ELLENS2525's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELLENS2525 ELLENS2525'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/ Appreciating My Husband.... Happy Valentines Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624507 I didn't get flowers or jewelry or a gift or even a card for Valentine's Day. But don't feel sorry for me.... what I have is a wonderful husband who loves me and shows his love every day in many ways - kissing me goodbye every day and telling me to be careful, starting my car in the winter, shoveling the snow, taking my gym bag and lunch bag to the car every day, fixing my computer, taking my car for repairs or maintenance, going grocery shopping with me, vaccuming the rugs, filling my birdf... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 06:36:53 EST Bursting With Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621790 Wow! Tonight is a defining moment in my life. I have a friend at work who has confided in me about her family's struggle with addiction -- the Dad is an alcoholic and finally the Mom divorced him after many years of promising he would change and maintain sobriety but realizing that her children cannot be subjected to his abuse any longer.... <BR> <BR> Fast forward to a couple of years later, her 17 year old daughter has struggled with many challenges including losing a cousin and close f... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:12:31 EST Quinoa Lentil Stew - Need Digestive Advice... Maybe TMI.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585390 Ok so I do like lentils and I do like quinoa so I thought it would be a good idea to make a type of quinoa lentil stew that would be a great protein/fiber combo along with some veggies - celery, onion, carrot, pumpkin and cooked in chicken broth. Sounds yummy right? <BR> <BR> I soaked the lentils for awhile and rinsed the quinoa hoping to avoid any digestive unpleasantness. Now this may be TMI but much to my dismay several hours after eating about 1/2 cup I began to feel uncomfortable ru... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:39:35 EST Good Start to 2014 Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583065 So I am off to a good start! Instead of focusing on what I didn't do, I will focus on what I DID accomplish this weekend. Weekends are my downfall -- I tend to eat too much, drink too much and not drink enough water. <BR> <BR> I shopped and cooked on Sat. So I am set for the week's lunches with Chili, Lentils & Quinoa, and Chicken Soup. Looking forward to Salmon, Spinach and Mushrooms tonight! <BR> <BR> I may have grazed some, but it was good grazing - snacked on veggies, cheese and w... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:56:29 EST I Love NY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581259 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977523510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's hubby waiting for the train to NYC - missed the express so will take about 80-90 min to get there, but we discovered the "senior discount" this year! It used to cost $60 round trip for the 2 of us, now it's $27! Yippee! <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day in the 40's and sunny with no wind. We were headed for Rockefeller Center and started walking up 6th Ave. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:30:38 EST Back to Blogging - Food Coma! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572276 I really feel terrible today - the day after Christmas - even worse than the day after Thanksgiving! I wonder why? Maybe because on Turkey Day we ate, what else - TURKEY! <BR> <em>53</em> Something actually good for you... <BR> Instead of the Eggs Benedict for Breakfast <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <BR> And the Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner with mashed potatoes, sausage stuffing, and broccoli with cheese sauce <em>15</em> <BR> And I didn't even eat the pies <em>471</em> !!!... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:54:44 EST First "Court" Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520006 So it is almost 5am I can't sleep - thinking about my first ever "court" experience last night... what a trip! <BR> <BR> Background - I had a fender bender accident in Sept. Stupid lady didn't know how to merge into traffic so she starts out into the traffic lane, I am behind her going 5 mph and she stops dead - I hit her. She gets out of her car and starts yelling at me and pointing to her car - there was hardly any damage. The fender was popped out but that's all. My car didn't have... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:01:50 EST Almost 9 months after Sandy and.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420834 while all the advertisements show that the Jersey Shore is back to normal, hubby and I took a ride from Belmar to Toms River and this is what we saw along the way.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1193717676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1621471128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l340747860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1671521813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 15:19:38 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293416 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> A beautiful sunny day - its still cold out but sunshine makes me feel better! <BR> <BR> Tomato pies from Palermos -- yummy and not too fattening <BR> <BR> Michelle driving 40 minutes out of her way to buy special treats for her co-workers. I feel like I raised her to be a generous person. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>483</em> <em>251</em> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:05:58 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292575 I have found that I really do need to keep up this happiness blog. It's amazing how quickly we can change from positive to negative when we stop being grateful. So today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Work friends who need and give support - makes it more tolerable to be there <BR> Having chocolate in my office if I need it (not sure that's a good thing) <BR> Having an office to myself so I don't have to talk to people if I don't want to. <em>220</em> <em>493</em> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:07:02 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286120 Found this on FB... says it all today! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65463905.jpg"> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:40:50 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283691 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Warm temperatures - it really feels like spring is on the way and even tho its raining, at least its not the white stuff! We do need rain to get our green grass back. I'm tired of all the brown. <BR> <BR> Clothes that used to feel tight that are now loose. And having the spark trackers to look back and see how far I have come in the last 3 years of this journey. It has been slow progress, but it IS progress! <BR> <BR> Flavored tea - I was never a tea d... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:50:44 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282206 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Michelle got through another weekend without Matt <BR> <BR> Work friends who have your back <BR> <BR> Getting back on track and knowing I CAN lose weight if I follow the right path <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <em>192</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:56:43 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281281 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Living close enough to NYC to go for the day for dinner and a show <BR> <BR> Having great sorority sisters I recently became reacquainted with after 40 years <BR> <BR> Having a wonderful husband who picked me up at the train station at 1:30am <BR> <BR> The Naked Cowboy in Times Square for making me laugh <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> <em>236</em> <em>220</em> <em>18</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 14:37:44 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278890 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Friends who like broadway shows - that's one thing hubby won't do with me <BR> <BR> We did get the snow after all but it is pretty and hasn't caused too much trouble <BR> <BR> My Spark friends who have helped and encouraged me through the last 4 years! <BR> <BR> Today marks the 2 week anniversary that my daughter has been home - away from her boyfriend. This is the longest they have been broken up in 6 years!!! I am hoping she will stay strong and not go... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 12:55:30 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277465 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Having a heater in my office - we are not supposed to have them but they have problems regulating the temp in my building so they look the other way. <BR> <BR> We did NOT get the snowstorm that was predicted <BR> <BR> My boss not getting mad at me for forgetting to tell him something important <BR> <BR> Stretchy waist pants -- I think I over indulged for my birthday and the waistband of my favorite pants is a little snug - so I changed into the stretchy o... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 13:09:54 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274479 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> An uneventful trip to upstate NY, no snow accumulation (always flurries) no major problems, and I always come home with more than I take. <BR> <BR> My brother agreeing to take my Dad to live with him in VA. He is going for at least a few weeks and if all works out well, it may be permanent <BR> <BR> My Dad agreeing to take his blood pressure meds <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:27:20 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272971 This is one week of writing what I am grateful for. Please don't feel obligated to comment or even read. I think this is helping me and I plan to keep it up for awhile. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for <BR> <BR> 1. the VA hospital where my Dad can get health care at little to no cost <BR> <BR> 2. Pizza land - for yummy Italian food <BR> <BR> 3. My dad who bought me $75 worth of wine...love those NY wines from the Finger Lakes region that we just can't get in NJ <BR> <BR> <em>282</em>... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:42:27 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270687 This happiness blog is really working. I do feel so much more positive than I did a week ago. The power of positive thinking is stronger than I thought... so here's Day 6 <BR> <BR> I am grateful for <BR> <BR> 1. Having 2 cakes for my birthday which is on Mon but celebrated last night, because hubby couldn't decide which one I would like better <BR> <BR> 2. My computer! I think about how dull life was before computers... yes I know some of you don't remember that time because you have a... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 06:45:14 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269372 Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> 1. Birds singing - it feels like spring is really coming <BR> <BR> 2. My cousin Jill who is planning a wonderful vacation for us in sunny FL in May <BR> <BR> 3. Amalfi's Grilled Shrimp and Chicken Salad - Yummy and healthy too! Had that for dinner last night <BR> <BR> 4. Michelle is not crying so much - and offered to do some chores while Dave and I go to my dads for a few days <BR> <BR> 5. Wine - takes the edge off a rough day <BR> <BR> <em... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 07:18:03 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268222 Today I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1. My car - on the way to work I saw people walking, waiting for the bus and it's so cold out. I am happy I can drive my car to work and be warm. <BR> <BR> 2. The support of my collegues at work. Our DPW director had to let someone go today. Yesterday we went over the details of how to do this. This morning he was waiting for me when I came in to thank me for my help yesterday and he said it went as well as it did because of my help. He also praised... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:59:27 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267119 Today I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1. My daughter's therapist. My daughter is in a bad relationship which she need to be out of and yesterday I emailed the therapist and gave her my version of events in case my daughter is glossing over some of the ugly parts. She emailed me back and thanked me for the information and she said it was very helpful. This gives me hope. <BR> <BR> 2. My boss - he announced in a staff meeting that in the budget for next year a few people (including me) had... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:03:39 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265548 I did feel happier yesterday after taking time to focus on the things I am grateful for. Here is today's list. <BR> <BR> Today I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1. Waking up feeling refreshed and ready for the day <BR> 2. Having the ability to purchase and prepare healthy food for myself even if others don't eat it <BR> 3. Having a job to go to every day even if I don't like my job every day <BR> 4. Having faith that God will take care of my needs <BR> 5. Friends and family who are always ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 06:14:02 EST In Pursuit of Happiness - Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264481 Great Article... sorry I don't really know how to make it an active link, but if you cut and paste I think it is worth reading. <BR> <BR> http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-well<BR>ness/how-to-triple-your-happiness <BR> <BR> <BR> I guess I never really "got" why we need to blog until I read this article. I have often used blogging or journeling, as we used to call it back in the day, to relieve stress and get out the feelings inside that are making me feel like I am going to burst, or to... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:32:55 EST Golds Gagnum Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220818 My friend made this after seeing all my Gold's Gym checkins on Facebook... cute! <BR> <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl<BR>ayer_embedded&v=nQOekbDXRrA <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:06:53 EST 2 Realizations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123225 Ok, I learned a few things about myself this week that I think I already knew but got buried or I didn't want to admit. I have been getting Acupuncture treatments for weight loss for about a month and while I have been feeling less stressed and happier I have only lost about 3 lbs in the month and that's gaining and losing a few lbs each week. So I am taking some supplements which keep my blood sugar level even so I don't get cravings. Also in the doctor's diagnosis (yes she is a medical d... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 06:27:20 EST Sandy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117755 For those not on FB, we survived Sandy... only lost a few shingles. It was pretty scary though. The wind was nothing like I ever heard before. We haven't ventured out past our front porch yet, but this is what we could see from there... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1992496518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2000000390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l643342662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thought... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:22:36 EST New Accupuncturist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079806 Well, I didn't go back to the first guy because he is too expensive and he told me things about diet and exercise that I didn't agree with... <BR> <BR> So, I went to a new lady who is an MD in addition to practicing alternative medicine. She asked a bizillion questions and used way more needles than the first guy and also did my back. I felt a sense of euphoria as soon as she started inserting the needles. It was like all the stress just drained out of my body. She said a lot of interes... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 17:54:20 EST Struggling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071735 I am struggling with tracking... here's the problem. When I make food that is not exactly the recipe, I don't know how to track it. For example I made a crockpot full of meatball soup. I made up the recipe, I have no idea how many servings for the recipe calculator. I know this is an excuse but sometimes its just so hard to track, I just give up. I have gained a couple of lbs due to not tracking... I am just in a funk. <BR> <BR> The weather is beautiful today - hubby and I walked t... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:10:28 EST Need to Get Serious.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043438 Ok, enough playing around at the top of the 140's. I got out of the 150's on July 18 and have pretty much stayed here since. Time to get serious again and do this! <BR> <BR> I have not been drinking all my <em>194</em> <BR> I need to do this... <BR> <BR> I have not been tracking every day <em>190</em> <BR> Need to do this too even if I don't stay on track <BR> <BR> Need to get back into the gym routine <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Time to get back on track and get into the 130's by Chris... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 06:18:23 EST Trip to VA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040154 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51377868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We got an early start and arrived at my brother's house around 1pm. Unfortunately it started raining shortly after, but we had alot of fun just talking and catching up. The above pic is at the Virginia rest area. Dave and I are inside the O. It said "Virgina is for Lovers". <BR> <BR> That night my other 2 brothers came over and the niece who stayed with us this summer. <BR> Saturday... it rained. But in the af... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 15:11:46 EST Real Life Challenges - Not so bad, not so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020728 It's hard enough to stay on track when you don't have challenges such as dinners out, birthdays, vacations, etc. But this is real life and its all about making good choices and not beating yourself up if you don't. Niece left on Thurs, we had to go out and celebrate Thurs night, went to our favorite italian restaurant but ordered fried calamari (not so good) but only ate one quarter (not so bad) caesar salad (dressing on the side) with grilled shrimp. So far so good. Shared a bottle of w... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:15:06 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992034 I cannot believe that in 10 days we will be seeing each other at the Beach Condo in Brigantine. I am getting so excited! The weather has been unpredictable this weekend... sunny, cloudy, then a thunderstorm, back to sunny so I have been doing many errands - shopping, laundry, AND getting ready for our beach vacation! <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> I soaked all the beach toys in water with bleach so they will be baby ready, located the beach towels and a blow up baby pool so we can put wate... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 18:25:03 EST My Accupuncture Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981424 I am a pill popper.... headache- take a pill, sinus- take a pill, backache-take a pill, upset stomach-take a pill. My husband is the opposite and almost never takes any medicine of any kind. He just kind of suffers through minor discomfort but would try natural remedies. <BR> <BR> For years he has wanted to look into accupuncture, but since its not covered by our insurance the cost was always prohibitive. I recently saw a Groupon for a local accupuncturist and did some research on the d... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 08:53:18 EST Starting to Believe... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975757 I am starting to believe that I can do this.... <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Today I got out of the 150's for the first time in oh, 10 years maybe... I believe my Spark teammates are right, you have to track or be accountable in some way for what goes into your mouth and what you do with your body. <BR> <BR> Will it be this.... <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> or this..... <em>368</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This.... <em>482</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> or this.... ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:58:28 EST What I like about Snooki http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954630 While I don't make it a habit to watch Jersey Shore, I have seen a few episodes. And I don't condone the wild reckless behavior displayed there, but I have somehow developed a fondness for Snooki. I'm not really sure why, but there are some things I admire about her and chose her pic for my profile this month. <BR> <BR> Maybe because we are the same height - 4'9" ? <BR> <BR> Maybe because I can see myself in my 20's in her - stupid and out of control at times, reckless behavior that coul... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 06:58:54 EST Scale - I am really mad at you! Vent Warning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954614 <em>192</em> I just want to throw you out the window.... or stomp on you until you break! That's how mad I am at you! <BR> <BR> I tracked every single day - <BR> I stayed within calorie range- <BR> I avoided alcohol - <BR> I got in 285 fitness minutes - exercised 6 days out of 7 <BR> <BR> And for all that you gave me only 1 lb loss???? Yea, yea, I know it's better than gaining but I really was expecting more. <BR> <BR> And this is where I get discouraged. Maybe my expectations we... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 06:36:02 EST Woo Hoo Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949891 <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> It's not too often that I "Woo Hoo"myself, especially on the weekend because I am normally beating myself up over something I ate or drank or I just say I don't care anymore. But today is different! <BR> <BR> We went out to eat at a place with a pretty outdoor garden area. A guitar player was playing in the background and the atmosphere was really nice. Unfortunately the food at this place is somewhat pricey and not very good - at least for the pric... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 07:37:31 EST My Houseguest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912239 Well my niece Sarah arrived about 8pm Sunday evening. The trip took about 2 hrs longer than it should have because of a few wrong turns, but at least she wasn't freaked out. I told my brother to make sure she brings cash for the tolls. But she calls me and asks how many more tolls will she have cause she only has $2 left... of course I couldn't really tell exactly where she was so I told her to stop at a rest area and get more cash. When she arrived we were cooking on the grill but it go... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:31:52 EST New Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911114 Well, this morning I started a new routine. For several weeks now, the traffic pattern for my morning commute changed some and traffic is worse, which I believe is due to the opening of a new hospital on my route. I have not been able to get myself ready and out of the house early enough to get to work on time for weeks. This has increased my stress level which I know is not helpful to my weight loss goals, so today I changed things around and it worked out very well. In fact I am at work ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 08:28:39 EST Vacation Trip to Ocean City MD and Assateague http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874493 Where to begin... this was such a great time! Our condo was very close to the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l77705893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was the view from our balcony <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234680312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Barbie and husband Bob came to visit Sun evening. Sorry, I didn't get a pic of Bob... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960864608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was sunrise the... Wed, 9 May 2012 19:36:03 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857535 I started reading the Spark again. I am hoping this will get me re-motivated to continue with this journey. "Start with 3 small goals." I want to start bigger but then I set myself up to fail and feel sad when I don't reach them. So here are my small goals to meet at least 5 days this week. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> I am going to to try for at least 6 glasses daily instead of 8. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Exercise at least 30 minutes <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> For Motivation I am go... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:18:04 EST Baltimore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612518 So, I don't think I would have picked Baltimore for a getaway but there was this Living Social deal I just couldn't resist. Mt. Vernon hotel in downtown Baltimore for 2 nights with breakfast & parking included - $152. <BR> <BR> I booked for Dec 1 & 2 as they have a monument lighting with fireworks and laser show and I thought it would be something different to help us kick off the Christmas season. Turned out to be a great 2 days. The hotel was only a block or two from the park where the ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:38:30 EST 12th Wedding Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601290 My how time flies.... <BR> <BR> Here is my family on our wedding day - November 27, 1999 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679253134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here we are in May, 2011 at Michelle's college graduation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165264.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't believe how much we have changed! 12 years really isn't all that long yet seems like a lifetime ago. We got gray hair, our kids grew up and left home. And h... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 14:36:28 EST Thanksgiving & the State Police http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599169 So on Tues. my Dad drove down from upstate NY. He has not been here in 4 years since my daughter's high school graduation and he got lost. I offered to pick him up and bring him home but he insisted that he could drive himself and remembers where he went wrong last time. He has no GPS, no cell phone and would not use them even if I gave them to him. He left around 9am and when he had not arrived by 6pm - it's a 4 hour drive - I figured it was time to call the State Police - he could have... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 17:09:01 EST So Touched... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591525 In the mail today I got a little card, hand addressed with no return address. I ripped it open and found it was from one of the instructors at the gym. She is a cute little thin 20 something who is very friendly and outgoing. She is one of the main reasons I have branched out and tried new classes at the gym even tho they are hard and I don't look as good or do as well as other participants. She is always encouraging me and telling me I can to it, to keep trying. She says it doesn't mat... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 16:36:21 EST Last day at the farm...:( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582437 Well, this was our last pickup day at the farm. It was a good one! We got broccoli, lettuce & carrots but didn't take the cabbage, turnips, radishes and daikon. <BR> <BR> We decided that we are not going to rejoin next year. It seems that for the price we paid we did not get enough of the produce we wanted. I was a good sport and tried new things and found that I like kohlrabi and butternut squash makes a nice soup. But, we just didn't get enough of the veggies we usually buy - brocc... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:09:38 EST You can't stop trying... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580440 Ok, so for the past 2 weeks I have been outstanding with keeping my eating on track and working out. But when I got on the <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> there they were.. the 2 lbs I lost were back! How the heck did that happen? It gets so discouraging to be really really good and not see results. So what does my brain say? It says WHY KEEP TRYING when you are doing the right thing but don't see the results. And then I go out to eat - 2 nights in a row! One dinner out would have been enoug... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 07:11:22 EST My New Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575302 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17331400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A few blogs ago I was complaining about needing something yummy in my mouth. Well I found it....Yoplait Light! What a great substitute for dessert! They have these flavors that taste like dessert like Black Forest Cake, Apple Turnover, Strawberry Cheesecake, Lemon Merangue Pie and there are little pictures of the dessert on the container. <BR> <BR> They are really just regular flavor yogurt, but my mind thinks... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 21:01:13 EST Cooking Again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571940 Seems the only time I really have to devote time to cooking some healthy food is on the weekend. This was no exception. I bought some organic apples and made applesauce. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222382862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was so sweet I didn't even need sugar. <BR> <BR> Then I boiled up some hard boiled eggs... good to grab for a snack at work... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l299344312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Made turkey ve... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 22:30:57 EST