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/ Planning for a Successful Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008207 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/013eda77-9b60-4eb4-b96c-9e1ff361303a.jpg"> <BR> 2 woodpeckers I met in my travels in Alberta this summer. I like having the energy and desire to travel and see nature. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the year when I blog I will post a picture of something I did this year that represents my active lifestyle. This will motivate me to worker harder to improve my fitness. <BR> <BR> This week I have been feathering the nest. I got a desk/craft table a... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 20:22:44 EST Food Plan - Just 2 Servings of Protein! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004598 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55e0192f-32de-405f-a4f5-36e6344984ff.jpg"> <BR> This picture of the canoe on top of my truck reflects how important it is for me to be strong. The canoe does not get on and off the truck by itself and I have to carry my end. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the year when I blog I will post a picture of something I did this year that represents my active lifestyle. This will motivate me to worker harder to improve my fitness. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I p... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:50:57 EST Balanced Life Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004209 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73fa5861-761f-479e-a4cf-513b8e217c9f.jpg"> <BR> I do a lot of walking when I am in Palm Springs. Here I am at the art gallery. After looking at the exhibits I walked to the main street to the night market. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afc2cdf0-b5c4-4bfa-a09d-e5c112fa4c00.jpg"> <BR> Colorful clothes at the night market. <BR> <BR> I know I need to stay healthy and strong so I can walk as much as I want, whenever I want... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 01:43:45 EST Working on the To Do List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001518 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cb0c596-6fe2-4c48-b45e-76f80f0f5c10.jpg"> <BR> In July when we were in San Francisco we took the buses and walked everywhere. It felt great to have the strength and energy to keep going all day. I will maintain and improve on my fitness. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the year when I blog I will post a picture of something I did this year that represents my active lifestyle. This will motivate me to worker harder to improve my fitness. <BR> <BR... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:31:24 EST Happy at Family Camp & What to Do at Parties? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996089 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a178df46-78ba-46db-bf1b-2d59feb0d91c.jpg"> <BR> I like to find ways for us to be together with our family, so we invited them to join us at Family Camp in July. There were 13 of us that week, and it was a great way to spend time together and be active. Good reminder that I need to exercise and diet for fitness and good health so I am ready for next year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e61c7698-27b7-472b-9de4-353ac8... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:42:08 EST Happier and Healthier - Positive Affirmations! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994859 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cba83e9a-6c0f-4c25-9f94-141f7072d8bf.jpg"> <BR> January I was playing pickleball with DH (yellow shirt) and friends in Palm Springs. I am still learning but I want to get better and spend more time with my active friends. It's fun, very social and gets me moving. It's challenging for me because I have never played a racquet type sport before. <BR> <BR> Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tenni... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:05:05 EST BODYSENSE - Life Skills for Weight Management http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994246 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/329d3441-02fa-423a-8f44-0d8583aa906b.jpg"> <BR> The 6 Pack - July 2015 at our place in Washington. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the year when I blog I will post a picture of something I did this year that represents my active lifestyle. This will motivate me to worker harder to improve my fitness. <BR> <BR> Each summer we round up all the kids and find fun activities to do with them. Their parents get a break and we can maintain a close relatio... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 16:04:32 EST Suggestions Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984475 I am going to La Connor WA for 2 weeks, staying in an RV. I want to try something new. Suggestions on what I can try? Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:08:00 EST Life in the Love Nest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984016 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d4ac9cc-028b-495d-8edc-3a0cb2d118a1.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of our RV. We are getting packed to go to La Connor, WA in the morning, to stay a couple of weeks at an RV park right on the ocean. <BR> <BR> I am a minimalist at heart, so the compact efficient space of our RV (aka The Love Nest) makes me happy. I have everything I need and it takes so little time to tidy. It's relaxing to be in our little place with our familiar things. As al... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:15:11 EST Fall 5% Challenge Invitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983416 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 this Fall! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65592 </link> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:23:48 EST Sunny Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982150 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5df4035e-5adb-4aa2-b0b4-a31e2fb8bddc.jpg"> <BR> I enjoy meeting new people. In February, this little Girl Scout was selling her cookies at the polo match. I passed on buying cookies (I can be a good Sparker), then thought about how happy my daughters were when someone would buy their cookies. I made a point of going to find the girl and buy cookies. Of course she was happy and I asked her and her mother if it was ok to take a picture so I could... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:33:48 EST Weekend in the Mountains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981840 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19f4934b-ce35-4bc0-a6cb-04bb2503d58f.jpg"> <BR> Here is a picture taken in January when we stopped in Northern California on our way to Palm Springs. Our friends were driving too and it was nice to stop for a rest and meet up with them. It was a fun month, lots of entertainment, dining out, daily walks and spending time with friends. <BR> <BR> Daily - I am posting a picture of something I did this year that represents my active lifestyle. This... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:54:29 EST A Place to Walk Next Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980921 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1793f28c-937b-440c-befb-5f346784e701.jpg"> <BR> At the old farm - old building on the path to the river. I will walk it next summer. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the year when I blog I will post a picture of something I did this year that represents my active lifestyle. This will motivate me to worker harder to improve my fitness. <BR> <BR> 3 of my old Spark friends have returned to Spark - I am sure you can guess why. It's great to see them b... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:42:47 EST BC Cancer Agency Call Back & Active Lifestyle at the Farmhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980365 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18c2bb29-fde8-4179-b208-26bff361d039.jpg"> <BR> We worked on the old house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10830b40-c582-474a-b040-e18c4acab4bd.jpg"> <BR> Alan caulking the wall. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6846652-bc1d-4142-a13b-172e8e064577.jpg"> <BR> Me cleaning up inside. <BR> <BR> In my blog - Refreshed & Ready to Tackle Life! Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - I wrote - During this... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:25:07 EST Refreshed & Ready to Tackle Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976199 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9fd4603-3b46-4431-a30e-9a7e6b18de04.jpg"> <BR> 13 of us for a week at our place in Washington. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da0d07c3-5e45-4f17-aa4b-91927fa4ddd5.jpg"> <BR> 12 of us at Family Bible Camp in Washington. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4760fb7e-a2f6-4931-b9ac-f66a7635a666.jpg"> <BR> California 9 of us for 9 days - Disneyland & San Diego. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:39:09 EST Family Camp in Washington http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959101 <em>534</em> on the road again. We are having a family get together this week - Family Bible Camp during the week and 2 weekends at our cabin in Washington. There will be 12 of us starting tonight. I will post pictures next week. Thankfully the meals and clean up are supplied at camp. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:57:24 EST San Francisco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955360 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8be49a8-0b75-4953-a3eb-b6658413a1ca.jpg"> <BR> San Diego Zoo <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d166948-8479-488c-9732-3c8d15713dff.jpg"> <BR> Walking the Golden Gate July 3rd <BR> <BR> After we left San Diego we stayed for the night at a place 2 hours out of SF. Yesterday morning we arrived in SF, checked into our hotel, bought bus passes, then took the bus to the bridge. We walked the bridge both ways. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:08:51 EST I Need This Picture! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954917 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0837e3d7-6c72-483a-8674-0bbaa410d369.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the reality check I need - picture taken June 27th says it all. I will put on the same outfit at the end of the Summer 5% Challenge in August. My goal to be 11.4 pounds lighter in 8 weeks. <BR> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:37:50 EST Southern California Living & My Before Pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b32e810-7d64-4a98-9a94-2b66b9e61fc6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My 5% Summer Challenge before picture <BR> <BR> This is our family rental for the 9 of us. We are very comfortable and only 200 steps to Mission Beach and about 600 to Pacific Beach. This skinny piece of land between the 2 beaches is amazing. There are tourists everywhere, so lots of small restaurants and shops. <BR> <BR> <link>luv-surf.com/jamaica-upper.php </link> <BR> <BR> We are ... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:28:32 EST Know My Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952191 Now in Start/ Calories In & Out <BR> <BR> Calorie Goal 1370 – 1720 <BR> Burned This Week/Weekly Goal 3300 <BR> Goal to go from 224 to 213 by 8/22/2015 <BR> <BR> 5% Challenge Commitment - Plan <BR> <BR> So with 60 minutes daily exercise (from fitness plan), and eating between 1370 – 1720 calories a day, I will lose 11.2 pounds in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:44:06 EST YAY! Day One!