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/ SparkPeople is an Amazing Site! Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169184 Hi members. For anyone who is unhappy with recent changes, please take a few minutes to think about all the benefits you get from SparkPeople and what you pay for it. To remain a profitable business, Spark needs to attract new members and sell advertising. Many new members will likely be younger tech savvy people, who are less likely to use computers, and are using phones and tablets. <BR> <BR> I am usually on my laptop but today I was on my phone. I can see there are recent enhancements th... Tue, 24 May 2016 00:04:33 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Time to Join http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168148 Please join us for the next challenge which starts in June. Each of us have the goal of losing 5% of our starting weight or if you are at goal, then maintaining your weight. You will be on a challenge team and compete against other 5% teams. It's lots of fun as we do the healthy weekly challenges and have a friendly rivalry with other teams. Team members are supportive and it wonderful to be part of an active team. It's the best way to Spark! <BR> <BR> In the Spring 5% Challenge I hit Onderl... Sun, 22 May 2016 12:37:29 EST Onederland - I am Staying Here Forever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167524 Yesterday morning I was so happy to wake up in onederland. I lost 32 pounds this year and hitting this milestone revitalizes me and frees me to take on some new challenges. I lost the weight with a good food plan, better eating habits, and not so much exercise. <BR> <BR> I have a bone spur on my foot that can be quite painful, so it limits walking. I am not sure when my foot will be fixed but I am ready to start exercising again, I just have to be creative. I got a new bike yesterday to cel... Sat, 21 May 2016 12:19:21 EST Onederland! Doing the Happy Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166849 <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I landed in onederland! I am doing the happy dance this morning! <BR> <BR> I am getting a new bicycle today as a reward! <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> Can't update my page - Spark glitch <BR> <BR> Recap of last year <BR> <BR> Sept 2015 Start Bodysense dietician lead class <BR> Oct 2015 Start listening to Overeaters Anon free podcasts from iTunes <BR> Oct 18 2015 Start 100 Days of Weight Loss - Linda Spangle book & group <BR> Nov ... Fri, 20 May 2016 09:48:01 EST Fitbit, Bicycle, Healthy Emotional Outlets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166297 I have a free day today, so I am going to look at bicycles. Until I get the bone spurs removed I am not walking too much, so hopefully biking will be better. <BR> <BR> On walking4fun.com - today DH will hit the end of the Pacific Crest Trail 2,663.5 Miles on day 432! A couple of months ago Kali got an apprentice puppy to take over her daily walks. Puppy Royce is doing very well and walks DH 7.5 km a day, and Kali is enjoying a few short sniffing walks a day. <BR> <BR> The apprentice chewed... Thu, 19 May 2016 12:39:16 EST Dog Park Therapy - Learning New Behaviors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164886 I have dieted, lost weight and regained it many times over the years. This year I am focused on how to continue to lose weight and permanently maintain that weight loss. <BR> <BR> To lose weight in 2016 <BR> <BR> 1) I nutrition track all my meals <BR> 2) I do not eat my 'red light foods' - appetizers, desserts, chips, crackers <BR> 3) each evening after dinner I plan the next days meals <BR> 4) eat 3 meals a days with occasional snacks <BR> 5) try new foods ie. plain Greek yogurt, turkey c... Tue, 17 May 2016 13:23:06 EST Spring - Week 8 Countdown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164187 I am lingering around 201 pounds and my final Spring 5% Challenge weigh is this Saturday. I want so much to be in ONEDERLAND by then. I need to do more than hope I get there, I have to work hard for it. Each meal, each bite will be planned and within my calorie range. I will make a point of adding fruit to each meal to add fiber and eat less of something else. Each evening after dinner, I will plan the meals for the next day AND calculate the calories in advance. <BR> <BR> This year I stopp... Mon, 16 May 2016 14:10:59 EST Friday & Feels Like Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157615 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4060e80-8eb8-45e6-9e49-e50839833bae.JPG"> <BR> Kali with her birthday present. She often puts her head on a cushion and now she has her own. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f9c9a17-6fa1-4892-a51e-13c56f150147.JPG"> <BR> Kali with puppy Royce and some of the guests at Kali Cinco de Mayo 12th birthday party. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/600917f6-2614-488c-8651-0367dc419de7.jpg"> <BR> W... Fri, 6 May 2016 13:07:05 EST Donating My Weight in Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156446 The other day I gathered up all my clothes all and heaped them up then sorted through them - keep or donate. The main criteria was did it fit? Today as I was hanging up the keepers I weeded out a few I did not like. I put the donations into a huge tote and struggled to get it down the stairs. Then I got curious - how heavy is the tote? 30 pounds!!! That's how much I have lost this year. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will be rested and I will post pictures of the before and after with the clothes. <... Wed, 4 May 2016 19:00:21 EST Maria Kondo Declutter Clothes - Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155556 Hubby built a wonderful walk in closet and it's finished now. Monday I did the Maria Kondo method of decluttering my clothes, where you gather your clothes together from ALL over the house. Next group like things together and quickly pick out the things to keep and get rid of the rest. Don't think about what you will do with the rest that comes later. It's quick and painless. <BR> <BR> It only took 2 hours to gather up all the clothes of all sizes, heap them on the bed and sort them into pan... Tue, 3 May 2016 12:17:14 EST A Day Off From Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154800 It a beautiful spring day and I am sitting in a quiet tidy house taking the day off. Everyone is out and I have a few hours to myself, it feels like a day off from life. I will get caught up on some paperwork, do some OA work, make some appointments, declutter my clothes and walk the dogs to the duck pond, where I like to look for the albino duck. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we were at a convention. My plan was to go to Subway for a small meal rather than eat the convention appetizers, etc. but the... Mon, 2 May 2016 12:46:56 EST Decluttering & Kali's Cinco de Mayo Birthday Party Ole! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154165 I need time to plan my month so I can keep up the momentum of getting our house in order, finish unpacking and hanging pictures, get ready for Kali's 12th birthday. We will have a few select friends and family invited for Kali's special day. We will do our fumbling best Canadian version of Mexican food. This week we will be readying the deck for this festive soiree. <BR> <BR> The new bathroom is finished and the walk in closet is almost complete. We did not have a full length mirrors since ... Sun, 1 May 2016 17:07:15 EST 3 Weigh Ins to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153380 Starting Weight 03/26/2016: 205.6 <BR> 5% Challenge Goal: 10.3 <BR> Overall Goal Weight: 195.3 <BR> <BR> Week 1 - 04/02/2016: 208.0 <BR> Week 2 - 04/09/2016: 207.6 <BR> Week 3 - 04/16/2016: 203.4 <BR> Week 4 - 04/23/2016: 204.0 <BR> Week 5 - 04/30/2016: 201.6 <BR> Week 6 <BR> Week 7 <BR> Week 8 <BR> <BR> Losing weight is a great learning opportunity. When I saw my weight go from 205.6 to 208.0 in Week 1, I looked at my food journal and knew exactly what happened - BREAD!!! I had gue... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:16:53 EST Saved the Best for Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152867 Today is the last day of our 2 week decluttering challenge. I am going to roll up my sleeves and tackle a special project - THAT ROOM! My college daughter got a job and is in the process of moving out. No surprise, some how her room looks like she never left. I am not sure how much I will get done, but at least I will start. If the job seems too daunting I will do the 10 minutes minimum and walk out and close the door. I am counting this as exercise! <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>84</em> <... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:39:20 EST 5% Conflicted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152156 Today I updated my weight on Spark. This message popped. <BR> <BR> Weight & Measurements <BR> Successfully Tracked for 4/28/2016 <BR> <BR> Weigh yourself - 201.6 <BR> <BR> Congratulations on your weight loss! Note that your calorie needs may decrease as you lose weight. To give you control over your account, we do not automatically adjust your calories when you weigh-in. We recommend that you update your program every time you lose 10-15 pounds. Click here to visit your program page; ensu... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:32:36 EST Lifestyle Changes Mean I Do Things Differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151522 This year I am tackling a number of things that add up to a healthier and happier lifestyle. It`s not always easy to know what to do next but I am building new skills and accepting that I can change. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did my best to focus on positive ways to deal with internal stress so I would not trigger bad eating behaviors. What helped the most - <BR> <BR> 1. I talked with my Overeaters Anon sponsor. I had not talked with her for a couple of weeks, as I imploded with stress. We ta... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:29:11 EST Stress & Not Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151101 Lately I have been very stressed, nothing I will share here. Since taking Bodysense classes and joining Overeaters Anon I am aware that stress can trigger bad eating behaviors. This morning I got a call that my evening class was cancelled. I was disappointed as I have got in the habit of going out Tuesday nights and I enjoy learning. <BR> <BR> I got my work out of the way and had a phone meeting. Still I felt anxious and decided this was a great time to explore a dog park. I enjoyed watchin... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 23:33:06 EST Onederland & Declutter Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149993 I have been weighing in weekly. Because I was going away for the weekend I weighed in Friday (a day early). It didn't feel like 'my real weigh in' so I weighed in again today, 203.6 pounds. I am determined to get to onederland in the Spring Challenge so I will be more focused this week. <BR> <BR> This week while I am on the internet I am listening to The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up Marie Kondo Audiobook. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7EdleXy_1Q </link> <BR> <BR> This... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:45:36 EST 4 Weigh Ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147889 My DD is going to follow my eating plan, so that will give me more momentum. I gave her a notebook so each evening she can plan her next day's meals. At the top of each page she writes - I used to be that way but now I am different. I hope it inspires her like it did for me. She will be following the Canada Food Guide and aiming for 2 Fruit, 5 Vegetables, 2 Dairy, 2 Protein, 2 Fats. She is a runner so I expect she will lose quickly. <BR> <BR> I am weighing in a day early because we are goin... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 10:43:27 EST 5 Weigh Ins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146538 Last night at my Bodysense class the topic of meditation was discussed - relaxation, etc. A woman in my class goes to a meditation group every Wednesday and invited me to join her. I complete my Bodysense classes May 2nd, so I will try it then. <BR> <BR> In Bodysense and Overeaters Anon the emphasis is on healthy eating, not counting calories. While I continue to nutrition track, I am comfortable with my food plan and eating style and my daily calorie intake varies some. My weight loss may ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 13:20:31 EST Letting Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145755 This year I focused on permanent weight loss. I am happy with the way that is going. Coincidentally I am not as always so patient/tolerant = cranky? I do not why this is, but I am trying to understand it and deal with it. <BR> <BR> When I recognize stress, I immediately do a mindful relaxation technique. I breathe in slowly through my nose, then purse my lips and slowly breathe out. I try to do it at least 5 times. Later when I realize I am not feeling stressed I do it again. It's helps me ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:19:57 EST Day 2 Declutter your kitchen surfaces or get into the cupboards. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144343 I set the timer for 10 minutes and focused on the 'hot spot' counter to the left of the sink. I removed 2 decks of cards, a lint roller, dog bowls, cake mix and icing, coupon book, school notices, batteries, recycling stuff. Only a cook book and medical info was mine and I put it in a drawer. What stayed - a potted plants, kids lunch kits, dog medications, radio. Only one slip of paper was trash. <BR> <BR> We have several hot spots in our house - one thing gets placed there and if it is not... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:58:03 EST Day 1 Declutter - Make Your World Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143889 Great <em>249</em> for me. <BR> <BR> I made space for others to feel there is a place for them in our home and to have a feeling of peace when they enter the house. <BR> <BR> First thing this morning I made the bed before I brushed my teeth. <BR> <BR> I helped at the church garage sale. It was interesting to see what was donated and how quickly customers stampeded in to snatch it up. I bought a few things and cleaned them up and put them away immediately when I got home. <BR> <BR> D... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:04:34 EST More Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143235 Several people have asked for more information about my Overeaters Anonymous Program and my food plan. <BR> <BR> Questions <BR> <BR> 1) How do you know what to eat? <BR> <BR> For my food plant - I consulted with a dietitian about what I should be eating daily and how much - 1400 daily calories. These are the categories of foods and the number of PORTION CONTROLLED servings to eat 2 Fruit, 5 Vegetables, 3 Dairy, 2 Protein, 2 Fat. There are no categories for appetizers, desserts, chips, cr... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:36:19 EST Declutter - YAY!!! & No Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142294 In the 5% Challenge we are decluttering for 2 weeks. I am so glad we are doing this. Overall our house looks tidy, but I am a minimalist at heart and I would like to streamline the house so it reflects our current lifestyle. This is wisdom 'The barn's burnt down, now I can see the moon.' We have to decide what to do with some sentimental items and I look forward to learning from my team mates how they do it. <BR> <BR> Today is the annual trash big item pick up. I see what our neighbors deci... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:25:59 EST Good Bye Forever XL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140696 When friends see you are losing weight they want to know what diet you are on. If asked I tell them I joined OA. Last night a friend went to a meeting with me and will continue to go with me Monday nights. OA is spread by attraction not promotion, so it feels good to spread the message by results. <BR> <BR> I have to be brave and start giving away my too big clothes. It's one of the ways to convince my brain there is no going back, I've had a permanent lifestyle change. Some of the clothes ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:15:49 EST Answers to Some Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139732 For a few months I have gotten a few questions about how I am eating and what I am eating. I think I have answered most of the questions but here is a summary. <BR> <BR> I have kept a hand written food journal all year. I manually calculate the calories and it's quick and easy to do so. I eat many of the same foods without much embellishment and few prepared foods. I practice portion control and weigh and measure everything. For protein I eat a lot of chicken and very little red meat. My DH... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:07:57 EST Celebrating 100 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139077 My New Years resolution was a Red Light Lifestyle - NO appetizers, desserts, chips or crackers. For 100 days I have not eaten these foods and I have lost about 25 pounds so far. <BR> <BR> This weekend we are eating out 3 times - Friday night Greek restaurant, Saturday dinner at friends', and tonight dinner at friends. This describes our lifestyle - we socialize over food. At home we eat healthy meals, but away from home we enjoy eating all the goodies we do not have in the house. So I chan... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:26:32 EST Going in the Right Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138438 After having a set back with last week's weigh in I am looking at the numbers from the Winter 5% Challenge. I want to see what a I can realistically do in the Spring 5% Challenge. In winter some weeks I lost a pound or more. <BR> <BR> Winter Weigh Ins <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 01/02/2016: 228.0 <BR> 5% Challenge Goal: 11.4 <BR> 5% Challenge Goal: 228 x .95 = 216.6 <BR> <BR> Week 1 01/09/2016: 222.8 <BR> Week 2 01/16/2016: 219.4 <BR> Week 3 01/23/2016: 218.6 <BR> Week 4 01/30/2016: 218... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 11:06:43 EST Social Weekend & Food Journals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137870 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8bf8d41-4a0a-4ad1-97d9-6ac6cfc6a13c.jpg"> <BR> Royce and I. She is a great little motivator. I am walking her 3 times a day, and thank goodness other family members walk her and play with her. She has a LOT of energy! <BR> <BR> We are catching up with friends this weekend, but that means 3 dinners away from home. Tonight we are going to a Greek restaurant, and the next 2 nights we are going to friends' homes. I will focus on talking with my f... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 12:34:36 EST Stop Living Out of Boxes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136476 While we away this winter, our dear daughter and her family moved into our house, so they could get their home ready to sell, and then sell it. We arrived home March 7th, and continued to live in our RV on the driveway, while our house renovations were being completed. March 18 we got our puppy. March 27 we moved back into the house and our family from Edmonton arrived for their one week spring break. It's all been fun and busy, and now we have another busy month. <BR> <BR> House - after th... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 16:06:42 EST Happy Ice Cream Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135086 Today is Day 95 of my abstinence - no appetizers, no desserts, no chips, no crackers. Saturday we were going to the Skagit Tulip Festival. We stopped along the way to buy ice cream cones as it was close to lunch, but we would be having a later lunch. I had no intention of having an ice cream cone. While the others were going to the restroom and looking around the store, I paid for 5 ice creams. As I moved to the ice cream counter, I realized I had inadvertently paid for one more ice cream tha... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 21:38:31 EST Nutrition Tracking is Easy Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133912 I have been tracking daily since Jan. 1. I am doing it the low tech way with a notebook and pen. Each evening I write out the menu plan for the next day, then I stick to the plan or adjust if needed. I cook a lot of basic foods made from scratch. But I will buy cheese sauce to add a little to broccoli or cauliflower. At the end of the day I add the calories and tally it up. I have been dieting for so many years I know the calorie content of the all foods I commonly eat. If needed I look up in... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 11:29:37 EST Oops on the Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133656 It has been a happy busy week and our visitors are going home in the morning. This week I made dinner for 8 - 9 people each evening, and did not use measuring cups when I dished up my food. I did expect the scale to be up a bit, but I was surprised to see I am up 2.4 pounds. I am not upset by this, but it does underline how important it is to stick to a routine. Regardless I am glad we had this wonderful week. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> I stayed abstinent Day 93 - no appetizers, desserts, chi... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 00:50:08 EST Fashion Police & Spring Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132487 I am doing 10,000 daily steps again, and again it's causing pain on the ganglion cyst on the top of my left foot. April 14th I am having it removed, but till then I am coping. Yesterday I was wearing athletic wear and had to switch to loafers, something that was loose fitting on my foot. I left for groceries and realized I could get busted by the fashion police. Yikes! <BR> <BR> With Alberta spring break, there are 8 of us around the house and one more arriving this weekend. While feeding t... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:08:37 EST 120/68 Blood Pressure & Coincidence? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130849 Kali was my walking buddy for a few years, then she started walking hubby 1.5 hours every morning. She is a great motivator and hubby reached his healthy BMI in the Winter 5% Challenge. We learned Kali has arthritis in her spine, and her back legs seem to drag a bit. Her veterinarian has limited her to two 15 minute walks a day. Now Kali is learning to appreciate her apprentice, Royce, the Aussiedoodle. <BR> <BR> Having a puppy means lots of walks for potty training, lots of walks to learn ... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:54:19 EST Easter Dinner Monday Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129771 We had a great day at the beach with the kids. Each person made their own lunch for a picnic. We played on the play ground equipment, walked the beach, collected shells and rocks, had a fire and the kids made a 'log cabin' with driftwood. <BR> <BR> Easter Menu for 8 people <BR> <BR> roast turkey <BR> turkey gravy <BR> steamed broccoli with one TBSP Ragi Alfredo sauce spooned on each serving <BR> green bean casserole/with Stovetop stuffing on top <BR> boiled potatoes (not mashed) <BR> Straw... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:29:39 EST Easter Dinner Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128994 We are having our family dinner tomorrow. I am thawing a turkey and doing a menu plan tonight. I know it will be a different type of dinner because I am not planning on serving appetizers or desserts with the meal. After the entree we will have fresh fruit. I expect it will be a wonderful meal because we are together eating delicious healthy food and spending time with each other. <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> <em>551</em> <em>140</em> <em>550</em> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 22:59:45 EST 14 - Before Picture & Left the Clean Plate Club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128043 Before Picture - for a Non-Scale Victory (NSV) - take a before picture this week and post it on your page. At the end of the challenge take another picture so you can see the difference 5% makes. Thinking of that future picture can help you visualize your success. <BR> <BR> Save the outfit so you can wear it in your AFTER picture! <BR> <BR> Sometime today I will get my picture. <BR> <BR> I have officially left the Clean Plate Club. Since I stopped eating my red light (think traffic light... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 13:15:03 EST 13 - Know Your Numbers & Challenge Starts Tomorrow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127568 First day of the Spring 5% Challenge: Saturday, March 26 weigh in <BR> <BR> The last weigh in for the 5% Challenge: 05/21/2016 <BR> <BR> A) How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss? <BR> <BR> To calculate your 5% (example): <BR> <BR> 205.6 X .05 = 10.3 pounds (or the amount of weight needed to meet 5% goal) <BR> <BR> 205.6 – 10.3 = 195.3 pounds <BR> <BR> By When: May 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 205.6 pounds <BR> Target Weight: 195.3 pounds <BR> By Whe... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:43:34 EST 12 - Tracking Your Progress With a Measuring Tape & 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126766 I last measured Jan. 1 for the start of the Winter Challenge. There will be quite a change in the numbers, as I have l have lost about 25 pounds this year, and gone down at least a few of sizes. I am really looking forward to seeing the new numbers. <BR> <BR> Clothes wise I am in between seasons. It's still cool and rainy around Vancouver but I hope to break out my summer (Palm Springs) clothes in a few weeks. Likely most of those clothes will be too big now. I started weeding out some of m... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:44:13 EST 11 - Light Your Fire! 5% Challenge - Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126340 My 2016 Goal - to change my self defeating eating behaviors once and for all. I need to be strong minded and carry out actions that will help me become healthier and more disciplined. I use self talk to focus my energy and be more results oriented. So far this year I have lost about 25 pounds, so it works. <BR> <BR> I'm not telling you it's going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it. - Art Williams <BR> <BR> This was a big motivator for me in Spring 2014. It got me going ... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:55:24 EST 10 - Reach Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125129 I am definitely ready to reach my goals this Spring. I have a meal plan that works for me so I can continue with that and focus on exercise and relaxation. I will approach the exercise the same way I did the food and keep a journal and find others who want to get more exercise. <BR> <BR> Last night we went to a movie and did NOT eat anything! Each January we go to the Palm Springs Film Festival and see 9 movies without eating or drinking anything. Popcorn is sold in the theatre, but few peo... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:08:25 EST 9 - Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124326 I have my food plan worked and REALLY need to focus on exercise. Daily exercise will make me stronger, toned and aid in my weight loss. <BR> <BR> There is a gym near by that costs $5/week. You pre-pay $80 and then $5/week is taken from that. However if I go to the recreation center it costs more but I can do water aerobics and go to that gym on the same visit. <BR> <BR> 2016 Spring 5% Exercise Commitment - 30 minutes daily exercise minimum <BR> <BR> Walk 3 times a day for 5 minutes which... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:36:00 EST 8 - Strategize & Invitation to 5% Challenge (starts Sat.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123590 List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever! <BR> <BR> What have you learned along the way that has really helped you? <BR> <BR> 1) I have been Sparking 8 years. I have been obsessed with my journey to a normal weight. Along the way I learned how to lose weight, but I never ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:06:07 EST 7 Triggers & Red Light Foods & 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122886 At the end of 2015 I decided in 2016 I would do ANYTHING to lose weight. I listened to Overeater Anon (the app is called - OA Speakers Free) podcasts downloads on my smart phone and from itunes. I listened for hours each day to learn what some people had done to permanently overcome their weight issues. Also I joined OA in Jan. 1st, 2016. <BR> <BR> My New Years resolution - Give up all my Triggers & Red Light Foods Jan. 1, 2016. <BR> <BR> I evaluated my behaviors and food consumption patte... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:34:20 EST 6 Motivation & Invitation to 2016 Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122099 Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going. <BR> <BR> Today's assignment is to list 10 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> Think of yourself at the end of the Challenge having accomplished your goals! <BR> <BR> I want to <BR> <BR> 1 get to oneder... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:52:59 EST 5 - Win Tomorrow Check List & Another OA Meeting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121446 Plan for success - do your homework today so you succeed tomorrow. Take a few minutes today to make your lunch for tomorrow, update your schedule and do a few things so you have time to take care of yourself and don't feel rushed. If you do not already have a list/routine please use this one or make up your own. <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes preparation for a successful tomorrow? <BR> <BR> Yes <BR> <BR> Get water bottles ready <BR> P... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:06:10 EST 4 - Win Today Check List & Upcoming Biopsy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120805 Check List - I have a daily routine in the same format as the Win Today and I give myself points for each item completed. I must admit, it's time to dig it out and get using it again! <BR> <BR> However, I have a VERY detailed morning routine on a sticky note - coffee, look at schedule for today, make plans, write a bit in my journal, eat breakfast, brush teeth, meds, hair, dress, sunscreen, makeup. I do it to keep on task and get out the door on time. I like to have time alone until breakfas... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:00:04 EST 3 Update Your Page & New Puppy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119808 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/907d0671-0d73-4a97-aed4-e45d283abc95.jpg"> <BR> We are getting our baby puppy on Friday. She is an Aussiedoodle. The breeder calls her Royce, but we are considering other names. Suggestions? <BR> <BR> My clothes are feeling looser and looser so I am donating clothes. Where I go to OA meetings, there is a 'sisters closet' where you can give or take clothes you are no longer wearing. I am going to fix a few loose buttons so someone who needs an ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:41:35 EST