CATHYGETSFIT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CATHYGETSFIT CATHYGETSFIT'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/ THIS is how I would like to look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741179 I'm sure most of you have probably seen this since it's gone viral all over the internet but this girl is amazing!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=100 </link> <BR> <BR> She's my height and she weighs what I would like to weigh...100 pounds. She's not overly muscular or anything. I think she looks awesome and she's an awesome athlete!! Now I don't expect to ever be able to do what she did nor would I try, especially at 40 something... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:48:10 EST Trying to exercise with your pet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738089 Trying to exercise with a pet in the room can be interesting and a bit difficult at times. My feathered puppies (a.k.a. cockatiels) had to be banned from the room I was exercising in finally because they wanted to "help" a little too much. It became too difficult to exercise while trying to make sure I didn't step on one of them while exercising. Anyway, I thought all of you who have pets might like this video. <em>334</em> <em>413</em> <em>401</em> <em>404</em> <em>239</em> ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:04:22 EST Being Honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735033 So, it's been a while since I've blogged about how I'm doing. Yes, I'm still doing the FMD and still losing weight. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Now comes the being honest part. When I finished the last 5% challenge I don't believe I lost as much as I said or thought. My scale was giving me fits. One day I'd be at one weight and the next day or two I'd be up or down as much as 10 lbs!! I kept putting off getting a new scale. I just didn't want to spend the money on it. I was finally forc... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 02:53:32 EST What is wrong with people??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728760 I think you can tell what type a person someone is by the way they treat an animal, particularly a stray. Hubby and I are both well educated and used to live someplace where education is important. Along with that most people seem to be empathetic to strays. Now that we live in a community where education is at the bottom of the list of priorities we've noticed that the people here seem to lack empathy. We live out in the woods and people are always coming out here to dump their unwanted p... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:01:02 EST A&I Stunning Strawberries: Staying active with hot temps outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726056 This week for the Stunning Strawberries A&I BSG team we were asked to blog about how we cope with the hot temperatures & still stay active? <BR> <BR> Well, that’s simple I keep the AC on when it’s hot and avoid going outside or doing outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day. Hubby and I usually go for a walk in the late evening at the high school track. <em>342</em> I also exercise to a video 4- 5 days a week but again not when it’s really hot even if I do have the AC on.... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:49:26 EST A&I Stunning Strawberries: Vacation Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722958 This week for the A&I team we were to blog about our Vacation plans this summer? What type of activities are planned, any sightseeing? <BR> <BR> We hadn’t exactly planned on a vacation other than going to Illinois to visit hubby’s aunt. Those plans have changed though since she fell and broke her hip at the beginning of last month. Was home only a day, tripped over the dog’s toy and broke the leg on the same side she broke her hip. Her son from her first marriage decided to live with her... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:29:31 EST A&I Stunning Strawberries: Father's Day Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716915 This week for the Aspire & Inspire BSG teams we were asked to blog about how will we spend Father's Day? Do we have any special plans? Write a blog about your father, special memories, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, we had planned on going down to my FIL’s house for Father’s day and maybe making him a healthy meal. Then I found out that he will not be home on Father’s day. You see, my FIL was going to take this job in Oklahoma. He was going to be running or taking care of an RV park/campground on ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 02:39:12 EST May's Progress and June's Goals w/ Pics of progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710215 May's Progress <BR> <BR> May was a good month for me for the most part. I did my 2nd month of the Fast Metabolism Diet and ended up losing 15 pounds. I was pretty happy to be able to fit into a size 6 jeans as well! I had some tummy issues with using Stevia as a sweetener though. I read that Xylitol could do the same thing. I stopped using the stevia and started to use honey instead. It tended to upset my tummy as well for some unknow reason even though I was using very little. I did a... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:03:41 EST Family Reunion Trip Redux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705708 I wrote this blog 2 years ago but at the time I hadn’t taken the pictures off of the camera yet. Also, I’ve made new friends since I wrote this blog and thought everyone might like to read it and see the pictures too. The only way to describe this trip is to say that it literally could have been made into a National Lampoon’s Vacation Movie. <BR> <BR> My husband’s 2nd cousin on his dad’s side of the family planned this reunion and had been planning this reunion for several months. They’v... Thu, 29 May 2014 03:04:28 EST A&I Motivated Marigolds Memorial Day Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705431 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Buddy Support Groups Motivated Marigolds team, we were asked to blog about Memorial Day. 1) How do you celebrate Memorial Day & keep on track with healthy eating? Mother May I???? 2) What do you need to "allow" yourself to do? <BR> <BR> Well, we didn’t really celebrate Memorial Day. It was just hubby and I so we didn’t really do anything but go for our daily long walk. Other than that we just sat and talked all day. Eating healthy and staying on track w... Wed, 28 May 2014 18:33:09 EST Feedback about SP and the 5% Challenges Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703996 When I started the Spring 5% Challenge I had just started doing the Fast Metabolism Diet. I wasn’t sure how much weight, if any, I would lose. I did lose my 5% and much more. The biggest challenge that I faced throughout the spring 5% challenge is finding time to get on the chat thread and chatting with my fellow teddy bears. I love chatting with them and finding out what’s going on in their lives. <BR> <BR> For the Spring 5% challenge I accomplished a lot more than I expected I would! W... Tue, 27 May 2014 01:10:53 EST Feedback about SP and the 5% Challenge Part I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703211 So for the 5% challenges last week we were asked to blog giving feedback about SP and 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> SP has helped me in so many ways that I never even imagined. When I first joined SP I just wanted to use the tools to help me lose the weight. I wasn't interested in joining team and getting to meet people...I just wanted to do what I had to do to lose the weight. Well, SP recommended you join teams so I did. At first I didn't really interact and then I started interacting with a... Mon, 26 May 2014 01:46:57 EST Motivated Marigolds Wk3 Blog: Reflecting on my mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698901 This week for the Aspire & Inspire Motivated Marigold's BSG team we were asked to blog about our mom. 1) Reflect on your Mother, what are some ways you are alike/different. 2)What are some lessons you have learned from her that has helped you on your SP journey? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I don’t think my mom and I are anything alike. The only exception I suppose is that we both hate a dirty house. lol I like to cook and she doesn’t really enjoy cooking even though she does. I guess the only o... Tue, 20 May 2014 04:06:31 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Round 2 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696750 Well, week 3 of my 2nd round of doing the FMD is almost done. Just Saturday and Sunday left for week 3. I've had such a problem with gas and bloating since this time last month. I FINALLY have it under control and nearly gone. My weight kept fluctuating wildly for the past few weeks. One day I'd be at the weight I was when I finished my first round of the FMD and then then next day or two I'd be up 10 pounds sometimes even 20 pounds. I was getting so frustrated but I knew it had to do w... Sat, 17 May 2014 01:23:04 EST A&I Motivated Marigolds: What I want to achieve this summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696611 This week we were also asked for the Aspire & Inspire teams BSG (Buddy Support Groups) to blog about two questions. 1) What do you hope to achieve this summer? Whether it is physical, personal, weight loss etc. 2) What are you looking forward to this summer?? <BR> <BR> My answer to the first question is that I hope to achieve my goal weight or as close to it as possible. I’m still doing the Fast Metabolism Diet and have dropped 2 pants sizes! I recently bought the smallest size of jeans I’... Fri, 16 May 2014 19:58:30 EST Pics of the racoon in our backyard & pic of cousin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695385 He/ she says "Leave me alone I'm eating!" :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1145762478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She/he climbs over the fence to come into the yard and eat the seed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1574537754.jpg"> <BR> He/she probably weighs at least 30 pounds. <BR> <BR> I posted something about a raccoon in our backyard on facebook and one of my friends said something about rabies. Another one said "Yikes". Really? Why is everyone... Thu, 15 May 2014 03:57:44 EST A&I Motivated Marigolds: Summer Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695376 This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we were asked to blog about two questions. 