MELODYTARYN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MELODYTARYN MELODYTARYN'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/ BLC24 is done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669656 This Biggest Loser Challenge my goal was to lose 12 lbs which is 5% of my body weight. <BR> <BR> This was a rough round. Winter weather has really got me down this year and snow days just brought out my inner brat. I ended up skipping workouts and eating whatever I felt like. One day here and there would not matter in the long run but we had a LOT of snow days this year. <BR> <BR> The Effort - I did go to the gym a lot which was my saving grace as I know I would have gained if it was... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:52:15 EST Week 12 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663820 Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 2492 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 223 <BR> Differential: +59 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 2320 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 112 <BR> Differential: -2 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 1786 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 284 <BR> Differential: -708 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 2824 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: 614 <BR> <BR> Sunday : <... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 21:23:09 EST April's New Years Resolution Check In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661947 March flew by. Time to check in with my New Year’s Resolutions. March was just a horrible month. I did not totally lose track of everything I’ve been doing but I really was at a standstill and was setback both financially and fitness-wise because of all the storm days. April I really need to refocus and get back to it. I really have got to get my taxes done as well. <BR> <BR> Regularly – I’ve got this <BR> Starting a habit or habit recovering from break – On my Way <BR> No regularity ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:24:10 EST I think I have the winter blues. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659623 You heard me, I said winter and not spring. I am really sick of looking out the window and seeing 6 foot snowbanks. I want to put my winter jacket away and get out my spring one but I just don’t see that happening anytime soon. Last week we had quite the storm. I missed 2 days of work and Lavinia had three snow days. The internet, phone, and power was out. I did have time to exercise but instead read and played cards. This week we have more snow in the forecast as well. My problem is j... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 22:18:01 EST Week 11 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657630 Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 2619 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: +419 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: NOT TRACKED <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: <BR> Differential: <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: NOT TRACKED <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: <BR> Differential: <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 2089 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 362 <BR> Differential: -473 <BR> <BR> Sunday :... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:47:00 EST Week 10 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654151 Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 1272 <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 1833 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -357 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 1574 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise:81 <BR> Differential: -697 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 1628 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise: 460 <BR> Differential: -1022 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 1784 <BR> BMR: 2190 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -406 <BR> <BR> Sunday : <BR> Ca... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:41:54 EST Week 9 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649343 Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 799 <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 2485 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 454 <BR> Differential: -169 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 972 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -1228 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 1990 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -210 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 1759 <BR> BMR: 2200 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differential: -441 <BR> <BR> Sunday... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:12:14 EST What is this holding me back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639953 I am currently struggling with setting 240 free. I was around 235 when I meet Danny after losing about 30 lbs. That was as low as I got because I laid aside my goal of losing weight in the relationship. I have been down to 240 before while going to school, only to gain it back during stressful practicums. My challenge now is to push past 240 and get to 230. As hard as I try, I still seem to find 240 back on the scale – even if it is not weigh in day. Is there an emotional element pullin... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 23:08:37 EST March New Year's Resolution Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638047 February flew by. Time to check in with my New Year’s Resolutions and see what my focus will be for March. <BR> <BR> Regularly – I’ve got this <BR> Starting a habit or habit recovering from break – On my Way <BR> No regularity or attention whatsoever – Needs work <BR> <BR> Improve my Heath <BR> 1. Exercise regularly – I’ve got this <BR> 2. Drink more water – On my Way <BR> 3. Plan meals and snacks for the week – I’ve got this <BR> 4. Track Calories in/calories out - I’ve got this <... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 21:28:55 EST Week of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634822 Differential goal for week: -6000 Calories to burn for week: 586 ***CLOSE ENOUGH*** <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 1770 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 467 <BR> Differential: -877 <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> Calories In: 1924 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 450 <BR> Differential: -706 <BR> <BR> Friday : <BR> Calories In: 2492 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 435 <BR> Differential: -123 <BR> <BR> Saturday : <BR> Calories In: 1761 <BR> BMR: 2180 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:53:58 EST Reviewing Smart Goal for BLC 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632950 Original Goal : I really loved BLC 23 but did not do as well as I intended because of unexpected work demands. This time around I plan to lose 12lbs which is 5% of my weight. I would love to lose 24 which would be 10%. I am going to tier my reward so in order to encourage me to push for the 24lbs. <BR> My goals for this round are to: <BR> Drink 6 oz water every day <BR> Participate in all challenges <BR> Have an average -500 cal differential <BR> Exercise 5 times a week <BR> Have fun ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:18:08 EST Week 6 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632906 This week was one heck of a week. I completely crashed and burned. I am still getting used to working days and recovering from working evenings. Let's just say shift work sucks and leave it at that. I did not exercise and just fizzled out. It is time to turn things around with my LCW tomorrow. I was afraid the damage is done and the least I could do was lessen the damage. Then I checked my CICO and found I was not as bad as I thought. This is totally doable. <BR> <BR> Differential goa... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:35:52 EST Reaching Week 5 goals and Book club dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627096 Today is the last day of Week 5 of the BLC. I am pretty excited about my WI tomorrow. I did really well on my goals this week and worked very hard through the challenges. I only have 1 glass of water to drink today so that of course will happen and I will drink at least 6. I also have a caloric deficit of a little over -400 for today which I will do. The only thing I need to work on is being within target with my sodium today and I will have made all my goals. <BR> <BR> This morning o... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 07:44:34 EST Love letter to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625342 There you are you strong, intelligent, caring, hardworking, resourceful woman. My love for had definitely grown over the years. There have been times in the past when I really didn’t like you at all and wished you were prettier, smarter, cooler, and more talented. As the years went on, I started to get a clearer picture of who you are and we sure had fun together. We were adventure seekers, travelling all over the US, looking for new things to do, people to meet, ways we can help those ar... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 08:39:04 EST Week 5 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622259 Differential goal for week: -6000 Calories to burn for week: ***DONE*** <BR> (Shooting for -7000 to "catch up" 2 lbs gone would be nice but I consider -6000 a success. <BR> I worked SO HARD for this and realized that at this point -7000 is not achievable. Not while I am working full time at least. I will prob alternate between -3500 and -6000 for my CICO goals for the next while. <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> Calories In: 1508 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 168 <BR> Differential: -870 <BR>... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:31:18 EST Resolved to stick it to my scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622128 I am not too thrilled with my weigh in this morning. I did lose but only to recover what I gained last week. I am now exactly the same weight as I was two weeks ago. I did really well with my CICO until last night. I had an earlier morning than usual and did not do a workout. When I came home, there was lots of food laid out for me and I ate. I had planned 350-600 cals for dinner and ate over 1000. I’m sure that did not help. I was feeling discouraged this morning and quite upset with... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:13:44 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618148 I am feeling good and back on track. Today I had to go to town to weigh in at work for our Biggest Loser Challenge there. Since I had to go in, I went to the gym. I just took it easy on the treadmill and kept my pace consistant but still broke a sweat. I then did some stretching, went on the stationary bike and then stretched some more. Since I wasn’t in a rush to get to work as usual, I was able to spend a lot of time in the sauna. What a difference. It was a really good time today. ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:33:49 EST Week 4 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617348 Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: -1205 <BR> <BR> Wednesday February 5: <BR> Calories In: 1862 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 683 <BR> Differential:-1031 <BR> <BR> Thursday February 6: <BR> Calories In: 1686 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 551 <BR> Differential: -1075 <BR> <BR> Friday February 7: <BR> Calories In: 1496 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 483 <BR> Differential: -1197 <BR> <BR> Saturday February 8: <BR> Calories In: 1576 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exe... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:29:00 EST Hamster on a wheel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615375 I am starting to feel like all I do is work out, work, and drive Lavinia around. I am starting to wonder how normal people live their lives. There has to be something more. For many years I lived by the motto, work hard, play hard, in which I earned all of my pounds since most of my work was sitting down in an office and I worked a LOT of hours. When I had time off, I did a lot of fun things, enjoyed myself, ate lots, drank lots, but did not exercise lots. I know trying to reverse this w... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:16:36 EST Week 3 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612412 Three blogs in one day. A rare occasion due to the fact I am catching up from a busy week. Lavinia did her 4-H demonstration showing how to make an origami basket. It was her first public speaking event. She did a great job and had a lot of fun. My work was jumbled all around skipping from nights to days but now should be smooth sailing for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 2624 <BR> <BR> Wednesday January 29: <BR> Calories In: 2298 ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:54:21 EST IVORY FALCON FIVE MINUTE FITNESS TEST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612403 FIVE MINUTE FITNESS TEST <BR> <BR> <BR> For one minute, do as many push-ups as you can and post the total number you got in. Make note if they were Modified, standard, Wall pushups. It doesn't matter what kind, just post in your blog how many you did in one minute. <BR> <BR> 21 modified push ups <BR> <BR> <BR> For one minute, do as many crunches as you can and post the total number. Doesn't matter what kind. Just post the number in your blog. <BR> <BR> 44 crunches <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:40:44 EST February New Year's Resolution Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612258 It is so hard to believe that January is done and over with. Time to check in with my New Year’s Resolutions and see what my focus will be for February. <BR> <BR> Regularly – I’ve got this <BR> Starting a habit or habit recovering from break – On my Way <BR> No regularity or attention whatsoever – Needs work <BR> <BR> Improve my Heath <BR> 1. Exercise regularly – I’ve got this <BR> 2. Drink more water – On my Way <BR> 3. Plan meals and snacks for the week – I’ve got this <BR> 4. Track ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:03:31 EST Week 2 of the BLC CICO and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604870 I think my last BLC week 2 was super hard for me too. Good news is that I got over it. Now in an effort to turn things around (and as part of the new element to our weekend challenge) I will blog my CICO. Since I am a numbers girl, perhaps seeing it this way will give me an extra boost. <BR> <BR> Differential goal for week: -3500 Calories to burn for week: 1575 <BR> <BR> Wednesday 22 January: <BR> Calories In: 2238 <BR> BMR: 2210 <BR> Exercise: 0 <BR> Differentia... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:55:39 EST First WEC of BLC 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598142 Note: I will update this blog as the weekend passes. <BR> <BR> 2 – 2 be my best in 2014 - I already did this in my New Year’s Resolutions, but for the BLC24 challenge I will concentrate on losing 12lbs. <BR> I will lose 12lbs in 12 weeks by drinking water, exercising 5 times per week, eating within range, and getting a good night’s sleep. <BR> <BR> 0 – Organise 14 mins a night Friday – packed gym bag, <BR> Saturday – cleaned out kitchen and got grocery list ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:33:53 EST Goals and Rewards for BLC24 Go Ivory Falcons. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590623 BLC24 Goals and Reward <BR> I really loved BLC 23 but did not do as well as I intended because of unexpected work demands. This time around I plan to lose 12lbs which is 5% of my weight. I would love to lose 24 which would be 10%. I am going to tier my reward so in order to encourage me to push for the 24lbs. <BR> My goals for this round are to: <BR> Drink 6 oz water every day <BR> Participate in all challenges <BR> Have an average -500 cal differential <BR> Exercise 5 times a week <BR>... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 20:40:25 EST Slow starting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584091 I have started tracking again and it is not pretty. I also did my monthly budget and that was also not so pretty. I guess I must start somewhere. Today I am doing two green smoothies and a meal. I know it is only one day but it should get me back into the swing of things. <BR> We left the tree up so that Lavinia could see it a bit. Today is the day to take it down and get everything away. <BR> It’s time to get organized and get ready for the regular routine again. Tonight I have to ... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:54:24 EST New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577208 Here are my New Year’s Resolutions. Although I thought 2013 was a great year, I am still working on improving my health and financial situation. I am also trying to start a new career and be open to new opportunities that come my way. Change is sometimes scary and I am too old to be missing any opportunities because I am scared, stuck in a rut, or just plain not ready. <BR> Here are my revamped for 2014 New Year’s Resolutions: <BR> Improve my Heath <BR> 1. Exercise regularly <BR> 2. Drin... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:34:05 EST How to make New Year’s Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576780 I have been hearing a lot of talk against New Year’s Resolutions. Even on the radio I hear people saying they were not doing New Year’s Resolutions because they end up breaking them by the end of January and that is it. I LOVE the New Year and making resolutions is like a new beginning. For the last five years I had a tradition of sitting in front of the tree with a glass of wine, reflecting on the year and making New Year’s Resolutions. <BR> This past year I graduated with my BEd and re... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:14:42 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571220 Today is Christmas Eve and I am looking forward to getting together with family and friends. I already enjoyed some good company and food. This year Lavinia is celebrating the holidays in Nova Scotia with her Dad and his family. I do miss her and Christmas is not the same without her, but I am still thankful that I am here on PEI and surrounded by family and friends. <BR> My wish for this Christmas and the next year is for me to have courage to do what it takes to pursue a teaching posit... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 16:40:12 EST BLC 23 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567499 MY GOAL: My goal is to lose 13 lbs which is 5% weight loss by the end of the challenge. <BR> Start 250 Goal 237 Final WI = 244 - 6 lbs <BR> <BR> This final weigh in was not what I'd hoped for but progress is progress. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> INITIAL MEASUREMENTS <BR> Chest: 45.5 (with my sports bras) <BR> Bicep: 17 <BR> Waist: 42.5 <BR> Hips: 53 <BR> Thigh: 31.5 <BR> <BR> FINAL MEASUREMENTS <BR> Chest: 44 <BR> Bicep: 16.5 <BR> Waist: 39.5 <BR> Hips: 51 <BR> Thigh: 32.5 <BR> <BR> I wa... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:24:51 EST I went AWOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565551 I regained 2 lbs last week but worst of all I went AWOL. Usually I do not respond this way with a gain. There were a few things that set me off-track. The first was 9 1/2 hour workdays, another was not feeling well, another was snowdays, and all this with Lavinia leaving to go to her father’s for the holidays on Thursday, just threw me off. <BR> With snowstorms, comes snow days (pancakes for breakfast and sweets throughout the day, alcohol perhaps – basically we had a tradition of indulg... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:30:03 EST Looking ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559385 Today we went to get our Christmas tree. Then Lavinia and I headed to town for her Christmas present – getting her ears pierced. I decided to do it early since she is spending Christmas with her father so she won’t be here to unwrap presents. <BR> <BR> Today my eating was pretty typical of a Saturday which often means empty calories. We had pancakes for breakfast, sushi for lunch and fried clams for supper. I even had coffee with double sugar and cream and a glass of wine. I still was... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:57:29 EST Checking on 2013 new year's resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554621 Improve Health <BR> exercise - I've got this <BR> water - on my way <BR> plan meals and snacks - I've got this. <BR> track calories - I've got this <BR> track weight and measurements - I've got this <BR> journal - I've got this <BR> <BR> Improve Finances <BR> track spending - I've got this <BR> pick up extra shifts - needs improvement, but took promotion <BR> avoid late fees - needs improvement <BR> update health card - Done <BR> get glasses, teeth done - Done <BR> <BR> Organize... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:36:56 EST Seated row and the uniboob http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550999 Some of you may already know my complaints about finding a good sports bra that is affordable, especially when you are losing weight and do not plan on wearing it long. I have found a wonderful solution for my cardio workouts. I get the 3 for 10 pack of bras two sizes too small to keep them pressed in firm, and a regular size on top to contain the spillage. As I lose weight my smaller size becomes the larger size and I get 3 for $10 every month or two. This works well for me as I am count... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:32:50 EST Epiphany at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545937 A few days ago getting the run down on the equipment for strength training from fitness trainer Zane. It was great. He could tell I was a little uncomfortable checking my form in the mirror and he told me that it is common for some people to feel like they are being conceited checking themselves out but it is not that at all. It is just a practical way to make sure you are doing it properly to avoid injury. That I could completely get on board. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> After that stewed... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:01:43 EST Hallowe'en Aftermath. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532645 I really am not sure what came over me this year. Usually I don't have much of a problem on Hallowe'en. I ended up eating way too many mini bars and chips. <BR> <BR> I love the mini doritoes and cheesies and usually get a box of each for myself to add to lunches and they last a while. Usually I keep them in the car. This year they are not in the car but inside and much too easy to access. By storing them in my car, I never want to go out in the cold to get them when the munchies hit, ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 07:44:03 EST goals for this week BLC 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527210 Yesterday was my last weigh in for the BLC at work. I lost 6 lbs in the 10 weeks. It was half the amount I wanted to lose but I will take it. I am half way through the BLC 23 through Spark. This last week was a bit of a disaster. My diet never deals well with change and stress. In the last while I have taken on a new job at work with much more responsibility. My breaks and lunches are no longer regular and now I start working through them. When I get home between 10-11pm, I am starvin... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:54:01 EST No weight lost this week, but an NSV. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515032 After a frantic week of work, Lavinia’s extra-cirricular stuff, and being sick, I lost no weight. Upside of that is that I also did not gain during my Thanksgiving weekend when I did no exercise all week. I knew I was coming down with something and tried to fend it off as long as I could until the holiday. <BR> <BR> This last weekend challenge with the BLC23 was a bingo where you could try to get as many squares, rows, and blackout cards as possible. Some were quite routine for me like ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:04:55 EST Checking status on my New Years Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511681 Improve Health <BR> exercise - I've got this <BR> water - needs improvement <BR> plan meals and snacks - I've got this. <BR> track calories - I've got this <BR> track weight and measurements - I've got this <BR> journal - I've got this <BR> <BR> Improve Finances <BR> track spending - I've got this <BR> pick up extra shifts - needs improvement <BR> avoid late fees - needs improvement <BR> update health card - Done <BR> get hose, glasses, teeth done - Done <BR> <BR> Organize my Life ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 16:53:51 EST BLC23 Week 2 reflection and goals for week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510238 Week 2 Goals <BR> 1. Post or blog once a day – 100% <BR> 2. Do GOYB/GOYBAD every day – Did all days except for today <BR> 3. Complete my running workouts and go to Zumba – not great on this one, went to Zumba, but had only one running workout. <BR> 4. Maintain an average of -500 calorie deficit – 100% + I did this and more. <BR> 5. Drink 4 glasses of water a day – 50%. I maintained an average because some days were really great and others not so much. <BR> 6. Have a green smoothie every day... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:57:21 EST Victory on the Scale, Thanksgiving plan of attack, and other activities. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508665 Today I finally took up residency in 240ville. I’ve been shopping around for a while but just couldn’t move out of 250ville. I am pretty happy about that. Now I am a little worried about next weekend which is Thanksgiving here in Canada. I don’t have any “off limit” food. So far the only thing I have given up was Tim Horton’s double doubles because it was a daily habit and I had to reduce my calories by 200 and it was just the most logical choice. Last weekend I made pumpkin cheesecake ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 07:46:50 EST BLC 23 Week 1 reflection and Week 2 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503880 So the first week of BLC 23 was a total fail for me. I gained two pounds, went out of calorie range, did not do my running program, ate fast food, drank double doubles, and did not get enough sleep. <BR> On the other hand, this past week was a complete success in that I sold my house, ended my days as a landlord, and (although not completely out of the woods yet) avoided bankruptcy. Lavinia and I are going to celebrate by going on a shopping spree. Ha ha. Fooled you. Actually we are ge... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:53:12 EST BLC 23 Week 1 reflection and Week 2 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503879 So the first week of BLC 23 was a total fail for me. I gained two pounds, went out of calorie range, did not do my running program, ate fast food, drank double doubles, and did not get enough sleep. <BR> On the other hand, this past week was a complete success in that I sold my house, ended my days as a landlord, and (although not completely out of the woods yet) avoided bankruptcy. Lavinia and I are going to celebrate by going on a shopping spree. Ha ha. Fooled you. Actually we are ge... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:53:11 EST stressful weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499448 I am feeling better and my house is all ready for the pre-closing show. I just can't wait until tomorrow and I find that everything is wonderful and that period of my life is behind me now. My eating has been horendous but I have not been eating much (thank goodness) because I have been busy hauling and lugging and cleaning. I'm not even sure how to put it in the tracker since I normally don't include cleaning. But hey, I don't EVER clean like this. Last night was about 4-5 hours of goin... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:38:25 EST BLC 23 Week 1 Focus and Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494227 ** Go Ivory Falcons Go** That is my team for the BLC 23. <BR> <BR> This week my focus will be all about getting enough sleep. I am coming off night shift and want to make sure I get enough sleep so that my hormones are working with me to get rid of this fat. I know I only slept 4-5 hours at a time last week and that is not long enough. For this week when meeting 8 hours of sleep every night, I will treat myself to a movie night. Yay! <BR> Also I finally figured out what my reward for a... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:56:21 EST Stupid happens when I am overtired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493130 ****This was actually yesterday's post and I was just too tired to post **** <BR> <BR> Today I woke up at 8:30 so that I could go to my GO PEI learn to run group. It is a 10 week program ending with a 5K. I think that will be marvellous. We had a wonderful walk on the boardwalk of North Rustico. I thought I took more pics. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427796560.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l346280788.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After we ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:25:35 EST BLC 23 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490886 Sept 20th <BR> MY GOALS: My goal is to lose 13 lbs which is 5% weight loss by the end of the challenge. <BR> Start 255 <BR> Goal 242 <BR> <BR> I will do this my tracking, tracking and more tracking, I will track my food, and fitness and calorie differential and aim for an average of -500 per day. I aim for at least 3 workouts a week and a green smoothie everyday and stay away from Tim Horton's for the remainder of the challenge. I will not aim for perfection on a day to day because I recogni... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 08:04:31 EST A little ramble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488150 I guess I am getting into the swing of things. I am establishing a routine. I don’t like that I am working nights 2 weeks for one day shift and not able to see my daughter but I do have a lot of weekends off. Cutting back my hours at this time is not an option. I do not have as many opportunities for fitness while working days but I try to incorporate things we can do together like Zumba class on Tuesdays when I work days and going for walk/jogs on the trail. She is thinking of joining t... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:56:52 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486607 I have been a little more than cranky lately because of lack of sleep. There never seems to be enough hours in the day. Last night, what I thought was a problem turned into a nightmare. There is a cricket somewhere in my bedroom between the cracks in the walls and I can not locate it. It chirps all night and it is like having an alarm going off in my room that I just can’t shut off. In a way, I think I am going insane. I was up at 5 am this morning after watching Big Brother Canada reru... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 21:21:21 EST 40 before 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484048 Inspired by Goaloflosing’s 25 before 25 challenge, I was trying to come up with a list of 40 before 40. I have slightly less than two years to do them and want them to be attainable. I have no way of knowing what my situation is from now until then, I wanted to remain somewhat flexible in my list and also have my list challenge me to stretch myself as well. <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> <BR> 40 before 40 challenge: <BR> 1. 40 new experiences <BR> 2. 40 new recipes <BR> 3. Run 40 miles <BR>... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:44:27 EST