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/ 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 Heading to AZ Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301386 <em>67</em> Day 2 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. <BR> <BR> I will look for things that make me happy and enjoy them often and record these moments. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Today I feel gratitude for having caring Spark friends. Your support and kindness means a lot to me. Thank you. <BR> <BR> <em>554<... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:26:39 EST Go Off & Live a Beautiful Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300774 <em>67</em> Today I feel gratitude for starting a new part of the year. Today is Day 1 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. <BR> <BR> I will look for things that make me happy and enjoy them often and record these moments. <BR> <em>247</em> Visit with my daughter. <BR> <em>338</em> Taught puppy Royce to run... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:08:04 EST Good Medical News & Packing Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300239 Medical Update - I met with the oncologist today. He reviewed my breast cancer history, my recent lumpectomy, treatment options, and future risk. I had radiation treatment with my first breast cancer 7.5 years ago, so no future radiation would be used. The recent surgery - there was a very narrow margin on one end of the tumor. I could have another lumpectomy to remove more tissue to get a wider margin, or I could have a mastectomy, or do nothing. I could take tamoxifen which is an estrogen b... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:54:31 EST My Try Harder Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299520 <em>30</em> Here is my try harder button, put a smile on my face and get to it. Diet, exercise, to do list, pack, tidy the house, smile. <BR> <BR> I got this website from another member and it was fun to determine what your weight loss is equal to. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ilostwhat.com </link> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Chartered Professional Accountant - annual professional development report filed. It`s one of those crazy little things in life that stresses me - but done now! <BR> <B... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:47:57 EST 5% Challengers! Let`s see the world! Take off today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298004 How I am now will change. I will become leaner, stronger and healthier. With daily walking, daily exercise and healthy eating it will happen this year. My body will change with healthy lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> A) Thin Thought Week 3 Day 1 - Exercise is not a dirty word <BR> <BR> B) Setting the Day for Success - Improve physical condition and health <BR> <BR> Fewer of the calories we consume are being expended by movement so the unexpended calories become fat. The bigger we are the les... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:11:12 EST Leaving Next Week... Maybe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297306 My appointment with the oncologist has been moved up to Jan. 17th, so I could be heading south sooner. I have not started packing, but I am feeling more confident we are leaving soon. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a dog park therapy session. The sun was shining and the snow is almost gone. It fun to walk on the trails and watch Royce and the other dogs playing and chasing around through the woods. The dog park walks always make me feel great! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was National Curried Chicken Da... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:58:00 EST Change of Plan - New Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296798 Change of plan here. My first meeting with the oncologist will be Feb. 1st so I can't leave till then. I assume there is flexibility about scheduling the start of radiation treatment for March or maybe even April. I didn`t think of such a meeting, I thought it was just straight to treatment in a couple of months. <BR> <BR> I am a little disappointed we are not leaving for AZ right now, I have been restrained about getting too excited about it. Maybe I will have a party tonight to celebrate ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:08:38 EST Medical Update - Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295994 I got good news yesterday from the doctor. I had a low-grade ductal carcinoma in situ cyst removed. I think it was a stage 0 breast cancer, the earliest stage possible, It was detected earlier than the one I had removed 7 years ago, which was a stage 1. I am good now and will have preventative radiation when I get back from AZ. I am waiting to get my appointment schedule from the Cancer Agency. <BR> <BR> This last week I have been in limbo waiting for the medical results, unsure when/if we ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:49:17 EST Happy Morning Routine! Smiling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294634 I changed my morning routine so I would drink a glass of water and 5 minutes of stretching first thing. I am getting used to my new morning routine, and with continued repetitions it will be easy. This morning I would have liked to just come downstairs in my robe and wake up over coffee and the morning news. The bedroom felt a little chilly so I turned on the electric fireplace and got back into bed and read news on my phone. In a few minutes it was warm and I got up and did my new routine. ... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:41:38 EST Old Pounds are Stubborn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293859 Is it just me? When I have a weight fluctuation meaning <em>49</em> the sooner I get back on my diet and really pay attention to what I should be doing, those new pounds fly off quickly. But the 'old' pounds are stubborn. It seems like I have a set point of 199.9 and my body works with me to get back there, but is resistant to going lower. <BR> <BR> The Winter 5% Challenge starts new weekend and I want to weigh in at 199.9 pounds. I know it will be a battle to lose the next 10 pounds and... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 12:42:20 EST Visualize Success! Yes I Will Be Ready for Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293256 <em>292</em> I will focus on a healthy lifestyle. I am living the dream - empty nest, lots of leisure time, no $ worries, a loving husband, loving family, sweet friends, and a wonderful dog. <BR> <BR> I have been in pursuit of better health for years and am always ready to try new things. This month it's Thin Over 40 - Daily Assignments. I am not doing everything everyday, but I am doing better everyday. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> a) Changing my morning routine to have more vitality and b... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 13:46:08 EST Doing exercises we hate the most! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292612 <em>444</em> 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> New beginnings are great motivators, a clean slate, a fresh start <em>244</em> <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 Winter 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 & health... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:36:14 EST The exercises we hate the most often do us the most good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292017 <em>444</em> 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> Happy New Year Spark Friends! New beginnings are great motivators, a clean slate, a fresh start <em>244</em> <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 Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges t... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:48:20 EST The Party is Over Time for New Accomplishments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290438 <em>444</em> 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <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 Winter 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 celebrate with you. Have fun, make new frien... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 13:41:55 EST Your 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289545 <em>444</em> 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> The Challenge starts Jan. 14th!!! <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 Winter 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... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:01:30 EST Happy & Healthy New Year! 2017 365 days to make it the best year ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288044 I am ending the year with happiness and optimism. 2016 was a great year and 2017 will be even better! This year I learned so much and gained a new level of healthy successes. I worked hard to live what I learned and stay committed to my long term goals. <BR> <BR> I was successful with 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. Each day I will remember - ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:43:12 EST Happy Anniversary Today! Surgery Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286626 Busy day. I had surgery, came home and had a cup of tea. Then I remembered it is our anniversary is today (thank you Facebook). I feel fine and should recover quickly. I will get the results Jan. 10th. <BR> <BR> I am glad the surgery is done, and that I kept focused on enjoying Christmas with my family and friends. Now to enjoy the evening with hubby. <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> The Challenge starts Jan. 14th!!! <BR> <BR> Regardless of where yo... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:10:38 EST Surgery in the A.M. & Losing Weight With a Healthy Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286214 We had a wonderful 5 day visit in Las Vegas with our family who lives there and the crew from home. It was fun to be together talking, playing games, sightseeing and going to an amusement park. <BR> <BR> On the way home from the airport, we picked up Royce from our friends who looked after her while we were away. We were a little frantic when we found out she got fleas from rolling around in the sand. They gave her Advantage II (an ointment) and we have her on monthly Sentinel pills. Sentin... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:22:06 EST Merry Christmas Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283659 Merry Christmas Spark Friends. I wish you a joyous holiday and a Happy New Year! It's because of you I am still Sparking and leading a healthier lifestyle. Thanks for your friendship and encouragement. I wish you all the best in 2017 - be happy and healthy! ~ Lynn <BR> <BR> We are flying to Las Vegas to visit family for Christmas early this morning. Royce is visiting our friends as there is a pet flying ban during Christmas week. I awoke at 3 AM and decided to read and blog before we leave... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:07:09 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283386 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/791f1435-418f-41da-9a93-65c8b73ab25b.jpg"> <BR> Merry Christmas Spark Friends. I wish you a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> We are flying to Las Vegas to visit family for Christmas. I have to wrap some gifts and drop them off today, see the doctor, pack for trip, and make a new to do list, then accomplish list. <BR> <BR> Thin Over 40, The Simple 12-Week Plan by Gregory L. Jantz - to increase energy, reduce pounds, improve v... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:51:11 EST Anniversary, To Do's, BMI & Weight Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282938 Today I am running errands. We are going to Las Vegas to visit family over Christmas. I have to wrap some gifts and drop them off today, buy streamers, pack for trip, and make a new to do list, accomplish to do list. <BR> <BR> Thin Over 40, The Simple 12-Week Plan by Gregory L. Jantz - to increase energy, reduce pounds, improve vitality and longevity. Daily readings - A) Thin Thought B) Setting the Day for Success and C) Success in Action. <BR> <BR> Week 1 Key Concept - Making the Most of... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:47:30 EST Streamers and Party Hats for the Happy Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282489 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3525475-9251-41f1-a97e-f0438344d1b7.jpg"> <BR> Royce on our daily destination walk to donate a book. <BR> <BR> Thin Over 40, The Simple 12-Week Plan by Gregory L. Jantz - to increase energy, reduce pounds, improve vitality and longevity. Daily readings - A) Thin Thought B) Setting the Day for Success and C) Success in Action. <BR> <BR> Week 1 Key Concept - Making the Most of You - Habits & Choices - Awareness - Change how you think about y... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:43:12 EST I am Launched Today - Thin Over 40 & Living the Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282107 I already feel like I accomplished something important today. My enthusiasm had waned when I finished Friends With the Scale and I fell out of my morning routine of reading and blogging while I had coffee. I knew I had to try harder to get into the new book and I did it! I read the forward and did Day 1. I have my focus for the day. That scale is going down! <BR> <BR> Thin Over 40, The Simple 12-Week Plan by Gregory L. Jantz - to increase energy, reduce pounds, improve vitality and longevit... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:03:02 EST Special Dinner & Portion Control & Kick Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281330 <em>521</em> Do it today instead of waiting for the perfect day. OK I had to give myself a kick. I really need to start the new book Thin Over 40. Without a book to keep my focus I am staying in bed longer in the morning, not starting my day charged up and ready to tackle the world. <BR> <BR> Last night was a special evening with a special dinner. Wednesday nights are Survivor nights and we usually have a nice dinner and then watch the recorded show. It was the season finale and I decided... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 13:53:51 EST Hair, Books & Dots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280416 <em>521</em> Do it today instead of waiting for the perfect day. Maybe this is the motivator I need to tackle some projects today. <BR> <BR> Hair update. A few weeks ago I went for a color and cut. I told the stylist my hair was thinning (can be from reduced calories) and I wanted a cut to add volume. She told me she saw new hair coming in, and I thought she was just trying to make me feel better. I got a layered bob and learned to use lots of root volumizer and styling mousse at the root... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 13:03:19 EST One Year Plan For Success and No Regrets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279960 <em>244</em> WOW I feel terrific. The Christmas party with LOTS of appetizers and desserts was the ultimate test!!! After church we had lunch, then hubby prepped the appetizers we were taking to the party, so I did not touch or eat them. I took along a couple of cans of diet Canada Dry. When we arrived I looked at the huge spread of appetizers and desserts, then walked away. I made a point of mingling, drinking soda, and then I sat in a room away from the food. I enjoyed my visit with Santa... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:58:45 EST It Could Be Green Dots for the Rest of the Year!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279533 Dot Calendar - green loss day - stayed on plan, yellow maintain day - a little extra eating or maybe no exercise, red gain day - extra snacks, alcohol, and or no exercise. Put a dot on the calendar each day and see trends - lots of yellow or red, no weight loss. When the scale shows weight loss remember it was your behaviors and actions that made it happen. <BR> <BR> I have made it 2 green days in a row over a VERY challenging weekend - WOW!!! This feels terrific 29% done of a week and if I... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 16:38:27 EST Green Dot Day! Finished Friends With the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278995 Dot Calendar - green loss day - stayed on plan, yellow maintain day - a little extra eating or maybe no exercise, red gain day - extra snacks, alcohol, and or no exercise. Put a dot on the calendar each day and see trends - lots of yellow or red, no weight loss. When the scale shows weight loss remember it was your behaviors and actions that made it happen. <BR> <BR> Maybe I can make it 3 green days in a row over a challenging weekend - WOW!!! That would feel terrific. 3 days, almost half a... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:37:08 EST Returning to the Scene of the Crime! The Ultimate Test! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278612 Weekend is almost here and I am so excited! The last 2 Decembers have not been so great for me. Last year I had sinus surgery and the year before that I had pneumonia. Tonight our friends from across the street are coming over for dinner and I asked in advance if they like Chinese food, and yes they love it. I am ordering from our favorite Chinese restaurant which they have never tried. It will make it easier to get ready for their visit. They are the greatest hosts - lots of appetizers, Chri... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 13:24:42 EST Eat That Frog Will Be 5 Minutes on the Treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278122 <em>353</em> New Year's Day Happy Dance scenario in my head today. At times I doubted myself and never thought I could get back down to 199.9 pounds and STAY there. Seeing 199.9 on the scale is so thrilling! It means I have accomplished my 2016 Goal - to change my self defeating eating behaviors once and for all. I am thrilled and in awe as I waltz around feeling anything is possible in 2017. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Day 22 of 199.9 POUNDS on New Year's Day - DO NOT GAIN WEIGHT! <BR> <BR... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:07:31 EST Puppy's Birthday, Playing with Wii, Ugly Sweater Winner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276737 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d040d4ae-625d-4e03-88ae-4303aaf689b1.JPG"> <BR> Today is puppy Royce's first birthday and she is delighted that it just snowed. It's her first snow and she rushed out with the kids to taste it and play in it. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> I tried to include a video of her playing in the snow but I do not know how to compress it so I can put it on Spark. Please let me know. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4df98a84-6275-... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 14:08:56 EST Busy But Keep Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275315 <em>248</em> Day 16 of 199.9 POUNDS on New Year's Day - DO NOT GAIN WEIGHT! Things I did right checklist. <BR> <BR> 1) Set a reasonable bedtime <BR> 2) Daily weigh in to monitor weight trend <BR> 3) Nutrition Tracking <BR> 6) 3 Meals a Day. No Random Eating. <BR> 14) No seconds <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> New Year's Day Happy Dance scenario in my head today. My weight has stayed under 199.9 for weeks so I am expecting a good weigh in. New Year's Eve I am have a low sodium meal. In the mor... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:02:38 EST Lowest Weight in 2 Weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274837 I could not get to sleep last night so I got up and ate. I know bad, bad, bad. It was something I stopped doing in 2011. Thinking about it this morning a few new strategies come to mind, and they center around not coming downstairs to the kitchen. <BR> <BR> 1) take a sleeping pill go back to bed for 20 minutes, listen to audio book <BR> 2) next keep it dark, go into the other bedroom and try to get to sleep. Snuggling into the chilly bed seems to help sometimes, as I shiver and warm up, I g... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:44:59 EST Set the Bar Low Works & Carrot Soup & Wii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274355 This year I have worked hard to overcome my perfectionist attitude - all or nothing! It's helped a lot and I created a new way to challenge myself - Set the Bar Low and plan for success. Note very low is good too as long as I do it. <BR> <BR> I am trying new recipes and making foods I have never tried before. Yesterday I made carrot soup for dinner. It has to be the cheapest and easiest soup on the planet. I looked at several recipes and improvised my own. <BR> <BR> Carrot Soup - 1 cup 90 ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:17:17 EST Set the Bar Low, Pies & Plateaus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273881 Like many of my American Spark friends, following Thanksgiving there are leftovers. Happily the last of the higher calorie foods are finished. We still have half a turkey which will go into some type of a turkey pie. I am not a pie baker but will try this Spark Low calorie pie crust recipe. Hmmm... Maybe I will make it with hubby for moral support as making a pie crust is quite a challenge for me. <BR> <BR> <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci<BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=103346 </link> ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:45:56 EST