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/ Question for the group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666444 I went to a Thai restaurant last night and made a rookie mistake. I did NOT try to figure out what to eat before I went, probably because I don't know a lot about Thai food. I love peanut sauce so I went with the Shrimp Pad Thai and when I came home later and tracked, yikes. Lots of calories in that selection. My question is....what is a good, healthy, low calorie choice in a Thai restaurant? <BR> <BR> Really enjoyed my walk this morning <em>311</em> ! It had rained a little right be... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:20:17 EST I wasn't going to write today.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664518 But what the heck! I have a moment and it feels right to check in. I had a couple of rough days where I slipped back into my "pre-SP" ways. Traveling with a grandson (8) and going to restaurants where he would be happy. Too much pizza, a weird burrito thing that I couldn't begin to count calories about - I had no clue, bigger breakfasts than normal - but then back to my healthier routine. <em>480</em> <BR> <BR> Oh wait, last night was weird too. My DH was going to a concert with frie... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:37:24 EST Things I Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657960 I've been here a while and remember the confusion I felt when I first started with Spark People. First of all, I wasn't feeling overly hopeful. I hadn't lost any weight for quite some time and was watching my weight just climb. And climb. <em>40</em> It felt like a now or never moment. It was. Things are much clearer now. Today, these are things I know: <BR> <BR> 1. False starts - there really isn't such a thing. It's all a journey so when I started that January and poked around ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:44:32 EST Weigh in Day - Sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656334 Today is my weigh-in day. Kind of disappointing but really, I knew I wasn't in great shape today and the scale confirmed it. But, it's a new day with a new week ahead of me. Here's the good stuff that has already happened.... <BR> <BR> 1. Sun is shining and that boosted my energy on my walk. Got 3.5 miles in within my goal time of 65 minutes. <BR> <BR> 2. Yesterday I completed my 20 minute "extra" workout. I throw EVERYTHING into this workout and I'm beat when my timer goes off! ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:46:17 EST Biking - It's TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655333 In my part of the country, its tough (not impossible but tough) to ride all winter long. Some hearty folks do it (my husband, for one) but I don't like dealing with ice, grit etc and then the COLD <em>425</em> , seriously, when it's 10 degrees out do you WANT the wind in your face? So as someone who really enjoys biking, its exciting when you can bring your bike out of hibernation and get going again <em>217</em> ! <BR> <BR> I took my first real ride recently. Both my husband and I w... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:51:01 EST Distraction - Friend or Foe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652515 Distraction can be a foe. Say you put together your dinner plate and plunk down in front of the TV to "dine" <em>4</em> . The TV distracts you to such an extent that you gulp down your food without awareness. Your plate is now empty but you aren't satisfied so you go back for seconds. Definitely, in this instance, distraction is a foe <em>18</em> . <BR> <BR> But distraction can be a friend and for me, after a few years on this journey, I find its a friend more often than not. You ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:33:53 EST How Do They DO IT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651616 How do people successfully eat out? There are carefully orchestrated times when I've done it myself. But in general, you don't really know what you're doing so you wing it in restaurants or at a friend's house. Trying to eat healthily as much as you can. That in itself is a big change over my past <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went to a friend's for a March Madness launching pool (been doing this for 30 years so I can't quit now!) last night and I have no idea what I consumed. Wa... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:37:55 EST Tuesday's Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650733 Well, I'm looking out my office window and it is snowing sideways! BIG winds from the north about kicked my walking buddy and me into the lake as we made our rounds this morning. Even so, I LOVE WALKING. It gives me time to marvel at what's around me, really noticing the world, and then other times it's all about thinking and ideas. And it's ALWAYS about moving (critical) <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, weighed in and took off 1.5 pounds of the 6 pounds I need to lose to get BACK to w... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:43:55 EST Ways to Know You've Been Sliding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644713 1. You look at Spark People's home page and say "this is new!" <BR> <BR> 2. You realize that you haven't tracked in days, wait, could it be weeks? <BR> <BR> 3. You put together an easy (or it would have been two months ago) "re-entry" workout and it kicks you BUTT! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> 4. The scale tells the story.... <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> 5. Your clothes tell the story.... <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> It feels SO good to get back even though I'm starting all over again this ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:17:36 EST March - Crazy month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644669 March can drive you crazy! Still winter, kind of spring, and at a time where most of us are THROUGH with winter. It snowed here on Friday, then cleared up and melted things on Saturday, then hit 70 (yes!) on Sunday. <em>67</em> Really can't beat THAT! <BR> <BR> This week my goal is...to walk the walk. Keep my calories below 1500 a day. Do something additional (from my normal 1.5 hours walking a day) to get my heart rate up. Not to forget about strength training <em>23</em> (and ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:10:15 EST Heavy on the calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623324 Heavy on the calories and light on the exercise. We all know that's a recipe for disaster. Half my week on track and half not. Recalculating! <em>227</em> Reverse direction and improve on those decision making moments. <BR> <BR> And that's about it for today! About to take a nice walk (it's sunny and things are melting here) and then will put in 15 minutes of extra exercise. That should help a little with the tight rope I need to walk today because of a big, social lunch. Hope y... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:58:44 EST Paying Attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621559 One of the great things that happens here at SP is we learn to pay attention! After years of trying not to notice that we were playing fast and loose with our health <em>4</em> <em>18</em> <em>486</em> SP helps us shine a spotlight on what we're doing and changes we can make to redirect our journey towards health. <BR> <BR> None of us are perfect. And even the most successful people visit failure. But they keep moving forward towards their goals. So that's what I'm trying to d... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:46:29 EST Gray February Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620410 February is a tough month. Yes, they tucked Valentine's Day <em>129</em> in there to break things up but in general in this part of the country it's gray, cold and dark. Oh sometimes you see the beauty as I did Saturday at my sister's. She had the fireplace on and I looked out the french doors watching big flakes of snow fall on her brick patio and skeletal trees. The whole world out those doors covered in white and me, cozy and warm sitting with a blanket wrapped round me. That was a... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:40:59 EST Ouch! Broncos crash and burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613993 My hat is off to the Seahawks. They were AMAZING yesterday. And because they were so dominant over my Broncos it kept me from drinking much. I was going to drink a shot with our friends every time the Broncos scored and, if you watched the game, you know that did not become problematic (and yes, if it had been a high-scoring game I would have stopped the alcohol intake <em>33</em> before this happened!) <BR> <BR> So...it's another week. I didn't lose or gain at all through last Friday... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:20:27 EST Report Card for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608183 Every now and then I want to really focus <em>204</em> on the results of my efforts. This week I decided I needed to do that again as I had gained 2 pounds while I "thought" I was doing OK last week and I was wrong. For me, that means checking out one of the reports that measures calories consumed against exercise tracked for the day. I believe it's called the Calorie Deficit Report. This is a slap dash kind of report because there are so many variables that can mess with it - did you ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:58:55 EST Winter Roller Coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607383 Rode my bike in the sunshine yesterday afternoon (OK, it was windy so I was out about 45 minutes before I was blown home). Shoveled snow this AM and will most likely need to do it again this evening. Colorado winters are nothing if not, should we say, changeable? <em>211</em> Definitely a roller coaster ride. <BR> <BR> I wanted to report in that last week I DID nail my goal of 60 "extra" minutes of exercise that week. But I didn't track my food for two VERY strategic days (by that I ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:44:37 EST Thanks Mother Nature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603315 Mother Nature stepped in today to make sure I got my extra exercise in! My DH has appointments all day so when we woke to 4 inches of white stuff blanketing our world and it was still snowing? Well, I knew that I was going to do most of the heavy lifting. <BR> <BR> My DH did our house, then I did the rental across the street (we are the unusual landlords who take care of the yard work for our renters), and then I started on the driveway from hell! <BR> <BR> My good friend and neighbor r... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:45:48 EST Actually following my plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602271 I set up an exercise plan last week and then ignored it! So this week I'm more determined than ever. First of all, I kept my newest plan simple and easy. I didn't get over enthusiastic expecting to rectify years of poor behavior in one big week of marathon exercise <em>334</em> . I committed to a total of 60 more minutes of exercise this week than "normal" (I walk at a pretty good clip for about 5 miles daily). <BR> <BR> So here's my report as we hit hump day! <BR> <BR> Monday - I... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:44:42 EST A new week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600149 Well, while watching the Broncos yesterday (Super Bowl here we come!) I ate way too much "stuff". I was sitting 6 inches from the spread - rookie mistake. So I found myself wolfing down a lot of empty calories - chips with guacamole (didn't do too badly there), soft cheese balls with water crackers, a corn dip to go with blue tortilla chips. Then we had chili cheese dogs (uh oh) + brownies (double uh oh - I had two). <BR> <BR> Now what did I bring to the festivities? Well, I brought a ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:21:05 EST Sweet Tooth - The Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596130 I have a sweet tooth. In my younger years it didn't seem to be an issue. Growing up I didn't have a lot of extra $$ to buy a lot of candy on my own. Dessert was a special occasion. When I begged for a treat before dinner my grandmother offered an APPLE! And I was used to that. <BR> <BR> But somewhere, at sometime, I realized that I EXPECT sweet treats <em>475</em> throughout my day . I had become someone who could add a LOT of calories to her day with a Snickers Bar, a peanut clust... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:19:29 EST Two Blogs/One day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592805 This is a first! But I just felt I needed to check in again, partially because my appetite is coming back and I wanted potato chips. So much better to talk to you, my friends! I started my "real" walking again today. Put in my 5 miles in two sessions. I didn't add any extra exercise but I'm feeling so much better today I know I won't have an excuse to avoid those extra 15-20 minutes I've planned. <BR> <BR> Anyway, dinner is about ready. I avoided the potato chip trap, and I'll check i... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:16:21 EST Things Looking Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592278 I must have had the flu because all last week I felt terrible with cold symptoms (cough, congestion, lots of tissues around, aches, pains) but this morning I woke up for the first time in a week feeling....OK! Oh, I'm still blowing my nose occasionally but my head is so much clearer, my cough is just occasional. Yes! <BR> <BR> My exercise took a needed hit last week. You really can't be doing much when you are battling illness like that. I got out for short walks and worked up to regular... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:27:29 EST No Boring Perfection for ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586887 I'm so glad that we all get that perfection is something that no one can sustain. Because I need to hold onto that thought as I'm battling the cold I picked up from my DH. I've already missed my morning walk, and when I went to the drugstore late yesterday for some over the counter meds for this cough I had to stand in line for so long that I ended up grabbing a Snickers bar! Took that home and ate it immediately (the self-discipline came with not eating it in the car!) <BR> <BR> I get it... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:42:11 EST Warming Up a Little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585865 Glad to see it's warming up a bit here in Colorado. In the 30's today with a forecast of 40+ for the rest of the week. Hallelujah! Of course, that will make my walking so much more comfortable but I'll still have to keep an eye on road surface. We'll get melting and freezing and that always gives me the opportunity to try acrobatic leaps...and just pray that I stick my dismount. Yesterday, I was watching a little dog charge at Jersey and me while we walked and the next thing I knew I was... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:12:43 EST Was going to weigh myself this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584217 It ran through my head "weigh yourself" today because I've been on track with my eating for the last few days but then I fell back to sleep. When I woke up I had to scramble around to get my walk with the dog in before sitting down at my desk. I forgot all about weighing in. Wasn't my normal day to do it anyway! <BR> <BR> Now walking the dog <em>200</em> isn't that easy on mornings like this. It's 1 degree out, there's fresh snow on the ground and that means boots for me...and for Jer... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:35:27 EST Junk Food Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582124 I don't like to talk about this but even after 3 years here at SP, I cannot seem to shake my junk food addiction. Oh, I've cleaned up pretty nicely and don't succumb as much as I used to but it's still there. <em>477</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> I'm of the generation (Boom Boom) that was there when McDonald's first opened. My friends & I would hop in a car during our short lunch break, and rush to the first McDonald's that opened in Iowa and we would grab a cheap lunch there. Now a... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:41:14 EST Here we GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580615 I took the holidays off from tracking. Part of that was because I was pretty burned out with recording my misteps over and over and not doing much about them <em>18</em> I really feel that I made the right decision for myself and my expectation was that over the holidays I'd see a couple of pounds come back on. I was right....I'm up 3. Hate to see that on the scale and learned that I still benefit from tracking - it just keeps me more aware of what's truly going on with me and my body... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:57:35 EST January goals and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579255 A new month in a new year. How can you NOT remember to set goals for yourself <em>249</em> ? It's time to AIM FOR THE MOON and that means my final weight goal - only 10 pounds away. <BR> <BR> I have two goals for January. My weight loss goal for January is to lose 3 pounds. That's it. Since I'm in the home stretch after a year of just maintaining and making no real progress on the scale... making this goal happen will excite me to no end. <BR> <BR> My other goal is to add two exer... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:00:06 EST Bye 2013 - Here Comes 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575577 I've been a very active SP fan for 3 years now. I track pretty consistently, I've lost some weight, I've been plateau'd now for over a year at a "comfortable" but not my goal weight. But my friends here at SP keep me focused and optomistic. Thanks to you all! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> So it was unusual for me to disappear in December. I needed some time to think it over. Oh, not to give up, or to give myself a pass as the holidays swirled around me <em>446</em> - that wasn't it a... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:29:18 EST Good Calls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555070 You know how sometimes you are so disappointed in yourself and the temptation is to beat yourself up <em>18</em> ? Well, once you've been on SP for awhile you get that you need to be your OWN best friend to get your head in the right place for success. Right? <BR> <BR> So in that spirit, I'm thinking of what I did right over the past holiday. I recommend you make your OWN list if you are feeling a little shaken as we continue into the rapidly approaching holidays <em>446</em> . <BR>... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:55:55 EST Thinking Thin on Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552929 This past week I've been doing my best to think and act like a thin person this week. Back when that description was true of myself (I spent 40 years as a thin person) I never even thought about Thanksgiving as a time when you might gain weight. It wasn't even a blip on my radar! <em>428</em> I just enjoyed myself and eating to the point where I was miserable wasn't a part of that game plan. <BR> <BR> So here it is the day after Thanksgiving. I think I did pretty well with my plan. ... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:00:15 EST Thinking Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549897 Start of a new week, gang. Let's do this! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> This weekend I was thinking....over the years in some ways I've remained the same, in others I've changed. As a younger woman I was pretty active compared to my friends. Years later I still tend to be more active. As a younger woman I didn't consider nutrition at all but I wasn't a big eater. As the years passed I became a bigger eater, someone who couldn't pass up a cookie (or 4) and that change alone helped me grow... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:58:43 EST Another Friday - Week In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547822 Yesterday was the first real taste of winter for us here close to the mountains. Temp was 12 degrees when I went to bed. And now it's Friday and it's warming up a little. Still gray skies, still snow on the grass but most of the snow is gone from the roads and walks. YES! <BR> <BR> Looking at what I've accomplished this past week. Weeeeelllllll...I haven't been on track, not far off, but eating 150-200 calories more than what I wanted to consume. <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:55:54 EST Truly, It's Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546846 For the last few days my walks have been about crunching through those last leathery brown leaves on the sidewalks, starting the walk bundled up but placing cap and gloves in pockets before the walk ends <em>465</em> . But all the time knowing I was on borrowed time. Winter would be here before I knew it. <BR> <BR> Today was my first winter walk. <em>425</em> Yes, it was snowing! I looked for heavier socks, I pulled out light boots, my puffy blue jacket was grabbed from the back... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:52:51 EST Here Comes Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542108 For us working stiffs Friday afternoons you can feel the anticipation growing for two whole days of "no work". At least, in my case, office work. Yay, the weekend! <em>224</em> Now some time ago, I might have partied too hard and had to pay the price on one weekend day. <em>33</em> But I've moved away from those antics as I've "matured" (OK, I probably just got tired of feeling crummy on one of my fun days off). <BR> <BR> Anyway, here comes the weekend. This weekend looms ahead ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:13:44 EST Climbing out of a Rut - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541038 I haven't been given my "new thing to try" yet for today. But I can say that I'm still making the effort. And by taking this challenge (30 days into skinny jeans) I'm learning a lot about what I'm doing and willing to do. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I added more intensity to a 3rd workout of the day. That's not as dramatic as it sounds! <em>198</em> I spent 30 minutes climbing small but steep hills in my neighborhood for a lunch break. At the top of each climb my pulse was where I wanted i... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:28:38 EST Climbing Out of A Rut - 3rd Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539385 If you read my last blog you know that I'm trying to shake myself out of a rut where I'm doing the same things, and HAVE been doing the same things for quite some time. I need to freshen things up or I'll just stay plateau'd forever. At least that's what I'm seeing <em>211</em> . <BR> <BR> So I'm following a 30 day challenge that gives me a tip or new exercise every day - just what I need! So I started with a day of exercises for my core the 1st day, then was coached to increase my exe... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 16:29:06 EST Climbing Out of the Rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534824 It's no fun being in a rut! All of those things you've dreamed of, you've targeted seem so far away. You're bored, a little depressed, and you could be in dangerous territory <em>230</em> ! <BR> <BR> It's time to put some new life, new energy into what you're doing. <em>250</em> Right? But I've really had trouble making this happen. I like some of my routine very much and that's the stuff that has become second nature to me. I know that's the foundation of my health. My experi... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:20:56 EST Fun and Easy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532986 Well, I thought that would get you <em>246</em> . Because we all know this journey isn't, generally, considered fun and easy. But the alternative is certainly not fun, right <em>15</em> ? <BR> <BR> So what I'm talking about today are the things that are generally pretty fun, easy and rewarding for me when I do them. When I first started this trip I was surprised at how well things worked as I learned how to lose weight the SP way. Right now, things aren't going that smoothly but th... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:26:34 EST New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531937 Gorgeous fall weekend.... <em>465</em> . And I decided not to do much planning and just enjoy things as they happened. Went out to dinner with some friends to a new restaurant that was amazing...but a bit more expensive than we planned. We just decided to splurge but it's time to pay a bit more attention to expenses for a while <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday was crisp and blue skies all day. I walk 3.5 miles early and then finished up with another 1.5 late in the afternoon. I als... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:44:25 EST In A Rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528258 Thursday....my walk is done (3.5 miles in an hour), my breakfast consumed (Cheerios anyone?) and I'm at my desk. I'm getting "refocused" today because I see that I've been playing fast and loose with my fitness/health/weight goals for quite some time now. I'm still doing "OK" - you know, where your weight hasn't been climbing but you're playing with fire? Just 1 pound up after a seesaw summer and fall. If you've been checking in on me you must be SO tired of hearing this over and over. ... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:08:25 EST Fun Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525538 Really had a fun Sunday. Gorgeous weather, in the upper 60's with blues skies and light breezes. Some flowers still blooming and trees rioting with color. I made time for a bike ride that had me puffing up a hill and sailing back down it towards home. Felt so good I took a detour that made me climb one more hill before I quit for the day. <BR> <BR> Then walked across the yard to my friend's home to watch the football game. Another friend and I talked about working exercise into your day... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:40:07 EST Sneakin' Into the Sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522509 I work from home, which I love <em>436</em> . But even so, my work day is my work day. I need to be here to fight business fires, and to get things done. So it's unusual for me to sneak away for a walk. But today it's so lovely out. Crisp, cool with blues skies and the leaves changing on the trees. The sun is shining on my shoulders. <em>463</em> You can push the fallen leaves around with your feet as you walk...or sort of hop through them like celebrating your inner child. I wish... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:24:44 EST Breakfast Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521282 I've always been a breakfast eater. And I still am today. I've spoken with friends who say that's the first thing they give up when trying to lose weight - just a cup of coffee and out the door they go. But now when I'm trying to make sure that I keep my calorie intake below 1500 daily it's more important than ever to make sure I do it right. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I have some "go to" breakfasts that I've set up as a group (so that I can just click on it and it's all tracked for me)... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:14:13 EST Bye Farmers Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520284 This coming Saturday is the last of the local Farmers Markets in my town. I hate to say goodbye because this Saturday morning ritual is one I really enjoy. Sometimes I go on my own and sometimes my DIL goes with me. We zip through it once to check out what's there and then walk more slowly through it to actually buy stuff. <BR> <BR> I like the whole concept. When you hear that the veggies in the store may have been in a truck for a very long time before they are displayed on the shelve... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:24:47 EST Here comes the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510884 YES! One of the great things about being a working stiff (and yes, I mean other than the paycheck) is that those 2 days off at the end of the week are SO appreciated. And here comes another weekend! <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> So how am I going to spend this time? Well, I want to go to the farmers market tomorrow morning to pick up some kumbochu (spelling) <em>194</em> . I just stumbled across this fermented tea at the market this year and have really enjoyed trying the new flavors off... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:09:06 EST Gut Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508962 Beautiful Indian Summer days right now. Crisp nights and mornings that warm up into perfect fall days. Blue skies and here in town the trees are just beginning to turn. <BR> <BR> I went out of town with some friends this weekend. We drove to Taos, shopped for a day (so much cool stuff there, much is pricey but if you really shop you'll find something to love), then met other friends for a birthday dinner. Really a nice time even if I DID get picked up by a state trooper for staying in ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 12:43:51 EST Snow on the Way? And Detours. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503418 Snow is forecasted tonight. <em>425</em> Oh, I hate this. Where I live we can get early frosts or snows and then get another 8 weeks of beautiful Indian Summer weather. Except then, yes, you enjoy the mild weather but you are surrounded by dead gardens and yards. I hate that! <em>234</em> That means that sometime this afternoon I'll need to take a break and pick all the remaining tomatoes and gorgeous zinnias that seem to be just hitting their fall stride! <em>126</em> <e... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:32:13 EST Rainy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497926 As I close my food tracking day I'm about 150 calories over the top of my range. Hmmmm <em>101</em> That surprised me. And then it surprises me that I'm surprised! I've been doing this for quite a while and for me to stay within my target there are things that are not wise to nibble. Like 2 Oreo cookies. <em>495</em> Or the apple turnover that my friend brought for dessert to go with last night's dinner. I know myself well enough to know that by including these high calorie fo... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:13:54 EST Thursday report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496976 Gorgeous, crisp fall day with not a cloud in the sky <em>67</em> That made my early morning walk a real treat. Love days like this. I covered my 3.5 miles in less time than normal (OK, 5 minutes faster) and that always feels good. <BR> <BR> Good things going on today. Even though I consumed more than I should have last night (I would have been fine if I would have passed on a small piece of cherry pie with a little ice cream) I tracked like a trouper and managed to stay within my targ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:02:31 EST