STITCHINGNAN's SparkPeople Blog STITCHINGNAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Help alphabet , part two I hadn't looked at my blog entitled ." it sneaked up on me " someone commented on it today which made me re read it, The writer said I was an inspiration , who, me? It inspired me to do the next part of the "alphabet of help" <BR> <BR> D ,= Diary , I did find writing down daily what I ate helped me. Now it's not so much what I ate exactly but how I felt and what made me put that chunk of cheese in my mouth when I didn't need it! <BR> <BR> E. =. Extras , yes the extra chuck of chee... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 02:25:06 EST It sneaked upon me! What did! A year of maintaining weight! <BR> I had no idea until I started to receive many congratulation messages via sparks members. What! How did that happen.! I really had not noticed a year had gone by. I have kept within .3 lbs of what I was a year ago. <BR> It's habit now to eat how i like to eat, and exercise most days. <BR> But I am being asked to say more on it to encourage others. <BR> I am working on an alphabet of words and phrases that helped me. <BR> <BR> A. Acceptanc... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 09:39:20 EST Be Prepared It's the mottos of the scouts movement , it's mine now. <BR> Being prepared is a big part of my efforts to lose a few pounds. <BR> Last night I was going to a quiz with wine and nibbles included. <BR> The very word nibbles immediately means calories and fats to me. For my contribution to the nibbles display I added a bowl of grapes. When it was nibble time I just took a few of my own grapes. I had eaten before I went so I didn't need anything extra. I wasn't going to take wine but... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 05:35:26 EST Change a four letter word I am in a challenge and one requirement is write a blog . I am not a prolific blogger but gave it some thought on the topic of what's gone wrong with my diets and plans in the past? <BR> I have succeeded several times only to regain most of the weight lost. <BR> . But recently I had kept about 35 lbs off for some time but could get no further. <BR> Why? I ask myself ! know what to do, why don't I just do it? <BR> I do not usually join in challenges? Why? I worked it out it is lack ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:18:57 EST I am glad I am a woman ! I feel I have been neglecting both team and personal mail lately. I am doing an update now on a blog. <BR> It's a follow up really to my previous blog when I told you my husband had been diagnosed with dementia. 3 months on we went to see the mental health consultant yesterday for a review. He admits there is no cure but medication can help slow the symptoms down. We had a good chat and I told him we work together and rely on each other in different ways. My husband agreed. <BR> So I was... Fri, 24 May 2013 09:48:43 EST A diagnosis plus praise. As some of you know I was waiting for a diagnosis on my husband, we received it yesterday . Much as I expected he is in the early stages of dementia. He took it better than I thought he would. I can't say too much of it yet as we are still coming to terms with it and finding out more. We are both positive. <BR> The doctor who told us this asked questions of our life style my husbands weight and so on. He commented that M was in the normal weight range and generally in good physical health. ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:32:26 EST Can you live with it! Any title of articles with " diet" in has be interested instantly ! Maybe there's a new diet now that works wonders? That's wishful thinking of course, but often there is some advice in an article that is useful. <BR> I read one on wheat, maybe if I cut all wheat from my diet I would lose weight! But following it was an article saying wheat is ok..? <BR> So what's a girl to do? When I first started on the lose weight trail it was cut out bread and potatoes. Now we are told its ok to eat t... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:16:48 EST GOATS In a previous blog I admitted to being a good starter but a poor finisher. <BR> I am making yet another good start , telling myself to Get My Act Together! <BR> I assume that is from the days of variety shows on stage. I need to get my act together again in most aspects of my day to day living. Life us not all diet and exercises. <BR> I am a good list maker, so my first stage must be list all the things I need or want to start or improve or finish! Then try to achieve one at a time. Some... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 04:21:37 EST When you reach your target! I expect most of us think at times we will never reach the magic number of our dreams. Believe ,you will do. <BR> There is no yellow brick road to follow ,unless you design your own and maybe buy red shoes,if they help you travel your own road. <BR> I am at my target though I find that hard to believe. <BR> Maintaining it is the next step. I am learning that arriving at what ever <BR> number you feel is right for you, is not a licence to go back to the ways that set us off to th... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 09:10:10 EST Who me? Never! In the past few days I have been told something I found incredible ! What!? <BR> My grand daughter told me she was renaming me SLIlM Nan,! Who me? Never. <BR> A couple of days later the Podiatrist told me he was glad I was SLIIM so not to put too much pressure on my weak ankle! <BR> Slim. Who ? Me .?Never, <BR> The doctor was prescribing sleeping pills for me was telling me she would prescribe the lower dose in view of me bing nice and slim! Yet again the Slim word to describe me,, <BR> t... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:11:36 EST To challenge or not. Most teams have challenges, I have been a participant in many, but for me they are not a priority. If its a challenge to lose weight I then feel I am a failure if my scales do not show a loss. Other challenges are time consuming. <BR> I try to be a good team member, I huddle I join in chats and games,questions and so on. <BR> I co lead 2 teams so I do know how difficult it can be to find interesting topics and things to keep members interested. If having a contest work for you I m happy for... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 12:07:55 EST The answer is... I had a spa day recently with treatments which I enjoyed. During a facial and massage. I said I had a dry skin? The answer was "Drink more water." <BR> At a manicure I asked about my brittle nails, the answer was "drink more water!". <BR> I had make up done, where I mentioned bags under my eyes .Yes you guessed it. <BR> "Drink more water." <BR> I thought I do drink a lot of water. <BR> But I hadn't actually measured what I consumed. <BR> I am doing so now. I use a pretty tall poppy dec... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:07:22 EST Learning to say NO but... I do feel overwhelmed at times as I try to do so many things and be all things to all people. I am looking at it now that it is ok to say No. <BR> Is it selfishness? No it's self preservation. There is a limit to my time and energy. <BR> I was asked to help serve on a charity sale. I found myself saying Sorry NO. but I will contribute towards it <BR> Asked would I join a new team on Sparks. I answered sorry I cant, but I am happy to be her friend and wished her team good luck. <BR> Ag... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:29:18 EST A prize for Eating Fruit and Veg I was suprised today to have find I had won a Sparks Goodie prize awarded by the team <BR> Every Day Is A Fresh Start - Make It A Positive One. <BR> Surely thats some thing we all strive to achieve? <BR> There was a competition for a month "Eat a varied a selection of fruit and vegtables each day. Then make a word up from the initial letter of each item". <BR> It sounded easy . We soon discovered theres not many fruit or vegetables starting with a vowel. I ate a lot of apples over the mo... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 07:57:34 EST I am cute, are you? I was told by a Sparks friend she thinks I am cute.This surprised me. Cute to me is something small and cuddly, a small child? Or has it a wider meaning? I think its good to be cute? Is it flattering to be so named? <BR> What would I like to be called? Inspiring? Motivating? Special? Fantastic? Yes all of those and more. What would you like to be called? <BR> I grew up with a dreadful inferior complex. In my family no one ever got praised or told they had done something good. So I assumed I... Wed, 30 May 2012 07:21:50 EST When the Time is right I was replying to a team mail today about keeping record of our weight and general life style plan I replied I had mine on various bits of paper. <BR> One Day I will get around to putting it all together. There are 2 phrases there I and others use a lot, ONE day. When is that One Day going to come along? Will tomorrow be any different to today? Next week maybe? Next Year? Sometime? never? <BR> Getting round to it" there is another common phrase. Just what do I have to go round something to g... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:33:24 EST Fitness friends I do not go to Gyms or do any organised exercise but I do my own work out plan at home always to music. It does help to move to diffent types of music. <BR> One day this week I had Tom Jones sing to me in the bedroom, Then I wanted variety so I got James Last to join me. It was a bit of a squeeze to fit him and his orchestra in my small bedroom, but we managed. I did bends and stretches to his 1960s/70s music. <BR> Another day it my be Johnny Cash or Art Garfuncle. It is almost always m... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:30:20 EST I Am A Good Starter Maybe its enthusiam, as I love to start a new book, or a new project on. The temporary enthusiasm somtimes fades, so around my home there are several books with book marks in. I have quite a few UFOs which in sewing terms are unfinshed objects. I start a task then leave it half done while I move onto something else. <BR> I start many diets too always convinced this one will do it. It doesn't of course so I start a new one. <BR> All is not lost, knowing my own weakness is a good start. I jus... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:50:15 EST Do You Read BLOGS? If you opened my blog I know you do! <BR> What made you open it? The tItle? or do you always read blogs? <BR> I am doing a blog about blogs as some people tell me they dont read them. <BR> Saying anything that is to be said should go in team mail. I do see their point of view. <BR> But I am in several teams with different age groups and points of view. <BR> Team mail is just for team members .Blogs are to eveyone to read or ignore as they wish. I have had comments and advice too from Spa... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 07:03:13 EST Accept or Change? The title of this blog is my choice now. I have lost about 40 lbs VERY slowly. Now I have a few more pounds to go which are proving to be reluctant to leave me. <BR> So can I accept myself as I am ? <BR> I do eat very healthily, low fat, I seldom go over my calorie allowance. I do what exercise I can. I know this way of life is permanent for me . <BR> I have not ate processed food, sweet stuff and so on for years. There's no one big change I can make to get things moving again. <BR> So ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 04:49:50 EST Color Matters Being English I wouldn't usually spell Colour like that title. But it is the name of a web site on how colour can help in a diet! <BR> I had read that eating off a blue plate makes us eat less! Intrigued by that idea I investigated more about colours that may help us loss weight <BR> Blue isn't often seen in nature or natural foods (Yes I know blue berries!) But for generations blue in food was seen as a warning sign. <BR> Look in a supermarket, there are very few cans and packets with b... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 06:33:41 EST To See Ourselves As Others See Us. RecentIy had a passport photograph taken. Of course I had the usual reactions <BR> <BR> 1st That is terrible. <BR> <BR> 2nd I look so old. <BR> <BR> 3rd ( after a pause) My face looks thinner. <BR> <BR> I have always had a round face. Now I can see the bone structure. <BR> Yes its still an old face I cant do anything about that. But its a thin face! <BR> How long has it looked like that? Why didn't I see it before now? Mainly because I don't look in the mirror very much... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 05:31:59 EST My day didnt go to Plan After a couple of busy days I was hoping for a catch up day today on things I needed or wanted to do. I am a list person so I made my list. <BR> It started well I did 15 minutes exercise early. <BR> I made a healthy breakfast, I planned my meals for the day. I updated my food diary. Of course I logged on Sparks and did some huddles and team chats. <BR> That is a few items I can cross off my list, whats next? <BR> Ah the phone is ringing. That was my ddil to ask how are we and would we like t... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 07:33:59 EST On Being a Team Leader I am a very new inexperienced co leader of a team "Don't Let The Scale Rule your Life" <BR> I hesitated before agreeing to be a co leader as I Do let the scale rule my own life . Should leaders be setting an example ? A shining light for others? <BR> Maybe not? We are all struggling to reach some gaol within ourselves. <BR> I did accept the co leadership thinking I can learn from the team and we can support each other. Now is there a team available for anyone feeling inadequate?? <BR> Irene Sun, 7 Aug 2011 03:05:01 EST Looking back At the start of the month I set myself a few targets. <BR> Now on the last day I am reviewing what targets I reached.?Very few really. Maybe I was unrealistic in setting myself such a challenging weight target? <BR> I also had other personal aims which I didn't achieve. Why didnt I make it I ask myself? <BR> Lost of reasons/excuses.? <BR> In the past month there were a lot of family things going on. <BR> My best friends husband has a serious illness so I talk or E mail my friend every da... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:24:48 EST Being kind to myself. I think I am a kind person,I always take care not to upset others. l am considerate of their feelings. But now I am having to look at it differently. <BR> I am an IBS sufferer. It has become worse lately with a long list of trigger foods that can start off a bout. Not always but generally I try to avoid those items. <BR> When I visit friends, family or eat out at all my choice is limited. I have been eating what is prepared for me then regretting it later. I lose 2 days of my life now with... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:30:26 EST Are You a Loner or a Joiner? My son commented how his Dad and I work as a team. Yes this is is true, it's the only way a good relationship can survive. <BR> My son knows this himself. His wife walked out leaving him with 3 children. He got the children together pointing out he had to go out to work ,but he wanted them to be a team. Work together look after them selves and each other. That team has worked so well. <BR> It made me reflect on team work. How many teams are in my life? I do consider myself to be very self suf... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 04:27:51 EST Uninvited guests Several years ago several uninvited guests moved in with me So quiet and secretly, at first they went unnoticed. They went everywhere with me, even sleeping in my bed. After a while I thought these guests have to go. I didn't want them or invite them into my life. But they were so determined to hang around me. <BR> I am sure you have worked out these guests are extra pounds in weight. <BR> I joined a Fight the Flab club. But the Flab fought back! I joined Weight Watchers. Yes I watched the w... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:56:48 EST I CAN MAKE YOU THIN What an eye catching title. I thought so when I saw a book advertised with that title. Yes of course I bought it. <BR> What is in is basic rules which we all know already <BR> Only Eat only when you are hungry. <BR> Eat what you want. <BR> Eat slowly <BR> Stop when you have had enough food <BR> I felt a bit let down at first, where's the miracle diet? <BR> There isn't one, neither is there a magic wand to wave. <BR> Sorry if the title misled you <BR> That book joined the rest of my c... Sun, 15 May 2011 04:33:09 EST Do ears lose weight? I love ear rings but do struggle to find the holes in my ears, which are rather fleshy. I was wondering today if I lost more weight would my ears go slimmer? <BR> A friend told me her toes went slimmer so why not ears? its an encouraging if sllly thought. Ree <em>46</em> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:40:03 EST Every day matters We have our house for sale now so each day I tell myself some would-be buyers may call in today so I keep the house tidy and clean. No buyers been yet but I have a tidy house. <BR> I am taking this one step further.Telling myself each day is weigh in day. On a weekly weigh in. I am anxious to see what the scales show. Then I relax a little afterwards thinking I have a week to the next weigh in! <BR> In my mind now EVERY day is weigh in day so Iam more careful what I eat or do. I will let yo... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 09:32:06 EST How others see us A friends gave me two sweaters she didnt want and was sure I would like them. Yes I did but theywere large size. Is that how she sees me I wondered? Well maybe I am large and had been kidding myself I wasnt now. It did nothing for my self esteem. I did wear them, seperately not two together! Then caught sight of myself in a mirror and asked WHY am I wearing a sweater several sizes too big ?It just hung on me. I took it off instantly, and added the other one as a pair to give to charity. They... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:25:52 EST Waving the flag Often we do are told that getting to our goal is a journey But that term is overused now so its not always appropriate. <BR> I am looking at my own efforts to lose weight and get fit as a war. All wars are made up of planning , moving into positions, battles and skirmishes .Some time there is forward movement .Other times there is standstill while tactics are reviewed and maybe changed. Then move forward again with a positive attitude Occasionally there are retreats. But seldom is... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 03:10:25 EST January starts on the 10th I had great hopes for a new me with everything to commence on 1st January. It didn't go to plan for several reasons, illness, family events and much more. So I am writing off the first week of the month. I am saying New Year starts on 10th January this year for me. Happy New Year to you all. Ree in UK <em>249</em> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:54:54 EST Listen and Learn DH and I just waved off 2 adult sons who came to stay for a weekend. It was a very relaxing time but only late last night did we learn a few things. Yes we knew what one son did for a job of course we did! Didn't we? I started to ask question about his work, l was amazed at just what was involved in how he earns a living . I said I have enjoyed hearing all about that. His reply was he didn't think we'd want to know the details? <BR> He also told us that his brother had big concerns over H... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 07:12:58 EST The P's in my LIfe What an important letter P is. <BR> There is PLANNING. I do a lot of that. <BR> Along with PREPARATION. I need to prepare food in advance so there's no last minute <BR> what can I eat times. <BR> There's PERSEVERANCE. I certainly need that when PROGRESS is so slow. <BR> Then I need PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE. <BR> My PALS on Sparks PEOPLE help me to cope. <BR> Eventually there will be PLEASURE when I reach my target. <BR> So I say thanks to P's and ask PLEASE carr... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 06:03:55 EST Can I ever stop? I have tried to lose weight most of my life, with some success. I am about 10lbs over weight now. It didnt just happen! There is no magic wand to wave. Nothing worth while comes easy I have to work at it and still do. <BR> But I am now 78 years old, I am asking myself must I work at losing weight all my life? Can I ever relax, eat what I would like to eat ? Or have a lazy day ignoring my exercise routine? I think I know the answer deep down.What do you say? Ree <em>38</em> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:55:27 EST Is she mad? Its my daughter in laws birthday today. I sent greetings and asked were they celebrating her birthday? They live in Switzerland . Iwas told my ds offred her a choice of a weekend shopping in New York or a weekend painting their little girls room. <BR> She chose the later? What would you choose? As I ask is she mad? Ree <em>40</em> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 05:37:21 EST Sparks taking over. I joined Sparks after seeing an ad in a health magazine .I had not realized just how wide spread SP is. <BR> It took time to find my way round the site. I still don't know it all. One big part of my life now are SP teams. I switch computer on first thing every day. I have to see who's commented and what's new in teams. As I live in UK often there's a lot of over night mail come in. <BR> I am so thankful for SP. I have learnt a lot but for me its the friendship aspect that's most important ... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 07:50:30 EST Excuses I am full of excuses. How many from my list sound familiar to you ? <BR> <BR> Diets don't work for me. <BR> <BR> These scales must be wrong. <BR> <BR> I am too tired/unwell today to exercise. <BR> <BR> I am sure they are making clothes with less material in now. <BR> <BR> One of anything dosn't matter. <BR> <BR> If no one sees you eat it that is ok. <BR> <BR> There are many more we can all add. <BR> <BR> I am tellling myself now STOP making these excuses. We have to accept res... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 07:14:09 EST Moving the Goal Posts My target was 10lbs by the end of 2010. Not much left of the year but the same stubborn 10 lbs still with me. There are no fixed rules in this game .It's not football. I can move the goal pots if I want. <BR> Cheating? Maybe but also encouragement to me. I have a special event next May so that's where the goal is now. Surely with some extra effort I can make that. It's only for my own self esteem and satisfaction, everyone tells me I look ok as I am. I want more than Ok I want Fantastic. Wish... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 06:11:01 EST Beware Last night I was attacked without warning by a bar of chocolate. It just came out of the blue and was there in my hand looking up at me calling out Eat Me. Before I had time to react I had been overcome by half of it .Then I gathered up my resources and strength and said NO you won't beat me this evening and I flung it from me. It maybe chocolate season so I am warning you all to beware of it and have quick reactions if one should leap onto your hand. Ree <em>493</em> Sun, 10 Oct 2010 04:23:57 EST There is more then one option Recently we met with family members at a restaurant of their choice. Not one I would have chosen as it is an eat all you like for a low price. I sat talking for a while, I couldn't help noticing the HUGE plates of food people were carrying back from the servery. On man had a veritable mountain on his plate. I thought No wonder you have a huge belly you deserve it. <BR> I took a safe option pleading lack of mobility I couldn't stand at the cavery so can I order a salad please with turkey and ... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 04:40:41 EST Finding the right Team When I first joined Sparks I was bewildered by the many teams there. Which to chose? Which is right for me? There are the obvious ones, age groups, hobbies, home towns and so on. It takes time to find which ones you use the most. I didn't want ones that had a negative effect on me. Such as" I lead a dreadful life team" Where everyone in the same situation can all moan together! Sorry if there is such a team ,I made that up! I am sure some members want a team where they all feel alike. I fi... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 05:48:08 EST Life Is Full Of Choices At a Starbucks cafe. I went to order a drink. <BR> One coffee please <BR> What type coffee? A list of available coffees then recited to me. <BR> Oh just a standard black coffee please. <BR> What size? <BR> Small. <BR> Do you want a shot in it? <BR> What's a shot? <BR> Again a list of available shots offered to me. <BR> No thanks just a plain simple black coffee <BR> Have you a Starbucks cards? <BR> No. Do I need one? <BR> No. but you get a stanp every time and can have a free coffee when... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 09:43:46 EST Is it being selfish? Most of us lead full lives with jobs family and other commitments. I find it hard to have ME time. Family come first with most of us. But I have been reflecting on this in an extra busy time in my own life. It's easy to say I don't have time to do things for myself. We should MAKE time We don't have to eat the same meals that the family members want. It doesn't take that long to do extra vegetables or something more healthy for our own plates. Exercise time should be a priority too. It's n... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 09:32:35 EST I am not on a diet. For most of my adult life I have been "on a diet" I think I was on every one known to man and l lot more unknown ones. I joined clubs which involved spending a lot pf money with them. Any book or magazine with the magic word DIET in the title I would buy. Maybe this diet was the magic one for me.. Some did work but all the time it was Can't eat This or must do that/ So many restrictions. <BR> Where was choice and free will? I could write a book on diets. <BR> Now I do realize it's not s... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 07:09:41 EST Its either ILLEGAL, IMMORAL, or makes you FAT We are familiar with that phrase and know how true it is. I can now add another section to it. <BR> I do love chocolate but of course being a healthy eater I limit my consumption. I was given a small section of chocolate last night. I savoured it taking tiny nibbles and enjoying every crumb as a rare treat. Then I had a dreadful sneezing attack. it went on and on, my eyes and nose were running. I felt worn out.. It could only have been the chocolate. Why? I have always been able to eat choco... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 04:54:10 EST