Message board topics
Reply Create A New Topic Subscribe to this Discussion
Author:
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
11/15/18 6:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Psalm 89:17 You are their glorious strength. It pleases You to make us strong.

We do not have to handle problems alone. We bring them to the Lord as soon we are aware of them. That will put space between us and the problem. We always have to Lord with us to handle every situation.
-Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

There are times when I am very strong and nothing can shake me from the path to healthy living. That's where I was in October. There are times when I cannot get back on the right path. That's where I am this month. Too many false starts that lead no where. I need the Lord's strength now to help me.It pleases Him to make me strong!

Serenity Prayer
- Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 11/15/2018 (06:17)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
11/12/18 11:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
What a weekend. Very busy!

Saturday my niece said she smelled gas when she sat on the front porch so I called the gas company again. They were out a month ago and replaced something by the meter. This time he said the furnace is putting out more than 4000 units of carbon monoxide (through the exhaust to the outside, not in the house..) It should only be 400. The gas company guy unplugged the furnace.
I called our heating guy and he told him what was going on. The heating guy came by a few hours later (I was his 6th call of people without heat). The heat box was too hot so he took the door off the box so we could use the furnace for the weekend. The furnace people are coming Monday afternoon to replace the furnace.

We have been without a working doorbell since August. Long story. A guy came out in August and said his boss would call me so we could decide whether to stay with a wired bell or change to a wireless. I called the electrician's office today and left another message to see when they are coming.
The kitchen fan+light is not working properly

My niece picked up her "new" used car from the dealer. She's so excited. Sunday morning it wouldn't start. Another niece came by and gave her car a jump. It ran the rest of Sunday. Monday morning (today) it wouldn't start again. She called the dealer. They came and got it and left her a 2015 rental, nice.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
11/11/18 9:00 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply





 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
11/7/18 8:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Someone posted this on the Community Feed today: "For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness." Ralph Waldo Emerson

That can also apply to other emotions. For every minute I am sad, I lose a minute of happiness, peace, and contentment.

I live with chronic pain.I can't do much about that. Reminds me of the line from the serenity pray, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

I cry every day. I cry because I hurt. I cry because I'm frustrated. I cry because life is passing me by. I cry for things I cannot change. I cry for things I could change but fail to do so.

I never used to cry very much. Crying changes nothing and only makes me feel worse. A few years ago, I gave myself permission to cry as I worked through grief and sorrow.
Mom was my best friend. I didn't cry when she died because I was so glad she was no longer suffering. My faith was strong. She was now in heaven with our Lord, free from pain and suffering.
My relationship with Dad was good but grew stronger and sweeter after Mom passed. We did more things together. Life changed for us when he suffered a pulmonary embolism a year and half before he passed away. My sister moved in with us to help with his care.
I grieved deeply when he passed. I gave myself permission to cry. Was that a mistake? I have been crying about everything ever since.

Now I cry because of my inability to stay the course here. I am happy when I get a streak going, losing pounds and inches. That is followed by deep sadness and many tears when I regain and see what I am doing to myself. When I cross a certain weight, my mobility drastically worsens and my pain increases and hope slips away. Why am I doing this to myself?


Serenity Prayer
- Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 11/8/2018 (12:36)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
11/6/18 9:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Don't let your circumstances determine or control your feelings. Connect your joy to God's precious promises:
I am with you and will watch over you wherever you are.
I will meet all your needs according to my glorious riches.
Nothing can ever separate you from my love.

You can be content in every situation. You can live as close to God as your choose.

-God Calling, by Sarah Young. Nov 5 lesson.

I really needed this lesson today. The results of the election are not looking good.

My church posted this: "It’s not difficult to see the division that politics has caused in our nation. As a melting pot, our country is made up of people with varying backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences.
On this election day, remember that God is greater. God is greater than the issues our country faces. God is greater than political division. God is greater than any leader who is put into office. No matter your political beliefs or the results you’re hoping for, place your trust in Him. When your trust is in God alone, you can be confident no matter the results."

Don't let circumstances or situations determine and control our feelings. Easier to say than to do. Our joy is from God's precious promises, not based on the bleak outlook in our country.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 11/6/2018 (23:30)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
11/5/18 11:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am strong willed.
I am optimistic.
I have a kind and generous heart.
I value integrity and honesty.
I have an uncanny ability to not foresee negative consequences until I am in trouble.
I am a better starter than finisher.
I procrastinate.
I put off what I don't want to do, and do less important tasks first.
I am better than I used to be at setting goals, and seeing the steps it takes to bring them to fruition.
I like working with details.
I don't listen well. I remember generalities.
I have more enthusiasm than talent.
I like creative pursuits within boundaries of what I have learned.
I like to be safe.
I am not a free spirit. Winging it does not bring the desired results.
I choose easy over hard.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 11/5/2018 (11:53)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
11/2/18 12:54 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6538593


I just came across a great blog writer that I will enjoy following. The link above is to her blog about the difference between discipline and motivation. I hadn't considered that before. I write a lot about motivation.

Per the dictionary:
Discipline is " to punish (someone) as a way of making sure that rules or orders are obeyed. : to train (yourself) to do something by controlling your behavior."
Motivation is " the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something : the act or process of motivating someone. : the condition of being eager to act or work : the condition of being motivated. : a force or influence that causes someone to do something."

I'm afraid my generation of free-spirits saw discipline as a nasty word, more in line with the first definition: Punishment! It is only in later years when I am bearing the results of my free-spirit attitude that I now want to embrace self-discipline because it's the vehicle that makes my dreams come true and takes me where I want to go. Oh, that I had learned that when I was young.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 11/2/2018 (13:24)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/26/18 11:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6535383


What I've Learned from SparkPeople by IVANHOE62
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts
Thursday, October 18, 2018

I wrote a blog on emotional eating on 10/25/18 that included a quote from IVANHOE62's blog. Here is the quote:
"Weight loss is not the goal; healthy living is the goal. I cannot overstate how important this is. I came to SparkPeople to lose weight, but later, I realized that it wasn't only about weight loss. Weight loss is the means to the end; the end is healthy living..."

I have not been consistent this week at all. I have been all over the board on calories, wiping out much of the progress I've made since the reboot in Sept 2018. Tonight the quote above is finding fertile soil in my brain.I am not doing well just concentrating on getting these unhealthy pounds and inches off. I did well until I started questioning the nutrients I was logging (how to get more fiber, less sodium, etc). That ALWAYS ends up with me adding unnecessary calories in the attempt to reach the right levels, which ironically I never succeed in doing. I've lived all these years without reaching the right levels. My goal for now MUST be getting down to a healthier weight and size before there is no road back to better health. How many chances does a body get?

Goal: Healthy Living
The plan:
1. Intuitive eating. Eat when hungry. Stop when approaching full.
2. Slash calories. Choose healthier foods that are lower in calories and carbs, like fruit and vegetables.
3. Move it. 10 or more minutes of exercise.
4. Get enough sleep. Go to bed before midnight.
5. Work on inner voice. Feed it positive messages. Get it on board with the plan.

I can do it. I will do it.

Somebody (me) said it couldn't be done
but she with a chuckle replied
Maybe it couldn't, but she would be one
who wouldn't say so till she tried.
She buckled right in with a trace of a grin
on her face. If she worried she hid it.
She started to sing as she tackled that thing
that couldn't be done, and she did it.

She believed she could, so she did,


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/26/2018 (23:09)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/25/18 12:48 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Someone posted in Community Feed about how hard it was when she had a miscarriage, but how much harder are the things her daughter is doing now. It's causing her to shut down, not eat. I have been crying since I read it. Suddenly I'm re-living the dark times when life was so incredibly hard that I couldn't eat or sleep, terrified, unable to function, icy cold inside and unable to get warm.It's little comfort at the time to know that everything changes with time.
As the Holy Scriptures say, Don't worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's troubles are enough for today." (Matthew 6)

After I wrote this, I realized I had the bones of a blog. Passion was running deep through the tears. Excitement or passion make the best writing. So this was expanded, polished, and posted today as Emotional Eating.

A Spark friend responded that this reminded her of the words of Simon and Garfunkle's song, Hello darkness, my old friend. I've never understood that song so I looked it up. Simon was still living at home when he wrote it. He liked the acoustics of the sound bouncing off the tiles in the bathroom. One night he went into the bathroom again to sing in the dark, greeting it with, Hello, darkness, my old friend. I get that.
The article went on to say it was a bit of post adolescent angst about nobody listening to anybody.
Applying that to my blog is a bit murky, but I think she was comparing our unhealthy love affair with food to the opening lines, Hello darkness, my old friend.
When I think about it, unhealthy love affair with food leads to a very dark place eventually. But Spark is helping us turn all that around.
Last week IVANHOE64 won a popular blog award, posting the reasons he was here on Spark. The very first item was that this is about healthy living. Losing weight is a component of healthy living, not the crux.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6535383


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/25/2018 (20:49)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/22/18 10:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Important Links on Spark

Message Board - Site/Technical Help
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_t
opics.asp?imboard=5


Message Board - Site/Technical Help - New Sparkcoach Feedback, Questions & Request
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.a
sp?imparent=46899036&imboard=5


Article about the new Spark Coach feature and new Start page
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?
post=sparkcoach_own_your_day_with_our_ne
w_feature


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/22/2018 (10:47)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/21/18 11:51 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6464491


The Surprising Benefits of Fasting
Sunday, February 18, 2018 by SKATER787.

Today she posted a blog that this is her 36th week of fasting so I had to go back to the beginning blog to find out what she is doing. She was stuck on a plateau (or even gaining) so she started fasting every weekend. She then spends the weekend preparing meals for the rest of the week because she has time then.

I've never been good at (food) fasting. I've tried fasting for a whole day many times and failed miserably. It works better to fast one or two meals. When I started Weigh Down Workshop many years ago, the first assignment was to not eat until we felt actual stomach-hunger. I didn't eat for 4 days and felt fantastic, so I can do this. And that is a little like what I am doing now with intuitive eating, waiting for stomach-hunger. Not as extreme as it was then. I assure you that I do eat every day!

Intuitive eating sends up red flags to the naysayers. They warn about the dangers of skipping meals. Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal (but we know that idea was started by cereal companies as an advertising gimmick way back when). I do have to be on guard about not shifting all my eating to late night. See the last entry below.
This fits with intuitive eating. I am not hungry in the morning. Sometimes I am not hungry at other times during the day. If I listen to what my body is telling me, I lose weight doing this. I am not starving. I am logging everything in the nutrition tracker. Everything in moderation but I am trying to pick lower calorie, lower carbs, like eating more vegetables.

