KAREN633's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAREN633 KAREN633'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/ SMART blc24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598662 My Goal for this BLC <BR> <BR> Lose 5 lbs during this round. <BR> Breaks down to about 0.5 lbs a week which is very realistic and doable. <BR> <BR> How: <BR> <BR> Walking <BR> C25K program <BR> Walk at least 30 minutes 4-5x a week <BR> <BR> Stay within 1200-1500 cal a day <BR> Track every bite <BR> Focus on 4-5 freggies a day <BR> 6 glasses of water a day <BR> <BR> Keep active in BLC24 <BR> chat thread at least 5x a week <BR> Week end challenges <BR> TNT challenge <BR> LCW challenge <B... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:38:08 EST 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590980 It's time to get consistent again. Looking forward to the New Year and tweaking my habits. <BR> My goal is to lose 14lbs in 2014, I have more wt than that to lose but I think that is a very realistic goal. <BR> <BR> Time will tell Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:50:13 EST last week BLC 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464963 Goal between rounds: <BR> <BR> Continue my consistency, maintain my weight or lose a lb. I don't have big losses or quick ones, I am slow and steady. <BR> <BR> My plan to obtain this goal: Continue tracking food and exercise. I am joining the eat up, get slim challenge on the last day of BLC. I tend to still feel hungry even after I have eaten my alloted calories for the day. I think I need to tweak my choices and se if I can do better <BR> <BR> One thing right in the last 12 weeks: CONSI... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 14:27:58 EST simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319294 This is my plan for the BLC break, I am going to keep it simple. <BR> <BR> I plan on streaking, I didn't do it in the 70's so I thought I would do it now. I am going to focus on basics, cardio 30 minutes 5x a week, 5 freggies a day, 10,000 steps a day. <BR> <BR> One day at a time. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:33:42 EST BLC thread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313162 I am posting a few things here, this info seems to unimportant compared to what is on the chat thread right now. I have grown to really care about these women on the Geckos and want to leave the thread for support for Suzette right now, but I feel I need to put this info somewhere to be able to honestly take squares on my Bingo card. <BR> <BR> CICO CI 1168 CO 1903 deficit >500 <BR> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 23:03:19 EST BLC break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308125 Here is my plan for the BLC break <BR> <BR> Track food daily, get points if with in range <BR> Drink 6 glasses H2O , get points <BR> track cardio, get points for every 15 minutes <BR> track steps/ miles and virtually walk to a team mates home <BR> make one new recipe a week <BR> visit one groovy gecko spark page a week <BR> <BR> I plan to give myself some type of point system and then a reward for reaching goal. I still need to figure out my reward and the point system, maybe music for my M... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:54:11 EST Recovering from Wagon Accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292010 I am recovering today after a horrific accident with a wagon yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was on the wagon, riding along pretty smoothly, a few bumps here and there but nothing major. But then 1 little bump after another and I fell off the wagon. <BR> <BR> If falling off the wagon wasn't bad enough the wagon backed up over me then went forward and back and forward. I was very beat up last night. <BR> <BR> Today is already better. I was over tired and very frustrated at work yesterday, if it coul... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:34:56 EST I'd quit if I didn't feel so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284882 So, I weigh myself this morning and I am up 1/2 pd. Let me add that I have been exercising, tracking , drinking water etc. <BR> <BR> I see that number on the scale and I just want to give up and quit. I want to eat junk food and sit on the couch. OK, not really, even though the number has gone up I feel great. I feel soreness in muscles that I didn't even know I had. I feel support from a great group of Geckos. I just feel healthier. <BR> <BR> I know I will not be in this same spot next yea... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:45:48 EST Negative Motivates Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282120 I know, I know, I am supposed to have a poster board full of positive images and quotes that motivate me but I have to say, one of the things that motivate me the post is the negative behavior at work. <BR> <BR> There are a few girls at my office that start their days with doughnut holes and large hot chocolate and a regular 1/2 liter of pepsi, another starts with some type of large coffee/ chocolate drink from McDonalds with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate and caramel. Another starts ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:32:23 EST frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271120 I am having a rough day, sometimes I find this whole process very frustrating. I think I am doing the right things.I am tracking food and staying with in range. I am consistently exercising , I am even starting to strength train and yet I haven't seen a real weight loss in months. <BR> <BR> I don't want to give up, I feel better than I have in a long time and I know I am being watched by my kids and setting a good example . I guess I would just like to wear smaller pants and see smaller num... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 13:01:46 EST How will life change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226006 How will life change when I meet my fitness goal? <BR> <BR> A silly thing will be that I will wear a belt, I have not worn a belt in years nor have I tucked a shirt in for years. <BR> <BR> Hopefully I will be strong and active, I would love to be a roll model for my kids.I would love for someone to say, "Your example inspired me" I want to be proud of myself for being successful at this process. I want healthy eating and exercise to become a way of life. Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:52:09 EST Grand Canyon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161850 My hubbie and I are planning on hiking in and out of the Grand Canyon in May. I keep thinking that I need to work out and get physically ready. Walking on the treadmill is not enough. <BR> <BR> The problem is I keep "thinking" about it. It's time to put some muscle and sweat into my "thinking" <BR> <BR> I am so very excited about this adventure. I want to be able to do the hike and really enjoy it. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:58:03 EST New start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160850 I am thankful it is Sunday, I feel like I am getting a fresh start. I can't remember the last time I felt like I had a truly good week with both exercise and food. Gee, maybe that is why I haven't been losing. <BR> <BR> Enough whining, whining will not help at all. Time to take it 1 baby step at a time. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 08:33:06 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110231 Struggling a bit right now, just got home from work and I am very tired. I was headed to the KitKat bars but came here instead and ate an apple. Not really hungry just painfully tired. Still have to make dinner for the family and do the evening stuff but for now, I am NOT eating KitKats Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:29:31 EST new begining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081678 A new month a new beginning, isn't it nice to be able to renew every 30 days or so. <BR> I made no great wt loss last month but I did start tracking and exercising again, that is a good start. <BR> <BR> I plan to continue plugging along day by day this month and see if I lose my 1 pound this month. <BR> Coming here to get some spark points has already helped. I didn't go to the kitchen and have that cream cheese muffin. I will go have a piece of toast with peanut butter instead. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:32:17 EST spark trophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077472 I admit, I am not very competetive but if I exersize for 30 minutes tonight I will get the next Spark Trophy, maybe it's because I didn't win any trophies growing up that I want one now, all I know is that I gotta go now..... here I come treadmill Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:50:22 EST next year at this time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074809 I spent the week end with my sisters and their hubbies. Very interesting, this is our 2nd year getting together and last year my sister was overweight and not exercising and my brother in law was in great shape and working out all the time. This year my sister has lost weight and is starting to run and really take care of her self and my brother in law has gained weight and has plantar facitits and has a hard time walking. It made me think, where do I want to be next year when we meet for the... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:49:37 EST 2 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072494 wohooo, blogging 2 days in a row, that's it, blogging 2 days in a row Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:58:00 EST new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071953 I am starting over yet again, actually it's a good thing. I just keep plugging away. I haven't gained any weight but I haven't lost and it's time to start getting serious. Sun, 23 Sep 2012 20:11:51 EST I have seen the edge of the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4231743 I have let the business of the world take me away form my health goals. I have accomplished a major education goal but now it's time to get bsck to being healthy. <BR> <BR> I have pretty much cleared out old Spark stuff and am starting fresh, YEA. I fel like I almost fell off the edge but I am hanging on by a finger, no wit I have two fingers on and I am clawing my way back. Sat, 14 May 2011 08:20:03 EST "kind of" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3839168 My goal is to blog at least once a week. Here is this weeks, <BR> <BR> I've come to the conclusion that I am acting like I am "kind of pregnant". That "kind of" of course is impossible, you are either pregnant or not, there is NO "kind of pregnant". <BR> <BR> I need to be committed or not, there is no in between. It's not working , making "kind of" good choices some of the time, exercising and "kind of" giving 100% some of the time, is NOT getting me to a healthier me. <BR> <BR> It's time... Sun, 12 Dec 2010 09:18:47 EST help me please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783444 I was just reading a Spark Article about all the excuses we have for not exercising. It really hit home. <BR> <BR> My goal is to get up 1 hour earlier this week and exersize before work. <BR> <BR> It feels a bit intimidating but I think that's a good thing, It will cause me to put myself first. <BR> <BR> If you are reading this , could you please help hold me accountable and check in with me to see if I have been getting up. <BR> <BR> If I know I have to answer to someone I am more like... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 16:41:46 EST just a blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3765690 Went home sick from work yesterday, one of those head ache/ migraine nausea /sinus thing. Spent the day on the couch and bed. Managed to over eat beyond belief though. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day, I feel a bit better. I am off to run some errands and then head to the other side of the state to see fiancés daughter at school. Should be a good day. I plan on drinking plenty of water on the ride. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good day today. Sat, 6 Nov 2010 09:34:32 EST New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3753293 Yea, i'ts November 1st. <BR> <BR> A new month. <BR> <BR> A new week. <BR> <BR> A new attitude. <BR> <BR> A new start. <BR> <BR> I am ready. <BR> <BR> The last week was very good, the week end, not so good. But, the week end is over and I'm back on track. I feel very hopeful. <BR> <BR> Let the day begin! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 07:51:17 EST blogs lost in space http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3740123 Ugh, twice I have lost my blog entry. <BR> <BR> Let me just say all and all it was a good day. <BR> <BR> I need to watch my eating a bit closer and plan ahead more. <BR> <BR> I have HOPE. Mon, 25 Oct 2010 20:57:45 EST Sparkpeople at Urgent Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3727149 When I was in the Urgent care office with my daughter tonight I saw Sparkpeople add on the television. It is a programmed tiff. for the office and it was really neat to see Sparkpeople there. <BR> <BR> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:26:50 EST the blog of a whiner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720574 I just looked over what I wrote for "my program" <BR> <BR> Track food daily <BR> 6-8 glasses of water/day <BR> 30 minutes exercise 5x/week <BR> <BR> Those seem so simple and doable and yet I am failing. Not just struggling but failing. <BR> I started my day with chicken wings and a cookie. I feel fat, slow sluggish and depressed. Ugh! <BR> <BR> I read the success stories and I so want to be one of those. In my mind I know what I need to do but to actually follow thru seems impossible. ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 10:10:05 EST Let the day begin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3693346 It's a new day and I have a great attitude. <BR> <BR> I plan on getting in 30 minutes of exercise after work and I am putting the diet coke back in the fridge and getting a green tea. <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Oct 2010 07:58:19 EST Two Freakin' Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3692482 That's it, my goal is to lose 2 freakin' pounds by Thanksgiving. I want to go from 177 to 175. I can't seem to do it though. <BR> <BR> I have joined an exercise class two nights a week. <BR> <BR> My plan is to come to this site EVERYDAY and do something. Just to stay connected. <BR> <BR> Let the never ending journey begin again. Mon, 4 Oct 2010 20:41:47 EST school shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3598124 I took my 14 yr old daughter school shopping today. I really like some of the styles out there. Not for teens but for grown ups. LOL I would love to buy some new clothes. <BR> <BR> I need to stay focused and motivated. <BR> <BR> Step by step. <BR> <BR> Choice by choice Wed, 1 Sep 2010 20:49:50 EST september