LIVEDAILY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIVEDAILY LIVEDAILY'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/ New Meals, Yumminess, and a Nutritional Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718020 First off, the yumminess! I am SO in love with this recipe that I have it once a week! Yes, it is high in fat, but it's a good fat and if you eat low fat the rest of the day, you're ok. It's easy to prepare. And it tastes so, so good!! <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2755713 </link> <BR> <BR> Second, my nutritional victory. I had posted earlier about wanting to try plain yogurt. I have, and I now think that there's no way I could go back to eat... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:09:58 EST A Week's Worth of Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705587 Another BLC Challenge, this time it's for a whole week's worth of meals. So my breakfasts and dinners have been working out very well. The weather was brutally hot on Tuesday, so the salad with shrimp was perfect. Today was cooler, and eating a hot meal (the tilapia) worked out beautifully! <BR> <BR> I want to experiment with different types of yogurt. I prefer Greek yogurt, but I'm also trying to cut down on the amount of sugar that I consume. I understand that some sugar listed in yog... Wed, 28 May 2014 22:32:42 EST 5 Dinner Meals for the Week Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703707 Yes, you guessed it. This is another challenge for the BLC. I've spent a good bit of time thinking about this. One of my problems is when I get home at the end of the day, I really don't feel like cooking, which is a conundrum. I love to cook, and I have to eat, and I want to eat healthy food. I tend to make batches of things and eat the same thing every day, but for this challenge I wanted to try to stretch a bit. <BR> <BR> Dinner #1 - Filet mignon steak, baked potato with butter, gree... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:29:31 EST 5 Breakfast meals for The Week Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701657 For our weekend challenge in the BLC, we have to plan 5 breakfast meals for the upcoming week. I LOVE breakfast!! <BR> <BR> Breakfast #1: 1 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of Kellog's Bran Buds, 1 single container of Fage Peach Fruyo Greek yogurt (yum!!) <BR> <BR> Breakfast #2: 4 oz. Tropicana Trop 50 Red Orange juice, 1 rounded teaspoon of sugar free orange Benefiber, 1 rounded serving scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 1/2 cups cold water. I love this because I don't have to use my blende... Fri, 23 May 2014 19:15:24 EST Meal Plan for May 11 - 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692269 As part of our WEC this week in BLC, we had to write out our meal plan for 4 days next week. I almost never plan my meals in advance, because I never know what I'll be in the mood to eat on any particular day. I always make sure that I have plenty of options though! So the days I picked are Tuesday, May 13 - Friday, May 16: <BR> <BR> I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch during the week. It's just easier that way for me, and it's food I enjoy. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 hard boiled ... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:36:22 EST CICO for the First Week of BLC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689979 CICO, for those of who who don't know, means "calories in-calories out". It's a report you can find under your "my trackers" tab. SP calls it a calorie differential, and it's just one more way for you to keep track of your numbers. Each number means something different: <BR> #1 - calories eaten <BR> #2 - Your BMR (basic metabolic rate) <BR> #3 - calories burned through exercise <BR> #4 - total of BMR + calories burned <BR> #5 - the difference <BR> <BR> Ideally, you want it to be a negativ... Wed, 7 May 2014 17:46:56 EST My First BLC25 Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687174 One of the objectives for this weekend's challenge in the BLC25 was to do a fitness test. This test will be repeated in week 6 and week 12 of the BLC. A goal is to improve your results. There were four parts to the fitness test: <BR> <BR> 1. Push Up Test: How many can you do in 1 minute? I did modified push ups on the wall and I did 25 in one minute. <BR> <BR> 2. Crunch Test: How many crunches can you do in 1 minute? I did 21. <BR> <BR> 3. One mile walking test: How long does it... Sun, 4 May 