BRASKIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BRASKIN BRASKIN'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/ september 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777020 marathon day yesterday....15 hr work day. and the same may be true today Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:21:33 EST tuesday, september 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776309 long day today and tomorrow... some stress, but nothing that time at the desk can't resolve. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:24:42 EST september 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775610 up early to make breakfast and lunches. early morning meetings begin at 7:45. Prepping for two long days...tues and wed. Having control over food may help Mon, 8 Sep 2014 06:41:00 EST September 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774990 back to tracking food, moving more and getting under control. <BR> 8 months until 60 and that's the time frame to lose the weight and shape up. if it's sooner... great, it just can't be later. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 07:28:47 EST week 3- day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754112 trying to control the various stress's of life. Biggest is work.... followed by mom...followed by everything else. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:08:24 EST week3- day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753666 day off...tisha b'av. <BR> went to the gym, ran errands....staying the course. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:47:28 EST week 3- day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752705 had meat last night. It smelled good, first bite tasted good... but then, nah.... could have left it. Re-programmed Koko for another 24 week burn session and will look into pilates class . too much condo drama, too much life drama. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:55:02 EST week 3- Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752152 continuing with diets to go. easy, eating more veggies than I have in my entire life. <BR> haven't had meat in 17 days... anchovies once.... in a greek salad. <BR> back to the gym and trying to regain the muscle tone. Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:56:25 EST week 3- day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750887 skipped yesterday's blog. Today is 8/1. Agreement with myself... <BR> go to the gym each day for the next 31 days. If I can get to work every day and I can get home every day.... why can't I get to the gym everyday? Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:58:36 EST week 2-day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749419 trying to take care of small items so they aren't hanging over my head. Completed going through the photo album that dad kept. Sending photos to Marcia Stern and if jeffrey responds to me...to him as well. <BR> still working my way through diets to go. Its not bad, easy in fact. Still feel good and just suplementing with some seasonal fruits. <BR> Have photos to send to everyone with Dad's stuff that I packed for preservation. <BR> answer to the calorie situation.... the daily cout is buil... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:37:07 EST week 2- day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748705 calorie total on the plan is way off....1760. Ate breakfast and will have lunch. <BR> probably have to alter dinner. wrote to dtg and await their response. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:48:05 EST week 2-day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748054 Had mom over yesterday..... packed up dad's stuff for preservation, sorted through his scrapbook of pictures. Have to send some to Marcy Stern. Got the nighttable drawer sorted out. Went for a walk with mom... took a look at the options for tours for the curise. <BR> back to work today...but moving things forward slowly. <BR> Like the diet to go program. It is so easy to do. Weigh in on thursday. Whatever the scale says, I do feel much better. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:48:48 EST week 2-day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747369 walked the boardwalk last night with David squared and adrianne. <BR> helped make me feel better for eating the lunch. of pizza and ceaser salad. <BR> not sure what today will bring... have things to do in the house, want to get mom ouut of her house.... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:18:57 EST week 2- day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747100 out for lunch and ate too much. small ceaser salad and 4 pieces of mini veggie pizza. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:17:42 EST week 2- day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746165 it is amazing how easy the food program is.... defrost, heat and eat. <BR> trying to get organized to deal with everything.... so perhaps one night is mom's work, one night is LATCP, one night is condo...and the rest of the nights are mine. <BR> have to get to the gym today, and over the weekend. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:19:14 EST week 1 - day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745466 one week down... and of the 21 meals, didn't like one breakfast. Not bad. <BR> lost 2.4 lbs int he week. have to do a combination of food and exercise to keep the weight loss going. Weigh in only one a week on thursdays. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:27:42 EST week 1- day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744737 found the first food on the diet to go that I don't like. Asparagus and swiss fritata and v-8 fusion. v-8 is too sweet and I just don't like asperagus. Roger ate it instead. <BR> I had the old standby...chobani yogurt and blueberries. Went on the dtg website and changed the meal to waffles for the next cylce of week three. <BR> Down 2.4 lbs in 6 days. <em>244</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:58:49 EST week 1 -day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744028 slept a bit better.... woke up at 3, went back to sleep until 5. Got up at 5:30 and went for a bike ride on the boardwalk. 