1) Do you have plans to travel anywhere or plans to go visit anyone this summer? 2) How do you plan to keep you fitness and eating right going while you travel? <BR> <BR> As for the first question, yes, my hubby and I plan to go to Illinois the summer. Hubby has an aunt and uncle in Springfield that we plan to visit. If money and time allows we plan to go on up to north-western Illinois. Hubby was born and... Thu, 15 May 2014 02:51:59 EST Fast Metabolism Diet Update April Review & May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685443 So, as most of you know I've been doing the Fast Metabolism Diet - FMD. I completed my first round a little more than a week ago. I said goodbye to 10 pounds total. I would have loved to have lost more but I'm really happy that I got rid of 10 pounds of baggage. Not to mention all of the NSV's that I noticed too. Some of the really big NSV's were: 1) I had been having heart palpitations on and off for a while before I started the FMD and now I no longer have any! 2) Almost everyone that ... Fri, 2 May 2014 03:38:14 EST Fast Metabolism Diet and Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674725 So, I'm a little more than 3/4th's of the way through this diet. The first week I banished 5 pounds from my body. That doesn't include the 2 1/2 pounds that I gained initially. The second week I didn't lose anything and when I started my 4th day of the 3rd week I still wasn't seeing any loss. I was getting a little frustrated. However, I had lost an inch in my waist. A 1/2 inch in my hips and an inch in my arms. Oh and a 1/2 inch in my neck. So, while I was a little frustrated I knew I... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:34:34 EST Fast Metabolism Diet - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659743 I know many of us have been on this diet or that diet. I remember back in the 80's I think there was the grapefruit diet that was suppose to be a wonder diet or something like that. Of course there was slim fast and lots of other diets or diet pills. <BR> <BR> So, I have a good spark friend/spark mom that started doing this diet with some of her other spark friends back in January. She said that she read this book called "The Fast Metabolism Diet" by Haylie Pomroy. I thought, yeah, sure... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:04:01 EST Women in History/ Women Empowerment Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654105 Since this is Women in History Month and Women Empowerment month. For the Aspire & Inspire Lucky Charms Team we were asked to blog about: Do you have a famous woman in history that you look up to? If so, why? Is there a woman in your life now that you look up to?? <BR> <BR> There are many famous women in history and currently still alive that I look up to. These aren't any in particular order. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a social activist and leading figure in the early women's r... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:21:16 EST St. Patrick's Day Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647257 For the Aspire & Inspire Lucky Charms team for a bonus blog we were asked to blog about whether we celebrated St. Patrick's Day or not. <BR> <BR> When we lived in the city sometimes we would go downtown and watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Usually you'd have to wear a jacket but if you're lucky it might be warm enough to wear a short sleeved shirt on top of a long sleeved shirt and no jacket. Colorado Springs is at a pretty high altitude and the son can be pretty intense. <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:03:16 EST Top 5 Favorite Spring things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646618 This week for the A&I Lucky Charms team we were asked to blog about our top 5 favorite things about spring. <BR> <BR> 1) The beautiful flowers that start to bloom and the smell they give off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l589883592.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471886030.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2) Seeing the leaves on the trees starting to bud and awaken from their long winter nap. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:45:05 EST Report card for last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646529 Weight: 0 lbs lost = 0.0 <BR> Water: 60 ounces out of 64 = 0.9 <BR> Eating: 2 meatless meal, 2 snacks/day, 3 freggies/day = 0.7 <BR> Exercise: 3 walks, 3 other type of cardio sessions, 3 ST sessions = 0.9 <BR> <BR> Total = 2.5 (B-) <BR> <BR> I'm doing a little better each week. I wish I would have lost weight this past week but the fact that I'm sore after doing ST means to me that I'm on the right track. My sleeping has been a little better but still not as good as I would like it to be... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:20:48 EST Rant! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644142 Is it me or does today's younger generation (20 something's) have no respect or consideration or appreciation?? <BR> <BR> I LOVE my niece to pieces and my nephew and would do anything for them! However, it seems like the youngsters (I HATE SOUNDING OLD) today just don't get it! I talked to my niece briefly last Monday on facebook and she said she'd call me Wednesday. I told her that the afternoon or early evening would be best to get in touch with me. Did she call?? NO! So, I asked her in... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:59:23 EST Feb recap / March goals / Report Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639155 February Recap <BR> <BR> Meh, February wasn't the best month for me. I was still trying to take it easy with my exercising so that I didn't re-injure myself and so that I could hopefully get further along with recovering from my back injury at the beginning of the year. So, that part was successful. <BR> <BR> As far as losing weight goes...pfft, I lost 1.5 pounds the 2nd week and then gained it back the 3rd. Needless to say I was NOT a happy camper! Last week I didn't gain, so that's a ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 02:45:25 EST Motivation, Frustrations & Grading my efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632443 The first part of this blog has to deal with motivation. I was asked recently what motivated me. I had to really think about this because I'm not really sure what motivates me other than me, myself and I. I hate this weight on my body, I hate how my body looks, I hate how insecure I am about how I look, I hate that I don't have the energy that I did when I wasn't so overweight. So, in all honesty what motivates me is my drive to get this weight off. It's almost an obsession with me becau... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:26:27 EST Mammograms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629487 I'm sure many of you have heard recently about a new study that shows that there is a low percentage of women diagnosed with breast cancer. However, I recently read an article by a Harvard Medical School doctor where he talks about how this study does a disservice to women. He says the results are tilted by the study's use of outdated mammography equipment & different clinical practices than those used in the U.S. If you want to read the whole article here is the link to it <link>www.bmj.... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:34:30 EST This and that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626217 First, my back is feeling a little better each week. My sciatic nerve has been bothering me a lot though since I fell and hurt myself. Nothing I can't handle though most of the time. Just annoying more than anything else. <BR> <BR> This past week I decided to really watch my carb intake and just do the best I can with my steps each day. Trying for 10,000 steps but not beating myself up if I don't come even close to that. I didn't really do anything for exercise except walking around the... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:48:32 EST Frustrations on top of frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619822 As all of you or most of you know I hurt my back at the beginning of January. When I saw my doctor she had me get an x-ray of my back. There was no signs of a new trauma. So, I'm not sure what I did to my back. I think I herniated a disc but without getting a CT scan or MRI of my back I don't know. I opted to not get either because there really isn't anything they can do except give you pain medication. While at the dr's office she had my blood drawn for a bunch of different tests. The... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:50:08 EST Teddy Bear Daily Dare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612673 The teddy bear team I'm on for the 5% challenge has created daily dares for things we are to complete each day. Anything from taking 5 minutes for yourself or do a push-up every time you visit the bathroom, etc... Todays, the dare was to make a list on our SparkPage blog. Number it February 1st through the 28th. Then we are to write down one thing we will do each day that will be healthy for us in some way. <BR> <BR> There are some of the things we can pick from: <BR> 1st- I will take my ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 01:06:42 EST OMG! Crossfit and Spinal Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606457 I do lots of exercise videos on YouTube and lots of them are by Jessica Smith. She's a is a certified wellcoach, personal trainer, group fitness instructor and author of Thin in 10. I subscribe to her blogs and she recently talked about this accident in her blog and it's all over the internet. I think most everyone here has probably heard of CrossFit. If you haven't look it up. Anyway, from what I read online and from Jessica Smith's blog, a CrossFit competitor was attempting to snatch an... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:56:31 EST Reality setting in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591568 Most of my friends know, I think, that I hurt myself last Sunday. I was doing some jogging/walking intervals to a video. I was jogging backwards and tripped over my own feet. I fell pretty hard on my behind. I've been in pain since then. I haven't been to see the doctor yet because I'm just not sure if I should or not. According to WebMD I either have a spinal fracture or a herniated disc. Either way there isn't much they can do for me except take x-rays, give me pain med's, put me in ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:45:26 EST My One Word for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581493 Several of my friends and several places on the internet have talked about using one word as your goal in every aspect of your life for 2014. <BR> <BR> There are SOOO many words to choose from and I thought how can I pick just one singular word as a goal for every aspect of my life. The more I thought about it though the more I thought of one word. That word is Happy. The more I thought about the word Happy though the more I didn't feel like it represented every aspect of my life for this... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 02:20:19 EST It's Official! I'm OVERWEIGHT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574027 <em>353</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> You might be wondering why all of the dancing emoticons. The reason is that I'm now overweight! Why then would I be dancing?? Because I'm no longer considered OBESE!!!! <BR> <BR> I lose two pounds this week! That makes the total amount of weight I've lost this month to be 5 pounds. One of the hardest months of the year to lose weight and I lost 5!!! So now not only am I overweight and not obese but this also means that the total amount of... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 19:23:37 EST Silver Bells WK 4 Christmas Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573974 This week we were asked to blog about our Christmas Day. How did you spend your Christmas holiday? Did you stick with your eating and fitness plans? <BR> <BR> How did I spend my Christmas holiday? <BR> We spent Christmas day with my FIL at his house. He is dog sitting (Hannah Montana) for my BIL and his girlfriend while they are in California visiting her son, DIL and new grandbaby. We brought my FIL some things for him to snack on. He likes what we brought him and probably wouldn’t have... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:50:05 EST December 25 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573958 For this day we were to put up a picture of gratitude. I wasn't sure how to convey gratitude in a picture so I picked several photos. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1602331929.jpg"> <BR> I give thanks... with each sunrise, we start anew <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927475768.jpg"> <BR> i give thanks... for taking the time to find beauty in a rainy day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931438473.j... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 17:24:11 EST December 23 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573269 I messed up... For the 24th I was suppose to put up a picture of family and for the 23rd I'm suppose to put up a picture of something red. So, I had to edit the last one from yesterday and make it the 24th. So, for the 23rd here is something red. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1522821276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Progress report: <BR> <BR> 1) Water - 8 (8 oz) glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> 2) Exercise at least 90 minutes 5 - 6 days / week <em>39</em> I thin... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:13:18 EST December 24 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572435 Trying to catch up on my blogs as usual. lol Been a busy holiday season. <BR> <BR> So for this day we were to put up a picture of family. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l782723263.jpg"> <BR> I took this picture from my niece's facebook page. This is my sister's family. My sister is in the middle (she really does look a lot like my mom here), my niece Tiffany on the left and my nephew Christopher on the right. Sister's hubby took the picture. <BR> <BR> Progr... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:17:39 EST December 22 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572426 For this day we were to put up a picture of shopping. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1662035990.jpg"> <BR> This is how I do most of my shopping. Although I do use Walmart.com for a lot of groceries. <BR> <BR> Progress report: <BR> <BR> 1) Water - 8 (8 oz) glasses of water <em>39</em> <BR> 2) Exercise at least 90 minutes 5 - 6 days / week <em>39</em> Got 60 minutes but not 90 <BR> 3) Eat at least 4 servings of freggies <em>39</em> I got 3 but not 4... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:06:43 EST December 21 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572392 For this day we were to put up a picture of something comfy. To me, comfy is wearing a nice warm sweater. I just love sweaters and my mom sent me a really pretty one a couple of years ago that I love to wear for Christmas. I don't have a picture of it though. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1336338597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Progress report: <BR> <BR> 1) Water - 8 (8 oz) glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> 2) Exercise at least 90 minutes 5 - 6 days / week <em... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:08:14 EST December 20 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570671 For this day we're suppose to post a picture of our workout. My new favorite exercise to do is barre. It's ballet that you can do at home without any special equipment but maybe some dumbbells and a chair. I can tell you that you'll definitely feel it the next day. Jessica Smith has several great barre videos on YouTube for free. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223761241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1442212000.jpg"> <B... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:55:40 EST December 19 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570611 For this day we're suppose to put up a picture of our dinner. One of mine and my DH's favorite dinner's is a recipe from Chef Meg on SparkRecipes.com. It's baked potato soup and I usually fix it several times during the winter. We never get tired of it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1275947176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Progress report: <BR> <BR> 1) Water - 8 (8 oz) glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> 2) Exercise at least 90 minutes 5 - 6 days / week <em>248</em... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:21:18 EST Stunning Silver Bells Wk 3 Bonus This year and next http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569624 For a bonus this week we're to blog about this year vs next year. A new year is coming, time to start thinking about our journeys. Share with your team (and/or blog) your biggest obstacle in your meeting your goals. What can you do/change to help meet your goals this coming year? <BR> <BR> My biggest obstacle in meeting my goals this year was my med’s. <em>273</em> Getting all of them regulated and finally getting the doctor to check my other thyroid levels besides just the T4 and TSH l... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 01:36:25 EST December 18 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569078 For this day we were to put up a picture of our Goal of the day. <BR> <BR> My goal for this day was to get in 90 minutes boxing with the punching bag. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l388801874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our exercise room / blue screen room for making videos for our business. That's why you see some lights with umbrellas and the blue cloth in the background. You can also see my swiss ball and the floor is entirely covered with blue mats since our floo... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 03:42:48 EST December 17 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569077 For this day we were to put up a picture of our lunch. Honestly, I don't eat lunch. I eat breakfast a couple of snacks and then dinner and maybe, maybe a dessert (but not often). <BR> <BR> So no pics for today. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Progress report: <BR> <BR> 1) Water - 8 (8 oz) glasses of water <em>248</em> <BR> 2) Exercise at least 90 minutes 5 - 6 days / week <em>248</em> <BR> 3) Eat at least 4 servings of freggies <em>248</em> <BR> 4) Track my food <em>248</em> <... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 03:35:41 EST Silver Bells WK 3 Ultimate Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568218 This week for the A&I Silver Bells team we were asked to blog about what would be our ultimate present? If money were no objection, what would I buy the most important person in my life? <BR> <BR> I had to think about this a little bit but the more I thought about it my answer was pretty simple. The ultimate present for me would be to be healthy and at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l492046925.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the most important person in m... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:47:30 EST December 16 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568173 Once again I'm trying to catch up on my blogs. So, for this day we're suppose to put up a picture of decorations. I found a couple of pics that will work. <BR> <BR> I put both of these out at Christmas time. I'd like to get more of these ceramic statues from House of Lloyd Christmas Around the World someday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2024630661.jpg"> <BR> A former friend of ours' mom gave this to me. She told me that it reminded her of me. <em>2</em... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:25:18 EST December 15 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567700 For this day we were suppose to put up a picture of memories. So, I found several pics that convey this to me. All of these are pictures of toys that I can remember my sister and I getting for Christmas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1290135975.jpg"> <BR> We had the chalkboard above the bottom center one. Except our chalkboard was green and not blue. We played school a lot with it. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 02:30:29 EST December 14 ~ SparkTheSeason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565799 For this day we were to post a picture of a way to relax or relaxation. <BR> <BR> So, I picked reading a book. Reading a book really is the best way for me to relax. I've read books since I was in grade school. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669376021.jpg"> <BR> Hubby and I have been reading The Game of Thrones books. LOVE these books!! We're taking a break from them right now though because we kind of needed a break from them. It's kind of like too much ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:29:17 EST