MOSTMOM1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOSTMOM1 MOSTMOM1'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/ Crazy Hoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930168 I’ve been waiting for a chance to share this crazy hoop with y’all! Have you ever seen anything like it? As I said in the vlog, if you have a hoop like this and love it, that’s great. Whatever floats your boat. I’m gonna save mine for special occasions… <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4944148-fd48-47c3-b821-b6e5b7e76140.JPG"> <BR> It looks like it has google eyes! Why is SP posting my pics upside-down? <BR> <BR> But I love having friends who think of me... Mon, 18 May 2015 12:19:36 EST That Bit About the Bathtub http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926051 Hello SparkWorld!!! I've missed hanging out with y'all! How are you? Doing okay? Still plugging along and being extra awesome? Of course you are! I've been crazy busy, but I think I'm going to be able to get back to weekly, or bi-weekly blogging now. I hope so, because it really helps me stay on track! <BR> <BR> Mother's Day is just about over, but I'm sharing this video anyway. Why? Because it's ridiculously real and we're all about being authentic here, right? I'm sure some of you will be ... Sun, 10 May 2015 23:20:11 EST I Wish I Had A Scale For This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889982 Often, during my SparkJourney, I’ve caught myself saying, “I wish I had a scale to measure attitude.” If so, I would be a Success Story on the cover of a magazine! Not that I’m all that, but my whole attitude and outlook on weight loss, body image, etc., has completely changed. I think I’ve lost 200 pounds of negative. It certainly feels that way. Here’s how I know: <BR> <BR> Last week, when I stepped on the scale, I realized that, rather than being 40+ pounds down from where I started, I wa... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 16:20:33 EST Snow Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880810 Yes, I'm getting over a cold, but we had the best snowfall yesterday. It snowed nice and steadily all day and it was packing snow! Impossible for me to ignore. Remember, I grew up down South, where we had more ice than snow. It's still a novelty to me, even after living up here for 15 years. Love it. And come on, I have this hilarious dog. You can't expect me not to film Bubba, taking on the snow, can you? <BR> <BR> Snow Days, not just for kids. Nope, not at all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:27:52 EST Car Concert: Sing Along! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879321 Do you have Cabin Fever? Has Winter got you down? Or are you someplace sunny and warm? Makes no difference. What you need is a Car Concert SingAlong! Yes, yes you do. Follow the bouncing ball. And a one, and a two, and a three... <BR> Side note: I posted this video for my friends on Facebook and some of them posted a video response, of them singing along. HAPPY PEOPLE! :) <BR> <BR> I can't help it. Haircuts make me happy. I had a uke in the car. it was bound to happen. This haircut is excep... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:35:12 EST Office Hooping: Monday Morning Dance Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872693 Why would this short, round, middle-aged woman hoop in the dark, to Michael Jackson? Because that’s just what this Monday needs! Ha ha. Ignore the poor audio/video quality and get up and dance with me! I’m trying to work hooping back into my daily routine. Easing back into it, a song at a time. I’ve been waist hooping, off and on, for a while, but I forgot how great hoop dancing is for cardio! If one song gets me winded, Mama needs to get her groove back! <BR> <BR> Other than hooping, I’m st... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 18:14:55 EST What Makes You Feel Like a Superhero? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868146 Join Bubba the WonderDog on his heroic walk this morning. Okay, so it wasn’t all that heroic; it was just a typical, chilly walk around the neighborhood. But Bubba made it look good. It’s nice to have friends who make clothes for your dog. Seriously, people, this doesn’t happen every day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452840736.jpg"> <BR> Everyone should have a monogrammed cape. <BR> <BR> Speaking of awesome friends, check out my gift from our Crazies Chris... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:34:52 EST National Kazoo Day - It's a Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865382 If you're expecting an inspirational, motivational post about weight loss, look elsewhere today. This is absurdly off-topic. Some of my friends pointed out to me that yesterday was National Kazoo Day. Yes, it's a thing. They were shocked that I hadn't done anything to observe the holiday. Being an avid kazoo fan since I was a child, I felt the burden of guilt. So, I decided to celebrate a day late. And for no reason whatsoever, I'm sharing this video with you. Because I can. <BR> <BR> Yes, ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:40:01 EST The Long Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860937 I shot this vlog on Wednesday, but I’m