DEEGIRL50's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEEGIRL50 DEEGIRL50'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/ My Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955885 "Just be you! Beautiful amazing you." <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> That message is on my calendar. It's wonderful to read that each day. It's going to be up there all month! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Day 5 of my Red, White, & Blue goals... <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> We had a family picnic yesterday. We played games and did fireworks. It was a great time. On the way home, I was thinking about watching TV and snacking to relax before going to bed. I looked at the clock and it was af... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:01:58 EST I'd Forgotten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955382 I'd forgotten how good it feels to set small attainable goals and reach them! <BR> <BR> Thank you to Beverly, Laura, and Randy (the fantastic leaders of 100+First Step Club), we are declaring our Thindependence this month! We were asked to set a Red, White, & Blue goal. <BR> <BR> My red (fitness) goal: 15 minutes of morning exercise, 5x a week. <BR> <BR> My white (nutrition) goal: Kitchen closes at 9 p.m. No late night snacking. <BR> <BR> My blue (hydration) goal: Drink a glass of ... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:52:58 EST Facing Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953798 Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to have someone else cook all your meals? <BR> <BR> My husband and I went on a road trip. In my head, I thought eating out for every meal was going to be great. I would order lean meat and vegetables. I would eat healthy salads. Someone else was going to do all the cooking. YES!! <BR> <BR> Well, it didn't happen that way. I didn't make the healthy choices. They were available to me, but instead I ordered hamburgers and fries. Add a s... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:14:27 EST One Small Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949750 One small step for Dee, but it was in the right direction! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I cooked all three meals at home. I measured my cereal and added blueberries. I had all-natural applesauce with my sandwich. We grilled pork chops for dinner with asparagus and shared a baked potato. <BR> <em>367</em> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I had tortilla chips, licorice, and Hershey chocolate bar in the evening. <BR> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> So it was a small start. A beginning. This morning ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:31:12 EST Pondering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949016 I am pondering on this thought... It's a brand new day, what shall I do with it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c76d436c-7fe0-4e95-8fb3-28c7254b6bde.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If I continue to do what I've been doing... I will continue to gain weight and lose muscle. I need to get up and move! I need to cook at home more. I need to eat for fuel and not entertainment. I know what I need NOW I need to do something about it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:38:03 EST Amazing Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/748f0d92-3870-4d50-90cb-1075999d8c04.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Shopping yesterday, I saw a t-shirt that said "Today will be Amazing!" <BR> I thought YES! <em>104</em> <BR> I wish I could wear that t-shirt under my clothes every day. I want to feel that way every day! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today Will Be Amazing! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f30eb3b-dd70-4f92-ab09-6cc3fdad2598.jpg"> <BR> <... Sun, 31 May 2015 08:45:54 EST Head Above Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936734 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e862577-025c-4606-838c-67b125f48eda.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been a SP member for 7 years. For most of that time, I've just been treading water. Spinning in circles. Going up and down the same hill. <BR> <BR> Guess what happens when you stop paddling? <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 May 2015 10:57:20 EST Starting Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929976 A few positive thoughts as I pick up and move forward... <BR> <BR> "Keeping focused on more intentional movement; portion control; and a new bathing suit by swim season... I think the pool opens Memorial Day!" <BR> ~Debbie Day <BR> <BR> "Don't worry this is only a temporary shape." ~Me 9/9/2013 <BR> <BR> "Even when time is short, let yourself enjoy a few minutes of total relaxation some time during the day to rejuvenate." "You'll be more likely to truly enjoy the journey." <BR> ~Positivi... Mon, 18 May 2015 07:09:33 EST Unplanned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914981 The unplanned portion of my day didn't go so well. Pizza, potato