LEANGIRL22's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANGIRL22 LEANGIRL22'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/ A Quick Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484863 I have a minute before starting dinner -- the first one I've started in a long while. My DH is cooking these days for which I am grateful. Tonite I am making tilapia and a salad. I weigh the same 145 and I have decided that since my my old step tracker didn't turn up I will get another one per your advice. I just thought if I gave it some time it would show up -- but not so far. <BR> <BR> Not much is new that I can share at the moment. Fred (DH) has been going to my son's house to hel... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:19:36 EST Hey, Remember Me??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479753 Just wanted to stop by for a minute to say a big hello Tao those who may have been reading my blogs. I do miss all of my SparkPeople friends! My new job has so exhausted me and I don't know how long I will really last at it, but it is paying some bills right now that I needed to take care of...so will try to hang in there for a while. <BR> <BR> As far as my health is concerned...I haven't been able to do cardio in several days, but for 10 hours every day I am bending and stretching like ... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:19:37 EST Transitioning to a New Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464552 Today is a transitioning point for me. I am now working overnight 4 nights a week from 9 pm to 8 am. I am up tonite so I can sleep tomorrow and work starting at 9 pm tomorrow night. It's kind of a mind bender and I'm not quite sure how it will work out. I am actually a night person so I am hoping it will be okay. I am the Overnight Support Manager for a Walmart store and looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> But my challenge now is to have a healthy lifestyle given I am doing 4 10 hr. days... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 01:02:52 EST If you have good health you have everything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460510 Spark Coach asked us to visualize the future 10 years from now. I am visualizing that I will be living an active lifestyle and enjoying my life near my children and grandchildren. I will be traveling some and enjoying myself being active in a gym, taking classes, and being social with others in my age group. I am at my goal weight and maintaining is not a struggle because I know how to eat healthy foods and I stay active each day. <BR> <BR> Each day I remind myself that the steps that I t... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:39:50 EST A Second Look at My Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458943 Spark Coach has suggested that at this point in my weight loss journey I take a second look at my exercise program. Toward that end I need to ask myself 1) how am I doing? 2) if it is working for me? and, 3) how sustainable it is considering I am probably going back to work shortly? Also, this causes me to also rethink my other personal goals since working 4 ten hour days will likely result in a readjustment in all of my personal goals. <BR> <BR> Toward that end I have given some thoug... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:29:15 EST Here I Am Again...Made it 2 Days in a Row! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456713 Well, Spark Coach was right -- time to re-evaluate my goals and weight loss plan. I have lost 13 lbs. and I was very encouraged today. I had a job interview -- which I felt good about. We will see if I make it to the next round of interviews. At any rate, I bought a new pair of dress slacks to wear to the interview and guess what -- size 10 !!! Oh my gosh! It's been a long time. Now I don't fit into every size ten -- I'm actually kind of in between a 10 and a 12, but what a thrill to w... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:57:04 EST Back Online Again After a Week Off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455619 Well, here goes. I have had company and been so wrapped up in various projects that I just got overwhelmed and fell off the wagon a bit. I have managed to stay on the Spark diet the whole time so I feel good about that, but the exercise went kaplooie!!! So today I did 2 miles on the treadmill and got back on track. The good news is I have actually lost another pound! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we have an appointment in the afternoon, and then at 8 p.m. tomorrow night I have a job interview. Plea... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:08:53 EST A Kayak in the Swimming Pool !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445929 Well guys, I've seen it all. Today my son put his kayak in our swimming pool and the grandkids and our dog, Max, and Jeff were all in it clowning around. So funny! LOL I just had to get a picture of that mess! Anyway, it was a fun day and I will add some other photos as well. Thought you'd like a good laugh! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1227122218.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l787108671.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 00:41:32 EST Thursdays Journal Entry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441628 Stardate 8.1.2013 - Worked out doing cardio for an hour tonight. Went to help son and daughter in law in Charlottesville today and got a lot done, sorting out, cleaning, helping them and dropping off and picking up their car with them as it was in the shop again. Hopefully, the car will be in good shape for a while. <BR> <BR> Went out to dinner with friends at TGIF (Fridays) in Charlottesville before coming home and had a chicken kebob with a little rice and squash. It was healthy and d... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:37:29 EST Report on July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439983 So this is the 31st and I have been sitting here with my July goal list pasted to the edge of my computer all month. How have I done? Well, the really good news is that I lost the 5 lbs. I wanted to lose this month. The last one dropped this morning -- that is what I call close, but I made it! The other items on my list included: <BR> <BR> Sell items on Ebay -- I have sold almost $250 worth of stuff that I didn't need! <BR> Lose 5 lbs. -- I went from 153 lbs. to 148 lbs. - Yea me! <BR> ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:50:19 EST Busy Again Yet Healthy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434766 Today was full as I was off to Charlottesville again. Today I helped my son, Jeff, and daughter in law, Jaime, as their car needed to go to the shop for the day, so we all worked on some projects at their house for the day and did a bit of shopping as well. I enjoyed going to lunch with them as well and we chose a restaurant where I could eat healthy and gluten free. We did get a lot accomplished and I was glad to take the time to share the day with them. It was a blessing. <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:02:05 EST Busy Schedule Helped Sort Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433665 When you have a full plate and you have to make choices you have to sort out what is really most important. What are some of your choices relative to everything else in your life? Do your choices line up with what is really important? Or do you give in to other people's idea of what you should be doing with your time? <BR> <BR> Today I had to make some choices because everything was just not going to fit into the day. So I didn't get as many spark points as I would have liked, and I di... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:42:15 EST Oh Happy Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430876 Any day I wake up and lose a pound is a happy day! And that is today! I finally broke 150 and lost that pound I have been talking about. I think I walked about 25 miles to lose it but it is gone -- and for good. I am officially now in the 140's. 149 is a milestone for me. <BR> <BR> So today I had some errands to do and moved forward with some personal business, made healthy homemade tomato soup with all the tomatoes from the garden, and did some more work on Ebay! I have sold a few t... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:48:17 EST Another Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429919 Today was another busy day starting out with driving to Charlottesville to watch my granddaughter Anna and so we went thrift store shopping in the morning. Then we had lunch with my daughter Kelly and Hailey my other granddaughter. It was great to have a girls day! Then they went on to the movies and I had to head home to attend to some business errands in a town north of us. Lots of driving around so got home late in the day. I made dinner Pan Parmesan Chicken (yum) and then did my work... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:54:59 EST 2 Workouts Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428592 We made a day trip of it over to the Blue Ridge Parkway, specifically the George Washington National Forest. Did you know that Seniors can get a $10 lifetime pass to our National Parks and Federal Recreation Areas. I did not know that and we discovered that today when we went for a hike on the Loft Mountain Loop trail up in the Blue Ridge Mountains between the Charlottesville area and the Shenandoah Valley. It was gorgeous up there and ten degrees cooler than on the piedmont area where we ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:00:59 EST Applying Moderation For a Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427745 Spark Coach has assigned this topic to write about as it applies to my healthy lifestyle journey so here goes. I have been going pretty strong with workouts and healthy dieting as well and for the past week I did have a plateau that I was getting frustrated with. <BR> <BR> This week I was busy helping my son and daughter in law which I enjoyed, and then this weekend I got very busy with going to a Live Arts Singing Performance for my granddaughter, Anna. Of course, she was wonderful and I... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:34:02 EST Kept Busy Helping the Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425777 Today I was up at 6 and on the road by 7:30 to Charlottesville, VA about 35 miles from here where I helped my son and daughter in law get their car to be repaired and then we all went to the stores in that community where I can find some things that we don't have at home. Later in the day we went through most of their clothes and packed them up and took some things to the Good Will lady. Felt good to help them get something done. Then came home and worked out hard again. I'm tired.....so ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:21:55 EST I Did It Again...You'd Think I'd Learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424544 This is so embarrassing really. I know better but I can't tell you why I did it...I have not been eating enough calories each day. So I am working out like crazy and of course my body says "not enough food...better hang on to the fat" and there I find myself in another plateau. I thought I learned this lesson a month or so ago, but here I am again. I guess it is my tendency and I will have to be watching for it in the future. I tend to save calories for the end of the day and then I end u... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:55:30 EST The Last Mistake I Made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423265 This blog was assigned by Spark Coach and as always has turned out to be more than a helpful suggestion. Sunday I ended up skipping an exercise session and I usually don't do that but my reward was to go to the movies and off I went. The problem was that I didn't plan ahead far enough and impulsively went without thinking. As the theater is an hour away (I live in the middle of nowhere in Central Virginia) and so there was at least 2 hours of drive time involved. So anyway we got home lat... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:50:32 EST Keepin' On Keepin' On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421957 Well another day at the ranch guys...I have been a busy girl today. I promised myself that I would get my cardio in early and I did. I did 59 minutes of cardio today in 2 separate sessions. Why 59 minutes? Who knows? At any rate I am getting at least 2 miles in every day now. I decided to kick it up a notch as long as I feel good and my body isn't complaining. (I guess we can't call sweating complaining.) So that feels good to have that out of the way. I also managed to clean and bla... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:25:00 EST Good Work Out Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421031 Yesterday was a reward day and I ended up taking in a movie I wanted to see. My planning wasn't the best because we have to drive 40 miles to the theater in Richmond and it involves 2 hours of driving as well as the movie and whatever. At any rate I got home late and the treadmill is in the bedroom and some folks go to bed early so that was that. It really was poor planning on my part as I should have grabbed the treadmill earlier in the day. I have to grab it when I can now so I will sta... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 19:47:57 EST 77 Days, But Who's Counting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419147 Today has been a much better day than the rest of the week. I got up and got a few things done that I needed to do in the morning and after lunch I got a good workout in which always makes me feel good about myself. I can't believe it has been 77 days since I found this site! Thank God I did because it has changed my life. I feel more energetic, stronger, and a bit slimmer as I have lost 10 lbs. since I started. I also feel that I am back in control of myself. When I was gaining and not... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:42:49 EST Reaching Intermediate goal - 150 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418381 I finally reached 150 lbs. and it does feel like a good accomplishment. I've lost 3 lbs. this month so far. Today I only exercised for about 15 minutes. Needed a slower day and will put on the burn again tomorrow. My next goal is 145 and I have promised myself that I will not be above 150 ever again. I am looking forward to being in the 140's again. <BR> <BR> Well, the repair man came out today and ascertained that we need a new part for the oven, but said it is not available anymore... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:24:07 EST Thank you guys & Trying to turn a negative to a positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417071 Before I begin I want to thank everyone for their suggestions for rewards for goals achieved. I have decided to use several of your ideas and will start with the first one being a movie as I love them dearly! Secondly for the next 5 lb. goal (145) I will get an iPod as I would like to get outside when it gets cooler and will need some music to help me move! I will have to sell some things on ebay to make it happen, but I will do that as well. I will be using other ideas you have been sub... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:15:24 EST Need A Reward Suggestion! Suggestions Please!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414463 Exercising is definitely getting easier and so I am kicking it up a notch. I get the incline up on the old treadmill and go for it. Today I lost another pound so I am thrilled as I am 1 away from the 150 mark, which is an intermediate goal for me. I have been eating healthy at the low end of my calorie range and really working hard on the treadmill and doing the 20 minute resistance band workout 3 days a week. Its a nice workout that I enjoy. Anyway when I hit those intermediate goals (e... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 14:25:57 EST Sunday - The Lord's Day and a Family Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413742 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l939765688.jpg"> <BR> DH "Pap" and the Girls <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l302821334.jpg"> <BR> More of the Girls <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l470176590.jpg"> <BR> "Pap" (DH) and Kelly and Max (who hates the water) <BR> <BR> Had a good time at church this morning and then home for some family time! Kelly and the girls (granddaughters Hailey and Anna) came for a swim in the ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:21:16 EST A Small Victory - Completed a Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412712 I am quite pleased that I was able to complete the Lose 4 lbs. by the 4th (of July) challenge for the Partnership Accountability to the Finish Line team. I actually had to really scramble to complete the challenge and actually lose 4 lbs. by the 4th -- because I was like the rabbit in the Tortoise & the Hare -- I got out there and lost the 4 lbs. and then went on vacation and gained 2 of them back -- not very smart! When I came home I had to lose 2 lbs. all over again. I was really discour... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:29:54 EST My Scariest Blog Ever...!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411490 Well Here Goes....What's so scary? Posting my July Goals! If I post them -- what happens if I don't make them happen? People will know and I will look foolish. Oh well, this is an attempt to motivate myself to get going on some ordinary type things. I visited a couple of Spark Pages this morning that have motivated me toward this insanity. One girl was posting her own July Goals and another gentleman shared a quote from South Pacific that really motivated me! "If you don't have a dream... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 12:04:06 EST Vacation Photos..What Its All About...Family & Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410640 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l735733313.jpg"> <BR> Leangirl with Grand Daughter Anna in Nashville <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584640073.jpg"> <BR> My Gorgeous Grand Daughters in Nashville - Anna & Hailey <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l861955643.jpg"> <BR> Leangirl Swooning Over Keith Urban's Star in Sidewalk <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l325150933.jpg"> <BR> Country Line D... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:52:38 EST Backtracking but Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408826 Well, the moral of the story is don't eat out for this girl! We just got back from vacation and I found that I gained 3 lbs. A friend said to set that as a goal to gain no more than 3 lbs. and was she ever right! For one thing restaurants serve very few vegetables! When I asked in one restaurants what vegetables they had the answer was "macaroni and cheese". Wow! Everything they served there was fried. In the future I will plan a lot better when picking where to go. This time we did ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:49:52 EST Why I Want to Lose the Last 15 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397411 <em>260</em> <em>131</em> Spark Coach has asked that I write about why I really want to lose the last 15 pounds! So here goes: I have always been the tallest girl in my class -- not something I enjoyed. I towered over the boys and all my girlfriends. As I got older it wasn't as bad but I always felt self conscious. One thing that I did have going for me is that I was thin -- so thin in fact, that I had to eat to try to gain weight. I was the proverbial bean pole. That added to my... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:26:04 EST Day 54 - Pushing It Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395441 Here I am at Day 54 - almost 8 weeks into this. The first 2 weeks were sort of just figuring out what to eat and how much I needed to move the body. After that it has been a matter of consistency. All in all it averages to a little more than a pound a week - 9 lbs. so far. <BR> <BR> I am more confident in my knowledge of how to fuel my body. It is a little complicated as I am gluten intolerant and I can't do any whole wheat products at all. Gluten free oatmeal is an important componen... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:12:44 EST Back on Track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393997 I had a couple of rough days as I somehow got into some MSG and I am very allergic to it so I ended up with a 2 day migraine. Fortunately I didn't feel much like eating so overeating wasn't an issue but getting exercise in with a migraine isn't any fun. I managed to do about 15 min. of cardio each day just to keep my metabolism revved up. <BR> <BR> When I weighed in this morning I was down 2 lbs. so I was delighted. I ended up Sparking for most of the day as I had over 100 emails to go ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 22:43:54 EST What Can I Do Better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388526 Well, I am going to weigh in the morning and I am kind of dreading it. I am afraid it won't go down. I always get to the point where I don't believe it will move down any more and then when I don't expect it to drop it finally does. At any rate, Spark Coach has assigned me to write about what I can do better for my program. <BR> <BR> So, in all honesty various things come to mind. But what is really important and doable at this point in my journey? Well, one thing I am having trouble wi... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 23:14:36 EST A Great Family Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387530 Today was lots of fun. We had my daughter and granddaughters over and my two granddaughters are here for the night. The girls swam in the pool, we had a healthy dinner, played games, watched a movie and in general had a wonderful family day. We laughed, joked, and shared experiences together. That's the best kind of day ever and I was healthy enough to enjoy it! My husband worked, but joined us later in the day. These are the kinds of days we reap by living a healthy lifestyle. <BR> ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 23:59:59 EST Changes I've Noticed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386031 Spark Coach suggested that I blog about any changes I have noticed since coming on board. I have lost 4 lbs. since I started the weight loss program, and 2 of them on this site. The changes, however, that Spark Guy was referring to are any changes other than the dial on the scale. <BR> <BR> The first thing that I noticed about 4 days after starting the program and actually exercising (OMG that was a huge change) is that I had more energy. I got up feeling so much better than I had for a l... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:16:05 EST A New Streak... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385261 Spark Coach has recommended I find a new challenge so my new challenge is a streak that says I will do at least 10 minutes of exercise 5 days per week. As I am already working out, I figured I could easily add it to the list. I want to be careful to keep my goals and expectations realistic because I need to be in this for the long haul. I don't have a lot of weight to lose (20 lbs. at this point) but being a sixty something means that my metabolism is sluggish no matter what I do (exercis... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:48:08 EST No Longer the European Style .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383483 I have been living my life on the European Plan shopping for 1 or 2 days at a time! I can't believe I have acquired this habit. It's time consuming and expensive -- so Spark Coach has given as a task -- the habit of planning my meals for the week and shopping for the meal plan for the week. Now why didn't I think of that? Planning ahead re: meals is obviously not one of my long suits in life. Why not? I guess it is because I have been so preoccupied with my other daily activities that I... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 14:58:20 EST One Day At A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382935 So I was up at the crack of dawn and driving an hour to my daughter's house for the yard sale. I made sure to have a fiber bar with me in case there was any temptation, and my low cal Lipton peach tea (5 calories.) I knew there would be the brownies that were available for sale and the lemonade the kids made for the sale. I even managed to have a healthy breakfast before leaving the house. The sale was a success, but we did get rained out at the end. Not too bad though and I loaded up and... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:26:11 EST About the Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381877 The collage is about my two strong goals in life right now: creating a healthy fit body and becoming a published writer. The collage has photos of strong women, the classic little black dress I would like to fit into (size 10), skinny jeans (size 10), fit, strong women(atheletes), a Canadian joke - definition of Canadians - Americans who learned to diet and exercise. Funny to my DH because he's Canadian from Stratford, Ontario, Babe Ruth's Quote: It's hard to beat a person who never gives... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 21:21:32 EST Don't Let Yourself Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380991 I had a busy day yesterday getting ready for a yard sale at my daughter's this weekend. It involved pricing, cleaning out, packing, loading the car and driving in pouring rain for 2 hours and while it felt great to have it all done I didn't feel like exercising when I got home. DH was great to wait for me to get home for dinner so we ate healthy together and after waiting for my meal to digest I did some Sparking and I just really did not want to get on that treadmill! <BR> <BR> My mind ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:14:12 EST Don't Let Yourself Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380990 I had a busy day yesterday getting ready for a yard sale at my daughter's this weekend. I involved pricing, cleaning out, packing, loading the car and driving in pouring rain for 2 hours and while it felt great to have it all done I didn't feel like exercising when I got home. DH was great to wait for me to get home for dinner so we ate healthy together and after waiting for my meal to digest I did some Sparking and I just really did not want to get on that treadmill! <BR> <BR> My mind c... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:13:14 EST My Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379288 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462522655.jpg"> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 14:57:06 EST A Work In Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378212 Our lives are always changing and evolving in one direction or another. But I believe the prudent individual chooses wisely the direction for his or her life. Do we live life in sort of a default mode or do we intentionally make choices and set goals for a better life? Sometimes we go through a valley where we are sort of coasting along, and that can be okay for the short term because life does throw us some serious issues to deal with. But for the long term I think we really need to inte... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 16:57:39 EST Where Did You Shop Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376657 Most of my life I have spent shopping on a limited grocery budget and that was my focus. At times I was a coupon queen and shopping at the discount groceries always looking for deals. That seemed like the thing to do and I was fairly good at trimming that grocery budget successfully. Don't get me wrong this is a good and fun practice. But -- and this is a biggie -- was I really getting a good deal considering what the cost was to my body? When at times I was throwing empty calories into ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:17:05 EST Finally Broke Through That Plateau! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376113 I was struggling for over 2 weeks with losing any weight at all. In fact I struggled to lose any weight before starting the Spark Coach Program and that's why I joined. During my 2 week plateau journey I had to figure out what to eat and since I was low carbing when I started and that wasn't working for me. I decided to follow the Spark People plan as it has helped so many others on the site. I had a hard time adjusting to eating more food as my body had actually been in starvation mode b... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 23:08:42 EST Spark Coach & the Bucket List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373936 It's all connected you know -- the physical and mental aspects of this healthy body and weight loss journey we are on. Spark Coach has been a positive experience for me because it not only gives us the information we need to develop our body, but challenges us mentally to sort out just why we are doing this. I think if we are doing it solely to look good in those skinny jeans or a size 10 we probably will lose some of our motivation to stay on course. The real prize is to be able to accomp... Fri, 31 May 2013 18:48:01 EST Nutritional Changes I've Made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371503 I just wanted to take a moment to share some of the nutritional changes I have made in this journey. Actually, it is an assignment from Spark Coach and a good one. The most important change has really been portion control if I am honest about it. Kind of embarassing really. I would eat supersized meals and especially as we get older our bodies just don't need that much food. So where does it go? My body stored it as fat right quick and in a hurry. The last thing that I want. I would k... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:54:22 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370393 We had a wonderful Memorial Day at our house with my 2 kids and our 2 grandchildren sharing it with us. Also, we celebrated my husband's birthday as well. I just want to give Fred a shout out today as he has been very supportive of my Sparking and healthy lifestyle changes. These changes I think affect our friends and family in a positive way because it encourages them to be healthy and think about their own health and vitality. Thanks Fred for your encouragement and support! <BR> <BR>... Tue, 28 May 2013 12:39:34 EST A Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368965 I have modified my diet and I am now eating the recommended foods (with some substitutions for gluten free items) and I am actually eating more food now. That may help. I did cardio today but spent most of the day cooking with all the family coming tomorrow. My goal for tomorrow is a no cheat day and 10 min. Of exercise unless I can get some folks out for a walk! Spark Coach recommends I do the Fitness Generator so that's my next step. My goal is to get more fitness minutes in and to add... Mon, 27 May 2013 04:29:27 EST