DUFFYDYER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DUFFYDYER DUFFYDYER'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/ Why are challenges so challenging???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391093 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1616421144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's to us fellow Golden Phoenix! Be the change! <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:14:57 EST BLC 22 Goals- Golden Phoenix Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383434 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275179095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's good to have goals- Really I know that in my brain and in my being. I'm a big goal setter- at work! And at work I'm good at checking in on my progress (and the progress of the organization). At home and in my personal life? Not so much. I set goals- then loose sight of them and then set goals again (usually the same goals!) <BR> <BR> I understand the concept of measurable and attainable goals- goals that are... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 13:53:47 EST Jump Start June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374316 One of my real life friends (and a Spark friend) wrote a blog today about starting a summer of fitness on June 1st. Great idea! While today isn't the actual first day of summer I agree that June 1st is the unofficial first day of summer so let's join her in this summer of fitness. <BR> <BR> I'm going to jump start my healthy lifestyle in June by drinking more water (I know that doesn't sound like much of a goal but I really don't drink enough water and I think it's slowing down my weight lo... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:33:34 EST Now and Then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368468 Well pictures tell a thousand words. I'm adding this blog entry to document my 'before' photo for the BLC 22. I have 'now' a photo of me at my daughter's wedding in October (around 190 pounds) and 'then' a photo of me celebrating my 50th birthday (and 120 pounds lost) in October 2006 (around 125 pounds). So six years later I had managed to gain back almost 70 pounds. No worry- I didn't stop there. By April 1, 2013 I was up to 218 pounds. <BR> <BR> Today's weight- 201. Goal weight- 125. (I'm... Sun, 26 May 2013 14:08:20 EST It's good to have goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368193 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275179095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's good to have goals- Really I know that in my brain and in my being. I'm a big goal setter- at work! And at work I'm good at checking in on my progress (and the progress of the organization). At home and in my personal life? Not so much. I set goals- then loose sight of them and then set goals again (usually the same goals!) <BR> <BR> I understand the concept of measurable and attainable goals- goals that are... Sun, 26 May 2013 08:03:43 EST Rainbow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362591 I've joined a couple of new challenges and I can't remember which one had a 'Rainbow Day' bonus!!! Anyway, I ate a rainbow today and I liked it! <BR> <BR> Red: Strawberries with my cottage cheese for breakfast <BR> Orange: Carrots for a snack- 10 baby ones <BR> Yellow: Banana for a snack <BR> Green: lots of lettuce in my salad for lunch and dinner <BR> Blue: Blueberries with my strawberries and cottage cheese for breakfast <BR> Indigo: Dark red cabbage in my salad at lunch <BR> Violet: I'm c... Mon, 20 May 2013 17:59:08 EST Mean it in May 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342352 I'm re-visiting another blog from 2011- This time I plan to mean it in May! How about you? <BR> (See the end of the blog for my daily results!) <BR> <BR> <BR> M = Motivation … motivate at least one team member daily <BR> E = Exercise … get in at least 30 min per day <BR> A = Accountability … hold ourselves accountable by reporting daily how we’re doing - good or bad <BR> N = Nutrition … Stay in calorie range and remember to track, track, track <BR> <BR> I = Inspiration … read somethin... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:52:45 EST 10 Years Since.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336399 Today is the 10th anniversary of my father's passing. He died of a heart attack at the age of 74 and had his first heart attack in his 40's. I know that he always worried about my weight and what I was doing to my health and the potential that I would have heart disease too. I wish I could say today that I have that all under control. Instead I have this chronology to report: <BR> 1996: lost 70 pounds after Dad had quadruple by-pass <BR> Gained it back <BR> 2006: lost 120 pounds in time for m... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:07:40 EST Where did two years go and what was I thinking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309241 Here's an updated blog entry that I wrote two years ago! <BR> <BR> Now that we've completed 3 months of 2011, it's time to assess progress! On July 1st of 2010 I set a goal of losing 90 pounds and finding the healthy body that I had (but lost) four years ago. By January 1, 2011 I had lost 31 pounds. Since my goal was to lose 90 pounds in a year and the time between July 1st and January 1st is 6 months, I was 14 pounds short of my goal. So, where am I now? <BR> <BR> As of today, I've lost ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 18:40:11 EST Let's MEAN IT IN MAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4185872 I sent a team sparkmail to my 2011-Twelve Months of Healthy Habits Team today. I have had a rough month and even though I encouraged others to bring their "A Game" in April, I had to admit that I did not come close to doing the same. I give myself a big fat F for the month! <BR> <BR> At the end of my email, I encouraged everyone to Mean it in May! I love the return email that I received from team member Jen- She took the motto Mean it in May and really ran with it! Here is her challenge to a... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:47:40 EST 25% of the Year is over.... have I achieved 25% of my goals????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134887 Now that we've completed 3 months of 2011, it's time to assess progress! On July 1st of 2010 I set a goal of losing 90 pounds and finding the healthy body that I had (but lost) four years ago. By January 1, 2011 I had lost 31 pounds. Since my goal was to lose 90 pounds in a year and the time between July 1st and January 1st is 6 months, I was 14 pounds short of my goal. So, where am I now? <BR> <BR> As of today, I've lost 51.4 pounds <em>9</em> I have another 38.6 to go to reach my goal. ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 15:56:33 EST My New Plan to Fight (Body) Inflation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125187 Organizing my day is quite a challenge. I have trouble getting up at 4:00 to work-out. But, if I want a morning work-out I have to be at it by 4:15 the latest. I have an hour commute and if I'm not on my way by 6:30 in the morining I deal with a ton of traffic. I don't have set hours, but I like to be in the office by 8:00. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171664738.jpg"> <BR> Here's the puzzle~ <BR> Usually I leave work between 5:00 and 6:00 and that gets me home by ... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:38:51 EST Time Flies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4118405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262786760.jpg"> <BR> We're almost at the end of March.... 3 months into the year.... 25% of the year is almost over... <BR> It's almost time to evaluate my progress. Am I 25% of the way toward accomlishing my weight loss goal? What about my fitness goals? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13967553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Will I be celebrating success on March 31st or will I be disappointed? <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 20:06:37 EST Is it luck or divine intervention? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4103329 Last week I posted a blog where I made the point that 'luck' has nothing to do with our success at weight loss and healthy living. Our success is due to effort, motivation, and commitment. But, today I was thinking that I'm lucky that I'm not more 'unhealthy' than I am. It is sort of a miracle that my blood pressure isn't higher or my cholesterol or any of the other healthy issues that are the result of being obese- like diabetes. That got me thinking though....... <BR> <BR> A couple of week... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 16:11:59 EST What's Luck Got to Do With It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4085672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l383529546.jpg"> <BR> To paraphrase Tina Turner(who by the way looks AWESOME at 71 years of age), "What's luck got to do with it?" Weight loss and this journey back to a healthy body isn't about luck- it's about commitment and hard work. I'm happy with my progress this week and the effort that I put in to get there. I've now lost 46.6 pounds since July 1st and 6 inches off of my waist, 5 inches off of my hips, 1 inch off each thigh and 2 inch... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 07:16:16 EST A Little KFC Luck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4071103 Today was one of those days. I had a lot of work to do (career related) and DH and I planned to do our Income Taxes, and we're dog sitting for DD and it's pouring rain. By late afternoon after stressing a bit over the taxes, not getting much of my work done and taking the dog out at least 10 times in the rain I had no patience for cooking a healthy dinner. DH offered to run to the store and pick up milk and couple of things we needed (like dog treats because she had gobbled them up going out ... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 18:49:28 EST To blog or not to blog- that is the question? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4050866 I only participate in a few teams on SparkPeople because I try to actively participate in the ones that I'm on and I'm the team leader for one of them (which takes a considerable amount of time) and I have a busy life (see a previous blog) with work and a long commute to work, etc. So, I have limited amount of time to spend "sparking". Two of the teams that I'm on expect weekly blogs from the team members in addition to checking in on discussion boards, sending goodies to team members, postin... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 07:06:36 EST Will the real DuffyDyer please stand up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4038860 Back in the LATE (emphasis on late, so you don't figure out how old I am!) 70's when I started teaching, one of the science teachers gave me the nickname of Duffydyer. I wasn't a baseball fan at the time, but I am now! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l773445630.jpg"> <BR> No one really calls me that anymore, but I decided to use it as my Spark Name. Today, when I came into my office I had an awesome surprise waiting for me on my desk. My friend and her husband had trac... Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:28:53 EST I got a lot of 'splaining to do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031791 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l510256519.