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emoticon Debby ~ welcome back, you’ve been missed by us and the animals! It will be fun to see you someday (we can get these Doug’s together too if you’d like). Great to hear another trip to Mt. St. Helen’s with friends and your daughter going to China too!

emoticon Linda ~ Gold metal day! I’m with you on diabetes, I know I have a long way to go with diabetic discoveries. I programmed my phone to ring 6 times a day (3 meals & 3 snacks) so that I could eat on a more regular basis. LOL ~ if only you captured that cat on video!

emoticon Tammy ~ so happy happy happy to hear that today you feel more like yourself! Now get in compliance girl ~ you are a long time member of this group – I’m so HAPPY!!!

emoticon Cat ~ so can relate!

Sunday’s Wins (10 Daily Goals) ~ Did 10 emoticon
Cardio (30+) ~ Did 60 Minutes Treadmill, 2.0 speed, 0 incline
ST (10+) ~ Did 15 Minutes
Steps (5000+) ~ Did 7220
Calories (1200-1500) ~ Total 1240
Carbs (-135-270) ~ Total 135
Water (8+) ~ Total 10 glasses
Took FBG (Fasting Blood Glucose) ~ yes
Read Goals and Reasons Why I’m doing this ~ yes
Track Everything on SP ~ yes
Planned and ready for tomorrow ~ yes

emoticon First time in 19 years that I bought candy for my son’s Christmas Stocking and no candy for me and not any for the many candy dishes laying around the house (I filled them with Christmas bulbs). emoticon Yes, he still gets one, he’s being smart and living with his parents while he attends college and works.

I knew that committing myself to 17 days of walking on the treadmill, 60 minute a day (I’ve been doing 40) would be a huge deal… sure enough, it was hard again today. Rewarded myself with a nice longggggggg hot tub - experiencing each and every jet. Of course, where I live in Washington State, I had to take an umbrella with me. emoticon


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12/22/14 12:07 A

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Tammy - sending motivation your way. I am done with weight, I am done with dieting. I am only about health. I am worrying about my eyesight as a diabetes complication. Those commercials on TV about the people who are blind and have insomnia really got to me. I get depressed because of lack of sunshine in the winter and fall. I cannot imagine seeing darkness every second of everyday, so I am totally focused on health. I crawled out of a blue funk with the realization that every decision I make determines what my future will be; I want to be independent and enjoying life, not dependent and miserable.

Debby = so happy to have you back. We have missed your wisdom.

Cat - glad the cookie monster has subsided. Hope your tummy feels better

T - congrats on the treadmill time.

Scrimp - please have a safe trip to your sister's house.

Sue - I remember the 2 times I lost jobs, it was devastating. A job is more than a way we make money. It is our contacts, our friends, our routine, part of our identity and our livelihood. Of course you are dealing with depression. This is very difficult.
I do have to share one job I lost just to show how really old I am. It was back in the late 60s and women were under child labor laws. My boss was told he had to fire all of his female employees because we were lifting saddles that weighed over 35 pounds. I cried for a week and all I had to do was change from working at a stable to working at a girl's camp where I did exactly the same work, but it was allowed because men were not allowed to go on over - night trips with the girls. How times have changed.

P&B - hope you are feeling well and all is okay.

David - thinking of you hope all is well.

I wish you all a great and safe holiday season. Take care of yourselves, your families and find peace and serenity.

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12/21/14 10:45 P

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Debby – So happy to see your post. Definitely missed you! I couldn’t remember when you were getting back from California. Thank you for helping those darling animals. I smile every time I read your posts about helping them. My heart aches for those critters who need a loving home.

Cat – Hope your belly feels better. Glad you were on track. Wish I were. I like to watch Christmas specials too. Great way to enhance the Christmas spirit.

Linda- Please send me some of your energy and willpower. I struggled again today. I love the visual of your daughter’s cat…..Sounds like a good commercial for Oreos too.

I had another day of struggling for no real reason other than perhaps a lack of motivation and a definite lack of will power (I guess they go hand in hand). For quite a while I have been doing well at coffee hour after church, but not today. I could type a lot of reasons and excuses but it all boils down to poor choices, low motivation, and no willpower. So this is 3 bad days in a row for me. I must make sure I have 2 good days tomorrow and Tuesday as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hold special challenges unto themselves. On a brighter note…my skin problems seem to have almost totally subsided. Doing nothing different…perhaps the problems just ran their course. What a huge difference from just a few days ago! Amazing really. Now I must hope it stays away.


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12/21/14 8:12 P

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I'm sorry I've missed so many days of conversation with all of you. I've been quite busy since returning from California late Tuesday night just trying to get back into my normal routine, dealing with all that needs to be done for the cat adoption program at the store I work with and with the dog shelter duties I've taken on. I have managed to get back on track with exercise, and my muscles are little sore from missing almost two weeks of strength training - not too much, just enough to tell me they missed it - but am struggling a little with the food side. It would have been a lot worse problem two years ago, than it is now, but I'm feeling ready to get totally back on track and knock the rest of the weight off and start getting ready to train for another hike up Mt. St. Helen's next summer.

Linda - good for you for really getting on track, exercising, and learning how your body reacts to food. I found that when I was pre-diabetic, that white potatoes were a real problem. My blood sugar would spike so badly whenever I ate even a small portion. Worse than straight sugar, if you can believe that! Fortunately, since losing the amount of weight that I have, all signs of diabetes have disappeared. From what I've read, you've really started to take control. I'm so happy for you. I know you'll see real results. If I helped encourage you, then I'm happy I could help. But, you're the one doing it. Keep it up.

Tammy - you have a really sensible way of dealing with food you need vs. food your DS needs. I have a similar issue in my family, but they've grown used to eating what I prepare. I just give them bigger portions and often forgo some of what I prepared and just let them eat it. I haven't gone out for New Year's Eve in a long time, either, though I do love a good party. My husband is a real introvert and crowd avoider, though, so we just make it a nice quiet night at home. He supports me in all of my more gregarious activities, though, so I have no complaints.

Marlene - have a good time with all your travels. A trip to the UK sounds fun and I would definitely take in London if I was going. The only trip I have coming up right now is to the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sounds in June. And maybe a trip to Maryland to visit my daughter if she and her boyfriend decide to get married and/or have a house warming party.

Cat - sounds like you're doing great on getting up and walking most every day. A little, live Norfolk pine sounds perfect for Christmas. We finally got our tree up this week even though it's only us and our grown son. I don't know if I could do Christmas without a tree. I love the way they make my house smell and I love the decorating and lights.

Sue - I'm sorry to hear of your continuing struggle. I hope the financial adviser can help you pave the way to financial peace. Keep taking care of yourself - it will help.

Theresa - gotta love the rain. I enjoyed the dry time in SoCal, though. I'm glad to see you tracking and I love your stories of how to get the temptations out of your face. Your husband sounds wonderful, but, like mine, he sounds like he brings things into the house that can sometimes be a problem. I'll have to try some of your techniques on my guys. I really do want to get together soon. Maybe after the holidays? Everything's so busy right now. I head up to north Vancouver a couple of times a week to check on the store where I do cat adoptions. Maybe one of those days I could just extend the trip and come up to see you. Let's talk. It was a lot of fun meeting Linda last week.

OK - so I'm back on track with exercise, working on it with food and will be fully there once the holidays are over. I'm setting two goals for next year - get the rest of the weight off and get my sleep habits in better shape. I think the two are related. Like I said, I'm also planning to hike Mt. St. Helen's again as one of my friends and her husband have said they'd like to do it with me next summer. My friend has also lost over 100 lbs., though she had a gastric bypass to help her (something she adamantly recommends against now). But she's in good shape now and ready and willing to tackle the mountain. So, back to training for that, too. I'm also hoping to live through my daughter vicariously as she takes a group of high school students to China this spring. The trip is through her school and she gets her trip paid for since enough students signed up to go. I'm fairly jealous.

Well, now it's time to work on all of the year end paper work. Take care everyone.

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12/21/14 4:25 P

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I am really eating and exercising healthy today. 6000 steps at water aerobic, and healthy food all day. I am looking at my portion control through new eyes also, overeating at any one meal can spike blood sugar. This Wednesday, yes Christmas Eve I get my results back from all my tests. I was amazed that my doctor had hours then. I am feeling strong and motivated.

