VERITY50's SparkPeople Blog VERITY50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Easy Healthy Fall Desert I made a healthy desert with these ingredients: 1 large apple, 1 large carrot, cinnamon, a little olive oil. <BR> <BR> I washed and chopped up the apple and carrot into slices. I placed them in a metal pan, topped with cinnamon to taste, drizzled a little olive oil on top and placed in a counter top grill on bake (450 degrees) until softened. <BR> <BR> This was nice treat at the end of my meal and no sugar is need since the apple and carrot are naturally sweet. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 23:25:56 EST Who is up for the Santa 5K in Chicago, Saturday, December 5, 2015?! This looks like so much fun! I signed up today. My new way to shake up my routine and commit to a fitness training schedule. You have 8 weeks to prepare, you can walk if not ready to run and the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. Win, Win, Win! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fo/ </link> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:15:44 EST So Grateful to God! I am so grateful for the Grace of God. He has been so good to me that I just cannot tell it all. He has healed my body, my mind and my emotions. Glory to God. <BR> <BR> He has given me the will to live for Him. For in Him we move and have our being. <BR> <BR> 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:19:18 EST New yoga class! I finally found a yoga class in my area. I bought the groupon online, signed up and went to class all in one day. <BR> <BR> The class was small, just four students which was great since it's been a while since I attended a class. The instructor was great, and the poses were just what my body need. I feel myself standing up taller already! <BR> <BR> We used blocks, belts, blankets and even the wall to assist with poses. Never used so many props before. <BR> <BR> I definitely will be... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 20:30:16 EST I'm Still Here! Thanks be to God, I'm still here! A few years older and a whole lot wiser, but I'm still here. <BR> <BR> I have not perfected the weight game, but I'm still here! Casting aside every weight and the sin that so easily besets me, I strive towards the high mark in Christ Jesus. <BR> <BR> Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out fo... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:01:05 EST The devil is a liar and the truth aint in him.... My mom had so many sayings. Although she has been dead for years, I can still hear her voice. Last night was one of those times. I was feeling tempted to overeat and lamenting to myself about the struggle of doing right and not seeing any results. <BR> <BR> All of a sudden I heard that still small voice say, "The devil is liar, I will not go back". <BR> <BR> I knew that voice, I recognized that conviction. That was the Spirit of God within me which sustains me. ' <BR> <BR> He is the... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 20:33:32 EST Spark wheel obsession much? The creation of the Sparkpoint bonus wheel has created a new need for me. I must spin, track and read until I make the 25 points necessary to earn a bonus wheel spin. <BR> <BR> I just must, lol, spin that wheel. Anyway, I guess it's better than a eating obsession of some sort, I've been there. <BR> <BR> Spin the wheel, will it to hit the highest points and never give up until I get that longed for announcement..... YOU HAVE WON A BONUS SPIN ON THE THE SPARKPOINTS WHEEL. <BR> <BR> <em>... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:38:21 EST The blessings of movement! The older I get, the more I realize what a blessing it is to be able to have the use of my arms, legs, feet and all the other attendant body parts that connect and allow me to move. <BR> <BR> Every time I see someone less able whether because of weight, injury, illness (mental or physical) I remember not to take it for granted. Each day I wake up able to move is a blessing. <BR> <BR> What better way to show appreciation to God for the gift of my body and mind than to use them! I see women... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 22:58:19 EST The weaker sex? I don't think so....! Ok the Chicago Marathon was this past weekend. While I have never desired to run a marathon, I am so inspired by a story I read today. <BR> <BR> A woman runs the Chicago marathon, pregnant! She finishes the race, ahead of her husband ( she said it was because he had not trained). When she finished she noted that she was having contractions (she had them while running and kept going anyway since she had experienced them before during training). <BR> <BR> She had a sandwich, noted the co... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:53:55 EST I am changing...... Did you ever get the feeling that something imperceptible is happening to you..... <BR> <BR> This morning I got up and started preparing for work out, school drop off and work like I do most weekdays. <BR> <BR> My husband asks me am I going to the gym. As I put on my work out clothes. I looked at him like yes, and why? Oh he wonders can I give him a ride to the mechanic to pick up one of our cars which is in for repair. I say sure come to the club as a visitor and I will drop you off af... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 14:57:54 EST I'm 53 today! I cannot believe it. Me 53 years old. Get out. I worked out first thing this morning. Keep moving is my number one goal. <BR> <BR> I ate a healthy breakfast. Treating my body well is the way to age gracefully. <BR> <BR> I thanked God for giving me life and sustaining me through it all. Gratitude is the only way to move forward. <BR> <BR> I am watching movies, snacking on popcorn and looking forward to dinner this evening with my spouse and taking my sons to their homecoming dance.... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 13:41:08 EST Running high.... I have started to get that runner's high. But also stiff runners' thighs. I tried running with leg and wrist weights to make my workout on the treadmill more challenging. It worked. <BR> <BR> Now I need to work on more stretches to improve my stiffness. A good steam would help also. Will work in tomorrow! <em>315</em> <em>34</em> <em>406</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:45:37 EST Too much exercise? Eat more food? Is Spark tracker right? I have totally confused my fitness tracker! I got the following message yesterday after what I thought was a good week of exercise: <BR> <BR> *The number of calories you should eat to manage your weight depends on many factors, including how many calories you burn through exercise. It may seem counterintuitive, but eating too little while burning too much can actually hurt your weight-management goals and the outcome of your fitness program. If you are consistently burning more calories tha... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 18:50:29 EST Pumpkin time strategies.... It's that time of year. Fall starts tomorrow and the halloween candy sales are in full swing. <BR> <BR> Now this shouldn't be a problem for an adult right? Wrong. Those candy corns and pumpkin candies are such a temptation to me. It just brings back that eat all you can time from childhood after the halloween candy haul. <BR> <BR> I didn't raise my children to celebrate halloween, we did harvest parties at school and church, but I doubt they have such a strong association with the candy... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:02:49 EST Better exercise days I made it to the gym yesterday morning and this morning. It just works for me. <BR> <BR> I love that its still warm enough outside that I can leave the gym a little damp (post shower) and "dry out" on my way to the train. <BR> <BR> I was even able to get out of the house a little earlier and get to the gym sooner after dropping the boys off at school. <BR> <BR> God and his angels guided me on my commute as a I had to make a last minute diversion to another parking lot further down th... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:44:56 EST How many days does it take to make a habit? Ok I thought I was on a roll with exercise. However I had to be at my desk early today so that I could leave early and take my youngest son to the doctor for his sports physical. So I skipped my morning workout. <BR> <BR> After running to the train. (ok that was a little exercise) the conductor was so nice he actually waited for me to get my ticket from the machine (and avoid the $3 surcharge for buying it on the train). Then running to the office. I ran into a co worker and a mother of a... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:39:10 EST The kid is ok.... <img src="">Went to Mizzou this weekend to visit my first born for family weekend. He is doing well, making friends, learning and growing. <BR> <BR> It was good to see him and hug him.... <BR> <BR> I didn't eat too much junk food. He had to have McDonald's so I just had a grilled chicken sandwich and skipped the fries. <BR> <BR> I drove 6 hours each way non stop and stocked my car with fruit, water, green tea and dry cereal. Kep... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 19:34:25 EST The kid is ok.... Went to Mizzou this weekend to visit my first born for family weekend. He is doing well, making friends, learning and growing. <BR> <BR> It was good to see him and hug him.... <BR> <BR> I didn't eat too much junk food. He had to have McDonald's so I just had a grilled chicken sandwich and skipped the fries. <BR> <BR> I drove 6 hours each way non stop and stocked my car with fruit, water, green tea and dry cereal. Kept me full and satisfied. <BR> <em>265</em> <em>180</em> <em>14... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 19:34:25 EST Making time for the steam and sauna after exercise makes me glow.... I got to the gym by 7 am this morning (because I had to drop my son off early at school). I saw a whole group of people I normally never see. <BR> <BR> One woman said she works two jobs so she comes to the gym at opening (5:30 a.m.!) <BR> <BR> My early arrival meant I had time for the steam room and the sauna; a rare treat. <BR> <BR> I felt really good afterward and although my goal is to lose weight, feeling good translated into changes that had nothing to do with my body weight. I... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:04:59 EST Don't worry, get your exercise minutes by any mean necessary.... I really need 60 minutes a day of aerobic activity to make the scale move. However, spending that much time in the gym is not always possible. <BR> <BR> I finally figured out (duh I am sure there are many sparkpeople articles on the topic) that I can break up the exercise into smaller manageable parts and still get the job done. <BR> <BR> Today 30 minutes treadmill, 15 minutes walking to and from the train and 15 minute lunch time walk. Bingo! <em>315</em> <em>311</em> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:59:57 EST Mini sweet new secret weapon.... I found some great mini sweet peppers at the grocery. Yummy. And only 25 calories for 3. Heaven. Good taste, low calories, filling fiber food. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:35:18 EST Mad exercise! I started the day cranky due to poor sleep, growled at my husband because he asked me to find something as I was getting ready ( I should be used to this by now). Tried my best to be quiet until I got my coffee, fixed lunch, blended some bananas, soy milk and green tea. <BR> <BR> Called to my # 2 son to come downstairs and get breakfast, reminded #3 to remind his Dad about tomorrow after school sophomore parent meeting, Drove the obstacle course which is our driveway. Reminded my son t... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:05:09 EST DERAILED....Getting back on track! Same old story got too busy to pay attention to me... <BR> <BR> Oldest son prom, senior year in highschool drama, graduation, summer now off to college. Two more teenagers in highschool at home, driving lessons, bills, marriage, work, more drama, etc. <BR> <BR> It all adds up to weight gain due to poor eating (stress eating) and lack of exercise. So I begin again. Lifetime learning, lifetime maintenance. <BR> <BR> I said at the beginning of the year that this is not for sissies.... <... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:59:04 EST Staying on track in New Orleans.... I have been in New Orleans all week attending a conference and eating the best food in the world! <BR> <BR> I am staying on track by tracking my eating, walking during breaks and working out at the hotel fitness center. <BR> <BR> I went to a Weight Watchers meeting today since I needed to weigh in before the end of the month to maintain my lifetime status. <BR> <BR> I am still at goal! I met lots of great people at the meeting. They welcomed me and I wasn't the only one there from out ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:07:11 EST Two years on Spark - too good to be forgotten I am excited to have been in maintenance and on Spark for two years now. I have learned a lot on this journey. The most important thing I learned is that the process does not end when you reach goal. <BR> <BR> I still have to work at tracking, counting, measuring and exercising. I just have gotten a little more aware of how I can have some treats and stay in the range I want. <BR> <BR> My trackers are invaluable, the articles are fantastic, the friends endless. It just works. <BR> ... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 22:28:59 EST I'm in love... With the woman who fitted me into the most comfortable and prettiest bras I have ever worn in my life. <BR> <BR> I discovered that my bra size had changed. I also discovered that at age 52 I am no longer a Victoria's Secret bra girl. First of all their employees know nothing about fitting. At least not my breasts. Secondly, they only go up to DD and I discovered that I am a smaller band size than I have been in years, but a bigger cup size and one that is not in most stores. <BR> <BR> S... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:57:32 EST Romance in a time of grey hair.... One of my goals for this year was to "date" - my husband who I've been married to for 18 years and in a relationship with for 21 years. <BR> <BR> I am trying to do this without really saying to him, "I think we are in a rut and need to get out more" <BR> <BR> So our first date was a movie. Safe he likes that. <BR> <BR> The second date was a dinner/dance for my job. I loved it and danced the night away...with coworkers while my husband watched... Not so great. <BR> <BR> The third date wa... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 21:29:01 EST If you get off track, turn around and get right back! God loves you and there is nothing you can ever do about it. So if you get off track, turn around and get right back. <BR> <BR> He loves you and there is nothing you can ever do about it, so if you lose your way, you still have a place to stay! <BR> <BR> The lyrics to this song are running through my head this morning... <BR> <BR> It is so true. As I spend more time in prayer (one of my 2011 goals). I hear more of what God says. Yesterday's them was recalculating. You know how your GP... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 11:51:13 EST Sunday go to meeting and thank you all my Sparkpeople! My Sunday go to meeting look for today: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I realized how the optimism and go for it attitude of so many sparkers has positively impacted me. <BR> <BR> I was leaving the health club on my way to the train and realized I was about 10 minutes later than my normal departure time. I debated internally about whether I should try to catch my usual train, go to a stop further along the line or ... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 17:28:23 EST New Year, New Me, New Start... A lot of my spark friends have posted motivational blogs and photos for comparison purposes to spur themselves and other on. <BR> <BR> This is me at 153. Pounds that is. I decided to try something new! I will not be posting any nearly nude ones, lol. This is about as adventurous as I get. <BR> <BR> I feel at 52, I really need to reinvent myself. Shake things up. So this year I will be pushing the edges of my church lady look. This is me before church today. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:35:31 EST Losing weight is ugly... Sweating, huffing and puffing as I exercise, planning, measuring. Shopping, reading labels, lifting weights, stretching and straining. Digging up my inner issues and bringing them out into the light. Sending away my friends and loved ones (so called) who mean me no good and rather see me fat or at least as fat or fatter than they are. <BR> <BR> Saying no to all that the world constantly shoves in my face. Saying no to temporary in favor of permanent. <BR> <BR> Seeing the future throug... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 23:56:55 EST Ok this is a first... For the first time in a long time if ever, I am too full of fruits, vegetables and water to eat desert! <BR> <BR> Ok, this is living large! <em>485</em> <em>91</em> <em>301</em> Thu, 6 Jan 2011 22:59:58 EST I ate my veggies today.... I have so much fun with the food tracker, when I have time. That's why I was so upset earlier today when it wasn't working. I play around with my custom meals, adding and subtracting items until I reach the right amount of calories and the food I have a taste for each day. <BR> <BR> Below is a picture of dinner. <BR> <BR> Homemade pizza : spinach, mushrooms, garlic and fat free feta over a couple of tablespoons of jar pasta sauce on a whole wheat pita, toasted in oven. <BR> <BR> Salad :... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 22:51:33 EST What a difference a day makes... Tomorrow is January 1, 2011. At midnight, when the new year dawns we will cheer and wish each other well. We may make a toast or say a prayer. <BR> <BR> Most of us will list either physically or mentally the things we want to see change in the New Year. <BR> <BR> If only we can practice the New Year optimism every day. <BR> <BR> God's mercies are new each day! Let's live like it.. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:15:32 EST Are you eating what's eating you? I asked myself this question and the answer was yes. When I fail to deal with my emotions both good and bad they come out of nowhere and end up in my grocery bag and eventually in my stomach. <BR> <BR> I stuff down the disappointment, sadness, regrets, anger, and frustration hoping that it will disappear. The opposite seems to happen. I need to keep stuffing larger quantities into myself to quiet the inner rumblings. <BR> <BR> I want to give up the "stuff" in 2011. I want to declutter m... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:14:18 EST Why I sweat the small stuff... I know God has a sense of humor. <BR> <BR> Never ever would anyone who knew me as a child have thought I would be a lawyer. Ok maybe my teachers who knew I had the ability. <BR> <BR> But I was super shy and hated to speak in public. I still am not a fan of being out front. I only do it when I must. After a day in court or any type of public speaking or interacting, I am worn out. <BR> <BR> I need to rest for weeks and not talk to or see anyone in order to rejuvenate for the next roun... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 17:39:18 EST It's 2:00 on Christmas and I've already exceeded my calorie limit for the day! Ok I have not had dinner yet. The turkey is still in the oven. <BR> <BR> But I have eaten so much peppermint candy I am over my calorie limit. <BR> <BR> I need to avoid it completely. Normally it is not in the house. But its Christmas so I asked my husband to pick up some candy - for the kids. Next time I'll have to specify no peppermint. And put the candy under lock and key! <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Oh and did I mention the chocolate chip cookies. Again, for the kids.... <em>495</e... Sat, 25 Dec 2010 15:35:20 EST Lunar Eclipse/Winter Solstice.... It's officially winter and a lunar eclipse tonight. There was so much snow on the way home, I had to drive about 35 miles or less in a 55 mile an hour zone. <BR> <BR> Thank God we all made it home safely. It's way too cloudy to see the eclipse. I'll have to rely on the news report pictures tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I begin Christmas vacation today. Not a moment too soon! <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas and good night! <em>31</em> <em>446</em> <em>425</em> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 01:41:32 EST I really should not work on Sunday.... But I did. I volunteered actually. But then I was so tired and so pissed by the end of a fast session with 25 clients that when I got chastised by the (person in charge)I gave her what for. I am usually so calm, so put together, so polite. But today I was just pissed that my clients were being locked up one week before Christmas with no prospects of getting out until next year. <BR> <BR> Imagine. Christmas in jail. <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas, anyway.... <BR> <BR> I need more hot yoga.... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 14:04:09 EST Day 3 Hot Yoga... Ok, I did not realize that yoga could be so good that you keep wanting more. Its not just the class, it is the atmosphere (spa like), nice instructors, warm room, Chicago skyline views from class, the fact that silence is expected and respected. I could go on. It is a fantastic experience. This evening's class was conducted by candlelight and they had a double sided gas fireplace burning. All this and I get to burn calories and tone my body and mind. Hello! <BR> <BR> Your only competiti... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 23:49:09 EST Big Lunch...Busy Day ...This is what 651 calories for lunch looks like <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I initially though this was too many calories - 651. Soy butter and sugar free smuckers on whole wheat, 2 cups of soymilk cauliflower soup and a large 2 cups of lettuce with tomatoes, cheese and Ken's light vinaigrette dressing salad. <BR> <BR> Bu,t then I walked almost two miles and did 60 minutes of hot yoga. Followed by shopping for supplies for tomorrow's Christmas party on the way home. <BR> <BR> I need... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 00:11:43 EST It's getting hot in here... I cannot believe that a 52 year old mid life woman would enjoy doing yoga in a 90 degree room, but I did. <BR> <BR> I really need to spend about a week at yoga retreat of some kind getting out all the kinks. <BR> <BR> A perfect end to a cold Chicago day... <em>401</em> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:34:08 EST This what a 503 calorie Lunch at my desk looks like.... Lunch on the go: tuna with the works: tomatoes, relish, mayo, olives, lettuce on whole wheat <BR> <BR> 1 cup of cauliflower soymilk soup, an orange and water. Very Filling...... Being busy is no excuse not to eat well. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:18:09 EST This is what a 522 calorie dinner looks like... 16 ounces of cauliflower soymilk soup (I posted the recipe on spark recipes) <BR> <BR> 2 slices of double batch cornbread in the skillet (also posted on spark recipes). <BR> <BR> Quick and good! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:09:04 EST This is what a 557 calorie dinner looks like 6.9 ounces of Frozen Chicken "party" wings roasted in the oven. No oil added. Pan sprayed with zero calorie pan coating spray. Seasoned with season salt and pepper. Put in the oven frozen and cook until golden brown. Turn half way through. <BR> <BR> <BR> 8. 3 ounces of Steamed cabbage, cooked in small amount of olive oil, chopped garlic, chopped onions, salt and pepper. <BR> <BR> 3.5 ounces of corn bread. <img src=""> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:58:47 EST This is what a light lunch/snack of about 140 calories looks like Light lunch snack - because we usually have a big early Sunday "supper" after church. <BR> <BR> 1 serving - 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese <BR> <BR> 1 serving - 1 cup or 40 g of frozen mixed fruit <BR> <BR> Mint tea <BR> <BR> Just enough to keep from grabbing some chips/crackers or nibbling on dinner as I cook. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 17:51:01 EST This is what 515 calories for breakfast looks like... This is breakfast. One cup of quick cook oatmeal (uncooked). I discovered that I had been underestimating the amount of oatmeal I was eating. The food scale straightened that out! <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup of dried cranberries. Raisins also work well. I usually use fresh fruit like a medium apple chopped up. Fresh blueberries are another favorite. It makes it bulkier with fewer calories. <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup of soymilk, water and a couple of dashes of cinnamon. <BR> <BR> I add non dairy cre... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 12:01:47 EST This is what 460 calories looks like... Every time I think I cannot live on the amount of food necessary to lose weight, I'll look back on this meal. 6 ounces of fish, 6 ounces of vegetables and 1 cup of brown rice. <BR> <BR> So filling and so good... <img src=""> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:26:29 EST Counting and losing Well I've gotten a little better at the food scale. I have been using it more to measure quantity than to do the points plus thing. Doing both points and calories is hard work. However, I figured out that 29 points plus is around 1200 calories. <BR> <BR> Here's hoping that I get this right this time. Fewer ounces on food scale equals fewer pounds on weight scale. <em>192</em> Okey Dokey. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:18:17 EST Eating Out... I ate at a restaurant for the first time in a while today. It was my interns last day and I wanted to treat him. Rosebud Italian restaurant. I spent alot of time thinking in advance about what to have. I decided on the Penne with Spinach. It was great, it was so good, and I was so full. I felt really guilty. I have not had pasta in a long time. I even had some spumoni for desert. <BR> <BR> I am glad I felt somewhat normal eating with others without saying no to everything. <BR> <B... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 22:44:53 EST