MYAKAYAH's SparkPeople Blog MYAKAYAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Benefits of drinking Lemon Water! Thanks to SUNSHINEGB for originally posting this to her blog! Not sure of the original source but it seems Lemon Water provides many benefits to a healthy lifestyle <BR> <BR> 20 Unbelievable Reasons To Start Your Day With Water and Lemon <BR> <BR> Water with lemon provides the body with electrolytes which hydrate your body. As lemons contain good amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. <BR> <BR> Water with lemon is good for the joints, reducing pain in the join... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:36:31 EST Well with the remodeling... It is going well and we may be able to be done a little early but we'll see how it goes! <BR> <BR> I have revised my exercise program but I'll explain that in my next entry tomorrow. Paolo will handle the remodeling supervision tomorrow which is nice. I will be doing other things when I wake up! <BR> <BR> I swear the other day I had a meltdown practically because if it isn't my allergies, pressure changes, the wind or TOM it feels like the forces of evil are conspiring against me with walki... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:50:55 EST Just a bit of a shorty tonight! Between the weather and its pressure changes I'm struggling a little bit here. I'm moving along though putting one foot in front of the other. Slow walking is better than no walking right lol! <BR> <BR> The remodel is only on one floor, trying to open up the living, dining and kitchen areas a little. Into this for another 2 weeks and then another 2 weeks of paint and décor and we should be done. I am hoping for that a lot! I am taking pictures so if I can I'll document this in full when its... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:57:49 EST Eating some fruit salad thinking about how I like vegetables more than fruit most of the time. I am week 1 into the slight remodeling job, not too bad in terms of sleep deprivation and noise. Did some housework earlier and cooked dinner. This going a little easier on Spark for now is good because if I didn't then the SO would notice I am cranky and put his foot down. Eh, not really. He is a bit more relaxed in life than I am though. <BR> <BR> I just let my cat out because he was acting like he wanted to go but he n... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:41:59 EST Nice weather today It went overcast in the afternoon and we may have a little rain tomorrow or Wednesday. I was light on the calories today and did exercise so all went well. I have a few programs on the DVR to catch up to and I plan to watch a few tonight if I can. <BR> <BR> The other day I taped the move "The 13th Warrior" and watched it. I can't get back those 2 hours of my life. I kind of enjoyed it in parts though. Antonio has done some varied work and that is one more movie of his that I have seen. I nee... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:41:02 EST I've been doing some reading... Writing, listening to music, exercising, resting.... <BR> <BR> Its TOM and so I am extra tired and unenergetic, I'm ready for it to be over in life now. I ate pretty light today because my system feels like a bloat. It is how it goes for me. In a few days I'll be okay for another month. <BR> <BR> It was nice and sunny today, pretty warm, less wind so I had a chance for walking. I really don't feel much like exercise now but a little walking lessens the symptoms and I feel a little better so... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:28:05 EST Very windy and dusty today! There was no way I was going outside to stir up a bronchitis attack, others braved it though I noticed. My cat wasn't even feeling that wind and he went out quickly and did his survey and came inside. It was so dusty you could not see the mountains out of my window. My dad cleaned windows this morning, Murphy's Law. The winds were about 50 mph and so they are a bit calmer now. Tomorrow we should be round 70 degrees and the next day the higher 70's. We can get some strange weather in March and... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:23:45 EST It bears repeating tonight! "It isn't about winning or doing the training on the good days...its about doing the lonely work...about all the training you do behind the scenes that go unnoticed...the competition you have against yourself and yourself only...about getting out there when you are beat up, tired, burn out, about having the courage and strength after you've failed or had a bad race to pick yourself up and do what needs to be done...because come race day you will be will be will know you... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:56:23 EST Watched most of the Masters earlier! Tiger is doing well for his first match back. I am sure he would like to be in the first group but I think over the next year he will regain his form and challenge like he used to. Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth are the last pair tomorrow. Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman will play in the second to last pairing and then Rory and Tiger just ahead of the last two! Its a turkey dinner tomorrow for the last round. <BR> <BR> I have noticed I have done a bit less than normal with my food this las... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:36:04 EST Friday, where did the week go? It hasn't gone by that quickly but it has been lovely to pace myself a little more. Life is very fast paced for me it is true. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went shopping with my Mom for a few hours, she was looking for a desk. I dropped off my library books first since I didn't need them anymore. I stopped off at TJMAXX after and I found a really good yoga mat for $10, cheapest I have ever seen them. I decided on a red one and it has carrying handles which is nice since I'll be going out to class... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:33:44 EST A few things~ Its nice being off work but it seems time goes by a little faster when you have your own time in life. I have a few errands today like returning a few library books, finding a new desk and mouse. I am having lunch with my Mom since she is having an appointment and I need to pick her up afterwards. We'll have El Pollo Loco or something similar. I've done fairly well with food being off and more relaxed. I won't eat anything at Del Taco again though, horrible calorie and sodium counts there fro... