2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2BLEAN%5FN%5FFIT%5FAZ 2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ My Spark Hint for Today: Carefully Check Nutritional Information Added by Spark Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510038 Have you ever used the food tracker, and instead of taking the time to put the nutrition information that you've researched on the internet and know to be as accurate as it can be? I have and today and no different, I was in a hurry and I had saved the corn muffin or cornbread muffin from Famous Dave's BBQ for breakfast this morning. I know its high in calories and not the best of calorie choices, but I was having it for breakfast. As i put my food in the tracker, I used several Spark entered... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:04:04 EST Pinterest Projects Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504473 DGD and I wanted to do a fall project together. DGD is 10 yrs. old. I knew Pinterest would have the prefect project. I've done projects from Pinterest before...piece of cake, right??? Well...not quite! <BR> It took two of us to make this pumpkin. There was no way one person could put it together. But we persisted and had a laughing time getting it together. We did have the best time! <BR> Here is the picture of the one that had to be made by a team of professionals... <BR> Looks amazing doesn... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:01:19 EST Once Again...(warning venting ahead) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502293 My body once again did what IT wanted to do no matter what I did. I exercised more than I have in months. 7/7 days, stayed within range, kept things out of my mouth that usually find its way in, ate healthy calories...and I gain..yeah, I know its only .2 lb. It is my body's way of telling me that I am going to have to <em>216</em> <em>326</em> and <em>311</em> every single of these last 10-12 lbs off my body. I am a positive person I see the glass half full; 99% of the time and when ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 09:35:08 EST BLC23 - Photos, Measurements, Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477921 Soon BLC 23 will begin in earnest! Being a part of the preBLC23 team, one of my tasks is to take photo, it is my choice to display it,, take my measurements and establish goals. <BR> The shorts I have on in the photo, fit...but they fit tightly...one way to measure my weight loss is to have those shorts fit comfortably! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1236855210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> bust - 43" <BR> waist - 37" <BR> hips - 46" <BR> R thigh - 37 <BR> <B... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:12:05 EST BLC21 - 4 Weeks to go...so http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289061 When I look at my 12 week plan... <BR> "I will be in control of what I eat! Mindless eating still rears its ugly head and bites me big time...those stupid carbs haunt me! <BR> I will find time to exercise even on busy days. It is too easy to not bother with any activity. <BR> I will track every morsel that goes in my mouth! I find that when I slide on tracking food, the calories do mount up and there is no losing on the scale." <BR> <BR> The first statement...good news there are many more ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:53:45 EST March Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268778 Each day the following has to be accomplished in order to lose weight... <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking everything that goes from the hand to the mouth. I have to hold myself accountable for what I eat! <BR> <BR> 2. The dreadful difficult time of day monster...'afternoons' If any mindless eating takes place this is the time! I have to plan for snacks... <BR> <BR> 3. Exercise...do something each day. Aim for for 60 min. 6 out of 7 days! <BR> <BR> Definitely Do-able...the rest is up to me! <BR> <BR... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:56:42 EST 12 Week Plan...BLC21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228790 Actually it is more like 10 weeks...but in 10 weeks I will accomplish the following: <BR> <BR> I will be in control of what I eat! Mindless eating still rears its ugly head and bites me big time...those stupid carbs haunt me! <BR> I will find time to exercise even on busy days. It is too easy to not bother with any activity. <BR> I will track every morsel that goes in my mouth! I find that when I slide on tracking food, the calories do mount up and there is no losing on the scale. <BR> <BR... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:58:00 EST ABC's of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202638 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? <BR> Yes, bring it on, I am ready! <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> Goldie - Red Hot Chili Steppers, Ninjas, and Pixies. <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? <BR> I have 3 adult children, fraternal twin girls, and a son. <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? <BR> Crackers <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? <BR> Early bird... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:24:00 EST Lang Bryant and Me...Really!