I was so proud of myself tonight. It was later than I wanted to eat because Sis thought her daughter might be bringing supper. I hate when she brings food after I've already eaten. Hard to say no when she's so thoughtful.
Tonight she was exhausted when she came home (empty-handed) and went to bed after a shower.

Too late at night for a regular meal. I wanted something light so I chose green beans (1 can=70 calories). I got my veggies in today (lunch and supper). Celebrating a good eating day.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/22/2018 (11:21)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/21/18 11:02 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6535271


Yikes - You Are at Your Lowest Weight for the Rest of the Year!
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 blog by KalisWalker about the task for the 5% Challenge group this week.

Be mindful of what you are doing. Each day this week plan to catch yourself doing the right thing at least once. You choose one place, activity, event, situation, setting where you usually do eat RANDOMLY. If it is NOT your meal time, or your pre-planned healthy snack time, or a medically necessary snack, than do the right thing, DO NOT eat.

Keep aware of why you are eating and commit to avoiding Random Eating. Ask yourself is it meal time, how long since I ate, how long till my next meal, can I wait a little longer till my next meal? You get the idea. Unless you have a medical need to eat while you are watching TV, on the internet, reading, etc. Why are you eating?

My personal rule is 'why am I here'? Costco - to shop not to eat samples. Coffee in the church hall - to visit with friends not eat goodies. Theater - to watch the movie not to eat popcorn and candy. Parties or happy hour - I am there to have fun and visit my friends. Playing cards – to socialize and have fun.

No Random Eating - Plan for when you will not randomly eat. Plan for success and know what you will do if you are tempted. In the moment when you are struggling to resist temptation distract yourself immediately Examples - If you are watching TV, shut off the TV go into another room, brush your teeth, go for a walk, play with the dog, clean the bathroom, whatever it takes so you do not carry out your usual activity coupled with a bout of mindless eating. When you are truly not hungry do something else. For instance if the TV show is so boring you have to eat, find something more interesting to do. Shift your focus to anything but food.
* * * * * * * * * *

Evenings are my worst. I want to eat after supper. I want to eat while watching television or working on the computer.

A comment in a Sparker's blog that I read tonight mentioned not eating after 8 PM. It reminded me that I used to do that a long time ago. Late night is when I can really stock pile the calories and blow everything I've accomplished today.
Stop eating after supper. Stay out of the kitchen except for water to drink. Keep my mind from straying to the pantry or refrigerator. Go to bed earlier. I need sleep, not food.

Self talk: I am not hungy.
Self talk: I can eat again tomorrow.
Self talk: I will feel victorious if I don't give in to mindless munching.
Self talk: I can do this.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/21/2018 (23:15)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/21/18 11:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6361134


How to Make Setbacks Positive
by SparkGuy

Setback Formula

As a conclusion, here is your 7-step recipe for handling any types of setbacks that come your way:

1) Give yourself a pep talk including forgiving yourself if necessary
2) Review your reasons for being healthy and fit, goals, and vision collage – so that you can build determination to overcome setbacks by knowing what you are fighting for (goals and vision collage will be future activities)
3) Think about what you can learn from the setback and write those lessons down in some form of a journal
4) Ask for help and support from someone if you need it (including the SP community)
5) Set a small goal – the smallest possible goal that you can reach quickly. Importantly, write it down.
6) Go reach that goal and check it off your list.
7) Repeat steps 5 and 6 as many times as possible until you feel like you are back on track! Then once you are back on track continue repeating steps 5 and 6 for the rest of your life! Haha. That’s funny because it’s true ☺.

Note that this formula for handling setbacks applies to any type of life setbacks and not just weight-related ones.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
3) Think about what you can learn from the setback and write those lessons down in some form of a journal

What can I learn from consuming too many calories and regaining some hard lost pounds this last week?

1. I did not like how I felt. Discouraged, defeated, and helpless. I cried.
2. It is harder to get up from chairs again. It was so encouraging to be able to get up easier with each pound lost.
3. It is harder to get in and out of bed. I feel less flexible. Limbs seem heavier than they did last week when I was stringing together one successful day after another.
4. I ordered 3 dresses in the next size smaller. Now I will have to wait longer to wear them.
5. It was hard to get in and out of the car again the last few days. I was making such good progress before.

In the entry below I restated my goals and reasons. I like how I feel when I am losing weight. I know I will feel even better when I get down to a healthy size.

My Reason to be Healthy...
Independence! To have the surgeries I need to get my life back. To take care of myself. To go where I want and do what I want when I want.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/21/2018 (11:32)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/21/18 10:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/coach/program.asp

Putting a Stop to Emotional Eating
by Dietician Becky Hand

...Nine times out of ten, what really leads to emotional eating is getting caught in a "mind storm" of worst-case scenarios, projections, misinterpretations, and all the emotional overreactions that come with these thoughts. This "storm" turns a manageable challenge into something that makes you feel helpless, overwhelmed, ashamed or afraid—and sends you to the kitchen to find something to stuff those extreme feelings. When you can stay grounded in the moment of stress, you have many more options. Here are some tips to help you stay grounded and out of the “mind storm” that may lead to emotional eating:

- Take a few deep breaths. Counting to 10 can also help.
- Remind yourself where you are. Look around, notice and name the colors and shapes in the space around you.
- Notice the physical sensations you are experiencing. Whether it’s a sinking feeling, turmoil in your stomach, tension in your hands or jaw, restricted breathing, or heat on the back of your neck, try to name the feelings that go with the sensation...

...ask yourself some of the following questions:

- Is this a situation that I can control?
- Is there anything I can do right now that will change or help this situation?
- How big a deal is this, anyway? If I knew I was going to die in a week, would this be something I would want to spend this minute of my remaining time on?
- Will any bad things happen if I postpone thinking about this until I have more time to figure things out?
- Do I have all the information I need to decide how to respond to this? Do I really know what’s going on here, or am I making assumptions? Am I worrying about things that might not even happen? What do I need to check out before taking action?
- Am I trying to control something I can't, like what other people think, say, or do?
- Have I really thought through this problem, and broken it down into manageable pieces I can handle one-at-a-time?

This is where writing in a journal can come in handy and allow you to work through your thoughts and the process of what you’re thinking and feeling and what steps you can take now and in the future to prevent emotional eating from happening.

Here are some suggestions to further combat emotional eating:

- Get your trigger foods out of the house, get your crutch foods out of arms’ reach
- Go for a walk or jog. Physical activity relieves stress.
- Do deep breathing and relaxation exercises
- Keep a reminder of your goal handy at all times
- Reach out to a friend or family member
- Turn to the SparkPeople Message Boards for help and support
- Surround yourself with positive reinforcers, like pictures and people
- Keep a journal that includes your best personal accomplishments, along with some of your thoughts and feelings of what might be triggers for your emotional eating and how you can be better prepared for those situations in the future
- Keep a food journal to help you identify your emotional eating triggers

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/21/2018 (10:13)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/21/18 10:03 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Spark Coach Daily Visualization
Close your eyes and imagine all of your goals laid out in front of you on a giant billboard. Why do you want to reach those goals so badly and how will they change your life? What choices should you make today to get you one step closer to those goals?

I've written about this lately. It was the first lesson of the 28 Day Challenge that I'm doing.

Reasons for goals: mobility, independence, decreasing/eliminating pain, having the surgeries I need now. Mental contentment and happiness.

Goals: Eat much less, below calorie limit.
Move more. Move deliberately. Move mindfully.
Go to bed earlier (before midnight). Sleep longer.
Visit Spark daily. Use the trackers. Use Community Journal daily and blog frequently. Participate! Encourage others. Find a Spark buddy.






 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/21/18 9:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning, Annie. It's going to be a great day. I can feel the excitement coursing through my veins. Sort or a mini-reboot because I've had a slippery couple of weeks, erasing some of my recent hard work. ENOUGH! I can do this. Doing whatever it takes.

I still have lots of time before the next oncologist appointment. I am determined to be down more than 50 pounds by then.

I've been memorizing Edgar Guest's poem, Somebody Said It Couldn't Be Done. Bits and pieces pop into my mind, changed from He to She (meaning me).
She started to sing as she tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and she did it! I am tackling getting rid of these excess pounds, and I am doing it! The singing part is the self-talk. She buckled right in with the trace of a grin on her face. If she worried, she hid it. More self-talk. It's all in the attitude.

Listening to Christmas music this gloomy Sunday morning. No gloom in here. The trees are very still. Lots of orange pumpkins left in the field. They've taken them out by the truckloads. Soybeans not harvested yet. Soon.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/21/2018 (09:49)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/20/18 4:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am so excited. I know I need to be more regular with exercise. The gym used to be my happy place. I loved being there. That's how I stayed trim. In 2004 I had a year long recovery after a difficult hip replacement and could not go to the gym. I started gaining weight during the 3 months I was off work. That's when I looked on line for a site that could help me, and signed up for Spark.
Now the gym is closed, so that is not an option. Because I gave up driving, I can't really go anywhere to another gym or to walk trails. I knew I should look on Spark to find exercises I could tailor to my fitness level. Any exercise is better than none!

WarriorSue sent me an invitation to join her Fitness Challenge. I joined today.

I did 50 minutes of Coach Nicole seated videos. Not perfectly but I did them. I am so excited! I did it!
I will try to add 10 more minutes later for a total of 60 minutes today.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/19/18 8:08 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?ID=2163


"Older women are at greater risk for osteoporosis than males, making exercise incredibly important. Weight-bearing exercise will help strengthen bones and prevent the many symptoms and pains of osteoporosis. Our bones regrow every 10 years from the inside out, so the more often women are exercising and producing stronger bones, the better!" Mom Trainer Sarah Ann Kelly

"It's beneficial to participate in functional movements rather than isolation exercises. Some examples are squats with bicep curls or squats with a bent over row. Everyday tasks include bending down to pick something up, or getting up out of chairs or out of cars. It’s important to work those muscles that we recruit in daily tasks." Fitness trainer Cheryl Russo

"Joints stiffen with age, as the ligaments and tendons have less elasticity. Exercise can improve joint mobility and reduce pain associated with aging." Trainer Sarah Bright, Bright Fitness

"Regular exercise helps to boost mood and regulate sleep patterns. Not only does it release endorphins, but it's also a beneficial stressor to the body. The brain compensates for the physical stress by increasing the amount of time you spend in deep sleep." Founder and creator of Burn, Lisa Corsello

Physical activity has been shown to decrease symptoms of depression in older adults.

