YAFENELRA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=YAFENELRA YAFENELRA'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/ Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659382 I am still around~~~~or should I say "I am still 'round'". But I am working on it. As Paul says in the Bible, Romans 7:15-19, (take a look at it) that describes me in this journey. My will power is nothing~~~I need to tap into God's power. That is just what I plan to do and He will carry me thru to my goal. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:45:18 EST My Trainer!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535095 When I first joined a gym they assigned a trainer to me. I told her what my capabilities were to start with. She put me on a treadmill. Help!! Don't leave me!! She really didn't even tell me how to slow it down or how to be sure it didn't go too fast. I then told her that water aerobics would be a better fit for me. She showed me some moves and that was fine. But she was so 'stick thin', almost anorexic, that it made me feel like there was no way I could ever look like that. Or if I ev... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 17:33:24 EST Least Favorite Physical Activity?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534001 At my age and with my many aches and pains, I would have to say that my least favorite physical activity would be running. I see people running in the neighborhood, hear of those who have run in marathons and I think "how can they do that?" If I didn't have so much against me would I still not like running? I can't answer that but I do look back over the years and see that I have never been a runner. So I cheer on those who find that to their liking but for me it just isn't the thing to d... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 14:05:14 EST Exercise?? Who, Me?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532838 I am really an expert at getting out of exercising. I use all kinds of excuses. My age, my bad knees, no time, etc.... And they truly are 'excuses' not 'reasons' as I know there are many things I could do even with my many aches and pains. <BR> My favorite physical activity is water aerobics. However, I have not been very faithful in doing it. If only I had my own pool, preferably in the house (I hate to be cold!). But I don't so I will have to make an effort to go elsewhere for this ac... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:52:19 EST That Unspeakable Addiction!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531985 We discussed what motivates me. So now we will look at what demotivates me. That one is easy to answer. I am a food addict. Just talk about some kind of food, smell it, see it, think about it and I am lost!! I read a lot and when they start describing what they are eating I start to salivate. <BR> There are also those around me who will say "oh just forget it for today and enjoy this lovely meal". I know that is wrong and yet my weakness is stronger than my strength. But I am working o... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:26:29 EST Someone Is Always Watching!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531063 <BR> In the past I have lost weight then regained it so many times that I can't even count them. I can see now that that just isn't setting a very good example to others, especially my loved ones who also need to lose weight. <BR> Since joining Sparks and losing weight I did regain some of it but not even a third so there is hope for sure. <BR> What truly motivates me is wanting to be able to show those loved ones that it is possible to lose weight and even possible to keep it off. To be an... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 16:01:50 EST The Big Picture in My Mind!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530198 The big picture I have in my mind is of a healthy me. Not a skinny me nor even what most would call a 'slim' me. If I were to get 'slim' I would certainly not look healthy. Nor would I be healthy. This goal is what I continue to work toward because I would like to be around to enjoy my children, my grand children and my great grand children. And with ill health, which being over weight tends to cause, this could possibly not be what is ahead. But like any journey that we take, I need to... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 16:20:53 EST As Long As I Keep On Keepin' On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529045 As I embark on this continued life long journey, I find myself wondering how I will feel when I reach that goal, be it short-term, medium-term or long-term. <BR> And I do know that I will one day reach each one of those. Will I be able to look back and say "well done" each and every day or will I have to admit to the various bumps in the road? Because I do know there will be bumps. If there were no bumps, the road would be easily traveled and we would all be at the end of our journey and a... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 09:16:30 EST Hey, Yafenelra!! I'm talking to you!! Listen up!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528278 On the 4th of August I gave myself a stern talking to. I told myself there was no point in all the messing around. So I set a goal for one month to lose 7 pounds. Well, I did it! Now that wasn't so hard, was it?? Then I decided, what the heck, why not continue on in the same manner. So I did and the second month was just as successful and I had lost another 7 pounds for a total of 14. How fantastic is that?? <BR> Then I jinxed myself by joining a challenge that is great for most everyo... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:25:21 EST God Is So Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490424 God is just so awesome. He knows my weaknesses and He is right there to help me overcome them. <BR> I attend a ladies Bible study on Thursday mornings and they always have one group of ladies bring breakfast items. I know my weakness so I have been taking my own breakfast bar. However, God also knows my weaknesses so He has seen to it that, along with the muffins, sweet rolls, casseroles, etc... there have been bowls of fruit. So I can fill up on fruit and not even open my breakfast bar.... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:20:24 EST Get Thee Behind Me, Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467348 With my birthday coming up soon I have been getting all kinds of offers for freebies. There is the ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery, the free desert at Chili's, a free milk shake at Arby's, a free meal at Denny's, and a free meal at IHop, etc.... I was looking at all of these offers and thinking "oh my, what a bunch of temptations!!" <BR> Then I glanced further down my list of emails and there was the daily devotion that gets sent to me every day. And the title of the devotion that day was... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:00:12 EST Climb the Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461000 I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt out of breath and had to turn back. <BR> I tried to climb the mountain today. But, It was so hot outside, I thought I had better stay in my nice air-conditioned house and rest up for tomorrow's attempt. <BR> I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place. <BR> I was ready to climb the mountain today. But I had so may other things ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:34:28 EST Lessons Learned/Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451837 How many times in the past have I said this "I am going to stick with it and reach my goal"!! But then, first thing you know, I am back to making all of the same mistakes. So this time I am not saying I am on the path to reach my goal. Instead I am on the path to learn what I have been doing wrong and to turn those 'wrongs' into 'rights'. <BR> Here are a few that I have learned so far: <BR> 1. The taste buds are located on my tongue. When I scarf down the food so fast, I never even taste ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 14:37:20 EST A New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317240 I will soon be marking my fourth year with Sparks. At least I am still here. But I have to admit that for the past year I have just been spinning my wheels. (Does that count as exercise?) <BR> I read some words today that really fit me. 'Rationalize (that is, rational lies).' I am going to keep that in mind as I know that too often I do 'rationalize' about my eating. "Oh, it's ok to buy that Dark Chocolate. I know you can control yourself"; "That little bit of peanut butter eaten with a s... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:49:26 EST My Not So Happy Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249337 Have you ever sent yourself a letter to the future via FutureMe? I have done this several times and always seem to disappoint myself when I get it. This is the letter that I wrote a little over 3 months ago. The question I was asking myself, "am I still messing up?" And, sad to say, the answer to that is "yes". <BR> I think this is yet another 'light bulb moment' and I am back to being on track and when I get my next letter back from FutureMe (which I am sending today) I do so hope it wil... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:13:20 EST A Great Lesson On Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244300 A Great Lesson on Stress <BR> <BR> A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'... She fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. <BR> Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied , "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold i... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 18:43:47 EST THE FIRST KING-SIZE BED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137315422.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> THANK GOD FOR THAT BED AND THE <BR> BABY WHO SLEPT THERE! Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:07:19 EST Now I Know Why I Moved To Arizona! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149468 Though this could possibly be found in Northern Arizona, I live in the Vally of the Sun. And now I know why I came here!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=xkk7DX<BR>0l95A&Lid=12 </link> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:01:41 EST Wishful Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134189 Will anyone ever say this to me??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484492365.jpg"> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:29:20 EST What the Rootin' For Ruby Team Means To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128881 I feel like I am back in school and writing a "How I spent my summer vacation" report. LOL <BR> However, this is something that is more meaningful to me by far. This team has been such an important part of my life for the past over three years. It ranks right up there at the top of my list of 'very special things in my life'. <BR> I don't even remember how I came to find this team. I had never heard of Ruby and had never seen any of her shows <BR> When I look back now, all I can say is th... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:59:26 EST Weight Loss Plans of Long Ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113796 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579880009.jpg"> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:15:42 EST ONE WORD ANSWERS (COPIED FROM PIXIE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110027 Where is your cell phone? <BR> PURSE <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> NONE <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> CLEAN <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> HEAVEN <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> HEAVEN <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> DOGS <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> FORGOT <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> COFFEE <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> BEDROOM <BR> <BR> Your hobby? <BR> READING <BR> <BR> Your fear? <BR> RODENTS <BR> <BR> Where do you want to be in 6 years? <BR> ALIVE <B... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 14:12:46 EST Amazing, Simple Home Remedies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094368 1. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP. <BR> <BR> 2. AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK. <BR> <BR> 3. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER. <BR> <BR> 4. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AF... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:29:11 EST The One Word That Leads To Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052653 It's Not 'no'. It's 'want', as in "I really don't want that order of fettuccine Alfredo." How does this approach work? Dieters typically think, "I can't have that". This makes them feel deprived, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, If you think instead, I don't want it, you'll cultivate a sense of increased self-control that will give you the psychological edge to resist when temptation strikes. <BR> Thanks Prevention magazine. I will try that!! Mon, 10 Sep 2012 14:11:34 EST Buying a Bathing Suit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041541 When I was a child in the 1950s, the bathing suit for the mature figure was-boned, trussed and reinforced, <BR> not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job. <BR> <BR> Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent <BR> girl with a figure carved from a potato chip. <BR> <BR> The mature woman has a choice, she can either go up front <BR> to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming <BR> away looking... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 19:07:34 EST Taste Buds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028111 Taste buds. They can be friend or foe. They are quick to tell me if there is something I don’t like. But they are also just as quick to tell me when there is something I do like. And I am just not sure which message is the better of the two. <BR> If it is something I don’t like, I won’t be so tempted to eat too much of it. But if it is something I do like, well, even if it is something healthy, it is hard to stop. This thought came to my mind today when I was eating some veggies t... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:21:29 EST Week Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026694 We are now into our second week of the Rootin’ For Ruby’s Pound-a-Thon. It is a short one, only three weeks, but I am thinking it is going to give me a running start for the rest of the year. <BR> I pledged to stay on track with my nutrition and so far I have managed to do that. I have also pledged to lose 6 pounds. I won’t know about that now til the end of the challenge. However, I have managed to lose 3 pounds so I am half way there. <BR> The team I am on is the Hootie Hoot Hoo... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:46:38 EST Finally! An Exercise Partner!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023466 <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=xiB3wl<BR>vWktw </link> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:59:45 EST Seniors Still Need Print Media http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020643 <BR> I was visiting my grand daughter last night when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper. <BR> <BR> 'This is the 21st century, she said. 'I don't waste money on newspapers. Here, you can borrow my iPad.' <BR> <BR> I can tell you this, that dang fly never knew what hit him. <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Aug 2012 12:50:19 EST Weekend Temptations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019897 The weekend is coming <BR> And sometimes it's tough <BR> When temptations come <BR> To say "That's enough". <BR> <BR> But if this dog can do it <BR> Can I do any less? <BR> I’ll just do my best <BR> And forget all my stress. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72772000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:48:35 EST God On Lawn Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012401 God said: "Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:40:16 EST Arizona Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983581 Arizona annually has a 'monsoon' season where there is wind, rain, and dust storms. We had one the other night with lots and lots of wind and lots and lots of rain. Here is a picture that a friend sent to me that was taken where she lives which is about 2 miles from me. I didn't take any pictures but it was just as bad here. It just sort of rolls along til it hits. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471697741.jpg"> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:56:43 EST To All My Very Special Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970093 This comes from my heart to each of you. Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.truefriendsthemovie.com/store </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:02:30 EST And Yet Again I Am Back On Track!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936400 Isn't it funny (though not really so funny) how we can come up with a million excuses for why we are getting off track? <BR> I will mention just a few of mine here. They will seem very petty to most of you but at the time they were big for me. <BR> My computer has been giving me fits. It is slow besides having a weird thing happening far too often. Well, I discovered what caused the weird thing (I think). If I try to go too fast and don't let absolutely everything download before I star... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:10:58 EST My New Grill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911579 <BR> I have thought for a long time about getting a grill but tried to talk myself out of it since I don't eat all that much meat. But I finally gave in to the desire and went out and bought a nice gas grill. <BR> Then Sparks told me about this Grill Guide book that I could get from Amazon.com for my Kindle on my PC. <BR> I have only used it once so far but I know that I am going to love it and it is going to help me with eating better. I fixed two hamburgers, one for yesterday and one for... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 13:05:59 EST After My Arrest!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898910 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l937141128.jpg"> Sat, 26 May 2012 13:52:46 EST Stress Busters Unite!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891668 I don’t know if there even is such a group as the Stress Busters but if not I am going to start my own. I know that I have stresses in my life the same as everyone else. But I have come to realize that a good many of them are self inflicted. So I am on a mission to eradicate them, or at least as many as I can. <BR> For the past few weeks a very big stress causer has been my computer. It only misbehaves on Sparks and I have tried everything. I won’t even go into details of what it does as... Mon, 21 May 2012 16:26:54 EST 3 Is Such A Little Number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888528 <em>334</em> Notice that my smile is somewhat bigger today!! <BR> <BR> I am on Day 3 of my staying on track streak!! That isn't a lot but it is a start. <BR> And over the past three days I have had a long talk with myself. I asked myself "Why did I allow myself to get so off track when I had been doing so well?" Of course I started out with my usual excuses~~~potlucks I had to go to, meals out that were required, birthday parties at a pizza parlor, etc, etc, etc...So I took each one... Sat, 19 May 2012 12:27:32 EST DAY 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887225 I am beginning Day 2 of my 'Days in a Row' streak of staying within my calorie range. From Valentine's Day til Easter, I managed to stay on track and when I got on the scales on Easter Sunday, I had lost 9 pounds. So I decided to continue on from then til Memorial Day and again get on the scales. Well, somewhere along the way I got all messed up and have been struggling to get back on track. <BR> Do I need to be put in a box and hand fed by a nutritionist? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Fri, 18 May 2012 12:30:01 EST Worthless Words!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885891 I went to GoodSearch and found that there are almost a million words in the Webster dictionary. That would make almost 83,333 'dozens' of words. Now if the old saying 'words are a dime a dozen' is true, that would make the dictionary cost $8,333. I don't think so!! <BR> Which tells me that all the blogs that I have written about how I am going to reach my weight goal are full of very worthless words! As is this very blog that I am writing now. <BR> So I find that as well as 'writing' (and... Thu, 17 May 2012 14:08:41 EST The Green Side of the Grass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863802 I am glad that I am on the Green Side of the Grass! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/6dbBf<BR>XCMbH4?rel=0 </link> Wed, 2 May 2012 21:51:07 EST That Cursed Bump in the Road!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856531 As I traveled along this journey to better health, I stumbled over a bump in the road. But I got right back up and my journey now continues and I am going to be looking ahead to search out any further bumps so that I can be sure to miss them. <BR> I was so tempted to get on the scales this morning to see if I had done any major damage. But I resisted the urge as I am not planning to get weighed until Memorial Day. <BR> But talk about 'non-scales' victories, I had one yesterday. Not wanting... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 17:33:16 EST My joke for the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844496 THE TOILET SEAT <BR> <BR> My wife, Julie, had been after me for several weeks to paint the seat on our toilet. Finally, I got around to doing it while Julie was out. After finishing, I left to take care of another matter before she returned. <BR> <BR> She came in and undressed to take a shower. Before getting in the shower, <BR> <BR> she sat on the toilet. As she tried to stand up, she realized that the not-quite-dry clear epoxy paint had glued her to the toilet sea... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:47:41 EST My Streaking Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4842788 Now, of course, those of you on Sparks know what 'streaking' means. Not as the world knows it~~~~the world is not ready for me to be streaking!! LOL I started in February and went through til Easter. Lost 10.25 pounds on that streak. Then the day after Easter I started a new streak and it will continue til Memorial Day. I am staying within my calorie range and though it isn't always easy when the temptations come but I am hanging in there. I plan to go from holiday to holiday until I r... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:08:22 EST The Day of Reckoning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825717 Today is the first time I have stepped on the scales in eight weeks. A first for me as I am always on it every week and some times more often. But I had decided to see what would happen if I weren't influenced by what the scales says. I know there have been times when it would say I had gained weight when I was sure it must be a fluctuation. Of course, there were more often times when it would say I had gained and it was right on! <BR> I determined at that time that I would challenge myse... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 14:33:45 EST Health Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806261 As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, <BR> I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's hiney. It's the tortoise life for me! <BR> 1. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. <BR> 2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat. <BR> 3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years. <BR> 4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years. <BR> And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so. <BR> I'm ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:52:20 EST 34 Days and Still Going Strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800354 Well, I have been on this 'days in a row' in keeping to my proper nutrition now for 34 days. Some days are easier than others but I will not allow myself to give in to temptation. What ever I eat, I post it on my tracker. <BR> I have 17 days remaining to reach the goal that I set for myself. That is Easter Sunday when I will get on the scales for the first time in 8 weeks. Already I am getting nervous thinking about it. I know I have not eaten too much but I worry about not eating enough... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:32:08 EST I Am Still On Track!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788125 I finally got over my cold and fortunately I didn't get off track with my eating during that time. I ate a lot of chicken soup and fruit. So guess that all helped. <BR> I am still not getting on the scales and really don't miss it all that much. I have been on track 26 days in a row now and I have 25 more to go til Easter Sunday which is when I am going to get on the scales. <BR> I am still looking forward to getting a Kindle Fire when I reach my goal but I know that it won't be on Easter.... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:08:31 EST Weekly Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782313 Little short challenges such as a weekly challenge may not seem like much but I am here to tell you that they do count!! <BR> This past week the weekly challenge was to eat a good breakfast every day. I most generally do but there are times when I don't take the time. So this challenge made me start each day with a good healthy meal. <BR> This coming week the challenge is to give something up. That didn't sound too hard and I decided to give up my dark chocolate bar. I haven't been eating... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:56:26 EST My Resistance Is Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781093 Isn't it unfair how when you are sick, your body's resistance is lowered? Oh, I don't mean your resistance to other illnesses. I mean your resistance to the temptations around you. I have had a super duper cold this week and it was really hard to stay on track. I did manage to stay on track but it was very hard. <BR> I found myself thinking that maybe some dark chocolate would help me get better. And for the first time in several weeks, I gave in and had a few bites of my dearly belov... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:23:50 EST