LEANNROCKS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANNROCKS LEANNROCKS'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/ God's Plan for Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239563 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57c22349-a980-42eb-a0c6-4443f168f490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most seniors never get enough exercise. <BR> <BR> In His Wisdom, God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <BR> Then God saw there was another need. In His Wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend,... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:42:58 EST Commitment: Does yours have roots? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148645 Albert Einstein has said, "The very definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results." Is this where you are? Does this personify your behavior day in and day out? You know what to do; move more and eat more of the right choices and less of the ones that are contrary to your goals. <BR> <BR> But knowing is not the same as DOING. Knowing does not magically manifest itself into DOING. How do you change that? What does it take for you to b... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:58:43 EST Movin' On - Pitiful January Results - Better Habit Building http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082641 January started off with very few bumps. I went cold turkey off the Dr Pepper, tracked my calories daily, wore my FitBit daily, and posted on Spark weekly.Five pounds gone in two weeks; then not only did the loss stall, it reversed. I was not doing anything different. I thought maybe my calories were too restrictive, so one day I bumped them by 300 and gained 2#. The beginning of the end. <BR> <BR> I had a medical procedure a week ago and I've been disgusted with my lack of motivation <BR> t... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:06:20 EST Mid-month slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077315 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ea67ea8-c7b2-46be-92a7-75e579a4ea4d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are lots of quotes that assure a person they are closer to a victory when they want to quit than they could possibly know. I know that results will come. Eventually. <BR> <BR> A quickie medical procedure has derailed me, which really wasn't much of a push. I've been logging calories and activity every day, plus walking 10,000 steps almost every day with no result for the month. I need... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:49:27 EST Day 9 Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065957 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16d5a1e3-67d9-42e6-9553-9963f14a4676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have changed my strategy of late, preferring to say what I've done vs what I plan, which never develops. Big victory in that I have not had any soda this year and I have tracked my food each day. I've been following my friend Nancy's method of calories in/calories out and have burned MORE calories each day than I'm eating. I have stayed within my calorie range each day. <BR> <BR> I'm get... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:52:32 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a13ebcf-df19-467f-8fcc-51c732ab36eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yep, my rewards jar received another earned dollar for Jan 2. I'd be lying if I said it has been easy - but I'm not quitting. I know that with each successful day, it will be easier. I'm setting myself up for failure if I believe it will ever be easy. Banished fat only stays banished with diligence for like, forever. I can do this. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 20:38:57 EST Day 1 Success and Reward Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058191 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f501454-9f23-4fa8-bee5-b5a03c523866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, I'm the kinda girl that works well with visuals, charts, sticky notes. I saw this neat idea on Pinterest where this person fed her jar $1 for each workout she did. To follow her lead, I wanted to focus on the positive and the things I'm doing right day after day. I have enough negativity coming at me without focusing on funding a jar because I missed a workout. <BR> <BR> My biggest nem... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 17:12:53 EST My Weight Loss Binder Part 1 of 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056237 Yes, I finally did it. I sat down and set goals for myself and a plan to accomplish my goals. I've read that if you think about something all day, you should do something about it. I love quotes, charts, lists, papers, binders, highlighters, gel pens, graphs, and my new discovery - washi tape! I have tried to include all these in my weight loss binder (which is really a composition book with grided paper). I have spent way too much time on Pinterest as I dig for printables, ideas to replicate... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:44:38 EST My Weight Loss Binder Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056236 This is part 2 of the weight loss binder I am sharing today. I have always kept a fitness-type record of exercise I did or what I ate - usually in a leftover spiral from my kids classes. I always have a yearly planner. In my more recent searches, I have seen where others add bling and flair to their planners with stickers and tape and colored EVERYTHINGS! I had color designations in my planners - red ink for do it now, orange for anything school-related, blah blah. Boring. For me, it will be ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 16:44:25 EST The Good The Bad The Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054508 Don't just those words generate the lead-in flute-ish music for that? Iconic music for sure, but that isn't what this post is about. <BR> <BR> The Good : I did not gain any weight this year. <BR> <BR> The Bad: I did not lose any weight this year. <BR> <BR> The Ugly: I already have a fitness plan in place and goals on the calendar for 2016. It will get a lot worse before things get better - but things WILL GET BETTER! <BR> <BR> And all that UGLY fat will be history! <BR> <BR> My plan inc... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:44:28 EST Indiscriminate Prattling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043983 Just some random musings as I look back at this year and forward to the new one. <BR> <BR> 1. Just because I don't know what/where this gypsy husband of mine will be/do, is no reason for me to NOT have a plan for the year. ( I actually found I had written this in my planner January 2014) <BR> <BR> 2. I lost more weight during my 3-week hospital stay - anchored to a bed - than I have all year prior to surgery. In fact, I've GAINED 10 pounds in the past 4 months. <BR> <BR> 3. I have to tr... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 20:50:38 EST A New Week - Another Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997366 While my heart is gung-ho to get my body moving and making the best food choices, the rest of me lags. I was a good girl and Saturday morning, I did one of the workouts from PiYo - not in the correct order as it was an off day, but I wanted, no, I HAD to do something for my body. The workout in this program was a low impact cardio from TurboFire. (Love that series!) Except my knees didn't like it - too soon? The rest of my body was just as sore. <BR> <BR> I googled 'best home workouts'. Y... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:23:28 EST The Fighter in Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995466 I am 13 weeks post op from my first knee surgery, 12 weeks from the second. I left a three week hospital stay with a few new eating habits; salad with each lunch & dinner, very small portion sizes, no soda all day long. I continued this for the first month home. Then I dropped my guard - kinda like when your anti-malware program is out of date, the negative stuff crept in. Now it has piled up and the weight is coming back. <BR> <BR> I am gonna reboot! I am not gonna dwell on my failures or ... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:51:37 EST Aug Accountability Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972191 While I may not be happy with my goal adherence, I am pleased with the success of my day; gathered paperwork for phone calls I'll make after getting home from Austin. <BR> <BR> No calories after 7pm .... done <BR> Soda restricted to 2 cans daily .... no, had 3 <BR> Wear FitBit - increase by 100 steps daily ....4,022 (+884) <BR> Continue daily Physical therapy .... no <BR> Begin upper body strength training .... no <BR> <BR> Pain slightly increased today, probably because I was on my feet s... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 20:25:32 EST Aug Accountability Day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971613 I discussed my high pain level for the past three days with my physical therapist this morning and she suggested that I wait a few more weeks before cutting back on my pain meds. Taking one every six hours has made a huge difference today. She also told me that she has never seen any patient - single or double knee replacement - who can squat as deep as I can on the Total Gym. Since that may also be a source of added pain, she watched me so that I bent only 90°. <BR> <BR> I am also drinkin... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 20:08:01 EST Aug Accountability Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971047 A couple of my good Spark friends are posting daily blogs to be accountable. I'm not sure if I have the discipline, or the desire to do this every day, but wanted to give it a chance and see what it does for my success. <BR> <BR> My August goals: <BR> <BR> No calories after 7pm <BR> Soda restricted to 2 cans daily <BR> Wear FitBit - increase by 100 steps daily <BR> Continue daily physical therapy <BR> Begin upper body strength training <BR> <BR> I am gonna work to lose 8# so that I am und... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 21:43:21 EST Another Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962865 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05cd25ad-674b-43aa-8bab-be89a8d868fa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This poster says it all for me today. It has always been my 'go-to' verse when I am overcome by the tsunamis of emotion, despair, and fear. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:45:07 EST Gotta Say That I'm Excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933603 I've done lots of online research. The wait is draining, but I am now 2 weeks out from my first knee replacement surgery; the other knee 7 days later. I went from seeing 2 different orthopedics telling me that I am too young and should wait until I am 65, to a doctor who says that my knees will only continue to deteriorate, making recovery and rehab much harder. We talked about it - after all, this is a family decision, and agreed to get this behind us. It is in my future, now or at 65. The t... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:49:07 EST My 'hate-affair' with Spark People. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932081 This is not a new conversation. For my closest Spark friends, Sheila, Jane, Nancy, and Anita, they have heard me threaten to close my Spark account and delete my Spark page before. I've been here for Y-E-A-R-S, literally. I did have some success in 2011 when I dropped 37#, but what have I done lately? Well, I've gained a lot of it back and no REAL plan to regain control of my life. I'm all talk and no action. <BR> <BR> I got back on Spark this month to say goodbye to these four faithful fri... Thu, 21 May 2015 15:46:50 EST Ten things you must tell yourself today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464853 10. IT'S NOT TOO LATE. <BR> No matter who you are; no matter what you did; no matter where you've come from, you can ALWAYS change and become a better version of yourself. <BR> <BR> 9. I AM PRICELESS IN SOMEONE'S EYES. <BR> Focus on those who love and accept you for who you are, and shower them with the love and kindness they deserve. Cherish the people who saw you when you were invisible to everyone else. <BR> <BR> 8. THERE IS ENOUGH TIME TODAY TO DO SOMETHING I LOVE. <BR> You will find h... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 12:06:52 EST Moov-In at the 40 acres and Dr. Sexy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464392 Dropping a kid off at college is both emotional and exhausting. He wanted to know why we did not load the car yesterday evening and I promptly asked him how secure he felt with leaving his expensive, high-powered gaming computer in a locked car outside his window. ‘Nuff said. <BR> <BR> We have a small car and it usually takes us two trips to get everything in his dorm that he wants to have, at least that is how it worked last year. Somehow his housing contract got screwed up and he got tosse... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:27:28 EST The Awesome Goodness of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456534 My life mostly reflects a cycle of exercising and healthy eating and then, well, not. We finally upgraded our bicycles at Christmas and were enjoying the challenges of riding in the Texas Hill Country. We are excited for our daughter’s plans to spend her vacation with us in August. Our son is finishing his first year at UT; life is better than good. Then came my husband’s diagnosis in early May – diabetes. Earnestly, I read everything I could on his treatment and what meals I should be feedi... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:46:00 EST Is All or Nothing my Ball and Chain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805646270.jpg"> <BR> Chaos. Pandemonium. Ground Zero. <BR> <BR> I once read a book entitled “Does this clutter make my butt look fat?”. It discussed the parallels of a disorganized, tumultuous home and body issues, primarily dealing with weight. Since then, I've read a plethora of other articles that communicated the connection of how all parts of our life are inter-connected. It caused me to ponder if I was a bad employee because I was in... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:01:10 EST Time to Re-assess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224556 <em>222</em> <em>486</em> <em>473</em> <em>480</em> <em>262</em> <BR> <BR> While I AM eating more of the good stuff, I'm not eating or drinking any less of the crappy stuff. And every Monday, I start strong with the exercise, only to succumb to my bad knees until Monday rolls around again. My eating seems to be centered around getting rid of the bad stuff so we can start clean. Yada, Yada, Yada. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> In two weeks, I'll make the trip to Houst... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 15:45:27 EST What My FitBit Says About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195769 <em>311</em> <em>104</em> <em>17</em> <em>320</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> I splurged on myself and received a FitBit One right before Christmas. Cute little gadget, but I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be. Didn't wear it for a week because I've been traveling and also laying around with a sinus infection. I had decided to send it back. I can get lots of apps on my new phone that will do almost all the same things. But, I have to start whatever app I want to use, whereas t... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 20:41:42 EST So That I'm Not a Liar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192670 My DH told me that when I got ready to start Insanity again, he'd try to do it with me. Well, tomorrow is that day. My allergies are still making me absolutely miserable, but I am also miserable as I watch the days tick away while I lay with a heating pad on my face. <BR> <BR> I am posting this week's workout plan and commit to you that I will do them. <BR> <BR> Monday : Fit Test (me), Cardio Power & Resistance <BR> Tuesday: Pure Cardio <BR> Wednesday: Plyometric Cardio Circuit <BR> Thursd... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 07:52:23 EST When We Knowingly Harm Ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190027 We know without a doubt to never use our cell phones while driving, yet accidents happen daily because this warning is ignored. New generations of smokers think they can quit any time they want, despite the mortality rate that proves just how dangerous smoking is. Our families are laced with smoking-induced illnesses and death. Excess alcohol consumption is a social travesty - ruining families, jobs, and lives. No dollar amount can be put on the damages here. <BR> <BR> A couple of years a... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 12:42:03 EST I'm Really Developing An Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l161161564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 19:18:38 EST Words are nothing but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186873 Along with you, I have many things I'd like to see change before the end of 2013. My dreams and goals stay the same from year to year - I know them so well that the list that used to be taped to the bathroom mirror is ragged, curled, and water-stained; at least I think it is water. <BR> <BR> Truly, I wish my more intransigent nature would emerge with the force of a charging lion. I know I have an obstinate side to me - just ask my husband who swears there is no one on the planet as stubborn... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:55:10 EST If You Do Only One Thing In 2013 . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177060 . . . . put yourself at the top of your list. It takes a deliberate effort to make time for you and your health. This is the one thing that should be set in stone because so much depends on you and when you aren't at your best, everything is a struggle and robbed of joy. Why do you keep putting this off? Once you are flat on your back, you will realize all those excuses you used were just that and you will start pondering how things can be better. Change that before the inevitable happens. <... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 20:49:39 EST I shouldn't dread this time of year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129514 . . . but I guess I do. Temptations are everywhere. Opportunities to eat are abundant, many disguised as obligations to see family or to just be festive. Food gifts have the potential to goad me into ‘just one bite’ that never ends. Instead of just saying that I will do my best to restrain from excessive indulgences - which I am only kidding myself, by the way – I have decided to have a PLAN. A plan on paper, on my wall so that I will see it everyday. <BR> <BR> I know there are things I si... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:58:33 EST 17 Day Diet Compliant - Egg Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119089 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278566359.jpg"> <BR> This is a wonderful breakfast recipe that I tried this morning. I found it on http://www.kalynskitchen.com/. She has loads of South Beach recipes. Since I am on the 17 Day Diet, she has many recipes that I can tweak. <BR> <BR> Next time I make it, I will use more whites than whole eggs and probably add broccoli. The beauty of this recipe, you can add what you have. I added some leftover taco meat, made from ground tur... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:25:57 EST Insanity - Second Day - WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118296 Not ONLY did I do Insanity's Plyometric Cardio Circuit, I went for a bike ride in these steep hills. I did pace myself better during Insanity, which probably did not amount to doing half of the workout. This is exactly how I completed P90X. As long as I am faithful to give my best efforts, I will get stronger every day. <BR> <BR> And then I came home and took a nap. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:35:28 EST Insanity - Day One - Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116816 If I’d had the energy, I’d have taken a chill pill. They do make them, don’t they? Seriously, I refuse to suck. I deny it a place in my life. It is just gonna take more effort to keep it away than I had expected. I don’t suck. I don’t suck. I don’t suck. Gonna fake it til I make it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846665148.jpg"> <BR> One problem with repeatedly restarting Insanity is the Fit Test is always day one. I substituted Pure Cardio for today’s workout. I kno... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:38:19 EST Habitrail Contraption Adversity, or, just my Obstinance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114923 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1521522076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While it is true that we live in a society that is technological, I am anything but. And by the time I learn to use a program or connect a device, the technology or equipment is outdated. My mental keyboard is always short a few keys, if you get my drift. When we left Houston, we downsized by half and I lost my video players. I thought, no biggie, I’ll always have a computer and my exercise videos play flawlessly.... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:29:53 EST Insanity is my Poison. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110557 I can’t help it. I am an all or nothing sorta person. When I struggle for that balance signifying control, I ultimately find myself brought to the same, empty end. It is time to allow myself the freedom to do things my way. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784143807.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “MY WAY” is to push myself to my limits. It means to grab hold of something so fiercely that it demands my best efforts. I am dissatisfied with these apathetic, weak exercise videos that ar... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:25:19 EST He Made It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904535 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252858356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just had the most wonderful weekend in years! I was surrounded by family who had flown in for Josh’s Valedictorian speech and commencement ceremony. It was a massive event held in Reliant Stadium. My brother and his wife who live across town from me joined us for two days. I was thrilled to give my SIL a quilt for their first baby. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264695718.jpg">... Wed, 30 May 2012 15:12:44 EST Things Beyond My Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890199 My laptop hates me - or maybe its Spark. I will try this again. I should type my first draft in Word so that when the text disappears, I can hit that little “undo” button to save the day. I can’t believe it has only been 7 days since my blog. A super-stressful week. <BR> <BR> I did not realize that I had been holding my breath until Thursday morning’s official declaration of class rank. Our school district (maybe they all do this) weighs all AP, IB, and Honors classes the same. Sever... Sun, 20 May 2012 19:53:09 EST May has been the longest year of my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879908 I was doing SO good at spinning the wheel on Spark - even hit a 30 day streak and then last weekend I did not even power up my laptop. It didn't occur to me until Monday that I broke my streak. Oh well, I am not too reliable during the summer as it is. This summer will be no different. <BR> <BR> There is too much drama happening right now. My gorgeous DD is carrying twins and there are complications. God has answered one prayer - we are waiting for the others. I feel so guilty not bein... Sun, 13 May 2012 21:28:05 EST Stubborn Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841472 Life has so many obstacles from point A to point B that it should be water off a duck's back by this time. My hard-headedness has to be one of my better assets - I seldom take no for an answer - unless it comes from God. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88611277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My fitness center changed the key for the first time in nearly 5 years. I've seen the door bashed in, boarded up and the facility trashed at least a dozen times over those years. I'd s... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:38:18 EST A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830922 I awoke this morning with new purpose after receiving the great news last night that my daughter is flying in for Joshs graduation next month. It has been two years since we've seen each other.There are no words to describe my joy. <BR> <BR> Since October, it has been non-stop scholarship applications for me. Research and essays and transcripts and post office and. And it is done. Josh & I decided that a lot of these awards will be withheld because of his financial aid offers so we decid... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:32:06 EST Wound Too Tight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828979 That's me. Can't do much physically since my knees are still swollen so the anxiety piles on. Not doing too bad with the eating - emotional eating has always had a hook in me. <BR> <BR> Too many things coming down within the next 90 days. I've thrown a tantrum of sorts when I told my family that I would buy their plane tickets since they won't drive here for graduation. And NO! I don't care that they didn't make here last year for my niece's graduation. SHE didn't graduate Valedictori... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:59:45 EST Ok, so maybe this IS an accountability blog . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814945 . . . since it is an update of my last one. I did P90X all week - minus all the jumping. I modified everything and only went to the point of pain with my knees. I am dismayed with my loss of strength yet I know that muscle-memory will kick in with my consistency. Even with all my delicate movements, my knees are swollen and keeping me awake at night again. Not sure what my plan is from here. <BR> <BR> My war with soda continues. This is not one of my strong times. Last year I had a s... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:46:22 EST NOT my accountability report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804650 Busy people are expert jugglers. How many balls do you have in the air? Or, how many dinner plates do you have spinning? I know technology is supposed to streamline our lives, but I must've missed that train because I personally feel as overwhelmed as ever. <BR> <BR> Time to get back to basics - labeling my plates and putting a limit on how many I allow myself to spin at the same time. I love a clean home - that is first in my daily routine. I have learned that on those insane days wh... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 21:50:51 EST I've heard you need to have a goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787809 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166343474.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And I've always got them. Lately it has occurred to me that I don't have a plan of action - I just know it is something I want. I do not know what has happened to the past nine months. My life has been a blur because of all I've had to do and there is no relief for another six months. Actually, I think the next months will be more frantic. <BR> <BR> I am determined to regain control of my life. Time to get a fi... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:22:01 EST WHAT goes up. . . ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710436 Why is it everytime my life gears up another notch I abandon all fitness goals? I know this about my self; I've gone around this mountain so much there HAS to be an algebraic equation for it. (Or maybe a medical term?) I feel SSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better when I am lighter. My breathing is easier, I sleep better, my clothes don't cut into me, my knees thank me. But, here I am again feeling frumpy.....and only myself to blame. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 14:39:11 EST I Shouldn't Be Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664468 Saturday mornings finds me moving at a much different pace than other days. Saturdays are unique that way for me; no other day has this distinction. I do not know if it comes from a self-preservation instinct for me to take a breath, or if I am lazy and complacent. As I sit here, I don't even feel guilty. It may be hours before I quit searching for new music. Later today I will be critical of myself - after all, there are too many things on my list. Research to do, books to read, paperwork... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:09:24 EST Is it Providence or Surrender? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4585949 For the 2nd time in as many months, my kid is home sick with the flu. There is always something about vacations and school holidays that calls for what ever germs are floating around and hits our schools and before long, teachers and parents also are ill. It is so bad, apparently, that the attendance clerk asked for details because the health department was tracking them. To his credit, Josh hates to miss school because the make up work is brutal. I knew when he came home from school last ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 19:01:04 EST The "Thou Shalt Be's" to follow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582317 Yes, I've been online W-A-Y too much since my last blog as I explore what others have to say about success, productivity, time and self-management, to name a very few. I have bought a digital timer for myself to keep from having to set the alarm on my rinkie-dink cellphone. I've been trying to get myself trained to doing things in 'time-boxes'. Sometimes a new gadget breathes new life and fun into my day. <BR> <BR> I ran across a blog that wanted to reflect on here. <BR> <BR> 1. THO... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 14:34:24 EST Shackled with Busy-Ness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578555 I was at a parent's meeting at school this week. Like every other parent there, I am busy. Actually, I am busy beyond my own comprehension. Then a statement was made that I am already finding out for myself - this is as slow as this school year will ever get. Based on what several mom's had told me last year, senior year was to be the taper year since the heavy lifting had already been done. Not hardly. And certainly NOT for a student with top class ranking. Since these are the kids i... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 20:35:46 EST