HIKING-4-ME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIKING%2D4%2DME HIKING-4-ME'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 the blog I started to write... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624522 I sat down feeling all negative...not sure why. I was going to write a really negative blog, I didn't make me feel better, but seemed to drag me down more. So I deleted it <BR> <BR> The positive : I feel better than I have in years, I have great kids and a supportive family and a job that I love <BR> <BR> There are negatives in my life, many that i wish I didn't have to deal with. There are so many more positives for that I am truly thankful! <BR> <BR> Spark on and remember all the pos... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:28:57 EST I reset my goal board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598673 I reset my goal board, I didn't think it would make much of a difference to personalize it...but it did <BR> <BR> Its great to see things that are all about me, all the accomplishments I have made since I got serious about this <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:52:57 EST My feel good moment of the day...maybe the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588418 When I went to go to work this morning, my tire was low. Already late I was frustrated when I stopped at the gas station to fill the tire with air. I got even more frustrated when it didn't appear that the nozzle was working. <BR> <BR> Then this (cute) guy stops to ask if i need help. He fills the tire and I thank him for helping me out. <BR> <BR> Then I couldn't believe it he says to me "you are really are very beautiful." I was taken back I actually looked around to see who he was t... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:34:08 EST I can't beleive it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576347 I got on the scale today and entered my weight on spark.... <BR> <BR> I have officially moved from obese to overweight! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's time to <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have an awesome day! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:42:26 EST Have been off track for a couple weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572015 SO I have been off track for a couple of weeks... <BR> <BR> But I joined the winter 5% challenge, I know it will make sure it keeps me on track. <BR> <BR> Here's to getting back on track for me in the new year Thu, 26 Dec 2013 06:48:37 EST Today I received the best possible gift for my birthday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561057 The kids school was closed due to weather, so I get to spend the day with them <em>334</em> <em>236</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:11:40 EST The ups and downs since Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558185 Just before Thanksgiving I was diagnosed with Celiacs <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> It appears it has been going on for some time, with nontraditional symptoms. Since I was diagnosed I have had to make some changes in the way I eat - no wheat products <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> The negative: <BR> - no wheat products <BR> <BR> <BR> The positive: <BR> - the numbness in my hands has disappeared <BR> - my sense of smell has returned (I lost it when I got pregnant with my oldest 17 years ago) <BR... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:59:24 EST Just not feeling it today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552115 It's thanksgiving, I have so much to be thankful for but only thinking about what I don't have <BR> <BR> So a few things that I am extremely grateful for: <BR> - my girls <BR> - my house (its still mine for now) <BR> - family <BR> - my job <BR> - I already exercised today <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <em>429</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:47:20 EST A little of this and that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547005 I feel like that I join a challenge, I go backwards <em>39</em> I was thinking about dropping out of the challenge but that is not going to help me so will work harder to try and lose at least a few pounds <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I changed one of my goals from no chocolate to no pasta/bread 7 times a week. <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> Went for a walk today with the puppy <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> I have been busy today, which is good thing <BR> - laundry done <BR> - went to oldest an... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:02:54 EST I feel like I should blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537416 Just not sure what I should say <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I think I am wheat intolerant, so went to the library today for some books. <BR> <BR> Hubby is going to be out of the house for a few days, actually a good thing there will be less stress. <BR> <BR> He cleaned the bathroom today - First time since he promised he would do it every week almost a year ago. Kinda freaked me out though because he put the shower mat and toilet brush holder in the dishwasher with dishes (nasty) I had to r... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:58:31 EST 11/3 - this weeks small change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531174 This week I started using fat free milk instead of low fat 1/2 & 1/2 in my tea <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:38:07 EST 11/2 - a day to start again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529912 Starting my streaks again. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the month I will <BR> - not eat chocolate <BR> - not eat chips <BR> - walk everyday ( i have my virtual race the first week of dec) <BR> - stay positive <BR> - drink at least 9 glasses of water everyday <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I will <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 09:34:02 EST Today I had an opportunity... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526856 I could step up or step back. <BR> <BR> I chose to step up out of my comfort zone. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow it won't be out of my comfort zone because I know I can do it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:16:28 EST decisions to be made... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524997 There are so many choices through the day. Each one is an opportunity to be a better person or to make a better choice. You can make the right choice, you can do the right thing! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:53:53 EST root canals, belly bombs and a walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523265 The past few days have been up and down. <BR> <BR> Today 3 root canals at once, still a little numb but happy to be without pain <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday - stopped at white castle with a friend, haven't had belly bombs in over 20 years. Had too many and quickly remembered why i don't eat them any more, the gas pain is horrendous. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Going for a walk soon, have to get back on the program. <em>313</em> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 14:44:00 EST gonna be a busy day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512094 I have so much to do today...i already have me walk in and feeling the energy from it. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:15:15 EST 2 Things I need to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510114 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2147102591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1100906160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:18:44 EST Advice I wish I had heard a long time ago... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506074 I heard something today I wished I had considered over 16 years ago... <BR> <BR> When you decide to marry someone make sure you can live with their faults. For example if he/she leaves the top of the toothpaste and it drives you crazy - will it still bother you in 20 years or will you have learned to accept it. <BR> <BR> <BR> My patience is gone - I believe if a spouse is taking a day off from work they should mention it to the other, going to NYC for the day it would be nice to be invite... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 14:25:43 EST 9/15/13 - a disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485945 So, I joined a weight loss challenge and gained. <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy summer so many changes have occurred some negative some positive <BR> I let life get in the way (again) of what is right for me. Today I have to sit down and create a new plan to help me become healthy. <BR> <BR> So today I start over for me. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 07:11:02 EST 8/31/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471860 Have spent the day getting getting a plan to go back to work and the kids back to school on Tuesday. Making a plan for healthy eating and finding time to exercise. <BR> <BR> The basics - drink water, eat veggies, less processed food and walk everyday before work <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:21:31 EST 8/30/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470612 Did lots of walking when we went shopping and then at six flags the next day. Today off ti the beach Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:27:25 EST 8/28/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468622 Going shopping in Albany today - not looking forward to the drive. My oldest favorite store is there so it will be worth it. <BR> <BR> They are my world and I will do what I can to make sure they are happy and have what they need and want. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 08:07:39 EST It's time to stop the pity party... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466515 Life has taken some interesting turns over the past month - hubby lost his job, I got a new position and I have realized how isolated our family is. I haven't been really working out the way I should and I haven't been what I should. Today the pity party stops...I can do this and I will. Today will be better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today! <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:29:05 EST Not feeling it today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451192 Last day before I start my new position...mixed feelings about it. It will be good for me,its what I'm good at. It just doesn't feel right how I have to explain that its a lateral move not a promotion or a demotion to everybody. Here's to making it a positive change. <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - My girls <BR> - The cards I got <BR> - The praise I got from my current boss <BR> - I still have a job <BR> - I don't have to work Sundays anymore <BR> - They made my favorite cake for... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:27:53 EST Wednesday 8/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447287 It's been a crazy week- but I have kept up with the program (most of the time). <BR> <BR> It will get easier. <em>41</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 07:42:07 EST They say things come in threes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439357 They say things come in threes and there are no more surprises. <BR> <BR> My three from yesterday (yes all in one day) <BR> - Husband lost his job of over 25 years <BR> - My job is changing more responsibility, same money <BR> - My car would not shift into gear when I went to leave work. <BR> <BR> Today will be better! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - My girls <BR> - I have people who are willing to help <BR> - The health, dental and vision insurance is from my job <... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:37:22 EST Monday 7/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437153 Already so much done today...my walk, laundry, stopped by work, cleaned the kitchen and straightened the bedroom. Off to a family gathering...will be good to get out of town for a few days. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day! <em>224</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:11:42 EST Sunday 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436175 Sunday is finally here - 2 days off in a row a luxury when you work retail. Looking forward to spending time with my girls. <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - i have a choice of what I eat <BR> - my girls <BR> - people who are willing to help <BR> - my girls are home <BR> - my family <BR> - i have 2 days off in a row <BR> - my house is clean <BR> - i exercised for 2 hours today <BR> - i took control of today <BR> - i am eating well <BR> -i will have some down time tonight <BR> <BR> H... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:17:46 EST Thursday 7/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432735 Another busy day, so much to do, I have gotten a lot done but so much more to do. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - i have a choice of what I eat <BR> - my girls <BR> - people who are willing to help <BR> - I have healthy food in the house <BR> - my family <BR> - I have the ability to learn <BR> - I know how to cook from scratch <BR> - my girls are good sports <BR> - my pets <BR> - my moms taking the girls for a few days <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:35:24 EST Tuesday 7/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430283 I haven't blogged in a few days - just a quick update. <BR> <BR> Took the girls to the beach Sunday after I got off work and I broke my toe. Bummed because I can't do my normal walk and to find a way to exercise without being in pain. Looking forward to trying something new. <BR> <BR> I decided to switch from low-fat half and half to skim milk in my tea, its been a few days and I have gotten use to the taste difference. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - i have a choic... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 08:04:45 EST Saturday 7/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427101 Not feeling well today - not sure why I' m bummed but also just don't feel physically well. Will push through work have so much going on - 10 interviews, plus all the normal things. <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - i have a choice of what I eat <BR> - my girls <BR> - that i have a safe place to walk <BR> - I have healthy food in the house <BR> - my friends <BR> - that I am capable of anything I work towards, I might not succeed the first time but I will if I work at it <BR> - I know... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:54:15 EST Friday 7/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426098 I'm not looking forward to going to work, it's going to be a busy day - which is a good thing <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - my health <BR> - my girls <BR> - I don't have to go to the laundromat <BR> - I have healthy food in the house <BR> - my friends <BR> - that I am capable of anything I work towards, I might not succeed the first time but I will if I work at it <BR> - I know how to cook from scratch <BR> - I have a puppy to walk with me <BR> - I have several great librari... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:24:14 EST Tuesday 7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422700 /today will be better than yesterday - I have planned - dinner made, lunch made, house straightened up, list for kids done. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - my health <BR> - my girls <BR> - I had my walk in by 630am <BR> - I have healthy food in the house <BR> - my friends <BR> - that I am capable of anything I work towards, I might not succeed the first time but I will if I work at it <BR> - I know how to cook from scratch <BR> - Got a call from work at 7a... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:34:45 EST Monday 7/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422309 Today was a hectic first day back from vacation. So crazy I forgot to eat lunch until after 4 - so I ate some of the fruit I brought. Then ate a sensible dinner when I got home. <BR> <BR> I'll do better tomorrow <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - my health <BR> - my girls <BR> - I have parks that are close to my house <BR> - I have enough money to buy the food I want <BR> - my friends <BR> - that I am capable of anything I work towards, I might not s... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:58:49 EST Sunday 7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420485 Today will be busy - last say of vacation. Still want to have fun but have to get back into work mode - meal plan, get clothes ready, do laundry etc. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Today's gratitude list: <BR> - my health <BR> - my girls <BR> - I have parks that are close to my house <BR> - I have enough money to buy the food I want <BR> - my friends <BR> - that I am capable of anything I work towards, I might not succeed the first time but I will if I work at it <BR> - I help where I... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:10:29 EST It's important to remember the things that are important... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419913 There are times when I need to remember what is important. Today is one of those days, I'm on vacation (LOTS of fun) and I receive a text from someone at work. The text let me know that things are changing because of decision that she is making (good for her, not so much for me). In the past I would have eaten everything in site, not today I was good had a cup of tea and thought about it. I am happy for her, given the opportunity over I might make the same decision. To help me remember a... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 14:39:12 EST Olana - Historic site http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413092 Some pictures from my visit to Olana <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1511960477.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1120359215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The view - the river in the background is the Hudson <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1081632305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774878353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The flowers <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:39:58 EST July 4th hike - pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411376 Pictures from my hike yesterday <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l596403784.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594241096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l834365629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849641148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1144454830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 10:04:49 EST It's been a while since I've blogged... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409333 It's been a while since I've blogged...I never know what to say. I could use it to vent - always makes me feel better but then its a reminder of all of the negative things that are out there. I have so many things that are positive in life - really try to focus on them. When I am down I try to focus on the positive - my girls, the fact that I have enough of the things that I need (food, clothes, friends, etc) and that I have lost 20 pounds. <em>104</em> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 07:42:31 EST yesterday could have been worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400989 <BR> So my husband took my lunch yesterday, i could have let it really impact my day. But i didn't. I threw some stuff together and was able to have a healthy lunch and not buy at work. I work at a grocery store but there are so many choices I usually don't make the the right - it is so much better when i don't have to decide. <BR> <BR> Going out for a morning walk with my girls before work. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Gonna enjoy the heat wave! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 07:05:13 EST My Haha moment for the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399857 I had so much to do this morning so I was proactive and made my lunch last night. So I go to pack my lunch for work and its gone. My DH took it for himself! Gotta love it. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day! <em>30</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:11:59 EST Yesterday is over today is a new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388765 Yesterday was a an off day - really the week was. Today is different - i will eat right and I will walk for a t least 30 minutes - I deel so much better when I do <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:01:52 EST non-scale victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388089 So I had to get a pair of jeans for work and guess what - I went down a size. <em>224</em> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:55:07 EST Today started with a flat tire... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381482 Today started with a flat tire... it can only get better. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day you deserve it! <em>30</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 12:52:07 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380673 Not too much to say today, had a good day at work, kids are health and happy (the only thing matters really). <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you have an awesome day! <em>306</em> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 19:10:53 EST What a beautiful day ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375710 Went out to enjoy a nice walk at a local state park with my DD's <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 15:31:41 EST Not a lot of me time today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373413 I don"t have a lot of time to spark today. <BR> <BR> I have done my check in and walked. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day you deserve it. <em>20</em> Fri, 31 May 2013 09:02:05 EST Tuesday 5/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370156 Today's goals - walk - done <BR> - laundry - done <BR> - straighten up house - done <BR> - Finish paperwork at work <BR> <BR> Yesterdays small victories <BR> - drank 10 glasses of water <BR> - at lots of veggies <BR> - went for 2 walks <BR> <BR> Yesterdays obstacles - found the chocolate - broke me streak <BR> - became couch potato in the eve... Tue, 28 May 2013 09:24:06 EST Yesteday was good and bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369062 The good - loved spending the day with the girls. I got my walk in, went to the moves and laughed more than I have in months <BR> <BR> The bad - ate above my limit, the wind took the car door from my daughters hand and broke the mirror off the car next to us. <BR> <BR> We went into the movie theater and left our contact info for the cars owner - it was too windy outside to leave it on the car. <BR> <BR> The lesson for the girls - always do the right thing even if its uncomfortable. <BR> ... Mon, 27 May 2013 08:25:13 EST Thank you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368158 Thank you to all those who gave all so we can have everything that we have everyday! <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 May 2013 07:17:36 EST