CAREN_BLUEJEANS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CAREN%5FBLUEJEANS CAREN_BLUEJEANS'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/ Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900004 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l850148796.jpg"> <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>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899353 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898710 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898246 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897488 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896343 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895894 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895325 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597652377.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894591 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894053 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893274 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892282 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1392773666.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l418159824.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892216 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891619 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890955 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890407 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886773 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885496 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 Friday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883635 I'm still recovering from pulling my back muscles. It was really cold this morning a record-tying -6. We're expecting more snow, so I hope my back feels better, or else the kids will have to do everything. I saw a video of using a leaf blower to clean off the car. It should work well, if it's the fluffy light snow. <BR> <BR> DS27 told me he hope I feel better soon because I enjoy going to the gym so much. This is how far I've come in my fitness journey: I'm known as a person who loves work... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:28:22 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883071 We got about 5 inches of light & fluffy white stuff. Shoveling & cleaning off my car this morning, I pulled a muscle in my back, and it keeps spasming .Therefore, I'm NOT going to the gym for Abs & Ends. BOO! I have to remember not to rush my recovery. <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals <BR> 1. stay within calorie range- no <BR> 2. eat every 2-3 hours so I don't get too hungry - yes <BR> 3. Possibly a nice hot bath tonight - no Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:01:07 EST Wednesday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882497 It's not about the resources I have, it's about being resourceful. I ask myself, "How can I____ and enjoy the process?" How can I fit in exercise I enjoy? How can I eat light, but still enjoy my food & feel full? Being resourceful is about not making excuses, but finding creative solutions that fit in my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I slept in my gym clothes, and got up 5:30 and worked out 15 min. It's wasn't great. I admit, it was a 30 min video, and I just ran out of steam half way through. I'm no... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:45:04 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881750 Revisited yesterday's goals: I walked 30 min at lunch, went over calorie range by 100, no alcohol and did 1 hr of Zumba w00t! <BR> <BR> Today, I want to reach these goals: <BR> 1. walk 30 min at lunch- 20 min (my friend was feeling poorly) <BR> 2. stay within calorie range - no <BR> 3. Abs & ends workout 5:30-6:30 - yes <BR> 4. 10,000 steps- almost <BR> 5. Eat every 3 hrs -no <BR> 6. no alcohol -no <BR> 7. buy more salad fixings! yes <BR> <BR> Abs & Ends, 1 hr, twice a week for the last 5 w... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:55:30 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881210 Great weekend! The scholastic bowl team won 1st place, and are going to state in 2 weeks. I moderated, and (having talked to on 3 phone calls to 6 family members back east) my NY accent was quite thick! Dawg, crawssed, tawnament, etc. <BR> <BR> I stayed up to watch the Oscars last night, drinking wine, and eating brie & crackers. What a lovely time to spend with my kids! But I only got 6.5 hrs sleep. <BR> <BR> What do I want to accomplish today? <BR> 1. walk 30 min at lunch-done <BR> 2. st... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:11:09 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879376 TGIF Spark Friends! We're expecting 3-5" of snow tonight. So you know the milk & bread will be flying off the shelves, the lines for gas will be long, people go a little crazy when snow is predicted. <BR> <BR> Sorry I missed Abs & Ends yesterday, because I didn't workout at home. I find the gym just more conducive to working out. Home just has too many distractions. <BR> <BR> Today & tomorrow are going to be very busy. I don't know if I'll get to the gym, or even have time to cook dinner.... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:04:49 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878753 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l801115198.jpg"> <BR> Zumba party was so much fun last night! Just like regular zumba, but with the light off, and glow sticks. One of my friends, who I haven't seen in ages, said I looked thinner. Funny, I haven't lost weight in well over a year. Just doing consistent cardio & weights. Maybe I've tightened up a bit. I danced with friends for 2 hours, which is great because I don't think I'm going to make it to the gym tonight for 5:30 Abs & ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:08:09 EST Wednesday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877988 Last night, it was a fun & challenging workout at Abs & Ends, followed by walking around the track for 30 min, whilst I waited for DS27 to show up with my car, which I loaned him, because his was STILL in the shop from Friday. I hope the part comes in & he gets it back today. <BR> <BR> Tonight is Zumba Party! 6-8pm. I'll join for some of the 2-hour dance workout. <BR> <BR> Wednesday goals: <BR> 1. write it before I bite it (or soon after) <BR> 2. get 10,000 steps <BR> 3. stay within calorie... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:40:42 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877364 It's Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras! Self-control is the antithesis of Mardi Gras, but I'm going to try taking the fat out of Tuesday, and modify a gumbo. <BR> <BR> <link>www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_blog/s<BR>kinny_gumbo_for_fat_tuesday </link> <BR> <BR> How about lent? Anyone giving stuff up? <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. write it before I bite it <BR> 2. Abs & ends 5:30 <BR> 3. Stay within calorie range <BR> 4. Drink plenty of water <BR> 5. eat every 3-4 hours <BR> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:46:25 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876877 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601986888.jpg"> <BR> I went off tracking food over the weekend. Too bad. I do so much better when I track my foods. Lots of valentines' day treats. But, I'm back to protecting my program. <BR> <BR> <BR> Note to self: drink plenty of water. I had a great day Saturday, but didn't drink any water, which resulted in a headache and ringing in my ears Saturday night. I looked it up, and yup, symptoms of dehydration! <BR> <BR> My friend lost 11... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:06:10 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875053 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070991922.jpg"> <BR> Happy Friday the 13th! Go pet a black cat. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. write it before I bite it! <BR> 2. exercise 30 min <BR> 3. Enjoy Valentines Day treats today! <BR> <BR> I was off yesterday, for Lincoln's birthday. I know, weird. I get Lincoln's birthday off, not President's day because someone on the board of trustees has a boner for Lincoln. <BR> <BR> I got my brakes fixed, dog tags updated, food shopping, clean... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:51:17 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873664 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1360959268.jpg"> <BR> Happy hump day! <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goals: <BR> 1. no sugar/alcohol <BR> 2. write it before I bite it <BR> 3. Zumba tonight 6:30 <BR> 4. stay within calorie range <BR> 5. 10,000 steps <BR> 6. make apt with cardiologist (looks like young George Clooney)-done <BR> <BR> You want to know why I hate going to the cardiologist? Because I'm doing 60 min of heat-thumping zumba 3x a week (or rowing machine, or spin bike), and ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:20:05 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873127 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805674174.jpg"> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Track food honestly <BR> 2. 10,000 steps <BR> 3. strength training <BR> 4. make cardio apt with Dr Dreamy <BR> 5. stay within calorie range 1200-1650 <BR> <BR> Went to zumba yesterday, and it was wonderful! My knee felt great. I was missed by some of the kids there. 2 of them even gave me welcome back hugs. It's so nice to know I'm that welcome there. The hour flew by, and before I knew it, it was... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:25:49 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974003382.jpg"> <BR> Monday Goals: <BR> 1. 1200 calories <BR> 2. Eat every 2-3 hours <BR> 3. no alcohol/sugar <BR> 4. Zumba 5:30 <BR> <BR> This weekend, I played racquetball 30 min, 1 hr full body workout, 30 min abs, and Sunday walked 30 min. And my knee feels great! I'm ready for tonight: <BR> <BR> After work, picking up DS16 at 4, dog to vet 4:30 for rabies shot, 5:30 Zumba 1 hr. <BR> <BR> Why ever did I wait so long to get the shot in... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 09:26:49 EST Saturday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871110 Weigh in day. <em>198</em> Oy Vey! <BR> <BR> Calories per day: <BR> <BR> Sa 1727 <BR> Su 3000 (guessing: didn't track super bowl party) <BR> Mo 1470 <BR> Tu 1523 <BR> We 1547 <BR> Th 1391 <BR> Fr 1620 <BR> <BR> Total 12,278 <BR> Daily average 1754 <BR> <BR> I'm going to cut my calories down to 1200 a day this week, and see if I can lose the 2 pounds I gained, as my goal is to maintain my marvelous 40 pound loss. It would be nice to lose weight but during peri-menopause is like cleaning ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 09:05:49 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870548 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1734450322.jpg"> <BR> Friday Goals <BR> 1. Get cortisone shot in the knee! - done <BR> 2. Make apt for Jersey's rabies shot, and nails clipped-done <BR> 3. Write it before I bite it (or soon after) <BR> 4. 30 min workout <BR> <BR> Last night I was a scorekeeper for scholastic bowl. Dinner was pizza, chips, soda, and I logged it into my nutrition tracker well ahead of time, for a total of 1400 calories for the day. So, in the afternoon, when... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:52:28 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870068 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1204722859.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why do I want to be fit, active and healthy? Here's a picture of me and my mother, sometime in the early 80s. Mom had high blood pressure and diabetes. Her lifestyle was sedentary, chain-smoking, and midnight-snacking. She died of cancer of the pancreas at 56, a week after my first child was born. <BR> <BR> I can't do anything to change the past. My intent is to avoid the obesity-related diseases. Every day I ha... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:36:44 EST Wednesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869247 Wednesday Goals <BR> 1. exercise at least 30 min <BR> 2. pt exercises <BR> 3. Write it before I bite it <BR> 4. stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> ~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to Abs & Ends. Great workout! I'm seeing progress, like holding planks and side planks longer. I decided to try something new. You know me, always trying new things. I slept in my workout clothes, and instead of laying in bed when the alarm went off, I got up (took care of the dog, cats, bathroom) and worked out.... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:31:52 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868771 Just because you didn't put it in your tracker, doesn't mean it doesn't end up on your butt. <BR> <BR> Tuesday Goals: <BR> 1. Write it before I bite it (or soon after) <BR> 2. stay within calorie range <BR> 3. 30 min exercise <BR> 4. 10,000 steps <BR> 5. pt exercises <BR> <BR> Today's blog is mostly for my own, sweet self. You're welcome to read, and have some insight into my inner thinking. <BR> <BR> Superbowl, I finally broke my no-alcohol streak, as well as eating some chips, which I do... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 15:26:49 EST Saturday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866583 Saturday Goals: <BR> 1. plan menu for the week- done <BR> 2 food shop - done <BR> 3. exercise - done <BR> 5. stay within calorie range <BR> <BR> I weighed in down half a pound. Setting my intent to continue my healthy habits, and maintain. I've started cooking for tomorrow. I played racquetball with DS27, only did 3 games, because my knee is killing me. It's a rainy day, and I just might take a nap later. <BR> <BR> Alcohol free 31 days, added sugar free for 29 out of 31 days so far. <BR> <... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:05:53 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865859 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203539418.jpg"> <BR> Friday Goals: <BR> 1. stay within my calorie range <BR> 2. get 30 min exercise, maybe spin or row because of knee pain <BR> 3. do Win Tomorrow Checklist <BR> 4. focus on what I'm doing right <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> ***SPOILER ALERT****** <BR> <BR> Did you watch the Biggest Loser finale? I did. All the contestants looked much healthier weight, and had testimonials to how BL changed their lives for the better. Fodder... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:05:54 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205199194.jpg"> <BR> I went to Yoga at 4:45 and Spin class at 5:40 yesterday. This was the first time I've seen the yoga instructor this semester, and she looked very thin. She's battling her 2nd fight with cancer, so I asked her about her health. She's on a new treatment, and can't eat very much, or it comes back up. It's a struggle to get enough nourishment to stay down so she can do her classes. But there she was, doing head stands! <BR>... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:50:39 EST Wednesday goals & Perimenopause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864432 Aunt Flo said I'm not in menopause! But at 54, I must be getting close. And that, dear readers, is why I'm upping my game, and staying the same. I'm eating healthier, getting stronger, increasing my mood & energy with exercise. I'm doing everything right, but frustrated with lack of results on the scale. (yes, there has been other progress) <BR> <BR> I've been trying to psych myself out that I'm just holding myself back with my "limiting beliefs." If it's possible for some, why not me? If I ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:59:46 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863747 Most of the time, I'm just not full. Even after having a meal that should leave me satisfied, I'm still thinking I could eat. I've tried adding low cal foods: salad w/o dressing, cooked veggies, or no cal liquids: water, herbal tea, diet sodas. I've tried adding healthy fats: avocado, olives, oil. And I've tried adding more protein. This last one helps take the edge off hunger, but I'm not full. Only when I've had too many calories do I actually feel full. Does anyone else have this problem? ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:17:34 EST Monday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862967 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402557521.jpg"> <BR> Monday Goals <BR> 1. stay within cal range <BR> 2. 10,000 steps <BR> 3. zumba 5:40 (if knees are ok) <BR> 4. grateful thoughts dispel negativity <BR> <BR> Aunt Flo (my period) decided to show up. With bloating weight gain. My grouchiness continues. <BR> <BR> DS27's car wouldn't start yesterday. He took out the battery & had it check, and it was dead, so he bought a new one. Those things aren't cheap! This morning he w... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:41:35 EST Sunday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862100 Sunday Goals <BR> 1. house cleaning & laundry <BR> 2. meal planning <BR> 3. exercise at least 30 min <BR> <BR> Warning: don't read if you're easily offended by cursing or cussing, you're reading my blog to small children, or are religiously intolerant. I'm writing my feeling instead of pushing them down with food. If you can't handle my feelings, don't read any further. <BR> <BR> I've been at scholastic bowl tournaments all Friday and Saturday. The kids did very well. I was feeling cranky. ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:49:00 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1724619923.jpg"> <BR> I went to the first Zumba class of the semester. My heart was thumping out of my chest; I couldn't breath; I was so happy! There's another class tonight 7:30-8:15, which is rather late for me, and besides I want to watch Biggest Loser. Then this little, nagging voice in my head says, "What? You're going to sit your butt on the couch and watch people workout when you could be dancing your butt off?" And I'm like, "You ar... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:44:30 EST Wednesday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859338 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1205400235.jpg"> <BR> Write it before I bite it, because I have a second chance to make a better decision. Over time, I can investigate alternative and make changes. With practice, tracking food takes less than 5 min a day. Log through my crisis! When I feel (or are) out of control, I'm back in control as soon as the next meal. I don't feel so bad because I know where I am. (The biggest part of fear is not knowing.) <BR> <BR> Wednesday Goal... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:43:52 EST Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858769 Happy Mon...OOPS...Tuesday. The semester starts today, including new group fitness schedule. These are the class that fit in after work & picking up DS16 from either school or extracurricular. Seriously, this is just what works into my schedule; I'm not taking all of these! I wish I had a friend to come along with me. <BR> M <BR> 5:40-6:30 PM ZUMBA <BR> T <BR> 5:30-6:15 PM ABS N’ ENDS <BR> 7:30-8:15 PM DANCE FUSION <BR> W <BR> 5:40-6:10 PM CYCLE EXPRESS <BR> 6:30-7:20 PM ZUMBA <BR> TH <BR> 5... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:00:46 EST Sunday Goals & Why Diets Don't Work for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856984 I'd like to lose the last 30-40 pounds, and decided the way to that was to be sugar & alcohol free, along with counting calories, eating every 2-3 hours, exercising 6 days a week, and other good habits. Giving up sugar & alcohol has been the hardest habit to form, because I was having foods with added sugar daily, and a large glass or 2 of wine several nights a week, which were holding me back from losing weight. I never figured on giving up sugar or alcohol forever. just building a habit, a ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:33:34 EST Friday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855703 "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." <BR> -Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1581419546.jpg"> <BR> I finally lost a pound! It took 2 weeks of effort & not giving up, even though the scale was not reflecting the progress I felt in looser pants. I just kept working on the game-changing habits. Because I can't change the number on the scale. Sometimes the scale isn't going down bec... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:39:53 EST Thursday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854982 Focus on what I can change, and on the present, not on other people (past, present, & future). It is a distraction to be frustrated with my dear departed mother for not taking better care of herself, for loving food, finding more enjoyment with the instant gratification of food, than taking care of her health. I see that attitude in another girl in my life, who's in her 20s, and I am concerned about her future. The only person I can change is me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:41:43 EST