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It’s a new day … and I am on track. My belly feels like it has rocks in it. I am watching Christmas specials and drinking clear water … while hubby is in the other room watching … FOOTBALL!!

Linda – I looked just like your daughter’s cat yesterday … stuffed cheeks and ALL.


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12/21/14 12:18 A

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I had a really good day today, but taking my blood sugar multiple times a day is really showing me what I need to avoid and some major changes I need to make. I am realizing they were not kidding when they said that diabetes is a progressive disease. NO more wheat products, or white potatoes both are too high on the glycemic index. I made is to water aerobics and had a great workout 6000 steps.

I have to tell you about my daughter's cat that had a real cookie addiction. We had to hide cookies and red vines in locked cabinets. One day my daughter had been eating oreos and we left them on the table. The cat (all 25 pounds of him) jumped onto the table, grabbed an oreo in his mouth so that it pushed his cheeks out on each side and stuck out from between his clinched teeth. He turned and growled at us, yes growled, and then ran as fast as his fat body could go up the stairs with the Oreo. That was one serious cookie addiction.

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12/20/14 10:42 P

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Linda –Happy New Year to you! My dad always said, “There’s no time like the present!” So good for you for starting right now.

T – You are on top of things these days. How do you manage all those steps? Even when I had my SAT I never reached that high in steps. I am impressed and happy for you. Keep it up girl!

Marlene – We are expecting very rainy weather on the 24th. I hope you get to your sister’s early and ahead of the traffic and bad weather (at least it’s not snow, right?). I had no idea that people had to pay to be at Times Square on New Year’s Eve. For me, I am so anti-crowd….I wouldn’t go there if they PAID ME to go. But such differences are what make the world go around. I have not gone out on New Year’s Eve since about 1998 into 1999….oh, I do remember going out to dinner early on New Year’s Eve 1999 going to 2000….to celebrate the Millenium. Ever since then I have been at home and love it. Some years I am in bed before midnight.

Cat – Those blasted cookies will get us every time. I think I have to add cookies to my “trigger” list and just avoid them all together. Your post made me laugh! I get it completely.

I was more like myself today. I was able to accomplish some “to do” list items and feel good about that. I exercised a little but not as much as I should have…I allowed a phone call to distract me and never went back to my cruiser. I was not totally compliant today but not horrible either. Good thing that I don’t have more sweets in the house because if I did I think I would have caved today. Onward to tomorrow!


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12/20/14 10:00 P

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emoticon Sue
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emoticon David


Saturday’s Wins (10 Daily Goals) ~ Did 10 emoticon
Cardio (30+) ~ Did 60 Minutes Treadmill, 2.0 speed, 0 incline
ST (10+) ~ Did 20 Minutes
Steps (5000+) ~ Did 8972
Calories (1200-1500) ~ Total 1285
Carbs (-135-270) ~ Total 118
Water (8+) ~ Total 11 glasses
Took FBG (Fasting Blood Glucose) ~ yes
Read Goals and Reasons Why I’m doing this ~ yes
Track Everything on SP ~ yes
Planned and ready for tomorrow ~ yes

emoticon I’m thrilled to say, no temptations today. I was really hard for me to push myself to 60 minutes. I wanted to quit at 40. Re-read the long list which motivated me to see it through. emoticon


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I got up and completed my 60 minutes on the treadmill. I got in all 5 sessions as planned this week even though I didn’t feel that great.

Hubby and I ran errands today and went out to eat for lunch. We had agreed not to get a Christmas tree since it’s just us until after the holiday. But … we broke down and got a live 3 foot north fork pine.

Sue – have the courage to feel. A financial advisor CAN be a blessing. We like the one we found … he looks 12 years old … but he knows his stuff. Just like losing weight, it is not a one size fits all … do your homework.

Scrimp – I’d go for London!!!! You are right there so enjoy!!!!

TammyAnd – I too just succumb to cookies today … a box of Walkers pure butter shortbread Christmas cookies. I WAS going to eat just 2 … for a mere 150 calories. The next thing I knew … I was coming to and … after being hog tied … someone had force fed me most of the box. Out of the 18 in the box I ate … 14 of them. You do the math because I think I am gonna faint now.
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12/20/14 11:24 A

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Scrimp - since you will already be in England I would say "Go for it and visit London" To travel all that way and not take advantage seems like a wasted opportunity. What fun and active vacation you have planned. Enjoy. I wonder if there are some viewing spots off of Times Square where you can see it on screen and still be part of the celebration, or may be even a pub.

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Good Saturday to You All:
I had a non compliant day yesterday in that I went out for food and drinks twice--At lunch a co-worker treated me to lunch at a nice place; and then at dinner another work friend treated me to dinner and drinks at another cool spot. I tried my best, but the damage wasn't too bad but of course the scale is up a pound and a half this morning. emoticon

I decided to go to Virginia Beach for Christmas to my sister's house. Trouble is the weather is supposed to be rainy and windy on Christmas eve day the 24th. Its nornmally a 3-4 hour I-95 drive. Traffic through Virginia is horrible even on work holidays...I think I am going to have to leave at night on the Tuesday the 23rd and plan to get there very early. Might take the Eastern Shore route which goes DC to Annapolis down through the Del-Mar-Va peninsula; a historic and interesting route that you wind up crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay directly into Va Beach.

Then my friend arrives next Sunday the 28th. I have discovered that there is no entrance to Times Square unless you have a "Party Pass" to one of the clubs or parties located off Times Square. There will also be no bathrooms and you cannot bring a bag. Apparently its gets crowded beginning 3 PM as the crystal ball is ascended at 6 PM. Since my hotel is just off times square on 46th st, we will not have any access to Times Square as all the cross streets are closed. What to do? These passes are at minumum $100 bucks. All ready spent more than I want too.

I'll work Monday, then I am off until Jan 7. Work has shut down this year for the entire holiday season! I am planning a trip to Cambridge, UK leaving Jan 10, trying to decide if I want to tack on a few days in London at my expense....

Justme--Sounds like you got your head together. Project me!

Sue--I am sure the financial advice will make you feel more empowered to tackle the future cause you'll have a plan prepared by an expert. Its scary and a few tears may fall; but know you can do this.

Tammyand--When your body really needs rest it makes you sleep. Good for you for not letting your Cardio Cruiser collect dust. Still haven't bought the veggie spaghetti maker.

PandB--Hope you are better. I hate gloomy grey days too.

Kat and T-Journey--Wow you guys have great spouses. I am missing out on all that love and affection! Both of you two have also got renewed focus and determination. Lord knows we'll all need it for January. To me January1 means a date with the scale. Years past I would beat myself up for being fat and plan my diet strategies all day. This year will be different. I was 228 last January 1. This years goal will simply be to stay the course and maintain 160. If I lose 10 more it would be fine but really I am happy with my weight now.

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12/20/14 9:28 A

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Happy Saturday Sparklers
I am taking charge of my life. Healthy habits, losing weight, more exercise, healthy finances, healthy relationships. Do you ever notice that when we want to bring something into balance we call it "healthy?" The Gold Mean, Aristotle and Confucius both said the way to a healthy life is through balance not excess. I am beginning my new year right now.
Have a wonderful weekend
Linda

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12/20/14 1:16 A

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Linda – I love how you are uncovering patterns related to your intake of wheat and your blood sugar. ..And making the necessary changes. Brilliant! These pieces of self-discovery are bound to help you over time. Way to go. Because I limit my carbs, when I cook I prepare rice, noodles, etc. for DS but do my best to not eat any myself. I know you can do it.

T – It sounds like you and your DH make a good team. As a PE teacher he surely realizes the importance of good nutrition and the importance of healthy weight loss. I think you two are a powerful combo!

Sue – Hang in there. Your fluctuating emotions are understandable given the changes you are facing. I hope your financial guy comes up with a reasonable approach for you. I went through several financial guys till I finally found one I liked and trusted. He has done well for me.

PandB – I get a cramp at the top of my right foot from time to time. So I just ordered the tonic Cat mentioned. When I get the foot cramp I get up out of bed and walk around a bit, which usually helps make the cramp go away, but I dislike how the cramp wakes me up. My mother used to get leg cramps too and said it was related to low potassium. So if I have foot cramps for a few consecutive days I sometimes eat a banana to increase my potassium. Hope you continue to feel better.

