HABITATPAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HABITATPAT HABITATPAT'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/ Meal Plan for next 7 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803356 Sunday lunch: grilled black bean fajita burgers (using up the veggies in the fridge), sweet potato fries <BR> Sunday dinner: grilled pork tenderloin, acorn squash with brown sugar & rosemary, grilled angel food cake, fresh berries <BR> <BR> Monday lunch: greek yogurt, granola, fruit <BR> Monday dinner: homemade turkey pepperoni pizza (whole wheat crust, heavy on the veggies) <BR> <BR> Tuesday lunch: greek yogurt, granola, fruit <BR> Tuesday dinner: salmon, vegetable risotto, salad <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:11:52 EST Heading into the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802038 This weekend's goals are many: <BR> <em>292</em> prepare 2 weeks worth of meal plans <BR> <em>292</em> go through my closets and get rid of clothing too large <em>334</em> <BR> <em>292</em> exercise <BR> <em>292</em> planning for my team's Relay for Life event <BR> <BR> How I'm going to get it all done: <BR> <em>195</em> making comprehensive, realistic, detailed lists <BR> <em>205</em> prioritizing my lists <BR> <em>248</em> checking off items as they are compl... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:13:42 EST Uneventful, but pleasant, Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800527 Relatively uneventful day, but that's a nice break once in awhile. Did what I needed to do, found joy in simple things, laughed with friends. Looking forward to a productive, active, fun weekend. Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:23:21 EST An Earlier Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4798850 The mild winter and incredibly warm days of March, yes, March, have really helped to motivate me. I can't blame the cold weather, the desire to hibernate, the snow, the cloudy, grey days, or anything else. No excuses are left. I need to be out and moving! The midwest is not accustomed to 80+ degree weather and sunshine in March, and I've long thought that I've been a person truly affected by a lack of sunshine. This year just feels different and I'm glad to have the extra help in making thing... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:03:31 EST 3 day streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4797666 Putting together a mini-streak with the week's D&A challenge. It's the third day of the challenge and I've been consistent with strength training, cardio, eating freggies, drinking water AND blogging! Wouldn't have thought I could do it, but I'm making myself, and hopefully can finish the week setting records for myself. <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:13:31 EST WANTED: Full Night's Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795870 Minimum qualifications: 6 consecutive hours, 8 hours preferred; dogs needing out, leg cramps, thirst, night sweats, dogs wanting to play with squeaky toys, and bad dreams are discouraged from applying <BR> <BR> Compensation: based upon experience, bonus for multiple consecutive nights meeting minimum qualifications <BR> <BR> Position will remain posted until filled <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 22:19:46 EST D&A Challenge #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794005 I set a goal for myself to earn points in each of the 5 categories every day for the next seven days. I feel like I've been allowing myself to miss out on points during the previous challenges, so I'm focusing on doing some of everything instead of maximizing the things I feel like doing. We'll see if this approach works! Sun, 18 Mar 2012 21:42:07 EST My Barriers to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780356 Well, the D&A challenge this week is making me step outside my comfort zone (again) to blog about my barriers to success. I can honestly say that I have but one: me. <BR> <BR> I am blessed with the means and support system to be successful in anything I commit myself to doing. To date, I have lost more than 50 pounds, feel healthier, and am 2-3 sizes smaller in all my clothing. But I'm questioning my level of commitment. <BR> <BR> I want to eat healthy all the time and I enjoy healthy foods... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 09:32:24 EST My annual blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657674 Well, here I am for my first blog of the year, which, unless I make changes, may end up being my ONLY blog of the year! (History has proven this is NOT within my comfort-zone and, therefore, NOT my most effective use of SP, but I try). <BR> <BR> I proved to myself in 2011 that I can hold myself accountable to some lifestyle change goals and also experience additional growth. I challenged myself at the start of the year to join a class of some kind (yoga, pilates, kickboxing) for an activit... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:19:42 EST Indy on Ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3895863 Just another "first" for our fearless wonder-pup! <BR> <BR> We've had first swims, first slides, first snows and now . . . first ice! Indy, true to form, LOVES it! It's become a chore to keep him from going out on the ice unsupervised (because who really wants to follow him out in this weather?) much like it was a chore to keep him out of the water last summer. <BR> <BR> He soaks up experiences like a sponge -- one that continues to get bigger, and bigger, and bigger! He hasn't gotten much ... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 08:51:22 EST What's NEXT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3890696 Eight months into my SP experience, I feel like it's time to make some additional changes to what I've been doing in this journey. <BR> <BR> I've made significant progress toward my weight loss goals, mostly through diet modification & portion control. I find myself reading through my cookbooks & cooking magazines being critical of the ingredients & techniques, looking for ways to make it healthier! And, while I've always been interested in cooking, I've found a number of ingredients & meals... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 22:29:45 EST So Much for a Relatively Quiet Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796268 I should NEVER have such expectations (or at least never say it out loud!). <BR> <BR> So, I'm sitting peacefully on a Friday night, finishing up my sparking, and I think, "wow, we don't have anything we have to do this weekend". And, seeking as many sparkpoints as possible, I decide to change my status to: "is looking forward to a relatively quiet weekend." Big mistake. I posted it, which is the electronic equivalent of saying it out loud. I was jinxed. <BR> <BR> First thing Saturday mornin... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:59:27 EST An a-hah moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271220 A few years ago I bought a couple business suits during off-season and got a REALLY GOOD DEAL on them. I bought them in my size. It's not like I was not on a pink cloud, thinking I would lose weight to get into a smaller size. But, by the time in-season came around, they didn't fit, and I continued to gain weight and become less active for a couple more years. I have refused to part with them, in spite of the space it takes up to store multiple sizes of clothing. I don't think it was wishful ... Wed, 26 May 2010 18:00:25 EST Channeling positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3256061 For a positive blog (and this IS a positive blog), it might sound a bit discouraging, but I don’t think optimism & hope are enough. I have great faith that things will always work out for the best, that I will overcome problems and that all the people & projects that are important to me will be better than fine. But having that optimism, or hope for better outcomes, isn't going to change what I perceive to be a culture of negativity. <BR> <BR> I think the quote is attributed to Ghandi, that ... Sat, 22 May 2010 07:46:42 EST Stepping it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3230789 I've spent the first few weeks of this process focussing on my family's diet. What to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, etc. While I've increased my activity level somewhat, I have not developed a regular schedule that I've been able to stick to (bad habits are really hard to break). I'm going to spend some time this weekend experimenting with some different activities that I might be able to fit into my schedule throughout the week, and then make appointments with myself to complete them th... Fri, 14 May 2010 20:53:46 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3227013 It's been a really bad week at work, and I've found myself struggling with the desire to eat everything in sight. I've always known that stress is a factor in my unhealthy choices, not so much quantity or frequency, as lack of quality (pass the pint of ice cream, and hold the entree, please). I spend my day talking to clients about making good choices, choices that will improve their lives and the lives of their families. And, for the first time in many years, I'm holding myself accountable f... Thu, 13 May 2010 18:34:53 EST Dinner quandry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3219224 It's all too often that my husband & I ask: "What do you feel like having for dinner?" Inevitably, at least one of us says: "I don't know" or "Nothing sounds good." <BR> <BR> We don't lack for variety of ingredients at home, we don't lack for cooking skills, and we don't lack for resources for recipes (which we are both now researching on Sparkrecipes). We both enjoy a wide variety of styles of cooking and a wide variety of restaurants when dining out. You would think that 2 educated, intell... Tue, 11 May 2010 17:17:49 EST Intimidated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215658 Okay, I've put this off long enough. Until today, I've never posted a blog or entered a message board discussion. I was very happy to start making the lifestyle changes, just freaked out by sharing online. I am, however, willing to do things that make me a little uncomfortable to achieve my goals. Time will tell . . . Mon, 10 May 2010 19:10:18 EST