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/ A good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822955 Tomorrow morning our town is having its first ever Community Fellowship breakfast. I brought the idea back from another community I used to work in that hosted one every year the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I felt such a sense of community that I wondered if we could start something similar here in my town. <BR> <BR> Went to the various service clubs explaining the vision. Got 5 clubs to volunteer committee members, have been meeting for the last 6 months and tomorrow is the day!! <BR> ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:53:55 EST Oh how I missed this support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819385 After entering my I am back blog the other day, I had some great comments and motivation. It certainly hits the spot. <BR> <BR> This is what makes Spark people so wonderful!! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for the boost of motivation. <BR> <BR> I will get through this holiday season for sure!! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:51:52 EST Missed being here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817206 I went down a path where I did not want to be bothered anymore with tracking. I tried the weight watcher simply filling plan and while it was okay, my weight has not budged in the last couple of months. <BR> <BR> It is time for me to get back to my tried and true method that has helped me over the last two years to lose about 100 lbs. <BR> <BR> I am still in the 180's bouncing around between 184-188 up and down, up and down. <BR> <BR> I am back and hope that this will inspire me to get... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:12:30 EST Another great day under my belt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777088 Another great day!! <BR> <BR> Healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner choices. For dinner I made stuffed peppers where all of the ingredients except the rice came from the farm. Very delicious and even better, I have leftovers for lunch!! <BR> <BR> I helped my Farmers son with homework last night. He had tons of it. I am really falling for the kid. Who knew that I would be back to helping a 12 year old with homework after raising two daughters of my own who are off and grown? <BR> <BR> H... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:24:07 EST Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776379 Day two of my streak went pretty well. <BR> <BR> I ate in my calorie range, went for a long walk with the dogs.I joined a Charter One gym in town. I spent about 40 minutes there getting used to the machines and spent some time on the elliptical Then I went out to my Farmers Farm and helped with chores. <BR> <BR> It was a wonderful day and I am glad with my progress. <BR> <BR> On to day 3!!! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:15:01 EST Accountability Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775679 Another great day!! <BR> <BR> I accomplished all of my goals for the day yesterday. Taught Sunday School. Ate 3 healthy meals, went on an hour long bike ride, walked the dogs 3 times for 1/2 hour each, went to watch cow pie bingo..... very interesting I must say..... and got plenty of sleep. <BR> <BR> Today I am back to work. I am ready to get back into a routine although I will miss the carefree mode I have been in for the week. <BR> <BR> Here is to another healthy happy day 2!! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:22:21 EST Vacation is OVER!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775058 I gained 6 lbs this last week over vacation. While it is wonderful to spend time with friends and family, and I did get in my exercise, I was not very accountable to my food choices. I did make some good choices but I made way to many poor ones as well. <BR> <BR> Reality check for me. I am at the high end of the 180's again instead of being stuck at the low end. <BR> <BR> I know that I can do this if I put my mind to it. Not sure why it feels so freeing at times to just not pay atten... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:36:38 EST 1/2 way point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772536 I am 1/2 way through my vacation week. I celebrated the good choice I made even in the middle of party central over a 3 day period. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I stuck to a healthy plan the entire day. I made all good choices and got my exercise in. I hope to do the same today. <BR> <BR> I really want to get into the 170's within the next month. I am shooting for the 170's by sometime in October. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:03:02 EST Vacation time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769878 I am not going to beat myself up anymore. I am going to be happy about the things that I did accomplish each day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I walked to my lunch appointment instead of taking the car. <BR> Instead of lasagna I ordered a tomato/feta salad <BR> I did have bread but had the waitress take the plate away after two pieces. <BR> Went to a party last night and had only 2 light beers and water the rest of the night. <BR> I chose salads over the other snacks for my meal. <BR> <BR> This up... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:52:14 EST Angry at myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769255 I do not understand why I am doing so well much of the day then make a not so healthy decision. Do I feel deserving? Am I having a pitty party of some sort> Whats bugging me? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a very healthy breakfast then chose a greasy hamburger for lunch. It tasted soooo good. I must say though that the entire afternoon I was very sluggish and really felt the need for a nap. Then for dinner out with the Chamber ladies, I ordered a sweet potato and broccoli. Not to bad afte... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:54:10 EST Loaded question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767899 My health coach has asked me to really think about why it is so important to me to lose weight. <BR> <BR> This is a hard one for me. 100 lbs ago it was more obvious. I was achy, couldn't work out without being winded, had to buy clothes in the women's section of the store..... <BR> <BR> Now all of this has changed. I can work out fairly comfortably, I can buy clothes in the regular ladies section. What are my motivations? <BR> <BR> I think these are some: <BR> <BR> Get off of all of ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:24:48 EST Monday goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766526 Got everything done on my goal list yesterday except the bike ride. It was so humid and muggy that we skipped the ride. I love riding the bike so I was disappointed with the weather. <BR> <BR> Also, had all of my grams in order for the day but ended up eating a coconut greek yogurt with pecans. Ended up having more fat than I should have. <BR> <BR> Today goals: <BR> <BR> Walk the dogs <BR> Strength train <BR> High Protein, Higher fat, low carb day <BR> <BR> Have a healthy happy day!... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:55:08 EST Goals for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765897 Walk the dogs 2 times for a nice long walk. <BR> <BR> Healthy breakfast/lunch/dinner. Today is Higher Carb, High Protein and low fat day. <BR> <BR> 2 egg whites, flatout bread, onion, cilantro, 2 tbsp shredded cheese, salsa and an apple for breakfast. Off to a good start. <BR> <BR> Long bike ride with my farmer today. <BR> <BR> grocery shop <BR> <BR> clean house. <BR> <BR> Teach Sunday School Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:41:59 EST This 2 weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765479 Met with my health coach on Wednesday. Here is her new prescription for me over the next 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> DO NOT COUNT CALORIES!!! ( What I say??? This is something I am so used to doing) She explained that instead she wants me to only focus on three things. How many carbs, fat and protein I am getting daily. One day she wants me to have high protein, high carb and very low fat. The next day aim for high protein, higher fat and low carbs. I have done this for a couple of days now a... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:07:29 EST August 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761931 Check in on how I did with my goals yesterday. <BR> <BR> 1. Did clean the house. <em>41</em> <BR> 2. Took a long walk to and from the restaurant and ordered healthy. Skipped the cheese and hashbrowns, ordered fruit instead but also ordered the rye bread toast. <em>2</em> <BR> 3. Had a healthy dinner- no time to make dinner but ordered a Subway turkey bacon chopped salad without dressing. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> What I did not do: <BR> Did not get a bike ride in. Instead I pic... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:52:26 EST Goals for Sunday the 17th of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761309 1. Eat a healthy breakfast. Going out to eat. Choosing an egg white omelet with veggies only. No cheese. No hashbrowns. No toast. Only the omelet and fruit. <BR> <BR> 2. Go for a bike ride <BR> <BR> 3. Walk to the restaurant. <BR> <BR> 4. Start wearing the fit bit again. <BR> <BR> 5. Clean house. Do laundry. <BR> <BR> 6. Make a healthy dinner. <BR> <BR> Drink plenty of H20 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:11:19 EST Check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758758 On month two with my health coach <BR> <BR> She is having me work with different grains and different types of proteins. I have made quiona both sweet and savory. I am adding beans to many of my stir frys etc. It is interesting to experiment in eating whole foods and logging how I feel before and after. <BR> <BR> I completed my first 1/2 marathon a couple of weeks ago. 7 miles we did a 2 minute walk/1 minute jog then the last 6 we walked. I will not lie. The last 5 miles I was trying ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:11:20 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748741 I have been whining for a week about how I finally saw the 170's then went back up a few lbs. <BR> <BR> The fact of the matter is that I have NOT been consistent with my new healthy habits. I have not been logging as faithfully as I should, I have given in to the demon of salted carmel ice cream, beer and other foods of summer that can sabotage my progress. Not that I believe in cutting these out completely but I could be more mindful of how much I am eating and tracking it like I shoul... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:48:54 EST An off week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747363 So I caught a glimpse of the 170's last week. I am back up to the low 180's again but intend to see those 170's again soon. Since Friday I have been off track. It is time to get back on the band wagon for sure. <BR> <BR> Goals today- Going out for breakfast so will be picky on how it is prepared. <BR> <BR> Since breakfast is not until 10 I plan to have this as brunch and just a snack before dinner. <BR> <BR> I will bake a healthy dinner, drink lots of water, take a two mile walk this mo... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:10:51 EST 2nd week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743975 I am into my 2nd week of working with my exercise coach. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did the intermittent fasting again and will do it again today. Last week I did not really feel hungry in the evening and it was not too bad. Yesterday, I ate lunch at 11:40 then did not eat again until 6 this morning. Last night was rougher. I think I need to remember to bring a snack to eat right before 2 p.m. That may make me feel better in the p.m. <BR> <BR> I have taken 2 bike rides of more than 5 miles ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:25:09 EST Week one with the health coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740563 Okay. First week is complete. <BR> <BR> Here is what I have accomplished this week. <BR> <BR> Exercised for a minimum of 1 hour each day (intentional exercise) This is important for me. I put away my fit bit for now. I love my fit bit but I do think it gives me a false sense of do each day. I need to really focus on the intentional exercise for now and log it the old fashioned way. <BR> <BR> Rode my bike a little more than 6 miles. I determined to do this at least one time each week.... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:48:55 EST 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