DUSTYPRAIRIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DUSTYPRAIRIE DUSTYPRAIRIE'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/ Change in Diet - Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762021 Turns out not only do I have low sodium levels, I have low sugar levels. <BR> <BR> The new menu is a bit of a trick. While the plan is similar to a diabetic one, there are some differences. So I am the opposite of hubby. <BR> <BR> The good news - I get to eat grahm crackers again! And pickled things! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:12:11 EST CQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736656 Hubby is in the army reserves. He's doing annual training for the month of July. Last night, for the first time in about 13 years, he pulled CQ (charge of quarters). It's a 24 hour duty. <BR> <BR> How strange for me. I've seen him through deployments, off to schools and other annual training out-of-state. CQ, though, is something he hasn't done since he was regular army. It was strange having the house to myself for just one night. He said I should be happy it is only one night. To ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:48:32 EST New Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736242 I'm trying to keep balance in my life. I know the spiritual aspect is out of sync. The physical is getting better. My spirits are better, partially because the new meds seem to be working. <BR> <BR> I guess the mental part to work on is learning to cane. So far I am at the very basic. I am cleaning a very old chair and prepping it for next week's class. Then I will actually start the process of caning. <BR> <BR> That's my progress report so far for July. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:33:01 EST So Many Blessings on Friday the 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717376 Things have been falling into place today. It's amazing! <BR> <BR> During break of line dance class I signed up for a chair caning class. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I made it through the entire dance class. I can even do two of several fairly well now. That makes them all the more fun! <BR> <BR> Off to an errand for dh I spotted a sign for a yard sale. The lady gave me a whole bunch of lilac starts! Free! <BR> <BR> Of to Fort Carson to get rid of recycles. Then to the commissary. ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:07:35 EST A Box Full of Kisses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714795 <BR> A Box Full of Kisses <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The story goes that some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." <BR> <BR> The man was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he foun... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:54:08 EST A Life-Changing Revalation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713329 Yesterday I went to an expo for seniors, caretakers and family members. I now fit into the senior category at 56 (still tying to get used to that). <BR> <BR> I brought home lots of useful goodies and info. The most important thing was getting a hearing test. The tech said I had perfect hearing. I told him what was going on - words seemed too fast for me to understand, I felt like I wasn't hearing it all. He said he wanted to try something else. He ran some more tests. <BR> <BR> Tur... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:35:44 EST Health Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711142 The fire the other day made my blood pressure soar. I was checking my bp every few hours. Yesterday morning I had a doc appnt. I got there 2 hours early. I figured if something happened that would be a good place to be. How, I don't know. <BR> <BR> By the time I got up the stairs into the office I thought I was going to pass out. The nurse took my vitals. Would you believe my bp was low? Of course that can be a bad thing, too. <BR> <BR> There was a huge fluctuation from the night be... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:19:02 EST Fire too close to home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709956 What an afternoon. The winds picked up as the temp went up. Next thing I know there were all kinds of emergency vehicles racing down the street. The were heading in the direction of the fire station, though. <BR> <BR> Turns out it was a grass fire just a few miles away. The wind was blowing it in my direction. Scary, scary. <BR> <BR> The wind direction changed blowing it away. The confusing crawlers on the local news gave conflicting coordinates of the fire. Then they said evacuation... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:00:10 EST Puppy Antics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709015 Sorry but I have not learned how to get pics out of my cell onto here. Hope you have a good imagination as I tell you what got me to laughing hard this morning. <BR> <BR> The puppy loves the border collie. She is very tolerant of him. She puts up with a lot. <BR> <BR> This morning the puppy locked his teeth into her tail. She decided to walk away from him. How funny to see him hanging off her tail being dragged out of the room. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:29:09 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704366 Finally, a clear head. Still a little weak but getting into a routine. I have no choice with the new puppy. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the encouraging words. <em>134</em> Tue, 27 May 2014 12:39:08 EST Puppy Naps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702091 <em>338</em> It's like having a newborn in our house with the arrival of Cocoa. He's a mix and looks like a short-haired guinea pig when he sleeps. Adorable as can be! <BR> <BR> What a lot of work they are. Most of our dogs were older when we got them and were potty trained. Getting up with this 6 week old every 2 - 3 hours is work! <BR> <BR> I plan to train him with the clicker method. I've never done that before. I'd love to hear your experiences using that method. <BR> <BR> He... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:30:32 EST Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701337 <em>652</em> Thank you to all the vets and families who help keep freedom a "norm". <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 May 2014 09:10:20 EST Balloon Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699721 That's me today. The question is, allergies or a spring cold? <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> A good day to try out the new hammock. Wed, 21 May 2014 06:45:17 EST Plugging Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696576 Have you ever felt like no matter how good you are doing, you're also feeling bad about what you're doing? That's me lately. <BR> <BR> Today I did nearly and hour and half of line dancing class. Sore, exhausted and should be feeling proud. Nope. Lunch was part of a chocolate bar. In retrospect I'm sure I ate fewer calories than a wholesome lunch would have provided, but as much as I enjoyed it I feel resentful at my lack of caring about it. <BR> <BR> That is conflicting, but true. ... Fri, 16 May 2014 18:04:08 EST Happy 3rd Sparkaversary to Me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685587 <em>505</em> <em>505</em> <em>505</em> <BR> <BR> My friend, CathyGetsFit, introduced me to SP. I came and went, obviously not mentally ready to actually do it. Despite the stories of success I didn't believe it could happen to me. <BR> <BR> Eventually I came back and dug my heals in. I lost a bit and was encouraged. Setbacks are part of the process, but because of that initial loss I'd come back and take some more baby steps forward. <BR> <BR> It's really not all that hard on... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:05:04 EST Thank you, SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650576 A parting gift, if you will. From a $10 prize on the wheel I ordered the set of dvd's from Coach Nicole. "Fit, Firm and Fired Up" and "Cardio Blast". That $10 went a long way. SP generously included "The Spark" book as a gift! <BR> <BR> I appreciate what I have learned during the (almost) 3 years I've been a member. I just need to take a break and re-evaluate. Sometimes it's necessary to give up things so they are not taken for granted. <BR> <BR> I will be scarce on the site but not ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:54:18 EST Spiritual Spring Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647864 Here I am spring cleaning my home bit by little bit. Someone mentioned she had come across an article about spiritual spring cleaning. Of course it had to be checked out. Maybe you would be interested as well. <BR> <BR> http://christianity.about.com/od/topical<BR>devotions/p/springcleaning.htm <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:38:21 EST Sugarless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646732 Well, almost. <BR> <BR> It's getting easier! I ate a grahm cracker yesterday. Not only did it taste very sweet to me, I didn't reach for another! <BR> <BR> I didn't even look at the snack table at club. Zero feelings ofl deprivation. <BR> <BR> It used to be after a meal came chocolate cravings. Gone! Wipo! <BR> <BR> <em>201</em> Once I jumped over the hurdle of resistence (fighting myself) and giving it a few days for my body to accept the new lifestyle change things seem a who... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:35:10 EST Each Day Brings Something Special http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644204 <em>376</em> I'm planting seeds and watering the garden of my life. There are blessings all around. Looking at them in glorious awe is uplifting. <BR> <BR> We sometimes get four seasons in a day, literally, in my part of the world. If it's stormy for a little bit, soon it passes and the sun comes out. Just like life. <BR> <BR> <em>432</em> <em>459</em> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:45:20 EST Weight Fluctuations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643358 I've seen weight fluctuations in the past, but never as drastic as this week. I had a weigh in Sat for the 5% winter challenge and another at Curves a few days later. Would you believe an 8 lb supposed gain? I weighed myself on my own bathroom scale in the wee hours of the night. That showed 4 of those pounds gone. <BR> <BR> The combo of a cleanse and cleaner eating (I allow myself a tablespoon of coffee flavoring) can have something to do with it. That or the scales are just wonky! <B... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 06:34:07 EST Down Time is OK Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641372 I've been fighting whatever "bug" is going around this time. The one that you don't feel sick, per se, but exhausted and headachy. <BR> <BR> I'm much better today, but not over-doing. I'm having a good day. With new magazine subscriptions I have been keen for ideas on how to decorate with auction and flea market finds. I have a new outlook for spring! <BR> <BR> I don't know when we'll get to move. Until we do, I am going to cherish what I have and challenge myself to do things using wh... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:33:23 EST The Real Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640108 Still in transition to eating the real thing. More fresh and lots of colors! Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:05:35 EST How Many..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638830 diets have you started, then let hang .....? <BR> <BR> times have you promised yourself "today will be different?"? <BR> <BR> tried a new promising concoction? <BR> <BR> <BR> Given Yourself a pat on the back for recognizing a need? <BR> Taken baby steps, getting up when you stumble? <BR> Reached out and admitted you need to lean? <BR> <BR> I'm not nosey. You only have yourself to listen to. Mon, 3 Mar 2014 17:50:02 EST Stress Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638154 Stress Diet <BR> This diet is designed to help you cope with the stress that builds up during the day. <BR> Breakfast •1/2 grapefruit <BR> •1 slice whole wheat toast - dry <BR> •8 oz skim milk <BR> <BR> Lunch •4 oz lean broiled chicken breast <BR> •1 cup steamed spinach <BR> •1 cup herb tea <BR> •1 Oreo cookie <BR> <BR> Afternoon Snack •Rest of the Oreos in the package <BR> •2 pints of Rocky Road ice cream <BR> •1 jar hot fudge sauce nuts, cherries, whipped cream <BR> <BR> Dinner... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 00:03:54 EST Countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635167 <BR> To Fat Tuesday: 5 days <BR> Til daylight savings time begins: 10 days <BR> To Saint Patrick's Day: 18 days <BR> Til spring begins (USA): 21 days <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:52:26 EST All the Rules Broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618504 <em>15</em> That's what I feel like after the 5, yes I wrote 5, pound weight gain (depending on which scale is right) so far this month. All the things I learned were conveniently forgotten over vacation. <BR> <BR> Like eating lobster with butter while in Maine last November it was southern food that I couldn't resist this time. Fried catfish, okra and hushpuppies w/fried apples, just to name a few. <BR> <BR> Would you like to hear about the dining out? Italian done right for graduatio... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:16:33 EST Preparing to Move On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617678 I grew up in the south, according to me. It's where I spent my early childhood. I have roots and a sense of belonging, even though in different parts. <BR> <BR> When visiting I felt almost at home in Charlotte. Close, but not quite. I long to be back in the south. I didn't realize just how many times I had already mentioned it to dh. I never realized I was sowing seeds. <BR> <BR> I half-jokingly asked him when we could move there (over the phone). He was ready with an answer! Find h... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:41:09 EST Great Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615224 Tonight is time to wind down and spend time with my daughters. We have to be at the airport by 7am so no time for a leisurely breakfast this trip. (Just as well. Too many indulgences!) <BR> <BR> The snow in Colorado is today, supposed to skip tomorrow, and return Thursday. I hope to be able to get home and recouperate! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the prayers and support this past week! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:40:22 EST Today's Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614431 The utube Leslie Sansone workout I chose with Leslie Sansone was one of the more intense ones she does. Next thing I knew we were in stretching mode! That's progress! Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:27:31 EST What a Trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611623 I've been gone a few days. Preparing for trip, and a travel day yesterday. A doozy of one! <BR> <BR> My first flight was delayed 3 hours. I had a connection that wouldn't be met. The alternative: fly into Chicago or wait til today. My dd was flying in from San Diego and the plan was she'd meet me in her rental car, so neither was an option. Good news - I could change my flight and connect in Dallas. <BR> <BR> The plane was very late, however. When I got to Dallas I was told the w... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:41:41 EST De-Clutter: Deep floor level cabinet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608187 I did a big kitchen re-do yest. Now, imagine frozen pipes during this process. A blessing in disguise! Yet, still lots to do. <BR> <BR> I even swept the ceilings! I hate the popcorn thing and would appreciate ideas how to get rid of it and be able to paint it a subtle color. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:02:35 EST Kitchen Cleanup Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606890 Today the kitchen gets a bit of a makeover. Over the weekend I got a cute little cart. A bit of re-organizing and re-arranging and I'll have a space to do some indoor gardening and storage to boot. <BR> <BR> Then there is the matter of a deep cupboard that things disappear into. Time to get at least one box packed up for donation or the yard sale stash. I know I'll feel a lot better knowing that hidden clutter has been dealt with. <BR> <BR> Have a marvelous day. Thank you for stopping ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:17:42 EST Diversion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606353 I love that God blessed me with a husband that has basic skills and common sense. He's working on the water pump today. That translates into a shut-off water system. Fine by me. The dishes can wait til tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:44:56 EST Something I Learned About Me Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600504 I've often said it's best for me to get at least my minimum one mile daily walk in early in the day. Today, however, I exercised somewhere between morning snack and lunchtime. <BR> <BR> After "walking" three miles with Leslie Sansone I decided that my post-workout snack would be a chocolate soy shake w/chia seeds. It was so filling I didn't even want lunch. I liked that! <BR> <BR> A few hours later I had a light, nutritious lunch and was perfectly satisfied. I had no desire to snack... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:40:00 EST Good Hair Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597484 I did something I've wanted to do for awhile - get a new hair style. It wasn't planned for today. I drove by the beauty school to see what time they opened. It was still early - around 8:30, and they were open! In I went, expecting to make an appointment for next week. Instead, I was able to be seen right then! <BR> <BR> My stylist was wonderful. Her and I hit it off. No pressure, no wanting to make sure I was aware of her life story. She had a great personality and talent! Great co... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:14:27 EST Down Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595897 I knew Tuesday & Wednesday would be very hectic with classes, workouts and errands so I planned today as a "down day". <BR> <BR> Later today I'll get a leisurely walk in with the dog in the sunshine. There is plenty of time to work on crafts and write letters while sipping on some fragrant hot tea. <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> It's a good day for a little pampering as well. Facial, foot soak in Epsom salts and lavender essential oil, pedi and mani. A good book to ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:12:31 EST 5% Challenge: Change of Food Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592422 <em>301</em> A very important action step to be ready for the Winter 5% Challenge is to know what food plan I'll be doing over the course of 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> My original plan was to do the "Fast Metabolism Diet". I just can't seem to do it properly, however. For me so many mistakes only leads to anxiety and loss of motivation. It works wonders for some folks. I'm just not one of them. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend I uploaded "The Spark Solution" to my Nook app. I've read some, skimmed... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:20:04 EST One Mile a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590912 It's reasonable - walking a minimum of one mile a day can be done. When it's done early there is already a sense of accomplishment and continuity. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Walking is a different experience each day. Sometimes walking a trail in solitude is called for. It soothes the mind and allows one to listen to the spirit within. <BR> <BR> Walk... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 07:04:24 EST Time to Relax http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589392 Accomplished: <BR> <BR> 2 mile walk/stretch <BR> Curves/Jilian workout <BR> Stretch <BR> <BR> Grocery shopping <BR> Farm chores <BR> Other errands <BR> <BR> Supper only needs to be heated <BR> <BR> Yes, it's time to relax with a cuppa and season 6 of McCleod's Daughters. Contentment! <BR> <BR> <em>174</em> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:04:52 EST Winter Hikes/Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588346 Hubby decides at about 6:30 last night that it would be nice to go for a walk. Mind you, in the dark on a cold winter night. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> Saturday is supposed to be a lovely day. Hubby is talking hiking. Now that's much better! Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:08:07 EST One Mile a Day - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586636 I'm happy to report that I am on day 8 (of 365!) of Leslie Sansone's walking challenge - 1 mile minimum per day every day this year. <BR> <BR> It was a close one yesterday. I just couldn't go to bed without a one mile walk. It was hard. I was tired and had already taken meds. <BR> <BR> I'm determined to get this right! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 09:26:52 EST Thinking Ahead to the Winter Olympics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586090 During the summer Olympics I made dishes from various countries for dinners. It was fun and educational. This year I'll do the same for the winter games, starting with Russia. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are looking forward to some new things. <BR> <BR> <em>286</em> <BR> <BR> Ideas: <BR> <BR> Bread is served at every meal. <BR> <BR> Hubby thought Uncle Bill's stuffed pickles would make a good appy. Cream cheese in a pickle? <BR> <BR> Russian Green Tea sounds like my kind of beverage!... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:17:30 EST Back to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584338 The holidays are officially over. Hubby went back to his (government) job and I'm here to get back to the reality of everyday chores on my own. The animals are making their noises waiting to be fed and watered. (normally this would have already been done, but the sub zero temps kept them in their homes). The firewood needs to be brought in. <BR> ( <em>244</em> strength training and chore in one!) Dishes wait to be washed. <BR> <BR> I find joy in the everyday tasks. I am so grateful... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:05:12 EST Thrift Shop Bargains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582605 I was in dire need of exercise clothes. I got decoupage glue on my warmest pants and the others were just plain shabby. Tops. I'm between sizes so they have been a challenge. <BR> <BR> Solution. Hit Goodwill. I usually walk out with nothing. The trip on Friday was an exception. They had exercise pants galore, most with the daily half-price colored tags on them. I ended up with 2 pair that seem to have never been worn. I may go back for more when the daily tags are green or orange be... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 04:53:59 EST Active Week, Now Time Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582012 It's been an unusually active week for me. Maybe it seems even more so after recovering from a fibro-induced slump. I've actually made it to Curves 4x this week, plus done at least 1 mile of walking per day. In fact, I think my total since the first is 6 miles. <BR> <BR> I'm accomplishing things around the house. Hubby has been off since Wed so I have him here to help me sort and pack things up that can go into the storage trailer. Some of the heavier cleaning things I've put off are no... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 15:12:39 EST Curves Updated Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579691 The regular circuit routine is still available at Curves. That's a piece of equipment, recovery board, etc. at 30 second intervals for a total of 30 minutes. Today's workout was enhanced. Instead of the recovery board the class did Julian Michael's exercises in between the equipment. <BR> <BR> We had the best time. 30 seconds is not much time to learn something new. We were falling all over ourselves and forgetting our places in the circuit. It was a great workout just the same. I hop... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:09:33 EST Start Streaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577479 How good it feels to start fresh. There will be a whole lot of streaking going on this year. Not too much at a time. The lesson of baby steps is ingrained. <BR> <BR> Streak #1 starting today: Walk one mile per day. This challenge is courtesy of Leslie Sansone. Walk one mile 365 days of the year. She's on! <BR> <BR> Streak #2 starting today: Measure everything possible! I started the day out measuring my 1 Tb of cream. I was tempted to give my coffee shake a dallop, but the light b... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:00:43 EST Grand Finale 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577134 I had lots of small successes this year. I am happy and proud of the progress I made. Many lessons, some yo-yoing, progress in the long run. <BR> <BR> Total pounds lost: 25, give or take. <BR> As of today I lost 4 inches in my waist since joining curves 3 months ago. <BR> <BR> For the first time in years I am going into a new year feeling good. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:01:15 EST Winter Challenge - Eating Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575334 After much research, I have decided to use the principals given in The Fast Metabolism Diet. I have been wanting to eat cleaner, and this program will guide me into a healthier lifestyle. SP even has a team! <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 07:43:21 EST Winter 5% Challenge, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573108 http://sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups.asp <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <BR> <BR> Will soon be getting some new workout duds, and hopefully shoes as well <BR> <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? <BR> <BR> Curves has a new plan coming. I hope to be able to do it. It's more intense than what I've been used to. <BR> <BR> Did you post your Winter 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment on your Spark Page? <BR>... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:15:52 EST