AALLEY2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=AALLEY2 AALLEY2'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/ Butterflies and Milkweed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733180 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1373422499.jpg"> I can't wait to photograph a swallowtail this year. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l644912966.jpg"> I was practicing on this dragon fly, I hope there are bigger ones than this out there! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1902253451.jpg"> finally, the wild roses are blooming in my yard. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1620472472.jpg"> The farmer that rent... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:15:23 EST Have a Great Holiday USA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731870 Everyone celebrating the 4th of July, Have a Safe & Happy Holiday <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l852491964.jpg"> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:24:29 EST Summer 5% Challenge Coming Right Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711607 Okay, I finished the Spring 5% challenge. I didn't get rid of the 8 lbs that I thought I for sure would have lost! But on the more positive side, I didn't gain anything and I am hopeful that I will weigh the same as when I started the challenge or even be down a pound! <BR> <BR> Update on the Ayurvedic eating plan: I am continuing to keep certain foods out of my eating plan. Sometimes they sneak in, but I am managing very well. I have added even more fruit and veggies that are recommended a... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:24:36 EST 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702721 <em>550</em> Fresh fruit and veggies must be the only way I am able to see the scale go down. As soon as I threw in the bad carbs and treats I saw the scale go up. This is the last week of the challenge and I plan on eating clean. Some of the challenges I face this week are having our Grandkids with us and of course the Holiday. At least the holiday is only one day! <BR> <BR> <em>242</em> to all of the 5% challengers that made it through! Hope those that didn't will get on track a... Sun, 25 May 2014 11:15:24 EST Win Win Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686735 Today my DH and I had a win win day! We both went our separate way with our friends, I went on an art tour and my DH went with the guys on a motorcycle ride. My win was going to the coffee shop (at the starting point) ordering a coffee and a scone, the win was not eating the whole thing! Yes it was a first for me to end up throwing half of it away. The second through sixth wins were passing up all the treats on the way, all the shops where the artists had their displays had candy, rolls, cook... Sat, 3 May 2014 21:44:06 EST Next Time You Crave Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678978 Try not to give in to the cravings. I think there is a recipe on SP too. I don't even remember where I found this one, it is a good replacement and will hopefully ward off the craving. <BR> 1 cup banana (I put a couple bananas in a baggie and smash it then I freeze them.) <BR> 2T vanilla <BR> 2 C Ice <BR> 2 C skim milk (I use almond milk) <BR> 2T honey (I don't use anything) <BR> 2T unsweetened cocoa or ground cocoa nibs <BR> blend it up and enjoy <BR> I usually share with my DH Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:55 EST Ayurveda Plan Upate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666716 Around March 10 I tried to start the Ayurveda eating plan. There were many road blocks not to mention not being able to eat some of the many foods that helped me a great deal with my weight loss. It has been a very difficult plan to follow, however, there are some positive aspects that I will continue to do. As far as following it to the letter – forget it! <BR> The aspects I will continue to do are healthy and they are attainable for me to meet my goals and still be happy about doing it. <... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:15:33 EST Assignment to Lose the Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660191 Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> To keep from going back on medication for high cholesterol, to keep acid reflex out of my life, look better, feel better, to be physically active, to control depression as working out gives me more endorphin and makes me a happier person. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? My attitude, my body shape, my energy level. <BR> <BR> How do you want to look? Fantastic! <BR> <BR> How do you want to feel? Full of... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:54:03 EST Gearing Up For The 5% Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658109 <em>244</em> Thanks to everyone that gave me some great tips for curbing my " bad eating habits"! Today on Dr. Oz discussed curbing salty and sweet cravings also. I hope the next eight weeks goes as well as the past 2 days. For a list of strategies from the show go to <link>Doctoroz.com </link> . For dinner tonight I tried broccoli, couscous, turmeric and curry spice mix with a wedge of laughing cow cheese. Also had a salad and a biscuit. I am totally satisfied. <BR> Printed off the ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:46:03 EST Joined 5% Challenge - I'm Ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656450 Quick update on my blog for eating the Ayurveda way. Eating for your body type. Last week did go better but it was hard to eliminate a few things, ah, like beer and salt! No, not together, but I seem to remember my dad drinking his beer and sometimes he'd put salt on it. <em>20</em> <BR> Weighed in today and am up a lb. Dang, I knew I shouldn't have drank beer, but I have good excuses! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979506614.jpg">Twins vs. Rays game for one thing, o... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:11:37 EST Square One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650927 Well, I thought it would be easier to get on the Ayurveda plan, but I had a hard time last week with the eating plan. Although I did my regular activity I gained a pound. <em>28</em> <BR> This week I am starting it again and today I have done very well. I am hoping that the rest of the week will be good as well. Of course, it could change tomorrow. It isn't easy staying positive, but I am trying. Even though we are going out for dinner I think it will be okay too. I checked out the menu... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:48:24 EST Eating for my Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644440 Last week I thought about eating the Raw Food way, but after researching it a bit more, I have decided it is really not for me because I need to eat my food rather than drink it. I do love protein shakes a couple time a week though. Anyway, after having company and friends over this past month I became very itchy all over, I don't know if it was sand flees from going to the beach or what, but I noticed some new bumps that almost looked like bites of some kind. We vacuumed everything we could... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:24:51 EST Let's Take A Walk Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617076 I'm feeling so blah today! I haven't heard from my son and I worry about him. So we went for a walk and a bike ride. Burned 500 calories! That makes me <em>244</em> at least. So to cheer me up let's look at some pics together. This is from last week. It was raining and foggy, but my friends and I still managed to have fun in it all. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170576813.jpg"> I put him back in the water. <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:54:59 EST Pictures With My Weekly Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607139 Even though I was under the weather last week I managed to get in almost all my activity minutes by taking a 2.5 hour bike ride on Saturday. My knees felt it yesterday but today they are good. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l617685319.jpg">This morning I was ready to hit the dusty trail and went for a 45 min walk. I feel great and ready to continue with my weekly goal of staying active and eating healthy. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l531207627.jpg"> ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:07:53 EST Take a hike see what you see http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598290 Of course when I go for a walk around the neighborhood I forget to bring my camera. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498275789.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l611030471.jpg"> <BR> Last week we saw some turtles that were trying to get into a hole. The small one behind the bigger one actually pushed the big one down the hole head first. I was going in to rescue it but stopped myself because I didn't want to cause more harm than good and besides my hu... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:46:16 EST Stay Goal Oriented All Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593749 Last year I got involved with a Christian Women's Group called Stonecroft Ministries. Mostly it was just a way for me to do some volunteer work and keep up with my administrative skills. I loved being able to help out with the flyers and printing programs and such. The bible studies and prayer group really helped me to be more positive and my out look on life has changed for the better. Long story short my "Daily Bread" ran out and I didn't get the current on yet. So I started reading a dail... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:59:19 EST Can You Believe it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575847 When I would hear someone say "I love to workout!" My old self would say "Yeah, right!" It was very hard to work out when my weight got in the way. At least that's what I think it was. I'm really not sure. All the articles tell us that it is actually the endorphins that make activity feel so good. <BR> This past weekend my DH and I took both days off from our everyday walk and bike ride. My calf muscles were sore and my back was acting up. So I gave myself the weekend off. <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:54:14 EST A Walk and Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573215 Went for a bike ride the other day and forgot my camera, but I had my phone and took this pic of a couple sandhill cranes along the road. I sure hope they don't get in the way of a fast moving vehicle! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1238839210.jpg"> <BR> An Osprey was overhead <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828511677.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433001936.jpg"> <BR> an armadillo ran into the woods. <img src="http://ph... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:27:07 EST Some warm sunshine and cool water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564468 Hey everyone that I left behind up on the frozen tundra, I feel bad that you couldn't make it here with me. Let me tell you a story. <BR> Today we decided to get an early start to our beach day today. Yeah, right, it was 10 before we got on the road. Lucky for us we only live about 25 min from the closest beach. My husband likes to ride his motorcycle so I willing go along with him. Pack light and wear my shorts under my jeans. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1420072353.j... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:57:36 EST Consistency Is The Key For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561550 Today was a good day, the scale moved the right way. This week marks the second for following the Spark Solution book. No, I didn't follow it to the tee, but I have been doing my own meal plans since it will take me awhile to build up to that part. The 2 DVDs that were free with purchase are great! I was a bit sore for 3 days. It is funny how that saying goes "a body at rest says at rest and a body in motion stays in motion" My body does exactly that when I'm not consistent with my activity.... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:26:16 EST Spark a Friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521670 <em>422</em> <BR> Hey Spark friends, I just want to let you know that without logging in everyday and being fully committed to a healthier lifestyle things can go down hill so very fast that it's crazy! This summer it was a lot of family drama which makes it hard to focus on myself and that is the most important thing, me! Yep, I think I'm selfish but if I don't think of me first, I see what happens, it's not good. I am picking myself up and dusting myself off and getting back on track.... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:31:31 EST Family Stress & Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415957 Family stress always plays a huge part for me staying on track. Last month I got hit from every angle imaginable! I tried to stay on track and was watching what I was eating but every day I got a little more depressed and ate way too much. When I feel like that nothing for myself matters. I am trying to get back on track now and have done some awesome bike rides and walks. But I still feel like I'm not working out long enough. Today was stormy in the morning and this afternoon was busy. I ma... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:52:18 EST Missing the Fun and the Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326810 It is not easy trying to transition back to winter weather from the beautiful Florida sunshine! We have only been back in the north country for a week and am missing the sunshine so much that I had to turn on my sun lamp this week just so I don't get depressed and start eating all day! I tried to go out and walk last week but the cold was just too much for me. Now this week is warming up a little and all most all the snow is gone, which is great! I am actually able to get out and walk for 30 ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:45:26 EST Changing my Mind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286902 <em>189</em> Today I changed my goals and my head games that my mind plays on me. I think it will take some work though and a lot of positive self talk. So bye bye to all the negativity in my head and hello to my new lifestyle change. I'm tracking every bit I take and weighing all the food I am going to eat before putting it in my mouth or on my plate. Apparently my mind and eyes lie to me too! It can't if I watch it and watch it is what I'll have to do if I ever want to maintain my hea... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:25:34 EST Mind Games or Something Else? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285295 <em>33</em> It seems that my mind is playing tricks with my body. Last week I pushed for a weight loss of only one lb, with all that I know and with all the gadgets I use, it sure should have worked! But no... when my weigh in day rolled around I was up 1.8 lbs! That just seems wrong! What gives? It's these types of issues that makes a person wonder if it is even worth the struggle to stay motivated! But I do know that I have to keep trying and stay in the game, otherwise... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:18:53 EST Burnin' up My Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281379 Finally met my goal this week, it was to burn 3,500 calories for the week. Yes it was a success! My next goal is to do it all over again and see if it will help keep me motivated. <BR> <BR> Today I started with a 45 min. walk then an hour bike ride. I think I'm off to a good start to the week. I just hope my knees don't give out on me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927077816.jpg"> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:17:24 EST Self Sabatoge or What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962362 I posted this today when I saw the line "Do You Sabotage Yourself?" <BR> I think self sabotage is very common. I do it too. Obviously or I'd be where I want to be by now! It's when we say "I don't care anymore" that really hurts us. Remember to outsmart those negative thoughts we all think in our heads and try to turn them into positive words. For me it is "I've had it with (whatever) and I want something really good to eat!" I'm going to have it too! Then I go sit down and think about what... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 14:20:46 EST Thank You Veterans for Our Freedom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955187 <em>345</em> Wed, 4 Jul 2012 14:08:22 EST