HONEYB1949's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HONEYB1949 HONEYB1949'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/ It's the Climb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2330257 I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to drive my GS to his many activities this summer. It's amazing how busy an eight year old can be. I don't remember my now adult sons having such busy schedules when they were little boys. ANYWAY... <BR> <BR> Now that he's back in school and his schedule isn't as full, I realize that the time being with him has helped keep me from fretting over what's going on with my back. Ironically, my referral appointment to the ortho doc has come and gone, a f... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 22:43:07 EST Facebook Junky :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2288185 In only a week I found something else to fixate on. I've been having fun playing some of the facebook games, three in particular. Farm Town, Farmville, and Yoville. As if my schedule isn't busy enough, taking my GS to all of his activities AND doing what I can in the water to help my back heal; I have to add something else. <BR> <BR> Am I ready to give up my farming, decorating, and gifting Facebook fun? No. I'm going to try to better organize my Facebook time. <BR> <BR> MARY Tue, 4 Aug 2009 21:52:36 EST Facebook Junky :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2288180 In only a week I found something else to fixate on. I've been having fun playing some of the facebook games, three in particular. Farm Town, Farmville, and Yoville. As if my schedule isn't busy enough, taking my GS to all of his activities AND doing what I can in the water to help my back heal; I have to add something else. <BR> <BR> Am I ready to give up my farming, decorating, and gifting Facebook fun? No. I'm going to try to better organize my Facebook time. <BR> <BR> MARY Tue, 4 Aug 2009 21:51:48 EST Getting Stronger Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2199086 Today was the first day that I allowed myself to do some light jogging in the pool during water aerobics. I increased the intensity as the class progressed and I believe I am getting a stronger core. The nerve is still letting me know to take it easy but my body is saying it's getting stronger every day. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> MARY Thu, 2 Jul 2009 21:20:32 EST Taking it Easy Ain't Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2159336 The water felt so good today. I was so glad to see familiar faces in the water aerobics class. As agreed, I took it very easy, in spite of what I was told to do by our new instructor. <BR> <BR> When I arrived about a half-hour early, I used the noodle to float and gently bicycled around the pool. When the new instructor arrived (a little late), we got busy with a few warm-up exercises that I could do comfortably. The high knee jogging, an exercise called the rocking horse, and the exercises... Wed, 17 Jun 2009 16:21:07 EST Ready for the Water - YES!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2156277 My physical therapist has cleared me for water and home exercise workouts. I still need to be gentle with my back and not do any jarring exercises in or out of the water: no jumping jacks, water jogging, running, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to getting back into the water and seeing my other friends from the senior center. I'm also excited to be able to do some light strength workouts for my lower/upper body and core, especially my core (as per PT). She (PT) has also given me some exer... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:16:51 EST ...I Got to Keep on Moving (forward) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2147769 Okay, so on Thursday after my learning about my pinched nerve injury, I pleaded for help from my SparkPeople friends and was gently reminded to stay focused on the big picture: Getting and staying healthy. Prior to the pinched nerve and bursitis setback I had hit my stride towards achieving that goal and believed that nothing was going to "Breaka my Stride" (I love that song). <BR> <BR> Well, either because I was moving too fast or was doing too much (probably both), my body has told me to ... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 13:49:22 EST HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2143983 I'm so confused! The doctor says to do only what I can and stop when it hurts. That with therapy the nerve will heal with time (2 months). The physical therapist says don't do anything until Tuesday when I'm reassessed for the new PT order I got from the doctor today. No Water, No upper body work, NOTHING! Just the heat, stretches and ice to treat this dadblasted pinched nerve. <BR> <BR> I want to get better, but I want to do what I can to stay on track with some strength and cardio work. I'... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:52:39 EST Adding Insult to Injury :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2140532 I saw the head PT today after my water work, and she's identified the source of my pain as being a pinched nerve at the base of my spine. The burser may be a little inflamed but the back is the primary source. <BR> <BR> So, she treated me with heat, stretching, and ice. I still hurt but she thinks we can have me back in business soon (2 or 3 days) with me doing the treatment at home. I return on Friday (my last PT appt) and we'll see if I need more PT. <BR> <BR> She did say it would be alr... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:29:06 EST Minimizing my Downsizing :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2134615 I was really on a roll there. I thought I would take a little break from my exercise routine, but my plan of resting for only a weekend... Well, let's just say the length of my rest is up to my body. <BR> <BR> At first I thought I had overworked some muscules and needed to let them rest. This is partially true. I did go a little overboard on the amount of weight I used. But the soreness isn't soreness, it's bursitis. <BR> <BR> So, for a week I'm restricted to water work only. No more Boot... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 20:05:14 EST WOOHOO!!! Run Down and None to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2121126 The day I've been training for for the past four weeks started with a whimper and ended with a bang! <BR> <BR> I had an early PT appt today. Usually I do PT in the afternoon after my water work. But today, the Inaugural National Day of Running, it just had to be different. The primary therapist took me through a series of exercises that had me moaning and groaning; however, she did say my range of motion and leg strengh has improved. So, that was enough to send me to the pool in great spirit... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 21:41:16 EST Beginning a New Challenge - WHEW!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2114673 I'm thinking of an old gospel song my mother used to sing; "No, no, no! I'm not tired yet!" You'd think that after 30 days of intense workouts and challenges I would be ready for a rest. But, no, I decided to follow in the footsteps of one of my Boot Camp teammates. <BR> <BR> I was reading the final posts of the boot camp members and ran across a post that mentioned a team that is devoted to fitness challenges. I went to the site, checked out the forums, and decided to join. <BR> <BR> The Q... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 00:37:08 EST Final Day of S2S Boot Camp! - WooHoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108303 Four Weeks of intense quick workouts and stimulating challenges and the Sweatsuit - Swimsuit Boot Camp made an athlete out of me. I may be a long way from meeting my weight-loss goal, and don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the 24 pounds and 2 dress sizes I've lost; just the same, I now consider myself - <BR> <BR> "a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina." (Merriam-Webster) - <BR> <BR> When I made the decision to d... Sat, 30 May 2009 23:59:48 EST Running in Water - YESSSS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2099854 For the past couple of weeks or so I've been going to the pool 30-45 minutes before my water aerobics class so I can get in some water jogging. PT advises me not to do any land running yet, but I really want to participate in the Inaugeral National Running Day on Wednesday, June 3. After reading a Spark article on preparing to run the 5K (Spark Your Way to a 5k), and some calculations with the Y's the aquatic director, I set out to consistently run for at least 25 minutes in the pool. We figu... Wed, 27 May 2009 23:41:27 EST Boot Camp, PT and Me - WHEW!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2096577 My whole body is feeling the burn tonight. The boot camp workout focused on my upper body. Physical Therapy focused on my lower body. Water aerobics and water jogging worked me from head to toe. So, I am really feeling it today. <BR> <BR> I hope I'm not coming across as a whinner. I'm really pleased with myself for being so physically active to be feeling sore. I've waited a long time to be able to get in shape and now that I'm doing it I FEEL GREAT! <BR> <BR> MARY Tue, 26 May 2009 23:54:07 EST Day 20 Boot Camp Challenge - FOUR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2086794 The optional challenge for Friday's boot camp was to, <BR> <BR> "...do a fun and active Friday night activity... Be creative and enjoy some fun, social time with your family and friends while you stay on your feet!" <BR> <BR> Well, my DGS and I usually spend Friday