STARSUB99's SparkPeople Blog STARSUB99's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 50 day Spark Streak! Wow! I passed 50 days and things are going so well for me. Glad I started before the holidays. <BR> <BR> Here's how things are going..... <BR> - I've eaten within my calorie range for 42 days <BR> - I've been drinking at least 6 glasses of water daily <BR> - Sleep has definitely been much better - have a sleep routine now and it works <BR> - pre planning meals most of the time - batch cooking and separating into individual servings <BR> - brought lunch to work at least 3 days per week <BR>... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:49:19 EST Under 1000 Spark Points to next level - YES I CAN! I am on day 52 of a streak of logging my food daily. Yes its been a great exercise - especially over the holidays - less blow outs while watching the nutrition tracker and using it to plan days when I knew I had an event to attend with family or friends. <BR> <BR> I noticed today that I have less than 1000 sparkpoints to my next level. Hmmmm... I try to get 25 points daily with articles and blogging and posting etc.... if I add exercise to the mix - I know I can earn enough points to get t... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 12:04:01 EST Jumped on the Fitness Train Today Well, I've been telling myself for a few weeks that it was time to jump back on the fitness train if I was going to bust this plateau of 9 weeks. Not much success - lots of excuses - got up early a few times and shifted down to coffee and my ereader....instead of a workout. <BR> <BR> But last week - low and behold - I got a request for an Accountability Buddy. And I jumped on it - responded YES!... And before we really even got started it worked for me this morning. <BR> Last night I res... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 11:14:28 EST A chili christmas Yes the weather outside is frightful....minus 30. Kids are coming for christmas eve to cottage and today is prep day. Making a slow cooker of chili this year..and I got lots of healthy snacks for munching on in the afternoon. Baking some of nonnas cookies for their treat. I have planned my food out and I am in a low stress place. Everything is ready for holidays. First time in my life. And its different but good. Going to do a leslie sansome walk for 2 miles before everyone wakes up. May you... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:40:00 EST Planning for Christmas at the Lake Well, I'm starting today. With a shopping list. And a menu plan. We are going to the lake Saturday through Tuesday. Some company coming our way. So I am planning the healthy options so that I can keep myself on track through the holidays. <BR> I've been hovering in the 225 - 226 zone for a month. I know it's just my body adjusting to this weight. I know and keep telling myself - stay on track! - the scale will move. And I know my pants are looser so even though the scale isnt' budging... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:47:14 EST the Salad Yesterday I went to a luncheon.... the side options for my meal were fries or tossed salad. <BR> I hesitated..... and then... I chose the tossed salad. <BR> <BR> Big Win for me - the French fry freak. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:39:25 EST 15 lbs down! this is a big thing for me. Total down this time around 15 lbs. 3 months I've been working at this. I weighed in this morning at 225lbs - which I haven't seen for more than 6 years. <BR> <BR> It's true what they say about when you go on and off healthy lifestyle - the pounds pack on even greater. I remember working my way down to 189 from a high of 203 some six years ago. Then I got busy being busy with work and stuff - and ate my way back up to a whopping 226... got some of that off for... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:05:19 EST First Christmas Party - Success!!!!!! I have 5 work and volunteer related parties to go to this season. Yesterday was the first one on the calendar. <BR> <BR> I had my plan - stay far away from the food buffet.... no more than 2 glasses of wine (in the daily plan) - then drink water and spend time chatting. <BR> <BR> I made it through 90 minutes of meet and greet. Had 1 glass of wine on arrival - stayed away from the food table. Had some water - then another glass of wine. Checked out the food on the snack table - sidew... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:34:06 EST The Weekend Approaches.... My big thing right now is to not blow all the work during the week over the weekend. <BR> this is my soft underbelly spot ... Hahahahaha... I have the structure over the week - but then its the weekend and all kinds of unexpected food and drinks come into my line of vision. <BR> It is so tough to stay on track. <BR> <BR> I did my grocery shopping for the weekend at lunch today. I focussed on getting food for the weekend and the ingredients to make 2 different breakfasts on the go. Still en... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:46:06 EST September to December It's been a tough time staying focused. Some good weeks,,,, some awful weeks. But overall I can say I've done okay. I'm down 14 lbs total. Was stuck at 232 for like 4 weeks... thought I was going to go insane....but I thought about what my dietician had said last spring. " if the numbers aren't moving - change something! Stop doing the same thing and expecting a different result" <BR> <BR> So I took a harder look at what I was doing in October - and realized - I wasn't eating my snacks ... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:20:30 EST Yes I can. This monday morning, before I got out of bed I took time to think about what went well this past week. Ate fresh and home made all week. One takeout luch from subway...healthy treat. Weekend was on track. I planned food..made soup...dinner party I had my planned plate. I didnt exercise yet.. working on controlling food. Drank my water daily. Stepped on the scale and I have dropped another pound. So pleased that I can movr the scale down with focus every day. I am proud of myself. I can do thi... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 07:55:55 EST Notes from my skinny self Niki my hairdresser has lost 40 lbs in ths past 6 months. She has inspired me to try again. As she was coloyring my hair on thursday night we got talking about how in our heads we are our lean strong young selves....but the image in the mirror doesnt match our thoughts. Over the past two days Ive been thinking.... - remember when you were skinny your world did not focus on - skinny me didnt do " the drive thru" for lunch -skinny me loves the gym and pool..she loads her workou... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 11:57:10 EST 19 day streak Well, its a great start. I've been tracking my food, and only 3 days I was over my calories for the day. Drinking the 8 cups of water a day has been very helpful too. I am feeling much better - not so draggy in the morning. <BR> <BR> I hold myself much more accountable when I am using the food tracker on Spark. I really think twice about those cookies that magically appeared in the coffee room at work. Do I really want 220 calories for that subway cookie????? Easier to say no when I hav... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 12:05:39 EST New Foods...trying them out My cholestrol is a bit high so Dr. Said try to lower with food choices first. So this morning I made baked blueberry banana oatmeal. Im not a fan of oatmeal. We grew up on lumpy cream of wheat...and as an adult I pretty much shunned hot cereals. Today I am converted. The baked oatmeal was really good. Drizzled a little maple syrup over top. Loved it. Thanks pinterest fir the recipe. Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:11:27 EST 12 days in this streak.... 12 days - I've stayed on track for food nutrition and calories except for last Saturday. <BR> I'm getting into the groove of planning my meals and snacks - and then actually eating what I planned. this is good practice for me because I tend to wander off track on the weekends. <BR> <BR> I had my annual physical yesterday ( I'm from Canada so no holiday for me!) - and my A1C is on track which is good as this is my first year with diabetes and working on balancing my food and watching my suga... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:51:09 EST Thanks to SOTEIRA75 - FOR THE aha MOMENT! Today I was scanning the community feed and saw SOTEIRA75's entry --- a pic of her scale at 220 - and a comment - " 21 pounds to Onederland" .... my first reaction was WOW ! Good for her - on her way to wonderland.... <BR> <BR> And then I kept scrolling and did a hard STOP ! a few posts later..... OMG! I'm weighing in at 228... that's under 30 pounds to Onederland.for me.... That's a totally different perspective for me than two months ago ""OMG - I have ballooned up to 240! How did this... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:09:08 EST My Pants are falling off!!!!!!!!!!!!