SUSANNAH31's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUSANNAH31 SUSANNAH31'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/ Holding Pattern for the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440509 I have been writing down everything that I put in my mouth these days. <BR> The notes are kept in a tiny notebook in my purse. <BR> (I felt it was less of a problem to record with paper and pencil -- especially when I was in company. Writing it on my phone could make me look very rude -- checking email or something else - while others are around.) <BR> <BR> So while I have been recording everything I eat, I have not tracked the calories. <BR> Several days - especially during these holiday... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:03:35 EST Just Write it Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435917 The most effective strategy for me to be in control of my eating is: <BR> <BR> WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO MY MOUTH. <BR> AND TRACK IT ON THE NUTRITION TRACKER. <BR> <BR> I don't have to decide to stay within the calorie range. I don't have to be feeling motivated. <BR> <BR> All I have to do is keep tracking- just record everything I eat, and add up the calories. <BR> <BR> (As my friend, Watermellen says: "Even if I'm not tracking, my body is tracking every day.") <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:34:01 EST Aromas are important! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434030 I'm happy to not be cooking today, but I miss the delicious aromas in my house -- especially since we have guests arriving in a couple of hours. So I have put a hot apple cider beverage on my stove, containing cloves and cinnamon. I have also stuck some grocery store corn bread in the oven. Things are starting to smell much more like the holiday. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I'm sitting here in my kitchen watching the Macy's parade on the tv and sticking cloves into a tangerine. <BR> <BR> Happy ... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:55:15 EST Thanksgiving This Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433520 This is the first Thanksgiving in a very long while, when my husband and I will not be sitting at a table loaded with delicious turkey and dressing and other goodies -- either at my house or at a family member's house. <BR> <BR> Our two sons and their families with be with the 'other grandparents' this year - so my husband and I are free to do what we please. <BR> <BR> We are going out - with my husband's sister and her husband - to a lovely French restaurant nearby. We may or may not orde... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:38:58 EST Yummy Butternut Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431373 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/660d0ae6-9396-4156-866f-32e26599a067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The link below will give you the recipe for this dish - along with a video on how to prepare it. <BR> Surprisingly, it is quite easy. The hardest part of the process is cutting the raw butternut squash in half and peeling it. Then, it is just a matter of cutting it into thin slices, sticking some herbs between the slices, and covering it with a glaze made of maple syrup, apple cider ... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:35:34 EST NYTimes Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429401 Pancakes are a food that I usually avoid - because of too many carbs. <BR> In fact, i never make them - and hardly ever order them when eating breakfast out. <BR> French toast is my preference. <BR> <BR> This morning, though, I tried a recipe from the New York Times for "Light, Fluffy and Rich Pancakes." <BR> <BR> 1 cup ricotta or cottage cheese (I used partially skim ricotta cheese) <BR> 1 cup sour cream or plain yogurt (I used low-fat plain yogurt) <BR> 3 eggs separated <BR> 1/2 teasp... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 09:25:28 EST Planning that allows for choices. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421371 My idea of planning food is to have options from which to choose. <BR> <BR> Here are the possible breakfasts you can have: e.g. apple slices with peanut butter, avocado toast, veggie omelet, etc. <BR> Here are some proteins for dinners or lunches: chicken, fish, and a variety of fresh vegetables, etc. <BR> Here are some snacks or lighter meals: hummus with fresh veggies, cheese slices, yogurt, etc. <BR> Here are some favorite foods: watermelon, bananas, ricotta cheese, etc. <BR> <BR> I b... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:40:06 EST Shadow Self Portraits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420073 Now that the sun is out, I have taken a couple of self portraits that are shadows of me photographing New England in the fall: rock walls, trees, and colorful leaves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cf7ead1-0d95-4673-8b1b-2353344e5177.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbb74782-dc1b-4d1c-a40b-2951234ee4ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6338d26-00a6-475c-9e48-564b39fde57e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of course,... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:34:04 EST Some Calorie Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419441 Some foods can really surprise us with the number of calories they contain. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple that I found interesting: <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon maple syrup = 53 calories <BR> 1 cup maple syrup - 819 calories <BR> <BR> 1 teaspoon sugar = 16 calories <BR> 1 cup sugar = 773 calories <BR> <BR> 1 tablespoon whipped cream = 8 calories <BR> 1 cup whipped cream - 154 calories <BR> <BR> I am just thinking of all those times I pour out the syrup onto French toast - maybe half a cup, mayb... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 18:31:18 EST Self Portrait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418670 I have an assignment for the photography course: create a photo that is a self portrait. <BR> <BR> I could just use the remote control on the camera and stand in front of a mirror - brought outside to the yard - with trees in the background, then take the photo. It would be straightforward, would let the viewer know that I like the out of doors, and would show everyone what I look like. <BR> <BR> For this course, however, I need to take it up to a higher level. <BR> <BR> First off, I do... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:44:37 EST Hunger or Flavor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415602 Watermellen's blog this morning was about stopping eating when we are almost full - which is a very good idea. <BR> <BR> That got me thinking, though, about why I sometimes overeat. <BR> <BR> It is a rare occasion these days that I overeat to the point of feeling stuffed. If I do, though, it is not usually because I am so hungry. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I will eat beyond my need to satisfy hunger because I like how the food TASTES too much to stop. My overeating is rarely related... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:46:08 EST Cara Cara Orange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414507 This blog is going to sound like an advertisement, which, of course, it isn't. <BR> <BR> I just want to let the world know about a delicious orange that I discovered a couple of years ago when I was in Arizona. <BR> <BR> It is the Cara Cara orange. It is a navel orange that has a reddish fruit inside, and it is the sweetest and best tasting orange I have ever eaten. <BR> Just this week there were some in my local Connecticut supermarket, and I bought some. <BR> <BR> DELICIOUS!! <BR> <B... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:31:38 EST Structuring My Retirement Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413144 I begin each day with a list. <BR> <BR> Lists have been a major part of my life for years now, because my memory is almost non-existent. <BR> <BR> The list is written in the morning on an index card - and placed somewhere easily reached - in my handbag or wallet. Index cards are excellent media for lists because they hold their shape and don't crumple up easily. I can work off of one index card for several days, crossing off and adding items as needed, depending on how much progress is... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:08:12 EST Photography http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411405 My retired life is very full these days. Aside from the usual family activities, I am immersed in photography. <BR> <BR> I am busy coordinating a new photo club in our town that I was able to get started. We are having monthly meetings, with photo shoots in between. There is a professional photographer who acts as a teacher and leader for the group. We have set up a small private group on Face Book for communicating and sharing photos with each other. <BR> <BR> I also belong to another p... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:05:36 EST A message from a stranger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402677 This past Saturday, I was shopping for clothing at a local department store. <BR> After trying on a few items, I was experiencing the usual post-dressing-room gloom, and my mood was low. <BR> <BR> Most of my negative feelings were in reaction to what my 72-year-old skin looks like after some fat has been lost from beneath it. (I was again wondering if it's even a good idea to lose any more weight because of the unappealing changes in my skin -- but that's a different blog altogether.) <BR>... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:33:19 EST Anniversary Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400876 In two weeks my husband and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. We got married on his first 3-day pass from basic training, because it was during the VietNamese war. Ours was a small wedding at the local church, with a reception at my mother's New York City home, followed by a two-day 'honeymoon' in Washington D.C. A few months later, my husband was assigned to a tech position at Fort Myer, Virginia, and we were fortunate to live in that area for the next two years until h... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:46:09 EST Mirror vs Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399099 Most days, I like the way I look in the mirror. <BR> <BR> But that is not true when it comes to photos. <BR> <BR> Either my mirror is too kind, or my own eyes and brain interpret the mirror image much too favorably. <BR> <BR> The photos tell an entirely different story. <BR> <BR> I just put together the annual book of photos of our family at the beach. <BR> And everyone looks good -- except for me, that is. <BR> <BR> These photos put me in a very negative place for a couple of days. <B... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:59:59 EST Random beach thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395908 It was a good time with the three grandkids, and the two sons and their wives. It was a busy, exciting time filled with lots of fun activities. <BR> Now that it's over, my DH and I are taking it easy and feeling good about it all. <BR> <BR> We are both very proud of our sons - and the kind of fathers that they are. We told them that, too. <BR> <BR> <BR> I did hold my weight where I wanted it. It was not difficult. I did not deny myself much. I was satisfied with a taste of this, a m... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 10:32:22 EST Family Beachtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387688 Okay, so I am now back down to that lower number with a .4 added onto it. <BR> <BR> My plan is to concentrate on staying within the calorie limits until I have reached the lower whole number with a .0 attached - and then to stay there. <BR> <BR> Hold that number on the scale! will be my mantra for the next two weeks as my three grandkids arrive here at the beach, soon followed by my two sons and their wives. <BR> <BR> That translates to: three meals a day, every day, with lots of snacks ... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:51:20 EST Blogging, Confessing, & Problem Solving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384416 This blog is a public confession. <BR> <BR> I am writing about some behavior that I really want to change. So I'm hoping that if I go public, maybe that will finally force me to do what I have to do. <BR> <BR> On the scale, I have been bouncing back and forth between three numbers for the past several weeks. Whenever I am near the top number of the three, I am very careful about watching what I eat. After a few days, when the number reaches the lower of the three, I go off my routine. I... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:30:34 EST July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383558 My husband and I are at the beach - and we were by ourselves this July 4th for most of the day. <BR> <BR> When evening came, we joined some neighbors on our street to go to the beachfront house for a block party and a fireworks display. Lots of families were there - with kids and grandkids. <BR> Lots of food, drink, and making merry. <BR> <BR> I ate only a few items, drank only water, enjoyed the people and the fireworks. <BR> This morning, I was down half a pound. <BR> <BR> My energy ... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 09:18:00 EST Holding Pattern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379837 My weight is currently in a holding pattern. <BR> <BR> It is 10 lbs above my lowest weight achieved here on SP, and 20 lbs below the weight I originally started out at. <BR> <BR> I am happy to say that I feel comfortable maintaining this weight, and I've been doing that for several months now. <BR> <BR> These days I am focused on just holding this weight, and not gaining. <BR> It is almost as if my body is establishing a new normal. <BR> <BR> At some point, I will put in some more effor... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:40:23 EST Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378431 I spent a large part of today and yesterday in gardens and in a farm field. <BR> <BR> There are huge bug bites on my neck (right where I put on perfume, I realized later). <BR> There's a small rash of poison ivy (or poison oak) on my arm. <BR> My shoes (inappropriate cloth ones) got so dirty they were beyond cleaning and had to be discarded. <BR> <BR> And right now - in the late afternoon - I am headed into the shower to wash the dirt and perspiration off most of me. <BR> <BR> Ahh.... but ... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:14:34 EST WHEN you eat matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374405 Some research has shown that dieters who eat most of their calories earlier in the day lose more weight than those who eat their big meal at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Just one study is mentioned below. (There are others mentioned in the article.) <BR> <BR> The following is a direct quote of just one study cited in USNews & World Report by <BR> Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian whose NYC-based clinical practice specializes in digestive disorders, celiac Disease... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:15:28 EST Summer Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373780 Salad is a real summertime lunch favorite for me (just as soup is a favorite for fall and winter). <BR> <BR> I'm always looking for ways to pack in the flavor and the nutrients to those salads. <BR> Here are some foods I regularly have in my salad: <BR> ---romaine lettuce, kale, cabbage <BR> ---broccoli, carrots <BR> ---apple <BR> ---walnuts or almonds <BR> ---sunflower seeds <BR> ---kidney beans or chick peas <BR> ---feta cheese <BR> <BR> Sometimes I include some canned salmon or tuna. <B... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:44:48 EST Motivation & Self-fulfillment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373034 My motivation to eat within the calorie limits every day can sometimes fade after a while. <BR> Being fit and liking how I look is important to me - yes - but there are some days when that desire alone is not enough to prevent me from eating more than I should. <BR> <BR> So what am I doing about it? <BR> <BR> I just recently purchased a new cookbook by an author that my SP friend, Watermellen, recommended in her blog. The dishes are meatless, and many of them look yummy in the photos. I f... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 17:02:38 EST Face Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372136 My friend's blogs, Watermellen, got me thinking about Face Book. <BR> <BR> I am 72 years old, and I am on Face Book. <BR> Mostly I post photos - of wildlife that I come across, or of my grandkids. <BR> I don't put my own photo up there. And I would not put anybody else's photo up there either. <BR> <BR> Only those who are my friends can see what I post. My Face Book page is not open to the general public. <BR> <BR> I don't make political statements - no matter how strongly I feel. <BR> ... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 13:00:22 EST Wanna Wrestle, Grandma? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371270 My 5-year-old grandson will ask me every now and then, "Wanna wrestle, Grandma?" <BR> <BR> I never turn him down. <BR> <BR> I consider that to be one of the best invitations I can get. He then proceeds to jump on me, while I try to hold him off, and work at neither one of us getting hurt in the process. <BR> We generally roll around on the sofa, aiming small pillows at each other, and laughing a lot. <BR> <BR> It's fun. I like the tumbling around with him. <BR> <BR> It won't last mu... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 15:51:46 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365532 We arrived home early yesterday morning on a sleepless redeye flight, and spent the day resting and napping. <BR> <BR> It was a demanding ten days babysitting our two grandkids. <BR> We were tired by the end, but glad to have done it. <BR> Our son and his wife had a great anniversary trip together. <BR> <BR> This morning the scale registers just where it was when I left. <BR> <BR> I couldn't be happier. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 May 2017 09:09:18 EST Prioritizing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362382 My husband and I are in California babysitting our two grandkids, age 8 and 5, while their parents are taking a 10-day trip to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. <BR> <BR> It's always a struggle for me to eat less when I am here. <BR> <BR> First of all, it takes me days to get used to the 3-hour time difference. Mealtimes and bedtimes are always way too late for me. <BR> I am ready for dinner at 3pm, not at 6pm local time (which is really 9pm for me). <BR> So I am usually tired an... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:29:02 EST Some chuckles about stress eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360231 Stress eating: we have all been guilty of it some time. <BR> I certainly have. <BR> Here are some cartoons about stress eating that can help us laugh at ourselves. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b39de21-bd3e-4f37-9df5-41f0f1afce7e.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a219151-5740-42f1-870e-4e79688f64d0.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d264e4d-9201-4cc9-b11f-f11b53b7e07a.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img sr... Wed, 10 May 2017 15:10:03 EST Walking benefits the brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359234 I am happy to see that science finds even more benefits from walking: <BR> <BR> April 24, 2017 <BR> <BR> "You probably know that walking does your body good, but it's not just your heart and muscles that benefit. Researchers at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) found that the foot's impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain. The research will be presented today at the APS annual meeting a... Mon, 8 May 2017 09:46:22 EST Behaviors determine success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356540 It feels really good at the end of the day when I can say to myself: "I did everything I needed to do today to meet my goal. I walked for an hour and I stayed within my calorie limits." And it feels extra good the next morning because I know that I am making progress--no matter what the scale says. My behaviors are what determine my success. Tue, 2 May 2017 08:27:28 EST Taking charge of more areas of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354750 These days I have taken charge of my eating and exercising behaviors, and the results are rewarding: my energy level is up and the scale is moving down. <BR> <BR> There are some other areas in