TNLADY1960's SparkPeople Blog TNLADY1960's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'M BACK I have been gone for a while dealing with a lot of struggles mentally, physically and financially. I am back and ready to try this again. The bad news is I still have a lot of weight to lose. The good news is that I only have to lose an extra 3.5 pounds from the last time I was here which is a total of 81.5 pounds that I need to lose. I know I can do it. I have lost weight before, many times. I just want to lose it for good this time. Because of the financial problems we are having it will m... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:24:31 EST MOTIVATION, MOTIVATION, MOTIVATION! IT IS HARD TO STAY MOTIVATED EVERY DAY OF EVERY WEEK OF EVERY MONTH! SOME DAYS I LOSE SIGHT OF MY GOAL. SOME DAYS I THINK THAT PIECE OF CAKE OR PIE OR CANDY WON'T HURT MY WEIGHT LOSS UNTIL I SEE THAT SCALE NUMBER GO UP. I HAVE A WEIGHT LOSS SCRAP BOOK I STARTED YEARS AGO AND NEVER FINISHED BECAUSE I NEVER MET MY GOAL. I HAVE NOW DUSTED IT OFF AND STARTED USING IT AGAIN. I AM FILLING IT WITH TIPS AND GOALS AND PICTURES TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE ME, <BR> I WAS LOOKING AT MY SPARK PAGE TODAY AND ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 11:41:37 EST SAD, MAD AND FRUSTRATED! I am SAD that I saw a number on the scale I never thought I would see again. I am MAD that I allowed food to take over my life again to the point that I have gained 20 pounds in only 4 months!!! I am FRUSTRATED with myself because I know why it happened and as I saw it happening I did not stay committed enough to prevent it. July 2015 I joined WW and lost 11 pounds which made a total loss of 46 pounds. When finances got tight I had to cancel my membership and without that weekly weigh in I ju... Tue, 31 May 2016 07:52:17 EST HERE'S TO A NEW YEAR AND A NEW START! A few months ago I decided to just enjoy the holidays and all the food that goes with it then start all over for the new year. Now that Christmas is over I am already getting back on track but will not be entirely there until after our traditional New Years Day dinner, Southern style. That means fried hog jowl and for those that have never had it, it is better than BACON!!!! Along with that will be blacked eyed peas, mixed greens, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, corn bread, sliced onions and ice ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:30:46 EST REACHED MY SEPTEMBER GOAL! I SET MYSELF A GOAL OF LOSING 8 POUNDS IN THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER AND WHEN I WEIGHED THE FIRST DAY OF OCTOBER I HAD SURPASSED MY GOAL BY 1 POUND. I LOST 9 POUNDS THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!!!! I AM SO READY TO DO THIS THING AND REACH MY GOAL BY NEXT YEAR. I AM 64 POUNDS AWAY FROM MY GOAL. MY BEGINNING WEIGHT WAS 260 POUNDS SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND IT HAS BEEN AN UP AND DOWN STRUGGLE BUT I FINALLY FEEL LIKE I CAN DO THIS. I HAVE LOST A TOTAL OF 48 POUNDS. <em>521</em> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:43:35 EST MY 3 INGREDIENT PUMPKIN SPICE ANGEL FOOD CAKE ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I JUST TOOK IT OUT OF THE OVEN. THREE (3) ingredient pumpkin spice angel food cake. 1 box angel food cake mix, 15 ounce can pure pumpkin puree, 1 tabl pumpkin pie spice. Mix and pour into pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 30 min at 350. 1/12 of cake is 144 cal, 0 fat, 18 carbs, 3.6 protein, 0 fiber. WW POINTS IS 4PPV PER 1/12 PIECE. <img src=""> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:14:56 EST SPARKPAGE I couldn't wait any longer. My page is ready for fall!!!! <img src=""> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 12:00:44 EST WHO TURNED ON THE SWITCH? I WAS DOING SO WELL THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT IS LIKE SOMEONE TURNED ON A SWITCH AND I CANNOT STOP EATING. IT ISN'T JUST SWEETS EITHER. IT IS ANYTHING I CAN GET MY HANDS ON! SO YESTERDAY I DECIDED THIS STOPS NOW!!!!! I GOT OUT MY NOTEBOOK, BECAUSE IT WORKS BETTER FOR ME THAN TRYING TO LOG EVERYTHING ON THE COMPUTER. I START MY PAGE WITH MY CALORIE LIMIT AND SUBTRACT AS I GO. ON THE SIDE OF THE PAGE IS A LIST OF SNACK IDEAS SO THAT I CAN JUST LOOK AT THE LIST AND PICK SOMETHING THAT SUITS WHAT I... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:58:59 EST 21 DAYS ARE OVER I have finished my 21 days of no sweets except for fruit and protein shakes. My fasting blood sugar is 50-70 points lower than it has been and my bed time numbers are lowered by 100-200 points and able to lower my insulin dosages. I have also lost 6 pounds. This was a hard challenge for me, not as hard as I thought, but hard. No I did not lose my craving for sweets! I could not wait until I finally had a fig bar and some chocolate lol. But going forward I know that I can live without the swe... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:19:04 EST NO BAKE PROTEIN BREAKFAST BARS I REALLY LIKE THESE BUT THE NEXT TIME I WILL ADD SPLENDA TO MAKE THEM A LITTLE SWEETER WITHOUT ADDING CALONo-Bake Protein Breakfast Bars <BR> Ingredients <BR> 5 cups ( 450g ) uncooked oatmeal (quick oats) <BR> 1 1/3 cups ( 340g ) peanut butter <BR> 1 cup ( 250ml ) coconut cream or milk <BR> 3 tbsp honey <BR> Instructions <BR> 1 Open a pack or a can of coconut cream. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. <BR> 2 Add honey and mix well. <BR> 3 Add peanut butter and mix everything together with a s... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:11:05 EST WHEN SMALL THINGS MAKE A DIFFERENCE I AM A FOOD ADDICT, ESPECIALLY SWEETS, EVEN THOUGH I AM A DIABETIC. MY NUMBERS WERE GETTING SO OUT OF CONTROL AND MY INSULIN DOSES WERE GETTING SO HIGH I HAD TO DO SOMETHING RIGHT AWAY! SO LAST THURSDAY I DECIDED TO TAKE THE 21 DAY CHALLENGE OF NO SWEETS. THAT MEANS NO CAKE, PIE, COOKIES OR CANDY. THE ONLY THING I ALLOW MYSELF IS FRUIT AND SUGAR FREE JELLO. I DON'T EVEN ALLOW MYSELF A BREAKFAST MUFFIN I MAKE FOR MY GRANDSONS. SO HOW AM I DOING? I CAN HAPPILY SAY I HAVE GONE A WHOLE WEEK WIT... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:41:50 EST VALENTINES DAY TEMPTATIONS Yes Valentines Day is suppose to be about love but for many it is about flowers and candy and eating a special dinner with our sweetheart. I have always bought my babies (ages 12-34) boxes of candy but last year I made them each a jumbo cupcake. This year I am doing something a little different. I am making them heart shaped sugar cookies, individual heart shaped cakes and truffles for those that can't have gluten. So you are probably wandering how in the world I am going to stick to my plan... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:39:28 EST STRUGGLING As usual I am really struggling. Been in pain today and not feeling well. When I am in this much pain it is hard for me to make healthy meals. I need quick and easy meals that don't take much effort. A lot of people do not understand what it is like to have a chronic illness that affects your everyday life. I have good days and bad days and this was a bad one. <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 21:29:39 EST SHARING A HEALTHY SNACK IDEA I love, love, love sweet potato chips but they are as full of fat as regular chips. I decided to make my own. They are in the oven now so I haven't tried them yet but they have to be good lol. I only made one potato so I would not be tempted to over eat. The potato weighed 10 ounces before baking. I melted 1 tbl of coconut oil, covered the potatoes. I used my mandolin to get thin slices. I placed on a foil lined pan and sprinkled with sea salt. If I wanted I could eat the whole thing for 364 ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:18:26 EST I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I have suffered from a permanent physical disability since 2005 then in 2009 I fought and won the battle with cancer. It has been 5 years since I have been able to get any form of exercise. Monday I went to the Y with my daughter and sister and rode the recumbent bike 10 min but had to take several breaks to get it in. Tuesday I made it 12 min plus breaks. It was so pretty and warm outside today that I rode my recumbent bike that is on the back porch. Even though I had to take several breaks ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:14:16 EST HOW TO PREPARE FOR BATTLE A good soldier never goes to battle without his gear. He needs his weapons and he needs back up when push comes to shove. I AM IN A BATTLE. My battle is with myself. I have to win the mental battle before I can win the physical battle. Having a physical disability that prevents me from walking does make the battle harder and that affects me mentally because I feel sorry for myself when I know I can't just get up and take a walk when I need to clear my head, but I can use other weapons beside... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:27:15 EST BLAH Not having the best weekend. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:05:02 EST NEW YEAR, NEW DAY, NEW START! I am trying to approach the new year with a more positive attitude and to do that I have to take it one day at a time. I am a food addict! I think of food 24/7/365. As soon as I finish a meal I am thinking about what I will eat next. Because of my disability I cannot get up and take a walk. I cannot do much with my hands because of my disability. So as you can see I am limited. I spend most of my time watching tv and on the computer. Having said all this I am trying to make small changes tha... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:28:00 EST Is it Hopeless? I get on SP everyday but I have not been doing anything with it. I am at a stand still with my weight loss because I just cannot make myself get back on track. Everyone around me is losing weight but me and I am getting resentful towards myself and sometimes them. I guess because I can't understand why my health is not important enough to me to make me want to lose weight and get healthy. I have CIDP which keeps me from walking or exercising. When my daughter and sister and others gather eac... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:34:25 EST THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE BIRTHDAY WISHES AND SPARK GOODIES. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:25:07 EST PRAISE GOD NO CANCER! Called for results today and biopsy showed no signs that cancer has returned!!!!! Tue, 27 May 2014 13:10:13 EST WAITING ON BIOPSY RESULTS Had my biopsy done yesterday so now it is just waiting time. The last time I had chemo/radiation and radical surgery. I am praying that this is just scar tissue or a fistula that can be easily removed. I appreciate everyone's prayers on my behalf. Sat, 17 May 2014 15:01:11 EST NEED PRAYERS FOR MEDICAL ISSUES Was admitted to hospital thru the ER last week with a parastomal hernia that caused a blockage. After being referred to a surgeon he just routinely examined my cancer wound and found something suspicious so he is doing a biopsy this Friday. Mon, 12 May 2014 18:55:36 EST THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS Thank you for all of your encouraging words. I was almost afraid to post it because I did not want a bunch of negative comments and people trying to push me or act as though my pain is real. I do get that from people sometimes. So thank you everyone it sure made me feel better. I started my day with a healthy breakfast and I am gonna try to just take one meal or snack at a time. <em>304</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:14:39 EST WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I don't know what is wrong with me lately but I just cannot get back on track and it is driving me nuts! My CIDP prevents me from exercising and my anemia is making me so tired. I go back to my oncologist in May for a check up and hopefully she can help me with the tiredness. I can try to plan my meals but when I get ready to eat the meal or snack I have planned is not what I want to eat. I am also having some stomach issues so having to stay away from a lot of fiber. I hate being so limited... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:58:11 EST EASTER PAGE Have my Spark page all ready for Easter. Where has the time gone? Wasn't it Christmas just a few weeks ago? The old saying is true, the older you get the faster time goes by. <img src=""> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:10:08 EST MY SPARK PAGE MY SPARK PAGE IS NOW READY FOR SPRING! CHECK IT OUT! <img src=""> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:32:41 EST A GOOD MORNING PRAYER I don't know who wrote this but it is beautiful. <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> Breathe on me, breath of God, <BR> Fill me with life anew, <BR> That I may love the things you love, <BR> And do what you would do. <BR> <BR> Breathe on me, breath of God, <BR> Until my heart is pure, <BR> Until with you I have one will, <BR> To live and to endure. <BR> <BR> Breathe on me, breath of God, <BR> my soul with grace refine, <BR> Until this earthly part of me <BR> Glows with your fire divine. <BR> <BR> B... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:19:37 EST NEW START Once again Monday is here. It is a new day, a new week and a new clean slate. I am going to try my best to be more diligent when it comes to tracking my food intake. I have gotten off track so far but at least I haven't gained but a couple of pounds back so that I can handle. My pain management doctor has done a DNA genetic test back in November and she went over the results with me on Friday. This particular test checked for 2 different things and they found that I have 2 mutations. They ar... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:00:23 EST MY SPARK PAGE I HAVE MY PAGE ALL DECORATED FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY. DOESN'T SEEM THAT LONG SINCE I WAS DECORATING IT FOR CHRISTMAS! <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>438</em> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:05:49 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR Wishing everyone a safe and happy new year and I hope we all meet our goals for 2014! <em>409</em> <em>408</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:27:24 EST WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS Hot water heater busted had to borrow money from brother in law to get a new one. So blessed to have someone we can borrow money from when we need it. It is so upsetting because we would not have to do this if the government would do the right thing and give us back the money their employees stole from us. Still waiting on it to go to court but I don't see it happening we have probably lost that $300,000 to the thieves and I bet if the truth be known they didn't lose their job for what they d... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:02:53 EST Slow and Steady They say slow and steady wins the race. We shall see. Since moving in with our daughter my eating habits have changed some but I am still having problems with late night eating but I am working on it and hopefully will conquer it soon. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 13:52:31 EST I AM SO HURT! I am so hurt by the way my best friend has changed the past few months. She has gotten herself into a life of sin that is unacceptable to me and to God. I cannot judge her because I too am a sinner but I am a sinner saved by grace and she is suppose to be. She no longer comes to church regularly. She no longer has time for me and I am sure it is because she knows I do not approve of her lifestyle. We have always helped each other if we needed money and it has never been a problem before becau... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:38:20 EST HAPPY 4TH OF JULY HAPPY 4TH OF JULY EVERYONE!!! <em>652</em> <em>283</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 14:07:32 EST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Today is our 35th wedding anniversary and hubby is at the ER. While I was in the shower he cut his thumb on the table saw while working on our daughter's new porch. Waiting to hear from her. What a way to celebrate lol. <img src=""> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:55:46 EST ANSWERED PRAYERS God has answered our prayers! My son finally saw that the "other woman" was the trashiest of trash and only after his money. He also could not stop thinking about his wife. He has asked to come back home. My daughter in law said yes but with counseling. Please pray that this will be the only time he will ever stray from his marriage, that it will not become a habit. He even deleted his page on the site where he was reacquainted with this former school mate because of the trouble it caused. My... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:17:47 EST PLEASE PRAY FOR THIS HEARTBROKEN MOTHER! My son has left his wife after almost 6 years of marriage and they have been together for almost 7. She is crushed and so am I! This other woman is someone he knew 17 years ago in the 8th grade and they got reacquainted on a social media site and the "mystery" of her caused him to think he is unhappy with his wife. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt he is making the biggest mistake of his life! His wife is a wonderful girl and they were just made for each other and I know this is just Satan te... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:50:07 EST THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES AND SPARK GOODIES! Sat, 8 Jun 2013 19:49:20 EST I AM NOT A DRAMA QUEEN, REALLY I'M NOT!!!!! I know when people read my blogs they may think I am a drama queen but really I'm not! I hate drama! I love to live my life in peace and quite and everyone getting along but now on top of having problems with my friend it is continuing with family. Since we had to move in with my mom 4 years ago we have tried so hard to avoid any kind of negativity or drama but my mom loves to cause problems in the family even though she says she doesn't like it. She tells fibs and stretches the truth to make... Tue, 28 May 2013 20:23:33 EST ACCEPTING CHANGE I am dealing with a change in my life that is breaking my heart. It deals with someone I thought was a friend and she has been in so many ways, I don't know what I would have done without her over the years. I know all things run their course but it hurts to see her being drawn into something that is not good for her or her family but there is nothing I can do, she is a grown woman. I have talked to her about it and she is so deceived. She has convinced herself that she is doing all the wrong... Tue, 28 May 2013 15:04:13 EST GOD MOVING IN BIG WAY WOOOO HOOOOOO IRS is finally gonna answer to someone for their lies and theft I hope this will lead to our money that was stolen by IRS employees being replaced. Our attorney has contacted Attorney General about our case. Please pray this will be over soon and we will finally get our money back. Thu, 16 May 2013 13:00:58 EST APPLE AMBROSIA I got this recipe from Trisha Yearwood's show. I was out of crushed pineapple so I just peeled and shredded 2 gala apples on a box grater, poured a little orange juice onto apples to keep them from turning brown then added flaked coconut. If your apples are sweet enough you don't need to add sugar or splenda but if they are too tart you can add sweetener. It is delicious and healthy. Would also be delicious with added bananas, pecans and maraschino cherries. <BR> <BR> Betty's Apple Ambrosia ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:27:17 EST TOTAL OF 42 POUNDS DOWN It has been a real battle. A couple of years ago I was down 69 pounds then gained 39 pounds back. Now lost 12 of those pounds so only 27 to be back to where I was then I can go on from there. I am so tired of this yo yo going up and down I want to get down and stay down. I am 78 pounds from my goal and I know I can get that off in a year if I really work hard. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:35:33 EST A WAY TO SPEND SOME TIME BEING CALM I found this website and I love it. You can choose 2, 10 or 20 minutes of time and choose the picture and with sound that you want. It is at Hope you enjoy it! Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:27:17 EST NEED MY FELLOW PRAYER WARRIORS TO GET ON THEIR KNEES!!! GOD IS MOVING AND I KNOW IT IS FROM ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS. JUST HAD SOMEONE FROM CONGRESSMAN'S OFFICE CALL MY FRIEND'S DAD AND SCHEDULED A MEETING FOR MONDAY TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE TOWARDS GETTING OUR MONEY THAT WAS STOLEN BY IRS EMPLOYEES RETURNED TO US. PLEASE PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY THAT GOD WILL INTERVENE AND STOP THE DEVIL FROM THIS ATTACK ON US!!!! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:53:06 EST GOD IS HEARING OUR PRAYER BUT WE NEED MORE!!!!! I emailed a couple of our senators and I got a call from one of them today. They gave me the phone # to our federal congressman that is over the IRS and told us to call him for help with our fight to get our money returned to us that was stolen by the IRS employees. I gave the # to my best friend because the case is in her name so her father who has her power of attorney called the congressman's office but he had to leave a message because they were out to lunch but at least I feel like we ar... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:07:29 EST I'M SO WORRIED! I talked to my best friend today and she is so discouraged about this money thing that is going on. For those of you that know it involves both of our families. The people from the IRS that stole our money from our bank account have been indicted and our case has been turned over to the US Treasury Dept. All we know is that there is a case #. This could drag on for years because we can't seem to get anyone in the US government to help us and we can't afford to hire an attorney. My friend is l... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:17:04 EST PLATEAU IS FINALLY OVER! After many weeks of nothing I weighed today and I have lost 4 more pounds. <em>193</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:03:35 EST SPRING BRINGS SICKNESS Well it is the 1st day of spring and what I thought was just allergies appears to be more. Not only do I have the headache, cough and no air capacity, I am running a low grade fever. Hate that I have to miss church tonight but will lay around and rest. <em>39</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:25:22 EST