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/ Weel 4 Goals - Shing Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392329 I recently read an article by Andrew J. Leonard entitled 15 Principles to Nutrition Mastery. <BR> <BR> One of the principles was that when life gets busy, we shouldn't press "pause" but adjust the dial. <BR> <BR> Another principle was to make it easy. This really resonated with me. Develop one skill at a time and actually do it on a regular basis. So, here is my list of 5 things I can do on a regular basis, and they will be my goals for this week. <BR> <BR> 1. Walk daily, minimum of 15 m... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:56:42 EST Week 3 Badges Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392328 My badges earned for week 3: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49f61857-aa52-46d1-9ef5-8554afb24f77.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1281d5ba-6cf5-40fe-83de-5eddbf09ee8c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f521782c-6d9d-4e87-aeb2-64fc30e04da6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fdb9b55-9ce4-42ea-bfb7-5c31039b0f01.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was disappointed to see t... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:55:19 EST Week 3 Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392325 I Had a pretty successful week last week. I am going to keep <em>386</em> and striving for improvement because I know <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for week three were: <BR> <BR> 5 days 30 minutes cardio - <em>248</em> <BR> 5 days 10 minutes stretch and strengthen for bursitis <em>248</em> <BR> 2 days 60 minutes yoga <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3 days - Limit Sweets <em>248</em> <BR> Track at least 5 days - Only did 4 days but am happy with that <BR> Drink 8 plus cups ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:47:57 EST Awesome Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390382 Today was an <em>345</em> day. <BR> <BR> Marv and I got in our hour walk this morning and it was so nice to get through the entire walk without having to stop due to aches and pains. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> After our walk I did a lot of the stretching and strengthening exercises from my doctor - to hopefully prolong the pain free feeling. <BR> <BR> I got all of the windows in the front of the house washed. There are still a lot of windows left, but <em>244</em> for progress and ge... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:06:59 EST Week 3 Shooting Stars Goals - July 15 - 21, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389144 I Had a pretty successful week last week. I am going to keep <em>386</em> and striving for improvement because I know <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for th1s week are: <BR> <BR> 5 days 30 minutes cardio <BR> 5 days 10 minutes stretch and strengthen for bursitis <BR> 2 days 60 minutes yoga <BR> <BR> 3 days - Limit Sweets <BR> Track at least 5 days <BR> Drink 8 plus cups of water daily <BR> <BR> Get the scale to move further downward <BR> <BR> I went today to get an epidural inj... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:36:23 EST Progress Week 2 July 8 -14 Shooting Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388727 My goals for last week, July 8 - 14 were: <BR> <BR> 5 days 30 minutes cardio = <em>248</em> actually did 5 days of 60 minutes plus other days <BR> <BR> 5 days 10 minutes stretch and strengthen for bursitis - <em>248</em> <BR> 1 day 60 minutes yoga <em>248</em> actually went two days <BR> <BR> 3 days - Limit Sweets - Still struggling, but I was better than the previous week <BR> Track at least 5 days <em>248</em> tracked all 7 days <BR> Drink 8 plus cups of water daily ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:29:23 EST Week 2 - Shooting Stars Landing Badge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387170 <em>244</em> I am excited to have helped the Shooting Stars land in Angkor. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f42a0991-57e0-4f1e-a537-c5e499f9c19c.jpg"> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:53:24 EST Week 1 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385866 While I may not have achieved all of my week 1 goals and I had a gain on the scale instead of a loss, I am feeling better about my progress for week 1 than I did on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Here are the badges I received for week 1 with the Shooting Stars: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1109cc41-8f9a-467f-b8f9-5d469c4da3d5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9293d68e-fb5b-4ff4-8ecf-cded5103982e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:27:00 EST Goals July 8 - 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384890 I was less successful than I had hoped last week, but I am going to <em>386</em> because I know <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for the week are: <BR> <BR> 5 days 30 minutes cardio <BR> 5 days 10 minutes stretch and strengthen for bursitis <BR> 1 day 60 minutes yoga <BR> <BR> 3 days - Limit Sweets <BR> Track at least 5 days <BR> Drink 8 plus cups of water daily <BR> <BR> Get the scale to move downward Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:08:33 EST Week 1 - Shooting Stars - Landing Star http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384889 <em>244</em> I earned the landing star for week 1! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2da4ea8-f13b-49b8-94ea-982c55e21eb4.jpg"> Sat, 8 Jul 2017 15:04:10 EST Progress July 3 - 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384595 Well, this week was much more challenging than I had hoped for. My goals for the week were: <BR> <BR> M/W/F - 30+ minutes cardio; 10 minutes stretch and strengthen for bursitis; 60 minutes yoga - While I didn't achieve all of my goals, I feel good with what I did do. I walked each of the three days. I did some stretching and strengthening, but I need to be more consistent with that. I didn't make it to yoga any of the days. Monday no instructor showed so it was cancelled. Wednesday I had a... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 20:54:33 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Shooting Stars Week 0 Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382850 <em>244</em> I did earn some badges for week 0 even though I was recovering from my long, hot road trip! So proud. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24cc1de9-3e09-46c2-a5ea-e5bca18428bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6111b423-9d73-40d6-af15-78771dd7880c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efe1437f-7377-4252-ba1a-d1bbf422e144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am aiming to receive more badges during week 1... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 14:07:30 EST Goals July 3 - 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382846 My goals for the week are: <BR> <BR> M/W/F - 30+ minutes cardio; 10 minutes stretch and strengthen for bursitis; 60 minutes yoga <BR> Tues - 30 + minutes cardio; 10 minutes stretch and strengthen for bursitis; 40 minutes strength on the ball <BR> <BR> Limit Sweets <BR> Include freggies at every meal <BR> Have salad for one meal daily <BR> Less White Carbs <BR> <BR> Lose 1 pound <BR> Drink 8 plus cups of water daily Mon, 3 Jul 2017 13:59:02 EST Motivation Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380150 Motivation Check List: <BR> Be healthy and strong <BR> Be in less pain <BR> Have more energy <BR> Be able to do more active things <BR> Be able to not desire sweets and treats <BR> Be able to only eat healthy foods including more vegetables and fruits <BR> Be able to eat mindfully <BR> Be able to avoid emotional eating <BR> Be able to be active in my old age <BR> Feel good about how I look and feel <BR> Be success story to motivate others <BR> Look and feel good in shorts and swimming suit <... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:15:00 EST Overall Badges Shooting Stars Spring 2017 Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370934 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17a8eed0-789d-4be4-8e08-f7863bf1232f.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4133003c-99b4-420c-aad3-310e1e70723a.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d43c7c3-c567-40c1-8932-f2e2edfedd83.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jun 2017 23:19:55 EST Week 8 Shooting Stars Badges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370933 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/251b8c0a-3156-4182-9ed0-4acb732f5656.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6557c92-2eaa-4d10-bd6a-78bce0751d52.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c35f898-9cb0-4f90-8a72-3662bbb1dda3.png"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eda001aa-c9ac-4157-8237-2dca70476843.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jun 2017 23:17:50 EST Summer Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368288 This week’s assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team is to write about our summer.. What do you hope to achieve for summer-whether it is about social, personal? <BR> <BR> I hope to lose some weight and get my eating under control again. I have decided I am going to start gluten free tomorrow and really stay focused on that for the time being. I just don't like how I am looking and feeling right now. Nothing feels comfortable, especially after I eat so now is the time to change things up. ... Mon, 29 May 2017 22:01:44 EST 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