WENDYRS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WENDYRS WENDYRS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ No Sweets, 30-Day Challenge - DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3976712 Well, I didn't quite accomplish my entire challenge, but I DID make it to Day 25. By that point, I'd lost 4 pounds the first week, 2 pounds the second week, and put on 1/2 pound the 3rd week. I really felt a craving for a chocolate cruller from DD, and was eating more salty foods to try and quelch the craving! So I decided that rather than torture myself by gaining weight and saving face on the challenge, that I would give in to my body's wishes and have that one chocolate cruller. I savored ... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 10:28:18 EST Day 12 - No Sugar Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925283 Wish I had created a SparkStreak for this challenge! I'm on Day 12 of eating no refined sugar (candy, cookies, ice cream), and I'm going great guns! I lost 4 pounds last week (the first week), and tomorrow I'm weighing in again. I haven't missed eating my daily candy bar until today. Today has been a tough day. But I'm powering through. <BR> <BR> I've stayed within my restricted SparkPeople calorie count all 12 days, I've gotten my allotted requirement of liquid, protein, fruit, veggies, and... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:43:21 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892901 Ok, folks, it's time to get serious again! Time to put down the frosted sugar cookies, back away from the candy bowl, and put a little more effort into journaling. I have been watching my food choices steadily go back to my former Fat Life choices, and I am putting the kibosh on that right now! Because it is the New Year it DOES feel like a New Beginning, and I am ready to face the fact that I am seriously off-track and I need to start walking The Walk again. As a gastric bypass patient, I fe... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 13:32:07 EST Thoughts on August 19, 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2328258 Don and I have bought kayaks! We live on a small pond, and we've been paddling around as much as we can. The kids (age 12) love the kayaks, too, and they get to take turns with them. <BR> <BR> Don and I volunteered to lead some of our support group attendees on a hike of Mt. Wachusett at the end of September. I'm excited about doing that! We have hiked Wachusett with the kids several times, and we think it will be a great way to spend a day in the sunshine. <BR> <BR> We've also planned a ra... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 09:43:43 EST Help Needed with Leftovers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2139584 On Saturday, I had a high school graduation party for my daughter. It was a potluck party, and one person brought teryaki chicken in a crock pot. It was very salty, very sweet, but extremely tender. There was a LOT left over! I hate to throw away food, so I stripped all the good meat off the bones and got rid of the skin and sauce. <BR> <BR> My issue is, I want to make leftovers from this chicken that will remove the salty and overly sweet flavor. My instinct is to put it in the wok and sti... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 11:52:11 EST To Avoid HFCS...or Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1808806 I am definitely NOT a fan of HFCS. Ever since my mom informed me that it is just another kind of highly-processed sugar, I have been increasingly vigilant in reading labels and making sure I stay away from it. <BR> <BR> That's just the hard part, though - staying away from it - because it is in EVERYTHING! Or so it seems. <BR> <BR> That has just made me less and less likely to purchase packaged products. I try to cook from scratch whenever I can, and where I can't, I make sure that HFCS is... Wed, 18 Feb 2009 10:26:18 EST Lifestyle Change #4: You CAN Overcome Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1762030 I think the most difficult part of losing weight is keeping up the motivation. I look forward to having a routine, and when the routine is interrupted (by Life), I worry that it will begin the backsliding. That is, I'll miss one day of my exercise regimen, and then next day it will be easy to say, Well, I missed yesterday, so....My current challenge is that my DH and I are so busy during the week after work, that our twice-a-week trips to the gym have been pushed aside for school and other pe... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 10:16:39 EST Healthy Goals That Are Hard To Meet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1695349 I think the most difficult goal for me is Maintenance. I have always been able to lose weight (once I get over the "I need to get Motivated" hurdle), but I have never been able to maintain the weight loss for an extended period of time (more than 2 months). It is my goal to try, once and for all, to maintain a healthy weight and NOT gain. I am going to do this with lots of Spark, support group visits with the bariatric group that I utilize, and continuing to journal my food program. I am usin... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:41:08 EST Significant Other Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1668089 When I began researching gastric bypass, I shared my thoughts with my husband Don. Over the course of the year that it took me to gather the courage to commit to the WLS (weight loss surgery) program, he heard a lot of pros and cons about the surgery. By the time I made the decision to have the gastric bypass surgery, my husband had concluded that he, too, needed the surgery. It was probably the best decision either of us could have made. <BR> <BR> As a new couple, we were Weight Watchers bu... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 10:17:10 EST Missed Elliptical Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1633760 Today I missed my first elliptical work out in a LONG time. I overslept and had to skip my morning routine. I packed workout clothes to use the office gym, but at work I realized that I have an after-work appointment that precludes use of said gym. Thought of working out at lunch, but I already had a lunch date planned with someone I won't see again for over a week. <sigh> By the time I get home, I know I'm going to be absolutely drained; doing my workout at night is too hard. <BR> <BR> I gu... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 17:06:26 EST