MARTINE08's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARTINE08 MARTINE08'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/ and the countdown begins.....yikes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669905 Well I am getting married in 5 months....unbelievable how time is flying by. I am trying to get and stay organized nad sometimes would like to stop the clock and calendar......geesh <BR> <BR> I've had a supportive trainer for the last 6 years who has seen me through think and thin....and I am so grateful for her. As much as I work out and have been tracking, training, etc for 6 years I still haven't lost any weight.....even gained some after ACL repair surgery, breaking my foot and meeting m... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:08:11 EST I can see light again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651711 Had a major inspection at my work.......so long long hours for FEB...but NOW it's over. We did well!! So I can find time to log back in. I kept track of everything and will go back and do some data entry. <BR> I MISSED everyone! <BR> Glad to be back sparking!!! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:56:24 EST It's already February ?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614931 My the time really does fly by! and each day is so full! <BR> That's why there's no room for procrastination or backstepping. I always have to remind myself. It';s just so hard when something is so tempting to say....well there's time in the future for me to 'stay on plan'....this 'little bite won't hurt'. I've done quite well, not perfect mind you but I've done well. My goal on the 50+ challenge is to lose 1# per week....Well I lost 3 pounds in JAN....YEAH.... I also know I can put those po... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 11:55:23 EST 8 days into New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587114 Well aside from having the worst cold I've ever had it's been a great start to a great year ;-) ! <BR> <BR> I've been using the Spark Food tracker....... I am using my fit bit religiously.......so next will see what I need to tweek to see results. <BR> <BR> I am weighing in for the 50+ challenge with a goal to lose 1 pound/week. I am praying for some good results..... My goal is not perfection but a program that will actually work for me. <BR> <BR> I watched Biggest Loser last night and re... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:24:05 EST NOV 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535710 Thankful for Sparkpeople this NOV! <BR> My wedding is now 10 months away. <BR> <BR> I've just not made progress with weight loss for 5 years....still working on that formula. <BR> But to concentrate on the positive: <BR> Work out 5+ hours per week <BR> Strongest I've ever been even at 55 yrs old <BR> Participate in bootcamp 2x/week...oldest person there and can survive with 20-40 yr old partners while kicking it <BR> Have been told time and time again that I don't look my age. <BR> <BR> It'... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:46:19 EST My clean slate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460878 With my clean slate I am refreshing my sparkpeople attitude. I've been a member since 2008 and am so grateful for all the support offered here. <BR> <BR> When I looked at my page yesterday I just realized it's old... so I'm going to update it and make it fresh when I get home tonight. <BR> <BR> Many of my friends from my 'old' spark days have just moved on....they're no longer active. I miss them. <BR> <BR> I've been making new friends here over the last year and am so appreciative of the... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:29:39 EST Guilty...yes I am guilty of Negative Thinking about my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459858 My thought for the day... <BR> STOP IT MARTINE......stop it <BR> <BR> I am so guilty of negative self speak and am trying to break this horrible habit. It's been engrained in my head for so long it is self defeating! and it has no purpose. I know this...so why is it so difficult? <BR> Why am I harder on myself than anyone else? <BR> I know it has prevented me from achieving my ultimate goals....so I must find a solution. <BR> <BR> I read a really good article today and it really struck hom... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:55:17 EST SLOW SLOW SLOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373837 Is anyone else just tired nad fed up with being a turtle! I just need to vent! <BR> OK so I did lose a pound and it's a real pound....but I'm just so tired of moving so darn slow. <BR> <BR> I will still keep trodding ahead....one step at a time. <BR> I set my new goals today since I am so far behind and I will give it another 110% <BR> <BR> So yes I feel joy with a pound....but I'm still frustrated! <BR> <BR> GOAL: 5 pounds per month for the next year. Next time I check in it will be bett... Fri, 31 May 2013 16:09:49 EST My Friend Fran....a loss to the earth but a gain to heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325327 It's been a