Cat – I just ordered the leg cramp tonic you told PandB about. I occasionally get a cramp at the top of my foot so I am hoping this does the trick. Yes, the QVC incident is pretty funny. As Marlene said it was very good of them to return it to me…but DS and I had such a good laugh about just how goofy I can be at times. I still can’t figure out how the ID badge got into my return package. I think I am turning into my grandmother who was known for doing similar kinds of goofy things.

I started out today very compliant but ended on a bad note having indulged in some cookies that weren't even that good. Ugh! I am moving on from my "blip" today. I had a weird day in general today. I was up early and feeling good. I grocery shopped and did my extra walking at the store. Still felt good. Then around 1:30pm I felt like a truck hit me. I got so tired I just couldn't do another thing. I ended up sleeping most of the day and evening away...deep sleep with dreams, waking a few times when I heard DS stirring around the house and I let him know I was ok, just tired. I guess I needed it as I have had a lot of disrupted sleep lately due to my skin problems. I’ve been up for a few hours now and I am ready to go back to bed. And by the way, my skin is beginning to show good improvement...finally....I hope it lasts.


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Hello Everyone!

I'm still on the roller coaster of emotions .. I think I'm doing ok, and then spontaneously start crying .. but I feel a bit better everyday. I think dealing with this logically is helping me through it. We met with a financial analyst today, and gave him all kinds of info to compile a plan and recommendation for us. He said that my 401K looked good, and his 1st impression was that we were not in too bad of shape. I hope that's the truth, and his not just being kind. It's pretty expensive for him to provide a financial plan for us .. I hope this is money well spent. I am not ready for any more disappointments.

I hope you are all doing well .. and ready for Christmas .. one hurdle at a time!

God's Peace,
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Cat ~ FANTASTIC to be cancer free for 3 years! Congrats on 60 min – looking forward to hearing from you tomorrow to make 5 this week

Linda ~ good job making it through yesterday with compliance, that’s wonderful to figure out what is causing the blood sugar spikes and drops. It is definitely a journey of discovery and different for all of us. Costco has mini romaine hearts, I use them for lettuce wraps.

P&B ~ Oh man, cramps then nauseous – ahhhh, so glad your almost back to normal

Tammy ~ hope you’re feeling better

Friday’s Wins (10 Daily Goals) ~ Did 9 (over on calories)
Cardio (30+) ~ Did 60 Minutes Treadmill, 2.0 speed, 0 incline
emoticon I'm striving for 60 min everyday for next 17 days
ST (10+) ~ Did 15 Minutes
emoticon emoticon Steps (5000+) ~ Did 9284
Calories (1200-1500) ~ Total 1718 emoticon
Carbs (-135-270) ~ Total 197
Water (8+) ~ Total 14 glasses
Took FBG (Fasting Blood Glucose) ~ yes
Read Goals and Reasons Why I’m doing this ~ yes
Track Everything on SP ~ yes
Planned and ready for tomorrow ~ yes

emoticon Temptation ~ my husband (FYI – he’s not overweight) brought home the Christmas treats that his students gave him- WOW (he is a teacher to ALL the students in an elementary school and coaches at the high school) and let me know that he doesn’t work until Jan 5. Love to have him home for the next 17 days however this will be the first time he’ll be spending a lot of time around the new SP me. I am very fortunate that I have his complete support. My heart goes out to all the people who are around people whom are not as supportive or not supportive at all.

So I explained how stupid it is, but important to me…… going through all those treats – counting everything so I could write the totals on the baggies (even counting the gummy bears – yes, each and every one – I love gummy bears (prior to this I can easily eat a ton without even thinking about it (I know I’m not alone!) – being new, I just don’t think I can control them at this time so I do not want to have any). He promised to keep track writing the new totals as he eats his treats and to put them all out of sight on the top shelf of the pantry, it is over my head.


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I got up and completed my 60 minutes on the treadmill. One more tomorrow and I got in 5 this week even though I didn’t feel great this week.

I have some of my 2015 test and dr visits set up. I am waiting on orders to be sent to schedule my mamm. Three years and counting in January on NOT having breast cancer. I just don’t have time for it ya know. Schedule yours … that one hour of inconvenience can save your life … it did mine.

Have you noticed it is amazing how things we thought we couldn’t live without … no longer taste as great as we built them up in our minds : )

TammyAnd – you are supposed to be getting things from Q but not things you already own. LOL

Linda – Ouch! DIL is kinda a manipulator isn’t she???

T – I am sooooooo proud of you for putting YOU first. My mom gets me magazine subscriptions coz I am a magazine slut … always have been. In this month’s Good Housekeeping they interviewed Jillian Michaels. She talks about how an I want to lose weight because written list is very, very important and should be as detailed as possible.

P&B – Bummer on the cramps. How come ya get them??? Hubby takes an Amish tonic …

www.stopslegcramps.com/index.html

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My new routine has been very good for me. I have not felt well for about 2 months. I decided to keep close tract of my blood sugar and what I was eating. I am having blood sugar surges. following eating wheat products including whole wheat. I am going to have to limit my wheat intake to a snack 2 hours before bed (that actually seems to make my morning BS better), but I think I now know why I have been so tired all the time. This means more planning and I am going to have to remember whenever I get a sandwich it needs to be a lettuce wrap. It will be hard at first, just remembering, but I cut out all soda cold turkey, so I should be able to cut out bread. Today really sealed it when I had whole wheat noodles for lunch and my BS went to 200. No more of that kind of nonsense. When I make noodles for the family they are going to have to be on the side, not part of the dish.

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Hello Sparklers,

Yesterday was a rough day. It started Wednesday night. I woke up with cramps in my legs (which happens). I drank a box of coconut water and a ton of tap water, which usually takes care of the cramps. Unfortunately the cramps persisted so I kept drinking water. Somehow, all of the water upset my stomach and I became extremely nauseous. The cramps finally went away, but the nausea persisted so I spent almost all of yesterday in bed. Today I feel almost normal, which is a welcomed event.

T_JOURNEY - I have just discovered the recipe calculator on SP and getting use to how it works. So far it looks like a good tool. Your Butterfingers story made me laugh. Sometimes I feel like I am on a feed my husband diet. I make him eat anything in the house that I don’t want around to tempt me. Generally, he is a good sport about this. YES, you are more important than any event.

MTN_KITTEN - Awesome score on the slippers! You were lucky, those shearling scuffs almost never go on sale.

FORMYDARLINGS - You’re making progress, good for you. Even days that you are over your calorie range I bet you are eating fewer calories than before you began tracking. Plus, now you are burning a few calories by exercising. Keep up the good work.

TAMMYAND - Sounds like you did well at McD’s. Yes, sodium wasn’t great, but that can easily be washed out of your system. Glad you had a good visit with your RA MD and that you are off methotrexate.

JUSTME - ARGG, I feel your frustration. That wasn’t very nice of your DIL. Maybe casually mention that you enjoy spending time with the kids, so the next time she needs help taking care of them she should just ask.

Quiet day here. It's still gray outside. I wish it would do something, either snow for a white Christmas or sunshine. But this cloudy gray is depressing.

Be well,

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Happy Friday Sparklers

Yesterday was a difficult day, but I made it through with my compliance in tact. Today should be easy. I started out with my smoothie, which was supposed to make me lose weight like a collie sheds hair, it didn't, but it does make a very filling breakfast. It also helps me get in a serving of fruit which is hard for me.

T - sometimes it is so hard to realize that if you do not take care of yourself then you cannot take care of others. Making your health a priority is the key to being unselfish because it allows to to fulfill other commitments.

Tammy - I hope you are feeling better. It is so hard to stay motivated when your body is saying "Just do nothing!"

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Marlene - I did my cardio cruiser instead of walking today as my plans changed and I did not go grocery shopping...will do that tomorrow. I like doing the cruiser when I don't get to walk enough and I have no excuse (other than sheer laziness) because the cruiser is in our family room where we have a tv too. I ordered the veggie spiralizer from Amazon tonight along with a few other things....They said I will receive everything by Dec. 24... One item is a gift for DS for Christmas so I hope so.

Linda - Yep...you and I ARE going to keep each other going through January and beyond. We can do this...and this group of supporters will be are ticket to goal.


T - Yes, you are the event! I remember when you were here before and were so busy cooking and preparing so many events. You deserve all the talent you have, and I am thrilled to see that you are applying it to you! Way to go!

