CATLOVER110's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CATLOVER110 CATLOVER110'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/ Read a New Book Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440343 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a51cafec-8aac-43dc-8d88-70480c687537.jpg"> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: December is Read A New Book Month. Do you like to read? What book are you reading now? What types of books do you enjoy reading? Do you have any favorites you would recommend? <BR> <BR> I love to read, always have. My favorite kind of book to read is mystery. My favorite mystery author is Sue Grafton. She has written a series of bo... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:45:18 EST December goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437319 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2468980-b3f4-42af-b2eb-b2a2684f78a6.png"> <BR> <BR> My goal for November was to exercise at least ten minutes a day. I did not meet that goal. For December I would still like to exercise at least ten minutes a day. Yesterday I found this cute tracker online, and I'm going to use it to track my days of exercise from now until Christmas. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/489d6d6c-e2e6-4975-a243-eeb033ebbf73.jpg"> <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 09:33:15 EST "Me" time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436189 For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam we are supposed to blog about our ideal “me” time. I have many ways I like to relax. <BR> <BR> I like to read. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ef612e7-2a9f-4189-9324-1a3eae94df2f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to soak in a hot bath. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eef27bc0-083b-4abd-8708-80391f342bc1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like to watch TV. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05297245-ba0a-4157-... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:07:33 EST Mashed Potato Puffs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433489 For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam we are supposed to share a Thanksgiving recipe. Here's a recipe for mashed potato puffs that I got from The Cooking Jar. <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> • 2 cups mashed potatoes <BR> • 3 large eggs, beaten <BR> • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded <BR> • ¼ cup bacon bits <BR> • ¼ cup chives, chopped <BR> • Pepper to taste <BR> • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded <BR> <BR> INSTRUCTIONS <BR> 1. Combine mashed potatoes, eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon bits and chives <BR... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:36:01 EST Use Less Stuff Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2cb8253-9ddd-410f-86eb-8cfdf17b605f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Use Less Stuff Day. For the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam, we are supposed blog about how we use less stuff. For one thing, my family had a garage sale a few weeks ago. We went through our whole house looking for things we don’t use any more. We sold a lot, and we gave all the things we didn’t sell to our church, which is having a huge garage sale as a fundraiser. In the pa... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:01:29 EST Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431596 This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: November 15th is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. What are some of your favorite staples that you have in your refrigerator? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c06d26f5-fec8-4a65-abc5-9d1e65bf4066.jpg"> <BR> Even though it is not good for me, I love Diet Coke. I have been drinking it for years. I have made one positive step by switching to caffeine-free Diet Coke most of the time. Now I need to work on ... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:56:25 EST World Kindness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431175 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0691306a-3bd4-480f-94d2-7d202060f85c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is World Kindness Day. The world can definitely use more kindness. I don't know anything that is more important. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73d2267e-896e-4deb-81eb-74a9aefb0d0d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have met so many kind people here on SparkPeople. I have received notes on my sparkpage, comments on my blogs, sparkgoodies, and support in my sparkteams.... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:17:43 EST October review and November goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427969 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bc2f738-fc98-4dd1-a5be-64ab3cb236ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My October goal was to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I started off the month well, but I didn't finish the month well. My goal for November is the same, to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I hope to get back in the habit of regular exercise. <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <em>135</em> Fri, 3 Nov 2017 23:49:48 EST Fall Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423365 Our blog assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam is to share some fall recipes. I decided to look for some new ones, so I haven't tried any of these yet. I associate apples with fall, so I looked on Pinterest for apple recipes, and these looked interesting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/53406dd4-2dee-4b7c-896f-ac597ccb35b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cinnamon Apple Chips <BR> Prep Time - 15 mins <BR> Cook Time - 2 hr 30 mins <BR> Total Time - 2 hr 45 mins <BR> Ser... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:47:59 EST Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422777 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d99ac01-a8f4-4f6f-af89-612ed6695a72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are our blog questions for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Do you indulge in any Halloween treats? If so, what are your favorites? If not, what do you do to avoid them? <BR> <BR> I like candy. My favorite Halloween treat is candy corn. It has to be Brach's, though, or it's not good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/647d2be9-b92b-49f7-92c6-ea083def5a57... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:59:32 EST Breast cancer walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421611 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12d599b7-1a8e-446a-babc-7dba5906f54d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did a breast cancer walk. My mother and I and our neighbor and her daughter all walked it together. Our neighbor is a breast cancer survivor. The walk was a fundraiser put on by our local hospital to help breast cancer patients who can’t afford treatment. It was a nice day, and a lot of people came out and walked. Here is a picture of the fountain they dyed pink in h... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 07:05:19 EST Pet Peeves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420366 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8705f2e-905e-4db2-96bb-b1cdb0bfdbda.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: <BR> The second week in October is Pet Peeve Week. A pet peeve is a minor irritation or stressor that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her. A key aspect of a pet peeve is that it seems to be acceptable to others. This is your time to unleash! What are your top 5 pet peeves and why do they bother you? ... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:32:26 EST September review and October goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ea448c5-efc3-4eba-8ece-a03564cf4d74.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In August I had stopped exercising altogether, so my September goal was to exercise at least four days a week. I was halfway successful -- I met my goal two out of four weeks. I think maybe I was making it too much of an option whether or not to exercise. So I'm changing my tactic this month and aiming to exercise every day for at least ten minutes. Hopefully I'll start a good exercise s... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 08:29:18 EST Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412743 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36e15087-6b9b-44c4-b2cf-0400da33757e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our blog assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team this week is to answer this question: With all the negative things going on in the world today, how are you keeping positivity in your life? Here are my ideas. <BR> <BR> -Don’t worry about or anticipate negative things. I just heard a quote from Emily P. Freeman that says, “I can’t prevent storms from coming, but I can decide not to inv... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:05:57 EST Healthy Aging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d899837b-26c6-4f48-aa00-f1a9d714cd45.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the Aspire and Inspire team we are supposed to write a blog this week about tips you would give someone to stay healthy as you age. Here are mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat healthy foods. <BR> 2. Drink lots of water. <BR> 3. Exercise. Do cardio, strength training, and stretching. Work on your balance, too. <BR> 4. Get enough sleep every night. <BR> 5. Listen to your body. <BR> 6. Get re... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:36:47 EST August review and September goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408115 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28be3451-3858-4884-92f7-ccddf1a7916f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started off August with a bang, finishing my 100 day walking challenge. After that, though, I fell into a slump and quit exercising altogether. I’m not sure what my problem has been, but I have not been feeling at all motivated. For September I want to start exercising again. My goal is to exercise at least four days a week. I hope I can do it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 23:37:26 EST Finished The Great Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396408 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18d5dac9-ab50-4f99-9041-1c1dbda61fe4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finished The Great Walk Challenge from Leslie Sansone. The goal was to walk at least a mile a day for 100 days. I did that, and ended up walking 177.7 miles all total. It was a great challenge to get me into the habit of walking, and I'm proud of myself for doing it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0583f54-ca15-4f68-9f75-796890fbc060.jpg"> Sat, 5 Aug 2017 18:25:24 EST Yoga Revolution with Adrienne http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387040 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28da7910-2251-409e-b681-dfcc249c6e3d.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df6db7af-7695-4d73-9e51-d854f7ba05c6.png"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finished the 31 days of Yoga Revolution with Adrienne on YouTube. If you're looking for a yoga series, I would definitely recommend this. Adrienne is really personable, and her directions are clear and easy to follow. I'm definitely a beginner, and I was able to understand ev... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:26:09 EST 30 Day Gratitude Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377458 A month ago I joined the 30 Day Gratitude Challenge sparkteam. The first day you write 3 things you are grateful for, then every day after that you add one thing to the list. I finished the 30 days today. It was a nice experience expressing my gratitude each morning, and I also enjoyed seeing what other people are grateful for. Here is my final list (in no particular order): <BR> <BR> I am grateful for: <BR> 1. My parents <BR> 2. My sister <BR> 3. My nephew <BR> 4. My aunt <BR> 5. M... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:15:42 EST Great Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372114 I have been doing Leslie Sansone's Great Walk Challenge. The goal is to walk at least a mile a day for 100 days. Yesterday I finished the first page of the tracking sheets. I have walked 60.4 miles in the first six weeks of the challenge. Forty-two days completed! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a8de20c-d337-4d32-9315-9e673aac88de.jpg"> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 11:58:58 EST Summer Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368144 This week’s assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team is to write about our summer goals. I am focusing on fitness right now. This month I got a 1,000 fitness minutes award from SparkPeople, and I would like to continue to do that during the summer months. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab055f78-fb65-4467-8dbb-f3f7fe229d64.png"> <BR> <BR> Another goal that I have is to finish Leslie Sansone’s Great Walk Challenge. The challenge is to walk at least a mile every day ... Mon, 29 May 2017 14:53:44 EST Outdoor activities, plus my exercise progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363827 This week's assignment for the Aspire and Inspire team is to blog about what outdoor activities we like to do in May. <em>67</em> I like to walk outside. <em>311</em> I usually walk around my neighborhood or nearby neighborhoods. I like seeing the houses and yards. <em>436</em> I like hearing the birds sing and seeing the flowers bloom. <em>586</em> <em>87</em> I like seeing the dogs and cats. <em>338</em> <em>240</em> I've even made friends with a few of the neighbo... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:25:56 EST Mother's Day, plus fitness progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359975 This week for the Aspire and Inspire team challenge we are supposed to tell what qualities we admire in a mother. Number one would be love. That’s the most important thing. Then next I would choose kindness, patience, and supportiveness (is that a word?). I think those are very important qualities for a mother. I’m not a mother myself, but I would hope to have those qualities if I were a mother. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5beef5cb-13fa-4987-acd7-c76221190... Tue, 9 May 2017 23:54:51 EST April progress, May goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356684 In April I went from not exercising at all to exercising every day starting on the 14th. I'm proud of myself for restarting my exercise habit. <BR> <BR> I started Leslie Sansone's Great Walk Challenge. The challenge is to walk at least a mile every day for 100 days. I'm on day 7 today. So my goal for May is to keep up with this challenge daily. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My other goals for May are to do strength training at least 3 days a week, and to do yoga at least 3 days a week. <e... Tue, 2 May 2017 13:30:57 EST Week 2 of being back on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354021 I've been back on SparkPeople for two weeks now. I have exercised for 10 or more minutes every day (which was my goal). My new goal is to walk at least a mile every day. I just found out about Leslie Sansone's Great Walk Challenge, and I'm late joining it, but I'm going to do it. The challenge is to walk at least a mile every day for 100 days. I printed out the tracking chart, and tracked my first mile today. I've even planned three ways to do it: I can walk outside, walk on the treadmi... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:33:19 EST I've been back for a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350691 I've been back on SparkPeople for a week now. My current goal is to exercise for at least ten minutes a day. I joined the Find 10 Challenge, and I have exercised for ten or more minutes every day. So far, so good! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67d5dcba-aed0-4c2d-a562-7e8184c7810d.jpg"> Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:45:14 EST Daily Spark video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349139 This Daily Spark video totally made me cry! I hope you watch it. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=153#comments </link> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 05:53:22 EST Day 1 of 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970172 I'm on a SparkTeam that is doing a book study of 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle. Today is Day 1. We are supposed to write out any negative behaviors that have hurt our weight loss success in the past, then say that those were in the past and tell how we are now instead. Then you keep reading these statements daily as a kind of affirmation of who you are now. These are the sentences I came up with: <BR> <BR> 1. I used to not exercise, but now I exercise on a consistent basis. <... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 08:55:37 EST Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955696 I've been thinking about habits recently. Several times in the past few days I've heard that it takes 21 days to make a habit. This has made me think about habits both good and bad. I have bad habits I'd like to break, and good habits I'd like to form. I looked on my Fitness board on Pinterest, and found many things related to habits which I thought I would share. I hope you find them as interesting as I do! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2eb811d7-8445-4b2e-9... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 06:46:31 EST My "current" status was set 430 days ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945249 My goodness, I knew I hadn't been on SparkPeople in a while, but I didn't know it had been 430 days! I would like to get back to healthier living, and SP is a big part of that. It is always good motivation for me. My goals for this week are simple since I'm just getting started again. I want to exercise for at least 10 minutes per day, and spend time on SP every day. Wish me luck! I am glad to be back on SparkPeople! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:58:15 EST SMART Goals for BLC24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600090 Our assignment for BLC24 is to come up with some SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. I want to keep working on some of the things I started working on at the beginning of January. My three SMART goals will be: <BR> 1) Exercise at least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 2) Drink 8 glasses of water per day. <BR> 3) Track my food every day. <BR> <BR> We're also supposed to come up with a reward system, but I haven't figured that part out yet. I've n... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:42:34 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 14: Tabloid Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579795 This chapter of The Writing Diet asks us to look at and think about "ideal" body images. As an assignment, it suggests cutting out magazine pictures of bodies that you like, bodies that "speak to you of feminine beauty". Since I'm doing this online, I decided to look at my Pinterest board for pictures that I like. I often pin quotes, etc. that also have pictures on them. As I looked through things that I pinned because of the words, I realized that many of the pictures were not actually w... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 17:46:20 EST Excited for 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578963 I am feeling excited about 2014! I've been working on goals and resolutions, and it has made me really optimistic about the new year. <BR> <BR> Here are my plans for the first two weeks of January: <BR> 1) Exercise at least 10 minutes every day. <BR> 2) Drink my water daily. <BR> 3) Record everything I eat in my food journal. <BR> 4) Continue reading and blogging about The Writing Diet. <BR> 5) Join in with my new book discussion group for 100 Days of Weight Loss, and do the daily tasks. ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 06:03:50 EST Sharing an article from a Sparkfriend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549887 My sparkfriend 123BITES4ME shared this article, and I wanted to pass it along, too! <BR> <BR> Great idea: Tell others about your gratitudes <BR> <BR> On Thursday here in America, we are celebrating one of our <BR> national holidays, Thanksgiving Day. For many people, it’s <BR> day to get together with family and share traditional meals <BR> such as turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. <BR> <BR> But the original intention of Thanksgiving was to encourage <BR> us to remember and cel... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:47:18 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 9: The Snack Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542274 This chapter asks us to examine snack attacks and describe a typical one. I don't know that I have a "typical" snack attack. When I do snack, it is on the evenings and weekends, because I'm not allowed to snack at work. I snack for many different reasons, as discussed in my previous blog about chapter 6. I snack on many different kinds of foods. Sometimes I want something salty, like crackers; sometimes I want something smooth, like cheese; and sometimes I want something sweet, like choc... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:23:58 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 6: HALT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538405 This chapter of the book talks about the acronym HALT. HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. These are things to watch out for. We tend to overeat when we get too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. I've actually heard this before, but it's something I need to keep in mind. I think all four of these apply to me at different times. These feelings can definitely lead to overeating. <BR> <BR> I can also think of two more things that can make me overeat: boredom and distraction. Some... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:50:40 EST The Writing Diet Chapter 4: The Four Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536511 In Chapter 4 of The Writing Diet the author presents four questions to use when facing a "snack attack". These are the four questions: <BR> 1) Am I hungry? <BR> 2) Is this what I feel like eating? <BR> 3) Is this what I feel like eating now? <BR> 4) Is there something else that I could eat instead? <BR> <BR> The first question is a biggie for me. I often eat when I'm not hungry. I might be bored or tired or stressed or some other emotion, but not actually hungry. I should ask myself this... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:07:48 EST My new book - The Writing Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530923 A few days ago I got a book called The Writing Diet. The author is Julia Cameron. I am really enjoying the book. It teaches you how to use writing to explore your emotions, and help you to stop emotional eating. I've only read the first three chapters so far, but it has already been helpful to me. One thing it advises you to do is to keep a food journal to record everything that you eat, how you feel when you eat, and how you feel when you are tempted to eat. I am going to go out today ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 12:18:56 EST Exercise calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523539 One of my goals for this week was to make some kind of chart or calendar to record my exercise and nutrition on. I was searching the internet looking for ideas and found this calendar: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1265886760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm going to start using this. It's undated, so I can use it over and over again. I really like the title, too. Right now I'm mostly focusing on exercising and drinking water, so I'm going to use this calendar to record the... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 23:05:53 EST Goals for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518928 These are my goals for this week: <BR> 1) Exercise at least 3 times. I'm still getting over being sick, so whether I exercise more depends on how I feel. <BR> 2) Drink at least 4 glasses of water each day. (I'm slowly working up to 8 glasses a day.) <BR> 3) Plan my meals and snacks ahead of time, and follow through on my plans. <BR> 4) Go to the gym and sign up for a personal trainer. <BR> 5) Make some kind of chart or calendar or something to record my exercise and nutrition on. <BR>... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:15:33 EST Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518121 I just went back and read all my blogs starting from the time I joined SP. I enjoyed reading them. I used to blog on a pretty regular basis, but I haven't done it regularly for a long time now. I would like to start doing it again. I think it helped me, and I don't really know why I stopped doing it. It was nice to read where I have been in the past, and I wish I had kept up the blogging all this time. So, anyway, I think I'll try to start doing it again now. <BR> <BR> My current sit... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:13:19 EST 5 years from now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406858 For our BLC22 challenge we are supposed to imagine what our life will be like five years from now. In five years I will be at my goal weight/size, and I will not be embarrassed about how my body looks. I will be fit and healthy, because of both diet and exercise. I will habitually drink a lot of water and eat healthy food. I will exercise almost daily, and my exercise will include (at least) walking, running, strength training, yoga, hula hooping, and swimming. I will also do 5k races on... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:26:04 EST BLC22 - Imagine you've met one goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400749 For this week's BLC challenge we are supposed to imagine that we've met one of our goals that we set for BLC22. One of my goals is to drink 8 glasses of water per day. If I met this goal I would be very proud of myself. It would be a great accomplishment because of all of the benefits of drinking water. It would also mean that I am drinking less Diet Coke, which would be good, too. Meeting this goal would also mean that it had become a habit, which is what I want it to be. I want it to ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:54:29 EST Goals for BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379322 For my BLC22 team, the Fabulous Feisty Foxes, we're supposed to come up with four goals for the 12 weeks of BLC22. These are my four goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Be a "streaker". That means exercising at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> 3. Post daily on the team chat thread. <BR> 4. Lose 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> I think these goals are challenging, but achievable. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:47:47 EST ABC's of Me for BLC21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202996 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? oldie <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? none (but I have 23 children as students!) <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? sweets <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? night owl <BR> F is for FURRY FRIENDS...you have? one cat <BR> G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with? easy, convenie... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:10:49 EST Halfway through BLC20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109034 We are halfway through BLC20, and I have not been doing very well on reaching my goals for the challenge. <BR> <BR> My exercise goal was to be a streaker, which means exercising at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. I started off strong, but it didn't last very long. I haven't come close to exercising five days a week. I definitely need to exercise more. <BR> <BR> My water goal was to work up to drinking 8 glasses a day. I am drinking more water than I used to, but I am not... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:54:48 EST Goals for BLC20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064066 I have three main goals for BLC20. I made one goal for each of three categories: <BR> <BR> My exercise goal is to be a streaker, which means you exercise for at least 20 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. Right now I don't exercise that many days per week. <BR> <BR> My water goal is to work up to drinking 8 glasses a day, which I don't currently do. <BR> <BR> My nutrition goal is to continue to increase the amount of freggies I eat (which is hard for me because I don't like a lot o... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:34:35 EST ABC's of Me for BLC20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049006 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? oldie <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? none of my own, but 23 students every day! <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? chocolate <BR> E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? night owl <BR> F is for FURRY FRIENDS...you have? one cat <BR> G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with? things th... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 20:23:58 EST ABC's of Me for BLC19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849261 A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition push you? Yes <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? Newbie <BR> C is for CHILDREN...you have? None of my own, but I'm a teacher, so I have 21 kids daily. <BR> D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation? sweets <BR> E is for EXCUSE...what is your most famous? How can we help you overcome it? "I'm too tired" is my most famous excuse. Overcoming it? Ju... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:45:57 EST REVOLUTION 100 Day Challenge--Days 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273818 I have joined the REVOLUTION 100 Day Challenge. Along with working on my healthy eating and exercising, these are the goals for the first ten days: <BR> <BR> Readiness: You are starting a new journey of health and self-discovery. Be you, be healthy, be kind, be beautiful, be strong. Gather your weapons and prepare for battle. <BR> <BR> Day 1 Weigh in/Clean out pantry & refrigerator <BR> Day 2 List reasons you have given up before <BR> Day 3 List reasons you will not give up this time <BR> ... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 23:44:00 EST