HWNHMMBRD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HWNHMMBRD HWNHMMBRD'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/ THROWN OFF, BUT GETTING BACK ON THE PROVERBIAL HORSE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718118 I don't know why, but sometimes just the slightest change in my routine can throw me totally off my game. <BR> <BR> I have been working since I turned 16 and I have done shift work, first in fast-food, then as a Nursing Assistant, for most of that time. I did mostly Evening (swing) and Night (graveyard) shifts, with the occasional day shift. When I switched to Unit Secretary in Late 2011, I worked strictly days. It was an adjustment, but I worked it out and settled in. This past April, I... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:45:52 EST WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698915 I haven’t blogged for quite a while. I just couldn’t seem to find the time or when I did, I couldn’t seem to organize my thoughts into anything that made sense. There has just been so much happening in my life. <BR> <BR> The biggest thing that has happened is I have taken a new position. I have been with The Queen’s Medical Center since April of 1993, and though I have been very happy, since I have moved to the west side of the island, it has been a pretty long commute, and a long day. I... Tue, 20 May 2014 04:43:06 EST MIA BECAUSE I AM “GETTING OLD” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659631 I haven’t Sparked for a while. I have been having some major issues with my knees, especially my left knee. It’s been pretty bad, I actually had to stay home from work and I am a secretary. <BR> <BR> It started just before my last blog post (February 16). I tried to see my doctor, but he was on vacation and wouldn't be back until March 10. I figured I would just wait, as it wasn't that bad. I stopped my walk/jog and stuck with just walking and the bike. I finished out the week of over-... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:29:53 EST Making Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625743 So once again, I have set up a work-out calendar with the best of intentions, and once again, those intentions are going buh-bye. I have missed 2 cardio sessions and I have only done 1 strength training day. I know I need to do ST, but getting in the mindset for it… I won’t beat myself up. No negative self talk allowed. I am beginning to think I was a little too ambitious when I set up the ST part of my calendar. Four days a week may be more than I can mentally deal with right now. I hav... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:44:21 EST SMALL VICTORIES AND MENTAL SETBACKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618796 Well I have completed the first 5 weeks for 2014, and I have had some success. I am down 5.6 pounds, so about 1 pound per week. I am happy with that. I did have some problems sticking with my work-out calendar, and my GI issues reappeared for about a week and a half, so my eating wasn’t so great, not necessarily going over calories, but definitely not the healthiest food choices. <BR> <BR> I have set up my calendar for the next 5 weeks (2/2/14-3/8/14) <BR> Sunday-Cardio <BR> Monday-Core... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:38:01 EST DON’T FAIL UNTIL YOU FAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591548 I am an avid reader. I have been known to go through a book a day, and my Kindle is my best friend. Have you ever read a sentence or phrase that just sticks with you? “Don’t fail until you fail.” is one for me. I read it in a fantasy novel. The main female character has made a decision that could lead to war if her opposition chooses to not honor it. She is afraid she will fail the people who have put their faith and trust in her. One of her male court members and friend passes on the ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:24:27 EST AND ANOTHER YEAR PASSES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583407 Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year for those not from Hawaii) <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> What a Year it has been, especially the last quarter. The good news is I didn’t gain back every pound I had lost in 2013, the bad news is I nearly did. I know it is mainly due to my own inconsistency with exercise and not tracking my food. I tend to be a very visual person, and actually seeing what I am eating and how it adds up through the day, will always help me make better choices. Something... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:29:42 EST ALMOST BACK TO NORMAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536813 First of all, thanks to everyone who extended well wishes to me while I was dealing with the upheaval of my son’s accident and his healing process. Working where I do, and with all that I have seen, I know how lucky he was. J has done really well and is now back in Waimanalo with his 2nd family. (He practically kissed the ground we got him home) He went back to work this past Monday, with a 20 lb lifting limit for his right arm, and that has gone well. The big one for him is his jaw is no... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 20:22:38 EST KOMEN HAWAII RACE FOR THE CURE 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518853 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027092404.jpg"> <BR> I did the Race for the cure today. My goal was to try and run/jog at least 1/3 of the race. I had my hair smeared with pink goop, my play list cued up, and my GPS tracker ready. I did the 5K race in just over 43 minutes, 20 of those minutes spent running/jogging. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l982050998.jpg"> <BR> In Memory of Mary Ann Kamaika'aloaokaleiopu'u Kapuakela Park 1939-1999 and <BR> Mar... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 21:35:42 EST HANGING ON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512544 It’s been a very hectic two weeks. J was discharged from the Rehab Hospital on 9/28. The whole thing was stressful! The staff told him “You are going home on Saturday.” He had it in his mind that he was going back to his home, and got VERY mad when I told him he was coming home with me, at least for a month. We argued for about an hour before I walked out. I told him to call his Hanai Mom and talk to her, and then let me know what he decided. I called her when I got home, and we talked... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 19:15:01 EST FAST UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497092 So J is at the Rehab Hospital, and doing well. They are a really good facility, and will address all aspects of his recovery; physical, cognitive, and emotional. He is starting to enter into an anger phase, mad at the world, but I am seeing some of his Bipolar symptoms peeking through. I am a little concerned about that, but unless it makes him a danger to others or himself, we can't force him to take medication for it. The doctors are aware of his condition, and will adjust as needed. A... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:38:30 EST UPDATE ON J AND MY HEARTFELT THANKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493427 Thank you so much to everyone who sent prayers and well wishes to me and my Family. I feel truly blessed. <BR> <BR> J has made a lot of improvement over the past week. It has been hard, emotionally, as well as physically, for him to be in the hospital. His time line is as follows: <BR> 9/13-He had his accident and went to the Surgical ICU. <BR> 9/14-Surgery to fix his broken arm in the late afternoon.(spent the night at the hospital) <BR> 9/15-They started to turn down the sedation on the... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 05:17:02 EST A MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485905 I received the second worse call a parent can get; Your child has been in an accident and was brought to the hospital as a trauma. It doesn't matter if they are 5 years old or 55 years old; the first thought you have is "No, not my baby!" <BR> <BR> The hospital I work at is the only Trauma Center in the state. I am proud to work there, and I think our Trauma Team is excellent. I do not work on one of the units that usually get trauma patients, we are primarily a respiratory unit, but the... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 04:55:16 EST FEELING PRETTY POSITIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479886 So, my week has been a little up and down, but overall I am feeling good. <BR> <BR> I live along the West Coast of the island of ‘Oahu. The main highway literally follows the coastline for several miles. Heading towards Honolulu from my place, there are 3 markers along the edge of the beach. I have always wondered what they said, so I decided to walk that way on Wednesday. They are historical markers stating that the area is the site of an ancient Hawaiian village, and protected as such.... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:45:26 EST SMALL LIGHT BULB MOMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476022 So after my whiney posting yesterday, I thought I would share something a little more positive. <BR> <BR> I am NOT a big fan of "Reality TV". I don't see the point in knowing what the Kardashian are doing and could care less about "Keeping Up" with them. I don't know any "Real Housewives" who live in million dollar mansions; the ones I know are trying juggle work, children, bills, and life with out losing their minds. I do like shows like "Pawn Stars" and "Counting Cars" but more for the ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:01:14 EST TUESDAY FAIL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475096 I had a nice Labor Day. The 'Rents and I went to see my son and grandson. We still had his birthday presents (He turned 4 in May) and we hadn't had a chance to get out there. Did some minor errands, mostly for Mom, and finally stopped by one of the Whole Foods Stores. We bought a seedless watermelon that was on sale for $0.49/lb, some brown rice blend, and I found the Celestial Seasonings Tea that I like. If there was one close to me, I would probably shop there more often, but even with... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 21:54:07 EST FAREWELL TO SUMMER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472984 So long Summer! TEXASGIDGET posts a quote and question of the day for the team Ling Healthy In Our 40’s, and today’s was, Have you ever used the phrase "back in my day" or "back in my time" or "when I was young" to someone younger than you? Well it got me thinking about “Small Kid Time/Days” and “Hanabata Days”. To those of you not from Hawaii, “Hanabata” is the runny mucus from your nose, so basically when you were a “snot nosed kid”. <BR> <BR> So, along that line, back Small Kid Days, ... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:07:30 EST TRAINING TO (GULP) RUN A 5K. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465128 I signed up to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It will be October 20th, so that gives me 8 more weeks to get ready. I just finished Week 1 of the 5K your Way Walk/Jog Training Program. I really won’t be able to run/jog the whole race, but my goal is to be able to jog at least a third of it. I am NOT a runner, nor do I desire to become one (I LOVE riding my bike and it is my preferred Cardio exercise), but I decided to really challenge myself to step out of my comfort ... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:22:14 EST "Never give up, never surrender!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460187 I have mentioned that I work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. When it's slow I will some times pop on to SP and browse the blogs. This past Saturday was such a day. I came across a blog posting from a member who was expressing disappointment about not being able finish a bike ride with their family. I was going to leave a comment, but it got busy. <BR> <BR> This Blog is my comment to that member, and to all of us who feel discouraged and disappointed. <BR> <BR> Try to look at it this way... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:44:15 EST WHERE THE #!@* RESTART BUTTON :P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451101 It been one of those days, and I still have 4 more hours to go! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> First, I woke up late. Not just a little, like I hit the snooze a couple of times too many, but 2 HOURS LATE! <em>102</em> I completely slept through my alarm <em>128</em> and didn't wake until my Mom asked me if I was going to work! I called to let work know I would be late, and then I had just enough time to wash up, throw on my clothes, and grab my lunch (sooo glad I put it together the nigh... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:21:52 EST Katchin Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448150 Hi everyone in Sparkland. <em>213</em> It's been a while since I blogged, a little katch up (yes my pocho pidgen is coming out) on wots da haps. <BR> <BR> I got through a hectic two weeks with pops and all his dental and medical appointments. I really don't want to have anything else like that for a while. My meals were kind of hit and miss, and my activity was down. I did my Sat/Sun Ride, but not much else. Trying to get back up to speed., so to say, and I have an allergic reaction ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:59:48 EST Busy Week Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421171 I hope everyone has been having a nice Sunday. As usual, I am at work. I don’t want to bachi us, so I won’t say the “Q” word, but it is a good day so far. <BR> <BR> The past couple of weeks have been okay, just really hot and humid. Sleeping has been a bit uncomfortable, so I haven’t gotten quality sleep. I have slipped a little on my tracking, but hopefully not too terribly. <BR> <BR> I have a majorly busy week ahead. Pops is finally going to get his teeth taken care of. Monday, ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:17:51 EST July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410790 To my fellow American Sparkers, Happy Independence Day! Our Government may not be perfect, we may have issues with some of the people running the country, but let's not forget that we will not be thrown in jail (or worse) for voicing our opinions, for worshiping how we want, and every one has the right to make a contribution towards changing what we don't like. I don't want to get into a big political discussion, but I an grateful to be an American, warts and all. <em>232</em> <BR> <BR... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 16:22:53 EST What's inspired me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398675 I enjoy reading the blog postings. I won’t always comment, (maybe I’ll start leaving an emoticon) but I try to read several blogs a day. I find laughter, tears, inspiration, frustration, and real people reaching out. READY4CHANGE81 posted a blog this week that got me thinking. (The road to a better me… posted 6/19/13) What really resonated with me was where she talks about being happy. How many people put off finding what it is that makes them happy until after they get a better job or g... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 22:56:48 EST A WORK IN PROGRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383889 Wow, it’s June, already. I really don’t think I am going to make my weight goal for the end of the quarter. Being so sick for most of April, it took me until the last week and a half of May to feel “back in the groove”. <BR> <BR> I have been lurking here on SP, reading blogs, and message board postings. I have been inconsistent in my food tracking, (Cookie? What Cookie?) making meal choices that were not the best, and not being honest with myself about it. When I was able to start eat... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 22:36:07 EST IN HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369582 Today is Memorial Day. I think living and growing up in Hawaii has given me a unique perspective on this day. <BR> <BR> Hawaii has one of the highest concentration of military bases per square mile. <BR> Hawaii is the site of one of most remembered foreign attacks against the American Military on American Soil. <BR> <BR> I grew up knowing that this day was spent visiting graves. At school, we were asked to help string flower lei for the Boy Scouts to place at the National Cemetery of th... Mon, 27 May 2013 18:24:05 EST MOTHER'S DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354359 First of all, Happy Mother's Day to all you "Mothers", whether you are a birth-, step-, foster-, or a Like-A-, I hope you enjoyed your special day. I have 2 grown sons of my own. <BR> <BR> Mother's day is a little bitter-sweet, for my family. All of my Grandmothers have passed on, and are dearly missed by us. Four years ago, we lost my Dad's younger sister to breast cancer. But the big one was the sudden death of my cousins wife two years ago. She was 39 and left behind 3 children bet... Sun, 12 May 2013 20:25:29 EST BACK IN THE SADDLE (OUCH!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346757 Welcome to the month of May! Please let it be better! <BR> <BR> Well, I got back on my bike yesterday. I haven't been on my bike for over a month, and there are certain areas of my body that are letting me know this. <em>40</em> Maybe 15 miles was a little far for a first ride after so long a break, but other than the tenderness, it felt great!! <em>104</em> I am hoping to ride after work today, but not sure if that will be doable. It's the weather. It has been raining off and o... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:42:16 EST REAL LIFE HAPPENS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332168 So, April has not been a fun month for me. I really shouldn't complain about the weather, I live in Hawaii and don't have feet of snow or patches of black ice or a spring that doesn't want to start. There's no flooding going on and the temperature is a slightly muggy 75* right now. What I do have is VOG. "Vog is created when volcanic gases (primarily oxides of sulfur) react with sunlight, oxygen and moisture. The result includes sulfuric acid and other sulfates." (from Wikipedia) It is a... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:30:37 EST GI revolt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327053 I haven't been very active for the last few weeks. I am experiencing some GI issues again, and it is really making it hard for me to eat and exercise. I have been going back and forth between soup, ginger ale, ginger tea, and crackers, and what ever the heck I feel like, just to get something in me. Because I haven't really been eating properly, I don't have the energy to exercise, or I have abdominal pains that have me sitting curled around a heating pad. Missed work at the beginning of... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 23:33:43 EST FLYING THROUGH THE FIRST QUARTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306514 FLYING THROUGH THE FIRST QUARTER <BR> <BR> Can you believe that we are ¼ of the way through the year? For me, the older I get, the faster time flies! I just received my Employee Service Award marking 20 Years! It doesn’t seem that long. <BR> <BR> So, my weight loss goal was 20 lbs. I lost 15, 75% of goal. I did a bit of lose-gain-lose-gain in March, so am satisfied with how I have done so far. <BR> I have worked on my exercise, and I have been better at doing it, but still not as con... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:34:56 EST WANTED TO SHARE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294441 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967652487.jpg"> SLIME 5X SELF SEALING BIKE INNER TUBE...$14.64 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243361369.jpg"> TWO SCHWIN 26" COMFORT TIRES...