~INDYGIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%7EINDYGIRL ~INDYGIRL'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/ After Holiday Binging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038545 Don't continue to binge just because there was a holiday. Holidays are a one day affair. Healthy lifestyles are a journey, not a wagon to be gotten on or off of. Whether you eat it today, tomorrow or next week, it still turns into the same fat. So eating it today to save you from eating it tomorrow really doesn't make sense. If you're in doubt, throw it out! That's right. If you're in doubt as to whether you can trust yourself with said food items, send it home with someone, give it aw... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:09:37 EST Hungry All Of The Time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036474 I read that a new science is emerging about something called leptin resistance. Leptin is the satisfaction hormone that tells the brain you are satisfied. Scientists are now discovering that very overweight people are becoming resistant to their own leptin levels and therefor staying hungrier. <BR> <BR> What seems to help this problem? Eating less processed food, dealing with inflammation in the body, eating enough soluble fiber and protein, getting more sleep, lowering your triglyceride... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 04:31:21 EST Progress Not Perfection and Trust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031959 Progress not perfection will get you there. Just TRUST the method. It's the mistrust and second guessing and stressing that sends us over and into a binge. I used to be so bad that I didn't trust a waiter would really bring me a diet drink sometimes and would go binge because of that. Or I would work myself up because something was in the house and reason that if I ate it all now, the calories wouldn't count as much as if I ate them all later on my " diet". They went to the same fat stor... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 10:20:06 EST 100 Pounds smaller than my wedding day/ how? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022594 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78da5cd3-ef4d-4358-8bbf-a8585ba91954.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0a3db39-4972-4114-aefb-c3a12a5e7df9.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/140ce0a1-d3d0-436e-9784-bee64d462b3f.jpg"> <BR> I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary this weekend to the most wonderful guy. I dug up an old wedding pic and am proud to say the dress no longer fits as I was exactly 100 pounds heavier than I am now. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:54:28 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019238 They just discovered that I have 3 new protruding disks in my back. I already have slipped disks, herniated disks, bulging disks and degenerative disease. My knees both need replaced and I had surgery on both my shoulders. Fibromyalgia still plagued me and so does arthritis. I'm just getting tired of pain and things being wrong. Next stop is a neck mri, I think. It already has slipped disks, but now my arms have been going numb, so something is worse or new. Prayers would be nice and ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 08:50:52 EST Clean Zone It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e01e9f67-3b2d-4521-982a-e284cc65e254.jpg"> A tip to help with keeping unhealthy foods out of your vicinity. I'm like a kitchen Nazi. I won't let anything in the "clean zone" that I can't eat. If my husband wants goodies, he has to keep them in the garage freeze or put them in his spare room. The rest of the house has to be suitable for both of us to live in, not just him. And he can most definitely eat what I eat. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:07:28 EST Changing Paths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017029 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3cd85b5-4efb-485e-bd03-f013c2913147.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7073f6d9-37a1-40e0-8bb9-295e795fb590.jpg"> Too many times we worry about how we are going to fail or what could go wrong because it always has gone wrong in the past. So what if you DO take a new path? You don't know what's on it and that can be scary, but you take every single step one at a time and your fear will lessen. That new path may have what ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 14:00:11 EST The Best Diet Blog Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015926 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/688f5e71-b9ce-4684-98ef-ed26b6cb8c76.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d9be180-69da-48c7-a09a-7107628a9356.jpg"> So this is why I don't diet anymore, but yes I've lost over 200 pounds. How? Make little daily habit changes to slowly transform yourself from the mind out. #dontdiet Diets for health reasons are different. I'm diabetic, for instance. But I still applied the same inside out principal to getting well and ge... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 08:59:23 EST Natural Pain Remedies that Really Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012500 I used to weigh 460 pounds. I also have degenerative disease, slipped disks, a bulging disk, pinched nerve bundles, arthritis, bad knees that both need replaced, fibromyalgia and the list goes on. As a result of these things, I used to be the depression queen. My daily mantra was "I can't". The truth is, I felt hopeless in my world of pain and weight issues. I thought nothing could save me. Now I am at a 200 plus pound weight loss, thanks to SparkPeople and Sparkers like you! <BR> <BR> Bu... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 06:52:47 EST A Letter To My Younger Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010956 Dear young Beth, <BR> <BR> I know you think you are ugly and a monster rather than a girl. Well, you aren’t. Dear girl, you have listened to others far too long. From the babysitter who calls you “Monster child,” to the kids at school, and even your own family, everyone else tells you who you are. Do they ever ask you who you are? They should observe rather than label based on your weight. They would see a girl that takes all of that and then some and is still standing. <BR> <BR> Youâ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 10:43:36 EST Starting to Write My Book Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010274 Well, after my great computer crash of 2015, my writing took a nosedive. <BR> I lost everything and it was not recoverable. I had to start over and it's going to take awhile. I will probably self publish on Amazon someday. I decided the title of the book should be "Life is Happening Now, Not 10 Pounds From Now." <BR> <BR> Writing for me takes time, as I have to have the muse visit me. I get the muse for blogging often enough, but is that enough for a book? I'm full of self-doubt. <BR... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:19:35 EST 10 Signs You are Getting Healthier Even if the Scale Doesn’t Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010203 Sometimes the scale doesn’t budge and you wonder if you are getting any healthier on your fitness plan. Well, here are 10 signs that you are! <BR> <BR> You feel like taking on something new. That’s a great sign that you are getting healthier. It shows a heightened energy level and more active mentality. You are obviously ready for new challenges that you weren’t ready for before you became fitter. <BR> <BR> You notice a new pep in your step. Things are becoming easier for you. Gravity... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 06:22:07 EST I Reached Somebody! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009638 Wow, googled myself today and found out that me and my pen name reach out all over the place. I found myself on SallySquires, TheWeighWeWere, and other sites including some medical sites that had republished my blogs,... personal blogs talking about me... kind of all over the place. It was kind of weird, but exactly what I meant to do in the first place. <BR> <BR> I remember speaking at the Cincinnati SparkPeople Convention in 2009. I was the only one NOT at my goal weight. I wasn't a r... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 09:59:44 EST Stay Present to Lose and Enjoy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006685 Working on being more mindful. I've discovered that my mind kind of takes off when I should be enjoying where I'm at in the moment. I shouldn't be worried about the future or ruminating in the past... How can I enjoy the present moment if I'm doing that? <BR> <BR> I've noticed especially when I'm eating I'm thinking of other things, doing ot <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e48cb8f2-367c-4010-85e3-0e1e3fbf4fb5.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a87faddb-a4... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:22:33 EST Join ~Indygirl's Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006154 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=50783 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a VERY active team that is supportive and led by two ladies at different ends of the spectrum. ~Indygirl has lost over 200 pounds without surgery or crazy diets, just SparkPeople... and NewSparkDebbie has lost 20 pounds and going forward. <BR> <BR> Both of us HELP run the team, but the heart of the team is really the active members. Everyone is so good about welcoming others into the group... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:59:32 EST Foods for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006084 I am not a big fan of starvation. Feeling hungry all the time makes me miserable and likely to binge eat. After reading a book called "You on a Diet" by Dr. Oz and Dr. Rozien, I discovered how to control my appetite, or at least how to keep it from getting worse. It isn't a typical diet book and neither is "The Spark" by Chris Downie. Along with SparkPeople, both of these books changed my life. These tools are the crux of what works for me, personally. No single program fits everyone and ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 09:52:10 EST Meaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002633 Have you ever had an identity crisis or felt like you meant nothing? Sometimes I feel that way. Why? I'm disabled and not part of the "normal" world that works outside the home and feels productive and socializes. I get lonely or feel like I'm not doing anything. <BR> <BR> So how do I turn it around? For years I've been blogging on SparkPeople trying to help others avoid feeling trapped in their own bodies. I hold SparkPeople Rallies and meetings and no, I don't work for the company or... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:20:19 EST Celebration Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/475af115-bcfc-4d17-a3cc-c657278218dc.jpg"> <BR> When you work out or eat right, pay yourself a reward! Then at the end of the month, go get a non- food treat! <BR> <BR> Celebrate your hard work, not just your weight loss. The weight loss is the pay off in itself. The hard work that doesn't show on the scale shows up in the jar and keeps you motivated. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:15:42 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17b27141-2fa5-48ff-a605-f35ad614fcdd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nail on the head! I saw this today and had to share my thoughts. <BR> <BR> It wasn't until I was ready to accept progress instead of perfection that I COULD lose weight. I had to leave where I had been for 40 years, seeking perfection, the Barbie Doll, the magazine cover in my mind that I would never be. I always knew that deep down, and maybe that's why I gave up so easily. <BR> <B... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:10:46 EST The Power of Hoping and Dreaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001375 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef496ec5-274d-466d-9474-97a237f680b0.JPG">At 460 pounds, I used to think most goals were out of my reach. Today at 200+ pounds lost, I live life more day by day as my journey to health continues. Instead of looking at how far I have to go, I rejoice at how far I’ve come. Every extra effort to get where we are going counts as a success in this journey of ours. Even if we fall, we tried. We are like babies learning a new lifestyle of walking, ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 10:58:48 EST But Where Do I Start With Healthy Eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997920 Jumping in with all passion blazing and giving it all you've got just makes you burn out. Then, you can't maintain your eating plan, your motivation, your stamina... and you fail once again. And doesn't that feel worse than being heavy in the first place? It does to me. <BR> <BR> Well I started at 460 by just concentrating on WHAT I ate, not counting calories and stressing myself out. I tried a few different healthier foods a week and worked them into my eating plan. As I lost weight, I... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:35:21 EST If You Really Can't Move... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996547 I remember that I really couldn't move and the small bits of calories I was burning in physical therapy by lifting shampoo bottles in bed and rotating my ankles and such probably didn't burn much. Watching my food choices really made ALL the difference then. You can always start with small changes. Big sweeping ones never seem to work for the long haul, do they? Think of one or two things you can do to eat healthier starting now and concentrate there. Keep practicing. Eventually you wil... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:25:33 EST Excuse Buster 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995517 Today I was getting my arm bike out of the closet and got muscle spasms... waiting for them to pass so I can use it. It's always something! That's why I push through things. If it isn't one thing, it's another. Might as well just play the hand you're dealt. <BR> <BR> That's why when I couldn't walk, I did bed exercise and an armbike... I scooted in my wheel chair. When I could use my walker I did as much as possible and just pushed through the drudgery and pain. No it's not exciting,... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:46:29 EST Help for the Mindless Munchies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992062 We’ve all had the ''I deserve this'' or ''I just need to relax'' munchies. What can we do to prevent them? After a long day of work, you come home exhausted. Or maybe you’ve spent the day feeling depressed, or maybe you’ve worked really hard on your plan. Perhaps you’ve had a fight with someone, or have been disappointed. The ''I deserve this'' or ''I just need to relax'' munchies'' actually fall under the category of emotional eating. <BR> <BR> The ''I deserve this'' category means ... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:36:11 EST Redefine Your Possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991034 It's amazing how much this last few months of surgeries and procedures has taken out of me, yet I strive to redefine my possible every single day. As you know, I've had 4 doses of anesthesia and I think I still am foggy for some reason, had the shoulder, knee, colon and colon bleed all fixed. That is all since April. Still, here I am, striving to lose the cane yet again and have already kicked the walker to the side for short walks. Every time I think of how I used to be able to... and th... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 15:43:41 EST Chronic Pain and Losing Weight- Yes You Can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983155 For those of you who believe there is nothing you can do when you have chronic pain, take it from me: there is hope. <BR> <BR> I weighed 460 pounds and with all of my chronic medical issues and disability, I managed to baby step my way through my journey. I’ve lost 220 pounds to date. <BR> <BR> Lately I feel like I can do nothing. I have some extra medical issues getting in my way and need a few surgeries on my knees. Part of me, the old me, wants to give up in a chocolate oblivion and... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:04:29 EST From the Ballerina with the Scars to the Fat Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980242 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ceaed4d9-a096-42e8-987c-df7a8f466cb4.jpg"> <BR> This was me when I was maybe 7 years old, teased for having burn scars from having a coffee pot fall on me when I was two and for being fat. Do you see a fat girl here? A scarred girl? Or just a little girl playing ballerina? <BR> <BR> You see, in my mind, until somebody would mention my scars or my weight, I played and laughed like other kids, that was until weight became such an issue with t... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:12:55 EST How To Lose Weight Even When You Feel Hopeless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977874 I’ve gotten a lot of SparkMail asking about how I got started on my weight-loss journey and how I’ve come to lose so much weight without surgery. I've been reflecting a lot lately about what got me started and how I've stayed on track for so long. <BR> <BR> First of all, I read a book called ''You on a Diet'' by Dr. Oz and it was a life-changer about how to trick your body into not being hungry. Then, I got on SparkPeople and kept up with SparkStreaks- a series of days of consistently d... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:56:59 EST The Day After... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975110 If you had a bad day at work, you wouldn't quit your job or take off for a few days at a time. So why do we do that with our healthy plans? At work, if we did that- absolutely nothing would get done and business would grind to a halt because EVERYONE has bad days. The trick is to not say "tomorrow I'll..." Or even next week. Think in terms of a GPS that tells you when you get off track to proceed to the next legal u turn and get back on track. Why? The further you drive in the wrong di... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 07:48:58 EST How You Always Have A New Chance At Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974710 No matter where you are or what condition you are in, you have a chance to make healthy changes to better your situation. I say that because I used to weigh 460 pounds, was bed-ridden with disabilities and chronic pain. I now weigh 225 pounds less with no weight-loss surgery and can walk with and without a walker. The pain is still difficult to deal with, but not as difficult as when I was lying in bed and concentrating on the pain. You see, I wasn't looking for a way out: I was accepting a... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 13:35:08 EST Healing Does Not Mean Throwing Your Plan Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973619 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edcb586e-fae9-41e9-9583-1dc5278f627c.jpg">Have you ever been afraid of something knocking you off of your healthy lifestyle track? I'm a little scared now. Why? I have just had shoulder surgery and now have a large complex tear in my knee (meniscus) with three cysts and arthritis... two smaller tears in the other knee- that need to be dealt with. I'm complicated at best, with all of my health risks. <BR> <BR> While I can't directly contro... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:08:16 EST Change Your Attitude to Change Your Actions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971516 I went shopping for some new yoga pants the other day. When I go shopping, I go with my old 460-pound Beth mentality, trying on sizes larger than I need. The other day in the dressing room, a clerk brought me a 1x and a 3x, so which should I try first? I looked at myself in the mirror and asked if I believed in myself enough to try the smaller ones on first. (I used to wear a 7/8x). I tried on the 1x and they fit! <BR> <BR> Having learned from that experience, I've been trying on 1x and 2... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 16:11:09 EST Perspective: Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969774 One day I woke up and was astonished to find that I had grown to 460 pounds and was using my family as helpers. I didn't do this on purpose. From my perspective, I was in a lot of pain from many chronic issues and needed to lie down to alleviate the pain. From their perspective, I was abusing their kindness. This is so hard for me to admit, but I'm an open book to you readers. <BR> <BR> As I lost weight, I could do more, but not all of what life has in store for me. From my family's pe... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:10:20 EST Being Brave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968470 <BR> I can't tell you how many opportunities I've passed up because I've beaten myself down before I've even had a chance to go for the brass ring. In the past, instead of losing weight, I resigned myself to failure almost every time. I could not believe in myself or be brave enough to face the obstacles on the long road ahead. <BR> <BR> I remember my first act of bravery. I went outside for a walk and passed a car wash, where all of the guys laughed and yelled. I was in tears. Didn't... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:08:16 EST You have to learn... not just a diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963887 You have to learn to believe in yourself... <BR> You have to learn to love yourself... <BR> You have to learn to embrace the journey... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e096702a-b62a-4ac6-b573-3db65caf1c62.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2289e67-a438-4b0f-bd9b-00570e91269e.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34b3ec10-6209-4646-bf4e-4cc68bc4d5e1.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99419ca8-e... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:01:35 EST Discover YOUR Fit Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962862 Well, at the hospital this whole week for internal bleeding in the colon. They put a clamp in on a blood vessel that had broken and I still lost a lot of blood. Still weak and cramping. Had to move my knee surgery to the end of next month to build back my blood and strength. <BR> <BR> Gained weight from the saline drip they had me on and the FULL calorie diet with no restrictions. I had no will power, as the food was so good. You would have thought I had never seen cookies or pancakes b... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:42:18 EST My Story and How I Lost 225 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954038 Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan's No Weight Loss Surgery, No Crazy Diets, No Extreme Exercise Story of Joy on a Journey: <BR> <BR> Pounds lost total: 225 and counting <BR> <BR> I don't have an abundance of will power, nor am I a mega strong person. I am definitely willful and strong-headed, but those aren't exactly the same things. I've tried my whole life to lose weight, yet I gained 100 pounds every decade topping out in my 40's at 460 pounds. The... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:07:32 EST Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952184 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/892fc1bb-62f8-4d45-8965-d921c6f7f5d6.JPG"> <BR> I love the saying from the television series Lost that character John Locke always repeats, "Don’t tell me what I can’t do!" I think that’s part of where I got that attitude from. That saying just clicked with me. I think it’s because I was told that I wouldn’t and I couldn’t by so many, but then I did! <BR> <BR> What did I do? I, and believe me this is a miracle, lost 225 pound... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:17:55 EST Just Don't Eat The Whole Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950649 A few old college friends and I were at a birthday party, sitting near the birthday cake and talking about our dieting struggles and how hard it is to lose weight. We spoke of how many failed attempts and programs we had under our belts. We decided it was terribly daunting and only a miracle could save us from our fate of being overweight the rest of our lives. We griped about how society, work, stress, so many things played into the weight loss equation. One of my friends' youngest childr... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:08:12 EST How to RESET Your Weight Loss Goal on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948644 I have to keep changing things up. I reset my spark nutrition tracker goal every 10-20 pounds so that it stays relevant to my new weight so I continue to lose. This is also good for breaking a plateau and for raising or lowering your weight loss expectations. <BR> <BR> I tried in the past for all 220 pounds of weight loss to lose between 1-1.5 pounds per week during my shedding phases. Now I find I have to up the ante. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople gives you a range, which is great for calorie... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:34:58 EST Something is Better Than Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947682 Something is better than nothing. If you can't exercise 30 minutes, do 10. Do 5. Do it a few times a day if you have to. Cut back just a little at meals. Nobody says you have to starve your weight off. There is nothing wrong with doing things the slow way. I started in 2005 at 460 pounds with just a few minor changes and a few minutes of lifting shampoo bottles in bed during physical therapy. It seemed like nothing and I thought how is this going to get me anywhere? Well, Look at me ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:10:46 EST Emotional Eating and My Latest Trials http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943374 After having lost over 220 pounds on SparkPeople, I think the best advice I can give on the subject would be to ask yourself what you are trying to feel when you are about to emotionally eat. Usually I want to feel warm, safe and comforted, for example. So I got a luxury soft blanket, some richly scented candles, and funny movies and have a nice night in my room. I get the same feelings without the food. So ask yourself what could help you feel the same emotions without the food... It is... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:22:00 EST Why I Don't Starve Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941519 After losing 220 pounds, I'm having to cut portions a bit more. My body is very used to the calories it has been getting. I hate this part.... That's why I only cut by enough to lose .5 pounds more a week when I cut. I HATE feeling like I'm starving and I can only do that for so long before I blow. Really, before anybody blows... Our bodies are hard wired not to want to starve. So I personally eat mini meals and mini snacks through the day rather than load up and get hungry a few hours... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 03:09:16 EST At the Brink of Losing 220 Pounds... 1 more pound to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938573 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5240283b-c6d3-4f42-aaba-425a13cb7e05.JPG"> <BR> I've been on SP a LONG time and it took me a LONG time to lose this weight, 10 years and the last two I gained a bit back, but not much. I've been working to get it off and proudly I can now say it is coming off! I am at the brink of losing 220 pounds... 1 more pound to go. <BR> <BR> The tips I have are to never take regain lightly and you won't regain much. <BR> Regain is not the end. It can ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:40:41 EST HALT Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929013 I learned a saying back when I was going to Overeaters Annonymous called HALT which stands for HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY and Tired. I actually like to add a B with that to represent Bored for the times you are most likely to emotionally eat. <BR> <BR> First ask yourself are you actually stomach hungry or head hungry. There is a difference, as I've pointed out in past blogs. Stomach hunger is the kind of hunger where you will eat most anything and head hunger usually comes with a craving attac... Sat, 16 May 2015 08:47:15 EST Exercises For When You Think You Can't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917606 Yep, I'm disabled but I still exercise. I have degenerative joint disease, fibromyalgia, disks in my back that have herniated, slipped and are bulging, pinched nerve bundles, slipped neck disks, arthritis and knees that need replaced and yes, I could actually go on... The point is you can usually do something. Something is always better than nothing. <BR> <BR> I started out in bed unable to walk and lifted shampoo bottles for weights, Then I started using an arm bike called a magnetrainer. Y... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:20:24 EST Sugar? Gluten? Low Carb? Low Fat? What Do I Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916270 Okay, I subscribe to what I call the ADDITION DIET. I add things in, not take them away. Taking away leads to deprivation. Truthfully, Paleo, low carb, gluten free, sugar free... all of you can do this. <BR> <BR> Find healthy new fresh fruits and vegetables and ADD them into your menu. <BR> Find healthy new whole grains (if allowed) and ADD them into your menu. <BR> Find healthy new sources of protein and ADD them into your menu. <BR> Find healthy new sources of dairy and ADD them into... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:43:04 EST People Call Me Fat In Public http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915082 But I've lost over 200 pounds! It took me 10 years and going from bed ridden to walking. I bet they never had the challenges I faced and face ever day with my disabilities... yet they just call me fat sometimes. I hate it. I used to try to talk to them and tell them they were being unkind, but they didn't care, I used to think maybe if they knew it hurt, they would care, but they didn't. Some people just kind of suck. It's a total waste of time to even waste your breath on them. I used... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:48:25 EST More of the Long Lost ~Indyisms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912863 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875695163.jpg"> <BR> If you got a traffic ticket, would you break every traffic law the rest of the day? Then why would you toss the whole day over a slice of pizza? (spoken by me first at the 2009 Spark your Life convention) <BR> <BR> If you think to yourself "I might as well," change it to "I might as well not." <BR> <BR> Having a bad day is like getting a flat tire. You fix it and get back the road; you don't go around the car in a fr... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:16:49 EST A few of the Long Lost ~Indyisms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911182 Don't take water pills to lose weight because you can't pee out a pizza. <BR> <BR> Don't put your thoughts into what might have been. Put your energy into what is possible. <BR> <BR> Never treat your body like a garbage disposal for leftovers. <BR> <BR> Don't wait to be thin to act thin. Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now. <BR> <BR> Get fit and healthy like it's your career. <BR> <BR> <BR> Beth Donovan <BR> <BR> These are just a few of my thoughts from my journey of losing... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:48:27 EST