CROWGIRL67's SparkPeople Blog CROWGIRL67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Food choices and the angry duck Bet that title caught your attention, huh? <BR> <BR> We have 2 ducks that wander our property. We haven't had ducks before, just chickens, and these ducks crack me up. I noticed that when it's warm and they are in the pond most of the day, they may wander over to me when I'm outside to see if I have any feed, but for the most part, they just forage for bugs and the occasional kale leaf from the edge of the garden. <BR> <BR> But... there are days when they are a little cranky, when they are... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:21:13 EST I'm in my 70s! 170, that is. I finally got past the 180s and I weighed in at 177. Haven't been there in a while. I can't stop smiling. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I think the consistent workouts have been key. Even if I don't do a high intensity workout, I move. I walk, I garden, I hike. But for at least 4 days, I Turbo Jam and I've been lifting weights a few times a week. I am drooling over a set of adjustable weights on Amazon, but they cost an arm and a leg. I've been thinking of ways to save for them.... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:08:55 EST The After Party Had a surprise party for my husband this weekend. I had ordered food for it instead of cooking because, well, my husband is nosy. :) It was a "Guy" meal with pulled pork, cole slaw, wings, beer and the whole calorie heavy, sticky mess. Oh and a friend made camouflage cupcakes. Gotta love Pinterest. Kind of glorious for a good old boy. Not so much for a health conscious gal. <BR> <BR> BUT I did make sure I had a veggie platter, steamed vegetables, unsweetened green tea with some monk fruit ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:08:41 EST Still checking off the boxes! Well, since my last entry I have stayed on course (miracles!) and I am still excited to check of the exercise for the day. Took my measurements and there has been a little tightening here and there, but no big loss on the scale. Ah, well, tightening is fine by me! <BR> <BR> Noticed I crave protein now that I've been lifting weights more regularly. Instead of inhaling a brick of cheese (mmm, cheese...) I opted to get some protein powder to whoosh up a smoothie for a snack. Now, I am the first... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:05:56 EST Hybrid Drive Ha! No, I don't own a Prius (I did for a while though). I've been doing a hybrid workout between Turbo Fire and ChaLEAN Extreme plus walk/jog on the treadmill and stretching. Obviously not all in one day. But boy, I'm a sucker for checking off those workouts on my schedule. After working all day, I actually looked forward to the HIIT workout today. Someone call the cops; my whiny inner child has been kidnapped! <BR> <BR> Eating has been healthy, too. I enjoyed the heck out of a steak on Mot... Mon, 12 May 2014 18:31:56 EST Not as much as I think Well, the little Spark People doo hicky I wear to track my activity has been an eye opener. I think I'm a mover and shaker, but sadly I'm more of a dragger and plopper. I average about 2.5 miles a day and of course that's just a bit shy of the minimum. And here I thought I was ready for a half marathon. Not really. Not by a long shot. <BR> <BR> I think it kind of bummed me out. I have been feeling a little down lately to begin with and just started to be optimistic again, since we had a litt... Thu, 1 May 2014 19:39:02 EST REstart resolutions I always thought of Lent as a do-over for all the stuff I screwed up between the beginning of the year and now. Of course, that isn't exactly liturgically correct by a long shot, but I bet a lot of people think that. <BR> <BR> I was slogging along on the treadmill today and really thought about offering up the discomfort as a sort of penance. But then I changed my thinking to, "I offer this up as GRATITUDE that I can push past limits!" " I offer this up as an alleluia (whoops not supposed ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:05:12 EST A continuous jog On the treadmill today. I have signed up for an 8K in April and I would like to jog part of it. I was/am using the C25K program, but something...happened. I got to my time when I was supposed to slow down and, well, I just didn't WANNA. I slowed my jogging pace down a bit, but it was still a jog. I kept going to see how long I could keep it up before I really just wanted to stop. Here's the secret- I covered the timer on the treadmill dashboard, turned up the music, slowed my pace as I said, ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:00:35 EST Whew! What a day! Had a continuing education class for work about an hour away this morning, and wouldn't ya know it? Snow. Blurf. Took my time, got there a little late (hate that!) but the good news was the class was informative, well taught and I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help some clients with lower back pain. <BR> <BR> The even better news? I had mentioned in a previous blog that I had a busy few days so I needed to plan. Well, that planning paid off with some venison stew all ready fo... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:30:33 EST I jogged today A few years ago... eh, who am I kidding, about 15 years ago, I used to teach aerobics. I taught about 7 classes a week, I worked at 2 different gyms and I slammed down Slim Fast shakes for breakfast and lunch. <BR> I was still 158 pounds. <BR> So when it comes to exercise, I have this love/ hate relationship. I used to kid that I would only work out if someone paid me, that's how I became a certified instructor. I went to visit my brother in law and his wife, and one of their friends asked ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 18:22:12 EST Be Prepared- it's not just for girl scouts The next two weeks are a little scary, I have to say. I have to order food for a Christmas distribution for the food pantry where I volunteer, get that food bagged up, get volunteers lined up and keep my fingers crossed that it all goes as smoothly as possible. On top of that , I have 3 sermons to write, serve at the Bishop's retirement service, attend a few holiday gatherings, and, oh yeah! work. If I look at it typed out, I can get a little freaked. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> HOWEVER, I a... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 09:16:38 EST Mid Life revelation The other day, November 27th to be exact, I realized that I was one month from the other side of my life. Let me explain. In one month, I'll be 46 years old. I eat fairly healthy, move my body around most days, love my life, and try to stay upbeat. I could see myself being a feisty 90 year old. So, at 45, I'm literally at mid life. And after my birthday in December, it will be the other half of a beautiful life. Get it? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I started to think of all the relatives who were obese... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 09:05:01 EST Things I have learned while driving myself crazy I have tried and stuck to many an Eating Plan, and usually come back to plain old healthy eating because, Who knew? It actually works. Here's some of the things I have learned along the way. <BR> <BR> Weight Watchers- portion control. A pound of spaghetti is not a serving size. And a lot of fake food use that creeps me out. <BR> <BR> Paleo- I did this for about a year. If you're not familiar, it means no grains of any kind. It was a tough one, but I did learn that I can ditch the pasta, ri... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:29:39 EST Has it been that long? Geez, I haven't posted anything in a while. Well, probably because I haven't been too proud of my progress. Or lack thereof. <BR> I use the calorie tracker almost every day. I had a Weight Watchers account that I used also. One day, I posted my "points" and even though I thought I ate really healthy and normal sized portions, I was over in points and still had the rest of dinner to get through. So I clicked on over to here. I put the same exact food in, same exact totals and guess what? It wa... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 10:02:01 EST Chuggin' Along I've been pretty proud of the way I've been handling things lately. When I'm out and about, I keep safe snacks with me, drink plenty of water and generally keep myself portion controlled. I've kept to a meal plan, chose to keep my carb grams less than 100, and generally found that I can lose a pound or two with that intake. All in all I've had a good feeling about my health in general. <BR> <BR> The bonus of these choices is better sleep and less achiness in general. I challenged myself to a... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:13:49 EST Return of the Chunky So today, I actually WORKED OUT. I mean, weights, aerobics, the things that make you remember the 80's; mambos and cha-chas, and repeater knees, oh my! <BR> <BR> For a while I was doing what I figured were functionally fit activities like hiking, kayaking, wandering around the grocery store... Evidently, you don't burn a heck of a lot of calories with that last one. Huh. Bummer. So when I saw the boot camp challenge here on SP, I was a little nervous to commit, but I have to tell you that N... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:19:51 EST