LISAGOULDIE's SparkPeople Blog LISAGOULDIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blue with the Flu What a day. It's twenty below zero. I'm stuck in the house with the flu. All cuddled up with my pillow and blanky watching TV. Comfort foods are awesome. Chicken soup and whole wheat tortilla BLTs. Yummy. I did not get my 60 minutes of walking in today. It hurts to be upright! I promise to make it up to myself. Poor Zing is bored. She doesn't understand illness. She's such a wonderful dog. She will be glad when I am back on my feet again. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:59:03 EST Flip the switch I have been doing really well this year. However, the switch was flipped today. I could not settle the cravings. I ate pizza, cheese & crackers, chocolate. I can usually have each of those things in moderation. Not today. I'm not sure what set me off. I'll be writing in my journal trying to digure it out. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:30:16 EST Job interview I have a job interview tomorrow! Yippee. I hope I can sleep tonight. I'm so excited. I have to keep myself focused and not stressed. I tend to eat everything in site if I experience any anxiety! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:26:16 EST New Week I'm looking forward to a new week. I have to get those numbers on the scale to move down. I feel great. I walk more now than I ever have. I'm getting frustrated. I know that if I continue to do what I'm doing the numbers will change. I am just so impatient!!! <BR> <BR> <em>313</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:45:51 EST Hockey Day Minnesota Saturday is Hockey Day Minnesota! I can hardly wait to get out on Pokegama Lake in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and watch the teams play! Good luck to the Grand Rapids guys playing against Hibbing. The GR-Greenway girls team is also playing a game. Woo Hoo. Let's play HOCKEY!! <BR> <BR> <em>196</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:25:00 EST Feeling pretty darned good! The weather outside may be cold. A brisk walk will keep me warm. <BR> Friends may be hard to find. My Lab (Zing) will listen 24/7. <BR> Imagination may be lacking. Sparkpeople will fill in that blank. <BR> <BR> Thank you Chef Meg for the great recipes. I love my cookbook & the recipes everyone on Spark has shared. Thanks for helping me be a great loser! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:56:23 EST Lost scale I recently moved. I cannot find my scale! How I dread that trip to the cold garage in search of my scale. I wish my Iphone have a weight app! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 01:02:06 EST I'm back online! After many months without internet service in my home, I am back. I am so glad to have at my fingertips! I've missed you! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 17:52:40 EST Love SP I LOVE SP because it is about ME, it is a fabulous network of people that care about your success, empathize with your failures, motivate you to do better, and educate you. <BR> <BR> I've done WW, JC, bought every book, taken every class. It wasn't until SP I started seeing results. SP is my lifestyle now. It is not a diet. 3 years and 42 pounds later, I am so happy. 58 sparkly pounds to go. <BR> <BR> I love SP! Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:09:07 EST Home at last After a month of moving, I have arrived in Grand Rapids. It's nice to be home again. I haven't lived here since 1987. Hey it's good to be back home again! <BR> <BR> I need to find a new gym, some nice walking paths, and get the bicycle going! Eventually, I will unpack my scale too! <BR> <BR> I feel like I've recharged my Spark! Let's go. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:42:49 EST Car repair = Ice cream Today my car broke down on the freeway. It took the tow company 1 1/2 hours to pick up my vehicle. They had told me it would be awhile because they were quite busy. I was sitting in the vehicle with a bag of miniature candy bars. <BR> <BR> For 1 1/2 hours I listed the reasons I was Blessed, the reasons I love my family & friends, my cell phone, my dog..etc. I listed listed listed listed so I would not eat that bag of candy bars. At last, Chad from Midwest towing (who was wonderful)... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:40:42 EST Big garage sale Tomorrow is the day!! Big garage sale at my place in Fargo. Make all the crap go away! I need to be lighter in more ways then weight. Who can carry all this baggage around. Lighten up your life! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling great at 175! 42 pounds lighter! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:29:57 EST Who Knew? Who knew packing for a move used so many muscles? I've been using every muscle I have I am quite sure. Hot bath, massage chair, bed time! I am so glad I've been wearing comfortable clothing & great shoes. I'd be a hurting unit without my Merrells! Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:34:10 EST Spark plug I need some energy. Send me a spark plug. I want to move & shake and get this place packed. Time to move! Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:33:44 EST Spring ahead We "sprang ahead" this morning. Even the dog is missing the lost hour. How long does it take to catch up? <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to longer days of sunshine. The warm weather has been fabulous for walking. I feel lighter already. Bring on the Spring/Summer! