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Marlene - I see you as determined, intelligent woman who has learn how to cope with the stress and difficulties of life. Life is never easy on anyone, but some people develop the skills to take life on. I see those skills in you. When you retire you will either have the resources to live the way you want or you will devise ways of supplementing your income. I do not see bag lady in your future.

Tammy tonight was a meatless night. I made from scratch marinara sauce with Morning Star griller crumbles with some grated low fat mozzarella and a salad of baby kale, apples, and walnuts. You can easily make this with a jar of marinara sauce, but I am trying my hand at using fresh tomatoes.
recipe serves 4 twice ( you can double the pasta and serve 8 or freeze half the sauce for another day)
2 cups of tomato juice (from a glass jar not a can)
1/2 cup red wine
8 roma tomatoes skinned and chopped
garlic to your taste (I used 3 cloves) minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
4 basil leaves chopped
a pinch of thyme (less than 1/4 tsp.)
1/2 lb. mushrooms
1 chopped medium zucchini
1 chopped onion
1/2 Cup finely grated carrot (this is to replace the sugar the recipe calls for)
1 chopped red pepper
1 bag Morning Star Griller crumbles
2 tsp. beef soup granules
pepper to taste
1/2 lb. pasta (before you put the cooked pasta in the sauce take out half of the sauce for another day - it freezes well)
If I was making this for adults only I would add red pepper flakes

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Hello:
I am exhausted from work. Stayed on plan and exercised today. Scale up a few pounds from the weekend foray into eating what I wanted. They cooked fresh fried fish and I had a couple of pieces; as wells delicious BBQ meatballs, wings, mac n cheese, various cheeses, and alcohol.

Justme--I don't feel like I have a successful life. I am blessed by many things; troubled by lots of other issues; I feel like I am trying to hang on til I get to retirement. I just have a premonition it will be forced upon me earlier than I would like. Just the word retirement is scary and unknown and I worry too much about surviving and not having enough money to live on. Major Bag Lady syndrome.

Tammyand--I understand your friend who lost weight completely--eat what you want but watch the portions (eyeballing never works for me) and cook with less fat. But I do think one has to set a calorie level and stick closely to it.

Kat-I do agree with the reasons you posted why people leave. I have left groups because no body was losing weight except me; and didn't seem like folks were serious as most posted reasons each day they could not be on plan. Also those group challenges are a pain and sometimes too much to keep up with. I need to be motivated by others losing weight.

I have bought some new beauty cremes by Elyssee to tighten my neck, chin and jaw. Getting saggy especially my neck. No doubt from losing weight.

My friend texted me today to tell me I have an admirer from that party I went to Saturday. I don't remember him, but my friend says he is a policeman. Didn't see any man looking my way!



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Debby – Thanks so much for posting all 10 steps. I have copied and saved them. I am sure I will return to them often.

David – Sheesh, I sure hope you soon find a doc who is able to help you.

Sue – So happy for your wonderful celebration. Your son in SC sure is a sweetie! Bask and enjoy the glow of such a great time.

Linda – I am very interested in your high protein meatless meal menus and how that translates in terms of carbs as well. Please share when you are able to do so. Whew! You sure do have a busy schedule ahead of you. Hope you have time to check in with us.

Phoenix – Woo Hoo for avoiding those wedding temptations. I had never heard of the potato bar concept. Yikes. Something like that sounds way too good to me as potatoes are a definite weakness of mine.

Marlene – Sounds like you needed Sunday to be at home and unwind a bit after such a busy Saturday night! I would not ever be able to drive in the traffic you describe. The older I get the more I dislike driving, and I was never one who drove in any kind of “city traffic” to begin with.

Cat – Continued safe travels to you and your DH! Your blog posts are super.

I was not compliant on Sunday and am totally ok with it (shocking!) I am back on track today even though Karen will be here till tomorrow. Yesterday after church and before going to our Russian dinner I made a chicken and veggie dish so it was already prepared for us to eat for dinner tonight….no excuses about no time to cook anything…just had to reheat it and add a salad. The Russian dinner was fabulous beyond words and not really just because of the food. In fact for me the food was definitely secondary. For me the joy of the event was seeing so many old friends, many of whom I have known just about my whole life and many of whom I haven’t seen in at least four years. It has been even longer since Karen had seen some of these friends. This group of church friends (from various parts of eastern PA….about a 100 mile radius) and I share many wonderful memories and connecting with them yesterday was a real joy.
In other news, another church friend of mine, Carol, lost 36 pounds over the past year. That is about all the weight she had to lose. She said, “I love food and I didn’t want to give anything up….so I just cut down on my portion sizes.” She was so matter-of-fact about it too. She said it was basically effortless. And she looks terrific. So, why is it so much easier for some folks to lose than others? In any case, Carol has inspired me and prompted more determination from me. Oh, by the way, her hubby lost about 20 to 25 pounds over the past year as well.


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5/4/15 5:26 P

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Happy Monday Sparks,

Sue your day sounds perfect. I am so glad your had this time of renewal.

ChangeN - here's to new doc and a successful treatment.

Phoenix - another good day for you - keep it up

Debby - thank you for the condensed list - I am thinking and reevaluating right now

Cat - finally made it to your blogs - loved them - so interesting

Marlene - keep sharing your successful life - it show me what can happen and give me hope for the future

This is going to be another busy week, Today, my cousin had another ride, so I went to the dentist to begin my bridge work not the $6000 dollars I was looking at, but still 1300 out of pocket. Tomorrow I am going to water aerobics, then out to lunch, then off to buy some See's Candy for my SIL, then to diabetic class. Wednesday, I am taking my cousin for out-patient surgery to get a port. Thursday, is water areobics and my daughter is leaving for Sacramento, so I am watching the kids while SIL takes her to airport. Friday, I am watching the kids in evening while SIL picks up daughter from airport and they go out to eat. Saturday I am going to a teacher training my daughter is giving from 7-12 then going out with my son for Mother's Day. Sunday, I am going to my Sister-in-laws with my daughter adn family. Then next Monday I am taking my cousin to chemo and radiation and the whole thing starts all over again.


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Hello Everyone!

Happy Monday! The 1st Holy Communion party was a great success. We had nice weather, and everyone seemed to have a good time. The house looked nice and shiny, so my comfort level was very good.

My heart was SO full .. I felt SO blessed. My oldest son surprised us and came home, and both of my sons and hubby all went to Church with us (they are not practicing Catholics). It was great. Even a young man that was a neighbor and grew up with my older two came to Church .. and I don't think he really is a Church person either. I felt very blessed. (oh .. I think I said that already)

I'm tired today, as we got up at 3am to see oldest son off, and just coming down from the preparations, and the party itself. I do forward to finishing up the cleaning up, and then getting back on my routine. We don't have a lot of leftovers, cuz we sent most home with daughter and her family .. so I can get back into eating healthy and losing the pounds.

Take care all .. talk soon.
God's Blessings,
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Hi. Was able to go to (quack), Dr and get my med records. Have appt Thurs with surgical Dr. I really hope he can give me some help. I'm off tomorrow, but have a 10hr work shift on Wednesday. I barely made it thru 8of 10 hr shift yesterday.

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Good Morning Everyone:

Just a quick check in to say "Hi". I have a busy day but did get my walk in this morning. I hope everyone has a great day, its going to be beautiful here.

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It's a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest so I've spent a while outside walking the dogs and light gardening. I'm still on track, but I will be going out to dinner in a little while before heading for a Timbers (professional) soccer game in Portland this evening. I'm planning to stay on track, but it does present a bigger challenge that eating at home.

As promised here are the "10 Steps to Your Authentic Life" recapped (and all together):

Step 1: Take responsibility for your thoughts, words, feelings and actions, every single one of them.

Step 2: Be present.

Step 3: Own your attention, remember you're in control of what you pay attention to.

Step 4: Be honest with my self and others.

Step 5: Let go of your story... your past changes with profound self acceptance.

Step 6: Acknowledge and share your gifts, your playing small does not serve the world.

Step 7: Be brave and take risks.

Step 8: Do the work to "know thyself".

Step 9: Maintain a childlike curiosity and be open.

Step 10: Create beliefs that support your authentic life now.

These have made me think and consider what I can do to be a little bit better. I hope they've been of some help to all of you, my friends.

Now, off to a soccer game with my DH and DS.

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I have spent time catching up with you guys … y’all have been busy … so some of my comments are from posts days and days ago.

Debby – Thank you for sharing the steps from your seminar. Step 6 Share Your Gifts … for me this is like an interview question … share your strengths. It always feels uncomfortable talking about what we think we do well … feels like bragging. Sometimes we focus on the negative ONLY and forget what wonderful gifts we do have.

Step 7 Be brave and take risks … ahhhhh … my brain knows this and it has taken age and wisdom … or surrendering … to truly “learn” this. Blind faith is not an easy step for most of us. But with change there is NO growth.

Step 8 Do the work to know thyself … WOW!!!!! I know I am 5’4” … OK the doc says 5’3” … but I also KNOW other things about myself. Lumping everything into one label of “emotional eating” isn’t the whole story!!!!! WHY do I do this to myself? WHY do I abuse me because I allowED others to abuse me??? WHY do I think I have control over EVERYTHING that happens??? WHAT within me am I trying to quieten????

Step 9 Maintain a childlike curiosity and be open … this has been sooooo true on our trip. Our g-kids left this morning and though I love David with everything I have and being alone with him is more than wonderful … seeing through our g-kids eyes the wonderment of life has been more than rewarding. I hope I remember this step … always!!!! While on vacation … food is soooooo … not my focus … life is. WHY do I allow this to change when I am back home????

Step 10 Create beliefs that support your authentic life … NOW. I CAN lose weight, I DESERVE a healthy body and I DESERVE to treat myself well … not waiting for anyone to do it for me. Not waiting for the “right” time.

And I totally agree … before retirement … work got in the way of everything I really wanted to do. Now … “I” am getting in the way.

Marlene – I agree that some people “drop” out of weight loss “groups” because they aren’t on plan or someone has said something that doesn’t jive with them. But sometimes … it’s for totally different reasons. Sometimes I have left groups because it didn’t feel like MY project or journey any more but a “duty” to everyone else. If we aren’t changing ourselves for ourselves … it starts to be too heavy of a load to cheer everyone on. And sometimes people leave groups because they are in a different place than the other members. They have learned “their” lessons and moved on. Just sayin’. You are doing marrrrrrrrrvelous. So glad to see you accomplishing your goals. Makes me KNOW that this can be done … and I continue to learn from you.

David – did doc tell you to ice your knee???? Before knee replacements … I iced my knees daily.

Phoenix – I am posting daily blogs about our trip for anyone who wants to read my ramblings within SparkPeople. You can go to my Sparkpage and then click on my Blogs.

We are taking the day off to regroup before heading down the coastline. Not sure where life will take us … that’s why it is an adventure … taking risk.


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Happy Sunday Sparks,

Marlene - that sounds like a great day even with the traffic. I have been on the freeways here and hit traffic at all times. I would say something to my son if I thought it would make any difference, but his first priority right now is his kids and continuing to have some influence in their lives. I think he is going about it wrong, but that is an opinion, not a fact. In hind sight I have actually been wrong about things in the past.

Phoenix - Woo! Hoo! on managing the food traps at the wedding. It is funny about MILs. Mine disliked my SIL (who did everything for her) because she was a high school drop out and loved me (who really did not do much for her at all) because I was a college grad. At the end of her life it was my SIL that cared for her and made sure she had what she needed.

Today is looking like another good day. I went to water aerobics. I have made a new plan, so that I have high protein meatless meals each week, 2 at breakfast, 2 at lunch and one at dinner and fish 1 at breakfast, 2 at lunch and 1 at dinner. Tonight is not meatless. It is Turkey and roasted veg (Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, carrots, rutabaga and yam).

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Good Morning
I had a non compliant day yesterday; with the fashion show lunch, then wine tasting cheeses; then the food from the fight party. I had some mac and cheese and my friend laughed as she was serving and I said, "Just 1/2 cup". It took forever for the fight to come on and by the time I left it was 1 am. I was about 70 minutes from my house. The traffic was horrible south of Washington; and then on the Virginia side of the Beltway where only one lane was open. Luckily I took the Beltway Easy Pass lanes (deserted except me at that time of night) and it ended right at the front of the line where 4 lane traffic was merged into one lane because of road work. Fight watchers must have all flooded the roads at the same time. I bought 2 bottles of wine; and also my friend had some one there sellingTracy Lynn jewelry and I bought a watch and a bangle.

