KRZYKAT3's SparkPeople Blog KRZYKAT3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community rewards & other thoughts Thanks for the ideas on rewards. I use many of the suggestions made on my last blog for milestone rewards. <BR> <BR> My dilemma is immediate rewards, what can I do immediately that celebrates the loss. shouting hooray is not satisfying. Eating foods I haven't eaten for a week is. Having chips instead of carrots is satisfying. <BR> <BR> I have some milestone rewards: CDs, a crochet kit to learn how to crochet because I want to create some button art. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:42:32 EST Celebrate, you deserve it but how? I grew up celebrating anything and everything with food and drink! I am sure many of you can relate to this. And here I go again. I start the year off right, jump back into spark, lose a pound first week and 2 more the 2nd then gain 2 pounds the 3rd week.. why?? Because I ate bad stuff because I was celebrating losing weight! <BR> <BR> does that sound just as stupid to you as it does to me? <BR> <BR> I can see you all shaking your heads yes yes yes! <BR> <BR> so I need to learn new ce... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:57:37 EST Challenge WIN day : Sort of The Scale was not good to me . and so, I need to sort out why.. <BR> <BR> Calories: <BR> Wed CI = 1843, CO = 2262, -419 <BR> Thurs CI = not logged, CO = 2107 , <BR> Fri CI = 2422, CO = 2138, +284 <BR> Sat CI = 1750, CO = 2187, -437 <BR> Sun CI =1802, CO =2040, -238 <BR> Mon CI =1534, CO = 2467, -933, <BR> Tues CI = 1331, CO = 2114, -783 <BR> <BR> hmmph: CO were greater than CI .. So it would seem eating calories are not an issue. What about the balance? <BR> <BR> let's check o... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:29:19 EST new sinks just had to post about getting our new bathroom sinks and faucets installed. They have been sitting in our house for well over a year. DH is finally going to have the handy man install. <BR> <BR> Took almost two hours to get everything out of cabinets and ready to install but it will be worth it to come home to something new!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:36:15 EST January success I have lost 3 pounds in 14 days. <BR> <BR> Hooray! Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:30:18 EST log in str4eaks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to keep this in the forefront of my journey to lose pounds of fat this year. Friday I was exhausted from work and thought I would make it my day off for the week. <BR> <BR> Alas, I took one day, two days off from spark. I cannot do this again. I have to at least log in, get 50 points a day. <BR> <BR> My goals for January now are: <BR> <BR> 1- no fried foods, met 9 of 11 days <BR> 2- 8 glasses of water,... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:36:05 EST January Goals My New year goal was to start taking better care of me and I am working on this every day. <BR> <BR> I have set a monthly goal at work to help 3 of us do better. We are doing 30 day goals instead of who lost the most. My goal is no deep fried foods in January. I started this about 2 years ago and have done well until the stress hits.. So need to get back on this wagon badly. <BR> <BR> My weekly goals are going to be nutrition and/or exercise related. <BR> <BR> This week is getting back ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:53:20 EST January 2015 The first of January 2015. It seems like three weeks ago, it was January 2014. <BR> <BR> As the years go by, they get shorter when I want them to last longer. The last 6 months have been busy with work, many new projects, a new position at work and finding my way. With so many tasks going on, something had to give and, as usual, my weight and eating went by the way side. <BR> <BR> The stress piled on, the eating became less and less structured and more about what is easy, what is close, ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:26:01 EST WEC Blog ... <BR> <BR> BACK ON TRACK: <BR> I am so far behind for so many reasons on my plan to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Not sure what my problem is. Consistency and sticktoitiveness are the top two. <BR> <BR> Other concerns are any given plan only seems to work for 3-4 months and then I stop losing. I have determined this is because I stop staying on plan. so what do I do from here? <BR> <BR> WW = no <BR> Nutrisystem = no <BR> CICO = possibility <BR> dietitian + possibility if doctor gives prescrip... Sat, 10 May 2014 23:55:19 EST Orchid Oasis Hut Signs REVISED 04/15/14!!! BOATS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May River Hut Sign <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Buttercup Hut Sign <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Boat Hut Sign Temporary - I dropped the real sign on the way to the fence post for <BR> pick up. ssry orchids <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:39:54 EST Prose Practice: Prose is a form of writing done in a natural speaking tone. <BR> ****************************************<BR>******************* <BR> <BR> Today I was thinking about how far I have come in my exercise journey since I started utilizing the site. <BR> <BR> When I started I did nothing. I walked when I had to for normal life. I thought the act of exercising was a futile use of time because it would not produce many results in losing weight. I often ask myself why when the ev... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:56:15 EST writing class 1 BLOG ON ARTICLES #1 <BR> <BR> The first part is my impression about each article. <BR> <BR> <BR> what-is-a-personal-essay A FAVORITE <BR> <BR> emoticon personal essay: looks like this would be a good test of our abilities by writing the different types of personal essays. I agree with Penny, I had no idea there were so many different types. <BR> <BR> <BR> why-you-should-write-all-the-time <BR> <BR> emoticon I think when and how you write depends on what one want to convey. This artic... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:11:04 EST calculating nutritional needs I work in a hospital who is very wellness concious. I found some calculators today and wanted to share one of them wiht you as it give a whole new meaning to how mnay calories I need to eat a day. Much more than what other tools have said. <BR> <BR> This is the link: <link><BR>uctId=20&pid=20&gid=000009 </link> <BR> <BR> These are my results: <BR> <BR> Your Results <BR> <BR> Based on the information you provided, you use approximately 2505 calo... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:40:38 EST EIGHT GIFTS THAT DO NOT COST A CENT! EIGHT GIFTS THAT DO NOT COST A CENT! <BR> –Author Unknown <BR> <BR> 1. <em>29</em> The Gift of Listening… But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening. <BR> 2. <em>247</em> The Gift of Affection… Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends. <BR> 3. <em>246</em> The Gift of Laughter… Clip cartoons. Share articles and fu... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:29:37 EST Between Rounds Challenge for Orchids Cook one meal a day at home <BR> Heart - fill it up with something fun every day, post it <BR> Active, get your 30 minutes, 5 days a week in, <BR> Learn something new about being healthy <BR> Learn something new about motivation <BR> End one habit from now until the new round begins <BR> Nutrition, what is your plan. tell us how you stick to it <BR> Give, a goodie to a BTS friend <BR> Empty your water glass 10 times a day!! start early keep going Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:26:44 EST spin =5 so I need to blog about something I am looking forward to. <BR> <BR> I actually have quite a few things <BR> <BR> 1 - BIL from California coming to visit next month and taking time off <BR> 2- house will have to be clean for BIL visit <BR> 3- niece graduates from Cardiovasc tech school on May 2 <BR> 4 - my birthday, 60 years old <BR> 5 -camping on my birthday and taking time off <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:52:58 EST new hair cut I put up a new profile picture of the color I would like to dye my hair for St. Paddy's day now here is the real new cut! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry the smile wasn't better LOL <BR> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:44:05 EST New Round BEYOND THE SCALE <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=62659 </link> THIS LINK HAS BEEN CHANGED AND WORKED FOR ME 03/14/14 <BR> <BR> Above is the link foe the Beyond the Scale registration. If you are interested in a team with a few requirements, full of fun, support and learning more about your health journey, please stop by and see what we are all about. <BR> <BR> If you have any question, please spark mail me. <BR> <BR> Onward, upward and health for life! <BR> <BR> <img s... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:45:30 EST traveling Hello fellow sparklers . I am out traveling at family's this weekend to get a new haircut. I am trying hard to post all my challenges but this new laptop is driving me crazy. I have probably los tseveral thousand words of QOTD, COTD, challenge accomplishment, replies to my wonderful teammates . <BR> <BR> I am truly unhappy with this since my poor fingers are getting tired, the brain has lost its memory. <BR> <BR> Will track all on paper and expect long posts soon. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:33:00 EST party time a not great picture from our party n Feb. 8th! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> there were acrobats, coffee bars, ballon bars, photo stop and martini bars but we made out the best when I hit the slots for 5 x my $3 bet!! lol Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:21:39 EST quotes from main page My main page is g=losing my quotes so moving some to here....... <BR> <BR> QUOTES: <BR> ml <BR> <BR> "Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. - Frank Capra <BR> <BR> We cannot do it all, we cannot be good at everything, we can be very very good at what we can do AND there is always someone aroun... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:33:04 EST Oasis Setback challenge Finish Every Day ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> Finish every day and be done with it. <BR> You have done what you could. <BR> Some blunders and absurdities <BR> no doubt have crept in; <BR> forget them as soon as you can. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day; <BR> begin it well and serenely <BR> and with too high a spirit <BR> to be cumbered with <BR> your old nonsense. <BR> <BR> This day is all that is <BR> good and fair. <BR> It is too dear, <BR> with its hopes and invitat... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:34:06 EST SATIETY -BTS SATIETY <BR> <em>15</em> <em>15</em> <em>15</em> <BR> sa·ti·ety noun \s&#601;-&#712;t&#299;-&#601;-t&#275; also &#712;s&#257;-sh(&#275;-)&#601;-\ <BR> <BR> : a feeling or condition of being full after eating food <BR> <BR> This weekend I went to the library in search of more books on eating plans. I was looking for Atkins and South Beach and found a book called ChefMD, Big Book of Culinary Medicine by Dr. John Puma. The title itself was intriguing. Can eating really help my m... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:48:11 EST BALANCE BTS <BR> DEFINITION: bal·ance /&#712;bal&#601;ns/ noun: balance; plural noun: balances <BR> <BR> 1. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. synonyms: stability, equilibrium, steadiness, footing antonyms: instability <BR> •stability of one's mind or feelings. "the way to some kind of peace and personal balance" <BR> •Sailing the ability of a boat to stay on course without adjustment of the rudder. <BR> <BR> 2. a condition in which different el... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:55:15 EST lime challenge ITC - TWISTED PYRAMID CRUNCHES <BR> <BR> We are going to Twist the Pyramid Crunches...just follow the directions. If you can't do crunches, then use this same pattern using only one strength exercise that you can do. The pause can be as long as you need it to be. <BR> <BR> Day 1 - 85 crunches <BR> First do 25 (pause) <BR> - Then 20 (pause) <BR> - Then 15 (pause) <BR> - Then 10 (pause) <BR> - Then 5 (pause) <BR> - Then 4 (pause) <BR> - Then 3, then 2, then 1 <BR> <BR> Day 2 - 60 crunches <... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:36:42 EST FOXES CHALLENGE Theme: Focus on Nutrition - Tracking emoticon <BR> <BR> Several studies have found that those who track what they eat lose more weight than those who do not. This week we will be starting the habit of tracking. This can be tracking calories, points or eating a specific menu that you know does not exceed your plan. You can track on paper, spark or any other app or way that works for you. On the weekend the challenge will specifically include calorie tracking but if you track your way and can... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:29:50 EST MILESTONES - BTS weekly word of last week was MILESTONES; Here was the discussion: <BR> <BR> <BR> DEFINITION: <BR> <BR> mile•stone /&#712;mîl&#716;stôn/ , <BR> <BR> noun: milestone; plural noun: milestones <BR> <BR> 1. a stone set up beside a road to mark the distance in miles to a particular place. <BR> 2. an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. <BR> <BR> <BR> A milestone is a marker along your journey to show your progress. Much like the mile markers on the high... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:13:44 EST BLC 24 Feisty goals lose weight, at least 1 pound per week for 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> how? BY eating on a high protein, lower carb plan. Have put in to get the new Atkins plan book from the library. In the mean time, I have added one protein shake a day minimum to my eating and am cutting back on my carbs. I have a challenge with an sp BTS team mate starting tomorrow to track our carbs daily and work on lowering them weekly. We will share where we are, I will track on Sp tracker and we will share ideas on ho... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:32:59 EST NEW DAY AND THOUGHTS I intend to thank each of you who left an inspiring comment on my blog yesterday, THANK YOU HERE AS WELL! <BR> <BR> You gave me some laughs, great thoughts, a few pushes and definitely the knowledge that life goes on. <BR> <BR> My blog did not fully disclose what I felt my failures were, overeating and less exercise were just the result of the usual stress & emotional eating which still rears its ugly head during bad days for me. <BR> <BR> Stress & emotional eating are still a big habit... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:01:37 EST tired and more tired yesterday I felt like a failure. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> today I feel like a bigger failure <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> why? because I was so tired and discouraged last evening, I went to bed and slept for 9 hours. today I overate. tonight I am so tired I just want to go to bed again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Must be a full moon and my body water is sloshing from one end to the other and slamming into my brain on one end! <... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:19:17 EST Sunday Fun Day @ Orchid Oasis <em>523</em> it's Sunday rest day 2 at Orchid Oasis. <BR> <BR> <BR> Potluck is set up on the veranda, please drop your drink and healthy side dish. Our MEN AT WORK will gladly set out your goodies and serve you as required. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The proteins are provided by our super servers including a tofu inspired eggplant, scallops wrapped in bacon, grilled chicken in a honey chipotle marinade and a wood grilled be... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:24:19 EST new hair cut new year new me <BR> <BR> here is before tonight: July 2013 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> not a great picture but new hair cut and color tonight! Fun me time, got a 5 minute chair massage and hand massage to go with it! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 20:59:44 EST Sunday at Orchid Oasis This is the first Sunday at Orchid Oasis and I am hosting a massage and buffet for everyone. Please come in, and relax! <BR> <BR> MASSAGE <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:34:21 EST Another path on the journey = new road <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This quote defines how I feel about my health journey and explains why I am joining a new team to help get it started and on its' way to success. <BR> <BR> I know what to do to be successful, I know it is as simple and hard as stepping on the scale. Why? Because the scale is not the WHOLE story and does not provide all the answers. There are many questions. <BR> <BR> What does it take to be healthy? <BR> What... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 22:42:34 EST Lists - my challenge Saturday I blogged about needing to get on the ball and get things accomplished in my personal life . <BR> <BR> I made my list, I started on the items yesterday, I put a time line on most of it but still have to decide how long I Think I am going to take to get my house to my pre-clutter days. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went well, I got 80% of tasks completed. I re defined completion for the 3 not done and took tonight off as a reward. <BR> <BR> I now have to post where I can see it. <BR> <BR... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 22:41:11 EST superwoman/man?? procrastinating Are you a superwoman? Do you think you are or can be? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought I was, I did and I do! <BR> <BR> but why do I ask myself this today? being a superwoman means I am almost continually doing for others and not me. Or, perhaps, wasting time because I am overwhelmed with the super woman tasks I need to perform and know I cannot get to or do all of them well and turn into SUPER Procrastinator.. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:34:08 EST disarm cravings from teh Violet Venuses Disarm your cravings with the 5 Ds: <BR> Delay—wait 10 minutes <BR> Distract—concentrate on something else <BR> Distance—do not keep temptation on hand; make yourself leave your environment to get the food <BR> Determine—think about how much you really want it <BR> Decide—know how much to eat; if you choose to eat something you crave, remember to enjoy it <BR> Sources:, Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:02:26 EST goal challenge Remember this is a journey <BR> <BR> 1 - be thankful every day <BR> 2- drink lots of water every day <BR> 3- be more active every day, in the gym, at home, just move more <BR> 4 - stop feeling sorry for you, your life is 1500% better than most <BR> 5 - remember your words may mean more than you think to someone else <BR> 6 - track your food often, eat sensibly <BR> 7 - be you <BR> 8- Thank God daily <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:33:52 EST yes I am here So Sorry Friends, I did not mean to take three days off from spark. <BR> <BR> Er oops four. Thursday I came home exhausted and fell asleep at 7:30. <BR> <BR> Friday I came home, ate and fell asleep at 8:30 <BR> <BR> Saturday and Sunday I was so busy I forgot I owned a computer <BR> <BR> so am ok just forgetful & tired this past week <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:10:47 EST The Crayon Box That Talked This was the reflectinofor Monday morning at work on our website. <BR> <BR> While walking in the toy store the day before today <BR> I overheard a crayon box with many things to say <BR> <BR> “I don’t like the Red,” said the Orange and Green said, “Nor <BR> do I”. And no one here likes Yellow but no one knows just why <BR> <BR> “We are a box of crayons that doesn’t get along” <BR> Said Blue to all the others “something here is wrong.” <BR> <BR> Well, I bought that box of crayons and... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:26:30 EST notes over time for me <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 09/18/13: Joined blc 23 Violet Venuses <BR> <BR> Venus the Roman goddess whose functions encompassed love, beauty, sex, fertility and prosperity. <BR> <BR> Violet is a bright bluish purple color that takes its name from the violet flower. On the traditional color wheel used by painters, it is located between blue and purple. Violet is at the higher end of the visible spectrum, with a wavelength between approxi... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 23:39:09 EST QOTD - message board <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=32164687&imboard=6 </link> <BR> <BR> Went to start page todayand found this message board. <BR> <BR> title is "what would you tell younger you?" <BR> <BR> here is my answer to remember: <BR> <BR> Enjoy life, find humor wherever you can <em>246</em> <BR> Learn to eat well and not just because it tastes good <em>291</em> <BR> Be active, find a way to have more muscles <em>362</em> <BR> when your favorite size clot... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:53:14 EST Hallow-weenie scary backgrounds I made <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:12:50 EST Tell it and you will follow it Like build it nad they will come? <BR> <BR> Well, I am going to try it out. Here is my plan. <BR> <BR> Here is my plan this week: <BR> 1-Complete all challenges on three SEs I have to do <BR> 2-track calories this week, EVERY day <BR> 3-drink 8-10 glasse of water <BR> 4-NO soda <BR> 5-give up creamer all week in coffee <BR> <BR> Follow up includes posting goals met here on 11/06!! I will make this happen cause I am tired of being stuck at this weight for 2 months= it is time to make 2... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:10:44 EST Halloween, my eerie true life When I was in my early 20s, I moved to Maine to work in a restaurant for friends of my parents. A great adventure. Little did I know about the ghosts, wolves and other beings running around in the night there. <BR> <BR> THe town we lived in was Castine, very very small. Main street was a block long and led down a hill right to the dock of the bay parking and turn around! Businesses were on one side, open fields and a few homes on the right. <BR> <BR> As you drive down, there was the po... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:40:14 EST BLC 23 storytelling This STRONG end I will get 200 points for telling a story about my health journey. <BR> <BR> I have two stories, One I posted a bit ago on another team but IE ate it!! <BR> <BR> The first story is about how I stay on track even when I reach a fork in the road. When I started SP, I joined a team called Baby Steps later called Baby steps for life. I learned to start with one better habit at a time. When I mastered the 8 glasses of water a day, I took on adding freggies every day (then th... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 20:51:56 EST saturday adventures Got up on time & out of house. <BR> <BR> Went to bob evans for eggs, toast, turket sausage and home fries. My back pack started buzzing and my phone battery was failing. Turned it off and stuck it back in the same outside pockt. I thought. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 hours later, i go to dign in on spark as we are traveling noeth. NOPHONE!!!! <BR> <BR> Where is thr nearest verizon????? Arrrghhhh. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:56:26 EST life is short This past weekend has been a reminder of how short life is. A co-worker was found dead in his home, apparent heart attack we have been told. We went to visitation but there was no viewing, no way to look at that kind face and wish him well into the next world. <BR> <BR> This was hard for me, despite having grown up in a family who owns a funeral home. <BR> <BR> THis young man was 49, 2 days shy of his 50th birthday. He left two sons and a daughter in their late teens & 20s. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:51:42 EST new fall, new chances I am happy to say that I am excited to say I am truly learning to believe in me and have the confidence to be me, regardless of what "others" say about me. <BR> <BR> I have faith <BR> I have a wonderful supportive husband <BR> I have experience <BR> I have knowledge <BR> I am capable <BR> <BR> <BR> why the current change in my belief? I got a manager's job. I start a week from Monday officially, although I have been doing some of the work for a bit. I first applied for the job so my curr... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:56:30 EST I have not been hiding Good morning, afternoon or evening Spark land friends! <BR> <BR> If you are wondering where Krzykat has been, here is the answer. <BR> <BR> I work in a construction office at a hospital. Since it is summer, we have air conditioning issues as the humidity and temperature vary. <BR> <BR> Hospitals maintain their accreditation to operate through TJC (Joint Commission). We are at the end of our 3 year time span when they were here last and we expect them to arrive next Monday or the follow... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:22:50 EST