FLORIDAFLUTIST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDAFLUTIST FLORIDAFLUTIST'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/ Last Moments with my Mother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830566 My mother passed away Thursday night, Dec 4. I was away (out-of-town) all day at a rehearsal/concert and was afraid I would get back too late. I believe she waited for me. When I entered her room at 10:15 pm, she had labored, gurgly breathing. I began to lovingly speak to her, caress and kiss her, and finally sing to her. Her breathing quieted and she seemed to react to some of the things I said and did. After 20 minutes she slipped away. It meant so much for me to be with her when she left, ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 23:25:38 EST Tools for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819745 The road to good health is a rough and bumpy one to travel. But, it is one well worth the trip! There are a few key resources that help me in my journey. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition Tracking <BR> I don't think it really matters which tracker you use, as long as you are tracking. It could be the SP tracker, a handwritten notebook, or even a spreadsheet. In my case, I use the LoseIt! app on my iPhone. It can be surprising sometimes to see how fast calories add up. On some occasions, the opposite ma... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:29:15 EST Front Lawn (before & after pix) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765895 This is what happens in a two month period, after fertilizing and seeding, and LOTS of Florida rain. Now I just need to mow again! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1107248048.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309543893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1456802335.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l997762357.jpg"> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:35:23 EST My Baby is Married! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738974 FRIDAY we had a busy and fun-filled day; a girls lunch, with the mothers, bridesmaids and bride. She and her mother treated us all, followed by mani/pedi combos of our choice. I got a purple pedi to match my dress (I did my own purple mani). Later in the afternoon, we had the wedding rehearsal, and Antony & Amy wore hats appropriate to the occasion. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970202294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The rehearsal dinner was at a steakhouse in Orlando, and I sa... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:55:30 EST Lovely Bridal Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723666 Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my future daughter-in-law's bridal tea, hosted by a couple of her aunts. Everyone thought it would be fun to wear hats and it definitely added to the festivities! <BR> <BR> I ordered this hat online from Amazon. It is called "Sweet Tea Organza Derby Hat with Shimmering Bow" (Burgundy). I received many compliments, even from a couple of people not in our party. I don't usually wear hats, and I decided I would get a big, fun, showy one for this event! ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:33:59 EST GoodWill is one of my Best Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542865 I get such a thrill these days when I go shopping for clothes. I will see a beautiful shirt that I would have loved wearing when I was heavier (thinking it will fit now), but when I try it on, it is much too big. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I continue searching and find a smaller one, which I know will be much too tight, and it fits perfectly! Same thing with jeans. I look at them and say, there is NO WAY I can fit into this, but then I do! It really helps keep me motivated. <em>521</em> ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:12:40 EST BLC22 Results (Before/After Pix) with Golden Phoenix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471904 This was my first round in Golden Phoenix serving as a Co-Captain with our awesome Captain Jane! It ran from June 5th to August 28th, during which time I lost 8.9 pounds and 6 inches. Additionally, my BMI dropped from 30.8 (obese) to 29 (overweight). My body fat percentage dropped from 42% to 39.8%, and I went from size 12 pants to size 10. <BR> <BR> Here are my before and after photos. The differences are subtle, but they are there! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 18:30:43 EST Review of BLC 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467425 BLC 21 was my first round and it was awesome. I lost consistently, EVERY week. I worked very hard and the weight just seemed to fall right off. I even surpassed my weight loss goal, twice! In BLC 22, not so much. It's been more difficult, and my weigh-ins have had their ups and downs. However, I have learned something very valuable. Whether there is smooth sailing or choppy waters, the main thing is to stay on course. It may take longer when things are rougher, but as long as I stay focused, ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 00:58:04 EST My SMART Goals for BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385022 I have been looking forward to the BLC22, and I'm so glad I did a Spring Break Challenge with my Golden Phoenix team while I was waiting. Doing so enabled me to not only maintain my 14.9 lb loss from BLC21, but I also lost an additional 3.9 pounds. Based on the results I obtained during BLC21, my goals for this round are: <BR> <em>192</em> 1. I will move down from the obese to overweight BMI category by the end of the round, August 28th. <BR> <em>9</em> 2. I will move down one pants si... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:41:44 EST My Limerick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376007 I must thank Colette for this AWESOME limerick she wrote about me for part of our weekend challenge. I LOVE it!!! <BR> <em>26</em> <em>304</em> <em>26</em> <em>304</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Nicole's the gal who plays the flute, <BR> And in a real orchestra, to boot. <BR> Sparkpedaling away, <BR> Nearly every day, <BR> Shrinking her body, and looking real cute. <BR> <em>335</em> <em>332</em> <em>252</em> <em>362</em> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:24:57 EST BLC21 Results (Before/After Pix) with Golden Phoenix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347926 I love my Golden Phoenix team! BLC21 was my first challenge with them, as I'd been inactive with SP for about a year prior. I loved the challenges, support, and camaraderie; combined they were very motivational and inspirational. One of the coolest things I got out of this challenge was my new fitness setup of SparkPedaling! (My previous blog talks all about that and has a photo.) <BR> <BR> This was a 3 month challenge, during which time I lost 14.9 pounds and 15 inches. <BR> I have some be... Mon, 6 May 2013 21:46:34 EST A SparkPedaling I will Go! (My new Biking/Sparking set-up) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287085 This "bike desk" is what I finally finished putting in place this morning! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426698960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I already had the recumbent bike (an actual bike on a stationery stand); my father gave it to me when my mother went into assisted living (it was hers). I was inspired by my BLC team captain to find a way to Spark and pedal at the same time. So, last night I got a laptop cart from Walmart, my husband put it together, and it just didn't... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:38:50 EST Hot Fudge Sundae vs. Oatmeal & Yogurt! And the winner is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285135 <em>468</em> <em>38</em> <em>481</em> <BR> A couple of nights ago we went to Denny's so my husband and son could get a dessert. All the way over I kept going back and forth in my mind thinking, hot fudge sundae or oatmeal with yogurt, hot fudge sundae or oatmeal with yogurt...? Part of me said, this is a lifestyle change, so I should enjoy a treat once in a while. The other part said, if you eat the hot fudge sundae, you'll be 200 calories over limit, if you go with the oatmeal and yo... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:06:53 EST My SMART Goals for BLC21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283175 I have been so pleased with the results I've been having during this round of BLC! I have steadily lost weight each week and I have this team, especially the lovely ladies of Golden Phoenix, to thank! Sadly, there are only four weeks left, but I intend to make the most of them. Based on how the first 8 weeks have progressed, my goals are: <BR> <em>192</em> 1. Lose between 4-6 more pounds by April 10th (the final weigh in). <BR> <em>9</em> 2. The tight jeans in my before photo will fit ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:19:31 EST I'm back on course! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230220 My last blog entry was in November 2011. That goes to show you how long its been since I was active on SP. I came back in January and I am so glad I did. Getting my FitBit in December helped motivate me back into an active lifestyle, and SP is now helping me with the rest! <BR> <BR> I have had a hard time focusing on myself over the last year or so, as my mother has dementia and has been progressing to the final stage. As a result, I became less active, didn't eat very well, and put on some... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:18:22 EST My Sweet, Nutty Husband! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577154 My husband knows how much I've been enjoying eating shelled peanuts recently, and also pistachios. I like them because they are both healthy, and take time to eat, due to the need for shell-cracking. He was so sweet and picked this up for me a couple of nights ago: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424565373.jpg"> <BR> What a guy! What a treat! And, it was fun to break out my nutcrackers. <BR> <em>129</em> <em>4</em> Wed, 9 Nov 2011 22:18:23 EST October Overview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562162 October was pretty good for me. Orchestra season started back up, so that means more playing and more income. Had some fun performing "Random Acts of Music" on behalf of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra (our season is entitled, "Expect the Unexpected"). I played with a violinist at the local Air Force base and at Harris Corporation, and with a violinist & cellist at a nearby hospital's fitness center. The response was great, and it was a pretty cool experience. <BR> <BR> Got to spend a fun d... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:48:44 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502947 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496576718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my list of recent small victories. It makes me smile, both on the inside and out. <BR> <BR> 1. Finally have “lifestyle change” mentality, rather than “diet” mentality. <BR> 2. Recovering from lifelong eating disorder, with assistance. <BR> 3. At halfway point to goal; 33 of 66 pounds lost. <BR> 4. Actually believe I will achieve my goal, rather than just hoping. <BR> 5. Dropped a second pants size a coupl... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 11:50:42 EST A Day in the Life of Me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459548 Today was a pretty good day. I took my son to school, then stopped at the gym to do my SP 5K Walk/Jog training. I got to relax for a little while after that, then picked up my son from school (he gets out early), my mom from her house, and we had a nice lunch at Ruby Tuesday. When we finished, I took my son back home, and my mom and I went to the mall. We got some frozen yogurt, coffee, and briefly visited a family friend who works at Macy's. My mom also brought up that she loves the mus... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:34:33 EST Slowly, but surely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4407971 I am very happy to be on track again. I've lost 13 pounds since the end of May, averaging about one pound per week. Since last summer, I've lost 27 pounds, though it was a bumpy road. It feels great to be shrinking! I still have a long way to go, but I feel this is a great beginning. I am hoping to be at a normal BMI by the end of the year, or at least very close! <BR> <BR> I've been going through a couple of struggles, one that will be resolved, and one that is not going to end well. ... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 23:34:49 EST Training for Phlebotomy and Disney Princess (Half Marathon, that is) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3886814 I haven't written a blog in a while, and I'd like to thank Nancy for her gentle nudge to do so! <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> I have not progressed much over the last few months, but I'm hoping and expecting that to change. In October, I began my phlebotomy training and the exercise program I had started pretty much flew out the window. I continued to do pretty well eating-wise, especially considering the stress of the course work, and was able to maintain my weight, but didn't lose much. Unf... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 23:48:09 EST Our new puppy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3058401 Due to unexpected circumstances, we got this sweet little girl today! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l3467123.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393725873.jpg"> <BR> She is a 6 month old Maltipoo. We were on our way to the pound, thinking about getting another kitty. Knowing we had also been talking about getting a poodle, my husband's brother called to tell us about a Maltipoo puppy that an elderly couple was going to have to find a new home fo... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:11:17 EST It's all over now, RIP Rocky. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3042639 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638476826.jpg"> <BR> After months of agonizing over the inevitable passing of two of my three cats, yesterday morning Rocky joined Nestle and Charli in kitty heaven (Charli was our beautiful cat for whom we got Rocky to join as a companion). It has been a pretty rough time, filled with sadness and uncertainty. It was so difficult to see Rocky go, as he's been such a key part of my life for so long. Seventeen wonderful years of mutual love... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:02:43 EST Acceptance Stage and Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2886591 I want to thank everyone who offered such kind support to me over the last month or so, in regard to the declining health of my sweet Nestle, who died one week ago today. I really appreciated each and everyone's comments, whether it was in response to a blog, a kind word on my SparkPage, a post on a SP thread or FB, or a in SparkMail. I am very lucky to have you all behind me. <BR> <BR> This has been very difficult; it's not the first time I've lost a beloved pet, nor will it be the last... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 22:40:59 EST RIP Nestle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2858518 My heart is broken tonight because Nestle lost his battle with cancer today. The necrosis in his nose became overwhelming, as you can see in the photo, and we had to take him to the vet to be put to sleep. I took this photo minutes before he died, in the vet's office. Even though his nose looks so horrible, I love this photo because of the way the light in the background looks as though he is about to be welcomed into kitty heaven. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/6/b16... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 21:20:28 EST Waiting for the Inevitable is Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2830406 I would like to add that, as far as my healthy lifestyle goes, I've really had a mixture of good days and bad days. I've been trying very hard not to let my emotions get the better of me, but I don't always succeed. But, I will keep trying and will never give up. Tue, 2 Feb 2010 11:31:01 EST Kick in the Stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2794167 I am feeling so very low right now. As many of you know, my 7 year-old cat, Nestle, has cancer and probably doesn't have much longer with us. Well, I just took my 17 year-old cat, Rocky, to the vet for his annual exam and found out he is wasting away. So, it looks as though I may lose two beloved pets this year. The wind has been let out of my sails for sure. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/1/b412524700.jpg"> <BR> Rocky is on the left, curled up with Nestle. I took th... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:10:25 EST Unwanted Roller Coaster Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2702830 Monday I had a great birthday. I started the day with some sweet cuddling on the couch with my cats. Boy, the cute snuggle time can make it so difficult to get up! I had a very nice lunch with 2 friends from the Brevard Symphony. The three of us make up ¾ of the front row of the woodwind section. It was a restaurant I'd never been to before, and it was delicious. When we finished our visit, I went to the Central Brevard Blood Center and donated blood. Then, I went home and relaxed for ... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 09:31:06 EST Day 1 of "Spark Your Body" Bootcamp Jolted Me Back into Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2689313 I finally stepped back on the scale today to find my starting weight for the bootcamp. I have gained back all but 5 of the 35 pounds I lost in 2008. Ugh! What a rude awakening. I also took my measurements and those were pretty crushing numbers to see, as well. All these elevated figures were a big wake up call. I am determined to turn things back around in 2010. I am doing this bootcamp and I started tracking my food again today. It is also so fantastic, and such a helpful motivator, ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 23:42:53 EST Nestle's Puffy Nose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2672527 This is Nestle at his vet appointment on Sept. 24 of this year. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/4/b146023121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was taken at yesterday's appointment. Such a dramatic change in 3 months time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/0/b803825041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I mentioned in an earlier blog, we took Nestle to another vet for a second opinion. She didn't really come up with anything new, but we let her care for him for a couple of months. ... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:42:22 EST My New Laptop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2653316 This is so much easier than trying to use the video function of my regular camera. Happy Holidays everyone! Thu, 24 Dec 2009 01:13:43 EST My Cat Nestle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2574294 Today Greg and I are taking our 7 year-old cat Nestle to "The Cat Doctor" for a second opinion. He has been having respiratory troubles since we adopted him, as a kitten, from the local Humane Society. Up until now, the symptoms have been pretty minor, but his condition has significantly worsened over the last few months. In addition, he is changing physically, which is also disturbing. Here is a photo of him (bottom right) as he's always looked. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:17:00 EST Trying my hand . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2545483 Last Tuesday, on my status update, I said I was going to "try my hand" at racquetball again. What an interesting choice of words that turned out to be! To make a long story short, my friend and I were having a great time until she accidentally smacked my hand with her racket. It was so hard that she thought her racket had just hit my racket. It looked pretty bad at the time (bruised, swollen, and painful), and I immediately put cold on it for about 15 minutes. The next day you could bare... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 22:03:54 EST Double Love Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2482713 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/4/b843510942.jpg"> <BR> Today was my sweet cat Rocky's 17th birthday! He is the oldest kitty I've ever had and I love him so much! <BR> <BR> Today also marks the 9th anniversary of when my husband and I first started dating, I love him so much too! Thu, 15 Oct 2009 23:40:24 EST My Deceitful Bathroom Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2387071 (After reading some concerned comments, I think I need to make a preface that this blog, although completely true, was meant to be whimsical in nature! <BR> Thank you for all the support!) <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/5/b852361039.jpg"> <BR> Today I increased my weight on SP to reflect what my Wii Fit tells me. Until now, I've been using the numbers from my bathroom scale, but there are two problems with that. The first is that if I step on it sev... Wed, 9 Sep 2009 21:43:09 EST Great Day Yesterday - Brevard Buddies & Kelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2222688 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/8/b485768668.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday's Brevard Buddies get-together was a lot of fun! Kerri-Ann, her husband, Val, her daughter, and I met at Applebee's and had a great lunch with interesting conversation. Kerri-Ann made a dessert because we originally were going to meet in the park for potluck. I'm so glad she made and brought it because it was so delicious and such a hit with the Applebee's staff! It was a strawberry trifle (which I will defini... Sun, 12 Jul 2009 15:08:30 EST "Show Your Spark" Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2193013 I participated in the "Show Your Spark" weekend, beginning with my last blog, which was my first video blog. I talked a little about my Spark program, played a little flute, and detailed the SparkPeople/Brevard Buddies t-shirt I was wearing. That was Friday evening. <BR> <BR> Saturday, my family and I went to Disney Quest for the afternoon and the Florida Mall Food Court for dinner. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/3/b732167569.jpg"> <BR> I had on my t-shirt and was hoping to... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:45:06 EST My First Video Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2183915 I forgot to say how proud I am of my Brevard Buddies for being so active and supportive that we are now an Official SparkTeam! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 26 Jun 2009 22:35:01 EST That Switch in my Brain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2129256 ..seems to finally have turned back on! I am feeling so happy about that! For several months the wires have been mixed up a bit! I had been alternating good days with bad, and was able to maintain my weight that way (I was not at goal, yet). But, more recently, the bad days outnumbered the good, and I gained back about 15 pounds of the 35 I'd lost. I just couldn't get back in my original mindset, hard as I tried, despite how crushed I was about the weight gain, and the fear of putting th... Sat, 6 Jun 2009 22:25:10 EST Some nice news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108167 There are three things that I am very happy about and the last one is something that might excite people in my local SparkTeam, Brevard Buddies. <BR> <BR> 1. I have been doing so much better these past several days, both in fitness and in nutrition, than I have in a while. I'm feeling really good about how things have been going, and have even set some new goals for myself. <BR> <BR> 2. Had a wonderful time at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon today. It was for my father's annual company picnic. ... Sat, 30 May 2009 22:57:15 EST My Achy Breaky Tooth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1816049 I started experiencing minor tooth pain on Monday evening, shortly after dinner. I didn't think much of it, just thought there was food lodged between my teeth. I flossed as soon as possible, and it seemed better. Tuesday night I ate something cold and my tooth throbbed for about an hour afterward. (It was my left back molar, which had both a crack and a cavity filled last August.) I saw my dentist Wednesday afternoon, and was referred to an endotontist. I scheduled a root canal for Mond... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 19:51:57 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1726673 I feel like I've been stagnating the last few months, and it's completely my own doing. On the one hand, I am very grateful not to have gained weight over the holidays. I do attribute that to SP, as I feel I may have strayed off the path completely if I didn't have this support system and the accompanying accountability factor. But, at the same time, I haven't lost any weight. I know it is because my eating has been far from perfect recently, and it's been hard to stay on track for more ... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 23:43:58 EST Birthday and Bootcamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1656179 Today was both my birthday and the first day of the New YOU Bootcamp. I had a fabulous birthday at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and many wonderful birthday wishes from my SparkPeople and Facebook friends. <BR> <BR> Here are my weight and measurements, as a starting point for the bootcamp: <BR> <BR> Weight: 150 <BR> Upper Arm: 13 L / 13 R <BR> Bust: 40 <BR> Waist: 33 <BR> Hips: 41.25 <BR> Thigh: 25 L / 25.5 R <BR> Calf: 14.5 L / 14.5 R <BR> Neck: 13.25 <BR> <BR> I'm doing the Inaugur... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 23:53:25 EST I met Kelly, last season's Biggest Loser Finalist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1613425 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/5/b354972547.jpg"> <BR> Today, I was scheduled to play in a flute quartet at an Alzheimer's center from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. I really needed to go to the gym, especially since it had been a few days since I was there. I was trying to decide if I should work out before or after the performance, but the decision was made for me when one of our players had to cancel, due to a sick child. We spent the morning finding a replacement, and so I went to Pl... Tue, 16 Dec 2008 20:01:02 EST Suntree Turkeytrot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1589455 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/5/b753917898.jpg"> <BR> This is the second year I've participated in the Suntree Turkeytrot on Thanksgiving, with my younger son. What a difference 36 pounds DONE makes! It's like I am no longer carrying around 4.5 gallon jugs of water. Last year, my finishing time was 51:29 (16:35 minute mile) and this year it was 41:26 (13:21 minute mile). That's 10 minutes faster! Since September 2006, I've done several 5Ks, one 10K, and 2 half marathons, ... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 22:53:54 EST Such an inspirational success story! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1577298 If you're in need of inspiration and motivation, here is an article to read! <link>www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/diet.fitness<BR>/11/21/weightloss.karen.daniel/index.html </link> <BR> It really goes to show what persistence and dedication can accomplish. We are all capable of succeeding! <BR> This is Karen's personal web page that goes more in depth about her journey. <BR> <link>www.ihavebones.com/ </link> <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:05:56 EST 35 Pounds Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1572987 Well, it's taken 7 weeks to lose my last 5 pounds, but what a great reward, now that the day is finally here! As of this morning, I have lost just over 35 pounds which means I've crossed the halfway point to my ultimate goal weight. It also takes me out of 150-ville and into the land of 140s. It's been a long time since I've seen that number. Look out 130s, it won't be long till I see you again, too! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 23:00:14 EST What a Great Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1519233 I did the 5K Walk for Breast Cancer this morning. In, and of itself, it was a wonderful and worthwhile event. But, it was even more special because I did it with 4 of my Brevard Buddies SparkTeam members. It was also a fun and interesting thing to try to identify each other, since this was our first meeting in person! Even though we have seen photos of ourselves on this site, it wasn't easy to recognize each other. Good thing we had a meeting spot and phone numbers! It was so nice to wa... Sat, 18 Oct 2008 16:36:18 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1517000 So, I've had a rough week. I'm not sure why it happened; I've been doing really great since the beginning of April. But, over the last several days, I've felt some old compulsive urges. I had about 4 days over my calorie range (not all consecutive), and a couple of those days had significant overages. Fortunately, I didn't let up on my exercise, and I think the storm has passed. I had a good day yesterday, and I'm feeling back in control. That, in itself, is such a notable change from h... Fri, 17 Oct 2008 07:43:10 EST 30 Pounds Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1479108 At last! I am very happy to have reached the 30 pounds lost mark today! For a few weeks now, I've just been hovering in the 28/29 pound range. I've waited patiently, kept working, but added some variety to my exercise and changed my breakfast a little. So, the little turtle on my ticker got to take another little step forward. Yay! Keep on sparking little guy! <BR> <em>134</em> <em>87</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2008 15:57:24 EST