ADRIENNIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ADRIENNIE ADRIENNIE'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/ I'm a Teddy bear and I love this challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664437 Tomorrow the 2014 Spring 5% Challenge starts. <BR> <BR> We have 8 weeks to do as many minutes of fitness activities as we can do, Live the Good Life with a weekly healthy activity challenge and to weigh in and watch our progress towards losing 5% of our weight. <BR> <BR> I am on the extremely supportive, sociable and active Teddy Bear Team. We know how to get fit, stay healthy and be successful. <BR> <BR> I have 5 goals for this challenge: <BR> <BR> 1. Kick this horrendous insomnia habit... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:53:52 EST I loved my dad, Bert and now he's gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657202 Bert Cass <BR> September 2, 1914-March 18, 2014 <BR> Resident of San Jose <BR> <BR> My dad died last Tuesday and God, do I miss him. He was one of the most friendly and good natured men. Hi s stated goal was to leave everyone he met with a smile and most of the time he met his goal. Even nurses in the hospital said they loved having him as a patient. <BR> <BR> He left me a life of love and a full awareness of the fact that a positive look on life and a good sense of humor will help you li... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:05:21 EST Strength exercises are happening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639657 So much has happened since Friday, it's amazing. First I did do the resistance band routines that I wanted to do on Friday <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> On Saturday was our first meeting for the Spring Guadalupe River <link>www.grpg.org/ </link> walking group I belong to. Well it poured <em>257</em> that morning so our leaders who are experienced fitness coaches led us in an hour of various fitness exercises using reistance bands and weights. I came away exhausted <em>185</em> but feel... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:43:21 EST Spring Into Shape with a 20-Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636114 I just read a blog about Spark's Spring Into Shape with a 20-Day Challenge! I'm joining. They want us to do at least 10 minutes of fitness every day. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=feel_better_and_get_fitter_by_spring </link> I'm pretty well past that but I'm terrible about strength training. Love the cardio hate the weights. So I'm going to do at least 10 minutes of strength training every other day for my challenge. Since I'm not into social media I'm going to blog eve... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:47:16 EST 2014 the year of the Cardio Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588220 Woohoo! I love my pedometer. I never realized how motivating it can be to keep track of your steps and watch them mount up faster. <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> My company signed up with Virgin Health Miles back in 2011 and gave every employee an opportunity to get a free pedometer. It's a pretty basic pedometer. It just counts steps and active minutes. Active minutes happen whenever you take more than 135 steps in one minute. <BR> <BR> When I first got my pedometer I didn't really have much ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:40:00 EST Could have been stressful, but wasn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560680 I thought this would be the most stressful holiday season I've ever had with Hanukkah falling right on Thanksgiving along with my grandson's 6th birthday. As it turned out my stress was for naught. My grandson loved his birthday gift and his party didn't steal any time from preparations. <BR> <BR> My daughter-in-law's mother decided to invite everyone I would have at my house for TG to their lovely home in Sacramento. She gave out recipes for what she wanted everyone to bring and the recipes... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 16:51:35 EST October Goals for the Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502471 The 5% Fall Challenge is starting shortly so this is a great time to establish new goals. Setting attainable, measurable goals and tracking their success is the very best way to have success in anything including weight loss. The success rate probably doubles when you share your goals and progress with friends. So here are mine. <BR> <BR> Healthy Eating Goals <BR> I will eat 5-9 servings of freggies a day <BR> I will eat Salmon once a week and some other fish once a week <BR> I will eat ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:24:53 EST Another 5% challenge is around the corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497149 Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! I'm on the Teddy Bear Team and I love it. <BR> <BR> We fly to imaginary places by tracking our fitness minutes. It's a really fun way to get you moving. There is a different Living the Good Life (LTGL) activity like drinking 8 glasses of water or watching your sodium chosen each week. We compete to see which team can rack up the most fitness minutes, lose the most weight and excel ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:04:28 EST Another 5K under my belt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490475 I am so proud! For the 2nd year in a row I participated in my company's 5K race. It was an absolutely beautiful day. Perfect temperature, just the right amount of breeze. I invited one of my walking buddies to come along with me and she agreed. This meant that I wasn't going to finish too fast (last year I came in 2nd place in my age group) but we got a chance to really catch up with each other. We were able to chat most of the way and still finish in 46:47, fairly respectable 15 minute miles... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:50:24 EST Victory in the face of fatigue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462137 Last night I had to work really late and traffic coming home was awful. I was exhausted when I got home at 7:00. I had called my DH to tell him I'd be late in the hope that he'd make us a dinner. Instead he had taken all of the droopy vegetables from our fridge that we had collected from our CSA and dumped them on the counter. We had 2 heads of cabbage, 4 types of summer squash, some onions, a bunch of parsley. 