night watching a movie and eating popcorn. Last night we had a blast! We went to a little amusement park in our city and played a round of miniature golf. I told him about the challenge and thanked him for going with me to help... Sat, 23 May 2009 11:26:44 EST Water Works Catching On - WooHoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2082791 The YMCA where I do water work has a new Aquatic Director who has helped me gather information for dong the 5K in the pool. She is very enthusiastic about adding an aquajogging program and would like me to help develop and facilitate it. <BR> <BR> I humbly agreed and suggested we bring in other folks who may be more experienced in that sort of thing. So, today she tells me that, we should be adding the program in July and named the people who would be making it happen, I'm one. I couldn't be... Thu, 21 May 2009 19:03:02 EST Day 18 of S2S Boot Camp - Halleluja http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2078355 Todays workout - the 10-Minute Crunchless Core Workout - was amazingly less painful. I'm so thrilled to see such quick results from the PT work done on Monday. I was able to do the bent-leg leg raises, and the on the knees back-bend without my body trembling. HALLELUJA!!! <BR> <BR> I have PT this afternoon and since Monday, with the pain of working through the tight, bunched-up muscles; I was dreading going again. But now that i see that Hope Springs Eternal, I'm ready! <BR> <BR> But first ... Wed, 20 May 2009 11:47:07 EST PT OK 4ME With Him http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2073859 I started the day with several itmes on my list that I looked forward to doing; one that I dreaded - PT. Granted, I realize that Iwill benefit from the hard work, but my concern is will the benefit be enough for me to meet my fitness goals. I not only want to loose weight, I also want to become stronger and more flexible in my lower body. <BR> <BR> The therapist has agreed to work with me to help me meet these goals but it will be hard work and today I got a taste of just how hard it will b... Mon, 18 May 2009 22:59:04 EST Best Laid Plans - Oh Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2068200 Today I thought I was going to kick back in the park with Spud the Pug (my dog) and a good book. So, after my Boot Camp workout, I had all my snacks packed with Spud knowing we were about to walk out the door, when the phone rang and I was reminded of a date I had made earlier in the week with my DGS. <BR> <BR> He called to say that after his recital rehersal his mom would be dropping him off for our date. So, I traded a day of lazing with a good book and my dog for a day with my DGS. And ... Sat, 16 May 2009 23:36:31 EST I'm Running as Fast as I Can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2065788 I can't believe how incredibly fortunate and blessed I am to have found SparkPeople. Everthing I need to reach my goals of developing and maintaining a healthy life-style is right here. <BR> <BR> Right after making the decision to loose weight, that was my initial motivator, I was referred to PT by my ortho doctor. Following my left hip replacement surgery four years ago, scar tissue developed because the incision was reopened twice to repair a problem. So, along with the scar tissue, which... Fri, 15 May 2009 20:32:39 EST Dancin' My Way Through Day 12 of Boot Camp - Cha, Cha, Cha!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2062531 "What makes you laugh" was the question of the day in one of my team's forums. Ironically I had just received an email, you know the ones, that have silly themes. Well, this one had dancin' little kittens telling me to do some dancin' - <BR> <BR> I found myself not only smiling but laughing out loud. I put some music on to warm up for my Boot Camp Workout and started dancing. I then went to the pool for water aerobics where there was even more music and I just kept right on dancing, smiling,... Thu, 14 May 2009 16:48:16 EST Day 10 of S2S Boot Camp - WooHoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2056717 Boot Camp is giving me something more than what I expected to receive: a sense of community. I do the water aerobics and chat with the folks who come regularly and cheer on the new people. I share with my family meals that are nutritious. So doing the Boot Camp in the privacy of my own home I thought I would be alone with the laptop and Coach Nicole was my ME time. <BR> <BR> Today a thought came to me that I'm one of 21, 000+ and that at the same time I was doing the 7-Minute Seated Resista... Tue, 12 May 2009 18:44:49 EST Day 9 of S2S Boot Camp - Alrighty Then!