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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:33:31 EST Too Much Garden! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747232 So I'm a gal raised in the South-that means canning and freezing and pickling this time of year. Here's my dilemma...I am married to a farmer who likes to grow things for the pure joy of growing things. He tell me not to stress about it and throw out what I don't want to deal with...but, there are hungry people I say! I was raised, in large part, around my Dad's parents who lived through the depression-so I value preserving home grown veggies. But here's the rub-I am a fulltime working profe... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:23:53 EST What would you do for fresh peach tart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746453 or cake? I walked five miles just so I could have dessert last night. I had 1/16th of each.. As a dear friend puts it, "I exercise to eat"~LOL. This is not an everyday happening, but fresh peach season makes for some very tempting offerings... <BR> My daughter made both of these, from scratch, while I was at work Thursday. She is fearless in the kitchen! <BR> Peach Tart: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1508787101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Peach Cake <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:51:00 EST Getting Back to a Good Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745587 This summer has been a time to return to some good habits. I let the winter months drag me down and away from the healthy habits I had established last year. It was so easy to make the excuse of too cold or seriously the roads were too icy and dangerous to travel the 20 miles to my strength class. We simply don't do snow and ice well in the south. All that said, once spring sprang I had acquired a new old habit-making excuses. FINALLY, last night between my 19yo and an old friend gently chidi... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:03:40 EST Further, Faster, Stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734422 It's so easy to write about back sliding and so difficult to commit to writing about forward motion. I sometimes chalk this up to my southern girl upbringing-one must be demure and self deprecating....so I am going to break with tradition here for just a few lines to celebrate a success. <BR> I've been meandering back to the "wagon" for several weeks now. Somehow, spending time at the beach is a real motivator for me and I had that opportunity over the recent holiday weekend. When I'm at the... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:34:48 EST A Date With Little Debbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729971 I've written about Debbie before. I believe I called her public enemy number one...She's one of those "stepford" products engineered to lure us with slick marketing and addict us with the perfect combination of sodium, fat and sugar. Well, that's how I am going to frame my relationship with this popular snack cake and I am such a patsy for her....So it's confession time. I had to go to the grocery store yesterday for ....dish washing liquid. Of course I walked through the produce and picked u... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:14:04 EST On Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729095 We often read that it takes only 2 weeks of consistency to develop a habit. There may be some variability on the actual time frame, but it is a relatively short period of time regardless. When I think about how we can build a "new" habit with consistency, I get so excited. How easy to develop a "new improved" habit if you can just make it through said period of time practicing consistency. One thing I have realized (confession: I can be Pollyanna) is that this habit forming has a dark side. W... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:09:55 EST Floundering Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708709 ...like a fish out of water and trying to find the way back to the water's edge... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 08:27:51 EST Just What I needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704409 Providence-sometimes it's almost frightening how we come upon "just what we need" in that particular moment. I've been around on Spark for years. Wondered away, wondered back, always find the resources here invaluable, but am just subject to my human nature and the workings of life. I wondered back a little over a year ago, dropped almost 50 pounds over 6 months and then hit the holidays and one of the grayest, coldest winters I can remember. So I casually, almost mindlessly, wondered away fr... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:21:38 EST Looking Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660740 Finally, it looks like a week of spring time temps here in the south! It was a year ago that I began my current journey.- driven by disappointment, disgust and dissatisfaction with the current state and a lot of encouragement from my children and DH. The journey started with a rush and quickly became a healthy obsession of sorts. I didn't mind sweating through the southern summer or the inevitable slow downs in weight loss. I was heading in the right direction. Then the time changed, the days... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:34:57 EST Lose a Battle, Win the War http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655996 We often hear that it's important to "pick our battles" or "just because we lost a battle doesn't meant we can't win the war". I am pretty sure I lost or am losing the holiday/winter blah battle. I maintained my weight for weeks, but have found a few pounds have crept on recently. I am not being truly honest to say they "crept". I know how they got there-mindless eating and inconsistent activity. I find myself considering the circumstances and having some of the negative self talk that can sl... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:44:48 EST A Friend Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628681 I lost a friend. She was 49, just barely. She had a form of the dreaded C word. She has fought with dignity and grace. She made the choice to do this her way. She lost the battle. She was barely 49. Her youngest daughter and my youngest daughter are BFFs-they have literally been friends before they even knew the other existed-since the cradle. My daughter was there when she died. In a way, she lost someone important, too. Like another mom....it is a sad reality that people in their prime must... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:54:12 EST Michael Pollan-Cooked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616655 I really enjoy Michael Pollan's books and received the latest, Cooked, for Christmas. Essentially, Pollan breaks cooking down into four essential elements-Fire, Water, Air, Earth-and discussues each element in depth-always intriguing. I am currently reading the Water section-think one pot dinners, braises and all that means to family and food. What I found interesting in the passage I read last night had to do with the economy of actual cooking. The short of it is this, the industrialization ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:34:22 EST Nutrition Labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616371 Not the most user friendly source of information to begin with...now it seems that every time I buy a product the nutrition label has changed-calories up or down, sodium up or down, fiber up or down....so it goes. I started entering foods last year and including the month and year as part of the entry, but my discovery today was a bit frustrating. I had entered the product in question in January 2014-yep, last month-all 5 days ago. I looked at the label on the very same product today to find ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:11:27 EST Forgetting the Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615343 I started this journey with a goal weight in mind. I am a little OCD, so of course I calculated my calorie needs at various weights, determine how many calories I could comfortably deduct (never below 1200/day and generally never below 1400/day). I then translated this into expected weight loss and mapped out how long it would take me to reach my goal weight, including mini goal markers every 10 pounds. Well, the best laid plans and all that....needless to say I have not accomplished the weig... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 20:28:40 EST All Is Not Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611093 It's amazing and frustrating how our journey twists and turns. Sometimes I think I have things figured out only to find that my vigilance has not been what it needs to be to sustain consistent change in lifestyle...and then I wonder if I understand anything at all.... But of course, I have learned-I am closer to sustainable, consistent change than I have ever been. A few days or weeks of inconsistency does not mean all is lost. That said, it sure can feel that way! I suppose that is one of th... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:33:34 EST Walking in a Winter Wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610431 It's a winter wonderland here in the south-this is a novelty for us. Today has been warmer-up to 32-and there really hasn't been a lot of wind. DH and I decided to take a walk down, where else, my favorite farm path. Someone had driven down the path, so we didn't have to tromp through inches of snow, but it was still a balance challenge. Some places were icy and walking in snow boots is a bit different than my usual shoes. When we started out, I thought maybe would would make it to the 1 mile... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:27:22 EST The Pink Princess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602216 With cold temps, snow and ice all around I pulled out my warmest gear which involves a big pink fuzzy hat I got for skiing some years ago. My children could not believe I bought this hat at the time and begged me not to wear it-especially since I was going to chaperone their youth group ski trip-LOL. I wore the hat and they pretended not to know me-as teens will do. Well, the hat lives, the memories are priceless and we all got a great laugh this morning with a volley of texting that spanned ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:52:44 EST Winter Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590295 In the South, "winter weather" means uncertainty. We have had a temperature range in the last 5 days of single digits to 70s-talk about confusing. Well, today it was my kind of "southern winter weather". High projected in the 60s, chance of rain after lunch, cloudy with occasional peeps of my favorite star, the sun. Great morning to get out and traipse down my favorite 5 mile route. Well, almost. It was a challenge. We have had quite a bit of rain, so part of the farm path is in motion-as in ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 13:14:48 EST Japanese Steak House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588994 Question, do the Japanese really cook with this much oil and salt? My son wanted to eat at the local Japanese steak house after swim practice. I had half my calories and plenty of sodium left to round out my day's nutrition-but not enough for this fare. I really like the "show" of Hibachi cooking, but am appalled at the amount of oil and salt used in the process. I am honestly not sure how to navigate on this menu. Even the veggies are coated in oil, butter, sodium and various sauces which I... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:30:55 EST A Wellness Challenge-what a difference they can make http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587399 Our organization sponsors a wellness challenge that runs 10 weeks at the beginning of every year. It was this very challenge that got me started on my current journey about a year ago. What the challenge did for me was cause me to think-I started doing some Wii fit activities and found I could spend up to 90 minutes "playing". It made me think I should be able to set aside 30 minutes to exercise ANY day. That along with my persistent children got "my ball rolling". It's wellness challenge tim... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:15:40 EST What Doesn't Kill Us... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585805 ...makes us stronger. Right? Yep, gotta believe there's a lot of wisdom in that statement. I was looking for some fitness motivation the other day and came across this picture. Love it and wanted to share: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1957343112.jpg"> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:03:17 EST A Fitness Christmas and a New Appreciation for Northern Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573866 Yep, it was a fitness Christmas. My family all gave me lovely new work out clothes-they were on the top of my list! New size :), designed for cold weather, bright colors-socks, pants, tops and even a skull cap/toboggan with a pony tail hole in the back. Sleeves that come down over your hands with thumb holes-cool! Who would've thought a year ago I would be ASKING for workout clothes-LOL Today I put some of them on and went out for a 5 mile jaunt down my favorite path. It's a beautiful day in ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:47:20 EST Gratification: Instant v. Delayed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564441 We work so hard, as parents, to teach our children about delayed gratification and controlling impulsivity. Interesting, that we don't always practice what we preach and then wonder why they find it so hard...I was reminded of this last night at the IHOP. My 15 yo had a swim meet and afterwards wanted pancakes-not uncommon for a swimmer. As we headed to the IHOP, I was in dread. Would there be a reasonable choice and would I be willing and able to make such a choice. I love pancakes. As I loo... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:18:18 EST This is Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563467 ...navigated the spring-no problem. Sailed through the summer, including a devastating diagnosis for my mom....no problem. Fluttered into fall like a leaf on a breeze, but have become more like a ping pong ball in a hurricane. This is hard. Short days, cold rainy weather, so many social obligations, so much temptation in the food department, so much stress..........having trouble with my consistency here. Going over my desired calorie limit more days than not-not by much and still below a "ma... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:48:03 EST Peer Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561145 As I have become more fit and obviously lost weight, people have noticed. At first I didn't want people to notice and comment-I think this is pretty common based on comments and blogs I have read from other spark members. Then the comments become a type of reinforcement and incentive to stick with it. I feel like I have entered a new phase of the comments journey-peer pressure and expectation. I know part of this is in my head, but people are watching. They say things like "I didn't even reco... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:16:01 EST Dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560374 Our organization hosts an employee Holiday Party each year. This past Friday night was said part. This always involves a meal and dancing. The meal was lovely-steamed shrimp, broiled sirloin, baked potato, salad, green beans, bread, dessert. I enjoyed a Green Apple Smirnoff Ice. And then the DJ got the party started. He was actually a little slow on the start with a shag song and then a slow song and then a song that nobody really wanted to dance to....but then he got his groove on and starte... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 09:46:11 EST Beautiful Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557476 Wednesdays are a bear this time of year. My 15 yo swims and meets are on Wednesdays and Fridays. Yesterday was a meet on the OBX about 2 hours away. My DH went to the meet and I went to my favorite fitness class-it's been a week since I did any purposeful exercise and it felt great. After the class, I had some time "home alone" and needed to fix myself some dinner-I just can't take anymore turkey concoctions. So, I made a frittata with eggs, spinach, roasted pepper, mushrooms and feta-beautif... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:44:28 EST Sometimes it just works out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556864 Well, I am still recovering from the Thanksgiving gorge. Someone brought us handmade candies as a hostess gift-chocolates no less. Yep, I've been indulging-geez, they're delish. Staying within calorie range has been a challenge-one I have lost most days lately (Lita, thanks for the range challenge today). So, I decided not to track "all" my food from yesterday and just accept that it would be out of range and today was a fresh start. Then that little inner voice got the best of me and said, "... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 13:58:30 EST Naviagating Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555789 ...harder than I thought it would be.... <BR> Somehow in the past week, I have lost my way. Well, at least strayed from it. Primarily, I have placed purposeful activity on a shelf, but there is this nagging little voice in my head that says, "don't slip away". It has been one week since I engaged in activity that made me sweat and allowed my mind to wander freely through random thoughts. I can honestly say I miss it. I have to also admit that it is so easy to find reasons (aka, excuses) to NO... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:18:47 EST Spinning Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551319 I think this is a love hate relationship. I went to my third cycling class last night. Have to admit the saddle wasn't as painful as it has been. I could actually endure longer periods of standing to pedal, too. I still can't say I love it, but I can say I appreciate it's value. Definitely uses a different set of muscles than anything else I do. My 19 year old rower was home and she went with me. She said it was a challenging work out, too. After cycling, we went up to the erg (rowing machine... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:37:39 EST Preparing for Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547588 It's always been my favorite holiday...not sure why. I have always said it was because we could convene with family without all the trappings of Christmas. This year, I'm hosting. We will have about 12 for lunch-not too bad. Maybe an opportunity to shake up a few things, substitute some healthier options-pretty sure my mom and I do not make mashed potatoes the same way....and I'm toying with adding some sort of green salad. I have some really nice recipes with fall fruits like pears and apple... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:36:05 EST I Need To Go Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546719 Some times NSVs can be frustrating. I just finished hemming pants for my fall wardrobe-thinking they would carry me through spring....NOT. They are falling off-I can literally take them off without undoing them-My DH saw me this morning, did a 360 appraisal, grabbed the waistband and said, "I am pretty sure we could both wear this pair of pants-at the same time". Guess I shouldn't complain...but now I need to go shopping and I do not have time to go shopping! Thu, 21 Nov 2013 08:17:44 EST Wrestling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545071 Sometimes on this journey I feel like I am in a wrestling match and I am not clear on the next best move. This past week has been a struggle. I have been hungry. I haven't felt well. I have not wanted to exercise, but have felt like something was missing when I didn't. I have had multiple challenges in keeping my eating on track. I have wrestled with lots of thoughts about this whole process. All in all, I would say it has been a growth experience and like so many episodes of growth, it has b... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:11:32 EST Small Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540849 Sometimes those small NSV victories come in the strangest ways. Cardio-strength class is a staple of my Wednesday nights-I really like the class. When I started doing it back in May, I held 3 pound weights and had to put those down before the end of the cardio circuit sets. Now, I carry 6 pounds in each hand and carry them through the entire 4 sets of cardio ciruit-this is not that NSV. Last night, I was able to complete the entire abd portion, noticed greater range of motion in the oblique w... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:27:42 EST Another Spin Class... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539895 I said probably not...but the truth is that I used some muscles I am not accustomed to using in that intro to spinning class. I could tell this 1-2 days after the fact when those bad boys were sore-in the best kind of way. So, last night, I headed to Walmart to pick up a cushy seat cover (those spin bike seats are not kind to bony structures) and headed to the Y for a spin class. It was challenging and I couldn't do all of the "Jump" sets or the full duration for the endurance climb, but that... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:20:17 EST My Take on Spinning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534801 Went to an introduction to spinning class. I am not a big machine fan and that's probably critical here....did not love it. I think if I have experience with an activity, such as biking or walking, in the real world, I just can't find pleasure in the mechanical version. I really despise the treadmill-why do this when I could take a brisk walk? The spin bike was only a slightly better experience for me-I couldn't help but look down and think about where I could be going on my real bike. Maybe ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:01:53 EST Autumn Splendor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531837 Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day in northeastern North Carolina. We started that annual chore of washing the siding and windows....Around 5 pm, I looked out from our deck and across the pond that borders our side yard and here's what greeted me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1145874478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147859549.jpg"> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:03:01 EST The "Gravity" of the Situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531026 Went to see "Gravity". Did not love it. Too much calamity to remotely seem like something we could connect to and apparently we were supposed to connect to Sandra Bullock's character in her journey to realize there is life after a terrible trauma. Remember when the Fonz jumped the shark while skiing near the end of 'Happy Days'? Well, for me, this movie jumped the shark-quite literally, I expected there to be one in the closing scene! Thought is would never end... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 15:04:21 EST Rowing My Boat-Sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529290 So, both of my daughters have been rowers in college. The oldest only rowed her freshman year and then decided that as a double major she just didn't have the time to commit. The younger daughter is currently a sophomore and plans her academic schedule around practice-so far it's working. The beautiful part of this is that we are watching how skilfully she manages her time and maintains her grades-a great life lesson. Neither of these girls had any rowing experience when they left home. <BR> ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 13:08:23 EST I Left the Exercise Class Half Way through http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528164 It was Tuesday night... <BR> Earlier this summer I started attending group exercise at the Y. I had been to this class, cardio-circuit, before. It involves step and strength. I love step aerobics-when it is done well. By that I mean that the instructor does a good job of introducing combinations and recognizes the variety of skill and the need for modifications. This was not my experience. <BR> Let me back track a bit-I had stopped coming to this class for the very same reason I left early on... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:34:53 EST The Doctor Called http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526342 ... a few weeks ago I blogged about going for my annual physical. My provider was pretty impressed with my weight loss, but a little skeptical about how I had accomplished it. After the visit I think she was basically convinced that I had a solid plan and wasn't doing anything radical with diet and exercise. Well, know she has some solid evidence. I had my lab work drawn last week and she called and left a message yesterday. Last year, my Vitamin D was barely within the normal range and my po... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:36:02 EST Another way to Spread the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522183 So many times in my life I have used that old excuse of "I don't have time". I have often felt I didn't have time for myself-to eat right, exercise, meditate. I was so busy trying to make sure I was taking care of everything and everyone else that I didn't have time for me. In particular, I wanted to be sure my family ate right, was active and that we shared a "home". There's an irony here. In my efforts to provide healthy meals, run children to various practices and create a refuge to call h... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:35:56 EST Spreading the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521174 So many people are beginning to ask me about my changes. The weight loss is obvious and provides a conversation opener, but most people want more. People really are looking for the path to success. Most are in my age range, so they understand that quick fixes don't provide sustained results. One person confided in me yesterday that she was miserable. She proceeded to list some health issues and some limitations that are influenced by her weight. She said upfront she was not willing to do some... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:50:20 EST Head of the Charles-with some pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519371 Wow, what a weekend. I knew this was a big deal, but didn't really appreciate the scope of atheletes that participate in this event. The US Olympic team was there, the current world championship team was there and there were former Olympic and world champion rowers participating. The weather was beautiful and we walked at least 6 miles on Friday and 7 on Saturday. The race is a 5k and boats row to the start as a warm up, so they have rowed a 10K by the time they finish. Here are a few picture... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:01:56 EST Why Does She Do This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515021 It happened again...some weeks ago, I blogged about a friend who seems to be having a hard time with my weight loss-yes, you read that right. Some weeks back she pulled me into her office to counsel me, telling me that we had all lost weight and regained it in the past and that I needed to realize that she and my peers loved me regardless of my weight-HUH? I assured her that I did not think their love and acceptance was tied to my weight and moved on. <BR> I am now down 42 pounds, I don't mak... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:56:16 EST Beauty Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514197 Ok, so it's a term we often use jokingly, but yesterday I had a sleep reality check. My position occasionally requires that I engage in crazy hours and long days-Monday was one of those days. I had to be at work by 0430, which meant I had to get up at 0315 to leave home by 0400. We were training a new device and trying to make it convenient for as many shifts as possible..... <BR> I did not make accommodation for this sleep deprivation on Sunday evening and even when I did go to bed, I was s... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:42:43 EST Too Short, Too Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512469 My baby girl is a college sophomore. It's Fall break , but she had to take an abbreviated break as her team is prepping for the regatta next weekend.... <BR> She got home about 9pm Thursday night. What a sight for sore eyes!!! We haven't seen her since Labor Day weekend. She was beautiful and talk about fit-whoa. She has obliques to envy and "guns" to fear. All on a 5'6" frame. She exudes a quiet confidence and I just marvel at the young woman she is becoming. She has such incredible determin... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 17:16:19 EST Can the Scale Define Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510559 Yes it can. Not the scale you might think. I am talking about the food scale-it is my friend. I have a digital model that can weigh in metric or std american measure. It helps me reprogram my perception of portion. Sometimes I am amazed at how much meat is included in 3 ounces. My most recent scale adventure involved pasta. Have you ever read the nutrition label on the box? It says a serving is what, 2 oz dry. I don't usually eat my pasta dry-well, ok, so I do like to crunch a piece or two on... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 09:02:06 EST Walking in the Sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504777 Ah, Indian Summer. That last breath of warm, humid air that spirits us mentally back to the beach and the 4th of July. It is like summertime here-mid to upper 80s and slightly humid. Fall is my favorite time of year, but I do love the summer months, too. It is always so hard to move from one season I love to the the next season I love. This weather is almost like Mother Nature nurturing me along in the transition. She has given me a taste of cool dry air with brisk mornings as a tease and now... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 22:08:11 EST