MYAKAYAH's SparkPeople Blog MYAKAYAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Just was reading an article about 6 NY women... who remain powerful and badass! <BR> <BR> What I noticed they all mentioned is that they walk, and said to take small steps to gradually adjust your food and diet. Get enough sleep, reduce stress, do little things through the day to stay active and reduce salt and sugar. Drink a lot of water and enjoy life! Try different exercise and fun activities all the time, find what you like to do with your time, try basketball, tennis, volleyball, swimming, running, biking, hiking, yoga, kettlebells,... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 19:04:20 EST FitBit best know this If I have to change the battery again on the Zip before 3 months are up I am switching back to a pedometer. I don't have time for this mess SERIOUSLY! <BR> <BR> I just ate breakfast because I was hungry, had a sandwich, mostly vegetables but a little chicken, round 4am I may have a little snack or a lunch depending on how it goes. Maybe I can get round 1400-1500 calories, MAYBE! <BR> <BR> July's Goals- <BR> Well since its blazing hot summer here its called maintain the exercise program beca... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 04:34:41 EST Happy July! 1. Its my birthday, not until the end of the month though! <BR> <BR> 2. One month closer to football <BR> <BR> July Goals coming tomorrow~ Wed, 1 Jul 2015 02:59:27 EST Sunday evening I have a chance to chat now! Sometimes this being busy stuff is for the birds if it is too much busy! <BR> <BR> Okay, Friday morning I took neighbors to the airport and picking them up tomorrow evening which is fine. They needed to head back home for a few days for a reunion and other business. They are moving from across the street to down the road in a bigger house since their house doesn't suit them so well here it seems. I'm actually thinking this house isn't laid out all that well and functional, but unless we want... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:48:12 EST OKay I'm off soda and I am good its like even hotter because its TOM! I had my new trashcan delivered today, the trash and recycle were picked up, the Giants won and the Angels were off so it was a good day overall in my view~ <BR> <BR> My calories have been low for a few days I just have a hard time eating with all the heat going on and my stomach giving me issues~ <BR> <BR> Somehow made it through my checklist for the day and I just ate my lunch a bit ago to get to 1200 calories. The young man texted me and said their h... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:59:23 EST I haven't felt like I've had much to say lately so not as many blogging posts! The heat will fry your brain I guess. <BR> <BR> Leftovers were for dinner tonight, sent the young man off to Hawaii this morning for 2 weeks of fun and sun! He arrived okay since he flew over with the other 3 young men who were allowed to accompany him. They wanted to have fun together and to split expenses on the hotel which was the most important part right? They all found cheaper air fare a few months back so they booked as early as they could, makes sense. ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:40:15 EST I've been having too much soda... thought I had that way under control, alright time to get tough now! <BR> <BR> I've been a little non-conversational, more than normal, a little bit depressed I think but exercise is doing me right with keeping things under control. I need a holiday but not until August. I don't celebrate holidays much but going on holiday is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I need stock in the body wash company seriously, it seems I need to get some constantly. Well, it feels constant anyhow. I'll buy a couple ext... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:51:42 EST 113F today, we'll be dealing with this through August! Its the hottest it has been so far, you just have to have air conditioning and pace yourself honestly. Do your exercise early in the morning and pace yourself with any activity really. Drink a lot of water, eat smaller meals, take a cool shower etc... <BR> <BR> Work going on downstairs so I'm staying out of the way honestly. If I would of known the tile job would take this long I would have learned to do it myself I think. I could not though, all that knee and back strain would have me laid ... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 16:14:09 EST Its 109F! Supposed to be a few degrees hotter for the weekend! Anyhow, thanks for the comments yesterday much appreciated, I just needed to vent. <BR> <BR> Already did exercise this morning because trying to do it in the afternoon or evening means its time for another shower and I limit it to once a day since we are on water restrictions all the time. Sometimes I wonder why I came here it seems there have been many problems and issues since I have been here. We are taking care of another today, its ne... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:08:45 EST Just venting a little! Some days I just don't say anything to my parents because they jump down my throat or I get an atttitude. I'm tired of my mom saying I am just my father when she doesn't like what I say, because I am not, sigh. Sure we share some personality traits, that's how it goes in some families, you share traits with your parents. <BR> <BR> My patience isn't what it could be sometimes but I don't yell, call people names or act downright rude to people. I am allowed to say my opinion as well. If you d... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 01:21:07 EST 107F again, its more than summer... I am the devil's bride for sure! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I had breakfast and a coffee, sliced and wrapped bread, cut fruit and did dishes, fit in some time to post to the Panthers and finish points for the day! Just need to look at articles and finish tracking food. <BR> <BR> Tonight The Giants and Mariners (baseball) are playing 7pm, Madison and Felix are pitching so I am there for the Giants to win right? We'll see how it ends up. <BR> <BR> What's for dinner I have no clue there are some thi... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:15:39 EST Exercise Plan & other stuff! I just realised Sunday I didn't post the plan for the week, no matter I can do it now! Sunday and Monday I held the plan except for did a bit of elliptical yesterday just to get some energy going, blood flowing for energy! <BR> <BR> Sunday-yoga/light Cardio/walk rest day (can do round 5K steps) <BR> Monday-walk/yoga <BR> Tuesday-walk/Cardio/ST <BR> Wednesday-walk/yoga/Cardio <BR> Thursday-Cardio/yoga/ST walk rest day (can do round 5k steps) <BR> Friday-walk/yoga <BR> Saturday-walk/yoga/ST <B... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:26:39 EST Getting ready for 107F! I really don't mind the heat, when its cold is when I mind! <BR> <BR> It looked a bit scary out earlier but it did no more than thunder and look ominous! Its monsoon season here though so it can happen. <BR> <BR> I need to go and handle a few things before bed so I am making this a real short one tonight! No exercise today, resting my knee a bit~ <BR> <BR> Have a good week....... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:56:51 EST So its Saturday Eve Cooler now but when you are in the 100's then that is good lol! <BR> <BR> Just finished watching the Angels and Padres win their California series games by 1-0 and 2-1, a win is a win! <BR> <BR> Made dinner chicken, potatoes and green beans! <BR> <BR> So tomorrow begins another week of work, exercise as much as I can in the mornings or evenings because mid-day is a lot to take. <BR> <BR> Listening to Hawaiian music a lot lately.... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 01:04:58 EST I'm going to tell you something~ My goodness its like a furnace today, did 3 loads of laundry and some housework and I feel like it's time for menopause. (Not really but you get my meaning here, its quite hot for me.) <BR> <BR> I ate about 1400 calories but the rest was water and tea. Leftovers was tonight thankfully because its too much to stand over an oven or stovetop to deal with 100F! The crockpot and steamer are going to get a lot of use this week with the 100 degree temps honestly. <BR> <BR> Exercise was ST, yoga an... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:58:07 EST Split walking today morning & evening! Right now I am just over 13K steps and I am going to try and get back to mostly morning walking since it is cooler then. I did treadmill this morning for 45 minutes and tonight outdoor walking for an hour! I like to do heavy exercise before taking a shower for the day because I can get very sweaty during the summer months and high temps so it makes sense. I sponge bath it the rest of the time. There's a drought going on you have to think intelligently. <BR> <BR> I did Resistance Bands workou... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 00:20:47 EST Busy day with work I decided today was my rest day from no walking but I did Cardio, ST and Yoga! <BR> <BR> It never did rain today, it looked like it wanted to, maybe overnight it will do its thing. <BR> <BR> I watched the San Francisco Giants play the Mets earlier-Baseball. The pitcher went all the way for the Giants (Heston) and he made a no-hitter! The Angels won as well so it was a good day for baseball. <BR> <BR> Leftovers for dinner because I am pretty sore today, it was good to have a rest day from... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:15:07 EST I'm tired of being overbusy :)~ Its a temporary thing right? RIGHT? I suppose its better than being bored stiff. <BR> <BR> It was 100 F here today which makes sense for June ha? Yes! They fixed the street today, it looks pretty decent and black! Its the time of year that you would severely burn yourself if you walked on the pavement barefoot, some people do, CRAZY CAKES! <BR> <BR> Just finished cleaning up and dealing with my nutty cat, he's fine though! I'm hitting the bed round 10-11pm here. Steps are close to 10,000. I... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 23:34:33 EST A bright Sunday and Exercise Plan for week! Tentative exercise plan for the week, trying to make it a little more balanced~ <BR> <BR> Sunday--Yoga/Cardio (Walking rest day 5-6K steps is ok) <BR> Monday--Walk/Cardio/Yoga <BR> Tuesday--Walk/ST <BR> Wednesday--Walk/Yoga/Cardio <BR> Thursday--Cardio/Yoga/ST (Walking rest day 5-6K steps is ok) <BR> Friday--Walk/Yoga <BR> Saturday--Walk/Yoga/ST <BR> <BR> Every morning I have warm lemon water, drink 64 ounces of water daily, reducing sodium and white carbs and eating clean as much as poss... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 12:08:10 EST Made 70K step goal! A Walk review for the week! <BR> <BR> Sunday--total rest day no reporting required! (1053 steps I know lazy even for a rest day but Sundays are my I'm chilling out totally days) <BR> Monday--15,932 steps <BR> Tuesday--14,159 steps <BR> Wednesday--14,578 steps <BR> Thursday--6088 steps (It was supposed to be a rest day but 5-6K steps is alright on these days.) <BR> Friday--13,178 steps <BR> Saturday--9596 steps so far today! <BR> <BR> Total 74,584 steps (70,000 goal for the week) <BR> Total ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:39:01 EST I thought this was interesting! Paulo Coelho~ Something out of the Ordinary <BR> <BR> June 3, 2015 by Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> A warrior of the light always does something out of the ordinary. He may dance in the street as he walks to work. Or look into the eyes of a stranger and speak of love at first sight. From time to time, a warrior puts forward an idea which may sound ridiculous, but which he believes in. <BR> <BR> The warriors of the light allow themselves such days. <BR> <BR> He is not afraid to weep over old grievances, or to... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 09:33:49 EST Its Wednesday I went walking this morning! I'm at 13,500 steps just about right now. If I knew this morning what I know now today would of been my rest day seriously. I'm a little sore but its okay. Lesson learned. Sometimes I am a little too energetic and then I do way too much exercise and activity for the day like I did yesterday. I'm going to try and cap myself at 2.5 hours a day which is 150 minutes ya. I think I take the being too sedentary a little to the extreme. Some days I just don't pay mind to how much I am doing when it c... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:58:03 EST walking so far! Just came in from walking, already at 12,497 steps for the day. Wound up with 15,932 steps yesterday so this morning walking is a good thing for me. Its just too hot trying to walk at night outdoors. <BR> <BR> It was pretty windy when I started but as my body temp adjusted it was very comfortable without a sweater or long pants. I wanted to go at 530 but I wound up getting out the door at 6am. Had to deal with the cat's needs. <BR> <BR> Paolo is working on the first floor a few hours every ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:53:47 EST Exercise plan for the week! I was going to do a blog last night but I laid down at 830pm but woke up at 4am this morning. I had lemon water, breakfast and a little digestion and then I went for my walk which was 100 minutes. All this week and some of next the city is repaving our roads so next Monday is my street. You have to move your car to another street on your day otherwise from 7am-7pm you are SOL! <BR> <BR> I changed walking to the morning because its just too hot to deal with after 9am and I am not walking at 9... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:12:17 EST Exerpts from 4 Tips on not looking your age! From the blog NYC Pretty by Christine Bibbo Herr~ <BR> <BR> For some reason there seems to be this overarching thought that we need to “look age appropriate,” but what does that really mean? I’m not so sure I’ll ever really feel or act my real age. I think age is just a number and it’s not something that we should get hung up on. <BR> <BR> So I say go with your gut and what is true to you and your style and you can’t go wrong. While how you feel in your own skin is the most im... Sat, 30 May 2015 05:39:01 EST Country Music time! Listening to George Strait right now, I'm in that kind of mood! <BR> <BR> Had breakfast, a little exercise, played with my wild cat, looking at my office and I need to straighten up and clean it looks like. <BR> <BR> Hiking is moved to tomorrow since the SO wants to rest a little today and get some work done before the afternoon heat creeps up to him. It makes sense since he wants to get in the garage and straighten up some things. <BR> <BR> I slept a good portion of last night away becau... Fri, 29 May 2015 10:29:32 EST Its very warm here now! Getting closer to that 100 mark this weekend and its pretty stuffy unless the fans are running, air conditioner during the day for sure! <BR> <BR> More hot air balloons today, it was 3 instead of the 1 yesterday! <BR> <BR> I'm pretty tired so unless it was ST this evening everything else in regards to exercise was this morning! <BR> <BR> More Metallica to keep up my energy~ <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 00:36:06 EST What is sexy & On Depression The way I walk, the way I talk, my confidence, my style, my positivity.... <BR> <BR> Article on Yahoo from a sufferer of Depression- 8 Ways she takes care with herself! <BR> <BR> 1. eating right, 2. exercising, 3. sleep, 4. doing my work, 5. treating myself, 6. going for beauty, 7. reaching out, 8. letting go and finding joy! <BR> <BR> While you’re depressed, you can’t really feel the depression — it’s your normal. You just feel as though you’re in the darkness, all the time. I u... Wed, 27 May 2015 10:28:22 EST The worst bad habit you need to stop... to lose weight!!! (From POPSUGAR Fitness partial article) <BR> <BR> Stop standing in front of the mirror and criticizing yourself!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Your new mission? Stop with the negative talk if you want to lose weight. It may sound like it won’t be effective, but Kimberly Snyder's reason for wanting you to stop body shaming yourself in order to see the pounds drop actually has scientific heft. “Most people don’t even realize what they’re saying to themselves, and most people ... Tue, 26 May 2015 11:20:29 EST Better weather for the week! We have more sun and its 90's for the week. I've been catching up to some things I let slide for a few days. Sometimes its like that and you just catch up to where you want to be when you get back to it. <BR> <BR> I've been a little non chatty lately as well, which is kind of regular for me even if I can manage a decent chatty vibe with my writing. When you don't have anything to say, you just wait until it comes. Forcing it sounds fake for me. <BR> <BR> Watched The Angels defeat the Padres... Tue, 26 May 2015 01:45:29 EST We've had weird weather the past week mostly cloudy. (I thought I was living back in Seattle for a bit here.) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, its not really enough to make a difference, I went to get my cat from outside and he hates the rain if he is out in it! <BR> <BR> I feel much better and now I am catching up to things in life but that will take a day or two likely. Shower is in a few minutes and then work after. Will post to BLC Panthers overnight but for now I need to connect with the Inner Journey group! <BR> <BR> I've been listen... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:41:25 EST I am better and yes... I take pain meds but they don't work so well with the demon spawn part of personality. I'm almost ready to pray for menopause, almost! I've always had a pretty good amount of pain and nothing cures it until it decides to go away about 4 days in the funnies. <BR> <BR> I can handle the pain but the change to my personality is brief but it can scare the SO. I just let him know from the beginning just let me alone for a few days and it will be over and all will be well again. <BR> <BR> I'll be... Sun, 24 May 2015 02:20:10 EST I feel like demon spawn the devil's black bride lol! Sorry sometimes this being female thing sucks majorly, hopefully in a day or two I'll