JMC155's SparkPeople Blog JMC155's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 70,000 steps in 7 days challenge at my gym <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My gym/hospital last week gave the challenge of 70,000 steps in 7 days. Unfortunately I didn't reach that goal, but I became aware of moving. Each day I put on my Fitbit and then pretty much forget about it. Guess I believe it magically makes me move more because I have it on. WRONG, if you don't look at it, all it is doing is counting for you. It doesn't talk to you, well it sorta does if you get close to your goal... Sun, 4 May 2014 20:42:21 EST Mile <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 23 minute mile yesterday it was all walking and done on a treadmill, with the incline never going past 2. But I finished it and then walked another 32 minutes. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:06:10 EST Letting Go Okay, last year I started off with a plan and goals. Some of those were reached others fell short. I loss 35 pounds, but start this year out with a total of 22 pounds lighter than last year. Of course falling in May and walking around with a broken bone for 10 weeks did not help my journey. What I did learn from all of that is I have a high pain threshold. <BR> <BR> It is time to let go of last year and begin this year with my new starting point. I have just pulled clothes out of my closet t... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:47:14 EST Pumpkin FYI <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> PUMPKIN FYI'S that was posted to my facebook wall: <BR> <BR> 1. Pumpkin is a Superfood! With only 30 calories per cup and 7 grams of's loaded with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids, particularly alpha and beta-carotenes, it’s a good source of vitamins C, K, and E, and lots of minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and iron. Low carb and really good for you. Plus delicious in fall... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:34:01 EST Fitbit ramble I was a hold out on Fitbit. "Really who needs a $100 toy to make them want to move more?" I must eat those words. My fitbit world is three weeks old and the first week I just looked to see how many steps I was taking. The next week I added 2,000 steps to the average and thought okay lets see if you can do that. I did 5 out of the 7 days. So this week I set 6,000 steps a day or 42,000 for the week. <BR> <BR> I am here to report it is the best $100 I have spent, besides my walking shoes. I fin... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:08:31 EST Chapters 6, 7 & 8 "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce ~ <BR> <BR> Beginning of the year this was my New Year's Day quote. I had a plan everything had SMART goals and this is going to be the year. One blog a month was to keep everyone up to date and myself accountable. I think the saying is "the best laid plans..." <BR> <BR> Several of my little goals happened... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 18:35:36 EST Blessing for the day quote An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~ Henry David Thoreau Sun, 23 Jun 2013 07:00:10 EST A little Dr. Seuss <img src=""> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 07:14:57 EST Military Mom's a late Mother's day poem Before I was a Soldier's Mom <BR> <BR> I never tripped over a rucksack or knew the words to the Air Force song. <BR> I didn't worry whether or not my child could shoot or had "zeroed up". <BR> I never imagined saying, "Good job!" when my child told me he had jumped out of a perfectly good airplane... or when he qualified with a grenade launcher. <BR> I didn't understand "HOOAH". <BR> I cheered for Navy. <BR> I never imagined I could be so gloriously happy over a simple "Hey, Ma." <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 May 2013 17:58:55 EST In Honor of PFC Eric Woods Combat Medic DON'T CRY FOR ME by Pearlie Duncan Walker <BR> <BR> When I'm gone; don't cry for me <BR> I am not dead; I'm in sweet eternity <BR> I'll live forever; I'll wait for all of you <BR> When it's your time; it's what God would have us do. <BR> <BR> He called my name; He said come home <BR> I did not die; please do not cry; I will no more roam <BR> I'll be by our Savior forever; soon, you too <BR> We'll walk in the light; praising God in all that we do. <BR> <BR> Do not mourn for me; I have sweet... Mon, 27 May 2013 17:33:13 EST Chapter Five This is long over due, to the point that I feel silly writing it. However at the start of the year my plan was to write one blog for each month with how life was going. So let's start with my January 1 quote: "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce ~ <BR> <BR> My opportunities of 2013 are still in the works, but I will touch base on them. CayleeAn... Sat, 25 May 2013 13:30:16 EST Still here I am still here, just not very active. I do try to read blogs and board posts. Just realized we are into May or chapter five of my year long book and there is no blog on Chapter Five. Guess I have a goal for next week. <BR> <BR> I have fallen of the SP wagon sorta. Not completely as I am watching what I eat, good and bad. Trying to keep a balance. However, exercise and water consumption are almost nonexistent. Another mini goal for the week water. I also start therapy on my foot this Wednesd... Sun, 19 May 2013 12:28:48 EST Adventure LIFE IS AN ADVENTURE EXPERIENCED IN STAGES. Today's lemons are the ingredients for tomorrows lemonade. What made you cry today will make you smile tomorrow. Today's seeds will produce tomorrows harvest. Each day, each moment, God is working out His purposes in your life. TRUST HIM. ~ Unknown Fri, 10 May 2013 07:43:28 EST Map out