KLONG8's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KLONG8 KLONG8'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/ Now, THIS is New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863423 OK, I'm trying not to snack because the reason I snack has nothing to do with hunger. <em>4</em> It's normally because of boredom and opportunity (someone brings cookies or donuts around). <em>473</em> It's also because I am not a healthy choice kind of snacker. Yes, I'm a cookies, pie, chocolate anything kind of snacker. <BR> <BR> So....I'm trying not to snack. And as I was routinely ending up about 200 calories or so over my targeted intake for the day, I decided to tighten up m... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:28:27 EST Random Monday Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862974 - I weighed in today and maintained. Darn it! I really thought I'd see weight loss this week. <BR> <BR> - It's going to be a sunny 70 degrees today. Awesome. <BR> <BR> - Went to yoga this AM and it was good. Still tough sometimes when I'm on my knees as I seem to pinch an aggravated ligament but a blanket under knees helps. Now if I could just do some of the rises where you crouch on your heels and then rise up. My knees feel like they will explode so I bail. <BR> <BR> - My over-in... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:51:06 EST Love my walks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862433 Some mornings, when my DH has a fire going in the fireplace, I want to hang in the living room, warm and cozy for a while. But even so, I know I need to go out and get going. So I relax a little, enjoy the comfort then head out into the morning for my walk. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My walks clear my head, burn some calories and really help sustain me physically and mentally. <em>68</em> Even with the various routes I take (the lake, the park, the river, the short one, Crown Hill) well... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:30:47 EST Strength is not a (well actually it is) 8 letter word! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860434 I'm getting back in gear now. My track record with January is to add a pound or two to the pound or so the holidays gave me. So it's nice to see that with focus, intention and a plan for Nov-Jan I'm in better shape than usual at this time of year. I've got to pat myself on the back. That shows STRENGTH! <BR> <BR> And strength is to me....... <BR> <BR> S = Soul searching. Really dig through the fluff and debris of life and figure out where I am and what I'm willing to do to get where I ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:17:44 EST Monday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858164 Today....the good, the bad, the ugly...... <BR> <BR> Good <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> * I was yoga-ing my little heart out by 8AM this morning. <em>417</em> <BR> * The weather is moderate, sunny and dry so I was able to get a good walk in without fear of an unexpected ballet move on ice! <em>311</em> <BR> * I've honored the 'no snacking' rule recently instigated and it hasn't been too difficult today <em>224</em> <BR> * I know breakfast is important but I need to cut back he... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:48:19 EST RELIEF....Here we go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857317 Coming out of a rough patch and it's a big RELIEF! You know how this is a journey? Well, this part of my journey I was just barely hanging on by my fingertips <em>198</em> . But, as my wonderful and very welcome houseguests leave, I'm relieved to say that I finally weighed myself and the <em>193</em> told me the truth. I maintained through this tough time. YES! That's success to me! <BR> <BR> So today's a new day, a new week to start aiming again at weight loss. My exercise is al... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:25:44 EST Rough Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853513 I'm having a tough time getting re-launched this year. House guests (very fun ones) here for the annual Stock Show (showing a bull and 4 heifers this year). We, the city-slicker aunt and uncle, really look forward to this jump into the more rural side of life. These are hard-working people, that's all I can say <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> The problem? They work hard all day and then we tend to eat hearty with them in the evening although OUR work has been sitting in front of a computer ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:44:17 EST Shoot for the Moon to Fall Amongst the Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846832 I'm on a two month mission. I decided that this year (2014) I was not going to just decide to maintain through the holidays. I wanted to actually lose weight from Dec 1st through January 31st. The result was that so far I've maintained my weight through a tricky holiday month with lots of travel. I count that as falling amongst the stars because I KNOW this is better than where I normally would be as I look at 2015. <BR> <BR> But here comes the hard part. Break my winter pattern of yo-y... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 16:21:43 EST Blessed Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830877 I do two things wrong. I share my bed with a 6'1" guy and a 40 pound dog. The dog truly is the biggest issue because she likes to sleep between my DH and me (on her special sheet) with her head on one of our hips and her hindquarters against the other one's hip. She takes up a huge THIRD of the bed even though she's not very big. <em>200</em> We love her but I know she interferes with my sleep. Unconsciously, I give her room all night and wake up sort of clinging to my edge of the b... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:06:16 EST And so goes Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830590 I meant to blog today and almost didn't get it done. Busy day filled with errands and work. Went to lunch with a friend to a Mexican restaurant and ordered Tacos Al Carbon. Love that stuff but it was particularly hot today and since that time I've been battling heartburn, something that is happening more often these days. I've NEVER had this issue before. Something new to be added to the list of "beware"! <BR> <BR> Because of my big (and spicy) lunch <em>369</em> I didn't have a to... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:27:14 EST Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828870 It seemed like I did not rest today - always doing something. Got in my walking workouts, one in the morning (great!) and then a shorter outing this evening. Did 20 minutes of yoga. I was kind of worried about squeezing this in but once I had put dinner more or less together and in the oven I had some down time. You know, I NEVER regret spending my time getting my workouts in...so why do I push it to the last minute so often? Inquiring minds want to know! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I'v... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:56:27 EST Personal Challenge Continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828388 So.....heading into December I pledged to keep working on weight loss. Not to give myself a pass just 'because it's the holidays and what can you do?' First week, I've been off more days than on track. Sigh.....but still doing better than I would be doing if I weren't aiming higher than normal. <BR> <BR> Dragging a little today. Feel like I'm getting a cold and just heard on the news that the flu shot I finally got isn't going to be overly effective this year. Seems like the flu virus h... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:18:58 EST December...Here We GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825662 I'm up at dawn this cold, dark morning. As I look out my windows I see the beginning of a winter sky...some low clouds sketched across the horizon, tree skeletons darkly reaching out into the gray. It's a new month, the last of the year. I feel motivated to make this a good, healthy month. <BR> <BR> My DH took Jersey for her morning walk so I could catch up on computer stuff before we go to yoga this morning. We've found a great class, really designed for some of us more 'seasoned' stude... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:09:34 EST One holiday done.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824247 I hope all of my US friends had a great Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful holiday at it's core and it was always the one holiday that was least commercialized....but we're really messing with that BIG TIME with all the crazy sales, the waiting in line to be the 3rd person in the big box stores to score....well, that's just a circus. <BR> <BR> Today dawned crisp and quiet and I had no intention of shopping. Jersey & I walked to the lake and just as it came into view the sun flooded across the l... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:52:39 EST Thanksgiving Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822328 For us in the U.S. <em>652</em> it's Thanksgiving week. I think a lot of us probably feel thankful that we are on this journey, and that SP is such a wonderful tool. So much information, help, and community support. So a BIG thank you to my friends here at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> And that calls for another anagram (as I had so much fun last week).... <BR> <BR> T - Truth is a key component in our journey. If we keep avoiding the truth, if we stick our head in the sand, we cannot even be... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:44:30 EST SparkPeople Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818888 I realized today that I'm leading a 'SparkPeople Normal' day. The routine I've established is very comfortable to me by this time. And it keeps me heading towards weight loss and health....until I choose to take a detour. <em>230</em> That can always happen but I'm happiest, most comfortable when I stick to my SP normal. <BR> <BR> What is NORMAL for me today? <BR> <BR> N = NOTHING stands in my way! I evaluate my upcoming day and look for the challenges we all routinely face. Then fi... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:08:42 EST Sunny Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817696 Yesterday was a little surprising. I knew another front was heading our way but I wasn't expecting much snow with it, just another drop to below zero temps. So I was surprised that this gray day snowed from dawn till evening. It feels like the heart of winter here in Colorado. <BR> <BR> So...its gray out, its cold, it's snowy, time to make a batch of chili, right?! I used turkey kielbasa, then every kind of beans I could find in the pantry (tri-color, dark red kidney, cannellini) with 2 ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:02:43 EST State of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816141 I'm looking out of my home office window at a deep freeze. Was below zero last night, brrrrrr. Today the sun is out and we have about 3-4 inches of snow on the ground. Tomorrow it should get close to freezing, then another cold front comes through. Since we've just broken 3 days of 'coldest temp for the day' records for the past 100 years in a row, I am willing to say "maybe there's something to this global warming piece?" Strange weather, strange. <BR> <BR> I'm so happy not to have t... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:41:55 EST In The Beginning..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815760 I was lost, frustrated and about 25 pounds above what is a good weight for me. I had no clue how to get rid of the extra baggage AND my weight just kept creeping up. Arrrrgggghhhhh <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Then I stumbled across SP and started picking up some healthy living skills. I lost some weight and although I wasn't at goal, I was so much more comfortable. I'm now aiming to take off the last 10 pounds and trying to do that without the holidays derailing me. That's a first on my... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 20:44:25 EST Avoiding the Holiday Weight Gain Surrender http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814893 For the first time in years I am not just surrendering to the standard 'hey, you're in the US' weight gain from Halloween to New Years Day. As mentioned before, I've just asked myself to maintain through those holidays past. And I more or less did just that. <BR> <BR> This year I want to move forward and go for weight loss. I made my plan for November and December and revealed them here earlier. And I promised I would walk the walk. So I must report in on my first week's effort. <BR> <... