CINDYAST's SparkPeople Blog CINDYAST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community AHHHHHHH!!!! This is entirely tongue in cheek, laugh at it, I can ... now. <BR> I was driving home from the rec center yesterday when I saw something move just above my window right in line with my eyes. Something small and black and ack! A spider! In my car as I'm driving. Okay, I say to myself, calm down, just roll down the window and it'll blow out and everything will be fine. So I roll down the window and the crazy thing blows TOWARDS me! Ack! Ack! Ack! I quickly look around for a nearby driveway I ca... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:34:20 EST Storm This past Wednesday, we had an unusual storm that tore everything to shreds. Devastating hail that lasted for fifteen minutes. We seldom have hail here, but this storm was so violent, I couldn't see out the windows as it raged. Our tomato plants are leafless. The melons, pummeled. Potatoes, trashed. The potted flowers that were doing so well, pink and white and so beautiful, turned over, blown apart and ruined. And my roses, oh my roses. <BR> <BR> BUT, I went out to the garden today and n... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:08:38 EST Thankful I"m going to make an effort to make a long story short, we'll see how it goes... <BR> In a previous blog I related how my doctor had found something she didn't like during my annual well woman exam, so I had to go in for a biopsy. The biopsy led to an ultra sound. The ultra sound was done at 3:30, at 5:30 that same day, I got a phone call from my doctor telling me she was forwarding my files and the results of the biopsy and ultra sound to a gynecologist/surgeon, at the end of this call she ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:21:10 EST The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Let me start with the good, my husband won a trip with his company so last week we took off for North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina. We had a wonderful time. We spent time around the Asheville area, hiking, strolling the downtown, and yes we toured the Biltmore Estate. I'm not a fan of overly pretentious mansions and to be truthful, the first five or six rooms viewing the over the top décor of the place bothered me, but once I got past that and began to focus on the craftsmanship, ... Thu, 7 May 2015 15:38:01 EST Crap The company I work for is "reorganizing" and there's not a place for me due to my "geography". I've been with this company more than 10 years and this just feels awful. awful. awful. <BR> Here's my problem right this minute, before the infamous phone call, I worked out this morning (treadmill, lifted weights, and did a spin class) and haven't eaten since six a.m. It's now after three p.m. I'm hungry, (and slightly sick to my stomach), but I'm afraid to eat as in the past when something... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:10:16 EST He PROPOSED! Our son proposed to his girlfriend this past Sunday. They've been dating for around three years, and we knew he'd bought a ring, so it wasn't exactly a surprise, but it was still so much fun! They called us via video chat (does anyone else think of the old Jetsons cartoon when they do that?), and broke the news together while showing us her ring. They were both glowing with sheer happiness and contentment. It was so special. And yes, I screamed, jumped up and down and then cried. She said h... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:27:25 EST Little Cutie <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This little guy was just so cute I had to share! <BR> <BR> I love this time of year for the deals there are on fitness clothing. I just found a bargain on a pair of workout shoes I've been wanting to try for more than a year. At $159.00 there was no way I could justify buying them, way too expensive. This morning in my email box appeared an ad for them for $49.48! And I had a coupon for an additional $10 off, S... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 18:16:55 EST Awkwardness at the Gym, I'm Weirded Out. Oh boy, how to start. I had a really weird thing happen at the gym this morning. Really, really weird. <BR> <BR> I have gotten acquainted with an elderly couple over the past year or two that I met at the gym. She recently went through some really difficult issues and is now in an assisted living facility. He hadn't been around for several months, but I saw him a few months ago and asked about his wife and just did some sympathizing with him about her condition. About a month ago, he got o... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:00:41 EST Thanksgiving Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone! Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:38:29 EST A Winding Path Leads to Maui. Maui!!!! <img src=""> <img <BR> <BR> This is what my journey has been like. NEVER NEVER NEVER a straight line and not an easy trip. The reward of all that hard work and healthy eating paid off the last week in Sept. when we took a trip to Maui. My dream trip. It was amazing. And because of the weight loss (almost 90 pounds) I was able to do some things I would have never attempted before. <BR> <BR> Things like stand up paddle boarding. Yep, ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:34:32 EST Sea Bands. Has anyone heard about or used these? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and I are going on a trip for our anniversary---Hawaii!!!! Wheee!!! <BR> Anyway, I have problems on airplanes and was doing some research and discovered these acupressure wrist bands that are supposed to help with motion sickness. Has anyone out there tried them and did they help? It's the landings and take offs that get to me. I've tried over the counter meds, but they make me really drowsy and I don't... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:24:34 EST Crown <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love that! On a more serious note, I did go to the dentist the other day for a regular check up and found out that I have a loose wisdom tooth that I may have to have removed. Because it's loose he told me that suggests bone loss in the jaw. I'm thinking that since there could be bone loss there, it could be all over my body. So I'm upping my calcium intake, lifting heavier weights and trying to help things out ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 23:08:34 EST Screaming Calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't this be awesome??? Or maybe scary? LOL! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:38:12 EST A Birthday Trek <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. I wanted to load more photos, but it's taking forever on SparkPeople, so settled for just one. I had photos of the ice/snow fields we had to cross, the 18 to 24 inch boulders we had to climb and the steepness of the trail. Also had some shots of Spouting Rock just above Hanging Lake and Rifle Falls, a few miles from here, you can actually hike to the top an... Thu, 8 May 2014 23:54:03 EST Colorado is Drunk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is tongue in cheek, but true all the same. Saturday was a beautiful day here, warm, sunny, no wind, and 65*. We were able to work outside all day and enjoyed every minute of it. Sunday was cold and blustery. It snowed, it rained, it blew and the temps. hovered around 35*. To go outside I needed my winter coat again! Colorado springtime is always an adventure! <BR> <BR> So I'm just holding on because I kn... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:33:14 EST Say Whaaaat? This past week was one of those weeks that you're just down on yourself. No weight loss, the weather is gloomy, and you can't do anything with your hair. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I lacked confidence all week. Since we were starting a new marriage class Sunday night, I really needed to get over the "blahs" but try as hard as I might, I just couldn't get over that hill. <BR> My husband and I are greeters at our church Sunda... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:25:49 EST Stupid Scale ; ) I need to keep reminding myself of this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I weighed for the first time in a couple of months and the scale had not moved. While I really wanted to be able to post the blog "GOAL!" instead of "Stupid Scale" it was not to be. But, given that it is the first time I weighed since the holidays, it could have been worse, a gain instead of staying steady. But I really want to get those last five pounds. I ne... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:56:42 EST "Equipment..?" I ran into a good friend yesterday when I was working. She had just come from the gym and gave me a hug and I noticed something pretty important. Hence this blog. <BR> There are certain important pieces of "equipment" you truly need when you begin working out. <BR> Two of the MOST important, at least in my opinion are: <BR> <BR> 1) A GOOD pair of shoes. Don't go to the big box stores and try and save a few bucks. They won't last as long and they won't do your feet, ankles, knees, hips, ba... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:27:45 EST To Work Out Or Not Work Out. It's Not A Question. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I heard on the radio this morning (this time of year it's all about the "resolution" shows) that it takes three months for something to become a habit. I missed a few days working out with Christmas and New Years company. It felt so good to get back to the rec center these past few days. I feel better and because I feel better, I act better! Can you say attitude adjustment? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:45:49 EST Christmas Tree Hunting Photos We have gone out for years and cut our own Christmas tree. Depending on the weather, we can take hours and pack a picnic lunch or if it's really cold are a lot less picky and can find one in under an hour! This year, we spent maybe two - two and a half hours before cutting our tree. We had a beautiful sunny day, but it was cold and as the sun got lower, it got colder. The first photo is the area where we began the search. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:29:44 EST Flip Flops We ended up with somewhere between 8 and 18 inches of snow last night. Not really sure how much as the wind was blowing, so in places the ground is bare and in other places it's 3 feet deep. Tomorrow morning I have to go work in a town (an hour away) that's supposed to get to 40 below zero tonight. NOT looking forward to going, but it's only twice a year and the heater works great in my car! I wonder if shivering can be considered aerobic exercise? hmmm... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 21:23:50 EST Are You Going to Smash Your Cell Phone? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving was great. Our daughter and her husband were here, as well as in-laws, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, etc. I loved having a full house! I did indulge a bit, but didn't go crazy. I missed some workouts as well. So I'm ready to get back on track and focus on those last five pounds. And those last five have been really stubborn! <BR> I saw the above poster and thought it was fitting for the time b... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 07:28:02 EST 'Nuf Said <img src=""> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:22:15 EST Need Some Opinions.... I've been thinking about this for some time, but need to know if it's the right thing to do. <BR> Since joining SparkPeople, I've lost 45 pounds, but I've lost 85 pounds total since beginning my weight loss journey some four years ago. <BR> So, here's my dilemma, I'd like to have my ticker reflect my actual weight loss, but I'm not sure it's the right thing to do since I didn't lose all the weight with Spark. <BR> The SparkPeople web site, trackers, and especially member support has been i... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:51:53 EST Too Funny Not to Share I ran across this the other day and couldn't resist sharing, make sure and read the small print at the bottom of the sign, I almost missed it and wouldn't have posted it without that addition. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:09:01 EST More Alaska At CharterDawns suggestion, I'm doing another blog on our trip to Alaska. Thanks Dawn for the vote to go ahead, it was hard paring the first blog down with so many photos! <BR> <BR> This was taken on the Fireweed Trail near Homer Alaska. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to say the Homer Spit was the strangest place I've ever been. Why in the world would anyone build a bunch of businesses literally a couple of feet above the ... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 17:16:42 EST Alaska-Mostly photos with some commentary Our trip to Alaska was a once in a lifetime experience. I don't really know where to start on this blog about the trip, so I think I'll just post a few photos with some short comments so I don't bore everyone! I will say though, it was an amazing trip. <BR> <BR> My husband and I hiked up to Exit Glacier on the Kenai Penisula. One of several glaciers we visited. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We took a 9 hr. boat tour out of Seward into the... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:15:40 EST Knickers in a Knot <img src=""> <BR> My husband and I are leaving for vacation in Alaska Friday morning. This is a trip we've dreamed about for years. This spring we sold an old tractor my husband had since he was in high school for enough to pay for the plane tickets and car rental, so decided this is the year! Since making that decision, we've had so many people tell us "We always planned on doing that when we retired, but our health won't allow us to go... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:54:20 EST I've Been Doing It Wrong! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hee hee hee giggle giggle Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:35:45 EST I DID IT! I Hiked a 14ner!!! Woooooooo hooooooo!!! Photos from the Top! Three years ago I attempted to hike a mountain that was over 14,000 feet tall. I failed. Altitude sickness got the best of me. Dizziness, nausea, finally at less than 500 vertical feet from the summit, I began blacking out and had to go back down. It's the only "cure" for altitude sickness. I was so close I could see the summit, could see people walking around, hear them celebrating their success and knowing I'd failed. <BR> This past Saturday, my husband and I made the attempt again. This t... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:39:41 EST Photos of trip to the Hills We went to the mountains with our daughter and son in law for a picnic and short hike. We found this Junco nest, had no idea they nested on the ground! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the momma bird sitting on the eggs. Cool, huh? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my daughter and I on the Uncompahgre Plateau, Lone Cone in the background. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:23:17 EST I am NOT a Dog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There was a time that when I would do something physical, a walk, a bike ride, really anything where I moved my body, I figured I did that, I can have a treat! The problem with that kind of thinking was that I needed to lose weight desperately (to date I've lost 78 pounds) not maintain the weight I had. I had to change the way I thought about food. It shouldn't be a "reward" for good behavior. <BR> I am NOT a d... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:43:44 EST NO DIET! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have friends and family who ask me this question when I don't take something offered at a mealtime gathering: "Whut are ya on a diet or somethin'?" And it's almost always asked with a touch of sarcasm. I have to admit, when I started the whole process this question bothered me. For me, getting healthy (ie losing weight) was very personal. I shared with very few people what my goals were. I felt like what I chose... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:12:01 EST Thinking I've been feeling like I should blog for a while now, just unsure about what to blog about. So, I'll start with some pretty awesome stuff! <BR> <BR> 1) When moving my in-laws to their new place, my jeans kept falling off and I kept jerking them back up, my daughter (the marathon runner a size 4/6) handed me her belt and said "here mom, put this on" I told her no way is YOUR belt going to fit me! Well my spark friends, at her urging and I mean lots of urging, I reluctantly put the belt on k... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 11:44:49 EST Emotions Running Rampant It's been quite the month. My in-laws sold their farm, they've been here most of their married life, 54+ years. They have-----had--- the place across the road from ours. The emotions of them downsizing and moving to a smaller place surprised me. I thought I'd be the "strong one" for this change, but have spent quite a bit of time crying. It's hard to think of them growing older and having to make this move. <BR> Because they lived so close to us and we farmed together for years, we have so m... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:55:10 EST Closer <img src="" <BR> <BR> Keep pushing. Keep trying. Keep at it. Do NOT give up. Wed, 1 May 2013 20:21:08 EST Marathoners <img src=""> <BR> My daughter ran the Boston Marathon this year. She finished at 3 hours 24 minutes and had just left the family meeting area when the bombs went off. I am so thankful she and her husband are safe. So very, very thankful. She was able to call me with a lot of difficulty (it took her somewhere around a dozen tries as phone lines were jammed), but managed to get me before I saw the news reports. My husband however, wasn't ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:51:29 EST Self Defense <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took a women's self defense class this weekend with a friend of mine. And no, that's neither her or me in the photo above! All kidding aside, if you're a woman and have never taken a class, I urge you to take one. It was eye opening for me. <BR> <BR> I've always considered myself strong for a woman. I grew up bucking hay bales and carrying 5 gallon buckets of water to care for the animals. The job I currently ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 18:54:52 EST Stolen Sparkle <img src=""> <BR> I've had a rough week. It's always a hard lesson when a "friend"....well, I won't bore you with the details but it wasn't long ago that as soon as I got home I would have eaten the house down. This time, for maybe the first time in my life, I didn't turn to food for comfort. (It probably helps that I don't have anything in the house that's "bad" for me, but I could have easily pigged out on "good" food). I did a LOT of... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:50:31 EST Turtle in Peanut Butter I don't run, old softball knee injury, but this was to funny to keep to myself! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And who knows, maybe someday I WILL run again! Even if it is slowly! Very slowly! lol <BR> <em>211</em> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:06:50 EST Accident on the Interstate My husband and I left Friday morning to go see our kids, one is 5 hours away, the other 6 1/2 hour drive. We had a great time with them, it's just always so short. We left from our daughters home Sunday morning after breakfast taking I 70 home. When we got to Glenwood Canyon we came upon a truck/car accident. If you're not familiar with Glenwood Canyon outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, google Glenwood Canyon Highway Images, several photos will give you a clear image of it. It's considere... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:32:14 EST What I Learned For the Peak 313 challenge we're supposed to blog about how we're growing, physically or spiritually. What I learned this week was to stay the course and not give up. I had hit a plateau and had been stuck at the same weight for more than two months, this week I finally dropped some weight again. I also realized that as I get closer to my goal, the weight is going to come off much slower and I need to change things up. For me this meant changing my workouts and my nutrition. <BR> <BR> This ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:23:09 EST I Shape Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No one can do it for me. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:50:25 EST Listen to Your Heart <img src=""> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:56:11 EST Funny~and I can! <img src=""> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:59:26 EST That Feeling of Accomplishment <img src=""> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:00:24 EST Ah, Dang it! <em>33</em> I don't even know what I did, but I've somehow injured my knee. This is the same knee I've hurt three times in the past, only this time it's on the back of the knee not the front. The problem is I don't know what I did to hurt it! I woke up with it a little sore yesterday morning, but nothing serious, so I went ahead and did my work out, no problems. Until that afternoon, ouch. By evening I could barely walk. <BR> I've been icing it regularly, which helps a lot and I didn't wor... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:36:26 EST You asked for it, I BOUGHT THE JEANS!! photos following! <img src=""> <BR> Okay, folks, you asked to see me in my new size 12 jeans, so here it is! And...the stores had started their winter clearance sales, (seems crazy to have them in January), but I got a new coat too. ; ) Just call me fancy pants! lol Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:18:12 EST I Couldn't Buy Them.... I went shopping for some jeans last weekend and ever since then I've been trying to figure out something. I have a friend who has been after me to and I quote her "You need to stop wearing such baggy jeans! They look terrible on you!" Really, she is a good friend, just not so tactful at times. <BR> So off to the mall with my husband I went. Here's the awesome, insert happy dance here news: <BR> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>354</em> <em>353</em> <BR> I tried on between 20 and ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:36:31 EST Anorexic? Are you kidding me? I was working this morning and a friend I hadn't seen in a long time came in, looked me up and down and said "Wow! You're so skinny!" and went on and on from there. I told her thank you and said "Yeah, I've been working at it really hard and have 20 to 25 pounds left to get to my goal weight". She said, "You'd look anorexic if you lost that much more! You're so skinny now I don't think you should lose any more!" I think she was being sincere and not just being nice. And my son's girlfriend m... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:54:47 EST