CANYON_GAL's SparkPeople Blog CANYON_GAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Roomies dog is driving me crazy <img src=""> <BR> Ok, this has nothing to do with work, dieting or exercise. But I need help dealing with this dog. <BR> <BR> This dog can be very lovable, but she can also be very annoying. She has chewed holes in my blankets, my hoodie (the only thing I had left of my mom) and she destroys shoes...literally chewing them up into pieces and swallowing them. Hey maybe this is about diets, just not mine. <BR> <BR> Even when my roomie tak... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:13:54 EST Work, and the walk home Yesterday I walked to work again. I worked in the men’s apparel dept fixing up the display of hats, gathering up a bunch of stuff that customes had thrown all over racks & stuffed onto shelves…it becomes a never-ending activity for me to have to pick up after everyone. Now before you say, that’s your job which it is – think about your behavior for a second. If your kid tried on every piece of clothing in their closet and then just threw it on the floor for you to hang back up would you be ann... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:43:20 EST Using Sparkpeople for my Cardio <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went searching through the videos here on Sparkpeople. I wanted to add something new that I could do at home. Found a few of Coach Nicole's cardio videos. Some are even done while sitting in a chair. I guess as long as you keep your feet & arms moving together then it's ok if your butt is parked on a chair. <BR> <BR> There was 1 video where Nicole laid a jump rope in a line on the floor and then hopped back... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:28:49 EST Early Morning Workout As usual I woke up early, so I grabbed my cup of coffee while I checked facebook…my normal routine. But soon afterwards I decided to head out to the gym. I arrived there about 4:35am and was slightly surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot. Guess I ain’t the only early bird around here. <BR> <BR> I started out on the treadmill. There were about 10 other people in the room on treadmills & elliptical bikes. They televisions were on so we could watch either the morning news or music vi... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:40:07 EST This Couch-Potato Went to the Gym <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My roomie & her teenage daughter joined a gym a few weeks ago, but always seem to have some lame excuse for not going in to workout. A few days ago, I decided to check out the gym for myself. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a trainer showed me some cardio machines. He said my heart rate was too high for the small about of effort that I was doing on the treadmill. I was hovering around 129-133 beats per minute. He also demon... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:19:17 EST Las Vegas Athletic Club <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I joined a gym today. I meet with my personal trainer & nutritionist tomorrow at 2pm. Today I stepped on a special scale that figures out your body composition. It said I was 43% fat. I get to re-check that once a month to keep track of my progress. I'm not sure how I can be almost 1/2 fat. I mean, yes I have a big spare tire around my middle...but 43% just seems high. How does the scale know the difference betwee... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:35:24 EST How healthy is "Healthy Choice" soup? <img src=""> <BR> I still have a bad cough & runny nose. My roommate decided to get me some chicken soup because we have all heard that chicken soup is good for colds. Well yeah, maybe the soups that our grandmothers made from scratch. At least when Grandma made it, you could actually see the celery & chicken in your bowl. <BR> <BR> How can this soup be healthy with 390 grams of sodium? That is 390 grams for each serving...there are 2 ... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:22:53 EST Blood pressure while sick <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought your blood pressure goes up when you're sick. Mine seems to go down. <BR> Took this at the pharmacy dept in the grocery store today while I was waiting for the bank to open. <BR> <BR> I have had a runny nose for a couple days now. I think the days that it was so warm here, <BR> that I drove around with the AC on, before getting sick did not help. But now I want a new head & nose. <BR> I don't like the h... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:31:45 EST Graveyard Shift Years ago I worked 12 hour graveyard shifts at a hospital in AZ. Now thanks to Labor Ready, I am working 8 hour shifts at Walmart 11pm-8am. Tonight will be my 3rd night. <BR> <BR> Tonight I am eating a huge salad @ 7:30pm before work, and will probably grab yogurt and some type of crackers with peanut butter to eat during my lunch break 3am-4am. Hey it's a Super center, so I can buy whatever I want right at excuse for forgetting to pack a lunch when you work at Walmart. <BR> <BR... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 23:45:11 EST More Water Please <img src=""> <BR> <em>91</em> drink at least 60 ounces every day <BR> <em>106</em> drink more water then coffee <BR> <em>262</em> stop drinking Sprite or other sugary drinks <BR> <em>274</em> put fruit slices in some of my water <BR> <BR> Now I had a slight eye-opener this last week on my water intake. I donated plasma twice. The first time I went, I was turned away because the nurse did not like the looks of my veins. Lucki... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 03:44:55 EST Hello February <img src=""> <BR> No super bowl for this girl. I might check online later to see what new clever commercials they had today though. <BR> <BR> Now if you remember last month, I had posted a plan for losing weight this year. I had marked on my goggle calendar that I wanted to weigh between 165-167.5 by today, as part of my year's goal toward losing 60#. Well my weight did not change at all. I am still at 170#. <BR> <BR> Seems to be th... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:37:50 EST Went to the .99only store, again <img src=""> <BR> yummy fruit. I also got bananas for .49 a pound <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I also got grape tomatoes instead of the roma variety today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ok, I should be all set to stay home and eat this weekend now. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:33:02 EST Salad for breakfast <img src=""> <BR> sorry but the lighting in the kitchen was not very good today. <BR> <BR> I had spinach, broccoli, cucumber, roma tomato, & yellow pepper. In most stores yellow, orange or even red bell peppers cost more then the green ones. Luckily I bought all these veggies at the .99only store, so everything is the same cheap price of .99. <BR> <BR> It's raining out today, so I will wait until tomorrow to go back to the store. Hopef... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:18:48 EST Sunrise Sweat I am officially crazy. I was up at 4am doing yoga, while my friend's high-school aged daughter was getting ready for her day at school. <BR> <BR> With all my traveling around, I no longer have my workout dvd's but that's ok. I have youtube on my tablet. I just search for whatever workout I am in the mood for. This morning I wanted an energizing yoga routine. I could of gone for a walk around our apt building but at 4am, it's a bit chilly outside. <BR> <BR> My pants say yoga, and I am tired... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:23:43 EST Rebooting Life with ACV <BR> After eating 2 out-dated eggs with breakfast yesterday & having a terrible few hours later, it really made me re-think how my diet has changed since moving to Vegas. Since being here my blood pressure has gone up & numbers on the scale have also gone in the wrong direction. <BR> <BR> I have not used apple cider vinegar (acv) since I got here. But starting today it will be part of my morning routine again. Sometime I would just fill my travel mug with water & vinegar, other times I wou... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:25:07 EST Have you seen ZIPONGO? It's an app site to help save $$ with your grocery shopping. Seeing as I only have a cheap tracfone, I can't use any apps on my phone, but thought it might come in handy for someone else. <BR> <BR> I searched through some off their meal plans and found some yummy looking recipes. You have an option to look for food based on your diet...vegan, paleo, or whatever restrictions you want. <BR> After selecting your favorite, the site makes out a shopping list. You put in your zip code and they tel... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 18:15:21 EST Planning Ahead <img src=""> <BR> The plan is: <BR> Go to the end of the year...December 31, 2015 and write my ultimate goal weight ( for me thats 110#) which is about 60# lower then what I am now. Also divide that goal in 1/2...30#. (140# total weigh-in) Now I have the ultimate goal & low-end goal written at the end of my calendar. If my weight falls between 140-110# then I will call this year a success. <BR> <BR> Now planning a whole year ahead can... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:59:26 EST Where did that 10# come from? I have had my bathroom scales packed away in the trunk of my car since I moved to Vegas. Well a couple mornings ago, I finally weighed myself. Not really sure why I was surprised that I gained weight. But, bbbut I gained 10# in 6 weeks. I now weigh 170.2# and my home page says I started 2014 weighing 190, so it's still almost 20 pounds gone for the year. <BR> <BR> I am not surprised because I sit more here, than I did at the Grand Canyon. sit all day at home or when driving around in my car... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:25:40 EST Just me & my sweet gherkins <img src=""> <BR> Now I had stopped buying pickles for myself over 14 years ago. But yesterday I bought a small jar of them and ate some with my lunch today. They were pretty good. Good enough to have more tonight with dinner. <BR> <BR> Funny how 1 little food item, can make soooo many memories....times when my mom used to make a variety of pickles every year when I was a kid, or when my ex - fiance (R.I.P.) hated pickles and always comp... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 18:31:11 EST OMG! Hide the Cheetos I was sitting here reading my school book (yes I started school last week) and got the munchies so as I turned the pages with 1 hand, the other hand was digging into a 9 ounce bag of cheetos without even looking at the bag. When I finally did look at the bag it was 1/2 empty. <BR> <BR> There is supposed to be 9 servings in this bag and I ate half of them all by myself. At 150 calories per serving, that would mean there is 1350 calories in the whole bag, or about 675 calories in the half bag ... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:45:35 EST Fiesta Casino I went into the casino to apply for jobs, and ended up going to the buffet area. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This looked interesting. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was some of the food in the "American" section..they ever had liver & onions...YUK <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> see I started out being good...veggies & cantalou... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:24:12 EST Yippee, I found a .99 store <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now most of you have probably been inside a dollar dollar, general dollar, or dollar tree. But I like the .99store better then all of those others. Mainly because they have so much food in them. They have eggs, yogurt, fresh veggies, bottled drinks, cereal, canned soups, luncheon meat & many other food items just like your reg... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 07:44:45 EST Catfish for breakfast <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This breakfast is served at one of the small casinos, down the road from where I am living at the moment. <BR> <BR> I could of done without the hashbrowns...but they came with the meal so I ate them. I made sure to get water and not coffee or soda. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:20:28 EST On the Road Again <img src=""> First car I have owned in over 10 years. This picture was taken yesterday at the one & only gas station inside the Grand Canyon National Park. <BR> <BR> Well I lost a total of 25# while I was at the park this year. I did not get the car until August so I walked more for a few months. There is also only 1 place toeat out and only 1 small store, so your food options are very limited. <BR> <BR> This morning I am having pump... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 06:02:31 EST New look for a new life <img src=""> <BR> My daughter chopped alot of my hair off yesterday. It seemed to take a long time to convince her to cut it so short. I will admit that I like it better when its longer, but a short style will be easier to deal with when I start my new job, next week. <BR> <BR> To bad she could not of chopped off all that extra skin hanging around my neck and jawline. OMG, where did all that come from? The turtleneck shirt does nothing t... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:46:25 EST Minimalism and Thriving <img src=""> <BR> That is most of my wardrobe in this picture. My coat & pj's are missing. <BR> There is 4 pair of pants, 4 shirts, 1 hoodie type thing (only without an actually hood), <BR> 1 pair of purple slippers, 1 pair of white shoes and 1 blue beachtowel. <BR> <BR> This last weekend, I found myself homeless again. Yeah that seems to be the story of my life, but it's one that I always seem to survive and bounce back from. <BR> Mond... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:05:04 EST More shopping in Plymouth, NH <img src=""> <BR> This is from Hannaford grocery store, eggs are about $1 more in Walmart. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I bought Chipotle chicken breast. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These 2 pics are just to show the prices of some of the meat products here i... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:38:08 EST Grocery Shopping <img src=""> <BR> Have no idea how this tastes...first time I've seen these <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I like blueberries but not at this price <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bought bananas for the first time in about 2 months. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:50:24 EST Birthday Dinner A friend took me out to dinner. I had baked haddock, seafood stuffing, and squash. <BR> We both skipped the bread bar. <BR> <BR> Actually my 50th birthday isn't until tomorrow. Well actually it will be tomorrow in about 25 minutes. <BR> Time to get some sleep Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:32:55 EST Small Changes Really Do Work <img src=""> <BR> No this is not me, it's an old high school friend of mine. Kelly hurt her back somehow in Dec. 2013 (which is when she took the before pic) and as she said "red heads have a temper, so she got mad at herself and got her butt in gear". Before she will admit to leading a sedentary life. So she started doing yoga and Leslie Sanson walking videos all at home. <BR> She didn't make any huge changes to reboot her whole life, s... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:01:53 EST Yup, It's Monday <img src=""> <BR> Did you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? <BR> <BR> Well I woke up with a cold sore type thing on my top lip, after having severe chap lips for days. Almost dumped coffee grinds in my yogurt this morning. Had a salad for lunch and ended up with way to much dressing .The hot water did not last long for my shower this morning. I never did get around to wash my laundry today. <BR> <BR> <img s... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:16:53 EST I still got 24 hrs <img src=""> <BR> No matter if you live in a state that changed clocks this morning or not, we all still have only 24 hours in our day. <BR> <BR> I assume if you sleep 8 hrs in the Summer, that you might also sleep 8 hrs in the Winter. If you work 8 hrs now, you might also work 8 hrs later. Businesses are "NOT" staying open longer just because the gov't thinks it can regulate the sun. Banks will still be open 9-5 whether the sun is out ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:20:16 EST Don't Forget <img src=""> <BR> This was just 1 of many pics floating around facebook today. As if I really needed a reminder every hour today telling me to change the clocks tonight. <BR> <BR> Sorry, but I liked it when I was living in AZ, and never had to bother with the clocks because AZ, doesn't follow this silly tradition. But isn't it early this year? I always thought it was supposed to start in April. Almost like someone changed my calendar all... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 17:39:17 EST Have you tried coconut milk? <img src=""> <BR> on my way back from Manchester yesterday, I stopped in at Market Basket. I saw this coconut milk and decided to try it. I had read lots of articles about the benefits of coconut and figured it was about time to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Well I can now say I like it, and will get it more often. I had tried almond milk once years ago and did not like it at all...not even the chocolate flavor. Usually I get soymilk, which I... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 09:42:24 EST 4# Gone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now a week ago, I had only weighed 180, but then I gained about 1.8 pounds after I made that post. <BR> So for a couple days I did not step on the scale at all. So i went up and then came back down landing at 177.8# this morning. So from my highest point this week till today...I lost 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> Now I feel like shouting out the song "I'm so excited and I just can't hide it, I 'm about to lose control... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 05:22:31 EST It's Fat Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> For some reason it seems late this year. Guess that means Easter will be later also. <BR> <BR> I have always wanted to go on vacation to New Orleans during Mardi Gras...well so far I ain't never made it to New Orleans at any time of year. I did know a girl working at the Grand Canyon that was from Louisiana, and she did make us a King's Cake once. <BR> Who knew it was an English tradition to feast on pancakes today? I ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:24:22 EST Things I Have Learned Through 12 Levels of Sparkpoints <img src=""> <BR> I made it to lucky level 13 yesterday, here on SP. It must be lucky because I think some info has finally sunk into my head ( about time too). I joined SP in August 2006, so I have gone up about 2 levels per year. <BR> <BR> What I learned: <BR> NEVER GIVE UP: keep going, no matter what <BR> <BR> BE CONSISTENT: make your health a habit <BR> <BR> TRACKING: yeah, I have heard it before "writing it down real does help" ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 06:15:29 EST Springtime=New Beginnings <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes I am a little to stubborn to learn new things, especially when it comes to the subject of fitness. Nooo, I can read about it or watch youtube videos on the subject BUT, still have a hard time planting my feet & head into the fitness lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> or maybe its because I keep thinking I can change 1 thing while keeping a dozen othe... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:50:35 EST March Madness <img src=""> <BR> What will March bring us? Well if it starts out like this last will be windy. Actually I have a forecast of snow this weekend. Isn't it nice to know that no matter how long & dreary Winter is, that Spring will always come around? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I just always loved the friendship between pooh & piglet. Friends can get you through anything. <B... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:24:10 EST Got Fitness Trophies Today <img src=""> <BR> I was surprised when I got the email notification telling me that I had received the 500 minute fitness trophy. There are weeks, nooo months where I never take the time to track any fitness on here. That doesn't mean I don't move at all, its just that I am not consistent with tracking stuff. <BR> <BR> Now I have never gotten the 2,000 minute fitness award before, so that's what I will be aiming for in March. Not that a... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:20:45 EST Well...I didn't have to regret it <img src=""> <BR> The numbers are s-l-o-w-l-y going down but I'm not complaining. I'm just glad the scale is moving in the right direction. I was a little worried after eating the Reese's Sticks last night but it all worked out ok. <BR> <BR> Maybe now that the chocolate and my stash of cashews are all gone, the numbers on the scale might move faster. Yup, I am at 180 pounds today. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:37:10 EST Hope I don't regret this in the morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stopped Into Walmart this evening and while waiting in line to pay for stuff, I grabbed some Reese's. <BR> I bought the king size too...which means I just ate 440 calories of junk, with 46 grams of carbs in the whole package. <BR> For anyone on weight watchers, there is 12 points in the whole package. Wow, that's almost 1/2 of my daily points just in 1 purchase of candy. <BR> <BR> I was not really hungry when ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:38:29 EST What's For Lunch? <img src=""> <BR> Some days I like just having a big plate with salad for lunch. I used mixed greens, sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sliced cheese, and some deli mesquite flavored turkey. I forgot the pine nuts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> fish & broccoli with cheese sauce <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I had a mini ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:35:10 EST Update: Bloodtests & Medication <img src=""> <BR> I just thought this pic represented a good image for my thinking on this subject. <BR> <BR> Ok I finally got the results from my latest batch of blood tests. Still no clear answers yet but it seems that I might have some form of anemia. Did you know that you can get anemia in other ways besides just a lack of iron? I had a vitamin B12 test done last October and got a result of 473, which I thought was within the normal... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:06:34 EST Good Morning Everyone <img src=""> <BR> Physically I start my day by myself, BUT I am usually checking my friends feed to see what you all are doing & read some of the blogs on sparkpeople & looking to see what's new in my favorite teams. <BR> It's kinda like spending my early morning time with all of you here. And the fact that I got 114 extra team bonus points today helps the morning spirit also. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:47:03 EST Need to Change Things up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was 181.8 on Friday, and this morning I am still 181.8 pounds. Now when I saw the number on Friday I was glad to see it because I had been stuck on a higher number for a few days. But seeing the same number all weekend and again today is enough. <BR> <BR> I had gone on a quick shopping run yesterday. I bought 4 fuji apples & a small container of blueberries. Figured it would be nice to have something different fo... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:05:55 EST National Almond Day Who comes up with these food holidays? <BR> "A gourmet is just a glutton with brains" <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vory-almond-recipes_n_1273764.html#s69<BR>1432&title=AlmondAndLemon_Crusted_Fish </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/recipes/?theView=recipeDetail&recipeI<BR>d=32 </link> <BR> <BR> &#9829;&#9734;&#9829; &#9734;&#9829;&#9734; &#9829;&#9734;&#9829; &#9734;&#9829;&#9734; &#9829;&#9734;&#9829; <BR> Ok, got... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:41:40 EST I turned it down <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My brother bought his wife a bunch of chocolate-covered strawberries. She left me 1 in the kitchen, when they went out somewhere last night. Well I got the picture but decided not to eat it. 1 thing that made it an easy decision.....I don't really like white chocolate. So even if I didn't want to lose weight, I would still refuse it. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:08:38 EST 181.8# I had not weighed myself for a couple days. For awhile I thought it seemed like I was stuck at 183.2, so I was surprised and relieved this morning when I stepped onto the scales and saw a new lower # show up. <BR> <em>192</em> <em>9</em> <em>193</em> <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> I had thought maybe my late snack of cashews were a problem. But then I just told myself that was impossible because even with nuts for a snack every night that I still wasn't eating enough. Now I feel like a ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:43:58 EST I have had enough! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My brother drove me to my neurology appt today, in a snowstorm. His driving was fine but I was ready to cancel the appt before we even left the house. I hate traveling in snowy weather. I was sooo glad when we made it back home. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Just before we got home, my brother commented that he was not going to use the snowblower on the drivewa... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:15:10 EST