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/ Putting It Out There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087437 I'm gaining instead of losing. My eating is out of control. <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> Need to edit that thought... It's me not the food that has the controls. <BR> <BR> I'm making poor choices. I'm not making excuses. I'm owning it. <BR> <BR> If you're given a ticket for speeding, do you continue to speed the rest of the day. I've been on SP a lot of years, I know the answer. I even repeat it to myself. <BR> <BR> I injured my sciatic nerve in October and quit exercising. I went... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 07:41:06 EST Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076972 Another blog challenge... What Motivates Me To Lose Weight? <BR> <BR> I have a lot of reasons why I want to lose weight, but what will motivate me to actually do it? <BR> <BR> Is there a right or wrong answer to this question? <BR> <BR> My sister had gastric bypass surgery and has already lost 60 pounds. I want to lose weight with her (without having the surgery). The thought of her being skinnier than me is really motivating me to lose weight. Is that wrong? <BR> <BR> I picture the... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:29:59 EST Think You Can? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073412 As part of our BIO challenge, we were asked to write a blog about what works for us. My first thought was... I haven't been successful so it would be easier to write about what's not working for me. <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> But, that is a defeatist attitude. I have experienced success. I've just lost focus/commitment and reverted to my old ways. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d73d56b-e5e2-4a07-bed2-c8fadca81fb4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ten Things That Work For... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:51:10 EST My Week Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069984 The first week of the New Year (with the gung ho attitude that this would be the year I lose all the extra weight), I lost 4 pounds! <BR> <BR> Immediately my head went to "If I can lose 4 pounds every week..." (yes, I realize this is unrealistic, but the mind goes where the mind goes) <BR> <BR> Reality... I lost 1 pound this week. It doesn't feel as good as 4 pounds. The journey sure is going to be long if I only lose one pound a week. I gave up so many things and it only amounted to o... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:27:45 EST The Last 6 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046259 As part of the 12 Pounds of Christmas challenge, we were asked to write about how we've done for the past 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> It's been painful. My sciatic nerve is Angry! I have shooting pains going down my leg. I'm going to a chiropractor for deep tissue massage. It feels wonderful at the time, but the pain keeps coming back. I'm on prescription medication to reduce the inflammation. <BR> <BR> I haven't been able to exercise due to the pain. I'm down one pound in six weeks. I migh... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 07:55:48 EST Growl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034614 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40ffe4ca-dc2e-4568-81c9-08f3616699bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My stomach is growling this morning. I feel hungry! <BR> <BR> Why am I so happy? <BR> <BR> It means I didn't stuff myself last night. I had one small evening snack and then closed the kitchen. <BR> <BR> My body needs more fuel. I'm eating for the right reason. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make oatmeal with raisins and walnuts for breakfast. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:47:27 EST Promise Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033538 I love McDonald's breakfast. You know what is stopping me from having it this morning? <BR> <BR> A promise I made to myself. "Fast food / restaurant meals only once a day." And not every day! Aim for 75% of meals cooked at home. <BR> <BR> I'm having a sub sandwich for lunch. I enjoy taking my lunch break at a restaurant. After I'm done eating, I enjoy reading a book for 15 minutes before returning to work. <BR> <BR> I looked up the restaurant menu to make the best choice. I could ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:06:00 EST Don't Wake Up in the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030809 I fell asleep in my recliner last night with a bag of chips on the end table. Woke up in the wee hours of the morning and ate the chips. <BR> <BR> Preventative Strategies: <BR> 1. Pour a single serving of chips and eat from a bowl. Put the rest away. <BR> 2. Don't bring chips into the house. <BR> 3. Do something other than sit and watch TV in the evening. <BR> 4. Start a bedtime routine. <BR> <BR> I don't want to negate my hard work during the day with poor choices at night. <BR> <BR... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:12:48 EST Letter to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028129 Dearest Dee, <BR> You been challenged to write a letter to yourself regarding "why you deserve to lose weight over the holidays and how you plan to accomplish it." <BR> <BR> I deserve to lose weight over the holidays because it's a great time to make dreams come true. A season of love and hope. I've been wanting to lose weight, but have been putting it off for "another day." The time is Now. <BR> <BR> Instead of looking in the store for the perfect gift, I'm going to look for family acti... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 08:53:04 EST My Swaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027565 My swaps were a flop! <BR> <BR> Heating up a Lean Cuisine meal for lunch. Spot a big bowl of Halloween candy in the teacher's lounge. Eat two miniature candy bars. Omit apple from my lunch. <BR> <BR> Afternoon snack... 1 ounce of almonds (170 calories) or 1 bag of Skinny Pop Popcorn (100 calories). Ate the popcorn. <BR> <BR> Saw my niece in her school play. Sugar Cookies were served. My favorite! Ate one just because it was offered to me. <BR> <BR> Evening snack planned... hot ap... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 06:53:03 EST My Sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021345 My big sister is having gastric bypass surgery this week. She has been in counseling for it since June. Bunny has been big since her teen years. I'm certain she is morbidly obese now. <BR> <BR> I wish her luck and hope this is the tool that will finally set her free. As anyone who has a sister may know... this is also an incentive for me to lose weight. I don't want to be the heaviest of the sisters! I hope we lose weight together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:35:42 EST Love Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020238 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4956b8e3-80db-4ccb-adbb-fdc03bba0f00.gif"> <BR> <BR> I won 500 points on the SP wheel today. I bought myself a crown. I wanted to over-spend and buy myself the tiara, but I didn't. (Hmm, might be a pattern. I tend to over-eat too, but I shouldn't. Excuse me for that side trip.) Back to the crown/tiara... <BR> <BR> I typed myself a message with the goodie: "Treat yourself like a princess. Love yourself thin." <BR> <BR> I may never b... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:26:58 EST Trying Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018563 Again, I did fine all day. Ate according to plan, drank 8 glasses of water, and exercised. <BR> <BR> Then everything fell apart in the evening. We're talking snack overload at night. I know there's no way I will lose weight if I continue to eat potato chips and chocolate. Someone else posted: "I can't do what I've been doing even in moderation." I might have to take that approach. Make the commitment. Go cold turkey. <BR> <em>429</em> <em>40</em> <em>429</em> <em>40</em> ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 05:47:52 EST Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017982 I probably write most of my blogs on a Monday. I'm always ready for a fresh start and raring to give it my all on a Monday. <BR> <BR> If that Monday doesn't go perfectly... I'm not so ready to go on Tuesday. My "this isn't working" or "I can't do it" or "I'll start again next week" internal voice is very loud. Plus, she's use to getting her own way. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm listening to the little whisper saying "try again." Even if you follow the plan only in the day time, it's better th... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:41:04 EST I'm Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017399 I'm ready for a great day! <BR> <BR> Starting out with 6 hours of sleep in my bed. <BR> Woke up early and washed a load of clothes and emptied my dishwasher. <BR> Packed my lunch. <BR> Planned my meals and tracked them on paper. <BR> Enjoyed a cup of tea. <BR> Eating oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. <BR> Calculated the calories for one of my favorite recipes. <BR> Contributed to my SP team. <BR> Exercise clothes ready to go. 60 minute dance class after work. <BR> Positive attitude! <BR> ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:07:59 EST I Declare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013577 I declare this binge, free-for-all eating, is officially over! <BR> <BR> I weighed 239 on Friday and 242 on Monday. Clothes are too tight. My knee aches. I'm getting migraines again. I feel miserable. <BR> <BR> Time To Care Again! <BR> <BR> Short-term goal... lose 10 pounds before my Christmas vacation. <BR> <BR> Long-term goal... make it a life-style! <BR> <BR> I'm still considering what my Medium Goal will be. I need to put a stop to the Last Meal Syndrome immediately. I'm pl... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:43:52 EST Is That Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005277 I have magic mirrors in my house. I can fool myself into thinking that 238 pounds on a 5'4" frame is not obese. Then I see myself in a picture or full length mirror... "Is that me?" I'm like the teapot... short & stout. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I want to look better. I want to enjoy more physical activities. I want to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> It just seems so hard to make the changes permanent. I can do it for a little while, but I go right back to my old ways. <BR> <BR> I abu... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 02:13:25 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988609 Today is the first day back to work (elementary school library). <BR> <BR> I'm up early enough to exercise and eat a healthy breakfast. No matter what else happens today... I had a good start. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23dcfaa9-90cd-412f-b606-8a8a36ffbd3c.jpg"> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:48:45 EST Boredom Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987295 I did it again. I should have been wearing a pedometer for all the trips to the kitchen and back. <BR> <BR> I have 101 excuses, but it really boils down to: "Boredom Eating." <BR> <BR> This is one of those lessons that I have to learn over and over and over again. If there's nothing good on TV... get up and do something else. <BR> <BR> Here's a list of ideas for things I could do: <BR> <BR> Go for an evening walk or car ride. <BR> Make a puzzle or play a word game. <BR> Read a boo... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:31:51 EST Spark To The Rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985889 Today was a work day (getting ready for the first day of school). Plus, it's the first anniversary of my mother going to Heaven. Emotional. Stressful. Hectic. Tiring. <BR> <BR> I just got home from work. My plan was to come into the air conditioning; take two aspirins; drink a diet soda; eat chips and salsa; and sit in my recliner. Then get up and make supper. <BR> <BR> After all, I ate a bunch of food at work today. They provided sub sandwiches (ate a half of ham & cheese on wheat ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:52:30 EST Easier? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984510 I've come to realize some changes are easier than others for me! <BR> <BR> Since July 1st, I've been tracking all my food. It's becoming routine for me to grab a measuring cup before pouring my cereal and milk. I plan my meals ahead of time and include fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> We had grilled hamburgers last night. We normally have fries or potatoes or pasta with our hamburgers. Last night, I served roasted asparagus, baby carrots and dill dip, and unsweetened applesauce. DH... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:08:46 EST The Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983833 After a weekend of unhealthy eating, drinking, not sleeping well, and little exercise (family camping trip and outdoor wedding)... <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Power Walk 1 Mile kicked my butt. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I'm back on the path again. I tracked my meals. I'm eating more fruits and vegetables. I did my morning exercise. I'm drinking water. I'm starting a streak of going to bed and getting at least 6 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/g... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:24:08 EST Committment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981470 I have a 51 day exercise streak! I didn't even realize it until SparkPeople gave me an award. <BR> <BR> This morning, I was thinking Morning Exercise is becoming a habit. I need to stay committed though because the non-exerciser is laying dormant in me. <BR> <BR> From past history, I know that it's easy to give up on a new habit and fall back into the more comfortable "old way." <BR> <BR> I have reasons "why" I want to become more fit. This fall, I want to hike at Turkey Run State P... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:24:37 EST Me Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980273 TIKITAMI wrote a blog this morning titled "Giving Myself a Good Day." <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980235 </link> <BR> <BR> She takes us on her early morning run, in the peace and quiet, before the town wakes up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a0796cd-b9d8-423b-8c71-54cdd6cc0c20.png"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning World! <BR> <BR> I'm not a runner, but I have been exercising first thing in the morning. It... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:56:11 EST If - When - What http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979486 It wasn't a question of "IF" I would exercise today. <BR> <BR> It wasn't a question of "WHEN" I would exercise today. <BR> <BR> The only question was "WHAT" would I do. <BR> <BR> Woke up ready to exercise. My goal is to do it first thing in the morning. Selected strength training today. <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> <em>34</em> 30 minute Denise Austin workout completed. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I have all my meals planned and entered in the nutrition tracker. Ready to have a Sparktacul... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:24:35 EST Back in the Saddle Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979091 <em>198</em> Not the best weekend. <BR> <BR> Saturday turned into a real splurge day. The day started out good... exercised, ate a healthy breakfast and lunch... but then in the afternoon, Snack Monster took over. Home alone - bored - watching TV. <BR> <BR> Called my sister to see if we could go out for dinner to celebrate her birthday. She invited myself, my two other sisters, and our brother out to her house and we grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and Italian sausage. We all know... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:44:09 EST Pleasurable Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978389 I found a Summer Dance workout on YouTube this morning. They were dancing on a beach! I let my imagination take me there with them. It made exercising pleasurable. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the journey! This is not a diet -- it's our lives! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5c1e214-5d48-4f06-bf5f-648969438b56.jpg"> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:18:28 EST Oh Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977895 Oh Scale, you will mess with me (if I let you). <BR> <BR> I stayed within my calorie count all week. I exercised every day. I drank 10 glasses of water daily. I got more sleep. I ate healthier and cooked 90% of my meals at home. <BR> <BR> And what does the scale say after all those good choices and hard work... <BR> minus one pound. <BR> <BR> Of course, I was hoping for "More". <BR> <BR> I didn't let it throw me though. I went to the closet and tried on a shirt that last week w... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:49:19 EST Pushing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977347 I did 30 minutes of strength training with the exercise band before breakfast. <BR> <em>317</em> <BR> <BR> After breakfast, I went for a 5 mile hike! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful hilly trail through the woods. It's a sunny day with a nice breeze. Very enjoyable. I was thinking about my nephew (the one who passed away in February). He was a personal trainer. <BR> <BR> I came to a fork in the trail. There was a sign saying "to avoid steep hill" go this way or an ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:30:56 EST Internal Tape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976667 I think we do have an internal tape recording playing in our heads. Things we say to ourselves -- think about ourselves. <BR> <BR> This morning, I did a Zumba workout. The cool-down portion was done to the Bruno Mars song: Just The Way You Are. <BR> <BR> Oh her eyes, her eyes <BR> Make the stars look like they're not shining <BR> Her hair, her hair <BR> Falls perfectly without her trying <BR> <BR> She's so beautiful <BR> And I tell her every day <BR> <BR> Yeah, <BR> I know, I know <BR>... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:22:44 EST Non-Scale Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976059 On July 28th, I blogged: "Strength Training today. I know aerobics isn't enough. 20 minute Denise Austin DVD. Started with 5 pound hand weights --- realized they were too heavy --- switched to 3 pound weights." <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> Today I did the workout using the 5 pound weights! <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Not only one NSV, but two... my underwear is loose fitting! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b88ee005-85e7-4531-969b-04fddf4ee763.jp... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:37:49 EST Amazing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975242 I woke up (yeah, that amazed me... just kidding) I woke up thinking about dance moves! How amazing is that? <BR> <BR> Brought up YouTube and selected a Jessica Smith Cardio Bootcamp 25 minute workout. This was not dancing. I didn't really like this workout. It was hard. I pushed through anyways. No Quitting. <BR> <BR> Now... "Let's Dance!" 20 minutes of Zumba. <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> I'm really sweaty so I think it was a pretty good workout. I put it in the SparkPeople Fitness... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:50:06 EST At My Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974864 I lost 8 pounds in a month. I was basking in the glow of my success. Thinking in 12 months, I could be at my goal. <BR> <BR> Oh wait, the holidays are in there. Stop the negative thought. No excuses. I can do this. <BR> <BR> Letting my imagination wander to 12 months from now and 100 pounds gone. Then What? <BR> <BR> I can't go back to eating fast food every day and no exercise. I can't go back to snacking all night and eating candy bars and ice cream almost daily. <BR> <BR> Th... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:38:09 EST A OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974295 I was in a rush this morning, but I made time for my 15 squats, 15 wall-pushups, and 15 angels (arms to the corners while kicking one leg in back, switch sides). <BR> <BR> Spent 3 1/2 hours at the Farmer's Market with two girlfriends. We didn't sit down once. It was a lot of slow walking. <BR> <BR> I'm proud to say that I didn't buy any of the sweets or even sample them! One friend bought Bubble Tea. I had that last summer and then came home to check the calorie count... 