LSDALOIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LSDALOIA LSDALOIA'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/ Day 29: Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837878 Yesterday was a busy day of wrap up. Not presents -- no -- just wrapping up client projects. I got up early and got my workout in. With so much to do, I brought my laptop to my 9 am hair appointment. My poor stylist was so busy that he must have had 6 clients by the time I left at 11. After that it was all work all day. <BR> <BR> So today it's time to focus on Christmas and get ready for the 3 parties I have over the next 2 days. <BR> <BR> My neighbor asked for a carrot cake. While ... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 08:53:11 EST Day 28: Home Made Pot Roast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837455 My hub, John, had a roast and all the ingredients I needed ready to go when I got home from NJ. We hosted a dinner party for some friends last night. I fixed the pot roast, and John made a potato casserole that I saw on on episode of America's Test Kitchen. <BR> <BR> Pot roast is so easy because you hardly have to chop the veggies. Once you brown the roast and deglaze the pan, you just put it all in the crock pot and it's ready in 9 hours. Easy! Plus the house smells great. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:01:24 EST Day 27: Back Home and Back On The Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836726 Yesterday I picked up 2 1/2 dozen bagels before I left NJ. I waited for them to come out of the oven. My suitcase still smells like bagels! <BR> <BR> I dropped a dozen off at my neighbor's house. She has a house full of family in for the holidays. The other dozen went to a different neighbor. I think they're all set now! <BR> <BR> I held back 6 whole wheat bagels and might have one today. Then that's it for me. I'm all bageled-out, pizzad - out, and basically over NJ food stuff. <BR>... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:14:03 EST Day 26: Fresh Christmas Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836251 Last night my niece and my other sister (not the one with the bad shoulder) and I all went to the town we grew up in. We drove my niece by our old house and went to Eagle Rock Reservation, which overlooks NYC. The view is incredible. After 9/11 they made a really nice, an d very moving memorial there. <BR> <BR> We visited one of our childhood friends who grew up about a block away from us. I've known her since I was 6! Her daughter just returned from a college semester in Italy, so it ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:22:19 EST Day 25: Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835776 For all you youngsters reading this, please show a little appreciation for your body and how quickly it can heal. <BR> <BR> For us older folks, we reach a point somewhere between our 30's and 50's where we just don't bounce back as faster. Maybe it takes us a little longer to get off the floor, or to respond to something. When it comes to surgery, it definitely takes longer to recover. <BR> <BR> I didn't have the heart to tell my sister that it would take her a minimum of 3-6 months to re... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:51:14 EST Day 25: Caretaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834818 Yesterday my sister was operated for her shoulder. It seems to run in the family! Anyway, it was a very long day but fortunately she wasn't in any pain yesterday. Those nerve blockers are great. By this morning it had worn off, so I fed her breakfast and lots of pain meds and sent her back to bed. <BR> <BR> I had time yesterday to lay on her couch, which overlooks a heavily forested greenbelt. We don't have trees like this in Texas. Even with the leaves off of them they were beautiful ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:35:47 EST Day 24: Historic Cognac http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834279 Last night my sister and I opened a bottle of cognac. It was a very special bottle. Our father, who died in 1977, purchased it in France, possibly during our parent's honeymoon. It was 40 years old then, so this bottle was probably 100 years old. <BR> <BR> It was the smoothest cognac I've ever had. It was a real treat to drink it with my sister as we reminisced about our family. Good times! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:29:22 EST Day 23: Bagels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833790 Today I'm taking a break from life in Texas and flying to NJ to help my sister out. She's having some minor surgery and I want to be there to drive her around and look after her. <BR> <BR> She goes to a great bar class and hopefully I'll get there in time to make it with her tonight. <BR> <BR> It's right next to a bagel place..... <BR> <BR> I'm going to bring some home for the hub and neighbors, and may have one while I'm up there. Really looking forward to some down time for reflection ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:13:48 EST Day 22: Seeing Results! Check Out These Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833279 Week 1: Weight 170, Thanksgiving Week <BR> Week 2: 4 business lunches <BR> Week 3: 6 parties and 1 wedding (5 days in a row -- yes, 2 parties in one night) <BR> Today: Weight 168 <BR> <BR> I claim this as a huge victory!