CARTOONB's SparkPeople Blog CARTOONB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Walking at Camel's Back Met a couple of fellow Sparkers for a walk today at Camel's Back Park in downtown Boise. None of us had hiked any more than up and down the first hill, so it was a new hike for all of us. Love the area and will definitely go again. Had a blast walking with Kathy and Sondra. Rachael and Christine, hope you can join us next time! <BR> <BR> The path we walked. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our stats: <BR> ... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:48:58 EST Spark People Super Bowl Workout I did the Spark People Super Bowl workout during the big game today. I know that I missed some of the timeouts and probably a couple of other things, but it was still a good workout! And it kept me from mindlessly stuffing food into my face while the game was on. <BR> <BR> Here is the post: <BR> <link><BR>st=the_super_bowl_exercise_game_work_o<BR>ut_while_you_watch </link> <BR> <BR> Here is what I ended up doing: <BR> <BR> Three sets of 25 jumpi... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:43:23 EST I didn't Blog at all in 2015?!?!?! I guess I'm not a writer. That's okay...we all have our strengths. <BR> <BR> So...what encouraged me to blog now? My goals for the new year, of course! This is the easy part...deciding what to do. After I type these in, I need to set reminders to come check in halfway through the year and then again at the end of the year. After all, what's the point of having goals if you don't know how you did? <BR> <BR> Goal #1: Lose 12 pounds (get back to maintenance) and keep if off. I will do... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:48:09 EST Me too!! It is the last day of 2014 and it is required to look back and reflect. It also seems as though it is required to look forward and plan. too!! <BR> <BR> I've considered my goals for the last year, where I did well, where I didn't. There are things I want to continue to focus on, so I will incorporate those desires into this year's goal. <BR> <BR> I finished 67 books this year. Towards the end of the year, I read one book that was actually three books. I counted it as one book... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:05:40 EST Sometimes, this stuff works!! I had four goals when I started this year. <BR> <BR> 1. Save $1 in week one, $2 in week 2 and so on up to $52 in week 52. <BR> 2. Read, on average, one book per week. <BR> 3. Lose ten pounds by April 1st. <BR> 4. Build tone and definition in my arms. <BR> <BR> For the first goal, I have saved over $1100 of the $1347 goal. The year's not over, but I'm also using the cash for Christmas. I'm thinking that I might restart the goal, but this time make it December 1st through November 30th.... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:36:24 EST WIG - A week in review So...I made a couple changes based on my findings on sugar. I switched to Chobani Vanilla yogurt from Dannon - saved me 3 grams of sugar per day. Meant to look at a couple of different protein/snack bars and totally spaced it!! When I get to the grocery store, I'm in my zone and I just buy what I thought required. So...gonna try again next time I shop. Gotta write it down so I pay attention! <BR> <BR> One thing I noticed is that although I was within range every day (except the... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:21:10 EST WIG Update First, tracking sugar is a pain. Very manual. However, I did learn where I'm getting some sugar that I didn't expect. With that in mind, when I go grocery shopping this weekend, I will look for snacks with lower levels of sugar. I'm not going to look specifically for sugar free since they have to replace the sugar with something. And that something might be worse than sugar. But, I know I can find lower sugar yogurt. And snack bars that have less sugar. And I'm not going to cut out fr... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:18:12 EST Tracking sugar It's not as easy to track sugar as I thought it would be. There is no "Sugar" box to check on the Spark People tracker. Glucose? Yes. Sucralose? Yes. Sugar, no. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Fine...I'll track each food individually. It's a pain, so it won't be a forever thing. Today, I had 31 grams of sugar. I think I'm only supposed to get 25, so that means I'm over. I guess I need to find out for sure what the "recommended" amount is. <BR> <BR> Today's number was probably lower t... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 23:23:34 EST WIG Goals for Week 2 To help the day go by faster...and block out the sounds of my co-workers...I listen to a lot of podcasts. One of the podcasts I listened to today is called Logical Weight Loss. It is one guy who talks about his trials and triumphs as he attempts to lose weight. He has done what many of us have done...lost and gained the same 10 - 20 pounds over and over. <BR> <BR> Today, the topic was why soda is the new cigarettes. Dave (the guy) watched a movie called Fed Up (I'm planning to see if i... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:23:43 EST Commitments for Day Two The main thing I need to do to meet my WIG is to stay in my calorie range every day. There are two things I'm going to do that I don't normally do to help me do that. One, I am going to practice mindful eating. I will put my fork (or spoon) down after every bite. I will stop eating if I'm full before the food is gone. And I will pack less food since I've found that I'm easily satisfied with less. <BR> <BR> Second, I'm going to meet my fiber range every day, preferably with fruits and ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:44:25 EST My WIG - Wildly Important Goal I just finished reading a book called the Four Disciplines of Execution. It is a book directed at business managers and leaders to help them help their teams reach goals. One of the main things that is suggested is to think of one (or at most two) Wildly Important Goal. Your WIG should be in the format "Move from X to Y by this date". <BR> <BR> goal, my WIG, is to go from my current weight (143) to 130 (loss of 13 pounds) by November 28, 2014. That is my WIG and the weight on t... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:40:08 EST Time for another update! I have four goals for this year. <BR> <BR> 1. Save $1 in week one, $2 in week 2 and so on up to $52 in week 52. <BR> 2. Read, on average, one book per week. <BR> 3. Lose ten pounds by April 1st. <BR> 4. Build tone and definition in my arms. <BR> <BR> For the first, I have saved over $700, so I am over half way in dollar amount. But less than half way for number of weeks. I think that overall, I am on track. Really like this goal! <BR> <BR> For the second, I have read thirty seven boo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:05 EST Goal/Resolution Update At the beginning of this year, I set four goals for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. Save $1 in week one, $2 in week 2 and so on up to $52 in week 52. <BR> 2. Read, on average, one book per week. <BR> 3. Lose ten pounds by April 1st. <BR> 4. Build tone and definition in my arms. <BR> <BR> For the saving goal, my goal is to check off each week. However, I don't have to do them in order. I've already checked off the $52 week and a whole bunch of the smaller ones. The remaining weeks will be a ch... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:50:50 EST I got my hair done today! With pictures!! There is a trend at my work - many ladies are chopping off all of their hair! And I mean short, above the ears short. Everyone who has done it looks very cute with their new, short hair. However, I don't think my face can support hair that just wouldn't look right. <BR> <BR> But...I did decide that I am sick of my hair. I wanted to do something new and different, but not too different. Goth and pink were both out! I knew I wanted to have shorter hair and I was waffling be... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:09:14 EST Why? People are odd. Okay, so that's not news for any of you. <BR> <BR> Today, the entire family went to the gym after work. That is a busy period for my gym (as I'm sure it is in most gyms) and one of the three ellipticals I like is broken. DD got on one of the remaining two...right next to the one already being used. <em>39</em> So I got on the treadmill. I don't like the treadmill, but I need to mix it up, so whatever! <BR> <BR> Anyway, there are six treadmills in my gym (small gym)... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:46:20 EST Chinese New Year = Resolution/Goal Update I have a few goals for this year and I've found that if I don't regularly review them, I will forget them. So, here is a quick review. <BR> <BR> 1. Goal: Read an average of one book per week. <BR> Update: I've read five books so far this year and am half way through a sixth book. I'm on target for this goal. <BR> <BR> 2. Goal: Lose 12 pounds by end of April. <BR> Update: I've lost one pound, so a little behind the pace. However, I'm working on changing my mind set about ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:51:38 EST Warning - TMI and a little bit gross Back in June, I was playing softball on a grass field. I was playing catcher and the play was at home. The runner slid and slid right into me. Bruised my shin and squished my toe. The shin healed quickly. The toe, however, had a dead nail. I thought that maybe the nail was going to be black forever. However, about two months ago, I started to see a white line at the base of my nail. A new nail was growing!!! <BR> <BR> As the new nail grew, the old nail stayed in place and protected... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:03:47 EST The weird things that happen My daughter is a carb-a-tarian. She doesn't like most meats. She doesn't believe in vegetables. She subsists on carbs - bread, pasta, oh...and cheese. She does eat spinach salads (spinach is a leaf, not a vegetable). And she will eat pineapple and potatoes. And chicken nuggets. That pretty much is her diet. Oh...and she's 17. <BR> <BR> Anyway, in the last two or three weeks, she has decided that she was unhappy with her weight. She has taken charge of tracking what she eats and how ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 00:35:12 EST Here is what I'm going to do... Okay, so it's January 1st. Time to look at the year past and make plans for the new year just started. I don't like the idea of resolutions, at least not for me. They seem too easy to put aside after a couple of weeks. So, instead, I have some specific plans. Semantics? Yep. <BR> <BR> Plan #1: I'm going to read an average on one book per week. I just finished a book today, so I'm starting very close to the beginning. So, at the end of 2014, I will have read 52 books. Please be awa... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 23:40:06 EST Gun Safetey Class Two Christmas' ago, DH gave me a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 38 Special Revolver. I finally took the tag off of it today!! Today's class was two hours of safety instructions. Following the instructions, we went to the shooting range and got to practice. <BR> <BR> Loved every minute of it. The last round was an attempt to completely shoot out the center red target. Here's a picture of my grouping. Didn't quite shoot out the circle, but I'm pretty happy with the outcome!!! <BR> <BR> <i... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:33:24 EST Bored, oh so bored.... So it must be time for a change. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I found out that my position at work had been eliminated. I have been with this company for 20 years, same department the whole time. Same group for the last 10. We are going through a "restructuring" and my position was eliminated. The good news is that there was a different position available if I chose to take it. I did. <BR> <BR> I started my new position last Thursday. It is not at all challenging, physically nor mentall... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 21:47:40 EST Stubborn Challenge One of my Spark friends posted a blog about how being stubborn can be a good thing or a bad thing. <BR> <BR> BRADMILL2922 <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409570 </link> <BR> <BR> It got me thinking...I am stubborn. Really stubborn. Why don't I use that stubbornness for good? Good for me, of course. <BR> <BR> So...I am giving myself a Stubborn Challenge. Starting Sunday (yes, I know I could start right now, but I'm being stubborn an... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:41:37 EST My new motto <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SparkPeople said best...nothing I need to add. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:19:43 EST Update on New Treadmill Workout First, thanks to all of you who commented on my blog yesterday. Thankfully, I'd did not fall off the treadmill nor did I turn into a pretzel at the bottom of the treadmill. Although, some of the mental images you provided made me laugh! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Since it is Saturday, I slept in until 6:00. I puttered around the house a bit, doing laundry and such and made it to the gym around 7:00, so I was wide awake for this experiment. After the warm up, I walked with no incline at 0.... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:36:24 EST New idea of fun? I'm a gym rat. I go to the gym six days a week and am on the elliptical at least five of those days. I try to mix it up at least one day, but I don't always feel like it. I know that I need to vary my workout, but sometimes that is too much to think about. Especially at 4:30 AM. <BR> <BR> So...I was reading an article in one of those little throw away magazines. I live in Southern Idaho and it gets cold here in the winter months. In fact, we hit 36' today and it feels like a heat wave! ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:37:18 EST Everyone Else is Doing It! Making New Year's Resolutions that is. Or setting goals. Or whatever you want to call it. And I want everyone to like me, so I'm going to be a joiner!! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> That, and if I write down my goals, I'll be able to refer to this blog to remember what I want and why. <BR> <BR> Goal 1: do one unassisted pull up. I'm closer than I've ever been, but still need to gain ~60 pounds of strength. Better than the 100+ I started at. Why do an unassisted pull up? Cos I think it wi... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:45:30 EST New Floor!! With before and after pics! My DH and I moved into this house during the summer between our DD's kindergarten and 1st grade years in school. She is now a Junior (or 11th grade). It's late, so you get to do the math! The house was about two years old when we moved in. And we moved in very well. Besides DD, we also have DS and two dogs. All together, we've been very hard on our kitchen floor. <BR> <BR> Poor floor...notice the holes in the linoleum? That's what happens when you don't have wheels on the desk chair... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 23:03:03 EST Happy Fourth! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is a great version of this song! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 13:39:49 EST Never Quit Pledge, Read, Agree, and Share With Those You Love Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 23:51:41 EST Well...that didn't work! A few weeks ago, I changed my goals to show myself losing seven pounds by the end of the year. I figured that a slow-and-steady pace would take away the stress I was feeling and make it easier to stay in calorie range. <BR> <BR> I was wrong. <BR> <BR> Instead of making it easier to stay in calorie range, it got really easy to be over. Not a lot (usually), but over. And, sure enough, my weight followed. I saw my highest number on the scale this weekend. Granted, I had just eaten four ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 19:42:34 EST A-Z Random Facts (thanks to others!) A. Age: 43 <BR> <BR> B. Bed size: Queen <BR> <BR> C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the toilet <BR> <BR> D. Dogs: Two - Shihtzu-Papillon Mix (sorry, don't know how to spell either of those) and Boxer <BR> <BR> E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast, usually leftovers from last night's dinner <BR> <BR> F. Favorite color: Green (or sometimes orange) <BR> <BR> G. Gold or Silver: silver <BR> <BR> H. Height: 5'1" <BR> <BR> I. Instruments you play: None <BR> <BR> J. Job title: Assembl... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 23:25:48 EST New Do - With Pictures My hair was red for years. Different shades and different colors mixed in, but always red. I would love to be a natural red head, but I hear natural red heads wish they weren't. I guess it's a matter of wanting what you don't have. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have recently been drifting more to the blonde. Still some red and even a little brown thrown in. As requested (KRICKET4), here are some photos. Rules are - only look at the hair, not the face!! Some old lady took over my mirror (and cam... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 14:20:36 EST Goal Timeline has been Extended...Indefinitely Eight years ago, I was at goal weight. I know this because one of my goals was to actually weigh what my driver's license said I weighed. And it did!! I just renewed my driver's license and it still says the same weight. However, I am now hovering between six and then pounds above that number. Why? Because I thought I could eat what I wanted during the Christmas season (three years ago) and still maintain my healthy weight. Why would I think that I could forgo my healthy habits and sti... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 23:37:35 EST What is my "Why"? I like Jillian Michaels. I like her workouts. I like her attitude. I like her straight forward way of communicating. I don't agree with everything she says, but I like to hear her say it anyway. <BR> <BR> One of the things she says (and I'm paraphrasing here) is that you can handle any "how" if you know "why". If you know why you want to do something, you're able to handle any how that comes at you. <BR> <BR> Which brings up the question, why do I want to lose weight and then maintain... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 22:19:18 EST Late Night Pancake House Meal? Walking down the hall at work today, I overheard a snippet of a conversation. Two ladies were talking about their weekend and one of them mentioned going to the pancake house to eat. <BR> <BR> Instantly, I wanted a stack of golden pancakes, covered with syrup, maybe a little whipped cream and some fruit to top it off. Not that strange, right? <BR> <BR> Except I don't like pancakes. I'm not a bread/carb person anyway and pancakes fall into that category for me. The only way I can eat... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 23:17:49 EST Lessons from SpongeBob Squarepants? I was listening to a podcast today and the guy who voices SpongeBob Squarepants was a guest. He played what he said was the most popular song from that cartoon. The name of the song was "It's The Best Day Ever" and I found myself really listening. <BR> <BR> The longer I listened and the more I heard, the happier I got. Weird, huh? But, if you could actually capture that feeling and keep it (keeping it is the hard part), every day really could be the best day ever. I'm really going to ... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 10:33:19 EST My new ride... is a 2011 Dodge Nitro Heat with a V-6 engine, heated leather seats, a sun roof (or moon roof?), and fancy, schmancy sound system. I've been saying that I'm getting a new vehicle for about five years now and I finally did! <BR> <BR> This particular vehicle has enough power to back up my attitude. So...if I go missing from Spark for a little while, please realize that I probably need bail money. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here is the one picture I've taken. You may now oooh and ahhh over ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 23:25:22 EST The kids are away and the mom will play! Won't she? <BR> <BR> My kids are visiting their grandparents for one week. And let me tell is weird. No mid-afternoon texts asking me what to eat for breakfast. No requests to go buy sno-cones and candy. No chores left undone. Nobody taking my stuff and moving it to who knows where. No new messes when I get home. <BR> <BR> No one fixing my dinner before I get home. Nobody saying hi mom when I walk in from work. No one to take out the trash on trash day. No one to do all ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:46:21 EST My HRM beeps! I have had my heart rate monitor (HRM) for about a year now. Maybe longer. I've used it almost every time I've worked out since I got it. In other words, it is not new. <BR> <BR> So imagine my surprise when I heard it beep on Saturday. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> I knew that I would be mowing and trimming our yard on Saturday. With our wet spring and busy lives, the lawn hasn't been mowed as consistently as it should. And, when it was mowed, the grass wasn't always bagged (read - not bagg... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 22:06:20 EST Swimsuit shopping I've been wearing the same swimsuit now for about ten years. Maybe twelve. In that time, my weight has fluctuated up and down sixty pounds. The inner lining is still in great shape! However, the outside part can easily be stretched over a foot all of the way around! <em>40</em> . Might be time for a new one. <BR> <BR> Since this one lasted so long, I decided to go back to the same place and buy a similar suit. I threatened my kids that I was going to get a string bikini. My sweet dea... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 23:20:46 EST Pictures of my new table and chairs The table we had had been hanging around for awhile. I think we got it about the same time as we got my DD (almost 15 years ago). It had an L-shaped bench for seats and was made of pine. It was too big for the space and it was time for a new one. Since I get a bonus on Friday, I used some of it (ahead of time!) to purchase a new table and chairs...on sale. Put them together myself too. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of pics. Look and enjoy and then tell me what great taste... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:36:30 EST My Perfect Day At least in my fantasy world, this would be my perfect day. Well...fantasy world with a little reality thrown in. <BR> <BR> First and foremost, the kids will be in school and DH will be at work. Don't get me wrong, I love my family. However, I also love my time to myself. My perfect day is my day to do what I want and that is easier if my family is otherwise occupied. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My first to-do is to sleep in until I feel like getting up. Nothing planned in the morning with... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 22:35:42 EST Word...too Copied from Em's blog... <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> Purse? <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> One <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Colored <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Single <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Married <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> Books <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> None <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> Nos <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> Living <BR> <BR> Your hobby? <BR> Reading <BR> <BR> Your fear? <BR> Drowning <BR> <BR> Where do you want ... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:54:48 EST I took time for myself today DD had a doctor's appointment (sport's physical) at 4:00. I decided that I needed to leave work at noon so that I had plenty of time to drive home (25 minutes) get her and drive back to the doctor (25 minutes). If you are too tired to do that math in your head, that means I had three hours of time that I built in as a cushion. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So what did I do with my extra time? I took myself out to lunch. Small burger. Small fries. Then I got the emissions on my truck checke... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 23:40:00 EST I'm a reader, aren't I? So why is it taking me so long to read this book? I got "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" from the library last Saturday. I am now on page 285 out of 563. So just over half way through. I used to read a book like this in under a week! What happened? <BR> <BR> The first thing I can think of is that I no longer read while I work out on most days. I now meet my friend at oh-dark-thirty and we talk while we sweat. Or we don't, depending on how tired we are! LOL! But I don't read. ... Sun, 13 Feb 2011 01:12:30 EST Busy, busy everywhere! And not a minute to think! Dang! <BR> <BR> Work is busy and looking to get busier. My department works with subcons and the products I work with are being shipped to the subcons at an alarmingly fast rate! Although, not as fast as the powers-that-be would like! LOL! What this means for me is lots of late-night meetings (to talk to the subcons) and lots of early mornings (to get work done) and lots of meetings in between to keep everyone updated. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Then, when I g... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 23:17:58 EST I did it! But I don't have to do it again... A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a menu item at one of our local restaurants. It was a Peanut Butter Burger. A hamburger patty with hickory smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, mayo and, of course, peanut butter. <BR> <BR> I was intrigued when I read that but immediately discarded it from my choices. But as the day went on, and the days turned into weeks, I kept thinking about the dang peanut butter burger! <BR> <BR> So...DH and I headed to the Ram for dinner t... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 00:53:43 EST How long does one week take? Holy moly! This week is taking forever. And I'm not the only one who feels this way. All week, it has seemed like the week should be over, or almost over, and it hasn't been! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> It is finally Friday Eve! And I still feel like the week should have ended long ago! Does anyone have a time machine? I'd like it to be tomorrow at this! Thu, 27 Jan 2011 21:23:28 EST Peanut Butter Burger?? For lunch today, I went with some co-workers to a restaurant called "The Ram." It is one of those restaurants that I don't go to with my family because DS can't eat anything there, DD won't eat anything there and DH isn't interested. Whatever. <BR> <BR> As I was reading the menu, I saw that they had a burger called "The Peanut Butter Burger." Here is the description. <BR> <BR> PEANUT BUTTER <BR> Peanute butter, cheddar, hickory smoked bacon, sliced tomato, lettuce and mayo 9.99 <BR> <B... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 22:53:34 EST Kitchen cures for gorgeous skin??? I have a magazine (Woman's World) that I read. It is a weekly periodical and every week they have new ways to keep your hair shiny or your nails perfectly manicured or whatever. (BTW...I'm about six months behind, so this was a June issue) <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> The week that I'm reading has the headline "Kitchen Cures for Gorgeous Skin." Now, I know what they mean. They are going to give us great hints on using items that we already have in our kitchens to make our skin gorgeous. <BR>... 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