DOLLFACEDX's SparkPeople Blog DOLLFACEDX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Wishing Each of You A Lovely Day ! <img src=""> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:42:20 EST Advice From a Butterfly.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Get out of your cocoon <BR> Take yourself lightly <BR> Look for the sweetness in life <BR> Take time to smell the flowers <BR> Catch a breeze <BR> Treat yourself like a monarch <BR> <BR> This is my Computing Time of Tea mug....pleasant to view and so true !! Fri, 15 Jan 2016 12:35:17 EST Live With Intention <img src=""> Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:58:54 EST Never Quit Pledge I saw this days ago and commented with my commitment to Never Quit....then forgot to re-post adding my name to the bottom...oh well, better late than never... <BR> <BR> Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for m... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:13:15 EST 100 Day Challenge: Re-igniting My Spark...Stage #1 - Getting to Know ME I believe my most important challenge right now is the re-igniting of my Spark - I realize I've been faking it for a while here. <BR> <BR> That being written, it is a process...a process begun by visualizing my eventual self & setting a plan for success. <BR> <BR> It is a part of my psyche to always put everything ahead of's not that I don't like ME but I have Scarlett O-Harra Syndrome - I'll think about that (ME) later....and later just never arrives organically. <BR> <BR> So, my ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 08:19:53 EST Happy 2016...and Welcoming a New Opportunity 16/01/04 UPDATE: I am doing very well - feeling just fine - after leaving the hospital. It's almost like it never happened...but, it did and I need to not fall into complacence. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to every one who has read my blog and chosen to leave a comment. This in itself reinforces in me the will to strive. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2016 has dawned bright and sunny....and with a new perspec... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:43:58 EST Continuing to Create Dolly.... <img src=""> <BR> "All change comes from starting where you are, not from where you think you should be or wish you were. <BR> And your past self needs to be honored for enduring instead of wished away. <BR> Initially, it's a memory of pain, but increasingly a reminder of growth and strength." <BR> <BR> I read the above just a bit ago and it spoke so loudly to me - the first sentence, most especially. <BR> <BR> For a few years, I have ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:40:38 EST A Thought to Shape My March <img src=""> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:23:40 EST Attitude Adjustment "Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us"~ Earl Nightingale <BR> <BR> Of late - about 6 months - I've been dealing with a very difficult person. She's been 'running the show' in one of my groups for more years than I know and there has bee a growing discontent with her and her attitude. <BR> <BR> Last year I was elected as President - as clearly stated to me, specifically to oversee her activities and ensure our group is following the bylaws. Of course, she has b... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 10:31:10 EST My Mantra for February: "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." <BR> -- Denis Waitley Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:18:54 EST HELLO February... ....where did January go ?? <BR> <BR> In the past, that's where. Whatever mistakes you made, whatever slip-ups you experienced, whatever didn't work out as planned during the first month of 2015....let it go ! <BR> <BR> Let's all GRAB this NEW month, this NEW week, this NEW day....this NEW OPPORTUNITY...and make the most of it ! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What changes for SUCCESS will you make? <BR> Will you eat differently? <em>341</em> <BR> Will you exercise differently? More ST? ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 11:08:40 EST Don't Be A Fool.... Only a FOOL allows the past to control their future. <BR> <BR> Whatever mistakes you've made...whatever regrets you may have, <BR> LET IT GO ! <BR> <BR> Learn from those mistakes - learn from those regrets - then MOVE ON ! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:12:30 EST What I Hope to Accomplish During BLC27 During BLC27 - which begins today - I have a 3-point goal...a triangle because each aspect is key to my success and each aspect depends upon the other two for success. <BR> <BR> My Triangle of Goals: <BR> <em>26</em> re-ignite my enthusiasm <BR> <em>26</em> re-dedicate myself to my personal wellness <BR> <em>26</em> reclaim my early BLC success <BR> <BR> My first step will be to 'play it til I make it'...unfortunately, enthusiasm doesn't appear at the snap of my fingers. But, if I in... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:14:19 EST Lovely Christmas Experience..... Decided to visit the mall to watch the madding crowd. In the parking lot, saw 2 ladies trying to stuff a VERY large grill - their Dad's 1st new grill in his whole life - into an Audi A4...NOT an over-large vehicle. <BR> <BR> Offered to load it into my Avalanche to deliver it to their home...what a lovely family - was almost overcome with the profuse thanks and hugs....& Dad was blown away to realize the grill was for him ! <BR> <BR> Was great to be a part <em>30</em> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:16:45 EST Simple Reminder <img src=""> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 10:29:08 EST Shades of the Past...morphed into a Healthier Now As part of the BLC26 Wk#9 challenge, I'm to step out of my Health Comfort Zone...and talk about it. <BR> <BR> Nutrition is an area with which I constantly struggle - the foods I enjoy most are not always the best choice AND I really don't like to cook...well, maybe I enjoy cooking but I Don't like to clean up the mess! As a result, I eat the same quick snacks and prepare the same quick meals on too regular a basis - can you say Boooooorinnng..... <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Starting yesterda... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:47:37 EST Omelete Muffins for Breakfast...a Recipe Here's what I made for breakfast this morning - found this recipe on my FB Page and made myself an Omelete Muffin with pork sausage, peppers and onions. SO easy to make and as nutritious as you want to make it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the Recipe: Omelete Muffins <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 350 <BR> 2. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray <BR> 3. Add your favorite omelet mix-ins <BR> 4. Cover with s... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:30:46 EST ....and My Birthday Morn Card... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and, of course, each card has come with a gift - I've no idea how I came across such a wonderful man but I am glad I did <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> Dolly <em>87</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:28:45 EST My Birthday Eve Card... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> Dolly <em>87</em> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:53:55 EST BLC26 Goals - Revisited 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 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 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... 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=""> <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 ! 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... 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... 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... 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... 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) 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 ....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 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 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 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... This morning, DH and I left the house early bound for 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 <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-) 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 ?!? 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) 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) 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