DIANNEMT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIANNEMT DIANNEMT'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/ Still searching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987027 Yep--I am still unemployed AND found out I cannot get benefits since I didn't work enough hours during the "base year". They take OUT for unemployment even if I don't make enough to collect it. So--I am looking for what to do and being an emergency babysitter for some friends. I do not want to BE a babysitter but don't mind a day or two to help someone out. <BR> <BR> I am looking at the gym schedules--I may be able to get 120 minutes of water aerobics every morning. Trouble with that is I d... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:46:16 EST REALLY unbalanced, now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978269 Since my last entry, I was fired. Not just me--our entire staff was fired and the park taken over by the township. Talk about unexpected and just plain ROTTEN! We did a great job--we have LOTS of documentation of how happy our classes/teachers were with us. I won't listen to the old board president who WAS the problem so don't know her version of WHY this had to happen--I just know that a group that worked together beautifully and taught kids to love nature and history has been broken up and... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:39:02 EST Why am I feeling unbalanced? Challenge question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975994 Today, your challenge is to write down why you're feeling unbalanced lately. Do you have too much on your plate at work? Are you not taking enough time for yourself? Pinpointing the reasons why you're looking for a change will help you start to identify a solution. <BR> <BR> I am feeling unbalanced--since the first of May, 2 daughters moved home, 2 daughters moved out, all 3 went cross country, we spent 2 weeks celebrating my parent's 60th wedding anniversary, I accompanied my mom to the ho... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:11:41 EST Tonight will be great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964622 Tonight I will have my 3 dear daughters and hubby under the same roof. Haven't had everyone home for a LONG time--and this will be JUST our family--no son-in-law. But--the reason they will all be home is that they are all leaving on Thursday to drive across the country to CA so one can start her new seasonal job. I won't have ANY of them back here till Christmas--and that will be a short visit for at least 2 of them. <BR> <BR> So--I will try to keep my focus on the "right now" and enjoy the... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:56:51 EST Why I want to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948366 Posting this here so I see it!! I NEED to remember WHY and then DO IT! <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight so that-- <BR> I can look great! <BR> I can continue to fit into my size 10 jeans instead of the 14 and 16 pairs I wore 3 years ago. <BR> I can get back to maintaining my weight instead of watching it go up. <BR> I can feel more energetic--I have been tired lately. <BR> I can be a good role model for my kids and especially my hubby! <BR> I can rock that blue dress that is hanging in my clos... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:15:54 EST Getting ready for the 5% Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945697 Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment <BR> <BR> • I will do at least 10 minutes of cardio every day—if just walking, I need to do 20 minutes at the fastest pace I can manage—or that hubby can manage. <BR> • I will get to the gym at least 3 days a week for a water class or weights. I will aim for M, W, F but T, T, Sat is okay as well. The water class is 30 minutes and the weight circuit takes me about 50 minutes. I will NOT do weights 2 days in a row. <BR> • I will have 700 step... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:21:13 EST So much happening--and then I'll be alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932993 So much has happened. DD3 graduated from college--what a beautiful ceremony at Michigan Technological University. She graduated with honors in Civil Engineering and will be going to graduate school in Iowa. So we drove 2 days to get there in time to see her senior presentation--along with the rest of her team--it was good and I understood what they had had to figure out and what they proposed. We also had to get her packed up--4 years of living in MI and having a storage unit during the su... Sat, 23 May 2015 11:39:18 EST What's up? Lots--and nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910090 I haven't been posting. I should--it makes me think so I should! I have been to Philadelphia to visit a long-time friend and we had a ball. I have left my "old" gym for the Y and have started to find some classes that I can do--but still haven't found the strength classes I want. I have started to work outside--since it was finally WARM on the East Coast--and I feel good about what we got done. I finished up one set of classes at work and will be starting the next set this week. <BR> <BR> B... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:55:43 EST Renewing my commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897091 I am focusing on "me" again--on my health and fitness. My weight is creeping up but the size 10 jeans still fit so I am watching a bit more closely but not being nuts! I am doing the 30 days to a healthier me challenge--so I do want to get back to my walking every day. I need the weather to cooperate! And yesterday we got 6 inches of wet, heavy snow so it is NOT cooperating so far! <BR> <BR> I want to look better and feel better! So i am going to get walking--7K steps per day is the minimum ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:43:38 EST Winter 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845627 The Winter 5% Challenge starts on Saturday. I am in maintenance--no way can I lose 5% more weight--that would be 7-8 pounds and I am already in the good BMI range. But I can drop 3-4 pounds and hope to do that this challenge. I really want to get to 147 + or - 2 pounds but I am having trouble getting below 150. <BR> <BR> I am again an EL or extra leader on my team. I will try to keep people engaged--interact on blogs, etc. I have gotten to meet 5 people from my another team--love them ALL an... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:52:46 EST My Theme for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842248 I read the article about choosing a them for the year instead of doing resolutions--makes sense to me. So--my theme is "look better and feel better" and I will ask myself "will this activity help me either look better or feel better?" Yes, do it--no, well maybe don't do it! So reading when I have some time but I COULD put away laundry--read--I'll feel better!! At least, this is the thought! <BR> <BR> I will have some goals but they will be mostly for Spark and will focus on the exercise ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:49:37 EST Another NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832541 I went to the ST class this AM--I didn't know yesterday if I'd make it and told the instructor but I got there today. We used the big exercise balls so I am tall and got them down for people. At the end, I was putting them back up--a bit like shooting baskets. The instructor said "Oh, you must have been a basketball player in HS." <BR> <BR> I did NOTHING athletic in HS. I even managed to NOT take gym my last semester of HS. (Still not sure how I managed that but I did.) Yet--she THOUGHT I m... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:18:33 EST Report on my 2nd 5K this year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829868 I didn't think I'd do it--I had said I wanted to run 2 races this year -- and 5K is the best I do--but I didn't know if I'd manage 2. I did a personal best in May and decided that was enough. But--that goal on my goal board was mocking me--so I signed up to do the 5K at work--it is a trail run and was the very first one I ever did. <BR> <BR> Training didn't happen this time--I relied on my "I am in shape". My dear hubby agreed to run it with me--and he had gotten even less training than I d... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:45:50 EST Very behind--but maybe not.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821322 Wait--it is November?? I am still in October mode--I didn't even get the Halloween decorations out yet! Time is going too fast--I cannot think about Thanksgiving or Christmas yet--it doesn't seem possible. <BR> <BR> But--the days keep going whether I am caught up or not. So--I keep moving--physically and mentally but the physical is easier sometimes! I am hoping that somehow I'll get caught up on the housework, the decluttering (my team will laugh at that), the reading I want to do--and I ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:53:55 EST Vacation -- wow--what a great time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800422 We are packed to go home. I had trouble leaving for vacation--I didn't feel good. Sinus infection was taking its toll on me but I had meds so hoped to feel batter soon. The last week has gone too fast. I think this is the first vacation that we have ever taken without lots of planning on what we'd do every day. <BR> <BR> We arrived, slept in and then found The Chocolate Kingdom--what fun to see how chocolate was made and then taste it in various forms. Then to the timeshare to check in (arri... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:48:58 EST Whew!! Missed the gym but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794831 I just didn't want to go to the gym this AM--that spinning class kicks my butt and i didn't want to go. So I went to the park where I work and did 35 minutes of FAST hiking on the trails--had 3K steps and felt like I had worked. Came home, got some chores done and then walked to church 2.1 miles one way for a meeting--had the meeting--and walked back home. By 5:00, I had over 15K steps! I should have gone to the gym, done my hour and then I would have driven to the meeting. <BR> <BR> Inste... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:08:23 EST October 1--looking back and ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790340 October first--rabbit rabbit at our house! I am tired today--slept 9.5 hours and do feel some better. I have looked back on my fitness goal of 10K steps--I have only missed 5 days since making the goal on August 2--and all 5 of those days had more than 6 hours in the car traveling so I think I have done very well with that goal! I will still aim for 10K steps--but I am taking TODAY off--just because. <BR> <BR> Need to look back at September's goals. I didn't make it to the gym for an ST... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:45:07 EST Status on Sept. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781743 These are the goals I stated earlier this month--it is past the 15th so time to check in. <BR> So 1) 10K steps per day--OKAY <BR> 2) 3 gym classes per week -- haven't had 3 ST classes every week but have gone to gym 3+ days a week <BR> 3) continue with 5% Challenge as an EL for my team --YEP <BR> 4) research and maybe try Whole 30 this month (decide by 9/7) 5) if not doing Whole 30, focus on veggies and protein--decided not to do but yes, focus on veggies and protein (and fruit--can't help i... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:16:30 EST Ready for 5% Challenge--Determined Daisy team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781741 The new 5% Challenge starts on Saturday. I am in maintenance--no way can i lose 5% more weight--that would be 7-8 pounds and I am already in the good BMI range. But I can drop 3-4 pounds and hope to do that this challenge. I am keeping up my 10K steps per day--hasn't been too hard but will be when I am working and it is getting cold or dark in the evening. Well--worst case I head to the gym after supper to use the treadmills. <BR> <BR> I am an EL or extra leader on my team. I will try to ke... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:12:51 EST 5% Challenge--Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773980 Trigger situations and foods that trigger my over consumption of calories. <BR> <BR> My triggers are – salty things like Ruffle Potato Chips and dip like french onion <BR> <BR> Plan - replacement habit or behavior---I do not keep these in the house. When I am at a party, I allow myself a few and then get AWAY from the food. I hold a big glass of water and drink that--it keeps my hands and mouth busy. <BR> <BR> My positive behaviors – I drink the water instead of eating the wonderful salty... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:46:06 EST Not trying Whole 30 just yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773151 I have decided that I am not going to try Whole 30. I need to get and read the book and see if this makes sense for me--cause no dairy, grains or beans will really change the way I eat for me and for hubby. I need a better understanding of "why" and "how". So--I am focusing on portion control and veggies/lean proteins. I hope that will make a difference. I am also staying away from candy/sugar. Not getting rid of ALL sugar yet but the idea is to do that. <BR> <BR> My arm is still sore bu... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:03:18 EST September goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770931 Funny how Sept 1 feels like the beginning of a new year--I guess it is the school year mentality. Working with schools, even though my kids are done with school, keeps me in tune with that! So--I need to spell out my goals for this month. I aimed for 10K steps as my "challenge goal" for August and hit it every day I wasn't in the car for more than 4 hours. That is pretty good! <BR> <BR> So--I intend to continue getting 10K steps a day. I am also going to do more research on Whole 30 and ma... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:47:44 EST And met yet one more!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770128 Meeting Spark friends is great! I have met 5 now--all on my Almost Empty Nester's Team. Ohio, Maryland, Wisconsin, California and Michigan--I get around--and so do they since California came east!! (Oh, yes--I'm in NJ.) <BR> <BR> So add Mare to the list! Now--Anne is next on the list!! <BR> <BR> LONG trip home--do NOT try to go from Mackinaw City to NJ in one long day--it is possible but not pleasant! <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:57:37 EST Got to meet another Spark friend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761057 I am so lucky--I am on a wonderful but small team of active ladies--and now I have met 4 of them!! One last summer (Hi, Betsy!), 2 in the spring (Hi, Cathy and Terri and honorary team member Steve!) and now one more (Hi, Carol!!). I will get up to the UP and may get to meet one more--need to find her phone number and call cause she hasn't been on the team chat for awhile--and I want to get to Boston to meet Anne! I hope to get photo posted--wish me luck! I had to twist someone's arm AND giv... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:20:06 EST Keeping up with 10K steps a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759808 I have been hitting my 10K steps a day for over a week now. Not too bad! Yes, sometimes I am going up and down the stairs at 9:30 to hit the mark but--I am doing it! I will be thinking about other goals--may look into the Y so I can work on the swimming but that is still in the future. I think this will be a hard goal to hit once the weather gets colder. <BR> <BR> But--I have set a goal and I am working to achieve it! THAT is what it is all about!! Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:57:25 EST Newest goal--follow-up to "What to do?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753753 I asked for advice in July--What to do? What to do?. Many people saw my fear of swimming and water and, of course, said "go for that and crush that fear." Great idea but now is not the time--end of summer, no pool access without changing gyms, etc. BUT I will look for opportunities to learn to swim and to try a mini-triathlon. <BR> <BR> I have never tried Spinning--I like to ride my bike but the volume in the spinning room is too loud for me so I need to find a quieter class! That is also... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:21:37 EST Follow up to "what to do, what to do" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748444 I wake up today to see my last blog was a "voted popular blog post"--WOW. Never expected that. Then I also see that my Meditations for Women article says "Refuse to remain in your comfort zone." <BR> <BR> I think the world is conspiring to get me to do something that is scary and WAY hard for me to do. <BR> <BR> Most of the comments have urged me to go for swimming. I have lots of excuses why not--don't belong to a place where I CAN swim, don't know about lessons, don't have goggles, can't ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:45:48 EST My next steps--what to do, what to do..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747574 I had a goal to beat my 5K time in May--and I did it! Not by a lot but I ran faster than I have ever run before and finished under 36 minutes. I will do another 5K this year--without trying to beat my record (different course, different timing). <BR> <BR> But--I read this article <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=5_goals_to_focus_on_instead_of_the_<BR>scale </link> about non-scale goals and I NEED to decide on a new goal. I am supposedly maintaining (not doing very well at... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:37:29 EST Really unhappy with the scale--and I guess with me, too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741688 The scale has been inching up--pretty much since February. I do not know why--I have been exercising and tracking and am usually under the calorie range --and I eat pretty healthy--I will have a glass of wine (and track it) or a .5 cup of ice cream and it fits into my calories. <BR> <BR> I spoke with a trainer at the gym today--maybe I need another baby scan cause it might be muscle. Well, I can see the "pooch" that says it isn't all muscle! <BR> <BR> I just do NOT know what to do -- inc... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:47:28 EST July already?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736737 This summer is speeding by. I am not seeing movement on the scale--and not on measurements either, judging by my clothes--but I do have energy even with the heat. <BR> <BR> I am keeping up with my Spark activities--helping with my 5% Challenge team and thinking about learning more about some of these other challenge teams. I need that team idea to motivate myself for the TEAM if not for me. So if you are on a good one, tell me about it? Thanks. <BR> <BR> Making plans to go "home" soon to s... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:48:42 EST Measurements--blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719923 I finally got my measurements taken so I can compare later. Well--I have added inches--I KNOW it is the weight I put back on. So--I WILL do better! I am on Day 2 of the videos and get LOTS of good cardio today. I also did a little extra ST today at the gym. But--I am unhappy with the measurements. Guess I just have to buckle down and get back to work and the weight WILL come back off. <BR> <BR> But it is hard to keep at it. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:01:38 EST Commitment--do 30 day boot camp starting June 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718553 I am inspired by TINAJANE76 who does boot camp every June after school gets out. She looks fantastic and I am going to follow her tradition--doing a boot camp for 30 days after I am done for the working season. lately it has been really hard to get a workout when I have been working 4 or 5 days of the week--yes, those who work full-time, I know you do it but I am used to having my AMs free for my gym classes. So--starting tomorrow, I will do the 30 day boot camp. I have done it before but not... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:24:12 EST Doing fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710780 Things are going fine. Work is busy but not crazy, weekends are keeping me busy, hubby is working a bit less, girls are doing okay. <BR> <BR> But I feel like I am marking time. I'm not "doing" anything that is special or making a difference. I am keeping healthy but not losing any weight. I am taking care of hubby but not making any headway in the clutter. <BR> <BR> Is this it? Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing? I just feel like I am marking time--it is already June and already 2014... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 20:27:19 EST Had a physical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706900 It has been awhile since I had a regular physical--I've gone in sick but did do a regular checkup since Dec 2012. So--got in today--will have blood work next week. <BR> <BR> The doctor was very pleased--my BP was 90/60, my weight higher than I wanted at 152 in clothes but he commented that, with my strong muscles, my weight was "just great". I should "keep doing what I'm doing". That was good to hear!! I remembered to ask about my finger (had 17 stitches in Oct 2013) and my other little is... Fri, 30 May 2014 15:35:38 EST Busy, busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706034 When I get to the gym regularly, I also work on the house--sweep, declutter, etc. But--when I work too many days in a row (I teach part-time and 3 days a week is a lot), I don't get ANYTHING done. <BR> <BR> Well, today I had off so got to the gym for a great workout and now I am attacking the house--wastebaskets, clutter--maybe even vacuum!! (I hate to vacuum.) It is cooler, not humid--would be a GREAT day for a run or long bike ride--but i promised myself I would get serious in here and ge... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:23:31 EST Mid-week report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705465 I didn't get out for the run/walk I had planned on this morning--found something better to do! LOL So I did get out for a mile walk tonight--doing pretty well at getting some exercise every day--but haven't made it to the gym in ages so will get there tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Gray and cold. I don't want to even be awake. Wed, 28 May 2014 19:27:08 EST Body Image--why is it so hard?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704488 Daily Spark had a great video about a mom who had "the perfect body" but it didn't make her feel better. Did you see it? And then an article about bathing suits. I have done some work with body image--I have made a body mask of myself--post baby # 3 and my MIL asked if it was done while I was pregnant (it was about 2 years later--so NO). <BR> <BR> I want my girls to see that the perfect body IS THE ONE WE HAVE! It can do so many things--most of them we don't even have to think about. It is ... Tue, 27 May 2014 15:17:20 EST End of Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703749 What would I do differently if I could repeat this challenge? Well--I'd figure some way to drop these pounds that are NOT disappearing. Maybe close the kitchen earlier--have fewer snacks around. FIND my willpower and let things be!! I would turn to the team more--both the challenge team and my other team. <BR> <BR> I wasn't a very good motivational leader this go round--sorry, guys. I was trying but didn't put the time into it--or I am not the "rah, rah" type of person. I'd do better i... Mon, 26 May 2014 18:47:45 EST Last Sunday of the Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702921 I have not gotten much exercise the last couple of days. Why? DD2 is home and has been spending time with her and I was working so didn't get to the gym. I NEED to get to the gym--to get exercise minutes AND to feel stronger/healthier! <BR> <BR> This Challenge has NOT been one of weight loss--I have not done well that way. But I have kept up my healthy habits--and that is very important to me. The challenges have been easier for me--except this one! I eat the healthy foods, I drink my water... Sun, 25 May 2014 17:06:49 EST I had a GREAT day and--last week of Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702264 Oh--what a great day! DD2 is home and we went to garage sales this morning. We had such fun--and found some great bargains! Just a super morning!! Then we came home and made muffins together--I hate to bake alone. Last night we had her birthday and got on Facetime and Skype with BOTH sisters--that was funny--using the two cameras so the two away sisters could see each other! I love my girls! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge--thinking about the 5% Challenges. I did SO BAD this time--did not lose... Sat, 24 May 2014 16:55:33 EST Wow--achieving a big goal is AWESOME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697322 Let's start with a fact--I am NOT a runner. I do run--I push myself to do so. I do not find great joy in running--but it is a faster way to exercise. I follow the advice to "set a goal and train for something"--so I have done 2 5Ks and decided to do another this spring. My goal has been to finish under 37 minutes. The first 5K took 42 minutes, my second was 37:20 something and I just wanted to be under 37. So--I started running again in March to train. I used Spark's Couch to 5K training p... Sat, 17 May 2014 22:33:26 EST Spark Buddies are the BEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687347 Scale wasn't happy this AM, either--although down from yesterday. (Why is the highest weight of the week ALWAYS the one you are supposed to record??) But seeing the encouragement from Spark friends is SO WONDERFUL! Thank you for responding--for encouraging--for letting me know that I am NOT alone in this "journey"--although if I could wish that YOU weren't having trouble with the scales, I would! I'd rather be the only one fighting with it if it meant you all were doing better! <BR> <BR> B... Sun, 4 May 2014 17:10:23 EST ARGGG!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686776 I have been VERY good since Sunday night--no wine, no ice cream, nothing but good healthy food. And the scale was still up. SO--back to my glass of wine AND an ice cream snack if the calories allow. I am not going to give them up if it makes no difference. <BR> <BR> So--still watching what I eat but NOT being STRICT--we'll see if THAT helps. I could scream. I hate the scale--and my jeans that are snug at the top... Sat, 3 May 2014 22:35:46 EST Day 3 of Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684194 So I am tracking carefully (and therefore eating carefully) and I am getting as much exercise as I can but the scale is still being obstinate. I just want to get back to the 147 area. No alcohol, no ice cream, no candy, no chips--staying away from trigger foods. I KNOW what to do, I am TRYING to do it and I am getting NO good feedback.....but I will NOT give up. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 16:47:00 EST Day 1 of "Back to Basics" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682718 Got to the gym--did a 30 minute run and then a body sculpt class. Had over 6 cups of water before noon. Had fish and salad for lunch, one snack of an apple with peanut butter at mid afternoon and then a good supper. No evening snack--only treat was some seltzer water. <BR> <BR> If I can do this ALL WEEK, I should be in good shape. This is what I did LOTS during the losing times--I guess I have been overdoing during maintenance. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:14:34 EST I HAVE to get back to basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681657 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1999875974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Borrowed" from another Sparker. I am up--7 pounds from the goal weight--and my first year of maintenance is May 1. I am not happy. I still can't point to any one thing--maybe the 1/2 cup of ice cream too many times, maybe the glass of wine, maybe the handful of jelly beans. Or maybe ALL of them--too often. <BR> <BR> So--I understand the healthy lifestyle--but maybe, right now, I need the "diet" mentality again... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:06:21 EST Had a great time meeting Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660173 Last Monday, I drove to the Cape May Ferry, went over to Delaware and met 2 of the members of my team Almost Empty Nesters. (I also got to meet our honorary member--the hubby of one of the ladies.) It was so fun--Terri and Cathy are such sweeties--we laughed and talked pretty much non-stop till I had to get back to the ferry to return home. <BR> <BR> I am lucky--I have meet 3 of the team now--Betsy was the first last summer. These people have listened to me gripe, brag, cry, complain, be... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 17:13:06 EST Something to think about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645403 I "borrowed" this from another Spark member. " FEAR is (I don't remember) or Face Everything and Rise." I am going to keep doing that. THere is nothing big and scary out there right now but I know something will scare me again--and I hope to hold on to this mantra. <BR> <BR> I am not doing well--need to step back from pretending to maintain and start losing again--but I WILL do it! (Just have to find the place to make that change so my calories are closer to what I need for losing!) Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:42:12 EST Happiness again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627697 So I woke up not feeling well--crawled back into bed and slept till 10:30. I dragged around all day--did manage to do 30 minutes of walking video. So my happiness? Hubby came home fairly late but sat with me and brought home cannoli--REALLY good stuff. One piece was very good!! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:44:52 EST Happiness challenge again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626731 I went shopping with DD2. We are NOT big "shoppers"--HAVING to go get jeans or something is a chore but today we just went to "hunt"--no objective. We spent 3 hours together, enjoying the giggles at some clothes, etc. THAT was happy time!! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:08:35 EST