I had an ok day today....but am not feeling up to par at the moment. Maybe it is my body adjusting to the med changes... I am heading to bed and plan to check in tomorrow. emoticon

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Thursday’s Wins (10 Daily Goals) ~ Did all 10 emoticon
Cardio (30+) ~ Did 40 Minutes Treadmill, 2.0 speed, 0 incline
ST (10+) ~ Did 15 Minutes
Steps (5000+) ~ Did 6020
Calories (1200-1500) ~ Total 1232
Carbs (-135-270) ~ Total 132
Water (8+) ~ Total 10 glasses
Took FBG (Fasting Blood Glucose) ~ yes
Read Goals and Reasons Why I’m doing this ~ yes
Track Everything on SP ~ yes
Planned and ready for tomorrow ~ yes

emoticon Looking ahead ~ tomorrow (Fri) is the last day of work for winter break (hubby teacher/coach) so starting Sat and ending Jan 2 will be different from the normal weeks. Before beginning SP - I put everybody and everything ahead of myself. Putting hubby, kids - now adults, and events before me. Besides my families needs... I regularly planned/cooked/directed huge events feeding hundreds of people. I could be counted on - basically leading an army of people to make big events happen (like weddings, feeding the community) - I'm a planner, organizer, leader.

I stopped everything and started SP, since then, I AM the event. I have to count on me to see this through in the same way the I would - I'm a planner, organizer, I WILL see an event through to the end, you can count on me to make it happen - I am worth so much more than any event! I will see this through to the end and for the rest of my life!!!!!! At this time it takes my full dedication (I've stopped everything else). In the coming "not routine" days ahead, I must stay focused - keep putting my daily 10 goals first! I must plan what I can, do that plan, and make good choices when the unexpected happens. emoticon

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Scrimp - my son can just push my buttons. He gets this desperate tone of voice like if I do not do whatever he wants the world will just end. I am finally learning to take a breath and think about it before I commit myself.

Tammy - so glad to hear you are off Methotrexate it can seriously damage your liver. You and I are going to keep each other on track through January with daily check -ins. One month of clean living and then we will see where we are on Feb. 1, 2015!

T - love your solution to the Butter fingers. I know if I tried that they would keep falling falling back on top of my head. The last time someone left a "temptation in my living room it ended up in the garbage. My daughter was a little unhappy, but that's life.

Gini - do you get your chair yoga on line or in a video? Do you like what you are doing? I would like to do some yoga.

Cat - I hope you start feeling better. Good going on the scuffs!

P&B - I use the "grouping" selections a lot for things I use together. Whenever I make soup it nearly always has celery, onion, carrots, bell pepper and tomatoes so I made that a grouping. I also have an Asian stir Fry grouping. It seems like the nutrition and calories are more accurate when it is a grouping rather than a recipe.

My grandkids are playing with puzzles and Lego. I went to water aerobics, then to the school party where I ran a game center, then we came home. We are doing pizza tonight. I have been a little off track today, but still in calorie range. I ate some chicken nuggets.



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Hello:
I have eaten a combo lunch and breakfast and have finished my 3rd treadmill workout. Did a little shopping for more smoothie ingredients.
My weight is stuck. I have been eating as I normally do and the scale has crept up 3-4 pounds every day I check since reaching goal the day before Thanksgiving. I wonder if my body is telling me that this is a comfortable weight for me.

Justme--My oldest son thinks he's playing me too; and I am such a soft touch I can't bear to disappoint them. I told him the amount I am giving both sons for their Christmas present--a nice present by anyone's estimation, certainly 100% more than their father or wives in-laws give them ($0). Anyway, he asked he if I could give them a rent check, to help out with Christmas spending. Although I said no and we went back and forth on how he and his brother has been spoiled by me since they can remember--didn't I mail the checks today! emoticon Neither one have high paying jobs so I thought it over and that would make a big difference.

Tammyand--How nice of the Q. What you lost is of value; I don't blame them for returning it to you promptly. Hope you got your walk in today. Yay for getting off the Methrotrexate. I ordered a bunch of HSN stuff from Joy and Iman--4 purses and they all looked cheap or were poor quality and I sent them back Friday and got my refund notice on Tuesday! The reviews were bad too with half the reviewers indicating they are sending the purse(s) back.I also ordered a beaufitful faux fur reversable coat (similar to Dennis Basso) but this one is by Hal Rubenstein) and back ponte and leather dress and matching leather/ponte jacket. I think I may need a nice dress for NYC.

Cooking--Here's a fast quick one if you like Chicken Parmesan: Cook a seasoned Grilled turkey chop or chicken breast (I use George Foreman Grill), when done, top with 1 tbsp Trader Joe Bruschetta topping (in the jar) (or your favorite tomato salsa/spaghetti sauce) and 1 tbsp grated Parmesan and microwave till cheese melted. Yum

I use that Trader Joes Bruschetta topping in so many ways, its so tasty. When I cook seasoned fish filets in a little broth in a fry pan, I add 2 tbsp to the pan liquid juices..onions, peas,and mushrooms and spinach can also be added.

PandB--You'll get the hang of tracking food. I have been on diets so long I am aware of the cal counts of practically everything I like. I always weigh my portions.

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I made a chicken and noodle casserole that turned out just okay. I do not make them very often, as I think they are a lot of work, but I was trying for comfort food on a cold rainy day. The mushrooms were the best part of the dish. Chicken, mushrooms, red pepper, celery, onions, peas and carrots then heart healthy cream of mushroom soup and sharp cheddar reduced Cal. cheese, after sauteing the chicken, onion, celery and red pepper add the soup peas and carrots and most of the cheese when the cheese melts pour over whole wheat noodles in a casserole that have been cooked to al-dente stage; stir, top with rest of cheese and bake for 45 min at 350.
I got played yesterday. My DIL called and said my granddaughter wanted to talk to me. My granddaughter invited me to her class Christmas party. I said I would go, then my DIL got on the phone and asked if I would bring the kids home from school, then it turned out she is working and I am keeping them for dinner. If she had just asked me I would have said "Yes", but I hate it when I get played or someone thinks they need to play me. So I am watching and feeding the 3 kids and will be with them from 10AM to about 9PM. This is not a problem, but just treat me with some respect.

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Sue – If you are able to retire I think you will be very happy. You have a lot to offer, and employment can keep us from doing a host of other meaningful things. Because of health issues I took an early retirement in 2012 which included a penalty on my pension. It was tough at first, but I now manage quite well and do not regret retiring when I did. Trust in the Lord…He will guide you.

PandB – Woo Hoo indeed for losing over a pound. You are on a roll….keep going friend….Good testimony for your home cooking approach.

T – You are soo funny in how you handled the Butterfingers temptation! Way to go!

Marlene – Yes I am in for compliance January too. Forgot to mention that in my last post. A funny thing happened today…I got an unexpected package from Q. I knew I hadn’t ordered anything…so what could it be? In the box was my son’s ID badge on his lanyard. It went missing last week or so and he got a new one in the meantime….I think it must have gotten mixed in with something I was returning to Q (I sent back a few things last week). The packing slip said “customer’s personal item.” My son and I had a good laugh over that one.

Linda – Yay for your “me” day. What casserole did you decide to make? Will you be sharing the recipe?

Gini – You are taking the steps literally and figuratively that will bring you the success you so much desire. Good for you! It does pay off.

Cat – I hope you are feeling better…..You know your body and how far you can push yourself when you are not quite up to par. Wise woman!

I was compliant with my meals again today, even with eating lunch out on the way back from my rheumatologist appointment. To save time my friend and I stopped at McD’s. I ordered a grilled chicken salad and didn’t use any dressing….230 calories according to the menu at McD’s….but when I looked it up online….over 1000 grams of sodium…Ugh! I drank extra water (which is never a problem for me), hoping to flush out the extra sodium. Had a good rheumatologist visit and am officially off the Methotrexate at my request. The doctor seemed to understand when I explained why I wanted to go off of this drug (no noticeable improvement, hair loss, feeling icky after taking it, etc.). Did not get my walking in today nor any other form of exercise. Will have to do extra walking tomorrow when I grocery shop.


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Another good day. I am planning on compliance to Jan. and then a compliant month.

P&B - you made me smile at the memories of my non-Christian father who loved Christmas. He said it was a pagan holiday that celebrated two things; children and really gaudy decorations. So he celebrated with lights and tinsel and games and toys. My mother was an agnostic and my father was Jewish, but we celebrated Christmas every year, not as a religious holiday, but as a day of family and fun.

