CANDYCANE2B's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CANDYCANE2B CANDYCANE2B'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/ Getting my health back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767728 Lots have happened since I broke my ankle. It has totally healed even though the Dr said I wouldn't get all movement back! I love our PT team, they're awesome people! <BR> <BR> Last year I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, meaning my numbers were too high for a non-diabetic and too low to be diagnosed with diabetes. But I bought a meter and began testing myself. Then when I broke my anke in Feb, I put myself on the Atkins Diet. Wow, has that made a difference. I have lost 57 lbs since... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:29:58 EST I broke my ankle today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624987 Yes, I'll be out of commission for a while. I was bringing in the groceries at noon today and slipped on ice and snow on the stairs, yeah, that was painful, lol. I broke my fibia on the left side of my ankle on my left leg. At the hospital they put soft/hard splint on my leg/ankle. On Mondy I need to make an appt to see an orthopedic surgeon. <BR> <BR> Well that means no walking or cardio and only upper body exercises!!! **Sigh** <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:59:19 EST A-Z Questionnaire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620593 A is for Age: 57 <BR> B is for Booze: No, I don't drink <BR> C is for Car: Toyota Camri <BR> D is for Dad: lives down south <BR> E is for Ego: I really dont have much of one <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: I like a lot of music, don't really have a favorite <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: Listening to an Audio Book or Reading <BR> H is for Hometown: Richland <BR> I is for IQ: Average <BR> J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Apple Butter...over a hot buttered bisquit <BR> K is for Kid... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:13:37 EST Goals: Reflection & Going Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619117 This is my blog about how I did in January and what my plans/goals are for February. <BR> <BR> January was simply put, a complete failure. I'm not down on myself, just being factual. To quote an old nursery rhyme, "He ate and he ate and he ate some more. He ate 6 cows and 20 sheep and chickens by the score.." I have just been in a diet funk, so to speak. Not only did I gain weight, instead of losing, my fitness fell to pieces and I didn't drink much water and didn't do too good on my freg... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 01:32:08 EST My Christmas - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574260 We had a wonderful Christmas this year. I had 5 sons (out of 7), my only daughter, 1 son-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law and my 3 grandchildren come over. They came from NC, PA and NY. Including my dh and myself, we had 14 for the holidays!! We made cookies, baked delicious snacks, played games, went shopping, watched Christmas movies and went to family parties! We even went to the National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY! I think my grown children had more fun than the grandkids!!! We also... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 01:13:14 EST What does Christmas mean to you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567455 This time of year one wants to reflect on many things. Christmas means a lot to me as we always have family come from all over. My kids start coming about a week before Christmas and usually stay until New Year's. This year two of my sons won't be there along with one of my dil and 2 of my grandchildren. They just can't make it this year. But we will have 8 of them that includes a sil & dil and 1 grandchild coming. So altogether there will be 10 of us. <BR> <BR> We all play lots of g... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:44:30 EST In so need of encouragement.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564570 To start out with, Let me stress that I am not out to discourage anyone in their journey!!! I'm just so discouraged tonight. If you read this entire blog, please don't leave a negative reply. Lately, I've had two replies that I just had to delete because of their content. Yes, I know I should know better...telling me to "chin-up, you can do this" Right now, I don't think I can. So sorry, I don't mean to hurt anyone or discourage anyone... <BR> <BR> I decided to have a normal eating day... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 23:54:04 EST Accountability #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560120 Well, yesterday and today wasn't my best days...didn't stay within calorie range, but I did eat my freggies...didn't drink my water...I wish I liked water, instead I LOVE milk. I think if I had to give up all food I would be fine just to drink milk. Problem is, you can gain weight with just drinking milk...sign, I wish water could taste like milk...now that's wishful thinking, lol. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is going to be a salad day and 10 min of exercise, just 10...got to get back into the habit... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 23:10:08 EST Day 1: A Blog for Accountability! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559036 A good sparkfriend, Julie, gave me this idea and I am also going to do this with her. A blog, every other day or as often as I can to keep my self on track. Last month was a disaster for me. I gained a lot of weight, I didn't keep up with my exercise, water, freggies or calorie intake! As a result...well, my pictures, if I took them, would show the result! <BR> <BR> However this month, I have done much better. I've started caring again about myself and my health again. Water, freggies ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 11:54:43 EST The BEST Potato Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555389 THE BEST Potato Soup Recipe ever!&#65039; <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 2 1/2 pounds baby red potatoes, cut up into small bite sized pieces <BR> 1/2 regular package uncooked bacon, finely diced <BR> 1 medium onion, diced <BR> 1/4 bunch celery, diced <BR> 8 cups milk <BR> 4 cups water <BR> 4 chicken bullion cubes (use a cup of the hot potato water to dissolve, then use the cup of hot water in place of one of the above cups of water) <BR> 1 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 teaspoon black pepper <... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:25:58 EST November in Review & December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555315 Here is my synopsis of November: <BR> 1)To lose 5 lbs this month (not accomplished, instead I gained!) <BR> 2)To keep track of my food/carbs and water on a daily basis. (sporadically done) <BR> 3)To blog once a week about how I did that previous week and how to amend my goals so that I can be successful the next week. (I didn't do this either) <BR> 4) Drink 6+ cups of water (most days accomplished) <BR> 5) Eat 3+ freggies daily (DONE - the only goal I did) <BR> 6) Exercise for at least 10 min... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:32:36 EST A New Recipe - LOW CARB Cheese Crisps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554017 I just found this yummy recipe that is simply put...unbelievably delicious!!! <BR> <BR> Cheese Crisps (Mock "Goldfish" Crackers) <BR> <BR> 4 slices of Colby-Jack cheese <BR> 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> 1/8 teaspoon chili powder (optional) <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. <BR> <BR> Stack 2 slices of the Colby-Jack cheese and cut it into 16 small squares. Separate the pieces, and transfer them to a small bowl. Add the chili and garlic powder, toss to combine. Arr... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:41:04 EST 5 Things I'm Thankful for this Thanksgiving. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548428 1) I'm Thankful for the wonderful, caring & understanding husband that God has given me these past 32 years! <BR> <BR> 2) I'm Thankful for each of my children that has given me such joy! I can't imagine life without them! <BR> <BR> 3) I'm Thankful for all the friends who have been with us through the hard times & the good times. <BR> <BR> 4) I'm Thankful for all the Spark Friends who have helped me to keep on this healthy life journey and for picking me back up when I've fallen off the wa... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:51:48 EST Planning Portion Control for Thanksgiving this year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548392 This year I am NOT going to eliminate any food that is spread out for Thanksgiving! I find that when I cut out completely a certain delicious food from my diet that I end up splurging on something else just as damaging!!! So this year I am trying something new...Portion Control. <BR> <BR> Not cutting out foods helps me to stay on my plan by just slowing up a bit. Making smaller portions of the heavily laden, fatty foods and larger portions of the salads and more healthy foods is my game pl... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:03:00 EST Oct in Review; November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537568 For starters, October was a complete failure! I gained weight, instead of losing. My exercise was sporadic as was my water and freggies. <BR> <BR> November will be a month for getting back on track. I will have to start out slow again, so my goals will seem trite and small. <BR> <BR> My Monthly Goals for November: <BR> 1)To lose 5 lbs this month <BR> 2)To keep track of my food/carbs and water on a daily basis. <BR> 3)To blog once a week about how I did that previous week and how to amend... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:58:33 EST Why I love the Autumn time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493138 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l240201689.jpg"> <BR> I'm going to tell a little bit about why autumn is my favorite season of the year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1521341212.jpg"> <BR> I love all the bounty that harvest time gives us! The fresh vegetables, corn, squash, zucchini just to mention a few. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870492219.jpg"> <BR> I love the huge piles of raked leaves so the kids can... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:31:47 EST Adjusting My Sept Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479957 Looking back over this first week, I see that I need to make some corrections. I have not even done one day of strength training, have eaten between 2-4 freggies a day, stayed within my calorie range, maybe two days, drank 3-6 cups of water daily...in other words, just put my goals too high for me at this time. This summer I was sick and just jumping back into my program full throttle is going to get me too discouraged so I am tweaking my goals. Here are my new, updated goals for Septembe... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 21:50:01 EST Progress Report for Aug with Sept Goals: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473753 There really isn't anything to report about August as I was recuperating from my arthritis flair up and a couple of ear aches. My exercise was non-existing but I did watch my nutrition so it wasn't a total loss. I lost a couple of lbs for the month, not great, but at least I didn't gain. <BR> <BR> For my September goals, I will be keeping it simple, with a few minor changes from my July goals. I'm going back to basics since I haven't exercised in a month. Got to get back to my good habits... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:03:22 EST What do I do next....Set Obtainable Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469027 To recap, since mid-July, I've had a bad osteoarthritis flair-up, 2 ear aches, one which ruptured (still dealing with hearing loss). I've also gained 9 lbs. Not good, lol. I also was dealing with a lot of stress during that time. <BR> <BR> My trouble with the weight gain and my decision to take a break from SP, has proven to me that I was accelerating too fast in my goals, I kept increasing them to unattainable results. As a result, I got discouraged...the rest is history! <BR> <BR> To kee... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:34:58 EST My Crisis: Osteoarthritis Flair-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434594 This has got to be the worst flair-up I've ever had!!! I can barely walk as it's now in my left hip, radiating down my thigh to my shin! So very painful sitting, standing, walking, lying down...I think I covered all the basics, lol. <BR> <BR> A good friend of mine took me to my dr today and the doc kindly chewed me out for not coming in sooner (it's been inflamed since Monday night) I also had a PT treatment today with electrodes with warm heat, ultrasound and gentle manipulation of my l... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:59:33 EST Goals: June in Review; July Goals Set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408782 Looking back over the last month, I'm not too pleased with my ability to carry out my goals. <BR> <BR> For my exercise, I did not walk everyday, missing 5 consecutive days, one time. My S.T. was erratic and spotty at best. <BR> <BR> However, for my nutrition, I did try to log my food and stay within my range most days out of the weeks, drank at least 6+ cups of water daily, and ate a good amount of freggies everyday!!! <BR> <BR> For my weigh-ins, I lost 9 lbs over the month and I am s... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:44:11 EST Cold Bean Salad....Yummy!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388635 Come and check out my delicious Cold Bean salad!! Yummy! <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2398820 </link> <BR> <BR> Bean Salad (1serv=1/2cup) <BR> <BR> Introduction: <BR> A delicious cold bean salad that's a jiff to make and high in fiber! Only 130 calories for a 1/2 cup serving. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 120 <BR> Number of Servings: 12 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 1 can (15.5oz)garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 1 can (15... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 02:56:35 EST My 12 Week SMART Goals for June 5th – Aug 28th 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385150 I have mainly 2 goals for the next 12 weeks and this is my plan to implement this in my life. I used the SP SMART Goal –Setting Worksheet to help me make reasonable goals. <BR> <BR> 1) Lose 14 - 18 lbs (1-1.5 lbs a wk; (151–147 lbs) <BR> These will be my Action Steps for #1. <BR> …a. Eat 3-5 Freggies Daily <BR> …b. Drink 9 cups of Water Daily <BR> …c. Exercise 20+ min for 6 days a week <BR> I will Weigh-In every Wednesday and Track my progress on the Fitness Other Goals and Nutritional T... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:19:06 EST May Goals Recap; June Goals Set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376234 Looking back over my goals for the month of May, I did real well with my walking plan, but never did start ST. For my Nutrition, I was very pleased on how I was able, especially toward the end of the month, to track my food and stay most days within my calorie range. I planned meals more and ate all my freggies! I also was pleased as punch with my weigh-ins and lost 8 lbs for the month. I also kept up with my spark friends, finished with flying colors my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge and set up my ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 02:35:30 EST Things That Make Me Smile!