FAIRHAVENQUEEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FAIRHAVENQUEEN FAIRHAVENQUEEN'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 Personal Thanksgiving Challange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808608 I haven't had the luxury of time to blog for a long time. I guess checking in every day on the Maintenance Team's daily check-in has substituted for blogging. However, today I need to take a few extra minutes and put my thoughts, goals, and plans into writing. <BR> <BR> In the past few weeks, I have let myself fall back into sugar and carb addiction, in a way I'd hoped would never happen again. Once it takes hold, it is like a monster that grabs me and won't let go. I say to it NO, I know ho... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:44:35 EST Primal Eating, Update #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757606 Wow, it has been a long while since I've had enough time to myself to even think of blogging. Summer school is now over, though, and I have three blissful weeks until the regular school year starts. Today is supposed to be over 100º, so I got my gardening and exercise done with early, and am now inside enjoying the breeze from the fans. I can afford a few minutes to blog before tackling the housework I am so behind on. <BR> <BR> I have not accomplished what I thought I might accomplish this ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:53:44 EST Update #3 on Primal Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721996 I've been getting very creative the past few days, and cooking things that turned out oh-so-delicious! I'm on vacation from working at school, and my hubby took 3 weeks off, and my son is home from university for 2 weeks. So I'm making 3 meals a day, and really enjoying it. My son is the one who got me started on eating Primally, and that is how I have been cooking. I am finding that I need to control my portions, however. Being around the two hungry guys, I have been eating more than I reall... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:40:07 EST My Summer Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717065 I just got done re-reading my two fairly recent blogs about eating Primally 4 out of every 5 meals. I have continued on with this plan, and am loving it so far. Except for my non-primal snack yesterday, where I went overboard and had 2 pieces of retirement party chocolate cake, 2 cups of punch, and one of sparkling cider, all of which combined to put me up 2 pounds today--except for that, it's worked very well. And even WITH that, it's working, because I didn't go on a full-fledged binge like... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:55:52 EST My New Experiment in Eating, Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707414 This past week I have implemented the plan I thought up for how to eat Primal fashion 80% of the time, and I am really shocked at the results! In case you didn't see the blog last week, I'll quickly recap the plan. According to the book I am reading, "Primal Blueprint," the idea is to shoot to avoid all grains, dairy, legumes and sugar, at least 80% of the time. I decided to try it, and to calculate the 80% I thought 4 meals on, 1 meal off. Since I usually portion my calories over 3 meals and... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:53:27 EST My First Sparkiversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703371 It was nice of the school district to give me this special day off, don't you think!? It is my own special memorial day, and I am remembering all the good things that have happened in the last year. I am so happy to be at 133.8 today, instead of 175 like I was a year ago!! I am so happy to have something like 12 pairs of pants in various styles and lengths, but all in size 6, instead of one ugly pair of really big elastic-waist jeans. I'm thrilled to feel all this muscle. I love feeling so st... Mon, 26 May 2014 09:05:54 EST My New Experiment in Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702287 I think I can safely say that I am officially a weird person who loves to live by rules. I, of course, like to change up the rules now and then because otherwise I get bored and in a rut. Nevertheless, I like rules. I think it's my way of coping with a world full of too many available choices. I have to narrow down my choices to keep from feeling overwhelmed. <BR> For example, with clothing, I mostly wear solid colors. I decided I didn't like any of the photos of me in big flowery things, et... Sat, 24 May 2014 17:47:54 EST Birthday Reflections on a Year of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679291 I can hardly ever find time to blog anymore! I wanted to write something yesterday, which was my actual birthday, but spent all my computer time reading all the birthday greetings on facebook. Today I'm awake half an hour before my alarm went off, though, so I decided the FIRST thing I'd do is blog! <BR> <BR> Last year it was just about this time--right after my birthday--that I decided I just HAD to try to lose weight (again!) because I was so uncomfortable in my body. I tried to diet for a... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:11:47 EST I'm So Thankful I Found SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653593 I haven't posted a blog entry for a long time, due to time constraints and to the fact that I check in on the daily check-in thread on the Maintenance Team page. Tonight I'm home alone, first night of Spring Break, music on in the background, gum in my mouth to keep me from snacking, and I have a bit of time to myself. So I thought this might be a good chance to catch up on the past 3 months. <BR> <BR> I can hardly believe I've been maintaining my goal weight for three months now. A year ag... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:28:33 EST Sally Goes Shopping Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576401 When I was a kid we used to read a story by that title, an old book which was my mother's when she was a kid. Yesterday it was me, not Sally, that went shopping alone, and actually had fun. I am not usually a fan of shopping, especially for clothes. Yesterday I discovered it is WAY more fun now that I am at my goal weight. <BR> <BR> I am on vacation from work until the 7th, but my husband had to return yesterday. I had no specific commitments, so decided to just enjoy myself. I took him to w... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:41:39 EST My New Word for the Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573753 I am very excited about entering this New Year. It is the first time I can ever remember entering a year without having to resolve to lose weight. This time, I am resolving to maintain weight instead. That is super exciting to me! <BR> <BR> My daughter always chooses a Word for the Year, and I thought I'd like to try that this year, as well. "Maintain" didn't sound like such a hot motto or theme for my year, though, so I kept thinking. <BR> <BR> I only reached my goal weight a couple days b... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:08:59 EST Musings on holiday bingeing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571545 For most people, this is Christmas morning. For me, it's the day after Christmas. We celebrated everything a day early to accommodate my son, who sings professionally in church services and is very busy this time of year. Anyway, it's very quiet in my house this morning, and I'm the only one up. I'm ready to hop on my exercise bike as soon as I'm done checking in here. <BR> <BR> Somehow I managed to go from 135.2 clear up to 142 pounds in the last three days. I find this quite distressing. ... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:45:51 EST 135.8!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564808 I stepped on the scale this morning, in spite of the fact that we went out to eat last night, and ate later than usual. I figured I would be up a little, but wanted to see what the "damage" was. Instead, I saw the numbers 135 for the first time! 135.8 to be exact, but still! 135 is my goal weight, and we're only halfway through December. I am so happy and excited!! This means that I can work in a few little Christmas treats more easily, AND I get to start the New Year without having to make a... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:57:51 EST Mostly about gratitude... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554447 Here it is, December 1st already! I have been using this site for a few days over half a year now. Enough to become a regular, well-ingrained habit. I enjoyed my Thanksgiving break immensely, spending extra time with my grown kids, and being a little less strict about weighing and measuring and tracking everything. Checking in every day really helped keep me conscious and accountable, though, and was definitely helpful in getting right back on track. Now I have 31 days (counting today) to los... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 19:08:10 EST New Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543331 I am growing to really love the new Start Page, even though I hated it at first, as I tend to hate change. One of the things I like is the goal board, and reviewing it every day. I chose a few pictures to go along with my goals, one of them being the girl with the hula hoop, and the slogan "Try New Things." Looking at that for a few days made me think I should take advantage of the free pool pass I have, and the exercise/fitness equipment available in rooms adjacent to the pool. I can fit int... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:03:04 EST Veteran's Day Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538567 Today I had my walking-adventure-progressive-lunch date with my son, home for the weekend from grad school. We had a great time. Note to self, though: I really still can't do caffeine! At least not in Dutch Brothers large carmelizer amounts! I feel so jittery right now, and have a caffeine headache. But other than that, we had a great time! Drove to town from our small farm, and parked at the local Thrift Shop. Walked from there to the neighboring town where I had a gift card to a Mexican res... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:55:56 EST In the Healthy Zone is a Great Place To Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536493 The house is perfectly silent, and my world is surrounded by fog at the moment. The sun is rising, and I can see the sunrise, but not far away is all the mysterious-looking fog. A peaceful way to begin the day, a nice day that I get to stay home all day. <BR> <BR> I started out my day by logging onto Spark and getting my silly points, which for some reason is actually fun. I added a couple more things to my Goal Board, and I should just say here that I have grown to love the new start page, ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 10:41:34 EST Carpooling isn't all bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530761 Well, I made it through the first week of carpooling with my husband, since he smashed his truck on the way to work Monday. Good thing we both work 10 minutes from where we live! I've found it's actually kind of nice to drive him to work in the morning, and then pick him up afterwards. For one thing, we can talk about the day while in the car, and then move on to other topics by the time we get home. He is frequently frustrated at work and needs to vent, and I prefer him venting in the car th... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:13:10 EST Fortunately, Unfortunately... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525517 We had a story by that name that we really loved when we were kids. Today is starting off to be one of those days: <BR> Fortunately, I got to sleep by about 10. <BR> Unfortunately, I had to get up to pee at 12. <BR> Fortunately, with the help of a good dose of ZZZQuil, I got back to sleep. <BR> Unfortunately, this made me sleep too long to do a workout before work. <BR> Fortunately, that's OK because I will make it up later. <BR> Unfortunately, my husband called shortly after leaving for work... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:21:52 EST Since I'm not asleep right now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524450 ...I might as well write something. At least today is a laid back Sunday, and I'll have time for an afternoon nap if I feel tired. I think I woke up WAY too early today because it was kind of exciting yesterday to go through ALL my clothes--I tried on absolutely everything!