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/ 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 You know what's tough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752915 * Being honest with yourself. <BR> * Tracking every day - exercise AND food <BR> * Living in the moment - for good, not evil <em>18</em> . Instead of saying 'this won't hurt' acknowledging that it's not worth it in the overall goal! <BR> * Making short-term plans that take you to long term goals. And following those plans (see living in the moment). <em>43</em> <BR> * Never letting yourself off the hook. You want this? It won't be easy! <BR> * Getting that if you want chan... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:29:26 EST 'Kinda' doesn't cut it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751110 Now that I've finally stepped away from 'kinda' taking the steps I know are needed to seriously taking those steps to be successful with weight loss, I was rewarded with a 2 pound weight loss this past week! Yes! This has been months coming - since I did well through the holidays and then got off track with traveling in January/February this year. <BR> <BR> I see this as a nice confirmation that tracking everything (food and exercise) will pull me out of a rut (no more 2nd helpings, cut ba... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:37:53 EST Renewal continues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750360 Oh, this journey is interesting. I'm finding that I don't have the powerful enthusiasm that I did the first time I got serious here on SP. But I'm more knowledgeable and have managed to add a few healthy habits to my life. Hopefully, knowledge will beat that first glow of enthusiasm in the long run. I've uncovered some things this time around that still have their hooks in me and need to be addressed: <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> * Sweet tooth - I didn't have a real sweet tooth as a young... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:32 EST Back to my Senses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749579 This week I'm finally making real attempts (I've done a lot of half-hearted attempts in the last months, believe me, so I know the difference) to get back on track. Back to my senses <em>411</em> , before I regain all the weight I lost a couple of years ago. <BR> <BR> I'm tracking, I've added 15 minutes of extra exercise to my daily walking routine 4 times weekly (because of half-hearted attempts at more I know this is where I need to begin), I'm looking at the full daily picture of my f... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:44:18 EST Regrouping 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745794 When I first joined SP I was happy to find a place that gave me tools to attain my health goals. And yes, the first big one was to lose 25 pounds that I had slowly added to my small frame over the years. I lost 20 and then...stopped. <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Boom, I gained 8 back. Then I yo-yo'd for the next few years. You know the drill, 2 pounds off, then they come back. Then you gain another and take it off. Then you struggle and finally you realize....acck! Now I've gained a few... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:43:43 EST Tricks of the Trade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740803 Cookies sitting in the kitchen. <em>495</em> I know they are there. It was 10:30AM and I wanted one or two or three. I started heading to the kitchen and I thought....I wonder if I can distract myself here? I don't need a cookie. I would gobble it down, have another and then I'd be playing catch up all day. Why don't I do 15 minutes, just 15 minutes, of yoga? <em>416</em> I did just that! It worked. That cookie doesn't even sound good right now. Yay ME! <BR> <BR> On my wa... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:34:59 EST Wednesday's Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739997 As I started sparking today I read the motivational message, all about the difference in being interested in your goals and committed. That is ABSOLUTELY my issue. There are big swaths of time where I'm more interested in my goals than committed. I'm pushing myself right now to tip into the commitment side of things again. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> It's really humid here this week and that's SO unusual for Colorado. My hair flips and lumps, you sweat like crazy (and here I thought I ju... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:37:16 EST Sidetracked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735280 Right now, I'm having a tough time getting going. After a few years of this and taking off pounds, then putting some back, then taking them off again...well, I'm in Detour City, that's for sure. <em>230</em> . I've allowed myself to be sidetracked. <BR> <BR> I'm still doing some things right. I am getting 10,000+ steps in daily. I rarely get caught in mindless snacking. My food intake is pretty healthy <em>43</em> But my old nemesis....portion control....and it's buddy, Sweet Tooth..... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:02:09 EST No Quick Fix! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716431 Wish that weren't the case but it's the truth. We learn that here at SP every day. There is no quick fix (or we all would be quickly fixed, right?) It's all about the journey. Let's spell it out..... <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> J = Jolt yourself out of complacency and get started on your journey. Something happened to me that made me say "now is the time." Never forget that JOLT! Embrace it because it's a game changer. <BR> <BR> O = Onward! Just keep moving onward towards your goals. ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:51:24 EST Rose-Colored Glasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711251 I read a featured blog today written by JenMc2012. She could have been channeling ME! Something had finally clicked for her and she no longer was looking at herself through rose-colored glasses (her words). And what she saw in the harsh light of reality explained why she struggled. <BR> <BR> HeLLOOOO! That's Me! But JenMc2012 is dealing with it. I'm still sometimes wearing those glasses and kidding myself, even after 3 years here at SP. I put a little peanut butter on an English muffin... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:08:20 EST Gorgeous day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708097 <BR> Our grandson spent the night here yesterday. We made a night of it....went to Godzilla (and Godzilla looked amazingly like he did in the old version), then grabbed a burger (I chose grilled fish tacos - delicious), and enjoyed our big night on the town. <BR> <BR> Sunday morning with birds singing, blue skies, light breeze. Nobody was out at the lake yet (everyone went to bed early last night so eyes opened early today) and it was a great walk. Goslings, ducklings, and majestic peli... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:00:25 EST After All This Time...A New Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694107 Tuesday, and it appears that the spring storm that hit us here in the Rockies has blown by to bother others! <em>425</em> That's right, we had snow. It started snowing at 10AM Sunday and kept it up through Monday noon. Still pretty cool out but the sun has reappeared and that should mean that we'll rebound quickly. <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> Now its time to report in. <BR> <BR> 1. Lost a half pound last week which is pretty good because I was very spotty with my overall efforts.... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:59:01 EST I'll walk now...oops! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690740 I break my daily walk in two. 3.5 miles in the AM, then a shorter walk later in the afternoon, 1.5 to 2 miles. The morning walk I try to move pretty quickly (after all I do need to get to work) but the afternoon is a bit more leisurely, just trying to get more steps in for the day. I was just going to get going and oops! It started to rain <em>27</em> . I'm going to wait and see what happens here. It looks cold and dreary out outside my window. Maybe I'll just blog instead for a bit..... Thu, 8 May 2014 17:58:51 EST Tricks of the Trade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685726 We all have tricks we rely on to help us move forward..to get the job done. I used to use a "hangover cure" in college that had to do with Coke, fries and a VERY greasy cheeseburger at a local dive. If you could just GET THERE without dying you'd recover sooner rather than later. <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> But how about some current tricks of the trade...for health? Here are some that spring to mind as I head into my weekend. <BR> <BR> T - Make TIME for your health. In my case, I need ... Fri, 2 May 2014 11:48:25 EST More Fun than the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685188 I cancelled my gym membership the other day. Oh, it has been my friend through the years but the one I belonged to now was just a little too far away to be easy to attend. I was spending money & they weren't seeing my shining face more than once a month, really. So I evaluated. Can't I get a good workout on my own? And have more fun than at the gym? I think it's a distinct possibility. <BR> <BR> So I'm trying to add exercise to whatever I do. For example, I walk every day, generally wi... Thu, 1 May 2014 18:58:29 EST Reporting in on Mini-Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679399 Yesterday's mini-challenge was to add an extra walk for a noon break. I was aiming for 1-2 miles and trying to boost my speed to at least 17 minute miles. I had one "partner in crime", Tanya602 who joined the challenge. I could just FEEL her energy pouring through her words <em>311</em> ! Thanks for joining me. <BR> <BR> So here's my report. I walked 2.25 miles at a 16 minute mile pace! I kept my arms pumping to keep my pace up and it's a completely different experience from my long,... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:04:09 EST Two Things Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678687 Today is my little burst of speed challenge - a 1 to 2 mile walk at a higher speed than I normally walk (3.15-3.5 MPH). Will you join me? It's beautiful here, the perfect day to squeeze in a little activity. <em>67</em> Then report in Thursday how it went for you. I'll be sharing on Thursday myself. <BR> <BR> The 2nd thing I'm trying today....just being less sedentary. We've all been hearing the alarming news that even if you exercise hard for an hour or day your health is in danger... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:33:59 EST Challenge for Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678107 Is there anyone else out there who walks for exercise? I believe there IS <em>311</em> . It's great exercise and you don't need a fancy health club to get your walking in. <BR> <BR> But for me, one of the challenges of walking is that it's easy for me to let myself go slower than optimum. I walk my dog, she stops a bit more often than perfect (she's pretty good about moving, I'll say that, but she does like her pit stops and exploring moments). And then I start looking at my surroundin... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:40:01 EST 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