MYAKAYAH's SparkPeople Blog MYAKAYAH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community We have rain, what is this winter? I think this is the 3rd rain event since December! The cat hates rain, I can't stop it my cat, you just have to wait to go out until it stops. <BR> <BR> I'll likely only hit 10K today, I was going to rest it today because I am a little tired but maybe tomorrow instead. I watched a little TV earlier, TV is really a cesspool of nothing, non-reality junk. Even CNN reporting from back east is quite silly in my view. Its all reactionary and sensational instead of serious and reasonable. <BR> <B... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:54:08 EST Today in steps I am @ 12K I may just make it yet but if I don't its alright since Sunday is usually a resting day for me. I just didn't feel like resting today. <BR> <BR> steps 12,163 <BR> miles 5.23 <BR> active minutes 70 <BR> calories 1900 <BR> <BR> I tried to rest as much as I could this weekend and handle preparation for this week. The smoother life goes the better off I am. Organization is the key definitely. Its easier to grocery shop in the early mornings a lot of the time, come home and chop up fruits and ve... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:52:13 EST Today in walking! I wasn't working to try and make up for Thursday honestly lol! Eh, stuff happens and you have a bad day because you are under the weather. The point is to make sure you make each day count as much as you can! I'm just under 6,000 steps to get to 70,000 for Saturday now! <BR> <BR> STEPS--21362 <BR> MILES--9.20 <BR> ACTIVE MINUTES--161 <BR> CALORIES BURNED--2315 <BR> <BR> Almost done with my library books so I can get them back this week. I think I am going to need to order Dr. Charles Stanl... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:57:43 EST BLC Week#2! Panther Pause, TNT, WEC! I've already gotten in 10,000+ steps already. Yoga and cardio later. No ST until Thursday since its my regular day and honestly I am a little bit sore still from Monday! I've Already posted my Weigh-in so I finished week 1 completely. Moving onto week 2 now! <BR> <BR> (I am a Cool Champion, its for the best. I like odd numbers they are wonderful!) LCW not posted quite yet! Will post up here when I know what it is~ <BR> <BR> The Panther Pause this week is Don't Stand Still! <BR> <BR> We are... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 09:38:35 EST Question time borrowed from Azure Destinations in BLC! 1. What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten? <BR> Liver or Escargot blech~ <BR> <BR> 2. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? <BR> I think a Panther is a good idea certainly, quiet, strong physically and quite stealthy! <BR> <BR> 3. What's your weirdest or quirkiest habit? <BR> Not having my food touch on the plate. I can eat soups and casseroles etc. but most of the time my food must not touch the other food on the plate! <BR> I severely dislike plaid, stripes and weak m... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:34:47 EST Smokey the Cat~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I figured he deserved his own little post and today is it! <BR> <BR> I just let him in a bit ago, at night we figured out he goes to the very little park down the street and he chases rabbits. He used to chase rabbits where we lived in Louisiana. He also tried to catch birds there and if he was inside and he saw the birds through the windows (which were ceiling to floor just about) he would find somebody to let ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:10:34 EST My cat is a dog! He knocks at the door when he wants to come in, yes! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed my football today even if Seattle almost blew it! New England showed Indy who was boss. I think Indy is on the right track but they need a few more pieces filled in to win a Championship Game. Seattle and New England, Arizona be there on February 1st! <BR> <BR> I made over 10K steps today, I know not of taking a rest day apparently. It was a lighter day though and I slept a lot better earlier so that is a plus, last we... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:31:34 EST Cold here still! Its a long weekend though for the 2 young ones which they appreciate. They had pizza, salad and ice cream tonight and now they are in bed. Paolo fell out as well, he had a long week working and he wants to be up round 7am so he can eat breakfast, do chores and have most of the afternoon to spend with me lol. (After I wake up certainly. I'm fine with it.) <BR> <BR> Watched my Blue Bloods, had soup for dinner since it feels so cold to me these past few days. I have reluctantly decided I can't ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 02:38:56 EST Si, Favourite Thursday has arrived! Good Morning to you, how about a few words from me! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I went out to dinner last night at Chilis w/ my dad because the SO took the 2 young ones out to dinner. Once a month they do this ritual without me so they can chat. Saves me a night of cooking so I'm down with that idea! Plus my Dad said the other day he needed to caulk round my sink in the kitchen and it needed a day to set and dry before it was operational again. Kool! <BR> <BR> We went over and we both ordered a burge... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:19:36 EST Jillian Michaels 7 Steps to Success! Positive BLC start! This is from January's issue of Good Housekeeping! Just the key ideas are brought up here. I found the Goal Pyramid and 6 other steps to be important factors in having long term success with weight loss! <BR> <BR> Jillian Michaels Seven Steps to Success! <BR> <BR> 1. Define and Detail Very Specific Goals! <BR> <BR> The bottom line here is to get deep down into your whys to keep yourself motivated in reaching your goals. You need to think about your goals in detail and why you are pursuing ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 04:38:24 EST BLC Measurable Goals for the next 12 weeks! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'll be making one post a week just to remind myself with BLC tasks so I commit it to memory! I figured the best dressed redhead deserves a place of honour here, of course she does. <em>242</em> Amy Adams! <BR> <BR> <BR> Desired Maintenance range (if you are already at goal weight or hope to get there this BLC Round): 129-125 pounds! (MoM) <BR> <BR> Other Initial Measurements: Minimum-2 other measurements of y... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:56:22 EST CONGRATS to The Ohio State University Football CHAMPS~ They outplayed Oregon, even with 4 turnovers. Oregon had too many penalties and dropped passes. Amazing game! They should be very proud of themselves. Urban Meyer has always been a fabulous football coach. He thought they were a year away from wining a title, lol! They beat Alabama and Oregon to attain such a wonderful achievement. A lot of their players are freshman and sophomores so if they can stay injury free they have a good chance to do it again. <BR> <BR> The Broncos parted ways with ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 01:58:50 EST Sunday shorty maybe! I could write about the weather, it did rain today. A desert always needs rain. <BR> <BR> I could say I was depressed (not) over The Broncos losing but it happens, better times next season hopefully. Seattle, Green Bay, New England and Indy are in the Championship games next Sunday. I am going to say Seattle and New England in the Super Bowl. <BR> <BR> I could say I am glad my eating is getting back to regular pretty much and I am getting my steps back up into the 12K range. (Sundays are re... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:53:57 EST Page reflection to Bronco Orange is Necessary! First off my brother came over today, brave soul that he is with having pneumonia. He seems to be doing alright despite this challenge. (It's bad he is sick but hopefully he can fight it off successfully.) For those just joining me my brother has fought cancer for a few years now and had a kidney removed last summer. <BR> <BR> I did a fair amount of outdoor walking today, yesterday was better but by the end of next week I shall be where I want to be. It may rain tomorrow and if it does no w... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:41:28 EST Hello Friday This weekend round 2 Football Playoffs I'm there! Not making any predictions but Seattle should dispose of Carolina. Green Bay over Dallas, Denver over Indy and its almost too close to call between New England and Baltimore. I think I may give the edge to Baltimore here since they give the Pats a heck of a game every time! <BR> <BR> Did my hair today, looking tight girl. I think Halle Berry may want to use my stylist now because I'm rocking her hair better than she does lol. I was up at 11a... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 22:59:11 EST On not feeling Evil! Thank you my friends for the well wishes! I think I am alright now for the most part. There have been no unkind words on my part, no crazy except for the pain for a few days and the most important part no demon slaying lol. Sometimes I wish I wasn't a female and I have considered having the big one so I don't have to deal with this anymore. I've had too many operations though so I'll grit it out to the end! <BR> <BR> I have bought a few new saris and it'll be the end of January or beginning ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:03:31 EST Taking a blog break for a few days! I know I wrote this sentence so I could write something yes? <BR> <BR> Its that TOM crud again, once or twice a year my system just goes nuts and apparently this first one has given me a lot of pain and system disruption. (I hope no men are reading this entry, lol) <BR> <BR> Will return in a few days when I feel a bit more like myself again. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 02:40:00 EST Friday night hello! It is still a little too cold to walk outdoors for me but that will change in a few days, its warming up! I did the strength training, yoga and cardio today so I'm caught up. I need to push ST to Sunday and then I can go back to T/TH/S again! <BR> <BR> Watched Blue Bloods tonight, I missed my show, but I am thinking about watching it by DVR now because the commercial breaks are too long honestly. Watched Worst Cooks in America on Cooking Channel earlier. Bobby and Anne were teaching that g... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 02:54:55 EST No snow and sun today! January Goals 2015~ I think we are safe from the snow. Its cold enough but we have a few more days of freezing like temperatures. Next week during the day we should be back into the 60's which will be quite lovely. <BR> <BR> So you are thinking Kayah is having some New Years Resolutions right? No, I don't make resolutions, boring, lol! <BR> <BR> I like to call them promises. First off I have dropped the January Jumpstart Challenge. I already do these things so I don't need to track it for the month and then gr... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:54:21 EST No snow yet lol! Its cold enough though! Happy New Years Eve be safe and warm seriously! <BR> <BR> New Years Goals listed tomorrow, chilling tonight literally and figuratively. Have fun! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 22:33:20 EST Yes, it will snow definitely, its frigid! I think we are round 35 degrees right now and we'll be at freezing overnight. I don't know how my cat takes it personally being out there overnight. I have to keep a watch on him to make sure he's not out for hours. <BR> <BR> Congrats to Notre Dame defeating LSU in the Music City Bowl 31-28 earlier! Tomorrow are the Peach, Orange and Fiesta Bowls. Thursday I want to see the Sugar Bowl more than The Rose Bowl but the winners of each game are playing for the Championship in a few weeks. I am g... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:56:26 EST Okay New Years Eve we may have snow! Yes, here in Sin City, 2-3 inches at most it looks like though. Its freezing pretty much at night. Family just left a bit ago since we watched their two girls today while they were having adult fun. You know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas... <BR> <BR> So the cousins and I ate lunch, did a little sewing, watched a movie, made dinner, went shopping at Target and Bath & Body Works, and a few other stores. It was a full day. One of my cousins is a teenager and the other she is six now. A... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:54:26 EST Last visitors of the season today! It was my Aunt and Uncle and their family who stopped in today. They visited a little, had lunch and after a few hours went to their hotel for the night. No more cooking for me definitely. I just rested today after they left and didn't watch anymore football but I checked the scores. The Broncos won so that is something. <BR> <BR> I'm checking out The Runner's Handbook. I am not thinking of taking up the discipline soon but I want to know what I need to do, how to prepare before going about ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 01:04:59 EST oh I'm tired and going to bed soon! Today was another Christmas Eve, cooking from 11am-945pm. I've had enough totally of cooking for at least a few weeks! It was like cooking Christmas dinner again and I would never of made so much food. My mom doesn't know anything about being reasonable though lol. Proper food sizes for round 10 people is different than for 20 people and I dislike eating tons of leftovers definitely. I did the cooking bit with her because she would have never finished without me honestly. We needed one more p... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:11:12 EST Day after Christmas, not a let down! I've done well with my moods and emotions this holiday season, it really is how you look at things. I'm getting more positive in life slowly but surely and don't let other people's stuff effect (Or is it affect? I need a refresher course) my well-being anymore. It took a long time to figure that one out and I may stumble from time to time but I'm concentrating on myself in that area. <BR> <BR> Its sunny here but its the coldest time of year so we have close to freezing temperatures at night... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:57:15 EST A quick overview Yesterday I was so busy preparing food for today. The nice thing about making food is that you know what went into it. I must have worked from 9am-7pm last night with all manner of food, baked goods, washing and drying dishes, sometimes over and over and over lol. I slept from 930pm-600am so that was really nice! <BR> <BR> I have an idea of what I will eat for dinner later and I already had breakfast. In a few hours I will have a pink apple for a snack and dinner will likely take most of my ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 11:34:19 EST Have a lovely Holiday~ I must tell you I don't think I did this much work for Thanksgiving but I just received a chance to sit down and I took it. Seriously I'm pretty well beat. I'm probably going to hit the sack round 10pm tonight if not sooner and I'll be up round 7am or so since 2-3pm is dinner time lol. <BR> <BR> I'll do my hair in the morning, do the powdered sugar for my brother's bourbon balls afterward and breathe. My Aunt and her family are coming on the weekend so that will be another opportunity to vis... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 22:56:48 EST Tuesday before Christmas, I can finish this~ Yesterday was pretty busy and my Aunt stayed over! The parents went to the airport Sunday night and she was a bit late coming in from Denver because of the weather. She made dirty rice yesterday for Christmas and it took going to the store, making a side trip to the library to pick up my holds and having a chat with a Sprint supervisor and representative before getting back home round noon. <BR> <BR> I am going to make the last 2 batches of bourbon balls today since it could not be done yest... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:48:07 EST Musings~Break away from fear, cowardice and "There is a prison of your own set ideas, the rules and restrictions that make no sense, but were imposed on you by others, however well meaning. It had not occurred to me that I had the freedom to change, to choose, to set my own path. Only as a child had I ever believed that." <BR> <BR> Do you feel like this sometimes? We make our own prisons of fear, being frightened and we stand still for very long periods until we need to break out of our cages or push ourselves further in the box! <BR>... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:05:43 EST Busy weekend! Bourbon Balls Recipe More bourbon balls made for gifts! I think I have made 8 tins full now, hopefully after tomorrow's 2 tins I am done. Everything is thawing for Christmas dinner. <BR> <BR> Paolo is off after Tuesday until the next Monday which is the 29th I do believe and he is looking forward to a big block of time to lazy about. I'm not sure if my sister will make it here but the Aunt and Uncle will be here on the 28th I do believe. <BR> <BR> Exercise has been good lately and so has the food, I'm strugglin... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:05:39 EST Its Friday, be well my friends! I'm listening to Etta James right now which is good because I erased my blog entry somehow lol. I give up, I'm going to type my entries in Word and cut and paste them over here from now on so I don't inadvertently erase some mind blowing words lol! <BR> <BR> Okay so I took a few days off from blogging basically. I was too tired last night because I had a mad busy day. I had errands, cooking, cleaning, writing out a few more Christmas Cards, taking my Mom to the dentist, going to the store, p... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:48:53 EST Spark Article=55 Things the Scale Doesn't Tell You ~Melinda Hershey wrote this for The Spark Blog back on 17th of March 2014! <BR> <BR> (It's not the full article but a good portion of it. I thought it would be a handy reference guide for this time of year because a lot of people have issues with weight loss and those of us who are maintaining our goal weights!) <BR> <BR> We've all been sucked into the scale's siren song from time to time—and it makes sense why. The scale is appealing because it shows an instant, tangible metric of how you... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:33:20 EST Monday's Good Morning! It's all about the attitude seriously! Even if things are going badly around you, choose to be happy is how I look at it! Anyhow, I am sitting here at my desk and it looks like it will be sunny out today despite looking a bit cloudy. <BR> <BR> I need to do a load or two of laundry today and clean my bathroom. I was looking through my jewelry earlier and I am going to gift some pieces this upcoming year and for Christmas to my nieces if they come down. If not their birthdays are in February ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:33:22 EST Weekend Update! Okay, first thing I thought of when I woke was has Betty White and Doris Roberts ever worked together? Those two would be funny times together I think. See where my mind goes when I am waking up. The other night I watched The Red Tent on Lifetime. I watched both parts, loved it. I was thinking with the females clothes I would love to wear that lol. Mostly long shifts and robes with ropes used as belts or decoration. I know its 2015 just about but a lot of fashion through time makes me think t... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:18:59 EST no rain yet but cloudy! We need the rain since they are going to dig further down to get more water out of the ground here, and charge us more of course. Its how it goes with water. We have awesomely low water bills, not sure how much the bill will go up but I try to conserve water as much as I can and take shorter showers. I'm almost at military showers just about. The smart thing about it is that in winter you should take shorter showers so your skin doesn't rebel too much! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, my parents were out a... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:37:32 EST No title! More rain coming looks like~ Hello my friends! I'm sitting up here in my office looking down the street and many people have Christmas Lights up and some keep them on all night which is fun. Looks like more rain is coming in over this weekend which is necessary for our drought stricken state. I think we are in for water rationing in the next few years. I am used to it from growing up in California! Maybe I should move back up to Washington or over to Louisiana lol. I hate rationing times but Nevada doesn't get their fair... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:55:19 EST A shorty I slightly went over my calories tonight, it was pizza night. I had salad to go with it so all wasn't lost lol! I went over by 100 calories and I haven't gone over in forever so its not too bad of a mess up. <BR> <BR> I grated cheese today, wrote out Christmas cards, did housework, played with the cat and his new toys which enthralled him for a spell. Off to do bourbon balls tomorrow and then I shall be caught up. <BR> <BR> Pace, Pace yourself definitely! I have wrapped all the presents so ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 02:59:28 EST Saturday Night, A Date you say? Correct, the SO (Paolo) decided since the 2 young ones were AWOL we should and could go out on a date. He made a reservation and he said let's look pretty for one another. He wore a dark brown suit and so I wore a deep red velvet dress with very low heels! <BR> <BR> Once a month or so we go on a serious date outing, we remember we are two individuals and not just a parent, cook, travel agent you get the drill! We don't talk about the 2 young ones, parents, siblings. We chat about ourselves ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 02:53:32 EST Friday Night Funnies or NOT! The weather is better and we had sun today, we needed a few days of rain and all that it brought with it! I checked the weather and it looks like the mid-60's this week and at night getting down in the 50's-40's depending so it won't feel too frigid more than likely which I can appreciate. My bones hurt a little when the air is frigid. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I looked at my calories and I barely made 1200 which was fairly odd because I am usually in the 1500-1600 range most days! I didn't overb... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:22:55 EST Did my hair today~ Finished up shopping since I had coupons and saved a bunch of money so that was nice. I bought a Chi flat iron where I do my hair since it was on reduction for $59! I had a flat iron but it wasn't a Chi and never really got hot enough to keep my hair properly so that was a very good idea and the lil one can use it as well for her tresses every so often. <BR> <BR> It still feels cold and damp outside so the exercise is indoors. I barely watched football tonight, Dallas and Chicago don't motiv... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 00:22:26 EST Its a bit rainy still so I didn't go out so much today! I slept fairly decent but round noon I was up until 230 so I needed a nap until 4pm. I woke up and everyone was home. We had gumbo for dinner about 515pm which was nice. <BR> <BR> My mom is making me a powder blue hat to match the uber long scarf my Aunt made me last month. I don't think she is making a Quillow, blanket, purse or much of anything for this Christmas which may be good. I can tell in certain ways she is getting a little worse in terms of the Pa... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 02:47:14 EST Its Raining Today & tonight! Which is a very good thing since we pray for rain here lol! Its pretty much been steady all day just about from what I've heard! <BR> <BR> So I am doing two loads of laundry right now and just cleaned most of the bathroom, ate dinner and did the dishes, vacuumed, dusted, made iced coffee and tea for the pitchers, fed and watered the cat, brushed him and made sure his box was clean and fresh. I had to readjust the Christmas tree a little, did the mail shred, cleaned out the fridge which means... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 22:08:43 EST Married Life post on Reasons to Fall in Love with your Spouse Everyday! The first 10 Reasons are from Spark Member IAM_HIS! The second 10 are yours truly MYAKAYAH! I really just wanted to keep this for my own reference but any of you marrieds have anything else to add? <BR> <BR> 1. Take initiative. You walk into your house and you notice a lot of things on the floor or where they not are supposed to be, why not take a few minutes to pick things up and take them to their rightful place. Trust me your spouse will notice. <BR> <BR> 2. Let him/her win sometimes. ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:30:00 EST Inner Journey December Journaling questions! I was thinking about what would be great fun to journal about or create in December since it is such a fun festive month! In your pages you can write, draw, paint, sketch or do whatever you feel come out of you! <BR> <BR> 1. Illustrate or write a story using a favourite Holiday song. Choose more than one song if you desire! <BR> <BR> 2. Create a journal page based on any or all of these words: presence, gift, joy, thankful, peace, birth, love, family, friends, winter! <BR> <BR> 3. The Holi... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 04:32:31 EST December Goals and a smorgasbord Thank you for all the Congrats on the NaNoWriMo! Its a WINNER 2 years in a row and honestly I dislike the way the story turned out so I am going to totally revamp it. I started yesterday but today I was off since it was football, cooking, housework, shopping and handling business! <BR> <BR> My mom made split pea soup and I'm not eating it, I despise the taste honestly. I had a meatball sandwich and salad for dinner and we are repurposing leftovers. I watched all of the Broncos game we won an... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 02:01:31 EST NaNoWriMo Winner~ I won it a few minutes ago, now for the gargantuan job of rewriting and editing. <BR> <BR> I'm just glad I finished honestly, at points it was rough~ <BR> <BR> Total Words Written 50,161 Winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <em>36</em> <em>213</em> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>521</em> <em>242</em> <em>250</em> <em>205</em> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:01:58 EST Happy not Black Friday! I did not venture out for anything today because I am so not doing such a thing. People where I live have no clue how to be a responsible considerate driver so I'd rather not tempt fate! Paolo and the kids went out and I said be safe and good luck to you. They left at 5am and came back in round noon and had hot cider, cocoa or a brandy lol! <BR> <BR> The sales are much better after Christmas through New Years in my view so that is when I will get what I need for myself! Plus I don't wear any... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:47:33 EST Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans! <BR> <BR> Enjoy football, family and food carefully! <BR> <BR> Have fun~ Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:31:09 EST Happy Monday its frigid at night! NaNoWriMo update-I am at 47,000 in the serious home stretch here! <BR> <BR> The weather is alright during the day and sunny too. At night its the high 30's and its a frigid feeling air to me, I'm inside while that goes on for sure. My knee complains if I expose it to the chilly willy! <BR> <BR> So in terms of exercise, there is no outdoor walking for me. Forgetaboutit lol. I do as much treadmill as I can but Leslie Sansone and I are great friends with her videos. Plus I am learning to like ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:50:45 EST NaNoWriMo home stretch I am at 40K words, keeping going to make 50K by Tuesday at least! <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend~ <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:44:47 EST