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/ 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 Piano Lessons and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523426 <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> The summer after I retired from teaching at a local high school, I began to take piano lessons again. I had taken piano lessons for a period during middle school, and then during a summer or two in my early 20s before my children were born. I played well enough to play for a church service occasionally. As I began to think about what I wanted to do in retirement, I knew that I wanted to expand my skills in this area so made arrangements to take lessons with a loc... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:54:09 EST BLC23 Week 4 Evaluations Week 5 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522351 The scales went down this week! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am trying to do as many of my fitness minutes outside while our SW Missouri weather permits. Being out in the fresh air and moving is therapeutic where my stress is concerned. It doesn't alleviate it all together, but it enables me to deal somewhat better with it, and it is better than it was at this time last year. My goal is to have 400+ minutes of activity per week. I didn't quite make it last week again. I was closer, tho... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:54:28 EST BLC23 Week 3 Evaluation and Week 4 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515490 I thought I had finally lost back down to where I was at the end of BLC22, but I just checking the BLC22 ending stats, and I actually weighed less as of today than I did at the end of BLC22. I am not beating myself up for having put some back on during the hiatus; this journey has its ups and downs. <BR> <BR> My goals will continue to be to maintain my 400+ minutes of exercise per week and to have fun. I am down just over 4 pounds in the first three weeks of BLC23 and in less than 3 poun... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:11:36 EST BLCWeek 2 Evaluation and Week 3 Goals and "God Winks" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509204 I didn't lose this week, but that's okay. I lost over 3# last week, and maintained this week, so it's all good. I am keeping up with my 400+ minutes of execise goal, and my calorie deficit is good. I have a few "treats" but they are moderate and not every day. <BR> <BR> My goals for week 3 will be to continue what I am doing, since it is working for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> For most of my 3+ years Sparkjourney, I have needed to deal with a hard situation in my life. I have been told deal... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:50:54 EST BLC23 Week 1 Evaluation and Week 2 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502432 How did I do on Week 1? <BR> <BR> These were my goals for week 1: <BR> 1. I will get 10+ cups of water. <BR> <BR> 2. I will get 4+ freggies. I am usually very good about this, but have been lax the past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> 3. I will get 400+ minutes of exercise. Good things happen when I do that and watch my nutrition as well. <BR> <BR> I did get the 10+ cups of water, I did make the 4+ freggies, and I did get the 400+ minutes of exercise. <BR> <BR> <BR> I also some weight! ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 11:43:45 EST 50,000 Fitness Minutes Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497093 I joined Sparkpeople on 8/14/2010. I found a journal that I kept for a bit after joining. Perhaps it would be interesting to others to see my thoughts at the start of my journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> "8-15-2010 I joined sparkpeople yesterday. I have felt bad a lot of the summer and have gained an average of 3 lbs/month since I retired. When I went for a recheck at Dr. ______'s, I saw a number on the scale I don't think I saw even when I was pregnant. I didn't want to go to weekly meetings a... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:39:34 EST BLC23 Week One Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493867 Our Ivory Falcons asked us to list our weekly goals. <BR> <BR> 1. I will get 10+ cups of water. <BR> <BR> 2. I will get 4+ freggies. I am usually very good about this, but have been lax the past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> 3. I will get 400+ minutes of exercise. Good things happen when I do that and watch my nutrition as well. <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:29:33 EST BLC23 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492929 I am an Ivory Falcon again! <em>244</em> <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 for BLC23 are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1) Get back into the 150s! I was close when BLC22 ended. I am still maintaining some of what I lost in BLC22, so I am closer than I was back then. I will do this by TRACKI... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:10:19 EST What/How Am I Doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482887 1. Physically - My weight was down at my doctor's office from six months ago. It wasn't as much as I wanted, but it was down. I finally decided I wasn't going to outdo high cholesterol, so I "gave in" to the statin. My exercise minutes have been approximately 1500 per month. I am lax about that this week, but I haven't been for months, so this is kind of "vacation" from it which will be very short since I DO miss it. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Mentally - I am on task most of the time. I sti... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:01:33 EST Another "Hat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478394 We all wear various "hats" as we go through this journey of life. I have a Wife Hat, a Mom Hat, just recently a Mother-in-Law Hat, a Pastor's Wife Hat, a Daughter Hat, a Sister Hat.... I wear all of them at times, some better than others. <BR> <BR> <BR> But a neighbor out for a walk with her dog this past week reminded me that those who don't know me personally see me with other hats..."Aren't you the lady that usually rides a bike? It's harder to recognize you without your helmet! [my... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 08:17:47 EST Reward for Tammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470808 I have had a fun morning! I have spent $$$ on ME! I bought three shirts and one pair of New Balance 928 tennis shoes this morning. With a wedding earlier in the summer, and my part-time post-retirement job on summer break, I had been very careful with $$$, and certainly I would have been the last person that I would have spent $$$ on. <BR> <BR> <BR> I was out TRYING to walk this morning [foot injury - trying to avoid surgery if at all possible for various reasons] when it occurred to me ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:50:30 EST Today's NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460276 I had two NSVs today! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. A former student saw me during my break and asked "Are you doing your laps?" I had never discussed this with him, but I made a point of going around a "loop" in the building, of which part is an atrium where students will sit and talk, work on homework, etc. It was a good place to catch students occasionally and give them help; for some reason, coming up the stairs or up the elevator into my office is hard for them to do...too official, or someth... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 19:40:29 EST 3rd Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458186 I reached my 3rd Sparkversary this past week. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still down about 90 pounds from my all time high weight. I need to get back down about 15 more pounds, where I was last October. <BR> <BR> <BR> I continue to walk - a lot - and I started bicycling this summer. It makes me feel like a kid. [Shoot, I am. I will be just 55 this December. <em>211</em> ] I sat in on a couple of Zumba classes this summer, and would like to find a DVD. My teaching sched... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:45:17 EST Overload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451087 Does anyone else ever feel as if he/she is on overload? <BR> <BR> <BR> My current overload is technology-related, and one of my Sparkfriends even mentioned it to me via a Sparkgoodie message. <BR> <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: I do not feel that Sparkpeople is part of that overload. This is a very caring community, all with good health in mind. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am finding myself avoiding my text messaging on my smartphone for hours at a time. Most people who would have an emergency would... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:55:41 EST August 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441345 I was thinking about this monthly goal blog, and went back to check my August goals for other years....I discovered that on August 14, I will have been a Spark member for 3 years! <BR> <BR> <BR> The very fi rst blog, which I wrote on the 15th, talked about the fact that I made sure that I had protein with my breakfast - that hasn't changed, and the increase in freggies - which was certainly necessary, and that I walked 1/2 mile. <BR> <BR> <BR> A year later, I blogged about my walking,... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:30:32 EST BLC22 - Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427509 It is the halfway point of BLC22, and I am well on my way to my goal of getting back in to the 150s after starting at 173. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have increased exercise, and just recently tried water aerobics and got back on to an elliptical machine after a disastrous effort with it just three years ago. Let's just say I am not terribly coordinated. I would have tried a line dancing lesson this week, but the instructor got held up at another activity. <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to say th... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:51:33 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422081 I've been Sparking for almost three years, lost about 90 pounds, and today I did something that was hard for me to do even as a skinny preteen, and that was 40 years ago! <BR> <BR> <BR> I put on a swimming suit - I still haven't bought one; it was 20+ years old - and got into a public pool in front of others! <BR> <BR> <BR> And I didn't worry too much about how flabby I might be... <BR> <BR> <BR> And I may just do it tomorrow, too. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:20:59 EST Update on July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417033 Written the first couple of days of July...***my July goals are to 1)continue my progress to getting below 160, 2) have fun during my progress getting below 160, and specifically, to continue with my goal of 1500 minutes of fitness per month. <BR> <BR> <BR> So, how am I doing? <BR> <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 164. 6# this morning! <em>334</em> I am getting closer to that "below 160" mark. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As for 1500 minutes of fitness for the month, I am at 607 today - the 1... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:31:07 EST My Evening Bicycle Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414809 I chose to ride my bike for a bit again this evening. It really hadn't cooled down when I chose to begin, but I figured that with my moving that the heat wouldn't be too bad, and I wasn't going to be out long enough to get overheated. <BR> <BR> <BR> Of course, there was the calorie burn that was a good thing. There was just the joy of being able to move, and thinking about the time that I could not have ridden the bike and how far I have come in the past three years, and also thinking abo... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:08:27 EST "So What Are Your Goals for July?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407825 Here I was bragging about #1) exceeding my 1500 fitness minutes June goal and #2) bragging. [Yes, that's right, bragging about bragging. <em>246</em> ] <BR> <BR> <BR> And what happens? I get asked what my July goals are! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just kidding, my BLC Ivory Falcons leaders..... <BR> <BR> <BR> My overall BLC22 goals were to get below 160 and to have fun doing so. The 1500 minutes of fitness was a way to ensure that I was getting a nice deficit calorie-wise. ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:04:16 EST Exceeded My Fitness Goal for June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406683 I finally reset my tracker a few weeks ago to reflect my fitness minutes goal - 1500 per month. <BR> <BR> I went just over 1500 yesterday...and got more minutes today, so I am actually over 1600. I am happy for that. Miss Could Hardle Walk to the End of her Street almost 3 years ago went above 1500. Some days, at the first of the month around DS's wedding time, I didn't get any minutes to be able to track, and there was a day or two that I chose not to do any fitness, but I am pretty pr... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:28:31 EST BLC22, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401666 I haven't posted my individual CICO numbers this week, but I have ended up with over negative 3500, so I do hope to show a pound loss tomorrow morning for weigh-in. We took my SD out for her birthday dinner, and I made a "better choice" and am fairly certain that I did not go over my calories, and now I will drink lots of water this evening to hopefully not have the Sodium Curse appear in the morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> My exercise minutes for June are reflected in my tracker. I changed my ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:49:59 EST Tammy's First BLC22 Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392290 Oh, my this is so sad, but it IS better than it would have been in BLC21 or especially when I started Sparkpeople almost three years ago. <BR> <BR> Pushups 15 [wall pushups] <BR> Crunches 15 <BR> Lunges 11 [front lunges] <BR> Bicep curls 14 [used 2.5# weights] <BR> Squats 7 [very hard for me, and I imagine my form is awful] <BR> Plank 1 [with knees for 30 seconds] <BR> <BR> <BR> It will be interesting to compare later in BLC22. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:57:57 EST BLC22 3 Day Meal Plan + Plan Grocery List PLUS Staples Grocery List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392265 I did these and then saved them where I could easily get to them. <BR> <BR> My 3 Day Meal Plan + Plan Grocery List <BR> <BR> Meals for 3 Days – BLC 22 <BR> <BR> We were asked to make a list of three days’ worth of meals, plus the grocery list, so that we would have something to fall back on when life gets hectic. <BR> <BR> DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 <BR> <BR> Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast <BR> 2 eggs Toast Toast <BR> Toast Peanut Butter Peanut Butter <BR> 5 prunes 1 c.... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:32:49 EST BLC Weekend Challenge BINGO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390848 I love the BINGO weekends for the BLC challenges! <BR> <BR> I have been attempting to link some things that are not working within my team's chat thread so, I am going to try this way. <BR> <BR> My GOYBAD was chosen because I already know I can do it! I did this with a group of teachers prior to my retirement for a pep assembly, and just recently it was one of the numbers for the dancing at DS's wedding: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExC1oGN5J28 </link> <... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:30:59 EST