2014 12:39:21 EST BLC25 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685326 I have several goals for the BLC25: <BR> 1. Regain control over my eating by tracking EVERYTHING that I eat and drink, and staying within the guidelines that SP has set. <BR> 2. Increase my fitness level. I had slacked off on this something awful, just only doing exercises that my PT had given me when I first got out of the hospital back in September!! <BR> 3. Start going back to the gym. I went twice last week, and it felt pretty good! I want to go to the gym a minimum of 3 times a week... Thu, 1 May 2014 22:48:19 EST March Recap and April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661270 March was my month to get back into the swing of things. I think I did fairly well. I almost earned a 2,000 Fitness Minute in the month of March! Thank you Spark Activity Tracker!! <BR> <BR> April Goals: <BR> 1. Join the BLC again. <BR> 2. Earn 2,000 Fitness Minutes in the month. <BR> 3. Walk at least 5,000 steps a day. <BR> 4. Make a date with the gym! <BR> <BR> I can do this!! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:52:13 EST It's Girl Scout Cookie Time Again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654051 I've been through every stage of GS Cookie-ness. I used to BE a GS. I've sold GS cookies. I was a GS Leader, at one time to THREE troops at the same time. I've been a GS cookie indulger. <BR> <BR> Today, I became a GS Cookie Supporter. <BR> <BR> Everywhere I went today, there they were! Where I live, they set up stands outside of grocery stores and shops instead of selling door to door, like we used to do back in the day. I didn't want to get any cookies. Well, I really did, but don'... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:24:58 EST A New Starting Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653334 I got on the scale today. It's been awhile. I basically indulged in self sabotaging behavior over the holidays accompanied by mild depression from missing my family, with a side of self doubt from work issues. It wasn't pretty. <BR> <BR> Note to self: invest in a happy light for next winter and make appointments with self to get to the gym!! <BR> <BR> So, while the number on the scale is up 25 pounds from the last time I weighed myself, I still feel optimistic. Why? <BR> 1. I'm eatin... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:21:40 EST A NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652575 So, I went to the dr's yesterday. Second time this week; two different drs. Went Monday to my allergist, who diagnosed me with sinusitis (sinus infection). I went yesterday to my GP because I needed prescription refills, and they wouldn't extend them over the phone; I had to go in. The nurse assistant leads me to the room, and tells me that I can leave my coat, and then we'll go get weighed. "We?", I thought. Bless her little heart, she set the scale at 200!! It made me do a happy dance... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:56:36 EST Where Have You Been??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501878 Anyone who knows me here on SP knows I check in every day, and that I disappeared for the entire month of September. <BR> <BR> I entered the hospital on Saturday, August 31 and was finally discharged from the hospital on Friday, September 27. I was in the hospital for 28 days; 4 weeks; 1 whole month. <BR> <BR> I had NO idea how sick I was. I had just returned from a trip to Florida (which was awesome) and 2 days later I woke up around 4:30 am with a raging fever, body chills, body aches. ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:06:14 EST CICO for August 14 - 20, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455448 Haven't been feeling the best this week - dealing with vertigo again. My fitness minutes are down. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, August 14 <BR> 1268 <BR> 2090 <BR> 423 <BR> 2512 <BR> -1245 <BR> <BR> Thursday, August 15 <BR> 1222 <BR> 2090 <BR> 419 <BR> 2509 <BR> -1287 <BR> <BR> Friday, August 16 <BR> 1473 <BR> 2090 <BR> 370 <BR> 2460 <BR> -987 <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 17 <BR> 1320 <BR> 2090 <BR> 330 <BR> 2420 <BR> -1100 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:55:49 EST Salad in A Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451321 I know! It sounds like one of those things that's too good to be true. Who'd have thought? I had heard about this when a friend from the BLC team Azure Destinations came to visit the