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/ 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 Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127570 Nothing too exciting to report. <BR> <BR> Trying to stay focused on myself and let go off a lot of things that are distracting me. <BR> I think mostly stress is doing me in. When I am stressed I eat more and workout less. I think it's because I don't want to take the time to workout when I could get x done. Doesn't really make a lot of sense, I know. <BR> <BR> Today I took the day off to paint my bathroom. I started sanding off the stenciling that I had done so the walls are smooth. Tomorr... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 18:50:18 EST Struggling a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122791 Last week was a bit of a struggle with food. Always starts out well and ends not so well. I've had a couple of good days and I'm trying to get a good streak going. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>291</em> <em>551</em> <em>370</em> <em>22</em> <em>53</em> <em>277</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Work has slowed a bit but still quite busy. I managed to get to the gym the three days that I was in the office and had some good workouts there. Am finishing the last ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:15:21 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117942 What started out as a day with plans to things around the house quickly changed. <BR> In the morning we dropped our cars off for tire repair and walked down to a local lake. It was so quiet and still (except for the traffic whizzing by). <BR> <BR> Rest of the day was busy with a trip to the laundry mat with our quilt. Finally returned home around 1. Stopped by my aunt's to help put away the last of the Christmas decorations and put out some Easter ones. <BR> <BR> Rest of the day was spent... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 07:15:59 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108824 <em>224</em> It's March!! Almost spring!! <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> February was a pretty good month for me. I got a handle on my eating (mostly) and managed to lose a little weight (1-2lbs). I went on vacation for a week and came home without a weight gain so that's major. <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for March: <BR> 1500 fitness minutes <BR> 3 ST sessions a week (doing some of the things that I don't <em>26</em> ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:24:46 EST When all things align http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105886 When I returned from vacation I was happy to see that my weight had stayed the same. We were trying not to overeat at meals out, which were most of them and didn't snack much. <BR> <BR> I took this as a gift that I should continue the momentum and really buckle down on my eating. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb4bf6d1-8890-4994-af12-a6688c2a3957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been spot on with my eating the past 3 days and hope that I am not jinxing myself by mentionin... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 07:52:24 EST Great Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103522 Vacation was great! The weather was lovely and we spent a lot of time walking and taking in the sights. <BR> We saw the Cirque du Soleil show in Orlando one night, which was amazing. This is one of my favorite parts <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5O-<BR>xW3XtQM </link> <BR> <BR> I must say that other than this and the race that we didn't do anything "remarkable" just walked around taking in the sights, enjoying ourselves, and having a nice, relaxing time. <BR> <BR> Here's ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:23:55 EST Last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096273 Quick blog to do updates. Nothing really crazy to report. <BR> Have been doing well with food and exercise. Derailed a bit by my birthday mid-week but back at it!! We've been curtailing dining out so that saves on the waist and pocketbook. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Work was almost unbearable last week. Crazy projects and unreasonable demands. This week should be better. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Weather has been VERY cold - below zero. Ventured out yesterday morning to have breakfast with... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:21:50 EST Last Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089817 Wow. Last week was such a blur....... <em>40</em> in a good way!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/595b6e9c-8e03-4a8d-9ca7-866111d90434.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My aunt came home on Monday and is doing great!! To quote my uncle "she is eating like a horse." <em>246</em> She has requested more zucchini/blueberry bread so I am bringing some down to her today along with a stuffed pepper that I made last night. I feel bad but I haven't been down to see her since she got h... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 07:11:53 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085540 My aunt is home and doing well. Talked to her on the phone yesterday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a banner fitness day for me. I am in a couple of fitbit challenges and I wanted to start out well. I went to the gym. Used the elliptical and then did some ST. Lately I have not been pushing myself to do the tough exercises but did yesterday. Made myself do the pull-ins on the gliders. Gliders are discs that slide on the floor. You are in a plank with your feet on gliders and you slide them in tow... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 06:37:52 EST Update on my aunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083666 My aunt is being released from the hospital tomorrow. They are not sending her to rehab. She had a couple of setbacks while in the hospital and she stopped eating. My uncle called me on Friday and asked if I could come up and try to get her to eat. When I arrived about an hour later, she had a rally and had was eating again. Apparently she had another issue that they resolved and after, feeling better, she started eating. <BR> <BR> We talked to the case manager and she suggested hospice car... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 06:32:30 EST What's Going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080360 The pot luck went okay. I didn't like a lot of the foods. <em>246</em> Seemed to be tasteless and hence, not worth my calories. I ate the pear salad I brought and a few little things. Did have a tiny piece of two different brownies. Each piece was about an inch square. <BR> The problem I had with food this week was not the potluck but hubby's birthday dinner this weekend and the leftovers from it. We had chinese food and italian rum cake - my all time favorite! Let's just say that we (most... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:23:04 EST It's Easier to Turn a Ship Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074822 Don't you think it must be easier to turn a <em>340</em> around than it is to exercise, eat right, and lose weight? All the things that we have to do to be successful - eat right........... ah.. really? I can't have that piece of cake and I have to exercise? Oh man, I hate to sweat. Have willpower? Oh come on, if SHE can have it, why can't I? <BR> <BR> These are all thoughts that I've had over the numerous years that I've been trying to lose weight and still have. Why I bring this up is ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:45:31 EST Terrific Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067381 OK. Terrific Tuesday is kind of dramatic. <em>246</em> I really didn't have a title for the blog so there you go. <BR> <BR> Last week was pretty crazy at work and I didn't have a lot of extra time for much. I had to work hard at getting my workouts in but I some how managed. My current projects involve a lot of meetings so my day is chopped up. How does anyone get anything done with all these meetings?? I've decided that I pay a lot for my gym membership and since I'm only in the office 3... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:08:20 EST Last Session with my Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060353 <em>46</em> I am so bummed!! Today was the last day with my trainer. <BR> She leaves Friday for a new job at a new company. I am up in the air about training going forward. My trainer told me that she spoke with one of the other instructors at the gym and she doesn't know if she wants to train. I didn't know that they have the option not too since it is an offered service (although it costs extra above gym membership). I will talk to the overall gym manager when I see him about it just so I... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:14:18 EST January Goals and other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057170 Happy New Year!! <em>408</em> <BR> With the new month (and year) comes some reflection and goal setting. <BR> <BR> How did I do last year? Overall, it was a good year in terms of health and fitness. <BR> When I look at the specifics I am disappointed in myself. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> I've gained about 5lbs over the year (probably more if you count how I lost and gained the same ones over and over again). <BR> <BR> My strength training days declined immensely. I am lu... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:24:13 EST The Good News and the Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054724 Yesterday was bittersweet for me. Met with my trainer (the old trainer that came back to my faciity). It was an <em>345</em> workout!! Funny thing was that I almost cancelled. I had done a Tabata workout the day before and was really sore and dragging but I pushed myself to go and the workout was incredible. <BR> Lots of crazy things: Plank jacks, alternating side pushups over a Bosu ball, mountain climbers, lunges on Bosu with overhead press, rope pulls, bridges over the Bosu with a weigh... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:39:27 EST