be back to myself. The SO hopes so as well, he said earlier its like you are two different people sometimes. YES! <BR> <BR> It's why I try not to say too much during these times because I am one remark away from blowing a stack. Maybe I should take up kickboxing~ <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> Sat, 23 May 2015 03:14:04 EST This made me laugh KISS MY TONED ASS! (I saw this on Spark earlier, Yes I like my sarcasm during TOM most of all!) <BR> <BR> Tact is for people not witty enough to be sarcastic! <BR> <BR> People need to understand sarcasm is so much more than a hobby, its a way of life! <BR> <BR> SARCASM, just one of the services I offer! <BR> <BR> Sarcasm prevents a lot of murders from occurring! <BR> <BR> INTROVERSION-(element of personality) <BR> Often perceived as shyness by others when in fact it's just that they are... Thu, 21 May 2015 01:37:19 EST Well, its Tuesday and... PMS has come, lovely! I have not slayed anyone or said anything testy so there is progress. That is all for today~ Wed, 20 May 2015 01:23:14 EST On Love-Neruda & Alder! “I have named you queen. <BR> There are taller than you, taller. <BR> There are purer than you, purer. <BR> There are lovelier than you, lovelier. <BR> But you are the queen. <BR> <BR> When you go through the streets <BR> No one recognizes you. <BR> No one sees your crystal crown, no one looks <BR> At the carpet of red gold <BR> That you tread as you pass, <BR> The nonexistent carpet. <BR> <BR> And when you appear <BR> All the rivers sound <BR> In my body, bells <BR> Shake the sky, <BR> A... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:39:57 EST Don't give up so you don't have to start over! I keep seeing or hearing this lately so I think it means I shouldn't give up on my Strength Training! I am working on my arms so I can wear sleeveless tops when I head out sometimes. I'm a ginger so I have to be careful with getting in blazing sun here in the summer. I wear sunscreen but I try not to sun worship as I did when I was younger and a little more ignorant of what sun does to you. I am lucky because most people think I am in my late 20's early 30's! Well, this year on my birthday I ... Sun, 17 May 2015 04:47:30 EST Thursday I was pretty busy today, it was marketing day and I needed to slice pineapple, wrap breads, shred paper, cut a bag of apples, make tea, do a load of laundry, clean the bathroom, vacuum, wash the cat since he smelled very bad. (He only lets me or my dad bathe him.) <BR> <BR> I had pizza and salad for dinner and had no time for my CAD at lunch. I'll do it on Sunday because I have no time for myself until then. The pizza is thin crust and so less calories which is very nice. <BR> <BR> Very s... Fri, 15 May 2015 01:10:22 EST BLC-28 is almost here! So I am considering new goals for this round. I'm aiming to stay in my range of 125-120 pounds. I am at 124 right now. ST is needed to keep the long and lean going on. <BR> <BR> Minimum of 2 other measurements of your choice: <BR> <BR> One: I need to up my fiber intake to at least 25gms a day! <BR> Two: Lemon Water when I wake, to reap the many benefits! <BR> <BR> A desired behavior I want to work on this round of BLC (and how I am in measurable terms with this behavior today): I am goi... Thu, 14 May 2015 01:08:44 EST Get It Together: 10 Foods To Stop Eating Today From Men's Fitness <BR> <BR> Say sayonara to your sugary cereal. “I need to eat healthier.” That’s been your refrain, for what, the past five years? Get it together, man. If you’re ready to take steps towards better health and, naturally, a better body, start today. Step 1: Ban these 10 foods from your pie-hole and never look back. (Don’t worry, pie’s not on the list.) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Processed Meats <BR> <BR> In a 2013 study published in BMC Medicine, researchers concluded... Mon, 11 May 2015 23:22:02 EST Its Sunday Happy Mother's Sunday! <BR> <BR> I had a nice gift for yesterday, my husband got 2 admissions to Rock in Rio! (The first time here in Vegas!) The last act Metallica played from 1115pm until almost 2am. It was great. I haven't enjoyed a concert like that for a good period of time. Paolo knew I didn't want to go to see the acts next weekend so he got the tickets for yesterday! <BR> <BR> Our weather has been a little cool but I was fine outdoors last night, no allergies to speak of so that wa... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:27:23 EST Just realised... You can get points if you like others blogs, sometimes I am not paying so much attention to updates ha? Its okay I have other issues going on here that require my attention more. <BR> <BR> It looks like the renovation will be done next week, big hooray. I am most happy about this idea. It is shaping up well and the SO has decided on paint colours (With my approval. I don't paint so he had the gleeful job of picking colours to match the other colours.) Paolo is more the decorator than I am, I... Thu, 7 May 2015 18:42:38 EST A shorty tonight! My FitBit's tracker battery is dead after a month, not happy with the Zip. I've been on their message boards and many have the same issue. FIX THE PROBLEM. It seems it has to do with updates on their part or a little piece of wire in the FitBit to have contact. Annoying, I've never had a battery kick the can before a month is up. The darn things are about $3 for a battery, not cheap in my view. Customer service and I are having a chat tomorrow definitely. <BR> <BR> Weather was sunny today bu... Thu, 7 May 2015 02:57:29 EST Today it was dark and cloudy but no rain, so what gives? Should be okay in a few days weather wise! I think I slept funny so I have a but of a headache today, took a little nap and its somewhat better now. We had a salad and a rice dish for diner, vegetarian today which was nice. <BR> <BR> Did some exercise, knee is continuing to improve so that's progress there. My dad is using his phone for a pedometer when he goes on his walks and he was surprised at having 5000+ steps. I said how long did you... Tue, 5 May 2015 00:29:56 EST It was a good weekend restful, relaxing, full of good company and exercise! My knee is starting to act regular again and the weather is very nice. Slightly overcast but mostly warm and sunny. <BR> <BR> The SO went to bed at 10pm because he was very tired and he has a meeting at 8am so he'll go into the office a little early. He's going out for lunch tomorrow so I don't need to make a lunch for him, just setting the coffee maker and having breakfast. Paolo is usually up until 11pm and up at 530-6am. He goes into t... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:40:36 EST May Goals & thoughts! Increase Strength Training and Intense Exercise! <BR> <BR> Keep Writing & Journaling! <BR> <BR> Increase Clean Eating & Reducing canned & processed foods! <BR> <BR> Eat More Vegetarian & Vegan Meals! <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 May 2015 21:42:42 EST Pretty serious stuff its time! I don't think there should be anything triggering here to anyone but it is about my depression related issues so there is that! <BR> <BR> Thanks for the comments on the last entry about the SO and Antonio, lol! Yeah, I think Paolo just needed a little reassurance I found him majorly attractive. He is very sexy and passionate to me. I love a tall man. He's 6"2 and has a long and lean appearance so yes, he is my type. Strong and dominant but not domineering, important! <BR> <BR> Hello and Its... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 04:13:36 EST Knee getting better but still a little naughty... <BR> <BR> Just read a Spark article about If Being Lean is Really Worth It! I like being lean and its worth the effort for me. I am naturally small and petite. When I was young until my mid-20's I was very lean, underweight to some people. Some offered to give me advice about eating a sandwich and I would say you could stand to stop eating them. (Sarcasm, the antidote to advice givers about something they know nothing of.) <BR> <BR> From these same people I heard ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 02:01:49 EST My knee is sore today no exercise going on here. No heavy exercise anyhow, keeping the pressure off my left knee definitely. Warm today and I like warm weather with not so much wind. Ate well for all my meals and pretty much done with that for today. <BR> <BR> I bought a new stylus for my cell phone and did some cleaning today. A few days of rest on the knee should have it improving. Have a good Wednesday~ Tue, 28 Apr 2015 23:12:48 EST Busy day, sun, exercise, shopping I had my coffee this late morning with breakfast and went off to do my hair, looking sweet now lol. I had $40 in Rewards from JCPenney and I bought a new pair of Skechers Go Walks in black! They were $54 on sale then I had a 25% off coupon and paid $1.34 cash difference for the other part of the shoes. Pretty neat ha? I was going to head to Kohl's to look and see if I could find proper socks and undershirts but I'll do that when I hit the store later this week. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking with ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:37:03 EST