MIQUEY73's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIQUEY73 MIQUEY73'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/ Facing new challenges head on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300178 I’ve been gone a long time. Over time I’ve felt more tired and often felt icky. <BR> <BR> Had a ton of heartburn. I thought it was because of weight gain. <BR> <BR> Each month I kept feeling worse with more symptoms. In January I was traveling for work, states away from home, and woke up at 2 AM in my hotel room and couldn’t breathe. My lungs were burning. Apparently I had inhaled acid reflux in my sleep. It was the worst feeling in my life. Scared the crap out of me! I called my ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:16:45 EST March Goal - How did I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810803 My goal for the month of March was to ride my bike 100 miles. I haven't ridden since October of last year so I thought that was a good goal to shoot for. <BR> <BR> Did I do it? Well, no. I did ride 71.5 miles though and considering everything else thatwas going on this month, I still think I did pretty good. <BR> <BR> At first I was really disappointed in myself because I fell short, but then I started reflecting. What were the circumstances? <BR> <BR> Well, for one, the weather was ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:48:57 EST What is your direction? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790756 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977913323.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm choosing to move forward. No regrets about past mis-steps. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:05:07 EST Reminder to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789670 No matter what, don't stop trying. Especially after a moment of weakness. You don't have to do things perfectly 100% of the time. There will always be moments where your resolve is not as strong. It doesn't mean you're weak, just that you are human. And it certainly doesn't mean that you will fail. As long as you're making healthy choices most of the time, you're heading in the right direction. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:51:42 EST How to make your house smell like food round the clock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770689 Since Saturday morning DH & I have been cooking. We haven't done this much in a weekend since September. We've done a couple weekends where we've done a couple items but not on such a grand scale. This weekend our crockpots/slowcooker were our friend. <BR> <BR> So here's what we made: <BR> <BR> Taco Soup <link>crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/02/ori<BR>ginal-taco-soup-crockpot-recipe.html </link> <BR> <BR> Teriyaki & Apricot Pork Chops <link>crockpot365.blogspot.com/2011/08/ter<BR>i... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 20:42:24 EST An Excellent Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757207 On2Victory wrote another excellent blog. I hope you find some inspiration from it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=how<BR>_to_lose_100_pounds_on_a_crazy_schedule </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Feb 2012 22:42:02 EST Where are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728912 I saw this on Facebook (Paul Bradberry's photos) and thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876712395.jpg"> Wed, 8 Feb 2012 12:38:04 EST What's in store for 2012? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649515 2012...My Aspirations for a great year. <BR> <BR> WEIGHT...I would like to hit 150. It's approximately 70-75 lbs away. So, that's about 1.5 lbs a week. Doable. <BR> <BR> EXERCISE...I have so many aspirations. Weight lifting, long distance biking, pilates, hiking, swimming, kickboxing. I really feel strong doing all of those. <BR> <BR> FOOD...I plan on training myself to think differently when in trigger situations such as eating out/traveling for work, stressed at work, pressed for time... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 20:43:33 EST Tis the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627498 Ready for Christmas! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l60673450.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ....and the presents were wrapped with tender loving care. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832271594.jpg"> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:11:33 EST What'd you have for lunch? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589283 Last week's SparkLive Meeting challenge was to pack your lunch 4 of out 7 days, take pics and blog about it. <BR> <BR> I normally make my lunch anyway so this was a rather easy challenge. What was challenging for me though was remembering to take the pics! So I was only successful with taking a pic 2 of the days. <BR> <BR> This first image is from last Friday. The cottage cheese is one of my stand by lunches. I don't do anything fancy. Just don't have time for any of that nonsense. ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:34:02 EST Ahhh. This feels good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571437 Today is the first day in a what seems like a very long time that I didn't have to get up early and get busy or go somewhere. <BR> <BR> So now I'm sitting here, reading a few blogs and I realized how relaxed I am. The house is clean, menu for the week planned, dinner cooking in the slow cooker, veggies prepped for lunches for the week, and no appointments or requirements for next week and weekend. It feels great. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd share some of the Fall and Christmas cards I've m... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 17:07:32 EST A little thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4570961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699277134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think I'll print this out and post it on the refrigerator. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the beautiful fall day! <em>465</em> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 11:18:11 EST Broken Record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565021 No, this blog isn't about beating a PR. It's about the fact that I seem to be repeating the same cycle over and over and over. I lose, I do great, I feel great. Then something happens, I stop what made me successful and I start to gain...ever so slowly but it adds up over time. I went from losing 25 pounds to only being down by 10. URGGGHH! <BR> <BR> My problem is that I'm not dealing with stress very well right now. I'm eating ALOT and not much in the way of whole fresh foods. I know... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 12:48:08 EST Rainbow after the storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556409 Imagine this: <BR> <BR> On your hour ride home from work, your listening to Josh Groban, thinking about all the things that are weighing on your mind: work pressure, weight struggles, home tasks, time constraints. As your driving you're getting closer and closer to the dark ominious clouds. <BR> <BR> Then you realize, all at once, that the sun has come out behind you, how beautiful the color on the trees are, You Raise Me Up <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJxrX42WcjQ&<BR>ob=av2e </link> ... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:56:15 EST Above the Clouds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4518094 Today I flew to Virginia from Michigan and had a window seat. I've done this trips several times over the past three years. Today was the first time that I really paid attention to what was passing by and reflected. <BR> <BR> So what did I see? Clouds. The entire way! What struck me though were the many various forms. There are clouds that look like sheep wool. Some that look like windblown sand, some that are tall and some that are so wispy that you barely see them. Then there are... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 23:41:19 EST Clearing the Clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515967 This weekend I've been feeling pretty good. <BR> <BR> DD got to spend time with her best friend. First at her friends house, then they came back here, then they went back to the friends house for the night. It was pretty funny how excited they were to spend the entire day together. <BR> <BR> The house got clean. It's amazing how much more relaxing a clean house is. Plus I got a few tasks done for my Stampin Up business. <BR> <BR> I also got in some fitness activity in the garden. A... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 22:45:37 EST Pfive Things I Like about My Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511236 This week's challenge in the Punxsutawney Phil Pforty team is to list five things that I like about my body. The purpose is to stop the negative thoughts and feeling about my body. <BR> <BR> So here they are: <BR> <BR> 1. My hair...after it's been colored. It's soft and my husband loves to play with it. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> 2. My eyes. I smile a lot (the power of positive thinking) and my eyes convey my smile. <BR> <BR> 3. My hands. My fingers are long and look slender. An... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:08:55 EST Biting the bullet and just doing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500978 This blog has been something I've been wanting (or needing) to do for quite a few weeks. <BR> <BR> You see, I read a discussion in one of my groups, Unleash Your Inner Pin-Up, about having a piece of clothing as a goal. Well, I had just gotten a new shirt. It was free and sizes were limited, but I really like how I imagine I'll look in it. So I snagged two shirts; an XL and a L and decided to use them as my clothing goal. <BR> <BR> Several months ago I would not have fit in the XL in t... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 23:31:03 EST Pfive Reasons why I'm Pfabulous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497580 A challenge from one of my teams, Punxsutawney Phil Pforty, is to blog 5 reasons why I'm terrific. No negative self-talk allowed! Yesterday I stated I would do so today...not realizing it was going to be one of those stupid crazy busy days. So here I am ready to bust them out before heading to bed. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm a great Mom. I do everything I can for my daughter, including reading to her, helping her with her homework, giving her lots of cuddles, spending time with her, teaching he... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 22:12:16 EST Choices ~ Am I a hypocrite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495722 Over the past couple weeks my daughter has "forgotten" things here or there. Things like turning her folder into her teacher (although she obviously opened her backpack because her reading book was no longer in it!) or getting hot lunch because she left her lunch in her backpack and never put it in the lunch bin. Or doing her homework at latchkey. <BR> <BR> My take is that she's purposely doing these things. She prefers hot lunch but we only allow her to have it once a week. She hates ho... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 22:16:59 EST Some things are unpleasant but necessary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485318 Work has been stressful. We're short staffed due to one employee leaving and one on vacation. It's short term though so we should be able to manage. We just have to suck it up for the week. <BR> <BR> Prior to this week, those of us in the management positions (I don't have a management title. It's complicated) have been doing extra to pick up some slack. One of the people out this week is part of the management team so it put more strain on the remaining three of us. But, like I said... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:24:25 EST Feeling Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480256 I don't know exactly what is bugging me. I could almost say everything. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'm going to be scolded today at work for a situation that I was put in. Had proper communication occured I would have never made the mistake that occured. I'm not one to put blame on someone else when it's my fault. This truly was not my doing. I'm worried this will impede a promotion. <BR> <BR> I feel like a horrible Mom. Yesterday I was so dang tired and feeling exactly as I do right now... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 09:35:58 EST Tahquamenon Falls Camping Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4478226 Finally took some time to go thru the 500+ pictures I took on our vacation. Narrowed it down to 62 to share. Sincee I couldn't narrow it down further, I've posted them to my FB account. The album is currently set to Public but will be changed to Private in about a week. <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.19<BR>22795946093.2093982.1127914550&saved#!<BR>/media/set/?set=a.1922795946093.209398<BR>2.1127914550&type=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy the pics! Sun, 11 Sep 2011 02:28:24 EST Fun day doing things I love and laughing with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477996 Today some friends came over to do some stamping and to celebrate a birthday. I decided I was going to make some special cupcakes that looked like ice cream cones. Well, they really were ice cream cones. I saw the idea in a Martha Stewart magazine I was given. My DD was my model. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> The best part was that I actually got out my cake decorating tool box to fancy it up. Haven't done any cake decorating in a LONG time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 22:54:35 EST Some Random Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474682 This is the first week of school for my daughter which is great because it provides some structure. <em>150</em> She hates having to go to bed at night and then getting up in the morning. That is stressful for me because it's always a battle. I don't like having these battles. <BR> <BR> Work is just going nuts. Way too busy with too many projects and tasks. Problem is that I'm the only one in the department who does what I do. There is no one else to step in and help. The rest of t... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 23:27:28 EST A new habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464868 Several reasons contributed to the decision to begin the habit of dedicating the first Sunday of the month to cooking several meals and other items to be frozen for "fast" food during the week. <BR> <BR> One, school starts on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Two, hubby & I both have an hour commute. Often times hubby has to work late. <BR> <BR> My dear husband is the primary cook in this household (not that I can't, I just prefer not to). <BR> <BR> We want to eat nutritious home cooked meals...a... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 21:09:45 EST Question for my Spark Buddies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4457171 I've seen many of my Spark Friends mention clean eating. What is that exactly? I assume it means not eating anything that's processed but is there more to it? Tue, 30 Aug 2011 20:02:53 EST Work, Doctor & Dentist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4429318 I drove to work this morning and promptly determined that I probably should have just called in since I was super tired from not sleeping well. Had trouble staying awake. I decided to call and make an appointment with my doctor first thing when I got in. <BR> <BR> When I finally met with the doctor he gave me four prescriptions. Three of which I've had before and one which I haven't. I took two of the meds right away; one that I've had before and one that I've not. About an hour and a... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:25:11 EST Motivation doesn't last...keep bathing...and randomness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426194 A Facebook friend posted this quote and I just knew I had to share. <BR> <BR> "People often say motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing...that's why we recommend it daily. " Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Friday night while out to dinner I could see the back of a guys T-Shirt, no idea what the T-shirt was for but this is what it said: "Pain is weakness leaving the body." <BR> <BR> On another note, I've not been feeling well for several days. Lots of coughing and chest congestion. Su... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 12:57:34 EST Don't Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403870 This is one of my favorite poems. As a teenager, I was given this poem by a step grandmother and always referred to it when I was struggling. Throughout the years, I've given this poem to other people when they were in need. <BR> <BR> I saw this posted on WARMSPRINGDAY's Blog and just had to post it myself. <BR> <BR> Don't You Quit <BR> <BR> When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, <BR> <BR> When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, <BR> When the funds are low and the ... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 06:20:45 EST I need suggestions please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4403298 I will be going on a week long camping trip later this month. Any suggestions on healthy meals to take with me or make while camping? <BR> <BR> I was thinking we could do some foil pocket meals in addition to grilling but I am not a very creative person when it comes to food so any suggestions would be much appreciated. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 2 Aug 2011 21:26:30 EST Thoughts/Emotions....Avoidance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4401079 I do a lot of thinking about situations, reasons why things are the way they are....but I never really face any of the emotions I feel. Sometimes I may start to tear up, but I stop and move onto the next thought or task that needs to happen. <BR> <BR> Why do I do this? I don't know. Maybe I'm afraid. Maybe I'll feel hopeless and not in control. <BR> <BR> Control. I try to control everything. One thing I sometimes feel I can't control is my weight. But I can, I know the steps to do it... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 22:27:38 EST What's important to you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380215 You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically—to say no to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger yes burning inside.” <BR> <BR> — Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> A friend shared this tonight and I thought it was great. <BR> <BR> Too often we get caught up in trying to do too many things, trying to please too many people when we really should be focusing on those who matter most and on that which is most impo... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 22:53:50 EST Rollerblading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380109 It's been a couple months since I've gone rollerblading and even then I only went a couple times and only for a mile. <BR> <BR> I just returned home from a three day trip for work and decided that I wanted to go rollerblading tonight. Yes it was warm out but better than it has been all week. So I did one mile. Took a break to drink some water and rest my ankles (they were really hurting) and then decided to do it again. <BR> <BR> The second mile went much faster than the first and I felt... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 21:54:00 EST Haha! My horoscope is right on today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368549 Today has been a good day. I've been doing pretty well with my food intake. A little higher than it should be since I've not really measured everything but at least it's healthy for me and not junk. <BR> <BR> I also have made some progress with a few things that have been "hanging over my head." Not that anyone has said anything about them, they were just things that I've been meaning to get to and finally did. I also made a to do list to help me remember those little things that will on... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:52:07 EST Josh Groban concert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4367435 Thought I'd share a few pics of the AMAZING concert tonight! <BR> <BR> This is my MIL and I waiting for it to start. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l793416045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the opening act: Elew. He was phenomenal! He can play two different songs at the same time...one on each hand. He also must have some dang strong thighs! The guy doesn't use a bench and he stood in some quite awkard positions! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 01:42:11 EST Bicycles on the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366106 So today I set out to ride my bike 22 miles again. Once I got out there I could tell my body just didn't have it in it today. <BR> <BR> I haven't been fueling it right. Not enough water, not enough fruits & veggies, not enough sleep. <BR> <BR> I did ride 10 miles. So at least that's something. <BR> <BR> But I'm not upset about the fact that I didn't ride as far as I'd hoped. <BR> <BR> I'm upset with the dillweed who blared his horn at me the entire time he was behind me. I was alr... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:13:34 EST Success and failure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365556 Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> I love this quote and thought I'd share it. I'm going to add it to my Main page because I think it helps define the frame of mind I should have. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l972953979.jpg"> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 23:07:51 EST Garden Pics (lots!)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353119 I'm sure I've mentioned on several occassions that I had to move a bunch of plants this year. This was due to the floods of 2009 (spring & late summer). Late fall we moved everything from around the house as you can see in these pics. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720975130.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710321814.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875150992.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 13:36:22 EST 22 Miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4351233 I have always loved riding my bicycle but never went far. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to ride up to the local park...11 miles roundtrip. That was the furthest I had ever gone. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was reading a blog by ON2VICTORY ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4339825 </link> ) and he got me to thinking about challenging myself even more. <BR> <BR> So crazy me decided to double my previous distance. <BR> <BR> And I DID... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 12:05:17 EST End of June Already? And shopping today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331683 OK. So there is only one day left in June. So how did I do with my goals? Well, lets see what they were and how I did. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: Stay within my calorie range 95% of the time. This is very important since I have been going over more often than not the past week and a half. In order to acheive this I need to plan more. The weekend had way too many fast food meals. Planning includes getting in lots of fruits & veggies. BIG FAIL <BR> <BR> 2. Fitness: Do strength training and ... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 22:29:59 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268651 I was inspired by my Spark friends who set monthly goals and post them on their blog, so I'm here to try to do the same. I felt particularly challenged by JENNSWIMS ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=JENNSWIMS </link> ) to state what my goals are. I hope this helps reinvigorate me. I've been slowly declining on my momentum and need to get back to it. <BR> <BR> 1. Nutrition: Stay within my calorie range 95% of the time. This is very important since I have bee... Tue, 31 May 2011 22:32:13 EST Moment of Weakness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4232092 I totally had a weak moment. <em>198</em> I intended to only have 1 serving of the milk chocolate eggs but I couldn't stop and in the end had 2. I knew what i was doing though so why didn't I stop myself? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> What am I feeling? Well, first, I'm home alone so no one to help keep me accountable. Second, bummed because it's raining and I can't move plants like I intended. Third, kind of tired. I probably should take a nap but there is so much else that I should be d... Sat, 14 May 2011 11:51:37 EST Today was hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4161534 I knew today was going to be hard. I mean, I've been thru this before ~ taking my Mom to the hospital for a procedure and bringing her home to take care of her for the night. Only today was harder than anticipated. She was just told there were no more signs of the cancer back in January. Now today I was told there's a tumor in her kidney and that they may have to remove the kidney. Then to top it off, she was in a lot of pain and having a lot of nausea. We were told she'd be going home ... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:56:19 EST This fitness thing? Yeah, I can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154786 Yesterday DD had a playdate which left a few hours for DH & I to fill. What to do?? I suggested we go rollerblading! So we went to the local park and skated. The day before I only did a little portion of the path and I wanted to try to go farther...and I did; the entire mile! I even faced the "hill" and made it! WoW! <BR> <BR> And today after dinner I suggested we all go biking. DD had tons of energy aparently because she was peddling as fast as she could and we did five miles! But ... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 00:00:37 EST I Feel Victorious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4150434 We've been on "vacation" this week for my daugther's spring break. No real plans...just been winging it, which obviously means no set schedule. And how have I done with that? Excellent! In the past, I probably wouldn't have done so well. So let me recap the week so far. <BR> <BR> Saturday: Took DD rollerskating. Was offered popcorn and soda and I declined. <BR> <BR> Sunday: I had a baby shower to go to at a restaurant, Macaroni Grill. Since I knew I was going to a restaurant I pri... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 21:43:47 EST I did it! No foolin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4135618 I started tracking my food on Tuesday. It was a random type of decision. I hadn't really planned to do it when I set out that morning. I had packed my breakfast & lunch without tracking being a thought. Fortunately we had just gone grocery shopping so I had a lot of healthy items to choose from. I did pretty good that day considering it was an in the moment type of thing. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was more challenging. I had planned my food but my husband went to the Red Wings game so it ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:50:35 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4127863 I've been trying every day to do a little something to improve my health. <BR> <BR> Get more sleep <BR> <BR> Drink more water <BR> <BR> Eat more fruits & veggies <BR> <BR> You get the idea. <BR> <BR> Today felt like an extremely successful day for me. I didn't stray in the least. No caffeine. No sugary snacks. No high fat, high processed foods. <BR> <BR> And I actually logged what I ate. I was pleasantly surprised that I only went over my calorie range by 6 calories. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:26:57 EST A good nights sleep eludes me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125350 So I'm trying to take one step at a time toward a healthy lifestyle. A first step is to get adequate sleep. I've not been successful in doing that. First, it was that I was so strapped for time that I stayed up later than I should have. On top of that, I'm waking up several times and am fidgety. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm trying to go to bed earlier and I'm still experiencing the fidgetiness and waking. <BR> <BR> So I'm figuring it's because I've had an increase in my caffeine intake. I no... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:40:07 EST Today is my Friday ~ YAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4097971 I am spending the weekend with about 50 other women for a Mingle. Basically, it's a bunch of women who are obsessed with their hobby of rubber stamping and scrapbooking and like to get together. Now, when we "mingle" there isn't much stamping but a lot of chatting. <BR> <BR> I'm so fortunate to have met these wonderful women and am looking forward to this weekend! It's a lot of work to prepare for it (we make swap cards, door prizes, etc) but so worth it. <BR> <BR> There will be lots o... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:15:18 EST