MARMAERT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARMAERT MARMAERT'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 Twleve - Wednesday, June 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779332 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036490547.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1878398732.jpg"> WOW! What an amazing day! <BR> It began at 5:15AM (why does everything have to start so early?) with a wake up call and clouds. Much cooler - only 35 degrees outside. Frost covers the flowers and makes the steps up to the gathering area a bit slippery. No time for a sit-down breakfast, so yogurt and granola and a good hot cup of tea and coffee for us. An ext... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:44:46 EST Day Eleven - Tuesday, June 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779317 On the Alaska Railroad to Denali Park, where the Denali (Mt. McKinley) is located, the talle <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222839770.jpg">st mountain in the US. Beautiful scenery from the dome observation car. Saw a bear, a moose, eagles, trumpeter swans, and more moose! Our tour guides were very nice and had lots of stories to tell. They had all kinds of drinks and fancy coffees available. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1516303005.jpg">We met many in... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:13:23 EST Day Ten - Monday, June 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751784 We had to wake up early (again - is this really a vacation?) and ate very well at the hotel's breakfast buffet. since we don't know if or when our next meal will happen, we have learned to get what we can, when we can! <BR> Our hostess for Anchorage met us in the lobby and told us she was at our disposal until 12 noon. So we got into her car and drove around Anchorage. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1113486000.jpg"> Since DH is a volunteer firefighter, he had to stop at t... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:12:31 EST Day Nine - Sunday, June 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751772 Get ready quickly - race through breakfast - run back to the cabin to pack the last few things - race off the ship by 7:30AM. We are in Seward today! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1104650544.jpg"> Our luggage will go before us to the Hospitality Center in Anchorage, but first we are taking our final cruise excursion on the Kenai Fjords Tour. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520724124.jpg"> I read about this in my e-book on the Alaska Traveler magazine ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:48:18 EST Day Eight - Saturday, June 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747738 "AT SEA" to say the least, is exactly how we felt today. It is cold, rainy, windy, and, once again, choppy. No pictures of this day, either. But still, for me it was a good day. Why? Because I got to do things on board the ship that I didn't normally have time for - shopping, people-watching, and reading. I had my Sea-Bands on again and they really helped. So today was purchasing a few item for gifts, for scrapbooking this trip, and for myself. Got a really nice sweatshirt and a packet of Ala... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:47:46 EST Day Seven - Friday, June 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747729 The part we've all been waiting for - the Glacier Bay day trip on the cruise ship! <BR> DH was up at 5AM to see the whales <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l588900552.jpg">there were 3 of them cavorting in the water. I, who is not an early riser, slept through and missed it all. (that's what photos are for!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318580902.jpg"> it is impossible to even show through pictures how awesome this place is! <img src="http://phot... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:33:49 EST Day Six - Thursday, june 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747721 Since this is the 4th attempt to write this blog day and everything keeps erasing itself, here are pictures of our Yukon train trip and Skagway: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l777644223.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1125335983.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207700954.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l386635602.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560699210.jpg"> <img src="... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:11:17 EST Day 5 - Wednesday, June 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741101 Here we are in juneau, the capital city of Alaska. A bit bigger than Ketchikan <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2128499456.jpg">but a lot more spread out, so no walking tours today! <BR> Today we go whitewater rafting at the Mendenhall Glacier and River. I'm a bit nervous, but one of the folks on the bus said it's not too rough. The river guides told us the hardest part is getting into the raft! I can see how that would be a problem - we have to wear a firefighters' outfit!... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:54:52 EST Day Four - Tuesday, June 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736381 "If this is tuesday, it must be...Ketchikan!" <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1504122653.jpg"> <BR> What a tiny town this is - the gateway to the Gold Rush. This was the first stop many Gold Rush-ers got to see along the way north. It is really cute, but too many tourist-trap jewelry stores and "made-in-China-REAL Alaskan merchandise!" People in doorways, practically begging me to come in and buy and get a free charm - with the necessary bracelet costing $100! We had our fi... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:28:39 EST Day Three - Monday, June 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731608 What a nasty day! No sun, just clouds, gray, spittin' rain. We are "at sea" (which, when you really think about it, is so true!) with winds gusting to 45 mph. Rough-and-tumble seas, cold water, and the boat's a-rockin'! We spent the day learning where things were and walking around indoors. Learned about more excursions which we decided to add one more to our list, and hung out in the Crow's Nest Lounge watching the waves. Also, enjoyed another specialty drink there. We met a nice woman and h... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 23:31:10 EST Day 2 - Sunday, June 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727396 Is this a vacation or a marathon? Fell asleep at 10PM and had to get up at 5:30AM - YUCK! (hoping this will not become a regular thing!) Down to breakfast by 7. Seems that everyone else had this idea, too - the line out the door is L-O-N-G! Guess they all figured there might not be food left after the hockey stars ate! and yes, I ate a lot of things. Guess that 14 hours between meals isn't a good thing. Not quite sure when - or if - lunch will happen, so taking precautions. So waffles, scramb... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:10:15 EST Alaska - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726746 On May 31, 2014, my husband and I went to Alaska for 2-1/2 weeks. It was the trip of a lifetime and we saw and did things we'd never dreamed of doing or seeing! I promised my SP team (Pink Pirates) that I would post pictures and blog about the trip. So while traveling, I kept a daily journal, which I will use to tell you all about our adventures! <BR> <BR> Day One - Saturday, May 31 <BR> <BR> WHE-E-E! I'm flying! <BR> Basically, that's been the whole day - flying in airplanes or "flying" th... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:28:29 EST Alaska - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726745 On May 31, 2014, my husband and I went to Alaska for 2-1/2 weeks. It was the trip of a lifetime and we saw and did things we'd never dreamed of doing or seeing! I promised my SP team (Pink Pirates) that I would post pictures and blog about the trip. So while traveling, I kept a daily journal, which I will use to tell you all about our adventures! <BR> <BR> Day One - Saturday, May 31 <BR> <BR> WHE-E-E! I'm flying! <BR> Basically, that's been the whole day - flying in airplanes or "flying" th... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:28:29 EST 5 Weight Loss Rules to Never Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721701 1. Consistency - commit to a healthy lifestyle, not a diet, and change your mental response to healthy eating; then an "off" day won't mess you up. <BR> <BR> 2. Diet - reminder - You can't out-train bad food choices. the choice is yours and you must own up to it. <BR> <BR> 3. Rest - sleep 7 or more hours to let your body work its magic. also, have rest days between fitness days, so your body doesn't get over-worked. you don't have to run a marathon every weekend! <BR> <BR> 4. Prepping - pr... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:34:57 EST Messing Up Big Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668202 Here at Sparkpeople, there are all kinds of motivational sayings - "Use It or Lose It" or my favorite "You can't out-exercise bad eating." This is the saying that weighs heavily (pun intended) on me today. <BR> Because yesterday was a disaster of epic proportions - one ball rolling started another and another and so on and so on...until they all came to a THUD! at the bottom - as "bottom" as you can get when you know you're doing wrong but don't want to stop it - and seeing how excited and up... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 11:49:49 EST Been "Un-Sparking" Lately - and Having Fun Doing It, Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627863 "Un-Sparking"? What? Why would anyone un-Spark? How disloyal! How rude! How... <BR> Now, wait, before you all start whaling on me, I don't mean I've un-Sparked myself! I love SP and will not be leaving any time soon. <BR> But sometimes I feel like seeing what others are doing, out there in the wide, wide world (been reading "The Poky Little Puppy" to the 3YO grandson too much). There are lots of interesting articles and FB posts that I see, most of them here on SP. Every so often, I will get ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:02:37 EST What I Like about Myself ( a http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614469 In our BTS challenge, one of the options for last weekend's challenge was to write a blog about what we like about ourselves. I thought this was a laugh - if I liked myself, would I be fat? If I liked myself, would I be on Spark? <BR> But many of the people in the BTS are fighting depression, SAD, or just plain out-of-sorts. One of my co-workers tried to commit suicide last week. Winter is getting to all of us and this winter has been especially hard so far. Plus, perhaps we are not losing we... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 22:17:11 EST Buckling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599457 After re-reading the "10 Step Wellness Plan" blog I wrote, there are some things I need to do that haven't been done. <BR> <BR> 1. clean out closets/clean out my "life closet" - just like my Christmas closet, my "life closet" needs to be gone over and the junk thrown out. things in my life need to be moved around or put somewhere else. I can't close the door on wellness issues, hoping they will fix themselves or go away. I have to plan snacks into the meal planning - there can't be "hunger d... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:48:11 EST 10 Step Wellness Plan for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573769 ***please note - NOT a resolution plan!!*** <BR> <BR> On the Beyond the Scale team, we are cautioned to not make resolutions for 2014, but to make goals for the new year. Also, on my Start page on SP, there was an article to be read about making a wellness plan for 2014. This, to me, seemed to be the perfect fit for the BTS, so I did my wellness plan for next year. Here it is: <BR> <BR> 1. Write out SMART goals <BR> - lose 20 lbs. by Alaska trip (June1,2014) <BR> - lower sodium to 2800mg ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:26:50 EST Emotional Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536558 Around this time of the year, here in the Northeast especially, most of us who are trying to live this healthy lifestyle are getting seriously un-motivated. Between Halloween leftover candy (is that even possible?), Thanksgiving (in the states), and the Christmas season soon upon us (according to my local radio station, it's already here!), we are bombarded with food. It's enough to make a true food lover (which I am!) both excited and very nervous. <em>2</em> <BR> See, I'm not necessaril... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 11:59:32 EST October Review and November Plans (oh-oh...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529546 My BLC team wants us to blog about our October plans - pass/fail? and our November plans coming up. So here goes: <BR> <BR> October started off really well. I swam twice a week, did all the Weekend Challenges, and the TnTs and the LCWs, with only a little complaining (oh, ok, maybe more complaining than I would like to admit), but I stuck with it and have a weight loss of 7 lbs., which is halfway to my goal of a 14# loss. <em>244</em> <BR> (A-hem... this is in spite of the popcorn/Oreo n... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 20:16:53 EST What I REALLY Did and What I SHOULD Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520870 On the BLC23, we were asked to write a blog about what we did in the 4th week and what our plans are for week 5. So I am going to tell you what the plans were for week 4, what REALLY happened and what I HOPE will happen next week. <BR> <BR> Plans for Oct. 16-22 <BR> 1. walk more <BR> 2. eat better <BR> 3. do not procrastinate <BR> <BR> What REALLY happened Oct. 16-22 <BR> 1. walked - about the same as Oct. 9-15 <BR> 2. ate out 2x, and both times were not healthy at.all. <BR> 3. Procrastinat... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:16:06 EST Cranky is as Cranky does! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515360 First of all, I would like to apologize to my fellow Sapphire Soldiers for putting up with me lately. I have been cranky and miserable for 5 days and it's not TOM (haven't had that in 10 years!) but still... I guess hormones still impact my life (UURGH!) and the change of seasons always affects me, especially fall to winter - the old bones are not happy, even if the daytime temps are in the 80s (can you believe this is Buffalo, NY?) <BR> Anyway, a <em>245</em> to the very sweet ladies on ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:34:13 EST Some NSV's and October Goals (thanks to Nemo!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508495 Today I cleaned the entire house. So what? you may ask. But 1 year ago I could not have done it all in one day. And I would have had to stop and rest between rooms. And would be tired and hurting when done. And would have had to take many ibuprofen to feel better. <BR> But today, I cleaned the entire house. In 3 hours. With no hurts and no ibuprofen. And not in the least bit tired. Which is a HUGE NSV for this girl! <BR> Another NSV was after all that cleaning, I went for a mile and a half wa... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 00:03:02 EST Some NSV's and October Goals (thanks to Nemo!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508494 Today I cleaned the entire house. So what? you may ask. But 1 year ago I could not have done it all in one day. And I would have had to stop and rest between rooms. And would be tired and hurting when done. And would have had to take many ibuprofen to feel better. <BR> But today, I cleaned the entire house. In 3 hours. With no hurts and no ibuprofen. And not in the least bit tired. Which is a HUGE NSV for this girl! <BR> Another NSV was after all that cleaning, I went for a mile and a half wa... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 00:02:53 EST Obstacles or rewards? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496447 On the BLC23 Sapphire Team, we were asked to list any obstacles to our journey in a blog, so here goes: (do I have pages and pages?) <BR> I eat late at night to have my lunch in and to bring the calorie count within range because I work until 10PM and then do daily tracking, data entry, and read SparkMail, etc. What I eat is the obstacle. The Swiss Cake Rolls and Oreo cookies are so much easier to grab than having to prepare oatmeal or fruit. <BR> I "give in" instead of "standing firm" about ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 00:41:27 EST It Really is All About Hard Work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484651 http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/<BR>2013/08/21/the-real-secret-to-losing-w<BR>eight-from-a-top-expert/ <BR> <BR> here is the link to the Forbes article I talked about in my previous blog. While the end of the article seems to be pushing weight loss medication (after all, even scientists have a vested interest in the products they have developed!) the findings these scientists made are going to change how we handle weight problems and the severly obese people, too. For me, this was ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:46:01 EST It's All About Chemistry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478182 There have been many articles on the internet and in magazines about addictions and body changes, including articles about food addictions. From everything I've read, and my life before Spark, I can tell you the things I've learned: <BR> I ate anything I wanted, whenever I wanted to eat them. A dozen Oreos with milk at 1AM, popcorn with extra butter and salt along with Pepsi, a pile of chicken wings with blue cheese and very little celery - well, the list would go on and on! After years of e... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:19:59 EST Who'd have thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469429 ...that eating a couple of foods that were pre-Spark would send me running to the bathroom? <BR> ...that going to the fitness center (right there - words you would never have heard last year) would be something I couldn't wait to do? <BR> ...that I would actually be happy about buying new clothes for the fall? <BR> ...that meal planning would include "what kind of salad should I start with today"? <BR> ...that hearing the fitness center owner tell me that I'm going to be too fit for the water... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:39:10 EST Another Farmer's Market Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467711 Actually, 2 recipes, coz I think I'm behind in recipe-posting. (sorry) <BR> <BR> Fresh Salsa <BR> <BR> 3 lbs. tomatoes, core removed, cut in half <BR> 1 onion, peeled, ends cut off, cut in quarters <BR> 1 small green pepper, cored, seeded, cut in quarters <BR> 1/2 tsp. each: cumin powder, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper <BR> salt to taste ( I did not use any) <BR> 1 can chopped jalapeno peppers ( Ortega) <BR> <BR> Put the tomatoes, onion, and green pepper in a food processor... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:03:34 EST Another Summer "Bucket List" Item Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465320 Today, my son, grandkids, and I went geocaching. For those of you not familiar with this, you go to the geocaching website (geocaching.com), type in your location, and all the places where people have hidden caches come up. A "cache" is a box hidden in a woods near an easy-to-find place. There were at least 30 caches near my house, so we chose the ones labeled "easy for beginners." Well, if this was easy, I can't imagine what a hard-to-find cache is! We hiked through the woods and searched, a... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 23:28:28 EST A New Recipe! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459363 As promised, here is a new recipe using one of the fresh ingredients from yesterday's market shopping trip. <BR> <BR> Grilled Bruschetta Toasts <BR> 8 slices French-type bread (I used a batard - from wegmans) <BR> 2 tblsp. olive oil, divided <BR> 2 tblsp. balsamic vinegar <BR> 1 clove garlic, peeled and cut in half <BR> oregano, red pepper flakes, black pepper and onion powder to taste ( I used about 1/2 tsp. of each) <BR> 3 large tomatoes, diced <BR> 2 tblsp. shredded parmesan cheese <BR> ... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:32:44 EST A Great Market Trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458431 All summer, my DD and I have been trying to plan a trip to our local farmer's market, but life kept getting in the way. So today, even though I had a performance at 2PM, we decided to check out her market. Well, what a disappointment! Mostly junky crafts, jewelry, and psychic crayons (what?). Only 3 farmers with limited items. Someone was complaining too, and her friend told her that everyone was at the big market 3 towns over (about 20 miles). DD and I decided we were definitely going there.... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:55:15 EST Top 10 "good things" list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445925 1. Weight is dropping again! <BR> 2. had to get rid of: 2 pairs of pants, 3 shirts, all underpants, socks (socks? - yes, socks!), 1 bra, 2 pair of shoes, 1 jacket, and a dress! <BR> 3. measured me: 1 inch lost around bust, 1/2 inch lost around upper arms (bye-bye, bye-bye arms!), 2 inches around waist, 2 inches around hips (and butt), 1 inch around each thigh, and 1/4 inch around each ankle (refer to the sock thing on news #2)! <BR> 4. did 40 pool widths in same time as used to do 20! <BR> 5.... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 00:36:28 EST What An Amazing Day! (and it took only 56 years to do it!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429828 For the last few years, DH and I have been promising to get ourselves to the local "wonder of the world" - Niagara Falls. After all, it is literally in our back yard (about 10 miles away). We've been to see it before - many times with out- of-town relatives - but in the 56 years we've lived here, we have never ridden on the Maid of the Mist or climbed to the Cave of the Winds. Well, today, on day 1 of vacation, we got in the truck and drove there and paid for our tickets, put on our ponchos, ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:37:48 EST Motor-vated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418379 Our grandchildren have been here for 4 days while their mom (my daughter) recuperates from surgery. Today was their last day and my little 2 1/2 year old grandson wanted to play office on the laptop with me before he left. So we played office (amazing how, even at this young age, he knows which side to click on to move a page or which keys to press!) and later, when he got bored with that, he watched a show on tv and I continued reading some Sparkpeople articles. All of a sudden, he asks me, ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:22:28 EST Mediterranean Tilapia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401942 Most of the time, you all know that I write about me, me, me! And you probably are tired of hearing about me, me, me! So I thought maybe once in a while I would share a recipe that I've used that week - one that's healthy and nutritious that some of you might wish to try. <BR> This one's a keeper, for sure! I like tilapia but it's kind of bland, which is also why I like it (huh?) But, because of it's "blandness", I like to doctor it up a little (well, okay, a lot). This recipe is also in the ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:55 EST did something I haven't done in 50 years... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391405 ...and yes, it's bad. so if you don't want to deal with bad stuff, please move on to a different blog. <BR> I ate pie! I ate pie! There, I've said it - I ate pie! <BR> And not just any pie - Banana Cream Pie! And I've waited all week for this moment! <BR> You might ask, "Why is this such a big deal? Yeesh - get over it already. It's no fun for you to rub it in our faces!" (pie pun intended) <BR> But... when I was 6 years old, I developed a banana allergy. Could not eat them, could not smell t... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:20:18 EST A Real Workout (for me)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385289 If you remember, last week I blogged about the new things I was going to try and research I had done about getting over a plateau,(yeah...how 'bout you get to the point, lady?) <BR> Okay, so I started water aerobics last Wednesday. (This was in last week's post, too.) Our instructor was the owner of the fitness center and she was fun! It was more like dancaerobics than real aerobics - and I'm glad I began this exercise journey with that class and not today's, because if today's class was the ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:08:01 EST Remember last Week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379786 So...in the Message Board for the Spring into Summer 5% Challenge last week, I posted that I was not having a very good day, what with pain, eating too much, and family saboteurs. I promised I would get back to everyone about the changes I would make to help me start losing weight again. <BR> Well, after only 1 extra week (sorry!), a new plan is taking shape. I think my eyesight is failing because I have read SO many articles, blogs, motivational ideas, several postings from people outside of... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 00:07:12 EST I CAN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369717 There are several things that all of us have to remind ourselves of each day, especially if you are morbidly obese, which I still am. even a 40 pound loss hasn't changed me all that much. Oh sure, I feel a lot better, am able to do more, and am eating better than last year at this time. But, as I read blogs, inspirational stories, and motivational moments from other Sparkpeople, I have to remember these things: <BR> 1. I can't do Zumba, any running, push-ups, hula-hooping, or planks. ain't ha... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:11:19 EST A "No - Spark" Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362143 Yesterday was BUSY - even by the standards of some of you out there in Sparkland. I am a church music director and yesterday was our Sunday School closing celebration service. Not much to do there, just the usual stuff because each group used a CD to sing along with. But we had to move all of our equipment and mics and stands so that the front of the church was clean. This was a good thing, as the rest of the day was all downhill from there! <BR> Also yesterday was our annual student recital ... Mon, 20 May 2013 10:59:37 EST Exercise is exercise - or is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356375 "Seasonal" sciatica hits me at this time of year, with constant pain traveling from hip to toes on my left side. Until the weather changes completely to summer, pain will be a regular visitor, one which I feel is like the over-long guest (fish and guests are good for about 3 days!) <BR> But, several years ago, I went to a physical therapist/sports medicine doctor for some relief. Instead of another steroid shot, he suggested a group of strengthening exercises to give some relief. These 5 exer... Tue, 14 May 2013 13:54:27 EST Beyond A Bad Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349287 If ever there was a time to eat the house down, yesterday was it! My piano students are getting ready for the annual recital and one girl has decided to play both flute and piano together, at the same time! (she will alternate instruments within the song) Last week, we went over the song and she was having trouble reading the notes and trying to play them one octave (8 notes) higher, so I asked her if she would like me to write the music out with the notes higher. She was very grateful and I ... Wed, 8 May 2013 00:13:37 EST Can I Rant, Please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329199 In case you didn't know (if anyone actually reads my blatherings), in January of 2012 I fell on the black ice in the parking lot of my workplace, which also happens to be a church. Several people fell that morning, one of whom was hurt worse than I was. I broke my left wrist - actually, suffered a compressed fracture - and had it reset and cast the next day. After many months, it had healed enough to begin physical therapy (wonderful pt - moist compresses, soothing massage, good conversation)... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:20:51 EST Finally - seeing the GREAT OUTDOORS up close! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319126 Ever since last November, I have been waiting - like all the tulips, crocuses, and daffodils - for warmer weather. Oh, we had a glimpse of what things could be like back in January, but not long enough for my bad legs and lungs to go out in it for very long. Then, over the last few days, there have been creeping-up temperatures, sun, and blue skies! This past Monday, I could stand it no more. After babysitting my grandson, he and my daughter and I went for a walk along the Erie canal in Lockp... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:36:56 EST My secret weapon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284695 **disclaimer: this "weapon" works for me, but everyone is different, so... <BR> <BR> Yes, I have a secret weight-loss weapon! But I am willing to share this secret, in the hopes that it will help you, too. <BR> Every morning, I track all my food for the day. Yes, in the A.M. Yes, BEFORE breakfast. Yes, for the WHOLE entire day. <BR> Snacks, meals - everything gets logged in and tracked before I eat it. <BR> With my work schedule, this is a life saver! You see, I work afternoons and evenings... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:48:42 EST Gotta love my family, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262313 As you can see from my sparkpage, I have a lot of weight to lose. Already 35 lbs. down and happy about this, even though it's happened more quickly than I would have liked. But, before you start thinking that "wow, does she think she's wonderful!", please understand that my family has decided that this whole spark diet thing has gone too far. Every adult in my family (except for my daughter) is hugely overweight. So I come from a family of foodies! We plan the next meal while eating the curre... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:29:40 EST A MAJOR NSV!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230956 Was getting down about non-weightloss for the last 3 weeks. stuck at the same weight, even going up a little was depressing. then yesterday I noticed that the area around my stomach seemed firmer. Now, I do sciatica exercises all winter because, when it hits, it feels like I'm dragging a toddler around strapped to my left leg! and they involve tightening your tummy and butt - which helps your abdominals ('cuz I would never be able to actually DO pilates and get down on a little tiny floormat,... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:37:39 EST I HATE EXERCISE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213726 Now, just to let you all know - I am not a exerciser. WHEW - I've confessed it - I admit it - it's out there for everyone to see! <BR> I don't like getting all hot and sweaty ( I can do that all by myself without exercise!) I don't like having to use an inhaler before exercising ( hot + sweaty= asthma attack). I don't like exercising for the sake of exercising, without a real life purpose - like, if I'm walking, I'd better have a place to walk to, or if I'm running, there better be someone c... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 23:29:49 EST