CAREN_BLUEJEANS's SparkPeople Blog CAREN_BLUEJEANS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monday: productive weekend <img src=""> <BR> The first project I tackled from Ana White's wonderful plans was a building a sturdy work table for my miter saw that I bought at a garage sale for $25. I was using cinder blocks and plywood as a makeshift work table, and wanted an improvement on that as my first project. So, let the fun begin! <BR> <BR> I started the project on Saturday after lunch, going to the lumber yard and picking up wood and screws for about $50.... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:40:53 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <link> </link> thinks I"m 29, but I"m really 54. <BR> <BR> I made sloppy joes for dinner, ate lightly, got to zumba 7:30 last night, and it was great! Stayed within calorie range. <BR> <BR> I hope you have a great weekend. And happy May Day! Fri, 1 May 2015 15:14:47 EST Thursday I didn't get to zumba last night. We can blame DS16, because he was volunteering & didn't know when he would be done. So rather than go to zumba 6:30-7:30, I did some much neglected (because I've been working on the gate the last 2 weekends) gardening. I mowed the lawn, pulled weeds, and planted some flowers. <BR> <BR> I started a blog & pinterest board about my wood working projects. This weekend, I plan to buy more lumber & make a sturdy work bench for my miter saw. <BR> <link>getbuildi... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:49:18 EST Wednesday Zumba was so much fun last night! I'm going again tonight. On the good side, I don't have to push myself to exercise often enough, or long enough. But diet... <BR> <BR> I have to track food better. I'm not tracking, eating too much, and not losing weight. Why am I even? The whole weight loss attempt is just so much. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:17:03 EST Tuesday: Get Moving <img src=""> <BR> Exercise is not as important to weight loss as diet, however, it lifts my mood & energy! Today's challenge is to get at least 10 minutes of fitness. Schedule it on your calendar, as an unbreakable appointment. <BR> <BR> Today is Fitness Frenzy on the football field from 6-8 p.m. Zumba, Dance Fusion, Kickboxing, Hula hoop, and Yoga! <BR> <BR> I've arrange for my kids to have dinner ready for me when I get home. <BR> ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 09:14:47 EST Monday: productive weekend <img src=""> <BR> I finished my fence & gate! It was a lot of work, not much money, and a fun family project. Altogether I spent $175, including treated lumber, concrete, hardware, screws, and posthole diggers. It was fun teaching my youngest son how to use power tools! <BR> <BR> 1. Plan, plan, plan <BR> 2. dig post holes down 2', below frost line (we needed 3) <BR> 3. place 4x4 posts, measure for height, & cut down to size <BR> 4. plac... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:33:35 EST Thursday: Embrace Failure <img src=""> <BR> Re-frame failures as learning opportunities. Write a few healthy choices I made, and a few failures, ans how I can learn from them in the future. <BR> <BR> 1. I went to zumba, even though I was pressed for time <BR> 2. I stayed within calorie range for a week and a day W-D <BR> 3. I made spinach balls for treat day at work, a somewhat healthy option <BR> <BR> 1. I had Wendy's ghost pepper fries for lunch. What I learne... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:43:23 EST Wednesday: Be a Leader <img src=""> <BR> I aspire to be a good leader. I am open & honest about my ups & downs. To be a good leader, I don't have to be perfect, just passionate. I invite you to share what you've learned on your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Well, I managed to stay within calorie limits for a whole week, with a W! <BR> <BR> I want to keep my streak going. <BR> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:07:43 EST Tuesday: Work Out Your Brain Today's challenge is to do some research about my goals. Read an article, talk to someone, visit a new (to me) blog. Write 3 things I learned from my research. <BR> <BR> I went to Reader's Digest for these tips. <BR> <link><BR>ow-to-lose-weight/ </link> <BR> 1. Walk 5 min every 2 hours. Sounds easy! <BR> 2. Try hot sauce, salsa & Cajun seasonings. Yummy! <BR> 3. Eat oatmeal for breakfast 5 days a week. I can do that. <BR> <BR> You may not know this ab... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:29:29 EST Monday: Make It Automatic <img src=""> <BR> Make it automatic: <BR> 1. Lay out your gym clothes the night before <BR> 2. Plan & shop for all your meals for the week <BR> 3. My exercise days a routine M/W cardio, T/Th strength <BR> 4. Schedule exercise on the calendar, an unbreakable appointment with yourself <BR> 5. Schedule your meals on the calendar, too <BR> 6. Pack your lunches the night before <BR> <BR> Tonight is Zumba! <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:21:12 EST Sunday, another productive day I had another very productive day. Worked on the yard, food shopped, fixed the dryer hose, vacuumed the attic, did laundry, and made ribs for dinner. What a treat! But high cal. I'm done with my calories for the day. Too bad I don't get ice cream. but this is a real NSV for me to stay within my calorie range on the weekend. <BR> <BR> D-D-D-D-D Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:02:36 EST Saturday: Treat Yourself Every little victory deserves a celebration! Treat yourself to a little pampering, like a bubble bath or manicure. Acknowledging today's accomplishments sets me up for future success. <BR> <BR> Busy, busy day, and yet, I tracked my food & stayed within my calorie range! Win! <BR> <BR> I dropped of DS16 at the ACT test, then went to the lumber yard to look at fencing. I was thrilled to get everything I needed to build a fence and gate for $175, including delivery. I woke DS27, and told him" ... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:18:22 EST Friday: Create Positive Routines <img src=""> Identify one bad habit that's preventing success, replace it with a better habit. #HealthyHabitsReset <BR> <BR> My bad habit is: NOT TRACKING MY FOOD. To be honest with myself, when I don't track, it's usually because I'm sneaking in more calories than I intend. When my actions are other than my intentions, I lose trust in myself on some level. I have found that CHOOSING TO TRACK tells the true story of everything I eat and... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:48:51 EST Thursday: Try New Things <img src=""> I love water! Remember to drink plenty of water. <BR> <BR> Try new things. I love to try new things, just for the sake of trying new things. My latest, I put my bike in the shop for a tune-up. I haven't ridden in years, and both tires were flat. Now that I bought my new house and moved into town, I can ride my bike. Even to work! I'm thrilled with this opportunity. <BR> <BR> Is there anything you want to try? A new workou... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:47:21 EST Wednesday: See the Good in Others <img src=""> <BR> Today I'm going to put aside my snarkiness and be kind to everyone. If you're kind to others, it sets up a virtuous cycle, a win-win for everyone. Compliment at least 3 people IRL today (in real life). <BR> <BR> I'm feeling much better, as long as the sinus meds are in effect. The moment they wear off, I get a headache and feel like my face is puffy. I might have a fever, too. I'll check later. <BR> <BR> I was readi... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:55:09 EST Tuesday I'm taking a sick day today because of sever sinus headache that I've had since yesterday. I missed Zumba yesterday because I laid down to clear my headache & slept right through. Woke up this morning still feeling bad. So I asked my DS27 to pick up some sinus meds. Wow! that really worked! I wish I had figured out it was sinuses sooner. Here I am, taking the day off, and feeling OK. <BR> <BR> I didn't track my food yesterday. Maybe it was because of the headache, or maybe that was just an e... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:28:38 EST Monday: Find a Better Balance Is there some area of my life out of balance? It's got to be self pampering. I planned to give myself a mani/pedicure, but didn't get past laying down a base coat on my toes. I got too busy. <BR> <BR> Zumba tonight at 5:40. My knees are feeling really great. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:11:02 EST Friday: Stop the Slump <img src=""> <BR> I had a motivational slump that lasted a long time. Is there a way I can catch myself quickly, and snap out of a slump faster? What was it; winter, hormones, holiday blues, chronic knee pain? Whatever. If I feel my resolve slipping, and I'm tempted to skip a workout, remember that exercise make increases my mood & energy like nothing else. If I feel like chocolate ice cream will cheer me up...hold firm to my healthy choi... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:16:23 EST Thurday: Be Invincible <img src=""> <BR> Have you ever had that feeling like you could do anything? Like you're on top of the world? Take a minute to reflect on that, and use that feeling to take steps toward my goals. <BR> <BR> Like that song, That Power. Here's some of the lyrics. <BR> <link><BR>power.html </link> <BR> <BR> #thatPOWER <BR> by and Justin Bieber <BR> <BR> [Pre-Hook: Justin Bieber] <BR> And oh... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:51:18 EST Wednesday: Acentuate the Positive <img src=""> <BR> I used to mentally beat myself up All The Time. I thought being harshly self-judgmental would keep me disciplined. Never cutting myself the slightest bit of slack would keep me focused. My negative self-talk used language that I would never use on friend or family. And in my own head, the harangues were non-stop. <BR> <BR> Slowly, using a podcast called Inside Out Weight Loss (IOWL), I gave positive self-talk a try. I ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 09:10:17 EST Tuesday: Appreciate What You Have <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've come to deeply & completely accept myself as I am. My life view is reality-based, without regrets, blinders or wishful thinking. Things are the way they are...until they're not. But I think sometimes don't appreciate my strengths. I am strong, like a tiger! Today, my challenge is to list my 3 greatest strengths, and remember just how awesome I am. Want to join me in this challenge? <BR> <BR> 