DNRAE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DNRAE1 DNRAE1'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/ Downfalls and Strategies to Defeat Them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900676 List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. <BR> 1) Lose motivation <BR> 2) Don't track <BR> 3) Evening eating <BR> <BR> Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. <BR> 1) I lose motivation because I don't focus on the reasons why I'm changing my lifestyle, so I have a copy of a special blog that I will read every day that will keep the reasons why I'm doing this fresh in my mind. <BR> 2) Tra... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:53:02 EST Spring Challenge Diet Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897572 Do you know what diet you will follow? keeping within my calorie range of 1200 to 1500/day <BR> <BR> Found some recipes? I've got LOTS! Healthy ones too! <BR> <BR> Grocery list? Not a problem <BR> <BR> Shop? done <BR> <BR> Do you have the food on hand to get started? Sure do! <BR> <BR> Have you followed this diet before? Yes <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you clean up your kitchen? Working on it <BR> <BR> Did you post your Spring 5% Challenge Diet Commitment on your Spark Page? <em>248</em> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:54:21 EST Spring Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897566 Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? Swim 3 days/week <BR> Exercise w/dvds or videos on YouTube or SP 3x week <BR> <BR> Did you post your Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment on your Spark Page? <em>248</em> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 14:44:40 EST Healthy Mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674188 On Tuesday, I had my eyes dilated. For those of you who have never had this done, <BR> 1. It doesn't hurt! <BR> 2. It opens your pupils and lets in LOTS of light. <BR> 3. It makes things a little blurry. <BR> 4. On me, it lasts for 5-6 hours!!!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to walk that day, but couldn't figure out how to do it with my eyes closed. <em>40</em> Sooooo, to make a long story short, I didn't get in my exercise on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, I had a Dr. appt., and did a few t... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:17:07 EST Iz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670647 I don't know how many of you know about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, but he was a wonderful Hawaiian singer. I was listening to his "Alone in IZ World" album this afternoon, and I realized I was singing along with him. <BR> <BR> The only reason it surprised me was that I haven't been singing lately. It's been months since I've sung around the house. Don't know why, but I've even thought about it a few times, and wasn't able to get myself inspired. <BR> <BR> Today, I was listening to his al... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:13:06 EST End of Week 1 - Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670124 You don't have to read this, since it's just a log of how I did this week, and it's rather dry and boring. <BR> <BR> I received my Spark Activity Tracker almost a month ago, and I've found it is quite the motivator! Before my SAT came I was walking about 1-3000 steps a day! Not so good at all! <BR> When I got it, I set my goal to 6000 steps/day. Most days I was able to meet my goal. Then after two weeks, I upped it to 7000/day. I overdid it a few days 10000+, and barely moved on the day... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:36:26 EST Great Spark Radio session! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664284 Just listened to Spark Radio (to get a few more points) and heard Bettina Bush talking to Susie Moore about her article "9 Little Known Habits of Confident People"posted in The Huffington Post on 3/5/2014. It was so good, that I took notes, and then found the article on the web. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/susie-moore/h<BR>abits-confident-people_b_4876364.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sure, we know a lot of these things, but putting them where you can see them every day will help ke... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:54:51 EST Why I've Blown it in the Past! (and won't this time) So There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661596 Why do I blow it continuously? Lose a little, Gain a little, Lose a lot, Gain a lot! Aargh! Well, guess what………..I do keep trying, and I'm going to make this challenge a success! And guess what again!!!……I'm going to use that success to continue being successful and continue losing…….not stopping and gaining it all back!!!! <BR> <BR> In the "not so distant" past: <BR> <BR> 1. I don't post regularly on my teams. <BR> <BR> I do check into SP every day. That is the new Successful Habit... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:59:07 EST Triggers, and I don't mean the horse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659897 If you never watched Roy Rogers and his horse, Trigger, then you won't get the title. But that's neither here nor there! <em>276</em> Couldn't find a horse, so I thought I'd stick in the guitar to remind us of the "Sons of the Pioneers" who used to sing with Roy and Dale Evans. Ah, the days of the cowboys in white hats. <BR> <BR> Ok, on to the real reason for this blog. Food triggers that sabotage my health and goals! <BR> <BR> I don't drink soda. I probably have about 4 sodas a yea... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:44:11 EST Motivation - Why am I Doing This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659168 I want to be a healthy person! Therefore, I need to understand why I'm on this journey to lose weight: <BR> <BR> First, I want to make exercise a "want to do" part of my life, instead of a "have to do"! <BR> <BR> Next, I want to make sure I'm eating healthily and not junking out each evening. (bad habit here!) <BR> <BR> I want to Look fit and energetic! I want to Feel fit and energetic! <BR> <BR> I'll be able to play with my g'babies, be strong as I get older, and travel without self-... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:54:54 EST Back to that Menu Thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658630 (Reference back to yesterday's blog on Eating Right on the Spring Challenge) <BR> <BR> Ok, I started my menu, but decided to reduce the time period to 3 days. Did that and then continued to make a list of foods I can use that are on the shelves or in the refrigerator. That way when I'm looking for something to fix or eat, I can see my options at a glance. <BR> <BR> Easy to use, and also makes it easy to plan my menus on Sunday for the coming week. <BR> <BR> Life changes, and so must I!! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:30:59 EST Eating Right on the Spring Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657647 I'm going to make a weekly menu. This helps me in a number of ways, <BR> 1. I use what I have on hand <BR> 2. Planning helps keep me on track <BR> 3. I don't end up throwing spoiled food away because I either forgot it or didn't have time to use it <BR> 4. It really keeps me on track <BR> 5. It's cheaper <BR> 6. I can cook ahead and freeze <BR> 7. Did I mention that it keeps me on track??? <BR> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:00:45 EST Spring Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657635 The Spring Challenge has started the countdown activities, and I'm playing catchup. So here's my #1 Activity: <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose my 5% by doing the good stuff! <BR> 1. Tracking my nutrition, fitness, weight, and anything else that will help me keep going. <BR> 2. Working out at least 10 minutes per day, and upping my steps from 6000/day to 10000/day by the end of the challenge. <BR> 3. Participating and posting daily to my team to help them WIN! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:51:29 EST Happy Heart Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623780 Valentine's Day is a day to make you smile. You give and receive expressions of love and happiness, children love this day to share silly cards and yummy candy, and you get to smile at goofy things. <BR> <BR> I wish all my friends and everyone on SparkPeople a joyful, happy, smile-filled, Valentine's Day! <BR> <BR> Enjoy!!!! <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:33:03 EST Driving the canyon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600960 Off (really early) to sub again. <BR> <BR> I leave at 6:30 every morning. It's an hour drive into the mountains, and down a very windy road through a canyon with cattle all having parties in the road. Our drought has really caused problems for the cattlemen here. The cattle have come down from the mountains because there is no grass up above. We have had less that 2 inches of rain since June 2013. <BR> <BR> My school is 22 miles up the canyon after I turn off the freeway. There are ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:06:15 EST Motivations for my new lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581657 <BR> Health and the ability to do the things I dream about are the main reasons I want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Sedentary….OUT! Active….IN! <BR> <BR> Healthy and fit is how I want to look! <BR> <BR> Feel comfortable in my own body and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! <em>30</em> Ok, the last part is a joke, but I do want to be able to be really active! <BR> <BR> A slim me will be able to travel comfortably……anywhere!, buy clothes in the regular section, and become... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:03:53 EST Resolutions for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574416 This year I'm resolving to live mindfully and review my goals daily. I'm doing small achievable goals that will help me achieve my larger and greater goals. <BR> <BR> In January, <BR> I will begin tracking my food and exercise daily. <BR> Begin my organization by cleaning closets this month. <BR> Finish my Silver Star quilt for my daughter. <BR> <BR> Other goals that I will be reviewing each day are: <BR> Exercising - do 1 SP video each day, walk 30 minutes each day <BR> Play the piano ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:08:26 EST Moving VI & VII http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279965 <em>24</em> I barely moved on Friday! Why? Not sure. I read a book and watched a month's worth of TV, and actually got uncomfortable from sitting so much! But did I get up and move? Not much. I did eat 2 healthy meals though, and I laughed a lot, both at the book and the television, but I didn't MOVE! <BR> <BR> I sometimes have days like this, but try to avoid them. There are a bunch of possible motives for my behavior such as: it was raining off and on all day, had a stressful day... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 10:26:06 EST Moving V http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276700 What can I improve on? <BR> <BR> I'm working on moving more....parking further away from my destination if the weather cooperates, walking during advertisements and sometimes the program. Making myself do 2 or 3 trips instead of just one when doing my chores. <BR> <BR> 5000+ today, so that's great for me! I'm enjoying moving more. <em>311</em> <em>224</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:59:52 EST Moving IV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274925 <em>311</em> How am I doing day by day? <BR> <BR> Today: not so good. I got sidetracked by my errands and missed my pool time!!!!! Overate at lunch, but walked for 30 minutes, and am trying to get my 5000 steps in today! Tomorrow WILL be better, because I'm going to get up and do the pool early!!!! <BR> <BR> Art class tonight, so I get out of the house some more. I'll park further away so I can get some more steps in tonight. <em>311</em> <em>213</em> I can do it!!!! Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:55:08 EST Moving III http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273450 Ok, moving today was half what I did yesterday, but still double what I had been doing before, so it's still a win. I'm going to have to do some walking in front of the TV tonight to get it up to 5000, but that's ok. I substituted today, and was on my feet most of the day and that is another win! <BR> <BR> I'm wearing my FitBit and am happy that I'm doing so much more than I was. I'll do some more walking at lunch if I sub tomorrow. If not, I plan on doing some walking to the park and ne... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:58:50 EST Moving II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271172 Wow, yesterday, I walked over 9000 steps, and today, at 10 am, I've already walked 8000+! What am I doing that I haven't been doing????...........going on long walks with my neighbor. OK, the weekend is much easier for that, so I'm going to have to get creative during the week. I've got to make sure it becomes a daily habit! Something I have to do every day! Walk at least 2 miles plus stay on my feet when I'm at home. Leave the TV off, and listen to the radio and dance to the music! <... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:40:54 EST Winter Challenge - Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270098 The new habit I want to develop is moving most of the day instead of sitting!!!!! I sit in front of the TV or the computer if I'm not at the gym, and this is NOT good! So my new goal is to get in at least 5000-7500 steps a day. <BR> <BR> Ok, I know that I should be doing 10,000 a day, but when you've only been doing about 2,000-3,000/day, this sounds just about right for a new habit. It sounds doable. <em>311</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 18:25:36 EST Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237319 Ok, it has been soooooo long since I have posted a blog! I have been up and down, but mostly up except for a 2+ week period this past month where I became a SLUG!!!! I wasn't an unhappy slug, just lazy (let's put it in real terms.....I ate junk, and watched TV, and the most exercise I got was walking from the chair to the frig! But I now choose to think of that period as a large BLIP! <BR> <BR> Let's look at what I've done since my last blog in October! <BR> <BR> - stuck to diet and exe... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:28:14 EST You Can't Eat Just One French Fry!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107253 I learned a lesson today.....an IMPORTANT lesson! I can NOT eat just a couple french fries!!! <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> I'm in Chicago, away from home, and chasing an almost 2 year-old barn-storming little speed demon on wheels around for a week. I've lost 3 pounds since I've been here, but it has been just the "little one" and me most of the time and I've been fixing the meals, sooooo, food really hasn't been a problem, buuuuuutttttttt.......... <BR> <BR> GD's other GPs came to visit t... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:10:50 EST I'm a FROG! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091247 As teachers of young students, at the end of each quarter we presented an outstanding student in each class with the FROG Award! A FROG is: <BR> <BR> Friendly <BR> Responsible <BR> Outstanding Work Ethic <BR> Great Attitude <BR> <BR> I was thinking that I can apply those traits to my SP plan, both in the community, in my fitness, and in my nutrition! <BR> <BR> Sooooo, RIBBIT, RIBBIT, RIBBIT! I'm going to be a FROG! <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:08:34 EST Motivation 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088734 Have you ever wondered how you are going to get to your goal? Whether it is a weight goal, an academic goal, an economic goal, or a life goal.......it always requires motivation. <BR> <BR> Oh, there will be times when you aren't able to stick to your plans and set-backs will happen, but keeping motivated is the real challenge. <BR> <BR> There are so many ways SP helps us stay focused: <BR> <BR> ~ Motivational articles that teach and inspire <BR> <BR> ~ Personal stories that show us ... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 08:41:16 EST Goal Setting - aargh!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082456 I, 67 year-old Diane, have never really set goals before! Can you believe it? I've always just kind of let it all happen. I do believe that is why I am now so ....... FAT! Don't quite know how to say it any other way. But I have lost 14 pounds since July of this year (due to being on SP) and I'm not going to blow it, so I have started making small goals at first, and now I'm ready for My Monthly Goals!!!!! So here it goes.......... <BR> <BR> My goals for October: <BR> <BR> 1. Plan - Th... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:30:50 EST The Reasons I Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071448 Ok, #1.....how to put this correctly.....ah, just spit it out...... <BR> <BR> I don't want them to have to use a crane to get my dead body out of my house when I die! There I said it! <BR> <BR> I know I won't know what will be happening, but I would just like to make sure I have a regular-sized, healthy body before I go....hopefully, a long time from now. And I'd like to have time to enjoy it! <BR> <BR> #2 - I love to travel and DO things, and for such a long time now, I've been unabl... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 12:32:31 EST Silk Sewing Retreat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065026 Last Thursday I left for a sewing retreat in Templeton, which is near the central coast of CA. It's a 2 hour drive through the valley, fields and coastal hills of Central CA. We stayed at a wonderful farmhouse in the middle of the wine country just to the south of Paso Robles. This is the pool where we went swimming every day, since it was blazing hot. 100+ each day. <BR> l <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l368174557.jpg"> <BR> We did a lot of sewing in their huge red bar... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:11:20 EST My Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043674 Lose Weight! Yes, that is my first goal, but why? <BR> I'm going to Europe soon and want to be able to do whatever comes my way. Climb stairs, walk long distances, and have lots of energy. <BR> I love to travel and had decided that it would probably not happen because I was so heavy, out of shape and unhealthy. I've tried many diets in the past....you name it, I've tried it, and always ended up gaining it back plus more! <BR> <BR> Become Healthy! <BR> I'm not even su... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:33:41 EST Work out excuses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033771 Bah, humbug! I know when I'm just lollygagging around, and putting it off, but I have also discovered a new challenge! OK, I'm old! Not as old as some, so don't show me up! I know you're older and fitter! But last week I overdid my workout, and didn't realize how long it would take me to recover. 3 DAYS! Yuk! I thought I was sick, but today I was better. <BR> <BR> I didn't stop eating well, or stop exercising, or stop being motivated, and I was good about drinking enough water and... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:01:13 EST My first 40 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030279 Ok, I've been on Spark People for the last 40 days, and I have seen many changes in myself and my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> 1. I have been eating healthy and tracking my food for most days. I was out of town for a couple of those days, but got right back on "track"! <BR> <BR> 2. I went through a bad patch where I gained back some of the weight I'd lost, which was due to inaccurate tracking on my part, but I stuck to the plan and eventually lost that small gain. Yeah for me! <BR> <BR> 3. I've ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 09:20:35 EST