LINDAVB4251's SparkPeople Blog LINDAVB4251's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A trade off - for now! In our snow belt area of Northeastern Ohio, outside exercise can be a challenge. We live in the country, so a walk on the road this time of year is a game of chicken with the snow plow. <BR> And this morning it is 6 degrees. BRRR! <BR> <BR> The forecast is for 8-14" of snow to drop on us Sunday evening. <BR> <BR> So, I am very happy to spend a bit of time on my bike, elliptical or treadmill - dreaming of warm sunshine and the smell of Spring flowers. <BR> <em>87</em>... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:10:53 EST Snow in Ohio Overnight we got 10 inches of 'partly cloudy' here in the snow belt of Ohio. <BR> It is beautiful, but the winds that have come with it can cause loss of visibility on the roads. <BR> I spent half an hour shoveling the walk way this morning. <BR> The weather person in Cleveland says we will probably get another dozen inches before this time tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> I am not so crazy about driving in this, but shoveling it: okay! ! ! Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:18:00 EST Atkins - or Balanced ? My hubby decided to get healthier this year and I am so excited about it. <BR> He is beginning to exercise and January 1st saw him begin the Atkins diet. <BR> He has had HUGE results so far! <BR> <BR> I tried Atkins once before, but I didn't lose as much weight as I did when I had a balanced diet with reduced carbs. <BR> <BR> So, I have decided to cut out bread and reduce or eliminate most starches, but I just don't want to eliminate fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> My results haven't been as "... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 14:35:20 EST Spark Tracker Issue Resolved After our vacation, I began having a problem with my spark tracker. It wasn't correctly tracking steps and exercise. I have been in discussion with the tech folks at Spark People. The end result is that I needed to send it in for an exchange. <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed this tracker and find myself working harder to make sure I hit my goals. So, I have missed having it on my belt. <BR> <BR> But I commend the spark team for making it right. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:34:11 EST A work in progress I am constantly learning about myself. <BR> I enjoyed so much the moving I did through the summer and the fall. But I fell off from November thru December and it shows in my weight and the way my clothes fit. <BR> But rather than beating myself up, I know now that no matter how much I eat, my metabolism requires more movement to maintain. <BR> And I know how good I felt when I was spending an extra 10 - 20 minutes a day on the bike or walking up the road. <BR> So, every day gives us a chan... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:14:19 EST Home from vacation! A 7 day cruise with our daughter, son, daughter(in law) and 2 GrandGirls! What a time! <BR> The food was amazing! Our eldest granddaughter found she loved escargot and squid. The youngest found she loved shrimp that was not breaded. I just enjoyed so much by watching them. <BR> <BR> We walked our legs off in Jamaica; swam with stingrays and snorkelled in Grand Cayman; and swam with dolphins, followed by a lot of walking through the town of Cozumel, Mexico. <BR> <BR> I came back with a 2#... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:39:51 EST Considering an add-on tracker I usually put my tracker in my pocket. The last two days I did it, and then changed clothes and forgot to transfer it to my change of clothes. I went through the whole day and then realized that I had done it. So, my steps aren't what they really were. <BR> <BR> I know it isn't the most important thing, but I want to be accountable to myself for my steps. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to think about a bracelet. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:21:18 EST I'M BACK!!!! Getting back on the horse after you have fallen off is NOT EASY!!! <BR> I had some upper respiratory "thing" that really got me down....It was the better part of a month before the coughing finally stopped. And I didn't do much during that time. And near the end of it we went to Chicago for 5 days. We walked, but I didn't do any specific exercise. And this last week I got into gluten somehow and dropped 4# in a day (the hard way). It knocks me down for a couple of days. <BR> But just gettin... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:42:23 EST Chicago bound Tomorrow we leave for Chicago. It is a bi-annual business trip for my husband and his business partner. The wife of one of his partners and the controller are also going. The 5 of us are great friends, and we make everything we do an adventure. On one of our trips to Chicago, we learned to ride segways. <BR> I am the oldest but most adventuresome of the 3 girls. They go along with me, even though sometimes they are nervous. Once I had the idea to go garage saling in the suburbs while the gu... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 09:36:15 EST Sneaking in exercise Yesterday I had to have some work done on my car. They told me it would be 30 minutes and asked if I was leaving it or waiting. I said I was taking a walk and would be back before noon. So, I packed my mace ( safety) mp3 player and my phone and took an almost 3 mile walk in 45 minutes. I so enjoyed the scenery that I only had one ear bud in. And I was proud of myself, because at another time in my life, I would have taken a book and read. <BR> When I came back the office manager asked about... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:01:53 EST No Spark Tracker A week ago today my spark tracker stopped tracking. We have tried to re-install a number of times to no avail. And we have been in constant contact with Spark People Support. (They are wonderful!)I always have it in a pocket or on my shoe even though it is not visibly working, but I feel a bit lost without the extra bit of info as to steps, etc. <BR> I expect to have it back up and running maybe tomorrow. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I think I will be doing some outdoor work as the the weat... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:11:58 EST Around the block My husband and I went on a bike ride around our block. We live in the country, and our block is kind of a rectangle of 7.38 miles of hills and today, lots of wind. The last leg is comprised of 2 huge hills. I wasn't sure if I would be able to do it today without stopping. But I remembered my daughter telling me something her yoga teacher taught her: focus on a spot. So, I focussed on the top of a telephone pole on top of the hill. I just kept looking at it. As I met him at the top, my hubby s... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:25:11 EST Recovering After a whirlwind flight to Texas on Friday, where we bought a car for our newly divorced daughter, we drove the 18 hours(just drive time) home to Ohio. We stopped after a 10 hour drive in the rain in St. Louis, where we slept for the night. My hubby made sure there was an indoor pool and an exercise room, because he knew I would want to exercise. I didn't anticipate the level of tiredness I would feel. I was asleep almost as soon as we were in for the night, and I never heard him get up in t... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:43:57 EST August to September progress I wish I had begun measuring myself at the beginnning of June, when I seriously began this adventure. I weighed 6# more than now, but my body was so different. The measurements I last put on my spark page are from 3/2013. I had gained quite a bit of roundness from 3/2013 - 6/2014. Quite a bit. And, while I measured myself in August 2014 and put it in my journal at home, I didn't put it on my spark page. (Brain freeze :) ) <BR> But, I am very happy to begin to see positive results. In the pas... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:44:44 EST The summer to fall I am challenged with a bit of a cold or a weather change thing. I had a sore throat yesterday. I took a decongestant this morning to head it off. <BR> I have a full day with work and other personal chores, and I want to put exercise in there. But I wasn't sure if that was a good idea. If I got too tired, would it hamper my cold going away earlier? <BR> So, today, on my start page was the article about exercising when you have a cold. (SPARK.COM - are you mind readers?) And there was my ans... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:56:36 EST Getting into the exercise This last week my daughter and GrandGirls came in at the tail end of my time with Jillian Michaels and a shred it with weights workout. And then on Friday, <BR> my daughter saw me doing 5 BIG miles with Leslie Sansonne. And she knows how dedicated I have been to getting into shape and maintaining good physical health. <BR> Yesterday she asked if we could workout together and so we decided on "Hip Hop Abs - cardio party". It was both fun and funny, as we decided we aren't the dancers we tho... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:45:17 EST IT'S FRIDAY! In Northeast Ohio today, it will be close to 90 degrees: probably our last HOORAH of the summer. It will begin to cool down after today. But that being said, we are going into a stunning season: ablaze with color and brisk air. It is a great time to take long walks, pick pumpkins and take bike rides without all the humidity. <BR> I give thanks every day for the life I have. <BR> <BR> Take care, everyone! Have a wonderful weekend! <em>259</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:11:05 EST Not My Best Week ...but I expect that will change. I was really working my goal steps through power walking or recumbent bike, without a whole lot of change. So, I thought this week that I would do other exercises, to "shake up" my body. <BR> It felt like a difficult week, as I did different exercises, but fell short on my daily steps. <BR> At the end of the week, I find that I need to walk every day or whatever it takes to get get to my goal and then also add strength training. <BR> I am learning. <BR> I ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:12:11 EST A day of activity Yesterday was a day of fun! My girlfriends and I went to a flea market while our guys golfed. We were there for most of the morning. <BR> Then in the evening my husband, Gary (I call him 'My Heart') and I went to a local dance hall. My cousins have a great band - they play mostly country -and we danced well into the night. Our daughter, Stephanie joined us, and we had so much fun! <BR> These are the same cousins that bring their guitars, violins and mandolins to our family reunion and play ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:51:34 EST Ditch the scale? That is what my husband suggests. I get on every morning, and it fluctuates, depending on what I have eaten the night before: ex: 1 ear of corn= 3-4#. <BR> <BR> But, my body is changing. I am beginning to wear clothes I couldn't wear at the beginning of summer. I have a couple of pairs of pants I couldn't wear last summer. <BR> <BR> So, I am continuing to do some sort of cardio most days - although my goal is 4 days a week. And I am watching my portion size. <BR> And I am tracking my bod... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:31:55 EST Biking first time this year My husband got my bike down from its hanger in the garage. I have been excited to start riding. <BR> Our road is somewhat hilly, so when there were times that I could coast, I did. I was surprised that after all of the walking that I have done my legs were so fatigued after only 4 miles on the bike. It tells me that changing my workout is going to be good. <BR> My Spark Tracker registered .85 miles - I am guessing it is because I didn't have my feet going the whole time. <BR> It was great ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:14:49 EST Addicted my Spark Tracker! And I believe it is because I have not had exercise as a regular part of my life, so I want to make sure I hit the goals I have set for myself. <BR> It is now getting easier to gauge how many steps for different activities. I am convinced that soon I will also focus on fitness minutes...not only on steps. <BR> But I DO love my Spark! <BR> <BR> And while my daily step goal for this week is up to 8000, I have averaged over 10,000 steps a day for the past 7 days. <BR... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:18:16 EST Tuesdays are Mondays You know how you always hear people say dread going back to work on Monday so much that they are sick, or blood pressure is elevated? <BR> Today I woke up at 4:30 because I had to take my husband to work as he is going out of town for a couple of days and didn't want to leave a car there. <BR> And I relaxed for a couple of hours before my GrandGirls came over. We have spent the morning taking showers and talking. <BR> I just don't feel motivated to exercise or get paperwork organized or any... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:46:37 EST A Great Family Reunion During the summer we have 3 good size family get-togethers. Our house is the perfect place for it. We live on 8 acres - 3 of them mowed. We have a pool and a play yard, so there is plenty for the kids to do. <BR> On July 4th, my husband's siblings and our nieces and nephews come to our home for a picnic. <BR> Later that month is a reunion for my Dad's side of the family. <BR> And in August is the reunion for my Mom's side of the family. <BR> This one was today. Lots of down home cooking ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:05:52 EST Lifted! I have been determined to do at least 30 minutes a day 4 days a week of some form of cardio. I have now created a spark streak. <BR> I am logging in every day to Spark People (although yesterday I was on the website and forgot to log in and ruined my 31 day streak), and am maintaining my exercise routine. <BR> I really haven't seen any big change in weight, but my clothes are beginning to fit better. And, in reading 'The Spark', Chris says to expect that at first. <BR> It is getting easie... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:17:09 EST New Week 07/27/14 - 08/02/2014 My week begins on Sunday. This week's fitness goal is to 7000 steps a day and exercise 30 minutes a day x 4 days a week, minimum. <BR> I bought the Spark Tracker and began with the minimum 6000 steps. <BR> I have changed my goal each week to add 500 steps per day. <BR> And I am scheduling exercise time in my daytimer. If it is written, I will do it. <BR> Excited to be on this journey and enjoying the success I have had to date. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:53:26 EST Learning my way to healthy. I have been off and on again with Spark People. I don't know why. And I don't know when exactly, but recently it "clicked", and I made a decision to be healthier. I am a bit overweight and have osteoporosis, but otherwise very healthy. I know that I need to build stronger bones. So, after research, I bought the Spark Tracker( I am addicted to seeing how close I am to my step goal). I left the step goal at 6000 steps (which is more than I have done in a day for a while) and exercise 4 x week ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:02:40 EST Looking forward to a strong and healthy 2013 The local hospital, in conjunction with our local YMCA and 2 fitness clubs is hosting a program called 'Fitness for Life'. It is educational: classes about nutrition, reading labels, and optional classes on diabetes, cholesterol, etc. Every 2 weeks they have a trainer come to the meetings to discuss the physical challenge for that period. I have been doing the challenges nearly each day. And the nutritional challenges have been met most every day. That feels great! I have had tendonitis in m... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 14:26:06 EST