just getting the chance to post it. I went to the doc yesterday and ended up getting a little loopy on the meds he gave me. Here is the conversation in my house last night (Logan-DS, Audrey-DD, Randy-DH): <BR> <BR> ME: (editing video at my desk) Whoa. <BR> LOGAN: Why do you look like that? <BR> &#8232;ME: Huh? <BR> LOGAN: Why do you look like that, all weird and miserable? <BR> ME: I dunno. I feel weird. <BR> RANDY: You’re slurring your words. <BR> ME: ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:02:38 EST Happy New Year, Sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850386 Happy New Year to you! Better late than never, right? I know January is just a new page on the calendar, but I love thinking of fresh starts. I used to make sweeping, grand resolutions. They were fun to make, easier to break. Lol. Now, I'm more about making small, ongoing goals throughout the year. Example: Today, I want to accomplish these two things; or this week I'm going to work on this--stuff like that. <BR> <BR> That said, I do have a couple of long-term goals this year. My besties (t... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:54:21 EST The Streak Continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832411 Just thought I’d give a quick update about my exercise streak. It continues to live on, like its own personal entity. Today is Day 1342 of at least 10-minutes or more. Lately, it’s been a lot of 15-minute days, a LOT. But that’s okay, because it keeps me going and that’s worth something to me. <BR> <BR> And check it out, I finally got new shoes! A couple of folks asked me what kind of shoes I got. My initial reply is, “What I found on sale at Famous Footwear.” You gotta understand, I don’t ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:23:53 EST Freezer Meals with Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822450 Have you had a long Monday? Please, allow me to share this picture of Bubba, trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue (that’s what I think he’s doing, anyway). He is NOT saying, "Pbpbpbpb" to winter. He likes the snow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l802953022.jpg"> <BR> There. Doesn’t that make things better? <BR> <BR> I meant to blog about this last week, but got slammed at work, so I’m just now getting a chance. You know how I’m a Freezer Meal Fiend, right?... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:59:42 EST Unedited hOOp Vlog: Shake it OFF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813755 Does this short, round, middle-aged woman have any shame? Apparently not. Yet another unedited hOOp vlog, because I had to get away from my desk and you know that I share these things. <BR> <BR> CONFESSION TIME <BR> The scale bounced up a couple of pounds over the last two weeks. But it’s no mystery; no, it’s not. Here are the Terrible Things I Did To Make The Scale Go Up: <BR> <BR> —Halloween Candy: I’m not going to lie. I like candy. When I was a kid, I wished I were Charlie Bucket and li... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:48:50 EST The Nose Flute: First (Possibly Last) Attempt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805493 Need a little boost to your Monday, something to lighten up the beginning of your work week? This may or may not be it. Who am I to judge? I just know that if someone gives me something called a Nose Flute, I have to share. Is this SparkWorthy? Yes, yes it is. This is how I make my life an adventure, people— trying new things, testing new kazoos. Someone has to do it. And now we all know that the Nose Flute, the ORIGINAL Nose Flute, is a difficult instrument. I tested it for you, so you won’t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:46:14 EST Fine-tuning the Freezer Meal Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801411 If we've been friends for a while, you know that meal prep has always been my Achilles heel. I don't enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Cooking is not my forté. Need I remind you of the cookbook I set on fire, while trying to cook and read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire simultaneously? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1667074582.jpg"> <BR> The pages are melted together. I keep it, as a humble reminder that reading and cooking don't mix. <BR> <BR> Lately, y... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:07:45 EST Walking Confessional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792969 I took my camera along on our walk Friday morning, but I’m just now getting around to posting the video. I was a little under the weather over the weekend, but doing better now. Walking is a great time for me to think, process things and sometimes, admit how I’m feeling about stuff. Let’s consider this a “walking confessional.” Maybe you’ll be able to relate, or maybe you’ll just enjoy seeing the Halloween decorations. :) <BR> <BR> I love walking in our neighborhood; there’s always something... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:48:44 EST Mandatory, Unedited hOOp Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784307 It really and truly did take a solid six months to recover from the Death By Bulldog Knee Sprain. I've been walking and stuff, but it's only been within the last couple of weeks that my knee actually felt 100%. 