HONEYLEA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HONEYLEA HONEYLEA'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/ Where does the time go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826536 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l848078908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where does all of my time go? I use to write blogs several times a week and kept a daily journal. I use to log all of my food and went to the gym to work out. <BR> <BR> I'm winding down to my last big time consumer of the year - Christmas. After that, I can relax and get back to a more flexible routine. Hubby is going back to second shift after the new year and I won't have my time so structured in the eveni... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:39:56 EST I've been hiding... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784751 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l896731706.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been hiding in my box of shame. <BR> <BR> How did I allow myself to get this way? I've become that old fat lady walking with a cane. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l273826775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know that I have an injury, but I also know that this injury was caused because of my weight. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with arthritis in my knee. And what have I done about it? Noth... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:29:27 EST They're coming to get you Dee..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748290 You should watch what dare people to do Dee..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1326156326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are coming to your cabin Dee! I hope you are ready for us! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380760786.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And let the games begin... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1235993514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1794253072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is this how ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:35:21 EST What's on my plate (photo blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731028 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83772384.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What is on my plate? One of the things that I've been working on since June is trying to have at least 75% of the food on my plate be fresh, unprocessed foods - heavy on the freggies. <BR> <BR> This first picture was dinner last night. I grilled burgers. So on my plate is a burger on a bakery fresh bun. I loaded the bun up with a slice of tomato, slice of onion, a little mustard, some pickles and lettuce. I add... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 03:59:53 EST A Day at Camp FSC (Sample Arts & Crafts Photo Blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729311 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730133186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm at Camp FSC! There is so much to do here! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2110392833.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316207829.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806152382.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1671971733.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By the end of the day, I'll be... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:42:10 EST June Wrap-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727487 We did an important challenge in the month of June and this is the re-cap: <BR> <BR> 10 Steps to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyle <BR> <BR> 1. Put the “I” in Your Weight Loss Plan. Learn how knowing the answer to one simple question can improve your chances for success by up to 100%. <BR> 2. Take the stress out of weighing in. Is your scale making you crazy? Read about three things you can do to take the stress out of your weigh-ins. <BR> 3. Tame your "toxic guilt" before it wipes out your wi... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 02:19:31 EST What I've learned.....FSC Assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717614 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1083977649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I learned that I know too much for my own good. <BR> <BR> I know what I need to do to lead a PERFECT healthy lifestyle. I know the right foods to eat. How much to eat. How often to eat. When I should work out. How hard I should work out. How much water I should be drinking because I'm working out. Positive self-talk. Yada...Yada...Yada... <BR> <BR> What I also know is that I'm not PERFECT! I'm not a Ba... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:28:59 EST I want, therefore, I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709445 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2002919686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I want it and I want it right now! I want the healthy lifestyle. I want a body that doesn't hurt. I want to be able to do what everyone else finds easy to do. I want to live in a chaos-free zone. I want energy. I want sleep. I want to be off my meds. I want...I want...I want... <BR> <BR> <BR> Our assignment today was to write a blog where we practice our "I" statements. The list above is just a taste of... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 03:19:42 EST Is it tomorrow yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690997 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1793878416.jpg"> <BR> This weary traveler is home. No more business trips are planned until this fall. (as of now) I can stay home and work on my routine. <BR> <BR> The one good thing about this trip was that I had to do more walking than normal. However, I also had to give into my limitations and use wheelchair service at the airport and 3-4 stops walking to and from the car at the ball game. <BR> <BR> Now I have done these things i... Fri, 9 May 2014 02:07:30 EST Make something happen today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678592 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1360446372.