NANHBH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NANHBH NANHBH'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/ Day 19 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914502 Day 19 results for Sunday, 4/19 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/19 range = 1,450 - 1,800. I ate 1,744, burned 1,869. (Burned calories come from my Fitbit, which includes basal metabolic calories burned as well as exercise calories burned.) <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 10,757. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. Yep. <BR> <em>248</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep nightly. Got 6:3... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:52:56 EST Day 18 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913913 Day 18 results for Saturday, 4/18 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/18 range = 1,911 - 2,261. I ate 2,229, burned 2,340. (Burned calories come from my Fitbit, which includes basal metabolic calories burned as well as exercise calories burned.) <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 17,779. <BR> <em>38</em> Eat mindfully. Let's say that I ate consciously, but wasn't very mindful of my calories... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 11:50:45 EST Day 17 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913715 Day 17 results for Friday, 4/17 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/17 range = 1,505 - 1,855. I ate 1,636, burned 2,164. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 10,931. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. I did. <BR> <em>102</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep nightly. Got 5:22. <BR> <BR> I have to say that knowing I will be accountable in this blog is definitely helping me be more conscious... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:42:45 EST Day 16 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912940 Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I'm only going to report my weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 4/1/15 - 156.0 <BR> 4/3/15 - 155.0 (Got to be water weight loss. Who loses 1 pound in 2 days?) <BR> 4/10/15 - 155.8 (Up 0.8. Too many retirement & birthday celebrations this week.) <BR> 4/17/15 - 154.6 (Down 1.2. Now we're going in the right direction.) <BR> 4/30/15 goal 153.0 <BR> <BR> Day 16 results for Thursday, 4/16 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:47:21 EST Day 15 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912292 Day 15 results for Wednesday, 4/15 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/15 range = 2,047 - 2,397. I ate 1,668, burned 2,688. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 12,228. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. I did, thanks to the kick in the butt from JoyInKy! <BR> <em>102</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep nightly. Got 5:11 last night. I had both spin and weight training classes last night fol... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:37:54 EST Day 14 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911819 Day 14 results for Tuesday, 4/14 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>29</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/14 range = 1,503 - 1,853. I ate 2,346, burned 2,180. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 11,313. <BR> <em>4</em> Eat mindfully. I was conscious of what I was eating, but didn't look at/didn't know my food plan for the whole day. I work in the college Library and Tuesday was National Library Workers' Day. Our associate dean ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:18:59 EST Day 13 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911084 Day 13 results for Monday, 4/13 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/13 range = 2,092 - 2,442. I ate 2,076, burned 2,707. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 12,408. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. I did eat mindfully. I had a snack of shelled sunflower seeds. It was within my calorie budget, but put me way over on fat grams for the day. <BR> <em>248</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:49:54 EST Day 12 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910489 Day 12 results for Sunday, 4/12 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/12 range = 1,699 - 2,049. I ate 1,768, burned 1,844. <BR> <em>386</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 6,154. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. I did eat mindfully. After recording and planning my calories for the day, I opted for a fruit salad snack instead of DQ. <BR> <em>248</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep nightly. Got 6:50. <BR... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:25:48 EST Day 11 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910155 Day 11 results for Saturday, 4/11 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>4</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/11 range = 1,850 - 2,200. I ate 2,217, burned 2,228. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 12,651. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. I did eat mindfully. A glass of wine at dinner put me over by 17 calories, though. <BR> <em>248</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep nightly. Got 8:15. <BR> <BR> I got out for a 3 mile run and... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:45:37 EST Day 10 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909450 Day 10 results -- <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Friday, 4/10 (continuing my birthday celebration!) -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/10 range = 2,240 - 2,590. I ate 2,119, burned 2,464. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 16,439. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. Birthday dinner celebration & Hotel California concert (Eagles Tribute Band) with my Sweetie. We went out for a fine dining ex... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:08:59 EST Day 9 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908924 Day 9 results -- <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I'm only going to report my weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 4/1/15 156.0 <BR> 4/3/15 155.0 (Got to be water weight loss. Who loses 1 pound in 2 days?) <BR> 4/10/15 155.8 (Too many retirement & birthday celebrations this week.) <BR> 4/30/15 goal 153.0 <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Thursday, 4/9 (my birthday!) -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie r... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:39:25 EST Day 8 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908456 Day 8 results for Wednesday, 4/8 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/8 range = 2,111 - 2,461. I ate 2,414, burned 2,648. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 13,371. <BR> <em>15</em> Eat mindfully. I'm gonna say no on this one. We had a retirement party at school complete with heavy hors d'oeuvres. I was not the least bit mindful about what I put in my mouth. Buffets always confound me. <BR>... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:03:26 EST Day 7 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907633 Day 7 results for Tuesday, 4/7 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/7 range = 2,013 - 2,363. I ate 1,848, burned 2,261. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 11,633. <BR> <em>198</em> Eat mindfully. Someone brought Girl Scout cookies to work. I passed them up the first day, but today, I chose to eat 3 cookies. It was a mindful decision, but not the best decision, especially after reading the a... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:17:48 EST Day 6 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907120 Day 6 results for Monday, 4/6 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/6 range = 2,180 - 2,530. I ate 2,031, burned 2,692. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 14,672. <BR> <em>198</em> Eat mindfully. Had a little slip up where I started un-mindfully eating Dove dark chocolate eggs at my dad's place. I caught myself and stopped eating them after 1/2 of a serving. <BR> <em>248</em> Get at leas... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:15:00 EST Day 5 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906534 Day 5 results for Sunday, 4/5 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>29</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/5 range = 1,572 - 1,922. I ate 2,168, burned 1,722. <BR> <em>40</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 3,750. Traveling home from Ohio. In the car for 6 hours. <BR> <em>198</em> Eat mindfully. Easter treats were eaten un-mindfully. <BR> <em>248</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep nightly. Got 7:06. Much better sleeping in my own bed! <BR> ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 15:43:58 EST Day 4 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906010 Day 4 results for Saturday, 4/4 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done, but it wasn't pretty. <BR> <em>15</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/3 range = 1,556 - 1,906. I ate 3,032, burned 1,706. <BR> <em>198</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 3,174. In the car 6 hours driving to Ohio. <BR> <em>4</em> Eat mindfully. Our Easter potluck dinner was tonight. I have trouble at buffets. I sampled most of the foods. <BR> <em>102</em> Get at least 6 hours of sl... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:00:12 EST Day 3 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905212 Day 3 results for Friday, 4/3 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/3 range = 2,120 - 2,470. I ate 1,520, burned 2,438. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 12,547. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat mindfully. Good mindful eating day. But then it's Good Friday, a day of fasting and abstaining. Oh that all the days would be this easy and mindful. <BR> <em>248</em> Get at least 6 hours of sleep nightly.... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 08:59:17 EST Day 2 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904811 Day 2 results -- <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I'm only going to report my weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 4/1/15 156.0 <BR> 4/3/15 155.0 (Got to be water weight loss. Who loses 1 pound in 2 days?) <BR> 4/30/15 goal 153.0 <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Thursday, 4/2 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/2 range = 2,053-2,403. I ate 1,577, burned 2,451. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at lea... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 12:39:28 EST Day 1 of April Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904220 I accepted my "Accountability and Prayer Partners" teammates' challenge to set and be accountable daily to my April goals. Checking in with my first day's results -- <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I'm only going to report my weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 4/1/15 156.0 <BR> 4/30/15 goal 153.0 <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Wednesday, 4/1 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Log my food daily. Done. <BR> <em>248</em> Stay within my Spark calorie range. 4/1 range = 1... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 12:25:47 EST April 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903517 A couple of my "Accountability and Prayer Partners" teammates have established goals for April, and I am feeling compelled to follow suit. Yeah, some of it is guilt, but darn it, if I'm not accountable to myself, it's gonna be hard to reach my goal. Keeping it top of mind daily is the only way to "get 'er done." I love a challenge, so thank you, "Accountability and Prayer Partners" teammates for this daily accountability blogging idea. <BR> <BR> Here is the weight loss goal that I set at th... