SUNSHINE_ANGEL1's SparkPeople Blog SUNSHINE_ANGEL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Don't Quit! Digging through my piles of paper and trying to organize them today I came across this poem. I do not know who is responsible for it so I cannot give credit to them, but just understand that I did not write it. <BR> <BR> Don't Quit Trying <BR> <BR> When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down, <BR> And you feel like the biggest failure in town. <BR> When you want to give up just because you gave in, <BR> And forget all about being healthy and thin. <BR> So what! You went over ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:42:53 EST A New Goal I am going to be working on several new things healthwise. I have high blood pressure, pre-diabetes and high triglycerides all of which can be controlled with a healthy diet. I am going to focus on these areas as well as my weight loss. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:41:28 EST A New Day Today is the beginning of a new day for me. I have finally reached the point that I realize that I am not going to lose my weight like I used to when I was young. So I am going to accept each day as the one that I have to incorporate healthy eating and exercise in and I will focus only on today. Let tomorrow take care of itself. I feel better than I have in a long time because I am eating and exercising right whether I lose weight or not. If I do lose that will be a big reward for all of... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:25:10 EST Goals My short term goals at this time are to remain on track with my eating and exercising. <BR> T0 stay focused on what I am doing. To lose at least 8 pounds in August. <BR> <BR> To lose 24 lbs. in the next 3 months. <BR> <BR> To get into the 100's. <BR> <BR> Long term goal is to lose to my goal weight of 145. When I get there I will reevaluate whether I need to go further or stop there. <BR> <BR> My biggest goal is to remain healthy and not have another stroke even a small one like I had i... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:48:36 EST Drink Your Water Every Day I was never a water drinker, but now I drink 4 20 oz. bottles of water every day. I still am able to enjoy decaf unsweetened coffee and green tea, v8 juice and milk as well. <BR> <BR> Drinking water not only does all that the coaches tell us it does, it also helps me to flush the excess fluids out of my system that cause me to swell up even though my Dr. has me on fluid pills. <BR> <BR> Come on and join me. If I can do it so can all of you! <BR> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:40:50 EST Stop the Excuses Not to Exercise I believe that I am probably the professional excuse maker to get out of exercise that I have ever met. But I want to tell you that has not held me back! <BR> <BR> I am 69 years old and I am proud to say that I exercise 6 days a week. I take Sunday off, but I still manage to get in 20 min. of walking that day. <BR> <BR> I try to switch up my routine to keep it interesting. Most days I use Leslie Sansone walking videos/dvds for my main option along with my Spark People dvds. I just star... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:38:17 EST Spark Solution Challenge #2 Here we are on day 7 already, the last day of the first week. It is indeed my rest day from exercises. This challenge has been so good! If you haven't tried it you must get the book and get started! <BR> <BR> I try to use condiments with the least calories if any. I love Mrs. Dash Marianades, Mustard, garlic, fresh spices, Splenda, light dressings, etc. <BR> <BR> Any time that I see sugar as an ingredient, I try to use either Splenda, or Brown Sugar with Splenda. If it calls for honey,... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 15:57:45 EST My Acheivements 1. I have lost a total of 41 lbs. as of yesterday. This includes the 25 lbs. that I have lost since starting Spark Solutions. I am working toward my next goal of 229 lbs. I am planning on losing about 1-2 lbs. a week. This should be doable for me. <BR> <BR> 2. At my husband's request, I am reporting on the recent Flax Seed Blueberry Muffins that I made. They were delicious!!! I am loving trying the new recipes on SP. <BR> <BR> 3. I am so glad that I got the free three months of Spa... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 15:28:57 EST Planning Ahead! I make it a habit to plan my meals the night before every day. I find that it really helps to keep me focused the next day. If I eat something not planned or decide not to eat something I can make adjustments in my planned menu so that I do not go over my allowed calories or nutrition. <BR> <BR> I have been following the Spark Solution menus lately. However, I usually use the daily menus on the website and then adjust them to reflect the meals that I plan to eat the next day. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:38:29 EST My New Goals I am thrilled with having met my latest weight loss goal of reaching 249 lbs. a couple of weeks ago. But I am even more excited about losing even more to reach 246 lbs, My next weight loss goal is 239 lbs. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of health issues going on and would like to see as many of them fixed as possible. I have arthritis and fibromyalgia which will not be fixed by anything but weight loss. But I plan to keep working toward a healthy weight and this will ease some of that pain. <BR>... Tue, 28 May 2013 13:54:33 EST The First Day of the Rest of My Life Today I read a blog that really encouraged me about thinking about the future me and how I will feel when my goals are reached. It will definitely be worth all of the work that I have to put into it. <BR> <BR> The future me looked back and saw how I was miserable and in a lot of pain due to my weight that I did not need to be in. <BR> <BR> I am rejoicing in the fact that I can do this, with the help of the Lord and Spark People and all of my friends and family's help. We can do this! Sat, 18 May 2013 10:29:45 EST Learning to Stay Positive! I have been working on keeping a positive attitude regarding my weight loss and exercise program. I am an extremely slow loser and so it would be very easy to become discouraged and down about it. I have decided to work on loving myself as I am and holding my head up high for what I have accomplished so far. I may take the rest of my life to get there, but with the Lord's help I will make it! Thu, 9 May 2013 10:26:56 EST Let's Move! I have been doing pretty much the same exercises since getting back on my program and so far this has worked. I do plan, however to start switching my exercises around and add some new ones for variety. <BR> <BR> Right now I mostly use Leslie Sansone's 2 mile walks (I have about 39 of her VHS and DVD's of different distances. I plan to get back to using my treadmill, exercise bike, cardioglyde, gazzelle, etc. I have weights of various weights and stretchie bands as well. I many ways to e... Tue, 7 May 2013 16:10:04 EST Moderation, Moderation, Moderation! I am what many people call a perfectionist. I used to think that meant that I did everything perfectly, but thanks to a kind professor in Bible College, I learned different. It means that I strive for perfection and when I don't achieve it I become stressed out and upset with myself. Over the years I have learned to handle this situation and the answer is always MODERATION! <BR> <BR> In the eating realm, I have found that if I make my menu the night before of what I want to eat the next d... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:53:52 EST How I Handle Food Pushers I am one of the blessed ones that has no one trying to sabatauge my diet. On the rare occasion that I do I just tell them no thank you I do not care for any. <BR> <BR> If anyone should push me I tell them that due to a mild stroke that I had 5 years ago I do not eat that kind of food anymore, but I am sure that it is wonderful and it really does look good. Then I try to divert the conversation to a better discussion. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:04:33 EST Excuses, Excuses I think that I have used every excuse in the book for why I cannot exercise. Probably the one that I use the most is I don't have time! Well, I have found that with the 2 new cd's I got from Spark People that I can make time any day as it only takes 10 minutes. I also use Leslie Sansone's 1 mile workout when I don't have time. They only take 20 minutes. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:56:27 EST Moving Right Along I am so excited to see the changes taking place in me already due to following my program here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I put on a pair of Jeans that I bought a while back that were by the same company and size (on the label) as the ones I have been wearing. I found them in the back of my closet and so I tried them on, and what do you think? I was able to pull them up without a struggle! I was so excited that I ran out and told my husband. He was excited too. <BR> <BR> I hav... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:44:01 EST My Quick and Easy Meal Ideas Breakfast: <BR> <BR> I use Pumpernicle or Sour Dough Bread toasted with either Light Cream Cheese or Peanut Butter on it. I have used Light Velveeta melted on occasion. <BR> <BR> Another idea that I use for Breakfast is Whole Wheat English Muffin with Fat Free Sandwich Cheese, poached Egg and Turkey Sausage (1 patty). This is very good and close to Mac Donalds' breakfast sandwich. <BR> <BR> I also use Steel Cut Oatmeal with various fruits cooked in it. I make it in the slow cooker and t... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:50:07 EST