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/ You Are at Your Lowest Weight for the Rest of the Year! NO!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432891 I am cautiously approaching the holidays, mindful of how I gained weight last year, and lived with regret all of 2017. Regret, that is an understatement, disgust really. Last year I was losing weight, teetering on onederland, lingering at 201 pounds. Then I blew it! <BR> <BR> I looked at my 2016 blog and it's contents that really inspired me to be vigilant with my good eating habits and stay strong through the season of feasting. It seemed to work till I was away from home over Christmas an... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:28:15 EST Fat Girl in the Pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6429928 Two weeks in Hawaii with our friends was fun and now I am getting back on track. This trip gave me a new way to look at me - I don`t want to be the fat girl in the group pictures! <BR> <BR> My Fitbit died 11 days ago and strangely it didn`t bother me a lot. I wore my Fitbit One everyday for 7 years! It`s been like a body part. I dug out my Fitbit Flex which I really don`t like. It awkward for me to get on and off, so I need help with it. It does not hold a charge for very long, but it is wat... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:33:11 EST Making My Way Back to the Right Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420794 Like many others, when I journal I do better. I am doing my 100 DWL (Day 5) and the daily weigh ins help me feel accountable for my daily decisions. Today I tried on jeans I haven't worn for a few months and I could not button them. Yikes! That's a loud scream for self help! <BR> <BR> Last night I was craving something and I remembered reading the sensation only lasts 5 minutes or so. I looked at the clock and decided to distract myself with TV and wait it out. I can't say if I agree because... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:54:16 EST I Will No Longer Be a Prisoner to My Bad Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419109 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3f7106c-14f2-418b-bcec-b1aa042f60f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be44fc33-8e62-41e3-8f6a-de6623560a18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Each day I will be mindful of my actions and question each one. Am I doing the action out of habit? Is it a good habit or a bad habit? What should I do better? Am I willing to start the change today? <BR> <BR> This morning the scale was a stark reminder that I have to get moving more and e... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 15:31:20 EST New Challenge Starts Oct. 7th & Living It Already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415311 Exercise - yesterday I did zumba and yoga. The yoga was more difficult that I anticipated but all the more reason to do. I need to work on my flexibility. <BR> <BR> Diet - I made 2 gallons of hamburger soup with a small amount of hamburger and a large amount of fresh vegetables and lentils. I have to give a testimonial. I tried my new dicer and it made chopping onions (no tears!), celery and carrots fast and easy, and easy clean up. The soup will be great for lunches and will reduce how muc... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:48:41 EST *Fall 5% Challenge - Preparing for Success With Exercise & Diet & Trailer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414540 This morning I am working on my personal action plan for success. During the challenge I will be on vacation in Hawaii for 17 days so I have to be flexible and have 2 sets of plans for success. <BR> <BR> 1 - 2017 Fall 5% Exercise Commitment - I will aim for consistency <BR> <BR> Exercise - 10,000 daily steps - walking outside listen to audio book or on my treadmill while I Spark. Also kitchen dancing! <BR> <BR> Morning 3,000 steps <BR> Afternoon 4,000 steps <BR> Evening 3,000 steps <BR... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:10:27 EST Feeling Committed - 1 Information & Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410197 Recent events gave me new motivation to get lose weight and exercise. <BR> <BR> 1. Our friend John is around our age and has been in intensive care on life support twice this year. I am glad he is out of the hospital and recovering from a recent stroke. You would think, 'I wish he returns to his former self', but that lifestyle is what got him into this condition. He is quite sedentary, has few interests, and too few social interactions. It is like he had no interest in life. <BR> <BR> 2. ... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:05:31 EST Invitation to 5% Challenge & Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409745 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% 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! The challenge starts in September (date to be announced). Please click on this link to join the Challenge. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndiv... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:29:27 EST Fall 5% Challenge Invitation & Why I Do the Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408665 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% 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! The challenge starts in September (date to be announced). Please click on this link to join the Challenge. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndiv... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:59:32 EST Flying the Nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402762 I am over the empty nest blues. On Thursday my DD and DGD stopped by for 20 minutes. I got enough hugs to get me happy again. <BR> <BR> We are heading to La Conner WA for a couple of weeks, to RV camp with our friends we see when we winter in Palm Springs. We get together a couple times a year at La Conner so we stay connected. <BR> <BR> It's been busy over the summer and I have not focused on my weight loss. But no excuses now, it's time for me to get serious about losing weight and inc... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:35:47 EST Empty Nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401729 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20cb774a-a2a9-4dd1-a2b6-075d752158c7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Me without an entourage getting out in the world. <BR> <BR> After 2 months of the pitter patter of little feet and now quietness, I am really missing the kids. In the morning there are no happy little faces at the breakfast table. There is no sense of urgency to get out in the world and have an new adventure. The house is quiet, stays tidier, and seems empty. <BR> <BR> This week I have go... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:18:29 EST Crescent Beach & Early to Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400382 I am keeping an unbusy schedule for the next week. It's with some regret that we decided to not have another puppy, so Royce is getting spay tomorrow. We had thought it would be great if she had a litter and we kept one puppy and we had homes lined up for the rest. But we are usually more than busy and I am hopeful we will be jet setting sometime soon, so easier to manage getting a dog sitter for one dog. <BR> <BR> We will be home for a week so Royce can rest then we are going to La Conner ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:57:52 EST New Notebook to Track Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399887 I started the day at a slower pace - stayed in bed and read news on my phone. Then I got up and dressed immediately and came downstairs to take care of some personal priorities, including downloading audio books. I started a notebook to manually track calories, exercise, and weight. This afternoon I put away things from the trailer. A relaxing day but I feel a little tired, so it's was nice to have an easy pace. <BR> <BR> The smoke from the forest fires in the interior of British Columbia h... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:30:02 EST The Day After! Just the two of us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399568 This summer we travelled many miles with our truck and trailer and had a lot of fun along the way. When we would leave a place we would sing On the Road Again (like a band of gypsies we go down the highway) The last of our entourage of adorable children returned home to their loving parents yesterday. That made it 59 days of fun with the kids. <BR> <BR> So today, the day after.... well time to think of just hubby, and me and puppy Royce too. <BR> <BR> In the last week I start making lists... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:05:00 EST KOA Relaxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393305 This morning we left home at 10:45 AM a little later than planned. In the first 4 hours there were 3 accidents which tied up traffic, so we pulled in the KOA a few hours later than planned. All is wel though; hubby and I had a game of canasta while the kids played mini golf and now we are at the pool. <BR> <BR> We are at a beautiful place in the mountains, among people from all over the world. Tomorrow we will be driving through Jasper and hopefully will have time to stop for a couple of ho... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:10:36 EST Home, Packing, Feeling Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392523 We were at our place in WA for a couple of days. Then we arrived home this afternoon and I got the kids packed so we can head to Alberta for a camping trip and to visit family. <BR> <BR> As of today I no longer feel I have whooping cough. It started with a sore throat, sneezing, runny nose then progressed to the wicked coughing, so I was sickly from July 7 - 25. Great to be over the congestion. <BR> <BR> I my new got driver's license in the mail and my picture is ok. On the day I got my pi... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:02:27 EST Encouragment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391101 Today someone commented on a my 2010 blog Speed Reading ‘The 4-Day Wonder Diet’. She has the book and will try the diet. I am thrilled to hear from her, so I copied off the diet and will start tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have been staying around home while I am recovering from whooping cough. Yesterday we went to Stanley Park and I sat in my folding chair while hubby and the family played. I am doing well, though still low energy, and occasional coughing bouts. Recovery can take a few months. <B... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:09:16 EST Birthday MONTH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390304 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/092dbb5a-a610-4c15-9a25-253e256061cc.JPG"> <BR> <BR> My birthday we had a picnic at Peace Arch Park. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79e2f726-0fd0-4a0c-9c2b-a3350baa8714.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Hubby took me for a birthday lunch at my favorite dim sum restaurant. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55a100f4-dccb-4020-b1f9-5f2905bd76d9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Alan thanks for making it a wonderful birthday... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:57:53 EST It's a Sesame Street Kind of Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386575 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16dfcb65-47f4-469d-ad3e-ec29382aa978.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I love the sounds of happy kids. This morning we had an unbusy, not doing much morning. I made french toasts, strawberries, bacon and eggs for breakfast. The kids played around the house then zipped off to the the playground. They are home again meandering around the kitchen while lunch is being made. The Sesame Street Theme is stuck in my head. <BR> <BR> "Sesame Street Theme" <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:00:17 EST 7-11 Free Slushie Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386284 In June we camped for 2 weeks at La Conner, then came home when we had company. In July we were at Family Bible Camp and then had 2 days at an RV resort/park at Cultus Lake, B.C. We've had all 6 of our grandchildren together. There is a 12-year old, an 11-year old, two 9-year olds, and two 5-year olds. The two 5 year olds stopped their afternoon naps 3 weeks ago, and keep up quite well with the older kids. <BR> <BR> This last park we were at had a large swimming pool, playground, lots of ki... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:34:16 EST Greetings from Family Bible Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384210 This is our 3rd summer at camp and we are having a great week - lot of sunshine. There are several families we know from the previous summers and some very nice new families. The kids are running or swimming from morning till night. I have not problem getting my daily steps in. Woo Hoo! Thu, 6 Jul 2017 21:24:53 EST RV Summer With Entourage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382470 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c38d3f7-132b-442a-9544-90e6ca1bb38d.JPG"> <BR> In Bellingham for lunch with my daughters. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b1971ac-b7f5-4c29-ac20-446e705f4885.JPG"> <BR> Kids having a great time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4a25555-b4dc-4bc1-9a19-944559f3a3ea.JPG"> <BR> Bike trip and farmers' market in Anacortes WA. <BR> <BR> We camped in La Conner WA for 2 weeks with 4 of our gran... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 15:50:02 EST Getting Ready to RV this Summeer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374337 Behind the scenes in the 5% Challenge. The Team Leaders have joined the Summer Leaders Team and will be setting up their teams. Lots going on there. <BR> <BR> I got a call that one of our friends is in intensive care and it does not sound like he will do well. It`s moments like this that are so unexpected and sad. Reflection sets in and I think is he the same age as DH and I - it`s that reality check. I am not sure what I can do to help but I will think about it this evening. I know parking... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:36:34 EST It`s Been a Day of Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373503 This morning I set up 14 5% Challenge Teams. <BR> I met 12 friends for brunch in White Rock. <BR> I came home and invited Overall Leaders to all the Challenge Teams. <BR> I set up them up as Leaders. <BR> I made a new recipe - Broccoli Salad (thanks hubby for shopping) <BR> Attended a funeral, skipped the food after. <BR> Came home and changed clothes. <BR> Joined 12 people for a party to welcome my friends NZ guests, took along Broccoli Salad <BR> Left very early.... <BR> Came home and or... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:39:08 EST Invitation to 2017 Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372510 Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Summer 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! Challenge starts Saturday, June 24th. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68497 </link> <BR> <BR> My friend Ladyluk wrote a ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 10:38:27 EST Trying Harder This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372156 Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Summer 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! Challenge starts Saturday, June 24th. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=68497 </link> <BR> <BR> I want to soar into summer... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 14:10:39 EST The Right Things - day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369909 This morning we are headed to Mount Vernon WA for camping weekend. I am going to quickly scoot around and pack up. <BR> <BR> The Right Things I am doing <BR> <BR> 1) no crackers or chips of any kind (17 months streak!) <BR> 2) Overeaters Anon meetings <BR> 3) 3 meals a day, no snacking! <BR> 4) restaurant - look up menu online and choose foods before going out <BR> 5) weigh in often <BR> 6) NRE - no random eating - no Costco samples, bridge, church, etc. <BR> 7) plan ahead for diffic... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:59:28 EST The Right Things - day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369477 Today I am home - cleaning house, going to an Overeaters Anon meeting, dinner out with friends celebrating Monica`s birthday. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I went to a Christian Women`s Retreat. The meals were great and the attendees all bring snacks to share. There was an 18` table laden with an over abundance of chips, cookies, candies, chocolates, nuts, etc. I decided NOT to contribute anything, and also NOT to eat any of it. It worked, I had no interest in going over to see what was on the tab... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:09:41 EST Things I do right - day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366916 Today my friend and I are having lunch in Bellingham, then going to a weekend women's retreat, known for outstanding meals. The attendees all bring snacks to share, so there will be an abundance of chips, cookies, candy, etc. I will not be eating any of the snacks. <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon I felt hungry so I made a cup of broth (from powder). The broth was very hot so I sat down and read and sipped broth for 10 minutes and the hunger sensation passed. <BR> <BR> Last night at the Malay... Fri, 26 May 2017 13:12:08 EST Things I do right - day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366636 On Tuesday I set the goal of going to the Thursday Overeaters Anon meeting <em>248</em> I had to decline an invitation to play canasta, but did it! <BR> <BR> Last night we met our friend at another bridge lesson (with coffee and goodies). Tonight we are joining others at a Malaysian restaurant. This weekend my friend and I are having lunch in Bellingham, then going to a women's retreat known for outstanding meals. I am obviously seeing a pattern here. <BR> <BR> I acknowledge I have slippe... Thu, 25 May 2017 20:53:55 EST