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/ Foolish Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342756 On our 100+ First Steps Club, we were challenged to write a blog to one of our obstacles of losing weight and what we intend to do about it this week. <BR> <BR> For the past several months, my biggest obstacle is not cravings or physical issues - it is indifference. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef28b90d-11ce-405c-922d-e96b9a766ca6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whatever. "I shouldn't be eating that." Yeah. Whatever. "I should be getting up and walking more." Yeah. What... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:27:25 EST On the Second Day of Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276940 My true love gave to me..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb59ccf3-2cf8-4b04-b42b-8bcab99185e2.png"> <BR> <BR> Usually it would be two turtle doves, but instead my true love gave to me - a workout times 2. <BR> <BR> We had 6 inches of snow, which turned into 2 inches of slush that would not be cleared by our snow blower. A simple question from my husband - "Do you want to come out and help me?" turned into a 1 1/2 hour workout. <BR> <BR> Now prior to my ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:36:26 EST On the First Day of Christmas.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276020 On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f9bbe9e-1a97-4c3c-aa05-085299824c71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The 100+ First Steps Club is starting their 12 days of Christmas challenge and the first challenge was to write a blog ( more to come this month - hint, hint) <BR> <BR> What would I do with a partridge in a pear tree? <BR> <BR> I'd pick the pears. <BR> <BR> So today's blog is about thinking of what I'm eating. This is t... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 02:42:54 EST Organized? Sometimes. Sometimes not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193078 In the 100+ First Steps Club, we are doing a month-long blogging challenge. Today we were to read an SP article - 10 Ways to get organized for weight loss. Here is a link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1992 </link> <BR> <BR> There were so many points made in this article that spoke to the numerous obstacles that I've put in my way, that I could probably blog about them all week. However, while deciding which angle I was going to go with, ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:50:16 EST Fall is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006932 Today it turned colder and the trees are starting to show their colors of fall... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f897023b-828e-4afa-8e1d-cd036fa3f2e4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fall is my favorite time of year. The coolness of the breeze, the smell of leaves falling, digging out the sweatshirts, apples and pumpkins are in season, hot cider on a cool night, hayrack rides, warm slippers, Halloween is around the corner ...it is all good. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:02:26 EST Given an honor and learning to fly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006269 It has been a busy day! My last blog was featured on SP out of the blue. Didn't expect it and am honored by it. Of course, it buried me in e-mails! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f545447-c115-4fd8-b7fb-140baa03ca21.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was writing a paper last night so I did not get to my daily blog (Still doing the 7 day blog challenge by EB) and I had a few fleeting thoughts as to what I would write about today, however, one of the comments I received on my bl... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:51:20 EST Don't Look Ethel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005267 Yesterday's blog was about my lifetime of eating in secret. If no one sees you, are the calories real? <BR> <BR> However, that isn't the end of my "secret" activity. Fitness would fall into that category as well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04406a9a-07bc-4f00-ba01-4306e031af9c.png"> <BR> <BR> I don't like to exercise where someone can see me. Even when I went to the gym, I went to one that was open 24/7 and I'd be the only one there at 10pm working out. B... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 01:11:24 EST Nobody is looking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004719 In keeping with my blog theme of "Why shouldn't I..." I caught my mind trying to convince me that since my husband was going to be gone for awhile today, that it would be a good time to eat whatever junk I could find in the house. <BR> <BR> I asked, "Why shouldn't I enjoy a treat? No one will see me." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bead3a5c-7907-44f6-90fe-2bdd48a3a291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It gave me pause and stopped me from seeking out junk. But it also made me r... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:50:20 EST Changing the status quo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1640049-e6c5-4600-b245-d9b57cded90f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This quote jumped out at me today. <BR> <BR> I cannot change what I refuse to confront. <BR> <BR> I have "kind of" or "sort of" been trying to lose weight for over 8 years on SP. Sometimes down and sometimes up. I've probably lost well over 100 pounds, but then I've gained a lot of them back. I haven't been willing to confront the fact that I can't do what I was doing, even in moder... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:01:31 EST Back to school http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980861 I am heading back to school next week. Working on my degree, not because I have to, but because I want to. At my age, I have no plans to switch careers. This is just something that has always been on my bucket list to do. <BR> <BR> First, I have to say that doesn't starting a new school year just scream for new school supplies? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bf8c4e8-5323-433c-be2b-e56996eaab17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Supplies with a little bit of diva-flair is def... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:11:27 EST Where did the time go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971326 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c7a0427-adff-4b10-9222-b4bc437b9f81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How did it get to be August already? <BR> <BR> In looking at my SparkPage, I realized that I had not blogged in 4 months, summer is almost over, and time to stop procrastinating has come. The rest of the year will be busy for me. <BR> <BR> Now those who know me would say "When isn't your life busy?" and they would be correct. However, I have two major things happening -- I'm going back t... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:30:45 EST Mini-goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906580 Our blog challenge is to write about our next mini-goal and a couple of things we can do to reach that goal. <BR> <BR> My most obvious goal is to lose weight, but when you have so much to lose, it is best to concentrate on the small goals. So I have a mini-mini goal and a true mini-goal. <BR> <BR> My first is about losing 5 pounds. That will take me below 320. I have a Pandora bracelet that is my reward bracelet. Every time I cross over to the next lower 10 pounds, I earn a new bead. (... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:37:27 EST Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889036 Inspiration comes in many forms both subtle and "in your face" inspirational. <BR> <BR> But for someone trying to lose weight, one of the best inspirations is the first time someone says to you "Are you losing weight?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l107868895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We look at ourselves in the mirror each morning and it is a lot harder to see the change in ourselves. We know that the scale is going down, but we still feel like we are the same size a... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 04:28:07 EST What I'm giving up for Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879350 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644694039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There was discussion this Wednesday on a radio station I listen to and the question was asked if the Pope gave up anything for Lent. They looked it up and the suggestion from the Pope was to give up one item for Lent -- Indifference. <BR> <BR> While I'm not Catholic and I do not give up items for Lent for religious reasons, the word Indifference struck a chord with me. <BR> <BR> I'm sure that it is not in the... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:25:14 EST It is all about the habit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876938 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1411288098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok - not THAT habit..... <BR> <BR> We are what we repeatedly do. The question is -- what do we do? <BR> <BR> This is a subject that I'm in the habit of thinking about almost daily. I think about how habitual we are in our daily tasks. Think about this -- do you have a morning routine? Do you dry yourself off the same way each time you step out of the shower? Do you start brushing your teeth on the same side... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:05:47 EST New Year - New Outlook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841666 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678338884.jpg"> <BR> The new year is tomorrow, so isn't this the time to make all of my new year's resolutions? <BR> <BR> I think...NOT for 2015. Every year we start off with the best of intentions only to give them up in a couple of days when we aren't meeting those goals perfectly. Guess what? I'm not perfect. <BR> <BR> As I look back over 2014, there were some big strides made: <BR> <BR> I broke through that wall of the 340's. T... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:28:16 EST 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