WONDERFUL2BME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WONDERFUL2BME WONDERFUL2BME'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/ 2013 November 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537855 To Self: <BR> Thank you for caring again. I am committed to succeeding for today. I will face tomorrow when it comes. For now, just today. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:55:51 EST Juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238446 I have been juicing for the whole week. I realize this sounds extreme, but I feel I need some extreme right now. I am still getting my nutrition and calories but I am doing it through blending, food processing, and juicing. Some vegetables don't juice, like lettuce, cauliflower and broccoli so I put them in the food processoe before putting them in the blender which works really well. This is pretty much what I have been doing the last 8 days full time! I have been addig some other stuff... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:28:20 EST Eat What I Want? .... Not Really! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214403 I am wanting my "wanter" to change, but contrary to my previous blog, I can't eat what I want and still have the results I want. How do I know this? I stayed in my calorie range even though I ate sugary treats for 3 days in a row this week with no weight loss. <BR> <BR> I ate healthy for 36 hours and dropped a pound in water retention. I am not diabetic, but when I eat sugar my body stores massive amounts of fluids, this in turn suppresses my immune system and Wah Lah, I now have a col... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:25:52 EST I Don't Have to Eat It All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192139 I am getting into a state of mentality where I will take less than a serving and I will leave at least one bite on my plate. I am going to try to be more conscious of when I am full as well and stop eating. I have always "cleaned" my plate because I was programmed to do this even after I was full or even after the food quit being so tastey. There is this wonderful stuff they make called aluminum foil or zip lock bags that can keep the food just fine for another time! <BR> <BR> This may s... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:28:11 EST Eat What I Want...Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188229 Eatting what I want goes against everything I have ever been taught by all the crazy diets I have been on for, well, most of my life I guess. I remember being put on the "grapefruit diet" when I was eleven because I was 8 lbs overweight according to the "charts". My mother was always at the perfect weight and she wanted her daughter there as well I guess. Then their was the "starvation diet" I put myself on as a teen because I wanted to be at the "perfect" weight on the chart. And so it c... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 13:08:58 EST Holiday Memories and Ready to Move on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181115 It was a wonderful holiday season. I have 5 grown children and 4 of them are married and 3 of them have children (7 grandkids). With that said, I have to plan my energy normally so with the holidays, I have to be even more strategic. Once or twice we get together as a full group like on thanksgiving but even then it is hard for all of us to be in once spot at the same time for a group picture. I am still hoping to get one before my oldest son moves to San Antonio, TX with Army to be a LPN... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:56:13 EST Sitting on a stump and giving myself a talkin to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180270 I am saying all of this to myself. If it applies to you then I hope it helps you to have something to think about as well. <BR> <BR> What is Commitment: <BR> <BR> It is making the choice NOW! Later, tomorrow, or Monday, or January 1st is not commitment, it is something else....procrastination. <BR> <BR> Commitment is a NOW decision based on the choice that will make me my warrior best. I am a warrior apprentice! It may not always be and usually isn't the easy choice. Easy choices crea... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:40:12 EST Commitment Feels and Looks Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178379 I went through some dark emotions the last two months and all I can say about it now is that it truly feels and looks beautiful once a person works through them. I have such a lightness to my soul right now and I am so looking forward to continuing my journey now! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1180296748.jpg"> <BR> I am feeling this sparkly right now! Fri, 28 Dec 2012 02:48:13 EST The Magic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174918 We make the magic happen. The magic happens when we believe in our selves. We each have the same 24 hours to make it happen each day. I have read about people in their 70's making it happen. I have read about people in their teens making it happen. I am so glad I have the power to make it happen for me. You have the power to make it happen for you. <BR> <BR> We went to the Pacific Science Center holiday laser light show today. It was really nice and added a bit of festivity to the hol... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:48:25 EST Purging Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166570 Hello everybody, I am trying to go through and purge the sparkfriends that I don't ever hear from. This way I can keep it more simple for myself. I am not doing this to hurt anyone's feelings. This forum is about helping one another, so if I never hear from you, it doesn't help me. I will gladly friend anybody who wants to give each other support. If I didn't hear back from you this year, well, good luck. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1656219158.jpg"> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:33:43 EST No Need to Feel Sooo Much Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166550 As much as I don't want to admit ignorance about food at my age, I confess to it. I have heard all the sayings about being what I eat etc. I am just now figuring out how it works with my body. If I eat the foods that got me to where I am, YES I will always feel hungry and ravenous and want more of it. I heard that many obese people are malnourished, so it makes sense that the body is going to crave more trying to get what it needs. No wonder disease is so prevalent in our society. If th... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:56:01 EST Talk About Motivation....Whoa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164327 There is a motivator and then there is Ernestine Shepherd. You may have heard of her already. I just did. She is an amazing weight lifter and she is 75 years old. This woman started from couch potato in her 50's to holding world records for her achievements in weight lifting plus she has a beautiful mind. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l914744889.jpg"> <BR> Check this achiever out on youtube at beautifulmindsdha. You will be inspired! <BR> <BR> The fact th... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:52:44 EST One Way We Down Stress For The Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162507 Stress can be a trigger for me to eat mindlessly, so how do I "down stress" for the holidays? Down size is a term so I am using down stress the same way! I have 5 adult children, 4 of them have spouses, and I have 7 grandchildren. The last thing any of us needs is more "stuff" in our homes, so a few years ago we decided to buy gifts for the children 18 and under only. Us adults still get a gift, but it is a photo exchange from each family. I love it. There is nothing more enjoyable than... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:46:48 EST No Excuses Just Daily Recommitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149695 I get tired of hearing myself make excuses and whining about this or that, soooo none of this or that! I am going to have such an awesome rest of the year. When the New Year rings in, mine will be lighter physically and emotionally, as I work through my 1 lb emotional bombs. I think of each pound melting off my body and taking with it the emotion that drove me to pack it on. <BR> <BR> I am already thankful for the me that will be! <BR> <BR> My middle son sent me a text with the followin... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:14:55 EST Thoughts About A Giving Brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139938 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097871280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture is of him helping at my sisters Halloween store. He did it to help and didn't take pay. <BR> My oldest brother is such an inspiration to me. He doesn't attend organized religion. He does care immensely for the human race. He is the most giving person ever. He was sick so he had gone to local grocery store to get pharmacy items. As he was going into the grocery store, there was a young couple wi... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 01:08:05 EST Veterans Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132242 The background picture is a 2012 picture of my eldest son. He is currently serving at Fort Lewis, Washington. He is a medic in the army. He has served in Iraq and Afganistan. I don't think most people realize what are troops go through over there. They may come back with their physical body in tact but they had to see a lot of stuff. I am proud of my son, but I do wish he had been spared this experience. He hasn't really talked much about it, but he lost many people close to him over t... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:02:55 EST Daily Mind Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126831 The stressful emotions that drive me to seek refuge in food, have made me morbidly obese and unhappy with how I look. I use to think some people are blessed with metabolisms that allow them to eat whatever they want. This is false. There is nobody that maintains a healthy weight that can eat the foods I use to go to for "refuge". Refuge does not exist in food. Eating these junk foods creates a prison, a prison of fat that causes physical and emotional pain. <BR> <BR> I want to I.D. the... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 03:33:04 EST Homemade Craft Bazar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122078 I had fun today cruising a bazar where everything was handmade. It was held at the senior center and they made some really beautiful stuff. I can't believe how little they charge for it though. They need to value their time more. I told them so! <BR> My youngest granddaughter is 9 months old and her velcro bibs are all wearing out and fall off all the time. She is teething like crazy (drool) and needs a bib that will stay on. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37866... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:31:25 EST I Joined Two Clubs This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120702 I remember as a kid always starting clubs with kids in the neighborhoods I lived in. I lived in quite a few neighborhoods because my father was Navy and we would move from west coast to east coast and back every 2 or 3 years. I guess the club thing was my way of trying to have a bond with having to make new friends everywhere I went. Well, here I am in my 50's and I am still club joining. Ha! <BR> <BR> I joined the senior center which is really wild. I just don't feel like a senior. I ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 20:00:16 EST Sunday Morning and a Couple of Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115668 I have a couple of thoughts going through my head this morning I want to share with you. I go through spurts of doing well with eating breakfast and then I start to revert back to my wicked ways of not eating until later in the day. This usually happens when I am home and I don't need to be out the door at any certain time. So, this morning I was thinking what can I eat early that will give me nutrients and kickstart my digestive system without requiring me to do much in the kitchen. I ca... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:08:02 EST How many times to eat throughout the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114899 I have been considering optons for eating throughout the day and it may be one of those elements of this journey that I have to figure out what works best for me by trial and error. How many meals/snacks should I have? Hmmm. I was thinking of making it 4 eating times a day and to not eat to late at night. I know I want to balance my calories with each meal/snack getting lighter throughout the day, but I am not sure about this. What do you think and what has worked for you? Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:58:17 EST Weight Loss Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113949 I had promised myself hair stuff for each 5 lbs lost. I have lost 14 lbs and I still hadn't rewarded myself until now. I actually rewarded myself with a matching hair thing and ear rings. Everytime I wear them I will remember this accomplishment. I can't wait to get to 20 lbs. At 20 lbs I get to have my choice of: hair highlights, manicure, or pedicure. How fun. I am really into hair stuff right now because I have grown it out for the first time in 15 years. I had long hair (shoulder... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:39:25 EST Prolific Week So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113208 This journey is making me search deep. This week has gone fast. I have been prolific in my writing. I decided to share with you one of the poems I wrote. <BR> <BR> Moving <BR> <BR> Moving from one thought towards heaven <BR> Moving from emotion towards numbness <BR> Moving from self to stranger <BR> Stopped by my wondering child <BR> <BR> See upside down turtle stretching its neck <BR> See the belly so vulnerable <BR> See useless shell of protection <BR> Effortlessly uprighted by the ch... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 03:23:04 EST Time to Lighten Up and Refocus People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105122 I have never thought of myself being analytical. I think it comes from not giving a rip. I very seldom ask questions, so I am trying to change that a bit and be more inquisitive especially of myself. <BR> <BR> I woke up so "up" today and I am trying to figure out what makes this morning so different than yesterday. I don't know. In the past, I just don't question it. i just go with it, but if I could figure out why then I could do this every day. <BR> <BR> If you follow my blogs, you... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:33:44 EST I Am Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104233 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2121754112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I filled my first journal quicker than anticipated, so now I am beginning my 2nd journal and I am on day 52. I am learning so much by journaling. I like to write a challenge each morning. Usually the challenge is something pretty simple but by writing it down I make it concrete. There it is in ink in front of me and I must do it. <BR> <BR> I was struggling these 52 days with hunger in the evening. I think it... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:01:17 EST Perfect Breakfast to Stay Satisfied Longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102722 I have mentioned before that I try to eat my bigger meal for breakfast. What I have discovered though is I feel too uncomfortable after this much food now (compared to before the weight loss journey). I decided to cut the meal in half, literally. So today I ate one piece of Ezekial toast with 1/2 T butter, One fried egg (with Pam no oil), 1/2 oz cheddar, 4 oz milk, 1 oz grapes. I can tell you I am totally satisfied with this amount of food! I am excited. The meal was around 350 calories... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:37:05 EST Supporting Each Other Made Easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100234 I realized this week that when I am reading your blog or watching your video there is a choice on the right side of the page to receive email alert when you have posted a new blog. This is so awesome and time saving. I use to go into my friends and then click on each one to see if there were any updates. Now, I can just go through my email list click the link to see your update. It is great. <BR> <BR> I went for a scavenger hunt walk today to find fall leaves and anything else that would... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 17:21:33 EST Orange Juice Distractions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098946 My weekly upate Sun, 14 Oct 2012 18:20:31 EST My Sandals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087927 I reaize it is Autumn and the weather is chilly in the mornings now, but I wanted to dress cute today for my son's 25th birthday. The sandals were too uncomfortable 11 lbs ago, but I slipped into them this morning and WAA LA! They fit very confortable thank you! <BR> <BR> I can't believe that 11 lbs makes such a difference. What is it going to be like with the next 10 lbs? I am excited to find out. The scale hasn't budged this week and usually when I peek 1/2 way I see a drop, so it i... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:10:57 EST Birthday Party Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086061 It is amazing this new me. I went to my grandson's birthday party #7 and I had pizza and I had birthday cake and I still stayed in my calorie range. I use to go to social functions and see someone eating a couple of bites of this or that and I would think what is the point? I now know. The point is I can eat 1/3 of a small piece of pizza and 4 small bites of cake and feel like I am not deprived. I made sure I ate some before I went so I wouldn't be starving, but I left enough calories t... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 03:31:08 EST Are Cheat Days a Good Idea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080699 A discussion of what a cheat day can do to the efforts of the whole week. It really depends on what is your definition of a cheat day. Is a cheat day eating foods you normally don't but still being accountable or is it not counting anything and eating whatever? Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:40:50 EST I Get It... I Really Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077234 I am on day 31 of my streak. I only have to do this 12 more times and I will be at goal. I can do this. I haven't done it perfectly, but I did lose the 10 lbs I set out to lose. I am officially at 9 lbs, but I weigh officially on Sunday and I peaked yesterday and I am down 1 lb already. <BR> <BR> I get it. I finally understand what it takes. I don't have to feel deprived ever again. I found out if I start eating junk, I can stop and stay in my range for the day anyway. I will feel hu... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:28:19 EST Scales, Pounds Lost, and questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072208 I am no longer afraid of the scale. I am on day 27 on a streak of staying within calorie range. I had actually started before the count but I was terrified to get on the scale because I knew I had gained since the beginning of the year. It is wonderful to be honest with myself and to face the challenge head-on. <BR> At my weigh in today, I found out I lost 4 lbs this week. I am happy I lost, but I am also wondering if 4 lbs in a week is too much. The old me would have never thought t... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 23:09:46 EST Falling in Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069163 Interesting terminology "Falling in Love". Anyway, after going through a nasty (and I do mean nasty) divorce with this person who was a soul mate, I was thinking about how I felt when I fell in love with him. It was the most amazing feeling to be in love. It was my 2nd marraige but the first time I experienced anything like this. Sooo before you think yeah, yeah, blah, blah. I want to get to my point here. <BR> <BR> I am falling in love again, but this time I am falling in love with lif... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:28:55 EST Letter to Future Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065349 I have seen Spark Buddies using this tool of writing a letter to their future healthy self and I have also seen it on Biggest Loser as videos to their futre self. I thought it would be a healthy exercise to go through and it really was. I think everybody should do this. Anyway, here is mine. <BR> <BR> Letter to my future self. <BR> Dear Self, <BR> You look fantastic. Congratulations on following through with healthy eating. You have and are doing a great job, but then I would’ve never ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:48:01 EST Don't Blow Your Whole Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062477 I was figuring out my Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR) and realized why I did not lose weight for so long. It is because I had a cheat day. Since I was only eating 500 calories less than what it would take to just maintain my weight each day, on my cheat day I managed to make up for the calorie deficit. It was like I deposited this 500 in the calorie bank each day only to spend it all on the cheat day. So, the way I do this now is I can have what I want anytime, but I have to stay in the calori... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:37:29 EST The Inner Child Temper Tantrum Did Not Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057028 I just got back from gym, showered, and just wanted to talk about discipline and rewards. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205676695.jpg"> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 01:20:50 EST Exercise today was berry picking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055277 I went berry picking today with my daughter and 2 grandchildren. It was fun. It was the 2nd trip to berry pick in the past month, but this time it was a bit more challenging since the grandkids were along. <BR> <BR> Blackberries don't give up their berries without a fight. The thorns are definitly not friendly to little children picking, so I ended up sitting and playing with them after picking for awhile. I was afraid they might get run over by a bicyclist. There were only 3 or 4 who... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:15:16 EST Finally Overcame The Fear of The Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052878 I am in day 14 of 341 days. It has taken me this long to get the courage to face the measuring tape. It took me a week to weigh myself. Part of this journey is facing the truth and then working with it. I know that this is the worst it/I will be. Each day I am healthier and stronger. Join me! I want to hear what is working and what isn't for you! <BR> <BR> If I can be a help to you..friend me. Anytime I see a blog or watch a vlog from someone that is helpful, I friend them. I wan... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:06:41 EST Caring Carefully For One Another http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052598 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l378941718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello My Spark Buddies. I was thinking how vulnerable many of us are to emotional eating. This is one more reason we need to be careful as we "support" one another that we are doing it in a way that is helpful, so we aren't creating issues for another. <BR> <BR> Recently, a Spark Buddy had her feelings hurt by a comment somebody made, and now I am not hearing from her. I know we each need to learn to deal with ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:27:25 EST A BUN DANCE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051903 I was telling myself what an awesome job I was doing, when I realized that the word job seems to not go with feelings of celebration. I think this is because the larger part of society does not have warm, fuzzy feelings towards their occupation. I decided the word accomplishment communicates the joy better. <BR> <BR> I want to celebrate the abundance in my life. The more I celebrate it the more is rained down upon me. Looking at the word 'Abundance' it is made up perfectly with what I w... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:52:31 EST Enjoying the Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047453 I am soooo determined to enjoy each of this journey. I am not saying I won't be uncomfortable at times when I screw up and eat too many of my allotted calories too early in the day like the day before yesterday and I end up hungry, but I will enjoy each day because I am that closer to my goal weight. Just saying it is exciting...."My Goal Weight". I will achieve this. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying the journaling along the way. I have been filling up about 4 pages each day talking about what is... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 17:48:29 EST Not Seeing The Wood For The Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043350 Okay, I am not young, but I have always thought the saying was "Not seeing the woods for the trees". Ha! One 'S' can make a big difference in comprehending something. It never made sense since, to me, woods and trees are pretty much synonyms. But, when you remove the 's', it means not seeing the potential of something or not seeing the answer. It just makes so much sense to me now. <BR> <BR> I feel the same way about logging my intake and to exercise, do something, every day. It has ma... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 02:11:25 EST A Goal Date Converter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039573 So I was thinking... think, think, think, if I lose 10 lbs per month it will take me about 11 months to get to goal. This would be 341 days and I am already on day 4. Soooo, I was wondering what my goal date would be. I found a web site that has a converter just for this kind of problem. My goal date is August 4, 2013. Sounds like fun summer for me! <BR> <BR> Here is where you can find the link: http://www.convertunits.com/dates/daysfrom<BR>date/ <BR> <BR> This just helps to manifest ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 02:49:11 EST I Am The Canvas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038221 I am the canvas and each day I am adding to this masterpiece. I can give it the 'wow' effect. I am an heirloom to be passed on to other generations. I never stop learning and I never stop teaching. Each day I see the potential within me. <BR> <BR> Today I am healthier than yesterday and tomorrow will be even better! <BR> <BR> I went blackberry picking with my 24 year old son. We each put on our ipods and just veg out while we pick away. It was a lovely time of not thinking about much ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:37:49 EST A Brand New Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036359 There is always something magical for me about starting a new journal. I think to myself, what am I going to learn about me and about things I think about? I always like to make a theme to follow with the journal and I decorate it. Well....this is how I have decorated this journal I started yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420763909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and other side of front cover <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l23700447... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:59:47 EST Show Me Yours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035186 I thought it would be really fun to show each other our space where we talk to each other. Below is a corner of my room where I laugh and cry as I read your posts, watch your vlogs, and tell you my own victories and struggles. I thought of doing this because recently my sister from Oregon came to visit me in Washington. I moved here in 2011 and it was her first chance to come up here. She said it is really nice to see "my space" where I live. Now when we are talking, she can picture whe... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:38:00 EST Goleta Beach, Calif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035077 I had 5 hours before I needed to be at the Santa Barbara airport, so I decided to hang out at a beach that is a mile or so from airport. The beach has lawn, trees and benches up higher, so I was able to spend about 3 hours there. It was so beautiful. Over to the right is the University of California at Santa Barbara right on the cliff's edge. Next time I am down there, I will go check out the view from there as well. A wonderful way to break up a trip of air travel. Got in at 2 in morni... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:46:44 EST How Do I Feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020242 I am working with naming my emotions so I can deal better with them: <BR> Tonight I went through each category and named the level of emotion I feel. This is an interesting practice. <BR> <BR> Category Intensity Level Feeling <BR> Happy Medium Hopeful <BR> Sad none <BR> Angry Low Tired of Ba... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 03:21:38 EST What Am I Feeling: Naming the Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008498 I am a member of the 'Sugar Addicts Team'/ I have been following our leader Elizabeth's webinars of dealing with emotions. If you join the team you can attend the webinars free. What a great tool for us emotional eaters. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I realized this morning that I don't have very many words for emotions. I found a chart in the Internet world and I spent all morning working on this chart called Categories of Feelings. <BR> <BR> There are 3 levels of intensities: High, Medium, ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:17:46 EST