` It's a good thing. It's a clear non scale victory. My pants are too big in the waist now. 12 lbs down and to my surprise some has come off my jelly belly. Time to go shopping for pants with belt loops. I plan to keep going and lose more of my 100 lb to lose goal. <BR> <BR> Now I feel accomplished. Now I'm motivated to keep tracking the food, drinking the water and getting going on some exercise. Woot Woot! <BR> <BR> <em>590</em> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:47:10 EST I did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 229 lbs Wow. I'm so happy with myself today. I am down a total of 11 lbs. Made it out of the stubborn 230's and I did a double take when I saw the 229 on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> I am motivated to stick with the plan now. I am finding that when I eat smaller meals throughout the day - I don't crave food after dinner - my bed time cravings are all but gone. <BR> I have been having ginger tea in the evening after dinner as my treat and that seems to put the evening munchies at bay. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:34:26 EST I gotta get going...again <img src=""> <BR> Struggling along. Saw my friend niki this week after 3 months. Total transformation. Shes been doing crossfit 5 x week. I was happy for her and sad for me. But it reminded me how i used to look when I was fit and looking after myself. I needed tjat visual. Things I can do... eat my scrambled eggs for breakfast. Pack my lunch. Drink my water. The community pool was closed for 4 months mechanical p... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:05:23 EST Let's do this again.... So end of August we found out we were under a total reorganization at work. Total stress out. <BR> I didn't get either of the new options I applied for and was very sad and angry. The good of this all is I am staying at the same location which is good for me - close to home and in a community I love. <BR> <BR> To say the least I was sidetracked with my weight loss and exercise plans. The good news is I stepped on the scale today and I am only up 3 pounds. Amazing. I was sure I was up at... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 12:35:34 EST REORGANIZING AT WORK AND AT HOME I found my dream job not quite 2 years ago - working at a local credit union as the Branch Manager. Love the vibe of the organization, built a great team. And now the organization is going through a major reorganization. All the Branch Manager jobs have been terminated. We now have to reapply for new opportunities based on the new org chart. <BR> <BR> Talk about stressful. They say we will all have a job when its done - but the uncertainty of which job and which location is not good. I... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:23:11 EST Walking Along a Better Path I've been watching and tracking my food for the last few months and glad to say I am down 12 lbs. Now it's time to get active again. <BR> <BR> Last night I went to bed an hour earlier than usual. No I didn't fall asleep right away - but soon I did and getting up at 5 am wasn't as much of a chore as I thought it might be. <BR> <BR> I got into my exercise wear, downed a glass of water and turned on the TV - loaded up a Leslie Sansone Walking video and off I went. 30 minutes and 2 miles lat... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:25:59 EST Lonely days....lonely nights I am on my own this week...hubby is on holidays out at the lake. I am missing him and the cats. It seems a bit too quiet at home. The good thing is that instead of sneaking chips and pop and eating junk food i made salad and roasted chicken for dinner. Also made a pot of ww cabbage soup for lunches. On my own and eating healthy. Proud of myself....big improvement. Evenings i find arent tough anymore. I havent been svarfing peanut butter from the jar at 10pm for weeks. The change is from eatin... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:09:44 EST tuesday's are good days i like Tuesdays. For me Tuesday is a no pressure day. I'm eating on track, drinking my water... had a protein smoothie for breakfast and I feel totally in control of myself. <BR> I am on my game this week. <BR> <BR> I weigh in on Friday's so keeping this positive momentum going early in the week is key to success. This week I'm adding my one new thing. Walking. Yes time to ramp up on the activity side of things. Time to lace up the sneakers and do a few kms. <BR> <BR> All I can say is... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:33:49 EST Happy Friday I am having a good week. I've planned my meals and stayed on track since Monday. <BR> This is good because I am working on being consistent. I have been drinking my water most days and the good thing is by planning my meals - I'm not hungry at night. <BR> <BR> I have convinced myself finally that eating breakfast is key to not eating my face off at night. <BR> <BR> I'm quite pleased with myself this week. The weekend is planned out too - with a few treats on Saturday so I won't feel depr... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:03:06 EST Planning is EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been 2 weeks since I started down another road to losing this extra 100 + pounds I have packed on over the last 10 years. I realized this weekend after a lot of thinking about the starts, stops, successes and failures that really truly - this will take at least 18 months if not two years so I need to be patient and I need to have a plan..... <BR> <BR> No drama this time. I'm going to be kind to myself and build on my good habits as I go along. <BR> Melissa the Dietician taught me las... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:25:41 EST Small things count This is probably the 279th time I've come back to getting back on the health and wellness wagon. And today I'm thinking that's okay. I'm back... I'm trying again... I am not giving up on me. <BR> <BR> At 55 post menopausal and issues with low thryroid and diabetes - I have packed on an extra 100+ lbs over the past 10 years. And I don't want to wake up 10 years from now and be the same or worse - even heavier. <BR> <BR> I have a new doctor and I have hope. Changing my medications around.... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:08:26 EST A little empathy goes a long way I've been struggling with the weight again. Struggling with staying on track with food. <BR> Struggling with getting off the couch to do some walking or swimming. <BR> <BR> I have felt like I keep trying but the scale isnt' moving. I know - it's about more than the numbers. Even so - I am old school. I want to see the numbers change when I put in a ton of effort. Or at least I want to feel a bit of give in the waist of my jeans. A little more room to move in my favorite tops...... <BR>... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 16:22:47 EST Depressed about diabetes type 2 diagnosis Oh my what have I done???? The proverbial piper has come calling - all this trying to lose weight on my own... next month... next season ... All the stops and starts. <BR> I finally went to the doctor end of last year - had my labs done and it turns out I have <BR> type 2 diabetes and low thyroid. <BR> <BR> I feel like a disaster is occurring in my body. NO more delusions about " it's not that bad" Who was I kidding? I'm under 5 feet and weighing in at 237. That's delusional thinking its... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:37:26 EST Getting in front of it. I thought I'd switch it up when I found a beginners Tabata Workout on pinterest. So this morning I got up at 6 am had some water and turned on the Roku.....You Tube... and off I went. Man was it hard. I got through the first 14 minutes and that was it for me. The cats were hovering by the phone trying to decide it they needed to call 911! LOL. <BR> <BR> I found another one while I ate my breakfast and had a coffee and a water.... it seemed more like a beginners pace so I will try that on... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 14:02:22 EST Back at it Started yesterday with a plan to get back on track. Prepared some meals....cleaned house.. cleaned out my fridge. Today I did my plan for morning.. Get up ! Feed the cats Water..drink water Leslie Sansone 1 mile walk Breakfast Shower 20 minutes of reading. Get dressed....get to work. So proud of myself. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:04:32 EST Go Figure - Get it back!!!!!! This healthy lifestyle living is hard to learn.... I went back over the past 8 weeks to see what the heck has been going on with me. Have you ever gone back to review what you put in your tracker??? this was my homework from Melissa the Dietician. <BR> <BR> Well - here's the shocker. I thought I was pretty good at keeping on track. Bah!!!!!!!!!!!! Sure I was plunking everything in the food and nutiriton log.... but when I looked deeper - <BR> - did I eat within Calorie range <BR> - did... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:07:47 EST What was I thinking????? Oh my. <BR> I was so on track yesterday. I had a meeting after work - and I planned to treat myself to a starter salad with a grilled chicken and a glass of red - I had it all planned out. And I was alone - which is not a biggie for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time alone - had my meal - had my wine and walked out with my head held high. <BR> <BR> Fast forward - doing volunteer work and my husband texts me " where are u?" at 8 pm. Duh - at the volunteer center...." we are waiting on you f... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:07:42 EST UPs and Downs Well I went for testing and my scores are back. My blood sugars are a little high - and my thyroid is a bit low. I take certain medications that put me at risk for metabolic syndrome. <BR> So I have a follow up with another physician to see what's what. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit scared - my dad has type 2 diabietes and I don't want to go there. I have been struggling with taking weight off for the past 5 years - and it's always so much effort to move the scale - I waffle between working out and... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:03:54 EST Getting on Board the Healthy Train Woo HOO 2017!!! <BR> <BR> I keep coming back. Yup - 5th year - it's not only at this time of year.... I fall off the healthy train ... get back on . a little bit smarter .. a little bit more grounded. this learning how to be healthy is a lot of work. <BR> <BR> At least I am now admitting I can't do it alone. I have the help of a dietician on my side now. Learning a lot from Melissa the Dietician. She is kind. She challenges me. She is in my corner. And every time we meet a learn ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 14:01:42 EST Sadness at Christmas. Having some issues the past few weeks with emothional eating. We had 3 unexpected deaths of friends in one week. Yes 3 in one week. I was reeling after the first one - my husbands oldest dearest friend since highschool died of an aggressive cancer. <BR> My dear friend out west - who has been challenged with health issues all her adult life - had her healthy husband die of a sudden heart attack. And then, my daughter in laws grandma passed suddenly. She was another dear woman with a hea... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:08:33 EST Weigh In Day - The Darn Scale actually moved for me this week!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Down 2 pounds. <BR> Woot Woot for me! <BR> <BR> Trying this Fat Buster system was an effort to get the scale moving again and it was successful. I must admit that I was going down the " I'm getting desperate" road with the scale going in the wrong direction and stalling and sputtering out... but really? I had the focus on the food but I wasn't exercising at all. <BR> <BR> I know that getting moving is key for this older body of... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:30:50 EST Day 4 - Fat burner Challenge today flew by - its end of work day - and you know what? I feel more alert - more awake than I have in a while. The toxins are leaving my body. I have that feeling that I am lighter... not so weighed down. Often in winter I feel like an overstuffed sausage getting into my coat - but not so much now. <BR> <BR> I feel good - had my smoothie for breakfast - drinking my water throughout the day. I had a carved turkey wrap from subway for lunch and it was delicious. <BR> <BR> Homemade wonto... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:06:56 EST Day 3 - Fat burner Challenge Well I must say - I'm feeling pretty darn good on this new plan. <BR> <BR> I added fresh spear mint leaves to my Fat Burner Smoothie last night and that made a big difference. The wheat grass smell was annoying to me - and the addition of the mint - freshened up the smoothie and now I know I can drink this concoction down morning and night. <BR> <BR> Went swimming at the community pool with my Fat Burning friend Marta last night. We had fun - did a moderate pace alternating legs only with... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:52:19 EST Day 3 - Fat burner Challenge Well I must say - I'm feeling pretty darn good on this new plan. <BR> <BR> I added fresh spear mint leaves to my Fat Burner Smoothie last night and that made a big difference. The wheat grass smell was annoying to me - and the addition of the mint - freshened up the smoothie and now I know I can drink this concoction down morning and night. <BR> <BR> Went swimming at the community pool with my Fat Burning friend Marta last night. We had fun - did a moderate pace alternating legs only with... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:51:15 EST Day 2 Fat Diminisher Diet Challenge Now - I'm not great at routine so this is a challenge for me. I have been making the super food smoothies and downing them. Not sure how I will get myself to day 30 - but I made it through Day 1 - so now it's just repeat - build the habit... <BR> <BR> Day 2 - I sure feel more awake with all this fresh food and stuff coursing through my veins. I am so desperate to get that scale moving and this belly fat out of the way - I will drink the smoothies and eat all fresh foods. I am just so tir... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:03:54 EST Day 1 - Blast the Fat! I am pumped! <BR> I can do this! <BR> I got up this morning drank my water.... while I made my Fat Blaster SuperFoods smoothie... sucked the smoothie back and smiled to myself. <BR> I can do this. <BR> I made myself a turkey and veggie wrap - 6 incher... with lettuce and cucumbers and tomatoes - wrapped it up and slid it into my purse. Added some fresh veggies, an apple and a handful of cashews for the afternoon if I get the mid afternoon munchies. <BR> <BR> Hubby is going to clear all the ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:49:32 EST 30 Days - Blast the Fat! some times this healthy living - working on losing weight can feel like a never ending battle. I get the healthy living side of it. But the translating it into weight loss has been a struggle for me. It goes down a few pounds then up a pound or two... it's being consistent that has been my biggest challenge. <BR> <BR> Now in comes my friend Marta. Also a curvy woman of European decent .... spending a little too much time eating comfort food and watching tv. Marta and I were laughing the... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:01:11 EST Church Food - A lesson in simplicity Yesterday I was invited to an all day working session with 90 other community members to talk about how we want to measure how our community is doing overall. It's called Vital Signs and other communities across Canada are also engaged in this activity. <BR> <BR> It was held in the meeting area of our local United Church. The lunch was set up and I got in line like everyone else ready to make my way down the spread with my plate in hand. <BR> <BR> I surveyed the choices. Church food. N... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 17:47:05 EST The Two Day Rule is now in Force! I was reading an article - 23 ways to improve your workouts...... <BR> I think number one for me is - do one. And somewhere in there was the " you can't outperform your fork" - in other words - no point working out if you are feeding yourself crap. <BR> <BR> I'm doing way better on the food side of the equation. I am working with a dietician. I am eating more balanced meals and snacks. I 'm not fooling myself on what is a portion anymore. I am tracking 100% of what's going in my body. A... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:35:36 EST Shattered Delusions - In my head I'm slim - in the mirror is another story.... Today is a reflecting to get past the frustration kind of day. <BR> I am feeling stuck. Stuck in this fat -overweight - out of shape - BMI Obese- body. <BR> How's that for adjectives? <BR> <BR> I have had this thing the last couple of years as my menopausal weight ballooned me up to wake up at 236 lbs on my 4foot 11 inch frame.... In my head I'm not fat. There it is. In my head - when I am living my day - I still see myself as a toned athletic 135lbs and 35 years of age. <BR> <BR> Realit... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:44:08 EST Freshing Up for Fall I met Melissa the Dietician last spring when I decided once again that I had to do something different if I wanted to be successful this time around. I have 100+ pounds to lose. <BR> <BR> I had some success in the first few months. And I'm not talking about pounds magically melting away. She was helping me learn how to feed myself properly. I never learned this growing up. As an adult I made some headway when I was on weight watchers and picking up info from magazines etc. But it nev... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:02:55 EST Tough to Stay on Track Today I'm having one of those days - you know - when you want to eat everything you can think of??? <BR> I had breakfast. I brought lunch. And of course it's been a busy day at work and when I stop to think... NO WATER!!!!!! - I haven't had any water since this morning.... <BR> Time to start sucking it back! <BR> <BR> It's funny how if I make the time to listen to myself - I find the answers. Thirsty not hungry. <BR> Oh well - another mystery solved. <BR> <BR> tonight I'm going to get my ha... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 16:10:55 EST Weekend Success Well... we finished installing the pine ceiling throughout our cottage this weekend. Another major project completed. <BR> And I survived the weekend staying within my calorie range each day. It was a struggle I admit to stick to one cocktail a day when many around me were having beer breaks - I was chugging water with lemon. I must admit I miss a cold beer on a hot day. But really? It's not that big of a deal. NO one noticed I was chugging water. No one commented. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 11:10:31 EST Melissa My Dietician How much can I say about how much I love Melissa? <BR> I have been off the rails from my quest to lose weight and shape up for most of the summer. I cancelled appointments with Melissa. I didn't go to the pool. I didn't drink enough water.... and the slide was all consuming. <BR> <BR> Last week I got an email from Melissa. " Just checking in. Would enjoy hearing how your summer is going..." I felt guilty. Then I remembered how much better I was doing when I showed up for our appointme... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:35:48 EST