LETHA_'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LETHA%5F LETHA_'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/ Blogging Frequency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613948 Hello Sparkers, <BR> I'm down a couple of pounds for the week. Still exercising. Still tracking my food on Spark People. From May until about Christmas I really enjoyed blogging but this past month it's felt more like a chore. So, instead of trying to blog every day, I'm going to change my goal to blogging at least once per week. <BR> <BR> Long story short, to reach my goal I just need to keep doing what I've been doing. <BR> <BR> Ditto <BR> <BR> Ditto <BR> <BR> Ditto <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:45:32 EST Vanity Sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612210 Exercise Done <BR> Food tracked <BR> <BR> ---------- <BR> <BR> I learned a new term today from a SparkPeople blog. Vanity Sizes. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=what_is_your_true_size </link> <BR> <BR> It's been years since I went shopping in a real store for women's clothes. I tend to shop on line and in recent years often buy from men's big and tall clothing stores because the sizes run bigger, they are less expensive, and they hold up better. Usually... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:01:21 EST Distorted Views of Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609144 In 75 Seconds: Why We Have Such Distorted Views of Beauty <BR> <BR> I thought this 75 second video was amazing. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=17 </link> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:04:06 EST Naked Food Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608575 <em>368</em> <em>277</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>371</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>491</em> <em>369</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to share a link to the latest issue of “Naked Food Magazine”. <BR> <BR> <link>http://nakedfoodmagazine.com/naked-f<BR>ood-magazine-winter-2014/?utm_source=N<BR>aked+Food+Magazine&utm_campaign=49617a<BR>c303-Print_14&utm_medium=email&utm_ter<BR>m=0_bcb1d35dc8-49617ac303-40267245 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:17:03 EST New Crockpot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607406 Food tracked and exercise done. I'm down 1.8lbs for the week which is slightly lower then my weekly goal of 2 lbs. I'm chalking it up to hormones. My average for the month of January is 2.05 lbs /week so I'm still on target to reach my 10 week BTS goal of 20 lbs and my 100 Day book challenge goal of 30 lbs by April 10th. <BR> <BR> I'm making crock-pot pinto beans today. I have a very small and a very large crockpot and felt I needed an medium sized one so I bought one on Amazon. They ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:21:14 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606688 Exercise done & food tracked. Got one of two tax returns filed electronically. Waiting on one more piece of info to file the second one. Just finished watching season 1 of "The Americans" on Amazon. All is good in my world. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l628598086.jpg"> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 23:30:47 EST Photo Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605574 Exercise done & food tracked. <BR> <BR> We've had a wonderful streak of sunny weather which is a real treat in January on the Washington Coast. We got out today looking for photos for one of Mary's photography groups. She was looking for photo image that started with the letters G, H, I. I thought I'd share since it represents things I saw and did today. <BR> <BR> G is for Glass. This house is in Oysterville on the edge of Willapa Bay and you can see through the windows on both sid... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:32:06 EST Voting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604729 Food tracked and exercise done. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1319683110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Voting day is not really a thing in Washington state as we vote by mail which is super convenient. A few days after you put your ballet in the mail you can look on line to see if they got your ballot which I think is pretty cool. Seems like it would be a good system to implement nationwide. I think we should just vote online. I pay my taxes online and yesterday I re... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:33:24 EST Daffodils http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603732 Hello Sparkers <BR> Exercise done & food tracked. <BR> <BR> Got out in the sunshine for a bit today. This is a photo looking east out over the Columbia River near where the river meets the ocean at low tide. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1775506832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know much of the country is freezing cold so don't hate me when I tell you that I've got daffodils popping up in the yard. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l13... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:09:30 EST Charleston Grits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602524 Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Daily Action Plan <BR> ~Drink 64 oz of water – In progress <BR> ~Track All food and stay in calorie range 1100-1500/day <BR> ~Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done <BR> ~Participate reading group "100 Days of Weight Loss" - Done <BR> ~Dust <BR> ~Organize Bathroom Cupboard <BR> ~Recycle – (Mary did this for me) <BR> ~New Recipe: Charleston Grits from ‘Everyday Happy Herbivore ‘ Cookbook - Done. <BR> ~Write Spark People Blog <B... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:14:54 EST Same Old Same Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601672 Another day another 45 minutes of exercise with 3 meals and 2 snacks input to my Spark Tracker. Between my book discussion and my BTS team I'm already interacting and sharing a lot on Spark which might be why I’m not feeling a need to express myself in my blog today. <BR> <BR> I've got some moody female hormone stuff going on. Temporary. I'm watching the 1st season of 'The American's' on Amazon. I've got some potatoes simmering on the stove for dinner. Can’t think of much else to say... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:12:02 EST Down 2.2 for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600507 Monday is weigh-in day for the 'Beyond The Scale' challenge. Last Monday I set a weekly goal to lose 2 lbs and do 309 minutes of intentional exercise. I actually lost 2.2 lbs and did 318 minutes of exercise. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So it's more of the same for me next week. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> Here are my updated weight loss stats. <BR> <BR> Total Lost: 112.60 <BR> <BR> 1/20/2014 – 413.4 (-2.2) <BR> 1/13/2014 – 415.6 (-2.4) <BR> 1/6/2014 – 418.0 (-1.8) <BR> 1/1/2014... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:43:34 EST Minestrone Soup with Quinoa & Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599480 Tonight I had a virtual dinner with my good Spark Friend Annette. We both made Minestrone Soup with Quinoa & Kale. Here's a link to the recipe. <BR> <BR> <link>foodmatters.tv/articles-1/warming-mi<BR>nestrone-soup-with-quinoa-kale-free-re<BR>cipe </link> <BR> <BR> We served it with corn muffins and really enjoyed it. Here are some photos. <BR> <BR> Minestrone Soup in a Bowl <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1324336166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Celery, Red Bel... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:17:57 EST Self Driving Cars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598286 Exercise Done <BR> Food Tracked <BR> ---------- <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687644565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Call me a geek but I like new techie stuff. I saw another story on CNN this morning about self-driving cards. Here’s a link to a 2.5 min video if you are interested. <BR> <BR> <link>http://money.cnn.com/video/technolog<BR>y/2014/01/15/t-ts-driverless-cars.cnnm<BR>oney/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is coming down the pike much faster then everyone realize... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:44:20 EST Photos: Letha Age 9 & Onions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597571 Thought I'd share a couple of photos tonight. For my BTS challenge we're swapping out our profile pic for the weekend with one of ourselves under the age of 18. This is me from the 4th grade, age 9. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790530623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I also wanted to share some photos of the onion I cooked in my new Stone wave cooker. The booklet recommends cutting a hole in the center and adding a bouillon cube and a bit of butter. I cut the hole i... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:18:19 EST Nurturing Power of Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596285 Action Plan Jan 16, 2014 <BR> <BR> ~Drink 64 oz of water <BR> ~Track All food and stay in calorie range 1100-1500/day <BR> ~Do SparkPeople: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout - Done <BR> ~Jodi Stolove's 20 min. Sit Down & Tone Up video - Done <BR> ~SparkPeople 11-Minute Seated Cardio Workout Video - Done <BR> ~3 min Timed Walk - Done <BR> ~Write Spark People Blog <BR> ~Participate reading group "100 Days of Weight Loss" – Done <BR> ~Scrub down art room tables <BR> ~Help Mary to vacuum, sweep... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:45:57 EST Crockpot "Refried" Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595104 I made a new recipe today that I got from one of my BTS Teammates, Lyndsay. I thought I'd share some photos and a link. <BR> <BR> Crockpot "Refried" Beans ($0.19 per cup) <BR> <BR> <link>penniesandpancakes.blogspot.com/2012<BR>/09/crockpot-refried-beans-019-per-cup<BR>.html#.UtcmfvRDssp </link> <BR> <BR> Here they are mashed up in a bowl. We like them on the dry side with some whole beans still showing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1717510419.jpg... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:33:58 EST Morning Affects Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593692 Daily Action Plan <BR> ~ Track my food & eat 1000 – 1500 calories . <BR> ~ Do SparkPeople: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout - Done <BR> ~ Jodi Stolove's 20 min. Simply Stretch video - Done <BR> ~ SparkPeople 11-Minute Seated Cardio Workout Video - Done <BR> ~ Participate in 10 week ‘Beyond The Scale’ challenge - Done <BR> ~ Write Spark People Blog <BR> ~ Wipe down bath sink, shower, toilet <BR> ~Clean Fridge <BR> ~Wash Blankets <BR> ~Help Mary with teaching project - Done <BR> ~30 min. Art cla... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:52:40 EST Day 13: Oops, I forgot to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592730 My Daily Action Plan <BR> <BR> ~Track All food and stay in calorie range 1100-1500/day <BR> ~Drink 64 oz of water - <BR> ~Jodi Stolove's 20 min. Sit Down & Tone Up video - Done <BR> ~SparkPeople: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout - Done <BR> ~ SparkPeople 11-Minute Seated Cardio Workout Video - Done <BR> ~ 3 minute timed walk - Done <BR> ~ Write Spark People Blog <BR> ~ Participate reading group “100 Days of Weight Loss” - Done <BR> ~Laundry (To tell the truth, Mary has been doing this one) <... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:15:47 EST Twice Across The River http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591746 Good evening Sparkers, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54936673.