400 calories... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 17:56:45 EST No Fries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972088 Hamburger and fries have always been my go-to meal. Fast food restaurant or a sit down place... I'll usually order a burger and fries. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make healthy swaps. Today I had my burger (grilled at home, 85% lean ground beef) and there wasn't a French fry in sight! <BR> <BR> Ate my burger open faced so only 1/2 of a Kaiser roll. Topped it with a 45 calorie Sargento Ultra Thin Pepper Jack Cheese and a Fresh Tomato Slice. My sides were grilled asparagus and 1/3 cup of Rame... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:43:55 EST Earn Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970955 Sunday... slept in. <BR> Cooked breakfast at home. <BR> Relaxing slow start to the day. <BR> <BR> Looking for motivation to do some strength training today. <BR> <BR> I lost 3 pounds last week. <BR> I tracked my meals and exercised every day. <BR> I liked the results. <BR> <BR> I remembered the quote TIKITAMI had posted: <BR> "What's easier, exercising for one hour in the morning or being unhappy with your body 24 hours a day?" ~Joe DeSena, Spartan Founder <BR> <BR> Looked for a Spark... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 18:12:45 EST Fun & Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970371 Yesterday, I went to a waterpark with my sister, two nieces, and two nephews. We had a blast!! <BR> <BR> We ate out for both lunch and dinner. Plus, snacks in the car and at the park. I estimated my calories at 2,000 for the day. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, I burned most of the calories off at the park. We climbed so many stairs to go down the slides. Plus, walking between rides and swimming in the wave pools. We were at the park for 6 active hours! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Fun in the S... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 16:51:17 EST Checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969239 I can check exercise off my list for today. 30 minute Jessica Smith walking workout completed. <BR> <BR> Also, 6 glasses of water (and no soda) drank before one o'clock. <BR> <BR> Breakfast and Lunch meals have been added to the tracker. Need to plan dinner yet. <BR> <BR> Recreation... talked with a co-worker this morning. Meeting a friend for some shopping this afternoon. Framed some artwork that had been sitting around and hung it up! <BR> <BR> What could I do just a little bit bet... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:06:36 EST Plan B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968579 I ate the last of the blueberries yesterday. <BR> <BR> It was too hot to stop at the roadside market where I buy the fresh Michigan blueberries so I didn't buy any. <BR> <BR> Imagine my surprise when there were no blueberries to put on my cereal this morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26209939-bca5-46bd-8459-69e6e760fb89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Plan B... peanut butter and banana on an English muffin. <BR> <BR> "What no bananas?" <BR> <BR> Plan C... a bowl... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:08:16 EST 3 Pound, 5 Pound, & Beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967979 Strength Training today. I have a 20 minute Denise Austin workout DVD. I started with 5 pound hand weights, but discovered they were too heavy. Switched to 3 pound weights. "No Worries." When I Am Able to use the 5 pounds weights, I will know that I have improved and that I'm stronger. <BR> <em>34</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> Next, I did a 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD. I'm now doing the higher intensity moves and keeping up the pace better. That's after 28 days of working out.... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:52:17 EST Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967346 There's a big difference between "I can't" and "I don't want to." <BR> <BR> I started a 30 minute dance video this morning. At the beginning, I was thinking "oh, I can't do this today" -- but, really that was the "I don't want to" gremlin. <BR> <BR> I'm done and it feels great! Now, on to some Special K cereal, fresh blueberries, and skim milk! <BR> <BR> Have a <em>67</em> <em>30</em> <em>353</em> Day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d9fd2a9-61cc... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:46:29 EST Walk This Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966865 I talked my DH into going for an evening walk with me. There's a nice trail close to our house. Paul has back issues so he tired out before me. He found a bench to sit on while I finished the trail and picked him up on the way back. <BR> <em>342</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This morning, I woke up and felt like challenging myself to a little harder workout. I have a Gaiam 5 Day Fit Weight Loss DVD. The coach on this one gives you a whole body walking workout. I completed it. Ene... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:21:04 EST Shake It Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966420 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25b83ca4-50b5-4bab-a097-ae2b53263ea4.png"> <BR> <BR> 45 minutes of Zumba done before getting ready for a Bridal Shower. <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> SP recommends that you plan two steps ahead for obstacles. My plan for the party is drink only water and skip any chips! I can have a small helping of anything else (as long as I feel it's worth the calories). <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday SparkFriends! Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:23:18 EST A Word About Dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965550 I love dancing! I'm not any good at (rhythmically challenged), but that doesn't matter. I still love it. <BR> <BR> I love the music and movement. I know my body wouldn't be doing these actions in my everyday tasks, but when I dance... hips shaking, swaying arms, shimmies, leg crosses behind, cha cha steps, free movement. I work up a sweat. <BR> <BR> My goal is 15 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning. I decided to dance and my 15 turned into 45 minutes! <BR> <BR> <img src... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:55:59 EST Multiple Small Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964207 Multiple Small Steps: <BR> <BR> 1. Cooking my egg McMuffin at home. <BR> 2. Adding a few extra steps to my walk. <BR> 3. Watching less TV. <BR> 4. Choosing a smaller size soda. <BR> 5. Passing up the garlic bread. <BR> 6. Choosing popcorn as a snack. <BR> 7. Measuring and Tracking all my food. <BR> 8. Closing my kitchen at 9 p.m. <BR> 9. Continuing my exercise streak. <BR> 10. Going up & down stairs an extra time. <BR> 11. Read more. <BR> 12. Do more. <BR> 13. Positive attitude.... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:25:47 EST Say Yes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963992 Say "Yes" more often. I don't mean yes to sweets and going out to eat, but "yes" to life's adventures. <BR> <BR> My sister called and asked if I wanted to go to a beach today. I felt like staying home or maybe going shopping, but she had the day off from work. Her daughter just got back from a 6 week summer camp and this would be my first chance to see my niece. Changed that "No" to a "Yes." <BR> <BR> On our way there, it started to rain. We could have turned back, but we didn't. <BR> ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:33:47 EST A Hiking We Will Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963411 TIKITAMI's page invites us to "Come Hike With Me!" <BR> <BR> I couldn't actually hike with her, but I did take up the invitation. DH and I went on a hike today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1197921d-adac-43a4-8d5b-e5191291ad88.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stairs to get to the trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fc58a4d-a79a-4f2e-b7dc-6fb7d0e6fc58.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Footbridge over river. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 20:48:09 EST How Many Times? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962876 Woke up with a migraine headache. <BR> Good excuse not to exercise. <BR> Nope, I can push through it. <BR> <BR> 18 Day Streak: 15 squats; 15 wall push-ups; minimum 15 minutes workout video. <BR> <BR> My head is going to hurt no matter what I'm doing. <BR> I walked 2,000 steps with the Biggest Losers. <BR> Decided to push myself more. <BR> <BR> Dancing to a 16 minute Zumba For Beginners video. <BR> Wanted to quit after first song. <BR> <BR> "How many times am I going to quit on myself? O... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:24:36 EST Keeping All My Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962266 I'm keeping all my pounds. I don't want them, but I'm not doing the work to get rid of them. <BR> <BR> I've started exercising again. This is good, but I can't exercise off all the burgers & fries, ice cream, and pizza that I've been enjoying. Yes, I enjoy those foods. However, I can't lose weight and continue to eat them. (Oh, I wish that I could.) <BR> <BR> The 100+ First Step Club has been working on creating healthy habits. My red, white, and blue goals for July have been: <BR> ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:45:50 EST Chandelier Swinging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961735 I was watching a cooking show this morning. I've made a commitment to myself to exercise first thing in the morning. I wanted to watch the show -- I wanted to keep my exercise streak. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Decided to compromise with myself. I could watch the show, but I had to get up and move at the same time. I set the timer to be sure I moved for 15 minutes. Marching in place, side steps, high knees, etc. Finished by doing walking laps around the rooms. <BR> <BR> As soon as... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:17:52 EST