$43.98 <BR> GETTING BACK ON THE ROAD; <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705934484.jpg"> <BR> PRICELESS! <em>334</em> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:20:45 EST NEVER QUIT PLEDGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293956 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Wednesday, March 20, 2013 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:46:37 EST GREAT FOOD AND FLAT TIRES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293097 So, today is my birthday, but we went out last night to celebrate. Dad's dialysis is Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, so I didn't want him to be too fatigued to enjoy the night, plus The Big Guy was off, so he could join us. We went to Nico's Pier 38. I decided that I was going to eat what sounded good, and not worry about the calories. I ate a moderate breakfast and a light lunch, so I had just over 1000 calories available to me for dinner. I had pan seared marlin over seafood rice pila... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:56:59 EST CH-CH-CH-CHANGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290258 What changes have I made this week? <BR> <BR> Well, I changed my work out schedule. I still do my strength first thing after waking, but cardio gets done later in the day. I have finally been able to start riding my bike more consistently, and when at home, I prefer to ride between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. The traffic is not as heavy. <BR> <BR> I changed my HRM settings. The last weight setting on it was 182 lbs. I like to adjust it every 5lbs, so I was actually over due. <BR> <B... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 20:08:41 EST BUGS AND A WARDROBE MALFUNTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280575 So, the week did not quite go how I planned it, but isn’t that how it usually is? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My week started off with a bug. <em>420</em> Well, not started, since I encountered the bug on my way home from work Sunday, but you get my drift. I was happily pedaling along <em>108</em> on the last 2.5 mile stretch, and I ride through a cloud of no-see-ums! (Those tiny gnats that you don’t see until you are right in the middle of them) Cough-cough, close my mouth and breathe ... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:48:47 EST Thank You All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271491 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l512667596.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was featured in one of the Daily Spark mailers recently, and it was a much needed reminder. <BR> <BR> I have intermittent G.I. issues. I can go for months with just the occasional reflux, and then BAM! I have a low grade constant nausea and I take over the bathroom. Taking a probiotic supplement and a digestive enzyme supplement help me, but I have to remember to take them consistently. I had a flare up... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 18:02:14 EST The Best Day Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255662 I have a grandson. His name Is Chayzen-Kolomana, but we call him Bubba or Bubbs. My son and Bubba's mother are no longer together, and getting to see him has been difficult. <em>39</em> <BR> Today we were able to spend 3 hours with him <em>104</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1105671344.jpg"> Bubba and "Big Papa" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007109173.jpg"> Bubba and "G-Grandma" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:55:44 EST My Reward for 10 Lbs Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249300 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1125958703.jpg"> <BR> This was my reward for the first 10 lbs. It came Monday and I made the first recipe from it last night. <em>485</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:41:56 EST Beach Pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243469 So I was feeling a little down, yesterday, but sitting at the beach really helped lift my spirits. There are some pictures at the end of this blog, so you can see what a nice day it was. <BR> <BR> I love going to the beach. For me, that is the best part about living in Hawaii. I live, literally, right across the street from the ocean. Unfortunately, most of the coast line on this side is not very swimmer friendly. There is a lot of rocky outcropping and not a lot of sand beach and the c... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:12:29 EST A Stumble and Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241894 So I have been able to make positive postings lately, and I hope I have helped anyone who may have read them, but life is not all sunshine <em>67</em> and roses. <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> I don’t know what got a hold of me yesterday. I did about an hour of cardio and strength and had three good meals. I made a recipe I found here that is real easy and everyone likes. Everything was humming along and then I looked at my weekly progress chart. Where did all the sodium come from!? <em>... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 17:21:55 EST Starting Off Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239669 This week is starting of really good. The Ravens won the Super Bowl <em>244</em> ; I FINALLY got my bike fixed <em>217</em> ; and I was down 2.4 lbs <em>104</em> . Wed, 6 Feb 2013 03:59:20 EST Month 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234965 I started the New Year with a Pledge. It was a foundation for the year, a “Broad Spectrum” list of goals and changes. In <em>305</em> , you learn to take the big and/or long term goals and break them down into smaller and/or short term goals. My main focus in January was to achieve a 31 day streak in three areas; <em>194</em> Water consumption, <em>319</em> exercise, <em>284</em> and tracking my food. Even though my Official Streak page doesn’t show it, (Did not track the infor... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:40:38 EST LAAAAAAAZY DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230829 Well I did the recycling yesterday, and when it was all said and done I walked a total of about 4.5 miles and, according to my HRM, burned over 1000 calories in two hours. <em>198</em> I also go a bit of a sunburn, because I forgot to put on sunscreen. <em>2</em> I did remember to wear a hat, so most of the pink is on my arms. <em>85</em> All total I burned over 1600 calories yesterday. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Needless to say, today I just wanted to veg out <em>373</em> <em>370<... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:11:03 EST Half Way There, Recognizing A Gift. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228992 GOOD MORNING SPARK PEEPS! Can you tell I am in a good mood?! <em>334</em> Today was weigh-in day, and as I looked at the number I was sooo, happy! TEN pounds gone! Bu-bye! So long! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! <em>9</em> And come you-know-what or high water, I will never see those ten pounds again. This puts me at half way to my first quarter goal. I am going to take pictures again, but later, because I am sweaty right now <em>198</em> and plan on getting even swea... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:47:23 EST And the Walls Came Crumbling Down (Almost) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223662 So, there I was, goofing around on Facebook, watching an episode of “The Closer” that I hadn’t seen. <BR> “Thump Bump”, huh? What was that noise? Did one of my parents drop something or, heaven forbid, did my Dad fall again? A quick look around and the ‘rents are sleeping. Eh *shrug* must have been the neighbors banging against the wall. Back to the computer and TV. <BR> <BR> The Big Guy gets home, and I realize it is after 1am. I haven’t stayed up that late in a while. I bid him a ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:31:52 EST Wowies & Owies. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215971 January 20th. Wow, I can’t believe the month is almost gone. I feel good about how I have been progressing. <em>104</em> I have kept my 10 minutes a day or more exercise streak going. <em>362</em> I have to keep tweaking my calorie burn amount so I don’t get “THE MESSAGE”. <em>466</em> <em>492</em> <em>368</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> I am apologizing ahead to any one from the mainland who may read this, but my fellow Hawaii Sparkers will understand. <em>259</em> It h... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:15:39 EST A Day Saved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213287 When I re-started my journey (again), I made two resolutions that were a pretty big deal for me. <BR> The first one was to get up on my days off by 9am. I worked Night Shift, either 7pm to 7am or 11pm to 7am, for years. It was a good shift for me, and I had no problem sleeping during the day. Once my oldest moved out after graduation, on my days off I usually woke at 1pm. When I changed jobs, I changed shifts. I now work 6:30am to 5pm. The problem was, on my days off, I was still sta... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:03:38 EST Necessary Evil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211910 Well, it’s Thursday again. <em>24</em> Thursday is my Sunday, and I have to go to work tomorrow. <em>46</em> I really don’t mind working Friday-Sunday, but I will be glad when my first Vacation comes up in March. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, in my last blog, I was thinking about avoiding the scale this week, because I didn’t want to have a “Biggest Loser” type of weigh in disappointment. I really wanted to say I’ll just wait until it’s time to take another set of pictures (which I decided to do ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:02:36 EST Second Week of January Highlight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205518 So, more or less made it through another “work week” and kept my exercise goals. <em>104</em> This week, I kept Leslie Sansone for my Cardio, and switched to 28 Day Boot Camp for strength/sculpting. I am really enjoying the SP DVDs. I feel good going at my level/ability, and not like I have failed because I can’t keep up or do the exercise as the instructor is. I think I am going to stay with Boot Camp as my cardio this week and switch to either resistance tubes or stability ball for ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:20:56 EST