KOFFEENUT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KOFFEENUT KOFFEENUT'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/ If it's not one cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748531 ....it's the other! At least the DOG is too big to get on my desk and block the monitor! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l824740413.jpg"> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:36:27 EST Making Sparking a Priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747671 ...can be difficult, as there's always something or someone who thinks your priorities should be elsewhere!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719283603.jpg"> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:19:13 EST Jedi Captain SpiderBat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735616 .....because you can't have too many superheroes packed into one kid! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l508827468.jpg"> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 21:23:55 EST Shades of Northern Exposure.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578298 Feels like we're living in the wild kingdom! My DH snapped this picture through our dining room window after waving goodbye as I drove down the hill yesterday. This female moose was crossing a busy road until she was spooked by oncoming traffic and decided not to cut through our yard.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1445068448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:28:49 EST A 3-year-old's perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517357 Conversation between my daughter and 3-yr-old grandson: <BR> <BR> So Christopher and I are coming home in the car and he says, "God is way high up in the sky and he's making a house." <BR> And I say, "Really?" <BR> "Uh-huh." <BR> "I always thought he was everywhere and he lived in our hearts." <BR> "Oh, yeah, God lives in our hearts, yeah." <BR> Then he thought about it for awhile and he said, "God doesn't live in my heart, no." <BR> "Oh, really?" <BR> "No, I have graham cracke... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:12:07 EST Getting to Know You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188479 Thanks, MOMMACASSEY, for passing this along! <BR> <BR> "Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. Get an easy three SparkPoints, and help your SparkFriends get to know you.” <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> On my desk. <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Hopefully at his office, or home shoveling the driveway... <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> medium length light brown and baby-fine! <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Sadly, gone for the past 8 years. <BR> <BR> Yo... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:43:42 EST Lanikai Beach on Oahu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120382 Thought I'd post a couple pictures of the beach we walked to every day during my recent trip to Hawaii: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l601703496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is from Lanikai beach, looking toward Kailua. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l698238019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this is how I spent a portion of every blissful day! Trust me, it was hard to use the other half of my round-trip ticket when I called my DH and he let me kn... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:20:39 EST 1000 Days of Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369133 ...or at least 1000 days of logging in and spinning the wheel! I realized when I checked my milestones today that I've logged in 1000 days as of today. At first those logins were to record exercise in an effort to build a new habit. Later the focus was to record nutrition to figure out why I was seeing health changes I was NOT willing to live with. From there my logins moved into full commitment mode - learning as much as I could, supporting others and gaining support as I worked to reach... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 00:29:50 EST Now THIS is some snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4012497 ....and believe it or not, it has melted DOWN some with the sunshine today! Looking up our street: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l863116696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> and in our front yard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194427392.jpg"> Sat, 12 Feb 2011 18:23:50 EST Give Yourself a WooHoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3311968 I've had a couple of SparkFriends who've written recently about needing to be better at recognizing their own accomplishments (you know who you are!). Isn't this something we all struggle with sometimes? <BR> <BR> An acquaintance was telling me about earning her Master's degree. She worked full-time, but faithfully attended night school year after year until she finally had all the credits she needed to earn that degree. I was sincerely impressed. I told her how much I admired her persev... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 00:10:16 EST Pig roast, potluck, and cannonball shoot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3283502 This was a historic weekend in the life of our church. For the first time in over 25 years, we gathered this weekend in a building that was debt-free. As part of the celebration we brought back the pastor who had the vision to build this building, and his son (who designed it as part of his first architectural project). They shared the doubts and struggles they had to overcome in order to build it, never knowing that 25 years later it would hold services on Saturday and Sunday in order to ... Sun, 30 May 2010 22:50:53 EST Screaming Calf Cramp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3235915 I had a GREAT walk on my treadmill yesterday. Since it was snowing outside I challenged myself by walking a little faster than typical on the treadmill. Felt terrific afterward and went through the rest of my Saturday without any difficulty. <BR> <BR> Which is why I was SHOCKED to be awakened from a dead sleep by a screaming cramp in my left calf. My DH distantly remembers the event. I'm surprised it didn't fully wake him - I was waving my leg in the air and clutching my calf while shrie... Sun, 16 May 2010 18:17:17 EST Cheap Wine or Professional Boxer? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131379 In my experience, dental adventures never go precisely as planned. <BR> <BR> I had a tooth pulled two days ago. The area will need to heal for several months before the dentist can take the next steps with it. He sent me home with a sheet of "post-operative" instructions and a prescription for extra-strength Vicodin. <BR> <BR> So now my choices are: <BR> (a) Don't take the pain medication. The result is that I feel like I've been socked in the jaw by a professional boxer with a grudg... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 23:16:45 EST Dog Pool Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3124461 Just back from the dentist, and since all I can do is sit and drool (my lips are still numb) figured this was a good time to post about Sunday's Dog Pool Party. <BR> <BR> Steamboat Springs has a large public swimming complex with hot spring-fed pools. Twice a year the pools close down for a deep clean. The enterprising folks at the Animal Shelter saw an opportunity for a fundraiser - that last day before cleaning the pool is now open for the dogs! <BR> <BR> We are a town that LOVES its ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:19:19 EST Loving My Plateau.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2968734 ....although technically I know it isn't really a plateau. I haven't lost a pound since December 31. I have faithfully logged all my exercise and what I've eaten. Even without the reports, I know why I'm not seeing any changes. <BR> <BR> I'm eating more calories and exercising less. <BR> <BR> So realistically, this isn't a plateau. This is a dip into maintenance. <BR> <BR> When I first decided to lose weight (MONTHS after I joined SparkPeople) I took a scientific approach to setting m... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 11:27:38 EST More Bumps than Usual http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2791062 The last couple of weeks have been more of a struggle than usual. <BR> <BR> Typically I'm able to stay within my calorie range - if not daily, at least over the course of the week. There have been times when my calorie intake was balanced only by the amount of exercise I was able to get in. Still, I've done a good job of spacing meals and exercising so I'm burning more than I'm taking in on a weekly basis. <BR> <BR> Until lately. Like many things in life, success (yes, I'm wearing my b... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 19:51:33 EST Best Accomplishment this Decade! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2720258 You know how sometimes things change so gradually you don't really notice? Then one day you realize with a start just how different things are.... <BR> <BR> My eye-opener came today. I realized for the first time that - no matter how hard I squeeze my knees together - there are places my thighs don't rub against each other any more. I was shocked. When did that happen? What else has changed? <BR> <BR> My first stop was the closet, where I have several pairs of boots I haven't worn in m... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 17:16:17 EST The Siren Call of the Peanut Butter Pretzel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2641445 Make that the siren call of the CHOCOLATE COVERED peanut butter pretzel. <BR> <BR> Hard to believe - only yesterday I was congratulating myself on being more developed than my dog. Snacks? Sure - when I'm hungry. <BR> <BR> I know exactly where I went wrong. I went to work without a plan. I snacked on my banana and granola bar. But when the pre-lunch munchies hit, I didn't reach for a second banana. I dove into my desk drawer and emerged with the chocolate covered peanut butter pretzel... Thu, 17 Dec 2009 22:36:33 EST Trained for Snack Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2639320 Our lab is trained for snack time. <BR> <BR> I've noticed about 4:00 p.m. on the weekends he starts getting anxious. It's getting dark outside, and he starts to hover at my elbow while I'm on the computer. If I don't pay attention he eventually rests his head on the keyboard and attempts to put his 100-pound body in my lap. This is his subtle way of asking "Isn't it time for dinner?" <BR> <BR> This behavior gets repeated every evening between 8:00-9:30. He's accustomed to getting a snac... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 23:43:16 EST The Death March Ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2557293 Our supervisor called it "the 8 week death march". For the past 2 months we worked with cascading deadlines and mounting stress. Our 70-hour work weeks led up to today - the final delivery of the last two projects. (Well, until our next deadline in 2 weeks...). And we survived. <BR> <BR> But I did more than survive. After a year with SparkPeople I've learned to be "mindful". Yesterday when the stress peaked I had an urge to pull out the chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate covered a... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 22:01:22 EST I Squeaked into the Healthy Zone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2532668 Drumroll, please. <BR> <BR> According to the BMI calculator, today I (barely) squeaked into the healthy zone! I know I'm not "done" yet - the top end of my range is too heavy for my frame. Still, this is one of those lifetime journey goals I wanted to achieve and maintain. And now I have - for a whole day! <BR> <BR> This is wildly exciting. I'm baking myself a chocolate cake. No frosting, made with applesauce, and within my calorie range for the day. I won't go TOO crazy! Tue, 3 Nov 2009 23:11:20 EST Halloween Stroll! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2523168 Halloween is a perfect chance to "trip up" - a holiday that intersects with my love for sweets, and potentially an excuse to have them in my house in large quantities. The City of Steamboat Springs rescues me. <BR> <BR> We close down US40, the main street through town, for 2 hours on Halloween evening. The downtown merchants decorate, then haul out their cauldrons of goodies. For 2 hours everyone turns out for the Halloween Stroll--up and down through downtown, watching tiny astronauts an... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 21:33:42 EST One Year Ago Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2495594 One year ago today I "clicked through" a MyPoints e-mail and found SparkPeople. I'd been looking for a tool to track my exercise. This seemed ideal--the site was free, the reports were terrific, and there was all this other "stuff" if I wanted to check it out. <BR> <BR> Well, this "stuff" has become a big part of my life! <BR> <BR> A year ago I had no thought of losing weight--I just wanted to build consistent exercise into my life. Along the way I realized I wanted more. I wanted an ov... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:09:49 EST Death of a Refrigerator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2464616 Realistically, this refrigerator had lived a long and useful life. In fact, in human years it was old enough to drink. It survived countless hours with 3 teenagers grouped around its open door, searching for food (usually immediately after dinner). It handled countless Thanksgiving banquets and pot-luck get-togethers. In our hearts we knew it was failing, although we tried to pretend it would "recover". It didn't. <BR> <BR> The new refrigerator is nice, but it will take me some time to ... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:46:15 EST Trading Sandals for Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2445834 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/3/b235744791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the reason I invested in a treadmill almost 10 years ago. <BR> <BR> I know this snow will not stick. It will probably be November before the snow falls that will become the bottom layer that resurfaces in my yard in April 2010. <BR> <BR> But snow on October 1 is not unusual. In fact, I can't point to a single month on the calendar and say "I've never seen it snow in this month". I've seen snow on the ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 01:02:33 EST Caramel Apple Pie with Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2433059 I mean - really - what else is there to say? I'm glad my mother-in-law will only turn 85 once! Sun, 27 Sep 2009 16:49:15 EST Thank goodness for those reports! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2429625 This time last week we were at our son's rehearsal dinner. I promised myself before we left for the wedding that I would focus on the celebration instead of worrying about missing workouts or extravagant menu items. We had a terrific time - meeting the bride's family for the first time, a beautiful wedding celebration with perfect weather, and a wind-down day of wine-tasting. Our son married a wonderful girl so it was easy to relax and enjoy the festivities. <BR> <BR> I did my best to hon... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 23:26:04 EST Tomorrow is the big day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2409930 We have our whole family together for the first time since 2003 for the celebration of our son's wedding. Promises to be quite a party. Expect to get little sleep and eat quite a few things that wouldn't be part of my normal routine. Not going to worry about it. Hopefully this wedding is a once in a lifetime event! Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:44:15 EST Adventures with Bears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2369300 Living in western Colorado means you're likely to have adventures with bears. We've had our share, from the bear that pressed his nose against the front window and sent our cat into hysterics late one night to the bear that figured out how to put his paw under the bearlock on our garbage can and pry the plastic lid open under it. The most memorable was the bear I came face-to-face with a few years ago while hiking on the mountain (OK, he was headed toward me about 30 feet down the trail, bu... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 22:30:02 EST There's No Place Like Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2352248 Isn't it funny how much you can enjoy visiting friends and family and STILL be excited to be home? <BR> <BR> Two weeks on the road gave me lots of time to visit my Dad and celebrate the annual Girl's Club get-together with my friends. Even more exciting - the Girl's Club was the first to notice I've lost some weight! I think when you see people all the time the change is so gradual it isn't apparent. Since these guys see me once a year they were asking me the very first afternoon if I... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 20:35:54 EST Challenge Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2307539 I leave in three days for two full weeks of....goofing off. <BR> <BR> First will be days with my Dad in the 110+ heat, where our activity will center around me sticking a $20 bill into his thermostat and insisting we turn on the A/C while he argues that the swamp cooler is keeping the house at a comfortable 85 degrees. Because of his health he isn't able to get around much, so our time together is spent talking, drinking coffee, and lounging on couches watching Judge Judy. And eating. Usu... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 20:21:21 EST I CAN strength train and survive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2276264 Believe me, this was a revelation. <BR> <BR> That darn strength training kept popping up in my Fitness Tracker three times a week, and I kept managing to ignore it. After all, cardio is what's important, right? And it didn't hurt that cardio was much easier for me.... <BR> <BR> I read a Message Board post by WINDSONG21 that talked about her strength training goals and how she was struggling in staying motivated. Hmm....someone else who knew what she SHOULD do and was still having trouble... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:54:30 EST Scale Shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2257748 Got a big shock yesterday. Somehow I've managed to painlessly (not counting sore muscles) lose over 20 pounds since joining SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I originally joined because I wanted to develop a consistent exercise habit and liked the reports and tools SparkPeople had available. However, when I visited my doctor in May she sent me home with FOUR! maintenance medications. I came home and explored the Nutrition Tracker for the first time. <BR> <BR> Simply logging what I eat each day ... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 03:19:00 EST Don't Let Reality Ruin Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2253397 I was doing so well - consistently exercising at least 180 minutes/week, changing up to make sure each session was challenging....then I went on vacation. Don't get me wrong--I had a great time! My sister and I did some aerobic shopping. You know the kind...."Did I put this dress on over my head or my hips? I can't remember, and it doesn't look like it will come OFF either way"... We both ended up with sore muscles just from laughing while wriggling me into/out of dresses. <BR> <BR> So... Thu, 23 Jul 2009 13:16:59 EST