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/ Recharged & Ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678076 The sun is shining and it looks like another great day. I am thinking about the positives - I made it thru the worst of the plantar fasciitis (will still go to Dr), kept my streak going, crossed 60,000 Spark exercise minutes. <BR> <BR> Priorities in the next week. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition Tracking <BR> 2. Unpack remaining boxes from our move <BR> 3. Donate good stuff to the church garage sale <BR> 4. Get going with strength training - kettlebells & plank <BR> 5. Focus on meal preparation <B... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:19:54 EST Yet Another Day I Don't Feel Like Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674742 It's 8:56 PM, it's raining, my foot hurts, I already exercised for 60 minutes - <BR> <BR> BUT I am going out walking <BR> <BR> DAY 106 of my 10,000 Step Streak! <BR> <BR> Edit - 10:15 PM I got in another 7,000 steps. DGS was walking with me and we talked along the way. I told him I need to walk 10,000 steps a day to remain in an 'active' lifestyle otherwise I would be in a 'sedentary' lifestyle. I am grateful for the companionship of family and friends, who are active and join with me in ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:58:58 EST More Places I Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673941 These are pictures from the weekend in Washington <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203027162.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1078285105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2065926659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 115 & Not Feeling I Will Do It <BR> <BR> The plantar faucets appears to have created a heel spur. The intense pain of the PF has dissipated, but what remains is a very painful heel on the bott... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:54:33 EST Places I Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672810 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1863996172.jpg"> <BR> Biking Barnston Island <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2102538113.jpg"> <BR> Barnston Island a little sheep farm we passsed <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1891920267.jpg"> <BR> 2,650 Steps From Home - ocean in the horizon <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1064563378.jpg"> <BR> 2,650 Steps From Home - golf course and horse stable,... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:24:37 EST Something Wonderful Happened Along the Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934990648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> April 2014 My DGS, DH and my dog Kali <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2032096004.jpg"> <BR> <BR> June 2007 My little friend and my dog Kali <BR> <BR> I was looking at one of my Spark pictures taken almost 7 years ago. I was walking on a trail when I took a picture of my little friend and my dog. It was a trail I knew, and over the years I got to know it very well as I walked longer,... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:15:01 EST I'm telling you it's going to be worth it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663688 I watched an online beginners’ kettlebell exercise video and thought it seemed easy enough, so I bought a 5 pounder to get started. It is easy to follow and I enjoyed doing it. I was surprised how easy! I am happy to have this as one of my home strength training exercises. In a month I will assess how I am doing and find another video to increase the intensity or increase the weight or both. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=2waVex8EUfc </link> <BR> <BR> 10,000 Steps Streak & Plan... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:51:37 EST Struggled But... Success is Built on Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661895 I really struggled yesterday to get in my daily 10,200 steps (which goes to 10,300 today). I was tired, busy and overall not feeling well, I did not feel like walking. In the afternoon I took a break and read my friend, LESLIELENORE’s blogs. She was on Day 919 of her daily exercise streak, and there must have been days she did not feel 100% but still did it. <BR> <BR> I napped before dinner, and after still felt so tired. I thought about what got me this far in my streak. There were many da... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 15:53:42 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise & Diet Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660440 In between Challenges I have worked on my weight loss and developing some new habits. I am doing all my cardio outside now. I am eating fruit with my meals and I cut back on the amount of food. <BR> <BR> 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment - I started wogging a combination of walking and jogging to increase the intensity of my exercise. It now takes less time to 10,200 steps. I need to time myself so I can estimate my daily minutes. I am doing this in my little neighborhood. It’s great to see ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:04:15 EST Challenging Myself Between Challenges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654999 In the Winter Challenge I established my 10,000 step daily streak - Day 81 today. I was in Palm Springs for two months and often walked in the evenings listening to audio books and looking up at the starry sky and palm trees. <BR> <BR> When I got home this month, I started using my treadmill desk to check email, watch Madmen while I walk. It's upstairs in front of a window facing the street. I see people walking by with their dogs, shopping bags or strolling. Now I am transitioning to walki... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:36:16 EST 5% Challenge Invitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649873 Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape this Spring! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=62656 </link> <BR> <BR> This week's goals - lose weight in between challenges... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:27:55 EST Please join the Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649474 My Sunday - a day of happiness and purpose <BR> <BR> Church <BR> Indian restaurant for lunch <BR> Green grocer for freggies <BR> Treadmill desk <BR> Nap <BR> Volunteer at the mission feeding dinner to the homeless <BR> Dinner at home <BR> Treadmill desk & invited Spark friends to Challenge <BR> Will watch Wolf on Wall Street <BR> 10,200 steps done <BR> Early to bed <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Spring 5% Challenge! T... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:21:27 EST Increased Intensity, Less Spark Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644081 For 2 months in Palm Springs I was walking in the evening after sunset. I enjoyed listening to my audio books as I walked along looking at the moon, stars and the tops of the palm trees. <BR> <BR> I arrived home Tuesday and have been settling into a new routine. I put my laptop on my treadmill computer desk and did a little Sparking. I got bored walking on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I found a way to make it more interesting, watching Madmen Season 5 on my laptop. I am walking faster than wh... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:38:35 EST March Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636823 Just one goal this month - 3 servings of fruit a day - one each meal! <BR> <BR> My 10,000 step daily walking streak is blazing along - Day 59 today! <BR> <BR> My hobby is watching new movies so I am really looking forward to the Oscars on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Leaving for Canada today. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:53:45 EST Make Yourself Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624746 This week our 5% Living the Good Life Challenge - you will consciously spend at least 10 minutes a day to make yourself happy. Research is showing that being happy helps you lose weight - you will eat less and move more. A happy person tends to make better food choices overall and treating life as a source of pleasure is a wonderful way not only to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, but also make the most of each day. Create happiness first, and achieve more of your goals. Enjoy the wonders of positi... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:30:26 EST A Night of Excitement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622288 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363423140.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our hobby is viewing new movie releases, and we see about 50 a year. In January we attend the Palm Springs Film Festival, and at home we have our Tuesday evening movie date night. <BR> <BR> I am so excited about the event we are attending tonight. This is how the invitation is worded - <BR> <BR> A taste of Hollywood in the desert, really? Yes, we will be rolling out the red carpet for you so you can join us fo... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:59:16 EST Ready For A New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619961 Lazed about this morning. Looked at Rancho Casa Blanca resort, nice but not ready for anything too permanent here. Got groceries - lots of fresh fruit, veggies and lean meat. <BR> <BR> Went to karaoke tonight. Will learn some songs for next time? Completed day 39 of 10,000 steps. Doing well with this week's sleep challenge. <BR> <BR> Yesterday after viewing pickleball competition, had Indian food, visited with friends who just arrived and went to a concert to hear vintage songs and music.... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:22:42 EST Achieved a Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618539 When I came to Spark today, on the start page the Goal Board Check-In showed one of my goals - get under 210 pounds. That happened back in October! I checked off goal completed with a smile. <BR> <BR> I have accepted that my new set point (plateau) is under 205 pounds. A year ago I weighed 220 pounds so, 205 is progress! I am over feeling upset that I am not at 199.9 yet, I am close and will get there. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we drove 60 miles to visit some friends from church who are winteri... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:56:21 EST Blah, Blah, Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617232 I really don't want to blog on Spark if I am not losing weight. I seem to say the same things over and over. I am motivated, I am following a diet, I am walking 10,000 daily steps, etc. etc. Same thing every blog and I am still not at my milestone of 199.9 pounds. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I went to a baseball game and enjoyed sitting in the sun, then later the dog park. Wednesday sightseeing outside of Palm Springs - Slab City, Salvation Mountain, Fountain of Youth, Salton Sea State Parks, watched... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 19:40:02 EST Going Down - 25 Days to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614897 Monday - I drank 10 cups of water, and each time I went to the bathroom I made a point of walking a few minutes to spread my steps throughout the day. While I walk I mentally review what I need to do to succeed at weight loss (like a way of meditating) - exercise, eat calorie appropriate meals, get 8 hours sleep, etc. I had an Atkins shake for breakfast and a low carb cabbage soup for lunch, then a regular dinner. Dinner at 5:30 and no alcohol at happy hour. It seemed easy to do. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:14:12 EST Ouch - Just Gave Myself a Kick! 26 Days to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614037 Feb. 1 204.2 pounds not 199.9. This is my wake up call, so this morning I am sipping an Atkins shake while I assess my lack of progress. I have slipped into ‘hoping’ I would lose weight rather than ‘working it’. <BR> <BR> There are a few things that got in the way but to pick one - alcohol at happy hour. I think the carbs in a drink increase my appetite. Also dinner is a little later. <BR> <BR> I am committed to losing the weight and accomplishing my 199.9 milestone this month. I read my ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:06:13 EST A New Month & Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612166 I love starting a new month and Feb. has exactly 4 weeks so it will be easier to aim for consistency. <BR> <BR> I am not into shopping but yesterday I did. I had no desire to buy clothes. There is nothing I really need, and until I lose more weight, whatever I buy will look the same as what I already have. I did buy a hat and sunglasses for sun protection. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - pancakes made with extra eggs and blueberries - filling and satisfying and cuts the carbs a bit. Took the morni... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:01:03 EST Check What is Most Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609119 I will plan for a successful February and need to prioritize what I will do to lose weight. So far - <BR> <BR> 1. nutrition tracking <BR> 2. 10,000 daily steps <BR> 3. 8 cups of water <BR> 4. 8 hours sleep <BR> 5. gym 4 times a week <BR> 6. new recipes <BR> <BR> I am on Day 28 of 10,000 daily steps Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:35:13 EST 10,000 Daily Steps Streak Going Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603930 My observation about a streak. In the beginning you really have to push yourself to do it daily. Then a day will come when your mind stops frantically racing about, seeking excuses to take the day off and justifying why it's ok to break the streak. That day you will effortless fit the desired action into your day, regardless of how you feel or other demands on your time. <BR> <BR> I got in 10,000 daily steps on days I have been short on time, exhausted, sick, lazy, bored or uninspired. What... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:15:30 EST Las Vegas Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596538 Tomorrow we are going to Las Vegas to visit family and attend the 2014 Continental Cup of Curling. Yep going to Vegas to watch curling and visit. <BR> <BR> We arrived in PS at the beginning of the month with no food and have done well with our food buying and preparation. We have at least 12 different spices and can turn out tasty calorie appropriate meals. <BR> <BR> I am continuing to get in 10,000 daily steps and today I went to yoga. Yoga was tough, it started off at a fast pace and it ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 01:19:20 EST Palm Springs 45 More Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594211 I have been here since December 31st. The Palm Springs Film Festival ran for 11 days and I saw 8 movies. I will learn more about movies to better understand genres, reviews, and make it easier to chose movies. <BR> <BR> I take medication for my blood pressure. A side effect is photosensitivity so I wear sunscreen and limit my sun exposure so I don't burn or develop skin irregularities. I splurged and bought Raybans. <BR> <BR> Things to do this week - <BR> <BR> go to yoga with Karen from ne... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:57:17 EST Find a way to make it work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591618 There are days I want to pass on the 10,000 steps. Yesterday I went to the gym and after lunch had a nap, then went to the film festival. When I got back I really didn't want to do the last 3,500 steps to make 10,000. I decided to walk 5 minutes before deciding if I really could not do it. As I walked I felt a little more energized and then thought about - <BR> <BR> ...what I sense as the amount of difficulty is not correct, and it is lower, and it is OK to go for it. So, I just focused on... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:34:57 EST Happy Dance!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590105 <em>67</em> <em>218</em> <em>334</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I lost 1.2 pounds and now weigh 203.0 the second lowest I have ever been on Spark! I am 3.1 pounds from onederland!!! <BR> <BR> What's working <BR> <BR> 1) healthy foods on hand <BR> 2) no junk food at home <BR> 3) exercise clothes laid out at night <BR> 4) fitbit charged <BR> 5) MP3 with audio books to listen to at gym & walking <BR> 6) motivated - milestone get to 199.9 ASAP! <BR> 7) gym membership ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:41:36 EST Anticipation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589099 I am working hard to lose weight and expect to see over night results. I know, be patient. <BR> <BR> I weighed this morning and am down .2 pounds. Woo Hoo, every bit counts. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:07:24 EST Joined the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588394 Last week our friends were surprised that I brought my scale on vacation. Why would you bring a scale? They were surprised that I joined Gold's Gym! Today a friend came over to borrow my scale and he told me he is trying to lose weight. I am Sparking wherever I am. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 18:05:16 EST Sparking is My Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585610 There are times I am in effortless weight loss mode, and am so happy when I see the pounds dropping off. What makes it happen? It's when each day I focus on myself, my diet, and my exercise. I make Sparking my job. Each morning I know what I am having for dinner. I know when I am going to the gym and walking. I am in a healthy routine and have fewer outside distractions to deal with. <BR> <BR> In January and February I am placing my weight loss and fitness first. What will I eat? What time... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:26:38 EST Losing Streak in Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584177 I am pumped to be starting 2014 with the momentum I had going in December when I lost 4.8 pounds. I have lost .6 pounds already this month, started my new 10,000 daily steps streak and likely found the gym I will join. I am looking forward to the Winter 5% Challenge to keep the momentum going and get back on track other healthy habits. <BR> <BR> The Winter 5% Challenge starts Jan. 18th. Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Ch... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:09:49 EST Inspiring Sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580836 We arrived in Palm Springs with NO food, so I shopped for healthy foods and have no stash of naughty foods. My fridge is RV is VERY small so I will be shopping often. We have a nice fruit bowl in the middle of the table, so it will be a constant reminder to eat fresh. <BR> <BR> I lost 4.8 pounds in December, but didn't make my milestone of 199.9 pounds by Dec. 31st. BUT I did lose 16.4 pounds this year! So I am happy with my progress and will continue on my journey to better health and enjo... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 14:04:09 EST Did I Hit My 2013 Goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579470 Hi from Palm Springs. I packed my trusty scale and weighed in this morning. I am taking this weight as my December 31st weight, as I was travelling and likely had water retention. I ended the year at 205.0 pounds, close but not quite my milestone of 199.9. <BR> <BR> I still plan to walk the Golden Gate Bridge when I hit that milestone. I am heading north in a couple of months so I have a new target date to hit 199.9 before Feb. 28th. <BR> <BR> What did I relearn in December? <BR> <BR> 1... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:10:03 EST Winter 5% Challenge - Yes You Can Join Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572467 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 weekly team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. <BR> <BR> You are welcome to join a supportive team and lose 5% of our weight, make new friends and improve your health! Please invite your friends too! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<B... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 18:19:10 EST 13 Days Left in 2013 - Make Home a Nice Place to Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568052 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l147384541.jpg"> <BR> I enjoyed teaching my DGD how to make Christmas cookies (presents) for her family. Also I participated in a cookie exchange for the first time. The cookie factory is now closed. <BR> <BR> I will finish Christmas shopping today. Then home to work on my December theme, making home a nice place to be. We have been doing renovations, and now it's time to tidy it up and get ready to enjoy Christmas. <BR> <BR> I am still 5.... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:52:34 EST 15 Days Left in 2013 - Trending Downward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566937 Breakfast - Atkins shake <BR> Lunch - pea soup & pork medallions <BR> Dinner - chef salad <BR> <BR> Chef's salad - has hard-boiled eggs; meat, such as ham, turkey, chicken, or roast beef; tomatoes; cucumbers; and cheese; all placed upon a bed of tossed lettuce or other leaf vegetables, variety of dressings are used with this salad. <BR> <BR> Still 5.5 pounds to go! Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:25:53 EST 16 Days Left in 201 - Calorie Averaging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565520 Friday night we were at a dinner party with lots of tasty foods. Saturday night another party with lots of tasty appies. Sunday I had Atkins chocolate shakes, and today I am 205.4 pounds, down .2 pounds so with calorie averaging, my overall calorie intake was ok. To get to 199.9 by December 31st, I will have more days of Atkins shakes. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:48:57 EST 19 Days Left in 2013 - Losing weight in December? What?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563670 December is a great month to make healthy choices/decisions - <BR> <BR> - gets you closer to your goal <BR> - you feel good about yourself <BR> - less weight to lose in 2014! <BR> <BR> I am working hard to lose 5.7 pounds before year end. I will not let another year end with me at the gates of onederland. <BR> <BR> In the last week SLIMMINGSHAY decided to 're-commit to my health goals fully as I had fallen off track' and today she is happy with her weight loss and hit her milest... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:01:10 EST 20 Days Left in 2013 - Going Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562869 Down .6 pounds (9.6 ounces) today. I did up a formula and need to lose daily lose 4.6 ounce = 998 daily calorie differential to get to 199.9 by December 31st. Yesterday I did 9,000 steps at one time on the treadmill. I am working on endurance. Last night we went to Van Dusen Gardens winter lights festival which is outdoors and walked more. I ended the day at 16,600 steps. I am doing well with the diet, like any diet it takes a little planning. <BR> <BR> Something I am reading for motivation ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:09:37 EST 21 Days Left in 2013 - Lost 3.6 Pounds Over Night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562117 Yesterday was Day 1 of the Atkins Week 1 Induction Diet. I lost 3.6 pounds in one day. Day 1 I needed to lose 9.9 pounds and today it's only 6.3 pounds. I am 37% of the way there already! All l had to do was try again! <BR> <BR> What worked - likely it was eating asparagus for dinner. It's a great diuretic and likely I had water weight from flying. Yesterday I read about the diet, did up a grocery list, shopped and prepared a low carb, low calorie dinner. I recorded my meals in the nutrition... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:16:09 EST 22 Days Left in 2013 - Going Hard to Get to 199.9! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561704 We were in Edmonton to visit family and attend a company Christmas party. It was easy to enjoy the tasty meals and skip exercise. On the flight home I thought about my diet and exercise issues. Since the change in season/weather I am always tired, hungry and craving carbs. <BR> <BR> At 209.8 (could be some water weight), I am 8 pounds over my lowest weight this year. I was so close to my goal in the spring and my weight has fluctuated between 202 - 210 since then. I am struggling but will n... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:05:55 EST Winter 5% Community Open for Sign Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559763 I am reposting Ceri's Spark Mail about the Winter 5% Challenge. If you are a returning challenger or would like to see what it's about, this is your open invitation to join us. <BR> <BR> Although not starting until January, the Winter Community Team officially opens for sign ups today, Sunday 12/8/13. At this time anyone may join the Winter 2014 team. Please read the team descriptions and choose a team, to travel with. <BR> <BR> For those members who have missed weigh ins and posting poin... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:47:22 EST It Always Seems Impossible Until It is Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558607 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452553167.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My 2014 mantra 'It Always Seems Impossible Until it is Done!' Great words from Nelson Mandela, a man who inspired millions. <BR> <BR> This picture was taken in November when I was going to do a 10K walk. I was on the ferry going to Barnston Island on the Fraser River. <BR> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:13:16 EST 30 Days Left in 2013 - New Streak Started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555387 I am on Day 2 of my new 10,000 Daily Steps Streak. While I was disappointed that my 32 Day streak ended, I learned something from it. Regardless of what I do in the day, I was still doing the steps. Sometimes I am quite tired and doing them in the evening before bedtime to keep the streak going. Other times I get way more than 10,000 with other things I am doing during the day. <BR> <BR> I looked back at my Oct. 31 blog to see if I was sticking with my daily milestones. <BR> <BR> 10,000 Da... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:22:24 EST 32 Left in 2013 - Tomorrow Starts a New Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553858 My 32 day streak of 10,000 steps came to an end Friday night. We had been out with friends, for music bingo at the pub. I had 9,000 steps already and planned on getting in the last 1,000 before bedtime. When we got home hubby (with me right behind him) raided the fridge and pantry for crackers, cheese and antipasta. I realized it must be getting close to midnight,and started walking around the kitchen. I looked at the time, and it was after midnight! So my streak is broken and I took the day ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 01:58:33 EST 36 Days Left in 2013 - Habit Keeps You Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551119 Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going - so true. Yesterday I woke tired and the whole day, seemed out of sync. I usually do my 3,000 steps first thing but didn't. Later in the day I was justifying why it would be ok to take a day off from the 10,000 steps. Then last night I got on the treadmill and hubby made dinner. We didn't eat till after 8 PM when I finished the 10,000 steps, but I was glad I did them. <BR> <BR> I thought 21 days/repetitions made a new habit... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:37:30 EST 37 Days Left in 2013 - Almost Didn't Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550336 But did it to keep up my 10,000 step streak going and get closer to my year end goal of 199.9! Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:31:38 EST 40 Days Left in 2013 - Lots of Spark Atta Girls Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547954 Spark has been busy sending me out atta girls. Today I got - <BR> <BR> 2,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes award! <BR> Crossed 50,000 fitness minutes! <BR> Completed Welcome Guide award! <BR> <BR> How did I get 2,000 minutes of exercise? I set a daily goal of 10,000 Daily Fitbit Steps <BR> <BR> AND other things happened too - <BR> <BR> 1) My desire to change is stronger than my desire to remain the same! <BR> <BR> 2) I started 10,000 daily steps Monday October 28th. Then I blogged - 4 PM whe... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:30:13 EST 44 Days Left in 2013 - Creating A Vision of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544696 I was reading a friend's blog about creating a vision board and was inspired to do one of my own. I am on day 21 of my 10,000 daily steps steak. For the past 3 weeks when I am home, I am often at my treadmill desk which I recently moved to the games room. Likely I will not do a vision board soon, so I am doing a pictorial of my future games room. <BR> <BR> A bit of history, we moved into our house 2 years ago, and put most of the moving boxes into the games room. We are doing renovations so... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:16:30 EST 46 Days Left in 2013 - Happiness Abounds! Someone Hit 199.8 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542634 This morning when hubby returned from his morning walk, I said, "I don't think you know what you look like, you have really slimmed down. I am going to take a picture of you." I took the picture and then asked him if he weighed in "Yes I am 199.8" he says. What??? A few weeks ago we were the same weight and he increased his morning walk from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Yes he is competitive. And it worked! I am thrilled for him! But I feel alone here in the 200's. I weigh 207.4, down half a pou... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:48:39 EST