Staying in today, will do more house cleaning and eat lightly to get rid of the temporary weight gain.

Everyone have a nice day.

Justme--We can't make our children bend to our will. I have tried and have accepted that they are grown up with wives who are quite influential--but doesn't stop me from saying something to them. At least he is taking you to lunch. And you get to see the grannies. If they get into financial trouble its on them. I think he is doing what he can to hold his family together. Your BP and stress and health is the more important issue to get under control; but I do understand and have expereinced the same disappointment with my sons. So whats cooking today? I am having basa fish, salsa style.

OK--The wedding sounded wonderful. Yes there is hope for you. Many days of repeating the same positive activities will pay off for you. Patience and Time.

Tammyand---Sounds like good times with Karen, your sister from another mother.

Changin--15 loads of wash! Isn't cheaper to buy an inexpensive basic washing machine over time; not to mention the precious time spent going to it, during, and leaving the laundrymat. I used to have to do that as a teenager and I hated it.

Sue--What a wonderful surprise to have you son unexpectedly visit. Good job on keeping up with your cleaning project (and getting some help).

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Good Sunday Morning Everyone!

The wedding went well. I got in, got pictures and got out before the the cake was cut and the buffet line ended. So was totally able to avoid temptations. They now have thing of mashed potatoe bars at these thing! My down fall -- potatoes and chocolate even in cake! But I made it and the wedding was beautiful. Well it is a exercise rest day for me, so I will work on housework and work work. I may go to the garden center somethings too.

Debby -- Thanks for being willing to repost for us and congrats on the successful adoption day. I love it when animals are placed well in safe and happy homes. Create new, supportive beliefs, that is a good one. I think it is true that our old beliefs keep us going in the same direction and I need to start working on new beliefs about myself and where I can go with this. This time seems a little different for me, so I am hoping that means I am ready to believe something new about who I am especially when it comes to what I look like and my body shape/size.

Linda -- I am glad you had a good Saturday and were on track. My Saturday was good but I didn't eat enough. I save calories for the wedding and then didn't end up eating. I know that can be just as bad as over eating and I need to work on balance... Sorry you are experiencing problems with your DIL. With my daughters, I have to take the same approach. I keep my mouth shut about their significant others because I am likely to drive them very quickly into a direction that I don't want to see them take. Now of course, if the significant others are "bad" dudes I have to say something. I would not be able to forgive myself if I saw something abusive or harmful in someone they were/are dating and didn't say anything. But if they are just not my cup of tea, then I try to let their relationship take its course. Good or bad its a growing and learning experience for them. On the other hand, my MIL didn't like me and certainly didn't want me marrying her only son. I have spent the last 30 years practicing the "Win with kindness strategy". I would speak up and make my husband take a stand when it came to my daughters as babies. If she insisted on doing something that the doctors advised against, I had to take a stand, but otherwise I just tried to be patient, supportive and attentive to her needs. Now after 30 years, she refers to me as her daughter. It was hard fought but worth it.

TammyAnd - Sisters and brothers I have/had a plenty. I had two that I didn't even know about until I was in my 20's when my dad passed. Apparently my older brother and sister did, but didn't seem to ever mention it as we were growing up??! I don't know how you don't tell the younger ones about this, but they didn't. Nor did my parents or grandparents. Since that time we have been catching up and we are trying to rectify that situation. My family live growing up was such a mess, that I also had several "adopted families" that a still apart of my life. They helped me get through years and adulthood successfully. My set of brothers and sisters are basically "yours, mine and ours kids" from several mothers and fathers but we generally don't distinguish and remain close. And my "adopted family friends"are still in the mix. When you grow up that way, you lean to survive that you don't get hung up on the "how" their related and focus more on the relationship, love and support. The getting there and resulting memories were often not positive, but in the end they always had your back.

David -- Hope your day off was good and you didn't spend too much time on your knee or folding clothes.

Kat -- hope the trip is going well and you are seeing and doing awesome things.

Marlene -- Whats up with you?

Haven't heard from several of you in a while, I pray things are going well for you.

Well I'm off to my morning services and hope everyone has a healthy compliant day!

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Another busy day... found homes for two kitties today - the families they went to were the kind that I just know those catAns will live in luxury for the rest of their lives.

Eating wasn't perfect, wasn't horrible, I'm not fretting it. And, I was too busy to get in any exercise, but I'll make up for it tomorrow.

I have one last step to share with you, Step 10: Create beliefs that support your authentic life now.
I like this one because I know that if I keep repeating the same beliefs that I had before I would never have been able to take off as much weight as I have. New beliefs are needed for us to bee able to live the life we want now. My belief around my weight now is that I can lose weight, I deserve a healthy body and I deserve to treat myself well.

I'll recap all of the steps tomorrow. Like I said, I plan to put them in a place that I will read them often so the routine of daily living doesn't get in the way of remembering them. Have a good Sunday everyone.

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Just watched the Kentucky Derby. I am having a great day today.

David - It is good you had some down time this morning. How old is your step daughter? Hopefully if she is old enough she will decide she needs some independence for her and dopey boyfriend and dopey BF will fall into a great job. See I can dream for you.

Tammy - the problem with son is his new relationship with his wife. Since their problems he does whatever she says, spend money on things she wants that they cannot afford, goes on trips, does most of the left over house work (the kids do most of it), and is so afraid of losing his kids that I feel like he is losing himself. If this was her aunt there would be no question about the family going to see her, but because it is his aunt there is no way. I am not saying anything because no matter what I said it would be wrong. I am just happy that she still lets him talk to me and that I have contact with my grandchildren.

I am totally on track today and feel very good about it.

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David – You sure have a lot to do. I am glad you took some time for yourself to relax a bit. You deserve it.

Marlene –I think C Hochman runs large in many of her items. But I always buy larger sizes in her line however because I need a roomy top as I am larger on top than on bottom and I don’t like to feel confined in nightwear. Leah, the host you referred to, is kind of bottom heavy. I didn’t think she looked all that great in her C Hochman pjs either. Thanks for your comment about eating and then getting back on track. I know that is what will happen, but honestly, I still feel guilty sometimes when I go off plan like this.

Phoenix – Have fun at the wedding. I understand how you will be looking for ideas and making mental notes as you plan your DD’s wedding. So nice to have some time with your sister. As an only child, I am always wishing for a sister. But my friend Karen who is visiting this weekend comes pretty darn close.

Sue – Your son is every bit as special as you told us he is. What a wonderful surprise to make this special weekend even more memorable. Can’t wait to hear (read) all about it. Blessings to your grandson on his special day.

Linda – You sure have a good son too, taking you out to lunch for Mother’s Day. Could it be that he is just having a hard time dealing with his aunt’s condition and that is why he is avoiding the get together??

Debby – Woo hoo for the cat adoptions! Like Linda’s grandson, I am highly allergic to cats. I would end up in the emergency room if near a cat for even a short period of time. It is a scary allergy for me. It warms my heart every time I hear of a cat or dog finding a good home. I really like step 9. It is probably my favorite step so far…..maybe because it is an easy one for me. I am always curious and interested in new things and always have been that way, almost to a fault. (Hence the tons of books in my possession.) My DS is really like that too. Maybe I gained this trait from him.

Just got home from our morning/afternoon out. Did great on our shopping expedition. The dept. store was having AMAZING sales. I got a $44 nightie on sale for $9.99 less another 20%. It is so cute it could be worn out as a little dress. Bought a few other things too including a purse and a pair of pjs. I am really trying to get rid of all of my not-so-new looking nightwear. And am well on my way now. My friend also got 2 pair of pjs. The sale prices were amazing. Then we stopped by the charity event. That was great too. I got to see just about all of the folks I wanted to see. I am not stressing about food right now. Also not over indulging. Hope that helps when I start weighing in again.

Happy Saturday everyone!




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Off today and have been lazy. This has to be only one of about 3times I was nit scheduled to work on a Saturday. Now, hurting or not I need to get busy. I wash the family clothes at the laundry mat. ( now 5 of us, counting the stupid boyfriend, don't want to even start in about that story), lets just say that's another part of my major daily stress....
My wife is off and after I get dressed and ready she told me she will go with me to wash clothes. I look forward to the help. I have on average 12-13 single loads.....
My step daughter and her bf slept out on the couch. My wife slept in with our granddaughter, and I had room to myself..... I actually layed in bed watching tv until 12 noon. So I really enjoyed it. Got to go get those clothes done so will text more later. Enjoy your day.....David.

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Happy Saturday Sparks,

Phoenix - my cousin is doing very well considering this is her second round of chemo and still no side effects other than losing her hair. She goes out shopping, and eating and visiting. The tumors in her lymph nodes are gone, but one large tumor that was attached to multiple organs is what they are targeting now with the radiation and chemo. The prognosis is much better now.
Phoenix -Your life sounds so full right now, sisters, and weddings and funerals and busy traveling husbands and yourself. Wow! Keep up your strength.

Sue - I know how happy you must have been to see your son. What a great surprise! Enjoy - you have earned it.

Debby - I am so happy you got one of your cats adopted. I would love to have a cat, but my grandson is super allergic and we have to wait until he is 3 before we can make any decisions about pets.

Marlene - what fun - wine and fashion.
Two years ago I bet it would not have sounded that great. Now that you are a svelte clothes horse I can just see you there. Enjoy your success.

ChangeN - hope your knee is feeling better, congrat on the cutting down and controlling the soda urge.

Wisdom - missing you, come back

P&B - same to you

I am heading for water aerobics and some shopping. I take PB meds and they have been doing their job until a couple of months ago. My PB was running 130/70 then it shot up to 150-170/ 80-100. they upped my meds which brought it down a little 140-150/ 70-90. I have been taking it everyday just to see where it is at and see the doc next week. Last reading was good 134/75. So hopefully it will stay there.
My son is taking me out to lunch for Mother's Day next Saturday. I am still angry that he is not going with me to see his aunt before she dies. He is constantly talking about the importance of taking care of the older people in our lives, but i am not seeing any action on his part. I know it is time for me to forgive and forget, but I do not think that will happen for a little while. You know the old saying "A daughter is a daughter all of her life. A son is a son until he gets a wife." I am really feeling the truth of that right now.



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Happy Saturday Everyone

Sue -- What a wonderful surprise with your son coming in, I'd cry too. Make sure to take care of yourself with all you have going on!

Debbie - could your write those steps down and send them too me? I need to post them around to remind myself, they are that good.

Well I am off to work out and walk hopefully before it is too busy. I am really having to push myself to go do it today. But I can't rest on my laurels. I already did that and I have to travel for a training starting this Thursday so now is not the day to hang back. The weather is sunshiny here today and going to be warm but not too bad yet. I hope you all have a great Saturday too.

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Hello Everyone!

Well .. it's been busy, busy .. and we are nearly ready for the big event tomorrow. I worked from home yesterday, and then worked on the house for the remainder of the evening (into night). My daughter and 2 of the grandkids came over to help for a bit (the 12 yr old helped carry things up from the basement), my daughter sorted thru somethings, and the 2yr old helped me (sort of). I was quite exhausted, and was sitting down to unwind a bit, when our front door opened, and my oldest son walked in (from SC). OMgoodness .. I cried, and hugged him .. all the tiredness jumped right out of me. What a wonderful surprise!

We've much to do today .. cake to be decorated, finish up the cleaning, last minute shopping .. then we should be ready. It is what it is.

I don't know if I'll get a chance to check in this weekend .. but know that my thoughts are with you all.

God's Blessings!
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What a busy day - I did make time for a 3 mile walk, but just couldn't get my normal 100 minutes in today. It wasn't my greatest food day, either, but I'm not so far out of control that I won't have it back tomorrow. We went shopping at Costco (it was super busy!!), then went to Lowe's to get all of the remaining gardening supplies we need before we actually put the plants in the ground, then I had to get to Petco to set up for our adoption event tomorrow, did some more grocery shopping, gassed up my car, and finally came home to take a walk, fix dinner, get all of the paper work ready for the aforesaid adoption event, and maybe relax just a little.