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:52:48 EST Happy Easter; I hope you had one! Yes Easter was alright yesterday despite it being windy. I tell you what this wind is something else its holding on for a long time. Everybody's allergies are going nuts. As long as this wind wants to hang on I'm staying out of it as much as I can. It means indoor exercise which is alright, its good to practically have a gym in my home. Plus stairs can be used, a stability ball, an elliptical, exercise bike, treadmill, weights, resistance bands, exercise videos online, yoga. So much can be do... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:06:31 EST What it means to be a Champion! Things to remember "It isn't about winning or doing the training on the good days...its about doing the lonely work...about all the training you do behind the scenes that go unnoticed...the competition you have against yourself and yourself only...about getting out there when you are beat up, tired, burn out, about having the courage and strength after you've failed or had a bad race to pick yourself up and do what needs to be done...because come race day you will be will be will know you... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 04:49:20 EST A very busy day~ I have time for a quick blog, Blue Bloods is on in a bit so I have to be snappy. <BR> <BR> Went grocery shopping for Easter meal! Got a new phone from AT&T, so did my parents and I made them get simpler phones since it was getting to be a hassle with iPhone for my Mom. All she does is talk and text so why get all complex right! My cat got into a fight with another cat who came into out backyard, my cat is bruiser with other cats & dogs so it is a no-no if an animal comes into our yard. <BR> ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:56:29 EST April Goals! I decided to post them on the 2nd so nobody could say I was fooling! <BR> <BR> Quotes of the day? There are only two options, make progress or excuses! <BR> <BR> If you want to CHANGE, you have to be willing to be UNCOMFORTABLE! <BR> <BR> Exercise update! Today I am going to walk and keep it a little more on the easier side minus my TNT/ST. My bones still need another day to get back in it. Maybe skip the walking instead, we'll see! <BR> <BR> Working on my inner self, so the work in prog... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 03:22:37 EST funny sarcasm & other ways to know kayah~ NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR EXCUSES! <BR> NOBODY PITIES YOU FOR PROCRASTINATING! <BR> NOBODY IS GOING TO CODDLE YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE LAZY! <BR> ITS YOUR ARSE, YOU MOVE IT!!! <BR> <BR> I DON'T KNOW WHERE ALL THIS CRAP ABOUT ME BEING A "DIFFICULT PERSON" IS COMING FROM! I AM A CONSTANT FREEKIN DELIGHT!!!! <BR> <BR> If YOU BRING ME COFFEE WITHOUT ME HAVING TO ASK THEN I LOVE YOU! <BR> <BR> I DON'T WANT LUKEWARM LOVE, I WANT IT TO BURN MY LIPS AND ENGULF MY SOUL! <BR> <BR> WRITING IS LIKE GIVING Y... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:58:11 EST BLC-27 Last week in this round! Now after last week I almost prayed to the Higher Power for it to be over NOW! lol. I have recovered myself so all is well in the world for me. An easy day is at hand for me today, very much needed. <BR> <BR> It was my first round & I think I did pretty well with every aspect. It was about participation, self-reflection and giving the best effort I could. In February I went through a few weeks of insomnia that was pretty rough but I made it through almost unscathed. I managed to do my TNT li... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:35:38 EST Various topics I was just thinking its nice and lovely to have a variety of Spark Friends to chat with about different things. A lot of people have some fun blogs and ideas! <BR> <BR> Its just about April, the year has gone by quickly so far and earlier I watched women's team bowling on ESPN and Texas Prairie View A&M's Lady Panthers won. They defeated Texas Southern's Lady Tigers. Such is life a Panther defeats a Tiger lol! <BR> <BR> I was looking at the news earlier and Tiger Woods played 18 Holes at Au... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 02:58:38 EST A quick update! Basically, I did exercise today but no walking and not ST, its my day off. Tomorrow I have my last Fitness Test with jumping jacks and planking (Oh joy I can't wait) It was round 90 degrees today. Starting at the end of March the 90's start showing up but all this week now we are in the 80's and 70's which is still lovely! <BR> <BR> Dinner was a salad and homemade pizza with eggplant for me. I was annoyed after watching the news since anytime I watch the local, people are dying from standing... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:51:37 EST Sharing an A-HA from BLC-27! This Powerful Prism Panther figured out her I have arrived moment finally! <BR> <BR> SHARE ON THE CHAT THREAD an “OOHH! I’m HERE______” moment that you have had, PREFERABLY from the last eleven weeks. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this and the best thought I came up with is that I don't avoid and severely dislike Strength Training anymore. I realise all forms of exercise come together and work in conjunction with one another to benefit me as a whole! <BR> <BR> How bout that! ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:02:15 EST Oh, yes I am a bit sore! If I wake up later and feel the same I will push TNT to Sunday. I had coffee yesterday to put a little pep in my step to help me out a little. <BR> <BR> Did housework and felt my body screaming, it was a good scream but nevertheless it is a scream. Had dinner with the SO and 2 couples from Paolo's work, it went quite well. The SO is all about people so he wants to have 2 couples over at a time from work just to get to know him a little better. (And to show off his wife he admitted lol. Men g... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:39:25 EST Exercise numbers for today! Over 300 active minutes today. I had energy to burn I suspect since I feel a lot better. <BR> <BR> Steps 17,581 <BR> Miles 7.57 <BR> Active minutes 126 (walking basically) <BR> Calories Burned Off! 2102 <BR> <BR> May have some really good news tomorrow about my house in 2 ways! <BR> <BR> Good evening~ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:55:25 EST How Failure Can Lead to Success! This is from the Spark Blog back on June 7th, 2011 the author is Nancy Howard! <BR> <BR> The Road to Failure Can Lead Us Down the Path of Success! <BR> <BR> "Many of life's failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." Thomas Edison~ <BR> <BR> Failure is something many of us have experienced in our lives and sadly something many of us have used to define who we are. Unfortunately, failure is genearlly seen as something negative and has kept many of... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:15:44 EST A post from Inner Journey, progress! Wow, today was busy, tiring, full of energy, not bad with food but it seems these past few days I've not been interested in eating a lot. I get that way in early Spring. <BR> First tool, Evening Pages was successful pretty much since I continued with Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks and added more to my study and impressions there. I did write about fixing my hair earlier today and picking up an Art pad for my art journal entries. I couldn't find the art pad I wanted so I subbed out for somethi... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:30:34 EST Spark Quiz What fitness class is right for you? Looking for Functional Training <BR> <BR> For you, exercise serves a preventive, therapeutic purpose. You want to maintain a strong core, decrease pain, and stay active and limber as you age so that you can live a healthy, independent life. You're more interested in maintaining long, lean muscles and good posture than running a marathon or benching heavy weights. There are many group fitness options for exercisers like you who want functional strength and an overall healthy body. <BR> <... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:06:33 EST Inspired by Genre009-Eva! Why am I here at Spark! I came to Spark People in 2011 so I would gain a healthy lifestyle. I wanted to lose 20 pounds, take up exercising regularly, learn how to Strength Train 3 times a week and eat much better. I wanted to head off health issues as I became older as well, so I wasn't dependent on medication to live properly. <BR> <BR> I did lose my 20 pounds, learned to Strength Train and like it, and eating much better, check! I stay at Spark because of wanting to stay with my Healthy Lifestyle and work at main... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:06:01 EST Saturday sunny It was a bit windy today but sunny and in the mid-80's. Got in exercise, sleep, breakfast and lunch and about 7pm is dinner time. I probably will only have a tea and a jambalaya at the soul kitchen. I don't want to go overboard really. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow starts a new week with healthy living and I am on track again, sometimes you just have to listen to your body and I went lighter this last week. I didn't have a choice really. I am enjoying my library books and will talk more on that later. ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:47:14 EST A rough day but its a small thing really! Today was a bit of a busy tough day so everything suffered a little! Sleep, food, journaling, such is life once in a purple moon. Went with my Mom to the dentist, afterwards tried to find a place for breakfast but on our side of town the offerings are woeful. I suppose we could have headed back home but it seemed pointless to do that. We had a coffee and doughnut and then I picked up my library books. We ran some errands and came home and I was tired so I went to bed for about 5 hours. Had so... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 01:33:26 EST Being unconventional in your thinking~ “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle~ <BR> <BR> “If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so masterful at all.” Michelangelo~ <BR> <BR> "To be successful in life it does take hard work, no question. Do you want to control your life or have it control you? Decide, stop being passive and get active!" kayah~ <BR> <BR> <BR> Motivation is self directed so finding new ways to challenge and inspiring ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:10:00 EST Thanks for the support! I am doing much better now and the cranky spell is almost gone I do believe. Just came out of the shower and read positive affirmations and quotes. I have missed praying the Rosary for a few days but I felt it a bit of sacrilege to be all cranky and praying. I know its probably nutty to think of it in this manner. <BR> <BR> Its been a bit overcast this week but still quite warm so the fans and windows are open, unless its over 90 I can't stand air conditioning. I don't like air conditioning ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 02:53:47 EST Okay, so a little bit better today... I didn't walk again but I'll get over it, once or twice a year I have it pretty bad so I just accept it as a part of life for a few days each time. I took Alleve over Advil last night and I think I need to take it over Advil because it knocks out the pain a fair amount better. I'm picking up some next time I hit Target or somewhere like that. I need to find a coated tablet though. <BR> <BR> It is mid 80's here and pretty warm so its a bit stuffy upstairs but I can hack it, I like that honest... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:52:55 EST I had a lot of pain earlier but... Maybe the meds are kicking in finally, sigh! I won't miss this when my body decides to knock it off. Everyone is giving me a wider berth thankfully. The best I could do today was manage dinner and take a shower a bit ago. It was very warm today so you won't hear me complaining about that even if its a bit stuffy. <BR> <BR> My cat has taken to just pushing open the door and thinking I will see him and so he goes down the stairs to the front door. He'll come back up and give me a dirty look if... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:45:01 EST