NANCY-GIRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NANCY%2DGIRL NANCY-GIRL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Weekly Plan - April 25-May 1, 2015 - Maybe this week I'll get flowers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149430 I haven't been doing very well w/ updating the menu plan each day w/ my progress & successes. That's what happens when you go off the charts on Monday. I can't remember why I went off the charts Monday last week, but I did. I know I went on 4 walks at work (I took Friday off), and was on & off the plan for the week. <BR> <BR> This is the week I'm back en pointe!! I have to be. I'm running out of time before my July 7 cardio doc appt, and I want to lose a noticeable amount of weight before... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:41:25 EST Weekly Plan - April 18-24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144504 Well, last week was a train wreck. Again, I started to see progress, but then I had the BBQ at my boss's house, which is hard to explain why, but you're just gonna have to trust me, that it was an absolute "diet" amnesty day. It was a very emotional afternoon, saying good-bye to two dear women in my life, women who I've done life w/ for more than the 6 years that I've worked at the church (6 yrs in May), and as we celebrated, for the last time, the awesome team we once were. These have been... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:35:12 EST Weekly Plan - April 11-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139506 Well 5/7 of last week rocked!! Saturday & Sunday, not so much. It makes me so mad (Ok, a little mad) (OK, mildly miffed) that I'm bang-on during the week, and seeing some progress on the scale, and then exhaustion gets the best of me, and I blow it. <BR> <BR> We had a women's conference at church this weekend (Fri night/Sat morning), with the amazing Jen Wilkin, throwing down truths right & left. It was amazing. But after the long week of work (1st week back to full-time, and loaded w/ st... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 23:24:57 EST Weekly Plan - April 4-10, 2016 - I Can't Do It All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135135 OK. I'm freaking out a little bit about this week, and about everything I have to do today... <BR> <BR> I've had to increase my hours at work, and now I join the millions of you who work full-time while trying to manage a family. I don't know how you do it! I am so thankful that my grandson is now old enough to "babysit" his little sister for an hour or two until a grown-up comes home. But getting dinner on the table now requires more prep than before (I try to have dinner at 5:00 so every... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:40:00 EST Today Had "Binge" Written All Over It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124691 Today Had "Binge" Written All Over It <BR> March 21, 2016 <BR> <BR> So today, I had the perfect recipe for binge eating... Stress and emotion + tiredness (I didn't sleep well last night) + home alone + rainy day & not wanting to go for a walk <BR> <BR> In the past, heck, a couple of months ago(!), any one of those would have sent me to the kitchen to grab a container or box of something ... anything, and hit the couch w/ my feet on the coffee table, and self-sooth. <BR> <BR> But not today!... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:06:22 EST Weekly Plan - March 21-27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123730 (Progress updated daily, in case you have some strange desire to see how I'm doing during the week) <BR> <BR> Every week, my amazing nutritionist asks me to prepare a meal & activity plan. The activity plan is so I have something in place besides just coming home & turning on the TV & munching after work. I happened to give up TV (& FB) for lent, trading that time for time w/ God, and it has been amazing! <BR> <BR> We still don't have our grandkids this week for Spring Break (unless we ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:33:08 EST When I didn't want to walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123191 When I didn't want to walk... <BR> I walked anyway <BR> Saturday, March 19, 2016 <BR> <BR> What a treasure these blogs are. MIne go back 9 years! I've been reading them the past few days. I hope they were as inspiring to you, back then, as they are for me, today. I should work on backing them up, just in case something happens w/ SP... <BR> <BR> Today's blog sounds like my old blogs... picking up where I left off, only the blogs I was reading were 50 lbs ago... But I am so optimistic I wi... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 22:09:33 EST Should I Count Calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122819 My amazing nutritionist has a great Periscope on that last night. Interesting thoughts. <BR> <BR> I gotta say, I tracked before & had great success!! <BR> <BR> ** Please don't comment until you've seen the replay. (It will only be up til about 7pm, PST today), then it will be on katch.me for a little bit. Any comments made w/o hearing what she has to say will be deleted. :-) <BR> <BR> This may only be available on a device... Not sure If you can see it on a computer... <BR> <BR> ** Ed... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:58:38 EST Weekly Plan - March 14-20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118623 Y'all are coming in on the middle of a conversation, but that's OK.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome back to SP, Nancy-Girl!! I kinda feel like I've come home... Has it really been 2 years??? Wow!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Every week my nutritionist asks me to make a meal & activity plan for the week. This is a weird week for me, b/c we normally have our grandkids during the week, but they're pretty much w/ their other grandma for spring break (except for a couple of times I'm taking them to work (our... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 23:50:12 EST What's the Plan, Nan?* (*Please don't call me Nan!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604893 What's the Plan, Nan? <BR> Friday, January 24, 2014 <BR> <BR> (Tablet disclaimer: Please be patient w/ typos. I'm writing this on my tablet which doesn't autocorrect in text boxes for some reason, but has the squiggly red line, but once you're off the word, you have to manually correct. Such a bother to one who strives to type as quickly as she writes. Yes, the Bluetooth keyboard is on order!!) <BR> <BR> Please don't call me Nan. I am not a Nan. I am a Nanc. (pronounced Nance, rhymes w/ ch... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:49:30 EST I’m gaining back my fasting weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590159 I’m gaining back my fasting weight! <BR> Friday, January 10, 2014 <BR> <BR> My husband and I fasted the first three days of 2014. Our church had a seven-day fast, but we chose to fast for only three, basically b/c I was starting bootcamp up again on the 6th (not to mention Jazzercise on the 4th) and I wanted to have some nourishment for that. During those three amazing days, we learned much about food and hunger and how God is bigger than that. We also had some other epiphanies and really sa... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 11:21:29 EST "What I’m gaining. Confessions of a (recovering) glutton" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589314 "What I’m gaining. Confessions of a (recovering) glutton" <BR> Friday, January 10, 2014 <BR> <BR> The Long Intro: <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I work at a church. I am the Administrative Assistant for Care & Prayer Ministry, "helping the people who help people." I free them up from the day-to-day office stuff so they can do ministry, caring for the people of our church and community in their times of need. Simply put, I love my job. It is a honor and a joy to serve the Lord in this capaci... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:13:33 EST To blog or not to blog, that is the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583470 It's kinda asking a singer whether to sing or a photographer to go somewhere w/o his camera... <BR> <BR> (Before I go on, I need to tell you that I'm writing this on my tablet which doesn't autocorrect in text boxes for some reason, but has the squiggly red line, but once you're off the word, you have to manually correct. Such a bother to one who strives to type as quickly as she writes. Yes, the Bluetooth keyboard is on order!!) <BR> <BR> So, you may have noticed a quiet Nancy-Girl presen... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:14:54 EST Goals for BLC-22 June 5 – August 28, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381509 Goals for BLC-22 <BR> June 5 – August 28, 2013 <BR> <BR> Well, blogging’s not on my to-do list today, and I haven’t really tackled much of it, but here I am on my couch, feet up, ‘puter on my lap, tap-tap-tapping away… Soon the computer will be on the table & I’ll be planning the kids’ summer & registering them for all sorts of stuff… But first things first, haha… <BR> <BR> My assignment: “Now is the time to set your BLC 22 goals for the next 12 weeks. Blog it, tell it to your team, be sur... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:23:00 EST BLC-21 Wk 10 - Fourth Quarter Check Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296493 BLC-21 Wk 10 - Fourth Quarter Check Up <BR> Friday, March 22, 2013 <BR> &#9829; (Happy 10-Year Anniversary to me & my dh!!) &#9829; <BR> <BR> As we work our way thru week 10 of 12 of BLC-21, we’ve been asked to take a look at our what we’ve been up to for this w’end’s challenge: <BR> <BR> • R: re-evaluate your plan and post what has or has not worked for you during BLC21 (100 pts-one time) <BR> • G: goal Setting (Going forward for these last 2 weeks what goal do you need to meet in order t... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:24:48 EST Why I L&#9829;VE Daylight Saving Time (Republished) (Again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280528 Note from 3/12/11 still applies on 3/9/13 - I feel compelled to republish this blog again this year. Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year. It's the 1st day of Daylight Saving Time. I continue to be amazed at the amount of grumbling this day produces (I address that a little later in the blog). I love DST & everything it represents, and I will gladly give up an hour's sleep for the extended daytime hours. (Oh! How 'bout this! I'd gladly go to bed an hour earlier! - what a concept!) So here'... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:08:15 EST How Many Day 1s is This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177508 How Many Day 1s is This? <BR> Thursday, December 27, 2012 <BR> <BR> I dunno. I've lost count. So many day ones; no "end dates." No dates when I've reached my final goal. I came kinda close. I danced in Healthy for a wee bit. But here I am again. I have no idea what I weigh (haven't stepped on a scale for a couple of months - and if you know me, you know that's HUGE!), but I know how I feel, & I feel gross. <BR> <BR> So, I'm making a stab at it again. I'm milking my free trial of SparkCoach ... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:37:45 EST Summer 5% Challenge Pre-Assignment #3 - Why??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923842 Again.... Pretty much copied & pasted from the Spring 5% Challenge #3 blog.... <BR> Nothing's really changed... <BR> <BR> "Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!" <BR> <BR> &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#87... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 20:29:39 EST My Summer 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4916753 If this looks like a copy & paste from Spring, it is! <BR> Soon after penning this commitment in March, I had to break it, due to priorities in life. Life has since calmed down a little, and I think I'm ready to try the 5% challenge again (this will be my, what, 3rd attempt??) <BR> <BR> The Summer 5% Challenge starts on an upcoming Saturday in June, TBA <BR> 5% will be approximately 10 lbs (I hope!) in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> The Pre-Assignment: <BR> "On your Spark Page write up your Summer 5% ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 19:29:56 EST My Mom's Obit &#9829; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915243 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233781415.jpg"> <BR> Lucy Goodlive <BR> May 27, 1922 - June 3, 2012 <BR> <BR> Lucille (Lucy) C. Goodlive went home to the Lord Sunday, June 3, 2012, just one week after her 90th birthday. Her heart just wore out from being so big for so many for so long. <BR> <BR> Lucy was born on May 27, 1922 and grew up in Santa Ana, Calif., the youngest of three daughters of Andrew and Lena Crawford. Lucy loved music and some of her happiest memories w... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:07:34 EST May Review / June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907596 I stopped setting monthly goals quite a while ago b/c they all tended to be the same... month after month.... You know, stuff like: <BR> Stay in Calorie Range | Work out X Number of days/week | etc. <BR> Month after month.... same old goals. After a while they didn't mean anything anymore. <BR> <BR> But after a long hiatus, for some reason, I set some goals for May. Here they were: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Be overweight! (again) 208 lbs is "overweight" BMI <BR> I'm 4.5 lbs away, from last Wednesd... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:37:01 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858457 I have some. I don't know where else to put them, so I'm putting them here. <BR> <BR> 1. Be overweight! (again) 208 lbs is "overweight" BMI <BR> I'm 4.5 lbs away, from last Wednesday's w/i <BR> <BR> 2. 1,000 fitness minutes <BR> <BR> 3. Walk 50 miles <BR> In the month, not all at once! Goodness. <BR> <BR> 4. Finish a book <BR> I started Timothy Keller's _King's Cross_ on this trip (I'm writing this from a hotel room). I think this just might be one I will finish in May. It's pretty awes... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:48:02 EST BLC-19 Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856501 The Challenge Assignment: <BR> JUST PLAN IT! “He who fails to plan, plans to fail” ~ Proverb. Complete a personal blog on Spark or in a private journal. Write your plan for success over the next 12 weeks. Where do you want to be and how do you plan to get there? Make your goals SMART, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Trackable. <BR> <BR> The Answer: <BR> Where I want to be (My 12-week goals): <BR> • To change the 1st digit of my weight (from a 2 to a 1)!! <BR> • To be able to (co... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 17:05:11 EST Forest ABCs of Me! (BLC-19 Version) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850795 I was supposed to do this a couple of days ago.. Sorry for the delay... <BR> <BR> Let's get to know one another! COPY/PASTE the following Forest ABC's of ME into a BLOG! Add your answers, then come back to the Forest and let your fellow Pixies know you're finished! We'd like to see all Pixies blogs posted PRIOR to Wednesday's start date! Be sure to visit your teammates blogs and read all about them! <BR> <BR> emoticonemoticonemoticonemoticonemoticon<BR>emoticonemoticon <BR> <BR> A is for A... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:56:19 EST Doing the Best I Can with What I Got... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803395 So, after being away from SP for about 2 wks, I'm attempting to get back on the plan ... again... This has certainly been an up & down year for me! But, life happens, & all we can expect anyone to do is the best they can w/ what they got.* <BR> <BR> My mom is doing as well as she can, considering the state she's in (Oregon, LOL!). <BR> Mom has a constricted (not leaking) heart valve and 3 blockages (the most significant is 70%). At 89 y/o, she's choosing to just live out her days. <BR> <... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 23:51:09 EST Quick Mom Update / Prayer Requests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4786631 This will be brief. It's 10:00 & I still have some reading to do to prepare for a meeting tomorrow morning... <BR> <BR> Mom has pretty much decided against the valve replacement surgery. She will be discharged tomorrow morning into the health center of her retirement community where hospice care will commence... She says she will make her "final decision" Monday, but she's pretty stubborn & her mind's pretty made up. She told me not to twist her arm, but I told her that a broken arm is worth... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:22:23 EST Sometimes Weight Loss Isn't That Important... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784642 ... Darn it! I was doing so well on this challenge, too! <BR> <BR> OK, so here's the deal... <BR> <BR> Sometime last fall or winter my mom (89) developed a leaking heart valve. She opted against the risky valve-replacement surgery to live out her days. We're planning a big 90th B'day party for her in June (her b'day's at the end of May). I thought she was gonna go soon after that, after we all had a big party & said our good-byes, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday, Mom had a big scare. She re... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:46:45 EST Spring 5% Challenge Pre-Assignment #3 - Why??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779400 "Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!" <BR> <BR> &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; &#8729; &#9829; ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 14:59:56 EST My Spring 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776477 The Spring 5% Challenge starts Saturday, March 17. <BR> 5% will be approximately 10 lbs (I hope!) in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> The Pre-Assignment: <BR> "On your Spark Page write up your Spring 5% Challenge Commitment. How much and how often will you exercise? What diet will you follow? How will you support your team?" <BR> <BR> Nancy-Girl's Commitment: <BR> "I don't want to be the Granny who sits. I want to be the Granny who MOVES!" (see 2/25/12 blog). To that end, I will do the best I can with ... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 22:22:04 EST I Wanna be THAT Granny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756312 I Wanna be THAT Granny!! <BR> Saturday, February 25, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today is Daniel's 8th birthday. Wow. EIGHT! He's turning into a pretty awesome guy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I picked Hana (4) up from daycare. It was a little weird just having Hana & no Daniel, but D was celebrating his b'day w/ his Daddy, the way kids in Canada do... at Boston Pizza watching the Canucks game. :-) (they won, yay!) It had rained (poured!) most of the day yesterday, so much that I wore my gum boots everywher... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:22:28 EST 80s Pix (I can't believe I'm doing this) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707185 Background music: <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm-Vh<BR>3j8sys </link> <BR> (OK, it's 1977, but it works...) <BR> <BR> So here I am succumbing to peer pressure again... <BR> <BR> It's 80s week at BLC, & some of my Fairy Friends are posting pix of them selves from 25-30 (yes, 30!!) years ago! The hardest part was finding some pictures. I think most of them are in storage in the States, but there were some in the photo album my mom made for me... <BR> <BR> The 2nd hardest par... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 13:30:52 EST Forest ABC's of Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666776 This is the getting-to-know you questionnaire for my BLC-18 team, "Forest Green Pixies." <BR> <BR> Let's get to know one another! Copy/Paste the following into a blog with your answers, then come to the Forest and let your fellow Pixies know you're finished! We'd like to see all Pixies blogs posted prior to Wednesday's start date! Be sure to visit your teammates blogs and read all about them! <BR> <BR> emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYON... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:27:12 EST Yet Another Challenge Day 1 Blog... {sigh} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366751 Yet Another Challenge Day 1 Blog... {sigh} <BR> Saturday, July 16, 2011 <BR> <BR> I don't know how many "Day 1" blogs I've written. Well, whatever the number is, add 1 more... <BR> <BR> Today is Day 1 of the Summer 5% Challenge - something I'm trying while BLC is kinda on summer hiatus (& while I kinda took my own hiatus from BLC). I'm trying a new team w/ a new philosophy (sorta) & new challenges and new teammates (& 1 or 2 very comforting familiar faces!). <BR> <BR> So, here it is, mid... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 17:19:29 EST Floating or Adrift? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4255096 I'm wondering if I made a mistake, my decision to float out the remainder of BLC 16. <BR> <BR> I got the SparkMail this morning w/ the BLC w'end challenge, & got a little sad. OK, so it's the same old challenge, repackaged & reformatted in another clever acronym (basically, diet & exercise & reflection - Oh! I can write the RED challenge, LOL) (and totally NOT dissing the challenges, Admin - they're awesome & clever & I've written some & it ain't easy!). But I got a little sad about missing ... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:41:58 EST Half Effort is better than No Effort, Right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252099 So, we all know I've been struggling this round of BLC, right? I started 2011 off w/ a full head of steam, just tearing thru this weight loss thing, all gung-ho & excited about hitting Healthy BMI by Memorial Day. <BR> <BR> Ha! Memorial Day is next week, & I would have to lose 15 lbs or so to hit that goal! It ain't gonna happen. <BR> <BR> So instead of moaning & whining about this or that - I respect your time, and frankly, who has time to read long drawn-out blogs anyway? - I'm just gonna... Mon, 23 May 2011 22:40:56 EST My Two Lives: Doing the Best I Can With What I Got http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189276 My Two Lives: Doing the Best I Can With What I Got <BR> Monday, April 25, 2011 <BR> <BR> I’m trying to figure out what happened. I’m trying to figure out where “I” went. What happened to “me”? I mean, I started the year so full of spirit & gung-ho-ness and was killing this weight loss. I was active on the boards; I was (kinda) exercising; I was tracking & staying in range. I was doing all the stuff that one needs to do to successfully lose weight. <BR> <BR> And then I stopped. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 11:59:47 EST Daniel's Cake Design http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4156959 Take a 7 y/o boy and a novice cake decorator, and what do you get? "Granny & Me" Cakes & Stuff. OK, we're not Cake Boss, but we have fun. Daniel drew the design & then Granny (I) made it happen on Grandpa's birthday cake. He was so excited to see the finished product. He had to drag his uncle & daddy to the refrigerator to show it to them. I tried to remain humble, really, I did, but I was bursting inside w/ pride b/c I made my little grandguy so happy. <BR> <BR> Here's the cake: <BR> <img ... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:38:17 EST BLC-15 Day Last: Goals, Numbers, & the Dreaded "After" Picture {shudder} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4132898 BLC-15 Day Last: Goals, Numbers, & the Dreaded "After" Picture {shudder} <BR> Thursday, March 31, 2011 <BR> <BR> (Well, Day Last was yesterday, but I didn't have time 'til today.... ) <BR> <BR> Yesterday ended the most successful 12-week challenge that I've participated in. I think the key is that I *participated* in this one. And I had some pretty decent results. <BR> <BR> My BLC-15 Day 1 blog is here: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=38<B... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:47:28 EST BLC Interim Plan: My Own "Head Start" Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125438 It's a sad & exciting week. BLC-15 (Biggest Loser challenge) has its final w/i on Wednesday. People will meet their goals. People will totally obliterate their goals. People will come close. And some people will heave a resigned sigh and vow for "next round." For the entire challenge I was gunning to be one of those who obliterated their goals. (Here's my) {resigned sigh} I'll be happy to meet my goal. <BR> <BR> And I'm sad about that?? <BR> <BR> Uh-huh. <BR> <BR> I was doing so well! I wa... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 23:20:37 EST BLC-15 "DARE" Challenge Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4125208 Part of our weekend challenge this past w'end was to Reflect: Earn 5 pts by posting in your sparkblog or in the team thread a reflection.. for the day, the round, your strengths, areas to work on.. your choice. <BR> <BR> I posted my reflections on the team thread, but I thought I'd go find 'em & copy & paste 'em into my blog so I can read them later, when I need to. <BR> <BR> So..... here they are! <BR> <BR> <BR> FRIDAY, MARCH 25 (written on Saturday, March 26) <BR> <BR> My shout-out wa... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 21:47:12 EST Final Cake!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4111618 Well, I did it! I finished Level One of the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: "Decorating Basics." Only my certificate says Nanal. Apparently, the instructor's husband couldn't read my writing. That's a first! <BR> <BR> So.... here's my much-stressed-over FINAL CAKE!! It's not quite done yet... I just have to do the trim on the bottom. I can see a couple of flaws, but overall, I'm very pleased (tickled!) with how it turned out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l4... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 01:10:25 EST Cake Decorating - Week 2: Cake Redemption http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4089121 I didn't blog about my 2nd cake decorating class. It was too ... um ... tragic. I'm sure hormones had a little something to do w/ the fact that I cried all the way home last Tuesday evening. Poor Rich didn't know what to do w/ me. "My cake disintegrated," I texted him from class, and then dissolved into a heap of tears when I got home. "I just wanna make nice cakes," I sobbed, "I just wanna be crafty like the other girls." And then it hit me. This is a totally irrational response. I should be... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 20:51:40 EST Why I L&#9829;VE Daylight Saving Time (Republished) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4086919 3/12/11 - I feel compelled to republish this blog again this year. Tomorrow is my favorite day of the year. It's the 1st day of Daylight Saving Time. I continue to be amazed at the amount of grumbling this day produces (I address that a little later in the blog). I love DST & everything it represents, and I will gladly give up an hour's sleep for the extended daytime hours. (Oh! How 'bout this! I'd gladly go to bed an hour earlier! - what a concept!) So here's my blog from last year. I wouldn... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:11:18 EST Cake Decorating - Class 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4061997 Cake Decorating - Class 1 (Tuesday, March 1) <BR> Wednesday, March 2, 2011 <BR> <BR> So, I enrolled in a Cake Decorating class at Michaels! After a bit of drama & confusion about whether or not I was indeed registered (thanks, Manager Shannon - you're awesome!), with my emotions going from excited to disappointed back to excited, I sat in the 1st class of Wilton Decorating Basics. I have no idea what Wilton is or how it differs from other techniques, but our instructor, who's been decoratin... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 23:13:34 EST Starting 28-Day Bootcamp A.G.A.I.N. (sheesh) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4052899 All she did was post an innocuous comment on her SP FF (SparkPeople FriendFeed). My friend Gerry "is rediscovering strength training!" Harmless, she probably thought. Proud of herself, but harmless, nonetheless. (I'm proud of you, too, Gerry!) <BR> <BR> "So... how's it going?" I commented on her feed. "I rediscovered it last month & then rediscovered why I stopped doing it. How do you make it fun???" <BR> <BR> Gerry replied, "I don't have a way to make it fun, but when I realized how much s... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:00:28 EST What a Day! Part Deux :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031487 Another absolutely gorgeous day in the greater Vancouver area today! <BR> I had to go to Point Roberts to pick up a package for Daniel's birthday (don't even get me started on Barnes & Noble! I'm so mad at them!!) & figured, while I'm there, I'd pop by the market for that yummy Yoplait that we can't get in Canada, & then I'd get a walk in at Centennial Beach. Well the border line-up was rediculous (more than 1/2 hour, I was guessing), so I headed to the beach for my walk. So glad I did! Beaut... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:17:51 EST What a Day! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4029239 Like a well in the middle of the desert was the sunshine today. <BR> Rich & I took a walk, and letting pictures be worth 1000 words, here's what it looked like. Enjoy. <BR> <BR> (We live near Vancouver, BC in a beautiful farming/fishing village on the mouth of the Fraser River. I love it here!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916614661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l267440691.jpg"> <BR> One of the many eagles we saw... We ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 00:12:35 EST I bought the SMALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028542 I bought the SMALL <BR> Friday, February 18, 2011 <BR> <BR> I bought the SMALL. I can't remember every buying a SMALL before. Not in my adult life, anyway. <BR> <BR> Granted, sizing is different than it used to be. Sizing is more about marketing than size. If a girl tries on a smaller-than-expected size & it fits, she's totally gonna buy it (am I right, girls?). Stuff that was a L a few years ago is now labeled M. And M's are now labeled S. And you know what?? I don't care. LOL <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:41:24 EST Today I Turned the Corner (Literally & Quite Possibly Figuratively) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3994000 Today I turned the corner. <BR> Today I chose the longer, harder route. <BR> On purpose. <BR> Today I wanted to take the easy way out, but chose the harder one. <BR> Today I was true to my "Delayed Gratification" philosophy from the New Year. It's right there on my SparkPage: <BR> <BR> "It’s not about the pleasure & satisfaction “right now;” it’s about the pleasure & satisfaction that “will be.” But it takes the “right now” to make the “will be” happen. So what I do “right now” affects what... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 23:54:42 EST If I was gonna write a blog today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3991646 If I was gonna write a blog today, I would tell you all about: <BR> <BR> • What an amazingly beautiful afternoon we wound up having and how my husband came home early from work & told me to go for a walk instead of riding the exercise bike b/c he would babysit the GD for a bit and how I saw 12 eagles and 3 bunnies <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l63674842.jpg"> <BR> Wearing whatever red I could find for Go Red for Women today. <BR> <BR> <BR> • How I did Days 4-5-6 o... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 01:30:58 EST