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Gini ~ progress ~ awesome!

Cat ~ 60 min ~ awesome! Great buy.

Wednesday’s Wins (10 Daily Goals) ~ Did all 10 emoticon
Cardio (30+) ~ Did 40 Minutes Treadmill, 2.0 speed, 0 incline
ST (10+) ~ Did 15 Minutes
Steps (5000+) ~ Did 6456
Calories (1200-1500) ~ Total 1269
Carbs (-135-270) ~ Total 142
Water (8+) ~ Total 12 glasses
Took FBG (Fasting Blood Glucose) ~ yes
Read Goals and Reasons Why I’m doing this ~ yes
Track Everything on SP ~ yes
Planned and ready for tomorrow ~ yes

emoticon Temptation Avoided ~ husband left an open package of mini Butterfingers, did I say it was OPEN? Grrrr I like those! Immediately wrote on a gallon size plastic bag with permanent ink "exactly" how I feel about this temptation being left here with me all day while he's at work.... SHOVED that open package inside, zipped it closed, went outside and threw it up in a tree. He came home, easily got it with a ladder, I asked him to please eat them ALL ~ he did. Ahhhh yet another temptation avoided - whew!

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60 minutes on the treadmill DONE!!!!!!!

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Hi. On the fly. I did 10 minutes of walking yesterday and was over my calories but not as far over as MOnday and I did 10 minutes of chair yoga today and was in the middle of my calorie range today. I am making some progress as I choose each morning what I can do that day and reach for that. I am also wearing my shoes all day and counting my steps daily. Not very many but moving for sure.


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We got up at the b@tt crack of dawn today and got the g-kids and then ran all our errands. Last Christmas present was bought AND I found my shearling scuffs on sale usually $100 for $54 so I snagged the last pair in size 7. WOOOOHOOOO!!

Bought a gingerbread house that we will put together on our Christmas get together on the 27th with g-kids coz we want to do it as a family. No one ever wants to eat these things anyway ... so I should be safe.

I feel puny again today so I am trying not to hug and kiss on the g-kids. I didn't walk yesterday and I am trying to convince myself I should today. It's 3:30pm here and I haven't done it yet.

Sue – Your Christmas break will help … a lot!!! Enjoy it and take good care of yourself. When I had my knees replaced and was home for 9 weeks straight through the holidays … is when I knew it was time for me to retire. Hubby didn’t have a choice … but I did. I felt so at peace with my decision that the next 5 months flew by while I waited for my retirement date. Hugs and peace dear lady.

Scrimp – I am frustrated. I added interval walking twice a week and I have been walking 6 times a week now for almost a month. I started keeping a food journal and I have not been eating enough. Sounds insane I know but I don’t get in all my fruits or breads/starchy veggies. Slacked off on ensuring I was getting enough fiber, too.

P&B – WooHoo for you!!!!!!! And good point about Norman Rockwell … I think I long for what I did not have and then my children chose to live so darn far away : (

T – I too have a list of reasons why I want all the confounded weight gone once and for all. It truly helps to re-read and re-read my list. You are doing awesome!!!!!!!!

Thank you allllll for always being here!!!!!

I have the courage to feel!!! Change your mind … and the rest will follow.


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emoticon emoticon Gini ~ Great making changes day by day! The choices you make today do effect your future!

emoticon Tammy ~ so true ~ I have time for whatever I choose to have time for! I need to put myself first - practice, practice, practice. Way to get that project done and out of your hair. Praying for your skin problems.

emoticon Marlene ~ I hope they can find a solution for your hip problems. NYC getting so close to time to go! Thx for all the sharing!!! Count me in for compliance January!

emoticon Linda ~ Another really good day! Glad to hear your son got some side jobs and is happier!

emoticon Sue ~ Praying for your stress, eating, peace and job.

emoticon David ~ Keep coming back here, when you can, we all are cheering for you and we are all in this together!

emoticon P&B ~ Could you maybe enter your own foods into the create your own recipes part of SP? So glad to hear your recovering well - treadmill soon.

emoticon Debby ~ What a fun vacation with hubby!

emoticon Cat ~ So true about our minds ~ The body achieves what the mind believes

emoticon I weigh daily, I see it as a tool, just like my fasting blood glucose reading, both are just numbers to help me know where I'm at.

emoticon Different things motivate people ~ for some people a picture, for some people talking to friends, for me what really motivates me is reading my goals and reasons why I'm doing this. it is a long list of the positives of what I can do/want to do and the things I'm missing out on because of my weight and the physical consequences I'm avoiding or prolonging by being a healthy weight. Since discovering that this - I strive to read this long list daily. What is it that really really really motivates you to exercise, eat well, make good decisions? We choose our actions and re-actions in every situation. Even when you don't choose ~ you are choosing.


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Hello Sparklers,

Woo Whoo - I lost 1.4 pounds this week. It was a roller coaster week on the scale - up one day down the next. But, I kept to my eating plan and it paid off. Looking at my ticker I am almost a quarter of the way to goal. It will be nice to hit that milestone.

CHANGEN4ME - It will soon be a new year and an opportunity for a new beginning. Wipe your slate clean and begin the new year with a fresh start. Concentrate on small steps - replace sugary soda with water, add a few more vegetables to your diet, make more vegetarian meals (its a great time of year for lentil or split pea soup). Before you know it you will see positive changes that will motivate you to make bigger ones.

JUSTME - Your son sounds like my husband. He absolutely loves Christmas. He isn’t Christian, so there was no such thing when he was a child. Now, he absolutely loves it and insists on waking up at 6AM Christmas morning to open gifts.

MTN_KITTEN - Sorry you are feeling down. The holidays are a tough time for many people. I don’t think that there are very many Norman Rockwell families out there. Actually, Rockwell himself did not have a happy childhood or family life. His painting may have been what he longed for not what he had.

TAMMYAND - You’re probably right about the sodium. I tend to have trouble with it. My main downfall is Indian Pickle, which is like a spicy mustard but has a ton of sodium. Will keep my fingers crossed that you get a good report from your RA doctor.

ITZ_SUE - You’re right, we each must keep ourselves on track. I need to accept that my calorie counts are not going to be exact for everything I eat, but tracking will keep me aware of what I am eating. With tracking, even if it's imperfect, I will be aware of how much I eat and as we all have said, eating too much healthy food can be bad too.

SCRIMP - You are right, knowledge can't be taken away. When I was laid off I played nice by answering any/all questions that were asked but did not volunteer extra information.

Still gloomy here, would like some sunshine. Doesn't look like that will happen today, maybe tomorrow. Inside the house things are going well. It has been nice to have DH home. With him here I am cooking more and struggling to accurately track everything, but with him here I am also much less likely to do any emotional eating (Especially with us on an austerity budget). So, that is good.

Be well,

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Happy Hump Day Sparklers
Starting day three of compliance - had my smoothie and have been on the elliptical- Wednesday is my day of planning and getting things in order. The kids are at daycare, I am in the house alone, no plans, so this should be a good day. I want to make a casserole for dinner tonight. It has been cold and stormy for the last couple of days so I want something comforting and warming but still healthy. Part of the day is going to be spent looking at casseroles, comforting and warming are easy, comforting and warming and HEALTHY becomes more challenging. Today is my "ME" day. I am only thinking and doing for me.
Spark on
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Good Morning
I may have to go out for lunch and early dinner today. I am not going to exercise as I have done it 2 days in a row and now feel I need to give my hip a rest day.
Working at home today. I have had a green veggie smoothie; and feel energized.

Sue--You have confidence in your ablities and that will help you sail through the interviews. I would say the reason you have to train the outsource workers in that they recognize you are the subject matter experts in the process and how things currently work. It would be chaos to operations if there were no transition handover process. I always say Knowledge cannot be taken away from you. You choose what you want to tell them. The company expects you to play nice on your way out; and probably many are hopeful that they will be asked to stay on in some other capacity. I often enter recipes in the tracker; problem is I keep changing ingredients as I remake recipes. The saved recipes do help when I feel lazy to re-enter the recipe.

Tammyand--I learn a lot from all of you as well. I don't want to come across as a "know it all"; I guess that was what I was trying to convey. Hoping your visit with the rheumatologist goes well.

