LOPEYP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LOPEYP LOPEYP'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/ Week 2 Results- Week 3 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298375 Week 2 of the new me plan is over and I give myself a B- or a C. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My goals were: <BR> 1. Daily Step Goal of 12,000 steps. I nailed this one. I averaged 17,000 steps every day. Of course, two fitbit challenges helped push me. <BR> 2. Stay in calorie range at least three times. Epic fail, as they say. Had two days in calorie range. <BR> 3. Burn 300+ calories doing intentional exercise Great job on this one. With all the extra walking I averaged 500 calories in exer... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:35:52 EST Crunching the Numbers - Week 1 Results - Week 2 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293428 Well week 1 of the new me plan is complete. How did I do? <BR> <BR> Overall, pretty well. <BR> <BR> Week 1 Goals were: <BR> 1. Daily Step Goal = 12,000 -Exceeded it every day <BR> 2. Stay in calorie range at least three times. - Didn't do it. Only two days <BR> 3. Burn 300+ calories doing intentional exercise. 6 of 7 days <BR> 4. Eat out one time this week. - Ate out twice this week due to my friend's birthday. <BR> <BR> What went well week 1: <BR> <BR> Having measurable specific ... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:28:38 EST Small Steps Lead to Success - Week 1 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289247 Happy New Year!! We had a nice New Year Day visiting my husband's sister and family in Maine. They recently moved so it was a first look at the house/yard. It was lovely. I wish that I had taken some photos. Their property is 3 acres and abuts 300 acres of protected land. My SIL said that there are many trails in the woods and invited us back for some snowshoeing. <BR> <BR> Today we are taking down our tree and putting the house back into order. Not looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> <em... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 06:35:33 EST There is strength in numbers and they don't lie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287810 I have been struggling with my weight and choices the last year (mostly). I have a new approach and it's all in the numbers. It really doesn't matter how much you work out, it's all about how much you eat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa30f70d-c51d-4219-8a4f-e4670d3026c1.png"> <BR> <BR> On my last visit to the wellness coach I set a goal of staying in my calorie range 3 times a week. For whatever reason this time, I did not want to fail and put some effort into... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:41:42 EST It Starts Anew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285410 Christmas was a nice day. I had low expectations for the day. Since my cousin died last June, our family has been a little off. Christmas was with his family, at his house <em>40</em> . I offered to host but his son wanted things to remain the same this year. <BR> Dinner was running behind due to an unexpected visitor for my nephew but that turned out to be a good thing as we all pitched in and got it done. <BR> There were some tears during grace and later as some photos were gifted, but a... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:23:55 EST Wellness Coach, Trainer, Etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283918 Today I met with the wellness coach. I really like this woman. Right off the bat she always asks what my energy level is and depending on my answer, then asks what keeps it from being higher or lower. She always makes me think and look at the bright side of things. <BR> <BR> Today we talked about last session's goals. Of which, I did only one. But it is one and that's more than none. <BR> My big success was that I created my spreadsheet so I can crunch the numbers and get the hard cold facts... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:44:02 EST Time for a Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282019 Quick blog before I work out!! <BR> <BR> During this crazy time of year I've been stressed and challenged like everyone else. <BR> I do NOT have my shopping done yet - but almost. Was going to finish today (and hopefully still can) when the roads are clear. It is snowing. Our first snow other than a few dustings earlier. The weather is suppose to warm later today so much will melt. <BR> <BR> I have been doing okay with food choices when I do not have events to go to - unfortunately I had th... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:58:50 EST Doing What Works for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278240 I have mentioned that I am working with a wellness coach at work. I see her every other week. We've talked about looking at things in the positive - which can be hard for a realistic such as I. But I am trying and do find that I am mostly stress free lately. Maybe because work has been somewhat quiet and things with my elderly aunt and uncle have calmed. <BR> I have been sporadically tracking three things that went well each day. That does help. Even doing the exercise helps, even if I never... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:20:36 EST Saturday Fun Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275614 Today I am heading out with a friend to do some Christmas shopping. My friend is so helpful picking out gifts. We've been making this yearly excursion for about ten years now. It's great to have the entire day together. Lots of chatter and laughs. <BR> <BR> I am getting over a sinus infection and starting to feel better now, which is great because there is a lot to get done this time of year. Hopefully we will get our tree up tomorrow. I also want to check out the lights at a local zoo. Hope... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 05:41:23 EST Trying Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271228 I have started a new workout program that incorporates cardio and strength. It's not a formal program although I am doing pieces of a program called Body Chisel. <em>24</em> Yesterday I did 15 minutes of the 20 min video. It was pretty tough. It was 5 ST exercises that you repeat for a minute. You add on another exercise, etc. Then you do it again this time starting at 5 reps and going to 1. Afterwards in the afternoon my back was sore but feels okay today. My shoulders are sore today. <B... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:24:40 EST Finding the positives and letting the negatives go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268431 I've been working with a wellness coach at work on weight management. She is teaching me that a part of the process is accentuating the positives and letting the negatives go. Sounds easy, right? It’s not, really. We are surrounded by negatives. From early on our parents have framed things negatively - such as look both ways before crossing or ..... You’ll get hit by a car (negative). It’s funny because I never really gave that kind of thing much thought. I guess a positive way to say the sa... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:57:32 EST Fun Hike in the Woods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265827 Yesterday we decided to explore Concord. It is the site of the Battle of Lexington and Concord during the Revolutionary War. <BR> <BR> We decided on a 1.7 mile walk through the woods to Thoreau's cabin. Unfortunately we made a wrong turn and never did find the cabin. <em>40</em> We know where we went wrong so hopefully will get back there soon to find the cabin. <BR> <BR> The weather was sunny but chilly yesterday. The morning was definitely warmer than the afternoon so we got an early... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:17:30 EST Fun Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258721 Just returned from vacation. It was a great trip! First stop was to visit my goddaughter at college in DC. It was wonderful to see her. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/415e615f-614d-4511-bfa4-268d1fad6fe3.jpg"> <BR> The weather was chilly that day. Headwinds of 40mph. Tough making our way along the reflecting pool but so worth the trip. We visited several of the monuments in the Mall. All so emotional to me. <BR> <BR> Second stop was Georgia where we took several... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 07:34:46 EST Wellness Coach and Catchup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252230 Last week was crazy. I hope that this one is a little bit calmer. <BR> <BR> I was asked to help one of our executives design a slide for a presentation. There was a lot of back and forth with him and a lot of research on my part. This one slide took a lot of my time last week and I didn't get to the gym at all. <em>24</em> <BR> I did some walking at home but my calories burned were dismal. My food choices were okay but the scale is not budging so I need to keep tweaking. <BR> <BR> I met... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 06:55:14 EST October Goals and September Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247704 Another week is gone. I can't believe how fast the time goes. <BR> At least it wasn't a wasted week! I have been making great strides in my food choices and calorie tracking. I have managed to string a few days together in a row where I at or below my magic number of 1400! Definitely a win! <em>104</em> Also see a little movement on the scale. <BR> <BR> Had another good workout with the trainer last night. She has definitely ramped it up and brought out one of my LEAST favorite exercises ... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 06:46:45 EST Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244015 Good news on the trainer front! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I met with her for my fourth session. She started out with having me do the same set of exercises. When she asked me how that felt. I said "Very easy. It's been pretty easy all along." Well......... I think that flipped a switch because the rest of the workout was intense. <BR> <BR> She had me pushing the sled with 90lbs of weight on it. Bicep/tricep extensions with 10lb weights, some difficult core exercises. All good. Started feeling th... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:18:11 EST When You Think You are Doing Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241055 So I found a Mediterranean plan that I've been following mostly. I say mostly because I did make a few substitutions. <BR> Well I guess I haven't been following it too closely......... <em>40</em> the <em>192</em> has not moved. <BR> So I went back to the numbers <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8cf7601-5c38-4438-8fe8-58edca24a5e3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Turns out that I forgot about all those days when I exceeded my calories by a "few" hundred. It looks like it was pr... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:37:19 EST ALZ Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238042 Well, the weather could have been a lot better for today's Walk to End Alzheimer's but it didn't stop us. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7b2e853-6178-4329-ae1c-4f7d2bc1abb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We met up with my team from work. Unfortunately about half of the people didn't show up, guessing because of the weather. <BR> <BR> We walked around the lot a bit. Checked in. Were recognized for our fund-raising efforts with a medal. You can see it in the photos. There was a 3-mi... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:26:55 EST Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237233 I had my second visit with the trainer. It is going slowly (no sweat LOL) but she says that she is watching form and adjusting. She doesn't have me do any heart-raising exercise between sets, which I don't like. The old trainer always includes something between sets that raised my heart rate. Will mention this to new trainer. <BR> <BR> Went for my annual dr visit yesterday and I have gained 4lbs. Not a surprise, and she didn't seem concerned by it, but I am. I just don't want it to keep mul... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:11:52 EST A Great Sense of Loss and a New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233757 OK. The title may be a bit dramatic but that's how I feel.... about the removal of the lovely hemlocks border. You see, the hemlocks belong to our neighbor and she decided to take them down to the tune of $10,000!!! There are about 20 on each side of her property. They are about 50-60 feet tall and about 60 years old. <BR> <BR> This is the view that I use to have from our pool. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef6b5629-0468-4640-8d11-f29aef4a045f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 06:46:30 EST New Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229826 I had my first session with the new trainer on Thursday. It went well. It was mostly a session for her to assess where I am and how I move, etc., but I was still sore the next day. <BR> <BR> We did a lot of core work and also used the new Trex system. I used it to do rows but because it used my body weight, I really felt it through my upper back the next day. <BR> <BR> She told me that I will have "homework" and that will be to do the routine 2-3 times during the week on my own. Not sure t... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 06:41:29 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227757 I have been struggling with food choices and just eating too much. My willpower seems to have gone bye-bye. <em>39</em> I was reading an article about ways to improve your willpower and one of the suggestions was to be more mindful of decisions. Questioning something as simple as why am I having a cup of tea immediately upon getting out of bed will help me be more mindful. No more autopiloting choices. <BR> <BR> My goals for the month are: <BR> <BR> Exercise 5x a week and burn at least 3... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:51:32 EST Met with the Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225222 Met with the new trainer last Wednesday. I think I'm going to like her. <BR> You know how they say you can't judge a book by its cover? I guess that was what I had been doing with the trainer. She's worked at the gym for a few years now but she is very quiet and reserved. I picked her through process of elimination (one trainer is new and the other seems a little odd). Well, I think I'm going to like her! She seems to be very bright and so far, knows her stuff. We will see. We start next Thur... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:41:35 EST Fun Day/updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222955 Saturday we went to a friend's house for a relaxing day and dinner. She lives in a lovely coastal town. We hung out at her house, then went for a drive to the reservation and walked some trails and went to the top of the observation tower. The weather had finally dried and cooled a bit and there was a nice breeze. <BR> Here's a few photos from the reservation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef3d3034-ded4-4cc0-bc17-1194739d22b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:43:55 EST Alzheimer's Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219461 Things are going pretty well in my little part of the world. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Work was slow but just got busier so days are flying. We booked our little trip to visit my goddaughter at college in October. We are also going to GA where they film The Walking Dead and taking a couple of tours there. Should be very different from the trips we usually take. <em>226</em> <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> DH and I had our first weigh in yesterday. We are both down 1/2 pound. We definitely cou... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:11:37 EST Back to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216159 Vacation is over and we went back to work on Monday. I must say that the hardest part is getting up in the morning. I am an early riser normally but had been sleeping later during vacation. This morning I overslept and DH had to wake me up. Ugh! No one really cares when I get to work it just that my commute can be worse than normal if I leave later. <BR> <BR> DH and I started our own plan on Tuesday. We each weighed in and recorded it. We are trying to be "good" and not go out to eat too muc... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:20:23 EST Fun Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212336 Positives: Weather has been beautiful and I got to visit with my goddaughter. <BR> <BR> My goddaughter stayed with us Monday into Tuesday. We wished it could have been longer. <BR> We went to Ogunquit, Maine. It's a cute little town on the coast of Maine. <BR> We walked the Marginal Way, which is a walkway along the edge of the cliffs/beach. It's about a mile and a half. The weather wasn't great - kind of drizzly but we made the most of it. We had umbrellas so that helped. <BR> <BR> At t... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 18:49:45 EST Vacation Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209389 Positives: Lots of great weather and alone time with DH. <BR> <BR> We have just finished week 1 of staycation. It was pretty good. Weather was good - very hot. <BR> We didn't "go anywhere" but did take a few excursions and shopping trips and of course, enjoyed some lunches out. <BR> <BR> We went to a farm about 45 minutes away that my SIL mentioned. We planned to pick blueberries but were late getting there and it was around noon and too hot. So we purchased some instead. They had some love... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:26:59 EST New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206311 Positives: The weather has been nice pool weather. I am spending a lot of time relaxing and reading. PLUS we are on vacation for two weeks. <BR> <BR> Nothing too exciting going on with me. <BR> Finished up work for two weeks and we are planning some day trips for the week. We may go overnight somewhere but nothing is planned. <BR> <BR> Still struggling with my food choices. We did go to the store on Saturday and I planned several meals and have the goods to make them. Even bought some salm... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:30:03 EST Nice Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202574 Still working on my food choices and portions. Did pretty well over the weekend other than a couple adult beverages that were definitely required poolside. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to my brother's house on the lake. It was such a lovely day there. The humidity wasn't bad and there was a nice breeze. <BR> <BR> We got together with some kind of cousins. I say kind of because we are only cousins because my grandfather married their grandmother. We grew up in the same town but... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:19:02 EST Day 20: Positives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199050 <em>8</em> Positives......... hmmm. There are plenty. Have a great home and family. <BR> <BR> Still working on the eating. I wish I could flip a switch and get back in the groove but I'm still struggling. <BR> <BR> Sunday I went to a baby shower. It was for the woman that I use to babysit. She is having twins. She looked great! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6ebda74-a259-4083-a2de-2ff02bfe1c0e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Her step-mother threw the shower and it was a bit over... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:44:12 EST Day 15: Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196469 <em>8</em> Positives from yesterday: Had a nice dinner with my brother and SIL. Also had a good workout yesterday (and today). <BR> <BR> I am learning what works and doesn't. Things are starting to click into place and I am anticipating some movement on the scale at next week’s weigh in. I have cut down on processed food and trying to eat more healthy snacks. Loving my avocado with Mary’s Gone Crackers. If you haven’t tried them, check them out. They are healthy and yummy. <BR> <BR> <... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 12:21:59 EST Day 13: Getting Down to Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195064 My positives: I had a great weekend. Just the right amount of friend/family time and alone time with DH. The weather here was lovely. <em>67</em> <em>237</em> We spent a lot of time in the pool. <BR> <BR> Now I have to get down to business <BR> I currently weigh 160. I am not happy about this. Many of my clothes no longer fit and I don't like how the ones that do look. <BR> What to do? <BR> <BR> Get down to business and get serious. <em>104</em> <BR> I feel like this past week I d... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:04:29 EST Day 9: Putting Things in Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192799 My positives from yesterday: Had a great visit with one of my former work friends, who retired. <BR> I am on a short break from work now for the 4th. <BR> <BR> Still struggling with food choices but slowly getting my house in order. Planning some low cal meals and making a list. Today we will go for groceries. We have a couple of cookouts to go to but I'm confident that I can control my eating. One of the cookouts I am hosting so that's easy and the one at my friends house should be ok. She... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 06:19:53 EST Day 7: Treading Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191796 I am trying to live more in the moment and be grateful for what I have because you never know when it'll be gone. That was certainly made crystal clear by my cousin's death earlier in the month at age 51. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> So... in keeping with that I am going to "try" to blog every day and at least say what my positives were from the previous day or what I am grateful for. Beyond that I will be checking in on my goals. Sadly, I find that when I obsess about my food and logging it, e... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:27:33 EST Three Days in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189216 I have been slowly getting back into my healthy life and choices. <BR> I've had three good days of eating smart (or as we say in Boston Smaaaht) <em>20</em> <BR> The scale is slowly moving <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> We've still eaten out too much but I'm attributing that to needing to go shopping, which we finally did last night. This week should go according to plan. <BR> <BR> Exercise-wise this week was okay. I got my 10K steps in every day but a couple of my workouts didn't burn many ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:16:45 EST Starting a Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188032 I am slowly reeling myself in from mindless, unnecessary eating. I was very proud of myself yesterday in the office. If you recall, across the aisle from me is a drawer full of candy. Well, I was bored or stressed or both and was thinking about partaking in some candy but stopped myself. Took a breath, thought about it, then got a cup of tea. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's workout was a good one too. I did some elliptical and treadmill, then 20 minutes of ST. I have not been consistent with my ST and... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:07:53 EST Picking up the pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185294 My cousin passed away Sunday night. He had been in a coma for almost a week but it was still a shock. Such a shame. He was 51. <BR> He leaves behind his two wonderful children,ages 19 & 15 and his elderly parents. <BR> If one can ever say that dementia is a blessing, it is when you lose a child. <BR> My dear aunt knows that my cousin passed away but does not appear to have the sorrow or understand what it really means. She asked me if I knew that Tom has passed and I said Yes, and she said, ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:19:52 EST Life is Precious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181339 My cousin did not treat a medical condition. He received several transfusions that caused a significant stroke and is now he is in a coma. He's 51. <BR> <BR> We were told that he won't be coming out of it. <BR> <BR> This is my cousin that I grew up with. His family lived next to us. My aunt and uncle's only child. My little brother. <BR> <BR> I didn't think I would ever say this but fortunately my aunt has dementia and will never learn of her son's condition. My poor uncle has to deal wit... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:54:33 EST Fun Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174205 Hubby and I went away this weekend. It was a fun trip! <BR> <BR> We did our usual race activities and met up with our racing friends but we also met up with some Sparkfriends. This has become a tradition for the last few years. This year we went to the Whitewater Park in Ohio. It was a great place. Lots to do. You can rent bikes (of all kinds) peddleboats, paddleboats, kayaks. Lots of options. <BR> <BR> We rented peddleboats and went out on the water. There were three couples so three boa... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 06:42:24 EST Stressful Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170581 The week has been crazy at work and how do I handle stress - by not going to the gym and eating junk. Ugh! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9c7133e-1b10-4742-8a1a-1043899f9688.jpg"> <BR> Okay, it's not quite this bad but it's getting there. Summer coming and I think I weigh the most I have in 5 years. <BR> <BR> What to do? Buckle down and but my effort into making some changes! <BR> <BR> No more easy or no-existent workouts. No more snacks. <BR> ... Thu, 26 May 2016 07:41:31 EST Recharging with a fun day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163232 Yesterday the weather here was gorgeous. Mid 70s and sunny. A little breezy but that was okay. <BR> <BR> We had no specific plans other than to get out of the house and go to a place with beaches and the ocean. We started in Gloucester but saw some signs for the Essex Scenic Coastal Byway and started following them. <BR> <BR> We made a few stops along the way. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b67cbd26-9ff1-419e-9e4f-5ff7b06e5f76.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 15 May 2016 07:10:18 EST Starting and Stopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162020 I am here. Still plugging along. Starting and stopping on this journey to lose a few pounds. <BR> Still struggling big time with my food choices. ugh! Why can't I get into a good rhythm? I think some of it is definitely stress, some of it is laziness. Just so tired of fighting this battle with the same few pounds. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Honestly, I wouldn't be so hung up on it if it wasn't for the clothes. I am fast approaching the need for larger size pants. <em>40</em> and I am not bu... Fri, 13 May 2016 08:31:56 EST Update - May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157126 Been a while since I last blogged so here's a quick one. <BR> <BR> I've been doing well. Mostly making good food choices and seeing some positiveness on the <em>192</em> This is a food/meal delivery week. Last night was Spanish Steak Salad. It was good and tasted especially yummy since DH prepared it! <em>246</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I am getting my steps in this week but not burning a great amount of calories. Tomorrow I am wfh and will do some kickboxing to change that. <BR> <... Thu, 5 May 2016 19:47:34 EST Busy Week - Good Deed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152671 This has been a busy week. Fortunately a good week mostly. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I did my good deed. I was meeting a friend for lunch. It was a miserable day -40 degrees and pouring rain. On the way to lunch, I noticed a lady with white hair walking. I guess it was the white hair that caught my eye. Who is out walking in the rain without a hat or umbrella? I turned around and stopped. She looked and smiled at me and told me that she was out for a walk. I noticed she was wearing her PJs, slippers... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:05:18 EST 5K Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149413 Today was a great day!! Hubby and I did our community's 5K today. This was our 4th time. <BR> <BR> The weather was a bit windy and chilly but very sunny. He is still recovering from his injury/surgery last summer so he walked the route with me. That was great. I think that's why I dread these races because he typically runs and leaves me behind. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> We did some sections of jogging but they were short jags. We were keeping pace with a lady would was a beginner runner. W... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:20:08 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144711 It was another busy weekend for me. Saturday we did some errands and I did gardening. Yesterday we had a great workout (love when DH works out with me). We did a Leslie Sansone 3-miler. I also did a 30 minute upper body sculpt workout. It was hard and pointed out to me that I have been slacking. My goal for ST is to do this workout twice a week. <BR> <BR> Focusing on food again and did well yesterday. I was a little hungry last night and very hungry this morning. I take that as a good sign! ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:46:11 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138288 How's it going? One week into my new goals. <BR> <BR> Doing great on the fitness. Have burned at least 500 calories every day in April except one. <BR> Planning dinners worked great! Love having the plan on the fridge so I can check it the night before. <BR> Still working on eating less and tracking everything. <BR> <BR> Other than that, things are pretty good. <BR> Work is super busy and having an issue with one person.His constant emails is draining and is slowing down my progress. I'm ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 06:55:49 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132800 I am going back to basics this month. I really have to get the scale moving <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for the month are: <BR> <BR> Burn 500 exercise calories a day (6 days a week) <BR> That means ramping up my fitness. <em>320</em> <em>362</em> <em>311</em> <em>216</em> <BR> TRACKING EVERYTHING - I've noticed that I have been forgetting to record some things that I eat. Way to resolve this. Track it first!! <em>265</em> <em>373</em> <em>497</em> <em>550</em... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 19:56:53 EST Stress is my Enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132024 <BR> Seem to have lost my mojo this month. <BR> <BR> Still dealing with lots of stress at work. This week was brutal. Too much work, too many meetings, and too many interruptions. Tomorrow I am WFH and plan to keep myself on do not disturb all day. I know I would feel better if I could get at least one thing off my plate without all the interruptions. Ugh! <BR> <BR> Been piling the work on that slacker in my group. Keep telling him that we are all busy and that our manager wants us to go ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:49:45 EST