NANCYTUNBERG64's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NANCYTUNBERG64 NANCYTUNBERG64'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/ New goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731848 I have now met with a health coach. <BR> <BR> She will meet with me two times each month in person for 1 hour or so and call and e-mail to check in and encourage me throughout the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> She will have access to my food journal to be able to make recommendations. <BR> <BR> Although it is a bit expensive I feel this may be the accountability I need to get to my next goal of 170 by the fall and 165 by the end on the year. <BR> <BR> I must say that she was pretty impress... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:54:14 EST Time to get back in the groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728833 I am not sure why I do not feel as motivated as I have in the past but the things that used to excite me are no longer working. I met with and filled out a survey with a health coach the other day. I want to see how much the cost will be but maybe that one on one attention will get me motivated again. I am hovering around 182-185 and not gaining but also not loosing. <BR> <BR> I really want to get into the 170's by the fall so hope this will help!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:46:43 EST What a wonderful start to the weekend!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723263 Friday night the bank I worked for sponsored an event called moonlight and music for Pioneer Center, a local center who help give jobs and life skills to the developmentally disabled adults in our county and countless other services. It was a beautiful night and so meaningful. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning the Kiwanis has an annual Soap Box Derby race. I got to drive a Mustang in the parade with the Grand Marshall then help with the scoring for the race. The kids love this event and it is ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:59:54 EST Such a great feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713951 Yesterday I was very nervous. I was attending a graduation with my ex and the extended family. While I have spoken with many of them since the divorce, I had not spoken to my ex or seen any of them except one SIL in months. <BR> <BR> The day was wonderful. They were welcoming and loving. They said they were so happy to see me looking healthy and happy. I took some time to speak to my ex, found out he is still trying to find himself, has not done this yet but is working toward it. I ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 07:54:35 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711890 I have successfully stuck to my goals for the last couple of days and it feels great!!! I did have a cocktail last night with my neighbor who is turning 89 years old today but it did fit with in my calorie range. <BR> <BR> My neighbor is an amazing lady. Turning 89, Paints beautiful pictures, still drives, gardens etc. Loves her evening cocktail as well. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> She said besides the cocktails, she has always just worked hard, has a positive attitude and will not let l... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:48:24 EST Sabotage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710291 I keep setting daily goals then follow some but not all of them. I am not sure what is going on that I am struggling a bit. I try to sit quietly and listen to my feelings and do not know what it is that I am not doing the things seriously enough that I know work for me. <BR> <BR> Example: In meetings all day yesterday. Grabbed a muffin and a cookie. I knew I should not have them but did. Then I had planned to make acorn squash for my dinner. My farmer called and invited me out to dinn... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:23:34 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707936 Saturday was such a great day!! <BR> <BR> Went to walk with a friend who has ALS at an ALS walk in a beautiful park in Wheaton Illinois!! The day was lovely and it was so great and I was honored to walk with this hero who did most of the walk in his wheelchair but ended the walk standing up. <BR> <BR> Got home and cooked dinner for my farmer. BBQ porkchops (from his pig), brown rice and salad. We then walked up town and saw the movie Malifecant. It was a beautiful evening. Got up thi... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:35:35 EST Ughhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707325 I did not track yesterday. I went out with some friends to a brewery and of course I had a flight of beer. <BR> <BR> I did do alot of walking but way too much salt. I can feel the bloat. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day and will be better than yesterday!! Sat, 31 May 2014 08:30:41 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705778 Reflection time: <BR> <BR> I did well yesterday. No cocktails, tracked all of my food. Stayed in my calorie range. Walked more than 15000 steps. Had my strength training class. <BR> <BR> This morning I got on my exercise bike and peddled for 5 minutes before taking the dogs out for a walk. I think this will be what I try to do most mornings until I hope I learn to love the bike as much as my walking. <BR> <BR> I am soooo close to my next goal of getting down into the 170's. I can d... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:32:30 EST Progress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704950 I made goals for this week to get back on track. <BR> <BR> How did I do on day one? <BR> <BR> Said NO to the neighborly cocktail!! Help strong with my water with lemon. Yeah me!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I measured and tracked all of my meals. ( now I must add to stay within calorie range. Ate about 400 calories too much) <BR> <BR> I had extra water. <BR> <BR> Did not use exercise bike yet. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> On to day two!