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/ 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 Happiness challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624991 Today--packing and getting ready to head home AND getting my Spark time. That was an easy 10 minutes cause I am excited to be going home. Two weeks of vacation sounds great but--too much planning, too many people around, still had to cook/do laundry--so I'll be glad to be home. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:12:57 EST Finishing a goal--so now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622529 I am currently on vacation -- skiing! I have been able to be out at least 4 hours every day (except that nasty day with all the powder -- I cannot ski in powder) and I have managed to feel good at the end of every day. <BR> <BR> So--what do I focus on next? I will do a 5K in May--provided DD3's schedule lets me do that. I will want to beat my previous time of 38 minutes. But what next? Open to ideas!! <BR> <BR> I do need to focus on the house but I need a physical thing for me to focus on,... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:50:21 EST What am I doing wrong? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591369 Okay--DD2 is still living at home till her new job starts on 3/2. She has not been exercising. I have been doing my usual exercising. I asked earlier if she'd like to go for a walk--"not right now" so I did a video and really sweat! She came in during and said she could go now so "okay, as soon as this is done". <BR> <BR> We went out to walk--it was cooler than I thought and after once around the block (.5 miles) I said I was a little cold and she offered that we could stop--I said no, wasn... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:55:43 EST Sad tonight--DD3 going back to school and DD2 is grumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588411 So DD3 has to return to school--I hope the planes are on time and can land and the car, parked at school, can be found under all the snow. I am sad--DD3 is such a joy when she will do something with me. <BR> <BR> DD2 is grumpy--she has had enough of her sister--but I know that she would feel SO BAD if she wasn't nice at least one more time before her sister leaves. So--to try to orchestrate that! <BR> <BR> Add in that we need to leave at 5:45 tomorrow to get her to the airport by 6:30--and... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:21:24 EST 2014 Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578388 Happy New Year! I started my new year "properly"--got enough sleep and then got over 30 minutes on the treadmill. My eating was "okay"--I did enjoy the cookie dough and cookies but had a giant romaine lettuce salad for lunch and some great soup for supper. <BR> <BR> I am tired of the news being so full of the weather--and local news complaining of the "extreme" cold--it might be 10 degrees. Wisconsin has been WELL below zero--THAT is cold, not what we are looking at here in NJ. It is winte... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:40:49 EST Christmas Preparations and on-going "stuff" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570668 I have the preparations for Christmas done--food is purchased, gifts are here and most are wrapped, stockings are ready. Just waiting for DD1 and her hubby to arrive late tonight--then I will have my Christmas with my whole family here. It would be great to have my parents, too but the church would fall down if my mom wasn't there to play for Christmas Eve service! <BR> <BR> We will have our dinner, then to go services at 7 Pm--carols and candles--then we'll open our gifts, sleep and wake to... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:42:11 EST Just a "regular" blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544493 Feeling ok--got to the gym today and worked on my own--some cardio, some chest presses and shoulder work and then to the pool for water aerobics. I like that class. The ladies are sweet and I get a good workout. Then hit the grocery store. I had my coupons along for a change and used them. Supposedly saved almost as much as I spent--everything I buy is on sale or I don't get it this week! <BR> <BR> I have blanched cauliflower for the freezer, shredded mozzarella cheese for the freezer and ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:14:19 EST Two more things I like about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542872 I don't like doing this....especially since I'm in a bad mood. <BR> <BR> I am a good singer--I can sight read and pick out my part very well--just give me a starting note and a couple of chords so I know the key. <BR> <BR> I used to be able to sing AND do the simple choreography. I was in a group my first year in college--even learned a little bit of tap so we could do that particular sequence. I'd love to get back into doing that kind of singing/dancing but who wants to see a 57 year old d... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:24:02 EST Things I like about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540818 I joined a Green Bay Packer team--and signed on to one team goal--Look at/within yourself to find something you love about yourself 1 time per day. So--I haven't been doing this--it is HARD! <BR> <BR> Right now, I am not very happy with me--I have been snacking WAY too much--there is candy in the house and I am trying to make it gone--but not in a good way. So there is some amount of "self loathing". And I am sore so not exercising--likely cause I was mad at myself so "punished" me with a ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 07:56:37 EST CROP Run--and the rest of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522379 I did do the CROP Walk but I tried to run as much of it as I could.I did the 5 miles in just under 70 minutes. I might have been faster but the part of the route that ran through the down town took LOTS longer since there were strollers and lawn chairs all over as people waited for the Halloween parade. POOR PLANNING on the part of the town--the CROP Walk was scheduled first but they allowed the parade at the same time. It was VERY hard to get through and I was a single runner--I can't imagin... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:45:28 EST Much Better.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517997 Well, I am MUCH better. Antibiotics are a wonderful thing--makes me really wonder how people managed before we had them--I guess they suffered a lot more and many died. Two doses and I was MUCH better, after 3 I feel 100% (yes, I'll take all the doses--don't worry). <BR> <BR> I got to yoga and walked into town today--45 minute walk at a pretty good clip. Did not overdo but did not give in to "being sick". We have a challenge in our 5% Challenge team and I was not going to let my teammates do... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:57:18 EST Miserable.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516611 Okay--this may be TMI for some people so leave now.... I think I have a UTI--every time I lay down, I feel like I have to pee. So--get up, go to the bathroom and little or nothing. Go lay down, feel like I have to pee, go to the bathroom and little or nothing. It has been over an hour and a half and I cannot lay down to sleep. I have to work tomorrow--this is NOT going to be a great day.... <BR> <BR> I can't see my doctor but the one I left...oh, well--hopefully, she can handle this. Going ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 02:04:24 EST BMR Calories VS what I've been doing--looking for advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435211 I had a bodyscan done using the machine where you stand on the metal and hold the handles and it runs a charge and measures body fat vs lean muscle mass. I improved in 6 months!! <BR> <BR> But it said my BMR is 1455 kcal. I have been trying to keep my calories between 1200 and 1550 even since I started Spark. I am currently at 150--would like to settle at 145 but did declare "maintaining" on May 1 when I was sitting at 147. I am REALLY scared to up my calories--I'd see the 1455 as the lower ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:14:42 EST Celebrate!! Celebrate!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428671 Six months ago, just before turning 56, I had a body scan done to see what % lean body mass I had versus body fat. Today, I had the scan done again-- I wanted to see if I'd made headway. I have a healthy BMI (24.2) AND a healthy PBF (% body fat) of 26--normal is 18 - 28. <BR> <BR> My lean body mass is up and my body fat mass is DOWN!! 3.3 LESS pounds of body FAT mass and 2 more pounds of LEAN body mass. I COULD lose 5.7 pounds of body fat compared to 9.7 pounds back in January--that means... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:17:28 EST