DIZZYDOC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIZZYDOC DIZZYDOC'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/ Day One a Lesson Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025423 Yesterday was my first day back at SP and I eagerly entered my food into the tracker. Breakfast was OK and I was very proud of myself then for lunch a salad. <em>244</em> I was on a roll then dinner time arrived. I thought I might be in a bit of trouble here when my God daughter stopped by unexpectedly to take us to dinner at Agave but, I couldn't refuse. I decided to just eat lean foods like grilled beef, chicken and shrimp. Yep, that's right I ate all three and when I went to ente... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:49:05 EST It's A New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697642 Today is the first day of the New Year according to the Chinese Calendar and the fireworks across the city last night welcomed it in with blazing glory. I am determined to make this a good year, after all it is my year as it is the year of the Water Dragon and I have waited 60 years for it to come again. I can't waste this wonderful year. So, I am moving on. <BR> <BR> I have added journal writing as my next habit and have finished day 3 ... Meditation is so automatic I don't even think a... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:48:43 EST One New Habit at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688369 I have jumped in so many times with my mighty to do list. I have set schedules, made routines and a whole variety of wonderful things to help me be a new, refreshed, organized ..... person. Well, I am lucky if I make it an entire week before I abandon the whole thing. So, this time around I am going to focus on one thing at a time until it becomes a habit then, I will add another. <BR> <BR> About three weeks ago, I started meditating when I got up in the morning. I realized today that... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:32:49 EST Recuperate and Refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680875 Vacation has finally arrived and I am taking this opportunity to recuperate from a very busy semester and refocus on my life and future. I will be returning to the Philippines at the end of the school year. I am not sure exactly what I am going to do as I am turning 60 ... the magic retirement age in Asia. My options are open and my focus is on the future as I begin looking at all the exciting opportunities open to me. <BR> <BR> The future however is not only about career options but a... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:14:07 EST It took a tragedy .... but now I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4609701 Ok... so it sounds like "Independence Day" but, that is how I feel. Since returning to China I have been struggling to deal with tons of personal issues at work and I have been stressed, confused and miserable. Then yesterday, one of my students passed away at 16 and this forced me to do some serious thinking. <BR> <BR> Life is too short to allow ourselves to be miserable ...even for one brief moment. So, I guess for me this is my "Independence Day." I will no longer allow myself to s... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 17:55:03 EST Exams are Harder on the Teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568877 We just finished three days of midterm exams and the students are exhausted. Everyone is talking about how hard the exams were and how hard they had to work. To all of this I have only one thing to say. What about the teachers? After invigilating those exams everyday, we now have the honor of grading them. I know I have 150 exams or, to be more specific 300 essays, and they have to be done by Wednesday? <BR> <BR> Sorry I can't stop to visit. I have essays to grade. <em>198</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 21:09:46 EST I'm going to be a Greyhound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4558789 I have been so focused on all of the negative things in my life, I didn't take the time to do all the good things I learned here at Spark like track food and exercise or stay focused and positive. The result? In one week I put on all the weight I have been working to keep off for six months. Not to mention the health issues from weeks of stress. <BR> <BR> Well, no more excuses and no more piddling around in the kennel. I am getting myself back on track and I am taking off the rest of my ... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 14:29:39 EST What is exercise anyway? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535364 A dear friend of mine is going through a difficult time right now. Her D.O. has restricted her activity and she is bed ridden. She is the motivational leader of the Spirited Underdogs and thinks she cannot be part of the team anymore because she can not exercise. Well, being an English teacher, I like to make sure my students use their words properly so, I looked up the definition of exercise and here it is. (Thanks to dictionary.com) <BR> <BR> noun <BR> 1. bodily or mental exertion, es... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:13:56 EST There is a viper in my food bowl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525158 A viper(new boss) recently slithered into my food bowl and made himself quite at home. At first I thought he was a friend so I invited him out to play. He bit me! OUCH that hurt but, not being the smartest dog in the kennel I crawled on back to see what happened. Well, you guessed it...he bit me again! Crawling into a corner I whimpered and whined for four long days, how very unloved I felt. Then the other dawgs (Spirited Underdogs) tracked me down in the kennel and forced me out into... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 08:10:17 EST Bye Bye Murphy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502581 I don't know who sent Murphy back to my house but, he has been here for over a week and is definitely not planning to leave. The only thing that seems to be going right, with him around, is the Challenge and even then my fitness tracker is only recording strength exercises and my repaired computer is just limping along. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Clearly action is needed so, I am jumping on the plane to Marrakech. Bye bye Murphy! Enjoy your stay in China! <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 05:15:56 EST Hitch Up That Sled... the 5% Challenge is Starting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489386 I am prancing, dancing and barking with excitement because the Fall 2011 5% challenge is getting ready to kick off and I will be running as a full grown dog. No more puppy chow for me .... <BR> <BR> I made the numbers in the Summer Challenge but, I pushed so hard the last week I gained it back as soon as the challenge ended. Lesson learned, this time I am taking it off steadily instead of just the first and last week. It should also be easier as I am no longer on vacation, eating my way ... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 09:35:48 EST Did I Make it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476354 The 2011 Summer 5% Challenge has come to an end, though we still have time left for the final weigh-in. As of this morning, my scale was saying 162.8 and my target is 162. Did I make it or do I keep pushing until the last minute? Well, the answer to both questions is yes. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> I definitely won this challenge and this is why: <BR> <BR> 1. I learned there is exercise outside the gym and also learned I can do it without a personal trainer. (Victory Point: I am sa... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 22:12:54 EST Ouch - Those grapes hurt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464877 Only a week left until the end of the Summer 5% challenge. I don't know if I will make it but, it is not over yet so it is "full steam ahead for me." Especially after the big backward hop I took last night. You see, I went to an office party/potluck. I was very proud of the fact I was only drinking juice... nobody brought water... and I was careful when selecting everything I ate too. It was a meal of fresh fruits, vegetables and only a small piece of meat. I was so proud of myself, ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 21:13:18 EST Plateau, Stress or Confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463281 Vacation has ended and I have returned to school. Yet, my weight is still bouncing near the 166 mark and I just can't seem to break through to wipe out those last few pounds I need to loose to achieve my challenge goal. Have I hit a plateau? Am I stressed? Or is my body just confused? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> All summer I traveled around the Philippines enjoying the sweet juicy tropical produce and fresh seafood. Though I felt like I had to overeat daily to reach my calorie goal,... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 21:20:05 EST Island Hopping in a Banca (Photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452408 My vacation has ended and I will return to work tomorrow but, I will always remember my wonderful journey as we sailed around the Islands off the coast of Mactan Island, Philippines. Our voyage began when we boarded the Banca. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62799905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Filled with friends and family, the banca made its way out to sea. As we sailed the smooth ocean, for more than an hour, we passed many wonderful sights. We dipped past Bohol ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 08:46:18 EST Mystical Mountain (With Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437486 Leaving Nasugbu, Batangas we made our way inland climbing steadily until we reached the rim of an extinct volcano which is now a beautiful water filled lake with another smaller ... and very active .... volcano sprouting up from it's ancient core. Looking down on Taal Lake and volcano is a truly mystical experience, especially when the volcano is erupting... spitting out steam to relieve it's indigestion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736225751.jpg"> <BR> ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:48:41 EST Nasugbu, Batangas (with photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429273 A few weeks ago I set out on an exciting journey to find the place where I would eventually retire. My DH and I had already agreed it would be the Philippines but, we hadn't decided on the exact place though we had narrowed our choices down to two places in Batangas (A province on Luzon Island) --- Nasugbu and Tagaytay. We were looking for pre-sell resort properties as our retirement won't be for several years so, a quality builder with a proven track record of converting models into r... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:08:27 EST On the Road Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4422276 I hit the road, or maybe I should say the sky, again today and am now in Cebu, Philippines. On this trip I will be Island hopping and enjoying the local flavor one last tine before I return to China and work next week. I have come equipped with my notebook and camera ready to record my journey so I can share it with you when I return. For now, I am headed for a late dinner at poolside so I will write more later. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a great weekend, I know I plan to. Fri, 12 Aug 2011 07:16:45 EST Technical Difficulties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4411395 This week's blog will be late due to technical difficulties. (My computer died and I am waiting for a part from Singapore to revive it.). <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> When my computer is back, I promise to create some picture blogs which will let me share my journeys with you. Until then, I have some challenges to meet so I am off to exercise. <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you all have a great week. <em>9</em> Sat, 6 Aug 2011 22:02:24 EST My Buckboard is now a Carriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394904 This week I was on the road traveling to many exciting places. I lounged on a glorious beach of the South China Sea and I stood among the clouds gazing down on a small volcano nestled in the crater of a long extinct one. The views were breathtaking, the weather beautiful and the food five star. I tried to eat right but, I suspect I went a bit overboard with the Mango explosion. The week was wonderful and the experience one of a lifetime. I do not regret a single moment of it. In fact,... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:00:22 EST Dizzydoc and the Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380238 While wandering through the jungle of water, fruit, veggies, protein, carbohydrates, an lots of vitamins and minerals, I came across the Spark Tracker. Wow, what an exciting tool. Eagerly I loaded everything I ate and drank into the Tracker and it popped out lots of numbers. I practiced diligently and soon I could even predict what it would say .... <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> It was like winning in Vegas I could pop in lots of freggies and not bust by hitting 1200. For weeks and weeks I ... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 23:06:09 EST BK Gobbled Up My Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376325 Living in China it is easy to avoid the lure of fast foods as they are not all that common where I live. Though, I must admit I have seen a few Mac Donalds, KFCs and Subways in town. Fortunately, none of them are close to my condo so I really don't even think about them any more. <BR> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Well, today while walking around one of Manila's malls, my husband saw a Burger King, his all time favorite, and insisted he was going to eat. Now, I could have moved on and met... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 06:52:47 EST I Was an Underachiever Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374595 After a slow run yesterday, due to the dentist pulling another tooth, I woke up this morning determined to get back in the challenge game. Unfortunately, things don't always work out as planned and my cardio had to be tabled as fever and infection kept me in bed most of the day. I did make it a point of doing a few strength exercises every time I got up, and feeling better this evening, I finally completed my days strength work out at least. <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Eating was also a... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 10:40:42 EST Woo Hoo I'm an Avocado. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371081 Until yesterday, if some had said I was an avocado, I would have been a bit insulted. I mean really now, who wants to be a green fruit with ugly skin? Anyway, I had a change of heart when I computed my hip to waist ratio for my weekly measurements. According to the calculator I have left the rounded apple domain and become an avocado. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> In case you are as confused as I was, the avocado is the area between apple and pear. I am still a bit too plump in the mi... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:32:48 EST Murphy spent the day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368523 Murphy's law states "anything that can go wrong will go wrong." Well, it is my opinion, Murphy spent the day with me yesterday. <BR> <BR> 1. I woke up at 9:00 AM instead of 5:00 AM - I lost four hours of my day. Unfortunately, this was my morning exercise time. <BR> 2. We decided to go out to lunch & a movie - restaurant calories are huge.. I ordered a salad that turned out to be high cal in addition, it had a curry sauce that permanently fired my taste buds. <BR> 3. When we went to the... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:33:17 EST My Day is Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366049 I was so excited about the challenge I woke up at 5:00AM to start the day. I exercised, counted calories (I decided not to use South Beach Diet yet) and read blogs. At 9:00 with 60 minutes of strength exercises complete and my stomach pleasantly full I put on my walking shoes and headed to the mall (it is too hot to walk outside). After finishing Mega Mall I went to V Mall where I continued my walking and exploring. So many things to see but, I was a woman on a mission and stopping to s... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 09:44:40 EST The Race is On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4364014 For those of you in the States, you still have a day to prepare but, for the Kiwis and other Pacific Islanders the race has begun and the Aussies will soon follow. As for me, I am 8 plus GMT and have four hours to wait. ( S.E. Asia). <BR> <BR> The world fair in Shanghai last year was really awesome and though only the Chinese pavilion is still open, it has plenty of great things to see while you wait for your start time. So, be sure to check it out. I would like to hang around now and... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 08:27:12 EST Here is before... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361994 The 5% challenge will start Saturday and I have everything set up. My routine has been tested, my diet sheet is ready to print, and the exercise videos are all downloaded. I and so ready to go. <BR> <BR> Now all I need is my before picture so here it is ..... I can already imagine what I will look like one size smaller or, to be more exact, 8.5 pounds lighter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909692178.jpg"> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 09:48:32 EST Remodeling Me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353803 Ok, I have joined a new challenge "Summer 2011 5% challenge" and this is assignment #3. In this assignment I have to answer several questions. <BR> <BR> Now, if I answer all of the questions I am being asked in detail, I am sure the challenge will be over before I finish. Therefore, since the answers can be found in my earlier blogs, I am going to make it simple and summarize here. I want to loose weight because I really don't like myself. Already, having lost 30 pounds, I am starti... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 20:16:00 EST Too big for 3X but XL fits great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337901 I have been in Manila for 3 days, 2 of them spent shopping. I can not describe how good it made me feel to walk through the misses section picking out cloths. Only once did I accidentally roll into the plus size section .... not good. <BR> <BR> From a distance, I noticed a lovely blouse and wandered over to check it out. I had just taken it off the rack, to look at, when a sales lady jerked it out of my hand and gave me one just like it. Baffled I looked at her and asked "is there a p... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 21:48:26 EST Who needs baggage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328726 I can't believe I am finally on my way! Six glorious weeks of vacation! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I admit I did have to make a few cuts on the things to do list but, I got all of the things I needed for school done and my students are headed out on their own exciting journeys. So, where did I cut? Luggage. <BR> <BR> Luggage is, after all, nothing more than baggage and we all know carrying around excess baggage is not a good thing. So, with this in mind, I grabbed my laptop and pu... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:16:58 EST OMG - Where is the Panic Button? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4322642 I was sitting here quietly reading Blogs and sipping my morning coffee when I was struck by a bolt of shocking reality. I leave for the Philippines in 2 1/2 days and I have not given preparation any thought. No problem, I have a day planner and I can sort this all out quickly. I have learned to be organized. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Opening my planner I make another exciting discovery... today is DH's birthday (oops..should have set a Spark reminder or checked my planner). No pro... Sat, 25 Jun 2011 21:33:51 EST Days 28-30 Finishing the Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4321025 This 30 day challenge was a psychological challenge rather than a weight challenge. During this challenge we were forced to look at attitudes and habits and how they affect our lives. I got a lot out of this challenge. Mostly about organizing my life. I think it was definitely worth the time I spent on it. <BR> <BR> Check up: <BR> <BR> When I started the challenge my goals were: <BR> 1. Reverse weight gain and aging <BR> 2. Get organized <BR> 3. Stay in better touch with my family... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:31:39 EST Day 27 - When this 30 Day Challenge Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4310039 The end of the challenge coincides with the start of my summer vacation and the end of my personal training sessions. I will not be doing another challenge as I will be travelling in SE Asia. I will however, try to stay active on SP and my trainer is putting together a couple of "take anywhere" exercise packages. In addition I have my goals in my day planner for frequent review and my Elle MacPherson photo for motivation. I am determined not to gain weight during this vacation. I have... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:12:49 EST Day 25 - Limiting Beliefs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307622 Day 25 asks about limiting beliefs in our lives. Personally, any limiting beliefs I was given were overridden by my father's unwavering belief in me, which he passed on to me. Therefore, when the negatives flew around me, I treated them as the proverbial gauntlet and picked them up, determined to prove the negative wrong. I am and always have bee a crusader for the underdog, especially if that dog is me. As a teacher however, I see instances of this on a daily basis and the sad part is, t... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 23:18:19 EST Day 26 - Making My Priorities Commitments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307620 Priorities to Meet my Goals <BR> <BR> Day 26 - Examine or priorities as the pertain to our goals. For me, my priority has to be set a schedule and stick with it. I tend to get engrossed in the moment and let things slide as I wander in twenty different directions. This chaos in my behavior has led me to actually gain back one hard lost pound. I have however done a lot of thinking and planning how I am going to meet my goals. Unfortunately, thinking and planning have been the focus...... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 23:17:03 EST Day 23 and 24 -Short answers and check up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4304145 Day 23 - The Challenge for today is to determine if I am a leader. The answer is yes. In fact, leadership ability is a key criteria for successful teachers. Can you imagine standing in a room full of students waiting for one of them to take the lead? One thing is certain, you won't have long to wait because one of them will quickly grab the ball and run with it. The problem is, if you let this happen, you will both probably end up in the principal's office. <BR> <BR> The second part... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 02:59:44 EST Day 21 & 22 - Dance to your own tune but don't hesitate to ask for help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303394 Challenge 11 asked us to look at the times we try to be what others want or expect us to be, rather than being ourselves. <BR> <BR> There is a lesson to be learned when we try to be something other than be ourselves. Some of us learn it early and others take longer. For me, this was one lesson I learned very early in life. I grew up with a beautiful, smart, perfect sister... or so I was told. Everywhere I went, it seemed like all I heard was "Why can't you be more like your sister?" o... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:27:31 EST Blog Day 19 & 20 - Catching up in the Push Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302237 Returning to work has put a major strain on my time, especially as I am teaching 9 blocks with only a lunch break. In addition, I am grading papers and helping students from 5:00AM to 9:00PM though that last hour seems to be getting longer. (My watch said 12:00 last night when I stumbled into bed). Still, it is rewarding and it is important to me that my students are well prepared when they fly half way across Asia to take their U.S./U.K. college entrance exams. <BR> <BR> Challenge 1... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:35:57 EST Blog Day 18 - Check up and Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292440 Today's Push Challenge was to go back through our lists and delete any negatives we had. I try to be positive ad not use negatives so this challenge was easy. <BR> <BR> Check up: <BR> Reverse weight gain and aging... not getting as many training opportunities as I want with my trainer due to schedule conflicts so, I have started doing my strength training solo in the gym and pilates and strength exercises, that don't require equipment,t at home. Goring forward I will be sure to exercise ... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 20:21:58 EST Day 16 & 17 - Challenge #9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290220 It has been a hectic 3 days but the Senior class graduated last night and will leave for the UK and US in August. They are such wonderful young men and women. I know they will do great. We still have two more weeks of school, which will be very busy but vacation is rapidly approaching and I am looking forward to a long rest. <BR> <BR> Push Day 16 was a Research Day: I didn't pursue this as I was both busy at school and also doing research. I spend several hours a day doing research so I... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:13:49 EST Day 15 - It's All Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283910 Mini Challenge #7 <BR> <BR> Part A - How can a more positive attitude affect your life? Though there were several questions in this part, I want to focus on my journey from childhood into adulthood for it, in its own way, answers them. <BR> <BR> I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone else. From early childhood I was known as the wild child. My parents worked and my sister (babysitter) paid me to get lost during the day so, I spent my time wandering around town looki... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 19:23:59 EST Day 14 - Tracking my Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282273 Today's Push challenge is to track how we spend our time to make sure we are being productive and making the best use of it. Well, I already know the answer ....NO.... I am truly the queen of procrastination. Hopefully this exercise will be a wake up call for me like some of the others have been. I will need to track for several days though to get a true picture as I am currently on holiday and don't return to work until Thursday which is when I will have a clearer picture. I will treat t... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 01:58:36 EST Day 13 - True Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4278885 Check up: <BR> 1. Reverse weight gain and aging: DH and I walked around the traditional shopping areas yesterday looking for presents to take to friends back in the Philippines. We walked for about and hour and a half. Unfortunately, there is this great little Italian restaurant there and I ate a lovely bowl (about 2 servings) of baked macaroni. That gives me two days in a row over calories... something I have not done in over six weeks. Ouch ..back on track today!!! <BR> 2. Get organi... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 17:51:39 EST Day 12 - Five negatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4277228 Day 12 requires me to rewrite five negative things, I have thought about myself, into positives. <BR> 1. I am fat. Rewrite: Wow, I am really looking GREAT! <BR> 2. I look terrible with grey hair. Rewrite: I really love these L'oreal hair dyes, they are so me. <BR> 3. I am too old to climb all these stairs. Rewrite: I'm another Rockie, I made it all the way to the top without stopping! <BR> 4. I am lazy. Rewrite: My relaxed life style is nice. <BR> 5. I haven't got any common sense. Re... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 19:09:40 EST Blog Day 11- Thank you for letting me go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275633 Today's Mini Challenge #6 was to find something bad that turned out to be good. Well, this was a really easy exercise for me as I actually finished it on May 12th when I sent a letter to my former Principal and Deputy Head. (An excerpt from the 1st paragraph is below.) <BR> <BR> What happened that I thought was bad was, during staff cuts due to funding and downsizing, I was one of the faculty members cut. It was last in first out but, I did not like being let go, especially as it was lat... Fri, 3 Jun 2011 21:02:29 EST Blog Day 10 - The To Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4273169 Today we are going to relook at our "to do" lists. I have been using the Franklin Covey Day Planner for years and find the CCMD program to be very similar; other than the use of a cellphone, instead of a specialized planner, which I discussed in an earlier blog. <BR> <BR> Today, we are to choose triggers which tell us to check our planners. My trigger is actually task completion or breaks. When I set down to rest or return to my desk I automatically check my planner. I also automatica... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 17:53:13 EST Blog Day 8 & 9 Time to Reflect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270845 Challenge 8: Check up and think about what the challenge has helped me to achieve. <BR> <BR> Goal l. Reverse weight gain and aging- A couple of exciting things have happened toward this goal. My weight has continued to go down 1 to 2 pounds per week. I am now at 175, a five year low for me, I am doing sit ups on my own and actually looking forward to exercise. Yesterday was a 4 hour marathon... 3 hour walking tour and 1 hour of strength training and I was exhausted but slept like a b... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 19:33:22 EST Blog Day 6 & 7 - To Do or Not To Do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4265834 DAY 6 CHALLENGE: On day 6 of the Push Challenge we created To Do Lists... Well, the thought part was easy as I already have comprehensive Daily TO DO Lists. I taught time management for so long creating lists in my Daily Planner are second nature. What I did not know how to do was put them into my phone. Well, determined to move into the high tech world, I opened the menu and started pushing buttons. It took several hours but, I finally had my day entered. I even had alarms set for spe... Mon, 30 May 2011 20:46:28 EST Blog Day 4 & 5 - Self Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4261985 Self sabotage is an interesting topic for today's challenge as I was clearly caught red handed doing exactly that when I missed yesterday's challenge. Ok, I get the point, so let's get started. <BR> <BR> The goal for day four of the 30 day push was to determine which goal is our PUSH Goal, the goal that really makes everything happen or collapse. Well, my push goal is to reverse the aging and weight gains I have experienced since 2007 when my world collapsed. I want to look in the mirror... Sat, 28 May 2011 18:32:29 EST