THUYTEN's SparkPeople Blog THUYTEN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Starting Over I don't really need to lose weight, but I can see immediately that I need motivation. It is getting cooler outside which makes it more difficult to strap on more clothes to go for my daily walk. I also feel the fatigue setting in that usually comes over me in fall and winter. I want to stay motivated and alert to the changes and not wait for the downfall before I put a program into place. Thu, 25 Oct 2007 09:46:34 EST Made my goal for the wedding I don't have pictures yet of the wedding, since my daughter was married 2 weeks ago. I made my goal and then some to lose 3 pounds by the time she was married. It was as hard as I thought, and I even had so many people ask me what I was doing about my weight at the wedding. I only lost 5 pounds from the last wedding of my other daughter last year, but it must have been noticed. I do have a small frame, so I suppose any weight gain or loss would be noticeable but I still maintain a good weight... Sat, 8 Sep 2007 15:32:48 EST Met my weight goal It's been a consistent 3 weeks that I have met my weight goal of 110. I fluctuate between 109.5 and 111.5, but generally stay between. I will maintain this but also am aware that I am at the low end of my fat and bmi scores, so I won't stress when I eat more and gain a few pounds which will still be healthy. <BR> <BR> I am also thankful for the ToolstoLife program I began, which has helped me to become more introspective about issues I am not dealing with. I pray, but have not spent enough t... Thu, 21 Jun 2007 17:24:12 EST Not Off the Planet I have not fallen off the planet or fail to read articles everyday. I have met my goal, so I touch base probably about 3 times a week, but do not post calorie or fitness, since I am staying on track after the fact. <BR> <BR> If I think I have gone off the deep end at a meal, I put in the calorie count for that day, to give me a good slap across the face. It works! Tue, 19 Jun 2007 11:09:20 EST Me and My Friend I have a dear friend who motivates me more than she can know. She has a weight issue and even though she drags her feet, she wants to follow my example in eating right and exercising. This has put me on a different plain entirely, in that I cannot do this for myself or for simple vanity reasons, I have her vested interest at heart. Since she has asthma and must watch her cholesterol, it gives me the added impetus to watch what I eat as well. If I did all of this just for myself, I probably w... Tue, 22 May 2007 10:49:10 EST Mother's Day a Lost Weekend? This was a wonderful weekend, but while maintaining my diet intake for the most part, I am positive the sodium and fat intake was still too high. A well meaning friend and my husband wanted to take me out to dinner but while making good choices, I also recognize that eating out rarely is my smartest choice in order to maintain my weight. <BR> <BR> Sodium is the number one high on my list. I have low blood pressure, but even so, a high sodium diet throws my weight retention and water intake o... Mon, 14 May 2007 09:30:52 EST Sleep and Necessity I do believe I get plenty of sleep. My drawback is that sometimes I can get caught in worry which robs me of my sleep. I have found that if I keep a book by my side and read a couple of paragraphs to get my mind calmed, then I am able to drift back to sleep. <BR> <BR> It took me sometime to discover my sleep secret, but I also must read a very boring book and not suspense or political. I have also found that a magazine with pictures is a plus, and can quickly calm my nerves as well. Fri, 4 May 2007 14:32:34 EST Tools To Life I met two new members of this site who are also Spark People members. It's a wonderful site that helps one realize how their brain works and build a new way of thinking. <BR> <BR> I am usually optimistic by nature, but when things get discouraging, I can also fall as easily into a slump which is a total waste of time. I am glad I found Tools To Life to help me overcome these slumps with some real techniques. <BR> <BR> I really like the Wake Up advice. Reading this and giving it to my son t... Thu, 3 May 2007 15:08:28 EST Maintaining I have not had to lose too much weight and my primary goal was to get more fit and maintain my health level. I am so impressed with the sparkpeople who have lost weight over many months and still work at it with such optimism. I also like the overall spirit of the people in this site. <BR> <BR> I love being a grandma but at the same time I don't like seeing my kids growing up. I still have one at home full-time, and it's hard to see the last one leave the nest. My husband and I still invest ... Tue, 1 May 2007 14:38:54 EST I am a grandmother I spent the past week with my daughter and son-in-law as we welcomed their firstborn and my first grandchild into the world. <BR> <BR> I was able to be in labor with both she and Jeff, and it was an experience I cannot begin to describe. Awesome is the word! <BR> <BR> I have a couple of photos, but for my logging in and calculating my calories, there wasn't a moment to spare. <BR> <BR> I did lose 2 pounds over the week, but I will probably regain that, since my energy was spent to the lim... Mon, 30 Apr 2007 15:16:01 EST Best time to weight oneself... I have decided to weight (pun) a bit before posting my weight