Mtn Ktn--You nailed it--change your mind and the rest will follow--. It must be so frustrating to be stuck at 205; after losing 50 lbs You are on the cusp of a breakthrough. To me, it seems like whatever you are doing over time;it is just enough to maintain at 205. Since this has been going on for some time, I would change something..anything.... to jump start the process. There has got to be a reason that the weight loss stopped. You are watching what you eat all this time, and you weren't and you don't have to be perfect; and you do get exercise. You should be gradually losing weight and not be stalled.

Linda-- As someone who has recently paid licensed contractors a nice chunk of change to do a side job for me (the backsplash and kitchen ceiling repair/paint); I know that side job pay had to be lucrative and helpful for Christmas for your son. It WILL be a good Christmas this year; 2014 had ups and downs but we are all still standing.

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Hello Everyone!

PandB: I have applied for several positions at my company .. There really is not many within the company, but I am hoping that more will open up after the holiday. It looks like the company and doing well, and maybe there could be some opportunities. I've entered some of my home-made recipes into the tracker system. I don't share them, as I don't think they are always the healthiest version, but it helps me watch my serving size, and keep myself in check. I too get to be a bit anal about it all .. But if I don't keep myself on track, who will? Right? It's been very gloomy here too .. Fog, rain .. Yuk for days and days .. But I do not like shoveling, so I'll take it.

Change: don't waste energy on beating yourself up .. Start it, take control .. We are here to support you. We've all gone thru "down times" .. And it seems that many of us struggle during this holiday season .. But instead of dwelling on tough moments .. List the successes each day .. And build THAT list. OK .. So I'm telling myself this same thing .. We are a team!

Marlene: setting up your environment is a great plan .. I know .. I too am in control of what I eat, and instead of dwelling on the bad foods, I too need to keep focused. I love the idea of Compliance January! Getting back on track and getting to my goal would be GREAT! My son actually works with a contractor company for my company .. So .. They are outsourcing the outsourcing company. They are working with him to find him a spot somewhere else .. He's young, and very dynamic .. And I think will be successful .. This is good news! … for me .. I've applied to several job posting in other areas/divisions at my company .. Praying that something comes from this, because, honestly, I do not think I want to work for this outsource company .. But, who knows? My mind changes every 2 mins.

Linda: I will look into that SP video, and exercise in breathing .. Thank you .. I do work myself up into such a frenzy sometimes that I feel I cannot breathe. Glad to hear about the reprieve for your son .. It does seem that "us folks" that get so excited about Christmas, can also be so let down .. It is a roller coaster to deal with depression. Glad to hear that that you are keeping that blood sugar in check.

Cat: yep, grandma duty is exhausting .. Love to have, but I too, really get worn down. I guess that's why God doesn't give us children when we are older. That "retire" word sounds wonderful .. I think "thinking" about it is helping my sanity in all of this.

Tammy: thank you for the kind words .. Not to sound conceited (which was drilled into me In my childhood), but I would do a great job at what ever I do. I have the belief that I do my best for God. I've had some jobs that I didn't really like, and this company has give me jobs that I hated, but I was always successful, and have gotten great reviews (except for this one recent boss, that you folks all heard about) .. So we'll see what happens. Good for you having an on track day .. One day at time right? I'm inspired to do that today. Good luck at the doc.

Well .. Getting ready for another day. Several meetings again today with the Outsource company .. We have to start sharing/training what we do .. Which seems odd to me … because all the "speeches" were that they are experts in these jobs, and will improve everything. So why do we have to train them? This is my last day of work before the holiday .. But I have to check in each day (on my vacation) in case there are urgent things to be handled. I need to get things ready for the holiday, and get my mind back .. Off time should help. I hope the weather stays kind of nice, so I could go for some walks. I keep coming back to "retirement" .. which eases my mind the most.

I want to join the Compliance January team!

God's Blessings and Peace to you all

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Sue – If the outsource company has any sense they will hire you and the other good employees as soon as they can. I hope it works out for you so that you can continue doing what you do so well.

PandB – I knew you’d be ok tracking your home cooked meals. I get the perfectionistic piece as I tend to be that way at times too but….when I stop to think about it I suspect that even the reported nutritional info on the packaged foods isn’t totally accurate either. As another plus, I’ll bet your sodium intake is lower since you are eating more home cooking. Sodium is one of the reasons I shy away from the frozen dinners, etc.

David – When you check in here we will help you find your inner voice. T has a list of reasons why she is doing this and she seems to read her list every day. I think that is a great practice. Maybe for now you could work on your list and read it when you need the motivation to make some positive changes. Making such a list won’t cost you any money. You can fold it up and keep it in your pocket for when you want to read it. I’d say write it on your phone but since you are having phone issues that might not be the way to go. Don’t give up on yourself. You can do it and we are here to help.

Marlene – I disagree with you. You are an expert on weight loss and have the success to show it. Same for Debby and Sue. You all have a lot to share with the rest of us . Not everything works for everybody but I know I have learned a lot from you and respect your views.

Linda – Great going for your son and his efforts at 2 jobs. Sounds like he is pulling it together. It also speaks to the goodness in his heart I think, wanting to provide a good Christmas for his children.

Cat – I like your attitude about changing our minds…..so much of weight loss is related to what does on in our mind.

I had another on track day, feel good , and am headed to bed now quite pleased with how the day went. I go to see my rheumatologist tomorrow and expecting a good visit!


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I felt puny today … and with the next 3 days being grandma day and night … I decided to lay low. I stayed on track with eating and drinking water … but I did not get in my walk and lazed around.

I think Christmas time has a lot of emotions all tangled up in it. I did not come from a Leave it to Beaver family … no Norman Rockwell paintings of my family. So the food has been a fill in for me. Someone on another forum I am part of stated "I have the courage to feel." Just think … if we do that … then food is the easy part … not eating it!!!!

I plan to not be saintly but good to me. I have planned our Christmas meal and will eat the things that mean the most to me. Remember me sharing the class I took where you only ate foods that were an 8-10 on your Richter scale. Well, that’s my motto … along with Change your mind … and the rest will follow. I am on board for Compliance January … food, water and exercise!!!!!!!

Gini – I go to all my docs in January to make sure those cancer germs are staying at bay. My docs are gonna be happy and not happy. I dumped 50 pounds this year but I haven’t lost any real new weight really since July.

TammyAnd – I weigh daily … I find that it keeps me more motivated … but I don’t let it weigh my self-worth. Just disappointing not to see it move out of the 205.5-209 range in months.

Sue – keep us up to date. You may find a blessing in all of this. When hubby HAD to medically retire … I thought we would be homeless (yes I can be dramatic as well) it turned out to be the push in the right direction to take care of him.


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Scrimp - I am up for a compliance month in January. One day at a time.

ChangeN - You found Spark, you made some plans, You have started on your path. I spent 6 months not losing an ounce, I was so happy that I was not gaining, that it was a win. Do not beat yourself up for what did not happen! Change takes time and baby steps. Your first big step was acknowledging that you need to change (just like your name- it is a symbol of your goal - change for you)

P&B - listen closely to your body. It will tell you how much you should do. Over do and you can create scar tissue, under do and you can increase your healing time. So really pay attention to what your body tells you.

Sue - try the 15 minute Qi Gong video here on Spark. It really helps me get centered and relaxed. There is also an article called "An Exercise in Proper Breathing." These are both really helpful for me when I am stressed out.

Tammy - I hope they find an answer to your skin problem. That can be sooooooo frustrating.

Gini - we are here for you. Keep coming back. This site has been a God send for me.

T - I miss your voice. I am hoping you find more time in the beginning of the new year to chat with us.

Cat - I smile and feel so good every time I read about how you and your husband get along. It makes me have faith in the lasting power of love.

My son got 2 electrical side jobs which means he has money to buy his children Christmas presents. He is much happier. My daughter's worst memory of Christmas was when she was 17 and working swing shift at the ski resort on Christmas eve. On Christmas morning her brother (15 years old) woke up at 5 AM and ran through the house yelling at the top of his voice "Everybody up! It's Christmas! It's Christmas! It's Christmas!" He is still a little that way about Christmas.
I had another really good day; tracking food, water aerobics and keeping track of blood sugar.

