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7 weeks back on track

Sunday, April 07, 2013


I lost my way, like so many, and I came back also like so many. I'm almost back to the old "new" me. My energy level is up. My motivation is high (most of the time). My food choices are back to 95% healthy. My fitness needs some tweaking, but I am working on that. For the past 3 weeks I had to curtail my exercise due to an awful cough, however, that is getting better every day.
I have integrated a new Spark recipe every week to broaden my menus. I have been working on the April challenge eating a healthy breakfast and working out at least 10 minutes in the morning. (been doing a segment from a fitness DVD)
I read an article about a week ago which simply said: eat something within the first hour of waking. This actually has helped me. DH is a night owl and we always eat breakfast together which ends up to be about 3 hours after I get up. I grab a piece of fruit to munch on before breakfast.
I have also been working on my sleeping habits. I now turn off the computer at least an hour before bedtime. I downloaded some relaxing music on my tablet and listen to this while falling asleep. I can set a timer on this so it is really working out. I fall asleep and wake up more relaxed than ever.
So over all this journey is once again moving forward and I am a better person for that.
Thanks to all those Sparkers that have been helping me along the way...can't say enough about how I cherish you. Thanks for stopping by. Let's stay healthy together this week. HUGS to all ( never get too many of these)

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/11/2013 10:16PM

    Sounds awesome! You are doing great!!

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JCRAFT6 4/9/2013 9:51AM

    Glad to have you back. Keep up the good work you are a motivator to me.

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JUSTA123 4/8/2013 11:03AM

    emoticon That is awesome, falling astray happens lord I Know, hoping to get a streak going ... emoticon

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ZIGGY122 4/7/2013 9:17PM

    Glad your back, Hope your feeling better and soon rid of your cough emoticon

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HOLLYM48 4/7/2013 4:03PM

    It is never to late to hop back on the Spark wagon! You are such a great Spark friend and offer so much to this great site so I hope you never stray too far. I agree with Jackie that once a sparker, always a sparker!
Keep up the great work and we will keep on encouraging you and sparking you on!
I agree that breakfast is so so important, for years I never really ate it but now I make sure I eat a good breakfast before heading into work.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and all your kind comments on my new pics that I posted! It is always so great to receive that encouragement!
Have a great Sunday and a healthy week!
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1CRAZYDOG 4/7/2013 2:52PM

    Way to go! I get up really early (5:30 am) and with all the hubub, wasn't eating within 1 hr. of getting up. I've heard that from so many sources (and read it too) so . . . working on doing that and it makes a huge difference! With anything you're trying to make a habit it takes time. Keep pushing! You can do it and so glad you're back.

HUGS HUGS HUGS

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KATHYJO56 4/7/2013 2:14PM

    Barb, Your blog today filled my heart with joy. You are doing an awesome job and I am so happy that you came back. Have a wonderful and healthy week, my friend. emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/7/2013 11:38AM

    Glad you are back and doing so well. Knew you would, once a sparker always a sparker. Kinda like riding a bike, you never forget how.
Keep moving forward you are doing a great job. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MURRAYGOLD 4/7/2013 11:06AM

    Finding our way back is such a gratifying part of this journey...glad we are doing it together.

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MAUITN 4/7/2013 10:56AM

    Another rut going on here. Can't seem to pull it all together. Thanks to your post, I'll put more effort into it.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/7/2013 10:49AM

    Barb. I am so happy that you are on the healthy road. I too read the article about eating something within a hour, but if I eat early in the morning it upsets my stomach. I never thought to just eat a piece of fruit and breakfast later. emoticon for the idea. I am tweaking my exercise too, I am in a rut. It is getting nice out so I am going to take a walk before breakfast emoticon let's see if I can do it. Yesterday, I took a walk, but it was after 1pm We can do it. We just have to emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Worth looking at

Thursday, February 28, 2013

  
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JUSTA123 3/28/2013 2:08PM

    That is beautiful!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/26/2013 7:19PM

    Beautiful!

