JOHNSONZ   40,212
40,000-49,999 SparkPoints
JOHNSONZ's Recent Blog Entries

Face Book vs. My Spark Time

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I used to get up in the morning, grab my coffee while my computer booted up & check my spark stuff. I would weigh myself, leave notes on Team Blog (which us girls have been chatty for YEARS), track my foods & them watch the clock to go down & get that workout done, come back & track it & say goodbye until the next day.

Now I unplug my i-phone, grab my coffee, turn on the news & go to see what all the notes are from FB friends. I scroll their suggested ads & what they like. I look at Biggest Loser FB comments. Then at 6am Danny Bonaduce Show starts & I listen & FB away. WFT?!

I have SPARKS app on my phone, but it is not the same as coming here. I love my phone & having apps on it but I have probably gained 8-10 pounds since I got it. My husband & I have been walking on weekends, and eating healthy BUT it is that morning time that I used to get all my energy for the day from. Get my inspiration for the day from my girlfriends, etc.

I have decided to make more of an effort here.
All those ads & likes can weight!! (wait..)

Have a Great Saturday!
Time to clean house...both ways!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    I also agree with you, It's so much easier to grab my phone(plus my pc has been broke) but I enjoy being here too!! I will admit I have joined a couple FB pages for weight loss that has helped me tremendously!! It puts a smile on my face to log on here and post a lower weight than I was last time, so something's working!! Maybe dedicate certain times or days for each? Take Care and Happy New Year!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ADNAW_YOTS 11/27/2013 7:42AM

    I found this to be a timely subject. But now I am having to rely on FB to touch base with client's and then I start surfing and it just waste your time. So I decided it is time for a timer. Once it goes off I am off. Er, starting Monday :)
Phins up and have a wonderful thanksgiving emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOHNSONZ 11/25/2013 9:21AM

    I am here first this morning!
I did what I could to track & now I am off to get in a workout.
THEN I can check my Facebook stuff.

Have a Great Monday/ Great Week!

Grabbing my water more this week!

Comment edited on: 11/25/2013 9:21:56 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
AMYJEANHEALTHY 11/25/2013 8:14AM

    Lynn, the way you list it out is so clear and hits home!!! I know that FB takes up WAY TOO MUCH time for me too. And you're right, I used to spend my time focusing on the ways to reach my goal. I think I may have to rethink my computer time too. Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GYMRAT_AT44 11/24/2013 12:52AM

    I have to be aware of my social media time… it will erode your health - in a number of ways!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOING-STRONG 11/23/2013 11:38PM

    I used to spend WAY too much time on FB. The time spent was really doing nothing to move me toward my goals so now I limit myself. Funny how stuff like that can just get away from you.


Report Inappropriate Comment
USMAWIFE 11/23/2013 12:44PM

    I have a laptop and each morning, while lying in bed, I grab it, start with email, then alternate between fb and sp.. sp usually gets more time now than fb

Report Inappropriate Comment

Lynn's Weekly Update Blog --- WUB

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Weekly Update Blog --- WUB

Work was insane, but I made it thru. Worked Friday & instead I am taking Monday off. It will be 73 & sunny. Great Decision. So far anyway.

I am glad to report that I tracked my food all week & my exercise. It has been awhile since I have done a complete week on both so WHOOHOO!

So - for my May Goals :

1. Track Foods Daily - Done emoticon

2. Exercise 4 Times a Week & Track - Done emoticon

3. Take My Breaks at Work - I need to work on this one. As I said, work was a bear this week & I had to cram so much in, even with overtime. Never felt accomplished. There is always next week.

4. Drink 6 glasses of water - hmm, I am doing wayyy better. My boss Tim has been making us stand up every hour on the hour, and he has been giving me bottled water from his little office fridge. That has been helping. I need to walk to the water cooler to get my own though - to get my steps.

5. Get at Least 6000 Steps Daily (Track on My Fitness Page) - Another one that I was not perfect at due to work I did not quite accomplish BUT i tracked it. I wear a pedometer every day. We had to at work for a break on our medical premium. If you walked 360,000 steps in the months they said, they take $600.00 off your yearly medical. So hubs & I did it - & we shaved $1200 off this year. BUT I continue to wear it because I am used to it & it helps me see my laziness.

Here is to another week!
emoticon emoticon
Thanks for the support

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOHNSONZ 5/7/2012 1:49PM

Now on to week #2.

I need to get my water in...

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARLA-216 5/7/2012 11:57AM

    You did a great job last week on your goals! You hit a couple of them out of the park, and made progress toward the rest, and that is awesome! Keep on reaching and you'll make even more progress each week.

