MACANBEFIT's SparkPeople Blog MACANBEFIT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community When Life Gives You Lemons As the saying goes "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." <BR> Well on Friday I did just that. <BR> After opening a three pound bag of frozen mixed berries it tipped over and spilled most of the fruit on the floor. This was not what I wanted first thing in the morning but I got out a colander and picked up the pieces. I thought I would rinse the fruit off, lay it on pans and refreeze it, but by the time I tried that the fruit had started to turn soft. I thought - since I am making a ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:55:46 EST I think the worst is over... An amazing blog arrived in my inbox at just the right moment. It's about learning from our mistakes. With the start of a new month, I am hoping that I have learned from the mistakes I made this week. <BR> <BR> I have been on a feeding frenzy for the past several days. I know I'm not eating right and strive to eat healthy meals, but still find myself rummaging through the pantry looking for food. I can't even say that the food tastes good, because at some point I burned my tongue and the tas... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 17:32:53 EST Random Thoughts and Observations Here are a few random thoughts and observations that I have had over the past few days. <BR> <BR> 1. If you take a 4 1/2 mile linear trail that only has a 1/4 mile level road, is it considered a walk or a hike? <BR> <BR> 2. With regards to the linear trail, why do I feel closer to God while walking this trail? <BR> <BR> 3. Why does listening to Celtic Woman always sound sweeter when crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains? <BR> <BR> 4. Why is it that I always want something sweet after a meal?... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:48:32 EST I feel Like a Ping-Pong Ball I feel like a Ping-Pong ball bouncing back and forth. The last semester of college has begun for my youngest and I am spending this week bouncing back and forth between NC and TN. <BR> <BR> We went up on Monday to speak with his professors and we were thrilled that we saw them all without having to hunt anyone down. J got all his questions answered and was able to search for the person who will ultimately oversee one of his classes. Hooray we got school settled! (Ping) <BR> <BR> Next step ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:12:07 EST Today The Countdown Begins Today begins the countdown to my youngest child's graduation. We begin the final semester of college. The last tuition payment. The end of the road that began close to 20 years ago. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> But today is also the beginning of the next leg of my journey. I will focus on better nutrition to lose those final pounds. I will also continue my own education by taking free courses online. May my mind grow as my body shrinks. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I wish all my Spark Friends a ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:53:01 EST I'm so heart-broken I had to cry As everyone knows hurricane Sandy, along with the storm that raged from the northwest, wrecked mass destruction along the east coast of the United States. I have tried to keep abreast of what has happened since I am from the Jersey Shore and have friends and family still in New Jersey. This morning I saw pictures of the town where I spent my high school years. There is hardly anything left of this strip of land and what is left is under water. Houses near a public beach down the street were d... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:38:49 EST Just when I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel..... This has been a crazy month and by that I mean the past 30 days. About the middle of September my oldest son was hired by a company in St. Petersburg, FL. I am so proud and happy that he went out and found a job that will benefit from his Economics degree. I had no trouble planning his move and getting packed. Every time we came up with a game plan his father threw a monkey wrench in the mix and we had to start over. My son planned to move at the beginning of October. Now the plan is he will ... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:31:12 EST There's a Bear Out There! There's a bear out there! Somewhere. But I didn't see it. <BR> <BR> I am in Tennessee with my son, hoping to head home this weekend, so while I am here I have been taking advantage of the town's linear trail. It is four miles long and has several parking areas where you can pick up the trail. Last week I walked the trail close to the college and an elementary school. In other words, more populated. Later that same day I received a message from the school that a black bear was spotted on the... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 11:03:31 EST "Barefoot" Shoes? I am hoping to get some feedback from anyone who has worn Barefoot shoes. You know the kind I mean...The ones with the toes in them that remind me of the socks we wore in the late '70s. <BR> <BR> I am up in Tennessee visiting my son and went on the walking trail that near his college. While walking up and down the hills I noticed that my foot slides resulting in a blister on the ball of my foot. Now I have strange feet with the second toe being longer than the first (big) toe and gaps betwe... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:49:53 EST Me and My Bottle of Aleve This is a two part blog. Last week was a week from hell. I only got in one workout all week and spent most of the week in the car. We went up to my youngest son's school on Tuesday to take him to the doctor on Wednesday. As I expected he will need surgery to repair his torn bicep. This will make the third surgery on his right shoulder. The decision is when he will have the surgery. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we left him back at school and drove home so that we would be back in time to pick my mil up ... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:18:22 EST Valentine's Day Surprise Today I got my own Valentine's Day SURPRISE. <BR> <BR> My husband is due home this evening after a 10-day business trip. I thought I would be nice to have chocolate covered strawberries tonight. Instead of paying $4+ per berry at the mall, I decided to make my own. It isn't hard and there are recipes on Spark. <BR> <BR> I bought the berries yesterday and dipped them this morning. My surprise came when I took the tray out of the refrigerator. The tray caught on the door and the berries went... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:15:00 EST I need Your advice I love chicken! All kinds of white meat chicken. And I'm not so bad a cooking it, but when it comes to roasting a chicken...No can do. Yesterday I purchased a rotisserie chicken from the store, came home and put it in the refrigerator. <BR> <BR> My question is: Is it easier to take apart the chicken when it is warm or after it cools? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>428</em> <em>53</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:21:45 EST Ahhhhhh The Joys of Alone Time I love my family. Don't get me wrong. And I'm glad everyone is home for a few days, but the JOYS of having the house to myself for a few hours is WONDERFUL. <BR> <BR> No sports on TV. No TV PERIOD! No Noise. <BR> <BR> No cleaning up after everyone. No cleaning PERIOD! <BR> <BR> Just time for me to sit, relax and read. <BR> <BR> Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.......................... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 16:32:55 EST Here's a Random Selection of Thoughts... Her's a random selection of thoughts this week. Let's start with the healthy stuff and work down from there. <BR> <BR> I bought Spark's 28-Day Bootcamp DVD. I have only watched and done the first two workouts. I like them, but Coach Nicole likes squats and lunges and my knees don't. I like that you can mix and match the workouts, I also liked that when I bought the DVD I also received 20% off a set of Reebok 2 pound hand weights. <BR> <BR> I haven't done more of the bootcamp dvd because I a... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:56:23 EST I need to recharge my Spark Lately I have felt that my Spark is fading. I haven't stopped exercising, but I'm not tracking my food like I should. I just haven't been in the mood to spend so much time on Spark. <BR> <BR> Last week my husband invited me to go to Florida with him while he attends a meeting. I haven't been away since September when I went to see my youngest. So I'll be taking a few days off to recharge my Spark. <BR> <BR> I'm excited that I can use the exercise facitlity at the hotel. <em>314</em> I can... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 20:17:18 EST Sorry I haven't been around I apologize to my Spark Teams, Spark Friends and Spark Page for not being around much this week. It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride this week and I don't like roller coasters. <BR> <BR> It started last Friday with taking my mother for tests on what we thought was a pinched nerve in her neck. She was scheduled to have a bicep tear repaired on Monday and the surgeon wanted to make sure that didn't interfer with what he was to do. Wound up that the pain she was suffering was carpal ... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 10:53:55 EST On the Road Again..... On the Road Again <BR> So Long <BR> Fare well <BR> See you later <BR> "Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane." (Actually it's a CR-V.) <BR> And my favorite: I'm running away from home. <BR> <BR> In truth, I am taking a few days to go see my youngest son at school. It has been a few months since I was up in Tennessee and my mother instinct says it is time. Also he started class on Monday and is still working 8-12 hours on the ball field. I want to make sure his pantry is stocked and that he is get... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 10:32:46 EST A Week to Beat All Weeks This was a horrible week. Monday I woke with a migraine that got progressively worse so I missed my workout with friends. Tuesday I got some walking in, but was still behind for the week. Wednesday I took my honey to the eye doctors for a YAG procedure and on my way home my mil called to say she fell. We spent the rest of the day and night in the emergency room. There went my second workout with friends. Thursday was spend running around (literally) getting what my mil needed and my honey rea... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:27:50 EST If Only.... I decided to make an easy day of it and use my Wii for fitness. My husband gave me a higher step for my balance board and I hooked it up to play Wii Fit. I was curious to see what my weight would be like with the extra height. <BR> <BR> Let me start off by saying that I use the Wii balance board to weigh myself every week. It gives me a more consistent reading than my bathroom scale. <BR> <BR> When I went to weigh myslef I saw that I had lost over 20 pounds in four days. Ha Ha I knew tha... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 13:19:58 EST Taking the Day Off I have decided to take the day off from working out. My right tricept is still sore from playing with my son on Saturday(?) and now my right quad quivers when I walk. I felt it go last night when I went to meet friends to workout. <BR> Maybe a day off will be good fot the muscles, but I'm not sure how I will occupy my time. <BR> Have a great day Sparkies! <BR> <BR> PS: I took someone's suggestion and went for a walk. While my thigh muscles are still sore, they are not a tight as they were ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:17:12 EST In Between... In between taking my mother to her doctor and my mother-in-law to hers, I am running away to see my youngest in Tennessee. I'm excited. He's gotten me tickets to two minor league baseball games. Good way to have some down time. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend Sparkers! <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:53:52 EST I have changed my user name I have changed my user name to MACanBeFit. I will always be my boys Mama, but they no longer rely on me so why should I rely on that name. I have spent the past two and a half years getting fit. I plan on staying that way. <BR> Of course I am using a pun on my name. MA are the first two initials in my name and Can are the first three letters of my last name. <BR> MA Can Be Fit. MA will be fit. MA is fit. <BR> Have a fit day Spark Friends. <BR> MA Thu, 19 May 2011 19:58:32 EST I'm as giddy as a child.... I'm as giddy as a child in a candy store. (What a passe thought for a health conscious site, but that is how I feel.) For my birthday my husband gave me two fitness games for the Wii and a heart rate monitor. Like a little kid, I couldn't wait to open the Zumba game for the Wii and set up the heart rate monitor. Two years ago when I started SparkPeople, or even last year, I wouldn't have been this excited over receiving these gifts. I can now look forward to adding Zumba to my normal Walk Awa... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:44:04 EST March They say that the month of March and come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. Or vice versa. I have come to the conclusion that March of this year came in like a lion and that lion never left. <BR> <BR> I can't remember the last time we had this much snow and rain across the country. Not to mention the tsunami on the other side of the world. There has been flooding from rain and snow melts everywhere. <BR> <BR> I wonder what April will be like.... <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 13:54:28 EST I'm More Fit Than I Thought I spent the last four days redoing my front yard. I had someone take the old hedges out, but I had to remove roots, turn the soil, plant new plants, and mulch the whole area. I wasn't sure if I could do it but... <BR> 8 2 cu ft bags of garden soil, 27 plants, 24 2 cu ft bags of mulch <BR> and at least 20 hours of work and I have a yard that I can be proud of. <BR> <BR> What amazes me the most is that I was able to yank all those weeds, turn all that soil, dig all those holes and spread all... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:07:37 EST My "AHA Moment" Saturday, I finally had my "Aha Moment". That all the time and effort I have put into following the Spark has paid off. Although my scale hasn't changed much in the past few months, the fit of my clothes have. <BR> <BR> Saturday, my husband of 24 years dragged me to the mall to buy a bathing suit for the beach. As any red-blooded American woman with a low self-image knows, that's what nightmares are made of. Anyway, we walked into the store and picked out several styles of suits. I chose the... Mon, 24 May 2010 13:35:30 EST Life is Good! Yeah, I know that this phrase is cliche, but sometimes that's just the way a person feels. Today is a good day - so - Life is Good! <BR> <BR> There is not one particular reason why I am happy. A lot of little things add up to making me happy. The fact that I can get up and do makes me happy. The fact that most days I wear a "Life is Good" t-shirt reminds me to be happy. <BR> <BR> I am also happy that I am getting healthier. When I began this journey last year I was six pounds heavier than ... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:59:34 EST Starting over I have titled this "Starting over" and updated my status the same, although it is not so much starting anything over. Rather it is a continuation of the path I have been on for years. My children are now off to college and so I am now considered and "Empty Nester." It is not so much that the boys are gone and I won't know what to do, but rather I now have the opportunity to complete all the things I couldn't do with them home. <BR> <BR> One thing that won't change is my commitment to healthy... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:21:09 EST A warped sense of humor epidemic <link><BR>/11/wyff.squirrel.head.stuck.cnn?iref=<BR>videosearch </link> <BR> <BR> I now realize that my warped sense of humor has been inherited by my children, especially my oldest. He sent me the above link sometime in the middle of the night because he knew I would think it is funny. He, of course, received it from one of his college buddies. So I guess there is an epidemic of warped humor going around <em>246</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 11:59:59 EST