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HOLLYM48 3/25/2013 8:21PM

    What a moving picture.
Thanks for making us stop for a minute and to think of others.
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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/17/2013 9:28PM

    With photos like that, I hope we never forget. Thanks for sharing that. emoticon

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 3/17/2013 12:37PM

    :)

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CASEYSAUER 3/10/2013 10:28AM

    WOW! That's all I can say!

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JUDITH316 3/9/2013 3:30AM

    Came back again, yes, a beautiful tribute...hope you had a good day and have a great weekend..thanks for all your visits and for sharing your kind and encouraging comments...God's Blessings my friend.. emoticon emoticon

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AMAS92568 3/5/2013 4:20PM

    What an interesting story.

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KATHYJO56 3/5/2013 2:18PM

    Incredible. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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SHILLEE 3/1/2013 11:20PM

    Wow, that is truly amazing! So stunning. Thank you for sharing!

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JUDITH316 3/1/2013 6:52PM

    A beautiful tribute to a special loved one...thanks for sharing...

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KATHRYNLP 3/1/2013 9:16AM

    WoW... He'll never be forgotten. emoticon

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BECKYLIZ 3/1/2013 7:48AM

    So sad emoticon Thanks for sharing

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MSLZZY 2/28/2013 10:04PM

    That gave me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/28/2013 8:48PM

    There are no words. Jlust a stunning story. Thank you for sharing it. HUGS and prayers.

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JACKIE542 2/28/2013 7:29PM

    It is sad.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/28/2013 7:17PM

    Really sad.

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NSTARSMITH 2/28/2013 6:50PM

    That is a stunning story and equally stunning photo! Thanks for sharing it!

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Note to self...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Today's Spark Coach for me was about moderation. I know this is the way to go. Whether it is in food intake or exercise and with my attitude. I believe this was part of my down fall. I took that all or nothing attitude instead of everything in moderation. I will work at keeping this "moderation" attitude in the front lobe of my brain and continue moving forward on my journey. Let's all keep this in mind and we will be successful. A happy, healthy Monday to all....HUGS!!

  
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SHARON10002 2/28/2013 5:25PM

    Well said, and you are so right. I agree with the everything in moderation philosophy.

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 2/27/2013 9:03AM

    You are so right on this, Barb. That's what I am doing this time around and I am hoping it keeps me in better control of my eating. If I want that muffin, I'll eat half...if I want those chips I will eat the small 140 calorie bag. No denying myself everything I love, just learning to have it without going crazy! And to remember that if I have a bad day, it doesn't matter because I can get right back into it tomorrow...It is NOT all or nothing...Moderation is the way to go. Thanks for reminding us all. Have a great week, my friend. ((hugs))
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JUSTA123 2/27/2013 6:41AM

    It's like some one just slapped me in the head this morning, you have spoken well my friend!

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KATHRYNLP 2/26/2013 10:18AM

    I'm a believer in all things in moderation too. emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/25/2013 10:17PM

    A little bit of moderation goes a long way.
Slow and steady wins the race. HUGS!

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MILLISMA 2/25/2013 9:55PM

    I strongly believe in moderation. Trying to eliminate too many things will only lead to a downfall!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/25/2013 8:13PM

    I'm a big believer in all things in moderation too. If I had followed it I would not be fat right now.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/25/2013 7:48PM

    I have learned the same thing. My parents always told us kids If you are going to do something, do it right." I just took it to the extreme and took it to mean you had to do it perfectly or don't even bother, which is not what they meant at all. emoticon

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WALKSINLIGHT 2/25/2013 4:29PM

    I try to live my life remember that balance and moderation are the key - if we practice moderation we realize that we can stay with our plan for the long haul. Denying yourself life's luxuries is a sure way to failure - the old adage 'a little of what you fancy does you good' is so true, you will not spend your life chasing what you are really craving if you allow yourself treats in moderation. As an aside, my 91 year old mother-in-law denied herself chocolate and sweets pretty much all her life and now that we have told her that she will not suddenly develop diabetes, she is living on chocolates and cookies - go figure.. denial has caused this overboard desire .. so stick with your moderation and you will see success AND happiness emoticon
Right now I am working on increasing my daily exercise .. again.. in moderation.. a couple more minutes a week, a short distance of jogging instead of walking .. a little bit more every week or whenever ..