--and get rid of everything that was baggy, or just ugly. I now fit into all the "tiny" clothes that I was saving for someday. Nothing too small left to "shrink into." That feels very cool. I'm not a person who spends much ... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:45:23 EST Lazy Long Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523592 This week there was no school Thursday or Friday. Thursday I worked quite a few hours, though, interpreting for parent-teacher conferences, but that was fun and different from the regular routine (although I like regular days fine, too.) Today I had the day off. I originally planned to go to the gym early to workout on the elliptical (something I only get to do on weekdays when school is closed), and then check out a couple used clothing shops, and do my Winco grocery shopping for the month. ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 00:47:50 EST Thursday's Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516025 I have a little time this morning, and many productive things I COULD be doing, but I feel like giving myself a break. So here I am, with my second cup of tea, looking out at a world completely shrunken by thick fog. I can barely see two cows by the barn. Can't see the fence, or the hill behind the fence. Fog is kind of mysterious, and I don't mind it for a little while. I hope it burns off in an hour or two, though. <BR> So, I'm sitting here thinking a bit of this and a bit of that, and won... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 11:40:17 EST Today is one of THOSE days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507526 Today has been a day that in the past I would have totally blown and binged on. Had a lot of "I feel useless" moments at work, which I hate, because I always like to feel like I'm earning my keep. And being helpful. Which I couldn't find very many ways to be, in the morning. The afternoon was better, in that respect. But also, I have been stuck at the same weight for a week now, and I have my tracker set to only lose a pound a week, so I should be OK with that, but I have been hungry and had ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 00:04:40 EST Sometimes 8 is more than enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498417 I have been in the midst of this weird stage of life called menopause for a while now, and it's not the greatest. One of the things that happens is that you don't sleep as well. Or as long. It's taken me a while to figure it out, but I think there comes a time when you don't actually always NEED eight hours of sleep anymore. I know, that's the magic number we're all supposed to aim for. But for a long time I was going to bed at 9:00 and hoping to sleep until 5:00, and then feeling so frustrat... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 10:24:25 EST People are noticing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498104 I have had quite a few people at work notice that I have lost weight since last school year, and ask me what I'm doing. That feels very good! Of course I tell them they should try SparkPeople, so pretty soon I think the whole staff will be on here <em>100</em> <BR> This has been a very busy week, though, and I haven't had much time to get my exercise quota in. I have tonight and tomorrow left, though, and in a couple minutes I will change into my workout clothes, hop on my exercise bike, p... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:43:56 EST I Love Volunteers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495215 I just want to especially express thanks to the fantastic volunteers who lead a dialog group for inmates in a prison in my home state, and then help them put on a play every year. These people are amazing. They drive about 4 hours there, and 4 hours back every single week, and show these guys love and acceptance and understanding, and help them learn to be more loving, accepting and understanding themselves. Then putting on a play (usually Shakespeare!) is a team effort, confidence-building e... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:46:10 EST I have a few spare moments this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491078 Haven't found much time to blog this month since starting the new school year. My plan is working great, though, and I'm so happy. This year I don't go in the staff room at all, except just to quickly check my mail cubby in the morning, and right before I leave. I eat my lunch in front of a computer, where I plan my next day's menu. This makes it so I don't have to take the time to do that in the evenings. <BR> <BR> I taught my second money management class in Spanish last night, and it wen... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:45:00 EST A Little Nervous Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483674 I woke up at 2:30 a.m. I think I must be nervous about teaching my first adult money management class for Love, INC. tonight (in Spanish!) I really am excited about this volunteer opportunity, because budgeting is something I actually enjoy. I know it sounds weird and geeky, but I actually LIKE paying bills and balancing checkbooks. Budgeting has been such a freeing thing for me, and has allowed our family (on the low end of American middle class) to live well and debt free. So I'm happy to ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:22:50 EST The Perfect Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480485 This weekend felt just perfect, and I'm not sure why. We didn't do anything fantastic or amazing. But the weather was lovely, and it was one of those weekends where you feel you have time to relax and enjoy life, while at the same time getting quite a bit accomplished. My neighbors are on vacation, so I got to walk over to their place both days (a nice hilly 10 minute walk with my dog) and do their chores, which mostly benefited my family because they included things like gathering their fres... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 11:14:39 EST Made It Through The First Week of School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478263 I had a feeling this would be a crazy busy week (it was!), so I planned a meal plan where I could just eat the same thing everyday. This would save me the trouble of planning out the next day's meal each evening. For the family I made a big pot of soup that they ate three nights in a row, and tonight I made up for it by giving them waffles with fresh strawberries from my almost-non-existent-this-year garden. They did not complain, bless their hearts. I enjoyed my own meal plan the first coupl... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 00:46:13 EST Bees are Amazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472416 Yesterday I spent a big chunk of the day getting fresh honey out of huge buckets, warming it enough to pour through the strainers, and then putting it into gallon glass jars. I used to use those jars for milk when I had a Jersey milk cow, but now they were full of things like beans and lentils. I had to find other spots for those items, and wash the jars for the honey. My husband loves bees, and has kept a hive or two for many years, but this is only the second time we have harvested honey. F... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 10:05:36 EST Fall, and New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469688 I woke up early this morning from the heat, but now I'm sitting here in the quiet, dark house listening to the lovely sound of rain pattering on the deck outside. There are boxes of pears piled around on the hearth. There are tomatoes, peaches and plums in the fridge. It's nearly 6 a.m. and it's still dark. Only a few more days of summer vacation left, and it is really starting to feel like Fall. I'm really glad reaching my halfway goal, and starting in using my new digital scale happened at ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 09:03:57 EST Ready for Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468783 Tried out my new scale this morning. As I predicted, I weigh 5 pounds more on it than on my old scale (so now no more yucky surprises when I go to the Doctor and get weighed!) I've spent awhile this morning getting all my settings changed and entering my new goal, and now I'm ready for part two of this weight loss challenge. As it turns out, I'm half done, 20 pounds down, and 20 more to go. I set my goal for December 31, but I'm doubting whether it will happen by then. The pounds seem to come... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:28:26 EST I need technical help from a fellow Sparker, please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468446 OK, so I met my first goal, which was to go from 170 to 150 on my old scale. Now I have a new digital scale, and I know it's going to say I weigh over 155 when I weigh myself tomorrow morning. I wanted to set my new goal to show pounds to lose, rather than my weight, so I don't feel like I'm having to lose the same pounds all over again. I've seen that some of you have tickers that don't show your weight, but rather how many pounds you have left to lose. I can't figure out how to do that. On ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:54:13 EST Made it to my first goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467883 I am SO excited! My first goal was to lose 20 pounds this summer, before starting back to work. Today I made that goal, and a week earlier than I had planned. School starts next Tuesday. Today, however, was the kick-off meeting for staff, so it feels really good to have made that goal by the time the first event of the school year happened. I don't think I could have done it without the nutrition and fitness trackers! I have NEVER lost weight while eating so much in the past. Always starved m... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:44:30 EST Home again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464548 I had a wonderful three days away, visiting with friends and my brother. Got to enjoy a visit to the Whitman Mission and walk on a bit of the Oregon Trail. Had no way to use my computer, but when I got home tonight I reconstructed my meals to the best of my ability. Some stuff I just had to guesstimate, but it's probably close enough. Looks like I averaged going over my usual limit by 300-400 calories each day. I can tell, too, that my body is complaining about some unusual foods eaten. Howev... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 00:51:34 EST A Little Nervous... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456463 I just ordered a new bathroom scale, a digital one. I'm tired of my old-style mechanical one because it doesn't seem very accurate or reliable. BUT, I'm a little nervous that when the new one comes I'll weigh a lot more than I currently THINK I weigh. I know this is very dumb, but there it is. On the up side, though, I'm getting a new scale, one that will even tell me when I've lost a fraction of a pound, so that part is cool! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:55:57 EST A Shot in the Dark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456373 So, this does not really have anything to do with weight loss, or healthy eating, but I just have to blog it anyway. This morning I was jerked from my sleep at 4:55 by what sounded like two gunshots in rapid succession. I sat up and listened hard, but heard no other noises. Tiptoed out of my room, and decided that it couldn't possibly have been shots. Decided perhaps that salsa I canned several years ago might have exploded. On my way to the pantry to check out that theory I noticed that the ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:03:17 EST I'm sure grocery shopping must be exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454621 Today I did my grocery shopping. I hate shopping, so I do a big shopping at Costco and Winco every 4 or 5 weeks. Then I don't have to go to the store at all, except the fruit and veggie market a couple times a week for fresh stuff. It takes me three to four hours to get to Costco/Winco, do the shopping at both places, and drive home. I parked in the only tiny patch of shade I could find, so I had to push my HEAVY cart a long way (uphill) to put my Costco stuff in the car. Once back home I had... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 01:27:50 EST I feel like a sandwich... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451295 No, I don't mean I want to EAT a sandwich. I feel like a sandwich myself, squished between the younger and the older generation. Yes, my kids aren't really kids anymore, but I still can't seem to not worry over them, or feel bad when things don't go well for them. Like the debilitating health issues my daughter has faced lately, or like today, when my almost 22 year old was planning on going skydiving for the first time. Hard not to worry about that! (It got postponed a couple days due to wea... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:29:34 EST My New Old Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442875 A couple of days ago I went upstairs and pulled out the big suitcase in which I packed up my "skinny" clothes a couple years ago. I don't have a big closet, only two old-fashioned wardrobes, which I have to share with my husband, and one dresser. I didn't have room to keep those things plus my "fat" clothes in my room, besides which, they were just depressing me. But after losing 17 pounds, and several inches, I thought it would be fun to see if any of that stuff fit yet. What fun! Now grante... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 00:52:15 EST Three fourths of the way to my first goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432827 Yep, I'm down 15 pounds now! I am SO enjoying wearing my comfortable capri jeans this summer, that I couldn't wear at all the whole summer last year. Five more pounds to go, and then I have to decide whether to maintain for awhile before losing more, or just set a new goal and keep going. Don't know which would be best. <BR> Today is the start of our town festival, and I'm planning to stroll through the park after work, looking at the booths of crafts and such for sale, and eat my annual Elep... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:56:32 EST My Daughter's 30th Birthday Bash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420617 Last night was the big summer outdoor party she planned, even though her birthday is really in early Spring. We don't have good outdoor party weather then, so she postponed it till now. Instead of partaking of the potluck food, I packed my own salad to eat, and planned into my nutrition tracker a nice portion of the vanilla ice cream and fresh blueberries I knew she was serving. Instead of lemonade or other available drink choices, I drank diet Coke. I normally stay completely away from artif... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:46:11 EST On the Power of Class Reunions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419721 Five years ago I weighed over 200 pounds. I found out there was going to be a 30th High School Class Reunion. That was what motivated me to really start losing weight! If I remember correctly, I was able to lose 25 or 30 pounds before the reunion, which helped a lot with my self-confidence level. It was a good motivator, and then after the reunion I kept working at it and got down as low as 145, or maybe 142. <BR> This weekend is my 35th Class Reunion, and believe it or not, that is what mot... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:50:59 EST Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416430 Had my first Zumba class last night, together with my daughter. Almost pulled a few muscles before class just trying to get into my over-the-head sports bra! Now THAT is a real workout! Got to get one that fastens instead, I'm too old for this! The class was labeled Zumba For Beginners, but everyone else except my daughter and me had been attending for a long time and looked like experts. My daughter had numerous dance classes as a child, so caught on to the steps much better than I. I looked... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:22:42 EST A Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413085 After so much physical activity all week, hard work out in the sun, I am thankful for Sunday. Sunday is our day of rest, when my husband and I allow ourselves to take things easy, even take a nap if we want. Church in the morning, kids come over for lunch and maybe Scrabble or a movie. Maybe take the dog on a walk. I don't know how people do it who don't give themselves a break once a week. And I'm especially happy this Sunday morning, because I'm down another pound! That's 11 so far, since I... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:30:37 EST On the weirdness of eating more to lose more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412018 A long time ago I got a computerized diet plan through some women's magazine, customized to menu items I preferred. It had plans for 1000 calories for "compensating" days, 1200 for normal days, and "splurge" days of 1500 calories. Maybe it was from this that I got the idea I had to eat very little in order to lose. However, I would invariably plateau and stop losing. This plan didn't take into account at all how much activity I might be doing to burn calories. It has been a whole new thing fo... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 01:30:45 EST Halfway to my first goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411419 Yay, down another pound today! I set my first goal for 20 pounds, and now I've lost 10 of that. Since May 27th. So I guess, in spite of the two plateaus and all my grousing about that, it still works out to about 2 pounds a week. So happy! Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:47:32 EST Gardening is so much better than raking gravel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410755 Thankfully we finished the driveway before noon on Wednesday, and then I had all this extra time that I didn't expect to have. I don't start my summer school job until next Monday. So I got busy working on gardening stuff, and spent hours at it yesterday, and so far 4 1/2 more hours today. It's hard work, and I have to be careful of my back, but I love it. I am so blessed to live on acreage, and have this beautiful view all around, and fresh air to breathe. I don't take it for granted. I want... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 15:28:30 EST Raking gravel is hard work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408610 We are doing two projects this summer: redoing the gravel on our long driveway, and building a porch roof. This week it's the driveway. So far today I have raked gravel for three hours. It is hot, dusty, hard work. I couldn't find out how many calories it burns, but I'm counting it like shoveling snow. So, I'm burning lots of calories today. And I'm SO GLAD this is not what I do for a living. I really HATE raking gravel!! Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:25:24 EST