JACKIE15108's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JACKIE15108 JACKIE15108'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/ April 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671696 I've really blown all of my hard earned weight loss since Valentine's day. I started with the chocolate and haven't stopped. I've regained 7 kilos of my 19 kg weight loss. What a waste of time and I'm having trouble restarting. Oh well. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678980036.jpg"> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:17:50 EST March 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650467 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1715580819.jpg"> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:21:14 EST Update on exercise and other things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615561 It's been a while since I've blogged. I couldn't keep up with my exercise plan as I had last written. I felt bad because of this and had to step back. The program was a post heart bypass walking plan and I couldn't do it! <em>46</em> <BR> I didn't stop though. I cut back on the number of minutes walking and the number of times a day and am doing well since then. <BR> I've only taken rest days on Sundays. Now I can walk 20 minutes continuously (even if it is a very slow walk) three... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 04:38:42 EST Day 6 exercise completed!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598080 Day 6 exercise completed!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I increased from 8 mins 4 times a day (32 min total) to <BR> 11 minutes 3 times a day today(33 mins total). <BR> I'm really tired. It is amazing, yesterday was easy and changing the duration made it so much harder . . . for only 3 minutes! <BR> Double goal today, completed first week of exercise (Sunday is rest day) and increased endurance. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the encouragement from everyone, I need it, <BR> but I don't want to bore you all. I... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 14:17:47 EST A great big Thank You to everyone!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596605 First of all, I want to Thank everyone for their supporting words and encouragement on my blogs, especially this week since I am having such a hard time with exercising!!!!!!!! <BR> <em>304</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> <BR> It means a lot to me and the cheering me on has helped me get thru my first week. There is still tomorrow and I will rest Sunday, but have completed 5 days at 32 minutes walking each day - - I'm more than satisfied! I got 2 sessions in this ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:36:13 EST Day 4 of Walking for Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595450 I'm tired! This morning's walk was really hard and I have 3 more to go today....only for 8 minutes each but.....my legs feel like two pieces of wood. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> The plan says to walk every day, but I think I need to put in a rest day for tomorrow or I'll end up quiting like all the other times. Friday is market day <BR> <em>368</em> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> , I do have to do some shopping so I'll be slowly walking anyway. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:32:04 EST Patting myself on the back....lol!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594299 I'm giving myself a pat on the back because Day 2 of my fresh start exercise goal is complete!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I complete my second day in a row of exercising! <BR> <em>311</em> I walked four times yesterday for 8 minutes each time. It was very difficult and I was very tired last night, but I did it! I got all four 8 minute walks in. It was even raining for my second outdoor walk and I did it anyway. That's why I gave myself a sparkgoodie sunshine <em>67</em> as my reward - I need... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 04:57:13 EST Two goals reached in one day!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593493 I reached a small goa in my weight loss today - - - I hit 139.7 kilos. My small goal target was 140. I light some new votive candles ....orange vanilla as my reward. <BR> The other small goal was for exercise.....I completed one day of my fresh start exercise plan (this is a big deal!!!! <em>246</em> ). I walked 8 minutes for four times. I gave myself a Woo Hoo Spark Goodie with some encouraging words and a pat on the back. <BR> Today is day two. I walked twice for 8 mins and have tw... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:36:20 EST Blog challenge day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592294 Day 21. This is a long one. You just spent three weeks reflecting on yourself and your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Write yourself a heartfelt, loving intention to help you reach your goal. <BR> <BR> I finally arrived at day 21.....some months later <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I will continue my weight loss, mostly for myself, because I want to be healthier and be able to move better. Hopefully I'll be able to take care of myself longer and be less of a burden on a caretaker. I am also ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:40:55 EST Blog challenge Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585197 Day 20. What simple step can you take to make yourself happier today? <BR> <BR> I think because becoming healthier is so important to me now, that by returning to the healthy eating lifestyle would make me happy. So far so good for today, but the day is young. <BR> I would like to increase my energy, positive thinking, and decrease my weight and excess water and improve my immune system, by healthy eating and exercising. <BR> Exercising is the biggest, hardest problem for me, so achiev... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 04:51:29 EST Lost and Found and Blog Challenge Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583860 Today is the last holiday here in Italy....Epifania and tomorrow we have our last invite for dinner (I hope). Wednesday we will start our healthy eating again. This holiday season I found 5 kilos of the 14 kilos I had lost. That's not too good because who knows how much damage I'll do between today and tomorrow. Oh well. Live and learn! <BR> <BR> Day 19. Think of the person who loves you the most. How would they describe you? <BR> Does anyone love me???? <em>46</em> <em>46</em> <... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 04:53:34 EST Blog challenge day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580299 Day 18. One word that least describes me. