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/ 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 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