NBARNES's SparkPeople Blog NBARNES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community And I thought a 2 month hiatus was long! Hard to believe that FOUR months have passed since the last entry. But the fact that I've neglected SP for this long is reflected in the scale. <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> So, we're here again. <BR> <BR> Maybe not starting over but feeling that way. <BR> <BR> I've been in and out of my boot (broken foot), my son got married, and I'm nearly through the fall semester at school. Too much to catch up here, but it's been a most wonderful summer and fall and I'm looking forward to a most wonde... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:36:52 EST And there goes May and June Well, that last blog entry doesn't seem so surprising once I see the elapsed time between entries this time. <BR> <BR> Since then spring semester ended, I taught my summer class, discovered the foot injury is a stress fracture and have been dragging a 2 pound boot around for 7 and 1/2 weeks (yes, I weighed it!), facilitated at a summer workshop, took a road trip by myself across three states to visit friends, worked my way down much of my "to do" list for my son's August 8th wedding, and jus... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:48:46 EST Well what happened to March? How ironic that the last blog entry started with my disbelief that it had been so long since my last post - and here we are again. But this time I let the whole month of March go by the wayside. How the heck did that happen? <BR> <BR> It's been seriously crazy busy here. I've traveled to Charleston and New Orleans and been nursing a foot injury...all of which I've allowed to be excuses for my lack of success. <BR> <BR> So there it is. My confession. <BR> <BR> Hopefully it'll be followed... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:13:23 EST Welcome to February! Really? <BR> <BR> How is it possible that we're into February and I've not blogged since January 1st. <BR> <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> Another wowo in looking back to realize how many days have passed and I'm still kinda stuck back in the day. Good intentions but failure to launch. <BR> <BR> However, today is a newday. And the past week has been filled with drama...not mine but close enough to make me realize that life is too short for regrets. <BR> <BR> I may have not been on the right path fo... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:16:06 EST A fresh new start Yup, here it is New Year's Day. By the way - happy New Year! <BR> <BR> I've actually been looking forward to turning over the date on the calendar and using this as incentive for turning over that new leaf. I've always kind of wished that SP had a challenge that started on the first day of the new year. But realistically I don't have any reasons why I can't do this for myself! <BR> <BR> on to the purpose of the blog. I had an epiphany last night. One worth carrying through the ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:28:57 EST The best laid plans of mice and men... Ah yes, best laid plans are basically aspirations that have yet to die. <BR> <BR> So sad to say that my aspirtions are currently on life support, but redemption might still be possible. Like many I suffered greatly from that most devious affliction known as holiday travel. All I can say is Yikes! The only upside I can report is a consistency in exercise and commitment to trying to get things written down! No, it didn't always happen, but I tried. <BR> <BR> I really did. <BR> <BR> And it ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:54:30 EST Shopping and crafts today Doing my best to be productive today. Wrote out my menus for the week then did the grocery shopping for most of the week. Despite being as efficient as I could be that managed to take most of the morning. The rest was spent making pinwheels. My son and his fiance are hoping to have pinwheels instead of flowers for their wedding and when they were here for Thanksgiving we bought a variety of materials to make a variety of pinwheels. I tried using the burlap squares this morning. I soaked the b... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 18:05:55 EST Moving beyond the challenge Okay, it's been a long time since I was on SP without being in a challenge or waiting for the next one to start. But I've struggled through the last couple rounds so it seems like a good time to take a break and venture on my own. <BR> <BR> The recent craziness at work has lightened up and we're on the downhill side. Looking forward to having time to breathe again. Perhaps this will give me the time to explore where I'm at healthwise. I could use some new resolve and was excited to get my f... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:24:23 EST NSV...okay I'll take it NSV...non-scale victories my not be as satisfying as seeing that number on the scale go down but I think it's important to pay attention nonetheless. <BR> <BR> I've been on a real plateau lately and would find myself in the dumps but my clothes ARE fitting better. I do love putting on my jeans, even after they've been in the dryer, and finding they fit comfortably. Today's jeans were actually a little on the loose side - so yes, I'm celebrating a NSV and hoping the scale victory will follow... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:07:17 EST Welcome Fall Well its a blustery fall day here on the front range. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A good day to catch-up on inside chores. some paperwork followed by some studio time. <BR> Changing seasons always feel like fresh start, and heaven knows I could use that fresh start. Although I've been pretty good lately, I'm stuck on a weight-loss plateau. The scale has been so stubborn lately! Weather changes feel like Mondays - new slate with no b... