COLUMBINE2's SparkPeople Blog COLUMBINE2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 28 of 100 Days of Gratitude Rode bikes with DH & friends. A slight incline for 8 mi and boy, did I suffer. It wasn't that tough, but the last few rides have been hard for me. <BR> <BR> Then we came back down the beautiful bike path and it was SPLENDID. I would like to have ridden faster, but I was behind one of my friends who wasn't hurrying. <BR> <BR> It was so rhythmic I almost fell asleep. So I'm grateful I had a tough workout and an easy ride home and that I didn't fall asleep while riding my bike. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:16:23 EST Day 27 of 100 Days of Gratitude I feel grateful for so many things today. <BR> Here's just one: <BR> When I returned home from a windy, tough bike ride, there was a note on my rented condo door. It was a thank you note from a postal clerk (whom I barely know) who thanked me for clipping out and giving her a news article about HER helpful attitude on her job. <BR> <BR> She works hard, deals with the public daily (which can be exhausting) and faces life struggles. Yet she took the time to write and deliver a thank you no... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:18:02 EST Day 26 of 100 Days of Gratitude Well, I have't had a day like today since ....the beginning of January. January was crammed getting everything done before leaving home for a while. During the last 4 weeks, I've been working really hard to lose weight (11#). I'm eating as healthy as possible when away from home, riding a bike as vigorously as I can and/or striving to walk 7,500 to 10,000 steps per day. And also working hard emotionally in volunteer tasks. <BR> <BR> Today it rained all day. I just didn't fight it. I stayed i... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:27:08 EST Day 26 of 100 Days of Gratitude Wow ... what a great day. And I whipped! It's so much easier to limit what I eat when I'm busy, busy, busy. Boredom or spare time are my worst triggers. <BR> <BR> Grateful? Let's see. I rode further on my bike today. Not the longest distance I've biked, but into new territory including more hills and at a more challenging pace, so I'm very grateful for the energy and endurance to do that. <BR> <BR> I'm proud when my hair is wet and I'm sweaty after a bike ride or a vigorous walk.... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:54:37 EST Day 25 of 100 Days of Gratitude Well...,this is a little weird....but it's ME..whaddaya expect?! <BR> <BR> At the end of a 5 hr mtg and a long day, I still needed to walk 8,000 MORE steps. G-r-o-a-n. <BR> <BR> Gotta find some "umph" to hit the road and get 'er done. Reaching back a few decades, I remembered my sophomore and junior years in high school when I operated a dance studio in a little tiny town. Tap dancing was my favorite! I reached back in my memory a few decades to "hear" some fast-moving, rockin' tunes th... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:47:49 EST Day 24 of 100 Days of Gratitude I grateful for a book I'm re-reading: <BR> "The Beck Diet Solution: Train your brain to think Like a thin person". I think it's excellent, but I'd drifted away from ALL the techniques. And reinstating them into my life again. <BR> <BR> It's not a diet at all. It's about behavior. Today's assignment highlights the importance of giving yourself credit when you do something right. It feels like bragging, but here goes... <BR> <BR> After a stressful meeting, I added a "low fat candy bar" to my... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 01:36:59 EST Day 23 of 100 Days of Gratitude I didn't blog yesterday because it was a hard day to be grateful. We discovered that DH's bike had been stolen the night before. We're on a trip that is highly dedicated to biking. <BR> <BR> But today, I'm grateful that my bike wasn't stolen, too. They were chained together and to a bike rack. The thief cut a very thick, strong cable lock and took the most valuable bike. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that we're only replacing one bike. There isn't a safe place to store them and we're too old to h... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:22:23 EST Day 22 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm gradually (and I DO mean gradually) realizing that even though I feel like I'm gonna croak during the first 10-15 min of a bike ride that IF I keep biking and don't give up, I will soon feel much better. And near the end, I'll start to play my personal game of "Oh, I'm sooooo close to that next mile, I'll just keep going until I get there." And then I'll feel I could m-a-y-b-e do 1 more mile. Etc. And then I'll check my calorie burn and realize "Oh my gosh...t's only another 20 calorie... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:43:18 EST Day 21 of 100 Days of Gratitude Oooohhhh, so foggy this morning we could hardly see the car in front of us. But sunny until 7:00 pm thanks to daylight savings time. Hooray for an extra hour of sunshine! Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:50:52 EST Day 20 of 100 Days of Gratitude Laughter: belly laughs, tears-falling-down-your-cheeks laughs, almost-falling-off-your-chair laughs. That's my favorite "exercise". I was exhausted! <BR> <BR> We attended a play at the community college last night. It was a "farce" which always includes raucous behavior, outlandish script, lots of doors on the set to facilitate lots of door-slamming and fast action in and out, in and out, in and out, up the stairs, down the stairs. I hope they wear fit-bits to capture all those calorie... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:51:55 EST Day 19 of 100 Days of Gratitude I am grateful to be biking in high 70's instead of shoveling snow in 30's. People here call this "winter". How lucky am I? Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:28:56 EST Day 18 of 100 days of Gratitude I am grateful to be in a setting with people who share my compassion for others. It is a pure joy and I am so fortunate to be encouraged by them and to encourage them in return. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 23:11:55 EST Day 17 of 100 Days of Gratitude A dream happened! While on a ferry going back to the CA coast from Anacapa Island in the Channel, I saw it! I ran from side to side of the ferry unbelieving what I saw with my own eyes. My jaw dropped, I jumped up and down. I'd seen this on TV, but couldn't imagine it was true! <BR> <BR> At first there were 100-300 according to the PA announcer Then it was more like 1,000. On all 4 sides of the ferry, in droves. Right next to the ferry with their babies...filling every inch of the ocean fur... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 23:50:28 EST Day 16 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful that during this time when I'm trying to re-lose the extra pounds (for the zillionth time) that I have time and the weather to work out HARD. <BR> <BR> Biking and walking like crazy every day (except tomorrow when I'll be on a boat & a small island). And refusing ALL poor health choices. And believe me, when you're older it will take all that determination and MORE to lose even 5 pounds! <BR> <BR> Lose it when you're young and keep it off. Oh, how I wish I had done that! <BR>... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 01:01:17 EST Day 15 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful for my relationship with DH in which we're excited and eager to share new concepts we're learning from our respective library books. We listen to each other read and then discuss our thoughts. Sometimes we don't get any of our chores done because we're so engaged in conversations! <BR> <BR> "Hidden Figures" is a good example. DH couldn't wait to read much of it to me (in small segments), then I read the book, then we saw the movie. And we're still discussing it and urging eve... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:50:09 EST Day 14 of 100 days of gratitude I'm grateful for Chip. Not my brother, Chip, but the REI clerk named Chip. He solved so many issues I've been fighting with my new Fitbit. I was really bummed! Now it syncs and I love it. <BR> <BR> The days and days of constant downpour in CA stopped for a couple of days and my fitbit rewarded me generously for surpassing my walking goal. I wish I didn't need a "pat on the back", but I do! <BR> <BR> And Chip helped me get it. <BR> <BR> Chip, you're an awesome dude! Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:18:39 EST Day 13 of 100 Days of Gratitude I'm grateful for a lovely day driving through beautiful green, green, green rolling hills with black angus cows for contrast. Endless days of rain did the work. I'm grateful for the very, very, very hard-working people bending over in deep, thick black soil after the rains to harvest food for our tables. Back-breaking work for very little money. I will pause and remember this reality every day. Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:52:17 EST Day 12 of 100 days of Gratitude I offered to contact my high school classmates to plan a milestone reunion this year. (No, I'm NOT going to tell you how many years it's been since graduation. I'd faint on the floor if I say that number out loud! Gasp!) <BR> <BR> I grew up on a very large cattle ranch in Wyoming which my ancestors homesteaded in the early 1900's. The bus took me 30 miles to school. We had 16 students in our graduating class--the largest class ever! Most of the students went from 1st grade through 12... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:32:44 EST Day 11 of 100 Days of Gratitude We had a monster storm here Thursday night, all day Friday & night, Sat. causing 60 mph winds, rain like waterfalls, lots of fallen trees on cars, power lines and houses and mud slides closing highways and evacuations. 10.5 inches or rain in a nearby area. More expected tomorrow and Tues. <BR> <BR> I am grateful that there have bee no injuries reported. And I am grateful that this community will work together to help each other. <BR> <BR> Edit: Oh, no! 6 deaths. Tragic. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:17:16 EST Day 10 of 100 Days of Gratitude I am grateful to live in a culture that is friendly with strangers. It's OK here to start up a conversation with someone next to you in the grocery line. I had a hard time finding an appropriate birthday card for my son whose heart is broken. The lady in line suggested 2 books which might help him through this tough time. She told me the library's used book store might have them. I went there...and suddenly she walked in, saw me and searched for the book. Another woman overheard us looking fo... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:38:28 EST Day 9 of 100 Days of Gratitude It's wonderful to live (temporarily) in a place where people can express their concerns in a positive, peaceful, educational way. Yesterday I stood on "Peace Corner" with about 60 others where residents have expressed their hopes for decades. We held positive signs, smiled and waved at drivers. They smiled and waved back and honked their horns in encouragement. <BR> <BR> It filled me with joy and my heart with hope. I am grateful for this experience and freedom of speech. I am so very, ve... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:03:04 EST Day 8 of 100 days of gratitude Wow..I'm so far behind. It's a good example of my current life. And I have so much for which to be thankful, but am a bit overwhelmed and forgetful. <BR> <BR> So today, I'm grateful for a long walk by myself above the ocean with high tide and the water crashing in hard and high against the large rocks. What a treat! This is such a beautiful sight and sound. Strong ocean. I will model this strength and not give up when our world seems upside-down! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:00:33 EST Day 7 of 100 Days of Gratitude I am so grateful for the privilege of seeing the Pacific Ocean ... again. Each year we silently acknowledge, "This might be the last time we get to live by the ocean for a few months." <BR> <BR> We are back again and we are grateful. It's been a heart-breaking 4 months. The calm of the ocean soothed us both and brought us joy. I am so very grateful for the undeserved privilege. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 23:55:39 EST Day 6 of 100 Days of Gratitude Traded my 44" of snow in the front "yard" for palm trees. No more 2-3 hrs/day of shoveling. Hooray! Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:57:15 EST Day 5 of 100 Days of Gratitude Wowzers, nobody's ever going to ride in my car with me after all these "gratitudes." I live high in the Rocky Mountains in CO. We have about 40" of snow in my front "yard" which is 40 acres of mtns & no houses. Today we had very high winds (100 mph in some parts of CO) and intermittent poor visibility on my 2 lane road up to the house (8,600' above seat level). Snow was blowing horizontally on and off. I could see, then I couldn't see. Suddenly I was totally stuck in snow --even with exc... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:25:35 EST Day 4 of 100 Days of Gratitude I am grateful for Margot Lee Shetterly who wrote "Hidden Figures". My husband read the book, I read the book and yesterday we watched the movie. I encourage every person to read this book and open their experience to this true life story. The movie highlights only 3 women and there were so many more, so I'd recommend the book first. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for every strong, determined, hard-working woman who faces down every obstacle to move forward and through their success, move other wom... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 09:25:42 EST Day 3 of 100 Days of Gratitude Wow..I have to share this! As yesterday's blog said, I was driving (alone) 100 miles on snow-packed, icy roads to dr appt in the city. Lots of traffic, many drivers unfamiliar with snowy conditions, dangerous. My windshields (front & back ) are covered with brown, icy splash, etc. And suddenly (drum roll)...there's no fluid coming out to wipe off the windows. They are dark brown & I can't see in front of me or behind me.....on an interstate highway. How grateful I am that the one and on... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:20:48 EST Day 2 of 100 of Gratitude As I head up a mtn that tops out at 11,000 ' in elevation with heavy snow, ice and wind, I am so very grateful for my warm, reliable car with good snow tires and new windshield wipers. <BR> <BR> Actually I could run a long list of things I'm grateful for today...but I'd better just get IN the start and start up the mtn. Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:40:59 EST Day 1 of 100 days of Gratitude Today started at 4:40 am when I awakened with tears over a stressful situation which I can't control. <BR> <BR> DH prepared pancakes (a treat!) and we watched the beautiful Rose Parade --and annual tradition for us. As we watched, I felt calm seeing all the creativity and beauty of the floats and happy, excited people having fun. It rubbed off on me and I had a great day and accomplished a lot. I'm very grateful for the distraction. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 22:05:50 EST I've had it! Returned from a 3 month trip away from from home. Only gained 1#, but somehow my body "grew". So I started a determined routine of eating well and exercising every day. I'm not strong enough yet for the tough classes at gym. I live in a community that loves outdoor, physical activity year round. These seniors are f-i-t and active even if they're 85. So I've been using dvds to get stronger, refusing all trigger foods, eating healtlhy......and getting no where. <BR> <BR> Today I changed cou... Mon, 23 May 2016 13:51:33 EST Today's challenge: spend 20 min. eating each meal I wish it had been any day but today. I tried really hard at breakfast & improved at eating more slowly, savoring & chewing each bite. I forgot to eat lunch before the funeral where I was setting up, serving & cleaning up the refreshments. I zipped into a grocery store to buy items to eat while preparing for the guests: 2 small greek yogurts & a banana so I wouldn't be "attacked" by 20 kinds of cookies, etc. But I had to eat very quickly & get to work. Dinner...well, I spread it out over 20 m... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:36:49 EST Assignment: List 3 accomplishments 1) Lost 15# in the last few months & found a new strategy to stay motivated (most of the time). <BR> <BR> 2) Got brave & attended a private swimming class immediately after my strenuous fitness class yesterday. Talk about exhausted! I survived & did better than expected. Headed straight to pain killer this a.m.! All better! <BR> <BR> 3) Baked 2 batches of (favorite) cookies last night without eating a dab of dough or a cookie. They're everywhere in my kitchen & I won't eat even one. I s... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:07:24 EST A different way to graph weight loss "The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person" by Judith Beck, Ph.D. suggests this: <BR> <BR> On graph paper, make a blank column on the left side labeled: "Pounds (loss or gain). At the bottom of the column, write "Week". To the right at the bottom, number each vertical line from left to right as 1-10 (10 weeks). <BR> <BR> At the top, to the left of the first horizontal line, write +2 1/2. On each horizontal line progressing down the sheet, label it 1/2# less until ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:51:29 EST "Great excuses NOT to exercise" -- A "MUST READ" SP offers us the most incredible, helpful educational info. <BR> <BR> Read, learn and stand UP. Turn off the computer, phone and TV. I'm outta here to split, haul & stack wood. <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:01:37 EST Can this possibly be true? uh,'s working! I'm having incredible success after decades of eating every sweet item possible .. & in large quantities. I just read Beck Diet Solution by Judith Beck, Ph.D. The subtitle is "Train your brain to think like a thin person." THAT'S the key! The "catch" is one must actually DO what she advises..and in the past, I could seldom make myself follow through. But this time I did. <BR> <BR> I don't crave chocolate--or anything else. I have been totally addicted to the caffeine in soda for 5 decad... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:31:42 EST A push OFF the couch! Denial be gone! I was chatting w/ my PT while he worked on my foot. He suggested walking/light swimming in a pool to exercise it. I asked about some basic cardio classes & ST. Then (silly, pretentious me asked) "What about Zumba? Or Zumba Gold?" (Good grief..I haven't done "real" zumba for a few years; I switched to lower impact zumba gold & then had to give that up with my foot pain. What a bold-faced faker I was being. Yuck!!) <BR> <BR> He paused. Then he said, "You could do the lower impact zumba gold f... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:05:19 EST coach's assignment: list 3 achievements Yesterday I dodged the spillng-over refreshment table at a big meeting. <BR> Walked 2 miles even though foot is sore <BR> Avoided the so-called "reduced fat" cookies & ate carrots instead. <BR> The Food Traps are lurking everywhere! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:12:21 EST I'm standing on the tracks of an oncoming train..... DH & I are on the last leg of our " brutal-weather escape" trip. After many weeks of home-cooked meals, exercising as much as dr. allowed, avoiding the fun touristy culinary spots, our brains/hearts seem to "know" that Paradise will soon be a distant memory. Soon we'll return to our "Sat. lunch out" routine. <BR> The bad part is we have enough time remaining to do some really serious damage to all the good work done in the last 2 months! NOOOOOO! <BR> <BR> The last piece of "fun" seems to ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:30:10 EST A Day on Columbine's Roller Coaster! After burying myself in genealogy research for days, I finally forced myself to the gym today. I'm n-o-t a "gym rat." But I always leave feeling bubbly, refreshed and proud. Next was my "yoga for active seniors" class. What a great workout wrapping up with 10 minutes of unbelievable relaxation. <BR> <BR> Then....DH wanted to try out a new pizza place. I haven't had pizza in a year, soooo .. you guessed 'er, Chester! And then, because it was sooo spicy, we really "needed" something cool d... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:40:36 EST Gratitude.....nothing but gratitude! Phooey! I want to exercise (I never dreamed I'd EVER in my life utter those words!) <BR> <BR> This started out as a moany, groany blog..but I've deleted it twice. Sigh. <BR> <BR> What if we lost everything we have, but take for granted? Think about it. Vision, hearing, breath, legs, arms, health, family, jobs, friends, roof over our head, food (even if it's not our favorite ice cream!), freedom, shoes, M&M's, flowers, teeth, natural beauty, sunsets, the Rocky Mountains, elk in the yard..... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 00:17:58 EST My "big" plans just got modified.... I was excited about temporarily living within a mile of a gym (instead of 40 miles round trip!). And riding many miles of paved bike paths under palm trees instead of 4' of snow. And walking miles by the ocean. I had a streak of exercising & eating well for 41 days out of 44. <BR> <BR> A "scoped" knee that's not healing well and a broken toe (which has healed by itself because I didn't realize it was broken) didn't slow down my plans. But a torn tendon in my foot has. <BR> <BR> I'm a v... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:09:23 EST Gift to me: A "free" 4" wide cookie"???? After much consternation, I ordered the healthiest lunch on the menu. They brought me a warm "free" 4" wide chocolate chip cookie! Are you kiddin' me? <BR> <BR> I immediately handed it off to DH & he discreetly ate it while we continued on Day 1 of our road trip. <BR> <BR> Dark & cold when we got to the hotel room. The clerk said, "No exercise room, but you could have a warm cookie instead!" W-h-a-a-a-a-a-t??! No thanks. <BR> <BR> So I walked 2 miles in the halls of a 2-story hotel to ge... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:57:36 EST I have a great idea for SP to ensure (my) success! I have tied myself to "the wagon" recently...trying to re-loose the weight. No soda, no candy bars, almost no bread (but I eat whole wheat cereal) and 1/2 hr. of energetic stationary biking almost every day. And I wear a SP activity tracker on my shoe ...except when I forget. <BR> <BR> Like today. I noticed its absence on my shoe AFTER my work-out. And yesterday we had 12" of snow and 15 degrees below zero, so I wore my snow boots which won't accommodate the SAT. And tomorrow I'm helping... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 23:10:51 EST Excellent visual Reality Check! I've seen these visual tools before & I think they're really great! <BR> <BR> Please check it out: <BR> <BR> <BR> Scroll down to the 2nd article & click on the link "What Does 200 Calories Look Like?" <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was Day 1 (yeah....I've had a lot of Day 1s in the last 5 years w/ SP!!! Don't ask how many!) It was very challenging because I relapsed into old, deadly habits. But I must turn this train wreck around and NOW. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking water... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:36:09 EST Wow! Whatta guy! My DH LIKES to cook & wants to cook our dinners! I don't like to cook or peruse recipes! I'm so lucky to have this great guy! He cooks from a small selection of recipes which are delicious, but not the greatest for weight loss. <BR> <BR> Hearing my quiet concern about needing to change my eating habits MORE because it's just not working, he read the SP cookbook & made 2 of the recipes tonight. The best part? He liked them! And so did I! <BR> <BR> So I think we'll be trying more SP rec... Thu, 9 May 2013 21:31:06 EST Fantastic day yesterday....horrendous Darn...only a week left on the coast & I have so many things scheduled to do, see & enjoy. But that horrendous sore throat/headache of a month ago returned. Maybe I'm allergic to exercise? Nah...that's a cop-out for sure! <BR> <BR> After waiting 2 hrs in the clinic's waiting room with every sneezing kid in CA, I almost rationalized how ice cream would be soooo soothing and so medicinal...what a line of hooey that is! /When I got home, DH suggested "some ice cream to soothe my throat & th... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:04 EST Day 20............. Bummer summer! DH had knee replacement & complications. I stopped exercising to care for him. I returned to old eating habits to! Then he had an injury on the same leg......I made more bad choices in food & fitness! (What's wrong with THIS picture??!!) <BR> <BR> Guess what happened? Yep, regained almost all the weight I'd lost through 4 years w/ SP. No words to describe my disappointment & frustration. <BR> <BR> 3 weeks ago I finally got a grip and started over again. Decided... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:14:44 EST Mowed the mtn.; watered the forest Well, I've been stuck indoors & have missed my "gym dates." But today was a success! <BR> <BR> You may have heard about the serious wildfires in CO. North, south, east & west of us, wildfires have raged & destroyed hundreds of houses & thousands of acres of forests. Our land is adjacent to BLM where thousands of beetle-killed standing & fallen dead trees await a stray spark. And we just had the driest winter in 70 years. <BR> <BR> I needed some serious fitness minutes so I decided to mow... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 22:00:07 EST IDEBORAH made me do it .....again! IDEBORAH sent me a goodie & a not-so-subtle query. She intimated something to the effect of , "I'm looking for you on the wagon...but I don't see you......anywhere!" <BR> <BR> OK, OK....Deborah does not "accept" excuses. There is NO valid excuse in her vernacular. She's been motivating me for several years... even while she was AWOL for a while. <BR> <BR> So before I could thank her for my the goodie, I knew I had to do some "laps" on The Wagon. So I hiked up the mtn & back down this a.m.--... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:14:47 EST Back amongst the Living! DH had knee replacement surgery & I got the Mother of ALL Colds the same day in a town 100 miles from home. A few days later, we drove 2 hrs home after being discharged & buying meds at 6:30 pm. I unscrewed the "bear boards" (12 square feet of plywood containing 1,587 upward protruding nails to discourage bears from dining in our kitchen again & perusing our bedroom) & settled DH in by 9 pm. <BR> <BR> After helping him shower, dress, refresh dressings, get the machines working & back on th... Fri, 25 May 2012 12:40:33 EST