http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3595100 very sad. My last blog entry was July 25th, and here it is September 1st. I've gained a few pounds and lost a good outlook <BR> . <BR> I need to LOSE the pounds and GAIN the good outlook. <BR> <BR> It can really feel lonely out here sometimes and I know that right now I don't have the right mnd set but maybe by just coming here and writing a few lines will help me turn in the right direction Wed, 1 Sep 2010 01:51:13 EST it's new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3468054 It's a new day. <BR> <BR> It's a new week. <BR> <BR> It's a new start. <BR> <BR> Yea Sun, 25 Jul 2010 16:45:06 EST I'm on my way back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3448553 I have been very side tracked lately, I have not been doing the things I should be doing to take care of myself and it's taking it's toll. <BR> <BR> I'll spare you the details but suffice to say that I am coming back. I will wear my pedometer tomorrow, I will drink more water and track my food. <BR> <BR> It's feels good just to start again. Mon, 19 Jul 2010 20:01:01 EST Black Ants to the Rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3284577 OK, I'll admit I am not the greatest house keeper in the world but my kitchen is usually pretty picked up. <BR> <BR> Sure there are bowls in the sink but they have been rinsed out. The food is put away after we eat. You get the idea, I'm not a neat freak but nor am I a slob. <BR> <BR> Well, the other day I bought an angle food cake and strawberries. I had a small piece yesterday afternoon and then I shared a rather large piece with my son in the evening. I knew then this was really not a sa... Mon, 31 May 2010 10:34:47 EST June is Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3279448 I am ready for a new month, I am thankful for new beginnings. May has been ok, prayerfully June will be even better. <BR> <BR> The 10,000 steps a day team is having people set a goal for how many steps you will walk in June, July and August and then find a friend and have a cyber walk to their house. I think that's a great idea. I like having goals, it helps me to stay focused. <BR> <BR> I am off to set my June goals now. Sat, 29 May 2010 10:29:37 EST 5 AM phone call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3232542 I seem to have lost it this past week. Not exercising, not drinking and way too much eating of the wrong things. <BR> <BR> I hit a turning point this morning. I have 3 children, 16, 14 and soon to be 12. My youngest is physically and mentally handicapped, technically anyway. He is very typical in many ways. This boy can push my buttons like no one else in this world, make that universe can. <BR> <BR> Last night he had a "hissy fit" because he didn't get his way. This means he was yelling a... Sat, 15 May 2010 13:27:09 EST one step at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3220246 I am continuing to try to live a healthy lifestyle and focusing one 1 step at a time. Literally and figuratively Tue, 11 May 2010 22:55:04 EST STOP and THINK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3196455 Here's how today started (after I had an excellent day yesterday). <BR> <BR> I made bread pudding yesterday, we had tons of left over bread at work so I brought it home and experimented. The bread pudding turned out pretty good. <BR> <BR> The two older offspring didn't really like it, the youngest and myself like it. The problem is, it's good but not that to "die for" kind of good and yet I find my self scooping out spoon fulls and just eating it. <BR> <BR> I am standing over the pan an... Wed, 5 May 2010 08:03:17 EST 15 STARS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3183696 One of the things I really like about this site is that I am staying motivated. Sure, I've had some set backs and the progress is slow but my attitude is 1 step backwards and 2 steps forward. <BR> <BR> When I feel myself losing interest there is always some kind of motivation here. I am very thankful for that. With that said here is my latest motivational tool. I am giving myself a star for drinking 8 glasses of water a day. ( I am adjusting that to let 1 cup of coffee count and 1 12oz soda ... Sat, 1 May 2010 21:50:48 EST Not One Goal Met http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3133583 I started this week end by setting some goals. They were realistic goals and yet I did not meet one of them. I have taken some time to try to figure out why not one was met. Granted, I was feeling lazy this week end, but that's no excuse. <BR> <BR> I think I need to go back a few steps and focus on 1-2 things. I am not giving up I am just refocusing. I read about goals and rewards in one of the articles and have decided to give myself little rewards all along the way. I was going to do it b... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:23:58 EST SHAWNATONY, You've made it to the fridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3121666 Shawna, <BR> As I read your blog about firing your trainer, I chuckled. As I read further about your thoughts on Tough Love and Discipline I found myself very inspired. You put such a wonderful positive twist on this journey. I thank you for your wisdom. <BR> <BR> I am always looking for positive thoughts to place on my refrigerator and I want you to know that I printed that part of your blog and posted it on my fridge. <BR> <BR> Keep up the great work, <BR> <BR> Karen <BR> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:01:17 EST The Lead Seat WILL NOT lead to the Fat Seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3074194 At my job there are 3 nurses. We work with cancer patients and infuse their chemo and help them through a very difficult time in their lives. I have never enjoyed a job so much. Believe it or not there is a ton of laughter every day. The strength and courage of our patients helps me to keep problems in my life in perspective. My friend and I call our problems, "Gold Plated Problems". <BR> <BR> With that said there is a position where you are the nurse to handle triage. All and all this would... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 19:59:54 EST I am a Streaker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3041073 I have drank 8 glasses of water a day and have exercised for 30 minutes a day for 15 days in a row. My goal was for 15 and now I will try for 15 more days. <BR> <BR> It's very true about setting small goals and seeing them accomplished. I feel great about these and I continue to want to do more. <BR> <BR> "streaking" in the old days meant running around somewhere with out any clothes on, I have never done that but I must say I do like this new kind of "streaking". It's good for my body and ... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:01:39 EST HOOKIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3016214 What a great day. I went to work this morning and low and behold we weren't very busy, sooooo, one girl took the morning off and I got to leave at lunch time and not come back. YOHOOOO. <BR> <BR> I enjoy my job very much but nothing beats playing HOOKIE. In the old days I would have gone home and relaxed on the couch or I may have sat out on the patio with a diet coke. But today, I came home and changed clothes and put air in my bike tires and went to the Metro Park and rode my bike for 45 ... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:28:28 EST 66er's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3005975 Good Morning Route 66ers. I hope everyone is off to a great start. I am at work and have my pedometer on. It's a beautiful day in Michigan and I hope to go outside and walk later. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:14:27 EST Who superglued my butt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2959491 As I was trying to get out of bed this morning I realized that some one must have snuck into my room last night and superglued my butt to the bed. The alarm went off and I was able to get my arm up and hit the snooze, several times as a matter of fact. But for some reason I couldn't seem to get my butt out of bed. I layed and thought about going down to the treadmill and walking. I tell you, if it's really "the thought that counts" I would be in great shape. To make a long story about the st... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 20:03:14 EST could have been better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2894927 Interesting day, I really over did it with food. I was very stressed out at work and found my self picking at everything. Part of the problem was that I usually take a salad to work but I didn't today I had a frozn dinner, which was ok calorie wise but not enought eating and chewing wise. I think that makes a difference for me. <BR> <BR> Girl scout cookies came in and I chowed. I was looking for stress relief not really hunger. My plan is to take something to work tomorrow with more crunch v... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:27:36 EST had a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2885753 I had a good day today. I ate well and drank ell and even exercised. I am going to try to focus more on exercise. I am off to make my motivational poster Mon, 15 Feb 2010 19:31:41 EST Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2881261 Every day is a new day and today has been a good day Sun, 14 Feb 2010 18:06:18 EST WHERE'S MY WAGON !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2876701 I fell off the wagon a few days ago. I'd like to be able to post some legitimate reasons as to why I fell off the wagon but there are none. <BR> <BR> It only took a few days but now I feel that I have not only fallen off the wagon but now the wagon is lost and I have to go find it so I can get back on. Hey, I think I see it over there with a bunch of Spark people on it and they're calling me. <BR> Yea, I have found my wagon and I'm crawling back up on it. YAHOO. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>41</e... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 09:26:40 EST