MIMMICA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMMICA MIMMICA'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/ Feeling the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899577 Isn’t it a funny thing – you can strive for days, weeks, months, even years to find inspiration and motivation, and suddenly, out of nowhere, you find the spark that you need to get you going. <BR> <BR> Here are a few things that have happened recently that have helped to keep me motivated and inspired. <BR> <BR> My buddy: <BR> <BR> • A few weeks ago, I asked a colleague to be my ‘buddy’ and explained to her (Christine) that I was tired of doing this up and down thing with m... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:07:02 EST Let the Spark Activities begin..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898923 I arrived home yesterday and was delighted to find my new Spark Activity Tracker in my mailbox. YAY! I just couldn’t wait to open it up. I had a quick look at it before I got dinner started. <BR> <BR> After we ate, I read the instructions, set it up, and we were ready to head out for a walk with the dog. <BR> <BR> We walked for 20 minutes. When we got home, I did a sync and was a little disappointed that it only showed that I did 11 minutes of continuous exercise. WHAT? It also indi... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:02:46 EST Bits and pieces of the last week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898275 Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since last Monday. I did manage to post to various teams, but never got around to blogging. <BR> <BR> It was a busy week at the office. <BR> <BR> In terms of my progress, I did manage to get in a lot of walking all week. I also tracked all my food (except for Friday night). I also managed to drink water, although not all 8 cups every day. All this amounted to a 4 lb drop when I weighed in this morning. YAY! <BR> <BR> I spent the weekend mak... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:03:25 EST Weekend cleaning.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894050 I guess I managed to focus this weekend! <BR> <BR> I spent the weekend cleaning my house. <BR> <BR> I moved into the place in September. Since then, it’s been one thing after another, so the place has never really looked finished, or tidy. There has always been something piled somewhere in each room on the main floor – the hallway and foyer included. Mostly ‘stuff’ that I just didn’t get around to finding a place for, or building materials, or tools that I needed to finish working on thi... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:19:43 EST Healthy Habits - Commitments..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892254 Didn’t blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> Didn’t feel like doing much yesterday – I almost skipped sparking yesterday too. I resisted the urge to bail out on myself. I had to remind myself a few times before I actually did it. <BR> <BR> I got around to getting batteries for my scale. Yesterday morning, I weighed myself, immediately changed the batteries on the scale, and then immediately weighed myself again. It looks like I gained 8 lbs in the time it took to change the batteries. UGH. This ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:52:09 EST Time to Set Some New Challenges.... here we go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890898 It's time to try something different to see if I can get myself going, and to stick to my goals. <BR> <BR> I've decided to try Spark's Healthy Habits 30 Day Challenge. Today is day one. I am to write what my goals are -- so here they are: <BR> <BR> - Stay on track with the challenge. <BR> - Drop 10 lbs ... and KEEP them off... in 30 days- <BR> <BR> That's it for now. I will add as I go along. <BR> <BR> I've started a few of these types of challenges on here before, and I have never ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:25:12 EST What is it about weekends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889978 ... I can’t seem to stay on track. <BR> <BR> It could be that I just don’t spend a lot of time online on the weekends, so I don’t track – and I know that when I track my food, I am more conscious about what I eat. <BR> <BR> I was off work on Thursday and Friday – sick. By late Friday evening I was feeling ok, and then by Saturday I was much better. <BR> <BR> Had a good day on Saturday – went with a friend and with the dog to the Rideau Canal and watched the skaters. It was a nice d... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:05:18 EST Working it out... on Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887041 It’s the middle of the week. Yay. <BR> <BR> I woke up early, this morning, but fell asleep again, and didn’t end up getting out of bed until 8:30. Too late to bring the dog for a walk, so we missed that this morning. I did, however, walk to work. <BR> <BR> I’m not sure what’s going on with me. I feel tired all the time. This is something that I’ve noticed a lot in the last few weeks. I’m fine in the morning, feel alert and alive, but as soon as the elevator doors open on my floor at... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:49:35 EST Working it out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886225 So I didn’t do much sparking on the weekend, but I was careful with my food intake. <BR> <BR> It was a pretty busy weekend in terms of getting things done around the house. <BR> <BR> • I put down the baseboards in the powder room; <BR> • I put new flooring down at the top of the basement stairs; <BR> • I moved a bunch of my building materials and tools down to the basement; <BR> • I started pulling up the peel and stick vinyl tiles in the upstairs bathroom; <BR> • I started pulling up ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:49:14 EST I can do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883749 Back. Again. <BR> <BR> My last blog was Friday, February 13, and I mentioned that I felt myself struggling to stay on track. I knew it was coming, and even fought it for a couple of days, and then I abandoned my plan and that was that for two weeks. <BR> <BR> I have been repeating this on and off thing for way too long now. It’s not working. I recommit and then get thrown off-track by the littlest thing. It’s not working. <BR> <BR> I keep asking myself what the heck is going on with... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:32:59 EST Enough already, when will this cold snap end? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875127 I have had it with the cold weather we've been experiencing in this area. This morning, as I pulled on my extremely warm but extremely heavy winter coat, I realized how much I dislike pulling it on every time I need to go outside. Awful. I wish this cold snap would just end. GEEZ. <BR> <BR> Ok, enough ranting. <BR> <BR> I am still on this slippery edge of going off the path -- actually, I've been overeating like mad. Probably because of the cold -- trying to store the fat to keep war... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:57:04 EST Thursday reflections on Wednesday's activities... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874497 Seems like I have started to veer off track. <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't such a good day for water -- I only had three cups, and I started late in the day. <BR> <BR> I was late for work, which means I missed the express bus that picks me up just at the corner near my place, so I walked up to the other bus stop -- an 8 minute walk. I had planned on walking home, but ended up stopping for some bits and pieces and taking the bus. Another 8 minute walk home from the bus stop. <BR> <BR> I ma... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:45:42 EST Tuesday blahs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873129 So I didn't do any real sparking on the weekend. I also did not drink my water. Not so good. I did, however, manage to control my eating, so I ended up 1 lb down for the week. I'm sure a huge part of that is the water that I drank all week. <BR> <BR> Back on track with the water on Monday, plus I added baby step number two -- cardio. I walked on the treadmill for 15 minutes in the morning, and then I walked home, another 18 minutes that I added to the tracker. YAY ME! <BR> <BR> I go... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:27:48 EST Water week ... a success so far! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870045 Well, managed 7 cups of water yesterday, so that was great! Today's goal is to get all 8 cups in, which I am sure I can achieve. <BR> <BR> Next week's baby step will be to get in 10 minutes of cardio every day -- hopefully the weather will cooperate and I'll be able to walk to, or from, or to and from work every day. <BR> <BR> I feel great! I am going to do this! <BR> <BR> I have been paring down on my groups on Spark. I kept the two photography-related groups in my list. I think I ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 12:02:08 EST More water... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869398 Well, I managed 6 cups of water yesterday! YAY ME! <BR> <BR> I'm at 3 at the moment, and it's only lunch time, so if I can get to six by end of day, I'll be happy. If I make it higher, it's a bonus! <BR> <BR> Ate more than the recommended amount, but not worrying about food at the moment, because it's water week! Once I have water consumption under control, I'll move on to food intake. <BR> <BR> Didn't walk yesterday -- except for the five minutes on the treadmill first thing in the mor... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:58:42 EST Water, water... and water... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868399 Well, I won't say that I was unsuccessful in getting in all the water I should have yesterday, because I got in half of the recommended daily intake, which is better than none, which is what I have been consuming in the past month or so. <BR> <BR> Four cups of water is better than none. <BR> <BR> Today's goal to to meet that four, if I manage to get in more than that, I'm winning! <BR> <BR> It's absolutely freezing out. Last night, with the wind chill, it was -37C. This morning doesn't... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:59:53 EST Baby steps -- water time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867978 Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Up and down, up and down, up and down. Can't handle this yo-yo weight any more. Feeling like I need to do something drastic, but I know that the only way to make things work is to start off with baby steps. <BR> <BR> So here's this week's challenge: WATER. Get back on track with my water. <BR> <BR> Ok, now that I've made that comittment, it's time to do some catching up on what I've been up to, which isn't much. Working, coming home, doing some work on the house, ge... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 14:44:02 EST Happy 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842831 Back again. I lost track of my returns to Sparking a long time ago. No big speech this time about it. though, I'm just going to work as hard as I can to get it done. <BR> <BR> The last few months of 2014 were a mix of busy, tough, and rough. <BR> <BR> Busy, because I moved on September 1st, and there was (and still is) a lot of work that needed to be done to the place I moved to. Tried to get as much done before bringing my stuff over, but there is still a lot to do. <BR> <BR> Tough ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:42:51 EST Happy Days 50 and 51... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751928 Happy day 50, Friday: <BR> <BR> Another day of great moments. The dog is barking less when I leave the house now, I think he finally realizes that I will be coming back. <BR> <BR> Happy day 51, Saturday: <BR> <BR> Had a visit with my sister-in-law, who took some awesome pictures of Zeus. <BR> <BR> Justy also came to visit and to meet Zeus, who instantly took a liking to her. <BR> <BR> Went for a drive with my sister-in-law, picked up some moving boxes that I am borrowing from the offi... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:26:55 EST Happy days: 46, 47, 48 and 49... getting healthy with the help of Zeus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750749 Happy day 46: Monday <BR> <BR> Back to work, came home after lunch to check on the dog. He peed at the back door, but I didn't scold him -- he's in a new environment, and he's still learning. <BR> <BR> Also discovered he's clever. His water bowl is on top of a bucket with a lid that holds his dog kibble. When I left in the morning, the bucket was sitting on the floor leaning against the end of the counter. When I got home from work, the bucket was on its side, leaning on the counter, b... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:52:49 EST Happy Days 44 and 45... Life is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747759 Happy day 44, Saturday, was an interesting day. <BR> <BR> Started off with a good breakfast for myself and for the dog, and then after a 45 minute wait (as per dog-feeding instructions from the SPCA), we went off for our morning walk. <BR> <BR> First five minutes in, some bimbo woman with her dog off the leash lets her dog charge my dog, and of course, I got stuck in the middle of what could have been a mauling -- her dog attacked my dog. My dog managed to get a grip on her dog's neck,... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:13:06 EST Happy days 43 and 44.... (wo)man's best friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746563 Happy day 43: <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I picked up Winston from the SPCA, and brought him home. He had the look of wonder in his eyes, a bit worried, and a bit excited at the same time. <BR> <BR> When we approached the front door, he moved ahead of me and put his nose right next to the door handle. He spent about twenty minutes scoping out the house, and then came into the living room where I was sitting, stretched, and then lay down on the long fl... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:30:00 EST Happy Days 39, 40, 41 and today, 42... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744931 So I’ve been slacking when it comes to blogging. <BR> <BR> Here’s how my week has been so far: <BR> <BR> Happy Day 39, Sunday: <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I spent the morning relaxing. I slept in, after an amazing night’s sleep thanks to the hike on Saturday, then I made breakfast, and watched a movie. Realized how late it was and rushed to get out of the house to meet my crochet friends. Went for a ride on my motorcycle afterwards, and then headed over to my middle son’s new apartment to ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:45:34 EST Happy Days 36, 37, and today, 38, with pictures from a hike... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742273 Happy Day 36, Thursday: <BR> <BR> Was glad that I got the day off. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Went dancing the night before and had a fantastic time. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Baked a whole pile of stuff for the United Way fundraiser at work. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Proud of myself for only trying ONE piece of one of the eight different items that I baked! <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Day 37, Friday: <BR> <BR> Back to work again, delivered the goodies for the bake sale, which ended up taking in... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:58:43 EST Happy Day 35 ... back to the office... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740067 Back to work today. I’ve been off since Friday afternoon, had a great two days off. Woke up at my usual time, and actually got out of bed right away instead of lounging about for two hours. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Did some toning exercises, did some sparking, checked email and then had breakfast. Had a brisk walk to the office, 19 minutes, and sat down at my desk. <BR> <BR> I had to remind myself that I am working on being complaint-free, but I just couldn’t help myself a... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:16:49 EST Happy Days - 32, 33 and 34.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739521 So I haven't blogged since Saturday (day 31), but I have been sparking every day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Day 32, Sunday, was a great day. It was a rainy day, and it was a bit chilly, but it was still definitely a happy day! I stayed within my food limits and I drank all my water. Great day! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Day 33, Monday, was a nice sunny day, but a bit cool I had the day off from work, and I spent most of the day riding around town getting groceries from various stores. Any ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:25:17 EST Happy Day 31 -- Cleaning the house and resisting the urge to do something I'll regret later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737347 I spend most of the morning cleaning my house -- a deep clean -- not the usual quick pick up/tidy up I usually do. Floors and walls are clean, laundry is done, etc, etc. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I went out to dinner with my colleagues yesterday, and we had a wonderful time. <BR> <BR> When I got home, I made a decision (one I've made before but have always backed down). I have been resisting the urge to back down again. It's been a difficult day, and I'm sure the cleaning was my way of ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:46:20 EST Happy Day 29 (continued) and 30... Complaint-free day three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736749 <em>67</em> Well, great days seem to be following each other in succession, and I am liking it! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> It was another complaint-free day yesterday, and it’s working so well, that I am going for day three of no complaining. <BR> <BR> I ended up leaving the office at 1:30 yesterday, taking a couple of hours of vacation time. I had plans to get to the grocery store, pick up some needed fruits and vegetables, and then just sit on my front porch and read my book. I got in... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:06:04 EST Happy Days 28 and 29... Walking, walking, walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735951 Yesterday was a great day. As planned, I did not complain about anything at all. My colleagues made a few mild attempts to get a complaint out of me, but I prevailed! <BR> <BR> Today will be another complaint-free day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Walked a lot yesterday. Started off with a walk to work in the morning, followed by a walk from the bus stop to my friend’s place, then we walked to the club to go dance. We danced (about 35 minutes) and then walked back. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em>... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:02:23 EST Happy Day 28 -- No complaining here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735254 Today has been a great day, and so far, I haven’t complained about anything – yay me! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I joined the Official 10-Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge team. So, after some thought, I decided to make some changes so that I can participate in this challenge. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> This morning, instead of staying in bed after the alarm went off at 5:10, I got out of bed and: <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I had two cups of water; <BR> <em>67</em> I made myself a good heal... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:33:56 EST Happy Days 26 and 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734555 Well, I am not feeling well today, and have stayed home. Woke up this morning with a pounding headache, which is slowly subsiding, with the help of many Advil and lots of water. <BR> <BR> I found the following posted on Facebook, and thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2072188291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If anyone should try this, it should be me. I have noticed that at the office, I do not go even one day without complaining about something -... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:31:13 EST Happy Day 25 -- Good day, sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733091 Another glorious day today. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday turned out to be a great day, over all. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I managed to clean up my bits of piles yesterday, and it felt great. <BR> <em>67</em> I stayed on track for food and for water. <BR> <em>67</em> I went dancing and danced up a storm. <BR> <BR> On the not so great side, my motorcycle is sputtering -- something wrong with the electrical again -- either it's a loose battery cable (which I will chec... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:37:39 EST Happy Day 24 - continued.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732672 Got all my tidying up done, did some laundry and went out for a ride on my motorcycle. Picked up some groceries on the way home, and then I sat on the front porch and did some reading. <BR> <BR> Just finished dinner and clean up, and tracked my meal. Also put in my weight from this morning. <BR> <BR> Updated the section in my Spark Page where I was recording my weigh ins... yikes. <BR> <BR> Here's what it looks like: <BR> <BR> Official Weigh-ins: <BR> <BR> 07 Jul 2014 - 261.2 <BR> 16... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:53:58 EST Happy Days 23 & 24 -- back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732434 Thursday turned out to be a great day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> On both Thursday and Friday evenings, I sat on the front porch with my feet up and enjoyed the breeze and the great weather, and read until it got too dark. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> The new upstairs neighbour's daughter is 5 years old, and she is a real gem. Chatterbox like her mom. Smart, too. She left for the weekend to spend time with her dad. Her mom joined me on the porch after she left, and we shared a glass of win... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:24:22 EST 100 Happy Days - Days 6 to 22 (yikes!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731177 Why is it that I always feel surprised when I see the last date that I blogged, when I come back after being AWOL from Spark. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> Alright, I know I won't be able to document my happy days 6 to 22 individually -- but I can say that there was indeed various tidbits of happiness within those 16 days. Here are some highlights, in the order that I remember them, which is quite random... <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> My youngest son graduated from high school on June 23. Very proud of... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:24:59 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 4 and part of Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719124 Update of Day 3 - Saturday <BR> <BR> One of the things I enjoy doing is crochet. <BR> <BR> I belong to a group that gets together on Sunday afternoons to crochet. One of the projects we just wrapped up was a 'give and take wall' that was set up for a month-long festival. We crocheted little 'toys' to put in the pockets for people to take. <BR> <BR> This is a picture of one of the 'toys' I made. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199445420.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:05:22 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 2 and Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717997 Yesterday was day 2 of the Happy Days challenge for me. <BR> <BR> I started off in a great mood, but once I got to the office, and started a clean up of the email box we use for our work, I became frustrated and cranky. I believe I spent most of the morning complaining about the procedures that are imposed on us, most of which only succeed in slowing down our work. UGH. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I felt better in the afternoon, after my Happy Lamp was on for a few hours. <BR> <BR> <em>67... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:14:57 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 1 continued.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717049 Yesterday was a great day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I am extremely lucky to have a great supervisor. She's kind, patient and extremely likeable. She often says things exactly the way I would say them, so I feel that we have a connection that makes a really good relationship in the workplace. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> During my afternoon break, I picked up a nice fushia plant for my front balcony. In May, I saw some plants at one of the stores and didn't pick one up because I had no w... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:39:58 EST 100 Happy Days - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716285 Here's the link to the official website: <link>100happydays.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't register. I plan on posting my daily happiness on here. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> So far, my happiness is coming from my cup of coffee. (Sorry not going to post a picture of a cup of coffee!) I won a Tassimo coffee maker at the fundraiser on Friday, so I'm enjoying a cup of cappuccino while I sit here typing. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> My red dress, still hanging on my bedroom door, brings a smil... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:57:38 EST Two steps forward five steps back... urgh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716280 Well, the last week has been pretty dismal in terms of staying on track with anything. <BR> <BR> It's fundraising season -- at work, the "United Way" campaigning started with a relay race that took place yesterday. To raise funds, last week, we had a few bake sales. I participated by both baking and eating. I resisted on day one, but the rest of the week was a complete bust. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I helped a friend with a fundraiser for another friend, whose house was burned in a fire back... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:32:45 EST Working towards success... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709019 The week following my last blog was a bit of a hit and miss. It started off with TOM making an appearance, which always means water retention. It didn't help that I was craving salt, either. So my weight went up... to 263 the following weigh-in day, a week later. <BR> <BR> I wasn't disappointed, though, because I knew all the circumstances that contributed to the gain. <BR> <BR> I needed to reinforce my comitment. What I did, was write the number 258 in dark red on a small post-it n... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:39:45 EST New inspiration.... but first..