MYAKAYAH's SparkPeople Blog MYAKAYAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Saturday evening! I had good sleep earlier but I am pretty unenergetic! I am getting too old for TOM right? Okay, I'll find a way to go for my walks anyhow because I'm on a roll with my 70K a week. I stopped at just over 10,000 today but I got in some exercise so that was important. <BR> <BR> I need to eat dinner really but my system is annoyed, to think I thought I was skipping this month, no dice. Everyone is giving me space, how lovely. I like silence for the most part. I was going to get my library books ... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:26:59 EST Its another busy day! I just finished with a walk, some lighter ST (for arm and leg toning) a few cardio videos and I'll do a 20 minute yoga & stretch session later. No ST tomorrow but on Sunday more than likely yes. <BR> <BR> It was so nice today so I was motivated to walk a lot, I am pretty much at 20,000 steps for the day. I wanted to get in as many as I could because tomorrow night it looks like we are going out to eat at a soul food joint. Plus I wanted to be sure I will make my 70K steps for the week. I w... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:14:50 EST Sometimes its good to put out there what you think! In terms of Maintenance! I posted this initially in the BLC Challenge Group I belong to. We're all in maintenance or just about, putting out there what I was feeling today. NO worries really, I just want to be certain I am not heading for issues! <BR> <BR> Today was an interesting time at Weigh-In for me. I always take my measurement round 4am since I've had my breakfast by then and I've had a few hours digestion time! I have a digital model and it takes weight to the exact. So I found mysel... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:40:38 EST Shall we talk Stretching Moves! Exercise Intensity, ST Yes, since it is the title of my posting today! This idea was in the Spark Blog back in April 11, 2014! A Guest Blogger was the culprit. (Not really but I'm cheeky tonight! Waiting for my cat to come home & I can hit the sack earlier this morning.) <BR> <BR> From Suzanne Bowen, Creator of BarreAmped! <BR> <BR> One of the best ways to start your day in a healthy way is to take a moment to ground your thoughts by stretching and intentionally breathing. It's amazing what you can accomplish in... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:13:20 EST Oh I love great weather, makes me happy It does seem earlier than 5pm though, of course it does, its that Daylight Saving Time phenomena at work! <BR> <BR> I have dinner in the crock-pot which will be ready at 630 as is our regular supper time. I made a chocolate chip brownie pie for everybody but I have no desire for it. I tried the cranberry pie from yesterday with lunch and I'm not keen on the tartness of it. I like slightly tart but not mind bending, soul searching, make your hair curl type! I just don't really have the urge f... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 20:25:16 EST Hello, nice and warm sunny day! I like being in Daylight Saving Time more than the opposite! Some of this is a cross post to the Powerful Prism Panthers, but not all of it! <BR> <BR> I was very active today since we have the mid 70's, sun and it didn't get very dark until 730pm-ish. I have 320 active minutes today, go figure. That is about as much as I have had since last summer in a day likely. I walked for over 120 minutes total with a few stops lol, did my Strength Training and I also did a separate session of planks, l... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:50:11 EST Today was sunny and 74 so... I took a walk for an hour! No allergies so far so I should be alright going forward here. In our neighborhood we are having the trees and certain shrubbery replaced since it was due according to the notice they sent out in the magazine for our area. I think it was the proliferation of these yellow flowered bushes that set off my allergies but the early Spring like conditions did not help me any. <BR> <BR> I walked earlier and I wanted to do another 1/2 outside but I have decided Jessica Smit... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:42:56 EST Howdoyoudo! Good Evening fellow Sparkers! Some of this is a cross post to Inner Journey! <BR> <BR> I did my Morning Pages today and it had to do with cooking of all things. I was planning on what the meals would be like for next Sunday-Saturday. I usually shop Friday mornings for groceries after I drop the young lady off to school. Anyhow, the weather is getting warmer here starting tomorrow so I was thinking about some nice meals that aren't too heavy but filling and healthy. Everyone is busy through t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:50:01 EST Crossposted to Inner Journey! Good day everyone! <BR> <BR> I completed my Morning Pages today with a positive attitude and a smile because waking up to the sun has me feeling cheery! Its warming back up here and should be 70 degrees by Friday. Granted we needed the rain we received but I prefer warmth and nice conditions for outdoor exercise. <BR> <BR> I belong to a Private Spark Team called the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) and I was reading over the Challenge for Week 8. It is structured like The Amazing Race TV sho... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:07:40 EST Tuesday feeling fine! Thanks for the well wishes about the allergies. I took one more allergy pill and it knocked me out again so I am going to avoid those little sleep enhancers. I just want my allergies to go away not give me an excuse to sleep too much. Funny times, if I knew these allergy pills were sleep aids I would have used them for my insomnia last month and I would of done just fine. (Not really but its kind of funny if you think about it a little bit.) <BR> <BR> It was trying to rain today, just period... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 21:48:02 EST Monday night! I felt bad a little while ago and I thought maybe it was TOM but no it was some kind of gas attack from something I ate earlier. I need to be a little mare careful I think. I felt nauseated and like I needed to well, you can figure it out. Sorry to be graphic but I felt a little more than rough, I still feel it some but its much less than it was. <BR> <BR> The rain is gone but we have wind and cold temperatures this week until Friday and then it gets back up into the 70's. I'm all for that i... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 02:47:35 EST RAIN Again! Bring it on, we need it a lot! I made 1230 cals today and that is kind of low but I am having a snack in a bit so it'll raise me to the upper 1300's or low 1400's! I can't do much more than that since I have been drinking a lot of liquid today and that usually depresses my appetite a bit. <BR> <BR> No outdoor activity with the rain going on. Its been steady and hopefully it helps us out here. I don't recall there being this much rain last winter. Maybe its all the praying I've been doing. I'... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:10:05 EST Happy Thursday! Be sunny and happy~ Today was busy and I was tired since I slept very funky last night, I was waking up a little much. I had errands today at the bank, Target, having lunch with my Mom and grocery shopping! It was round 70F and sunny. I did fine for being sleep deprived and didn't go carb happy. I did ST today but I have no patience to figure out my total points today. I'll post up tomorrow for that task! I get lazy when I am a bit tired, better to do such things when I have patience and time for it. I made hamb... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:46:49 EST Kinda tired tonight at 830! I suppose it happens to mere mortals such as I am. I did do a fair amount of work, exercise, cooking and housework. I still need a shower before bed. Its supposed to get down to 39 degrees overnight. More rain coming so my prayers together with others must be working. I don't recall this much rain last winter. Indoor exercise will have to occur when the next event runs through here. We're stocked up with food so whatever happens I won't have to dash out to get anything I don't think! <BR> <B... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:52:16 EST Maybe a bit of remodeling to be done! Last night Paolo was doing some thinking since we are staying here. He said to me what do you think about moving the dining area across to where the den/office is now and knocking down the divider between the living and dining room? (My first thought was, this is going to cost money right lol!) If we could do this then it would give the house a bit more character. The house to me looks like a box, a square box, but a box. <BR> <BR> We have more colour upstairs than downstairs so we would pai... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:22:08 EST Oh I'm feeling lazy today bad! I'm going to have to pull that 10 minute exercise rule up today and walk or do other exercise and keep going, I'm going to do it later though. I've haven't gotten up in a cranky mood in a long while I'm having that going on today. I had a coffee but its not really helping any, some days you just have to persevere through! <BR> <BR> Its overcast but bright and we could be looking at some rain today and tomorrow. Wednesday we should be getting back to normal sun and warmth but today its higher... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:51:27 EST A few things! Staying here in Sin City!!! First off, I just came in from my walk and I am alone so I can take time out to do a bog entry and cool off from the exercise. I just washed down and changed so I'm not sweaty like. I have in over 11K steps as of right now, but I will do a 20-30 minute walk later before ST comes in and I'll be good for the day with walking, yoga and ST. I don't think cardio is going to make it in today which is alright since most days I can only do 3 of 4 exercise components. <BR> <BR> So in terms of vitamin... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:27:58 EST Quotes of the day/life! “If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him/her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” ¯ C. JoyBell C. <BR> <BR> “There is no such thing as a "broken family." Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in th... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:49:07 EST Eating dinner at 7 for everyone else.... I'm going to have an apple and protein bar later because I've had 2 full meals today and don't feel like having another full meal. I am going out walking for 45 minutes or so round 630-7pm in the neighborhood so I'll get in all (or darned close) to my steps today. I am round 6000 right now. I walked as much as I could earlier but some days it takes an evening walk to get back into 12K range! ST is done since I accomplished it earlier! I think I may do an abbreviated yoga today since I am feel... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:16:36 EST So I am tired about 9-10pm at night now! So I have to finish up my Spark Tasks before this point in the evening. I cannot wait to do my blogs for so late sometimes but I don't feel like doing them earlier, or have the time to do them in the morning or afternoon. <BR> <BR> I decided not to do my ST today because I am fairly sore for some reason, will have to push it to Thursday in the evening I suppose. My numbers today look like this <BR> <BR> Steps 12,247 <BR> Active minutes 80 <BR> Miles 5.27 <BR> Calories 1800 as of right now! ... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:54:48 EST Made over 12K steps today! steps 12,137 <BR> active minutes 88 <BR> miles 5.21 <BR> calories burned 1850 (I need to get back into 2100 cals burned range) <BR> <BR> That feels good to be back in the active zone! I knew I would make it back but I was getting a bit impatient but the tortoise does better than the hare! <BR> <BR> It was busy today with dealing with my cat and getting his shots. Yesterday I had my therapy appointment and all was well there, much better now that I can sleep at night I think so adjusting to ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:36:30 EST Pretty tired tonight! I'm headed to bed pretty quick here, it was a very busy day full of work, cooking, housework, dealing with a cat and all other manner of going through a day. <BR> <BR> When I'm this tired not much to say but good night and see you tomorrow! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 01:42:39 EST An account of this week and Cooking following! I thought I would make an entry early for the day since tonight and tomorrow will be busy for me. I have 3 appointments tomorrow and tonight I am finishing up work so I can take off all of tomorrow so I don't get behind. <BR> <BR> I have the Doctor's (therapy) appointment, my cat needs his shots for the year and I am taking him to the clinic since he hates everywhere near my house so far. He's a moody thing so I expect more of the same tomorrow. I have an appointment at Paolo's work because... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 18:48:40 EST Happy Friday its Blue Bloods tonight! Paolo and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day as it so commercial in nature! The 2 young ones will be with their Mom in a few hours. It's likely tonight we'll just have supper and watch TV since Paolo likes Hawaii Five-0. (I like the original.) <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am making Paolo his favourite pasta dinner and we'll have a dessert. Probably chocolate mousse with fruit for him because he likes chocolate and fruits. I despise that. I like chocolate and I like fruit but not together, ho... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:02:40 EST