DSBRIDE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DSBRIDE DSBRIDE'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/ The past is past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336542 All my life, I've been on one diet or another. I was a chubby baby and Mom tried to slim me down but my Nonie babysat me and she believed in feeding everyone and so I ate. Through out school, I was always the biggest in the class. At first it didn't bother me but then it started to as the kids got crueler and so my concerted effort began with different diets. First it was weight watchers and back then, the food was horrible. Their recipes were disgusting and Mom made them all. I hated e... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:05:08 EST Can I start this year over? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332457 This year hasn't been a good year of taking care of my health. First my Wii broke then I got locked out of My Fitness Pal where I used to log my foods. I took a break from logging while I contacted MFP and so far they haven't been able to help me get back in. At first I missed logging my foods but now I got used to not doing it. I'm still mindful of what I eat, I just don't have that pressure anymore. <BR> <BR> Since my Wii broke, I've been lax with my step ups. I still wear my Fitbit... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:14:47 EST Bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309792 There are good days and then there are days like today. I went to use my Wii this morning and just couldn't get it to work. I tried everything I could think of until finally my husband suggested I check the wires in the back. I knew they were all plugged in as I checked the connections but what I hadn't seen before was that Twinkle had chewed the very thin wire that connects the wireless remote to the Wii. So it's a goner and I can't think of anything to fix this except to see if I can re... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 18:21:26 EST Inauguration day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301840 I am not a political person but I do believe in respect, manners, and good sportsmanship. I support President Trump, he is my president now. I do not support these protestors that will not accept the election results. In fact I resent them and their violent ways. I also hold Hillary Clinton and former President Obama responsible for encouraging these protesters. I feel they could have united the country in a way no one else could and did not take that opportunity, very poor sportsmanship... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:08:43 EST 10 days in.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295543 So here it is, 10 days into January and I'm struggling with a question that eludes me everyday. Why am I so stubborn? I start the day with such good intentions and then around late afternoon or early evening, I throw all caution to the wind and let myself go. I'm talking about my eating habits. I know what I have to do, it's just I don't do it. I have cut down on my consumption, it's just I can't stop with the snacking of junk food. I think it's really because deep down, I don't want to... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:44:38 EST After Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285506 Here it is already, after Christmas and I've gotten great news. Stepping on the scale this morning, I didn't really know what to expect but I sure got a surprise when it sad I had lost another 3 lbs! That means I reached my short term goal and before New Years. I'm so thrilled but I really don't know how I did it. I've been eating things like Christmas cookies and party meals. It hasn't been any extra steps as I shopped on line and even with my Fitbit, I've been lacking steps. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 10:47:27 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285200 Merry Christmas! <BR> Santa came this morning for everyone. As much as my husband and I enjoyed opening our gifts, our greatest pleasure was watching Twinkle. She got a stocking filled with toys. I opened it but left them inside. One by one, she got a toy out and played with it. All morning she's been at it giving us loads of entertainment. <BR> <BR> The gifts I gave my husband were a big hit. There is something to be said about the giving instead of the receiving. Yes I loved the... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 12:53:05 EST Christmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284838 Today is Christmas Eve and I'm excited about it. It's raining and dreary out but not inside my house. We will be having a wonderful dinner of the seven fishes and I've started my sauce already so the flavors meld. The aroma is delightful. It will be an early dinner as it's just me and my husband. My daughter will be coming after work tonight, that's when we'll exchange presents. She doesn't like fish so that tradition will end with us. I think it's sad but the new generation doesn't ca... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:10:04 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274302 I have been doing well towards my new goals. So far, I lost 4lbs which is amazing for me. I expect this to slow down but it's a great start. <BR> <BR> There is something bothering me. Years ago when I first started here, weighing 273, I had a firm commitment to get under 200. I made weight loss the number one priority in my life. As the lbs dropped, I found an inner peace with myself. Among my group of friends, I was the leader in weight loss. A certain admiration came with this an... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:47:28 EST After Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271951 I didn't know what to expect today as I ate yesterday enough to enjoy my holiday. This morning I was pleasantly surprised to see that I actually lost a few more ounces. So on my journey to losing 10lbs before January 1st, I have lost 3 lbs! I must admit I am a bit amazed about this. My sugar is better but not as good as that one time number of 99. I guess like everything else, it's a work in progress. <BR> <BR> The good news is spurring me on and since the leftovers that I have are all... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:51:49 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271667 Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had a nice day. <BR> <BR> I made a traditional dinner and am so happy to have leftovers too, enough for the rest of the week. My husband said I didn't have to cook as it was just the 2 of us, but what's a holiday without the food. There is nothing like starting the day off with the Macy's parade and we are going to finish it with the Disney parade. I never got to New York to see the parade in person even though we live less than 2 hours away, b... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:08:30 EST A new specialist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270890 I am still smarting from the news I received this afternoon. I could cry! I went to the eye Dr thinking this would be the last of my Dr appts for the winter. Boy was I wrong! I now have to see a specialist who is going to try to squeeze me in someday soon. My vision is deteriorating rapidly and they hope there is something they can do to slow it down. I didn't realize this was happening till I took the test and it was compared to the last one I took. Also the pressure in my eyes is inc... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:57:20 EST Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268888 It's been a week now that I decided to stop coasting and start being productive. I'm extremely happy to report that I have gotten my fasting sugar down to 99 this morning! I haven't seen that in more than a year. I'm not used to this and I'm a bit shaky but I will get used to it and hope it becomes the norm for now on. <BR> <BR> I want to put a shout out to a dear friend who has helped me this week by just being there. I always read, get a buddy. However that's just not that easy. I ha... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:00:38 EST Small steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267399 Yesterday I took the small step towards a goal of losing 10 lbs before the first of the year. I made another small step in vowing to do more steps on my Wii. Not a big number, just more than I have been doing. My eating was on plan and my steps did increase so I called that day a success! <BR> <BR> Today I read a very nice thought from another blogger that triggered a response in me, like an ah ha moment. Think about this, if you set small goals, you have a very good chance of accomplish... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:59:33 EST Coasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266697 I've been coasting for too long now so today I woke up energized with a new plan. I've set a new goal to lose 10lbs by Christmas. I'll take anything but I'm striving for those 10 lbs. I've also decided to up my steps which have been sorely lacking. I joined a new weekly challenge to help me with these. I've gotten new pills to help with my feet so I'm hoping I can do these steps without pain. <BR> <BR> I know Thanksgiving is coming but turkey is an acceptable healthy eating food. I thi... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:53:11 EST It's my birthday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256797 Today is my birthday. I'm 66 and don't mind saying that one bit. Looking back over the year, I can honestly say that this year was a whole lot better than last year was. I don't have a weight loss to show for the year but I'm still able to get around pretty good and after all I've been through this is a good thing. Now I have to concentrate on losing a few lbs and getting more limber. Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:46:08 EST Fitness Party, ya all invited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240102 Today I'm hosting a virtual reality party in answer to my challenge. It's a fitness party and I haven't done this in a long time. Help me pick the music, the songs you like to workout. First on the list is my favorite, Boot Scooting Boogie. Ya, I'm a country fan but I like other songs too. <BR> <BR> Naturally there wouldn't be a party without food so I'll provide appetizers, healthy ones for sure along with drinks ( non alcoholic). <BR> <BR> Our fitness friend leading us will be Richard... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:49:23 EST It's war! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239861 The past 3 days my body has been having a war with itself. The top half is listless and exhausted, desperately needing sleep. The bottom half needs to be upright and feels better when moving. When I lay down, my feet/ legs hurt. My back says a recliner is out of the question. I feel like I'm a mess but on a happy note, I have my eating under control. It's the one thing I can control. <BR> <BR> All that being said, my mood is not suffering. I'm going to get through this because frankly... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:11:05 EST Going.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229955 Yesterday was a slow start but it was a start! I'm on my way! <BR> <BR> Hubby tried my Wii step ups all by himself. I didn't say a word to nag him about this. Maybe the tide has turned. Sun, 4 Sep 2016 11:07:06 EST Lazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229422 I have just been so lazy lately. I've been going through the motions but my heart hasn't been in it. My FBS has gone up, I haven't been eating right and I've gained more lbs back that I care to say. So it's time to take the reins again and fix this. I've been halfheartedly doing 10 mins of exercise each day, barely getting through it. This has got to stop! <BR> <BR> I guess we all go through a period when we just want to let everything go and feel burnt out, after all, I've been doing t... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 10:25:44 EST Pain help, ty Bananalouie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223243 Special thanks to Bananalouie for all her help with my leg pain. Her suggestion that salt might have helped turned out to be a Godsend. I did some research and found scientific reasoning about salt and the pain. Apparently the nerves need electrolytes and salt has these. So following thru, I bought some sugarfree Gatorade to drink when this happens again. This will be better for my diet than the chips i ate. I can see where this would help because I've been on mostly a salt free diet. ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:51:39 EST Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222197 Tonight was a bit of thunder and lightning with rain and electricity in the air. The nerves in my legs were so bad I could cry. I took all the pills allowed for this and tried getting my mind off them. I played with Twinkle but the pain got to be too much. Sitting there, I spotted my husband's bag of chips and I said why not. Two minutes later I had eaten and my pain was gone. I know it's got to be all in my mind but it really worked! It's been two hours now and the pain is still gone.... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 22:14:21 EST Twinkle update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206415 Life has become more exciting since Twinkle came to live with us. She is a lot of work but so worth it. She's so lovable when she is not getting into trouble. My drapes have suffered a lot from her climbing on them. She sure keeps me hopping but I love her so much. Her latest thing is climbing the lamp shade. Luckily my hubby takes care of that. <BR> <BR> I am moving a lot more because of her and we play at least an hour before bedtime so I can tire her out, and me too! <img src="htt... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:15:06 EST Twinkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193184 Well, Twinkle made herself at home. She sure keeps me hopping! I've logged more steps just taking care of her. She is so good for us, I had forgotten what it was like to have a new, small life in the house. She has attached herself to us and won't venture out of the room. So even though it's a lot more work, it's so worth it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dad73f8-0c1d-4ccb-a622-fe2af42ad7ba.jpg"> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:41:43 EST New addition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192373 Yesterday we got a new addition to our family, a kitten named Twinkle. She's a real pistol! She keeps me on my toes. She has so much energy and wants to play all the time. I'm exhausted but it's a good exhaustion. This is going to be so good for me. I love having another life in the house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/33d82ccf-73e4-4a10-a297-6ee2b18b992a.jpg"> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:20:21 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187588 We had some news on the Myrtle Beach condo that we were hoping to rent this winter. It looks like we won't be going. The owner is not reliable, won't get back to us with the questions we asked and we read reviews that he gives you a great price in the beginning but then hits you with other charges later on. Sometimes things ARE too good to be true. <BR> <BR> My husband had been doing better but then he went backwards and that brought back my doubts about going south where I would be alone... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:51:17 EST I Am capable of so much more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186527 There are days when I have pity feelings. Why am I going backwards. Why can't I get better physically. Why can't I stay on track. Why do I sabatouge myself. Why am I so tired of trying. Why don't I just do this and get it over with. There are too many whys in my life! <BR> <BR> I AM capable of so much more! I have it in me! I am not a quitter, I have proven that because I am still here. Today I need a pep talk and this is it! <BR> <BR> I have been suffering with my legs/feet. I f... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:48:26 EST Exciting news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172159 I got some really exciting news today. There is a possibility that my husband and I will be wintering in Myrtle Beach this year. We used to do this but then health problems hit and I thought these trips were over. This year my wonderful daughter offered to drive our van there and her friend will follow to take her home. It's a 14 hour trip one way so this is a big deal. Once we are down there, I think we can manage and since it's a resort, we will have most everything right there. <BR>... Sat, 28 May 2016 22:46:51 EST Diane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170745 People come and go in your life. Some stay longer, some are just a blip in time. They say that everyone wants to leave a legacy which is usually their children or the great work they did. However it's the small things that really count. How you made someone feel, did you touch their hearts. The impression you leave is your real legacy. <BR> <BR> 16 years ago, I started on my weight loss journey. I began on iChange and made a lot of good friends there. Thru the years, I have kept in to... Thu, 26 May 2016 11:34:10 EST Getting old... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164844 In 2010 in January, I woke up that morning and felt terrible. I could hardly move and had trouble breathing. I stepped on my Wii and weighed in at 278. It was like a slap when I saw this. We were down south for the winter and over the holidays I had a ball eating whatever I wanted. Our saying was 'no adults here!' Well it was time to get real. <BR> <BR> There was no extended family there so that meant no parties or gatherings to distract me. It was just me and hubby and he goes along ... Tue, 17 May 2016 12:12:35 EST May flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158262 Here it is a week plus later and I'm still giving out complements, mostly on line since I haven't seen too many people in person. If I can make someone feel good, great, but if I can make them laugh, even better. To some people this comes naturally but for me, I have to make an effort because I'm a very quiet person. I love how this is working out. I've always been a happy person and now I spread this around making me even happier. <BR> <BR> I challenge you to try it, even if only for... Sat, 7 May 2016 13:48:33 EST Compliments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153960 Here comes a new month, another new start and a reason to strive for happiness. Visiting my eye Dr this past week, I saw he wasn't in that great a mood. After waiting over 2 hrs to see him, I wasn't in that great a mood either. On the way out I said to him how much I loved the color of his shirt and what a great matching tie. He reminded me of spring. I could actually hear and feel the shift in mood. He brightened right up, smiled and we chatted about it and when I left, he was happier ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:55:19 EST It's the little things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151649 To me, life was always about making memories. I'm so glad I cherished them when I was younger and more able to do things. Now that I got older, there are less and less new adventures but it doesn't mean we don't laugh everyday. <BR> <BR> There is a commercial running on TV where the woman has on a tiara. I happened to say out loud that I always wanted one with lots of bling on it. I like bling and have a fantastic collection of antique brooches that I wear. Most were from people who wor... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:41:49 EST Better day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142401 I am having a better day today. My legs no longer hurt due to the stopping of some meds. The feet hurt but not as bad and I'm getting new pills that should help them. Best thing is I've been able to sleep at least 6 hrs and sometimes more. It makes such a difference when you can sleep! <BR> <BR> I've been doing my step ups again although I lowered the number from 5000 to 3000. I wasn't going to do this but getting to that 3000 goal has helped me keep moving and I guess that's what reall... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:44:18 EST If I ever won the lottery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140867 I've stopped taking the meds that Dr said make my legs hurt and I stopped taking the pain pills. My feet still hurt but my legs have gotten better. Yesterday I did 25 minutes of step ups and last night the pain was bearable so I could sleep. Later this week, I report to the Dr and see what he says. <BR> <BR> Something is really nagging at me. I feel like a prisoner in my own home. This house is no longer adaptable for us. We only have one bathroom and no place to put a second. We have... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:46:24 EST Time for the good cycle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138477 Today I'm going to gradually ease back into all the things I took a break from since my legs were hurting. I also will stop the pain pills and see if my nights are better. I dislike exercise but I do it because I must. At this point, I feel I miss it, something I never thought I would say. I'm also craving healthy food and shunning the junk stuff that I've been having a ball with since Easter. These cycles are something I go thru but they get less and less as time goes by. Usually the b... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 11:59:55 EST Peaceful sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137079 It's been 2 days now that I stopped the med that the Dr thinks is hurting my legs. Last night I took the pain pill he gave me and I slept 11 hrs of peace. The pain was not gone but dulled enough to sleep. Ahhh, the much needed sleep and this morning I feel so much better. Deep down I think the Dr is wrong but I'm following thru with this as its too early yet to tell. <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I'm retired and had the luxury of sleeping in. Yesterday, I made a double batch of the cabbage lasa... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 11:35:03 EST Leg pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135733 Today I had a Dr appt for my legs and the terrible pain that doesn't let me sleep. After reading all the on line and web md stuff, I was convinced I had circulation problems. Dr said no, the pulse is just too good. He thinks it is a side effect of one of the meds I'm taking. I'm not sure I agree but I'm stopping one med to see if the pain goes away. After all he's the one with the degree and he was right about the BP med causing my cough. Stopped that and cough went away. How I hope i... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:08:52 EST Cabbage lasagna recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132709 I mentioned cabbage lasagna in my last blog and I was asked several times for the recipe so here it is: <BR> <BR> Being an Italian cook, I don't really measure anything so cooking is fun when you just throw things together. Lots of wiggle room here. <BR> <BR> Boil cabbage that has been cut up. Set aside draining. <BR> <BR> Take 1 lb of hamburger meat and sauté with diced onion, drain. Add 1 can of crushed tomatoes, 28 oz, and a can of tomato paste, 6 ozs. Also add about 20 ozs of water... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 16:45:42 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131702 Day 3 of not sleeping thru the night! My legs/feet are killing me! I can get in 1-2 hrs of sleep and then my legs hurt so bad I have to sit up for an hour. Then I can lay down for another 1-2 hrs and so on thru the night. I stopped my other challenge, I stopped doing lots of steps on the Wii. I've taken all sorts of OTC pills and nothing works. I've got dark spots under my eyes and I'm so tired. My Dr hasn't helped at all. My weight has gone up and eating is my only joy. It's a good ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:28:53 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129637 Ok, I'm a failure! I just don't have it in me to finish this challenge. The Easter bunny came and I've been feasting on my goodies plus eating leftovers which thankfully are almost gone. <BR> I'm not giving up on healthy eating, I'm just taking a short break. I recognize I go thru these phases and 80% of the time, I'm very careful but then there are times like today that I just let loose. Luckily I don't binge, I just enjoy those things in moderation that I don't usually keep in the house... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:24:24 EST Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128764 Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a great day. My company just left and I want to sit a minute before I start the cleanup. We ate and ate and everything was so good. Yes,it was well worth the work. I am so grateful to be able to celebrate this holiday with my family. <BR> <BR> Today is Day 13 but I am taking another rest day and will be doing Day 13 tomorrow. Last night, I was only able to do 12 more of the 40 jj's I had hoped to do. My legs were like jelly and just wouldn't hol... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 16:36:55 EST Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128232 Today is Day 12 and I woke up so sore I could hardly move. My legs just won't hold me up today. I guess it was too much yesterday. <BR> <BR> I managed to do most of my housecleaning for guests tomorrow, just the vacuuming needs be done and I hope to get up early tomorrow to finish that. Then it's prepare the table so it's ready. <BR> <BR> I did more than half of my challenge <BR> 35 jj's <BR> 10 squats <BR> 10 push ups <BR> 10 rolls <BR> 10 presses <BR> <BR> I did not do <BR> A 40 sec ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 20:04:22 EST Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127628 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40530457-92c8-4ccb-b144-c43ffe5ce71b.jpg">Today, Day 11, was a really tough day. It's 9 pm and I just finished. I did 6 1/2 hours of Easter baking. I made a ricotta pie, a cream pie, a loaf of Crecia and 2 apizzagain pies (Italian ham pies). 2 because one is going home with the girls. After letting them cool, I had to package them up and find room in the fridge for them. I'm exhausted but I wouldn't give up on my 30 day challenge so I jus... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:08:37 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126615 Today is Day 10, a rest day for my exercises but lots of work to be done today. The replies are coming in as to who is coming for Easter. All the prep work is going to be done plus major house cleaning so that I'll only have the pick up later on. It's also garbage day. Over a month ago, this blue bucket ended up being blown in front of my house during a storm. It's a bit busted but usable. I left it out front hoping that whoever it belonged to would come claim it. They didn't. I hoped... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:48:46 EST Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126159 Today is Day 9 and last night wasn't so great. I finally finished everything about 9 pm and went to bed very sore. I woke up two hours later actually in pain. There was just no sleeping till 4 am when I finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion. Up at 7:30 and I've been up since then. Today I only boiled and colored eggs and made meals. I did finish my Day 9 exercises but I'm having second thoughts about going on. Tomorrow is a rest day and I'll see about continuing with Day 11. I've ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:20:56 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125265 Here it is Day 8 and I'm only half done for today. It's after 4 and I've gone grocery shopping today for the things I need to do my Easter baking. I'm exhausted from all this and I think a nap is in order to get back some energy. There are still things to do and I hope all will get done today. <BR> <BR> The exercises for today that I have done are: <BR> 25 jj's <BR> 12 squats <BR> 12 push ups <BR> <BR> More to do: <BR> 12 rolls <BR> 30 sec plank <BR> 25 jj's <BR> <BR> I think I could ha... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:07:00 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124353 Today is Day 7 and I just finished doing them all. Here is today's list : <BR> 20 jj's <BR> 10 squats <BR> 10 push ups <BR> 10 bend over rolls <BR> 25 sec plank <BR> 20 jj's <BR> <BR> The soreness in my arms is still there but somewhat less. There is a new muscle pain in my abdomen but not bad. So all in all, I'm doing great! The days are going down and perhaps I should be counting the other way, only 23 more to go! Reporting this in my blog has kept me honest and gave me more motivatio... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:02:16 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123577 Today is Day 6 after the rest day yesterday. It consists of 15 jj's, 8 squats, 8 push ups, 8 rows, 20 sec plank and 15 more jj's. I've gotten a good start and am almost done with these. My arms burn and they don't feel rested at all but I'm pushing forward. <BR> <BR> I want to wish everyone a Happy Palm Sunday. Most people don't celebrate this the way we do but when I got married, my MIL called dibs on the Easter holiday so we had to spend our dinner there. My Mom not letting it go dec... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:44:05 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122758 Today is day 5 of my 30 day challenge. How quickly the days go by. Today is a rest day which means I'll only concentrate on my steps. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I asked for suggestions on how to do planks without getting on the floor. A very kind SP buddy suggested doing them against the counter which I should have thought of since I do push ups there. It worked out great. The 20 sec. doesn't sound like a lot but believe me when I say that along with everything else, my shoulders were burning... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:11:36 EST