2.2 miles.... don't really like bike riding, but will continue it through the summer for exercise. I REALLY feel better. Went to the gym yesterday and took care of several things around the house. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:39:33 EST week 1-day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743220 back to the gym today. Feel so much better. Who could imagine that food has such an impact on your body? You can read about ...but feeling it is amazing. <BR> vegetarian life works. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:57:24 EST week 1 - day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742538 Timing meals. Breakfast at 7, lunch at 1, dinner at 6. <BR> Have to decide on fruit snacks. Probably between breakfast and lunch and dinner and bed. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:25:23 EST week1 day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741963 diet to go meals kept me full. along with water. <BR> motivated to do things that have been put on hold Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:40:36 EST Week 1- day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741278 on a 5 week vegitarian program. Committment of 5 weeks of eating the appropriate calories and going to koko fitness 5 times a week. On the other two days, walking at least 5 miles. <BR> I know I will feel better and look better. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:30:06 EST going to re-do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738409 had enough. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:17:06 EST The ability to start over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733579 I'm grateful for the ability to start over. Watching the food intake, setting up an exercise routine, working on destressing... learning to say no. <BR> no promises, just short term work for longer term results. <BR> today is day 1... again <BR> <BR> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:46:35 EST streak day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713668 walked over 15,000 steps today. worked in the back yard, nails done, beach time. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:22:03 EST streak day20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712560 checking in, but only half heartedly. have to get back to the swing of things. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:02:21 EST spark streak day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710361 very tired and its all emotional and mental...not physical. off today and tomorrow... let's see if I can play catch up with myself. got the night guard so hopefully the mouth clenching at night will stop. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 09:01:55 EST streak day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706561 had veggie lomein for lunch and greek salad for dinner... have to add them to the tracker to see what the impact was for yesterday. Thank goodness its friday. Fri, 30 May 2014 07:18:08 EST streak day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705865 long day yesterday, I'm really tired. Got to yellow lanyard level at koko. will get to the gym today otherwise the muscles will remain sore. popped on the scale, it hasn't moved but I'm remembering the nsv and sense that my clothes feel a bit better... that's progress. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:15:36 EST streak day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704919 Dentist friday. check that off as done. Roger sabotages weight loss with cookies...and I of course ate them. re-start today. Wed, 28 May 2014 06:11:49 EST streak day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704073 had chinese buffet last night... 1 meal for lunch and dinner... then had watermellon and cheddar cheese puffs. good thing I waked almost 5 miles....back to the vegetarian world. <BR> MUST call the dentist today. Priority. Then come home and go to the gym. Tue, 27 May 2014 06:38:25 EST streak day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703290 busy memorial day... get mom, get maddy, watch parade, hang out.... maybe David, Adrianne and David will come over. just 500 points shy of the yellow lanyard from the gym...then I have to get 250,000 points to get the blue one. Heaven knows how long that will take....say 1500 per session...that means 33 weeks.... a bit over 8 months if I go 5 times a week! Mon, 26 May 2014 06:52:05 EST streak day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702586 just turned down a bagel...yeah me. follwoing the spark vegitarian diet and feeling better lwith it. balance meals all day. Dog is adapting... roger took her to the vet and the new stronger medicine is working . had an ant issue with some of her food. <BR> have to keep an eye on what's left out . <BR> spent an hour in the gym yesterday and will do the same today after making lists of things needed to spend a summer outside. Sun, 25 May 2014 06:55:37 EST streak day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701975 dog is getting comfortable.... roger is happy ...and he gets out and goes walking. <BR> tried to fight the impulse to weigh myself....lost that battle, but won the weight loss at almost 3 lbs. <em>104</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 09:12:44 EST streak day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701237 feeling much better without meat, chicken, fish and just a little dairy. Turned down cheesecake! Welcomed Calli into