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:05:18 EST Moving on I will be moving to northern Minnesota at the end of the month. I'm sure to find some nice walking trails up there. I will be looking for a job & a home in a warmer climate very soon. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 23:21:57 EST Let it snow What a wonderful winter wonderland I have come home to. After spending 12 weeks in New Mexico, 1 in Colorado and 1 in North Dakota, I am home in Minnesota. It hasn't stopped snowing since I got here. So much for their "no snow" winter. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 16:26:16 EST And they all fall down. I fell the other night. I can hardly move from sit to stand now. Major pain going on. Zing and I are taking it slow. I hope I heal fast. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:52:20 EST Gag I just gag when I see the political advertisements for O'Biden on Sparkpeople. I may have to quit logging in until after the election. This is no place for politics. I would not be happy if it were the other party either. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 16:28:44 EST The big 40 Today is a day to be proud. I started Sparkpeople in 2009. My goal was to lower my BMI and live a healthier lifestyle. My starting weight was 217. This morning I hit the scale at a lovely 177. I was so happy to have lost my 40th pound. <BR> <BR> Walking everyday, communicating with Spark friends, being aware of how much food I am putting in my body, and making better choices, have been the most used tools in my healthier lifestyle chest. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all of you for helping m... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:15:08 EST on the road I have been on the road for two weeks. I find it easy to forget food and tough to track on Spark with an iphone! Glad to be home Tue, 21 Feb 2012 22:27:53 EST This This is my Blessed life. So much work, so much time, so much work. All a Blessing to honor myself. The Great Lisa. I hope all of you see the great Ones that you are! Sun, 19 Feb 2012 01:33:43 EST Happy Valentine's Day! I hope everybody has a fabulous Valentine's Day. The dog and I are off for a walk. We are adding some extra heart to our spark today. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:29:44 EST Gypsum greetings from gypsum Colorado. Zing and I are here visiting friends. I am trying to keep track of everything on spark people. However I cannot login my spark points on my iPhone. I wonder if there is a solution to that? Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:53:41 EST Yesterday Yesterday all my control flew out the window. I ate cookies, mashed potatoes, butter, cheese, guacamole, buffalo chicken wings. Not one calorie did I count. I measured no portions. I felt lousy because I was so full. Yuck. I have those days now and then. I learn from them. <BR> <BR> This will be a great day. I have pounds to lose, but what is more important is my need to feel good! Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:33:02 EST No motivation to move on I've been in Silver City New Mexico since December 8th taking care of my brother in law. It is time to move on. I just cannot get myself motivated to start the drive back to North Dakota. I really love it here. Mon, 6 Feb 2012 15:18:38 EST MEGAN7124's Blog I found a line I really love while reading a blog of MEGAN7124's titled Day 365. <BR> <BR> She writes, "I have more inches to lose, more weight to lose, but I can do it now with a smile, not to erase who I was last year, but to create who I want to be this year." <BR> <BR> If you get a chance, read her 365 Blog. The entire entry is fabulous. Sun, 5 Feb 2012 02:45:22 EST Super Saturday Super Saturday watching movies on TV and walking the dog. 1 day left of the football season. How sad! I am looking forward to baseball season though. Go Twins! Sat, 4 Feb 2012 15:37:17 EST House Shopping Tomorrow I am going to do some house shopping. I'm looking in Silver City. Next week I will check out Santa Fe. I'm excited to find a new neighborhood and a new job. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 01:10:53 EST Everything! You know what I have learned? I have been through everything. I can handle anything that life throws at me. I have a great support group, creative mind, and determination. I can do it! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 02:31:41 EST Fat Sunday Ugh. I feel so fat today. It might have something to do with the two pieces of stuffed crust Pizza Hut Pizza, Queso & chips, and the Bud Lights. Moderation was not on the agenda today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day. I will get back on track. Now, what's in the ice box? Sun, 29 Jan 2012 23:00:39 EST Santa Fe I've been in Silver City New Mexico since December 7th. I'm planning my voyage back to Minnesota via Santa Fe, NM / Gypsum, CO / Wall, SD and Fargo ND. Zing & I travel well together. She loves to ride in the back of the Mini. <BR> <BR> I have never been to Santa Fe. I hear it is a wonderful city. If anyone has any suggestions, drop them my way. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend. Hugs, Lis <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:09:14 EST Zing's birthday Happy 7th birthday to my pal Zing <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:27:52 EST Music I have been trying to find music to energize me when I work out. I tried the Itunes and the recommendations from Spark but I just can't find the perfect mix. My Ipod got messed up when I got my new Iphone. My collection of music from my home dvds was erased. I was hoping not to have to load them all again. When I get back to Fargo I'm going to have to do just that. It will be an indoor project for those cold Fargo days. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 02:14:34 EST A Beautiful Day It is a beautiful sunny day in Silver City, New Mexico. I got up and walked Zing as is our usual wake up routine. Then she ate her usual breakfast. <BR> <BR> I've been drinking coffee for hours. I just can't seem to find anything I am hungry for in this house. I don't feel hungry, yet I know I should eat something. Maybe I will eat some broccoli, a salad? I just don't feel like it. <BR> <BR> I love to cook and fiddle in the kitchen. Nothing is sparking my energy today. It would... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:50:16 EST Spark Saturday It was a great Saturday. I made venison chili for the family. Rice Krispy treats were fun for the kid's dessert. My great-nephew Travis was at the house with his parents. We had a blast. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is Football Sunday, then the Superbowl on 2/5. I will miss football season. Baseball will start soon. Go Twins. Yea! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 22:55:29 EST Friday (vision Snoopy dance here) Happy Friday. I am going to have my nails painted. This is a treat for me! I love when someone else paints my nails. The guys are going fishing. I will have the casa to myself. Yippee. I have a JoAnn Ross book to read and the coffee is on. After my dog walk, I plan to relax! Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:41:54 EST Cheers Cheers to those who can drink in moderation. Unfortunately, my brother-in-law cannot. He had gone without alcohol for many months. Today he fell off the wagon. We are very sad. It's a tough time for his wife & kids. Addictions really mess people up. I hope he finds the strength to go back to therapy. <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:27:38 EST Family Family <BR> <BR> Some are tight, some fight. Some are estranged, some are just strange. Some are broken, while others are whole. I have a little of all of these traits in my funky family. I love them. I am happy to be in my family. <BR> <BR> My Spark family is pretty awesome too. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 02:05:17 EST Today Today is a day <BR> <BR> To be happy <BR> To give thanks <BR> To help others <BR> To be a friend <BR> To plan for tomorrow <BR> To love <BR> <BR> Today is a gift. I feel blessed. Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:57:51 EST Something new Today I am going to try something new. Maybe a new exercise or a new food. Something new to welcome a new week. Mon, 16 Jan 2012 01:51:11 EST Sad day for Pack Although I am a Vikings van, I wanted the Packers to win today. They had such a great season. I am sad to see it end. Good luck to the Giants. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 22:33:06 EST Recipes I love looking for new recipes. I'm making chicken & dumplings for dinner. I'm using fat free and low sodium ingredients. It is so fun to tweak things to fit my lifestyle. Thanks to everyone who posts recipes and tips on SparkPeople. It really helps me eat in a more healthy way. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:38:28 EST Blessings I am Blessed with a wonderful life. Today I say thanks for it. There is nothing I need. I am healthy, happy, and loved. I am truly Blessed. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 11:49:17 EST Points The spark wheel can be so disapointing. I get 2 or three when I hope for 10. I have to get over this! Mon, 9 Jan 2012 10:31:38 EST Yogurt Yogurt, I'm your fan <BR> I like the creamy Greek stuff <BR> with a banana mixed in <BR> Sometimes I add Granola <BR> You taste good with nuts <BR> I love you as a dip <BR> Yep, I'm a fan <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:06:31 EST Cravings Today was full of food cravings. Pizza, chips, nuts. I'm so glad I can eat these foods in moderation. Spark has helped me track my food, and be accountable for the amount of food I consume. Three years ago I would have eaten the whole pizza and the entire bag of chips, the full container of pistachios. This site has sparked changes I am so proud of. I've come along way in three years baby! Sat, 7 Jan 2012 21:51:54 EST Walk the walk but don't talk too much! I'm having a great year. I've been with Spark a long time. I don't have the need to tell everyone about what I'm eating and why. I just live a Spark lifestyle. Many people started new diets and exercise programs January 1. I'm trying to support the people in my life that have done so. Unfortunately, they talk about every food choice, every point, every option, until I want to scream. I realize they are making a big change. This is a good thing. I even shared the Sparkpeople site as... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 12:06:46 EST January 2, 2012 I feel amazing <BR> like a clean slate after the rain <BR> ready to create something wonderful <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 13:20:33 EST Thank God 2011 is ending Thank God 2011 is ending. 2012 has to be better. I lost Patrick, Peggy & Jerry in 2011. I also chose to end my career. 2012 will be a new beginning. A new job and a new place to live. I'm also going to Ireland in May. Let's go. The best is around the corner! Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:58:42 EST