HARMONYBLUE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARMONYBLUE HARMONYBLUE'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/ Reminders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288748 The hubby and I got a cool new motorcycle. A 2WD Ural, which is a Soviet rig with a sidecar and a top speed of about 55 MPH. Its so fun to get out on the back roads and putter around now that the weather is warming up. <BR> We got matching jackets on sale at a steal (a third regular price) however they are both a size smaller than what we usually wear. We have other jackets which fit more comfortably, but have decided to stuff ourselves into these when we ride as a reminder to eat well a... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:09:24 EST Feeling left behind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287659 This has been a good week. Had some very long but very worthwhile days at work. Managed to track about half the week's food, and still get my writing done. I do need to set aside some time this weekend to enter recipes into the calculator because it becomes more difficult to track when we don't rely much on processed food. <BR> <BR> As for exercising, I did an hour of Zumba today and am getting my butt up at 6am tomorrow to walk a 5K I learned about last night. <BR> <BR> Two of my neig... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:37:46 EST I suck at multi-tasking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278776 I am a very good multi-tasker at work, but have never managed it in my personal life. When I was younger, if my car was clean, my house was filthy. If my grades were good, my social life was in shambled. If my weight was under control, everything other extra-curricular activity was on hold. <BR> <BR> Why is it I can only commit to one thing at a time? I have made no progress with my weight in three months, and I need to do it. I signed up for a 5K at the end of April which I am in no sh... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:33:42 EST Their days are numbered... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167769 I have been absent from Spark for a few weeks and haven't tracked in a while, but that's OK. Not much need to track as I have been on a soup diet for way too long now and am not really sure how much of that I even managed to keep down. I am just getting over the crud. It was not the flu but seemed to be everything but... <BR> <BR> On a good note, my weight has not fluctuated even though my diet has been so sodium heavy I can't even take my rings off right now. And the weight loss reporte... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 00:53:26 EST Last Chance Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142928 And in true Biggest Loser fashion, I came so close to puking before it was through! But I am getting ahead of myself. <BR> <BR> To start the morning off, I hopped on the scale and it showed a two pound gain since yesterday. Now I KNOW I did not sleep walk into the kitchen and scarf down 7000 calories of tofu and cashew cheese in the middle of the night, so I am fairly confident this actually IS water weight, but I did write recently in my "Advice From A SP Motivator That Lapsed" blog about... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:51:54 EST Doing it anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141946 The neighbor's dogs almost destroyed my motivation today. They barked all night. I feel so sorry for them, being left outside all the time, but I cursed their very existence this morning when they wouldn't shut up and let me get just one more hour of sleep. I think even our dogs - snuggled up cozily at our feet - would have appreciated the courtesy of a snooze button. <BR> <BR> I dragged myself into my office with eyes half open and cursed the big gray yoga ball that waited for me at my d... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:51:09 EST Double your fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140810 Last Friday I decided I would start exercising twice daily during the work week. I figure I sit for eight hours or more every day Monday through Friday, a long period of inactivity that cannot be reversed by a mere one hour in the gym after work. I have tried introducing short bursts of activity throughout the day, but I get distracted by phone calls and emails. Honestly its easier to schedule one half hour break than eight five minute ones. <BR> <BR> Since I eat lunch at my desk more oft... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:44:54 EST Yeah, I'm vegan. You gotta problem with that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138804 My husband I made the swap to a vegan diet a little over a year ago and adore it. We love the way it tastes, the way it makes us feel, the way it lightens our grocery bill and how clean our kitchen stays now that fruits and veggies abound. I like that no animals are harmed in the making of my meals now; we started buying meat from a local farm after watching "Food, Inc." some time ago. I just couldn't stomach supporting the cruelty perpetuated by the factory farms anymore. <BR> <BR> We ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 22:03:16 EST Good to know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137879 How much good information I have been missing letting these health and fitness magazines collect dust on my shelves for months and months. <BR> <BR> Did you know... <BR> <BR> Sometimes hunger is a response to cold! When you swim, your core temperature drops. Your body wants to eat to warm it up again. Ten minutes in the sauna after my swim today and I did not find myself tempted by every carby treat in the kitchen! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:34:21 EST Advice from a SparkPeople Motivator who Lapsed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136920 Swimming is as close to meditation as I ever come. When I do yoga, I watch TV. When I run or Zumba, I listen to music. When I swim, there is only the sound of the water and a line of black tiles stretching out before me. No distractions from my thoughts. <BR> <BR> Today I found myself thinking about how far I have come this week, how changed I am from last week when I eked out just two short workouts. This week I am five for five. My abs are burning. My back is tight. But my knees hur... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:05:08 EST A Kick in My Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135660 Oh my, I didn't know what I was getting myself into tonight. Turbo Kick - "a mix of kickboxing and simple dance grooves set to heart pounding dance music that will have you looking forward to your next workout!" The description said nothing about "that will have you hobbling around like a little old lady by the time you make it home." And I did the "low" moves!! <BR> <BR> But seriously, this was an awesome workout, a well attended class by guys and gals, with lots of ways to step it up... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:11:45 EST Zumba on the sly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134595 Something strange has been happening at my Y since I stopped going. I don't know when it started, but there has been a mass exodus of evening group classes since summer time. Once packed to the rafters every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night for Zumba and HipHop, now there is one desolate Monday night Sh'Bam class, a TurboKick class on Wednesday night that may or may not have a better turn out (I haven't checked it out yet) and nothing, nada, zip! on Friday nights. <BR> <BR> I have been g... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:11:14 EST Strength Training and a Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133375 I came so close to bailing on today's workout. I tossed and turned most of last night and have been exhausted all day. I barely made it through the work day; no way was I going to risk driving to the Y in this state. The hubby urged me to stay home today since we have a date to go swimming tomorrow anyway. So I did. <BR> <BR> Now, I seldom get in any strength training in my workouts, though I love me some cardio. So tonight I decided, since I felt too tired for Sh'Bam, to put the dumbbe... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:09:24 EST Where am I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131035 Wow, it has been a almost three months since my last post! Thanks SPUNKYDUCKY for the encouragement today. I read your latest blog and went straight away to the pool for a hard swim. 17 pounds in one month - I am inspired. It has been a good week for working out for me and my husband. We BOTH made it the Y three times this week and I finally got around to trying the new Sh'Bam class on Monday nights. And will be going back again next week. <BR> <BR> The hubby has finally decided he is... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 22:53:32 EST Overusing the word I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035386 I am well within my range today, I am happy to say. Especially so because this means I can enjoy a glass of wine while I read tonight! <BR> <BR> I happily daydreamed about being able to soon wear the cute little black blouse I bought two years ago and never had a chance to enjoy. I can't wait to pull out my Fall/Winter wardrobe and find everything fits as it should vs. trying to make two pairs of capri pants work for a whole season when I found out most of summer clothes did not. <BR> <B... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:41:49 EST Today I... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034071 Weighed myself...and owned up to it. I plotted my goal weight and determined how long it will take to get there. The good news is that I can achieve it by my four year Sparkversary in May. I also took Day 1 measurements so I have a way to measure progress when the scale won't. <BR> <BR> Tracked. I didn't modify my portion sizes or food choices vs. my typical diet for months and months now. I even logged the ketsup on my veggie dog. I was not within my ranges, but then I didn't set my g... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:07:51 EST Blame it on the music! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875733 So first to tackle the elephant in the room - the scale. I am baffled by its stubbornness. <BR> <BR> In the last three weeks I have burned almost 3000 calories a week; that's some 2500 more than I was burning prior to my new start. I have been tracking fairly diligently (minus last weekend, but I am confident I only went over on Friday and then not by much) and staying within my calorie range, last week at the high end, this week at the low end. I have been getting plenty of fiber, dri... Thu, 10 May 2012 15:07:46 EST A fresh perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871470 I used to be an incredibly slow runner. Yes, I could run 5K without stopping, however my best 5K race time was 42 minutes. It did not much matter to me that I was slow. I ran start to finish. So what if I ran as fast as some people walk? I was more concerned with building endurance than speed, so moved right from the 5K to 10K training. <BR> <BR> It occurs to me now I can do both. Today my training run was 3 miles, in 3 minute run/2 minute walk intervals. I did it in under 44 minutes. ... Mon, 7 May 2012 23:15:15 EST An amazing three years on Spark...in pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868103 Actually, May 6th is my official Sparkversary but I will be out biking with the hubby tomorrow, so I am celebrating today. <BR> <BR> I was 300 pounds before I decided to change my life, maybe even heavier. I couldn't really say for sure; not confronting the scale gave me plausible deniability. I looked the other way even when I stepped on at the doctor's office and asked the nurse not to tell me the damage. I had a wardrobe full of size 24 clothes that had all apparently been left too lon... Sat, 5 May 2012 20:04:48 EST They grow so fast... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866660 I have a very good friend who has three little girls outgrowing clothes and shoes faster than she can afford to replace them. Meanwhile, the hubby and I are anxiously awaiting our license to foster/adopt and plan on having a child around the same age (4-7), but will probably be a better fit for a little boy. <BR> <BR> So...I decided to live vicariously through my friend and help out with her wardrobe crisis at the same time. For the last couple of weeks, I have had a BALL scouring thrift ... Fri, 4 May 2012 17:05:50 EST Outrunning the group. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860023 I was a little discouraged after my 5K training last Thursday. At the end of it, we were assigned small groups based on how fast (or slow) we ran. I was assigned to the walking group, despite the fact that I ran every interval, despite the fact that I was the first of my assigned group across the finish line and the rest were minutes behind me, despite the fact that the "pack" I had been running with most of the training run crossed the line just seconds ahead of me and were assigned to a f... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:33:48 EST I want more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854891 I tracked my nutritional intake for the first time in FOREVER yesterday and was surprised to find I was at the low end of my range. Yay! <BR> <BR> I rocked my run even though my neighbor and running partner was unable to make practice. Glad I did, because I realized two very important things about myself during that run. <BR> <BR> 1) I push myself much harder with a partner. Even though I burned a whopping 750 calories in total, I took it easy on myself through the second half of practi... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:39:59 EST Still here...I promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853291 I know I have not been very active since my last very positive blog post. One may think I lost my momentum but this could not be further from the truth. I have burned 1100 calories so far this week and begin W2/D2 of 5K training tonight...in the rain. I feel like I will be earning a badge of honor, my first inclement weather run. <BR> <BR> I am training with my neighbor in our local No Boundaries program. Beginning 5K training with someone who is going through it for the FIRST time tak... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 12:07:41 EST 78 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824062 78 days ago my status update began "HARMONYBLUE is sad." I have a relationship with anxiety; every now and again (last was eight or nine years ago) the cumulative build up of stress escalates to depression. When it started, I felt blah. This progressed pretty quickly to blue. I trudged along diligently to workouts, hoping endorphins would propel me back to my happy space, but they only ended up making me MAD. Next, the anger drained away my energy and I felt no impulse or desire to do an... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 00:54:02 EST Opportunities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689929 Holy cow. I think I officially need a rest day tomorrow. I went to my first Zumba class in months and surprised myself by going right up to the front row and picking up almost every move like the "regular" I used to be! And I am now thoroughly pooped. <BR> <BR> Since I don't want to flat skip a day when I am establishing a habit of working out every day after work, I may just do ten minutes of yoga. I know I need to work on strength training at the outset this time (as I mostly neglected... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:32:18 EST The good, the bad and the ugly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4688144 Taking inventory of the good, the bad and the ugly over the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> The good... <BR> <BR> - Survived Vegas and did not let the trip de-rail me. Came back strong. <BR> - Made it back to the Y for the first time in months. <BR> - Have logged a ton of fitness minutes and burned a lot of calories. <BR> - Stayed within my calorie range most every day I tracked, which was most every day. <BR> - I LOST 3 POUNDS <BR> <BR> The bad... <BR> <BR> - I have just *barely* stayed with... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 23:59:01 EST Facing my fears TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685488 Much as I avoided SP when I fell - ashamed that I had let myself go and unable to face the success of my peers until I was ready to begin again - I have also been avoiding the YMCA. Since recommitting this year, my workouts have been in privacy of my living room. Though I craved the energy of group classes, the serenity of the pool, and the healing heat of the sauna, I dreaded seeing familiar faces, having to explain my absence, knowing how much those 30 pounds show in spandex pants and a ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:29:15 EST Share This Post With Others (not really) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684113 Ok, I wasn't going to say anything about this, as there was quite enough buzz over the weekend about the new Facebook share button added to our Spark Blogs last Friday. The overwhelming consensus was: we don't like it and we want it gone. Instructions for how to opt out and remove the offending button were abundant on member blogs, message boards and team pages. <BR> <BR> Of course, unless we set our pages to private, anyone can find our blogs via a quick google search and, with a little... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:12:37 EST For those who fell off the wagon (or are getting back on again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667370 I have spent the last week reacquainting myself with Sparkpeople. With my nutrition tracker - which never fails to be an eye opener after any time away. With my fitness minutes - happily meeting my goal of 3000 calories burned and then some. And with my friend feed. <BR> <BR> After spending months avoiding Spark, fearful of confronting my failures, I am kicking myself for staying away so long. <BR> <BR> Yes, the status updates announcing that you lost two pounds, or hit a new PR, or ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 22:40:10 EST Worries creepin' up on me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4663079 So patting myself on the back, I've had a GOOD week. I rocked out with my PEAS and have already burned over 3000 calories this week. I have solid plans for some healthy meals and activity over the weekend to keep me on track. I haven't seen the scale move yet but I felt more comfortable in my skin today and am already seeing energy gains. <BR> <BR> For all that, next week has me worried. You see, I am going to be in Vegas/traveling for three days for the CES show. I'll be walking the flo... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 23:07:36 EST Imma Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660861 Looking on the bright side today folks, there is one truly awesome thing about being a BEFORE. I got my heart rate monitor out today, chased a few spiders out of the box, and put it on for a spin. It took just 15 minutes to burn 244 calories. So I will just enjoy THAT while it lasts, because it won't be long before I am blowing my lungs out trying to burn that in half an hour! I burned almost 1000 calories before my workout was through...and cleared three songs on my Peas game. Yeah befor... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 23:07:04 EST BOOM BOOM POW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658287 I don't know what to say about 2011. Was it a good year? Well yes. I am in a great place in my career. My eye problems are still in remission. The hubby and I healed up (minus a few scars to build character) from our car accident Dec 2010. We decided to start a family and are now well on the way to getting our license to adopt. We made the decision to give up meat and dairy and are both feeling better for it. I even learned to cook! And finally we started finishing our basement. We d... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 22:34:21 EST Vanishing Animal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494002 I am in San Francisco this week for work and the weather is beautiful. I am staying next door to my office, right on the Bay, and there is an incredible waterfront trail that has called to me two sunsets in a row. <BR> <BR> I have no idea how many miles I've logged because the trail isn't marked, but I ran until I couldn't run anymore and wished, oh how I wished, I had been a healthy active person when I LIVED here, when this view and this trail was at my disposable every day! Not only t... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:56:21 EST A Long Ride, New Friends, and One Very Big Wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465209 The hubby and I joined an area hiking meetup group to make some friends who appreciate an active lifestyle. Our first meeting was a bike ride LOL. Before the ride. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969906990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's us on the left. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l948773450.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had visions of us being the left in the dust of a bunch of lean, well conditioned outdoor enthusiasts much more fit than us. ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 01:38:41 EST Do I really need new shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463538 When it comes to shoes, I am all girl. <BR> <BR> I have five shelves of them (snagged off eBay for Payless prices so the hubby doesn't have a heart attack) I have sharp but sensible mary-janes with three inch heels for work, sensible but not so sharp black wedges I only wear for trade shows and cute flats in several colors for shopping. <BR> <BR> Then I have season-specific shoes I change out every year at the same time I overhaul my wardrobe, in late Spring and Fall. I have peep toe pu... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 00:32:11 EST 1. It's mental 2. Nothing like roadkill to light a fire under your butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461422 There is nothing quite like the idea of a good run, that singular moment when the worries of the world drop away and all that is left is breath and blacktop. The idea of a good run can make you feel like running again just hours after your last run ends. But the IDEA of running is a highly selective version of the reality. <BR> <BR> In my idea of running, ALL that exists is breath and blacktop...and Lady Gaga. In reality, there also exists the singular moment when the warm up ends, when I... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:03:59 EST Blogging Just To Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459376 So I wrote two blogs ago that "Easy Workouts Are For the Birds." Not that I really believe they don't have their place...this is just what I tell myself when I don't feel like working out HARD. Along with "Not Overdoing It Unless You Puke Or Pass Out", which makes me laugh, and "Sprint When You Feel Like Walking" which incentivizes me to jog a little longer so I don't actually have to sprint (which I really don't enjoy.) <BR> <BR> But today I did Yoga, which I actually consider an easy wo... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:09:22 EST It's coming back to me (and a question for the runners among us) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4457599 Still rocking the cardio. <BR> <BR> On Sunday the hubby and I tackled the lake trail again. The last hill still kicked my butt, still just 10 yards from the top. Do you know how annoying it is to SEE the finish line, to be so close you're practically in spitting distance, and realize it's not going to happen this time? It's OK though. As the hubby said, it wasn't a competition; we were just there to have a good time and get in a good workout and that we did that. In fact, I felt a lot... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:02:52 EST Easy workouts are for the birds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452200 So twelve hour days in an office chair are hell on the waistline. The second half of July and August were insane. My division had an issue going to press every single week for four and, since I am currently the entire advertising sales team for that division, I barely managed to leave my office to eat, much less exercise. So my four bosses were very happy with me, but alas, my scale was not. I gained seven pounds in four weeks...not cool! <BR> <BR> On August 17th, I finally got to take ... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 01:50:42 EST Happy Detours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371376 On Saturday, the hubby and I planned to take the bikes, his recently out of the shop from its annual service and mine, shiny and new, to the lake for a hard workout. There was only a 40% chance of rain; I wish all of my 40% prospects came through like that rain. Though the roads were wet and the sky was dark gray on Saturday morning, we loaded up the bikes and headed towards the lake with the best intentions, thinking happy thoughts, even as we were met with a steady mist all the way to the... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 22:42:20 EST Work(out) or play? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365365 I planned to run after work today, but the hubby was hungry three hours earlier than usual, so we went to Chinese buffet instead. You may be thinking "Oh no! Not a buffet!" but it's the only Chinese restaurant in town; we don't go to pig out. We fill up just one small plate each - 3/4 veggies and 1/4 noodles/meat - and never go back for seconds. <BR> <BR> Still, by the time we made it back home, it was a little later than practical for a run, especially since the sky has been overcast a... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:08:02 EST Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4363205 Back on Spark for just one week now. Unfortunately - or maybe fortunately - I came back the one week of the month when weight loss is impossible. No huge scale victories out of the gate for me, what with the bloating, but that's OK. At a time of month when I am normally at my weakest, Spark kept me honest. I didn't stay within my ranges every day, but I stayed within them more days than not and, by tracking, made sure the ONLY weight I gained was water weight (which is thankfully gone tod... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:26:57 EST For the ladies - stress blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355872 Don't you just hate it when you are on a roll and then something pops up completely unexpected to slow you down (even just a little)? <BR> <BR> I am SOOO glad I weighed myself on Saturday (2 pounds down - wahoo!), because on Sunday that TOM arrived a week early and crashed any chances of losing this week. I DON'T lose weight during that TOM. No matter if I starve myself, burn 5 million calories a week, drive a gallon of water a day and decrease my sodium intake to nada. I can think all ... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 15:56:50 EST Weekend wins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352375 I said I was going to blog daily and, since I haven't gone to sleep yet, even though it's after Midnight and therefor technically Sunday, I am totally counting this as Saturday's blog. <BR> <BR> I also tracked my meals today (what weekend?!) and, with the hubby and I splitting a healthy restaurant lunch and making a light dinner at home, even though we packed a few snacks for the movie theater, I am well within my nutritional recommendations for the day. <BR> <BR> As far as my resolution ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 01:13:26 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350326 Yay, it's Friday! Really, what more needs to be said than that <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> My husband and I have been on a major home organization and cleaning kick for the last thee weeks. We cleaned the garage one weekend. We installed adjustable shelving throughout the house, new toilet seats and upgraded the kitchen light fixture over the holiday. And this weekend, we are rearranging the bedroom furniture. <BR> <BR> It's funny how making an effort to get one area of your life in order... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 21:39:06 EST An eye on the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348088 I am spot on for nutrition today. It really is how amazing the difference that the simple act of tracking inspires. <BR> <BR> I decided to add a new resolution to my list: <BR> <BR> Limit my caffeine intake to one beverage in the morning (coffee or tea). <BR> <BR> Along with my diet infractions and exercise neglect, I have been making too regular a habit having both regular coffee and tea with breakfast, followed by a Coke Zero at lunch. <BR> <BR> I hit a wall today about 2pm; all I ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 21:04:20 EST Good Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346175 NO sugar coating this people. I have been ignoring my weight loss journey this whole year. The first three months I had a good reason...recuperation and recovery...but since then, I have been eating too many of the right kind of calories, then refusing to track them so as not to be faced with the reality of the numbers. I have been lucky to get one or two good workouts a week. It's been a season of false starts and excuses. <BR> <BR> So mid-year's resolution time. <BR> <BR> I will blog ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 00:40:39 EST "Someday" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4226439 I thought I should check in...for inquiring minds that want to know. I have been absent from Spark for a while, well, doing some soul searching. I have made no additional progress on my weight loss journey, but am happy to report my weight has been stable. <BR> <BR> I decided recently that I need an anniversary do-over. I have been stuck (off and on) since the car accident and the long planned cruise that turned into floating rehab and so I decided I needed to go ahead and plan for a do... Wed, 11 May 2011 19:57:47 EST Perseverance (Or Good Old Fashioned Stubborness)...We don't need no stinkin' electricity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4114100 So I couldn't quite decide on a title for this blog entry. <BR> <BR> HipHop class at the Y was PACKED tonight. We were spaced barely two feet from each other, thankful most of us are regulars, synchronized well enough not to trip over a misplaced foot when Chastity, our instructor, yells "scissors" or "popcorn" or "walk four!" <BR> <BR> We were three songs in, right at that sweet spot before you feel like passing out, but well past warm up, just when the endorphin release sweeps your wor... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 23:25:15 EST Kudos to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4108903 I did not feel like working out tonight (spoiler alert), but I did it anyway. <BR> <BR> I ended work with a headache. Part of the reason I took so long off of Spark was because I have been suffering from migraines as a result of post concussive syndrome. Luckily, I have been managing them better in the last few weeks and also found a medication that is effective at squashing them as soon at the onset. But today was a long one in front of the computer... <BR> <BR> Unfortunately tonight ... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 23:30:47 EST