GRAPHICS2's SparkPeople Blog GRAPHICS2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stressed I can't believe I have not blogged for such a long time. I am still struggling, with my lack of discipline, regarding my nutrition. However I am doing much better with my daily exercises, which is mostly cardio. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:43:00 EST It's almost April This has been a particular harsh winter and I think I am responding emotionally to it. I just can't seem to get myself motivated about anything, which is in fact hurting me. I do the best I can, but I know it's not really good enough. <BR> I haven't given up my journey, and hopefully my motivation will return with the advent of warmer weather. <BR> I have been doing exercises at least 5 days per week, for at least 10 mins. most times, more, but keeping my nutrition in check has not been... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:22:49 EST Do your best Hello All, <BR> <BR> I hope 2014 has brought new enthusiasm to your efforts to eat healthy, and exercise. <BR> Do the best you can each day, and good things will happen. <BR> Pining for perfection creates stress. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:02:47 EST Hello 2014 I have been continuing my challenge of 15 mins. of cardio each day, except for illness, or totally unexpected circumstances. I am feeling so much better physically and mentally. Physically because my body feels so much stronger, mentally because I am following through on a challenge. <BR> I plan to increase my time to 2 x 15 mins. daily in the New Year 2014. <BR> <BR> Here's Wishing my fellow Sparkers a Happy and Prosperous New Year <em>444</em> . Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:48:43 EST Challenge I am working on a challenge to do 15 mins. of cardio. each day, to take me into 2014. I have been consistent so far, except for a few days in October when I had a cold. I am planning to fit the exercises into my holiday plans. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:03:55 EST End of the year approaching I can't believe how fast this year is going by. I am thankful that I had some good times. I also had some not so good times. <BR> That's life we can't be on the mountain top all the time. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:20:14 EST I am still Sparking I haven't posted a blog for the longest time. I just find it embarrassing to keep starting and stopping over and over again, so I have decide to be quiet and do the best I can do. I know it will add up in the long run Sat, 25 May 2013 22:27:34 EST Here again I haven't blogged for a few days , but since the last time i wrote I have been keeping up with my daily exercise. Some days it's not more than 10 mins. but I have been sticking to it. I do feel the difference in my body. <BR> I <em>386</em> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:48:28 EST Back Again Today went reasonable well. I felt a bit more in control than I have felt for a while. I exercised for 10 mins. and did some core exercises for about 5 mins. <BR> I did not track my meals, but did not over indulge Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:59:21 EST Back Again Its been a long time since I have blogged. I can blame it on many things, but mostly I am just having a rough time motivating myself to stick with a plan, any plan, not only weightloss related. I am going to start again slowly hopefully I will regain some momentum. Sat, 17 Nov 2012 22:08:46 EST "The Blahs" Thanks DIDMIS for your encouragement. I will keep encouraging myself till something clicks Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:02:50 EST "The Blahs" Thanks FARMGIRL 1968 for your encouragement. I will try one of your suggestions. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:58:50 EST Off the wagon I am going through a spell where I have not beem motivated to do anything positive regarding my nutrition or fitness. I really just feel "blah". Hoping it will pass off soon. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:04:37 EST Walking I have not walked for a while now. It's been too hot. Instead I have been working <BR> out out on my glider for a bout 15mins most days. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 23:02:36 EST Walking Have fallen off the" walking wagon" for quite a few days now. It started a few days before the very hot days we are now having. I usually started walking at about But the temp. is quite hot even at that time. I need to start out earlier now, but I been able make the changes yet. Hope to be back on track soon. <em>198</em> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 22:43:47 EST Walking I didn't walk today. The weather was very iffy. I also felt as if I was coming down with a cold, and I was afraid of getting soaked if it rained. <BR> Will be back on track soon. Mon, 4 Jun 2012 20:55:28 EST Walking This morning was an ideal morning for a walk. It was bright and sunny with a gentle wind at your back Wed, 30 May 2012 22:38:27 EST Sticking to my Plans for the day It would seem that when I start my day doing what i had planned, I get very motivated and the rest of the day goes well. Today was a day like that and I am quite happy. <em>104</em> Mon, 28 May 2012 22:13:25 EST It's Almost Summer My hope for this summer was that I would have lost at least 20lbs by June 21th. <BR> This was my New Year Resolution the beginning of 2012. It isn't happening because I just won't stick to any dietary or exercise plan for any appreciable length of time for it to make a difference. <BR> <BR> However I can