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Hello:
I had an electrician come and put in two new electrical outlets, one in my kitchen directly underneath my phone answering system (before it was plugged in 18 inches away from a back splash outlet with the wire in view across the back splash); and in my upstairs hallway right underneath where I placed my mini fridge and microwave (before I had it plugged in to an outlet further away on an adjacent wall--with wire showing). Then I had him balance a bedroom ceiling fan which made a wobble noise when the fan was turned on to High). He also fixed a stair hand rail which had broken off sometime during Thanksgiving Day). He didn't charge me for the fan or stair rail.
No more work to be done I am through.

I certainly am not a an expert of losing weight, but seem to have found the right strategies for now. I appreciate the accolades; and I KNOW I can continue to help here and be supportive.
Lets talk about Compliance. Do you notice all of us seem to be struggling right now? We are good for a day or two then something happens to derail us. Everytime this happens it is because WE made the decision to eat off plan or to overeat; despite the consequences. Why we made the decision is different for all of us, but we pushed the plan off top priority; in favor of enjoying the moment. Lets face it, there are healthy choices at most restaurants, convenience stores, and even catered events. But it is difficult to resist intense food cravings.

For me, when I go off plan its because I don't CARE at the moment. I want whatever it is and the heck with the scale. I am usually feeding emotional hunger or boredom. I have been successful to get to goal because most days I did CARE, enough to start back on plan the very next day. It was consistency that got me to goal. You know I cheated occasionally and enjoyed vacations.
I am also a daily weigher. Two scales. I believe the daily weighing helped set my mind on track for the day to focus on losing weight. I know advice tells you not to but ladies, we seem to have a life long problem, one that requires continual vigilence. I know what foods will make me seem to gain a pound the next day. I know evening snacking has to be controlled or I will negate any losses I might have had for the day from exercise and intake.
So I installed the fridge and microwave upstairs; in order to avoid going downstairs to my pantry and big fridge at night. This is an extreme example of setting up your environment for success. Right now, I have no candy or salty chips in my house. But I crave them every night and substitute with protein snacks or sugar free popsicle and fudgicles that won't raise my blood sugar.

Come January, I will likely have put on a few pounds with my 4 day vacay in NYC , so I am trying to get to below 160 now. I think we need to have COMPLIANCE MONTH in January. Are you with me?

Justme--So glad to hear you fund inspiration!

Tammyand--I didn't get the veggie spaghetti maker yet--waiting till payday on Friday. The premade is less than 100 cals a large serving, its all low cal veggies. Glad you like the Debbie Meyer sponges.

Sue--Keeping you in my thoughts--I hope you are able to get a job with the Outsourcing company. What is your son planning to do?

PandB--I find www.calorieking.com is the best site for finding the calorie value of food. I don't know if its sciatic nerve, its more than that, its a deep ache in between my pelvis and hip joint. When I stand up if I shift weight to my R hip it hurts.

T-Journey---Life does get in the way of the best laid plans. I am encouraged that you are checking in and still tracking your daily wins.

Gini--You can do this. I am on BP Med too, even though my BP is normal now. Baby steps--one day at a time--you want this so much!

Changinforme---I know you are disappointed. Start off slow by cutting out full sugar soda.

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Just stopping by. I'm still on the sidelines trying to pull everything together. I'm having all sorts of problems with my new " windows cell phone". I can't post blogs, enter on line bar ex. Number of water, sleep etc. I'll have to post mini blog here.
Can't believe how soon this year will be over. I not only didn't work a plan out to loose weight but put more on than what I started with this year.
I am so disappointed with myself. Still know I need to do something, change, but still can't find that inner voice to do anything.
Well, better go. My work shift is getting ready to start.


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Hello Sparklers,

Things are going reasonably well here. I'm beginning to get the hang of tracking my home cooked foods. I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to tracking and need to learn to just do the best I can. With home cooked foods some of my estimates may be a little off, but the general trend is important. If everyday I am within my limit then I should be good. Still haven't gotten back on the treadmill. Tomorrow is 3 weeks since my surgery, so I think it is time.

JUST_ME - Congratulations on your new inspiration. This will help you glide through the holidays. I always look closely at "healthy" recipes. There are so many different types of diets and fad diets that what one considers healthy may be deadly to another.

ITZ_SUE - Hang in there. My husband is laid off and job hunting too. Sometimes the end of the year isn't a bad time to be looking because companies are hiring to be at full staff and to hit the ground running in the new year.

DEBBY - Sounds like you and your handsome hubby had a great time in So Cal. I'm not surprised you ran into a little rain. Seems like every time I am in San Diego it rains. Each trip to San Diego has been in November, maybe that has something to do with it.

TAMMYAND - Everyone needs a little vacation, good for you enjoying yourself at the engagement party. You know how to get right back on track and I'm sure you have done that by now. Sometimes these little breaks help renew our commitment. Sorry to hear that your skin is acting up again. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the new cream works.

SCRIMP - New Years in NYC sounds like fun. Hope it is not too cold to be outside for the ball dropping. Sorry to hear about your hip. Could it be the sciatic nerve?

FORMYDARLINGS - Welcome back. Small steps is how we all get there and it sounds like you are doing well at that. Keep up the good work.

Another gloomy day here. The snow has melted so it is just gray and wet. Would be nice if we get a little snow for a white Christmas, but don't see that in the forecast.

Be well,

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Hello Everyone!

I'm still hanging in there .. Trying to take one step at a time. I had my HR meeting .. They do not bridge anyone to retirement anymore (not surprised at this, but still very disappointed again .. It seems all the things they "used to do" are not covered for me. It's been that way for my 42 years). Then we had a meeting with the outsource company to see what they are offering for jobs. They are posting a website for us to review, and apply for jobs. They are posting it on Dec 23rd, and we must apply by Jan 9th. Guess there will be no relief during my Christmas vacation.

Eating-wise .. I didn't eat much yesterday at all .. My stomach is horrible, and I can't seem to swallow anything without feeling that it upset it more. I know this is stress, and I need to focus on staying calmer .. I know, I know .. But my mind just doesn't want to listen.

Tammy: thank you for the kind words.

Linda: I love the "rope" idea .. I might try that to get these emotions out. I know the issue with depression, and the holidays do seem to make those feelings stronger. Praying for your son, and family to overcome the sadness.

Marlene: yes .. Praying, praying .. For strength, and peace of mind .. It's all like a roller coaster. Hubby and I are setting up an appointment with a financial analyst to see what our options. It would be helpful to know that we won't be homeless (I'm a bit dramatic!) Sorry to hear of the pain in your hip. Walking around in pain all the time can be very wearing.

Cat: thanks for the (((hugs))) .. Keep 'em coming, they do help I stomp all the time too …. I need to let it go, because otherwise, I might explode. I too have to go to the other room to watch other, less violent, rough shows .. My kids tell me to cover my eyes (especially my 40 year old son … lol)

Gini: small victories soon add up to big victories .. Hang in there, and take care of you!

Tammy: it's been so long since I've been "compliant" .. Thank you for sharing the "motivated" feeling

Thank you all for the kind word of wisdom, and reality check, AND the smiles that you gave to me as I read your posts … I will survive .. I am not giving up.

God's Blessings and Peace to you all
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Marlene - hope they find and solve your hip problems. Pain is so hard to deal with when it is constant

Cat - as you know I am a daily weigher and also a very slow loser, so my deal with the scale is as long as it is not going up I am a winner, when it goes down I am a champion. I know plateaus can be frustrating, focus on your health and the improvements you see there.

T - Congratulations on finding the motivation to climb back into the saddle of the foul temper horse called compliance, you whip him good and get him going.

Gini - I have been battling my food dragon this month and I thought my exercise pony had died, but I am starting to realize it is my responsibility to make sure he is tacked out.
Good luck on getting back on the roadway to success. Enough metaphors for you?

Tammy - isn't it liberating to finally finish something you have been avoiding? I always feel so much better when it is finally done.

David and P&B - thinking of you both - hope the holidays are nice to you.

This was a true compliance day for me. I logged everything. I measured everything. I checked my blood sugar throughout the day. Tomorrow will be a little more difficult, I am taking the grannies to daycare in the morning then on to water aerobics, then grocery shopping. My son seems a little better. Money problems and the holidays seem to be taking their toll on him.


