WINACHST's SparkPeople Blog WINACHST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So close I started the Engine 2 7-day challenge 2 days ago and made it through the first day. The second day, was not as successful. I ended up eating s'mores and graham crackers. S'more are my downfall. I always keep the graham crackers, marshmallows and candy bars on hand so when the grandkids come over we can roast marshmallows over the campfire. It is such a fun time when we do that. Creating memories. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I still dropped a couple of ounces. Not that I am totally focus... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:38:32 EST "I'd rather not take a chance" Well, yesterday I made it through the day without eating any junk food. The best thing is that I realized it was not as hard as i thought it would be. <BR> <BR> But, I realize how much of a disconnect there is with some about the food I eat and how I feel. I am still fairly healthy and active so I am not making the connection of the harm that I may be doing to my body by eating junk food. <BR> <BR> My oldest grandson has issues with food dyes and he, at 8 years old, has made the connecti... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:18:41 EST Fighting the battle I am hovering just a few pounds above my 1st goal weight. My body seems to be fighting to hang on to these pounds. I know that if I stop eating junk food then I will get the upper hand in this fight. <BR> <BR> It seems so simple, stop eating junk food and I can win this battle and eventually the war. <BR> <BR> I am finding out that if I slip and give in, then the cravings hit me hard the next day. Solution: stop giving in. (see my previous blog post with Bob Newhart Stop It!) <BR> <BR> H... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:52:31 EST Stop it! Stop it! I have been struggling for a couple years now to get with the program, any program. I just cannot seem to get it together, but it is all about what's on my mind. Every time I make a choice as to what to eat or do, it all starts with a thought. <BR> <BR> I found this video that I am hoping will give me a thought whenever I want to give in to temptation: Stop it! <BR> <BR> --Wayne Berry shares a classic Bob Newhart video clip explains how we can control negative self-talk and why it is so imp... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:16:38 EST One day at a time I see I have not blogged for a while. I have been busy and only spend my coffee time on the computer. <BR> <BR> I have a few races coming up this month. I am curious as to how I'll do compared to my granddaughter. I have not been able to get her to go for a run with me all summer. I think I have to recognize that my granddaughter may now be at that age where she doesn't want to hang out with the "old folk" anymore. I sure was fun while it lasted. <BR> <BR> I am slowly getting my mindset on... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 09:58:01 EST Still moving forward I struggle every day to be compliant with the way of eating I want to do. But, each and every day I start again even If I failed the day before. <BR> <BR> I start each day with coffee. It is my "me time"; no one talks to me until I finish my coffee. Today, I already blew it. I finished a bag of dark chocolate coconut patties I saw. But, breakfast is starting again. <BR> <BR> 4.6 ounce of power greens <BR> 1/2 cup blueberries <BR> 1 medium apple <BR> <BR> That tastes so much better than tha... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:23:26 EST Is this Way of Eating Too Extreme? Is this WOE too extreme? I am seeing people saying that a whole food plant based way of eating is too extreme for most people to follow. Seeing how I am struggling to be 100% compliant, I am beginning to understand why people would think this. <BR> <BR> It is extreme to grab an apple instead of chips. It is extreme to grab an orange instead of a fruit drink or soda pop. It is extreme to eliminate meat and dairy from your plate and instead fill it with whole grains, vegetables and legumes. I... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:59:06 EST Again, it's my fault. NOT! My hubby is currently having a love affair with kettle chips and chocolate covered butter cookies and when I mentioned he needs to stop eating so much junk, he said he couldn't because of me eating too much junk food. <BR> <BR> I see how ridiculous that sounded because I never forced him to put those items in the grocery cart. When those items come into the house, they go into his secret hiding place where I cannot see them so I won't eat "his stash". <BR> <BR> I have fixings for s'mores in... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:40:29 EST Two apps using same phone GPS and 2 different mileages The other day I had a shared memory pop up on my facebook page about a run a did 7 years ago. I ran it again and ran it in about the same amount of time. <BR> <BR> It was weird because 7 years ago the distance was 4.75 miles and yesterday the distance was 5.81 miles. The exact same route. Yesterday, I ran with 2 apps: fitbit and charity miles. <BR> <BR> The distances: fitbit = 5.81 and The Charity miles app was 5.02. Both apps used my phone's GPS. My hubby thinks that one app may be calcu... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 11:09:16 EST Running with no ipod music blaring in my ear. The past couple of weeks at my running class I forgot to bring along my ipod. Hence, no music and I found I actually was able to keep a steadier pace. Although there was a constant 1-2-3-4 going on in my head. ;-) <BR> <BR> I ran my normal running route here, through the woods and down to the lake, with no music except for the birds. Man, what a difference. <BR> <BR> I have a trail run this Saturday and I am going to go without my ipod. I am curious as to whether or not it will improve my ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 07:53:49 EST Am i compulsive obsessive? Today was a good eating day, if and only if, you do not count the s'mores. I take one Hershey's chocolate bar and break it into 4 pieces. Place each 1/4 on half a graham cracker sheet, top with a marshmallow. Pop it in the microwave for 10 seconds. Place another 1/2 graham cracker on each. Then i eat all 4 s'mores. <BR> <BR> Today, though, I was able to split that and only at 2 at a time and had about 3 hours in between. That is a start for me in cutting back. In the past I would have eaten... Tue, 23 May 2017 23:05:20 EST Zombies, Run Man, I love this app. I find myself wanting to go for a run just so I can hear what's next in the story. So Fun! Wed, 10 May 2017 21:07:51 EST My race results My time was not my best, I think this was the slowest I ran this particular race. But i am older and slower. The best thing is that I ran it well and finished strong. <BR> <BR> My time could have been a bit better, but I started messing with my ipod nano for a particular song to carry me across the finish line. That must have taken at least 1 minute. But no difference, it still would have been a slower time for me. <BR> <BR> I ran the 10k in 1:12:39. <BR> <BR> That messing with my nano w... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:05:22 EST Race Day Tomorrow! Tomorrow is race day for me - 10K. I have a goal of finishing around the 70 minute mark. I think my past time was 68 minutes. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:46:09 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 14 I am sort of doing a casual following of the Beck Diet Solution. By that I mean that i am not stressing over the exercises each day. It seems to be working for me because not focus on making sure I check off each item every day takes a lot of stress of me and I actually seem to be more aware of what I ought to be doing throughout the day. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to eat healthy for years now, with successes and failures. I know what I need to do, it is a matter of committing to get 'er ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:02:29 EST i did a 4 miler this morning I ran around the block this morning. I live in the country and it is about 1 mile to each road, So running around the block is just shy of 4 miles. <BR> <BR> I did a 5:3 interval. I ended up walking up a couple of hills on 2 of the run portions. There is a hill on my route that I don't even try to run up it. I only managed it about 5 times. I think it is easier just to walk it because running takes to much out of me. <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:57:50 EST Beck Diet Solution, moving onward I started and restarted this program so many times and always seem to quit after a few weeks, but this time instead of quitting I am moving forward. <BR> <BR> So much of this program is doing the same thing over and over. But the key is planning and preparing. In order to do that I need to make time for these exercises. Too many times, I let others interfere with my good intentions and let their plans override what I need to do for myself. <BR> <BR> I am getting to the point where it is o... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:37:22 EST Beck Diet Solution - onward to day 4 Pink: <BR> Starting day 4, again . i cannot believe how many times I started, quit, started, quit this. My pink book is worn in the front half but looks unused in the back. I have yet to make it through this book. <BR> <BR> I am down 2 pounds since day 1. But this is because I had been pigging out before I started and now I am mindful of what I am putting in my mouth. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was eat sitting down. I almost made it 100%, but I am a muncher when I cook. I ate a carrot. Today is d... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:46:46 EST Beck Diet Solution Day 1 - read along I made my list of Advantages for Healthy Eating to be short so they'd all fit on one line on a recipe card. Also so they'd be easier for me to remember when I begin to have that dialogue in my head. <BR> <BR> 1. I only live once <BR> 2. To nourish my body. <BR> 3. To have more energy. <BR> 4. To sleep better. <BR> 5. To be free of the "Salt, Sugar, Fat" trap. <BR> 6. To get rid of excess body fat. <BR> 7. To feel good about my body. <BR> 8. To be stronger than my cravings. <BR> 9. T... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:54:31 EST It does not taste good. i need a plan. <BR> I need to stick with a plan. <BR> I need a plan that I will follow daily. <BR> I cannot seem to choose what plan to follow. <BR> <BR> ARGH!! What frustration I am experiencing these days. I fell off plan a few weeks ago and put on 8 pounds and now the junk food cravings are unreal. I seem to have no resolve to stop eating junk. <BR> <BR> I did well yesterday up to lunch. We ate out and the restaraunt we chose was very accommodating to my needs. It was a Mexican restaura... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 07:32:46 EST Fell off plan and paid the price I went off plan and started to added fast food back to my diet. Ouch! Big Mistake. It was fish sandwiches. I used to love fish sandwiches. But, my oh my, have I been achy. Just a nagging, oh my, I hurt when I move. <BR> <BR> I also gained 8 pounds. Enough of that! <BR> <BR> Today is day 1 to getting back on track. I started my day with: my coffee. Then for breakfast I had spinach, orange, banana, apple and chia seed. <BR> <BR> I am going to need to focus on drinking water. I do not drin... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:47:50 EST Where did the time go? Wow! just looked at my last blog date and did not realize so much time has passed since my last blog. Where does the time go? Here it is almost a month later. <BR> <BR> Things were not going well for me. After I was sick, I did not pay attention to what I was eating. I think most of it was due to frustration. When I was down, my hubby did nothing for me, not even bring me a cup of tea. Then as I got to feeling better and was moving about, then he gets hit with the bug and expected me to wait... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:52:45 EST The bug hit... I have not blogged for a while but then I have been sick. I don't usually get sick and it seems like I got by with mild symptoms. But, it was enough to keep me in bed for over 2 days. <BR> <BR> I was not as bad as some of my other family members and I give credit to my eating lots of fruits and vegetables. So, just a reminder: Eat your fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:03:29 EST Ah sugar,... and you got me wanting you Lyrics to Sugar, Sugar by the Archies: <BR> ... <BR> Oh, sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey, <BR> Pour a little sugar on it baby <BR> I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah <BR> Pour a little sugar on it oh yeah <BR> Pour a little sugar on it honey <BR> Pour a little sugar on it baby <BR> I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah <BR> Pour a little sugar on it honey <BR> <BR> Ah sugar, ah honey honey <BR> You are my candy girl <BR> And you've got me wanting you <BR> Oh... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:34:46 EST Down 1/2 pound I weighed myself this morning and found that I am down 1/2 pound from last weeks weigh-in. That is a small loss, but a loss nonetheless. <BR> <BR> I have had a lot of off-plan eating. It is a struggle to get back on plan with me. It seems like the off-plan foods I had eaten managed to get a stronghold on me and I am finding it hard to shake free from it. <BR> <BR> Slowly, I am getting my mindset back to where it should be. First, I need to remember why I want to eat healthy and that is so ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:04:34 EST Is organic always better? I went to Costco yesterday and the food demonstrators were doing their thing. I passed by most, I ate a sample of the cashews. I watched my hubby stop at each one and take a sample and wondered what he was thinking as he ate. <BR> <BR> He used to lecture everyone and anyone who would listen about how horrible GMOs are and that we ought to avoid them. He would state this as he sampled the food. Did he not realize that as he was saying we ought to avoid GMOs, he was most likely eating product... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:31:39 EST Shout Out! Whoo Hoo! December was a bad month for me foodwise. I ate so much junk, gained 5 pounds and struggled with keeping a positive attitude. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling to get back on track and yesterday was a day that I did not eat any junk food even though I was tempted. So, I am making this declaration that I can do it if I put my mind to it. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:47:26 EST "Born to die" ... not exactly encouraging thing to hear well, I can check off one thing of my bucket list of things to do: I created a map in ifit for a run in Key Largo. I created a 6.2 miler at the end. I must admit it was a boring run except at the end. *-* <BR> <BR> A few things about today's run: <BR> 1. It was supposed to be a cross-training or rest day. <BR> <BR> 2. I picked the wrong ratio of run/walk. I choose 6 min run and 30 sec walk. I lasted only the first half and had to change it to 4:1. <BR> <BR> 3. After 5 miles, I am huffing a... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:01:30 EST oh my oh my oh my I am so frustrated. My weight is up again. I am stuck in this zone and cannot seem to get out of it. ARRRRRRRGH! <BR> <BR> On the positive, I am getting my cravings under control. Last night at a Bible study, there were cookies and brownies and guess how much I had? Not one bite. I was not even tempted. All I could think of with the brownies was all the sugar and fat in them and the cookies just looked nasty. One step forward for me. <BR> <BR> I still eat too much, even of the good foods. ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:24:49 EST Veggie Tikka Masala Well, I just ate a meal of my version of a Tikka Masala. OMG! that was so amazing <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made mine with all veggies. The sauce is a variation of Vegan Richa's that i found in her cookbook. I did not follow the recipe and have no idea how it made this. So it will be an adventure next time I want to make it Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:46:18 EST E2 Seven-Day Rescue Diet Challenge Day 3 Well, I made it through the first two days and realized how many calories I am not eating by eliminating the junk food. Too be honest, I am amazed at how many calories I have eaten in the past from junk food (candy or chips) in one sitting. <BR> <BR> I am down a pound. But I am not going to get too excited about that. My weight goes up and down so much that I do not think much about an extra pound here and there unless I start seeing no down trend. <BR> <BR> The challenge is basically to e... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 07:30:02 EST Which Would you rather have, being overweight or kidney stones? Hubby's back is giving him some serious grief. Yesterday, he mentioned that he felt a bulge and it was pulsating, so being concerned that it may be involving a disc and a blood vessel, he asked me to take him to the doctor. Relief given, no way was it the concern he had. But, get this, the doctor asked him if he ever considered the Paleo diet. <BR> <BR> Hubby is overweight, seriously overweight, and we did try a Paleo diet in the past and the weight fell off of both of us. However, he devel... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 08:33:57 EST New Year, New Mindset Well, it has been a difficult past month, weight wise and smart eating choices. But I signed up for the Engine 2 7-Day Rescue challenge hoping to have motivation to get back on track. My daughter signed up for it and is anxious to start eating better. So, I need to be strong so that I can help her eat better. <BR> <BR> December was a rough month for me because hubby had a lot of doctor appointments and whenever we go to town he always wants to eat out. That meant more oversized meals that w... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:56:31 EST So Thankful for all those at Spark People Even though I do not respond a lot to those who take the time to respond to my blogs, I want you all to know that I really appreciate all the support and kind words that have been given these past days, weeks, months, and years. I really do appreciate you all and all those at Spark People too. <BR> <BR> Thank you all and I hope you all have had pleasant holiday and I wish you the best in this coming year. <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:02:45 EST After the holiday... Well, this years dinner is over and boy, oh boy, did I not stay compliant with my eating this past month. First, during December, hubby had a lot of doctor appointments which meant we ate out more than usual (read here: I ate a lot of higher fat meals and way more than I needed to). Plus I often eat in the car so that meant candy or chips. Way more than i ought to have eaten. <BR> <BR> Then I made cookies under the guise of I was going to take to the family dinner. Ha! I only fooled myself.... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:38:12 EST I am a gadget junkie Yesterday, as I was doing my treadmill run, I came to the realization that I am a gadget junkie. I had 4 gadgets tracking my workout: treadmill, ipod touch, ipod nano, and fitbit. <BR> <BR> I later realized that I forgot to open the charity miles app on my phone. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My reason for this is not really as crazy as it seems. The other day, I noticed that my ipod touch was not recording my runs and it was working just fine the last time I used it. So, i set out to discover... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:56:58 EST Christmas Cookies...I knew I couldn't resist My mom requested someone make her the cookies that she has been making for everyone for the past 30+ years. I think my sister is making some, but i don't know if she is bringing them to our get together. Since I will be seeing her this week, I decided to make a batch of the sugar cookie and the molasses cookies for her. I have no self control; I must have eaten about 7 cookies already. So glad I did not frost them. <BR> <BR> They still do not taste like my mom's so I'll have to try again. A... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:58:58 EST I cannot seem to get with a program, any program! I have gained 5 pounds due to eating junk and I feel miserable and bloated. I talked to my hubby and he suggested we do Mary's Mini, which is to pick a starch and add fruits and vegetables to it for about 10 days <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nl/june/marys.htm </link> <BR> <BR> He suggested it because this fall he went to the potato farm and bought about 250 pounds of potatoes because "they were cheap". Due to the warmer fall, I told him NOT to buy so many bec... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:09:41 EST I did it! I finally did it! I ran a sub20 2-miler this morning. I have been working on making this goal for about 7 years now. WHOOHOO! Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:07:45 EST My Mother-in-law has passed It has been a rough few days. My mother-in-law has passed on to glory. She had COPD and ended up in intensive care and then it was decided that she go into hospice care. The nursing home she was at had an awesome staff. She was kept comfortable and I was amazed at how many of the nurses and caregivers stopped by to say goodbye to her. <BR> <BR> It was hard to stay focused and eat right, I did all right about 70% of the time. The family is all taking it well. Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:04:54 EST Overslept and missed the Turkey Run Now Gobble Later 5k So Bummed! My cat woke me up and I shooed her away not thinking to get up early to go for the 5k. I woke up with no time to get there before the race started. So, I loaded the route on my ifit treadmill and ran a virtual 5k. My time was 33:47, ha, but my scenery was sunny and green (summertime). It has been snowy and cloudy here. I then did a cool down walk in Etalai, Sri Lanka. That was a pretty flat course. I walked most of it because I was sort of tired after the 5k. <BR> <BR> Hubby and ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:52:27 EST Whoa!!! Man, I just realized that I have been eating a lot of junk AND I am stressed. Time for me to take a time out! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:50:01 EST BDS Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down | Day 5 - Eat Slowly I think I am going to park myself on days 3 and 5 for awhile. Eat sitting down and eat more slowly. I seem to be having difficulty with these things. Mindlessly putting things in my mouth and woofing them down at the same time. Both these unhelpful habits are keeping me from actually enjoying my food. <BR> <BR> And if I focus on Day 4 and give myself credit for when I do these two things, I think I may actually accomplish a bit of what I am setting out to do <BR> Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:10:39 EST BDS - Day 4 Give yourself credit Well, <em>521</em> , The fact that I Have not given up considering how many times I have started, quit, and started again tells me that I am still plugging away at trying to get rid of my junk food habit. <BR> <BR> Good job! to me for not giving up completely and getting right back to it. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:51:31 EST BDS - Day 3 eat sitting down. Well, I managed to sit down when I ate today. However, a couple times I ate in the car. I need to learn to not do any other activity while I eat. If my memory serves me correctly, that will be a later exercise. <BR> <BR> My eating has been horrendous this past month. One of the grocery chains has vegetables on sale. I stocked up on veggies, have plenty of potatoes, grains and beans, and some fruit already. I am looking forward to getting back on track. <BR> <BR> I went to my daughter's plac... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:51:06 EST This sugar beast has got to go! I cannot believe how much junk I am eating these days. I cannot seem to pinpoint exactly what is going on inside my head. A while back I restarted the Beck Diet Solution and made it through Day 1. I blogged my advantages and have been rereading them whenever I log onto SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> The Beck Diet Solution has helped me in the past quieting the sugar monster that resides inside me and I have learned that I need to speak louder than the monster so I cannot hear its screams. <BR> <B... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 08:55:16 EST Critiqueing my cravings I find that I have a tendency to eat a lot of sugary snacks when I am tired and/or bored. I often hear myself justifying a bad choice by saying I need a sugar rush for energy and then am wanting the crash when it is over so I will be able to sleep. <BR> <BR> I also find that I crave salty, oily potato chips whenever I feel dehydrated. Somehow, I cannot follow the logic of eating salt when dehydrated. I "duh" moment here. <BR> <BR> I have discovered that whenever I need to sit around and wai... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 12:02:21 EST Beck Diet Solution Week 1 day 1 again! My Advantages for Healthy Eating <BR> 1. I only live once and I want the most out of my life <BR> 2. I do not want to suffer from chronic diseases which can be prevented by the foods I eat. <BR> 3. I like being able to move without having aches and pains <BR> 4. I enjoy physical activities like running races with my grandkids. <BR> 5. I want to eat to nourish my body <BR> 6. I want to get rid of excess body fat. <BR> 7. I want to feel good about how I look. <BR> 8. I like the idea of being i... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:01:26 EST BDS - Feeling Bleh! and needing a new mindset. Man, I have not blogged for a while. I am noticing a trend in that when I am not doing well in my eating and exercise, I do not blog much. <BR> <BR> I am up a few pounds since my last weigh-in and I am not going to do so until I am not feeling frumpy. On the positive my jeans are still fitting so I cannot be that far off track. <BR> <BR> I have started to run on the treadmill again and am amazed at how quickly time seems to get away from me on the treadmill. When i bought it I thought it'd... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:54:35 EST Slowly Getting Back on Track The other day when I checked the Beck Diet Solution Team board, the posting that caught my eye was the day 20 Get Back on Track. That was just what I needed and I am slowly getting back on track with my eating and exercise. <BR> <BR> I started to run a bit on the treadmill again. I have an ifit membership and am able to use Google maps and it will automatically adjust the incline depending on the route. I use the street view and pretend I am running on vacation. HA! <BR> <BR> So, the worko... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:52:20 EST