LHEFFERN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LHEFFERN LHEFFERN'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/ The Thing About Yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736523 Met my food goals yesterday. <BR> Yay. <BR> <BR> Today we're going to be in the car for 10 hours on our way to visit my <BR> fabulous parents. I hope to walk at the rest stops. We'll see. <BR> <BR> It's going to be a happy Friday. <BR> <BR> <em>540</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:49:46 EST The Thing About Yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735858 Yesterday was on the tough side in the food department. I had to work on writing so I did some nervous eating. Today I have to do some writing too, so I'm going to plan out the day a bit better. <BR> <BR> On the good side, I took several short, pleasant walks yesterday. And I got a little writing done. <BR> <BR> Today's the big challenge. I have a deadline of 6pm today. I want to drink more water today and eat more fruits and veggies. Take care of myself. Feeling okay. <em>378</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:07:59 EST The Thing About Yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733003 I met my goals yesterday. Can I do it 2 days in a row? The jury's out. <BR> <BR> I'm starting my day with Wimbledon. Go Roger! <BR> <BR> In his pre game interview, Roger said that if you can't handle losing, you shouldn't be in sports. I've got to remember that advice. Sometimes when I don't make my goals, I feel lil giving up and throwing in the towel. I'm going to remind myself that I can handle it. <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to do some walking. After I watch Roger win. <em>260</... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:01:45 EST The Thing About Yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730412 I'm not a cook, my husband is the cook of the house. But for the past 2 nights I've made salads to go with dinner. Last night I made a nectarine/mozzarella/tomato salad that was very delicious. Maybe cooking salads is a new thing for me. Maybe I'll become a salad chef. <BR> <BR> Our daughter is home for the week and she's sleeping in her room. I feel like waking her up. I'm so happy to have everyone in the house. <BR> <BR> I'm not doing the best with keeping within my calorie goals,... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:22:38 EST The Thing About Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729784 Yesterday was kind of a flop. I'm not good when something messes up my routine, and of course that's basically what life is all about so I've got to figure out how to keep my focus in the midst of craziness. <BR> <BR> On the good side, I kept pretty upbeat. <BR> <BR> Today I want to stay calm and focused, and chip away at the To Do list a bit at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:26:22 EST The thing About Yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727590 I stayed within my calorie range for the day. Woohoo. <BR> <BR> I walked on campus and listened to my audio book. Lightning Thief. So good. <BR> <BR> I even got some writing done. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was pretty much a great day. <BR> <BR> Today I'm nervous about the To Do list so I want to stay upbeat as I plug through it, or don't plug through it. I love this quiet rainy morning. I'm planning on seeing Fault In Our Stars tonight. Hope I don't cry too much in the theater. I'm a loud... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:34:33 EST The Thing About Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726913 Went out with pals and had a lot of fun. <BR> I'm having trouble with my goal of eating within the calorie range. <BR> Today I'm going to slow down and make a plan. <BR> I loved hanging out in my pal's pool all afternoon. Nothing so relaxing. <BR> Loved listening to music at the pub last night. These summer days are fine. <BR> <BR> I have today to myself. I have a lot of writing to do. I'm confident I can do this. I also want to take a walk before it gets too hot. <BR> <BR> Friday, Let... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:58:18 EST The Thing About Yesterday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726212 I didn't walk yesterday. I got very hyper and anxious and <BR> spazzed out all afternoon. Probably had something to do with buying a bathing suit in the afternoon. Geez. That got me kind of depressed. <BR> <BR> On the good side, I now have a swim suit and can go to my friend's house for a swim this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Today my goal is to stay focused and mindful. <BR> <BR> Next right thought, next right action. <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:15:48 EST The Thing About Yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724670 Ugh. I gained some weight this week. <BR> <BR> Just going to do my best and forget the rest today. <BR> <BR> Too many restaurant meals lately. <BR> <BR> Today I want to take a walk and see if I can actually make my calorie count goal. <em>386</em> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:01:32 EST The Thing About Yesterday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723926 I didn't make it in the calorie goal domain. I did bring healthy snacks to the movies though: grapes, celery sticks, pistachios. Felt pretty good about that. We saw the movie CHEF. Enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Also did some gardening and took a walk even though it was pretty dang hot. <BR> <BR> I also met the 5 fruits and veggies goal. Yay. <BR> <BR> Today I want to walk earlier, before it gets too hot. I need to get to the library for another book on tape. Love walking and listening. <B... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:41:30 EST The Thing About Yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723273 Yesterday was a day where it was hard to keep track of the food items, for various reasons I don't feel like getting in to. <BR> <BR> But the garden walk was beautiful and I got some great pictures. <BR> The trip to the art museum for the solstice light ceremony was <BR> also delightful. <BR> <BR> Today I want to eat cleaner, more fruits and veggies. I also want to get outside for a hike. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:16:54 EST The Best Thing About Yesterday.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722092 I met my calorie goals, and I enjoyed a great breakfast out with two <BR> wonderful bffs. <BR> <BR> I kept fairly upbeat even though I had to be at the eye clinic for 3 hours. <BR> <BR> I checked off a few to do list items. <BR> <BR> Spent a great evening with Husby and # 1 son cueing up old music on You Tube and listening to fave songs together. <em>335</em> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:51:36 EST Thumbs Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721168 Yesterday went well in the health department. <BR> Even though it was bloody hot hot, I took a walk in the afternoon and <BR> worked a little in the yard. I also went for a swim in the afternoon with a pal. <BR> <BR> Ate well, as well. <BR> <BR> I'm listening to a great book while I walk. Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Patterson. <BR> <BR> Today I have an optometrist appointment and I'm getting new glasses. So excited about this. <em>388</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:47:53 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719740 I'm going to work on being a little more focused today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was all over the place. <BR> <BR> Here's the plan for today: <BR> Walk <BR> Post Office <BR> Work on writing project <BR> Meet Pal at 4:15. <BR> <BR> I'm supposed to get my vacuum cleaner fixed today but I don't feel like doing that. I've got to work on my attitude. Yesterday I was a downer. <BR> <BR> But today's a new day, so here we go. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:52:57 EST Friday Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717103 Yesterday I met some of my goals and not others. I was glad I got out for a walk. I was glad I got to have some meals with some friends. <BR> <BR> Today I will focus on my writing project. I want to take a walk through the park. <BR> <BR> I got a new book from the library called Kick Ass Creativity. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to starting the day with some reading. <BR> <BR> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:34:57 EST Writer's Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715571 Yesterday gets a 4 on the fist of 5. <BR> <BR> I ate healthy foods and took a brisk walk. <BR> <BR> I took myself out to see a movie. Edge of Tomorrow. Loved it. <BR> <BR> I am doing well with drinking a lot of water during the day. <BR> <BR> May want to decrease my wine intake after dinner. These summer evenings <BR> get me a little restless. I need to find some activities for myself. <BR> <BR> <em>418</em> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:58:11 EST A quiet house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714208 The house is empty. <BR> <BR> I'm going to get some writing done. <BR> <BR> I want to make a good vegetarian recipe for dinner. <BR> <BR> My goal is to focus on health and not weight. <BR> I've lost some weight recently and I can already feel myself getting <BR> obsessive about it. Health, not a # on the scale. <BR> Hard to break the conditioning around that #. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:45:03 EST Sunday Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713336 Feeling good about how the house is shaping up. <BR> Maybe I'll get outside and work in the yard a bit. <BR> <BR> I want to download an audio book to my phone for listening material for walks this next week. <BR> <BR> Let's see if I can do this. <BR> Beautiful rainy summer morning. <BR> <em>27</em> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:42:36 EST Home Again, Home Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711881 Back home after 10 month saway. <BR> <BR> Our Son lived in our house. He's 20 and it's not as clean as I would have liked it to be. Love that kid, but geez louise. But today I'll just set my timer and get going again. <BR> <BR> I had no scale when we were away. So today I got on the scale and was happy to see I've lost 6 pounds this year. So, that's good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did not have a good food day. Going to be mindful of that today. <BR> <BR> Let the cleaning begin. <BR> <B... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:42:39 EST Wednesday Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710355 I'm packing today. <BR> We've been gone for 10 months and tomorrow we head home. <BR> <BR> I'm curious about how I'll handle the stress of real life after being <BR> on this relaxing year away. I want to keep walking every day, even if it's for a short time. I want to keep sparking too. I enjoy checking in here. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't lose weight this year. That was a goal, but it didn't happen. I exercised a lot, but I wasn't careful about food intake. I'm okay w... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 08:53:06 EST Monday Mindfulness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708846 Typical Monday where I feel bad about my food choices over the weekend. Pulling myself back to the here and now. <BR> <BR> Enjoy sitting near this sunny window. <BR> <BR> Step back. What do I notice? <BR> <BR> I'm on SparkPeople, tracking my food and setting goals. <BR> I'm reading to write my morning pages. <BR> There's a breeze blowing through the apartment. I can hear traffic on the city streets below us. <BR> I feel apprehensive, but I'm going to take it slowly today. <BR> <... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 11:16:45 EST Sunday Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708012 I feel okay about how yesterday went. <BR> <BR> I'm going to miss Toronto's steamed dumplings when I had back stateside in a few days. I'm obsessed with them. <em>368</em> <BR> <BR> I had an artichoke for the first time in a LONG TIME. Very good. <BR> <BR> Today I want to work on eating more protein. <BR> <BR> I also want to remember to drink more water. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:30:55 EST Saturday Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707390 I met my goals yesterday, but I still engaged in some negative self talk <BR> that brought me down while I was trying to watch a movie last night. Luckily, I pulled myself back to the here and now and didn't succumb to the trance. <BR> <BR> Loved reading about Denise Jolly and Shameless Photography. Her message is important for me today and every day. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/denise-jolly/<BR>be-beautiful-pose-naked-in-brooklyn_b_<BR>5374106.html </link> <BR> <BR> <e... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:22:49 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706784 I like this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. <BR> <BR> "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." <BR> <BR> For me, that's probably losing weight, finishing my writing project, living a more balanced life. <BR> <BR> So, I must do these things. And I'm figuring them out in my own time. <em>524</em> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:20:01 EST RELIEF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706103 I was so sick yesterday, and now I'm starting to feel better. <BR> <BR> It feels like a miracle. <em>244</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:09:20 EST Getting Organized Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704213 Going to use my timer to get stuff done today. <BR> <BR> Did well with my food yesterday. <BR> <BR> Note to self: No wine in the evening really makes a difference. <BR> <BR> Finished a great book: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. So good. I'm glad I added "Read for 30 Minutes" to my tracker list. <BR> <BR> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 May 2014 09:28:26 EST Deja Vu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703380 Gave up our flight tickets for some vouchers. <BR> <BR> Pain in the neck, but we'll be happy when we're taking a reduced price <BR> flight in the future. <BR> <BR> I've gotta get back to a routine. <BR> I really admire people who stay on their health track when traveling. <BR> I've done okay, but not great. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about getting a fit bit. Mon, 26 May 2014 09:20:03 EST A fine day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702734 Yesterday was a bit over the top on the food intake. <BR> <BR> Getting back in gear today. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 11:26:15 EST Walker Art Center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702126 Excited to see the sculpture garden today. <BR> <BR> I walked for over 2 hours yesterday. <BR> <BR> Minneapolis is a great city. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 May 2014 12:10:56 EST On the Road Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699883 We are traveling this week. <BR> Going to stay sparked even though I'm out of my routine. <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 09:55:04 EST Visitors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697516 We have visitors so we've been in a lot of restaurants. <BR> I feel like I'm making some good choices when ordering. <BR> I'm enjoying the friendship. Looking forward to a ferry ride with visitor pals. <BR> <BR> And Looking forward to getting back to normal <BR> life tomorrow. Sun, 18 May 2014 08:56:44 EST Friday Cheer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696216 I'm thinking about change today. <BR> Sometimes words keep re-occurring in my week and that signals <BR> me to pay a little bit of extra attention to them. <BR> <BR> Change it up, Lee. Fri, 16 May 2014 08:40:33 EST Writer's Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694963 Loving Cameron's book, The Writing Diet. I'm using my journal. I'm finally ready for it. Last year I hated writing down what I ate. Now I'm in to it. Time passes. Things change. Something to keep in mind. Wed, 14 May 2014 13:34:39 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693250 The tree outside the apartment window is starting to get leafy. <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 09:41:46 EST Creativity Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690361 I may go to a Blue Jays game tonight. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 May 2014 08:56:49 EST Organization Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688690 I'm back on SPARK. <BR> I'm keeping a food journal. <BR> Walking 4 x a week. <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 May 2014 07:44:29 EST Organization Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538836 I love the scenes in Silver Linings Playbook when Bradley Cooper is running with that stupid trash bag on. I'm off to C25K Week 1 Day 3 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1209564843.jpg"> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 02:40:28 EST C25K 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537865 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097508912.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been walking every day here. i'm not working this year and having the time is a gift. I watched American Beauty on TV the other night and when I saw the scene with Kevin Spacey jogging, I felt an urge to jog again. I looked for pictures of Kevin Spacey jogging, but could not find one I liked. So here's my inspiration. Matt Damon. Can't go wrong with Matt. <BR> <BR> Starting C25K again. It's hilly in m... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 02:41:10 EST To Map My Run??? Or Not to Map My Run???? That's the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400302 Friend suggested I use the Map My Run app. <BR> It was neat to see how far I slogged---3.2 miles. <BR> It was NOT neat to see how slowly I slogged. It's actually a downer. <BR> Whatever, just keep going. One foot in front of the other. <BR> I enjoy it, so why am I worrying about this? Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:19:27 EST Today's goal: Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385560 I haven't been getting out and moving, even though that was my solemn vow <BR> for summer. I am going to get out today for a walk or a slog. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:46:32 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360883 Today's really lovely. <BR> <BR> I'm going to enjoy myself today. Sun, 19 May 2013 09:12:52 EST Spring Break Comes to an END http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289798 Had a staycation Spring Break. Weather here was pretty hideous, but we still <BR> got out a few times. <BR> <BR> Happy Memories of Spring Break 2013: <BR> <BR> Great hiking at Turkey Run State Park <BR> Ran 3 x outside in the cold for 40 minutes, 40 minutes, 60 minutes. <BR> Ate consciously. <BR> Enjoyed my son's jazz band show at a local restaurant. <BR> Got some good news from a potential opportunity. <BR> Met a few friends for breakfast. <BR> Had some great outings with Husbandman. <B... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 11:58:00 EST Spring Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284034 I'm happy that I slogged the last 2 days. I'm doing the 5K to 10K training program <BR> on kissmyblackass.com <BR> <BR> Today I'm not going to slog because I got a massage this morning and now I'm working. <BR> <BR> I'll walk later once I get this work done. <BR> <BR> Spring break is awesome. <BR> <BR> Feeling good about myself, physically and emotionally. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:55:27 EST Great Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275952 Hiked around Berkeley this weekend on a visit with my daughter. <BR> <BR> So fun to be outside. <BR> <BR> Came back to Indiana to a fairly significant snow storm. <BR> <BR> Winter is still here. <BR> <BR> So am I. Wed, 6 Mar 2013 13:03:56 EST 5K Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254522 5K went pretty well. Ran it in a pretty pitiful 45m and some seconds. But I did slog all the way and that was my goal. I am feeling a little down about it for some reason. Trying to get back to HEALTH this year, so I need to pull out of this fattitude thing I have going on right now. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:49:52 EST Signed up for a 5K next weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243966 Running a 5k next weekend with my older brother and younger sister. <BR> A bit nervous. They're both great runners and I'm kind of a clunker, but <BR> they're excited to have me on board, and it should be fun. <BR> <BR> <em>54</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:58:49 EST Headed Out this afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234745 Ventured out on this 25 degree snowy afternoon. <BR> Winter is surprisingly beautiful when you can move through it without <BR> freezing. Slogging helps me love this season. Started week 1 of the 5K to 10 K podcast. <BR> Highly recommend: http://www.kissmyblackass.org/podcasts/fro<BR>m-5k-to-10k/ <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 17:41:47 EST Heading out for a slog soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224068 Just found out I'm low in vitamin D. <BR> Taking supplements now. <BR> Wonder if that's had anything to do with my muscle aches. <BR> <BR> Working on health in 2013 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1181234348.jpg"> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:52:04 EST January 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215758 Weight stayed the same this week. <BR> This really gets on my nerves. <BR> <BR> I'm focusing on health, not a #, I keep repeating to myself. <BR> HOpe this sinks in soon. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 15:42:33 EST Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204937 Gained the half pound back this week. <BR> <BR> Focusing on health, not on numbers. <BR> <BR> Still, ticked off. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:51:09 EST