TERRYT55's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TERRYT55 TERRYT55'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 twelve hour window for a healthy weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873338 I intend to start this today. Keeping my eating to a twelve hour window everyday. It can't hurt and it might help! <BR> <BR> http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/15<BR>/a-12-hour-window-for-a-healthy-weight<BR>/?WT.mc_id=2015-Q1-KEYWEE-AUD_DEV-0101<BR>-0331&WT.mc_ev=click&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp<BR>=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1420088400&bicmet=145<BR>1624400&ad-keywords=FEBAUDDEV&kwp_0=9081 <BR> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:10:26 EST Well This Is Embarrassing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868081 On January 10, 2011 I wrote this blog after losing 102 pounds in one year: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909520 <BR> <BR> It's amazing how close I have come undoing all of that hard work. I am 25 pounds heavier today than I was in 2011. The last few years have been extremely stressful but really, who cares. Everyone has stress in their lives. I have no one to blame but myself. I know how to do this but I have chosen not too. I hear those o... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 17:32:56 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075240 I've been doing my best to maintain my weight loss over the last year. I gain a few pounds and lose a few pounds becoming more certain all the time that I will never go back to being fat and completely losing control. <BR> <BR> Tonight was eye opening for me. I had a miserable night at work. It is a new position, my second time working at stocking the floor. I was given one of the more difficult areas with more than a thousand small items to restock. I had a lead who was not encouraging at ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:30:22 EST Firecracker 10K (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735499 I had a great time jog/walking the Firecracker 10k from Chinatown in Los Angeles through Elysian Park and Dodger Stadium today. It was lovely weather, in the mid 50's, cloudy & cool. The elevation to the park we ran through was 800 feet and my bottom is feeling those hills this afternoon. There were beautiful views of downtown Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium....... <BR> <BR> The race celebrated the year of the dragon with paper dragons and 100,000 firecrackers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 17:46:30 EST New twist on the Serenity Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693232 I saw this picture on whatwillmatter.com an thought it was great! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88689836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:43:40 EST 'Most runway models meet the BMI criteria for anorexia' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4677234 I saw a story about this photo shoot on World News Tonight and thought I would share <BR> <BR> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/articl<BR>e-2085226/PLUS-Model-Magazines-Katya-Z<BR>harkova-cover-highlights-body-image-fa<BR>shion-industry.html Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:21:07 EST Excellent quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602910 The YMCA I belong to posted this quote today......I thought I'd share! <BR> <BR> "Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” ~ Swedish Proverb Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:50:57 EST Don't ask, don't tell....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496869 Yesterday Sandiegojohn posted this on his feed: <BR> <BR> SANDIEGOJOHN A lesbian Emmy host. A trans-man on Dancing With The Stars. And Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone. Tough day to be a homophobe. 1 day ago <BR> <BR> Today I cam across this you tube video of a young soldier calling home to tell his family he is gay. It brought happy tears to my eyes so I thought I would share. Enjoy <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVAgz6iyK<BR>6A <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 14:03:42 EST Excellent quotes...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370853 The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, "Man, Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived." <BR> <BR> "Our lives take on their true meanings when we do our best a... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:58:00 EST Fifty Questions.....Borrowed from Little Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354254 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yep......my mom <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Today <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No.....and I went to Catholic school! <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? REAL Turkey <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Two daughters <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes <BR> <BR> 7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Unfortunately, yes <BR> <BR> 8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? no <BR> <BR> 9. WOULD ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:44:10 EST Stress and NOT falling off the wagon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321943 Stress and not falling off the wagon! <BR> <BR> To say that my life and that of my husband have been stressful over the last couple of months would be an understatement. The life changing events are for another blog; how I've reacted to the stress has been nothing short of amazing to me. I still cry.....a lot. I'm still angry and hurt but am trying my best to work out those feelings. <BR> <BR> In the past. my way of dealing with stress was to eat anything and everything made of simple carbs... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:38:48 EST Running for Life........My First Half Marathon with pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289993 Running for Life........My First Half Marathon <BR> <BR> I had way more fun than I ever imagined…….It was tough, painful, exhilarating, exciting, exhausting and inspiring!. The excitement all around me was contagious. People of all ages and fitness levels…….I missed it, but there was even a flash mob. Here is a link to the video. <BR> <BR> www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4VWPq__1vo <BR> <BR> My 27 year old daughter, Meghan, ran with me…..with no training. I had to work to keep up with her! She ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:08:20 EST A fellow Sparker needs our help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252899 Please visit LEAURIY's Page. Her daughter's school needs to be rebuilt after a fire. They are part of Chase Community Giving and just need a vote through the Chase site on facebook. <BR> <BR> Here is her blog address with details: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252298 <BR> <BR> Thank you! Tue, 24 May 2011 10:37:34 EST Just How Dangerous is Sitting???? Great link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4222692 I've read articles about the dangers of sitting too much quite a bit lately. This piece has some great graphics. <BR> <BR> http://mashable.com/2011/05/09/sitting-d<BR>own-infographic/ <BR> Tue, 10 May 2011 10:07:05 EST My Body Gave Back to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4221218 I can't remember a time when I've been this stressed! Both my husband & I are unemployed. That said, we are beyond blessed. We have a supportive network of family & friends, some savings and good health. Even with all of these blessings I find myself so terrified most of the time that it's hard to even eat. Never in a million years did I ever think I would make that statement! <BR> <BR> Exercise has been the key for me since my husband lost his job. I am completely calm when I'm running, wal... Mon, 9 May 2011 18:05:32 EST Yikes.....macaroni & cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4177223 I'm watching my grand-kids for a few days and made that favorite of most children, macaroni & cheese. I made the boxed kind......never again! I happened to look at the calories for a single serving of one cup.......400 calories and not much nutrition. <BR> <BR> It made me think back to my former fat self. I used to make a box and eat the whole thing; that's 1200 calories for just one meal. That calorie count didn't include the soda I had with it or anything else that happened to catch my ey... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:54:15 EST I have a LAP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4074318 Sitting at my computer today, Sparking, with a cat comfortably curled on my lap..........I realized that I HAVE A LAP for the cat to relax on! In the past, with my tummy extending halfway to my knees I had no lap to speak of. If the cat wanted to keep me warm I had to either put my feet up and lean back (tough at a computer) or push my legs up on my toes (while sitting) so the cat leaned on my tummy & wouldn't fall off my very narrow lap. <BR> <BR> I realized that I can also lay my infant... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 20:44:12 EST 30 Day Photo Challenge....Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4010566 Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170364523.jpg" <BR> <BR> This is a pic of my hubby & our youngest daughter at her wedding rehearsal in 2008. Yep, we are all Disney fans! <BR> <BR> I'd like to trade places with my husband for a day......since we were first married almost 37 years ago I've wished I could spend a day in his shoes. I'd love to see how he see me.....what he feels when he loo... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:28:39 EST 30 Day Photo Challenge....Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4001814 Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l508700122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l600836377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think I may be cheating on this a bit but my cat, Hobbs, is my favorite animal! <BR> He will be ten this spring. We are also owned by his litter mates, Calvin & Cindy. <BR> My daughter and I rescued Hobbs and the rest of his family when he was only a few days old. He was the runt ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:32:28 EST My first 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992907 Hubby and I had a great time this morning run/walking our first 5K. <BR> <BR> The course was on city streets about ten miles from home. It was completely flat so I think it was a great choice for our first time out. We don't have official times but I think my time was about 43 minutes and hubby's was about 41 minutes. Last year the race attracted about 1200 runners and it seemed like there were about that many today. <BR> <BR> We took at look at the times for the front runners and they w... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 15:13:31 EST 30 Day Photo Challenge....Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3991342 Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l770891869.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NYPD Blue has been off the air for at least five years now but it's still my favorite show! I can't even find reruns and only four seasons have been released on DVD. I found it filled with complex story lines and characters. I loved watching the characters grow and evolve. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 22:28:22 EST 30 Day Photo Challenge....Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3988842 Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l586818737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My children and grand-children are my inspiration for weight loss. <BR> <BR> In January of 2010 after blood test results that were way less than satisfactory I realized I had to do something to improve my health and lose weight. I want to watch my grand-children grow up, I want to dance at their weddings, I want to hold my great-grandchildren. I do... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 23:46:51 EST 30 Day Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3984634 Borrowed from friends and it sounds too fun to pass up. <BR> ___________________ <BR> Here's the concept - it's pretty simple - you post a photo a day based on the guidelines below: <BR> <BR> Day 01- A recent picture of yourself <BR> Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest <BR> Day 03 - A picture of your inspiration for weight loss <BR> Day 04 - A picture of the cast of your favorite TV show <BR> Day 05 - A picture of your favorite animal <BR> Day 06 -... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 16:50:04 EST A quote (really a paragraph) I love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3968937 "I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as th... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:04:09 EST Another Survey........