JANIEG68's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JANIEG68 JANIEG68'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/ Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357927 The year Vince Lombardi took over as coach for the Green Bay Packers, a reporter asked him before the first season, “What are you going to do differently to turn this team around? Are you going to get a new playbook, change the plays, change the players, change the coaching staff? What are you going to do new? What are you going to do different?” <BR> <BR> Vince Lombardi said, “We’re not going to do anything different. We’re not going to do anything new. We’re going to get brilliant on the ... Wed, 15 May 2013 22:11:39 EST Love! . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206944 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l176856028.jpg"> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:15:48 EST It Begins with Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199117 Everything in my life - - all of it; the decisions, the actions, the goals… begin in my mind. How did I get here on this quest for self-improvement? <BR> <BR> My mind. <BR> <BR> What I am so fascinated by is that I never truly realized it before. I often do things on impulse and pay the consequences later. <BR> <BR> I failed to realize that I have the power to change anything that I choose to. I can make deliberate, conscious choices today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I received an email tha... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:28:48 EST Healthy, Wealthy and Wise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190240 As the new year begins, I wanted to think about my goals a little bit. OK, I want to think about them a lot. I think it's best to keep it more quality than quantity - - so I want to make this my year's project. <BR> <BR> 1. To get to 120lbs by my 45th birthday through regular exercise (cycling, walking, running, lifting) and logging my daily calories/points into Sparkpeople and Weight Watchers. <BR> <BR> 2. Reduce spending, work on paying off debt, keep a $1000 emergency fund and build a ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:09:44 EST Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185776 “Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past.” <BR> <BR> -Henry Ward Beecher, Liberal US Congregational minister, 1813-1887 <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I was a little disappointed that our fitness minutes... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:13:16 EST “Are You Losing Weight?” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178631 “Are you losing weight?” my co-worker asked me this morning. <BR> <BR> “Whyyy yessss!”, I answered. <BR> <BR> It’s been a month now that I’ve been counting, tracking, walking, (and worrying) in hopes of some sort of visual result. <BR> <BR> I know that I’m not doing this for anyone but myself. I have made this decision because of my health and (to be honest) I want to look really good in clothes (and maybe even a bathing suit)! <BR> <BR> But let’s face it, it’s nice to hear. And it’... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:20:45 EST The Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177903 The other night I went out and bought a scale – a digital one. I figured that if I was going to start a weight loss “project” that I would need the best tools. <BR> <BR> I brought the scale home and configured it. I stood on it three separate times. The first time it read 168.2lbs. The next time, it was 123 and the final time it was 158. <BR> <BR> Not wanting to leave my fate to chance, I packed up the scale and returned it to Bed Bath & Beyond. (By the way, that scale was a Beurer B... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 16:21:10 EST A year from now!... (love this!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177636 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2069565187.jpg"> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 11:39:37 EST Radical Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176574 Merry Christmas! The holiday season takes on a whole new meaning for me these days. One of the things I've discovered since my reawakening is that all the love that I'll ever need comes from within. <BR> <BR> I remembered years of depression around the holidays being so glum that my "family" was miles and miles away. Today, they're a thought away. They are in my heart and my soul loves them. What a transformation for me. <BR> <BR> The early morning hours leading into December 24th w... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:14:37 EST Weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172113 So this morning I woke up and thought that today was the ideal day. I felt light and, by golly, I've been walking (and walking and walking...) and eating "by the book". And not only that - I see the darn changes! <BR> <BR> So I weighed myself this morning. <BR> <BR> And there it was. <BR> <BR> 159lbs. <BR> <BR> That's up 1.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> Part of me wants to give up. Afterall, that's what I've always done. I've given up and investigated another method - usually something like f... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:18:39 EST Tools for Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171119 All my life I've craved stability, control and order. None of which I've had too much of. In addition to all of it, I wanted to be successful at it. Well since I have not sustained any of those things for too long - success was never to be had. <BR> <BR> Then in walks Sparkpeople (well, not literally - but I like how it sounds) and it has been such an amazing tool for what I need to work on this portion of "Project Janie". I am so diligent in keeping track. <BR> <BR> I like Weight Wat... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:17:19 EST Random Act of Kindness (starting tomorrow) . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169239 I received this request today and thought I'd share it with you . . . <BR> <BR> The following are the names of the victims of the Sandy Hook Tragedy. We are asking that you write the name of one beautiful child or brave teacher on your calendar starting tomorrow and share a random act of kindness in their honor. We will always remember them with unending sadness but we must also remember them for the joy they gave their families and friends and what better way than sharing a moment of love i... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:06:42 EST Comfort for Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166767 <BR> "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." - Mr. Fred Rogers <BR> <BR> God bless you all. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 20:15:55 EST Streaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165670 So my 15 day walking streak came to a halt last night. It was raining really hard and I thought that maybe I deserved a night off. <BR> <BR> So day 1 of a new walking streak will begin tonight. <BR> <BR> I considered beating myself up about not going, but then decided that this hasn't worked for me in the past. <BR> <BR> So I had to deliberately change that reflex and respond in a different way with words like: I am human. It's OK. Moderation. Start again. <BR> <BR> There's something... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:41:56 EST 12.12.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164590 Today is one of those significant happenings that will not occur too much in our lifetime. 12/12/12. Last year, we had 11/11/11 and before that... you get the picture. <BR> <BR> I know it's a far reach, but I was thinking about how this relates to my weight loss efforts. For once in my adult life, I'd like to get to my goal weight of 120. I don't want it to be a once in a lifetime event. I'd like to stay there. <BR> <BR> Every weight loss program that I have started, I choose that glor... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:04:12 EST `Tis the Season! . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162308 So last night was the second of the four holiday parties this season. I'm not good at these. I don't drink anymore so I use snacks as a buffer instead of alcohol these days. <BR> <BR> They always say that "awareness is key", so atleast I have that - but the part about changing the behavior is where the real work begins. <BR> <BR> I am not being tough on myself here - I just needed to talk about it today. <BR> <BR> I ate food I didn't plan to, overdid it on the calories - but this t... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:18:37 EST Our Chapel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160135 A while ago, I heard about an extensive cleaning and restoration project being done on a famous chapel. The frescoes were caked with centuries of dirt, soot and other foreign matter. Artisans painstakingly removed layer upon layer of grime in search of the original masterpiece. <BR> <BR> Before half the work was completed, a minor controversy ensued. The artist's original hues were far more colorful than anyone had expected. They radiated with dazzling brilliance but the world had grown acc... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:33:40 EST Process Creates Luck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159332 So this weekend will bring me to two weeks with Sparkpeople.com. I’ve made some extraordinary changes in my eating and exercising in that short time. I think I’ve lost weight so far – I don’t know yet. <BR> <BR> Part of me knows that by taking the right action, I am moving forward… no matter what. Do I think I've dropped pounds? You bet! But, this time, I am not in a rush to find out. <BR> <BR> The piece of mind that I will lose the weight by following this process is not a matter... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 13:18:30 EST Holiday Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158389 Last night was our holiday party for work. I saved up during the day and indulged at night. I went over my calorie limit – although not by much. <BR> <BR> But this time was different. <BR> <BR> I went home and walked 1.5 miles - even though I was tired. And today I started a brand new day. <BR> <BR> Now that’s progress! <BR> <BR> In the past, going over the limit would’ve sent me into a binge of some sort and then I’d talk myself into starting again on Monday (and not follow th... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 15:54:57 EST Self-Judgment (a/k/a the “Inner Critic”) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157139 Did you ever listen to your thoughts? I mean, really listen? I ask this because I had an epiphany about this yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about my new food plan and my exercise routine and realized how easy it actually is. It was a beautiful moment. <BR> <BR> But the next thought turned it all around. I started to question whether I could do this, how long I could handle this lifestyle and when the other shoe was going to drop. Really?... <BR> <BR> Then I started wondering ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:12:03 EST My 1st Blog! . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155844 This is my first blog entry. I've been here for 9 days and I feel like I have found my home. I have struggled throughout my life - - as far as I can remember - - with my weight. I've crash dieted, I've cut certain items out, I've "fasted", I've given up, I've binged, I'd start all over again with big hopes. I have run 6 half marathons - mostly while overweight, I've beat myself up, I've told myself really bad things and I believed them. <BR> <BR> So, I found Sparkpeople (not sure how I "... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 10:52:05 EST