LADYBUG1943's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LADYBUG1943 LADYBUG1943'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/ At a standstill.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734459 with my weight loss. After starting on the DASH diet, I almost immediately lost 8 lbs., and then started to occasionally "cheat" (still within calorie range), and have stalled. It does seem that breads, desserts and pastas work against weight loss for me. <BR> <BR> The biggest reason, though, may be our upcoming move from Texas to Missouri and the resultant stress and change in routine. The up side of this is that I have maintained exercising, despite my heavier work load. Packing and organi... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:21:32 EST Atta Girl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661765 I have a huge problem with procrastinating on mail or phone calls. There may be some deep seated issue here, but it's probably just.... I don't like to do it. <BR> <BR> Recently I ordered and received a rather expensive carrying case for my sewing machine. On the advice of someone, I ordered too large a size. I received it yesterday, and have already ordered the new size and arranged to have the other one shipped back. This is way, way efficient for me. I usually procrastinate at least seve... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:53:50 EST Three accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655355 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1711630739.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Coach challenge for today. Will finish later <BR> <BR> Accomplishment #1 - Down 1/5 of a pound today, even after eating at an Indian restaurant with no way to track exact calories. I DID eat mindfully. Woo HOO! <BR> <BR> Accomplishment #2 - Arrived to vocal lesson on time (smile) with a gift for my coach and was successful in working the "cold effect" out of my voice. <BR> <BR> Accomplishment #3 - Got the ma... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:16:10 EST Have you noticed this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637726 On the start page, near the top left, there's a motivational statement that changes every time you go to the page. Last time I was there, it said "anything can happen." Just now, when I was testing my statement, it said "You've got this!" <BR> <BR> Here's the reason I'm spending time on it: Yesterday's coach challenge was to get exercise outside. Not only were we traveling most of the day to get back to our "new" house in Missouri, but I'm recovering from a cold and have found that cold air ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:52:28 EST Answering Coaching question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633456 In today's coaching session, I was asked what differences SP has made in my life--what I could do now, etc. <BR> <BR> My first thought was "not much," mainly because my over-achieving self thought I SHOULD be a fitness guru by now, at goal weight and with all muscle not fat. HA!! At my age, that's probably not achievable. Even if I was as thin as I'd like to be, I'd still wouldn't look like my 22 year old self any more. <BR> <BR> But.... a year or so ago, I woke up in the middle of the nig... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:49:25 EST Day 22 - Fill up without Filling out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626411 I've skipped day 21 for the time being.... it's about exercising an extra 200 calories, and I'm just beginning today back to exercising after three days of coughing. Yesterday was the worst, but was a turning point. I can tell today I'm on the mend, and intend to exercise just a little to get started back into the exercise habit. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=673 </link> <BR> <BR> This is the link for Day 22, about eating so you feel satiated... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:14:00 EST Smiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615788 You may have noticed there's a gap in my Winter Wellness Challenge. I didn't write it about it but one time while we were in Missouri. I'm picking up the gauntlet today and finishing out the month. I've liked this challenge and like the reminders of all the aspects of losing weight, or should I say.... having a happy, well-balanced life. This wasn't using the challenge the way it was intended, but it'll still work for me. <BR> <BR> Day 20 - Smile <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:29:15 EST Woody Woodpecker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610308 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1192055596.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've been loving watching the birds in our new house (haven't moved in permanently yet). <BR> <BR> Yesterday this gorgeous woodpecker flew in. We have, so far, three species of woodpeckers coming into the feeder. This is by far the biggest. I've done a little research, and I think it's a pileated woodpecker. I first thought this might be the inspiration for Woody Woodpecker, but it turns out that was an acorn wo... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:27:55 EST Day 19 - Tabata training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609371 I'm taking a pass on this one. My elliptical is unavailable right now, and that's the only cardio that I do that I can really go "all out" on. I'm still coughing from a bad cold 2 months ago, and physically I'm just not ready for that kind of workout. I'm not going to check off on Day 19 till I get to the end of this challenge and see if I feel more up to it. Four minutes is not very long, but I'm still not back to the level where I can make it at all effective. <BR> <BR> I'm sure you sharp ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:00:41 EST Day 17 and 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609357 Day 17 - Steps to a better derriere ( I HATE that other word) <BR> <BR> Did three of the exercises, and "starred" the article. These are good exercises. I especially liked the kick boxing one, and was amazed how much easier my right kick was