LJR4HEALTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LJR4HEALTH LJR4HEALTH'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/ Wow its been a long time Much to tell Its been a roller coaster ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1489466014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The year didn't start as plan - but things are getting better everyday :) <BR> <BR> Went from falling in love - HOmeless off & on for months - love of my life having a stroke- moved marriage up from October to May- Married -May 14th which would have been my dad's birthday - to homeless -June into a new place - Never been allowed to be newlyweds - life is not without its ups & downs. <BR> <BR> My Husband Charl... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:40:59 EST This Was Not Suppose To Happen At This Stage Of My Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531666 Was going title this Lady & The Tramp but decided against it <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've known for a while Charlie & myself have been spending way to much time together. We are so opposite with our lives no 2 people could be so opposite. Yes I've heard all my life "OPPOSITES" do attract. <BR> <BR> I have been questioned about our relationship he now has been questioned about "US" . That is what lead to last night. 3 hours trying to sort out what is going on . Yeah if you look at our ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:39:58 EST 4th Annual Bride of Frankenfooter 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525869 Had a PB on Saturday <em>244</em> It was a great run fun to see everyone in costumes. Same park that I did last month Waterfront Park in Port Richy FL <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Gun time 37:17 minutes for a 12.02 mile Chip time was 36.57 minutes fro a 11.55 mile <em>364</em> Was 184 out of 252 10th in my age group didn't do well in that area there was only 11 of us 50 to 54 age. I'm amazed that time was cut from previous race this was in the evening 530 PM hot out. <BR> <BR> Ver... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:27:04 EST Just wanted to apolize to all my spark team mates fro me being MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510554 Its been rough week or so and I haven't been around as much as I should have been and would have liked to been around I am sorry for that <BR> <BR> Last week I had a crazy customer who seceded to stalk me got that taken care of its just gone down hill from there the tree fell on the house same day I was told my pay stole money from someone and was back on drugs and beating his dog I got wrapped in plot to get the dog away from him etc. <BR> <BR> Yesterday after work we spoke a long time o... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:57:23 EST BLC 23 Plan For The Next 12 Weeks (Special Ops ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495347 After tonight's Ab Attack Class I realized I have a lot of work to be done on my ABS Not as strong as I thought they were So here at the last minute I am changing my plan for the next 12 weeks during BLC23 They are very weak kept arching my back during AB Attack class so not good. I want abs of steel. Now I'm told we can work our ABS daily <BR> <BR> My plan is to stay in weight range of 125 to 135 (I really want to go to the low end) with 130 middle ground for my weight Yes I know I've c... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:59:19 EST Healthy Start 5K In Recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485577 Today was the 5K for the healthy Start Coalition at the waterfront park here in New Port Richey My day started at 430 am to get ready for the race. Finished 61 out of 109 and 4th in my age group 50 to 59 (there were only 9 of us) 38 minutes 36 seconds fro apace of 12 minutes 27 seconds. No improvement from my last 5K <em>15</em> Tis life. <BR> <BR> Though this time we were running on some grassy surface and gravel which I have never done before then we finally hit the road which I f... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:58:58 EST Recap Sun-sational Summer 2013 Amazing Amethyst BLC Team / BLC22 CAMO CREW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469184 August 23rd was the final weigh in with Amazing Amethyst team which ran 10 weeks long and the 1st time that I was team captain I was pretty nervous and the set up was pretty stressful on me. I don't know why I was so worried team really pulled it all together and really ROCKED and OWNED the Summer Challenge I was so amazed at what the team as a whole did a amazing bunch of Women. There were those who lost each and every week and they lost high percentages by the end of the 10 weeks. <BR> <B... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:31:17 EST The story / legend I wish will be told about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460410 For this weeks weekend challenge is Outstanding: Write a blog. What will be your legacy? What type of story do you want others that come after you to tell about you? What legend do you want to be - or what legends do you want written about you. What will be YOUR legacy. the story that those that come behind will tell about you? ONE TIME 100 points <BR> <BR> This should be a pretty simple and easy one to do but then part of me knows this can be a hard and very emotional one for me I could ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:55:09 EST Learning to think outside of the box (Getting free from the Box) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441985 Yesterday I realized I am so stuck in that box of thinking its not funny any more Its either black or white its all or nothing. When in all reality life is about the gray area its the middle ground. This ties into CAMO special ops for the weekend Big question "What is holding you back from the weight loss/fitness results you want?" <BR> <BR> My answer is simple begin stuck in inside the BOX of thinking <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> moment Yesterday there was no way I wanted to be around any... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:36:46 EST Where Did July Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440215 I just realized this it for July month done and time to review where I am on my July goals. Well I think I did fairly well managed to stay in range the whole month Average weight for the month ended up to be 137 on target! <BR> <BR> Still working on BF% measurements pretty much the same as from beginning of the month missed a couple of workouts due ot illness and today had ot take tyson to the vet in as emergency he was sick Started the month jogging at park but got way to hot with to much... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:16:04 EST Will YOU take the pledge with me?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438934 My Pledge: <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR>... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:37:12 EST 5% Summer Challenge Has Taken Off As Of Today/ Weekend Challenge with Team CAMO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435650 Today was our initial weigh in I am up since the end of the Spring - that's okay I will get back down to where I need to be I have change my maintenance range as I have been hovering around the 137 mark Range is set for 132.9 to 141.1 I track my weight daily and I spend most of my time at the 137. <BR> <BR> Running is in doors on the treadmill the heat & humidity is just to much no matter what time of the morning. Next 5K is Sept 14th today I made it to 5.5 speed on treadmill for 5 minutes... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:43:33 EST Mid point of BLC22 Time to review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420041 Wow time is really flying by! I am so in love with this round of BLC and love the team CAMO Crew What a <em>345</em> team they are ! <BR> <BR> Here are what my goals were for BLC22 <BR> <BR> 1. Stay between 135.8 to 144.2 (140 as the goal using 3% of goal weight ) <em>248</em> is being met highest I have been so far 137.4 lowest I got was 134.9 <BR> <BR> <BR> How I have been accomplishing this maintenance Running 2 times a week at the park at the same time I am getting plenty o... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:12:05 EST Wow! 5% Challenge is Already Over With a Very Successful Round http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412696 With that being said time to review how I did on the challenge. <BR> <BR> On May 11th I started the challenge at 141.2 At week 6 I made it all the way down to 134.9 my goal was to stay within weight range of 135.8 to 144.2 (140 as the goal using 3% of goal weight ) Success for me <em>244</em> Today's posted weight was 136.7 Weight Loss Percentage for me was 3.19% for the 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> Beginning Measurements: <BR> <BR> 5/10 <BR> Bust 39" <BR> Waist 31" <BR> Hip 39" <BR> Thighs... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:13:47 EST June Down Now To July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406132 June flew by for me I was on fire to this last week I was doing great and all it takes is one bad week to undo everything on the scale <em>39</em> Still all in all it was a very good month I'm down a pound from the first of the month down a little on BF% number. <BR> <BR> June goals were <BR> <BR> 1. Strength training 3 times a week will be starting new strength training exercises on Saturday <em>248</em> Only missed on ST session for the month <BR> <BR> 2. Jog at park at least on... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:59:03 EST NSV Repeat The Pass Couple Of Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386290 Let me start by saying how important it is to get out of our "big clothes" once we lose weight I have been wearing pants & tops to work that were a size to big maybe 2 sizes to big <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> For the pass couple of days at work my fellow co workers have commented on how small I have gotten. About 6 have made statements to me. A couple wanted to know what am I doing differently now for the change in my body. One today stated she sees the change since I picked up running and h... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:34:12 EST Rap River Run 5K Done (June 8th 2013) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383124 It was amazing run! It was my 1st chip timed 5K but 2nd 5K I have done. <BR> <BR> Yesterday run had over 1000 people of all shapes & sizes ages participate. The food afterwards was amazing I was good I stuck with the bananas and water I did cheat and have one chocolate chip cookie there <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 5K began at 7:15 AM right after the 5 mile run started. I am waiting for pictures to be posted of run <BR> <BR> Bib # 292 for me 37 women in my age group 50 to 54 I came in at... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 07:30:00 EST BLC22 Goals For The Next 12 Weeks With Team CAMO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378469 The great part is I set monthly goals & review each month to see how I did the previous month then I work on tweaking what I have been doing <BR> <BR> For team CAMO we were given assignment to make "SMART GOALS" for the 12 weeks of challenge. <BR> <BR> 1. My initial goal for June is to see my low end of maintenance range I have set for me which is 135.8 to 144.2 (140 as the goal using 3% of goal weight ) though I may need to re-access that range. I am allowing my body to do what it needs ... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 21:57:05 EST Month Of May Down Now To Month Of June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373392 Review: <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Strength training 3 times a week <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Jog @ park once a week <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Tracking my foods and staying in range 3 out of 7 ( made it 5 out of 7 <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Bed by 11PM <BR> <BR> Cardio on treadmill for 45 minutes to 60 minutes not done reason I read an article about ST & cardio that I shouldn't do to much cardio on days of strength training counter productive. <BR> <BR> Started May at 141.8 <BR> End ... Fri, 31 May 2013 08:44:10 EST I Am Ready For BLC22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368746 WE always have this task to do when we are preparing for a new round of BLC that is to set reasonable goals that are attainable in the 12 weeks along with taking a snapshot of ourselves . <BR> <BR> Simple : to get toned - lose some body fat and gain better cardio coniditoning and ready <BR> for my big 5K where time & pace is necessary and jog at 12 minute pace ( I am <BR> at about 13minute 30 seconds right now) <BR> <BR> How : Strength training 3 times a we... Sun, 26 May 2013 21:24:55 EST End Of Spring Melt Off 2013 Amethyst BLC Team Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367194 Today was the last weigh in for eh challenge I will say challenge did not start off so great for me which started on March 3rd and first weigh in was March 16 I weighed in at 147.9 then 2 weeks later I was up to 149. Not a great way to start huh? Gaining that much in 2 weeks? <BR> <BR> I didn't get serious and buckle down until May 1st when I was completely disgusted in what was going on with me. I got back to tracking and not worrying if I stay in range or not got back to Shapes fitness ... Fri, 24 May 2013 23:22:17 EST New Lease on Life in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367024 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1451405216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Belly Rub Time <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036707379.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Too Cute For Words <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l492810189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Handover at the vet "What's All The Fuss About I Was Just Hanging Out with My 2 New Friends" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l290678358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Pits are Suppo... Fri, 24 May 2013 20:13:34 EST Can It Already Be Two Years Of Maintenance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360484 Wow surprise me I'm still doing it working on maintenance I never threw the towel in NOw I thought about it but I didn't I just accepted the struggles I was having this past year as part of the game <em>211</em> Let me tell you it has been a battle I did go out of range for a short while but got myself back in range. <BR> <BR> Best part is I have been able to keep tweaking what I am working on as I said in the pass nothing is in stone so it can all be modified. I have had to kick myself in... Sat, 18 May 2013 19:41:46 EST Two Weeks In Staying The Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354356 I am doing pretty darn good 2 weeks into buckling down and getting serious! <BR> <BR> This week end I was cleaning out my closet as I needed to find some smaller shorts to wear as the ones I have been are getting really big and i must pull them up all the time. Size 10 fit loose with plenty of room size 8 fit great with some wiggle room , but my big NSV for the weekend I tried on a skirt I had since 2007 size 4 which I did wear when I got down to 130 pounds and it was tight on my stomach an... Sun, 12 May 2013 20:21:25 EST Buckling Down To The Basic Week One With Progress On My Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345746 After a horrible last Saturday and last Sunday being my rude wake up call. When my eyes were open wide to my problems and coming up with a new action plan for the new month. <BR> <BR> I got very lax about tracking and measuring all of my foods. Basically began eye balling things and not really paying my attention. Fall deep into a lot of emotional eating. Sunday the 28th I said enough time ot track with Monday posting my May goals. <BR> <BR> Long story