the house...a 2 yr old lahaso apso that was rescued after being thrown from a car. We foster her for a month and then if all is well and good, she's ours. Crate trained, leash trained...so what's wrong with this dog? Roger is over the moon happy. <em>338</em> Fri, 23 May 2014 06:21:44 EST streak day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700557 <em>334</em> I'm sticking with it.... even got to the gym yesterday. Got home after 10 last night and had a late night snack, but coupled with the gym.... no big deal. tempted to weigh myself, but will hold off and do it only a week from the initial weigh in...which I think was monday. Thu, 22 May 2014 08:23:20 EST streak day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699688 late night tonight. Last night made most of lunch and dinner for today . pushing myself to get to the gym this morning. Wed, 21 May 2014 05:37:29 EST Streak day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698931 Wishing I could sleep one night ....through the night. Fighting back and working on one thing at a time. Moved some small items, took care of some of Mom's stuff...will need a day off to do all of it. <BR> have to print a list of special days for mom so she remembers them... and me as well. <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 05:50:47 EST Streak day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698124 Sometimes it just gets to the point where you say, "I"M DONE" Well, I'm there. I know all the things to do, but haven't done them. Today I start again. Trying to be aware of everything that sets me off. Going to do one thing at a time. (that's a novel concept). Will maximize spark and the veggie food plan, exercise....even if it means just taking a walk. The end result...will be a happier, fitter me. Mon, 19 May 2014 06:32:25 EST Starting fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697591 Stress is the issue.... food has been the substitue.... bad...all the way around. <BR> Going shopping today and will use the spark vegitarian selections for the week. <BR> so not happy with everything right now...too much to do. To much stress... have to find a way to be happy again. Sun, 18 May 2014 10:46:14 EST mother's day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692577 coming off the yachad shabbaton.... ate carefully..... slept some, and feel better with the more vegan based diet Sun, 11 May 2014 11:16:21 EST shouldn't have but did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690350 Shouldn't have stepped on the scale...but did anyway. Lost two lbs. Which should be expected...if you don't each junk and you control the portions... you will lose weight. <BR> the better note.... I feel better without the junk and without the heavy foods. <BR> <em>104</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 08:42:33 EST not too bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689500 other than being at work until 7:20.... breakfast was so filling yesterday that I didn't eat a morning fruit. Lunch was the same...was good until dinner. <BR> Dinner was less food and I was hungry (or so I think) and just ignored it because it was so late. <BR> Today I'm repeating the food from yesterday and will get home early (after a trip to riverdale) to go shop for everything else I need for tomorrow and part of friday. Wed, 7 May 2014 06:51:36 EST seriously, in all honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688643 I'm heading up to the heavy weight and now its got to stop. In the middle of reading Mark Bittman's VB6- Vegan before 6 p.m. Back to the structure of the day that appears to work for me.... up by 4:30.... make breakfast and lunch. Taking an orange and an apple for snacking. Today is homemade cold cereal. Lunch is a chickpea rattatouile and a salad. Will get to dinner when I get home...which will try to be around 5:30. If I can get a short walk in at lunch...good for me. Will stop at bbb o... Tue, 6 May 2014 06:26:18 EST may 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687787 TADA! 27 MILES.... for someone who just got on a bike 2 months ago....and has only traveled 5 miles.... this was a feat! The wind was bad so I had to walk the bike up the inclines of 4 bridges (didn't make it to the 5th)....but was a challenge! Mon, 5 May 2014 08:20:18 EST May 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684687 everythings a struggle..... have a 40 mile bike ride sunday, I'll be happy if I can get through half of it. Thu, 1 May 2014 08:48:49 EST April 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678506 Day 1 ( how many day one's can you have.... in my case, a lot). The scale has the telltale signs of passover. Too much matzoh, too much cake and cookies. Things I don't have in the house year round that just found themselves in my closet over the holiday. Today is day number one again...... tracking food, eating balanced and moving. While I've managed through this passover birthday, next year's a biggie. I was going to write, "can I"...and then realized, that won't do....so, I will (much... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:51:25 EST April 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669199 wilting.... can't wait for tomorrow. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:44:27 EST april 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668460 no "vacation"....just time not in the office! <BR> wishing you and George a happy Passover/Easter Wed, 9 Apr 2014 18:25:57 EST april 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665757 Rode my bicycle for the first time in 50 years! Have to start to ride consistently to get to the 40 mile td bank bike ride on May 4th. Rode 3 miles half into the wind. <BR> Dena, Maddy and I all got haircuts... D and I color too. <BR> 5 work days until a vacation..... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:27:58 EST