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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Well my good intentions of eating on the lower end of my calorie scale just didn't work today. It has been cloudy, damp and cold and it makes me ache and not want to move. I did get a 15 minute walk in but the calorie counting was not good. I hit the high side of my calorie scale so hoping with sun tomorrow and being outside more, I will stick to the plan more. I'm not berating myself for what I managed today as I DID keep it under the top scale...i just need to eat less this week..want to make those pounds move..So tomorrow is another day.

  
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MISSY455 4/9/2012 2:39AM

    I hope the rest of your week goes better for you. it's a process, enjoy the journey!

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THETURTLEBEAR 4/8/2012 9:31PM

    Good perspective. Congrats for seeing the positive too.

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Thought blew it!!!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Phew!!! I thought I had blown it today. I ate my usual breakfast and then since the DILs and granddaughters were coming out to eat outside for our Easter get together..I figured I would blow my diet...But came on here and put in my calories for the day and yipeeeee!!!! I kept it within range today...You could have knocked my socks off...I had eaten a chocolate pie one of the DILs brought...and still kept it within range..I'm so so pleased!!! So this next will I will concentrate on keeping my calorie count to the lower level..and switching out my plate for a smaller one..at least 8 inches or smaller. One of the goals in my A team with the 5% challenge...I did get a good walk in today besides dust mopping the floors and sweeping part of the porch..I only counted my walking minutes..And I lost .8 of a pound this week..not too bad but would have loved to have lost a full pound or more...so going to work really hard this next week.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 4/8/2012 2:13PM

    I can't tell you how many times this has happened to me...I think I've "blown it" and then I think I may as well KEEP blowing it for the rest of the day...but then I track what I've eaten and found out it's not bad at all.

So just goes to show, we don't know everything, LOL.

I'm finding the small plate to be a challenge, I'm using a paper plate!

Happy easter, Von!

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MISSY455 4/8/2012 2:49AM

    emoticon
Just goes to show everything in moderation! You doubled my weight loss for the week :-) emoticon every loss counts!

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Gnoming along

Wednesday, April 04, 2012


Anyone who knows me knows I love gnomes. When I give sparkgoodies I give the garden gnome. A few years ago I decided to make a gnome garden. I had been collecting a few gnomes and so had my hubby make a gnome door on a tree (picture in my photos section) and then placed my gnomes around. For Christmas this past year, one of my sweet DILs gave me a gnome man and wife. I am expanding the garden soon to put them in. Then for my birthday the other sweet DIL gave me this cutey shown here. It is the only one I have that is this brightly colored...so thinking I may clean up the other old gnomes and give them a good painting to match this one. I'm just gnoming along with the garden work now...Got some wild ferns dug today along with a good hike and have them planted in my shaded bed. I just love this time of year to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine along with my little gnomes.

  
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RADFEN 4/6/2012 11:49AM

    Now that's a gnome that I would love, too. His bright colors are wonderful!

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KIMBAARTIST 4/4/2012 7:30PM

    That is a really cool gnome :) I would love to see the collection you have! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 4/4/2012 7:05PM

    PS -- I love the gnome you posted the picture of -- so colorful!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/4/2012 7:04PM

    When we were traveling we went to an out-of-the way arboretum in Kirtland, OH. We were so surprised to see they had GNOMES in the garden!! They had commissioned about 25 local artists to create unique gnomes and "hid" them all over the acreage. My husband and I had a blast looking for them and photographing them, and you can imagine how delighted the kids were!

I'll dig out some of the pictures and post them for you to see. I KNOW you would appreciate them! (They all had names but I think my favorite was "Vincent Van Gnome" decorated like the painting "Starry Night".)



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BABYTUXXY 4/4/2012 6:37PM

    That's the cutest little gnome!

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Butterflies are Free!!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012



I was so lucky to catch this shot of a butterfly on one of my iris. And I had to admire and think about butterflies...They are so free...they come out of a cocoon and once they dry and spread their wings, their entire life is spent hunting sweet nectar from flower and then laying eggs. I am going to start taking the sweet in life like the butterfly and live a free life from being over weight. I'm going to enjoy life more and turn into a much healthier me. I'm going to be free like the butterflies.

  
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TRAVELGRRL 4/3/2012 6:27PM

    What an inspiration! We can learn so much from nature.

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RRP546 4/3/2012 6:07PM

  so cool

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Food Fantasized

Monday, April 02, 2012


I was doing some thinking today and realized something...when I was a child I never fantasized about food. I never even thought much about food. I was just too busy playing and exploring the world. Fast forward to today...what happened...Back then I was super skinny and mom had to make me take the time to eat. She worried about me being too skinny. Today I'm too fat!! I think of food all the time. I keep wondering if this will ever end..I am being so meticulous about measuring and thinking about what I'm going to eat every single day. I have to be very careful now what I put in my mouth and can't dare stuff myself anymore. I'm already "over stuffed" and need to pull out some of this stuffing I have put in me over the years. I am trying to keep my hands busy doing rug hooking or stitching so I won't be tempted to go dig out a snack..I have cleared my house out of my temptations. I really don't feel that hungry but know it is mindless snacking and maybe nervousness.

So starting today, I'm going to fill those times I'm tempted with a short walk or arm exercises or stitch a little more or even go paint a picture..and drink lots and lots of water.

But I still can't help but wonder what happened to me that now I fantasize and obsess over food. I'm hoping one of these days it will get better and I won't have to think of food constantly.

  
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MCJULIEO 4/3/2012 4:24AM

    It's a puzzle for sure, (I hate obsessing over food!) and I think that a large part of victory will be having an attitude that doesn't keep food at that elevated position of power in my life.

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MISSY455 4/3/2012 1:38AM

    emoticon plan!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/2/2012 7:22PM

    Have you read "The Beck Diet Solution: How to Think Like a Thin Person" by Judith Beck? It's an old book; you might be able to find it in the library.

She says when we are fat we have developed our "giving in" muscle instead of strengthening our "resistance muscle." She tells us to write down the reasons we want/need to lose weight and read through them periodically through the day to help us stay strong. You might really like the book!

The other thing she says, that is SO true, is that "hunger is NOT an emergency!"

Good luck retraining your brain!

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