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 May 2014 07:31:07 EST A New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704121 It is a new week. <BR> <BR> I was not keeping track as I should have this weekend. Although I am teetering in the low 180's, I am determined to get into the 170's. <BR> <BR> Things I must do this week: <BR> <BR> Turn down the neighborhood cocktail. Two of my new neighbor friends offer a cocktail each time we get together. Although it is only one, one will not help me reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Measure and track each meal. I have been a bit lazy with my tracking. <BR> <BR> Drink an e... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:55:04 EST My trip to Galena http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701922 Went to Galena Illinois Thursday and Friday with my Mom. We had a great time and saw some awesome sights. Here are a few. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169571036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was the Bed and Breakfast we stayed at. Very nice couple and nice place!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158541917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our dinner- Very tasty. At a restaurant called Fried Green Tomatos <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sat, 24 May 2014 07:52:19 EST What is my motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695467 I just read a blog where a Spark People staff writer was discussing the upcoming birth of his first child and how right now, this child is his motivation to be healthy. He wants to make sure he can play with this child, teach the child good healthy lessons etc. <BR> <BR> This got me to thinking, what is my motivation currently? I know when I started I was miserable, not able to fit into seats comfortably, was worried that my habits had been picked up by my youngest daughter. <BR> <BR... Thu, 15 May 2014 07:54:52 EST Mothers Day 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693139 What a wonderful Day yesterday!! <BR> <BR> Woke up at 4 a.m. since I was getting picked up by friends to catch a 5:30 train to Chicago for the Susan Komen Cancer 5k. The weather was beautiful and the walk was wonderful. Not only walked the 5k but also from Union Station to Grant Park and back which I think added on another 3 or so miles. Here are some picks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662571589.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:41:28 EST The little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691744 Making a roast in the crock pot <BR> <BR> cleaning the cabinets together <BR> <BR> feeding all of the calves and pigs <BR> <BR> being outside together <BR> <BR> cuddling <BR> <BR> playing card games and listening to music <BR> <BR> All of these things make me happy!!! Sat, 10 May 2014 07:56:30 EST It is a wonderful day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688683 I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> My family and friends- especially Mom, Dad and daughters <BR> <BR> A new friend in my life- My Farmer <BR> <BR> My job <BR> <BR> That I am learning new ways to fuel my body in a healthy way <BR> <BR> That the sun is shining today <BR> <BR> My dogs <BR> <BR> That I am healthy <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a healthy happy day!! <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 May 2014 07:37:58 EST Day one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685539 I set a goal for May to weigh/measure and stay within my calorie range each day. <BR> <BR> May 1st- Weighed/measured breakfast lunch- Not dinner <BR> <BR> Stayed in calorie range- 1932 calories for the day. I was hoping to stay between 1400-1600 <BR> <BR> What did I learn? <BR> <BR> When eating out, it is difficult to weigh and measure. Had a chopped salad without dressing but have no real idea of how much it was. Need to pass on the bread. Had way too much bread... Fri, 2 May 2014 07:55:18 EST First 5k of the season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682117 Walk/jogged my first 5k of the season yesterday. Wow am I out of shape for these. I thought I would be fine since I walk the dogs everyday and walk longer distances already. Very different than walking the dogs for sure. It was chilly/breezy and we walked/jogged against the wind which made it a tad harder I think. Felt so good to accomplish it though. I have two more coming up for the next two weekends then I think it settles into 1 each month except August where I will participate in m... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:15:54 EST Fun Exercise!! Thank you Jen Haines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681406 The workout that gets me excited is: <BR> <BR> Walking my dogs for miles <BR> <BR> 2. You'll always find these songs on my playlist: <BR> <BR> So many songs I just can not count. Favorites: Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and Moody Blues. <BR> <BR> 3. I just won an all-expenses paid vacation, and I can take one person with me. <BR> <BR> I am going to the North East- Washington/Oregon Maybe and taking Mike. <BR> <BR> 4. My best friends would describe me as: <BR> <BR> Fun loving, giving and... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:01:39 EST No more nonsense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676831 This past weekend I fell off the wagon. While I still exercised very well, I did not pay attention to how I was eating. <BR> <BR> Saturday I went out for dinner and had french bread, olive oil and 1/2 portion of full meat/cheese lasagna. <BR> <BR> Yesterday had ham, potato salad, asparagus, rolls, butter, cheesecake and chocolate cake. Yikes!!! <BR> <BR> My body is feeling the effects of this weekend today. Stomach a little grumbly, added 4 lbs (from so much salt I am guessing) <BR> ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:37:19 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672592 My goals for today: <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water. <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Walk a minimum of 10,000 steps. <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Ride my exercise bike at least 10 minutes. <em>217</em> <BR> <BR> Plan meals for the day and stick to them. <BR> <BR> Oatmeal with almonds/banana/strawberries and raspberries for breakfast. <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> Salmon/1 tbsp mayo/celery/onion spread on 8 brenton whole wheat crackers along with cut up veggies and hummus for lunch. ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:39:34 EST What is going on???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668759 Who knew that two weeks ago someone would come into my life to make me soooo happy. <BR> <BR> Started on a dating site a couple of months ago. Just read bio's for quite awhile. Finally got up the nerve to reach out to a few. Met the first one at his place of business and we exchanged a couple of phone calls. Met the second one and POW!!! Seemed like we have known each other for a long time. <BR> <BR> We have spoken/texted each other every day over the last two weeks. We like to se... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:30:15 EST Another New Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666228 This has been such a year of change. April 20th 2013 is when my then husband left. This was such a shock. From there we had to sell a house, I moved to an apartment alone and on my own for the first time ever, go through a divorce, which ended a 27 year marriage of November 12 2013. Purchased a new home and moved in again. When I look back there are some things I can not believe!! <BR> <BR> 1. April 20th I weighed in at 227 lbs. Today, almost a year later I am at 186.6. This is 40 l... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:13:17 EST Yeah me!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664044 I was really in need of some new clothes. I am wearing a 16W and they are starting to look baggy. Usually I would drive down to another town that has a Dress Barn where I like to get my work clothes. At that Dress Barn they have both Women's and Misses clothes. There is also a Dress Barn a mile from my house which does not sell Women's sizes. I decided just for the heck of it to go try on some clothes to see if anything would fit. Guess what? I am now fitting into a size 16 misses!!!! ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:26:04 EST What a wonderful weekend!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660567 Had such a beautiful weekend that made me feel good. <BR> <BR> Went out on my first "date" since the divorce. What a nice man!! Had a good time and ended up going out to a movie as well. <BR> <BR> Saturday took the dogs for a long walk with a neighbor down to the Dog Bakery in town. The dogs loved getting their treat and we loved getting the exercise. Helped this neighbor unpack for most of the day after that. <BR> <BR> Sunday did church, long dog walk again but down to the river thi... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 07:28:01 EST The unveiling of Home Sweet Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657566 Here are pictures of my new sanctuary!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1474169375.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553281994.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l788007487.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783473424.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1577657626.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2029037573.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:23:36 EST Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656754 So happy to be HOME. I am moved in, have all of my pictures hung, furniture placed, places to walk the dogs all mapped out. Feels oh so good to have a settled place. <BR> <BR> I must say though, in my experiment of one, that exercise definitely does not trump eating well. I had so much exercise over the long weekend, going up and down three flights of stairs moving things, up and down one flight in the new place, taking the dogs on long walks. I was clocking more than 15k steps ea... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:21:58 EST Last day in the apartment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653034 Thank you apartment for being here for me when my divorce was final. <BR> <BR> Thank you for allowing my dogs to come with me. <BR> <BR> Thank you for being my comfy "home" this winter <BR> <BR> Thank you for have great areas and pretty nature surrounding you to walk my dogs. <BR> <BR> You have been a nice transition home. <BR> <BR> Tonight is my last evening here and I am soooo excited to get into and LIVE in my new permanent home!!! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to pay tribute to a great tran... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:01:28 EST The Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651320 Today is the day of my presentation. I have made an outline and am fairly confident in my ideas. Feeling soooo much better than a few days ago. <BR> <BR> Thank you my Spark Friends for your encouragement and wisdom. You have all helped me a lot!! <BR> <BR> I am on a 14 day streak to lower my sodium. Monday was a train wreak. I thought I was doing fairly well but did eat ham which was a killer. I should have known. Need to keep ham for special occasions only. Yesterday was much bet... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:24:51 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648203 I am stressed out about my upcoming speech about overcoming obstacles in my life and work place to achieve success in my personal life and business. I have such a fear of speaking about myself. I would much rather divert the conversation off to other things. This is definitely something out of my comfort zone. It does not help that I am not power point savvy and it is taking extra time to put this together. I am so honored that I was chosen for this award but deep down I feel so unworthy... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 07:33:37 EST Still going in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645975 Today I weighed in at 188.8. Last week it was 189.4. Really only .6 lbs but it is in the right direction!! <BR> <BR> I had a goal of being 180 by my 50th on April 2nd. I have revised this to be in the 180's by my 50th. I have accomplished this and will continue to work the scale downward as I continue. <BR> <BR> The key for me this last two weeks has been to eliminate fruit after 12 noon. I love fruit and it is such a handy grab for a snack. Have adjusted to have two servings of fru... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:55:38 EST Almost there!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643420 Last weekend I was in my new place cleaning. <BR> <BR> This weekend I have been painting with a lot of help from some friends. Covered up the dark maroon kitchen with a heart of palm green. It goes very well with the dark cabinets and black appliances. Need to get up a second coat today. The bathroom that was a dark lime green has been painted over with a butter color. Nice and neutral so I can bring in color with the towels. Them we all went shopping and picked up new curtains. It is ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:56:52 EST Happy dance time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640120 <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Finally the scale moved for me!!! <BR> <BR> I have been stuck- hovering at 190-192 for quite some time. Seemed like no matter what I did, I could not get that scale to go below 190. <BR> <BR> This morning I did a double take when it was 189.2!!! I literally went on and off the scale 3 times just to make sure. <BR> <BR> 180 Here I come!!! <BR> <BR> What have I changed? <BR> <BR> While I do a great job tracking, ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:28:57 EST Almost ending the 500 mile journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636677 I am almost at the end of my 500 mile journey. <BR> <BR> Wed: 3.75 <BR> Thur: 4.14 <BR> Fri: 6.17 <BR> <BR> 12.43 left and I should finish this off this weekend!!! <BR> <BR> Now that walking/jogging are becoming a habit I think I will move on to conquer some other things I would like to build healthy habits with. <BR> <BR> I have been stuck in the 191-193 range now for a few months. I need to figure out how to help my body start to let go of these calories again. I believe my body has ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:06:59 EST 500 miles by March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634055 How am I doing on this? I honestly have been tracking but not looking very much in the last week. <BR> <BR> Here are the stats: <BR> <BR> W-4.88 <BR> Th-5.65 <BR> F-3.58 <BR> S-4.47 <BR> S-4.94 <BR> M-5.02 <BR> T-5.76 <BR> <BR> 26.42 Left. At this rate I will have met my 500 miles by March 4th. <BR> <BR> I will take it!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:22:21 EST Time for a new chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632227 Today is the closing on my own place. It will be the first place in my life that I will won all by myself!! Very exciting and very scary at the same time. <BR> <BR> I am sooo excited to start this new chapter. <BR> <BR> Over the next month I will slowly be moving in. I plan to paint the kitchen and one of the bathrooms before moving in as well as scrubbing it down. I will take the dogs with me on weekends to get adjusted. Toward the end of the month I will be moving in all of the fur... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:29:58 EST Excited!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629826 Tomorrow is the walk through on what will be my new home on Monday!! <BR> <BR> I am so excited!! This last year has been challenging to say the least. Husband walked out on me on April 20th. Put our "dream house" on the market and had to sell. Got divorced in November. When the home sold had to move into a rental apartment- living on my own for the first time in my life. Was so nervous about finances, could I do this on my own etc. Made an offer on a townhome in December and Monday is... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:08:56 EST Wednesday the 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628038 I started this year with some goals in mind and it is time to asses. <BR> <BR> Drinking my water. I have had 8 plus glasses each day every day except 2. <BR> <BR> Eating my fruits and veggies. This has been no problem as well. The only issue is that I am eating too much fruit and not enough veggies. Working to flip this and keep fruit to the a.m. and dessert if I feel the need. <BR> <BR> Walkng 500 miles by March (Started in November) I am getting there. See below. <BR> <BR> walk/jo... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:38:52 EST What will today hold? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622860 What challenges will today hold? Will I learn from them? Will I realize in the moment that I have a choice to make? Only I can determine my outcome. Will I turn a blind eye to what is right in front of me, giving me a choice, one that will lead me in the right direction and the other in an unknown direction? When I meet people today will I remember that I have the choice to stop for a moment and take time to smile, say hello and maybe learn something from them? OR will I get so busy wit... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 07:26:35 EST I am honored http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618423 I found out yesterday that I will be receiving the McHenry Chamber Woman of Accomplishment award in March. They take in nominations and vote and chose me!!! I am feeling good, nervous, thinking really? why me? etc. <BR> <BR> Overall though I am honored. To think that one of my direct reports put in a nomination and the board picked me out makes me feel VERY GREAT!!!! <BR> <BR> I have been proud on myself on another front as well. Three days of eating clean and staying in my points. L... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 08:08:45 EST Great day with the girls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614700 Yesterday my two daughters and I were all off of work. My youngest and I took a train into the city and met up with my eldest. We then walked about a mile to a restaurant for lunch. I had some great chicken tacos but instead of tortillas, this restaurant served them in lettuce leaves. I had never thought to eat them that way but they were delicious!! <BR> <BR> My daughter then took us to the department store on State street where she works. We did some shopping and met with her co-work... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 07:33:38 EST Look at myself/Really look at myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610881 I tend to avoid at times. I will avoid logging every food I eat because hey, it was only one chocolate kiss. <BR> <BR> I am very aware of how far I have come but not quite paying quite enough attention to the particulars that can help me get further. <BR> <BR> I have learned so much. I should be able to stop and think when I am reaching for food. Am I hungry? Do I need comfort? Am I lonely? The issue seems to be that I do not do this on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> I really want to le... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:09:24 EST An NSV for me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605902 Last night I had a chamber dinner to go to. Friday I started a "clean" eating challenge and I know that events can often undo my best intentions. I vowed that I would decide not to have the bread, booze or dessert last evening and instead savor the company and the dinner that I could eat. They brought out a clear chicken noodle soup, a salad with balsalmic vinegar then the main course of a filet mignon, small chicken breast and some julienned zucchini. They also had new potatoes on the p... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:03:46 EST Walking in a blistery wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603050 Boy oh boy has it been cold out these last few days. a high of about 10 degress and a low below 0. Windchill just makes it worse. Luckly the weekend was rather mild until later Sunday. <BR> <BR> Stats: <BR> <BR> Sunday-4.8 <BR> Monday-3.3 <BR> Tuesday- 4.6 <BR> Wednesday- 5.1 <BR> <BR> 183.82 left on my journey. If I average 4 miles each day, it will be 46 days to reach my goal. This will take me to March 9th or 9 days past my goal date set in November. I can achieve this!! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 07:33:09 EST plus 2.6 lbs in one week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601997 When I stepped on the scale last week and weighed in at 191.6 lbs. I thought it was too good to be true. For some weird reason I got nervous about the progress I had made and excited at the same time that I was getting that much closer to my goal. <BR> <BR> This morning I stepped on the scale and I have gained back 2.6 lbs. <BR> <BR> I know that we have natural fluctuations and I should not be too hard on myself. I also know that there were some choices I made this week that were not th... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:49:37 EST Sunday the 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599269 Time for a check in: <BR> <BR> Walking the dogs 30 minutes a day. I have been consistent with this. even took them for a 2.6 mile walk this chilly morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l200943707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352312868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1051043123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1691100436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Drinking... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:35:50 EST How am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594384 Checking in today on how I am doing on my goals. <BR> <BR> Walking the dogs 30 minutes a day. Doing pretty well with this. Was out of town Friday to Sunday so missed 2 days this last week. <BR> <BR> Drinking my water. Doing great with this. It is definately my go to drink now as a habit. <BR> <BR> Weigh/MeasureL I actually have been doing well when at home. Need to continue to this habit and work more at when I am out, making sure my portions are in check. Did NOT do well with this ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:34:02 EST Indiana Spark Rally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592095 Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Got back yesterday from the Indianapolis Spark Rally. It was such a wonderful day. Got to meet some of the ladies and gentleman who inspire me every day. <BR> <BR> Here are some pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973645878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1980278023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l264991448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:26:46 EST Psyched!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588971 I am very excited, a little nervous and happy that today is the day I take my first longer solo trip. I am driving from North of Chicago to Indianapolis for the Indiana Spark Rally!! Tomorrow is the rally and I can not wait to meet some fellow Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> Other than this, I have been doing well with my goals. Walking dogs, water, measuring, fruits/veggies, strength train and journaling are all in check the last few days. <BR> <BR> Went out for dinner with Mom, Dad and two of my ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:12:28 EST Shaking things up a bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585278 I have decided to log my food differently for a few months. I have joined weight watchers as well and am going to try the points program for a few months to see if this may help me get unstuck from the mid 190's. Already yesterday I noticed that if I ate the way I have been for the last couple of months that I would have gone over on my points. Just another way to look at it, track and keep motivated!! <BR> <BR> Other goals: <BR> Weigh and measure- This is coming along <em>12</em> <BR... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:44:12 EST