GLORIAMAJDI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GLORIAMAJDI GLORIAMAJDI'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/ Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800609 Hello hello hello! Miss everyone here very much! I have not been checking in nearly as much, trying to just keep in with life. I miss it for sure but still I am having some issues with balance so I am still not back the way that I want to be. But I did want to do a quick check in and say hello, give an update and see how everyone else has been doing. <BR> <BR> Me, I've still been excessively busy and tired, still not getting enough sleep. It is better some days than others. This past w... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:47:39 EST Trying To Find Some Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783174 I haven't been here on SparkPeople much this past week.....mainly just logging my food and checking in with one team. I didn't reply to the wonderful and encouraging comments on my last two blogs...haven't read any articles, just spinning wheels and doing whatever I can do in about five or ten minutes per day. And I feel so bad because I love my friends here and I miss them. But I am struggling. I've been struggling for a long time. Back early in 2013 I realized that I had a problem. I ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:58:01 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772231 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l274205271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was happily surprised when I received some SparkGoodies and some messages congratulating me on my one year maintenance anniversary. I had so much excitement going on that I had completely forgotten that it had been a year! Although this is a huge milestone for me, I am still very much at risk of regain. So I am still working hard on myself, trying to make improvements, eat better, exercise harder. <B... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:28:22 EST Big Day! Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771506 I don't know where to begin! This has been a pretty awesome day for me! First off, today is our wedding anniversary. My husband just rocks my world. Yes, he has his idiosyncrasies, but guess what, so do I, and we both think that we balance each other out quite nicely. We've been together for almost 22 years, and married now for 14 of them. Sometimes we drive each other nuts, but I can say with all honesty that I love this man even more than I did way back in the day! <BR> <BR> Next th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:08:04 EST Running and 5K This Morning at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759931 Being here on SparkPeople, I get so much inspiration every day. It is just awe-inspiring to see the successes that people have and the difficulties that are overcome. It makes me realize that I too CAN do it. I CAN. And I WILL. Back last summer I was walking a lot. But I figured out that I wasn't getting as much benefit out of walking as I had been since my cardio health was so greatly improved. So what to do to challenge myself further? I was reading so many blogs here about running.... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:26:54 EST Night Clothes and Other Such Sundries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707619 I remember a year or so ago when I read a blog here on SparkPeople about having to purchase new underwear because of weight loss. That is just not something that we think of! As I had lost/gained/lost/gained a few times, I had nice fitting good quality underwear stashed away so I didn't really need to get any. But I have found that I new need sleeping attire! My old stuff, which is typically XL, just wasn't working for me anymore! Even the stuff with drawstrings was falling off me. Last... Sat, 31 May 2014 18:19:50 EST Stress Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706351 I am on week three of the stress busting challenge. And things have been going pretty well. Honestly though, I think that this is because work has been pretty low key for the past couple of weeks. I stayed focused and pushed through on my work so that I wasn't stressed at the end of the month trying to meet deadlines. House is a mess though and I am not really thrilled about that! This weekend I am going to have to buckle down and get some stuff taken care of around here! Messy house is... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:41:31 EST Stress Journal - Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697982 Home is my happy place - that is where I want to be. But I am not here enough because I am at work, commuting, etc. I struggle to keep up with things at home and am constantly stressed by the things that aren't getting done. I keep getting more and more behind. Seriously, it is bad. We moved to this house about four and a half years ago and I still can't find things that I need. I am constantly going to the bonus room which is full of unpacked boxes - looking for something that I need. ... Sun, 18 May 2014 23:02:14 EST Stress Journal - Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697123 I think that work can be really stressful for just about everyone. Even if we love our jobs, which I do, there is always going to be some stress to go along with it. Lately my pain point at work has been meetings. I am lucky that in my current position I haven't had tons of meetings. But right now I have three projects and there have been more meetings than usual. This past week I had several. This is stressful because if I am in meetings, I am not doing my work. One thing that is goin... Sat, 17 May 2014 15:53:59 EST Stress Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695228 For the stress challenge I am supposed to keep a stress journal about my common stressors. A lot of the things that I stress about are things that I cannot control....like traffic. I am so tight on time that I just can't stand the thought of sitting in traffic. Geez, come to think about it, I just hate being in the car...ever. It is such a waste of my time and energy to be in the car when I could be doing many other more desirable activities. Unfortunately my commute is a minimum of 45 m... Wed, 14 May 2014 21:37:57 EST Stress Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692705 I am going to do the stress challenge here on Spark People. I think that everyone has stress but everyone handles it differently. A lot of my stress comes from things that I cannot control, like my commute to/from work. Some of my stress is from having too much to do and being spread too thin. I end up being up way too late at night trying to get things done, and then am exhausted the next day, which adds to my stress. I am trying to find ways to stay organized and on top of things so th... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:42:43 EST Learn to Love Your Body, Flaw and All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685112 I continually see magazine articles and headlines about losing weight. Our society is so obsessed with it! I was always attracted to those articles, not necessarily looking for the magic "cure" but just looking for a program that would fit my lifestyle and that I could stick with. Now I have been maintaining for eight months and I still have a LONG way to go because I have lost and regained so many times - I know that this is still a work in progress to KEEP IT OFF. But I still see these ... Thu, 1 May 2014 16:15:19 EST Change the Weekly Routine Up a Little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676843 I am taking a short break from my morning routine to do a quick blog. I have wanted to blog, I have wanted to go shopping, I have wanted to plan meals and cook, I have wanted to work on housecleaning and organizing, I have wanted to work on my crafts...but I have not had the time in the past few months to do very much of that stuff...just the minimum to keep things going, along with a couple of daily check ins here on SP to keep me motivated and on track. So now I am going to blog anyway, ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:02:27 EST Need to Work on Making Healthier Food Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664404 I haven't done any blogging in a long time because I am just so busy studying for my exam. In fact, I hardly do any sparking anymore - just a quick check in every day, track food and exercise and then I check in with a couple of my teams. During this really busy time I am still focusing on staying in my calorie range and on exercise. But I have noticed lately that my eating is not what it should be. Yes, I am still maintaining my weight (very comfortably) and yes, I am still getting a lot... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:51:27 EST Convenience Foods Are....Well....Convenient! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579869 In an ideal world I would love to cook every day, fresh wholesome meals from foods that I purchased - so that I would know where the food came from and that it was fresh and nutritious. In an ideal world I would not have to work and I would not have a 45 -60 minute commute one way (and that is on a good day). I would have lots of time for all of the cooking that I would do. But our lifestyle is such that it is not always possible for me to cook at home. Sometimes it seems like months pass... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:55:28 EST New Handbag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577103 I got a new purse today. Yay! I usually buy one bag and carry that one around for about three years. I tend to get a nice one since I will be using it for a long time - lots of my friends change their purses with their outfits but I just don't have the time nor energy for that! So back a couple of months ago the zipper broke on my bag. I wasn't planning on a new one yet and certainly I hadn't had this one more than a couple of years. Plus, I like to buy a nice one and it just wasn't in ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:25:04 EST The Year In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573085 Wow, so much has happened during this past year. And a big big thing for me....a 365 day log in streak - yes, one year ago today I started logging in daily. Here is how it all happened. On November 27, 2012, I had surgery called Nissen Fundoplication. It is surgery for the lower esophageal sphincter - not a common surgery, it is done for those with severe acid reflux disease. My gastro doctor actually defined mine as severe regurgitation disease. It was affecting my health and getting w... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:31:02 EST My Ideal Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509791 I don't know really what my good weight is. I was a fat baby from a family of fat people. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095829761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of course I outgrew that somewhat. But when I was around age five my mom secretly started watching what I ate. She didn't tell me because she didn't want me to develop a complex. Even though we didn't know much about eating disorders back in those days, she was smart to think of this. Probably her awareness... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:32:37 EST Cleaning the Closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498856 My closet is shameful. There are clothes in there from size 8 to 20. I even have clothing in Rubbermaid tubs. I am ashamed to think about how much I must have spent to acquire all of these things. I can't even find clothes to wear because it is such a disaster. So, lately I have been working on organizing it. I have a short attention span so I can only spend a little bit of time on it before I get bored and restless, but I am trying to commit to at least an hour each weekend, more if I ... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:38:37 EST Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494198 I always hated coffee but sometime in the past ten years I got addicted to it. Once I gave it up but then started to drink it again. So when I planned to have surgery last year and the surgeon told me that I would need to avoid caffeine for a while, I eased myself of it. I really don't need it, especially the way that I was drinking it, with lots and lots of Coffee-Mate, which is not good for me at all! So before the surgery I eased myself off it - I didn't want to go cold turkey after th... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:26:58 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492339 I remember when I was a kid in school and we were supposed to run a mile in a certain amount of time in gym class. I could never do that. I would walk it every time and usually I would take the most amount of time out of the whole class because I was the slowest. But I love to walk and have always walked a lot. These days I walk several days each week. Sometimes it is just two miles, but some days it can be as many as six. I am getting pretty fast and I now find that I am not getting as... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 22:59:45 EST A Bit of This and a Bit of That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472658 I just don't get on SparkPeople as much as I used to.....I am just trying to find that elusive balance. Life is just go go go and I am always behind on my chores and tasks. Things keep getting more and more behind and that causes more and more stress. I am still tracking both calories and activity here every day and I do try to read some articles to keep myself motivated and educated. I try to keep up but it's just hard. I really need a month off work to catch up on things around here! ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 14:10:03 EST Not Overweight Anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456828 Friday is my weigh in day, and today when I weighed, I fell into the "normal" weight range! I am not overweight anymore. Of course the scale fluctuates and I know that, so I hope to see about a month of fairly consistent weigh ins before I get too excited. But in general, I AM excited because I have lost 70 pounds. Who WOULDN'T be excited, right? I have worked hard at this, so it is time to celebrate! I might buy some cross stitch patterns to reward myself! I still need to lose about f... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:16:04 EST Another Week Gone By http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444120 Ah, where does the time go? It just rushes by so swiftly. Next thing we know, the fall holidays will be here. In Middle Tennessee many school districts have already started back and most of the rest will start this week (or next). For me with no children at home, that isn't a major concern, but it does remind me that fall is just around the corner. August is usually a hot month here, but this summer has been surprisingly mild. I hear the cicadas buzzing loudly and I have noticed some co... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:41:24 EST What An Awesome week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435799 I had such a great week. Granted, I was pretty stressed out with work, too many activities and not enough sleep. I didn't meet all of my exercise goals this week either. I missed my monthly Stampin' Up Club and my house is a disaster! But still, I thought it was such a nice week. <BR> <BR> At work we had our annual employee meeting and people were here from all over the world. On Monday we had an all day meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and that included lunch time. That meant no wo... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:20:07 EST Group Fitness Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424594 Back in my younger years I loved group fitness classes....back in the 80s I did aerobics and then in the 90s I did step. Up to about seven years ago I did Power Sculpting classes. But these days I am so out of shape and I prefer to do solitary workouts or sometimes I walk with one other person - usually my husband or a friend. I really don't mind working out by myself because it gives me time to think and just have a break from my rat race life. <BR> <BR> So, because of the extreme heat a... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:58:00 EST Made Some Changes This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419342 I've been wondering for a while if I am getting enough calories for the amount of activity that I do. I exercise quite a bit but generally eat the minimum calories. SP has been suggesting for a few months now that I recalculate my calories, but ever since I had surgery for acid reflux I just can't eat as much, so I knew it was pointless. But now it has been a few months and I can eat a bit more so I decided to make some changes. First I looked to see how many calories SP (in combination w... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:55:10 EST Exercise Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414797 Maybe ten years ago my doctor recommended that I ride a stationary bike to strengthen my quads. He felt that would help me out with my knee trouble. My husband immediately got me a bike to ride, but it is just soooo boring! I can walk on my treadmill for hours and think nothing of it, but that bike just about drives me to the point of insanity. My treadmill gets used plenty but that bike just sits there, all lonely and sad. I know it would be good for me. So today, after I made sure tha... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:59:04 EST 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413428 I am trying to decide if I want to do the Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. For the longest time I thought no way would I do that....too hard, too advanced, too much. But last night for whatever random reason, I decided to try it out on YouTube. I really liked it! It is definitely one that I will do from time to time, but do I want to do it for 30 days straight? I have some reservations. I have bad knees, and one of them is really bad. I am afraid to do a lot of squats and lunges becaus... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 16:57:27 EST Dining Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412484 We have always dined out frequently, and over the years I have learned how to make healthy selections. But, sometimes I don't make such good choices. I gained so much weight over the past four years by eating really bad food in restaurants. Now that I am back on track, we have been eating at home a lot more often, but we do still dine out quite a bit. I just need to be aware of what I am ordering and make good choices. It is easy at some places because the nutritional values are availabl... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:22:59 EST ALL IS WELL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411883 It's been about a month since I have written anything. Things are always so hectic so it is hard for me to get the time to sit down and do a lot of Sparking. But this seems like a good night to just jot down some things. <BR> <BR> It has been raining a lot here lately and I am all about getting outside and walking. In this weather, it just isn't possible. Yesterday (Independence Day) we had company from out of town so I wasn't able to get any exercise in. Finally there was a lull in the... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:52:11 EST Eating Small Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377786 Over and over again lately I am hearing comments about the size of my meals. It is really irritating! After I had surgery on my esophagus last year I had to learn to eat small meals, and I eat slowly. I learned through that experience that eating several small meals a day works much better for my metabolism, so I vowed to continue that practice. It takes some planning, but it is worth it because I am never hungry. I am careful to stay in my calorie range (I track each meal), as well as m... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:15:09 EST Eating Weird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356765 I bought the Spark Solution and I was really excited to get it last week. I have been super busy with studying for an exam so I have slowly been reading it before bed each night. It has an awesome meal plan and grocery lists and everything laid out so it is super easy and nice. But....but....but. It has been almost six months since I had major surgery for acid reflux. I feel so much better and the greatest thing is that I am not choking to death on reflux anymore (yes, I had a very sever... Tue, 14 May 2013 21:46:05 EST Commitments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343634 I sort of had a goal to take a certification exam this year. I must take it by June but I haven't really studied for it yet because my work schedule has been so busy and I have been getting home so late. This exam takes about four months of so of study time so I am sort of in trouble. I talked to my manager at work today about making time to get it done. I am going to change my work hours so I can get off 30 minutes earlier. That way maybe traffic won't be so bad when I leave (and I will... Thu, 2 May 2013 20:22:45 EST The Weekend Has Arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336902 Wow, this was a rough week. I worked A LOT! Certainly I have worked long hard hours in the past but not when I was trying so hard to keep up with healthy eating and with exercise. In fact, in the past when I have been working long hours I have resorted to the fast food drive thrus. This time I managed to stay in my calorie range and to get some exercise in some of the days, though not all of them. I really wanted to exercise last night but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I HAD to... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 23:39:46 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335706 Walking has been my main exercise for a long time. I love it. It can be done virtually anywhere, and it requires nothing special besides good shoes. I mostly walk outdoors but I have back up plans for those days when it is not nice out. I have a treadmill, I have Leslie Sansone walking DVDs and in a pinch I have been known to walk in the underground parking garage at work. <BR> <BR> I have thought for a while that I need to beef it up. I already walk on big hills around the hilly city w... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:12:39 EST A Cool Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325661 A really neat thing happened today. I met one of my SparkFriends in person! Portia and I both live in Middle Tennessee - she lives in one direction from Nashville and I live in the other direction. But I work in Nashville so she drove to my office today and we went for a walk in the park near my office - got our exercise in! I am not sure how much we walked but it seems like it was four miles! Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:52:54 EST Just a Bunch of Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317660 I really love my job. The company is great and the benefits can't be beat. But I sure am hating the commute lately. It has been taking me at least an hour and sometimes a lot longer to get home in the evenings. Friday when I left the office rush hour was long over but it still took at least 30 minutes longer than it should have to get home! It's so frustrating. I don't want to quit my job in favor of one closer to home but I also don't want to spend the rest of my life commuting! <BR> ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:26:14 EST Getting Enough Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5311205 I finished the sleep challenge a week or two ago but this is an ongoing struggle for me. I am being more consistent and getting to bed a little earlier than I had been but it is still not early enough. I am typically in bed for about seven hours but I am not sleeping that whole time as I wake up a number of times during the night. The only solution that I see now is to go to bed about 30 minutes earlier. If I am in bed 30 minutes longer, maybe I will sleep 30 minutes longer too. That sho... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:48:53 EST Who Is Sabotaging My Plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306530 After I had major surgery for acid reflux, my surgeon told me I couldn't eat bread (and a few other things). That is okay with me. I do like bread but certainly I don't need it. Yesterday I was thinking about it. I could probably try bread again to see if I can swallow it. If not, I know that I should refrain from eating it and try again later. But I just don't care if I eat it or not so really, it seems like I should be telling people that "I don't eat bread," instead of "I can't have ... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:48:19 EST Why I Am Doing This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303764 SparkCoach suggested blogging about my real reasons for my fitness and weight loss goals. This is pretty easy for me. I have been up and down in my weight so many times. This last time I had gotten in such bad physical shape that I didn't even feel like bending over to tie my shoes. During the winter especially my body ached all over and I got tired of not fitting well in the seats at concerts and stuff. I have family members and friends who can barely walk because of their weight. I am... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:27:17 EST Sometimes I read comments and articles and it shocks me how mean people are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297295 I was just reading an article about frozen dinners written by the nutritionist, Becky Hand. She says that frozen meals are okay as long as we take care to chose those that are within certain criteria (for fat, sodium, etc.). And then I was reading the comments below. And I was shocked by the hate and animosity in those comments. I understand the purists think that frozen foods are not the healthiest choicest available. And I don't disagree. I admire and respect those who can cook at hom... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 14:23:21 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295010 "Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." Wayne Dyer <BR> <BR> "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing." Abraham Lincoln... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:46:26 EST Challenges, Spark Coach, Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291565 SparkCoach wants me to blog today about the improvements I have had in my life since I've adopted healthier habits. But I have not blogged in about a week and it seems like I might have a few things to say other than that! <BR> <BR> First, I have been super busy, but I have been getting in MORE exercise than before. I have continued walking at lunch time and since it is still daylight when we get home, I have been walking with my husband each night after work. <BR> <BR> I still have a t... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:04:06 EST Frantically Trying to Do Everything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284537 Oh my gosh, I am just crazy busy! I just can't get caught up with everything that I need to be doing! Today SparkCoach suggested that I blog about fast meal ideas. I have been doing that...I plan out all of my meals two weeks in advance and I take into consideration what perishable items I will need (so that I can make meals using those first). I shop for the two weeks and each night I look to see what tomorrow's meals are so that I can be ready. I have been doing crock pot cooking and I... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:19:43 EST What Happened to My Energy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281357 It is such a gorgeous day! Even though it is really windy, it is 70 degrees and it feels so nice. It will rain later but we decided to make the most of it and go on one of our long walks. Usually we go about three miles, sometimes more. Today I thought we would do more but I just did not have the "get up and go!" Sometimes I am practically sprinting this route (which includes some nice hills and lots of pretty scenery) but today I could could barely get myself going. I was motivated whe... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 15:53:03 EST Friday Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279412 The challenge that I am doing to get more sleep - that has been going very well! My short term goal is to get seven hours a night and long term is 7.5 hours a night. Well, last night I got seven hours and 21 minutes - that is according to my Fitbit. Of course that is an estimate but I am thrilled! So, in order to get through the change to Daylight Savings Time relatively unscathed, I am going to bed early tonight and tomorrow night. No late night social functions or activities for me thi... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 21:19:13 EST Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277905 I had a REALLY good day! I didn't get as much sleep as I wanted last night but overall I felt pretty good today. Work was good, and the weather was nice so I was able to get outside at lunch time (okay, it was a bit on the chilly side, but the sun was shining). I fixed minestrone soup for dinner so that I can get some of those veggies in. After we ate I realized that I had forgotten to put the spinach in. I love spinach so I was a little disappointed about that, but I will cook it again ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:07:43 EST Sleep Challenge AND Better Eating Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276508 I'm into the second week of the sleep challenge. My short term goal is to just get seven hours of sleep. Ultimately I would like to build up to at least 7.5 hours. This week I still haven't been able to achieve seven hours, but each night it has improved ever so slightly. There are a couple of things that I have done that seem to be helping. First, I dropped the temperature in the bedroom just a notch. I tend to be very cold but I kept waking up either freezing or too hot so maybe the r... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 20:54:31 EST I Think This is Day 6 of the Sleep Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273252 I can't remember for sure, but I do think that this must be day six, and I didn't do well last night at all. When I went to bed my husband was washing dishes and I am not sure why, but in this house the sound really carries so he was clanking pots and pans and making all of this noise and I couldn't go to sleep. I guess I ended up getting about six hours but it felt like less. I usually do not remember dreams but last night I do remember a couple so I do know that I slept. Part of the pro... 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