Tomorrow will also be busy, but I already know I have at least one cat getting adopted, and likely two, so it's already a good day in my mind. It's kitten season and we usually have a fairly easy time finding homes for kittens. It's the older ones that are harder, so I dance a little more for joy when the older ones find homes.

Paula - I hear you about how to work on Step 8 - doing the work to know thyself - it's not often easy, but I think that doing the work is about following all the steps, being honest with ourselves, being willing and open to hear constructive criticism as well as being willing and open to hearing praise (not all of us do that well). I think there are many routes to going deeper, too, through self help books, seminars and workshops, etc. For many, working through their faith is helpful in this, too. It takes a good deal of introspection.

Step 9: Maintain a childlike curiosity and be open.
It's too easy to get content with what we think we know and to be closed to other ideas. Being curious can lead to so much personal growth and allow us to see things from others perspectives. That doesn't mean always accepting other points of view, but being open at least allows for dialogue and progress. It also can lead to some pretty fun adventures. (It's part of why I love Disneyland, hiking, and doing things like maybe learning to scuba dive, parasail, zip line...)

One more step tomorrow.

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Good evening everyone!

For those that have checked in, it sounds like you had a good Friday!

Tammyand -- You sound like you have a good handle on things. Now just enjoy the fellowship and weekend!

Linda -- I hope you are feeling better this evening and your cousin is doing well.

Marlene -- You are doing so well! I am glad to hear that the exercise is firming you up, there might just be hope for me.

I've had a good visit with my sister, she came in from out of state tonight. She'll be leaving tomorrow after she attends the memorial service in the morning. I don't get to see her often enough. She is a super bright light in the world. I have to take my husband to the airport early in the AM so I have to get in bed early, later tomorrow I have to attend a wedding and plan on staying away from the wedding cake but need to get some ideas too. I hope everyone has a restful night and a joyous Saturday!


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Hello All"
Got my hair done today and my hairdressor was shocked that I lost so much since I was last there in March. its only been a couple of pounds, but the exercise is really slimming me down now. Getting buff arms and shoulders, and I lost another inch from my hips--41 inches! They have never been that size since my early 20s.

Holding at 155 lbs. Stopped at the intl grocery store and got a big tub of Kim Chi. I bought some udon soup base/noodles, bok choy, pack of mixed seafood and I am enjoying a lovely savory seafood udon soup for dinner.

Tomorrow I am going to the annual fashon show in Fairfax, VA; then I am going to a friends house in MD to attend a wine tasting party; at 4; to be followed by a "Fight Party" at 7.

Tammyand--Its sounds like a great weekend planned with your friends. Just eat and enjoy...you know how to get back on track. Nice of her to bring treats you like. I saw all the Carol Hochman offerings including the capri set. The clothes looked like they ran large on the models to me. One of the hosts had on the TSV and I thought she looked horrible (The AM style host) the pants were so baggy.

OKPhoenix--your husband sounds very supportive. Stay the course. I love fashion and styling outfits. I have a small bedroom filled with my accessories--belts, my huge costume jewelry collection, shoe, boots, scarves, and hats. Jewelry is stored in two tall plastic cabinets with like 12 drawers each on rolling wheels--were talking a 25 year collection. I always bought jewelry and accessories when I traveled because it always fit! My grandaughter who is 7 has the same love for fashion; and we "play" in my room learning how to accessorize her outfits.

Justme--Sorry the BIG Hs are acting up. Must be hard to sit around and sit while you wait for your cousin at chemo. I'm like Tammy, my BP goes up upon entry to the doctors office. They always wait until I have settled down and take it again.

Sue--Happy happy thoughts to you. My boss is retiring and the end of June can't come fast enough.


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Marlene – I agree that the Corky’s TSV was quite expensive. I think I tried Corky’s once back when Q used to have “try me” prices which were pretty reasonable for small amounts of a product. They were ok but nothing I got excited about. Several years ago DS and I were in Tennessee and actually went to a Corky’s restaurant with some friends. The food was ok but not terribly impressive. I seldom buy rotisserie chicken, but like you when I do, I always remove the skin….I find it yucky. I was a sucker for Carol Hochman yesterday. Besides the TSV which I told you I got on pre-order and love, I ordered another set of PJs (capris) and a nightgown. It is time to get rid of some of my shabby summer nighties.


David – WOO HOO on cutting back on the sugary soda. I know you will feel better the less you drink of it. I love your goal of working toward getting rid of the soda completely overtime and becoming a water drinker like most of us! So sorry about your insurance frustrations. I hope things get straightened out for you soon.


Phoenix – Sounds like you have lots of reasons to be happy…healthy eating, walking, and a work-out supportive hubby….all that will add up to a happy scale eventually too.


Sue – Way to go getting kitchen cleaning taken care of! What a good feeling of accomplishment!


Linda – Yikes on the BP spike! Do you take your BP often during the day? Are you on BP meds? I take a generic form of Diovan and also a diuretic. I started on the meds when I was still working and was highly stressed. I also have “white coat hypertension” in that my BP goes way up, at just even the mention of a doctor visit. I have a wrist BP monitor that I use to monitor my BP at home. On the meds my BP is good. I hope that as I lose more weight I will be able to drop the meds.


Debby – I think your “steps” are very helpful and insightful. I have to admit that I am not a risk taker at all. I am not sure why that is, but it might be that I just don’t recognize the risks in my life as risks per se. Or it might be that I’ve never really had to take certain risks. Not sure about how this step fits into my life. Knowing ourselves is a life-long challenge I think. Did the lecture offer any means to do so?

Well my dear friend Karen arrived safely yesterday….and brought tons of all kinds of food with her, very few of which would be considered healthy. She is not thin by any means, but at 5’7” tall carries her weight much better than I do at 5’2”. She brought city chicken and egg plant parm, both purchased from an excellent store near her home. City chicken is definitely a childhood memory food for me. We had it last night for dinner, and I added a nice big salad and steamed broccoli. She also brought biscuits. Because she did, I didn’t make any carbs to add to our dinner. We will probably have the egg plant parm for dinner tonight, again with a salad and steamed broccoli at least. Karen loves to bake so she brought cookies and muffins which DS has been enjoying, but I must admit I had a few cookies yesterday and a muffin this morning. All things considered however, I have not been too terribly off track (but was about 300 cals over my range yesterday…thanks to the cookies). Today is a better day so far. Saturday should be a great compliant day for me as I plan to cook….probably lemon garlic chicken with green beans. On Sunday we are going to a special event at my old church, called “Hospitality ala Rus.” It is a Russian themed dinner followed by a balalaika concert performed by a well-known (at least in this area) balalaika orchestra. This event is the main reason Karen chose to visit us at this time. There will be people that both Karen and I know from many Orthodox churches at this fund-raising event (proceeds go to one of our theological seminaries). It has been quite some time since Karen has seen some of the folks who will be at this event, so I know she will enjoy herself. I know I will enjoy whatever food is offered at this event. The fellowship will be wonderful too I am sure. So, to sum it up, I am eating off plan but doing my best to be mindful of what goes into my mouth and am making sure to get in my fruits and veggies to help fill myself up and reduce my indulgence in the goodies Karen brought. We are having a relaxing stay-at-home day today. Tomorrow we will do a bit of shopping at a local department store that Karen like (there are none of these stores in her area). Later we will stop by an event for one of the charities I support. I will check in here as my time permits. Hope everyone has a great weekend!


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Hi everyone - I see step 7 seems to have struck a chord with some of you. I know for myself that I've experienced some of biggest periods of personal growth when I have taken risks. I"m not saying it was easy or ever is easy, or that it isn't even disappointing when the risk didn't pay off, but the rewards are really worth it and even when it doesn't pay off, it's a lesson learned. Heck, it's a risk for all of us to be on this journey. If we get the weight off, we might find a whole new part of us. I know I've certainly changed since taking off so much weight and getting healthy.

Linda - write the book. With my daughter being a teacher, I know that teachers have many insights and I believe the world could use such a book. It's not only taking a risk for you, it's sharing your gifts.

OKPhoenix - you too, take the risks. There's little to lose in most cases. I used to have a fear of public speaking, but my job required me to do it with increasing frequency throughout my career. I finally decided that since nobody was likely to kill me when I had to do it that it really wasn't that much of a risk. But I had to take the risk a few times for that to sink in. I also reaped many rewards taking new positions that I was downright scared of taking. In the end I retired happy with my career and what I had acomplished.

I've had another good day. I'm starting to build a streak. A good day to me is eating within or at least very close to my calorie range and getting a good work out in. Today I ate just a few calories over my range, but I also burned more than 1,000 calories at the gym, so made up just a little for the overage. Still had a calorie deficit of about 800 calories for the day. I let someone at the gym push my buttons a little today and found myself working extra hard to burn off the frustration. Maybe it was a good thing emoticon

So, here's Step 8: "Do the work to "know thyself"."
I think this is especially true for those of us trying to hard to change a big part of who we've been. If we don't get to the bottom of why we do what we do (over eating, not taking care of ourselves) we'll have a pretty hard time reaching our goals, much less maintaining them. Of course, this can apply to lots of areas of our lives, but it's pretty important in our weight management goals, too.

Interestingly, as a result of trying to absorb what these steps mean to me, I'm finding myself taking a good look at why I have not reached my goal by now. It's helping. I've been more on track this week than I've been in awhile. My motivation is high. I think I'm going to put these steps in large print where I can see them everyday to help keep me focused. I hope they're helping many of you, too.

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Hello Everyone!

I had a good day at work, busy but went fast. Was able to walk at lunch and when I got home hubby went with me to work out. I have also been very compliant on my eating. So even if the scales aren't happy, I am.

Changen - Excellent first steps with reducing the amount soda and drinking more water. Even when starting the diet, pick some small steps that you can stick too. I was reading one of the motivational articles today and it emphasized how important it is that we pick small goals so that we achieve victories along the way. If we make it too big a jump and the scales don't cooperate, we get frustrated and take several steps backwards. So slow and steady progress is good. It also sounds like you have a doctor in your corner now that is going to help you along with your knee. That's very positive. Hopefully other things will turn around as you move forward as well.

Marlene -- I agree you have great restaurants and grocery stores around you. You are able to eat such a variety of good and healthy foods. I would love to take a peek in your closet too, I bet you have gotten some fabulous outfits now. I really don't like shopping right now, but when I get the weight off, I may have to put you on speed dial and engage your fashion advice. I second your notion on ciabatta bread too.

Linda -- I am absolutely positive that you have some special things to say to teachers. If it is something you have wanted to do, DO IT. Now with the internet, you can publish things on line and have them read without it costing you. I was reading where one novelist got her start from publishing on an online forum and she was approached by a publisher. Go for it.

Wisdom -- I haven't seen anything from you in awhile, whats up?

ITZSue --how is the cleaning going? How are you doing?

Debby -- Be brave and take risk ... I need that to take that to heart in so many aspects of my life. I have always been one of those that is overly cautious and talk myself out of doing things. But now that my kids are grown, I need to be brave about a lot of things at work, like not feeling guilty about taking my lunch to walk and in my personal life - traveling and experiencing what is out there.

Kat -- hope the trip is a blast, what blog are people talking about?

Well I hope everyone's day is going well and you have a great tomorrow!


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Morning all. My leg is really hurting bad. When I went to Dr who is getting me a orthapedic surgeon, he took another pic of my knee. Called and said I have 2 small additional hairline cracks now on left side of knee. Work continues to look the other way. Dr put me on tramadol as I'm allergic to penicillin and codeine. Takes a tiny edge off but still throbs. I hope I can get into specialist soon.
Weather continues to be nice. 57 now as I post.
We are still fighting insurance company. They faxed car dealer to say they would pay now. $11,000 for repairs even though dealership says car is totaled. Ugh....... Continue to pay both car insurance as well as car payment on totaled .....
I'm trying to keep to 1 20oz soda a day for now. Drinking more water and occasional coffee.
I'll switch to diet in a week, then try to cut soda out completely.
Hope everyone is having a good day. Stay safe. Take care.

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Phoenix - hope your day went well and that you were able to get some time away from the desk.

