CRYSALLIS1's SparkPeople Blog CRYSALLIS1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Struggling a bit since the weekend. Tomorrows another day. Dang cookies & tastes of the season. Love it all to my detriment. So busy with all the things that keep us busy this time of year. Life is good; just lots to do. <BR> I vow to not let a few days of misteps predict the rest of the month. I will not allow an all or nothing mindset ruin my plans & goals. <BR> I vow to finish the week strong. <em>88</em> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:53:47 EST Reporting In Last week I fit exercise in 3 days. I ate quite healthy 4 days of the week. Christmas cookies snuck in a few of the others. It was a busy week with work, family, friends, & Christmas shopping. Much room for improvement but I have remained mindful of my goals & by no means have thrown in the towel. Wishing you all a healthful week. <em>88</em> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 20:04:05 EST I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.... Feeling a little owly <em>24</em> for several reasons since yesterday but I won't let it spoil my day. None of them are good reasons. Time to change it up. <em>30</em> <BR> On my way to pack a healthy lunch & grab some fruit for breakfast. <em>373</em> <em>194</em> <em>265</em> Christmas music will be available on the radio. <em>445</em> I have been eager for that. I have some Christmas shopping to do afterwork. <em>446</em> I'm looking forward to that. I need to fit in... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:21:10 EST Down 1 lb after Thanksgiving I unfortunately did not have a stellar nutrition or exercise week. I did pass up several opportunities to eat things with way too many calories. I'm back on my full program today. So relieved the damage was minimal & I lost not gained. :). I did have a great weekend with family. Now to move forward with my health goals. Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:54:43 EST Nutrition is on Track Today! So far today my nutrition has been simple but yummy. Apple with a tsp. of melted caramel, & tablespoon peanuts, an orange, steamed spinach, coffee, 5 waters, almond milk, hummus, & some light crackers. Veggies would have been better for the hummus but I didn't get them cleaned & cut since I bought them last night. Next time. Anyway 2 meals done for the day & I have over 1/2 of my calories left. I feel full & satiated. I also tracked everything. My menu is simple & healthy for tonight. I vow t... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:34:01 EST Love the Spark App I have only had a personal smart phone for a few months. I love it. What I love it best for is the Spark People Mobile App. I'm just beginning to learn how to really use it. I decided to log my food yesterday. Novel idea to success huh? So much quicker on the app! I also scanned something. Didn't know it had that capability. Wow! I also love tracking exercise on the app. Did I just say that? If I keep this up I might find myself experiencing wt loss! Imagine that! Carry on Spark Friends. Hav... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:51:38 EST I'm so Thankful for Spark Friends I have some wonderful Spark Friends new & old that believe in me. It means so much. We all have goals & aspirations that sometimes last for only about one more day after you write them. Only one time in my life did I follow consistency that took me very close to my goal. Can't call me a YoYo dieter anyway. :(. That was over 25 years ago. Somehow I still have that Spark in me that knows I will get this done & meet my goals. It means so much to me that strangers from around the globe take pr... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:31:52 EST Short Term Goal I vow to not have to lay on the bed to button these jeans by 12/31/14! <em>9</em> <em>88</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:45:49 EST I'm standing on the Borderline. I was scared this year to get all my lab & x-Ray results. No call for a week seemed like good news. Mammogram was normal. I'm relieved. After my modified neck resection a few years ago I'm always a little nervous. At that time they found no cause for my enlarged lymph nodes. But it was a terrifying time. No one seemed to believe me that I wasn't sick. Praise the Lord I was right! I knew it in my heart but everyone else thought I was in denial. All seems in check there. <BR> I never had an el... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:13:57 EST This week so far.... Deep cleaning most of the day yesterday. This included moving furniture, and hauling around a vacuum cleaner. Even got the pups shamppoed. Dozens of trips up & down the stairs hauling boxes of decorations to decorate the tree. I didn't get it all decorated & will work on it the next two days afterwork. Church meetings tonight so it will be hard to get too much done. I vow to get back on the elliptical tomorrow morning. I don't usually count fitness minutes when cleaning but I did the last 2 d... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:28:55 EST I DID IT!!!! I EXERCISED THIS MORNING!!!!!! Up at 5 am, promised myself 15 minutes elliptical. Did 30 minutes. I'm on 2 day streak. Not so much but then again it's huge compared to the last several months. I did Hrs & hrs of deep cleaning Sunday. So much more to do but I know the importance of one little bite at a time. <em>211</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday all! <em>347</em> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:37:58 EST It's Sunday & I'm Off to a great start! I promised a friend & myself some exercise this weekend.I was aiming for 15. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. I went to church today. I made a great lunch. I have been cleaning & organizing all day. My alarm is set at 0500 AM. My workout clothes are resting at the foot of my bed. A healthy lunch is packed. <em>43</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>88</em> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 22:30:04 EST My new sectional is coming this week. Need suggestions. We have been looking for new furniture for a few months. Didn't know I was so picky! Finally found one that is supportive, the right price, & I like the style. Now I need suggestions where on line I might want to look for decorative pillows. Haven't found exactly what I want yet. <em>88</em> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:09:11 EST I'm Focusing on being Thankful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have so many blessings to be thankful for. No more blues. No more letting stress conquer. <em>88</em> <BR> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:30:38 EST I actually got a real break yesterday what did I choose to do? It was the last week at the ice cream store. It was unseasonably warm. I was craving chocolate, hamburgers, fries, & ice cream. Yumm! <em>493</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> So what did I do? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I went for a walk & climbed 8 flights of stairs! <em>311</em> I ate my salad. <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:49:02 EST Very Nice Weekend Seen all my children & grandchildren this weekend. Enjoyed a family celebration. Seen some friends. Seen some church family I haven't seen for a longtime. Spent some time in reflection & prayer. Got some organizing done. Did not overeat. Sun is shining. All the things that I needed to restore my soul. <em>88</em> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:39:19 EST Putting Strength to the Test As I posted my blog this morning I knew I needed to read it & absorb it. My strength & the strength of the persons I care about is being put to the test. I have never faced such a long stretch of rough seas before. Things could be incredibly worse so I don't want to complain. On the other hand it's difficult to have so many days with knots in my stomach & my whole body so tense. I miss equilibrium in my life. I have put on a smile & made the best of things the last several weeks. But today my... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:51:59 EST Here's to STRONG Woman! <img src=""> <em>88</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:48:08 EST You Can Get Through This <img src="">. <em>88</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:01:03 EST I tripped yesterday. Cheers to a new day! Busy, uncertain day yesterday. On the go & not in situations I could drink much of anything. Granddaughters Birthday party last night. I passed up several unhealthy choices but didn't make as many good ones as I should have. I brushed my teeth when I got home & went straight to bed. I was so tired. I sure did enjoy my evening though. <em>383</em> <BR> Today is a new day. Same goals as yesterday. <em>194</em> <em>550</em> <em>88</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:09:41 EST Week 2 Challenge Same as week 1 <BR> 5 Freggies <BR> 8 waters <BR> Add 10 minutes of exercise per day. <BR> My goals may seem simple but they are a real challenge for me. They are also the top things that are key to my sucess. <BR> I lost 2.8# s last week. Started 250.8. Now 248. <em>88</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:50:51 EST No Secret <img src=""> <em>88</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:53:06 EST Just a Quick Note All is well. I'm on track. Just busy the past few days. Ready for some slumber now. I'll elaborate more later. Planning to finish the week strong. <em>88</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:55:04 EST Strength <img src=""> <em>88</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:25:26 EST I must have worn my Red Shoes today ! 8 H20 <em>194</em> <BR> 8 Freggies <em>478</em> <em>550</em> <em>45</em> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> <em>369</em> <em>284</em> <em>485</em> <em>210</em> <BR> <BR> Challenge Goals Met for the day. <BR> <BR> As a little bonus.... <BR> <BR> 10 minutes of floor exercise planned. 100 % commitment to the idea. <BR> <BR> I passed up chips, flavored sugared coffee, & chocolate today. <BR> <BR> Now I'm off to get a few hours of house chores done. <BR> <em>88</... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:20:51 EST Challenge On! Day 1 I have NEVER completed a challenge yet. I have set two goals to follow until Thanksgiving. I have joined Christians with 100 lbs to loose Challenge. My goals seem so simple. When I don't follow these two basic steps I let non nutrious foods replace them. I put a ticker on my page as a reminder that I have accepted a challenge. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> 5 Freggies/ day. <BR> <BR> I'll report back tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 04:37:14 EST The Secret is You! <img src=""> <em>88</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 22:26:50 EST My Response to Spark Guys Weekly Progress Blog I'm so glad you asked. After several months of back sliding I'm getting back on track with so many things. <BR> 1. Positive I can do it attitude dominated <BR> 2. Increased freggies. <BR> 3. Even though I didn't feel like it I stayed active until bedtime each night & got many neglected chores completed. <BR> 4. Reconnected with the Spark world after a few months of minimal activity. <BR> 5. I installed the Spark & Spark Quotes App on my new iPhone & love them. Only downside is its a shared... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:26:54 EST My blog disappeared. I wrote a long blog defining my goals & current weaknesses including a plan of action. Somehow I lost it before I posted it. :(. I'm out of time this morning but I will rewrite it again very soon. I will keep those goals in my mind & take action today. Have a great day Spark Friends. <em>88</em> Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:25:46 EST I'm a Grandmother. What does this mean? I'm a grandmother. How could this be? It seems like it was yesterday when I was a Mother for the first time. Time flew and all the children are in the 20's. I don't think this makes me old as I had feared so many years ago. Being a grandmother sort of feels like being a mother but a wise Mother. There are so many things I wish I knew then that I know now. I would feed them more nutritionally sound food then. Don't get me wrong they did not live on fast food or fried food, or junk food. I tri... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:43:56 EST I'm getting on the right track! I'm getting on track! <em>41</em> Oh, the possibilities! <em>88</em> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:23:32 EST Ready for a Walk today & Eating plenty of veggies. <em>313</em> <BR> <em>550</em> I'll report back. <em>88</em> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:02:15 EST Back to Work for 3 Days then Vacation again & Misc. Back to work for 3 days then a real vacation. <em>534</em> Should be very relaxing this time as not so many things I have to do now. It's a bustling 3 days at home & work to get ready again but I'll try to "suffer" through to vacation. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My Mother of the Bride dress was long black with lace at the top & roughed on the side. My heels were satin like, a peak toe, & a little diamond like clasp. I even got a manicure & pedicure for the first time. <em>346</em> I w... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:05:31 EST Seems like Jupiter is aligning with Mars My daughters wedding was great. All went well. Busy putting everything back to pre wedding status. Last week I also made allot of headway at work. Seems like Jupiter might be aligning with Mars so its getting time for some serious work on me. The weather is cool. The garden has been great. Hoping I'm not kicked off my teams on Spark. Missing my Spark world. Here I go! <em>88</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:10:48 EST Update 10 more days until my daughters wedding. It's exciting. The To Do List for it is fun & manageable. <em>337</em> <BR> Working hard to get caught up at work. I will be better able to handle my stressors if I feel a little less back logged. Just need some quieter days. <em>303</em> <BR> Walked all over the mall last night. Felt great to put one foot in front of the other & keep moving. <em>311</em> <BR> Liking the cooler weather. Wore several sundresses this summer. Unfortunately the... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:01:02 EST Things are looking up! Things are looking up. Thank you for your support dear Spark friends! <em>88</em> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:39:35 EST It's morning Woke up with a headache. Tossed & turned last night. Praying that with some ibuprofen & a cup of coffee I'll be ready to face the day. And a heavy dose of prayers. <BR> <BR> My goal for today is 8 waters. <em>88</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:14:45 EST Whew, I'm exhausted today! Stayed up very late checking off RSVP's. <em>128</em> I need nap & only been up 20 minutes. <em>102</em> Amazing how many people forget to respond either way. <em>52</em> Sent lots of messages Hopefully they will roll in in the next few days. <em>38</em> <BR> Stayed within calories yesterday. Did not drink enough water. On the run all day so hard to do. <BR> I do vow to not let my work & personal schedule throw me to the lions <em>241</em> I'll work really hard on getting my ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:07:31 EST Struggled Today but I'm Encouraged Back to work today. Lots of recent changes & a very heavy workload. Love my job & will likely be there until I retire. Just a stressful time. <BR> Hard to stay focused on my health goals today. Two positives are that I enjoyed returning to Spark tonight. I packed a healthy lunch today.I did slip up by forgetting my goals & ate some stress with a visit to the vending machine. Tomorrow's another day. I'm worn out but somehow still feel encouraged. Praise be to God. <BR> Spent sometime welco... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:21:46 EST So Glad to be back So glad to be back on Spark again. As I said recently I'm busier then ever right now but it feels good to be taking a few steps forward to meeting my health goals. Had a nice time off from work. A little R & R, several wedding chores done, time with grandkids, time with my hubby, To Do Lists reorganized, & my house is a little cleaner. I assume work will be a challenge tomorrow but I will feel a little stronger after getting so many things done at home. It was a good week. <BR> I'm drinki... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:01:23 EST Today Update Checking off a To Do items one by one . On my feet running around the house & yard all day. Wearing out but feeling accomplished. I don't normally track housecleaning but this was all busier & a bit more strenuous then usual. Two beds to make & a laundry room to empty so I better get at it if I want somewhere to sleep tonight. Water goal met. Freggies a bit short. Didn't eat allot today but my stomach actually appreciated the rest I think. <em>88</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:18:31 EST Yay, I got it Going On Today! 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 8 <em>91</em> <em>88</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:28:06 EST Thanks to All who Keep on Keeping On! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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