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368891 My kids always make me smile and laugh with all the antics they come up with! <BR> <BR> Playing Skip Bo or Yahtzee with my hubby! <BR> <BR> Singing with my daughter! We love to just sing old songs we know and I think we harmonize really well together! <BR> <BR> Having Lunch with my 89 yr old neighbor and just talking with him!!! <BR> <BR> Enjoying my grandkids. <BR> <BR> Playing Frisbee Golf or Croquet with my family! <BR> <BR> My birds! <BR> <BR> Walking my dog. <BR> <BR> These are... Sun, 26 May 2013 23:59:55 EST 10 Things I would tell my Future-Self! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363706 This is a blog for my A & I Team, the BSG & the Peonies. Here are 10 things I would tell my self, say 5 years down the road, in 2018. <BR> <BR> 1) Look at yourself. You've done such a good job! Woo Hoo for staying with your program! <BR> <BR> 2) You've lost all that weight and don't you just feel so much better! <BR> <BR> 3) Congrats for breaking the Yo-Yo effect that has plagued you all your childbearing years up until 5 yrs ago, when you decided that you couldn't do this anymore and ... Tue, 21 May 2013 16:51:40 EST MY 2nd, 100 Day Challenge - FINISHED!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353674 I have finished my Challenge! On Mother's Day I will start my next challenge. <BR> <BR> I so enjoyed doing my first 100 Day Challenge, (to walk at least 10min a day), that I decided to do another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I challenged myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 6 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups- <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb... Sun, 12 May 2013 02:10:25 EST Mother's Day Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353526 One of my teams has a challenge to write a blog about, “How will you spend your Mother's Day, any special plans?" <BR> <BR> My own mother passed away several years ago in a car accident and I still miss her. Something you just don't get over. She would have been 93 this year. <BR> Happy Mother's Day, Mom!!! <em>146</em> I love you! (She loved yellow roses) <BR> <BR> Mother's Day is usually a big surprise day for me. I never know what my kids are going to do for me. I know one of m... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:43:43 EST How to Fit Into My Formal Gown For My Daughter’s Wedding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352150 Recently my dd and I went out shopping to find a dress for me to wear to her June 8th wedding. We found a beautiful floor length gown with only one catch...yeah, it's one size too small. So I have been working real hard to be able to fit into it for her wedding. But as the time is getting closer, I'm upping the ante. I'm going to try to lose 3-4 lbs a week and I ought to be able to fit into it without it being too snug by June 8th!!! <BR> <BR> Now, I don't want to ruin my health or sab... Fri, 10 May 2013 12:37:01 EST My 2nd 100 Day Challenge-Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342624 I have so enjoyed doing my first 100 Day Challenge, (to walk at least 10min a day), that I decided to do another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 6 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups- <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 05 - Feb 05, 53 min; 9 cups <BR> Day 06 - Feb 06, 56... Wed, 1 May 2013 23:13:57 EST My Monthly Goals for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342607 I got this idea of breaking down my goals into sections from one of my dear Spark friends! I am going to try to do some new things this month, that I haven't done before. I hope I can do well with this new concept of goal setting this month!!! <BR> <BR> 1: Fitness <BR> a.) Walk 30+minutes daily <BR> b.) Start Strength Training, 3 days a week for 10 minutes a session. <BR> c.) Complete 1000 fitness minutes for the month. <BR> <BR> 2: Nutrition <BR> a.) Track all meals and snacks, 4 day... Wed, 1 May 2013 22:59:22 EST 2nd 100 Day Challenge - UPDATED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322405 I so enjoyed doing my first 100 Day Challenge, (to walk at least 10min a day), that I decided to do another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 6 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups- <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 05 - Feb 05, 53 min; 9 cups <BR> Day 06 - Feb 06, 56 min;... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 01:45:19 EST My 2nd, 100 Day Challenge: Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308178 I so enjoyed doing my first 100 Day Challenge, (to walk at least 10min a day), that I decided to do another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 6 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups- <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 05 - Feb 05, 53 min; 9 cups <BR> Day 06 - Feb 06, 56 min;... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:40:17 EST What's On Your Mind.... Reflecting on the last 8 weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283122 I'm just pleased with how the first 8 wks of my BLC-21 Challenge has gone! I've learned to stick with a challenge even though I was busy or too distracted with other personal matters or just not feeling well as when my osteoarthritis flared up. I may have slowed down during those times, but I didn't throw it all away as in times before. I've lost 12 lbs so far on this round (weigh-in is not until Wednesday). I've increased my walking, I'm drinking much more water, even getting in more fru... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:50:49 EST My 2nd, 100 Day Challenge UPDATE: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279612 I so enjoyed doing my first 100 Day Challenge, (to walk at least 10min a day), that I decided to do another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 6 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups- <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 05 - Feb 05, 53 min; 9 cups <BR> Day 06 - Feb 06, 56 min... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 00:28:32 EST Update to my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260415 I so enjoyed doing my first 100 Day Challenge, (to walk at least 10min a day), that I decided to do another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 6 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups- <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 05 - Feb 05, 53 min; 9 cups <BR> Day 06 - Feb 06, 56 min... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:25:28 EST 2nd, 100 Day Challenge-Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253226 For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 9 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> The first number will be my walking minutes, the second will be how many cups of water I drank that day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups- <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 05 - Feb 05, 53 min; 9 cups (I started my challenge for 9 cups today) <BR> ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 02:35:56 EST Happy Valentine's Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250227 My favorite love song comes from the movie, The Parent Trap (1998). <BR> <BR> Here is the link so you can enjoy it too, today! <BR> <BR> L-O-V-E <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrOc3CHFUS8 </link> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:15:00 EST My 2nd 100 DAY CHALLENGE Updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245583 For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 9 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 05 - Feb 05, 53 min; 9 cups (I started 9 cups today) <BR> Day 06 - Feb 06, 56 min; 9 cups <BR> Day 07 - Feb 07, 33 min; 9 cups <BR> Day 08 - Feb 08,127 min, 12 cups (A wknd Team Challenge) <BR> Day ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:50:29 EST You CAN do this.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245575 A friend on one of my teams shared this and I want to share it with you. Yes, sometimes you want to give up. Sometimes you feel...what's the use...I'm getting old and I've lost and gained more and lost and gained more and....you feel that your life and situations and circumstances and even people get in the way and make it seem...IMPOSSIBLE...but it doesn't have to be. Please watch this and you too will be encouraged that...YES, I CAN DO THIS!!!! I DON'T HAVE TO QUIT....I DON'T HAVE TO DO... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:45:06 EST Update: My 2nd, 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238732 I am going to modify my challenge. I'm upping the ante by making it my challenge to drink 9 cups water daily, instead of 6. I just have to get a grip on this water thing! <BR> <BR> So here is my updated challenge in a nutshell: <BR> 1) Walk 30 min daily, minimum <BR> 2) Drink 9 cups of water daily <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 02 - Feb 02, 92 min; 8 cups <BR> Day 03 - Feb 03, 100 min; 6 cups <BR> Day 04 - Feb 04, 40 min; 6 cups Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:36:09 EST My 2nd, 100 Day Challenge...Starts TODAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233654 I so enjoyed doing my first 100 Day Challenge, (to walk at least 10min a day), that I decided to do another challenge for myself. <BR> <BR> For my 2nd, 100 Day Challenge, I will challenge myself to: <BR> 1) Walk 30 minutes every day <BR> 2) Drink 6 cups of water every day <BR> <BR> Here goes: In my daily updates, the first number will be my walking minutes, the second will be how many cups of water I drank that day. <BR> <BR> Day 01 - Feb 01, 90 min; 6 cups <BR> <BR> Wish me Luck!!! Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:11:14 EST Board Game Dice Challenge for Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231482 Anyone want to join me for a Board Game of Dice Challenge? <BR> <BR> You will need 2 dice. If you only have one, that's OK...you can just roll it twice. The first die will tell you what TYPE of exercise you will do and the second die will tell you HOW MANY reps you will do. You can also go to <link>www.random.org/dice/ </link> and it will automatically roll the dice for you. <BR> <BR> There is no minimum number of rolls you can do; however the MAX that you can roll both dice is 25 time... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:06:15 EST The Last Day of My 100 Day Challenge!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230976 My 100 Day Challenge is to walk at least 10 min a day, everyday!!! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - Oct 23, 10 min <BR> Day 2 - Oct 24, 12 min <BR> Day 3 - Oct 25, 15 min <BR> Day 4 - Oct 26, 40 min <BR> Day 5 - Oct 27, 45 min <BR> Day 6 - Oct 28, 21 min <BR> Day 7 - Oct 29, 19 min <BR> Day 8 - Oct 30, 15 min <BR> Day 9 - Oct 31, 20 min <BR> Day 10 - Nov 1, 42 min <BR> Day 11 - Nov 2, 36 min <BR> Day 12 - Nov 3, 36 min <BR> Day 13 - Nov 4, 17 min <BR> Day 14 - Nov 5, 35 min <BR> Day 15 - Nov 6, 3... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:55:56 EST My Back to the Future Letter to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222450 Here's the Challenge: <BR> Write a letter to your teenage self. What advice would you give about the future, what habits would you like to instill in your teenage self that would make for a healthier you today. <BR> Now come back to the future and see where you are. What would be different now if you had listened to your future self back then? <BR> We can’t change the past, but it’s not too late to change our future. Start now to eat better, to exercise and, most importantly, to learn to lov... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:48:17 EST Only 9 days left of my 100 Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217747 My 100 Day Challenge is to walk at least 10 min a day, everyday!!! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - Oct 23, 10 min <BR> Day 2 - Oct 24, 12 min <BR> Day 3 - Oct 25, 15 min <BR> Day 4 - Oct 26, 40 min <BR> Day 5 - Oct 27, 45 min <BR> Day 6 - Oct 28, 21 min <BR> Day 7 - Oct 29, 19 min <BR> Day 8 - Oct 30, 15 min <BR> Day 9 - Oct 31, 20 min <BR> Day 10 - Nov 1, 42 min <BR> Day 11 - Nov 2, 36 min <BR> Day 12 - Nov 3, 36 min <BR> Day 13 - Nov 4, 17 min <BR> Day 14 - Nov 5, 35 min <BR> Day 15 - Nov 6, 3... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 22:07:55 EST Opps, I forgot to add my other Reward System! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210023 There is also another reward system I already have in play. <BR> <BR> For every 5 lbs I lose, I earn a bead for my Pandora bracelet I'm making. <BR> For every 10 lbs I lose, I earn a pair of earrings or necklace. <BR> <BR> Oh, yeah, this is incentive!!! I already have 4 beads, 3 pair of beautiful earrings and a necklace, boxed and gift wrapped for those golden lbs lost!!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> I CAN DO THIS!!! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 12:37:00 EST My 12 Week Plan of Success and Reward System http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5209275 These are my Medium Goals for the next 12 Weeks. <BR> (Starts Wed, Jan 16th; Ends April 10th.) <BR> <BR> I have mainly 2 goals for the next 12 weeks and this is my plan to implement these in my life. I used the SP SMART Goal –Setting Worksheet to help me make reasonable goals. <BR> <BR> 1) Lose 12-18 lbs (1-1.5 lbs a week) <BR> These will be my Action Steps for #1. <BR> a. Eat 3-5 Freggies Daily <BR> b. Drink 9 cups of Water Daily <BR> c. Exercise 20+ min for 6 days a week ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 23:39:31 EST Only 18 more days left in my 100 Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204431 My 100 Day Challenge is to walk at least 10 min a day, everyday!!! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - Oct 23, 10 min <BR> Day 2 - Oct 24, 12 min <BR> Day 3 - Oct 25, 15 min <BR> Day 4 - Oct 26, 40 min <BR> Day 5 - Oct 27, 45 min <BR> Day 6 - Oct 28, 21 min <BR> Day 7 - Oct 29, 19 min <BR> Day 8 - Oct 30, 15 min <BR> Day 9 - Oct 31, 20 min <BR> Day 10 - Nov 1, 42 min <BR> Day 11 - Nov 2, 36 min <BR> Day 12 - Nov 3, 36 min <BR> Day 13 - Nov 4, 17 min <BR> Day 14 - Nov 5, 35 min <BR> Day 15 - Nov 6, 3... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:40:03 EST My 100 Day Challenge Update: Day 73 DONE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189134 My 100 Day Challenge is to walk at least 10 min a day, everyday!!! <BR> <BR> Day 1 - Oct 23, 10 min <BR> Day 2 - Oct 24, 12 min <BR> Day 3 - Oct 25, 15 min <BR> Day 4 - Oct 26, 40 min <BR> Day 5 - Oct 27, 45 min <BR> Day 6 - Oct 28, 21 min <BR> Day 7 - Oct 29, 19 min <BR> Day 8 - Oct 30, 15 min <BR> Day 9 - Oct 31, 20 min <BR> Day 10 - Nov 1, 42 min <BR> Day 11 - Nov 2, 36 min <BR> Day 12 - Nov 3, 36 min <BR> Day 13 - Nov 4, 17 min <BR> Day 14 - Nov 5, 35 min <BR> Day 15 - Nov 6, 3... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:50:18 EST