HAWAII5YEARS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAWAII5YEARS HAWAII5YEARS'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/ Not my breasts, but my chest...well, sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674576 I quit smoking at 9 pounds over my goal weight. I was really, really close. And I was stalled at that weight. Why did I plateau? I was afraid of quitting smoking. I was supposed to quit before the winter cold, I was supposed to have reached goal before then. I realized the problem when I looked at one of those fancy line graphs that Sparkpeople makes available to us. So I quit smoking anyway. November 15, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. I finished my final cigarette. 2 days later I ate nearly an entire one... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:13:13 EST All I think about are my breasts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623265 Panache Sports Bra. Go check them out. That is all. <em>211</em> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:15:47 EST On Bathing Suits and Breasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451777 DH and I are just back from a trip down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The day before we left to head down, he decided he needed a map of the area and we walked past a new store called Helen of Troy. They had some lovely bra and panty sets displayed in the window along with a sign declaring that they carry bras up to size K. <BR> Now, I had no intention of entering the store, after all, I patronize another local shop with a lovely Frenchwoman who is extremely knowledgeable and carries very... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:25:51 EST Once again it has been months... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329576 A reminder of how much SparkPeople helps: <BR> This was taken long before I started losing weight. It was dated December 2008 and serves as a reminder of how long I let myself live like that: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l648663877.jpg"> <BR> This next one is just 2 weeks old. At this point I was down about 62-63 pounds. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l575924681.jpg"> <BR> <em>252</em> Size changes: Dress from 20-22W down to a 16 regular (it's smal... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:19:42 EST Let the Holiday Challenges begin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167395 I am going to a Christmas dessert party tonight. Why, why, why? This is possibly the worst thing I can do right now. But the hosts are very dear friends that I don't see very often so I cannot refuse to go. Fortunately, it is casual--which is good--I currently own two shirts that fit and I have a choice of 4 pairs of jeans that are only one size too big, so I can make do. Of course if it was dressy, I have two new dresses that I bought last weekend when I made DH go shopping with me. Of cour... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 14:35:03 EST I feel like I need to add a disclaimer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141854 I bought a FitBit recently. It took a few days, but I now have my computer functioning properly and the FitBit account linked to SP. This automatically tracks my steps and sends the info to SP's fitness tracker. That means that my fitness minutes are huge! Today I apparently had close to 180 fitness minutes. In reality, I went to work, did my job (actually, I have been training someone, so I am less active at work than normal) came home and did a 25 minute walk and 20 minutes of strength trai... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:14:22 EST I made this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123686 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1421311649.jpg"> <BR> DH and I built this together <BR> . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303084711.jpg"> <BR> Yup, that's me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l443121359.jpg"> <BR> This is close as I will get to being a 'pin-up' <BR> What is this thing? And why would I want one? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380862162.jpg"> <BR> Check out the washer & dryer on the lef... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 14:32:01 EST For those affected by Sandy-FEMA link http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120008 <link>www.disasterassistance.gov </link> <BR> Homeowners AND renters may be eligible for help. Thu, 1 Nov 2012 09:09:44 EST 149 am EST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117472 I manually shut off the power at 845pm, DH just turned it back on at 100am. <BR> approx 18 inches of water in the basement (sump pump is running now) <BR> 2-3 feet of water on the property. <BR> My car has wet rugs and hopefully no other damage. <BR> We are safe. <BR> When we saw the first evidence of the water receding, I broke out the bottle of Captain Morgan's and a small can of coke. I stopped after one. <BR> <em>201</em> <em>14</em> <em>160</em> <BR> Prayers and love to everyon... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 01:55:37 EST Sandy Status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117190 The teeny, tiny pictures are of my neighborhood @ around 930 am today. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l711130819.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2136014464.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620428999.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l371490515.jpg"> <BR> It is now 747 pm EST. The water has been rising since about 430pm. It is now about 2 feet from my front steps. High tide is supposed to be about 10 pm. ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:56:50 EST Link to katierunsthis blog--shoe lacing techniques http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115544 <link>katierunsthis.com/2011/10/04/running<BR>-shoe-lacing-techniques/ </link> <BR> I came across a pin of these lacing techniques on Pinterest, so I hunted down the blog to get instructions. Photos and demos of shoe lacing techniques for different foot/shoe fit issues. There are methods that help with high instep, wide and narrow feet, loose heels and more. <BR> Since I have both wide feet and high insteps, I'm going to try out both of those styles and see what makes my feet happiest. <... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:00:40 EST A quickie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112997 Recently, on a message board post or a blog, someone (my memory is shot this week) was venting about how people comment about her (I'm pretty sure it was a she) weight loss and give some really backhanded compliments. Things like "You look too skinny" <BR> I responded that I must have the most supportive and positive friends and family because they NEVER say things like that. <BR> Today, one did. She looked at me, asked how much I lost so far and then told me I have lost too much. What??? My ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:01:04 EST I was thinking about eating in a restaurant... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097575 I haven't really been out to eat since I started SP. I want to go out but, I have been afraid of the fat/calorie bomb choices. <BR> Sparkpeople has given me knowledge. And the internet is a wonderful tool. <BR> Obviously, not all restaurants have nutrition info online. The major chains do, though. <BR> I checked out Applebee's, Red Lobster and Joe's Crab Shack because they are all local. <BR> Joe's Crab Shack: OMG! I had to do a separate search for nutrition info because it is not available ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:50:01 EST Over the fence, out of the park... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090414 Home Run! <BR> I have been craving greek food lately. Specifically, I have been craving gyros. Greasy, salty, meaty strips wrapped in a thick soft pita and dripping with creamy tzatziki sauce. <BR> Friday night at work, someone left a greek takeout menu on my lunch bag. (I resisted) Probably the only reason I haven't gotten a gyro is that my favorite takeout restaurant is closed. <BR> I cured myself tonight. <BR> Al Fresco Spinach & Feta Chicken sausage (sliced into thin strips lengthwise a... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:36:53 EST A quick errand turned into a day at the festival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089168 Last Friday night I attended an event to promote awareness of the high incidence of drug use and abuse of kids and young adults in my area. They had a bunch of raffles for fundraisers and I bought some tickets to support the cause. I ended up winning a fancy wax-warmer and had to go pick up my prize today. <BR> I figured I would pick it up leave it and my car at the church and retrace the path of the candlelit vigil we walked on friday. The area is a fantastic shopping town, and I figured I... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 17:05:44 EST Trying new things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084084 Part of my October challenge is to try new, healthy foods or recipes every week. This is a big week for me, I am trying three. <BR> I've got a slimmed down stew going in the slow cooker right now. It looks and smells pretty good and I'll be serving it with a salad instead of buttered biscuits. I hope DH likes it or, if he doesn't, I can find a simple change that will make it appeal to him more. <BR> I bought Fiber One chewy bars. Oats and chocolate. I figured they would be a good alternative ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:52:17 EST And here is why I hate blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020000 I had a terrific blog almost completed about pounds vs. dress sizes (along with the moment in time when all the forces in the universe line up and you find the perfect dress, and realize it is on clearance, and you have a gift card in your purse (that you have forgotten about since christmas) that will pay for it) It had everything: humor (me fighting to zip a dress that has a side zip,) tragedy (when I realize that my apple-like shape is never going to change,) drama (I can't find pants that... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:36:16 EST Random Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011895 It's been nearly 2 months since my last blog. A long time, I know, but I am an admitted procrastinator. (In fact, I am putting off my walk by blogging right now) <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in @184 pounds. That is a full 20 pounds lighter than when I joined SparkPeople and a total loss (from 1/1/2012) of 32 pounds! Yup. <BR> <BR> This past week I participated in my second Virtual 5K here on SP. This was only 10 days or so after completing my first and I was determined to increase my ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:14:16 EST And yesterday sucked big time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938811 What a sucktastic day! <BR> I had to be at work early (and 35 miles away) so I had no time to walk before work. I also needed to plan on being stuck in traffic, so I restricted my water intake. <BR> Work itself wasn't particularly bad, but there was pastry available. Yup, I ate a mini bran muffin in the morning. I did okay for lunch--made myself a nice salad with beans, cukes, tomatoes, and a small amount of chicken breast and balsamic dressing. I was still limiting my water intake, however,... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 11:07:36 EST Motivation = LDRICHEL & Best of Bowie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918860 <em>198</em> <BR> The plan was: 5K in less than 58 minutes. That was for LDRICHEL. <BR> The 3.1 mile mark came and went somewhere around 56 minutes. <em>104</em> <BR> The reality was: I was having such a good time listening to the Best of Bowie on my iPod, that I continued walking, finishing 4 miles in 72 minutes with a song and a half to go. I cooled down over the next 6 minutes leaving me with a total of 4.25 miles in 78 minutes. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 11:53:26 EST Guest Pass to the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915835 I refused to go to the gym on Tuesday because my forearm was super-tender (see my last blog entry.) But today is a different story. DH is going to bring me in on a guest pass and I will use the equipment (with supervision) and see how I like it. I still can't see me joining (of course, I haven't been there yet) since I am a totally antisocial homebody. I'm looking at it as more of an amusement park type experience: Oooh, oooh, oooh! Look at all the scary rides! I want to try them all! And th... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 07:39:56 EST Super secret motivational gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l735066083.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l347199744.jpg"> <BR> My honey took me to the tattoo parlor and bought me my first tattoo. <BR> So whenever the exercise or the calorie counting feels like too much, I can look down and gather some strength. Tue, 5 Jun 2012 06:10:00 EST Spent some time with my family last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4911275 Yesterday was my wedding anniversary, but we actually visited my family to celebrate my aunt's birthday. Which is typical of my family--birthday equals get-together with fattening food and cake. I resisted (honestly I wasn't really hungry) and had a pickle and fruit salad and just one bite of a blueberry donut. <BR> Mom is down 20 pounds, just from reducing portion size. I don't get it. Whatever. It is working for her and making her happy. <BR> My sister (the middle one, not the one I plan on... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 10:06:52 EST I'm going to call this a cheat day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909793 It is my wedding anniversary. DH and I are going to see the LI Ducks play. That means we will be eating ballpark food. I'm not going to make stupid choices and won't be drinking anything besides water. <BR> However, I am not going to get stressed out worrying about the fat content in my food or driving the vendors nuts looking for a whole grain bun. That is not going to lead to me or DH enjoying ourselves. <BR> I also cut short my walk today. I never allow myself a real rest day (and techni... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 10:08:36 EST More randomness & vacation week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908411 I tried to write this 20 minutes ago and had an episode of total blankness. Twenty minutes and one cup of coffee later-BOOM!- it was like my brain rebooted. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> I had been aggravated for days because I was getting called in to see my boss yesterday for supposed attendance issues. <em>411</em> Guess what? Yeah, the office screwed up and I am in the clear. Morons. <BR> Since I am officially on vacation now, that is the last I want to think of work for a week. <BR> <BR> I ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 07:32:08 EST First a word from our sponsor... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901004 First off, I'd like to send my sincerest thanks to the men and women in uniform who protect our way of life everyday. Thank you for doing what you do. And for those who have made the supreme sacrifice, may the gods themselves bless you and keep you. <BR> <BR> Geez, now I feel kinda like a heel for being all proud of myself. <BR> Oh well, I guess I'm a heel. <BR> 5K this morning. 58 minutes. For the first time. <BR> Yeah, I'm proud of me. <BR> It probably won't be an everyday thing, but nex... Mon, 28 May 2012 10:29:15 EST Hey! It's my 1 month Sparkversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898159 ! <em>515</em> Yup. I joined on April 25. Of course, I thought the who thing was kind of odd. Like I had walked into a motivational seminar. Spark Teams and Huddles and motivations. If someone had asked me to do a trust exercise, I would have jumped ship. <BR> I'm really glad nobody did. <BR> So...30 days gone and I have dropped 9 lbs. Which isn't a lot. BUT it took me almost 4 months to lose the 12 lbs that preceded those 9. So...I guess Spark works. <BR> I'm still not going to fall backward... Fri, 25 May 2012 21:12:59 EST Randomness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894463 Geez, I'm tired. I have been getting quite a bit of sleep, eating pretty good and my hematocit is normal. Yet I am tired. <BR> Wimped out a little last night. It was strength training. I walked a little over a mile. Actually, that may have been the problem--I tried a calorie burning program on the treadmill and since my normal walking pace is quite slow, I actually had to try running to keep up at 4 mph. Yeah, well, that didn't last long, I ended up slowing the machine back down. Too late, h... Wed, 23 May 2012 11:31:58 EST Sunday and Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889635 I made it to 1000 fitness minutes for the month today. I don't think I had that many fitness minutes for all of 2011. I'm feeling pretty good. And kinda pumped because it was a strength training day. I can feel it in my arms, so I guess it is working. <BR> DH is out at some EMS breakfast so I'm not having eggs this morning. Instead I made myself one of my weekday breakfast shakes. One difference today, I used sweet frozen cherries as my fruit (I have to check to make sure they have all been... Sun, 20 May 2012 11:05:11 EST Comfort food: yummy and not taboo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884726 After Sunday's Mom issues, today I made my mom's