"Studies have consistently shown that exercise improves cognitive function and reduces the risk of dementia." Exercise physiologist and author Rachel Straub

"A lot of the symptoms that we associate with old age—such as weakness and loss of balance—are actually symptoms of inactivity, not age." Dr. Alicia I. Arbaje on WebMD

"Improved balance will help to prevent falls and accidents. Simple exercises in your workouts—like standing on one leg, coordination drills and core stability exercises—will improve your balance, reaction, coordination and joint stability." Mom Trainer Sarah Ann Kelly

"Mild cardio can stave off cognitive decline, lower blood pressure and keep weight balanced." Fitness trainer Treva Brandon Scharf

"Moderate intensity exercise can help lower systolic blood pressure." JoAnn Yanez, N.D

"It’s never too late to stay active and increase your lean body mass. This is especially important if you are ever admitted to the hospital. Research has shown that having inadequate lean body mass is correlated with an increased length of stay in the hospital." Registered dietitian Lisa Mikus, Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services

"Keeping the legs and core strong, as well as the aerobic capacity, will enable seniors to walk up and down stairs without exerting a lot of effort if they live in a two-story home." Fitness trainer Cheryl Russo

Adhering to a regular exercise program has just as much impact on the length of your life as quitting smoking.

"Seniors should exercise in order to boost their memory power and to stay strong for their daily tasks. The more they exercise, the more they can maintain their balance, agility, strength and coordination. Plus, it will give them a greater quality of life and help them to be more independent as they continue to age." Fitness professional Angelique Millis

"A combination of resistance exercise and a high-quality, protein-rich diet is critical to prevent muscle loss as we age. Maintaining muscle mass prevents negative physiological outcomes associated with sarcopenia, or age-related muscle wasting, and can dramatically improve quality of life." Registered dietitian Laura Dilz, Lime & Greens Nutrition

"Exercise helps seniors improve their strength, leading to more independence and better quality of life." Personal trainer and owner of A-Team Fitness Alex McBrairty

"Exercise helps to mobilize the joints and can reduce the pain and stiffness often associated with arthritis, and may even prevent arthritis in some cases." JoAnn Yanez, N.D.

You can find exercise classes and routines designed specifically for older adults, which helps to ease the transition into fitness.

"Stretching is vital. Flexibility staves off muscle and ligament strains and tears." Fitness trainer Cheryl Russo

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/19/2018 (20:22)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/19/18 7:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Looking back to glean strength from what I was doing after the reboot Sept 22.

Here is a post from 24 September 2018 "What I have done this weekend is more like intuitive eating, waiting for true hunger. Forget the routine three meals or six meals a day. Don't eat if not hungry... I am down 2.4 pounds since I started it."

26 Sept 2018: "Down 6 pounds since I rebooted on the weekend.
Yesterday could have been so different. Toward evening I was wanting to munch. Several times my mind wandered to the kitchen but I didn't get up and go. Suddenly my mind started being my motivator. It told me I wasn't really hungry, that I could wait until tomorrow to eat again. I was busy on the computer and didn't get up. This morning when I got on the scale, I was glad I listened."

28 Sept 2018 "With intuitive eating there is no specific number of times to eat. I want to be careful not to shift my eating away from morning and stockpile in the evening when I should be winding down. To combat that tendency in the evening when my mind wants to eat, I ask myself if I am REALLY hungry or can I wait until tomorrow? Usually I can wait. It's easy to go ahead and eat because I have more calories left, even when I am not hungry."
"I am logging my food in the nutrition tracker."

Looking at the nutrients in the tracker, I tried to tweak how I was eating recently. You can see where that led, to more calories! I will continue to monitor potassium since I take potassium meds 3 times a day.
Go back to what works. Just do it. Intuitive eating. Do not eat when not hungry. Stop before full.

My Plan

1. Intuitive eating. Just do it. Don't question or tweak what works. How we feel doesn't always mirror reality.
2. Use the nutrition tracker so I know where I am.
3. Don't go to the kitchen when my mind thinks about eating (when I am not hungry).
4. My mind was my motivator. Remember the Spark Coach lesson about using self-talk to motivate and move them along toward a healthier life? There were a couple of articles about it that I read the same day.
5. Don't listen to naysayers. (Losing weight too quickly is unhealthy. Weighing this much is unhealthy. Choose your unhealthy.)

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/19/2018 (07:44)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/19/18 6:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Only I can turn this around. I am stronger than I think. The struggle is in my mind.
Here is an inspiring poem my mother used to quote:

It Couldn’t Be Done
BY EDGAR ALBERT GUEST

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.


Brandy Gerber Fine Art

Here is another inspirational poem along the same lines.

SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD
R.S.Grey

She believed she could and so she did
She broke free from the chains
She shirked the thoughts that went before
She took life by the reigns

She challenged every obstacle
She broke down every wall
She shook the cries of ‘you can’t do it’
She didn’t fear the fall

She failed to fail, she proved them wrong
She bared her heart to all
She showed the world she’d had enough
If she couldn’t run she’d crawl

She lit the night with passion bright
She sometimes cried and cowered
But never, did she give up hope
She blossomed and she flowered


Brandy Gerber Fine Art

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/19/2018 (07:21)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/19/18 6:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
IVANHOE posted a blog, What I've Learned from SparkPeople.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6535383


In the light of how beat up and defeated I am feeling this morning, his words are a balm and a light. I am copying the body of his blog below (items 1-8)..

1. Weight loss is not the goal; healthy living is the goal. I cannot overstate how important this is. I came to SparkPeople to lose weight, but later, I realized that it wasn't only about weight loss. Weight loss is the means to the end; the end is healthy living. Just as it's unhealthy to be overweight, it's also unhealthy to be underweight. That's the reason to keep healthy living as the goal.

With that in mind, I would suggest that the best thing to do with height-weight charts is to ignore them. They're "one-size fits all", and that just doesn't work. PLEASE ask your doctor what your ideal weight is. He sees you and knows you.

2. Stay within your calorie range. SP gives you a calorie range for a reason, and if you follow it, it works. It isn't helpful to go over, and it also isn't helpful to go under. Remember that food is fuel; keep yourself fueled (and hydrated).

3. No food is off limits. This is one of the great things about SP; it isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle change. You can eat anything, although you must take responsibility for what you eat. SP taught me how to make wiser decisions about food, so that I was eating fewer calories, but healthier food, while being satisfied rather than stuffed.

4. Cross-training is important. If your walk or run a lot, your legs will get tired, and you should rest them. On the day they rest, it is good to do some other form of exercise, such as strength training. A weekly day (or two) of complete rest is acceptable, too.

5. Non-scale victories (NSVs) are important. We must keep track of our weight, but the scale doesn't tell the whole story. Improvements in neck and waist measurements, heart rate, and blood pressure are some of the "non-scale victories" that are worth attaining. Perhaps one of the most exciting NSVs is having to buy new clothes in a smaller size! There are many others. Don't be discouraged if you find that you're not losing weight; look for NSVs, and be proud of them.

6. Don't skimp on sleep. A good night's sleep does wonders for weight loss, blood pressure, and other health factors. (I'll write a blog post on sleep later.)

7. Slow and steady wins the race. SP designs its program to help people to lose no more than two pounds a week. It takes time, but it's the wisest approach.

8. Every day is a new day. We all have bad days, and we all mess up. When it happens, learn your lesson and move on. Don't beat yourself up.






 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/19/18 6:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This is a very sad day for me. I lost over 8 pounds this month. Then I managed to wipe out the entire loss the last few days. I've been going back to old eating habits. I lost my strong place.

A Sparker recently blogged about treating every day as a new start. Forgetting the past and only working hard on today. At the time I was thinking the reverse, that no matter how bad our yesterdays have become, it's really still only one continuous journey. We can say we are starting over but there is only one true beginning. The rest is more of the same journey.
Now I think I need to adopt her idea. I need to treat today like it's a fresh start. Forget the last few days. Do what I need to do today. If it is a fresh start, my enthusiasm will be high and my motivation unsoiled.

We ate at Bricktown yesterday. We have leftover huge baked potatoes. I thought about turning them into scalloped potatoes, or cubed potatoes topped with chicken and cream of mushroom soup, or fried potatoes and onions. They were huge, hot all the way through, but not soft enough to cut. That's why we brought them home to use another way. In light of my desire to start over, I really can't indulge in a high calorie way to fix those potatoes in a dish for one.
I need to wait for hunger. I need to eat sparingly. It really does not take a lot of fuel to keep this inactive body going any more,.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/19/2018 (06:57)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/16/18 12:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
28 Day Program - Day 2 Why do you want to be healthy?

Question Two: When you look back on your life, what do you hope to see? What needs to change in your life now to achieve that vision?

Independence. A rich, colorful, full life. Living life to the fullest. Helping others. Going places. Being with people. Doing things.
What needs to change? I need to be as healthy as I can be for that to happen to the fullest. I need the shoulder surgeries!

Question Three: What are three things that make you most excited about being a healthier you?

1. Independence! Freedom to do what I want and go where I want without depending on another.
2. Less pain.
3. So many options will open for me: doing things with others, indulging in my creative side (art, jewelry making, classes, photography, art museum, LIBRARY!). Going out with friends and family. Visiting friends and family. Being involved with church activities. Going for walks. Traveling again.
4.Cleaning my house properly. Doing yard work and gardening.

These are all powerful and positive reasons to lose weight and inches, and get healthy! Everything I do, I do with this body. There are things I can still do, like reading and writing and working on the computer, watching television. I want more than that. Greedy for life. A rich, full life.
If I didn't have any options, I would accept and make the most of it. but I have options. My weight is stopping me from having the surgeries. And beyond that, being a healthier size makes every aspect of life easier.
I want to be a better steward of what God has given me. I want my life to be a praise offering to him.

My final answer I posted for the question, Why Do You Want to Be Healthy? was this: Independence! To have the surgeries I need to get my life back. To take care of myself. To go where I want and do what I want when I want.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/16/2018 (12:45)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/16/18 12:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
28 Day Program - Day 2 Why do you want to be healthy?

"The purpose of asking "Why do you want to be healthy?" is to determine what is most meaningful to you and set that as a foundation for your journey to better health. This is not about setting specific goals—we'll get to that later. It does, however, provide you with a very powerful motivational tool, allowing you to stay focused on reaching your goals. By connecting your reason to be healthy with the goal you're trying to achieve, you'll be much more likely to achieve all of your goals, big and small."

Question One: What hurdles have you come up against in the last six months? How could being healthy have made those hurdles nonexistent or easier to handle?

I need one shoulder replaced, and a torn rotator cuff repaired on the other shoulder cannot have the surgeries unless I can get up from a chair without using my arms while recuperating for two months.

