GOULDSGRANITE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GOULDSGRANITE GOULDSGRANITE'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/ Daily discipline Journal 7.20.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389852 We are camping - <em>332</em> <em>555</em> <em>557</em> <em>563</em> <BR> <BR> Working with our solar system. Using my computer in the trailer with nothing plugged in! <BR> Recharged all of the batteries in the trailer even after using 12v fans. So far so good. <BR> <BR> Took some pictures over the weekend. I will edit so you can better see all the beautiful kites we saw on the Columbia river. Every one was uniquely colored. They kept us mesmerized. <BR> <BR> Off to che... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:20:12 EST Daily discipline Journal 7.19.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389347 Wordless Wednesday <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94f6973f-9b3b-4fa0-8a23-e761e5216b6a.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afedf50f-648b-4518-a432-a6c010cd518e.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f2654d9-d585-4187-bbae-ae007d1bb650.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:21:00 EST Daily discipline Journal 7.13.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386921 I change my computer desktop picture almost daily. I find motivational pictures on Pinterest, or through daily messages from a few other sources. It’s like a changing vision board. I really like it. Desktop today~ <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34be72ff-fade-4570-93a9-8c0de1f4fdd3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My dailies: <BR> Drip irrigation - done <BR> GS watching the cat - done (seems a fitting job for a 16 yo - LOL) <em>211</em> <BR> Solar panels mounted on our truck - d... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:41:18 EST Daily discipline Journal 7.11.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386177 I learned through Dr. Oz how to zigzag calories. It is a technique that athletes use to regulate their weight. I’ve had success before getting the scale to budge after hitting a plateau. In the past two weeks, I’ve lost three pounds and broken through another plateau! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <BR> The zig-zag plan is really just adjusting your caloric intake throughout the week and easing your body away from homeostasis. It is easy. Simply make sure you vary your intake d... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:36:04 EST Daily discipline Journal 7.9.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385243 One of my first habits of everyday; log on to Spark people. My ritual is to spin the wheel, make sure I logged all my food and fitness from the previous day, and read the community feed. This morning I saw this posting: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f78376fb-cfe8-4812-a726-a5255f906508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It motivated me to grab my shoes, DH and dogs. We enjoyed a 40 minute walk. <em>252</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Sun, 9 Jul 2017 15:00:24 EST Daily discipline Journal 7.7.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384425 I have a steadfast rule. Fend for yourself Friday. It is my weekly “nudge” that things like dishes, laundry, dusting and cooking can be a group effort, not just my responsibility. Nothing special happens, other than when I (or others) have needs, I announce, “Fend for yourself Friday! Enjoy it ~ it only comes once a week!”. This habit started 10 years ago and I still endorse it today. Everyone seems to be in a weekend state of mind on Fridays and a by product is that I am free to eat lig... Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:46:43 EST Daily discipline Journal 7.6.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384097 One of my favorite Yoga views. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ca0cc3d-79f2-4193-b787-ee37068f6755.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Makes me think, "bloom where you're planted!". <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>414</em> <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Jul 2017 14:08:30 EST Daily discipline Journal 7.4.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383233 Summer 2017 5% challenge theme, “You are what you repeatedly do…” <BR> <BR> for today - <BR> <BR> Meditation & Yoga <BR> Cardio via holiday bike ride <BR> Remain alert & available to those around me <BR> <BR> I used to have a misunderstanding between meditation and prayer. Having begun a meditation practice, my new reality is they are very different. Prayer is something I do for myself, others and the world. Meditation is personal. It is my dose of daily mental health. It calms my min... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 12:35:21 EST Rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354878 Still got a bug. <em>101</em> I got kudos from DH for learning to rest and not fight it. Resting is really hard work for me. <em>521</em> I was encouraged by this posting. I will put rest ahead of diet & exercise today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62a799ee-0052-447c-9771-6508874e5146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Catching up on my Oprah & Deepak meditation series. <BR> Today's centering thought: i offer hope from the simplicity of my heart. <BR> <BR> Namaste <... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:43:22 EST Out to Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354487 Got sidelined yesterday - must say, first time in a long time. Felt yucky - unable to do my normal routine. I woke this morning a bit better. Still I could feel the coming on of something if I pushed it. <BR> <BR> Missed yesterday, so I was excited to do my morning meditation with Deepak and Oprah. Today’s message - “My future unfolds with hope and joy.” Very calming and inspirational, I followed that with a Yoga session. <em>304</em> JANPER1 for the intro to Erin the “Bad Yogi” ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:20:50 EST Week 3 & picture this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352474 Looked out this morning and caught sight of a tattered coyote eyeing our place! Before I could grab the camera, she moseyed back out into the sagebrush. Then, here she came again! She blends in, can you spot her? Sure hope it was random wandering, but makes me think of our dogs and how they sometimes get loose. <em>24</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c77612eb-8b8f-4498-a2f2-b13927064c2a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ah, life in the wild west - this is a new one! My “... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:04:01 EST Woo HOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351054 Six years tobacco free this week! <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a2afc62-0d2b-4f3a-8c19-8adca0113012.jpg">I'd say at least two! <em>247</em> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:42:19 EST Our Love Story - Dads Ranch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349787 How we just kept going and transitioned into a new better life. Since age 12, I have had an urge to live self-sufficiently. This is my story about how that dream is coming true. <BR> <BR> We started SPARKing as a result of DH’s heart attack five years ago now. I began tracking our food and practicing the healthy habits as I learned them. Looking back, I was truly able to school with SPARK and learn how to change our diet and add exercise to really begin living a good life. <em>252</em>... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 15:29:20 EST Dads Ranch - Our love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349375 I LOVE Trailer life. Check out the views! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd9e1337-0cf6-460c-9ac9-3993d4bdbc0c.jpg"> <BR> Out the front door night before last. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3dec148-47e5-40e3-ba00-f50992cbc081.jpg"> <BR> This Playing house kind of living is fun! I had always resisted the idea as extreme, never thinking I would enjoy it as I do. The trailer is easy to keep clean. We both have such a pride of ownership with her. It is so ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:10:13 EST Meditation Series http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347585 <em>414</em> <em>3</em> <em>247</em> <em>3</em> <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> I completed day one and two of this 21 day event that started on 4.10.17. I found both of them, calming, hopeful and fulfilling. Because it is Oprah & Deepak, and they asked me to share, gladly, here it is. I registered free online with The Chopra Center. I believe the meditations may also be available on YouTube. <BR> <BR> Here is my link: <BR> <link>www.chopra.com/#sm.001gt3uszpsue8p11<BR>tl26phhcy... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:27:40 EST Cake is good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346535 A question from my Shooting Stars team, ”What is your secret?”. <BR> <BR> I base my success in the kitchen as a baker on how quickly the baked goods move through. I seriously spent 50 years proving that man COULD live on bread alone. If only. Along my journey, I have happily gone from a totally self indulgent baker, to now, one who enjoys giving most baked goods away. I still get to bake- fun, DH is happy, and then I receive the added joy from sharing with others. The owner of our local... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:14:41 EST Day one - Spring challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345977 <em>248</em> water <BR> <em>401</em> morning Yoga <BR> <em>579</em> no "extra" food <BR> <em>592</em> four servings grains/whole wheat - no bread <em>594</em> <BR> <em>324</em> stationary bike and short walks with the dogs - it was windy <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> One day at a time. <BR> I will keep this blog in mind today. I have tasks that can pull me off course if I don't watch out! <BR> Grateful that DH made it back home last night after a fun day with two of our GD's.... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 11:19:12 EST No more Ms. nice guy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345712 I do not wish to be nice. <BR> I strive to be kind. <BR> <BR> “If you don’t have anything nice to say…”, straight from Mother’s mouth to my ear. <BR> <BR> I was about mid thirties when a coworker advised, that I should speak out and say my truth, break the “be nice” rule. That advice literally changed my work life. I learned to state my case and coincidence? My rise to management began almost simultaneously. Yesterday I read an article taking me back to this very point. It got me ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:27:04 EST Love - Happy Healthy Heart month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320311 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e36f5e11-02bb-4233-8708-2df8ed9096bc.jpg"> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:16:51 EST 5K Badge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319507 Thank you to Barb and the Shooting Stars for the jump start & motivation! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84199910-9a53-464e-b9e8-087a2ad46b9b.jpg"> <BR> Day 10 - daily walks. I am sure, if not for my streak, I would have not made myself walk today. It poured all day. I did Yoga first thing instead of a Sunrise walk. Cleaned and did some gardening. Still pouring. Did a work out video after lunch. Dave and I had a good visit with our DS in AZ. I peeked outside af... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:17:01 EST NSV - Daily walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318004 As I walked a 5K with my Spark Teammates last Sunday, I realized that I needed to add walking to my daily discipline. I have read it for years, “add daily walking.”