chips, and chocolate, oh my. <BR> <BR> There's hope though because the planned portion of my day went well. My co-worker has a large jar of jelly beans on her desk. I didn't eat even one. I drank my 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try streaking on dancing to 2 songs each morning. Small start, but it's a beginning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807779774.jpg"> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:13:26 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914368 Today I danced to 2 songs (Roar and Shake It Off) before work. Starting my day with a glass of water. Eating cereal and fruit for breakfast. Packing a healthy lunch. Not sure about dinner, but this is a start. We all have to start somewhere. <BR> <BR> I've been on the World's Largest Binge (not only food but shopping too). I stopped exercising completely. This is how I dealt with a tragedy. I'm ready to start healing and trying to cope in a healthier fashion. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:49:30 EST Challenge = Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878579 I joined three challenges on the First Step Club this month and it's keeping me consistent. <BR> <BR> Progressive Exercise Challenge: <BR> Week 1 = 20 Wall Push-ups <BR> Week 2 = 30 WPU's and 20 Heel Raises <BR> Week 3 = 40 WPU's, 30 Heel Raises, and 20 Toe Touches <BR> <BR> I've done them every day (except for one sick day). Consistency! <BR> <BR> Virtual Walking Challenge: <BR> I set a goal of walking 30 miles this month. I've already reached it. <em>104</em> <BR> I continue walk... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:03:01 EST Fat Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877220 Mardi Gras... Party... Fun... Celebrate!!! <BR> <BR> I'm going to my first ever Fat Tuesday party. A friend is hosting one. She was kind enough to tell me what she'll be serving. A chicken pasta dish; a sausage jambalaya; cheddar biscuits; King cake; and authentic Hurricane drinks. <BR> <BR> I've entered everything into the nutrition tracker. I have a game plan!! I plan to eat a low calorie breakfast and lunch. I plan to have a healthy snack before going to the party. I don't want... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:15:32 EST Not A Binge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876624 I ate way too much this weekend and all the wrong things. I'm not calling it a binge though. It was my choice. It wasn't a good choice, but I was fully aware of what I was doing and could have stopped at any time. <BR> <BR> I'm not even attempting to log my calories. I'm picking up where I left off and moving forward. Today... yes today, not tomorrow, or the next day... Today, I will log my calories and eat healthy. I will stay within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:06:01 EST A Pound at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875450 A pound at a time... makes me think of hammering a nail into a board. I've got to keep hitting it. <BR> <BR> Weighed myself in the morning... lost 1 pound. <BR> <BR> I wasn't exactly happy with a pound lost. Thought I worked harder than that. <BR> <BR> Looked back at my nutrition tracker. I was within my calorie range every day, but more towards the high end. My calories from fat were a little high too. Ah, something to improve on. I really need to sleep more and drink less diet ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:27:03 EST Hand in Hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873687 Getting enough sleep and having a good day go hand-in-hand. I know it, but I continue to stay up late and sleep in my chair and then have to go to work in the morning. <BR> <BR> Last night, I ate all sorts of unplanned snacks because I was TIRED. Food will not help when SLEEP is what I need. <BR> <BR> The student's behavior bothers me more when I'm tired. I find more faults with my DH when I'm tired. I crave fast food when I'm tired. I don't feel like exercising when I'm tired. I ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 07:49:34 EST One Good Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871641 At the Farmer's Market, there was a homemade candy booth (chocolates, toffee, caramels). I didn't even try a sample. <BR> <BR> They had a beautiful Valentine box with an assortment of their candy in it. A small box with only 1 or 2 pieces of each candy. Only 8 dollars and 50 cents. Valentine's Day is coming... <BR> <BR> Nope! Didn't buy it. I know in my heart that those candies would never see Valentine's Day. I'd have eaten them last night. Maybe not all in one sitting, but they ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:18:01 EST Everything I Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871373 "Everything you need to do to stay healthy is also what you need to do for weight loss." ~Leslie Sansone <BR> <BR> Eat healthy <BR> Drink water <BR> Exercise <BR> Sleep <BR> <BR> High Calorie Burn Done! 3 miles Walk Away Your Waistline <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369967652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just because it's the weekend doesn't mean I'm letting go of my goals!! Sat, 7 Feb 2015 17:36:44 EST I Like It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870944 That's the way I like it! <BR> <BR> I worked hard this week. Tracked my food. Increased my veggies. Exercised every morning. Strength Training 2x a week. Cut back on snacks. Drank all my water. <BR> <BR> And Lost 3 Pounds!