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/ 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 Aspire to Inspire Bonus Blog - What I find fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258871 Our Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge has a bonus blog this week - blog about anything I find fun. <BR> <BR> Well, I find paper crafting fun. I love creating cards. Lately I have been creating cards to send to members of our church for birthdays, sending sympathy after the loss of a loved one, for encouragement, or just thinking of you. I find it challenging but fun. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to a stamp/card camp where we created 8 different Christmas cards. It was such fun getting together ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 13:54:03 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 2 Blog - Fall Exercise Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236639 Our blog assignment for week 2 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge is: How will the cooler weather affect us and our exercise rituals. Does the cooler weather that comes with this time of the year change anything about how you exercise such as your routine? How will the change from Summer to Fall change your routine? <BR> <BR> Normally Fall in my area isn't too drastic of a change so my exercise won't change much. I am still hoping to get in daily walks outside with Marv although I will ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 01:26:53 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 1 Blog - Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229255 I didn't set any goals for August since I didn't have my computer, but I did have a decent month all told. <BR> <BR> My goals for September: <BR> <BR> 1. Plan meals ahead at least two days per week. <BR> 2. Strength exercises 2 days per week. <BR> 3. Walking a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days per week. <BR> 4. Yoga 2 days per week. Sat, 3 Sep 2016 00:49:35 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 4 Blog - Summer Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207310 Our blog for this week for our Spirited Swimmers BSG challenge is: Share a few healthy summer recipes you enjoy during the summer. <BR> <BR> Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR>  2 medium ripe Bananas, mashed <BR> 1 cup of uncooked Quick Oats (certified gluten-free if necessary) <BR> 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips (certified gluten-free if necessary) <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or us... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:48:09 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 3 Blog - How Does My Exercise Change in Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205162 Our blog for this week for our Spirited Swimmers BSG challenge is: How does exercise differ for you during the hot summer days? What is a favorite summer activity? <BR> <BR> Actually my activity doesn't change that much during the summer as the weather here doesn't get as unbearable as it does in so many places. However, I love the summer so I generally try to exercise outside as much as possible. <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite exercises during the summer include walking, walking with my do... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:39:45 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 2 Blog - Perfect Summer Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201775 Our blog for this week for our Spirited Swimmers BSG challenge is to write about what my ideal summer day includes. <BR> <BR> My ideal summer day would be bright, sunny and very warm. I would be with friends who have a boat at a beautiful lake. We would spend the day riding around in the boat, swimming, and relaxing. We would brought a healthy picnic lunch with us. <BR> <BR> My ideal summer day is scheduled for August 6th this year. A friend from church is taking his boat to a nearby lake ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 01:31:19 EST Aspire to Inspire Week 3 Blog - Summer Trips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168994 Our blog assignment for this week is to blog about the outdoors. Summer is almost here, so blog about your plans for this summer. Do you have any plans for vacationing or traveling this summer? If so, how do you plan to stay on track with your eating and exercising or do you plan to even try?? <BR> <BR> I don't have any set plans for traveling or vacationing this summer. I do have plans to get together with my daughter sometime this summer, but I am not sure if I will travel to her house or ... Mon, 23 May 2016 18:26:41 EST Aspire to Inspire May Week 2 blog - Outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164540 Our blog assignment for this week is to blog about the outdoors. How will you be spending some time outdoors this month? What are some activities you like to do in May? Do you look forward to spending time outdoors? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> I am definitely a fun in the sun girl so I will be spending as much time outdoors as possible this month and as long as it is sunny and warm outside. <BR> <BR> My activities this month will include walking and riding my bike. I would love to get in som... Tue, 17 May 2016 01:13:42 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Bonus Blog - Mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159736 Our blog assignment for this week’s BSG challenge was Blog about your mother and Mother's day: Do you have a favorite memory of your mother? How you and your mother alike/not alike? Do you have anything special planned to celebrate Mother's Day? <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. My mother has been gone for over 17 years, but I still remember some of the amazing things she did teac... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:35:07 EST Aspire to Inspire BSG Blog Week 1 - Goals and Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159733 <BR> Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for May is to review our April goals and set our May goals. <BR> My April goals were: <BR> 1. Do my Physical Therapy exercises most days. I did some of these exercises about 3 days a week. <BR> 2. Lose 4 pounds - I think I ended the month up, but I am still trying. <BR> 3.Attend Enhance Fitness most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. - I missed two days this month, one when Bob's great granddaughter was born, and the other one for a g... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:32:51 EST Aspire to Inspire Healthy Habits blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147374 <BR> Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG Challenge is about Healthy Habits - what are some of the healthy habits I have begun since starting my journey to a healthier life? <BR> <BR> My journey to a healthier life has been an ongoing journey for a good many years and while I still struggle to get to my desired weight goal, I have incorporated many healthy habits along the way. <BR> <BR> 1. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd258fd6-1c58-4000-b360-eb5... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 16:31:29 EST Aspire to Inspire Blog and Bonus Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143712 Our blog assignment for this week is: Have I made positivity part of my Spark journey? If so, how? How do I overcome negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones? <BR> <BR> I think it is difficult to make changes in our lives without incorporating positivity into it. If I am always having negative thoughts, then my life would be negative and therefore I would not be able to make the positive changes I am trying to make in my Spark journey. I think for the most part I have a fairly pos... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:44:09 EST March progress and April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138579 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for April is to review our March goals and set our April goals. <BR> <BR> My April goals are going to be short and simple.: <BR> <BR> 1. Do my Physical Therapy exercises most days. <BR> 2. Lose 4 pounds <BR> 3.Attend Enhance Fitness most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. <BR> 4. Yoga 2 days per week <BR> 5. Walk at least 2 days per week. Sat, 9 Apr 2016 14:58:08 EST February Week 1 BSG Challenge Blog - Goals/Achievement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085343 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> I see that I didn't post my January goals so I don't really have much to go on. Oops. I started having sciatic pain the first part of December so I had gotten off track as far as my fitness was concerned so in January I started Physical Therapy and was working on getting back on track for fitness. I was only semi-successful as I was still experiencing a lot o... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:24:11 EST BSG Week 3 Blog - What I like about Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077525 Our blog assignment this week for our BSG Challenge in the Aspire to Inspire Team is to write about what we like about winter. Well, I am definitely a fun in the sun type girl so my first reaction was that I do NOT like winter. But, I am working on having a more positive and flexible attitude towards things so, after giving it much thought and consideration, i did come up with a few things I like about winter. <BR> <BR> My friend, Bob, has a 120 acre ranch that has a lot of timber on it. He ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 01:24:09 EST Best Christmas Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051924 Our blog assignment for week 3 of the Aspire and Inspire BSG team is to write about a favorite Christmas gift as a child and as an adult. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking all week what I could write about, but I haven't been successful in coming up with one. As a child gifts were never many, but we could always be sure there would be something no matter how short of cash our parents were. Looking back I would have to say that was probably the best gift of all, that we could depend on our paren... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 01:06:48 EST Interview with Santa - A&I BSG Challenge Bonus Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048185 Our bonus blog for our BSG challenge this week is: If you could interview Santa what would you ask him? <BR> <BR> So here are my interview questions for Santa: <BR> <BR> Q: Santa, how do you determine who has been naughty? <BR> <BR> Q: Santa, you have a lot to do as Santa. What is your favorite part of your job? <BR> <BR> Q. Santa, how many elves do you have working for you in your toy shop at the North Pole? <BR> <BR> Q: Santa, there are so many people losing hope and feeling lost, wh... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:54:18 EST Favorite Christmas Memory - A&I BSG Challenge - Beautiful Bells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046421 This week's blog assignment for our Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is: Do you have a favorite Christmas that you can remember? <BR> <BR> I think my favorite Christmas was when my middle child, Lee, was in the seventh grade. One of his teachers had a litter of puppies to give away and Lee just had to have one. We went to look at the puppies and Lee fell in love. The puppies were ready to go to their new families at Christmas, so on Christmas morning we put the wiggly puppy in Lee's Christmas... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 13:58:57 EST BSG BEAUTIFUL BELLS WEEK ONE BLOG - GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042553 Our blog assignment for week 1 of the BSG challenge for December is to review our November goals and set our December goals. <BR> <BR> November was not my best month so I will just say that and move forward into December. <BR> <BR> My December goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Keep my loneliness and blues at a minimum by staying busy and focusing on being thankful. <BR> 2. Lose 5 pounds. <BR> 3. Be consistent with my exercise: Yoga 2 days per week minimum; aim for an average of 7,500 steps daily ... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 01:00:36 EST BSG Scary Scarecrows Week 2 Blogs - Time Change/Halloween Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016333 The Aspire and Inspire BSG Challenges for this week has two blog assignments; the first about the time change, and the second about Halloween temptations. I am getting to them late and they are short so I decided to combine them in one blog. <BR> <BR> Blog One: Our time will soon be changing. Do I prefer the shorter days and longer nights, or do I long for the warmer, longer days again? <BR> <BR> I am definitely a fun in the sun type of girl so I prefer the warmer and longer days of summer... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 01:07:59 EST BSG SCARY SCARECROWS WEEK 1 BLOG - GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010626 For the BSG Challenge this week we are to write a blog about our progress last month and goals for this month. <BR> <BR> My goals for September were: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue getting in 10 plus glasses of water. <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Yoga two days a week except the week I am gone. <em>248</em> for the most part; I think I missed one other day <BR> 3. 60 minute walk 5 days a week. <em>248</em> <BR> 4. 30 minutes strength 2 days a week. <em>230</em> goal not met <BR> 5. Maintain my ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:19:39 EST BSG Week 2 Bonus Blog - Self-Esteem and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998206 Our Bonus Blog for Week 2 of the BSG Challenge is to blog about self-esteem and keeping motivated. Am I confident? Do I think I have good self-esteem? How do you develop self-esteem if you don't have it? How do I maintain motivation as the year drags on? <BR> <BR> My answers to the about questions are definitely different today than they would have been in the past. My husband, Bill, helped me to change and to learn that I shouldn't worry about what others think so much. And now, my friend, ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:23:30 EST BSG Week 2 Blog - What is My Favorite thing about Spark People? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998196 Our blog topic for week two of the BSG Challenge is to blog about what is my favorite thing about Spark People. <BR> <BR> Well, when I joined Spark I also joined spark teams but did not participate much in them. Needless to say, that didn't work too well. Then I started participating in some of the teams and guess what, I started seeing some results. Of course, my favorite thing about Spark People now is the people. Sharing my ups and downs with others really does help me to keep the motivat... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:08:56 EST BSG Week 1 Bonus Blog - Saucy Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993814 For the BSG Challenge this week we have a bonus blog in which we are to blog about Labor Day. Are you off work for it? Do you celebrate Labor Day in any way? Blog about anything relating to this holiday. <BR> <BR> I am retired so I am off work Labor Day and every day which is awesome. When I did work we did have Labor Day off but we never really did much except when the kids were on the swim team. All the years that they swam we would wait until the end of summer to take our vacation as that... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 00:54:22 EST BSG Week 1 - Saucy Apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993812 For the BSG Challenge this week we are to write a blog about our progress last month and goals for this month. <BR> <BR> I didn't make goals last month or participate in the BSG Challenge so I have no record of what my progress was. I do know that I was fairly consistent with my exercise and making healthy choices. <BR> <BR> My goals for September are going to be short a simple because I have a lot going on, first getting ready for Bob's granddaughter's wedding on the 20th at Bob's ranch a... 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