Paula - it really does sound as if you needed that extra rest. Happy to here you were refreshed today. Have a wonderful time with your friend. Friends like that are real treasures.

Debby - your "Be brave and take risks" really hits home with me. I want to write a book for new teachers talking about the rewards of teaching, the positive influence teachers can have, but also the need to stay open to new ideas and ways of doing things. One day I am ready to write and the next day I am questioning "Who am I to think I have something special to say" So that really spoke to me.

Marlene - I am jealous of your stores. There an Asian Grocery store that I go to occasionally, I usually buy squid, seaweed and tempeh. Next time I will see if they have a different brand of kimchi.

Sue - it is so nice to hear you talk about peace in your heart. I hope it becomes a lasting thing.

Everyone else - have a great day - live well, laugh long, love fully

Today was a good day as far as compliance went, but an up and down day as far as health went. I was on the bike for half an hour this morning and again it caused ah H flare up that bothered me most of the day. Then I finally got that under control and my blood pressure went sky high. Deep breathing and relaxation exercises got that back to normal. I am going to see the doctor next week about all of my problems.

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Hello Everyone!

Checking in quickly .. it's very late and I'm off to bed. Got part of the kitchen washed down today ... after working all day .. piece by piece ... still hanging on to peace in my heart.

Talk soon .. God's Blessings,
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Hi All:
Just got back from the gym, third day in a row so I must take a rest day tomorrow.

Tammyand--wow that TSV on QVC is expensive--4 pounds Corkys ribs for $64 and 8 lbs for $89. Those ribs are just OK, I bought some in the QVC store in the Philly suburbs many years ago. Lloyds packaged ribsin sauce at the grocery store are just as good and way cheaper. Your story about your friend coming resonated with me. I remember in June 2013 (just before I started my diet) I was worried about what food I would serve my friend (the really thin one). It turned out that she didn't eat a lot, and we didn't go out much to eat while at my house; I wound up taking her to the store to get what she wanted and she selected a 1/2 blueberry loaf and ate one thin slice with coffee for breakfast and didn't want another thing even though I made bacon, hash browns, and eggs. Well one day she had hashbrowns...I am glad she inspired me.

Justme--I shop at at huge international grocery store ran by Koreans. You can get any size tub of kimchi made off the premises fresh; or even get fresh kim chi made in smaller packages made in the store. Its not too spicy, and when I mix about 1/4 c in with my salsa fish it just adds a nice kick and flavor. I know you miss P&B I wish she would come back too. I have been on online weightloss groups since 2002. I find when people leave they either aren't on plan; or somebody said something they didn't like. I have done that. I was wondering if she was concerned that her name was revealed..I hope I am wrong. She was going though a little rough time too. P&B come back even if its to say HI! if you are lurking.

OKPhoenix--I have to drag myself from the computer too during the day when I work at home--sitting all day! Glad your back on track. How did we live without a computer in the 70s when we were young!

Random thoughts;;;
If you like fresh corn, you'll get way more to eat if you cut the kernels off the cob; put in a small sauce/fry pan with a little water, a dab of light butter, and salt n pepper and let cook for about 5 minutes. Much more filling. I try to buy a smaller thinner cob and I prefer white corn.

Its painful to disect a multigrain ciabatta roll into 3, and just have a small piece with dinner...I love ciabatta rolls.

I actually prefer to remove the skin from rotisserie chicken, why eat those greasy calories?

Debbie--It feels fabulous to wear new clothes. Are the lessons helping you make better food selections. Yes you are busy but better than being bored at home. I envy all of you that are retired! I have trouble giving up clothes too thats why they are still piled up waiting for me to bag them up. I feel compelled to do another sort in case i through out something where I was too hasty...I have already removed a few things and wore them, LOL.

Changin--Temp in the 50s..going up to 70? You won't get any sympathy here where we hardly have had any really warm days. How are you doing avoiding soda? Hope your knee isn't paining you too bad; since you have to go to work. Did you get your doctor appt?

Wisdom--You gotta get your mojo back! You lost so much weight this year and you can lose even more.

Kat--I am going to catch up with your blog. Hopng you are having lovely weather. Weightloss is a bonus! I 'd love to join you and DH on a hike; as well as Debbie.

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It's been a busy day. I don't know how I got things done when I was working - oh, wait! I didn't. I didn't work out and I ate my way through the day and got fat. Retirement really is better. Today I trained a new volunteer to take care of our kitties at the store, then got in a work out - 65 minutes on the treadmill, 2.5+ mph at 15% slope, 45 minutes strength training and a good stretching session, then came home and took the dogs to the dog park for another 1.2 mile walk and now I'm home for about an hour before we leave for the hockey game. I've also been on track with food, but may go over by just a few calories for dinner. By a few I mean less than 50 calories over my range. That's acceptable to me when I burned off more than 800 calories working out.

Linda - I like your idea of creating a book of things to help motivate you when you're down. My daughter has a book of quotes that are meaningful to her and I always love reading them when I see her.

Paula - sounds like you needed some sleep. I rarely take naps, but when I do it's usually because I really am tired. I'm glad you got the needed rest.

Marlene - yep, it'll be a year before I can make it out to Maryland. We had thought about going at Christmas, but our daughter suggested spring break instead - better weather and more things to do because of it. If she ends up going on another sister city exchange trip with students, though, that won't work. You much be feeling so great wearing all of those gorgeous new clothes. You deserve all of the compliments coming your way.

Sue - I hope you're looking forward to retirement. Having a clean house to go with it will be a wonderful thing. You're so lucky to have those grandbabies to dote on. I'm glad you're enjoying my little lessons - they really speak to me and have helped me to jump back on the wagon and really watch what I eat again.

OKPhoenix - I, too, spent a lot of time at my desk when I was working. It was stressful and hard on my body. Getting some balance into the work/home schedule is really important, but I know how easy it is to work too much. I used to do it and now find myself even doing it with my volunteer work. Like Paula, I have to find the balance of giving my time and giving myself some time, too.

Cat - I hope you're having a wonderful time. There are some really spectacular things to see in our own country (and others) and I'm glad you're getting to see some of it.

OK, time for Step 7: "Be brave and take risks"
This can be about being brave and taking risks in the very small things, like dealing with our emotions, changing our habits, or facing relationship issues. I find these to be the hardest things to be brave about. I'm pretty brave when trying new things like travelling to places I've never been before, going para gliding, mountain climbing, roller coasters, etc., but just facing someone that has hurt me and working it out can be terrifying. I'm sure you can all find those areas of your own lives where it's difficult to be brave and take risks. Pick one and see where you can go with it.

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Marlene – LOL. No the scale is not on strike….But how would I know since I haven’t visited it lately? Maybe I’ll weigh in tomorrow before my company arrives. With my dear friend Karen visiting from tomorrow till probably May 5 my food challenges will be many. DS always asks what he can get me for Mother’s Day. This year I was proactive and told him what I want….I saw the preview for tomorrow’s Carol Hochman TSV a few days ago….so we pre-ordered it (in black of course)…it arrived today already….And I love it. I won’t wear it till Mother’s Day or later but I just had to try it on today. I love a lot of Carol Hochman stuff, as I think I have mentioned previously.

David – I hope you continue to have some good weather. I saw how nasty it was in your area lately. Does 75 feel like a cold spell to you??? Take care of yourself.

Sue – So glad you like flylady.net. I have been “fluttering” as they say for quite some time. The flylady has many good suggestions and is so positive all the time. I have adopted many of her routines and practices over the years….and still have a long way to go!

Linda – Seems like your students have a short summer, but as I recall from a relative who lived in CA, there are a lot more days off for the children during the school year. Love the exercise pyramid. Thanks for sharing that.

Debby – Excellent message about sharing our gifts without over committing. This is truly something I had to learn and still have to remind myself about. I have cut back a little on some of my volunteer work for the upcoming summer. I have to admit a great sense of relief and freedom now that I did that. I still will have plenty to do but will also enjoy a little more “me” time. Hope your hockey team won!


Phoenix – When I worked, a great deal of my time was spent at my desk. I used to have to set a timer to remind myself to get up to walk around every 20 to 30 minutes. It wasn’t much, but I think it did help. Sometimes I would just walk around my office, just to move a bit.

Last night did not go as planned at all. I felt a little tired around soon after I posted here and decided to “rest” for a while. Believe it or not I slept for almost 6 hours…till 10 pm. DS woke me up at 5 as that was when I planned to get moving, but I told him to just let me sleep. He woke me up again around 7….no, still let me sleep please. I finally got up at 10pm. I think I really must have needed it due to all the sleep disruptions caused by my skin problems. I stayed up for a while and then went to bed around 2am, sleeping off and on, but waking with skin itches and pain several times during the night. I finally got up around 9:30 this morning and feel really good. I got my nails done today and am on track with eating but haven’t exercised today yet. I need to get busy straightening up the house and getting things ready for my best friend Karen who arrives tomorrow from western PA. We have been friends since 1969 (met as kids at a church summer camp), have lived about 300 miles from each other our whole lives, and have had a wonderful friendship all these years. She is my son’s Godmother and about the best friend a person could ever ask for. I know her visit will mean a combination of eating out and cooking at home. Karen isn’t fussy and will go along with whatever I cook. I’ll just add some extra carbs for her, which I already do for DS anyway. Not sure how much posting I’ll get to do while she is here, but I will do my best to check in.


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Thanks Linda, I have a real problem with remembering to get up from the computer. I really need to work on that, if anything just to help my back and neck...I hope you are having a good day at home!

I did get my walk in the morning and I think I will be able to make it to strength training after work. Its turned out beautiful today and I want to enjoy it.

I hope everyone is having a positive day and David your getting some relief from your knee.


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Happy Hump Day Sparks,

Marlene - you are right - I was really hungry when I got to dinner that night and just had no resources to cope. What brand of Kim Chi do you buy? I used to love it, but lately it is sooo filled with red pepper flakes that I cannot even taste it, all I can taste is HOT and I like hot.

Debby - I am going to create a book of helpful messages to read when I have no motivation, your lessons are going in there.

Sue - it sounds like you are in a better place. I hope the blue bird of happiness pays you a full time visit soon.

Paula - hope you got an early night. I did and I feel a lot better for it.

Cat - love to hear that you are "living life" Enjoy

Wisdom - miss you girl. You were my daytime conversation.

Phoenix - there are some videos here of simple exercises you can do at a desk, even standing up every half an hour is supposed to help. standing up and waling to the door and back is even better.

P&B missing you

David - I am trying to channel positive energy your way. I hope your knee is feeling better.

I managed to make it through the day compliant, and get a good night's sleep. Today is a house day, which I need. I need to clean my living room and get things organized. Over the past year I have done a lot of meaningful writing in my journal and I would like to get it into a place where I am looking at just the significant information.

I saw something new about exercise. It was an exercise pyramid made up much like the old food pyramid
In the biggest part on the bottom was daily movement including, cleaning, walking around house or work, general everyday movement
the next was planned aerobic exercise
then was strength training
next was stretching, including tai chi
and last at the tip top was sitting, watching TV, resting
I liked it
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Wow 52 now and only going up 75 later today.(south Texas).

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Good Morning Everyone:

I have been compliant with my eating so far this week, but work has been hectic and is demanding a lot of time right now. I haven't been able to get in my exercise either Monday or Tuesday this week. Targeting to get my walk in this morning if at all possible! Its been raining pretty steady every day here and making it hard to get the walk in at lunch. That just sets me up to eat a my desk and work longer hours. I have to figure out an alternative for this. Work/Life balance -- this needs to be my mantra. I haven't been getting 7 to 8 hours sleep either which doesn't help. It adds to just feeling tired. Today and tonight I don't see any barriers so should be OK!

I will try and check in tonight before I hit the sack. I hope everyone has a great day.

