DIVEDIVA1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIVEDIVA1 DIVEDIVA1'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/ Meltdown.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170660 I am really having some ups and downs lately. One day I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to and the next I feel like I should just stay in bed with the covers over my head. There is no real reason for this really. I am healthy, I have a great family, a great job and I have no real problems with finances. I am usually a very happy person. It just seems like the littlest thing is making me feel jumpy or just plain afraid. <BR> <BR> Today I thought the world was going to come crashing ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 21:09:43 EST I am Not very good at this.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4164410 blogging thing!!! Just call me inconsistent but I find it hard to come here and write about my days sometimes. It seems to me to be trivial but then I read other blogs and people seem to be having some of the same trials and tribulations, cravings, the scale is misbehaving, my clothes are tired and don't look as I would like them etc etc... <BR> <BR> Today I had a wonderful day off, I did nothing....absolutely nothing at all. Well I did eat, healthy for the most part. I tracked here on Spark... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 23:09:19 EST Why I Love Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144093 Snow drops, crocuses and all the little flowers that come up right now while it is still cold and snowing!!! yup we have snow blowing around as I type this, while two days ago I was out in short sleeves tidying up in the yard. You really have to love the seasonal mood swings we have here in Southern Ontario! <BR> <BR> I can see my hyacinths, daffs and tulips reaching up too, they will bloom later. My magnolia is promising to bloom very nicely as well. Lots of buds all over the trees. The gar... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:17:27 EST Really Feeling the Groove Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4139303 I am really feeling back to my old self these past few days. I feel like I can do it this time. I do not have this sense of what is the use, I am only going to fail and eat something I shouldn't. I feel in control. It feels so awesome to feel this way and I am afraid to lose this feeling. I don't want it to go away. I know it has in the past, that is why I am here today. <BR> <BR> I am going to do this one day at a time. I am not going to let the fear of failure take over. Little voices hea... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 17:58:53 EST What I Learned Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4137543 I learned that there are some very special people here on Sparkpeople. People who care enough to look and listen. People who talk to a total stranger as though they have known them for a long time. People who are encouraging, funny and most of all have great big warm welcoming hearts. <BR> <BR> Thank you Scuba Divers! You have taught me a valuable lesson today. Sat, 2 Apr 2011 21:21:42 EST Wow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135758 After 5 days on the 17 Day Diet I have lost 3lbs, Wow. I know that is mostly water weight but it sure is nice to see the number go down. I really like the foods I am eating. I do not miss the grains, crackers or breads, pastas, starches or rice at all now. I did the first two days but now I don't. In fact tonight at work I tried a tiny piece of carrot cake, like two bites worth and it made me feel ill. So nauseatingly sweet, especially the icing! The other thing I noticed this week is that I ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 00:01:59 EST I am Back Again! bet you have heard this before.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132723 So here I am in March 2011 and yet again working on my weight. Never ending story....but this time I am really feeling like it will be my time. I don't know why I feel this way I just do. <BR> <BR> I am walking, I have been doing this for about a year. I did several races last year and I have my first one coming up in May. It would be great to be a few pounds lighter by then so I am working on it! <BR> <BR> I also have a new secret weapon in my fitness arsenal, Boot Camp!! Yup this 53 yo c... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:30:50 EST Good morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2285972 Well it has been a few days since my last blog, I have been busy with life in general. You know work, chores, eating, playing. I am still working hard at getting in the right amount of food. I am finding it very hard to get in all the calories I am supposed to have in a day. I find that in the summer months my appetite is poor. I am also struggling with finding foods that are nutrient rich while giving the right amount of calories. It seems the only pattern I can see is that days I am home I ... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 08:57:11 EST Juggling.