CHARTHESTAR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHARTHESTAR CHARTHESTAR'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/ Daily Challenge : share an experience/ details on Lead problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764455 <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> Think back on something you bought that gave you the chance to have a new experience. Did you purchase equipment to try a new sport? Needles and yarn when you learned how to knit? Camping gear for a trip with friends? Whatever you purchased that led you to something new, share it here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Researchers have found that people who spend their money on experiences - or items that create an experience - are happier overall. Refle... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:13:47 EST My Daily Challenge- Sit and squeeze/ a very challenging and emotinal day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763847 How to do it <BR> Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on the seat of the chair outside your hips and bend your elbows slightly. Squeeze your knees and buttocks together. At the same time, push your hands into the chair, straightening your arms. Release your muscles, bending your elbows again. Repeat 9 more times. <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Doing exercises like this one can help build strong muscles in your buttocks and inner thighs. A ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:19:26 EST My Daily Challenge-Prettify your plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763143 My Daily Challenge-Prettify your plate <BR> <BR> <BR> How to do it <BR> The next time you're about to eat a healthy meal, take a few moments to amp up the visual appeal of your food before you dig in. Arrange slices of vegetables or meat in a spiral pattern or layer them together. Drizzle sauce or dressing around the edge of your dish. Use an attractive plate or bowl. Or, add a garnish of fresh herbs, such as parsley or basil. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why it matters <BR> Taking a ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:26:02 EST Daily challenge: snow angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761729 Lie on your back and slide your arms along the floor until your hands touch above your head. <BR> <BR> Not getting on the floor today but will attempt to do this on my bed. <BR> Worked a couple of hours and now my car fixed. Don't think I am going to get much else accomplished. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a peaceful Sunday!! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:31:58 EST My Daily Challenge~Review Medications / My depression problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760445 In my opinion It is important to review your medications every 4 months or so for a couple of things. Not Just Dosage. <BR> 1. directions- just to make sure you are taking the proper dose. I know this sounds funny but if you get a refill sometimes- the milligrams can be changed and then your amount would change. This happened to me once and I was only taking one pill instead of two. Luckily it was only a water pill and nothing supper life protecting. <BR> 2. Refills- see how many refills ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:31:37 EST Todays Daily Challenge* Reach for the Sky / Doctor Dementia- yes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759880 Amazing what a lift this little stretch/exercise gives! <BR> <BR> It is beautiful outside! So I'm going to take a walk around my yard and clean out my car. <BR> <BR> Hope you all good to do something you enjoy today! <BR> **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** **** <BR> From my spark friend Millisma: <BR> <BR> Here's another trick of Doctor Dementia to test your skills... <BR> <BR> Can you meet this challenge? I did... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:10:54 EST Regrets- I have a few http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759299 Regrets <BR> I have a few. I think most of us have some. I don’t have many and the ones I do have are for things I did not do rather than for things I have done. <BR> Personally I have two: <BR> 1. Not keeping my weight off the first time I took it off. And not keeping off the little I did take off after that. <BR> 2. Not keeping a personal journal (and blogging more on Spark people). These last several years a lot has gone on and I being able to look back on the events would have been a hel... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:39:52 EST Day one with AG (athletic greens) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623449 I received 21 day trial of athletic greens. <BR> I have heard about this Several years ago and tried other greens. <BR> Now what trial offer was offered and I'm going to see if there's any difference. <BR> I actually had quit taking it for the last several months. <BR> I know shame on me. <BR> Athletic greens was talked about in 'the four hour body'by Tim Ferris, and by Isabel De Los Rios. <BR> I slept a lot yesterday so I didn't get a lot of sleep the night before. But it did seem to give m... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:55:21 EST a redo that I wish wasn't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483101 I didn't end up doing much of anything today. Took my cat to the vet, slept and watched a video. And ate things I know I should not have. I don't think I went over my calories for the day but nothing I ate today was healthy for me except for my medicines and my multiple vitamin. <BR> I did a sad depressed day and really wasn't that sad or depressed. why do I do that to myself? <BR> I have so much to do and want to do. Let alone what needs to be done and I sleep instead of making myself happ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:27:27 EST Going back to something new- a review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454318 I went to church. thought about sleeping but... I didn't. <BR> It wasn't spiritual but nice. The hymns chosen could have been better or maybe if they had familiar to all or there was more of us. anyway... something didn't work. <BR> <BR> What I really liked is they lite a candle, called the lighting of the challis (?), and put it in the center of a shallow bowl that had sand in it.Someone had taken time to smooth it out and put a nice design in it so it was pleasing to the eye even witho... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:12:14 EST Going back to something new. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451353 I work Sundays Have been for So many years I lost count. <BR> The rare instance I had a Sunday off-- I slept. <BR> I had last weekend off and I slept it away. <BR> I slept in this morning but tomorrow I'm getting up and going to Back to where used I used to go a lot. Church. - At the same time I'm going back I'm going to try a new congregation A nondenominational group That I haven't experienced in a service setting. <BR> My mom's been there several times and has been wanting to get act... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 00:19:26 EST I am too old. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446997 Yep-- after being carded for looking under 40 Saturday night. <BR> This new doctor tells me the procedure he can do for the problem with me knee --- really doesn't do much for people who are 40-45 or older. Really. NOT what I wanted to hear. <BR> <BR> What I have wrong with me knee is NOT FIXABLE. YEP. While the pain will eventually get better there are no guarantees that it will go away. <BR> So after being down about all that. I decided while I can not be the best. (never could any... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 22:26:34 EST CARDED--- for the first time in years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443731 So I was at the store and I had a couple of those wine frozen coolers 5/$10 They even had some that were a third less calories. I like to splurge once in a while and have a frozen item. <BR> <BR> So I was at the self checkout Scanning my items in this lady comes up and says 'need to verify Age' . <BR> I know they have to do that Then she says 'Can I see your ID please?' <BR> I replied ' Seriously! I just turned 52 last month..' <BR> She said 'yes'. So I said'Just take them off I don't ha... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 23:48:54 EST I miss walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417135 I had twisted and fell my left knee several times over the years. Then this year- twisted it on a Tuesday, May 21 getting out of my seat on the airplane the first day on vacation. I haven't written since then I have been very depressed. It was the most perfect place to walk. At least a place were I have only dreamed about where I could walk regularly. I was in La Jolla, California staying at a hotel on the beach/ocean (bucket list) . We were right across from a very popular park with a wal... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:42:59 EST acupuncture how long... part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402863 acupuncture. <BR> <BR> went today for my 3rd treatment. On my days off I don't do near as much so my pain level is very low. <BR> at the end he said that he thought that I had done enough with this treatment for this incident with my knee. he recommended several other things to do. Ti Chi or something like that to strengthen my whole body. <BR> I found out I have some arthritis in my knee from an x-ray I had taken. He said that I can make that better so it will not give me any problems b... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:16:59 EST Acupuncture- how long should I try it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401886 <BR> I wanted to know how long to try going to an acupuncturist. It works but the pain is still coming back. I really wanted an impartial person’s view on how long to work on a specific problem. <BR> I had found a blog through a search with spark people. CHRISPINI had shared about her acupuncture. It had the answer to my question- how long should I give it a try. Her info is great about my question in her blog was Short and to the point. Her blog was just what I needed. She has been going ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:06:43 EST behind but still walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361725 I am so far behind getting ready for my trip. <BR> I need several days of sleep, one day to pack, several more days to clean my house and get it organized for the friend who is going to feed my cats AND>>>>>>> what do I do? <BR> take my granddaughter for another walk in her 3 wheel stroller for 4 miles. My knee still hurts so it took me about 25% longer than it usually does. <em>311</em> <BR> I must be crazy.... <BR> Plus tomorrow I have to go to the bank, I am scheduled to get a manicure... Mon, 20 May 2013 00:41:53 EST Went three wheeling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359757 Took my granddaughter for a walk today. Tried out out new to us stroller with three wheels. <BR> I really liked it! It went over most bumps In the sidewalk Without any trouble . <BR> Definitely a big improvement over strollers with four wheels. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up Wednesday with my knee really hurting and swollen. I didn't do any fast-paced walking today because it isn't all the way healed <BR> This was after putting in 18,000 steps at work so I just took time to stop and s... Fri, 17 May 2013 22:36:35 EST A WICKED MOTHERS DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355804 I had a very wicked mothers day and just loved it. I went to see the Broadway Musical WICKED with my daughter, friend and Aunt. <BR> It is a very long story but my mother gave me her seat for graduation because the plans that I had to go to it had not worked out. (that is another blog topic) <BR> <BR> Can I get a nicer mother than that? I think NOT! <BR> <BR> I saw Wicked in San Francisco 4 years ago with my best friend and soul sister and my mom. It was fantastic and changed me in a ve... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:01:38 EST over my range yesterday and that's ok. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347678 I went way over my range for calories yesterday. It was cinco de mayo. and I had some specialty items at work- mexician wedding cookies and caramel flan. should have stopped there but then went out for dinner. I did good- just a salad (although it did have a small amount of cheese and meat in it) and 2 small pieces bread and butter. I brought home some salad and my whole entree and had that for my meals today. <BR> <BR> This doesn't happy very often. I don't stress about it because now tha... Mon, 6 May 2013 17:34:56 EST Positive Attitude = Higher Altitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345421 We have a new guy on our shift. As long as I have known him he has worked the night shift. about 4 weeks ago he moved to days. I talk to him- he is super nice. <BR> <BR> When I switched from nights <em>31</em> to days <em>67</em> - I was a zombie <em>40</em> for months and it really took me several years to 'wake up' in the morning. <em>41</em> I am naturally a night person. I had told him that I really was not a morning person. He told me today.... he just doesn't agree with m... Sat, 4 May 2013 15:43:32 EST I love Mine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341225 I had taken the body image quiz when I started SP and I did like myself o.k. knew it had potential. <BR> I reset all the quiz's and let them be for a while now I occasionally take them again. I took this one again and got a "I love My Body" statement back. I am sure I got last time because I have always been more on the positive side than anything. <BR> <BR> However THIS time- I really could answer the questions easily and honestly. And I love it more everyday because My body is so awesom... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:14:33 EST Not Anymore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340072 Not anymore! <em>30</em> said to myself when I read my poll question for today. <BR> Which was " Do you sneak food or hide food from others?" <BR> <BR> I live alone but I had things not sitting out just in case somebody came by. <BR> At work I used to grab a donut as they were just sitting there ( and free for me) take it around the Corner to the empty dining room and scarf it down. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say I no longer do that. Don't even think about. <BR> In addition to that I ha... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:19:59 EST NSV: Inches Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335627 I haven't been keeping up with my measurements but did them today. <BR> Total inches lost 9.25 since when I measured in July last year. :) <BR> <BR> I think I need to do them on a monthly basis to keep me motivated! <BR> It is way to much fun to input smaller numbers! <BR> <BR> I updated all my information. I had to reset my goal because I didn't have enough time to loose what I input last time. But that is o.k. I have made positive progress and got to add DONE to a mini-goal. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:28:47 EST a CURVY 4 NSV Whammy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334618 It was a NSV day for me. 4 of them. <BR> I walked to my chiropratic / zero balancing appointment today That was the first NSV - yes it was small but still- it was a voctory and something new. I have never before walked to an appointment so that was a nice first. <em>311</em> <BR> Anyway... it was late in the day. 2 miles there. Had a great adjustment and a wonderful zero-balancing session. <BR> 2 miles home-so I am walking- sun is behind me setting. I am looking at my shadow. I think ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:23:45 EST Poll: what do you admire about your body? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333482 A poll allows you to ask one multiple choice question. Participants can choose from among answers that you predefine. You can allow the voter to select just one answer or allow them to choose multiple answers. You also have the option of adding an Other field to allow a voter to enter their own answer. <BR> <BR> If it is a question to get a discussion going then just ask the question! <BR> I was sent another email with POLL in bold letters and it wasn't a poll. <BR> COME ON PEOPLE!! GET WI... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 22:13:16 EST Frustration with a featured blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330000 Blog today featured in my mail: <BR> Confession: I Don't Change in the Locker Room <BR> (http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.as<BR>p?post=confession_i_dont_change_in_the<BR>_locker_room) <BR> This was a good blog actually with lots of comments. This was my comment: Number 718: <BR> <BR> Where is the POLL?? I was already to pick mine. Seriously--don't advertise something and then not have it be there. <BR> <BR> I LOVE COACH NICOLE!! Her videos- blogs- her looks- how she dresses- her attit... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 20:19:04 EST NAPS VS Power Naps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318949 I took a nap today- I heard naps are good for you. however- not when you take a 2.5 hour nap. <BR> How do you take a Power Nap when the timer goes off an all you want to do is go back to sleep? <BR> <BR> I hate it when I sleep most of the day away. Sometimes your body needs it but I think I give in to much. I am fine while I am sleeping but then I get up- see all that has to be done and end up adding irritation with myself to the stress. <BR> Irritation that I have given in again to sle... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:46:27 EST want exersize shorts w/pockets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314130 Why don't they make exersize shorts with pockets? they com in so handy especially when you want your hands free to use? <BR> <BR> I want the ones that are fitted so they stay in place and won't ride up but can't seem to find any with pockets. Maybe I will just have to start wearing my fanny pack again. <BR> <BR> ideas anyone? Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:11:43 EST NSV crossing legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311996 I just noticed I was sitting with my legs crossed. <BR> When I was chubbier I didn't do this. I did sometimes Rest my ankle on my knee but not crossed My legs. <BR> <BR> While I have heard it might not be Real good for your legs-- it does make sitting more comfortable at times. <BR> <BR> Anyway... Getting back to what I was able to do Before is always a step in the right direction. <BR> And gives you a big smile on your face! <BR> <BR> I just want to add I REALLY appreciate everyone's com... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 22:34:58 EST HELP...Visiting San Diego http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302463 Need advice <BR> On where to stay.. should I change places depending on what I am going to be doing? <BR> <BR> Should I rent a car or take public transportation or taxis? <BR> <BR> on what to do <BR> I know I want to do the safari <BR> <BR> ?? Zoo, balloon ride, day trip to mexico? <BR> <BR> arriving Tuesday May 21 at 11PM leaving Sunday My 26 <BR> <BR> Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. <BR> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:28:46 EST My Spark had a High Five Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297606 Today was a high Five Day with my granddaughter. <BR> I didn't even know she knew how to high five when I stopped by her house and she looked like she had to go to the bathroom- so my daughter scooped her up and took of to the bathroom and put her on the potty. I followed and she asked me to go get a book. <BR> So they read three little piggy's and she went #2. <em>244</em> . <BR> So I said "Give me a high five!" and Elizabeth, my spark, gave me one. <BR> Then she gave me several more.... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:55:31 EST THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPIENSS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293405 Today is the FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPIENSS!! declared by the united nations. <BR> Take part <BR> <BR> Included in this is the Sustainable Happiness Week <BR> &#8203;Week of activities in the US supporting the move to a new economic paradigm focused on Happiness. <BR> <BR> <BR> What would make each of us totally happy is different. But In the core of this for most of us are basic needs that have to be satisfied before concentrating on the differences. Clean Air and water, nutritious ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 08:54:10 EST I made it through the hardest week of my streak of NO Donuts/Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289073 <em>473</em> <BR> Donuts have ALWAYS been one of my very favorite things. More so than chocolate <em>493</em> , which can get stale around my house, or ice cream which would get freezer burn before I would eat them. But donuts <em>473</em> and cookies <em>495</em> and pies <em>471</em> and such <em>475</em> <em>35</em> - I eat until they are gone. I don't buy them or have them in the house. <BR> <BR> Not giving into having a donut or muffin <em>473</em> is very hard f... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 19:12:29 EST O.K. I admit it- I am a white carbolic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285755 I had intended on giving up white bread & rolls Plus donuts or muffins Basically all white stuff except rice and cauliflower. <BR> I started keeping track of it but I didn't make it a week SO I revised it to having no donuts of muffins. I didn't change it on my spark tracker because I didn't want to miss out on the positive part of the streak. (Now I realize how I could have done that - which is neither here nor there) <BR> Keeping my intake of breads to a minimum wasn't easy but I did it- ... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:01:46 EST I can't wait to walk outside more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279282 I can't wait for it to be a little warmer. Then it will be warmer in the morning and I can walk outside. <BR> Right now I walk after work when the sun is out and it is over 35- but I still have to wear my ear-muffs and gloves. <BR> <BR> The Notre Dame campus is SO beautiful! so time soon I am going to share some of the pictures that I have taken around campus. Around the lake is my favorite but right now it is too muddy and snowy to walk all the way around. I tried today during my walk but... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 18:57:39 EST lack of sleep can make you snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276396 just read this blog based on a Swedish study. <BR> <BR> Not getting enough sleep causes us to eat up to 500 more calories in a day- <BR> Another lifestyle area that effects our physical wellbeing. <BR> <BR> I thought this was especially interesting because so many people are overweight and tend NOT to get enough sleep a night. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is the address of the blog: <BR> http://meyouhealth.com/blog/2013/3/1/doe<BR>s-being-sleepy-make-you-snack <BR> <BR> <BR> For me this is hard... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 19:26:23 EST MAINTAINING THE GOOD AND THE BAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264001 <BR> I have been able to maintain my weight up and down between 5 pounds. That is the good. It is always good not to gain fat weight. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I am not where I want to be to just maintain. That is the bad. <BR> I guess I should just be happy that I haven’t gained any. AND I am happy about that. I just have gotten lapse about what I have been eating and not exercising as much as I had been. <BR> So time to get back with it because I have several vacations planned to th... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:49:37 EST With FitBit- I HAVE BEEN CHEATING MYSELF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257617 I love my FitBit ONE! REALLY! it tracks all my steps- when I wear it which is over 99% of the time. <BR> Here is how I have been cheating myself. 1-3 with the most import last. <BR> 3.Sleep: It tracks my sleep- when I hit the timer- if not I usually don't get it logged. I think I will remember the times and then I don't log them soon enough and I forget. So I am on utilizing all the benefits of the ONE. <BR> <BR> 2. Floors Climbed: It tracks the 'floors' you climb by the changes in alt... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:16:41 EST One thing at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252975 it would be wonderful to say that everyday I make progress. But I don't. <BR> <BR> Some days not sliding backward is all I can manage. For example during holidays and vacations NOT gaining is a success. <BR> <BR> doing one thing better than the previous day would be a good goal to incorporate. Not sure if that is enough- because the next day I could do something else better- but backslide on the previous days one thing. I guess I should focus on ONE THING to do better everyday for a w... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:28:56 EST volunteered as an Usher tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235034 I volunteered as an usher tonight. The first time in over 20 years. <BR> <BR> It was good to go back after all these years and user. Not to many that ushered way back then were there but there were a few. <BR> <BR> I was up in the first balcony. Gosh- before I could run up and down those stairs. Not anymore. I think it is mostly the extra weight that made it so hard. <BR> <BR> It was the symphony tonight- I enjoy some of that but tonight's not so much so I left after intermission. ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 22:41:22 EST Why I focus on the NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233739 So many times when we are trying to loose weight we focus just on the number on the scale. In reality that is only ONE of the millions of other victories there are to win. <BR> <BR> Acknowledging those other victories is makes the journey mean so much more. Makes it even more rewarding. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Plus- when you are doing all this good stuff and the scale doesn't move it gets frustrating and depressing. Focusing on the other things in life that are better because of getti... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:42:38 EST another NSV- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232313 I had to crawl into my car today by going through the hatch because my doors were frozen shut. The NSV here was that it as easier to do this year than it was last year! Easier- Ha compared to the last several years it a breeze. Although I would rather not do it- I know it will just get easier by being active and a sparky <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Here in Indiana- we can have a day that melts all the snow and later that night get so cold everything freezes. Does make life interesting! <BR>... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:26:01 EST my spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224996 I babysat my spark tonight... <BR> Elizabeth, my granddaughter. She is 15 months now- and is so smart. <BR> She put pieces in a box and took them out of a box. <BR> When a piece fell she stopped what she was doing and watched where it landed, finished putting the pieces she had in her hand in the box and then went and got the one that dropped. she combed her babies hair. We laughed together. And then we played catch. Then I got down on the floor with her and we rolled it back and forth. She... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:04:42 EST Spark People help is the best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223528 I was really going to writ about something else today. <BR> <BR> I had several questions that have been nagging me because I had not been able to find answers. So I finely wrote the help site. I got answers which is a definite plus. But what impressed me so much was the time factor. I had sent two separate help requests because there were such different questions. <BR> <BR> I sent my questions today... a Friday night. Got a response within 15 minutes. WOW!! <BR> <BR> Totally Impressed ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:24:29 EST I say... Forget BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222206 I was reading Holly's last to blogs. She said she had to loose another 20 to be out of the obese category. she has already lost 140 pounds and probably doesn't have much more than 20 left to loose. The rest of her weight is bone and muscle. <BR> <BR> I say FORGET ABOUT B M I - it only takes in consideration weight and height - and if you are on the petite side ( or the short end of the stick) of height it seems even more out to get you. Muscle weighs so much more than fat it is not a goo... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:52:35 EST it's NOT crazy to exercise when it is cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213537 I used to drive around and see people exercising when it was cold out. I always thought they were crazy. Seriously- why would you walk or run outside and have to wear a coat or sweatshirt, earmuffs and gloves when you could do it inside and not have to wear all that extra stuff? <BR> I know now- it is invigorating! Working out outside is a different feeling an makes me feel energized. I am not sure if it is because of the fresh air or communing with nature but it is wonderful and satisfyin... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:45:40 EST Big NSV! Off of a medication! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207389 It is a long story... short version: I am off of Lisinopril- my HBP medication!!! yea rah! <em>244</em> <BR> Now just taking a water pill. I have wanted to be off of it for years and now I am! <BR> <BR> Long story-I opened my new medications and found that the dosage had changed. I was to cut my pill in half. well anyone that knows how little l Lisinopril is- it just crumbles. The pill was a combination of lisinopril and HCL (water).This was new so I called my doctor today. Found out t... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:58:00 EST The New Me Won! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203148 I forgot I something very important that happened yesterday at my Christmas party. <BR> 2 things <BR> 1. I had taken a roll that I thought looked the healthiest. However- it really did not taste good at all. SO.... I didn't eat it. I put on my finished salad plate. Instead my Aunt gave me half of her wheat roll. <BR> <BR> 2. The other thing that was a very big victory for me was the desserts. <em>494</em> <em>471</em> a small slices of a variety of desserts were brought to the table ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 05:34:22 EST Last Christmas Party of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202939 I had my last Christmas party of the year tonight. I work in the food service part at Notre Dame University and the holidays are super busy for us providing food for the students and all the department events that go on- for us to take time off then doesn't work very well. so we get our Christmas party after we come back from break. <BR> <BR> Usually it is the first Friday but because of the national championship game last weekend The day was changed because Some of our guest were lucky... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:28:27 EST