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Hi
I went into work today and left late. By the time I exercised and got home it was 8pm. I went for a frozen entree Eating Right high protein pulled pork and veggies for lettuce wraps. I had some fresh romaine lettuce so that was a quick option. I remain at 155 and am thrilled.
SUE-- Thanks for trying my salsa fish. So healthy and no fat.
I am going to buy some Korean fresh kimchi and add that to my next batch. Kimchi is a spicy pickled tomato-ey cabbage Koreans eat frequently. I've tried it before. Also like to add shrimps, green peas, or a spicy Indian pickled lime and mango condiment. But it does taste good with plain salsa. I encourage everyone to try the basic and then experiment.
A typical meal would be that salsa fish over 1/2 c mashed cauliflower with 1/3 c green peas.
I hear you lose faster if you have 5 or more fish meals a week.
Debbie- another year until me meet. Thanks for the lesson.
Tammy--scale on strike? You are so much happier when you are complaint. A few bites of pie is a small indulgence, can't be in dietjail all the time. You enjoyed it!

Just me__ you didn't eat enough yesterday; so by the time you got to Golden Corral you were primed to go out of control. It's just one meal. And now you are back and fired up!

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hello Everyone!

Was very busy at work today, and feel pretty drained. The cleaning is coming along ... slowly but surely.

Paula: I love the FlyLady.com page .. breaking it down to steps to achieve success in organizing and cleaning up the house. I haven't read a lot, but a bit at at time to try to absorb it. Thanks for the tip.

Debby: these messages are all good .. I could use a cd to play the msg everyday. … I love the word "gnoshing" it really says it all.

Linda: you are a very caring person .. We are honored to know you. Please remember to take some time for yourself.

Cat: good to hear from you .. Hang in there, you will do fine .. One day at a time.

Marlene: I made the salsa fish, and we all loved it … yum! It was easy and satisfying.

Wisdom: good to hear from you when you can check in

Phoenix: pls do listen to your body .. I know that if I'm going to hurt all the time, I'm not going to stick with any exercise. Take care.

David: glad you are getting some help … I continue to pray for your health and wellness

Ok .. I'm going to bed early tonight .. And back at it again tomorrow. I did pretty good today, and want to get 2 days in a row.

God's Peace all!
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Linda - I hope you're staying on track through the evening. It really is easy to get caught up in all of the negativity of other people. I'm glad you're trying to find yourself in all of the things going on around you.

Paula - good job on staying on track and getting the walking in. I sure don't envy your skin issues. I have some of my own, but they're not anywhere near as severe as yours sound. I'm becoming a little hyper aware of the poison oak I'm seeing along some of the trails I hike regularly as I react especially bad to poison ivy and oak. With eczema already part of my life, I really don't need poison oak creating more itchiness. I hope your skin continues to improve.

Marlene - love that your closet clean out. I've given quite a lot to charity since I began my journey, but there are a few things that I'm still attached to that I'm not quite ready to give up even though I can't wear them. Maybe that will change with time, but for now... they just stay in the closet.

So today is Step 6 of the 10 Steps to Your Authentic Life: Acknowledge and share your gifts, your playing small does not serve the world.
I had to think about this one because I can easily become over committed. I don't think that's what it means, though. I think it's more about sharing our gifts in a manner that is consistent with who we are now. Being over committed is a drag. But, many of us shrink from sharing our gifts because we don't want to "show off" or feel that our gifts are not important. There's a balance here, one that involves allowing our own light to shine without being over committed, but that does allow us to shine and contribute in our own unique ways.


I've been on track all day and again, have plans to stay that way through the evening. I have a meeting for an hour or so tonight at the cat shelter (new management) and should not have any challenges at that. Dinner is simple Lentil chili and biscuits. Tomorrow will be busy between training a new volunteer for taking care of cats at the store I coordinate adoptions at, exercise, and a hockey game in the evening. Hockey game could be a challenge, but I won't let it be... just gotta see some good hockey.

Til tomorrow everyone, with Step 7.

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So far so good, did not get enough sleep. I was on a non-compliant binge yesterday and did not go to bed until midnight even though I knew I had to get up at 6. But today, is a new day. Food and water aerobics today are both good.

Paula - school ends the last Friday in June and will begin the second week in August.

Everyone in my life right now is a little depressed and I am reacting to it. I need to let go of their emotions and problems and focus on how good my life really is. I am a good listener, but I am not good at redirecting people to the positive.

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Linda - When does school end in your area? Our schools closed so often due to bad weather this winter, it seems that they will be going to school till almost the end of June. Hope your last day of volunteering was a good one.


I am checking in early today as I have some things I want to do this evening and I want to try to get to bed early too. I am on track today. So far so good. I grocery shopped and got in my extra walking. The store was not busy at all...so I got my shopping part of the trip done and then did the extra walking in what seemed like no time at all.

Have a great evening everyone!

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Happy Compliant Tuesday Sparks

David - I am glad that you have a doctor that is finally listening to you. Good luck with your treatment

Phoenix- good for you for adjusting your exercise routine. You have to find what works for you that is the only way you can be consistant.

Debby - thank you for the well wishes. I needed them.

Wisdom - maybe you could post some pictures of your garden when it gets into full bloom. It sound beautiful and I would love to see it.

Sue - congrats on the new dresses. You deserve them for all of your success.

Paula - thank you, yes our year, one day at a time.

I am back, ready to start a new day. Yesterday was tiring, partly because it was long (5:45AM-6:45PM), but also because my cousin is a very negative person and she is going through a lot right now. She complained about her nurse, her doctor, her schedule, the other patients, even the servers in the restaurant. It was endless. Since her husband died she has become a lot more positive and I had forgotten what it was like when she is really stressed.
Today I will be volunteering at the school and things will be positive. This is my last volunteer day this year, I am beginning my diabetes class on Tuesdays next week.
Spark on
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Linda - it's good to be honest, especially with ourselves. Now, let go of the story and have a great day tomorrow emoticon

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Linda - Yep tomorrow is a new day. Isn't it strange what can set off a binge? Potatoes are a trigger for me sometimes too. Just want you to know you are not alone my friend. I am cheering you on to a terrific and compliant Tuesday. Don't forget this is our year!!!

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okay Debby - be honest - what a day to tell me to be honest - ate an okay breakfast - a hunk of left over steak and a slice of cantaloupe, lunch was half a sandwich, then dinner. Oh! Dear! dinner, my cousin loves Golden Corral Buffet which is usually a good choice for me. They have a great assortment of vegetables. Let's just go with I had a potato binge. There that is honesty. Tomorrow is a new day.

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Marlene – I know you are right that at your weight every pound lost really shows. Yet another incentive for the rest of us to keep at it.

Sue – Congrats on the NSV with the dress sizes. Way to go!

Cat – I have a feeling that you will have a good weight loss after this trip. I am keeping up with your wonderful blogs….You sure are burning up the calories! And having fun too. Lucky lady you are.

Linda – Good luck with your long and challenging Tuesday. I have come to think of hard boiled eggs as a good stand-by food. I always have some on hand in the fridge.

Debby – Thanks for the insights and so much “food for thought” - ick – bad pun, sorry!

Phoenix – Nice that you got to work in your garden. I am not a gardener but admire those of you with green thumbs. Good way to burn calories too.

David – Great news that you are getting the medical help you need. Keep your chin up.

Dinner last night was fun and not as challenging as I thought. I had grilled salmon with asparagus…but I did indulge in a few bites of peanut butter pie (not exactly a friendly fat….but since it was just a little I am ok with it). Today was a good day for food and exercise (even though I still hate exercising…would much rather walk with the grocery carts but had too much to do at home today and couldn’t justify going out anywhere). I am still struggling with the skin issues and thus the sleep issues….so very frustrating and draining.

Here’s to a terrific Tuesday!


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Y'all are looking good. I have been able to catch up on my reading WHEN I have the internet.

Debby - your lessons are coming at a time that I have been doing some soul searching. Keep them and many others to come.

I have lost, gained and relost the same 10 pounds for months, months and months. I am doing great while on vacation just like before. Hmmm ... living life with David and I lose weight. There is a lesson in this.

Change your mind ... and the rest will follow.

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David - I hope you get some relief for that knee. Pain can really get you down and mess with any motivation you may have. I hope other things in your life are looking up. Some days are just easier than others, aren't they?

I've been on track today and will implement my strategy to not eat after dinner tonight. If I'm not going to eat anymore, I don't see any reason not to brush my teeth and be ready for bed early, even if I don't go to bed for awhile. Maybe it will encourage me to go to bed earlier, too... maybe....

I had a great day hiking. It was a lovely day, warm, gentle breeze, sunny. Just what you'd want for a day outside. We took the dogs to the park and walked them about 1.2 miles (even my blind little Buddha - he just follows our voices) and then went hiking for about seven miles over two hours. I'm also starting to plan our garden. I have seeds ready to go, but we need to get some cedar planks to make a small separate raised garden for zucchini. It takes up too much of the main garden if we plant it there. And a little fertilizer and some extra rich soil won't hurt, either. I, too, love to garden. I love the fresh fruit and vegetables that it brings me later, and there's just something good about being able to say "I grew that and prepared it or canned it". We're still working on last years canned tomatoes and Italian tomato sauce that I made from our tomatoes. Right now our strawberry plants are blooming like crazy so I fully expect to be eating fresh strawberries soon. The blueberry plants are also blooming, but they take a little longer and it's a little early for the raspberries to be blooming, but I love raspberries so I'm really looking forward to that. Cherry season is almost here, too, and I really love cherries!!!

Step 5 of 10 Steps to Your Authentic Life: Let go of your story... your past changes with profound self acceptance.
How many of us cling to the story about how long we've been overweight, have an addiction to food, it's because of this stress or that stress or even the story is that stress MAKES us eat? When we let go of the story that we have allowed to define us, even ones that are not true, we can start to create our lives the way we want them to be. Holding onto our stories only makes for a self fulfilling prophecy. Nothing can change the past, but we can certainly not allow it to control who we are and where we're going.

As many of you have probably already guessed, when we start putting all of these steps together it's obvious that they intertwine and build on each other.

Anyway, I've got another full week planned - hockey game (game 4 of play offs) on Wednesday, Portland Timbers (Professional soccer) game on Sunday with our son (a first for us - we've not been to one of these games, but have been saying we would go for a couple of years now), cat adoption event on Saturday and (hopefully) closing on our home refinance sometime this week. There are a couple of down days for recuperation, thank goodness. And, we're working on getting plans for traveling to Maryland to visit our daughter for spring break next year as well as for her wedding in the fall next year. It seems a long ways down the road to be planning, but it's surprising how fast places fill up even a year ahead of time. Marlene - I'll let you know when I'm going to be there. I'd love to meet you.

For now - time to make dinner, then brush my teeth emoticon

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Just got back from Dr. Doing blood work. Sent me to radiologist. I told Dr about story of my broken knee and that my job left me to fend for my self. Told me they are getting me an appt for Ortho surgen. Finally getting help from someone. He gave me pain meds to try to help. Said it may be week before I can get appt.

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Good Morning everyone:

I had a compliant weekend, got all my exercise in and worked in the garden yesterday. It was a very nice weekend overall. I am taking a day off exercise today. I wasn't taking a day off all exercise each week and I think that was causing my leg muscles to ache all the time. When I was on the air plane on Monday I could get comfortable due to the ache. So I decided I probably was over doing and needed to make sure and take one day off a week of everything including the cardio. It was the walking that I was doing everyday regardless. So we will see how that goes.

Marlene -- I am sure you looked absolutely wonderful for the pageant. Cud-dos for maintaining control at Red Lobster, I always struggle to stay away from the cheese biscuits and the coconut shrimp. Congrats to your GD on her awards! I am sorry your GD experienced that comment from the women at the pageant. In this society, people start so early putting those poison messages about weight and body image in our kids heads. They need to work on these issues in the pageants and focus on building healthy kids and not some supermodel that looks like a boy!

DebbyHS -- Good message! Even though I make myself put everything down honestly on my food diary, I sure am tempted every time to exclude something I felt I shouldn't have eaten. That is so crazy! My dairy isn't even open for anyone else to see, but I am still tempted to lie to myself. This goes right back to the negative body image issue that so many of us have. I think this takes a lifetime to work through.

Linda -- Hope your day goes well for you and your SIL.

Well, everyone I hope you have a good and compliant day.

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It's late but I thought I should check in and give you Step 4.

Step 4: Be honest with myself and others. This one seemed pretty self explanatory to me. It's so easy to deceive ourselves about so many things. When it comes to health and attaining a healthy weight, we can be very dishonest with ourselves. It can take the form of not logging food honestly, not being honest with ourselves about how much or what we're eating. I know I'm guilty of it and as far as not being honest with others, I know I have often eaten things when I don't think others are watching. Goodness, I'm as bad as an alcoholic or drug addict with food. This is one I really have to pay attention to.

