LNSYLVSDOGS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LNSYLVSDOGS LNSYLVSDOGS'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/ Not being able to do a task? That's stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727377 When we need to do something that we can not do, that gives stress. <BR> <BR> We needed our windows re-glazed & painted (on the outside of a 2 story house.) Yikes! We stressed much over it. If we had had the means & ambition to be able to do such a task, we would've already done it. House is for sale & it needed to be done (whether we felt like it, or not.) <BR> <BR> Oh, gosh! The stress I have been under! I am usually just fine with doing things, myself. But, there are certain thi... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:27:39 EST What works for me & 4 yrs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720643 I spent the 1st yr losing the weight I wanted to lose. I tracked my foods religiously, and that worked. <BR> <BR> Somewhere along the line, I quit tracking. I figured that I didn't "have to", anymore. <BR> <BR> I've spent the last 3 yrs, slowly gaining weight back. It stands to reason that I still need to track my foods. I just seem to need to. <BR> <BR> I like to cook. I like to bake. I'm not into depriving myself of certain food groups. I have a sweet tooth. I have to disci... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:15:02 EST My LOL moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719890 Have you ever had the SP food tracker ask you if you've entered in all your food for the day (and want your daily feedback report), well BEFORE the end of the day??? <BR> <BR> I entered in my breakfast & lunch. Then, it asked me if I was ready for my daily feedback! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Idk whether I should laugh or cry. This is not the first time it's happened. It just struck me funny.....kind of. No, I haven't gone over in my calories, either. <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:27:52 EST A minus (no matter how small) is still a plus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718547 Haven't been using the scale much. I'd recorded my gain awhile ago & chided myself at how nothing fits. DRs appt arrived (you know how THEIR scales are especially depressing??) The weigh in wasn't great, but I could tell it was still a bit of a loss. Weighed myself a few days later, at home, and the results were even better. No, I don't put too much emphasis on the scale; but, it is still important. Clothes still aren't fitting that great. But, I think I'm going in the right direction.... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:08:03 EST What does warm weather feel like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634475 The great meltdown sure isn't happening around here. We are in another winter weather advisory for tonight & all day tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Come on spring! We are all rooting for you! <BR> <BR> Some days it feels like one must make the effort to shake off the depression that lingers. <BR> <BR> I need springs arrival to help cheer me up. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the moodiness. Somedays are better than others. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1169859885.jpg"> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:01:28 EST Homemade really is better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633563 Yesterday, I fixed a beef roast in the crockpot, so I could shred it & add BBQ sauce. I usually don't do that. I am more apt to purchase the prepackaged kind of BBQ beef. It's convenient, or is it? I usually always had to cut up in smaller pieces the big chunks that were in the prepackaged stuff. <BR> <BR> Shredded BBQ beef sammiches, was our lunch, today. DH said it tasted MUCH better than the store bought kind. There was quite a lot of it, so I divided it into 3 equal portions. Th... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:27:00 EST De-cluttering my life - PIX included http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614683 Downsizing & decluttering. That's been my motto for the last couple years. I've gotten rid of a LOT. I've not just donated it all to the 2nd hand stores. Altho, that's been where much has gone. We've also had garage sales. Plus, I've found ppl & places to take things to.....when I feel that it is something a particular person could use. This all parallels the weight loss journey. In some ways it feels good & liberating. And, in other ways, it is scary and difficult. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 07:03:08 EST Sewing thru the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609849 There seems to be no end in sight for our snow & arctic blasts. There is nothing like bundling up in double layers to shovel snow, but still feeling the air cut right through you. I haven't been out in the last couple days, at all, b/c of the negative & single digit temps. <BR> <BR> SO, I decided to start a sewing project, instead! I know a few ppl having babies this year; so, I found some cute fabrics to make a baby quilt. Even tho I have purged thru my fabric stash this last year (do... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:50:49 EST Adding goals on the new start page... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546872 By now, I'm sure you've noticed the new SP start page?? I've noticed that the goals we've set are on that page....which is MUCH more convenient than they used to be to track! I reset my short term & long term goals, adding a couple motivational pix. Much to my pleasant surprise, SP makes them into a colorful slide show out of them for you. If you haven't looked that over, yet, I'd say check it out. <em>248</em> <em>250</em> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:21:10 EST Lap Quilt Pix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523702 These pix were taken when I was basting the layers together. I just finished it all off, yesterday. I do the patchwork by machine, making sure to zig zag all raw edges. We've had bad luck with gifts that did not have raw edges done like that & they started falling apart after the first washing. <em>39</em> The edges are sewn up by hand, but I am going to do a decorative chevron stitch along the edge, as well. Other than that, I am all done. <BR> <BR> This is a dude friendly quilt... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 07:57:37 EST A meet & greet with our fearless leader :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017965 I'm a shy person by nature. But, the older I get, the more I realize that I need to grab on to the opportunity when it presents itself. B/c you never know when or if you'll get that chance again. On our road trip across the country to see DD, we made lots of stops....lots of sightseeing. Plus, we drove through Iowa. That was where I got the opportunity to meet our "Perimenopause to Menopause; what you should expect" leader, Brandtsgirl! I had part of my family with me, and she had part ... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:11:09 EST I met a SPfriend! Pix included http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511697 My trip last week was to see my siblings in order to bury our mom’s ashes. Mom passed away two years ago, but my siblings were waiting for when I could come out and visit…so we could bury them together. And, while that is a somber reason for the trip, there was enjoyable visiting going on as well. I don’t see my family very often. DS hadn’t seen his cousins since he was 3 years old, so he felt like he was meeting them for the first time. He’d met one of them two years ago, but not the ot... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:55:59 EST Before & After pix ... 45 lbs difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4447838 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l981701615.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642392374.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My "BEFORE" avatar. May 2010, I weighed in @ my DRs appt @ 166 pounds. When I joined SP a couple weeks later, my scale said 162. (My scales never agree with the DRs, but anyway....) <BR> This is me right before I joined SP, May 2010. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l506970634.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:51:32 EST One Year! May 26, 2010- May 26, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262648 I can't believe I did that...I let that anniversary pass by without me noticing until today. I knew it was coming up. But, there's been some upset in my family lately.....What with our beautiful family dog dying, and now our DD getting ready to leave the nest. Which, is one thing if all is going smoothly....but all is not going smoothly. She is driving herself and us nuts. I don't want to say much more about it. But, life is major stress right now. <BR> <BR> Last night she was going to... Sun, 29 May 2011 06:26:47 EST Reaching my goal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4035886 Today I got on the scale and couldn't believe my eyes! I reached my goal weight today! Gasp!! I can hardly believe it! <BR> <BR> These are my observations lately.... I joined the 28 Boot Camp Challenge Team at the first of the year. I didn't notice anything in particular during that month as far as the scale going down any differently than otherwise. BUT, it meant that I finally got myself to do strength training consistantly EVERYDAY. This felt like a good accomplishment. It also m... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:05:34 EST