WHITEBULL1221's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WHITEBULL1221 WHITEBULL1221'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/ Surviving Mother Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3368627 I used to be worried about whether or not I could survive my lifestyle change, diet change and of course working out. But after Sun. I will never worry about the little things again. The county I live in was under a severe thunderstorm and tornado watch. The clouds kept coming in darker and angerier than I have ever seen them in my life. The hail started, just little ones at first then quickly turning into golf ball size. Then I heard the severe weather sirens go off. I was on my back po... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 23:16:11 EST I have made my scale disappear!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3281420 Well after a few weeks of arguing with my scale......I am still sticking to my program and my exercise regimen but the scale is NOT moving......I have decided to make it disappear for a few days. I was getting frustrated and finally sat down and had a nice long talk with myself. I will NOT let the scale predict how my lifestyle change is going!!!! I will be the only one to predict if I am suceeding or not. I get out and walk my dog a minimum of 1-3 miles a day (depending on the weather) a... Sun, 30 May 2010 06:19:19 EST Frustration at its finest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3248928 Ok....so....I am still working out 150 minutes a week (minimum) and eating healthy choices and low fat and lower calories. My problem is this.......I haven't lost any weight in the last 45 days. I am frustrated and angry with myself thinking I must be doing something wrong. So I started to "tweek" my routine a bit and we will see if that helps at all. Now for my biggest gripe. I received an email from "sparkpeople" that said I should come back to the website to get back on track. I didn... Thu, 20 May 2010 03:12:56 EST Depressing Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3061921 I went to a hearing yesterday for social security where I was "told" that I am morbidly obese. The specialist was sitting in the room with us and looking right at me when she made the statement. I am so down and disheartened that all my work has been for nothing. I have busted my butt to get healthy and thinner.......and I am still morbidly obese??????? My doctor hasn't said it to me, but she did tell me that I was obese. I knew that.......that is why I started working out, eating right ... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 17:00:12 EST 10 Days NO pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2981491 Well it was a struggle and I will admit that several times during the last week and a half I have wanted to give up and "just have one pop". I have grabbed one out of the fridge, looked at it, then decided I have come to far to give up now. I suffered severe headaches the first few days, but now that I have been completely pop free for 10 days, the headache are gone. I don't even have the pop "craving" that I had the first few days. I am so proud of myself for sticking with my goal to giv... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 08:48:59 EST No pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2946530 <em>262</em> Well I have finally decided to completely cut pop out of my diet. I went from drinking regular to diet but now am trying to not drink any. It has been four days since I had a pop of any kind and my head is really throbbing. It almost makes me want to go and grab a pop just to get rid of that caffine withdrawl headache. I know it will go away in time, just wish it would go away sooner rather than later. Does any one have any suggestions on this? I hope I am not alone in t... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 03:34:03 EST The sit ups barrier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2916855 <em>319</em> I went to my weekly 20 minute abs class last night and we did a "new" routine. Instead of the normal crunches, plank, exercises on ball, etc that we have been doing, the instructor decided to change things up a bit and had us doing v-sits and regular sit ups on a slant board with a medicine ball. I didn't seem to have to much trouble with the v-sits.....tossing and catching the medicine ball but when it came time to do the full sit ups, I hit a brick wall. I couldn't get ba... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 09:23:07 EST My Prayer For You Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2875240 A friend of mine sent me this to help with all I am going through. I thought it was fitting to share with every one because it is something we all can learn from. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you to all that sent prayers and wishes. I am still "fighting" with my dad to get him healthy so he will be here past the end of the year. <BR> <BR> BURNT BISCUIT <BR> <BR> Pretty good attitude here. <BR> When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now an... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 19:01:46 EST Prayers needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2842137 I have always been told all my life "that which does not kill us only makes us stronger." I have been working hard to get myself healthy in hopes of having my father "learn by example". He is bullheaded and won't try anything. He just wants to sit in his chair and get worse. So I have been struggling with the stress that going with him to his doctor's appointments and hearing all the negativity about his health brings. I have finally decided to keep praying that maybe he will listen to h... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:32:16 EST New month, new day, new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2828941 Well I have finally picked myself back up off the ground after falling like a ton of bricks off the wagon. I have dusted myself off and am ready to start a new day and a new month working toward a new me. I am back to my "hectic" workout schedule. I did talk with my doctor as to why I wasn't losing weight even though I was almost killing myself working out. She decided that maybe I needed to up my caloric intake since I was burning through so many calories on my workout days and my body t... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 01:25:34 EST Attitude for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2814166 This is a poem I was given in a class I took recently. I thought it was great and decided to share it with my fellow sparkers. Enjoy!