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> uummmm....the opposite of yesterday.....social. I shy away from group situations. I can carry on a conversation one on one, but in a large group, rarely talk. I listen, but don't join in on the conversation. <BR> In fact, with this healthy lifestyle change, only one person, except for my husband knows and she only knows because my husband told her. <BR> The same with my illness, the only people who know are the people my ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 03:48:39 EST New year, renewed start......2014. Blog challenge day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578945 I like today's quote from the email page...... <BR> SparkGuy says: <BR> It's easier than you might think to be a positive force in your world. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 17. One word that best describes me. Elaborate. <BR> Caring for others even if I lack showing it. My thoughts go to others often....how they are feeling, if they need anything, etc, but because I am not outgoing it is hard for me to show thi... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 05:34:02 EST Happy New Year with hopes that everyone's wishes will come true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576262 I wish for everyone a Happy New Year with all your wishes coming true! <BR> <BR> I like this quote from today's email - <BR> Teri, a friend of SparkPeople, says: <BR> Small changes lead to big changes and big changes lead to results. <BR> <BR> I lost 11 kilos this fall and hope to have renewed determination for a successful 2014 as far as weight loss and building my strength thru exercise. <BR> <BR> What are your goals and wishes for 2014? <em>179</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:07:27 EST blog challenge day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567244 Day 16. If I could change one thing about myself, it would be _______. How and why would you make that change? <BR> <BR> to become less of a loner....but maybe not. I like to be alone with my quiet, thoughts, hobbies and habits. I would like to be mre outgoing and people oriented. But then again, maybe not. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1619945880.jpg"> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:16:36 EST 3 week blog challenge day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566198 Day 15. True or false: I feel good about myself. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> I feel good about myself. <BR> As I said yesterday, I will need to shed some pounds to like the way I look, but as they say "be your own best friend" and this I do. <BR> I am often negative when I'm writing these blogs but generally I'm not. I think it helps to get these negative thoughts out in writing instead of keeping them inside. <BR> I try to be satisfied, not get too depressed ( although it happens) and be po... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 04:07:56 EST blog challenge day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565320 Day 14. True or false: I like the way I look. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> Well, not really.....I can't really like the way I look at the weight I am now, but when I shed a few, maybe. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:24:03 EST Blog challenge day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563981 Day 13. True of false: I need to be pushed. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> No. I don't think so. If the desire to do something does not come from within, you will not do it voluntarily. I can have different motives for doing something, that can be motives I do for other people, but if I'm not doing something for me, I won't carry it through. <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 03:40:58 EST Blog challenge day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563316 Day 12. True or false: I like to be pushed. Elaborate. <BR> <BR> No!!! If someone pushes me, I do the opposite. <BR> I'm stubborn and like to do things my way as I want. And besides, I push myself as much as I can. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:50:01 EST Blog challenge day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562608 Day 11. How often do you participate in physical activity and for how long each time? Are you satisfied with that? <BR> <BR> I'm trying to do physical activity 4-6 times a week. <BR> My goal will be 6 times a week with Sundays as a rest day. <BR> I'm still working on increasing my time to a minimun of 30 mins aerobic a day <BR> (currently 16-18 mins aerobic and 9 - 12 mins strength) <BR> <BR> It all depends on how much fatigue I'm feeling as to how much I can do. This week I'm having a... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 04:44:53 EST blog challenge day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561870 Day 10. What are the ways in which you are "slippery" and might cheat yourself in your efforts to reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? <BR> <BR> I am trying not to cheat or even think about it. It's only me that really cares and if I know the truth already, there is no point in cheating. <BR> If I want to record a weight and it is not really the correct weight from the scale, what point os there? There is no joy in that.....but really reaching the goal....is fun!! <BR> <... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 07:05:50 EST Blog challenge day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558122 Day 9. What supports do you need in your life to help you reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge? Do you have those supports? What undermines you in reaching your goals? How do you use those supports to your advantage? How do you work around those things that undermine you? <BR> <BR> I haven't figured out yet how to work around those things that undermine me. I can stick with the healthier eating when I'm home, but as we have lots of invitations out to eat....I can't say no - ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 06:15:11 EST blog challenge days 6 and 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557296 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1502898333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days 7. What is your least favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. <BR> <BR> 8. Have you ever worked with a physical trainer? One on one? Small group? What skills or talents did the trainer have that helped you? What didn't help? <BR> <BR> I'm answering both days together because I don't like to exercise so basically I find all exercise is my least favorite. On day 6 blog I wrote about walking... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 04:10:41 EST blog challenge day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555643 Day 6. What is your favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain. <BR> <BR> I would say walking is my favorite physical activity....but especially when I can walk outside and see the nature, walk to the lake and watch the fish swim and look at the beautiful mountains. Now, I have to stay inside and walk to the videos and I am having problems with this. I am waiting anxiously for spring when I can walk outside again with the bright sunshine, breeze and warmth. <BR> Now, I have... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 05:09:47 EST Blog challenge Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554757 Day 5. What demotivates you and takes you off your fitness and health goals? <BR> <BR> Always the same thing for eating....holidays, birthdays, invitations to meals, etc. I'm not disciplined enough to eat only small portions or not eat something if I don't like it. I was taught to clean my plate and I'm having a hard time breaking this habit. Plus, I can't say No to anything. I use the day as an excuse to eat as I want, but then have a hard time getting back on track immediately. I ne... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 04:39:43 EST Blog challenge day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553972 Day 4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> This is a problem. <BR> If I had the motivation I could eat as I know I should. 1200 cals a day allows me to lose, but I just ate that pumpkin pie that was leftover, and if I didn't eat it, it would have to be thrown out, right? NO!!!! <BR> I haven't exercised for weeks. It's too hard and I haven't had the time with Thanksgiving preparations, and now Christmas is coming. <BR> <BR> I'll need to keep in mind... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:46:00 EST Blog challenge day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553388 Day 3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards? <BR> <BR> By big long term goal is to lose about 80 kilos and to improve my health. <BR> I have an illness that is holding me back, in addition to the weight I carry and hopefully by decreasing my weight, I'll be able to manage the illness better and hopefully have less attacks. <BR> Strengthening my muscles can help with the weakness, as I'm not able to do too much. <BR> Eating healthier should s... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:20:26 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551957 Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <em>428</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 03:46:27 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551292 Happy Thanksgiving! <BR> <em>471</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:05:36 EST 3 week blog challenge day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551194 Day 2. Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal? <BR> <BR> I was not very satisfied with meeting my second small goal. This is a problem....my negativity. Instead of being happy, I feel like it took me too long. I met my first goal deadline early. I used that extra time plus my second time period to meet my second goal only the day before my second deadline. <BR> <em>2</em... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 03:50:22 EST 3 week blog challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550428 Doglady has started a 3 week blog challenge and I want to try this as I complain too much and hopefully the questions for easch day will give me something to think about and reflect on. <BR> Here is the link for the challenge <BR> <BR> www.sparkpeople.com/mypa <BR> ge_public_journal_individu <BR> al.asp?blog_id=5527780 <BR> <BR> Day 1. Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it?... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 04:49:10 EST November 23, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548374 I hit my second goal on time!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> I wanted to lose 13 kilos by Nov 23 (my birthday <em>383</em> coincidentally) and I was sure I wasn't going to make it. I hit my first goal weeks early and was dancing around the same number on the scale, but the last couple of days, the number dropped (I don't know why???? <em>246</em> ) and I hit 139.6 kg yesterday!!! <em>244</em> . Today, 139.4 so it's true! <BR> I'm going to make a small cake and eat a piece too. I hope I ... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 11:25:53 EST Nora Roberts quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1013163316.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I painted all day yesterday and finished the room...tomorrow the great cleanup begins as I got paint on everything. The good news is.....I didn't eat more than 1200 cals bec my mind was not on food all day....it was on painting and with the physical movement, I lost an entire kg. If I can find anther 80 rooms to paint I've solved the weigh loss issue..... <BR> <em>246</em> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 03:56:11 EST Ralph Waldo Emerson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544959 I just saw this quote and want to keep it.... <BR> <BR> A fragment of a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling: <BR> <BR> "Finish each day <BR> And be done with it. <BR> You have done what you could. <BR> Some blunders and <BR> Absurdities have crept in. <BR> Forget them as soon as you can." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1881166604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1735054098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:09:48 EST My how time flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543177 It must be age that makes time fly.....One day passes and I don't know what Ive done . . LOL! <BR> I'm painting another room before the winter sets in and not doing any exercise. eating well enough, but the scale keeps going up. I'll have to set my mind again on watching more closely the eating and exercising, but my birthday and my husband's and Thanksgiving will all be here soon and then let's not talk about the December holidays. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 04:26:19 EST A Pretty Fall Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540716 We finally have a day of sun....tomorrow the rain returns for at least 4 more days. <BR> I have to do some grocery shopping and I hate doing that when it rains. <BR> <BR> Everything is the same here...I'm going to start to paint today....don't think I'll fit exercise in with the painting which will take up most of the day, but it is almost like exercising....maybe even harder. I'm going to go with a peach color. <BR> <BR> Went out to the bar for a croissant wiht my husband this morning fo... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:49:09 EST Cold and rainy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539862 Happy Wednesday! Already we're half way thru the week.....my how time flies! <BR> <BR> Today all is well....I exercised happily, I'm eating healthily, happily, and I've done a good deal of housecleaning, happily! And I think about food every minute! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1312042918.