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699230 ... an update. <BR> <BR> After a good conversation with my friend, we decided to work on things, and he's back. I realized that I actually am very happy when he's around, and the only time I'm unhappy is when I needlessly preoccupy myself with things that, at the moment, don't really matter. <BR> <BR> The past week was a bit of hit and miss. Yes, in the beginning of the week, after my last blog, I was diligent with what I consumed, but I got sidetracked on the weekend, and Sunday was ... Tue, 20 May 2014 12:59:39 EST May 13, 2014.. Has it really been four months since I came here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694312 ...And you can tell that I haven't been taking care of myself too. I've been eating, sleeping and stressing out about things that I should have just not bothered with in the first place. <BR> <BR> So here I am.. AGAIN. Still serious about doing what I have to do. Disappointed that I'm not already where I wanted to be, but not so much so that I will prevent myself from trying once more. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's newest official weigh-in... 262.8. YUCK. Considering I was 247 lbs in January.... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:36:43 EST Day 65 - Another wonky weather day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585267 Yesterday, we had a full spectrum of weather. We went from 5C to -28C from beginning to end. It rained, it flash froze, it snowed. Wonderful. Today we have an extreme cold warning, and the temperature is at -15C, but with the windchill, it feels like -28C. It's not expected to warm up, either. <BR> <BR> Only 72 days until spring! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day, food-wise. I managed to get in 5 cups of water, and did not make it to the gym at lunch. <BR> <BR> Today is starting o... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:30:28 EST Days 51-64 -- Two weeks and still working at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583930 I went AWOL again for two weeks, but I didn't stop working towards getting rid of the weight I gained before Christmas. <BR> <BR> The holidays themselves were not a big issue for me -- so I did alright during the two weeks that I was missing on action from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> On the Friday before Christmas, I came home from work and patched the walls in the kitchen, and brought out all my tools to paint. On Saturday morning, I sanded the patches, I vacuumed the dust up, and mixed my p... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:30:57 EST Days 44 - 50 (wow... has it been a whole week?? Oh, and official weigh-in)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570487 Holy moly. I got side tracked big time. Not only did the eatorama continue, but I didn't even bother to weigh in, track food, drink water... talk about falling off the wagon. <BR> <BR> And it shows. I weighed in this morning. EEPP. <BR> <BR> Official weigh-in..... 249.6. <BR> <BR> To be honest, I was expecting it to be worse -- a lot worse. So a gain of 6.8 lbs. I should be back to where I was before the cart tipped over in at least three weeks. <BR> <BR> Bah! <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:31:08 EST Days 42 and 43.... Hoisting myself back up on the track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565745 Sunday wasn't much better for me in terms of eating. Went over the calories again, but at least it wasn't all bread. <BR> <BR> I've convinced myself that it's because it's been so cold these last few days, and that I've been doing my impersonation of a bear getting ready to hibernate... LOL. Some of the overeating might actually be because of the cold... but the truth is, I have been over-thinking something, and I needed to make a decision. <BR> <BR> I was torturing myself, and as a res... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:07:43 EST Days 39, 40 and 41 - Eatorama ... URGH!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564157 Well. What can I say. I took a serious detour from the 'track' and am back. <BR> <BR> First, the deeds: <BR> <BR> - Thursday morning someone brought in cookies and cupcakes. Somebody else brought in cookies and pretzels. Guess what I did? I ate. And I ate, and ate and ate and ate. I alternated between the cookies and the cupcakes and the pretzels. Then, to kill the sugar rush, I went down to the foodcourt and bought myself some chinese food for lunch. Then I came home and ate a... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:13:47 EST Days 37 and 38... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561919 Well, I didn't blog yesterday, day 37. I ended up leaving the office at 2:00, coming home, getting into my jammies and sleeping. I ended up eating way too much bread yesterday, but managed to stay within my calories for the day. YAY ME. I didn't drink all my water, though. Had more than half, though. <BR> <BR> Today I'm feeling bloated. Blech. <BR> <BR> I'm half way done my water for the day, and I have had my healthy breakfast. My lunch is packed. I'm on track, and the day is a... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:18:15 EST Week - Day 30 to Day 36 - and official weigh-in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560292 Wow, it's been a busy week. <BR> <BR> Haven't gotten much blogging in, but have managed to stay on track and all of my efforts are paying off. <BR> <BR> Last week of was a mish-mash of work and fun, and it was pretty good. Got a lot of walking in. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that since I've started to drop the weight, I want to walk more. I love it! <BR> <BR> So the official number on the scale this morning: 242.8. <BR> <BR> YAY ME! That's a 2.4 lb drop from last week. <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 08:07:27 EST