KIWIANN's SparkPeople Blog KIWIANN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Living in the LIGHT! 7/19/17 <img src=""> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:56:57 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/18/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had dinner with a group of friends last night, and our conversation covered all of the above - it was uplifting on every level. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:52:55 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Week 2 badges <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:33:11 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/17/17 Have I mentioned that I love my Peanuts calendar?? <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:30:42 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> Thank you, my friends, for being so good to me! Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:51:07 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/14/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning completely weary from a week spent in frustration and worry... During my meditation this morning, I made an effort to turn that around with gratitude. <BR> <em>459</em> I am grateful for my faith and the light and peace it brings - especially when I stop and let it work on my mind and my heart. <BR> <em>334</em> I am grateful that beauty has the power to make me... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:32:34 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:51:23 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/10/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not today's calendar page, but I needed this reminder today. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:05:27 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Week 1 badges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:02:29 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/8/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> In other words, dream big and look for inspiration, but work hard and stay rooted in truth. <BR> <BR> When I am in "survival mode" I get stuck on one side or the other. Eyes on the stars can become like a daydream, and a distraction from reality. On the flip, focusing so intently on keeping my feet o... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 20:35:11 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/7/17 <img src=""> <BR> <em>334</em> This weekend, I am planning to enjoy some time with a friend who always can always make me laugh! I hope you have some laughter on the agenda, too! <em>247</em> Fri, 7 Jul 2017 17:47:23 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/5/17 <img src=""> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:35:47 EST Living in the LIGHT! 7/3/17 <img src=""> <BR> This quote resonates with me today. <BR> My meditation this morning felt like a tug-of-war between the demands and pressures of expectations (my own and others) and the hope that pulls me forward as I strive to better myself and my little corner of the world. In the end, I came to the conclusion that I am precious. My life has infinite value not measured by titles, or paychecks, or anyone's opini... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 17:40:31 EST Living in the LIGHT! 6/15/17 <img src=""> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:46:03 EST Living in the LIGHT! 6/7/2017 I love my Peanuts calendar! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Roast them! <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=417928 </link> Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:12:21 EST Living in the Light! 5/21/2017 <img src=""> <BR> My "Happy Time" today was coloring with my niece. Sun, 21 May 2017 23:14:05 EST Living in the Light! 5/20/2017 <img src=""> <BR> I took a walk today and stopped to smell the lilacs - my favorite flowers! Sat, 20 May 2017 22:25:20 EST Living in the Light! 5/18/2017 <img src=""> <BR> Enjoying my time in Maine! Thu, 18 May 2017 12:59:57 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/15/17 It is Week 6 of the Spring 5% Challenge, and the STARS have landed in Bahrain!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 May 2017 16:50:51 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/14/17 My SHOOTING STAR badge for Week 5 of the Spring 5% Challenge: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 14 May 2017 20:36:30 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/12/17 <img src=""> Fri, 12 May 2017 17:45:02 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/11/17 <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 11 May 2017 18:29:37 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/10/17 My SHOOTING STAR Badges for Week 4: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 10 May 2017 20:37:16 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/5/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am letting my LIGHT shine today: <BR> <em>8</em> By smiling in the face of crabbiness! <em>334</em> <BR> <em>8</em> By responding to rude words with kind ones! <em>43</em> <BR> <em>8</em> By embracing hope rather than despair! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> It was a rough day, but I think I made it through not only unscathed but rather better for having endured it well. (WITH... Fri, 5 May 2017 17:53:55 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/4/17 The Spring 5% Challenge is almost at the half-way point, and I am feeling the need for a bit of a pick-me-up. I think that it needs to take the shape of a little put-it-down - namely the candy that I have been munching on since Easter. <em>29</em> And it isn't even GOOD candy <em>2</em> Just junk food that turns off my "satisfaction sensor" so enough is never enough. <em>24</em> <BR> Time for a sugar detox. (Extreme seems to be the only thing that works for me!) So no more candy, ... Thu, 4 May 2017 18:37:57 EST Living in the LIGHT! 