EMTCHICK109's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMTCHICK109 EMTCHICK109'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/ My Crazy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767443 I haven't been as active here as I was earlier in the summer. Life has a way of taking over. I've been dealing with work stress which I finally have under control again. <BR> <BR> Just when I get that under control, I get thrown another curveball. I have to move. My current landlords are not renewing my lease at the end of next month. I was not expecting that. <BR> <BR> However, I have found a new apartment. I'm moving back into town. I'm renting the 2nd floor of a house. My cu... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:52:57 EST MIA... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762820 Yup...I've been MIA for the past week. I have been logging in but I haven't tracked anything. <BR> <BR> I feel bad that I didn't finish the Summer 5% Challenge. Life and work have taken over. Stress has been driving me right now. I'm just trying to get a handle on it and get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> Ironically, it is at work where I can control my food choices the best. I guess it is because we don't have snacks lying around or a good vending machine. I'm packing my lunch an... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:52:17 EST Stressful week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757463 Last week was not a good week for me. I had no motivation to exercise. I didn't track my food like I should. I ate everything and anything. I participated 1 day in the weekly challenge. <BR> <BR> This is what stress does to me. I now know it. I'm working on making things better. <BR> <BR> My week was stressful because of work. I support 7 adults with intellectual disabilities who live with families. It's called Life Sharing. 1 of my individuals was diagnosed with breast cancer... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:19:46 EST Motivation, Oh where did you go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753697 I seem to have no motivation right now to do anything healthy. I'm not making the greatest food choices right now. I have no desire to get up in the mornings to exercise. No motivation what so ever. <BR> <BR> So in order to find some motivation, I went looking for motivation images. I found this one and thought...I need this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680182724.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just the right kick in the pants. I'm going to finish out today hope... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 14:32:17 EST Don't Wait... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749567 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1922691722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found the above picture on Facebook. Hand slap to the forehead...Most of us wait until we have reached our goal to be proud of ourselves. Me included. <BR> <BR> Well not any more. I'm going to celebrate and be proud of what I have accomplished so far to reach my goal. <BR> <BR> So what I have accomplished so far... <BR> <BR> walking 2-2 1/2 miles a day <BR> <BR> drinking 8 glasses of water a day <BR... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:18:53 EST I AM... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747567 A powerful picture... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2054308739.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am...2 powerful words. <BR> <BR> I am strong. <BR> <BR> I am unique. <BR> <BR> I am getting healthy. <BR> <BR> I am loved. <BR> <BR> I am ME. <BR> <BR> What is your "I AM?" <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:22:24 EST The little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1655998998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How true is the picture above. Little things are really big things later on. <BR> <BR> Each day when I walk, I am amazed at the beauty around me. The woods are ever changing with new life and new growth. <BR> <BR> I'm learning that you need to take time and slow down and look at the beauty around you. Otherwise life passes by you way to quickly. <BR> <BR> Take a moment and look at the beauty around you... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:42:39 EST My walking adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744515 I walk for exercise on daily basis. It gives me reason to enjoy outside and the beautiful weather. This weekend, I was asked by one of my co-workers at my EMT job when I walked. So I told him, mostly in the mornings before work but sometimes in the evening. Which is true. It all depends on my work schedule at my full-time job. <BR> <BR> He asked me if I would be his workout buddy. He had lost his and really prefers working out with someone. He stopped by last night before the end of... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:59:11 EST Hersheypark Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741966 Yesterday, I took my nieces and nephews to Hersheypark. It was their first time there. So much excitement from the kids. <BR> <BR> We arrived at the park at 10 am just as it opened. We headed to the back of the park to start our adventure. Our first ride was The Wildcat roller coaster. The boys loved it and the girls weren't sure of it. We did a some other rides in this area of the park including the Ferris Wheel. <BR> <BR> Here is me on the Ferris Wheel: <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:46:46 EST Wildlife Park Adventures... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740991 Today, I took my 2 nieces and 2 nephews to Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. It is about 35 minutes from where we live. It is a summer tradition. <BR> <BR> The tradition starts with packing the cooler with lunch, loading up the car and heading out. Normally my best friend goes also but today she had green beans to get picked. <BR> So off the kids and I go... <BR> <BR> We arrive at the park, pay our admission fee and safari tour fee. You can beat the price of $12 a person. Time to park a... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:08:50 EST Workouts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740421 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l431702992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture is very true. I enjoy working out with a buddy but I also enjoy working out by myself. <BR> <BR> Most mornings, I'm by myself out walking. If I walk in the evenings, my mom will occasionally walk with me. <BR> <BR> Most people like having a workout buddy. It makes them accountable because it is not just them. They have someone depending on them to show up and encourage each other. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:23:48 EST Small changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739489 This picture means so much to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1586655897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've had to learn this the hard way. When I decided I wanted to loose the weight and become healthy, I tried to overhaul my life overnight. I seriously tried to make big changes in all areas of my life. <BR> <BR> I learned that you can't do that. You need to make small changes. I had to step back and focus on 1-2 things at a time. For me, it was tracking my ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:56:11 EST Never... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738823 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l863570491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Never give up! You will have bad days but don't let them derail your progress. You are working to become healthy so never give up! <BR> <BR> Never surrender! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't loose the weight or walk 2 miles or run a 5k. You can do whatever you put your mind too. <BR> <BR> Rise up against the odds! Prove them all wrong. I have arthritis in my both knees and I am young. I've had... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:28:15 EST I am amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736856 Take a moment to read the picture below. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l320029653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember that you are all that the picture says you are and so much more. <BR> <BR> I have been through a lot in the past 4 years. I lost my best friend to a massive heart attack. I left my husband. I move back to my hometown. I lost my job. I got a new job. I got divorced. I lost a co-worker/friend. Through it all, I have come out a strong... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:28:33 EST Forget all reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734564 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918614713.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this quote interesting. Forget all the reasons why it won't work and remember the one that will. <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself that. There are so many reasons why I will loose the weight, why I exercise every day even for 10 minutes. I'm the reason why this will work. I WANT to become healthy by loosing the weight. I WANT to exercise every day (rest when my body tells me I need to). <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:40:13 EST 10 ways to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733864 Here are 10 ways to get back on track: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097045808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now that the holiday weekend is over, it is time to get back on track. I know that I ate WAY to much this weekend at 2 different picnics. I tried really hard but it didn't work out that way. <BR> <BR> So today, I'm getting back on track. Back to making sure that I'm eating healthy foods. Back to getting healthy. The little detour was nice but I don't want ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:53:20 EST 114 Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732787 Wow! I have been sparking for 114 days! I can't believe it but I have been faithful with logging in every day, tracking my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> Consistency is so important. After 114 days, sparking has become a habit. It is one of the first things I do in the morning and the last thing I do at night. Now there are some nights that I forget because I'm so tired and just want to go to bed. But I fix what I need to the next morning. <BR> <BR> I have the spark app on my phone ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 22:40:21 EST Dreams and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731766 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1177389613.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found the above picture on facebook. Everyone has goals and dreams. We are never to old to have new dreams and make new goals. <BR> <BR> I find that my goals change all the time. I have short-term goals and long-terms goals. Right now my short-term goals are to eat fruits and veggies, drink 8 glasses or more of water each day and stay within calorie range. Long-term goals are to loose 33 lbs by November ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:54:27 EST Family Challenge update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730375 My family and I are doing a 5% challenge. We all have had our first weigh-ins. Here are the results of this week's weigh-in: <BR> <BR> Mom--gain <BR> Dad--gain <BR> Ben--lost <BR> Steph--lost <BR> <BR> Ben and I each lost 1.5 lbs in our 1st week. Mom and Dad both had small gains. <BR> <BR> This week is going to be hard because of 2 picnics. My parents are having their annual 4th of July picnic on Friday. There will be lots of yummy food to eat. On Sunday is my mom's side of the... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:37:46 EST Staying Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729902 Need help staying motivated? Check out this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l962726455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are days that I need motivation to keep going on this journey. This weekend was a big reminder of why I am doing this. I love to eat! I would eat mindlessly, randomly and out of boredom. <BR> <BR> I have several reasons to stay motivated right now. They are 1. I don't want to go on cholesterol medication; 2. I could win $150 in the Fam... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:05:56 EST Hang in There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729147 I love motivational pictures! Here is one I found today on Facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669518101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hang in There! This will improve. It does take time but the results are worth it. <BR> <BR> Today I had an unplanned lunch with my co-workers and a former co-worker. I really hadn't planned on going but I was the only one who wasn't going to go. So I went. We choose a sushi/Chinese restaurant. I wasn't hungry for sushi to... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:34:00 EST 1.5 lbs gone...9.5 to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727828 This week, I lost 1.5 lbs. Yeah me! 9.5 lbs to go to hit 5%. I know that I can do it. <BR> <BR> I'm interested in seeing how much my parents and brother lost this week. Dad, Ben and I each have 11 lbs for our 5%; Mom has 8 lbs for her 5%. <BR> <BR> I'm walking 5 days a week with 2 rest days. My knees need a break every couple of days. I'm working my way up to 2 miles a day. This morning, I did 2 miles. <BR> <BR> Exercise, tracking my food and getting healthy are my priorities... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:40:38 EST My Brother the Firefighter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726643 This afternoon, my brother, Ben graduated from Fire Academy. He has completed a dream of his to become a paid career firefighter. He was one of 15 cadets that graduated today. 13 of them will be serving in the city of Harrisburg. <BR> <BR> It has been a long 14 weeks for our family but it was all worth it. As many you know, I come from a family of Emergency Services personnel. I'm the EMT, Ben's the Firefighter/EMT, Dad's the Firefighter/First Responder. Mom just supports us all. <BR... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:53:33 EST Bad Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725577 Are you having a bad day? Did you go on a binge and feel guilty about it? Check out this picture: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l411932497.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So you are having bad day...you can change it around by making good choices. We all have bad days where we don't make the best choices on our food. It happens but you can turn it around. Don't wait for the next day to restart. Start with your next meal or snack. <BR> <BR> I have days where I don't ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:31:59 EST Walking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724837 My primary exercise is walking. I have always enjoyed walking. I used to run for exercise until I was told by my orthopedic doctors to stop. I run only if I have too. I enjoyed running also but like walking better. <BR> <BR> I found this picture on a Facebook page I follow: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742820417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I'm taking a rest day from walking. I know that I over did this weekend and my knees are telling me that. I n... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:51:16 EST Update on Relay for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723961 Last week on Friday and Saturday, I participated in Relay for Life with my church. Our small Relay for Life had the goal of $84,000. As of Saturday morning, we had raised $82,179.13. We have until August 31 to turn donations. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pictures from Relay: <BR> <BR> My role at Relay...making fresh squeezed lemonade. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1797425679.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Table and chairs that my mom and brother refinished. We raffled it o... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:22:44 EST Relay for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721277 Tomorrow starting at 12 pm, I'll be busy with Relay for Life. My church has had a team for 6 years. Our Relay goes from 12 pm Friday to 12 pm on Saturday. For 24 hrs, several teams will be walking to raise money for cancer research. <BR> <BR> I'll be busy making fresh squeezed lemonade to sell. It is one of our team's many fundraisers at Relay. <BR> <BR> I'll be walking for 2 hours on early Saturday morning before opening the lemonade stand for last minute sales. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:03:16 EST Determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720660 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1291547303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am determined to loose 5% in the next 8 weeks. 5% is 11 lbs as of right now. It could change until Saturday. I can do it. I know that I can. It helps that I am doing the 5% Summer Challenge here on Sparkle and that my family is also doing the challenge. <BR> <BR> I have lots of determination to beat out my brother in the family challenge. We have always been competitive when it comes to things. We are g... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:38:18 EST Don't be so hard on yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719985 I love finding motivation pictures on Facebook pages that I follow. Here is a recent one that made me stop and think. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l238282969.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a tendency to be really hard on myself. I struggle daily with making healthy food choices. I'm slowly learning my triggers. I'm learning to eat more fruits and veggies. I'm drinking more water. But I am hard on myself. This picture made me stop and think. It also made me ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:21:31 EST Family challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718922 My family is having a weight loss challenge. My Dad, brother and myself are going to be starting an 8 week 5% challenge on Saturday. <BR> <BR> It came about yesterday when my dad said to me, "I currently weight 217." I replied, "I weigh 214." My dad says well let's see who can lose the most. I mentioned this to my brother and he was like I'm in. My brother announces that he weighs 212. <BR> <BR> We decided on 8 weeks 5% since I am going to be doing the Summer Challenge starting o... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:21:58 EST Struggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717790 This weekend I'm at church conference. It is a great experience. However I struggle with my eating during this weekend. <BR> <BR> There is food always available. Cookies out for snacking. Buffet style dining plus lots of dessert. An ice cream social. A reception for retiring conference pastor. <BR> <BR> See why I struggle. However, I'm doing well. I've avoided the cookies actually walked past them several times and didn't even once take one. I stuck with my plan for meals. Las... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:12:15 EST Binging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716397 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2117018880.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to keep this in mind this weekend. I'll be at church conference for the weekend. Conference is held on a college campus where we eat in one of the dining halls. So buffet style eating and all you can eat. <BR> <BR> I have tendency to binge at church conference. This year I am going to try something different. <BR> <BR> My plan: <BR> <BR> Breakfast--fruits, milk and cereal. <BR> <BR> Lunch/Suppe... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:13:35 EST Positive Mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715529 I follow Joel Osteen on facebook. He had this picture posted the other day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1028879028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a positive mindset. I'm not going to be defeated. Do you? Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:16:56 EST Unstoppable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715101 I found this image on facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1419363233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I'm unstoppable. Are you? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:17:00 EST Lesson learned... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713100 Today I worked as an EMT for 12 hrs. The most excitement that I had was going to assist the fire company with fire drill at a multi-building apartment complex. It was a boring day. I did have someone with me at the firehouse the entire shift (which isn't normal). <BR> <BR> After reading my book and cleaning the bay, I was not ready to sit down again. So off for a walk I go. I don't leave the fire company grounds. I can make laps on the fire company grounds. 3 laps is a mile. I walke... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 22:43:31 EST Small steps forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711138 Each day I strive for 5500 steps. I have an office job; most days I'm sitting at my desk doing work, other days I'm in my car driving to meeting, dr appts or home visits. So I do a lot of sitting. <BR> <BR> I have this wonderful app on my phone call the Stand Up Alarm. I've been using this app when I am in the office. It reminds me every 30 minutes to get up and move. <BR> <BR> I've decided that I need to move more before work, while at work and at home. So I have some goals I'm go... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:16:34 EST Farmer's Markets are GREAT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710642 I absolutely love the farmer's market in my town. It is hard to believe that it started out as a little roadside stand with just a few vegetables. Now it is a building with a bakery, farm fresh veggies and fruit plus flowers! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I stopped to restock my fruits and veggies. For $25, I got asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, snow peas(snap peas), apples, bananas, bag of mixed lettuce, 1/2 gallon of milk, sweet shortcake and molasses cookies. <BR> <BR> I'll need to stop tom... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 15:04:18 EST Storms=change of plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710046 I had to go over to my parents house tonight to pick up some strawberries that my mom had got for me. I had decided that I was going to take the 2 dogs for a walk. When I left my house, I noticed that the sky was getting dark with storm clouds. <BR> <BR> I quickly went to my parents house. I visited with my mom and brother for a few minutes, got my strawberries and headed home. I didn't make it far until it was storming. <BR> <BR> My walk was cancelled. Now what? <BR> <BR> Time t... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:41:13 EST Tonight's walking adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709219 Tonight I went for a walk. Since I have 5 different routes that I could take from my house, I decided to go on my original route (left out of the driveway and left onto the road). 3 of the routes go left then right. 1 goes right and up a steep hill. I haven't done that one yet. <BR> <BR> Now of course, I listen to a babbling stream for most of the walk. Plus birds. This route contains a fairly decent hill--a little steep but not too much that I couldn't handle it. But before I got ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:29:16 EST Restarting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708866 The past few weeks, I have slacked off with my eating and exercise. As a result, I gained back the weight I had lost plus 4 additional pounds. I'm currently 216 lbs. Not my highest weight. <BR> <BR> I'm restarting my plan as of today. I've reset my weight loss goals and tracker. I can do this. <BR> <BR> I'm going back to exercising 5 days a week with 2 rest days. My plan is to exercise 2 days; rest day; exercise 3 days; rest day. I know that this works for me. I restarted my exe... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:35:15 EST Afternoon of Kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708383 I love to kayak! This afternoon I went kayaking at Little Buffalo State Park. I spend a LOT of time at the park. Either, hiking, walking along the lake or kayaking plus picnics. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pictures from this afternoon: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192285275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look closely at the branch, there is a Red-bellied turtle sunny. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l101262687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Egret sea... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 21:10:33 EST Good Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705247 I found this picture on a Facebook page called Sunshine's Journey to 199. It spoke to me. I hope that it speaks to you too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l385295698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been struggling to get back on track with exercise and food. This picture was a way to say I need to do all these things to make my weight loss happen. <BR> <BR> So More miles, More water, More sweat, More Effort and More Satisfied is what I'm going to do. I've already ... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:13:28 EST Trying to get back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704808 I'm trying to get back on track. This past weekend, I started out tracking my food and then it went downhill from there. <BR> <BR> Today I have tracked everything that I ate. I'm trying to stay in my calorie range pre-fitness minutes. Didn't happen today. I'll try again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have a tendency to self-sabotage. I know that is what I am doing right now. I'm trying hard to correct it. I'm trying to make sure that my good days out number my bad days. <BR> <BR> I will g... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:42:39 EST Memorial Day and Off track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703881 Happy Memorial Day! A day to remember those who served our country and gave their life for our freedom. Today I remember both of my Grandfathers. They both fought in World War II. One for the Army and the other for the Navy. While neither of them lost their life in battle, my Grandpa Flanders was wounded and received a Purple Heart. I took a moment to remember their service to our great country. I also took a moment to honor my Dad who served in Vietnam in the Army. <BR> <BR> With al... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:00:12 EST Fun filled Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703028 It has been a fun filled weekend. Friday night, I went to City Island for a Senators baseball game. However, I was there around 4 pm and game time wasn't until 7 pm. So what to do...walk around City Island and play a game of mini golf. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161872301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While playing, I saw this sign... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1272869544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After my game of mini golf, I continued ... Sun, 25 May 2014 20:24:08 EST Slacking off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700754 As much as I don't want to admit this, I have been slacking off when it comes to exercise. <BR> <BR> I did so well last month with the Rise and Shine challenge with exercising first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what happened this month. I have no desire to get up in the mornings and exercise. It is daylight at 5:30 so I have no excuse why I can't go for a walk before going to work. I just don't do it. I've been hitting snooze far more than I ever have. I'm still g... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:09:44 EST New York Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698316 Last week, I spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday in New York City with my mom and several other ladies. It was our annual trip. One of the ladies husband is retired military which allows them to rent houses on any military base. We stayed at the Coast Guard Base on Staten Island. <BR> <BR> We ride the ferry over to the city and take the subway to a destination and then walk everywhere. <BR> <BR> Thursday--We arrived around 2 pm at the base. By 3:30, we were on the ferry heading to t... Mon, 19 May 2014 10:35:41 EST Frustrated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693332 I've tried not to let this bother me but it has. The scale is not my friend. I'm either staying the same or loosing a half pound at a time. <BR> <BR> I know that a half pound is still a loss but it is very frustrating. I'm trying so hard to make sure that I eat fruits and veggies, stay within my calorie range, exercise on a regular basis, get 7 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> The scale just doesn't like me. I have other victories such as loosing inches which is good. My doctor told me th... Mon, 12 May 2014 11:12:17 EST Exhausting day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692846 Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! <BR> <BR> Now onto my exhausting day. My day technically started at 12:20 am when I received a call on the on-call phone for work. There was an emergency and I had to go to the hospital. So off I went to the hospital. I did what I need to do at the hospital and then came home. I got maybe 3.5-4 hours of sleep but it wasn't a good sleep. I was afraid that I would get another call and this time the news would be bad. No calls on the phone. <BR> <B... Sun, 11 May 2014 20:38:31 EST Peaceful Morning Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691870 I have always enjoyed walking in the mornings. However I would put on my Ipod and earbuds and go. Since I moved to the country and walk on roads with no sidewalks, I need to pay attention to my surroundings. <BR> <BR> Now my walks consist of listening to the birds chirping, squirrels rustling in the leaves, and other wildlife creatures that I may see. <BR> <BR> Here are some pictures from this morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778978239.jpg"> <BR... Sat, 10 May 2014 10:56:26 EST