a course “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” <BR> <BR> ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ <BR> <BR> Thu, 9 May 2013 07:09:14 EST Foot and sleep I did not know how much you use your foot while sleeping. Now Saturday night I figured the reason I was having such a hard time was because I had just fallen. Then Sunday night my reasoning was I wasn't home in my own bed when I really wanted to be. Now I am not sure what the reason could be for last night. Other than "Oh, wait silly you use your foot in your sleep" <BR> <BR> This may not come as news to most of you, but it is to me. Guess I never thought about how I shift from one side to t... Tue, 7 May 2013 07:35:35 EST Trip to ER Bridal shower for my soon to be daughter in law this weekend went well. My sister in law did a wonderful job of making sure there was food I could eat and not break my calorie intake for the day. I did however take a tumble down the stairs. Good thing my rear still has cushion to it. I am sure it was a very amusing site. Nothing was hurt and I learned to pick up my feet. Or so I thought. <BR> <BR> Later that night, I slipped on the front deck at my mom's home. Let me back up my mom owns a du... Mon, 6 May 2013 20:48:43 EST Happy May Day <img src=""> Wed, 1 May 2013 07:37:08 EST Shots I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games, 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:56:55 EST I shape me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looking for a motivational workout quote and came across this. Thinking I need to make this into one of my wall cards for work. Might even see if I can get it to fit on a business card, so I can put it in several places to remind me this journey is up to me. Mon, 29 Apr 2013 06:35:03 EST Little things... Don't ignore the small things - the kite flies because of its tail. ~ Hawaiian Proverb <BR> <BR> Looking for a quote about spring to add another page to a book I am making for Mother's Day and found this. I had to think about it for a moment, then decided to use it. Still looking for a photo to put it with. May need to go out and take some in hopes of getting the right one. <BR> <BR> How true this is...Don't ignore the small things. In a weeks time, how many times do you think "Oh that won... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:07:27 EST Achieve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sure many of you have seen this already. Today it was my WooHoo for finishing my Spark Coach. A good reminder to believe in ourselves. <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:11:09 EST New find for me Running late this morning, so the featured top story caught my eye. Skimming through it with a promise to come back later and read it to myself I see a hyperlink. So I click on it...Sparkpeople has a dining out guide. Again a quick look and I find a list of fast foods and other restaurants, each has a list of better choices. Now all of you may of already found this, but just in case someone has missed it as I have. I didn't want you to miss it from this article. Well off I go to work. Everyon... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 07:45:29 EST Newest Addition "The birth of your grandchild will gladden your hearts and motivate you to go ahead." <BR> <BR> CayleeAnn Nicole <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> April 19, 2013 4:21 PM <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 6 lbs 15 oz 19 3/4 inches <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 07:01:55 EST Earth Day To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. <BR> <BR> - William Blake Poet, painter 1757-1827 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:04:18 EST Weekend trip I am home from a short trip and it is just what I needed for a boost to my confidence. The last few months have been a struggle for me. I just kept with everything as best I could, because nothing seemed to be working. The only progress I was seeing was another day smoke free. Otherwise, I am gaining and losing the same 3 or 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> Off I went for a Friday/Saturday with an old friend. The plan was to go shopping at a mall and then walk around Iowa City and do the pedestrian mall/... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 12:44:21 EST Staircase "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." ~Martin Luther King Jr. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:39:56 EST Change “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” <BR> &#8213; Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol <BR> <BR> This is so true and a great quote for my Monday morning. I am sorta stuck in a 3 pound circle of gaining and losing the same 3 pounds. At first I said to my self it is because your are working on quitting smoking, next excuse things are out of balance. Well I have run out of excuses, it is because I have stopped working at change. I have gon... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:11:18 EST Rain <img src=""> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:37:07 EST Life "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." <BR> -- Ralph Waldo Emerson Tue, 9 Apr 2013 07:27:13 EST Spark Coach Challenge Guess I should of done my Spark Coach first. The challenge today is to write down three accomplishments. At first I thought hmmmm there are none, but once I got to thinking there are several. So here are the three that make me feel good. <BR> <BR> 1. I can wrap a towel around me and it meets <BR> 2. I can walk up the hill by my house and feel I can keep going <BR> 3. I can recognize that I choose what I eat and how much <BR> <BR> Okay, maybe those are silly and the list should read: <BR> ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 07:16:32 EST Rise This is not the quote I had picked to use today, that quote will come another day. This morning when I got on my computer I had an email from a very good friend. He has had some rough times and struggles with several things. His request was a quote to remind him there is hope. So in search I went to find the perfect quote to send him and this is what I found. <BR> <BR> "There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome." <BR> ~ Ella Wheeler Wilco... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 07:00:05 EST Chapter Four "We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day." ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce ~ <BR> <BR> 2013 will bring to me a new granddaughter in April, participation in the local Autism walk, a new daughter in law in July, participation in a 5k, 50 lbs lighter, and to be smoke free. <BR> <BR> Above was taken from my Jan. 1 blog, that blog also gave the steps I felt I would need to take.As I w... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:07:53 EST Feel "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:44:59 EST Priorites <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 07:10:09 EST GRRRRR I tracked everything on my kindle yesterday and only half of it showed up. So several of my streaks are broken. GRRRRRRRR <BR> <BR> Okay feel much better, back to Sparking. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:56:17 EST Limitations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the quote today from my SparkCoach, very appropriate for me as I am struggling. I haven't found my reason for this struggle. Maybe it is a fear of being under 200 pounds, as this is where I am hanging at. I make sure I stay right there or panic sets in if I creep up to 205 that I have lost control. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is mindful eating. I will need to go to work and print the chart as my printer h... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:03:26 EST Pooh Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. <BR> -- Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:21:26 EST Believe in yourself <img src=""> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:31:23 EST 5K Training As I start again to train for a 5K, two quotes come to mind. <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> "There's only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that's if we quit." ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> "Last is just the slowest winner." ~ C Hunter Boyd <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Goal is to finish one sometime this year. ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:46:52 EST Center "At the center of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want." ~ Lao Tzu Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:04:00 EST Live Live the life you have imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau ~ Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:24:10 EST Your Day You have in yourself the strength and serenity of the mountains, the powers and depth of the oceans, the beauty and innocence of an open blossom. <BR> <BR> Sometimes we need simple reminders that we are completely wonderful and special as. So here wishing you a day.That's as completely wonderful as you are! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:08:19 EST Rainbow You'll never find a Rainbow...If you are looking Down.. ~ Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:03:54 EST Update on goal for last week Best laid all I can say. I had my bag packed, clothes laid out last Sunday to get up and go to the gym before work. Alarm goes off at 4:45, three hours after the last time I looked to see what time it was. I hit my phone alarm and grabbed another hour and a half of sleep. Okay there are six more days and the goal is to get up for two of them. Everything is good, I tell myself. <BR> <BR> Monday night, repack my gym bag and think okay lets pack or plan food. This way I just grab eve... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:32:41 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day <img src=""> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:04:16 EST Pencil <img src=""> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:43:32 EST 5 Tips 5 Tips to be Successful in Life <BR> <BR> 1. I'm the best. <BR> 2. I can do it. <BR> 3. God is always with me. <BR> 4. I'm the winner. <BR> 5. Today is my day Fri, 15 Mar 2013 06:47:29 EST Chapter three Good morning, I have been up for hours, stepped on the scale, made coffee, stepped on the scale, did the Qi Gong Routine, stepped on the scale, got in the shower, stepped on the scale and now I am on the computer. Do you know the scale did not change. Each time I am sitting at a pound gain so far and the week is only half over. Seven months ago when I started back this is not where I thought I would be. My expectation was to be well in onederland, not bouncing back and forth between it and 20... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:09:18 EST Season <img src=""> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:52:54 EST Family It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Last night I had the joy of spending time with my children. It is funny how over time we change our views on different things. I say this because I wasn't physically with them. All three of them ended up on computers at the same time. That has never happened before. I had sent all of them a youtube link of the senior boys dance team routine for this year from the school I work at. It has caused a st... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:28:39 EST