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/ First day of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445730 Whew. I made it that first day without eating desserts. I noticed that sweets are kinda like a default for me....I went to a get together and thank goodness they didn't have any desserts. <BR> <BR> They are cocktail people and I am also thankful that I can stop at one because if they were serving cupcakes, I am not sure I could say the same. They had cheese, nuts, crackers and the like to munch on. I am glad I had salad for dinner because I think the low cal salad balanced out the high cal ... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 17:10:53 EST Last day of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444908 I am thinking i want to avoid eating food with added sugar . I don't know exactly what too much added sugar is...i know if sugar is towards the front of the ingredient list it means too much sugar...for now. ...today...i want to avoid foods that are obviously for entertainment, like desserts. I cannot think of any reason to eat cookies or cake beside recreation... And for the most part i end up regretting it when i consume it and it is rarely as tasty or satisfying in my mouth as it was in m... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:41:10 EST Pause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366953 Now I am waiting 10 minutes until I have the sugar...in the form of guava paste...it is like thick fruit rollup...I am writing for ten minutes about the craving because I have just eaten lunch and I was actually thinking about it even before lunch...because I saw it and I avoided having at at the beginning...but it shows me how obsessed I get with the food thoughts once the door opens....Even a good lunch....with good fruit to end it doesn't satisfy the urges....so I decided to reflect on ho... Fri, 26 May 2017 15:45:00 EST week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359322 Procrastination. Avoidance. ... <BR> That is the theme of the weekend. On Friday I got the results for an important test. I was busy when it came in, yet it is now Monday, mid-morning and I still haven't looked. I am afraid of the results. Right now I can still wonder and hope for the best...afterwards...I have to face the truth. I think that is why I stayed up too late last night watching you tube videos. I can get up early and check the results if I sleep in... <BR> <BR> Other than that I ... Mon, 8 May 2017 13:49:48 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355861 I neglected movement..I had an excuse. Feeling badly. Now the allergies are going crazy thanks to the winds that come from inland (instead of usually from the ocean) and carry all the pollen in the world . My lips are raw. My throat hurts. My eyes can't see straight because they are under attack too! Next week I plan to hit the workouts again. <BR> <BR> I did ok with the planning and reflecting and seeing friends and meditating. <BR> <BR> I was a little erratic with the house cleaning, pr... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:40:16 EST week one of round 3. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352194 Results: <BR> I did the following most often: 1, 5, 6, 7,9. <BR> Next were 2, 3, 4 <BR> Needs work: 8 10 <BR> <BR> Reflection <BR> I am so happy that flossing, planning, reflecting, connection, and meditating are become habits. These are good things. <BR> Also, I am happy with the progress I am making in moving my body. I am building habits. Soon, not having the habit will be a distant memory. <BR> Cleaning and interrupting bad food choices need work. I am happy I remembered a couple of t... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:02:07 EST Ten Suggestions, round 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347528 I am renaming my 28 day challenge as above. I like this title because it alludes to the ten commandments, but suggestions are much easier to digest and get cozy with... <BR> <BR> For the next 28 days I will aim to meet a goal from each of these categories: <BR> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> Body <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <BR> 1) Floss <BR> <em>52</em> <BR> 2) Move f... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:57:44 EST Mix n Match Challenge review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347525 Over the last four weeks, I've been aiming to meet any of my ten daily mini goals documented in this blog: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332136 </link> <BR> <BR> This time I'm going to review how each individual goal went and then think big picture...Here is how it went: <BR> 1) Flossing was not great. There are still nights I say I'm too tired....I am going to keep this goal until it sticks! <BR> 2) I made progress in at least ten minutes of... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:47:31 EST Week 3 Mix n Match Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343217 Week's results <BR> <BR> I am so proud that I met all 10 goals on multiple days! <BR> The only weak goals were 1, and 8. (cleaning goals..hah hah) <BR> <BR> I am still trying to determine if I am doing the right thing for my career. I feel badly for not feeling prepared for the test last week...and for rescheduling it for two weeks later because that means I will not get to test #3 before the deadlines of my program. That means that all this focus on one thing might not pay off--as I hope... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 14:30:47 EST Week 2 Mix n Match challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339755 Last week I did the following at least five days: <BR> 5, 9, 10 <BR> I did the following four days: <BR> 6, 7, 8 <BR> I am struggling with these <BR> 4, 3, 1, 2 <BR> Stretching, body weight exercises, flossing, movement <BR> <BR> Yikes! I am neglecting my body. <BR> This week, I will make a greater focus to taking care of my body. (Also I have noticed I am not drinking enough water as my eyes and hands feel very dry in the morning.) <BR> <BR> I also had a bit of a breakthrough in my a... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:35:39 EST Week 1 Mix n' Match Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335814 I met these goals most days (at least five times): <BR> 1 Floss, <BR> 2 Move <BR> 5 Plan <BR> 9 Meditate <BR> 10 Gratitude <BR> <BR> Next in frequency (4 times) <BR> 6 Reflect <BR> 7 Call a friend <BR> <BR> Next (3 times) <BR> 3 10 body strength <BR> 4 stretching <BR> <BR> Least often (2x) <BR> 8 cleaning up <BR> <BR> Over the last week, my food was pretty good. It did not take any crazy trips. The decision to ask myself if this is the rare moment that I will indulge in a sweet has be... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:28:15 EST Mix and Match 28 day Callenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332136 For the next 28 days I will aim to meet a goal from each of these categories: <BR> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> Body <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <em>362</em> <BR> 1) Floss <BR> <em>52</em> <BR> 2) Move for 10 minutes or more <BR> <em>354</em> <BR> 3) Do ten push-ups of crunches or squats (or modifications of them) <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> 4) Spend 2 minutes stretching. <BR>... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:42:15 EST Pick your Part Challenge Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332130 Over the last month I have tracked not quite daily my success in 10 goals. <BR> Things I learned: Plan, Do, Reflect, Repeat. Indulge rarely. Balance is important. <BR> <BR> The ten goals" <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=63<BR>11358 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is what how it went: <BR> <BR> First, I learned that I need to figure out a consistent way to access and report each day's achievement, because I was only able to find the result... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:22:19 EST Pick your Part Challenge Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330882 Almost done with this....yay. Tomorrow I can evaluate how things went. <BR> <BR> This is how I do things now: <BR> plan. do. reflect. repeat. <BR> <BR> I did the first two, now the second two are important to actually change for the good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went fine, until I showed up for my test. I went in feeling good. The first two questions threw me and the test format also threw me so I was off. Even the problems that should have been easier were a challenge because I wasn't readin... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:34:10 EST Pick your Part Challenge Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329830 Yesterday I again focused on study and I realized I have been a little crazed about it and now my food is going nutty. I had too much cereal for dinner and an evening snack that I didn't even need. I can see I don't need it as watch myself have it anyway. I let other things go and focus mostly on the study. My house is messy. My food is messy. There are important things on my to-do list I've neglected in the name of study. I have to take two more tests after the one I take tomorrow. I think I... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:36:17 EST Day 24 Pick Your Part Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329348 As usual for the last few weeks, I spent most of the day studying. I also sorted out something with my application at the school. I cleaned up the kitchen a bit! :) <BR> I feel a little frustrated because I am reviewing something I forgot to look at earlier. I had it on my list, and then just set it aside. I am so grateful that a friend reminded me about it. Yet, I was doing quite a bit of fretting about. Then someone told me that maybe I can change the energy if instead of worrying about wh... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 16:11:27 EST Weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328848 Weekend. <BR> <BR> I was not too gung ho to go go go. Which means the weekend was much nicer and I didn't get to Monday feeling lost. Now, it is back to the week day schedule. <BR> <BR> I learned something this weekend: rarely. I once worked with a nutritionist that told me to eat sweets/desserts 'moderately.' Ha. What does that mean? Once a month? Once a week? Once a day? Then somebody else suggested eliminating the choice and things become a lot easier. That sounds an awful lot like 'ne... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 16:46:01 EST Pick your Part weekend plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327241 Day 20 results <BR> I work work work on my test prep and my friend pointed out that I was bingeing on it. Then I have very little left for much else. At the evening of the day I could not imagine going out of the house for a swim. I did manage to chop up some vegetables and incorporate other ingredients too and make soup. After I was done with all that I figured I deserved some down time and sat down to watch some tv. One show became two and then I went on the internet and watched show after ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 13:43:54 EST Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323980 Yesterday was another runaway day. It just happened. I did not write down what I planned to do and not surprisingly it wasn't the greatest day. <BR> <BR> Honey was home and that has thrown me off in the past too. Also, there was a car chase on tv and I HAD to watch it to the end. Except I missed the payoff. I was doing hw in front of the tv and suddenly they announced it was over and I didn't see what happened. I guess that means nothing tragic happened. I must admit in the light of the nex... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:33:15 EST Pick Your Part Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322976 yesterday <BR> I studied for cset, ordered my undergraduate transcripts, went to religious class, set up test 2 <BR> <BR> I didn't really plan my meals as my stomach was just begging to feel ok. I had cereal, almond milk, and a banana for breakfast and then all the hunger that had been nausea turned on hard and strong. I had crackers, pizza, and ginger chews for an early lunch. For dinner I had soup and turkey sandwich. I had a doughnut on the way home from class around 9:30pm. Even as I had... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:51:42 EST Day 12-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322339 I planned Day 12, 13, 14. That is always helpful. On day 14 I was sick. I ate something that did not agree with me. The timing was all wrong because those weekend days are the busiest days for me. I still managed to do what I planned, but I was not 100%. On day 15 & 16, I just went with the flow. I did not much plan. I have lots to do and I just do it. I do not think just going with the flow is a good idea. I think I need to plan for the weekend as a block because when Monday comes around I f... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:52:31 EST 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