GORIANA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GORIANA GORIANA'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/ Pick Your Part day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319867 I veered from my plan with regards to eating. There was a small tin of butter cookies. I was home alone with them all day. Then dh got home and I got all over him because he was supposed to take them to the office. Then as the night went on, I just could not get them off my mind. I even locked them in my husbands car in the garage so it would be inaccessible. It didn't matter. I couldn't rest until there were no more cookies left. Thank goodness it was only a small tin of four servings. <BR>... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:03:25 EST Pick your Part Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319437 Today is Tuesday. I forgot to plan Monday. I spent a lot of time with people Friday-Monday because of school and celebrating my mom's birthday. I mostly prepared for the face time and cleaned up the house and shopped for food and so forth. It all went very well. People had a chance to enjoy each other's company. I was very surprised that at the restaurant there was a basket of muffins and I did not want any. At home yesterday, I cut and served cake and did not want any. Then when I was avoidi... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:28:11 EST Pick Your Part Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318334 Day 9 results <BR> I got up and went to lab school. It was the first day at the site. When we got to the classroom where our students will meet, I got a little overwhelmed by it all. The master teacher was talking about how some of her first students are coming back to visit and let her know that they are about to graduate from university and I got emotional. I was surprised. I think it is for a lot of reasons: The impact I hope to have on my own students. The difficult decision I made to swi... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:24:21 EST Pick Your Part Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317454 To review, this is my own challenge: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311358 </link> <BR> <BR> I got a week into it and then left on Sunday for a short vacation. I came back Wednesday night and just experienced 'reentry' on Thursday by calling in the house keeper and cleaning up the laundry I left behind. <BR> <BR> On my vacation, I stuck to my food plan for the first day. (The plan was to have a plate one half full with vegetables and on... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:31:09 EST Pick Your Parts Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314562 Yesterday my meals got really extended and overloaded and I even had a snack that ended up a meal. I felt terrible physically and emotionally. I think I am anxious about going out of town for a few days. I haven't packed and I leave in 15 hours.....I must review what I did yesterday and I want to do while I am away. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did met the following Pick Your Part challenges: <BR> #1 meal planned <BR> #3 walking in am <BR> #5 Called friends <BR> #6 spent a few minutes cleaning up t... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:21:21 EST Pick Your Part Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313960 I forgot to make a plan for the day. I thought about it, but I did not write it down. I am not sure if that counts for planning.... <BR> <BR> The best thing about yesterday is that I finally had some repairs done on my car. <BR> <BR> These are the goals I met for the pick your part challenge: <BR> 2) flossed BEFORE going to bed <BR> 5) called a couple of friends to ask for suggestions about how to be sane on my upcoming vacation where food is included..as much as I want. <BR> 7) meditation... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:27:48 EST Day Four Pick Your Part Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313635 These are the goals I met yesterday: <BR> 1) I planned my meal, but once again veered...at night. uggg. <BR> 2) My teeth are so happy I am flossing at night like dentists recommend <BR> 5) I called a friend <BR> 7) I meditated (and napped) <BR> 9) I always think of what I'm grateful for before I let myself fall asleep <BR> <BR> five. ok. better than none. <BR> <BR> reflections: <BR> <BR> After my morning errands I got home in the afternoon and just could not get myself to do any work. sig... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 20:40:22 EST Pick Your Parts Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313027 Day 3: I got seven goals done! <BR> <BR> #1, I planned my meal, but veered from it <BR> #2 flossed before bed <BR> #3 I walked at 7:30 and went swimming! (~1.3 hours of movement) <BR> #5 called a friend <BR> #7 spent 30 minutes of meditation <BR> #9 gratitudes, done <BR> #10 planned too much, again... <BR> <BR> Reflection: I tried signing for up for cset but the process seems like first you buy a voucher and THEN you sign up. So I did step one. I will continue on the process in the next da... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:26:38 EST Pick Your Parts Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312087 Day 2: I got 8 goals done today! <BR> <BR> #1 I planned my meals and found that tea with milk was a great mid afternoon snack and a nonfat decaf latte was a great treat at the end of the day. I even stayed away from some cookies offered by one of my classmates. Yes. I planned meals AND I stuck to it! <BR> #2 flossed before my night class (that is the real reason I said no to the cookies :) <BR> #3 I went up and down the stairs at home for ten minutes <BR> #4 I did two minutes EACH of bicep c... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 02:06:48 EST Pick your Parts Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311812 Yay, Day 1, lots to be proud of...did 7/10 goals for the day! <BR> <BR> #3 I rode my bike for 20 minutes <BR> #4 did ten modified, incline push ups <BR> #5 I saw my friends at a meeting <BR> #9 I was grateful <BR> #2 I flossed before sleep! <BR> #6 I did laundry and cooked and cleaned up the kitchen afterwards <BR> #1 my food plan for today <BR> breakfast: husband cooks eggs, bacon, tomato, raisn, walnut bread and milk coffee <BR> lunch: pepperoni pizza, Caribbean cabbage, grapes <BR> di... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 14:21:44 EST Pick your Part 28 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311358 Initially when I joined SparkPeople I joined challenges that helped me get started on making better choices. Then I stopped for a long while because I kept falling behind on the daily and weekly goals. Recently, I thought I have grown enough to try again. I joined the walk this way challenge. I think I am at least two weeks in and I so far behind on the daily challenges, I think I will leave that team. <BR> <BR> I learned that I can't do it the way other people do it. I need to figure mysel... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 18:39:04 EST 2016 & 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291930 <BR> I am reviewing my goals for 2016. I did not enjoy 2016. My work life fell apart because I stuck to the same thing too long. It was comfortable. Now I am on a different path and it feels like I can breathe again. I didn't quite make the target on some of my goals, but I got closer and some changed as the year went on. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061318 </link> <BR> <BR> 1) Naples Island Swim: I didn't do the official swim ev... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:58:07 EST Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285629 How was last week. I didn't have any packaged candy. I didn't notice some Indian sweets were in fact candy. Once I did, I had no more the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> I again lost exact count of how many days I did what from my daily goals and this week is all fun. No work. Road trip. My goals must be mindful of that. I will not set myself up for failure by trying very difficult or unusual goals. <BR> <BR> Next week I plan to do most of this: <BR> 1) log food <BR> 2) think before eating out... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 17:19:19 EST T-shirts I would like to see http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284230 There are some short quotes that i like and want to be reminded of in a t-shirt. Some already exist, but I want to list them here so I can r ember. <BR> <BR> <em>14</em> "Just keep swimming." <BR> <BR> because Dory is so cute and this helps me push a little harder. <BR> <BR> <em>557</em> "Stop Looking for the Bottom" <BR> <BR> <BR> From this blog post: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190735 </link> <BR> <BR> This quote means mu... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:20:10 EST Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283041 Last week I logged my food every day but Saturday. I went to a party and I didn't have a very good plan for the party food. The food was mostly fine. It was the dessert table that got me. . There was enough pies and cakes and tins of goodies that we each could have had one whole pie, cake, or tin to ourselves. I tried some of it and went back for more. I intended to have only one piece of one thing. Ha. I had to try some of each. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, before the party, I was down in weight... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:36:30 EST Week 2 of Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280055 How did last week go? <BR> Tracking food: I forgot to log food on one day. On two days I logged after the fact. The average for the six days that I tracked was 1739. I am not sure I am logging everything. At the end of the day I get snacky and I log after the fact. <BR> <BR> My weight was up on Sunday. I didn't weigh myself today. <BR> <BR> I have to do something with the urge to snack as soon as I get in the house. What's that about? I know that I don't like the day to end because it fee... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:15:12 EST Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277682 Last week I started an experiment. Somewhere along the week, I forgot about it. I did track my food and the average is about the same as last week. Why do I feel puffy? Maybe my food is more caloric than I realize. There was also too much candy and baked goods. I didn't move as much as I would like. I also stayed up too late and woke up too late. <BR> <BR> Next week: <BR> 1) Continue to track food. Don't forget to count the 'little' things that weren't included last week. <BR> 2) Plan the ... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:02:19 EST Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273330 I have been at the same weight for a few months now, so I will experiment with changes to start this weight loss again. <BR> <BR> Last week the report says I ate an average of 1734 calories a day. <BR> I ate mostly three meals and two snacks. I will change it to three meals and one snack. <BR> I will do a morning walk each day before work. <BR> I will do a bit of movement during my breaks. <BR> Net week at this time will see how it is going. <BR> <BR> To do: <BR> plan for the day <BR> t... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:54:46 EST Staying off the Train and other Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216334 Last time I was on here, I described the 'Night Train' of eating too much. <BR> I board this train when one 'snack' leads to another then another then another until things get out of control and only total disgust and over consumption stops the train. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208786 </link> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the awareness of this habit. It was only by looking at what I do and giving it a name that I have been able ... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:52:27 EST Night Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208786 *Recently I revisited Guns and Roses, "Nightrain" about a fortified wine by the same name. Boy can I relate: <BR> "Loaded like a freight train. Flying like an airplane. Feeling like a space brain. Ready to crash and burn. I never learn. I am on the night train never to return. I am on the night train so I can leave this slum." <BR> <BR> (Tried to add a link to the video, didn't work.) <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyf8<BR>oRF6Trg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Too often I fall int... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:03:10 EST Stop Looking for the Bottom (You can't swim with your feet on the floor) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190735 Today marks five years since the first time I swam the length of a pool (25 yards) doing the freestyle without stopping! I am still as excited about swimming now as I was then. I can hardly believe my luck on finding swimming. It was a fluke. Independently from each other my husband and a friend decided they wanted to learn to swim and needed company. <BR> <BR> First I joined my friend in an indoor heated Olympic sized pool in early 2011. My friend and the instructor were already in the poo... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:54:54 EST February review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119047 Here is what I've done last month to achieve the goals for the year: <BR> 1) Naples Island Swim (August 2016, Long Beach, CA) <BR> I'm not sure I'm preparing well for this. I've asked another teammate for suggestions. Maybe I can get company to practice in the salty water once the water temps are warmer. <BR> <BR> 2) A healthy body <BR> I made great strides here. I've even lost a little weight. I'm walking most mornings. It helps. In the past I would have thought the 20-30 minutes I take... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:30:14 EST I must remember this.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096544 "Don't beat yourself up." <BR> <BR> You've heard that, right? I have. It never made any big impact on me. I always told myself that I was cool with myself. Well, I don't think I was. I never got too upset about eating 'missteps', but I always get on myself in other missteps. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was in a funk over not pushing hard enough in a professional project. I spent less time on it that I had planned. Then, I couldn't let that 'failure' go. I saw myself as a big mess; incapable of s... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 14:07:50 EST January review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094339 Here is what I've done last month to achieve the goals for the year: <BR> 1) Naples Island Swim (August 2016, Long Beach, CA) <BR> I'm swimming with master's team. I've asked veteran swimmers for suggestions. <BR> I think I need to work on the mental aspects of this...and get more time in the pool. Once a week doesn't feel like enough. <BR> <BR> 2) A healthy body <BR> I've got a better handle on my eating. I've found a way to remember taking my vitamins. I've gotten more regular at gettin... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:29:36 EST 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061318 Last year was a dud and it made me sad. This year will be better if I include these things: <BR> 1) Naples Island Swim (August 2016, Long Beach, CA) <BR> 2) A healthy body <BR> 3) A job I love. <BR> 4) One month+ in Italy <BR> 5) A fabulous marriage <BR> 6) an abundance of friends & family relationships <BR> 7) peaceful home life <BR> 8) order <BR> 9) artistic, creative, exciting endevours Tue, 5 Jan 2016 17:28:49 EST Oct. 2015. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009381 September Goals are going well. I'm back swimming regularly, and that is a big bonus, because I do enjoy the water. I'm extra buoyant and I want to check some of this girth, so now I want to focus on nutrition. <BR> <BR> This month, I'll try Nutrition Diva's tips to overhaul my diet: <link>www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fit<BR>ness/healthy-eating/how-to-overhaul-yo<BR>ur-diet </link> <BR> She suggests eliminating sugary drinks, eating more fruits and vegetables, consuming less process... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:45:30 EST Let's Try Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994836 My last posting didn't stick because unexpected things came up. I guess there will always be unexpected things. These were just bummers: A young cousin passed, a big layoff. I hope I can figure out how to move past them more easily in the future. For now, I'm ready to go at this again. They have been slightly revamped: <BR> <BR> Swim 3x week with swim team. <BR> weekend and M, W. <BR> <BR> Track food 3x <BR> <BR> Work: decide focus for day and dedicate at least 4 hrs to it <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:35:16 EST Week 24, 2015; know any teas good enough for indulgence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945599 Last week it felt like time to start again. I decided a focus. The focus will be career, nutrition, and movement. I was aware of these things last week. <BR> <BR> The toughest thing has been eating too much calorie dense foods in response to emotional stress. Last week I swapped cookies for some indulgent (expensive and delicious) berries and Greek yogurt. I like the taste and letting myself spend on the extra good stuff feels indulgent. During the day it is easy. Had trouble with the nigh... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:55:21 EST Where has all the focus gone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894017 It is day 75 of 2015 and I’ve yet to review last year or plan this one. Let’s see what I hoped for 2014: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585726 <BR> <BR> First I hoped to focus more and then I was all over the place. Next, I turned to fitness and intuitive eating. It doesn’t look too good there either. I’m ten pounds heavier. Now I can recognize myself overeating, but I still have trouble turning down the relief of baked goods. The bottom li... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:23:32 EST A breakthrough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833428 Why have baked goods lured me back for seconds, thirds, and fourths? It happens too often. Because moderation hasn't worked well for me, I decided to just say 'no' to baked goods for a while. I threw in no fried food just for kicks. The goal is to go a week and maybe a month without. The hope is that baked goods will lose the hold they have on me. <BR> <BR> I keep forgetting, so I've gone only a couple of days. Yet I had one good day where I remembered to say 'no'. I was at an amusement pa... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:49:44 EST All I want for Christmas is to give relief to my pants' seams. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825963 It is December. Already. It is time to look at 2014 and to think about 2015. I am reluctant to examine my accomplishments for the year because it feels like it was one stumbling block after another. Right now I have a sore right forearm and a cut up left index finger that keep me from meeting certain fitness goals, like swimming and pull-ups. Also, my weight is up. <BR> <BR> Weight vigilance is difficult. I want to abandon the focus on weight, but I certainly don’t want to be 200 pounds. I g... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:30:08 EST What now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810829 October was another tough month. I did ok with some of my goals, and not so good on others. I neglected the garage clean up because I need my arm and back in top shape for that. Something happened to my back and then my forearm. This also impacted my workout goals. I let it get the better of me and I was bummed out most of the month. <BR> <BR> I need to find my mojo again. It is tough because the year is almost out and I have to think hard to find things that are better than in the beginnin... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 17:22:26 EST Oct. 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789979 Sept. was ...long and hot. <BR> <BR> My honey thinks that because I was grumpy once Sweet September was bust. I disagree. I know that hunger or sleepiness or feeling frazzled are not good states for me. He gets that, but he thought magically I would be sweeter even at those times. Overall, I was. One day I wasn't. I'm human. I'll keep being as sweet as I would like others to be and I know that there will be times I miss the mark. Oh well. That will make me prouder for the times I hit the ta... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:28:56 EST The Art of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787041 "Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me." <BR> <BR> --Chris Prentiss from "Zen and the Art of Happiness" <BR> <BR> Somebody recommended this book to me. I appreciate the message that it does no good adding negative thoughts to every situation. The author suggests we should ask ourselves "What good will come of this?" when we get into situations that might seem negative, on first look. <BR> <BR> The thing that confuses me about this way of looking ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:11:01 EST Sweet Sweep September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768892 My list of resolutions for August was long. Overall, I am pleased with how it went. Some things, like packing for tomorrow, cooking, and cleaning were a challenge. On the other hand, exercising and turning off the TV and doing fun things were easy. The big pleasant surprise was that turning off the TV and engaging in ‘joy’ talk made my husband very happy. I felt good too. It creates a loop of happiness. I want to explore this a bit more in September. Towards that end, I want to be sweet i... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:10:02 EST August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753165 This year is past the half way mark and I it feels like I am spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere. I hope I’ve learned something about what eating for hunger feels like. Now, I will focus on the ‘easy’ stuff: Action. These are my ten actions for August. <BR> <BR> 1) Turn off the media (TV, computer, cell phone) by 9pm Sunday-Thursday. <BR> 2) Lights out and sawing logs by 10pm Sunday-Friday. <BR> 3) Hit the fitness center by 6:30am on Monday(Swim/Walk), Wednesday(Swim/Walk), Thursday... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:40:51 EST 2014 Mid-Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736868 It is time for the half year assessment. Let’s look at how things are going: <BR> 1) Intuitive eating: <BR> a. I am thicker and heavier than I was at the end of last year. The smaller pants I bought in December sit in the closet. I think this is mostly due to eating out and not cooking at home. <BR> b. I am learning to eat for hunger. Slowly I am undoing the habits of the past. I’m taking small steps, but I’m stepping towards my goal. I’ve found myself tossing yucky food that seemed good when... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:48:09 EST Joyful June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706971 How did May go? Well, it is hard to tell. I don’t exactly know how to measure the changes I’m trying to make. I’m going to make some goals for June that are easier to track, so I can feel awesome about checking off that I’ve done them. I think I need to feel good, especially in unstructured time like the evening, to make the nutrition goals easier to meet. <BR> <BR> The evening, after work, is one of the most difficult times for me to eat properly. Sometimes I eat my feelings. I need to shif... Fri, 30 May 2014 17:48:31 EST I don't like Sundays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693615 On Sunday I felt a push to have too many treats because I was resenting that I had to do a bunch of chores to get ready for the week. The contrast between the fun weekend and the onerous work week was especially obvious because I just got back from a three day visit to a resort. <BR> <BR> It was my first lounge-style vacation. It was great. I took some books and nail polish to fill in the free time, but I never got to them. I filled my time with the newspaper and visits to the spa. When I w... Mon, 12 May 2014 18:11:25 EST The Connection Between Food and Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683437 How could you have missed it? Back in the late nineties when you decided to do something about your expanding girth, you read a book that talked about it, and you dismissed it. The book said that people with extra weight had “issues.” That is not how it was put, but that is how you took it. <BR> <BR> You said, “No. Not me. I do not have issues. I just like to eat.” <BR> <BR> Then, you jumped to the chapter that talked about exercise. That is where you jumped in with gusto. Yeah, you lear... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:16:54 EST Race Day Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661879 You signed up for a 5k? Hmm. This seems out of character. How did this happen? <BR> <BR> This is the question I'm asking myself. <BR> <BR> A coworker suggested signing up for a 10k, but it was too expensive and I don't like running. The idea seemed to grow some roots, though. When I saw the 5k training programs featured on the daily SparkPeople blog, I decided, why not do this...just to have a structured program that pushes me a little further than I might push myself. <BR> <BR> Then, I... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:27:45 EST 2013 In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661137 Finally I am reviewing how I did with my 2013 goals. <BR> <BR> I had five goals for the year: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186892 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> Swim 75 miles in the year. <em>42</em> <BR> But I have good excuses! <em>334</em> things got difficult for me and my family mid year. <BR> I am happy I managed to do about half the distance. I did what I could. There is the lesson: be flexible and do the best you ca... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:06 EST April 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656234 March was a weird month. One morning I woke up with what turned out to be vertigo. I thought I was having a stroke. The after affect is that I’m confused about my options for physical activity. The ER doctor told me to mind how I move my head. I haven’t done a push up or a burpee or a crunch since. I also didn’t try trampoline aerobics because I just don’t know if that is wise. However, I feel better and haven’t had any dizziness since the incident. <BR> <BR> On the positive side, once I got... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:12:20 EST March 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638633 In January I had some ideas about what I would be working on in March. Now, I see that this is still a rebuilding phase. Last month, I had some trouble with basic things, like sleeping right and eating too much. I also eased up on the workouts. I caught this deviation after I saw the scale creep up. Yay for feedback! <BR> <BR> I have rededicated to logging food. I hope that someday I do not have to do this. That day is not here yet. <BR> <BR> To get back the workout mojo, I am doing one of... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:34:13 EST February, 2014. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614146 January review: <BR> My main focus for January was to get back into the swing of things and to focus on SLEEP. I went to bed at 10am most ‘school’ days. I’ll need to keep this up. If I get out of bed by 7am, all is well. Maybe later, I’ll try for an earlier up time. For now, 7am works. <BR> <BR> The other big push in January was a return to the pull-up bar. I am determined to get one unassisted chin-up this year. If I can make that a pull-up, that is all the better. In the mean time I will ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:01:41 EST In and Out of the Pool. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588383 I always enjoy the feeling after I swim. So why do I hesitate to make a swim happen? I am in a new community. I’m a bit intimidated by the swimmers I saw when I visited the local pools. I saw them on deck in their little speedos and thin strapped suits. You could see the hip bones on the guys and the ladies had muscular thighs and lean bodies. I wear a granny suit, I am not lean, and I still feel insecure as a swimmer. I have been swimming for almost three years, but I am slow. A lot of lap s... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:55:10 EST January Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587211 January will be the month to figure out where I am and assess and measure: <BR> Time for one mile <BR> Pushups in one minute <em>248</em> <BR> Squats in one minute <BR> Crunches in one minute <em>248</em> <BR> Hang or pull-up or chin-up time <BR> Sit and reach <em>248</em> <BR> Body Measurements <em>248</em> <BR> Step ups <BR> <BR> Also, I need to buy <BR> new swim gear, <BR> new sneakers, <BR> and a book to help with intuitive eating. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Week of Jan 6... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 18:29:15 EST 2014: Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585726 The year’s theme will be focus, because I need to focus on one thing at a time. Things get chaotic when several tasks are managed at once. If I’m mindful of what I’m doing, I can complete the task at hand better and faster. If I put my attention to the moment my thoughts will not make me anxious. I want to be in charge in 2014 and focus will get me there. <BR> <BR> (The tabs don't work, so below looks funny.) <BR> <BR> These are the things I will work on in 2014: <BR> 1) Intuitive Eatin... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:49:17 EST Hello 2014. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584824 It’s the second week of 2014 and I feel behind. I was away from the computer because I was away from work. I need to review how 2013 went and make plans for the rest of 2014. Right now, I feel like I’ve slept through the beginning of the year. I learned something, though. <BR> <BR> I took two weeks off from work from the Monday before Christmas. My plan was to get to those house chores that have been on my ‘to do’ list for a while. I did not. I felt somewhat guilty about this and that caused... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:14:51 EST Week 41 and the Rest of 2013. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510995 Can you believe this is week 41 of only 52 weeks in a year? It is time to get in gear to finish the year on a high note and accomplish as much of the three remaining goals for 2013. Ultimately, my main objective is to get to goal weight, finally. The goals below are in support of that and also so I can get stronger. <BR> <BR> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <em>237</em> <BR> On swimming 75 miles in 2013: <BR> I’ve realized that getting all... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:26:29 EST