CHALLENGER15's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHALLENGER15 CHALLENGER15'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/ Mindful Moderation, Early for 2/18/2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317299 I have only had green dots on my dot calendar since the weekend. It feels good to make choices that help my body feel better. <BR> <BR> <BR> It's also interesting to follow the season of seasonal freggies. I enjoyed a delicious serving of baked spaghetti squash over the weekend that was scrumptious and something I might consider preparing at home. I bought a few pears yesterday when I was out shopping - delicious as well! The oranges look really good right now, and I am enjoying cabba... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:10:17 EST Mindful Moderation, Late for 2/11/2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315826 I'm later than I intended for my blog update on my year of Mindful Moderation. I intend to do them over the weekends, but this past weekend didn't allow. Perhaps two days later is still moderation. <BR> <BR> <BR> My last official weigh-in showed a loss of just over 7 pounds since 1/1/2017. <BR> <BR> <BR> I had my first "red dot" day of 2017 over the weekend. It occurred on Saturday. I don't regret it. I just need to take care not to have them very often. 6 weeks in to the new year... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:07:11 EST Mindful Moderation, 2/4/2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310795 It's been five weeks and I have lost just over 6#! Success! I knew I was feeling better, and my jeans weren't quite so tight to zip and those 6# are the low-cal icing on the cake! LOL! <BR> <BR> <BR> I wrote a blog earlier in the year explaining my Dot Calendar - mine ended up being a Star Calendar since I couldn't easily find dots - here is my Dot/Star Calendar for the month of January: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87e670dd-f903-4b88-abcb-a365c2089fce.jpg"... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 16:32:45 EST Mindful Moderation, 1/29/2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307360 I am still pleased with my efforts toward being mindfully moderate. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still down just over 5#. My WI yesterday was up a bit, but it was back down today, and it had been even a bit lower earlier in the week. Slow progress is still progress, eh? <BR> <BR> <BR> I am continuing with my 30 minutes of fitness daily - when I didn't quite make it one day last week, I just reminded myself that I had almost an hour some other days. That, too, is moderation. I am still enjoyi... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:29:18 EST Mindful Moderation after Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302928 This is the end of week 2 with my Mindful Moderation theme. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am down just over 5#. I am happy with that. This is over a 3 week period, and of course, I showed a bigger loss at the beginning than yesterday, but 5# over three weeks is just very encouraging for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> I continue to try for 30 minutes of active fitness each day and that is working well for me. I did have a couple of 10K buzz days per my fitbit, and that is nice to see that happening again as... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:04:25 EST Mindful Moderation after Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297166 My mindful moderation is working well for me. I have been surprised with a 10K buzz on the fitbit a couple of days this week. I am not setting the 10K as a "gotta have" goal because I cannot depend on my health concerns cooperating, but what I am doing is trying to get a total of 30 minutes most days - in two or three little housewalking sessions if I have to - and it seems to be working well for me. I am also intentionally trying to get some "dancing" in with a GOYBAD each day, maybe goin... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:10:56 EST Mindful Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292701 As I reflect on my health journey since I found Sparkpeople, I find that that there have been times that I became what was probably too harsh in my thinking. For example, when I found I really COULD walk 10K per day, I had to do it every day. When a couple of health issues affected the walking, I got really off track, even though my leaving the track was affected by some other things as well. Such thinking was not at all good for my health journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have begun to walk -... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 16:40:28 EST New Year, New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288467 I would have to say that I did not finish 2016 in a good, healthy way. From midsummer on, I struggled as many small changes occurred in my life. My healthy choices did not follow along with the life changes. My clothing got tighter, my feet/legs hurt more and more, and my blood pressure was climbing up, up, up. <BR> <BR> <BR> However, as 2017 was about to begin, I began to take charge of my own little health world again. <BR> <BR> <BR> I imagine that I was drinking 8+ glasses of wa... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 09:03:01 EST What Happened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151300 I've been on a rollercoaster - a slow rollercoaster, but a rollercoaster, nevertheless, ever since I hit goal weight 3?4? years ago. <BR> <BR> That slow yet steady progress back up the scale has caused a regain of 30#. I changed my sparkname a couple of years ago to reflect that I had regained 15#, but I don't think I need to rename myself to reflect the additional 15. I think I need to take to heart this Spark article that I read this morning. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/re... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:37:49 EST Adjusting My Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136277 I keep going back and forth with the same 8 - 10 pounds...lose them, sometimes as much as 3# at a time, and then relax, not walk as much, not eat as well, and they go back on. I need to lose more than that, but this is where I have been for the past few months. <BR> <BR> <BR> I get lots of good encouragement here. I have Sparkfriends who encourage me via posts and goodies, and I am on teams that have challenges, and I am even a leader on one challenge. <BR> <BR> <BR> I know I don't ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:22:24 EST BLC Week 9 WEC My Three Top Motivations for Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122007 One of our BINGO goals was to record our three top motivations for losing weight and I have chosen to do it by also putting it out into "Sparkland." <BR> <BR> <BR> I spent most of my adult life being morbidly obese. 5+ years ago, I realized I was going to need to do something about it if I was going to have the active post-retirement life that I wished. I realized that I needed this to fit into my post-retirement lifestyle which includes traveling sometimes. I checked out Sparkpeople whe... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:19:05 EST 2/20/16 and still no blog about yearly goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100455 I thought about doing my usual yearly goals blog back in late November - and then in December - and then in January - and you can see what the date is today in my title. <BR> <BR> I'm still not really sure why I didn't, just as I'm not sure why I don't blog as I once did. <BR> <BR> I think it is likely because we all change over time. My time here is now 5+ years...I have accomplished a lot - at one time, it was 90+ pounds. Some of those found their way back...but I have accepted that I... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:16:04 EST How Are My 2015 Goals Going? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036495 It is past time for me to review this. In about 6 weeks, 2015 will be done. <BR> <BR> Here is my blog from right before the New Year 2015 began. <BR> <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************ <BR> I was quite pleased with my progress in 2014 - I mostly maintained my fitness/weight, I paid off a credit card, and I completed some crafting projects. <BR> <BR> <BR> In thinking of what my overall goals are for the coming year, I am going to concentrate on gett... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:10:58 EST I'm Worth It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011051 It is somewhat interesting to me that for someone who had to repeatedly tell herself "I'm doing this for me" with every step I took five years ago, that I DO know that I am worth it these days and don't have to repeatedly tell myself that I am. <BR> <BR> It took me two years to lose my 90 pounds. I gained about 20 pounds back and am in the process of losing it again. I'm worth it. <BR> <BR> I have some Spark teams with which I participate regularly - a regional local team, an RV group, ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 13:39:00 EST My Summer is about Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969311 [Disclaimer: This is not a feel-good blog, and I won't be offended at all if you choose not to read it or comment on it. It's just a down blog in what has been a mostly down summer and I know I sometimes cannot read such things...I totally understand.] <BR> <BR> <BR> On Saturday 8/8, I will be attending a mandatory meeting for my next academic year of my part-time, post-retirement job. Where has the summer gone? <BR> <BR> <BR> Almost NOTHING has happened as I had planned back in May. ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:51:34 EST Small Savings Add Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957507 This is totally a $$$-related blog, and yet the attention to details could apply anywhere. <BR> <BR> Over the past year or so, I have begun to use free apps on my smartphone to save money. The apps that I use are <BR> <BR> 1) Walgreens' Balance Rewards - 20 points/weigh in, 20 points/mile [with a monthly max], 20 points per blood pressure reading, etc...these are the ones that work for me, but there are others...the points are then transferred to Balance Reward dollars that you can spend ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:54:34 EST Summer Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927424 In a few hours, I will have finished with my Spring 2015 semester of teaching, and will have a break until August. As I wait for my last class to begin their final exam, I was thinking about summer goals and thus this blog. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I wish to continue with my fitbit goal of 70K+ steps per week. This is good for me both physically and mentally and emotionally. Endorphins are my friend! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I really, really, REALLY need to at least do yoga stretches... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:05:01 EST 2015 Goal Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908112 A Sparkfriend suggested that I do a blog to help with my doldrums where fitness/health are concerned. It had been a longer time than usual since I had blogged, so here goes. I had been in the habit of regularly checking on how my annual goals were doing, and I haven't done that, so that is what this blog shall address. <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>************************************ <BR> <BR> FITNESS/HEALTH GOALS <BR> <BR> 1. Remain less than 170, with the ulti... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 07:12:10 EST Need Some Ideas for Keeping Winter Doldrums at Bay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878874 Oh, my gosh.......I am so over winter already, and we really just began to have it here in SW Missouri. Most of our school districts had not missed any days for bad roads/weather until this week, and most of them have been out for what is now the fourth day. <BR> <BR> <BR> The cold with winter seems to bother me more than it did at a younger age, so I try to make what I am doing as enjoyable as I can. I am going to share what I have done the past couple of years, and I am always welcome... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:06:48 EST Do Small Steps Really Lead to Big Success? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854502 Yesterday, I had gone into a business, paid for my purchase, and dropped my change into my coat pocket. It was cold, so I walked with my gloved hands in my pockets, got into my car, sat down, and then took my hands out of my pockets. I heard a coin hit the plastic in the floorboard, reached over for the quarter that I thought it was - the carts at the business require a quarter to be inserted and then it is returned when the cart is replaced properly-and discovered it was only a penny. <B... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:42:58 EST 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841105 I was quite pleased with my progress in 2014 - I mostly maintained my fitness/weight, I paid off a credit card, and I completed some crafting projects. <BR> <BR> <BR> In thinking of what my overall goals are for the coming year, I am going to concentrate on getting closer to financial freedom, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and continuing to craft with the idea of giving back in some manner. <BR> <BR> <BR> With these overall goals in mind, my 2015 goals are <BR> <BR> FITNESS/HEALTH... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:09:29 EST Just Met One of My 2014 Goals Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835974 One of my goals for 2014 was to pay off one of my credit cards and I did that TODAY as I made the last payment on one of them. That felt so very good! Now doing the same with the remaining card will be my financial goal for 2015. <BR> <BR> <BR> I still have 10 days to work on the remaining 2014 goals.... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:15:44 EST December 1, 2014 and 2014 Goals Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825777 Where has this year gone? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> So with 30 days to go after today is done, what is my progress on my 2014 goals? <BR> <BR> 1. I will return to the 150s. <BR> <BR> At my high for the year, I was at 179. I have been consistently at 170 or below - no lower than 166 yet, but I can see that slow progress is being made. I am tracking. I am watching my fitbit minutes - my goal is 10,000 per day - but I need to rethink doing "other" things to do as well. I strongly... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:41:12 EST October 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798747 Hi, Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I just looked at my last blog - on Labor Day - and so much has happened since then. <BR> <BR> <BR> My SIL who was so seriously injured in the accident [in which his dad died as a result of injuries] has continued to improve. It will still be a long time, but he is better. <BR> <BR> <BR> My brother was released from the hospital after the most recent heart attack and went to a skilled nursing facility in early September; I was there again just yesterday a... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:33:54 EST September 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771178 It would be neat to go back and see where I was at on previous Labor Day weekends, but I felt the need to concentrate instead on where I am at in relationship to my 2014 goals. <BR> <BR> I have had the most unbelievable August - it was one that tested what I am made of, my beliefs, and my Spark systems in place. The latest incident, with which my birth family is still dealing, involved my brother having a heart attack 3 hours from his home. With a history of heart problems, it was not u... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:12:55 EST Uber-politeness Needs to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743405 I have almost decided that I am much too polite. I have struggled with the fact that this may not be a problem, but I am open to the suggestion that perhaps it is. <BR> <BR> <BR> In struggling with this personality dilemma, I don't know that is is important why I am this way, other than to perhaps discover a way to deal with things that bother me. The reason for this blog is to gather ways to deal with one thing that bothers me greatly. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do others have family members who... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:44:04 EST The Year is Now Half Over - How Am I Doing on My 2014 Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731089 Here are my 2014 goals and my progress to date: <BR> <BR> 1. I will return to the 150s. I am not sure 150 is the best for me; 155 may be more do-able. I have recently discovered that I enjoy yoga stretching and stretching in general. I also continue walking and resistance band workouts. I will do the resistance bands workouts twice per week. <BR> <BR> ***I have not got to the 150s yet. In fact, I went the other direction, with several take-home meals in a row. The scales are coming back... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:24:17 EST Challenges - Have They Been a Good Thing for Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707598 As a member of a challenge that has been held on the RV Enthusiasts team, I was asked to write a blog about my thoughts concerning challenges. <BR> <BR> I have been a Sparkmember almost 4 years. I joined the RV Enthusiasts team fairly early on, and it was their challenges that I began with. The team approaches challenges as they do RVing - with gusto! I really think that the challenges through this team were the primary motivation for my weight loss, almost 90 pounds. When I would get la... Sat, 31 May 2014 17:36:41 EST Benefits of Gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706253 I have been enjoying my garden this year. Our garden is primarily my effort this year. DH got the raised beds ready two years ago and we had some success last year, but this year I did a bigger effort. <BR> <BR> Already the time spent has been so beneficial to me. <BR> <BR> First, there is the fitness time, and the outdoors time. There is the pleasure of seeing seeds sprout and grow into mature plants. There is the watching of plants that I ordered last winter during a snowstorm gro... Thu, 29 May 2014 19:14:54 EST 2014 Springfield, MO Team Spark Rally #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695780 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1098803632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> L to R: Cindy, Janice, Kira, Tammy, Joyce, Dawn, Becca, Elsie, Debbie <BR> <BR> On Saturday, May 10, 2014, members of our Springfield, MO Sparkpeople team met for our second rally this year. We met at Sequiota Park, and after eating a sack lunch, we walked on a trail and then met at a nearby pottery shop. <BR> <BR> This is the first time that I have met any of my Spark friends in "real life". I have been "t... Thu, 15 May 2014 14:48:01 EST May 5: How am I doing on my 2014 Goals? How's my Year of Joy Progressing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688183 Here are my 2014 goals and my progress to date: <BR> <BR> 1. I will return to the 150s. I am not sure 150 is the best for me; 155 may be more do-able. I have recently discovered that I enjoy yoga stretching and stretching in general. I also continue walking and resistance band workouts. I will do the resistance bands workouts twice per week. <BR> <BR> ***I have seen 150s in the past week. I will go up and down, I always do. My up hasn't been above 162, though, and that is a marked improve... Mon, 5 May 2014 15:56:50 EST "Follow-through was not his forte" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668392 I picked up a paperback at our supermarket that caught my eye, since DH and I have just discovered and enjoyed all four seasons of Downton Abbey this past winter. The title of the book is "While We Were Watching Downton Abbey", by Wendy Wax. It is basically about female friendship and is enjoyable, light reading. <BR> <BR> I wasn't too far into the book, when the author characterized the brother of one of the females with the statement "Follow-through was not his forte." <BR> <BR> Oh.... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:21:37 EST Wandering Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656930 I think I'm just winter-weary, but I am also assessing my fitness/nutrition/Sparking program. <BR> <BR> <BR> My primary care physician told me last week that anyone who had lost weight during this winter-that-seems-to-never-end is doing VERY well. Of course, I liked that, because I showed a 4# loss since I had seen her back in January. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am trying to find a happy place for the time that I spend Sparking, and I am not sure just how that needs to be done.... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:43:12 EST A Reward! My Emerald Ring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651580 I am pretty good at setting goals and rewards for myself. I am immensely better at achieving my goals than I am at rewarding myself when the goal is achieved. <BR> <BR> One of my very first rewards that I listed - and I will be at 4 years in Sparkpeople time come this August - was an emerald ring. It didn't need to be fancy, but I have always wanted one. <BR> <BR> I don't remember if this was a reward for a particular challenge, or if it was a reward that I thought up on my own when I... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:48:27 EST A Slight but Significant Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639764 I changed my Spark identity just a bit. <BR> <BR> I chose my Sparkname over three years ago; so that I could remember it, I chose Challenger [the model of our motorhome] 75 [the amount of weight that I thought I needed to lose]. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have changed in a lot of ways; I got to my goal weight back in the fall of 2012, and have gone back and forth 15-20 pounds since. <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't feel so bad about those 15-20 pounds, though. I've learned a lot about myself in the ensui... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:25:46 EST 2 Months into 2014 - How Am I Doing With My Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632631 Here were my 2014 goals, along with my progress. <BR> <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> 1. I will return to the 150s. I am not sure 150 is the best for me; 155 may be more do-able. I have recently discovered that I enjoy yoga stretching and stretching in general. I also continue walking and resistance band workouts. I will do the resistance bands workouts twice per week. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have down about 5# since beginning the BLC24 and RV Enthusiasts 500 Calorie Deficit challenges. I ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:50:44 EST 2014: One Month Down. How Am I Doing With My Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609290 Here were my 2014 goals, along with my progress. <BR> <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> 1. I will return to the 150s. I am not sure 150 is the best for me; 155 may be more do-able. I have recently discovered that I enjoy yoga stretching and stretching in general. I also continue walking and resistance band workouts. I will do the resistance bands workouts twice per week. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have lost 2# since beginning the BLC24 and RV Enthusiasts 500 Calorie Deficit challenges. I am quit... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:26:57 EST BLC24 Week 3 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609279 BLC 24 - Week 2 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Since I have lost a total of 2#, I think I shall continue with my program as it is. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun: <BR> <BR> <B... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:18:34 EST Fun Time Ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604972 For the past two years, DH and I have chosen to travel in our RV to Pensacola to visit with my DS and BIL during my spring break. Last year, DS suggested that I participate in a 5K with her; for many years, I would NEVER have dreamed of doing this. However, with having become more fitness-minded since joining Sparkpeople, it sounded like something neat to do. As we get closer to early March [the time on our academic calendar when spring break is scheduled], we wondered when the date of the... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:45:15 EST BLC24 Week 2 CICO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602176 BLC 24 - Week 2 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Tracking: <BR> <BR> Mon: <BR> <BR> <BR> -Food Tracking: <BR> -Fitness Trackin... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:22:47 EST BLC24 Ivory Falcons S.M.A.R.T. Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600186 My goal for the next twelve weeks is to lose 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> How am I going to do this? I am going to watch my CICO to maintain an average of a 500 calorie deficit per day. <BR> <BR> Who will I tell about my progress? My Ivory Falcon friends will know, as will my RV Enthusiasts 500 Calorie Deficit Challenge friends. [Can you tell where I got the idea? Thank you, SHARONSPARKLE.] <BR> <BR> What will my reward be? I will buy myself a new houseplant. I shall enjoy looking in t... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:52:03 EST How Am I Doing With My 2014 Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592460 January is close to half over, and I will shortly be busier with BLC24 goals, so I thought I would look at my progress on my self-proclaimed 2014 goals, which were <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>************* <BR> 1. I will return to the 150s. I am not sure 150 is the best for me; 155 may be more do-able. I have recently discovered that I enjoy yoga stretching and stretching in general. I also continue walking and resistance ba... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:03:19 EST Past and Future Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575518 I joined Sparkpeople in August 2010. As I was thinking about 2014 Goals, I decided to go back and see what my goals had been in the past as a new year was about to begin since joining. <BR> <BR> My goals for 2011: <BR> 1. Lose the rest of my weight - at that time I had about 50 more pounds to lose. <BR> 2. Pay off one credit card <BR> 3. 315 minutes of fitness per week <BR> <BR> How did I do in 2011? I did not lose the entire 50 pounds, but I made good progress, as I did also on the 31... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:41:44 EST How did Tammy's 2013 Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573195 I was curious, as 2013 ends, how I did with my goals for the year, so I went back to the blog where I spelled them out so that I could reflect as I plan for 2014. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. My first goal was to return to my goal weight of 150. I started the year at 173.8, and I have been in the 160s for most of this year. There were a few times that I hit the lower 170s again, when eating out a lot, etc, but most of the year I have been in the 160s. My BLC23 goal was to get into the 150s, and I ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:01:33 EST Various Musings near MidDecember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563702 Oh, my... <BR> <BR> 1. I had my 55th birthday this week. I remember when that was old; funny, it surely does not seem old now. <BR> <BR> 2. SW Missouri has had multiple rounds of wintry precipitation this week. I am tired of winter already and it hasn't even officially arrived. The iciness which fell this morning caused me to make an "executive decision" to cancel a final that had already been rescheduled from Monday. I have given students the option to come in on Monday to take it ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:03:39 EST Random Thoughts on an Icy/Snowy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557682 As 2013 draws to a close, I think about the year that I decided last December would be Tammy's Year of Optimism. For the most part, it has been a year of optimism and good happenings - DS got married to a lovely young woman, DH and I had our first garden and we enjoyed primarily tomatoes, but hey! I didn't have to buy them. There have been some ongoing situations, but I would like to hope that I don't invoke Murphy's Law by saying here that I am managing those situations better than I wo... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 14:29:07 EST My Early Birthday Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549068 I got the best surprise yesterday when I got home from lunch with my BF; DH asked me to come to his Man Cave and see something. He had been working on some signs, so I just thought that was what he was showing me. <BR> <BR> Instead, this was what I found: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678529301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had been looking for a rocking chair for some time. I didn't want a huge one, and I wanted it to be simple. I think he did a very good job on f... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:08:57 EST Filling My Emotional Bucket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543617 This weekend my emotions have just hit the proverbial wall. I am usually a very mild-mannered, "nothing gets me down" kind of gal. I help others when I can, and try to practice "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." <BR> <BR> <BR> I have felt this coming for a while, and tried to do something about it. Walking - preferably outside - has always been a great help in the past and doing so has probably helped me not to flatten out like a pancake on the wall. <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:45:45 EST "You look great!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534114 Oh, my word... <BR> <BR> Twice in the past two days I have seen former high school students who graduated within the past 5 - 15 years. I just happened to be at the right places at the right times. I had to tell them who I was both times. <BR> <BR> And both times, I got "You look great!" <BR> <BR> Kind of makes the effort all that much more worth it, you know? I am having some "issues" turning 55 in a few weeks and some more "issues" with the scales not moving in the right direction... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 16:44:22 EST Revisiting BLC23 Goals at the Halfway Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527383 I read somewhere this morning that we are halfway through BLC23; I haven't checked to see if that is true, but I know we are close, and it never hurts to evaluate. <BR> <BR> This is what I wrote 5/6 weeks ago: <BR> <BR> "I am an Ivory Falcon again! emoticon <BR> <BR> <BR> I cannot make this too difficult. I will "shoot myself in the foot" if I do. That is just my mindset; I know others do better when they are very detailed, and I admire them for that. <BR> <BR> <BR> My personal goals fo... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:46:35 EST