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What have I been thinking this month??? I just reviewed my progress and I have a lot of explaining to do. I've only lost three pounds so far this month and it's no surprise. I'm very behind on my goals. Here's the ugly truth: <BR> <BR> 1. My goal is to have 1,676 fitness minutes or more each month. That will get me to 20,110 for the year (get it? 2011?) So far I have 821 minutes. I need at least 95 minutes a day f... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 08:04:17 EST Doing all 9 Assignments on the Last Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028080 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l259553864.jpg"> Tomorrow is the first day of the 2011- Winter 5% Challenge and we've had 9 assignments to do in preparation for the challenge. So, here I am on the last day- doing all of my homework at once! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866903856.jpg"> I'm on the Starfish Team again! We're not usually the winning team, but we work hard and this time I think we're going to be more competitive. I'm going to d... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:48:24 EST Alas..... my red dress update.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4017405 Well folks, it's Valentine's Day and as you know from my blog in mid-January, I dusted off my red dress in hope that it would fit today. The good news is that technically it fit.... I was able to zip it up and do all the important things like sit down, stand up, and breathe in AND out! The bad news is that I looked at the back in the mirror and I didn't like the way it bunched up a bit at the top of the butt and I decided that I didn't want to wear it if it looked even a little tight. So... m... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:07:33 EST I love my busy life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4012381 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l789737842.jpg"> I'm continuing with the February theme of loving myself.... one of the things that I do love about myself is that I have a very fulfilling career- one that makes me proud of me and one that really made my father proud of me. I lost my Dad almost seven years ago to heart disease. So, I suppose in this month that focuses on our hearts I find myself thinking about him quite a bit. <BR> <BR> Education was very important to my D... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 17:08:24 EST Right way line vs Wrong way line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3991869 On the 50 Pound Challenge Team, one of our goals for the month is to write about how we're loving ourselves this month. This snapshot of my progress shows how I'm loving myself by taking care of myself and staying focused! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l172351562.jpg"> <BR> A while back my weight loss line was moving in the wrong direction <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138950553.jpg"> <BR> Today it is moving in the right direction! W... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 07:56:03 EST Do the math! It works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973296 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l102713257.jpg"> People who work with me know that I can be a little wacky when it comes to data and data analysis. It's what I spend a lot of my professional life doing. So, it made sense that when I got serious about weight loss and trying to get healthier that I would find a way to make it about data... data collection, data analysis, using data to make predictions.... the whole thing! The interesting thing is that it works. <BR> <BR> Wh... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 06:26:36 EST What did I say about balance????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952994 Today I have spent way too much time doing this: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l997078182.jpg"> <BR> and not nearly enough time doing this: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480746024.jpg"> <BR> so how do I ever expect to look like this? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408968687.jpg"> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:19:27 EST The Value of Virtue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952089 On July 1st 2010 I recommitted to my weight loss journey (one that has spanned over 35 years) and to Sparkpeople. Although I joined SP in 2009, like many people I had several false starts. After losing 120 pounds and then regaining 90 of it I re-focused almost seven months ago. <BR> <BR> I find that I have the most difficulty striking a balance between obsession and apathy. Either I am crazy focused on every single calorie and ensuring that I'm in my calorie range and that I've burned enoug... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 08:42:40 EST Ode to my red dress or my Valentine's Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3927707 With February 14th only a month away, I decided to dust off my favorite red dress and see if there's any chance that it will fit for February 14th. It might. This dress really represents my weight losses and gains over the past FIFTEEN years! Here it is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l704242856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, it might not look like much on the hanger in front of my closet, but trust me, it used to look AWESOME on. Really, people would stop to sing "Lady ... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 14:11:42 EST 1st Week of the New Year- What Worked? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902788 I had a rocky end to 2010. I was down almost 40 pounds from July to Thanksgiving and then I let the holidays get the best of me. So, I started 2011 at 188 pounds (58 pounds above my goal and only 31 pounds down from July 1st. <BR> <BR> I decided that creating the 2011-Twelve Months of Heathy Habits Team would help keep me accountable and REALLY focused on the healthy habits that would lead to successful weight loss, but also to being really healthy....which is my ultimate goal. Being a size... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 08:55:31 EST New Year Resolutions 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3876002 Like most of you, I feel compelled to commit my New Year Resolutions to pen and paper (at least digital pen and paper!) <BR> <BR> My first resolution is to spend more time exercising than sparking. I know this one might sound bizarre given that I'm posting this blog on Sparkpeople, but I realize that I can get too 'sucked in' to this website and it's amazing how much time can go by! As the team leader of the Twelve Weeks 'til Christmas Challenge Team (Year Two) and now as athe leader of the ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:41:11 EST What was I thinking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809478 I weighed myself today and I gained 3.8 pounds since last week. I am horribly disappointed in myself. I ate too much, drank too much, was too 'busy' to work out (or so I'd like to believe) and now I'm paying the price. Instead of losing 8 pounds in November (as planned) I've only lost 1.2 overall this month... and I don't expect a 3 day miracle will happen before Wednesday (December 1st). This is the first time I've gained weight since July 1st and I have myself to blame. I KNOW better. I CAN... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 08:00:35 EST A family tradition turns into a SP Challenge Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3795621 I've been meaning to write a blog to tell you all the story about how my idea for the Twelve Weeks 'til Christmas Challenge originated. Here it is.... <BR> <BR> Years ago when my daughter was quite young I was going over the list of presents that "Santa" planned to leave under the tree. As I was running through my mental list I had the radio on and my favorite New York DJ's were playing the 'Twelve Pains of Christmas" (very funny song parody). Well one thing led to another and my 2 books, 3 ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 10:18:43 EST I'm grateful for.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3766466 It's November. It's the month to be grateful. Hopefully we all have things that we're grateful for every month...but November has Thanksgiving in the USA and it's a good reminder to all of us to think about what we have and be grateful instead of whining about what we don't have. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for my family. I used to take them for granted. But, it's been seven years since my father passed away and my heart still aches from the loss. Recently my brother's mother-in-law died, and ev... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 18:38:13 EST 11,111 fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755727 I just reached 11,111 fitness minutes on 11/1. <BR> <BR> Why aren't I fit??????? Mon, 1 Nov 2010 23:00:48 EST Reflections on the Past 4 months http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3751786 It's been 123 days since July 1st... the date I decided to get serious..... again. I found the VERY supportive team The 50 Pound Challenge Team and joined. I set my nutrition and fitness goals and hopped to it. Since then I've lost 32.8 pounds, dropped two sizes, and changed my hairstyle and color! Everything I'm doing is working (including the new hair!) Read my blog about Making Myself Over from the Head Down. <BR> <BR> I've also joined a few other teams. I'm on the 5% Fall Challenge, the... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:47:21 EST Weight Loss and Math: Perfect Together! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3742059 People who work with me know that I can be a little wacky when it comes to data and data analysis. It's what I spend a lot of my professional life doing. So, it made sense that when I got serious about weight loss and trying to get healthier that I would find a way to make it about data... data collection, data analysis, using data to make predictions.... the whole thing! The interesting thing is that it works. <BR> <BR> When I started my renewed focus on July 1st I weighed 219 pounds. Acco... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 16:26:17 EST Time to go shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704295 I sorted through my closet today as the seasons are changing and I needed to put away some summer stuff and make room for fall stuff. As you can see from my Sparkpage, my weight has gone up and down 75-100 pounds at least twice in my adult life. The last time I lost weight I was wearing a size 6 or 8..... then I gained it back. I kept my size 6 and 8 suits and dresses.... but I didn't keep anything in a size 10, 12 or 14. Now I'm on my down again and the closet is bare~ <BR> <BR> I'm going t... Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:40:59 EST The Amazing Christmas Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685187 I can't believe the interest in the Twelve Weeks 'til Christmas Challenge this year! It's so exciting!!! I even figured out how to add a team because there was NO WAY to keep track of 190 elves through the discussion board! <BR> <BR> I hope you like your first challenge and you connect with at least one other elf! <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Let's get this challenge started! <BR> Ho! Ho! Ho! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 15:55:08 EST Join me in the Twelve Weeks 'til Christmas Challenge Year Two! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3671601 Hi all, <BR> I created a thread for the Twelve Weeks 'til Christmas Challenge Year Two! Go to this link and read the description. If you're interested, reply to the thread and you're in! <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imboard=8&imparent=21311735 </link> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:03:47 EST It's Going to be a Good Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3670922 Fall is trying to arrive here in New Jersey. It's been in the high 80's, but the humidity broke yesterday and it's a lovely 63 degrees now at 7:15 in the morning. Yesterday at this time it was 75 degrees. I love fall. I started putting my fall decorations out around the house this morning and I love the way they change the look of things. I'm looking forward to a nice long outdoor walk in a little bit. No Couch25K for me today-my knees need a break! <BR> <BR> I'm also looking forward to a g... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 07:31:34 EST Obsessive? Me???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3651591 I mentioned to my daughter that I did two hours of cardio yesterday (a 3.6 mile walk and an hour on the elliptical) because I had missed the day before due to my work schedule and DH's birthday. Her comment: "Oh, are we starting the crazies again?" You see, a few years ago when I was going to turn 50 I was determined to 'get fit' for my 50th birthday, and I did. I lost over 100 pounds, I felt (and looked) great, I was active, etc. During the process I was totally committed. I kept track of my... Sun, 19 Sep 2010 10:36:55 EST Are you from RU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3633850 Did you know that there's a new team for Rutgers University (the state university of New Jersey) students, faculty, graduates etc on Sparkpeople? <BR> <BR> Please join! We're a small... but powerful group! <BR> <BR> Up stream Red Team Rutgers Rah! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=44578 </link> Mon, 13 Sep 2010 13:03:51 EST Watch out for me please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625785 As many of you know, I have been doing a lot of walking since July 1st. Most weeks I walk an average of 20 miles and most of those walks involve one particular road near my house. It’s a fine road with one lane in each direction and a nice wide bike lane on either side of the road. The bike lane is well used by walkers, runners, and cyclists… and unfortunately, impatient motorists! Every day I have to be on the look-out for the impatient driver who can’t wait for one of his neighbors to make ... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 16:26:35 EST A Victory and a Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3608220 Sometimes I fixate too much on the scale and I don't pay enough attention to the 'non-scale victories' that I am achieving in my battle to lose weight and return to a healthier body. I know that... but as hard as I try, I can't avoid weighing myself every day. Today I have a double victory to report. I got on the scale and it said 199.4! Finally- below 200 again! And.... yesterday I decided to try on a pair of old jeans and they fit! Not a squeeze into, but a complete, easy to button and zipp... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 06:54:04 EST What I did on my summer vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3586559 As the school year begins I thought I would assign myself the traditional back-to-school essay- write about what you did on your summer vacation. <BR> <BR> Beginning on July 1st I went back to school! Sparkpeople school! I learned alot, made new friends (Sparkfriends that is), took daily quizzes (right now I have a 74%..... I need to do better next month) and put my new learning into practice. Oh yeah, there's also daily PE classes where you have to exercise and build your muscles! <BR> <... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 19:56:29 EST Making Myself Over From the Head Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3561679 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873119368.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l526817548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> About a year ago I decided to grow my hair a bit longer. Most people would say that I have short hair. But, compared to how I've worn my hair for YEARS (let's say 30 years) it's LONG! I've changed it a bit since my adult hairstyle- but mostly I've changed the color. I've been brunnette, red, gray, very gray, brunnette with red highlights, brunnette... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 07:10:17 EST Reflections on the past 49 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3552466 So, they say that it takes about 21 days or 21 times doing something for it to become habit. After 49 days of this streak some of my 'life changes' feel like they are habits now, but others do not. Here my habits: <BR> Logging in to this website every morning and spinning the Sparkwheel to get my log in points <BR> Answering the Trivia Questions- I have 77% correct this month! <BR> Checking the discussion boards to see how my Sparkfriends are doing and wishing them well <BR> Reading blogs and... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 05:46:43 EST I'm no longer a virgin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3502957 That's right. After I post this blog entry, I'll no longer be a virgin in the land of blogging. The other kind of virginity I gave up about 35 years ago! Sorry if you thought this blog was going to be about something else. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot about my first blog and I've been reading other blogs to get the feel of blogging. I've learned a lot from all of you! Thanks! Today I read Jacquelinejo's blog about being back at Sqaure One and it got me thinking about how many times I'... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 14:10:06 EST