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> YOUR STATE OF MIND <BR> <BR> If you think you can- YOU CAN! <BR> If you think you dare not- YOU DON'T! <BR> If you think you can't, but you really can, <BR> It's almost a cinch you won't! <BR> <BR> For out in this world you'll find <BR> Success begins with a person's will... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 17:15:14 EST Addicted to the scale??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2799383 When I first started my journey for a lifestyle change, I had always been told not to weight yourself more than once a week. At the beginning of my "program" that is what we as a group did. We came to class once a week and stepped on the scale. Then, a few weeks into the "program", we were asked to weigh ourselves daily. I am not complaining about that because it does show how your weight can change day to day. Here is where the problem lies...........since my "weigh-in" in my program la... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:11:31 EST NEW WINTER, SAME DANG MESSAGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2785930 Well it is definately winter here in Montana. We are getting dumped on again with more snow. We haven't seen a winter like this in about 13 years. I guess I shouldn't complain since I am getting exercise without even leaving home. LOL <BR> Anyway.....my father in law sent me this poem and so I thought I would share it all with all of you. I hope you find it as amusing as I did. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em>... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:36:18 EST GRRRRRRRRRRRR says it all........................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2780230 Well I think GRRRR is the kindest word I could use today to describe how I am feeling. I have been busting my butt working out about 3 hours a day every other day.......Well today I attended my Diabetes Prevention Program aftercore class. The "orginal" scale we started the program weighing on was broken, so they had us weigh in on a "portable" scale. This new scale weighed me a pound more than I weighed last month. There is NO way that my scale at home can say I have lost 2 pounds and tha... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 04:12:30 EST Thank you and leave the criticizem at the door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2756026 I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who posted positive comments and thoughts on not only my blog on feeling stupid but also on my spark page. I was so frustrated at the way fellow sparkpeople had treated me. We are all here for the same reason.....to get healthier (and if we lose some weight along the way that is great too). For those who have successfully reached their goal, they are or should be here to support those of us who are new and just starting out on our journey. I ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 04:17:03 EST Feeling Stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2754315 I don't know about the rest of you, but I joined SparkPeople to get some support and help along my journey and not to be treated like I was an idiot for asking a question (I can get that from my doctor). I recently posted a question as to what the difference between a pound of fat and a pound of muscle is (since I have been working out and not losing weight so thought I might be gaining muscle while losing fat). I received responses that basically told me I was stupid for even asking that q... Sat, 16 Jan 2010 17:02:58 EST Dreaded Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2644654 A friend of mine sent me this article. I found it very helpful and insightful so I thought I would share it with all of you......I hope you all get something out of it like I did. <BR> <BR> 10 Ways to end the dieter's dreaded plateau <BR> <BR> No matter how dedicated you are to losing weight, you will hit a plateau at some point in your diet. This is when weight loss stalls and the numbers on the scale just don’t go down, even though you are still following your diet and exercise routine. ... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 17:05:54 EST I made it passed another little goal!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2640828 <em>244</em> <em>248</em> I was so scared and worried as I went up to the scale in my Diabetes Prevention Program After Core class today. I knew I had lost weight but wasn't sure how much. And ofcourse stepping onto the scale for an "official" weigh in is always nerve racking. To my surprise, I had not only lost the weight I thought I had, but had also lost a little more. Infact, I lost enough weight to bring my weight down to 1.4 pounds below the goal I had set for myself for Christm... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:23:02 EST Idiots in the Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634608 I am struggling enough with my lifestyle change and the journey involved without idiots in my family trying everything they can to throw a stick in my "spokes". For instance......yesterday was my daughter's birthday. We had a little party at my parent's house. My kids respected my wish to not have a very big piece of cake and very LITTLE ice cream....however, my step mom cut the cake and dished me up huge amounts of both. I didn't eat but a couple of bites of my cake (small bites at that)... Tue, 15 Dec 2009 01:45:15 EST Solider's Christmas Poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2631258 Dedicated to our many brave men and women serving in the military both stateside and abroad. Especially sent out to my brother who is preparing to deploy and my sister-in-law who just returned home. THANK YOU!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A Different Christmas Poem <BR> <BR> <BR> The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, <BR> I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. <BR> My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, <BR> My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. <BR> ... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 19:57:47 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2629929 Ahhhh the joys of winter in Montana. Although snow in the mountains is beautiful this time of year, it really is no fun in town when it comes to driving let alone getting out for a walk. The roads are either snowpacked, icy or both.....and in my neighborhood where there is sidewalk, no one seems to know how to operate the thing called a shovel. So tonight I decided to take my two dogs and go for a short walk around the block. First we were met by a light snow fall.....then as we turned th... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 04:39:47 EST Soft food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2628052 I had 4 teeth pulled on Wed and have been on a soft food diet since. It is really a pain in the butt since I am having a difficult time meeting both my calorie goals and my fat intake goals. Of course with me not doing much in the line of working out, I hope it doesn't make a huge difference. All I can say is, I am so sick of the same soft foods. Yogurt, applesauce, cream of wheat, milkshakes, ice cream....etc. I could use some new ideas......anybody have some???????? <em>4</em> Sat, 12 Dec 2009 01:28:31 EST UGGGGGGHHH HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2621123 I have been stuck at the same weight for a little bit now. I am still consistantly working out and staying within my calorie and fat guidelines (if not a little lower than they should be) and I am really really really frustrated. I don't want to give up and quit because I want to get healthy but I have the nagging thought in the back of my mind that keeps saying if this isn't working quit. HELP!!!!! <BR> This was me when I started....... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/6/b9628... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 04:36:39 EST You know it is cold outside when......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2620529 As I have stated before, I have gotten into a nightly routine of taking my dogs for about a mile walk. The last few days it has been very cold and snowy. I went out today with one of the dogs for what I thought would be a short walk. I didn't plan on it being as short as it was though. We barely made it to the end of the block before he (the dog) was turning around and pulling me back to the house. It is difficult enough to try to win the "arguement" with myself over going out in the col... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 21:09:38 EST Making up for lost time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2616829 I was down a lot of last week with an injury to my knee. I did my best to contine with my workouts, but didn't get in the minutes I would have liked or desired. So this week I am off and running trying to make up for lost time. I have a list of "approved" exercises from my trainer and physical therapist and I am busting my butt to get those minutes back up to where I would like them. It is kind of a struggle though because of the "slack" week I had last week. It is kind of like starting ... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 13:29:43 EST New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2615121 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Today is a new day. Yesterday was a really bad day. I am so proud of myself for not returning to my old habits and searching for comfort in those not so good for me foods. I did my best to stay strong and now yesterday (and all its issues) are history.....part of the past. No matter how much I would love to change them or do yesterday different.......I can't. So I woke up this morning, looked at my food journal (with its blank page for today) and decided "It is ... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 20:58:02 EST One of those days.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2613456 Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go the way you want it to and no matter what happens.......or how you look........you just feel "fat"? I am having one of those days today. I didn't feel much like doing anything today but forced myself to take a couple of short walks (it was to cold for my normal mile walk). That just started my day spiraling downhill. The cold weather is reeking havoc on my knees ( I have osteroarthritis). Then for some reason.....every time I l... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 04:31:14 EST Tired of the cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2611354 I have recently gotten into the habit of walking my dogs every night for about a mile. The last few nights have been bitter cold, snowy and/or icy. I really enjoy the walks with the dogs, however; I don't enjoy the 10 minutes it takes me to get all bundled up to go...... <em>444</em> I feel like a snowman after getting all bundled up.......now I know why our kids used to hate it. The extra weight makes my walk so much more of a challenge. Then halfway through my walk, my nose is running... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 01:35:20 EST NO surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2605512 I just got home from the doctor's office and he did some x-rays on my knee (actually both knees). He said no surgery and that a large part of my problem is NOT that I am overweight and putting stress on my knees.....it is that my knee caps do not fit in the grove correctly....they pull to the outside. I also have arthritis in both knees (but much worse in the injured one). There is a small tear but with physical therapy and a brace (for a little while), the problem should correct itself. ... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 19:55:05 EST Dr appointment for knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2603224 Well.....I spent the weekend in a brace "trying" not to do to much with my knee. The doctor told me if it wasn't getting better by Tuesday (today) I needed to go to an orthopedic/sports medicine surgeon. Well.......today it is not any better..... in fact it is more painful and EXTREMELY swollen. So.....I go to the specialist tomorrow afternoon to decide what the next step and our course of action will be. This is still so frustrating. I had a few problems with my knees when I was heavier... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 23:48:40 EST Hanging in there.............kinda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2599421 Well I successfully made it through the weekend without "working my butt off".....although every day was a struggle. I am dealing a little better with the injury to my knee. I did talk to my trainer today and we have come up with a workout plan that I can do and not risk hurting my knee worse. Ofcourse, it is nothing like the workouts I have been doing. I have cut back a bit on my calorie intake also so that I don't "balloon" up and regain my weight back. <BR> <BR> I want to thank all ... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 20:26:30 EST Frustrated........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2594795 On Wed of this week, I was doing my normal workout routine on the treadmill. I completed the routine with no problems; however, when I stepped off the treadmill, I twisted my knee. I didn't think it was to bad and went on with my workout. Thursday when I got up.....it was really swollen and really painful. I spent the day icing and resting.......thought that would help. When I got up early to go shopping on Friday morning, my knee was still extremely swollen and hurt even worse. I final... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 01:32:29 EST I did it!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2589650 A few months ago when I started on my journey down the road to a healthier lifestyle and a healthier me, I set what I thought was a HUGE goal for myself. I decided that I wanted to be under 200 by Thanksgiving. I have hit a couple of speed bumps in the road and a couple of those all to dangerous plateaus, but when I weighed myself this morning I found that I had reached that first milestone on my journey. I weighed in at 199.2. I have never been so happy and proud of myself over something... Thu, 26 Nov 2009 06:44:07 EST No excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2582185 I am one of the people who always used to use the excuse I couldn't go outside for a walk because it was to cold or to windy. In the last month, I have spend many a chilly, windy evening out going on a one mile walk with my dogs. They love it and I find that it really isn't so bad to go out. Once you get moving, it isn't so cold. Tonight I went out in the freezing wind with tiny snowflakes falling and did my usual one mile walk. It was a beautiful end to a kind of stressfull day. I enjo... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 02:21:24 EST I'm so excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2572473 I have been on my lifestyle change journey for 16 weeks now. I went into my trainer today and had my second assessment done......the first one was done about 14 weeks ago. I have lost not only 19 pounds total, but also lost 4.5 inches on my waist, 4.0 inches on my chest, I gained an inch on my arm but there is no flap hanging down now so it must be muscle, my thigh stayed the same but also there is very little flab left so it is muscle, and I actually gained 2 inches in my hips. I am not s... Wed, 18 Nov 2009 18:48:49 EST Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2567790 I had always heard the term baby steps used when trying to learn new things but never thought that it would apply to weight loss. I was always on one fad diet or another and I couldn't figure out why my weight was yo-yoing. Then ofcourse shows like the "Biggest Loser" come out and I wondered how they lost so much weight in so little time when I was struggling every day with just trying to lose a little. I started a wonderful program called Diabetes Prevention Program (my doctor thought it ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 04:29:29 EST Holiday struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2562560 I know I am a strong person who can do anything I set my mind to; however, I am struggling with the holidays coming up. I am an only child (I do have 2 step brothers and a step sister). My mother passed away 20 years ago. Recently my father has started pushing me out of the "family" and treating me like he wishes I was not around. I struggle a little around the holidays every year but this year seems to be the worst. I feel like a woman without any family. My "in-laws" keep telling me I... Sun, 15 Nov 2009 09:36:55 EST Metabolism boosters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2554957 The shortcut to losing weight? Fast food. Not the bad kind, but rather, edible amphetamines — foods that act like speed for the fat-melting motor known as our metabolism. Eat these foods and you're guaranteed to burn more calories... just by sitting there and listening to yourself digest. Only one catch: Like any good buzz, this boost is temporary. "The only way to alter your resting metabolism permanently is to gain or lose weight, or to build extra muscle," says Janet Walberg-Rankin, Ph.D.,... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 02:26:13 EST Metabolism boosters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2554950 The shortcut to losing weight? Fast food. Not the bad kind, but rather, edible amphetamines — foods that act like speed for the fat-melting motor known as our metabolism. Eat these foods and you're guaranteed to burn more calories... just by sitting there and listening to yourself digest. Only one catch: Like any good buzz, this boost is temporary. "The only way to alter your resting metabolism permanently is to gain or lose weight, or to build extra muscle," says Janet Walberg-Rankin, Ph.D.,... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 02:20:02 EST Don't Brake For Commercials http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2552012 <BR> It's possible to enjoy your favorite shows and still get into shape at the same time. If you enjoy TV, consider how much time is available during the commercial breaks. A great way to incorporate exercise while watching the tube is to work out during each break. There are plenty of exercises you can squeeze in before your show comes back on air such as running in place, crunches, lunges, jumping jacks, arm exercises with hand weights or bands and push-ups. Make it a habit to exercise... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 00:25:42 EST Family Not Helping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2545963 Why is it that the few people in the world that should be helping us with our choice for the lifestyle change are the first to criticize or make harsh judgements? I am doing the best that I can to continue on my journey taking the ever so small baby steps and taking each day when it comes. I come from a VERY overweight family and wish they would be supportive and take a little of what I am learning along the way; however, they are the first to pass judgement and criticize my progress. For ... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 04:25:29 EST Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2540213 I came across the following thoughts by Chalres Swindoll. I think they're very relevant to our daily lives and the progress that you've made thus far. Here goes .... <BR> <BR> Attitude <BR> By Charles Swindoll <BR> <BR> "The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, or say, or do. <BR> <BR> It is more import... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 15:46:24 EST You can do anything!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2519355 Don't put off revealing the high-energy and healthy version of yourself that lies within you. Most people never reach their potential and instead just accept going with the flow. They keep putting off their dreams and goals until one day they are late in life and start asking themselves hard questions like "what could I have done or who could I have become if I just went for it". Don't let that be you. <BR> <BR> Every one of us has unique greatness in us that is ready to be unlocked. Vis... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 01:01:20 EST