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/ March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884714 I cannot believe it is the first day of March. Yah!! Next week the clocks spring forward and spring is around the corner. <BR> Unfortunately I am not starting March off well. I have a head cold that is finally blooming after a week of a sore throat. I know there is no good time for a cold but this week is the worse time. We have an audit at work and I have to be there every day for two weeks. I was dreading it already and not feeling well and being trapped in a room for 8 hours a day isn't ma... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:06:36 EST The Numbers Are in ....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883121 Today I did the final assessment for the 5-month challenge at the gym. The numbers that I obsess on (weight and waist size) weren't good. I increased a bit. The other numbers that normally we don't even think about (blood pressure, pulse, recovery heart rate) were great. The trainer told me that he hasn't seen a recovery heart rate as low as mine (from people in this challenge). Cool! <em>36</em> He told me that that was one of the indicators for heart disease. Great because who wants he... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:07:27 EST Vacation!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882273 We had a great week in Florida! The weather at the beginning of the trip was cold. In the 30s in the morning and only getting into the 40s or low 50s. Fortunately I had my winter coat with me, just didn't have gloves. <em>246</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119489630.jpg"> <BR> We had an ambitious schedule: 4 parks in 2 days and we did it! We clocked over 17K steps each day for the first two days. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the safari the most, I think, in Animal... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:44:13 EST And the Total is 17.5" for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876344 The good news is that the blizzard ended early (still daylight). The bad news is that it left us with 17.5" of snow and bitter temps. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1040172083.jpg"> <BR> Our shed is slowly vanishing......... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1288604711.jpg"> <BR> View from the front of house <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l678773828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:31:44 EST Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875120 Firstly, I had an awesome birthday. My dear friend took me out for dinner one night and hubby took me out another night. Of course what's a birthday without birthday cake (or some kind of dessert).. 'nuf said. The scale wasn't smiling this week. Oh well....... <BR> My sparkfriends had the right idea with those non-fattening gifts. <BR> <BR> Snow days from work Monday and Tuesday. Did a little work but mostly did some things at home and spent too much time online. <em>40</em> I can't ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:42:58 EST Snow............and more snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872653 So it has basically been snowing here in Massachusetts since Thursday. Yes, we did have a few small windows of no snow but it's hard to remember them. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> It just keeps falling.................. <BR> <BR> Remembered this little dialog from the Three Stooges <BR> <BR> Curly: "Did'jya ever hear of Snow, Snow, Beautiful Snow?" <BR> Lady: "Why yes, did you write that?" <BR> Curly: "No, I sh... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:35:44 EST Saturday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871371 Did not have the greatest start to the month. Fell off the wagon with food and gained a little. Today I have put my foot down LOL! and am going to stay under my calories. <BR> <BR> On the flip side, I have been exercising like mad, due to fitbit challenges and that has helped with the gain. I would have gained more than a pound, I think. <BR> <BR> Still going to PT but my back is improving. I have to be diligent about doing my back exercises and stretching. Should be easy, right? <BR> <... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 17:32:13 EST January - I'm Calling it a WIN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867004 In January, I refocused. Planned, tracked, burned calories. And guess what <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I LOST 3 lbs!! <em>246</em> <em>104</em> I also had the most fitness minutes in a month (2,000) than I can remember. <em>216</em> <em>319</em> <em>362</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> I've been pushing myself more in all areas because I am doing the 5% Challenge and want to be successful. I did not want the time to pass and not have anything to sho... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:47:53 EST Blizzard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865437 The last two days were days off from work. Tuesday was the Blizzard of 2015 - in my opinion- nothing like the Blizzard of 1978. It snowed from Monday night to Wednesday morning. Total count in my town was about 34". It's unbelievable when you see the snowbanks. <BR> Here's some photos <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653071813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l515116108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:29:04 EST Saturday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861743 Last week was a busy one. I am working on documentation for a highly visible project and I had to get an almost-draft ready so my manager could hold it up at a steering comm. meeting and say "see." Had my head to the grindstone first part of the week. <BR> <BR> Might have been what caused the second part of the week to go bad. My back went out, big time. I've been having an issue with a rotated sacrum. Massages have helped but didn't quite do it all (hoping that by relaxing the muscles that ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:11:19 EST Numbers Don't Lie - What kind of results do you expect? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856927 Do you know the big picture? What are your numbers to succeed? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1928512393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been coasting along. Eating right (well mostly), working out (well sort of), and drinking water (this on I get a <em>8</em> for) and expecting something to change. It isn't. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Food in, exercise out, blah blah. But who's paying attention to what it all means. I guess I wasn't . Have you ever said, I don'... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:55:35 EST Continuing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855246 I had a pretty good week so far with fitness and food, although I've been over my range many days. Many of my sins have been taken away with exercise. <em>18</em> <BR> This, however, is not a good thing because it's like treading water. I want to do better than that. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am going to do a food blog at the end of the day and chronicle my food choices. If that doesn't keep me on the straight and narrow, I don't know what will. <BR> <BR> On another note, talked to my traine... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:03:20 EST Rocked the First Day of Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851268 Today was the first day of the 5% challenge and I ROCKED it!! <BR> <BR> Still working on my meal plan but have it about half done for the week. Worked out early. 70 minutes of aerobics and stretching. <BR> <BR> Ran out to get some more veggies so I am well-prepared. Store was crazy due to football game later on. <BR> <BR> Made zucchini & blueberry low and a vegetable meatloaf for dinner. Both were yummy and from Chris Freytag's cookbook. <BR> <BR> Did some Wii exercise this afternoon for ... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:16:53 EST Good on Exercise and OK on Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849733 I am trying to get back into the groove. I feel like I do well for a week and then start sliding. I never totally go off track but I'm still frustrated by my actions. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> This plan is so much a mental thing as you know. I start the 5% Challenge on Saturday. Looking forward to it. Hope to get some before photos taken tomorrow and posted.Those might do the trick! <BR> <BR> On a positive note, my workouts have mostly been great. I'm back hitting my 10K steps each day and ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:29:35 EST Getting Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845062 I signed up for the 5% Challenge here on SP. I tried it a few years back and was unsuccessful due to many factors. <BR> <BR> Now is the time. I am ready to change! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783382928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know that this will be challenging and I am up to the challenge. I will lean on my team for support but really it's between me and myself. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1316799526.jpg"> <BR> To... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 19:45:39 EST Welcoming 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843160 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1017365556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am happy that it is 2015!! Those that follow my life know that 2014 was a horrible year for me and many friends and coworkers. I am happy to bid it good riddance and move onto a GREAT year!! The past six months have been a healing time for me and I now feel like I can just be me and not have to worry about so much. <BR> <BR> I started today with a protein smoothie, followed with a great workout. <BR> The smoot... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:00:38 EST Christmas with my brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839753 Yesterday was a low key day. Cleaned up a bit at home, made some carrot soup, relaxed. <BR> <BR> We walked down to my aunt/uncle's to visit and see their Christmas tree. The weather was nice here yesterday. Not so much today. <BR> <BR> Last night we went to my brother's to celebrate Christmas. We really had a nice visit. It was fun hanging out and visiting. They have 4 cats and a dog that were in constant motion and all over us at times. I didn't mind. Hubby was laughing because one of the ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:48:47 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839167 Yesterday was a lazy day. Yah! <BR> <BR> Lounged around in the morning mostly, putting away some dishes, etc. from Christmas. Still need to put the table back to its normal state (remove leaves/pads). <BR> <BR> Went for a long walk with hubby. We were going at a good pace and I definitely felt it in my legs. I typically don't go for walks or go on the treadmill so I think there were some different muscles involved. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Last night I met up with some people from High S... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 07:33:57 EST Another Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838685 I cannot believe that another Christmas has come and gone. The first without my mother. It was very tough at times but I got through it knowing that she is in a better place now. <BR> <BR> We hosted dinner for my aunt/uncle and cousin and his family. My brother and his wife did not come this year and that was hard on me. We will be seeing them on Saturday though. <BR> <BR> I made a roast to go with the raviolis that my aunt and I had made a few weeks ago. Too much dessert finished off the ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:50:23 EST Doing Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837522 I am doing well this week on all fronts. <BR> I've been exercising and watching calories. Also checking things off my list. See The List blog if you want to know. I am on schedule. <BR> <BR> I had a simple, delicious breakfast this morning. <BR> It was sauteed spinach put in a ramekin, then topped with cheddar cheese and a raw egg. Cooked it in the microwave for 1 min 15 sec and it was done. <BR> <BR> Here's the before and after photos. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:31:33 EST Weekly Recap 12-20-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836229 I have been struggling with choices and amounts the last few months. When I get in a good groove, it doesn't seem to last long. I know that this time of year is hard with extra temptations so I decided to list all the numbers and see where the problem is. <BR> <BR> My calorie goal is 1380 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1160659885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did not go back and look at the numbers for the past several weeks but I suspect it is more of the same. <BR> <BR> My ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:37:34 EST The List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835719 The crunch has begun and at the risk of forgetting something in my cluttered head I have developed THE LIST. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804308030.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is hanging on the fridge. <BR> <BR> Already I am behind as yesterday's things didn't get done. We both worked half a day remote and then started the tree. Of course, I ran to the grocery store first and hubby worked past noon so we got a late start. The tree is probably about 1/3 decorated but we wi... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:06:05 EST Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832991 Nothing too exciting going on. Lots to do and getting done. <BR> <BR> Work is crazy and not a lot of down time. I use to have a minute to think on occasion and I could make a list, look something up, go for a little walk, but mostly I sit at my desk with my head down pounding out the work. As a result I was getting nervous about finishing everything in time for Christmas <BR> <BR> This weekend was BUSY! <BR> Yesterday I made raviolis for Christmas. Traditionally it was my mother and aunt... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:41:02 EST Trying Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830683 Actually yesterday was fine, it was last night that was trying. <BR> I think it happened because others assumed that their presence didn't make a difference, and in the end, it did! <BR> <BR> Last night I was meeting 3 people that I used to work with. The weather was horrible - a Nor'easter here in the Boston/New Engand area. Fortunately it was all rain. <BR> Anyway, we were scheduled to meet at a restaurant at 5:30. I left my house at 5. The driving was pretty bad. At one point I actually ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:23:51 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829129 Last week was a busy week, filled with car problems and cable/internet phone problems. <BR> Started on Sunday with my car. No problem. I'll get it towed and work from home. Well, that night our internet, cable, and phone went out. No internet, no work from home. My uncle offered for me to come to his house but I decided to take the day off instead. I must admit it was strange to be home and have lights but no TV, internet, or phone. First I was told that they could come on Tuesday night to f... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:18:24 EST December Goals and November Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826970 Wow! I cannot believe that it is December already. Where does the time go? I guess it's true that as you get older the time goes faster. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Goals for November <BR> 1500 fitness minutes in November <em>248</em> <BR> Do not go over calories more than once a week <em>42</em> <BR> This one was probably a 60/40 split. I didn't go back and do the math. I just know. <BR> <BR> I continue to improve in mind, spirit, and strength each day. This week I started the Chris ... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:10:43 EST Family Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825008 Thanksgiving was nice. We spent it at my cousin's house with our family and his in-laws. It was nice to see everyone. It was pretty low key with lots of eating. Due to the traffic we drove there a few hours before dinner and then the eating started. By dinner, I really wasn't hungry. <BR> <BR> Yesterday it was time to visit with my husband's side of the family. Always a bit more challenging as his sister's family lives out of state and tries to fit everything in in a few short days AND her k... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 06:01:41 EST Going Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823183 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149394909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This sums me up lately. I feel good! I realized last weekend, in the midst of all our activities, that my life is good and that all the ups and downs are now minor and will work themselves out. In other words, they are <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1900481035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been trying to be less reactive to situations and more contemplative. For example, we are in the mids... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:19:01 EST Busy Weekend Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820973 Nothing too exciting to report for the week. <BR> I've been on track (mostly) and getting in some good workouts. I was unable to see the trainer this week so he gave me a workout to do. I did it Thursday after work with a coworker. It was nice of him to offer the workout. <BR> <BR> Addition Update <BR> We spoke with the architect on Wednesday night. She is working as our advocate in this process. We reviewed the contractor's quote and asked some questions. We are getting closer to getting u... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:47:46 EST Crazy Week - Great Alton Brown Tour Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817131 Wow. Can't believe it's been a week since my last blog. I guess that it was a crazy week! <BR> Sunday I finally got the village packed up and put away. That's a big task. Lots of bending and lifting and the next day my back made it known. Because of my back I had a less than stellar workout week. It is feeling better and I plan to workout later after our volunteer stint at the Food Pantry. <BR> Right now my house is in a state as I have about 3 projects going on at once and there is stuff ev... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:37:49 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812968 I have nothing major to report so that's good. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> My anxiety seems to be going and I really think I had a form of PTSD from caring for my mother the last few years. Sunday night we went to a prayer service for all those that had died from our church in the past year. It was a nice service and I consider it my final closure. It was sad to see how many people did not have anyone there. It was at a bad time though Sunday night at 6:30pm. <BR> <BR> My workouts have become... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 08:00:51 EST A Fitbit in a Haystack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810785 For those of us that have Fitbits, you know that they quickly become our best workout friend. They push us to meet goals, keep us moving, and get healthy. Well, imagine if you lose that friend, how lost you feel? How alone? Well my hubby experienced that feeling over the weekend. He was out raking leaves and I was in the house. After a while I noticed out the window that hubby was walking back and forth across the lawn, looking down. I knew that he had lost his Fitbit. <BR> <BR> I grabbed m... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 15:32:23 EST October Wrap and November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808840 Overall I think that October was a success! I feel (and look) better than I had in September. <BR> I am sleeping better and working on avoiding anxiety-provoking situations and people. <BR> <BR> October goals were: <BR> <BR> Keep exercising 60 minutes a day. Mixing up the workouts. <BR> I fell a little short but averaged over 50 minutes a day so I'm calling that <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Staying within range 7 days a week. <BR> I did not do this but only had 6 days when I was over my cal... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:20:09 EST WIO Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808692 For the WIO challenge, we had to post a photo of ourselves with the juggler. <BR> Here's mine <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55938145.jpg"> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:21:36 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807923 I am grateful for the ability to work from home. It just makes my life better. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> This week has been a pretty good week. I got in a few good workouts and plan to have another today. We volunteered at the food pantry last week and were putting together food boxes for Thanksgiving distribution. That was better than trying to check dates on cans (which is what we usually do). There was a great bunch of volunteers there today too. <BR> <BR> We met with the architect and ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:10:35 EST Inspiration - Challenge Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805584 We were asked to blog about someone or something that inspired us. <BR> <BR> I am inspired by my uncle. He grew up as 1 of 7, whose father left when he was 6. His family grew up in the projects and yet he has great memories of his childhood. <BR> Although he had some tough years as an adult and wasn’t always the best that he could be, he turned it around. Now he is generous, self-reliant, and kind. He was recently hospitalized for hip replacement and entertained the nurses. One gave him a h... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:03:23 EST I am Weak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803394 I do not consider myself weak in general. I have a lot of inner strength that I feel propelled me (for lack of a better word) through my mother's illness and all that was related to it. I just focused on what needed to be done and did it. <BR> <BR> However, when it comes to myself and losing weight, I am weak! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1910742154.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I make a plan, stick to it for a couple of days, and then cave. What else can I call it but weakne... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:21:54 EST Walk at the Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797568 I am grateful that I have great friends that support and encouragement me! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a banner fitness day. Kickboxing, upper body strength training, and yoga to finish it out. I was pretty tired last night but felt good that I pushed myself to do it. <BR> Today I am sore in many places. <em>24</em> <BR> I took today off from work to relax and spend the day with hubby. <BR> <BR> We went for a walk around a local lake. Here are some photos from our walk. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:16:15 EST Updates and October goals a little late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795725 I am grateful for my strength - both physical and mental. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> It's been a few days since I last blogged so there's a few updates. <BR> <BR> Monday - Had my stitches removed. That was a much easier process than putting them in and pain free! <BR> Hubby left on short business trip and is on his way home now. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> This week I did pretty good on food. Yesterday was my worse day. I blame this on lack of planning and the need to go grocery shopping! <... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:05:19 EST Yesterday was Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792627 I am grateful that I still have my dear Auntie (who turned 82 yesterday) and my uncle, who will be 84 next week. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Friday was a good day at home. Got caught up on a lot of things and go some exercise in. It was light exercise as I was pretty sore after my doubleheader at the gym on Thursday <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had a full schedule. We started looking at bathroom fixtures. The place that we went to was great, although a bit overwhelming. So much t... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:26:12 EST Today was a Banner Fitness Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791291 I am grateful that I am strong and healthy and can workout for two hours in a day!