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/ Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185288 Pope Francis declared this year as a "Year of Mercy." Our pastor invited us to answer the question: What do I need to do OR stop doing...to be more merciful. What I wrote down was, "EXERCISE my poor body: stretch, walk, breathe." I know I need to do adequate self-care before I can reach out with loving kindness and mercy to others. Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:53:53 EST Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106137 Easter is four weeks from tomorrow. As a minister, it is a very busy and stressful time of year. Lots "to do." I need to put EAT RIGHT and EXERCISE at the top of the "to do" list. Sat, 27 Feb 2016 14:13:00 EST An "Interesting" Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063651 I went out to eat tonight at a "fancy" restaurant. As I looked at the menu I saw all sorts of really interesting things and decided to put together a different kind of meal. I had a cup of delicious veggie soup, a warm tomato caprese salad (three small tomatoes w/ mozarella cheese and pesto), and roasted brussell sprouts. The three sides cost less than an entre and were LOTS of food. The flavors and textures were amazing. I was satisfied, but not stuffed. I am not a super adventurous p... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 00:13:02 EST New Year's Resolution 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057969 ...to stop cussing at my husband. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 12:23:06 EST Fall 2015 5% Challenge Archive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057963 Thanksgiving before Thanksgiving <BR> <BR> Fall 2015 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> I want to live out of a spirit of gratitude. <BR> <BR> I want to be happier, healthier, more "grounded," and less overwhelmed with life. <BR> <BR> Half-way through the challenge, on October 25, I will participate in the Marine Corps Marathon 10K race with my sister, MLH148. I want to keep up with her (!) and make her proud. <BR> <BR> At the end of the challenge I want to be closer to 200 (my 5% goal is 205).... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 12:16:58 EST Week 6 -- Saying "NO" So I Can Say "YES" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027999 I have been kind of half-hearted the past few challenges... I've lost a little weight... And then gained it back (or more) during the time in between. I know what I need to do. I just haven't pushed myself to do it. For the next 56 days, I want to push! <BR> <BR> So...I want to be mindful that time is passing. I plan to count down the days 'til November 21 and to record what I say "NO" to, so I can say "YES" to being healthier, happier, and -- yes! -- closer to onderland. <BR> <BR> Day 56... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:17:30 EST What a Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6027995 I just logged all seven days of my exercise/sleep/no junk for this week of the Fall Challenge. Which means I haven't logged on to spark at all since I weighed in last Saturday. I only exercised 3 days of the last seven. And I didn't accomplish the "no junk" challenge even once. And I ate and ate and ate... I've been super busy and stressed at work and home...which of course means I should spark MORE, not less. But I sat at my desk for hours on end...skipped meals...ate candy and carbs..... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:10:57 EST Week 5 -- Saying "No" so I Can Say "Yes" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023885 I have been kind of half-hearted the past few challenges... I've lost a little weight... And then gained it back (or more) during the time in between. I know what I need to do. I just haven't pushed myself to do it. For the next 56 days, I want to push! <BR> <BR> So...I want to be mindful that time is passing. I plan to count down the days 'til November 21 and to record what I say "NO" to, so I can say "YES" to being healthier, happier, and -- yes! -- closer to onderland. <BR> <BR> Day ... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 20:44:09 EST Week 4 -- Saying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016738 I have been kind of half-hearted the past few challenges... I've lost a little weight... And then gained it back (or more) during the time in between. I know what I need to do. I just haven't pushed myself to do it. For the next 56 days, I want to push! <BR> <BR> So...I want to be mindful that time is passing. I plan to count down the days 'til November 21 and to record what I say "NO" to, so I can say "YES" to being healthier, happier, and -- yes! -- closer to onderland. <BR> <BR> Day 56... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 22:25:01 EST Sorry Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014025 Duh! We're monitoring our calcium this week of the Fall 5% Challenge. I didn't read the post carefully and thought we were supposed to record our total amount of calcium mg - instead of an all/nothing 10. <BR> <BR> On Saturday I posted 83. Sorry! <BR> <BR> Tonight when I logged in I was ready to track 81 for Sunday and 224 for Monday (I ate way too much cheese today...!). I was looking at all the "10"s people ahead of me were posting and I thought, "what slackers...they need to get ... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 22:01:55 EST Week 3 -- Saying NO So I Can Say YES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012775 I have been kind of half-hearted the past few challenges... I've lost a little weight... And then gained it back (or more) during the time in between. I know what I need to do. I just haven't pushed myself to do it. For the next 56 days, I want to push! <BR> <BR> So...I want to be mindful that time is passing. I plan to count down the days 'til November 21 and to record what I say "NO" to, so I can say "YES" to being healthier, happier, and -- yes! -- closer to onderland. <BR> <BR> Day 5... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:00:51 EST Week 2 - Saying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009901 I have been kind of half-hearted the past few challenges... I've lost a little weight... And then gained it back (or more) during the time in between. I know what I need to do. I just haven't pushed myself to do it. For the next 56 days, I want to push! <BR> <BR> So...I want to be mindful that time is passing. I plan to count down the days 'til November 21 and to record what I say "NO" to, so I can say "YES" to being healthier, happier, and -- yes! -- closer to onderland. <BR> <BR> Day 56... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:01:44 EST Saying NO...so I can say YES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005228 I have been kind of half-hearted the past few challenges... I've lost a little weight... And then gained it back (or more) during the time in between. I know what I need to do. I just haven't pushed myself to do it. For the next 56 days, I want to push! <BR> <BR> So...I want to be mindful that time is passing. I plan to count down the days 'til November 21 and to record what I say "NO" to, so I can say "YES" to being healthier, happier, and -- yes! -- closer to onderland. <BR> <BR> Da... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 23:42:06 EST Summer 2015 5% Archive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004628 Summer 2015 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> I want to be happier, healthier, more "grounded," and less overwhelmed with life. <BR> <BR> And I'd really, really, really like to get to onderland. <BR> <BR> I will be "on vacation" for about half of the Summer Challenge -- and so part of the challenge is to make this time away from work truly life-giving. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking a lot about work/life balance and "sabbath" and how recreation can be re-creation. <BR> <BR> Who knows what the... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 21:04:34 EST Bless us O Lord... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962493 This week's 5% Summer Challenge was to take 20 minutes to eat a meal and to "pause" as we ate...to see how much food it really takes to be satisfied. <BR> <BR> I thought this was a ridiculous and ridiculously hard challenge. Twenty minutes? IMPOSSIBLE. I eat FAST. And, usually, I eat pretty mindlessly. <BR> <BR> (Hmmm... I wonder why I've weighed 200+ pounds most of my life?). <BR> <BR> I decided maybe one way I might be able to slow myself down (or at least take a few minutes) ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:08:09 EST RIP Father Raul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950038 Father Raul Navarro, SJ, died today. I didn't know him well, but we worked in neighboring institutions (I work at a Catholic parish; he worked at the university across the street). He was 49. They are still determining the cause of death, but it appears to have been a heart attack or pulmonary embolism. He wasn't fat and didn't smoke. He loved his work. He was a happy, joyful man. <BR> <BR> I am very sad for his family and friends and community members. <BR> <BR> And I am, once again,... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:44:20 EST Spring 2015 5% Archive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950028 Spring 2015 5% CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> I have been sparking for over two years. I have lost 40 pounds...and need to lose another 30. <BR> <BR> My goal is to be at 175 by my birthday (September 4, 2015). I need to renew my driver's license and I would LOVE to say, "my weight is 175." <BR> <BR> My goal for this 5% Challenge is to break that 200 mark and get to "onederland." (That was my goal for the Winter 5% Challenge, too...I didn't make it...sigh!). <BR> <BR> But I DO know what to do an... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 00:20:10 EST OutPace Poverty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943631 I'm doing a charity 5K next Saturday. It's not a timed race, but I'm proud that I'm doing it. The cause is worthy (Catholic Charities https://www.outpacepoverty.org/MissMariann<BR>) and it will be fun community builder with friends and colleagues. My goal for the next 9 days is to WALK every day and STRETCH every night. It may not be a timed race -- but I want to finish (and not be hurting the next day!). Thu, 11 Jun 2015 19:07:47 EST The Company We Keep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939850 I had lunch today with a friend. We both had the "seasonal vegetable salad" with grilled salmon -- and we said "no" to the bread basket and the dessert menu. It was easy to do with a friend who also wants to make healthy eating choices. <BR> <BR> And we've been dogsitting this week and that means early morning and late night walks in the neighborhood (and some during the day, too). <BR> <BR> I read once that we become the average of the five people we spend the most time with. <BR> ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 21:07:23 EST Still Stuck at 209 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936784 So... I have ended the last three or four eight-week challenges at 209. In between the challenges, my weight creeps up a bit (I started the Spring 5% Challenge at 213) and then I spend 8 weeks losing four pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm still down 45 pounds from where I started two and a half years ago. But I want to break 200...I want to get to 180 or -- dare I say it? -- 175. <BR> <BR> But -- do I want to WORK for it? <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. <BR> <BR> So -- today is a new day. I WILL use all the t... Sat, 30 May 2015 12:30:28 EST 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