KATYDID412's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KATYDID412 KATYDID412'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/ Faced the scale monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761381 I stepped on the scale this morning. 12 pounds up from the last time I weighed myself, which was March or April. Mad at myself for gaining the weight, proud of myself for facing it. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:12:35 EST Slowly, slowly, restarting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759861 So I have been pretty inactive on SP and in life for about four months. In that time I got a whole new kitchen and I would guess about 10 pounds. Maybe more. I don't know. I haven't had the guts to weigh myself. <BR> <BR> Little by little, I feel myself starting to come back, most noticeably this week. I have stopped the mindless eating. I'd say this week my clean to not-so-clean eating ratio is maybe 70:30. Getting there. <BR> <BR> I've stopped putting half and half in my coffee. I disco... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:46:19 EST My BLC 24 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600493 OK, time to put my SMART goals for BLC 24 in writing. Here we go. <BR> <BR> 1. I will lose 10 pounds in the 12 weeks of BLC 24. It is time to get serious!! <BR> <BR> 2. I will make one new recipe every two weeks. Started out great, making two new ones this weekend alone! <BR> <BR> 3. I will not order takeout or delivery food from home. This means dinner all week long, and lunch/dinner on the weekend. <BR> <BR> 4. I'll spend 15 minutes a night cleaning/organizing. <BR> <BR> 5. I will... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:27:23 EST 2014: Making it my year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583296 Wow, so it's been a while since I blogged, I see. <BR> <BR> I have been focusing on a plan for this new year so that I can see some progress in my weight loss journey this year. Is it all about weight loss? Definitely not. I haven't lost weight in, well, a while (I should check my reports). Yet I am wearing smaller sizes, am more comfortable in clothes that previously were too tight, and people are noticing. <BR> <BR> But the thing is, my doctor WEIGHS me. So while I'm happy about the acc... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 17:50:27 EST Friday WEC Blog: Something on my mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536151 I wanted to blog about the change in attitude I've seen in myself during the past few BLC rounds but this one in particular. <BR> <BR> I haven't seen much of a change in weight this round at all. In the past this would have had me completely down in the dumps and down on myself. Angry with myself and ready to quit, but again and again the knowledge of what quitting would mean would stop me. The thought of regaining the weight I've lost and then some would keep me on the team and making a hal... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 22:00:23 EST ChaLEAN Extreme? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518082 I don't belong to a gym anymore. Unless I walk outside, which now is becoming less likely because the weather is changing, I work out in my living room using DVDs or YouTube videos. <BR> <BR> I really want to improve my muscle definition, but I really struggle with ST. Almost everything I do is cardio. I have seen lots of people post on SP about ChaLEAN Extreme and did some reading about it tonight. But I guess I'm hoping to get some feedback on it from other SP folks. <BR> <BR> I think I ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 22:13:43 EST BLC 23 Planning Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511834 As part of week three in the Midnight Mustangs, my pack (the Sunset Stable) is to write a blog about our "plan." <BR> <BR> I find that when I've been successful in the past, I've gotten my exercise in check and then the rest has fallen into place. If I'm exercising regularly, I tend to make better food choices. The reverse is true too. The less active I tend to be, the more lax I become in every area. <BR> <BR> I signed up to streak this BLC and fell off the streak this week. I'm bummed a... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:23:25 EST random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470270 This blog is just a few thoughts I've had knocking around in my brain that I want to take down. <BR> <BR> * I think I've found the breakfast that keeps me comfortably full from 7 a.m. or so until lunchtime. 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1T chopped pecans, 1T shredded coconut, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, sometimes a few raisins. I throw it all together at night before I go to bed, heat it up in the morning for about a minute, and enjoy. Sometimes in midmorning I'll have a little snack,... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:55:51 EST my vacation **sigh** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466024 This blog's a few days later than I had intended but I have had a crazy week since I've been home. On Friday of this week I couldn't believe that just a week before, I had been on the beach, watching my sister and niece fly a kite. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1150330926.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had a great vacation in the Outer Banks. I would definitely go back there again. Our house was cute and pretty comfy. Our air conditioning failed one day/night, which suck... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:35:47 EST ready for R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449287 I leave for my vacation with my sister, brother in law, niece, and their two dogs on Saturday morning. We're going to the Outer Banks, renting a house and planning to do not a lot more than go to the beach. And eat, and drink. <BR> <BR> I need to keep my priorities in perspective. I need to try and eat as healthfully as I can. We are going to cook quite a lot, which I think is good. I may not have access to my SP account, but I can take a journal and at least write down what goes into my mou... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 21:35:56 EST Went MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437049 I had a little crisis of commitment over the weekend. I'm not sure what brought it on. I think maybe I was overwhelmed by BLC over the past couple of weeks. I'd been really focused and, well, that broke on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Again, I'm not sure why. Maybe I just needed a few days technology-free, but I also didn't do the challenge requirements "offline." <BR> <BR> I'm not depressed or anything. It's a little weird, actually. It's not even the kind of thing where I can say I feel "better"... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:45:42 EST TNT Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425794 So it's after 9:30 p.m. and I just finished my workout. I wasted some time when I got home ... it's just so hot outside and I had to recover for a bit. <BR> <BR> And then -- this is gross -- for some reason I have houseflies that just sort of appeared out of nowhere this week. So I spent some time swatting them and then looking online for some stronger way of eliminating them. I haven't found anything yet. I keep thinking of "The Amityville Horror"! I don't know if I have a dead mouse or so... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:47:50 EST Keep going. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420967 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362126372.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I saw this on another BLCer's blog the other day and told her I was probably going to steal it from her. (She approved.) <BR> <BR> I like this because for me it encapsulates my whole experience of exercise. I have started and stopped so many times over the past 12 years or so. How much farther along would I be on this journey if I hadn't stopped al those other times. If I had just kept going. If I hadnt listened... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:30:00 EST Five years from now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1945677704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As part of BLC 22's weekend challenge this week, we are supposed to write a blog imagining ourselves five years from now. <BR> <BR> This is kind of hard for me because I'm already older than I can quite get my brain around. <BR> <BR> In five years I'll be 49. I hope to be doing a job that I love, either the job i do know or something equally fulfilling. <BR> <BR> I hope to be married or at least in a committe... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:53:54 EST Looking ahead to 12 pounds down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l530362315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week for the BLC 22 weekend challenge we were asked to post a blog about us reaching one of our BLC 22 goals. Mine are relatively modest ... sleep, eat fish, strength train. The one goal I set for myself that seemed ambitious was to be 12 pounds lighter at the end of BLC 22. <BR> <BR> That goal might not seem crazy ambitious to you. You might say that an average weight loss to look for is 1 to 2 pounds a wee... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:40:54 EST BLC 22 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383304 It's been a tough week and I'm getting a S-L-O-W start to BLC 22 but am trying to catch up. <BR> <BR> My goals for this round, trying to follow the SMART system: <BR> S = specific <BR> M = measurable <BR> A = attainable <BR> R = relevant <BR> T = time-bound <BR> <BR> 1. mindful eating: staying within my calorie range, eating seafood at least once a week, measuring <BR> <BR> 2. getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night: I feel so much better when I do this! <BR> <BR> 3. 150 fitness minutes/wee... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 11:19:00 EST I created a monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364906 A Lindt milk chocolate truffle monster. <BR> <BR> I discovered these little balls of deliciousness some time ago and occasionally ... occasionally ... indulge in them. I feel proud and happy when I can walk through the gift shop at our hospital and not be drawn to them. <BR> <BR> My mistake was, I introduced two of my equally sweet-loving co-workers to them and they are equally in love. <BR> <BR> So my director feeds my addiction. A $5 bill buys 11 of them at our gift shop. That's about 8... Wed, 22 May 2013 18:57:26 EST a small but important NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358506 We are having a going away lunch today for one of my co-workers. Pizza and only pizza is on the menu. No salad, no nuthin' but pizza and pop (soda) <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, I'm trying hard not to drink pop (or soda) and I'm on Day 13 of that. <BR> <BR> I work at a hospital so I just went to the Gift Shop to buy some iced tea. Our Gift Shop carries candy. Lots of candy. Including those Lindt truffles that are wrapped up in pretty foil. I like the milk chocolate ones. A lot. Usually if I go to the ... Thu, 16 May 2013 11:36:24 EST Want to join BLC22? Here's how! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357632 Follow the link below and join the Registration Team! The "General Team Discussion Forum" has STEP 1, 2 AND 3 laid out, please READ and REGISTER! Next, check out the TRAINING FORUM. They MUST complete training in order to be placed. <BR> <BR> Then join us in the CLUBHOUSE to start the chat! <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the BLC22 Registration Team. We look forward to an amazing round with you and our new friends! <BR> <link> www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ<BR>ual.asp?gid=60014... Wed, 15 May 2013 16:06:44 EST Shanksville, geocaching, family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353493 My cousins are really into geocaching. I didn't quite understand what geocaching is until today. Basically, there are little caches of items ... stuff ... hidden all over the place. Literally -- all over the place. So you can plug in on a GPS where you are or where you're going, and all these geocaches will pop up in your search. Then you follow the coordinates to get to a cache, find it, log that you were there, maybe leave something for the next adventurer, maybe take something as a memento... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:07:35 EST switching it up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347419 I'm going to do a few things differently in my Spark journey and see how it goes. I'm super frustrated with my lack of progress, which translates to being frustrated with myself. <BR> <BR> So I joined the 10-minute daily exercise streak challenge team. I've been slacking on my intentional activity for a few weeks and really have to get myself moving again. I'm not going to kill myself, but if I can't manage at least 15 minutes a day then my priorities are clearly out of whack. Most of the w... Mon, 6 May 2013 12:57:44 EST Impromptu Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345573 I have been nearly silent on SP lately but am trying to get back on track. Last week I had a last-minute opportunity to go to St. John, US Virgin Islands, so I jumped on it! <BR> <BR> My best friend and her husband were supposed to go ... I remember being so jealous when my friend told me about the trip, in the dark days of February. Well, her mother-in-law had a stroke a week before they were supposed to leave, and her condition was fairly precarious. They'd have lost a lot of money if the... Sat, 4 May 2013 19:15:34 EST superheroes among us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326657 This happened at my job today. What with everything that's going on in the world, I thought everyone could use a little joy, and a few honest-to-goodness superheroes. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JS-S5_kOzQ&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:04:35 EST What I need to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322623 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1101705136.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to remember this -- it may be one of the things that makes me feel the weakest. I may be able to feel a difference in how my clothes fit, my endurance, the fact I can sorta see my clavicles, but if that number on the scale goes in the wrong direction, it slays me. <BR> <BR> I'm trying, trying, trying to keep this in mind. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 09:47:42 EST had to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321649 I saw this this morning on Facebook and it spoke to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697362627.jpg"> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:55:11 EST starting fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321316 I have had a tough couple of weeks. Long hours at work, frustration with my Spark progress, questioning decisions I'm making in my life. Not eating well. Not exercising. <BR> <BR> I need to start over, start fresh. Eliminate the baggage I'm carrying around with me. Tomorrow I'm rededicating myself to this journey, because it is for me and my health. It is supposed to be a beautiful spring day and I plan to go for a good long, muscle-stretching walk along the river. Get some fresh air. Get s... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:49:39 EST Completely freaking out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313439 I just weighed myself for the winter 5% challenge and according to my scale, I have gained more than 6 pounds since my last weigh in. Here's my usual weigh in schedule: <BR> <BR> Wednesdays for BLC 21 <BR> Wednesday's weight for 5% challenge (5% weigh in is Saturday) <BR> <BR> I weighed myself last Wednesday for BLC and was THRILLED with the number. Last Saturday I used Wednesday's number because usually i don't like to weigh myself more than once a week. <BR> <BR> This Wednesday I did ch... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 09:18:48 EST BLC 21 - my perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298698 For BLC 21 we were asked to write a blog talking about what we wanted to accomplish this round of BLC (my first), whether we have or not, and if not how we plan to refocus. <BR> <BR> First off, I've just loved taking part in the BLC. I love my teammates! <BR> <BR> But the question was, have I accomplished what I wanted to during BLC. Looking strictly at weight loss, no, I haven't. My weight loss has been very, very slow, frustratingly slow. I think some of this has to be chalked up to bei... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:15:53 EST today's quote about strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288975 "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." -- Tecumseh Sat, 16 Mar 2013 16:49:53 EST "It's Complicated" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283178 If I posted a relationship status on Facebook, that's what it would be, and that is what is on my mind tonight and thus the subject of a blog post. <BR> <BR> Without going into too much detail, I am involved with someone I shouldn't be. It's a long-distance thing and -- while it was physical up until a couple of years ago -- at this point it's not. I'm single and free to do as I please. He is not. <BR> <BR> He's invited me to meet him in a couple of months and this is what is on my mind. ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:23:10 EST anything else to share with my team ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279478 I really am enjoying the friendships I'm developing on SP. Sometimes I can find it easier to be open in a forum like this than in "real" life. It's so nice to have so many people in my life who can so completely relate to so many of the things I am going through. And I hope I represent the same to them. <BR> <BR> My weight loss journey has been long, and hard, and slow. I've been in this spot before and have always given up. But I don't think I'm going to this time. Not that I don't have fr... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 22:16:39 EST Do I need motivation? I think so, maybe. Possibly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278067 I never turn away motivation or support, at least I don't think I do. <BR> <BR> This week I think i have noticed an interesting NSV. I feel like my arms have more muscle. Let me rephrase that. I think there is less squidginess in my arms and a bit more stuff that at least feels muscly. <BR> <BR> I think I can start to see a little more definition around my neck and collarbone area. <BR> <BR> These statements are very unsure because I am very unsure. I may be imagining it. So yes, I can u... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:01:57 EST 5% challenge blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275075 So ... I missed blogging day 3 too. In my defense I took a sick day yesterday and spent Monday on my couch trying not to throw up and watching Downton Abbey. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, I'm feeling mostly better today. A lingering headache is mostly gone and my dinner of broiled salmon and salad was yummy. <BR> <BR> I was a little worried about how I would feel doing WATP tonight, so I did solely strength training instead. Kettlebells, a little work with the dumbbell, and some crunches. No... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:21:19 EST 5% challenge -- blogging day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271432 So I missed blogging day 1. I've been trying to organize my house, which included moving the laptop from the living room back up to the extra bedroom/my office. So I'm spending less time online. I'll need to make a more concerted effort to get my SP time. <BR> <BR> The habit I need to form is consistent strength training. I'm good about doing cardio but somehow I have no interest in ST. <BR> <BR> How will I do that? I will incorporate ST in my exercise three times a week, starting this week... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:18:57 EST what part of your calorie range to you try to hit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266453 I usually try to have my daily calorie count stay near the bottom of my calorie range. I try to leave some leeway due to inexact measuring, etc. But my weight loss is so slow. I'm wondering if I should be counter-intuitive and eat more toward the midpoint or higher part of my range. <BR> <BR> I've done that the last two days, actually. Part of the struggle is trying not to **freak out** when I go past a certain number. <BR> <BR> What do you do? Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:32:12 EST positive thought for Monday (BLC 21) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255356 I missed blogging a positive thought for yesterday, but I'm back on it today. <BR> <BR> I'm usually able to see both sides of a situation, which helps me both at work and in life, with my friends. I like to play the Devil's Advocate. Sometimes I need someone to play the Devil's Advocate for me, in my life!! <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:36:23 EST positive thought for Saturday (BLC 21) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252565 I'm strong. I've had a lot of loss in my life and I'm not saying that those things haven't affected me and the way I have lived my life. But I've lived through them. My worst vice is, well, food. I haven't descended into drug or alcohol abuse. That's something I'm proud of. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 11:42:02 EST positive thought about myself for Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251979 I'm not afraid to try new things, be they new foods or experiences. <BR> <BR> I might not repeat the action again, but I'll do anything once! <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:14:01 EST mini-goal by March 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248266 When I first joined SP I broke my overall weight loss goal into 10-pound increments and decided on little rewards for myself as I passed these goals. Well, I made my 10 lb goal and a couple months later, my 20 lb goal. It's been an embarrassing number of months since then. I have gained and lost the same five or so pounds for like five or six or seven months now. <BR> <BR> The reward I chose for myself for losing 30 lbs is a massage. I purchased a Living Social coupon back in the fall for a... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:10:30 EST Food and fun in Atlantic City http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246906 I'm getting myself back on track after a long weekend of fun in Atlantic City. I didn't track my food while I was away, but nevertheless I don't think I did too badly. I guess I will find out on Wednesday. We had one luxurious dinner at a steakhouse, but we were about as sensible as we could have been, I think, in that the four of us ordered two steaks and split them. <BR> <BR> Our second luxurious dinner was at a sushi place, which was nice. Very light. I had the best roasted beet salad IN... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:35:24 EST Solvitur ambulando. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237302 I was reading an article about some of the best travel books and came upon this phrase: <BR> <BR> Solvitur ambulando. <BR> <BR> It is solved by walking. <BR> <BR> I love it. I may have to have it tattooed somewhere. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 14:17:34 EST Pictionary collage blog for BLC 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234687 I haven't done a goal collage yet, so here's my best effort. It's hard for me to be really specific for what I want for myself. First here's a picture of how I want my body to look. I've always had a mental image of myself in a cute sweater dress with tights and boots. Now, I don't think you need to be tiny to pull off this look. I can pull it off now, in fact, but not in the way I want. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647504198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And that is abou... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:30:52 EST I made a decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229349 I'm revoking the right of my FitBit to synch with my SparkPeople account. I've had the FitBit for about two months and in that time my fitness minutes seemingly have soared, only not really. <BR> <BR> More than a pedometer, when you synch with SP, the FitBit counts every single step as "fitness" and every single minute walking as a "fitness minute" and I think for me it's become a crutch. <BR> <BR> "How come I'm not losing weight? I had 2,000 fitness minutes this month!" Only not really. ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:05:44 EST first blog in a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224428 I was in the middle of writing this blog and I lost the whole thing! <BR> <BR> I'm having a lazy, laid back, it's 1 p.m. and I'm still in my PJs kind of Saturday. It was a long, stressful week and I decided to put off my grocery shopping until tomorrow. At some point I'll do the dishes and start the laundry etc., etc., not to mention exercise, but not right now. <BR> <BR> I thought I would share a goofy fun thing we do at work. A few years ago the gift I ended up with in the Yankee swap a... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 13:43:58 EST My ABCs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207194 I copied this from a friend's blog and wanted to do it myself! <BR> <BR> A - Available or Married: Available <BR> <BR> B - Book: always ... currently Les Miserables and City of Dark Magic <BR> <BR> C - Cake or Pie? Probably cake (which reminds me of Eddie Izzard's routine "Cake or Death?" LOL) <BR> <BR> D - Drink of Choice: Water <BR> <BR> E - Essential Item: Glasses <BR> <BR> F - Favorite Color: Green <BR> <BR> G - Game to Play or Watch: I like to watch football <BR> <BR> H - H... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:43:27 EST more of the Burgh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205260 I had such a nice time on my walk yesterday, and so many great responses, that I decided to do it again today. It's unseasonably warm again -- currently about 67 -- but I can hear the wind picking up. I think we're expecting a high of 40 tomorrow. Usually here the bad weather happens on the weekend, so this has been a fantastic change of pace! <BR> <BR> Today I ventured over to the North Shore of Pittsburgh. There's a thing about real Pittsburghers -- that they never leave their own side of ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:55:30 EST Bridges and Tunnels and Trains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203576 It is unseasonably warm in Pittsburgh right now, which doesn’t bode well for the Earth but which I’m enjoying. My favorite way to exercise, if I have a favorite, is walking. I can do it, I don’t need equipment, and I’m blessed to live in a city that has trails along each of the three rivers. Pittsburgh is largely rivers and hills. I live on top of a big hill so I have to walk down a big hill to get to the Flats and eventually to a trail. I didn’t take a picture of the city steps I walked down... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:19:50 EST Friday night thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202783 My plan of getting myself back on track this week didn't go as well as I'd hoped. <BR> <BR> Pros: <BR> * I have been more active on SP. <BR> * I did well with my freggies. <BR> * I packed my lunch three times this week. <BR> <BR> Cons: <BR> * Work was h-e-l-l-i-s-h-l-y busy and stressful. <BR> * Basically no exercise beyond my normal everyday walking, which on a typical day amounts to between 6000 and 7000 steps. <BR> * Dinner tonight was a stromboli I had delivered. <BR> <BR> Next week I... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:26:14 EST B A L A N C E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195836 Not a resolution, exactly, but I am going to try and blog and journal more in 2013. The thing is, I don't always have something to say. I guess if I type long enough, something'll come out. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I started to type "Today was frustrating," and it was, but that was just work. And although I was at work for too long today ... more than 10 hours ... I don't want it to rule my day. <BR> <BR> So instead I will say, Today I stayed within my calories and I got in a little exerci... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:22:54 EST day 1 of work challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190617 I work at a nonprofit and every year we are, let's say, "encouraged" to raise money for our employer. Our Foundation has a whole bracket system, a la the NCAA, through which different departments compete with each other in the raising of the money. So you have to come up with interesting ideas. <BR> <BR> BTW, if anyone has any interesting ideas, I'm open to them! <BR> <BR> So one thing my department has done is implement a Swear Jar. If you swear, you pay the jar 50 cents. We raised a bunc... 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