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:23:28 EST Talkin' or walkin'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809980 Talkin' the talk and/or walkin' the walk? This has been my challenge for some time because I've learned a LOT here at SP. My issue is....doing what I know works. <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> So last week I put together my 3 month goals. To keep myself from not walkin' the walk I figure I need to report in to you, my "keep it REAL" friends. <BR> <BR> Mini-goals <em>248</em> : <BR> <BR> 1. Complete my inspirational board (after all this time) by Monday. Welllllll, it's Monday and I go... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:14:50 EST Blowing It UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807674 November will be here in a couple of days and that takes us into the holidays. In the past, I've set my target for November and December simply to maintain. To do no damage. But this time I want to BLOW THAT UP! <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> You see, I've already been maintaining. And I'm a little frustrated as I know that I'm not moving forward because I'm making decisions each day that hold me back. I realize no one is perfect but I've taken my 'understanding' of the need not to be too h... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:51:42 EST Here's My Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807539 My biggest problem with food is portion control. I 'over serve' myself. The foods I choose are healthy, the way I prepare things (normally) is to grill, steam, bake. I'm not into a lot of sauces. I just WANT more than I need of the things that I like...that taste great. And I keep giving in to those wants <em>18</em> . <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my DH and a friend worked hard all day putting our yard back together after some sewer line work (what a mess!) They were digging, they were lug... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:07:23 EST Food - you can't live with it, you can't live without it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806493 I was the kid who didn't really like food. Peanut butter & jelly, good. Meat, bad. Spaghetti OK, cereal and toast and jelly, OK. Fried chicken OK. Everything else, nah, no good. I ate just enough to keep me living and breathing. I was tiny. <BR> <BR> As I got older that totally changed. I started to realize that things tasted good. Friends broadened my horizon with other types of cuisines. I began (at about 25) to cook a bit more. But I was still thin, still no problem to eat a bu... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:38:37 EST Last week in October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805781 I am not done losing weight but I seem to act like it. I'm not consistent with my food and exercise. I'm doing well enough that I'm maintaining but I am not driven enough to make changes necessary to make weight loss part of my world. BIG SIGH HERE! <BR> <BR> The thing that keeps me sane, however, is that I realize if I wasn't paying attention, if I wasn't doing a lot of things right I wouldn't be at a plateau...I'd be gaining. So thanks for that! And that's truly a big 'thanks'! <em... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:58:21 EST Wednesday - Reporting In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802794 Reporting in on this week's efforts..... <BR> <BR> * Tracked 2 days out of 3 <BR> * Calorie burned deficit for those 2 days? -742 on Monday, -347 Tuesday <BR> * Moving more during my day - remembering to get up from my desk more often but have a way to go here <BR> * Need to watch my calorie intake. Realized yesterday that I was eating too much - food I didn't really need but consumed just because it was there. Most of it was healthy but when I tracked I thought "whoa" <BR> <BR> Cele... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:10:49 EST Starting the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801548 Yesterday took my bike out for a 45 minute ride in gorgeous Indian Summer weather. Today, went to the early yoga class. This is mostly stretching, not so much about strength but its such a great way to start the week. <BR> <BR> Then I came home and ate a light breakfast before beginning work. I feel so much better when I work my plan. A friend and I commiserated last night...why do we fight ourselves so? Its just part of the human condition I believe. But I'm making progress. <BR> <... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:20:38 EST Sunday Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797019 Here's to all of us in SP Land who track on Sunday. <em>381</em> I'm singling this day out because often I do NOT track on Sunday. I try to follow my path, of course, but I give myself a break. I figure there are others out there doing the same thing. <BR> <BR> But I find that when I track I feel so much better, so much more under control. And that's a good thing. So here's to us Sunday Trackers! <BR> <BR> Let's all have a great week! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:09:14 EST Lazy Goaless Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794120 I'm not sure what happened here but I've been so aimless these last few days. My energy level seems low <em>39</em> and I've been easily sidetracked. I'd have to say that I just seemed to be ignoring my goals and what I 'should' do. <BR> <BR> The result of this lack of focus and energy? Oh you know the answer. I really haven't gotten much done. I didn't track, my food intake was spotty, I cut my exercise back without the decision to do so, and this feels completely different from ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:02:40 EST Strategies for an Action-Packed Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791166 So....what do I do today to juggle life's realities with my goals in mind? Here are my challenges as I see them. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm pet sitting for a friend's arthritic, diabetic wonder dog, Stella. Normally I walk 5 miles a day with my own dog, Jersey, in tow. She's a good walker. How do I keep those 5 miles a day walks happening and take care of Stella? Ideas: get a friend to take Stella out for a shorter walk, just go home when she tires. Take Jersey out first, then a shorter spin w... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 14:14:39 EST First of OCTOBER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790548 I have a track record to beat in this 4th quarter. You see, it seems like I know the holidays are coming, I feel the need for more comfort food as the weather gets cooler. And basically nothing happens. I just sort of 'hold'. THEN comes the first quarter of a new year and I fall apart then. Strange and unhappy little pattern. <BR> <BR> So it's the first day. There's one person, me, who can impact this. <em>40</em> I need to keep making progress rather than just sitting in a puddle... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:09:38 EST Computer issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790528 Testing to see if this goes through. I'm having computer issues! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:47:01 EST What Happened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786352 Hmmmmm...... <BR> <BR> * Haven't blogged for a few days <BR> * Haven't tracked for a few days <BR> * Home is buried in desserts <BR> * I ate more of those desserts than I planned <BR> * Regrouping day is TODAY! <BR> <BR> I went on a birthday binge! But I'm back and ready to go. I hate these little crashes! But I didn't CRASH and BURN! I'm back. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>320</em> <em>370</em> <em>491</em> <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:04:27 EST Flippin' it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780534 Is it agreed that we can be our own worst enemy? That sometimes we get VERY down on ourselves and do some damage, emotional and physical to ourselves because we see the negative too often? It's time to make an attitude adjustment - just start flipping those negative thoughts! Because negativity takes you nowhere. Here's what I mean from my own recent experiences..... <BR> <BR> The Situation: I've been on SP since 2010, and I have not reached my goal and it was only to lose 25 pounds. ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:28:22 EST Yoga In The Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780316 I don't think there's a better way to start the day. At least not for me today. There's nothing like yoga to help me center, loosen up, sit up straighter. So my DH and I bucked traffic and went to a yoga class at 8AM. <em>414</em> <BR> <BR> To do this I have to make some changes to my day. I need to let my DH walk Jersey, our dog. While he's doing that I can start my business day, go through emails to make sure nothing is going to explode <em>198</em> if I disappear for about an... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:19:04 EST Questions about Angels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777419 This is by Billy Collins, the US Poet Laureate from 2001-2003. Liked it so am sharing with you..... <BR> <BR> Questions About Angels....by Billy Collins, "Sailing Alone Around the Room" <BR> <BR> Of all the questions you might want to ask about angels, the only one you ever hear is <BR> how many can dance on the head of a pin. <BR> <BR> No curiosity about how they pass the eternal time <BR> besides circling the Throne chanting in Latin <BR> or delivering a crust of bread to a hermit on ea... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:37:39 EST Sunshine and The Walk of Shame http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772576 Nice Wednesday morning. Sun is shining, air is crisp (long sleeved shirt over leggings for my walk around the lake this AM)...I just love my morning walk. When we're told that exercise doesn't have to be a chore, I think of my walks with a smile. I just get out of bed, grab the walking clothes from the day before, and slide out the front door into the early morning. I just make an effort to move quickly....avoid the stroll (yes, I've been known to stroll)! <BR> <BR> Reporting in for the... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:02:36 EST Keep Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770100 7 years ago, suddenly, I started limping. I had been conducting a training course and had been on my feet for a full day, something that I don't normally do. Additionally, I was wearing heels....not spikes but comfortable heels. I noticed that night that my leg/hip hurt and that was it. I limped around for a while ignoring the pain because, after all, I hadn't hurt myself in a fall or anything. <BR> <BR> For the next year, my movement was compromised. If I was going to the grocery store... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:49:46 EST Rookie Attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769339 Confetti in the air....tossed by ME! <em>236</em> I weighed myself this morning <em>193</em> , kind of cautiously, because I've been tracking regularly this week and I was thinking I wasn't quite where I wanted to be. And hallelujah, I lost 2.5 pounds. That's a tremendous amount for me! <BR> <BR> So I thought, what changed? I think my answer would have to be that, for whatever reason, the wind is to my back right now. My attitude is right where I need it to be to make this wo... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:18:36 EST More about 'Future Me' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768212 Yesterday I talked about 'Future Me'....the me I really want to make happen. The me I see in my dream. And the goals I need to set and aim for every day <em>292</em> to make that dream a reality . I don't want to lose sight of that mental picture because when I lose it I'm really losing my way! Yes, my vision has evolved over time but it's there and I need to keep it visualized. <BR> <BR> One of the benefits I've noticed of growing more 'seasoned' (I like that better than older), i... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:50:30 EST Gotta WANT to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767480 If there's anything I've learned in my years here....it's that you have to WANT to accomplish weight loss MORE than you want that candy bar, 2nd helping of a tasty dinner, or to sit in front of the TV and vegetate. You've gotta WANT that healthy lifestyle more than you want to give in to old habits. <BR> <BR> If I would have known THAT when I started out I may have been a bit daunted. <em>40</em> Seriously, I really have to change....forever... to make this work? Now that's a tough j... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:07:16 EST Things to Celebrate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766253 You know the glass half-full or half-empty? It's all in how you look at it, right? <em>204</em> I think it's so easy to focus on where you slipped up, when you disappointed yourself and although I fought that tendency HARD since the first of the year, it took some real effort <em>104</em> to get my momentum back. Late July I felt things shift for me and I know this feeling of being in control and progress can disappear without warning. It certainly can/will disappear if I don't full... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:14:35 EST I Never Blog On Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765638 I try to stay away from the computer on the weekend. I allow myself one day where I don't need to track (unless I really want to). Today, I want to because I cleaned up my office, everything is in it's place and it's kind of fun to spend some time here. Of course, once I go back to work controlled chaos will reign again! <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of my week. For some reason I weigh in on Fridays but I consider Saturday the last day of my week. So Sunday I can start afresh. When I ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:25:46 EST Today, A Good Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764216 I'm launching my day today in gratitude. Gratitude for a beautiful summer day, cool enough for a long sleeved tee this morning but warming up rapidly . Gratitude for a bountiful garden that is trying it's best to bury me in kale, tomatoes and squash <em>258</em> Gratitude for my great dog companion, Jersey, who is keeping me company while my husband rides his bike from Iowa to New Orleans with a friend. Gratitude for my general health and a brain that tends to see the positive in situati... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:12:16 EST Weekly Report Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762817 Last week's report: not bad! Details? <BR> <BR> * Tracked 5 out of 6 days (take one day off on weekend) <BR> * Calorie deficit daily averaged -492 (was aiming for -500) <BR> * My '20 extra minute workouts' were completed 3 times (aiming at 4) <BR> * Results? Down 1/2 pound <BR> <BR> I feel good about this report card <em>104</em> ! I'm in recovery mode after a pretty impressive lull in my efforts. I was doing better with the little decisions that make for a strong day all week lo... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:49:26 EST Turning the Tables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762103 I'm 4 years older than my sister. Growing up, she was a TOTAL pest <em>46</em> but by the time I went away to college we were very close. I was always the more active sister. And I'd drag Barb along with me into long bike rides, baseball tournaments, whatever I was doing when we were together. Of course, I'd never take into consideration that she just wasn't in the same shape I was and she, as the good little sister, would try to keep up! Yes, we laugh about that today. She said "I r... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:55:09 EST 3 Day Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760293 It's Friday morning and I don't have to be back to work until Monday. So what to do, what to do? <BR> <BR> Well, I am going to empty out and clean the refrigerator. I want to see just what I have in there before I make a grocery list...and of course, wipe everything down. <BR> <BR> That means that I also need to put together a menu before I go to the store. Family is visiting for the weekend so I will take that into consideration....healthy, tasty meals. Gotta plan to make that happen! ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:44:05 EST Motivation from a Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759560 Thanks you Nuovaelle for these words of wisdom.... <BR> <BR> "Just wanting it is simply not enough. You will also want to re-visit your old habits at some point. You will want to indulge in your favorite treats. You will want to take a break from exercise. And you don't know which desire will be stronger when the time comes. You can't leave this to chance. Your desire to maintain your weight, your health, your energy has to be strengthened to the maximum to be able to withstand the temptatio... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:01:09 EST Socializing - wonderful and tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757768 Had 12 people for dinner last night. My DH is getting ready to go on a bike trip with a friend for a month. They are riding their bikes along a trail the roughly follows the banks of the Mississippi River for the next few weeks. Crazy Guys <em>309</em> . I wanted our friends and families to have the chance to say "Have a GREAT Adventure" before he hops on the train to Mt. Pleasant, IA and the game begins. <BR> <BR> And that dinner blew up my food plan for the day. <em>530</em> It's... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:25:12 EST Walk, Garden, Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754341 I love starting my day off with a walk around our lake. I got up and was out the door in shorts and a tee early. It had rained a little late yesterday so everything smelled rain fresh, yet the pavement was dry <em>27</em> Perfect. I forgot my camera but I can tell you the mountains behind the lake were truly flashing their "purple mountain majesty" vibe! <BR> <BR> When I got home, it was time to water the garden. Half of my garden is flowers and half veggies <em>375</em> <em>370<... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:39:40 EST