MSBEKANATOR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MSBEKANATOR MSBEKANATOR'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/ Happy National Dog Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767784 I looked at instagram a little while ago, and there were about 1.5 million posts that were labeled #nationaldogday. <BR> While I didn't look at all of them, I still figure my little dog is about the cutest one out there. <em>20</em> <BR> I figure that might be disputed by every other dog owner, but oh well, I'm the one writing this blog, lol. <BR> <BR> So I am celebrating my little dog Trixie! (and hoping that all of you that are blessed to have a canine companion are celebrating your d... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:47:51 EST Whole 30 Days 9-12 Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763752 I haven't posted daily, because things are just going so smoothly that there really isn't much to say! I am following the program and I haven't been sick once, which is awesome!!! What a wonderful thing to have that out of my life. Kinda wonder about the reintroducing phase, lol. The awesome thing to me is that when I weighed on day 10, I was down 6 pounds from the start of this. It's a wonderful side benefit, as I didn't pick this for weight loss, but to get my eating cleaned up and figure o... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:31 EST Hey Dee! Thought This Was Awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761198 Loved this little cabin perched on the edge of nowhere! It is in the "town" of Lucia on Highway 1. Lucia is a little stop off with a restaurant, a store, some rental cabins, and this cabin. I didn't see any other homes, but maybe there were some perched lower than we could see? I think the coolest thing was the fact that they had a garden growing out there. What a place to work a garden, lol. I think I would spend too much time looking at the view.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:00:24 EST Whole 30 Day 8 Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761195 Wonderful day on the program. Only thing was figuring which veggies add the most fiber to your diet after I finished a couple of meals and realized I was low on fiber for the day. Yay carrots, lol. Love the fact that there is something new to learn in life every day. We live in such an amazing world of readily available information. Pretty awesome to have the whole world at your fingertips when you are trying to learn something... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed night!! <BR> <BR> Becky Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:47:22 EST Some views of our trip home... Highway 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760629 I thought I would share some random pictures from our trip home, mainly for those of my Sparkfriends that haven't had the opportunity to take this route. It is well worth it, if you ever get the chance, all I can say is DO IT! Every time I go I am enthralled by the breathtaking scenery. This time i was amazed yet again at the people biking it. That would be an incredible journey, as you would see so much more than whizzing by in a car, but I personally would be afraid of the cars going by. Th... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:52:50 EST Whole 30 Day 5-7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760585 Can you believe a week is done! Wow! Time has surely flown by!! <BR> <BR> I finished out my first week sticking to the program with one exception. That exception was the addition of some milk to my iced coffee as we were driving home. I really needed the caffeine, as I was already dragging and it was a long drive back. The coffee was really strong and bitter, and as I had no coconut milk with me, and no store close by, I opted for milk. In all reality it made 0 difference nutrition wise, bu... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:22:41 EST Whole 30 Day 4 Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758393 Just a short update as we are on the road. As I figured, I have been able to find the foods that I needed on the road. I did bring some healthy snacks (veggies, fruits, almonds) to make sure I had them if I needed them to supplement a meal. Glad I did, it helps! <BR> That's it for now, <BR> Hope your day is blessed! <BR> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:53:23 EST Whole 30 Day 3 Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757274 Today was a little rougher of a day. I woke up a little later than I normally do on Sunday, and skipped breakfast to be on time. Bad bad bad idea! <BR> <BR> To help you understand, my normal Sunday schedule is to be at church at 8:30 for the orchestra to practice with the choir. Then we play in the first service (congregational songs, choir, offertory, and sometimes orchestrated parts with the singers who are doing specials.) I leave then and go up to the 1st - 3rd grade girls class I co-te... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:55:00 EST Whole 30 Day 2 Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756682 Just finishing up day two of this new program. Like yesterday, I found the program really easy to stick to, and have ended the day with no cravings. :) I did take their suggestion to add coconut milk to my coffee instead of my usual half and half. It was creamier than black coffee, and had a slight taste of coconut to it. So that part is all well and good, lol. <BR> <BR> I think the most awesome thing about the day is the realization that I can make this program work in "normal" life with ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:58:19 EST Whole 30 Day 1 Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756106 First, I have to say that I completed the book "It Starts With Food" by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig. I found it very interesting, and it seems like it might be very applicable to where I am right now. I would recommend reading it. A friend of mine recommended reading it because I posted an article on my FB page about Paleo that SP published. I decided to download the sample to my kindle, and when I got to the end of the sample I knew I had to read the rest of it, lol. <BR> <BR> As most of m... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 03:18:16 EST It Starts With Food/Whole 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755479 Has anyone done this program? Thoughts about it? Thanks! Fri, 8 Aug 2014 01:23:34 EST What a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742462 We started off our day with a quick trip through Starbucks, and I actually opted for a coffee drink for once, lol. Usually I do one of their tea lemonades unsweetened. <BR> Then we were off for the VA Hospital, to go play for our veterans. This is one of my favorite orchestra activities, as we get to meet so many amazing heroes from the time of WWII on down to those who are serving today. I am always amazed at how much history is represented by those that we are privileged to play for. The ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:22:21 EST So this is where I went.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741861 Thought I would toss up a "few" pictures of the ones I took on our trip this past weekend for some of my friends to be able to see yet another side of CA, lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183235291.jpg"> <BR> The funny looking trees are Joshua trees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l971744566.jpg"> <BR> Another view of the high desert. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2079305602.jpg"> <BR> More sce... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:19:07 EST Happy/Sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741851 Well, I weighed in today as I won't be able to tomorrow... <BR> <BR> The results were a happy/sad kind of moment. I weighed the same as last week, and my initial reaction was a kind of euphoria, because when i got home from our vacation/information trip on Monday I stepped on the scale and was up 2 pounds. (don't even get me started on some of the choices I made as far as food goes on my trip; but the biggest problem I had was portion control, and I think way too much sodium since we were e... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:36:12 EST You Know Your from SoCal when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727428 Nope, nothing to do with health, weight loss, or SP here, just a random list of funny stuff! Of course a wise man said "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine...". so maybe I can squeeze it under health, lol. <BR> <BR> The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway <BR> You consider 65 degrees and below freezing <BR> You get excited when it rains; and any measurable precipitation becomes the lead story on the news <BR> You get mad when earthquakes wake you up… <BR> 70 mile... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:18:00 EST Pep Talk Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723186 Well, this is a pep talk I shared with a Sparkfriend, and it's just something I wanted to save for me for when I need it, lol. Feel free to read it, maybe it will encourage you? Hope so anyways, lol. <BR> <BR> I so understand what you are going through. I work as a volunteer counselor with a faith based addictions program; and I know what you mean about kicking the food addiction. It's not like we can just quit eating. And then as you so aptly said, unhealthy food is literally everywhere ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 04:53:42 EST Lessons from a starfish!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722983 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1413804706.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am starting my 2nd 5% Challenge today, and for the second time I am on the Starfish Team. <BR> <em>141</em> Go Starfish! <em>141</em> <BR> <BR> I absolutely love the motivation and inspiration I receive from the team to help me along in my health goals, and would encourage you to find a challenge team if you don't have one. <BR> <BR> I was arbitrarily assigned the Starfish the first go round, and rej... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 19:29:11 EST My "Declaration of Independence" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721808 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934686648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my time. <BR> It is time to focus on my needs <BR> not to ignore others, <BR> but to stop always putting myself last. <BR> <BR> This is my body. <BR> It is the only body I have, <BR> if I don't take care of it now, <BR> when will I? <BR> <BR> This is my desire. <BR> The desire to break the chains <BR> of those habits holding me down. <BR> To be free, to soar. <BR> <BR> This is my life. <BR> There are a m... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:53:06 EST So far it's been an interesting journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717603 I am still trying to figure out this gluten free thing I have to live with now, by Dr's orders, and I must say that it has it's ups and downs..... The ups are all the new recipes I am happily trying as I love to cook. I made an awesome Thai dish with rice noodles and chicken that I probably would have never even thought about cooking before this change in my life. (can I say I love siracha!!) Going gf certainly has shaken me out of the rut of cooking the same old, same old stuff.... The down... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 03:36:27 EST Visiting my Mom's garden... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707657 I think my Mom's garden has to be one of my favorite places in the world. It is always changing; yet it retains a quality of tranquility and peace that transcends the seasons. There is something very amazing about sitting in the middle of such an exquisite place, enjoying the beauty of your surroundings, and taking in the antics of the birds, squirrels, and rabbits. I love sitting there quietly and waiting until the birds forget you are not a part of the landscape and resume their daily activ... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:52:25 EST Trip pix...part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707649 Thought I would break this down into parts, lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1406994978.jpg"> <BR> Our motel in OR on the way home. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298828758.jpg"> <BR> Just another pretty view! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1973011335.jpg"> <BR> Can you tell I love trees and mountains?? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l811312446.jpg"> <BR> Thought... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:31:24 EST Pix from my trip... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707645 Well, bear with me. I have quite a few pictures I wanted to post. These are from our trip to central CA to pick up my youngest from college, and then a quick jump up the coast to visit my Mom in Olympia, WA. The pictures cover Northern CA (when I thought about my phone camera, lol), OR, and WA. Hope you enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1153454894.jpg"> <BR> Mt. Shasta <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619107143.jpg"> <BR> Origi... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:22:59 EST To answer those questions.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705712 "And sometimes, a complete overhaul is exactly what I need. What about you? Anybody else out there revamping goals, making childhood dreams come true, learning something new? Lemme know. I'm curious. :) " ~Shelli (aka mostmom1 in this Sparkworld of ours) <BR> <BR> The above quote is from my Spark Friend mostmom1's blog "When I lose 50 pounds it will be easier to..." <BR> <BR> If you aren't friends with Shelli, I would highly recommend heading over to her page and checking out her blog/vlo... Thu, 29 May 2014 04:22:15 EST Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676747 I am home finally after a wonderfully busy weekend of music. I am very tired as playing with your heart takes a lot out of you... but I am also very peaceful and contemplative, which is the wonderful state I end up in after i have played a lot. <BR> <BR> We started yesterday with a small ensemble at the VA. It's always piecemeal as to who will be there as Saturdays are busy for so many people and the hospital is well over an hour away; yesterday we ended up with a trombone, a trumpet, a so... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:33:57 EST Manga? Nope, it's not for dinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675466 I had a great afternoon with middle daughter. (4th child) She is on a temporary lay off from work til the end of May, and it is awesome to be able to spend extra time with her. She is very self-sufficient and organized, (not inherited from me, lol) and extremely artistic. Her forte has always been her talent in drawing, with music being secondary. Music is my love, and it was a little bit of a struggle inside of me when she decided to stop lessons and put away the instruments a couple of year... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:53:09 EST What to do? Grain Free or Not? Advice Wanted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675454 As some of my Sparkfriends know, I have been having some health issues the past year and a half. Besides my knee (torn meniscus surgery & arthritis) I have had some gastrointestinal problems. When they did all the blood work, the one that shows sensitivity to gluten came back elevated, but not high enough to be celiac disease. My wonderful doctor said I needed to watch what I eat, make note of how my body responds, etc. So I have been doing that. Seems like lately, if I consume to much of whe... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:07:19 EST How can everyone be right when they don't agree? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655852 It is amazing how many people are out there with the "best" idea/way to acheive optimum health and weight loss. And it is equally amazing how many of them contradict each other. I went to a weight loss/ health seminar tonight, and I am also currently reading a book on adrenal fatigue recommended by a friend, and much of the basic health advice was polar opposites. A friend went with me who attends Weight Watchers (and looks amazing I might add) and her comment was that some of the stuff said ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:30:44 EST The Power of Words... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652902 As some of you know, I work as a volunteer with a faith based addictions program as a small group leader. It is a pretty remarkable experience, and I have to say that it has stretched me and grown me in ways that I never would have expected when I started. I love the ladies in my group, and we have had many interesting discussions during our group time. Tonight's was particularly poignant as we were talking about words. <BR> Words have such an amazing power. They have the power to crush and d... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 04:50:11 EST Do I, or Don't I???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652889 Crazy question to be asking this time of night, lol. It's 12:50a.m. My oldest son, and my middle daughter are driving home from Northern CA to Southern CA as I type. They took my youngest daughter back to college today. They took what we normally do as an overnight trip, and are doing it as a round trip in one day. <BR> So here I sit. Past bedtime, yet not really tired. I am not really worried, it's more a mindfulness mixed with a smidge of worry... Sometimes my faith is not so strong, lol. ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 04:01:13 EST Keepin on Streakin! and other random thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652058 So happy to make it another day! Day six is done. I checked in, I exercised! Woo Hoo!!! <BR> <BR> It feels so right to be back tracking food, making sure I am exercising, checking in here... we are so blessed with the resources we have at our fingertips. Of course, the greatest treasure here on SP are the people. I am almost overwhelmed with the love and kind remarks and encouragement from the people here. I feel blessed, that's all I can say. <BR> <BR> My day didn't go as planned; but do... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:20:36 EST I am so happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651236 I recently reignited my passion to be here on SP, and to jump back into things. Being off and on for a bit really made me realize how much I love this place, and the people that I have been blessed to meet here. <BR> I am on day 5 of my attendance streak (even made a check in on Sunday, which has always been my "struggle to check in day"!), and day 5 of my exercise streakkkkkk!!! That is a ginormous woo hoo!!! I have been struggling with exercise following my knee surgery, and finally decide... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:53:33 EST Winter Wonderland (Southern California style) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563005 Between watching my Spark Friend Shelli's (MostMom1) vlog walk in the snow today, and my friend Dee's (Oten36) Facebook postings of their -20 degree temps (I shudder just thinking about that one), and my daughter posting a screen shot of our temperatures to "cheer up" all her freezing college friends back home in the midwestern, northern and eastern states, I felt the urging to put down how I am feeling about this whole cold thingy going on. So here it goes, with my humble apologies to Richar... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:36:35 EST A to Z~ About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562288 I have had some Spark friends blog this. I thought it was a fun way to get to know each other !! <BR> <BR> A - Available or married: Married to the man of my dreams(and hopefully not his nightmare), almost 29 years. <BR> <BR> B - Book: Always my Bible, and also Nevertheless I Live by Steve Curington. These books have totally transformed my life. <BR> <BR> C - Cake or Pie?: Either, especially lemon... Lemon cookies will do it in a pinch too.... <BR> <BR> D - Drink of Choice: Water, light... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:25:36 EST Thoughts on Mondays.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560610 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407103953.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I have often felt this way about Monday! <BR> <BR> Usually however I love Mondays, as I see them as a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. Everything has been wiped clean, and there is a brand new week with unlimited possibilities ahead. Who couldn't like that? <BR> I love that what happened yesterday is past. It's done! It doesn't matter if I failed miserably, or if I succeeded beyond ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 15:01:15 EST Don't Look Ethel, It's a Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560202 At 6 days old, it's just a baby one, but my Spark Streak is alive and kicking! <BR> <BR> This is my Spark Streak, <BR> Birthed in a dream, <BR> Wrapped in hope of a brighter future, <BR> Nurtured in the encouraging words <BR> of my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> This is my Spark Streak, <BR> The evidence of my goals and desires, <BR> Fueled with the fire of determination <BR> to be healthy, <BR> to change my life for the better. <BR> <BR> This is my Spark Streak, <BR> It's not the first one on... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 03:52:51 EST Welcome Back! (to me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557293 Well, I am going to write one of those posts that are for me, but you are welcome to read it if you want. <BR> <BR> I have been gone from SP for 45 days! That is a lot. Earlier tonight I had a discussion with my self, although some of it was heard by my little dog~ and she just gave me that "not again" look, and rolled over and went back to sleep. Little does she know that the end result of that discussion is going to rock her little world too, lol. No more days snoozing in front of the fire... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 03:54:54 EST Friday Funiez http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478292 Okay, so I got sidetracked... I am not in bed yet, lol. I did come across these and thought I'd share some laughs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1086515633.jpg"> <BR> How I feel when I am on the treadmill... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1571958682.jpg"> <BR> I swear this ninja cat visits each time I make my bed, lol. Looks like I am not his only "customer." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690333... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 02:27:12 EST And 1 More Makes 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478284 Feel like I am on a roll, lol. I now have 4 days in a row with "on purpose" exercise. I ended up doing laps through the house again last night for a few minutes as I was home really late once again. <BR> <BR> (and it was another hot night, in the high, high 80's at 10:30 when I got home. Horribly humid also... not sure how all of you who live in humid climates deal with it- all I can say is YUCK!) <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to even do 10 minutes of walking as my knee was so sore. It still wa... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 01:41:17 EST It Is What It Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477378 Well, I had my Dr. appointment today, the follow up to my MRI. It shows I do have a torn meniscus, I actually managed to tear it in two places. When I fall I do it right, lol. (or wrong...) This means an arthroscopic knee surgery is now in my very near future. I will talk to the scheduler tomorrow, so I will know when it is going to happen then. I talked to the Dr about the probability of walking a 5K by the end of October, and he said it isn't going to happen. It looks like the Color Vibe ru... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 02:39:24 EST That was close! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476365 I ended a very busy long long (but fun) day coming home at 10:30 tonight. I was busy talking to my daughter as we were getting ready for tomorrow, and recapping our days at the same time. I decided to jump on the computer to check sparkpeople at 11:40ish and when I did, it hit me! I am on day 2 of my new streak, where I am only counting exercise I do just to exercise for my streak. <BR> Now I walked a whole lot today in the course of my activities. My knee was achy, and sore, and throbby. Ad... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 03:38:57 EST Is It Too Late? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475267 To wish everyone Happy September? Yay, cool weather is just around the corner. I love this time of year, especially the restarting of routines after summer is over. It is kind of sad that it was my last summer with a kiddo spending a summer off, (well at least as off as it can be with youth conferences, camps, mini vacations, vacation, etc) It was really strange not to have to take anyone to school last week... Instead we spent the week putting in job applications for seasonal work, as she is... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 02:08:23 EST Catch Up!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471398 Where does time go? It is already the end of August! Since I have been living the chaotic busy life the last few weeks, I figured I would try and do one blog to catch up a little bit. <BR> <BR> It's been a good summer. Awesome visit with my Mom, time with my family to do stuff, setting some fun goals for work and meeting them... I have managed to keep myself very busy.... <BR> <BR> I did fall earlier in the summer and hurt my knee and shoulder. Shoulder is fine, but the knee was getting w... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:31:07 EST That's a fact... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412816 As most of you know, I am at my Mom's house in WA enjoying a beautiful vacation that is rapidly coming to a close. How does time manage to fly away so quickly? <BR> <BR> We have been blessed with some amazingly beautiful weather, and I am totally enjoying being able to sit out in the garden and read! (had several opportunities to weed out there also, but that is a different story, lol. You would be so proud of me Dee!) Today I picked up my Mom's new AARP magazine to thumb through, and starte... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 23:21:48 EST Shaking Off the Complacency... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363597 The last few weeks have tumbled by in a blur, it truly has been a busy time. Today is one of the first full days I have had off, and although the carpets need vacuuming, and the mantel needs dusting, I decided I really needed to sit down with myself and just refocus. <BR> <BR> I've slid into a complacency about things; I am guessing due to the busyness? I haven't been weighing or measuring food. I haven't been using the food tracker, or fitness tracker (although I did update it this morning... Tue, 21 May 2013 14:40:15 EST Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332107 My assignment today from Spark Coach was to give myself a pep talk. Good timing, as when I was at the Dr. today the scale registered up a pound. <BR> <BR> Although I wasn't so happy about that, I kind of laughed to myself and figured it was a good time to complete that assignment. So here it goes... <BR> <BR> So, what's a pound... It is the weight of two thirds of my regular water cup. It is 2 8 oz yogurts, or a can of beans. It really isn't significant, earth shaking, or shattering... i... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:13:19 EST Tomorrow is Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320335 Yesterday's plan to start back today happened! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> I am back in the saddle again on tracking food, and I've decided to weigh and measure everything I am eating for the next couple of weeks. It's funny how when you stop that the portion sizes slowly creep up to a larger size, especially for cereal, lol. <BR> <BR> I did get some walking in, and also some odds and ends of other activities, and wow, my muscles are feeling it. It is a good feeling, a good tired to have. I can'... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 02:39:52 EST The Day Before Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318708 Sometimes life feels like it's just one thing after another. Pain, problems, surgery, injury, and now to top it off, falling on my face after tripping over a curb at church on Sunday. Got to watch out for those jumping curbs... Thankfully my chiropractor has got me into pretty good working order after that little episode, I get to see him again today, he is the best! <BR> <BR> I found myself getting really irritated about all this stuff this week, seems like a long time since I've felt norma... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:28:36 EST What a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289410 I started my morning off with a wonderful NSV. Since summer has decided to descend upon us early, I pulled one of my summer dress tops out to get ready to go out for the day, and it didn't fit. It was too BIG! Awesome, amazing, happy surprise!!! <BR> <BR> I headed out for a quick visit to a couple of the girls who are in my Sunday School class, just to make them feel a little special. They ride one of our church buses to Sunday School, so it was also nice to get to know their parents a litt... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 01:09:28 EST Snow Day Thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288332 Well, actually my thoughts are NO snow days, lol. I have to say I do love living in warm and sunny Cali, where it was mid 70's and sunny today. But, my sparkfriend Oten36 is suffering a blizzard, so these are in honor of her, lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1017491380.jpg"> <BR> A Minnesota cat... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786426047.jpg"> <BR> A California cat... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:59:05 EST Some funniez.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1210986411.jpg"> <BR> Sounds like it works to me.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l35827682.jpg"> <BR> Dee, someone wants your ice fishing leftovers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l753414081.jpg"> <BR> This one tickles my funny bone! :) <BR> <BR> Just spreading a little humor tonight! Hope you enjoyed. <BR> <BR> ~Becky <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 03:04:28 EST