DAWN220's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAWN220 DAWN220'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/ Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622290 WOW - what a winter. I have HAD ENOUGH! I am not sure why, but this winter is extremely hard. It feels like everyday is a struggle just to live life. It is time to put some positive into life that will help with the extreme emotions caused by being cooped up. What shall I do I am not sure. I think a walk or going with my family to do something fun like basketball. <BR> If you do not belong to a health club where do you go? I would really appreciate some ideas. I just need to get out... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:02:43 EST Busy Busy Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593651 Every Monday. My day starts at 6:30 am and does not quit until 7:30 pm. Unfortunately I do not have time to eat a decent dinner. <BR> What to do? I do know. I need to be prepared. Make a healthy sandwich and bag some carrot sticks that I can take and eat on my way to my daughters dance lessons. I am sure there are many of you that have this struggle daily. I could get through it but seem to "forget" to be prepared. I did have carrot sticks on the way to dance lessons and that did st... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:01:32 EST Cravings!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589097 Boy oh boy did I have a craving for chocolate last night. It was so strange to feel that way. Looking around the kitchen analyzing every cupboard, the refrigerator, the counters etc. Where did it get me? Well I did not have any chocolate that I could think of and so I got Chai tea, baked ships with cheese and salsa and went to my bedroom. After a while I totally forgot about the chocolate thing. <BR> There is cookies in the office this morning, but they are not chocolate so I am fine!!... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:06:38 EST Stressed Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584697 I did extremely well today with my food, but my emotions are out of control. I keep having to take an emotion break to get them under control. <BR> I believe that this is all because of how much went over the holidays. <BR> I am hoping the new year will bring fewer events. <em>24</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:21:08 EST Eating Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460015 I started the "Sugar" challenge last week. I feel sort of down today because I am struggling with detoxing on sugar. I guess that shows how dependant I am on sugar. It is sad that I feel I need it. Ice Cream is like a nightly "reward". What strategies should I use to overcome this? How did it get this bad? WOW the question just keep going and going and going. I really want to do this so somehow I will work through it. <BR> <em>230</em> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:25:25 EST Spark Coach Activities - 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426500 Again I am to write three accomplishments that I am proud of. This is hard just thinking about it. <BR> 1. I am back on the sparkpeople website and working hard at staying on task. <BR> 2. I have found a community team blog that I really like and have been blogging most days of the week. (5 thins week after today) <BR> 3. I am working on a new program at work to keep track of vendor research. <BR> 4. My family is volunteering for the Community Theatre/Bravo Music Group for all 6 days it is ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:30:39 EST Spark Coach Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260122 The Spark Coach video told me to write down 3 good things I have done recently. As he said it may be difficult, but here it goes: <BR> 1. Finally exploring alternatives for my daughters sinus issues. <BR> 2. Playing tonight at a fundraiser for High School Seniors for scholarships. Also, played piano for the Bravo Strings practice on Tuesday. ( I do this twice a week all school season long, but it is a good thing ) <BR> 3. Have not had a cookie at work even though I see them all day!!!!!! <BR... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:13:21 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197100 Have you ever had one of those times when you feel like everything is going bad and you feel a loss of hope and/or control. That is the way I feel today. I know it will go away, but I HATE feeling like that. What do you do to get yourself out of that feeling. <BR> I just cannot seem to break the cycle. Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:14:19 EST Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182292 My challenge for today is to plan my food for tomorrow. That is easy for me because during the week I always plan ahead. It is the same thing during the day every day for a week and I do not mind that. Then in the evening it is crock pot food or something that I have already made in the refrigerator to have the kids just put in the oven when they get home. <BR> Tomorrow will be a little different because it is New Years Day, but I still will eat similar and what I have planned for the we... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:36:08 EST My aching back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102589 I have had a back issue for years, but last year at this time it herniated. It was pushing on my nerves and cause extreme pain. A lot of people have this issue and keep on going with life, but I don't. I had the cortisone shot and it did get much better, but I still have an ache. Well, there in lies the problem, I have apprehension towards exercising. I am so scared that the only exercise I want to do is walk because everything else seems to enhance the "ache". Fortunately I start physi... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:42:41 EST My saboteurs' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076226 My hardest saboteur is a person that I love very much, my husband. He can eat as much or anything that he wants. It is very difficult for me. <BR> My second saboteur is my boss. He brings snacks in every Friday that are unhealthy. My desk has a direct view of the table. I have asked him to also bring healthy things, but no one else wants the good stuff. <BR> The third is a co-worker. He likes to bring in snacks to reward the staff. I think it makes him feel good also. I have asked hi... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 19:49:23 EST Keep it Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066397 I have learned this week that keeping it simple is what I need to do. I have a Curves meal planner at home and I use this. It is a magnet/white board that I can keep track of my food on, but I use it for planning my day. This is how I do it. <BR> 1. I plan before I shop what I am going to eat for lunch for the week (I eat the same thing every day). I need to do this to as I said "Keep it simple". <BR> 2. Then I take my planner with the food magnets and plan what I need to take to work e... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:00:33 EST How I waste time - based on SparkCoach lesson today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006731 Wasting time I do very well, but have been making progress. <BR> Emails - Only do them once a day. I am also getting rid of many emails I do not want by blocking the sender. This has made a huge difference. Think about how many times you hit delete instead of reading an email. I have cut my emails form 100 / day to about 20 / day. I still do not read many of these, but want to keep the option of reading them so I just delete. <BR> Playing games - one of my favorite things to do before ... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:24:31 EST C5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987556 I attended a SparkPeople Live meeting last night, but the way I would highly recommend trying it! They talked about apps (android is what I have) that were for training for the C5K or the C25K and I looked, but do not know what to try or even how they work. Anyone have some suggestions? Thu, 26 Jul 2012 09:40:56 EST KEEP GOING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986805 Getting back on track after gaining some of my weight back Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:09:55 EST Missing Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578261 I feel so good after exercise, but procrastinate terribly. Everything else takes priority. After I exercise I feel so good. I notice it, but I still put everything else first. I just don't get it. I love to go to Curves and walk or even ride the stationary bike while reading. ( I am getting my 1st kindle soon and I can't wait) . I think many people feel this way. <BR> How do you overcome this? <BR> I overcome by scheduling my Curves workouts on my weekly schedule. <BR> Every Sund... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:47:55 EST My Garden - My GREAT Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4220687 I am a gardener and love to do it. In the past my chiropractor always gets an "emergency" visit from me the following Monday. This time I can feel it, but I am moving like nothing ever happened. I believe that I can attribute this to two things. <BR> <BR> 1. Loosing weight. <BR> 2. Exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> What a feeling!!!! Mon, 9 May 2011 14:01:23 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3893041 I was afraid of the scale over the last month or so. I did not want to step on it because I haven't been exercising like I should, I have not been recording what I ate - even though I tried to eat healthy and feel that I did accomplish that for the most part. Well today I finally got brave enough to step on my scale and to my surprise I didn't gain weight. In fact I lost 3 pounds! What a good feeling. <BR> Today I am also going to go to Curves and starting to get serious about my exercise... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:00:39 EST My poor hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3390374 Every time I try to loose weight I start to also loose hair. Has anyone ever had this happen and found a solution to it. I have very nice hair, but it is very discouraging to have a drain full of hair after my shower. It is also very embarassing to have hair on my clothing and desk. <BR> I want to keep my beautiful hair!! <BR> HELP <em>303</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 17:21:06 EST