MURRAYGOLD's SparkPeople Blog MURRAYGOLD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Detours I just read the following quote and knew I needed to take it to heart for several reasons: <BR> <BR> "A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery even while on a detour." <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I was focused and dedicated ... My mornings I walked the dogs and then exercised, wearing my BodyMedia arm link and tracking my exercise minutes and calories burned each and every day. Meals were planned and every bite tracked. I had the time to connect with others here on this site, e... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:47:22 EST Pat on the back is in order... Some things become such a strong habit that I just take it for granted...but yesterday I didn't fall victim to my past behavior. <BR> <BR> My dad passed away in 2005 and my mother moved to Arizona shortly thereafter...that first year I found myself doing everything to try and make her happy again and thus putting myself at the bottom and of course I put on 30 pounds. A few years later my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and Parkinson's Dementia...every doctor's appointment, e... Wed, 15 May 2013 11:39:54 EST Trying a new tool... I think I eat very healthy and exercise has thankfully become an everyday habit that I look forward to. Since joining SparkPeople, I have been better than average in tracking my food intake, and making a minimum of 10,000 steps a day has been very motivational. <BR> <BR> Yet, that goal weight has been elusive. So today I am trying a new tool...SparkCoach. Maybe this will be a reminder that I don't have all the answers and will keep my focus keen. Keeping the journey fresh and new, fu... Tue, 7 May 2013 13:19:35 EST Slight change in plan When I first joined Sparkpeople and was filling out the setup information, I chose April 20 as the date I wanted to reach my goal weight...the day we leave for our Hawaii vacation. <BR> <BR> We are 14 days away from being on that sandy beach...and I won't be at my goal weight by then. Yet, today I am smiling... <BR> <BR> In the past, I might have felt like a failure, and worse yet, would have just given up all together. Yet, I've learned so much about this weightloss journey and abou... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:48:57 EST Always travel with a roadmap Goals are important to have...dreams are important to have. <BR> <BR> But goals and dreams only get us so far on this journey. It is truly the step-by-step and day-to-day "stuff" and choices that truly matter and gets us to that place we can call success. <BR> <BR> Yesterday made that ever so clear to me. It was Easter Sunday...and if you are like me, most of my holiday traditions revolve around FOOD. But I had a goal and I had a plan to get me through the day, enjoying it fully but... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:57:41 EST You gotta laugh Yesterday I mentioned in a blog that the scale was stuck but that I was going to remain a "Pollyanna" in my thinking and attitude. <BR> <BR> This morning, after a very long month, the scale did of a pound !! :-) Ok, I see that my blog yesterday was really a disguised plea to see some progress..."I'll promise to stay committed and positive but I would really like something in return." Well, I got of a pound :-) Lesson more specific when I ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EST I'm changing my name to Pollyanna Yes, I'm a positive person...yes, I always try to see the glass as half-full. <BR> <BR> But my relationship with the scale is certainly trying to test me in this resolve. I've won that battle get extra pounds off, reach my goal weight and even kept it there for 2 1/2 years. But last year I saw some weight creep back on. Five worries; ten pounds...hmmm, you are getting my attention now; fifteen pounds...time to draw that line in the sand. At 17 pounds you could p... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:54:16 EST