5/1/17 New Day, New Week, New Month! And the Sun is SHINING! I have high hopes for a BEAUTIFUL day! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My SHOOTING STAR badges for Week 3: <BR> <BR> Alpha Star - for reporting a loss in Week 3 (though I am even further from being "on-track" than I was last week, so no "Tighten Orion's Belt badge for me): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dazzling Star - for meeting my weekly challenge commitment: <BR... Mon, 1 May 2017 08:56:45 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/26/17 <em>257</em> <em>27</em> Another dreary, rainy day here, but I am grateful for the cool breeze coming through my window! We have thunderstorms in the forecast for tonight, and more rain expected everyday through Sunday. That puts a damper on my outdoor walking, but I will get my exercise minutes in with some Jessica Smith videos. <BR> <BR> We are in the middle of Week 3 in the Spring 5% Challenge - and the STARS have landed in Durban, South Africa. Look at the SHINE! <em>334</em> ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:57:41 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/24/17 The clouds finally went away and we had clear skies yesterday. Although I was up early, I still didn't catch a sight of the meteor shower, but I enjoyed a BEAUTIFUL sunrise and then spent most of the afternoon walking outdoors - my step count for yesterday was 17,776 - and I maxed my miles for the SHOOTING STARS! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> SHOOTING STAR Badges for Week 2 of the 5% Challenge: <BR> <BR> Alpha Star - for weight loss in Week 2. (missed the Orion's Belt badge by 0.4 lbs! - hop... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:48:18 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/22/17 <em>536</em> No shooting stars in my sky this morning, but I woke to another kind of light show - the Meteor Shower was blocked by a Thunder Shower with lightning bright enough to light up my room. <em>54</em> Since I was up early, I got a head-start on my exercise for the day - 50 minutes done by 5 am, and 122 minutes total for today. <BR> <BR> Today is weigh-in day for the 5% challenge, and I am down one pound for the week, <em>55</em> Nutrition tracking is a tough LTGL challenge... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:00:41 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night, I tried to check the sky for Shooting Stars, but it was too cloudy. And according to our weather forecast, the clouds and rain are here until the early hours of Sunday. Maybe I will get up early Sunday morning and see if I can catch a peak at a Shooting Star! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a FABULOUS FRIDAY!! <em>236</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And this is Blog 3 of 3 for... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:09:19 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/19/17 This morning, one of my co-workers pointed out that the Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend. IF the weather cooperates, I think will find some dark sky to enjoy the show on Friday! How fitting it would be for this Shooting Star to view some shooting stars!! <em>345</em> <em>54</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> In other news, the STARS have landed in Guayaquil, Ecuador! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look a t... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:41:01 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/17/17 <em>126</em> It is a beautiful COOL day here! It is nice to be able to enjoy SPRING weather for a day (high is supposed to be about 65) before we get back to the heat (80's predicted for the next few days)!! <BR> <BR> Week 1 of the 5% Challenge was a success for me - you will see the evidence below! <BR> This spring I am trying something a bit different with nutrition - I am using Intermittent Fasting / Calorie Cycling, and so far, I am finding it very manageable for me. Basically, my str... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:27:26 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/13/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I wanted to start a new book I had picked up from the library, and I wanted to squeeze in some extra exercise minutes / miles for my Shooting STARS 5% Challenge team. I managed to accomplish both at once. I had sixty-one minutes left to meet my daily maximum exercise points for yesterday. I picked up my book and did some pacing, side-steps, knee lifts, etc while i read. My act... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:17:14 EST Living in the LIGHT! 4/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am basking in the <em>67</em> GLOW <em>67</em> of my lovely <em>54</em> <em>8</em> SHOOTING STARS <em>54</em> <em>8</em> teammates as we enjoy our virtual trip to Abu Dhabi! <BR> <BR> And I am 2/3 of the way to meeting my goal of earning the GLOWING Star badge for Week 1! <em>334</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:05:20 EST Spring 5% Challenge - My Week 0 badges Dazzling Star badge - for meeting my personal weekly exercise commitment (of 400 minutes) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Shining Star badge - for posting my exercise and LTGL points for each day of the week <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Star-Gazer badge - for visiting my Co-STARS, our LTGL1 during the warm-up week. <BR> <BR> <... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:07:26 EST My 5% Challenge Week 3 badges <em>334</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:45:07 EST My NSV of the week This week I went meatless 5 of 7 days and stayed on track with all the macro and micro nutrients I monitor via SP. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:15:00 EST Where the MAGIC happens! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It always amazes me that when individuals come together to form a group something happens to the math and we are never just the sum of the parts. <em>38</em> Sometimes something gets lost in the addition, people get together but they bring one another down so that as a group they accomplish far less than the individual members could on their own. <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> But sometimes ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:57:14 EST Shooting Star badges - Week 1 ALPHA STAR - awarded for a weight loss in Week 1 (I lost 1 pound) <em>244</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DAZZLING STAR - awarded for meeting my week Challenge commitment for exercise minutes - I committed to 400 and achieved 735 <em>104</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GLOWING STAR - awarded for posting at least 3 blogs during... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:47:20 EST Today's NSV! <em>321</em> I am giving myself a cheer! <em>215</em> <BR> <em>320</em> I am working toward a goal of being able to do 100 push-ups again (this was easy of me in my youth but I've fallen out of practice) and I managed to do 50 push-ups today! <em>334</em> That is 12 more than I accomplished on Wednesday, and 15 more than I did on Monday! 2 months ago, I could about 5. That is PROGRESS! <em>104</em> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:45:13 EST How would I know? On one of my teams we have a popular game where we answer the question posed by the previous poster with another question of our own. <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> My most recent post to that thread was "How would I know?" <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Looking at those words got me thinking of the importance of both word and tone not only in our communications with one another but also in our own self-talk. <BR> <BR> What did you expect to find when you clicked on this blog? <BR> <BR> <em>28</em>... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:09:10 EST Shooting Stars Badge - ALPHA STAR For our Winter Challenge warm-up week the STARS traveled to Quebec. During the Challenge, ALPHA STARS are those who post a loss in the weekly weigh-in. For the beginning of the Challenge the ALPHA STAR badge is awarded for posting our Starting weight on time. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:40:04 EST My NSV of the day! Although I have been doing a pretty good job of avoiding sugar the last few days, this afternoon I wanted something sweet to go with my coffee. <em>106</em> I had a box of gourmet mini chocolate chip cookies <em>495</em> that came in a fancy Christmas basket. <em>144</em> The packaging gave me the impression that they were going to be AMAZING. <em>4</em> I tried one, and although it tasted fine, it was not nearly the out-of-this-world taste-bud sensation that I was imagining....... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:42:58 EST Ready to SOAR with the STARS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The 2017 Winter 5% Challenge starts on Saturday, January 14. Our planes are filling up fast! <BR> Here's a link to the Challenge Team page if you are interested in joining us! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=67977 </link> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:10:59 EST Week 6 Shooting Star badges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:11:19 EST Interested or Committed? This morning, I saw an interesting article that I shared with my SHOOTING STARS teammates via SparkMail. <BR> "Interested or Committed? Discover the Difference : 6 Tips for Achieving Your Healthy Living Goals" <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=2070 </link> <BR> <BR> If you are "interested" in becoming "committed" to a healthy lifestyle, you should consider joining the season 5% challenges. The challenges are made up of several teams in friendly compe... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:33:01 EST 2016 Fall 5% Challenge - SHOOTING STARS The Fall 5% Challenge is wrapping up this week! And it has been an amazing season for the <BR> <em>54</em> <em>8</em> SHOOTING STARS!! <em>8</em> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> <em>536</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> We have traveled over 90,000 air miles to some fabulous virtual destinations fueled by exercise minutes (1 exercise minute = 1 air mile) and worked on creating healthy life habits (drink water, tracking nutrition, portion control/measuring, stretching, no random eat... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:10:31 EST SHOOTING STARS Honor Roll Badges for Week 5 of the Fall 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 4 Nov 2016 10:02:36 EST Challenge Week 6 Goals <em>8</em> Exercise - I will log at least 700 minutes for the STARS with at least 150 minutes of strength training included. I will also continue at least 10 minutes of intentional stretching daily even though that LTGL challenge has passed. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> LTGL - I will continue my No-Snacking streak and be at day 15 by this time next week! And I am setting my bedtime for this week at 10 pm. I can easily stay up until midnight reading, but to make my 10 pm bedtime possible, I wi... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:55:56 EST Challenge Week 5 recap <em>8</em> I exceeded my weekly challenge commitment for exercise, and I did at least 15 minutes of strength training every day this week (5 days of 25+ minutes) <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I am on day 8 of my No-Snacking streak! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I weighed-in this morning at 2 pounds down from last week. That means I am almost half-way to my 5% goal (6 down, 7 to go!). Fri, 28 Oct 2016 17:42:09 EST