LILYGAL's SparkPeople Blog LILYGAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Annual Quilt Retreat Every year MSWEEZER and I go to a quilt retreat here in Indiana at a State Park Lodge. This year was no different and there were 75 ladies and one gentleman who sewed and quilted from Friday to Sunday. We stayed at the lodge and meals were provided. (Not too healthy <em>40</em> ) Weezie came from Michigan on Thursday and we went to the lodge a day early. We went to a quilt shop and just looked. I know amazing as neither of us bought anything!! <BR> <BR> On Friday, we went to the other qu... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:24:55 EST Garden Tour 2014 As most of you know we were invited by the Historical Society to have our garden on their annual Garden Tour. Here are a few of the pictures. None of the pictures taken that day will load as they are too large. Sorry. These were taken just before the tour. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-a... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:58:00 EST A Love Letter To Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dear Self, <BR> <BR> This letter is to let you know that you are loved. Many times you are all too willing to look at the things that you feel are bad. Not this time. <BR> <BR> We are going to celebrate your good things!! You give of yourself to many people beginning with your wonderful husband. You have raised two wonderful, well educated children who have gone on to become productive citizens. Both have great... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:20:34 EST Week 5 CICO BLC 24 - Week 5 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> Eaten 1,247 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 928 <BR> Total Burned 2,408 <BR> Differential -1,161 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 122 mins. <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> Eaten 1,450 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 793 <BR> Total Burned 2,273 <BR> Differential -823 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 125 mins. <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> Eaten 1,607 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:06:56 EST 5 minute Fitness Test For one minute, do as many push-ups as you can and post the total number you got in. Make note if they were Modified, standard, Wall pushups. It doesn't matter what kind, just post in your blog how many you did in one minute. <BR> <BR> 43 modified push ups <BR> <BR> <BR> For one minute, do as many crunches as you can and post the total number. Doesn't matter what kind. Just post the number in your blog. <BR> <BR> 45 crunches <BR> <BR> For one minute, do as many lunges as you can. ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:46:43 EST CICO Week 3 BLC 24 - Week 3 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> Eaten 1,126 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 912 <BR> Total Burned 2,392 <BR> Differential -1,266 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 120 mins. <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> Eaten 1,232 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 926 <BR> Total Burned 2,406 <BR> Differential -1,174 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 140 <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> Eaten 1,366 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 84... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:40:36 EST CICO for Week 2 BLC 24 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> Eaten 1,672 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 907 <BR> Total Burned 2,387 <BR> Differential -715 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 120 mins. <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> Eaten 1,915 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 766 <BR> Total Burned 2,246 <BR> Differential -331 <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 120 mins. <BR> <BR> Fri: <BR> Eaten 1,385 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 899 <BR> ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:35:32 EST S.M.A.R.T. Goals for Weekend Challenge BLC <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. Put GOALS down in writing: <BR> <BR> Ok, here it is....lose 5 lbs in 12 weeks. Seems easy enough, right? But the last round I lost only 3 before I hit the wall. Didn't lose any more and during the break I gained it all back. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> 2. GOALS are Specific & Measureable: <BR> <BR> Vague notions are not goals. If you can't measure it, it's not a goal. I am doing ST 3x a week. I want to build m... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:02:00 EST First week of BLC24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So we begin again! I say every time "this one will be different" and set myself up to fail. So this time I've said I'll lost 5 lbs. Not as easy as it sounds. Said that the last round and lonely lost 3. Then we had the Holidays and I "hit the wall"! No big distractions coming up this round so I'll do this!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm an Ivory Falcon and ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:11:30 EST BLC 24 CICO Week One <em>521</em> <em>362</em> <em>68</em> <em>34</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> BLC 24 - Week 1 - CICO & Tracking Reports <BR> <BR> Wed: <BR> -Calories in: 1176 <BR> -Calories out: 834 BMR + 1480 = 2314 <BR> -Differential: (1,138) <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 115 mins. <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> <BR> -Calories in: 1391 <BR> -Calories out: 851 BMR +1480 = 2331 <BR> -Differential: (-940) <BR> -Food Tracking: yes <BR> -Fitness Tracking: 131 mins. <BR> <BR> Fr... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:41:41 EST 2014 How will this year play out for me? Well, I wish I knew! <em>334</em> I have again joined BLC24 which challenges me to stay on track. The holidays have just about "done me in"! I've gained. I've tried to stay on track but with all the "goodies" we've had, it's been very hard. I've exercised every day including Christmas Day. I got very early to get a walk in and did about 90 mins. Now to get my eating back on track. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:14:18 EST How Will I Stay On Track During the Holiday? This is a very good question.....wish I could wave a magic wand and I wouldn't gain weight! It will NOT be an easy task. There are way too many "goodies" in this house. My sister gave me Mexican Wedding cookies, Chex Mix, & Pecan Tessies! Right now it is all in the freezer but at some point I'll find it and it will be yelling at me to have a taste! So my plan is to eat some of it in moderation. <BR> <BR> I will continue with my exercise (maybe have to up it some! <em>40</em> ) and to weig... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:32:06 EST 12 Days of Christmas I found this on Pinterest and thought I'd try it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It should be fun...!!! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 11:15:33 EST My Thanksgiving Plan to stay on Track MSWEEZER and I went to a quilt retreat last weekend. My eating wasn't horrible but wasn't good either. We had to eat restaurant food for every meal. I did take my own snacks but snacks were provided for us by the hotel where we stayed. I stepped on the scales this morning and no surprise....I was up. But am being very careful hoping that by Wednesday it won't be as bad as today. <BR> <BR> Now to my Thanksgiving plans: <BR> <BR> On Thursday we will be going out to eat with our DD to a restau... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:43:17 EST Reviewing my original goals for BLC23 This is what I posted for the first week of this round. <BR> <BR> <BR> My goal for this round is to lose 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> And Set steps/commitments for the week. <BR> <BR> Step 1. I will drink 12 glasses of water per day. <BR> Step 2. I will exercise a minimum of 120 mins. for 5 days a week and on weekends a minimum of 90 mins. each day. <BR> Step 3. I will log my food. Weigh and measure every thing! <BR> Step 4. I will make sure that I get a least 5 freggies per day!! <BR> <BR... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:42:09 EST Goals for Week 2 of BLC We are beginning a new week and we had Weigh In yesterday. I was happy with my one pound loss but worked very hard for it. Hope that I can do that again. My goals for this new week : <BR> <BR> 1. twelve 8 ounce glasses of water over and above other drinks. <BR> 2. exercise each day with ST on Mon., Wed., & Fri. Saturdays and Sundays will be walking only. <BR> 3. log my food....everything...good, bad, ugly!! <BR> 4. with my 1 lb loss last week, I treated myself to a brownie last night with su... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:43:05 EST First Week of CICO For Round 23 BLC This is <em>249</em> I will be posting daily to this blog by editing it. <BR> <BR> SEPT. 25th <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,338 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 1,091 <BR> Total Burned 2,571 <BR> Differential -1,233 <BR> <BR> SEPT. 26th <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,371 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 793 <BR> Total Burned 2,273 <BR> Differential -902 Calories <BR> <BR> <BR> SEPT. 27th <BR> Calories Eaten 1,361 <BR> BMR* 1,480 <BR> Exercise 912 <BR> Total B... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:47:10 EST Week 1 goals for BLC23 What is your Goal and Your Reward for meeting your goal this round???? <BR> <BR> My goal for this round is to lose 5 lbs. My reward will be a couple of Pandora beads for my bracelets! <BR> <BR> And Set steps/commitments for the week. <BR> <BR> Step 1. I will drink 12 glasses of water per day. <BR> Step 2. I will exercise a minimum of 120 mins. for 5 days a week and on weekends a minimum of 90 mins. each day. <BR> Step 3. I will log my food. Weigh and measure every thing! <BR> Step 4. I... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 19:36:47 EST The mirror The mirror is something we use every day. At least I do. I use it when I comb my hair or put on my makeup or see how I look in certain clothes. Mirrors don't lie. There is a saying (I think Shakespeare said it) "To thine ownself be true". It won't hide that bulging stomach or those arms that need toning or the butt that is sagging. It will not lie to you. My mother used to say that clothes hide a multitude of sins. This can be very true unless that clothing is too tight! <em>40</em> <BR> ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:12:27 EST Falcons' Fitness Test Week 9 So here are my results from Week 2, week 5 and now week 9: <BR> Note: these are done for 1 min. each except the plank. <BR> <BR> Week 2: <BR> push-ups: 50 (on knees) <BR> crunches: 58 <BR> lunges: 26 (walking) <BR> bicep curls: 45 (with 5 lb) <BR> squats: 32 <BR> plank: held for 1 min. <BR> <BR> Week 5: <BR> push-ups: 55 (on knees) +5 <BR> crunches: 65 +7 <BR> lunges: 30 (walking) +4 <BR> bicep curls: 48 (with 5 lb) +3 <BR> squats: 42 +10 <BR> plank: held for 1 min. 27 sec. + 27sec <BR> <B... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:28:13 EST CICO for Aug. 1st <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,627 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 840 <BR> Total Burned: 2,320 <BR> Differential: -693 <BR> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 07:41:58 EST CICO for July 31st <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,316 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 986 <BR> Total Burned: 2,466 <BR> Differential: -1,150 <BR> Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:40:20 EST CICO for July 30th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,274 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 766 <BR> Total Burned: 2,246 <BR> Differential: -972 <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been posting these CICO's since the beginning of BLC22. I realize that they are "ranges". With the differentials I've been posting I should be losing about 2lbs per week but it isn't happening. Only 1/2 this week. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:20:39 EST CICO for July 29th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,167 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 949 <BR> Total Burned: 2,429 <BR> Differential: -1,262 <BR> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:55:02 EST CICO for July 28th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,327 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 545 <BR> Total Burned: 2,025 <BR> Differential: -698 <BR> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:55:31 EST CICO for July 27th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,669 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 453 <BR> Total Burned: 1,933 <BR> Differential: -264 <BR> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 20:57:01 EST CICO for July 26th <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,322 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 899 <BR> Total Burned: 2,379 <BR> Differential: -1,057 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:14:22 EST CICO for July 25th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,363 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 831 <BR> Total Burned: 2,311 <BR> Differential: -948 <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:28:10 EST CICO for July 24th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,556 <BR> BMR*: 1,480 <BR> Exercise: 912 <BR> Total Burned: 2,392 <BR> Differential: -836 <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I posted my CICO. Fell off that wagon going around a sharp turn and it left me in the dust. Now I'm back logging like I should (I've been hit/miss). I'm hoping to get a walking challenge with MSWEEZER for this weekend. That should keep me moving!! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 19:12:48 EST Halfway thru the BLC22 We have past the 6 week mark and on the down hill slide to the end of the BLC round 22. <BR> <BR> To date I have lost 2 pounds (-1.41%), 50% to my goal - right on target. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have logged 4858 Fitness minutes over the 6 weeks and have averaged 810 minutes a week. My most active day seems to be Monday and Thursday. And I am least active on Saturday. Week 5 (945 mins) was most active week and week 6 (699 mins) least active. <BR> <BR> We set a goal of 100,839 fitness minutes fo... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 06:40:55 EST Fitness Test - Week 6 I did the fitness test this morning. Here are the results of week 2 and week 6. <BR> <BR> WEEK 2: <BR> <BR> Push-ups (on knees) 50 <BR> Crunches: 58 <BR> Lunges: 26 <BR> Bicep Curls: 45 (with 5 lbs) <BR> Squats: 32 <BR> Plank: 1 min. <BR> <BR> WEEK 6: <BR> <BR> Push-ups (on knees): 55 <BR> Crunches: 65 <BR> Lunges: 30 <BR> Bicep Curls: 48 (with 5 lbs) <BR> Squats: 42 <BR> Plank: 1 min & 27 sec <BR> <BR> I have improved over all but my best was the squats and plank!! <BR> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:50:19 EST Midway of BLC22 Here we are entering our 7th week of BLC22. As of last week which was week 6, I'd lost 4 lbs. Now my goal was 5 lbs. I was well on my way to making my goal. Then I hit the wall. We had a wedding in Chicago and my eating was so off the charts that I didn't log any of it. We ate late breakfasts, lunchs and dinner was at 9 p.m.!! YIKES!! Now I will say that I did exercise on Friday before we left and on Saturday. Sunday I only had time for 35 mins. because I had to get ready to leave for the air... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:43:09 EST CICO For July 11th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,598 <BR> BMR*: 1,484 <BR> Exercise: 780 <BR> Total Burned: 2,264 <BR> Differential: -666 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, went over my calorie limit but still had a difference. I have a "love/hate" relationship with french fries!!! Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:55:27 EST CICO for July 10th <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,341 <BR> BMR*: 1,484 <BR> Exercise: 912 <BR> Total Burned: 2,396 <BR> Differential: -1,055 <BR> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:32:47 EST CICO for July 9th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,237 <BR> BMR*: 1,484 <BR> Exercise: 766 <BR> Total Burned: 2,250 <BR> Differential: -1,013 <BR> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 06:53:30 EST CICO FOR JULY 8th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,280 <BR> BMR*: 1,484 <BR> Exercise: 977 <BR> Total Burned: 2,461 <BR> Differential: -1,181 <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:51:40 EST CICO for July 5th, 6th & 7th Haven't done this for a while so here goes: <BR> <BR> 5th <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,222 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 1,034 <BR> Total Burned: 2,529 <BR> Differential: -1,307 <BR> <BR> 6th <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,404 <BR> BMR*: 1,484 <BR> Exercise: 633 <BR> Total Burned: 2,117 <BR> Differential: -713 <BR> <BR> 7th <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,223 <BR> BMR*: 1,484 <BR> Exercise: 702 <BR> Total Burned: 2,186 <BR> Differential: -963 <BR> <BR> <BR> I have done a steps c... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 19:20:40 EST CICO for July 3rd & 4th July 3rd <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,670 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 923 <BR> Total Burned: 2,418 <BR> Differential: -748 <BR> <BR> July 4th <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,192 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 735 <BR> Total Burned: 2,230 <BR> Differential: -1,038 <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 08:25:39 EST CICO for July 1st <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,403 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 923 <BR> Total Burned: 2,418 <BR> Differential: -1,015 <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:15:13 EST CICO for June 30th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,357 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 463 <BR> Total Burned: 1,958 <BR> Differential: -601 <BR> <BR> <BR> DH and I ate out tonight but we didn't eat fast-food. We had a very nice sit down meal but of course I'm sure that it was loaded with salt. I'm drinking lots of water!!!! Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:48:02 EST CICO for June 28th and 29th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,185 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 923 <BR> Total Burned: 2,418 <BR> Differential: -1,233 <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,408 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 517 <BR> Total Burned: 2,012 <BR> Differential: -604 <BR> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 20:06:24 EST CICO for June 27th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,270 <BR> BMR*: 1,495 <BR> Exercise: 1,013 <BR> Total Burned: 2,508 <BR> Differential: -1,238 <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking this is "out of whack" some what. My tracker said that I consumed 1299 calories so something is quite right here. So I know that this isn't completely accurate. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:42:07 EST Trip to Shipshewana On Monday, DH and I got to Shipshewana after a 4.5 hour drive and met Weezie1 at the hotel. We checked in but couldn't get into our room at that time. So we (DH & I) went with Weezie to meet SharonSparkle, PJSTIME at the campground. I'd never met PJ and she is just as I pictured her!! We stayed at the campground until we thought our rooms would be ready and then we made a time to meet for supper at the Blue Gate Restaurant. Wonderful place to eat. <BR> <BR> After supper, we walked around tow... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:33:58 EST CICO for June 23rd <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,135 <BR> BMR*: 1,500 <BR> Exercise: 495 <BR> Total Burned: 1,995 <BR> Differential: -860 <BR> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 19:33:10 EST CICO for June 22nd <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,592 <BR> BMR*: 1,500 <BR> Exercise: 495 <BR> Total Burned: 1,995 <BR> Differential: -403 <BR> <BR> I may have a differential but this is too many calories. Again, eating on the run. Not good. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:29:08 EST CICO for June 21st <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,462 <BR> BMR*: 1,500 <BR> Exercise: 930 <BR> Total Burned: 2,430 <BR> Differential: -968 <BR> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:32:02 EST CICO for June 20TH <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,186 <BR> BMR*: 1,500 <BR> Exercise: 780 <BR> Total Burned: 2,280 <BR> Differential: -1,094 <BR> <BR> Just a short note, I am figuring this to be a bit off because I put my calories into another site and it said that my BMR is only 1250. So if that is true, my differentials are off and could account for my not losing as much as I figured I should with these differentials. That said, I'll continue to use SPs formula but not rely do heavily on it. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:17:39 EST CICO for June 18 & June 19 For June 18th <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,223 <BR> BMR*: 1,500 <BR> Exercise: 808 <BR> Total Burned: 2,308 <BR> Differential: -1,085 <BR> <BR> <BR> For June 19th <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,418 <BR> BMR*: 1,500 <BR> Exercise: 1,200 <BR> Total Burned: 2,700 <BR> Differential: -1,282 <BR> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:07:51 EST CICO for June 17th <BR> Calories Eaten: 1,271 <BR> BMR*: 1,500 <BR> Exercise: 930 <BR> Total Burned: 2,430 <BR> Differential: -1,159 <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 17:04:19 EST Fitness Test - Week 2 Here are the results of my fitness test for the 2nd week of the BLC22 <BR> <BR> We are to do as many reps as we can for 1 minute. And the plank we are to hold as long as we can. <BR> <BR> Push-ups 50 (on my knees) <BR> Crunches 58 <BR> Lunges 26 <BR> Bicep Curls 45 (with 5 lbs weights) <BR> Squats 32 <BR> Plank held straight leg for 1 minute <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:49:15 EST