7356WILMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=7356WILMA 7356WILMA'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/ Life, And Hanging In There!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910588 Often with life we get taken up with what is going on around us. Aging parents who need additional assistance, work, home etc etc. Somewhere in there we lose ourselves to only so many hours in a day. We hang in there and do the best that we can. So if you can't tell I'm struggling, but I am still hanging in there. I may not be able to check in as much as I have been, by the end of the day I'm tired not only physically but mentally. Have challenged myself over the next 30 days to check i... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 21:43:12 EST Back From Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881671 Well back from vacation, and facing the facts that didn't do so hot the last week. But today is a new day and the start of new week. Missed all of my Spark friends but had made up my mind to take a break from computer and telephone except for one work related teleconference. <BR> Vacation was a combination of yard work, small hiking trips, and fishing. We got our garden planted, yeah. DH is finishing up with the tomato plants today. Took several small hiking walks (still not released to d... Mon, 14 May 2012 22:10:50 EST The end of a 100 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862210 Woo Hoo the end of the Healthy Living 100 day challenge at work with a total of 8 lbs lost. The goal was 15 lbs, but still not bad for this old girl, ecspecially since for 6 weeks of the challenge the Dr shut down my physical activity. Portion Control/ Portion Control!! <BR> <BR> If it wasn't for this web site and what I have learned here and for the support of all the people who stop in and say hi, I probably would not have lost the 8 lbs, I would have given up. So thanks all! <BR> <BR... Tue, 1 May 2012 23:13:44 EST It's Raining But Went Walking Anyway!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855491 Took Thursday and Friday off this week thinking I would spend it outside!! It started raining mid morning on Thursday!! Oh well I've been reading alot! There was a little break in the rain looked at my dogs and asked do you want to go for a walk and they were ready to go!! Got out the rain coat and rain pants, loaded the dogs up in the car. And away we went. As soon as we got where I wanted to walk it started to rain but oh well we're covered. It smelled so good, nice and fresh. The d... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:29:39 EST Where did the energy come from? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840085 AAAgghhhh this like the 3rd time I have tried to share this somehow I keep deleting it grrrr. Ok one more time. I will stay positive here. <BR> <BR> The last month or so I have not had much energy both physical or mental. I have lived totally by the mantra "fake it until you make it". Then all of a sudden Monday I wake up and its there. Got up did an upper body work out with out force, stayed up beat and had energy all day at work even though it was a day from, you know those kind of days.... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:51:45 EST Back Down to 176 AGAIN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4837107 I'm back to 176 again!! But this time it is a little different, it came from just controlling it through the diet. So if I can do this now what will it be like when I get free'd up to do exercises again!! We can do this!! We Can Do This!! Speak it, and it shall be mine!! I will not see 177 or 178 again!!!! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 07:39:50 EST 4/10/2012 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829490 Today was a pretty good day!! It is so hard to stay inactive, I have done some (ok more than some) yard work. I haven't found a yard fairy to get it done for me. But am feeling some better, can't wait to get back to working out. I feel so much more energetic when I am doing that physical activity. And mostly I miss my hiking!! <BR> <BR> Seem to be having difficulty staying motivated, need that fired up feeling. But I am hanging in there that is what is important. Will get rejuventated... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:24:18 EST Can't Do This Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4813412 As life moves along all types of things get in the way of our goals. Computer breaking down, getting benched for overdoing it, etc. etc.!!! <BR> <BR> I have decided that one of the things that really keeps me going is being able to stay in contact with all of you and the daily support that I get. Fortunately this weekend I was able to borrow a lap top from work so will be able to stay in touch and next week will purchase a new lap top. I had been looking at one that I really can't afford ri... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:42:58 EST LST weekly challenge 2/22/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800437 Today was a good day! <BR> <BR> Calories-check <BR> water-check <BR> Early am exercise-check <BR> exercise-lunch hour check <BR> fruits/veggies-7 servings checks <BR> <BR> what I could do better calories evened out thru the day. <BR> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 21:29:22 EST LST Weekly Challenge Blog!! Feeling Sorry For Self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796886 First I haven't been doing this very well, no computer so have been trying to spark from my phone and I'm sorry they aren't the same!!! <BR> <BR> So far has not been a good week!! Be careful hopefully it's not contagious. <BR> <BR> I'm either under or over on my calories! Gained one pound then two. Can't seem to get myself out of bed in the morning to work out GRRRRRR! And what's really sad is that I know deep down that if I get up I will feel so much better the rest of the day. The wh... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:27:59 EST LST weekly challenge #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792604 Missed blogging yesterday the down thing. <BR> <BR> Stayed in calories range. <BR> <BR> 5 servings veggies and fruits, <BR> <BR> Walked to and from meetings was gorgeous ouside. Worked out in the yard when I got home until it got dark. <BR> <BR> Actually was pretty pleased with the day with the exception of the scale not moving again but I already know why. Just need to kick it up a notch!! Sat, 17 Mar 2012 21:35:39 EST LST weekly challenge #5 or confessions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789864 Most of the time I feel great about what I am doing in this journey but then I seem to stall. Feel like I've just stalled and going through the motions. At that point in time I have to evaluate what I'm doing so today through the challenge I am looking at those things. <BR> Good thing I track food daily. Lately this time of night I even check my status. Have been under in calories. So rather than re evaluate I eat. Grab a handful of nuts healthy snack right. Wrong! The container has 7 serving... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:20:14 EST Sharing my hiking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788252 Went back to work today, after four glorious days of hiking. I had orinally planned on sharong my pictures but misplaced my computer cord so the pictutes will come later. Got some really great pictures of my dogs, who ran and ran looking for birds but were satisfied digging for pocket gophers. They are still tired! <BR> <BR> Got some really great pictures of some muley does when we went to the wildlife refuge, a few pics of some geese. But there weren't very many other birds out and about... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 23:30:52 EST LST weekly challenge #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788182 Yesterday was a fair day. <BR> <BR> Water check <BR> calories check <BR> exercise check <BR> <BR> New work shoes purchased check. <BR> <BR> What I could have done better- not drank as much pop, not grabbed that hand full of nuts when on the way to bed. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:42:59 EST LST weekly challenge #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788181 Yesterday was a fair day. <BR> <BR> Water check <BR> calories check <BR> exercise check <BR> <BR> New work shoes purchased check. <BR> <BR> What I could have done better- not drank as much pop, not grabbed that hand full of nuts when on the way to bed. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 22:42:58 EST LST- Weekly Spark Challenge #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785320 Originally when I started this challenge I really liked the idea of saying what went good and maybe not so good. Now I am dreading it. I think alot of it is it's making me be accountable not only to you but mostly myself. <BR> <BR> What went good yesterday: <BR> <BR> Food tracked <BR> made healthy choices to take with us on our trip to the refuge. <BR> <BR> Went walking with dogs, exercise in. <BR> <BR> Took pictures (this was one of my goals this year) <BR> <BR> What I would have ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:46:02 EST LST- Update 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784593 Now according to our team challenge we are suppose to reflect on the previous day. Things that went great, and maybe the things that we need to work on. <BR> <BR> First yesterday was a hike day for me so any day that I get to hike is a great day. The day was overcast and kept acting like it wanted to rain. But I'm where I can hike so we're hiking. First took the dogs for a run they just love to be able to get out and run, and of course since they are shorthairs look for birds real and ima... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:07:16 EST Absolutely Did Nothing Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781817 Well ok maybe it wasn't totally a do nothing Saturday but really close. This weekend I had to bring home some paper's to review, oohh so much fun. So yesterday decided to procrastinate and do absolutely nothing. I didn't track exercise, I didn't track what I ate, I didn't do anything remotely connected with being responsible to myself or others. <BR> <BR> What I did do was finished a book, took my dogs for a long walk (they tired before I did). Put them up and then went for a hike, the we... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 11:02:49 EST Update 3/7/2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776527 Today wasn't a good day. Not enough exercise. Went over on my calories. Went to the dentist had a cavity. Had it filled. Got a headache from the numbing stuff in my mouth. <BR> <BR> But I did get in my water, had 5 servings fruits & veggies. Tomorrow is a new day!! <em>104</em> Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:49:25 EST How about a Sunshine day instead of a Snow day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4774591 I have become a firm believer today that since we have not had any snow days this year we should be able to have a Sunshine Day. Now this isn't a national holiday just a day when the sun is shining and the wind isn't blowing a hundred miles an hour that the schools, work, etc. should be able to close and have a sunshine day. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> You should be able to get up in the morning listen to the radio like we use to for snow days and hear that a Sunshine day has been declare... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 22:19:08 EST It's the small things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766286 I just read a blog about being able to paint her toe nails, she motivated me to write this! All week I've been trying to decide what was keeping me going. I am tired in body and spirit and have been trying hard to stay positive and keep moving forward. So thinking back to Monday when I went to work, I pulled a jacket out of the closet. It is a size sixteen, when I bought the jacket I had to wear it open, I never could button it. Well I gained weight and it was just to uncomfortable to we... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 22:58:08 EST 2/29/2012 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764408 I'm really looking forward to the month of March. Hope to make some improvements on the scale. The numbers seem to be moving a lot slower than what I thought they would. Will try to make a few adjustments and hopefully that will fix those scale numbers. <BR> <BR> Currently have a couple of great challenges going. The one will keep me accountable on those darn fruits and vegetable that I have such a hard time with. So far so good, I have been staying at least 5 servings each day so at le... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 23:44:09 EST Weekend of Hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759331 There is nothing like getting out and enjoying the outdoors. My most favorite thing to do!! I have the Nebraska sandhills to explore. I pick a point and just start walking. These hills can be fairly steep at times and challenging. When I get a little tired I can stop, sit and just enjoy the view. On these hills I can take my mind where ever it wants to go, or just make it go blank. This is actually one of the few times where I can actually think of nothing. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> The... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:21:04 EST Battle of the Bag of Popcorn and who one!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755929 I'll start this story with the sentence that I had a very bad couple of hours at work this morning. So to get out of the office I offered to do some of the office type errands. One of those errands is to go to the bank. Forgetting that on Friday's they have popcorn. Just as I open the door the smell hits me the nice fresh smell of newly popped popcorn. First thing I say to myself is nope no popcorn Wilma, Walk a way!! Which I do as I walk up to the counter. That popcorn is talking to me... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 00:47:50 EST 28 day bootcamp plus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4750265 It's hard to believe that I am into day 20 of the 28 day bootcamp. At first I wasn't real impressed but when I hit day 14 I was hooked! Yes I have to adjust some of the exercises because of my hip but Coach Nicole makes me feel like it is ok. Just breath and keep moving. This is the one thing that has been easist but yet hardest to learn. Changing my thought process from all or nothing to something is better than nothing. I now know and accept I won't ever be a runner but as long as I keep m... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:15:27 EST 2/16/2012 Update Ramble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741363 Got the computer back Yeah!! Have a couple of long days at work, had to go in early yesterday and today. Had a bad hip day yesterday so opted not to work out. Decided maybe I'm trying to push too hard. But I find myself wanting this weight gone now <em>30</em> . But I know patience. I have set a goal of 1 pound a week and am usually happy if I even lose 1/2 lb. Today is my weigh in day, for the first time in a long time am dreading not sure why, probably just because I'm tired. <em>1... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:14:05 EST 2/13/12 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737627 Computer is out for the count! They think it'the keyboard. So it's been a little harder to spark. Seems like when I am want to finish tracking I lose connection. Oh well all things work out in the end. <BR> <BR> Have stayed in calorie range all days, have had some type of aerobic exercise. Am in day 13 of the 28 day bootcamp, really liked day 12! Was able to get in my 30 minutes on he eliptical over my luch hour today woo hoo. <BR> <BR> Lost 1lb. Don't care that the tracker said I lost 4. ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 22:19:28 EST Feb 10,2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733173 Not a bad day today! Killed my computer today so using my phone, sorry if writing isn't so great me and this keyboard have a love hate relationship. Started with the 28 day bootcamp. Day 10. I really enjoyed it. Then did walk it out and bootcamp. Stayed on track w calories. We traveled to my hiking country after work will have to see how cold it is tomorrow hope to hike some. <BR> Have great tomorrow! Sat, 11 Feb 2012 00:32:34 EST 2/9/2012 update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731568 Got my 28 day fit and tone (loved this) up until today had been kind of disappointed but really liked todays work out. Added the Cardio blast Walk it out and 80's 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> Kept on track recorded all of my food, no cheating tonite. <BR> <BR> Crappy work day, but stayed positive on the outside and eventually it worked it's way inside!! <BR> <BR> Well night all!! Thu, 9 Feb 2012 23:22:41 EST 2/8/2012 Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729687 Finish 28 day Bootcamp!! Day 7 done <BR> 5 days a week add eliptical! (Have to find another exercise to do after work or before started making sure my Dad is eating his lunch and that is the only time I can work on the eliptical at work.) <BR> Cut back on Diet Soda 5 days a week (just one a day) Did make it :o(!! Still drank my water!! <BR> Take homemade meals 3 days a week for lunch (less sodium) Yesterday Grilled Salmon from long john silver's, today baked chicken leg and spanish rice from ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 21:41:03 EST 2/6/2012 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726253 Finish 28 day Bootcamp!! Day 5 done <BR> 5 days a week add eliptical! 25 minutes Done! <BR> Cut back on Diet Soda 5 days a week (just one a day) Failed!! <BR> Take homemade meals 3 days a week for lunch (less sodium) Took homemade Soup <BR> Add some type of additional aerobic activity 5 days a week (bicycle when can) Walk it out Cardio Blast Done! <BR> Re-Vamp strength exercising- Keep putting this off need to do!! <BR> Not stressing over things I can't control- Work on at work!! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 23:21:55 EST New Plan Woo Hoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722615 Ok here we go!!! New plan in place!! <BR> <BR> Finish 28 day Bootcamp!! <BR> 5 days a week add eliptical! <BR> Cut back on Diet Soda 5 days a week (just one a day) <BR> Take homemade meals 3 days a week for lunch (less sodium) <BR> Add some type of additional aerobic activity 5 days a week (bicycle when can) <BR> Re-vamp strength training!! <BR> Do not stress over the things I can not control! <BR> <BR> At the end of the 28 day Bootcamp I will get a new pair of shoes!! <BR> Lose 5 lbs ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 22:03:37 EST Beware!! Pity Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720901 Somehow I will take this and turn it into a postive!! First this has not been a good work week it seems like no matter which way I turned everyone was grouchy yech!! Then this has not been a good scale week. Yesterday when I weighed I was up a pound, just wrote it off as not a big deal. I've been working pretty hard, tracking staying on target. Thought it was just one of those fluctuations so thought would weigh again today and today I was 3 lbs aaaaggghhh! <BR> So I know I must be missing... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 18:35:33 EST 1/31/2012 January is over already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715348 Wow it seems hard to believe that January is already over! This has been a really good month! Have stayed active most of the month did some type of exercise everyday. Seem to have a lot more energy. With this energy I am getting caught up with the deep cleaning that I had let go before the surgery. I can't believe that it got so bad but getting back into shape. Next thing is to start painting. Things really need freshening up. <BR> <BR> Started the 28 day bootcamp am in day 2. I reall... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 22:34:39 EST Taking Day Off, Getting Ready For New Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709534 Today was a true day off for me! I had planned on taking a walk but didn't even have the energy for that. Did go shopping, have been looking for a Zumba workout dvd that I can afford. But guess that is not going to happen anytime soon can't find just a single dvd have to buy the whole set. But will keep looking. Came hope put my feet up and haven't moved since. I guess I needed this so am not going to feel guilty. <BR> <BR> I will be ready for tomorrow have some house work that I need to... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 23:41:49 EST WooHoo Jumpstart Challenge And What I Gained http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707936 Finished with the Challenge! Made it! In retrospect I have gained many things over the last month. <BR> <BR> 1. Pride in myself for actually completing the challenge. <BR> 2. Endurance able to move for up to 50 minutes using aerobic dance. <BR> 3. Strength, able to actually do some pushups and not just one, but several. <BR> 4. Humor, I know that I can actually laugh at myself. <BR> 5. Hope, because if I can do it so can you! <BR> <BR> Where will you find me next, challenging myself to c... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 22:55:40 EST Zumba, Well At Least I Moved?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702166 Ok so I've been raving all week about Zumba. Am I crazy <em>334</em> ? I had only done the first two work outs, had really enjoyed them, again I can't do some of the jumps but really loved it! Did my warm ups and stretches. <BR> <BR> Tonight decided I would try to do the whole 60 minutes since I didn't get to work out over my lunch hour. Sooo for the first 25 minutes I did good even kinda kept up. Next 15 minutes started to lose ground but still hanging in there. The next 10 all I c... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:15:50 EST Actually a good Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700126 Today was an all around good day!! Even if it was a Monday!Started the day off with the Week 4 day 3 of the Jumpstart Challenge. Also did 20 minutes of Zumba. Over my lunch hour got 20 minutes in on the eliptical. <BR> <BR> Today is the day 1 of the Living Healthy Challenge at work. Weighed in lost 3lbs. I usually weigh in on Thursday but to qualify for a drawing had to weigh in early. Its nice that I can tie in my spark activity to this challenge at work. <BR> <BR> With the exercise a... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 23:03:07 EST Tried Zumba Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4695985 One of the things I have read is to go to the library and check out work out videos. I did that today, checked out the Zumba Workout. And I loved it. I'm not very coordinated but it was still fun. Love the music its really upbeat. Hardly noticed that I had been going for 20 minutes. Tomorrow I'm going to try the 30 minute workout!! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 22:41:40 EST 1/20/12 Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694388 Slept thru the alarm clock this morning, something I rarely do so decided I need to take the day off from working out. <BR> <BR> Had a great day at work made my list, checked a lot off of it. Woo Hoo!! Went and did 22 minutes on the eliptical (ok so I took part of the day off from working out). <BR> <BR> Stayed within calorie range, and did that smartly. Even met my fruit and vegetable goal. <BR> <BR> Ready to meet tomorrow head on on start week 4 of the Jumpstart Challenge!! Fri, 20 Jan 2012 23:00:24 EST Feeling Good Working Towards That Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688042 Have stayed within calorie range for most of the last 17 days. Have done some type of aerobic exercise the last 17 days. Have done done strength training of some type for the 14 of the last 17days. <BR> <BR> Sleeping better yeah!! Feeling much more energetic! <BR> <BR> Have motivated others to start exercising! <BR> <BR> Now I just need to do this again the next 17 days, ok maybe I'll just worry about doing it again tomorrow! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:59:07 EST Exercising and Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681080 Now usually the dogs and I deal well when it comes to me and exercising. To them exercising means they get to go for a ride and then they get to go run to their hearts content. Yes, occasionally we have mishaps, like today when Callie got into a cactus but they love to exercise with me. During the week both of my dogs are sleeping when I get up and work out to the videos. But on weekends that is a different story. Last week Callie decided that she should join me, and decided to lay on top o... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 22:13:52 EST Wilma's 1/13/2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679447 Today was a pretty good day. This was Week 3 day 1 of the Jumpstart Challenge. <BR> So started the day with that. Then did the first cardio of the 28 day bootcamp. Boy am I uncoordinated :o) Lunch time I did 15 minutes on the eliptical. <BR> <BR> After lunch I seem to have lost control of the day. Didn't take my usual snack break, not sure why just was busy. Trying to clean off my desk. <BR> <BR> As soon as I got home, loaded up and left for the weekend outing, so at 8pm stopped to g... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:12:54 EST 1/8/12 Starting the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667062 Where to start!! Started the day with reading. Then did about 2 hours of power house cleaning. Then went for a 30 minute walk. <BR> <BR> Started out badly with the calories, but trying to make up for it this afternoon and evening. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the week! Will meet all of the challenges in the coming week. <BR> <BR> WE CAN DO IT !!!!!!! <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:36:00 EST The First Week Of January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665187 Stayed within of calorie range all week. <BR> <BR> Met my fitness goals, 495 minutes (now why couldn't I just put in 5 more minutes??) <BR> <BR> Put my hand forward to a stranger not only here on Spark, but also met a really nice man who had just had hip surgery. Hubby just shook his head and said only you. :o) <BR> <BR> Got to watch a daughter start her journey here at Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Ordered the Sparkpeople Cookbook and the 28 day bootcamp. <BR> <BR> Weighed and lost weight. ... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 23:07:20 EST No I Didn't Clean The Kitchen Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658292 Ok so if you read my blog you know that yesterday I said that I would clean my kitchen today. Well it didn't get done. Hee Hee!!! <BR> <BR> Instead today I did my Jumpstart Challenge video, grabbed my camera and then went for a hike. Took pictures, walked a deer trail, sat on the side of a hill and just enjoyed the weather and the view. <BR> <BR> In all of the craziness of life remember to stop and smell the roses, the kitchen can wait!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 22:35:40 EST Long Day Just Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4655517 Oh Boy! This was a long day!! Started with jumpstart video. Did day 6 today (I really enjoy those videos). <BR> <BR> Today was house cleaning day cleaned bedroom and bathroom top to bottom. Then vacuumed hallway and living room and proceeded to shampoo the carpet. <BR> <BR> Then went for 90 minute hike, came home and put furniture back in its place. Rugs still aren't dry so that will have to wait until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow i finish with kitchen! I'm not taking anymore vacatio... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:12:43 EST Lifestyle Goals part IV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652650 OK so I've procrastinated all day about writing this down for public view not sure why but here goes. <BR> <BR> I will lose 30 lbs by October 30th, 2012 I will do this by developing the following habits. <BR> <BR> 1. I will drink 8 cups of water or more daily. <BR> <BR> 2. I will add 3-4 fruits and vegetables to my daily eating habit. <BR> <BR> 3. I will journal weekly. <BR> <BR> 4. I will place positive affirmation through out my home and work as a daily reminder that I am worth the cha... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:06:59 EST This That for Jan 1, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650064 Met my daily goals. Yeah!! Finished my Jump Start Challenge exercises. Stayed within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Took dogs for a run, I walk. They are very tired puppies tonite. <BR> <BR> Spent a lot of time working on my goals, have them written down will now make copies and post all over the house and at work. When I last did my goals, I did it very quickly and they were goals for the sake of having goals. Now I want the goals to mean something, but almost feel I'm over thinking the g... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 23:56:56 EST Re-Setting Goals Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644485 As I re-set my goals I have been looking at the spark teams that I belong to. <BR> <BR> Why do I belong. it? <BR> If I belong am I contributing to it? <BR> Is it contributing anything to me? <BR> Is it just an icon on my sparkpage? <BR> <BR> So as I went through my sparkteams those are the questions I asked. I was brutal with the current teams I had and got rid of most. Kept my Sparks Nebraska team and vowed that I would contribute. <BR> <BR> Kept the one team because I just love the t... 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