MSWEEZER's SparkPeople Blog MSWEEZER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Gift! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I tried to take a photo of this wall hanging LILYGAL made for me and gave me at our retreat. She does beautiful work doesn't she? I'm sorry the photo isn't great but wanted to share nonetheless. <BR> <BR> Thank you again Pat for this gift!!! Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:28:15 EST 2014 Quilt Retreat Okay, so the retreat with LILYGAL is history for another year. The time flies but we do enjoy the time together and things we get to work on. This is the third year for me and hopeful I'll be able to attend next year however there is some talk about moving it up which may effect my ability with work. We shall see. <BR> <BR> At any rate, we both worked on the same quilt but doing it with different fabrics. LG's is beautiful with the bright bold colors on the white background. I opted for bat... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:07:46 EST Finished Quilt Well I finally got this one quilted and the binding on so I thought I'd share. I ended up binding in orange as well. The name of the quilt if "Lady MaDonna". Found the pattern in Shipshewanna and thought it would be fun! <BR> <BR> Now to get started on the next one. Retreat coming in a few weeks and hope to get the top done while there. Have been cutting and getting ready today so it should go together quickly. I hope!! <img src=" Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:14:38 EST Most recently finished Quilt Top <BR> Well I want to share what I've been working on. Finished it and now just need to figure out backing, and get it quilted. I think I might bind in orange. Time will tell!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not a great photo but you get the idea. <BR> <BR> So many projects, so little time!!! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:02:30 EST Weekend Accomplishment So yesterday was a day of staying in. More snow and cold here in Michigan so after a bit of exercise I treated myself to a 'me' day in my sewing room. <BR> <BR> The goal was to complete the quilt top I started before my last grandchild was born. Well needless to say the goal now is his first birthday in April. He'll never know the difference. LOL <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share. His mama chose a forest theme for his room and likes owls so I thought this fitting plus I enjoy working wit... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:17:29 EST S.M.A.R.T. Goals for BLC24 My goal is to lose 5 lbs this round of BLC and how I will go about it is as follows: <BR> <BR> Work to improve my veggie consumption daily. Shoot for 2-3 along with 2-3 servings of fruit. <em>265</em> Cut sugars (no baked goods) and increase protein. Doing this also cuts carbs so will work to stay on the lower end of my calorie range. 1200 is the goal. I will allow 1-2 dark chocolate kisses on occasion but will count like all other foods consumed. <em>493</em> <BR> <BR> Since v... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:31:31 EST Koala Cabinet Okay Seesters, <BR> <BR> I've been whining about the delivery of this thing for months and I know you're probably all sick of it so now that it has arrived, I wanted to share. The room is getting organized and I am excited to get sewing. Hopefully this weekend I'll be ready to get to it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hopefully the photo DH took will give you a perspective of the size of this thing. Needless to say, I'm tickled... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:55:10 EST BLC24 - Plan for Week One! <em>521</em> <em>249</em> <BR> Okay, we are gearing up for the next round of BLC. I have set a goal of losing 5 lbs this round. 12 weeks to lose 5. Should be easy right? Wish it were so. So close to goal and yet so far. I AM my own worse enemy as well. So what is my game plan and how will I get there? <BR> <BR> Well, I need to focus on my food and log it all. I need to go on the low end of my scale and up my veggies for sure. I need to improve on the amount of time I exercise s... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:37:48 EST Another round of BLC is history Just a quick reflection as I'm happy to see that I did well this round. I learned a lot about what does and doesn't work for me. <BR> <BR> I need to log and pay attention to every bite. <BR> I need to exercise but don't need to spend a lot of time. <BR> I need strength training. <BR> I need to get my rest and drink enough water. <BR> <BR> Water was an issue this round which is unusual but having to track it daily I had days that I was way low. <BR> <BR> Goal now is to keep at it betwe... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 05:36:56 EST Surviving the holidays <em>460</em> Well I've been pondering this and I don't think it will be too difficult as I have but one Xmas open house to attend so will plan to eat lightly for breakfast and then this is mid-afternoon so will make good choices and small portions. Very doable. I will also continue to exercise and be sure to get my strength training in as well to keep me focused. This round of BLC is coming to an end and I have lost a bit and would like to keep it off between rounds as well so I must kee... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:40:49 EST Retreat with LILYGAL Well another quilt retreat with LILYGAL is history. We had a fabulous time and I feel like I accomplished a great deal. Plus, it is always fun to see the amazing things other people are creating and is always a great group of women (and one man this year). <BR> <BR> At any rate, my main project was my oldest UFO. I've been working on cutting and making the arcs for a double wedding ring quilt. This is something I saw years ago while with my sisters and decided I would tackle. I had it i... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:10:27 EST BLC 23 Goal and Reward! As we get going this round I have a goal to lose 5 lbs. I intend to meet this goal by doing the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise a minimum of 60 minutes 5x a week. <em>311</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Do ST at least two of these days and the other two non-committed days, do something different and FUN! Find a new trail to hike, try a new DVD or pull out an old one that will push me harder. Get my bike out and ride it. Something different. <BR> <BR> 3. I plan to get at least... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:37:12 EST Promised!!! Okay ladies, <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of my DH and I from his daughter's wedding this past weekend. I forgot to have my red purse hanging on my shoulder but you get the idea. Got lots of compliments ladies so thanks for the help!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:35:04 EST A little Ava time Well yesterday we were able to get Ava for several hours and decided to take her over to an event involving horses. She's never been up close and personal with one so we thought what a great way to do so and she could see them run, jump, and all that jazz. <BR> <BR> Richland is a town about 6-7 miles from our home and in between is this site. Here is a link, if interested <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was hot, we walked a lot around checking the different co... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:25:01 EST First half done! So one of the assignments for the weekend challenge is to reflect on the first half of BLC22. <BR> <BR> Well, what I have managed to do well is track my food. I was posting my CICO daily but fell off the wagon there but AM writing down every bite and have since the get go. It is getting easier and am not only utilizing the computer but now I have the Spark app on my phone and using it. I have no excuses other than lazy if I don't. It does help me make decisions as to what I will and won't... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:26:00 EST CICO and NSV Calories <BR> Eaten 1,135 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 114 <BR> Total Burned 1,732 <BR> Differential -597 <BR> <BR> Today I finally was able to go without a diet coke and not have a headache. Yippee!!! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:03:59 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,502 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 541 <BR> Total Burned 2,159 <BR> Differential -657 Mon, 8 Jul 2013 20:05:42 EST CICO and SUCCESS!!! Calories <BR> Eaten 1,512 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 640 <BR> Total Burned 2,258 <BR> Differential -746 <BR> <BR> Well I have been off for 4 days and decided to challenge myself to 20k steps daily (roughly a bit more than 9 miles). I am happy to say that I accomplished this self-imposed challenge. It has been a long time and I had to push myself but I did it and am feeling very pleased with myself tonight. <BR> <BR> Now to face some challenges at work this week and just kee... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 18:15:28 EST CICO and NSV Calories <BR> Eaten 1,500 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 703 <BR> Total Burned 2,321 <BR> Differential -821 <BR> <BR> AND, my NSV for the day - 3rd day in a row of at least 20k steps or over 9 miles. My goal is one more day before back to work and time constraints. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 6 Jul 2013 20:22:29 EST CICO Sorry, I haven't posted these in a few days so now a little catch up!! <BR> <BR> LG and I are having a step challenge. This is something we used to do daily but I haven't been as consistent as of late so thought, since I had a 4-day weekend and more time for me, I would work on getting more steps. So far so good! <BR> <BR> July 5th <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,546 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 529 <BR> Total Burned 2,147 <BR> Differential -601 <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> July 4th <... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 19:04:17 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,612 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 260 <BR> Total Burned 1,878 <BR> Differential -266 <BR> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 18:07:02 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,852 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 354 <BR> Total Burned 1,972 <BR> Differential -120 <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 19:46:35 EST A bit of catching up!! Well, I was out of town earlier this week and did not track my food but overall, I think I did okay. Now I'm here to catch up on the rest of the week. Some days better than others but still in the deficit side of things. <BR> <BR> <BR> June 27 <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,114 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 303 <BR> Total Burned 1,921 <BR> Differential -807 <BR> <BR> <BR> June 28 <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,410 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 108 <BR> Total Burned 1,726 <BR... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 17:56:32 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,589 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 38 <BR> Total Burned 1,656 <BR> Differential -67 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 20:05:14 EST CICO for June 20 and June 21 Been busy so just getting to this. <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten1,563 <BR> BMR*1,618 <BR> Exercise218 <BR> Total Burned 1,836 <BR> Differential-273 <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,539 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 152 <BR> Total Burned 1,770 <BR> Differential-231 <BR> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 07:45:47 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,581 <BR> BMR* 1,618 <BR> Exercise 270 <BR> Total Burned 1,888 <BR> Differential -307 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:11:45 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,393 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 173 <BR> Total Burned 1,800 <BR> Differential -407 <BR> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:26:35 EST Fitness Test Week 2 and CICO for 6/17/13 Okay, so I forgot about doing this fitness test so I did it after a walk out in the heat. <BR> <BR> 34 Wall pushups <BR> 30 Bicycle crunches <BR> 20 forward lunches <BR> 27 bicep curls (5 lb weights) <BR> 25 squats <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,370 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 176 <BR> Total Burned 1,803 <BR> Differential -433 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:18:44 EST Fitness Test Week 2 and CICO for 6/17/13 Okay, so I forgot about doing this fitness test so I did it after a walk out in the heat. <BR> <BR> 34 Wall pushups <BR> 30 Bicycle crunches <BR> 20 forward lunches <BR> 27 bicep curls (5 lb weights) <BR> 25 squats <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,370 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 176 <BR> Total Burned 1,803 <BR> Differential -433 <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:18:44 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,583 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 253 <BR> Total Burned 1,880 <BR> Differential -297 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:15:02 EST Staples Grocery List Okay, I had to think about this one and realized I do actually have the same things I buy regularly to fit the bill! <BR> <BR> Eggs (protein) <BR> bananas (potassium) <BR> lettuce (mixture of things for smoothies) <BR> Almond milk (again to use in smoothies) <BR> Low fat greek yogurt (protein) <BR> 100 calorie snacks (nuts, Special K crisps) <BR> apples <BR> cinnamon <BR> stevia (raw) <BR> tomatoes <BR> whole grain bread <BR> cucumbers <BR> peanut butter <BR> strawberries (frozen and fresh)... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:31:47 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,227 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 33 <BR> Total Burned 1,660 <BR> Differential -433 <BR> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:54:02 EST CICO Well, just tracked all my food for the day and my exercise. I did manage a good long walk but still doesn't burn enough calories. <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,840 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 282 <BR> Total Burned 1,909 <BR> Differential -69 <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:57:21 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,408 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 0 <BR> Total Burned 1,627 <BR> Differential -219 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:47:05 EST CICO Well, overdid a bit today. <em>198</em> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,760 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 149 <BR> Total Burned 1,776 <BR> Differential -16 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:44:55 EST Reflection Well let's start with today's CICO <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,502 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 269 <BR> Total Burned 1,896 <BR> Differential -394 <BR> <BR> Another negative day which is good for me! <BR> <BR> So today marks the end of the first week of BLC22. While walking I was pondering the week and how I did and where I still have room to improve. <BR> <BR> First for the positive! <BR> <em>311</em> a minimum of 60 minutes each day. <BR> <em>265</em> Log... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:17:39 EST CICO <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,530 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 265 <BR> Total Burned 1,892 <BR> Differential -362 <BR> <BR> Not great but still in the negative. <em>198</em> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:02:11 EST CICO and week ahead Well here it is for today. Busy in the garden and I feel it. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Still pushed to <em>311</em> and got my hour and then some thanks to a phone call from my sister when I was about done and ready to quit. I just kept going. <BR> <BR> Food intake has been good today as well. Really had to work at the 'rainbow' but I did do better than most days. Nice big salad for dinner and fruit today to hit the colors of the rainbow. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Calories <BR... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 18:49:22 EST CICO Calories <BR> Eaten 1,625 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 322 <BR> Total Burned 1,949 <BR> Differential -324 <BR> <BR> Another good day here. I managed to get a few things done and my 4 mile walk. <BR> <BR> Working on my plans for meals for the coming week. Always a challenge but trying! <BR> <BR> Okay ladies, I just went back to look at what was happening and I think I figured it out! I wear a Fitbit and it must be automatically putting info in and I'm also logging my walks... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:55:20 EST Day 3 CICO and more!!! Calories <BR> Eaten 1,466 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 978 <BR> Total Burned 2,605 <BR> Differential -1,139 <BR> <BR> Well, this is day 3 and I'm still working hard at all things. Getting my exercise, tracking my food and just feeling better about taking control once again. <BR> <BR> So we need to blog about our goals for the next 12 weeks. Now to figure out the S.M.A.R.T. piece of the plan. <BR> <BR> My goals are to eat, and exercise faithfully for the entire 12 weeks. <BR... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 20:38:15 EST CICO day 2 Well, I didn't as well on my veggies today so will have to focus more on that tomorrow but did keep the calories low and did get my 60 minutes of aerobic walking in. Whew! <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,146 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 861 <BR> Total Burned 2,488 <BR> Differential -1,342 <BR> <BR> And didn't feel hungry or have cravings today. Go figure! <em>244</em> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 20:24:16 EST Today's CICO Well, I hope this is the right report. I logged all my food today. YIPPEE!!! <BR> I got my walk in even though I had plans after work. Good start to BLC22. <BR> <BR> <BR> Calories <BR> Eaten 1,409 <BR> BMR* 1,627 <BR> Exercise 890 <BR> Total Burned 2,517 <BR> Differential -1,108 Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:41:59 EST BLC22 - My plans, goals, reward!!! Okay, we are gearing up for BLC22 and I am feeling much better. Had a few things going on during the last round which nearly crippled me, or so it felt, but I'm feeling almost like my 'old' self as we get ready to start. <BR> <BR> My plan for this round is to get moving. <BR> * Daily walks. A minimum of 60 minutes per day. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> *I will commit to ST at least 2x per week but shoot for 3x per week. I have an arsenal of DVD's and also SP has many I've been meaning to... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 06:51:14 EST New Grandson has arrived! Well he has finally made his way into the world. Yes indeed, and a bit early to boot! <BR> <BR> So I thought I'd share a little photo of the precious little guy. His big brother is dealing with the new addition quite well. We had Kellan overnight and I had him waiting at home when they arrived earlier. We had fun playing outside while we waited. What a gloriously wonderful day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Kason Neil weighed in as 7 ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:36:26 EST A DIY PROJECT FOR STEP DD'S BRIDAL SHOWER Well my favorite, and only, step DD is getting married and I so wanted to do something special so since she had asked me to be a part of her 'special' event and help her friends with the shower, I asked if I could make her invites. She was fine with it as long as she had to do NOTHING!! So I saw this idea on Pinterest of course and with the help of a co-worker, we sat down last night and got creative and well, I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 3 Apr 2013 16:41:04 EST So, What's on My Mind? Well our weekend challenge calls for a task for blogging about “What’s on your Mind”. <BR> <BR> So today, with the weather being much nicer, I strapped on my shoes <em>68</em> and I went out for a walk <em>311</em> to ponder my thoughts and to work on my stress level. Work is what is eating at me as of late so hoped it would be a double whammy of sorts. <BR> <BR> This is my third round of BLC and I have to admit I feel like I’m a drone. I’m going through the motions but my heart i... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:55:52 EST What I've been up to! Well I've been meaning to share some of what I've been doing while hiding in my sewing room and today I'm finally doing it!! <BR> <BR> In January I took a class as I enjoy the time with the ladies and just focusing on actually sewing plus I get to see and touch and of course buy some fabric. This class was using 2.5 x 4.5 inch strips. I like Bali Pops as they are already 2.5 in strips so cutting is easy and time-saving. So I chose color of course and this is my quilt top. I'd hoped to ge... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:24:56 EST Admiration for those Warriors Well I felt inclined to blog about this today and blogging is NOT something I do often or enjoy doing. So when the mood strikes I guess I need to go with it. <BR> <BR> I had to get out to the store today though the weather is far from something I wanted to be out in. We have had several days of cold and snow and I haven't felt great but the cupboards were a bit bare and Ava was coming to visit today. <BR> <BR> Anyway, on the way home the warriors were out in groves. You see we have a loc... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:29:49 EST Cheating??? Well it feels like it. <BR> <BR> Our weekend challenge required that we write. I don't write well and blogging isn't one of my favorite things. So I'm going to do this as I want the points for the team. <BR> <BR> First - Forgive yourself for one thing you regret in your past - write it down or blog about it. <BR> <BR> Okay, so what came to mind is when I was 17 years old I had an opportunity given to me I let go by as I had a boyfriend. I was given the opportunity to go to Italy to vi... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:57:53 EST Here we go!!! So for our weekend challenge we are to come up with our resolutions, goals and/or plan for the upcoming year. <BR> <BR> First, I had to reflect on this past year and you know it is so very easy to find all the 'wrong' things I've done so I decided to change that thought process and work on looking at the things I did 'right' instead. MUCH harder to do. It is much easier to beat up on oneself than to be kind - well for me anyway. So after having gone through this thought process while wor... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 16:56:03 EST