I had a wonderful massage today and feel much better. Some of my muscles just needed some tender loving care. It was my day off from exercise, but I'll be back at it tomorrow and I'm recommitting to staying on track and being honest with myself (and others) about what I'm eating and how much. I'm working on some strategies to help me avoid evening gnoshing, too. I'm going to start brushing my teeth and getting through my bed time routine much earlier in the evening. Hopefully that will help me stay away from eating anything after dinner.

Til tomorrow....

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Have a great compliant Monday Sparks

Today was a good day. Water aerobics, 8 hours sleep and compliant on food.

Tomorrow is going to present some challenges. I have to be at my cousin's house at 6, which means up at 5, so breakfast is going to be hard boiled eggs and the last of the cantaloupe. Lunch will be off the cart at her chemo. I am going to bring an apple for a snack. I am getting it out now. Dinner is my daughter which means pizza, but I made roasted chicken today, so I can have left overs. See I just had to think ahead. I should be home between 5 and 7 tomorrow evening. You can see why it is not a good idea for her to try to drive herself. Which she did one time rather than take a ride from the senior helpers in our area.
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Hello All!

Just checking in. Had a long week. Didn't do well. Still working on it though. I have been actively out in my yard & Garden. SPRING - This is my time of year! I love to putter around in my garden getting it ready to start growing vegetables. I also scored big on Canna Bulbs, and Day lilies on Craig's List. I love anything that grows in dirt! I read a sign that says "Gardening is the Best Therapy and you get free tomatoes! I'll do better about checking in. Have a nice night!

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Happy Sunday Everyone!

Debby: yes, yes, yes .. Focus our attention is great advice .. Focus on being healthy, and taking care of ourselves, not on what the next meal will be all the time. This week, I must focus on cleaning up. I know what you mean about getting bills paid … I need major focus on those days.

Linda: glad to hear your "seat" is on the mend … those H's are miserable. Water aerobics should be much more comfortable.

Paula: I am going to check out Fly Lady site. Believe me .. Even when I clean, my house is far from perfect. One big problem is others that live here don't care about it being clean .. And I get frustrated cleaning up after them. Yes, they are helping, but I know that when I do it myself, it's done well. Just to keep up with the battle of rusty water stains (we have a well, and our water is high iron). Even with an iron filter and water filter. I'll settle for "cleaner," cuz it'll never be cleanist. Hope your feeling much better today, and survive the coffee hour successfully.

Phoenix: don't let the one pound get you down .. Keep following your healthy routine, and the rest will happen. I know that I need to measure, and log what I am eating. Even when I think I'm doing ok, it keeps me honest with myself.

Marlene: I'm sure you are a fashion diva! Just hearing you describe your outfit sounds lovely. I'll bet your DIL's family was amazed at the new you.

I'm quite excited gang .. I ordered a couple new dresses .. So I can wear one for the 1st Communion next Sunday. One dress I ordered was a size 16 and (coward that I am) the other I ordered an 18. Well, the BOTH fit .. The 18 a bit looser, but still ok. I am thrilled. I was wearing 24-26 when I started this .. I haven't worn a size 16 since .. Well … probably when I got married (42 yrs ago). I wanted to wear a dress for Easter, but everything I pulled out of the closet was way to big … boxed them up for charity, but was surprised that even the ones I thought were small were still too big. I need to get the tape measure out and log measurements again .. It's been awhile.

Well .. Back to cleaning .. Still holding my own on not stressing over it ..

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
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Happy Sunday Sparks,

I feel very good. 8 hours sleep last night and woke up feeling energized and ready to take on the day. Leaving for water aerobics. Have a great day - will check in later.
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Good Morning:
I had a great day yesterday with my blended family. First me and my sons, grandaughter, and DIL met at Red Lobster; where I treated them to a nice dinner. I did have one cheese biscuit; and I ordered the shrimp trio which had fried shrimp, sauteed shrimp in butter, and shrimp linguini. Plus there were hot appetizers, and I stayed with the garlic mussels. I only ate a few mouthfuls of linguini.
Then after the pageant the blended family, which included my DILs mother, her 3 sisters; and my ex-husband and his wife, their daughter and BF all went to Appleby's for drinks and a late supper. I ordered fish and chips and had 2 long island ice teas.
I got on the scale expecting the worst, but happily weighed the same 155.

My DIL did not win the pageant or make the top 3 of 7 contestants; but she got awards for Mis Congeniality and Most Photogenic. She was the prettiest girl there but also the heaviest. Later she said a pagenat organizer touched her hip and said she could help her with that. That was uncalled for and an insult. She's zaftig but not obese.

Tammyand--Glad you like the pita. Try them with some sauteed shrimp/fish with salsa. The skys the limit.

Justme00I learn a lot from you; your dedication to your health is inspiring, in face of your physical limitations.

OKphoenix--Gained just one pound? Very good; if it were me I'd have probably gained a few more. Geez you could fast off the pound overnight, it you keep your calories low and drink your fluids. I find weight gained by vacations/trips is temporary due to digestion and higher sodium; responding quickly to getting back on plan.

Debbie--How exciting to pay off your bills; and get a lower mortgage rate. Sounds good to me! When you say you are off track are you meaning you went over your calories (portion sizes) or just picking foods you would not normally indulge in? I am going to ask you too if you usually measure/weigh your food? I do it automatically I don't trust my eyeballing ability.

I did receive compliments yesterday I wore a cute dress that I have never been able to wear before; and it was quite short. I wore it with tights and some brown ankle height wedge booties (Tammy--those Clarks suede wedge booties sold on QVC).

I notice a big difference between being 160 going to 155. Every pound at this weight shows. I do look thinner. Everybody was telling me I look thin now and don't lose anymore weight. The last time I saw my DILs people was at my son's wedding in Sept 2013 where I was around 225.


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Good evening everyone,

Still trying to get caught up on housework, laundry etc from being gone. I was not happy with myself as I gained another pound this past week. Not sure why, as I have been exercising and paying attention to what I eat. But I will keep pushing ahead. I like to visualize the weight melting off as I push myself on the exercise. I know there is a skinny inside fighting to get out. I just have to get out of the way.

Well it was a beautiful day and I hope all of you got to enjoy it. The inspirational thoughts and the lecture summaries are very helpful! Thanks everyone, now I just have to apply them. I am currently in the middle of cooking breakfasts for next week, low carb quiches that I found recipes for on the internet. They are actually pretty good and work well to freeze and reheat at work.

The timer is going off on the oven, gotta go! Have a good night everyone.

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Debby – Your info and comments on the lecture are very insightful and helpful. I appreciate them very much.

Sue – Don’t be too hard on yourself about the cleaning. Did you ever go to the flylady.net website? I love the Fly Lady and her routines. One of the tenets of her plan is that we need to let go of our need for perfection. I’ll bet you did a bang up job cleaning your bedroom. I need to get to clean my bedroom soon. Thanks for inspiring me!

Cat – I am enjoying reading your travel blogs. You are a gifted writer….and traveler!!! Stay safe and have fun!

Linda – Yes, OUR year. I so appreciate your support and can feel your concern across the miles and cyberspace and send it right back to you. Woo hoo for your healthy food choices and exercise. Just like Sue’s grandson’s play….I know WE can, I know WE can!

Marlene - What a frustrating nail salon experience you had! I have been going to the same salon for about 11 years. It is a small mother-daughter business, about 10 miles from my home. I stumbled on them, and I never left. I was one of the daughter’s first customers, right after she got her license. She was 19 then. Now she’s 30, and I am her longest client. I hope you can find a great salon like the one I go to. Had the pita today with some hard boiled eggs….yummy and satisfying. Once again, I owe you….the pitas rank right up there with the sugar free popsicles! Can’t wait to hear about the pageant.


I was a little out of sorts today during the day but managed to stay on track fairly well. And now late at night I am feeling much better. My skin is a little calmer which I know makes a big difference. Even though I didn’t feel well, I got some work done around the house, but I didn’t do any exercise today….might not tomorrow either since it will be a busy day, but I will try to work it in. My challenges tomorrow include coffee hour after church. If there is a fruit tray or fruit salad at coffee hour, I am fine. If not....there's no telling what I might choose. A lot of times there are bagels, which I don’t even care for all that much….but sometimes choose them over the cakes, cookies, etc. Then tomorrow evening I have dinner plans with friends. I am hoping I can get a nice salad.
Well…here’s to a sunny Sunday for all!


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Taking a day off the bike really helped. I think am am only going to bike in the evenings when I do water aerobics in the mornings. Hopefully, that will solve the problem. Went to water aerobics today, so I will try biking tonight. Stayed on track eating today.

Debby - I love your daily lessons. They are really speaking to me. My boss was a real fan of the Seattle "fish" philosophy which is very similar. Today's lesson "own your attention" hit the nail on the head. I have been focused on everyone's problems and not on their success. I have been getting down because I am not giving my attention to the positive.

Sue - your grandson's play sound adorable and also what we should be giving our attention to today "I know I can! I know I can!" What a great message for everyone on this board.

Cat - so nice to hear from you on your trip. Enjoy! enjoy! enjoy!

Marlene - you should be proud of yourself! You are so successful in so many areas.

Tammy - I am so sorry to hear about your continued problems. I have such a hard time when I get tired. My motivation just wilts. You are doing so well. OUR Year!!!! I care so much about you my friend. Please take care of yourself.

David - I hope things are taking a turn for the better.

P&B if you are stopping by - Hey! miss you!

Happy Sunday tomorrow, may your day be filled with peace and serenity.

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Hi everyone - not having my best day food wise, but I did get a lot of walking in (a six mile hike plus another 1.2 miles with my dogs at the dog park). My little Buddha is learning to follow our voices quite well and the walk with him is only a little more trouble as we have to keep talking to him to keep him oriented. Still doesn't slow us down though.

Time for Step 3 (this one really speaks to me): Own your attention, remember you're in control of what you pay attention to.
The speaker emphasized that what we pay attention to grows stronger. For me on this journey that speaks volumes. I focus so much on food and as a result my desire for it grows and is often out of proportion to what I really want or need. I'm trying to remind myself to focus on other things and find other things to do besides think about food or eat it. I think Marlene's earlier statement about making a commitment to weight loss is one way to focus our attention. If our attention is there, rather than on the food or our desire to eat it, I think we'd be more successful. The speaker also made another statement that resonated with me on this one. She said nothing is happening to me, I'm the one giving it the attention. That doesn't mean circumstances don't happen, just that we can choose where to put our attention around it.

Well, after a long day of getting bills paid (and hopefully getting all but the house paid off soon with our refinance - good news on that front - the appraisal said our house is worth about $30,000 more than we thought), it's time to make dinner and relax for the evening. I'll post Step 4 tomorrow.

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Hello Everyone!

Reading the posts from yesterday and today .. I'm sorry to hear of the troubles some are facing, and pray that God helps you each in the way you need.

Day two of the seminar info was very good too .. I tend to worry about what is going to happen a lot .. so much sometimes, that I do "miss the current moment." I need to try to follow that advice.

Grandson's play (1st and 2nd Graders) was wonderful. Only 20 mins long, but it flew buy with the kiddo's singing, and performing. The teacher read the story about the little train that couldn't make it up the hill, and the kids with participated by acting parts of it out, and then singing a little tune. And it had a happy ending, where the train was given help from a very little train that would sing the the song "I know I can, I know I can." Sounds like a song that we all should sing everyday.

Cleaning has been progressing .. I DO like my bedroom all sparkly now, and the major cleaning in the bathroom is done. I wish I could be more efficient in my cleaning .. it seems like I never learned how. Hubby is helping a little . but he's been working long hours, and his foot has been pretty bad. Youngest son helped wash the ceiling fan so I didn't have to stand on the bed (or fall). Every bit helps. So far .. I'm keeping to my promise to not get crazy, anxious about it all .. so far.

Have a great evening all!
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I got to catch up on all y'all's posts ... Debby thank you for posting your lessons for each day. I hope there are more. Living in the present is very, very much on my mind right now.

