BOSTONMARGY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOSTONMARGY BOSTONMARGY'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/ Happy and Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701530 Wow. I had a doctor's appointment this morning in Cambridge. I woke up tired to get to it in time and on the way back had a craving for a sweet meal. I stopped in at a Panera bakery and bought myself a cinnamon roll. <BR> <BR> I took a long walk when I got home, to get some errands done and then logged into SparkPeople. Yikes! That cinnamon roll was over 600 calories! That brought me back to reality, and made me think more about my relationship with sleep. I am a chronic insomniac and alway... Fri, 23 May 2014 13:50:16 EST A Slow Reentry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655386 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878152251.jpg">My health is almost back to normal. I'm still struggling with pain from a strained muscle in my left shoulder. I think I strained it by coughing so hard and so long. I went for a massage last week, which helped for a disappointingly short amount of time. Other than hat, I'm taking it easy and popping aspirin or ibuprofen. Very frustrating. <BR> <BR> But, I'm well enough to keep up with my SparkPeople commitment. I gave myself... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:03:03 EST Hacking My Way Through Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632538 That's hacking as in coughing, not doing something to computers. I seem to have the cold that's felling Boston. On the bright side, my coughs are "productive," so at least my body's moving towards health even if it's inconvenient for me. <BR> <BR> I haven't been tracking anything over the last few days, since I've been bed most of that time. Hope to resume more today, even though exercise will have to wait. I can meditate and stretch, though. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:49:24 EST Me? Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602449 I'm a disaster waiting to happen in a gym. I'll start with a lot of enthusiasm and commitment, only to be driven out of the gym and the mindset by one set of physical problems or another: achilles tendinitis, knee problems and more. <BR> <BR> So, I resorted to just walking, which is a great thing to do, by the way. Then I found a set of seated exercises on SparkPeople that let me get cardio and strength training without hurting myself. I still love to walk, but not when it's eight degrees o... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:00:51 EST Struggling With Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591203 I tossed and turned last night. I didn't sleep until after 2:00 am, which hasn't happened in a long time. I walked for 45 minutes, which usually knocks me right out. I did watch a movie - Yentl, not exactly a high stress movie - and wondered if tv at night might be the culprit? Sun, 12 Jan 2014 12:47:50 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582058 Feeling kind of sad after taking down my Christmas decorations. Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:07:36 EST Now Thats My Kind of Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574726 I love to walk. It calms my mind and tires me out enough to sleep better. I had more self discipline once and I've fallen away from the habit. I'm consciously building that habit back up, though. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:11:58 EST Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572119 Heading home today after a week away. Looking forward to resuming my regular schedule of eating healthy food and exercising! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:43:39 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571621 I hope you all have a great day. I'm Polish, so our big celebration was yesterday, December 24. Today we'll enjoy a quiet day with the family. Tomorrow, we're heading back home! Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:25:23 EST Different Places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570454 I'm enjoying Christmas with my family in Western New York. My mother passed away in early November, so it's important for all of us to enjoy our time together. The weather has been crappy - pouring rain, cold and then freezing to create dangerous ice slicks the minute you walk out of the door. <BR> <BR> My family's emotional health is paramount right now. I'm watching what I eat and am not beating myself up because I haven't had much of a chance to exercise. I'm doing what I can and will try... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:32:44 EST Hmmmm. Restaurants. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566727 I love visiting the family, but that also entails temporarily adapting to their food preferences. My husband and I are more like the Mediterranean Diet types. Everyone else seems to worship cholesterol at public shrines throughout the city. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298210134.jpg">I'm hoping this year will be a bit better. My brother's trying to drop a few pounds, so we might be able to go on the lighter side, at least when we're together. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:30:40 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552158 I intend to enjoy this day.I will indulge in food and friends.I've always believed in a two-pronged approach to health: mind and body.I will be good to myself. This month, I need it. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:45:10 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543527 My motivation and energy took a dive earlier this month, for very good reasons. My mother, who had not been in great health for a few years, finally passed away in early November. I'm coming to terms with the loss in what I consider to be healthy ways and am not expecting to bounce back overnight. <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkCoach for a little extra boost of support since my own motivation levels are uncharacteristically low right now. I'm taking things as they come and cutting myself a li... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 14:40:28 EST It's Just Common Sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528586 I thought I'd share an interesting article I came across on the Huffington Post. Of course, SparkPeople advises the same things, but it's all in one, neat place here. <BR> <BR> 7 Diet Habits You Should Drop Now <BR> <BR> <link>huff.to/1aKQZAE </link> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:54:22 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528582 Will I give myself a little Halloween treat? We'll consider the calories in/out thing and decide then! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1137535150.jpg"> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:51:07 EST I Slept. How Could This Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526670 Amazing. I woke up at 6:30 am, on my own and didn't feel tired. I'm feeling it now, in the afternoon but I'm pretty amazed that I managed to sleep. I usually don't. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:28:56 EST Tired But, Hey, It's Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503867 I've been walking like crazy these days. I haven't really planned it, but found myself running a bunch of errands, all on foot: meetings at Town Hall and the senior center, farmers market and, to top it off, lots of walking at work. I was constantly out of my chair, getting photocopied materials to the right folks and generally setting up before leaving for the day. My feet were tired at the end of a four-hour day, then I walked another 10 minutes to get home. <BR> <BR> I'm not as hungry as ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:40:14 EST Virtue is its Own Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488581 I've been good. Really. I saw a nutritionist yesterday and told her about my weight loss goals, then got more information about healthy ways of doing that. She also told me that, overall, part of the goal had to be taking care of myself. Stress and lack of sleep are major drawbacks, so I'm thinking about getting back into some healthy old habits, like better sleep hygiene and mindfulness meditation. <BR> <BR> I went shopping this afternoon and decided to enjoy myself while doing it. Visited ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:14:52 EST Dinner Is Such A Wonderful Tradition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461406 I love food, everything about it - growing it, finding it at farmers markets and farm stands and, of course, cooking with it. My family never got into the fast food thing so I have no cravings for McDonald's or Kentucky Fried Chicken. In fact, they give me heartburn. <BR> <BR> My husband and I eat relatively low on the food chain. We love vegetables and fruit, and also enjoy moderate amounts of fish and meat (mostly chicken). We do lots of grains, too, and I'm trying to get back to more comp... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:09:17 EST Okay, So... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456494 So far, so good, for the most part. I'm learning more about what I'm eating and have a better idea of where I can modify current habits to cut back on the empty calories. Mind you, sometimes empty calories can be lots of fun, but at the very least I can enjoy them a bit less regularly. <BR> <BR> I've been psyching myself up for more exercise, too. I walk, basically. I want to get more distance into that practice. At one point, when I was younger, I could walk for hours at a time. Not a bad w... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:42:58 EST