KALISWALKER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KALISWALKER KALISWALKER'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/ Minimalist At Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933128 When I came home I didn't step back into a routine. This year I have been away from home enough I have to build some new daily habits/routines. The new routines have to include some household tasks, exercise and interesting healthy menus. <BR> <BR> My goal - plan and lead my life, not sink into relaxation when I get home. I will determine most productive days of the week. <BR> <BR> I will be mindful of - <BR> <BR> What will I accomplish today? <BR> Why is it important? <BR> When will I ... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:14:52 EST Camino de Santiago & the Dietitian & Competing Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931640 My friend Helen is doing the 800 km Santiago de Santiago, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) for the second time in 2 years. I feel I missed an opportunity not going with her last a year when she asked me. I knew if she ever did it again I wanted to do it too. <BR> <BR> Since I talked with her yesterday I have done a lot of thinking about competing priorities, the timing, my physical condition and exercise and diet I need to do to be ready to walk 20 km/day. <BR> <BR> Today I had my first app... Wed, 20 May 2015 22:03:42 EST I'm Back From Cruising! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930336 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1848ff0e-b84d-437a-aed6-9889535ec2e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36bff16a-35a1-4de2-ab27-c7aae60fb973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/443cb9d0-a6bc-4dae-82e5-2974d0619deb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6aae3dd0-c1d7-47c3-86bb-ce6c6842a7ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edcf2a4d-7508-4e19-a256-f4c0c1d5a3a4... Mon, 18 May 2015 18:00:08 EST What Song Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917168 Take the test <BR> <BR> <link>en.what-character-are-you.com/d/en/1<BR>801/index/10963.html?utm_source=Facebo<BR>ok&utm_medium=desktop&utm_campaign=tra<BR>fficcheck </link> <BR> <BR> Mine - "Happy" by Pharrell Williams! <BR> <BR> You are a real optimist through and through. You always manage to see the glass half-full and tend to focus on the more positive things in life. There's something so contagious about your smile that everyone can't help smiling straight back – trust us, life i... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:39:53 EST Getting a Lot Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916726 Booking the cruise was an impulsive thing to do (glad we did it) so I have a number of things to get done in the next few days. I have things to complete and some spring cleaning to complete and a suitcase to pack. I found out there is laundry available on the ship so I am happy. <BR> <BR> I had a light bulb moment when I was driving home from shopping. It’s only when I am going on away to visit or vacation that I really focus on my appearance. Yesterday I had my hair colored and cut, pe... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:09:00 EST Losing Weight on a 20 Day Cruise - Yes I Will! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915170 Based on BMI scores, a 5-foot, 5-inch adult would be considered: <BR> <BR> Underweight at 110 pounds or less (BMI less than 18.5) <BR> Normal weight at 111 to 149 pounds (BMI = 18.5-24.9) <BR> Overweight at 150 to 179 pounds (BMI = 25-29.9) <BR> Obese at 180 to 210 pounds (BMI = 30-34.9) <BR> Extremely obese at 211 pounds or more (BMI = 35 or greater) <BR> <BR> My BMI 37.0 classified as extremely obese. My short term goal is to get to BMI 34.9 - obese which is 209 pounds which is I can do i... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:42:14 EST Panama Canal Cruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914710 We are going on our first ever cruise - Panama Canal. We leave Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 29th and will be arriving in Vancouver, B.C. (our home) on May 18th. We will likely be dining with our friends each evening. I plan on doing the yoga classes and water aerobics when I can, but there will be days we are on shore doing excursions or walking. <BR> <BR> When I think of eating the meals I am not too worried. I assume there will be menus and I can make healthy choices and adjust my calorie... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:21:43 EST Lifetime Accomplishment in 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912679 I swam in the DEEP end of the pool! This is only the second time I have been in the deep end, BUT the first time I swam. I wanted to overcome my extreme panic and fear of deep water. DH was with me. I started with 2 flotations belts, 2 aqua barbells and a noodle. Over the next 40 minutes I paddled around, chatted with DH, dispensed with the extra flotation belt, barbells and noodle. Finally I swam a few laps and felt happy. <BR> <BR> I worked on getting comfortable in deep water. Hopefully ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:07:39 EST Week 1 Weigh - WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909379 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301721302.jpg"> <BR> I love this picture, if only it was that easy to get thin! <BR> <BR> But I am doing the happy dance this morning. Last week I was 222.2 pounds and today 217.4! WooHoo down 4.8 pounds!!! <BR> <BR> This week I changed a few things. <BR> <BR> 1) breakfast is 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup blueberries and one boiled egg <BR> 2) switched to almond milk, 1 cup = 30 calories <BR> 3) nutrition tracking <BR> 4) drinking more water - ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:24:08 EST Doctor Update & Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907887 This morning I eliminated a couple of time wasters - Facebook's Candy Crush & Bejewelled Blitz. I felt great about it! Then I worked for an hour, and went for a one hour walk in the forest. I did the Pinewood Trail that meanders down a very long steep hill, so a good cardio workout coming back up. <BR> <BR> I am focused on my medical issues this month. My nose - in June I was walking at night on an uneven sidewalk, and had a bad fall and hurt my nose (which obstructed my breathing). It ended... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:45:54 EST I will focus on all the positives in my life and get moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904845 I am thinking about the start of the Spring 5% Challenge which starts tomorrow. As always I am excited about losing 5% of my starting weight in 8 weeks. Last spring I lost 5% and landed in onederland. I worked so hard to do it and it paid off. I was thrilled!!! <BR> <BR> Since then I have battled my weight all the way back to the 220's. Scream!!! How did that happen? Today I am reflecting on what went right and what went wrong. Regardless of any physical limitations I have at this time, my b... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:57:05 EST I'll do it - tomorrow ends today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898865 Last April I was doing some of my best Sparking ever - sticking to my diet and walking 10,000 steps a day, trying new things like kettle bells, and made it to onederland the next month. Something happened that caused negative thinking and unhappiness to take over and I lost my zeal. Then in June I was walking at night on an uneven sidewalk, and had a bad fall and hurt my nose (which obstructed my breathing). It ended my 6 month streak of walking 10,000 steps a day. It took 6 months for my nos... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:44:04 EST Spring! My Favorite Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898375 Spring is the season where I do better with my good intention to exercise and diet. There are no major eating events and parties. Yes there is Easter but that's not the same as Thanksgiving or Christmas. <BR> <BR> I am thinking ahead to how I would like our yard to look this summer and found inspiration watching this cheerful video. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/embed/9H9Ioj<BR>B9iYY </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> Also a reminder about the 5% Spring Chall... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:41:18 EST 5% Challenge & Pacific Crest Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677760277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is where I started today on the virtual Pacific Crest Trail. It's fun to see pictures of where I am along the trail. If you are doing the trail, please look for me KALISWALKER (3704). I think we get grouped by the leg of the hike we are on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went to beginners' yoga class. It was difficult for me to get up and down, so I really need it for strength, flexibility and to rehabilitate my kn... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:23:14 EST 5% Challenge Invitation to You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891861 I want to bike and hike this year so I need to rehabilitate my legs. In Feb. I hurt my knees and got a respiratory infection, so I really cut back on walking. Spring is here and the west coast is so beautiful, so it'a great motivator to get out there. My knees are at 90% so with daily gentle walks I will be 100% in 30 days. <BR> <BR> I am on Day 3 of my new healthy habit. <BR> <BR> Goal - walk around the pond at least one lap each day for 30 days. <BR> <BR> 3 Reasons to Do Walk <BR> <... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:39:48 EST Change in My 5% Challenge Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889579 A few days ago I misplaced my Fitbit. The laundry was done and no fitbit was found in the washer or dryer, so I wasn't too worried, the worst hadn't happened, it would show up. Hubby and I walked on Saturday and still no fitbit. Wow that's not like me at all! I panic if I can't find my fitbit or MP3 (audio books). Before I would keeping looking till it was found or turn around and drive home to get it. <BR> <BR> Maybe the fitbit/accountability stresses me some and it's been a little holiday... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:18:27 EST Home Again - Goal Lean & Mobile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887595 I was in Palm Springs for 2 months and returned home yesterday. Spring on the west coast is beautiful - green grass, early flowers, sunshine, nice to be out walking. <BR> <BR> I just watched Aging Backwards on PBS with Miranda Esmonde-White. Topic - importance of daily exercise to build and maintain muscle mass to maintain mobility and be healthy, strong, flexible and youthful. Not enough exercise = muscle atrophy. She listed the negative signs of aging - poor posture, poor health, loss of ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:18:42 EST Over Eaters Anonymous - Meeting 3 Onboard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871542 At the meeting Friday, I am not be sure if I felt I am 'one of them’, but look at the evidence - I am over weight, many times I make poor food choices or eat too much, and it’s apparent I am not in control of my eating behaviors. <BR> <BR> Maybe eating issues change over time, but at this point I will address what appears to be my worst one, I am a social eater. In December we attended a number of Christmas parties and I ate whatever was served and loved it. Yes I knew it wasn’t wise but I ... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 23:23:39 EST OE Meeting 2 - OE Abstinence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866084 Today I attended my second Overeaters Anon meeting. This was the first time I introduced myself as 'Lynn a Compulsive Overeater'. (In my mind I define myself as a person who can lose weight but not keep it off, so I am a Compulsive Overeater). During my time to speak I said, “this is my second meeting and I don’t know how to get started. After years of diet and exercise I am not where I want to be. I like hearing others speak about their experiences.” As I understand, the goal is abstinence. ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:09:56 EST Day 16 of 10,000 Step Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856022 We are in Palm Springs for January and February. Having this getaway makes it easier to get back on track with the daily steps. I am tired today and have only done 5,000 steps, but I expect I will do 10,000 by 10 PM. <BR> <BR> This month our friends have the place next door. For us Palm Springs is our winter 'home' and we have a lot of home cooked meals. Our friends want to eat out often, and I realize they are on 'vacation. I decline some invitations to join them; though we eat out with the... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:21:06 EST Overeaters Anonymous - YES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850708 There are 15 questions, but these are the 5 applicable to me, from the OE website. <BR> <BR> Do I have feelings of guilt, shame or embarrassment about my weight or the way I eat? <BR> <BR> YES <BR> <BR> Have I lost weight with a diet or “period of control” only to be followed by bouts of uncontrolled eating and/or weight gain? <BR> <BR> YES <BR> <BR> Do I spend too much time thinking about food, arguing with myself about whether or what to eat, planning the next diet or exercise cure, or... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 23:34:04 EST Happy Healthy New Year in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843997 We left home Dec. 28th with our friends (they have their own car) and arrived in Palm Springs on New Years Eve. I was super excited to go out for dinner and entertainment at the casino. I had my last naughty meal of the year and WON $1,000 as a 'hot seat prize' at a slot machine. I was a little disappointed that it was not cash. I have $1,000 on my casino card that can only be used for gambling by Jan. 31st - I will make good use of it. <BR> <BR> I take good care of my clothes so they seem ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:53:13 EST Happy & Healthy New Year - Coming Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838921 We are headed south on Dec. 28th to soak up the sun. Today I am packing (yes taking my scale along) and it gives me time to think - what will I wear on vacation, how I will kick start my diet, exercise, 2015 goals, how to energize... <BR> <BR> I gained a shocking amount of weight since I got sick in November. I am still in recovery mode and very tired, BUT I am planning for a very successful 2015. It will take a lot of and effort and I WILL do it! <BR> <BR> I am doing the 2015 5% Challenge ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:46:22 EST Setting Small Goals & 5% Challenge Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834884 I am taking small steps to reach big goals. I was sick for a month and still feel so tired. I am setting small daily goals that will get me headed in the right direction. As I feel better there will be more momentum and bigger goals. <BR> <BR> 1) go to bed early <em>248</em> 1/1 <BR> 2) get up between 6 - 7 AM <em>248</em> 1/1 <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:24:08 EST Why the 5% Challenge Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832926 We take a little break between challenges and reflect on the successes of the last challenge. It so exciting to see the long list of names of those who lost 5% or more, and know how happy they are. Sometimes we do not get the results we would like, but vow to do better in the next challenge. Then the next challenge is announced and WooHoo, we are ready to jump on board and do better. At the end of each season, you have to join the next season's challenge to continue doing the 5% Challenges. T... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:46:26 EST Winter 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832394 Yawn, stretch, wake up... let's get Sparking again. If you took a few weeks off after the Fall 5% Challenge, now is the time to get back on the diet and getting exercising. Invite your friends to the Winter Challenge, get a running start on the next challenge. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challe... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:35:02 EST Diet and Exercise! YES!!! Motivation Ignited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827003 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855676732.jpg"> <BR> Meeting New Friends - Sparker LESLIELENORE on the right <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l965472951.jpg"> <BR> Traveling <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l216209242.jpg"> <BR> Doing fun things with family <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l972589622.jpg"> <BR> Camping with family <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 13:11:47 EST Hooping, Cooking, Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821273 My energy level is improving and a few times a day I try to hoop. As soon as I start moving I get very hot, so these little bursts of energy are all I can do. I watched several youtube hoop videos. It's seems to be a rocking movement side to side or front to back, so effortless. <BR> <BR> This morning hubby brought me breakfast in bed - bacon, eggs, toast and coffee. It was delicious and much appreciated. I often have oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts. This afternoon I made a big one w... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:40:56 EST I am thinking 199.9 all day long! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820402 Kali is a happy healthy 10 year old dog, height and weight proportionate. Wed. she had her annual vet appointment to get her shots, so she is good for another year. She exercises an 1.5 hours a day - a long walk with DH each morning before breakfast, and she eats a measured portions of nutritious dog food. <BR> <BR> This morning we did more ensuite renovation planning. We made the rounds of specialty stores – 1) shopped for a recessed electric fireplace 2) glass shop - hardware – shower doo... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:15:49 EST Yes you can! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819642 I am fighting my CNN addiction – comfy couch, blanket on my lap, nice warm laptop and CNN on all day. I haven't left the house much in the last 9 days as I battle with the flu and cold. My energy level is low and I have a terrible cough. I called the doctor’s office for a revisit, but she didn’t have an opening today so am over being sick - time to get moving. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to the medical lab to get a blood test for kidney function. Now I can get booked for some type of scan on ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:41:36 EST New Streak - Onederland by Dec. 31st! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818642 IRON_RESOLVE's blogs have motivated me to start a new streak. Her goal is a 1000 Day Streak - Positive, Permanent Change and she is in week one. <BR> <BR> I have been flat out sick in bed for a week. My energy level is so low. Hubby took good care of me. I got as much sleep as I needed which was all I wanted to do. Tonight I am feeling perkier and am actually thinking a day ahead. I expect I will be back at full duties tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My new streak - onederland by Dec. 31st <BR> <BR>... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:08:01 EST Every Sparker Knows How to Lose Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808394 Ask anyone of us here how to lose weight and we will likely all agree - eat the right foods in the right quantities! <BR> <BR> You can lose weight if you consistently - <BR> <BR> Calculate your recommended calorie range. <BR> Stopping eat out so often. <BR> Eat home cooked meals. <BR> Find a diet that you will stick with. <BR> Learn all the food rules for your diet. <BR> Learn the success factors for the diet. <BR> Find recipes that suit your diet. <BR> Make a grocery list. <BR> Shop o... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:16:11 EST Kali's Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375138386.jpg"> <BR> Kali's Dinner! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:37:46 EST Thoughts on Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807095 Today I read a few blogs. Someone wrote about the importance of be an example to our children. I certainly agree and replied 'Teaching our children to eat properly will be what they remember as home cooking.' I am an empty nester and wish I knew then, what I know now. But I do remember how kids can be picky little eaters. <BR> <BR> Today I did zumba, yoga and recumbent bike. I am getting good use of my YMCA membership. Later I am going to pickleball, more to see my friend Monica than to pla... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:09:23 EST Oh the places you'll go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803440 I was sick for a few days and this morning I did an assessment of where I am at. Day 9 of the Full Plate Diet, and I should have a good weigh on Saturday. I am trying new recipes and created a few of my own. I cut back on eating out. My criteria - it has to be a friend's idea, not mine or DH's. This week it was Friday night dinner out with a group of friends, and Tuesday lunch with 2 friends and only bowl of soup. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I was hiking in a mountain park. So this is my motiva... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:38:18 EST Happy Dance with High Fiber! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801626 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l554157002.jpg"> <BR> Last Tuesday night I kicked off the high fiber diet. I assembled all the foods I needed to make DD's meals for the next day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222137434.jpg"> <BR> The right foods in the right amounts. Have to measure EVERYTHING! No eyeballing it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1175384749.jpg"> <BR> Here is an example of a lunch. DD's Day One ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:53:12 EST Nutrisystem Concept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800449 When I suggested to my dear daughter that I would make all her meals and snacks to get her launched with the Full Plate Diet, she said 'like Nutrisystem'. The Wiki definition of Nutrisystem - portion-controlled entrees and snacks. Customers supplement these packaged foods with grocery foods, including vegetables, fruits, and dairy items. I am including her vegetables, fruits, and dairy items. <BR> <BR> DD lost 3 pounds in 3 days and is quite motivated to keep going with the diet. This mornin... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:38:54 EST Week Flying By & Lots of Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799565 Friday is almost here. I had a busy week and I am looking forward to relaxing this weekend. Tonight I am going to bed early so I can be up and ready to leave earlier. I am making all DD's meals to get her launched in the Full Plate Diet. I am record her meals in Spark, then make them. She gets them and then I twitch Spark a bit for what I eat. She just completed day 2 and loves it. She said there is too much food, but that's the great thing about the diet. She doesn't live at home so we have ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:25:43 EST More Energy Renewed Good Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796941 I am consistently going to the gym at least 3 times a week. It is starting to feel like a habit again and I am into workout mode with the strength training and cardio. I learn by watching others using the equipment and I have tried yoga and zumba. In general my energy level is improving. <BR> <BR> When we moved here 3 years ago, we chose the closest gym for easy access and to meet people. In the last year we were away a lot and stopped going. Now we go to the YMCA, which is a little further... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:48:42 EST Back on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793717 I struggled to get back on track with my eating but it's has not been going well. My portion sizes, calories, cravings, choices, etc. are crazy. I am eating too much, too often and the wrong foods. I often 'feel hungry', so the empty calories are not filling me up. <BR> <BR> I decided hunger was the biggest issue, so the answer for me is the Full Plate Diet. The last time I really committed to the Full Plate Diet (high fiber diet), it went well. The meals are so filling I won't think about ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:55:11 EST Put Down the Girl Guide Cookies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791685 Calories in Chocolatey Minty Girl Guide Cookies/Canada-3 cookies 190 calories. As a former Guide Leader, I understand the cookie sales are a necessary money maker to cover the national and provincial administrative expenses, and a very small amount goes to the local pack.... but why cookies? Sell no calorie magazine subscriptions, ask for donations, something that doesn't put these naughty high calories treats in my house. Hubby and I 'had' to buy 4 boxes of cookies to help a family member me... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:32:52 EST Week 2 - Gaining Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789456 The 5% Challenge has motivated me to get back to the gym and look at some of the lifestyle set backs I had over the summer. Today at the YMCA I went to yoga and zumba. I enjoyed a few minutes of relaxation in the hot tub after. I now have some limitations because of arthritis in my hips, so I will look at other types of exercise too. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do... John Wooden <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:08 EST Sit/Stand Test & Challenging Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784256 I was reading my friend WOLFKITTY's blog today and she had a link to the Sit/Stand Test, and she wrote - I do like that there is a good demonstration of something you can use as a non-scale benchmark of fitness and progress. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-bein<BR>g/stories/this-simple-sitting-test-cou<BR>ld-predict-how-long-you-will-live </link> <BR> <BR> For a few years now I find it difficult to get out of the side of the swimming pool and stand up. After I haul myse... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:39:12 EST Fall 5% Challenge Day 1 - Know My Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783529 Good morning. My Day 1 5% weigh in this morning... ugh! I admit we did go out for pizza and wine last night - our way of kicking off the challenge today. I am sure some of my weight must be water weight, but then maybe not. I haven't been the best little Sparker lately. But that's the great thing about the 5% Challenge, once the start date is announced I do start making attitude adjustments and preparing for day one. <BR> <BR> There is no junk food in the house, except for the Lindor chocol... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:08:45 EST My Story in Emoticons & Joined the YMCA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782500 Just for fun I did my Fall 5% Challenge story in emoticons - what I did over the summer; my Fall 5% diet & exercise plan to lose 10 pounds 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>479</em> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>190</em> <em>495</em> <em>489</em> <em>297</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>249</em> <em>280</em> <em>535</em> <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>311</em> <em>237</em> <em>314</em> <em>315</em> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:50:02 EST Act, feel, and think size 10! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781166 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758839697.jpg"> <BR> Yes that is me when I was a size 8 or 10 <BR> <BR> What would I do at size 10? <BR> <BR> Walk 10,000 steps <BR> Water Aerobics <BR> Be more active with friends <BR> Eat 1,500 calories a day <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> My inspiring Spark Friend, great idea to think size 10! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:02:35 EST My Before Picture - Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779198 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018755461.jpg"> <BR> Sept 8th at the Britainnia Beach Mining Museum. DSIL on the left, me on the right. <BR> <BR> Today I was looking for a motivational picture of myself and I chose this silhouette as my 'before'. I can see I have to work harder if I am going to see changes. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:53:01 EST Triggers - Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773363 For the purpose of this activity, a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. <BR> <BR> Trigger situations and foods that trigger my over consumption of calories. <BR> <BR> Being around ot... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:08:31 EST Motivation for 56 Days For the Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772332 From the 5% Challenge - Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> Have a written record to remind yourself of your goals and motives. During the 56 days of this challenge it will keep you going when you remind yourself why you are doing this. ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 02:24:56 EST New Month, New Streak Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771372 <em>249</em> 10,000 Daily Steps Streak started. My streak was 178 Days and in June I averaged 11,193 steps a day so that will be my record to beat. <BR> <BR> Sparked - did up my Win Today & Win Tomorrow Check List, printed off my diet plan checklist, had breakfast, showered, put on exercise clothes and sunscreen. <BR> <BR> Lunch - made my diet version of Udon Soup. It can be made with any combination of veggies, I prefer low carb Asian. <BR> <BR> one serving - today's batch <BR> <BR>... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:46:18 EST