DRAGON-CHICK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DRAGON%2DCHICK DRAGON-CHICK'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/ Happy Friday!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916787 TGIF! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1619967384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:59:41 EST Back up you computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916321 <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, for many people, this may be a no brainer. But I know so many people who either don't think it's important, or don't know how. <BR> <BR> I work in IT, and I know how devastating it can be to lose important files. My PC died recently. Happily, nearly everything was saved. I'm a bit obsessive about backups. <BR> <BR> So back up your data! <BR> Burn it onto DVDs or CD's, copy to external hard drives or thumb drives, send it to yourself in ema... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:56:53 EST Thought of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914131 Yep, I needed this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l182961115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:18:29 EST Another Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913345 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, it's another Day One! <BR> <BR> But you know what? It's OKAY! <BR> It's totally fine if EVERY day is a day one. Right? <BR> <BR> The only thing that's NOT ok is giving up. <BR> <BR> We can do this! Bring it on! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:04:30 EST I really need some help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912984 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I really need some help in getting back on track. <BR> <BR> It's the strangest thing; I can't figure out what's wrong with me. Exhaustion? Depression? Denial? Pure laziness? <BR> <BR> Last week was my sister's wedding. I was the maid of honor, and in a dress a little too skimpy for my size. So I felt horrified, completely self-conscious, and I just wanted... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:43:10 EST An apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898113 I feel like I owe my SP friends an apology for being so busy and neglecting you! I have not been available for well thought out replies to blogs or team/forum posts. <BR> I am sorry about that. <BR> <BR> Even more so, I owe myself an apology for neglecting ME. <BR> I have not been blogging, or tracking, or planning, or exercising, or eating right, or getting enough sleep. <BR> <BR> I did do some shopping this weekend for fresh produce, so that's a step in the right direction. <BR> <B... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:27:27 EST HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896265 <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I really need some help. But I don't know what kind exactly. <BR> <BR> There are moments when I'm on track; I know what I need to do, and I'm prepared to do it. <BR> <BR> Sadly, those moments are few. Mostly, I'm exhausted, stressed out, and discouraged. <BR> <BR> But I am not giving up. I am looking for help. I found this challenge that looks encouraging. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:02:44 EST Binge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890872 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So far I'm resisting a binge, but there's a battle going on in my head! <BR> <BR> Why? I'm the maid of honor in my sister's wedding, she selected strapless dresses, and I'm really overweight! I went shopping for undergarments, and needed help from the sales clerk. <BR> <BR> Let's just say it wasn't a pleasant experience, and my ego is in the toilet. <BR> <BR> I have managed... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 04:33:07 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890536 Struggling. Again. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what I want to say here, beyond a declaration of a new DAY ONE. Again. <BR> <BR> And maybe a little sigh. I'm not enthusiastic about it. But I do feel somewhat determined. And I'm praying the determination will last. Maybe that's a Spring thing? Starting to feel hopeful? I dunno. <BR> <BR> Are you starting over... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:26:40 EST Mushroom Walnut Pate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889700 I made this recipe, and it was pretty good. But I didn't mash it. Maybe I'll do some, but I like the un-mashed texture. <BR> <BR> <link>urbanchickpea.com/2011/04/27/mushroo<BR>m-walnut-pate/ </link> <BR> <BR> Unmashed, I ate it on bread, or hot with rice. Yummy! <BR> <BR> The next time I pureed it. Yummy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l156671197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1345677477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> PS... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 08:52:50 EST Eat the Rainbow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495904973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just kidding! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I don't really like jelly beans anyhow. Or Skittles. <BR> M&M's, on the other hand, could be very dangerous. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 10:16:19 EST Insanity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844569 <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> "A severely disordered state of the mind" <BR> <BR> Or <BR> <BR> "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." <BR> <BR> I think both apply to me. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've described myself as feeling insane after eating sugar. <BR> Not just sugar; processed carbs, junk food, caffeine, etc. <BR> And it's not just from eating one portion. <BR> <BR> Ok, it's not that I'm like a kid on a suga... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:38:13 EST So hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843609 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe it's not true hunger, but carb cravings, or detox… <BR> <BR> I think I'm still coming down off my Christmas cookie sugar high from last week. The carb cravings are making me nuts. I discovered a couple of remaining cookies and I threw them away. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help that I'm at home for a few days, my sleep cycle is off, and the temperature has plu... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:44:36 EST I am not making any New Years resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842567 <BR> That does not mean I am giving up! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But I am determined to keep on trying to improve my lifestyle and lose weight! <BR> <BR> I was less than perfect over the holidays… <BR> But oh so much better than I've been in previous years! <BR> <BR> I can do this! <BR> <BR> WE can do this!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>521</em> <em>381</em> <... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:35:12 EST Happy New Year to all my Sparks Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842313 I wish you all the best, and I hope 2015 will be better than we hope. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>213</em> <em>224</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:11:33 EST Did I stay on track? Nope. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839200 <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Did I stay on track over Christmas? Nope! <BR> <BR> But I sure did a lot better than I might have done! <BR> <BR> I went with small portions, and I was selective with my treats, only eating the ones I really wanted, not just inhaling every Christmas cookie that crossed my path. <BR> <BR> I have one more Christmas gathering tomorrow, and there may be ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:59:09 EST Detox. Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830349 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, I misbehaved and now I have to go through detox again. <BR> <BR> You'd think I'd learn. But no. <BR> <BR> We had ice cream cake at work. Early holiday party. I made lasagna, but didn't have any. Was planning to be good. Then I had a little ...err… misunderstanding with the boss. And then I just HAD to have something sweet. As if that helped at all.... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:01:15 EST Christmas is in two weeks?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829737 <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, two weeks and a couple days, but still… <BR> <BR> I'm usually prepared! I'm the one with lists double-checked. <BR> <BR> OMG - I don't even HAVE a list! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> I'd like to hibernate until May 1st. <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 14:08:02 EST I love weekends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829000 Well, I should clarify that. I love weekends where I don't have obligations to others. <BR> <BR> This weekend I have all to myself. It's been a while. It's great! No work, no family gatherings, not party prep, no errands. <BR> <BR> This weekend - and in keeping with my goals - I've been able to do some batch cooking, spent a few minutes on the elliptical, lots of decluttering, and of course play time with the Luna(tic). <BR> <BR> Funny how it's easier to get up in the morning knowing... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 08:52:24 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828045 Today I'm reviewing goals. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>543</em> <em>321</em> <em>314</em> <em>104</em> <em>550</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Starting out these are things I want to do more, even though I don't enjoy doing them. <BR> <BR> - Exercise <BR> - Make better food choices <BR> - Drink more water <BR> - Do more household projects I've been putting off <BR> - Write more, or do writing research <BR> <BR> Now we all know that these goals are too vague, and the nee... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:10:49 EST Climbing back up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827602 I'm climbing back up onto that dratted wagon. <BR> <BR> It's been a rough few months, and I haven't really had the mental energy to plan or blog or much beyond go to work. <BR> <BR> But I think I'm back. Well, I'm getting there anyhow. I'm still tired, but less so. Might even get ON the elliptical this weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>543</em> <em>321</em> <em>314</em> <BR> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:40:43 EST Slipped. Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818775 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's been an eventful long weekend. <BR> And an extremely fattening one. <BR> And, oh boy am I suffering from the after effects! <BR> <BR> I spent Friday with a friend. And we went out to dinner for an early birthday dinner. <BR> <BR> On Saturday I went to another friend's place, and her mother made lasagna. (which turns out to have been made of lead) It was ... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:06:24 EST Clean out that freezer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811084 Am I the only person who does this? <BR> <BR> The freezer is FULL, and I still buy frozen food. <BR> Well, mixed veggies were on sale! <BR> So what; you have some already. <BR> They're old! <BR> Because you didn't eat them. <BR> I didn't want to. <BR> And now you do? <BR> I'm back on track. <BR> Eat the ones that you already have. <BR> Ewww. They have ice on 'em. <BR> Rinse them off. <BR> I don't wanna. <BR> <BR> OMG! <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 05:29:38 EST Turning it around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809842 Yesterday I blogged about not feeling my mojo. I was really struggling with being on track. Somehow just writing about things can help. After I wrote that, I dragged my elliptical from the spare room into the living room - right in front of the TV. If I'm going to watch the idiot box, I'm going to move my body a bit. <BR> <BR> I also made oatmeal for breakfast - Dr. Fuhrman's Quick Banana Breakfast On The Go. (sans banana) <BR> <BR> Next I should consider thinking about goal setting. <... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:14:18 EST Where's my mojo? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809095 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am really struggling to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Intellectually, I know I need to, and I do indeed want to be a healthy eater. And I know what I should be doing. <BR> <BR> But… <BR> <BR> Yep, here comes my list of excuses! <BR> <BR> 1. Hormones. (OMG, take cover!) <BR> 2. Still coughing. I am worn out from it, and lack of sleep. <BR> 3. Depression. I... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 05:57:06 EST Read the label! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806189 Recently I was looking for a healthy snack to replace chips, and I thought dry cereal might do it. So I looked for a whole grain one. Whole grain oats, to avoid gluten, to help with the detox. Right? <BR> <BR> Read the label!! <BR> <BR> Whole grain oat squares cereal? Sounds ok. Right? <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> - Whole grain oat flour <BR> - Sugar <BR> - Corn flour <BR> - Whole wheat flour <BR> - Rice flour <BR> - Salt <BR> - Then a bunch of things that didn't sound like foo... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 08:24:02 EST My mind is a scary place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805682 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am trying so hard to BE back on track! <BR> <BR> This weekend I made crockpot oats, and I even ate them for breakfast yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> So far I've been mostly reasonable. <BR> <BR> I did have a PB&J on a whole wheat sandwich thin. And I had some whole grain dry cereal as a snack. Not the best plan. I think it's delaying the detox completi... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:14:06 EST Surviving Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804885 Well, I'm mostly back on program, and I'm surprised that detox isn't as bad as expected. Or maybe it will hit today, with a vengeance, now that I've jinxed myself. <BR> <BR> I made my crockpot oats, I have salad stuff, and bags of veggies in the freezer, so I should be ok for a bit. <BR> <BR> I also have some emergence whole wheat sandwich thins for PB&J if the cravings get too crazy. <BR> <BR> And I'm keeping busy. Lots of housework that I never got do since my life turned crazy this su... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:30:43 EST Is this my third Day One this month? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803837 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Well, at least I'm not giving up after a big mistake, right? <BR> <BR> Starting over again. And trying to NOT berate myself over yet another failure. It was just a mistake. A learning experience. Except I'm not really learning much, am I? Well, maybe I am. My mistakes seem to be smaller each time. So that's progress, I think. <BR> <BR> Yeah. I'll take ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:56:06 EST OMG! Carb overdose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803308 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a rough week. Do I always have an excuse? <BR> Yeah, I guess so. It's not been a really bad week, just really, really busy. Like crazy busy at work <BR> <BR> So I guess I got a little stressed out and made the huge mistake of shopping hungry. Yep, I bought carbs. <BR> <BR> Ice cream for one. And Italian Scali bread. And Nutella! What was I think... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:21:03 EST Am I Ancient? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801443 <BR> Yes, according to this, I am! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l867726011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:50:53 EST Back to Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800843 <em>4</em> <em>15</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, again! I went to NYC for a day this weekend with a friend and her kids. While it wasn't a feeding frenzy, I did make less than ideal choices. And the scale has reprimanded me suitably. It appears I've undone all the work of this month. Which wasn't much. But still. <BR> <BR> Live and learn. In fact, I do think I am learning. I wasn't anywhere nearly as bad as I usually am when I go away. So that's encouragin... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:33:27 EST Why is it so hard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796739 <BR> I want to be back on track. I really do. Why is it so hard to get back into that mindset? It's like I'm searching for reasons and excuses to have a "treat" !!! <BR> <BR> This too shall pass. I know the cravings will subside. <BR> <BR> Like, just in time for Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>15</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Don't worry; I *can* do it! <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:50:01 EST Day 1. Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795851 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, I'm back from vacation, and the weight has bee creeping back up. I'm fairly disgusted with myself. Yes, I know that beating myself up won't help much. But at least I'm not giving up. <BR> <BR> I've come back from vacation with a terrible cold, and that is not helping with my energy levels or enthusiasm to get back on track. Still, I do feel some determin... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:06:25 EST Love this anti-skinny song! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775123 <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Meghan Trainor <BR> All About That Bass <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PCkvCPvDXk </link> <BR> <BR> Behind the scenes of it: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofxGAXSope8 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ---- <BR> Edit: Thanks HOT_MAMA_13! "BASS = Big A$$ if I remember correctly :-)" <BR> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:31:12 EST I think I exercised yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773064 <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Don't get too excited. I wasn't working out. But it was still exercise. I'm pretty sure, anyhow. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I got home from work, tired as usual, but it thought I'd hop on the elliptical for about 90 seconds. Again, don't get too excited. It was folded up because I'd had to move it, and I'd also piled some stuff around it. So I spent some time putting stuff away, and getting the beast into working orde... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:03:11 EST Struggling with motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771930 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not really sure why this is so hard! <BR> <BR> I do really want to lose weight. Why? <BR> <BR> - I worry about my long term health. <BR> - Buying plus sizes is not fun. <BR> - I hate looking at pics of myself. <BR> - Looking in the mirror is shocking every time. <BR> - I feel ashamed of my lack of control. <BR> <BR> So what's my problem? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:35:59 EST Detox Time!! (Again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769887 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Last week wasn't… Well, let's just say I didn't make the best food choices for my long term health. <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of a lovely three-day weekend! It's NOT an excuse to eat crappy foods. It's a great opportunity to spend three days in detox before I go back to work and the insanity resumes! <BR> <BR> Of course I'm only partly prepared. The ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:09:34 EST Never giving up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767202 <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <em>104</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a really difficult summer. Life has tossed me a bunch of curve balls. But I'm doing ok. I've got some close friends and family with health issues, and I've lost a few people I knew. <BR> <BR> I'm really, really tired. Still, I'm doing ok. <BR> <BR> In the scheme of things, I'm doing GREAT! My health is fine, and I managed to not gain an... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:03:31 EST Rainy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738358 <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> Ugh! There's something about a rainy Monday. Still, I caught up on sleep yesterday, I think. And I feel relatively ready to face the day. I have the day off from work, thank goodness, but I have a thousand other things to do. <BR> <BR> Ok, maybe not a thousand, but it feels like it. I'm starting off the day with coffee (yes, I wanted coffee) and writing my blog on the balcony with the... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:38:37 EST So tired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737740 <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> As I said yesterday, I'm trying to get myself back on track. But it doesn't help that I'm exhausted. I have been getting almost 8 hours of sleep at night, but I don't wake up rested. And this weekend the Luna(tic) wakes me up at my regular time. I was hoping for a nap, but never got one. Plus the people upstairs are redoing their place, so the construction noise will probably keep me from sleeping anyhow. <BR> <BR> So I'm sitting ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:29:37 EST Trying… Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737357 Yes, I'm trying, again, to get back on track! I keep falling off the wagon. It must be slippery or unbalanced - no, that's me. Maybe it's just the wrong wagon? <BR> <BR> Well, at least I'm trying again. (Yeah, yeah, there is no try… shut up, Yoda.) Ok, I'll rephrase it. <BR> <BR> I'm not giving up, no matter how many times I screw up. Mistakes happen; I'm human. <BR> <BR> The thing about making mistakes and moving on is that it's important to learn from the mistakes and failures. S... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:03:11 EST Happy Birthday, Nana! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736464 <em>383</em> <em>389</em> <em>144</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Today is my grandmother's birthday! <BR> <BR> Most people my age have lost their grandparents by now. Many have lost their parents, as I have. <BR> <BR> But I still have Nana! She is 106 years old today. And still going strong. <BR> <BR> She lives in an assisted living place, not a nursing home. She walks, but uses a walker because her vision is iffy. She has all her teeth, but this year a few ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 05:31:47 EST The Scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721180 Here's a thought.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1343154341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yep, this one's for you!! <BR> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:07:07 EST Minor cookie victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719718 Yesterday I had a day off from work, and someone brought in cookies. Yes, they saved me a couple. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a long and tiring day. And today is day 4 of no coffee. AND my office is freezing! <BR> <BR> I want a cookie!!!!! <BR> <BR> So I put them in a container and put that in the freezer! <BR> And heated up my crock pot oats. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:29:27 EST 5 Veggie soup recipe, anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718857 <em>4</em> <em>481</em> <em>368</em> <em>258</em> <em>485</em> <em>291</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I was looking for a soup recipe, and stumbled upon this site: <BR> <BR> <link>www.healthy-dietpedia.com/Healthy-di<BR>et-plans.html#.U5xvLJAU_DA </link> <BR> <BR> So of course I got distracted browsing through these "healthy" diets. But I'm getting back to the point now. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for a simple and specific soup recipe that I made way back... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:49:12 EST Can I give up coffee?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718249 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> OMG! Give up coffee???? <BR> Is it possible? CAN it be done? <BR> Yes… <BR> But do I *want* to do it? <BR> <BR> Ok, I'm am fairly certain that I do NOT need the caffeine. <BR> <BR> But I *love* my coffee!!!!! <BR> <BR> I love it HOT when it's cool out, and ICED in the Summer. <BR> Sadly, I like it light and sweet. Might as well melt some coffee ice cream! <... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:57:07 EST Detox time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717647 <BR> Ok, if I'm serious about getting back on track, then I need to detox. I need to get all the refined carbs and sugars out of my system. *shudder* <BR> <BR> Oh boy, it could be an ugly weekend. <BR> <BR> Run for your lives!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 06:49:47 EST Trying to recommit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717069 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am stressed out. I am exhausted and soul weary. <BR> I am stalled. <BR> <BR> But I still want to get back on track! <BR> <BR> I could potentially lose 30 pounds before vacation. <BR> <BR> And I feel like crap! Good motivation. <BR> <BR> But I still have this deep-down mindset that food will make me feel better! That's what my family used for everythin... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:59:59 EST I feel like my brain shut down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715948 <em>198</em> <em>198</em> <em>198</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Really. I have a bunch of stress in my life right now. (What units or groupings would stress be in? Bushels? Tons?) I digress. <BR> <BR> I'm writing a blog to sort of jump start the old thinker. Go few few sentences written, not bad. <BR> <BR> So about all this stress...? Beyond my daily struggles, I have 3 things, of varying weights, pressing on my heart and soul. <BR> <BR> One of my closest friends is re... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:42:21 EST