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Didn’t get to everything on my To-Do list today. When we need something not available in our small rural grocery store we usually travel to Astoria across the Astoria Megler Bridge which spans the Columbia river between the SW corner of Washington State and the NW corner of Oregon State. We headed across the river this morning to replace a recently purchased laptop for Mary that ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:38:43 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590544 Hope you all are having a great day. <BR> <BR> Exercise Done. <BR> Tracking All Food. <BR> <BR> I've got my nose in a project and I'm not feeling very chatty so I'll leave you with a motivational quote and I'll be back tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118380335.jpg"> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:58:30 EST Storm Watching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589503 Daily Action Plan <BR> ~Drink 64 oz of water <BR> ~Track All food and stay in calorie range 1100-1500/day <BR> ~ Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done <BR> ~ Write Spark People Blog <BR> ~ Participate reading group “100 Days of Weight Loss” - Done <BR> ~Organize Bedroom Closet <BR> ~Photoshop Tutorial <BR> ~Get Gasoline for the generator & pull out flashlights to prepare for windstorm tonight. – Done (Thanks Mary) <BR> ----------- <BR> <BR> On the Washi... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:53:31 EST Jalapeno-Butternut Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588493 <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Daily Action Plan: <BR> <BR> ~Drink 64 oz of water <BR> ~Track All food and stay in calorie range 1100-1500/day <BR> ~ Jodi Stolove's 20 min. Sit Down & Tone Up video - Done <BR> ~ SparkPeople: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout - Done <BR> ~ SparkPeople 11-Minute Seated Cardio Workout Video - Done <BR> ~ 2.5 minute timed walk - Done <BR> ~ Write Spark People Blog <BR> ~ Participate reading group “100 Days of Weight Loss” - Done <BR> ~Help with cleaning floors in ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:59:35 EST Help Me Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587096 Today's Action Plan <BR> ~Track all food and stay in calorie range 1100-1500/day <BR> ~Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done <BR> ~Drink 64 oz of water <BR> ~Post Spark Blog <BR> ~Read section for '100 days of weight loss' book discussion. - Done <BR> ~Dust <BR> ~Organize Kitchen Cupboards <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1977361671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm reading, '100 Days Of Weight Loss' with a book discuss... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:11:00 EST I Can Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585673 Good morning Sparkers, <BR> <BR> My Action Plan for today: <BR> ~Track all food and stay in calorie range <BR> ~Jodi Stolove's 20 min. Simply Stretch video - Done <BR> ~SparkPeople: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout - Done <BR> ~ SparkPeople 11-Minute Seated Cardio Workout Video - Done <BR> ~2.5 minute timed walk - Done <BR> ~Drink 64 oz of water <BR> ~Post Spark Blog <BR> ~Read section for '100 Days of Weight Loss' book discussion - Done <BR> ~Clean Refrigerator <BR> ~Wipe down Bathroom showe... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 13:08:30 EST Protect Your Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584794 SparkPeople: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout - Done <BR> SparkPeople 11-Minute Seated Cardio Workout - Done <BR> Jodi Stolove's 20 min. Sit Down & Tone Up - Done <BR> 2.5 min timed walking - Done <BR> Food planned and tracked - Done <BR> ----------- <BR> <BR> I'm reading, "100 Days Of Weight Loss" with a book discussion group in the Emotional Eater’s Team. We're on day 6 of 100 and the topic today is about keeping other people from pulling you off track. Here is the response I posted in the ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:50:31 EST Magic Notebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583677 Good evening Sparkers, <BR> Quick one tonight. The new BTS challenge starts tomorrow and I am super excited. I continue to participate in the Book Discussion on the Emotional Eater's Team. Today's topic was about the benefit of using a notebook on your weight loss journey. Here is my my response today in the thread. <BR> <BR> ------------ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911768074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 5: The Magic Notebook. <BR> <BR> I’m not a big fan o... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 22:46:59 EST Boundaries Not Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581957 Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' – Done <BR> <BR> Here is a list of the Freggies I will be eating today. <BR> <BR> Blueberries <BR> Carrots <BR> Cabbage <BR> Peas <BR> Red Bell Pepper <BR> Kale <BR> Apple <BR> Potato <BR> Green Beans <BR> Yellow Wax Beans <BR> Kidney Beans <BR> Garbanzo Beans <BR> Prunes <BR> <BR> On my agenda for today is checking in with my challenge groups and cleaning out the car. <BR> <BR> I'm participating in a book discussion g... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 13:54:42 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581326 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> I'm completely distracted by the BTS Challenge opening the doors for the private team today. But I had to stop by and say I'm taking care of myself too. Did my 45 minutes of seated exercise and I'm tracking everything I eat. Things will quickly settle into a routine and I'll be back to over-sharing here on the blog very soon. <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:35:14 EST Interested or Committed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579448 Good morning Sparkers, <BR> <BR> SparkPeople: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout - Done <BR> Jodi Stolove's 20 min. Sit Down & Tone Up video - Done <BR> 2 Minute Timed walking in place - Done <BR> <BR> On the menu today: Fat Free Oven Fries and 4 Bean Salad. Here's a link to the salad recipe. <BR> <link>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip<BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=2638166 </link> <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> I hope you all have gotten 2014 off to a great start. I feel on top of things. I'v... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:54:51 EST 2014 Goals and Action Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578007 Good morning Sparkers, <BR> Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done <BR> What's Cooking? Black-eyed peas, cornbread, kale/onions/garlic cooked in veggie broth. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71320673.jpg"> <BR> --------------- <BR> <BR> First up, I want to share some of my goals and action plans. <BR> <BR> My 2014 Goals include the following: <BR> Lose 104 lbs <BR> Build up my walking ability to 30 minutes without ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:02:49 EST Be Safe Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577101 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l629589062.jpg"> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:23:34 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575777 Hi Sparkers, <BR> I'm doing well. I ate the last of the lentil soup for breakfast. I'm having a green smoothie for lunch and potatoes again for dinner. I'm busily working behind the scenes getting things ready for the BTS challenge to start up. We're filled to capacity for this round so the team has gone private again and soon everyone will be notified of their team assignment. Lots of anticipation which is really fun. So I'll leave you with another motivational quote today and get bac... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:16:56 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574962 <em>524</em> <BR> I'm doing great but not feeling very chatty. I'll share a little motivational quote and be back tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l718546242.jpg"> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:06:10 EST Quiet Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573691 Hello Sparkers. I have a quiet day planned. Eating lentil soup. Watching TV. Drinking Tea. Hope you all are doing well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25183331.jpg"> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:39:46 EST Challenges Streaks & Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573005 Good morning Sparkers! <BR> <BR> It's back to business today. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> Today is day 100 of my SparkPeople sign in spin streak. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> I started my morning with steel cut oats and blueberries and I've got a couple bowls of lentil soup in the fridge which will be reheated for lunch and dinner. <BR> <BR> Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done <BR> ------- <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about goals verses resolutions ... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 11:47:22 EST Caribbean Peas & Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572415 Yesterday, I made the Caribbean Peas & Rice recipe from page 164 of the "Everyday Happy Herbivore" cookbook. Here are some photos of the ingredients and the cooked dish. <BR> <BR> Turmeric, green Tabasco, low sodium vegetable broth, Jerk Seasoning, ketchup, black-eyed peas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984250887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brown Jasmine Rice, fresh thyme, garlic, ginger. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2101429249.jpg">... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:53:39 EST Tortuga Rum Cake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571706 Merry Christmas Sparkers, <BR> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> I hope you are all happy and healthy this fine day. We got up before dawn and got a soy latte at a roadside stand before heading over to watch the sunrise on Willipa Bay. And the guy in front of us, who we didn't know, paid for one of our drinks, which we then paid forward by... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 15:45:57 EST Fort Stevens State Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571245 A little break in the rain today so we got out of the house and headed to Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon, about an hour from our house. For a picnic lunch, I had a baked bean sandwich and banana. I have a few snaps to share that we took today. <BR> <BR> Here is Mary on the beach near the shipwrecked Peter Iredale, which was a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. And a few snaps she took of the ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 17:58:43 EST Spanish Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570748 <em>524</em> <BR> Quick fly by. I'm being super lazy but I'm watching what I eat (no fudge or Christmas cookies) so I shouldn't gain any weight this week. <BR> <BR> Thought I'd share a snap of the low fat vegan Spanish Rice we had for dinner. Here's a link to the recipe. <BR> <BR> <link>blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/03/burrit<BR>os-with-spanish-rice-and-black-beans.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763240337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The rain cl... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 22:03:22 EST Taco Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569952 Hello Sparkers, <BR> I'm working on my 2014 goals. By the end of the year I want to lose 100 lbs and able to walk 30 minutes without sitting down. This morning I tested myself to see how long I can walk now. I was able to go 2 minutes. My idea is to add 30 seconds per week for 48 weeks, then 1 min. per week for the last 4 weeks of 2014 which should put me at my goal of 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> For my weight I think I'm going to set 2 lbs per week as my goal. I've lost 104 lbs in the las... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:15:18 EST First Day of Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569371 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1880409100.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello Sparkers! <BR> <BR> I hope you are enjoying the first official day of winter. <BR> <BR> The best part about the first day of winter is that the days start getting longer from here on. I've got one of those SAD lamps that I turn on for a while in the mornings during the late fall and winter because the dark gray skies on the Washington coast in winter can be a bit depressing. Coupled with some Yogi "Blue... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:24:23 EST Molasses Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568893 Hello Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Hope you all are having a great day. I've been battling with computer gremlins. Did a windows 8 refresh and changed up my browser and my firewall settings. I won't boor you with all gnarly details. I know you've all had days like this and how they can test the patience of a saint! <BR> <BR> Anyway…. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made two recipes from the Everyday Happy Herbivore Cookbook. <BR> <BR> Soft Molasses Cookies from page 245 <BR> Creamy Dijon Pasta page 19... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:35:31 EST Beyond the Scale - BTS registration is live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568016 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2030519301.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=61708 </link> <BR> <BR> Who: BTS is a member run 10 week challenge on SparkPeople. Participants will include spark members who want to improve or maintain their health and fitness in 2014. It will be a diverse group following different fitness and nutrition plans and with different fitness levels. Within the challenge I will... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:52:16 EST Down 6.4/Week & 104.6/32 Weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567316 Jodi Stolove's 45 min. Aerobic 'Chair Dancing through the Decades' - Done <BR> <BR> I've completed my 7 day Mean Green Juice Fast and had my highest weight loss week of the 12 week BLC challenge - 6.4 lbs. <BR> <BR> What's Cooking today? Oatmeal, sweet potatoes, & green beans. Keeping it light to transition back to solid food. But this week I'll be back to cooking new recipes from my 'Everyday Happy Herbivore' cookbook. I'm making low fat vegan Molasses cookies tomorrow. <BR> <... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:56:55 EST Day 7 Mean Green Juice Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566601 So this is the final day of the mean green juice fast and daily Letha photos. Those two things, along with walking instead of just seated exercise, were part of an effort to push outside my comfort zone in the last week of the SparkPeople 12-week Biggest Loser Challenge. <BR> <BR> This morning we headed down to a foggy Cape Disappointment and I've got a few photos to share from this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116430303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img s... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:32:54 EST Day 6 Mean Green Juice Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565909 Headed to the beach this morning to take my photo holding my mean green juice. It's not raining but it's pretty cloudy, foggy. That's the Pacific Ocean behind me. Shades of gray. Gray sky, gray ocean, gray sand, gray shirt, gray seagulls. Winter on the Washington Coast. Went for a short walk on the beach approach which the county "grooms" every couple of weeks so you can drive through the dunes onto the sandy beach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730914323.... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:22:04 EST Day 5 Mean Green Juice Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564899 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l697386051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello Sparkers, <BR> Made another batch of mean green juice and cleaned up the HUMUNGOUS MESS that my juicer makes. What possessed me to commit to do this for a week? You have no idea how much I hate having my photo taken. Oh well, only 3 more days of juice and two more photos. Took a peek at the scale this morning and I'm down 3.8 from Wednesday. My biggest weight loss week of the 12 week BLC-23 challenge was 5.... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:54:30 EST Day 4 Mean Green Juice Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564332 Hanging in there on the juice fast. Jeez Louise do I hate cleaning that juice machine. Tiny pieces of kale everywhere! <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Oh well, just 3 more days/batches of juice and then BLC-23 will be over. <BR> <BR> I also walked 14 garage laps, up from 12 yesterday, and 10 on Thursday. <BR> I did a photo this morning and thought I'd also throw up a photo taken 5 months ago standing in almost the same spot. <BR> <BR> Two photos of Letha. July 8th=507lbs & Dec. 14 = 425 ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 15:57:07 EST Challenge/Discussion: 100 Days of Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563720 Hello Sparkers <BR> Did my Mean Green Juice and walked 12 laps in the garage which is up from 10 laps yesterday . Haven't done a daily photo yet but I'll edit this blog post and add that later today. <BR> <BR> So here is my big news of the day. <BR> <BR> In previous blog posts this week I've talked about finding a home to do book discussions. I thought a large established team would work well and so I approached the leaders of the SparkPeople Emotional Eaters Team to see if I could us... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:36:20 EST