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2274265 Well I thought that getting my activity/fitness in before work would be easy when I am working afternoons (3-11) but it is not! I could not get out of bed early enough this morning to get to the gym and it is not open after 10 (it's the Y) Hopefully I will sleep better tonight as I am very tired, had a busy shift, one very sick patient and 3 routine patients. Catching up with the paperwork kept me over time by about 15 minutes so here I am now. Yawn, it is time for this Diva to get her beaut... Thu, 30 Jul 2009 23:31:08 EST Feeling much stronger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2269891 I can feel the difference ramping up my attendence at the gym has done. My trainer mentioned today that I am doing much better, seem to be more energetic and my form is excellent. We worked on upper body today. I had some trouble with the exercises that focus on the shoulders, I injured my shoulder 3 years ago, was off of work for 4 months while I healed. When I returned I had to work modified duties. It has taken 3 years and lots of physio and working at the gym with a trainer to get to the ... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:56:15 EST Our Dependence on Cars! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2267980 So today I was without a car. Being my day off I had lots of plans to get some errands done in town, maybe do some window shopping, go out for coffee, visit the gym, get to the dentist. You know all the things you save for your days off. Well the brakes went on when DH came in and told me he was using my car to get to work as his car door would not latch shut. Good idea as he travels an hour on the highway at 100km/h (not sure what the American equivalent is but it is a major highway!) and yo... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 21:30:45 EST Sunday, ya where's the sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2261518 Another dreary day in southern Ontario, there was some bits of sun but not enough for me. Just as well I was working today. Had more rain this afternoon and it looked like we might get a beautiful rainbow and then sunset but did not happen as the clouds just rolled in. <BR> On the positive side all this cool weather means no humidity, I can take heat but not the humid air. It just weighs me down. I work again tomorrow but 3-11 so hopefully the morning is sunny. <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 20:53:25 EST Headache today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2258820 Woke up this morning about 4ish with a migraine. That happens alot especially when the weather is stormy and we have had a few storms the past few days. I am supposed to work today but had to call in as my head still hadn't stopped throbbing by 6. Ended up taking a dose of Gravol and some Advil and hit the bed for a sleep, Gravol acts like an aneasthetic for me, handy when you have a migraine! Woke up with the usual carpy (don't know if you can use cr@ppy on these blogs) hangover from the gra... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 15:52:00 EST Whooo Hooooooooo I am down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2256513 So this is the end of week 1 back on track as I am calling it. I went to the Y and met with Cara (my trainer) and she really kicked my butt today. She was very happy to see my visits dutifully recorded on my work out card. I am still having trouble with the lunges, I don't put my weight on the front leg enough so I get tired and sore way too fast. We will work on technique. <BR> As for my nutrition I am feeling very satisfied and think that I am really getting the hang of entering my food ch... Fri, 24 Jul 2009 15:05:40 EST Today is day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2253789 Well today is day 7 of my new journey. I feel very accomplished with the previous week, I am down 2lbs so far. I have been to the gym or walked 5 days out of the past 7. Tomorrow I have my weekly session with my trainer. I did not see her last week so she will be pleased that I made it to the gym as often as I did. One of my problems was that I was only going once a week. That is not enough, I knew that but had no desire to get there. I am the Queen of Excuses, I can think of many. I do love ... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:47:30 EST Steve's Birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2251856 Today was Steve's birthday and we decided it would be fun to go to the Toronto Zoo. We have not been since the kids were little and now they are all grown up. We packed some lunch to take with us, perogies from the market, veggies in the raw, fruit and Steve's favourite chocolate chunk cookies. Also took a couple of litres of water. <BR> The weather was ok, overcast with a breeze but the sun did make an appearance, it was not too hot or humid, always a plus when you are walking around. <BR> W... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 23:05:52 EST Almost through week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2247502 I have never had a blog before, I have not really read others blogs but this could be fun. It can also be a distraction for mindless eating because everyone knows you can't get crumbs on the keyboard!!!! <BR> I started using Sparkpeople in April of 2007 but fell off the wagon. I have used WW intermittently too. Actually I think I have it memorized and still view foods as to how many points. <BR> I am really happy to be working on me again because for the past several months I gave up on myse... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:54:19 EST