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2052527 I was excited to see how much stronger I was doing the Day 9 exsercise, which is the same as the Week 1, Day 2 lower-body workout. My upper thigh muscles are looser and stronger (if that makes any sense). Seeing results motivates me to continue on. So, I immediately followed up with the challenge workout, the 6-minute Hips, Glutes, & Thighs Workout; and WHOA!!! those squats let me know there is still a lot more work to do. Then the lunges did the trick, sweat started pouring and the workout b... Mon, 11 May 2009 12:30:10 EST Day 8 of S2S Boot Camp - Here We go Again!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2050829 Okay, so I was up late last night enjoying my immediate and extended family with a Mother's Day dinner at TGIF. I did pretty good and stayed within my nutrition ranges. However, the night was very emotional for me and so was the morning when I talked on the phone with my sister in Seattle, WA (I'm in San Bernardino, CA). <BR> <BR> I was determined to do the workout for today, the 10-minute Cardio Kickboxing Workout, before going to church this morning. I struggled through it for the first 5 ... Sun, 10 May 2009 21:42:59 EST Day 7 of S2S Boot Camp - Ahhhhh :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2048369 The 12-minute Pilates Abs Workout was less of a strain on my upper thigh for some reason. So, I was relieved that my hips weren't pushed to the limit (Ahhhh:-) <BR> <BR> Since Pilates is new to me I watched the short introductory video that explained the 7 principles of Pilates. I learned so much about the correct posture, tempo, and the isolation of body movements not involved in the exercise. <BR> <BR> One of the exercises included one of my goal exercises: the plank. Coach Nicole showed... Sat, 9 May 2009 19:54:02 EST Day 6 of S2S Boot Camp - WooHoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2046292 Todays workout didn't add any stress to my hips, I just worked the upper-body, which wasn't a major challenge (WHEW!!!). The challenge for today (go without caffeine) was not really a challenge either because I eliminated caffeine from my diet in March when I began this journey. I went on a herbal cleansing fast for 10 days, and no I did not go without food for 10 days, I'm not crazy. Just the first 3 days of consuming cleansing herbs, lemon water, and fiber capsules. Then each day I added th... Fri, 8 May 2009 20:36:39 EST Day 5 of S2S Boot Camp - OMG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2044171 In only 5 minutes I worked up a sweat, 5 MINUTES!!! When Coach Nicole began an exercise and said it would be the last one before our cool-down stretch I had just experienced a moment of dread that I wouldn't be able to go on. It's like she knew I was nearing the end of my endurance level. <BR> <BR> The focus was on the lower-body, but this workout was much more intense than Monday's that was also for lower-body work. I could feel my upper thigh muscles around my hips scream with each movemen... Fri, 8 May 2009 02:17:20 EST Day 4 of S2S Boot Camp - WHEW!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2039922 Talk about an intense workout!!! The "Crunchless Core Workout" was a serious challenge. A few of the exercises are just what the doctor ordered. One of my fitness goals is to be able to do a modified plank. Well this workout should definately prepare me for meeting that goal. <BR> <BR> The upper and lower body work we did previously enabled me to support the core work. I actually think I'm a little stronger today than I was last week; which are other goals: More upper body strength and flexi... Wed, 6 May 2009 18:42:12 EST DAY 3 BOOT CAMP - Totally Energized!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2036771 I can't believe I'm doing this much exercise. I finished the boot upper-body 7-minute work out as well as the challenge (wall close-hand push-ups) and I feel so energized. <BR> <BR> I also made the decision to train for the June 5th 5K. I'll be running in the pool with a couple other ladies in my senior center water aerobics class. We are so excited and we started training today. I found out how many minutes per kilometer of aquajogging we will need to do, five minutes per kilometer or 25 m... Tue, 5 May 2009 20:31:04 EST DAY 2 BOOT CAMP: No Need for a Nap :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2032849 WHEW!!! I've really worked up a good sweat here, and just in 10 minutes; and that's includes a warm-up and cool-down stretch. <BR> <BR> This morning I did water aerobics for cardio, did a little grocery shopping, had lunch and felt the old afternoon lul hit me. I wanted to take a nap so bad I could hardly keep my eyes opened. But I had told myself earlier that I would do the Boot Camp workout a little after I ate lunch. I knew if I went to sleep I wouldn't wake up until it was time to pick ... Mon, 4 May 2009 18:00:26 EST Day 1 of Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Boot Camp - MORE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2027014 Since joining SparkPeople on March 28, 2009 I have lost 9 lbs. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Tracking my nutrition and fitness program, moving through my diet stages, learning new habits, checking in daily, participating in team discussions, reading articles, and reading/responding to numerous blogs have all prepared me for what I feel is a major step, Coach Nicole's Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Boot Camp. <BR> <BR> Am I ready? YES!!! <BR> Am I nervous about completing the camp? YES!!! <BR> Am I determ... Sun, 3 May 2009 01:51:24 EST BOOT CAMP NEWBIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2024350 I've signed up for Coach Nicoles Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Boot Camp that starts this Sunday. Now granted, there have been many Springs that I went all out to look good in a swimsuit. When I read the info a couple of days ago and made the decision to take on the challenge my primary interest was to break the plateau I seemed to be in. Week before last I lost no weight, last week I lost one pound, and when I, with bated breath, weighed myself today, to my surprise and happiness, I am now two pound... Fri, 1 May 2009 22:46:00 EST MOTIVATED TO KEEP GOING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1984623 I have not lost any weight this week. Neither have I gained any and that is a very good thing. I've done the work, following my nutrition plan, and exercising. I've even added cardio and strength training exercises this week. I feel really good about what I'm doing and am inspired to keep doing what I'm doing. I've read great articles and have received wonderful support from team members. So, I must say I'm a little amazed that I'm not bummed out at not reaching my 2 lbs a week goal. I'm in i... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 19:18:46 EST 99 cents Store :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1974101 I've been able to purchase much of my food from the 99 cents store. Fruit, vegies, frozen fish and chicken, dairy, can goods, herbs and spices, you name it, it's there. I stock up on the good stuff and then adapt my meal plans to what I have in the way of staple foods. Fresh stuff I restock every few days. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 04:31:39 EST A NEW PERSPECTIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1964313 I get on the scale in the locker room at the Y and slide the little metal bar accross the scaled ruler to 200. I'm looking forward to the day when 100 will be the slot in which I can place the metal bar. For now 200 is the slot and the even smaller metal bar slides across the other scaled ruler to 10 then 20 and balances out at 27 (no more 30's <em>250</em> ). Last week the smaller number was 28, so this week I was a little disappointed to not have lost my 2 lbs a week goal. The previous wee... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:54:22 EST VISUALIZING A LIFESTYLE CHANGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1941668 Three magazines supplied me with pictures and words/phrases to make three small posters. One helps me see a more athletic me, one reminds me that I am also doing an inside job, and the third lets me know that I am changing my life one meal at a time. I truly believe the process was inspired. The magazines were ones that my son and daughter-in-law subscribe to: Money, Clean Eating, and Oxygen. As I went through each magazine while babysitting my grandson, words such as "Today" and "Strength" l... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 03:12:30 EST Am I a tortoise or a hare? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1928643 For some reason I think that because I may not have many decades left on Earth, I need to rush to loose weight so I can live longer and better. Then I recall that the race is not given to the swift nor the strong but to the one who endures to the end. I remind myself of this throughout the day when I feel I must strain to do what I'm not capable of doing right now. I would love to drop and give 20 perfect push-ups but I'm just not there yet. My initial feeling is disappointment and I want to ... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 04:16:04 EST We Only Pass This Way Once http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1919791 I've chosen the title "We only pass this way once" because I have learned that life is very precious. Each treasured moment spent with a loved one is more valuable than wealth or fame. I am at the age where friends and loved ones die which permanently eliminates the opportunities to make any more treasured moments playing scrabble, watching a movie together, taking long walks, going fishing, or just "hanging out" as the young folks say. I've heard it said that one may be poor and not have a p... Sat, 28 Mar 2009 04:15:05 EST