meatloaf recipe. And I added it to SparkRecipes because I needed to get it entered into my nutrition tracker. Surprise! It clocked in at just 352 calories and only 9 grams of fat for a HUGE serving! I served it with steamed broccoli & cauliflower and brown rice to keep the meal reasonable in calories overall. I am so pleased by this because DH loves this meatloaf. <BR> I guess I should start adding some of my other recipes and maybe I can start... Wed, 16 May 2012 20:29:12 EST Mom made me jealous and angry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4881298 So.... <BR> Mother's Day. I'm sitting at the table with my mom snacking on fruit. (no cake for me-I am trying to lose weight!) My mom looks at me and says (as she is shoving something high-calorie into her face) "I've lost 18 pounds" <BR> I blubbered and floundered for a moment and finally came out with this as a response "I've built a lot of muscle and it weighs more than fat" <BR> I have been dwelling on this for the entire day today. <BR> My mother considers walking 1/4 mile to be major ex... Mon, 14 May 2012 17:08:07 EST Not all that bad today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877983 I should feel kind of down today. In fact, I do feel kind of down. It's cyclic, a woman thing. I woke up very afraid of what the scale was going to read. I'm so bloated that the wedding ring I could slide off the other day--well it won't budge today. I got on the scale anyway. <BR> And I had dropped that weird half pound that I have been carrying for most of the week. <BR> And while I'm not quite at "WooHoo!" today, at least that little nugget of information got me to "yeahhh..." Sat, 12 May 2012 08:08:13 EST Said goodbye to my dog today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870998 We knew it was coming. Heck, I thought we would be lucky to have him make it through New Years day this year. He's been blind for a couple of years, deaf for pretty much the same, suffered confusion, and all his teeth were ground down to his gumline (no, I don't know how that happened.) And around christmas he started having nighttime incontinence. But this morning, he spilled his whole bladder in his bed and all over the living room floor. And he couldn't seem to keep his back feet under him... Mon, 7 May 2012 17:29:55 EST One of those Hot Message Board topics caught my eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867991 I just entered my snack (100 calorie pack of popcorn sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning) into the nutrition tracker and spotted that little box on the right side of the page. You know the one, it says "hot message board topics." Well, one of the hot topics was "What was the first thing you noticed?" and I decided to check it out. I scrolled through all the responses and got to thinking about all the changes I have noticed about myself since January 1st this year. Yeah, I started working towards... Sat, 5 May 2012 18:12:22 EST Good and bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866814 For the good, I was quite reasonable with my calories at breakfast lunch and snack today. I walked over miles, and increased my speed to 19min/mile for the first time. I was not hurting during or afterwards. <BR> For the bad, I was out of turkey and chicken breast cold cuts, so I had leftovers from dinner last night as lunch. Unfortunately, this did not include a vegetable serving, nor did I get the fiber I normally have in my sandwich bread. Even worse, I was super hungry when DH woke up for... Fri, 4 May 2012 19:52:46 EST Yesterday's long day seems to bother me more today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865450 I got through yesterday just fine. Well, more or less anyway. I got up early, walked, prepped my food for the day and set off for work. I was out of the house for all three meals and didn't mess up by eating junk or fast food. This is amazing for me. Up until recently, my entire plan for a day like that would have been figuring out which fast food place to hit during the different meal hours or getting a nasty pre-made sandwich, a giant bag of chips and some sort of baked good as my food for ... Thu, 3 May 2012 22:11:50 EST It's Going to be a Long Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862537 I didn't intend to walk so much today--I was going to stop at 1-1.5 miles since I have a 12 hour work day scheduled. Oops. It felt good so I just kept going and I'll probably pay for that later tonight. <BR> I entered my planned meals for the day in advance. I hope it is enough to keep me going through the day--I would (in the past) normally hit a 7-11 for a snack at some point during a shift like this, or run through a fast-food drivethru for my dinner. Sometimes both. Today I won't do that,... Wed, 2 May 2012 07:37:03 EST Starting a new week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859093 I weighed in early today. Yup, still the same as I was yesterday. Of course after the dinner I had last night, I deserve to be even bigger. (Okay, i am done beating myself up from that now.) <BR> <BR> So, I figure I should be showing some results after this week is over and I plan to stick with my healthier choices and treamill time. See y'all in a week. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:54:11 EST Frustration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857293 I've been good. I've been watching what I eat. I've been on the treadmill nearly every damn day for over a month. I joined SparkPeople just a few days ago and started tracking my food and exercise. And based on that (and that I am pretty consistent in my eating habits) I think I have been pretty close to keeping within a good calorie range for the past month. And I have lost exactly 1 pound in over a month. One stinking pound. I weighed myself on 3/28 and I was 205 and 4/25 when I joined here... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:41:48 EST