JOYFULME01's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JOYFULME01 JOYFULME01'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/ Morning workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123383 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112297 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720994 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 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711845 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696073 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686258 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4684283 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4671568 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572265 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564056 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560611 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4558654 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4558061 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556677 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554830 TGIW . . . thank goodness it's Wednesday. This has been a long week. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:14:54 EST 3 week wall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4550265 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4549582 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4547753 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4544516 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4543023 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541794 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 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4539602 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538208 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536993 Rainy day. Errands to run. Cranky husband. Smile. Sat, 15 Oct 2011 16:16:07 EST Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535272 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 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533913 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4532123 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'.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4528816 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 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525357 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