COLUMBINE2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=COLUMBINE2 COLUMBINE2'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/ "Great excuses NOT to exercise" -- A "MUST READ" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783426 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, yeah...it's working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783020 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757820 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676344 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..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671663 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668640 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639998 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629735 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"???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602845 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558722 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545568 I've seen these visual tools before & I think they're really great! <BR> <BR> Please check it out: <BR> blogs.denverpost.com/fitness <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351427 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331172 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............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261582 Bummer summer! DH had knee replacement & complications. I stopped exercising to care for him. I returned to old eating habits to comfort...me! 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954236 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939218 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897607 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 6 great words from a man who KNOWS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795539 There's 6 words to live by (plus my MIL's favorite: "Put the fork down." lol) <BR> <BR> I think these 2 great people would have seen eye-to-eye! Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:37:16 EST After much trepidation....(and nightmares!)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782949 Sigh...I have finally signed up at the gym where I began ST w/ a personal trainer last winter while visiting CA. Last summer, I e-mailed her boasting I'd dropped 15#! Well, "some" of those #s have returned. I'm totally dreading seeing her at the gym....looking not much better than last year. In my procrastination to return to the gym, I've bombed 5 weeks of work-out opportunities. Vanity...what a waste of precious time! (whap!..I just knocked myself out with a wet noodle!) <BR> <BR> To be ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:50:50 EST Oh, yeah! I forgot about THAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771048 I'd head it before....but had "conveniently" forgotten the advice. <BR> <BR> Then my friend (who was slender in college---and is even trimmer decades later!) came to my house for dinner. I had fixed a lot of food and urged her to "have some more!" <BR> <BR> She said, "I follow the guidelines suggested by folks in Japan (and my WW adviser). I quit eating when I feel about 80% full. Soon, the 'gastric juices' in my digestive system start doing their thing and I feel full...instead of feeli... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 00:43:15 EST Dr. Oz's concise info on ST...& how it can lengthen your life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746916 O magazine (Feb. 2012) contains a great article (w/ illustrations) by Dr. Oz.: "A beginner's guide to building healthy muscles --and lengthening your life." <BR> <BR> It clearly paints the BIG PICTURE of ST's impact on the quality & length of our lives. Also some basic, classic exercises to do without a gym or equipment. <BR> <BR> Hope you can read it and tell your friends. ST can be a game-changer. Sun, 19 Feb 2012 23:50:23 EST Down 15# & 2 sizes through this blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734576 Please read sargeantmajor's blog of approximately 2/9/2012. It's worth absorbing every single word. <BR> <BR> I lost 15# & trimmed down two sizes through his advice. Don't get intimidated...re-read when necessary. <BR> <BR> From SargeantMajor: <BR> Every day I read over the postings in the Fitness and Exercise message boards and every day I see almost the same questions, statements and comments posted. <BR> <BR> What was your Cardio of the Day? <BR> How many minutes exercise have you don... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:50:50 EST I feel like a human again! Hooray!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728161 Having the dr. say, "no ST until the injuries heal" was tough and trying to keep the scale down was really tough. (no ST, biking, snowshoeing or hiking!). The holidays were tough -- I totally lost my self-control! Several road trips shot the scale up even higher...help---the flabby bod is returning! No, NO! <BR> <BR> But Sunday, I slept 15 hours to recover from 6 solid weeks of a stressful volunteer job. The next day, we took our first bike ride in 5 months--next to the Pacific ocean in war... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 00:33:42 EST Trial by fire! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596152 Yesterday NewHorizons4Me gave me a golden tip for either 1) not being tempted or 2)worst case, surviving a close encounter with DQ when I went to the city today. <BR> <BR> I live 85 miles from the nearest DQ (thank goodness!). Today I took dh to 2 dr. appts which were located across the street from a DQ. I drove or walked past 3 different DQs --- a total of 10 sightings in one day--- and did not stop for a treat (even though I felt I soooooo deserved one! (for what? who knows....I just thoug... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 23:32:45 EST The PT asked: "Do you feel like you were hit by a Mack truck?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4593003 "Yes! Exactly!!" Then she said, "Oh, I meant to warn you about that." duh. <BR> <BR> I love my physical therapist...she's awesome...and she's helping my shoulder. But between her hands-on treatment (which feels wonderful when she does it, then sore later) and the do-at-home exercises, I'm whipped & have fallen off the wagon A-gain! Result: my clothes are too tight & I'm m-i-s-e-r-a-b-l-e. <BR> <BR> And I've resumed bad habits which I broke into teeny, tiny pieces more than a year ago. Wha... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 21:05:35 EST My bike and I went for a ride.......in the car! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472816 Last night, my magnifying glass & I did heavy duty research evaluating the huge bike map of the "city." I was planning a wondrous bike ride all by myself (yay!) after my dr.'s appt and I was jumping out of my skin with anticipation. Loaded the bike in the car for the 100 mile drive to the city...along with my bike clothes, HRM, lots of water...oh, boy, oh, boy, oh, boy! Leaving at 6:30 a.m. and couldn't sleep past 4:30 a.m. (tears awakened me...a dear, younger friend and spectacular gift t... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 00:37:09 EST Most Shocking Advice I've EVER received! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421965 A few days ago, my long-time SP buddy, Crazygymgirl read my whiny friend feed. I was belly-achin' about "how I was talkin' tough but couldn't get back on track." (I was sneakin' chocolate, not exercising, not weighing, eating meatball subs---just blob-o) <BR> <BR> She gave me this jolting advice and I quote: <BR> <BR> "Give yourself a break for a minute... ok now get back on that wagon!" <BR> <BR> After the first phrase, I physically felt myself sigh, relax and think, "Finally...some sy... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 23:39:22 EST Roller Coaster of Life...Hang on, baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4409833 Less than a week before our younger son's wedding, I learned that our older son (30--yep, you read it right..don't ask!) had been taken by ambulance 100+ miles to the ER after falling from a skateboard and using his face as the brakes. Broken facial bones, a pure black, swollen, blood-filled eye, his face swollen like a beachball. But younger son wanted him at the wedding no matter how ghoulish he looked and older son wanted to be there. (these 2 are like oil & water....what a shock (and j... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 22:38:53 EST See you later, alligator! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4383848 Well, the long wait is almost over. A year ago our younger son proposed marriage and this Saturday is the big day. My two BFFs are flying in from hither & yon to join me in this major event and I can't wait to see them! <BR> <BR> Sparkin' is getting hard. My older son is taking me on a surprise day-long adventure tomorrow (to celebrate my recent b'day). I want to make yummy, fattening treats for my company. My nerves and emotions are screaming for chocolate. I awakened at 3 am..watching th... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 23:34:51 EST How many calories pushing a baby.........? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377928 We had a substitute instructor at our River Fitness class. She must have been afraid she wasn't going to work us hard enough. Whew! She whipped us into a lather (in water...that's NOT easy to do!). Then upstairs to lift some weights, floor exercises, the track. But...man, I'm tuckered out already. And that baby is crying, crying, crying. I overheard mom say she couldn't stay long enough to make child care worth the $$. I can't lift weights with a baby crying! <BR> <BR> So I strolled over a... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 20:56:03 EST The truth .......and nothin' but the truth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352145 "Feeling unmotivated is what happens when you're not really making conscious choices at all -- you're just responding mindlessly to various triggers in your environment, or operating on autopilot based on old habits and conditioned behavior." Coach Dean Anderson -- Sparkpeople.com <BR> <BR> This describes the base of my struggle. Triggers, old habits and conditioned behavior ... especially my struggle to stick with MY plan in the face of others' "plans" (their "plans" are more fun, less dem... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 22:30:26 EST Ready, set....CHOKE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346025 NewhorizonsR4me had just blogged about her 63 mile ride. 63 miles--- in 1/2 a day ----not a week! I wrote a congratulatory note on her page. And I told her I was in a terrible rut and she'd motivated me! I decided to tell her of my sudden goal for the next day: Ride up & down the steep, gravelly, dirt hill to my house (currently strewn w/ fallen trees from a micro-burst) which I've been afraid to ride for 14 years. It's a little over .............. one mile. (clears throat....) UPHILL... does... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 23:01:11 EST Dozens of blown-down trees = big raking fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341468 A micro-burst blew down 24 trees onto 1/2 mile of our dirt mountain road while we were in the big city. We cut them enough to get the car through & get home to no power for 24 hrs. Then I raked (yep, raked) the road to remove shattered limbs, branches, and ga-jillions of pine cones. Another 20 blew down in the vicinity of the house (no damage -- we have cleared the trees around the house because of severe wildfire danger). We lost some magnificent aspens and a huge fir. Hundreds more fell o... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 23:06:50 EST No....no...miscommunication! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4317830 My last blog was misunderstood. My communications skills are lousy (as dh frequently reminds me!) <BR> <BR> The scale's report is good. (but you know how finicky scales are. If you walk by a bakery and don't even look in the window --- WHAM -- add a pound! lol) <BR> <BR> But if I change my ticker to the new lower weight, I might grow a new arm or heaven forbid, a new THIGH! No, no, no......it's not worth it. Too much stress and stress adds weight. I'm leavin' the ticker right where it ... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 12:32:20 EST Scaredy Cat -- that's me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316705 I'm afraid to update my weight ticker. Every time I brag...I get zapped! So I'm leaving it a little high until I feel like it's not going to bounce back up again. As slowly as I lose weight, that could be Christmas! LOL Wed, 22 Jun 2011 22:56:20 EST Rewards Do Happen!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303854 Today was fantastic! After several days of food prep for a fund raiser at a bike ride, DH was adamant that bikers WANT cupcakes w/ thick frosting after a very tough 80 mile ride up/down steep mountain highways. So I "honored his opinion" by baking some. Today was my final temptation: Frosting the chocolate cupcakes. H-E-L-P!!! H-E-L-P!!!! <BR> <BR> First I prepared a bowl of baby carrots & started eating them. I LOVE frosting, but I just can't put it in my mouth with half-chewed carrots... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 22:59:14 EST Bikers & support teams: please help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4284571 I'm participating in a bake sale for 2500 bikers & supporters coming through town. They'll continue from our town on high mountain roads. <BR> <BR> We don't have to sell "baked goods". We'll package our items in a small plastic bag & sell it for $1.00 and they can take it with them. <BR> <BR> Should I make healthy foods (items made of healthy ingredients like oatmeal, flaxseed, almonds, raisins, etc.) or regular baked items (cookies, bars, etc. w/ less-than-healthy ingredients)? <BR> <... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 00:32:14 EST oopsie daisy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276956 Yesterday morning: I used Leslie Sansone's dvd -- did a 30 min. segment including weights, than did the middle part (the hardest stuff) again and did it faster, harder than she asked. Then I grabbed a shovel & rake & tackled the very deep, very hard, hard, hard top soil that had been shoved off to the edge of the road after the mudslide. Tough, nasty, dry, solid dirt. Using my new muscles! Then I tossed a bunch of dead trees, limbs & debris over the fence,out of our "yard" onto a less visibl... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 15:14:28 EST Is Big Brother inside my scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245476 OK...I stepped on the scale this a.m. Hopeful, but I'm not going to go crazy if it doesn't go down. Hooray! It went down & is now 1.5# above my goal ....and in a "new set of 10#'s" (that's what I call it when you dip down from 150's to the 140's, then to the 130's) <BR> <BR> I was floating on air!!!!! I haven't seen this number for 2 years ---and then it was only for a nano-second (truly!!!!) and bounced back up again to bigger and bigger numbers for 2 years! <BR> <BR> Frequently, my sc... Fri, 20 May 2011 13:02:09 EST Benefits of 44" of snow remaining into May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213489 Yep, we still have 44" of snow on a lot of our property. And all the snow from the roof has slid off (after lots of it has frozen into very thick blocks of ice). Much of it eventually lands blocking the (never used) ground level door. The accumulated drift is much taller than me (5'5"). I wanted some exercise, so dh offered the pick, shovel & scoop shovel and turned up the Beach Boys (not my first choice, but it's the thought that counts) loud enough I could hear them over my panting. <BR> ... Thu, 5 May 2011 23:25:13 EST My brain's in a whirlwind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162211 So many changes...my little brain is processing like crazy. Still working solo w/ a personal trainer. Each session is an explosion of movements I've never heard of or experienced (and wondering what pyscho came up with this idea!). I'm a people pleaser...so I try, try, try really hard to do these gyrations. Then my body screams at me for a day or 2. Not supposed to do cardio & ST the same day, so ST & recovering are cutting into my cardio (and biking along the ocean) time. The scale starte... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:25:51 EST My first ST w/trainer. Holy smokes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4116638 Hoo...wheeee. That's all I can say! Whew! Shaking arms & legs, hot and sweaty, panting. I'm pretty sure I mentioned to her at least a dozen times before we met how out of shape I am (plus the woman has eyes!) <BR> <BR> Ya know the machine I've been eyeing for 3 wks and thinking "Who could ever hang upside-down like that...and then haul their body back up?!!" You guess-ter, Chester! Guess who had her hiney up in the air and was dropping her upper body head-first toward the floor & hauling i... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:03:55 EST I'm tuckered out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4077631 To the gym to burn 448 calories on the elliptical, then my 2nd day of ST on the machines. <BR> <BR> Then to hike w/dh and friends. The description of the hike said 1.5 miles to the waterfalls. <BR> <BR> What we did was this: hiked 3 hours and 50 minutes up and back down a very, very steep almost non-existent trail over creeks, under and over tree roots and limbs, over and under pipelines, down sheer cliff faces, up sheer cliff faces, over huge boulders. The final stretch going up was descr... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 22:58:16 EST Quirky? Yes! Tacky? Yes! Independent? Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067486 After dh & I biked, I continued to bike alone a few more miles. It didn't seem to "hurt his feelings" at all. He was sore and ready to quit; I wanted to ride some more. We were both happy. Win/win. <BR> <BR> We joined another couple at our favorite burger joint for lunch. Since I'd just burned 606 calories from biking 96 minutes, I took a turkey sandwich from home and skipped the burger. It didn't offend anyone! <BR> <BR> The 4 of us went to a walk-around-town-guacamole-tasting event. I tas... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 01:07:07 EST Can't believe I did this!!! Not me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4062197 Yep, drum roll, please.....I joined a gym while I'm here on vacation! It's too far to get to a gym at home (and treacherous roads which we must plow). And truthfully, I don't like to spend $$ on myself.... it seems ....selfish. <BR> <BR> So I spent 55 min. on the elliptical and 5 on a bike. That makes 2 days in a row. Tomorrow I'll either go to the gym or to a Zumba Gold dance class then hopefully ride bikes w/ dh (if the rain stops!). <BR> <BR> Thanks to your support, I made it through ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 00:29:21 EST How could they do this??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4059329 Or more importantly, how will I respond?!!! That's the real question. <BR> <BR> This is our 4th year visiting this place. We love it here..except...it is the devil's den for me. Dh loves to eat out. I get bored...at loose ends... and I snack. <BR> <BR> Dh & I bike, but not with enough exertion or miles to burn enough calories. It's the best he can do & I'm glad we can bike together after lots of health issues for him. <BR> <BR> I'm too embarrassed to share all the details of the ridicul... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 00:46:21 EST We've come a lo-o-o-o-ong way, baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3996458 Have you ever stopped to really look at how your life has changed since you found SP? Sometimes I feel like I'm getting nowhere fast. But today.... I realized some concrete successes which are pretty darn significant. <BR> <BR> I always gain weight when I eat somewhere besides home. Even a day trip to the Big City...and wham..2# ... even when I'm trying hard to eat healthy items in small portions. The weight jumps on my hips like a magnet! <BR> <BR> We just returned home after being away ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 23:02:01 EST Someone stole our bikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3961351 We're on a biking vacation...we chose the destination based on warm weather, sunshine and great biking. <BR> <BR> Two nights ago, someone stole our bikes....cut through heavy duty chains. The bikes were chained to each other AND to the cement staircase going to our condo...well lit area. They took the chains, the bikes, our bags, our tools, ponchos, gloves, air pumps .... even our low-fat blueberry energy bars! The nerve! <BR> <BR> The good side (there's always a good side, I guess) is it's... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:25:19 EST 16 miles on a bike burns 67 calories? !!! Huh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942496 My dh and I are vacationing in a warm climate...and loving the sunshine, shorts and sandal routine! At home there was so much snow there was an avalanche and the mtn pass was closed for two days while they searched for a lost snowboarder. <BR> <BR> Back to our vacation: Monday we rode 16 miles (our first ride since July) and my heart rate monitor said I burned 67 calories. 67???!!!! <BR> <BR> Then since we're in the big city, I went to my first ever Zumba (beginner's) dance class and the ... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 22:33:56 EST 2 French Fries = 2 whole baked potatoes!...and more dastardly facts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896661 This info was depicted on a 2'x3' colorful, poster showing photos of these food items. It hung on a wall in the Cardiac Unit of a hospital -- do you see the relationship between the food & the Heart patients? Remember the poster when making tough choices! <BR> <BR> 1/8 of a bagel w/ 1/2 tsp. cream cheese = 1 whole bagel w/ fruit preserve <BR> <BR> 1 corn chip = 40 baby carrots <BR> <BR> 1 oz. chips = 10 oz pretzels <BR> <BR> 2 French fries from fast food restaurant = 2 whole baked potato... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:26:34 EST