JUSTYNA7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUSTYNA7 JUSTYNA7'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/ Getting ready to take the pause button off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428470 My doctor's appointment I found out I have lost 10 pounds. Tears I think 4 of those. I have not had a huge appetite except yesterday when instead of real food I sat with hubby watching TV and we finished unclaimed halloween candy. My marriage went through a really terrible time but we seem to be healing well. It has been a roller coaster. He has started therapy and I am waiting for my appointment. <BR> <BR> On the good side I was teaching aquafit twice a week and for the month of Novemb... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 15:22:51 EST You love me, you really love me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403171 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f969e83-fc7d-4102-a460-497b65853aef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am very very blessed. My meditation this morning took my breath away. It was not the quote above, but close. I've been reading Tiny Buddha daily meditations and this month is about judgement. It's been spot on when it comes to me judging others. Today the challenge portion was to consider that everyone is beautiful and to look at their flaws as beautiful. I thought of someone I have ... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:47:18 EST Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391756 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d64d4de-adbb-4fa9-a28a-5a4a54cbaddc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Things keep happening but when I word it "it is my choice to...." it helps. I don't always make "the right" choice but I feel more like a grown up taking responsibility for what I do. I feel more in control. I can react, or I can step forward and act. <BR> <BR> I am so grateful for art, spirit, family, humming birds. I am so grateful for creativity, courage, memories, words. People c... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:20:47 EST Getting away from feeling trapped in an endless circle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389022 I am back to daily morning walks and today my neighbour joined me and the dog (I'm dog sitting for a few days. On my own I like to pose a question before I start walking and usually the answer comes. The question I had asked last time was "what should I be eating?" I'm not sure when I shifted to restricted foods ... maybe trying the keto diet was the trigger? I the vegan? It just feels like ever since I have been struggling (or not) with deciding what to eat. The carbs have been heavy a... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:29:45 EST Spark on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383550 Sunday hubby and I took a drive to a nearby town, looked around the neighbourhood, walked through the park. I love the history there. It 200 years old, a year older than our village yet somehow has so much more flavour. We rented one of those tandem kayaks. Such a romantic image... as are tandem bikes. NOT! You can't hear each other talking and you zig zag all over. When we got back they laughed and said they were sure ways towards divorce. Not that we argued. We were in no hurry and... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 08:45:54 EST More nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380668 Aw... tried to upload my video of the bullfrogs "singing" on my walk and it was too big for the app I have. Well, I can tell you about the other nature I encountered yesterday. A lovely rainbow (a plus with all these thunder storms), and a baby humming bird at the feeder and then as I was driving to an appointment a fawn crossed the road while "Mom" stayed by the side of the road in the tall grasses. I guess the surprises have continued for me. <BR> <BR> I had a talk with my doctor abou... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:57:06 EST Fireflies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379824 Crazy world out there. We drove watching the black clouds behind us, turned into my daughter's place and there they were right overhead. Ha! Beat us afterall. It was a BBQ house warming 26th birthday so two of my "Irish twins" are 26 for a few months. What a happy evenings. Nothing like a party to motivate you to finally unpack those last boxes and find places for everything. Their house looks like a home now. The garden has veggies and flowers. I was happy to meet some of their new ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:19:30 EST A door... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379221 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8154ad3e-8f5f-4034-9b61-8f2fecc76ac2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I built a fairy door today... wood and moss and bark... and it made me wonder... if there was a door for me to walk through to the unknown but I was fairly sure it would lead me to a better place... would I go through it? <BR> <BR> Spark has been full of ... not unknowns I suppose but endings that I was unsure of. Could I succeed? So often I was afraid to try. This fairy door represents ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:07:52 EST Not hypnosis... but breathing.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378724 Hey friends... if anyone is still reading my blogs. Yikes, I went from daily blogging to nothing in such a quick time. <BR> <BR> But here I am. I saw the article on the main page about whether hypnosis works. I can't say anything about that... but I do know the power of meditating. <BR> <BR> I've shared how my neighbour and I did 365 days of meditating every morning. Coffee and a chat (I think now it was a mini therapy session for both of us, checking in and being able to identify t... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:58:33 EST Deja Vu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358009 Yesterday was the worst eating day I have in ... years?! <BR> <BR> While DH was in the shower I went through things with me that are bothering me and one by one accumulated many things that might have triggered a grazing binge, but no one big one. I was never hungry, never really angry or emotional, I'd actually had a good meeting in the morning and then a great play date with the dog and a new "friend" in the afternoon. I'd had a great breakfast. What went wrong? <BR> <BR> -the guy I'... Fri, 5 May 2017 11:17:18 EST Great walk... more walks next 2 weeks now Enzo is here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356696 I had a lovely walk along the river with Enzo my grand dog. I have him for 2 weeks and we are both happy with this arrangement. It rained pretty hard yesterday so the river is wild white water yet there was a blue heron standing in some of the shallows. The deer were lively. The llamas must have been in their shed as none were in sight. The daffodils and bulbs planted two years ago in the meadow are all up. It was squishy in the grasses. <BR> <BR> I was up at 4:00 and then my middles... Tue, 2 May 2017 13:55:40 EST Robins.... and grateful for the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353697 I am a passionate person. I am on a committee and one of the members commented after a meeting that I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I give 100% to what I do and I try to find out everything I can when I have to make a decision. That's my view of what I do anyway. It means I get more and more involved and honestly, right now, I don't have much time or energy to "take on" another project or committee. I got an email yesterday in response to something I sent to them where I talked about fu... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:45:28 EST Frogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353388 Frogs. Did I not tell you about frogs? Well, it's a tip for procrastinators. "If you wake up in the morning and eat the biggest frog in the pond... nothing worse will happen to you all day". A frog is something you don't want to do and maybe keep putting off. I think I was really good at to do lists but I did not think about how I put the difficult things off. Instead I'd get all kinds of little things done but get to the end of the day and while I knew I did a lot, I felt still defeated. Whe... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:40 EST Planning to succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353206 Last week my B&B guest was eating a Keto diet so that's what we all did. Lots of fats, some meats, veggies. It was not my favourite way of eating yet within a day my cravings were gone and I lost my appetite between meals. I lost some water weight quickly and was always thirsty. Do I think it suited me? I'm not sure. But my family did not care for it much. Too restrictive. I did find recipes to make it interesting. We may even keep some in our regular repertoire. Ironically she was ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:56:55 EST Happy Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345871 I wrote a blog earlier in the week and then could not figure out how to scan the picture I drew to the printer and I lost the blog! This morning I opened my printer and there was the sketch. I feel like I have started a lot of things this past week and left a trail of half finished things all over the house. Very little routine. I don't like it. Many intentions and the feeling like I am getting nothing done. But... I have gotten so much more done than expected because things would come ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 07:01:31 EST I Matter List came to the rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331684 I am so thankful for my "I Matter" list on my fridge. I woke up in such a terrible state that I went back to bed and refused to get out. DH was saying all the right things but I still was "stuck". Until I managed to get out of bed and find my list. It had gotten moved to the side of the fridge so I put it out front ... and then one by one started doing the things on the list and say to myself out loud "because I Matter.... I am taking my meds on time" which meant going to my room and organizi... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:16:10 EST Planning a day.... mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330229 1. Failing to plan is planning to fail. <BR> Food: Thankful Thursday focus on colour and gratefulness for where the food comes from <BR> egg with feta and spinach in a whole wheat wrap, coffee <BR> grapes and broccoli salad <BR> pea snap snacks <BR> vegan Shepard's pie and sweet kale salad <BR> <BR> Exercise: 15 minute walk around the block, 15 minutes of laps in the pool, 15 minutes of yoga stretches <BR> <BR> 2. Me time. Well, it is pretty much a me day today. I started the day wi... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:26:27 EST To be alone... or be around others.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323914 Interesting meditation theme this morning. When you are sad or in a bad mood do you isolate yourself? The reading talked about when we are vulnerable we tend to hide away, sit by ourselves and .... for me, I eat. The challenge was to see it differently. If we think that people won't love us as much when we are sad or want to be quiet perhaps that is not true. They probably will love us just as much. Maybe the "trick" is being able to say it and feel it and be allowed to feel those feeli... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 11:29:47 EST Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322824 We have weird things happening... like the river is already flooding, there are geese overhead, DH actually went up on the roof to fix a hold and realized those dratted racoons have figured out how to get in around the one way door. Argh! It is amazing that DH was on the roof though. I had my heart in my mouth watching him slither past some icy patches but for the most part it was dry and safe. I expect we will need a new roof this year. I won't think about it right now or until we know ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:22:11 EST Do it my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318449 Update: my pain is finally gone... or at least I have been pain free since I went off the old meds that I suspected might be causing it! Of course it could be that the new meds are already working but the pamphlet says they take a while to really start working. Anyways, I have nausea and am sleeping but as well as no pain, also my appetite is curbed. That is a first. I only want to eat when I'm hungry. Hmm. Could be the reaction to not having pain... or sitting for an hour in the sun l... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:31:25 EST A ranting vent and some hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316520 It is very hard for me to talk to doctors. I try and prepare ahead but I see things globally/holistically and see how one thing can affect another thing. These days doctors want you to go in with tunnel vision and describe one symptom only. Sigh. So I try but my mind turns the symptoms around in my head looking for connections. I have had pain under my ribs for some time now. It is not consistently in one place... sometimes on one side and sometimes on the other and sometimes higher or ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:59:02 EST Vegan eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315968 I am doing the 30 SP Fiber challenge which has been great... and now have a guest here for a month who is vegan... so I have been finding new recipes. <BR> <BR> First, a powerhouse chia doughnut made from oat flour and chia seeds and coconut milk- more like a muffin than a doughnut but tasty. <BR> Then a new super bread made again from oat flour and chia seeds with savory spices, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Super easy to make and a chewy delicious flavour. <BR> I made hummus from scrat... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:26:41 EST Walk ONE mile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314403 Morning all! <BR> <BR> I was up early to walk the grand puppy who is staying the weekend with us and decided despite it being -17 to walk the mile to the train tracks and back. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I was on a challenge and the very first thing it asked us to do was walk one mile. It was before I had a spark tracker and honestly I had no idea how far a mile was. So... I opened my spark page to the on line maps and played around until I found a "marker" I could walk to and back and k... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:44:30 EST Fund Raising Idea that encourages being fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313389 I laughed, smiled and giggled seeing all the "Yeah Justyna's" yesterday in response to my blog. Ah... life is good. <BR> <BR> I so love my kids and DH. I mentioned yesterday that I have decided to do a fund raiser here in May, at the B&B, to raise money for a later event I want to do for the 2018 Richmond Village Anniversary. I had a thought and within a half hour my DD and DH had helped me bang out the details to something that we hope will be fun and profitable. <BR> <BR> A 24 hour s... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 11:00:15 EST "Yeah me!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312896 We started a "thing" in our household when we either do something we did not want to but did it anyways... or we succeeded at something that was difficult... or we did something that we just wanted appreciation for: You say "I made you a Valentine" and he says "Yeah Mom!" Or he says, "I got my taxes done" and you say "Yeah Son!" It should be said with a lot of enthusiasm. I started it when I became a stay at home Mom and no longer had people telling me I was great or admiring my work. So one ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:57:00 EST Day 3 of the Fiber challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312384 Fibre. Hmm. It takes some practice to learn what to eat but honestly I had forgotten how much it helps relieve depression. It is day 3 and I feel so "happy" it's crazy. A spark friend asked me about fiber so this is my understanding of it: <BR> <BR> When you look at a food label or recipe and you see "carbohydrates". That is what is supposed to guide you when you are diabetic or when you are on a low carb diet. You need a certain number but not too many. The "magic" of fiber is that whateve... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 14:42:50 EST Hunger.... and wanting to be normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310810 Sometimes someone will post something and while I am responding I will, with a shock, realize I had forgotten a very basic concept that help me in the beginning. <BR> <BR> Hunger. The poster asked if anyone had tips for more filling meals. Here is what I wrote. <BR> <BR> First... knowing that your stomach takes 6 weeks to shrink down to normal size after overeating. <BR> Second... water water water. If we are dehydrated at all then our bodies usually say hungry before thirst... thirs... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 17:19:12 EST Trying to remember! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308479 I was surprised to see someone had commented on a blog from last summer so I went back to look at it. Are you ever surprised and amazed at the wisdom inside you? There were so many good points about the way I used to use my food tracker. It prompted me to go back and look at my spark success story which now has nearly 28,500 views. I swear, it was not all me! lol. But again... trying to do that interview I was so focused on what might help people from what I had learned. And reading it... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:48:22 EST About the dragon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307811 This morning I woke up with a song in my head... one I wrote and used to sing to the kids when they were little. It startled me. I have talked about my food dragon many times on this site. In AA they slay the dragon but in Overeater's Anonymous we have to walk the dragon three times a day. It never occurred to me that the song I wrote could have anything to with my life. The mind is an amazing thing! Years later I am seeing it differently. <BR> <BR> <em>276</em> <BR> "Well, gather... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:53:41 EST Rambling... and kind of content http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307416 We have a lot of birds at the feeder. Not sure what KIND of nuthatches we have. One actually crawled into the suet frame and I was not even sure he was in there until he wiggled out. Lots of finches and a few cardinals to brighten up the white and black. I have not seen any blue jays of late. A small red squirrel, a large grey squirrel and an even bigger black squirrel keep circling each other trying to get the suet or feed and try catching any fallen bird seed. I was sitting doing medi... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:38:47 EST A thinking blog.... and some stream of consciousness writing... hehehehe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306198 Big words in that title. Basically I am dancing the two step. Forward and backward. Hmm. I am doing so well and then go back to an old not so healthy behaviour then to the new healthier behaviour. <BR> <BR> My friend is a recovering alcoholic and this morning she shared how she almost... had a drink, without even thinking about it. Not thinking. <BR> <BR> Our question today was "how do you stay mindful and keep thinking about what you want to accomplish and how you intend to do that... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:48:51 EST Stopping the Sabatoge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299122 A good friend on SP blogged a while ago (I only read it today) about starting the days out with great intentions then as evening comes, throwing caution to the wind and getting caught up in the food again. She asked why? Here is my response: <BR> <BR> Oh, oh, oh, pick me, pick me! OK, I don't know the answer for sure but it is so funny you blogged this because I was talking to my meditation buddy this morning. <BR> <BR> She said "drinking happens for her at night because she is faced w... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:15:08 EST Great great day and great week ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298793 I am going to call today a success. The week is finally over. And I have a lot to think about. <BR> <BR> The B&B hosted a large group last night. 5 massage tables set up rotating people every 15 minutes and I never saw a table empty. Tables piled with food. A fantastic ice breaker. Water volleyball and always a full hot tub and sauna. The reviews on line have been fantastic from the club that came here... of our place and our hosting and they have booked 3 more events for later in the... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:59:33 EST Thinking ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295952 Yesterday's experiment turned out OK. The baked vegan donuts... certainly not donuts.. more like a donut shaped muffin that is very seedy because of the high concentrate of chia seeds! Hubby and DD middlest who are Gluten free liked them enough despite how healthy they are. I will make them for my next vegan guests though and see what she thinks. <BR> <BR> One of my "aims" before Christmas was to clean out the freezer. I did that, defrosting it and making it spotless and made an inven... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:39:05 EST Gentle pushes forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295294 It is certainly the time of year to discuss weather. More snow coming today. 5-10 cm. It has been -30 but is going up to -2 and there might be freezing rain... groan. .. I managed to get out snow shoeing/geocaching on the weekend and was so thankful because once the biting wind passed the sun was out and it was lovely with fox and rabbit tracks and some kind of "playing" on the river evidenced by the rolling and prance prints. I have been swimming a couple of times, doing 10 laps only bu... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:53:41 EST Traditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284513 Traditions are what we make them. I remember one year when my kids were little. We had no family around and after spending many years traveling to be with one family or the other we were looking at "another" holiday by ourselves because we could not afford to go. My daughter came home from school with the assignment to write about our traditions. I had a moment of feeling sad that my kids were missing out... and then reality hit. Traditions are made. I had moved so many times as a kid t... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:09:46 EST Committment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283452 I've shared this before: <BR> <BR> "There's a difference between interest and commitment. <BR> When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit." <BR> <BR> I love this because it is true about me. I WANT to be committed to my eating and exercise plans but I fade away especially when I'm tired or busy. But it took on new meaning today when I read this one: <BR> <BR> "When you make a commitment you build hope. <BR> When you keep it you build trust."... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:41:52 EST Sunday - winter wonderland outside and inside we will be baking up a storm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282370 As often happens this started as a thread on a spark team: <BR> <BR> We did our Christmas tree hunt yesterday. Yay! A foot of snow plus the drifts. -4 F so it was nippy. Had a ball. 2 trees and since we wanted a white pine and DD youngest wanted a scotch pine we did a lot of walking in the drifts. The puppy had so much fun bounding through the snow. Lost 2 booties but they got found. I forgot my snow shoes but it was pretty light stuff. The farm had a tractor to pull the double wagons which ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 07:19:59 EST Thirsty Thursday and Gratefulness today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281258 I started this on a thread and figured I would cut and paste and keep going: <BR> <BR> -27 today and snowy. I had to go to the doctor. Subconjuctival hemorage... ie a bloody eye. My doctor said it is my diabetes and high blood pressure. He took my blood pressure in the office and yes it is high. I am so... mad, frustrated, worried. I never had high blood pressure before. It was always white coat syndrome and went away the moment I left his office. Last time he insisted I start on the... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:18:26 EST Food Addiction is Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280454 I just read this new sparkpeople article about food addiction. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp<BR>?post=food_addiction_is_real_and_6_way<BR>s_to_deal <BR> <BR> You would not think, after all my experience and all my blogs as a compulsive eater that I would have any doubts- yet I found the article very comforting. I ride this food addiction roller coaster doing well for a while then struggling. Sometimes it can be ages until I feel the downward spiral but it is just as d... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:42:54 EST A wall of glass... my choice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276589 I sent a spark mail to a friend and thought I could post some of it here. I had a great meditation this morning. My neighbour is a recovering alcoholic and we have a lot in common yet sometimes we don't "get" each other's issues. She was telling me she is eating sugar like crazy and I repeated back to her the things she has been doing the past week to see if she could make the connection herself that sometimes we change addictions. It is not my call to say maybe she has a sugar problem. ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:59:31 EST Grateful wishes for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275738 I am so very grateful today. I was doing a remember when when sending a spark mail. I used to carry so much emotion around with me. A huge suitcase of baggage. That reminds me of a story told by a minister at a wedding I went to. He said that the bride was so excited because she finally would have someone to carry her bags for her. And when she lugged them up to the alter she was dismayed to find the groom had twice as much baggage as she did. I wonder how much I made DH carry for me. ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:17:30 EST The strength to do your bidding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273745 Morning friends! Ah the world is spinning quickly today. My painter has the flu so I need to juggle things to see when he can fit in between guests. Some of it is a second coat, some of it is a flat roof, but some of it is removing old textured ceiling and painting which is BIG. I was delighted to have figured out how to bring my computer out to the pool area, open the meditation CD that my neighbour brought over for us but the speakers made the sound terrible. The aquafit this afternoon ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:54:15 EST Return to an old routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273189 Today is "Mix it up" Monday and the challenge is to find exercises to do in every room of the house. I have a big house so this is going to be fun. I am putting up post it notes as reminders and with them a message to myself to remind me about my journey.. motivational quotes. 17 to make up this morning over coffee. <BR> <BR> Last week was about paying it forward. I'm not sure why. It might have been a meditation, I don't recall. But I found myself letting people in when driving in tra... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:35:58 EST Rambling blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272716 I have been painting the headboard for the new guest room. I saw one I really liked on Kijiji. It was from the Chateau Laurier which in Ottawa is a very old and gracious hotel right by Parliament buildings. But I have spent a LOT of money and about to pay the bills. No, have to make do. <BR> <BR> I'm happy with the new driveway and happier that I got a snow plowing contract this year for the first time. They have done it three times already and each time I have only had to do the walk... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:08:44 EST Fair vs Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270193 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4b665e3-68fa-439e-98e3-4829eba07d9e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69326815-bd00-475b-9352-338fccbc81ad.jpg"> Here is the cat... at her largest with my large mini schnauzer. She was 22 pounds! <BR> <BR> My spark friend Chris asked me if 400 calories for each meal and then healthy snacks in between sounded about right. I've heard that too. And then... I know that as we age we need fewer calories. I guess it depends ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:19:35 EST The cat and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269905 Thank God my challenge today is no sugar. I have been stressed and my mind has gone to many sugary treats... but I have none in the house. I actually asked my SIL to bring chocolate on Thursday when they come for dinner, lol. Her son works at Lindt. Sabatoge in the making. Talk to me Thursday and see how I decide to deal with that. But no sugar it has been. <BR> <BR> Now here is my other thought... one I have had before. The cat was overweight for years. We tried many things and I ... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:42:33 EST The Freezer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269428 There is supposed to be a high of 14 today (5.5 right now and it is already after 2:00 so is this true?) so I decided it was now or never to clean out the garage freezer and do an inventory. Snow is meant to come on Monday and soon any temperatures above freezing will be more likely in spring. <BR> <BR> At the peak of my eating disorder I think every pantry and freezer inch was crammed full and yet I would use my enabler family members to get us to eat out frequently or I would have no ide... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 14:26:37 EST I'm trying to repost my success story... had problems sharing it with a spark friend today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268465 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=justyna_lost_65_pounds_with_a_littl<BR>e_help_from_her_sparkfriends </link> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:14:15 EST Sponsor family and my plan to regulate my blood sugars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266058 Yesterday was crazy busy. It was the "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" fundraiser that I have been helping organize and I provided gluten free bread and dessert for the buffet, had auction items to organize and was answering phone calls. Hubby also decided it was the right day to stain the deck and given that he arrived home with the staid mid afternoon and the days are short I ended up out there with him. Fortunately he was the one getting between the boards and I only had to use a long handled... 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