BTINCHER2001's SparkPeople Blog BTINCHER2001's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 4/2/2018 - 4/9/2018 Trying again... Well phooey. I am deleting my March blogs. I was sick all month, except for one week. I even missed Second Seder with my husband's family. I didn't want them to get this bug. So here we go again. May April be a better month. This month includes a trip to Maine to get my mother's house ready to go on the market, plus a wedding. I will need to be careful. The good news about Maine at this time of year, is that most of the tourist places with their deep fried fish dinners are CLOSED! Have... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 22:23:06 EST Starting Again - Week 9 Feb 26-Mar 4 This week brings the culmination of a personal goal, to perform in a theatrical production. Fifty years ago, I was an avid thespian in high school. As an overweight adult, I was too embarrassed to even consider putting myself up on stage for public evaluation. So Wednesday evening, I will be a townie, a beauty contestant, and the Keeper of Records in our annual Purimspiel play. This has been a fun experience, although I've discovered that my aging brain doesn't memorize lines as easily as it ... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:39:16 EST Starting Again Week 8, Feb 19-25 2018 Wahoo! I lost another pound. Down to 171.2 this week. In another ten lbs, I will be back to my weight just before the Italy hike in Oct 2016. Ten after that, and I will at my doctor's goal for me, of 151. That is where my BMI becomes "normal". Personally, I will be ecstatic with 161. So onward with another week of eating between 1100 and 1250 calories a day, plus getting in more than 10,000 steps a day through Jazzercise and walking/jogging. I can do this. I'm trying to reach 161 by my 68t... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:12:03 EST Starting Again - Week 7 Feb 12-18 Sigh. Stayed the same weight over the past week: 172.6. Let's see if I can make something budge. <BR> <BR> Date, Calories Eaten, Steps, Comments <BR> Feb 12 1229 11,300 Lunch at La Bou, walked to French class (2 mi). <BR> Feb 13 1179 9,727 Almost. <BR> Feb 14 1182 10,656 And we drove to San Mateo! <BR> Feb 15 1157 10,357 On target! <BR> Feb 16 1226 8,882 Didn't walk much while owl watching. <BR> Feb 17 1162 2,500 My day of rest <BR> Feb 18 1098 11,000 Not bad for a hectic day. A... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:02:33 EST Starting Again - Week 6 Feb 5 - 11 Well, I didn't lose weight last week. Wrong! Tuesday I registered a loss. Popcorn at the Superbowl party probably did it. Salt. Between slightly elevated calories and reduced activity levels, I should not be surprised. My body requires that I get at least 2.5 hrs of activity daily. Try again... <BR> Date Calories Steps Comments <BR> Feb 5 1169 12,056 On target! Walked to French class. 2 miles. <BR> Feb 6 1213 10,327 Not bad. Walked to CoffeeWorks 2.5 miles. <BR> Feb 7 1097 10,829 Great! Even ... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 01:45:44 EST Starting Again - Week 5 Jan 29-Feb 4 Well, for all of my complaining, I still lost weight. Weighed in at 173.2 this morning. Just .2 lbs away from 10 lb loss for the month of January. That is very gratifying. <BR> So onward! Full speed ahead. <BR> Date Calories Steps Comments <BR> Jan 29 1179 7,520 Good. <BR> Jan 30 1272 10,275 Yay! <BR> Jan 31 1239 10,048 Yay again! <BR> Feb 1 1226 16,350 My legs & feet hurt! <BR> Feb 2 1251 15,700 My feet are not happy. <BR> Feb 3 1332 2,000 Day of rest. <BR> Feb 4 750 4,000 Superbowl Tue, 30 Jan 2018 02:04:14 EST Starting Again Week 4 - Jan 22 - 28, 2018 This is the week of Jan 22-28. Starting weight this week: 175.6 <BR> Well phooey. I went up 1/2 lb. <BR> Date Overall rating Calories Steps Other comments <BR> Jan 22 Okay 1293 7,400 Raining all day, and a bran muffin adds calories! <BR> Jan 23 Okay 1342 10,150 <BR> Jan 24 Pretty good! 1145 7,600 Raining... <BR> Jan 25 Grrr 1190 4,557 Rain & hail <BR> Jan 26 Okay 1213 6,500 No excuse. <BR> Jan 27 Calories were w/in range. Not enough steps. <BR> Jan 28 Back on track! 1109 10,800 <... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:07:08 EST Starting Again Week 3 Jan 15-21, 2018 This is the week of Jan 15-21. Starting weight this week: 175 Yay! (Down 8 lbs since Jan 1 <em>30</em> ) <BR> Date Overall rating Calories Steps Other comments <BR> Jan 15 Okay 1208 8,400 Need warmer weather so that I can walk to class! <BR> Jan 16 Excellent 1163 10,097 <BR> Jan 17 Okay 1193 7,750 Rt hip injury. 😣 <BR> Jan 18 Wahoo! 1149 10,200 <BR> Jan 19 Three cheers! 1190 10,070 <BR> Jan 20 Oops. 1626 10,036 Misjudged lunch calories. <BR> Jan 21 Okay 947 3,775 Day of rest <BR> Low... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:18:56 EST Starting Again Week 2 Jan 8-14, 2018 This is the week of Jan 8-14. Starting weight this week: 177 (Incredible!) <BR> Date Overall Rating Calories Steps Other Comments <BR> Jan 8 Not great 1173 5,796 Rainy, travel day <BR> Jan 9 Okay 1131 8,426 Raining all day <BR> Jan 10 Good day!1209 10,500 <BR> Jan 11 Perfect! 1190 13,686 <BR> Jan 12 Near perfect! 1233 10,500 <BR> Jan 13 Whahoo! 1111 10,500 You go, girl! <BR> Jan 14 Okay 1139 4,600 - A day of rest, well deserved. <BR> <BR> Notes: I'm suspecting my weight on Jan ... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 20:13:47 EST Starting Again Week 1 Jan 1-7, 2018 I've gained about 20 lbs since I hiked in Italy. It's time to go back to basics and get myself to my prior weight (163) or lower. I'm going to track each week here. I don't think the general membership is interested in my daily achievements. I want to track them, to keep myself accountable. (I will post weekly to the Community Goal Feed,) <BR> <BR> This is the week of Jan 1 - 7. Starting weight: 183 <BR> Date Overall Rating Calories Steps Other Comments <BR> Jan 1 Perfection ... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 20:03:12 EST Extraordinary Measures Okay, so this month I went to war with my weight. Doing this during the holidays isn't the best idea in the world. With extra calorie burn, perhaps I can at least break even. <BR> What I did was to sign up for a month of Orange Theory (OT) Workout sessions. OT is a gym studio by appointment. One signs up for an hour along with up to 36 other attendees. Folks are on the treadmill, the rowing machines, or doing strength exercises with/without weights. Like a circuit class, one rotates through... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:13:11 EST Back to My Normal Routine After all the traveling to/from Maine, and a trip to Cuba, I am good and ready to stay home for a while. I'm back to my daily Jazzercise classes, and logging my food into my SparkPeople app. I'm also mostly back to my 10K+ steps a day. It feels good to be back to the old routine. My body is behaving as if it is in a new routine. I've gotten a bit out of shape over the last 6 months. I understand why, and I forgive myself. I had family matters to attend to, and I did a damn good job of t... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 21:11:22 EST Comfort food My last blog, three weeks ago, mentioned the voices in my head that call out for consolation via treats, usually in the afternoon. They are still here. At least I recognize them now, and I'm trying to deal with them. Iced coffee with milk does NOT have to be accompanied by an oatmeal cookie or an almond biscotti. I'm trying to be more aware of the amount of carbs I have left in my food budget for the day. That really helps me to say, "No!" to the voices. <BR> I'm also trying to be consiste... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 23:11:34 EST Food for Comfort Well, I put on 3 lbs during this most recent trip back to Mom's. This time was a bit different. First off, she died in hospice during the first week of my trip. My siblings were with me, so that their support was comforting. Then I was left on my own for the second week, dealing with probate issues, and starting to unload her house. Stress! Adrenaline rushes! Turning to comfort foods for, well, comfort. I tried to control my breakfast and lunch foods. But afternoon to evenings were fraught... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:20:15 EST Tigers, Lions & Bears! Oh my! Wow. I just read my last blog. I was oblivious to how my world would change. In late April, we discovered that we'd brought home bed bugs from the UK. They were mostly in my room, but also in Steve's and in several closets. Major cleaning, spraying, and eventually throwing out my bed. We got rid of them. <BR> That catastrophe was quickly followed by the need to go to Maine to take care of my mother. That 2 week trip became 3.5, as I had to find a nursing home for her. She can no longer... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:24:34 EST Going Down You know that elevator voice that speaks as the doors close, "Going down."? Well, that's the little voice in my head these days. I changed up my menu plan by reducing the calorie range by about 100 calories, and reducing the carb range significantly (60-150 carbs). It's working! I've dropped about 5 lbs in 15 days. I figure I'll reach my goal weight of 151 some time in June. It might happen sooner, but I'm not expecting the loss to keep going at this pace. <BR> The trick will be working... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:53:42 EST Looking Back I've been looking at my past blogs. I've had a good year. While I'm not a lot thinner, I am stronger and faster. In my book, that means I'm healthier too. Sure, I'd like to reach a "normal" BMI rating. But my heart is good, and I'm actually running now. I'm still doing Jazzercise and 10K steps daily. What's to complain about? I still measure my food, and track the calories. I'm slowly, very slowly, losing weight. That's okay with me. <BR> I'm running (slowly, 14 min mile) and working ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:21:53 EST UK Vacation <img src=""> <BR> We are starting our second week in the UK. Finding fresh veggies is not easy here. My carb intake is up, and veggies/ fruit way below normal. The good news is that my steps are WAY up, with an all time high of 19,035 steps in 1 day in London. The temperatures are quite cold too. So I hope I am burning off these extra calories. If you want to check up on my activities, go to www.tincheruk.blogspot... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:17:19 EST Set-point Theory I've read couple of articles recently, referring to one's body's "set point". It's a weight that the body likes and is reluctant to give up. I think I've hit it. Since October 1 (just after the Italy trip), I've weighed between 164 and 169 consistently. I am trying to reach my goal of weight of 151. I've been eating my previously effective 1350 calories a day, and putting in about 80 minutes of Jazzercise and brisk walking. Yet the scale is refusing to budge. This is very frustrating. B... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:39:26 EST Working on the Home Stretch 15 lbs to goal weight of 151. So far, nothing is changing. This week, I've decided up the ante in the physical activity category. Going to the Jazzercise classes of the instructors who push me. While I still can't hop, I can get up on my tippy toes. Plus I am adding in walking again. I was surprised to find that my pace had slowed significantly. I need to get back to my pre-Italy conditioning. I'm trying to identify some new interim goals as I work toward my weight goal. The first weight goal... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 21:37:18 EST Coming back Well, I'm up 5 lbs. But my clothes fit, and I'm back on the exercise track. Plus I'm tracking my food and staying I range. 15 lbs to goal. I won't make it by the holidays, but maybe by Feb 1? Hubby is talking about a vacation get away for the two of us. There have been too many family panics lately. We need some quiet time to ourselves. I like that idea. Have any of you traveled in Belize without a vacation package? How easy is it to get around on your own? I'd like hear more about your expe... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 22:54:40 EST Back to Reality <img src=""> <BR> I'm back in Sacramento. Physically anyway. My body clock is totally messed up, along with the eating schedule. As I suspected, I put on 5 lbs while in Italy. I can get that off pretty quickly, I hope. Looking to reach goal by the holidays. Step tracker is back on my wrist. I'm tracking my food intake. Gotta get right back in the groove. New mini goals: A. Strengthen my legs to handle stairs. ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 13:45:06 EST First "tour" completed <img src=""> <BR> I completed two of four hiking events. LOTS of rain this week. The next nine days will have lots of walks. I'm looking forward to it. Tomorrow, I will take a train to Montepulciano and hike from there. The countryside is beautiful. Siena is such an amazing city. Artwork everywhere! The Duomo is beyond belief. Pinch me, is this real? (The photo is of a reflection I caught. I really am here!) Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:19:43 EST Day 7 - Greve in Chianti <img src=""> After yesterday's rain soaked day, I was discouraged. Today was absolutely magical. The day started with a sudden rain shower just after I woke up. I looked out my window to discover a rainbow! Good omen! The Tuscany countryside is absolutely beautiful. THIS is why I made such an effort to get here, and be in shape to go out and hike. Seeing the towns, smelling the rain, hearing the birds, tasting the ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:34:38 EST Florence, Day 4 <img src=""> Took the bus up to Fiesole (fee-YAY-soh-lay) to see the Roman ruins of an amphitheater, heated baths, and a temple. Go to my blog for photos. I treated myself to a nice dinner and even dressed up. The highlight was the dessert: Vinsanto and cookies. This is a sweet dessert wine. The custom is to dunk the cookies in the wine. <img src=" Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:26:17 EST Florence, Day 3 If I can get the breakfast buffet under control, then I will have a net loss after this trip. Lunch and dinner are doing great. But the breakfast offerings are over the top. It doesn't help that their pantry is not stocked with low fat or fat free dairy products! Starting in the morning, no more eggs. Yogurt fruit and granola just like at home! But I do wish they had bran muffins. Sigh. More photos on my main blog. Weather changes are coming through. Rain followed by a drop of 20 degrees. I a... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:01:20 EST Florence, Day 2 Lots and lots of walking today. Mostly because of a misunderstanding with Google maps, I could not find my way back to the Arno River. So I ended up missing lunch. (Italy closes shop after lunch for a couple of hours, like other Latin countries.) I had an apple in my purse and a Kind granola bar in my napsack to hold me over. Dinner is late here. So I was good and ready for FOOD! I started with a liter of still water, followed by a glass of Chianti with a seasonal mixed salad. The server gave... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:50:34 EST Florence, Day 1 I landed in Florence about 3:30 PM, and in my hotel unpacking by 4:30. I'm about a mile away from the city center, up on a hill of course. My first task was to find a safe walking route to the city. I figure I walked about 7 miles last night exploring the south side of the Arno River. San Riccolo district was particularly pleasant. I am not traking my food, or my steps. I will be doing a lot of walking during this trip. I plan to eat smart, but enjoy the bounty that is here. For more details ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:37:19 EST Tuscany Blog Info I have set up a blog specifically for the Tuscany trip. You can read it at <BR> I hope to update it regularly, when I have WiFi access. I will leave Sacramento on Sept 11, and return on the 30th. <BR> The blog format will be a series of blocks with a date. Click on the block to see all the text and photos for that date. <BR> At this point, I have 12 lbs to go to goal. I do not expect to reach 151 until sometime in October. But I sure hope the hiking in Tuscany w... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:24:48 EST 14 lbs to goal! My doc is already talking to me about maintenance. He is thrilled with my progress. What I'm finding interesting is my new internal voices. What are going to be your next goals? What is my body image now? Gee, I feel like a normal human being! No feeling of inferiority. No embarrassment about my size. Being treated with respect. Having fun putting together outfits and accessories. This is all a new mindset for me. I went to Kohl's tonight to check out athletic gear, specifically skorts which... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:39:22 EST Getting in Shape for Tuscany I have 20 more lbs to lose to reach goal. That may not be until next year, given the slow rate at which the lbs drop now. But, that doesn't prevent me from getting myself in shape for hiking up and down the trails among the hilltop towns in Tuscany this September. Today, three of us (women, ages 66-75) hiked from the bottom of a river canyon to a town four miles away, and 963 feet above us! I not only lived to tell about it, but I actually feel fine. I think I'm going to be okay over ther... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:19:57 EST Metabolism Continued Part 3 After two weeks of calories between 1300 and 1400, I have gone down to 174 lbs! This is a major break through. I'm continuing at this level, to let my body get used to it. Now that the 10K race is over, I need to continue my walking and exercise. <BR> My focus now, it to get myself ready for hiking in the hills of Tuscany in September. I worked with a trainer a week ago, and learned that I my upper leg muscles are weak. It took 5 days to be able to sit down without pain! <BR> A friend an... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:04:26 EST Metabolism Continued Part 2 Well, I averaged 1250 calories a day for two weeks with 2-3 hours of activity a day. I weighed 178.2 at the end of the two weeks. Virtually no change. So I am upping the calories to 1350 average. This Sunday is my big 10K walk/run. I've been training for this, and I'm ready. We are starting the race early to beat the heat. I've promised myself a piece of raspberry peach pie with my coffee, after the race. Grin. So okay, I'll have a salad for supper. The good news is that my belly fat is shri... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:12:34 EST Metabolism Continued Well, the great experiment was interrupted by a trip to Maine to visit my 92 yo mother. She is doing well. While I had a great time, my calories bounced from 1100 to 1750. Since I was walking 3-5 miles a day, I didn't gain weight. But I can't say I gave the experiment a good try. <BR> So we are doing it again. <BR> This time I am focusing on 1250 calories a day. So far, I've lost 1 lb. I have 9 more days to continue this round. The counselor suggested that she may ask me to focus on ... Sat, 21 May 2016 17:13:45 EST Metabolism Revisited It has been almost a year since I had my metabolism measured. Since my weight loss rate has slowed way down, I went in today to check what my resting energy expenditure level is. Now it's at 1426, which for me is about 7.9 calories per lb of body weight. (And that isn't much different from last year's measurement.) <BR> The specialist and I talked about my existing calorie consumption and my exercise levels. She suspects that I'm eating too few calories. We are going to try an experimen... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:25:02 EST Celebrating Birthdays in Healthy Style One thing our society loves to do is celebrate with food! Birthdays are happy events, and immediately are associated with food like birthday cake, going out for a meal, a celebratory drink, etc. Having just passed my annual milestone, I started to think about ways I could avoid food related celebrations now and in the future. <BR> For this year, I asked to put off the celebratory luncheons so that I was doing only one a week. So far, I have managed to keep the dining out "legal". For next ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 00:11:54 EST Gum Surgery and Staying "On Target" I recently had gum surgery with bone implants on both sides of my upper chompers. While the tissues heal, I have been ordered to not chew using the affected areas. Chewing with one's front teeth is not real effective! So I have become fairly creative in my meal plans. I am trying to have some balance in my carbs, proteins, fruits and vegetables and stay on target for 1200 +/- calories a day. Here are the foods I have used to date: <BR> Yogurt, banana, peanut butter smoothie <BR> Skim mil... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:48:36 EST Do I have it? Heck, yeah! I just finished watching Diana Nyad's Ted Talk, <link><BR>st=the_12_most_inspiring_quotes_from_d<BR>iana_nyad </link> . The clip cuts off with her asking, "Do I have it?" Do I have it within myself to see this challenge through to the end? For me, the answer is "Dang, yes!" I've been working at getting down to a Normal BMI for 18 months. I'm currently on a plateau, but I REFUSE to give up. I'm adding new exercise routines to my activities, and watc... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:38:50 EST Walking - kicking it up a notch Part 2 Well, who would have guessed that my determination to walk further and faster would lead to my desire to take a walking vacation in the Tuscany region of Italy! I paid the deposit on two trips, back to back, next September. That gives me 10 months to build up my stamina, and my strength. My home town is flat. I need to find some hilly areas because the towns in Tuscany are built on hilltops! I'll need to walk up and down them - usually about 400 meters ascent. These towns are about 17 k... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:09:35 EST Thanksgiving Avoidance For the first time in at least 10 years, we are not doing Thanksgiving at our house this year. We have hosted for my sister's children and their kids, and really enjoyed watching the grand kids grow up, and the millenials find their way in life. This year the siblings are not speaking to each other, and one family is going through divorce. I decided that I don't want to have a house full of anxiety, anger, and dysfunctional behavior. I've called off the traditional turkey day. Instead, m... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 23:27:01 EST Central Asia and Eating "to Plan" Steve and I have just returned from an amazing 3-week trip to Central Asia. We visited the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. The food there was surprisingly good. While the natives are not really into vegetables, our tour company and our guides understood that vegetables are important to their guests. Our guides would order 3-4 salads, and we'd share them family style. Salads were typically a cold beet dish (often teamed with corn kernals), eg... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:19:30 EST Vacation and "Dieting" My husband and I are going to tour the Silk Road, starting Sept 29th. We'll be gone for 3 weeks. My challenge will be to eat healthy and get exercise while on this extended trip. My research tells me that vegetables and fruit will be available in "the Stans". Probably a lot of rice and lentils as well, and regional breads. I'm going to have to be careful with the carbs. <BR> I'm packing only my current size so there is no room to go off the deep end, unless I buy a new wardrobe there. N... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:22:29 EST Walking - kicking it up a notch I've been walking since I received my Spark gizmo. I added a walking class this summer. I'm now up to 3+ miles of walking almost daily. It has made a huge difference in the speed at which I'm losing weight. I will certainly cross the 200 lb mark in August! I'm not walking quickly. 3.3 mph seems to be my maximum at this time. But it does burn calories, and I'm enjoying it. This class has taken us out on different trails in Sacramento Valley. Hills are out there to be conquered. <BR> Ka... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:35:13 EST Metabolism - A follow-up to my 4/25/15 blog As promised, I am following up on my comments of 4/25. I took a Metabolic Rate test at Kaiser today (Ree/Vue Indirect Calorimeter). My metabolism is FINE! I learned that my resting energy expenditure is 1613 calories per day. For me, maintaining means eating 1613-2096 calories per day. If I want to lose weight, I have to eat 1291-1613 calories. **This is significantly less than SP was recommending for me.** So I'm changed my caloric goals in my SP program. I've also told it to NOT adj... Wed, 20 May 2015 20:47:47 EST Plateau??? It sure is frustrating when the weight refuses to come off! My scale readings have been bouncing between 217 and 220 for 6 weeks. I am exercising more, and purposely not eating all my allotted calories. It isn't helping. <BR> I've made an appointment at Kaiser to have my metabolism measured. That way I'll have my own caloric baseline from which to plan. Their education department will help me with this. I hope it works! I'll follow up on this blog after the May 20th appointment. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:29:37 EST You know you're getting smaller when... Well, I'm slowly moving off the 220 lb plateau. In the mean time, my body is shrinking. I'm having fun noticing the things that are changing. <BR> 1. People are regularly making comments about my slimmer appearance. Talk about positive reinforcement! I love the compliments. <BR> 2. My skin is starting to sag and jiggle. I figure in time, that might go away. At least I hope so. I'll cross that bridge when I get to goal in another year. <BR> 3. I'm now wearing XL sized clothing. Thri... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:15:14 EST Still going strong! I realized today that I overlooked my anniversary of quitting my job, and becoming "retired". That happened on the 21st. This week was another milestone, of receiving my Medicare card. So here I am approaching my 65th birthday, and I'm more active than I have ever been since college! I'm walking, going to Jazzercise classes, getting outside to garden or going birding. I love this new found freedom, and the fact that my body seems to be liking this. Amazing. <BR> The weight is coming off... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:26:17 EST Body Massage I was mulling an interesting thought yesterday afternoon, as I gazed at a billboard of a gorgeous young woman with defined collar bones and blond hair swept into a french twist, wrapped in a luxurious towel, and someone's hands giving her massage. I wonder how the masseuse feels about customers who aren't so shapely and thin. Do heavy folks get turned away? Is there a weight limit for the massage table? <BR> Obviously, I'm not experienced with this level of luxury. I could be, but honestl... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:52:49 EST Looking back at 2014 2014 was the year I decided to focus on ME. I improved my life by quitting a very stressful job, and replaced that activity with bird watching and nurturing a garden. In July, with my doctor's prodding, I started working on my weight. Kaiser's tracking tools are terrible. I returned to SparkPeople and have focused my efforts there. (I'd read the SparkPeople book a couple of years ago. Now I have the time to use its tools.) <BR> In 2015, and probably for the rest of my life, I'll need to ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:44:30 EST Size 22 Pants I was size 26 when I started this journey last July. I had a pair of size 22's in back of my closet, reminding me of my goal. I noticed my 24's were baggy, and thought, "What the heck? Let's try on the 22." OMG! It fits perfectly! Then I went out to the garage to find my box of smaller pants, I'd stored away. It wasn't a fluke! They all fit except one, that was a miss-labeled item because I couldn't pull them up past my knees! Ha, ha! <BR> From there, I started dragging out more smalle... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 15:43:44 EST