to my spark page. The reason is that I fluctuate so much between a pound here and there, that going from 113 to 110 is going to take a bit of exercise and more time to transition. I don't believe I have gained a pound in fat, though, since I have been weight training and my clothes are so much more lose fitting and my muscles are so much larger. I am far from looking like a weight trainer, so I am suspecting it is just definition. ... Mon, 23 Apr 2007 10:08:25 EST So much better today! It's been a long 4 days, since I fell ill with something or other. I couldn't put my finger on it, but took it easy anyway. <BR> <BR> Today I did my normal workout without the elliptical, so as to ease back into the workload. I was happy that I did not feel any real reduction in weight strength and was able to do as much if not more than normal. Maybe the rest did me some good. <BR> <BR> Well, back to the old grindstone and looking forward to getting on track again. I am not going to do a ... Wed, 18 Apr 2007 15:38:37 EST A little under the weather I look forward to getting back into the exercise as soon as I feel I have licked this bug. I took ill in the evening on Saturday and haven't felt quite myself for a few day. I am eating fine and haven't gained any weight, so I am happy about that. <BR> <BR> I haven't stopped checking in on the forum, though. It makes me feel excited to get back into the swing of exercise as soon as I feel better. Tue, 17 Apr 2007 20:51:52 EST Ask the Expert Section I love this section, since I am too busy in the morning to have any questions running through my mind. I am inspired by the questions asked of other members, so look at this section every morning for some insight. <BR> <BR><BR>_the_experts_questions.asp <BR> Mon, 9 Apr 2007 09:30:40 EST Easter Monday I am back on track today. Even though yesterday was Easter, I did not do too bad in over-eating, but I now have all those wonderful leftovers. Today I will bag and freeze some dinners for future use, since the lean ham is still too tempting to eat to my heart's content. <BR> <BR> Also, I made two pies and everyone was too full to eat them. Oh boy! Sweet Potato pie and Dutch Apple are my two favorites, but I cannot eat them all by myself. LOL <BR> <BR> I found this very interesting article ... Mon, 9 Apr 2007 09:25:39 EST Nothing lost, but everything gained. I measured myself today! I am leaner even though I have not lost any inches. It's a different look... leaner, firmer and toned. <BR> <BR> I also have not lost any weight by the scale, but it's moving and shifting nicely. I will post as I see any changes, but this is only after one week, and I am quite pleased. <BR> <BR> I haven't really done that much either, so others will probably be quite successful and transformed in quicker way by following the diet and exercise plans in sparkpeople. ... Fri, 6 Apr 2007 17:33:43 EST One Week Plus One Pound I weighed myself today! I have gained a pound. My ticker would not allow me to post the weight gain, so I will expain the results here. I have put an additional inch around my biceps and my hips. I am sure this is from the weights. That pound is to be expected, so I am actually pleased with the results of my increase in protein and the workouts being done to gain that pound. <BR> <BR> My oldest daughter, a Doctor of Pharmacy and Manager of her store, had just told me last week that she was... Tue, 3 Apr 2007 07:58:43 EST Really Good Popcorn I was afraid that this weekend I would scrap my new eating habits, since I have a 17 year old son stuck home with me on a Saturday night. Poor thing! Instead I compromised a bit and popped some old-fashioned popcorn the old-fashioned way on the stove. I used a very small dolop of grapeseed oil which cooks fabulously at high heat and for a buttery taste I added Smart Balance Buttery Spread. The popcorn was the best I've eaten in ages and almost every kernel was popped. <BR> <BR> I also kept... Sat, 31 Mar 2007 21:27:37 EST With that encouragement I feel my muscles growing as I type... <BR> <BR> Well, actually I did look at my biceps and shoulders... Wow! and such quick results. <BR> <BR> Thanks and thanks to and the encouragement of reading everyone's determination to improve their health and fitness. Fri, 30 Mar 2007 09:46:31 EST Weight lifting and weight gain Since starting my own exercise and nutrition program way back when, I can determine my eating and goals and my pitfalls as well. <BR> <BR> This week I started a concerted effort to focus on weight training which is something I do sporadically or very lightly. So far 4 days into my program, I have actually gained a pound. I am not surprised by this, since I always gain when I combine weights with my aerobics. <BR> <BR> I also found that when I drank a glass of whey before bed, that my joint... Fri, 30 Mar 2007 08:56:14 EST So far, so good! I never had much trouble controlling my eating habits, but the exercise is easy to overlook. It's the weights that give me the greatest challenge because I usually ache the next day and tend to baby myself. Skipping a day has been better for me, and it's easier to work on selected muscles instead of trying to get them finished all at once in one session. <BR> <BR> I was so hungry during the night that I finally had to get up and have my breakfast. :) I should have eaten more the night befor... Thu, 29 Mar 2007 14:23:11 EST