. <em>311</em> <em>361</em> <em>364</em> <em>244</em> When we are at home it is hard to make the time. I do great when we are on the road, but I get very complacent here. Gardening is always at the top of my agenda. I have always varied my cardio and enjoyed the benefits of a “power” cardio, type A, jump around and g... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:02:13 EST Super Bowl Sunday 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311311 What I plan on doing during the game: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=the_super_bowl_exercise_game_work_o<BR>ut_while_you_watch </link> <BR> <BR> My kudos to Betty White for getting out there on the field! Always a fan here! <BR> <BR> Go Go Ga Ga! <em>244</em> <em>320</em> <em>216</em> <em>281</em> <em>417</em> <em>320</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 17:01:58 EST Thank Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297958 Congratulations to all Winter 5% challengers! We are in the air and heading for Australia! <BR> <BR> After taking a Winter In-between break, the timing is good for me - how about you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09c41aaf-940f-45a3-8406-3b69c2f1acbe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since Fall challenge, <BR> <BR> Up 7 pounds to 144 <BR> lost my 237 week exercise 90min weekly streak <BR> feel OK but not bouncy and ready to go like usual. <BR> <BR> As for the 237 week s... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:53:15 EST Life is Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271988 We had the "perfect" dinner planned. Then the two propane stoves we brought failed. It was the pressure regulator on the main tank that pooped out, of course, so no propane. <BR> <BR> We are so used to playing survivor, we barely missed a beat! Our Thanksgiving meal at the river turned out to be one of our best memories ever. We threw a foil wrapped, potato, yam, and three ears of corn in with the turkey. Our plates were embellished with pats of butter and a scoop of canned cranberries... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:25:10 EST Thankful for you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271600 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ae3b45c-c78b-400b-b9e2-0efac43775cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Happiest Thanksgiving to my Spark Friends! <em>334</em> Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:03:54 EST Win Today & Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126751 Bring on the Spring 5% eight week challenge!!! <BR> <BR> Since the Fall 2012 5% challenge, my DH and I have successfully used these challenges to keep us focused on our healthy goals. We love them. They work for us. <BR> We were led to SparkPeople, via my DD after my DH suffered a heart attack. We began tracking our food and read the reports. We made small changes toward improving our sodium and fat intake levels. We started riding bikes. That was four years ago. <BR> <BR> We are very... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:19:12 EST I thought I was healed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122396 <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> After a year of grieving my husband of 25 years, I moved. Literally, My DD, SIL and 2 GKids moved from AZ to Portland, Oregon. I moved in with my kids and got a job as a waitress. At that point, I could have gotten a job working for my former employer. It was a formal job again in a sales office, a new experience. I was just not in the mood to take my life so serious, so I got a job as ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:11:14 EST Tell the Story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121484 “All people should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.” - James Thurber <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>137</em> <BR> I am so grateful to each of you for taking your time to go through this journey with me. It means so much to me. Thank you. <BR> <BR> Tell the Story... <BR> I was very fortunate after Larry, my first husband died, of going to bereavement c... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 14:02:47 EST Tell the Story... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117744 I have always resisted going there. At about age 40, I was introduced, by accident, on how different my memory was than others. It has only been in the past 10 years since marrying my best friend, Dave that I am truly starting to realize that - I remember. If you have ever watched, "The Big Bang Theory", the sitcom, My DH calls me his "Shelly". LOL Not even close. Sheldon has a perfect memory, which recalls every detail. Plus, he has all the studies and education to back it up. My BS... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:35:04 EST Too Dark for Spark? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117004 <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dave, my DH, of ten years, has told me for quite some time, "You need to tell the story, write the book.". We talked about it again this morning, and I asked him, "Why? What's the purpose?". <BR> <BR> He said it could help someone else. I told him it would hurt, He said others are hurting. I said I didn't have answers, just my story. He said others would find the answers to help themselves... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:03:17 EST Meal planning questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077931 It hit me today. I haven't minded the meal planning challenge. Our eight week Around the World team (ask about it if you want to join - a very active, fun, virtual trip around the world), has a challenge for two weeks to plan what you eat and eat your plan! It is a toughie! It is a new and different challenge and many it seems may be struggling with it. I have planned and tracked my food all week. I haven't been perfect with the planning. But I planned and missed a bit. I am OK with that... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:02:33 EST So three years ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070253 It has been a struggle for me to find my mojo since the holidays. Major burn out more like it, Dave's Mom was moved to asst. living, which meant we cleaned out the house and garages. The house sold in one day so we then moved all the furniture. We finally planned on a quiet holiday of rest. We were surprised with company for the week following Christmas. Always fun with GK's, kids and friends, but as with holidays, extra work. Usually, I do a better job of menu planning and have health... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:52:13 EST Spirited Underdawgs Winter 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049413 Dayshift in the kennel <em>211</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3db64ee-0e57-486b-b9f0-fb64160c3e12.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Resting up for the winter challenge! <BR> Happy Holidays <em>444</em> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:02:52 EST My SMART goals for the Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952247 1) To walk, jog, bike and hike the equivalent of 300 miles. Dave and I have had this goal for about a year, though we have not yet kept track, we are amped up and healthy enough to achieve the distance this summer. <BR> 2) Continue eating from my healthy food pyramid. Focusing on eating at least the minimum of the food pyramid daily, I really feel the energy and nourishment from food as I eat it. Beyond the healthy pyramid, I make choices and take responsibility for the excesses. Dave an... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:38:18 EST Fuchsia wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943962 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24aa3cbd-70f9-49f7-aae5-23762183449d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Drink plenty of water <BR> <BR> Relax in the shade. <BR> <BR> Happy days all! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:50:58 EST True Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875730 Up until DH's heart attack three years ago, we were self indulgent junk foodies. Our diet and lifestyle has obviously done a 180 since that time. We are still novice and love learning all we can about nutrition and fitness. Dave was always a very picky eater. He absolutely hated spinach and couldn't even think about it without making a face. <em>234</em> <BR> Yesterday morning, Dave was headed out the door to give our neighbor a hand. We hadn't had breakfast yet, so I asked him if h... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:23:27 EST Super Bowl Work Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866090 I mention quite often that I live in the WILD west..... <BR> Seals the deal in my mind - LOL!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Our hometown store on our walk today...I just HAD to send this picture to all our family and friends. It feels as if the entire NW bleeds neon green! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l66918241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Watch out Brady, here comes the Duke!" <BR> <BR> Enjoy the Super Bowl! Here is a link to a fun fitness challenge during the game. <BR> ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:29:00 EST Healthy, wealthy & wise #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864508 Healthy & Wealthy (like money in the bank baby!!!) - <BR> <BR> on the menu.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107485023.jpg"> <BR> Soft diet until 2/20. That is when I get in to my new Dentist. I am done with dental care in the wild west. Dave and I have decided to take a travel to see the gkids and go to a dentist the big city. Duh! <BR> So..... I am turning this wait time into a positive. Believe me it took 24 hours! <BR> <BR> Smoothies, low sodium V-8's ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:57:16 EST Healthy, wealthy & wise #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860450 On the Menu - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l896800570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been a challenging few days, waiting to get to the dentist. I was supposed to go twice last week but the dentist was sick. I scheduled with our other family dentist and will go on the 27th. I think I will be at least two pounds down from a mostly soft diet. <em>224</em> <BR> I am happy enough to wait for a healthy dentist! <em>244</em> <BR> So that is my wise for the day.... <BR... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:39:44 EST Healthy, wealthy & wise #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854441 Healthy - On the Menu - <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1337956133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a dentist appointment on Friday and have put myself on a soft diet until then. <em>24</em> <BR> I made smoothies this morning with pears, natural pear juice, fresh spinach, a banana and frozen blueberries. Delicious, like drinking Sunshine! <em>274</em> <em>482</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Wealthy - today my niece is coming to do my hair - <BR> <em>304</em> <em>24... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:48:57 EST Healthy, wealthy & wise #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853718 I've been looking for a good quick way to track my day to day Spark journey for a while. I am going to use this format with the intention of sticking with it and keeping up to date with my Fantastic Sparkling Friends! Woo HOO! <BR> <BR> Healthy - On the Menu at our house - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852742797.jpg"> <BR> Healthy - On the Menu at our house - This is "so yesterday" but I wanted to share the recipe for the Chicken Chili as it was quite good. I ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:52:06 EST Healthy, wealthy & wise #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850461 I've been looking for a good quick way to track my day to day Spark journey for a while. I am going to try this format with the intention of sticking with it and keeping up to date with my Fantastic Sparkling Friends! <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> Healthy <BR> - On the Menu at our house - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1040565171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wealthy <BR> - I think of my fitness like "money in the back, baby!". - <BR> Just as you can't save for that dr... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:51:46 EST Winter fitness minute pictures... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849506 My winter fitness minutes in a blog. Here are two before pictures. My Spring garden and front porch area. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309598037.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l121248990.jpg"> <BR> Some good examples of Spring fitness! Gardening and biking LOVE <BR> <BR> Some of my winter fitness minutes. I Stacked these pallets after retrieving them out of a stock yard. Nice stacks, don't you think? <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:47:32 EST Winter 5 % Challenge Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848835 Are you waking up from a winter's nap like we are?! Our Winter 5% challenge starts soon. No better way to stay warm in the winter! Woo HOO! I wanted to post some holiday pictures, but that is so last year for me! Life comes at you fast, be ready!!! Our holidays were bright, so much fun, we tuckered out our two littlest! Jilly the Chilly dog was adopted by Breydin's (my 16m GGNephew) family. Ain't life grand? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778813968.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:53:14 EST A New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846692 DH suggested on New Year's Day that we work on our goals for the next week and then come together to meld our plans for 2015. We then will create our priorities and TO DO lists. We have always done well with lists, we both love crossing things off. I am so elated and blessed that Dave is such a good leader for our family. <BR> Making my personal goals for fitness and food is much easier than years past. <BR> <BR> Because I am in the great habit of tracking my food and fitness, it just ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:17:32 EST Playin' Survivor and a recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786761 In our real life game of survivor, we are on month two without TV. We have internet in my "office", a converted Travel Trailer that sits close enough to the neighbors to "pirate" their air. The neighbors just happen to be our kids, so don't go thinking we get it for Free! LOL <BR> <BR> Anyhow, when logging in to the computer this morning, the headline begs the question, "Is Juliana Hough's outfit too provocative for Prime Time? I just wonder, is that compared to the weekend's splash al... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:50:38 EST Fall 2014 5% Challenge Countdown Activity Question ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782527 What have you accomplished in the years since you started? <BR> <BR> I put myself in the driver's seat for my health. I used to whisper to me, that I would likely die from a heart attack, as some of my close friends already had. What a miserable thing to say to myself. But it was true. My BP was boiling, my heart raced at 120 BPM though I was not on an exercise program, I made horrible food choices, my cholesterol levels were wack, and my arms were tired from holding a spare tire around my ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:16:32 EST Spring 5% challenge - week 2 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678120 Stayed in Calorie range - 6 of 7 days. As a result I lost 2 pounds! <BR> <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Miracle considering all of the fiber I've been eating. Amazing to me the fact our bodies can change ~ for the good or bad ~ so quickly. Before Thanksgiving, I was feeling almost rock solid and just a few pounds away from my LAW - "lifetime achievement weight". Just a small tickle in the knee, added to a couple of holidays and date nights, and before you know it, here I am ha... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:05:29 EST Spring Challenge - week one results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671393 Stayed in calorie range - 6 of 7 days <BR> Struggled just a bit with the actual range to follow this past week. After a several weeks trial of the moving tracker, I am going back to a constant 1200 - 1550 calorie range per day. Seems to work best for me so that is my plan for this week. <BR> <BR> 120 fitness minutes per day - 7 of 7 days <BR> Walking and biking outside the past week were a blast. I mowed lawns and did some gardening. My muscles are sore and the scale responded or should... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:03:42 EST Here's to a Sparkling Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664319 Let my guard down just a taste... <BR> <BR> Wow! I made it back to the safety of my Spark! What an experience with dining away from home, not tracking my food and what a relief to make it back safely. I am so ready to start the Spring 5% challenge on Saturday. I have tried to side step the fact that beverages with calories is my ongoing weakness. Personally beginning today 4-4, my goal for the next 90 days is to avoid any beverages with calories. Only exception, things that make healt... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 12:48:36 EST