Report Inappropriate Comment
1HOTMAMA2BE 5/6/2012 4:30PM

    Sounds like you work for a great place. A little overworked, but good incentives. You're doing great and I'm so glad to see you blog! Tomorrow is Monday and there isn't a BL Tuesday. emoticon What will we do? emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
RICHILA 5/6/2012 2:16PM

    Dang! That was a great incentive for wearing your pedometer. I forgot mine once this week and i hated it.
Spark On!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOEYKTTN 5/5/2012 10:13PM

    Great job this week! My water cooler at work is literally 3 feet from my desk :/ Sounds like your company is health conscience. That"s awesome! Enjoy your day off Monday!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANDK156 5/5/2012 7:51PM

    Wow, that $600 is an awesome incentive! Great job, especially with the blogging cos I know you haven't been a fan of it in the past. It's kind of fun though when you can post meeting so many goals, isn't it? emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

Goals for May:

Thursday, May 03, 2012


1. Track Foods Daily
2. Exercise 4 Times a Week & Track
3. Take My Breaks at Work
4. Drink 6 glasses of Water
5. Get at Least 6000 Steps Daily (Track on My Fitness Page)


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOHNSONZ 5/4/2012 10:26AM

    I never take my 2-15 minute Breaks or 1/2 hour lunch.
But my boss does. I am only robbing myself - and my health.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM2ACAT 5/3/2012 4:27PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
JANDK156 5/3/2012 1:59PM

    Great goals! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
1HOTMAMA2BE 5/3/2012 12:15PM

    Look at you!!! I love that your blogged and your tracking!!! emoticon

Now...take breaks. That's a new one. I agree totally though. We are supposed to have two 15 minute breaks a day, but I never take them. Why? I don't know. I should and I may because you Sparked me! Thanks! emoticon

You're going to have a great month! I just know it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOMOFBOYS 5/3/2012 11:46AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

My Old Levi Blue Jeans

Friday, February 24, 2012

I have an issue with jeans. Old jeans vs new jeans.

The old jeans I have that I have loved for many years have no stretch in them. Levis were Levis - just good on 501's or 512's. You put them on to see if you are losing because they were the true test for me.

Last few years, you can't really buy jeans for women that don't have the give/stretch in them. Tummy panels, stretchy fit. So its hard to judge like with the older styles. They stretch out & get lose in weird ways...belly area especially. The tops get weird & roll, the pooch area stretches so you look pregnant but they still fit. Old jeans did not do that. You got tight & had to take them off or unbutton them. And you said "Wow, I really pigged out & need to get back on track so I can wear these old jeans".

I have put off trying on my OLD jeans. I did not want to be disappointed. I hung a pair on a hanger in my workout area to remind myself I WANT TO WEAR THESE ONES AGAIN.

So this morning I found a different pair in my closet & thought "Nahhh", but tried them on anyway. They fit!!! and I am wearing them today. No huge muffin top or crotch cutting.

This just means that all the pedometer steps that I have done walking in the last month are paying off for me. At least they are starting to. I have been consistent on making sure I get anywhere from 6000-10,000 steps a day before bed. I have learned that in the past I have a lot of days MAYBE gotten 3000-5000 steps & that is an eye opener. I am using dumbbells also while I do my Leslie Sansone or Bob Harper workouts daily also. I am drinking more water. And no beer during the week either. I quit buying ice cream & eating cheddar cheese by the carving slices out of the package. And it is paying off finally.

Happy Friday!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHY4JEANNE 3/26/2012 11:14PM

    Congrats on this accomplishment!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRISTINA_CSR 3/18/2012 5:21PM

    Hi Lynn, I want to thank you for being so encouraging to me. WAY TO GO on the "fittin' into 501s", that is way cool. Yes, the pedometer is a great indicator. At work, on Benifits, they are offering Virin HealthMiles website with free pedometers. I got mine 2/13. I recently have been trying to get 7000+ a day for a challenge. The website has been a motivator and has brought me back to Spark. I find myself walking the halls, or in place to try and get those 7000+ before midnight (when I am on 2nd shift). Trying to get the steps at the end of the night makes you realize planning exercise is key. Thanks again for the encouragement! Christina

Report Inappropriate Comment
TXLOIS99 3/2/2012 7:26AM

    That is such a great feeling, good job!! I love working out to Bob Harper too, he motivates me. Good job on the not drinking beer during the week too, I know that's tough, but it's all worth it :) My non stretch jeans give me the evil eye when I look at them in my closet. It's sort of an abandoned look LOL. Anyhow, keep up the great work!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOHNSONZ 2/29/2012 9:08AM

    It is the hips & saddle bags I think that are slimming a bit. Maybe I should get that Brazilian booty workout. LOL! Been thinking a lot about what YOU said Carla about Strength Training.

Thanks again for everyones comments!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARLA-216 2/27/2012 11:16AM

    Wow, Lynn, how awesome that those jeans fit you! Yep, those extra steps and those dietary changes are paying off. Great job!