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163444 I stopped in at Lane Bryant this morning to look for a top for DD1. The salesgirl asked if she could help me. I told her I was looking for tops in size 4X or 5X. She told me they didn't carry anything larger than a 3X. I told her thank you, that I'd go over to Catherine's. She then told me they had sweaters, bras and pants on sale. I kindly told her, I didn't know DD! bra size, or pant size and would go to Catherine's for tops. She then said, "What about you?" I was a little taken aback. I we... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:30:09 EST Our New Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135766 Many of my Spark friends know my husband and I have bought a new home. Those of you who are my FB friends, I haven't posted that we're moving yet, so 'shhhh...' But I can share with you some of the pictures that are from the Realtor's web site. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2066600707.jpg"> <BR> This will be our new home as of Dec. 17th. we will move after Christmas. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l844190524.jpg"> <BR> This is the entry way.... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 22:37:14 EST Fast Track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122678 No, the fast track that I am talking about has nothing to do with losing weight quickly. I am writing this blog to share what Fast Track is all about. I often refer to it in my posts with different Spark teams. I thought it was time to show you all that are interested what it is all about. I play every Monday morning with a group of friends I exercise with. It is home made game that is played with a homemade board, a set of rules, a set of markers (we us painted golf tees) a deck of cards in... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 16:25:17 EST Revamp and Recharge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105190 It is 6 wks into BLC20 and it is time to reflect, revamp and recharge. That is what I plan to do! <BR> Reflect: I found myself slipping back to the bad habit of nibbling while making lunch and not counting it on my tracker. <BR> <BR> Revamp: It is time to stop the nibbling. Today was was hard, I wanted to nibble while making my lunch, but I resisted. Once I do it more and more, it won't be a temptation. I am going to unlearn that behavior right here and now! <BR> <BR> Recharge: By being ho... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 16:46:08 EST Meeting Spark Friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104110 Once again I was able to meet a Spark Friend. Her Spark name is JHOPPER, we know her as Joyce. My husband and I drove to Flagstaff, AZ to meet Joyce, her husband, daughtrer and son in law. We had a wonderful time together. If any of you have ever had the chance to meet a Spark friend, you know the joy in being together in person. We laughed, shared stories and had felt a natural camaraderie! At Spark you have the opportunity to make friends for life! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:56:12 EST Group Dynamics and Erosion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094766 I started this blog 3 different times! How do I write about a situation that has been in the process of being made for the 3 years I've been with this group, if not even longer and it came to a head today...yours truly being part of the straw that broke the camel's back as well as another group. I was wrong with what I was doing and can easily correct it. The problem, my friends and I would line dance while Jackie, the group's instructor, was doing her cool down routine. The routines are all ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 01:38:20 EST BLC 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061830 What I know: <BR> I know that any focus diet or eating program will help you lose weight. <BR> I know that any increased heart rate will burn calories. <BR> I know that strength exercises will build muscles. <BR> I know that I need to get my exercising for the day in first thing in the morning. <BR> I know that I am addicted to carbs. <BR> <BR> Taking what I know about eating healthy, my habits, my strengths and my weaknesses I can use the next 12 weeks to achieve weight loss. <BR> <BR> Wha... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 16:27:24 EST BLC20 ABCs of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047553 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? Yes...I enjoy a challenge within a challenge. Often in the Forest Green Pixies...Pixies will challenge Pixies or someone will throw down a challenge. I enjoy participating in those! <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? Long time BC'er. from BLC9 been on Red Hot Chili Steppers(no longer a team) Forest Green Pixies and one time on the Navy Ninjas' <BR> <... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 19:19:46 EST I AM In Control...finally!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974749 After battling mindless eating for longer than I care to remember, I am FINALLY in control <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874665751.