than my left kick - very awkward. I'm sure my form was not nearly as good as my grandkids' kicks, all of whom take Tae Kwan Do, but I didn't do bad for an old broad. <BR> <BR> Day 18 - build a better lunch. This one is not too relevant, as I never pack ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:40:40 EST Day 16 - Get enough sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602300 This one will be easy. We'll be at a motel tonight, with none of our regular responsibilities, and we always get a really good rest. Working hard right now to get the trailer and suitcases packed means we're expending a lot of energy, which will help as well. <BR> <BR> I'll write next when we reach Missouri! <BR> <BR> Get some good sleep tonight, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:09:33 EST Day 15 - five 60 second bursts of energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601420 1. Drink a tall glass of water. Too easy! Drinking for 60 seconds???? <BR> 2. Twist it out. <BR> 3. Take a deep breath. Done. As a singer (and former trombone player), I know a lot about breathing deeply, breath management, and how to take little "sips' of air. However, now I have some residual gunk in my lungs from a bad cold, and each of my deep breaths resulted in coughing... I believe that's actually helpful. <BR> 4. Do 20 jumping jacks. The spirit is willing but the knees and bladder are... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:00:41 EST Days 13 and 14.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600424 Check out these easy leg lifts, Day 13 assignment: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/videos-<BR>detail.asp?video=21 </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't do the leg lifts yesterday, because I'd done fifty lunges [modified] during the days and my thighs were hurting. I am going to do them today, and try to remember them, 'cause they're a handy tool when you've been sitting all day and haven't exercised. <BR> <BR> The good news is I've been consistent with exercise so many days that I'm n... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:21:27 EST Day 12 - Interval Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598263 <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> I've missed a day, so I'll talk about day 11, which was to concentrate on relaxation techniques. I've been doing a morning yoga routine for several years, and have trained myself to know how to relax. As I did my routine this morning, I noticed how much my body needed it, especially after a two day absence. The first thing I ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:22:26 EST January challenge: Winter Wellness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596021 Right now, I'm failing on this challenge, so I'm going to have to start blogging to make myself accountable. I love these challenges, but I'm five days behind on this one. I try to do them in order, but sometimes am tempted to check off the ones that don't require exercise, because I usually do those all the time anyway. <BR> <BR> But to get specific..... the challenge I haven't addressed yet is "10 smart ways to Burn More Calories." I'll come back and report when I've read the article and f... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:16:33 EST Here's some motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587547 This lady is not on Spark People, but she's motivated herself to start the journey toward health. Just the way she talks and acts changes tremendously from first to last <BR> <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.wimp.com/womangym/ </link> Wed, 8 Jan 2014 23:40:01 EST Spark start page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563147 My favorite thing, besides the "rolling for your team flag," is the marquee of your goals that roll past, and 5 spark points if you review them. I like the way I was guided through the process of adding my own personal goals, besides borrowing some from Spark People. <BR> <BR> I'm really good at looking at the goals with my eyes and not listening and taking them to heart. For example: the shortest term goal I have is to walk a 10K by the end of the year. This was derailed by 2 weeks of bein... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:56:00 EST THE WORK BEGINS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545074 We're home now, in Texas. Grieving over the upcoming move because I love this house we live in, and I love the church here. It's going to be sad to leave. Whenever I start feeling sad, though, I remember the tall forest we'll be living in after the move, and the scurry of birds flying into the bird feeders we filled while we were there. Outdoor living is going to be wonderful there, and I do like the house with its two complete kitchens. <BR> <BR> Now, however, we have to shed ourselves of ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:14:56 EST SHORT CHECK IN... and then some more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538527 In the new house; no computer. Thumb-pecking on my Kindle is pretty laborious. <BR> <BR> Challenge for today: Plan tomorrow's meals. <BR> <BR> Mini Wheats w/banana & 2% milk <BR> <BR> One bread Turkey sandwich with salad greens, milk, grapefruit <BR> <BR> Frozen dinner <BR> <BR> FOLLOW-UP! I did not follow the above menu, which is why I don't like to make them. What I did eat was fine and still in the program... just different. I don't think I'll ever be a good set-the-menu-ahead-and... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:00:22 EST Three accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532816 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260714456.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been sick for 10 days now. No fever; it's not the flu, just a terribly wracking painful cough that is keeping me from sleeping at night. Ever since I reached the coughing stage of this cold, I've been forced to get up at some time during the night, wrap myself in a nice warm fleece bathrobe, and sleep the rest of the night in my comfy "reading" chair. <BR> <BR> Because of this, I've only exercised a few time... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:27:29 EST Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519659 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118923183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got this picture from my daughter today, taken when she and her daughter are saying goodbye. My granddaughter is leaving to go back to college. As I looked at the vibrant health they both have (including the photo-bombing Dad!), I reflected how very important healthy eating is. My daughter is a terrific cook, and has cooked delicious meals starting with this same first child. They eat three meals every day, and ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:59:37 EST Today's challenge: Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514247 We're to concentrate today on the changes in our life due to Spark People. This was actually on my mind last night, as I used my abs only to sit up in bed. I used to brace myself with my arms to sit straight up like I did. (Which I think started with the birth of our last child by Caesarean section.) <BR> <BR> Except in my early motherhood years, I've eaten a pretty healthy diet as far as getting nutrition is concerned. A subscription of "Organic Gardening" in the 60s made me aware of additi... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:29:58 EST Our new house (I hope!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1848225677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This shot was elongated... realtors do it to make the house look bigger, I think. It's not as big as it looks here. <BR> <BR> We've since found out the house has too high a level of radon, so we have to decide if we want to get a mitigation system. I fell in love with the landscaping. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1105187632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Native stone walkway.... gorgeous! <BR>... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:32:06 EST Today's challenge: Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510765 I'm blogging about this one, because my emphasis is usually on the FRUIT part of fruits and vegetables. We eat a lot of fruit, but they are more calorie dense than vegetables. I remember when I married my husband, I was appalled when his mother cooked vegetable-only meals, and now I'm trying to do that myself! [Her vegetables were cooked in... I'm not kidding... about a half an inch lake of lard or vegetable oil. She later repented!] My own mother used to serve a delicious dish of "wilted let... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:46:18 EST Headed home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507846 In a motel in Miami, Oklahoma. (pronounced My-am-uh!) We had a good time in the Missouri farmland/hills and visiting our daughter and family. We possibly have a house, too, if everything goes well. Yea!!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is fitting in some strength moves, so I'll be doing wall pushups in the restroom stalls and if I find an empty bathroom, maybe some lunges or something like that. I've done this before and feel very virtuous. I LIKE that feeling! Did a short walk up a very steep ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:24:41 EST Today's Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506229 Today we were to eat slowly, enjoying our meal, and the challenge was so easy, since we ate out at Red Lobster with daughter and her husband. Calories were less than I expected, dinner was enjoyable and company was special. What a coincidence! <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:23:40 EST Joined a challenge today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501586 Tightening up the derriere! I HATE that other word.... too many years of my mother's insistence on proper words, not slang. We were taught to say penis, vulva, urinate.... no giggling behind the hands at the real words, multi-syllable they may be. Need I add that she was an English teacher? <BR> <BR> Speaking of English, I was surprised to get no comments on yesterday's blog. Any of you reading this one, can you tell me why? No love for poetry? I share that that apathy, though in my case th... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:04:10 EST Unconquered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500248 Spark Coach asked me this morning to devise a motivational quote for myself. All I could think of was "I'm the boss of me," kind of a childish phrase, but appropriate for a people pleaser like myself. It's been a thought I hadn't yet put into words. I sometimes find myself too responsive to what other people think I should be doing, including my family, Spark persons, and even sometimes mere acquaintances. To be aware that ONLY I am the master of what I do, as well as the one who suffers the ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:37:57 EST Ft. Worth Cultural center today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492360 There were mustang competitions, a dog show, and a quilt show. I could have happily spent all day in any of the three. I was a little dismayed in how exhausted I was when we got back. I'll add a picture as soon as I get it downloaded. <BR> <BR> I had to wake myself up to get ready for bed, so only 10 minutes of exercise today. Have to do double time tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> G'night! Sat, 21 Sep 2013 23:29:00 EST Eating Intuitively http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485194 That's today's challenge in the SparkCoach program I joined. My first thought was that I'm pretty good at eating only when I'm hungry. Then I thought of all the times I eat because I'm at someone else's house and everyone else is eating. We all know, too, that food in social conditions isn't often the best thing to eat. I'm guilty of fixing our favorite dessert only when we can make sure there's others to eat with us. Do I have some too? You bet! It's a solution that's only halfway good. <BR>... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:09:58 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453999 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1313777702.