DOLLFACEDX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DOLLFACEDX DOLLFACEDX'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/ BLC26 Goals - Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800841 My Over-arching Goal: Drop 5lbs <BR> <BR> How I will Get There: <BR> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> Fitness <BR> 30 IFMs daily – walking, ST, body-weight exercises <BR> Re-start my 10K Steps A Day program…only, make that 12K this time <BR> Push thru afternoon slump…move, move, move <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <em>550</em> Nutrition <BR> Weekly Menu Plan emphasizing low-carb / high protein / low fat <BR> Reduce ‘processed’ snacks (power bars / trail mixes / etc.) – emphasize natural snac... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:27:43 EST BLC26 Honey Badger WEC: 4 Day Menu Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796018 As part of Wk#4 of the BLC26, I'm visiting with the Honey Badger team – what a great bunch of peeps!! As part of their WEC (weekend challenge), I need to create and publish my weekend menu plan and here it is: <BR> <BR> Fri, 10/10 <BR> Breakfast: Oatmeal w/diced Prunes, Cinnamon, Soy Milk; Greek Yogurt; Water <BR> Lunch: Tuna on Grain Crackers; Celery Sticks; Water <BR> Dinner: Pork Loin Chops lightly covered in spiced Sourdough breadcrumbs; Baked Broccoli Cheese Rice casserole; Heads (Brus... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:17:31 EST 10.1.14 Fitness Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790693 Gonna start this Daily Plan thing again....a bit differently. <BR> <BR> My last format, while well-detailed, just didn't work out too well. One thing, it was just difficult to track progress. Another thing, the list was just too extensive...kinda wore me out just creating it! <BR> <BR> 60sec Exercise Challenge (ea morning upon rising) <BR> 30 Day Plank Challenge (gonna re-start right here) <BR> 210 Cardio IFMs Weekly <BR> 105 ST IFMs Weekly <BR> 135min ME Time Weekly <BR> 45min Meditation ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:15:35 EST One Foot Out of the Rut... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768332 I just responded to an email and part of my response was how difficult I am finding it to climb out of this funk I've been in after some seriously negative experiences this past year. What I wrote was absolutely honest but, reading it over, I had to ask myself just how much effort am I REALLY making?!? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074367025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have all of my Daily Spark Tasks for various teams and personal streaks / challenges and I'm doing pretty... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:17:00 EST An Eye Opener....Finally ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766037 Any who have read my posts and blogs over the past year...2 years perhaps?...may have noticed I'm struggling with motivation...desire...deciding if any of this is even worth the time and effort. <BR> <BR> I've tried many avenues to re-ignite my 'spark' - and even had momentary success - but nothing strong and long-lasting. I've been a member of both the SparkGuy’s & Coach Nicole’s 10Min Teams for some time now but not been active. <BR> <BR> Of late, I've had land in my INBOX some of Spar... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:54:12 EST Today's (8.12.14) Plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758239 Looking at today's list of ToDos, I've decided to not officially shift unfinished Monday tasks to today. If I find a window of opportunity, I'll pull stuff from Monday's list to complete...if not, then not. <BR> <BR> HOUSE <BR> Kitchen: Clean out Frig, Clean Appliances, Pot Rack, Tile, Countertops, Cabinetry , Dust, Lights, Switchplates, Window <BR> Laundry Rm: Countertops, Tile, Cabinetry, Dust, Door, Jamb, Lights, Window, Switchplates <BR> Dining Rm: Computer Armoire, Tile, Tapestry,... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:49:01 EST Today's (8.11.14) Plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757433 8.12: Well, I didn't fit it all in so some will need to shift to today's plan. The ADAW (short wave radio project) activity took much longer than planned but it will be a good thing once I have everything in place. Then, DH wasn't doing great after his first day back in the office so I decided he was better served crashing rather than exhausting himself at the gym. <BR> <BR> 8.11 Plan <BR> I've been making up these plans each day but not been posting here...time for that step always seem t... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:51:55 EST Today's (7.29.14) Plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748940 While I didn’t accomplish 100% of yesterday’s goals, I did complete 57% of my ‘Assigned Tasks’ about which I feel very good. <BR> <BR> Another 26% I either started but had to bag, were canceled altogether or were shifted to Tue (today) due to a family issue that arose – these things happen. <BR> <BR> Only 17% of my tasks got no play at all, one of which was the 9.215 Miles…which really was a stretch, at a minimum. <BR> <BR> Not a bad start to my ‘Re-Start’….and here’s today’s Plan – some o... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:22:24 EST Today's (7.28.14) Plan... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748187 In addition to regular weekday activities and my FlyLady tasks, Ifve set the following goals to be completed today: <BR> <BR> Business <em>17</em> <BR> <em>248</em> Confirm I'm registered to vote <BR> <em>248</em> Register for new edX class <BR> <em>39</em> Update Quicken entries <BR> <em>248</em> Balance Accounts <BR> <em>248</em> Pay Invoices <BR> <em>39</em> Update Debt Snapshot <BR> ....shifted Quicken & Debt Snapshot to Tue <BR> <BR> Housework <em>202</em> <BR>  <... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:19:13 EST BTS QT3 Summer Camp Goal(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738078 As part of our Beyond The Scale Fit For Fall summer camp Wk#1 activities, I need to blog my goal(s) for the next ten weeks. <BR> <BR> The past 24 weeks have been difficult for me...after some disappointments here on Spark and some personal family strife, I've felt crushed – both in mind and in spirit. While I know I need to just power thru until I see the light at the end of the tunnel, it is more of a struggle than I anticipated. Anyway, here goes another step down the path to positivit... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:48:01 EST Weekly Plan - 6/4-10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711960 ....two days later and I'm finally posting my already-late Weekly Plan...HOW did my schedule get so crunched!?!? <BR> <BR> OK, I’ve already missed to post last week’s plan…I have it scribbled in my notebook but never got around to posting. I’m actually a couple of days late this week, so I’ve simply slipped my week and done some quick planning for Mon & Tue ‘next week’. <BR> <BR> Mantra: <BR> * I am present now <BR> * I love myself <BR> * I am free from anger <BR> * I am free from sadness... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:14:23 EST BLC25 TJT PAWSE Wk#6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710526 Well, I missed to post last week but flogging myself along and here I am for Wk#6. <BR> <BR> Sticking with my plan to ‘Fake It Til Its Real’….with some success, some failure….it’s a process. <BR> <BR> PAWSE: Plan/Prepare..Act..Write..Set..Execute <BR> <BR> Plan/Prepare <BR> Nutrition - My breakfast and lunch during the work week are a gimme – Oatmeal w/diced Prune & Cinnamon, Soy Milk, Fruit (either Apple, Pear, Grapefruit, Melon or Grapes), Egg (boiled or scrambled) for breakfast and var... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 12:24:35 EST My Weekly Plan: 5/25-31/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702974 For those who’ve read my last blog, nothing has changed about the situation, and likely will not, so I must make my own changes for my own wellbeing. Part of that is perspective…I need to re-focus my thoughts and energies away from the negativity and toward the positive. My first step in that direction is to re-do my Spark page with re-enforcing quotes and pictures. <BR> <BR> My second step is to force myself into Team activity. Not the challenges but the part I’ve been neglecting – com... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:54:27 EST BLC25 TJT – PAWSE Wk#4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700849 This is my first official PAWSE blog for this 25th BLC round. I’ve written some the last 3 wks but have not posted them for public consumption….which is akin to not having written them at all cause there is no accountability without publication. <BR> <BR> I really don’t know what is my problem of late….I seem to have a lack of focus – both in my Spark activities and my ‘real life’ activities….a lack of focus, a lack of direction and a lack of drive. <BR> <BR> I could blame it on the severe... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:08:51 EST 5/10/14 - My Morning Adventure... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692278 This morning, DH and I left the house early bound for adventure...at our nearest Local Motors facility. Once a month, they hold an open house with free eats (yummy stuff), an invitation to cruise every area of their research and build facility and - here's the adventure - the opportunity to try out their line of 'toys'....both research and on the market. <BR> <BR> I started my day with a twirl around the parking lot on a Verrado Electric Drift Trike – Drift Trikes have traditionally not b... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:49:25 EST Dolly's 4.29 Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683055 <em>105</em> <em>418</em> <em>320</em> <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> Warm-up <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Tuck Jump (will modify); 30 sec rest <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Push Up; 30 sec rest <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Squat; 30 sec rest <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Mountain Climber; 30 sec rest <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Tricep Dip; 30 sec rest <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Glute Bridge; 30 sec rest <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Jump Plank (will try, then modify); 30 sec rest <BR> 3 sets 12-15 reps Superman; 30 sec rest <... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:22:57 EST BLC25 TJT - ABCs of ME 8-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679085 As part of the Tenacious Jungle Tiger initial introduction for BLC25, I'm posting here the ABCs of ME.... <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> Yes, knowing others are watching my results causes me to want to do more & do better <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? <BR> Goldie…5yrs; Same team but 2 dif names – latest Fabulous Fiesty Foxes <BR> <BR> C is fo... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:16:43 EST Daily Plan - 4.15.14 - Day 44 of 70....Whaaaat ?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673655 Hmmpf, I didn't get very far with this, now did I? Two days to be exact. <BR> <BR> Oh well, let's start again...with yesterday's results. Because, I did create a Daily Plan <em>41</em> ...and I even posted my Daily Plan <em>334</em> ....just not here <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> While I feel pretty good about my progress, the Financial Records proved to be a bigger project than I had anticipated...I keep thinking of new things I want to track, etc. Also, as is my wont, I totally forgot I... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:32:42 EST My Daily Plan: 4.10.14 (Day 51 / 70) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668853 It’s (not so) funny how life conspires to trip one up as soon as one makes a decision / commitment – especially if one goes public! No sooner did I draft my plan, set my schedule, identify my goals….and publish….than life started rushing in to hi-jack my focus. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a series of interruption, focus re-directions and just plain chaos. The upshot is I did not achieve 100% of my Daily Plan. I could take time to list here each and every distraction and ruminate over each, inc... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:31:54 EST Daily Plan: 4.9.14 (Day 50/70) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668080 Today is Day 50 of the 70 Day Indigo Spring Challenge and today is the day I turn around this downward slide I've been on and start again climbing the mountain of wellness ! <BR> <BR> I could cite illness, a severe, long-lasting allergic reaction, changes in my personal life and the demands of my family over the past four months, but I really have no good reason for my recent distraction from my well-being program and my Spark commitments....but that ends here! <BR> <BR> I am inspired by my... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:26:04 EST Today's Small Celebration 2/8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618440 I weighed in today for one of my Spark teams and I've reached a new low weight <em>345</em> ....this is my 2nd time in 3 wks touching 213 lbs - hoping this means I've attained a new "high weight". <BR> <BR> Even more exciting (for me), I have cut my body fat in half <em>225</em> ....so, while the pounds are not dropping as quick as I'd like, I AM re-formatting my body. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Dolly <em>87</em> <BR> Sat, 8 Feb 2014 08:38:24 EST BLC24-TJT Wk#1 WEC – S.M.A.R.T. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601136 Overall Goal: To lose weight and improve my nutrition and fitness during BLC24 <BR> <BR> Specific: I will lose 6 lbs <BR> <BR> Measurable: In addition to the weekly required BLC24 weigh-in, I will take body measurements to track losses that may not show on the scale <BR> <BR> Attainable: With continued emphasis on fitness and good nutrition, banning any <BR> health issues, .5lb each week should def be a do-able goal for me <BR> <BR> Realistic: While I am tempte... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:57:16 EST BTS 1st Qtr-Wk#2: Wk#1 Reflection/Wk#2 Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594640 For the first week of the BTS 1st Qtr Challenge, my overall goal was to get myself organized so I might get the most benefit out of the program…at least, I won’t have this excuse to fall back on. My biggest challenges will be some of the terminology, the unfamiliar format – and, possibly, the fact that I have two others teams launching in the same time period. <BR> <BR> For my personal challenge motto, I’ve adopted the Maize Mountaineer call – “Think It! Believe It! Be It!” This fits so wel... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:16:14 EST Oh, No! How Can I Make Sense Of and Keep Up With My Team's Requirements ?!?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591485 Sometimes the various requirements for a particular team / challenge can be a bit over-whelming - especially if one participates on more than one team....I am active in a member or member/leader role for 6 different teams. <BR> <BR> In order to not miss a participation requirement or a posting deadline and to keep track of my leader commitments, I rely heavily on the Spark Planner feature. <BR> <BR> You can find this feature on the MY TRACKERS drop-down menu - right after REPORTS and befo... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:15:12 EST BLC24 Tenacioius Jungle Tigers (TJT) - ABC Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591083 As part of the pre-BLC24 prep week, we are asked to complete an ABC Blog. My schedule has been a bit crushed but finally, I've found a moment to contemplate and complete - and I'm glad I have because this kind of activity which requires thought and introspection has such a long-term benefit. <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> A BIG Thumbs Up for supportive and positive competition! <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) O... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:35:54 EST BTS 1st Qtr Wk#1: Lifestyle Actions Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585098 As part of our Wk#1 Master Techniques, the Monday assignment is to reflect on a set of actions words and to write about what each means to me...so here goes: <BR> <BR> Mindset ~ My Mindset is one of determination – I am determined that I will be successful in this 10 week program. I will measure my success by completing each week's challenges as well as by the changes I expect to see in my personal attitude and my nutrition and fitness programs. <BR> <BR> Support ~ This is a two-fold prop... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:07:18 EST Calling All Decor Gurus. . .Please. . .and Thanks !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513197 The purchase of a new bedroom set was specifically to move from a Queen-sized bed to a King-sized bed. . .which necessitates a change in bed linens. <BR> <BR> Along with my move away from the darker woods that I love so much, I have decided to switch it up with my bed linens - I think a lighter look would better compliment the lighter wood of the new set. <BR> <BR> My Problem: I am not lucky enough to be a fashion-minded person - I have zero sense of style - add to that deficiency, I have ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:01:01 EST So Excited. . .and Tootsies Are SOOO Tired !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510125 I cannot recall when last I was so tired!.....maybe last Saturday after scalping the yards and putting in the winter lawn... <BR> <BR> Last night, left a deposit on a Sleep Number 7000 series bed / box spring with wood surround frame, headboard / footboard with spires from which to hang curtans plus 2 bedside tables, a dresser w/mirror and a highboy - we're saving about $4,250 on this set. A bit of a departure from our usual dark wood look but I think it'll open up the Master Bedroom. <BR>... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:38:20 EST BLC23: General Registration Now Open - Come Join The FUN !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470930 I borrowed from a Spark Friend the idea of blogging an invitation to the BLC23 - a program which has become a vital part of my everyday life. <BR> <BR> I've been part of the BLC program since #20 (in which program I dropped 20+ lbs) and have found it to be very focusing. . .on my nutrition and fitness as well as my general health and wellbeing. <BR> <BR> The BLC23 will be 12 weeks of FUN, CHALLENGE, SUPPORT and MOTIVATION. . .and, of course, WEIGHT LOSS!! <BR> <BR> BLC is made up of many... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:07:29 EST Dolly's Big Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450232 WOW - what a week! Such a combination of Health, Medical and Social. . .need the weekend so I can take a break! <BR> <BR> And. . .finally. . .after almost a week of waiting. . .here it is. . Dolly's Big Adventure. . .which started with a 40 minute drive - there were no more hints than those given before departure: <BR> <BR> 1. Wear sturdy shoes <BR> 2. Wear comfy indoor clothing <BR> 3. Expect to be gone 2-3 hrs <BR> <BR> I could think of nothing I had been talking about so far away or in... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 19:37:15 EST 7/18/13 TNT Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425936 I'm busy on the Chat Thread culling for TNT reports and running off to SparkPages to read my teammate's TNT blogs then back to the Chat Thread to comment on those blogs. . .log out and realize I totally FORGOT to blog myself! <BR> <BR> Today's workout was three-fold - some 'social' exercise, my planned Thursday workout and the scheduled TNT workout. <BR> <BR> After a couple hours of bowling and socializing. . .fun times and decent scores. . .lunched with DH, had my hair done and headed to t... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:23:45 EST MY JUNE REPORT CARD. . .an early peek 8-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404609 <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> At the beginning of JUNE, I set some personal June Focus Goals. As the end of June approaches, I did a quick tally to see where I am and where I have to hit it hard to succeed. Thought I’d share with the group – when others are aware and may ask how I did, I am more accountable. <BR> <BR> Focus Goals: <BR> 1. Daily & Aerobic Steps <BR> a)1... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:25:21 EST 12 Week Goal(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385304 As part of a challenge in which I am participating, I am required to formalize four goals for the next 12 week period. These are goals I have been working on but in a less than formal manner. <BR> <BR> My main goal: Lose 1 lb each week for 12 weeks <BR> <BR> I will attain this goal as follows: <BR> 1. Prepare a weekly meal plan every Sunday to support that week's nutritional / calorie goals <BR> 2. Limit CICO to less than 1,000 cals each day <BR> 3. Burn 3,500 additional cals each week t... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:25:15 EST Food Cravings and 'White Knuckling' - My Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382253 While reading and responding to the article in a fellow sparker's post, I was put in mind of many of the statements I have read in blogs and on chat threads in SparkPeople teams. . .the difficulty of avoiding unhealthy foods, resisting cravings, the well-meaning friends and family who push food at us, etc. <BR> <BR> I have a methodology which usually works for me and thought I'd share - maybe it will help you to create a methodology that will work for you. <BR> <BR> The article refers to 'w... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:29:24 EST Weekly Goals: June 5-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380099 First, a recap of my May 25-June 1 results: <BR> <BR> 100%: Tracking Nutrition, Eating within Cal Range, Drink 8 Waters, Being Active Around House <BR> 70%: Prepared more meals at home than usual, increased my Fitness Mins, walked more steps but didn't meet my goals here; lost just under 1lb. <BR> 100%: 3 Challenges <BR> <BR> This week's goals are the same – need to set the habit on those where I succeeded, need to strive for those I missed – with the substitution of a new challenge for o... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 09:29:47 EST Staying on Track with Team Activity / Posting Requirements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376928 Whle the document included is directed a particular team, it really can be applicable to all - we're all on teams with requirements, whether they be activities, posting, etc. Hopefully, someone will find this useful - if not, well, I'll receive my Blog points for the day <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> If you're like me, you're having some difficulty remembering what to post and when to post it. Especially, if you're posting to more than one team! <BR> <BR> I've created for myself an XLS sheet ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:13:55 EST Weekly Goals: May 25-June 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367460 Reflecting back to a time I was dropping weight like I knew what I was doing, I've decided to resume my blogging habits of that time. Advance apologies as these blogs are not funny, interesting or inspiring but they help me progress. <BR> <BR> Desired End Result: <BR> Body Moveable THEN Body Beautiful <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Track Nutrition EVERY day <BR> <BR> 2. Prepare at least 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners at home <BR> <BR> 3. Eat within Calorie Range 5 of 7 days <BR> <BR>... Sat, 25 May 2013 10:20:13 EST 5% Dawgs vs Cats - Blog #2: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362250 Interesting unintentional exercise activity yesterday - wound up as part of an impromptu cattle round-up. <BR> <BR> Neighbor brought home a new cow...no one thought to lock the gate... <BR> WaLa - cow in the canal! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> And he was happy to be there snug in the shade under the street overpass in that cool, running water. <BR> <BR> Most of the exercise occurred before the police, firemen and SRP arrived on the scene trying to encourage the cow down the canal WITHOUT fal... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:13:20 EST 5% Dawgs vs Cats - Blog #1: A '(re)Starter' Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360915 As part of a mini challenge in the 5% Spring Into Summer Challenge, I need to blog...daily if I want my full points. And, I do. More importantly, I want to fully participate in each aspect of the challenge. <BR> <BR> I feel full participation will be the key to renewing my energy and enthusiasm even while it will consume energy and time. Over the past four months, I have settled onto a plateau physically (actually gained 6 lbs) as well as mentally and emotionally. <BR> <BR> Looking bac... Sun, 19 May 2013 09:39:29 EST BLC21 Wk#8 Weekend Challenge: What Is On My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281962 The challenge called for me to post a blog each day of the weekend about something that was on my mind. Not feeling well at all for the past 3 weeks, I did not post anything Friday or Saturday. <BR> <BR> And I don't know why I didn't because what is on my mind now is exactly what has been on my mind this whole past week. It's been a rough 3 weeks but this past week was the roughest - allergy symptoms so bad that on Wednesday I was functionally blind. While I could see light, my eyes were ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:55:50 EST BLC21 Weekend Challenge: Positive Thought About ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252152 These assignments are amazingly difficult. . I'm not in the habit of spending much time thinking about me. <BR> <BR> One positive thing about me is that I make an effort to be accepting of others. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, that will serve me well when Hubby and I meet up with BIL tomorrow to discuss his health issues. He tends to be very closed and negative - we intend to be supportove and try to cast as positive a light as possible. . .fingers crossed! <BR> <BR> Dolly Fri, 15 Feb 2013 23:45:34 EST BLC21: Letter From Future Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227977 Dear Past Me, <BR> <BR> After more than a half century, I have finally learned that I am adequate, that I have innate value. <BR> <BR> YOU are adequate, YOU have innate value. Don't allow others to distract you with their plans, hopes and dreams. <BR> <BR> Rather than to conform to other's ideas of who you are or should be, allow others to get to know and to love who you really are. <BR> <BR> Stay true to you, stay true to your dreams, stay true to your life plan. <BR> <BR> Oh, and stay... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:57:48 EST Getting Back to the Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218509 Borrowed the following from a friend's blog. <BR> <BR> We get so caught up in the latest technology, fitness trend, nutrition craze - while these can be useful, they sometimes get in the way of the basics which are key to our fitness, health and well-being. <BR> <BR> 1. Eat in moderation <BR> 2. Eat a diet that is varied and full of the nutrients your body needs <BR> 3. Hit your daily net calorie target value <BR> 4. Do a little exercise <BR> 5. Eschew stupid things like fruit juice fastin... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:24:06 EST My Battle Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217047 Several peeps have asked to see pics of my oft-mentioned Battle Board. It's taken me some time, but I took the a couple of pics and am posting them here. <BR> <BR> I patterned my Battle Board after those used in the Combat Information Center aboard U.S. military vessels. <BR> <BR> The full Battle Board consumes a whole wall in my Laundry Room and I'm not able to include the whole thing here - just couldn't get the angles to work for me - but I think these pics are representative. <BR> ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:34:48 EST STARTING OVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192689 When you’ve worked so hard on your goals today. <BR> And you fought to win a victory each day. <BR> But one more time you went astray – start over! <BR> <BR> If you’ve started out in pursuit of your goal <BR> And you’ve really tried with your heart and your soul, <BR> But somehow things got out of control – start over! <BR> <BR> When you’ve tried your best to do what you should <BR> And you thought this time that you surely would <BR> But once again you didn’t do good – start over... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:12:12 EST The Serenity Prayer for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191193 God grant me the Serenity <BR> To Make good food Choices; <BR> Courage to turn away from baked goods; <BR> And energy to exercise daily. <BR> Living Healthy one day at a time; <BR> Enjoying my Journey; <BR> Accepting that the road to Wellness can be hard; <BR> Taking the tools of better eating out into the World <BR> As I should, free from the bad habits of the past; <BR> Trusting that making wise decisions today will pay off tomorrow; <BR> If I Surrender to my Will <BR> I will not... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 08:38:50 EST Goal Seting Challenge: Quiz-Are Your Sugar Cravings Out of Control? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170109 Having completed this quiz, I am happy - and surprises - to report that "I Am in Control of My Sugar Cravings". . . .who'da thunk? Certainly not me!! <BR> <BR> Since I was not fortunate enough to be born without a sweet tooth, sugar has been a downfall for me from the beginning. <BR> <BR> Once, I wrote a paper in a Nutrition class and, just before my presentation of said paper, the instructor advised everyone to go out and buy stock in Coca Cola cause my consumption of that product woul... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:57:29 EST Goal Setting Challenge: Quiz-How Healthy is Your Relationship with Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169164 According to the results of this quiz, I have a Carefree Food Attitude - I do hope that is a GOOD thing. . . hmmm.... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've always looked at food as 'the necessary' to stay alive. . . though that may have been due to my lack of finesse in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> After meeting my hubby, I have learned to cook and also to enjoy food. . .perhaps too much as all of my excess weight began to accumulate about the same time. <BR> <BR> The quiz results state: <BR> 1. I am... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 13:50:18 EST Goal Setting Challenge: Quiz: Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167943 I took this quiz as part of a goal-setting challenge and it appears I am “prepared for success”. <BR> <BR> The one 'warning' in my quiz result is “be sure your motivation stays strong even when the going gets tough”. <BR> <BR> And I think that is the point at which I have arrived – where the going gets tough. . . which is where this challenge as well as my Spark Friends come into <BR> play. <BR> <BR> The Spark site offers many motivational tools and my interactions here have been i... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:28:02 EST Goal Setting Challenge-Quiz: Are You Ready to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166506 I comleted this quiz as part of a goal-setting challenge and it appears I am “ready to lose weight”. <BR> <BR> In reality, I've already begun to lose weight. . .down 21 lbs since I got serious this past June. WOOT! WOOT! <BR> <BR> However, I have hit a stone wall this past month – I lose two pounds but then I gain it back, then I lose it, then I gain it back, etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Of course, this is to be expected along the way. . .but now I'm tired of it. I need to find a way to re... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:10:53 EST