CANYON_GAL's SparkPeople Blog CANYON_GAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Drinks for Cold Weather <img src=""> <BR> Well the sun was shining most of the day yesterday, but it was still cold and a bit breezy. My phone said it was 17 degrees when I walked home from work at 8:30pm. All I wanted was a cup of tea and to curl up with a book till I fell asleep. <BR> <BR> I got today off, and seeing as I still wake up early everyday (including days that I don't need to) I walked down to a local hotel/restaurant for ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:41:04 EST Snow Day <img src=""> <BR> This shot was taken this morning, from my front door looking towards where I had to walk to work later. Supposed to be sunny tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Oh, I found out that pork rinds are 0 carbs so I had some on my lunch break today at work... well actually I snacked on them for awhile even after my break. I realize pork rinds ain't the best thing to snack on but at least I can te... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:24:52 EST Down 5# I forgot to mention that when I went to the clinic, I got weighed in at 183#. I quickly kicked my shoes off before stepping on their scales but kept clothes on...unlike how I weigh myself at home. But hey, I wore clothes on the scale and still lost weight. <BR> <BR> My supervisor at work offered my some cheetos today and I turned them down. He asked if I was ok. I told him that I liked the fact that I lost 5 pounds more then I liked cheetos. Instead I spent most of my work shift suck... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:21:44 EST I hate being sick: Ear Infection and flu <img src=""> <BR> My roommate went to the clinic first and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I have had a cough for a few days and finally went down to Flagstaff over the weekend to buy a bunch of items to get rid of it. I already had Ibuprofen and Halls cough drops so I didn't need to buy more of those. <BR> Well it turns out that my ear started hurting so I finally went to the clinic yesterday and was told that I h... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:25:46 EST MIA: but back again It would take all night to explain my whereabouts for the last 16 months. I have been all over the place physically and mentally. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This was my breakfast in a blender <BR> <BR> Sometimes I add whole lemons to this, but I have learned that I don't want to add kale ever again...OMG, the smell was awful. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 03:08:46 EST I got a Haircut <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to the Evan's Hairstyling School for this new look. On Thursday's they have a discount of $3 for all women's haircuts. Usually it's a dollar more. <BR> <BR> Well it seems to be a cloudy rainy day, so I am relaxing with some Swiss Miss Chocolate in my coffee, right now. Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:41:58 EST Farmer's Market in Cedar City, UT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am now in Utah. I lived here about 28 years ago, and it's rather nice to re-learn this small city. It's grown alot from when I lived here back in the 80's. <BR> <BR> I was flipping through a local free paper yesterday and saw an ad for the farmer's market that runs every Saturday. Now the best peaches I ever had in the past always come from little farm stands on the side of roads or BIG f... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 12:09:29 EST Bison Season <img src=""> <BR> This guy decided to block traffic, which was ok because there was a whole herd ahead in the fog, walking in the road. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> While I was stopped in traffic, I was able to watch more bison on the hill next to the road. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:29:46 EST 1 month in Yellowstone Wow, hard to believe that I have been here a whole month. <BR> I like finding waterfalls around the park. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love seeing the bison roaming around everywhere except in the road. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is "Dragon's Mouth" in the mud volcano area. It's about 10 miles from my dorm. This area stinks wor... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:22:00 EST Co-op in Bozeman, MT I flew up to Bozeman last Thursday and bought a used car on Friday. I leave tomorrow to head down for my new Summer job in Yellowstone National Park. (Hopefully the snow clears up for my drive) <BR> <BR> Anyways, I am staying in a hostel on Main Street. Across the street at the corner is a co-op restaurant and grocery store. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beautiful salad bar and 4 different kinds of soup. <BR> ... Wed, 11 May 2016 01:53:30 EST Dentures Diet I finally got my top teeth all pulled on April 13th, and got dentures the same day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The dentures look better then my real teeth did 10 years ago <BR> <BR> . But I am still having trouble eating. I can not chew anything. So I usually have tiny bites of scrambled eggs and yogurt, or oatmeal for breakfast. For lunch/dinner so far, I can have mashed potatoes, soups, instant mac & cheese. If I... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:55:38 EST Super Bloom Photos When I lived in NH, we called the out-of-staters that stopped along the highways taking pics of all the colorful trees "leaf peepers", but not sure what to call the crowds of people coming to Death Valley to see all the flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:37:17 EST Can you have sunshine on a cloudy day? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on a 3-day weekend from work, so I had time to enjoy the clouds. <BR> So I will watch a couple movies, do laundry, and figure out why I have <BR> heartburn again. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:42:42 EST 30 day Skinny Jeans Challenge <img src=""> <BR> A few days ago I was searching for new apps on my tablet. I found a fun app from Sparkpeople called " Skinny Jeans Challenge". I think this challenge came out 2 years ago, but I am on day 3 today. <BR> Learned about water-filled foods...fruits & vegetables like celery, cucumber, tomatoes, melons, & squash. Did you know that watermelon, red cabbage, spinach, eggplant & peppers contain 92 percent ... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 23:15:48 EST Hurray! on my way downhill <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I got dressed for work today I wore pants that always require a belt. Now I have not worn my belt for a week so I was pleasantly surprised when I could use the third hole in the belt today, instead of having to squeeze into the 2nd hole like I usually do. <BR> <BR> It was a good way to get my day started. Course I did let myself celebrate by having a blueberry muffin at breakfast & wh... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:57:33 EST 38# GAIN <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I weighed myself almost 6 months ago (and posted my weight on May 30th) before I moved to South Dakota, for the seasonal job at Mt Rushmore. I am now in California for a seasonal job in Death Valley National Park. <BR> <BR> I went to Walmart today because I had to buy bigger pants for work. While I was shopping I decided to get new bathroom scales. OMG, I have gained almost 38 pounds in alm... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 22:01:01 EST November 2015 <img src=""> <BR> It's been a couple months since I posted here, so here's a new picture taken at my new employee dorm (sorry I am using a tablet & couldn't figure out how to turn the pic). The dorms are rather small with 2-3 people sharing space. <BR> <BR> I no longer have my bathroom scales, so I have no idea what I weigh now. 1 of my room-mates does yoga a few days a week and has given a few tips to help with ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 15:08:54 EST Welcome to my weekend It's almost 2am, and I can't seem to get comfortable enough to sleep. I am having a case of heartburn that won't go away. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That's what I had for lunch in the employee dining room. I ate a late dinner in my dorm room..just applesauce & Campbell soup. <BR> <BR> If I can ever get to sleep and feel better later, I might go down to Keystone to check out the wax museum. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 03:50:40 EST Eating out in Keystone, SD <img src=""> <BR> I love the wood carved sign outside. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The menu board <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I had the chicken bacon ranch sandwich melt with a side of onion rings. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:31:39 EST Picture Day from Keystone, SD Sorry that I haven't posted much lately. Work has been busy this last month but today was my day off so I had to go down to the post office in Keystone this morning. While I was there I took a few pics of the town....well the tourist part of it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 20:35:04 EST Tonight's Dinner <img src=""> <BR> Sorry for the blurry picture. <BR> <BR> I went out with a group of co-workers again. Tonight I had a dinner salad with salmon on top. Some of my coworkers had a burgers or Reuben sandwiches & onion rings. <BR> <BR> We will be super busy soon from the Sturgis Rally, so probably won't be able to get out for dinner till after all that excitement is over. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:11:53 EST Lunch <img src=""> <BR> This was my lunch on Friday, in the employee dining room. The chicken had a bit of a "kick" to it, but it was still pretty good.. I also had a small dessert bowl of vanilla ice cream with diced pineapple on top of it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:27:23 EST Crazy Weather <img src=""> That picture was from the Fox news..they posted it on Facebook today. Rapid City is about 25 miles North of me. <BR> Here is their latest post from about 1/2 hour ago. <BR> <BR> SVR THUNDERSTORM WARNING: NWS has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for central Meade and southeast Butte counties until 9:15pm. The storm was located 7 miles east of Vale or 21 miles northeast of Sturgis and is moving eas... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:06:33 EST My Weekend I have Thursday & Friday off again this week, so this is my new weekend for now. Today was a beautiful sunny day, which was a bit surprising after the heavy rain, lightening and then a hail storm last night. <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I went to check out the museum here. It's the 1st time I have been to it. It's pretty cool if you're into history, politics, and sculptures. They also have a nice bookstore. Afterwards, I rode to Keystone with the shuttle driver. He had to get gas for our shutt... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:40:10 EST Truvia? My Roomie has a box of this sweetener and let me try some in my coffee. The box says that 1 package provides the same sweetness as 2 teaspoons of sugar. So my 1/2 a package shoulda been like having 1 spoonful of sugar. I think 1 spoonful of sugar woulda tasted better. I usually drink plain black coffee and after this experiment I will continue to drink my coffee straight-up black. <BR> <BR> Now the box has 3 items on the ingredients list: Erythritol, Stevia Leaf Extract, & Natural Flavors. ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:01:49 EST It's Sunny Outside The rain & fog has gone, so today I can see the presidents on the mountain again. There was a loooong line of traffic of people coming in this morning after I finished breakfast. Today they actually had burritos with eggs, sausage, and cheese. <BR> <BR> For lunch they will have pork chop sandwiches or buffalo chili, and for dinner I saw stuffed chicken thighs with mashed potato & gravy on the menu. I have no idea what they will stuff the chicken with. I don't want mashed potato so I will j... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:46:07 EST Day Off: Wet & Foggy The calender says today is Thursday but its my weekend. It has been rainy a few days in the week that I have been here. This morning it is also foggy outside. <BR> <BR> I was not in the mood to get dressed to ride the shuttle up to the EDR (employee dining room). All they seem to have for hot food is scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon or you can get biscuits & gravy. I usually get cheerios & a banana. <BR> You can only get breakfast from 8am-10am. <BR> <BR> I will go up for lunch, which you c... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 10:37:09 EST 161# Wanted to post my weight so I could look back later and know what I weighed before I moved to South Dakota, next Friday. <BR> <BR> I got a bit disappointed that I only lost 9 pounds total this year. But, as I was looking through my blogs I posted here on sparkpeople I found my New Years blog and realized I was not quite on track. I had hoped to weigh 160# at the start of May. Not quite where I wanted but what do I expect from eating to many bags of chips...well tomorrow, I will weigh myself ... Sat, 30 May 2015 19:58:15 EST Pegan? This week I found an article about a new diet (or at least it was new to me) about the Pegan diet. Have any of you heard of it and tried it? <BR> <BR> It's a combination of the Vegan + Paleo diets. Almost seems to be an oxymoron idea, but Dr Mark Hyman says it's a healthy approach to eating. I guess you take the best out of each diet. You still get all the fresh produce of the Vegan diet and you have eggs & a little meat from the paleo diet. <BR> <BR> Sorry folks if you like dairy products... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:53:38 EST Minimalist Packing List The flight I will be taking allows me to take my purse (with my laptop inside it) for free & 1 carry-on luggage for $16. Now for a 17+ week trip to Mt. Rushmore that isn't alot of stuff. I am hoping to mail a small box ahead. <BR> <BR> Here is what I'm taking with me. <BR> Small box to mail: sheets, 2 bath towels & 2 washcloths, hiking boots, safety shoes for work, PJ's, hoodie, small camera, pumpkin spice tea & crystal light...I just happened to have extra drink items leftover and don't wa... Wed, 27 May 2015 02:27:11 EST Moving Again I got a Summer job at Mt Rushmore. Yup, I will be flying out to South Dakota on June 5th. It's about 2 weeks away and I need to figure out what to pack in my 1 carry-on luggage. <BR> <BR> I have never been to the Dakota's before, so this will be a nice switch from the dry hot desert of the Southwest. It will be rainy for the whole first week I am there. <BR> <BR> There is only 1 cafe & 1 ice cream shop at Mt Rushmore, but the little town of Keystone is 2 miles away. Hopefully I can find s... Fri, 22 May 2015 20:53:49 EST 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