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/ Going Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760284 The middle of the week was extremely hard. All is working out fine though. <BR> This should be a lesson to me. Do not get excited until I get all the facts. My son does owe $2000.00 for school, but he has almost enough in his savings to cover it so he is fine. I now know more about my son leaving so I am also doing good with that. <BR> The only thing hanging on my mind is his graduation. I need to give this to God and trust that he will make it happen if it is best. I need to remember... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:23:33 EST Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759059 I feel the pressure building. <BR> My son is leaving for the Air Force and we know nothing. I am not even sure exactly what day! I know it is because he does not ask the questions he needs to. Heck - they will probably arrive at our house to pick him up and he will not be ready. Also, I am not ready for this. I found out that I probably cannot go to his graduation and it is breaking me apart. I am teary eyed all the time now. <BR> <BR> My oldest son is going to college and last night... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:54:22 EST Green Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757711 Tried the Green Smoothie on the Spark People Recipe site this morning. YumYum. It was so good. This was a step outside of my box because fruit and vegetables in my mind do not mix, but this sure did. Other than being prepared I think this is going to be an easy goal to follow. <BR> My Spark Coach goal for today is to do 1 minute of Power Exercise. I will do that on the treadmill tonight. Will try to do 4 to 4.2 for one minute. I am sure that will be fast enough to get me out of breath.... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:08:30 EST Time to get back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755772 Has a few hurddles this week. <BR> My battery went out on my Spark Tracker. I found out how much that little thing motivates me. I love going out for a walk and them coming back to my desk and see how many steps I did. I also challenge myself over the weekend and when I get back to work I am excited to see how many steps I did over the weekend. <BR> Ice Cream - Wow this is my goal this week! I am going to try to change out having icecream at night. My plan it to switch it out with some... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:27:18 EST struggling today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750607 I missed one goal today and that was the walking. I did wear my tracker but I am sure it will not have many steps though. I am confident that tomorrow will be better. <BR> FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE our dog Gidget went to the vet and she is doing better. She could get her shots and that was great. Was also a beautiful day. <BR> I also heard something on the radio that I will leave you with. Say to someone today "you make me proud because...". For you that are reading this fill in you are a great ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:07:49 EST Hard to keep on task http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749995 Last night was tough. The dog got sick. I got sick. I did not sleep well. This made the overall day tough. When I am tired or not feeling well my natural habit it's too eat sweets. I am not sure why. I did not do to bad until I got home and had a lot to choose from. Kept all my daily goals. <BR> FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE. I walked even though I was busy, tired and did not feel well. <BR> Have a blessed day. Remember God is carrying you through this. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:41:28 EST Feeling Great and Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748966 Yesterday was a great day. Did well on every written goal. There is this unwritten goal though that I want to eliminate my bedtime snack. Icecream is my downfall. I was reading one of my magazines last night and guess what they had - an article on ICE CREAM. It was very good low cal options, but my house did not have that. I gave in and had some icecream. <BR> When I put that into perspective though, my day went great. The written goals were all accomplished and also the coach goal f... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:10:42 EST Isn't Monday Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748402 The start of another week and I am not dreading it. That is FUN!. <BR> My goals for the week are starting out good. <BR> Tracker - remembered <BR> Walk 3 - 10 minute sessions - did 1 11 minute and 1 14 minute so I just have 1 session to do. Would be nice to do this with my husband tonight. I am looking forward to that. <BR> Blog - doing now. <BR> Remembering my Coach goals - Today is a piece of cake - I do not dring pop so EASY YEA! <BR> FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE - I am looking forward to the... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:15:36 EST End of another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746483 This is the end of another week and I kept with my daily goals quite well. <BR> Wear tracker - 4 days <BR> Walk 3 - 10 minutes walks 5 days <BR> Blog - 5 days. <BR> My goal it to keep it up over the weekend. I makes me feel good and also motivated when I remember to keep going and become consistent with my goals. <BR> Next week my added goal is to keep better track of my Spark Coach goals and use that to decided what my added goal will be for the week after that. <BR> It is a busy weekend ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:19:27 EST Nature is the best motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745752 I got out on my 1st walk today very early. What a motivation. It is making my day. The smells the peace and the beauty. <BR> I have almost 3000 steps today already so hyped I am! <BR> It is going to get warm today and I am not into the heat to I will do the treadmill for the other 20 minutes of walking. I do not mind the treadmill. <BR> Sleep was a little sparce last night, but I do have energy even though I am a little tired. <BR> FOCUS ON THE POSTIIVE...All Goals were met yesterday.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:31:08 EST Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744974 I did it. I made ALL of my goals yesterday and enjoyed it! <BR> This might seem small, but I had over 5000 steps yesterday and 30 minutes of exercise. This is huge to me. I feel great today. <BR> It is a lovely day, a little worm, but still lovely. I am motivated and happy. <BR> I walked this morning for my 1st 10 minute walk. I was putting it off and then I remembered my blog yesterday. The smells and sounds. The meadow is the greatest. I gives me a sense of peace. <BR> FOCUS ON THE... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:59:07 EST Back on schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744303 Yesterday I kept finding reasons why I could NOT walk. Work kept coming at me, it was too hot, had to take the dogs to the vet, it is too late... <BR> Thinking about that I feel that I need to "find" reason why I can walk. <BR> I was thinking of these: <BR> I enjoy the sound of the birds and crickets, the smell of the flowers, the gentle breeze blowing in my face... there are so many things to enjoy why would I not want to walk. Isn't it funny that even though we like something there are a... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:21:31 EST OOPS! Missed the weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743458 I missed blogging this weekend. I was very busy, but with fun things. My sister and her girls were at my house this weekend. We went to my baby sisters bridal shower and then just spent the rest of the weekend with each other. I love it when she comes and stays because it is relaxing. we talk and watch the kids have fun. We swim and sit around the fire etc etc etc. <BR> I am tired this morning, but I had to take benadryl last night because I felt a sinus infection coming on. I believ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:16:41 EST Starting Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741621 Talk about the difference a day can make. I feel great and am not tired. <BR> I am not sure why I go through these bouts a few times a month but they are almost scary. <BR> It is beautiful outside and it is Friday. I am looking forward to the weekend. It is full of fun. My baby sisters bridal shower and then one of my other sisters and her kids are coming for a visit over night. We have such a good time together and the kids also have fun. <BR> I did remember my spark tracker again... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:27:48 EST Doing much better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740917 It was a tough day yesterday. I am trying to figure out what went different, but I am not sure. I did not sleep real well and because I did not feel well the night before I missed my vitamins. <BR> Last night I did not have a snack. <BR> This morning I still felt not so good, but this afternoon I am definitely feeling much better. Just a sore neck and a slight headache. <BR> This seems to be a cycle that I go through. <BR> I will continue to keep track for the rest of the month and ma... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:16:11 EST Last day of the posting week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740146 Today is a little tough. I am not feeling so good so it is hard to think about eating healthy. It is hard to think about eating. <BR> I am tired and have a long day ahead of me. It is my daughters dance class tonight and so I will not be home until about 8. I just want to sleep. <BR> Why. What did I do different yesterday? <BR> I had a bed time snack. Could that be it. I would not think so, but it is a good start. I will try to eliminate the bed time snacks. Especially ones with cho... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:03:21 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739443 Blogging is really helping me with my memory. I actually am remembering things. I believe that is because I am planning on what I am going to say in my blog for most of the day. <BR> This is my 6th day in a row and I am starting to like it. <BR> For the 2nd day in a row I have worn my spark tracker. I was offered a ride to pick up my car at the repair center and I stated no and walked. WHY - Because I like seeing those steps go up and up on my tracker. It is a strange motivation, but f... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:33:19 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738797 Well I made it through the weekend. I am still remaining in a good mood. I have had a little heartburn. Yesterday after I had raspberries and today after cherries it started. I wonder if it is the acid in fruit. That would be sad because I love almost every kind of fruit but my favorite are the citrus and cherries. <BR> Still having allergy issues, but am seem to be tollerating it better. I am not sure if blogging helps that because I am refucusing, but if it is I think I will keep it u... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:26:28 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738142 It is Sunday and a beautiful day. Woke up early and vacuumed the pool. I love doing that in the morning. The day went well except for now in the evening. I am having heartburn. That had not shifted my mood though. I am happy. My day was relaxing. <BR> I did take the meds yesterday. <BR> My diet was not so healthy yesterday just because I did not eat many veggies or fruit. Actually I did not eat any. OOPS! I just realized that this morning. <BR> Today I have been eating raspberrie... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:40:47 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737491 Its Saturday and I am blogging...WOW kind of a miracle that I am at the computer. I avoid it like the plague and the weekends. <BR> Yesterday I talked to my coworker and she is having the same issues as I am so maybe it is just that phase in life. If it is it stinks. We both turned 50 last year. <BR> I am having a great day today. Got a lot done. Spring Cleaning -even though it is not spring. <BR> I did not have a snack at night and that also may have been why things went well. <BR> N... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:22:33 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736860 It is going very well today. <BR> What did I do? I do not know, but I ate fairly good yesterday. I had heartburn, but treated it instead of just ignoring, or trying to ignor it. <BR> I took vitamins last night and my meds. <BR> Many times I can do all that, but still feel awful the next day. <BR> A couple of items to probably note is the meds including the two that I try to avoid, allergy and heartburn meds. <BR> Maybe those drag me down. <BR> I fell asleep early yesterday, but ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:38:02 EST Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736082 I am testing myself. I am going to blog every day for the rest of July. OUCH! I really need to discover some things about myself like what motivates me that is healthy, what causes me to get heartburn, what causes energy or tiredness etc. I thought if I start to blog on a daily basis about my discoveries or maybe what I cannot figure out I may be able to learn more things about myself. <BR> What started this? <BR> I believe it is what I felt like yesterday compared to how I feel today.... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:21:45 EST 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