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/ RV Fun, Food & Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747896 Time has been flying by. We enjoyed hiking in the Rocky Mountains and exploring Jasper. We stayed one night in a cabin along a creek in the mountains. <BR> <BR> Then we had a family camp at the old farm. The kids were crazy busy running around playing tag, hide & seek, catching butterflies and I too them for trips to town to the splash park and playgrounds. Meals were delicious made from the contents of our fridges and cupboards. The men were busy putting in new windows and siding on the gu... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:09:00 EST 18 Days in the RV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742120 Tomorrow we are headed to Alberta for a RV trip. It will be fun to spend time with family and do some sightseeing. I expect I will lose weight during this time. <BR> <BR> Daily Plan <BR> <BR> 1) 3 home cooked meals <BR> 2) early to bed <BR> 3) 10,000 steps <BR> 4) 8 cups of water <BR> 5) have fun! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:11:10 EST Summer Berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741216 In my last blog I posted the recipe for <BR> <BR> Refrigerator Jam <BR> <BR> 2 cups of berries <BR> 2 tbsp honey (I used 1 cup Splenda) <BR> 2 tbsps chia seeds <BR> <BR> Process all ingredients in blender, refrigerate over night. The chia seeds will gel and thicken the fruit. <BR> <BR> For chunky add diced fruit. <BR> <BR> I made the recipe a couple of times and 4 cups of raspberries is 2 cups of pureed raspberries. I sweetened with Splenda and decided one cup of Splenda is good w... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:24:27 EST Cardio Has to Be Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735352 Yesterday we took the kids to the park where we walked and zipped down the hill on cardboard. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996969013.jpg"> <BR> zipping <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1695123988.jpg"> <BR> pond <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420833488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got bored with the 10,000 daily steps, but it has been a good way to consistently exercise even when I travel. I have been looki... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:46:56 EST Summer Days in Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734231 We were at our place at Black Mountain Ranch in Washington for 5 days. The weather was fantastic and it's wonderful to go back and forth between the mountains and the ocean. Yesterday we played cards, then a racquet sport, picked 5 pounds of organic raspberries, had a tasty home cooked dinner, then the boys went for a swim. I took a few minutes to update my nutrition tracking in Spark. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday we are headed back and getting ready for the arrival of our guests. There will be 1... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:00:44 EST July New Goals & Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729444 My July focus is on my Hip to Waist Ratio. <BR> <BR> - healthy meals <BR> - nutrition tracking <BR> - 10,000 steps a day <BR> - strength training <BR> <BR> Streaks <BR> Nutrition Tracking Day 70 <BR> 10,000 Steps Day 179 <BR> <BR> I gave myself a 2 day pass for 10,000 steps - colonoscopy today and was prepping for it yesterday. Yesterday 4630 steps and today 5500. <BR> <BR> After I post this I am going into the kitchen to make an amazing picnic for Canada Day. We are going to th... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:15:42 EST Challenge Day 1 - Doing the Math - Setting Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722750 <em>249</em> 5% Summer Challenge - June 21, 2014 <BR> <BR> Today I am focused - I’ll do it tomorrow ends today! Yes it’s Day 1 of the 5% Summer Challenge! <BR> <BR> Doing the math to get my 5% weight loss in 8 weeks <BR> <BR> 10.1 pounds/8 weeks = 1.3 pounds weight loss a week <BR> 1.3 pounds X 3,500 calories in pound = 4,432 weekly calorie deficit <BR> 4,432 weekly calorie deficit/7 days = 625 daily calorie deficit <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 202.6 pounds <BR> Target Weight: 192.5 pou... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:58:49 EST Visiting British Columbia - LESLIELENORE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722165 My Spark Friend Chandra (LESLIELENORE) will be travelling from Toronto to Vancouver by train next week. I will be meeting Chandra and her niece, to walk the seawall in Stanley Park and have a picnic. I am so excited to be meeting them! <BR> <BR> <link>vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-cultur<BR>e/stanley-park.