my life that have called to me, and I find myself taking charge of them as well. <BR> <BR> 1. Winter dry skin. Yuk! Every winter my skin dries out, flakes, and is very itchy. Winter skin dryness has always occurred - even before we started spending the winter months in the desert southwest. Now ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:16:32 EST Avocado Toast - A favorite breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353771 Just about a year ago, while visiting my son's family in California, I saw my daughter-in-law eat an interesting breakfast. <BR> <BR> She sliced up an avocado and put it on whole wheat toast. Then she squeezed the juice from a half of a lemon onto the avocado, and salted and peppered it. <BR> <BR> She offered me some, and I LOVED it. <BR> <BR> This is a particularly filling breakfast - and it keeps me feeling satisfied long into the day. The (good) fat in the avocado also stabilizes my b... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:14:48 EST A Maintenance Frame of Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350235 Something has changed -- for the better. <BR> <BR> I am no longer in a fight between would I WANT to do and what I SHOULD do. <BR> <BR> It is no longer the scale against me, or the tempting food against me. <BR> <BR> In times past, when I would have indulged in some forbidden dessert or treat, I would often think, "Oh well, I've blown it now, so let me just go ahead and enjoy some other prohibited food while I'm at it." <BR> It was THE RULES against me. <BR> <BR> Today I am not fight... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:29:53 EST Greek Cucumber Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346551 I love Greek tzitziki sauce, so when I saw this recipe online for a Greek cucumber salad, I knew I would love it too. <BR> <BR> GREEK CUCUMBER SALAD <BR> <BR> 1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt - place in a mixing bowl <BR> <BR> ADD the following to the yogurt and mix well: <BR> juice from 1/2 lemon <BR> 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1 tsp kosher salt <BR> <BR> Then ADD the following to the yogurt mixture: <BR> 1 cucumber, thinly sliced <BR> 1/4 red onion, chop... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:42:30 EST Delicious Turmeric Lemonade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344800 This morning my DH and I had breakfast at a new place that offers lots of interesting and healthful choices for breakfast and lunch. <BR> I saw turmeric lemonade on the menu and ordered it - having just recently heard about the health benefits of turmeric. <BR> <BR> And the lemonade was DELICIOUS! <BR> <BR> Ordinarily I don't drink a lot of lemonade because it is way too sweet for me. <BR> This one was not. <BR> <BR> I will definitely make it for myself at home. I looked online for a rec... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 19:39:55 EST When can I stop tracking my food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342786 I always knew the tracker was a great tool. And I used it for the entire time I was losing weight. <BR> <BR> It was only afterward that I stopped tracking. <BR> <BR> This is what I told myself: <BR> I have been tracking so regularly that I now know the calorie content of my favorite foods without tracking. <BR> I have already lost the weight, and I am no longer 'dieting' so I don't need to continue tracking. <BR> I am finished with tracking; I do not want to be tied to this constant recor... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:34:32 EST Tracking: the best tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341279 Tracking is the best tool there is for getting back to where I should be. <BR> <BR> Recording every bite that goes into my mouth eliminates all possible forms of self-deception. <BR> I can't forget what I ate earlier. <BR> I can't underestimate the number of calories I am taking in. <BR> I can't kid myself about how much I am eating. <BR> <BR> Tracking keeps the reality of my eating right in front of me every day. <BR> I am forced to look carefully at the portion size. <BR> I am forced to s... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:01:51 EST Here is my truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335985 Here is my truth: <BR> <BR> I need to make a conscious effort to keep up my new eating habits, otherwise the old habits come back, and the old habits lead to weight gain. <BR> <BR> So it is up to me as to WHEN I make that effort. <BR> Will it be AFTER I have gained the weight back, and I am playing catch-up, trying to get it off again? <BR> Or will it be BEFORE I have gained the weight, and I am keeping it off? <BR> <BR> The timing makes a huge difference in how I feel about myself - an... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:44:09 EST Busy, Full Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249822 Life has been full and busy these days, and I love it. <BR> <BR> I signed up for a memoir-writing seminar, and have spent a considerable amount of time writing down events from my childhood. It was an excellent exercise, and it cleared away some unwanted old emotions that were hanging around from decades ago. <BR> <BR> I am also busy with a new photography seminar and joining a new camera club. So I'm meeting new people and getting better at my photography skills. <BR> <BR> My DH and I ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:23:33 EST Out of Irons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225024 I have wind in my sails again. Thank goodness. This was a summer that I mostly spent 'in irons' as they say. I made no progress with my weight loss - and just hung around the same high number on the scale --stalled. <BR> <BR> Now, though, the wind has picked up, and I have been heading again in the right direction. And there is nothing like a little momentum to motivate me. <BR> <BR> As I begin sailing along again, I am eating less again. I have started walking again. <BR> <BR> And gu... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:49:03 EST Telling Myself No Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190610 Sometimes on a Sunday morning my husband will stop off on his way home from church to get a muffin for me -- a bran muffin, my favorite. <BR> <BR> I have most likely already decided on a breakfast with more protein and less sugar - but somehow when he brings that muffin for me, I start a monologue in my head that goes something like this: <BR> <BR> "Isn't that nice that he brought me the muffin. It is my favorite kind. I was planning on eating something else that is more in keeping with m... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:03:48 EST Summer Coolers to Drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187750 Drinking water is a real staple with me. And especially in summertime, I drink a lot more. <BR> Sometimes, it is fun to add some flavoring to the water, without adding a bunch of calories. <BR> <BR> I have often made a pitcher of lemon water -- just water with sliced lemons floating in it. (No sugar) That can be very thirst quenching on hot days. <BR> <BR> I also have discovered some bottled waters (some carbonated or fizzy, and some not) in the supermarket that are flavored with berries ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:52:04 EST Home from a holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179648 During these past 3 weeks, my husband and I went with another couple friend of ours on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest (pronounced, I have now learned, "Budapesht). <BR> Then we flew to Barcelona for three days before returning home again to the U.S.A. <BR> <BR> Cathedrals and beautiful architecture were the most notable sights along the way. And FOOD was a large part of each of the different cultures we visited. <BR> <BR> My memories are a swirl of delicious chocolate, hard-cr... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:46:17 EST A week of triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159291 During this past week I encountered just about all my old triggers when it came to food. <BR> And today, at the end of that week, I am happy to say that none of them caused me to overeat. <BR> <BR> First off, during the week, I was physically feeling under par. My energy level was low. <BR> Fortunately, I had no real obligations, so I was able to rest a lot during the days. <BR> <BR> (In earlier times, when I would have to perform -either at a job, or with my family - I would not have bee... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:59:23 EST Understanding Maintenance for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145365 YO-YO DIETING: taking action when the scale gets to an unacceptable point way beyond the desired weight. Then returning to the old eating habits until it happens again. <BR> <BR> <BR> In the days before joining SP, I believed that the hardest part of weight loss was taking it off. After I had done that, I could return to my old eating habits, and, somehow, miraculously, those old habits would not bring back the old weight again. <BR> That was some pretty fuzzy thinking. <BR> And that w... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 00:19:29 EST Reminding myself of a lesson learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143646 I've been a member of SP for several years. And I've learned a thing or two about myself during that time. <BR> <BR> Avoidance behaviors are so easy to pull off: <BR> Don't step on the scale. <BR> Don't keep track of everything that goes into my mouth. <BR> Permit events to take priority over preferred eating behaviors. <BR> Allow emotions to act as an excuse for overeating. <BR> <BR> And avoidance behaviors usually work until there is a wake-up call of some sort. <BR> Usually the ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:28:43 EST Writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130976 Writing blogs here on SP has been one of the most helpful activities for me in my weight loss. The process of writing helped me to focus on both the big and the small issues that cropped up while I was trying to lose weight. I paid closer attention to my own behaviors, and I spotted patterns that had eluded me in the past. <BR> <BR> The writing also helped me to better understand my emotional reactions to food and eating. <BR> I gained insights through my writings that helped to change my b... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:20:58 EST