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/ Life's Second Chances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1150775982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Except this time, I think I am going to make that Second Chance start right now! <BR> <BR> Today's report: <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking - No Calories - No.... It was a long day with my hand constantly in the candy dishes at work! <em>24</em> Well, I am home now and I am going to mentally prepare myself to avoid that trap tomorrow. <BR> 2. Fitness - Yes! 60+ minutes walking, two 20 minute strength videos and floor ex... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:30:45 EST Imagination is more Important than Knowledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178430300.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I am imaging myself as my best self. "God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good." Genesis 1:31 <BR> <BR> And I am trying to use my imagination and my heart to see everyone in my life the way He sees them. "Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom... But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:13:48 EST Feeding my Inner Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788022 I have been reflecting today on my rather rough week. <BR> <BR> Stress derails me. More specifically, being in situations where I have to practically bite my tongue to keep from saying something I would later regret leave me mindless shoveling food in my mouth. There are several people in my professional circles that are very challenging for me to be around. One of those difficult people was very present in my workweek She gives very generously of her time and money to many of our local c... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:38:23 EST Some days a just a mixed bag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786916 First let me start with a BIG <em>304</em> to The SHOOTING STARS and the 5% Challenge Leaders for all of the Warmth and LIGHT that I found on my SparkPage today in both Comments and Goodies - you were definitely the BRIGHT SPOT in my day!! <BR> <BR> The work day was full of challenging meetings today. I won't waste my time and energy complaining about them, but I will say I am happy the day is over. One good thing that happened in the course of the work day, though, was that I convinced... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:06:11 EST Tuesday and Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786312 Yup, that title is a tell-tale sign that I missed my daily progress report yesterday. My excuse (whether it is good or not, you can be the judge) - I was stuck for nearly two hours in traffic after a meeting for work and just didn't feel like bothering by the time I got home. <BR> <BR> Tuesday report: <BR> 1. Tracking - no, I tracked my meals but after we got through the above mentioned traffic jam, my boss treated us to ice cream. Calories - No, I was at 1460 before the shake. <BR> 2. ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:21:44 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785000 It was another tense day in the office, and I gave in to the temptation to graze all day long. <em>29</em> <em>24</em> Actually it wasn't ALL day, after lunch I realized what I was doing and didn't let myself touch any more food for the rest of my workday. And in spite of the tensions, I actually managed to accomplish quite a bit today, and I cleared my desk, so I left work feeling better than I would have expected at lunch time. We had more beautiful weather today, and I managed to ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:26:32 EST BEAUTIFUL day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784206 Today was an all-around beautiful day for me! First of all, the weather was absolutely beautiful!!! I can't resist smiling when the sun is shining and there is a gently breeze blowing, rustling the fallen leaves!! <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>41</em> <em>224</em> Then I went to teach CCD and my kids were cheerful and attentive (definitely not a given!) so my smile grew. <em>458</em> <em>296</em> <em>459</em> <em>30</em> And this afternoon, I was able to enjoy a nice lo... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:57:13 EST The STARS are in the SKY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783632 <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>426</em> <em>8</em> <em>427</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>426</em> <em>8</em> <em>427</em> <em>8</em> <BR> Today is the first day of the Fall 5% Challenge, and the SHOOTING STARS are LIGHTING up the SKY!!!! We are on our way to beautiful San Marino and plan to get there early enough this week to enjoy the sights!! <em>224</em> And our Living the Good Life challenge for this week is drinking water s... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:02:53 EST TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783114 It is definitely time for me to take some "me" time and I am looking forward to the peace and quiet of the weekend after a very hectic and emotion-charged week at work. <BR> <BR> Today's goal progress report: <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking - Yes! Calories - Yes! (1392) <BR> 2. Fitness - Yes! (85 minutes total!) <BR> 3. Clean desk - Yes!! <BR> 4. Progress report - yes and even on time! <BR> 5. Weight: 230 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:52:27 EST 9/18 report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782840 I was too tired last night to fight with the internet to post my progress report, so here it is now: <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking - Yes! but we had a pot-luck for lunch, so there was a bit of guessing involved, I think I was at about 1500 more or less in calories, though. <BR> 2. Fitness - Yes! Strength training videos and floor exercises in the morning and a walk at lunch. <BR> 3. Clean desk - left it neat, but not completely cleared.... <BR> 4. Progress report - late, but here... <BR> 5 Weight: 2... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:01:22 EST Blogger burn-out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781909 Who thought it was a good idea for me to include a daily progress report in my blog for the month of September? Oh, yeah, that would be me <em>24</em> I certainly don't feel like it right now, but I missed yesterday and I am just too stubborn to skip two days in a row! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's report: <BR> 1. Tracking - yes! Calories - Yes! (1437) <BR> 2. Fitness - yes! Video (resistance bands) in the morning, walk at lunch, floor before bed. <BR> 3. Clean desk - nope, I broke that streak...... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:17:19 EST Made it through Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780479 It is Monday again... it feels like I didn't really have a weekend since I worked 6 hours on Saturday and 4 on Sunday <em>24</em> My day felt very long and I am tired, but I really can't complain - I made it through and I am determined to make this a GREAT week! <BR> <BR> My plan for tonight: lots of peace and quiet and early to bed!! <BR> <BR> Report for today: <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking: Yes! Calories: Close but no! (1575) <BR> 2. Fitness: Yes! I did my rainy day modification... 5 miles wi... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:53:52 EST Almost half-way through September!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779801 <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>426</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <em>8</em> <em>426</em> <em>8</em> <em>465</em> <BR> It is another beautiful Fall day!! Perfect walking weather!! I would have like to go longer, but my half-hour walk in the sun with a crisp breeze certainly made me smile!! <BR> <BR> I can't believe that we are almost half-way through September already!! I've done pretty well for the first 2 weeks, and I intend to do even better in the second half of ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:54:22 EST The STARS are SHINING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779349 I have a double meaning for that title! <BR> First I just got home and before I came in I stopped to admire the night sky. It is a beautiful, clear fall evening, and seeing the STARS made me smile! <em>8</em> <em>334</em> <BR> And second, the Fall SHOOTING STARS team is up and SHINING! And it makes me smile to see the STARS jumping into the team with enthusiasm!! <em>8</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Progress report for today: <BR> 1. tracking- yes!! calories - no (1600 or maybe mor... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:14:11 EST 9/12 report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778849 Just a quick check-in! <BR> <BR> Work was crazier today than before my day off, but I handled it SOOOO much better! <BR> We had a storm blow a couple of shingles off the office building - one of the leaks was right above our conference room table.... a beautiful wooden table that will need to be refinished! <BR> And then we had problems with our network, which finally was straightened up by 4:30. <BR> <BR> All of the external commotion made some tempers flare, but I stayed peaceful! <BR... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:49:18 EST For the One I Love - ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778161 The day I had today was probably not everyone's idea of perfect, but it was perfect for Me! (Guess, it is a good thing in was mine <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> Work has been rather stressful lately, and I am working an event this weekend, so I decided to take today off - and it was truly a "Mental Health Day." <BR> <BR> My perfect day off actually began with an early morning trip into the office. I reported yesterday that my desk was not clear but that it was going to have to wait until Fri... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:45:42 EST Nothing good to report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777481 Today was one that I will be happy to relegate to the past!! <BR> <BR> 1. Tracked - yes, Calories - No (1998!) I ate junk all day - I tried to faithfully list it all, but that may still be an understatement! <BR> 2. Fitness - Only 20 minutes so far... I woke up late and worked through my lunch break, and then had a meeting after work. I will still do something more before bed, but not enough to meet my goal. <BR> 3. Clean desk - Not even close! I did clear up yesterday's mess at the start ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:59:02 EST 9/9 Progress Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777008 My internet connection died trying to post last night, so here is a quick report of yesterdays results: <BR> <BR> 1.Tracking - yes! Calories - no.... 1765 (I stopped for an ice cream after choir practice with some of the other choir members, and it was delicious and we had a good time, so i don't even feel guilty about it.) <BR> 2. Fitness - yes, yes, and yes (my walking was with Leslie Sansone since we were having thunderstorms) <BR> 3. Desk - Not cleared. I was working on some research ri... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 05:52:55 EST Success in spite of the stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776107 This morning, I got into work and was greeted by a beautiful, clean desk!! That is definitely a nice way to start the morning!! And I was the first one in the office, so I had peace for a little while... and then it turned out to be one of those days were there are just problems coming out of the woodwork! This is not an unusual occurrence in our office, so it never comes as a total shock when it happens. The theme for today's drama was scheduling conflicts (some pretty major) so I am at lea... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 20:51:31 EST Oops... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775297 It is not as much fun to report on slip ups as it is success so I am hoping that tomorrow's results are a bit better! <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking - Yes! Calorie limit - No... 1834 is definitely greater than 1500 <em>234</em> I have no good reason for being over, I opened a bag of candy (jelly belly jelly beans to the tune of 300 calories) with the intention to eat a few and ended up eating the whole bag.... ironically, I don't even like jelly beans all that much. Since I didn't anticipate a pr... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:35:08 EST READY for the 5% Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774730 Today's countdown activity asks the question: Are you prepared to reach your goals? <BR> My answer is YES! <BR> I have SMART goals, and I am starting with enthusiasm and confidence. When "life" happens and throws a wrench in my plans, I am ready to remind myself that I CAN DO THIS! <BR> Progress report for 9/5: <BR> 1. Tracking and calories: <em>248</em> Everything tracked, 1458 for today!! <BR> 2. Fitness: <em>104</em> 12 minute low impact cardio and 20 minute resistance band videos... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 18:28:21 EST Friday 9/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774135 Progress report for my Sept. goals: <BR> 1. Food tracking / calorie limit <em>248</em> 1432 today! <BR> 2 Fitness <em>248</em> Did the same as yesterday. <BR> 3. My desk is CLEAR including all of the stuff I had in a crate for shredding!! <em>248</em> <BR> I may actually smile when I walk into my office on Monday!! <em>334</em> <BR> 4. Progress report don! <em>248</em> <BR> 5. Weight - 231 Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:58:15 EST Strategy for the Fall 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773628 When I am not making healthy life style choices - either not exercising or making poor food choices - I am not putting for the effort and allowing myself to fall into old habits (which are just as difficult for me to break, if not more so, which each attempt!). Some of those bad habits are mindless eating, watching too much television, not realizing that I am worth the effort required to make better choices, or thinking that the effort is pointless since I am making little progress. <BR> My s... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:47:02 EST Knowing my pitfalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772803 There is no question that self-knowledge is important, but sometimes it is not enough. My self-knowledge does me no good when I don't use it to prepare for situations that are sure to be occasions of temptation. I KNOW that I have a difficult time "wasting" food by not eating what is served to me. Being frugal is a part of who I am. At some point since joining SP, I came to the realization that eating food that I do not need is MORE wasteful than throwing it away. I should have made use o... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:40:16 EST 5% Challenge Assignment and 9/2 progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772213 I have discovered that my biggest deterrent to writing blogs is trying to fill in the "Blog Entry Title" space. I prefer interesting and eye-catching, but today's is simply functional! <BR> <BR> Our Countdown Assignment for the 2014 Fall 5% Challenge Team is to write about our motivation for losing weight. <BR> <BR> My motivation for wanting to lose weight is two-fold, first and probably my stronger motivation is that I want to feel comfortable in my own skin again, and second, is for hea... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 22:07:22 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771334 It has been a long time since I last posted goals in my blog, but I am feeling the need to try to hold myself accountable in every way available to me, so here it goes! <BR> <BR> 1. Track everything I eat and stay within 1300 - 1500 calories each day. <BR> 2. Track fitness minutes <BR> a. At least 30 minutes of exercising following a video or videos that make me sweat! (I am definitely in need of upping the intensity of my workout right now, and this has worked for me in the past.) <BR> ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:39:25 EST 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 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