I am in pain. I hurt when I move. Sometimes I hurt when I am still.
I have trouble getting comfortable in the bed so that affects sleep.
Sometimes the pain and discomfort wake me.
I don't stay in bed the whole night.
My legs swell so I have to wear wraps and take naps.I have to stay near my bathroom after I take the water pill every morning.
My blood pressure is higher than the norm.
I am unable to bathe, dress, and comb my hair without assistance.
I have to use higher chairs and elevated toilet seats. My bed is high. I have a lift chair.
I cannot visit others who do not have these in place. I cannot stay in hotels that do not have higher beds and handicap bathrooms. I take my own elevated seat with me. I cannot use public restrooms (stores, church, restaurants) for the same reason. I cannot be gone from home too long because I need my own bathroom that is set up for me.
I have trouble of stairs. I am over the weight limit on the chair lift at home.
I use a rollator much of the time.
I cannot reach shelves I used to be able to reach. I have to ask others to get things for me.
I cannot get food out of the refrigerator unless it is on the front of the shelves or in the door. I cannot get food and dishes out of the upper cupboards.
I cannot pick things up off the floor. I use a long handled reacher and other assistance devices.
I cannot put on or take off a sweater when I am cold. I cannot put on or take off a coat when I need without assistance.
I cannot reach the seatbelt in the car. I do not feel safe driving because it is hard to turn the wheel for turns. My car has not been properly cleaned inside and out in the manner it was used to, since I stopped driving.
Since I am not driving, I cannot go to the library or sign up for classes or go out to eat when I want to. I cannot go the post office or bank alone. I cannot go to the grocery store to get the food that fits my plan.
I cannot stand on my feet long without my back hurting. I cannot stand long to prepare meals. I try to keep up with doing dishes, frequent small batches so I don't have to stand long, then air dry and put away later.
I cannot do housecleaning the way I used to. It is hard to sweep the floor or run the vacuum sweeper. I can't clean windows.
It hurts to write very long or type on the computer because of shoulder pain.
It affects everything I do.

A secondary effect to losing weight is avoiding embarrassment and censure at medical appointments.

How could being healthy have made those hurdles nonexistent or easier to handle?
I could have my life back if I had the shoulder surgeries. I could take care of myself and be independent. I could travel, visit family and friends, go out to eat or to a concert or special events. I could see the pioneer days and war re-enactments. I could be a tourist again.I could visit the art museum and the zoo. I could do my own grocery shopping and prepare meals. I could carry more of the load that my family is doing now. I could drive when we go out so Sis doesn't have to do it all. Her eye sight is not good. I have missed so much because I am not driving.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/22/2018 (11:33)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/15/18 12:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/sparkamerica.a
sp


Aha! I knew I didn't make it up. When I first stumbled on Spark in 2006, this is what I found. It seemed to be for teams of people who worked for the same company, etc. It didn't really seem useful to me, so I found another "diet" site where I paid to be a member until 2008. I liked the team concept. They offered menus based on all the latest and greatest plans, like Atkins, Dr Perricone, Suzanne Sommers, Dr Phil, Mediterranean, etc. By 2008 they were phasing those plans out and only using menus generated by their staff. I was not happy about that and had heard more about Spark so I checked it out.

Spark was free and had a lot of helpful things on their site. It was time to make the change. 2008 was a good year, and I made progress, losing 45 pounds.
It's been up and down since then, more up than down. I've learned a lot. I keep getting back up and trying again.

Thank you, Spark!

In all the years I've been active here (2008 to 2018), I've never found that original Spark page with the companies teams. One night it came to me to check out the words, Spark America. This is what I found when I googled it. I still don't see any links on my Start page to this Spark America page. However when I'm in the Spark America site, it lets me come to my page.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/15/2018 (00:45)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/14/18 11:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Browsing blogs on Spark tonight.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GGRSPARK

I enjoyed looking at this Sparker's photos. There are a lot of them from trips and walks. Her blogs are very interesting. She is really into walking.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TERRACOT
TAGE


This Sparker is another walker. Both of these ladies are from Canada. I am so envious of their wonderful, scenic walking trails.

Why don't we have places to walk here? The speed limit on our country roads is 55 mph. There is little shoulder to walk on.
The nearest trails would be the metroparks in the cities, anywhere from a half hour to an hour away. Now that I am not driving, even that is a problem.
I just thought of something. I think the nearby village has a short paved walking path in the park by the library. That might be a possibility. It's four miles away so I would need a ride. I've been wanting to got to the library.
I have to get healthy enough to have shoulder surgery.Then I can drive again.That's a big motivator to stay focused.You can't imagine how much being independent again would improve my life.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/14/2018 (23:27)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/14/18 10:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
SWEETENUFGILL is on the No S plan. No snacks, sweets or seconds except on days that begin with S.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SWEETENU
FGILL


I've heard of this before and it has some merit. What caught my attention today is the No snacks. I've become lax the last four days. Blame it on the stress of Sis being in the hospital for surgery and worrying. Blame it on a lack of focus or bad mindset. I am stronger than this. I need to go back to what I've been doing the last few weeks. I can do this.

SWEETENUFGILL blogged about the Spark calendar with daily things to do. October is 31 days to healthier kids, so not really applicable to me. I found it ironic (in light of what I wrote above) that today the calendar said, "Allow periodic splurges. Forbidding goodies entirely is almost guaranteed to send your kids straight to the vending machines at school. Allow the occasional treat, as long as they are eating healthy most of the time."

What I have been doing falls outside of being a periodic splurge or occasional treat. I am not consuming many Halloween candies but I don't feel good about it because it feels like I'm opening the door to laxness and blurring of focus. I believe everything is allowed in moderation. What is working for me right now is keeping my calories centered around meals, not snacks.
It's the same with chips and pop. Yes, I could allow that in moderation. I rarely eat a full serving of chips. I did not drink more than one pop a day, sometimes less.
I am not craving chips, pop, or sweets now. It's more of a convenience because they are quick. I could easily eat something healthier and be happy about it. This is what happens when I don't plan ahead.
I don't like the hit to my motivation when I have unplanned eating episodes, especially when it is not foods that provide nourishment. What a waste of valuable calories.
I am at a strong place. I am very motivated. So for now, I will stay focused and go back to what I've been doing since my reboot on Sept 22, 2018. It works.

Link to Spark calendar: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calendar_2007
-10.pdf


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/15/2018 (11:18)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/13/18 11:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
What a difference. Last night I was uncomfortably full after consuming too many of my daily calories within a short period. This morning I feel empty, and I'm loving it. Remember this feeling. Full is uncomfortable. Slight empty is delicious.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/12/18 8:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Stayed within my calorie range today. The bad part is that all the calories were between 3PM and 8PM, so I'm feeling uncomfortable.

Sis came through the surgery. She may get to come home tomorrow.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/12/2018 (20:10)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/12/18 12:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Down 3+ pounds today for the official Spark weigh in. Just a tiny bit disappointed because I was down more than 4 pounds on Wednesday. I've eaten at the top end of my calorie range the last three days and paid for it on the scale today. Lesson learned.

Recently I realized that I haven't had any pop since I rebooted on Sept 22 this year. How cool is that? I've had chips a couple of times, never a whole serving (15 chips is a serving).
I can't say the same about sweets. Those fun size candies have been fun all right. Most of them are under 100 calories, so one every once in awhile is not a disaster. The truth is that sometimes I've had 4 different fun size bars in one day. That's enough calories for another meal. I'm not on a totally sugar-free plan, but I prefer to use those calories in a healthier way by eating something that contributes to good health and nourishes the body. Be wise about what I eat! It can still be tasty as well as nourishing.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/12/2018 (12:43)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/12/18 12:04 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I created a blog yesterday to direct people to three of ENGINEERMOM's blogs. Several people posted on my blog that they would check them out. When I looked at her blogs this morning, I was disappointed that people who read my blog did not leave comments on ENGINEERMOM's blogs that I recommended. Maybe they read but didn't post. If I've encouraged anyone with it, it's all good.
I nominated ENGINEERMOM as a Spark motivator today.

Yesterday my niece brought Chicago style pizza. I had two pieces. I was hoping to come out at the lower end of the calorie range since Friday is weigh in day for me at Spark.

Today is Sis' surgery for kidney stones. She'll have a tube in her back. They are doing one kidney now. Then she'll have the other one done in 3 weeks. Praying for a good result.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/12/2018 (00:06)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/11/18 1:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Great blog by ENGINEERMOM about what we really crave: a taste, texture, smell, etc. Cut a lot of calories by figuring out what we really want. What do I love about what I crave?

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6532244


Another blog by same Sparker about enjoying the journey. Usually I think that means buck up and do it until you actually learn to love it. She says to do the things you really enjoy. She likes walks but hates the treadmill. Eating low fat makes her crank and low energy. Eating enough fiber makes her feel full. Dairy makes her cholesterol crazy. She likes swimming, dancing, etc, but not fond of weight lifting. Great insight in this blog. Something to think about. What do I like? What do I enjoy?

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6532041


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/11/2018 (14:08)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/10/18 1:38 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Had errands to run this morning, so I had eggs topped with cheese for breakfast.
We stopped at Sonic for lunch. It was surprising how fast I felt full. I ate 4 onion rings and 3 barbecue wings and drank water. Could not eat another bite so brought the other 3 wings and 2 onion rings home for another meal another day. The tracker tells me that is 475 calories. Maybe it wasn't the healthiest choice but it still fits in the calorie range.

When we go up north (30 days a year spread over 5 months), we rely on restaurant meals. During the rest of the year, I rarely go out so today's visit to Sonic was sort of a treat. I love to eat out. Now that I am on a strong streak (starting Sept 22, 2018), I don't request to eat out.
I also love eating at home where I have more control over calories. Food prepared at home seems to have a lot less calories than the same food prepared in a restaurant.
We rarely have family meals at home. Everyone gets what they want when they are hungry. That saves me a lot of calories, allowing me to slip under the radar and not explain when I don't want to eat.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/10/2018 (13:40)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/9/18 1:05 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
For lunch I tried DEVOUR bacon topped meatloaf with smoky garlic mac and cheese. I like the barbecue flavor. I didn't care too much for the meatloaf. Not much bacon flavor or texture in all the barbecue sauce. Mac and cheese was good albeit very small portion. Still 520 calories! Would I have it again? Not sure. Not if I had a better choice at the time.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/9/2018 (13:24)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/9/18 12:59 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
An unusual thing happened today. I got enough sleep!

I have to stay up a half hour after I take my night meds (includes potassium). When we go to our rooms for the night, I take my meds and jump on the computer to wait out the half hour. I know, I know, computer and tv are not recommended within so many hours of going to bed because the light does something to our brains. Sometimes I play one of the games I've downloaded. Sometimes I get on one of my sites on the internet, including Spark or Facebook. Then I fight sleep until 2 or 3 in the morning.
I want to be really tired when I go to bed so I can go to sleep quickly before the chronic pain has time to register and keep me awake. When I can't go to sleep right away, I toss and turn, trying to find a comfortable position.

