LAURIEBLT's SparkPeople Blog LAURIEBLT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community another busy weekend... Hey Anyone.... <BR> <BR> The week has been busy (as usual)! I have been successful with food logging, blogging, and my water has been alright. The end of this week I have gotten in my 6 cups as I wanted. I am going to strive for 6 cups for seven days starting monday..I made a postitive adjustment in my day with regards to water. Instead of drinking coffee until noon and then switching to water, I only had coffee (or green tea) until 1030 and then switched to water. I will keep that up n... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:23:12 EST Family weekend... My son and his girlfriend are here for the weekend. It's been fun but not all that healthy! Weekends are always a struggle to get steps in. I also indulged in bacon and eggs this morning. It has been enjoyable though!! We have mostly just hung out and visited. With my youngest daughter in grade 11, I will be empty nest very, very soon so I cherish these days! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow back to reality! This week I am focusing on steps, logging, and water. My commitment to myself is 6000 step... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 17:09:08 EST Marchin' March! March has come to Saskatchewan but we are not done winter yet! We are supposed to get a dump of snow over the weekend. Every spring I am motivated to get healthier. I have been doing great at logging food and started wearing my pedometer again. I have struggled, struggled with water...can't seem to get over 4 glasses! It's really annoying me! That will be my goal this least 6/day! <BR> <BR> I will do my best to check in again on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking Peeps! Sat, 4 Mar 2017 09:42:37 EST been a year! So, I am starting this blog off grumpy! I had a couple of paragraphs typed, pressed the wrong button (apparently) and it all disappeared!! <BR> Anyway, here are my March goals: <BR> <BR> Week 1: <BR> --check in every day <BR> --blog 3x during the week <BR> --log all food <BR> --get 5 water <BR> --5000 steps <BR> <BR> Week 2: <BR> --check in every day <BR> --blog 3x during the week <BR> --log all food <BR> --get 6 water <BR> --5500 steps <BR> <BR> Week 3: <BR> --check in every day <BR> --b... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:21:03 EST end of february So, skipped a few weeks checking into my blog but have been mindful of my goals! I have done well with my steps, even on my week off. My water intake has been getting better. I am up to a definite 3 every day so now I am working on upping to 4 every day. I have been doing well with fruits and veggies as well. In March, I am going to begin logging my food again. Portion control is probably my biggest downfall! Sat, 27 Feb 2016 10:20:32 EST February Week 3... February break this work. This means I am going to have to pay special attention to my pedometer, water, and fruits and veggies. <BR> I am going to reply to this blog every day this week so that my goals stay in the forefront of my mind. <BR> I am going to make 4500 steps my goal for today and, at minimum, 100 more each day. <BR> I am staying at 3 for fruits and veggies and 4 for water. <BR> Talk to you tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Sunday--got 4700 steps..3 veggies...2 water... <BR> Monda... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:36:06 EST February Week 2.. Last week went alright..not stellar but alright. This week I want to continue with my pedometer, which comes easily during the work week, tough on the weekends. I also want to really, really pay attention to water and fruits and veggies. Last week I averaged 3 of each so this week I want to hit 4. It's not that I don't like to drink water or that I don't like fruits and veggies, because I do. It's a matter of planning and making my lunch the night before (I have them on hand, it's just q... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:05:33 EST Can't Make It Private? Read Chris the Sparkguy's blog said make goals..make a collage..take pictures..really think about why you are doing this... <BR> <BR> So...I thought..I should try to start blogging again...but I would like it to be private...however, I can't see how to do that (I know there's a box somewhere, just can't see it)...Why do I want it to be private? Because I've been slacking and faking! <BR> <BR> I come to SP everyday...some days I log food (although I do really try to keep healthful... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:22:17 EST One more week then back to work... Well, not even really because I have to go in this week to finish some things up from June!! I don't mind, though, I always find the beginning of the school year invigorating and motivating, just like the beginning of my guiding year and beginning again with SparkPeople (which I've done several times!). The question is how to maintain that motivation? How to keep myself just as excited in February as I am in September? How to keep myself motivated past that 14 day check-in? <BR> <BR> I k... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 14:29:45 EST no 28 days today..why would anyone be embarrassed to be healthy?? So my hubby is home today which means I won't be doing my 28 day workout today. Why do I find it so impossible to exercise in front of him? Do I think he hasn't noticed I am 40lbs heavier than when we married? Do I think he wouldn't want me to be strong and healthy to live longer and better? Or am I ashamed to say, "I'm going to exercise because I've let myself go and now want to change things around?" This is very odd to me and something I've struggled with for several years. I must sa... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:07:39 EST hello old friend... haven't written a blog in "like forever". I have been paying more attention to SP again, not just spinning the wheel and reading team emails but logging food and fitness etc. <BR> <BR> I have begun the 28 day challenge. Day 1 was a 25 minute aerobic routine...brutal!! I am so uncoordinated!! Also my knees hurt so I have to do low-impact. I finished it though..go me!! Day 2 was legs and I finished and could even walk afterwards!! ha ha! I didn't do Day 3 yesterday as hubby and daughte... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 10:32:34 EST Small Changes Challenge... I'm going to try the Small Changes Challenge. Day 1 is tell someone about your goals so I'm going to tell you!! <BR> <BR> Knowing how my January looks, I am going to focus on some very small goals. <BR> Food--minimum 2 fruits or veggies (should be a no-brainer, I know, but when we're busy I don't often eat well) <BR> Water--8 cups (also a no-brainer but I've totally fallen off the water wagon!) <BR> Steps--4000 wk 1, 4500 wk 2, 5000 wk 3, 5500 wk 4 Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:21:45 EST New Month.. Looking back...I am averaging between 3000 and 5000 steps on my pedometer. I will challenge myself to reach 5000 every day. I am also challenging myself to log my food at least 3 days/week. <BR> December will be very busy. As well as Christmas coming up, our family will be busy with basketball 5-6 days/week. My biggest challenges with this will be staying organized (lunches, suppers, other committments) as well as getting to bed on time. <BR> I should be able to get my inventory done be... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:00:45 EST November... So, things got a little busy for me the end of grandbaby, book fair at work, longer work days, guiding meeting.....I'd like to think things will settle down in Nov but we will see....I am taking a stab at running the sr. boys basketball team this year...crazy for a 50 yr old, overweight, 5ft2 old lady!! Cross your fingers!! <BR> <BR> My nov. goals might sound a bit like octobers. I am just working on trying to make habits!! <BR> <BR> --I will wear my pedometer every day..a... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 08:46:58 EST far....(oct goals) --not sure where I'm standing for checking in. I was at camp for some days and had some busy days...not sure if I'll make 27 but it will def be in the high 20s. <BR> --food log, as is my habit, if things get busy I don't log. I have been making a concerted effort to eat better. <BR> --with the busyness comes sleeping later. I seem to need a few hours at home to wind down at the end of the evening so then I sleep to the point where there is no time to exercise in the morning...working on it... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:53 EST October Goal Update...(oct 1-10) --Log food--8 days so far! only missed 1 <BR> --Pedometer 5 days 4days over 4000 steps <BR> --Not doing as well with exercising everyday. I think I'm averaging 2x/week. <BR> --I've been working on my inventory. I am on track to be done by the end of the month! I baked cookies with the canteen kids last week and we have a planning meeting next week. <BR> --guides and windows slated for this weekend! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:43:07 EST October Goals First day of the month, time to plan! <BR> <BR> My SP goal is to check in 27/31 days <BR> <BR> My food goal is to log food 21/31 days <BR> <BR> My fitness goal is to do 10 minutes of stretching every day and do 10 minutes of exercise 15/31 days. I would also like to wear my pedometer 27/31 days and reach minimum 4000 steps. <BR> <BR> My work goals are to get my inventory finished and to devote at least 1 hour/week to canteen. <BR> <BR> My personal goals are to get guides planned until... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:30:05 EST Week ahead (Sept 29th/14) Busy week usual...getting ready for first guide meetings on tues, becs has vball on mon, tues, and all day saturday... <BR> <BR> my main goal for the week is to do my 10 min before work at least 4 out of 5 days this week. <BR> I also need to focus more on my least one water bottle each afternoon at work. <BR> I was pretty good about having healthy lunches last week...gonna keep that up! <BR> Also, SP every day!! <BR> <BR> Woop, Woop, here I go!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:05:13 EST just 10 minutes... So, I've finally broken down! Whenever I've tried to lose weight I've always concentrated on food. As I'm aging, that isn't working like it used to. Finally gonna have to actually exercise!! grrrrr!! Even as a kid, I hated gym class! It was just through sheer luck and good genes that I was always very, not so much! <BR> <BR> My first goal is 10 minutes at least 4 times/week. I am a morning person so getting up isn't the problem. My husband, when he has an early load, is ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:49:40 EST Back again!..... So, here I am start! This time I've been away because of computer problems. That, however, does not excuse my lack of progress. I am going to try a new plan. I am trying the G-BOMB way of eating. I will do my best to eat a few days of no animal products but know myself well enough that I will not go totally vegetarian. As well, in my long Saskatchewan winter, I am going to play Wii to get some exercise! One time this will all stick! Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:34:46 EST Ok, so I bombed on the whole "blog everyday thing"... for the Unbreakable Resolutions. I'm still following them and keeping them front and center in my mind, just to busy to blog during the week! <BR> <BR> As well as my 3 previous goals (7000steps, 8 glasses of water, and within my calorie limit), I'm going to try to add in NancyLee46's STRONG challenges (virtual walk/run team) for this week. <BR> <BR> Monday's challenge---S is for cutting out snack food!!!!! Yikes! This is a hard one! I love my popcorn! (which I know is probably not too ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 13:35:00 EST Unbreakable Resolutions...Jan 4 So today's task is to make an action plan for each goal. <BR> --For my 7000 steps, I will do what I have done in the past. If it's a work day, I get 7000 steps in with little problem. If it's a weekend, I usually put myself on a schedule and if I get behind simply walk around the house (or go outside for a walk if it's nice out). <BR> --Much the same for water--schedule is needed!! This I will have to work on. I find if I'm drinking coffee at work or if I have a beer when I get home, I ge... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 19:45:01 EST Unbreakable Resolutions...Jan 3 Today tells me to make sure I put my goals in a visible place. What more visible place than the internet!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday went about as well as Saturday;( <BR> Today, however, being back at school has promise. After tracking my food I will be within calories. I have promised to eat right after everyone else (still not with them, I know, but 7pm would be an improvement over 9 or 10). I need to work on my water as I've only gotten 2 glasses in and it's 5pm. I forgot to put on my ped... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 18:06:11 EST Unbreakable Resolutions..Jan 2 So today the calendar talked about making the goals specific and positive. Looking at my goals I think that they are. <BR> Yesterday's progress--a flop! Well, not a total flop but certainly not a success! I went well over on my calories and I ate supper at 10pm. I was wearing a bulky sweater so my pedometer didn't pick up my steps but I think I did okay with that. I didn't use my stepper but did do some walking. I got in 5 glasses of water. <BR> Sun, 2 Jan 2011 08:04:59 EST Unbreakable Resolutions... Another new year, another shot at a new me. Sometimes I feel this "new me" is out of reach, sometimes I just feel lazy, today I feel slightly optimistic. I am going to try to follow the Unbreakable Resolutions calendar. January 1st says to write down specific goals. <BR> --I guess my biggest goal is to lose 1pound/week. This is a reasonable amount and would get me looking good by my daughter's grad in June. <BR> -- I will lose my 1lb by getting in 8 glasses of water every day and <B... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:52:33 EST No more lazy.... Well, I've been back at work for 6 weeks now and "my plan" isn't working! Last year when I went to school full time my weight just fell off. This year, not so much!! I gained back 6 pounds over the summer and they are just not moving! (I guess that means I need to get moving!!). With the cold weather setting in, I need to make a plan otherwise it'll be up, up, up for my weight! Time to get back to basics--logging food and exercise. <BR> Here I go again! Sun, 21 Nov 2010 08:55:53 EST Back to school for the kids... but not for me--yet. Hold out a good thought please. <BR> <BR> As for the kids--they've been in school 3 1/2 days and already we're busy back at it! My oldest daughter is helping to coach the junior boys volleyball team (that my son plays on). My son and youngest daughter are cross country running. I've got a school council meeting tomorrow night....and guides doesn't start for another couple of weeks!! <BR> <BR> I am finding I am really "lost" without my job and without the kids at hom... Tue, 31 Aug 2010 17:39:28 EST Took a rest day.... and that's turned into several rest days!! Time to get back on the horse. <BR> <BR> I was so on track--starting to run, making sure I got my water in, logging my food and staying (relatively) in calorie range. <BR> <BR> Then I had a few busy days out of town and brought my grandkids home for a few days. Then it was almost time for school so I gave myself permission to take a rest day. Unfortunately, what happened is what usually rest day turned into several rest days (4 n... Thu, 26 Aug 2010 22:41:53 EST Frustration with technology... This has absolutely nothing to do with sparkpeople but I just want to vent.... <BR> <BR> I love the sparkpeople website--it's awesome and easy to use! Please don't change it!! Another website that I am a member of (not body/diet related) has recently upgraded. The new website is horrid!!! <BR> <BR> I am very frustrated and then I have to think back....what did we do/how did we live before technology? (and yes, I'm that old!) I remember when we had to have cash in our wallets, visit th... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:47:52 EST Butt bouncing in the breeze...... I did it! I finally ran today. I've wanted to "be a runner" for years. Every fall when my son begins training for cross country I promise myself I'm going to run with him. I don't. Every spring when he begins training for track I promise myself I'm going to run with him. I don't. <BR> <BR> A few days ago I joined the Couch to 5K team (an awesomely friendly one, by the way). I checked out the training schedule. For the first week (every second day), you run for 60 seconds and walk fo... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 13:57:15 EST Just me... This comes from a Healthy Reflection: <BR> <BR> There is no lesson for today. You have permission to stop thinking for a moment and just enjoy yourself. Stop looking at your computer right now and go look at the world. Rediscover the natural wonders that you walk past every day. How can there possibly be that many shades of green? Let your mind be grateful for a break. Don't think, don't strain. Let the memories of loved ones remind you of your favorite times. Close your eyes and try to smel... Sun, 9 May 2010 14:12:06 EST Why would one be embarrassed to exercise?.... I've been so good about getting my steps in--unless dh is here. He knows I want to lose weight, it's not a secret, but when he's home, I can't/don't so much as say, "gonna take a walk down the driveway"!!!!!!!!!!! Don't get me wrong, he is totally supportive, I just feel shy about saying stuff like that!?! Why would I be embarrassed to say I'm going to take care of myself now, I'm going to get healthy, I'm going to take some time for myself? It ticks me off!! <BR> Well, now that I've got ... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 11:27:29 EST Spring is sprung, the grass is riz.... I wonder where the birdies is!! <BR> Every spring I can hear my dad saying this silly little ditty. It's a good memory! <BR> As to the birds, I know where they are--right outside my bedroom window at dawnish (already 5:30am!) I also seem to have inherited my father's "saskatchewan farmer" biological clock--every morning, all summer long, as soon as it is light, I wake up. I can lay in bed, toss and turn, but I never really do go back to sleep. Knowing this about myself, I get up. Right n... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 16:40:46 EST first pussy willows... Here in my neck of the woods....we had an unseasonably warm and snow-free winter (in 50 years I think I heard), then an early spring, and then, of course, one last little blast of winter (in the first week of spring). My way to work takes me down a grid road through a low, boggy area. Today I saw my first pussy willows of the year!!!!!!!!!! <BR> Probably not a really big moment for anyone else but I love, love, love pussy willows for a few reasons. First, I think, because my grandmother ha... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 23:33:22 EST Taking a lesson from my kids.. We've had an unseasonably warm and snow-less winter in Saskatchewan. A week ago, most of the snow was gone and the mud was almost all dried up! Then, being a Saskatchewan spring--it snowed! (and more to come, oh joy!) The farmers and campers (fire bans) really need the moisture but I was really ready for spring! <BR> <BR> So, while I was in my house yesterday, p.o.ed at the weather, my 2 youngest kids (10 and 14) went outside and made snowmen!! They had a blast and got very creative--... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:29:28 EST ..itchin' to get outside.... It's been beautiful spring weather here in Saskatchewan lately--several degrees above freezing. We've had hardly any snow and now it's almost all gone! While I am sad for the farmers and fearful (selfishly) for my camping season, this has made me very antsy to get back outdoors. Every day I drive down my mile long driveway guaging just how muddy it is--is today the day I can get out and walk the drive without dragging 10 pounds of mud on my shoes? (but that could be a good workout for my t... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 22:33:03 EST feelin' springish!... It's that time of year in Saskatchewan--the days are near 0C (32F) everyday. I can feel the warmth of the sun once again in the early afternoon. As I drive home from work at mid-afternoon, the edges of the highway are wet from melting snow. Now this doesn't mean we won't get one last blast of winter--and the farmers could use a really good dump of snow...but Spring is definitely on it's way! <BR> Every time this y ear I make plans to really get out there and walk/run to lose some weight! ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:48:58 EST nothin' to say... just haven't blogged for awhile. I've been staying motivated since the beginning of the year--crazy!! I'm at 152 and in 3 more lbs (should be by Easter), I'll be in the 140s!! I really can't remember the last time I was there--maybe between baby # 2 and #3 (they are now 16 and 14!!). <BR> Anyway, pretty impressed with myself. <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 23:00:04 EST ...and now for something more serious.... been slipping in small steps. I really don't want this to happen. No school this week so I'm totally taking htis time to recommit myself--make all my good progress habits again. I also need to take some time this week to figure out how to organize my day to make my healthy habits a priority during busy school weeks. Other people do it and I know I can too--just gonna take some adjusting. <BR> Wish me luck or give me a kick in the pants (I could use both!!)