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 11:15:32 EST 2014 Goal Check-up & 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843349 Father's homily at mass this morning was about the un-examined life. I hadn't really thought about goals for 2015 yet. But the homily inspired to me reflect on last year and set some goals for this year. <BR> <BR> Here's what I wrote last year as my goals. (My year end comments are in parenthesis) -- <BR> <BR> 2014 Goals <BR> Many of these are lifestyle changes rather than destination goals, and I want to change my life, not just my weight. <BR> <BR> * Spend 15 minutes reading and medi... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:55:10 EST Would you be willing to send a note of thanks/encouragement to a WWII vet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778204 My almost 91-year-old Dad is going to take the Honor Flight Chicago trip to Washington DC on Oct 1, 2014. Honor Flight Chicago is a charitable organization that takes WWII vets to DC for a day of honor and to visit the WWII war memorial. Please pray for Cornelius (Neil) Leary's good health and strength - up to and throughout the trip on Oct 1. Dad had a stroke 10 years ago, so this will be a challenging day for him. He is really looking forward to this trip. <BR> <BR> Dad served as a combat ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:08:19 EST Another Triathlon in the Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757957 The Race Report <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 10, 2014 <BR> Naperville Sprint Triathlon <BR> Finishing time - 1:41:17 <BR> Splits -- <BR> Swim 400 m - 12:18 <em>237</em> <BR> T1 - 8:29 <BR> Bike 20K - 40.38 <em>332</em> <BR> T2 - 4:29 <BR> Run 5K - 35:24 <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> This tri was by far my best time, but the swim was only 1/4 mile (most are 1/2 mile), so that is part of the reason. My goal was to finish in less than 2 hours. My time was 1:41:17. I took 4th place in my div... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00:39:12 EST Make Exercise Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620961 I've always said that if you make exercise fun, you'll always find time for it. <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMOQHsWfOB4 </link> <BR> <BR> And, if you have a friend to exercise with, you'll be more committed to working out! <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfFjt9EXFgc </link> <BR> <BR> I hope these videos give you a smile, but more importantly, give you some ideas about making exercise fun! <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to my teammate, Molly, who inspired ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 02:01:01 EST 2013 in Review - Goals for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577871 These were my 2013 goals and how I did -- <BR> 1/1/13 Starting Weight 153.8 <BR> 12/31/13 Ending Weight 155.8 (+2 lbs.) <BR> <BR> * Spend 15 minutes reading and meditating on scripture daily by setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier. (Successful most days.) <BR> * Always be present in the moment by not multitasking. (Still needs work, but I am much more conscious of when I am multitasking.) <BR> * Find something to be in awe of daily by being present in the moment. (Still needs work! I actuall... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:48:24 EST Have you ever participated in a charity bike ride? Lots of fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487532 On Saturday, September 14, I participated in Lorie's Lakeside Century bike ride in Chesterton, IN (no, I didn't ride for 100 miles, although many others did!). The ride was to benefit the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Porter County, IN. The VNA provides a broad spectrum of health and social services that can be delivered to recovering, disabled, chronically ill or terminally ill persons in their home environment - a very worthy cause. <BR> <BR> If you haven't participated in one of th... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:35:00 EST How heavy is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435368 This was a great lesson I read on Facebook... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1880474636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?" <BR> <BR> Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied, "T... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:24:47 EST Shake it off and take a step up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431876 This story was in my Facebook feed this morning. I thought that this was good advice for us on our Spark journeys - Shake it off and take a step up! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l330351700.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the d... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:53:51 EST Triathlon #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403323 Pleasant Prairie Sprint Triathlon <BR> Sunday, June 23, 2013 <BR> Pleasant Prairie, WI <BR> <BR> Division finish: 5 out of 6 <BR> Overall finish: 370 out of 409 <BR> Swim: 32:26 <BR> T 1: 6:23 <BR> Bike: 46:44 <BR> T 2: 5:01 <BR> Run: 40:04 <BR> Total time: 2:10:35 <BR> <BR> 1/2 mile swim/20K bike/5K run <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2015642629.jpg"> <BR> Look at the ripples in the water! It was a windy, but hot and humid day. <BR> <BR> This was a tough rac... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:28:12 EST My Very First Sprint Triathlon Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387181 Esprit de She Triathlon <BR> Sunday, June 9, 2013 <BR> Naperville, IL <BR> <BR> Division finish: 14 out of 21 <BR> Overall finish: 1015 out of 1229 <BR> Swim: 20:59 <BR> T1: 7:09 <BR> Bike: 54:43 <BR> T2: 6:18 <BR> Run: 36:11 <BR> Total time: 2:05:19 <BR> <BR> I did it! I completed my first sprint distance triathlon - 1/2 mile swim, 14.4 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run. I did one other triathlon last year - a super sprint distance, which is half the distance of the sprint race. The spr... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:16:17 EST Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353230 My mom went to her Eternal Reward 8.5 years ago. These photos were taken the year before she died - at my dad's 80th birthday party. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1147388974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699307459.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mother's Days just aren't the same without you, Mom. I love you and miss you. <BR> <em>382</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 15:46:20 EST Younger Next Year - Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352122 For my strength training class project, I read the book "Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond" by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, M.D. <BR> <BR> I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. It's a book that I will re-read every year - the information is just that important that I don't want to forget it. It's an engaging read. The men's version is "Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy - Until You're 80 and Beyond." <BR> <BR> Here is t... Fri, 10 May 2013 12:11:18 EST Things My Mother Taught Me - Happy Mother's Day in Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351548 1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. <BR> "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning." <BR> <BR> 2. My mother taught me RELIGION. <BR> "You better pray that will come out of the carpet." <BR> <BR> 3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. <BR> "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!" <BR> <BR> 4. My mother taught me LOGIC. <BR> "Because I said so, that's why." <BR> <BR> 5. My mother ta... Thu, 9 May 2013 23:46:36 EST Eat breakfast to combat obesity & diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347058 Here's an interesting abstract on the importance of young people eating breakfast to combat obesity and diabetes. If it works for young people, why wouldn't it work for people of all ages? <BR> <BR> "Several dietary factors have recently been identified to play a critical role in the etiology of this disease. Of particular interest is the common dietary habit of skipping breakfast, which has been strongly associated with obesity." <BR> <link>ajl.sagepub.com/content/7/2/99.abstr<BR>act </... Mon, 6 May 2013 07:52:43 EST Beatitudes for Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272023 Beatitudes for Women <BR> <BR> Blessed is she who suffers with the very young, the very old, and the very lonely, for she has compassion. <BR> <BR> Blessed is she who greets the world with joy, laughter, and anticipations, for she has courage. <BR> <BR> Blessed is she who speaks gently, lives humbly, and chooses to give freely, for she has dignity. <BR> <BR> Blessed is she who listens and hears and extends her hands as a friend, for she has understanding. <BR> <BR> Blessed is she who giv... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 01:07:09 EST Week Ending 2-17-2013 Accountability Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258641 I would like a do-over for last week. Between Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day parties at work, and Valentine's celebrating with Harry and my dad over the weekend, it was not a good food week, as my Weekly Progress food log shows... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909548473.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I weighed in at 152.6 - up 0.6 pounds from all the partying. The good news is that for Lent, I have decided to get off the computer at 10pm and spend some time in prayer and me... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:57:31 EST Week Ending 2-10-2013 Accountability Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249535 On Sunday, February 10, I participated in my 3rd indoor triathlon. I have 2 more indoor triathlons to go. My totals were very close to the last race, but not better. My distance for race #2 was 8.733 miles. The distance for race #3 was 8.552. Since this is a triathlon series, they combine the scores. I'm not doing bad for an old lady - still beating the distances for women a few decades younger than me. But, I'm not in the top 3 for the money. This particular series only pays out for the top ... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:53:44 EST Week Ending 2-3-2013 Accountability Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239063 Kind of a crazy week last week. I was over my calorie allotment about half of the days, but lost 1 pound in spite of that. I weighed in at 151.6 this morning. I have been working out daily, so that helps burn up the extra calories. I ate pizza and ice cream while watching the Super Bowl. I'm back on track now. <BR> <em>281</em> <em>480</em> <em>76</em> <BR> <BR> Here's my Weekly Progress report -- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728669122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:23:08 EST Week Ending 1-27-2013 Accountability Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230928 I'm a couple of days late with my weekly accountability blog. It was a wild weekend, so I just got my food log caught up. I participated in the 2nd of 4 indoor triathlons on Sunday. I finished 1st in my division, but there was only 1 other athlete in my division! I should have kept that little tid bit to myself! Overall, I finished 29th out of 63 female athletes. There were only 3 or 4 athletes that were my age or older, so at 59 going on 60 years old, I beat out a lot of 20 - 40 year olds! <... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:19:02 EST Life from the seat of a tractor…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221516 I got the following in an email today and thought I'd share it with you. Some great wisdom here! Which one is your favorite? <BR> <BR> Life from the seat of a tractor…. <BR> An old farmer's Words of Wisdom we could all live by.... <BR> The last quote fits everyone...whoever you are! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l940448696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. <BR> <BR> Words that soak into your ears are whispered.... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:17:24 EST Week Ending 1-20-2013 Accountability Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216396 It was a good week. School is back in session. I'm taking Strength Training and Gentle Yoga classes this semester, so getting daily exercise has been going well. Last Sunday, I participated in an indoor triathlon - my first indoor tri. I rocked the spin bike, did pretty well on the treadmill, but tanked in the pool. My overall finish was 10th place out of all female athletes - regardless of age. <BR> <BR> It was a good week food-wise. With the exception of Friday, I was below my calorie goal... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 01:01:05 EST Day 3 accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200995 Wednesday, January 9, 2013 <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> 1) - 30 minute run on the treadmill; 10 minutes stretching <BR> <em>44</em> 2) - 1,970 calories. Christmas cookies are gone, but we had an anniversary/birthday party at work. I ate at the pot luck luncheon and had anniversary cake, too. <BR> <em>102</em> 3) - 5 hours <BR> <em>45</em> 4) - 2 fruit, 1 veggie <BR> <em>274</em> 5) - 8+ glasses of water <BR> <BR> <BR> January 2013 accountability goals -- <BR> 1( - Exercise at l... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:40:14 EST Day 2 accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198447 Tuesday, January 8, 2013 <BR> <BR> <em>416</em> 1 - 30 minutes Pilates followed by 45 minutes of upper body workout <BR> <em>495</em> 2 - 1,832 calories. I indulged in the leftover Christmas cookies for breakfast, then took them to work, so they are gone now. <BR> <em>102</em> 3 - 5 hours (Facebooking til midnight) <BR> <em>140</em> 4 - 4 veggies, but no fruit <BR> <em>274</em> 5 - 10+ glasses of water <BR> <BR> I signed up for the indoor tri. Gotta admit, I'm just a... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:37:12 EST Day 1 accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196858 OK, there are still left-over Christmas cookies in the house. I can see that if I go an entire week without reporting, I could get pretty far off track. So, here's the truth from yesterday. I'm coming clean. <BR> <BR> Monday, January 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> <em>314</em> 1 - 30 minutes on the elliptical/stair stepper combo machine followed by 5 minutes of stretching. <BR> <em>495</em> 2 - 2,173 calories. I indulged in the leftover Christmas cookies last night - and again this morning for bre... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 11:40:56 EST January 2013 accountability goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195152 I started accountability blogging last January after seeing how well my Spark Buddy FREDANN did with it. She lost 6 pounds in December of 2011 while I gained. I thought that I would start accountability blogging again. I may not do it daily. With my work and homework schedule, it got hard to do it daily last year and I just quit doing it. So, this won't necessarily be a daily blog, but I'll try to do it weekly. <BR> <BR> January 2013 accountability goals -- <BR> <em>315</em> 1 - Exercis... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:06:18 EST The importance of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190693 For those who are tracking water to make sure they are getting enough, thought that I'd share a couple of photos to encourage you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51256290.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1733335954.jpg"> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:15:22 EST Why do I workout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189284 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2064227203.jpg"> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 00:34:09 EST ABC's about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182619 From my friend Sheila (LuckyDogFarm) via her friend NatPlummer. <BR> <BR> A - Available or married: Available, but in a serious relationship, so not really available but not yet married either. <BR> B - Book: "Younger Next Year for Women" by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, MD. I need to reread it every January to get my year off on the right foot. <BR> C - Cake or pie: Cake and pie - can't I have both? <BR> D - Drink of choice: Water - love it! <BR> E - Essential item: hate to say it bu... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:57:51 EST Mail for a serviceman - thank you from my nephew Jon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182293 Thank you to those of you who responded to my request to send my homesick nephew, Jon, a card in December. He is in basic training for the air force and was quite homesick at the beginning. Jon got a whole bunch of mail that week and was so appreciative of the cards and notes. Apparently the highlight of the serviceman's day is when the mail bag is delivered. Thank you for helping to make Jon's first month away from home during the holidays more joyful. <BR> <em>380</em> <BR> <BR> Jon wi... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:36:11 EST My New Year's Resolution - To be more present in the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179981 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1880955788.jpg"> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:35:08 EST