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Marlene – You are so right…I know how to do it….and now must do it! And with you to cheer me on I am certain I will make the progress I need to make . You are a wealth of knowledge, but beyond that you are highly inspirational as well. I hope you get some answers about your hip. Does the Wegman’s veggie pasta have the nutritional info on the package? Do you recall the carb count? I know I should just get to Wegman’s to check it out…time is scarce these days as I prep for Christmas and keep up with my usual activities. Good news about your finances in view of potential retirement. How close to 60 are you? I can’t remember.

Linda –Hope your son gets through this rough time without going too deep into depression. Did you find out if he is taking his meds?

Cat- I understand how frustrating it is when we seem to be doing everything right and the scale doesn’t move. Are you weighing every day? Or less often? There was a spark article I read recently that dealt with knowing when we are weighing in too often. I am just the opposite, I don’t weigh in often enough. In any case, hope you see a happy number soon.

T – Ugh…I don’t do well when too busy either. It is so important to make the time that is vital to our success (now, if I would just follow this as well). Hope your pace allows you the much needed “me” time so you can continue your terrific progress. I know you are a great planner. Plan your healthy foods for you…just as you would for anyone you love.

Gini – Baby steps can add up and consistency means a lot. These things will get you on track again. Don’t beat yourself up over past errors…we all make them. Move on with a good attitude and positive resolve. You can do it!

I had a totally compliant Monday…very much needed. I feel motivated and inspired to keep going thanks to the support and positive ideas on this thread. I saw my dermatologist today…He prescribed a new topical ointment…I go back in 4 weeks. I am still flaring quite a bit. Good news is I am not infected….bad news is the dermatitis is resisting all we have tried so far. He mentioned possible laser treatment which I will do eventually if the other treatments don’t work. I’d rather wait on the laser stuff for now. Today I finished a project that had been hanging over my head for sometime and for some reason brought out the worst of my procrastination tendencies. I think it was because it was a little different than I am accustomed to and the guidelines were not very specific. But I buckled down and completed it today. So glad to have that off my to-do list.


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Just dropping in to tell you'al that I have been off the rails for a few weeks but when I went to my doctor on Thursday, he read me the riot act. My BP is up again and so this time he insisted on upping my BP meds emoticon . It's my own fault for not paying attention, and living a crummy lifestyle. Today I thought, usually when I try to get on track I figure out what I will do the next day and mostly don't do it. SO today I thought, what CAN I do today to make a difference? I decided to go out for a walk and stopped for coffee along the way . Only walked 20 minutes but it was movement and any is better than none. I chose a banana and a homemade bran muffin for snacks today instead of chocolate. I was still over on my calories but made 2 better choices today than yesterday. I think if I look at each day as I get there and ask, what CAN I do today? I will see some changes being made and some progress as well.


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Still a busy bee ~ a quick check in... for the last two days I haven't tracked any food, haven't read goals, and haven't done any other of the daily goals I've set for myself, the scale reflecting my weight gain reflects it. Obviously changing my lifestyle by doing these daily goals has proven itself to be important! Back on track today and drinking a ton of water - 14 glasses so far.



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60 minutes of treadmill DONE! The scale is NOT moving … I am gonna smash it with a hammer here reallllllllll soon. Evidently I need to get a copy of Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle.

Hubby is watching DeNiro and Travolta movie Killing Season … I am too “young” to watch it so I am in our bedroom watching David Copperfield … the old black and white from 1935. This is more to my liking : )

Scrimp – I am very, very lucky. Hubby is my everything. After with standing a very abusive childhood … I told myself that I would be alone in the world with my young son. Then hubby stepped into my life … and it has been a true romance that I am sure y’all have enjoyed as well.

Linda – I did kiss hubby … all over emoticon
How fun to meet Debby and her handsome hubby. Good for you for keeping a journal. I find that I don’t always get in enough food when I keep my journal. And double good for you for seeking out a diabetic nutritionist. My DIL in Dallas attends annual classes for free and it reduces her cost on supplies just for attending. She says she learns soooooo much every time she goes.

Sue – ((((hugs)))) I find it releasing to through a fit sometimes when life is just overwhelming and unfair. I stomp around the house, fussing and fuming and then settle down and drink a cup of hot tea. Know we are thinking of you.

David – where are ya????


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Hello:

At work today and about to go to the gym. Eating on track. Just had a one to one with the Fidelity rep for "Pre-Retirees". She gave me a good bill of health and said I would be OK if I retired or lost my job at 60.

I had seen the ortho hip specialist on Friday, and we both agreed that what is going on with my R Hip is likely more than bursitis. Its deep pain, spasms with certain movements, not muscular/bone but possibly in the ligament. There appears to be no problem structurally with the hip joint. The ache is deep and constant, and aggravated when pressure is placed on my R hip. 2 people have asked me what is wrong with my leg and why am I slightly limping.
I have to go for an MRI with IV contrast and Arthrogram on Dec. 26. Dr. prescribed painkillers and changed it from Naprosyn to Narcotic analgesics--I was shocked he prescribed 50 tablets. I wonder if I will be able to continue walking as fast as as long on the treadmill. I am OK for now, but one day last week just made it by using no incline.

Justme--Glad you are in good spirits. I agree with you, for experienced cooks and dieters we can look at a recipe and see where more calories could have been cut. Many of these reduced recipes don't seem worth the effort cause they are still high calorie, sugar, or fat. I am enjoying life now; losing weight has brought the real me back.

Tammyand--Well you know how to get those meeting pounds off...Its the story of our lives when we are fine when left to our own meals at home; then if we eat away from home and eat what everyone else eats-- we gain weight. Maybe we shouldn't worry about what happens and just enjoy the food. We'll be on a diet the rest of our lives anyway. emoticon

Sue--By now you must have had the meeting with the HR....I hope you come back just because we are your friends. It will come out all right and your faith will be tested. You just lost 90 pounds...by May you'll have lost way more and be ready for whatever you need to tackle.

Debbie--Enjoy Disneyland with your handsome hubby. You know I look forward to meeting you when you come to the DC area. I have met members from internet groups before and its such a great thing to do and helps validate friendships.

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Good morning Sparklers,
Happy compliance Monday
I am feeling very motivated today. Maybe it was meeting Debby yesterday and seeing her success. I am starting the day with my new smoothie. I have started my food journal to take to the diabetic nutritionist.
I hope all is well with everyone. I am worried about my son right now as he seems to be battling a bout of depression. The holidays are often very rough on people with mood disorders.
My mood is definitely on the upswing. A few day of rain then lots of sunshine. Life seems to be good right now.
Spark On
Linda

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12/15/14 12:02 A

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I agree with Debby - it was meeting with an old friend, somehow the conversation just blossomed and took us to really fun places. I look forward to the time we can meet and walk together as we talk. May be on a mountain trail.
Should also tell you she looks great. Her picture does not do her justice.
I am heading to bed now. Really tired from yesterday.
Sue you certainly have a reason to feel the way you do. When I was young and just could not take it anymore I used to beat a fence post. I would get a rope and beat the post until I got all my mad out. Luckily we had a fairly large property so the neighbors did not see me.

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12/14/14 11:59 P

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A brief check in to say I am back safely from our family get together. Will have a lot of damage to undo after the past 2 days of eating whatever I wanted. I know I can get back on track....but it will be a challenge I think.

Linda and Debby - So way cool that you two got to meet. Hope you took photos.

Sue - Hang in there. This is an understandably rough time for you. Thanks for letting us know you are still here with us.

Marlene - I will look for the veggie pasta next time I get to Wegman's. Must tell you I LOVE the Debbie Meyers green sponges. They work well and are supposed to not grow bacteria the way regular sponges do.

Cat - Hope your day of rest was a good one.

Edited by: TAMMYAND at: 12/15/2014 (00:01)
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12/14/14 10:59 P

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Checking in once again to let you all know that I'm still here. I had great time today visiting old friends and meeting Linda. I think Linda and I could have spent hours talking. I can really see her as a teacher - and a really good one, at that. I totally agree with her about my husband. He is a pretty good looking guy from my very biased point of view.

Tomorrow is our last full day here. We're spending it at Disneyland (one can never get enough Disneyland), then packing up and heading home on Tuesday. Then it's back to getting on track and resuming my exercise and volunteer schedule. It sure has been a full and fun trip !

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12/14/14 10:08 P

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Hello Everyone!

Just to let you know that I'm still hanging in there.. totally depressed, angry, and whirlwind of emotions .. so tired of being let down .. but I will survive. Hope you are all doing well.

God's Blessings,
Sue

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