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/ 5% Winter Challenge Happy Dance! Losing!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093789 <em>248</em> <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>355</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I am so happy. I lost 5% of my body weight in less than 6 weeks. This is only the second time I have lost 5% of my starting weight in 8 weeks in the Challenge. There is still 2 weeks of the challenge so I am going hard to the end! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is doing well this month! Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:20:35 EST Close, so close http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091783 5% Winter Challenge update - this morning I am .2 pounds from my goal of losing 5% of my starting weight in 8 weeks. This will be my second time I have done this and it's only week 6! I hope to be doing the happy dance before the end of the week! <BR> Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:16:55 EST Viva Las Vegas! & Healthy BMI! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088995 We had 4 great days visiting family in Yuma. Now we are in Las Vegas to visit more family. It's wonderful to see everyone and and then settle into our RV at night to relax and sleep. <BR> <BR> I am a 3 meals a day eater, and really need dinner at 5 PM SHARP. I am learning that if dinner is late I will get calories from alcohol. Tonight dinner was at 7:30 so I had an extra cocktail and glass of wine. Yikes I don't want to do that! <BR> <BR> As per my Overeaters Anon, I have done 36 days of ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 01:15:16 EST Change Your Thinking Change the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087588 I am excited to see I am .4 pounds away from making my 5% Winter Challenge goal to lose 11.4 pounds. Last fall I learned how to change my thinking, and set January 1 to launch my new program. Also I needed a focused food plan that is easy to follow. <BR> <BR> My diet Canada Food Guide and 1,400 calories. <BR> <BR> 2 Fruit <BR> 5 Vegetables <BR> 6 Grains <BR> 3 Dairy <BR> 2 Protein <BR> 2 Fat <BR> Sugar (I tally how much added sugar in a day eg. on oatmeal) <BR> <BR> Each evening I... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 10:53:57 EST Jeans are too BIG! In one month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086077 I put off getting new clothes, thinking I would do it when I lost weight. But I really NEEDED something that fit comfortably and look good, so in December I got my new $100 jeans. Today I noticed my new jeans are getting too loose. When I got motivated January 1, I did not expect weight loss results so quickly nor that it would make such a difference in the fit of my clothes. My weight Jan. 1/16 was 231.4 and Jan. 31/16 was 218.0, so losing 13.4 pounds took me down a size. I glad to see the w... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:34:29 EST 2016 Losing, Losing, Losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077282 After years of dieting, it's a surprise to find new things to try. <BR> <BR> My List of Things I Do Right! <BR> <BR> 01 eat out - split a meal with a take out box <BR> 02 feel in control of my food choices <BR> 03 no evening eating <BR> 04 eat for pleasure but limit amount <BR> 05 pass up buns and butter <BR> 06 evaluate meals to nutritional goals and calories <BR> 07 veggie platter for happy hour if I host <BR> 08 nutrition tracking <BR> 09 unplugged - no TV and VERY limited internet <BR>... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:07:34 EST 2016 Palm Springs & New Years Fresh Start & Day 1 of 100 DWL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058126 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. I will make good use of my time by following a routine, and ignoring how I feel or what I think. <BR> <BR> My Winter 5% Positive Affirmation - Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness - by Thomas Huxley <BR> <BR> I'm not tel... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 15:43:44 EST Day 27 Eat dessert when it is special & 5% Challenge Information http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e41256e7-a774-4203-a6f9-5929cb2f4d5d.jpg"> <BR> We were hiking in the Palm Spring area. I will do it again this winter. . <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> 2016 Winter 5% Challenge Community <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun alo... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:10:06 EST Day 26 When food disappoints you & 2016 Winter 5% Challenge Invitation & My Dec. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040696 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88d158b6-797b-4a10-ab1f-9ffa7e1775c0.jpg"> <BR> I enjoy hopping a plane and going visit family, sightseeing and taking pictures. We are at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton in March during the girls spring break. <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> 2016 Winter 5% Challe... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:00:14 EST Day 26 When food disappoints you & Dec. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040695 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88d158b6-797b-4a10-ab1f-9ffa7e1775c0.jpg"> <BR> I enjoy hopping a plane and going visit family, sightseeing and taking pictures. We are at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton in March during the girls spring break. <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> Day 26 When food disa... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:00:12 EST Day 25 Smaller amounts, less often & a Day of Discovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038619 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e444040-54d8-4414-8c64-3f1b2a787f3c.jpg"> <BR> This is a beautiful tranquil place in Washington where I go to an annual women's retreat. There are long wooded trails over old railway bridges, sunny flower gardens, and duck ponds. I was walking with my friend Jeanette. <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... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:41:44 EST Day 24 Eat for Satisfaction & Healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037499 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f50d4f79-b698-4a55-a18b-ba57c68c1e4c.jpg"> <BR> While we were canoeing on the bay, I saw this guy go by in his kayak. I might like to get a catamaran which would be like a double kayak with an optional sail. <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> Source - 100 days of Weight L... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:44:34 EST Day 23 Savoring & 5 Days After Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036694 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faa4d750-a66c-4ebf-b37a-2e8791e33552.jpg"> <BR> I love walking with others. <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> Source - 100 days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> With this technique, you eat a very small amount at a time. Next time you eat one of your favorite ... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:59:29 EST Day 22 Multitask with food & Surgery went well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034858 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/224ba3b5-bdac-4a28-b39f-2570a8fdcd40.jpg"> <BR> Kali dressed up for a play fashion show. I enjoy doing playful things. <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> Source - 100 days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> You don’t have to completely avoid doing anything else i... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:22:49 EST Day 21 Eat with awareness & I have surgery tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033940 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f1deec9-aea9-493e-833a-500f081b94a6.jpg"> <BR> I enjoy taking pictures of flowers inside and outside. <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> Source - 100 days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> Do you ever look down at your plate to eat more and it was empty and you... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 23:13:38 EST Day 20 Half-off special http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032605 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b4db037-263f-4bf2-8a8e-f178529b2c9a.jpg"> <BR> High tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. It's wonderful to be healthy and travel. I ealize I have a lot of pictures taken around food so I will make a point of taking more pictures when I am doing other things. <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 h... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:28:23 EST Day 19 Eat reasonable amounts & Completed Foodsense Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030711 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5cfd6e79-0fe9-40b7-a322-2b874afcb2ae.jpg"> <BR> I enjoyed exploring the San Diego old town in the spring when we were on a cruise. We did a lot of walking that day. <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> Source - 100 days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> Make sure t... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:05:29 EST Day 18 Retrain eating habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6029575 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78f6b1e7-031d-445c-87ca-ea16316d94dd.jpeg"> <BR> I never considered bowling exercise, but now I do. You really need to be able to bend down to deliver the ball. <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> Source - 100 days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> 1, 2, 3 peas a... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 23:58:30 EST Day 17 Stop wasting food in you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028822 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5142e588-61a3-411c-a466-b0f144831078.jpg"> <BR> I love to visit family. I have to be able to pack a bag, get it to the airport, do up a seatbelt, etc. I love teaching the kids how to have tea parties. <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> Source 100 Days <BR> <BR> Were you ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 17:35:11 EST Day 16 Nurturing the power of food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c3433df-26eb-4b62-87bb-25a1bf378ba5.jpg"> <BR> We do a lot of walking in our travels. At the Salton Sea, CA what appears to be sand is actually crushed shells. <BR> <BR> Source 100 Days <BR> <BR> Savor the Flavor and then decide if it is worth eating the rest. As you know, the first two bites of any food have the biggest bang taste wise and you have received the flavor benefits. They are the only ones that have any emotional power! Once you... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 23:37:17 EST Day 15 First two bites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027707 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af1168eb-b6e3-47a2-ac21-80fa9221bea9.jpg"> <BR> Hiking in Indian Canyon - Palm Springs requires agility and strength. We had to crawl under boulders to get to this view point. <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> The Power of the 1st 2 bites! Research has shown, that the fi... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 10:59:34 EST Day 14 Morning affects evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026799 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/946abf1a-9af9-4340-a696-aa88fc2a9f71.jpg"> <BR> In March I like to walk down streets lined with cherry blossoms. Yep that is my DH and Kali. <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> Source - 100 Days <BR> <BR> If you eat breakfast every day, you will retrain your stomach to man... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 18:47:36 EST Day 13 Oops, I forgot to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026073 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5de0df2-01b8-4e34-a43f-79433594cf7e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On my birthday weekend we were all together at our place in Washington. We have a park model trailer there that can sleep 12+. I like to get up in the morning and make a hot breakfast for the kids. Here is a picture of my 6 pack getting fueled up. It takes energy to stay ahead of the kids and plan activities and prepare food. Then it's keeping up with them! <BR> <BR> For the rest of the y... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:17:32 EST Day 12 Fuel or filler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025637 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2f02872-8b53-4c7b-b2c7-c96d3553b3f9.jpg"> <BR> I love to entertain. Halloween night we had friends over for dinner and had a Tacky Tourist theme. Everyone dressed up and they loved seeing the kids that came to the door trick or treating. <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, 2 Nov 2015 21:09:34 EST Day 11 Two purposes of food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024184 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8447cd0c-eb50-40cc-b660-b4fc9035153c.jpg"> <BR> Swimming pool parties are fun. I look forward to next year! <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> Source 100 Days <BR> <BR> 100 Days - Put Food In Its Place - the next 10 day segment is all about our direct relationship with fo... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:17:14 EST Day 10 Appreciate good support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c390c4f3-4cb0-4f30-9545-b1583d3a6398.jpg"> <BR> I love going to birthday parties! It's fun to play games and talk with others. <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> 100 Days - Whenever someone offers you a genuine comment about your progress, try to respond warmly to the per... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 00:30:55 EST Day 9 - Here’s what I want http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022903 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/adf76430-acc3-4fdf-b9ce-658b2671d3a0.jpg"> <BR> Summers days at the old farm in Alberta. We are outside all the time, working, playing and walking. Here Farmer Andy is cutting our hay. <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> How do we know what we want from other people? Do ce... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:45:36 EST Day 8 - Help me, please... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022044 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d8918e2-347b-4ab9-b390-7d0b42badd4e.jpg"> <BR> Happy campers at Lutherwood this summer. I enjoy being active with my family and I need to have the energy and stamina to keep up. <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> 100 Days - Do you ever wish you could get more support fro... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:53:26 EST Day 7 - I can do it! Become your own Cheerleader! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021223 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c35abe6b-b99b-493c-a8cc-958737cb00c0.jpg"> <BR> We spent 3 nights in San Francisco and walked and walked. It was fun to see the city on foot and the kids kept up very well. <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> 100 Days - Practice saying the words “I can do it!” over and ove... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 00:34:11 EST Day 6 - Protect your program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec0ebdfd-44e7-485c-8e70-46edfebaa660.jpg"> <BR> At the old farm we hiked to a former camping area on the river. It was the first time the kids had been there. <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> 100 Days - How do you Protect your Program? Do you ever wonder how to pass on ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:50:14 EST Day 5 Eat it Another time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019663 100 Days - Eat it Another time! When you think about a particular food you want, remind yourself that you don't have to eat it. Write down the name or even a description of the food and then plan to eat it sometime in the future. Add the amount you'll have and how you'll fit it into your program. Stretch the times further apart for eating this food. You may discover that after a while, certain foods don't seem as important to you as they once did. <BR> <BR> 100 Days - Practice the skill of ... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 02:13:10 EST Day 4 – Boundaries Not Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d2120200-3ca4-499d-8308-fcc9c247d9fd.jpg"> <BR> Bible camp in Washington has a beautiful lake to swim, fish and canoe. Here is some of the family out canoeing. <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> 100 Days Diets define how we eat. Boundaries define your diet. What is your e... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:57:39 EST Day 3 - Do It Anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018327 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/244d2665-f0bb-4bed-b86f-e49030d336b7.jpg"> <BR> At the old farm, it was fun to fly kites in the hay field just after the hay was cut. <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> <BR> Day 3 - 100 Days Do It Anyway! <BR> <BR> Determination - push through the urge to quit.... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:09:28 EST Day 2 - Renew the SparkPeople Pledge, But Where is It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017921 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba166862-6fa1-4700-80d2-f487916559f8.jpg"> <BR> We moved from northern Alberta to the west coast to enjoy a more active lifestyle year round. This picture is of my DGD Kennedy. She is here 3 days a week before and after school, and I really enjoy doing things with her. In the background you can see our yard which will be getting an overhaul next year. That will take more strength and energy than I have right now, so I need to get more fit. <BR... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:14:33 EST Day 1 - 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017091 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/843f8eff-9fba-41e5-b7de-78f1e2b3ea34.jpg"> <BR> I love exploring the Pacific Northwest and seeing these reminders of healthy lifestyle choices. This is a local Bellingham, WA freggie store with big mounds of produce and colorful fall flowers. <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> ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 16:38:00 EST BODYSENSE - I Will Almost Be a Vegetarian! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011837 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/677c8289-0d5e-4fb8-b0b7-452b7df2f7cc.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of the river that runs through our old farm in Alberta. It takes strong legs and good balance to get down the long steep slippery berm. A few years ago I had a bad fall which kept me off work for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e832cd68-5488-4e43-8582-19a09f4dbb70.jpg"> <BR> But it's so beautiful down at the river and it's a great place... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 21:01:21 EST 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