HELSINKIKNIGHTS's SparkPeople Blog HELSINKIKNIGHTS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Hit My Goal I have hit my initial goal of losing 40 lbs. It's been 6 years of ups and downs, but it feels good to have achieved it finally. Now I've reset my goal to the next 20. It's a weight I'm comfortable at and once it's reached, I'll decide where to go from there. <BR> <BR> At the moment, I'm grieving the death of our 5 year old corgi, Arthur. This was not supposed to happen. He was supposed to live a long, full, healthy life. Instead he started having seizures in March and died on Sept. 11... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:03:40 EST Getting Fit Living at 8000 feet as I do, it's difficult to gauge any improvement in fitness. I usually exercise indoors due to the condition of the dirt roads and my balance issues. However, now, on a return trip to Scotland, I've discovered I have improved greatly since my last trip in May. Walking around town is easy and so is taking a long walk on the beach. <BR> <BR> Despite the chilly wind, or maybe because of it, I raced along the beach at a fast clip, thoroughly enjoying myself. I also got to... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 13:22:29 EST Solutions Found Since joining Spark People in 2008, I have lost 35 lbs. In the past 10 years a total of 65. I have 25 more to go to reach the goal I've set for myself for the end of the year. After I reach that goal, I'll re-evaluate and decide if I want to lose more. I know my goal weight is a comfortable weight for me, a weight where I am happy with my appearance and health. But I might be able to do more. Who knows? <BR> <BR> Right now, I owe my current success to my decision to finally walk away f... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 15:50:30 EST Progress is Super! Today is Day 22 of my new exercise regimen. Even though I've lost only one pound, I can now fit back in to a large top, rather than an XL. Out of the 22 days, I've met my exercise goals 10 of the days, met them half way on 5 days and not missed a strength training session. I've had two down days, one from total exhaustion and muscle fatigue the first week and today, because of a cold and the nasty weather. Still, today, I'm climbing stairs and thinking of ways to move around a bit more. <... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 18:42:22 EST New Goals: Day 12 and Day 3 Twelve days ago, I became disgusted with my lack of progress in losing weight. Tracking exercise here didn't seem to be enough to make me do it. There was always an excuse. Yes, I have a busy life, but so do millions of others, so... <BR> <BR> I found a website of calendar pages, printed out several blank ones and numbered each day. It just so happened that I was starting on a Sunday, so it worked out perfectly. Each day my goal was to hike 2 miles and then to lift weights 3 times in a ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 18:11:54 EST A Tough Year & One Major Gripe This past year has seemed like one long nightmare. <BR> <BR> A year to the day after my cousin died, my uncle was taken off life support, following pneumonia and surgery, and died. He was just a few days short of his 71st birthday, but his life essentially ended at 35. He was a captain in the Green Berets and served 3 tours of duty in Vietnam. When he finally came home, the army offered him the rank of Sgt. on active duty, so he resigned. He was such a mess mentally, that he never worked... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:08:00 EST Another Sad Farewell It's been a rough few months. Summer is always my worst time for falling away from any path I've set for myself. It's my most active time of year psychically and everything else just seems to fall by the wayside. <BR> <BR> My beloved corgi, Wellington, fell ill in early October, but seemed to be doing fine after a course of meds. My daughter and I drove south to Texas to help a friend out why she was having baby. Wellington did fine with my husband the entire 3 weeks we were gone and the... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 14:37:30 EST Moving Toward Success I've battled my weight my entire life. My medical records from the base hospital read like a nightmare. I was born at a naval hospital in the early 50s and they were big on breastfeeding. And while I completely agree, there is a genetic problem in our family which makes it difficult. I joined La Leche League and was successful, nursing my daughter for 18 months, but my mother had no support. <BR> <BR> My first two weeks were spent on sugar water, during which I lost a pound of my 6.5 lbs... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 16:03:47 EST Never Again, My Love Prisons of Voice <BR> <BR> Don't ask me to walk here <BR> These mountains come too near <BR> Something distance never healed. <BR> <BR> In this light, blue and high, <BR> They pretend to be horizons <BR> Claiming the affections of the eye. <BR> <BR> But in their concealed cloister <BR> They hold each voice captive <BR> To tune dead stone with narrative. <BR> <BR> John O'Donohue 1956-2008 <BR> ---- <BR> <BR> In Memorium <BR> <BR> Diane Hazlett 1955-April 11, 2008 <BR> Beloved Cousin <B... Sat, 12 Apr 2008 22:38:46 EST Something to Strive For... Fluent <BR> <BR> <BR> I would love to live <BR> Like a river flows, <BR> Carried by the surprise <BR> Of its own unfolding. <BR> <BR> <BR> John O'Donohue 1956-2008 <BR> Conamara Blues Wed, 9 Apr 2008 21:30:46 EST Strength Training (With Cats) Getting anything done in our crowded household is always a challenge. Strength training is especially fun when aided by my lovely black cat, Boo. <BR> <BR> We've warmed up and we're ready to go... And it goes something like this. <BR> <BR> Boo: "Yes, I'm right under your feet. There is no way you can cheat when doing your reverse crunches. If you kick me in the head, I will bite you." <BR> <BR> And a few exercises later... <BR> <BR> Boo: "Why in the world did you throw your barbell ... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 12:00:10 EST Interval Training You will never have to worry about interval training again... if you have a dog, that is. <BR> <BR> 1. Warm Up - numerous squats and push ups thanks to your Lab/Aussie Shepherd cross enjoying an epiphany. OMG mom, you're taking me for a walk... as he knocks you to the ground. He has this same epiphany every day. Meanwhile, your collie is trying to smell everything in the room before the door is even opened and your corgi, who is only ankle high, is going ...See mom, I'm not causing any tro... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 15:24:04 EST Reclaiming Love For Love in a Time of Conflict <BR> <BR> When the gentleness between you hardens <BR> And you fall out of you belonging with each other, <BR> May the depths you have reached hold you still. <BR> <BR> When no true word can be said, or heard, <BR> And you mirror each other in the script of hurt, <BR> When even the silence had become raw and torn, <BR> May you hear again an echo of your first music. <BR> <BR> When the weave of affection starts to unravel <BR> And anger begins to sear the grou... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 13:27:08 EST Listening Again I smoor the fire of my soul, as the <BR> Maiden would smoor. <BR> Peace be upon my soul, <BR> peace be to all creatures, <BR> peace be to all upon this planet, <BR> peace be to all that is and was and will be. <BR> Preserve my soul in peace this night, <BR> that it may flame forth brightly <BR> in the still light of dawn. <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> Walker of the Night Stars, <BR> Guardian of the Hearth, <BR> Keeper of the Deep Places, <BR> May I sleep in you this night. <BR> <BR> (Caitlin Mat... Tue, 1 Apr 2008 00:43:17 EST Making Progress The scale won't budge. Of course, I'm not supposed to weigh in until Tuesday, but I'm Impatient. So rather than get discouraged, I decided to check my measurements. I was surprised to find out that it had been a week since I first took them and equally surprised to discover I had lost 3.75 inches over all. <BR> <BR> I have an intense strength workout and it seems to be doing the trick. The only place I stayed the same was in my waist, so I've added a torso trimming exercise to my routine... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 15:01:07 EST Disaster & Recovery Yesterday was a disaster. I logged 12 hours and almost 500 miles on the road, taking my daughter to the airport to fly out to visit her grandfather for spring break. I had to drive one long bypass around a major city due to horrific traffic accident and then through a brush fire to get home. And all on 4 hours sleep. Needless to say, I ate way too much along the way, even though I did manage to get in a 10 minute walk at a rest stop on the trip up in the morning. <BR> <BR> There were oth... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 23:24:50 EST Pleasant Surprises I can't believe how much difference just 4 pounds can make. My jeans are comfortable again! Our weather has cleared and spring is finally here, so getting out for walks is a real pleasure. <BR> <BR> I am just incredibly grateful to have found this wonderful community. Tue, 25 Mar 2008 23:52:55 EST Exercise Challenges I dislike cardio and I love strength training. I have done both off and on during my life. When I started this new program, I hit a major wall with my strength training. I'm doing a mix of core, upper body and lower body exercises, with the focus on upper body where I'm the weakest. <BR> <BR> Because I have bursitis in my left shoulder, I ran into some major problems upping my reps to fit this new program. And one inflammatory response led to a whole body inflammatory response and I'm a... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 21:39:47 EST Handling Holidays Relaxing over the weekend was pleasant. I knew I wanted to enjoy our holiday meal on Sunday, so I doubled my cardio and hiked for 90 minutes instead of 45. So even though my totals show that I went over my limits today, I still feel good about my progress. And I definitely did not eat as much at our dinner as I would have in the past, yet I enjoyed every bite. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 01:14:58 EST Along the way My calories have been climbing steadily during the week, but still within my ranges. Being on the road so much, makes things a bit more difficult to stay on the lower end, but exercise has remained consistent so I am well pleased with my progress. <BR> <BR> Itching to weigh in again, but will wait. Can you tell I'm the impatient sort? Thu, 20 Mar 2008 12:34:28 EST Day 1 This has worked amazingly well for me on this first day. My health issues smoothed out to a point where I could reduce medications and even work in an evening snack to reach the lower end of my calorie intake goal. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of travel coming up in the next two weeks, so I will be anxious to see how things work out. I can get in a daily walk wherever I am and 3# weights are easy to pack. My focus will be on choosing wisely when eating out. I usually try and travel with a cool... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 01:56:09 EST