MISSRUTH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSRUTH MISSRUTH'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/ 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854181 I'm sort of averse to the whole "resolutions" thing. Sometimes I think we're tempted to set some really big goals for ourselves, and then if/ when we fall short... it's just another opportunity to judge ourselves as not being "good enough". <BR> <BR> There were plenty of years in the past, where I'd do exactly that. Lose 20 pounds or 30 pounds or get down to a size (whatever). Back when I still smoked, quitting would be a resolution. And after a week or two I'd break my resolution and f... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:04:41 EST Chocolate Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766527 (This was a message board post I made, that a fellow Sparker asked me to turn into a blog. I've added some comments at the end. The original topic was an "incurable" chocolate craving.) <BR> <BR> Sometimes I think we need to examine how we think about things. Like... calling it "incurable" leaves us feeling powerless and at the mercy of the cravings. Like we have no control whatsoever and are doomed to failure forever. I'm (well) over 50 and in menopause and have hypothyroidism. And for an... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:02:26 EST Monday 5/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703770 A lot of stuff on my mind this evening. <BR> <BR> Had to work today. After a number of years at the marina, I'm feeling like I am so *done* working there. I started on, after the owner was diagnosed with cancer. And they needed some extra help. Stayed through his treatment and relapse and more treatment and finally, that last summer. When they pretty much told him there was nothing left that they could do. And after he had passed (he was right around 50 years old), I stayed on as his w... Mon, 26 May 2014 19:18:40 EST Memorial Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702590 Spent yesterday getting caught up with stuff around the house. DH's friend from Memphis came up for the weekend, and they went out on the boat all afternoon. Which was good-- they needed to get caught up (which means talking about a bunch of stuff I'm not particularly interested in) and I needed the house to myself. <BR> <BR> I have to work tomorrow, so today is pretty much "it" for me, as far as getting a little rest and enjoying the weekend. It's cool and a little overcast outside this ... Sun, 25 May 2014 07:03:51 EST Saturday 5/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701999 I'm not much on writing blogs, but the Challenge team I'm on has assigned blogging this week for points toward our goal. And I'm all for doing whatever it takes, to help out the team. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Today was also weigh-in day. I'm down a whopping 1/10th of a pound. Sort of disappointing.... but it beats a gain. Sometimes it seems like-- you do all this stuff for an entire week, a whole SEVEN days.... and then you hop on the scale and don't see a number that reflects what... Sat, 24 May 2014 09:42:28 EST Random Springtime Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687054 I was thinking, as I worked on getting that screened porch cleaned up (until I brought the tv back out there, because I couldn't think of anything else even remotely interesting to think about) how in the "old days" people didn't need to specifically get some cardio or strength training several times a week. Their daily activities required burning a lot more calories than our current lives do. Everything was a much more intensive chore than it is, now. Dragging the rugs outside to beat the... Sun, 4 May 2014 10:00:00 EST Vacation / Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575260 We went on vacation right before Christmas-- to Miami and Key West. And the reason we chose Miami? DH saw something about restaurants in Miami on the Travel channel... and he wanted to go there to eat. I threw Key West in there, as I'd never been there and it's so close to Miami. <BR> <BR> And yes indeed we ate our way through Miami AND Key West. You name it, honey, it sure seems like I ate it. Except of course for fish or shellfish-- I don't eat fish except occasionally tuna. I'd h... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 04:36:33 EST End of the 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558881 Today's the last weigh in for the Challenge. I really wasn't sure I'd make the 5% loss overall-- but I was determined this week to finish up strong. To at least have a loss. And to top it all off, last night was the Boat Dock Christmas party. <em>198</em> The food's all home cooked by the women in the family that owns the Dock. Southern cooking. Lots of butter and bacon grease and salt. I must say that as I stood in that buffet line, I was eyeballing the plates and gauging wheth... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:00:50 EST After Thanksgiving Notes to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555732 We're nearing the end of the Challenge. My weight was down a little bit last week.... which on the face of it, was good.... but I had snuck a peek at the scale mid-way through the week and it was looking much better. By Saturday though, the loss was much less and I was disappointed. <BR> <BR> Two things contributed to that, and they're closely related. I know I probably overdid it on the sodium on Thanksgiving. (I took a zero on the sodium for the challenge that day, since I didn't tr... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:14:26 EST Notes to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548953 Completed 6 weeks of the Challenge. So far, so good. I've managed to lose weight every week, even though some weeks it hasn't been much. <BR> <BR> I'll tell you though, last week's Living The Good Life (which was weighing and measuring all our food) about killed me. I'm used to portioning out my breakfast and lunch every day... but at dinnertime I was used to just going by the "My Plate" and eyeballing stuff. It was a real pain in the butt to weigh and measure, while I was trying to get... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:47:18 EST My not-so-excellent adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544239 Well, let me tell you about the really stupid thing I did today. I had to take my car for service, and even though we live pretty much out in the country, the dealership is about 3-1/2 miles from the house. And even though they offer to take you home and then pick you up, when your car is done..... I decided I'd walk home. <BR> <BR> After all, I walk all the time for cardio. I do hills. I'd already been out there and walked early this morning. I'm no stranger to walking. And really, i... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 11:19:53 EST Halfway Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536400 We've hit the halfway point, for the challenge. <em>244</em> So far, so good. I've made some progress with the 5% loss-- but more important than that is the healthy habits. I had drifted away a bit from those. Losing weight is one thing, maintaining the loss is something else. It's those healthy habits that make a difference-- both with the loss, and maintaining. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm on the low side of my maintenance range, I intend to stay here. After spending most of mainte... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:46:20 EST Over-exercised and Under-caloried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532694 I learned something last week. <BR> <BR> When I set up my goal weight for the 5% challenge, it gave me the lowest possible calorie range. Of course, I estimated my weekly calorie burn fairly low (since I'm an exercise slug at heart). I ended up being really motivated to get those exercise minutes in, for the challenge-- and I chose to do some things that burned a bunch of calories. Plus I dropped three pounds really quick (I think I was retaining water at the initial weigh-in). Meanwhil... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:29:16 EST Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526326 Well, I hit 2000 Fitness minutes this month. This is a REALLY big thing for me. I'm an absolute slug at heart; I do not enjoy exercise. Back when I joined Sparkpeople, if you'd told me I'd get 2000 minutes in a YEAR, I would've been flabbergasted. <BR> <BR> There is not a single sport on the face of the earth, that I would rather do than just sit and watch. I make a fabulous spectator. I cheer really loud, always encouraging, I do not boo anybody. When I'm watching kids play, I'll che... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:22:23 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522967 OMG, I am so glad it's Friday, I can't hardly stand it. It's gotten pretty cold here, and where I work is not insulated nor heated well at all. It's COLD in that building! I think I probably burn extra calories just trying to keep my body temperature regulated. ; ) I ought to get extra credit points for that. And extra credit for wagging around my 20 lb. purse, but that's another blog. <BR> <BR> At any rate.... I usually walk outside for cardio, early in the morning. Like as soon as... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 08:42:12 EST Nutrition Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522090 12 days down, and 44 to go. <BR> <BR> This week's Living The Good Life is tracking our food. I'm a big believer in this; since weight loss is about 80% what/ how much we eat, it makes sense to get a handle on how much food I'm consuming. And since while losing weight you're dealing with a calorie deficit, it makes sense to choose how you "spend" those calories wisely. I reckon you could lose weight eating 1200 calories of chips and cookies and white bread. But you wouldn't feel full and ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:20:20 EST My day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520974 Yesterday I had the day off, with an early doctor appointment scheduled. As they were going to do some blood tests that required me to not eat beforehand, I skipped my usual early-morning exercise. I was STARVING by the time I got to that appointment! I had packed a protein bar, some grapes and a bottle of water, so I could eat something afterwards before heading out for the rest of my errands. <BR> <BR> I had woken up very early to boot-- by the time I got home from town, I was overtire... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:52:16 EST The Yoga Pants Episode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519751 So Saturday I was feeling really good. Good weigh in. I worked hard last week, and I was feeling just so GOOD. You know, one of those days where you're feeling good about how you're doing, how you're looking. There's still progress to be made, but I'm definitely headed in the right direction. <BR> <BR> And I went to town to run some errands. One of the things I wanted to do was try on some new yoga pants. So I went to the store and got a couple pairs (same brand and same size as the o... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:56:48 EST Weigh In Saturday 10/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517493 Weighed in for the challenge and I'm down 3.1 pounds. When I weighed in last Saturday, my weight was a little high.... I thought some of it was water retention since I'd had a couple days of higher sodium right before the weigh in. But surely, not all 3 of those pounds I've lost this week were water weight. I've been tracking my calories all week, pretty much staying in range, and I've done a LOT of exercise. (Well, it's a lot for me anyway.) <BR> <BR> To tell the truth, I snuck a peek ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:52:03 EST Friday 10/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516690 I'm killing time here, til it gets light enough outside to go walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we were really slow at work again, because it rained pretty much all day. So I got into chair exercises. I looked at the SABF (sit and be fit) links from the Daisies, but for some reason none of that stuff would link & load on the computer at work. So I searched youtube. Did Coach Nicole's abs video, then a Paul Eugene abs video, and then I found Jackie Tally's chicken fat chair exercise. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:25:09 EST Work Your Happiness Muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515778 So we were really slow at work yesterday, because it was raining. When you work at a marina.... well there's not many people who'd go boating in the rain. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I looked through my latest Women's Health. And there's a little snippet in there about "working your happiness muscles". It says that increasing your fitness routine boosts your life satisfaction-- which is how closely your current life situation matches your goals for how you want your life to be in terms of health,... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 06:47:56 EST Tuesday 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514142 Okay so we made it through Day 3. I don't know about the rest of y'all, but "Day 3" is always so much tougher than Day 1 or Day 2. Day 1 I'm all fired up to get started and just chock full of motivation. Day 2 the novelty is wearing off a little, but I'm still determined. And then comes ... Day 3. This is the point at which the little evil twin in my head starts talking to me. "You've been so good. You can have (whatever it is that's my trigger food and would set me off on an eat-a-ra... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:47:15 EST Monday 10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513004 Made it through yesterday (Day 2) of the challenge.. 54 days to go. I find that I can do/ handle/ put up with just about anything, if I know when it's going to end. It's the stuff with no definite end point, that's hard. <BR> <BR> Last week I took my copy of The Spark to work and did a little reading. The section I read was on Streaks, and it talked about setting up a definite end point. Like, I will stay within my calorie range for xx weeks or whatever, and then you set yourself up a r... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 09:13:45 EST LTGL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512036 Well, I made it through Day 1 of the 5% Fall Challenge. <em>244</em> Only 55 days to go. <BR> <BR> I've been mulling over the phrase: Living The Good Life. We get LTGL challenges to do; this week it's drinking water. Which is easy for me, I get lots of water with no problem. No, it's the actual phrase itself and not this week's action item that I've been thinking about. I reckon I don't normally think of "healthy habits" as Living The Good Life. I reckon I associate it more with ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 03:40:14 EST Last of the Challenge preparations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511284 9) Track your progress with a measuring tape. Took my measurements. <BR> <BR> 10) Strategize. List reasons/ excuses why your diet & exercise plans have not been well executed in the past. List 3 or 4, write a strategy (learn from past behaviors). <BR> <BR> All or nothing attitude. I can be either really really good.... or really really bad. Staying within my calorie range... or bingeing. <BR> I plan my food for the day in advance-- but then swap out or add in things, and don't upd... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 05:57:57 EST 5% Challenge assignments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506019 I am really bad at writing blogs. <BR> <BR> I'm fixin' to take part in a 5% Fall Challenge, and there's a bunch of assignments we're supposed to do, to get ready for it. I discovered I was a little behind on the assignments, the exact same day I came down with some sort of virus. So I was behind to begin with, and I'm even more behind now. However if the virus I had was the flu, I reckon I'm ahead on that since they've barely started pushing the flu shots at us. <BR> <BR> 1) Intro & Exe... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 13:11:32 EST An Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323692 My how time flies, whether you're having fun or not! <BR> <BR> I'm still Shredding. I've been on Level 3 for a while now; in some ways it's easier than Level 2. And in some ways, it's harder. I do not do the jumping stuff-- for the most part my knees don't bother me but I'm not stupid enough to push my luck on that. I'm no spring chicken. <BR> <BR> By my calculations (since I don't Shred every day) I've got 5 more sessions to do, and then I'll take my ending measurements. I've found ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:06:39 EST Nothing New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300805 Well, it's been over a week since I wrote anything. So I reckon it's time for an update. <BR> <BR> Actually, not much is new. I'm still Shredding. Still on Level 2. I'll tell you, it's rough-- I always end up dripping sweat. It's the only time I've ever looked forward to working my abs; the only time you get any rest in the workout, is when you get to lie down and work the abs. (oh yippee) <BR> <BR> I was supposed to go back to work on Monday, but we've got a couple really cold days ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 12:52:50 EST Random thoughts on weight and fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290869 So I'm sitting here, dragging my feet a little on getting started on the Shred for today. I've done it 10 times already so I'm a third of the way through. <BR> <BR> I got to thinking Saturday, while the sweat was dripping off my face-- Natalie, who does the advanced moves, is not a skinny little toothpick of a girl. She is tall (or at least, taller than Jillian and Anita) and fit, but is still a big girl. So fit does not equal really thin. <BR> <BR> I've hit a point in my journey where ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:04:33 EST Lord, have mercy on me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283771 Well. Today was Day 8 for me, for the 30 Day Shred. And I decided I was a little bored with Level One. I can do a bunch of stuff somewhere in between Anita (beginner) and Natalie (advanced), and sometimes I use slightly heavier weights. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I had it in my mind that we're supposed to stay at each level for 10 days. There is an introduction (that you can NOT fast forward through) where Jillian clearly says to move on when you're ready. Obviously I can practice "sele... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:42:30 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278770 Shredded again today. I made it through the workout, but there were a couple times there where I seemed to be having trouble. I'm still on Level one, and while it's true that some of my moves are getting more advanced, I would've thought it would be getting "easier" by now. <BR> <BR> Looked at my Trackers-- I've burned more calories this week than I'd planned. (But not a whole lot more.) And while my calories eaten over the course of the week averages out to the middle of my range-- th... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:30:02 EST Update on the Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275628 The 30 Day Shred is actually going well (so far). Took Saturday off & Shredded Sunday and Monday. Took yesterday off (just did cardio) and am fixin' to rise up and go exercise. <BR> <BR> I am really anxious to see some results. And I like the fact that it's only 20 minutes, and seems so do-able. Not easy, but I can make it through the workouts. At the same time, though, since it includes strength training and I'm working my muscles to fatigue-- I'm thinking that I really ought to be do... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:34:01 EST More on shredding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269610 Did okay the first couple days of the 30 day shred. (I will admit to following Anita, who does the modified moves, more so than Natalie who does the more advanced stuff.) Woke up this morning with some seriously shrieking muscles, and a bad crick in my neck. Which I think is due more to how I slept, than anything I did during the workout. <BR> <BR> sigh. I am going to take today off from shredding, tend to my sore muscles, load up on protein, and have a go tomorrow. <BR> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:05:06 EST 30 Day Shred http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267409 In my ongoing quest for something quick to do, I decided to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. <BR> <BR> I was going to wait for March 1st to start-- but I went ahead and started today. Surprizingly, I think I did okay. The jumping stuff is a little harder on me so I alternated with some fast jogging in place. Made it through the whole first workout, and I really like the circuit training kind of thing. <BR> <BR> I must admit I got a little distracted at one point, wondering if Jillian's... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:06:32 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064558 Well it's been a loooong time since I wrote a blog. We finally moved, I started working more hours and ealier in the morning, yada yada yada. I felt like a deer in the headlights for a while there. <BR> <BR> BUT I've still been here, even though I haven't been anywhere near as active on SparkPeople as I was last winter and spring. All the other times I'd started on Spark, something would derail me and I just wouldn't get back on track. Until after I'd gained all the weight back, plus mor... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:02:16 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919260 omg, I can't believe another week's gone by already. I've spent the week working, then coming home to root through moving boxes looking for stuff. I have no idea where all my bras are. To top everything off, I am sick. The kind of sick where you just don't care about much of anything anymore, because if you cared it'd mean you needed to rise up and do stuff. And I can't hardly rise up at all. My DH, who is usually a bit of a slug, is all gung-ho today and it is annoying me. <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:42:08 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908752 I've gained a couple three pounds. : ( <BR> <BR> I have so much to do, I can't hardly think straight. : ( <BR> <BR> BUT I am indeed still here. : ) Sat, 2 Jun 2012 12:55:17 EST On moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898523 Closing on the house went as expected on Friday; however, the move isn't going as we'd hoped. The movers ran into delays with the job before ours so they did not get to us yesterday. Maybe today, maybe next week Tuesday. (sigh) <BR> <BR> It's very hot. There are a gazillion bugs out here in the woods. And a bunch of dead frogs in the driveway. (How's that for an excuse not to walk, the dead frogs are beyond gross. Someone told me they're probably toads and not actually frogs; whateve... Sat, 26 May 2012 07:35:04 EST On maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885424 Well, I've given some thought to this lately and I'm still not sure exactly what I want to say. <BR> <BR> When I first hit my goal weight, I was a little afraid to increase my calories, or even allow myself a treat here and there. I had been so totally focused on losing weight for (what seems like) sooo long, that I stuck to the straight and narrow. And then stuff happened-- we started looking for a house, we went out to eat a LOT. And I no longer wanted to order the low-cal grilled chic... Thu, 17 May 2012 09:36:25 EST Another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4870426 Back from our trip to Ohio to see Jackie graduate from Kent State. It was fabulous to spend time with my sisters, and to see my older son as well!! <BR> <BR> It was a mix of eating really healthy, and no-so-healthy. We went out to eat a lot, and for the most part there was no nutritional information. The good news is that I've learned enough through SparkPeople, that I can choose fairly wisely even without the information. <BR> <BR> And I still fit in my clothes. I'm at my goal weight, ... Mon, 7 May 2012 11:49:08 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860830 So we finally found a house, have