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is an empowering feeling that I have control and I am the boss of me! It was a long process, a process of figuring out what triggered my mindless eating. Once I finally realized what the triggers were I then planned how to substitute healthy alternatives for the bad habit of eating when ever I walked into the kitchen (my tr... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:58:32 EST Memorial Day Honor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898236 In Flanders Field <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l64332579.jpg"> <BR> by John McCrae, May 1915 <BR> <BR> In Flanders fields the poppies blow <BR> Between the crosses, row on row, <BR> That mark our place; and in the sky <BR> The larks, still bravely singing, fly <BR> Scarce heard amid the guns below. <BR> <BR> We are the Dead. Short days ago <BR> We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, <BR> Loved and were loved, and now we lie <BR> In Flanders fields. <BR> <BR> Take ... Fri, 25 May 2012 22:25:59 EST BLC 19 Wk. 4 What An Eye Opener Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893364 The week isn't officially over, but I just had to blog about what's been happening! <BR> <BR> First of all...I am not making excuses but going to state facts why it is harder for me to lose weight...and this was an eye opener! <BR> <BR> 1 - I am older <BR> 2 - I am on two medications to keep my heart in rhythm...I take metoprolol and flecanide. <BR> 3 - I wore my HRM to see how many calories I was burning during working out! <BR> <BR> In conjuction the meds suppress my heart rate. Restin... Tue, 22 May 2012 17:47:54 EST BLC 19 Wk. 3 Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884732 Fitness Minutes: 375 <BR> Weight: 183.1 - .3 <BR> <BR> So the scale turned out to be friendly this morning. It is a loss!!! <BR> <BR> What I did: <BR> Varitey of foods - Continues to be all right...kind of got hung up on chicken salad but it tasted so good! <BR> Tracking food - Everyday except Mother's Day, only because the day slipped by quickly. What I need to do so it doesn't happen again, is take time to track before or as soon as possible. I know I didn't go over my allotment. <BR> ... Wed, 16 May 2012 20:35:36 EST BLC 19 Wk. 2 Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874210 Fitness Minutes: 436 min. <BR> Weight: 183.4 +.5 lb. (-1 lb. since start of BLC 19) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136263815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That shows exactly how I felt earlier this morning when I stepped on the scale...so hopeful. I had done everything right, or so I thought. But my body had other ideas and decided I was to gain .5 lb. and not lose any! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977668467.jpg"> <BR> And that's how I fel... Wed, 9 May 2012 15:36:12 EST BLC19 Wk 1 Evauluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863676 Fitness Minutes: 248 min <BR> Scale - 183.4 loss of 1.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> Plan <BR> Variety of foods - Still need to mix it up. It is too easy for me to rely on the standards. I am going to try to plan a menu for the week for breakfast and lunch to see if that will help me mix it up. <BR> <BR> Track <em>248</em> faithfully completed <BR> <BR> Exercise - Definitely need increase exercise minutes...away for the weekend and I didn't make opportunities to exercise. Focus this week will be minim... Wed, 2 May 2012 20:27:55 EST Planning for BLC19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854153 It is said that if you don't plan, you can plan to fail (to paraphrase a proverb)! Definitely not wanting to fail, therefor I am going to plan. <BR> Nutrition - Eat what I know is healthy, measure and weigh every thing I plan to eat. <BR> Variety - Eat a variety of foods, do not get in a rut and have the same breakfast or lunch for a week. <BR> Track - Use the tracker faithfully. <BR> Exercise - Minimum of 30 min. 6 days/wk. for cardio <BR> Strength - 3 days/wk <BR> Pitfalls - Mindless eati... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 23:42:01 EST ABC's of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844520 <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? Yes, definitely...I am all in 100% and look out teammates! <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds...Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s) Red Hot Chili Steppers, Navy Ninjas and Pixies <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN...3 adult children, fraternal twin daughters and a son. <BR> <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? Carbohydrates...bread, chips, cookies, baked goods <BR> <BR> E is for EXCUSE...what is your most fa... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:20:46 EST Goals for BLC19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833681 I made a mistake, I know you're shocked! I was not a part of BLC18...I could <em>216</em> myself for not being involved. With mistakes we get second chances. I will be an active participant of BLC 19. As a matter of fact part of the trainee challenge is to blog our goals for the next 12 weeks. <BR> Reflecting on what I did wrong that resulted in a 9 lb. gain I have two goals. <BR> #1 - Track daily every morsel of food that passes my palate! <BR> a. make good food choices for snacks <BR> b.... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:56:31 EST Slipping and Sliding Along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4745964 That's what I've doing since before the holidays! Let me be more specific! I've been gaining and losing the same 5-7 lbs! Since I've been a Saprk member since 2008, and prior to the holidays I... <BR> 1 - was active on several teams <BR> 2 - tracked my food/water consistently <BR> 3 - tracked my exercise diligently <BR> 4 - lost 94 lbs at me lowest Spark weight of 178 lbs. <BR> <BR> Since before the holidays...I did less and less of # 1 - 4 <BR> <BR> However there were several things t... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:20:25 EST The Time is Now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646458 It is up to me to bring about the changes I want to see happen. It is up to me to be specific about the goals I need to set. It is up to me to exercise daily. It is up to me to choose the foods I eat. <BR> I am the only one who can achieve the desired weight I want to be! The time is now to begin the last leg of my weight loss journey, before I embark on the next part of my journey. <BR> I know that I will lose 20 pesky stubborn fat adhering pounds in my own time frame! I am not going to say... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:17:56 EST BLC17...12 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600477 Where did the time go? Next Wednesday and another round will be over. Even though I did not lose as much weight as I wanted, I can say that I have found support and encouragement from the Navy Ninjas. I also have many new friends that I can turn to when I need a Ninja <em>216</em> to find a lost mojo. When I lose my mojo and it happens it really makes a difference in getting back into the 'groove' that is needed to eat healthy and/or exercise. I know the Ninjas would tell me what I need ... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:17:25 EST Thank You...SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4592302 On Friday, I started receiving many wonderful congratulatory notes on my Spark page for something referred to as " MOD " Until some kind person included what the acronym stood for I didn't know the exact meaning. Imagine my total surprise, shock 'n awe when I found that it stands for Motivator of the Day. <BR> <BR> Thank you, SparkPeople for selecting me! Also a most heart felt and humble Thank You to all of you who visited my page. It is quite an overwhelming feeling belonging to a very un... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 10:57:27 EST VACATION + CHOICES = KNOWLEDGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554198 We've all been there, done that and sometimes have the pounds to show for our vacation! <BR> <BR> Upon returning from a wonderful week visiting family in the Finger Lakes region of NYS, I got on the scale this morning to see what I currently weighed. At first I thought to myself, let's see what the damage is, then I thought no, let's not call it 'damage' but let's see what I currently weigh. You see I made choices on what I ate and accepted those choices. Could I have done better you bet! C... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:17:35 EST My Third Spark Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442573 On Aug. 23rd, I will have a been Spark'er for 3 years. Three years that have changed my life, both literally and figuratively. For those of us who struggled with weight issues, you know what I'm talking about. I started on my journey in the late 90's and went to the Carbohydrates Addict diet. I lost around 40 lbs. At that time my scale registered my weight at 280, as it had a 300 lbs. limit. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395960273.jpg"> <BR> 320 lbs. <BR> I staye... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 20:01:25 EST CHANGES...AND ITS NOT ME... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429082 We've made a few changes in our home. I've been telling some Spark Friends of my trials and few tribulations with a paint brush in my hand. The kitchen is finished enough to show the changes we've made. <BR> As my daughter, the kitchen was "oh-so the 90's". Well we've now brought the kitchen color into the 21st century. <BR> Before <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934542365.jpg"> <BR> After <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l336865671.jpg"> <BR> ... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:53:11 EST Thoughts on BLC16 and the Forest Green Pixies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348017 As Crescent Tea Leaf sauntered into the Forest, she ventured toward the village to visit with other Pixies. By and by she remembered that BLC16 was over and realized that many Pixies had gone to visit family and friends in other parts of the Forest. Coming upon Aster Forest Flame and Butterfly Morning Dew's huts, she saw that they were both relaxing with their feet on mini toad stools. Eventually, they noticed me standing there, of course, clearing my throat several times brought them out of ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 20:25:11 EST The Dot to Dot Connection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327840 First of all, I want to thank all my wonderful Spark Friends for your continued support, suggestions, insights and reflections on my blog to find the motivation to lose the remaining 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> Cookiedog, thank you for turning me inward to continue to dig deep within me to find what tools work for me, and then how to use them for me. Motherhen9 thank you so much for the fabulous and wonderful visual and physical idea and last but certainly not least Winkerdink who suggested I blog abo... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:00:12 EST The LAST 20 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4325404 I have been mulling over why the last 20 lbs. (or insert the amount anyone needs to lose) for me have been such a challenge to eliminate. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l492405943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had my "ah-hah" moment this morning for me this morning, and it has been glaring at me in the face for awhile; it just took me longer to connect the dots. <BR> and when I did, the 'light' went on! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119022577.jpg"> <B... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:02:50 EST Bisbee, AZ 1,000 Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4322105 Just letting all the AZ Spark'ers that the Bisbee, AZ 1, 000 Steps is October 15, 2011. I've registered and will be there with Mesa, AZ friends wearing a Spark t-shirt. Oh, the 1,000 steps are how many steps you will climb through scenic Bisbee, AZ <BR> <BR> Here's the link if you're interested: <BR> <link>www.bisbee1000.org/ </link> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 14:26:10 EST Finally Finished...Afghan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304581 Many of my Spark friends would read my posts and see this..."Gotta go and work on the afghan..." A friend of mine makes them for her granddaughters. She approached me a couple of months ago and ask me if she could hire me to finish her GDs afghan for her 8th birthday. She makes them for all her GD when they turn 8. I don't know how many GDs she has, but must be a few, since she told me she just wasn't into finishing the one she started. <BR> <BR> Since they all heard what I busy doing, tho... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 09:56:53 EST BLC16 NOW Challenge Blog...A Rubber Band http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4265735 Today, DH and I went to friends of ours for a Memorial Day picnic and play a board game called Fast Track. I knew the temptations, food wise, would be plentiful since everyone there is a great cook! So in order to help me, help myself, I put a rubber band on my wrist...my thought was if I was tempted beyond what I planned nutritionally I would snap the band as a physical distraction. I didn't have to snap it, because just by looking at it I knew what it represented. I even had a desert; suga... Mon, 30 May 2011 19:47:14 EST BLC16 NOW Challenge Blog...No Gym Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4263498 Oh, the gym is open, but I chose not to go and decided to work out at home. I played a couple of wicked games on Wii Tennis. If you familiar with Wii, you have a Mii, well I have two. One for me, and one for my alterego, and she is as opposite of me as I could get, including she is left handed. When I play tennis, bowl, or baseball...I play games with both hands, that way, they equally get a workout. <BR> I finished off my workout with Walk It Out. I hadn't played that since last summer. WIO... Sun, 29 May 2011 16:53:12 EST BLC16 NOW CHALLENGE BLOG...IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262147 IT" just two letters from the alphabet, and the impact of that word has on our lives is monumental. <BR> Accpding to dictionary.com there are 19 definitions! What interested me was the origin of that two letter. It comes from Middle English before 900AD. In Old English the word is 'hit'. <BR> <BR> So what is my 'it'! Well my 'it' for this blog is my hardest time of the day. It is late afternoon. From old leaned behaviors, if there is a time of the day that I falter, "IT" is in the late afte... Sat, 28 May 2011 21:02:04 EST BLC16 NOW-MOVE IT - FRIDAY: My First Blog 8-24-2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4259593 A spark friend posted about the encouragement we receive on Spark, I read it, and while reading it, it led me to other thoughts. One of which, was: What was my first blog? Was it about the caloires burned, the nutritious meals I was making, the teams I joined, my dreams of losing tremendous amounts of weight? Was it inspirational? Well...not any of the above... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Here it is... <BR> "This is the second day of a continued journey. I have spent more going around the differ... Fri, 27 May 2011 10:53:08 EST Turning 65 and Medicare... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223845 is just short of a nightmare. <em>24</em> What to do, what to do, what to do...lots to consider, and I have a ton of questions to ask. Yikes, who knew turing 65 would be so much fun. <BR> I have my file folder ready to get the answers when I talk to the state retirement system health insuraance, and then to talk to my Doctor and who ever else I find I need to talk to. <BR> <BR> Any advice for those who have recently done this? <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 May 2011 19:33:18 EST Cake "Pops" Easter Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4184844 Here's what they look like. Don't know if I'd make them again. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745676424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You bake a cake, crumble it, add frosting to create a truffle like consistencey, roll into balls, refrigerate. Put them on sucker sticks, dip in melted candy coating, roll in different kinds of sprinkles, put on parchment paper till they harden. <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> Happy Easter <em>453</em> <em>451</em> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:52:37 EST BLC Blog Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4175438 Hmmmm...what to blog about...oh I know! I need to start a check list for the family Easter buffet on Sunday. Not only do my adult daughters live near by with their familites, but also my extended family...my Mom, brothers, sisters and their immediate families. Since Mom doesn't do any of the holidays anymore, in that I mean cook and have the family over...my siblings and I 'host' a family get together. We always do Easter. <BR> If we all got together we'd be over 50 people. From doing a quic... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 21:45:42 EST BLC Blog Challenge Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172464 During my time on Spark, I figured out what one of my binge triggers was...just walking in the kitchen would trigger mindless eating. Mindless eating to me is eating carbs when I'm not ever hungry. Once I was able to identify that trigger, the battle begun. I am still waging that battle. Every time I walk in the kitchen my brain receptors urge me to go to get some form of carbs. I know I can have a serving of pretzel sticks, saltines, or any other kind of cracker. Sometimes I do and I'm succ... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 19:29:12 EST Protecting Rose Bushes - Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170062 It was a challenge to protect my 4 rose bushes...I did lose one to being 'burned' by the AZ sun. I thought I had selected a good spot...morning exposure to the sun, but what I didn't take into account was the wall I put the roses in front of. The front of the house has what is called decorative slump block (fancy name for a dressed up cinder block, which our home is made of, instead of lumber). The tan color doesn't reflect the sun, but absorbs it and ends up like oven and 'bakes' the roses. ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 14:57:48 EST DISTRACTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4168100 As part of a weekend challenge we're to blog about any thing that want. I had wanted to blog where I am at this point in my weight loss journey. But like a newly pulled tooth your tongue always manages to end where that tooth had been rather than keeping your tongue where it usually is located. So it is with me today, but my distraction isn't a pulled tooth...no, my wallet was stolen last night while I was dining with friends, or it fell out of purse without my being aware of it happening (wh... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 14:54:08 EST NEW SPARK SCREEN NAME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162682 I am now 2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ. When I started this journey almost 3 yrs. ago I knew nothing of about Spark, so when it asked for a screen name, I used what I use on other web sites. It is who I am...the J stands for Jo Ann, the BRU for my best friend and DH, Bruce, MO for the first two letters in our last name, and of course AZ. But after losing so much weight and becoming a newer me, I wanted a name to reflect what I need to do to finish the first part of my journey and get to a goal weight of 16... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:10:56 EST A Most Unusual Art Exhibit and Dinosaurs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4097465 Recently my grandson, daughter and I enjoyed the Amococo art exhibit at the Mesa Arts Center and the Natural History Museum in Mesa, AZ. <BR> <BR> My grandson who is 5 loves dinosaurs so he thoroughly enjoyed the museum...so did I! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14675954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Through out the museum there were inactive projects for visitors to enjoy. Casey throughly enjoyed the puzzles. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l531749773.j... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 23:46:14 EST Whirlwind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4075405 That's what it has been around here since last Wednesday. You know how it goes when relatives come from out of town for a celebration visit...and so it has been around here. My Mother and her twin sister celebrated their 85th birthday on Mar. 5th. My Mom lives here in AZ and her twin lives in NY. Two of my adult children, and their families live here as well as my brothers, sisters, -in laws, nieces, nephews and their families live close by. So when we gather...yep there's a lot of us. Of cou... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 08:54:51 EST