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been very depressed lately. That would surprise people who know me personally; I'm actually a friend who lifts the spirits of those around me. My depression has come from my own inadequacies and the fear that I am, by nature, worthless. I know.... sounds really dark, but it usually doesn't last too long. <BR> <BR> Because of SP coaching today, I'm to list three things I'm grateful for. I've kept gratitude jo... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:09:18 EST Second Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439804 Of the "Consistency and Maintenance" group with Spark Coaches. Today we're supposed to plan tomorrow's meals, and we're leaving tomorrow on a short two-day trip for my husband's business. I know the first meal of the day will be two eggs and a sliced tomato, and dinner will be roast beef at our favorite on-the-road restaurant, so I need to be thinking about any food we eat in the car and tomorrow's supper. Yes.... supper. I'm from the Midwest where "dinner" is at noon [promptly!!] and supper ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:49:46 EST Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437513 Goal setting is a real challenge for me. The minute I make one, I defeat myself, knowing I will not meet the goal. Consequently, I avoid goal making 95% of the time. There ARE a few I've made that succeeded, and there's a change in the way I think about it them. Mostly, it's that the goal was MINE to choose, and wasn't in response to a goal I thought I SHOULD choose. <BR> <BR> The biggest example of this is the fact that I've actually gained about 5 lbs. the 3 years I've been on Spark Peopl... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:45:05 EST Another lesson learned..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395112 After fitting in walking so well on my trip, I have yet to take a walk since I've been home. My epiphany this morning was that maybe when you have too MUCH time, it's easier to procrastinate. It's true also that the first day home (Monday), I was pretty tired but I've found that you can walk through any amount of tiredness, and feel better for it. <BR> <BR> I also have to fight my tendency to never be satisfied. At the end of the day my mind dwells on the things I did NOT get to rather than... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:09:06 EST Walking when you can.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393579 Just back from a beautiful Alabama wedding, but the trip itself was hard.... 12 hours both ways; left Friday morning, home Sunday night. <BR> <BR> Saturday I did a "hotel parking lot walk" with two different groups... racked up just over 2 1/2 miles, in 90°+ temperatures. Did NOT take advantage of the hotel workout room; being with my family was more important. Two family members participated in a 5K Charity run, so the fitness bug is spreading! <BR> <BR> Traveling there and back.... walked... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:11:46 EST Today's assignment is..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379263 to blog about our workout excuses. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l74985440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My problem is that I don't consciously make an excuse as I procrastinate. I always think I'm going to do it.... soon...... up until 10 p.m., when I realize that I haven't done anything yet. That's when I often will exercise, despite the fact that it's not a good time. So far, I'm acknowledging that it's okay for me to do that, rather than not at all. However, the time is... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:26:54 EST More on the back pain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378621 Today I did light gardening and little chores around the house, just to keep moving. I've gotten very sensitive to bending down. I shoveled some mulch into the wheel barrow, making the bag light enough to lift and empty it. The hardest part was tossing the mulch down among the flowers and bending down to spread it.* I was very slow and deliberate with this. I anticipated pain and made the move more gradual than it really had to be, I'm sure. I'm feeling like a wuss, but my back is definitely ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 01:20:05 EST Trying to stay on my feet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377179 I've been having major back pain lately, and it's from sitting too much, I know. <BR> <BR> Not only did I have almost a week of sitting in a car... well, sitting then jumping out and trying to get some exercise in for a while; going from stiff and stumbling to walking normally as fast as I could... but I was tired when I got home so I "rested." I think I only had two days with no exercise at all, but there was way too much sitting, so today I've been trying to only stay in a chair for 15 min... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:10:51 EST Hectic times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373714 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2073225346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We recently drove up to Missouri on a house hunting trip, completely derailing the last week on the two week plan of SP's new book. <BR> <BR> Within one hour of leaving, we were sideswiped in a bizarre accident, delaying us 30 minutes. About two hours after that, going north on Hwy. 75 in Oklahoma, a southbound car catapulted a stone right toward my head. Thankfully, the windshield did what it was supposed to do... Fri, 31 May 2013 13:38:58 EST The Spark Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360458 Today's post is in answer to some questions about the new Spark Solution Program <BR> <BR> • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? <BR> - I needed a "new start," and was determined to follow it exactly [which I've been unable to do]. Over the last 6 months, I've gained about 5 pounds instead of losing, even though I have a very nutritious diet. I no longer eat chips, and almost no processed foods. Desserts, especially homemade ones, come into my radar just frequently enou... Sat, 18 May 2013 18:53:55 EST A good week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353534 Walked a 10K this past Tuesday, then 4 miles today.... no additional pain in my knees. This is a great step forward. <BR> <BR> Thursday, my husband and I traveled to Houston and back for a two hour visit with my ailing sister in law. This was a twelve hour trip altogether. Although we got some rain, it was a good day for traveling, we found a "back road" through the country and fields of bluebonnets, and had a good day of high quality family discussions. <BR> <BR> For dessert, there was a p... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:49:08 EST Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332873 I've been more active lately; little time for lots of exercise, but just in general moving around more than usual... gardening, more shopping, etc. <BR> <BR> Today I'm celebrating how much better my body feels when I do that. Remember the old chant "No more monkeys jumping on the bed?" My new chant.... "No more sittin' in the chair all day!" Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:30:36 EST Trying to relax http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314048 ...and be a little easier on myself. I'm finding that when I just quit nagging myself all the time, as if to a rebellious teen, the rebellious teen within myself cooperates and does what she is supposed to do a lot more freely. Anyone know what I mean? <BR> <BR> I even allowed myself to break my 10 minute a day streak. Now, I regret that, but at the time I just didn't want to do anything. Now I have to start all over. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966733751.j... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 21:47:12 EST The wonder of animals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297153 This morning when I was doing Yoga, my elderly cat came running in to do HER yoga thing.... using my body as a petting agency. Whenever a hand or body part is close enough, she rubs against me, even nuzzling her nose under my hand so I can stroke her back. I could never figure out how she knew when I was doing yoga in our bedroom, till I realized I get a belt (yoga strap) out of a chest there, and she hears the sound of the lid closing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 11:56:47 EST It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288829 <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> Remember Mr. Rogers? I can hear his voice singing that song. And it is truly beautiful today. Walked 3 1/2 miles this morning, then attended the funeral of a man I know is with God today. Celebrating his life and his influence.... <BR> <BR> Husband is home from Boston today, to the rest of our leaves on the lawn. Had dreamed of getting them raked so he wouldn't be faced with that... but didn't make it. <BR> <BR> Best ne... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:46:09 EST Checking in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282630 Haven't been writing lately - been lazy and depressed. This always means, as I've come to know, that I'm headed for another breakthrough. Not sure I'll share it here; I have a lifelong habit of not really sharing my deepest thoughts. It's a trust issue, as sharing in the past has proven disastrous. May be another thing I have to "work through." I'm so delighted at my age to not be perfect yet. I sense when we reach perfection.... we die! LOL! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:55:24 EST Sleeping till 10 a.m.? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257566 Yes... today, 10 a.m., and I used to be a chronic early riser. The good thing is I feel nice and rested today. <BR> <BR> Husband and I are working, which means a discombobulated day. I do chores when I'm not typing, but my schedule is whenever he needs me. So much better than working in an office. I can actually do other things while I'm working. The bad thing is that it's really easy to procrastinate on exercising. My goal is 1000 minutes this month and I better get crackin'. <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:34:30 EST Doctor checkup today: Stressed out for no reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251096 Last year, during a stressful time, I'd had some chest pain. Today's checkup indicated no problems. Will be very interested in the lab work. <BR> <BR> Most fun thing from my sewing room? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576725321.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Digging into scrap basket and making "mug rugs," which are so much fun, and make me feel virtuous using small pieces left over from other projects. <BR> <BR> 1) Did I cook today? No.... advantage of being only two pe... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:07:52 EST Thumbs up to pumpkin butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248525 Followup on jellies and jam as sweetener for hot cereal..... yummy! Especially my daughter's pumpkin butter I ate today. I'm limiting myself two 2 tsp., so it's not quite as sweet tasting as my maple syrup, but it's really good. <BR> <BR> 1) Did I cook yesterday? Yes - Chicken fingers, browned with olive oil, on noodles with herbes de provence and parsley. Really tasty. No vegetables on hand, so ate fresh grapefruit after a while. This time of year the red varieties of grapefruit are so del... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:37:05 EST Using stored food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241546 Cleaned out the refrigerator yesterday, something I do too infrequently. Found 4 jars of mayonnaise (that's my husband for ya!), and 9 jars of various kinds of jelly. The majority of these were gifts over the holidays. <BR> <BR> My usual way of eating jellies and jams is on toast with butter. The bread is always whole grain, but it's still a hefty calorie use, and always with butter. This morning, because gifts are something I find hard to just immediately throw away... I decided to use them... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 12:21:59 EST