FRANNIEDID's SparkPeople Blog FRANNIEDID's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Nutrition Goals N - Your nutrition is vital. Set a Nutritional goal for each week of January. <BR> Week 1 - cut back on sugar <BR> Week 2 - drink water <BR> Week 3 - work on portions <BR> Week 4 - more vegetables <BR> <BR> E - Evaluate these goals. Are they obtainable? Could these by lifetime goals? Did you plan your goals to include life events? Example: Weddings, birthdays, lunches with friends? <BR> <BR> I do believe these are attainable goals, I have done this before and feel that I can do it aga... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:26:10 EST My exercise goals I am putting this out here, I really need to work on my fitness so let me know what you think of my plans. <BR> <BR> N - Never give up! Develop a fitness plan. <BR> <BR> Continue working out at school and walking the dog. Add more walking on my own and riding my bike. <BR> <BR> E - Evaluate what has worked for you and what has not. Do you need to adjust your plan? <BR> <BR> Working out with others at work has been very beneficial, I have a workout buddy who pushes me to get it done. Wa... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 11:24:48 EST Day 6 I knew I would never get to this everyday but doing it now and again is a really nice reminder that life is good! We forget that we have so much to be grateful for when we get bogged down in daily life. <BR> <BR> I had a big reminder this morning and it was in a really silly way. I was flipping channels while watching the news and stopped on HGTV to watch Holmes Makes it Right. For those of you who don't know it is a show about a contractor who goes to peoples homes when another contracto... Tue, 9 May 2017 10:13:39 EST Day 5 1. sight <BR> 2. smell <BR> 3. hearing <BR> 4. touch <BR> 5. taste <BR> 6. eggs <BR> 7. potatoes <BR> 8. spring <BR> 9. Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners hand therapy! <BR> 10. my houseplants Sat, 6 May 2017 14:24:05 EST Day 5 Finally Okay, to be realistic I am probably not going to do this everyday, I am just a bit too scattered, but I am definitely going to do this for awhile. <BR> <BR> Today's list: <BR> <BR> 1. the internet - so much information at your fingertips <BR> 2. Crabtree and Evelyn hand care products <BR> 3. my co-workers <BR> 4. tacos <BR> 5. having fresh water whenever I want it <BR> 6. my own office (I had a desk in a classroom for years) <BR> 7. appliances - wow, we so take this for granted but I am so ... Tue, 2 May 2017 08:35:23 EST Day 4 Didn't get this in yesterday but here goes today: <BR> <BR> 1. Team mates - they are so supportive <BR> 2. a newly mown lawn <BR> 3. ice cream <BR> 4. the smell of coffee in the morning, I love that smell <BR> 5. my hubby taking the dog out6 <BR> 6. a clean kitchen (don't have one right now but I will soon) <BR> 7. nutella <BR> 8. sleeping late now and again <BR> 9. cookbooks <BR> 10. Blue Apron - gotta love having someone else decide what you are cooking for dinner! Sat, 29 Apr 2017 11:04:04 EST Day 3 I am using this blog to post each day about 10 things I am grateful for. <BR> <BR> 1. Lawn companies, my yard looks so very nice when they get through <BR> 2. stars, I love looking up at the stars at night <BR> 3. flowers <BR> 4. my garden <BR> 5. my neighbor behind me - he helps me with the vegetable garden every year <BR> 6. dogs and cats <BR> 7. take out food <BR> 8. quiet time <BR> 9. crossword puzzles <BR> 10. my bed at night Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:58:20 EST Day 2 Okay, here is my list of things I am grateful for today: <BR> <BR> 1. Music, I am so very grateful for music <BR> 2. coffee, I do love my coffee <BR> 3. chocolate, sometimes I feel like I need to bathe in a vat of chocolate! <BR> 4. sunny, warm days <BR> 5. cold, wet, nasty days to help me appreciate the sunny, warm ones more <BR> 6. reading, I don't know what I would do without a book <BR> 7. the fact that I had a hard time choosing what to wear this morning <BR> 8. hard boiled eggs, they m... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:49:45 EST Here Goes Recently I have been in a really bad mood, I am talking a real snit. I do know some of the root causes, I understand what is going on but right now I have little control over the issues causing it and need to move past the negativity (I hate buzz words but can't think of another). So with that in mind I am going to try to start to journal things that are good in my life. I have done this before and found it very effective. I had a very, very bad period several years ago, lots of bad thing... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:04:16 EST New Year's This was a challenge posted by the BLC I particpate in. I decided to blog about it! <BR> <BR> 1) What were 3 things you did exceptionally well in 2016? My job, I think I am pretty good at it. Working on changing bad habits, it is a work in progress but I think I am definitely making progress. Exercise, I am not where I want to be but I am improving. <BR> <BR> 2) What were 3 things that could have been done with more.... passion? Again Exercise, I need to work harder at it. Food, I have a... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:11:13 EST BLC Winter Challenge! A few years ago I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge Indigo team. It is a 10 week challenge 4 times a year with weekly InterTeam food and fitness challenges, team challenges and a lot of great camaraderie! There are 10 teams with 24 members and we need lots of new recruits. We start our next Winter challenge 12/10 and are looking for anyone interested in a fun challenge! Each week we post our current weight, our cardio and ST minutes and the points we have earned with that weeks InterTeam... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:57:34 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 3 Who are you closest to? Hard question to answer. 4 years ago I would have said my mom but she passed away. We were very close. I am close to my brothers too, and my husband but it is not at all the same as my mom. I have a very close friend who I don't get to see often but when we do see each other it is so nice to be able to chat and share with each other. We have a great deal in common so it is a very comfortable relationship. I don't get close to people easily, I talk to a lot of people but I would not say I... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:10:19 EST Day 2 (I knew I would forget) My Dream Profession My Dream Profession, I just don't really know. I like what I do, my dream profession would have to be challenging and my current job is very challenging. I would have to feel like I was contributing, I work for a public school and so I do feel I am contributing. I would want to be more creative and I don't have a lot of room for that, there is some but not enough. I would also love to have more time for teaching, I used to get to do a lot of that, both adults and children and I really enj... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:04:08 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 1 I saw this in another blog, someone else had taken up the challenge. I am not a consistent blogger so we will see how this goes, or more importantly if it goes. <BR> <BR> Day 1 Write 10 facts about yourself and they can't be I like cheese or red is my favorite color. <BR> <BR> Fact 1 - I am going to tell you about my favorite color even though it says not to. For a long time green was my favorite color, I didn't like red or pink or yellow and never wore those colors. As I got older thi... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:59:46 EST Biggest Loser challenge For anybody interested in participating in a Biggest Loser challenge, please go to my page and click the BL Summer Challenge ALL Teams team. You can join the all-teams page and put your name on the list for the Fall challenge! <BR> <BR> There are 10 teams, 24 team members each, and it's a 10 week challenge! <BR> Come join in the fun, meet some great people and work toward your goals!!! <BR> <BR> This is a fun challenge, lots of people involved and a good way to belong to a team effort. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:21:33 EST How do you treat yourself? I just read an article about the 10 Things Your Nutritionist Wishes You Would Stop Doing. It is a really good article so I am including the link for you! <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=2097&utm_source=spa<BR>rkpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign<BR>=best-of-sparkpeople </link> <BR> <BR> One thing that struck me was the section on self-talk. They asked if you would talk to your best friend like that and I thought never! Then why in the world do we ta... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:27:48 EST 9 years I have been using SparkPeople for 9 years now! April 19th is the day I found the site and joined 9 years ago. What an amazing journey this has been and how fortunate I was to find this site! I have lost and gained but I have learned much and made a few friends along the way. I have learned a lot and continue to learn more about being healthy and fit. It has truly changed my life in more ways than I can even begin to tell you. <BR> <BR> I lost over 70 lbs initially, I kept it off for 5... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:54:06 EST Growing Older I turned 60 yesterday, and today when cleaning out my Dropbox folder I found this. It seemed appropriate! <BR> <BR> As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. <BR> <BR> I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. <BR> <BR> Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance w... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:42:54 EST I Did It! I did all 10 days without added sugar or sweeteners! I was not sure I would be able to make it all 10 days but I did. I really feel a great sense of accomplishment. Going forward I do think I will go a while longer without sweets and treats, I just don't want to go back to where I was. I did put a little tiny bit of sugar in my coffee this morning, I think that was the one thing I missed the most. I don't like my coffee very sweet but I do like just a tiny bit of sugar, half a packet d... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 11:20:05 EST Sugar Detox I have been at this for 1 week now, this is day 8. So far so good, the worst day was day 5. I really wanted some sweetener in my coffee but I have stuck with it in the hopes that I can gain some control of my sugar cravings. Now on to carbs and fatty foods! I am slowly making progress, I had done so well the 1st 5 years on the site and then taking care of mom for 2 really derailed me. I am struggling to get back to where I was with my exercise and eating. Slowly but surely I am making ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:51:05 EST Break the Sugar Cycle I am on the Indigo team in the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge, and the food interteam challenge this week was go give up something unhealthy. I decided to give up any candy, chocolate etc. I ended up deciding that maybe I would just not eat any sweets and then saw a program on a 10 Day sugar detox. I read some articles on the internet and on Spark People and decided that would be a really good idea for me. I am eating way too much sugar and my last Dr visit showed an elevated glucose leve... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:53:36 EST 8 Years Today I joined Spark People 8 years ago today. I have lost and gained pounds, I will always work on the weight thing, but what has remained is my commitment to healthy habits and I credit Spark People with that. Because of this site I have continued to exercise, granted with ups and downs but exercise has become a regular thing for me. I eat better and feel better. I have learned that it is not about dieting but about learning to live the way I need to for the rest of my life. I am so glad I f... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 08:48:02 EST My Current Philosophy I have been thinking a lot about resolutions and purpose, etc. I guess it is because I am 59 (at least that is what I am told) and it really is time to examine and reflect. I love the idea of a word instead of a New Year's Resolution, I made one several years ago and have kept it. I resolved to never make another New Year's Resolution! But I do like the idea of choosing a word as guidance toward a goal or purpose, although I don't think you need to pick a particular time to do that, I jus... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:00:00 EST Spark People Motivator of the Day I did not even know that I had gotten this honor until I saw my Spark Page and saw the comments. Work has been hectic for a couple of weeks, school just started and there is just so much to do I end up staying until 5 or 6 and by the time I get home I really don't want to look at a computer (my job is technology support specialist, administrator of our student data system and state reporting). So I hadn't checked my email for several days, when I did and saw all the comments I was floored. ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:07:03 EST 7 years I have been on Spark People for 7 years as of Saturday! I joined Spark People April 19th 2007 and have been fairly consistent since, logging in 83 % of the time. I have lost weight and gained it back but the one thing I have done is really begin to incorporate healthier habits. Real change is slow, it takes a long time to really change those bad habits but I have learned that you just can't quit. As long as you keep working at it you will make the small changes that are needed! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:36:12 EST Happy Morning I have really embraced the philosophy that you should own your happiness (or lack thereof). It is not particularly easy, though it should be. We all tend to look to other people or things for our happiness or blame them for our lack of happiness, I know that I am very guilty of this and I just don't want to be there anymore. So I am on a campaign to be a more contended and happier person. I am reading blogs, articles and books looking for the ideas that might work for me. That is the key... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:25:46 EST Happy What does it take to be happy? Does it mean you have everything you want in life? What does it mean to you? <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about happy for awhile now, I know that it is something that I control, my happy or not happy is my problem, I can't lay it at the doorstep of other people. I know that I choose what it is that makes me happy and what doesn't, I also choose to be happy or not to be happy. I realize that we can't be happy all the time, things happen, we lose people w... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:50:40 EST More grateful Haven't done this for a couple of days, I have had a bad cold so here goes. <BR> <BR> 1. I am thankful this cold wasn't much worse, I am back at work today. <BR> 2. I am very thankful for the laughter my granddaughter brings to my house and my life. <BR> 3. I am thankful that it is not too cold today. <BR> 4. I am thankful for the many people who add interest to my life. <BR> 5. I am thankful for the drama my younger daughter brings to me. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:53:59 EST More gratitude In keeping with my goal of not complaining I am going to try to use this blog as a way to remind myself of what I am grateful for. <BR> <BR> I am so grateful for the day I had yesterday with my GD, we made a crisp together. It was so funny to watch her try to peel an apple (she is 2 1/2) but she could dump in the sugar and cinnamon and help me stir the fruit up. She dropped on the raspberries before we put on the topping. She cuddled up with me on the sofa, it was just such a nice day. ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:30:28 EST Thoughts I was thinking today about complaining. We all do it, even people who are content do complain now and again. I decided to set a goal for myself, my goals is to stop complaining so much and learn to be more content with my life. To look more frequently at the things I am grateful for, something I have done for many years but I need to go back to doing it daily. I am going to work at being a happier person, not that I think I can just be happy all the time but I do think that I can be happi... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:36:29 EST Words of Wisdom from Frannie Haven't posted any words of wisdom for a very long time but an encounter with my boss made me think I should post this. <BR> <BR> I work in technology, one day last week a couple of teachers told me they could not get the internet or their gradebook. I checked it out and it turns out the battery backup in the wiring closet died. I let my boss know, plugged the devices directly into the power and forgot about it. I knew that he would take care of it. Today he was in the building checking ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:10:44 EST Goodbye Mom My mom was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer almost 2 years ago. We were told it was not curable but it was treatable and her oncologist promised us several months with very good quality of life. She definitely got that, she was able to live with me and enjoy grandchildren and great granddaughter for much longer than even her Dr thought she would. We baked together, enjoyed 2 additional years of holidays and 2 birthdays. On Sept 27th Mom would have been 82, however she succumbed to he... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 07:37:00 EST Long time no post I haven't posted a blog in such a long time! Life has definitely been up and down. Just to update anyone who wants to know, my mom is doing okay. We found out in February that she had mets to her brain so she had to undergo 3 weeks of daily whole brain radiation therapy. It seems to have helped and now we are back to chemo. She is on her 4th line of chemo, we won't know if it is working for about a month when they will do another CT scan. <BR> <BR> I have been doing a huge amount of s... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:44:00 EST Box of Crayons I love this site and the email I got from the today was perfect for Sparkers! The main part of the post was 7 Ways to Make Next Year Better Now, I had to share this great email with all of you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What are the lessons of the year? <BR> This has been a year of "no podium finishes" for me. In 2011 I created End Malaria and the year before that Do More Great Work came out. But this year, there's no big thing to point to and go "Ta Da!" I miss that, so it's useful fo... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 08:41:18 EST What's been going on I thought I would share with everyone what has been going on in my life so they will understand why I have not been very active. Most of you know already, but my mom was diagnosed in August with Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer. While there is no hope of a cure they are treating her with chemo and it has improved her overall health tremendously. When she came to live with me at the end of August she could hardly walk and needed help getting up and down. After the 1st chemo treatmen... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:44:15 EST My 4th year on Spark People Today is my 4th Sparkiversary! I have been using this site for 4 years now as of today and it has made a difference. I have gained weight back, I am still struggling with food cravings and a terrible sweet tooth, but I have also made some substantial changes. I walk almost everyday now, I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and drink way more water. My eating habits are much better, I still have work to do, this is a life long effort for me I think but I feel really positive about the changes... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:33:44 EST Starting Fresh Okay, I totally reset all of my goals, I essentially reset my program. I need to lose the last 20 lbs and I felt a need to start fresh and get re-invigorated. Sometimes that is necessary, I felt like I was really getting complacent about what I was doing so I want to work harder. I am definitely healthier than I was 4 years ago, I do have much healthier habits but I am still battling some bad habits. My chocolate jones is as strong as ever! I have to admit that I don't intend to give it ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 09:45:49 EST I cannot thank you all enough! I want to thank you all for all the kind words and comments. Even in my sadness you always make me feel better. Thank you dear Spark Friends for all the support and encouragement. I am trying very hard to stay neutral and let them both know how much I love them! Again, thank you so very much, you have made a world of difference for me! Thu, 23 Dec 2010 15:14:07 EST Sad, Sad Christmas I am sadder than I have been for a long time. I love Christmas, I love family being together at Christmas, in fact that is what Christmas means to me. This year my daughters are not speaking to each other. One of them is not even going to be with us for Christmas; she is going to her boyfriend’s house and spending it with him. She says he is too uncomfortable at our house with the squabbling going on so he won’t come over. She is not planning on buying her older sister a gift which is go... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 10:21:43 EST New Year's Resolutions Do you make a New Year's resolution each year? How good are you at keeping it? I don't make them and haven't for several years. In fact, I joke that I made one and was so good at keeping it I don't need any more - Never to make a New Year's resolution again!! <BR> <BR> Why don't I make them? It got to where it felt very defeatist for me, I made them and then broke them. Not just that, but I decided that waiting for change I needed until the new year was probably just stalling. If I real... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 13:44:50 EST Carpe Diem Seize the day, make it matter! We need to think about how we approach our lives and each day. Do you look forward to the day, anticipate the challenges you will encounter, enjoy the pleasant little moments that occur? Or do you dread the coming day, grouse about whatever is facing you? All of this is up to you. Today is only one, it will not come again and cannot be redone. Don't waste it with regrets of yesterday and dread for tomorrow. Instead embrace the day that is and the opportun... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 09:14:52 EST Frannie's Words of Wisdom Your friends appear to be enjoying the events of the day, yet you seem to be challenged with a tricky dilemma. Your current situation probably has subtle complexities; while the signs are pointing toward a more progressive solution, it's hard for you to let go of the status quo. Keep in mind that you don't need to turn your life upside down today. You can move into the future with one small step after another. <BR> <BR> This was my horoscope today and while it could probably be the horoscope... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 14:43:34 EST Motivation Motivation, what is it and where do I get mine?!? <BR> <BR> I think that is a problem for many of us, we think this is a commodity that some people have and we don't. Not so, it is something that we can create for ourselves. I am going to create motivation for myself for the next Biggest Loser Challenge. Here are the 5 things I am going to try to do. <BR> <BR> 1. Continue tracking my fitness each day so I can see the minutes add up. <BR> 2. Work out ways to reward myself for ST each wee... Thu, 20 May 2010 15:43:11 EST blogging This seems to be the hardest thing to do, blogging. Writing something that might be interesting to other people. I can certainly write a lot about things that are happening to me, things I find interesting and things I think, but not too many people are going to be reading that. Or I could just make this a journal, write what I want without making it interesting. I kind of move between the two states. I try to make it interesting but that is not easy. The I try to just journal what is g... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 16:53:57 EST Frustration No not about my weight, we have come to terms with each other. It is this darn winter!! It has been lovely all week, the last couple of days in the 60s and enough sun that I actually got a little sun burn yesterday (I burn very easy!). This weekend I really wanted to get out in my vegetable garden, I was going to start planting peas! I love fresh peas and have never tried them before so I was ready. Not to be, it is supposed to be cold and snowy this weekend. Not great gardening weather... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 15:56:38 EST How to be a positive person I follow a lot of blogs, most are professional in nature but I have a few that are personal. Zen Habits is one of those personal blogs, I highly recommend it. I read this the other day and really liked this particular blog, then I saw it tweeted today and enjoyed it even more. I wanted to share it with you here today. <BR> <BR> Zen Habits <BR> Simple Productivity <BR> <BR> How to Be a Positive Person, in Under 300 Words <BR> <BR> ‘Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fo... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:55:07 EST Thank you my dear Spark Friends I have to thank you all publicly, you have helped so much. Just knowing that so many people care and reach out is so helpful when you are feeling a loss. Our schools were devastated, he not only worked for the schools, he attended them. But we have held each other up. He touched so many lives, and was loved so universally, it is a profound loss. Thank you all so much for helping me through this terrible time. I still am having trouble taking it in but you have all made it a little bit ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 05:31:17 EST I lost a very dear friend I lost a very dear friend and co-worker today. He was only 35 years old and was ready to be engaged to a girl he adored. He was one of the kindest, most generous people I know and I just loved him. I am so sad today and I don't know how I will be able to do my job anymore without him. He made me laugh, he was so patient and he taught me more than he knew. I found out last night and I thought I had made a mistake, I kept hoping I had. I have always heard people say they were numb, I trul... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:16:15 EST I can do a pushup! 4 weeks ago I started using the website to reach a point where I could do a real pushup. When I started I could not really do a modified pushup well, but I have been working at it now for 4 weeks, following the program. I am repeating each week twice because I really was not strong enough to work right through. Now I am still not doing a real pushup but I can do a modified pushup with good form. In fact I can do at least 10 of them now! It is a little thing, I do know that... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:54:47 EST 5 Things that Motivate Me to Make Healthy Choices There are a lot of things now that motivate me to make healthy choices, it does get easier! <BR> <BR> 1. My success so far, I would hate to have to do this again! The more I make healthy choices the less chance of that happening. <BR> <BR> 2. The other members of Spark People. I have received so much encouragement from my team mates and just random people on the site who happen on my page or a blog, it keeps me motivated. I am at a point now where I don't want to disappoint others, I w... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:02:58 EST