NJHEART2HEART's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NJHEART2HEART NJHEART2HEART'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/ Just for Today: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210198 I will read my advantages cards <BR> Record all my food <BR> Drink 48 oz. of water <BR> Consume all my supplements <BR> <BR> Find cleaning layout, goals layout, and check for handwritten scrapbook pages index <BR> Gather photos and begin to figure a plan to catch up my currently printed photos <BR> Fold 2 loads of laundry in front of TV <BR> Get in bed by 10pm, lights out by 10:50pm <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:35:34 EST Scared Straight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190170 omg.. I think I now know what it means to be "scared straight". I have struggled with weight loss for years.. and backslid again for months now, gaining yet more weight... but after reading people's posts on what made them decide to lose weight.. and reading about hip replacements, knee replacements, etc.. it REALLY made me realize how SERIOUS this is.. I've thought about heart disease, diabetes.. that stuff is horrible of course, but it's invisible in some ways.. mechanical issues, like kn... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:17:17 EST REMEMBER THIS MOMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715943 Three weeks in: <BR> <BR> REMEMBER THIS MOMENT: February 1, 2012 <BR> Feeling GOOD! Got into work and was thirsty for WATER. Craved the apple that was sitting on my shelf and oooohhh it tasted GOOOD! <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 08:46:47 EST Victories for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704216 I said I had a courageous day today because it took courage for me to face my desires and say NO in order to affirm a bigger YES! <BR> <BR> The carb. maximum my Dr. suggested was just too far beyond my reach, so I lowered is slightly. I had to still work at it, but was able to successfully eat through my day and stay within limits today. ONE day at a time... <BR> <BR> I drank great gobs of water. <BR> Though I switched up my lunch (they had turkey at the cafeteria today), I adjusted by eat... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:00:41 EST praying for safe travels.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4694246 Living in NJ, we are anticipating some snow/sleet tonight into tomorrow morning. I have to travel 1 hr. 45mins in whatever weather is out there at 6:30 in the morning. Need to go to bed, rest up, and take my time. Hoping the day will prove fun, since I have two hats; volunteer and coach... <BR> <BR> Did good today for food. <BR> Had annual exam: Prescription for 50 THOUSAND units of Vitamin D a week + addition of B12 supplement, and one big concern is borderline high cholesterol (which I... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:34:34 EST Day 3 of Re-Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691714 Victories for Today: <BR> <BR> Tracked all day <BR> Drank over 64 oz. of water <BR> Ate reasonably <BR> <BR> Read my advantages once <BR> Stretched once <BR> <BR> Still to do: <BR> Create extra affirmation/encouragement cards <BR> Read advantages again <BR> Stretch again <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:50:48 EST Victories for today (and yesterday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690130 Tuesday: <BR> Started again. <BR> Tracked part of the day. <BR> Drank 48 oz water. <BR> Ate reasonably. <BR> <BR> TODAY: <BR> Continued. <BR> Tracked whole day. <BR> Drank over 70 oz water - Woohooo! <BR> Ate reasonably. <BR> Modified "Advantages to Losing Weight" cards <BR> Re-printed Affirmations. <BR> Stretched calves (heel spur treatment). <BR> <BR> Plan for tomorrow: <BR> Breakfast, lunch and dinner are planned. <BR> Read my advantages cards at least twice. <BR> Create additional aff... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:00:52 EST RE-START! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686884 I'm sooo glad my blog entries remained intact when I reset my goals... <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 13:15:46 EST Back again :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579162 I feel so depressed realizing I haven't blogged since AUGUST and haven't logged in almost as much time How sad. <BR> <BR> So, I'm back. I'm going to work my way through the "Becks Diet Solution" book and workbook with my friend from work, in hopes we'll find comfort and accountability to each other. <BR> <BR> I also signed into and posted at a picky eaters forum online, which I really liked. this was my post: <BR> <BR> Hello all, <BR> New here, and glad to see those who struggle in the... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 08:58:58 EST More about Maine... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4458967 We are going up to Lubec, ME, the easternmost point in the US (the first place the sun rises). It's a small town, depressed economically (In fact I'm not sure what to expect when we get there- been 3 years since our last visit there and things have just gotten worse country-wide), but abundant in amazing natural beauty. <BR> <BR> Lubec is off of the Fundy Bay, right across the bridge from Campobello Island (home of Roosevelt International Park). Our rental house is right off Johnson Bay-... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:23:47 EST Some surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4457491 I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the bottle I was using for water wasn't 16 oz. but 24. That motivated me to drink up and I got my goal of 48 oz of water for the day. <BR> I smiled when I got an email from a good friend this morning. She offered me empathy for my emotional struggles and offered me some positive inspiration. <BR> I want to find a nutritionist I can speak with and get some sound advice on good nutrition ranges for MY situation.. though I love the sparkpeople nutri... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 23:04:54 EST Healing = Inactivity this week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446728 Not feeling much like blogging - it's sooo hard to get back once you've lost a few days writing - but here I am. With the help of the office nurse was able to talk out my questions, fears and anxieties about getting an anti-inflammation shot for my heel. (For the whole story, sparkmail me), and with some preparation had it done that same day. I am glad I did it. It definitely positively affected my injury, and though I'm afraid to be too too excited, I am in a much better mental state. I ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:39:40 EST Lazy night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435732 I really don't feel like blogging tonight, but writing is the one streak I am most motivated to not break.. strange I know, but writing has always been a part of who I am, casual, journal, prose, poetry, email, whatever.. It's always an integral part of who I am. <BR> I'm tired and it's 10:54pm. I should be going to bed - now - but not only am I still blogging, but I also need to pack for a weekend at my parents house... <BR> Kinda of looking forward to it - if I'm going to be off my foot, r... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 23:00:08 EST 10:01pm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433621 Well, the day is winding down and I'm doing OK. <BR> I did eat a good dinner: chicken, grapefruit, corn on the cob and mashed potatoes. For me, that's pretty darn good! <BR> <BR> I also participated in my second livemind "Spark E-Meeting". I liked this one even better.. love talking about goals :) I like the leader, who is energetic and positive and the participants were great. <BR> <BR> I WILL get ready for bed at 10:30. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:07:28 EST My heel spur is a PAIN (pun intended)... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4433569 Well, maybe not that bad, but it's very much like a roller coaster. Yesterday, I tried spending 1/2 on a "slant board" as a way to lengthen the backs of my heels/feet/ankle, per drs. instructions. I did ok for about 15 mins,. then started feeling it in my affected heel. By the end of the 1/2 hour I think I set myself back 1/2 a step with the healing process instead of moving forward :( Live and learn. I've done this kind of thing a few times- tried something, and found it wasn't helpful - ... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 21:50:09 EST Quick 200… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431535 So, how was my day? Not the best, not the worst. <BR> I took it easy all day with my foot, and thought myself successful with "babying" my heel. I had just a little discomfort at times. I got some "work" work done, and stayed away from Mountain Dew. I did have a Diet Sunkist soda with my carrots and potatoes which were really good and filling. I also had two slices of american cheese - probably not necessary, but tasty. I took my lunch break very late, and struggled to stay awake reading... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:52:53 EST Staying positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427995 I got some nice encouraging comments on my last short blog, and checked out one of my commenter's blogs in response. <BR> <BR> She wrote about looking forward to the fall, to the good weather for walking. While I wanted to cheer her on, I had a hard time not being pulled down emotionally by the facts of my current situation - I had a restful weekend, but am still in the midst of recovering from a heel spur inflammation and as I've heard by many others, this could take a long time. I w... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 10:51:44 EST Woohoo for me :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426534 I am Proud of myself for today. <BR> I have stayed home to rest my foot in order to heal the heel spur. <BR> I exercised for 15 minutes today. Mostly yoga- none of it with more than standing pressure on the foot. I did SOMETHING, and that deserves a Woohooo! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:25:49 EST Warning: unorganized entry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4422881 So yesterday I wrote the following status, which also went to Facebook: "Dawn is back from the foot doctor. Have a diagnosis and treatment, but not feeling very good right now...." <BR> <BR> A friend, concerned about the obvious mechanical issue, wished me a speedy recovery. I was appreciative of that, and of course hope that this comes true, but my "not feeling very good right now", wasn't so much the foot pain that was bothering me, but the implications of having a heel spur.. <BR> <B... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:23:01 EST OK will have to be enough for now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4421276 I'm NOT feeling OK right now, but I will have to aim for that for the day. I will feel OK if I can get my back exercises in, my water drunk and some laundry done tonight. <BR> <BR> I can't get expect more of myself emotionally right now because I feel out of control of my circumstances. I went to the foot doctor (I'm glad at least I went and found out what was wrong) and found out that I have a heel spur (which is closely related to plantar fasciitis). <BR> <BR> The doctor said outrig... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:38:42 EST At the end of this day.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419810 I feel solidly OK. <BR> I got home, set up the bluetooth phone connection on my car and entered my top three contacts. I went inside and ate 3 small eggs and toast. I participated in a Spark Meeting from 8-9, and then accomplished 10 minutes of exercise using WII fit Plus, despite my heel. Found two new exercises I could do that I don't believe will hurt my back. <BR> I ate a small italian ice for a snack and now I'm going to bed and, if I sleep will will get at least 7 hours sleep! <BR> ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 22:52:36 EST More on the foot pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419247 The more reading I did the more mixed results I got. Seems the results of various treatments all vary depending on individual and no telling if some of them actually help or hurt.. I'm trying to keep my chin up, that this is a minor case, and that the conservative suggestions will lead to a full and relatively fast recovery. <BR> <BR> I hate the seeming pattern lately of trying to exercise just a little followed by some kind of pain somewhere... (sigh) <BR> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 17:13:46 EST Hope for my Heel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418764 I did just a little research online, and from what I'm reading, it appears I may have a classic case of plantar fasciitis. This is good news to me because generally conservative treatment can work quite effectively. I'll be seeing my foot doctor ASAP to see if perhaps I need an adjustment to my prescription orthotics, and I now know that icing and stretching will go a long way to reducing the pain. <BR> The only challenge is that it also says to reduce any activity that may be exacerbatin... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:56:17 EST Morning so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418436 I got to bed JUST on time last night... 11:45, which theoretically should have given me at least 7 hours of sleep.. except I didn't sleep well. It took a while to fall asleep then I was up around 2am to use the bathroom and my heel was hurting REALLY badly. I limped into the bathroom using just the ball of my left foot because any pressure towards my heal hurt. It feels like a really bad bruise on the front edge of my heel deep within. It's very disconcerting, since of course the pain see... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:45:27 EST Starting Over: Being Thankful for what I DO have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4416705 I started my morning with this status: I am feeling very scared about our country and about my own family's financial security. Give me more faith Lord... <BR> <BR> I just got back from lunch and had vented about my frustrations and fear to two friends. One friend reminded me that the state of the economy is out of my personal control, so it's not productive nor healthy to dwell on the fear that this causes. I need to concentrate on what I DO have persaonl control over, and the blessings t... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 13:35:17 EST Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4385499 Obstacles <BR> <BR> This morning, as I mentally reviewed my weekend, I began thinking about the obstacles that occur in my journey to good health. For a short while, when I reviewed my daily progress, I noted what didn't work so well, and what I could do to prevent a "non-event" from happening (I didn't exercise fro 10 minutes, or I didn't hit 10k steps today). <BR> <BR> So, here's a little self-analyses of my current obstacles: <BR> <BR> "Laziness" is a cop out in my opinion. It's an eas... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 16:34:53 EST Thankful for friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4379185 I good friend of mine from work and I have made a new self-development pact between us. We have decided that in the next 12 weeks we want to develop SIX new habits. I call them "Habits of Success". We acknowledge that if we try to do everything right it will be overwhelming and set us up for failure, so we thought this would be a good way to start. <BR> My habits to develop over the next 12 weeks are: <BR> <BR> 1. Water: 48 oz. 7x a week <BR> 2. Vitamin & fish oil: 7x a week <BR> 3. Back e... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 12:01:34 EST Second Day with Wii http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375947 My day was interesting. <BR> I tried to walk a bit at work, but did not dare go outside for a lengthier walk in the heat of the day. I usually take my lunch around 2pm, and that clearly is NOT the time to go exposing myself to the heat and the UV, especially since I'm just at the end of recovering from severe sunburn on my back. <BR> <BR> My nutrition is way off, but I will officially focus on that in a week or two. For the next two weeks I want to get back into checking in on Spark every ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 23:07:57 EST I'm back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4355250 So, it's been a couple weeks. I did little other then hang at home over 4th of July weekend. We drove down to Pt. Pleasant, NJ on July 3rd for a couple days and I was happy that I swam in the ocean a bit - good exercise - but got extreme sunburn on my back. We got back Tuesday night and I stayed home sick on Wednesday, the 6th, I was in so much pain. I suffered another two days before the pain decreased. I spent this past Saturday also doing relatively nothing at the house, "recuperating... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:48:03 EST Blogging because I need to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331101 I'm feeling a bit blah today. I've been sore and tired the last few days - even though I got decent night's sleep the last two nights- probably because I eat within reason for part of the day, but then screw up badly and that stupid fatalistic thinking threatens me, and tells me that whatever I DID do was worthless... So, now I know what to do... What did I do well today? <BR> <BR> I drank 40 oz of water so far (it's 4:38 as I write, so the last 8 oz of water in my quota will be easy tonigh... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 16:50:18 EST Pedometer Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330299 I promised a fellow spark person that I'd do a review on the pedometers I've tried recently. In the past month, I've tried three different pedometers and I have yet to find the perfect one (and looking at other offerings, don't know if I will), but here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of each one I've tried so far. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sportline 370 Multi-Function TraQ Any-Wear Pedometer <BR> <BR> This was the first one I purchased. I was surprised by the high price, but figured it would b... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:30:41 EST Catching up.. again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4325252 Oy.. yeah, baad weekend for Spark and for general physical health. However I DID have a good mental health weekend; Spent time scrapbooking with girlfriends on Friday night, and spent most of the rest of the weekend reading straight through a 300+ page book. It was not good for my back, but was good mentally. <BR> <BR> Having been refreshed mentally, I'm gearing up for a good week BOTH physically and mentally. During lunch I'll review my GTD (Getting Things Done) list, and make some priori... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 08:58:10 EST Review of Tuesday Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4315137 1. Stop at Good Will on way home and drop off last of books. - DONE! <BR> <BR> 2. Fold two loads of laundry, plus socks - Mostly Done. I did fold and put away both loads of laundry EXCEPT the socks. Why not socks too? See below. <BR> <BR> 3. FIND scrapbook page kits - Not Done - Why? See below. <BR> <BR> 4. Complete reading for Stephen Ministry - DONE! <BR> <BR> 5. Take a walk. Will need to make up steps since I didn't walk during lunch. - Not Done. <BR> Why? Fatalistic thinking and... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:04:08 EST Afternoon pep talk - 1:59pm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4313367 Hmm.. shouldn't be here.. should be chipping away at my data task for the week, but I had to make a quick visit here after lunch and a quick observation: <BR> <BR> It really does feel great to proudly list what you did WELL each day! I've found that blogging (almost) every day meets my need to write (I've aways been a writer), and also helps me most of all to stay accountable to being POSITIVE! And the wonderful thing is when I have a bad day and I can't help but vent, I have gotten some l... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:59:28 EST Distracted.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4312972 I'm distracted at work today. I have so much to think about, pray about.. so much to do with my life.. that sitting in a cubicle doing mindless data entry doesn't hold much appeal to me.. I got away to talk, I took a break to do my back exercises, and now have no other excuses.. nothing else getting in my way of just doing my work.. So.. I guess I need to just get to it... See you in a few hours! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:16:15 EST Special Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4312023 I learned tonight that I may become active in a ministry that I deeply feel God has called me to. I'm excited but very humbled, as it is an intense service that requires more than my own strength can sustain--- I will need the Holy Spirit to guide me, strengthen me and give me the wisdom to know when to speak and what to speak. <BR> <BR> I was doing some scrapbook stuff up in my attic and was listening to the Christian music channel on the TV when the song "You Can Have Me" by Sidewalk Pro... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 23:28:20 EST Catching up is never as good as doing it now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4310858 Such was my blogging habit this weekend! I had a GREAT day on Friday, yet I didn't blog it, then made some poor (physical health) choices over the weekend. I felt pretty down by the end of the weekend, and I wonder, had I blogged on Friday if I might have set myself up for making better choices on the weekend.. but alas, tomorrow is gone, and today I start anew! <BR> <BR> So, how goes it so far? It is going WELL. Got my back exercises, in, tried to get in some extra steps during the mo... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:15:25 EST First Downer Night :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303947 I'm fighting my first real dissappointing night, and fight it I will. <BR> I didn't hit 10,000. The dinner I had was not all that good, and it felt heavy. <BR> I didn't do any back exercises, or any exercises for that matter. <BR> <BR> What DID I do? <BR> Well.. I did go to my chiropractor and he noted a definite difference in my range of motion (I have more of it then when I first started with him) and sensitivity (I have made big improvements in that I am less sensitive to pressure point... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 23:40:17 EST 10 Things about Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303324 I just answered this question on the "Picky Eaters" message board and enjoyed sharing, so I thought I'd share it with a broader audience :) <BR> <BR> 1. My faith is the most important part of my life, and I'm trying make my behavior follow my beliefs. <BR> 2. I am a personal development addict! I enjoy reviewing my vision, goals, values, reading about them and planning how to get there (often through "GTD" lists). Persistent Execution Over Time.. that's a different story! <BR> 3. I graduated... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:36:16 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4302718 I'm holding myself accountable to my blog audience (all 1 of you?) for my goals this week. By Monday morning I will: <BR> Complete the Weekly Mini-Challenge Team Challenge ( http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_<BR>individual.asp?gid=6560 ): <BR> <BR> 1 SORT "top of microwave" box of papers - DONE! <BR> 2. deep CLEAN microwave <BR> 3. Move sorted papers from microwave box to file box in attic <BR> 4. Toss the last two boxes of "giveaway" books - to the local bargain book store. <BR> <... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:45:13 EST Prioritizing, Procrastination and Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4301641 I put today at a 3.5 (out of 5) overall! <BR> <BR> &#8232;I've found one of my biggest challenges the last few days has been consistent completion of my weekly "streak" goals. I have been "cramming" good habits in late at night which puts a lot of pressure on me to choose between one goal and another.  For example: Last night, I spent too much time driving around looking for the perfect pedometer (will write about that in another blog entry!), and as a result got home later than I anticipat... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 23:40:29 EST Day in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4297124 I think today counts as a 3. I ate relatively well, I participated in local politics in an effort to make a difference in my community, I got my walking in (beautiful night for a walk around the block too), as well as my devotional and back exercises. I'm also continuing my blog entries which are very satisfying, when I start accumulating a record of my days, especially when the are focused on the positive. Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:50:30 EST Monday Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296163 Well.. I got out for lunch and got cat food, but also stopped by REI to see if they had pedometers (just for curiousity). To my amazement, they were the ONLY store who sold anything other than Sportline brand pedometers. I had already ordered my Omron pedometer from Amazon, so I was also frustrated, because I saw another Omron style for sale at REI, which I would have preferred over the one I bought online. Oh well. Much more difficult to return things mail order, so not worth the return c... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 15:49:43 EST Marvelous Monday...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4295812 Hey, it's good to be optimistic, right? :) <BR> <BR> Just some random thoughts: <BR> I read an spark article on hiking. It was brief but nice to read, being a hiker myself. Hubby and I both enjoy hiking and do it frequently together from spring through the fall. He's a bit more obsessed with it, so although I do enjoy it, he is learning to get out without me sometimes as well. <BR> <BR> One of my big motivations for losing weight and living more healthy is because I too often struggle to... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 13:16:21 EST Sunday Better then Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4294679 Today's Score: 2.5 <BR> Today was better than yesterday I think. Though I did not do well with food, I did do well in other areas. <BR> I stuck with a committment to meet a friend from work to go on a "photowalk". We met at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum at 8am - not an easy time at all for me to get up on a Sunday - Sometimes getting up for 10:30 church service is even hard - but I did it, and am soo glad I did! I told my friend I was impressed with her commitment, even though it was "spritzi... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:54:22 EST Kinda "eh" day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4292297 My day started off less then stellarly. Last night was a fitful sleep. Went to bed a little after midnight, but then woke up around 1:15 to a CRAZY thunderstorm outside! Our basement is flood prone, so I was concerned about that, and went down to check to make sure every item was either off the floor or in a plastic box (as is the pattern whenever we have heavy rain). All was well - other than the HUMONGOUS house centipede that scurried out from under one item I had to move. I HATE those... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 18:37:33 EST It's 11:59... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4291149 And I need to get to bed! <BR> <BR> I've had a great day today: I'd call it a 4.5, because I ate relatively well, got more than 10k steps in, Got 10 minutes of daily exercise plus back and strength exercises, and drank my daily goal in water. I spent some time reading for fun and I even got my hubby to go for a short walk with me in the evening :) <BR> <BR> The only downside? Work was boring, I didn't really apply my best self to getting my regular tasks caught up, and I'm already worryin... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:05:09 EST Starting a "5" Day! Woot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289629 Awesome for me! Started my day like this: <BR> <BR> Got up a few minutes late (got to bed a little later than desired, but still decent night's sleep). <BR> Did a couple back exercises. Took a quick shower. <BR> Left at a reasonable time (though hubby's ocd monster didn't like it!). Wore my pedometer. <BR> Got to work 15 minutes early. <BR> Took a 10 minute WALK around the parking lot (and finished with 1700 steps toward my daily 10K goal. <BR> Walked UP the stairs (another 61 steps). <... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:46:54 EST Thursday Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4289618 First, a quick review of my day yesterday: <BR> <BR> I give myself a 2.5 for overall health and productivity for Thursday. <BR> <BR> I did a couple back exercises in the morning before my shower. I usually avoid going up stairs in the morning because I don't like carrying my bag and such upwards. I am proud to say I DID walk the 61 steps up the stairs to my 3rd floor cubicle. <BR> <BR> I had a decent breakfast; cereal, FFmilk and banana. I did try to get up often to walk and stretch my b... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:41:34 EST The good and bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4287512 I just joined Sparkpeople on Tuesday, and I was starting from "square 1" again after some less then half-hearted efforts at weight loss. <BR> <BR> So, I think a good way to start is by giving myself a base "score" each time I check in, acknowledge my accomplishments, confess what happened with the "hiccups" and how I will avoid them going forward. <BR> <BR> I would call yesterday an overall 2.5 (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being a GREAT day). <BR> <BR> I started to build up my water habit again, ... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:40:47 EST