KALANTHA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KALANTHA KALANTHA'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/ The Road to Truth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837668 “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” (Buddha) <BR> <BR> I’m moving further and further along on the road to “truth” and, this time, I AM going all the way. <BR> <BR> Here’s how I know . . . <BR> <BR> There are certain truths about weight management and I have faced and ACCEPTED them. The "accepted" part is a BIG deal because even in facing a truth, I still have the option of turning away from it, as I did all the other... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:40:30 EST One at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835110 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l974406582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One thought at a time. <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Holiday, party, event, celebration <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Choice, decision, goal, change <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> One . . . <BR> Food label, healthy recipe, <BR> Bite, sip, serving, portion, dish, <BR> One meal <BR> At a time <BR> <BR> Just One. <BR> <BR... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:20:48 EST Nip It in the Bud (Notes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834599 The notes below are important to me because, while I have always been able to lose large amounts of weight, I have never been able to maintain my losses. This particular chapter of one of the books I'm reading addresses strategies for how to do just that, so I want to be sure I have this information where I can get it and remind myself of it as I continue transforming my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I also think this information is important because every weight loss program I've ever followed was... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:53:16 EST Quick Check-In Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832481 I think I'm finally starting to feel a little better, but had A LOT of trouble sleeping last night. Tomorrow's my exercise "day off", so my plan is to get to bed early tonight and then take it easy all day tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Despite not feeling all that great, I am on track with my eating, water, and exercise and I'm hoping for a good weigh-in tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Took my walking partner, Justice, over to the park this afternoon. It was about 40 degrees and predominantly cloudy (I ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:42:10 EST If You Snooze, You LOSE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831571 For some reason, my American culture glorifies a fast-paced lifestyle in which people are proud of getting up before the sun and staying up late, often getting only 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, when most people actually need about 7 – 9. But there is a price to pay for those “all-nighters”. <BR> <BR> Not getting enough sleep can cause: <BR> <BR> 1. your metabolism to not function as it’s supposed to (it slows down). <BR> <BR> 2. you to make bad decisions because it slows activity in the ... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:30:01 EST Quick Check-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831014 I've been fighting a cold/sinus infection for the past couple of days and busy with Christmas prep. Still trying to keep up with my piano practice, other household chores, exercise, and meal prep. So, needless to say, not much time to "Spark" these past few days. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to check-in here and post my progress on my virtual walk to Cape May, NJ. <BR> <BR> Levittown, PA to Cape May, NJ is 114 miles. <BR> <BR> 12/1 - 1.2 miles <BR> 12/2 - 6 miles <BR> 12/3 - 2 miles <BR> 12/4 - ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:16:30 EST Self-Efficacy Related to Weight Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829320 I started out today thinking about the difference between Weight Loss and Weight Management. For me, the obvious difference is that Weight Loss relates to short-term dieting, that will eventually end, and Weight Management relates to a permanent lifestyle in which I am in a position of power and control – to make healthy choices and decisions and over my impulses and temptations. <BR> <BR> Which brings me to the concept of self-efficacy. <BR> <BR> Self-efficacy, defined, is the extent or st... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:13:01 EST Time to Catch Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828774 When I last visited this blogging space, I was Becking (Day 5), reading a book about food addiction, decorating, shopping, going to the gym, and taking a virtual walk to Cape May, NJ. <BR> <BR> I dropped the food addictions book because I wasn't getting anything out of it. It was too negative without offering any reasonable solutions or any type of positivity. Maybe they come later in the book, but by the time I get to them, I'll probably want to put an end to myself (yes, the book was THAT... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:01:22 EST Reporting In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826599 Didn't get to post an update yesterday. I went to the gym and did my first strength training with the weight machines and then did an hour of water aerobics in the pool. By the time I got home, I was barely able to eat dinner because I was so tired. I went to take a nap for an hour and, even though I woke up for awhile, I was still tired and ended up going back to sleep. <BR> <BR> So, yesterday was really good for me. I did everything the Beck Diet Workbook suggested, including giving myself... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:09:23 EST Levittown, PA to Cape May, NJ Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825306 I love to motivate myself with fitness challenges. I’m always amazed at how quickly my body changes when I take care of it and I like to push myself to do better. One of the old challenges I did had to do with walking and I’m going to redo it again because I had fun with it the last time. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow (December 1st), I’m planning to virtually walk from my home in Levittown, PA, to Cape May, NJ (114 miles). I’ll be using my SPAT to track my miles and, when I “get there”, I'm g... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:32:40 EST Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook Review (So Far) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824847 Wanted to share what I'm learning/doing in "The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook" with you, just in case anyone else is interested in what the "program" entails: <BR> <BR> I've only just completed Day 2 and read what I'll need to do on Day 3. So far, it's very simple, moving very slowly, and building one day upon the next. <BR> <BR> Day 1: Make multiple copies of my list of reasons I want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle and post them in various places (Mine are on my c... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:58:15 EST Reasons I Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823000 Went out to find The Beck Diet Solution book I mentioned in my last blog, with no success. What I DID find was "The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook". I started reading it last night and I plan to give it my best shot. <BR> <BR> First, there was a questionnaire about my "dieting history", which I completed and will have to revisit when I'm finished to see how my answers have changed. <BR> <BR> Next task, my list of reasons why I want to lose weight. They will become my "motivators" a... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:28:47 EST CBT Research -- Warning! This is Long. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821816 Awhile back I mentioned the possible need for me to consult a "professional" of some sort to help me figure out why I can lose so much weight, come so close to my goal, only to give up and put the weight back on. <BR> <BR> I spent some time this afternoon researching Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). I thought I'd share my notes in case this is of interest to someone else. There are topics/ideas here that I will need to explore further and I'll share as I learn, if it's appropriate to do so ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:37:39 EST Time to Set Some Short-Term Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821286 “Goals allow you to control the direction of change in your favor.” (Brian Tracy) <BR> <BR> Since starting back on SparkPeople on November 1st, I have been getting by with some very general, long-term goals. I know that setting and meeting short-term goals is something that is very motivating to me. I like the competition with myself. It helps me be the best me I can be. <BR> <BR> I think I'm this way because I was the eldest child of five in my family and always the "responsible one" (jus... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:26:38 EST I Have a Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819704 “For 24 years of my adult life, by choice, I weighed well over 200 pounds. I say 'by choice' because I have never 'accidentally' eaten anything, so when I choose to eat too much, I have chosen to weigh too much.” (Zig Ziglar) <BR> <BR> Wow! Who knew? <BR> <BR> Zig could have just as easily been talking about me when he said that! <BR> <BR> But no more, because I have a choice. <BR> <BR> Instead of eating food with little or no nutritional value all day long, then capping it off with cooki... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:41:20 EST Strength Training 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819156 Last week I set a goal to begin strength training by the end of November. <BR> <BR> Last time I was successful at losing weight was the first time I ever did any strength training. That was mostly because I hated even the thought of lifting weights. I was a member of Planet Fitness at the time, which was convenient for me because it was on my way home for work. My friends talked me into giving the strength training circuit a try and I learned that I liked it. It made me feel strong and acc... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:59:08 EST Kathleen's Guiding Principles of Self-Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816905 VLOG text: <BR> <BR> Dignity, Respect, and Love <BR> <BR> ALL people have the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and love as part of their basic humanity, including those who struggle with obesity. That I am currently obese in no way diminishes those rights. I am a loving, intelligent, strong, generous, and beautiful woman of integrity, who has many talents and interests. Obesity is only part of who I am today. When I am no longer obese, I will be that same woman. STILL worthy of th... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:41:32 EST Time to Get Serious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815733 It's time to get serious about this weight loss thing and time to make it permanent. Here's why: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l926705208.jpg"> <BR> First of all (and this is the least important), I want to like what I see when someone photographs me instead of thinking of how awful and FAT I look. Look at that! Can you even count the chins?! <BR> <BR> I want to look like the picture on my driver's license again! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:32:26 EST It is a Walk in the Park! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815167 We had a surpisingly beautiful day here in Pennsylvania. The sun was shining and it was 70 degrees, which is really warm for mid-November. I decided I had to take advantage of the great weather, so I laced up my walking shoes, clipped on my Spark Activity Tracker, grabbed my dog, Justice, and headed over to the park. <BR> <BR> This was my longest walk yet (3 miles), since returning to SP and, believe me, I wasn't setting any speed records. But that didn't matter. It felt really good to be ou... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:49:41 EST A Conversation with Queen Kathleen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813761 “Hey, Kath,” <BR> <BR> I look around and see no one. <BR> <BR> “Yo, Kath.” <BR> <BR> Now, in the past I’ve joked about talking to myself. I tell people it’s nothing to worry about, as long as I don’t get in any arguments. Well, this time, the little sit down with Queen Kathleen (that’s me, at least in my own mind, if not my house) is for real. <BR> <BR> “Um, er, excuse me?”, I say. <BR> <BR> “Ooops! Sorry, I meant, Your Majesty.” <BR> <BR> “That’s better. What can I do for you?” <BR> <... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 19:09:14 EST Beautiful Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812716 Got up early this morning, did some laundry, and gave one of my dogs a bath. Enjoyed some Spark time. Then, I decided to take my beautiful boy, Justice, for a walk in the park. <BR> <BR> It was sunny and very windy, with a little chill in the air -- just like Autumn's supposed to be. The sun was reflecting off the beautiful Fall leaves and the wind was blowing some of them through the air as if they were dancing. Others were fluttering on the trees, hanging on as if their lives depended upo... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:14:38 EST Personal Responsibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812164 I've been back for a few days and it's time for a look at how I've been doing. <BR> <BR> In the area of nutrition and diet: <BR> <BR> I've been watching what I eat and doing fairly well in that I've been cooking healthy breakfasts and dinners at home and I've been passing up my almost daily ice cream. I even went to Friendly's for lunch and had the salmon entrée (no Hollandaise sauce and healthy) and wasn't even tempted by the ice cream. I've been tracking my food, too, which is good. <BR... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:28:35 EST Don't Give Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810938 I'm Baaaaaack! <BR> <BR> Again. <BR> <BR> My name's Kathy and I am a SP Weight Loss Pro. Don't that title fool you, though. I've never quite made it to my healthy weight. I've been here twice before and come close both times. I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight in copious quantities and have done it twice already. <BR> <BR> What I don't know how to do is "FINISH". For some reason, despite all my success, I manage to fall off the old SparkWagon just when my goal is in sight, and... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 21:15:35 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528327 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760076049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A man is walking home alone late one foggy night... <BR> <BR> when behind him he hears: <BR> <BR> <BR> Bump... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BUMP... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BUMP... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:09:52 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522555 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335406501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I guess it must be true. . . I have way too much time on my hands! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Live Lightly! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:31:27 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521420 WARNING: THIS COULD GET UGLY! <BR> <BR> The past few weeks, I've been working semi-hard to get back on track and lose this weight, but not truly dedicating myself to the process. I guess I wasn't properly motivated. <BR> <BR> This is my third SP try and I've had A LOT of success my two previous go-rounds only to put all or most of the weight back on, much to my chagrin. <BR> <BR> Last time was about a year and a half ago and I remember how hard it was to just "GET STARTED". And I swore to... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:54:10 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520690 New Vision Board: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1944813193.jpg"> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:42:20 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510107 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1829568142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are some holidays and observances I'm adding to my calendar to help me stay on track through the coming year: <BR> <BR> The first Monday of EVERY MONTH will be a "Celebrate Life Day". <BR> <BR> October is Emotional Wellness month and I'm definitely observing this now with my focus on emotional eating. <BR> <BR> October 24th: Food Day -- a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and ... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:11:32 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508738 Some of my SparkFriends have asked what I was doing while I was away from SparkPeople these past few months. <BR> <BR> I did retire -- well, semi-retire. I have been able to work out a temporary arrangement with my employer that allows me to work part-time, online, from home until they can figure out what to do with this part of my old job. Originally, that was supposed to be until the end of August, but now that's been extended until the end of December (we'll see what happens after th... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:00:04 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508268 Great day today! <BR> <BR> The weather was GORGEOUS and I felt good, so I walked about a mile further than I did yesterday. It didn't even feel like work until the last mile (I walked about 5.5), when I was starting to get tired. It was sunny, cool, and breezy and I had my IPod and my walking partner with me. What else could I need? <BR> <BR> Today's been successful for me in terms of food and water intake, too. <BR> <BR> Only downside was that I'm still dealing with some internal confli... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 19:31:31 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507195 Today started out pretty well. <BR> <BR> I was up and out the door early with Justice, my Belgian Sheepdog pup and walking partner (pictured here with his partner in crime, Scrabble). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l554488650.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The idea was to fit my walk in early, before the torrential rain that was supposed to hit us around lunch time. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and she rained on our parade almost the whole time. Not to worry... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 16:46:30 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506294 This afternoon I was leafing through one of my journals from over 10 years ago. I was struggling with my weight back then, too, and had included the following essay about attitude. It a struck a chord with me today (as it must have, all those years ago). It's short and I'd like to share it with all of you now: <BR> <BR> Control Your Attitude <BR> by Melody Jo Hamor <BR> <BR> At Losing It Online [I looked and this website is no longer active, or I'd have shared a link] we are always talking ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 19:38:52 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505358 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301917782.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am rapidly approaching a danger zone: Emotional Eating. <BR> <BR> I am feeling pretty stressed today and am very aware of my own, long-standing tendency to overeat mindlessly during difficult times. While I'm still on track, I know it wouldn't take much to push me over the "Give me that hot fudge sundae right now and nobody will get hurt" edge. <BR> <BR> According to what I've read, it's important to identify... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 17:09:00 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504716 <BR> Time to check in: <BR> <BR> So far, I'm doing pretty well. <BR> <BR> I've not been to Friendly's at all (it's been an almost every day thing for about a year or more -- NO WONDER I GAINED SO MUCH WEIGHT BACK!). I DID, however, enjoy a small bowl of raspberry sherbet at home yesterday. So, I''m ok. <BR> <BR> I've had at least 8 glasses of water every day. I'm good there. <BR> <BR> I've walked every day, but I'm not up to 60 minutes yet -- almost, but not quite. Yesterday, I wasn't fe... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 20:38:24 EST Healthy Weight Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502784 Back again. <BR> <BR> Didn't put on ALL the weight I'd lost (which is a good thing), BUT most of it's back (which ticks me off). <BR> <BR> I've been back on track since Sunday (my official day 1 of the rest of my life) and it's now the end of the day on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> The first 3 days were the hardest, with headaches, body aches, and cravings, but I feel better today and seem to be through the initial hard part of getting started. <BR> <BR> I've been walking every day and today man... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:28:02 EST Spark Coach Task: Share Personal Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287504 I am happy! <BR> I am strong! <BR> I'll be at goal, <BR> It won't take long! <BR> <BR> I am healthy! <BR> I am fit! <BR> I'm a winner! <BR> I don't quit! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:29:37 EST SparkCoach Community Task http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199359 I'm signed on for another "free" trial of the SparkCoach program and am working on the motivation and consistency track. I chose that one because I really needed to get my eating back on track and rediscover my mojo. I gained 4 lbs. over the holidays and really need to get them off before even more pile on. <BR> <BR> I wasn't that impressed with SparkCoach the first time I tried it, but, I have to admit, it seems like it's come a long way in a very short time. <BR> <BR> Today SparkCoach gav... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 19:42:17 EST Rededication http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171526 I'm in trouble here. <BR> <BR> My calorie intake has been out of control for the last two weeks. Last week I gained about a pound and a half. I'll consider myself lucky if it's not worse this week. <BR> <BR> The only thing that's saving me is exercise. I've been pretty consistent with that, but I have to admit, I blew it off yesterday and was sorely tempted to do the same today. But I didn't. I made myself go out for a walk after work and, once I got started, I didn't know why I was so resi... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:59:54 EST The Results Are In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158571 And they're not good. <BR> <BR> MRI report says: <BR> <BR> 1. Findings highly suggestive of a tear of the superior glenoid labrum. <BR> 2. Infraspinatus tendinosis with possible partial thickness undersurface tear. <BR> 3. Supraspinatus tendinosis. <BR> 4. Mild acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis. <BR> <BR> Short Translation From PCP: Torn Rotator Cuff <BR> <BR> Action Needed: Eval by an Orthopedic Surgeon <BR> <BR> What that means: no more ST for awhile and possible surgery <BR> ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 20:03:01 EST This is HARD!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157671 For the last several days, I've been struggling with a shoulder injury that rendered me temporarily unable to workout. <BR> <BR> For some reason, that translated into, "I'm injured, so I MUST eat everything I can get my hands on NOW!" and that is what I did for about 3 days. Which, of course, sent me into a fit of depression over not taking better care of myself and a bunch of self-recrimination over throwing all my hard work these past 5+ months down the drain. <BR> <BR> I was still drink... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 23:12:23 EST Monthly Review and Goals for December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151516 "Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy." (Denis Waitley) <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did with my goals for November: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm continuing with last month's ST and cardio goals. ST circuits at the gym, 3 days a week and cardio, either outside or at the gym, 6 days a week, for 60 minutes. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Continue jogg... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:25:16 EST Must Be Doing "Somethings" Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147569 I had to update my driver's license on Saturday. I looked at the old one and the new one on the way out and couldn't believe my eyes: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108606687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not the best scanned photos ever, but good enough to see the change. I don't look like the same person . . . even to MYSELF!!! <BR> <BR> Other changes: <BR> <BR> I'm starting to see real definition in my arms. Weight training is really paying off. <BR> <BR> And my butt ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:15:38 EST Give It Your ALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142068 My new workout motivation video. <BR> <BR> Live Lightly! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:47:30 EST Letter of Recommendation for Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135578 To Whom It May Concern: <BR> <BR> This letter is to recommend Kathleen A. Grassel as wife, mother, sister, aunt, co-worker, mentor, and friend. <BR> <BR> I have known Kathleen all of her life, but most intimately for the past three years. She is an intelligent, strong woman, with a strong desire to learn and improve herself. She is empathetic, loyal, and loving; helping others is a natural and enduring part of who she is. These qualities are embodied by her many accomplishments which includ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:58:50 EST Hey, SparkWagon!!! Wait for Me!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133257 Yesterday was a really good day. <BR> <BR> I went to my yoga class and really enjoyed it, despite it being too crowded and warm. I benefited from the class even though there was a substitute instructor. I even made a reservation to go again next Sunday. I felt great after the class. (I'm sore today; even more sore than I was when I first started strength training.) <BR> <BR> From there, I stopped at a furniture store to look for new living room furniture and went to lunch at Friendly's, whe... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:40:12 EST "Come On, Light Your Fire's" Daily Challenge: A Scavenger Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130424 This is the Daily Challenge I posted for Come On, Light Your Fire (the team I co-lead) today. I thought you might like to join us. Happy Hunting!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's do something fun today! <BR> <BR> How about a scavenger hunt?! <BR> <BR> Here's your list: <BR> <BR> 1. Find the person on our team with the "published" birthday closes to yours and send them a SparkGoodie. Click on this link to visit our team for a published list of birthdays: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:25:36 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128922 It's been a VERY busy day! <BR> <BR> You know how I know? <BR> <BR> It's almost 9:30pm and I'm still "working". Actually, I'm just winding down my chores for the day. <BR> <BR> First, there was work. I was up and out a little early, but while getting dressed I realized my bra was too big (again!) That meant lunch was taken up with bra shopping. I also picked up a couple of pairs of Cuddle Duds because I'm trying to continue exercising outside as much as possible and it's gotten quite cold... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:40:47 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126578 "Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties." (Sarah Ban Breathnach) <BR> <BR> These are the things that are working in my world today: <BR> <BR> A woman at Aetna helped me resolved an issue with claims regarding my son's medical expenses. It took her awhile, but she got it done and my concerns were eased. I am very thankful for that. <BR> <BR> I sp... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 20:03:07 EST Late October Review and Goals for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123938 I'm a bit late getting to this monthly review and updating my goals due to Hurricane Sandy blowing through town and blowing out my power for 4 days. But, better late than never, right? <BR> <BR> I think October was an ok month for me -- not the best, but certainly not a disaster. Let me take a look at my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue my ST circuits at the gym, 3 days a week. <BR> <em>248</em> I only missed one day, which was due to the gym being closed because of my friend, Sandy. So, I... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:55:54 EST Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116790 With Hurricane Sandy blowing her way through my neighborhood, it sounds pretty spooky around here. So, for our Daily Challenge over at Come on, Light Your Fire, we're having a Halloween Dance Party! <BR> <BR> <em>333</em> <em>424</em> <em>431</em> <em>18</em> <em>421</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the playlist: <BR> <BR> 1. Monster Mash <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxcM3nCsglA </link> <BR> <BR> 2. Ghostbusters <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvkKX0354... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:09:48 EST