100%! Like, I can't even tell when it's going to rain anymore. I can't even tell that it was ever injured. As optimistic as I am, I wasn't sure if that was going to happen. But lo and behold, it has. <BR> <BR> You know what that means, don't you? This short, round, middle-aged woman ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:12:28 EST Backyard Concert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780223 A backyard accordion concert—just what you need, to start off your Monday! I’ve been working on this song for weeks, so I thought I would share, because I think it’s important for you to monitor my accordion progress. EVERYTHING awesome is SparkWorthy, right? Of course it is! <BR> <BR> As I mention in the video, I played this song in church yesterday morning. I’m telling you; this place lets me get away with just about anything. Heh heh. If you’re curious about how we used it in the service,... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:22:03 EST Back to School - Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765014 For me, the start of the school year feels more like New Year’s Day, than the actual New Year’s Day. Something about a fresh start and a clean slate, new pencils and all that. Back to school also means back on a regular schedule for me, and that’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes, I want to fight the clock during those early morning wake-up calls. And sometimes, it’s frustrating to have to drop everything, to go pick up kids from school. But it’s super easy to find the silver lining there. E... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:15:43 EST Bubba Walk: Different Kind of Adventure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757755 Took a muggy, morning walk with Bubba and rambled about stuff I’m trying and going to try. Kind of a long vlog for me, but wanted to share a couple of things, in case it helps anyone else. Feel free to learn from my mistakes! (Also feel free to skip entirely.) I’m okay with slow and steady, as long as I’m learning along the way. <BR> <BR> I won’t bother restating everything I said in the vlog. Suffice it to say, I’m still doing freezer meal prep for dinners. And now I’m going to extend that... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:10:03 EST Accordion Garage Concert: Something About a Goose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748133 I know you’ve eagerly awaited the next Laundry Room Accordion Concert. Honestly, how have you lasted this long? How? I regret to inform you that Accordion Concerts are now being held in the garage. Now you know. Why am I sharing this? Because I can. And I think it’s highly SparkWorthy, to share whenever you’re trying and learning new things—even if it’s the accordion. Heaven help us. <BR> <BR> Accordion matters aside, here’s a little vacation update. If you read my last blog, you’ll know tha... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:25:56 EST Quick Drive-By Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738670 I AM ON VACATION!!! Woo to my exhausted hoo! I haven't taken any time off, since I went back to work in September, so I'm definitely ready for a break. I'm getting ready to do massive amounts of laundry, so Audrey, my BFF, her daughter and I can head out for a girls-only, road trip. WOOT! And guess what? The guys still have a couple of freezer meals left, so they're set. How about that? <BR> <BR> Quick Watermelon Update: Apparently, this is the summer for me to try 14 different ways to slice... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:26:22 EST Freezer Meal Marathon--VICTORY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733753 I survived my first Freezer Meal Marathon last week! Okay, technically, I’ve done a freezer meal workshop before, but this was the first time I did it solo. Audrey and I took a couple of days, scouring the Internet for recipes and building a shopping list. Honestly, the recipes aren’t “diet” recipes. They’re just regular food, made in bulk quantities or prepped ahead of time and frozen. I’m not that concerned about “diet” food. I’m more interested in “real” food, less processed stuff, smaller... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:15:27 EST The Giant, Watermelon Slicer & Hokey Pokey in Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727746 First, let me explain—I took a much-needed day off yesterday and spent it at my BFF’s (Shelley with an “ey”) house. We made pita bread pizzas, had organic popcorn and watermelon for dessert, while we watched a documentary about the font, Helvetica. Why? Because we’re graphic design nerds and we’re not ashamed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l951382711.jpg"> <BR> Yes, we watched a whole movie about this font. Nerds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:50:23 EST hOOping again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720732 I survived the Holiday Trifecta!!! A big chunk of my job involves production details for holiday services, so the back to back of Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day is a doozy. It's been a lot of fun, a lot of work and it took its toll on me. I was worn out from hauling 22 lb bags of ice, 400+ cans of pop and running down a myriad of details. I had to ice my knee for two days afterwards, but I'm feeling like myself again. Huzzah! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:25:02 EST Bubba Walk: Harness and the Gulpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708962 I figure since Bubba is a SparkDog, he should share what works for him, in case any of his four-legged friends out there might be interested. So, this morning, we went for a walk in the park and tried out two new things for my walking buddy. <BR> <BR> The pet store had a carseat harness on sale yesterday, so we had the BubbaMeister fitted. I don't know if he likes it, but it works. And he gets excited when I get it out, because he knows he's going somewhere. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:19:08 EST Laundry Room Concert: Oh, wie wohl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706830 I’m sharing my first, laundry room, accordion concert with y’all. Aren’t you lucky?? Why am I sharing this? Because it’s my blog and apparently, I can. Plus, one of my favorite things to do in life, is to try and learn new things. This is just one of those new things. Enjoy. It won’t hurt my feelings if you turn the volume off. Remember, I’m a BEGINNER! <BR> <BR> Hey, I had some big, Spark-related news that I forgot to share with you a couple of weeks ago. The doc completely released me fro... Fri, 30 May 2014 13:38:24 EST When I lose 50 lbs, it'll be easier to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698269 In my ongoing attempt to SparkClean, I now have a new motivational coloring page and updated vision collage. But first, the big news. One of my friends gave me her mother's vintage accordion, circa 1925. So I get to add an accordion to my act! What act? My ongoing life act, which involves my own personal circus/one-woman band in my yard/house. Coming soon, to a living room near you! But seriously, playing the accordion is one of the things on my Life List. My ten-year old self would be so pro... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:44:45 EST Don't Stop Believin' (Mother's Day parody) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693248 Hope y'all had a great weekend. I had an amazing Mother's Day. It's one of my favorite days at work, because we have so much fun with it. I thought I would share one of the bits with you, just for fun. There was a slight incident when I misfired a confetti cannon, but hey, nobody got hurt. It's all fun and games, until the cannon misfires... <BR> <BR> And there was this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l849930684.jpg"> <BR> Reading from my Junior High poetry journal, ... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:41:10 EST Bi-Weekly Blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691204 Hmm, a bi-weekly blog, I’m making progress! The best-laid plans of mice and men, eh? Fear not, I haven’t fallen off the SparkWagon. I’m truckin’ along, just having to do my online Sparking in spurts right now, because of work. Today is Day 1125 of my exercise streak. Bubba and I took a walk, I’ll do a little PT for my knee later, and practice my amazing dance moves for Mother’s Day (yes, we have an 80’s dance number). So yes, I’m still Sparking, baby! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:17:06 EST Spring Cleaning, SparkStyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677426 I'm trying to get back to blogging weekly, but things get a little hectic around holidays. Hope you had a great Easter, if you celebrate Easter. I was taking Bubba for a walk this morning and thinking about a few things. Thought I'd share them with y'all, in case any of you are on the same page. Sometimes it's good to do a little spring cleaning with goals and stuff. That's what I'm thinking about right now. So, what do YOU like about yourself, right now, as you are? I'm curious. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:52:31 EST Cleared for Take-Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668348 Making progress! Last week, my doc said I could ease my way back onto the elliptical and walk Bubba, provided he doesn't try to kill me again... I don't have to wear the bionic brace anymore; I've graduated to a smaller, elastic one, so I'm happy about that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1887036939.jpg"> <BR> Slowly, as tolerated... <BR> <BR> I had my first Physical Therapy session this morning and it went well. I have a good range of motion in my knee, but ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:06:26 EST Chair Hooping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653373 Oops, missed a week blogging. Gotta get back on schedule! Finally got a chance to try something I've wanted to try, ever since the dreaded knee incident--Chair Hooping. Yes, folks, turns out it IS possible. Who knew? Doing whatever I can do, to keep my streak alive in a fun way, whether it's chair boxing, upper body strength training, or this--Chair Hooping. <BR> PS: Bubba helped shoot this video. Please note his BubbaCam shots. lol <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great weekend and get to do some... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:19:45 EST Quick Update--Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642759 Howdy! Just popping in for a super quick update to my last blog. Saw the doc Thursday for MRI results and it was-- <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2048356996.jpg"> <BR> OPTION A!! <BR> <BR> WOOOHOOOOO!!! Nothing was torn, broken, or ripped asunder. Just an exceptionally angry medial collateral ligament. I think this was one case where being short helped me. I hit the ground so fast, nothing had time to tear. What can I say, hobbits rule! I have to continue taki... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 09:45:15 EST Out of Left Field, Literally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636073 Know how life can sometimes hit you, out of left field? Well, sometimes that’s not just a figure of speech… <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1803211535.jpg"> <BR> Out of left, (okay, really it was right) field <BR> <BR> I like to call this incident “Death by Bulldog.” Wednesday evening, Bubba and I took a 45-minute walk. It was great. The weather was brisk, but it was sunny. I had just enough time to squeeze in a walk, before I headed back to work. When we got b... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:07:07 EST Overly Dramatic Bulldog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630156 Remember how I said I had always wanted a dog I could walk on a leash? Well, Bubba is definitely that dog!! He's used to me taking him for at least a 20-30 minute walk every day. Most days, I'm using that as additional exercise, on top of what I had already planned for the day. Pretty nifty way of working in some extra exercise. Bubba will help me keep the streak alive! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share this tiny clip with you, just for fun. I was working yesterday and just about to leave my desk... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:36:33 EST Iceberg, Dead Ahead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626668 Oogah, oogah! Clang, clang, clang! “Iceberg, dead ahead, Cap’n!” That’s what I heard in my head, when I stepped on the scale Saturday morning. If you’re tired of my blogging about my latest struggle with the scale, I totally understand. Feel free to skip ahead to something more entertaining. I’m just trying to sort through stuff here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257339352.jpg"> <BR> Iceberg, dead ahead! <BR> <BR> I’ve experienced some alarming weight gain,... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:27:21 EST Meet Bubba! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620749 Can’t believe I haven’t blogged in two weeks! Work has kept me busy and so has this guy. Meet Bubba, our new SparkDog! Bubba is an almost-three-year old, 55 lb., English Bulldog. He’s our second bully. When we were first married, we had an English bulldog named Phyllis. She was a sweetheart and even helped teach our son to walk. He would pull up on her hindquarters and toddle around. Randy is particularly fond of this breed. I think because they look like him! Check it out—Bubba is my husband... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:19:12 EST Upside-Down Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599430 Upside-down thinking is one of the most valuable skills I’m honing during my SparkJourney. Know what I'm talking about? This is where I take something I've held onto for a while, flip it upside-down, and look at it from a different perspective. Take my Secret Power of Awesome. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250600 </link> <BR> I’m not allowed to say anything negative about myself. Changing the way I spoke and thought about myself was a huge... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 21:24:47 EST Day 1000 (with a little help from my friends) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584748 Friday marked Day 1,000 of my exercise streak, but I’m just now getting a chance to blog about it. Woo to my Sparky hoo! No big parties, no lavish productions. My best-laid plans went slightly askew, which prompted me to fall back on my trusty elliptical. But you know what? That totally worked, made perfect sense, actually. Because if I’ve learned anything in the last 1,000 days, it’s that you have to choose to keep going, even when plans go slightly askew. That’s how Day 1 leads to Day 1,000... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:11:50 EST Just a Few Christmasy Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568144 Howdy, Sparkers! <BR> I'm neck-deep in tech stuff this week, but I had to show you something that popped up on the radio this morning. I drive Randy's car in the mornings when I drop Audrey off at school. He has satellite radio with one of those display monitors. Sometimes, it cuts off part of the song title. I had to pull over to take a picture of this one, because I thought SparkWorld could relate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1530013724.jpg"> <BR> I do too... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:20:07 EST Snowy Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560682 Nothing big or important, just a snowy walk through the neighborhood. Gotta get out while you can! <BR> <BR> Spark ON, Brave Sparkers! Mon, 9 Dec 2013 16:56:39 EST Community Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555016 I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks. There was one week I barely even did status updates. There’s a reason for that. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. But there’s something that I’m taking away from it and I think it’s SparkWorthy enough to share. It’s something I already knew, but have an even deeper appreciation for now. <BR> <BR> Community matters. I’m not talking about your town, or where you live, necessarily. I mean real community— people you do life with. These last couple of wee... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:41:30 EST Minor Adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536434 Wow, can’t believe I’m just now making time to blog this week. It’s been chock full of work and play (sometimes, simultaneously). Tuesday was Election Day and I decided to walk to the polls. It’s not that far, a couple of miles to the library. It was a beautiful fall morning, perfect day for that kind of walk. So, I walked to the library, voted, headed to the grocery store and then hoofed it back home. It was a 90-minute walk and I ended up with over 16,000 steps that day. <BR> <img src="ht... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 09:31:43 EST Revamping The Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525604 Thank you SO much for all the friendly feedback from my last vlog! I knew you’d be helpful; that’s why I posted my dilemma. I got some really great advice and it’s helping me think things through some more. Yes, I over-think things sometimes. Often. Regularly. What can I say, the wheels are always turning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l526116427.jpg"> <BR> This is what my brain feels like sometimes. I wish thinking hard burned calories. I’d be on the cover of... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:49:53 EST Contemplating Breaking My Streak (with video this time) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519776 Okay, I'll try posting this again and see if the video comes through this time... Sparkgremlins at work? <BR> <BR> Yes, you read that correctly, I’m contemplating breaking my exercise streak. Not today. Today was Day 926 and I took an hour-long walk in the park. Today was a great day to streak. No, I’m contemplating breaking my streak at Day 1,000. <BR> <BR> If you’re late to the party, here are my streaking rules: At least ten minutes of intentional exercise (not just walking around the gr... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:28:51 EST Contemplating Breaking My Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519696 Check the vlog right above this one--the video finally loaded... <BR> <BR> Yes, you read that correctly, I’m contemplating breaking my exercise streak. Not today. Today was Day 926 and I took an hour-long walk in the park. Today was a great day to streak. No, I’m contemplating breaking my streak at Day 1,000. <BR> <BR> If you’re late to the party, here are my streaking rules: At least ten minutes of intentional exercise (not just walking around the grocery store, or housework) every single... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:00:11 EST Not Quite the Plank Warrior... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517687 I planned on walking and vlogging this morning; had something I wanted to bounce off y'all. But it's grey and rainy, so i'll chug along on the elliptical today and take a walk with y'all on Monday instead. I love walking outside in the fall, here in Ohio. It's absolutely beautiful right now, with all the leaves changing. We didn't have a lot of trees where I grew up and the ones that did seemed to drop their leaves overnight. So, Fall is still a novelty to me and I love it. <BR> <BR> Know w... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:20:58 EST Planking with Pudding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510790 This is, quite possibly, my shortest blog ever. But I wanted to shout a victorious WOOHOO about the planking challenge I posted in my last blog. I can actually do a one-minute plank. I had no idea I could do that. Isn't it fun when you can surprise yourself? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786196671.jpg"> <BR> Planking with Pudding provides extra motivation. If you fall, you squish the pig. Squishing pigs is highly frowned upon in this house. <BR> <BR> Spark ON... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:18:47 EST World Hoop Day Woohoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505178 Happy World hOOp Day!!! (Yes, it's a thing, a real thing.) In honor of today's hoopiness, I decided to try to learn a move I've been attempting for a couple of years. It's moving the hoop from your waist, to chest, to shoulders, then up to your hand. I've never been able to come close. Then, one of my hooping SparkBuddies (CIRCULARPRAISE) posted a video on her page and it made a little more sense. So, I tried and--BAM--I'm sorta, kinda, close to doing it! I'm gonna keep trying, to see if I ca... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 12:29:03 EST