CARTOONB's SparkPeople Blog CARTOONB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Another data point that proves the theory! Yesterday was a long day and I got to bed "late". At least, it was later than I wanted to be in bed. Today, I turned into a Hoover!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was eating my morning snack at 9:30 (I usually eat closer to 10:30 or later). Then I had a second morning snack. At lunch, I wanted the cookie of the total stranger sitting two seats down (I did not take it, but it took Herculean strength!)... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:59:36 EST Where does the evening go? I left work on time and headed to the gym. We did a nice hard workout and I was home slightly before 7. I had dinner in the slow cooker and DS made rice so dinner was ready as soon as I got home. Sat down, ate, rested for about 10 minutes and then off to the shower. After the shower, I started gathering stuff for tomorrow, cleaning up dinner, dishes, etc. And now it's already 9:00. <BR> <BR> How did that happen? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:02:40 EST Energy to get through the day My workout friend and I have something in common. We both have tons of energy to get through the day. We are both up and on our feet and getting stuff done from the moment we get up to the moment we sit down...and fall asleep where we stop! <BR> <BR> We both have husbands that don't have that kind of energy. We both try to eat healthy (most of the time) while our hubby's don't have the same structure. We both workout regularly...hubbys don't. <BR> <BR> Conclusion based on a tiny lit... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:03:04 EST Zero added sugar? Today, in the 21-Day No-Sugar Challenge, I am supposed to aim for zero servings of added sugar. Zero? Why zero? I know that too much sugar is bad. But zero? Where's the fun in that? <BR> <BR> I'm definitely working on less sugar. I'm trading out my lots o' sugar snack for raw almonds and cheese. Or just the raw almonds. And I'll be looking for other options when I get tired of almonds. <BR> <BR> But zero? That ain't happenin'!! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturda... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:34:25 EST And on to the next crisis? Fight? Discussion? Stress? When I got home from grocery shopping and DS helped carry, we started talking again. <BR> <BR> BTW, thank you for all of the support on my "Florida is humid" post. I really hope he listens, but if not, it feels good to know you all listen to me!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, we talked about DS's grades and his plans for college. He goes to college in August...maybe. The first thing we talked about was all of the assignments he is missing in all of his classes. I tried (again) to explain that wh... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:02:53 EST I'm not a world traveler When I went to college, I flew from Idaho to Missouri without my parents. And things were a lot different back then (rules, luggage, etc.). Since then, I have flown to Taiwan twice (on the company's dollar) so I have had to learn how to pack for a flight. Plus, Taiwan is a more humid environment than Idaho. So I know how humidity can affect us desert-dwellers. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DS flies to Fl... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:34:43 EST Peanut Butter Mashed Potatoes Had a business dinner tonight at the Brickyard Steakhouse in downtown Boise. I ordered (of course!) steak. :) It was a rib-eye steak with potato and bacon soup, a roll and my choice of Idaho potatoes. Here is one of the potato choices: <BR> <BR> Peanut Butter Mashed Potatoes- Fire roasted red bell pepper, smoky chipotle, and peanut butter hand mashed with Yukon gold potatoes. <BR> <BR> How could I say no to that??!?!? For those of you who are grossed out by the idea of adding peanut b... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:16:32 EST My son has no empathy There was a bus crash not far from where we live. The bus swerved off of the road and rolled an unknown number of times. The great news is that there are no life-threatening injuries. There are some bumps and bruises, but nothing serious. The news story mentioned that there would be mental health professionals available to students for as long as they are needed. I think this is a good thing. <BR> <BR> My son started mocking the need for counseling because the students were scared (pi... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:15:20 EST A work out partner is essential for me I have a workout partner who is 6 years younger than me. She is very results driven and likes to have a goal to work toward. And, she would rather work out with someone rather than by herself. <BR> <BR> That's where I come in! I show up when I say I will (as does she). She comes ready with a workout for us both to do. I come ready to do what she tells me to do. Today, we did a 5-minute warm up (outside since the weather was decent!) followed by eight 60-second "runs" (we jog) and 90-... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:17:55 EST Happy Easter DD and her BF came over for Easter dinner and to do their laundry (their washing machine is broken). Spent a nice afternoon with them, DH and DS. Also got a lot done, including making lasagna for tomorrow night, potato soup for lunches and broccoli to go with my dinners. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great day and weekend! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 0 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 17 day streak ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:00:57 EST Thought I'd get the chance to read today... ,,,but I was 100% wrong! Started the day early by going to the gym. Came home, started laundry and cleaned the bathroom, ate lunch, more laundry, made chocolates, did dishes and cleaned up the kitchen. Then it was time to go get pizza for DH's dinner. Went to the store for a birthday card for MIL and started sorting stuff for DH. Tomorrow will be just as crammed. I need a weekend from my weekend!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:17:54 EST First SB Game tonight! We had our first softball game of the season today. I kept a close eye on the skies and my email as it rained off and on most of the day. The game was not cancelled and it was about 53' and cloudy when the game started. And windy. Did I mention that I was chilled? Couldn't feel my fingers until I was about half way home!! <BR> <BR> Please note, I am not a great SB player. I know that and I"m okay with that. I play right field and I am the last batter in the line up. Tonight, I got u... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:49:31 EST Planning ahead for the end of the week As I've mentioned before, Thursdays and Fridays are hard for me. I'm tired by then and I want to eat to "reward" myself with food. My plan for tomorrow is to play softball. Since the game is at 6:30, I will be leaving straight from work to get to the game on time. I will take my dinner with me. A peanut butter sandwich and carrots. I'm feeling broke, so no worries about buying more food afterwards. <BR> <BR> For Friday, I will plan my meals on Thursday night. And I will keep myself b... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:34:18 EST Whole grain day! My challenge for today was to have at least half of my grains be whole grains. The only grains I had today were the tortilla chips I had with my taco salad at dinner. Since the first ingredient (of, maybe four!) was corn, I think I succeeded. Carbs are usually not my issue. In fact, I didn't meet my carb macro goal today...missed it by one! The healthier I eat, the less likely I am to hit my carb goal. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to what tomorrow brings! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week i... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:12:39 EST Day 4 - "No" Sugar It turns out, my go-to afternoon snack has 12 grams of sugar. And I thought I was being healthy. It is Greek yogurt with granola. When I was checking my added sugars (not counting vegetables and whole fruits) I saw that my chocolate peanut butter balls (CANDY!!) only have 2 grams of sugar. And my "healthy" yogurt and granola has 12!! No wonder my blood sugar goes a little nuts between my last snack and dinner. I will have to figure out a new afternoon snack. <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak re... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 23:13:54 EST Sunday, Sunday... Last day of the weekend. Went to the gym early since I was meeting the "Ladies and the Babies" for lunch. We met at the local outdoor mall and went to the Mexican restaurant. Afterwards, I came home and got so many of my chores done. I even had time to report my tomatoes and cucumbers into bigger pots. Since there was frost on the ground this morning, definitely not time to plant them outside! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days o... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 22:56:08 EST 14-in-14 Update and Thanks! First, thank you all for the support on my last blog. I am looking forward to the week off, to reading and hopefully, to sleeping in until at least 7! And, yes, you can all come visit me!!! Or send people to visit. :D <BR> <BR> I am officially down 2.2 pounds. Since this is week 3(or is it 4?), I'm a little behind. Need to get a little better on that! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 0 day streak <BR> Sleep at least... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 00:10:29 EST Mother of the Year? I have two kids and I think I've done an okay job raising them. They have always behaved better in public than they do at home. They are polite to their elders and hold doors for me and for strangers. They know how to work (even though they complain about it) and their teachers/bosses have always said nice things about them to me. Heck! My DD would rather pay to live with 6 other people than live at home for free. That says "good parenting" in my book! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> And, ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 23:27:48 EST First day of 21-Day No Sugar Challenge Did the first day of the no-sugar challenge. Took the quiz and got the same answer as my Spark-buddy who is doing this with me, KENDRACARROLL. Her blog gave me food for thought...and reminded me that I need to read a BUNCH of labels! I'm making menus and doing some grocery shopping tomorrow, so now is a good time to do it. <BR> <BR> BTW, today was easier to stay on track than past Thursdays have been. I think the sleep thing is working! <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 23:22:53 EST Status report: 1. Running late so this will be short. <BR> 2. Boys are feeling better...mostly. <BR> 3. Going to do Spark's 21-Day No Sugar Challenge with a Spark Friend. Will keep you updated. <BR> 4. Tomorrow is softball practice, if weather permits. <BR> 5. Going to bed soon so I can keep up this "more sleep" experiment. <BR> 6. Good night! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 4 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 6 day streak ... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 23:23:19 EST Sick babies DH and DS are both sick. DH (who is never cold) was freezing tonight. Granted, the heat was off and it was only 63' in the house. But still, he was cold! The heat is now on, but he did go to bed early. <BR> <BR> DS just came out of his room saying that his stomach hurt. He isn't sure why, but it is bad enough he came out of his room (he NEVER comes out of his room unless forced. Or if food is involved.) <BR> <BR> I don't want my babies to be sick. Especially when there is nothing... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 23:02:14 EST Tracked sugar...I think I ate what I ate and then I went back and looked at the nutrition info for each item and added up the grams of sugar (sorry for the run-on sentence!). It all added up to 28 grams. I was a little surprised that the majority of my sugar came from the potato soup (home made with milk, cream cheese and potatoes) and carrots. Those two together added up to 11 grams. I totally understand why tracking sugar is so crazy!!! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in cal... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 22:28:59 EST 28-Day No Sugar Challenge? I've been listening to a new podcast (new to me) called 40+ Fitness. The personal trainer who hosts the podcast is anti-sugar. He's not obnoxious about it, but does mention it a few times. He has a 28-day No-Sugar challenge. The last day to sign up was March 30, so I can't sign up for his, but I'm still considering some sort of no-sugar something. Or at least reduced sugar. <BR> <BR> However, to know how much to reduce my sugar, I need to figure out how much I eat now. And Spark's tr... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 22:00:47 EST I finally figured it out I tend to eat really well Sunday through Wednesday. Thursday is iffy and then Friday and Saturday are ugly. I work Monday through Thursday, 6 am - 5 pm (plus meetings, if needed). To get to work on time and give myself enough leeway (less stress) I get up at 4:15. That means, for me to get a full 7 hours of sleep, I need to be in bed (and asleep) by 9:15. Between my workout, dinner, gathering stuff for the next work day, making sure the boy does his homework and Sparking/relaxing, it is ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:58:03 EST Flirting or being friendly? In my area, there is a local gym that offers three free classes every Saturday morning. They start at 7:30 and a new one starts 45 minutes after that and then another 45 minutes after that, the last one starts. I've been going with my friend, but last week she couldn't go. I think I told y'all that I ended up doing all three classes (and paying for it!) last week. Still glad I did it! <BR> <BR> What I didn't tell anyone was, between the HIRT class and the Battle Ready class, one of the... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:33:27 EST Law and Order Marathon My DS has discovered Law and Order, the series that has been running since at least 1992. And he has found a station that is showing episodes back-to-back-to-back. It is hilarious to see these shows!! The cell phones that they have are bricks! Their clothes are definitely late 80's, early 90's. The acting is not that great. And, to top it off, every single person has horrible looking skin!!! The technology for filming has definitely improved in the last 25 years! <BR> <BR> Streak rep... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:34:41 EST Just a streak update tonight Work meeting at 9:00 tonight went later than planned so I am running way behind. Just an update tonight. <BR> <BR> Hope y'all are having a fantastic week! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 3 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 6 day streak <BR> Maximum of two adult beverage per week - 4.5 week streak <BR> WILTY exercise - 0 week streak <BR> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:55:01 EST Feeling productive anyway Today was a normal day. Went to work, then to the gym and then home. After dinner, I took my shower and gathered my stuff (lunch, book, etc.) for work tomorrow. I sat down and started to log my food for tomorrow and I realized that I had no idea what I had planned for dinner for tomorrow. Sigh... <BR> <BR> So, I got up and checked my menu. Mongolian Beef. Dang it. The meat is in the freezer. And I need to slice and dice and get it all put together. So, I thawed the meat enough, slic... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:56:39 EST What does it say about me? I am on a team that each month we are challenged to change up our Spark Page to match a theme of the month. We get to choose what that theme is. This month (March - in case you don't know! LOL!) I chose "In like a lion, out like a lamb". I started the month with lion pictures. The middle of the month had pictures of lions with lambs. And now I'm finishing out the month with just lambs. I didn't take any of these pictures. Just borrowed them from a quick Google search. <BR> <BR> Loo... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:31:48 EST Yup...Paying for it! If you read my blog from yesterday, you may have seen that I did three different exercise classes yesterdays. Yoga, HIRT and Battle Ready. I really like all of those classes and am glad I did them all. Mostly. <BR> <BR> Today, I am paying for doing those classes all at once! OUCH! My shoulders are not as sore as I thought they would be. That's a plus. However, my inner thighs are very sore. And they hurt more after I've been sitting for a while. Luckily, I haven't been sitting muc... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:10:09 EST Internet connection hiccup I was about 1/3 of the way through the most riveting blog every known to man and my internet connection went kaput! That was yesterday. Today looks better...for internet connection that is. The blog is only gonna be so-so. Sorry! LOL! <BR> <BR> First, update on my 14 pounds in 14 weeks. I'm up 0.4 pounds from last week. I still count that as being on track. <BR> <BR> Second, I did three different classes this morning. First was yoga. I like that class. Next was HIRT (High Inten... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:41:46 EST So tired of BMF!!! What is BMF? Don't worry, the F is not for *the* F word. BMF is Barbara Made Food. And since I'm Barbara, it's food made by me. DH and I long ago came up with the acronym (initialism?). I would ask him what he wanted for dinner and his response "BMF!" Which meant he didn't really care what we ate as long as he didn't have to make it. <BR> <BR> Most of the time, I prefer BMF. I know what is in what I make. I can control the portion size. I can make stuff that I like! <BR> <BR> Bu... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:41:23 EST A little over, but I'm okay I was up again too late last night. I had room in my calories to get a chai tea on my way to work (needed the extra caffeine). Stayed on track the rest of the day, even when sugar called to me. <BR> <BR> However, after dinner, I found that I was still hungry. I had a meeting at the school at seven, and decided not to eat more until after the meeting (you know, wait and maybe the craving will pass). After the meeting, I still had that low-level feeling of hunger. I gave in and had a pi... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:21:45 EST WWF is EVIL!! LOL! I've been playing Scrabble with my mom since the time I could spell. My mom would help me figure out words to play and where to play, but she never let me win. The first time I beat her fair and square was AWESOME!! I'm sure I politely told her "Thank you for the great game. You are a worthy opponent." <BR> <BR> Or, probably more like this... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was a brat! <BR> <BR> Now I play WWF (Wo... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:23:47 EST Walked in the rain today I didn't mean to, but the rain started before my walk ended. The morning was gorgeous, but I had things I had to get done before I could take the time for a walk. When I left, the skies were looking pretty black. I walked to the pharmacy, picked up a couple of prescriptions and then headed home. The whole trip was about 3.5 miles. The rain didn't start until I had walked almost three of those. I did have my umbrella, so I didn't get too wet. I did find some holes in my umbrella though!... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:12:25 EST Weigh in #1 done and now back at it! Woot!!! Weighed in today and I'm down 2 pounds from last week!!! I am on track to lose my 14 pounds in 14 weeks. I had planned for today to be a little more "free" in the eating department and I did do that. So, now to get back on track. Starting need to eat more today! <BR> <BR> Today was a whole lotta nothing. I was supposed to go to yoga, but my workout partner was too sore to go (she took a dive in volleyball and is aching from the landing). I could have gone by myself, b... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:54:56 EST Last day of week 1!! Today was the last day of the first week. I jinxed myself on the scale with my blog yesterday. BUT, the official weigh-in is tomorrow. Keeping the weigh-in on Saturday makes it more likely that I will make healthy choices on Friday. That will leave only Saturday for "cheat" meals. <BR> <BR> My hope is that my body is holding on to some stuff and will let go before I get on the scale in the morning. Fingers crossed! <BR> <BR> I did get all my major chores done today. Menus planned -... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:18:05 EST Tomorrow is the end of Week 1 out of 14! I started this plan, lose 14 pounds in 14 weeks, last Friday. Granted, I decided to do it Friday night, but that's still basically a week ago, right? <BR> <BR> A little background here...I'm one of those people who weighs myself every day. I do get on the scale twice every morning. The second time is right after the first time to make sure the numbers match. It's my way of being able to tell when the battery in my scale is starting to weaken. My weight does not affect my mood for the ... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:01:33 EST So sleepy! I've been getting my 6 hours per night, but just barely! Tonight, I'm going to try to be in bed a little earlier. So, in an effort to do that, this is a short blog. Mostly just streak report! (Just had to retype that...I typed "Scrap report" instead of "Streak report". Work is seeping in!) <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 5 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 5 day streak <BR> Maximum of two adult beverage per... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:19:40 EST Does being productive (or not) affect your mood? Today was one of those days that I waffled back and forth between being happy and feeling like I needed to cry. Part of it, I think, is that I wasn't really busy. We have projects to work on, but my role hasn't been fully defined. If I don't feel "important" then I don't feel productive. And that can send my emotions on a stoopid roller coaster. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have the same issues? How do you level yourself out? And how do you keep from "fixing" it with food? BTW...I stu... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:09:35 EST 11 calories... By the time I logged all of my food, my calorie count was over by 11 calories. Eleven!! I'm still counting it as being "in" calorie range today. Why?'s 11 calories! Also, a lot of what I am eating is estimated. I had half of a bacon breakfast burrito for breakfast. My work cafeteria does not offer calorie counts on the food they make (or if they do, I haven't bothered to check). And, even if they did provide calorie counts, it would still be an estimate. So, breakfast is an... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:09:05 EST Daylight Savings Time I'm going to start out by saying I'm not a fan of DST. All of my 5:00pm meetings are now at 6:00pm. Anything later than that will also be pushed. The Asia team does not participate in DST, so our meetings get messed up. If, however, we were to pick a time and stick to it, I'd be in support of that. And I don't care if it's DST or Standard time. Just pick and stick!! <BR> <BR> With all of our technology now, most of my devices, clocks, watches, etc. are automatically changed. There a... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:31:09 EST Shared my plan My workout partner and I have been visiting a gym in the next town over to take a yoga class. Today, there was yoga, HIRT and Battle Ready. If you did all three classes, you got a free t-shirt or tank. We both decided that we did not need a new shirt that bad, so we took a walk during the HIRT class. During that walk, we talked and I shared my plans for the next 14 weeks. Having her know my plans will definitely help me stay on track. <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Sa... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:41:08 EST Plan to lose 14 pounds in 14 weeks One of my favorite events of the summer is in 14 weeks. It is the annual Wing Off where there are between 45 and 60 cooks (depending on the year) cooking 45 - 60 different kinds of wings. I sample as many as I can...except the super dooper hot ones. No need to burn my mouth! There is a huge group of people that I know and work with. And quite a few more that I see only on that day. <BR> <BR> The Wing Off is outside and June in Idaho is hot. There is shade, but I do want to wear short... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:30:23 EST Ruts are my friend! As I mentioned before, I do so much better during the week. The routine (or rut) works for me. I can plan and pack my lunch and snacks. And I can see it's 10:00, so time for my morning snack. I like ruts!! <BR> <BR> Today, I got out of my rut. I planned and packed, just like normal. I even ate at my normal times. BUT...I had to make two stops on the way home/the gym. I had hoped to leave work 30 minutes early, but only left about 10 minutes early. The errands didn't take long, but ... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 22:52:40 EST Because Bacon! During the week, I am very good about planning my meals for the next day. My days are structured, so I know when I'm going to eat. When I scheduled/planned my meals today, I had 4 calories left. But, I met my match. <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight was salad (spinach) with chicken and bacon. Well...bacon is my downfall. It tastes like bacon after all!! I had an extra piece of bacon. In case you didn't know, bacon has more than 4 calories. LOL! And...then I had four chocolate and peanut butt... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 23:08:17 EST Just an update! Streak report: <BR> Staying in calorie range - 0 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 12 day streak <BR> Maximum of one adult beverage per week - 1 week streak Wed, 8 Mar 2017 07:00:37 EST Didn't feel like it, but exercised anyway It's supposed to start looking like Spring. You know, mild temperatures, gentle rains, green grass, maybe small hints of flowers. We have none of that. The temps are in the 30's. That gentle rain? Snow. <em>28</em> Green grass? HA!! Hints of flowers? We don't even have fake flowers!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> To top it all off, I had meetings from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, so I couldn't work out after work. But, being a planner and a good soldier, I knew about the meetings ahead o... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:48:47 EST Getting inconsistent! Looks like I am being inconsistent with my blogging. And with my eating. And with my sleeping. Need to work on all of these. Maybe that should start tonight...with a short blog so I can go to bed, get the sleep I need and have enough will power to eat right tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Night! <BR> <BR> Streak report: <BR> Staying in calorie range - 1 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 10 day streak <BR> Maximum of one adult beverage per week - 1 week streak Sun, 5 Mar 2017 23:32:35 EST My baby is 18!! My baby boy is 18 today!! We celebrated by letting him go to school. Tee hee. We also went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner. We gave him his presents in the restaurant and they sang to him. It was a good day...and well worth going over calorie range for. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Streak report: <BR> Staying in calorie range - 0 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six hours - 9 day streak ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 00:00:15 EST