You can do it in moderation - we are all with you !

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DLG0505 2/25/2013 2:37PM

    Happy Monday! I'm the same way - I will completely cut something out then the next thing I know I'll be in a store and thinking "boy have I missed muffins" and will buy the whole pack and eat the whole thing. Depriving doesn't do any good as it just seems to make me want it more.

So I'm going to copy the "note to myself" to myself!

Have a great day!

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KATHYJO56 2/25/2013 12:30PM

    Moderation does truly seem to be the key to success. I wish you well. emoticon

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KEL_BEL_FX3 2/25/2013 11:33AM

    I have a hard time with moderation, at least when it comes to fitness. I can do fine eating in moderation but with exercise I tend to go overboard or do nothing at all. I was just thinking this morning that I need to refind my middle ground for fitness so I don't burn out. Glad to know I'm in good company!

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GRANDMABABA 2/25/2013 11:26AM

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1CRAZYDOG 2/25/2013 11:24AM

    Oh my this is so true. Perfectionism is part of it too for me. I felt if I couldn't do it perfectly, why bother anyway! WEll, that's stagnating and leads to inertia and NO progress. Glad you're sparking another day! That's how to do it . . . a day at a time, and don't aim for perfection . . . aim for progress.

HUGS sweetie.

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ARIANNANME 2/25/2013 10:54AM

  I think all or nothing is an excuse we have all used. Make better choices next time keeps hope alive!

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First week back.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

This journey never ceases to amaze me. Only one week back and so many of the ideas/tricks and words of wisdom from Sparkers just started flowing back into my brain. Or maybe I should say "out of the files tucked in the back of the brain, these learned habits came forward again".
It wasn't an easy week, but it wasn't all that difficult either. Planning and tracking my food made portion control easy. Getting back to regular exercise made sitting for extended periods of time impossible. (energy level up). Drinking most of my water before 3 PM meant not playing catch up before bedtime. Speaking of bedtime, I am sleeping much better too.
So all in all it feels good to be back on track and once again moving forward. Thanks for being here for me, my friends.
Hope your week goes well for you. I am looking forward to another successful one.
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SHARON10002 2/28/2013 5:22PM

    Glad to hear that it is easier than you expected it to be! That's always a welcome sign!
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ESYLVANTUTOR207 2/25/2013 10:19AM

    So happy that the week wasn't all that difficult for you, my friend. Yes, getting back into the swing of things really feels good because even if life is difficult and we can't control some of the things happening around us, WE CAN CONTROL our eating and our exercising. It is so wonderful to have you back.....((HUGS))
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OPALMOON 2/24/2013 8:38PM

    That's all great news!

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MSLZZY 2/24/2013 8:03PM

    This means you learned a lot and learned it well.
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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/24/2013 3:45PM

    Sounds like you picked up right where you left off. I am so glad that you are back. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/24/2013 3:32PM

    Sounds like you are doing amazing on so many levels!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHYJO56 2/24/2013 2:10PM

    Barb, It is just so wonderful to have you back and I hope that you never leave us again. Spark People is a way of life and I know that you can do this. Just take things one day at a time. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/24/2013 2:06PM

    HUGS Barb, glad you're back and glad you're getting that spark back.

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    Good job, you are well on your way emoticon back to you.

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MURRAYGOLD 2/24/2013 12:39PM

    Congrats to you, for returning to the path. I agree, it is amazing how quickly you can realize rewards...not just at the scale, but energy and positive attitude. Wishing us both a terrific new week!



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Coming "home"....

