TERRIMMIX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TERRIMMIX TERRIMMIX'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/ A Letter to My Future Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551471 I've noticed quite a few of my spark friends have written letters of encouragement to their past selves. I love reading those letters. It reminds me that each and every one of us has a very brave past self that was hopeful enough to take the first step on this amazing journey to health and fitness. I wish I could go back and hug each and every one and tell them "Thank you" from all of us who are at the end of the journey and working to maintain, or still somewhere along the path like me. ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:35:41 EST Blog-A-Day - Day ? - Cold or Allergies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541126 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1261692457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you have a sore throat, feel tired and achy all over, stuffed up sinuses, horrible headache and you can't stop sneezing, is it allergies or a cold? Does it really matter? Either way you're not going to feel well enough to go to the gym or even cook for yourself, much less anyone else. <BR> <BR> So for almost a week I've been feeling this way only I wasn't able to take off because of my job so I just kept pus... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:25:22 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 9 - Sweet Sixteen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535668 I'm one of those crazy people that buys clothes a size too small to encourage myself to lose weight. This morning I was able to wear my size 16 jeans and I'm just as thrilled as I can be! Talk about a NSV (Non-Scale Victory)! I asked one of my friends to take a picture, but for some reason I couldn't email it so I could show you my big smile. I'll try again later. I hope everyone has a great Friday! Ü <BR> <BR> The pic my friend took just arrived in my email yesterday. It's a bit blur... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:08:28 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 8 - Everyone Knows About Salt, but What About Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534787 I almost had a heart attack when I stepped on the scale this morning. I was up a pound and a half! How is that even freakin' possible when I'm exercising and staying within my calorie range? <BR> <BR> I ate a TV dinner last night and had some lightly salted mixed nuts as well. It's amazing how much sodium is in even a so called "healthy" TV dinner. <BR> <BR> In my logical mind I know that it has to be water, emotionally it's devastating! So instead of throwing in the towel, I grabbed my... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:46:05 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 7 - Tears of a Clown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534074 I'm a nice person, really nice, ok, too nice. I only know one person nicer than me and I KNOW she irritates people, so I'm sure I do too. <BR> <BR> I'm funny too. I love making people laugh and laughing right along with them, usually at my own expense. It got me to thinking about "Fat and Happy" people and "Skinny Witches", (chose your own capital letter on that last). <BR> <BR> I'm nowhere near as happy when I'm alone. I'm not saying I sit around boo-hooing when I'm alone, but my emo... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 15:44:12 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 6 - No Mas! No Mas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532981 Have you ever had one of those days when everything just blows up in your face? Yesterday was one of those days for me. <BR> <BR> I was at work and I was supposed to be sending out some very important emails to two different attorneys, plus "cc"ing several big dawgs in my office as well. These emails had huge attachments to them, so that I had to get someone from Data to come to my desk and try to get them emailed, but in the process something bad happened, really bad, every one of the em... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:20:24 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 5 - Am I the Only One That Does This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531878 I thought I'd have some fun with you guys today ask "Am I the Only One That Does This? <BR> <BR> 1. Am I the only one that faces all my clothes the same way on the hanger and in order by color and then type of clothing? (I know, Obsessive Compulsive much?) <BR> <BR> 2. Am I the only one that pretends it isn't happening when I feel myself blushing and I know the person I'm talking to can see it? <BR> <BR> 3. Am I the only one that tries to open my front door with my vehicle's automatic d... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:47:52 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 4 - If I Could Turn Back Time, I'd Be Skinny Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530750 Woke up this morning with that song in my head by Cher, "If I Could Turn Back Time". I guarantee I'll be singing that all day if not all week... lol and now, so will you! <BR> <BR> It put me in mind of the fact that when I was a child, teenager, young adult, even most of my early adult years, I was thin, in fact, I was so thin people would make the usual jokes, "If you turned sideways, I wouldn't be able to see you", "You better hold on tight to somethin or the wind might blow you away",... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:03:55 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 3 - 54 Yr Old Gamerchick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530028 Ok, here is a guilty secret of mine. I love to play Role Playing Video Games (RPG's). It started out as a way to connect with my brainiac teenage son, but it ended up something that I still do even though my son's away at college. We wave at each other through the virtual window and it makes me feel good that we still have this way to connect. <BR> <BR> I especially love the games where your weapon is a sword. The sound of sharpened steel clanking against a suit of armor, or the metallic... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 12:06:03 EST Blog-A-Day - Day 2 - Three reasons I'm in a better mood today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529199 Reason No. 1: I had lost a pound when I got on the scale. Always a great feeling. <BR> <BR> Reason No. 2: I've got a plan for my fitness and my consumption. ( I've decided not to beat myself up about the whole bathing suit thing. When I'm ready, I'll know. Until then, I'm working on being content where I am at each stage, but just not satisfied to stay there, always moving forward one baby step at a time.) <BR> <BR> Reason No. 3: My favorite! Today Patrick Stewart posted a picture o... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:31:47 EST 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge Accepted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528266 www.sparkpeople.com/mypa <BR> ge_public_journal_individu <BR> al.asp?blog_id=5527780 <BR> <BR> I accepted the 3 Week Blog-A-Day Challenge from a Spark Friend of a Spark Friend - (link above) <BR> <BR> So here's my first entry. Sorry it's not a cheery one, but it's an honest one. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning (4:30am), ready to go for my first swim in a 5:30am morning swim class I signed up for yesterday at my local college, but as I wiggled into my tankini and board shorts, I discover... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:17:03 EST I "Forgot" My Swimwsuit... Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454895 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1364701092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was a comment I made to one of MaggieRoseBowl's blog and it got so long it turned into a blog of its own, so I thought I post it here as well. <BR> <BR> (I was responding to her blog about being a bit embarrassed to wear short sleeves and shorts since her weight loss because of some loose skin and wrinkles.) <BR> <BR> When I was at my brother's condo a couple of weeks ago, all three of my nieces, my brother... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:10:16 EST Gym Rat in the Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423221 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2096747265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> About a month ago now, I finally bit the bullet and joined a gym. I had to take it easy at first because it's been a looooooong time since I've done any serious strength training. But I've worked up to the point I now go at least 3 times a week for strength training. <BR> <BR> This week I'm adding an hour of cardio on my off days from strength training. It doesn't matter what as long as I move my body enough t... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:54:50 EST Health Fairs Aren't Really That Much Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350051 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l282361559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Follow-up Post - 5/8/2013: <BR> <BR> Got a little side-tracked by my Mom being in the hospital more on than off since March 1st! Combine that with not one but two lower back episodes and I not only got off track but couldn't even hear the train whistle! <BR> <BR> Got a little wake-up call yesterday at the local health fair. My blood sugar was 54! Yikes! The nurse made me eat some peanut butter crackers so I... Wed, 8 May 2013 16:19:18 EST Starting a new 78 day Spark Streak! Why 78 days you ask? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311610 Friday, June 21 <BR> The First Day of Summer (Summer Solstice) 2013 <BR> <BR> My new Spark Friend TRIANGLE-WOMAN suggested that it's possible I might be just exchanging one obsession (scale watching) for another (measuring tape watching). Even if I don't measure every week, I would still risk disappointment at the monthly measure in, so I've decided to take her sage advice and focus on other goals instead. <BR> <BR> Goal #1) Do Not step on a scale, drive over a truck scale or even lean t... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 15:30:09 EST Inches vs. Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300770 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l686259908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, it finally happened. My son stole my scale from me. Well, he didn't exactly steal it. He was protecting me from myself. He had watched one too many of my mini-meltdowns. I had stepped on the scale after a week of watching my diet and exercising and instead of losing any weight, I had gained almost 5 lbs! <BR> <BR> Now, I know I know, it could have just been something salty I ate the day before, or hormo... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:26:44 EST Living Longer by Finding More Time to Live! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179612 The SparkCoach assignment today was to think about how you waste time and ways to make better use of that time. What a great video this morning. I always think about how busy I am and how I don't have time to exercise or track my intake but I seem to always find time to watch my favorite shows on TV or surf the web. <BR> <BR> I also need to find time to keep up my writing. I like to write short stories, but I'm also working on a novel. The only problem is I'm always so tired at the end o... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:06:50 EST Good Intentions & Bad Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036030 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324040600.jpg">First of all, I didn't do too well on my plan to eat intuitively. Oh I do think it did help to get in touch with my body enough to know when I'm hungry or not and I DID quit eating when I'm not hungry, but without the Nutrition Tracker, I lost track of how many calories I was eating and whether I was getting too much sodium or not enough protein, etc. (I'm a chipaholic btw.) Bottom line is, I gained back 10 lbs! Sooooooo I... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:29:51 EST Plan to De-Stress and Re-Connect with Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957937 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81883642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After an initial 30 lb weight loss by counting calories and light exercise (not as consistent as it could have been) I've been at a plateau right above 200 lbs now for months and it's getting VERY frustrating to say the least. So I'm going to try something different for a while and see how that goes. <BR> <BR> My New Plan - Focusing on Fitness Goals instead of focusing so much on food. I think that for me countin... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 12:13:37 EST One 5k down - time to get back to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937248 Finished my 5k last Saturday in 50 mins which is about 15 mins less than my last 5k which was several years ago (I barely finished). <BR> <BR> It's taken me until today to recover, but that's because I wasn't as prepared as I could have been. I kept trying to run more and push myself and I kept ending up hurting myself, back, feet, knees, hips and ultimately shin splints that took me totally out of even walking for a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> This time, I'm taking it much much slower and ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:43:20 EST Thank you to all the soldiers who are the real warriors and heroes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900885 http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/grap<BR>hics/grass_small.jpg <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=5pf<BR>BUUZNbFM Mon, 28 May 2012 09:11:02 EST Tears on the treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864177 Weighed myself this morning and had gained another half a pound! I have been tracking and walking/jogging 1 min at a time for 30 mins a day on the treadmill and I'm still gaining weight??? <BR> <BR> So, I climbed on the treadmill and starting walking and just broke down. I'm so tired of trying and not seeing any results. I want so much to be strong and healthy and... myself again. I just want to cover my head and stay in bed all day. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry this isn't an upbeat blog, but... Thu, 3 May 2012 06:56:46 EST Hot to Trot! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847937 I am NOT going to let a few recent setbacks derail me. I'm back on track and decided to go ahead and register for a 5k in the middle of June before I had a chance to change my mind! <BR> <BR> I've worked out a schedule for myself that begins with walking for 30 mins/day, then after a few days, walking for 4.5 mins and jogging for .5 min times 6, and gradually increasing the amount of time I jog until I can jog the entire 5k! <BR> <BR> Don't wish me luck! You don't need luck when you've go... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 11:06:21 EST Walking up Stone Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4765263 It's been over 30 years since I've been to Stone Mountain. I was a teenager when my parents and I walked up to the top instead of taking the tram because we thought it would be more fun. The view was breathtaking not only at the top but the whole trek up to the summit. At that time I was thin and didn't give one thought to whether I could make it or not. Just took it for granted. <BR> <BR> Last night I received a beautiful invitation to my cousin's wedding in mid-April. The morning of... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:11:16 EST Visualization to Help Stay on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753403 I imagine myself walking along a long curving beach, seagulls flying in the air, a clear blue sky, a few wispy clouds, deep cobalt blue water and soft white sand with the waves gently washing ashore. <BR> <BR> Then I imagine my current overweight self at one end of that beach... all covered up with a long skirt and long sleeve shirt and a floppy hat with huge sunglasses to hide as much of my fat as possible... <BR> <BR> but because the shoreline curves just a bit, I can see off in the dist... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:06:49 EST How to Eat Healthy, Even at Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753393 I have no problem eating healthy all day long, but the nights.... sigh... so I have a plan! <BR> <BR> 1) I won't eat after 7pm in the evening. If I feel a little hungry after that, I will have a cup of herbal tea which will help me sleep better too. If I'm truly hungry, I can have 1/4 cup of cocoa roasted almonds, which are chocolaty and healthy. <BR> <BR> 2) I will have a small dessert, like fruit, with dinner - a little something sweet seems to trigger something in me that says "OK, that... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:02:33 EST First Blog - Feb 2012 - Beginning Again for the Last Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745771 I've been a member of Sparkpeople for years now, but I never really fully utilized all of its tools. Being a hit and miss Sparker, probably kept me from gaining even more weight than I did, but I wasn't losing, just miserably maintaining over 200 lbs. <BR> <BR> My top weight around March, 2011 was 230 lbs and I've managed to lose down to 202 before the holidays hit and I relaxed a bit and gained back up to 215 lbs. I was so afraid to see that 230 lbs on my scale again! <BR> <BR> Trying t... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 09:04:46 EST