1. I'm always ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:40:45 EST Monday: Pick a Role Model I thought about the people I admire & respect, who have reached the goal I'm trying to achieve. <BR> 1. Heather Robertson at lost over 100 pounds & has a weekly podcast <BR> 2. Brooke, from her blog Brook Not on a Diet, who lost 172 pounds, and refused to put on a shirt for Shape Magazine <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 3. My former WW coach, Erika <BR> 4. Ali Vincent, first female winner of Biggest Loser, here's a pic of me with ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:19:17 EST Sunday: Create a Vision Board <img src=""> <BR> Vision boards keep my goal in front of me at all times. What would I put on my vision board? Literally, my avatar. That's me on the left at my highest weight 209 (5'3") and on the right last summer at 170. I'm about 13 pounds more now, and would love to get back into those size 10 capris this summer. I can do it! <BR> <BR> We finished insulating the attic yesterday. Worked from 10-2. It feels so good to finish a proje... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:31:10 EST Saturday: Clear the Clutter When my home, office desk, car are neat and clean, I feel more relaxed and in control. Today's challenge is to clear my space of clutter. For cleaning inspiration, follow Fly Lady, she breaks decluttering down into manageable chunks <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I'm also working on insulating my attic, and getting ready for Passover. <BR> Holidays meals all celebrate tradition, but the Passover menu is more traditional than all other Jewish holidays, because a lot of the food i... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:51:40 EST Friday: Crush Your Comfort Zone Try something new today, out of my comfort zone. This is not easy for me. I'm almost OCD about my habits and routines. I'm going to take a baby step, and eat vegetarian all day today. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to The Science of Your "Comfort Zone." and Why It's So Hard to Leave It <link><BR>ng-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-w-6564<BR>26705 </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't get to zumba last night, because I was getting those annoying flashes of light they proce... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:56:29 EST Thursday: Visualize Your Success Visualize how it will feel to finally reach my goal, and carry that feeling today to fuel my choices. OK, when I get to goal weight, it's not like I'm going to dust off my hands and think I'm done. It's more like, I'm going to feel proud (do a little happy dance), yet determined keep up my healthy lifestyle, and not regain. Besides that it will feel awesome to fit into a smaller size, like how I look in pictures, and listen to all the compliments. <BR> <BR> I went to Zumba last night, then h... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:03:48 EST Wednesday: Go for your (mini) goal <img src=""> <BR> Big goals can take a long time to reach, that's why I break it down to daily goals for myself, that add up to the process of weight loss. <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it (avoid accidentally going over calories) <BR> 2. Eat every 2-3 hours <BR> 3. stay within calorie range <BR> 4. Zumba 6:30 <BR> 5. 10,000 steps <BR> <BR> I had lunch with R yesterday, and she encouraged me to go to Dance ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 09:14:06 EST Tuesday Topple Your Obstacles <img src=""> <BR> Joy (center of photo) has reduced kidney function. We really got lucky! I was afraid it was diabetes, cancer, thyroid, something serious. He's on some crazy-expensive prescription cat food, and we expect to enjoy Joy for many years to come. Vet visit was $300. Yikes, pets are pricey! This is why I have an emergency fund. <BR> <BR> Day 8 #HealthyHabitsReset, Topple Your Obstacles. Identify at least one obstacle that cou... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:42:43 EST Monday Spend Time, Not Money I woke up and thought "It's Monday; Zumba!" <BR> <BR> Day 7 of the #HealthyHabitsReset is Spend Time, Not Money. This is a great reminder for me to work on my budget for April. I'm debt free except for the house, thanks to budgeting, living within my means, and having an emergency fund. I got out of the habit of doing a monthly budget. The last one I did was Nov. So, I buckled down and did my March budget. And now it's time to do April. Every month is unique and needs it's own budget. Here'... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:51:54 EST Sunday Pare Down Your Priorities Uh Oh! DQ Blizzard after DS16's jazz concert yesterday was (in hind-sight) not a good idea. I went over calories. But the good news is that I got to the gym, did some healthy food shopping, and cleaned a bit. <BR> <BR> Day 5 of #HealthyHabitsReset is Pare Down Your Priorities. Oh, they called me out on the question, how much time do you spend on social media? A lot. Too much. Pinterest is my new obsession for crafts, landscaping, recipes,'s terrible for my short attention span, ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:42:04 EST Saturday goals Day 5 Spread the Word #HealthyHabitReset <BR> So, I'm supposed to announce to the world my goal via something like, I don't know, a blog. Well, duh! What do you think I do every day? <BR> <BR> Today's intent is to walk an hour in the gym. Maybe do the weekend workout at 12. DS16 has a concert at 2:00. Also need to work on the attic, do some food shopping. <BR> <BR> I've downloaded 2 hours of podcasts about the French Revolution to listen to on my walk, because I'm trying to improve my mind... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:35:46 EST Friday goals Day 4 Healthy Habits Reset <link><BR>-habits-reset.asp </link> Buddy Up <BR> <BR> I have some workout buddies in my life already. #1 is my daily blog on Spark People, and you, my dear readers, and especially those who leave comments every day (Lisa, MorticiaAddams, Idicem and more). I have C, my lunch-time walking buddy. And at the gym, I often see friends. For a while I had a friend I was emailing every day. I just sent her a note to check in. Because... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:07:37 EST Thursday Goals <img src=""> <BR> Day 3 of #HealthyHabitsReset Get Focused <BR> If you have a goal, how do you know you reached it? Well, duh! Anywho, let's do the exercise. You can do it, too. <BR> <BR> How to Set and Reach SMART Goals <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1794 </link> <BR> <BR> My goal is to: Drop a pants size by summer (about 10 pounds) <BR> <BR> SPECIFIC <BR> How will you reach this goal? List ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:54:36 EST Wednesday goals I got to the gym for Abs & Ends last night, didn't make my 10,000 steps, and stayed within my calorie range. Abs & Ends was tough because I haven't been there for 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> I started the #HealthyHabitReset. I set my goal to do cardio M & W, and strength T & Th. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 2, plan ahead. Schedule workouts on the calendar as if it were an important meeting with myself. <BR> <BR> M 5:40 Zumba <BR> T 5:30 Abs n Ends <BR> W 6:30 Zumba <BR> Th 5:30 Abs n Ends Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:26:12 EST Tuesday Goals My friend J, was supposed to meet me at the gym at 7, but was a no-show. I walk/ran the track for 45 min, then went home for dinner. Well, at least the expectation on meeting my friend got me to the gym. Got my 10,000 steps, stayed within calorie range. <BR> <BR> Tuesday goals: <BR> 1. abs & ends 5:30-done <BR> 2. stay within calorie range-done <BR> 3. walk at lunch-done <BR> 4. get 10,000 steps Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:57:16 EST Monday Goals It's so much easier to avoid snacking at work. At work, I'm busy all day, and I bring my food and snacks, so I have portion control. Well, unless someone brings in treats! Today I packed a healthy lunch & 2 small snacks. And I'm so busy. <BR> <BR> Monday Goals: <BR> 1. stay within calorie range <BR> 2. walk at lunch time (done) <BR> 3. gym 7pm Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:02:22 EST Sunday Goals Yesterday I got 17,000 steps, because I took 2 hour long walks. One in the morning, one in the afternoon. But I also ate a lot more, greater output, greater appetite, which should form an equilibrium. But my weight is going up. 182. I don't want to let my weight creep up again. You know I gained 40 pounds, even whilst still logging into, and blogging, at SparkPeople. What am I doing? What am I thinking? <BR> <BR> I have to believe that weight loss is possible. For me. At my age. I've been s... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:39:45 EST Friday goals Happy first day of spring! <BR> <BR> I had a sore throat yesterday, so I went for a strep test, and woo hoo! it came back negative. I haven't had strep this winter. I think it's moving to the new house. So I loaded up on tea and cough drops for work. <BR> <BR> Friday goals: <BR> 1. cal range <BR> 2. water <BR> 3. be grateful for good health Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:26:52 EST Thursday Goals I stayed within my calorie range, but didn't do strength training. When I got home from work, the neighbors were bagging leaves, and I thought this was a good idea, so I bagged up leaves at my front yard. It looks so much nicer, as I uncovered some greens that I suspect are crocuses and tulips. <BR> <BR> Getting ready for Passover, and living in a rural (and far from other Jews) area, I ordered some matzo online, but kept my delivery address as my old place. Oops! I'm sending my son over th... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:04:32 EST Wednesday goals <img src=""> <BR> Just got my new Rx sunglasses from ZenniOptical <BR> <BR> Yesterday was nice weather, and I got a good 45 min walk. 12,000 steps for the day. Today is cooler. I'll do my strength training at home after work. It's been a while since I did that. What's for dinner? Maybe spinach enchiladas. <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goals <BR> 1. exercise 30 min <BR> 2. stay within calorie range <BR> 3. drink plenty of water <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:56:01 EST Tuesday Goals I got 17,000 steps in yesterday. Very good. If I eat my exercise calories, then I stayed within calorie range. And grilled out. <BR> <BR> Today's goals <BR> 1. stay within calorie range <BR> 2. drink plenty of water <BR> 3. take a walk after work <BR> 4. grill outside Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:39:35 EST Monday Lovely weather here in Illinois. It's close to 80. I walked twice yesterday, an hour in the morning, and an hour in the afternoon. I walked more than 15,000 steps! I soaked my feet in epsom salts, because they were so hot & swollen. Very nice. I went over calories, mostly because I ate pop-tarts. <BR> <BR> Why do I have pop-tarts in the house? It was a joke. In the movie, The Sixth Sense. In the scene where Cole's mother went to get Cole another tie, she returned to find all the cabinets op... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:21:37 EST I lost 2 pounds! I was really surprised to learn I lost 2 pounds. What have I been doing differently? I'm a lot less stressed. I've been walking outside. Today I plan on taking an hour long walk in the morning, and another in the afternoon, since the temp is forecasted near 70. <BR> <BR> DS17's scholastic bowl team came in 2nd yesterday by 10 points. What an exciting game. They were so close. DS17 performed very well. They're not going to state, so the season is over. <BR> <BR> Today is my usually cleaning ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:36:11 EST Personalize Your Sedar Place Setting <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I customized my Passover place settings with matching Hagadda covers and napkin rings. At Shutterstock, I found printable images of matzo and pink rose borders to match my haviland limoges china. The images were put together in PhotoShop, personalizing the napkin rings with guest names, and the book cover with my family name, and in Hebrew "Haggada shel ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:41:26 EST Friday Goals DS17 is back to school. He still has a lingering cough, but he was anxious to return, so I loaded him up with cough drops & kleenex and sent him in. The doctor said he's too young for the pneumonia shop. Just wash his hands often, take vitamin C, the kind you mix in water. Keep the house clean & Lysoled, wash linens regularly. And bring hand sanitizer to the tournaments. <BR> <BR> I'm doing well. Happy Friday the 13th! <BR> <BR> Friday goals: <BR> 1. Try to stay within calorie, just try, j... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:51:20 EST Thursday Goals DS17 is feeling somewhat better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I took him to the doctor, and he has pneumonia, she prescribed ammoxicillian (sp). I took the day off work to take him to the dr, pick up Rx, and pamper the poor sick child. I cleaned his room, did his laundry, changed the linen, brought him tea with lemon and honey. I took an hour long walk whilst he napped, opps! forgot to wear my fitbit. <BR> <BR> His fever is down to 99.6 this morning. I'm back to work. <BR> <BR> Other issues (the... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:30:56 EST Wednesday My DS17 woke up with a 101 fever. I'm taking him to the dr to test for pneumonia. I luckily haven't caught his bug! I'm taking the day off to take care of him. It's going to be a warm day, in the 60s. Lucky, lucky me! <BR> <BR> Wednesday goals: <BR> 1. stay within calorie range <BR> 2. workout at home <BR> 3. take a walk outside 60 min <BR> <BR> I'm also cleaning the house today. Even DS17's room. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> edited to update: <BR> DS17 has pneumonia. <BR> Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:38:39 EST Tuesday Goals When I'm having a tough time, I don't blog. There's nothing so tedious as other people's problems. My son is sick with the flu, my car's in the shop, I blew a circuit (electrician rerouted it because it was bad), daylight savings time is affecting my sleep, I screwed up an ad at work. <BR> <BR> I know I should be grateful that I HAVE kids, house, car, job. But I don't cope well when I have more than 3 problems at a time, and lose that perspective. I'm fine, and everyone is fine. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:34:26 EST Wednesday: fox, chicken, & corn Yesterday I slipped on the icy sidewalk and fell on my bad knee. I didn't go to Abs & Ends. And I went over calories. Oh well. Today's a new day. And the scale is back down to 179.8. I just feel bad, sorta depressed. It's the weather, and the injuries (remember I pulled my back muscles shoveling snow) that's keeping me from exercising, which I find really boosts my energy and mood. I started having wine with dinner again. And making brownies because I need a sweetie after dinner. How easy old... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:04:15 EST Monday Goals Back is feeling better. Weight is up 3 pounds, some of which must be water bloat. I had some saltier foods over the weekend. I will try Zumba tonight, but promise to leave if my back twinges. <BR> <BR> Monday Goals <BR> 1. write it before I bite it <BR> 2. stay within cal range <BR> 3. zumba 5:30 <BR> 4. 10,000 steps <BR> <BR> Motivational quote: <BR> <BR> People say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily. <BR> <BR> -Zig Zigler Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:21:10 EST