a contract, just getting all the inspections done and working with the bank for a mortgage. <BR> <BR> Fixin' to leave for Ohio for my niece's college graduation. <BR> <BR> Still struggling with getting enough exercise. And my eating seems to be either not enough or too much. In the past, I always let things like this totally derail me and I'd go back to my old ways (no exercise at all and eating whatever wasn't moving or moldy). Which is why I've been a ... Tue, 1 May 2012 09:21:33 EST Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852959 So I've been really stressed lately. And I haven't done so well with my exercising. And my food choices have been.... embarassing. I haven't gained any weight, but I'm not very proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I've lost and gained so much weight over the years-- I knew all along that maintenance was going to be the hardest part for me, tough as it was to lose the weight in the first place. I'm well over 50, past menopause, hypothyroid, yada yada yada. <BR> <BR> I know I can't continue to sl... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 09:13:49 EST Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843645 I don't ever have much call to run, during my routine daily activities. But yesterday I ran twice. We had a bit of a medical emergency at the Boat Dock yesterday. We're way out in the country-- it is faster to load the person in a car and drive them to the hospital, than to call for an ambulance. <BR> <BR> So I ran up the hill to the parking lot to fetch my car. And then at the hospital, I parked at the ER entrance, got Mary inside, and after checking her in I went to move the car. I h... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 07:46:52 EST Weigh-in at the Doctor's office http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840418 Went to the doctor yesterday morning for a 6 months check up. It was the first time in just about forever, that I truly enjoyed stepping on a scale in a somewhat public place. After setting down my 20 pound purse and my jacket, I almost gleefully hopped on-- and it said 143.8. Fully dressed with a couple cups of coffee in me already. WooHoo, go me!! <BR> <BR> While the nurse expressed some pleasure at my current weight, I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't any "WooHoo-ing" among e... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 05:25:52 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838779 There was an article featured yesterday; something along the lines of, is your breakfast boring. I didn't read the article-- I don't find my breakfast boring at all. Every day for the past several years, I've eaten pretty much the same thing for breakfast. One serving of Fiber One mixed with another kind of cereal (for extra flavor, as Fiber One is pretty bland) plus a tablespoon of raisins. And then one serving of nonfat vanilla yogurt. <BR> <BR> I love my breakfast! Ever since I boug... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:49:04 EST Has it been (almost) a week already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825921 Hard to believe that the last blog I wrote was almost a whole week ago... Time flies whether you're having fun or not. <BR> <BR> Did okay all week til Friday. I did some jogging in the morning and even though I ate the same thing I usually have for breakfast, I was starving. So instead of eating the apple in my bag (at work) or even eating my sandwich early.... I ate a candy bar. (sigh) And then it was all downhill from there. <BR> <BR> I don't know if that little bit of exertion real... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 18:55:31 EST April goals, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817544 So today I managed to get the cardio in before work. I did Week 3, Day 2 of the Walk/Jog to a 5k-- and am really pleased about that! I got some extra exercise in today, with the stairs at work. And did the strength training after supper. <BR> <BR> Did okay with the eating, too. I carried a rather large food supply to work, to make sure I had plenty of healthy choices. Overall, a good day. <BR> <BR> I know I've got some extra stress on me lately, with going back to work full time and ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:21:40 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4815599 After the rough week I had last week, I'm thinking the start of a new month is an opportunity to set some goals for myself, for the month ahead. <BR> <BR> The first one would have to be-- get into a new routine for exercise. I can get the cardio in if I get going as soon as it gets light outside. It's finding time for the strength training that's an issue. So by the end of April, I want to be settled into a new routine. <BR> <BR> And then-- this past week, with less free time on my han... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 20:16:58 EST The week that was http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812793 I reckon it's time to write a blog and review the week that was. <BR> <BR> It did not start out too well. I had an absolute meltdown at work, and ate waaaay too much really crappy stuff. I've done pretty good the rest of the week, and when I weighed myself this morning, I'm still at the same weight. I think what upset me so much about it was the absolute lack of control-- once I started eating junk, I just kept going and going. (sigh) I still have a lot to learn. <BR> <BR> The house... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:46:53 EST On house hunting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804619 Ok, so we're looking to buy a house. And we look at all these MLS listings, reading through the descriptions the agents who listed the houses, write. And I've come to the conclusion that real estate agents are sort of like used car salesmen. They totally gloss over anything negative, or use terms that disguise reality. <BR> <BR> For example, "dollhouse" means the house is really small. "Quaint" means nothing has been updated since the house was built. "Well landscaped" means only that t... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 21:27:15 EST