SUNNYBEACHGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNNYBEACHGIRL SUNNYBEACHGIRL'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/ How come Grandma's potato salad is not on the list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736855 I love the MidLife Boulevard blog site <BR> http://midlifeboulevard.com/ <link>midlifeboulevard.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> The writers address a lot of different important, serious, fun and sometimes just interesting topics. This week Ellen Dolgen writes -- Does Eating Like a Man Make You Fat?-- She is reviewing a book by author Staness Jonekos -- Eat Like a Woman--. What made me want to share is the number of recent posts about regaining, and about the dreaded belly fat which does not... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:27:36 EST Pacific Northwest in June the rest of the story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734755 We started our vacation on Whidbey Island, just outside of Seattle. It is a very rural and lovely landscape with spectacular view of snowcapped mountains, including Mt. Baker. We stayed in a very nice B&B in Coupeville. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792337599.jpg"> <BR> Picture of B&B <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749785746.jpg"> <BR> Whidbey Island View of Sound <BR> <BR> Then we took the ferry to Port Townsend and drove to Poulsbo wh... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:11:21 EST Pacific Northwest in June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729293 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1720231955.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1381135011.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389522770.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In addition to glorious scenery there are fresh berries, fruits, handmade cheese, great fresh seafood and lovely wine. <BR> <BR> Just a beautiful place Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:18:15 EST My relationship with the dreaded Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707148 Last blog in this series and I end with THE DREADED SCALE. <BR> <BR> Personally I need to weigh myself every day to make sure I am staying in a range. Even if I am not tracking anything else, I write down my weight each morning. I mark it on a graph so I can see if I am up, down or the same. On the 12 day vacation this Spring there was no access to a scale, I gained 3 pounds. Last summer I took my scale with me (yes I actually packed it!) and I managed to hold steady. There is somethi... Fri, 30 May 2014 23:06:03 EST Do I have to exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706206 I look in the mirror every day and tell myself that maintaining keeps me healthy and drifting is not an option. Getting out and moving each day is important but sometimes I slack off. <BR> <BR> Before going on vacation in April, I would try to evaluate my schedule for the next day and commit to exercise minutes. But getting ready for vacation, being on vacation and then recovering from vacation has disrupted my commitment. The other problem is the physical therapy that I have been doing 3... Thu, 29 May 2014 17:42:46 EST Posting is part of the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705596 <BR> Maintenance is an ongoing challenge. I look in the mirror every day and tell myself that maintaining keeps me healthy and drifting is not an option. The last few times I got to goal weight I managed to maintain for a while but I realize that I need ongoing support to keep it off not just to lose. <BR> <BR> I post in SP every day. Sometimes it is just a line to say hello. Most days I post in the Maintenance team about how my food choices and exercise are going for the day. I may not ha... Wed, 28 May 2014 22:49:31 EST Making healthy food choices is not always easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704477 In my last blog several months ago I listed what I do to help my maintenance program. I am reviewing each one this week. <BR> <BR> Maintenance is an ongoing challenge. Every day brings some opportunity to make a healthy food choice. I looked in the mirror today and told myself that maintaining keeps me healthy and drifting is not an option. And that food will not solve any problems that I am facing today. <BR> <BR> However sometimes I make the less healthy choice. I might choose a high c... Tue, 27 May 2014 14:52:33 EST Thoughts on my maintenance journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655794 Maintenance is its own every day journey. After working at losing 35 pounds it is easy to drift into making too many food choices that lead to weight gain. It is not that one time party I went to but the small choices I make every day that lead me to over eating foods that add numbers to the scale. <BR> <BR> I read through some of the food choice problems other people write about and I think that I am glad not to have problems with things like soda or potato chips. I feel pleased with myse... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:26:13 EST Managing weight loss after 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630326 I have read through a lot of SP articles, blog and team/message posts and it is clear that the same rules for weight loss apply whether you're 30 or 60 -- reduce your calorie intake and increase your activity level. But in looking at the problem of my repeated weight gains between 50 and 60 it is clear that my body was different in my 50+ years than it was when I was younger. In reading about the Over- 50 woman, I found that as you age, your metabolism SLOWS-- by up to 10 percent per decade a... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:00:17 EST HOLIDAY CHALLENGE TO MAINTAIN COMPLETED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583189 Well I made it through the Holiday Season started at 156.5 and ended at my goal weight of 154. <BR> <BR> The main lesson I learned as I watched my self each day during the November-December season was that I AM GOING TO OVER EAT HIGH CALORIE FOODS. <BR> <BR> What helped me to keep from ending up gaining 5-10 pounds were: <BR> <BR> Made people who stayed with us responsible for their own meals rather than fixing food for everyone at every meal. Lots of choices in the pantry and refrigerat... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:02:32 EST What is your word for the year 2014? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578821 I have been thinking that New Year’s Resolutions are not always successful or easy to keep. I wanted some way to focus my efforts for change this year but in a different way than a static list. ANGELCITYGAL mentioned that Oriah Mountain Dreamer (http://www.oriahsinvitation.blogspot.com/<BR>) on her Facebook page recommended this week that her readers pick one word as a kind of theme or grounding point for the New Year. She also advised that it not be one of the "big" words like love, p... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 00:17:55 EST Holiday challenge is still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564317 I am holding to my goal weight but there are challenges coming. Several parties and events in the next week and then Christmas. <BR> <BR> Christmas baking and cookies has been a part of my holiday fun. But this year I have put the recipe box away and just living vicariously through the baking marathons of others. It is amazing what you can find on Pinterest Do I miss the fudge and the Mexican wedding cakes? YES!!! But the best advice I read on a SP blog is that your body does NOT know ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:36:38 EST Holiday Challenge Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559160 Well I made it through the Thanksgiving weekend. Some of the family stayed through Friday and the rest left on Sunday. I spent Monday in bed. One change I made was not to fix food for anyone on Friday or Saturday. They were responsible for going out or eating what was in the refrigerator. This made it easier for me because I could concentrate on myself and be less tempted by the leftovers. <BR> <BR> I put some of the leftover turkey into small portions and put it in the freezer. I also... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:38:46 EST So You Have Decided To Go GLUTEN FREE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558422 So you have decided to go GLUTEN FREE. Are you prepared to never go out to eat for Italian, Chinese, Thai, Hamburgers, Diners, Breakfast, Mexican, Pizza, Sandwiches, Seafood, Steakhouses, Buffets, Delis, Fast food, Hot Dogs, Bakeries, Donuts, and Vegetarian? All these restaurants are suspect unless they state that they have gluten free items. If you live in New York City the number of restaurants available is huge, but most other places have very limited choices if any at all. Think Paris... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 13:53:48 EST Holiday Challenge and Still Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547178 In Week Two of my Holiday Challenge my weight went back to 154.5 which is close to my goal weight of 154. For week Three it went down to 153.4. We are not in the holiday party phase yet and Thanksgiving is still a week away so I have been eating my normal pattern. <BR> <BR> I find it hard to deal with social situations that involve food and not over eat. So I am really trying to monitor my choices before Thanksgiving comes since I have time to plan for it. Dinner is at my house, so I h... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:32:05 EST Holiday challenge to Maintain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538409 Just had guest for the weekend and although we stayed in and prepared all the food, I had a hard time sticking to my regular portions. Something about socializing and getting together that just makes me want to munch. Did ok on the weight but I can see that the next weeks are going to present a challenge. <BR> <BR> I hit my maintenance weight in October of 154 and I am still working on how to maintain it. It has been up a little as I try to figure out how much to each so the social eating... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:01:23 EST Right now it seems like I need a new glass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535025 Thought for the day that I read in a blog "Instead of glass half-empty, I think this glass might be broken because it keeps dripping all over me." Right now it seems like I need a new glass. <BR> <BR> My life has always been busy, the oldest of 5 with a working mother, working my way through college, getting married, having a child and continuing to work, progressing through higher levels of responsible jobs while teaching college classes part time. <BR> <BR> Then after I retired, I thr... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 15:26:56 EST Some changes I would rather not have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530550 It has been a rough week, several people close to me are very ill. It makes me melancholy because life around me is changing and I am anxious about what it will look like. I have found myself hiding in the house and pulling back from being engaged with others. It is easier to fold up rather than add more opportunity for pain. I am involved with those close to me and will be as strong as possible to help their families through the difficult times ahead. But the effect on my life and the e... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 00:55:04 EST Small changes make a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516269 I was thinking about the last time I got off track with my food choices. What caused me to get derailed from my good intentions? One of the problems was not eating enough protein at meals and then the Munchies Devil would attack and I would eat anything that was available. So I make sure that I have egg whites at breakfast, keep lean cooked turkey in the freezer for snack, and have kidney bean salad with my lunch. This really helps when the munchies attack, I am better able to pick better p... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:51:02 EST What do you mean I can’t eat it all After-I-Finally-Get-To-Goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510945 First thanks to everyone who liked my blog and made it a Featured Blog Post and thank you for voting me a Motivator. It really does mean a lot when someone posts a comment and shares their story. Thank you. <BR> <BR> In my continuing process to figure out how to keep myself healthy and at a good weight, I realized that the After-You-Get-To-Goal is just the beginning of another phase. As I thought through this I have spent some time “getting in touch with my feelings.” How many times have... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:03:32 EST Maintenance at 60 is a different game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489797 What started me looking at the problem of age and persistent belly-fat was that I had targeted 157 as a good goal weight. The last time I was there I looked pretty good and fit into a size 12. Well I made it!!!! And I do fit into a Size 12 but there is a lot of belly fat hanging around which wasn’t there the last time. <BR> <BR> On one Message board someone posted “Cardio, strength training, and eating well have gotten rid of most of my belly fat. AT BMI 25 I had a lot of belly fat. At BM... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:48:58 EST Staying on a different course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476700 I just couldn't believe it when the scale number hit my designated goal weight. It was really anticlimactic, the number on the scale just came up and no fireworks or balloons appeared. But I am now struggling with how to keep the number on the scale within a 2 pound range. I am still tracking, and I get myself going out for the long walks but I wasn't sure where I was going Then I read GETFIT2LIVE <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=54621... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:20:54 EST Oh those cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458490 I have gotten to a weight that I plan to stay at for a little while and have increased my exercise minutes. These cravings come over me like wanting a big fat cinnamon roll. Or the need to go out and find some lasagna to have as a snack. I have increased the amount of carbs I am eating because that seems to be what I am craving. So now I have planned more potatoes, pasta, rice and bread into my day. That seems to help, along with a little more protein. Trying to redirect those cravings ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 23:11:32 EST And the journey continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457052 Five years ago was the last time I saw any number below 160 on the scale. It has been reading 156.5 – 157 during the past week. 157 has been my goal weight and here it is. I should be ecstatic, bursting with pride, or at least doing a happy dance. Instead I went out to lunch and ate a fattening entrée, the whole thing, disregarding the high calorie count. Then a coffee get together at my house with a few of my friends in the neighborhood was an excuse to buy a large package of mini-scon... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:29:37 EST Calories sneaking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449441 There are foods that I do not eat because they cause me physical pain, such as thick steaks and cheesecakes. It is easy not to choose them under any circumstances because I suffer the next day. I believe that they are too high in saturated fats for me. Then there are foods I love and have a hard time doing any portion control such as pasta, brownies, chocolate or cookies. <BR> <BR> In any form --cold, hot, red sauce, white sauce, no sauce, with vegetables, with meat—pasta is my favori... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 00:05:07 EST Three down in Phase 1 and One to go in Phase 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445899 RESULTS <BR> <BR> On July 14 my weight was at 161. <BR> <BR> July 21 was the Start of 2 week FOCUS: <BR> Goal was to lose 4 pounds to get to 157. <BR> <BR> Weight results are: <BR> July 21 160.5 <BR> July 28 159 <BR> Aug 5 157.5 <BR> <BR> Lost 3 pounds over the two weeks <BR> <BR> <BR> How it all worked: <BR> 1. To follow the Spark Meal Plans very closely. <BR> ACTUAL: The first week I ate every meal at home, but the second week I ate out 3 times and although I made good choices I ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 23:56:43 EST Still on the way down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442859 I am a couple of days away from my two weeks Spark Diet Focus. I may or may not reach this 4 pound goal but I will be close. But I plan to check my weight at the end of the two weeks and reset my goal. Maybe a little less ambitious. During this focused two weeks I have figured out some problems that were keeping my weight plateaued. A good summary of the issues is an article written by Nicole Nichols " 8 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight " <BR> <BR> When I read the article it really ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 00:23:48 EST 2 pounds gone, 2 to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437216 A week ago I made a commitment to lose 4 pounds in 2 weeks. Well I went from 160.5 to 158.5. YEAH!!!! So I will continue on my program. <BR> My major steps are <BR> 1. To follow the Spark Meal Plans very closely <BR> 2. Eat at the low end of my allowed amount of FATS each day <BR> 3. To stay within 1400 calories which is at the low end of my range <BR> 4. To do Spark Coach every day <BR> 5. To do a Fitness streak for 10 or more min each day <BR> 6. To earn at least 100 Spark Points each da... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:54:12 EST Realities of not keeping the weight off or Why am I weight cycling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436036 <BR> I am an over 50 (actually over 60) woman who has been weight cycling up and down for 15 years. Before that my weight was steady and I could actually eat one hamburger without gaining 5 pounds. This time I really wanted to commit to losing the 30 pounds (for the fourth time) for the last time. So I realistically looked at what has been causing me to gain weight and I have come up with a Constant Diet approach to eating. But it is mainly a listing of the foods I can’t ever eat again. ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:47:59 EST Questions to think about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430123 What are my real goals concerning weight loss this time. What is my motivation for working on weight loss and fitness? What do I hope to achieve after reaching my goals? I am thinking about these questions because I would like to re educate my choice making ability to choose healthy. Spending time thinking about these issues is important Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:30:30 EST Can I get the next 4 pound off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427779 So it is the summer time and I find it easier to lose weight when the sun is shining and it is easy to get outside. I am about 6 pounds away from a goal weight for this year. So I am going to hunker down and work on exercise and eating correctly for the next 14 days to just get the numbers to move downward. It would be nice if I could get rid of the whole 6 but 4 would be fine. I have been reading the various articles and it is clear that I need to increase my exercise by about 300 calor... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 23:19:00 EST NON Scale Victories -- A Great Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423636 “Non Scale Victories “ a great idea <BR> <BR> STONECOT wrote about NSV’s (non scale victories) in a recent blog. She detailed out all of the wonderful positive changes that have happened while she has been working on getting healthy and strong. It really reminded me that often the healthy changes are very small each day but add up over time. Being able to walk fast a longer distance comes gradually but it helps the stamina. Also, I notice that I sleep better. Not waking up two or three ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:42:07 EST Beating the vacation weight gain uglies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416168 The goal was to finish the 2 week vacation without gaining more than 2 pounds. Two pounds is easy to lose after a vacation because it is usually a result of too much salt and an increase in fats. 5 to 10 pounds means that the calorie count was too high for too many days. This vacation was a success because most days my weight stayed steady. It was at the end that the scale went up. But when I got home, it was only a 1.5 pound gain. These are the steps I took to have a fun time and sti... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 00:21:42 EST Got healthy habits again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412022 Cooking and planning meals is second nature. I grew up in a large Italian family so we all cooked together and planned meals together. It made it easy when I went off to college to get a job cooking for a group of guys. They paid for the food and did the dishes. I really learned to write down the meal plans and create the shopping list. First married with a small child and little money those skills were put to good use. The problem really happened after the child went to college and I t... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 01:40:25 EST Another food plan book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397383 Mark Bittman has new food book out called “VB6”. Mr. Bittman is a food writer for the New York Times and I read him regularly. He admits that he was close to 50 years old and his weight and health numbers were high. His doctor recommended he go vegan. In a recent interview he says: <BR> <BR> “That was 6 years ago, and though I ate my share of plants, the idea of avoiding meat, dairy, poultry, and even fish seemed impossible. As a compromise, I decided to take his suggestion—most of the tim... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:51:57 EST The In Between Stage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393608 <BR> <BR> There are pants folded in a box under the bed which are the size I had gotten to when I started Spark People, 20 pounds ago. They are going to charity next week. As my weight dropped, I moved down to the next size, the pants were tight and I really looked for ones with a little stretch. <BR> <BR> Now that size is too big for most all of the pants I own. So I went out to look for some at my goal weight size. They are tight and again feel better if there is a little stretch. H... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:55:18 EST The In Between Stage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393607 <BR> <BR> There are pants folded in a box under the bed which are the size I had gotten to when I started Spark People, 20 pounds ago. They are going to charity next week. As my weight dropped, I moved down to the next size, the pants were tight and I really looked for ones with a little stretch. <BR> <BR> Now that size is too big for most all of the pants I own. So I went out to look for some at my goal weight size. They are tight and again feel better if there is a little stretch. H... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:55:17 EST A Change in View http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392773 Before I turned 50, I could eat anything and as much as I wanted. Bread, pasta, meat, Chinese food, Mexican food, Italian food, barbecue and picnic food were on my list along with pie and croissants. I was active and exercised each morning before starting work. Then came the opportunity for a promotion to a high level but stressful job. And back to school to finish another degree to insure advancement to the next level up when the opportunity arrived. The degree came with 35 pounds. At... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:48:32 EST Laughing does make me better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336887 Traveling far or near is one of my favorite things to do. To see friends, family, trees, historical sites or just to get away from the everyday life. It has become apparent that the whole going away process stresses me out more than it used to do a few years ago. I worry about the water, fires and dying plants. My most recent worry addition is someone breaking into the house and stealing my computer. So I now put some electronics away in less obvious place and have taken to putting my sm... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:30:17 EST So...NO MORE EXCUSES! I've done this before I can do it again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266848 I read the title of this blog on another blog and it just was so familiar. This has been a 3rd time journey to lose 30 pounds over the past 15 years. Yes I have done the losing again but I wish I could do the keep off better. I have done Weight Watchers twice and decided to do SparkPeople this time. I will get the weight off but keeping it off is the hard part. Maybe SparkPeople will help. I know some of the reasons the weight comes back but the main one is that I get stressed, feel sor... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:04:54 EST Not another Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201425 Changes bring opportunities along with the anxiety of the unknown. I like the volunteer work I do for a small non-profit arts group. But the last year the work took a lot more time than I wanted to give because some of the older (I mean over 78 but very lively and bright) members decided to make changes in their lives. Some moved closer to their children, several had health issues which slowed them down and a few decided to scale back their commitments. There were not enough new volunteer... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:50:40 EST It all seems so fragile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175568 The memories of christmas of my younger days are of a large number of assorted relatives getting together in loud boisterous groups. Smashed together in small houses with lots of food and cold winter weather. Now the holiday get togethers are small with polite adults eating fewer rich dishes and drinking a lot less alcohol. The connections between many of the family have either been broken by death, moves to cities far away, changes in interests that make conversations awkward, divorces o... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:40:40 EST Watching my Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166495 Actually I feel like I am watching my health deteriorate. At the beginning of November I came down with a rally bad sinus infection which lasted for several weeks. Now of course, I was really starting to feel better and along comes really bad cold. As a generally healthy person, I have taken for granted that I can do a fair amount of exercise each day and be very active. These are minor ailments but they have stopped all my activity. This makes me a lot more sympathetic to people who h... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:59:05 EST Breaking down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148655 Breaking down bit by bit and I didn't even know it was happening. I don't eat fast food french fries. People say they don't and then they sneak them, but I don't go to fast food more than once a month and never order the fries. So why is my body causing me problems. Serious problem with a tooth, a funny pain in my left side and if I don't wear my orthotics my knees hurt. It seems that you have to take your body more seriously after you turn 60. Don't want to be really focused on the sm... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 17:59:26 EST Trying to regain ground lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147409 Holidays and family are tied to food. Not necessarily the food you regularly eat each day. No this is the lots of starches coupled with fat and often sugar food that raises the daily calorie count to numbers I don't even want to record. Just one more helping of mashed potatoes made with cream. Gravy that is so tasty and sweet potato casserole that just drips butter. The one rule I made was no alcohol until the family had all left. Did really well except for two small glasses of wine. T... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:24:57 EST Revised plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116439 It started Saturday night with a barbeque party. I did manage to keep my choices under some control but the chicken legs were just too good to pass up. Sunday was hard. The problem is making chicken enchiladas and not nibbling. Then there were the pumpkin mousse cups with whipped cream. And the salami is still in the refrigerator. At least there was broccoli and spinach salad for dinner. <BR> I love food. There is no way around it and I get such entertainment from cooking. Oh well g... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:23:59 EST Day 7 and holding on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114813 Telling people you are watching what you eat gets really boring. So I just keep reviewing what I am supposed to eat and then work around what is available. At least there are vegetables and quinoa around to make a salad. But the visit to everyone's favorite Mexican restaurant is difficult. First it is more southwestern "gourmetish" really good but not the traditional food. So the choices are hard, fish tacos seem to be a decent choice. The chips on the table are too hard to ignore. Th... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:07:54 EST Travel Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113143 Away from home for the weekend and I stopped at the health food store and picked up some salads to take to the airport. There are too many temptations and I find that it is better to be prepared. It worked pretty well and I managed to avoid a lot of bad foods. This last year I have been working on getting over things like french fries but I still love a McDonald's hamburger. Thank goodness I don't have any problems with ice cream but cookies are almost impossible to pass up. <BR> <BR> Wi... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:23:36 EST Cholesterol Demon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111907 Last year my cholesterol numbers rose above the minimum. I thought that I was doing good but not good enough because the numbers have not budged. So for two weeks I am following the Spark food plan. The major changes are reducing the amount of meat and increasing the amount of oatmeal, reducing the amount of margarine I use and increasing the amount of fruit, and finally eliminating full fat cheese. I love cheese, wine and coffee. Reduced fat cheese is just not the same but I am willing... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:00:42 EST Future planning is hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089204 My mom is in an assisted living facility and has been having trouble adjusting. It is getting better but watching her makes me realize how hard change is as you get older. I find that inertia really sets in and it is easier to just stay with things the way they are. Unfortunately everything is always changing and all of a sudden you find yourself surrounded by new issues. Keeping healthy is just the best plan and I am really using the Sparkle to keep me motivated. But staying involved is... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 17:47:57 EST