CHIGGERCANE's SparkPeople Blog CHIGGERCANE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 16 for 16 to end 16 For the last 16 weeks of 2016, I will focus on 16 habits to help me end the best year of my life the best way I can. This falls in nicely with my start of the Biggest Loser challenge. Our official start is this Friday, Sept 9. <BR> <BR> Many / most of these habits I try to live on a daily basis. Some with more success than others. But I am consciously recommitting to living these habits. Some are measurable, others a little more suggestive. <BR> <BR> 1. Get at least 64 oz water in d... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 13:32:06 EST Waves of life - vitual living Not sure when I realized this theme of waves was in the back of my mind - but today it finally came into a concrete thought. The constant ebbing and flowing - perfect to symbolize the journey I've been on for several years. Motivation comes and goes. Effort levels mostly goes...but I know it will come back. And I know its up to me to just go out there and get it done. I sit here on the computer way too much - and it is mostly work related. I've been talking in my head for years that I ne... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:43:02 EST New member challege blog - from a not-so-new member I've been on here several years. Made some progress. Slipped...alot, I'm basically the same physically (although older) than I was. Mentally...I'm not so sure. I'm tired of not being able to 'control' myself. I'm disappointed with myself in not being able to lose the weight, modify my behaviors and eating habits, control what goes into my mouth...wait - let's restart this blog. <BR> <BR> I signed up for the new member challenge hoping to start again. This day's challenge included blogg... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:56:30 EST Best Year of My Life - Day 7 Best Year of My Life - Week 1 - Day 7 - 12/31/15 - end of 2015 <BR> <BR> Not a bad start - week 1 was good but room for improvement. I have 51 weeks left to improve. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Took 2 of the dogs for a long walk first thing this morning and about to end with weight routine. Did my musing and plotting and semi-planning as I enjoyed the unusually warm morning. <BR> <BR> I said some prayers and tried to make commitments to what I want to focus on in 2016. I so want the family s... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:45:42 EST The Best Year of My Life - Day 1 Today is my 52 birthday. I am inspired and motivated to make the next year the best year of my life. I am recommitting to living the healthiest and happiest year that I possibly can. <BR> <BR> I spent some time reflecting on what I would like to see from myself this coming year as I was walking the dogs today. Some things are under my control (I think), Some are not. All I know is that I will make the best decisions I can in my attempt to make this my best year. <BR> <BR> I am rereading a c... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 16:02:21 EST Act like it's weight to lose 16 years late So my youngest turns 16 on Thursday. Each year, I tell myself to act like it's 1999 and 'it's time to lose the baby weight!' But, each year, I add a little more to be lost. I went for a check up today. In the past 7 months, I have gained 11 pounds - and 9 of those pounds have jumped on since the last week of October - seriously! Doctor ordered a thyroid check. Not sure what result I am hoping for...that's bad. <BR> <BR> I started working out with a trainer at the end of October (hence... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 16:15:49 EST The past is over - get over it This is not a pity-me, poor-me post - it is an attempt for me to figure out myself and why I sabotage my attempts to get healthy. <BR> <BR> Today, I mindlessly went through the drive thru. Actually not mindlessly. After I ordered and while waiting to pay and receive, I was asking myself why I do this. I thought about driving up and telling the server, "I'm sorry - I can't take this - give it to someone" - paying and leaving without it. But I didn't. After I ate about 1/2 of it, I thought to ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:27:01 EST When is it an excuse - and when is it reality? This last week, my hip bursitis has been flaring up. Last night was so difficult to sleep. I bought a pillow top feather bed - which helps some, but last night, I ended up sleeping on a pillow as well. Which messes up my back and neck. <BR> <BR> So, I'm wondering - when is it an excuse - and when is it reality? The hip bursitis is not in my mind. It is a condition that does prevent my all out effort. I keep saying I'm going to start jogging again. BUT I don't know that I can. I see ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:20:28 EST The Rest of 2014 It is July 1, 2014. Looking at the 'rest' of 2014. I tend to view life with a realistic (might I be perceived as pessimistic??) attitude - I was raised to always consider 'what's the worst that can happen?' so I could always be pleasantly surprised when the worst didn't happen. A friend and I were discussing this just last week - how we were both always taught to expect the worst and plan accordingly. I'm beginning to think that's a bad attitude...LOL. <BR> <BR> However, in a realistic m... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:57:15 EST The Little I Might Be Got a jog in again yesterday morning. Just over 1.6 miles. Husband and I started out - he 'encouraged' me to extend the run 'just a bit'. He and I are very different. He can set his mind to something and 'just do it'. I'm not saying he doesn't struggle or work hard - he works very hard, both mentally and physically. I tend to be more 'mind ploughing' (to stay in theme) - before I start moving: I've committed to a certain run, prepared my mind to tell my body what it has to do, visualize... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:34:11 EST Turning it Over in my Mind 'You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.' <BR> <BR> Not sure who came up with that bit of wisdom, but it fits my life right now. I have been thinking, and musing, and preparing, and 'fixin to' for way too long. It's time to put some action behind the words and thoughts. Summer's about over here - school starts in 2 weeks for my youngest son. Funny, as I did my first blog when there were just over 2 weeks before summer started. <BR> <BR> Did I accomplish anything thi... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:59:23 EST Water is my Problem...well, one of them... Thanks so much for the message of support 2Feather! Yes - keeping it off will be another goal for me. <BR> <BR> In tracking my food the last few days, I've realized I don't drink nearly enough water, Years ago I did JC program. It worked for me for a while, but I didn't like the packaged food w preservatives, etc and wanted 'Clean' food. But during that program, I watched my water, fruit, dairy, etc - and the combos of all really made a difference for me. So, that's what I am going to t... Fri, 4 May 2012 08:30:54 EST 20 months...20 pounds In 20 months, I turn 50. REALLY??? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? <em>40</em> I so clearly remember being in 5th grade, I can 'feel' being 16, it's just yesterday I was 21, and then 27 - and then 30 (bad year)...a few blinks and here I am. OK, I have to explain the 30 being bad - It's NOT being 30 that was bad. Our college dog died that year, my grandmother passed away 2 days after I turned 30, and my best friend was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer 4 days after she turned 30. So, 30... Wed, 2 May 2012 17:21:43 EST