Marlene - WooHoo on your continued weight loss.

Allllll you ladies ... and gentleman take care.

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Debbie and Tammyand:
Your thought provoking messages and response really got me thinking too. Its just what I needed to hear. Debbie thank you for sharing. I was actually reflecting on that I have no problems today; or really of any significance, I should be happy because things are going well. I should take this attitude with my new boss, and expect the best. I'm about to spend a fun day with my family; and when I get off the computer I am going to pick out a cute outfit. I am not going to fear anything that has not yet happened; and be more positiive. I'm going to do my best and enjoy each day.
I'm a very goal oriented person regarding my weightloss and was able to face being fat, cast aside past failed diet history, and not give up and start again at 55. I am so proud of myself for that. I weigh 155 today. People online describe me as focused; disciplined; and logical. It was a commitment to myself; long overdue.

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Tammy - just read your post and had some thoughts. Being present does not mean caving to whatever we want in the moment. It's more about not letting the past or the future control and distract you. It's important to plan and to stick to a plan (until it isn't working for you anymore), like we're all trying to do to meet our goals and desires. It's not in our best interests, however, to let the past define who we are or to keep us from being the best we can be. It's also not in our best interests to constantly planning to the point that we miss out on what's right in front of us. Being present is about being responsible for our actions, thoughts and words in the moment and being true to ourselves. For me, giving in to food that I know will have a negative effects on my goals is not about being present. It's almost about living in the past where food comforted me or filled some other void. If I'm really being present I love myself enough to not reach for those things that are bad for me. I could use many examples about all kinds of things we do to abuse ourselves. For us it tends to be food. For others it's about drugs, sex, anger, or any other over indulgence. If we're really present, we are able to really be with the people around us and the experiences of the moment while not creating something we'll regret later. I once had the experience of meeting Hurricane Carter, a promising boxer that was wrongfully arrested in the 1960s for a murder he did not commit. It was a result of bigotry and prejudice. When he was finally exonerated and released in the 1990's he wrote a book that described his process for forgiveness and being present with everyone he came in contact with. (They made a movie about it with Denzel Washington playing thim - it's called The Hurricane.) Meeting him was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I've never felt to immediately connected to a person, even though it was only briefly while in line to get our book signed. He was in the present and when he was with us, he was with us, not with the next person in line or the last person in line. He's what I use as my example of being present to this day. It's not easy, and when you do it, it's amazing. Anyway, that's my take....

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Hi

I am eating Mc Donalds for dinner---The bacon ranch salad with grilled chicken and my own Wegmans sesame ginger dressing; and a filet of fish with no sauce and removed the top half of the bun, no croutons.and put ketchup on it.

I was 155 today!

I had a ^6:45 appt with a lady at the nail salon and just got home at 9:15...she made me wait, then I had a pedicure and the water was not warm; then I was in the chair for a wax and had to get u so she could do someone else first. By that time is was 8 (they close at 8) and she couldnt do my mails with the acrylic and tips and I had to settle for a gel nail manicure.

I normally don't short change on a tip; but I had 15 in my pocket to give her and she was lucky to get 5, because I did not get what I wanted. I am going to try another salon.

I did work out today and went to work--5 days in a row I have not worked everyday like that for a couple of years. The boss works at home on Friday, she lives in another state and is just renting an apt here and staying during the week. B*tch.

Tomorrow is the Pageant my daughter-in-law is in; and I am meeting my boys and grandaughter and one wife for lunch before the pageant.

Tammy--You'll have fun with those pitas, I love them. A 1/2 sausage patty and 1/2 slice of 2% cheese--a little relish and ketchup--you got a 2 quick little cheeseburgers for 150 cals. You just have to microwave the patty to heat it for a minute. What I like is you can two pitas for 100 cals if you like and still fill the 4 halves with whatever. I filled with chicken salad in the magic bullet; I used scrambled eggs, salad...some fish ....quite versatile.

Justme--Hemmorhoids are painful. I haven't had one in years. You have such a good heart to take care of your cousins needs.

OKphoenix--welcome back. You'll be back to speed in no time.

Changin--your not a loser; don't tell them anymore of your business. Sorry to hear of your wifes health troubles.



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Marlene – I LOVE the mini pitas. I had one this morning with my cottage cheese and an orange for breakfast (putting the cottage cheese in the pita pockets). DS had one too and enjoyed it too. Definitely will be buying them again.

Linda – Sorry about the H problems but good for your for giving your butt a break so to speak. I slept so-so last night. I got a lot of hours in because I could sleep as late as I wanted (no plans, no demands today)….but my sleep is interrupted by itchy wake ups as I call them. The anti-itch med the doc gave me seems to have a delayed effect on me….so when I take it I sleep later in the morning and sleep pretty well then but when I first go to bed I am up itching every hour or so. I can take the med only when I know I have nothing on my calendar the following day. I am thinking of taking it earlier than 1 hour before bedtime (which the doctor recommended) but not sure how this would work either. I don’t like being groggy in the morning which is what happens when I take the anti-itch med 1 hour before bed.

Debby – Step 2 is a tough one for me. I understand the concept, and I think I enjoy each moment….but (you knew there’d be a but, right?) I have to be careful that living in the moment doesn’t mean that I cave in to whatever craving happens to hit just because I want it NOW. That’s when I have to think about the future and why I am doing this in the first place. I think I identified my weakness in this area….living in the present when I want to stray from plan!!!! I know too that sometimes I am too wrapped up “in the moment” that I miss something else happening in the same moment. Sorry if this is TMI, but your post really got me thinking.

Phoenix –Welcome back! Glad you did ok while away. It is never easy to stay on track while traveling….so give yourself a pat on the back for all the good choices you made.

David – So sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well…but good for you for taking care of yourself. Hope whatever you have goes away quickly. Congrats on staying away from the sugary sodas. That is HUGE progress. Keep up the good work. Eventually you won’t even miss those blasted empty calories. You work too hard for your money to be filling your body with junk that gives you no nutritional value. Prayers for you and your wife are ongoing.

No struggles for me today. I stayed fully compliant without giving it a second thought. I made turkey veggie chili for dinner and have enough for tomorrow as well. I did a little house work, minimal stuff really, and I don’t know where the day went, except for a few phone calls. Of course I slept late so that shortened my day as well. Tomorrow is another low demand day for me, which I love. I can sleep as late as I want to. A friend called to invite me to dinner on Sunday because another friend is visiting from out of town. I reluctantly said yes…I have reached the point where I don’t want to eat out because of the temptations and the high sodium in restaurant food. We still don’t know where we are going for dinner and will decide by tomorrow I guess. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


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So I've had a few fairly good days in a row. Not perfect, but at least staying in the negative calorie in vs. out range. I'm back to exercising at my usual pace and am not hurting a bit. We all seem to having a lot going on in our lives right now. I know I just have to keep remembering to own what its mine and let the rest go.

Step 2 of the 10 steps to your authentic life is: "Be present"
Too many of us live in the past or the future, lamenting was has been and continuing to carry grudges, beat ourselves up over what might have been, etc. Some of us also worry too much about the future, over planning or just fretting about too much. While it's important to plan, it's also important to balance that with living in the moment. And, no matter how hard we try, nothing can change the past. Living in the moment opens us to the possibility of whatever that moment can bring. Again, we were giving the task of identifying our weaknesses in this area, and what steps we can take to strengthen ourselves in this area.

I've been trying to help my daughter with wedding planning from afar. Apparently they have a venue, but needed to know about how many people would be coming so a guest list has been evolving. They want a small wedding, but just with Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, first cousins and a few friends, it's already up to 80! Yikes. I helped my daughter pare hers down by reminding her that it's her wedding and if she doesn't want cousins there that she's not all that close with, don't invite them. I believe she should be completely comfortable on that day and not be fretting about people that she's not happy being around (one cousins' husband in particular). Most of them live quite a ways from her anyway. I think she's feeling better about that choice. Planning, not over planning, and letting the day be a day where she can feel present and happy.

We've had a recent outbreak of canine distemper in one of the local shelters (not ours), but they're taking the precaution of closing our shelter, testing all of the dogs, and doing deep cleaning to make sure there is no chance of the virus being there. That has given me a little break as they are only allowing a handful of people in the shelter to limit any possible exposure and I'm not one of them. So, a couple of nights off from dog "tuck in" duties. The chances are next to zero that we have a problem in our shelter, but I'm glad they are being extra cautious. I lost a dog years ago, while living in the Philippines, to canine distemper and it's a heart breaking condition to watch a dog die from.

Step 3 tomorrow - I think you'll all like it...


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ChangeN - Wow you are still away from the soda! that is GREAT! I know how strong you had to be to do that. As far as the co-workers are concerned - laugh and say can't you tell I am keeping all the bad luck for myself, I am not passing any of it out. I know how difficult your life is right now, but count the blessing you have, enjoy the sunset, hug your wife and granddaughter, and smile. I am saying this because it will help your health. They have proven scientifically that hugging and smiling when you do not feel like both release endorphins that relieve stress.

Phoenix Glad you did well on your trip. Hope today was good to you.

Tammy hope you had a good night's sleep. I got my seven hours last night which helps so much. I only got 5 hours the day before and was tired and cranky all day.

Marlene - so sorry about your new boss's attitude. But just look at what a winner you are. You drowned your anger in exercise not dessert. Woo! Hoo! Shows how we change on this journey.

Sue - Woo! Hoo! on the cleaning. Doesn't it make you feel good? I hope you had fun with your grandson. Tell us all about it.

Debby - working hard on step one. Sometimes you just want to say "I know I did it. But it is not my fault." Kind of like when my son broke my lamb and said it was his sister's fault because she made him so angry he had to break something. they were about 5 and 7 at that time.

I took my cousin to radiation today. She did very well. I did very well. We got back around noon, so that was not too bad. Monday will be an all day thing. I did okay today. I did not exercise at all because riding the bike was irritating my (close your eyes if you do not want too much information) my hemorrhoids and decided to take a day off.

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Good afternoon everyone. Today was a down day. My knee continues to be very painful, I wanted feeling well last night . Turned in early. Feel like coming down with the flu. I called out at work and stayed home in bed. I feel totally exausted and worn out. Had to take my wife yesterday to Dr as she too broke down at work. Dr gave her meds for stress. She has high blood pressure, clorestroral, diabetes. (she's only 43). I'm 56. I try to be strong but everything is taking its toll.
I'm trying hard to eat better. Stay away sodas( for a start). The days just keep bringing more and more problems. I know everyone has problems but even coworkers are shying away from me at work saying " your really bad luck, we don't want it rubbing off on us " .
Honestly......where do you go from there ?

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Good Morning Everyone,

I am back, did pretty well although I did eat some bread a couple of times on sandwiches etc. I haven't had a chance to catch up on everyone but will try this weekend. I'm getting myself back on track and hope that everyone has a great Friday!

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Marlene – I got the 50 cal mini pitas today at Giant. They look great. Thanks for the tip. I did not see the sausage patties but will look again next time. I was a little short on time today when I was shopping. So very sorry to hear about your new boss. Whenever I see people like your boss, I think to myself that such a person is not happy with herself. I hope things get better. I know you were planning to stay in your position for a few more years.

Debby – Thanks for sharing the information from the lecture. Step 1 certainly is true and makes sense. Looking forward to step 2.

Sue – School programs can be so cute. I am sure you enjoyed seeing your grandson in his. Woo hoo on the cleaning progress. I hope to make some progress around here in the next week.

Linda - I admire you for helping out your cousin, especially since it will be so disruptive to your schedule. Whether she shows it or not, I am sure your cousin appreciates what you do. Hang in there. As a cancer survivor yourself, you know the importance of support.

I had another marginally compliant day. I strayed but not horribly off. I did shop and walk at Giant. My skin is flaring very badly again. It is so very frustrating. It is itchy and painful at the same time. Often it seems like one area clears up and another area flares. But right now many areas (arms, hips, neck, and back) are flaring which just adds to my discomfort. I don’t mean to complain, just giving an update on how I’m doing. Tomorrow I have no plans but to work around the house and sleep late if I want to. I guess it will depend on how well I sleep during the night.


