JOYFULME01's SparkPeople Blog JOYFULME01's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thought for the day . . . <BR> "Your success and happiness lie in you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings. The great, enduring realities are love of service. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty." <BR> ~ Helen Keller <BR> <BR> What a profound message from a ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:59:14 EST Today is a good day I am still going strong with my affirmations. I am finding that choosing my attitude is a great way to start my day. I've been able to navigate challenging interactions effectively with a better frame of mind and I'm enjoying the positive things so much more. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:56:53 EST Awesome Movie Quote "I am Beautiful, I am smart, I am Kind." <BR> <BR> This fits right in with my affirmations this week! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:24:23 EST It is a fresh new week I am a positive thinker. I choose to see the best in others and seek out opportunities be positive. That being said, I view each new week as a fresh start. The slate is clean. I can make this day, week, month, year anything I want it to be. I am working to transition this concept to my weight. I am struggling with weight and weight related health issues. I need to make myself a high priority similar to my positive thinking. Here are some affirmations I am going to focus on: <BR> <BR>... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:06:07 EST TGIF I am so happy that it is finally Friday. The cold weather has been a challenge. I am looking forward to hibernating at home in my warm house for the weekend. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:44:27 EST Wintry Weather Its interesting how the affects my moods and motivation. We are enjoying frigid weather here in Montana this week. The temperature dropped 50 degrees in one day and has been hovering around zero for almost a week. Now I know that this is how winter in Montana is and I love it; however, I am recognizing that maybe I was not adequately prepared this year. I am focused on appreciating the beauty of the season and looking forward to the holidays. Ahhhhhhhhh Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:26:34 EST Morning workouts I love to start my day with my workout. An hour on the treadmill and resistance training. What a wonderful way to start my day. <BR> <BR> I've spent the last hour or so reading and responding to blogs. It is so inspiring to read how others are doing. What an amazing group of people we are. Taking one day at a time. Sometimes days are good and sometimes days are bad, but the journey will be successful! <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:43:18 EST The case of the killer jeans I went shopping last night and found an awesome pair of jeans on the clearance rack for $17.00. Realizing what a deal it was I immediately purchased the jeans (without trying them on) and headed to the car. Once I reached the car and got settled in I realized the jeans were too big . . . 2 sizes to big actually. I was so in the habit of seeking a specific size and hadn't been shopping in such a long time that I forgot what size I wear now. How exciting to take the jeans back into the sto... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:27:43 EST TGIF What a week! Our new grandson is home and his 2 sisters are trying hard to adjust. Grandpa headed out for parts unknown, dad went to work, and mom laid down for a nap . . . that means gma (a.k.a. me) is in for a long evening. I am choosing to be positive and looking forward to bedtime! :) It's been a great week overall, I'm down a few pounds and I'll take measurements tomorrow to records my lost inches . . . notice the positive phrasing of that statement :)! I had planned to workout this... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 20:02:21 EST Woo Hoo! Lots of change this past week . . . Many thanks to those of you who pointed out to me that the scale is only ONE measure of success on this journey. My goal is to take measurements weekly. I've been working out everyday. I feel great and my clothes are loosening up. I've walked at least 60 minutes on the treadmill everyday with an incline of 2-4 each session. I even had my heart rate up to 137! This is great -- I was sweating like a pig. It was a wonderful feeling. This week I'll add the resistance machines to my workou... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 09:42:55 EST The times they don't seem to be a changing I've been tracking my food diligently for over a week and working out. My clothes feel great, but the scale is discouraging. Maybe I'm expecting too much too soon, but I thought I'd lose something this week! My A1C was high so my doc put me on metformin (spelling??). Maybe this will help . I'll be up early in the morning and on the treadmill for one hour first thing. Maybe I'll add some weights to my routine. I'm also doing some yoga weekly. So I have 3 positive working for me . . ... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 23:35:56 EST One day at a time Winter storms are scheduled to bring frigid cold and lots of snow. The morning was beautiful with frost in the air and a crisp, clean tang on the breeze. I did great yesterday - well within my calorie range and lots of exercise. I'm a bit sore today, but that's to be expected since it's been a few weeks since I worked out. I've started my day by planning my menus - that seems to work best for me. My focus for the week is one day at a time. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:08:12 EST Exercise Day 1: MLK Day I have intended to go to the gym all weekend. Does that sound familiar? Today is the first day I've had MLK day off. I was up at 6:45 and headed to the gym. Got there and found that I had forgotten my water bottle. Hmmmm...what to do about that? I went to McDonalds and bought a bottle of water and returned to the gym for 60 minutes on the treadmill. Boy do I feel great! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:09:33 EST Hiatus is over! I'm strong <BR> I'm worthy <BR> I'm invincible <BR> Best of all . . . I'm back! Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:31:09 EST On the road again Well, I'm off to Pennsylvania for another week of business travel. The last week-long trip went very well. I was able to walk everyday to get my exercise in and I made good food choices. I feel like this trip can be successful too. I'm traveling with a larger group this time so there may be the potential for more stress, but I think I can manage it. It's going to be a good week. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 07:34:42 EST Walking in a winter wonderland Snow has come to Montana! It's a wonderfully brisk evening. We have the pellet stove burning so the house is toasty warm. What a wonderful feeling. If I had any calories left today I would have an alpine (hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps), but I'm maxed for the day so I'll just think about it and smile. I'm also happy that I have the self restraint to resist . . . yea me! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 1 Nov 2011 22:16:00 EST Sunday evening thoughts I have enjoyed to amazing days back on track with my eating. Excellent! The key is allowing myself to make mistakes. I've decided that one or two days of challenges does not mean I've failed on my journey. It's been a wonderful day. I slept in a bit then worked on my thesis for four hours. After that I made a great dinner for my family, did dishes, and played cards with friends. It's been a good day. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 23:07:56 EST It's a brand new week! In retrospect, last week was a challenge. What was challenging about it? Well, I didn't eat well, I went over my calories almost every day and as a result I felt like blah! However, an important part of this journey is self-reflection . . . something we all know is important and we all dread at times. So when I reflect on last week I learning a few things. I didn't eat well and I went over my calories on several days AND on those days I didn't plan my meals ahead of time like I usually d... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 12:46:21 EST TGIF is the start to a new week Well, it's been a long and challengin week. However, I know that I created my challenges with my choices. I will put this behind me and start fresh. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 22:37:35 EST One step at a time . . . the key is don't quit Well, today's calories were a fiasco! I had multiple meetings during meals. Generally this isn't a problem, but today I seemed to be totally unconscious about what I was putting in my mouth. Oh well, I guess that's how it goes sometimes. <BR> <BR> Positives - <BR> 1. It was only 1 day and that doesn't mean everyday. <BR> 2. I am aware of what went on . . . maybe not why, but I recognize there were challenges and I did NOT pay attention. <BR> 3. Tomorrow is a new day and it's not define... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 23:11:48 EST Hump day TGIW . . . thank goodness it's Wednesday. This has been a long week. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:14:54 EST 3 week wall Many things in my life have lasted just 3 weeks. This is the point at which things become a struggle for me. This is also the point at which I give up, back slide, move on, whatever. I realized last night that I am at the three week point with my SP journey. I think this is why my weekend was so hard. I had 2 days where I went over my calorie range. I didn't really think it was a big deal, but now I realize I need to be vigilant and move forward with discipline. I don't want SP to beco... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:46:53 EST Zippidee-do-dah It's been a long weekend. We've had company visiting for three days. They'll be leaving tomorrow. It's amazing how sometimes I'm in the mood for stay-over guests and other times I'm not. This weekend I apparently was not. We ate out, I went over on calories a bit on Friday night, but it didn't shake me up because I've been doing so well. Just a bump in the road. My sleep has been excellent and my energy levels have been high. However, my attitude didn't have altitude. On to another ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:32:23 EST Closing chapter This month I have several chapter's closing in my life. The most significant is finishing my master's degree. I'll be completing my final project and submitting it this weekend. In addition, I'm actively seeking a new job that will allow me to use the skills and knowledge I've compiled during my education journey. I'll be having the 2nd of 3 interviews for an awesome job next week. In addition, I've been teaching as an adjunct professor at the local community college for the past 3 years... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 12:04:01 EST Finally losing again I am happy to report that I am finally losing again! It gets very discouraging when I track all my successful eating and exercise and don't lose for several days. However, I know that when I'm doing all the right things that eventually there will be a loss. I keep getting on the scale every morning anticipating a loss. My goal this week is to take my measurements and get them entered so that I have something more than the scale to measure losses with. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 08:04:10 EST Yoga'n This week I have added a yoga routine to my exercise schedule. I am always amazed at how quickly yoga provides results. After one day, my muscles felt "used" again. I'm finding that combining yoga with 30-6- minutes of walking each day is working well. I am so out of shape I want to start slowly so I don't burn out or cause an injury. Slow and steady wins the race! <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> <em>172</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 09:57:07 EST Happy Tuesday The weather is crisp and fresh and the day is starting out magnificent. Ok maybe not, but I choose view it as magnificent therefore it will be! <em>306</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:29:38 EST I am grateful for . . . I had a disappointing weekend, so I hit the blogs this morning to cheer up. I noticed that many Sparkers had similar weekends. Several folks were reflecting on gratitude. These hit the spot this morning! So here is list of things I am grateful for today. <BR> <BR> <em>80</em> 2 beautiful grand babies . . . and another on the way <BR> <em>134</em> A wonderful family <BR> <em>212</em> A job I love <BR> <em>334</em> Good friends <BR> <em>67</em> Beautiful Fall weather ... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:24:59 EST Sunday morning rain The day is cool and rainy. Just the type of weather to encourage me to stay in snuggle up on the couch and read a book. However, I have a goal today to walk 5 miles on the treadmill so out in the rain I go to the club to get my exercise in for the day. <em>315</em> Sun, 16 Oct 2011 14:56:09 EST Saturday Challenges Rainy day. Errands to run. Cranky husband. Smile. Sat, 15 Oct 2011 16:16:07 EST Happy Friday Wow week two is almost complete and I feel awesome. There have been a few challenges . . . back to back meetings most of the week could have prevented me from staying on track, but they didn't - YEA! <em>243</em> Now I'm headed into the weekend with a plan for activities, food and excercise. I have to admit that my spouse is quite irritated with my "structure" around my SP journey, but I'm dealing with it. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 11:24:52 EST Day 9 . . . Today has been challenging. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sitting at my desk feeling VERY hungry, but I've planned my meals well and have stayed on track. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> What I'm observing is that I have been bound to my desk ALL morning for meetings . . . no exercise, not even a chance to walk to the rest room. I'm headed out during the lunch hour for a stroll. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm sure this will put me back on track and feeling great! <em>244</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:15:23 EST A Person is Only as Big as the Dream they Dare to Live! I found this to be a profound statement today. As I have meandered life's journey, I've had dreams that I did not honor and they became lost along the way. I have discovered a great "risk-a-day" model to incorporate into my life. I strive to take a risk every day. Risks can be big or small . . . try a new food, hairstyle, restaurant, learn something new, etc. Are you willing to take a risk every day? Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:57:23 EST Keep on losin'.... First day back to work after traveling for a full week. It has been a great day. I have been pleased to receive articles and comments from the community that were the perfect fit for me. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:22:44 EST Getting Started . . . I began my journey this week. I am traveling 6 days on business and I thought that would be a great time to get started. I've done well on my daily tracking and I'm eating very healthy considering I'm eating out 3 meals a day. Sat, 8 Oct 2011 11:17:00 EST