2 bags of salad greens, some carrots, some peppers, and some tomatoes, in various... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:04:36 EST Really Living the Good Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456237 This week' s 5% challenge Living the Good Life points are earning by having a good night sleep. I'm lucky because this is the week between summer camp and the first week of school. I took two vacation days from work so that Gramps and I could babysit for my 5 1/2 year old grandson on Tuesday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> My DDIL brought him to our house a little after 7:00 AM on her way to work. We made a fleet of green (his favorite color) paper airplanes from this awesome site: <link>www.10pap... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 14:08:49 EST Falling off the wagon in a good way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446556 Yesterday, my DH and I celebrated our 40th anniversary together. We celebrated by going out to dinner to Evvia in Palo Alto. It is an amazing Greek restaurant. If one resolves to celebrate by eating how far wrong can you go embracing the Mediterranean Diet? Mike and have been to Greece nad grew up a few blocks from St Spirodon, the largest Greek Orthodox church in North America. Our neighborhood in NY city was part of the great New York melting pot of European imigrants and almost every resta... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:14:27 EST One week later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437759 I have a couple of things to change after this week of consistency but so far I'm doing great <BR> <BR> Healthy Eating Goals <BR> I will eat 5-9 servings of freggies a day <em>248</em> <BR> I will eat Salmon once a week and some other fish once a week -We ate Steelhead which turns out to be part of the rainbow trout family. The internet says it is similiar in nutrition benefits so I'm saying <em>248</em> <BR> I will eat breakfast every day <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Fitness goals <BR... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:35:55 EST My goals for the next 8 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430009 The 5% Summer Challenge is starting shortly so this is a great time to establish new goals. Setting attainable, measurable goals and tracking their success isthe very best way to have success in anything including weight loss. The success rate probably doubles when you share your goals and progress with friends. So here are mine. <BR> <BR> Healthy Eating Goals <BR> I will eat 5-9 servings of freggies a day <BR> I will eat Salmon once a week and some other fish once a week <BR> I will eat b... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 23:15:49 EST New way to start my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417030 I've been thinking of new ways to add more activity to my life. I keep walking faster and longer and that has been good but I know too that it's a good thing to change things up a little. This is a challenge for me because there are so few exercisey things I like to do. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I was chatting with Lynn Marie, my yoga instructor and she suggested that I start my day with a couple of sun salutations. They are a series of 12 yoga positions that I already know and enjoy doing woven in... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:27:22 EST Maintenance is HARD!! but Sp makes it doable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362629 There is nothing like a warm California day to make you want a pint of ice cream. And oh boy this weekend I wanted it. During past summers when I was still losing I removed ice cream from my diet because I knew I had no self control once I got started. <BR> <BR> But now I'm in maintenance mode and the weather is gorgeous. I walked over 13000 steps each day this weekend in temps in the high 70's and there seems to be a Baskin Robbins on every block. I just couldn't walk on by like I could wh... Mon, 20 May 2013 18:46:47 EST Today the 5% Spring challenge started. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353315 We are off to a better healthy place for the next 8 weeks. Here are my goals for the challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. Have 2 fish and one veggie dinner every week. <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water every day. <BR> 3. Walk over 10, 000 steps every day, At least 3 days of 15 min miles or better and the rest encourage a friend to walk with me. <BR> 4. 2-10 minute office calisthenics every work day <BR> 5. Track and measure portions every meal. <BR> <BR> Every member of our team is a winner, how can we l... Sat, 11 May 2013 18:11:34 EST SparkPeople is great and 5% challenges are the best part! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334282 I just completed my seventh 5% challenge and I can hardly wait for the next one that is starting in a few weeks. I love the added accountability. <BR> <BR> .We fly virtually to 8 different exotic places <BR> . We have to weigh in for all of the world to see each week (Keeps you accountable) <BR> . We share how many minutes we've committed to fitness activities everyday(Keeps you accountable) <BR> . We earn Living The Good Life (LTGL) points everyday that help you embrace all kinds of healt... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:03:39 EST What is my peaceful "perfect" weight goal and WHY?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306915 I have always been an analytical person and when I started down this road I set my sites on a weight that would put me smack in the middle of my healthy BMI range. Then my dearest SparkFriend Jonnie (JAZZEJR) suggested I go for a weight that will put me about 2-3 lbs past my goal so that I could have a buffer that would fit my life style. So that is what I aimed for. Crazy as it sounds when I reached that new goal I kept losing so now I sit about 4 lbs below Jonnie's suggested goal and I have... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 00:52:14 EST What helps the most http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298884 I was asked to think about what helps me most in trying to stay healthy and I have to say that goal setting has always been my best way to make lifestyle changes. One of the things that attracted me to SparkPeople is their emphasis on goals and specific tasks. So many of the motivation type articles talk about them that you can't miss it. <BR> <BR> I have a book that I really like called 365 days of healthy living by Roberta Duyff. Her examples really resonated with me but she talks about G... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:49:35 EST Spark Folk are the most awesome on my 1 year Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297575 Yesterday I became a person who has weighed on or below my goal weight of 128 for one full year. I can't be more proud of me nor can my DH but I am truly way more proud of my SparkFriends who are the most awesome folks I know. I just can not believe the outpouring of love and support I have received in the last 24 hours. More than 50 Sparkgoodies, 11 friend adds and countless comments have made me bust my buttons with pride ( so awesome since it has usually happened due to growing out of shir... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:16:57 EST Healthy thing I love to snack on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286679 I have recently fallen in love with Trader Joe's Simply Almonds, Cashews and cranberries. I seem to have a quarter cup every day. Here is the nutritional breakdown: <BR> Calories 150 Kcal <BR> Total Fat 9 g <BR> Saturated Fat 1 g <BR> Trans Fat 0 g <BR> Cholesterol 0 mg <BR> Sodium 15 mg <BR> Total Carbohydrate 13 g <BR> Dietary Fiber 2 g <BR> Sugars 6 g <BR> Protein 5 g <BR> Vitamin A 0 IU <BR> Vitamin C 1.2 mg <BR> Calcium 40 mg <BR> Iron 1.08 mg <BR> <BR> They seem to provide a little too... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:58:50 EST Saturday morning hikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285553 About 5 years ago, I got involved with a group who does hiking along the Guadalupe River in San Jose. Each Spring and Fall they have about 6 hikes to various parts of trail. I look forward to the group every year. We started up again on 3/9. It was so good to see lots of the familiar faces as well as some of the new ones. We hike for about 50 minutes. I was able to cover about 3 miles this time, much faster than ever before. We end up together to do some stretching and strength exercises led... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:18:31 EST Last day of blogging LTGL challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279001 Today is our day to add anything else we'd like to share with our Team. I have to says that this blogging adventure has been quite a challenge. It takes me about an hour every day to write this blog and visit and comment on my teammates spark blogs but I must say it has been fun to read about so many different things, concentrate on a short term goal and really make progress on a healthy goal. <BR> <BR> Thank you to the incredible number of supporters and thoughful commenters this week. I ca... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 14:29:53 EST Today's blogging assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277653 Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> <BR> What I love about this 5% challenge is the amazing willingness to offer support whenever it's needed. In any set of blog comments there is a real willingness to support and help. It is such a caring community and the Teddy Bear team is the most friendly and caring group of folks around. So far I am doing pretty well and I don't think I could ask for better motivation or support so I guess I can honestly say I'm doing fine, but if ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:01:31 EST Today's assignment: How can I improve? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276163 How can I improve? Let me count the ways! <BR> <BR> More strength building exercise <BR> Eat more freggies <BR> A second yoga class <BR> More water <BR> More iron <BR> More fiber <BR> Less fat <BR> <BR> In my mind if you can't find something to improve on, you're just not trying. So much to work on, so little time. <BR> <BR> But how is the coffee activity going? 2 cups only for 5 days straight and counting. Wahoo? Wahoo! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 15:45:26 EST Today's answer to how I'm doing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274518 So far so good. Smaller coffee pot bought and installed in the kitchen. My old 10 cup coffee pot is on a shelf in the utility room where I can get to it when we have guests. <BR> <BR> Down to two cups is working great. I haven't lost any energy but I'm still pretty jittery so I guess next week when I got to one cup a day will be the test. Today I experimented with no equal just fat- free half and half and it was pretty good. I think I may lose the aspartame as well as cutting down. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:04:05 EST Step three of my coffee addiction challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272812 What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> Well yesterday's blog comments included a number of folks who think that since coffee is the #1 means for US citizens to get anti-oxidants this isn't the best choice to improve my health. In terms of anti-oxidants in beverages the stacking is: <BR> White tea - #1 <BR> Green tea - #2 <BR> Black Tea - #3 <BR> Coffee - #4 <BR> <BR> Coffee makes the top of the list because so many US adults drink it so I still think that sw... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:52:33 EST Dang I'm good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271568 I just got back from my local high school track. I read about the one mile test on today's start page <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/Fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1496 </link> and I haven't really checked my speed since last year when I was only at 19 minute miles which put me at the lower end of the fair verging to poor category. I have been steadily improving my stamina this past year. I came in 2nd in my age group in a 5K last year and I just wrote about going snowshoeing. Well I timed ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 19:07:21 EST Coffee plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271379 Yesterday I sat down with my usual mug of coffee to think about how to cut down on coffee. I quit smoking cold turkey so maybe that will work with this problem too. I have my own coffee maker at work because I don't like the coffee at our office coffee area. So I went out and bought an electric water kettle for my office and a box of green tea yesterday to bring to work tomorrow. My plan will be to gradually substitute green tea and plain delicious water for several of my mugs of coffee. I h... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:29:10 EST My new Healthy habit- no more coffee addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270056 My new 5% Winter challenge goal is to kill off my coffee addiction. I am typically a four cup a day coffee addict. I am going to cut down to one cup. This addiction not only makes me jittery, it comes with an addiction to half & half and equal. Two things that I don't need at all. I will discuss this throughout the week. Tomorrow I will outline my plan for cutting down. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:32:41 EST The best new sport of all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268850 This past president's day weekend we were invited to the home of our good friends to party all weekend. It was a great time of good healthy food, great conversation and I discovered a new sport that I absolutely love. Snowshoeing!! My friends live about 35 minutes from Kirkwood Ski resort in the Californian Sierras. Right next door is the El Dorado National Forest and that is where we headed off to on Saturday. I spent the whole day walking on a beautiful glittering landscape. We had lunch up... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 17:29:07 EST Winter 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241882 How much and how often will you exercise? <BR> <BR> I will walk at least 3 miles daily. <BR> MWFSa are power walking days 4 mph + <BR> TThSu are Friend walking days when I walk with a good friend or my DH slow enough to be able to chat and share thoughts <BR> Tuesdays are Venyassa Yoga days <BR> <BR> What diet will you follow? <BR> <BR> I will follow the healthy diet I have commited to since I changed to healthy life style back in spring of 2010. <BR> * Fish at least once a week <BR> * ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 17:05:57 EST Yummy veggie side dish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218732 We've fallen into a regular rhythm of having Salmon every Monday since we need to get more fish in our diet and Salmon is so nutritious and tastes great. We have it on Monday since our garbage is collected on Tuesday morning and we can get rid of the fishy smell quickly. My retired DH buys the salmon and grills it each week and I have to come up with side dishes. <BR> <BR> Our CSA provided collard greens and a huge head of Napa cabbage. I had some small red onions from last weeks CSA pickup.... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:58:57 EST Dinner last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208510 Our CSA has been pumping us full of salad greens. Yummy red leaf lettuce and something called Mizuna that is delish but I had never heard of it before. A while back we swore off store-bought salad dressings. We are trying to eat much less processed foods and buy locally. (So easy here in Northern California) <BR> <BR> Last night I made a great big salad to go with our regular Monday night Grilled Salmon. <BR> <BR> Salad <BR> <BR> 4 cups Redleaf lettuce <BR> 2 cups Mizuna <BR> 1 cup red see... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:04:17 EST What a terrific 4 day weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147220 First, thanks to all of my Teddy Bear friends for the glorious birthday greetings. It is all so very appreciated. I love this team! <BR> <BR> I have never had a more stupendous Thanksgiving holiday in my life. <BR> <BR> On Thursday my son and I collaborated to put on a terrific healthy dinner for Thanksgiving. We had the usual stuff, Home Smoked Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and Pumpkin Pie. But we have all been re-thinking our consumption of meat and vegetables ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:22:30 EST I'm improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137714 For almost all of my Spark life I've depended on walking and one class of venyasa yoga for all of my fitness activities and I always fret that I'm not doing enough even though I'm happy with my results. I have a pedometer that counts my steps and my glorious employer gives me $100 in wellness money every time I pass another step milestone. We get points toward the milestone everytime we go over 7000 steps or 15 active minutes. Active minutes are tracked by the pedometer every time you get mor... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:13:52 EST One word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108493 Copied this from 5% Fall Challenge Leader Persistent123! <BR> <BR> Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Home <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Straight <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Gone <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Home <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Walking <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> None <B... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:17:15 EST I love this app! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104024 I just got a new app on my android phone called Cardio trainer. My favorite activity is walking. I walk all over the place and I credit walking for my weight loss success. Cardio Trainer is a great sidekick. Every day when I set off on my extra walking workout I let Cardio trainer know by selecting start workout. It tracks the the distance I go using GPS on my phone and the time I spent for the workout. As you walk or run you can see <BR> * A map of your workout <BR> * The running time you'v... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:11:34 EST Enjoying my special day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091264 Thanks to all of my teddy bear buddies for visiting my page on my special day in the spotlight. The Teddy bear team is the best with fun ways to get us to know each other and games to see if we can be the last bear standing. I love the 5% challenge and I love being on the Teddy Bear Team. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:19:58 EST Fall 5% Challenge Goals - inspired by Andy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082547 1. Maintain! Maintain! Maintain! <BR> 2. Walk every single day! <BR> 3. Freggies every day <BR> 4. Portion control every day! <BR> 5. Fish 2x a week! Vegetarian 2x a week! <BR> 6. Visit the Teddy Bear den every day <BR> 7. Log my weight on Saturday <BR> 8. Enter my exercise every day Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:56:19 EST Best news ever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080903 After 7 miserable years on cholesterol meds my latest blood test has finally showed that I have dropped below the healthy range for cholesterol and my doctor has taken me off of my cholesterol meds ( for the rest of my life, I hope!) . Everything's coming up roses!! <em>214</em> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:22:39 EST Wow, what a race. I'm soaring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069382 Yesterday I did my first 5K. My company does one on our property every year. This year was the 15th year. It was a great race for me because it was definitely for fun and fitness but no matter how uncompetetive you feel there is something about a race that makes you step up to the challenge. <BR> <BR> I've been working on increasing my distance and time for the last few months just so I could increase the cardio benefits so I do over 3 miles (a 5K is 3.1) every Saturday, I wasn't worried ab... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:26:43 EST Fall 5% Challenge Goals Assignment #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068101 * List all the reasons you want to lose or maintain your weight <BR> 1. I worked very hard to get here and I never want to have to do it again. <BR> 2. I love it when someone tells me I look great. <BR> 3. I'm getting older and I want to stay healthy. <BR> 4. I have two beautiful grand children , who I want to see achieve success. <BR> <BR> * What do you want to change? <BR> 1. No more refined sugar or flour. <BR> 2. Fish twice a week every week. <BR> 3. 10,000 steps a day, every day <BR> ... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:14:10 EST What a marvelous long weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044391 Just back from the marvelous Strawberry Music festival yesterday. Four days of every conceivable type of Music from Blue grass to cool jazz and gangsta funk. John Hyatt and K. D. Lang were the headliners and they were both awesome. There was also a tribute to Woody Guthrie on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Two of his daughters were there with some other musicians. They read some of the things he wrote 50 years ago and i realized that the man was a true visionary. <BR> <BR> We had no int... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 18:24:13 EST I love Spark trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029424 Every morning I look forward to my three trivia questions presented by Spark Trivia. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/games_h<BR>ome.asp </link> <BR> The questions can be on any topic but they always help me increase my knowledge of health, fitness, weight loss, motivation, diet, or proper maintenance. I love the format since I love a little healthy competition. SP tracks how many you get wrong and this month, so far I haven't missed any. There are only about 50 people who play that ca... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 14:04:34 EST Evidence of my Healthy Life Style change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009765 We used to eat out almost every night when we had more demanding jobs that got home after 7:00 every night. Now my work responsibilities have really calmed down and my DH has retired so we hardly ever eat dinner out any more. My DH takes full responsibility for dinner every Tuesday because I have Yoga class at 5:00 to 6:00 every Tuesday evening. I take full responsibilty for dinner on Thursday because my DH plays softball in his Vintage softball league and can't shop on or plan. The rest of t... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:14:29 EST Great way to enjoy an anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003667 This weekend was my anniversary. My very dear husband and myself have been together for 39 short years. We've owned a vacation home in the Sierras for the last 5 years and that has been a great purchase. It is so relaxing and beautiful up there that we start thinking about going back whenever we start on our way back home after being there. So it was a mutual decision to spend our anniversary weekend up there. One of my favorite performers, John Fogerty was performing at a winery near our va... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 15:03:13 EST One Flaw In Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976162 One Flaw In Women <BR> <BR> They have strengths that amaze men..... <BR> <BR> They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. <BR> <BR> They smile when they want to scream. <BR> <BR> They sing when they want to cry. <BR> <BR> They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. <BR> <BR> They fight for what they believe in.. <BR> <BR> They stand up to injustice. <BR> <BR> They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:51:36 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947952 Taken from BBonet's blog <BR> <BR> I have added my name to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Friday, June 29, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming oth... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:22:02 EST