JUSTDOINGIT101's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUSTDOINGIT101 JUSTDOINGIT101'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/ Coming up for air, and out for exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643112 This book writing process is not for the faint of heart, I tell ya! I finally got the manuscript turned in. Now waiting a preliminary approval, and then will start the editing process. THEN it will take 6 weeks for TALKS WITH ANIMALS AND NATURE - BRIDGING THE COMMUNICATION GAP WITH ALL LIFE to be available. Yippy skippy! <BR> <BR> Getting to this point has been stressful, a/k/a eating my stress, not doing housework, nose to the grind any available hour. <BR> <BR> Coming up for air tod... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:30:03 EST Snow Day Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611271 Here's some photos of the snow day we're having. Views from looking outside from within my cabin. P.S. its still snowing <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473440159.jpg"> <BR> Sure wish I could go outside and play <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419341648.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2111907073.jpg"> <BR> the back deck <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369842980.jpg"> <BR> <img ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:47:56 EST Math doesn't equate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598941 So I was sick all day yesterday. Watched TV and stayed on the couch and drank buckets of tea and ate 1873 calories... <BR> <BR> ...and lost 1/2 a pound this morning. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Somehow that doesn't compute. But I'll take it! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Today is working on a writing project, get in my exercise, go to a friend's birthday party this evening. I'll need to eat before I go because they don't eat vegan, and I definitely won't be eating any of the jello cake... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:29:46 EST My body is speaking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597881 <em>48</em> <em>42</em> <BR> Last week I tracked mostly each day, but not enough exercise. The last two days I didn't track at all, and definitely overate a few calories. I'm up a pound this week, deservedly so, but I'm not upset about it. More like "Oh, okay, this isn't getting me where I want. How do I correct that." I definitely feel more balanced mentally, emotionally, and physically. <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <BR> Went out with friends for happy hour yesterday. I don't drin... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:57:55 EST Pre-meditated Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592906 <em>551</em> <em>4</em> <BR> Ate lunch with a client at the Pizza Hut salad bar, all you can eat, and stayed away from the Pizza, YAY! However, after tracking the dressings I found my lunch was way over what I usually eat. Yikes, no wonder I rarely eat those dressings! Glad I tracked at lunch time. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>216</em> <em>354</em> <BR> Before coming home, I mapped out a mental plan of what I would do when I got home. I did 30 minutes of various cardio video'... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:24:49 EST Success despite the stress and other tidbits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591143 Over a week ago there was a fluke on my scale and it recorded a 3 pound loss, which I promptly and excitedly tracked. I chose to keep that on my tracker and just work to get to that point. Over the next several days of course it showed it was wrong, but as of today, I've reached that 3 pound loss officially. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> This last week was so stressful at work. However I won a wellness award for the December challenge, which was to record how many days you laugh during t... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:35:48 EST Too much snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590145 <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <BR> I feel snowed in. In the last week we've had two feet cumulatively. The snow plow driver came yesterday, and minutes after he left we had 2 more inches, and by last night 6, so I still can't make it up the driveway. <BR> <BR> There is another storm expected tomorrow, with possible chance for a lot of snow. Sigh. I usually love snow, this is the first year its getting to me, and its only January! <BR> <BR> 7 day streak, then 3 days off of tracking ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:11:24 EST Successful evening out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583058 <em>103</em> <BR> Went to see the local Vaudeville dinner theater with friends last night. My whole being is still vibrating from the laughter. It was hilarious! <BR> <BR> They had their menu posted on line, so I knew ahead of time what I'd order, and cut back on lunch so I'd have enough calories for the meal. They had many selections from local restaurants, and unfortunately only one vegetarian option - spaghetti - but WOW it was delicious! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:49:49 EST Grateful for the SP mindset returned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579974 What a wonderful day it was! Fully charged with the mindset of success, it didn't phase me when a coworker left a box of chocolate covered cherries in the work kitchen. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I was too busy all day to think about overeating. For lunch I brought fixings for vegan corn tortilla tacos. Tasty and filling and low cal. <BR> <BR> And when I came home and the urge to snack came, I remembered that I write down what I eat now, and wow ... is that actual hunger I'm feeli... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:40:59 EST New year, new energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577764 Is it just me, or does today feel a bit energized, new, fresh, full of possibilities <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not one to make resolutions. But I am endeavoring to apply some healthy habits. <BR> <BR> My current big need is to finish my manuscript. Its practically finished, just need some final edits and tweaks. Then I will publish either with Create Space or Author House. I bought myself a laptop because I seem to be in a writer's block at home and I'm hoping if I get out of th... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:41:50 EST It takes a village http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573183 Of little people that is, to make my day brighter <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l879142971.jpg"> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:29:46 EST I made the Front Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559049 <em>335</em> I sang with my Harmony Threshold Choir at a public event on Thursday night and made the front page. <BR> <BR> We sang at a hospice fundraiser event. Our choir sings bedside to people in the hospital, go to homes and sing to hospice patients, visit nursing homes, and sing upbeat and livelier songs to newborns or anyone in need. We've been singing for 7 years, and I love it. Such a wonderful way to give back to others. <BR> <BR> Seeing my chubby image front and center, a... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:16:38 EST What a difference a walk makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554411 Drove back from the weekend with the family. So much fun, so much food <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Was listening to some inner voice that said "you're tired, just relax, settle in for the day" ... <BR> <BR> ... when LO the Voice of Reason silently moved my body, popped in a workout dvd, and huffed and puffed my little self back into reality <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Then I took my little self to the park for another mile walk before getting some shopping needs done <em>104... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:22:42 EST Showing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551107 Showing up is important. Especially showing up to the mirror, myself, looking at the scale and saying this far and no farther. I know every bite, every sedentary moment that got me here. I know many of them were spent in grief, or denial so I don't feel grief. Its okay. Grief takes time. It takes time for it to become good grief. <BR> <BR> I can see now why recently when friends see me they've given me that more compassionate look. I wasn't seeing myself from the outside. I was too bu... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:13:34 EST Exploring new heights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549193 Updated my weight in spark. Oh let's not even go into comments about that state of neglect right now. <BR> <BR> Today I am working on creating a business facebook page in connection to my manuscript I'm completing. My intent is to publish in January. Its a collection of non-fiction stories about communicating with animals and nature -- a talent I've had since childhood. <BR> <BR> Endeavoring to persevere about emotional challenges that close my heart, as I want to walk through life with ... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:49:02 EST First Green Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499501 Made my first green smoothie today. Did a search for recipes and made one with 2 cups spinach, 1/4 slice lemon with rind, whole apple, slices of ginger, and a bit of water. The store was out of bananas but I didn't miss it. Quite tasty! <BR> <BR> I also stocked the house up on lots of fruit and veg . The days of toast with Earth Balance are waning, and so is my depression. I'm so tired of being sad, or side-lined for a day because I can't stop crying about my sister's passing. But I'm... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:09:44 EST Getting 'er done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445786 I walked <BR> I ate lots of fruit and veggie <BR> I ate below my calorie range <BR> I tracked <BR> <BR> Getting 'er done today Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:14:14 EST Making progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444154 My August reset is making an impact. The scale is finally moving again YAHOO ... stepped on the scale three times this morning to make sure it wasn't a fluke. <BR> <BR> Played with a couple grandkids overnight Friday and yesterday, and that certainly helped. Nothing like taking a two year old to the beach and requiring constant vigilance to burn the calories! <BR> <BR> A neighbor gave me a large bag full of lettuce from his garden, so that's included in my eating plan for the week. Pla... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:18:28 EST Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441508 New month, new attitude. Joined a Colorado fitness challenge of 30 minutes for 31 days. Tracked my weight for today, did 47 minutes of walking, tracked food. Off to a good reset start for day one. Thu, 1 Aug 2013 20:50:47 EST Message from a fortune cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431592 Message from a fortune cookie the other day: <BR> <BR> "It takes guts to get out of the ruts." <BR> <BR> For sure and for certain. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:03:09 EST Not enjoying the lemonade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422441 You know the saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Usually I enjoy lemonade, but not today. <BR> <BR> Now the drink is bittersweet. My sister passed away three days ago. Kinda took the breath right out of me. She'd had a very short term illness, it was swift and sudden, and I'm really pissed she left. Yet very grateful she wasn't trapped inside a body that no longer functioned. <BR> <BR> My heart is broken, but what do you do. Must keep moving forward. Did a yoga class ... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 23:17:49 EST Frugal food prep day and other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390090 Am inspired by <link>theprudenthomemaker.com/ </link> . <BR> <BR> Bought some white and brown rice and beans at Walmart yesterday, cheapest source I can find in my area. Here in Colorado don't have the bottom dollar prices like some places have. But still I managed to save about $1.50/pound, and it looks like rice prices are low right now. <BR> <BR> Today made two batches of beans. The black beans will be used to make up some veggie burgers. Will save me $ vs. the $3.98 box of 4 that ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 15:45:21 EST Today's successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385199 Made a salad that didn't thrill me and packed it along with fruit and nuts for the day. <BR> <BR> Saw candy dish of peanut M&M's in coworker's office in morning. Walked away. <BR> <BR> Used less honey in my tea. <BR> <BR> Said no to eating lunch out. Brought a banana to eat on the restaurant patio while sitting with a client who ate theirs. Didn't long for their lunch one bit. Felt smug satisfaction. <BR> <BR> Back at office later, begrudgingly took my salad out of frig, AND LIKED I... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:00:40 EST Time for a RESET http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382455 Reset my ticker and goal today. Have been off the chart, literally. I've been eating my anxiety instead of resolving it, and its showing <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I should no longer say the phrase "reality bites" because obviously I'm taking too many bites of reality LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm going to set some basic goals, track and measure them, and head towards success. <BR> <BR> Onward ho! I WILL be triumphant. <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 8 Jun 2013 13:08:00 EST A day of first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353512 A friend is moving a few hours away and treated each of us to a pedicure, which I'd never had before. WOW, I'm so grateful to have baby soft smooth feet instead of those alligator pads I've been walking on. <BR> <BR> Making up some new things for our Mother's Day picnic tomorrow. Both from vegan cookbooks by Isa Moskowitz, and both vegan and gluten free since my son and his wife are eating gluten free these days. <BR> <BR> From Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World I made the Vanilla Glute... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:24:14 EST Bounty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346205 <em>267</em> In my organic box from Bountiful Baskets yesterday I got a container of 6 mini lettuce heads, arugula, purple kale, 10# of potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, green beans, 2 bunch green onions, a container of leaf lettuce, and 4 apples. All for $25. I also got a guacamole pack for $8.50 that had a dozen avocado, 4 onions, a bunch of cilantro, green onion, head of garlic, 4 lime, 2 lemon, and a dozen jalapeno peppers. Too much for me to eat so I shared a lot with my son's famil... Sun, 5 May 2013 11:53:54 EST I will overcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345242 <em>220</em> I have so many good friends on here that have helped me on my journey, and I wanted to share why I stepped off the track so suddenly. The evening of my last blog post I got sidelined by an anxiety attack and took myself to the ER. Seems there are some stresses from the past that bubbled up and its taken me a bit to get my footing again. Eeeghads, never experienced that before. I have a lot more compassion for people that struggle with this now, for sure and for certain. Be... Sat, 4 May 2013 10:58:17 EST Tis Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314611 I'm so excited the lilac bushes have baby leaves that sprouted open yesterday, and there are bursts of green all over the yard. Cats are frolicking and birds are chirping and nesting. I love Spring. <BR> <BR> Have been checking in with Fly Lady the last few days to get me motivated to clean house. Ugh, its really bad. Like she says, baby steps. <BR> <BR> Someone I know wants me to host an Arbonne party in two weeks. I don't know if I can get my house ready by then. I want to put it... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:04:29 EST My program is working, my perception not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289339 <em>248</em> I have accomplished a whole week of fast track goals that have made a difference. The goals are: <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> I drank 8 cups of water each day. Its been challenging finding the rhythm and pace to get it all drank without chugging a lot at the end of the evening, but my body is loving this. As a result I'm eating about 200 calories less a day, and the scale is in agreement. <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> Another goal is to read something motivational each day, which ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 23:48:19 EST Plan for the week and the tax refund http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281425 This week's plan is to track my three fast break goals, which are <BR> <BR> 1- Drink 8 cups of water each day. <BR> 2- Exercise for 10 minutes each day (already did 51) <BR> 3- Read from a motivating story or book each day. <BR> <BR> 2 out of 3 so far, still working on #1. <BR> <BR> Did my taxes yesterday and am looking forward to a $750 refund. My first thought was "Mama needs new clothes!" <BR> <BR> Then I realized if I put money towards working out, yoga classes, maybe some gym se... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 17:05:38 EST This week's progress gets a B+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280626 <em>55</em> scale is 1/2 pound down. I could be bummed about that, but I'm not going to be. For one thing, the scale moved <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> and for another thing, I only did 1/2 a pound's worth of work this week. <BR> <BR> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>485</em> <em>265</em> <BR> I did a fantastic job this week with food, eating minimal processed foods (including very little sweets), lots of fruits and veg, and very low fat. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Got... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:36:51 EST Women Food and God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271098 That's the title of the book I'm reading by Geneen Roth, copyright 2010. By page 8 I tapped into something core, by page 26 thoughts and beliefs are bubbling up within me like popcorn. <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to learn a lot about myself, and my relationship to food. <BR> <BR> In particular, why I keep sabotaging myself. I do great, get a streak going and am happy eating the foods I'm preparing, am feeling confident, the scale moves... <BR> <BR> ...then I go stay with my daughter for ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:44:54 EST A moving Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255104 <em>362</em> <em>320</em> Caught up my bootcamp videos. They may be only 10 minutes at a time but they are working me out! <BR> <BR> Climbed onto the roof and cleaned out the chimney. Freaked the cats out when I got onto the roof LOL. <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> Then I went for a hike up the nearby wilderness creek. Put my yaktraks on my shoes so I could walk along the icy and snow-packed trail. Nothing like being in the woods to clear my thoughts and energize me. <BR> <BR> <em>... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:28:01 EST Friday's fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251928 <em>362</em> Hmmm, already forgetting to do the daily bootcamp videos! So I just did days 2 and 3 to catch me up. Felt like a wimp on some of them! Can't wait until they are all easy again. <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> So today was the BIG day for Mickey and Bobo to start exploring outside. I've been greatly anticipating this because they are two too much furry frenzy for my little cabin. They are tuckered out now. They've only spent an hour this morning and then 15 minutes this after... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:56:14 EST Make a different choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249607 That's my theme for this week. <BR> <BR> I signed up for the 28 day bootcamp. Third time is the charm. This time I AM going to finish it and get the trophy. <BR> <BR> I made a different choice this morning and woke early to do the day 1 video. Really put me in the right frame of mind all day. <BR> <BR> I made a different choice today by sticking with the healthy lunch I'd packed for work. Wasn't looking forward to it, and darn if it didn't taste delish! <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:14:16 EST Tools of a Successful Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224247 <em>55</em> Down 1.4 since Sunday weigh-in <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I used the Hunger Tool a lot this week. Not answering that inner alarm just because it goes off and I feel tummy-grumbling true hunger. It goes away, and the alarm will go off again later, but I don't have to stop what I'm doing just to answer its every beck and call. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> I used Portion Control this week. I took carrots and hummus and apples and bananas for my work snacks. I avo... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:07:41 EST Strong day today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219285 Lots of successful moments today: <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> for two days have not touched that @*&# candy dish at work. Oh, it was tough today, I heard it singing my siren song, but I stuck to my carrots and hummus and didn't have that "just one" that would lead to "just 40". <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> eating mindfully, feeling true hunger in-between meals and snacks <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> took a 15 minute break at work and walked a co-worker's dog (we have dogs and cats at the agency) ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:50:10 EST Dream leads to a Successful Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216216 I had another binge-fest last night, and I am ready to change my habits and stop sabotaging myself. <BR> <BR> I dreamed last night that I was abducted. At first I was with two men, and we were in a hallway of a school building. I mouthed to a teacher "Call 9-1-1", and waited with the men in the hallway. They weren't doing anything to me, just making verbal threats, but soon I realized no one was going to help me, and that I was actually free to get up and walk away. <BR> <BR> Soon I'm wit... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:19:33 EST Reviewing the ups and downs of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214535 Getting things done today - budgeting, preparing healthy food for the week for lunches, getting housework done, packed up all the Christmas things. Its only been three weeks since Christmas, and it seems like three months! <BR> <BR> Got a surprise yesterday. Sent Mickey and Minnie to the vet to get fixed, and discovered Minnie is a boy! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The vet said this happens so often with cats, and giggled and said "I guess I didn't do quite a thorough exam last month!" I've... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:41:41 EST Goal for week of 1/13/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205059 <em>15</em> <em>29</em> <em>198</em> I have GOT to stop eating! <BR> <BR> More importantly, I have got to stop having <em>493</em> in the house. I cannot stop at just a square or two, or three, or well geez why not the whole bar of Chocolate Love at 477 calories. <BR> <BR> Chocolate Love (the name brand of the dark chocolate that knows my Swan Song by heart) doesn't love me. It only loves the sound of the cash register when I buy it, but it doesn't give a hoot about me. <BR... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 13:28:48 EST What's that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196030 ...glistening sweat, breathing heavy, what's that sound? What's making my kittens curiously staring at this strange creature in their midst? <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> Oh yea, it's me. Up on the treadmill, sweating at 8 o'clock at night, getting my workout in. Ain't no 5-degree-it's-frickin'-too-cold-for-anyone<BR>-to-be-outside weather gonna stop me. <BR> <BR> I've got the Biggest Loser on Hulu listening to Jillian scream at her contestants, and I don't dare stop my walki... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 22:58:02 EST Success despite imperfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191594 <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>48</em> .6 loss recorded today for this last week despite not eating within range perfectly all week, or exercising perfectly all week. <BR> <BR> I did burn over 600 calories, and was mindful with my eating more days than most. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> There were several nights I was able to consciously stop myself from emotional overeating. It was quite challenging. What seemed to immediately work was turning to prayer and asking for help. Then I'... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:01:05 EST My Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185077 Had a few requests to see this, so here it is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1609257752.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1550856091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l766193600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l405712849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882519994.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 23:08:03 EST New Year, first walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184272 <em>311</em> Lesson learned today? No more balking about walking just cuz its cold outside. <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> Its only 22 degrees, and less due to the slight wind chill, but oh my goodness, so extraordinarily gorgeous! Sunshine glinting off of icicles, off of river breaking through banks of pancake ice. Neighbors tracking through the local hike in the snow, leaving their many tracks as proof they are not going to humor the weather. Got in a 2 mile walk and am glowing with joyou... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:06:26 EST New reflection, new direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181105 <em>202</em> So yesterday I'm cleaning the house and the kittens (Mickey and Minnie, a/k/a Hooligan 1 and Hooligan 2) bump against the wall mirror in the bedroom and it crashes to the floor. <BR> <BR> All I could do was laugh. That might sound like an odd reaction, but it came after a day of reflection and finding a new direction and focusing on that Inner Me to take care of the outer me. Kind of a "here's your sign, quit focusing on the outer appearance, got it!" So now, truly, I can... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:46:42 EST Grace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179852 My goal this year is to feel comfortable in my body, to enjoy the new flexibility and energy and desire to move that will come with continued focus on treating myself better. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Since quitting smoking 10 years ago, I've gained and lost this 15 pounds so many times I should have a clone of myself walking around beside me. So I'm thinking about how I want to approach this differently. Have a different mindset that focuses on enjoying being within my body, and not so muc... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 12:50:12 EST 50 ways to leave your blubber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179382 Reposting this from the Daily Spark, created by dietician Becky. A play on words from the Paul Simon song. <BR> <BR> You make a new plan, Stan <BR> Count calories too, Sue <BR> Cut the sugar and fat, Pat <BR> Weighing portions is key. <BR> Use a smaller plate, Kate <BR> Just mindfully crunch and munch <BR> Watch less T.V., Lee <BR> And set your fat free! <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:21:43 EST Oooh, vegetables are filling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168450 <em>48</em> Have had a positive weekend since my last post. Spent yesterday celebrating a grand daughter's 5th birthday, then got to babysit her and her three siblings last night. Fun times with a movie fest, gingerbread house decorating, and plain old fun. <BR> <BR> <em>436</em> On the home front today, I finished a craft project of making aprons for three grandchildren. They turned out cute. They are made from my old jeans, with my back pockets as the lower apron part. For the boy... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 20:50:58 EST An honest assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166420 <em>230</em> First post since September. Read some posts by Indygirl that really tore a hole in the veil of my perception and woke me back up. <BR> <BR> I haven't lived up to my name of "just doing it", but more like "just resist." Feeling blah, depressed, unmotivated, and have gained 7 pounds. This is the honest results of doing absolutely nothing as far as exercise or mindful portion-controlled eating. <BR> <BR> I do not like where I am, and frankly, I fought myself the whole way... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:44:31 EST A better day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059565 Looks like I'm officially down another pound, woot woot. Maybe that's why they call it "good grief" because eventually something good will come of it. <BR> <BR> Today was much better. Yesterday I had to take the day off work because I was bound up in grief. Today there is a feeling of comfort and peace. <BR> <BR> Last night I was looking for pictures of Solstice and found a couple videos I'd taken of him 5 years ago. He was fat (17 pounds) and his sassy fiery self. Really clarified f... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:52:08 EST