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> I want to give them an idea of what they can expect to see in beautiful British Columbia. <BR> <BR> Spark Friends please add your suggestions of places for them... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:45:08 EST No Nibbling At Social Event is Launched! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721467 I decided on my new habit. I will track how many times I am in a social setting and tempted to eat when I am NOT HUNGRY - I WILL NOT EAT. For instance last night I was at my women's club executive meeting. The June meeting is always the first one after the annual elections and there is a turnover of duties between the incoming and outgoing executives. It's followed by a social time with appetizers and desserts. <BR> <BR> I had dinner at 6 PM, so I could not possibly be hungry after the meet... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:37:41 EST New Habit & Goal Setting - Theme Healthier and Happier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720921 Adding a new habit/goal/streak is a big decision. It has to be something that has benefit, fits into my lifestyle, and I can do any where in my travels. <BR> <BR> I have 2 streaks going now - <BR> <BR> Nutrition Tracking Day 59 <BR> 10,000 Steps Day 168 <BR> <BR> The 10,000 steps grows monthly by 100 steps and is now 10,500. I am this lazy person who walks 10,000 steps a day. I chose an active lifestyle, which is defined as walking 10,000 steps a day and I manage to do it regardle... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:55:42 EST Summer 5% - Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719871 For the purpose of this activity, a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for a calorie appropriate dinner with a friend, but a high calorie appe... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:47:56 EST Summer & Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712210 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1839297165.jpg"> <BR> This is how I started my nutrition tracking streak - taking pictures then entering in the Spark Tracker later when I had time. <BR> <BR> I am thinking of the things I did right to get me to onederland. The list will grow as I recall more things I do automatically; healthy habits I had to build. Most started in the 5% Challenges. <BR> <BR> 3 meals a day <BR> 9" plate twice a day <BR> blogging & feedback - theme new... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 15:50:23 EST WooHoo - Having a Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711310 I was thinking of all the things I want to get done and feeling a little overwhelmed. Then I looked at all my Spark goodies and congratulations I got from my Spark Friends and smiled. I have a lot of things to do, but I am having a great day. <BR> <BR> Today I am wearing new capris, going to my hair appointment and tonigh going to the Fab Four concert - a Beatles tribute band. It's a great day! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:22:58 EST Getting to Know My Way Around Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710039 My last day of the Spring 5% Challenge (May 30th) was a thrilling day for me – I landed in onederland! Also I made my goal of losing 5% of my weight (10.4 pounds) for the 8 Week Spring 5% Challenge. I like onderland and am here to stay. So what is different? Well 199.9 is now my new high point and I will maintain my weight below that point, as I work on the next 5 pounds. I don’t expect to be perfect so setting this as the high end of my weight fluctuations makes me feel in control. <BR> <B... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:37:32 EST Happy Dance in Onederland! Whoo Hoo Did it! Picture to Prove It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706809 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074885297.jpg"> <BR> <em>248</em> Made it to onderland! <BR> <BR> Thank you sparkpeople.com & Spark Guy! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote - At 199.9 I will be in onederland! At 198.4 I will have lost 10.4 pounds which is my 5% Challenge weight loss goal. In the past I have come so close to 5%, but not quite, so it is important. Also I have been racing another 5% challenger to onederland and I hope we both make it. <BR> <BR> I took the obli... Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:29 EST Close But How Close to 199.9 Pounds or 198.4? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706245 Tomorrow I am leaving for a weekend retreat. Friday morning I am doing my last weigh (a day early) for the 8 Week 5% Challenge. I know one day shouldn't make a big difference, and in the past a weigh in had never been a big deal. But this one matters! <BR> <BR> At 199.9 I will be in onederland! At 198.4 I will have lost 10.4 pounds which is my 5% weight loss goal. In the past I have come so close to 5%, but not quite, so it is important. Also I have been racing another 5% challenger to onede... Thu, 29 May 2014 19:03:06 EST The Magic of Nutrition Tracking - I am expecting 199.9 pounds or better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705677 I was chatting with a Spark friend about food and decided to make it my blog. <BR> <BR> Perfectionist and food - the combination is a no win. You have to eat 3 meals a day, and some meals/days are better than others. I consider my nutrition tracking a success - I record what I eat, regardless of what I eat. Some how nutrition tracking works the magic that get weight loss happening. I can't really say why - when you know better you do better? <BR> <BR> This year I developed 2 good habits th... Thu, 29 May 2014 01:09:33 EST Streaks - I Am All or Nothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704875 10,000 Daily Steps - Day 146 <BR> Nutrition Tracking - Day 37 <BR> <BR> I am an all or nothing type. Each day I walk because I fear taking a break and not starting again. The same has happened with nutrition tracking. <BR> <BR> Nice to be home again after being away for 9 days. Tonight we watched the Survivor finale. At 10 PM and I went out and walked the last 8,000 steps. <BR> <BR> This weekend I am going to a women's retreat so I will be weighing in on Friday. Wed, 28 May 2014 02:41:37 EST Voted Featured Popular Blog Post - Thanks Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704019 We have been on traveling all day and arrived at the hotel. I got out walking for an hour to finish up my 10,000 daily steps - Day 145 of my streak. I just got an email from Spark that my Saturday blog - Did I Really Just Lose 10 Pounds??? is a Voted Featured Popular Blog Post. <BR> <BR> Wow thank you so much for hitting the like button my friends. It's a lovely surprise! <BR> <BR> In the blog I did say you were a great bunch of team mates! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> ... Tue, 27 May 2014 02:28:54 EST An Active Team Gets You Sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703181 Have you noticed that most of your teams seem to fade out? Not the 5% Challenge Teams. Each season we start anew, so returning members and new members join up and it’s fun getting to know new people and reconnect with former team mates. <BR> <BR> Each week the teams race to an exciting destination. We have to earn ‘air miles’ (exercise minutes) to get us there. Also each week we earn points doing one Living the Good Life Challenge ie. one of these – <BR> <BR> 3 meals a day <BR> 9" plate ... Mon, 26 May 2014 00:24:58 EST Did I Really Just Lose 10 Pounds??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702064 This last week, as I am walking I noticed my jeans are feeling looser. Last night I realized I need a belt, as I was tugging my pants up again. I am away from home and my scale, but I did weigh in on Monday and I was down a pound from the Saturday weigh in. I am looking forward to my Week 8 weigh May 31st. It appears I have lost 5% of my starting weight in 8 weeks and I have entered onederland. Wow!!! I am happy about that. <BR> <BR> When I started dieting and exercising I did not know anyon... Sat, 24 May 2014 11:02:47 EST Lynn's Lifesaver Soup - 228 Calories & VERY Filling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698866 Lynn's Soup (not Udon) <BR> <BR> one serving <BR> <BR> 2 baby bok choy (chopped) <BR> 2 chinese brocolli (chopped) <BR> 1 cup mushrooms (sliced) <BR> 2 green onions (sliced) <BR> little bit of angel hair rice pasta (I did not use Udon noodles which are large) <BR> 1/2 cup cooked chicken <BR> 3 cups low sodium chicken broth <BR> <BR> Heat the broth and add the stem pieces of brocolli (only) and pasta, simmer 5 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies and simmer 2 minutes and serve. You can add... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:53:46 EST OK You Know Who You Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692730 I am posting this to update those who support me and compete with me. <BR> <BR> My weight today 203.8 <BR> <BR> Streaks Summary <BR> <BR> Nutrition Tracking 21 Days <BR> 10,000 Steps 130 Days <BR> <BR> Strategy to hit onederland and get my 5% spring weight loss <BR> <BR> daily ounces to lose 4.4 <BR> daily calorie differential 952.0 <BR> <BR> Thanks you Spark Friends! Sun, 11 May 2014 16:53:00 EST Spring Cleaning in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689942 Considering I did a major move in 2011 and got rid of more than 2/3 of my things - big and small - furniture, books, clothes, artwork, bedding, dishes, etc. I do very well with clutter. I am a minimalist at heart, so I am don't have knicknacks or visible clutter. What I have is stuff you cannot see - my closets and some unpacked boxes. I like my things to be beautiful yet functional. I am doing Flylady to motivate me to tackle every room in the house, with a critical eye and pare it down even... Wed, 7 May 2014 16:28:51 EST Mid-Way Spring 5% Challenge Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688256 We are 1/2 way thru the Spring 5% Challenge and my weight is trending in the right direction and I lost 2%. I am 4.7 pounds from onederland (199.9), which is my wildly coveted milestone. <BR> <BR> This spring I am riding a bike, playing pickleball, and Saturday I went bowling. I haven't bowled in years! Last night I was procrastinating about my daily 10,000 steps. I knew I would do them, just need to push myself to get out the door. Walking is a great exercise for my whole body. I can effor... Mon, 5 May 2014 18:02:54 EST Saturday - Stocking Up on Healthier Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686636 This morning we were at our church's garage sale, then lunched at the Chinese buffet, shopped at the green grocer, Indian meat market, and the seafood store. Home again and walked to Safeway to buy milk. Tonight we are going bowling with friends, then out to dinner with them. <BR> <BR> I will have an espresso bean nap now - Set timer for 30 minutes - eat 3 chocolate coated espresso beans, lay down and read for 5 minutes, listen to audio book, fall asleep. The caffeine kicks in and I am wide... Sat, 3 May 2014 18:26:57 EST April - Another Great Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685363 Today - Day 120 of my 10,000 steps streak. Most days I want to find an excuse to not walk, but I made the choice to have an active not sedentary lifestyle. It is who I am - this lazy person who walks 10,000 steps each day. <BR> <BR> In April some very special Spark Friends, helped me have a very successful month. Three shoutouts – <BR> <BR> 1) My nutrition tracking accountability partner – we keep tabs on each other daily. <BR> <BR> 2) My new Spark friend who got me interested in the 28... Thu, 1 May 2014 23:37:58 EST An Addition to the Family? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682810 We were thinking of getting Kali a little sister, who would also be an American Water Spaniel (AWS). They are smaller sized athletic hunting dogs about 25 pounds, make great pets, and I am not too allergic to her. I made enquiries a few months ago about getting a puppy from a breeder in Oregon. There are few AWS, about 3,500 in the world and not all of the are future parents, so it can take a few years to get one. <BR> <BR> Last night I watched CNN Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man - Pets - a visi... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:49:13 EST OK - I am Sweating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680449 My Streaks <BR> <BR> 10,000 Steps - Day 114 <BR> Nutrition Tracking - Day 4 <BR> ST - Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 2 <BR> ST - Kettlebell 10 minutes - Day 2 <BR> ST - Plank 1 rep of 8 - Day 2 did one 1.5 minute hold <BR> <BR> I just finished the ST, I am sweating and still need another 8,000 steps Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:44:34 EST Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679690 Please let me know if you want to do any or all of these things with me <BR> <BR> 1) Join me in a race to onederland 199.9 by May 31, 2014 - Doug is racing too! <BR> 2) Record all your food & open your Spark Nutrition Tracker so we can check each - Bill thanks! <BR> 3) Start the Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge - Sylvia started too! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=42559 </link> <BR> <BR> My Streaks <BR> <BR> Walking - Day 113 <BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:33:55 EST Challenging Myself to Do Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679002 Walking Streak - Day 112 <BR> Nutrition Tracking Streak - Day 2 <BR> <BR> I am going for it <BR> <BR> 1. 199.9 onederland in 4 weeks! <BR> 2. Daily 10 minutes ST - kettlebells & planks <BR> 3. Keep doing 10,000 daily steps <BR> 4. Nutrition tracking Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:43:21 EST 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