GLOYNBYW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GLOYNBYW GLOYNBYW'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/ Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686954 Trying to feel a bit better here. My husband came through heart surgery. Still in ICU type room, probably for another day, but he knew I was there, he held my hand. <BR> <BR> I probably lost two more pounds in the last few days. There is so much else going on besides his health. So glad my daughter makes me at least eat supper. My son tries to see that I eat before I leave the house. I have never in my life reacted to stress by not eating. I can barely eat two bites now, and this h... Sun, 4 May 2014 07:37:32 EST More stress and worried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684679 Now been told my husband needs open heart surgery to fix or replace his valve. We won't know for certain until they operate on Sat. Morning. This is all so sudden, just 3 weeks ago thought he was having a bit of flu, sore shoulder. Then suddenly joint swelled, we went to clinic then ER and bam they were admitting him for all sorts of problems. After two weeks of fighting major infections and him being unconscious for most of two days, we thought he could even be coming home. <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 May 2014 08:43:11 EST two months since I have been on here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683010 I let my weight slide after the wedding, started eating more, probably put on 4 or more pounds at least. Few weeks ago my life took a horrible slide, almost lost my husband, he is still very sick and in the hospital. Also found out so many things as I had to take over the household that I am in constant stress. I hardly eat, no appetite. I think I paced about 50 miles or more. Finally weighed myself yesterday, I am at a new low. Started doing weights, trying to do actual walks now for s... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:32:25 EST Few days off track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628067 I am back from the Keys. Sunday night was a pig roast with Cuban Food, really over did it, no exercise. Next two days, too much time in a car, not able to eat healthy good food, so feel really bummed about that and tired from it all. <BR> <BR> Today I get back on it, healthy eating, going to walk for an hour at least this morning, hoping I can do the full 90 minutes. Then want to clean and garden. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:06:11 EST The wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625546 Lovely wedding yesterday, I looked pretty good, though couldn't match the brides. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529769803.jpg"> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 13:01:43 EST The Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624545 It is wedding day for my sister. Unbelievable, she is 60 and finally marrying her partner. Acting every bit the first time bride here. <BR> <BR> I hit my goal of being under 160 by today, made it down to 167.8. The next 4 days are going to be tough to keep on track for food and exercise since there is a pig roast tomorrow at her house then since her partner, Patti, has to work and they had an honeymoon in CT two months ago, the plan is for me to head down the Keys with my sister and my... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:19:00 EST :( now all 4 siblings won't be together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623203 seems all this snow is going to keep my sister in CT from making the wedding on Saturday. She isn't going to be able to get a flight out it seems. <BR> <BR> Even here in South FL it is going to cool off a bit tonight but nothing severe. Hopefully nice weather on the weekend and hoping that the trip to the Keys is still on for Mon and Tues. My brother tends to change his mind a lot and not in great health also. He might decide it's too much for him. But, I will keep exercising, workin... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:34:54 EST 2 hour walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622478 Even with the blisters, I managed to walk for 2 hours. I put band aids on them and duct tape on the part of sneaker that were ripped and giving me problems. <BR> <BR> I guess I really need to invest in new shoes but no money for it this week Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:33:21 EST OH NO, Blisters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621600 I was walking today, 3.5 miles into my walk and suddenly realized my feet were hurting. I had been on the phone a lot, arranging wedding stuff and not paying attention. I was still over a mile from my car. I was so lucky that I knew a friend was dropping her daughter off at the college across the street. I was able to call her, she picked me up, brought me to my car. <BR> <BR> I am really bummed though, it means I didn't get as many minutes in and I am grounded for a few days now unti... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:49:49 EST Been a bit off track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620101 Crazy time with the wedding and mini vacation started on Friday when I had to go down to help my sister. We ran around for two days. No chance to really exercise, didn't eat well. I didn't eat much but what I did eat, not the best food either. <BR> It did sort of help me to know what I need to bring for the trip at least. Some V8, pack of cut carrots. But getting time to exercise is going to be tough with 3 people who are almost completely sedentary and so much car time. <BR> I ju... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:01:20 EST I met my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617588 I wanted to be under 160 before my sister's wedding next Saturday and I did it. I was 159.8 yesterday. I still have a week to go so I should be able to lose another pound at least. <BR> <BR> Now to get to 155, then to work for that elusive under 150. That will put me at a healthy BMI. I am also so much more active so it's going to be good muscle. <BR> <BR> Today going to be heading down to my sister's house to help with some stuff then hopefully get to spend some time in her pool. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:00:44 EST Weighing in tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616182 The question is, will I reach my goal and be under 160 for the wedding or will I make it next week. It's the 15, so I should be able to do it. <BR> <BR> I have 1.7 pounds to go. Then another 12 pounds to reach my final goal. <BR> <BR> I also need to measure myself tonight. Haven't done that in a month <BR> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 18:27:59 EST Am I starting to enjoy exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614863 I think I am getting to the point where I am feeling better after a workout. I jus did the two mile walk away the pound video and feel pretty darn good. I know I have 90 minutes to walk at a park today while my son is in his class and I feel good about that. I even have the energy to tackle some heavy gardening when I get back from food shopping. I am also confident that I won't be tempted by bad food choices. <BR> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 10:27:08 EST Avast, You scurvy sea dogs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613395 Yes, I spent today at a pirate festival Had a blast. I think I may have blown my diet just a bit, but not too badly. Didn't get a whole lot of fast walking either, but I did walk and shop <BR> <BR> Best part, our friends who I haven't seen in a few months, noticed I had lost weight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321659221.jpg"> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:46:12 EST I am no longer letting other's action... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612125 From now on, I am going to have to do what, I need to do. If my husband works six days a week because he procrastinates so much. So be it. I will have my own weekend. <BR> <BR> I am going to accept that I am married to someone who is physically and mentally years older than me and that we are never going to get fit together. He wants to keep his unhealthy habits, I can't change him. I will not stop taking of myself. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:16:00 EST I believe I did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611266 I wanted to walk/jog a mile in under 12 minutes. Well the course is 1.25 miles and I did it in 13.02 seconds. So according to my weak math and a friend's better math, I DID IT. <BR> <BR> Also found out that I am going to the Keys for two days after the wedding. Wow, so much fun coming up. I may not be able to get Spark for those two days, but maybe I can bring my laptop. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:42:53 EST Happy Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610370 I found the shoes for my sister's wedding. So did my even pickier than me daughter. We got all the little random items that sister hadn't yet picked up, ,now I can relax. <BR> <BR> I did a two mile walk away the pound video. So happy that my son set that one up for me and told me it good for me. Once I was finished, I really felt like I had accomplished something. <BR> <BR> Then I weighed myself while I was at the mall. Down 2.6 pounds, only 1.7 more to lose in two week and I have met ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:48:33 EST Wednesday and Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608961 I am really hoping the weather hold out until after my walk. It doesn't look to promising at the moment. If I can't walk at the park, think I will just head to the used bookstore. I just can't stand the fancy mall that I walked at the other rainy day. Yes, I get more exercise but the atmosphere drains me. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:48:00 EST Gardening in my backyard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607944 Gardening is my passion especially when it attracts beautiful butterflies. Living in South Florida it's something I can do almost all year round. Summer does get difficult, especially in August but right now, being out in the yard is paradise. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I pulled weeds, filled 8 grocery bags full. Also bigger stuff went into my garbage can. I made a lovely fairy garden. I had the bowl, bought some stuff last week at Walmart and my sister bought me an extra fairy for it. It sti... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:33:23 EST Monday or is it Moanday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607024 Actually I feel pretty energetic, ready to walk for 90 minutes while my son is in class. <BR> <BR> It's just family making me nuts. My sister is finally marrying her partner after 24 years together. I am thrilled about this since I have considered Patti my sister in law for years. But of course with family it gets crazy. Now I am part of the wedding suddenly, though now that the other sister has stopped saying she isn't coming and is coming, will that change. <BR> <BR> I just know, ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:17:43 EST Motivationless Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604465 I just can't seem to get motivated today to exercise. I know because my husband had to take my car, it's going to be the walking DVD. It just always seems harder than just walking and it's not as interesting. <BR> <BR> I guess I am getting some exercise walking back and forth pampering my orchids which are still stuck in the house because temps just won't warm up enough at night. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1398253602.jpg"> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:08:10 EST Will I make my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603513 I have 3 more weeks to lose 4 pounds. I lost 1.5 this week. I do know I can't eat any less, been keeping the calorie count as low as is safe. I am doing as much activity as I can. I walk a lot, try to do weights, stretching. I am thinking of trying to do a walking DVD every day maybe burn a few extra calories. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:26:49 EST Hoping for a good day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602081 It's very cold here in Florida but sunny so I should get in a good walk this morning. While my son is in his class I can walk for 90 minutes. That should boost up my weekly fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434120865.jpg"> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:02:18 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601045 I can tell it's going to be a tough day to get motivated. Weather isn't that great and I really don't want to drive to the park and find out it's pouring. Also just general blah mood. <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:32:15 EST Hardest on Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598776 Sundays when I am dieting and trying to exercise are the hardest. My husband is home all day. He must make a huge breakfast and a huge supper. I know he loves to cook and well loves to eat more. I eat more that I should. <BR> <BR> Also, I just can't get any exercise into my day. I can't just pop out the door and walk anymore because of our neighborhood situation. Almost 40 percent of the places are now sober houses and they residents think it's fun to harass you and throw things at y... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:40:39 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597790 Beautiful start to the day. My son spotted two hummingbirds having a battle in the backyard, That means now more than one pair around and they like my yard. <BR> <BR> Deciding if I want to drive all the way to my lovely local garden, which is about 20 minutes away if you take the interstate or just go to the local park and walk. Event going on at the garden selling gardening stuff, sound fun, but do I want to spend the money. <BR> <BR> Other option, eww looking for a dress for my sist... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:38:24 EST Friday and the Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596729 Well yesterday, I weighed in, lost two pounds, was hoping for another half pound, but there is next week <BR> <BR> Today heading to the fair. I am really going to try and avoid all the food. Maybe share a cheese fry platter with my daughter, it's what she wants, I will let her eat most of it. I will be walking for hours, so that part is good. <BR> <BR> I will just have to stay strong, avoid the urge to not eat all the good stuff and then to come home and make good choices when we eat the... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:48:02 EST Feels good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595711 I went back to my old measurement from July. Waist was the same, but hips, arms and thighs were all less. I also think my waist is probably less now than when I did the measurements the first day of the year. Today after my walk in the park, going to stop in where I weigh. It's been 9 days since the last one, so I am hoping I lost 2.5 pounds. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:47:20 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594581 Heading out to do a 90 minute walk. Great park, wish I could tell how long the course is but it's set up for smart phones, without one, no information. I do know at the other park, I walked 3.5 miles or so in 45 minutes, so should do maybe 5 or so in the 90 minutes. there are also stationary bikes, rowing machines, and the bars for other stuff. I can't do most of it, but I do a bit of what I can. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:30:54 EST Six months or so and back to trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593827 I stopped coming to Spark when computer broke, then about two weeks later so many things happened to stress me out that I went back to eating constantly with no exercise. I somehow managed to only gain 8 or so pounds, back to about where I was when I quit. <BR> <BR> Now to try and keep on track. I so want to lose 8 pounds by Feb 12 so I can buy a nice dress for a wedding that weekend. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:36:50 EST Fighting the urge to give up today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426282 Yesterday I had a wonderful walk then weighed myself, I had reached my goal of being under 170 by the end of the month. I was happy. Came home, computer problems. For now, it's back up but it's not great. <BR> <BR> There is a lot of stress right now for my husband, he's not working a steady job, money is tight. His dad has Alzheimer and is going down hill fast, we even have my 20 year old daughter staying with him most of the time. Also we are finding out that his father has a majo... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:14:48 EST And more RAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424501 I really wanted to go and weigh myself today but it was pouring. I did super clean, move books from one case to another, move the bookcases around, so that was a good work out. Then sweeping and dusting, doing dishes. The house looks good. I have books to take to the used book store, next stop after that, see if my friend wants them for her charity, if not, going to just throw them out. I hate doing it but nobody wants books these days. I can't keep them all. I need the room. <BR> ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:59:48 EST Rain again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422973 I had plans to go to a park and walk 2.5 miles but the weather got nasty. I did manage a bit over a mile around the neighborhood, at least. Then spent an hour or so doing a lot of housework. <BR> <BR> I guess at this point, I am going to save my gas to go to the mall tomorrow and weigh myself. My walking partner can't make it this week, but I still want to weigh in at least. I last did it a week ago and I am hoping to hit the below 170 amount. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 11:25:10 EST Fitting in yet another pair of Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421546 I tried on a pair of jeans this morning that I had almost put in the bin for charity but had hope that if I started losing weight they would fit again, and they do now. <BR> <BR> I last weighed in a week ago but not going to get the chance. Also wondering if I am crazy, joined the burn 2500 a week challenge. Guess that means I better find some extra exercises and start walking more. I love walking but sadly due to my neighborhood circumstances these days I can't walk on weekday morning... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 08:52:37 EST Stay on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420561 Yesterday was not the most productive day for me. It started raining around 1 and I never was able to get out for a walk. If others hadn't been watching TV I could have done a Walk Away The Pound Workout. I have tried to do it in my room with the computer, but not enough room. I guess that means today I really need to push , I need more cardio but not up to some of the things like jumping Jacks and stuff, plus again, not a lot of room. I would like to get an exercise bike or something a... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 09:49:58 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419676 Wow, didn't swim because of the ocean conditions but did tread water and talk with friends for 15 minutes, dang that was a great calorie burner. I really need to try and get to the beach more often and do that, especially when I am having trouble losing a few pounds when I hit a plateau. Or if I visit my sister, jump in her pool for a bit. <BR> <BR> Also trying to dress nicer, put on jewelry and put on the nice lotion. I always say, when I am skinnier, but I deserve it now. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 10:03:55 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418621 Heading to the beach today, not really my favorite thing to do but hoping I can walk and get some exercise and it doesn't hurt my toe too badly. Dropping an axe on it a week ago wasn't fun. It's fine with shoes on, I can walk fine after the first few minutes but without shoes, might be a problem. <BR> <BR> Weekend, no plans, it's really tough to get any exercise with my husband because his knee is bad and hurts him, then he gets thigh cramps. Do I think it has a lot with being out of we... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:12:57 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416700 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l347334228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had a good day already out in the garden. I weeded and trimmed and moved plants around for an hour. It sure helps to have the cloud cover here in FL during the summer. without it I would have passed out at around 10 minutes. Looking forward to this evening, going to a gardening event where you walk around with the director and ask questions, learn about the new plants. It sounds a lot of fun. It won't be a ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:57:57 EST Feels good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415407 I was able to fit into a pair of jeans today that I wasn't even able to button up two weeks ago. I know I am losing inches. Also noticed some pudge was gone in an area. What I like best, my butterfly tattoo on my abdomen is much more noticeable with that gone. Those ab crunches and just getting more fit is really working. Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:33:26 EST 4 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414500 I am feeling pretty happy about the amount of weight I lost this week. I know the first week of really trying you always get the best results since you are making major changes. But I am close to my first goal of 170 pounds, just 1.4 to go. If I can walk each day, maybe do two miles and keep up the weights, I should be able to do it. I don't always weigh on the same day since I meet a friend and we walk at the mall after we weight ourselves. Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:11:30 EST Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413134 Sunday is probably the hardest day for me to diet. First it's tradition for a big breakfast and always served late. My husband doesn't know the term moderation when he cooks. <BR> <BR> Then just seems hard to find time to exercise with him popping in and out, doing things. I am probably weighing in again tomorrow if I go to the mall and walk with my friend, so hoping I lost a pound or two. I think a week of Spark has been helping, I am not forgetting to drink my water. I am learning the... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:25:45 EST My lizard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411406 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053677315.jpg">' <BR> <BR> <BR> Not the lizard I was watering yesterday but one of our babies. This is Mad Eye Moody, a blue tongue skink. He looks tough but he's a big baby. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:34:23 EST Ouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411340 I can tell that it is going to be hard to get motivated today. I was watering a lizard and must have bumped the bookcase it was on and well seems my son had left an axe sitting there. It somehow managed to slice the bottom of my toe and to take a piece off the front. Considering how sharp it was, I am pretty lucky, the cuts are minor but they still hurt. I did manage to walk last night with it, but it's slowing me down. I am hoping that it doesn't bother me too much during stretching a... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:31:51 EST 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410508 Nothing exciting here today, but I did increase my stretching, did my weights and didn't hate it this morning. I had a nice breakfast, will eat more than I should today but it's one day. Tomorrow will get back on track . I already plan on avoiding the brownies, won't stuff myself and I know that to keep peace and harmony with my husband, I can't act like I am watching what I eat. Thu, 4 Jul 2013 10:29:15 EST Day before the 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409449 I already know tomorrow is going to be hard to diet. My husband wants potato salad or some such thing. The menu is hot dogs and hamburgers, I can skip a hot dog but will end up eating a hamburger. Maybe I can find some way to incorporate more vegetables into the menu, trim the bun a bit. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:36:28 EST First weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408257 I am a bit excited about weighing in for the first time since I started working out more and eating better. I assumed that I lost at least the two pounds so put 175 as my start weight but I am hoping that after almost 2 weeks that I am down a bit more than that. Also will be nice to get the two miles of walking under my belt for the day Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:03:45 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407175 I think working in the garden really tired me out yesterday. I just don't have the ambition to get started this morning. I know I need to do something so guess I just need to drag my butt up and work out with those weights for at least 10 minutes. Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:31:17 EST First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406668 Hoping this inspires me. I really want to feel more fit and healthy. I am excited about walking with my friend Vicky at the mall on Tuesday and to see if I lost any weight. I put 175 as my starting weight since I think I've lost a few since my last weigh in, but a few more pounds off would make me feel really good Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:13:41 EST