BESSHAILE's SparkPeople Blog BESSHAILE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Derailed - TheBrains bump into a cardio pusher Life happens. We hear this phrase all the time. We're not robots. We're not computers. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries come. And then there are the pushers. The "Just One Bite-ers" - people who want you to do what they want you to do and when you put up resistance they push. That happened to us yesterday and TheBrains are pondering (angsting) about it. Let's hear what they have to say. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <em>18</em> ARRRRGH! No Reward <BR> <em>43</em> That's right. No Reward <... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:13:24 EST Feelin' Proud - TheBrains speak up TheBrains are really proud of themselves for sticking to their plan. They deserve to brag a bit, don't you think? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Weeeeeee! We did it! <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> (smiling) Yes. we did. Congratulations. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Thanks for making me go to the gym. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> You're welcome. Thanks for going without a fuss. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> You're welcome back. Oh I am so proud we went. It was hard but we did it. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> It w... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:33:18 EST YES! We Do Have A Plan ... more from TheBrains It was hard to get back to werk after a week of girly fun, sugar, and retail therapy but TheBrains and I did pull ourselves together and made some progress. We have about 6 deadlines looming and we're all a little discomfited at the thought that after 38 years we still haven't learned how to map out our obligations and can still be blindsided by deadlines that swoop down on us out of the future. But eh. that is the way it is and there is a tee tiny bit of us that doesn't care. I am sure we kn... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 07:38:43 EST So. Do You Have A Plan? - confession time with TheBrains I know. It's been very quiet in this corner. The main reason for the silence is that someone I care about has a secret - a story that's not mine to tell. I'm really afraid I'll blab it somewhere - so I've been quiet about everything just so I don't have an opportunity to disappoint that person. LOL! Don't worry. I'll blab plenty when it's common knowledge. <BR> <BR> But there are other reasons for my reticence ... silence, actually. First off, in a fling of classic dieter's pushback, once I... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:34:14 EST Thoughts (And Feelings) On Reaching A Maintenance Anniversary Seems like I've been workin' on my weight issues all my life. That's not exactly true, of course. When I was a newborn I had Other Things to Deal With and in fact, I was proudly conscious of my small waist as old as 7 or 8 - because even back in the dark ages of my youth my mother and older sister were anxious about their weight issues - so of course I was pleased that I did not have any excess fat. I can remember pointing that out to mama in the car after we'd gone school clothes shopping. (... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:20:22 EST Why All The Silence? I check in on TheBrains Hmmm. It's been a while since I've blogged and even here at home TheBrains have been strangely silent. We've been unnaturally uncreative all winter and even the joy of our modest successes - weight loss - new furniture - hasn't seemed to stir them into any kind of action. I don't have any specific concerns but I feel like something isn't quite right - like things have shut down. I think I ought to check in on TheBrains to see if everything is okay. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> So. How are you t... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 08:01:30 EST How Do You Define CRAVING? I'm on day 5 of the 21-Day Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. I have always liked sweets and as a kid I was a sugar addict - I would eat spoons of sugar on white bread and it wasn't sweet enough. I never passed up an opportunity to spend my money on candy that I did not share and hid under my pillow. So I know me some sweets. I have eaten a whole pie and then baked another. Admittedly - I was pregnant at the time but still - you get the picture. Love me some sugar. <BR> <BR> But as I've aged ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:24:03 EST A Weighty Issue <em>58</em> 2016 is .0658% over and I haven't yet mapped out the year with resolutions, plans and lists. At least, I haven't completed all my lists. Of course, I never do complete them. Usually I just stop adding to them somewhere around Easter. <BR> <BR> So - what's the hold-up? What's blocking the flow of New Year's Delight? What's causing me to suffer from Non-Startitis? Time to sit down with TheBrains and figure this thing out. <BR> <BR> Okay, guys - what's going on? Why are we such... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:44:22 EST Don't Let Guilt Eat Those Cookies Eat them yourself! <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> At least, if you ARE going to eat them, tell guilt to beat it, sit down, look at the beautiful cookie, cake, bowl of ice cream, piece of candy - sniff it, admire it, take a little nibble and let it tickle your tongue, let its flavor fill your mouth. Take a real bite. Chew it slowly. Notice the first flavor, the main flavor and the aftertaste. Swallow the whole bite. Think about how good it is. Think about how lucky you are to be rich enough to hav... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:57:54 EST The Facts Of Life I had not planned to write a blog today but a dear sparkfriend sparked a memory for me and I'm prompted to share it here - even though it's nothing to do with weight management or fitbits or facing the truth about my holiday eating frenzy. It's about me and my dad - a man so full of challenges you wouldn't believe any of his kids could have survived - and yet - at his funeral dozens of my childhood friends showed up to tell us that He was the Pivotal Person in their youth. If it hadn't been f... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 06:49:21 EST Spend It Like A Man Jar What is that, you want to know? Well. The concept came from columnist Jan Malone, lately of the Richmond Times Dispatch, though I don't remember if it originated with her. It goes like this: <BR> <BR> Most men hate to stand in line and to extend that time merely to count out change at the cash register is insupportable. They just hand over a bigger bill and stuff the change in their pockets. When they get home at night they empty their pockets and that change usually goes into some sort of ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:57:45 EST A Vision Board At Last Huh - I'm known among my friends as being both Artsy and Craftsy. I do best when I'm whipping something up on the spur of the moment though I am also pretty skilled at Knitting Math and I have put some serious time into learning how to draw as well. I have a house full of fun toys and when children come to visit I share. For that matter - I would share with any grownups who seemed interested. <BR> <BR> So. So when I first heard about vision boards I thought - Too Cool! Just the sort of thin... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 08:22:25 EST For The First Time on The First Day Anyone who knows me knows that I Love Me A New Year. I've been loving the New Year ever since, in that long ago day when we still lived in Chesterfield, back when it WAS still Chesterfield and still rural, my dad told me that on N.Y. Day you wrote down your new year's resolutions - things you wanted to do or accomplish in the coming year. The idea of a whole year to spend doing things you wanted to do just thrilled my little 9 year old natural mathematician's heart. I suspect it thrilled his ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 08:45:38 EST We (Almost) Have (A) Couch What do you know. Here it is, New Year's Eve eve. I've been feeling the nudges and pinches of 2016 asking me What Am I Going To Do Next? Huh? Huh? Huh? <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Yeah - prodded on by You-Know-Who <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Well? Interested Brains want to know <BR> <BR> Hush you two. I am doing the talking now <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> <em>43</em> Well, la de da. <BR> <BR> I have quite a bit of time off this year - happily there are 2 extra weekend days following the Day o... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:59:15 EST S U G A R B I N G E ! I have been blessed with one (perfect angel baby darling only ) son. (that is supposed to be a joke, please laugh) I used to refer to him as PABDOS on another forum but that was while I was adjusting to empty nest syndrome and once I was comfortable with his flight to independence I didn't need to be quite so Southern; to channel Frances Parkinson Keyes quite so thoroughly. If you are unfamiliar with her - she is a marvelous mid-20th century author who my own beloved mother in law once heard ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:41:55 EST Things Are Good So I made it through the staff Christmas party without having any cookies - even if Butch bakes the Divine Cookies From Heaven and I bet he uses Butter in them. I did have his french fries but only 15, for a killer 10 WW points. but hey - french fries were always a killer. At least his are worth dying for. Caveat here - I am so totally uninterested in French Fries ... unless they are divine. which these are. But I don't usually have them at this restaurant. UnDivine (Satanic? No - better - P... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:38:27 EST TheBrains Put This WW Thing To Bed So. I asked at the WW meeting on Tuesday about taking away the option to exercise a little more and then eat a little more than the suggested daily limit. This was one of those little get-out-of-jail-free cards that WW offered for those times when you knew you were going indulge in festive eating or even when you just took too many second helpings. You earned "activity points" that you could bank all week and if, as in my case, the weekend proved to be a time of temptations, and you ate more ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:41:29 EST I have a talk with TheBrains <em>58</em> So - this week, for the first time in a LOOOOOOONG time, I ate over my WW points. Now, I'm not too strict with those numbers. I know that I fudge here and skimp there, but for the most part I am on target or at max load. Last night - when i was still within the New Points Limits - I ate 4 chocolate chip cookies and flew off the New Chart. There was that moment when I heard the voice of someone who shall not be named say "You can't stop me" <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> That would ha... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 08:07:09 EST TheBrains are sobered today <em>43</em> Psst Psst. You said we'd be back today <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Alright alright. Here we are. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Thanks. Don't want <em>18</em> to think I don't keep my promisses <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Yeah - you mean you don't want me to blow off today's blogging and then blame you. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> (smiles) yeah. That too. Besides. I understand how you feel. A whole lot of fuss about some diet company or how many cookies we eat or feeling bratty because w... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 07:41:25 EST Bratty Behavior from TheBrains <em>58</em> Well, from the Right Brain, anyway. I'm still trying to adjust to the new WW program and having only indifferent success. Some of my favorite food items have shot up in points. They haven't skyrocketed but they're up enough to mess with my day. They're worth rethinking, mind you - it's good to understand what the nutritional makeup of your day is. In fact - as I type this I'm thinking I might track both on WW and here on SP - where the micro-nutrients are identified and counte... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:46:15 EST YOU CAN'T MAKE ME YOU'RE NOT MY MOM: TheBrains talk about the new Weight Watcher's Program CRASH! <BR> BANG! <BR> .......KAPOW!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Goodness! What is all the racket? Oh - Oh dear. It's TheBrains - or rather, it's my precious little wild child of a RightBrain and I suspect she's upset about all the changes Weight Watcher made in their points calculations this week. Let's listen in and see what transpires. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> AAAAARGH! AHHHEEEE! (kicks metal trash can with a loud CRASH!) <BR> <em>43</em> Here Here. Stop <BR> <em>18</e... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 06:46:58 EST Still Thinkin' About Things And sneezing! La! I collided with something yesterday that has my nose in an uproar! I've been sneezing almost constantly since about 4 o'clock and it is not pretty. I wonder what it was that I am so allergic to. Yes. I've taken zyrtek and no it doesn't seem to be helping. Glad I have a new box of tissues. <BR> <BR> But anyway <BR> <BR> That's not what I'm thinking about - I'm pondering the issue of magic pills to make you skinny. And body image. And instant gratification. And what feels ... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 08:22:04 EST Thoughts After a Health Crisis (not mine) I am just back from a few days of taking care of a beloved sister and brother in law who have had their legs kicked out from under them this past week. Evidently sister has had some heart symptoms for about a year and a half - how like her to Not Tell Me. Even digging information out of her now is a bit of a challenge - though I do understand about being reticent on the health thing. Old folks, you know. We're both looking at old-ed-ness, though I say if you still begin your age with a 5 you... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 07:59:51 EST Day #29 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge and TheBrains Come Up With A Plan That's the challenge today. Make a Plan. And read the 6 Characteristics of Effective Goal-Setting article first ... or in my case ... again. If you haven't read it - try it now - it's very useful. Here's a link: <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=696 </link> <BR> <BR> So what are those Characteristics? <BR> <BR> Challenging <BR> Attainable <BR> Specific <BR> Time-Limited <BR> Positive <BR> Flexible <BR> <BR> Of course, TheBrains and I are always sett... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:52:30 EST TheBrains Look For The Silver Lining <em>58</em> Day #24 of the 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge is to list any additional health-related successes you've achieved over the past couple of weeks - to look for the silver lining, as the title of today's challenge is called. I am wondering if that means they don't think any of us have busted our plateau yet ... since that phrase usually means - in the midst of disaster one can find a nugget of good. And looked at in a three week timeframe, considering I had a wildly huge weight spi... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:21:07 EST Day #22 of that Plateau Buster Challenge and TheBrains Are Not Pleased Today's Plateau Busting Challenge is to reward ourselves for working so hard. Now - rewards are always a difficult thing for me as I have probably said a gazillion times here. But a few weeks ago TheBrains came up with a reward system and while it hasn't collapsed, it has crumbled around the edges a bit. I hear them discussing it right now - let's listen in and see how they work things out. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> I knew she'd forget. She always forgets and it's all yo... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:39:12 EST What Stresses Ya, Babeee - Day #20 of the 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge. oh dang dang dang ... my finger slipped on the keyboard and I lost my blog post! Yikes! and it wasn't just any old blogpost. It was the challenge for today - to identify your stressors and map out ways to deal with them. Rats. I don't even remember the title I picked! I'm sure it was brilliantly witty. <BR> <BR> I sure wish I knew which hot key sends a webpage off into outerspace. <BR> <BR> Hmm. This will be hard to do because I just got out from under two stressful projects that Had To Be... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:09:11 EST Day #18 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge And the challenge is two-fold: <BR> <BR> Be sure to get enough rest <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> Blog about my exercise routine - which I am happy to talk about. Heart my exercise routine. In an ideal week I get some sort of cardio every day with 3 or 4 of them being strenuous workouts. Where I have been behind has been in the area of strength training, after an injury sidelined me for over a year. (remember - 63 - heal slower) <BR> <BR> So here's a typical week <BR> <BR> Sunday - 2-6 mile wa... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:52:53 EST Opening the Crypt .. er .. Refrigerator - with TheBrains So. <BR> <BR> A bit of back story <BR> <BR> Long long ago in a galaxy far away I lived for 6 years in a house without electricity. do not pity me. It was my choice and as fun as could be and I got to live out my Little House In The Big Woods fantasy. And did I ever learn a thing or two about managing, money, food, and what you need to survive. (I breezed through the Y2K hysteria) I brought my water up from a well in a bucket, cooked on a wood stove and read by kerosene lamp. And I had SO MU... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:29:46 EST Day #15 of my 30 Day Plateau Busting Challenge Today is the half way mark of this challenge and I'm pleased to see that it is working. The scale is moving down from a shocking high on the 2nd of November. Our challenge today is to look back over the past 2 weeks - see what's different - see what else you can do - and then go pick a motivational quote to share. <BR> <BR> I did that - at least I went through every one of those quotes and there were about 250 of 'em! None of them really floated my boat very high but I did like this one: <... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:09:13 EST It's Reward Time My efforts last week were successful. I lost the weird weight that spiked the scale so high plus .6 of a lb of what I know was plain old fat weight. According to the plan TheBrains came up with I should be giving myself a reward today. Ah. I hear TheBrains talking now and I believe it's worth a listen in. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <em>18</em> Oooo. Lookie lookie! It's been a week and we did everything on that plan! Time for a reward <BR> <em>43</em> Hmmm. yes. You do realize we have to ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:13:18 EST TheBrains and I have a Little Chat <em>58</em> Okay, you two. Gather round. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Huh? <BR> <em>18</em> UhOh <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> I think we should have a little talk. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> About what? <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> About Miss Wiltshire. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> EEEEw <BR> <em>43</em> I'm not interested <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Come on now. don't you think it's time we put down our anger about Miss Wiltshire? <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> I'm not angry <BR> <em>18</em> I am. At least... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:10:15 EST Day #6 of that 30-Day Plateau Busting challenge That's today - and we're supposed to reevaluate our caloric needs. Well - I did THAT before I even started ... because I already know the ropes. I've got 53 years of dieting under my belt. Or weight watching or calorie counting or whatever you want to call it. Even though there have been many times in my life when I was at a healthy weight - I can't remember feeling nonchalant about living at my happy weight any time after 10. <BR> <BR> I come from a soft squishy candy eating family and I ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 06:56:02 EST Day 5 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge And I am still home sick. Ugh. I'm a Teeee tiny bit better but still cold-ey and snotty and cough-ey and sleepy and thinking about a nap sometime around 10 a.m. <BR> <BR> So guess what the challenge is. Yeah. Exercise. but it's switch it up exercise - do something you don't usually do and I am first and foremost a cardio girl and then a strength girl and last of all, I'm a stretch girl ... because hey - hyper-flexible. But I know that yoga is ... it's more than a body thing - it's a mind t... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 07:51:11 EST TheBrains and I Make ThePlan TheBrains were really out in full force yesterday. After I logged out of the computer they kept chattering at me about how to shed this weight. Each of them brought gifts to the table and eventually we worked out a plan for getting back to our happy weight. I thought I'd share our 3-way conversation with you. <BR> <BR> * * * * * <BR> <em>58</em> Okay guys. I have a suggestion or two I want to run by you to see how you like it. After all - I want BOTH of you to cooperate with this. <BR> ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:33:02 EST Day #3 of my 30-Day Plateau Busting Challenge (and TheBrains, on kindness) So. I loved that skinny jean challenge and I'm gong to do it again but .. alas. I did NOT get skinny on it. this is not the challenge's fault. It was mine. For eating mindlessly, too often, constantly saying "this doesn't count. this won't matter. This is not enough to make me fatter". Alas. I said it so often that yesterday I was whacked upside the head at the doctors and saw a whopping 8.6 lb gain. <BR> <BR> I am at a weight I haven't seen since 2012. Almost 3 years ago. And then it was a ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:06:06 EST Lessons Learned from that 30-day Challenge Who knew? Who knew a 30 day challenge would be so much fun. Who knew I would learn so much. Who knew I would be so glad about it I'd join another spark people challenge right away. <BR> <BR> Well. I bet they knew. LOL. So what did I learn while I was having so much fun? <BR> <BR> First - all routines get stale after a while - even beloved ones. Trying something new, no matter how unskillfully, is SO inspiring. I loved getting new workouts to do and I loved it that so many of them took 15 mi... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 08:18:28 EST Day #30 of my 30 Day Skinny Jean Challenge and it's over And it was yesterday and the challenge was that I was to write down 3 things I liked about my body that had nothing to do with looks. And while it was beyond way too busy to write anything down (all I did yesterday was log in and change my status) I did ponder what I would write down today. The 3 things I thought of were: <BR> <BR> I love my strong legs that carry me so far - up and down hills, up and down steps, on to the dance floor, out into the world, up into bed. I was in the store the ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 06:59:45 EST Day #27 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge Hmm. So. Today is going to be tough. To start with I slept late. No. To begin with I had a very late night at work - didn't leave till 9 o'clock so that made it an 11 hour day. so then I overslept (after all, I was still doing squats while I brushed my teeth - to catch up with Day #25) BTW, I <em>26</em> squats and have strong thighs and didn't notice the effort till the last 2 sets and yes yes yes I will be doing More Squats From Now On only holding weights. <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:18:56 EST Day #26 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge I'm much better today - thank you all for sending me healing wishes - I am positive they did the trick. I got extra sleep, extra water, and I did the day #25 ab routine as well. Today I'll do yesterday's routine and today's routine, since one of them is to fix a fast healthy meal at home - and I do that twice a day anyway. I thought about just doing yesterday's routine because TOMORROW I'm supposed to get in 45 minutes of cardio. Now - Tuesdays are difficult days for me to get in any cardio a... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:47:19 EST Day #25 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge And this is a surprise - <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> There were some sickies at the convention last week, though I didn't snuggle up to any of them, but I've been feeling waves of nausea and fever ache since yesterday around noon. I spent the afternoon indulging in my go-to routine for warding off illness - Hot Bath, Sleep, Water. Sleep. Water. <BR> <BR> I feel a little better today but not 100%. And no. I didn't do the ab routine for day #24. I'm not sure how I want to handle missed days. ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:58:16 EST Day #21 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge It's convention time in my world and I have 3 days of sit still and listen meetings in a downtown part of TheCity with a hotel room to sleep in. It does have a fitness room and I can get in 20 minutes of HIIT on a stationary bike or treadmill at some point each of these days. But that's going to be about it. Today I can do the 10 minutes of lower body strengthening before I leave - if I get up off the computer NOW. The next two days though, are going to be a challenge. I'm thinking of swappin... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:07:58 EST Day #20 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge It's no secret - I have loved this challenge and now that I am nearing the end I'm wondering .... what I'll do next. Having a new idea tossed in my lap every day - something to try that's different but not daunting - has been: <BR> <BR> Fun <BR> Inspiring <BR> Exciting <BR> Laughter inducing <BR> Pride inducing <BR> A little like a holiday <BR> <BR> And I don't want it to end. I could certainly do the skinny jean challenge again. I could ramp up the workouts that were hard - do them twice ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:46:10 EST Day #20 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge It's no secret - I have loved this challenge and now that I am nearing the end I'm wondering .... what I'll do next. Having a new idea tossed in my lap every day - something to try that's different but not daunting - has been: <BR> <BR> Fun <BR> Inspiring <BR> Exciting <BR> Laughter inducing <BR> Pride inducing <BR> A little like a holiday <BR> <BR> And I don't want it to end. I could certainly do the skinny jean challenge again. I could ramp up the workouts that were hard - do them twice ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 07:46:10 EST Day #19 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge No doubt bout it - this has been a fun challenge but a big part of that has been that for almost 3 weeks there's been nothing out of the ordinary going on in my life. The daily routine has been fixed and stable. And the challenges have been choices that only involved me and my schedule. <BR> <BR> Today we are challenged to plan a fitness activity with a friend or friends. Now - my bff is as serious about fitness as I am so I can probably get her to take a walk with me this afternoon. If not... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:43:57 EST Day #18 of My 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge Uh Oh. I just looked at my calendar and I am going to be in meetings all day long from Wed through Friday. And sharing a room with someone at night. <BR> <BR> Whew. Just checked. They do have a gym - so I'm good. But it will mean packing gym clothes and waking early. I think I'll see if my colleague wants to swim ... she's a good sport. I've also looked ahead at the challenges and I just may swap the 24 day's challenge for one of my long meeting days - it's to just try to find good substitu... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:24:51 EST Day #17 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge Yesterday we were challenged to eat soup before dinner and that determined where we went out to celebrate our anniversary - Chinese. And it's true - I was not very hungry for my main dish - much of which I brought home for Himself to indulge in. But it was Chinese you know - sauce on veggies and shrimp. If they use msg in their cooking, I can't taste it so they use a light touch. It was nice. <BR> <BR> There was also a beautiful autumn walk out to and around my enchanted forest - where all ... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:02:37 EST Day #16 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I did it. I told my staff I was not to be interrupted for the next 10 minutes, closed (and locked) my office door, pushed my chair away from my desk and clicked on the 8 minute cardio video - and did it! <BR> <BR> LOL - what a hoot. I'd dressed in comfortable slacks and flat shoes with straps. I took off my sweater. It already gets hot in my office - bad duct work - but the routine takes only 8 minutes. and I did keep nervously feeling like any moment now someone w... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:56:35 EST Day #15 of my 30-Day Skinny Jean Challenge So yesterday we did the same lower body strengthening routine that we did on Day #1. We were asked if it was easier to do than it was the first time and it was. Or rather - I realized how to do it better and harder and longer than the first time through. And even as I was doing those exercises I could tell that when I wobbled my form was off and and corrected it. That means there will come a time when I can do a full minute of each exercise in perfect form. That is something to look forward t... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 06:49:32 EST Day #14 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge And there was weight loss. Not, I am sure from exercising, but from portion control - and perhaps a little from staying as active as I possibly can. The truth is - I know I am working on some very deep underused muscles because the belly rim is ... not even tender, but I can feel it. I can identify where those muscles are. I think the pilates type workouts are the ones that are making the most difference - and I'm not surprised. That's exactly what they target - the deep underlying muscles. ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:43:50 EST