CRYSALLIS1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CRYSALLIS1 CRYSALLIS1'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/ Yay, I got it Going On Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764897 Up early. Checking off a BIG TO DO LIST. I pretty much always keep up with everyday household chores but sooner or later the dust piles a little to high in the corners, things need reorganized etc. exactly what I'm doing today. Also working on my daughters wedding tasks. Ironing shirts, peeling very stuck stickers off glassware etc. Organizing TO GO totes etc. So excited; bought them a Kitchen Aid. Yes, you can make allot if unhealthy things with it but there are plenty of health things too. ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:33:29 EST A Simple To Do For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764410 8 <em>91</em> <em>88</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:28:06 EST Thanks to All who Keep on Keeping On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764393 I don't get on this website much of late. I sorta don't feel worthy of it. Busy with many changes at work, daughters wedding, & life in general. I just can't pull my energy together in the right direction to do one more thing. I realize the importance of taking care of myself but just can't seem to be consistent. I also know the benefits of it all. <BR> However, I must say I'm encouraged & feel hopeful when I read the blogs of my lovely Spark Friends who are winning the battle & to those t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:45:31 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746298 Internet access is hard to come by here so I won't be posting again until Monday. I'm at my camper. A minimum walk of 30 minutes each day is planned. 60 minutes for today. I'm we'll on my way with water for today . Garden produce is abundant and is my main menu item. I'll report back Monday night or Tuesday. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:21:10 EST Day 1 again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746056 Day 3 didn't happen <BR> Fell asleep much earlier then planned. I was exhausted. Don't think I moved a muscle all night. So we're back to day 1 for exercise. 30 minute walk felt great tonight, Water is improving, <BR> Onward up word! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:18:36 EST Streak Day 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744617 Thanks everyone for your support on my last blog. I'm encouraged. I'm glad that somehow I was able to dust myself off & hit the road again. <BR> Day 1 I barely got my 10 minutes of fitness in. I did get 8 waters. Very busy with several tasks around the house I had been procrastinating about. So I feel better about meeting some goals. <BR> Day 2 I shopped after work for 6 hrs. Many returns & searching for things needed for my daughters wedding. Bra & shoes problem. Didn't find what I was w... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:00:48 EST My Biggest Accomplishment is that I'm Still Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743202 I'm ashamed & have pondered putting my page offline. I have great ideas & plans but never seem to advance far with doing them. Too many excuses that I not even going to list. <BR> Am I just using this as a social network? I don't really think so. If I wasn't here my weight would probably be much higher. I love Spark. The whole concept is my answer. <BR> To simplify all this my plan for today is 10 minutes of exercise & 8 waters. Perhaps too simple but it's where I'm at. I'll report back to... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:17:01 EST Status Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730310 Great weekend with a family wedding. Sunday worked on flowers & other details all day. Monday off doing wedding errands all day with my daughter for hers'. It was fun we never went together to do that before. Tuesday night cleaning & organizing. More of the same tonight plus packing for a 3 day weekend. Mosquitos are horrid & appear much larger then usual. Plenty of storm clean up. Thats becoming a little too routine. The yards are nothing but standing water. Nutritionally I'm greatly impro... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:51:55 EST I'm Walking the Walk Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727766 I have a real busy weekend however I have my health goals in mind today. I'm Walking the Health Road today. It's official, I'm back on program. <em>88</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:27:16 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727393 I reviewed my goals and was ready to make some edits. My previous goals are my goals & programs that I still believe in. Really nothing much to edit. <BR> My barriers... <BR> Stopping my old ingrained habits. <BR> On the Go during my work day. Not always able to access refrigeration or a microwave during my work day. <BR> Fluctuating work schedule. <BR> Busy schedule after work. <BR> Tired , stress,& and a bought of the blues. <BR> Food Greed. <BR> Burning the Candle at both ends. <BR> Li... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:07:17 EST The Next Step.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724636 I'm feeling better mentally. My spirit is content. Now to <em>88</em> take care of my body. <BR> Eat a healthy breakfast. Pack a healthy lunch. 8 glasses of water. Finish the day with a supper that keeps me in range. Track my food . 20 minutes of elliptical. It may sound simple but it will be a challenge. I'll report back in the morning. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:54:49 EST Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723870 My office is fairly organized now. Just have a few small projects that need sorted. Hoping they will come & do the small remodeling project that is planned soon. It will be much easier to concentrate on my work when all of this is done. My co-worker will be so surprised when she returns today. <BR> I cleaned a fair amount this weekend at home. It's my mission to get as much as possible done this week. <BR> Lots of To Do tasks for my daughters fall wedding. But were making progress there too... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:06:54 EST I have been a Cleaning Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720925 I'm on a mission to clean & organize both at home & work. Making much progress it feels great! With as crazy & hectic as things have been it's necessary for my mental well being. <BR> I do need to work on fitting cardio exercise in too. Haven't bought groceries for awhile & trying to clean out the fridge, freezer, & cupboards a little. Cooking more often which is great. I do need to stop to get some fresh veggies sometime soon. My stress & blues are improved. Yay, I'm making a comeback. <e... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:00:24 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719631 I did much better yesterday, I just did it even if I wasn't feeling it. Had a sweets meltdown but I was still much improved. Went to bed late last night due to storms. Tired today but ready to repeat my actions of yesterday; minus the chocolate. <em>334</em> Did allot of reorganizing at work & home last night. Very productive day. <em>88</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:41:29 EST Just for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718940 Just for today I did my hair & makeup. Just for today I put on a bright top & a summer skirt. Just for today I put on a smile & will only allow positive thoughts. Just for today I packed a delicious salad & mixed melons. <BR> As I walked out to go to work I felt a light breeze. The sky was a brilliant blue with big white puffy clouds. The birds were cheerily singing. <BR> This day will be a great day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875858491.jpg"> <BR> <em>88</... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:54:07 EST Me Update.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718687 Spent about 8 hrs searching on line for everyplace I could think of. Really like JJHouse but there is a no return policy & I'm afraid. It's also out of the country. Not sure what shipping would be. Has anyone ordered from there? About every dress I like anywhere else goes up to size 16 only. I need 18 or larger. Daughters colors are a shade of purple, silver & black. I'm not wearing purple. Unless it's a dark silver I look horribly washed out. I have dark hair. Tried on a black one I liked y... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 21:13:03 EST Need a Mother of the Bride Dress & Suggestions ASAP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717582 Looking for a black formal mother of the bride dress. Need it by September 2014. Looking for on line & dept store suggestions. Pls private message me as I'm not sure you can mention store names here. Need size 18 woman's. The dresses I like the best on line are out of the country & NO refund. Hoping to get something to cover my upper arms. Lace or sheer is ok. PS I'm back from vacation a few days early so I get get some things done. <em>88</em> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 01:25:37 EST Exercise Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711680 Right now I have 0 Fitness Minutes for the month. My goal for this week is a minimum of 30 minutes per day for the next 10 days. Aiming for 300-500 minutes during that time. Watch my ticker zip along! <BR> And For a little test of my humor...I laced up my shoes & put the pups leashes on. Then I felt a plop of wetness on my arm. I looked up for an offending bird or something. I chose to walk a little further & see what happens. Apparently I was standing under a single rain cloud :)! It wasn... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 23:02:57 EST Truly Unbelievably Busy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711618 Over the past 4 years my job has been really busy & intense. Over the last few weeks it. Ramped up more yet! Never an excuse for poor choices but that's what I have been doing. To sum it up I'm rushing, rushing, rushing all the time. Making rushed & cruddy choices. I have put pretty much all volunteer activities on hold. I do take time out for family. Nothing I can do about my workload. I believe in my work & that's just the way it is right now. <BR> My daughters wedding is in 3 months. I had... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:44:01 EST I must get myself in order http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710272 So busy. So tired. I just need to find time to evaluate & get on track. Grocery shopping tonight; a chance to get it right. <em>88</em> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 06:56:55 EST Full Report to come soon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709353 Thanks for the push for a full report. Super busy right but I'll report in a day if two. I do remember my own advice to never quit. So I'm here. <em>88</em> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:10:50 EST KEEP GOING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707305 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l3279460.jpg"> <em>88</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 08:08:09 