! Sat, 13 Feb 2010 08:58:51 EST The ABCs of me... A is for Age: 46 <BR> <BR> B is for Body: 5ft 2in 156lbs <BR> <BR> C is for Career: Educational Assistant <BR> <BR> D is for Dad's name: Les <BR> <BR> E is for Essential items to bring to a party: beer, duh <BR> <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: Country! <BR> <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: watch reality tv!! <BR> <BR> H is for Hometown: Outlook, Saskatchewan <BR> <BR> I is for Instrument you play: Organ/Piano, trying to teach myself guitar <BR> <BR> J is for Jam or Jelly... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 08:54:52 EST nice day.. not anything food related--just a good day! We had an inservice for work today and I got info I can actually use!! I also found out that my grandkids are coming for the weekend--woohoo!!! Now for the not so good news--I'm still not getting my water in!!!! I'm going to have to resort to a schedule, I think--and if that doesn't work, dispose of my work coffee mug!! I tried making a "deal" with myself, coffee only till the end of first period--that hasn't panned out--time to get tough! <BR>... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 18:09:36 EST 4 weeks in... and it's time to regroup!! I found myself "too busy" to come to sparkpeople this week. I also found myself "too busy" to drink my water!! I have some momentum and I don't want it to slip away from me. I can/will find time everyday to concentrate on me!! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 08:38:46 EST I hate measuring!.... so, like a spoiled little child, I do it rarely!! For some reason, the number on the scale doesn't bother me nearly as much as seeing that my thigh is larger around than my waist used to be!! (I know, my logic tells me, "come on, cut yourself some slack, your waist was that small when you were in your 20s, that was quite some time ago!" but my emotions just look at that number and are in shock!!) I have been using my stepper very regularly for 2 weeks now so, spurred on my the glimmer of p... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 10:24:25 EST 3 weeks in... and still going strong!!! (or strongish! LOL!) This truly is a record for me! I'm still really concentrating on exercise. Today I gave a tiny thought to the fact that by spring I could be in the 140s! I haven't been there for a decade--at least!! Go Me!! Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:33:30 EST Just a feeling of gratitude.. Not too much to say today....just that I have a really great feeling today. I've had a good day as far as diet and exercise. I've made a few new friends. I talked to my hubby and he's probably on his way home! My kids are all happy and healthy and driving me nuts! What more can a girl ask for?? <BR> <BR> Enough is as good as a feast!! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 23:18:00 EST Week 2 of 2010... and I'm still here and motivated! This is pretty close to a record for me, I'm sure. I had a pretty good week with exercise and water--still struggling with those portion sizes but that will come. I am trying to make better food choices so that when I eat over-sized portions at least it's "less damamging". Does that sound like a good idea or an excuse?? I'm thinking tackle one thing at a time, so for now it's exercise. <BR> I have to give a shout-out to my TAG girls who've kept me mot... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:57:10 EST omg, I think it's a waist!!!!!!.... LOL! I know I've got a waist, it's just that, this morning, getting out of the tub, drying off, and looking into the mirror (only a man would put a mirror across from the tub so you'd have to look at your naked self every morning!!), it curved inward like it's supposed to, not outward!! <BR> I find the same thing happening with my cheeks! <BR> Could it be the return of "Laurie"? Haven't seen her for about a decade and a half!! <BR> <BR> My reappearance came just in time. Yesterday I was f... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:24:09 EST 1st week of 2010 down..51 to go!... Well, not great but holding my own?? My weight seems to stay consistent which is good. I don't eat all the fruits and veggies that I should but.... My main focus this next week is exercise! I need to find/make time for exercise!! Fri, 8 Jan 2010 23:18:14 EST a new year.. so. of course, another "resolution" to get fit and lose weight. don't know whether to be proud of myself for not quitting trying or dejected because this is my millionth attempt! <BR> I just have to remind myself, babysteps, babysteps, babysteps....and I'm doing this for me, for bruce, for the kids, for t and wyatt. <BR> this must be the one that sticks! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 09:40:05 EST well, it hasn't been a year!!... been going not too bad. my water's been pretty good. starting back at work, I think I'll have to try extra hard again, maybe make a salad tonight for tomorrow. gotta run. Mon, 16 Nov 2009 08:23:58 EST