KIWIANN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KIWIANN KIWIANN'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/ SHINING Bright! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705405 Shooting Stars shine brightly! Right now I am SHINING BRIGHT after my walk home from work! It is 85+ outside today and very humid. Not my favorite walking weather, but I took one of my long walks home and pushed myself to keep up my speed. A route that usually takes me 45 minutes at a moderate pace took me 33 minutes today. I was winded and quite sweaty when I got home, but it was worth it. And I intend to keep SHINING all summer long!! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>67</em> <em>8</e... Wed, 28 May 2014 17:56:49 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704585 Sometimes we just need a little extra push to find the strength to make a good decision. <BR> <BR> Today my boss brought in the leftovers from her Memorial Day party for us to enjoy. With all of the treats in front of me I made a good choice - fruit salad. Later in the day when I was tempted to eat a slice of gooey, caramel chocolate cake, even though I was not at all hungry after the soup and sandwich I had for lunch, I refrained. How did I manage to hold myself back when I have given ... Tue, 27 May 2014 18:29:43 EST Expanding my Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703737 A continuation on the 5% Challenge theme: <BR> <BR> Another benefit that I have experienced from participating in the 5% Challenges is that they have pushed me out of my comfort zone - in a very good way! <BR> <BR> I have a very utilitarian approach to technology, I have a cheap laptop, a cheap (not at all smart) cell phone, and an old black and white Nook. By nature I am a fairly reserved person and, as you can probably tell by looking at my SparkPage, I am not entirely comfortable with t... Mon, 26 May 2014 18:26:03 EST Finding time for Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702955 Again, a blog for the sake of gaining points in the Spring 5% Challenge for my Shooting Stars team! <BR> <BR> One of the suggested questions for this week's blogging challenge is: How did the 5% Challenges help you develop a healthier lifestyle? <BR> <BR> The change that is most obvious to me is that it has used the competitive part of my nature, and my sense of loyalty to my team, to my benefit - in this case it has increased my determination to find time for fitness every day. For any... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:21:52 EST Being a STAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702311 <em>8</em> <em>126</em> <em>8</em> <em>184</em> <em>8</em> <em>126</em> <em>8</em> <em>184</em> <em>8</em> <em>126</em> <em>8</em> <BR> Let me begin by saying that my motivation for taking the time to write a blog today is to get the 5 points for my SHOOTING STARS Spring 5% Challenge team! I am very committed to my fellow STARS and although it is a Challenge for me to think of anything to say once the blog entry window pops up, I am willing to take on that Ch... Sat, 24 May 2014 18:51:13 EST Star Chart: 15 Nov. 2013 - Feeling like a Satellite! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542121 <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Since last I wrote (nearly 3 weeks ago), I have been feeling like I am plodding along through this Fall 5% Challenge... I am getting in lots of exercise minutes, but not quite as many as in the beginning of the challenge, and I seem to be eating most of the benefit away! <BR> <BR> Here are my total exercise minutes for the challenge broken down by w... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:39:40 EST StarChart: 26 Oct. 2013 - The Irony! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524091 <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday in Fall 5% Challenge Shooting Stars Team, I was the "Bright Star of the Day." Thank you to my teammates for all of your support and encouragement through Goodies and comments. Ironically enough, I felt like a very DIM Star yesterday! <BR> <BR> The last week was very stressful on the work-front... lots of meetings with heated discussions that just kept going outside ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:57:10 EST StarChart: 18 Oct. 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517325 <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <em>195</em> <em>8</em> <BR> Basically, I am writing this blog simply because it is one of the goals for my Fall 5% Challenge Shooting Stars Team to write a Star Chart once a week, and I don't want to let the first week of the Challenge go by without being able to check the box in my goal tracking once! <em>211</em> <BR> I must say, I am thoroughly enjoying being a Shooting Star! Our team leaders were very clev... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:20:02 EST August goals check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448119 A week into August, I figured it was about time to report on how I am doing with my August goals" <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 1600-1700 calories each day - I am trying to stick to the middle of my recommended range from SP which is 1490-1860. -- I landed there 4 out of 7 days, and was only over my recommended range one day this week! Not perfect, but much better than I had been doing in July!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> 2. At least 40 fitness minutes daily - and at least 15 days of 90+ fitness minut... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 21:24:59 EST Re-igniting the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440920 From Feb - June I was pretty much out of the spark loop, I read some articles and logged food and fitness sometimes but I was not putting in any real effort. June and July were better, but still not me at my best. I am determined to make this month one of progress! <BR> <BR> My goals for the month of August: <BR> <BR> 1. Eat 1600-1700 calories each day - I am trying to stick to the middle of my recommended range from SP which is 1490-1860. I was eating above that for most of July <em... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:54:03 EST Time flies when you are having fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414837 <em>104</em> I just noticed that I have a 500 fitness minutes trophy for July! Now, this isn't the first time that I have received the 500 minutes in a month trophy, but I don't think that I have every gotten it so soon - it is only a quarter of the way through the month! Maybe I'll make it to the 2000 minutes trophy? <em>198</em> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:33:14 EST My new favorite food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403485 On Saturday I bought Greek yogurt for the first time (Fage Total 0% to be exact). I've always like the fruity yogurts, but I have never been a big fan of plain yogurt - that is until now! <BR> Lately the break room at work has had lots of fresh fruits (rather than junk food, which is a great change!) so I brought in the Greek yogurt and have eaten it with blueberries, cherries, and plums - they were all delicious! <em>4</em> This morning the only fruit left was a melon fruit salad - wa... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:41:22 EST Are my arms getting longer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211314 A little NSV to start the day off right! <BR> <BR> One of my co-workers had to have an emergency surgery this week, so some of the duties around the office have been shifted to accommodate her absence. I am now in charge of straightening out the break room until she returns to work in about 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> Our break room is always very well-stocked with sweet treats: <em>471</em> <em>76</em> <em>468</em> <em>44</em> <em>493</em> <em>475</em> <em>473</em> For the l... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:10:54 EST Another Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206431 This weekend was nice, and I want to carry the positive feelings, positive energy from the weekend into my work week! <BR> Friday was a rough day in the office, and I don't want to go back to that mental state again! I was so frustrated and tired by the end of the day, that I just left as soon as I could without even bothering to straighten up my desk... I am pretty sure that when I get to the office, every last bit of my work-space will be covered with papers. And not in neat piles, read... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:19:34 EST January 2013 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189136 My New Year's resolution is to get back into the habit of making short-term (monthly and/or weekly) goals for myself again. That tactic seemed to work pretty well for me the few months when I did it this fall, so it is definitely worth revisiting! <BR> So without further ado: <BR> For the month of January - <BR> <BR> 1. I will track my food daily! <BR> 1a. I will drink at least 8 glasses of water daily! <BR> 1b. I will eat at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies each day! <BR> <BR> 2... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:51:37 EST Standing in Hope! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187230 Today I changed my profile image. I chose another butterfly picture. <em>88</em> Butterflies are beautiful, and beauty is always uplifting for me. Usually when I am looking for something beautiful, the first images to catch my eye are things breathtakingly majestic - mountains, oceans, sunsets, etc. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l628494150.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1629130519.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:01:38 EST Stress busters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133351 This evening I was looking over my calendar for the next few months - it is quite full!! Between my personal life commitments and my professional life travel and/or after-hours events there are exactly 4 days with nothing written in between now and January 6! Here are my "free" days: tomorrow, Nov. 20, Dec. 23 and Dec. 27. <BR> <BR> Some of the things that are planned will be very enjoyable, but at the end of this long day, I am rather discouraged by how much is still on the agenda... <B... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:48:33 EST Time to create some positive momentum! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130778 We are 10 days into November (1/3 of the month over already!) and I have spent most of it stressed and feeling crummy! It is not a good place to be. Today is better, but that may be a reflection of not having to go into work! <em>211</em> I have plenty of positive thinking exercises that I can manage to pull myself together enough to do in the morning, but lately by the end of the day I am just wiped out and tired of the ins and outs of daily life. I have been slacking on exercise and... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:02:02 EST Virtual 5K completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5121611 This morning I completed the Trick-or-Treat Trot Virtual 5K race. I used the odometer on my car to map out the route and my lovely Timex watch to measure my time - 48 minutes! <em>244</em> That is no where near the fastest times posted, but it is certainly much better than I could have done 2 months ago!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> When I signed up originally I had planned to do a walk/run but in the course of the "training" for the race, I realized that I can't walk/jog as fast as I ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 15:02:25 EST November goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120881 Let me start by saying that I have a crazy month ahead of me, so my goals needed be adjusted to fit the situation: <BR> <BR> 1. To weigh 224 by November 30, 2012 <BR> This would be an 8 pound weight loss for the month, my current best for a month is 5 so this is a stretch, but I would rather stretch and not quite make it than aim lower... that said, in August I had hoped to be 220 by the end of November, so I am feeling behind as it is. If I can manage lose 12 lb this month and meet tha... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:44:22 EST October Goals Progress - Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5117123 1. To weigh 229 by October 31. <BR> Weighed in today at 232 -1 lb change this week, for the month 4 lb down, in 29 days, can't imagine I will shed 3 lb in 2 days, so I will offer my concession speech now: "230's you have had me in your strong-hold for 2 months now, and accept that I will start November under your thumb, but I promise that you will not keep me there long!! I am ready to say good-bye to you, and it will not be long now! Enjoy the last few days ruling over my scale, because th... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:37:55 EST October Goals Progress - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108968 Not the most exciting title in the world, but it fits this blog! <BR> Now on to my progress to date: <BR> <BR> 1. To weigh 229 by October 31. <BR> Weighed in today at 333 -2 lb change this week, for the month 3 lb down, 4 to go.... It is probably unlikely that I will lose 4 lbs in 9 days, considering 3 lbs took 22, but that won't stop me from trying <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 2. To walk/jog a total of at least 18 miles each week. <BR> Close but not quite... I did 16/18 for this week. I... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:17:22 EST October Goals - week 2 progress report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100306 1. To weigh 229 by October 31. <BR> Weighed in today at 335 same as last week 0 lb change this week, for the month still - 1 lb down, 6 to go.... <BR> <BR> 2. To walk/jog a total of at least 18 miles each week. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3. To do 30 squats, bicycle crunches and push-ups daily. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 4. 100% attendance to SparkPeople for the month of October. Logged in every day, but forgot to spin the wheel yesterday <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> And to give a Spark... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:32:33 EST Freaky Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096213 This morning I decided to go into my office a bit early to tackle the mess on my desk - I am determined to have my desk cleared again before the weekend. I live close to the office and walk to work every morning. <BR> <BR> Today, it feels like Halloween! The sky was mostly overcast - the sun wasn't quite rising yet so there was a spooky, gray aura all around. The wind was blowing the fallen leaves all around. And to make the picture complete, there was a murder of crows flying about sq... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 09:17:08 EST October Goals - week 1 progress report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091712 1. To weigh 229 by October 31. <BR> Weighed in today at 335 - 1 lb down, 6 to go.... <BR> <BR> 2. To walk/jog a total of at least 18 miles each week. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 3. To do 30 squats, bicycle crunches and push-ups daily. <BR> Accomplished 5/7 days. <BR> <BR> 4. 100% attendance to SparkPeople for the month of October. <em>248</em> <BR> And to give a SparkGoodie, with a positive message, to someone outside of my circle of SparkFriends at least once each week. <em>248</e... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 18:26:37 EST October goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081949 After evaluating my September goals and my varied successes at meeting them, here are the goals that I have set for October: <BR> <BR> 1. To weigh 229 by October 31. (This would be a 7 pound weight loss for the month, I lost 5 in Sept. and 4 each in Aug. and Jul., so this goal is pushing me beyond what I have accomplished in the past, but push I will!!) <BR> <BR> 2. To walk/jog a total of at least 18 miles each week. (This is three miles more than my weekly goal for Sept. and I have deci... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:32:40 EST Sept. Goals Progress Report - week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078722 1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 <BR> I think that I am going to have to officially call this goal a lost cause - I weighed in today at 236. It is a 1 pound loss from last week and a total of 5 pounds for September. 5 pounds lost is definitely a good achievement, but I will still strive for more in October. <BR> <BR> 2. To walk at least 6 miles outside each week, and at least 9 with the WATP videos, for at least 15 miles total each week. <BR> <em>248</em> I walked 8+ outside and 10 with the ... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:55:45 EST Embracing today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078267 "He has made everything appropriate to its time, <BR> and has put the timeless into their hearts..." <BR> <BR> The reading I used for my morning meditation today is from the Book of Ecclesiates. (Think of the Byrds song "Turn! Turn! Turn!) The words fit very well with what was in my mind and heart when I resolved to embrace today recognizing all of the beauty, goodness and joy that is a part of my life today. <BR> <BR> Experiences of Beauty, Joy and Goodness are timeless - they touch our... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:39:34 EST Deep thoughts - well, deep enough for a Thursday evening : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077726 Today my work-life has slowed down from fever-pitched insanity <em>46</em> <em>259</em> back to its "normal" crazy boil! <em>198</em> There may be a bit of exaggeration in that last sentence but not too much!! <em>211</em> I work in an office that is always busy, and my days are generally peppered with changes to my agenda for the day. Most of the time that is really okay with me. Right now, I am just sick of it all. <em>234</em> I am working hard to overcome this dread of... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:25:45 EST Sept. Progress Report - week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069507 1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 <BR> Weighed in on Wednesday at 237 - not looking terribly promising to meet that goal of 230, but I will keep striving. <BR> <BR> 2. To walk at least 6 miles outside each week, and at least 9 with the WATP videos, for at least 15 miles total each week. <BR> Goal not quite met - I walked 9 miles outside and 7 with the videos, so still exceeded total mileage for the week, but didn't get quite as intense calorie burn. <BR> <BR> 3. To do at least 10 minutes of cardi... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:50:06 EST Today's NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066989 This afternoon in my office building there was a minor emergency - and elderly woman took a serious fall (she is sore but otherwise okay) and I was able to be the one to run for help -- yes RUN!! It wasn't a long run in either direction, but I ran!! <em>312</em> <em>363</em> Between the adrenaline and the new-found energy I have from exercising regularly, I was able to OUTRUN the help I found, that is definitely a first for me!! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> That was just one event in a ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:34:52 EST Reweighed this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060174 This morning the scale said 238 - 2 lbs lost... not as nice as what I saw yesterday, but I think this is real loss, so I am still happy about it!! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to a great weekend - hope you all have one too!!! <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 09:49:41 EST Sept. Progress Report - week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059337 1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 <BR> Weighed in at 236 this morning but I think I was completely dehydrated , so I am not confident that I have real weight loss here (I didn't update my tracker for this reason...) <BR> <BR> 2. To walk at least 6 miles outside each week, and at least 9 with the WATP videos, for at least 15 miles total each week. <BR> <em>248</em> Walked 7 miles outside and 10 with the WATP videos for a total of 17 <BR> <BR> 3. To do at least 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minu... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:05:19 EST <em>252</em> Let me count the ways.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056237 <em>252</em> because here I can be a <em>321</em> - offering encourgement <em>215</em> . <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> because my <em>223</em> s are here to remind me to <em>386</em> because <em>381</em> . <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> because it is full of <em>189</em> to keep me motivated and <em>208</em> when <em>248</em> . <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> because ... <BR> <BR> Okay I have lost patience with the cutesy emoticons, but what I want to say is that I love SP! I sta... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:54:57 EST Today's NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052943 One of the conference tables in our office has some strange chairs. The legs extend straight up above the seat and then turn outward for a few inches and then make another turn to form the arms of the chair. The result is that there is plenty of room in the chairs for big hips, but not for big thighs. Normally when I sit in these chairs, I need to sit all the way back so that my legs can fit snugly (not comfortably!). I am short, so sitting all the way back leaves just my toes touching the... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:41:53 EST Another BEAUTIFUL day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051637 Enjoyed long walks two days in a row!! 2 hours yesterday, one hour today (but a quicker pace and a hilly route!) <BR> <BR> It was great to be able to enjoy the nice weather -- It is even worth the sunburn and bug bites to show as evidence of my excursions!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:38:43 EST Sept. week 1 recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049141 A recap of my Sept goals: <BR> <BR> 1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 (I am doing Wed. weigh-ins, but I did not get a very accurate weigh-in this week due to bloating, etc. so if this ends up being more than the ~9 lb that I expect, I may modify this by adding an extra week.) <BR> *** it is 10 lb to go, but I am going to stick with the original goal date here... <BR> <BR> 2. To walk at least 6 miles outside each week, and at least 9 with the WATP videos, for at least 15 miles total each week. <BR... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 22:24:37 EST Stop grinning at me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047840 The day started off fine. I woke up, exercised, and I was feeling great! But then I went over to the scale. I was very optimistic about the weigh in this morning because yesterday the skirt I was wearing fit so nicely - I hadn't put it on since the spring, and it definitely didn't feel like it fit this well then!! After feeling smaller yesterday, I had high hope for finally seeing a 23_ number, but no, the crazy scale said 240! Actually I am quite confident that the scale was laughing at m... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:55:32 EST I am not the Trash Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046210 I did it!! I managed to leave food on my plate and walk away peacefully!! <BR> <BR> At my lunch meeting today, I ate most of the salad, all of the Brussels sprouts (about the only veggie that I don't love) and left more than half of the beef strogonoff and noodles! My first thought when the plate was put in front of me was that the presentation left something to be desired - it was a drab and colorless plate and didn't look at all attractive to me! The fact that it didn't look good to me ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 21:42:29 EST Redefining Waste http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044768 I am one of those people who has been trained since birth to finish everything on my plate. By nature and by nurture I am a frugal person, I don't like wasting anything - food, water, electricity, energy, time. . . <BR> <BR> As a person who has a job that includes luncheon meetings (where the meals are provided and pre-plated) it is a challenge for me to balance my desire to eat healthy with my desire to not be wasteful of what has been given to me. I have one of these luncheon meetings... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:44:48 EST Better than Yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040975 Day 1 of September ended on a better note than it began! I made it to bed early last night and so far today has been a much better. I woke up on time, turned on the coffee and exercised for twenty minutes to start off the day! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> to fresh starts!! <BR> <BR> After Church today, I plan on seriously attacking my closets - organized closets always make me feel much better about being in control of my life!! <em>211</em> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 10:03:52 EST Not such a great start... but I will turn it around!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040229 Yesterday I was very excited to start September on the personal level - new goals, a fresh slate, etc. Unfortunately, some worries took hold of my mind last night and i had trouble sleeping. This morning I had a committee meeting for a picnic that we (the organization I work for) have planned for Labor Day, and before I even realized it, I had eaten 2 doughnuts! In my semi-comatose state, I am off to clean the house, and then fix myself a good supper and then head to bed!! I am not going ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 16:34:19 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039399 Putting the goals in writing will give me more motivation to succeed at meeting them, right? At least that is the plan - it will certainly be better than the vague goals that I had in my head for August to "do better" at everything... <BR> <BR> 1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 (I am doing Wed. weigh-ins, but I did not get a very accurate weigh-in this week due to bloating, etc. so if this ends up being more than the ~9 lb that I expect, I may modify this by adding an extra week.) <BR> <BR> 2. To ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:31:11 EST What to do when you are a guest for dinner?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037311 A neighbor invited me over for dinner last night. She is 80+ and still fit and active and living alone. We eat together a few times a month, and she knows that I am trying to eat lighter suppers these days. <BR> <BR> The invitation went something like this: <BR> "Deary, it is about time you come for supper again. I just made up a fresh batch of homemade apple sauce, so I can just throw some sandwiches together and we'll have apple sauce for dessert. How does that sound?" <BR> <BR> I t... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:11:36 EST A little growth in Self-Knowledge (Probably TMI for the men in the audience. . .) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036224 Yesterday evening my body revealed to me why it was so suddenly feeling depleted of energy. *That* time of the month had arrived and taken my motivation hostage. Pushing myself to do some exercise yesterday helped to restore both my energy and my mood. <BR> <BR> This morning I felt all bloated, cramped, tired and cranky... then I weighed myself and I am +1 from last week. I remember from my first go at this regular weigh-in business a few years ago that I skipped the weigh-ins around th... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 15:02:40 EST Fat = Potential Energy to burn!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035059 This morning I commented on a SparkFriend's feed: "If you just do it, even if you don't feel like it, you may discover energy you didn't know that you had!!" As luck would have it, this afternoon, I didn't feel like exercising... at all, motivation = 0, no energy, not even a little bit of desire to move!! <BR> <BR> If I am willing to give advice, I ought to follow it, right? If you think about it, I have 200,000+ calories stored up in the fat cells throughout my body - what is that but P... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:27:50 EST The results of the Great Cookie Test are in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033830 The cookies were a hit all around! They tasted great, if I do say so myself, and were well received by everyone in the office - especially the birthday girl <em>179</em> <em>107</em> I managed to bake them without tasting the dough and refrained from eating any more than the portion I allotted to myself -- it helps that I had them all packaged up and labeled with each person's name as soon as they were cool enough! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> What I hadn't planned on was the DQ Ice Cream c... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:38:14 EST Planning for my next temptation. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031553 Tomorrow one of my co-workers is celebrating her birthday. She has worked in my office for 4 years now and it has become sort of a tradition that I bake chocolate chip cookies for her birthday. <em>495</em> She absolutely loves them, and she is a super healthy sort of person, so I am not feeding into an unhealthy habit of hers by doing this. I really don't want my decision to try to fight my weight problem to get in the way of the treats that I give others, but how will I do this afternoo... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:58:43 EST A WooHoo for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030790 Another little food victory for me: <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I have some "snack size" mini Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies - very high up on my list of favorite junk foods!! It has been a very good week for me - emotionally, physically, etc. and so I thought that I could indulge myself with a couple of the mini cookies - not the whole bag! <BR> <BR> I went to the cupboard to open a bag armed with a clip to close it and keep the cookies left in the bag fresh. I opened up the bag, took out... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:06:39 EST Hitching my wagon to a star : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029196 Found this on my desk this morning : <BR> "Take Time" <BR> Take time to work - <BR> It is the price of success. <BR> Take time to think - <BR> It is the source of power. <BR> Take time to play - <BR> It is the secret of perpetual youth. <BR> Take time to be friendly - (This sentence is circled, with a "TY") <BR> It is the road to happiness. <BR> Take time to dream - <BR> It is hitching your wagon to a star. (love this line!) <BR> Take time to love and be love - <BR> It is a God-given pri... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:14:18 EST