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:08:55 EST Day 21: A True Story About a Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832809 Last night I went to a fantastic holiday party that was thrown by my dear friend Phil. Phil is a devout Catholic who embraces people of all faiths. So there were quite a few priests in attendance. One priest in particular told an amazing story. Here it is: <BR> <BR> Father Burt was diagnosed with cancer. He traveled from Texas to Minnesota to go to the world famous Mayo Clinic for a more detailed diagnosis and to evaluate his treatment options. The doctor told him, "I'm sorry, but it d... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:34:04 EST Day 20: A New Mexican Christmas Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832349 Every year my friend Phil, who's from Santa Fe, NM, hosts a New Mexican Christmas party. It's tonight! We're having posole, salad, and garlic bread. Phil is such a great guy and his house is full of wonderful artwork and collectables that he's found all around the world. He's a devout Catholic but doesn't believe that "his way is the only way". So, although he has a 16th century cross in his house (!) that he uses as an alter, there's also plenty of Hindu and Buddhist icons around, too. ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:48:39 EST Day 19: Remembering Lessons from What Not to Wear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831851 I loved WNTW and have saved the whole last season on my DVR. Every now and then I watch one. The thing that made this show so special is: no matter what size the participant was, Clinton and Stacy made them look great and feel wonderful about themselves. <BR> <BR> So I dressed with more care yesterday for my meetings. Sure, my feet were hurting by the end of the day, but it was nice to be a little more pulled together than usual. I had 2 parties and 2 meetings yesterday, so it was a big... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:39:49 EST Day 18: Surviving Holiday Parties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831334 Hello Sparkers! <BR> Well, I got up off my a.... yesterday and got a workout in! I had a long day of calls and fit in a workout! I was really proud of myself. <BR> <BR> We went to a cocktail party at a neighbor's house last night. There was all kinds of good food there. We brought homemade stuffed mushrooms, which John made, and they were great. I tried to position myself near the veggies and munched on them. <BR> <BR> I tracked all of my food and realized my downfall. I was way ov... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:34:21 EST Day 17: Getting Up Off My ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830760 The last few days have been super busy with client stuff. I felt that my husband needed attention, so we went for lunch yesterday. Instead of working out, we put the tree up. So now at least we have some decorations up and hopefully it will get us into a more festive mood. <BR> <BR> As busy as I was yesterday, at least I logged my food. I'll give myself a <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Today I'm working out as soon as I finish my morning coffee. No more excuses. Sitting in a chair is jus... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:52:15 EST Day 16: Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830186 Last night I had dinner with a former work colleague. We hadn't seen each other for over 2 years! It was a good reflection on how far I've come with my start-up and self-awareness. <BR> <BR> We didn't drink, but we did share a wonderful chocolate dessert. A girl has to live! Gonna get back on track today and workout/log food. <BR> <BR> Before the dinner I met with my biggest software client. The meeting went well. I realized walking through the office that going back to corporate jus... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:20:39 EST Day 15: Halfway There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829720 The hardest part about this self-imposed 30 day blog challenge is to remember to do it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was feeling great about where I was, and was optimistic about getting on that scale today. I ate well and did a bit of light yard work (whatever my shoulder will permit -- which is anything below shoulder level). <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> My neighbor stepped outside and invited us over to enjoy his fire. I made up a platter of manchego cheese, pears, and some crackers and we took... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:37:25 EST Day 14: Spark Streaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829036 Had to wear my old dress pants for a meeting on Friday. They fit! I'm not going to say they were loose, but at least I could get into them and not feel like a sausage. So, after 2 weeks I'm definitely feeling better. <BR> <BR> So far this has been a great way to stay focused! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I met a colleague from work -- who I haven't seen in about 10 years. Here's the cool thing: she saw a blog I posted on LinkedIn and called me. Seriously cool stuff. We're going to stay in t... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 09:42:53 EST Day 13: Finding Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828521 I'm not sure if it's harder to stay focused with a flexible schedule or a rigid schedule. When I was in corporate I got up early to work out, rushed to work, made it through my day, and came home and made dinner. That was it. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm running my own business every day is a bit different. Sometimes I have morning meetings, sometimes evening networking events, and I rarely go to the same place two days in a row. <BR> <BR> So every day is different, and I need to plan accord... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:05:08 EST Day 12: Getting My Groove On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827993 Yesterday I reflected on how much easier it is to stay on this plan than a "diet". In the past, when I thought about dieting I thought about restriction. <BR> <BR> I'm giving myself an "A" for tracking my food. It's really helping me pinpoint my successes and areas I need to improve on. It also makes me a lot more mindful when I'm eating out. Luckily I haven't had a whole lot of events this week, so I've been able to eat at home most of the week. <BR> <BR> I stocked up last night on ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 08:33:28 EST Day 11: Cranberry - Apple Compote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827439 After a busy day of meetings and driving around town, I came home and got a workout in. Luckily John cooks, so I gave him a recipe for chipotle turkey meatloaf. Add a couple of baked potatoes and some spinach and dinner's done! <BR> <BR> For dessert I had a bunch of apples and a bag of cranberries lying around. While I like to bake pies I'm not crazy about crusts. I'm all about the filling. So last night I thought about a crumble, but didn't want the extra calories from the topping. A ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 09:15:46 EST Day 10: It's Working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826855 Whoo hoo! Got on the scale today and saw some new numbers. <BR> <BR> Today I'm grateful for: <BR> John was able to get in for an MRI on his knee quite quickly <BR> Project with client is going well <BR> Great meeting with client yesterday. It gave me great hope! <BR> <BR> Today I need to be super good. I have lunch with a dear friend at Pappadeaux. At least it's seafood! Gonna get on the elliptical before I leave so I'm not trying to work out at 9 pm tonight. Wed, 3 Dec 2014 08:50:36 EST Day 9: 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826686 The rum cake is out of the house!! <BR> The rum cake is out of the house!! <BR> <BR> I went to Dallas for a client meeting and by the time I got home John already delivered the leftover rum cake to the neighbors. Hurray John!! I would have definitely dived into it. Instead I had a cherry/vanilla protein powder/greek yogurt smoothie. Yay me! <BR> <BR> I did a lot of client work today but managed to get a 45 minute elliptical session in. I'm starting to get addicted to Oprah's "Super Sou... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:10:14 EST Day 8: 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825704 Yesterday when John got up the first thing he reached for was a cane. It was just about a year ago to the day when he broke his foot, so we have plenty of them laying around. <BR> <BR> John decided to do the yard himself earlier this year. It's very small and it only takes about a half hour to mow. So we got a push mower, which he's used once. I asked him about mowing all last week, but he kept putting it off. <BR> <BR> So here I was trying to make that mower work. I thought it would ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:59:50 EST Day 7: 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825148 Spent most of yesterday working on blogs for the business (hrvirtuoso.com). I have two posted on the site -- how to lead like Carol Burnett, and how recruiting can enhance a company's brand. I'll post the Carol Burnett one tomorrow, on Cyber Monday, so folks can have fun with it on their first day back at work. <BR> <BR> Went to the library and got a few more books. Started reading one more book by Isabel Allende, Inez of My Soul. <BR> <BR> I also went to the store and picked up stuff... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:34:11 EST Day 6: 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824691 What an awesome Black Friday! <BR> <BR> First I went to the library, which was a ghost town. We don't even have a library in our town, so I go to the one in Roanoke, TX. It's really nice. Years ago it was just a tiny building, but it was expanded and upgraded so now there's lots of natural light, comfy chairs, and a wonderful staff. I wish they had more books on the shelves, but we can order some through interlibrary loans. <BR> <BR> I've always been a sucker for a library and can spend... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:01:05 EST Day 5: 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824233 Black Friday, which means nothing to me since I'm not a shopper. Maybe it's sad, and maybe I'm just frugal, but we don't exchange presents anymore. We really have everything we need -- and then some. So instead of shopping, I'm meeting a neighbor who's a CMO to brainstorm about how we can grow our businesses. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we cooked all day and I took a 3 mile walk before company came. My husband's friend, Holly came over. They've known each other for 30 years -- far longer than I... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:25:07 EST Day 4: 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823783 Thanksgiving Day! <BR> <BR> John and I stayed up last night and made pumpkin pie (with nonfat evap milk) and chocolate cherry pie (his favorite). Personally I don't like crust that much, but I still make it all from scratch. Chocolate cherry pie is awesome because I simply defrost frozen cherries and put a layer of dark chocolate chips on the bottom. <BR> <BR> I would eat crustless pie all day long. Hey, it won't help me get to goal, but at least I'd save some calories! <BR> <BR> I als... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:33:07 EST Day 3: 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823262 Day 3! Yesterday was a bit more challenging. My shoulder is the worst it's been since my surgery in July. I have no idea what I've done, but the pain is from my neck to my shoulder blade. I bought new pillows at Costco, but woke up to even more pain in my bicep. So today it's no computer work except for this short blog. <BR> <BR> I managed to walk yesterday, though! And wow I got hungry. But I stayed on course and ate a bunch of small meals. Gotta stay on course: tomorrow is T-day!... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:39:40 EST 11/25/14: 30 Day Blog Challenge -- Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822739 So, instead of spending $100 on a 3 month WW membership, I armed John with coupons and sent him to the store to buy two more sets of measuring cups and spoons. <BR> <BR> Off to a great start yesterday as I journey towards my goals. Super busy day, but John helped out by making this for dinner: <link>www.eatingwell.com/recipes/southwest<BR>ern_stuffed_acorn_squash.html </link> <BR> <BR> It was delish! I realized I had more calories to use, so I even had room for a cup of hot chocola... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:06:16 EST 30 Day Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822135 I've been vacillating between joining WW and just spending more time on Spark. And guess what won? <BR> <BR> I like the structure of WW, but when I added up the pros and cons it just didn't work out (at least for now): <BR> Pros: <BR> Facing the scale every week <BR> In person meetings <BR> Points structure <BR> <BR> Cons: <BR> Price <BR> Time for meetings <BR> Lots of debate on web (and Spark) about how effective the plan is (no counting for fruits/veg) <BR> Don't like the fact they push ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:18:36 EST Shoulder Surgery II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752835 1 week into recover from second shoulder surgery. First one was to repair a bicep tendon in June 2012. That progressed into full on frozen shoulder. <BR> <BR> The new surgeon has me out of a sling and doing passive range of motion exercises. Still a lot of pain and limited mobility, but hopefully this time it will go smoother. <BR> <BR> I have a long, long way to go before I can get back into P90X workouts. For now I'm going to have to watch every bite, which isn't easy since I just... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:26:11 EST The Big Question for an Entrepreneur: "How's The Business Going?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740572 Every year I teach at a CLE event in Houston. <BR> <BR> This year I'm not feeling great for a few reasons. I have a shoulder surgery (again) scheduled for next week. I also have a nagging feeling that my little start-up should be doing better before I go under the knife. <BR> <BR> So, last night one of my friends asked: "How's the business going?" <BR> <BR> At first I felt doubt and disappointment. Then I realized it's been a full year since I saw my buddy. And then I was OK! In the... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:00:51 EST The Tipping Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737808 So, here I am two years after my first surgery to repair a bicep tendon repair. I quickly progressed from surgery to a pretty severe case of frozen shoulder. It's been a mixed blessing. <BR> <BR> On the physical side, I still have very restricted mobility and pain. I am scheduled for another operation in a couple of weeks Hopefully recovery will go faster. <BR> <BR> On the professional side, the pain was so bad that I couldn't sleep and eventually quit my job. I launched a mobile recr... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:26:19 EST Celebrating 7 Years on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621108 It's hard to believe that I started sparking way back in 2007. <BR> <BR> Back then I was at the height of my career with a major retailer. I travelled every week and wanted to drop a few pounds, which led me here to SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> We didn't know what was coming at work. The recession created a new normal for many of us in the workplace. <BR> <BR> Over the next 7 years I finally got laid off from my job (I could see that coming for ages), took another job I really didn't like, had... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:50:06 EST Birthday Check-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501165 Sparkers, I'm writing this blog so when I look back next year, I can remember how far I've come. It's kind of long, so if you do read on, I apologize for the length. <BR> ________________________________________<BR>___________ <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to me! <BR> <BR> Last year I was two weeks into my new life. I had just quit my job and had no idea what I was going to do next. I was in a lot of pain from my frozen shoulder and was exhausted from trying to work full-time when I could... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:50:13 EST Sparking my Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492228 My dear friend BRADMILL2922 wrote about his weight loss journey on my Sparkpage: <BR> <BR> "The first step really is the hardest to take. At least for me, I really had to convince myself that I could do it. It is strange but I also had to convince myself that I was worth it. It can be a pretty daunting task if you look at the macro of the whole thing. If you really think of all the time and effort and sacrifice that will have to be made, it can be intimidating. Start small with small goals. ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:32:28 EST Come Escape On A Virtual Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457211 It's been a few very stressful weeks at my household. I need a mental health break. So, let's daydream for a minute: <BR> <BR> You win the lottery and money is no object. You take care of your family, friends, and interests. You still have a bundle to spend, and you love to travel. What would you do? <BR> <BR> A cruise around the world? <BR> Rent a villa in Europe for a month? <BR> Go RVing? <BR> <BR> Sparkers, come dream with me. Let's go on the virtual vacation of a lifetime togeth... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:39:31 EST Need Stress Management Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451739 Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> You know from my last blog entry that DH is going through very tough times at work. My heart goes out to him. He just wants to go into work, do a great job, and go home without drama. <BR> <BR> He suffers from anxiety, so this isn't helping. Last night we went to a LAMBDA Legal function and he was sweating uncontrollably. He got better as the evening went on, but it resumed later in the evening. Today he is in bed all day, sleeping. <BR> <BR> I'n concerned the... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 12:41:33 EST When Are You Too Old To Fight For Your Job? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450872 Sparkers, <BR> <BR> This was a hard week for DH and me. <BR> <BR> DH has worked for his company for 14 years. Always great reviews and increases. He's going to be 66 in a couple of weeks and hopes to stay at his job until he retires in 4 years. <BR> <BR> Recently his company wrote him up for something that happened 1 1/2 years ago. The incident didn't harm the company's reputation, financial situation, or expose it to a lawsuit. It was a relatively minor incident. As a result, they de... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 13:04:40 EST My Spark Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441170 Yesterday was tough. I made my first formal presentation at a company. I didn't think I was nervous, but I sweated through my clothes. It was literally pouring off my face. Not cute. <BR> <BR> I'm not normally that nervous. But I am learning that I need to be much more self-aware. My body was clearly telling my mind something it didn't want to admit: showing a product in a formal setting for the first time is nerve wracking. <BR> <BR> I was so happy to get home and see responses to m... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 14:16:28 EST Entrepreneurship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439456 Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> I've dreamed of having my own business my whole life. <BR> <BR> Many of you know that I have a frozen shoulder as a result of surgery last year. I'm a hopeless optimist, so I'm taking advantage of this break in my corporate career to launch my own business. I'm developing software to help companies recruit and engage employees more effectively. I'm an HR person, and not a coder, so this is a new world for me. Fortunately it doesn't require a lot of hours in fron... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:35:23 EST Celebrating a 2 Week Spark Streak -- Food Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403513 Haven't missed a day in two weeks. I've had good days and bad days. Some days I've gone way over my goals, but I've exercised faithfully. And guess what? I'm down a few pounds! I'm less than 3 pounds from my mini goal of 165. <BR> <BR> Like Tony Horton says....I love it, and I hate it. But it's working! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 12:05:43 EST Food Tracking....Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391237 It's still a drag, but it is eye opening!!! <BR> <BR> I realized I've been eating an extra 200-500 calories/day. I tried to be good yesterday when I had lunch with a friend, and then dinner at another friend's house. But when I tallied everything up, I was still over by a whopping 800 calories. The good news is that I was on the elliptical for 50 minutes before I went out for lunch, walked through the mall for a few hours, and wasn't very hungry today. Hopefully it'll all even out. <BR> ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 21:30:05 EST The Kryptonite to My Weight Loss Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389841 About 2 months ago I joined Spark Coach. I really like the daily motivation and check-ins. <BR> <BR> I'm not a numbers person, but I can spot a trend when I see it. A few weeks ago I realized that I was doing a fantastic job with exercise, check-ins, and other indicators. But I wasn't tracking my food at all, and I was getting very frustrated with my lack of progress. <BR> <BR> I have a dear Sparkfriend, EBETH, and we've been checking in with each other every week via Spark Mail. This... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 10:14:24 EST Mexican Coleslaw/5 Minute Fish Tacos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236329 My walking partner shared this with me. I created the recipes on Sparkrecipes, so if you try it, you can just import the nutritional info. (It's under Liz's Cookbook) <BR> <BR> It's so easy! <BR> 1 bag coleslaw mix (toss the packet of mayo) <BR> 2-3 avocados, finely chopped/mashed <BR> 1/2 red onion, finely diced <BR> Juice of 3 limes <BR> Cilantro and jalepenos are optional <BR> <BR> Toss together and chill for an hour. <BR> <BR> I served this with fish tacos: <BR> corn tortillas <BR> t... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:21:17 EST CELEBRATE Pride and Prejudice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227935 Today's the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of my faves...Pride and Prejudice. <BR> <BR> It makes me so happy to think that this novel is still so popular after all these years. It sure cheers the aspiring novelist in me! Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:33:10 EST Homemade is Best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226085 DH and I both were sick this week. First I had a terrible upper respiratory infection. At one point I coughed so hard I thought I'd have to go to the ER. Needless to say, DH caught it and fortunately it wasn't as severe for him. <BR> <BR> Since we could barely move out of bed/off the couch this week, we made a quick trip to Costco and bought some chicken soup, a rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, and a veggie tray. I usually love stuff from Costco, but I rarely buy any of their pre-made... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:59:43 EST Hello 2013!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181030 Dear 2013, <BR> <BR> I've been waiting for you...... <BR> <BR> 2012 was a tough year. I lost my job of nearly 14 years. I started another job quickly, but then had shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff. After surgery, my shoulder froze, and I had to quit my job and go on disability. <BR> <BR> 2012, you gave me the gift of walking away from a career that I didn't love anymore, and forced me to slow down and take care of myself. <BR> <BR> Many things became clear in 2012. I under... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 15:33:16 EST Frozen Shoulder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111429 It's official: I have a frozen shoulder. On my dominant side, of course! <BR> <BR> So, Sparkers, any ideas on how to work out around this? I have a five pound lifting restriction on my right arm. I'm good to go everywhere else, except I can't lift my arm over my head, behind my back, or out to the side. No planks, no downward dog, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm walking and ellipting but I can't move my arm enough to run. Any ideas on how I can mix this up? I want to try Zumba, but doesn't that r... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:40:29 EST Post-Op Shoulder Surgery Complications http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064949 Sparkfriends, <BR> Anyone out there have post-op issues with shoulder surgery? <BR> <BR> I had my labrum and bicep tendon repaired in June. I diligently did PT through mid-August, at which point my doc took me off due to pain. Now I have more pain and far less range of motion than before the surgery. Oone doc in the practice thinks I have frozen shoulder, while my surgeon won't commit to what's causing pain and loss of range of motion. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there have a similar issue? Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:16:23 EST