BARBIE176's SparkPeople Blog BARBIE176's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yearning Yams Week 2 Blog My assignment for Week 2 of Aspire and Inspire's BSG Challenge is to answer the questions: Are you ready for the holidays? Have you prepared your menus? Have you started shopping yet? <BR> <BR> Simply put I am not ready for the holidays nor have I prepared menus. I have done minimal shopping only because I give a lot of gift cards and purchased them through a fundraiser site for my grandson, Zachary, for his gymnastics team when they were running specials and het got extra money from them. ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:34:48 EST Spooky Spiders Week 3 Blog - Halloween Our blog assignment this week for our BSG challenge is to write about Halloween - if we celebrate, how, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, I love seeing Halloween decorations and costumes and handing out candy to the kids, but this year that will not be how I will be spending Halloween. This is my grandson's senior year and he's on the football team which is doing quite well so on Halloween we will be attending a football game which is the play in game to determine whether their team will be in the State ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:04:14 EST Things I Like About Fall - BSG Week 3 Blog for Harvest Moons <img src=""> <BR> Our Week 3 blog assignment for theAspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to write about some of our favorite things about Fall. Well, for anyone who knows me very well, you know that I am definitely a Fun in the Sun Type Girl and love everything about summer including the extreme warm weather and while I do not look forward to the cooler, wetter and drearier days of the other seasons, I guess if I really think hard I can fin... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:45:42 EST My Handsome Grandson Just had to brag about my handsome football player. It's hard to believe he's a senior in high school already, but I am proud of the man he is becoming. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:19:45 EST Week 2 Blog for Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge - Harvest Moons Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is: Are you looking forward to cooler weather? What is your favorite outdoor fitness activity to do in the fall?? <BR> <BR> I am definitely a fun in the sun and warmth type of girl so I am not really looking forward to the cooler weather. However, I don't mind Fall weather too much as long as it doesn't get too cool or wet and I can still see the beautiful blue sky most of the day. <BR> <BR> As for part two of the quest... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:35:44 EST Harvest Moon BSG Challenge Week 1 Review/Goals Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for September is to review Augst and set our September goals. <BR> <BR> My August goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue allowing myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow, but keeping making the effort to get on with my life. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue the consistency with my exercise which currently includes yoga, aqua zumba, walking, swimming and biking. <e... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 19:24:33 EST Lose 1 Pound or 1 Inch A Week Fall Challenge Blog On Monday I started a 16 week Fall Challenge on the Lose 1 Pound or 1 Inch a Week. Our blog assignment was to write a blog stating what we want to work on, how you plan to achieve our goals and what we are looking forward to most regarding the challenge. <BR> <BR> While I would love to lose down to my ultimate goal weight which is approximately 20 pounds, I have an extremely difficult time losing weight consistently, so I do not plan to focus on that goal. As far as weight, I will be happy i... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:31:51 EST Week 3 BSG Challenge Blog - Back to School Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG is: How does the "Back To School" time affect you? Do you have your partake in any of the back to school grillouts or parties? <BR> <BR> Back to school doesn't affect me too much as far as grillouts or parties as my kids are all grown with high school children of their own. So, I don't have to do the back to school shopping and we don't really have any last of the summer barbecues, picnics, etc. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:53:23 EST Week 1 Blog - July Review/August goals Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for August is to review July and set our August goals. <BR> <BR> I didn't really set goals for July, but I am semi-happy with how the month went. I went on vacation for a couple of weeks and pretty much maintained during that period. I was still dealing with severe thyroid imbalance which drastically affects my ability to lose weight and caused extreme tiredness and other problems. I ended July basically maintaining so I am happy about tha... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:44:51 EST Miss Oregon 2014 Parade Friday's drive to Seaside was quite wet and when I got to Seaside I immediately got soaked. This morning didn't look too bad, but I bought a rain resistant coat early this morning with a hood just in case. Thankfully it wasn't quite as wet today as yesterday although my friend, Liz, said she got absolutely soaked while waiting for the parade to start. <BR> <BR> Here is Liz as she moved through the parade route. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 21:16:13 EST BSG Challenge Week 4 Blog Our blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge is: How do you cope with the hot temperatures & still stay active? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am such a fun in the sun type of person that I actually don't have much of a problem coping with the hot temperatures while staying active during the summer. I love being outdoors, and there are new activities that I enjoy during the summer. <BR> <BR> Yoga and/or Qigong moves outdoors ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:51:46 EST Week 3 BSG Challenge - Summer Plans This week's Aspire and Inspire BSG blog challenge lead questions are ... Vacation plans this summer? What type of activities are planned, any sightseeing? <BR> <BR> At this point my only summer plans are to go to Seaside, Oregon to watch the Miss Oregon pageant for two days. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While at Seaside my activities will include walking the Prom, attending the Miss Oregon parade <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:34:46 EST Summer 2014 5% Challenge - Win Tomorrow Checklist Here is my checklist for my WIN tomorrow to ensure a successful tomorrow: <BR> <BR> 1. Get water bottles ready <BR> 2. Plan and have ready healthy snacks <BR> 3. Plan 3 meals for tomorrow <BR> 4. Plan workouts for tomorrow and schedule them on the calendar <BR> 5. Have everything ready for tomorrow's workouts <BR> 5. Bedtime 10 p.m with lights out by 11 p.m. <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:56:30 EST Summer 2014 5% Challenge - Win Today Checklist Here is my Win today Checklist for the Awesome A's Summer 5% challenge: <link><BR>/uploads/2012/01/Win-Today-Check-List-<BR>PDF-Version-1-15-12.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:52:09 EST Week 2 blog for the Active Apples BSG Challenge Our blog assignment for this week's BSG Challenge is: <BR> <BR> How will you spend Father's Day? Do you have any special plans? <BR> Write a blog about your father, special memories, etc. <BR> <BR> My blog will be pretty short since my dad passed away a number of years ago, I am not married to the father of my children, and Bill is also passed away. So, do I have any special plans? Not really. My son and his family are going camping on a special 4 wheeling event so I will be babysitting m... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:57:02 EST BSG Week 1 Blog for Active Apples - May Review/June Goals Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for June is to review our May goals and set our June Goals. <BR> <BR> May Goals were: <BR> 1. Continue allowing myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow. <em>248</em> at least for the most part. I had a few days struggling and feeling blue during May, but I was able to reel myself in and move forward. Baby steps. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue with my exe... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:19:48 EST I Want Results Since I have decided I need to <img src="">, I have decided I need to take action by increasing my active, so I have upped my daily step goal to 10,000 steps per day and I am going to start my streak and see how many days I can keep it going. <BR> <BR> The other aspect is to switch up my nutrition plan and I am thinking I will give the Fast Metabolism Diet a shot since I have Hashimotis Thyroiditis and that is one of the severe diseases... Sat, 31 May 2014 01:11:44 EST Time to Suck it Up Buttercup Today I went to Weight Watchers. The scale said I gained the 0.8 pounds that I lost last week. While I am not overly disappointed with that, I've decided it is time for me to <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a trip planned in just about a month and I would really like to be a few pounds less than I am right now so that I can really enjoy how my clothes feel and not worry about if I bloat or anything. Besides, our trip involves being in our ... Fri, 30 May 2014 01:21:32 EST Today Not so Blue I choose my inner alarm clock saying this morning and tried some gentle stretching before getting out of bed this morning, and I had a much better, less blue day today. <BR> <BR> I met my friends this morning and traveled together to our Qigong class which was awesome, and I talked to my friends about how I was feeling yesterday. Thank you to them as well as my many <em>223</em> for helping me realize what I was feeling was totally normal. <BR> <BR> After my Qigong class I attended my y... Thu, 29 May 2014 00:49:17 EST Pessimist? I've always viewed myself as an optimistic person, but journeying through grief I am starting to question that. Today in the book I am reading, it said " are you more like the pessimist, not wanting to face your days asking yourself what is there to live for?" <BR> <BR> Well, that is exactly how I feel most days. <BR> <BR> I don't think I like the idea of being a pessimist so, even though I am feeling blue right now, I think it is time to resolve to change myself. The book suggested resolv... Wed, 28 May 2014 00:01:13 EST Can You Be Successful Without Achieving Your 5% Goal Weight? I've participated in several of the 5% challenges over the past few years, and I have never once achieved the 5% loss goal. One might wonder why I continue to participate in the challenges. <BR> <BR> Each of the 5% challenges are for 8 weeks and during those 8 weeks each week you keep track of your fitness minutes. The other aspect of the 5% challenge is called Living the Good Life (LTGL) and that changes each week. <BR> <BR> So, over the past few years what have I gained from participation... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:39:05 EST The Gift of Friendship The gift of friendship is probably the greatest gift anyone can give you. I have a friend whom I have known for many years from church. For many years I only saw her and talked to her at church, but once Bill came into my life, he and this lady became friends. <BR> <BR> During the months of Bill's illness, this lady and I became better friends, but since Bill's death, she has really shown me what friendship is about. She lives beyond my house so when we are both doing something, she will alw... Mon, 26 May 2014 01:41:22 EST 5% I am a teammate on the Awesome A 5% challenge which is currently in its 7 of the 8 weeks for its spring challenge. While I have only lost one pound during the past 7 weeks, I feel pleased with myself. <BR> <BR> My best friend and hubby, Bill, passed away on November 12, 2013, after nearly a year long battle. I joined Weight Watchers on February 21st and as May 22nd I am only 0.4 pounds from having lost 5% of my weight since joining. <BR> <BR> Why do I feel pleased? When my son passed away a... Sun, 25 May 2014 01:26:44 EST BSG Week 3 Blog - My Mother Our blog assignment for this week’s BSG challenge was to reflect on my Mother, what are some ways we are alike/different. What are some lessons I have learned from her that has helped you on your SP journey? <BR> <BR> I think my mother and I are alike in more ways than we are different. We both would do anything in our power for our family and friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My mother has been gone for over 14 years, but I s... Sat, 24 May 2014 23:43:25 EST BSG Bonus Blog - What do I hope to achieve this summer? Our bonus blog for our BSG Challenge this week is to answer the following questions: <BR> <BR> What do I hope to achieve this summer? Whether it is physical, personal, weight loss etc.; and What am looking forward to this summer?? <BR> <BR> As I continue my journey through the grief of losing my best friend in November, my biggest goal to achieve this summer is consistency. I hope to find an activity plan for my day that will be set enough by the time the not so great weather arrives that I... Fri, 16 May 2014 19:27:32 EST Today's Hike with Marv Yesterday when I got around to getting in my walk it was a little warm and poor Marv had his tongue hanging out so I took pity on him and cut my walk short. Today was predicted to be even warmer so I decided to get my walk in in the form of a hike up the river where it would be cooler for us both. Here are pictures from our hike today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 14 May 2014 22:16:33 EST BSG Week 2 Blog - Travel Plans and Staying On Track Our blog assignment for Week 2 of the BSG Challenge this month is to blog about the following questions: <BR> <BR> 1. Do you have plans to travel anywhere or plans to go visit anyone this summer? <BR> 2. How do you plan to keep you fitness and eating right going while you travel? <BR> <BR> So far my travel plans include a short weekend trip June 27 and June 28 to see the Miss Oregon competition in Seaside, Oregon. For that trip I will be traveling alone and plan to get in lots of walking... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:27:16 EST Week 1 BSG Blog - Review April/May Goals Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for May is to review our April goals and set our May Goals. Well, I spaced writing my goals for April, so I don't really have anything to review, but this is how I feel I did for April. <BR> <BR> 1. Still working on healing from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow. As you can imagine, some days have been much better than other days, but I do feel like I am making progre... Sat, 3 May 2014 18:47:51 EST Week 4 Blog BSG Challenges Life Throwing you Lemons/Positives about Appearance The blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge is what makes me happy when life throws me lemons and to list three positives about my appearance. <BR> <BR> Life has definitely thrown me a few lemons and the only thing that keeps me going is my faith and keeping a positive attitude. When my son died at the age of 15, I found comfort in thinking that he died doing something he loved doing. When Bill died in November, I have found comfort in keeping active because that is what Bill wanted m... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:50:23 EST Week 3 BSG Blog Assignment - Shower of Blessing/Overcoming Indulgence Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG challenge contains two parts. First, is a Shower of Blessings – what are things that bless me? <BR> <BR> There are so many things that bless my life. First, having known my beloved husband and best friend who passed away in November was a true blessing and having known him continues to bless me as the person I became because of having met and married him is a true blessing to me. <BR> <BR> Other things that bless me and my life are my daughter ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:31:36 EST First Hike of the Year and First Hike with Marv My grandson was supposed to have a track meet at the coast today and I had planned to go and enjoy the coast and also take in his track meet. However, the meet was cancelled. The roofers are at my house this week making too much noise and disturbing me and Marv, so I decided we should get out and enjoy the sunshine by taking a hike to see one of the beautiful waterfalls that are nearby. This was my first hike of the season, first hike without Bill, and my first hike with Marv. All in all it w... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:09:27 EST Week 2 BSG Blog - Staying Positive Our blog assignment for this week is to write about how I make positvity part of my Spark journey, and how I overcome negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones. <BR> I think I've become a pretty positive person overall so I find it fairly east to stay positive in my Spark journey. One of the ways is by sharing inspirational quotes with my spark friends and, of course, reading all of the inspirational quotes shared by my spark friends. <BR> <BR> I've really learned a lot about the ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:34:34 EST BSG Challenge Week 4 Blog - Clever Clovers - Walking Memory Lane This week our blog assignment for the BSG challenge is to write a blog of our choice. <BR> <BR> Since I am journeying through the grief of losing my husband and best friend, Bill, on November 12, 2013, I decided I would share how I have been dealing with grief through scrapbooking memories Bill and I made over the years. I am finding it is better to focus on the fun times and memories we made rather than on the loneliness of today and the future, so here is my photo blog. <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:27:33 EST 5% Challenge Countdown 8 Blog As our Spring 5% challenge is getting ready to start, I am to list my reasons/excuses why my diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past and to give 3 or 4 reasons with a strategy to keep me on track this 8 week challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. Failing to plan which, of course, means planning to fail. My strategy for the next 8 weeks is to plan my meals ahead. I do not feel capable of planning my meals for a week ahead, but I will plan my entire meal plan with snacks the day bef... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:50:32 EST 5% Challenge - Countdown 7 Blog As the 5% Spring challenge is about to start a new 8 week challenge, we are to blog about what our triggers are. <BR> <BR> I think my biggest trigger is loneliness and boredom. I do quite well when in a group situation, but when I am alone, I think I need something to eat which usually means something not so healthy. <BR> <BR> If I were to list trigger foods I would have to say something salty/sweet. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:40:21 EST 5% Challenge - Countdown No. 6 - Motivation As the 5% Spring challenge is about to start a new 8 week challenge, we are to blog about what our motivation to lose weight and become healthier is. <BR> <BR> My main motivation is to not let the pounds creep up as I am going through the grief journey of having lost my best friend and husband on November 12, 2013. I know first hand how easy it is to use food as a crutch when I am sad and lonely, so I want to prevent that from happening. <BR> <BR> My second motivation is that I have lots of... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:35:34 EST Week 2 Bonus Blog for BSG Challenge Our bonus blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge was to write if we have ever celebrated St. Patrick's day and if so, how. <BR> <BR> Well, my blog will be really short because I have never celebrated St. Patrick's day in any way other than to wear green if I remember. <BR> <BR> Our area has never really had any celebration of St. Patrick's day other than what they call the pub crawl and since I don't drink, it's never appealed to me. <BR> <BR> This year I have heard they are havin... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 13:40:30 EST Week 2 BSG Blog - Clever Clovers - 5 Favorite Things about Spring Our blog for our BSG challenge this week is to write about our five favorite things about spring and also how spring changes our routine. <BR> <BR> My five favorite things about spring are: <BR> <BR> 1. The sunshine and warmth that spring brings <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2. The beautiful flowers that start blooming. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3. The ability to move my walks from t... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:29:57 EST Week 1 Blog for Clever Clover BSG Team - Review/Set Goals Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for March is to review our February goals and set our March Goals. <BR> <BR> February Goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue allowing myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow. <BR> <BR> 2. Increase my level of exercise: 2 days of yoga per week; 1 day of Qigong; 1 to 2 days of Aqua Zumba; and 30 minutes of walking (cardio) 5 to 7 days <BR> <BR> 3. Contin... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:37:05 EST Week 4 BSG Challenges - Zodiac Sign <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG challenges is what is our zodiac sign. <BR> <BR> Mine is May 11th Taurus, or The Bull <BR> April 20 - May 20 <BR> <BR> Taurus zodiac signs and meanings, like the animal that represents them, is all about strength, stamina and will. Stubborn by nature, the Taurus will stand his/her ground to the bitter end (sometimes even irrationally so). But that's okay because the ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:37:09 EST Week 3 Blog for BSG Challenge - Favorite Cardio Our blog assignment for this week is to write about our favorite cardio. I love cardio so it is an easy assignment. <BR> <BR> Variety is the spice of life and for me that definitely applies to cardio. I don't have only one favorite. <BR> <BR> I love walking and have come to enjoy walking by myself as well as with my new walking partner, Marv. <BR> <BR> I also love zumba because the music makes the time go so fast and I can definitely tell I've had a workout afterwards. <BR> <BR> A new fav... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:42:42 EST A to Z of Me - Week 2 Blog BSG Challenge for Radiant Red Roses A is for Age: 63 for 3 more months at least <BR> B is for Booze: None <BR> C is for Car: Subaru Forrester <BR> D is for Dad's name: Morgan Frank Jr. but went by Morgan <BR> E is for Ego: Not really <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: Christian rock <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: Hiking, biking, walking, scrapbooking, card making, Facebook games <BR> H is for Hometown: Roseburg, Oregon <BR> I is for IQ: Above Average <BR> J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Blueberry Jelly <BR> K is for ... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:01:38 EST January Review/February Goals - Radiant Red Roses Team Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for February is to review our January goals and set our February Goals. <BR> <BR> January Goals were: <BR> <BR> 1. I will allow myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow - <em>248</em> - I have done a fairly good job of achieving this goal. I have done better with fixing and planning meals and getting out more, especially in the evenings. <BR> <BR... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 01:41:17 EST My Valentine Find Today When I met Bill, his email was bgrumpy so, of course, being a happy person, I had to make mine bhappy. It was always easy for Bill to find "grumpy" things from the Disney characters, but not so easy to find "happy" which I found really annoying. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we went for a week's getaway (our last one) in August to the Oregon beach and I found my treasure, a garden statue very close to "happy" so I had to purchase it. We decided it would be inside so it would last longer. Here is my "hap... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 00:20:56 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge - Arctic Foxes Week 2 blog Our blog assignment for this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge is to review our blog for last week for our goals for January to see if they met the S.M.A.R.T. criteria and if not, how to change them so they would. <BR> <BR> My goals as set out in last week's blog were: <BR> <BR> 1. I will allow myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow <BR> 2. I will exercise regularly, but also allow myself ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 15:18:09 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge Blog for Arctic Foxes - 2013 Review Our second blog for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge this week is to write a review of 2013 and set goals for 2014. <BR> <BR> It would be really easy for me to say that 2013 was a failure as I ended the year at basically the same weight I started it at. However, I did have success in the weight loss department and only gained it back when my husband and best friend passed away on November 12, 2013. <BR> <BR> I have decided, however, that I should base the year 2013 on something other th... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:51:10 EST Aspire to Inspire Arctic Foxes BSG Week 1 Blog - January goals This week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenges we are to write a blog about our January goals. I will keep mine simple as I am dealing with grief too <BR> <BR> 1. I will allow myself to heal from the loss of my best friend and husband on November 12th by taking care of myself and allowing tears to flow <BR> 2. I will exercise regularly, but also allow myself one or two rests day per week. <BR> 3. I will make progress in getting back to 64 or more ounces of water daily. <BR> 4. I will ma... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 22:35:28 EST 5% Challenge Assignment 8 - Reasons/Excuses for Past Failures I would say the number one reason for not achieving my goals in the past would be lack of planning and lack of focus. <BR> <BR> During 2013 I set some fitness goals for myself and I really stayed focused on achieving them, and I was successful. <BR> <BR> For some reason I am finding it much more difficult to set nutrition goals and stay focused on them. My strategy is to have a daily list of what I need to eat so that I can mark things off and see where I am at and keep track of what I have... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:12:59 EST 5% Challenge Assignment 7 - Trigger Foods/Trigger Situations Trigger Foods: Sweets and/or Salty/Sweet and sometimes ice cream <BR> <BR> Trigger Situations: Boredom and/or loneliness <BR> <BR> Plan: Get back into crafting and such to fill my evenings; also signing up for some night activities such as yoga and dance class. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:04:57 EST 5% Challenge Assignment 6 - Motivation My motivation to lose weight: <BR> <BR> 1. Feel less self conscious about how I look. <BR> 2. Love how I look. <BR> 3. Get within the normal weight range for my height. <BR> 4. Continue to be active as I continue to age. <BR> 5. Be able to do the things I like to do and go places I want to go. <BR> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:00:01 EST