I get up before 6AM so I'm ready for my shower. Then after dressing, I doze off in the recliner until the water pill makes me run for the bathroom.

I was tired Sunday so I went to bed early, around 9:30 PM. Slept well. Got up at 3:30 PM because I had to go to the bathroom. Wide awake so stayed up. I could have slept in because everyone was busy and I didn't get my shower until later.
I tried to take the doctor-ordered nap in the afternoon Monday but the phone kept ringing so I gave up and yawned the rest of the day.
Monday night I went to bed around 2AM. Slept like a log. Got up at 6AM and did a few things. Again everyone had early appointments so my shower got pushed back. That rarely happens. I went back to bed. Slept great and woke around 9:30 AM, feeling totally refreshed and ready to go. Sun streaming in around the curtain.

Why do I sleep so much better during the day than I do at night? Why is the bed more comfortable in the day than it is at night? I love sleeping in the sunlight, like a cat curled on the windowsill, soaking in the sun.
emoticon

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/9/2018 (13:01)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/8/18 9:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I started today on a high note. The scale moved down 3.2 pounds. It's been slowing down so this was very nice.

Two unplanned eating episodes today. My niece brought a sausage McMuffin mid-morning. I had not eaten yet and had the calories.
I had yogurt and string cheese for lunch. Trying to get more calcium.
Then I got into the Halloween candy dish that my niece so kindly put by my recliner: 5 fun size treats.
Tomato soup (no crackers or bread) for supper. My niece came home from work and brought a McD double cheeseburger.

Not bad on calories but I feel awful. I must remember this nasty feeling and say no next time. I feel so much better when I don't eat this way.
Only vegetables were a pickle and the tomato used in the soup. The fruit was tiny pieces of peach in the 4 oz yogurt.
I do not want to waste my calories this way. Not beating myself up because I really have been doing good. Just want to be consistent.I will be more mindful.

Got hit up for a nice chunk of money today by a relative and later a friend. My head realized awhile ago that I am not doing people a favor when I bail them out, but what's a person to do? I feel bad when people are in need. I am crying as I write this. Sometimes we create our own hardships. Sometimes things happen.

I am constantly hit up by letters and phone calls and emails for charities. I finally had to select the ones I really want to support and let the rest go. We have a responsibility to pay the bills and keep a roof over our heads.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/8/2018 (21:19)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/8/18 8:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
MANDAR187 posted Before and After pictures on the community feed tonight. She weighed 400 pounds on June 7,2017. She weighs 187 on Sept 29, 2018. She follows a strict diet from a dietician, doesn't eat sweets at all, and walks every day.
What an inspiration! Great progress. We can do this!

Link to her page: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MANDARI8
7


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/8/2018 (20:44)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/7/18 12:27 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am so excited because I am eating healthy and feeling great. I am doing this!
For lunch we had fish and green beans. I am satisfied and comfortably full.

My weight stayed the same this morning, so I think I found the highest end of the calorie range (1500). That's the end that I can go without gaining or losing. To keep losing weight I need to come in closer to the lower end of the range. My range is currently set at 1200 to 1500.

This morning I've read several Spark articles and commented on some entries on the Community Feed. I am most encouraged when I encourage others. I pushed myself a little to leave encouraging comments where I would usually just hit the LIKE button (unless it was something that I really felt engaged enough to leave a comment). As I progressed along the Feed sprinkling encouragement, I felt happiness and strength bubbling up inside me. This is one of my Happy Places.

I was thinking about rolling this into a blog. Call it Light the Spark. No, that doesn't capture it because the Spark has been lit for awhile. How about Fan the Flame?
That reminded me of the first lines of a song from my youth that I haven't thought of in a very long time:
It only takes a spark to get a fire going.
And soon all those around are warmed up in it's glowing.
That's how it is with God's love.
Once you experience it...
You want to pass it on.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/7/2018 (12:58)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/6/18 10:53 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Checked the nutrition tracker. Banana has slightly more fiber than an apple but still very small amount. Not really worth the calories.
I browsed all the recipes under High Fiber in Spark Recipes. Found a few soups that will work. Oatmeal cereal is a popular choice, 8 g. Raisin Bran, 7g. Spark's range is 25 to 36g. That's a lot of cereal!
Not everything labels high fiber is high fiber so check the nutrition info.

A good way to get more calcium is yogurt or cheese. Watch the sodium in cheese.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/6/2018 (22:58)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/6/18 9:31 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Reviewing my nutrient intake for the past week. I am consistently running below the Spark range for protein, fiber, and calcium. I am going to try having an apple and cheese every day to see if I can get closer to the range. I never ever hit the range for fiber, even when I try to eat foods higher in fiber,.

I was always low on potassium until I started logging the prescribed potassium that I take three times a day. That put me in the range. I was over on the weekend, two weeks ago. I will monitor it on the tracker before I take the last dose and adjust as needed.

Yesterday my niece brought pizza when she came home from work. I was done eating the day. I like pizza. I had one slice of each. It put me over the top of my calorie range, 1708 calories for the day. I was up 0.4 pounds this morning.

The worst part is that it opened the door for sloppy thinking. I have been very strong about keeping calories down. I have not eaten on a whim for weeks. Today I found my mind wandering out to the kitchen and thinking about food. I didn't eat any real meals today. I still came in within the calorie range but it was not the best choices.
Sis was cooking bacon, so I had bacon for lunch. A little while later I had potato chips and cranberry peach juice. I also had some fun size candy bars.
I can have all those things in moderation but not at the expense of eating a nutritious, satisfying meal.

Now add in my thought above about trying to come in higher in fiber, calcium, and protein. That leads me to question how I've been eating the last two weeks. I have lost weight those two weeks.
I will have to be very careful going forward. I want to continue losing weight and inches. I don't want to dampen the momentum. When I add the cheese and apple, they will have to be part of the same number of calories I was consuming the last two weeks.
If no one is home tomorrow, I will have tuna salad (no bread), apple, and cheese for lunch. I will leave the Halloween candy alone!

My niece bought protein bars (high in fiber) when she got groceries this week. I really don't want to get started on them. They are not filling. They will take the place of other calories that I am currently eating. I need to check the sugar content, too. That might be a way to increase fiber.
Cereal is another way but I get hungry after eating that. The doctor who did my colonoscopy told me I should eat bran cereal every day.
What about hot cereal? A friend posted a picture today of pumpkin spice steel cut oats she made in her hot pot.



Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/6/2018 (21:40)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/5/18 10:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happiness Action Calendar for Optimistic October
Day 4: Set a goal that links to your purpose in life.

What is my purpose in life? To walk closely with the Lord, stay in communication with him, live a life that pleases him. To be godly in my relationships with others. That means living in the way God instructs, like being kind and loving, sharing with others, not thinking more highly of yourself than you ought, being a good steward of time and resources, blessing others.

What is a goal that links to that purpose? On Spark, be encouraging and supportive. I am most encouraged when I encourage others. So my goal for this month is to continue visiting blogs and leaving encouragement. Sprinkle Spark goodies on others pages. Be consistent in spreading encouragement daily if possible.
Another goal is to find a genuine Spark buddy. In 12 years I've made many friends here, but no close accountability type friend. Is that what I want? Someone to check in with, see how they are doing, encourage and be encouraged in a deeper way. I will be on the lookout for a good match and see what develops. I think I want someone who has/had a lot of weight to lose. I want someone who is actively working on it. Not perfect but plodding on.

Day 5 Focus on a positive change that you want to see in society.

I would like people to be kind to one another.
I would like to see people operate with a higher code of morals, values, and integrity. That stems from a better sense of self-worth. The result is kindness and contentment.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/5/18 9:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Official Spark weigh in today. Down 8 pounds this week. I am careful where I say that because of the naysayers who tell me this is unhealthy. Weighing this much is also unhealthy. Choose your unhealthy.

I am in a strong place right now.Not going to let anyone derail me. Not going to talk about it so no one knows I am trying to lose weight. Waiting for the first person to notice that I am losing weight. I learned to be cautious in my response after a nurse I worked with years ago made me feel like a cow after I lost 70 pounds over a long period. I was so proud of myself. She took the wind out of my sails by exclaiming, "Wow! That's like a losing a whole person!" It wasn't a compliment. I vowed never to tell anyone I personally know how much weight I lose.
Spark is a safe space where I can share a lot but there will still be those who are not supportive, even a team mate, like the one who told me it was time I let someone else come in first once in awhile. I had lost 45 pounds at that point. I let her words derail me, drawing back from posting on the team, letting others come in first. It took years to get started again.

I have been a yo-yo for the 12 years I've been on Spark. I start with so much hope. Sometimes I make good progress. Sometimes it lasts for months. Sometimes it lasts for days. Oh, that I would have stayed the course 12 years ago when I already had healthy habits (going to the gym, eating less). I just needed help to lose the 29 pounds I gained following hip replacement surgery in 2004 when I couldnt go to the gym every day like I was used to doing.

Each major surgery, illness, and period of loss and grief after I joined Spark in 2006 packed on the pounds and limited exercise. I gained 102 pounds after joining Spark, making a grand total of 131 pounds (29 pre-Spark+ 102 after joining Spark). I have lost 32 pounds, yo-yo style. Actually I've lost and regained much more than that, but to keep it simple I'm only counting the 32 pounds I'm down from my highest weight here on Spark. Out of curiousity I may someday calculate the total amount of pounds I really lost here (that were wiped out by re-gaining).

I am staying strong now since rebooting Sept 22, 2018. Down 19.4 pounds and definitely losing inches (according to how loose my clothes are getting).
My motivation is my health. Each pound lost gives me more flexibility and improves mobility.

I am doing this!

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/5/2018 (10:59)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/4/18 10:34 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Plodding along. The excitement has waned. Determination and habit are carrying me to my goal. Scale moving down, a total of 18 pounds down this year. If I stay away from the usual yo-yo, it would be more. I am excited about this progress.
My clothes are feeling much looser. Wondering about purchasing a few outfits in a smaller size. Need to check what I have on hand since I have clothes in every size.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/3/18 10:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happiness calendar, Oct 3: Think of three things that give you hope for the future.

1. This journey to better health gives me hope. The success I have experienced when I stay the course gives me hope that I can achieve this goal. Weight loss gives me hope that when I achieve better health, some of these health issues will improve. It gives me hope for better mobility and regaining slipping independence.

2. My relationship with God gives me hope. It makes my life better now and gives me a hope for my future when God takes me home to heaven. It brings me perspective, focus, peace, comfort, strength, and joy. He will never leave me nor forsake me. His Spirit lives in me.