hard 12 days.... Phil and I lost our friend Fran <BR> So I just wanted you to know a bit about her. I befriended her 5 years ago when I moved to NC. She and Frank were my elderly neighbors... what a pleasure to have them in my life. Neighbors on each side of me welcomed me with open arms.....they used to say I lived between a Rock and a Hard place ;-) (Frank and Fran's last name is Rock) <BR> I joined their church.....came home from work and had cocktails in the evening....fixed ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:17:43 EST Day 1 of 13 Week Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310085 4/3: 243 <em>249</em> <em>15</em> <em>192</em> ...... <BR> <BR> 13 Week challenge has begun! <BR> <BR> BootCamp yesterday evening was brutal and wonderful at same time. It's fun working out...outside....as a team...all going through the same torture together... I'm very competitive so I have to be careful not to overdo it when I hvae a partner who is decades younger than me....OMG....he almost killed me ...lol <BR> I do have to modify some of the exercises but that's what makes ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:45:37 EST 13 Week Challenge.. starts 3 APRIL...13 pounds off by 4 JULY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307363 Starting the 13 week challenge with one of my FAV groups....50+members with 50-99 pounds to lose. <BR> Hoping that this will help me hold myself accountable...my motivation has waned of late and I've had the munchies.....I find myself trying to catch up with tracking which doesn't work for me...I must keep up with it or I slip up more. <BR> <BR> Will log my first weigh in on 4/3. YES ...yikes. I don't usually post the poundage but it is what it is! and it's too much. <BR> <BR> 4/3: <BR> 4... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:48:51 EST Boot Camp ROCKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219734 We had 18 people at Boot Camp last night..... it was so hard and so fun....would never do on my own what Surf pushes us to do there. <BR> It was the coldest Boot Camp and the most amount of people showed up....perhaps their New Years resolutions kicking into gear ;-) There was so much good energy....and grunts and moans ;-) <BR> <BR> I want to thank those who sent me hugs and support when I asked for it yesterday. I'm learning to ASK for help when I need it....it's always been hard for me. T... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 08:44:45 EST A Start to a Great Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208130 My week is off to a very good start. With Christmas season ending.... I was still taking down Christmas decoration last night...and it kept me busy enough to NOT snack! That is a major achievement for me. I've devloped a bad habit of having multiple snacks which leads to too many calories.....no matter if the snack is healthy or not.... So 1 night...no snacks!...not even my planned homemade chocolate protein bar just in case I had a need for one. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my weight lifting session... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:19:39 EST Yes it was a good evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196525 Made home-made Chili. used a recipe from Southern Living- Comfort food made healthy. <BR> My fiance is always leery of my 'healthy' dishes....he's says he never thought he'd eat such things.....and enjoy them! and he does enjoy most of them.... <BR> <BR> He 'owns' the kitchen so many times I have to put my foot down and say I'm going to cook....and not let him highjack my meals....he does love to cook and so do I... my meals tend to be healthier than his country cooking. Not saying his aren'... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:50:01 EST Evening Snack Break-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195230 It's been a long and tumultuous relationship... I know....so I must let you go! <BR> We have had a very disfunctional relationship and you are preventing me from reaching my goals...so I am breaking up with you! <BR> Do NOT call me.....do NOT even try. <BR> Breakfast, Lunch and afternoon snack are staying since they provide me with a content feeling, help me stay on plan all day....YOU however only tempt me to eat forbidden red light foods. You seem to be the devil sitting on my shoulder. <B... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:48:48 EST A Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190285 It was a great day today. <BR> <BR> Nothing profound... just a beautiful day. <BR> ....and it's Friday.....that's always good ;-) <BR> <BR> Leaving work soon to head over to trainer for my kick butt workout <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:43:23 EST A NEW YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188443 A New Year....and I am engaged! A Christmas surprise from my sweetie Phil. I am elated. I'm 54 and have never been married. I honestly am marrying my best friend. I don't know when yet...I'm still surprised by it all.....and elated. <BR> Phil loves me for who I am not for what I look like....not for the number on the scale....he loves me...plain and simple... and I love him. It's nice to feel so happy with someone. I wasn't sure that would ever exist for me. <BR> <BR> So with that being said... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:23:11 EST Daily Success Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3693901 I'm going to try something new. <BR> Following my injury and surgery and broken foot I gained 6 pounds! I've been unable to get it off...because I 'cheat' in a daily basis! That has to STOP. <BR> <BR> Rather than focusing on the negative I'm going to reward myself with kudos for things that I do right each day. If I pass on sweets, choose the right food over the poorer choice...will proclaim that as a victory. <BR> If I get in my workout and add steps or extra cardio I will log... If nothin... Tue, 5 Oct 2010 11:26:56 EST Fresh Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3323716 It's a FRESH START. <BR> I am recovering nicely from knee surgery and am ahead of schedule. Just have to not get overconfident and not overdo it. The over doing it bought me the stress fractured foot which it seems will take a LONG time to heal. The Doc assures me it will heal eventually. In the mean time it will help me to refocus! and I am starting afresh with this body o' mine. <BR> My new ligament will take about 12 weeks to 'be mine' ;-) I thank all who consider organ donations....someon... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:46:42 EST Thanks for all the kind words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3270153 My knee recovery is going very well. I thank you all for your words of encouragement. <BR> I'll have my 4th session with Physical Therapy tomorrow. <BR> So my workout now is: <BR> 4 way leg lifts 3 sets of 10 with 2 pound weights. Strainght leg lifts, side leg lifts, lifts on my belly and quad sets. I have great quad strength already and I know it's from all my previous training. <BR> Stationary bike. <BR> Balance work with a fit board using it front to back and sideways...2 minutes x 3. <B... Wed, 26 May 2010 12:23:22 EST Humpty Dumpty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3215605 All the kings horses and all the kings men wil put humpty dumpty back together again tomorrow...... <BR> so I'm signing off for a few days until after knee surgery. <BR> <BR> I look forward to checking in while recovering. <BR> <BR> Keep me posted with all of your activities and I'll live through you vicariously while <BR> I do my straight leg lifts and count them as a workout ;-) <BR> <BR> Martine aka Humpty Dumpty Mon, 10 May 2010 18:50:23 EST Ashore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3177020 The BAD news: <BR> Well I'll be remaining ashore for awhile now..... NO SAILING <BR> <BR> I haven't had so much as a cold in about 5 years....I now have my right foot in a boot for stress fracture and right knee surgery planned for 11 May...blown out with torn ACL and medial meniscus tear. Life has just slapped me around a bit. But I won't let it get me down.... I'm looking forward to being my old self again!! <BR> I'll get upper body workouts in until surgery and am doing PT for the knee...... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:02:09 EST Saying Good Bye to my sweet kittie Sira http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3122333 Sira adopted me ~10 years ago and has given me loads of love! Just found out last week that she has kidney cancer and she's going downhill pretty fast. <BR> So today I'll be saying good bye to her and I'll miss her tremendously. <BR> She's all balled up next to me right now purring and comfortable. If I never had to move off of this couch all would be good in this world..I would just let her cuddle forever. <BR> She's provided me with such great times and is the sweetest cat I've ever known.... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:35:47 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3110365 Well I've had some challenges in losing weight. I've yet to conquer the weight loss. <BR> Just have to keep trying. Sometimes things happen in life that add reminders of how precious life is. <BR> This weekend was sailing in Charleston and on windward leg of second race on Saturday we lost our mast. This could have seriously injured or killed someone. It didn't. Thank God. I've sailed for 30 years and never experienced a de-masting. The safety boat crew came immediately upon our call and stoo... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:50:51 EST March 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2972313 Yeh..it's March !....must mean warm weather will soon arrive....!!! I'm ready for warm weather. <BR> <BR> I'm home with a fever and cough/cold/sorethroat today...first time sick in 4 years. I think it only confirms stress and it's contribution to our health. It was a stressful week. A dear friend of mine died last Sat...53 yrs old. He had a heart attack...he was a fine Naval Officer and family man...he had a wife and 2 young children...it's so sad. He was the first man I really loved. I stil... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 09:38:53 EST Vacation of a lifetime!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2903416 I am back from my vacation of a lifetime. A friend of mine is flying on the STS130 shuttle mission and she invited my Mom and I to watch and participate in the festivities at Kennedy Space Center. It was a night launch which was the most beautiful site. Hard to even puit it into words. The sky lit up as if it was daytime, the ground rumbled and everyone's emotions were raw as we watched them soar. I've been glued to NASA TV on the internet since I can't access it by television here. They hav... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 20:44:59 EST New Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2832979 February will be a great month! Exciting for me. Bucket List....check mark. <BR> I'm off to Florida to witness STS 130 shuttle launch. They are delivering Tranquility and the Cupola to the Space Station. It's due to launch at 0439 Sunday AM 7 FEB. So my Mom and I are leaving on Thursday AM for the trek. <BR> I'm so excited! <BR> I will log on if there's wireless around somewhere. I know my SP buddies will be there. <BR> My goal is to lose weight even though on vacation. I'll miss my trainer..... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 21:55:11 EST January fading out of site... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2805940 How can January be fading away already.! What a reminder to enjoy every day to it's fullest. <BR> You blink and it disappears. <BR> <BR> I am right on track to lose 2 pounds this month. That might not seem like much to some people but I'm ecstatic. If I can continue to lose .5/week I'll be in heaven. I feel leaner already. <BR> <BR> Asking for good thoughts and prayers for my neighbor as she has just been diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer. I think all will be okay and prayers always help. <... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 19:30:14 EST Happy 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2711660 It's a new year! Yeh...I know it will be a good one. <BR> <BR> 2009 was great... <BR> a full year of training with Surf <BR> weight lifting, an outdoor bootcamp, cardio, cardio, cardio <BR> I lost 8 pounds...gone...so excited about that. <BR> many many inches gone <BR> tears shed in frustration...then renewed spirit with help of friends <BR> Love all my SP friends and teams.....have been with Eastern Carolina since I started and found new teams along the way..... <BR> love the Quickfire dail... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 20:30:05 EST Change in course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2288130 Well I'm changing course ~~/) ~~~/) <BR> <BR> I've measured, calculated and tracked for years......I MEAN YEARS....points, ounces, servings, weight watchers, zone, low carbs, low fat, etc etc etc.....and you know what.... it hasn't and isn't working. <BR> My body just adapts and stays the same weight. I've weighed in and weighed in and weighed in...to no avail. Mt thyroid is on the fritz...so I've been changed from Amour thyroid to Synthroid. <BR> I've spent entirely too much time in front o... Tue, 4 Aug 2009 21:34:35 EST July 4th weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2200517 How nice to have a 3 day weekend..YEH! I went to the gym for an early session with trainer. Really wish I could work 4 10 hour days so I could do this every week! How wonderful that would be....now back to reality <BR> <BR> Had a fab workout ...burned 931 cals with weight lifting, stairmaster and stationary bike. I feel as though I'm back in the game now that my foot has healed! <BR> <BR> June wasn't a great progress month for me weight wise... didn't lose anything...but my foot is now feel... Fri, 3 Jul 2009 13:34:01 EST Martine's rambling...Sunday house chores...if I must ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2168747 Well I just don't like cleaning. I don't like spending my only days off 'working'....but I MUST so I have been having a very productive Sunday. <BR> <BR> I wore one of the new dresses I bought yesterday to church this morning...I was self conscious, a bit, because I wore something that wasn't my norm...it'll look better when I've lost a few more pounds but I lstill ike it and I looked good :-) <BR> <BR> Just got in from bleaching my outdoor backyard fence and the front of the house. My nei... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 13:29:49 EST Slowly but surely.... I am the turtle... I wish I was the hare... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2147360 Hi everyone! I'm the turtle. <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying aweekend at home to clean, relax, rest my weary feet :-) <BR> Loved sailing last weekend, was one of the most fun weekends I've had since moving to NC. Just wish I could retire and sail everyday and not have any worries.... wouldn't that be nice. <BR> <BR> This is just a newsy blog for me cuz I feel like writing. Ignore my rambling :-) <BR> <BR> I've been frustrated with my body this week. I just have very little weight loss progress....b... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 10:43:16 EST Progress as summer approaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2130849 I lost only 1.2 pounds in MAY. I am disappointed but I know it's not only the poundage that matters. <BR> <BR> Set back with a stress fractured right foot....can you say overuse injury <BR> <em>46</em> I know better but pushed it anyway with running. Now I have to choose rest so it will heal. Will find out more tomorrow from Doc. <BR> ENUFF negative stuff... <BR> <BR> <BR> End o' May- 211.6 <BR> <BR> OK....endocrinology office measured me at 5' 7 1/2 " so I guess I really have shrun... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 15:57:23 EST Magnolia Blossum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2057050 I went home for Mother's Day this past weekend to spend it with Mum. In front of our home there is an old magnificent magnolia tree. My Mom decorates with the blossums every year. When I drove up the driveway I noticed the ONE big bloom! In the past Dad would always cut the blooms and bring them into Mum. <BR> <BR> Well today would have been my parents 53rd anniversary. <BR> <BR> Interesting to note that there are no other magnolia blossums even ready to bloom on that tree........Happy A... Tue, 12 May 2009 21:11:40 EST PROGRESS REPORT APRIL 09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2032532 I lost 3.4 pounds in APRIL which was slightly disappointing since my goal was 6. But I'm still reaching!! I'm happy that I lost what I gained in March with my travels. <BR> I've made my goal for May- 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> For MAY09 <BR> <BR> 5/1- 212.8 <BR> <BR> I'm still 5'8" tall. :-) <BR> Measurements compared to start. <BR> <BR> Upper arm - 14 (same) <BR> Chest- 41 (down from 42.5) <BR> Waist- 33.5 (down from 35) <BR> Belly Button 42.5 (down from 44.5) <BR> Hips/Bum- 47.5 (down f... Mon, 4 May 2009 16:02:31 EST Mini Vacation !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2011886 Had a wonderful mini-vacation driving to Pennsylvania last Thursday. Watched my friend's children play lacrosse all weekend and became the designated photographer for the tournament. What fun! Had some great workouts with my dear friend and shared some great times. Drove back today through Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and finally arrived back in North Carolina. My favorite part of the drive was the Chesapeake bridge and tunnel...while a tanker was steaming over us....amazing! ... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 21:40:08 EST Positive Mental Attitude Team Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1974774 "For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:22:53 EST Pictures finally posted :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1962184 Ok the pics are posted....I finally remembered to take the camera to my training session :-). <BR> <BR> I feel like I look good until I see a picture and then I feel deflated and a bit depressed :-( <BR> It's definitely an incentive to keep working hard knowing that change will occur slowly and that eventually I will actually like pictures of myself. <BR> <BR> My trainer Surf is going to send me the pictures she took a year ago.. 29 APR 08. So I hope there has been a change... my clothes ... Fri, 10 Apr 2009 21:38:43 EST How dare work interfere... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1956547 I'm sure you've been there....work interfering with Spark life... how dare it do that! <BR> I am just now catching up with SP because it was a zoo all day long at work. I brought work home with me but to be honest I haven't even done it yet and now it is late. I guess I'll be up working early in the morning to prepare for a 1000 meeting. If I was a toddler I'd be stamping my feet and whining NO I don't want to work, I want to play with Spark people! <BR> <BR> I did make it through the day a... Wed, 8 Apr 2009 22:34:26 EST Note to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1937344 From the Motivation article I read today on SP <BR> <BR> "weight loss is not a goal, but the result of healthy habits like a better diet and regular exercise. When you do step on the scale and don't see the reading you had hoped for, ask yourself these questions: <BR> <BR> Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing? <BR> Am I making healthy food choices most of the time? <BR> Am I exercising consistently? <BR> <BR> If you are, then trust that your body is making positive changes, and th... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 15:39:27 EST PROGRESS Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1934015 I gained weight in March with my trip. I added 3 pounds that I’ve tried for 2 weeks to lose and it’s sticking like glue even though I’ve upped the ante on exercise !! Isn’t it amazing how you can gain weight so easily and it sticks and doesn’t want to let go. <BR> <BR> Starting weight 11 APRIL 2008: 221.6 <BR> <BR> 4/1- 216.2 <BR> <BR> I'm 5'8" tall. <BR> Measurements compared to start in 2008 <BR> Upper arm - 14 (same) <BR> Chest- 41 (down from 42.5) <BR> Waist- 34 (down from 35) <BR... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:02:22 EST Back from Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1885623 Back from vacation...a great one I must add. A week in Houston visiting friends and family. Retirement from a 29 yr Navy Reserve career...a great ending. <BR> Now for my New Chapter... <BR> I am excited to be back on SP since I got a little behind with my spark points....working double time to catch up. I got walking points while away but didn't get my usual weight training in. I did rather well on my food while away...but eating out makes it a bit tougher than cooking at home. <BR> I gained ... Mon, 16 Mar 2009 20:50:26 EST Progress !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1837788 I am so excited to see progress. I'm weighing with my trainer every Friday and after 10 months my metabolism has kicked into gear with weight training. I would recommend it for everyone. I have always been the cardio queen... now I'm the lifting queen :-) Weight lifting always intimidated before, now it doesn't.... although I wouldn't enjoy it as much doing it alone :-) I love having my trainer 'Surf' ! I bumped up from 2 to 3 days a week in January and that has helped. <BR> <BR> Recently I... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 16:09:08 EST Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1780217 Cultivating what gives you joy <BR> <BR> The easiest way to identify what our heart wants is to examine the feelings that surface when we relate to that subject. Do you find solace when picking up your journal to write a daily reflection? Does time spent with your family thrill you to tears? What feelings arise when you chase down the things that make your heart flutter? True happiness comes when we routinely engage in positive activities that we love. Take a look at your life as a whole. Pu... Sun, 8 Feb 2009 11:01:08 EST Frustration but I refuse to give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1776642 Weighed in with my trainer since I weigh now on Fridays with her.... <BR> <BR> 0 pounds lost....nada....nilch..... <BR> <BR> Earlier in my blog this week I said I was striving to not let the scale define me so maybe that is the lesson with this struggle I'm having. <BR> <BR> I worked out even harder today and was spent after session...my trainer is awesome and so supportive. She doesn't understand either but perhaps next week a miracle will happen and I'll lose 1-2 pounds. <BR> <BR> It's ... Fri, 6 Feb 2009 19:56:38 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1764157 Since my mantra is: <BR> "A dream is just a dream but a goal is a dream with a plan" Harvey McKay <BR> <BR> I am planning my weight loss goals for year.... <BR> <BR> I plan....and plan....tee hee...it's who I am <BR> but I am also very flexible because I know I'm not in 'charge'. I'll leave that to God and have faith.... <BR> <BR> I lost 2.8 pounds in JAN. YEH!!! That is the most weight loss success I've had in quite sometime. So today I decided that would be my monthly goal...2.8 pounds p... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 21:00:44 EST FEBRUARY is here.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1760164 A new month is here already. How does the time pass by so fast??? I took a very long walk on the beach today. I live so close and don't get over there near enough. It was beautiful and I love it when it is cool. I shared it with the seagulls today. <BR> I definitely enjoyed the 'reflection' time. <BR> <BR> One of my goals for February is to get more sleepy time in... I've never slept alot but know that will be crucial to my weight loss. I hope to get 7 hours of sleep a night... It'll be toug... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:25:11 EST Reflection for the day.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1732945 "No matter how hard you try, no matter how many hours you spend pondering and planning, and regardless of how hard you try, you absolutely cannot please everyone. It is impossible." <BR> <BR> The middle child syndrome of trying to keep the peace.... <BR> <BR> One of my goals is to say something positive about myself daily. <BR> It's hard for me to do unless I'm defending myself and then I feel like it is bragging or tooting my horn. <BR> <BR> I am a good person who cares about others and m... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 21:30:11 EST Quote a Day from SP site http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1723146 An idea that I have...to spur myself and reward myself and keep myself in the right frame of mind! <BR> I'm going to take a quote from the site everyday. Something that struck my chord while reading blogs, posts, articles..... <BR> Today..... <BR> <BR> "I don’t care about the number. It is, after all, only a number--it does not determine my self worth or define who I am. I will no longer allow a thing to determine my happiness or success. My happiness and success comes from me embracing me t... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 07:48:21 EST