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1383598627.jpg"> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 21:58:23 EST Surprising Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869117 I've tracked my food every day since January 1st, 2015. I'm doing it!!! <BR> <BR> In the past, I found this too tedious and time consuming. Like many other things: the more you do it -- the easier it becomes. <BR> <BR> When I see how fast the calories can add up, I realize that I was under-estimating what I was eating. For Sure!! <BR> <BR> The old me would eat a candy bar every day (220 calories easy). The new me is questioning whether I can "afford" another 100 calorie snack or n... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 04:30:39 EST Negate It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868397 I work in an elementary school. When students have extra birthday treats or star student treats, they come around the school and hand them out to staff members. <BR> <BR> Late yesterday afternoon (when I'm at my weakest), a girl brought me a sugar cookie that looked like a reindeer. I thought... just eat the pretzel antlers. <BR> <em>29</em> Whole cookie was a goner! <BR> I swear, it wasn't even two minutes later, when the next treat came walking in the door. This time it was a ho... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:55:50 EST Empowerment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867697 I did a walking for weight loss DVD this morning. I really feel like I am in control of my journey this time!! The coach on the DVD said "We're working for fitness and weight loss will be the bi-product." <BR> <BR> I'm working on eating healthier food and weight loss will be the bi-product. <BR> <BR> I'm working on creating a healthier lifestyle and weight loss will be the bi-product. <BR> <BR> I might need to shift my eyes off the scale and onto the steps it takes to be the whole pack... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:28:08 EST Missed Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866910 DH had a $10.00 gift card to a local restaurant (expiration date 1/31/15). We decided to go out for lunch and each have a bowl of chili. When the menu came and all those options danced before my eyes... I stuck to the "plan" and ordered a bowl of chili. <BR> <BR> Got home and ate a Ghirardelli caramel square. Delicious, but very small for 70 calories! <BR> <BR> Later my sister sent me a text and asked if I was in town. I was at home, but would gladly drive the 15 minutes to spend time ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 04:51:51 EST Collage Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866362 I'm making a collage today. Scissors, glue sticks, colorful papers, magazines... a little arts and goals! <BR> <BR> I'm filling the page with healthy foods, activities, and fun sayings! A visual reminder of my hopes & dreams & goals!! <BR> <BR> "Embrace the Day" <BR> <BR> I found this beautiful quote: "What I like most about change is that it's a synonym for 'hope'. If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, 'I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it." <BR> ~Linda ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:06:07 EST Splurge Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862705 I had a splurge day and I will survive!! <BR> <BR> I went to a fancy steakhouse with my aunt for lunch. I ordered according to my goals, but then she was ordering dessert. I decided to splurge too. <BR> <BR> Halfway through my dessert, my brain sent the "You're Full" signal. I'm thrilled to say that I listened to it. I put down my fork and told my aunt that as good as it was, I was full and was stopping now. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I made the choice to take the leftover dessert hom... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:29:36 EST Shine On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861547 I went on an all day shopping trip with two girlfriends and was able to stay within my calorie range!! <BR> <BR> Last night, I recognized that I was about to eat something in order to stay awake longer. Wrong reason to eat. My body would be inactive and that food would go right to my fat cells. Who needs that? <BR> <BR> I'm so proud of myself for recognizing what I was about to do!! I went to bed instead. My body was tired not hungry!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:28:05 EST Goal Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860792 Scored my first goal! I lost 10 pounds in January and I still have a week to go!! <BR> <BR> I lost 2 pounds this week. I was really hoping for 3 pounds. Please don't start booing me! We have a family wedding on May 9th. I'd love to be at an even 200 or less for the wedding. <BR> <BR> 15 Weeks x 2 Pounds = 30 Pounds <BR> I'd still be at 206 pounds. I need just a little more than that!!! <BR> <BR> Considering ways to kick it up a notch... <BR> Reduce to 1 diet soda a day. <BR> Increa... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:35:15 EST 99 Cents... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860018 After work, I stopped at the grocery store for more fruits and vegetables. I know, it shocks even me, that's what I stopped to get. <BR> <BR> I was having a little party in my head because I knew it wasn't a stop for chips or candy. <BR> <BR> Now, we all know... we stop for one thing and other stuff ends up in our cart. Of course that happened, but the stuff was: eggs, milk, Lean Cuisine lasagne, thin crust veggie topped pizzas, yogurts, and my freggies!! <BR> <BR> Believe it or no... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:48:53 EST Good Going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859534 3 Weeks in and I'm sticking with my Fresh Start! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My DH had outpatient surgery yesterday. I was in the waiting room for hours! I brought my own food to eat. I stayed in range yesterday! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> No Stressed = Desserts either!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I got up early this morning and helped DH get dressed. Got everything he'll need for the day down so he doesn't lift over his head. Put supper in the crockpot. And still had time to d... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:03:22 EST Cheers to Measuring Cups! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858474 A jar of Dry Roasted Peanuts was calling my name last night. I made the choice to eat them. Read the label: Serving Size 1 oz. (1/4 cup) / 160 Calories. <BR> <BR> I used my measuring cup and had one serving. I can only imagine how much I would have eaten straight from the jar! I was satisfied with the 1/4 cup. Learning to be satisfied with less! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1516008093.jpg"> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:11:04 EST Own It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857677 It's My Time... I Need To Own It. <BR> <BR> I skipped exercising yesterday. (Insert excuse here.) <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning with "I don't want to" by my side. <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Don't give up now!!! <BR> <BR> Convinced myself to exercise before logging onto SP. Did a 10 minute Bikini Belly DVD. Let's Rock 'n Roll. Followed it with a Weight Watchers 10 minute Strength Training workout. Warm up! Cool down! 30 minutes and done!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:37:24 EST Rectifying Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856928 Plan A -- Eat at home before running errands. <BR> <BR> Plan B -- My sister calls and wants to go to lunch. We decide on Cousins Subs. I plan to eat half a sub and a side salad. <BR> <BR> Plan C -- The restaurant does not sell side salads. Order chips, but check labels for the healthiest ones and the lowest calories. Passed up the baked chips for the kettle cooked chips. They were only 20 more calories (or so I thought). Misread the label, the package actually had 1.5 servings. <BR>... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:56:09 EST A Second Look http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856393 I was a little disappointed with a 1 pound loss this week. <BR> <BR> I was trying to pump myself up by remembering what a pound of fat looks like or comparing it to 4 sticks of butter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1371946403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I Am Glad to be rid of that One Pound of Fat, but to be honest... <BR> I'd like to lose more and faster. <BR> <BR> January 1st - January 16th, I lost 8 pounds. That's 1/2 pound per day! When I look at it that way... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:36:36 EST Curve Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855542 I've been bringing my lunch to work every day since January 3rd. That streak ends today. My DH needs to me to sign some legal paperwork and the business closes at 3 p.m. We'll have to go on my lunch hour. <BR> <BR> I could still bring my lunch, but I choose to go out for lunch with my DH. <BR> <BR> There's a nice Italian restaurant near my work. They serve one slice of pizza and a salad at lunch time. There's also a coffee shop that sells delicious sandwiches. If we go there, I'll s... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:26:07 EST Movie Theater Popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854873 I went to see the Wizard of Oz last night. First time seeing it in a movie theater. <BR> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> How did I avoid the movie theater popcorn? <em>477</em> <BR> Just the smell (or thought) of popcorn makes me want some. <BR> <BR> I brought in my own bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn (39 calories a cup). It was very satisfying knowing I was enjoying my popcorn and still staying with my plan! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> When I got home, I had a 1" cube of fudge. I'm lea... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:11:32 EST Why Why Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854094 Three ladies go out to eat. One orders fish tacos, another a turkey wrap, and the third a beef tenderloin southwest wrap (Me). I'm proud of myself because instead of French fries, I substituted a side salad!! <BR> <BR> I couldn't find the calorie counts listed for this locally owned restaurant. I looked up a similar item at other restaurants and estimated it to be 580 calories. If I only eat 1/2, I will be at the low end of my calorie range. If I eat the whole wrap, I will be at the hig... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:03:33 EST Multiple Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853233 How many food choices do we make in a day? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Lunch time... I was deciding between grapes and unsweetened applesauce. <BR> Choose the grapes because they are whole food, the apples been processed to make applesauce. <BR> <BR> Snack time... deciding between unsweetened applesauce and two Hershey kisses. <BR> 50 calories applesauce or 44 calories kisses. Choose the applesauce because it has more nutritional value. <BR> <BR> And on, and on, and on, all day long! ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:15:03 EST Monday, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852343 "Eat Lighter to be Lighter" Repeat as often as necessary. Quoting my friend Randy. <BR> <BR> Last week, the cold weather kept me inside. I had a Restaurant Free week and it helped me to lose weight!! <BR> <BR> Tonight, I was headed for bed when I remembered to Plan & Track. It's been working better for me to put everything in the tracker the night before. It helps me to turn down unplanned snacks because I know my calorie goals. <BR> <BR> Starting the week out right... eating breakfa... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 04:24:42 EST I Had a Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851555 I had a plan for party eating. How did it go? So-So. <BR> <BR> I ate according to plan when it came to the real food. Estimating the portion sizes, because even though I was at my own house, I wasn't going to use measuring cups in front of company. <BR> <BR> I had tried my desserts the night before and knew they were good, but I could live without them. Check -- didn't have a one. <BR> <BR> Then in walked my MIL with a plate full of homemade Christmas cookies. There dancing in fro... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 06:49:21 EST Challenge Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850811 We're having company over for an after-holiday party. Oh, party eating can be a challenge. <BR> <BR> I tracked and saw the calorie counts in advance. Now, I know how much I can eat and still stay within range. <BR> <BR> Knowledge is Power! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I baked cookies and made candy last night. I tried one of each (to be sure it was good). That put me in the high end of my calorie range. I learned that although the treats are delicious, I can live without them. My sa... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 06:42:28 EST Good Bye Holiday Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850035 <em>218</em> Doing the Happy Dance this morning! <em>218</em> <BR> <BR> Drum Roll Please.... <BR> <BR> I lost 7 pounds this week!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> After months of not sticking to my goals, I gave myself a Fresh Start on January 1st! <BR> <BR> I did these things every day since New Year's Day: <BR> * Planned and tracked my nutrition <BR> * Stayed at the low end of my calorie range <BR> * Exercised <BR> * Got more sleep <BR> * Restaurant Free / Cooked at home and Packed a ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 06:43:01 EST Highlights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849686 I danced this morning! <em>335</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> I did 10 Squats and 10 Wall Push-ups every time I went into the bathroom. (Humorous, but a good way to get in extra exercise.) <BR> <BR> I decided not to eat a Tootsie Roll pop after looking up the nutrition information. Not worth the 60 calories. <BR> <BR> Avoided the room where a teacher was eating McDonald's for lunch today. I knew the smell would cause a craving for me! <BR> <em>230</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <B... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 17:54:18 EST A Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848436 A word about "Specific Goals." I set a goal of strength training 2x a week. <BR> <BR> One of the challenges on First Step Club asked us to be more specific. I decided to specify which two days of the week (Monday and Wednesday). <BR> <BR> This morning, I was doing a 30 minute walking DVD. Ding, ding, ding... it's Wednesday, I need to do my Strength Training. I finished the walking workout and then went immediately to the closet to get my hand weights. I found a 15 minute beginner... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:50:47 EST Portion Discrimination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847669 I may be guilty of Portion Discrimination! <BR> <BR> When planning my meals, tonight's supper is a Birds Eye Beef Lo Mien frozen meal. The package recommends a 1 cup serving. I immediately thought "That's not enough." <BR> <BR> I've never had this meal before, but already I know one cup isn't good enough! How dare I? LOL <BR> <BR> After thinking about this, I've decided to try a 1 cup serving and add a lettuce and tomato salad on the side. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:52:01 EST Tracking Easy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846301 I was reading and leaving comments on Spark blogs, when I realized that I should get my tracking done FIRST. <BR> <BR> I made a grouping for my cereal, milk, and blueberries. One click - BOOM done! <BR> <BR> I'm using a Lean Cuisine meal and fresh fruit for lunch. Both items are in my favorites. BOOM done! <BR> <BR> Last time I made chili, I froze an extra meal. I also used the recipe calculator to find out the calorie count and nutrition information. My own recipe is in my favorite... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 05:47:35 EST Say It / Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845338 I went to a birthday/holiday party yesterday. I told myself before going that if she served a brownie with ice cream (her usual birthday dessert), I would not have any. However, if she served a Dairy Queen ice cream cake... I would ask for a very small portion (4 bites maximum). <BR> <BR> I said it and I did it. She served the brownie and I said "no thank you." <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I had one plate of food. No seconds. I estimated by calorie count (using the SP nutrition tracker)... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 05:36:30 EST Kicking 'n Screaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844528 The longer I stayed away from the YMCA, the harder it was to go back! <BR> <BR> I pushed myself to go yesterday. "Best 30 minutes of my day!" <BR> <BR> One of my fears was running into the manager or other workers and feeling uncomfortable because I had stopped working out. The manager found me working out and it was all hugs & happy to see you. Nothing to fear! <BR> <BR> Another thing holding me back was Time! A quick workout takes at least an hour when you consider packing stuff, ch... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 08:36:59 EST I Declare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843548 I declared New Year's Day to be a "No Sweets" day. <BR> <BR> I kept that commitment. I had to remind myself often: "Not today. I can have some another day, but not today." <BR> <BR> I repeated this phrase to myself: "I Am Stronger Than Chocolate!" <BR> <BR> Sweets (especially chocolate) have become a daily thing instead of an occasional treat. I want to change that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l548038218.jpg"> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 05:04:22 EST It's Here -- January 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842816 I bet the scales were busy this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1373538851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been over enjoying the holiday eating. I stopped exercising and just let it all go. Not a good choice, but it was my choice. The price for doing this: I gained 5 pounds and lost my momentum. <BR> <BR> January 1st was my deadline to <em>227</em> <BR> Last night, I'm arguing with myself... "Just one more meal at Culver's? I'm off work. It would... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:26:53 EST My Journal is Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841769 Wow! It's been a good year for journal writing. I have a whole book of quotes, stories, advice, memories, struggles, victories, highs and lows, and twists too! <BR> <BR> Here's just a few tidbits from my journal... <BR> <BR> Laugh Often <BR> Dream Big <BR> Reach for the Stars! <BR> <BR> "When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either." ~Leo Burnett <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1060117682.jpg">... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 08:38:49 EST Getting Ready for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841153 I love the image of fresh white snow that no one has walked in yet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665520709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fresh Start -- Brand New <BR> <BR> *No mistakes <BR> *No giving up <BR> *This always happens hasn't happened <BR> *I can't isn't available <BR> *Anything is Possible! <BR> *Pure & Natural <BR> <BR> Walgreen's Ad: RESTART your Healthy Routines! <BR> <BR> My sisters and I have a goal of getting together once a month. It could be Dinin... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:10:44 EST