BARBIE176's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BARBIE176 BARBIE176'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/ Proud to Have Helped the Shooting Stars Land in Vancouver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366247 I've been struggling this week so I am proud to have helped my Shooting Stars team land in Vancouver. One day at a time; one step at a time <em>521</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37766224-3b11-4336-a896-4ce915e9f789.png"> <BR> Wed, 24 May 2017 22:54:19 EST Beautiful Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363309 It was a nice, dry day today. I had an awesome day. Marv and I got in a nice 53 minute walk followed by stretching and toning for my hip bursitis and yoga. This afternoon I got weed and feed on my yard and created a beautiful card for Bob's granddaughter's bridal shower which I get to attend on Sunday. <BR> <BR> It is predicted to be dry and warm for the next week and I am so happy. Wed, 17 May 2017 22:46:40 EST Week 1 Blog - Aspire to Inspire Progress/Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358227 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for May is to blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> I didn't set any goals for April as I was on vacation. <BR> <BR> My May goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Consistently exercise: <BR> Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 30 minutes or more cardio, 20 minutes or more stretching, and 60 minute yoga class <BR> Tuesday/Thursday: 30 minutes or more cardio, 40 minutes or more strength, alternating between on the bal... Fri, 5 May 2017 22:45:31 EST Stressful Thursday Turns out Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358161 The day started off rather beautiful with blue skies and warm temperatures. Marv and I got in a nice walk although Marv wasn't sure he liked the warmth so much. Afterwards i got in lots of nice stretching for my IT bursitis. <BR> <BR> In the afternoon I had an appointment to get my hair cut and Marv was outside satisfied chewing on his bone. Unfortunately while I was gone the weather took a huge turn for the worse with thunder and lightening. I hurried home because i was worried about Marv ... Fri, 5 May 2017 19:11:41 EST May 1 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356400 I had an <em>345</em> beginning to a new month. <BR> <BR> I got up and started early. Marv and I got in a nice hour walk before the sprinkles started. That was followed by stretching. Unfortunately yoga was cancelled today. <BR> <BR> However, I made good use of the extra time that allowed and got laundry done, vacuuming done, shopping done, gave Marv a bath, made my healthy loaded muffins. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> I am really trying to stay focused so I will see the ... Mon, 1 May 2017 23:09:30 EST Shooting Stars Week 3 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c49da970-37c4-42de-9903-8091c782b297.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15a15fa5-dc59-4708-9bfd-98c4ac4d9062.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a268091c-e817-410e-b285-fa5ee2708463.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b64b927-2f7c-42b6-8377-53d87c91e2f9.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af7ce571-42c... Mon, 1 May 2017 23:04:24 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 4 Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354061 Our blog assignment for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges week 4 is: List three positive things about yourself, both inside AND out! <BR> <BR> The positive things about me is: <BR> <BR> I am friendly, considerate, determined, trustworthy, and punctual. <BR> <BR> I am caring and loyal friend. <BR> <BR> I look for the positive in all situations. <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:51:43 EST Shooting Stars Week 3 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354052 Today it was another <em>27</em> and dreary day here so no walk outside for Marv and i. However, I did go the Y and had a <em>250</em> workout. First up was 35 minutes on the <em>231</em> then 15 minutes on the elliptical. By that time I was drenched in sweat and ready for my 15 minutes of stretching. <BR> <BR> I then had some time to rest and recover before heading to my <em>401</em> <em>404</em> class for 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> Thankfully it is predicted to be drier tomor... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:35:53 EST Shooting Stars Week 2 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353577 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19e37d0f-a075-48aa-910c-95a79bbf36ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f236eafa-646c-478f-9b13-3aab090f0342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/678ed6a3-a1e8-4a16-aaf5-26238fab5b91.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f70eef7d-7094-44d5-b19e-b24dc8f4f079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57a6e460-a51f-4c8f-88db-72d87ad71629... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:48:03 EST Tuesday/Wednesday Progress - Week 2 Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350861 Tuesday I had a really good day achieving my exercise goals. I went for a 56 minute walk with Marv followed by 10 minutes of stretching and 50 minutes of strength followed by 15 minutes of stretching. <BR> <BR> Today I was in a lot of pain and was tempted to just take a rest day, but then I remembered my goals and that stretching and strengthening exercises from my doctor would likely help me. The weather was wet, windy and cold so I did some indoor walking, 30 minutes, and some stretching ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:57:05 EST Week 3 Aspire to Inspire Blog - Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350857 Our blog assignment for this week for our Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges is to write about: Showers of Blessings...what are some things that bless you during this time of year? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc55d4e7-8b1d-44a2-b55c-d6b31941a885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Birds and Birds singing <BR> Sunshine <BR> Green Grass <BR> Flowers <BR> Blue skies <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f31244ea-16df-4363-927d-3610ca100a0c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Rain... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:39:36 EST Monday Progress - Week 2 Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349849 Today I went for a 45 minute walk with Marv which I followed with 15 minutes of stretching. I also went to my 60 yoga class. I was still experiencing quite a bit of pain, but I made it through all of it and am feeling pretty good now. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:39:09 EST Shooting Stars Week 1 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349503 I am so proud of the badges I achieved during week 1 of the 5% challenge for the Shooting Stars Team! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05d52306-a0d6-497a-9208-4ec4302ece9f.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/036bbd4d-cdbd-4c46-ad96-6495c57d6d2a.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d703736-d621-4913-b98b-459e368da529.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e9b7c15-6d82-40ea-8857-b1... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:20:25 EST 5% spring challenge - week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348621 As many of you know, I just got back from vacation and have been listening to my body and easing my way back into fitness. <BR> <BR> For week 2 of the 5% spring challenge I am committing to do 120 minutes of exercise each day Monday through Friday. My normal routine is walking and yoga Monday, Wednesday and Friday; walking and strength Tuesday and Thursday. <BR> <BR> I plan to get back into that routine next week, but if I feel I should not do that routine, I commit to doing other exercise... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:31:57 EST Progress During Vacation and First Week of 5% Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348243 I was away on vacation from Wednesday through Monday which, of course, meant eating out every meal. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived back home to see the scale hadn't moved upward. I guess all of those steps we took really helped. <BR> <BR> I am beginning to realize that I am aging because when I get home from a trip it takes me a few days to recover. Tuesday was spent mostly doing laundry and such and trying to reduce my pain. <BR> <BR> Wednesday I was able to get in a nice walk w... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:54:19 EST Week 4 Blog Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340476 Since March is Women's History Month, our blog assignment for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges this week is to share what woman/women from history I admire and why. <BR> <BR> Three women from history that I admire are: <BR> <BR> 1. Florence Nightingale - for her dedicated service which led to significant improvement of how wounded soldiers were treated. <BR> 2. Mother Teresa for her attitude and unbelievable amount of charity work. <BR> 3. Jackie Kennedy Onasis for how she endured life... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:13:35 EST Overall Badges Shooting Stars 2017 Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336979 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/189990c2-5add-484d-a1e5-cddfe1f7f562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64bea8c0-7b39-4054-a4b9-18713aa6543f.jpg"> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:12:24 EST My Week 8 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03c31cec-00b5-4ce2-abb4-d458a8987326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c7d5b66-67a4-43ca-8e23-1e90f06ca97a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3084bc16-1959-49e0-a299-3ce2e28f5733.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2ca9f46-88a9-4dcb-b940-a6315780e959.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a82a56a-fcf6-40b1... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:10:08 EST Updated Prayer Request for my Grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336957 I recently posted a prayer request for my grandson, Zachary, and I wanted to update you on him. <BR> <BR> He was supposed to compete this past weekend at the state level. With a note from his doctor he was able to challenge that requirement and still be able to compete April 6th at the regional level. The challenge went through and he did not have to compete at state. <BR> <BR> He is healing, but he only has until April 6th until he has to compete so now I request continuing prayers for he... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:32:25 EST Please Pray for a Speedy Healing for my Grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332112 As many of you know my grandson is heavily into gymnastics.. He has competed since he was quite young and his goal is to make it to the Olympics. <BR> <BR> He turned 18 on Wednesday and will graduate in June. He is really hoping to receive a scholarship based on his gymnastics. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, on Friday he made a not so wise choice to use his long board/skateboard down a steep hill, going about 20 mph. As you can imagine he had an accident. <BR> <BR> His state competition is nex... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:46:13 EST My Week 7 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331019 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15eb5362-b633-4b02-9cfb-39946510ceac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cb54754-c1a4-429b-b4dd-3aa15f2130b0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00d97da4-12bb-42a9-8cb0-52f9a5c3d103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c9d7b1e3-4ad2-4adc-938c-0d7a2777c4e9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b46151cf-5f1... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:19:31 EST Succss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330602 What is success? I recently read a poem entitled "Success" by Niderah <BR> <BR> It talked about the road to success not being straight, but having a curve called Failure and also having confusion, speed bumps, red lights, caution lights. determination and perseverance. <BR> <BR> I am currently reading a book entitled "The Healthy Habit Resolution" which mentioned that said before you can determine whether you have successfully achieved your goal, you must first determine your definition o... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 01:26:47 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330075 Well, we are coming to the end of our 8th and final week in the Winter 5% Challenge. Our final weigh-in will be on Saturday. <BR> <BR> I am well pleased with the progress I have made during this challenge. <BR> <BR> I have been fairly consistent with my exercise, achieving the goals I have set for myself most days. <BR> <BR> I have been fairly consistent in eating healthy and avoiding sweet snacks. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight almost every week; I think I stayed the same one week. I haven... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 01:26:26 EST March Week 1 Blog - Progress and March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324339 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for March is to blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> My February goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. Consistently exercise: While I didn't always achieve each of the exercise goals I made for the month, I did something every day. Most days I walked an hour; most days I did stretching and some of the exercises from my doctor; I went to yoga twice a week most weeks; and I did some walking on the weekends s... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:31:35 EST My Week 6 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324323 I am so pleased and proud of my progress during this Winter 5% Challenge. While I may not reach my 5% loss, I am seeing progress and that is what's important! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55bb5eeb-d0a1-40e3-8d38-09120b6a9beb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bcfa8af-8480-4ada-acf2-c919e05eb1af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5098bb88-dd93-43a0-a710-ab7d9c8e5396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:23:13 EST My Week 5 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321104 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff860566-c92b-4ca7-aa7d-72d473c6ba88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6405b073-9092-490e-8717-837af1df754a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6240972-c0d4-4525-981d-6edde8b0c0e9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d6ea204-196c-4751-8019-e5546b127515.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f53e9e52-26b5-4f6b-a336-... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:00:08 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320640 I am so happy with my progress since the beginning of the year. As of this morning I am down almost 9 pounds. For me this is really progress as I had been at a standstill for so long. <BR> <BR> I am also making progress in other healthy ways. Most days I am walking about 60 minutes plus or minus; I am doing yoga 2 to 3 times a week; and most weeks I am doing strength training 2 days. I still have some pain, but most days I am able to work through it. <BR> <BR> I am also making progress on t... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:44:30 EST My Week 4 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319138 I am still seeing results from my 2017 plan so I am happy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a3119ba-f8b9-48f4-ba51-59021582f84e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1db0e2e8-e8c2-432a-aa30-3ab4522ffc18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a71fbc3-2451-45f6-857a-78e754255723.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/088152e5-f627-431d-bd41-e364a727abff.jpg"> <BR> <B... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:07:03 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 2 Blog - Types of Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315205 Our blog topic for this week for our Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges is: Do you vary your cardio exercises during the week? What types work best for you? <BR> <BR> During the winter when I have to move my workouts inside I do vary my cardio exercises frequently between the treadmill, rowing machine, elliptical and stepper. I used to love Zumba but since I have been having so much pain in my sciatic and also my IT band jumping doesn't work for me. <BR> <BR> During this time of the year wh... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:59:51 EST My Week 3 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314718 <em>590</em> I am still moving forward and downward during this 5% challenge and I am so happy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a9f82d1-1716-48dc-8ad9-0d9312257266.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1946a1a3-fc84-4971-b174-f736c008b5d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa647c3c-2363-445a-ae7a-275de4153098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60e738c8-db46-4abc-bdad... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 01:21:30 EST Dog SleddingTrip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314243 We just got back from a two day trip through the YMCA to Mount Bachelor for dog sledding. This was our first trip with the YMCA so we were unsure what to expect, but it was a good experience. There were 12 participants plus the driver and co-pilot and the group was a perfect mix for a fun time. <BR> <BR> I loved it because I do enjoy visiting the snow and playing in it, but I am not comfortable driving in it so this was just perfect. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:06:01 EST February Week 1 Blog Aspire to Inspire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312027 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for February is to blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> My January goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. Consistently exercise: <em>248</em> <BR> Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 30 minutes or more cardio, 10 minutes or more stretching, and 60 minute yoga class <BR> Tuesday/Thursday: 10 minutes rowing machine, 30 minutes or more cardio, 40 minutes or more strength, alternating between on the ball and using th... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 22:50:42 EST My Week 2 Shooting Star Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309273 <em>244</em> I am on fire. I've accumulated all of the shooting star badges available for week 2 of this challenge. I am so happy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0268c932-228a-45cb-8d6d-ac8516c5ab4b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f77320c-6b0c-4e6e-92b3-ddaadb56847b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ceecbab-4a0f-4808-97c7-e5d3c80b68e3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 20:40:19 EST Week 4 Aspire to Inspire BSG blog - My Workout Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306428 Our blog assignment for week 4 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges is: Do you have a workout schedule? How did you make your workout schedule? <BR> <BR> I do have a workout schedule. My current workout schedule is: <BR> <BR> Monday/Wednesday/Friday - <BR> 30 minutes or longer cardio – walking outdoors (preferred), treadmill or stepper <BR> 10 minutes or more stretching and strengthening for my bursitis; and <BR> 60 minute yoga class. <BR> <BR> Tuesday/Thursday - <BR> 30 minute... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:51:27 EST My Week 0 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304104 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/850215a4-4067-4faa-a949-d2648c57c845.jpg"> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:05:38 EST My Week 1 Badges for the Shooting Stars Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304103 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a01777f-fe70-470a-b50a-77d8da36d4d6.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b54ef3fd-141d-416e-9454-27d8c7204522.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0bb0a16d-6a09-4d4f-a64c-71eb81aaae06.jpg"> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:03:57 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 3 blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302872 Our blog assignment for week 3 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges is to write about one goal we really want to focus on and why. <BR> <BR> At first I thought it is difficult to pick only one goal that I want to focus on, but then I realized I was being to specific. My one goal I really want to focus on is to become healthier. I would like to lose weight, but know that has been extremely difficult for me, partly because of some medications I am on so I choose to just become healthier and... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:28:53 EST 12 Day Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298068 I've been extremely motivated since the new year to achieve my goals. As the new year began, my weight was the highest in probably 14 years or so and I really didn't like the number I was seeing on the scale. <BR> <BR> I am proud of what I have accomplished for the past 12 days. <BR> <BR> My exercise goals were to consistently exercise as follows: <BR> <BR> Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 30 minutes or more cardio, 10 minutes or more stretching, and 60 minute yoga class <BR> Tuesday/Thursday:... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:02:09 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges Week 2 blog - Looking forward to in 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296911 ]Our blog assignment for week 2 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges is to write about what we are looking forward to doing in 2017. <BR> <BR> I don't usually have much plan to do in the coming year, but 2017 is looking different. We shall see what comes to be. <BR> <BR> Bob and I have signed up to go on an overnight trip to Mt. Bachelor on February 8th - 9th to experience dog sledding. We are both excited about it. This is a trip through the YMCA so we'll see how we like it before possi... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:12:48 EST Week 1 - Aspire to Inspire Super Skiers - 2017 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290688 Our bonus blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for January is to blog about your progress in 2016 and your goals for 2017 and how you plan to achieve them. <BR> <BR> My 2017 goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 35 pounds <BR> 2. Overcome sciatic/bursitis pain <BR> 3. Become fit <BR> <BR> How do I plan to achieve these goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Consistently exercise: <BR> Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 30 minutes or more cardio, 10 minutes or more stretching, and 60 minute yoga class <BR> Tuesda... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:31:36 EST Week 1 Aspire to Inspire - Super Skiers - January goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290686 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for January is to blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> <BR> I see that I didn't post my December goals so I don't really have much to go on. I know I have been suffering from sciatic pain/bursitis in the IT band for a little over a year and I had been on again, off again on my exercise, experimenting with what worked best. In December I finally decided that not exercising didn't seem to help and I usu... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 20:31:04 EST Week 4 Bonus Blog Rosy Reindeer Aspire to Inspire - Biggest Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288115 Our bonus blog for this week for our Rosy Reindeer team December BSG challenge is to blog about working on your struggle this month, how did it go? Did you learn anything helpful about you or your struggle to help you in the future? Blog about your plans for the coming year! Do you have a plan B ?? How do you plan to handle setbacks? <BR> <BR> My biggest struggles during 2016 have been consistency in exercise and too many unhealthy snacks. <BR> <BR> For the most part my struggle with con... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:48:16 EST Week 4 Blog for Rosy Reindeer BSG Challenge Aspire to Inspire - Meaning of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288114 Our blog for this week for our Rosy Reindeer team December BSG challenge is: What does the Christmas season mean to you? How did you spend your Christmas holiday? <BR> <BR> To me The Christmas season means celebrating the birth of Christ and celebrating family and friends. <BR> <BR> How did I spend my Christmas holiday? During the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Bob, my son, daughter-in-law, grandson Jerry and his girlfriend, Jenaka, came to my house. We exchanged gifts and visited for a coup... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:47:25 EST Week 3 Blog for Aspire to Inspire Rosy Reindeer – Holiday Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284938 Our blog assignment for week 3 is to blog about some of our favorite holiday recipes and share at least one healthy holiday recipe. My food likes are fairly simple. For Christmas my normal meal would include turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and rolls. <BR> <BR> Baking hasn't been something I do for the holidays. I just never had time with working when the kids were growing up, their grandmother always provided a large assortment of cookies, fudge and divinity when she was able, but she... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 15:43:41 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 2 December blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281102 Our blog assignment for Week 2 of the Aspire & Inspire Team December BSG challenge is to list 5 things I like and 5 things I do not like about Christmas. <BR> <BR> Things I like about Christmas: <BR> <BR> 1. Christmas movies. <BR> 2. Christmas music. <BR> 3. Christmas Eve church services <BR> 4. Giving presents <BR> 5. Christmas lights and decorations <BR> 6. Santa <BR> 7.Christmas spirit <BR> 8. Helping those less fortunate <BR> <BR> Things I don't like about Christmas <BR> <BR> 1. The... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 01:15:49 EST Aspire to Inspire Blog - Week 4 November BSG Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274028 This week for our BSG Challenges for the Aspire to Inspire team we are to blog about how we fit in fitness over Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Normally this would not be a problem for me as I would have been going to the YMCA on the days it is open, but this year I had gotten a pneumonia injection on the Monday before Thanksgiving and I had a severe reaction to it so I didn't get in any form of exercise for the entire week. <BR> <BR> In fact, I am still having some reaction to the injection so ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:20:30 EST Week 3 Aspire to Inspire BSG Blog - Thanksgiving plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268741 Our blog assignment for this week for our Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges it blog about our Thanksgiving plans. <BR> <BR> My friend, Bob, wanted to have Thanksgiving with his family and my family for Thanksgiving this year. So, the many of his kids, grandkids and great grandkids as well as my son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Jerry, will be having our Thanksgiving celebration at Bob's this coming Sunday, the 20th. My family has never been to his house before or met any of his family so it ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 01:22:59 EST My Happy for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268135 My granddaughter's birthday is November 23rd. She will be 24. I love making cards so I almost always make cards for everyone. Here is my creation for my granddaughter's birthday. <BR> <BR> The outside: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a6e084d-7be4-4f88-a398-d5113cf0313d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The inside: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ef1ce17-4dad-4f9a-bceb-b184fb6c50b4.JPG"> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:45:35 EST Aspire to Inspire Blog - Week 2 - Gratefulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267631 As a part of the Aspire & Inspire Vibrant Chestnuts Buddy Support group we are to blog about 5 things we are grateful for. <BR> <BR> What I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. I am thankful to have met Bill at the right time in my life and for the years and memories we had together. <BR> 2. I am thankful for the person I have become because Bill was a part of my life. <BR> 3. I am thankful for my wonderful grandson, Jerry, who has been such an important part of my life. <BR> 4. I am thankful for ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:27:26 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Block Week 1 - Review and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263616 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge for November is to review our October goals and set our November goals. <BR> I did not set goals for October. <BR> My goals for November are: <BR> 1. Continuing drinking at least 8 cups of water a day; <BR> 2. Eat at least 5 freggies daily; <BR> 3. Do strength training twice a week for at least 30 minutes; <BR> 4. Some form of cardio five times a week for at least 30 minutes' <BR> 5. One rest day a week; and <BR> 6. Fol... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 00:53:58 EST