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951814 <em>244</em> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I am thrilled that the 5% Summer Challenge starts today. I love a fresh start and today is the day! <BR> <BR> Week 1 we start with drinking 8 glasses of water daily. <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Drinking water may not sound like a big step, but it's part of the mind set that we are accountable for our choices. Water is a zero calorie drink, and in summer it's easier to remember to drink it.... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:17:42 EST Happiest Place on Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951132 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f096db9-adc4-46d4-9af2-dcb423650d7c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had a good day at Disneyland. We got there at 3 PM, did 10 rides and watched the fireworks. It was a great way to visit with family and have fun together. <BR> <BR> In the last few weeks my appetite has decreased, maybe it's the hot weather. However it should make it easier to get back on track with my diet. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun al... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:12:39 EST A Little Tired Tonight in LA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950609 We left Vancouver, Canada (home) on Saturday, headed south, and arrived in Los Angeles on Monday. This gave us time to see the La Brea Tar Sands, Venice Beach and the Getty Center. Tuesday evening we met our family members at the townhouse we are renting near Disneyland. We are here for 5 nights, then heading to San Diego for 4 nights. <BR> <BR> Today they went to Disneyland and I enjoyed my planned day off. I have a ganglion cyst on my foot, and usually it is no bother, but it can swell up... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:32:15 EST On the Road With My Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948455 We are on our way to California. The last thing to go into the trunk - my bath scale. It goes with me every where. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:08:40 EST What Can You Do in 8 Weeks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946793 I can lose 5% of my body weight <BR> I can improve my blood pressure <BR> I can increase stamina <BR> I can easily wrap a bath towel around myself <BR> I can have a stronger body <BR> I can develop good habits <BR> I can feel happier <BR> I can be doing fun things with others <BR> I can teach healthy habits to the kids <BR> I can get ready to walk the 800 km Camino de Santiago next year <BR> I can be proactive in managing my health <BR> I can be healthier before sinus surgery <BR> I can mak... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:56:46 EST Headed to Onederland - Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946391 I had quite a bad allergic reaction to sunscreen I applied 11 days ago. I still get itchy and feel so tired, so I am avoiding putting anything on my skin. Hopefully it clears up soon. Since I had allergy testing in April many new allergic reactions have been triggered. I keep resetting my weight ticker and not in a good way. <BR> <BR> I am doing more spring cleaning, and it's time to get back to the middle bedroom to unravel the stuff that migrated there. It's become everyone's dumping grou... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:46:56 EST Mindful Eating - HALT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945609 I am mentally preparing for the start of the Summer 5% Challenge. I know I need to make some lifestyle changes. Clearly living in the moment - impulsively eating things that may not be healthy choices, sitting down too much, not prioritzing my walks, and procrastinating on some household tasks, etc. It's time to put my good intentions into actions. <BR> <BR> Next time I reach for food, I will ask myself these HALT questions. <BR> <BR> H - Am I really HUNGRY? If so, how about a piece of fru... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:20:35 EST Strong Minded - MRI & Hives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943681 On the weekend I attended a retreat situated in a beautiful private park. I applied sunscreen to my arms and legs on Saturday before I went walking, Since then I have been flaming with hives and itch, obviously a bad allergic reaction. Last night I applied Benadryl and took a sleeping pill, but was still awake till 3 AM. <BR> <BR> Today I had an abdominal MRI that had been scheduled months in advance, so I was determined to keep the appointment. This morning I took an ineffective antihistam... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:01:27 EST Summer 5% Challenge Invitation to Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938189 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! <BR> <BR> Please join the challenge and do your best, that's it. Work at your own pace and do what is comfortable for you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 23:55:19 EST Nordic Walking Vs Trekking Poles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936799 This morning I am watching youtube videos to see if there is anything special I need to know about using the 2 poles I got a few years ago. I have learned a lot already- I have trekking poles but I will use them for Nordic walking - which is like crossing country skiing without the skis on. <BR> <BR> Nordic walking - uses walking poles to increase effort, a low-impact, full-body workout that is gentle on the joints. And although you'll work harder and burn more calories than walking alone, ... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:03:30 EST How Pleasurable is Your New Habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936572 I am ever aspiring to be the better me. I have some perfectionist tendencies and seem to lack patience. Today I read in a blog how long it takes to form a new habit. <BR> <BR> Huffington - On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic -- 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances... Habits can take a long time to form. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:40:39 EST Friday - Get Out the Walking/Trekking Poles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936055 Goal - walk 5K with walking poles, through the park - down the hill and up again. <BR> <BR> Burn 20% More Calories with This Walking Technique <BR> <BR> 5K = 10,000 steps <BR> <BR> I will walk 5K daily. but will ease in the poles. <BR> <BR> Week 1: Pole Walking - Getting Started <BR> <BR> Time: Start with a daily 15 minute walk at an easy pace. Weekly total goal: 60 - 75 minutes. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=952 </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 03:01:13 EST Spring Cleaning in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934542 I see being a minimalist as streamlining my life. I unpacked the last of my china (packed 4 years ago before we put the house up for sale). Hmm... DH just asked if I unpacked the martini glasses - nope. I guess another box is lurking in the games room. <BR> <BR> Spring cleaning - dining room done, and culled a few excess things. Feels good! Tue, 26 May 2015 12:03:13 EST Visualize Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933568 Last night I watched a bit of a show, Forensic Files. A man was bludgeoned on the back of his head. He collapsed on his bed, and came to in the morning, put on a sweater and went downstairs and took out breakfast cereal then collapsed and bled to death. When he came to why did he not phone for an ambulance or call the police? He did not know he was injured. Yes it sounds grisly, but what it demonstrates is how long term behaviors are embedded in our brains and new ones can be formed and in ti... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:04:06 EST Minimalist At Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933128 When I came home I didn't step back into a routine. This year I have been away from home enough I have to build some new daily habits/routines. The new routines have to include some household tasks, exercise and interesting healthy menus. <BR> <BR> My goal - plan and lead my life, not sink into relaxation when I get home. I will determine most productive days of the week. <BR> <BR> I will be mindful of - <BR> <BR> What will I accomplish today? <BR> Why is it important? <BR> When will I ... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:14:52 EST Camino de Santiago & the Dietitian & Competing Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931640 My friend Helen is doing the 800 km Santiago de Santiago, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) for the second time in 2 years. I feel I missed an opportunity not going with her last a year when she asked me. I knew if she ever did it again I wanted to do it too. <BR> <BR> Since I talked with her yesterday I have done a lot of thinking about competing priorities, the timing, my physical condition and exercise and diet I need to do to be ready to walk 20 km/day. <BR> <BR> Today I had my first app... Wed, 20 May 2015 22:03:42 EST I'm Back From Cruising! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930336 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1848ff0e-b84d-437a-aed6-9889535ec2e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36bff16a-35a1-4de2-ab27-c7aae60fb973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/443cb9d0-a6bc-4dae-82e5-2974d0619deb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6aae3dd0-c1d7-47c3-86bb-ce6c6842a7ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edcf2a4d-7508-4e19-a256-f4c0c1d5a3a4... Mon, 18 May 2015 18:00:08 EST What Song Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917168 Take the test <BR> <BR> <link>en.what-character-are-you.com/d/en/1<BR>801/index/10963.html?utm_source=Facebo<BR>ok&utm_medium=desktop&utm_campaign=tra<BR>fficcheck </link> <BR> <BR> Mine - "Happy" by Pharrell Williams! <BR> <BR> You are a real optimist through and through. You always manage to see the glass half-full and tend to focus on the more positive things in life. There's something so contagious about your smile that everyone can't help smiling straight back – trust us, life i... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:39:53 EST Getting a Lot Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916726 Booking the cruise was an impulsive thing to do (glad we did it) so I have a number of things to get done in the next few days. I have things to complete and some spring cleaning to complete and a suitcase to pack. I found out there is laundry available on the ship so I am happy. <BR> <BR> I had a light bulb moment when I was driving home from shopping. It’s only when I am going on away to visit or vacation that I really focus on my appearance. Yesterday I had my hair colored and cut, pe... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:09:00 EST Losing Weight on a 20 Day Cruise - Yes I Will! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915170 Based on BMI scores, a 5-foot, 5-inch adult would be considered: <BR> <BR> Underweight at 110 pounds or less (BMI less than 18.5) <BR> Normal weight at 111 to 149 pounds (BMI = 18.5-24.9) <BR> Overweight at 150 to 179 pounds (BMI = 25-29.9) <BR> Obese at 180 to 210 pounds (BMI = 30-34.9) <BR> Extremely obese at 211 pounds or more (BMI = 35 or greater) <BR> <BR> My BMI 37.0 classified as extremely obese. My short term goal is to get to BMI 34.9 - obese which is 209 pounds which is I can do i... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:42:14 EST Panama Canal Cruise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914710 We are going on our first ever cruise - Panama Canal. We leave Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 29th and will be arriving in Vancouver, B.C. (our home) on May 18th. We will likely be dining with our friends each evening. I plan on doing the yoga classes and water aerobics when I can, but there will be days we are on shore doing excursions or walking. <BR> <BR> When I think of eating the meals I am not too worried. I assume there will be menus and I can make healthy choices and adjust my calorie... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:21:43 EST Lifetime Accomplishment in 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912679 I swam in the DEEP end of the pool! This is only the second time I have been in the deep end, BUT the first time I swam. I wanted to overcome my extreme panic and fear of deep water. DH was with me. I started with 2 flotations belts, 2 aqua barbells and a noodle. Over the next 40 minutes I paddled around, chatted with DH, dispensed with the extra flotation belt, barbells and noodle. Finally I swam a few laps and felt happy. <BR> <BR> I worked on getting comfortable in deep water. Hopefully ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:07:39 EST Week 1 Weigh - WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909379 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301721302.jpg"> <BR> I love this picture, if only it was that easy to get thin! <BR> <BR> But I am doing the happy dance this morning. Last week I was 222.2 pounds and today 217.4! WooHoo down 4.8 pounds!!! <BR> <BR> This week I changed a few things. <BR> <BR> 1) breakfast is 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup blueberries and one boiled egg <BR> 2) switched to almond milk, 1 cup = 30 calories <BR> 3) nutrition tracking <BR> 4) drinking more water - ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:24:08 EST Doctor Update & Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907887 This morning I eliminated a couple of time wasters - Facebook's Candy Crush & Bejewelled Blitz. I felt great about it! Then I worked for an hour, and went for a one hour walk in the forest. I did the Pinewood Trail that meanders down a very long steep hill, so a good cardio workout coming back up. <BR> <BR> I am focused on my medical issues this month. My nose - in June I was walking at night on an uneven sidewalk, and had a bad fall and hurt my nose (which obstructed my breathing). It ended... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:45:54 EST I will focus on all the positives in my life and get moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904845 I am thinking about the start of the Spring 5% Challenge which starts tomorrow. As always I am excited about losing 5% of my starting weight in 8 weeks. Last spring I lost 5% and landed in onederland. I worked so hard to do it and it paid off. I was thrilled!!! <BR> <BR> Since then I have battled my weight all the way back to the 220's. Scream!!! How did that happen? Today I am reflecting on what went right and what went wrong. Regardless of any physical limitations I have at this time, my b... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 13:57:05 EST I'll do it - tomorrow ends today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898865 Last April I was doing some of my best Sparking ever - sticking to my diet and walking 10,000 steps a day, trying new things like kettle bells, and made it to onederland the next month. Something happened that caused negative thinking and unhappiness to take over and I lost my zeal. Then in June I was walking at night on an uneven sidewalk, and had a bad fall and hurt my nose (which obstructed my breathing). It ended my 6 month streak of walking 10,000 steps a day. It took 6 months for my nos... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:44:04 EST Spring! My Favorite Season! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898375 Spring is the season where I do better with my good intention to exercise and diet. There are no major eating events and parties. Yes there is Easter but that's not the same as Thanksgiving or Christmas. <BR> <BR> I am thinking ahead to how I would like our yard to look this summer and found inspiration watching this cheerful video. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/embed/9H9Ioj<BR>B9iYY </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> Also a reminder about the 5% Spring Chall... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:41:18 EST 5% Challenge & Pacific Crest Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893534 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677760277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is where I started today on the virtual Pacific Crest Trail. It's fun to see pictures of where I am along the trail. If you are doing the trail, please look for me KALISWALKER (3704). I think we get grouped by the leg of the hike we are on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went to beginners' yoga class. It was difficult for me to get up and down, so I really need it for strength, flexibility and to rehabilitate my kn... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 20:23:14 EST 5% Challenge Invitation to You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891861 I want to bike and hike this year so I need to rehabilitate my legs. In Feb. I hurt my knees and got a respiratory infection, so I really cut back on walking. Spring is here and the west coast is so beautiful, so it'a great motivator to get out there. My knees are at 90% so with daily gentle walks I will be 100% in 30 days. <BR> <BR> I am on Day 3 of my new healthy habit. <BR> <BR> Goal - walk around the pond at least one lap each day for 30 days. <BR> <BR> 3 Reasons to Do Walk <BR> <... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:39:48 EST Change in My 5% Challenge Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889579 A few days ago I misplaced my Fitbit. The laundry was done and no fitbit was found in the washer or dryer, so I wasn't too worried, the worst hadn't happened, it would show up. Hubby and I walked on Saturday and still no fitbit. Wow that's not like me at all! I panic if I can't find my fitbit or MP3 (audio books). Before I would keeping looking till it was found or turn around and drive home to get it. <BR> <BR> Maybe the fitbit/accountability stresses me some and it's been a little holiday... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:18:27 EST