TWO-TOO-MUCH's SparkPeople Blog TWO-TOO-MUCH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community (18 Aug) The DASH Continues <img src=""> <BR> Here we are, mid-August...where has the summer gone? <BR> <BR> I thought I'd post a quick update -- I continue to follow and enjoy the DASH Diet. It's a whole new way of looking at food and it's been so easy! As of this morning, I have lost 34.8 pounds on DASH...39 pounds total. I'm thrilled. :) <BR> <BR> Other than that, it's been a quiet summer. The days here in Nova Scotia have flip-flopped between hot and hum... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:21:34 EST (10 July 2013) Nancy & Charlie Got Married! <img src=""> <BR> June has sure been a happy month for me! On Friday the 28th of June at 7:00pm, I married my love of 15 years. We had a small, intimate civil ceremony right here in our apartment with 14 of our closest friends and family. We had a lovely evening and are happy newlyweds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> June has also been a productive month with my weight loss -- I c... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:27:00 EST (29 May 2013) Another Month of Progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's high time I updated with another blog. And I'm pleased to say that my update is an upbeat one. <BR> <BR> Last time I posted a blog, I had lost 12.6 pounds -- as of this morning, I have lost 23.6 pounds since Mar 19! I'm still following the DASH plan and will be for life. It's been pretty darned easy and I feel terrific! I'm not sure where this stubborn determination came from, but I don't EVER plan to retu... Wed, 29 May 2013 23:02:50 EST (18 Apr 13) Still DASHing Toward Success <img src=""> <BR> It's time I checked in with an update, I think. I am now in the third week of Phase 2 on the DASH eating plan and doing very well. In my last blog, I had lost 7.4 lbs and I'm thrilled to say that I'm now minus 12.6 lbs! What I'm happiest about is that it's been EASY. <BR> <BR> In 4.5 weeks, I: <BR> <BR> * sleep better...fall asleep much faster and *stay* asleep <BR> <BR> * have much more energy <BR> <BR> * am read... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:04:50 EST (01 Apr 2013) I Ain't No April Fool! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still DASHing along, loving this plan! I'm on the last day of the two-week Phase 1, have lost 7.4 lbs as of this morning, and look forward to moving on to Phase 2 tomorrow, my "forever" eating plan. Hoping to make it an even 8 lb loss by morning. <BR> <BR> These first two weeks have been easy. Seriously. I'm not sure if it's the DASH program alone, or if something has finally clicked after all these years of ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 14:16:46 EST (26 Mar 2013) DASHing To Success <img src=""> <BR> It's been too long since I've blogged, but I hope to remedy that with a weekly update of how the DASH Diet Plan is working for me. <BR> <BR> For those who are not familiar with DASH, it is divided into two phases, the first being two weeks long and a little more restrictive than the second or permanent phase. By restrictive, I mean no sugar, no refined foods, no "white or starchy" foods (potatoes, rice, pasta, flour, ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:35:41 EST (20 Feb 2013) The Final DASH <img src=""> <BR> "You may delay, but time will not." - Benjamin Franklin <BR> --- <BR> Tick, tock. Tick, tock. <BR> <BR> Over the past couple of months, I've let my eating plan fall by the wayside -- since Christmas, if truth be told. I've continued to be careful about some things but have been careless about others. I'm happy to report my blood glucose levels, though still on the high normal side, have improved. However, at my doc... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:00:10 EST (Jan 3/2013) The Right Weigh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope your 2013 is off to a great start! Best wishes for resolve, strength, courage, determination, resilience, and great successes in the coming year! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:01:20 EST (Oct 17) What Will YOUR Wake-Up Call Be? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Let me quote the old adage that says, 'Prevention is better than cure.' So wake up and start taking care of your health. Remember, [we are] given this life to live for only once." - Unknown <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> As any of you who have read many of my blogs already know, I've struggled with my weight for most of my adult life. These excess pounds must really like me because they keep coming back every t... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:43:26 EST (Oct 7) Be Thankful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY CANADIAN SPARK FRIENDS! <BR> <BR> Of the many things I'm grateful for on this beautiful, fall weekend, the friendships and support of those I've met here on Spark are certainly toward the top of the list. I appreciate each and every one of you. <BR> <BR> Be thankful every day you can rise, eat, move, think ... and be ever mindful of those who cannot. <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend, All! <B... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:52:42 EST (Aug 30) Accentuate The Positive: Half the Battle <img src=""> <BR> Take just a few minutes to listen to this upbeat song, and take the words to heart!! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>386</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:01:10 EST (Aug 6) Keep Pushing! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a question I've asked myself almost daily for the past two years: how badly do you want it? <BR> <BR> The good news is that I didn't gain a single ounce this past week! The bad news is that I didn't lose a single ounce this past week. <BR> <BR> I know how badly I want it. More than anything. For a host of reasons, the most important of which is to improve my health and my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I need to ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 00:14:44 EST (Jul 19) 50 Things About Me -- Why Not? :-) My gal pal, Beth, just did this, and it looks like fun. :) <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Not really, but my great grandmother's name was Nancy. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> I can't honestly remember, but it was probably over something on TV...I'm a sap like that. :) <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> Cold roasted turkey. <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> Yes, two Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:03:07 EST (Jun 25) Once Upon Two Years Ago... <img src=""> <BR> Taken May of 2008 <BR> <BR> It all started with that one photo. When I saw it, I was shocked. I mean, it wasn't that I didn't know I needed to lose a LOT of 217 lbs, my all time high weight, that was painfully obvious. I didn't know I looked THAT fat. But I sure knew that I FELT it. <BR> <BR> So, it took a while, but I finally joined Spark again at 203 lbs and the results were amazing. I found an eatin... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:28:47 EST (Jun 19) A Little Fast Food Is Okay! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:23:06 EST (Jun 12) Tuesday Tickler <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:12:46 EST (May 23) Can You Believe It? <img src=""> <BR> * * * <BR> It seems to come so easy to some people. When you look at pages of wonderful and inspiring success stories -- people who've put their nose to the grindstone and got the job done in what seems like an impossibly short time, sometimes. Trust me, I don't minify their hard work; I know what they did to reach their healthy milestones. I'm not, for a moment, saying that it IS easy, just that it SEEMS easy. ... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:15:25 EST (May 18) Happiness! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekends -- but not too much. :) <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 18 May 2012 14:13:00 EST (April 18) You're Fat, And It's Your Fault <img src=""> <BR> * * * <BR> I recently discovered a terrific website that you can join for free, and take in a series of "get mentally tough" video lectures -- 21 days' worth. The lectures are given by Steve Siebold, author of the book "Die Fat or Get Tough", and include daily questions that are designed to make you think about your weight loss journey. (I have no affiliation with this site, the author or the book, by the way.) <BR... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:31:17 EST (Mar 27) Yes, You Can <img src=""> <BR> "You can have anything you want if you will give up the belief that you can't have it." - Dr. Robert Anthony <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Sometimes the biggest moments of inspiration and clarity come in the simplest forms. While pondering my eating plan for the next few days this evening, strengthening my resolve to stay true to my new, healthier way of creating meals, it occurred to me that I make this process of lo... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 23:58:04 EST (Mar 19) Who Stole My Mojo? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I read a most amazing blog entry this evening about the things which motivate us on this journey and how those things differ from person to person. You can read this excellent blog post here: <BR> <link><BR>re_do_you_get_your_motivation </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a tough couple of weeks for me. Which is beginning to sound like a well worn record. My mojo -- my motivation.... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:57:40 EST (Mar 17) Never Give Up! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before." - Jacob A. Riis Sat, 17 Mar 2012 00:25:38 EST (Mar 4) Swimming Against The Tide <img src=""> <BR> "Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement -- and we will make the goal." - Jerome Fleishman <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 21:11:52 EST (Feb 23) Ain't That the Truth? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:03:28 EST (Feb 14) HAPPY HEART DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> Is there a better day in the year to focus on heart-healthy things than Valentine's Day? In keeping with a "love your heart" focus for the day, below are a list of heart-smart foods. <BR> <BR> *Blueberries <BR> <BR> Blueberries top the list as one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. That's because they contain anthocyanins, the antioxidant responsible for their dark blue color. These de... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 19:23:47 EST (Feb 7) Not Today! <img src=""> <BR> * * * <BR> Some days are just easier than others, it seems. Or perhaps, from time to time, we are simply able to dig down deep and find that inner strength that we all possess *all the time*, but sometimes can't (or don't want to) find. Today is such a day -- a day of empowerment and control. A day in which I can say, "Not today!" to every temptation I encounter. <BR> <BR> You pull whatever tricks you have out of... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 15:28:32 EST (Feb 4) A Smile :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> I hope you're all doing well in this new month -- I'm making progress! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 21:31:49 EST (Jan 31) January In Review <img src=""> <BR> "I never quit trying. I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win." - Arnold Palmer <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Well, January is gone, and truth be told, it was a less than stellar month for me. No excuses. I simply didn't put the work in that I needed to. I lost 2 pounds, which is better than gaining the same amount, but it's disappointing all the same. <BR> <BR> However, tomorrow starts a new month, a clean... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:57:09 EST (Jan 19) Ouch! I Took A Tumble! <img src=""> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Ouch. Oh yes, I fell off the proverbial wagon with a resounding thump over the holidays, and even shortly before. In fact, I didn't just tumble off the wagon -- I dove off and watched the wagon head straight for the ditch! Ouch. <BR> <BR> Oh dear. I let the holidays with their sumptuous meals and family gatherings get the better of me, even though I vowed they wouldn't this year. It was the sam... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 23:26:32 EST (JAN 01) A New Year...A New You? <img src=""> <BR> "Funny how the new things are the old things." - Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> Happy New Year to all my Sparkling friends! Have we all wiped our slates clean? tossed out the old? welcomed the new? reaffirmed our goals? renewed that determination? <BR> <BR> The first day of a new year is a great time to re-kick your butt in gear, but when it comes right down to it (as the above quote suggests), as fa... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:35:08 EST (Dec 27) Reflections On The Past Year <img src=""> <BR> "Look within! The secret is inside you." - Hui-neng <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> I don't make New Year's Resolutions. They are too often zealously unrealistic and too easily broken. But as January approaches, I do think it's a good time to take a look back on the year which draws to a close. <BR> <BR> In 2011, my scales went up and down...and up...and down and I'm finishing the year much wiser, perhaps, but pretty... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 01:36:01 EST (Dec 21) Eat, Drink & Be Merry? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As the clock officially ushers in Old Man Winter here in Nova Scotia, I'm still struggling to get decorations placed around, cleaning done, wrapping finished, etc. Christmas comes in such a swoosh of activity that it's no wonder it's here and gone before we know it. Every Christmas I swear that I'm going to do things differently the following December, but I don't believe I've ever been more disorganized than I'v... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:29:26 EST (Dec 11) Day 22 of 10LB/MONTH Challenge: PERSEVERANCE <img src=""> <BR> "We are what we repeatedly do." - Aristotle <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Time for another check-in. It's day 22 and I've lost 6.8 lbs so far. I'm still hoping I might make my 10 lbs this week, but if not, I hope to at least inch closer. I've stayed at the same weight for the past two days; weekends are difficult, especially this time of year. It's not the "goodies" that tempt me so much as it is the irregular meal... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 20:43:57 EST (Dec 6 - Day 19) 10 LBS Challenge - More Lessons Learned <img src=""> <BR> "Well, I think probably the main reason people overeat is stress." - Jenny Craig <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Well, here it is, Day 19 and the scale is still moving in the right direction! I'm down 6.2 lbs as of this morning, despite a couple of mornings that the numbers stayed the same. I'm finding it difficult to keep up with a blog a day this time of year with so many things to be done in preparation for Christma... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 08:36:12 EST (Nov 29 - Day 13) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "There aren't nearly enough crutches in the world for all the lame excuses." - Marcus Stroup <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Day 13 and the month of November is almost gone, if you can believe it! I'm still doing well, down another .4 lbs this morning, making a total of 4.4lbs so far. Yay, me. <BR> <BR> It occurred to me today that one of the things I've changed about the way I view my eating plan is that I've pretty... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 23:25:17 EST (Nov 27/28 - Day 11/12) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "Another good reducing exercise consists in placing both hands against the table edge and pushing back." - Robert Quillen <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Day 11 is behind me and we're on to Day 12...I can't believe how quickly the time slips away! I'm still on a downward weight stayed the same yesterday morning, but I was down another .2lb this morning, making an even 4 pounds down. Six more to go for the m... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:56:04 EST (Nov 26 - Day 10) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" - John Wooden <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> I love that quote. Right don't feel like I'll ever be doing this over again. Not this time. It's only taken me 30 years or so of repeated do-overs for it to finally sink in. I was down another .2lb this morning, making a total of 3.8. Perhaps I'll make it to 4 in the morning.... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 19:16:57 EST (Nov 24/25 - Day 8/9) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success." - Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> I'm posting this at the start of Day 9, a morning which saw another loss on the scales. Down another .4 lbs -- .2 yesterday morning (Day 8) and .2 again this morning. It seems a good, steady rate so far, and here's hoping it continues! I actually made a Ham... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 09:13:31 EST (Nov 23 - Day 7) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner." - Henry Sambrooke Leigh <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Well, what a stormy day here in eastern Canada! We've already received well over 30cms of snow (12") and could get as much as 45cms (18") before all is said and done. While big storms aren't unheard of in November, we've had such a lovely fall that it all seems a bit surreal. Schools were closed today and hubby... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:05:46 EST (Nov 22 - Day 6) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, <BR> Creeps in this petty pace from day to day..." <BR> - William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Ah yes, tomorrow. How often have I said, 'to heck with it...I'll start tomorrow' OR 'thank goodness tomorrow is another day' OR 'I can restart tomorrow'...? Tomorrow is what left me sitting in the same spot, the same rut, just spinning my wheels. Perhaps, finally, I've re... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 20:01:13 EST (Nov 21 - Day 5) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Day 5 gone and I'm still going strong! I can hardly believe it. I'll soon have a week in. Happily, the scale was down .4lbs this morning, making a total loss of 2 pounds. I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Some days when I sit to write these entries, there's little to report. Other days,... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:29:33 EST (Nov 20 - Day 4) 10 LBS PER MONTH Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "Strength is a matter of the made-up mind." - Beecher <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> It's actually the morning of Day 5 (Monday) as I write this; I didn't get back to the computer until after midnight last night. So, Day #4 was another successful day that showed a .2lb loss on the scale! I love that those numbers keep going the right way for a change...that's real motivation. <BR> <BR> We got groceries and are well st... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 09:55:27 EST (Nov 19/Day 3) "10 LBS PER" Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." - Vincent van Gogh <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Day 3 is drawing to a close and it's been the best day yet! It's amazing that once you make up your mind to do a task -- I mean REALLY make up your mind you're going to accomplish it -- every day seems to get so much easier. <BR> <BR> My weight this morning showed I was down a total of 1.4 lbs! I ch... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 21:54:01 EST (Nov 18/Day #2) "10 LBS PER" Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "We can't rely on anyone but ourselves to define our existence, to shape the image of ourselves." - Spike Lee <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Day 2 and all's well. I had another good day, staying true to my eating plan, drinking all my water and getting in some sweat-producing exercise. <BR> <BR> Meals were a bit of a challenge today as the pantry is looking bare toward the end of the week, but with a little thought, i... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 23:44:05 EST (Nov 17/Day #1) "10 LBS PER" -- A (Very) Personal Challenge <img src=""> <BR> "Well done is better than well said." – Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> Bolstered by an excellent monthly checkup with my doctor today, I decided that I've thought enough and talked enough and written enough about shedding this excess's time to actually DO something about it. <BR> <BR> My weight was up by 1/4 lb from last month's weigh-in, a fact which delighted me, given how lackadaisical ... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:48:39 EST (Nov 7) The Holiday Triple Whammy <img src=""> <BR> "Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie." - Jim Davis <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving in October, as we do here in Canada, or in November, with Halloween and Christmas added into the mix, we have a triple whammy of holidays within a three-month period. We no sooner see the end of the Halloween treats when the sumptuous Thanksgiving and Christ... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 00:05:59 EST (Oct 28) Mirror, Mirror... <img src=""> <BR> "'But I never looked like that!' How do you know? What is the 'you' you might or might not look like? Where do you find it...? Where is your authentic body? You are the only one who can never see yourself except as an image..." - Roland Barthes <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> It's been a cold and very blustery day here today. As I entered the hospital lobby this evening after a walk from the far side of the parking lot, I... Fri, 28 Oct 2011 23:23:25 EST (Oct 18) Rewriting Destiny In my email this morning: <BR> <BR> "Consistent matter how small, sparks magic, fills sails, butters bread, turns tides, instills faith, summons friends, improves health, burns calories, creates abundance, yields clarity, builds courage, spins planets, and rewrites destinies." - Notes from the Universe (link below) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 09:58:02 EST (Oct 14) DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR <img src=""> <BR> "Self delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales." - Paul Sweeney <BR> <BR> * * * <BR> <BR> From time to time over recent months, I've stepped back and examined what's working and what's not when it comes to my weight loss journey and have made several adjustments along the way. I've set more reasonable goals, given myself a longer timeline to reach them, incorporated different exercise routines... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:18:15 EST (Oct 7) THINK S.M.A.R.T. <img src=""> <BR> I recently read someone's blog and discovered a way of goal setting that many of you are probably already familiar with, and which makes so much sense. It appears all one has to do is think S.M.A.R.T. <BR> <BR> This acronym is as sensible as it is smart. <BR> <BR> S - makes your goals specific <BR> M - set goals that are measurable <BR> A - set goals that are attainable <BR> R - set realistic goals <BR> T - set a ... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 00:53:39 EST