THEBETH43's SparkPeople Blog THEBETH43's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Remember: <img src=""> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:29:59 EST Today's Motivational Quote <img src=""> Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:19:16 EST My Day of Organizing My Former Sized Wardrobes Organizing wardrobes in 3 messy closets was a major challenge but giving away several 50 gallon bags of clothes seemed like an impossible task. Thankfully, my friend came over & although I had no energy, I started in one closet & got momentum to finish the task. Talking about my weight gain & my frustration at bingeing & not making enough progress was easier than if I tried doing this task alone. She wanted me to get rid of all the clothes I can't fit into & start anew but I explained that... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 01:09:28 EST Success <img src=""> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 19:25:17 EST Shredded Wheat Kept Me From Bingeing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was starving today & I almost succumbed to sugar cravings today. I roamed & meandered the supermarket until I happened upon my childhood & teenaged favorite: shredded wheat cereal: the kind that you crumble into your cereal bowl & then pour the milk. I ate 2 bricks of it & am now satisfied. Sometimes breakfast for dinner is nice. Hooray! <BR> <BR> On other news: I'm still doing Nordictrack for 30 min. a day ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 21:16:50 EST Yay! I surpassed a goal! While listening to Zumba songs on CDs, I managed to maintain a consistent fast pace for 30 minutes on my Nordictrack Ski exerciser! Yay! Then I drank lots of ice water & did some pilates exercises as a cool down. My previous achievement was 20 min. which usually felt like forever out of boredom. <BR> <BR> <em>355</em> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:56:06 EST Hall Closet Accomplished! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every other day on my 2 week Staycation, I'll be focusing on: fitness, sleep & organizing. Today I succeeded at cleaning out an out-of-control cluttered hall closet. I have a 50 lb. bag stuffed full of shoes, coats & winter garments that haven't been worn in 5 years or never worn (gifts). It's ready to be given to my friend who enjoys ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:23:45 EST Focus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A goal without a plan is just a wish. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:30:09 EST It'll happen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even though I'm not making progress as quickly as I'd like, I have to keep on track & let the positive results happen when they happen. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 07:30:45 EST Do Something Positive If you want something you’ve never had, <BR> you’ve got to do something you’ve never done. <BR> <BR> The difference between who you are & <BR> who you want to be is what you do. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:55:15 EST Productive Morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Laundry's Done! <BR> <BR> Cleaned & put away a week of laundry (that's a lot & I usually do laundry every other day) & vacuumed the house. My husband won't recognize the place! <BR> <BR> That's all I've accomplished so far but the day is young. <BR> <BR> Have you ever felt so good about accomplishing tasks you've been procrastinating about? That's how I feel right now. <BR> <BR> Time to wii exercise & g... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:56:36 EST If you still look cute <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I like this saying because I'm always a sweaty mess & in dire need of a shower after exercising! :) Thu, 20 Sep 2012 18:22:51 EST Keep Going <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:21:19 EST What I did today: As shown by kitty cats I didn't do much so I added cats to make this blog more enjoyable. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Watched old Brit-coms. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DVD Exercised. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wii Exercised. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walked. <BR> <BR... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:48:12 EST Sleepy Besides pet sitting & catching up on our laundry, I've spent most of today sleeping. I have a wonderful time caring for neighborhood pets, however not having a day off for several months has definitely exhausted me. I'm still sleepy but waiting until bedtime to finish sleeping. <BR> <BR> In Oct. I'll be taking a staycation for a couple weeks just to sleep or do whatever whenever. It'll be interesting to see if I lose weight during that time since I usually overeat when I'm tired & don't ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:01:01 EST Wii Zumba 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just did "Wii Zumba 2" & I'm feeling energized for the day! <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 06:46:06 EST One Size Down!!! I've been wearing size 14 shorts but they're all in the wash so I hesitantly reached for a size 12 & tried them on & they fit comfortably! I'm sitting in them & can still breathe. Hallelujah! I hope that in 2 months I'll fit in a size 10, then in another couple months, a size 8 & then in a couple more months, a size 6. I'm feeling encouraged today. <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:10:22 EST Back on Track Today I'm doing better & I am back on the healthy track. <BR> I don't want to cause myself to be derailed anymore. <BR> <BR> My feelings about yesterday: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My feelings about today: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:47:40 EST Angry at Myself for Last Night I messed up last night. I do so well & then I go back to my old ways. I've got to find a better way to cope with sadness & grief. I ended up eating 1 pound bag of Twizzlers yesterday & then felt sick all night long. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:19:53 EST Decrease <img src=""> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 02:22:34 EST Compare <img src=""> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:01:07 EST 4% <img src=""> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:04:33 EST Workout Quote <img src=""> Sun, 9 Sep 2012 14:01:43 EST Be The Best You Can Be There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:44:23 EST Impatient I tried on some of my former adorable clothing. Nope, not yet: either I can't get them on or I can but can't breathe. I looked as if I had been poured into my clothes and had forgotten to say "when." <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> <em>202</em> Fri, 7 Sep 2012 02:15:08 EST Cravings? Think of Consequences & Pray for Strength All yesterday & especially late last night I was seriously craving angel food cake. I could practically taste it. Of course, I avoided the grocery store by keeping busy. This was easy: I was walking dogs, caring for cats, russian tortoises, turtles, fish, etc. Then I exercised to wii & dvds & nordictrack. Then I showered & napped. But when I awoke: still that temptation was on my mind. Later it was time for bed. I brushed my teeth, put on my pajamas, got in bed & while drinking ice wate... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 11:20:06 EST Think Thin You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. <BR> <BR> Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can. <BR> <BR> Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us. <BR> <BR> Take twice as long to eat half as much. <BR> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 10:46:24 EST Motivating Quotes A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided. <BR> <BR> If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. <BR> <BR> It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through. <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Sep 2012 00:53:22 EST Dream Quote <img src=""> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 12:39:07 EST Do what you can today Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. <BR> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 07:16:48 EST Busy If all the cars in the U.S. were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. <BR> <BR> This is one of my busy times of year as a pet sitter with several families going on road trips over this long weekend. I'm very blessed to be trusted by so many with their darling pets. <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:14:24 EST Perseverance Thoughts Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use. <BR> <BR> Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. <BR> <BR> If you’re running or walking a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is done one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you’re trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:10:37 EST Responsibilities can be ignored but consequences cannot. Today was a long day fighting sugar junk food temptations. Why today? I have no idea. The good news: I didn't go shopping for sugary stuff so I've been staying focused on goals & personal responsibilities. <BR> <BR> I'm thankful my knees weren't hurting as much as yesterday & I'm even thankful for this headache as it keeps me from thinking about sugar foods. Time for more ice water & some sleep, as I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:54:04 EST Knees My knees were hurting this morning, however I've been managing my 4 hours of dog walks. Actually, the walking is easy: it's the stairs that are challenging. For the first time ever, I put some "Ben Gay" cream on my knees & above them to ease the pain: just had to keep curious pups away from sniffing & ingesting it. I stopped myself from feeling sorry for & angry at myself on how heavy I still am. That doesn't solve my problem. All I can do is keep exercising, eating healthy & having a p... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:58:23 EST God Leads Us Along My husband & I are singng this old hymn as a duet (acapella) at church this morning. We sang our favorite, How Great Thou Art, a few months ago. <BR> <BR> Singing is praying twice. <BR> <BR> Singing together is praying together. Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:10:25 EST Challenge Quote When faced with a challenge look for a way, not a way out. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 06:20:13 EST Nordictrack <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got this nordictrack from 1986 for free from one of my dog walking customers & it still works wonderfully & it feels like I'm cross country skiing. I'm so happy I could exercise today for 15 minutes. My goal is 20 minutes tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I also have several neighborhood doggies to walk for a total of 4 hours today but walking is easy, especially with my furry & happy "personal trainers". <BR> <BR> Happ... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:27:37 EST Do We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 02:45:09 EST Success & Kindness One of the secrets of success: make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:23:40 EST Good quote Balanced calories+ Increased activity + Habits you can stick with = <BR> Healthy weight for life. <BR> <BR> This spark email quote today is so true. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:02:11 EST Half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. I've been craving candy all day, until I was able to get a quality 3 hour nap. Whew! Feeling better now. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:46:16 EST Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. One week of no sugar & I got rid of 2 pounds! Yay! <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Goals without plans are just wishes. <BR> Bridge between goals & accomplishment is prayer & discipline. <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 08:16:27 EST The future depends on what we do in the present Changing the world begins with the very personal process of changing yourself, the only place you can begin is where you are, and the only time you can begin is always now. <BR> <BR> If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 07:59:24 EST Positive Attitude Quotes Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. <BR> <BR> It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude. <BR> <BR> Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> (Day 5: No Sugar & Feeling Great!) Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:48:00 EST Motivational Quotes (Update: Day 4 of No Sugar: I'm well, though sleepy). <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution. <BR> <BR> Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. <BR> <BR> Knowing is not enough; we must apply. <BR> Willing is not enough; we must do. <BR> <BR> The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. <BR> <BR> The elevator to success is ou... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:03:18 EST Day 3: No Sugar: No Cravings Getting rid of toxic sugar is essential to good health. Having no cravings is superb. Just to be safe: there are no temptations in the house & I'm not doing grocery shopping in dangerous empty-calorie fattening aisles or those perilous checkout lines with impulse items. Immediate benefits to no sugar in body: mood swings, nightmares, sleep-walking, sleep-talking & intestinal troubles are gone (I've dealt with those all my life). <BR> <BR> YAY! I finally got rid of another pound: now I'm 16... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 01:12:58 EST Day Two of No Sugar Thanking the Lord for no cravings. Doing well. Did Wii Fit exercises. Yay! Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:40:54 EST Sugar Detox: Back on track I'm feeling great today: I exercised & ate well. I threw away the rest of the temptations in kitchen. No sugar cravings. Had plain hot tea, then ice water. Ate some plain fruits (they're always plain). I'm ready to walk doggies & care for kitty cats. Have a splendiferous day everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:55:56 EST Lost the sugar battle I lost a battle but I'm not losing the war of the battle of the bulge. I failed this morning: I ended up drinking an 8 oz. milk chocolate slim-fast shake. The good news is I didn't binge at all (amazing since sugar leads to bingeing) nor did I eat or drink any other sugary substance. I actually ate healhy foods today & had no other cravings. <BR> <BR> I exercised this morning like I promised myself: I did a new exercise dvd with gliding discs which work very well (I have a bunch of exerci... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:59:09 EST Didn't workout today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As always, I enjoy being a pet sitter/dog walker & took care of several neighborhood pets (mostly dogs & cats) & I love them all. I walked dogs for 4 hours total. Today was quite busy & I didn't have time & energy to do any wii or dvd workouts & now it's 10:30pm. I plan to do my workout first thing in the morning. If I attempt to exercise now, I'll be off my sleep schedule. Goodnight. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:34:36 EST