CHARTHESTAR's SparkPeople Blog CHARTHESTAR's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day one with AG (athletic greens) 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 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 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. 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. 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! 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! 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 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? <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 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! 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 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. 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! 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! 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! 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 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! 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? 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 Blog today featured in my mail: <BR> Confession: I Don't Change in the Locker Room <BR> (<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 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 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 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 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! 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!! 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 <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 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! 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 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><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 <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 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 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 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 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- 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 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! 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 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 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! 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! 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 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 Less Laundry- a forgotten NSB (Non-Scale-Bonus) One of the benefits about losing weight or inches is that there is less laundry to be done. <BR> <BR> This happens various ways. <BR> Items get to big so you can donate them. they are replaced by similar items but... there is less material in the new ones. Less Laundry means- less water waste & less soap waste. both are good. <BR> <BR> Now if an item you have worn and is now to big you have several choices what you can do with it. If it good enough to be donated to good will, women's sh... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:16:49 EST Put Myself First I need to learn to put myself first- before all the other things I want and need and should do. <BR> <BR> I need to do this or I won't have time for all the other things that I want and need and should do. <BR> <BR> What does this entail? For me - right now- it means to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I can say 10 minutes. Because 5 minutes isn't enough. I could do just 5 minutes and be done. But 10 minutes- well once you have done 10 minutes- you just FEEL like you NEED to do more. <B... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:48:03 EST CHALLENGE! Be Your Own Friend! <BR> My challenge to each and everyone of you for this new year of 2013: <BR> <BR> BE YOUR OWN FRIEND! <BR> <BR> Many of us treat our friends with respect. You want them to be happy and to be healthy. Many times we put them first.We don't say mean discouraging things to them. While we might give constructive criticism it is out of love. <BR> So Love yourself. Put yourself first. make yourself a priority in your life! Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:15:31 EST MY 100% <BR> I made myself a last minute goal to get 100 miles in with my NIKE + running app. before the end of the year. I didn't start it until sometime after july. Anyway.... I finished it today! <BR> I went with my daughter to her school to watch Elizabeth. So we took her stroller and walked this way and that way and up and down the incline. after 2 miles she fell asleep. I dropped her with my daughter and did my own thing for the rest of the time. I finished with taking the stairs to a differen... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:05:28 EST Fit Bit first day First day for my fit use. I couldn't wait to get it. <BR> I have an active job and most days can get in at least 10,000 during the school year. It is my days off that I don't move near as much so hope this will inspire me to do so. <BR> <BR> Today was our special Christmas Dinner at work for the college kids and I worked 10 hours not including my break. then I stayed and had some Christmas dinner, Only comes around once a year. They do it right with prime rib, fried shrimp, egg nog, hot ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:24:23 EST personal bests today! Less than a week ago I went to the podiatrist Because my right foot was hurting all the up my ankle. Adjusted my orthotics and I got a ankle brace. Before I was able to go I had to go back down to just a mile or so at a time. <BR> On my third run since I got fixed up I did new bests! So I'm happy and proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I had my fastest 1k. 1:18 minutes <BR> 5K. 55:44 minutes <BR> Longest walk 4.14 miles in 74 minutes Thu, 4 Oct 2012 21:18:37 EST Ready for Winter (but not the cold) I have been enjoying walking outside but know that winter will e come soon with the cold and slippery surfaces. <BR> So I bought a treadmill so I can keep up my walking and hopefully incorporate it into the beginning of the day. <BR> <BR> Now to get it set up Wed, 3 Oct 2012 23:59:10 EST