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/ 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 My Birthday Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630785 Today is my Birthday. Woo Hoo! Thank you Spark and to me for my hard work on health and happiness this past year. <BR> We went to town last week and my DH bought me the Best gift ever! New bike helmets for us! Woo HOO! Mountain biking here we come (well it STILL has to warm up a bit) !!! <BR> On our 5% winter challenge team of the dawggies, we have been focusing on improving our MOM (mind over matter) skills. Since a few of the dawggies seem to think I'm a poet........my rythmin life... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:21:37 EST No Junk Journal - Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605269 <BR> Final day of our Mini Challenge - No Junk in the Trunk. <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> <BR> Cream of Wheat <BR> 1/2 an Orange <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> Iceberg Lettuce Salad topped with <BR> Massaged Kale Salad <BR> Caveman Veggie Soup <BR> Glass Red Wine <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> <BR> Raisin Bran with milk <BR> Cinnamon Toast - 2 slices <BR> <BR> Started out one slice, entered all my food in tracker, I was 30 calories under my minimum for the day. On the fence about what to do no lon... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:49:34 EST No junk journal - Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604184 Breakfast <BR> <BR> Mushroom & Onion Two egg white omelet <BR> 1/2 piece of toast with Peanut Butter <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> <BR> Carrot and Celery Sticks <BR> Light Buttermilk Ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> <BR> Caveman Veggie Soup with Barley and Kale <BR> Peanut Butter and Honey on Toast <BR> One glass of Merlot <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> <BR> Yogurt <BR> <BR> Total Calories 1299 <BR> <BR> Protein 47 <BR> Fat 24 <BR> Carbs 190 <BR> <BR> My sodium was at 2,500 mg high but much better... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:17:18 EST No Junk Journal - Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603371 My goal was to eat more calories today. My body sure feels bloated like I did. I do not digest potatoes well anymore. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> One Orange <BR> Wasa Cracker with Peanut Butter <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> Roast Turkey with gravy & dressing <BR> Mashed Potatoes <BR> Steamed Carrots and Broccoli <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Cup of Split Pea Soup <BR> Dinner Salad with Salad Supreme Spices <BR> Ham and Cheese Sandwich on Whole Wheat <BR> Glass of Merlot <BR> <BR> Snacks: <BR> Yogurt <BR... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:34:42 EST No Junk Journal - Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602130 Woo Hoo to Tuesday and second day no junk food! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Celery Sticks - Ate while I made my cereal :-) <BR> Cream of Wheat (naked, no milk added) with a tsp. of sugar <BR> 1/2 orange <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> Vegetarian Split Pea Soup <BR> Green Salad with light buttermilk ranch <BR> 1/2 can of tuna mixed with 1 tsp mayo on Two Wasa Crackers <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Elk Steak with Light Mushroom gravy <BR> 1/2 Yam <BR> Steamed Veggies - Carrots, Brussel Sprout... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:43:24 EST No Junk Journal - Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601057 As a fun part of our 5% challenges, our Dawggie team has MINI Challenges for fun to keep our team focused and having a good time. <BR> <BR> Monday thru Friday this week the challenge is no junk food. I really need this one! During the holidays I did my best not to eat a lot of junk. It goes down so easy. Over the course of two weeks, I drank three sodas, indulged in chips and dips and ate cookies and fudge for pete's sake. <BR> <BR> I overate a bit this weekend, by accident. I was not... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:41:40 EST A Good Cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569150 I was excited to be asked to make cookies for my DD's work last week. I searched around looking for special cookies online I thought my DD would like. I asked her a couple days in advance to pick from a list that I found. That night, she sheepishly called and informed me that her dates were off and she needed the cookies for an exchange the next day. "Geez, so much for wanting to bake some off in advance to try them first!" <BR> At any rate, I did the unthinkable. I picked my favorite, ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 07:59:56 EST #2 Be Happy Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565567 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1881666188.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Added some baked goods to the Holiday recipes: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.as<BR>p?cookbook=853141 </link> <BR> <BR> MIL is feeling lonely today. Spreading the Holiday Cheer taking her shopping. <BR> Grin and Bear it! <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays! JDawg Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:41:37 EST Be Happy Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563646 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1424648353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the start of our Healthy Holidays Menu ~ <BR> Thank you Cheri, for the Broccomole recipe! <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.as<BR>p?cookbook=853141 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Day All! <BR> <BR> JDawg Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:17:28 EST Lewis and Clark Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561352 During the holidays, it will be my goal to share some interesting locations along the Lewis and Clark trail. Fun facts, this one to me, is that we actually live "on" the original trail now and the other great thing, our dawggie team will be racing along the path for fitness each week - 3,700 miles. <BR> <BR> We are starting in St. Louis, Missouri,the beginning of Lewis and Clark's journey. Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly acquired land from the Louisiana Purchase, th... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 14:05:46 EST Between use it or lose it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555113 After our hike to MIL' s on Thanksgiving, that "tickle" in my knee came back around. Been able to stabilize it and it is healing, no jogging for the moment. Yay. Stuck between use it or lose it. New goals for the last week of our fall challenge: <BR> <BR> 1) knee recovery - rest <BR> 2) ab and arm strengthening <BR> 3) juice meal replacement (at least one a day) for three days <BR> 4) go "glamping" this week on our boat <BR> <BR> Go Dawgs! SeaDawgs, too! <BR> <BR> JDawg - curled up... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:04:18 EST 2013 Caveman Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553515 Wow - the moon and stars lined up just right and the scale moved! Two pounds down this week ~ Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> The survivor caveman attack is working! For the last week of the fall challenge DH and I are going camping - on our boat - in the shop - next to the woodstove. Playing full out and having fun! <BR> <BR> The whole game is changing up our lives for the better. I have been limiting my whole wheat for the week. I'm still having cream of wheat, oatmeal or bran once a day. Enjoy... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 14:49:33 EST Best Dog gone 2 weeks ~ ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549103 Diane, our pawesomest dear dawggie leader has asked us to step up, change it up and play full out for the last two weeks of the eight week Fall 5% Challenge. During the eight week period, we race against other teams to exciting destinations around the world. It is a blast to learn of new cultures and can really put some purpose in our daily fitness. <BR> <BR> This challenge from Diane has me motivated and excited to see what I can do for the next two weeks to further my Spark journey and... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:54:49 EST Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547733 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1396893858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Making these again ~ Fun! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l571632073.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like this arrangement for a buffet table. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l624043335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was a centerpiece I found on Pinterest and made last year, still love it! <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>426</em> <BR> JDawg Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:37:25 EST Week 4 - Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534054 Forgive me - I couldn't resist <em>334</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l905356601.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a Great Day! <BR> JDawg Wed, 6 Nov 2013 15:25:59 EST Simple Breakfast Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531853 Try Oatmeal and Cream of Wheat without adding milk. It is a great calorie saver and just as delicious. I cook both with a little extra water, to add a bit more volume. Typically, I add one tsp of sugar and enjoy. I've been enjoying both this way for over a year. I'm a "vanilla" kind of gal, so I like it just like that. You could bump up with berries or peanut butter for a treat. <BR> <BR> And ~ per serving, <BR> <BR> Oatmeal - four grams of fiber, five grams protein <BR> Cream of ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:24:40 EST my new favorite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504694 My new favorite food, Green Tea. I originally posted that it was a 15 calorie snack, but the one w/o mango is zero calories! I ran out yesterday and wasn't planning on going to the store until Tuesday. DH and I are playing survivor and I always want to outplay and outlast. Don't know if I can make it without the tea! I have found it to be so helpful in curbing my appetite, but check out all these other benefits: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1987242119.jp... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:12:05 EST cheap n easy - lettuce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502629 On my walk this morning, I stopped at the market for a head of lettuce. One head was $1.98. I bought one and then questioned my logic for moving away from the"not as fresh" bagged salad. <BR> <BR> Our fall 5% challenge starts in a week or so, and i have already decided i need to work on my portion control. So when i got home, I cut up my lettuce, measured three cups on a plate for my lunch, the balance of the head filled my lettuce tupperware container. I didn't measure the balance, easi... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:35:33 EST Dawggie Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483873 MOM ~ Are you finished working out today??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1858234509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>338</em> <em>315</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:16:57 EST A nice pair of melons... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l961210551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13789411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now all I need is a way to tell when they are ripe! The hollow thump is not the trick. I have cut into three in the last week and only one was ripe. Maybe I should stop watering them?!? <BR> <BR> Have a Great Day! <BR> <BR> JDawg Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:52:59 EST Help MOM, it is no junk food week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478824 This week's SUMMER 5% Challenge is to eat all healthy food. <BR> I LOVE it when a good plan comes together. I am only two pounds from my lifetime achievement weight, and with the help of our 5% challenge, I know I will reach my goal this week!!! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> It is now so much easier to cut out the Bad foods and habits from my diet I know I will succeed. <BR> What a feeling!!! <BR> <BR> When I think back, that after 53 years of bad habits like smoking and eating anything I wanted,... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:22:01 EST To My Dear Aunt Vera, my tribute..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454217 While I have of course known my Aunt Vera my whole life, I never really got to know her well until we lived together. Five years and a few months go by quick. Vera, Dave & I were here with Mom when she passed. We made sure Edith was never alone with her illness. From then on, Vera and I were together every day since. What an honor to be one her last students. Aunt Vera was my best teacher. She taught me life's biggest lessons, and made sure I understood and applied them before she eve... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:56:40 EST Sleep Challenge in the Wild West http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450923 WELL.......For the first night in our Sleep Challenge, I slept like a baby. <BR> <BR> Our summer bedroom has a large window opening to the river. Without air conditioning, it can really get warm during this time of year. It was hot yesterday 98 degrees, and just after sunset, thunderstorms started. DH opened the window and curtain so we could enjoy the lightning. It seemed like it cooled off about 20 degrees immediately. Just as I shut my eyes, DH was looking out the window at the very... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:27:59 EST Vacation & Garden Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448990 I'm telling you, I work hard on my mind over matter (MOM), to keep thinking of myself as young. I hate to admit it, but of all the new info I can absorb, new technology makes me feel old and slow! After weeks of trial and error, I feel GOOD today. Straight from my cell phone to this blog, I present; vacation pictures~! Woo Hoo! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l105441503.jpg"> <BR> First Canteloupe from our Garden <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:32:44 EST Dawg Blawg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370543 <BR> Dianedoessmiles asks the question ~ "What does it mean to you to be a Spirited Underdog on the 5% challenge team?". <BR> <BR> First, my apologies for not being active on the team this go around. I have been on a doctor ordered vacation since the beginning of the spring challenge. My dear Aunt Vera has moved temporarily to a care facility to receive IV treatments. This means that for the first time in months, I am free to move about the country! Bottom line, plenty of fitness, not ... Tue, 28 May 2013 14:53:51 EST Winter to Spring 5% Challenge ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330539 The results are in! <BR> <BR> When I started this challenge, I fully felt that I would reach my overall goal of 135. It was only 9 pounds for pete's sake. While that particular goal was not met, here are some of the big changes that DH and I were able to eek out in the past eight weeks. <BR> <BR> We played "Caveman Survivor" for the entire challenge (it was fun). The actual Caveman (Paleo) diet, calls for eating all meat, fruits, veggies and nuts. We added the "survivor" part and at tim... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:45:17 EST My MOM the car... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295055 As I posted in my last blog, a new habit for me has been MOM ( mind over matter ), in areas of my life that need improvement. <BR> <BR> Since starting on my journey with SP, my philosophy has pretty much remained the same. It has served me well, and so, I try to impart this wisdom with other SP members; track your food and fitness daily, run and read the reports, make small changes for improvements. <BR> <BR> As a part of our winter to spring 8 week challenge, I started the "Caveman" d... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:33:22 EST Another healthy habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281222 Last week's LTGL challenge was to form a new habit. My new habit was to begin running outside and then on to a 5K later this spring. I strained my knee joints over exercising last week (so grateful that it is nothing worse). <BR> <BR> My takeaway from this exercise was; we are in a CHALLENGE not a race. I always want to keep up with my pack, and this habit plan, really challenged me to switch gears right then and there. I am loving running, my caveman diet, DH is enjoying it all too, y... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 13:52:46 EST My healthy running habit ~ the rest of the story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278635 Go Dawggies Go!!!! <BR> <BR> I fell behind on blogging this week. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I ran on the treadmill three times this past week. <BR> <BR> Each time I went for 3.1 miles - a little further each time counting cool down <BR> <BR> I started tracking my time for the 3.1 and was able to better my time by about one minute each run. Woo Hoo! <BR> On Wednesday, after my workout and into Thursday, I had a what I will call a "tickle" in my knee which is troublesome. <BR> <BR> I am sl... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 09:54:56 EST How I plan to stay on track with my running habit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272643 To stay on track with my new healthy running program, I plan to take it slow. I plan on developing this habit for as long as my legs will go. I love running on my treadmill, spent most of last summer, every other day at least, water jogging, so I am coming to this program with some preplanning already done. <BR> <BR> My goal is to run or walk outside at least once a week. <em>315</em> <em>313</em> <em>363</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:54:54 EST My healthy habit plan for Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271181 Since I got my treadmill, I just want to run! My foot got tender at first, so thankfully I was slowed right off the bat! DH and I both are getting a lot of great fitness minutes logged in using the treadmill. <BR> <BR> 1) To run outside here, I will need some pepper spray. I think I will feel safer with wild animals, two and four legged, with a weapon of sorts. Safety first. <BR> <BR> 2) I do not want to injure myself. I love fitness now, it would break my heart to squelch my work o... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:52:10 EST My healthy habit focus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270166 I have chosen to focus on developing a healthy running program. My DD has suggested two 5K upcoming for us April 27th and May 11th. Woo Hoo! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:26:27 EST Got a little ahead of myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265897 In preparing for the Winter to Spring 5% challenge, I listed I would follow the Paleo style diet during the 8 week period. I got a food list from pinterest and got it ready to post on my computer background. <BR> <BR> Soooooo, on day one (last Saturday), I put the food list on my main computer background, I was ready! I have been busy, so Saturday morning I scanned the foods to plan on what to eat for the day. <BR> <BR> To my shock, there are no beans or rice on the food list! I had... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:24:29 EST