3. My relationships with my family give me hope for the future. Sometimes that hope takes a bashing when I see the poor choices they make. It is hard when they forsake their training and wisdom we've tried to impart. The times they are a-changing. They are still family and the bond is forever. How horrible to reach this mature age without family for love and support.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/3/2018 (10:32)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/3/18 10:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Another great Sp article that is a springboard for blogging, about the mental barriers to weight loss.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_ar
ticles.asp?id=2272

It was ironic that someone posted about a struggle she was having with this in the Community Feed today. It goes along with my post last night.

Questioning ourselves when we are following our plan can lead to wavering. That's where I am right now. What I am doing works over the long haul. There is no room for this inertia. Follow the plan. It will take however long it takes to reach a healthy weight. I cannot force my body to release pounds and inches on my schedule. I can only create the conditions so my body can win. Persistence always wins.

The scale was up this morning, the first time since my reboot in September. Did I go off plan at all yesterday? No. Yesterday was an active day with a dentist appointment midday so I didn't take the water pill. Maybe this is water weight.
Everything back to the normal routine today so we'll see what happens. Stay the course. You got this!

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/3/2018 (10:18)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/2/18 10:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
A little conversation with myself: Why are you feeling a little unsettled tonight? What is going on?

The day started well. Down 2.8 pounds since yesterday. The scale has moved into a new decade! I've been looking forward to it.
I think it is finally hitting me that this is going to be a very long journey to a healthier weight. My brain knows it is not going to happen overnight. I've been happy with my progress since the reboot Sept 22. Felt like I was making great progress. I still have 9 pounds to lose to reach my lowest weight this year. I am so tired of this eternal yo-yo! I still have 71 pounds to lose to reach my SP starting weight (2006). Feeling fat tonight. The only way I am going to reach a healthier weight is to keep doing what I am doing right now.

I ate exactly what I planned to eat and drank water. What I ate wasn't as satisfying as I expected so my mind started thinking what else I could eat (but I didn't do it). That is the old way of thinking that has packed on pounds. I just wrote a blog about satiety.

My internal dialog: You had enough to eat. There are people in this world who don't have enough to eat. They would be glad to eat what you ate.

Inner voice: You are done eating today. There will be more food tomorrow. You did so well today. Why are you thinking about eating more than you need? The pounds are coming off. Please don't do anything to stall this. WHY are you even thinking about this?

Am I just tired tonight? Is that what is behind this? I don't even feel like visiting my Spark buddies or surfing the site tonightI will probably be right back 100% excited and ready to go in the morning. Need to work on my internal dialog! Taking every thought captive.



Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/3/2018 (10:20)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/2/18 5:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Down 18 pounds for the year! That's progress. I'm a tortoise. He eventually got to the goal, too, just like the much faster hare.


This beautiful glass turtle is on my desk to remind me of my goal.

Here is another visual, as of 26 Sept. Jar on the left is pounds lost. Jar on the right is pounds yet to lose to reach next milestone goal.


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 10/2/2018 (21:23)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/1/18 2:41 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars

Another link to another site that another Sparker recommended. It has a calendar each month with things to do each day. October is for Optimisim, Day one is to write down your most important goals for the month.

My most important goal is to lose weight and inches to improve health. Breaking that down into action steps:
1. Control eating. Log in the SP nutrition tracker.
2. Continue to weigh and record weight on the calendar every morning.
3. Drink and log water.
4. Go to bed earlier (before midnight?)
5. Exercise each day. Log in SP fitness tracker.
6. Blog more often. Maybe every other day? Continue to make entries here in the Community Journal.
7. Visit Spark daily. Surf blogs. Encourage other Sparkers. Read articles.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/1/18 6:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Spark Coach:
"Our research shows that the most successful SparkPeople members reported actively seeking out "motivational moments" throughout their journeys. These motivational moments can come from almost anywhere--and don't necessarily have to be specific to healthy living. Motivation can come in many forms.

You can be moved by a movie, song, word, speech, photo or experience. The key is to be looking for those moments--and then to capture and remember them for the future. Where could motivation be waiting for you in your life? Where can you go to find it when you need it? Start to develop a daily routine where you actively seek out inspiring stories and events that make you feel like you can reach your goals."

Today I will make note of those moments that give me motivation and enter them here.

I am in a good place right now. I rebooted on Saturday, 22 September 2018. I have lost 15.2 pounds since then. I am doing this for my health, mobility, and independence.
My eating is good.
Goal for this week is to seek out intentional exercise I can do with my limitations and track minutes in the Spark tracker.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
10/1/18 12:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Spark has a number of articles on financial budgeting with links to work pages. Im saving the link here so I can find the work pages.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=1132





 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/30/18 2:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Another great Spark article, what to do to recover from a bad day. Link below:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spa
rkpeople_members_offer_20_tips_to_boun
ce_back_after_a_bad_day


Doing well this weekend. Coming in low on calories and probably too high on sodium since we had Chinese for lunch. I ate half a serving and put the rest in refrigerator for another time.

Down 4 more pounds since yesterday morning. I will celebrate this loss just like I do when I lose a fraction of a pound. Thank you! I am working for my losses.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/30/18 10:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Daily Visualization (from Spark Coach)
Imagine yourself at the grocery store checkout with a cart full of healthy groceries. How does it make you feel to know that you're making the best possible food choices for yourself and your family? Remember that feeling the next time you think about buying a tempting food.



It makes me feel good when I make healthy choices. Look at those vibrant colors inviting us to fuel out body with healthy choices. Nothing like fresh fruit and veggies right from the garden.
Do I always choose fruit or vegetables over higher calorie or unhealthy choices? No. Sometimes I tell myself I don't have the energy to cook something, so I reach for the chips and Coke. I rarely eat even a whole serving of chips (15 chips). Still I know there are tomatoes, melon, grapes, lettuce in the refrigerator. I could have eggs but I don't want to dirty a pan. Geesh. (I am the one who washes the dishes so what difference does it make to dirty a pan? Even if there's only one dish to wash, isn't my health worth it?)
My biggest problem now is choosing something easy over something that requires effort to prepare. I did best when I work off a menu plan for the week. I don't have to decide when I am hungry what to eat. I just follow the plan. I prepare in time so hunger cravings don't push me into a poor choice.
Since I am no longer the grocery shopper or cook (because of declining health), I work with what someone else has chosen. Many times the items in the pantry or refrigerator don't appeal to me at that moment. That's when it's easy to reach for chips and Coke.

Sometimes I couldn't find anything I wanted to eat. Now that should clue me in to the fact that I am not truly stomach-hungry or I would eat what we have and be glad for the food.

With conscious effort, I am being more consistent about making better choices. I am tracking on the Spark nutrition tracker. I am celebrating each wise choice. I am celebrating as I see the calories and other nutrients for the day, as reported in black and white in the tracker. I CAN do this even with the obstacle of not being totally in charge of the kitchen anymore. Fortunately for me, we frequently get what we want to eat when we are hungry so I am rarely in a situation where I need to eat what someone else has prepared that may be high in calories or carbs.

Sometimes I make an inner game of seeing how little I need to eat to satisfy hunger. It's a better mindset to relish feeling slightly empty instead of eating to avoid hunger. I don't like being stuffed. I don't like being uncomfortably full. It really has little to do with hunger and more to do with mental perspective.
Heaven forbid that we should ever feel hunger. What if we are somewhere where we have to wait to eat and HUNGER hits? Will we die before we can get food?
Unsatisfied true hunger can hurt. I've even cried when I went to bed hungry when I didn't have the energy to prepare anything but usually there are other things going on like higher pain levels or other issues, so some of the tears are frustration and suffering. Pain can be exhausting, wearing me out as I deal with it daily. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself, wondering why life has to be like this. Usually I buck up and quietly push through, accepting what I cannot change, and working to make any changes to improve my health.

How do I feel when I know I've had a good day, both calories and healthier choices? I feel great. I feel excited to weigh the next day. My inner voice is cheering, telling me I am going to make it to better health. Isn't that worth it?

Lately I have been avoiding carbs. Not just because I should eat lower carb but my body actually wants to eat that way. Would one sandwich hurt? Probably not in the whole scheme of things. Can I be happy eating the egg without putting it in a sandwich? Is the bacon still good without bread? I like green pepper sandwiches, especially the crunch. Sis likes onion sandwiches. We all like tomato sandwiches. I've been cutting up the tomato and eat it with a little salt and pepper, no bread. I save a ton of calories when I avoid bread. If I have Ball Park beef wieners, I have started skipping the bun.

When am I most tempted to eat higher calorie foods? At a restaurant. I may order a healthy item but it comes with a lot of high calories extras. Restaurants already pack more calories into food than that same food would have if we prepared it at home.
At home I might make a protein and vegetables. At a restaurant, it might come with a sauce or other condiments. It usually comes with bread. It usually is prepared in a less healthy way, because that's where the flavor is.

I have a sweet tooth. I like a sweet taste after a meal. At home I am happy with one or two grapes. At a restaurant I might be tempted by a dessert. As I get older, I order very few desserts at restaurants just because I fill up faster than I used to. I burn less calories than I used to. It's amazing how few calories it really takes to sustain life.

The whole key to curbing cravings is satiety. If I eat a satisfying meal, I do not look for something else to eat afterwards. If it is not satisfying, my mind is already reviewing the contents of the pantry and refrigerator for what I can consumer next.
If I wait 20 minutes after eating, I experience a fullness that lets me walk away.

There will always be another time for eating again later. I am not going to run out of food or starve if I don't consume more every time my mind wanders in that direction. I can stop the craziness by looking forward to what I can have the next time I am hungry. The irony is that when I am hungry enough to eat again, I usually don't even want whatever I was craving then. Our minds can play tricks on us and work against our best interests.

This has the bones of a good blog but it's a little more personal and intensely honest than I get in my blogs. Very few people bother coming to the journals but they do read the blogs I don't have a big following. No complaints there. It is what it is. I would like to blog more often than I do.

UPDATE: Scaled down version of this entry now posted as a blog, yay! Hope it helps my fellow Sparkers.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 9/30/2018 (17:18)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/29/18 10:36 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Here's a link to the blog I was writing about before I lost before it. Saving the link here in case I decide to recreate it later. It can lose the creative freshness the second time around. Other times it takes on new life of its own and can become something brand new.

www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spa
rkspotlight_tom_tangojava43068


Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 9/29/2018 (22:37)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/29/18 2:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Argh, my blog just disappeared before I added the final image. It took me awhile to put it together. Too tired to start again now. Where do all these lost blogs go?

Down 0.2 pound today. Celebrate! It's a move in the right direction. I have been so excited about my recent weight loss. It brings me up short to realize I am still at a dangerously high number. I FEEL like I've accomplished so much. My clothes even feel looser.