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 07:48:06 EST Rainy and snowy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538970 It's another ugly rainy and snowy day....I had no problem with the sun of the last few weeks! LOL! <BR> I had a good morning of exercise..I increased 8 mins with another video...richard simmons! I did the 1 mile in 16 minutes Leslie Sansone but I'm becoming too used to it and will try to change out with R. Simmons after I learn the moves... a little every day. The songs and exercises are fun. <BR> Eating went well yesterday and so far today, but I think about food always!!!! As soon as I ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:05:50 EST Monday - our first snowfall of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538288 Hi! I've restarted my healthy lifestyle eating after my not so good days and feel much better....it is easier to eat healthier bec I feel better, but the head talked too much last week, I listened and I ate poorly. <BR> I exercised 137 minutes last week and this week I'll try to beat it by at least 5 minutes. I have to increase slowly bec it doesn't go well for me to increase quickly. I want to try to paint another room this week before it gets too cold to air out the room ad for the pain... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:07:56 EST lazy saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536524 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229650393.jpg"> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:18:10 EST great story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535469 A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed <BR> each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and <BR> shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. <BR> <BR> His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. <BR> After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he <BR> smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. <BR> <BR> As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator,... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 06:21:05 EST Positivity...???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534629 First of all, a great big thank you to everyone who responded to my blog yesterday and every other day as well. It really helps me a lot to read and think about everyone's comments and help! <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> Today, I got thru my workout with a smile on my face and even though I was tired I did it! <BR> The scale went down 0.1 kg today....the first time in a while it hasn't gone up. I'm 2.1 kg up from my lowest point, but I lost it before, I'll do it again. <BR> <BR> One more day ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:11:58 EST Negativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533532 I'm realizing I'm so negative about all of this. Everyday my blogs complain about something. <BR> I'm having a hard time with increasing my exercise, hard time eating well these days....including not being able to eat well when I go to a restaurant or to other invitations out to eat. I've just regained almost 3 kilos thanks to Halloween candy. My motivation has flown out the window. Plus I'm tired....from the illness, from not sleeping enough. <BR> How can I think positively? Today wh... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 04:57:37 EST I exercised today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531954 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l36581346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did get my exercise in today. I have learned to do it first thing in the morning and get it out of the way. It seems to go well like that. <BR> The diet....so so..... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:57:33 EST I'm officially dieting in reverse!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530614 Well, the scale has been going up for quite a few days now .....I'm not on a DIET (or healthy lifestyle change - - - let's face it - - -it's still a diet!) I'm on a TIED! <BR> Ok, I said tomorrow I'll return to the diet....and I'm going to return to the diet....mmmm, healthy lifestyle change TOMORROW. I hope somebody's listening! and I have to get back to exercising, even if it's only 15 mins a day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1077897649.jpg"> <BR> ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 05:29:45 EST A bad start to November..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529807 Oh my! I had intentions to start the month off on a good foot, but I put the bad foot first. 1 - eating too much Halloween candy, I had a stomach ache last night...but good, because I can't eat chocolate like before. 2 - have not exercised....I'm too sore and tired from running up and down the steps to give out the Halloween candy the other night. 3 - It is a holiday in Italy and there are many relatives here and that means eating too much at meals. 4- the scale number keeps going up...l... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 06:08:56 EST 24 guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528303 Each day is a gift so begin and end each day with gratitude. Celebrate the good and more of it will flow to you. <BR> <BR> Adversity is a part of life. Know that you are not your problems. Instead of getting wrapped up in doom and gloom, change your focus to the life you want to have, not the problems you think are before you, realizing that what’s happening around you isn’t who you are. <BR> <BR> Love what is. Our stress often comes from our perception that something is good or bad- not fr... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:49:21 EST Happy Halloween!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528296 It's the last day of October and I didn't have that great of a weight loss this month, but I'll keep a positive attitude and hope for a better November. I'm exercising as I can at this point . . not too strenuously, but challenging enough for me. I have been eating well except for the days we eat out (I can't controll myself yet!). Unfortunately, I have returned to eating candy, but not excessively. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977317814.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:39:32 EST A Sunny Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526267 Today is a sunny Tuesday and also warm - a beautiful fall day! <BR> <BR> Doctor said yesterday, generally, if you are sick for two years it will take two years to feel better again. You want it to happen immediately but it doesn't work that way. This was because I asked why it is so hard for me to walk, even if the distance increases the pace is still the same, and also because I have a hard time increasing the amount of time for the indoor walking video. <BR> In a way I'm happy to hear ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 08:16:59 EST Monday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525181 I got thru a weekend of eating out and too much successfully enough. Finally. We had 2 meals out and then I ate too much at home Saturday evening and Sunday, but I mustn't have done too bad because the number on the scale stayed the same. Now I have to get back on track and try to lose because the yellow line is equal to my blue line on the tracker. I have to beat it! <em>246</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l173451356.jpg"> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 05:11:16 EST