EST I will Not Quit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704799 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476121678.jpg"> <em>88</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:26:50 EST Incredibly busy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699723 I have been so incredibly & unavoidably busy both at work & home. Struggling to keep up health habits the best I can. I think I'm loosing the war. I promise myself I will strive to make as many good choices as possible. I won't quit my health plan ever but my attempt at it recently has been dismal at best. Hopefully brighter more manageable days are ahead. <em>88</em> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:50:34 EST My lunch is packed for tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694456 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1440338720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will add some Pom juice & Pear Infused Vinegar. So glad I made a trip to the fresh food asile at Sam's tonight. <em>334</em> <em>88</em> Tue, 13 May 2014 21:50:09 EST I Need Food Tracker Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693752 I held to my goals for the day except nutrition has room for improvement. I'm feeling motivated & ready to take on my tasks. I had a major problem entering food on my tracker. It was such a slow process that I actually dozed off. Any hints to make this a quicker process? <em>88</em> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:37:22 EST I'm Feeling a Spark Despite the Rain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693149 Interrupted sleep last night due to concerns for severe storms & tornados. Thankfully none was too severe here. More on the way all day <em>40</em> . I lift up my prayers to people who were affected by severe weather. <BR> <BR> I'm tired today but feeling like my Spark is back. Might be all that lightening? <BR> <BR> Had a relaxing weekend with my husband and friends. Great day with the kids yesterday. My grandchildren were the sweetest part. <BR> <BR> So what am I going to do with th... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:58:49 EST Happy Mothers' Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1211803691.jpg"> <BR> Looks like a great gift idea! <BR> <em>88</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 23:23:09 EST It's a slow process .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690900 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199952987.jpg"> <em>88</em> Thu, 8 May 2014 22:21:50 EST Some Inspiration from above. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689534 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 <BR> Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. <BR> <em>88</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 07:57:28 EST Today's the Day I get back on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689526 It's been over a week that I slipped off the path. Good bye stress. Good bye blues. Hello healthy Me. My smile is out of my pocket. My mind is ready too. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l270025687.jpg"> <em>88</em> Wed, 7 May 2014 07:48:11 EST Create in Me a Clean Heart God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688656 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1163422125.jpg"> <em>88</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 07:00:10 EST Mid Vacation Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682389 Rest, relaxation, reading, getting some Bible study in, laughs with friends, fresh air. Talked to all the kids on the phone over the weekend. Not as much exercise as hoping for due to the constant rain. Planning on Pilates in the camper the rest of the week. Nutrition fair. Lots of freggies in the fridge for the rest of the week. Cleaning & reorganizing today. Coffee with a friend this morning. Life is good. I'm feeling blessed. <em>334</em> <em>88</em> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:29:28 EST My Confession..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678305 Confession: <BR> Last week was so busy with a short work week, opening our camper for the season, and a large Easter gathering at our house on Sunday. My nutrition & exercise suffered. Exercise minutes were honestly hard to come by. I did make up for several minutes over the weekend. Cute little chocolate bunnies & coconut eggs were on the attack too. Not enough freggies during the week. I did not fall completely but took a big stumble. My excuses for the most part are valid. My actions ar... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:36:55 EST He Arose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677528 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095687681.jpg"> <em>88</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:56:47 EST Seven Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677525 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l3699428.jpg"> <em>88</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:49:53 EST Holy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674075 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l867168955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1409340194.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1670981653.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l173385820.jpg"> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:03:17 EST Too busy for my own good :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673178 Working a short week but lots of hours. Getting the house ready for Easter. Not that Jesus cares or my family but I will feel renewed when it's done. To think I have been working on this for a month or so. Leaving Thursday to stay at the resort my camper is at. Took a vacation day for Good Friday. Ready for the peaceful time with my husband. Hurrying home Easter morning to spend time with family. Celebration is at my house. My daughter is going to get the ham in the oven for me. Last Fitness... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:03:32 EST Yesterday was very stressful. Here's a Note for Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672545 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1061906610.jpg"> <em>88</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:04:30 EST I Walked into the Conveience store with all it's Temptations. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671808 I bought a bottle of orange juice <em>478</em> & a bunch of bananas <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> That's right no rolls, no chocolate, no breakfast sandwiches, no pop. Didn't even want them. <em>88</em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:39:13 EST Have No Regrets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671745 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812804542.jpg"> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:57:24 EST He Meant That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671157 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1172796077.jpg"> <em>88</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:34:08 EST Ending a Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670786 Nice day; many chores accomplished. My daughter & her rescued puppy came for a visit too. Planned to work out tonight when all the hub bub was done. Couldn't do it this morning as hubby was anxious to check off our to do list. Now it's storming. & I'm not comfortable working out just in case we need to take shelter. Definitely can't take a shower with this weather either. The rain should clean everything off & green it up. So I will be renewed in an unexpected manner. I vow to make up my lost... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:38:09 EST A Quick Update including some Non Scale Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670126 A busy work week. Also getting ready to go to our resort where are our camper is. Yard work & preparing the house for Easter guests too. <BR> I missed out exercising Wednesday night & tonight. I was ahead in minutes with a goal of 50 per day. As of tonight I'm only behind by 30 minutes. I should more then make up for it over the weekend. I didn't log my food the past 2 days. Actually fell asleep twice last night while trying to get it done. <em>102</em> . I will get it entered later the bes... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:39:25 EST A Not So Simple Math Lesson For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667161 So "they say" the rule is one should cut about 3,500 calories in a week to loose 1 lb. Or 500 calories per day. <BR> I just started tracking again. I have my reasons I didn't before. The main reasons being it takes allot of time. ETL is not based on calories. Last but not least is that I can just cut back & eye it for portion size. I'm sure we all now the success rate that most of us experience with that plan. <BR> So about 2 weeks ago I started tracking. Often after the fact. My weekly cal... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:33:26 EST Keep Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665827 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1469687071.jpg"> <em>88</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:30:47 EST Dare to Love Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664174 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629532870.jpg"> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:04:53 EST April Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662573 April 1st. I attended a conference that had me away for 14 hrs. Somehow I managed to come home & do 60 minutes of Elliptical & 5 of strength. My goal was 50 minutes. Also did laundry & other household chores for an hr. It all felt good after hours of sitting. I intended to get some exercise on a break but it wasn't possible. <BR> It would have been just as easy to change into jammies then go sit in my recliner. Nutrition was pretty good too. Lots of freggies. Some way word chocolate tr... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:19:29 EST 30 months Later & I'm a Finally Consistently Changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662380 I have been on a Spark for 30 months & have had very little scale success & it's totally my fault. This site is best. I know what to do but the articles & conversations with real people help me adjust my plan. My problem is consistency. I have made several small changes. I eat many more fruits & veggies. I quit drinking pop. I gave up artificial sweeteners. I eat cleaner. I exercise more. I have experimented with different plans. I have consistently evaluated what's working or not. I ask my... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:56:23 EST I flew past my exercise goal for March, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661283 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170833069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I planned for 500 Fitness Minutes. Then decided why wait until next month for 750 minutes. Tonight I sealed it with a <em>212</em> And added 10 more minutes for the love of it. <BR> <BR> Onto Aprils' 50 minute per day Exercise challenge. It's a steep one but I accept the challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:00:26 EST