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/ Week 2 - Gaining Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789456 The 5% Challenge has motivated me to get back to the gym and look at some of the lifestyle set backs I had over the summer. Today at the YMCA I went to yoga and zumba. I enjoyed a few minutes of relaxation in the hot tub after. I now have some limitations because of arthritis in my hips, so I will look at other types of exercise too. Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do... John Wooden <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:00:08 EST Sit/Stand Test & Challenging Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784256 I was reading my friend WOLFKITTY's blog today and she had a link to the Sit/Stand Test, and she wrote - I do like that there is a good demonstration of something you can use as a non-scale benchmark of fitness and progress. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-bein<BR>g/stories/this-simple-sitting-test-cou<BR>ld-predict-how-long-you-will-live </link> <BR> <BR> For a few years now I find it difficult to get out of the side of the swimming pool and stand up. After I haul myse... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:39:12 EST Fall 5% Challenge Day 1 - Know My Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783529 Good morning. My Day 1 5% weigh in this morning... ugh! I admit we did go out for pizza and wine last night - our way of kicking off the challenge today. I am sure some of my weight must be water weight, but then maybe not. I haven't been the best little Sparker lately. But that's the great thing about the 5% Challenge, once the start date is announced I do start making attitude adjustments and preparing for day one. <BR> <BR> There is no junk food in the house, except for the Lindor chocol... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:08:45 EST My Story in Emoticons & Joined the YMCA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782500 Just for fun I did my Fall 5% Challenge story in emoticons - what I did over the summer; my Fall 5% diet & exercise plan to lose 10 pounds 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>479</em> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>190</em> <em>495</em> <em>489</em> <em>297</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> <em>249</em> <em>280</em> <em>535</em> <em>534</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>311</em> <em>237</em> <em>314</em> <em>315</em> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:50:02 EST Act, feel, and think size 10! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781166 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758839697.jpg"> <BR> Yes that is me when I was a size 8 or 10 <BR> <BR> What would I do at size 10? <BR> <BR> Walk 10,000 steps <BR> Water Aerobics <BR> Be more active with friends <BR> Eat 1,500 calories a day <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> My inspiring Spark Friend, great idea to think size 10! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:02:35 EST My Before Picture - Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779198 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018755461.jpg"> <BR> Sept 8th at the Britainnia Beach Mining Museum. DSIL on the left, me on the right. <BR> <BR> Today I was looking for a motivational picture of myself and I chose this silhouette as my 'before'. I can see I have to work harder if I am going to see changes. <BR> <BR> 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... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:53:01 EST Triggers - Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773363 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. <BR> <BR> Trigger situations and foods that trigger my over consumption of calories. <BR> <BR> Being around ot... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:08:31 EST Motivation for 56 Days For the Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772332 From the 5% Challenge - Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> Have a written record to remind yourself of your goals and motives. During the 56 days of this challenge it will keep you going when you remind yourself why you are doing this. ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 02:24:56 EST New Month, New Streak Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771372 <em>249</em> 10,000 Daily Steps Streak started. My streak was 178 Days and in June I averaged 11,193 steps a day so that will be my record to beat. <BR> <BR> Sparked - did up my Win Today & Win Tomorrow Check List, printed off my diet plan checklist, had breakfast, showered, put on exercise clothes and sunscreen. <BR> <BR> Lunch - made my diet version of Udon Soup. It can be made with any combination of veggies, I prefer low carb Asian. <BR> <BR> one serving - today's batch <BR> <BR>... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:46:18 EST New Streak Starts September 1st - Please Join Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770836 Tomorrow I will wake up with renewed vigor and get back to daily exercise. Over the summer I found enough excuses to break my 10,000 daily step streak. My streak was 178 Days and in June I averaged 11,193 steps a day so that will be the record to beat. <BR> <BR> Please join me September 1st on YOUR new exercise streak whatever you choose to do. <BR> <BR> I joined the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge and my favorite Fall 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 01:27:56 EST Re-losing - Yes Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769998 I read a friend's blog and she wrote - <BR> <BR> Re-losing - Having to face the fact that you're doing something wrong. Trying to find out where exactly you've gone off track. And embarking on the same journey all over again, trying to lose the same pounds and facing the same difficulties and the same challenges once again. <BR> <BR> It hit me hard, because it is a reality I have been dealing with, maintaining my good standing in onederland yet seeing my weight creep up. Am I doing someth... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:11:30 EST Daily Feedback on the Scale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769443 I was reading a friend's blog and she wrote - <BR> <BR> Trying really hard not to let the scale guide my mood. It does, though. I don't get too freaked when I gain, but it saddens me. Just a little. Yesterday, I was up and my mood was down. <BR> <BR> I thought about it for a moment and replied - I weigh daily, I need the feedback and it does affect what I eat for the day. If I am going up everyday for a few days, time for the Atkins shakes for breakfast. <BR> <BR> So the scale feedback m... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:01:59 EST Being Rewarded for Slacking Off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1179370413.jpg"> <BR> Summer at White Rock, BC <BR> <BR> I had a visit to the doctor to get my prescriptions renewed. My blood pressure reading was 100/80. Wow! We are in between 5% Challenges and I have not been exercising much, and have not been nutrition tracking. My good habits must be in place though because my weight is stable, my blood pressure is great and I feel good. Summer went by too quickly. But I am looking forward to the Fall... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:51:17 EST Fall 5% Challenge - Your Invitation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768124 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! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63518 </link> <BR> <BR> Would you like to join me September 1st on my new 10,000 Daily S... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:36:22 EST Summer & People are Finding Their Way Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762577 I saw several people blogging about finding their way back to Spark - summer hiatus is over. One Spark friend has been away longer and it's great to see she is back. Another has been away a couple of years and she even joined the Fall 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> Summer has been so busy and we've had an entourage for a couple of months. Potato chips, ice cream, etc. founds it's way onto the table. Yesterday I threw out the potato chips, taco chips, etc. As summer winds down I can see my way back... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:15:31 EST Atkins Shakes - Love Them or Hate Them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1776922512.jpg"> <BR> August in Alberta <BR> <BR> This spring what finally got me to onederland was Atkins shakes. In the Spring 5% Challenge I was doing 2 streaks - daily nutrition tracking and 10,000 steps a day. As I got closer to 199.9 pounds and the end of the 8 week 5% Challenge, I was determined to hit onederland and get my 5% weight loss by the end of the challenge. I did the shakes for a few meals and it worked. I am still doing th... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:10:40 EST Onederland - Fight to Get There, Fight to Stay There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755067 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534835915.jpg"> <BR> 2008 Starting Point 242 pounds <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203092698.jpg"> <BR> 2014 Onederland 199 pounds <BR> <BR> Just got back from my Alberta vacation. I have water retention, my scale is in the RV, and I will weigh in Saturday. Traveling with the kids I ate things I don't usually eat - chips, ice cream, and hot dogs/buns. I enjoyed myself and did not worry about my diet. <BR> ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:30:37 EST RV Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754805 I love RV living, something new to do each day. We traveled with 3 happy children and had fun singing On the Road Again, when we took off for a new destination. Each day we had a good balance of fun, play, work, travel, and rest. We arrived home tonight, happy to be back. Headed to Washington this weekend, so a busy few days to do laundry, etc. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 02:08:52 EST 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