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It is going to be a little rough on me for a while. My cousin is starting to have a reaction to the radiation and chemo that she is taking. She goes to radiation every weekday. I will be taking her on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I do not know what she will do on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but I have water aerobics and diabetic classes on those days. This means I will be like a working woman with a job that I must be at 5 days a week. I am not looking forward to it, but this is something that I feel I need to do. It is for me as much as it is for her. I know that I will not be happy with myself if I do not step up. Sometimes life is about our own expectations of our own behavior.

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If you make the shrimped up salad let it marinate an hour.
I am in a bad mood . This new boss I don't like her attitude and its clear she's not a communicator to her staff. I read her she is only interested in impressing her boss and is quite full of herself. I wouldn't surprised if she finds a way to get rid of me by next year. I can tell she will also be hard to please.. I was so stressed but I found solace in working out. Then went home and took a valium my sister gave me. Feel relaxed now.
I stayed on plan and will look forward to the weekend.

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Hello Everyone,

Marlene: I know what you mean about people commenting on our weight loss .. Sometimes, it makes me feel good, and other times, I wish people wouldn't make a fuss .. I get embarrassed … especially when they feel they can ask how much weight .. I normally just answer .. "gee, I don't know .. I'm just trying to take better care of myself" I will be trying that salsa fish dish.

Paula: you recognize where you were today … tomorrow I know you will be back on track.

Debby: I do like Step 1 ..it is very true, but I find it hard to follow. I think so many things influence the way my life has turned out (for good and bad) .. Tho it's true I make the final decisions. I heard something interesting on a work call today .. Our HR dept has a new way of measuring the "skills" of employees .. They now include temperment as a measurement. All I could think was I probably don't score well on that, because I am not good at a poker face amidst all the stupidity at my company … maybe that's why I'm not being retained. I know a lot of people who complain all the time about it .. But don't speak up, or just smile and nod all the time when asked to speak up .. I'm honest with people .. And ask people to be honest with me .. I may not like what I hear, but I feel respected with honesty, and that's important to me.

Younger grandson has a school program this evening that I'm going to. My bedroom is 50% cleaned up and bathroom vanity washed up (yuk .. All that dust, where does it come from) … but I'm happy for some progress to cleanliness. Turkey roast and green beans for dinner are cooking. I am in better control today.

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
Sue

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Hi everyone. Thanks for your concern about over doing it, but I'm fine. I actually took Friday off last week from all activity to recover, did an easy pace five mile walk on Saturday, took Sunday and Monday off completely (mostly because I had so much else going on that I just couldn't find the time). I feel much better now, and have been back to my normal routine since Tuesday with no ill effects.

I have been pretty compliant the last few days, so I'm feeling like I'm on the right path (again). As you all know, exercise is not my problem, food is. But I do know how to deal with it, sometimes I just don't.

The appraiser came by on Tuesday and we're waiting to see what her evaluation was. We're refinancing our house to a 15 year loan instead of a 30 (we just bought it three years ago and don't want to be paying on it into our 90's). We are getting a better interest rate, our payments will go up only a bit and certainly within a range our budget can handle and we'll save almost $100,000 in interest alone over the life of the loan. It seemed like a good way to go for us.

I also told you all that I was going to a lecture called "10 Steps to Your Authentic Life" on Tuesday. It was a really good talk. I've gone to seminars that the person speaking puts on before and have always got a lot out of them, but it's been years and the reminders were good. I'll share what I learned, but there's so much that I think I'll do it by giving you one step a day, with a little elucidation with each step. So here goes:

Step 1: (the most important) Take responsibility for your thoughts, words, feelings and actions, every single one of them.

This is about owning who we are and what we do. No one makes us do anything, we react to our circumstances, things going on around us, etc. We can't control what goes on around us, how other people behave, think, react, but we can control our own actions. Blaming others for how we feel, or what we do, is not taking responsibility for our own actions. When we take responsibility for ourselves, we gain so much control.

Anyway - that's the gist of it. She gave us a challenge to list our weaknesses in this area and to list a first step to improving on it. It was a good exercise. Tomorrow I'll give you Step 2. Til then - I gotta go exercise emoticon

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Marlene – I like the sound of the recipe you posted….minus onions for me of course. I will be in Giant tomorrow if all goes as planned and will look for the items you mentioned. I suspect however that some of the baked items near the deli are regional in nature and not necessarily carried in all areas. I was talking with one of the customer service reps in my “regular” Giant recently (still trying to get them to carry the Mango and Orange Cream seltzers like some other local Giants do), and she told me that some of the smaller stores (which my regular Giant is considered to be) don’t carry the range of choices that some of the larger stores do.

Sue – Sorry to hear of hour DH’s PF diagnosis. Sounds painful! You sure will be busy getting ready for the party!

Linda – I think you are right, I am in a pretty good place right now (even with my annoying skin and related sleep problems). When I was out and about today I noticed how I was not at all interested in indulging in some of the usual temptations along my path. There is a little drive through hot dog stand with the best chili dogs around near one of my stops today. In the past it would be routine for me to do a drive through of at least 2 chili dogs….but not today…no interest at all in going there.

I did ok today….walked at Walgreens and CVS. I ate on plan but didn’t feel satisfied today which is very unusual….so I ended up nibbling a lot more than I should have. My calories are at the top of my range today which is about 200 to 300 more than I have been eating when I show a loss on the scale. I hope to get back to the lower end tomorrow.


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quick note to Marlene
yes I measured my portion of the bean salad (3/4 Cup). I think it is going to last 3 days of servings for 3 adults and 1 child and there will still be some to throw out. Your salad sounds great I copied the recipe to add to my file

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Another late day at work but I got a lot done.I went to the fitness center and managed an hour before they closed at 8:30.
Somebody I know well at work came up to me today and asked me if I had GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY! I was secretly pleased because to me that is confirmation of DRAMATIC weight loss emoticon Everyday someone asks me about my weight loss it seems. People are noticing that I am still shrinking. What motivation that is to keep it up! I weighed 155.5 today. I always wear form fitting clothes and will not wear anything baggy.

Sue--Any kind of whitefish works well with Salsa fish. I use frozen tilapia or swai or basa filets. Its fast and easy cause individually frozen fish thaws in warm water very quickly. I always throw in a few thawed shrimp.

Tammyand--I found some products at Giant that I really like. Joseph's Flax Oat bran Whole Wheat Pita's come 8 mini pita's in a pack and are 50 calories each. I cut them in half and fill them with all kinds of things. Its found in the deli section where the breads are adjacent to the deli counter. The second is Giant store brand fully cooked Turkey Sausage Patties. They are 50 calories each and are in the bacon section. 3.5 grams of fat. Now watching ITKWD.

Justme--Did you measure your portion of bean salad and also calculate the calories? I made a nice salad too that I've been eating for a few days, that I found in my Hungry Girl cookbook. Its called "Shrimped Up Corn and Tomato salad". Its 1 cup of niblets (I cut mine off a cob); 4 Roma tomatoes diced, 6 oz cooked shrimp chopped , 1/2 diced seeded cucumber, 1/2 c chopped cilantro; 1/2 c red onion with a dressing of juice of one lemon and one lime, strained. I added a little cumin to kick up the flavor. Tasty.

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Linda: Yes, distractions are good for us all. I've put off cleaning for a long time .. It is time, and if the excuse has to be "company's coming" .. So be it. I will try not to stress about it .. Love me, love my mess, or don't come over I guess. I figure if I work for 1 hour or 2 every nite, I should be in good shape .. Just need to keep up that spirit when I get home from work.

Debby: I feel your pain from those shin splints .. Have had them severely for years .. Even tho I am doing a lot more walking these days, I have to be careful with the speed of steps. Please do let us know about the speaker .. I could use a shot of motivation these days.

Marlene: I really envy you .. Having an organized closet is a dream of mine. That is going to be one of my 1st tackles when I'm done working. I plan to empty it out, and only put things in that I currently wear (or possibly a couple of my favorite skinny clothes that I'm finally getting close to wearing again .. Not many of these). I know that the shoes will go to charity .. I cannot wear heels, even on good days with the bad knees, feet, hips …….. The dance event was very fun .. I enjoy seeing all the kids dance, ages 6 - 15 … they have such energy .. And get up and down off the floor with such ease :) My granddaughters group got good scores for all 6 of the dances she was in (gold and hi-gold) .. I think the highest rating is a platinum, and there was only 1 group that got that (and they were awesome). All in all we did well wrangling the 2 yr old and keeping her quiet most of the time. She's gonna be a dancer too .. Her legs and arms are always moving as the dancers on stage dance. I'm gonna try to salsa fish .. Sounds yummy and easy. Is there a certain kind of fish that works best?

Paula: Yes, my daughter was very happy that we volunteered .. And she said her hubby nearly jumped for joy. Sometimes, I think that hardest part about having a party is the cleaning part. My oldest son had hosted the last few parties at his house, but now that he's in SC, we have to fend for ourselves. It'll be good. I'm giving myself pep talks every day to not stress on it. (Sue - don't volunteer if you're going to stress .. Sue ….. )

David: thinking of you .. Hope things work out well. I am a recovered diet coke addict. I would have 2-3-4 cans every day. Dr Oz had a show one time that talked about how the diet soda can make us crave more sweets than ever because it numbs our taste buds to need more and more sugar. That's not why I quit tho .. I read too many articles about joint pain from the sugar substitutes, and that convince me .. I have too much joint pain.

Well .. Hubby went to the doctor and he too has plantar fasciitis. I told him that's what I thought it was, but he was sure it was something else. I know it's not nice, but now he knows how my foot feels .. Sometimes, I think he thinks I’m being a baby .. But look who's the baby now! I'm doing better "eating-wise" today .. I packed a good lunch for work, and had my smoothie for breakfast .. Hopefully, I can keep the day compliant this evening. I plan to work on my bedroom this evening. If I get it cleaned up, it should be ok until May 3rd - party day. I'm starting to plan the menu in my head .. So far, we are having pulled pork sandwiches, sweet kale salad, and I think mac n cheese, oh yes, I'll decorate a cake. These things my grandson likes (not really sure about the kale, but I know I like it). The battle will be to have some healthy choices available other than raw veggies. I'll let you know what I concoct.

Well . Back to work with me.
Have a great day everyone!

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Happy hump Day Sparks,

Tammy - congrats on compliance, why is it hard to do something that makes us feel so good, both physically and mentally? This should be the easiest thing on earth to do because it has both immediate and long term benefits. Sometimes I think I like to punish myself some sort of self inflicted masochism. I can tell by the tone of your message that you are in a good spot right now. Hang on to it, you are a winner.

Marlene - congrats on the organized closet - that always feels so good. I have decided to put my things in a caddy that I will keep on the center island in the kitchen, that way everything that I need is quickly in reach. My cousin is doing okay for the moment. It is my sister-in-law that is terminal. She decided to not undergo any treatment. She is the one that is having the good-bye party on Mother's Day. I am worried about my son for two reasons, one is that I think he will have ong lasting regrets if if do not go and two his cousin that has been over seas in Spain for the last 3 years will be at the party. This cousin lived with us for a year during high school. I do not know how he will react if my son is not there. He is VERY VERY close to his grandmother. But right now my son does anything his wife asks. There is no give and take, no conversation. She says - he does.

Debby - treat your body with care. You do not want to get into a place where you are unable to do the exercise that you love. Sometimes it is better to take it easy so that you can push it later. Have fun with all that you are doing.

Debby - tell us what you are planning for the party.

David - hope your days are getting a little less stressful. Take care of yourself, so many people depend on you. I can tell you are the rock in the family.

I had a great day yesterday, and today is starting out very well. I am making soup for tonight. Last night I made a new salad that was so good. I got it off the internet someplace, but cannot remember where. It looked so pretty and tasted great. It was a can of navy beans, a can of black-eyed peas, a half a can of black beans all rinsed very well added to a bag of frozen black bean and corn mix then I chopped up a large roma tomato, 3 mini bell peppers in different colors chopped and one small onion chopped. I pour lite Italian salad dressing over it, mixed well and let it sit in the fridge for 4 hours. As I said pretty and tasty and it has the nutrients to be a complete meal. I am very excited I have been buying a low sodium chicken broth that still has 300 mg of sodium per serving and I just found one that only has 30 mg of sodium. This gives me so much more control.
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