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:47:11 EST Mrs. Crabby-pants has left the building Well, I'm happy to report that Mrs. Crabby-pants has indeed left the building...her replacement, Mrs. Woe-is-me is a little better. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Mrs. WIM and I have been working hard this week, only to be de-railed a bit today by a donut. I didn't really want it, but that darn Mrs. W convinced me we really, really had to have it. And gosh darn, I DID NOT need that! The upside is that because it wasn't very good - and I admit that I had to eat the whole thing to make sure it was ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:09:51 EST Hello Mrs. Crabby-pants Yup, Mrs. Crabby-pants, that's me today. <BR> <BR> Not sure what's going on but I'm really not a pleasant person today. And I REALLY don't want to be this way...but there you go. <BR> <BR> Didn't sleep well last night, so I'm going to blame that, mainly because I can't see any other reason for my general crabbiness. <BR> <BR> Went to a very lovely baby shower today and just kept thinking "when can I leave," how rude is that! I'm not at all happy with myself this afternoon...AND I'm hungry,... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:51:41 EST Life is too short... Life is too short to be serious all the time. I''m the kind of girl who loves to be silly. I'm surrounded by friends in my neighborhood who love to dance under the stars...despite the fact that we're all grown-ups with serious jobs, family problems and some very challenging life situations. But we know how important it is to laugh. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to take the upcoming challenge seriously and embrace the sobriety...but hopefully not everywhere! It's no secret that I've struggled the p... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:29:01 EST Fall is upon us... <img src=""> <BR> Well, this is it. Classes start next week, and I'm back at school fulltime this week so fall is really upon us...well, me at any rate. <BR> <BR> It's been a very crazy summer and I admit to having fallen far off the wagon more than once. But the promise of familiar structure on the horizon is a welcome thought. Can't wait to get the heck out of my kitchen, where the fridge and cupboards seem to have a competition going... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:02:18 EST Home again Home again <img src=""> Nebraska...Washington DC...New York...and home to Colorado! Whew. I'm so glad to be home, especially knowing i won't on the road again for the foreseeable future! Although the picture brings back fond memories of that al fresco breakfast in NYC. <BR> <BR> Needless to say all this travel has made this journey a real challenge. But summer is coming to a close and the routine of school in the fall is on the horizon. A colleagu... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:22:40 EST End of July...really? Had to pinch myself today when I realized July is nearly over! <BR> <BR> EEK! <BR> <BR> The summer has been so crazy. From rural Nebraska to cosmopolitan Washington's been a time of contrast but these experiences have given much food fo thought. Although my DC suitcase full of conference materials is still sitting next to my desk I did spend a day organizing my closet. Wow did that feel good. Found a couple things I didn't realize I had and have two big bags ready for the goodwill.... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:34:37 EST Making it work...kinda Well here I am in the middle of the cornfields...wrapping up my second and final week of the residency at Homestead National Monument Park. This is a truly beautiful place and I highly recommend a visit if you're ever in eastern Nebraska. I've learned a lot about homesteaders, but learned more about my self through this process. It's an experience I'll covet forever, but also have to admit I'm now counting the hours until I leave. <BR> <BR> One thing I like about SP is the online tracking. A... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:36:26 EST Stumble on the baby steps Figured it had been awhile since the last blog so I should get caught up. In reading that blog I realize that I'm taken quite a stumble in my baby steps. Things have been in upheaval, but that's not an excuse...just the facts. <BR> <BR> I headed south last Friday to visit my son and daughter-in-law only to discover that they're taking some time apart. She'd headed east for a roadtrip to think about things and visit family. Her younger sister recently passed away (complications from bulimia) ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:00:43 EST Baby steps Yes, today I took a baby step. It's been a lONg time since I've take any kind of step the right direction. We went out for breakfast (rode bikes to the restaurant) and made a pretty good choice. Then when lunch rolled around I had my regular breakfast - which is WAY less than what I normally wouldv'e had on a weekend. But my crowning glory was the impromptu gathering before dinner. I'd planned a healthy dinner that got sidelined with this invitation. <BR> <BR> However, I was good! Really. I... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:28:11 EST It's a busy time Yup nothing new here. And nothing unique. It's a busy time of year for us all and I'm not using this as an excuse. <BR> <BR> Just sayin' <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Summer school has started, and I've put one big project to bed. However, I've got another big project that will probably keep me busy over the weekend. Work by itself is busy, and the move to our temporary office is looming. Today I packed up the rest of my files and they removed a credenza like piece forever - which ... Tue, 20 May 2014 21:37:01 EST Time for an update. <img src=""> Have to say I was thrilled to get on the scale this week and FINALLY see it inching downwards. Not going to go crazy with the celebration though, 'cause this hasn't come easily. <BR> <BR> I didn't lose last week but I could see a few changes in my body so I think my bumped up exercise might be paying off. I'm posting a new picture today to give me motivation. Feelin' fit and energetic, which I'm hoping will help me conquer a... Thu, 15 May 2014 11:39:50 EST Hmm...interesting start to the summer So glad that while our spring weather is 'unpredictable' at least it's not been as devastating as other parts of the country. <img src=""> <BR> Just found out today that the hailstorm we had earlier in the week not only shredded the backyard apple tree, but took out the roof as well. We, like most of our neighbors, discovered that our roof is a complete loss. Thankful it was just a roof. <BR> <BR> So, had my last regular class today. Th... Fri, 9 May 2014 22:48:23 EST Grrrr... Yup, that pretty much sums things up. <BR> <BR> Turmoil continues at work with the office administrator telling us Monday that she's leaving as well (the main secretary/receptionist left a couple weeks ago). We're still hoping to be able to hire the new person filling in, but of course so much is out of our control. <BR> <BR> Add to this the stress of having to pack up the office and vacate for a few weeks in the summer so the ceilings can all be pulled down and sprinklers put up. While we'... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:59:43 EST Keeping fingers busy Nothing much to blog about today, in fact I wouldn't be here at all if I wasn't in desperate need of keeping my fingers busy today. I had good resolve when I left the house this morning, then heard that one of my office mates brought treats to celebrate a job anniversary. <BR> <BR> Darn... <BR> <BR> However, fortunately she doesn't pass a donut shop on the way to work and she actually ended up bringing a loaf of homemade whole wheat bread and low-sugar peach jam. <BR> <BR> Yes!!! <BR> <BR... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:58:58 EST It's Friday! Yesiree...can't even express how delighted I am that it's Friday! I work Monday through Friday so I'm on the cusp of my weekend and looking forward to it. <BR> <BR> It's been a BUSY week here at work. In fact I'm in at work early this morning to try and get a few things caught up. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know. This isn't catching up with work. But in a sense it is. Because part of catching up for me is getting the mindset aligned. After the past three weeks of upheaval (not on my regular schedule... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:27:00 EST Getting old is not for the weak at heart Too much to do...not enough time. <BR> <BR> Recognize that sentiment? I'm sure you do. It's a pretty common mantra. I'm sure feeling it today. <BR> <BR> But the biggest problem I'm facing today really seems to be that age is catching up with me. <BR> <BR> The past three weeks have been crazy busy. A physically rigorous spring break, followed by weekdays packed with appointments and working through lunch to accommodate a four-day business trip scheduled during the busiest time of the year.... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:14:20 EST Two Months...Really? Yes...really. <BR> <BR> It's been two months since my last post. <BR> <BR> Not that I've been ignoring SP. It's just been crazy busy. And I have pretty much fallen by the wayside with my plans. <BR> <BR> However it hasn't been all bad. Although my eating has been a bit out of control I have kicked up my exercise. My DH bought me a Fitbit for my birthday which has been kinda fun. Saturday was an all-time high with almost 27,000 steps. We spent almost a week in Seattle for Spring Break two w... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:24:25 EST Doldrums...well, kind of Merriam Webster defines doldrums a state or period of sadness or depression; a state or period in which there is no activity or improvement. Well, I'm not sure that I'd describe myself as sad or depressed - but the second part of the definition is right on target. No improvement...sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm bummed that my fitness took a hit this week with a foot injury early on. It's going to be at least three more weeks before I can even think about running again. Which is a bit of a challenge si... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:09:25 EST House cleaning binge Well, the scale edged up a bit today which was a total bummer. Keeping my fingers crossed that it was a fluke. Didn't do my usual pigging out when things don't go my way so I can pat myself on the back for that at least. <BR> <BR> Weigh-in day tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> On the upside I've been very productive the past two days. Yesterday spent the whole day cleaning the studio and my office. Had so many things to take back to work I had to use my rolling cart. Finished an article... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:05:23 EST Thanks to warrior woman! Was thrilled to step on the scale today and for the first time in weeks - literally - it snuck down just the tiniest bit. The movement may have been tiny, but it was pretty momentous regardless. <BR> <BR> It's been a LONG tough fall and early winter. And a dismal trail upward on the old scale. But I'm hoping that good choices yesterday will give me the push I need to stay on track. Thanks to "warrior woman's" post about the personal challenges she's set out to tackle I found myself swapping... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 10:49:30 EST Organizing for 2014 2014, where in the world is the time going! It really is true that the older you get the faster the time goes - which means it just gets more and more important to life live fully! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> We ended 2013 with the Resolution run - okay, I walked, but it was a brisk walk and I at least the knees and ankle are feeling pretty good today - and I did start the morning with an hour on the elliptical. <BR> <BR> 2014 started a bi... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:15:37 EST Small victories Since it's been such an uphill battle recently I'm going to take my small victory today and run with it! <BR> <BR> For the first time in weeks I almost stayed within my calorie range! Yes! I was 88 calories over the top of the range. It was that darn gingerbread cookie I just ate that put me over the top - but today was a victory anyway. <BR> <BR> Although I had an out of office meeting with food potential I ate my regular healthy breakfast. This followed my 75 minute elliptical workout (p... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:27:21 EST A mindful Friday Well, it sure was't a big success, but it was all mindful - which is something I suppose. <BR> <BR> Switched to the sci-fi channel after watching the Project Runway All Stars recording. Love that mindless t.v. to accompany my workout. <img src="">. <BR> <BR> Then of course a healthy breakfast. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Forgot to photograph lunch before it was too late, but it includ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:09:12 EST Thursday, not so hot Seems like starting the day well isn't my problem <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Did the usual stint on the elliptical but today I opened a new book on my Kindle and read a few chapters while I worked up a healthy sweat! <img src=""> . This was followed by the standard breakfast (greek yogurt, blueberries, Vitamuffin, bit of peanut butter and coffee with creamer) <BR> <BR> Fell off the wagon and had two and a half cookies. They were red velv... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:11:36 EST Wednesday: Marginally better Good start again, watching Biggest Loser on the Elliptical followed by the standard breakfast (same as yesterday so no photo). Worked up a pretty good sweat but then just sat at my desk for the rest of the day so I need to work on that. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tasty lunch of homemade macaroni and cheese, carrots, raspberries and some dessert. Awhile back I got smart and ... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:25:01 EST Tuesday - 'fessin' up! Okay - thanks to all those who commented on the previous blog - this one's for you. I REALLY didn't want to post today because I've been bad, but guilt got to me. And can I tell you that it was knowing I had to do this that helped me eat a better dinner - so thanks! <BR> <BR> <img src="">The day started well with my regular elliptical routine...but went quickly downhill with breakfast. <BR> <BR> Yes, I had my blueberries and yogurt at ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:52:06 EST Monday Okay, I said awhile back I would do this, but of course I picked a lousy time of year and wasn't able to follow here I go again. I'm going to try and record what I track on my blog in the hopes it will help me stay on track. And I have to say, when I remembered I was doing it it DID help - but then I came home and promptly forgot - so it's most of the day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Started the day the way I always do during the... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 21:31:48 EST Where does the time go? <img src=""> <BR> Yes, where does that time go? <BR> <BR> Although I did have the week of Thanksgiving off from school the time passed so quickly I'm finding myself further behind at the end of the week than I was at the beginning! Geesch! How did we go from Halloween to December so fast! <BR> <BR> Just this afternoon I found out about the suicide of a 20 year-old college student (roommate of a friend's child). I cannot even imagine th... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:44:52 EST Reflections at the end of the challenge I really can't believe that I just posted my final weigh-in for the Fall challenge - and what I really can't believe is that it was a pound up from my initial weight. Geesh... <BR> <BR> I've done a lot of reflecting on this situation lately. <BR> <BR> The downside. Let me say that while I did this to myself at Halloween - really, how lame is that! - my body just doesn't want to let go of that added fat! I don't know, maybe its gearing up for a cold winter or something. Because while I've n... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:39:25 EST Seriously? Has it REALLY been more than a month since I last blogged? <BR> <BR> Seriously, now that I look at the date of my last post it's been exactly two months! Maybe that helps explain my dismal performance the past weeks. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> No, life hasn't slowed down yet, but I need to commit regardless. So here it is. My goal this week is to post my meals for at least three days this week. I'm pretty good at tracking, but I have a SP friend who's been posting pictures of her meals... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:34:06 EST Been a busy two weeks Whew. Don't know what else to say after the past two week Well, perhaps I can say thank-goodness my family is dry and are our homes. And right now in northern Colorado you really can't ask for more than that. Who knew that rain I was enjoying so much in the last post would explode into disaster. This subject continues to flood us all with sorrow, so I want to focus on less serious subjects. Like food, fitness and fitting into my clothes... <BR> <BR> Distraction has been the name of... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:53:01 EST Fall is in the air <img src=""> <BR> Yes, I should be working - as evidenced by the huge pile of paperwork I need to address sitting on my desk. But I'm finishing with a lovely cup of morning coffee and contemplating the day as I watch the rain puddle down the windows. Usually at this time of the morning my blinds are closed because the sun is shining directly in - so today, I'm making a point to enjoy the view! <BR> <BR> Well, the Biggest Loser Fall Chal... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:20:46 EST Color me HUNGRY Well here I am, not really too much to say - but I'm starving and hoping if I do this post it'll keep me from walking down the hall to the candy machine. If I can hold off and stick to my planned meals I'll manage to stay within my calorie count for the day. Which if you know me at all, you know is pretty amazing! <BR> <BR> Of course, once I make it to the end of the day without hitting up the candy machine I'll still have to get through almost and hour and a half at home before dinner - yik... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 18:21:21 EST Looking in the right direction Okay, my head is turned the right direction, now I just need to get the rest of the body...and the spirit! follow along. <BR> <BR> I love that while the Biggest Loser Fall Challenge doesn't start for two weeks we do have a pre-challenge challenge <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> You see, I need the motivation. <BR> <BR> To get this body under control! <BR> <BR> The craziness of summer and the first week of school is nearly over so it's back to a good routine. Time to get the eating under co... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:10:09 EST Working hard to avoid travel traps Been a week since my last blog so I thought it would be good to revisit those week-old goals. <BR> <BR> Feel hungry at least once a day. Yes! I've managed to do this. I've been traveling the last few days and am proud of myself for that hungry feeling. Went to a baseball game tonight with my son and daughter-in-law and instead of pizza, hot dog or nachos I had a lovely salad. I did go over my calories today because of breakfast and lunch, but I never felt stuffed so I'm calling it a victory.... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:24:54 EST Color me embarassed <em>2</em> <BR> Yes, that's me with a very red face. I've done so poorly these past two weeks and have no good excuse. Just lost all my motivation...what more can I say. A week from today I'll be in Houston with the kiddos, and I'm pretty sure that 139 goal won't be happening. But instead of getting discouraged and giving up - I'm going to pull on my big-girl pants and move on! This setback just reinforces for me that I must get to 135 to allow myself some cushion room! <BR> <BR> This mor... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 13:19:35 EST Three Weigh-ins Until the Next Trip Okay, I've got three good weigh-ins under my belt since returning from my big trip...and today I made reservations for yet another trip. Granted, this trip is much shorter and way less exotic, but it'll be a challenge nonetheless. <BR> <BR> This morning I made reservations for a solo trip to Houston to visit my son and daughter-in-law, hubby and the dog will be holding down the fort. Now, here's my make it below the 140 mark by the time I head out of town. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:11:31 EST Free!!! It's celebration time at Nell's house today! For the first time in years (literally!) I went to WW and DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY! As a 'fallen off the wagon lifetimer' I've been pretty faithful to SP, and hitting sporadic meetings at WW. And today, I finally hit the 'within 2 pound' mark and didn't have to pay. I cannot even tell you how exciting that is for me! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>355</em> <em>236</em> <em>356</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I was down 1.2 pounds from 10 days a... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:09:35 EST .6 pounds away from free... Well, today I decided to just suck it up and do my monthly visit to Weight Watchers. I'm a 'fallen off the wagon' lifetime member and it's been more years than I can remember since I didn't have to pay (if you're within 2 pounds of your goal weight you don't pay). I'm SO close, and today I felt that I needed some positive motivation, and I was out and about there you go. <BR> <BR> And here I am - .6 of a pound away from weighing in free! And I can assure you that makes me want it... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 12:59:27 EST ITC - getting outside for some activity <img src=""> <BR> Okay SEVEN, this one's for you! <BR> <BR> Here's the picture for how I got outside today for the Pink Panthers ITC. Wasn't a long ride, and I've got my biking buddy in the back basket. Plan to do at least one moderate ride tomorrow, maybe two, so I do plan to get my requisite three in! <BR> <BR> Thanks buddy for helping me stay on track <em>220</em> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 19:00:01 EST