ICANLOSEMORE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ICANLOSEMORE ICANLOSEMORE'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/ Pushing the restart button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555995 I am trying to pull myself back into the healthy lifestyle mode. I sort of fell off the earth for a bit. Re-gained a few pounds and definitely am losing my muscle tone. I want to turn things around now. So, I'm baaaack! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 13:14:13 EST Dear self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529218 I know positive self talk is difficult for you. I know seeing yourself in a positive light is difficult for you. I really appreciate your taking the time to right this letter of affirmation to yourself today. <BR> <BR> "You is kind, you is smart, you is important." We have all heard this quote from "The Help." How many of us believe it? Actually most of the time I do believe that I am kind, we all have our moments. I am usually kinder to other people than myself. Why is that? I know ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:53:56 EST Happy Halloween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528261 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2120819968.jpg"> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:13:40 EST Motivation, have you found it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522310 This past week has been really hit or miss with me. I've been doing the bare minimum for exercise and just hit and miss with what I eat. Have to admit probably more of the miss. Not sure why but I was seeing some success and that can trigger a backslide for me. I am my own worst enemy. Does anyone else have that problem. I haven't decided if I feel like I don't deserve success or I am afraid of the added responsibility that success will entail. Maybe a little of both. I do seem to cre... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:57:01 EST Bye, bye summer, hello winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520324 We had the possibility of snow a couple of days ago. So, I cleaned out the garden for the winter. We had a number of green tomatoes. I have never even tried fried green tomatoes but it seemed like a good time to do it. We had fried green tomatoes and scalloped brussel sprouts. This was the first time I have grown brussel sprouts and I have to admit I was really surprised at how they grow. They grow is spirals up the stalk of the plant. They were really good but very tiny compared to th... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:08:54 EST Long term goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514262 Spark coach today wanted me to write and share my long term goals. Honestly, I haven't thought long term in awhile now. Maybe that is part of my problem, I tend to live in the short term now. I can accomplish things short term, but long term seems very daunting. But, if I don't look up every once in awhile, to see which direction I am headed, I might just be going in circles! <BR> <BR> So, today I am going to do a little soul searching and try to envision myself 5, 10, maybe even 15 year... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:44:29 EST Re-boot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512321 I need to re-boot my motivation after being sick for the past week. Hard to get going again. I did a bare minimum of exercise the last two days but finding it hard to work up to a real workout again. I know the last two times I walked I realized my right shoe was loose on my foot. My feet are different widths as my left foot is always swollen. So maybe a new pair of walking shoes will be just the thing to get me going again. Still a little stuffed up but not coughing as much so hopeful ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 13:01:12 EST The Spark My Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505239 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535234844.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have The Spark! I have been using it for a couple of weeks now. I was on vacation last week so I didn't pay as much attention to anything computer related, I was busy having fun. I did wear it daily and it was fun to tap it to see how many lights I managed to light up for a walk in the woods. <BR> <BR> The set up was simple. I made a user error typing in the address to begin with, but once I found the site ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 13:42:47 EST Excuse busting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504378 Today spark coach was all about excuse busting. This one is hard for me. I don't make up excuses. I do have trouble finding the balance between when I need to listen to the physical pains in my body so I don't do further damage and when to work through it and exercise. I'm getting better but sometimes I forget and than I am sidelined for weeks. So, it is best to learn which type of pain means STOP, don't do any more of that, and which means take it easy, slow down or adapt but don't stop.... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:07:08 EST Instagram challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503545 I decided for fun to enter the spark people Instagram challenge. Have to admit, even though I downloaded the Instagram app months ago, I had never used it until October 1rst. I am not even sure I am doing it right, but a few people have seen and liked my photos. It is fun to try to learn something new. <BR> <BR> I think it is fun that the word to depict for tomorrow is sleep. Seems very timely for me since tonight I am doing a sleep study. I will be hooked up to all these wires etc whi... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 13:42:19 EST little things add up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501355 Spark coach challenged me to double my stairs today. Every time I need to go up a flight of stairs, when I get to the top, turn around, go back down and start over. One of the extra readings was about ways to add extra exercise to all of the housework I do. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1442 </link> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a consult with the sleep study clinic. Thursday I get to go sleep connected to lot's of wires. Hopefully they will be able ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:05:29 EST Home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498548 Back from vacation. Ready to jump back in to healthy eating. I didn't do to bad while on vacation but did chose to eat a few things that I don't normally eat. And they were delicious! While I was gone my new cookbook came in the mail. I have been wanting to make more vegetarian meals. I hadn't been very excited about the few meals I tried in the past. So, I bought Fix-it and Forget-it Vegetarian Cookbook. It combines my quest for vegetarian along with my need to have most of my food p... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:56:22 EST Out of site, out if mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494699 I'm supposed to put all the temptations out if site today. Not too hard as I am on vacation this week. But everywhere we go there are temptations. It is a touristy type of place and they have amazing restaurants everywhere. For the most part i am making good choices. Yesterday we went to a state park and enjoyed the view of Lake Michigan from the Eagle Tower. It was a beautiful day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1698457748.jpg"> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:14:07 EST Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488622 Just had to throw a recommendation out for Thai Noodle Salad. I made it for supper tonight and it was amazing. Very easy to make too and fairly quick. Have you made anything from the recipes you would highly recommend. I'm trying to eat at home as much as possible. So, always looking for new foods to try. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061095683.jpg"> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:02:20 EST Still believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483682 I am still believing I can do this. Have to look at the big picture, right. I now have fourteen weeks on my exercise streak. I am really looking forward to my reward for twelve weeks of exercise. I managed to keep my streak going in spite of a knee injury. I am going to see a Cirque de Soleil performance with my family. I've wanted to do this for quite awhile. <BR> <BR> I think my next reward should be for logging my food at least 5 days a week. I have never been great at doing this... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:30:36 EST Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474570 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243684185.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was the image at the end of my coaching session today. I know that lately I have fallen into some time traps. When I injured my knee I found myself sitting around either elevating, icing or both frequently. But, even before all of that, I would sit and watch shows with my husband in the evening, barely moving. By that time of day I often am in pain. <BR> <BR> So, I need to make better use of my ti... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:08:34 EST Accountability and motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470736 One of my first pins on Pinterest was how to transfer a photo to a block of wood. I finally did this last week. I wrote a blog post about it. <BR> <link>janetsfiberartistrynews.blogspot.com<BR>/ </link> <BR> <BR> I started blogging a couple of years ago after I took a class on how to start a blog. I found it was a great way to keep track of what I was making. It also helped inspire me to do more in order to have things to post about. <BR> <BR> Hmmm....sounds familiar. By checking ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:43:59 EST 100 day streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468737 I have checked in on spark people for 100 days straight now. That is my "besides the scale" victory for today. I switched over to the plateau busting coach sessions. I know what I am doing wrong, just not sure why. I am not logging my food lately, which is always a sign that I don't want to be honest about what I am eating. I haven't gained any weight other than the normal for me up and down 4-5 pounds. It depends on how swollen my left leg and foot are at the moment. Usually worse in ... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:49:29 EST Exercise, too much, too little, or just right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461109 A little like Goldilocks, is how today's spark coach session made me feel. I don't know that I have ever exercised too much. May have been a little more than some people approved of back in my college days, but it helped me deal with the stress. More often than not I don't exercise enough. <BR> Lately, it is physical problems that keep me from exercise but I am working on a resolution to that problem. I had an MRI of my lower back last week and see the spine doctor on Thursday. Hopefully... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:22:31 EST Exercising my creative side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458923 Do any of you use Pinterest? I keep pinning things I want to make or things that inspire me to make something. I decided it was time to actually make something. I made this cute autumn bowl yesterday. It was pretty fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1328998565.jpg"> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:02:45 EST Losing weight with limited exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458016 I know it is possible to lose weight without a lot of exercise, I just haven't quite figured out how yet. Anyone have any great tips for this? <BR> <BR> I am feeling hopeful as I finally have a doctor who believes me and doesn't think I am just making excuses. Proof is in the MRI. Maybe now I can get some help and life will be easier. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I am going with what I can do and trying to stick with my healthy eating. I'm not gaining though so that is good. <BR> I am hav... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:48:57 EST Change is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456070 I hurt my knee a little over a week ago and have been feeling sorry for myself. I had been on a roll and doing very well. Which is probably why I thought I was physically up to pulling weeds for 5 hours. So don't take your body for granted and remember your weaknesses. I've started trying to do exercises again a few days ago. My knee finally stopped looking like a piñata. But, I didn't feel like I was getting much of a workout. So, today I tried something new. Well not completely new.... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:20:28 EST Set back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450007 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l968545078.jpg">I hurt my knee pulling weeds the other day. I have had problems with this knee for years. Cortisone shots, arthroscopy, synvisc injections are all involved. I have learned what I can and can't do to keep it working. I am careful when I work in the yard not to kneel. I scoot around on my butt which I'm sure is a very comical site for my neighbors. But I still have to occasionally get up and down off the ground. I worked ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:09:15 EST Besides the scale... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446289 Spark coach today was about looking at all those other indicators, not the scale, which show we are improving. Things like dress size (although I never wear a dress), energy level, sleep, overall emotional health, compliments (I don't like this one), measurements etc. <BR> <BR> I am wearing a belt lately, I haven't been shopping yet to see if I could fit in a smaller size but I do need a belt. I consider that a good sign. Energy level depends on a lot of factors, i.e. pain level, how well... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:37:26 EST Must be doing something right! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445134 We are all about celebrating the little victories right. Just had blood work done recently and my total cholesterol was 177. The last time it was checked it was a little over 200. My only problem was, still short on vit D. I'm beginning to wonder if there is something about my body that doesn't allow me to absorb D correctly. I've been taking a supplement for over a year. Most days I get outside for the recommended 15 minutes of sun exposure. I'll have to ask my doctor about that. In ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 10:56:48 EST Motivational technique http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442261 Today's spark coach was about motivational techniques. We need to each be detectives and find what works best for ourselves. We truly are unique individuals and what works for me may cause someone else to go into a downward spiral. I am finding I need different techniques for different situations. <BR> <BR> I am seldom really hungry because I try to remember now to eat by the clock. I used to get involved in a project, look up five hours later and realize I was starving. At that point... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:19:55 EST Paying it forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438571 Today's coaching session was about including others in my workout and getting family involved. I think my coaching sessions are ahead of where I actually am in my journey. I am not at the point where I can go out and join a community sports team. In fact with my physical limitations I don't see that as ever becoming a possibility for me. I am ok with that. I don't work out with others because I have to work at my own pace with my own abilities. i have lost an inch and a half off my wais... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:15:54 EST Mindful eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430597 Today's coaching session was about mindful eating. Did you know there is a mindful eating spark team with a four week challenge. I want to try this but feel I have to complete a few of my other challenges before I start a new one. I have become more mindful of eating til satisfied instead of eating until my plate is clean. Doing this helps so I don't have acid reflux, which also helps with my sleep problems. It is all related isn't it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:36:47 EST Another goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429248 Today's coach asked me to blog about a new health goal besides weight loss. I do have other health goals besides weight loss already. I've been working on trying to improve my sleep. I took the Better Sleep Challenge. It did help me improve the length of time I am able to sleep. This is an ongoing challenge for me as it still needs improvement. I have been able to stay asleep for up to five hours some nights. Since I only slept two hours at a time when I started this is a huge improvem... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:46:41 EST More than weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424174 I am slowly beginning to realize that pulling myself together involves more than weight loss. My home is often disheveled, just like my body. My relationships could use some work, just like my body. My goals for life need re-vamping just like my body. I have read before that all these things are connected but I guess it didn't sink in until recently. None of this is a huge issue but taken all together it creates this little chaotic vortex where I spin around and don't accomplish as much ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:09:27 EST Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419882 I am so excited about having a garden again. I think I may have over filled it. We had a visitor this morning when I went outside this morning. The neighbor said they saw it at the bird feeder. It's not a great picture. I was afraid he would run if I tried to move closer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1584976665.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1283352744.jpg"> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 14:00:58 EST Simplify http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418834 I am working on simplifying my home. I am trying to get rid of anything that isn't useful. It isn't easy, in many ways it is just as much work as taking off those extra pounds. Some things just keep telling me I need to keep them. Even though I may have already had them in my house for 10-20 years without once using them! So it is tough love and discipline for me. I am keeping things that feed my spirit, even if I don't actually use them. You know, the little memento you can look at an... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:16:55 EST Spark Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417704 I'm using Spark Coach and I have to say, it is helping me. The adjustment so far is in my mental attitude. There are days when I literally want to give up, today my lower back and my neck and my knee and my feet are causing me a lot of pain. Not every day is this bad, but days like this it is hard to keep the 'spark'. The visualization for today was to imagine myself as an elderly woman, reflecting on my life. Would I look back and be proud of the choices I am making? It was just the ki... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:22:51 EST Out to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412525 I'm going out to eat tonight with my husband and our two grown up children. We all like the show Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. We decided to try to go to the ones that are near where we live. We've only been to three so far, for me it is more the company than the food that makes it fun. With everyone so busy it gives us a reason to get together. Sometimes when life gets hectic you have to make plans to slow it down again. <BR> <BR> Tonight's is a Caribbean themed menu with something about ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:14:08 EST Rewards are great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411667 I like achieving goals when I get rewards. Feel like one of Pavlov's dogs but it works for me. My art supplies came in the mail so now I am ready for my art class. Woohoo! On to the next goal. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1566855962.jpg"> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 16:05:47 EST Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409301 Today's coaching session asked if my journey so far had been adventurous, or how could I make it fun and exciting? At first I thought adventurous? How can weight loss be adventurous? But than I remembered, this isn't about weight loss, it's about a healthy lifestyle. It's about changing how I live! No, I'm not climbing any mountains or even running for that matter but I am making changes and that is the heart of adventure. <BR> <BR> I have a spark streak of four weeks of exercise now. So... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 07:06:10 EST The Spark chapter 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408451 Although this is all a refresher to me it has been very helpful to re-read The Spark and the bonus guide available here on the site. When you begin to change your habits you hit a point where you just can't take in any more information. You have to let those new skills into your life and make them a habit before you are ready to add more changes. At least this is how my brain works! You might be a super wiz at all of this and change everything at once. <BR> <BR> I can see clearly now tha... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:48:34 EST 4 week streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407185 Woohoo! I have a 4 week exercise streak! <BR> <BR> Starting the week of the 4th out right with a red white and blue breakfast. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349492052.jpg"> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 09:39:04 EST Keeping busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406215 Lot's to do today but wanted to share some flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l424896720.jpg"> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:25:42 EST Thanks for the community spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404050 The past couple of days I lost my motivation. Not sure why or where it went but I knew I could at the very least get on this site and read about people who are changing their lives everyday. The changes may be small but they are steady and they are in a good direction. So, I just wanted to thank all of you you have restored my spark. I am ready to jump back into my new life adventure tomorrow. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1431988385.jpg"> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:38:42 EST spark streaks work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401346 I exercised today even though I really didn't want to, really dragging today. I think it is the aftereffects of yesterdays migraine. I feel better for keeping it going. I am only doing twenty minutes a day at a beginner level. I haven't lost any more weight but I have lost an inch off my waist so far. I have back problems as well as other structural issues, so I am taking things slow. I have been to therapy too many times and/or had to stop exercising completely while I heal. I am deter... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:25:44 EST The spark chapter 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398152 I wrote a very thoughtful post and lost it when I tried to add a photo. (Trust me it was my best ever, haha!). Chapter 5 is about giving back. We are a very diverse group of people on spark people and what works for one person, may not work for another. Some can run charity races, some help at food shelves, community events, schools, churches. We all find something that clicks for us and keeps us returning to give again another day. One thing that is universal, and can make a huge differ... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 10:19:55 EST Confession time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396190 Yesterday I had a small blizzard from DQ for lunch. So, I am confessing. Not for the reason you may think though. It wasn't really a bad thing! <BR> <BR> Today spark coach was about moderation. I think he read my food journal yesterday and knew I needed this talk today. Although, truthfully I wasn't feeling too bad. I learned a lot. First, I have been trying to track any cravings I may have, and discovered I really don't have cravings anymore. I used to, salt and chocolate were a nec... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:32:58 EST Pulling weeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393578 Today I am pulling weeds literally, in my garden, and figuratively in my mind. Listening to spark people radio while I am working. They have some good talks. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2066961155.jpg"> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:11:16 EST Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392002 Today's coaching session was about making mistakes and what you do with them. I used to be the person who made a mistake and beat myself up and gave up completely only to restart and repeat that cycle over and over again. <BR> <BR> I realized while reading through the articles that went along with this lesson, that is no longer me! Somewhere along the trail of trying to change, I did. Don't get me wrong, I still eat things I would be better off not eating but I have fewer of those lapses ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:31:34 EST Chapter 2 focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389904 I'm starting to get smarter. I'm learning there are people you never tell your goals in life. They are the people who will automatically give you reasons why you will never reach those goals. Wish they came with warning labels. I am working at being able to just brush off their remarks and realize it is their problem and not mine. But I still find myself initially falling in with their thinking and throwing my newly found strength out the window. I am able to backtrack now but it is sti... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:38:16 EST Simple pleasures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388913 I am thrilled to have a kale salad for lunch today. Simple pleasures always the best <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488788813.jpg"> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:24:43 EST Longest streak for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387817 Today's coaching session was about creating a spark streak, a measurable spark streak. Not, a 'Let's see how long I can keep this going' streak. I need to be specific. That is a problem of mine lately. I tend to drift along with non measurable goals in the back of my mind. No wonder I haven't been accomplishing measurable goals lately. <BR> <BR> I was thinking I haven't always been this way, but honestly, I'm not sure. When my kids were little I was the ultimate multi-tasker. (What ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:20:33 EST Backtrack in order to move forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384527 I read The Spark several years ago. I have to admit when I read self help books I often think they sound wonderful, and I fully intend to put the concepts into action but I seldom do the actual work involved. <BR> <BR> Maybe I was doing micro steps to get me to the place I am in right now, or subconsciously I was working towards my goals. Not really sure and honestly it doesn't really matter. What I know is that I am now at a place where I can focus and take the time to figure out those ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:21:04 EST Life in the slow lane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383309 It's another cool wet day in Minnesota. My weather app says it is 57 but it feels a little cooler to me. But, honestly I am loving this weather. It's too cool and wet for the bugs to come out, I guess. So I can sit on my front porch, watch the birds, watch the rain fall, and gather my spark points, without getting eaten alive by Mosquitos. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was whining a little about how long it seems to take in the kitchen when I am cooking every meal fresh. I should clarify that I... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 11:27:17 EST