HHOUSE8's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HHOUSE8 HHOUSE8'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/ Pure Joy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898651 You will laugh... you will cry... you will be delighted! Just copy and paste into your browser so you can watch this: <BR> <BR> http://vimeo.com/42828824 <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>247</em> <em>337</em> <em>67</em> <em>342</em> Sat, 26 May 2012 09:58:03 EST Thar she blows! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883855 I'm guessing an awful lot of us stuff our emotions with varying disastrous results. Here's a daring little piece I wrote about that on my other blog: <BR> <BR> http://helenhouse.wordpress.com/2012/05/<BR>15/the-pressure-cooker-effect-7/ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574754281.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 16 May 2012 09:34:26 EST Flossing as a vehicle for change :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877950 Sometimes it's the littlest thing that tips the balance. In one direction it might be that one glass of wine or that one cookie that unleashes the binging fool in us. In the other direction, it might be a walk around the block, putting on mascara, or in my case - flossing - that activates my healthy, body-nurturing, self-care goddess within. When I'm not taking care of myself, it never even occurs to me to floss. As I log into spark each day, track my food, fitness, and water, and begin t... Sat, 12 May 2012 07:35:17 EST Which came first... the Robin or the Egg? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860848 It all started when this robin started hauling all sorts of nesting material from my garden beds to the back porch. For several days, she'd bring long bits of last year's perennials, set them on the top of one of the columns holding up the porch, then sit on it and seem... frustrated. Each twig fell off the little precarious ledge before she'd bring another. She seemed determined that THIS was her spot... even though it wasn't working at all! <BR> <BR> Being the good Samaritan that I am... Tue, 1 May 2012 09:28:37 EST Down and Out, Maybe... but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857804 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883568240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Took a gorgeous hike along Lake Superior today and saw a lot of trees like this. This one, in particular, had me thinking "Down and out, maybe, but still growing towards the light"... just like ME! As long as I can still hang on to the edge, and keep myself pointing towards the sunnier side of life, everything's gonna be all right. Thanks for being part of what keeps me rooted. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>434<... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:32:29 EST Since I was last here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855449 Hello Spark People! <BR> <BR> It's been nearly a year since I checked in. Last time I was here I had reached my goal weight by being deathly ill for a stretch. I lost over 20 lbs in 3 weeks to bring me down to my goal weight. Coming back to life has been one helluva ride. I managed to gain back all the weight I'd lost while sick, plus all the weight I'd lost since I began my spark people journey. And so... I begin again. <BR> <BR> Along the way, my hair fell out and it came back curl... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:55:16 EST Hot tip - Don't meet your goal this way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105537 It's been over a month since I seriously checked in here. Just before I left for an unexpected funeral last month, I weighed myself (187.something) and challenged my cousin to a race to be the first to lose 2 lbs. I was going to be traveling for nearly 2 weeks, so I thought it could be tough to have it be me. <BR> <BR> From the funeral I went to (which was also a sort of massive family reunion), I traveled to Florida to gather with the other leaders of the company I contract with and to ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 19:15:48 EST FEB - Days 4, 5, 6, and now 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3997732 "Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes." ~Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> This is a period of certainty, it seems. Each day, the mail brings me new envelopes with "important tax information enclosed" printed on them. At the same time, the news that an uncle, a cousin, or a loved one of a loved one has passed keeps pouring in. This week I'll catch up all of my bookkeeping to put it together for my accountant to prepare my taxes, while at the same time i make travel pl... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:38:49 EST FEB - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3987281 It's only 2pm, but I've got a few minutes to spare and I'm making progress on today's goals so far. <BR> <BR> Track everything &#8730; <BR> Drink water (half way there and confident) &#8730; <BR> Don't buy tobacco.... so far so good though I was jonesin' earlier today! &#8730; <BR> Ride Stella 15 minutes or longer (30 actually!) &#8730; <BR> blog about progress - Voila! &#8730; <BR> Will not finish beading project - so far so good. Progressing without obsessing! &#8730; <BR> Still inten... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:38:06 EST FEB - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3985392 So here I am again... I promised to blog each day for the next two weeks. Today I used the nutrition tracker, made healthy choices (yet went over my calorie budget), Drank my 8 glasses of water (yay me!).... and drumroll please....... I set up my road bike on my Giant trainer and rode for 10 whole minutes. (Baby steps, folks... baby steps) If it weren't for this promise I'd made here on SP and to my siblings, I never would have hauled that stuff out of the basement and strapped on my shoes... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 21:37:17 EST FEB - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3982153 So tempted to weasel out of my commitment to myself and my sister! I promised I'd blog daily and get back on track here in February. I entered my food today, ate within my calorie range, had no alcohol, and showed a friend around SP. Tomorrow I'll log my choices and do SOMETHING for exercise - even if it's just 10 minutes. And the big winter challenge - I'll drink my water! All of it! <BR> <BR> Rolling on towards that feeling of success.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 21:35:35 EST Hydrochloric Acid is my friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871803 After dealing with the unpleasantness of gall bladder congestion, inflammation, and all the fun that goes with that - pain, heartburn, shoulder and arm pain, indigestion, acid reflux-ish stuff, etc.... I have a new best friend - HCL Betaine. Along with eating foods that don't cause an attack, I take 1 or 2 HCL Betaines and a couple of food enzymes with every meal that has fats and heavy proteins. (1 or 2 depends on the portion size) With this, I have been pain free in the last few days. H... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 12:54:41 EST Random thoughts while running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3849113 Just back from a winter run with my dog. Random thoughts that bubbled up along the way were: <BR> <BR> <em>466</em> The wonderful thing about being dairy free is that when I run in the winter I don't cough and wheeze and feel overwhelmed with congestion and drippiness. (gross, I know) <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Running on bumpy snow in the city is as satisfying as trail running in terms of the challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> If you're going to go for a long run with the dog, bring TWO p... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:58:25 EST A wee bit frustrated... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3845521 Greetings from the frozen north! <BR> <em>425</em> <em>334</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Since many of you are freezing your patooties off, I picture you huddled around the glow of your computer screens reading Sparkblogs to stay warm.... Welcome to mine. May I offer you some hot water with lemon? <BR> <BR> Like others here in SparkLand, I've been doing the gallbladder dance lately. I'm mostly eating and drinking verrrrry carefully and paying attention when something triggers symptoms. ... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 12:56:34 EST Dear Gallbladder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3829945 Who knew that such a tiny little pear shaped organ could be the source of such inspiration! There I was, struggling away with my good intentions gone awry - eating, drinking, and giving thanks - and you showed up in high style with all sorts of tricks that make me very uncomfortable. After 3 days of an apple juice fast, lots of herbs, detox teas etc... I'm feeling so much better. With some internet research (and helpful links from HippiChick) I'm now easily eating in a way that takes good ... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 12:48:52 EST For my cyclist friends - check this out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3802780 Just saw this trailer for the movie 'Bicycle Dreams' - have you seen it? <BR> <BR> <link>bicycledreamsmovie.com/trailer.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'd love to get this. Wowza! <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <em>652</em> <em>332</em> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 22:46:13 EST After a week of Dear ___ letters... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3797404 This week I've written a bunch of letters in an attempt to find balance in my life, wake up my consciousness around nutrition and activity, let go of things that don't serve, and work through some of the demons that haunt me along my journey. It's been an interesting experiment. I'm not done with them yet as I like the playful format, but I need to slow down a bit. <BR> <BR> When I wrote to half 'n half, I was able to not only let half 'n half go, but I busted my coffee habit at the same... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 11:55:07 EST Dear 'In A While', http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3794612 Dear 'In A While', <BR> <BR> This is just a quick note to say 'Hi' and see if maybe we can't redesign our relationship a bit. You and I have been hanging out since I was a wee little kid. I think my mom hung out with your mom, yes? You've been a real friend of our family's. Every one of us loves you and relies on you. I must say, I think you and I have the closest relationship. Some of my siblings may beg to differ, but I'm claiming you as special to me. <BR> <BR> Here's where I ne... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 17:20:59 EST Dear Butter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3791779 Dear Butter, <BR> <BR> (Or... should I call you 'Buttahhhh'?) <BR> <BR> What is it about you Butter? You are the essence of light. You are love. Whenever food is drenched in you I feel like I'm on vacation. You, warmed up and combined with lemon, are the happy drips down to my elbows of a fresh artichoke, or better yet a freshly steamed lobster on Cuttyhunk Island. You are the inspiration behind every birthday dinner pick. You are the reason for 'butter cream frosting'. You are what... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 10:41:38 EST Dear Good Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3789092 Dear 'Good Intentions', <BR> <BR> You're such a sweetheart. Thanks for being in my life! I just love the way you always seem so positive and full of hope and possibility. Your benevolent spirit is inspiring and pleasant to be around. <BR> <BR> Since I love you so much, I'm not sure how to bring this up (it's a little awkward really). You may think it's none of my business (and if you didn't live inside me it probably wouldn't be), but I need to talk to you about that guy you're dating -... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:49:44 EST Dear Late night munchies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3787228 Hello Old Friend, <BR> <BR> I've been writing letters this week to various parts of me and to the foods that tend to play a role in my undoing. It's your turn today. Last night, after a day of great SP success (weighing, tracking, staying within limits, exercising) you appeared in all your glory. I couldn't tell if your friend 'Late night Loneliness' was with you, or if you are one in the same just able to shift your disguise to suit the situation. Truth be told, I'm not quite sure wha... Tue, 16 Nov 2010 08:57:55 EST Dear 190 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3785067 Dear 190 Lbs, <BR> <BR> Well, hello there! It's been a while since I've seen you! I've been hanging out with your smaller numbered sisters lately, and to tell the truth I've been sort of dreading seeing you again. That may sound rude, but you see I've been traveling, stressing, eating lovely things like salted nuts, drinking more than I should, and I was sure today when I got on the scale I would have skipped right on past you to hang out with one of your larger numbered sisters for a whi... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:17:41 EST Dear Shoulder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782538 Dear Shoulder, <BR> <BR> We need to talk. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry you've been in pain for so many months now, and that I wasn't able to heal you fast enough to prevent you from becoming 'frozen'. I appreciate the way you've kept going in spite of it all. You work so well with my arm helping me get things done and shoulder burdens. I can't imagine life without you! <BR> <BR> Here's where it gets awkward: Though I appreciate your dedication, I'm tired of the influence you have over the res... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 07:49:17 EST Dear Half 'n Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781203 Dear Half 'n Half, <BR> <BR> Thank you for being such a dreamy, creamy, shoulder to lean on ever since I was old enough to make myself drink coffee. Every time I've poured you into the deep, dark, bitterness of my cup you've risen from the bottom with all your fatty buoyancy and turned the liquid a comfortingly warm shade of brown. <BR> <BR> These are only a few of the reasons my heart is heavy as I write this. You see, after giving it much thought, I realize I have to let you go. Like... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 11:31:23 EST 4 Things about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781009 Since I loved reading my sister's and cousin's version of this, thought I'd share one of my own. <BR> <BR> Four jobs I have had in my life: <BR> <BR> 1. Bicycle mechanic <BR> 2. Popcorn & ticket sales at the movies <BR> 3. Glass blower <BR> 4. Co-Active Coach (aka sorceress) <BR> <BR> Four movies I have watched more than once: <BR> <BR> 1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory <BR> 2. Wizard of Oz <BR> 3. Shall we Dance? (Japanese version) <BR> 4. Witness <BR> <BR> Four places I have ... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 09:44:14 EST rollin' rollin' rollin'... munchin' munchin' munchin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3683722 Had an 8 hour drive today. Packed healthy snacks, brought water, ate good food at home first. And yet, when I'm alone in the car for hours on end I have this twisted belief that endlessly eating keeps me awake. I went over my calorie budget... by 200 or 300 calories. Not terrible overall, but silly given the fact that driving burns about three calories per hour! <BR> <BR> Need to find a way to 'be with' hunger, boredom, loneliness etc. The moment the pangs of any one of those things s... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 01:10:18 EST 3rd day back - Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3680807 <em>244</em> Celebrating! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> Drank all my water <em>274</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> Ate within my calorie range <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Got out of a bad patch with my 15-year old <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Asked for help from a friend <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Got a massaaaaaaaaage <em>345</em> Wed, 29 Sep 2010 22:10:27 EST Getting closer... but toxic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3678361 Okay. The last two days I've logged all my nutrition. I was way over the first day (500 calories)... less over yesterday (200). Yesterday I got a good walk in. I took my supplements and drank my water. These things are progress! This is the good news. <BR> <BR> The bad news is that my body seems to be detoxing. Though it's good to detox, it can wreak havoc on my emotional well being. As I move back to healthy foods, I've been REALLY cranky and anxious. This feels like more than just... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 23:46:43 EST Overboard, but conscious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3676267 Being back is always a challenge the first few days while I get my sparklegs back, drink copious amounts of water, and log every teaspoon of mustard and tootsie roll in my tracker. Yesterday, I logged... I blogged... I was semi-conscious and made a few good and a few bad choices. I way overshot my calories... and yes - I'm proud. Proud that I logged to the bitter end. Proud that I collected Spark Points and reconnected with some of my champions. Proud that I'm here again this morning re... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:13:49 EST Begin again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3673728 Years ago, I attended a powerful year long leadership program. We met each quarter for a week long retreat. Each retreat had a different theme which built upon the one before it. At the 3rd retreat, "Creating from Nothing", we did an exercise with art materials where we each sat at a station with a pile of papers and art supplies. We were instructed to 'Begin Again' each time 'nothing' had become 'something'. Over and over I heard 'begin again' in my ear. Over and over I peeled away pap... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:57:51 EST Turning my 'rut' into a 'groove' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3566478 I was in the groove - fully - losing weight, eating right, working out, feeling vibrant, alive, healthy, and like anything was possible. Feelin' Groovy at its finest. Then it happened. You know the 'it'. The it where suddenly something takes over. It's old... familiar... all encompassing. Everybody's 'it' is different, but whatever your 'it' is, there's usually a slow, steady shift away from your groove until BAM!... you look around and wonder "How the heck did I get here? Where ever d... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:00:30 EST Final Spark POWER challenge report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3463499 I can't remember when the last time was I had such a craving for ice cream as I had today. Thank God it was too hot to stand in line for it or I would have surely succumbed. <BR> <BR> There's some sort of a weird thing in my brain that tells me when I'm traveling and leading workshops I need to eat plenty so I don't go brain dead half way through the day. Instead of planning well and having just the right snacks and things, I tend to over eat -- filling some imaginary cup that has to be ... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 22:41:08 EST POWER Challenge - home stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3456731 Day 2 of leading our Leadership Retreat: <BR> <BR> I'm dog tired and barely able to keep my eyes open. I ate good food today, but way too much of it. Didn't even try to track it. Can guarantee I've put on some weight while I'm here. Will look more closely at the dynamics of that when I reflect after this is over. I made some commitments to myself the other day and am partly pleased with how I've done - partly not. Lives are changing, people are opening up, and I'm having a great time l... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 23:40:15 EST Spark Power Challenge - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3452932 P - POSITIVE - Built on my strengths to find my voice in Co-Leading this retreat. I've risen to the challenge and am doing good work. I see people. That moves them. <BR> O - OUTDOORS - at two meals outside <BR> W - WATER - Just barely... <BR> E - EXERCISE - Not a bit! <BR> R - RELAX - Chillin' in my hotel room after a great day of good work <BR> <BR> Bonus blog - yes! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:28:19 EST Determined to Move Past the Old Pattern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3448923 Extraordinary is not sustainable and is not meant to be. Thus the 'Extra' added to the 'Ordinary'! <BR> <BR> This is the eve of a new Leadership Program I'll be co-leading in the morning. I've just come down from my Super Woman week and am embarking on something I've never led before. I'm getting paid well for it and don't want to let my co-leader, my participants, the foundation that's paying for this, or myself down. I've worked hard to get here. I'm nervous and excited. In the midst... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:03:14 EST 'Super Woman' phase complete...plus 4 days of Spark POWER Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3445191 It seems women, especially moms, talk a lot about needing to be "Super Woman" in life. You know... Parent, partner, career woman, home maker, tend to bodies, community member, friend, take care of aging parents etc. There's a lot of pressure to 'perform' and pull it ALL off. I do most of those things much of the time, but I've found a rhythm with it so it no longer feels stressful - most of the time. <BR> <BR> This week, was different. The potential for stress was WAY bigger than usual... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 21:59:31 EST Rainbows always do the trick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3433281 Overwhelm: A state of being I've been at the edge of for a couple of weeks now. <BR> <BR> How does it happen? How do I move from 'freakishly balanced' to terribly overwhelmed so easily? <BR> <BR> I think it goes something like this: <BR> <BR> 1) I get my act together and take really great care of myself. <BR> 2) Great self-care leads to high energy and an optimistic, hopeful spirit. <BR> 3) Abundant opportunities flow in. <BR> 4) I say YES to ALL of them. <BR> 5) I realize in the midst... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:12:39 EST Barefoot Running makes me feel like a spy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3429169 They call it 'Barefoot Running', but you can see by this photo that these feet are clearly dressed. Dressed to run like a spy! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191463552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My new Vibram Five Fingers (VFFs) and I went out for our first run today. I've been wearing them around for several days to get used to them. After 8 hours on the phone (Oy Vey!) my head was spinning and I had to go move my body to see if I could shake some sense into my poor brain... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 21:24:49 EST From Morning Glories to Magic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3425576 A couple of weeks ago I bought a hanging basket of morning glories at the farmer's market for $3.00. I planted them in front of my garage and Voila! Here's how they were looking this morning. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818492908.jpg"> <BR> Would I have lugged those home and dug a hole to plop them in before? Probably not. I've thought of morning glories on the side of the garage ever since I moved in here 5 years ago but never got around to planting the seeds. Thre... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 22:13:26 EST Visions of Sugar Plums (and blueberries!) Dancing in my Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421896 Often when I have too much to do, I manage to find time to squeeze extraordinary things into the cracks of my day. Today was no exception. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I'm going away for 3 weeks. During that time I'll be traveling for 3 different Leadership gigs in 3 different locations and squeezing in a week of vacation in the middle. There's air travel, car travel, border crossing, kids, an elderly mom, and dogs to get to our cottage in Canada. There's much to coordinate and many different ev... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 23:12:06 EST Sailing Away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3418970 A good friend of mine just bought a sailboat - A 25 foot Catalina. She got it in the water just before the 4th of July, but she hadn't taken her out for a spin yet. Today, another friend and I joined her and her 10 year old daughter in taking it out for the very first sail. Technically not a 'maiden voyage' as it's a used sailboat... but super exciting to be part of this momentous event. It was a perfect day for it. The sun was out, the clouds were puffy and friendly, the wind was just e... Sat, 10 Jul 2010 23:19:39 EST Build bridges to tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3416246 One of my favorite books on creativity is Twyla Tharp's book, The Creative Habit. There's a quote in there from Thoreau or Whitman or Emerson about how a writer should always quit writing for the day when they know what's going to happen next. They say you need to 'Build a bridge to tomorrow' so when you get back to work, you know right where to start and can get into it easily. As an artist, that idea has always appealed to me. When I go through phases of being really productive, that's h... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 23:31:02 EST 'Other Goals'... successes and failures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3413221 I love ticking off the boxes! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not someone who's known for being on time, finishing what I start, or making lists and getting everything done on them. Quite the opposite, really. Here on SP, however, I LOVE putting that little &#8730; in the box and having it turn blue at the same time. I LOVE seeing them all checked off in a row at the end of the week. I LOVE having a streak that goes for days and days or weeks and weeks. I lose lists on paper, but these are... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 00:18:48 EST Space Head has 'handlebar palsy' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3409445 My century ride on Monday did a number on my right hand. I've been working hard the last two days spending many hours on the phone with clients. Combine my depleted body with too much listening and I was down right loopy this afternoon. My daughter had to go to the store with me to keep me focused. She kept pulling me this way and that saying, "Come on now, Mom, stay focused... over here! We're going now!" Had she not done that I'd probably still be there wandering around in circles won... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 22:56:42 EST Century 1 of 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3406254 To many people, a 'century' is a hundred years. To a cyclist, a 'century' is 100 miles in a day. Yesterday I rode a century - my first since I was about 17 years old. Yay me! <BR> <BR> I don't have long tales to tell or any photos to share. I will try to capture a few things of interest for those who ride or are thinking about going for it. Let me know if there's more you're curious about. <BR> <BR> First of all, this was not an organized ride where you pay money, wear a number, stand ... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 00:33:35 EST Too tired to blog about my ride... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3401524 I did it! I rode my bike 100 miles today!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> and... I'm too tired and my fingers are too numb to blog about it. So, for now, I'm just filling in the details of my POWER Challenge. Will blog about the ride tomorrow: <BR> <BR> P- positive - did tons of affirming myself as I pushed my way towards my goal today. <BR> O - Outdoors - From 7:30 am until 4:30 pm! <BR> W - Water - 9 glasses so far with more to come <BR> E - Exercise - Rode 100 miles and burned 5800 calori... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 18:38:01 EST POWER challenge - July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399397 This was one heckuva long day. A good day, but full of random things that made it seem to drag on. It seems that when I plan my day and it doesn't go as planned, the day will either slip by barely noticed or never end. The middle ground seems to be missing. <BR> <BR> Good things: <BR> - Rode my bike to my mom's delivering fresh eggs and strawberries. <BR> - Went hiking with my brother, his wife, and my son on the trail system I usually run on. It was great to show them my stomping... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:25:37 EST POWER challenge - Day 3 - July (boring blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3396910 Finding it challenging juggling having the 4th of July holiday, family visiting, hot days, managing my choices, logging everything on SparkPeople, and getting to all I want to do. This challenge (and knowing my sister is a diehard competitor!) is motivating me to stay more focused than I normally would. Yay to that! <BR> <BR> POWER Results: <BR> P - Positive - This one tends to be pretty easy for me, but today I was unusually cranky and had to intentionally do something. Spent time really ... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 00:27:45 EST POWER challenge - Day 2 - July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3394411 Busy day... no time to write. Getting this in just under the wire: <BR> <BR> P - Positive... Sent self a Spark Goodie with a positive affirmation about how far I've come in so many areas of my life. <BR> O - Outdoors... Walking dogs to the beach <BR> W - Water... yes... tons! <BR> E - Exercise... That beach dog walk tonight (would NOT have done this without this challenge!) <BR> R - Relax... started the day with a quiet cup of hot water with lemon... <BR> BLOG - this is it. <BR> <BR> Happy... Sat, 3 Jul 2010 00:13:27 EST ...and the next POWER challenge begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3391394 July 1st - Canada Day - my 82 year old neighbors birthday - and Day 1 of the new Spark POWER Challenge. This month's guidelines are as follows: <BR> <BR> <BR> *** P-O-W-E-R Challenge *** <BR> <BR> P- Positive - Do something positive or say something positive about yourself. <BR> <BR> O - Outdoors activities. Do something outdoors 10-15 minutes. Get your Vitamin D? <BR> <BR> W - Water water everywhere - are you drinking at least 64 oz? <BR> <BR> E - Exercise 15 minutes minimum, Try t... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 23:55:10 EST