CANYON_GAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CANYON%5FGAL CANYON_GAL'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/ Tonight's Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965710 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffef1744-d6ac-41c4-acab-5c0ca9b4fdbb.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963057 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3405f46b-aa66-4fe4-83e3-6a388d5182a0.jpg"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/460392f7-9adf-4891-929f-58ab3bec5f91.jpg"> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:27:23 EST Crazy Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947975 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b3a4349-d7a8-4eed-85d5-caa4b0362e76.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947469 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945177 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944015 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943420 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# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936939 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936332 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934923 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932725 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894149 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800305086.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888651 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727499714.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882665 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880507 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1460898335.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879577 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l634292806.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2076810370.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875670 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1072621106.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869731 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 work..no 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867605 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l513698252.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867386 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1103759920.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866650 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714348354.jpg"> <BR> yummy fruit. I also got bananas for .49 a pound <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1205341227.jpg"> <BR> I also got grape tomatoes instead of the roma variety today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395053649.jpg"> <BR> ok, I should be all set to stay home and eat this weekend now. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:33:02 EST Salad for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865977 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534037451.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847581 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845596 <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844982 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842584 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1196498092.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841872 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838455 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396055377.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829307 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819105 I went into the casino to apply for jobs, and ended up going to the buffet area. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1497539870.jpg"> <BR> This looked interesting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530493387.jpg"> <BR> This was some of the food in the "American" section..they ever had liver & onions...YUK <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621671111.jpg"> <BR> see I started out being good...veggies & cantalou... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:24:12 EST Yippee, I found a .99 store http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l227144409.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902997306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now most of you have probably been inside a dollar store...family 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817402 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195838939.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122548958.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653133 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l201827675.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651394 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1104630576.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2011108.jpg"> <BR> This is from Hannaford grocery store, eggs are about $1 more in Walmart. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1645995543.jpg"> <BR> I bought Chipotle chicken breast. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2021573509.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l588736968.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649370 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376789795.jpg"> <BR> Have no idea how this tastes...first time I've seen these <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1775873936.jpg"> <BR> I like blueberries but not at this price <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1267591336.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648784 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645280 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1282568872.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644824 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l589984456.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643568 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2075698434.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643051 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l135719390.jpg"> <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642017 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916280121.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640071 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l729278914.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1469802015.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638244 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531028764.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636766 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327801638.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1914381578.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636318 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1121413295.jpg"> <BR> What will March bring us? Well if it starts out like this last week...it 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1794175632.jpg"> <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