say that along the way I am learning a lot about myself, some things I need to change, some I need to modify, and some I need to build on. <BR> This enforces my belief that you can learn fr... Fri, 25 May 2012 22:27:11 EST The Long Weekend I am looking forward to the long weekend, Monday is a holiday. I have a lot of plans to work in the garden and get all my plants in. The soil is well prepared for my veggies and I do have quite a few plants in already. <BR> I was able to start gardening early this spring, because the weather warmed up quite early. Hopefully I can tell you about my harvest in the coming months. <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 18 May 2012 23:10:56 EST Renewing my pledge I haven't been sticking to my plans to exercise each day. I have been skipping here and there for some reason or other. Some reasons were quite valid but some were not. I started off again yesterday and followed up today. I am going to focus, and not get unnecessarily sidetracked Fri, 11 May 2012 22:59:09 EST Gardening Seems I am working in my garden more often now, than walking or other exercises. <BR> I actually do enjoy it more . I get lost in my activities and the time just flies. <BR> I was working this morning for about 45 mins. <em>104</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:34:26 EST Day off I didn't do any exercise today. I took a dayoff. I had planned to do a bit more cleanup in the garden but turned out to be a chilly windy day, so I stayed inside and did some reading . <em>30</em> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 18:08:29 EST Gardening My exercise took the form of cleaning up my garden beds. I worked for about 45 mins. The soil is very hard because we have not had much rain in our area. It's supposed to rain tonight and I am looking forward to completing the area I started today. <em>104</em> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 23:36:27 EST Daily Exercise I walked around the neighborhood for 30 mins. this morning. It was chillier than I thought it was, but it was pleasant. I worked a few mins. with my hands weights, not long as I thought I should, but I did not forget about. Second day and I am going fine. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:09:48 EST WALKING I am off to good start this week. I walked for 30 mins and then worked with my hand weights. The morning was bright and sunny, and I felt energised Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:13:16 EST Sticking to the Plan Why do I find so difficult to stick to any long term plan I make? this does not only pertain to eating a good diet, and exercising to loose weight, but just to about anything else that I want to do.. If the time frame stretches beyond a certain period of time, I just seem to forget about it and move along to something else. I really struggle some days to stick with my exercise plan, but I am doing some activity each day, even if it does not go to 20-30 mins as I planned. <em>198</e... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 22:56:45 EST Windy and Chilly outside I worked for 20 min an my glider, and worked with my had weights for 8-10 mins. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 22:07:53 EST Walking Today I didn't do any walking because I had a lot of tidying to be done in the backyard. I also went back to eating the way I should, and I am correcting some of the damage I did yesterday . Sat, 7 Apr 2012 22:57:25 EST Walking Today was not a good day for either exercise or eating healthy. <BR> However I am looking forward to tomorrow when I will gradually correct the errors I have made today. <em>39</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 22:26:36 EST Walking 5 days each week I did't walk today but I exercised on my glider for 15 mins. and used my hand weights for 8 - 10 mins Thu, 5 Apr 2012 21:20:36 EST Walking for 20 to 30 mins 5 days a week This morning was beautiful, the temperature was perfect, and I walked for 40 mins, I out did myself. <em>224</em> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 22:05:15 EST Walking for 20 to 30 mins. each day I missed two days last week because of cold windy weather. However I went walking yesterday and did some gardening when I got back. Tomorrow will be a sunny day, so I will continue with my pledege to walk 20-30 mins 5 days a week. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 22:39:50 EST Morning Walk I went for a walk at about 9 a.m . It was a bit chilly but I dressed for it. I am keeping to my word of walking each day for between 20 t0 30 mins. <em>104</em> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:17:50 EST No Gardening Today I had planned to continue cleaning up my garden today and thus get some outdoor exercise. However the day was overcast and windy so I stayed in and made some "heart healthy muffins". I will have some healthy snacks for the coming week. <BR> I am taking small steps to develop some discipline both in my eating habits, and my exercises habits. <em>475</em> Sat, 24 Mar 2012 22:17:14 EST Following through on exercise plans This past work week I pushed myself everyday and stuck to my decision to do 30 mins of cardio (walking) or working on my glider, and I did it. I also did about 30 mins each day tidying up my garden. <BR> The weather has been lovely this week and I always seem to have more energy when the sun is out. <BR> I hope to keep right on with this good streak again next week. I really feel quite motivated having followed through with the plans this week. <em>244</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:40:27 EST