BYEPOUNDS's SparkPeople Blog BYEPOUNDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 1/2 of a break Well went to my first yoga class and skipped the second to do some errands. Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:32:02 EST Not much going on I went to my trx suspension class this am and then came home. I listened to the radio. During the night my cat woke me up so I did a bit of cleaning and vacuumed the master bedroom floor. I came to the library a few minutes ago and then will later watch some kids. <BR> <BR> Sort of unmotivated today. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:19:15 EST found a different type of swim class--finning Well, a couple of weeks ago, I was waiting by the swimming pool for my exercise class to begin in another part of the building when I noticed some ladies in the deep end of the pool with an instructor along the side. Being curious, I got the schedule and saw that it was a finning class. The members of the class all had fins on their feet. Ok, looked interesting so I went to talk to the instructor and found out that the class meets three times a week, no extra charge and I would be welcome t... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:35:38 EST March 9, 2016 Went to yoga this am, the instructor was in a bad relationship and moved away from the fellow, and this year she was also attending yoga classes to gain certification. I admire that she was able to keep it all together. <BR> <BR> I like her class because they are small and she always takes the time to help me improve my glutes placement in the down dog and fine tunes my other poses as well. <BR> <BR> There are a couple of people who have approached me to walk with them outside. And I'm... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:13:23 EST driving around, my yoga instructors are having some life problems Well, this am, I did the hit the snooze button and skipped that one. Then later I ate breakfast and then did a bank errand and went to the 9am yoga class. The instructor wasn't there. She's been planning to move and I was told that things fell together for her, like someone with a truck was able to help her get her things from point a, old home, to point b, new home. <BR> <BR> I still don't feel comfortable joining another member and experimenting doing yoga. Hmmm....I need to overcome this... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 10:33:30 EST Grocery day today, snow day tomorrow Well, I'm low on groceries so will get them today, and then do my laundry tomorrow cause there is a big snow and wind happening tomorrow, or so our weather men say, and today it is already starting in Chicago. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to two yoga classes and two in-trinity classes. This morning when the alarm went off at 5 am, and I got up and looked seriously at the clock I asked myself why be so hoggish? So, I said, no need. I purposely turned off the clock and went back to bed until... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:27:43 EST Back pain and yoga About a year ago, I went to a gentle yoga class and the instructor had us use a ring to pull/push our legs straight while we were on our back and then one of the legs folded over the knee of the other. Well, after that, say the next day, I started getting back pain and I went to my bed, and it hurt for a week. <BR> <BR> I did some research on-line and at the library about what to do, and I found a book that showed different ailments and what yoga poses would help. The message that book to... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:14:25 EST Sunshine So that means clean the car. <BR> <BR> Am working on not hitting the snooze button, today I did that and didn't go to the Sunrise yoga, lol, will I ever do it differently? <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:24:23 EST Fiber challenge quote "Today, your challenge is to reach for a smart pre-workout snack about 90 minutes before starting your workout. " says Sparks. This was in the Fiber challenge. <BR> <BR> Well, here is something to work for, eating 90 minutes before exercising. And I will work on that. <BR> <BR> Been a clutterer for a long time and as I have worked on changing, I have had to focus on one task only, like doing the laundry and nothing else for that time. Now, I'm noticing that I can overlap some of my task... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:12:08 EST Procrastination Day dealing with lost library books Well this is the month to deal with the parking ticket and now the library books. Been good for a long time in this area, but then opps, where did I put them? Uch! <BR> <BR> Weather ok, after I get the library books, then it's time to deal with the backlog of laundry, if I can get ahead of it just a bit, I won't stay home from yoga tonight. <BR> <BR> I like the Biggest Loser show, and even though I don't like the amount of commercial time, and last evening the show put a to be continued on... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:19:55 EST Rough Draft for Secrets of Success Thursday, February 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> Second Rough Draft: <BR> <BR> There are three reasons why the Spark Points Page helps me with my Weight Loss Journey. <BR> <BR> First the Spark Points Page is consistently on-line as my weight loss needs change over time. <BR> <BR> Then the Spark Points Page has changing items available for me to choose depending on what my interests are. <BR> <BR> Finally, the Spark points page has a goal in mind for me as I travel through the baby-steps. <BR> <B... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:17:50 EST Increasing my exercise classes In January I took a hibernation or vacation from exercising, and then the calendar changed to February and I was ready to start resuming. I'm doing some voluntary child care and the schools have been off more this month for holidays, teacher in-services, and school cancellation. I keep a list of places where I can go, to exercise about an hour a day. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm increasing my stamina in another way. Some of the classes run back to back and at first I did not have the energy to do ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:53:55 EST opps, couldn't add a new class this week I keep Tues am for the procrastination items that need to be done, and my goal is to do what needs to be done for the rest of the week at another time so I can do some movement <BR> <BR> Well, I got a parking ticket at a meter and I'm usually good at finding a free spot, but it didn't happen on Jan 27...the cost 45.00, ouch. <BR> <BR> Only in our city there is only a short time like days before the penalty starts tacking on quickly. And I needed to get it paid before the charge went to 90.... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:44:35 EST today back to pilates classic The instructor helped me with the upper abdomen curl and I wasn't doing it right. I'll need more practice, and am glad for the help. Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:17:43 EST Returning to swimming The original Y that I was a member of has had some adventurous times, and for the past few years there as been a conflict between the members and establishment over whether this y was going to stay open. This was the last urban y in the surrounding neighborhoods and once the members buckled down and got the churches backing them, the y backed down and said, ok, we will stay open, but some members doubted that it would happen. <BR> <BR> The heart of the y was it's swimming pool, and after th... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:35:02 EST I found several gift cards while decluttering Somehow, I overlooked that past few gift cards which I had put in a safe place. The benefits of decluttering, was finding several gift cards to a restaurant. So, I've been using them and even though one is a several years old, the restaurant still accepted them. <BR> <BR> This restaurant is several decades old and it looked like a down home farm family table with red checkered table clothes back in the '70's. Now, it is streamlined for efficiency. I like the beef vegetable soup. I can't ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:54:42 EST In-trinity yoga board <BR> <BR> These yogi are a bit more advanced than our class is, but this is something that may grow. <BR> <BR> I still like the old version of yoga and don't think it will go away, yet, this is a new and fun way to stretch. <BR> <BR> Best to you <BR> <BR> I need to add that there is a difference between the models in this film and the looks of the gym members in my class. We are slower, and not as pretty, for sure. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:06:37 EST In-trinity--a yoga like class I went on Tuesday for 45 minutes and I had some sore muscles. It was a bit overwhelming to have the board at a 45 degree angle. But it was fun, non-the less. <BR> <BR> I'm going to the same class this evening. I'm looking forward to it. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:23:48 EST Sculpting ab class with a bench, weights and a matt This is a fun class and I went to it today after I missed the yoga time....oh well sadness for not doing yoga, but happy because I felt comfortable attending the class. <BR> <BR> This is the second time that I went to the class, and the first time that I used the weights. They look like powerful weights, then I saw where it showed how heavy the weights were....2.5 lbs, ok, I could do those, and did for most of the class. She had us stand on the bench among other things and I had to lift my ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 14:30:08 EST 2016 To Do List, Piyo, Pilates Hi, <BR> <BR> I started reading about home organization books when there was very few of them about. The one that I remember the most was written by two sisters named Pam and Peggy who used three by five cards. I could never use the cards, just too much to organize, but when Fly lady came along, I joined that website and I took the 30 day challenges and organized them into a list in a converted teacher grade book, and that is what I've used. I have been in and out of several home organizat... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 13:40:50 EST A free spirited yogi LOL, well, I must be a free spirited yogi because today's instructor called to me from where my mind was and she told me I should be looking at her, and then she pointed to her upper rib cage. Ok, I gave her a great smile and followed her instructions and took my eyes off her cheat sheet which was in small upside down print in front of her on the floor a few feet away from my feet. We had been doing several repetitions of the Warrior poses I and II and the triangle. <BR> <BR> I have a mi... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:35:15 EST Best to you as the calendar changes to 2016. I've maintained my weight this December and I'm happy about that. <BR> <BR> One of my secrets of success have been a 10 year old and a 5 year old who I've watched. They offer me cookies and I take it and eat a bite and then put it down and they grab it and it's poor manners, I suppose but then the cookie disappears out of my sight. Soon their mama will let them know that they shouldn't eat after others, but for now, it's a great strategy for now. LOL! <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:35:56 EST Infinity yoga board, classes at the Y two of the nearby ymca's are going to start classes using surfboard looking boards which are raised at one end. <BR> <BR> I looked on the internet and there are pictures of some verson which look like an orthopedic piece of equipment that might be in a physical therapy setting. <BR> <BR> The board which will be used is a bit more streamlined, and the class will be limited to nine people. There will not be an extra charge, but the members will need to reserve a spot. <BR> <BR> I'll try it ... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 12:53:44 EST Happy Holidays at yoga means the regular instructors leave the States for other countries, and welco Happy Holidays at yoga means the regular instructors leave the States for other countries, and welcome to the substitutes. <BR> <BR> For a while I was unnerved because of the change of instructors, and now, I'm beginning to look at it as a challenge, and what can I learn from the new person. I might add that one of the full time people decided to move to Italy and it was a loss, a big loss, because I had gotten so use to her caring way of how she taught. I wasn't at this facility as long a... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 16:31:58 EST I expected to feel bad today, but don't My system isn't regular, and for the past two weeks, my yoga class is the time that my system wants to well, you know. <BR> <BR> I have a friend who worry's about things and when I shuffle out of class she gets all excited when I don't return in a good amount of time...I'm accepting of my situation although I continue to work to find things that work. My doctor says Metamucile, water, and softeners. I tried that and it wasn't fun. So with the fiber challenge, I've tried veggies and other... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:27:13 EST Fiber challenge and a new exercise class I've been taking the fiber challenge only slower that an article a day that Sparks recommends. <BR> <BR> Concerning the fiber challenge, I don't know if it's soluble or insoluble fiber--one is raw veggies and the other is bran muffins. I still have to look it up to speak correctly of it. Anyway, I've been increasing my fruit and veggies (raw) one veggie or fruit at a time, and doing pretty good with it. I am able to eat more raw veggies as I keep reading the challenge. I'll keep doing i... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 14:48:30 EST Yoga and Christmas music The instructor played Christmas carols during yoga, softly, and slowly, really nice. <BR> <BR> I went to a Classic Palates class on Monday, there was a 7mo pregnant young woman who wanted to join in class, and the instructor kept steering her away from class past the introduction 15 minutes until she got her doctor's approval. The instructor said when the participant got her doctor's approval, then the instructor would give instructions for modifications. She said it was because we would be... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 12:59:06 EST happy Thanksgiving, 2015 <em>429</em> I went out of town with relatives to see other relatives, a good visit <BR> <BR> Hope your Thanksgiving was fruitful and extra to you! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:07:59 EST Sharing Celery is soluble fiber: an article on it:<BR>ber-celery-7118.html <BR> <BR> Little kids are at the library today. I'm having to share, so, this is information I want to read further. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:34:05 EST Sunday's Yoga On Sunday am there is a brewery in a converted warehouse that throughout the week and later in the day serves what they make. It's a huge room with the largest fan in the world and that's where I was last Sunday morning. There are different instructors and the group of yogi participants is a flexible young looking and acting crowd who can bend in all directions. The instructors are good. But with the loud music and with a different beat and the instructors soft voice, I could not hear her.... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:53:02 EST Celery Ok, the last blog entry, I wrote about celery and it's nutritional information. Then I went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of celery. <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to eat more at home, eat more fresh fruits and veggies, and I've been finding that a Cooking for One Cookbook really has helped me. I have been fixing some things and freezing them, only part of dishes, like the chicken or the hamburger, so that I can take the protein out of the freezer already cooked and add it to other... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:16:25 EST A days worth of fiber in celery Nutrition Facts from Sparkpeople web site <BR> <BR> Celery, raw <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long) <BR> <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories 20.5 <BR> Total Fat 0.2 g <BR> Saturated Fat 0.0 g <BR> Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g <BR> Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g <BR> Cholesterol 0.0 mg <BR> Sodium 111.4 mg <BR> Potassium 367.4 mg <BR> Total Carbohydrate 4.7 g <BR> Dietary Fiber 2.2 g <BR> Sugars 0.0 g <BR> Protein 1.0 g <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> Ok, I've joined the fiber 30 day chal... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:15:50 EST Thinking of you Thinking of you and wondering how things are going for you. What is going well in your life? Best to you! Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:34:25 EST A baby step forward Well, I did get back in the saddle and started going to my exercise classes again. Yeah, for me, and for your support of me. <BR> <BR> Then I saw where I had some progress. Sitting cross legged, I've always been tight and my knees sometimes appear to be close to my chin. Then finally, yesterday, I was looking in the mirror during class when we were sitting cross legged on the floor, and I was lop-sided. One of my knees was about three inches lower than the other and at first I couldn't f... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:59:38 EST Took a break on Tuesday--all day, and Wednesday AM. I didn't go to exercise on Wednesday and then neither on Wednesday morning. I used the time on Wednesday to restock supplies for the month. On Tuesday, I felt sluggish after the carbs and being outside. The skipping on Tuesday was a mistake. When I feel like that I need to overcome it and go to the exercise class anyway, at least try it. Chances are, it would have felt good to stretch. Thu, 5 Nov 2015 14:27:03 EST Went to the zoo yesterday On election day in our state most of the schools close as the buildings are used as voting precincts. <BR> <BR> So, off to the zoo I went with a five year old. She got to choose where we went--merry go round, train ride (we didn't get the back seat facing outward and I didn't think to ask her if she would like to wait a ride to see if we could get in the front of the line. <BR> <BR> The weather was great and we had fun. <BR> <BR> I didn't plan my food well enough as I didn't know wh... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 12:31:42 EST Halloween 2015 I grew up in a rural area in a tiny village and the general rule was that you only went trick or treating to people that you knew and they spent a long time trying to guess who you were and it was a real catch up with the non-relatives reunion. If your parent grew up in the area, these people would also give you insights to some things that your parent did when he/she was a kid. Couldn't say anything to your parent, but could at least know the rest of the story as your parent was scolding yo... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 11:11:53 EST Yes, I tried the chicken recipe It was a big help to use a chicken recipe for chicken breasts, dipping them into egg, milk, bread crumbs and parmesean cheese. I froze all of the chicken and today, will have the chicken it looks and smells delicious. Thanks to IMUSTLOSEIT1 for giving me the idea. Best to you! Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:14:45 EST Supper and tv When I got home last late afternoon, I cooked some rice. I only needed 1/2 cup, and cooked more and strained it. Then I watched Judge Judy on tv. Then I got the last of my refrigerated basic hamburger mixture that was getting a little air burn in the refrig, and mixed it with 1/2 cup of rice, and 1/2 can of green beans. Then I watched the news or some parts of it until it became a zombie show from what some of the area parents, a very minute few, I'm sure, are doing to their kids. So then... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 11:50:19 EST Breakfast at home, coffee at the diner Ok, breakfast at home with scrambled egg with mushrooms and strawberries on the side. Eggs fried in olive oil and a glass of milk. I could have had a grain or something startchy--I think I would have liked beans if I had some in my kitchen. I stacked the dishes in the sink. I also pulled the hamburger mixture out of the refrig and froze one portion of it. I thought I had some old containers, but they look pretty tired, so I might need to get another pkg of them. <BR> <BR> Then I went t... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:36:56 EST Cookbook for one Well, the cookbook from 1987 from Better Homes and Gardens is helping me with organizing my kitchen, especially the refrigerator and freezer with my food portions. I've heard others who say they cook and then freeze left overs for additional meals and I have done the same in the past with some success. But after a day or two of trying to think of other ways to fix left over chicken, I just wasn't good with the consistency of thinking of additional things to make and having the ingredients i... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:42:27 EST Annoying thing, grocery shopping and meal prep, to stay away from eating one meal out. Missing clothing--ok, not sure where my following t-shirts are: green, blue, wheat white. Not in the trunk of the car, not with my laundry, not in the t-shirt drawer. Hmm.....really get annoyed when this happens. Better days are ahead, for sure, lol. <BR> <BR> Well, I did grocery shopping yesterday and it took me an hour and a half to get things. Breakfast: eggs and smoothies, Lunch: basic hamburger mixture with onion, garlic, and Worchester sauce and veggies. <BR> <BR> Been working on... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 14:14:57 EST Cooking for one Ok, <BR> found this book by Better Homes and Garden and the pictures are great. I want some pretty meals and some help fixing meals at home. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:41:29 EST Time to set the alarm clock I'm sleeping in longer and longer and then missing my first exercise class. So, this am the alarm clock went off at 7 am. Mentally though I still think that I have more time so I went back to bed. That's ok, because....well, the next morning or the one after that, I'll get the idea and get up. <BR> <BR> I bought a Swiffer and it has become my toy of the week, It's getting into the corners. <BR> <BR> Last evening I changed my plans and didn't do two sessions of exercise class because I... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 11:52:03 EST Happy Thursday Exercising better this week, I slowed down this summer and then when I had the time the excitement of exercising that I had last school year went away. So it was a new feeling to go to exercise when I was not necessarily motivated. I was ok when I was there but getting there was a real chore. <BR> <BR> I am having to adopt a no excuse policy. <BR> <BR> Well, my weight is at 139 today and I don't want to go into the 140's so will need to count the carbs and calories closer. <BR> <BR... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:08:58 EST I cleaned off my table and now it takes longer to leave in the morning, ha ha Ok, my plan to keep the dining room table clean, it was easier before. <BR> <BR> I could get up, grab things and run for the door. <BR> <BR> Now, I use the table top to measure my glucose, and I put it away. Before I carried it in my purse. <BR> <BR> such a small thing, I'm better now at writing my results on a notebook with graph paper, but annoyed that I have to allow extra time, oh well. <BR> <BR> Progress, I guess. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:05:42 EST Wait 15 minutes before you eat more This happened to me today, noticeably for the first time--- <em>4</em> <BR> A friend of mine invited me to share some of the homemade chicken noodle soup she made and I accepted. <BR> <BR> It was really good and we ate what she made and afterwards I was still hungry, really badly, and I was unsure what to do. (a friend, not a close friend where I felt that I could say, hey this is good, but I'm still hungry) So we sat and chatted and drank the ice water, ...a good treat in itself. <BR>... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:43:19 EST Yoga and toxins Over the past year of doing yoga, I have found that my digestive system cycles about and releases toxins. Sometimes I'm ok, and sometimes I gurgle, for lack of a better term. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I can go away and sometimes the quality of my life is not that great and I need to stay home. But after each cycle, my stomach is flatter for a while. I don't know if this is a permanent situation or after a while my tummy will get the toxins released. and I will do less overall gurgling. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:39:46 EST made it to yoga class only five minutes late and then walked I thought I would be later, but decided that no excuses, I needed to get there asap. I did--five minutes late. The instructor was demonstrating how to do some deep breathing with nostrils--one side at a time, nice. Afterwards, I went to the fitness trail outside and walked the loop in the forest for one round which took me 45 minutes, no speed here. This week I read, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, about the 1996 walking that he and another did on the Appalachians Trail So this forest t... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 12:36:03 EST overslept I'm going to have to set my alarm clock. Have not been doing so, but this am, I wanted to go to an 8:30 am exercise class, and woke up at that time. by the time I got my things done, I would have crowded the time for the 9:30 class, so I went to the library instead. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:12:09 EST