NATNOEL's SparkPeople Blog NATNOEL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First day of spring I just read the last blog I wrote back in January, yeah that little plan didn't go to well. <BR> <BR> I am up another 10 pounds since then...180 this morning. <BR> It has been a winter of mostly sitting in front of fire reading and the only exercise was shoveling a foot of snow about once a week but that did not offset the eating which I did not try to control at all. <BR> <BR> I better get on this or I am going to be feeling pretty bad when it is time to take my summer clothes out :0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:39:22 EST 2015 I am very excited to be starting a fresh year with lots of goals to work towards. <BR> <BR> January always feels great doesn't it? Like starting out with a brand new clean slate. <BR> <BR> I have had a wonderful December with my daughter back home from her semester abroad but I have packed on about 10 pounds since October by eating sweets and not having any organized exercise . <BR> <BR> That all stops today and I am ready I can not wait to start feeling good in my clothes again. <BR> <B... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:28:49 EST Black Friday <img src=""> <BR> My backyard with beautiful snow gently falling this morning while I pull out my Christmas decorations and start wrapping the gifts I have been picking up over the last few weeks. <BR> This is my tradition on Black Friday and you could not pay me to leave the house today...I am so happy. <BR> Now as soon as I find my Wynonna Judd Christmas CD and throw another log on the fire let the Christmas spirit begin :) Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:26:54 EST November 2014 Hard to believe it is the end of November...this year flew by for me. <BR> <BR> I am up about 3 pounds since before we went to London last month so I better start making an effort to pay more attention these next few weeks or I am not going to be too happy by the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I am working all day tomorrow then taking the rest of the week off. I need to get ready for Thanksgiving. My daughter is still in London so she will not be here but will be home for Christmas . <BR> <BR>... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:33:32 EST 10 days So much for blogging more like I talked about in my last post. <BR> <BR> We leave for London in 10 days. I have not stepped on the scale for weeks but I keep trying on the jeans I am bringing and I feel good in them. Not great because all 3 pairs I am bringing are size 12s not the size 10s I was wearing last year at this time. SIGH <BR> <BR> I am just now at age 55 learning to be accepting of myself no matter what size I am wearing but I can not help feeling a little disappointed in not ge... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:21:02 EST Streak I am going to start a streak of getting all my water in . I am not great at drinking water and I need to change that. <BR> So today is day 1 of my streak I am going to keep until we leave for our vacation to London which is in 28 days ! <BR> <BR> The scale is not moving and since the food I eat 99% of the time is whole, organic, unprocessed food I just have to work on my portion sizes . Especially the fats like avocado and nuts. Exercise will be kicked up a notch these next few weeks also. ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:31:56 EST September mornings My head is spinning because it is already September and my daughter is leaving in eight days for London where she will do fall semester this year . <BR> <BR> While I am very happy and excited for her I am also full of dread because she is my only child and I have never been that far away from her. She will be 21 next month so I realize she is an adult but this is really hard ! <BR> <BR> I do have the comfort of knowing 44 days after she leaves my husband and I are going to London for a wee... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:32:08 EST Full moon Last blog I wrote was last months super moon and here it is again. <BR> We are packing up some dinner and a bottle of wine and finding a private spot on the beach to watch it come up.....I can't wait. <BR> <BR> My husband is on vacation this week so we are leaving tomorrow afternoon to stay at a hotel for a few days just to be somewhere with a pool and hot tub. It feels good to get away, we both have good books to bring and I am looking forward to doing nothing. <BR> It gives my daughter so... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:27:54 EST Super Moon Did everyone see that moon last night > <BR> <BR> It was hot pink and huge and from where we were watching on the beach it was reflecting a beautiful pink glow on the water. <BR> <BR> Defiantly one of the best moons rises I have ever seen and I have seen a lot...I love them. <BR> <BR> If you read this blog before dark tonight do yourself a favor and be outside somewhere you will be able to see it rise tonight...... it probably will be just as glorious as last night. <BR> <BR> I tried to ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:00:28 EST Tuesday Did a yoga class first thing this morning then came home to work on garage. I have been sweating bullets out there second day in a row but I have a nice clean spot for my treadmill. My husband had hooked up a tv out there about a year ago for when I used to work out with my other stuff, gazelle and mini trampoline, so I am ready to roll. <BR> <BR> Not today though. lol <BR> I have done enough sweating now I am going to take a nice long walk on the beach and maybe if it is not too c... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:48:58 EST Everything I need comes to me in the most perfect way That is what I say to myself every morning and it is true always. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was saying to my husband I am going to make space in the garage for a treadmill I need to get one because I am not going to join a gym this summer and I need to start moving more. <BR> <BR> Today I went down a little side street on my way to the bank after leaving work and there on someone's front lawn was a treadmill with a free sign stuck to it. I stopped the guy came out and told me it works beautiful... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:41:57 EST Summer 2014 I can not believe June is almost over ! <BR> Exactly 4 months from today October 22 we are leaving for our yearly vacation. This year we are going to London because my daughter will be doing fall semester of her junior year in college there. <BR> I have never thought about going to London before but I am looking forward to it. <BR> I am sorry to say my weight has not changed since the last blog I wrote about a month ago. <BR> I bought the exercise dvd's I mentioned but have not started them ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:30:33 EST Summer clothes I am trying on my summer clothes this morning and things are not looking good at all :( <BR> <BR> At the end of last summer I was hanging out at in between 162-165 this morning I was 175. <BR> <BR> I know it is the exercise factor....not belonging to a gym has really made a big difference since 90 % of the time I eat healthy real food and I do not overeat. <BR> <BR> So I have to figure out what to do about it. My daughter is home from school for the summer and has joined a gym and has aske... Wed, 21 May 2014 10:08:43 EST Warm weather The warmer weather has my husband doing yard work and me outside picking flowers, I was able to fill big vases with 4 different kind of daffodils from my yard for Easter. And while this kind of stuff makes us very happy my husband is now being treated for Lyme Disease AGAIN and I am covered in poison ivy and on prednisone. <BR> <BR> I am not going into my office today or tomorrow so I am going to enjoy some quite time maybe just stay on the deck Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:40:31 EST putting on my summer face I got all my hair cut off and I feel great. I was just so sick of myself and needed a change. <BR> <BR> I finished the 10 day blood sugar detox and I lost 3 pounds. The plan was so similar to the way I eat anyway I am happy with the three. I will be glad to have my greek yogurt back but I didn't really miss the grains. <BR> <BR> My eating will be staying pretty clean since I gave up goodies for Lent. I guess if I want to get back to the weight I was last summer I am going to step up the exe... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:59:01 EST My week <BR> <BR> I have booked myself out of the office for Tuesday and Wednesday and have no plans except a 90 minute yoga class Tuesday morning the rest of the time is mine to do as I please. <BR> <BR> I hope the weather is nice it would be lovely to have some long walks with the dog. <BR> <BR> Still have not lost any weight and not because I have been over eating I have not, but I am going to be following the 10 day blood sugar detox starting tomorrow so I am hoping I will see some movement o... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:00:06 EST I have to face it That 10 pounds I have put on since last November is not going to magically disappear like I keep thinking. <BR> <BR> I have to change my weight tracker from 162 to 172 :( <BR> <BR> I found out from starting to log my food again that even though I am eating only healthy stuff ( nothing processed ) the amounts I am eating are too much. <BR> <BR> So here I go starting at 172 at the end of February . <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:10:28 EST massage I had a cupping massage today and it was wonderful. I was really hurting from a tough yoga class yesterday and then shoveling the deck and driveway AGAIN this morning. If anyone reading this has pain issues like fibro I highly suggest looking into trying it. <BR> <BR> I have finally gotten a hold of my sugar and carb cravings and the holiday bloat is slowly disappearing. It feels good , still not great but better. I have been telling myself I will have some sugar on Valentines day but ma... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:40:49 EST Back to my routine We just brought my daughter back to school from Christmas break. Now things should start to flow back to normal around here. <BR> I am going to make some kind of an exercise schedule... stuff I can do at home since I am currently without a gym for the first time in 5 years. I can use the Wi fit and I have a few machines in the garage I can use. I probably should do 2 yoga classes a week . I just find it hard to get out the door at 730 in the morning when it is so cold out. I know it is not a... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 13:52:52 EST UGH After weeks of eating crap giving it up is hard !!! <BR> I feel like I want to eat everything in the house and there is still plenty of junk around that I cant throw out because my daughter and husband want it. <BR> We are having a snow storm so I canceled my clients for tomorrow which means I will be home all day trying not to eat :( <BR> Maybe it will be easier tomorrow if I can get through tonight. <BR> Right now I do not feel like eating broccoli soup or drinking water. <BR> I think I w... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 18:31:00 EST New Year New Moon It is very rare to have a new moon on New Years Day, that seems exciting huh ? Like it is going to be a great year of new beginnings. While I feel I am at a very good place in my life for the most part the part about eating the best for my body has been out of line for about a month. Last night was really the last hurrah for me I did not even have any alcohol but lots of processed food. Today I got up and made myself a sauté carrot and kale mixture and a broccoli soup all organic, that will l... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:46:48 EST New camera I got a camera for Christmas and since I have been without one for so long I was excited to post some of my Christmas photos but it keeps saying file too large. Does anyone know what I can do ? I think I remember having this problem before but do not remember how to fix it :( <BR> I know I said I was going to have fun till January then get serious again but I think I have been having a little too much fun. Today is going to be a all fruit and veggie day with a couple of green smoothies for sn... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 09:36:36 EST CHRISTMAS VACATION 2013 I did my last client today and am now officially on Christmas vacation ! <BR> Making my own hours is the best part of having my own business I remember all those years I worked at a bank all through my 20's and would hardly get any time off. <BR> My daughter is home for a month from college and that has thrown my eating and exercise routines off. I have not weighed myself for weeks and do not plan to. I know I am up a little I can feel it without getting on the scale. I did not make my goal... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:00:35 EST Thanksgiving 2013 I took the day off from work today because it is the first day in 2 weeks I have had the house to myself. I have been so busy getting ready for out of town company for Thanksgiving today was the first day I got to rest. I spent a lot of it napping on the couch, but I did manage to get all of my Christmas stuff out so now I can take my time decorating the house and tree. We got out tree Saturday night while my daughter was home on break from school. <BR> Thanksgiving was lovely but can you be... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:15:46 EST Today I am having 13 for Thanksgiving this year so every minute I am not at work I am doing some heavy duty house cleaning like wall scrubbing and purging closets and cabinets. Every change of seasons turns me into this crazy cleaning machine. I am burning lots of calories at least. <BR> I am also crazy busy at work this month which is great money wise but I have to keep reminding myself to relax and is all good. <BR> Still planning to hit 159 by Thanksgiving ! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:39:42 EST 63 days In 63 days I will turn fifty five. It is my intention to stay present in every minute of those days and it is also my intention to weigh 155 pounds or less by that date. Life is moving fast and I need and want to make the most of it. <BR> I had jury duty today what a long day I am exhausted but I will be up late because there is no way I am not watching the World Series tonight. <BR> LETS GO RED SOX !! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:48:45 EST ugh back to real life I didn't dare weigh myself this morning after 3 days of eating out but I am planning to cook up a big pot of soup and roast a pan of veggies to get me through this week and maybe by the time I have to get weighed for WW on Wednesday I will be back to where I was last week. I must have walked a lot of miles over the weekend and I took a long walk out back today with my husband and dog so I am moving. Unfortunately my husband went to pick a few things at BJ "s and came home with a giant bag of ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:06:23 EST Not even close Ended up having company for the Red Sox game last night so I ate pizza and drank wine. I weighed 163 this surprise. <BR> It is what it is I am not beating myself up over it I will be back to my program on Monday but for the next 3 days I am going to relax and enjoy myself as I think this will be the last time we will be going away for awhile. <BR> Twenty two years ago today we got married it was on a Friday night too. <BR> Everyone remember to check out the full moon tonight, t... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:32:45 EST Good news bad news I went to Weight Watchers last night and was down 2.5 that is at the end of the day with clothes so I figured this morning first thing no clothes I would see the 159 but it was 160.2 and it would not change no matter how many times I jumped on and off. lol <BR> That still is good news the bad news is I had more trouble with my gym so I am just going to quit and try to find another one. What happened was I wanted to change my daughters membership from the 20 a month to the 10 a month since sh... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:08:48 EST Garden harvest 2013 I made my first butternut soup of the year from this years garden. We only got 10 this year not a great year for butternut but it was a disaster for the spaghetti squash out of about 20 of them I only got 5 that did not get ruined by some kind of borer worm. <BR> It is so wonderful to eat homemade soup on these crisp beautiful days of Fall. The trees out side my window are gold, red and orange. I love October !! <BR> My daughter came home for the weekend and we went apple picking, that is wh... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:28:28 EST Still here still the same Hi friends, I am still out here just have not been spending much time on the computer lately. I am still reading blogs just not responding too much, I apologize for not being a good spark friend :) <BR> Now it is October and 2 weeks from today is when I go away for my anniversary and guess how much I weighed this morning ? 162 what a surprise......not ! I do actually see 161 or sometimes even 160 but OMG no matter what I do I can not see a number that starts with 15. I have not been bac... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 09:56:22 EST Week one I lost 3 pounds my first week at WW. That is what I usually do after being away from it for awhile so I was happy. <BR> This weekend is my hubby's birthday so I have to be careful as there will be extra calories involved in probably eating out and I think there will be some cupcakes in the house :) I am feeling strong... so off to a good start <BR> Tonight I am going to a gong and singing bowl meditation, I have been to one before and it was awesome so I am excited. <BR> Hope all my spark bud... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:41:59 EST Changes Since my last post some things have changed, I no longer have a trainer which is sort of a long story but to sum it up for here....I have been paying 25 dollars for thirty minutes a week with her. The manager wanted me to pay 200 dollars at a time for the 8 weeks, which I have been doing for the last 4 months. Then he told me they want 40 dollars a week and I said I am not going to pay that when I have been doing the 25 all this time. So he said he would see if he could get me " grandfathered... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 09:47:09 EST Wednesday, my day off I have an appointment with my trainer today, first one in two weeks and I am scared. <BR> I have been very active the past 2 weeks getting my daughter ready to head back to school, but my eating has not good. I can blame it on hanging out with her, she likes to hit Starbucks several times a day and my husband was out of town on business so it was fun to just eat out every night with her. I am as of this morning back up the 5 pounds again. What a surprise...not <BR> Well she is back at school... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:28:58 EST One week till Labor day I can not believe it is the last week of August :( <BR> I love summer so much and it flew by as usual. <BR> Next weekend we drop my daughter off at college again and that is it....... summer is over. <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of one of our gardens this year. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:08:03 EST ouch I am having a fibro flare, maybe from vacation ? All I wanted to do last night when I got home from work was crawl into my bed but I made myself go to the beach. My daughter came with me and we walked and walked. It was dead low tide and so beautiful. We are being blessed with such a awesome August this year in Ma. very low humidity and temps in the 70's. I am very glad I made myself do it. I am still hurting this morning but not as bad as I would be if I had not gone. I remember back when I ... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:12:39 EST still catching up You guys were right, it was water weight and it is gone now. <BR> I want to write about my vacation and post some pictures but I am still so far behind on everything. Maybe tomorrow on my day off I will have time. <BR> Here are a few of my favorites.... <BR> This one was at the beginning of what was called the lazy river but was anything but lazy. It took 3 hours from beginning to end and by the end I was exhausted. We had fins on our feet and were kicking the whole time. It was a great wor... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:15:33 EST That was quick Cancun was awesome but to go from Boston to Mexico and back again in 5 days is challenging, We got home at 3am Thursday morning and I had to be back to work this morning. I am very tired. <BR> I did so well with my eating at the all you can eat buffets every meal for 5 days and was feeling pretty good about myself till we got home and found out my husband gained 1 pound my daughter LOST 2 pounds and I gained 5 pounds !! They both ate much more than I did. I did have a few cocktails everyday b... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:19:23 EST 5 days I so wanted to post a picture of 159 on the scale but I have not seen it yet. <BR> I guess it is my fault I have let my eating slip to include some meals and drinks out because my sister-in-law was visiting the past week. <BR> So I have 5 more days to make it happen before Cancun....I will give it my best :) <BR> The plan is clean eating and lots of moving. <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 08:57:06 EST 13 days My husband, myself and my daughter had all planed to take a week off in August to go away for a few days. My husband wanted to wait till last minute to see where we could get the best deal, so we have had no idea where we are going till last night when he booked us Aug. 10th leaving for 5 days in Cancun. We have never been there and I am very excited. Of course I am still hanging out at 160-164 but I had wonderful non-scale victories. Last night I went to Macy's and they are having 50% off al... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:30:59 EST summer living My flowers this year are amazing. I am going to ask my daughter if I can borrow her camera and get some photos on here. <BR> The vegetable garden is different this year hardly any zucchini I have been eating them as fast as they come. Most years I cant ever keep up with them, also lots and lots of cucumbers this year. I am making pitcher after pitcher of cuke and ginger water. So I am doing very well on my water intake. <BR> It is so hot I have been grouping all my clients into 3 or 4 days ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:35:58 EST last day of vacation Back to work tomorrow and I think by some miracle I maintained my weight. It was the exercise I guess because I went so over my calories for the last 5 days. I hope it does not show up next week but so far so good. Just one more high cal thing coming up, cold cuts and bread for picnic supper on the beach tonight . Then tomorrow back to regular eating. My trainer told me they are having a contest for clients the month of July, whoever loses the highest percentage of weight wins a month of fre... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 15:27:43 EST vacation calories Myself, my husband and daughter always take this week off. But this year it is going to rain everyday:( <BR> Its our tradition to start the vacation getting a bunch of lobsters which we did last night. Thank God we have a porch because of course it was raining. We just boil them and I know they are pretty low cal but I did have two with plenty of butter. To make up for that my daughter and I hit the gym this morning. I was so soaked with sweat at the end of my workout a woman in the locker r... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:00:11 EST end of June Wow, I can not believe another month is almost gone. After waiting for summer so long it is hard to watch it fly by. <BR> I went to my doctor yesterday and I was down 2 pounds from last month , he wanted to see me again because my blood work came back with low magnesium again. I take supplements and eat alot of magnesium rich foods, so he is concerned. I love my doctor I have never had one who is willing to spend so much time with me and listen to everything I want to ask. I am so happy to ha... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:59:15 EST Super moon We went to the beach last night to watch the moon rise...oh my gosh it was so beautiful. I hope everyone got to see it. <BR> Last post I wrote about my cupping massage, that turned out to be wonderful. The girl told me it would be really helpful for my pain issues to do it at least once a month. She does offer a discount if you purchase a years worth in advance. I know it would really be a good thing to do for myself but with a kid in college I do not think it is in the cards for this year :(... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:30:41 EST cupping massage I am going for a cupping massage this morning. I had read somewhere they are great for fibro pain. Has anyone else tried this ? I have to go right from there to a meeting with the manager of the gym I belong to. We are going to talk about me booking some more time with the personal trainer. I do love working out with her I just get the feeling from this guy I have to talk to that he wants me to pay more than I want to pay. I have to stick up for myself I have been known in the past to get tal... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:27:34 EST Mother nature on Fathers Day Anyone who reads my blog knows how I love my orioles they built a nest every year in our pear tree. Yesterday I was sitting in my swing and saw 3 of the babies sitting on a branch and mom was in a tree overhead calling them and one by one they flew off to join her but there was still one head sticking out of the nest which both parents kept coming back to feed all day. This morning I went out and little fuzz head is now out of the nest sitting a few branches up making all kinds of noise. we b... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:43:07 EST Busy, busy, busy I have been meaning to write a blog for days now, always something to do that stops me. <BR> So last blog I said I was promising myself I would track everything I ate there. <BR> I am eating healthily but not tracking. A friend wants me to start WW with her next week, maybe if I am paying for it I will do better with taking the time to keep track. <BR> In exercise news I have a new trainer who I just love. A nice young girl with a body to die for. Of course she is in her 20's so that ... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 08:08:56 EST New month I am going to promise myself I will track my food everyday in June. After doing the 1200 calorie thing my trainer told me to do just for 2 days I found I can not survive on that few calories. I am going to do 1500 and see if that will move the scale. Interestingly Spark People has me at 1600 which I have no problem doing but I am wondering if that's why I cant get out of the 160's. If the 1500 gets me into the 150's then I will do 1400 to get into the 140's. I am getting a new trainer at the... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 15:48:47 EST Summer in Massachusetts My yard is full of butterflies and humming birds and last night my husband and I had our first walk of the summer on the beach.. I am very happy. It is a little hot, 98 today, which is weird considering it was in the 40's last week, but I do much better pain wise in heat than cold. <BR> Another month and I am still the same on the scale but I am letting that go and trying to just be happy where I am at the moment. <BR> Hope everyone has a happy and healthy weekend. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 08:54:40 EST