ITS_MY_TURN_NOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ITS%5FMY%5FTURN%5FNOW ITS_MY_TURN_NOW'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/ Lifestyle Action Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672913 Mindset ~ I am excited and hopeful that I will be successful in this challenge. I am motivated to stick to my plan. <BR> <BR> Support ~ I will seek the support I need from my family and Sparkfriends when I need it but I am working on being kinder to and more supportive of myself. <BR> <BR> Visualization ~ I see myself getting stronger and lighter. <BR> <BR> Acceptance ~ I accept the fact that I have Hashimoto's but I will never stop seeking wellness. <BR> <BR> Obstacles ~ Hashimoto's <BR... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:32:30 EST My New Year's Wish For You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576472 My New Year's wish for you... <BR> <BR> "May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.  <BR> I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful,  <BR> And don't forget to make some art...  <BR> Write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.  <BR> And I hope, somewhere in the next year,  <BR> You surprise yourself." ~ Neil Gaiman  <BR> <BR> And may you have a happy and healthy New Year. Cheers. <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247<... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:48:45 EST My Story (so far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505160 As part of the Weekend Challenge for BLC23 and National Storytelling Weekend we were asked to share our stories about our weight loss journey, this is mine. <BR> <BR> I have been battling with my weight my whole life. I did Weight Watchers with my mother at age 10. I thinned out a bit in my teens and twenties but I was always heavier than my 100 pound friends. I was also walking around with an undiagnosed case of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis for 25+ years. My thyroid went wonky after the birth... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:53:13 EST An Early Morning Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466652 Hiking has become a way for me to clear my head and center myself. It is my favorite form of exercise. On Sunday morning DH and I escaped our full house and went for a walk in one of my favorite parks. The trail is not difficult or particularly long (about 2 miles) but this park puts me back together every time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922446265.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1555294619.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:15:51 EST BLC22 and What Comes Next http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466624 BLC22 is coming to a close and as part of this weekend's challenge we were asked to evaluate and reflect on the last 12 weeks and make a plan for the 3 or 4 weeks we have off until the next round starts. <BR> <BR> There are lots of things I need to work on but the two things I keep tripping over are emotional eating and consistent menu planning. I need to work on how I handle stress. I have been using food as a stress management tool. Emotional eating is an ongoing struggle for me. It is... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:01:08 EST Day 3 of the 5% LTGL Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273496 Day 3) What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> (The habit I am working on is finding alternatives to emotional eating.) <BR> <BR> Encouraging myself has always been tough for me. I can cheer on everybody else but when it comes to me I tend to be critical. So I am working with positive affirmations, using my journal to vent and encourage myself as well as drawing inspiration from my Sparkfriends and team mates. <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:22:53 EST Marching On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271281 I have been trying to shake off a case of the winter blahs with little success. In the last week I have added some new challenges in an effort to get my act together. Why I find it easier to push myself for other people and teams than I do for myself is a question for another day. For right now I laying out my plan for March and fulfilling two assignments. <BR> <BR> I have only changed up a few things from last month like adding more cardio, (I can see you shaking your head, Jan LOL) incre... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 15:09:13 EST February Game Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233000 Because it is the first day of a new month and I find myself with a major case of the winter blahs, I have set some goals for myself for the 28 days of February. Hopefully it will help me shake off the lethargy and get the scale moving again. <BR> <BR> Weight loss goal: 5 lbs <BR> 10,000 steps/day <BR> Minimum of 250,000 steps for the month <BR> Minimum of 7 hours of sleep/ night <BR> Kitchen closed by 8pm <BR> <BR> February Exercise plan: <BR> Yoga - 20 minutes/day <BR> Cardio - 30 minu... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 10:20:16 EST Moving Forward, Going On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106027 For BLC20 I laid out the plan that I intended live with, a way for me to step out of my comfort zone. But old habits die hard. Pushing my limits in some areas has been easier than others. During the last 6 weeks I have done really well with some things (I am exercising 5-6 days a week, still doing my little yoga routine and I finished my first 5k!), just ok with a big one (the JE food plan is very structured and I struggle with that) and nothing at all with a couple of them (journaling and m... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:11:01 EST Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone for the next 12 Weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064000 Originally I was going to stick with what I know and go back to basics with the South Beach Diet and add more cardio to my workout. At the suggestion of one of our team leaders, (thank you, Jan) I took a look at Jamie Eason's LiveFit Plan and I decided to shake things up a bit and give it a try. I have added more ST for the next twelve weeks and changing up the way I eat. Getting stronger is something I want to do for myself so this plan seems a good fit so far. If I have a theme for th... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 21:51:18 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998688 Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Sunday, April 29, 2012 <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:58:06 EST My Favorite Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683333 Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene <BR> <BR> <BR> To me this quote is about living in the moment… <BR> Enjoying my life now. Time passes so quickly that waiting for the "perfect" time to do something may mean I may never get to do it. I can make it happen. <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:16:26 EST 2.2 Pounds.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313155 I have 2.2 pounds to lose by July 2 to meet the goal I set for myself at the beginning of the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Now to most of you 2.2 pound loss might be easy to do in a week and a half. It would have been for me, 20 years ago! But today I do battle with hormones of all kinds and an autoimmune disease that likes to flare up with little to no warning. If I have a flare between now and July 2 all bets are off. Because I swell and can't move much and I hurt and I'm whining… sorry. <BR>... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 12:25:50 EST My First Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4230329 We were asked to blog about what we got out of this week, what we enjoyed and how we benefited from blogging. <BR> <BR> Ok, what did I get out of this week? I have never been so determined to get my exercise time in everyday! Seems when I am doing it for a team (and me of course!) I am less likely to find a reason not to do it. I have been brutally honest with my food tracker all week and I have been drinking my water. I hope that I can make these changes stick even after this challenge i... Fri, 13 May 2011 13:05:54 EST Borrowing Ideas..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4227935 Assignment # 4 <BR> My assignment is to discuss what foods and situations are triggers for me and how I plan to cope with both during the 56 days of the Spring 5% challenge. First of all, I would like to point out that I am an emotional eater. For most of my adult life I didn't know I was an emotional eater. Of course, I also smoked cigarettes for most of my adult life. Now I use food instead of cigarettes to soothe myself. <BR> <BR> When I first read this assignment I had no idea how ... Thu, 12 May 2011 12:13:53 EST Why Do I Want to Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223417 I am taking part in the 2011 Spring 5% Challenge. This entry was written for Assignment #3 "List all the reasons you want to lose weight ". There is actually a series of assignments that were meant as prechallenge warm-up but for some reason I got bogged down in this one. I was overthinking it... anyway I am posting as is. I will be posting the rest another time. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> *my relationship with food…. <BR> *make exercise a part of my... Tue, 10 May 2011 15:21:11 EST