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/ My "secret of success" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371650 I have been doing 5% Challenges since I first found them--wish I'd found them earlier! I am a Determined Daisy--you can try to join my team if you'd like! <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Summer 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Ch... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 11:11:12 EST Body Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367189 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 t... Sat, 27 May 2017 07:39:07 EST Challenge--do a blog post about progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343633 I'd love to do a really positive post--about how I have been on maintenance for 3 years and I'm doing great after dropping 40 pounds. I get to the gym, doing cardio and strength training. I eat clean and stay within my calorie range. I can avoid my triggers--sweets and salty things--without too much trouble. And I feel like a role model! <BR> <BR> But--that would be mostly untrue. I do get to the gym for cardio and body pump classes. I do eat pretty clean--just not 100%. I have been on maint... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:37:50 EST Spark Coach Task--3 recent accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331723 Hmm--3 things I have recently accomplished. 1) planned a chance to dress up in my 18th century clothing and share my enthusiasm with elementary school teachers (and it will likely get snowed out) 2) made an AWESOME chicken stir-fry that had LOTS of veggies in it and hubby liked it and 3) exceeded my goal of 3 days at the gym per week! <BR> <BR> That was harder than it should have been to list. I am getting through each day but I am not "busy" as I used to be. I am not working 30 hours per w... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:16:18 EST Spark Coach Task--Self Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315072 Oh, I am a good one for talking to myself NOT like a friend! But--over the years, I have gotten better. I really make an effort to speak kindly to myself OR at least not say "bad" things. <BR> <BR> And you know--giving yourself a goodie can really make a difference in your mood!! <BR> <BR> Pep talk words--well, I need to work on that one. Sometimes, I swear my body just says "no more" and stops! On its own!! We are skiing this week--and I am not one to "stop and rest" on the hill. I just ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:24:31 EST Spark Coach Task--keep treats out of sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304240 I've been doing Spark for a long time--and I still have to remember to NOT have the trigger foods in the house. I managed to break my plateau before Christmas--then over-ate for about a week--and haven't managed to get back on track--till TODAY. I am restarting TODAY. Lighter meals, NO treats in the evening--yes, I can do this. <BR> <BR> And--no treats in the house. And if they are here, put them out of my sight. Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:56:59 EST Spark Coach task--physical representation of weight I have lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301178 This is kind of fun! I know I have lost 40 pounds but--right now, it is closer to 35. So--despite what Spark Guy said, a gallon of water is about 7+ pounds . That means, I have lost about 5 gallons of water. Cool!! Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:51:32 EST What can I do now that I couldn't do before? Spark Coach task http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293164 If I think back to when I started exercising, this is easy. I can walked 3 miles in about 45 minutes, I can lift more weight than I could then, I can fit into size 10 jeans--BIG DEAL to me! If I think back to Dec. 30 vs now, it is really hard--cause I haven't seen any changes since that date. <BR> <BR> BUT I have been rocking my promises to myself--doing cardio 3x per week and ST twice, cutting way back on sugar, being politically active by contacting my representatives in DC, trying new re... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:15:16 EST Task 6--why do I want to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236889 Task #6: Motivation <BR> Today's assignment is to list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> These are no particular order.... <BR> 1. To look better in my clothes--yes, I can wear a size 10 but the belly is still quite noticeable <BR> 2. To be a better role model to my girl... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:53:23 EST Task 3--update Spark Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235133 I don't like updating my Spark page. I don't have enough photos, my "vision" never translates correctly to my page, I am not a writer....but I will do it. I NEED to get my weight back down to a healthy BMI--just "cause". Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:08:37 EST Task 2 in Fall 5% Challenge "homework" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234176 5% Challenge - Team Daisy <BR> <BR> Task #2: Check list <BR> <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? Just healthy eating 101--little processed foods, lots of veggies, whole grains--the way I have been cooking/eating for the last couple of years <BR> Found some recipes? have what I need <BR> Grocery list? have been doing this so yes, it is ready <BR> Shop? will be doing this week <BR> Do you have the food on hand to get started? yes <BR> Have you followed this diet before? yes <BR> Di... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:27:18 EST Getting going on the 5% Challenge "homework" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233489 5% Challenge - Team Daisy <BR> As the challenge is starting on 9/24 the pre-challenge tasks are beginning. <BR> <BR> Task #1: On your Spark Page write up your 2016 Fall 5% Exercise Commitment. What type of exercise will you do? How many minutes and how often will you exercise? <BR> <BR> I will do 3 water aerobic classes a week as my cardio. I will do 2 weight lifting classes a week. I will continue my streak of 7K steps per day. SO I will have at least 60 minutes per day plus my walking ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:22:28 EST Next 5% challenge starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231798 I have been doing 5% challenges for a long time--wish I had known about them sooner!Come try it with me! <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on th... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 15:24:21 EST Enjoying life--just not the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187030 I am back from a cross country trip with my daughter. She had moved to CA last year for a one year job--and needed to move to the next one in OH. The 3 girls did the trip together last July--but my DD2 asked ME if I'd like to drive with her this time! We had a ball! <BR> <BR> We ate big breakfasts (thanks to our hosts or the hotels) and then snacked on hard boiled eggs. carrots and hummus during the ride. I think only once did we stop for a later meal. So I expected the scale to be GREAT to... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:47:27 EST Feeling frustrated but I will keep fighting..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128855 I am very frustrated. I am way up in weight but still it into the same jeans. I am in the 5% Spring Challenge and, if I make it, I'll be back in maintenance range. I am not going to eat much bread. I will stay off the alcohol. I will focus on eating the fruits and veggies and healthy carbs early in the day. I will get enough protein to keep me from snacking on unhealthy things. I am not happy with me but I am happy with the streak I have--2 weeks of 7K steps minimum! I will keep it up and d... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:01:26 EST Spring 5% Challenge Coming Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116971 I love these challenges--they have made a big difference to me and I wish I'd known about them when I was just starting out. The Spring 5% should start March 26--and we are looking for members!! <BR> <BR> Visit <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66559 </link> to sign up. I am a Determined Daisy--other friends are on other teams but ALL the teams stress supporting each other!! Fri, 11 Mar 2016 17:53:24 EST My short and medium goals--and rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115290 If I can drop to 157 by Easter, I get a massage. And if I get to 155 by Memorial Day, I get to color my hair for the summer. <BR> <BR> There--put them in writing! It isn't going to be easy cause the scale is going UP and not down but--I WILL DO IT! Wed, 9 Mar 2016 15:26:39 EST Skiing in CO--and a BIG NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092166 I am so very proud of myself! BIG NSV--I can ski all day without getting too sore and tired!! I mean, we went out by 9:30 and I was still skiing at 3:30! Yes, I took about an hour for lunch but--I was FINE to go one or two runs more--but I know when you are tired, that is when you fall--so I didn't do another run. The legs are handling it--once in awhile, my quads ask for a short rest on the mountain But that is just a short rest--I stop, catch my breath and go again! <BR> <BR> My 22 year o... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:42:51 EST My Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057014 Thank you to whoever wrote this in the first place and all who have shared it so I could find it! <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other peopl... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 13:30:20 EST Looking to 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053575 I have revamped my goal board and my "other goals" to reflect what I want to do in 2016. I am still going with a theme--2016 is "deep breath and say 'thank you'"--so I will meditate and keep a gratitude journal. I tend to look on the negative side--so hopefully saying "thank you" will help me see all I have to be positive about! And the meditating will help me quiet my mind so that I won't get so worried or mad. This is the thought, anyway. <BR> <BR> I am not dropping my theme for 2015--loo... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 19:10:22 EST Merry Christmas--mine is here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050337 My 3 daughters and my son-in-law are in residence--they are all here till Thursday AM. I am happy--saying grace sounds right--all the voices are present. In church, I had all of them in my sight and could hear 3 lovely voices (SIL does not sing). No matter what is under the tree, I am happy--I have the people AROUND the tree!! <BR> <BR> I do hope that all my Sparkfriends have someone special that IS around your tree/table this year. If not--I hope you can talk with them on the phone. If not... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 18:06:01 EST Sad today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043363 I just found out today that a neighborhood friend passed away today--he was married to a classmate and I have known him all my life. He was 60--that isn't old--but he had gained a lot of weight--was at least 250 and he had a major heart attack. My friend is 58 and now alone. They had 2 children, I think--and several grands. His mother is still alive but doesn't know what is going on, I'm sure. His sister was a good friend in school--a little older than me--and older than her brother. She wil... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 18:07:41 EST I am thankful for my Spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038137 I am an introvert--always have been. So I don't make friends easily but, when I do, I think I am a good friend. But--for whatever reason, I am not "buddy, buddy' with too many local people. I rely on many of you--my Spark friends--for interaction. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for you--for your advice, your ideas, your sharing of stories. Many times, I don't know what I'd do without you guys! <BR> <BR> So--know you are thought of with great affection--that you make a difference in my life--and I... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:46:59 EST More health related victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032042 I am trying to bust my current plateau. I had been doing fairly well--but then we were on vacation without a scale for a week. I THOUGHT I was getting LOTS of exercise--we walked a lot, did weights, had 2 water aerobics classes--but I gained 4-5 pounds. I am getting them off again SLOWLY but I am supposed to list health related victories. So <BR> --I still have excellent blood pressure--like 90/60 at 58 years old! <BR> --I take NO medications at all--at 58 years old. <BR> --My biggest phys... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 13:02:44 EST End of October?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023830 HOW is it the end of October? I am almost ready for school to begin! (Well, I lost my job--BIG management change--so I don't tune into the school schedule anymore.) <BR> <BR> I am not making any headway on my weight-loss journey--did well in the Summer 5% Challenge, then had that "break" and haven't gotten to the weight I was at the end of the challenge even though we are 2/3 of the way done with the Fall 5% Challenge (Go, Daisies!) . It is TOUGH to stay at that lowest weight. But I can stay... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 18:05:31 EST Non-Scale Victories to celebrate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020419 1) I could lift that box without any help and carry it across the parking lot. <BR> 2) I don't get winded going up and down the stairs. <BR> 3) My size 10 jeans still fit from last year! <BR> 4) I can pass on the junk food and control my portions on most everything else. <BR> 5) A friend from 10 years ago didn't recognize me and then said I look great! <BR> 6) Other than this pesky cold, I feel good! Sat, 24 Oct 2015 14:02:28 EST Last day of the sugar challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018944 Well, I did it! I have not had much sugar--didn't manage NO sugar but I stayed away from sweets and it has made a difference! I learned some new coping methods that will help me to stay off the sugar snacks. <BR> <BR> Not too shabby!! Now if this cold would go away I'd be GREAT! Wed, 21 Oct 2015 19:02:35 EST Sugar -- Day 19 and Reasons for decreasing sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018304 No real sugar cravings today--still don't feel 100% so rested the AM. Did get out with friends in the afternoon and for dinner. When I want something, I am getting fruit or some protein and that is working--or a cup of tea! <BR> <BR> Why to decrease the sugar? It may cause inflammation within my system, it makes me want MORE sugar, it is empty calories, it likely makes my skin look older. I am in good shape--no diabetes, no high cholesterol but I want to feel good and look GREAT! I will c... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:56:41 EST Sugar--Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017758 Still sick. I have been taking tea with raw honey--as medicine, not a sweetener! No appetite so snacking hasn't been an issue. <BR> <BR> I hope I can get through Halloween without going bonkers--I do love peanut butter and chocolate....we'll see how I do. Mon, 19 Oct 2015 18:56:36 EST Sugar--day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017190 I'm sick so nothing tastes good. I did have some dry cereal--needed something to chew but--nothing that was "fun". No cravings except to feel better! Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:58:55 EST Sugar--Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016543 Blew it! We went for breakfast--had a lovely meal and, as we left, I took and ate a peppermint. ARG! So--had "added sugar" today. Hoping this doesn't set off my cravings again--I will do my best!! Sat, 17 Oct 2015 13:38:37 EST Sugar -- Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016169 Ate out at noon--tuna salad with lettuce, etc--no sugar there. I KNOW I had a yogurt this AM with some sugar but I didn't have time for an egg so needed something before the gym. But--it wasn't something "sugary" so I dn't think that is too bad. <BR> <BR> Supper was burger on the grill and veggies--so doing okay. Really no bad cravings today--I had a cup of hot tea cause I was cold--and didn't need a cookie or 3 to go with that so that was a good thing! <BR> <BR> I am tired--did 5 days at t... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 18:23:53 EST Sugar--Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015501 NO added sugar as of today. So I had to find a peanut butter without any added sugar--I did but I have to stir the oil in--so it is likely NOT healthier! LOL I don't like this much--no yogurt, no cereal, no protein shake--but I am starting to curb the sweet cravings so it is worth it! Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:55:27 EST Sugar--Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015039 Still hanging on--but I am NOT eating anything sweet except fruit. I am finding the willpower again to not take the "junk" food--that helped me lose all the weight the first time. I am learning that I just CAN'T have one cause my "moderation" doesn't exist--one cookie turns into the package too easily. I admit to disliking this BUT I want the scale to cooperate more than I want the cookie. <BR> <BR> I am craving "treats" in the late afternoon and evening--so I am knitting or having a cup of ... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:13:54 EST Sugar--Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014562 I passed up the cookies again. I did not have anything sweet today but fruit. Feeling pretty good about this but I also figure that I will have to leave cookies alone! <BR> <BR> I got my reward of reading today--only trouble is, I didn't get much else done cause I wanted to keep reading!! Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:57:02 EST Sugar--day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013893 Went to the gym and worked at home--trying to find the dining room. It collects "stuff" with no problem at all!! Anyway--had oatmeal with chia for breakfast, cheese and cottage cheese for lunch with an apple/peanut butter as snack (yes, I know -- sugar in the peanut butter). Dinner was a good fried rice and chicken and veggies. <BR> <BR> So I am doing okay on the "no sugar" or only 1-2 added sugars. Not eating out and not stopping for a "treat" anywhere! LOL Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:36:35 EST Sugar--Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013258 Passed up the goodies at church coffee hour--doing okay with that part. Just not sure if I can/want to give up cake/cookies forever. I should -- we don't need as much sugar as we eat but I do enjoy them. Trouble is I can't have just one. <BR> <BR> My reward of reading should kick in today--but I have other things I should be doing. So I need to FOCUS on my reward!! Sun, 11 Oct 2015 16:34:42 EST Sugar--Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012832 I did NOT have a piece of free candy--huge step for me! And hubby had ice cream--I did not. <BR> <BR> Reward for me--I don't know. I am not big on rewarding myself. I need NO new clothes. I'd love a massage but it would take a lot of days at a dollar a day to get one. Maybe I can read for 30 minutes if I have no sugar--that would be something NICE for me. <BR> <BR> No big cravings today--but then I did overeat--peanuts and a 5 Guys burger and then pizza instead of salad for supper. Sigh Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:25:02 EST Sugar--Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012173 Come up with substitutes for the sugar cravings--I have been doing water, tea, a piece of fruit (yes, has sugar but not ADDED sugar so I allow that). I would like the HABIT of wanting sugar to go away. I expect that I will have to stay away from cookie, candy and cake in my own house forever-but I hope I can have it out as a treat soon. (I really want to try a Duck Donut--and that would be sweetened!) <BR> <BR> So I am continuing the exercise and watching the intake--I hope my weigh in tomor... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 12:56:01 EST Sugar--Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011822 Well--I wasn't "clean" today--at Costco, I had a taste of a granola-type bar and the dark chocolate with pumpkin seeds. I had not gotten lunch and grabbed without thinking. BUT that was all I had that was added sugar! <BR> <BR> The pantry cleaning is hard--hubby lives here, too. So I just know the granola bars are off-limits, no jam/jelly at this point--and no raisin bran cereal (or most any cereal). Can't toss his stuff and that won't bother me. <BR> <BR> Again--after dinner, I want someth... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 20:37:22 EST Sugar Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011114 I am not being perfect with "no sugar" but I am NOT eating any cookies, cakes, candy, cupcakes, scones--whatever! I did have a carton of yogurt for breakfast--and then hit the gym so couldn't get more sugar if I wanted it--and didn't want any by the time I got home. <BR> <BR> I have a really hard time with candy and free--if it is out for the taking, I will end up taking some. I can pass it at the store but it is hard to pass it for free. I did NOT have a cookie last night after dinner at a... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 16:22:19 EST Sugar Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010649 Did okay today until dinner at a friend's house--then, instead of having a cookie, I put a little bit of jam on a piece of bread! So--i knowingly ate sugar today. <BR> <BR> I didn't have cravings today during the day--just spent too much time on the PC. Sigh Tue, 6 Oct 2015 21:48:25 EST Sugar--Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009913 It is a good thing I have no treats in the house--cause I WANT something. I can stay away from the ice cream but I may end up with a smoothie tonight. We'll see--I am trying to not. <BR> <BR> I have had my tea, I was busy this afternoon with a couple of projects and I have a good supper planned. But--I do want a cookie or something sweet in the worst way! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:34:56 EST Sugar--Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009229 We have coffee hour at church. I did NOT take anything to eat--I did get a cup of tea but no goodies. No snacking at home either--just had an apple and some peanut butter for lunch (yes, there is some sugar in that but it is protein mostly) and had a good dinner (stuffed shells, cauliflower and one slice of homemade bread). <BR> <BR> I will have some flavored seltzer later as a "treat" and likely another apple. yes--there is sugar in the fruit but at least it isn't a cookie! <BR> <BR> I did... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:52:28 EST Sugar--Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008633 I didn't have yogurt--the kind I have has added sugar. Hubby made me an egg and toast! Then I didn't have a muffin (free) or any candy (also free) at the conference I attended--that is huge for me. I had enough coffee that I wasn't hungry for lunch so just had an apple--naturally sweet is allowed but no added sugars. <BR> <BR> Craving? I had a cup of tea instead. So far, so good. I tend to want sweets 1) when I see them or 2) when I am bored. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:06:31 EST Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008234 I am doing the Sugar Challenge--how to stop the cravings, etc. So--when did I crave sugar today? After the gym, I needed SOMETHING to eat--had protein and carbs, then an apple and peanut butter when hubby ate. No major craving. While fixing dinner, I wanted "something" but had some tea. After dinner and time with friends, we had homemade applesauce--no sugar added but it was wonderful. <BR> <BR> So today--no real cravings. Helped that I stayed busy AND that I don't have any cookies, etc in... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:31:34 EST 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