short week one done 7 days of track... Sat, 4 May 2013 22:56:30 EST May Have Jumped The Gun On Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342361 On Sunday I weighed and change my weight on he weight tracker preparing for the new month of May Did all of my measurements etc. Most likely I should not have done that as Saturday was an extremely bad day for me as that was the day I consumed a pint of Ben & jerry's for lunch then got home and ate a Tomb Stone 4 meat pizza pie Of course I was up in weight on Sunday morning 146.2 to be exact <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Today which is the first of the month I was at 141.8 with BF% of 29.6% last... Wed, 1 May 2013 18:59:18 EST That Time of The Month Again Review & Renew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340038 April is to an end and I must review ot see where I am standing with my April goals. <BR> <BR> Strength training I was able ot get in twice a week <em>248</em> Reduce body fat % not meet <BR> <BR> Cardio conditioning was a little more hit or miss Life happened where I missed a workout but I did train at 4.4 speed on treadmill for month for 45 to 60 minutes at a time that part <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Jog at park once a week in preparation for 5K <em>248</em> Did 5K in 44 minute... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:40:13 EST Just What The Doctor Ordered To Build Myself Confidence Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334455 Before I got tangled up with my errands I made sure I got myself to the park for a jog. I did the same course that we did on Saturday for the 5K. I was chanting to myself "I am a Runner" through the whole jog. Guess what I cut time off of my jog today. In fact I was able to jog longer before I had to walk to recover I made it to half mile point then walk for a minute then started up again until the mile I was able to do this to 1.5 mile mark. The last 1.6 miles was a little different I did ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:12:33 EST It's Official I Am A Runner! Looking For More 5K's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329781 Today was my 1st 5K and it was so much FUN! I really did enjoy myself. Very over cast weather which kept the sun away and temps much cooler then we have been having. The Rain storm we had early this morning is what helped with the temperature . I have been up since 3AM this morning we lost our power due to the storm so I was afraid that if I did get back to sleep I'd miss the race. <BR> <BR> Got one picture from the race . Very small group of adults and children who participated in the 5... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:16:16 EST Changes Made Are Making An Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323703 March 31 st is when I said to myself "Linda you need ot make some changes if you really want ot win this battle you have gotten a little to comfortable and stuck inside the same ole box to long" <BR> <BR> I was eating the same lunch foods daily high sodium lunch meats snacking to much on donut Fridays at work etc was lazy about my strength training Well in all honesty I thought if i just concentrated on my cardio weight would come off that did NOT happen. <BR> <BR> So March 31st was my day... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:15:54 EST Need To Clear Up Some Questions I have Been Getting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312265 I have been getting some questions about each week I have a new background picture of countries around the world. <BR> <BR> When I started this latest round with the 5% Spring Challenge I thought it would be lots of fun to update my Spark Page every week with the new destination we as teams are racing to (though the Casual travelers we really aren't racing as the other teams are we leisurely get to our destination) <BR> <BR> This week has been to Mumbia (Bombay) India tonight new pictures ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:39:55 EST Looking forward to April new goals for the month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305619 Finishing up March with a gain in weight <BR> <BR> April no if but or about I must get back to regular routine of strength training Feb I did all of 5 strength workouts and March was worst only 2 <BR> <BR> On of my goals for March was to once again get back into the habit of strength training did NOT meet that goal <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> on #1 eating meals at the table everyday and #2 Reduce my carbonate caffeine drinks for the most part I did well with this increase my water intake... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:49:03 EST I Think I Need Some Cheese With This Whine:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304840 Yes I am going to whine a bit. As of right now I am over my maintenance range I'm so tired of fighting these same 3 to 5 pounds. On the bright side for the most part I have done well I reviewed my weighs with BLC since round 17 until 20 I'm sitting out 21 It was round 19 that I had 5 weeks of being out of range (4/25/12 to 7/18/12) Also checked out BLC Amethyst first round stayed good 2nd round is where I have run into trouble (12/12/12 to 2/20/13) and this round trouble 1st causal travelers... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:01:58 EST I'm A Little Skeptical Of My Numbers Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302515 Today was the perfect day fro a jog in the park around mid 50's to low 60's with some wind sun shining. I went to the park where the Earth Day 5K will be held on April 20th for my workout today. <BR> <BR> Try Number 2 <BR> <BR> Played Now that is what I call Music 44 on my MP3 Player just the right tempo to jog to. Ground a nice paved surface pretty smooth as it is the bike path of the park. It's marked with miles. Made a game of it got a focal point to jog to then once there I allowe... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:31:22 EST Ah There is Only Room For Improvement Thankfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295408 Today after work instead of hitting the gym I drove to the park to give it a try of jogging in the great outdoors. Do I have work ahead of me but I can only get better at my pace time <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> There is a big difference in jogging on the treadmill and outdoors Treadmill so much easier the machine keeps me at a good pace I usually have ti set to do interval training so I go from 4.5 speed to a 5.1 speed with various inclines. Today at the park very windy uneven ground sun br... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:39:25 EST This Post Isn't About Me But About My Baby Brother Who Has Had An Amazing Journey (115 pounds) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292982 After reading so many blog post here it got me thinking we never know who is really watching us while we are struggling on this journey and how notice all of the hard work we are doing. When may end up inspiring someone else to take the first steps on this crazy & wonderful journey. <BR> <BR> My brother will be turning 50 tomorrow the big 5 0 - He has struggle with his weight his whole life He was an extremely overweight teen and it just gradual got worst. He has had some success in the p... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:23:37 EST An After Thought I Was Pretty Adventurous Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290416 Earlier today I went ot a local state nature park that i have been wanting ot stop in to as the gates have finally been opened so I did and went for a walk on the the trails there don't know how many miles I walked real small has 3 trails I did get ot walk on all 3 in the 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> That is not what I wanted to really speak about mom has been bugging me that she wanted corned beef and cabbage I've never made it before I really thought about taking her out to have her corned beef &... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:36:12 EST Start of Spring Melt Off 2013 Amethyst BLC Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290068 Totally excited about the start of Spring Melt Off Challenge pre ITC fitness challenge was : <BR> <BR> Crunches (log number of crunches in 1 minute) <BR> Wall push-ups (log number of wall push-ups in 1 minute) <BR> Step ups (log number of step-ups in 1 minute) <BR> Walk 1 mile (log minutes to complete) <BR> <BR> For me I did mine to Planet Fitness Red light which I found out was for 45 seconds (it was the easiest way for me to time myself) <BR> <BR> Abdominal Crunch Machine - 30 crunche... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 16:51:58 EST You Are Not DAmaged Goods! Listen Up Linda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280605 Our destination is the United Kingdom. Which I thought would be fun to revisit the old stomping ground - but in fact is bring up some fond memories as well as some painful ones. I have been out of sorts the pass few days and I do realize why after some soul searching. Old tape recordings which I thought I erased but apparently I haven't completely erased. <BR> <BR> This now Brings me to yesterday challenge question that I skipped. "Anything else you would like to share with your Team" Yes... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 22:15:48 EST 5% Challenge questions 5 and 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277832 5) What can I improve upon? <BR> <BR> Outside of my new healthy habit I am working eating at the table. There is so much to improve on! Especially in the nutrition area. I love fruits but not so much on veggies I have a handful that I really really do like! But the others it is hard to even start eating them. <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>369</em> <em>284</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>267</em> Wow just notice new emoticon <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 6) Do you need som... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:07:56 EST LTGL Question # 3 & 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274820 What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?" <BR> <BR> Simple I'm just going to the table immediately and sit down for my meals. Truth be told I am enjoying the quiet while I'm eating. <BR> <BR> " How are you doing day by day?" <BR> <BR> Doing pretty good though last night I messed up while watching Dallas I grabbed a snack while watching the show last night Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:41:01 EST Well I Had A Major Brain Fart Yesterday LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273258 Some of you all might have read on team thread yesterday that I roasted a chicken and went to carve it for dinner. WEll I couldn't get any meat I was just hitting the bone so I'm thinking darn that bird was starved to death no meat . I called the butcher ot complain. Guess what? I don't know how on earth I did what I did I'm such an idiot at times <em>246</em> I had it upside down there was plenty of meat if I roasted it correct side up. So tomorrow I will warm it up for dinner. <BR> ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 19:49:49 EST Better Late Then Never March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271813 3 days into the month and now I'm just getting to my March goals. <BR> <BR> This month is just to keep it simple <BR> <BR> !. As stated in my previous post eating meals at the table. This is a top one for so many reason it can make or break my journey to healthier me. <BR> <BR> 2. Reduce my carbonate caffeine drinks I have daily yesterday I only did 2 and today Normally I would have had 5 or 6 coke zero's <BR> <BR> 3. Continue working on my cardio conditioning As of today my pace on trea... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:57:43 EST LTGL Challenge 2 How Will I Become A Table Eater? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271394 Cleaning the table of all the clutter I have on it! NOw this will be a tall feat as those in the household not so keen on eating at the table and some of the crap on the table belongs ot them. I just need to be more Consistent with eating at the table and more conscious of where i am trying to eat my meals .Must pay attention and when I catch myself doing something else need ot turn around and sit down. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:45:49 EST LTGL Challenge 2 What new habit you wish to develop? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270396 It is something that I feel is extremely important to healthy eating I need to start eating all my meals at the table and not in front of the TV, or sitting at my desk, and standing up at the kitchen cabinet, or in fact eating in my car while I am driving Sat, 2 Mar 2013 22:13:30 EST After Reading Responses To My Last Blog ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269127 After reading responses to my last post It seems many of us have a quiet life style with work family and gym and spark people. Boy am I thankful for SP it is my connection to the outside world and keeps me sane in an insane world. <BR> <BR> I do appreciate your support I am thankful I have each one of you in my life. My <em>223</em> 's mean a lot to me You are what keeps me focused and pushing through the ups & downs <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 22:39:03 EST I Have Come To A Realization - To Some It Maybe A Sad One For Me It's Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266352 After reading blog post here at Spark People I mad a realization about my own life. To some it maybe a sad one , but for me I'm okay with it and I am very content with my life. <BR> <BR> What did I realize well the only way to put it I have NO LIFE to speak of <em>246</em> . My days consist of going to work going to the gym back home and I spend way to much time here at Spark People. Some may find that a sad life - but you know what I never feel lonely or alone ( and I do think the... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:43:09 EST Two Thoughts For The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260488 First thought comes from Coach Nancy who said : " When you take the focus off the scale, amazing things can happen" This year my focus is not on what the number on the scale states. Yes I am on 2 team challenges that i must weigh in on 146.9 which is a little over high end on of my range 137.7 to 146.3 with 142 mid I did get up to 149.2 ugh. So I do have some weight t ot re-lose but its not my main focus this year. My goals for this year is ot stay within range work on my cardio condi... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:03:43 EST Changing Mind Set From Maintenance Mode Back To Weight Loss Mode (Warning Long Post) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253977 Just finishing up New Year New You Winter 2013 Amethyst BLC Team Challenge with a gain Each week I slowly got heavier and got out of my Maintenance range. Which is not good. I was amazed how I made it through the holidays then came mid January then I expanded and got really lazy with my eating & workouts. <BR> <BR> Next weekend will be our starting weigh in for 2013 Casual Travelers Winter to Spring then shortly after that Spring 2013 Amethyst BLC Team Challenge should kick into gear. <BR... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 19:34:29 EST Winter 5% Challenge Assignment #5 & 6 Tricks & Excuses / Reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244486 Trying to catch up here: <BR> <BR> What works best for me my little trick is using a salad plate for my meals once you weigh and measure your food portion size seems really - really small on a dinner plate So I have been using a salad plate for years now except for the holiday meals Thanks Giving & Christmas and Easter <BR> <BR> Reasons / excuses on why my diets and exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. This was answered back in September 2012 same 2 reasons In the p... 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