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> In case you were wondering, today is Day 12 of no soda!!! I have been tempted but have not given in! <BR> <BR> <em>273</em> Got my biopsy results back and it is nothing more serious than age spots. <em>24</em> If anyone is happy to have age spots, it is me. I am glad it didn't turn out to be anything serious. <BR> <BR> Now onto some fun stuff <em>40</em> <BR> First wo... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 19:38:41 EST Quick Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789970 I am grateful that I can work from home. <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. I've been struggling lately and it really helped being home today, where it was quiet and almost stress free. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a biopsy on a "freckle" that was on my lip. I don't get the results until Thursday. I am not really worried about it. I have a few others in my mouth that the doctor says looks like familiar freckles. Anyway, the freckle was right at the corner of my mouth and required some stitches. I... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:00:15 EST Had a Chat with my Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787776 I am grateful that I have a great gym at work! <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I met with the trainer. There is a new challenge starting next week. It's basically a self-guided challenge but once a month you meet with the gym staff to review progress. My goal for the challenge is to loss weight and gain strength. How's that for broad and vague? <em>40</em> <BR> I actually want to lose 10lbs and since the challenge goes for 6 months, I should be able to do it. The assessment was: <BR... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:15:50 EST Piling up those no soda days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787268 I am grateful that things have calmed down in my life. <BR> This week has been pretty good overall. There were a few bumps in the road but they were small. <BR> <BR> What’s going on? <BR> Day 6 of no soda. We went out to dinner on Wednesday night. I met DH at the restaurant and he had already order me a soda. I told him that I wasn’t drinking it and ordered water with lemon. Did go over my calories that day with a yummy dessert but doing well the rest of the time. <BR> <BR> This planning ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:20:55 EST Streaking and Habit Forming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785960 I am grateful that I have the means and access to purchase and cook healthy food. <BR> <BR> I have started listening to iTunes radio while cooking and doing chores at home. I've been listening to jazz, which gets me moving and usually increases my step count. <BR> I've heard an ad a few times (not sure for what) but it says that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Well I am into day 3 of a new habit. Dare I tell you?? <em>20</em> <BR> I stopped drinking diet soda. I know that anyth... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:57:40 EST First Day Back at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785362 Today as I am typing this from home in my jammies, I am grateful to be able to work from home surrounded by my furry friends. <em>240</em> <em>240</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my first day back to work since vacation and it was a crazy one. I normally would have said stressful but I'm trying to get away from that word and better identify things. <BR> I overslept. Ugh! Then it took me an extra 15-20 mins to get into the office. <BR> Tried to log in and my password didn't work. Tried o... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:58:43 EST Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783984 I am grateful for my DH, who listened when I talked and has come up with ways to support me without me asking. <em>224</em> <BR> I am grateful that we have great friends and family. <BR> <BR> Okay. Each blog will start out with a few things that I'm grateful for. That's my goal for the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> Our recent trip away was a wonderful experience. We were in a rut, just going through the motions, and now we are on a new path to do new things and expand our world! <BR> <... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:09:59 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782773 We had a lovely almost week in Savannah, GA. Weather mostly cooperated, although it was hot and humid the entire time. Woke up this morning at home to 37 degrees! <BR> <BR> Savannah is made up of 21 squares with houses from different design periods: colonial, Victorian, Lots of history and ghosts (I guess) as some of the buildings are built on graves that contained the bodies of those that died from disease. <BR> We rode the tour buses most days, getting on and off at various stops, and do... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:30:02 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777780 Yesterday was a pretty good day. Nothing crazy but pretty calm. <BR> <BR> Went out to lunch (truck) with a coworker. This is an event that they have every Wednesday from July - September. I wanted to go to one truck in particular that had been on Food Truck Race on Foodnetwork a few seasons ago. Anyway, they made yummy grilled cheese sandwiches. We ate at a picnic table. It was lovely out. <BR> <BR> Had a great workout with my trainer. He said that he underestimated me. Ha! <BR> Had me doi... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:36:10 EST Recharging Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775696 The whole weekend was pretty good. Saturday was errands and sitting by the pool. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I didn't leave the house! Started out thinking that we'd do a few errands and decided that they could be done at another time. So....... <BR> <BR> Worked out for over an hour. It was tough. I did some high intensity/low impact DVD workouts and then some ST. 65 minutes and lots of sweat later I was done. It felt great! <BR> <BR> Hubby went out for a while and I then decided to straighten out... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:42:32 EST