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make something happen today. That was a quote on my daily calendar. If not today, when? <BR> <BR> "I'll start on Monday." "I'll start next month." "I'll start _______. (fill in the blank)" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1970393863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why not start today? What am I waiting for? <BR> <BR> The challenge was to talk about what is motivating me to stay ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:31:56 EST I must be out of my mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l570591817.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A dear, dear friend asked me to blog since I haven't for many months. I think she knows me well. It is never a good thing when I'm not participating in SP. I let the little voices in my head get in the way. I start finding the excuses instead of the motivation. <BR> <BR> I'm great at telling someone else to find their motivation and to make time to take care of themselves, yet I never seem to follow my own a... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:12:46 EST A lesson in liquid libations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492820 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l702867907.jpg"> <BR> Since my page is yellow - I felt like some lemonade! <BR> <BR> I have several co-workers who think that travelling for work is glamorous. They picture us having all of this spare time to have fun. Going to New York? How fun! Are you going into the city? Are you going to see a broadway show? <BR> <BR> Ummmm....it is a business trip. I'm going to do business. And usually morning, noon and night. 14 - 16 hour days... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:37:54 EST I was "bummed" yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374714 I had my first colonoscopy yesterday. (ok - bad pun in the title) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116334943.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The procedure wasn't that bad. Nothing like the previous day from hell drinking a gallon of the most vile liquid known to man. Yuck! <BR> <BR> They found three small polyps and removed them. The biopsy should come back ok next week. I'm not too worried about that. However, the other thing that the doctor found was that I have diverticulitu... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 14:33:22 EST I want to go streaking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334091 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72327521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's not what I'm talking about! (thank goodness!) <BR> <BR> We have a streak challenge for the next week and I have decided to really tackle the one area that I must improve but hasn't fully clicked back into place for me yet -- taking my insulin shots. <BR> <BR> I'm actually proud of the fact that I have got my oral meds down to a routine that I've been able to follow and it is becoming a habit again of takin... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:52:01 EST Motivation or Courage? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323480 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1331199653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "You can't start reading the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one." <BR> <BR> "Don't expect a change if you don't make one." <BR> <BR> <BR> Our blog challenge was to write about something that motivates us to resist temptation. The problem I have with this assignment is that I don't resist. Last week we had cookies in our office from one of the best bakeries in town. The woman sittin... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 02:00:43 EST I'm not broken..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310311 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1077518641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not broken.... <BR> <BR> I just need to create something better. <BR> <BR> Our challenge was to write about something we are struggling with. For me, that's an easy thing to pinpoint. I'm stuggling with EVERYTHING! <BR> <BR> I have been on a SP break for the past month and to be honest, for many months prior to that. I ws so busy trying to fix everything that I mentally checked out and didn't work on a... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:53:53 EST Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268527 One of my good SP friends posted a blog that inspired me today. It was about making herself a priority. It got me thinking. (I know...dangerous) <BR> <BR> I haven't had my head in the game for quite some time. As always, a new month and I want to set my goals. Then I don't achieve them. Next month, same thing all over again. A year or two or five go by with not much to show for it. <BR> <BR> So I've decided that for my March, I'm going to make figuring out and implementing my prioriti... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:21:52 EST Engage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263247 Engage. <BR> <BR> It seems like such a simple word. <BR> <BR> Your mind knows what it SHOULD do. Your desire to make changes is there. You long for a successful end to your journey. However, it all comes down to one word – engage. <BR> <BR> If we won’t engage, we cannot progress forward. If we won’t engage we cannot hope to succeed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435069264.jpg"> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:52:40 EST BINGO Rainbow Dinner Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250234 Our goal was to eat the rainbow. This meal covers all of the colors except blue, but since there are blue flowers on the plate, I'm going to count it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233190617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First was a tossed salad: <BR> <BR> lettuce - green <BR> cabbage - purple <BR> carrots - orange <BR> peppers - yellow <BR> red rasberry vinegrette - red <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1796322448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Main dish:... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:20:54 EST The question that grabbed me today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236078169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was looking up some quotes today and came upon this one. It stopped me dead in my tracks. Am I doing the best that I can? <BR> <BR> It would be nice to say yes, but I know that isn't true. I watched the season opener of the Biggest Loser tonight and when you watch what they go through with their first workouts and challenges, or even what the trainers were doing with the kids and I know my answer has to be "N... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:31:57 EST Now You See Me, Now They Don't... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186429 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335313445.jpg"> <BR> Ta Da! <BR> <BR> I really wish I could do magic for real. I'd wave my magic wand and the pounds would just disappear. However, what I really want to talk about is the need I have to wave my magic wand and have all of me disappear, at least to those around me. <BR> <BR> I'm sure many of you have had the same feelings I have right now. I want to be invisible to my family and friends as I start my weight loss journey.... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:10:10 EST New Year - No Resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178023 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584008777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Call it the let down after Christmas. We are crazed preparing for the holiday, going to parties, eating all the treats, drinking a year's worth of cocktails in a few holiday parties. Then Christmas day is finally here. All of the hard work is undone in a mound of torn wrapping paper, empty goodie platters, and a day of fun & laughter. After a day or two of rest, reality sets in. Calories in, Calories out! The... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:47:57 EST Scared Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084595 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491085879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Per a team blog challenge, I'm writing about the part of my journey that scares me the most -- fitness. The thought of it almost paralyses me. Last time I really got into working out, which was years ago, I was thrilled with the progress I was making and the sense of accomplishment. Then life got in the way and I gave up. Ever since, I find it very difficult to start and stay evercising. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 00:50:30 EST I'm hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074310 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119900613.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Truely! It has been a long time since I was actually hungry. I woke up this morning as usual, got into the shower and realized that I was hungry. I had forgotten what that felt like. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how to put this into words, but usually I ate because there was food around. I ate because of foods availablility, out of boredom, emotional eating, etc. I even ate food when I was full, just to have some... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:17:20 EST Sleepy person, silly kitty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044948 I'm sitting here getting sleepier by the minute. I even thought about skipping the blog and heading straight to bed, but I really want to get back in the blog habit again. <BR> <BR> What do you get when you mix a mesh hamper, a catnip mouse and a wound up kitty? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l517945815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One silly kitty! <BR> <BR> My goals from yesterday: <BR> <BR> 1. Complete items on my to do list -- 12 items in all. <BR> 2. After hubby ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 01:41:52 EST Not back in the blog saddle yet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5043330 I feel like I'm out of practice blogging again. It has been a very long time since I've committed to writing every day. I use to have some wonderful blogs and I'm hoping that as I practice more and more, that I'll get back there soon. <BR> <BR> I finally hit my 2500 step goal today. First time this month. <BR> <BR> I got most of my to do list done today but will have a busy day tomorrow. Hubby and nephew both have to work so I'll have the house to myself during the day to get stuff do... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 01:23:09 EST Vacation time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041886 Besides a morning meeting on Wednesday, I'm on VACATION!! <BR> <BR> I'm taking the next couple of days to prepare for our last camping trip of the year. I'm also hitting a milestone at the end of this vacation week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l527748573.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes -- I decided to celebrate around a campfire. At least this trip won't have temps exceeding 100! <BR> <BR> I am going to celebrate this week, but I'm also going to be aware of what I'm... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 01:04:15 EST What to write? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040671 I've started and erased this blog several times now. Every time I started, it just turned into a depressing jumbled mess of my thoughts. <BR> <BR> So I've decided to take a different approach and look for something positive to motivate me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459264571.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I ran across this quote. There are many things that I will be committing to change this month and this quote fit right in with how I want to think of things ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 00:10:32 EST Hide and seek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945112 My sincerest apologies to the FSC -- I've been hiding. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l140946415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I missed a couple of days becasue of my schedule and then my mind took over and I stayed away. I actually have had anxiety about coming back or deciding it was time to give up the ghost and quit. <BR> <BR> I won't say that I was really bad while I was gone, because I really wasn't, but I wasn't that great either. I've made some improvements in certain... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:55:29 EST Vacation's Over - Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4902708 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l384712698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, vacation is over and it is back to work. Kind of lost track of the days, so I'll start again with my four goals -- <BR> <BR> Checking in on my four short-term goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Get my diabetes in check. See my doctor for a check-up and lab work to get a more current A1C and to take ALL of my insulin shots every day and test my blood sugars 2 times each day. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> Dr. visit was complet... Tue, 29 May 2012 12:27:34 EST Four Goals - Days 2-4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892347 Haven't been on much in the past 3 days. I'm on vacation and am trying to "declutter" my house and life. I made some progress today. Not as much as I wanted, but a good start just the same. I'm doing the cleaning that needs to be done before the deep spring cleaning can occur. <BR> <BR> Checking in on my four short-term goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Get my diabetes in check. See my doctor for a check-up and lab work to get a more current A1C and to take ALL of my insulin shots every day and test ... Tue, 22 May 2012 01:37:48 EST Four Goals - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887289 Checking in on my four short-term goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Get my diabetes in check. See my doctor for a check-up and lab work to get a more current A1C and to take ALL of my insulin shots every day and test my blood sugars 2 times each day. <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> I have set up my Dr. appt for next Friday and they confirmed my lab work for a few days earlier. I got in 2 testings yesterday and took all of my shots. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. Follow my meal plans 6 out of the 7 days. If I mess up one ... Fri, 18 May 2012 13:13:14 EST Where do I start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886155 It has been awhile since I blogged and it has been years since I felt I was heading in the right direction. My starting question -- Where do I start? <BR> <BR> That's easy. I start back at the beginning. Just like when I started with SP. Back to the reason for the FSC -- one small step at a time and eventually I'll reach my goal. <BR> <BR> My company has a new health initiative this year and has offered us access to a wellness coach. I was the sixth person in the company to sign up! B... Thu, 17 May 2012 18:05:13 EST It's official -- I'm Alice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838260 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l421954750.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was driving to work this morning thinking about how to write about my foolishness this weekend. I spent several hours being a panda in a video game and then saw Mirror Mirror and got lost in the world of Snow White. But while I had a blast playing video games with my nephew, I realized that I had actually became Alice in Wonderland. My world turned topsy turvey. What was up was down. What was right was now a... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:14:22 EST biggest problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824128 Per our AF challenge -- my biggest concern is consistancy. I do things for a day or two, or even a half a day and then back to the old routine. <BR> <BR> for this next week, I've started a journal that I write in each night about my day -- food, meds, water fitness. Then anything else that hits me. I've been swamped with homework as this semester winds up. I've made some decisions to slow down on the number of classes I'm taking at a time to help free up some time for other things, like ... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 03:32:58 EST Can I really do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4717780 I have been down on myself for the past two years -- dabbling with weight loss but not really trying. Excuses became the new habit. With all that was going on in my life, I kept telling myself that when it was over, I'd take a trip to paradise, relax, re-group and re-start. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190919242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I've been to paradise. I did relax and I'm working hard to re-group. I got a bit delayed in re-starting due to a busines... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 01:09:38 EST Planes, Trains, & Automobiles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699156 I feel like it has been forever since I was truly involved with SP. I've been managing the team from the sidelines, but it has been a quick in and out at the end of the day. I have been derailed by a car accident, endless business trips this fall, vacation over the holidays, sickness, training programs, and more business travel. As I laid around the house this weekend suffering from illness #2 this winter, it dawned on me how much of my entire life has been ignored and neglected these past... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:17:00 EST Halloween Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562358 A little fun at our house tonight: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149170901.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l725851027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835061448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460618312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l801678857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l9472... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:14:00 EST Photo Food Blog -- Aug 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427399 BOO HOO! Last day of vacation! <BR> <BR> Had unexpeced company this morning, so breakfast became a cup of coffee instead. <BR> <BR> From there, it was off to the farmer's market and grocery shopping. I had made out my menu plans and stuck to my grocery list. Once we got back home, I took the time to prep the fresh veggies before they were put away. I cleaned and cut up celery, carrots and radishes. I shucked a dozen ears of corn. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a grab of a couple of slices of... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 02:43:42 EST Photo Blog -- Aug 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427392 I keep forgetting to take pictures. My vacation is over and I'm heading back to work (both professionally and personally!) <BR> <BR> This is Saturday's blog. Had a busy day with the nephew moving out, so I wasn't the best about eating all of my meals. <BR> <BR> Breakfast actually became brunch. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l823200840.jpg"> <BR> I made an egg beater omelet with yellow bell pepper, onion, ham and cheese. <BR> <BR> I did snack on some cheese puf... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 02:28:48 EST Arrrrgggggg!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423931 I've typed my blog twice now and my computer keeps dropping my internet connectivity. I just don't have it in my to type it all out again!!! <BR> <BR> Here is the short version: <BR> <BR> 1. Sidetracked the past couple of days working in the man-cave and mapping out our Hawaii trip in December. <BR> <BR> 2. Sidetracking actially derailed my food blogs -- forgot to take pictures until too late. Not too bad of menues, such as dinner last night -- grilled cajun steak, corn on the cob, and... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 00:28:10 EST Food Blog for 08-09-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418707 Yesterday was a busy day for cleaning, but I'm glad that I've reduced my expectations to take some of the stress off of me. This is a vacation after all! <BR> <BR> I was so busy Sparking yesterday morning that I forgot to eat breakfast. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a leftover hamburger from Sunday's cookout <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l819977720.jpg"> <BR> It looks a little silly, but I piled on the tomatoes and lettuce. I added some cottege cheese and more sliced tomat... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:37:37 EST Food blog for 8/8/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4416667 Today was a crazy camera day! Took a picture of breakfast and then hit the wrong button when uploading and deleted the pic. <BR> <BR> It was a simple bowl of cereal -- Kashi Go Lean Crunch with skim milk. Nothing too exciting. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a BLT with loads of lettuce and tomoato, sliced fresh tomatoes, and cottege cheese. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286942494.jpg"> <BR> Had forgot my camera, so I took it with my phone (remembered that today!) <BR> <B... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 13:11:46 EST Visual Food blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4416526 Once again, I'm going to take pictures of the food I'm eating and post them in my blogs. Sunday was my first day. <BR> <BR> I didn't get a picture of my lunch because I was at the farmer's market and didn't think about using my phone's camera. I had a grilled pork chop sandwich with onions and pickles and a freshly squeezed lemonade. <BR> <BR> Dinner was the typical all-american grill out menu: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262420788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 12:04:41 EST Walking on Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4400289 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l232285517.jpg"> <BR> I have been drowning myself in a sea of self-pity lately. I’ve felt like walking away from SP almost daily. Gone was any attempt at losing weight or getting healthy. I think about the fact that I’m within 5 pounds of my starting weight from 3 ½ years ago. And that thought brought me even closer to quitting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l456299777.jpg"> <BR> However, thanks to a couple... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 15:45:12 EST Battle of the Bumpers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75417969.jpg"> <BR> Just because they drive a gigantic truck doesn't mean they own the road.......they just think they do! <BR> <BR> Had an impatient driver that thought it was more important that he get home faster rather than follow the rules of the road. And because he had a bigger truck than anyone else's car, he should be allowed to do as he wishes and everyone else should get out of his way. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the front of my ... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 01:59:18 EST News from the battlefront... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354389 I'm still waging a battle, but this week, the battle has been TIME! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324981578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It seems like this week flew by and I didn't know where the time had went by the end of the day. It seemed like the moment I sat down to rest for a minute, I fell asleep. <BR> <BR> As I progress to Stage 2 in our Spark activity, the one thing that will help to ensure that I am capable of compelting this week's action items will be my time ma... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 01:11:30 EST Day 5 -- Battle of the Kitchen Chaos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337467 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l142911222.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last and final day for the Battle of the Kitchen Chaos! And look who is going to help me finish -- yep! The hubby!! <BR> <BR> It has been a productive week with a multitude of garbage bags leaving my house and with it, the mess and clutter that made it more difficult to function in the kitchen. Following the advice from The Spark, I'm setting up shop. <BR> <BR> I'm down to one shelf in the cupboards, a coupl... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 15:51:37 EST Day 2 - Battle of the Kitchen Chaos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330682 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459192688.jpg"> <BR> NOT!!!! <BR> <BR> Day 1 -- Good progress was made! My junk and spice drawers are clean! I tackled the endless tupperware! The microwave is cleaned! Three garbage bags full of stuff is now out of my house!! I've made room to shift a few items off my counters. Discovered coupons that expired in 2006! Found both my kitchen scale and my birth certificate! Really makes you wonder how things got so out of place!! <BR>... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:58:03 EST Losing for the Luau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4328292 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l938370652.jpg"> <BR> I've had a goal that I've kept quiet about for awhile now. If I had said it out loud, then I would have to be accountable to the goal I was setting. But now is the time that I need to make this goal real and acheivable. In six months, I'm going to Hawaii for my dream vacation. And I want to be able to enjoy it without my current weight issues holding me back. I want to be able to be active and feel good about myself... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:04:03 EST