team I am on, the Ivory Falcons. This friend told everyone about how someone else made salads like this all the time, and provided a link. I took a look at it. I was curious. We've all had that horrible experience of going to get a bag of salad only to find that it has rotted. Ick. <BR> <BR> So I got my ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:49:43 EST CICO for August 7 - 13, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449397 Wednesday, Aug. 7 <BR> 1252 <BR> 2100 <BR> 676 <BR> 2776 <BR> -1524 <BR> <BR> Thursday, August 8 <BR> 1365 <BR> 2100 <BR> 729 <BR> 2829 <BR> -1464 <BR> <BR> Friday, August 9 <BR> 1266 <BR> 2100 <BR> 311 <BR> 2411 <BR> -1145 <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 10 <BR> 1258 <BR> 2100 <BR> 654 <BR> 2754 <BR> -1496 <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 11 <BR> 1224 <BR> 2100 <BR> 751 <BR> 2851 <BR> -1627 <BR> <BR> Monday, August 12 <BR> 1531 <BR> 2100 <BR> 1321 <BR> 3421 <BR> -1890 <BR> <BR> Tuesday, August 13 <... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 23:21:12 EST CICO for July 31 - August 6, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440364 Wednesday, July 31 <BR> 1343 <BR> 2110 <BR> 333 <BR> 2443 <BR> -1100 <BR> <BR> Thursday, August 1 It's August already?!?? <BR> 1271 <BR> 2110 <BR> 743 <BR> 2853 <BR> -1582 <BR> <BR> Friday, August 2 <BR> 1250 <BR> 2110 <BR> 923 <BR> 3033 <BR> -1783 <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 3 <BR> 1253 <BR> 2110 <BR> 1033 <BR> 3143 <BR> -1890 <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 4 <BR> 1289 <BR> 2110 <BR> 441 <BR> 2551 <BR> -1262 <BR> <BR> Monday, August 5 <BR> 1274 <BR> 2110 <BR> 698 <BR> 2808 <BR> -1534 <BR> <BR... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:24:37 EST CICO for July 24 - 30, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432503 Wednesday, July 24 <BR> 1332 <BR> 2120 <BR> 487 <BR> 2607 <BR> -1275 <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 25 <BR> 1300 <BR> 2120 <BR> 629 <BR> 2749 <BR> -1449 <BR> <BR> Friday, July 26 <BR> 1221 <BR> 2120 <BR> 378 <BR> 2498 <BR> -1277 <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 27 <BR> 1254 <BR> 2120 <BR> 626 <BR> 2746 <BR> -1492 <BR> <BR> Sunday, July 28 <BR> 1339 <BR> 2120 <BR> 612 <BR> 2732 <BR> -1393 <BR> <BR> Monday, July 29 <BR> 1258 <BR> 2120 <BR> 338 <BR> 2458 <BR> -1200 <BR> <BR> Tuesday, July 30 <BR> 1291 <... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:17:31 EST Reflect - Regroup - Refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428716 As part of The BLC22, we've been asked to reflect on the past 6 weeks of the BLC; on what went well, and what could use some work. <BR> <BR> I feel that I am learning more and more about nutrition, preparing combinations of healthy foods, eating healthier, and learning to be satisfied with eating less. I've become more diligent with measuring ingredients and portions. I feel I am broadening my variety of foods: frozen yogurt pops, quinoa, whole wheat flour, protein muffins, gazpacho jus... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:09:49 EST Fitness Test July 18, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425275 For The Falcons BLC, we were asked to blog about our fitness test. Here we go! <BR> <BR> Pushups - wall - 41 in 1 minute. <BR> Crunches - modified(in chair) - 37 in 1 minute <BR> Lunges - forward - 32 in 1 minute <BR> Bicep Curls - 5 lb. hand weights - 45 in 1 minute <BR> Squats - regular - 29 in 1 minute <BR> Plank - modified (on wall) - 39 seconds <BR> <BR> Except for the plank (pitiful), I'm pleased with my results. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:38:04 EST CICO for July 17 - 23, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424654 Wednesday, July 17 <BR> 1320 <BR> 2130* <BR> 341 <BR> 2471 <BR> -1151 <BR> <BR> *this number is my base metabolic rate of calorie consumption as determined by SP. Every time you lose or gain weight, it changes. If you lose weight, it goes down. That means you need to do a bit more exercise to see the same amount of weight lost. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 18 <BR> 1261 <BR> 2130 <BR> 699 <BR> 2829 <BR> -1568 <BR> <BR> Friday, July 19 <BR> 1524 <BR> 2130 <BR> 777 <BR> 290... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:00:27 EST Making Blueberry Jam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420258 My parents used to own a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Virginia. I'd go there in the summers to help them out, and while my Mom was the Blueberry Pie Queen (they were the BEST!!), I taught myself how to make Blueberry Jam. While my family no longer owns the farm and I have moved to New Jersey, I continue to make blueberry jam in the summer when Jersey Blues come into season. <BR> <BR> First, you need some blueberries! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1225686698.jp... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:06:23 EST CICO for July 10-17, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417286 Yes...I've skipped a week as I was on vacation visiting family in Virginia! Back to it this week!! <BR> <BR> Wednesday, July 10 <BR> 1412 <BR> 2153 <BR> 390 <BR> 2543 <BR> -1131 <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 11 <BR> 1245 <BR> 2153 <BR> 531 <BR> 2684 <BR> -1439 <BR> <BR> Friday, July 12 <BR> 1272 <BR> 2153 <BR> 518 <BR> 2671 <BR> -1399 <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 13 <BR> 1145 <BR> 2153 <BR> 531 <BR> 2684 <BR> -1539 <BR> <BR> Sunday, July 14 <BR> 1278 <BR> 2153 <BR> 479 <BR> 2632 <BR> -1354 <BR> ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:05:16 EST CICO for June 26 - July 2, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404043 This is Week 4 of the BLC22! <BR> <BR> Wednesday, June 26 <BR> 1279 <BR> 2133 <BR> 341 <BR> 2474 <BR> -1195 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 27 <BR> 1476 <BR> 2133 <BR> 997 <BR> 3130 <BR> -1654 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 28 <BR> 1383 <BR> 2133 <BR> 485 <BR> 2618 <BR> -1235 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 29 <BR> 1364 <BR> 2133 <BR> 466 <BR> 2599 <BR> -1235 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 30 <BR> 1447 <BR> 2133 <BR> 313 <BR> 2446 <BR> -999 <BR> <BR> Monday, July 1 <BR> 1300 <BR> 2133 <BR> 930 <BR> 3063 <BR> -1763 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:30:27 EST CICO for June 19 - 25, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395726 Today starts Week 3 of the BLC22 <BR> <BR> Wednesday, June 19 <BR> 1262 <BR> 2153 <BR> 348 <BR> 2501 <BR> -1239 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 20 <BR> 1375 <BR> 2153 <BR> 925 <BR> 3078 <BR> -1703 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 21 <BR> 1251 <BR> 2153 <BR> 411 <BR> 2564 <BR> -1313 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 22 <BR> 1384 <BR> 2153 <BR> 424 <BR> 2577 <BR> -1193 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 23 <BR> 1250 <BR> 2153 <BR> 348 <BR> 2501 <BR> -1251 <BR> <BR> Monday, June 24 <BR> 1295 <BR> 2153 <BR> 436 <BR> 2589 <BR> -... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:41:12 EST CICO for June 12-18, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391083 Wednesday June 12 <BR> 1216 <BR> 2169 <BR> 352 <BR> 2521 <BR> -1305 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 13 <BR> 1128 <BR> 2169 <BR> 352 <BR> 2521 <BR> -1393 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 14 <BR> 1351 <BR> 2169 <BR> 352 <BR> 2527 <BR> -1170 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 15 <BR> 1327 <BR> 2169 <BR> 283 <BR> 2452 <BR> -1125 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 16 <BR> 1316 <BR> 2169 <BR> 403 <BR> 2572 <BR> -1256 <BR> <BR> Monday, June 17 <BR> 1292 <BR> 2169 <BR> 482 <BR> 2651 <BR> -1359 <BR> <BR> Tuesday, June 18 <BR> 1339 <B... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:02:02 EST Staples Grocery List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390267 These are the things I always have on hand: <BR> <BR> Horizon 1% milk <BR> large eggs <BR> Skinless, boneless chicken breasts <BR> Fage 0% fat yogurt <BR> Protein bars <BR> Protein powder <BR> Oatmeal <BR> Granola, low fat <BR> Wheat germ <BR> Flaxseed <BR> Spinach <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Baby carrots <BR> radishes <BR> cucumbers <BR> purple/red cabbage <BR> baby red beets <BR> artichoke hearts canned in water <BR> broccoli <BR> blueberries <BR> apples <BR> Canned diced tomatoes, low sodium <BR> ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:38:12 EST CICO for June 5-11, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380853 Wednesday, June 5 <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1240 <BR> BMR: 2185 <BR> Exercise: 258 <BR> Total Burned: 2443 <BR> Differential: -1203 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 6 <BR> 1249 <BR> 2185 <BR> 873 <BR> 3058 <BR> -1809 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 7 <BR> 1212 <BR> 2185 <BR> 357 <BR> 2542 <BR> -1330 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 8 <BR> 1146 <BR> 2185 <BR> 357 <BR> 2542 <BR> -1396 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 9 <BR> 1382 <BR> 2185 <BR> 400 <BR> 2585 <BR> -1203 <BR> <BR> Mond... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:56:47 EST My Goals for BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380851 My goal for this BLC round is to lose 12 pounds. My action plan is to: <BR> <BR> 1. Plan my meals for each week. <BR> <BR> 2. Do my grocery shopping and cooking on Saturday for the week. <BR> <BR> 3. Make sure I prep all of my fruits and vegetables so that they are ready to go! <BR> <BR> 4. Use SP Nutrition tracker to log all of my food. <BR> <BR> 5. Drink 12-14 glasses of water daily. <BR> <BR> 6. Exercise a minimum of 40 minutes daily and log it on the Fitness Tracker. <BR> <B... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:53:36 EST What's On My Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282922 What a loaded subject. I mean, really. There's SO MUCH. How do you narrow it down? Do you talk politics? Nuclear war with North Korea, that basketball player visiting North Korea, our status with North Korea, I could go on, but I won't. Do you talk about Second Ammendment Rights and Gun/Firearm control in the United States? I could, but I won't. Hmm...let's see. How about Mayor Bloomberg's decision to ban all "sugary drinks" over 16 oz from being served in NYC restaurants? A judge h... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:51:32 EST Everyone Needs to Read This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261175 I don't often say that: everyone needs to read this. In this case, everyone really does, especially everyone involved with Spark People. <BR> <BR> It was eye-opening and slightly horrifying at the same time. It involves US: our eating habits and how big food companies target US with their food products. It explains A LOT about the science behind WHY we crave the food we crave, and why it's so hard to give up soda, chips, and other junk food. <BR> <BR> Do yourself a favor, and read it. <... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:58:09 EST Lots and lots of snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244325 I finally got my snow!! I've been wanting a snow storm. I know many of you are groaning at that, but I love the snow! Actually, I love all seasons in their turn. This bitter, windy, snowy weather will help us appreciate when the weather turns warmer, when we see the first crocuses peaking out, when we see pussywillows and daffodils, and when the days become longer. When it becomes too hot an humid in the summer, don't we wish for a cool breeze, a good brisk summer thunderstorm to break t... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:22:03 EST My Changing Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225550 I'm participating in the BLC21. One of the items on our weekend challenge is to journal or blog about, "How will your life change when you reach your fitness/weight goal? How will you feel?" <BR> <BR> 'tis a wonderment. <BR> <BR> My life, up to this point in time, is nothing like I expected it to be. That's neither good nor bad, most days. It's just very different. I learned a long time ago that my expectations were not going to happen. I adjusted, and made new plans. That's import... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:08:22 EST Happy New Year 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182657 The New Year is upon us once again, and it is time for revisiting 2012, pondering some, and making goals and plans for 2013. <BR> <BR> Isn't "ponder" a wonderful word? Deep thinking, soul searching, reminiscing, wondering...pondering. <BR> <BR> Since I've joined SP, I've lost 42 pounds, numerous inches, and have acrued almost 7,000 Fitmess minutes. All in 177 days (I counted). It boggles my mind truly. If you had told me in May or June of 2012 that I would have accomplished this I woul... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:32:10 EST A - Z About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178730 Thanks to Adakara and Nikki for starting this! <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Available or Married: Available <BR> <BR> B - Book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver <BR> <BR> C - Cake or Pie? Pie, but only if it's homemade. <BR> <BR> D - Drink of Choice: Water, coffee, or tea. <BR> <BR> E - Essential Item: Jergans Lotion <BR> <BR> F - Favorite Color: Blue <BR> <BR> G - Game to Play or Watch: FOOTBALL!! <BR> <BR> H - Hometown: Groton, CT <BR> <BR> I - Indulgence: books <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:38:37 EST The Scale Saga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155661 When I joined SP on July 8, 2012, I owned a scale. It's a Health-O-Meter. It's a good scale, and I trust it. Now, I say that because when I first started SP I wanted a "reliable" scale, so I went out and bought a NEW scale. A digital scale endorsed by The BLC (tv show). It wouldn't work properly. When I weighed myself on it, it registered a full 40 poulds LESS than my Health-O one. I figured that couldn't possibly be right, so I took it back. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself on the scale at... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:22:59 EST The Inbetween http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153478 I've enjoyed participating in my very first BLC! So much, in fact, that I'm going to do it again! But there is an "inbetween" period from the end of the BLC 20 to the beginning of the BLC 21. What will my strategies and goals be during that time? <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to drink 12 glasses of water every day. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue and increase my strength training every day. <BR> <BR> 3. Increase my cardio to at least 2 times a week. <BR> <BR> 4. Increase my fruit and veggies to 6 a ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:37:45 EST Staying On Track During The Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146536 What am I going to do during the next month? The time of year that people alternately love to look forward to and dread at the same time? <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue to track my food and drink. It's a topic of curiousity to me, the number of people here on SP that do NOT use the nutrition tracker every day. It's free. It's easy. It helps you be accountable. It helps you plan. I love it! <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue to work on getting my 30 minutes of fitness in every day, and... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:53:52 EST Movie Quotes Game Part 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132741 Here we go!! <BR> 1. Fiddler on The Roof <BR> 2. <BR> 3. The Blues Brothers <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. Dead Poets Society <BR> 7. Poltergeist <BR> 8. Rocky <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. Little Shop of Horrors <BR> 12. The King and I <BR> 13. The 10 Commandments <BR> 14. It's A Wonderful Life <BR> 15. <BR> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:48:25 EST Movie Quotes Game Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131793 I am learning something new every day!! <BR> My answers for part 3: <BR> <BR> 1. Her Majesty's Secret Service <BR> 2. <BR> 3. 2001 A Space Odessy <BR> 4. Terminator 2 <BR> 5. Ratatoille <BR> 6. Airplane <BR> 7. The Ring <BR> 8. Titanic <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. Back To The Future <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. Babe <BR> 15. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 17:38:09 EST Movie Quotes Game Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131221 Okay...this is embarrassing. Out of 15 possible responses, I guessed at only 4. So here we are: <BR> <BR> #1. Apollo 12?? <BR> #4 Who Framed Roger rabbit <BR> #6 The Princess Bride? <BR> #14 Gypsy Rose Lee/Mame?? <BR> <BR> *sigh* Sun, 11 Nov 2012 07:00:34 EST Movie Quotes Game Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130023 1. <BR> 2. Gone With The Wind <BR> 3. Dirty Harry <BR> 4. Casablanca <BR> 5. The Wizard of Oz <BR> 6. Star Wars <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. When Harry Met Sally <BR> 10. The Terminator <BR> 11. Field of Dreams <BR> 12. Forrest Gump <BR> 13. The Sixth Sense <BR> 14. Young Frankenstein <BR> 15. Jaws <BR> <BR> I can see in my mind's eye the other three films, but the titles of them are eluding me....oh well. 12/15 isn't shabby!! Fri, 9 Nov 2012 22:07:13 EST I am Grateful and Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126665 Hurricane Sandy descended upon New Jersey on Monday, October 29th. I lost power on Monday, October 29th at 7:00 pm. I had power restored on Tuesday, November 6th at 6:00 pm. <BR> <BR> I am thankful that I have heat. <BR> I am immensely appreciative of the kind, patient, and considerate customer service person at PSEG (my local power company) who answered my questions and calmed my nerves. <BR> <BR> I am incredibly grateful for the men and women who came from all over our country to help P... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:36:46 EST Live Your Life With Purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115902 This is a favorite quote of mine. I don't know who said it, though. <BR> <BR> "Live your life with purpose; don't just do "whatever", or "whatever" might be just what you get." <BR> <BR> Perhaps it's my age, but one specific thing that truly irritates me is when I hear anyone use the response, "Whatever!". You can't formulate a proper retort? Answer the question posed to you? Think of anything else to say except "whatever"? *sigh* It's a lazy response. Think, people!! <BR> <BR> Doin... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 18:41:34 EST One Word Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114258 Where is your cell phone? <BR> Table <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> none <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Blonde <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> Heaven <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> Heaven <BR> <BR> Your favourite thing? <BR> Books <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> nice <BR> <BR> Favourite drink? <BR> water <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> study <BR> <BR> Your hobby? <BR> Gym <BR> <BR> Your fear? <BR> lonliness <BR> <BR> Where do you want to be in 6 years? <BR> healthier <BR> <... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:59:55 EST 6 Weeks in the BLC20 - Halfway Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109031 When I started the BLC20, I set specific goals for myself. I'm going to revisit them here: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay in touch with my Fellow Falcons. I feel as if I have been doing that! I try to do it daily either on the chat thread, by posting a comment on their page or blog, or by commenting on theur friend feed, <BR> <BR> 2. Track my food daily. Definitely yes! By tracking my food, I hold myself accountable. This also helps me learn more about a variety of foods that I can eat. I conti... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:53:35 EST I Want To Be A Kid Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106412 I am cleaning out my file cabinets, and came across this. <BR> <BR> To Whom It May Concern: <BR> <BR> I hereby officially tender my resignation as an adult. <BR> <BR> I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of a kid again. <BR> <BR> I want to return to a simple life. <BR> <BR> When a kiss could make any hurt feel better; a cardboard box made a perfect slide for a grassy hillside, and if I pumped my swing hard enough, I could touch the sky! <BR> <BR> I want to skim roc... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:48:37 EST Weekend Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100629 Today's Quote: <BR> <BR> A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. <BR> <BR> Three things I love about myself: <BR> <BR> 1. My dedication: I actually believe the above quote with my whole heart. I feel that I was called to become a teacher, much like others are called to minister. Even though I get discouraged and frustrat... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:05:17 EST Weekend Challenge Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098445 For those of you who don't know, as part of the BLC20 weekend challenge we were asked to share quotes and to also blog (for 4 days) about 3 things we love about ourselves. <BR> <BR> Today's quote is "Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible." <BR> <BR> I've been collecting quotes for a little over 4 years now. I recently subscribed... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 10:12:48 EST Weekend Challenge Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097400 Three things I love about myself: <BR> <BR> 1. My height: I'm 5'10". Or I used to be before I gained all of my weight. Extra weight actually makes you shorter. You are also taller first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. So I've shrunk an inch, and I want it back!! <BR> <BR> 2. I love to read. I love children's books and have a personal collection of hundreds. I would rather buy a new book than clothes or shoes. I enjoy reading fiction, literature, historical fiction,... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:11:33 EST