I was thinking about this earlier. How we feel doesn't always match reality. A Sparker had blogged about feeling plus-size still, even though she is now able to shop for regular size clothes. At a family reunion, everyone was commenting on how small she was now.
I've had the opposite happen. I am so proud of what I've accomplished. I feel good about myself.Then I run into someone who doesn't know where I've come from. They only see the larger person I still am. Prick my balloon.

Today someone was bemoaning a fraction of a pound lost. We want to lose all the weight NOW. Celebrate every fraction of a pound gone! It moves us closer to where we want to be. Our body is glad for every inch of progress we make!




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/28/18 12:40 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=300
_pounds_and_counting_gpalmers_twoyear_
transformation


Another inspiring article about someone who lost a lot of weight.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/28/18 11:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
After a horrendously over-calorie day one week ago (21 Sept), i refocused and "started over" on Saturday (22 Sept). It is now Friday (28 Sept) and I am down 11 pounds.

Of course we never truly start over. It's one continuous journey with ups and downs. We don't start over; we just get back up and get moving again. The most successful Sparkers are the ones who do it now, not waiting until next week or month or year because they wrecked the day. We don't throw in the towel and eat crazy for the rest of the day. Recognize what happened and move on NOW. I remember reading that people who delay getting back on track until a certain starting over point, do so because they really don't want to do this. They want the results without the work. They want to indulge now more than they want to achieve a future goal. They are not ready to invest in the journey to better health.

My eating plan has evolved into intuitive eating for the most part. Wait until hunger to eat. I am so much happier with this plan than when I was trying to force in meals when I wasn't hungry. Three meals a day was hard. Six meals a day kept me focused on food: thinking about food, planning, preparing, eating, cleaning up...and then it was time to prepare the next mini meal, then the next. Exhausting. It satisfied my desire to eat every time I wanted to eat but robbed me of energy for other pursuits. When I was the chief cook, I could have prepared batches ahead of time but that's hard to do when limited refrigerator space is shared with others. Does that sound like an excuse? Where there's a will, there's a way.

With intuitive eating there is no specific number of times to eat. I want to be careful not to shift my eating away from morning and stockpile in the evening when I should be winding down. To combat that tendency in the evening when my mind wants to eat, I ask myself if I am REALLY hungry or can I wait until tomorrow? Usually I can wait. It's easy to go ahead and eat because I have more calories left, even when I am not hungry.

Losing 11 pounds this first week is not something that will happen easily. I have a lot of weight to lose so it will come off quicker than if I was close to a healthy weight. As my body gets used to this, the weight loss may slow down. I have been doing this long enough that I am very familiar with frustrating plateaus, especially when I am doing everything I should be doing. That's the time to press on.

I am logging my food in the nutrition tracker. I am within or over my calorie range every day. I question my posted range because I've manipulated it so much over the years I've been here that I'm not sure where it should be. I know 1200 calories a day is the lowest one should go to be healthy. I've set my range as 1200-1500. I notice I am still losing weight on days when it's higher than that so maybe I will be able to figure out what my range should be as I look back over successful weeks and compare calorie intake to weight loss.

Pounds will come off as they will. I cannot MAKE that happen. Some weeks the body loses pounds, some weeks it slows and loses inches, some weeks it rests (plateaus). I can do everything possible to enable my body to lose weight and inches, set the right conditions to give my body a chance to become healthier. My body does so much for me. It fights for me.

Here is the correlation for the week:
Fri 21 Sept - 2169 calories - weighed 4 pounds more on Sat morning (hence the reboot)
Sat 22 Sept - 1071 calories - down 2.4 pounds on Sun AM
Sun 23 Sept - 1423 calories - down 1.2 pounds on Mon AM
Mon 24 Sept - 2109 calories - down 0.6 pounds on Tues AM
Tues 25 Sept - 1670 calories - down 1.2 pounds on Wed AM
Wed 26 Sept - 1336 calories - down 1.6 pounds on Thurs AM
Thurs 27 Sept - 1229 calories - down 4 pounds on Fri AM
(Had diarrhea on Thurs so 4 pounds is not a normal loss. May lessen tomorrow's loss...Too much info but nobody ever reads my journal pages.)

My calories were up and down. Only one day did I come in under 1200 calories so I'm not starving myself. I do not try to push through hunger. I evaluate whether it's head hunger or stomach hunger when I have the urge to eat.

Maybe this is a form of calorie cycling. It's interesting that I gained when I consumed 2169 calories, but lost when I had 2109 calories.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 9/28/2018 (11:51)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/28/18 1:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spa
rkspotlight_meg_marie_peacelovenyoga


"I found that motivation is fleeting (as we all know). My biggest downfall before was I would ride that motivational wave and then crash when the wave crashed. The biggest change I have made is to learn that while those waves of motivation are amazing and I love them, I also have to accept that I have to keep moving forward even when the motivation isn't there. Motivation is amazing for getting us started, but willpower and persistence are what must kick in when motivation goes on vacation."

So true! I have expressed this same thing so many times. We can't rely on our feelings on this journey. It's wonderful when we ride the crest of the wave, motivation running high, building momentum. But the time will come when we run out of motivation. We get tired. We get busy. We get frustrated. We get upset. We may wonder why we are doing this. We throw away weeks or days of good behavior. We give in to NOW over what we want in the future.
That is one thing I am trying to change. After a few successful days, I will drift off. I have to stay active on Spark and keep my focus sharp. I am doing this for my health and happiness.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/28/18 1:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Feeling nostalgia after reading several blogs by Ceriusly. She's a terrific writer. I am so deeply moved by her words. Felt like I was right there with her on some of her walks.

On her Spark page she has the opening lines from Tale of Two Cities. Took me back to 2008 when I read that book. I felt so personally there when I read it, sucked up in the drama. It was also the summer when my job of 35 years was downsized, so those emotions are all tangled with the horrific emotions of the French revolution.

" It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."

It was wonderful to be able to stop working years before I expected to be able to retire. I was caring for Dad, and paying someone to stay with him when I was at work. The change let me enjoy our time together.
It was a major change in my life. Downsizing could be my worst of times, but retirement was the best of times. It was a new phase, a new period. I had so many dreams and plans.

The one plan I've had for too many years has been to maintain a healthy weight. That has not happened. Once again I am on a winning path. I must stay the course. Ceriusly chooses a word of the year each year, and one year she choose Consistency. That has been something I seek. I have winning streaks, and totally lost periods where I follow my unhealthy whims.






 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/26/18 6:33 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Down 6 pounds since I rebooted on the weekend.
Yesterday could have been so different. Toward evening I was wanting to munch. Several times my mind wandered to the kitchen but I didn't get up and go. Suddenly my mind started being my motivator. It told me I wasn't really hungry, that I could wait until tomorrow to eat again. I was busy on the computer and didn't get up.
This morning when I got on the scale, I was glad I listened.

Yesterday included some not-so-healthy snack choices, nibbling instead of getting meals. Rose prepared the one meal I had, around noon. She warmed up Friday's potato skins and slider. I came really close on calories for the day.

Another pleasant surprise when I opened the site this morning: congratulations for being Spark Motivator of the Day. I didn't know there was one. Still haven't located where that is posted but I sent a message to a couple of people and asked. Wish Spark had a place where we could pop in key words and find things like Motivator of the Day.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/24/18 12:52 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Daily Visualization (from Spark Coach)
Let's do a visualization exercise to start the day off right. Spend 30 seconds visualizing how you want to look and feel 6 months from now. What small steps can you make today to make that vision of your future self a reality?

That would be how I looked before my last hip replacement. Still overweight but much better than how I look today! It's the second goal of several to reach a healthy size. I hope to be close to that goal by my birthday in April 2019.
(First goal is to reach a major milestone weight by the end of 2018.)

What steps can I take to reach these goals? I did a reboot on Saturday and posted a blog about it.

I planned to go back to the modified Atkins low carb that I had so much success with previously. However I've digressed. I've been watching videos on You Tube about water fasting and other types of fasting.
What I have done this weekend is more like intuitive eating, waiting for true hunger. Forget the routine three meals or six meals a day. Don't eat if not hungry. That also works for me when I adhere to it. I am down 2.4 pounds since I started it.
I won't totally abandon lower carb. I will try to make healthier choices when I eat, protein and vegetables. I confess it was a mix this weekend but it won't be like that normally.
It may seem extreme but I need that right now. I can't keep deluding myself that I'm moving in a healthy direction when my weight is maintaining at this horrible level. Nothing healthy about it. Very scary. The doctor is not happy about how much I weigh. I am not happy about how much I weigh and how it affects mobility and independence.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 9/24/2018 (00:56)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/21/18 10:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Daily Visualization (from Spark Coach)
Today, picture yourself paging through a flipbook that shows the progression of your body from the beginning of your weight loss to the achievement of your goal weight. How does it make you feel to see yourself shrink before your very eyes? If you find yourself having trouble today, imagine that every little healthy choice you make gets you one page closer to your healthier self.

It feels wonderful to visualize the progression and see a healthier version of me. I'm really seeing pictures of how I used to look all the way back to before I gained this weight after every major surgery and recovery period. Time for a new vision board.
Every healthy choice I make today will move me one page closer to my healthier self!

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 9/21/2018 (10:43)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
9/21/18 10:15 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My weight is stable. Unfortunately, it's stable at too high a number.
I am done with traveling for this year. It's easier to control calories when I am home, making my own meals. I've decided to start over, going back to low carb. It's a modified Atkins plan and works well for me.

My next appointment with the oncologist is in July. He is not happy with my weight. That gives me ten months to show some progress.
I am not doing this for the oncologist. I am doing this to improve my health and mobility.



Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 9/21/2018 (11:37)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
8/7/18 1:49 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
This is not going well. My calories are through the roof lately. Way over my goal. Each day is progressively worse.
As I log my food, I need to stop eating when I reach the calorie limit. Just stop. Don't wait and log later, like I am doing right now. Yes, I log everything but it's too late to make any changes.
It is hard to follow a menu plan since I can no longer shop for groceries and have to rely on others. Where there is a will, there is a way. Lately, I have been preparing my own meals from whatever is in the pantry. That means I still have control. There are exceptions when others prepare food or bring home restaurant food. That may be a blip in the road. However, I am finding more and more flexibility, being left to my own devices to prepare my own meal. Time to take another look at those old low-menu plans. I can make this work.
We will be leaving Thursday to go up north. That means restaurant meal once a day. Then Sis brings a light fast food meal for the other meal. Can I keep it to two meals and not snack? Yes.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
7/4/18 12:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
"You’re at your ideal body weight when:
Your weight isn’t causing (or putting you at risk for) any health problems
Your weight doesn't limit you from living the life you want
You can accept your body as it is, without feeling uncomfortably self-conscious
You can enjoy being in your own skin, without worrying too much about how you compare to others (or cultural ideals)"
from an article by Dean Anderson
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=1008


I have to say No to all of the above. My weight is causing issues in each area.

