DOLLFACEDX's SparkPeople Blog DOLLFACEDX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 290: Happy Thanksgiving It is very common for us to take for granted the good that is already present in our lives - I know I certainly have. <BR> <BR> Today, I will concentrate on finding joy in the small things instead of holding out for the big event(s) / achievement(s). <BR> <BR> Also, as life throws it's little obstacles in my way, I will try to put them into proper perspective and ask myself these questions: <BR> <BR> 1. What's good about this? <BR> OR <BR> 2. What can I learn from this? <BR> OR <BR> 3.... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:21:35 EST Day 289: The Little Things.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember to have a GREAT Thanksgiving Day !! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:02:17 EST Day 252: Let's DO This !! <img src=""> Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:55:41 EST Day 221: A Woman's Prayer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A lil chuckle DH dropped into my email: <BR> <BR> Dear Lord, <BR> I pray for: <BR> Wisdom, to understand a man <BR> To Love and to forgive him <BR> And for patience, for his moods <BR> Because Lord, if I pray for Strength <BR> I'll just beat him to death Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:17:11 EST Day 192: Spark Premium Well, I made the leap - today I opted into Spark Premium. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Right off the more ads !! I've heard peeps complain about the white space but I'm just lovin the uncluttered look !! <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I spent a few mins with Spark Coach...for which I had opted in back in '12 and then let go cause I wasn't 'feeling it'. It seems much the same...because they picked up my program right where I had left off. <BR> <BR> I decided to change to the P... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 16:26:04 EST Day 184: My Goals 8.10-16 As is my wont, I fell off blogging - not because I had nothing to say but because my time has not been my own. Or, it actually has but I chose to spend that time on IFM - Intentional Fitness Minutes. <BR> <BR> My #1 goal last week (8.3-9) was to walk a minimum of 12,000 steps every day for a minimum total of 80,000 weekly steps. While I missed the daily step count twice, I well exceeded the weekly goal at 95,589 steps. <BR> <BR> With that kind of weekly number, I am both pleased and confi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:02:14 EST Day 179: In yesterday's blog, I wrote I would be back to update....but the evenings are just difficult so here I am this morning. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased to report I did reach both my Step Goal (10K) & my Stretch Goal (12K)...and added on an additional 4,126 steps. <BR> <BR> So, I'm only 12,860 steps away from my weekly cumulative Step Goal and 26,860 from my weekly cumulative Stretch Goal. Clearly, I'll make the Step Goal today and tomorrow will be gravy. The Stretch Goal is going to be a challenge... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:50:22 EST Day 178: A Good Start to My Day I'm an inconsistent blogger...cause I never know what to write. In all of my many years, I've never had anyone ask me what I'm up to, what's going on with me, etc. - usually, they're telling me about themselves. So, I've no idea what about me might be interesting to others. <BR> <BR> This is not a poor pitiful me statement - just a fact. I make it only to explain how my blogs hop-scotch from subject to subject with long breaks in between. <BR> <BR> Earlier today, I wrote to a Spark frien... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 16:19:32 EST Day 170: iFit Anyone ? So, I'm being either super busy or super lazy here - you choose - but I'm hoping to glean info without spending hours on a web search. <BR> <BR> This past weekend, I took advantage of Sports Authority going out of business and procured a Freemotion 850 Treadmill complete with a TV monitor, Wifi and iFit capability. <BR> <BR> In addition to simply being a treadmill and all the info tracking capabilities, it has many cal burning, weight loss, etc. walking routines - some with satellite mappin... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:06:38 EST Day 161: Prioritizing My Fitness I know I've posted this kind of info before....and it served to keep me on plan. Then, I got busy and thot, 'oh well, one miss won't matter'...which led to another miss and another and then I noticed my fitness program slipping. <BR> <BR> So, time to climb back up on that horse and make another run at success! <BR> <BR> My 7.18.16 Fitness Program: <BR> <BR> 30 Day Butt Lift Challenge <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:52:48 EST Day 156: Thot for....A Lifetime The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. <BR> ~ Thomas Moore <BR> <BR> This was something I read on Sunday and said "Yeah...sure..." . But, today it is caught in my brain. <BR> <BR> I sometimes silently bemoan some aspects of this life I've chosen - the repetitive activities which are seemingly unrecognized. Feeling this way, I'll allow myself to not manage these tasks....and havoc ensues !! And, when I do so,... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:03:14 EST Day 104 <img src=""> Sun, 22 May 2016 09:32:54 EST Day 93: Come Join A Fun Fitness Challenge The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) SUMMER CAMP is an 8 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. The BLC has been around for 9+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it YOU need to reach your goals? Do you need lots of SUPPORT, to be CHALLENGED, to focus on NUTRITION, EXERCISE, or some combination of the above? With the variety of teams we offer, you ca... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:23:52 EST Day 85: FlyLady / FlyBaby I spent my coffee / news / laptop time re-visiting FlyLady and plowing thru the FlyLady 31 Day jumpstart. A nice refresher is you've strayed (as have I) and want to jump back in quickly. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I particularly like the Body Clutter Investigator which so nicely supports my Spark Tracking <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/2011/11/bc_investigator.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> We also have a FlyBaby Team here on Spark which delivers... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:39:05 EST Day 84: Move It Monday !! I haven't yet fleshed out my scheduled for the day but I know these things will happen: <BR> <BR> Courtesy of my SparkFriend Tiffany, every time I stand up from my desk, from the table, etc., I MUST complete this routine: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In addition and as part of my 28Day Challenge, this week I will perform 30mins Cardo 3 days, 10mins ST 2 days and walk a minimum of 10,000 Steps EVERY day ! <BR... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:02:06 EST Day 83: Wishing You A Great May <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 20:39:06 EST Day 81: Today's Plan-16.4.29 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WELLNESS <BR> 1. My Fitness Word for today is WELL which equates to the following exercise routine: <BR> 1min Wall Sit <BR> 10 Squats <BR> 10 Leg Lifts <BR> 2min Wall Sit <BR> I should be able to fit in at least 3 reps of this routine <BR> <BR> 2. Fit in 10,000 Steps today <BR> <BR> HOME <BR> Living Room Deep Clean: Baseboards <BR> Special Project: Clean all mirrors in the house <B... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:40:00 EST Day 80: Today's Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WELLNESS <BR> 1. My Word for today is OSCAR which equates to the following exercise routine: <BR> 40 JJacks <BR> 10 Burpees <BR> 30sec Plank <BR> 10 Crunches <BR> 15 Push-ups <BR> Not certain how many reps I'll fit in - those Burpees really challenge me. <BR> <BR> 2. I'll be watching my nutrition closely during the day as tonight is dinner out with friends at a German restaurant and ... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:47:58 EST Day 63: A New Week, A New Opportunity to Succeed I just had this thot so added it here... <BR> <BR> Yesterday is lost to no need to regret my choices <BR> Today is in my make the right for me choices <BR> Tomorrow is full of enjoy the results of my choices <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:48:02 EST Day 53: My Wish For Each of You Remembering yesterday's outing and ran across this - and that was exactly my experience ! <BR> <BR> "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." <BR> ~ Edward Abbey <BR> <BR> Dolly <em>87</em> Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:58:05 EST Day 52: My Big Outing Good Morning, All <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> A quick drop in as I'm headed out early for my first big outing since my recent illness. We've planned a 5 mile hike to the site of some cliff dwellings....and 5 miles back, of course. There will be a couple of initial steep climbs then it's all downhill - until the return trip, of course...with only a 1,000 ft elevation change. <BR> <BR> Under normal circumstances, I'd be very excited as I've wanted for some time to take this hike. Today, I'm... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:15:24 EST Day 51: Keep an Open Mind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On this day in 1867 (149 yrs ago), the United States acquired Alaska from the Russian Empire. The purchase - a pet project of Secretary of State William H. Seward - was widely ridiculed and tagged as "Seward's Folly"...until the discovery in 1898 of gold! It turns out, Alaska is rich in natural resources which have contributed to American prosperity ever since. <BR> <BR> My Take-Away....... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:12:10 EST Day 49: A New Opportunity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> .....what changes do you plan to make? <BR> <BR> Dolly <em>87</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:17:41 EST Day 47: Happy Easter Sunday !! <img src=""> Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:03:18 EST Day 42: Spark Team Tasks The minimum of what I need to accomplish today: <BR> <BR> CUT OUT: Sugary Drinks - Fast / Fried Foods - Sweet / Snacks - White Bread / Rice / Pasta - Fat / Processed Meats <BR> <BR> LIMIT: Salt - Caffeine (1C) - Alcohol (2) <BR> <BR> GET: 8-10 Water - Freggies (all meal) - Whole Grains <BR> <BR> Master Suite: Clear out & vacuum under bed <BR> Home Blessing: Vacuum middle of carpets - Sweep / Mop middle of tile - Dust - Polish Mirrors and Doors - Purge magazines / catalogs - Change she... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:21:49 EST Day 38: Daily Intentions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Daily Intentions <BR> 1. Thoroughly enjoy my ladies and concentrate on bowling well today <BR> 2. Update Inventory XLS & calculate any pricing changes <BR> 3. Dispose of all old cosmetics & moisturizers; 15mins filling a trash bag & a Goodwill bag <BR> 4. Walk at least 8,000 steps <BR> <BR> <img src="">What... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:36:38 EST Day 37: A Lil Reminder for my Battle Board <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Setting an intention - a personal goal for the day - each morning can help in making the most of this unique 24hr slice of life - following are my daily intentions for today. <BR> <BR> My Daily Intentions <BR> 1. Finish pulling together ALL tax docs for both personal and business taxes <BR> 2. Populate my SimGar solar-powered self-watering planter <BR> 3a. Flybaby Task: Thoroughly clean Mas... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:43:35 EST Day 36: Earth Buckets This past weekend, DH and I made for the garden Earth Buckets which are self-watering planters - no water line or timer required. Once the bottom portion is filled with water, the water is pulled up to water seeds / plants. I don't yet have a watering schedule as I need to see how long a single watering lasts - usually 2-3 weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm really jazzed about these as the plant is able to pull the amount of water it needs instead of me having to use a hygrometer, guessing whether I sho... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:20:49 EST Day 34: A New Week..... ,,,,Another New Opportunity - let's make this week count !! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:23:14 EST Day 29: Change = Results <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today started early and harshly with a choking, breath-taking coughing fit...which started back up every time I sat. Once I caught my breath a bit, I decided to just get up and get a jump on my day. It's kind of interesting - I do pretty well as long as I don't sit down...I need to give that some thought cause I really want to just go back to bed. <BR> <BR> My Positive Thought <BR> I am d... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:38:34 EST Day 28: Daily Postive Thought <img src=""> Mon, 7 Mar 2016 23:46:38 EST Day 27: Happy Sunday: A New Week, A New Opportunity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't make the progress I had planned yesterday...tho I did have a more active day - I was shy only 49 steps of reaching 10,000 !! We elected to fit in the RA shopping first and I was just too tired to move forward with the planting - tho I did find at 50% discount some larger planter pots. I also found something to add to my Wish List - a solar-powered planter box. <BR> <img sr... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 09:56:26 EST Day 37: Happy Saturday Another day of recovery for me - and today shows promise. I slept in my bed until just after 2:00 when I had to shift to my recliner which DH padded to keep me seated upright. The best part is that, after a short coughing fit, I actually fell back to sleep for a couple of hours rather than the usual intermittent coughing fits and shifting to accommodate my breathing. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Today, DH is going to help me plant some Peppers, bulb Onions, Radishes, Green Onions and Garlic. ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 09:55:38 EST Day 36: Feeling Better...and Catching Up Yesterday was my most active day since I began this illness - I enjoyed myself immensely but am definitely a bit worn out. <BR> <BR> Which is just as well as I didn't need a lot of energy for today's effort - catching up the home and business finances which I sadly ignored during my comatose state these past few weeks, as well as a few Spark tasks. <BR> <BR> While not 'caught up', I did manage to put out some fires. Fortunately, for me, they were all others' database issues or errors so... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 21:21:20 EST Day 35: Keep Pushing Harsh awake this a.m. with a 15+min choking coughing fit - took almost an hour to fully recover my breath. Very tempted to call it, fall back into my chair and take a nap. <BR> <BR> BUT, I won't. I had planned to bowl today - I missed almost all of Feb - and I think I will push thru. If I find I can't stay the whole time, my ladies will understand and I will have pushed my boundaries just a bit. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 3 Mar 2016 08:35:26 EST Day 34: ......aaaaannndd, I'm Back ! Wow! These past weeks have been a very rough period for me ! I've been so ill I've actually lost track of time - is this the 5th or 6th week? <BR> <BR> A Spark friend commented (yesterday?) that I seem to have been sick off and on for some time...and I think that's because I never give myself time to fully heal before I jump right back into life. And, finally, my body took away from me that option. <BR> <BR> The first few weeks, I tried to put forward a good face, struggling to meet my c... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 09:43:50 EST Day 15: A lil funny to start the weekend... Day 13 was a write-off for me...I was totally conked out on meds. Day 14 was it's usual busy, busy Thursday a lil FIL drama...I was done when the day was done. <BR> <BR> Day 15 is a brand new day AND the start of the weekend - Woot !! <BR> <BR> Here's a lil something to bring a smile to your face: <BR> <BR> A man buys a lie detector robot that slaps people who lie. <BR> <BR> He decides to test it at dinner and asks his son, "Son, where were you today during school hours?" ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:08:39 EST Day 12: Take Time for Friends I've missed a couple of days here - partially because of business spilling over from the weekend, partially because I've not been feeling well...hopefully, just allergy stuff with our Summer temps arriving early. <BR> <BR> I've been toughing it out with so much to be done but, today, I'm going to take some strong stuff, probably nap away the day (it has that effect on me) and, fingers crossed, I'll be raring to go tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Before taking my meds, I plan to spend some time catching... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:13:39 EST Day 9: The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men... ....and my plans all cast asunder due to a lil ole bug. <BR> <BR> The details aren't important but I went through some extreme gyrations getting all to switch our Super Bowl party venue to my house - not because I wanted to host (I did not) but because this was the only way to include Son#3 and his family...the one who specifically asked for a party and asked early on. <BR> <BR> In anticipation, DH was a doll yesterday putting aside his own projects and helping me 'safe' the house for the... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:24:35 EST Day 8: Three's a Charm...I hope a good charm ! I awoke early today - leaving DH to sleep in - to try to whip this house into some kind of shape for tomorrow's SuperBowl gathering. I started in the Kitchen as that will be a focal gathering point and I was making good progress...until I managed to pour two quarts of oil all over the countertop. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> For just a bit, I stood and watched the light play off the oil as it spilled down the front of... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:04:01 EST Day 6..nope, Day 7: My, How Time Does Fly... I'm already once again a day behind on my daily positive statement....and I'm not feeling all that positive at just this very moment. <BR> <BR> Here is yesterday's blog which I never found a moment to post: <BR> <BR> While hurrying through my usual busy Thursday - perhaps a bit busier with that last minute UPS shipment of 6 large boxes filled with inventory - I looked at the floor and what to my eyes should appear.... <BR> <img src=" Fri, 5 Feb 2016 18:05:40 EST Day 5: Baby, It's COLD Out There....and I am Thankful It's very apparent to me I am a desert rat....with never a thought to grabbing a jacket, I stepped out this morning in my PJs and slippers to check on the status of my frost cloths as sometimes they blow off overnight. At 30 degrees, I realized very quickly this was a mistake - but, I was already outside so Ih toughed it out and finished my check. <BR> <BR> And, my sole thought the whole time (OK, I was pleased the frost cloths had not shifted) was "How lucky am I to not HAVE to be outsid... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 11:09:44 EST Day 4: Catching Up After posting my last blog, I found myself still glued to the computer finishing small tasks before moving along with my plan. So....I tossed the plan out of the window, shifted the whites to the dryer, shut down the house and took a walk for my lunch. <BR> <BR> While a bit nippy outside - I wore a blouse, an over-blouse, a scarf and a jacket - the sun was shining and the birds were chirping. I made good time arriving at the Subway shop just 1,700 steps from my home and was divesting mysel... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:04:04 EST Day 3:...OK, I'm clearly one day off here... ....but, of late, that seems to be my pattern. And, rather than bemoan the fact and give up, I am going to push through pretending to myself and to the world that I have a handle on this. <BR> <BR> As they say.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It has been a stressful week, so far (actually, weekend into the week)...budget, budget, budget...and I believe I am seeing the net effect - my weight is up 2lbs. But, th... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 11:50:26 EST Day 2: .......Re-igniting My Spark I am aware today is actually Day 3...but, I had this all typed out yesterday before life grabbed my attention and I simply forgot to come back to post..... <BR> <BR> As part of making 2016 the Year of Dolly, and keeping in mind my 2016 Word - Intentional - <BR> I set out some wellness goals to be achieved by December 31. <BR> <BR> I know I need to set some benchmarks to measure my progress and I need to develop the specifics of HOW I will achieve each goal....but here they are and I'm hop... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 08:23:59 EST Day 1: My Journey to Re-ignite My Spark While reading today through some Spark blogs, I was struck by a constant theme - that of a daily positive statement. This positive statement might be taped to the refrigerator, written in a journal or posted in a might be several paragraphs long or one single sentence...the point is to think of something positive thus engendering a positive statement of mind. <BR> <BR> After some thought, this may be a great vehicle for me to use to re-ignite my spark and make good progress on ... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:53:59 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC)-Day 4 Well, this is the last day of this particular challenge - at least, officially. However, as stated in my earlier blog, I'm continuing the changes I've implemented as they will be part of the cornerstone of my wellness plan going forward. <BR> <BR> I have my Daily Fitness planned to include at least 10min continuous activity and will execute - without interruption or excuses - as soon as I've finished this blog. The fun add-on to my routine will be to dance with abandon to at least one Hoke... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:20:36 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC)-Day 3 EDIT: I figured out my 'positive for ME' thing....I'm going to cull my pics and select some to display on my new digital picture frame given me by Son#2 at Christmas. This task has certainly taken a back seat long enough.... <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> In addition to my Daily Fitness cornerstone, today's Goal Plan includes a stretch component...well, a stretch component for me. I need to do something positive for ME. <BR> <BR> It isn't that I'm not capable of doing something for my... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:33:58 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC)-Day 2 EDIT: I started my Daily Fitness a bit late in the day and it was very difficult not to rush but I forced myself to take my time and pay attention to my body and my movements. I then fit in the last of my 10,000 Steps before beginning a later dinner. Fortunately, I had posted my positive thought earlier in the day as well as counted my fiber intake. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ....continuing the BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge....below is my Goal Plan for today. <BR> <BR> The cornerston... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:53:47 EST BLC30 Wk#1 Weekend Challenge (WEC) The BLC30 Wk#1 WEC is meant to encourage us to develop life-long healthy habits & routines with several challenge options offered. <BR> <BR> After much thought - and keeping in mind my Word for 2016 (Intentional) - I have decided my new healthy habit is going to be an intentional fitness routine. <BR> <BR> To that end, I selected three options to integrate into my daily life - through this weekend and beyond. <BR> <BR> Friday, January 22 <BR> <img src=" Fri, 22 Jan 2016 21:25:36 EST