AEHEGE's SparkPeople Blog AEHEGE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Expectations for BLC 26 I love the theme for this round! My expectations, or at least my hope, is that I will be more fit and more healthy at the end of the round. <BR> <BR> I will accomplish this be participating in all the challenges. I will pay special attention to TNT and nutritional tracking because these have been my weak points in the past rounds. <BR> <BR> I can evaluate the results of my efforts by viewing the food tracker and doing the fitness tests provided for us by our excellent leaders. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:46:34 EST Getting back on track; my plan. The best way for me to stay on track is to be mindful. It is not just eating something that is not healthful, but eating something unhealthful and not thinking about it...until later. So knowing this can happen, this is my plan to get back on track: <BR> <BR> 1. Try to exercise (walking is best if I feel full) as soon as possible after going off track. This will start burning the calories and improve digestion. I hate to feel too full. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat more lightly the next day or so. Don'... Sat, 10 May 2014 12:12:20 EST The Fitness Test I very much like the idea of doing a fitness test as it is set up. I question the step test because finding your pulse rate after a timed amount of exercise doesn't mean much if you don't know what your starting resting pulse is, and also how long it takes you to get back to your resting pulse rate. For instance, my resting pulse rate is about 55 - 60 and after the step test, 96. My DH's resting pulse rate is about 79, so adding the same amount of beats to his RPR would give him about 139, ev... Mon, 5 May 2014 19:11:50 EST SMART plan - BLC 22 SMART Plan - BLC 22 <BR> <BR> I have been with BLC for several rounds now, and my goals have pretty much been the same: maintain current weight, increase strength training, and get 10,000 steps per day. On a personal note, I have endeavored to develop my spiritual side and learn to manage stress. To most people, I appear calm and unruffled. But managing stress is more than appearing calm in stressful situations, but to actually develop a calm spirit that is not ruffled in difficult circumst... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 16:59:58 EST What's on My Mind? Faces, faces, faces! For our BLC challenge this week we are writing ‘What’s on our mind.” Today my mind is filled with faces of people -- people from my own and extended family, plus faces of acquaintances and friends over the years. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago we finally opened the box of photos that belonged to the now deceased parents of my DH. The photos date back to perhaps late 1920’s. None of the photos were written on so we had to discard the ones we could not identify. Of course my DH had to do most of t... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:13:12 EST Shooting for the stars and sustainability This week we are reaching for the stars, and keeping with the theme, we are to review our current goals and see if we are setting them high enough. Are we shooting for the stars? <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What has been on my mind now for many months after reading a Spark Blog about aging and exercise sustainability. How long can a person sustain a robust cardio program as they age? The Sparker who wrote the blog found the most sustainable exercise progra... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:24:45 EST Am I a Food-a-holic? I am not making light of this -- I am serious. I have been in maintenance for over four years, and yet, I have specific behaviors that let me know that I am never free of the slidy slope to mindless eating. I like healthful eating and generally do eat a healthy diet. I like exercise and do it daily. But things pop in my mind when I least expect them to and that is why I always have to be “on guard”. <BR> <BR> This is what I mean: <BR> <BR> 1) When I am sitting in a room with other people, o... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:26:00 EST Happy Birthday to 16 year old Self Happy Birthday Sweet 16 year old self in the year 1953, <BR> I know you don’t like wordy advice, so I will keep this short and to the point. As I reflect back to that 16th year of our life (as we share a life) there are a few things I would like to say to you now. Perhaps you will heed this advice; perhaps not. <BR> <BR> 1)Be proud of your Native American heritage. You have grown up since you were seven with just your mom, who is of European decent and knows nothing of your Nez Perce cultur... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:32:12 EST My plan for maintenance during the winter break. Last Christmas I thought I could sail through without mishap, but instead, I gained five pounds. I was probably getting lax about mindful eating, especially while we had family here and much traditional baking and relaxed eating. <BR> <BR> This Christmas, we are visiting our older son and his family instead of hosting family here, but the same thing could happen if I am not careful. <BR> <BR> Since I am currently slightly below my goal weight, I plan to relax and enjoy the holiday, with a... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:40:41 EST Writing assignment: Top three on my bucket list My Bucket List. <BR> <BR> The Weekend Challenge for the Panther team in BLC 20 has the focus of time management. Writing down a bucket list and systematically working toward achieving your goals is one way to actually get there. <BR> <BR> When I was younger, a bucket list for me would be to travel around the world, go up in an air balloon, or climb Mt. Everest. Attractive ideas, but for me, it was a “wish list” and I didn’t take any steps to move ahead with it. The following new bucket lis... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:09:28 EST My plan to be my best healthy self -- BLC 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been in maintenance for four years, but in a way, I am experiencing a new phase of my maintenance. Last Christmas I got a little too carefree and gained to slightly above my upper limit. Of course I could see the old yo-yo syndrome coming back, so I doubled my efforts to lose the excess. I bought a FitBit and that little gadget really got me moving throughout the day, not just when exercising. I began losing a... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 22:55:54 EST My plan for staying on track during summer break. I have signed up for the SAC to help me feel accountable. My family is very supportive; they support me whether I stay on track or not. So having to report in print regularly will make me think twice about getting out of control which is what happened to me at Christmas break. <BR> <BR> I also have a FitBit which is my mini-trainer. I have set goals for steps and stairs and by looking at my numbers, I can see where I am and what I need to do to achieve my goals. I was trying to increase week... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:58:34 EST Blog for Bingo square : ) -- Rot Kohl I am working on the BLC bingo Freggie Dare and blogging about a favorite vegetable recipe each day. It's too hard to pick one that is the "best", as it depends on so many variables. Like my son, a symphony conductor, answers when asked who is his favorite composer -- he cannot say. He has favorites in different genres, time periods, well you get the idea. So in the same sense, I have many favorite vegetable recipes. <BR> <BR> This one, for red cabbage, comes from my forrester son who lives i... Sat, 19 May 2012 15:43:22 EST My best veggie recipe Below is my best veggie recipe. It is actually not "mine", but one I found on SparkPeople when looking for holiday menus for company. On my own, I usually steam veggies and perhaps add a bit of butter, or stir fry them in olive oil. <BR> <BR> But I do love sweet potatoes, fixed any way. The one below makes a nice not too sweet dish. The directions call for cooking it in the microwave in a plastic bag. I put it in a glass casserole and microwaved it as directed, then into the refrigerator ove... Fri, 18 May 2012 10:45:57 EST My Plan for BLC 19 and Beyond I reached my goal weight and have been maintaining since fall, 2008. So for the weight part, I want to continue in my maintenance. Having been a yo-yo throughout my adult life, I guess I will never be complacent about maintenance. Complacency is how my previous weight gains always began. <BR> <BR> My eating is under control most of the time. But until I don’t think of food when I hear a paper crackle (“someone is opening up a candy bar!”) or think “food” when I catch a glimpse of something a... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:13:02 EST Transforming within I can't even count the times I have lost weight and looked transformed. Yes, probably from the outside. I am good at dieting and I like to exercise; I guess I always was thinking short term, or "until I lost so many pounds" or until a certain piece of clothing fit again. I would get down to goal and stay a while and then begin relaxing and eating a bit more and when the scale didn't immediately go up I thought I could keep eating just a little more, and the dial on the scale would steadily go... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:56:04 EST From City Mouse to Country Mouse Where I live now is not really my "home town" which usually means where you grew up. Denver is my home town and I love that city. I love cities and somehow feel more alive in the midst of a city with traffic bustling and tall buildings; museums, zoos, live theatre, symphony orchestras, and great shopping! We moved to this farming community to help out on the farm for one summer. Now it is 38 years later, we are still here and I love living on a farm and I call this small town my home. Our kid... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 19:52:03 EST Thankful for DGD My goal is to write in my Gratitude Journal for 100 days. <BR> Day 2. My 16-yr. old Granddaughter's home is in Germany. She is here in the U.S. for this school year as part two of an exchange with our niece's teenage daughter who spent last year in Germany. She is living with our niece and family which is about 1/2 mile from where we live on a farm. She stays with us on some weekends, and is going to be here this weekend. It is so great getting to know her, as we have visited often, but only... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 11:42:46 EST Thankful for friends and family Today I am especially thankful for my family and friends, near and far. <BR> I am thankful for my friends on SparkPeople who share their journeys and offer support to me for mine. <BR> <BR> They enrich my life, each one. <BR> <BR> We have friends nearby whom we see quite often. Some of our dearest friends live some distance away and our connection to them is sometimes only on a Christmas card. Last week we visited old friends whom we have not seen for six years. What a happy time we had r... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 16:29:26 EST Success at gaining an insight about myself I have been maintaining for three years now and figured I had mastered some of my old yens and food temptations. Although I would have allowed myself some Halloween candy and we had some on hand, I easily resisted it. Then my granddaughter brought us some Salted Caramels. I ate one since she wanted me to try it. I liked it a lot, although I know many people do not like that combination of flavors. I decided that this candy would be one that I could save and reserve for an occasional treat. Th... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 12:27:32 EST Resisting "hostess with the mostest" Resisting 'hostess with the mostess' <BR> Pam Peters-Pries - 05/31/10 <BR> Mennonite Publishing Network <BR> On a recent vacation I browsed through several copies of Martha Stewart's Living magazine from the library. Each issue was a feast of gorgeous photographs and spectacular ideas. <BR> <BR> Martha's magazines are seductive. As I flipped through them, I dreamt of my friends' accolades as I placed perfectly plated and garnished meals before them, the reputation I would earn for being ... Mon, 31 May 2010 12:56:13 EST Being a FlyBaby and Spring Cleaning Well, I started as a Flybaby a couple of years ago and never seemed to get past the little daily chores. I thought I would eventually gain control over the whole house, but the house just never seemed totally clean. Worse than that, I guess I didn't love the house enough to want to put forth more effort. I know Flylady says you don't need to "spring clean" if you follow her schedule, but I finally knew I needed to do some major cleaning. <BR> <BR> So, for motivation, this year I planned for ... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:18:32 EST Thanks, Mom My mom died 14 years ago, but her influence on me lives on. I remember that even as a young child, I watched and joined in as she exercised in our living room every day. We walked almost everywhere, as we had no car. She believed in a healthful diet, high on fruits and vegetables and low on meat. We had a vegetable garden. When we ever had candy, it was a rare treat and split with my sisters. So where did I go wrong and become overweight? Going out on my own, I began to like the sweet, salty... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:58:53 EST 28 days gone, but I will continue <img src=""> I started this 28 days almost at my goal weight. I have been at goal and maintaining for about one year. But I felt myself slipping and although I was staying in my range, I had lost some of my motivation. That is why I purchased the book and began the 28 days. I did not lose weight. But reading the book and getting back to the discipline of exercise and being intentional about what I ate helped me to see I can stop myself from ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 23:51:55 EST Boot Camp Day two <img src="">So far, so good. I really like this video and have done it before, so I enjoyed today's assignment. I am riding a stationary bike for my additional 30 minutes. Somehow, the discipline of doing something prescribed keeps me more diciplined about my eating, too. Here's to boot camp! Mon, 4 Jan 2010 16:08:33 EST Boot Camp January 2010 <img src=""> <BR> Today I start my boot camp challenge and also an effort to be back on track! I am uploading a photo taken today, at 142.8 lbs. <BR> My hope for this challenge is to do all the prescribed exercises and challenges, and to go back to my low end of my goal weight, which is 135. I'm hoping to "tone up" and become more fit. <BR> Here I go to boot camp! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 15:36:32 EST