DANI253's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DANI253 DANI253'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/ An extra hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609102 What would I do with an extra hour a day? I'd spend it with my family. Evenings are hard and work schedules don't help. Lately, I've been less set on 8pm bed time for my youngest, and spending that extra 30 minutes connecting with him. It makes a difference, I think. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:23:23 EST Mom in law http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603895 My mom in law is in the hospital with complications from out of control blood sugar. She has been in a week and they are just starting to talk about her heading home. She is going home with damaged kidneys, insulin, and possibly more. <BR> <BR> I've sat with her for days and I know her struggle. I live it every day. We cried and laughed and talked carbs and I have renewed commitment to my lifestyle change. It's hard, but not as hard as what she is going through now. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:22:14 EST Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596908 I have always been inspired by quotes, little pieces of truth or humor. Today's quote that inspires me is: one day I want to honestly say, I did it! Yes! <BR> <BR> Focusing on how far I've come should help, along with really using the tools I have. :) Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:19:17 EST Eye on the prize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592852 I have slipped in to the habit of just not counting my calories. I feel like I have a good grasp init during the day, but even ing hits and it's all been out the window. I tracked today and I'm trying in focusing on one day at a time. Today, I did it! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:45:12 EST Land if the living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575572 Nothing like the stomach flu to take the wind out of your sails. It was a doozy and hit every member if the family, all spread out over a week of quezzy joy. Here's to feeling healthy again! Good way to start the week (not to mention a whole new year)! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:24:48 EST Looking forward to 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572245 Just like so many others, I have made New Years resolutions about getting healthy for years. This year, I am excited about how successful I will be. I'm am a little scared about stepping on the scale tomorrow, but I know I'll have success in 2014! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:08:33 EST 3 good things this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563517 Our family walked a 5k! <BR> <BR> I made it home in time to eat and go see my youngest sons winter concert. And he participated! Woot! <BR> <BR> I am participating in a great training at work! I think the subject is important and I am excited about how to apply the information in my work. <BR> <BR> What a good exercise for me today. I'm feeling down that the scale went up a bit when I weighed in this morning. Not that I should be surprised....but ug. <BR> <BR> I needed that bright shi... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:45:52 EST Walked my First 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561416 My niece has Juvenile Arthritus and her mom posted awhile back that she was going to be doing the Jingle Bell Run in her honor and asked if anyone wanted to join her. I said that I would walk it before I chickened out. And then for the next couple of months, I prayed for a nasty snowy day so that I could beg off because of the weather. <BR> <BR> Last week arrived and I realized that I wasn't going to get out of it for weather and I was so nervous! Can I make it? I have been walking qui... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:37:27 EST Going shopping makes me feel... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557542 Still not so great. I love that 30lbs lighter makes the clothes I have feel big, but honestly, I don't want to buy anything in this size either! I have no intention of spending money for this size! It's temporary. I do have clothes I can now wear that I couldn't before, so I don't need anything. I cannot wait to go shopping not in the plus section! I remember having to make the transition up, and it was a hard day...getting to go down is coming and I am super excited. That will be a fun s... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:07:40 EST Friends-positive influence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556726 I think my friends are for the most part positive. I definitely have people in my life that will encourage a dessert or something, but don't push if I say no thanks. It has been really great that friends and family have noticed that I have lost weight, that feels great! Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:58:32 EST Who else is benefitting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550704 It is easy to say, superficially, that my kids are benefitting, but when I really think about it, I guess they are. Exercise was not part of my household growing up, but it is now part of ours. I can say I exercise, pretty much daily, and not be fibbing! Woot!! <BR> <BR> I am also now a veggie eater, not just a buyer. Oh, I have always bought a ton of fresh veggies, but now we eat them! I actually ran out of a Costco tub of lettuce, because we ate it. What!? We ate the whole thing! We di... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:53:52 EST Best part of today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550288 Venting at my husband. I had a ton of incredibly annoying little issues to deal with this morning and it felt great to get to let it out and let go of it! Thanks, honey!! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:18:51 EST Health Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548403 I guess the hardest thing for me lately is tracking my food. I tracked for a solid 3 months and felt like I had it down, but I just haven't budged the scale for a few weeks and it must be that I'm not eating as well as I think. This time I year will be hard too, lots of opportunities to eat crap. Or over eat. I have a plan for thanksgiving, and have committed to myself to track food again. <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 12:14:49 EST Best part of my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547355 The best part of my day today was listening toy youngest son re-tell the excitement of having a SeaHawk visit the school today. So excited! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:48:47 EST One sentence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544216 Today I am feeling proud of myself for making changes I had thought about for years. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:57:00 EST Best part of today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540299 So far, the highlight of the day is seeing a colleague I hadn't seen in a few months and she immediately said, "you've lost weight! You look fantastic!" <BR> <BR> How nice was that! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:58:47 EST Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531933 I am powerless in the face of a Twix bar. Fun size Snickers call my name. I have done so well in the last few months, but it is time to face facts. I have to stop justifying eating all of the candy laying around the house. Just because I walked, I don't get to eat candy. One Twix won't hurt but one every time I walk by the bag...maybe not such a good idea. It is in my mouth before I even really think about it. <BR> <BR> So...my commitment to myself. One cup of water for each piece. Water to... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:42:16 EST Improvements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511522 I have noticed a few improvements since starting my more healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> First I can walk further and faster then before. My calves don't burn like they did before. I love that my pants are looser and my face has slimmed a bit. <BR> <BR> Down 26lbs - I often think about how much that is in hand weights or bags of sugar. Lots to go, but I'm pretty proud of getting here. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 12:29:25 EST Eating right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500213 The hardest thing for me right now is eating right. I do pretty well when we have meals planned for the week (and we did that yesterday!), but if I don't have a plan, choosing healthy options is so hard! It is silly really, I know that salad is a better choice. But when I open my mouth to order it, I say cheese burger and fries. I say to my self, I'll just have a few (ha!). No plan for dinner Friday and pizza is so easy! So...I had it Friday and lunch Saturday. And Saturday. And then power ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:03:58 EST 3 good things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499610 Good walks in. <BR> <BR> Did not buy lunch. <BR> <BR> Getting up early worked out. <BR> <BR> Honestly, last week wasn't stellar. I am trying to focus on brushing myself off an as tarting again. This week I go up another 500 steps a day. I haven't been hitting my goal as it is! Ug. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 20:25:15 EST 3 things going well this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487790 Getting my steps in and going for a walk. <BR> <BR> Logging food <BR> <BR> Checking in every day Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:23:40 EST How I feel in 5 words or less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482618 Nervous, accomplished, proud, happy and blessed! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:07:53 EST Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468294 Because I want to feel great <BR> Because I want to look good <BR> Because I want to stop wearing out pants in the thighs <BR> Because I want to paint my toes <BR> Because I want to want to go to my reunion <BR> Because I don't want diabetes <BR> Because I want to look like the person I think I look like <BR> Because I want my kids to be proud of me <BR> Because I want my husband to be proud of me <BR> Because I hate being the fat sister <BR> Because I don't want to be embarrassed to be naked... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:52:30 EST 3 good things last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466075 Last week was rough at work. I've been trying to sort out the goodness in it, so funny this was the assignment today. A Good thing is that even in difficult situations, I have great support. <BR> <BR> My youngest son had a great party and felt loved and my husband would do anything for me. <BR> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:25:48 EST Distractions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465034 Move upstairs <BR> Go for walk <BR> Knit <BR> Call Kara <BR> Read <BR> Read to boys <BR> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:37:18 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462971 Today I am grateful for my husband for his encouragement and love. I am grateful for my body, that I can walk without pain and am making changes to stay that way. I am grateful for the beauty around me that makes walking enjoyable. I am grateful for healthy happy kids, because there are so many who struggle with illness and injury. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:10:30 EST Other folks benefitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455087 It feels great to be working towards a healthier life with my partner. Him being on board is a huge support and I love him even more for it. <BR> <BR> In the past, it felt like I was in it alone, but not anymore. I love seeing his transformation. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:49:24 EST For today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453853 I will take the stairs. <BR> I will walk in to the office. <BR> I will eat a healthy lunch (and enjoy it)! <BR> I will walk outside once during the day. <BR> Today is my day!! Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:01:35 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449819 When was the last time I challenged myself with a goal. Learning to knit. Big goal, commitment and challenging. But I did it. I can make beautiful things and I am proud of that. I love to give my work away. I love to talk with people about learning how. It was hard, but I did it. Good to think of that that way. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:56:09 EST Old clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448887 Hmmm. What to do with old clothes. I have held on to so many smaller sizes waiting for the time I'll get back in them, but never considered having the larger sizes handy. I resented a friend passing me her old far clothes. I think I will pitch it all. Save one pair of jeans an let the rest go! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 13:36:30 EST It does matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430491 Whenever I overeat or snack on something I shouldn't, the voice in the back of my head says, "it doesn't matter". One more cookie, a pint of ice cream...eat it now because you will eat it later. It doesn't matter. Oh, evil little voice. Yes, it matters!! I don't have to eat something just because it is there. Or if I have one, I don't need six. Every bite matters. <BR> <BR> I am a thrifty person (aka cheap!). I get not spending a dollar more than I have too...why didn't I think of calori... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:59:46 EST Stupid Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418761 My scale sucks. Well, I blame the scale because it is evil, but it might not be its fault. My bathroom floor is slate, so not even at all, so I have to weigh in the kitchen. Today, in the kitchen it said I was down 25 lbs this week. Hot damn...but of course, I don't remember at 6 am what I weighed last week and I was never good at mental math, that number looked fantastic (well, for me right now), maybe off, but I wasn't sure. <BR> <BR> So I ask my husband what he thought and he says it... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:15:56 EST