GECKO140's SparkPeople Blog GECKO140's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Let's See How I Did Going in for blood work today. I'm looking forward to seeing some drops in sugar, liver numbers. I go to the doctor on Thursday, so I can't wait to see her face when she sees I really did start to tackle this. I really have enjoyed this 3 + months of working toward better health. Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:33:44 EST Hanging in I'm proud that I keep walking and trying. I've had some stumbling blocks that I gave in to, but at least got back on. I have to keep doing this for life. My walking is going well and I do feel better and more able to walk and do things. <BR> <BR> This is not fast, and I suppose I could speed it up. I guess I just don't want to suffer. So slow and steady, keeping course. <BR> <BR> I was a little surprised at Easter brunch when after it was over I realized that I did not eat one salad o... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:48:46 EST Going in the right direction After being sick for about 2 weeks and not being able to exercise as much as I would like, I am still proud that I did get some walking in and didn't just say screw it and eat. I've lost weight and am close to 30 lbs now. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow I'll get back on track better, but I'm so glad that I didn't make up excuses. That is progress. I am trying to remember this is my life and life style, not a diet. <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 08:14:15 EST 2/25/16 - Something I don't have to worry about Just read an article about hidden calories in drinks. So glad that I'm only a coffee drinker (w/sweetner and 1% milk) and not addicted to numerous calorie laden things. While probably not the healthiest way to go, it has been my life and no one is going to take my coffee away. Thu, 25 Feb 2016 05:22:06 EST Feeling Good Got out for a walk today, was going to go 1 1/2 mile, but decided I could push through and do a little extra. Came into apt. and had 1:58 and said that's not going to do and went back out and got a few more 10ths. <BR> <BR> I need to eat better, at proper times. <BR> <BR> Walking is getting harder on hips, feet instead of better? I don't want to spend lots of time on treadmill, it seems to mess up my knee a little. <BR> <BR> But, overall things are going well. This is just life now, not... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:45:29 EST Early Walk Up at 7:30 and met with friends to walk. Beautiful morning out. Getting a walk in sort of gets the day off to a good start. I'm going to try to walk 3 miles on Friday and hope I can make it. I will just take it slow. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 02:01:54 EST Again and again Sure wish I could lose weight once, go back to my old ways and keep it off. Dreaming. Was pre diabetic for a time and now I've shot up to it being real, but I'm not going to accept it. I am "dead" serious about diet and exercise, will get this weight off and live a healthy life style FROM NOW ON. <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:22:32 EST 5 Day 5 back and doing good. Off to do my 5th in a row gym night. Swimming. My knees won't take walking every night. Getting there............. Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:00:08 EST Back to Reality I'm back on the Spark trail now. Had to take a bit of a rest after vacation before I settled into the Spark routine. I'm ready though and willing. I've got to track my food and get my exercise so here I go. Met my Spark friend, Sylvia, while in Spokane on our last day of vacation. So fun to meet Sparkies in person. We had a nice lunch together and then she took me on a nice walk in her local park. Had the Spokane River running right next to our walking trail. Fun. So I'll be on weekl... Mon, 28 Jul 2008 19:28:38 EST Back from Vacation - yikes Well, back from Canada. I think that God started the world in the Canadian Rockies and then got a bit tired. I've never seen anything like the beauty of those mountains. We took over 300 pictures (thank goodness for digital!!!). Ate, drank and was merry, and now back to pay the price. It was my best vacation in my life and something I'll never forget. Now back to reality and a concerted effort to get to goal. I'm going 100% on Monday (need a few days to ease in) and then this will be d... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 22:25:09 EST Fourth of July - Freedom A Fourth of July Prayer <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>---------------------------------------- <BR> We lift up our hearts, O God, on this day of celebration <BR> in gratitude for the gift of being Americans. <BR> <BR> We rejoice with all those who share <BR> in the great dream of freedom and dignity for all. <BR> <BR> With flags and feasting, with family and friends, <BR> we salute those who have sacrificed that we might have the opportunit... Sat, 28 Jun 2008 15:15:27 EST Rainy Monday Busy day at work. Got my 10,000+ steps before I got home. I thought I had a "desk job". Went to the mtns. yesterday and sat and listened to the creek while John did some gold panning. So good for the soul to get to the mountains. Doing OK. Spark Walk Saturday then to the Farmer's Market I think. Life just moving along fine. Mon, 9 Jun 2008 22:19:31 EST Wednesday I'm going to blog once a week from now on. I've been a little off the path and getting back on. Nothing drastic. I think I got a little burned out. Been doing my 10,000 steps a day this week. Had a nice weekend hike. I think I get to doing too much team, tracking, etc. stuff. I will still be checking on my friends, get back to tracking food. I've just got to slow down some on this. So I'm going to check on folks right now. Adios. Wed, 4 Jun 2008 20:35:20 EST Graduation My "baby" 6'1" graduated last night. I was surprised when the music started and the kids came out -- over 600 of them -- and I cried. I just didn't expect it to be that emotional, but I guess it is a big milestone. A big sigh of relief and that part is done. I'm sure there will be lots more to come until he's an independent human "bean." He's a good guy though so we're very proud of him. <BR> <BR> We're going out for graduation dinner tonight. I'm just focusing on June coming and my go... Thu, 29 May 2008 19:44:33 EST Beastly Weekend Little miss perfecto just totally fell off her horse this weekend. I just ate and ate what I wanted. In a way I can see that I'm a bit improved from my former self in that I did go to the grocery store last night with the full intent to get just what I wanted -- and instead of grabbing just any food, or horrid food, I actually went up and down the frozen aisles several times. Some pig out items were just not possible, I'd think about the calories or fat. I actually ended up pigging out on... Mon, 26 May 2008 23:01:51 EST Saturday Good morning. It is not raining, but should soon. I'm doing this short since my blogs don't seem to be saving and I'll test this. All is fine. <BR> <BR> Good, that did save. Had a nice dinner with Cathy last night. I had a crab tostado for the first time and it was light, tasty and very good. <BR> <BR> Plan for 3 day weekend is to clean house and I've got lots to do. Probably good that the weather is not so nice and won't be. Did buy some plants yesterday and two tomato plants. They... Sat, 24 May 2008 12:08:51 EST Home Sweet Home Got home tonight late. Had to sit in plane leaving NC while it rained and there was a big thunder storm. One topic at conference was obesity -- and after her talk, I told the lady all about and asked her to please be sure and look it up since it would be a great resource of people. Learned a lot about Von Willebrands disease which is under diagnosed in women -- and usually diagnosed after 16 years. Walked 5 miles on Saturday which was our biggest sitting/eating conference ... Mon, 19 May 2008 02:31:33 EST Blog from NC My hotel had a computer that I could use, so where did I head first, Spark People, of course. I had a rough eating day but I did track my food, so at least that is positive. See if I can do a little better tomorrow. I'm headed for bed. I was up at 4:00 a.m. this morning and It is 11:00 p.m. Boise time. I'm tired. I want to get up really early and put my pedometer on. I'm going to walk the entire Raleigh downtown, so I will probably get over 13,000 steps. Guess we'll see. I bought a ... Wed, 14 May 2008 21:10:24 EST Dear, dear friends How nice to "goof up" and have your friends say, hey, it is OK and we KNOW that you'll be OK, not much damage done. You guys are the best. I'm headed to NC in the morning. My plane leaves at 6:40 a.m. which is when I was thinking I had to be to the airport and just read the plane boards at 6:10!!!! Yikes, I've got to get up early. Got my 10,000 in. Looking forward to my trip, some learning about von Willbrandt's disease at conference, and seeing my dear friend, Mary, a 12 year cyber fri... Tue, 13 May 2008 22:47:41 EST Mother's Day at Jack in the Box I was a lazy pig Mother's Day, ate 2 meals from JIB, bad girl. I didn't have the heart to get on the scale and might not for a week. Today my friend took me for BD lunch, had 1/2 Philly and some onion rings, now all that is over!!!!! Back on track and yogurt for dinner. I'm not over today, just not healthy, but if you can't eat onion rings once every 6 months..........well. Did somehow manage to walk 11,863 today. Actually woke up at 4:00 a.m. and stayed up and got to work at 6:30 (very... Mon, 12 May 2008 19:58:19 EST Komen Walk 5K- Boise, ID Up at the crack of dawn (what I call the crack anyway -- very early for a Saturday -- 6:00 a.m. 3 cups of coffee, shower, got son up and off we zoomed (he drove on the freeway w/me for the first time - gripped the door handle only a few times). I did want him to drive though because no traffic. He did pretty good. Got to work and met up with our team. I think we had about 18 people, took a picture and went to start of walk. It was neat because they had pink balloon arches at start and f... Sat, 10 May 2008 15:06:59 EST Blogs I had tried posting my blog Wed & Thurs., but they didn't save. I read about it and just made it work now. Who knows what great things I had to say days ago -- lost forever I guess. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow (Sat.) up at 6:00 and down to work for group picture for Komen Race for the Cure. Then to venue. My son and I will walk 3.1 miles then go out for breakfast. Good bonding day pre-mother's day. My birthday is Sunday (Mother's Day) so this is a great thing to do on my last day to be 57!!!! <... Fri, 9 May 2008 19:48:46 EST test test Fri, 9 May 2008 19:46:11 EST Just Plain Old Tuesday Just a day. Ate fine (after yesterday I was probably still full). Need to go for my neighborhood walk as I'm at 8,588 steps and need my 10,000/day. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking May is going to be so challenging, lots going on and I don't seem to be in my usual tough mindset. I sort of want to let May happen. But I'll think about this on my walk right now. Tue, 6 May 2008 20:08:15 EST Cinco de Mayo Let's just say I celebrated Cinco de Mayo in grand style (minus a margarita). I did get my steps in 10,822 + later tonight. Beautiful weather here. Sore muscles from yard work yesterday. Sure don't use all muscles walking, that's for sure. Mon, 5 May 2008 20:55:32 EST Gardening Sunday Outside for about 3 1/2 hours -- now I wonder if I will be able to walk tomorrow. I did hard manual labor, this wasn't planting daisys, but physical work. I've only walked 2,407 so far today which is way low, but I know I did some upper body working out. Making progress. I planned this front of house project and estimated like 2 days for this. I am too funny when it comes to estimating. I've worked 2 days on it - tiny help from 18 yr. old and some help from dh. We have not passed step ... Sun, 4 May 2008 20:09:58 EST Weird Saturday One of those days that -- if it could go wrong, it did. I tell you I haven't had one of these weird days in so long -- guess I was due. Supposed to be up at 6:00 to let 3 staff in to work at 7:00 a.m. Husband asks me at 7:15, if I should be up!!! I grabbed my little jacket and in my pjs and flip flops, gunned my way down the freeway (this is w/o coffee) and got there to let gals in. Rushed home, showered and put on clothes. Worked until 9:10 and had to leave to go for Boise Spark walk o... Sat, 3 May 2008 22:46:08 EST B BOY HIP/HOP FRIDAY NIGHT Cathy and I went to a HIP HOP dance off that was real loud and real fun. Those young people amazed me. I think of all the orthopedic doctors licking their lips just waiting for about 10 years to see these kids. They spin on their heads, hands, elbows, hold their entire body weight on one hand with their bodies in the air and spin. It was just something to see in person. These kids are really in shape. I may have to start a hip/hop team here and see what we can do (this is totally a joke... Sat, 3 May 2008 00:53:40 EST Spark Rocks Some day, I'm not sure I'm up to Sparking, but when I get in, there is usually some super message from a friend to lift my spirits and encourage me. Who could ask for more than the friends and cheering squads we have on this site. We all have the ability to join any crazy type of team (or serious team), make a friend anywhere in the U.S. and probably about every country. I think that is pretty darn powerful. <BR> <BR> Today was a business lunch and I had a Club Sandwich (ate 3/4ths of it)... Thu, 1 May 2008 19:30:39 EST Will Spring Come to Boise Had little icy things on my car windshield this a.m. on way to work -- what? Where is the sun and real Spring? Forgot my pedometer today on bathroom sink. I'm getting so used to having it, checking it, seeing where I am. Tomorrow I start my 10,000 steps a day seriously through the month. Salad for lunch. Had fat free raspberry vinegarette (sp) that was so good, really sweet. Had Subway turkey 12" w/cheese (a big splurge) for dinner. I did sign up w/my team for the Komen Race for the C... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 22:13:14 EST Is it Friday yet Busy, hectic day. Walked 10,034 steps today, ate fine. Nothing earth shattering to report. I'm thinking this last 9 lbs. is going to take 6 months. I will keep the faith though and I just want to get this done. <BR> <BR> <em>68</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2008 21:52:29 EST Walking and walking All breaks, lunch walked. I've made up my mind this thing is going to be done in May. I have 10,724 steps today and it is only 5:30 p.m. Ate well. Going to make chicken satay (Indonesian), rice and spaghetti squash for dinner. Actually hot in Boise today. Where did my gentle warm spring go. I don't want it hot so fast, darn. All is well. Mon, 28 Apr 2008 19:48:34 EST Sitting Sunday I've got to held down a booth at the fairgrounds for 4 hours, so I've got to sit (I'm not standing on those hard cement floors for this time period). So once I get