IRISHEI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IRISHEI IRISHEI'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/ What do we want? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771145 "We get what we ask for in life, and most of us ask for too little." <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine sent me this quote. It really hit home. Most of the time, I am thinking I need to do better in so many ways in my life. Then things happen and I am helping someone else with all there situations. That is okay, but Focus is important too in my own life. I need to ASK myself, what do I want? I plan to-- Make a list and have more goals and STICK to them. It is a journey that ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:22:17 EST WW meetings re-joined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715647 Hi everyone, <BR> I am back at the meetings and think that I am more determined since I am paying more attention as to how I can get to goal. Tracking is a must for me and it does help me lose. <BR> I do not try to track on both Spark and E-tools, because it just takes too much time. <BR> I do try to keep my fitness tracked on Spark and lately have had to be less active. Had two cataract surgeries and was told by my dr. I had to wait two weeks after each surgery to go back to my Aerobic cla... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:12:52 EST An evidence-based approach - from Authority Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444250 Today I received a long article from a very health conscious friend. I took lots of notes for myself, but it was a very long and informative article and worth reading and sharing. There were two web sites mentioned, one was www.Authority Nutrition and the second was Wellnessmama.com If you are interested check them out. <BR> One long article was called: <BR> "9 reasons to avoid sugar as if your life depended on it." <em>380</em> <BR> Very informative and had lots of comments too. Be... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:54:21 EST Five short chapters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392055 Several years ago someone gave me this cute story and I came across it today when I <BR> was looking for something else. I thought I would like to share this with you dear Spark friends. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Cute and oh so true with so many things in life. Being Spark healthy people who keep at it daily, I think you will enjoy this little story. <em>381</em> Life is full of choices we get to make and sometimes it takes awhile before we figure it out and "JUST do the next ri... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:10:36 EST Mourning of a Spark friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389794 <em>382</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>126</em> Hello dear Spark friends, good morning to you. Twice now this has happened to me and two friends from Spark-- are now gone. it is so hard to explain the feeling I have. Special friends on Spark are the ones you talk to daily and when they are no longer here, it is so sad and hard to accept. The most recent friend, who has passed, had been ill and she did share some of her illness with me. I think what makes it hard to accept is, ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 09:17:11 EST Random acts of Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335079 "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Make it a good day and reach for the stars!! Track your food, burn some calories, smile and make a plan. It is all up to us. <BR> We can do it. Sharing with others and being positive really is a way to keep motivated. Random acts of kindness are wonderful to receive and give. Do something nice for someone and don't tell anyone. In other words, give for the sake of giving and not expecting anything in return. It is amazing the joy you will fe... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:31:33 EST Happy St. Patrick's day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289607 Top of the mornin to all you wonderful spark friends, lass and laddies. I wanted to send you a IRISH Friendship Wish today. <BR> <em>137</em> <em>438</em> <em>437</em> <em>441</em> <em>440</em> <em>439</em> <BR> "May there always be work for your hands to do; <BR> May your purse always hold a coin or two; <BR> May the sun always shine on your windowpane; <BR> May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; <BR> May the hand of a friend always be near you; <BR> May God fill yo... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:11:24 EST 40 days of Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248968 Today is Ash Wednesday for many Christians around the world. I tell myself this is a good time for me to reflect on my life and clear out my interior spirit so I can see wider horizons. Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving are meant to help me get in touch with the great mystery of God. What can I do to become a better person, eat moderately, exercise regularly and become healthier? I need to work on doing more in this area and be determined to make better choices. <em>331</em> <BR> Please ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:11:35 EST Inventory - new week, new year, Let's do it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194528 Today is our first full week of 2013. I decided to look at my past tracking and meals and decide what helped me the most. I wrote down a list of the recipes and food choices that helped me with a loss those weeks. I then, cleaned out my refrigerator and made some meal plans. I also cleaned out the freezer and found I have many varieties of food in there. I have to GET GOING and Just DO IT!! I am going to be MORE Determined and MORE Focused as I begin to start my new year program. Christmas, ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:56:16 EST How to: recover from a slip-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159246 I have read many books about weight loss and how to become fit. One book I really liked is called, "finally thin!" by Kim Bensen. One of the topics she talks about is recovering after slip-ups. Hope you will enjoy these steps as much as I have. I have condensed her words in places to get more to the point and added thoughts of my own too. <BR> <BR> 5 steps - to begin again after a slip-up <BR> "1. Stop! Clean the house, your office, your car and throw away anything that isn't part of you... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:47:46 EST Under 200 calorie snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150423 Do you want to satisfy your late-night appetite without going over the edge? Try these under 200-calorie treats from Healthy Homestyle Desserts. I came across a old article I had saved from Good Housekeeping and it is definitely worth posting (March 1999 Good Housekeeping). Maybe it will help all of us. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Frozen sugar-free fruit-juice bar: 25 calories <BR> 1 apple, sliced/ topped with 2 tbsp. fat-free caramel syrup+ 2 tsp.pecans: 188 calories <BR> 1/2 cup low-fat vani... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 10:13:27 EST Dreams become reality when we decide to make it happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932762 I moved in March this year. What a job that was for me! Burned many calories-- packing, sorting, planning what to keep and what to give away. What a big job! I found things I forgot I had. I downsized from a large condo to a ranch condo. Not as much space, so had to give up lots of "stuff" and amazing how much time it took. After moving, a few weeks later, I was really excited and happy about how well things were all going and most of my boxes (160, total I think...lol) had been unpacked, we... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 09:07:13 EST Irish Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791829 WISHING you a rainbow <em>437</em> for sunlight after showers...Miles and miles of Irish smiles for golden happy hours...Shamrocks <em>137</em> at your doorway for luck and laughter too, And a host of friends that never ends Each day your whole life through. <BR> <BR> I am Irish and proud of it and always celebrate the day. My grandparents came from Westport in County Mayo and we still have family there. I also have a SIL that is from Dublin, Ireland and all of his family are there, so h... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:17:02 EST Groundhog day, 2-2-2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718197 "According to ABC news, at 7:20 a.m. Punxsutawney Phil came out of his hole in Gobbler's Knob, PA and saw his shadow on this day, 2-2-2012. That means 6 more weeks of winter." <BR> So, what will we do with this Wintertime we have to face for another 6 weeks? Sit around, go skiing or sledding, go to the gym, read a book, take a brisk walk, keep busy with other fun things, or just plain do nothing? Many of you live in warmer climates or countries that are having a different season or temperatu... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 09:45:10 EST Ever been at a plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4545594 What is a plateau? My Random House Webster's College Dictionary tell me----- <BR> <BR> a period or state of little or no growth or decline, esp. one in which increase or progress ceases: to reach a plateau in one's career. <BR> <BR> "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got." <BR> K.Bensen <BR> <BR> Why am I at this standstill in my program? I track, exercise,watch my carbs, drink lots of water and really try to focus on my goals. <BR> <BR> I know surger... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:42:16 EST Personal trainer educates with her top tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516784 Debi's Personal Training at www.GotGut.com (with her permission, to post) <BR> <BR> Debi was at a fair a few weeks ago when I was in a mall with my grandson and daughter at a "Build a Bear" event for pre-school pta. She had a table in the mall, like many others did. I picked up a flyer and it has some nice tips. These tips listed, below-- are her words, not mine, but I certainly agree with Debi on her mission to help us all promote a healthy balanced lifestyle. <em>311</em> Below are he... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:21:38 EST Kalahari--time away from home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4475472 The next four days ahead will be a mini vacation for me.! I will be going to a indoor water park with my youngest daughter, grandson and SIL, from 9-10---9-13, Sat.-Tuesday. So, I am looking forward to some fun and relaxing time away from home. My SIL is in a triathlon race on the weekend too. It is called, Half Iron Man. <BR> We will enjoy watching the race and also get to relax outdoors too and enjoy the sunshine, hopefully. Little Peter is almost 4 (end of Nov. will be) and loves the w... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 12:12:25 EST One year Spark anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462640 Hi everyone! I'm celebrating one year today, since I am a member of Spark people.com <em>179</em> I feel so lucky to have been on this site and learned so much from so many of you. The health articles, quizzes, boards, blogs, team leaders, new friends, and also friends for a year now-- with many, have helped me with my weight loss journey. Spark has become my daily "friend" as I log in each day and find new ways and also continue with what I have learned so far. Thanks for being here! <BR... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 13:03:40 EST Better days ahead with exercise plans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359862 Hi Spark friends! Time sure flies when you are having fun! (-: It is hard to believe, but <BR> it is three months today since I had my knee replacement. Amazing what they can do <BR> now a days for knees. My surgery went well and P.T. did too. I will still be doing p.t. at home until next Spring. They say it takes a year to fully recover. However, I am 95% better. There are only a few things that are still hard to do for me. Even though my surgery and p.t. took much time away from my regula... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:58:43 EST Knee surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161332 Well, the day has come. I go into the hospital tomorrow for my knee surgery. Will be so glad when it is over and I can do my P.T. and be free of the pain. I want to get on with my life and my Sparkin. This has slowed me down a bit lately. So, hope everyone has a Happy Easter. <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> I think we are all ready for some nice warm Spring weather. Take care and see you in a few weeks. <em>213</em> <BR> I have attached a few photos from my new grandson's christening. ... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 18:09:57 EST Seven Months ago I discovered SPARK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4136581 Hi Spark friends. Thanks for reading my biog. I hope your weight loss journey is going well for you. Thanks for all you do for me with the motivation and comments I receive daily from you. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I can hardly believe that it is 7 months now since I discovered Spark. It has really been a blessing for me and such a motivator. I decided I better update my goals and program and renew my commitments to myself in this journey. So, I did this today and have planned a new goal d... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 12:07:22 EST 4 days away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4053928 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> I wanted to let you know I will be away from my computer and home beginning on Thursday afternoon through Sunday evening, this week (March 3-6). So hope you miss me, since I will miss you. That is the only hard part about going away, now that I found SparkPeople. You have all become part of my life. My motivation and healthy habits are so much better when I do my Sparkin and posting. So many of you have really inspired me to DO BETTER. I want to become the "Best Ve... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:47:27 EST Back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4010086 Hi! I'm back on track. <BR> <BR> My new grand baby is now 5 weeks old and he is adorable and so precious. Then, who am I to say, I could be prejudice. Ha...ha..He is a real joy to me! Of course, being a grandma is wonderful and I love and enjoy the other two little ones very much too. <BR> I have been a little behind in my exercise routine since I have been needed as a grandma lately. So, I am a little slower with my loss than I had planned. However, this past week I caught up and exerci... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:10:10 EST Fitness after 50 and Goals for 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3896022 My goals for 2011 are very similar to this past year. I just want to be more specific and realistic. I did have a knee replacement(Lt) three and a half years ago, so then had to stop Jazzercise, which I always loved before. Cannot do the jumping or pounding anymore. I cannot kneel in church or do floor routines. What I can do is LOTS MORE New things, which I enjoy very much. The (RT) knee now needs the same surgery. So," hang in there Ei and be positive!!" Have to give myself positive "sel... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 09:44:23 EST Christmas two days away and I have laryngitis. HELP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3858918 Needless to say, I am sad to be getting sick at Christmas time. I felt something coming on, with a sore throat, then cough and sneezing for a few days. Decided yesterday when I woke up without a voice, I better call my doctor. Luckily she had time to see me. The office was full of sick people when I arrived. Found out I have laryngitis (which I knew) and a sinus infection. So I am on a z-pack to get better. Can you imagine? I have never been sick on Christmas of all days!!! I am sure HOPI... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 09:12:09 EST W8Watchers Points Plus program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824167 Well, I joined WW's today for the new plan, points plus. I think once I figure it all out, it will be good. I have the calculator and e-tools and lots more. <BR> <BR> Lot of food to eat and lots of extra points allowance. I'm anxious to see how I do next week when I get weighed. My scale is .6 lighter when I weighed in. Of course, <BR> at the meeting I had on my skinny clothes. At home when I weigh myself, I am in my birthday suit. (-: (-: So, I am a little higher than I thought. I will... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 19:39:27 EST Assignment #3-- challenge- Why do I want to lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3817763 I want to lose weight for several reasons I will list a few, but know there are more. <BR> <BR> I know I will: <BR> 1. Feel better <BR> 2. Wear my clothes better <BR> 3. Look so much nicer <BR> 4. Be healthier <BR> 5. Have more energy <BR> 6. Be sexy in my bathing suit <BR> 7. Have more confidence in all I do <BR> 8. I can get rid of the bigger clothes again for good <BR> 9. Have a more organized and stylish closet of nice clothes <BR> 10. I may be motivated to do more fun things, since I w... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 18:48:29 EST 2010 Winter 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3817211 Today is the beginning of a new challenge for me. I was asked to join a 8 week Winter 5% weight loss challenge. I really think it is a great idea to motivate all of us on this weight loss journey. Lots of emails and lots to do, but I think in the long run, this will get me moving and going in the right direction. Spark is wonderful and amazing how all these ideas help us each day to get the ball moving into the right court!! <BR> I want to feel and look better and have better health guideli... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 14:22:56 EST Adding - Kirby's stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3770907 Well, adding a link is tricky for me, so if anyone can help me, great. Or, take a look at my <BR> Spark recipe cookbook. It is called- Favorite recipes from Irish Ei. <BR> I now have a third recipe in there, called Kirby's stew. <BR> <BR> http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks<BR>.asp?cookbook=288277 Mon, 8 Nov 2010 16:51:33 EST Added a recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3688767 I added a recipe a week or more ago and am still having trouble figuring out <BR> how to share it with everyone. I entered it in a team for Cooking for one or two. <BR> The recipe is actually for 4, and I freeze half of it when made. Is there a real <BR> easy way to get it to appear for people to see it? I don't know how to do the add a link, since <BR> I did try and did not work. Hope someone sees this and responds. Thanks. <BR> Irish Ei <BR> Today I was told the recipe is public. Thanks... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:41:27 EST