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3965476 here was another survey going around the blogs <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? <BR> Medium rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? <BR> True Grit.....Excellent movie <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? <BR> Medium......it was cancelled <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? <BR> Right where I live today. <BR> <BR> 6. What did you have for breakfast? <BR> Yogurt, fiber one, blueberries, almonds <BR> <BR> 7. What is... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:14:44 EST Three Things.....stolen from another blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952981 I read this on several blogs today and found it interesting. So...here goes. <BR> <BR> The names I go by: <BR> * Mom <BR> * Oma <BR> * Bear <BR> <BR> Three places I've lived in the past: <BR> * Cleveland, Ohio <BR> * Sherman Oaks, CA <BR> * Manhattan Beach, CA <BR> <BR> Three sports I have played: <BR> * Swimming <BR> * Walking/running <BR> * Water Ballet.......way back in Highschool <BR> <BR> Three things I love to watch: <BR> * My grand-kids <BR> * Sunrise & Sunset <BR> * My family inte... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:12:57 EST People say the most insensitive things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3937597 I took a long walk this morning; a gentleman and I kept "leapfrogging" up the hill as he was taking pictures here and there. We eventually struck up a conversation and he was impressed that I wasn't huffing and puffing like he was. I told him I'd lost 102 pounds in the past year, he went on to say he'd lost 56 pounds in six months. He talked of other things and then looked at me and said "I was never really fat, even at 304 pounds, just big" This was followed by......."You must have been rea... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:38:55 EST 102 pounds, One Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909520 One year ago I was on the verge of diabetes. I was so unhappy. I was close to housebound because I hated to show myself in public. I would sit rather then stand, drive rather than walk. <BR> <BR> Today, I am happier than I've ever been. I am healthy, energetic and I love life! I've adopted a healthy lifestyle. I'm not dieting. I can keep up with my grand-kids....running, climbing, swinging, sliding. I can walk for miles and I can even run. I can't think of anything that hasn't improved in t... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:15:32 EST Walking with a destination in mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3836656 My usual walking routine involves five miles on a local walking trail or a hike in a wilderness area. Lately it's been harder to get myself out the door every morning. I normally love the peace and quiet.....I can concentrate on listening to my audio book, keep up my pace & remember to breath without traffic noise. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago I read a SP article called Is your car making you fat? (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitne<BR>ss_articles.asp?id=421) I decided maybe I shou... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:03:25 EST What a difference 11 months makes......Christmas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3834714 As I've been going about all of the additional chores that come with the Christmas season I've been comparing last year to this year. I started my journey last January and have lost 95 pounds. <BR> <BR> I have been in the kitchen for four hours making candy today, on my feet the whole time and NOTHING hurts. Last year after an hour my feet and back hurt so much I wanted to quit. I know I can cook all day and I even walked to the store this morning for supplies <BR> <BR> The Christmas tree ... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 16:27:45 EST More Milestones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3724476 This morning my BMI was 29.9. I am no longer obese, just overweight. Twenty nine more pounds and I'll be in the healthy weight category........barely, but I'll be there. <BR> <BR> Today I took my longest walk/hike ever! 10.40 miles with an elevation of 1050 feet! It took me close to three hours but I finished! It was a beautiful walk....cloudy, cool and a little rainy. I saw squirrels, two tarantulas, beetles and tons of birds. Thanks to my SP friend AELARLEE1 <BR> for the motivation........ Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:22:12 EST My new grand-daughter..........pictures too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3658458 I am blessed......My new grand-daughter, Calista Grace, was born at 7:19PM on September 19th. She weighed in at 9lbs, 9oz and is 20 inches long. My poor daughter labored for 36 hours before a c-section was done. Mother and daughter are just fine and we are all in love with little Callie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l602163892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just about an hour old...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832031327.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:24:22 EST Tying my shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3641497 I just put on my workout clothes and sat down to tie my shoes. I slipped the shoe on and brought my foot up to the edge of the chair, my knee almost to my chin, and tied my shoe. I repeated with the other foot. WOW........ Eight months ago, I struggled to tie my own shoes....sitting on the bed, with my leg bent sideways doing most of it by feel. Now I tie my shoes without even thinking about it......I can even bend at the waist and reach my feet to tie them, STANDING UP! <BR> <BR> Everyda... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:05:41 EST Haircuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3628100 Yesterday I went for my first haircut since I started my new lifestyle. I had the best experience ever. While I love having my hair washed, cut and styled, I used to hate having to look at myself the whole time. Once the drape was on I always saw a huge blob with a pudgy head sticking out. I tried closing my eyes the whole time but that's rude so I would focus on anything so I didn't have to look at myself. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I saw a new person and smiled for the whole hour. I saw smaller... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 14:19:19 EST Are you always BEHIND the camera? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3588954 All of my life I've been behind the camera....the family historian. I hate having my picture taken. What a mistake! <BR> <BR> I am now 55 years old and and can find very few pictures of myself. I lost my mother, mother-in-law and father-in-law in a thirteen month period five years ago. Preparing for the memorial services and looking through old pictures, reliving great times with the people I love made me realize that someday my children won't have pictures of me to jog old memories. I have... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 12:26:30 EST Milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3583724 It's been a great week! I've been stuck in the high 180's for a couple of weeks, losing and gaining the same 2 pounds. This morning I was 186.5.......I've lost 75 pounds since I started this journey and I'm determined to never find those pounds again! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I walked 8.5 miles....my longest walk yet and my pedometer showed over 25,000 steps! Who knew I would come to love walking so much that my day isn't complete without at least a short walk. I've noticed that walking is an ... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 18:26:47 EST Holy Smokes....I went to the gym today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3548730 I went to the gym for the first time today. <BR> <BR> My best friend belongs to the YMCA and I went as her guest. I had so much fun and it wasn't nearly as threatening as I thought it might be. I worked harder on the tread mill then I usually do walking the trail every morning and I even spent a few minutes on a cross trainer. I tried about half of the strength machines too. <BR> <BR> I think the YMCA might be the place for me when the cold weather sets in. Who knew sweating in front of ... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 23:56:23 EST My husband didn't recognize me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3513259 My husband & I went grocery shopping this morning after our walk. I asked him to get items from another part of the store and after a few minutes heard him muttering behind me "you're so narrow". I turned with a questioning look and he said I've been looking for you but didn't recognize you because you're so narrow now! Those are the sweetest words I've heard this week! Sat, 7 Aug 2010 18:52:02 EST Mirrors....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3510033 Seventy pounds ago I would have done ANYTHING to avoid my reflection. Today, even with 50 pounds to go, I stop when I see my reflection and smile. <BR> <BR> I love what I see, warts and all as the saying goes. My bottom half is still way out of proportion to my top half and I will always have larger thighs and hips than the average woman. The skin on my thighs, arms and abdomen will forever be saggy and I'll probably never have a six pack! Surprising to me......I don't care! I love the w... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 14:35:50 EST Addicted to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3503220 I've never been a person who enjoys exercise or gets an endorphin high from walking or jogging........until now. I've been exercising for about six months, walking (and a little jogging) about five miles a day at least five days a week, doing weight training at least three times a week. In July I even joined the 28 day Sparkpeople bootcamp workout challenge.......three more days and I'm finished with the first round. I intend to find another challenge right away! <BR> <BR> I'm not to the poi... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 15:32:44 EST Sizes....then and now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3462164 Yesterday I put on a pair of size 16 jeans and they fit! YAY Then I started thinking about sizes.......have clothes become larger and larger with the size staying the same as the years have passed? <BR> <BR> I remember wearing a size 16 when I was in high-school almost 40 years ago and I know I didn't weigh more than 140 to 150. This morning I weighed 196 yet I fit in a size 16. Does that mean I'll be a size 10 when I get to 140? Now I wish I'd saved a pair of jeans from 1970 to compare. <B... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:36:05 EST Only a Large http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3444123 I bought a new t-shirt at Disneyland yesterday and it was ONLY A LARGE.......not a 3X or a 2X or even an XL.....it was only a large. It is a little sung in the hips and shoulders but I will remedy that in the next month or two. I love the way my body is changing and how different I look in smaller sizes........now if only I looked as good naked as I think I look clothed. But that's another subject. Happy Sunday! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 15:12:41 EST How do I stay here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3408672 I am in the "zone" of eating properly, keeping a journal and exercising. The big question.....how do I stay here? I have started here countless times only to be pulled back into chaotic eating and living. I know all of the signs of slipping into old habits, I know how to shop and cook healthfully, I know how to exercise etc. I am too old to continue this self destructive path. Life is so much better when I have my eating under control. I feel better, I have more energy, I enjoy sex more, I s... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 18:23:57 EST Have I beaten my sweet tooth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3404362 Six months ago when I started this journey I decided to cut foods with added sugar out of my diet completely.......no candy, cookies, pie, cake etc. I know eliminating certain foods completely is very debatable but so far it's working for me. <BR> <BR> Looking back over the hundreds of pounds I've lost and gained over the years, the diets I've tried, the groups I've joined.....I realized that trying to eat highly refined, sugary foods in moderation has never worked for me. In the past a sliv... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:52:07 EST My first blog entry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3402310 I have been trying to make my first blog entry for the last month.......I am so unsure of myself but here goes. I joined Sparkpeople at the beginning of May but didn't become active until the beginning of June. <BR> <BR> In January 2010 I started this journey and as of today have lost 63 pounds and have at least another 58 to go. Six months ago I could barely walk a mile.....today I walk/jogged 5 miles in 76 minutes and half of the walk was uphill. I lift weights three times a week and wa... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 22:57:51 EST