home around 6:00 p.m. I've got to get out there and walk, walk. I did my board meeting yesterday -- sitting for over 3 hours. Then put on the dinner and thought I did quite a bit of walking (did lots of dishes), but come to find out my whole day was right around 2 miles. Sure seemed like I did more. Maybe moving some tables an... Sun, 27 Apr 2008 13:03:29 EST Saturday, lovely Saturday Up early, Spark, then off to 9:30 Board meeting -- lasted 3 hrs. yikes. Hungry as heck when I got home so had my usual bagel, cottage cheese and yogurt. Have to be at place dinner will be held to help prepare at 4:30, so not enough time to get into any real projects -- so I won't. Dinner served at 6:30 (lasagne) so I have to watch what I eat -- at least I will have cals left. Then dh and ds will help with clean up. Will probably be home by 9:00. Pretty day here, I'd prefer to be outsid... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 16:21:49 EST Did I hear "Gosh, you are looking skinny"? Today was jean day at work. I wore my jeans that fit -- as opposed to my baggy pre-weight loss pants. I had at least 4 people comment on how great I looked, that I looked thin. Seems so weird to me. I look in the mirror or glass window and just think it is "skinny glass" and not a true reflection of me. I asked my first friend in the a.m. who said I was looking slim, if I really looked pretty slim now and if someone looked at me they wouldn't think I was fat. Just can't get this in my b... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 19:49:41 EST Almost Friday (that means Thursday) Had dinner at Chilis. I like their Guiltless dinners and had their grilled chicken sandwich that is good and nice and low cal. Sure is hard to eat there with dh and ds -- as they had the "bloomin onion" that smelled so good (didn't take one bite) and then huge, huge burgers. Those didn't really tempt me (that's weird). They both brought 1/2 of their burgers home. What a ridiculous amount of food. <BR> <BR> I weighed this a.m. and was the same as last week. Just to double check I weighe... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 22:38:32 EST How'd it get to be Wednesday I haven't blogged since Sunday -- where has the time gone? This week is sure flying by quickly. I've just read some great blogs by some members of teams I'm on. So much goes on with folks and it is so great how they are either running Robie Creek, or one lady is trying to understand herself in deeper ways. Such super people on Spark. You can learn so much, and get so much help from reading blogs. Most of us suffer similar problems, issues, heights & happiness. Pretty basic stuff, but e... Wed, 23 Apr 2008 21:42:26 EST Sunday Cooked brunch and used a lot of my calories. Eating so much, so early left me w/not a lot of cals for day. I just was hungry and usually I'm not. I overate by about 500 cals. Haven't done that for a long time, so just back on the wagon. What I learned. Don't eat quite so much so early on a weekend so I have cals left for dinner & a snack. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 09:25:14 EST Finally Friday Worked, came home and walked to my friend's house -- about 1 1/2 mile (and downhill, yeah). We had coffee, sat on her patio in her new porch swing, relaxed and visited. Went to dinner at Red Robin and had chicken sandwiches (yum). Came home and watched Juno -- which was interesting and it brought back lots of memories since I adopted my son. <BR> <BR> Now home, ready for small snack and settling in. I'm going to sleep in tomorrow, do a little housework, mess around. Will be yucky outsid... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 01:51:53 EST Taco Bell Thursday Family dinner out night. We picked out of our folder notes restaurants we've each chosen, and plucked out Taco Bell. My dh and son head right for the line. I went over and got their nutrition guide and sat down and studied it. I would of done it before, but wasn't sure what we'd pick. So I looked through all items and made my selection. Funny that I had two items (and was satisfied) while dh and son had a total of 10 items between them. Amazing..........not to mention how expensive the... Thu, 17 Apr 2008 23:50:31 EST Mid-Week Wednesday Fast day at work. Ate fine. Cathy rode her bike -- uphill -- to my house and we visited some. I said I'd walk "down" to her house Friday after work and then we could go out for dinner. She can drive me home (LOL). <BR> <BR> Busy weekends coming up in next few months. Company Sunday so guess that means clean house Saturday (a little bit). <BR> <BR> Nothing exciting to share. Just get through the week -- sometimes that's just enough. Biggest Loser last night was fun. Those folks sure ... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 22:14:29 EST Tired Tuesday Could fall right to sleep last night -- ususual for me. It was difficult getting up. Ate fine. Hungry on the way home and started thinking about what to cook for dinner. Decided on Philly Sandwiches, which of course required a trip to the store. It is hard to shop when hungry, but I did fine. Also found my Skinny Cow cones I like and got two boxes. Sometimes those are hard to find. Make sandwiches and they were good. <BR> <BR> I'm going to make Chinese Chicken salad this week, with a... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 21:01:18 EST Quick Monday This day just went so fast at work -- seemed like about 3 hrs. When you're so busy the time just disappears. <BR> <BR> Did get to work in the front outside yesterday. It was grand. I wonder why I always have projects in my mind and think that I can get them done in one or two days. What starts out simply, seems to multiply and get so much more complicated. Now my 2 days project looks like it will take about 6 days to complete. Oh well, no matter what I will get this done. I'm a usual... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 19:19:16 EST Greenbelt Walk - great Had a wonderful morning. Cathy and I (she on her bike) and IDLISA (Lisa) who came for the first time all visited and had a wonderful, perfect day walk/bike ride. So nice to meet Lisa who is a wonderful, friendly, great gal. <BR> <BR> Cath & I then had lunch and I proceeded to work for 3 1/2 hours on a day like this (what a shame). Anyway, today I've walked (so far) 12,304 steps -- and I think this is my record, or certainly will be by the time this day ends. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to get i... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 18:10:46 EST It Ain't Over Yet That is the OT ain't over yet. 5 hrs. this week and I am going in for 2-3 hours tomorrow. No whining. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Boise Greenbelt Spark Walk at 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Hoping that a few Boise Sparks do show up so we can meet. My friend, Cathy, is going to ride her bike due to recent foot surgery. Should be an absolutely glorious weather day. I'm looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> Last night we went out for our family dinner night and had two cheese enchiladas, ate a few too many ch... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 22:56:49 EST In the 30's Hard to believe, but this a.m. I got into the 130s (139 is there, right). Wow, haven't been here for 40 yrs. YaHooooooooooooo. <BR> <BR> Did more steps yesterday. Haven't been hungry -- which is really weird for me. Sun is coming out. Our weekend here will be around 70 (or so they say). We can't always trust our weatherman. <BR> <BR> Got my Greenbelt walk Saturday and hope to meet several Spark friends. Should be a nice morning. Then at 2:00 off to help AFS make up lasagnes for our ... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 01:17:45 EST I Can Make You Thin Through the TV We watched the "I Can Make You Thin Through the TV" show last night. I love where he says, 1) eat what you want. Don't I wish. 2) Stop when you're full; 3) Eat Mindfully (some of these sound like Beck Diet Solution.) It was interesting about exercise last night on the show though that heavier people average around 4,000 steps a day, whereas thin people average around 6,000 -- only 2,000 more steps a day. This made me make more of an effort today and I was sure to have my pedometer. I fi... Mon, 7 Apr 2008 21:24:43 EST Sunday Dusted and organized my CDs. I pulled out our bookcase yesterday and put up new curtains. Going through stuff. I've got too much stuff and I have to get rid of 1/2 of the stuff we own. I do not want to accumulate any more things. There is nothing I need or want and that is a good feeling. Just wish I hadn't been such a pack rat and have to suffer going through it all. Some things are easy, so are not. Guess that's the true sign of a pack rat. <BR> <BR> Was going to try to work outsid... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 16:11:24 EST Non-Working Saturday Yeah, no work today. I'm pooped out so that is good. Fell asleep around 6:00 p.m. and up today at 7:30. I guess I could have forced myself to work today, but it sure would have been hard. Two months of working 7 days a week, with the exception of Easter, and now I'm done with that. Yeah. <BR> <BR> I've been too tired to even blog which is unusual. Nothing exciting going on here. I'm going to see how weather is a little later. It is supposed to be in the 50's, but they also said it is... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 09:59:27 EST How Long Can Meetings Last 9:00 p.m. and just walked in the house. Worked 8 hours, left work at 4:30 and to a meeting at 5:00 - 8:30 -- that is a 3 1/2 hour meeting. Oh man, was I getting crazed toward the end. My definition of a meeting is max one hour. I hope we accomplished a lot because it was murder sitting there for that long, and I'm a definite type B personality (can't imagine how As felt). <BR> <BR> We had planned to have Subway turkey sandwiches for the meeting. Well, the food person decided to get pizz... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 23:56:51 EST