Free To Be Me I do not want to carry the weight of the past with me anymore. I do not need bury myself and my emotions. I can deal with that now. I do not want to hide anymore. <BR> I want to be free to be me. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 17:45:40 EST Life Lessons I guess I have learned that even the best laid plans don't always turn out as we thought they would. <BR> I planned on keeping up with the program while away and I did follow the basics but what I didn't allow for was not being able to stay in touch on line............ <BR> Now I am trying to catch up but I feel good about what I accomplished ! Sat, 25 May 2013 15:05:16 EST Getting Better Everyday The most noticeable improvements have been in my strength , attitude and size. I know that when I start out on my walks or attempt a new workout I feel strong physically and mentally. I know I can do it. I am also aware that my clothes no longer fit me. I needed to go shopping for pants that did not fall off me when I moved. That is a good feeling. So is the WOW that a friend said over and over when they saw me the other day. They couldn't believe the transformation! And I know that ... Sat, 18 May 2013 13:55:31 EST Expanding My Horizons They say that a change is as good as a rest and I think that the SparkCoach will be that for me. I needed a change in my routine to keep me from burning out or should I say spinning my wheels. I needed something else to "spark" me on. I feel better already after only a few days using SparkCoach. It has inspired me to expand my horizons of fitness and try new things like "blogging". I wonder what will be next? Sat, 4 May 2013 15:55:07 EST