WINNIEVIOLA's SparkPeople Blog WINNIEVIOLA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Staying Patient My favorite verse is Ephesians 4:2-3. Be always humble, gentle, and patient. It's not a coincidence that this is when the pastor spoke of patience during the race for God. He also spoke of the psalm used for my son's favorite song I would sing to him every night. Hosannah's Jesus, the Lover of My Soul. I may be in last place, but I am shuffling without stopping from glory to glory. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 09:05:33 EST Finally A ruptured disc was found in my lower back after the 5th MRI. Now I need to find out if I should go to a chiropractor or a surgeon. They say usually surgery after 2 months. I've had this for 8 yrs. They pain is progressing. It's a good thing I haven't been lifting any more or bending over much. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:00:10 EST Just Keep Shuffling To each their own. My personal achievement this summer has been to walk to the mailbox and back without falling. When I can run errands is when I've gotten 10 minutes of exercise. Thank God for my kids. We have still been able to help family and friends and take care of the basics at home. I don't ever expect to be compared to Mrs. Cleaver, even on a good day. I haven't banked my Spark. It is still smoldering. Keeping the faith and Jesus is my best friend. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:44:38 EST Emotional Eating Part of my problem was hormonal. I did realize afterwards there was a little mindless, comfort eating too- <BR> <BR><BR>udy-offers-clues-to-emotional-eating-2<BR>516096/?posted=1 <BR> <BR> I wish this article would actually talk about serotonin, a feel good chemical . Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:38:06 EST Getting Closer I'm almost there. By being very, very careful with my "diet" and 5 to 10 min. of exercise a day, I am almost at my goal. I am optimistically cautious that this is "it". Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:37:24 EST Important Info! Please Read! There's an article that gives important facts about sugar free. You end up drinking empty calories and still craving more- <BR> <BR><BR>et-soda-may-be-making-you-fat-2504019/ <BR> <BR> You shouldn't consume it unless you're diabetic. I drink a few ounces a day of regular soda just because I like to taste a little flavor besides when I'm drinking water. I learned years ago anyway that sugar free gives me migraines. Please think about this. Thu, 30 Jun 2011 07:45:22 EST A Half Step Forward/What's Been Going On So I haven't been able to have nuts or seeds the last 2 months. It had quite an impact. I had to eat the smooth yogurts. I couldn't have most fruits and several veggies. So on and so forth. I compensated with almond milk, cashew butter, and almond butter. I can now have a little of those things, but not every day anymore. I'll eventually get around to getting all that adjusted on the nutrition tracker. <BR> <BR> I am going to a neurologist. It could be anything, from MS on down. There's a mu... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:46:09 EST Small Steps Positive reinforcement today....I got to wear a shirt that I thought I would have to give to somebody. A few years ago, I bought it. I didn't think I'd ever be able to wear it. I could wear it today. It's not too small anymore! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 18:39:39 EST Small Steps Positive reinforcement today....I got to wear a shirt that I thought I would have to give to somebody. A few years ago, I bought it. I didn't think I'd ever be able to wear it. I could wear it today. It's not too small anymore! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 11 Jun 2011 18:39:32 EST A Wild Spring The weather has been really something. Tornadoes in CA and MA. We lost power a lot last week. Let's make sure we've got the right kind of Sparks going. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>257</em> <em>146</em> <em>67</em> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 14:16:53 EST Long Journey for 50 lbs. Twelve years ago I was a size 18. I am now close to a size 10. I started out cutting portions by a fourth. Then I cut out fried stuff and sodium. Then almost cut out soda. For most, including me, it's learning about myself and remembering how to like myself. A gradual process is what's best. No shortcuts. I'm so happy for the success stories while being happy getting used to a real lifestyle with real food, not those substitute bars and such. Three meals, two snacks. That's the ticket for me... Tue, 10 May 2011 20:22:13 EST Aww Nuts !!! Literally! On top of everthing else, no nuts or seeds for a couple of months. I snack on almonds or sesame seeds every day. This is like withdrawal. I'll have to take fiber instead of whole grains. It's too bad the "water cup" only really goes to 8 cups. What a wonderful start to my summer. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 2 May 2011 20:50:24 EST Good Find We are in a TN paper- <BR> <BR><BR>story/7999504/article-The-diet-honeymo<BR>on--Pushing-past-the-plateau? <BR> <BR> It is a good alternative to Weight Watchers. Yes, sabotage does happen. I realized this when people would show great concern at my weight loss over the years. If I had started losing more than a pound a week, my md would've noticed and said something. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 20:37:00 EST Too Healthy? Can you imagine? My blood calcium level is high. It is probably affecting my nervous system. That would explain the majority of my problems. I finally got my md to realize how useless a neurologist was that the specialist didn't check for this. So I continue on with microbursts of walking and stretching when I can. At least the md can tell I've been a good girl since my tryglycerides are low. <em>24</em> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:58:48 EST Falling Apart I have not been able to do any major exercise for a while now. I finally got an MRI last week. It wasn't even ordered on the right part of my back. The surgeon ordered another one. Now it's another week and a half of wondering. Thanks to my husband, a term was mentioned I didn't even want to consider. I just wanted to type out my upset and nerves and impatience. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:59:01 EST Point of no Return I am now more than halfway to my main goal. I really liked seeing my froggie this morning. I found out for sure I can't completely do the 10 min. challenge. I don't know why but a disc had to be replaced in my neck 7 yrs. ago. Now my spine is destabilizing. So it'll be off to see my new favorite neurosurgeon. Being a little snarky there. I will continue to drink plenty of water, exercise when I can, and continue tracking. I am so glad I found this place and you people. Now the fun part, telli... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 07:56:02 EST Slowly but surely.... ...I am getting there. What I want to lose is finally in the single digits. The icing on the cake will be how I look at my class reunion next year. It won't really matter to anybody cause I got along with almost everybody, but it sure will feel good. Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:58:25 EST Could It Be ?! It is above freezing! I saw buds on trees the other day! I have been able to turn down the heat! I'm starting to want to do something outside besides hibernate! Please let the weather keep getting sunnier and a little warmer! Mon, 14 Feb 2011 19:25:14 EST Leftovers I am being pretty creative with my menu this week, if I do say so myself. So far I've made whole grain pasta casserole, blanched cabbage leaf tacos, and mini whole wheat turkey and broccoli pizzas. It's even better since my kids have really liked it! I don't always get what's on my menu plan, but I get the equivalent that I can afford until payday. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:07:33 EST Going Forward I will get back with you "next year", hahaha. Please keep me in your prayers as I go to a neurologist. My md just couldn't find any good news for me yesterday. So I do what I can and keep that spark going around me with God's grace. Thanks so much for sticking around for each other. You may not realize how much it means. Take care! <BR> <BR> All our goals are different, but yet they are the same. We like ourselves, so we want to take care of ourselves. We want to be healthier and be there fo... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 21:18:35 EST I'm dreaming of a.... And what to my wondering eyes appear? Monday in middle Tenn. I was assuring my kids that forecasts can change. Guess what?! We now have a good chance of a white Christmas!! One's in high school and the other is close, but they are still excited! They can now listen for sled runners on the roof. ;-) And yes, the cheerful elf will eat a slice of angel food cake instead of a cookie. <em>100</em> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 07:56:13 EST Brrr! Why has it gotten so cold here? I want to hibernate! Now I want some extra hot chocolate! No fair! Why am I exclaiming so much in my blog? Because I've got laryngitis! If it feels good in my throat, I want it! Have a good week! <em>41</em> Mon, 6 Dec 2010 18:36:54 EST Appearances I kinda dressed up for Thanksgiving. My husband was hey he could tell I had lost some more weight. Really?! Too funny! You know how oblivious some guys are. We've only been married for almost 15 yrs. We're cooking another Thanksgiving meal Sunday, but it's going to be with baked squash instead of green bean casserole. Fri, 26 Nov 2010 23:11:19 EST Thankfulness I was seeing a few other blogs that mentioned giving thanks and losing weight in spite of being overwhelmed or ill. They helped give me a kick in the toosh. I thank God that I still have my husband, kids, my mom, and an aunt after losing family and friends every month this year except September. Thank you God that I can still exercise a little in spite of health problems and you give me the strength to stay on track with my nutritional goals. It's also been a time of loss for most of my cowor... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 22:43:30 EST