Report Inappropriate Comment
1HOTMAMA2BE 2/27/2012 9:24AM

    WOW! What a great feeling! I missed this blog last Friday, but wanted to tell you CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You've worked hard for it! Just wait until this summer! You're gonna look great!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOHNSONZ 2/27/2012 9:10AM

    Thanks for all your comments. They are the true test & I plan to keep them in mind as Spring approaches. Wish it would hurry up.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Lynn - YAHOOOOO!!! Love those NSVs!! You have taken baby steps and made some hugs impacts. That is so awesome - so proud of you and psyched for you!!! Woot Woot!!! And I agree with your and Elizzy about the jeans - oh so true - ohhh the pros and the cons of it all. Lucky to have pants that still fit me, but not really the true indicator. You are motivation to the core my friend.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELIZZYBETH 2/25/2012 2:54PM

    I also wanted to say GOOD JOB on cutting out the beer during the week and on no more ice cream and cheese...that's saving a bunch of calories! Good for you!


Comment edited on: 2/25/2012 2:55:30 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ELIZZYBETH 2/25/2012 10:52AM

    I agree with you about the they fit is a HUGE indicator of how we're doing! My old time fav's (Levi's too) are wearable but TIGHT, especially by the end of the day.

Thanks for the reminder about the pedomoter...I should get back to wearing mine...I usually DO get in 10,000 steps just in a normal day due to the fact that I AM on my feet for almost the entire school day...walking here and there all over the school.

I do my pink hand weights often at night...but I should do more.

This weekend, I'll walk A LOT but it'll be to Happy Hour, then dinner, then back to the condo!


Report Inappropriate Comment
JANDK156 2/24/2012 6:46PM

    emoticon Way to go, Lynn! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

What To Make For Christmas Dinner??

Friday, December 23, 2011


I am going to the grocery & need help. I do not want to do a traditional Dinner. I did that at Thanksgiving & that was a flop. Only Father-in-Law & Hubby were here, I slaved all day, then they spent 20 minutes eating & then I was slaving with dishes. It is the 3 of us again. Any ideas for our meal? I thought maybe Lasagna & Salad & French Bread but I am not really a pasta person. I just need ideas. Could do that Jimmy Dean Breakfast Casserole & call it good with Pizza later. ( My Father-in-law is 82 years old so not sure he is wild about pizza on Christmas.)

Just curious what other small families do.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JOHNSONZ 12/26/2011 4:04PM

    Well, we ended up going next door on Xmas eve & having Ham, so I made scalloped potatoes to go with it. We brought home leftovers.

Yesterday for Christmas day, we just made Homemade Split Pea with the leftover Ham & potatoes. It was very good & filling. And had Dinner rolls. No damage done! And felt healthier than a huge meal.

Thanks for all the posts!!
Here is to a Healthy 2012!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TOWHEE 12/24/2011 12:39AM

    The local paper had a recipe for beef roast with roasted root vegetables. It sounded good to me, so that's what we're having this year. It's probably a little fancier than you had in mind, but it really doesn't take a lot of preparation. I'm serving a green salad with dried cranberries, vanilla ice cream, and Christmas cookies (it's our family tradition) along with the roast.

There will be a lot of football games televised, so if your family is into football, you could have a game-day party (hot wings, chili, etc.). Personally, I like the idea of going out to a nice restaurant.

Enjoy your day however you choose to celebrate it.


Report Inappropriate Comment
OUTDOORGIRL69 12/23/2011 7:03PM

    We are just having ham, potatoes and corn. I made up a veggie tray and a Shrimp tray so if any one stops by there is something. It is just my DH & myself. We have to work the Motel also.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CELLOPLAYER1 12/23/2011 6:07PM

    We are having a lamb roast, baked potatos, fruit salad, veggies and a low fat cheese cake.

Report Inappropriate Comment
YELLOWDAHLIA 12/23/2011 11:50AM

    Have you considered going out to a nice restaurant for Christmas dinner?

That's what my stepmom and I will do this year. It's just the two of us. I made reservations at a really nice place. It will be quite the treat...and no messy kitchen to clean afterwards like in the past.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOHNSONZ 12/23/2011 11:01AM

    LOL! One Year WE had Tater-Tot Casserole.
Everybody else made such a fuss about it, but Mark & his dad were in heaven.

Maybe I can think of some homey caserole-y comfort dish for them.
I will be happy with a salad & cranberry myself.

Report Inappropriate Comment
1HOTMAMA2BE 12/23/2011 10:52AM

    First, YOU BLOGGED!!! Yeah!

Second, I hear you on small family gatherings and traditional meals. One year us "kids" decided we didn't want turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and had mexican instead. Boy! Was my father-in-law upset! emoticon We won't do that again!

Anyway, we usually have lasagna Christmas Eve because it's nice to prepare early and relax later. One Christmas we had beef tenderloin with twice baked potatoes, garlic asparagus, bourbon carrots, bread and wine. Yummo! This year we are having a traditional ham because my father-in-law is coming. He'd freak if we had anything but a traditional meal.

Good luck. Make it easy on yourself and enjoy the day! XOXO

Report Inappropriate Comment

1 2 3 Last Page