MARIANNMC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARIANNMC MARIANNMC'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/ Something different for lunch... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919228 I brownbagged it for lunch today. We have a study/prayer group that meets over the lunch hour. I usually bring a peanutbutter sandwich and a piece of fruit. Today I did something very "different" for me. I spread some spicy sriracha hummus on a pita pocket and stuffed it with thinly sliced English cucumber. It was fast and easy and DELICIOUS and with a banana a perfect lunch. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:51:12 EST What I didn't eat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914143 I'm still "stuck" at 210. I know I need to eat less/exercise more if I'm going to break 200. I haven't quite got the "umph" to do that, yet. BUT. I haven't climbed back to 260 -- so that's good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had a meeting at work: 8:30-1. It began with all those breakfast-y pastry things. I'd had my plain yogurt-blueberries-and Kashi for breakfast at home so I just STAYED AWAY from the goodie table. When we broke for lunch I just ate some salad (no pizza, no dessert) beca... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:55:02 EST We know not the day or the hour... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907892 I heard today of a 36 year old man who "dropped dead." <BR> <BR> I went to a funeral yesterday and will go to another one on Sunday. <BR> <BR> These things are "sobering" to me -- and a wake up call. I don't want to spend whatever time I have on this earth complaining about this or that co-worker or worrying about this or that project done. I want to work when I'm at work and do the best I can and then "let it go." And as to all the things I can find to complain about (and there is a... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 18:55:30 EST My Old Friend, Little Debby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906723 I was listening to the radio tonight (YAY! Royals will 10-1! YAY!) and I heard an ad for Little Debby snack cakes. Oh my... I used to buy Nutty Bars by the package and eat them one right after another. I haven't done that it a lonnngggg time. I did buy one (1!) Reeses chocolate peanut butter egg -- half price on this day-after-Easter. It was delicious and part of me wishes I had a whole bag of them to eat. But not really. <BR> <BR> I started this spark lifestyle at the urging of my s... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 22:27:36 EST Winter 2015 5% Challenge Archive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903121 Winter 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> 2015! WOW! <BR> I have been sparking for almost two years. I've lost some weight...gained some back...and want reach my goal of 175 by my birthday (September 4, 2015). <BR> My goal for this 5% Challenge is to break that 200 mark and get to "onederland." <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> I want to lose weight...gain strength and stamina...sleep well...be less anxious and more calm. <BR> <BR> My Program: <BR> Diet Plan for the 5% Winter Challenge: <BR> I will eat... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:16:19 EST Lunch with Coworkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899684 So...today a group of us from work went out to lunch. It was a very impromptu thing and very enjoyable. <BR> <BR> I did notice however that EVERYONE got fries, except me. One coworker got "fish and chips" -- huge pieces of battered and deep fat fried fish. I don't even remember what the other women got -- I was so obsessed with their French fries! <BR> <BR> I had my (delicious) grilled chicken salad with lots of cauliflower and cucumbers and carrots and tomatoes (no cheese, no crouton... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:31:36 EST After the fight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897878 My husband and I got into a fight tonight (translation: fight = I yell at him when he does something that makes me mad). He didn't do something he's been promising to do for months and well... It's upsetting and difficult and I'm angry. <BR> <BR> But I'm not eating. <BR> <BR> I'm not sitting on the couch "cooling off" with junk food (for example, three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or a sleeve of saltines and handful of American cheese slices or a pint of ice cream) and tv. <BR> <BR... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:16:21 EST I hate it when that happens... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893465 ...so my weekly weigh in was UP 4 pounds. I almost didn't record it. I hate it when my tracker goes in the wrong direction. BUT I know that honesty and accountability is the first step. And I know that I've been eating-eating-eating. And the scale knows it, too. <BR> <BR> So. I weighed myself. I recorded it. <BR> <BR> And I am recommitting to <BR> 1) writing down everything I eat <BR> 2) eating every three or four hours (NOT CONTINUOUS SNACKING) <BR> 3) remembering that a "snack" is... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:52:39 EST Happiness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882523 The LTGL challenge this week for the 5% Winter Challenge is 10 minutes of intentional happiness a day. <BR> <BR> Sat - taking a walk with my little niece and nephew. That's a lot of happiness. <BR> Sun -- texting a friend during the Oscars: FUN. <BR> Mon -- a long walk on a cold but SUNNY day. <BR> Tues -- spending 10 minutes reading a spiritual book in the middle of the workday. <BR> Wed - walking to and from lunch on a COLD SUNNY day. <BR> Thurs - doing the right thing in a difficult sit... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:28:11 EST Still Alice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877078 I went to see "Still Alice" yesterday (my third movie in 2015!). I strongly recommend anyone interested in the movie read the book by Lisa Genova, a Harvard trained neuroscientist who self-published the book in 2007. The book is SO MUCH BETTER than the movie (I guess that's almost always true). The characters are so deep, rich and complex -- HUMAN. As good as Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristin Stewart are, they just don't do justice to the work. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:31:23 EST Going to the Movies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868256 I went to my second movie this year: "Boyhood." I LOVED it. Two hours and forty-five minutes -- and I was riveted. I really enjoyed it. I need to make time to do this more often. <BR> <BR> I chose to get the Twizzlers and a box of chocolate covered raisins. (The movie ticket was $5 and the candy was another $5!). I did the math AFTER the movie -- almost 1000 calories. I don't regret it (I knew what I was doing, even without doing the math...I knew it was a lot of empty-calorie suga... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:39:22 EST What I am Learning -Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867203 I'm continuing to read labels. <BR> <BR> grated parmesan cheese...2 t = 20 calories...2% fat...75 mg sodium <BR> <BR> hersheys' chocolate sauce...2T = 100 calories...15 mg sodium <BR> <BR> raw almonds 1 oz = 180 calories... 25% fat...6 g protein <BR> <BR> twizzlers 150 calories/serving (3.1 servings in a pack)...95 mg sodium... <BR> <BR> chocolate covered raisins 180 calories/serving (2.5 servings in a box)...11% fat <BR> <BR> clementine = 40 calories <BR> <BR> egg = 91 calories 6.7 g ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:21:53 EST What I am Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865556 The challenge this week for the 5% Winter Challenge is reading labels. It's been good for me. Before I started sparkpeople I never really read labels. I knew I was going to eat what I wanted to eat, so why bother? But the past two years I have learned a lot and made some changes and lost 45 pounds (still 35 pounds and a lot more changes to go!). <BR> <BR> In May I was diagnosed with Meneire's disease and so I've been trying really, really hard to lower my salt (and avoid the dizzy spells... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:40:56 EST MOVING with my husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850945 My husband has some chronic health issues. He is in constant pain, always fatigued, and often in a medication fog. He also tends to sit-sit-sit. He's still working full time (thank God!), but it is a sedentary job, and then when he gets home, he doesn't have the energy to do anything. <BR> <BR> The past two years that I've been sparking and losing weight, he's been gaining weight. <BR> <BR> I know the self-care that sparkpeople inspires actually helps me be a better caregiver, but I've... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:12:20 EST Two Promises Kept http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847951 This morning, I resolved to: 1) take my lunch to work, 2) to set an alarm for every 30 minutes and GET UP from my desk and MOVE and 3) walk to a place nearby and get a veggie slice and a salad for supper before an evening meeting. I did #1 (greek yogurt and kashi cereal - yum!), but failed miserably at #2. The work of the day just kind of swallowed me and I sat and sat and sat at the computer. About 4:30 I thought, "hmmm...it's pretty cold out...maybe I'll just drive over to get the pizza.... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 19:16:45 EST Fall 2014 5% Archive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839066 Fall 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> I just turned 55 on September 4. I wonder what the next five years will bring...? <BR> When I am 60 I want to be happier, healthier, more centered and calm and confident. <BR> One day at a time...spark by spark by spark. <BR> I know that these eight-week challenges help me to live each day to my best, so tomorrow can be better than yesterday. <BR> <BR> My Goals: <BR> I want to be healthy and happy and have work/life balance. <BR> <BR> My Program: <BR> <BR> D... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:15:22 EST Dichotomous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839063 I heard this word the other day: dichotomous. The speaker said that people who don't succeed in losing weight and keeping it off tend to dichotomous thinking: on a diet/off a diet, success/failure, being 'good'/being 'bad.' <BR> <BR> That's an easy way for me to think (although, honestly, I'm usually thinking off the diet-failure-bad). <BR> <BR> Over and over on sparkpeople I read about this is a lifestyle FOREVER. <BR> <BR> So...it's the holidays and I'm still sparking. Not 100% per... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 23:07:40 EST Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831017 My sister has challenged me to 10 minutes of "me time" each day this week. Self-care really is so important...especially at this time of year when STRESS is everywhere. <BR> <BR> So...on Monday I spent some time (more than 10 minutes because I am not tech-savvy, at all!) putting an audio book on my ipod. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I walked for 50 minutes in a mall, enjoying the Christmas lights and decorations and listening to the audio book. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, I realized at 1:15 that it was 1:1... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:32:31 EST A Christmas Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830002 I went to my first holiday party this evening -- our neighborhood association. The gathering was 5-8 and I knew there would be food, but I ate a wholewheat pita and 2 tablespoons of red pepper hummus (I MEASURED!) and a clementine "cutie" before I went. I scoped out all the goodies and made careful selections and put a small turkey sandwich on my SMALL plate and two pieces of homemade fudge. And I thought ENOUGH. But then...you know...we're talking...and everyone is standing in the kitche... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:55:21 EST December Sister Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825952 My sister MLH148 has challenged me to 1500 fitness minutes for the month of December (and a weekly LTGL challenge). <BR> <BR> God knows I need the motivation and accountability. In the past two years I lost almost 60 pounds, only to gain 20 back. ACKKK!!! <BR> <BR> I remember reading somewhere that obesity is a chronic health problem and that the only successful treatment is LIFESTYLE. So...I need to recommit to the spark lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Here's to December! Mon, 1 Dec 2014 18:15:12 EST The Walk I DidNOT Take http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1902363531.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took a walk today up to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was a beautiful fall day, cold enough that I needed my coat, gloves and scarf, but not too cold and no snow or ice underfoot. And the sky was blue. I walked up to the museum to walk the labyrinth, a fairly new installation on the grounds. A labyrinth is a "unicursal maze" -- which means there is only one path. One path into the center and the same... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:25:18 EST Well...it could be worse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817497 I ended the Fall 5% Challenge right where I started it -- at 209 pounds. This is where I have been (with all sorts of ups and downs) since Fall 2013. Down 45 pounds from my start on sparkpeople, but still a longgg way from where I want to be. <BR> <BR> I KNOW there are things I need to do (and not do!) to get the scale moving. <BR> <BR> So -- it begins (again) today. <BR> <BR> I took a long walk in the snow today. That felt good. <BR> <BR> I ate some roasted vegetables for a snack. Th... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:09:41 EST Support Group Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814564 I've been going to a support group for caregivers (my husband has a chronic illness). It's been really good. Tonight the leader talked to us about happiness. She said 50% of happiness is determined by genetics and temperament (some people just have a happy heart-or good brain chemicals!). 10% is determined by external circumstances outside of our control. And 40% is determined by our choices and habits. She said there are six things we can do to manage our stress and improve our happine... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:09:42 EST Me and The Deer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813848 Friday was a bad day. I received a VERY CRITICAL email from someone at work and it really got to me. It was bad -- lots of tears and LOTS Halloween candy bad. I had a bunch of errands to do on Saturday but I ended my day at Happy Rock Park just at dusk. This is usually a very busy park, but with the sun setting there were no cars in the parking area and no one on the playing fields. I started to walk the trail. About halfway round the loop I saw the deer. Two of them. Very close to th... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 21:59:16 EST What I DIDNOT Eat This Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812813 The challenge this week is to give up, swap or cut back on a food or beverage to reduce my daily calorie intake by 100 calories. I know this will make me more mindful of my choices as I go through each day. Here's a record of what I DIDNOT eat: <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> I was at a conference all day for work. I ate breakfast (Greek yogurt, blueberries and Kashi Go Lean cereal) before leaving the house, so I did NOT eat any of the bagels or pastries laid out at the beginning of the day OR e... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:52:25 EST What I Did NOT Eat Saturday-Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811479 The challenge this week is to give up, swap or cut back on a food or beverage to reduce my daily calorie intake by 100 calories. I know this will make me more mindful of my choices as I go through each day. Here's a record of what I DIDNOT eat: <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> I was at a conference all day for work. I ate breakfast (Greek yogurt, blueberries and Kashi Go Lean cereal) before leaving the house, so I did NOT eat any of the bagels or pastries laid out at the beginning of the day OR e... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:48:36 EST What I DIDNOT Eat on Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809016 The challenge this week is to give up, swap or cut back on a food or beverage to reduce my daily calorie intake by 100 calories. I know this will make me more mindful of my choices as I go through each day. Here's a record of what I DIDNOT eat: <BR> <BR> Saturday <BR> I was at a conference all day for work. I ate breakfast (Greek yogurt, blueberries and Kashi Go Lean cereal) before leaving the house, so I did NOT eat any of the bagels or pastries laid out at the beginning of the day OR ev... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:10:01 EST What MLH148 Didn't Tell You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802417 My sister MLH148 wrote an AWESOME blog about her weekend visit to Kansas City for the Waddell and Reed Marathon: "The Injustice of 'Just.'" If you haven't read it -- go read it now. I'll wait for you to get back. <BR> <BR> And now here's something MLH148 didn't tell you about her weekend. The night before the race she participated in a crazy fun "Murder Mystery" dinner theatre. It was a wild and silly take on The Beatles visit to Kansas City in 1964. MLH148 was chosen to be one of the "... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:47:34 EST Numbers, Numbers, Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793080 The Fall 5% Challenge has us tracking all our food and drink AND monitoring our calcium this week. This is good for me...writing it all down...seeing the numbers. YOWZA! On days like yesterday and today -- there are some big numbers (yesterday was Renaissance Festival; today I've just snacked-snacked-snacked since I got home). BUT -- I wrote it all down. Recorded it all in sparkpeople. I've never paid attention to my calcium intake before (it's pretty low!). I know keeping track of all... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:54:06 EST Muscles, Moving and Mood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787514 I keep reading about how important exercise is for stress management. <BR> <BR> Monday night I was at a support group and the leader said "moving muscles changes mood." I like that. <BR> <BR> Twice this week something UPSETTING has happened at work...something crazy-making, incompetent, not-my-fault, and out of my control. Both times I took a break, left the building and just walked. It really helped me calm down. It helped me not make a bad situation worse. In the past I would hav... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:57:00 EST NPR Story on Stress and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784664 Well... Yesterday was a lonnggg day at work -- almost all of it on my feet, standing, walking or climbing up and down stairs. This is all good, right? BUT when I got home I DIDN'T take a walk -- so no exercise minutes yesterday. Sorry Tiger Monarchs! I want the exercise minutes, but I also NEED the stress relief a walk gives. Today will be different. <BR> <BR> I just heard a story on NPR about stress and health and the report said that the stress of "everyday hassles" is just as detr... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:22:40 EST Summer 5% Challenge archive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776199 SUMMER 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> I am glad to be part of the Summer 5% Challenge. I know that these challenges keep me "on track" toward building a happier, healthier life. <BR> <BR> I am reading a book right now called, "The Diet Fix: Why Diets Don't Work" by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. The book reinforces what I am learning from sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> One line I like: "The more weight you want to permanently lose, the more of your life you're going to have to permanently change." THIS IS A LIFE... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 23:19:59 EST Failure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762574 I just finished my seventh (!) 5% Challenge -- up 10 pounds!!!! <BR> <BR> I am struggling...not making the best choices... BUT I'm not giving up. <BR> <BR> I decided to look back at my "ups and downs" -- because, while I still have a lot to lose, I have lost over 40 pounds. <BR> <BR> I started sparkpeople in January 2013 (OK -- my sister set up an account for me a year or so before, but in January 2013 I REALLY started. I weighed 254. <BR> <BR> Winter into Spring 2013 5% Challenge <BR... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:59:34 EST 22 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759689 I will turn 55 on September 4...three weeks from today...if you include today AND my birthday that's 22 days. I have decided to CHALLENGE myself to not-eat-after supper between now and then. <BR> <BR> The whole eating-eating-eating after supper (especially between 9:00-11:00 pm) is a HUGE problem for me. I know I'm not hungry. It's just a very bad habit. Sit down on the couch and EAT. <BR> <BR> So. 22 days. <BR> <BR> I spent a very brief time in "onederland" and I liked it. I proba... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:09:03 EST Summer 5% Happiness Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747413 Saturday <BR> I did many things today that I enjoyed...a class on Centering Prayer in the morning, reading an interesting article while I ate my salad w/ grilled chicken at lunch, getting some things done at work, listening to James Taylor on a re-run of "Prairie Home Companion, supper with my husband, some quiet prayer time at the end of the day. The thing that made me happiest was probably GOING TO BED EARLY. <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> A hard day. Work was "work." Lots of chores at home. "F... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:49:04 EST What one thing...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746362 A little more than two years ago (June 21, 2012) I was at an inservice for work. One of the questions for reflection was WHAT ONE THING, THAT YOU AR NOT DOING NOW, IF YOU WOULD DO IT, WOULD HAVE A GREAT IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? I wrote down "exercise and eat right" -- but I didn't share it with the group. I was too embarrassed. About six months later my sister MLH148 invited me to join sparkpeople. It has been verrrrrryyyyy slowwww and there have been a lot of ups and downs. But I am exerci... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:09:17 EST Dang! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742149 I weighed in at 206 this morning. 9 pounds UP since the start of the Summer 5% Challenge. And no -- this isn't a trick of the scale or water weight or "that time of the month." It's an honest reflection of n0t eating right, not exercising enough, not sleeping well, blah, blah, blah. Not sparking. I took the "lost 50 pounds" logo off my sparkpage. <BR> <BR> At least I weighed myself today and posted my weight and I'm writing this blog. Honesty is the place to start, right? <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:19:24 EST What a Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741787 I'm exhausted. Good stuff and bad stuff (like babysitting our adorable nieces and nephews last night -- fun, but WORK) combined to make this a hard week. What a blessing to log on to sparkpeople and see that the challenge for Week 5 of the Summer 5% Challenge is SLEEP. I am always tired. I never go to bed when I should. This is a great "push"' for me to GO TO BED. NOW. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:41:12 EST Back to the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740257 I'm taking a few days "off" -- and went to the Y today for the first time since... Well, it's been too long. I've been taking walks around the neighborhood in the evening and I've been doing my stretches in front of the tv, but... It felt really good to walk on the treadmill and pump up the mph. And then I did the stationary bike. And then went back to the treadmill. All the while watching a Grey's Anatomy episode I'd never seen. It felt good to sweat. I need to figure out how to do t... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:26:12 EST Going in the Wrong Direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737233 202 this morning. Dang! Not surprising. I haven't been exercising. Or eating right. Or drinking enough water. And I haven't gotten a good night's sleep in a lonngggg time. Etc., etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Today's a new day. The start of a new weekly challenge. I know what I need to do. <BR> <BR> Turn around and start walking back to onederland! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:35:47 EST Personal Goal for Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736915 I have really been struggling with the Summer 5% Challenge. I want to do better. I NEED to do better. I WILL DO BETTER. The challenge for this coming week is "healthy snacking." In addition, I WILL LOG IN EVERY DAY to sparkpeople. That's my personal goal for the next seven days! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:25:49 EST Rest In Peace Mary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734832 My friend Mary died on Fourth of July after three years of LIVING with angiosarcoma. I don't like the language of "after a three year battle with cancer" -- like the cancer won the battle. <BR> <BR> Anyway. My friend Mary is dead and I am sad and stressed and not sleeping well. <BR> <BR> Her husband has asked me to speak for 4-5 minutes at the wake tomorrow night. This is what I'm going to say. <BR> <BR> Good evening. My name is Mariann McCormally. I live in Kansas City, Missouri. <B... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 20:31:43 EST New Old Shorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730174 Last summer my sister MLH148 sent be a pair of exercise shorts that had become too BIG for her. She's always been smaller than me and very fit and athletic (and adventuresome!). And now after a couple years on sparkpeople she's even smaller, more fit and -- if possible -- more adventuresome! <BR> <BR> I was sure the shorts wouldn't fit, but she told me to try them on and I did, but I just barely got them zipped and snapped. Yes -- they were on, but they didn't fit. Tonight, a little mo... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 23:02:41 EST Journeying in One-derland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722703 Today is the start of the Summer 5% Challenge. I weighed in at 197. I've actually been below 200 for a few weeks now. WOW. I know it's only a number and I need to focus on the process and daily choices and NSVs, but... I haven't been below 200 in a long time. <BR> <BR> So...the journey continues. The BMI charts say I "should" weigh 165. I can't imagine that, but we'll see. My goal for this challenge is 187. <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone on their journey! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:55:25 EST Unexpected Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722456 My husband has a debilitating neurological condition and has a lot of bad days. And even more bad nights. Even though we have been saving-saving-saving to take a fabulous vacation trip for our 15th wedding anniversary (Italy? Ireland?), we can't -- because he's just not well enough. Last night he mentioned that he read that our little town has a free outdoor concert series on Friday nights in the summer. Hmmm. Tonight when I got home I asked him if he wanted to go check it out. He did -... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 23:19:29 EST Spring Challenge Info http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722313 My Goals: <BR> I want to not-go-back to my old ways. I want to eat healthy and exercise regularly. <BR> <BR> My Program: <BR> Diet Plan for the 5% Spring Challenge: <BR> I will eat breakfast, and something healthy every 3-4 hours. <BR> I will mindfully choose my afterwork/tv-viewing snack. I will limit salt-bad fats-and sugars. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Plan for 5% Winter Challenge: <BR> I will GET UP and MOVE every 30-60 minutes at work...walk for at least 20 minutes/day... and stretc... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:07:30 EST Spring Challenge PLAN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719803 SPRING 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> Can I "keep on keepin' on," maintain my 50 pound weight loss, and get to Onederland? <BR> <BR> I'm starting this 8 week challenge not-feeling-well physically and feeling STRESSED emotionally and mentally. <BR> <BR> I don't feel "fierce" (sorry Tiger Monarchs). I feel a bit fragile. <BR> <BR> But I do WANT to continue this journey of sparking towards better health and happiness. I want to treat myself with gentleness and encouragement and trust that two s... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:04:39 EST A Different Conversation with Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710893 I went out to eat tonight with my husband and our 19 year old niece who just got back from a 10 day trip to Italy. WOW! She had wonderful stories to tell. <BR> <BR> I ordered the grilled chicken breast, steamed veggies, salad -- no cheese, no croutons, dressing on the side. Our niece ordered the chicken finger with fries. I felt jealous! But when our meals came I kept saying to myself, "this tastes good" (and it did!). I put my fork down between each bite and took a sip of my iced te... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:05:45 EST Pajama Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707746 I was up in the night with my sick husband... The last three weeks have been very bad for him -- lots of pain, little sleep. I couldn't do much last night except to sit with him and make him some herbal tea (and let the pain meds kick in). I slept in this morning and stayed in my pjs all day. I DID watch my sodium...ate a fresh peach for breakfast...measured out my peanut butter at lunch...used no-salt tomatoes and Mrs. Dash to make a pasta sauce for supper... I'm learning. My final wei... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:47:44 EST Being Flexible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706864 This weekend is Festa Italiana in Kansas City -- a really fun, family-friendly outdoor event with free entertainment and lots of booths (and FOOD!). We've gone every year -- but I'm not sure we'll make it this year. My husband isn't feeling well. And if we do go, I have to figure out what-I-can-eat on my new low salt diet. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be flexible...and not hang on to any specific expectation too much. (But OMG Italian "nachos" are good!) <BR> <BR> I just need to see how thin... 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