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Been spiraling downward long enough. Now is not the time to speak of the past, but rather the present/future.
Will work on getting back on track, starting with portion control, consistent exercise program and drinking that oh so important water.
Thanks to all who kept sending supportive comments. I'm getting my spark back...ONE day at a time.
Sometimes life "sucks", but it's how we handle these times, no matter how long it takes, that will make the difference.....I DO BELIEVE !!!!
Have a "sparky" day.....it already feels good to be back.
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SHARON10002 2/28/2013 5:20PM

    Barb, I'm so glad you are back, too! I love it when you stop by, and leave your comments on my blogs. It doesn't matter that you were gone, or what happened, you have the right attitude - moving forward once again.
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JUDITH316 2/23/2013 1:43AM

    I'm so happy to see you back, thanks for dropping by my blog and sharing your kind comments...Indeed you have been missed, It was great seeing your name on my blog. God's Blessings my friend, I cheer you on your journey, you can do it by taking 1 step and 1 day at a time with God's Help and Strength.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Back...

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    I am so happy to see you back!! emoticon

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ADDISONS-NANA 2/19/2013 1:50PM

    Hello! I have missed you! Glad you are back and thank you for the comment on my BLOG...always believe! I was away for a very long time...returned in January and have had some sucky moments...all we can do is look forward and keep on trying ....so happy to see you back my spark pal...you have always motivated me and brought your gentle wisdom when I needed it most! emoticon emoticon

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BMDEP55 2/19/2013 11:39AM

    I have been away as well, so was so happy your post brought me back. I can so identify with the sentiment that life can be very difficult, but love your positive attitude to do what you can to change at least something by coming back here. Thanks for being so open and honest (as you usually are). You are a very special person to me and I wish you well and success with getting back on track. emoticon Lots of love!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/18/2013 8:12PM

    I agree. Take it a day at a time. Make small changes and keep moving in the right direction. emoticon

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OPALMOON 2/18/2013 6:11AM

    Hi Barb, it is so good to see you back again! I empathise with having a difficult time. I wish you every success in getting back on track...please remember, you are not alone. Sending warm thoughts your way.
Hugs and blessings, Nattacia

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MSLZZY 2/17/2013 5:44PM

    So glad you are back. Yes, life sucks and we have to
deal with whatever comes along. One day at a time,
one crisis at a time, until it is resolved and we can
focus on ourselves. I do hope it keeps getting better.
HUGS!

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KATHYJO56 2/17/2013 1:39PM

    Barb! I have missed you so much and am happy to see you back! emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 2/17/2013 12:18PM

    emoticon and sooooooooooo glad to have you here again! Hugs and prayers. I just had this feeling that you'd be back when you were able and saw your name pop up today. (((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))) my dear.



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MAKINANIMPACT 2/17/2013 12:15PM

    Glad you're back! keep moving forward!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/17/2013 12:07PM

    emoticon back Barb. I missed you. I kept checking your page and was worried about you. I am so glad that you are back. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUSTA123 2/17/2013 11:31AM

    Lord do I know about life sucking, but I need to get my Spark back also, so glad I stopped by today I've been missing you!

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JACKIE542 2/17/2013 10:58AM

    Welcome back Barb, I would go to your page from time to time, excited to see you back. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and emoticon

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MERKDJM 2/17/2013 10:49AM

    Its never too late to start again!! Always nice to make a Spark Friend in Milwauikee!!
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FELINA 2/17/2013 10:47AM

    Welcome back ! You're absolutely right, look forward not back. It's what you do from this day onward, not past missteps, that counts.
Spark On !
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SUNSHINE99999 2/17/2013 10:45AM

  Back at it again is a very smart idea. One day at a time as we journey down the road together. emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 2/17/2013 10:42AM

    Welcome back, Barb... you've been missed! emoticon

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MAUITN 2/17/2013 10:39AM

    That's my gal! emoticon

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 2/17/2013 10:36AM

    Oh my God, Barb....I was so excited to see your name on a blog entry when I logged in today. I can't tell you how happy I am that you are back. I really missed you so much. Things just weren't the same without you. I will write you a Spark mail soon. And yes, my dear friend, let's focus on today and the days to come. I have been struggling too for a number of reasons but I am back again and ready to move forward. Sending you lots of love and a great big hug. Martha xoxo
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