Last week the oncologist was not pleased with my weight. He hasn't talked that way in awhile. I need to get moving. This losing and re-gaining is not good. Unfortunately I was near the top weight for my appointment last week.

Mobility is a huge issue for me. Losing weight will not fix everything but it will help. Doesn't it make sense to do what I can to improve flexibility and mobility? Will it lower the chronic pain level? Isn't it worth trying?

Off to a good start today. Healthy breakfast within nutrition ranges.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 7/4/2018 (12:19)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
7/4/18 3:26 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Delusional. Thinking I was doing ok until I logged in the nutritional tracker. Over 2000 calories today. Not good.
No breakfast. Homemade egg salad sandwich for lunch (over 500 cal). Stouffers FitKitchen bowl for dinner. Niece brought McDonalds sandwiches when she came home from work...which I should not be eating since I was done for the day. Learn to say No Thanks. She would not have been offended.

I set a goal to lose 10 pounds a month for the rest of the year. I have a long way to go but that would be a lovely start. Tonight when I rolled out of bed, I realized how long it will be before I notice a change in mobility. Easy to get anxious and want to lose it ALL NOW! Not going to happen. Struggling to even lose 10 a month. Persistence, my dear. Stick with it.

We will be going up north next week. All restaurant meals for the week. I'm doing better at keeping the calories down this year when we go up north. My usual pattern is a ten pound GAIN. I only drink water while away. Coffee drinks pack too many calories. We usually do two meals a day.

Threw my back out Saturday when I bent over to pick something up from the floor. It usually takes about 3 days to be able to stand all the way back up.

Brother and his wife came by Saturday afternoon. So nice to see them. Glad they are back home for the summer.

Sis mowed lawn today. It looks so nice. Takes a little less than four hours to do the four acres.
Farmer renting back acreage planted soybeans. Field on one side of us is also soybeans (same farmer). Field on the other side is pumpkins. That's a lot of pumpkins.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 7/4/2018 (03:26)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
6/26/18 3:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD

She believed she could and so she did
She broke free from the chains
She shirked the thoughts that went before
She took life by the reigns

She challenged every obstacle
She broke down every wall
She shook the cries of ‘you can’t do it’
She didn’t fear the fall

She failed to fail, she proved them wrong
She bared her heart to all
She showed the world she’d had enough
If she couldn’t run she’d crawl

She lit the night with passion bright
She sometimes cried and cowered
But never, did she give up hope
She blossomed and she flowered

R.S.Grey

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 6/26/2018 (03:04)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
6/26/18 2:05 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
My last entry here was in April. Now we are almost to July. I haven't been faithful to visit here because I am so frustrated. It makes me cry to see the yo-yo lack of lasting progress.
I have an appointment Wednesday with the oncologist. Every time I say I won't weigh this much next medical appointment. I lose and regain, and end up in the same place I was before.
Chronic pain is my life now. I don't want to cry and complain and let it stop me from living fully but it does. I need help with basic functions now and that scares me. I don't like losing my independence.
I cry easily nowadays. I am easily frustrated. I am still grieving. Do we ever stop grieving?
Yet I never give up hope. I keep trying. Is that delusional? I don't want to think so. I still believe things will improve with each pound permanently lost. If I could lose enough so that more surgeries were possible. Each surgery takes so much out of me and creates a permanent weight gain. It adds another brick to the wall of helplessness.
I want so much more than this. So I keep trying.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 6/26/2018 (02:06)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
4/22/18 7:30 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
KATHYJO56 You are a shining star. Never let anybody dull your sparkle.

1CRAZYDOG If you’re only in competition w/yourself, you will succeed. We are all unique, our needs are unique, so best not to compare ourselves to others.

1CRAZYDOG What people think of you is not nearly as important as how you feel about yourself. Maria Akopyan

These first three quotes express how I feel about my current progress. I am EXCITED about losing this weight. On Spark I can say that out loud. I want to share it with my team, but I've been gently reminded that it's not healthy to lose more than 2 pounds a week. I don't control what the scale says. I eat right, practice restraint, and the pounds eventually come off at their own speed. I've eaten right and had slow progress. I've eaten right and been immensely rewarded. All I can do is eat right.
I feel good about this weight loss. It's been a long time coming, while I wandered around in la-la land trying to get my act together. I will celebrate each pound! I am proud of me. I'm a shining star. Not going to let anyone dull my sparkle!
I'm not in competition with the rest of the team. I want to succeed for myself. I want them to succeed too. One is not contingent on the other.
So I won't be posting my losses to the team anymore.I don't want what one person thinks of me to change what is happening. I let that happen years ago when I was on a wonderful team. Another member asked why I didn't let anyone else come in first once in awhile. That made me feel bad and I self-sabotaged and never got back on track. She may have been joking but I still took it to heart. That is not going to happen again. Ultimately, I am trying to get healther for ME. Not to be selfish, but this journey really is all about me. I will encourage and help others where I can along the way, but I am losing weight for me. Everything I do, I have to do through this body. This is really important to be healthy. What others think about me is not as important as how I feel about myself.
* * * * * *

1CRAZYDOG Action is the step many forget when they wonder what happened to their dreams. Gail Lynne Goodwin.

1CRAZYDOG To reach the finish lines of your dreams, just start. John Lee Dumas

1958TMC Remember..we can achieve whatever we want to. Every morning is a new day

These are all good reminders. Our dreams don't just happen by themselves (usually). Have a goal, make a plan, execute over and over, make progress, evaluate, adjust the goal or steps, execute again and again. We are a work in progress. Drifters may be dreamers. Dreamers may be achievers if they just get strarted on the steps that will take them to that dream.
Good reminder that every day is a new day. We all need that feeling we get from a fresh slate. We need to feel full of potential and hope. Don't let yesterday's failures spill over into today. Actually, we don't have to wait for a new day. It's so much better to stop the minute we get off track and turn it around immediately. Less damage to repair then. And we can go to bed feeling better about that day. Like so many have said, if you have a flat tire, you don't run around flattening the other three tires. You fix the flat tire and get moving again right away.

I saw a poster this week about self-discipline leading to success. We used to think self-discipline was a bad word. Children of the 60's didn't like discipline and authority. We were free spirits, flower children, reveling in peace, love and brotherhood. Much later I realized I let it sidetrack reaching many of my dreams. I ruefully learned to embrace self-discipline as the vehicle that makes our dreams come true. I wouldn't be so unhealthy if I had realized that early in life and lived better.
* * * * *

1CRAZYDOG Some days you just don’t wanna do it – follow your nutrition plan or exercise, maybe both! But if you fake it till you feel it, you’ll get through it.

So, so true. As I said a couple of posts ago, sometime motivation runs high. Sometimes you have to re-focus and just do it. Motivation will catch up.
It's like my focus lags. I get busy with life, doing other things. Suddenly I'm confronted with eating and haven't focused on the what and how of healthy eating right in that moment. It's easy to feel fatigued or out of focus and just eat any old thing in that moment. Now I know I have to stop, take time to get in the moment, and do nothing until I'm clear about what I will eat that fits with my plan. That's why menus work best for me. The thinking is already done. I only have to execute the plan.
* * * * * *


1CRAZYDOG The best source of healthy carbs is fruits and veggies, rather than simple carbs (white sugar, white flour, white rice, white bread) Choose your carbs well

1CRAZYDOG Rest is as important as exercise for our bodies. So much repair and “maintenance” happens @ night, to say nothing of the hormones that are released that affect our health as well (like ghrelin and leptin, our I’m hungry and I’m full hormones).

The last two are just good reminders. I have the greatest success when I strive for low carb. Choose my carbs wisely!
I am getting much better sleep this week for the first time in many years. I've been sleeping in the recliner since I hurt my shoulder the day of the mammogram. No tossing and turning in the recliner. No escaping the bed because of pain. I am actually sleeping deeply, only getting up to use the rest room and then going right back to bed. I am waking up refreshed. That's slightly confusing because I don't know that feeling of not being sleep-deprived. Sometimes I got back to sleep and then wake up slightly groggy from over-sleep. What is happening to me? The usual swelling in my legs is lessening. The last quote says adequate sleep releases good hormones that affect our sense of hungry and full. It's all good.

Sis is worried that I won't be able to go on our monthly trip up north if I can't sleep in a bed. Yesterday I took an afternoon nap in a bed. I stayed a half hour and hated it because of pain and unrest. I WILL sleep in a bed when we go up north but quite frankly, I've been silently considering how I can fit a lift chair/recliner into my bedroom so I have another sleeping option without sleeping in the living room.

Edited by: ANNIESADVENTURE at: 4/22/2018 (08:43)



 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
4/21/18 12:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I am so excited to see the scale moving down. Thank you, Spark, for being a place I can say it out loud. I've done this so many times. Trying really hard to keep this streak going. It's not easy.
I am listening to my body when it indicates hungry or full. Today my niece made blueberry muffins and banana muffins, the kind with the yummy crispy tops. She kept asking if I had one yet. I had a banana muffin with coffee at noon when I got hungry. Perhaps not the healthiest choice but I was hungry and I didn't want to hurt her feelings. I will eat a more balanaced meal later today when I am hungry again.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
ANNIESADVENTURE's Photo ANNIESADVENTURE Posts: 6,148
4/21/18 12:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Each day I have a little less pain in the right shoulder.
I am on a roll with eating better. That greatly affects mobility and flexibility. Slightly empty works best for me. I am paying attention to hungry and comfortably full, trying to live somewhere between the two. Winging it rarely works for me. When I start feeling hungry, it helps to know that I will be having a meal soon. I can wait when I have something to look forward to eating. I am not trying to white-knuckle through hunger.

Motivation ebbs and flows. It runs high for awhile. Then comes a period when I feel adrift. That's when I really pay attention to when and how I am eating, and resist falling into munching for all the wrong reasons. Re-focus. Motivation comes back as I stay the course.

Weight loss has been slower than I like, but as IndyGirl reminded me, 2 pounds a week is commendable and healthy. I can't control what the scale says but I can control calorie input. For now, I've put aside stressing over the scale and just record what is. I still like to weight each morning at the same time and record it so I can see what is happening and I can accept little fluctuations or no-loss periods without panic.




 Pounds lost: 19.2 
0
20
40
60
80
Page: 1 of (18)   1 2 Next Page › Last Page »

Report Inappropriate Post

Other Community Journals Topics:

Topics:
Last Post:
11/16/2018 10:22:59 AM
6/24/2018 2:51:12 PM
11/13/2018 5:40:16 PM
2/28/2018 4:07:29 PM
7/2/2018 10:46:21 AM

Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=4&imparent=10515501

Review our Community Guidelines