~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/ Moving Past My Binge- A How To http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240472 I woke up so confused with a 47 blood sugar. I literally had trouble remembering how to take my blood sugar and then crunched down on some glucose tablets. After that, it was like I couldn't eat enough. I had 2 yogurts and 2 mini bags of chips. Now I'm freaking out lol. I want to eat, but I just had over 750 calories. So now it's tea for me. (I find a lot of comfort in different flavors of tea. I have a ton of flavors at the ready. My mantra? Tea and sympathy, not cake and apathy.) ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:42:39 EST How I Dieted My Way to 460 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236901 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b53b4cfa-d085-4e06-884f-d6e75a947d71.JPG">My Newest and Brutally Honest Article in the Huffington Post <BR> <BR> Please stop by the article and leave a comment and a like. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/i-diete<BR>d-my-way-to-460-pounds-by-beth-donovan<BR>-certified_us_57dbf512e4b04fa361d99829<BR>?timestamp=1474037100836 </link> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:16:33 EST Help For Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Other Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229321 Cravings- everybody has them. I've noted that there are 2 in particular that really get to people. <BR> <BR> <BR> Chocolate and Peanut Butter- Who is with me on these? In researching for a client, I found that both of these had in common, a powerhouse of omega 6 fatty acids and compounds shown to soothe emotions. <BR> <BR> <BR> Try to eat raw cacao nibs found in health food stores to help with your craving for chocolate. They are high fiber and full of good- for- you stuff, without t... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 06:59:39 EST My First Article In The Huffington Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225537 <BR> <BR> It's on the Top Ten Secrets of My 200 Pound Weight Loss. <BR> <BR> Please visit and give it a like or a comment on the Huffington Post site. I would sure appreciate it. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ten-sec<BR>rets-to-my-200-pound-weight-loss-by-be<BR>th-donovan_us_57c81ba9e4b07addc4115700 </link> Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:26:35 EST Dr. Mercola quoted ME!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224318 If you read his article, the famous Dr. Joseph Mercola actually quoted me of all people! <BR> Just google "Beth Donovan Dr. Mercola" and it tells you about exercises for the mobility impaired. <BR> <BR> <BR> Update- answer to questions asked: <BR> <BR> I'm not the Beth Donovan on NPR, just the one associated with weight loss and SparkPeople. To find this article, Google "Dr. Mercola Beth Donovan". Maybe putting my name second will help. Then go down til you see his article on Exercises for... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:33:05 EST My Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217806 <BR> 1. What brought you to SparkPeople? <BR> I was at 460 pounds and bedridden. My back had herniated, slipped, and protruding disks with pinched nerve bundles. My knees needed replaced. I had fibromyalgia and arthritis, low thyroid and diabetes. I could not get out of the house to go to a diet clinic or get help, so I looked online and found SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> 2. What is one thing that makes you happy? <BR> Spending time with my husband, pet rabbits and friends makes me truly ha... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:27:02 EST Active Team For Those Wanting To Lose 100 or More Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217776 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/683521e2-6491-4756-8a9f-3551f61e31cd.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0b45ec2-2f07-4fa0-a873-9edaa829ccee.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0336087b-afb9-4387-b9a0-7d9cc05eb5d0.jpg"> <BR> Team ~Indygirl & Newsparkdebbie is all about helping people reach tougher goals. We are leaders who have lost weight ourselves from the higher ranks with complicating factors. I won't speak for Deb, much ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:03:14 EST Logic, The Diet Mentality and the First Compulsive Bite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216427 I actually feel free of that old diet mentality for a change. What did you eat? How many calories? Count them again! Better be sure! What do you have left? What if you go over? Oh, you'll probably go over! You might as well give it up now and eat everything in the pantry and start tomorrow... So glad to be rid of that in my head! Every now and again I have to crush it back down with logic, but mostly it stays settled now. What logic? The past is the past. Recounting the calories ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:52:37 EST Regain and the Importance of Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210843 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/663a7d39-8fac-43b0-b084-ee305b2847dd.jpg"> Regain is NORMAL. No, you are not destined to fail and gain it all back the minute you start going up... I've maintained over a 200 pound plus weight loss since 2013. I've been up and down through my journey from 2006 to now. Did I gain it all back? Nope! Did I gain? Yup. Did I lose? Yup. Did I have to pick myself up and dust off and get back in the fight? You betcha! Never give up. Pers... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:33:01 EST Negative Nellies- Just Say NO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209209 Why is it that when you need friends and family to be supportive about your weight loss plans, they are the least supportive of all? Maybe these Negative Nellies do not want to see you succeed really. Have you heard about crabs in a bucket? It is best described as "If I can't have it, neither can you." The metaphor refers to a bucket of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the bucket, but instead they grab at each other in a useless "king of the hill" competition which p... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:51:31 EST Get Ready, Set, Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208311 Not tomorrow, now! Why even wait until tomorrow when you can start your new lifestyle right now? I know, because you have to eat up all the food in the house that you can't have on a diet. You have to go get in all those lasts... but they never really are the last anything are they? Truth! Let's face it, the unhealthy foods do make it back into the house too. <BR> <BR> Here are a few of my ~Indyisms to help you with the crazy thoughts. <BR> <BR> 1) If you eat a bag of chips today to... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:59:20 EST Haters Hate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201825 Haters hate At people's weight They just don't see Inside of me I want to hide I just could cry Where did happy go? Haters hate But it's too late I've seen the light And have the right To be just what You never thought I think I'm a butterfly! Beth Donovan Sun, 17 Jul 2016 06:27:09 EST I'm already HUGE, so why bother? It never gets better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200750 I used to feel that way and STILL have those days! At 460 pounds, I honestly thought that something was so wrong with my body that I was totally incapable of losing weight. Yes, I dieted. It never worked for long, if at all. I have low thyroid and big problems in my back, knees and shoulders that keep me from moving as I want to. At 460, I was bedridden and saw NO way out. How could I lose weight if I couldn't stop eating and couldn't move? Why bother trying anyway? I knew the outcome... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:05:17 EST Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199259 One of my favorite quotes used to be "Everything in excess, moderation is for monks." I thought to myself that I should squeeze the juice out of live and really live. Yes, I was right, but in doing so, I was killing myself. <BR> <BR> Some things, like food or medicine or lack there of, can kill you! It SEEMS harmless at the time, "JUST this one blah blah blah because I DESERVE it." Right there are two big old clues as to why you might want to head for moderation because you are on the ve... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:17:48 EST The U Turn- Emotional Eating/ Binge Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197531 I have a ton to say on the subject. I noticed most wait til the next day to start fresh. I like to start fresh at the next meal, rather than the next day and it saves hundreds to thousands of calories! Think of it like a GPS in your car. If you miss a street, the GPS says "At the next available opportunity, make a u turn." Think of the next meal as your u turn. I read that analogy in a book called YOU ON A DIET- a total life saver of a book! A few of my mantras that I made up to keep me... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 11:47:26 EST Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197070 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acb9b57c-0fbd-45c7-bf35-fd8fd20260d9.jpg"> I think most of us have the emotional eating issue. The emotions don't seem to discriminate either. If happy, eat to celebrate. If sad, eat to soothe. Angry? Cram down anything and everything possible! Lonely or bored? Grazing is probably the friend of the moment. Whatever emotion it begins with, it almost always ends in shame, guilt, remorse, self hatred or something like that. "I'll never ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:37:43 EST Why There Is No On or Off The Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182621 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbeb9232-6622-47cd-8494-79d0796f48ad.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2599ce6-78cd-4f20-81d0-06d10fc4e740.jpg"> Keep your plan going... It's not something you can really get on and off of. It's more like a journey. It has its rocky terrain, hills, sandy beaches, and cool springs in the woods... Just keep trekking through, guiding yourself with every choice. What I mean is that it's part of life. You don't get to star... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:50:36 EST "Just" Makes a Huge Difference in Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181420 I've noticed that I use the word "just" a lot. Well, I just had a bagel for breakfast. I just had soup and salad for lunch. I just... Everytime I use the word "just" without actually looking at my tracker first, I go way over. "Just" causes me to minimize the actual value of the food I ate. So instead, I need to leave that word out and say that I had a soup and salad. I need to not eat a bagel solo and pair it up with some protein. Thinking differently will cause my actions to be di... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:34:42 EST Getting Started Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180834 I've been on this journey for 10 years now with great results. Slow results. But, I have discovered that people are just as amazed when you lose and maintain 200 plus pounds in 10 years as in 2-3. I think I'm ready to move on from maintaining. Think is the key word there. So I plan to start out how I started before, tracking my food, making sure to eat from smaller plates, ordering smaller, eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, eating more protein, having healthy fats... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:02:39 EST Cleaning Up My Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178313 I've recently cleaned up my page a bit and gotten rid of the dead SparkFriend accounts that were on it. If I erased you by mistake, I apologize, just send me a sparkmail. Some of the accounts had been dead since 2012! Long process. I wanted to clear things out so that the friends I really know and love can have my full attention. That gets hard to do when you have thousands of friends that you don't even know or who are fly by night Sparkers... here one day, gone the next. <BR> <BR> I a... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:18:04 EST JUST YAY!!! I GOT IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767881 From Wheelchair to Coach in pictures... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l3470052.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110523103.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080843010.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789856272.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116585984.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l61278817.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:52:07 EST 250 lbs Lost Without WL Surgery/ Crazy Diets PICS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1441955488.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213392427.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609132871.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47179362.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611459399.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528490827.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580943561.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:29:18 EST My First Pair Of Jeans In Over 25 Years/ B4 and after http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031529 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l556127355.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553718314.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me before I started losing weight at 460 pounds and wheelchair bound. <BR> The second picture is me in my new jeans! I haven't been able to wear jeans in 25 years. Woohoo! Thank you SparkPeople for helping me lose 224 pounds without weight loss surgery. You saved my life. <BR> <BR> (yes I know I'm top heavy, please stop writing to me ab... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:43:43 EST I officially lost 200 Pounds today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l664155279.jpg"> <BR> 460 to 259.2 Woohoo!!! Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:31:22 EST