CATHOLICCORGI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CATHOLICCORGI CATHOLICCORGI'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/ There is no failure, only feedback! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901224 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1961364488.jpg"> <BR> I've stuck with being able to do some walking every day, either with Chevy or just extra here and there. Over the last 18 days I have looked at the daily walking challenges and processed them into my brain. That is a good thing. <BR> I've increased my awareness of walking, and how good it makes me feel! Chevy and I can easily do 30 minutes now. <BR> I've not been consistent with this challenge, so at some point I will... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:12:56 EST The Walkabout Challenge:Day 3-9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889737 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119147614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Walking is good... whether indoors or outside! The strength exercises are good before and after you walk, too! <BR> I've walked every day... either in the house or outside. <BR> Yesterday was simply beautiful!! Chevy and I walked twice... once to get the exercise, then to visit the ponies in the upper pasture. The fresh air stimulates your energy levels. It makes you just feel good! <BR> My walking buddy is my Cor... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:38:10 EST The Walkabout Challenge:Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885703 Today's challenge, besides the 10 minutes of walking, was to read the recommended article about injuries. It was a very good article!! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1839 </link> <BR> The information about Plantar Fasciitis was right on target(besides giving me the correct spelling!LOL!)! It clarified some things I didn't quite understand about PF, and gave me useful info on other problems that could arise if I am not careful. I tend to go whole hog wh... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:36:55 EST March 1... a new challenge! I CAN DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884628 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1211468331.jpg"> <BR> I've chosen a challenge for March that will truly be a challenge. One that I am not sure if I can do it. But then THAT is what a challenge is all about... the past two challenges I completed were just warm-ups. <em>104</em> <BR> I haven't been using my treadmill for several months. So I want to develop the habit again, as walking outside is not always an option for me. There is more than walking involved with this c... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:32:53 EST Day 24-27:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883563 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2119648128.jpg"> <BR> Well, weather and not being able to work are two real stress makers... The forecast was several inches on Tuesday, after we already had a good dusting. On Wednesday the snow total kept growing, clients in a panic. I went to work, I was able to move all but one client from Thursday to Wednesday, and one to Friday( if I could work). <BR> The snow started Wednesday evening around 6:30pm. Heavy wet snow... I kept telling my... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:45:17 EST Day 22-23:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881724 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122951518.jpg"> <BR> Sunday and Monday were good days... the weather forecast was a bit unsettling, and now that there is an inch of snow on the ground I have a bit of stress... BREATHE! <BR> I have not eaten at night. I exercised, have followed my Lenten plans to the T and am doing well limiting my time on SP. Tracking my food, etc. is easy when you have a plan! <BR> Now, as to easing my stress for today, I have a plan! I have a doctor appo... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:15:35 EST Day 21:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879954 <em>104</em> Week three complete!! <BR> What patterns do I notice that causes me stress during the week? <BR> The three days I work each week have two areas where stress can try to weedle in... with clients it is if they are late for their appointment, or are too emotionally draining. This issue is solved by my paying attention to how I book "repeat offenders" and allow time for their "patterns", and to be "in the moment" with each client, setting a boundary and sticking to it. <BR> The da... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:29:20 EST Day 18-20:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879941 The last half of the week was good. The days flowed well, and I see I really do not have the stress issues others may have. I am greatly blessed... <BR> I took extra care to have quiet time each day. To begin my day with a proper attitude. Easier some days than others, but a putting a smile on your own face WILL make you feel better! <BR> When I focus on the needs of others, I don't have the opportunity to stress about myself. The negative brain tapes cannot get a stronghold. Working outside ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:08:54 EST Day 17:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877457 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1236559530.jpg"> <BR> Awakened to everything white... <BR> There is a bit of stress involved when you have to get the Corgi to go out... and he doesn't want to. Since the usual way for him to go out is down stairs, they were not an option today due to an inch of sleet on them. The front porch is a sheet of ice. He could handle it, I couldn't stand upright if I tried... So that leaves trekking through the garage...to an icy driveway. I figure... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:05:39 EST Day 16:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877445 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1556257947.jpg"> <BR> Bowling relieves stress! <BR> Spent the morning preparing in case the weather turned bad... which it did. As we were leaving the bowling alley, it was sleeting, then snowing, then ice pellets. <BR> If I am home, inside, the weather doesn't bother me. We were ready if things got bad. Our power didn't go off. The yard is white, with about an inch of sleet on everything. Poor dog is not happy! <BR> I bundled up and went t... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:50:26 EST Day 15:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876205 <em>521</em> Here's to the third week of the challenge!!! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Week 3 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Review your stress tracker. Find out what is causing you the most stress in your day to day life and discover any patterns (are Mondays more stressful?). Determine the cause of these stressors and create action steps to help prevent them or deal with them. <BR> Well, after almost 38 years, I don't think I can get rid of my DH... the action step for me here is to choose m... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:47:49 EST Day 13 & 14:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876194 <em>244</em> Week two complete! <em>104</em> <BR> Friday was a really nice day... long, but very rewarding. <BR> I'm a hairdresser, and I work for myself. So I can choose when I work, and for how long. My commute to work is 25 miles each way. A very pretty drive, and because it can take me 40-45 minutes to get to salon, I can listen to music or motivational CD's as I drive. The only real stress during the drive is the occasional traffic backups. I have three routes I can take, the scenic... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:21:48 EST Day 12:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874741 Yesterday was a long day, but the morning exercise kept me going all day. I was very tired, and went to bed shortly after I arrived home. <BR> I had to leave very early this morning, so getting in a ride on the bike wasn't possible. It was another long day. Not much in the way of stress except that I had two 12 hour days back to back. The drive home was a bumper to bumper experience, with a few deer sightings thrown in. I listened to music. I tried to think calm thoughts. I felt pretty good ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:23:46 EST Day 11:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873679 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995380486.jpg"> <BR> I don't know how this Wednesday will end, but I know how it has started! <BR> I rode my bike for 30 minutes first thing today. I kept waking up during the night... from little sniglets of "what if?" So when I finally got up, I decided to refocus. I let the Corgi out, I took my first meds, and I got on the bike... and watched an old Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. It re-framed my mindset, and I'm ready for my morning TAG(Tim... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:37:22 EST Day 10:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873634 Tuesday was just another day... errands, a doctor's appointment. General, ordinary stress. A bit of tension waiting for the car to be ready... it had new tires and front end alignment done. I sat and breathed... while I checked my emails from SP. The doctor appointment was a follow up. BP was normal, as was everything else. Good!! <BR> I began the day with prayer, and expected the day to go well, with nothing happening that God and I couldn't handle. <BR> Tuesday was a good day! <BR> <img sr... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:10:14 EST Day 9:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1876629260.jpg"> <BR> Mondays are usually fairly stress free for me. DH and I go bowling, which releases any anxiety I have prior to getting to the bowling alley. <BR> My husband is a stroke survivor. To look at him, you would not see any physical effects from the strokes(there have been several). Even after three years, I am still learning to embrace the fact that DH is not, and never will be, the person he was before. We have had wonderful... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:20:09 EST Day's 7&8:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872286 Day 7 was Saturday... it was just a normal day of running a few errands and going to Mass. <BR> Day 8 was Sunday...I went to 8am Mass, as I was a Lector(reader). No stress there... just peace. Sunday IS my day of rest...we go out for lunch, and just putter around the house. I do a basic SP check in, and a basic FB "look at". No stress. <BR> Let's look at... <BR> <BR> The Week 2 Action Plan <BR> <BR> 1. Learn the 7 stress-busting secrets. Pick at least two stress reducing activities that you... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:12:21 EST Day 6:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871136 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1209549739.jpg"> <BR> Friday was a really nice day. My client from Atlanta was unable to make it in, but we rescheduled for next month. She was last for the day, so I was able to leave a bit earlier than planned. Nice. <BR> I looked for moments when stress could creep in, and I transformed the nudges to stress into moments to breathe. Sometimes I forget to breathe. We often don't realize how a deep breath can diffuse tension! <BR> I had a ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 09:46:05 EST Day 5:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870507 Thursday held no surprises, and the only stress related tension was the drive in. There was a bit of traffic backup on my way into work, and I chomped on a bag of baby carrots to diffuse the irritation. When I saw what the problem was, I truly let the irritation go... people were allowing others to make left turns on to a busy road. Acts of kindness are more important than being somewhere 5 minutes faster. I always allow extra time, so I was fine. It was nice to see drivers being considerate ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 07:45:39 EST Day 4:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869841 Wednesday was a good day. I began the morning with riding my recumbent bike. It cleared my mind and allowed me to focus on what the day could hold. Everything was ready when I got up...clothes, jewelry, lunch made. I took my shower after I had my TAG(Time Alone w/God) and felt ready to face whatever the day would bring. Work was stress free. I made time for my lunch, and sat and ate it in peace. Since I am self employed, I have the ability to take the time for lunch as I see fit. A healthy lu... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:54:31 EST Day 3:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868853 I kept giving myself positive talks today... the stress of this morning faded after more prayer and silence. I reclaimed my peace, and have had a really nice day off from work. <BR> To ease stress tomorrow morning, I have my purse changed over, my clothes for the day hanging(with jewelry) and I've already looked over Wednesday's schedule. Everything is in order to take my shower tonight and go to bed at a decent hour. <BR> Having routines is one way to help manage stress. My day-planner(tha... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:59:41 EST Day 2:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868422 Monday's main stress came from myself... I got a text from someone who is an emotional leech. That is the only way to describe this person. They blame everyone and everything but themselves for whatever problem they encounter. Then they text everyone they know and whine. I deleted the text, but the lingering aftereffects are obviously lingering... sigh! I can self talk myself into the truth, it has nothing to do with me. But erasing the brain blip isn't so easy. I just have to reject it every... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:00:50 EST Day 1:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867735 Sunday is usually my less stressed day. DH and I go to 5pm Mass on Saturday, so Sunday is truly a day of rest for us. He watches TV, I read. I didn't really have any stress to write about yesterday... <BR> So, it's Monday... <BR> This is the Week 1 Action Plan: <BR> 1.Take the stress test. Test your stress level and discover ways to overcome your vulnerability to stress. <em>104</em> I completed this Saturday as I was checking out the challenge. <em>380</em> <BR> 2.Start a stress jour... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:30:40 EST The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866823 <em>198</em> Ah, STRESS! After being sick for a month, I had my share the last 30 days... <BR> So the idea of a stress busting challenge appealed to me. <BR> I took the stress quiz. I'm not too stressed. There is always room for improvement... <em>211</em> <BR> So I'll begin week one tomorrow. <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:27:10 EST Day 30 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...So it's finally here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866142 Thirty days!!! I am blown away that I completed the challenge. I could have had every excuse to not stay with it. And I thought about quitting, too, several times. The important thing is that I didn't. <BR> The most important lesson I have taken from the challenge is that I can do anything I want to. The next thing is a new sense of awareness of my movement, and lack thereof. I was really on a great streak with my riding of the recumbent bike until I got the bottomless carp the first week of... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:13:10 EST Day 29 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Getting out of a workout rut... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865454 The rut I need to get out right now is not doing any exercising at all... my daily riding the recumbent bike has halted since I began with the crud. it will be 1 month Saturday. Really since I began the Challenge, my regular working out has all but ceased. I'm trying to move somehow/someway every 30 minutes. That challenge has stuck with me. Even though I left the house at 7:30 am today, and just returned home, I stopped and at least walked in place every 30 minutes to get the blood flowing. ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:54:22 EST Day 28 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Where is that sugar hiding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864264 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2111937665.jpg"> <BR> Well, I thought I was going to get by easily on today's challenge... until I looked at the slide show! <BR> Of the 16 items mentioned, I had three things I need to tweak and change. <BR> Pasta sauce! I admit, I go for cheap and convenient. A can of Delmonte to make a small lasagna. (I really shouldn't eat tomatoes. They are a nightshade food and affect my RA) So, I'll check the labels and see what other options I have. ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:18:56 EST Day 27 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...No complaining zone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286955351.jpg"> <BR> Becoming aware of what you say makes a difference in how you do... <BR> It isn't easy to not complain...especially to yourself! As I've gotten older I've learned to not speak out loud. But not muttering under my breath, to myself, doesn't come so easily. That was my goal for the 27th day's challenge. I accomplished it. It's all a mind game. When the idea came to complain about something, I turned it around into a gratefu... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:54:09 EST Day 24, 25, 26 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862728 Let's see... Day 24 was to do one of the glute stretching exercises. The one with the chair and lifting the legs looked promising. Didn't happen. It was not a good day for concentrated exercise... <BR> Day 25 was ways to get more fiber into your diet. I added some Halo tangerines, and salad to the day. It's little additions, like eating whole fruit or whole grains that may seem small initially, but they add up as you go along. Fiber is a good friend to have! <BR> Day 26... Today I am feeling ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:27:10 EST Day 23 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Workout after dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861405 I guess if there was one day of the challenge I just couldn't do, it was this one. I was so tired after I came home from work, I went to bed. <BR> I've not worked out all week, nor have I reached my daily SPAT goal. <BR> Know what? It's OK. I've eaten well. I definitely had plenty of water and sleep this week. This is where I forgive myself... but wait! Forgive myself for what? I didn't intentionally make myself sick! I did everything I could to speed this crud along it's course and move it ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:08:29 EST Day 22 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860038 Today's challenge was to listen to one of the motivational workout songs. I'm not quite back to where I am able to work out, but I CAN listen to a good song! I chose Carry On by FUN. Because that is exactly what I need to do right now, in this moment! I need to focus on what I CAN do, not what I cannot do(at this moment). I'm up and going to work. I feel better. I even may feel well enough to ride my bike later today. <BR> But for this morning, I am going to carry on, and smile, and be gratef... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:56:27 EST Day 19, 20 & 21 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859294 Day 19 was planning your meals to keep on track. Well, as I wasn't eating much on Monday due to how sick I was, it was easy to plan what I ate... saltine crackers with a touch of peanut butter. And LOTS of water with crushed ice! Planning what I eat is a fairly normal thing for me to do, so the day's challenge was easy. Add in the sick factor, and it made me think carefully WHAT I ate. So the challenge was good this day. <BR> Day 20's challenge was to go for eating 100 calories less for the d... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:35:38 EST Day 18 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Rethinking your lunch break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857331 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2094369281.jpg"> <BR> Well since it is Sunday, I won't be working! LOL! But I did still rethink my lunch. DH and I went to our favorite restaurant, and they have a nice buffet on Sundays. I chose two baked chicken thighs, 9 baby shrimp(yes, I DID count them! <em>211</em> ) a spoon of mac n cheese, and a spoon of greens and broccoli. I made myself a small salad of spring mix, cukes and olives; I added a spoon of fresh fruit salad to the pla... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:49:15 EST Day 17 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Be grateful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1103734832.jpg"> <BR> Today's challenge is one I have taken for many years now... I write at least 5 things in my journal everyday that I am grateful for. <BR> When you recognize how blessed you are, and have tangible records stating what you have been given, you have no real excuse to ever have a pity party. For me, I believe my blessings are from God, Who loves me beyond measure. Every night I pray the prayer of Examen, from the Spiritual ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:09:29 EST Day 16 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...only 1 minute... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855562 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l658939077.jpg"> <BR> Sixty seconds can be a blink or a lifetime... breaking things down into minutes can give you a sense of how fleeting time is. Once that minute is gone, it is gone forever. <BR> Today's challenge offered lots of great suggestions for things you can do in one minute that can change your life. I do many of them. I want to do something today that is not usual. I live by schedules each day. So today when I leave work, I am tu... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:10:04 EST Day 15 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge...Take Time Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017990405.jpg"> <BR> I seized opportunities to smile on Thursday... even when I didn't feel like it. I took 15 minutes and listened to relaxing music. I spent time with God totally present in the moment. I created a small space within myself to retreat to during the day if I felt stress. <BR> It worked! The result was I awakened today, Friday, after sleeping almost 9 solid hours. So I am going to repeat the steps I took yesterday to insure ... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:55:49 EST Day 14 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854562 Getting in those 5 servings of veggies and fruit each day is an easy part of the challenge for me! I eat a banana every morning, and 90% of the time I eat an apple with my water on the way to work, and another on the way home. I eat baby carrots for snacks, and I add extra veggies to my soups. I add fruit to my smoothies(and some "greens", too!). My DH is getting extra veggies, too. I sneak them into what he eats a lot! LOL! <BR> Getting the proper nutrition is very important! <BR> How can yo... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:31:45 EST Day 13 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853682 A better way to eat... being mindful of what you eat at every meal and snack. <BR> It's not only a better way to eat, it is a better way to live! <BR> Our world today spins at breakneck speed. We multitask from when we awake until we sleep. A few of us do it while we sleep, too! That's how I ended up with a C-Pap machine... my brain was not shutting down at night. <BR> It is not easy to learn to focus "in the moment" and focus on what you are doing. I've been learning how to treasure silence,... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:50:49 EST Day 12 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge/Find Strength in Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852537 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l36276834.jpg"> <BR> It's always more fun when there is more than one! <BR> I'm inviting my DH to ride the incumbent bike while I walk the treadmill today. It is nasty outside, due to heavy rain, fog, and cold. Since we have both had the Winter Crud for over a week, we do not need to go out. But we CAN gently workout for 15 minutes... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l66849377.jpg"> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:01:16 EST Day 11 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge/Drink Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851843 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427223504.jpg"> <BR> This day's challenge isn't a challenge for me... I drink at least 8 cups of water every day. So, to make it a challenge for me today, I am not drinking anything BUT water today... no diet soda(which I limit myself to 1 a day anyway, with a meal). No coffee. No herbal tea. No additives. <BR> Gee... writing this out immediately makes me want a cup of coffee! LOL! <BR> Half the day has gone by with my only drinking water. ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:03:28 EST Day 10 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge/A Smarter Snack Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850897 There were lots of good snack suggestions for today's challenge... <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1792 </link> <BR> I'm not sure which I want to try, but I am going to choose 2 snacks that I normally wouldn't eat. Evening is my hardest time, so I'll make use of my snacks then. <BR> I'll update here later this evening... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1755482641.jpg"> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:12:19 EST Update for Day 09... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850892 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045407876.jpg"> <BR> I slept in a bit, then I got up and I rode the bike for 23 minutes! <em>104</em> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:01:57 EST Day 9 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1568709786.jpg"> <BR> Today's challenge is to prep for early morning exercise tomorrow. <BR> Saturday morning is the only morning I do not set the alarm. In reality, I wake up at 6am no matter what I do. It is a conscious decision to stay in bed later on Saturday. How I am going to get myself to ride the bike after I get up is to let the dog out, and ride for 15 minutes, as he does his thing. I have put a bottle of water on the table by the... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:57:57 EST Day 8 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1174543533.jpg"> <BR> I am not a fan of water. That said, I DID drink water today. I can do anything for one day. Has this changed my opinion of water? No, not at all. But today has made me aware of what being properly hydrated feels like. I do not normally drink during the day while I work. I usually have a cup of water with my first and second set of meds each morning. Another cup at night with evening pills. That is 3 full cups. I have a ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:26:21 EST Day 7 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848918 Going to bed 30 minutes earlier... I think I can handle it for one night... LOL! I'll just begin my evening routine 30 minutes earlier, and that should set my mind in gear. I don't really have much of a sleep issue now that I have my trusty C-Pap machine. But I want to meet today's challenge. So when my timer goes off 21 minutes from now(I'm still trying to move every 15-30 minutes... and succeeding!)I'm shutting down and getting ready for bed. Lights will be out at 9:30pm! <BR> Let's see if ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:17:12 EST Day 6 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847834 What is the best way to make myself a priority? To begin my day with TAG(Time Alone w/God) and end it that way... <BR> This means getting up at 6am, or earlier, so I can escape to my "mamacave" where the door can be shut, and DH knows not to venture in. I then set my timer and spend 30 minutes online with my SHE working group on FB and checking in to SP. I then take my first meds... and get something to drink. And then I begin my time of prayer and contemplation. I have my devotional routines... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 16:22:41 EST Day 5 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846887 Taking a stand? Goodness! I'm a hairdresser! All I DO is stand! LOL! <BR> But this challenge has made me think... Even when I am at home, I tend to stand... in one place... there's the rub! The point here, for this challenge, is to MOVE every hour. Stand or sit. It doesn't matter! Get the blood flowing to your feet! Stretch the muscles! <BR> Today is bowling day, so there was no sitting involved. This morning, because I was aware of what today's challenge is, I watched the clock and noticed ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 17:44:03 EST Day 4 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845723 Eating something new... hmmm. DH and I went to our usual lunch buffet today. I am fortunate that I do not have issues at buffets. I choose what I know is healthiest, and take only a 3 bite portion of each item I want. There are always vegetables on this buffet that I am either unfamiliar with or think I know what they are, but they are not appealing. So today there were these "greens" on the bar. I do NOT do cooked "greens". DH loves them, so I asked what he thought of me trying them. He said... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 14:46:35 EST Day 3 of 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844737 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l508922444.jpg"> <BR> Breakfast was a Belgian Waffle made with one serving of Bisquick, an egg, 1 tsp. olive oil and 1/2 c. Almond Milk Nog. I had a cup of Salted Caramel coffee, too. This was at 7 am, so it has kept me "filled" until lunch time. A snack consisting of a small banana, and I'll be ready for lunch in an hour. Not hungry in the least bit! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>521</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:52:44 EST The 30 Day Small Changes Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844675 Alright. I'm going to step out in faith and take this challenge! <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> The first day was to tell someone. Since today is January 3, I'm catching up! I posted I was taking the challenge on my SparkPage. <BR> Day 2 was 10 minutes of exercise. I rode my recumbent bike 21 minutes. <BR> The real sign of commitment for me will be to blog each day how I met the day's challenge. <BR> Gotta start somewhere! <em>334</em> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:52:24 EST