Focus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365665 This year I have been very social and I have been living in the moment, with a focus on fun with friends. I have to make a plan to turn my weight trend around... but that seems to be too much effort, commitment, time consuming. So instead of waiting for the `perfect time` to get started I decided today I will commit to going to an Overeaters Anon meeting Thursday. <BR> <BR> Last week I played ladies canasta, joined a friend at a bridge lesson, attended a women`s luncheon, got wined and dine... Tue, 23 May 2017 14:50:02 EST Am I Hiding in My Comfort Zone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361016 I watched The 44: Preliminary Contemplation and latched on to this. Am I hiding in my comfort zone? What a great question! Yes I can see there are things that I do or don`t do that keep me in my comfort zone - when I skip a walk, eat high carb foods, procrastinate with chores, etc. I will try to be mindful of that while I make better choices throughout the day. Fri, 12 May 2017 11:47:15 EST Please Join Me - Mindful Openness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360629 Off and on I have followed the free zen habits that are emailed to me. Last night I signed up for a new free program. <BR> <BR> The 44 Training Program: Turning Uncertainty & Discomfort into Mindful Openness. This is how it is described. <BR> <BR> Overcome uncertainty, anxiety, fear, discomfort and procrastination <BR> Find peace, mindful openness, gratitude and joy <BR> Transform your difficulties and pain into growth and beauty <BR> Overcome any struggle you’re having right now <BR> <B... Thu, 11 May 2017 11:58:13 EST Wending My Way Back Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360308 The other night we exercised in White Rock, British Columbia, a beautiful place well known for it's incredibly steep seaside hills (think San Francisco). First we walked a few blocks, then started down dozens and dozens, and dozens of stairs, then walked along the ocean, a good warm up. Next came the big challenge, wending our way back up a BIG STEEP hill with thousands of little baby steps (see rungs on sidewalk) - made me think of my weight trajectory, slow but steady. <BR> <BR> This video... Wed, 10 May 2017 20:00:01 EST Things I Like to Do More than Eating - Canasta, Pickleball, Dog Parks, Debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354765 Wow the weekend is almost here! Excited! We are going to our place in Washington with some stops in Bellingham - more clothes to donate, Royce to the dog park, a little shopping. There is a pickleball court in WA. I have never seen anyone use it, so I want to use it this weekend and see if we can get regular players. I will call our neighbors and ask them to bring their paddles. I played here on Wed. and I was OK for a couple of games but tired in the 3rd. I really like the social part of the... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:52:56 EST In Tears Over the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353937 I have been doing 5% Challenges for 7 years, and that covers 31 challenges and many personal struggles and successes. The first 5% challenge, I was recovering from breast cancer treatments. I was weak, tired easily, dealing with physical after effects, and unsure if all the cancer was gone. But I jumped into the challenge and did my best. It Sparked me! <BR> <BR> Over the years, it`s been a great motivator for me to participate in the challenges. I have made so many Spark friends and learned... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:49 EST Can I Challenge Myself to Walk There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353342 I am going to play canasta at Monica`s. I set it up in Spark`s fitness maps and it is 3.4 km. I am surprised by that because it`s about an 8 minute drive. Maybe I will bike there. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_maps_home.asp </link> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:39:16 EST Things I Like to Do More than Eating - Teaching the Dog to Run with the Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352586 This afternoon for the first time I had Royce learn to run on a leash beside my bike. We are in a very small quiet neighborhood so there was minimal traffic. She did very well and with more practice will be a superstar. <BR> <BR> This week in the 5% Challenge, we are monitoring our calcium intake. I learned on Thursday I am allergic to milk (among other things) and started taking calcium tablets. I will continue to put a little milk in my coffee, but I am OK with not having `milk`. In the p... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:33:46 EST Finding Things I Like to Do More than Eating & Earth Day Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351800 This morning I joined 3 kindergarten classes for their nature walk. Later had a visit with my neighbor/friend, rounded up a few things for the church rummage sale tomorrow, then a dog walk to the duck pond. Tonight we went to a movie, Hidden Figures - great movie! <BR> <BR> It's helped having prepped freggies this week. No eating out this past week! My salt consumption is down too. <BR> <BR> Just doing a quick walk around the house to get the last steps to reach 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:17:24 EST I am a Good Girl with Bad Habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350345 How to pick myself and get going again? I need to assess where I am at this time, why I am here, and find my way forward. <BR> <BR> Since August 2015, I lived with the looming possible recurrence of breast cancer. I had periodic testing and many wait and see months, till it was it was found and diagnosed in early November 2016. This was followed by weeks in limbo about treatment, and then I had surgery Dec. 28th. I lived with this hanging over me since 2015 and been okay with it…. until Nov... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:08:47 EST Here I Go Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349972 My weight gain has been shooting up and it's seems impossible to change the trajectory. Before I lose weight, I need to tackle my first goal - stop gaining weight. Tonight I am mentally preparing for a successful tomorrow. Yep, sounds easy but it's the crazy hardest part of getting back on track. I need to convince myself that my health issues, etc. are over. I am ok! Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:57:34 EST A Few Souvenir Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345570 I enjoyed the winter in AZ and CA and am getting settled at home. I am glad the challenge is starting today, as I have a few souvenir pounds. I got a new pickleball paddle and look forward to playing a couple of times a week. <BR> <BR> My Spark friend Brian challenged me to start a new streak so I commit to daily walks and nutrition tracking. <BR> <BR> I am going to brunch with friends this morning, tonight out to a dinner party, tomorrow I am hosting brunch, and Thursday lunch with frien... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 12:41:49 EST Spring 5% Challenge - WooHoo! Please join me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344676 2017 Spring 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> The Challenge starts Saturday April 8th!!! <BR> <BR> Regardless of where you are starting from you are welcome. Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, or maintain your 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 your tribe encourage and celeb... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:01:48 EST Feeling Better & Doing Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313046 I have anxiety when I hear the news or political discussions around me. I am doing my best to not let it change my feelings and actions, but I am not always able to shake it off. I am glad we are doing the sleep challenge, because it's a good reason to call it a day and turn in earlier. Being well rested keeps me moving and trying new things. <BR> <BR> This week I started Boot Camp circuit with a professional trainer. There are 15 in our group the class starts with our trainer demonstrating... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:59:13 EST Wow Maybe It's a Record or the First Time I Noticed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310957 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00aa022b-e2ce-44af-8167-e5d7f8b67b48.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been Sparking since January 2008. I never prioritized daily logins, but with a smart phone and a long string of days already, I kept it going. Maybe this is the most consecutive days I have logged in? <BR> <BR> Today we went to a huge Mesa, AZ flea market, did a big RV clean inside and out, went to the dog park, lunch at a hot dog stand at the ball field, a rest, cards, steak dinner,... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 23:13:16 EST Naps & Pickleball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310350 Last night I was asleep before 7 PM. There are 6 of us friends home, and I cannot keep up with hubby and the friends, so I am glad we have our own places so I can keep my own schedule. <BR> <BR> I am focused on building strength and endurance. Each morning I think of goals for the day, including my Spark goals. Today I organized my clothes, shopped, napped, played pickleball and walked. <BR> <BR> I joined a weekly pickleball ladder, so I will be playing with people at my level. It was mor... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 18:47:07 EST Fall off the Wagon Day! & Happiness Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309730 The first Thursday in February "Fall off the Wagon Day," is the day when the uptick in visits to fast food joints meet the downturn in visits to the gym. I needed this poke today. I am having good days and not so good days. There are some days I feel great and other days I am fatigued and 'hungry!!!'. After I had surgery under doctor's orders I did not exercise for a few weeks, then we spent a week driving south. It feels like starting over with exercise. Today is 37 days since I had surgery.... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 15:06:55 EST On the Road Again to AZ & Scale Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306147 We've been in Palm Springs for 3 days staying at our usual RV resort. It's great see the same group of friends here each year. This year is different, we are now going to an RV resort in Mesa AZ We expect it to be a more active environment for us. I look forward to discovering new activities, walking trails, dog parks and meeting new friends. Our friends from home are already there and another couple arrive next month, so that makes it even better. <BR> <BR> My weekly weigh in I am 203.6 po... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:09:18 EST Taking a Few Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305862 We are in Palm Springs, CA. I was busy this morning then had a surprise visit from friends. It was great to chat, then walk the dog, and run errands. All was well till my temporary internet crashed AGAIN and the provider could not get it restarted. I was stressed! So I headed to McD's to use their wifi and finish up my project. I was sitting in my truck in the parking lot working away, while a siren whaled inside McD's. A fire truck arrived and firefighters searched inside and out, the sirens... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:02:29 EST OK Leaving Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301892 <em>67</em> Day 3 of living a beautiful life. I will live intentional and in the moment. I will focus on the positives and have gratitude for all that is good. I will go forward happy and confident that 2017 is the best year ever. I will look for things that make me happy and enjoy them often and record these moments. <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Heading to Arizona today. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Lots of great music to listen to on our road trip. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <em>55</em>... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:44:33 EST