~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/ Love Yourself More to Hit That Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352729 Fall in love with yourself to help hit that goal! <BR> <BR> That's my newest advice to you. It's very difficult to hate your body and do right by it. Why? When you don't like someone, do you really go that extra mile for them? You tend to avoid them, and thus their care. Yes, you may white knuckle tolerate them for awhile, but only so long before you have to get away. You are yourself, though. Self-love is very important to learn so that you feel great and loved in your own skin. <BR>... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:59:46 EST 210 Pounds Lost! Celebrating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320824 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9428fb3-2aa1-4b62-b364-bd8bf2d281b8.JPG"> <BR> I used weigh 460. I lost 240 pounds, but regained 40 over the past 4 years. It was like a yo yo... up and down. I maintained the 200 pound loss, but just EXACTLY. Not willing to give up- NEVER GIVE UP- I've gotten my mojo back and the first 10 is off! <BR> <BR> What did it take? Never giving up at any time, ever. Not once in those 4 years, or in my 11 year journey have I given up. <BR>... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:49:51 EST What It Takes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314767 Don't forget that it does not take a whirlwind of motivation and strength. It takes a lot of little choices. <BR> <BR> Beth Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:11:41 EST It's Ok To Believe In Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302533 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5aedecfa-c6a8-444c-bbb2-653daed189b4.jpg"> When I started my journey and refused weight loss surgery, my husband and friends all were upset and told me I would never be able to lose the weight, that I was stupid. I had nobody in my corner- except me. I decided that I had to be enough. It is absolutely ok to believe in yourself no matter what everyone else says, even that voice in your head that says "You always have failed, why would this ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:06:09 EST But, You Persevere... Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292713 I want you all to see the good and the bad days... to know life isn't just peachy if you lose a large amount of weight or that you are not perfect and in control if you do lose a lot of weight. I hope my sharing keeps it real so that you know that just like me, you can do this. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51b55dbd-08a3-46a9-afd3-315c3e9009af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I FEEL totally broken. I feel like my body doesn't work, my mind doesn't work and I just can't. <BR>... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 17:00:29 EST Making Healthy Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289220 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d66939b-d483-4111-bdbd-6a614483104c.JPG"> <BR> Everyone has a different path and what works for one might not work for others. What I've always told people is to read a thousand books on getting healthy and keep the info that works in your life and throw out what doesn't. There is always someone who has this great diet that they lost 10 pounds in a week on. They forget to tell you how quickly it comes back when the diet never makes the chan... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 04:33:24 EST 3 Weight Loss Styles- Perspective on Succeeding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286588 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d26c40fd-14dd-434c-bdc5-481a5ed069ce.jpg"> I lost over 200 pounds without surgery or crazy diets when I changed my ways. Oh, I’m not talking about not eating pizza ever again or being ridiculously perfect to the point of being annoying in situations. I’m talking about lifestyle versus diet. You can quit a diet, but it isn’t as easy to quit your lifestyle. It used to be about being perfect. I wanted to dive in deep and be perfect on my health... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:12:02 EST Oh No! I Ate a 600 calorie breakfast! I blew it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284159 You know me better than that! That's the old me talking about blowing things. You really CANNOT blow a lifestyle. You can blow a diet, but not a healthy lifestyle. For example, today I will plan to make a large pot of vegetable soup for one. Low calorie and obviously I'm hungry. I've had steroid shots galore! I'll be sure to get lean protein in and fiber because they are filling. I'm going to take my walker to the mall and get some walking in. I might do a LIVE on FaceBook from the m... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:48:48 EST Off The Rack Vintage Dress!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b979cc7c-bf28-4069-9af1-e83ac175bca4.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7572bf26-2a10-4746-bbfc-6ec43f546a53.JPG"> <BR> I saw this dress and thought it was beautiful but no way it would zip. I was right, but bought it anyway... It zips! <BR> <BR> Never give up on yourself! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:52:49 EST Celebrating My Birthday By Renewing My Vow To Healthy Living/ Photo Album http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282816 It's about more than just "No cake!" It's not about perfection anymore. It's about progress. In 2004, I weighed 460 and started getting healthy in January of 2006. I've lost over 200 pounds and kept it off. I still have a ways to go, but I'm not sure how far I WANT to go. Now it's more about pain relief and abilities than vanity. <BR> <BR> I have learned so much- so many lessons! I've shared them in my blogs over the years and through talking to people at rallies and meetings. I have... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:55:56 EST Lifestyle Focused Mentality- Ditching the Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266255 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da0a43e0-8e9d-48a6-930b-4bf3d4f8d21b.jpg"> Focus on nutritious foods while creating your new lifestyle and think less about calorie content. Tracking calories is still a good idea, but don't be rigid. Focusing on nutrition has has 3 great benefits to you. It helps ensure you're meeting your vitamin and mineral needs, and because nutritious foods tend to be more filling than "junk," you won't feel hungry and deprived. Cravings tend to be ea... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:56:57 EST New Mantra- Ditching the CAN'T Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260292 It has been a very difficult year. I've changed many medications and despite my best efforts, have not been able to move much. My torn rotator cuffs have kept me from my arm bike and much arm movement, while my knees needing replaced and surgeries have kept me from moving my legs much. My back, well, still a mess. I do what I can do, which is set walking goals of roughly 3000 steps per day, up from 800. Yes, when I saw I was getting 600-800 steps a day, I really gave myself a talking to! <BR>... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:15:34 EST Claiming Blog on Blog Lovin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259166 https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/18311971/?c<BR>laim=rmdueuaaf5s <BR> <BR> This Annoying Site has hijacked my blog. I have to paste this in my blog to claim it back and prove it is mine. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 08:12:31 EST 30 years with my Hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256887 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26dcb933-2823-4c5b-846e-297c4a9383f9.jpg"> Picture booth at our first date. Today is the anniversary of both the 30th year of when I met my husband at Rocky Horror picture Show and the day we got married 4 years later. Yes, we were two of those obnoxious people who were in a cast called "Charming Underclothes", that ran up and down the aisles acting out the movie while it was playing. I like to think we made it a fun atmosphere for people ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:28:24 EST 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 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