NWILKER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NWILKER NWILKER'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/ Week 3 - 5% summer challenger - back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733815 Well the weekend certainly was fun... not really what i was supposed to do, but darn, isn't food that other people make so tasty! :) <BR> <BR> Ate like a little piglet and enjoyed every single bit of it! I did get in a nice hike on the 4th - supposed to be pre-emptive... saturday i got in my regular workout and a walk around town! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: sun tea is sunning, water is at the ready <BR> <BR> Tracking: ignorance is bliss, back on track now! <BR> <BR> In range: will be t... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:33:46 EST Ending week 2 and feeling great! (Summer 5% challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731282 Second week of the challenge is cruising along and i'm feeling successful! <BR> Weight is moving in the correct direction! Woot! I'm feeling stronger and more energetic! Not sure it's related, but woot! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: been slacking a smidge, gotta get back on track. <BR> <BR> Tracking: on it! <BR> <BR> In range: kinda sort... pretty darn close! <BR> <BR> Extra Exercise: got in a nice walk in the botanical gardens with a friend at lunch yesterday and a mini walk with the hubb... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:49:11 EST Weekend update - photo heavy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729076 Managed to end the weekend, where i started it, weight wise! Woot! <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful and relaxing weekend camping (no cell signal) and hiking (hike was had to bail on last year) surrounded by friends and nature! Ahhh! Love ly! <BR> <BR> Here are some pic: <BR> <BR> View from our campsite: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1249912873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A gorgeous columbine (state flower): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708962499.jpg"> <... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:42:43 EST Thursday - almost the end of week one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726287 First week of the summer 5% challenge is coming to a close. <BR> I didn't make the best choices yesterday - "finished" of the toffee bars i found in the pantry, and after dinner i went shopping for camping this weekend and bought a nuttybar for hubby and i to share... With the morning's fauxpau i should have taken a break from snack <BR> <BR> Scale was only up .2 and i was only over a smidge at the top end of my calorie range. <BR> <BR> Goals: water - on it! Got y sun tea on the roof, it's... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:39:06 EST Hump day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725628 So this challenge is definitely getting kicked off well! <BR> <BR> I got in a walk at lunch, and then a 2 hour walk with a friend last night! <BR> I have a book of walks around the city, so we took one that was 2.5 miles through 3 different parks - i would read the history and interesting info as we walked! <BR> We also had to walk to the walk, prob another mile-ish! Each way. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: coolio. Sun tea on the roof again. <BR> <BR> Tracking - got yesterday all tracked <... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:45:58 EST Summer 5% challenge - week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724901 Chuggin along! <BR> The weekend was a little wonky, big meals, no meals, no hike cause hubby has a super horrific allergy attach... <BR> <BR> Monday we had out of town guests, but i chose a salad with salmon for lunch and made beer can chicken, with fake mashed potatoes, spinach salad, and roasted pot salad... Still up a little this morning on the scale, but i did a tremendously sweaty work out and feel good! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: got my green tea and hot tea going on <BR> <BR> Tr... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:05:23 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720730 For the purpose of this activity, a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating. A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for a calorie appropriate dinner with a friend, but a high calorie appe... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:23:20 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719875 Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What do you want to change? <BR> I want to change my attitude towards food. It hasn't happened yet, but if i keep trying i'm hopeful. It cannot, should not be a reward. I usually try to plan things that revolve around a walk, or a craft, or an event where we can fore go food. No always, cause i enjoy cooking, but when i cook i can keep control more things than not! <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you want to look? <... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:50:33 EST Summer 5% Challenge - WIN Tomorrow check list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719093 Prepare you own WIN tomorrow checklist to help you plan for success the next day. <BR> <BR> Get water bottles ready <BR> Have healthy snacks ready <BR> Plan 3 meals for tomorrow <BR> Have workout clothes and sneakers ready <BR> Schedule tomorrow's workout in on calendar. <BR> Bedtime 10 PM lights out 11 PM <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes preparation for a successful tomorrow? <BR> If i am working out of the house, i plan my lunches and hav... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:24:07 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Win Today Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719087 My checklist: <BR> Water 90 ounces <BR> Track my food <BR> Stay in calorie range <BR> No alcohol during the week <BR> Get 10K steps not counting morning exercise <BR> 5 freggies a day <BR> 5 minutes of me time <BR> 1 Extra workout per week Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:19:12 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719081 Been slacking a bit due to travel and weekends camping. <BR> <BR> Need to focus on menu planning. Find a night or 2 to set up some things that are easy, and can be made in under 30 minutes and the items are in the house! <BR> <BR> I have a list I made for the hubby for when i was out of town, but i need to think of that list too! <BR> <BR> Having a list of options and knowing what is in the house will help me! <BR> <BR> I need to consistently track my food - i usually aim for 3 times a we... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:08:18 EST Summer 5% Challenge - Exercise Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719080 ok self, let's make this a successful trip! <BR> <BR> My normal exercise plan is: <BR> Cardio 1 hour mon-sat <BR> Weights tues/thurs or 2 days during the week <BR> <BR> Saturday or sunday - for the summer I try to get in a hike or a walk each weekend! <BR> <BR> I don't have a problem being motivated to work out! My problem is food so this is the easy part for me. <BR> <BR> I do need to focus on 1 extra exercise session each week, either the hiking on the weekend or some class during the w... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:05:46 EST Spring 5% challenge - week 1 - thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669077 ok, so week 1 is heading toward a close... oy. <BR> <BR> I'm not feeling super confident and have a couple challenges coming up throught the end of the week, but i really like how i feel when i am eating well and weighing less! <BR> <BR> Had an interesting dinner last night! Found a couple different recipes from some old bon apetits - we had black bean and sausage caked with poached eggs and cilantro green salsa on top, baked kale with cajun olive oil and garlic salt, and a quinoa, spinach... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:05:20 EST Spring 5% challenge - week 1 - tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667511 Feeling good and in control!! <BR> <BR> Skipped an outing last night cause it was at a great pizza place and i had already "overdone" it at lunch! Had a grand old time at costco instead! bwahahaha <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: done and done, 2 full bottles and a couple cups of tea! <BR> <BR> Tracking: DONE! <BR> <BR> In range: according to the tracker no, but some stuff were guesses <BR> <BR> Me time: actually had time at costco, and cruised the ailses and found new stuff! hahaha! frozen ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:48:58 EST Spring 5% challenge - week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666409 Woah - where did that come from. Time to stop making excuses and get going! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: get in my 90 ounce - no excuses! <BR> Limit the coffee, try for 1 mug in the morning, then switch to tea. Almost sun tea weather! <BR> <BR> Tracking: no excuses, 3 days of tracking a week - no slacking <BR> <BR> In Range: keep in range, find the issues. Once in range i want work on keeping my percentages in the 30 carb or less, 40 protein, 30 fat or less. If i can get to 50% protein ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:48:00 EST Spring 5% challenge - exercise plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662146 Spring 2014 5% challenge exercise plan. <BR> <BR> Currently: <BR> mon,wed,fri,sat - 60 min cardio <BR> tues,thur, - 60 min cardio, 20-40 min wt training via skimble app <BR> sunday - a walk or sking <BR> <BR> Extra exercise: i try to get in at least 1 extra 60 minutes of exercise. TKB class or yoga <BR> <BR> Now that spring/summer has started i like to get at least 1 hike in a weekend, or a walk <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Keep the heart rate hight. <BR> Work on interval training on stair machi... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:18:21 EST End of a challenge, time to take charge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650635 So ended the last challenge poorly. Just lost my mojo and it's time to get it back!! <BR> <BR> A week of travel for work, a holiday that start with bloody mary's at 10am, and finally the germs found me and took me out of commission yesterday... That scale was not a pretty sight this morning! <BR> <BR> Over the weekend it was a beautiful day on sunday so hubby and i busted out the "walking tours of denver book" and did a walk around one of the local college campuses that have houses and bui... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:58:23 EST Wednesday - half way through the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640327 I've totally let myself talk myself into being down... oy. i hate that! <BR> <BR> I"m a really good rationalizer, so i cow tow to that any chance i get unless i'm feeling successful! <BR> <BR> Had a decent day and then a decadent dinner with a friend - making up for missed birthdays and her new job! Appetizers, huge dinner, desert... craziness! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: <BR> I've been making a pot of tea each morning (i have a really cute celestial seasoning pot which holds the bag o... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:41:22 EST Hello week 7 of the 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638544 Where did week 7 come from - oy! <BR> <BR> Arg- i'm having a pretty dreadful time after vacation, no food in the house, and then a trip (longer than normal) for work... oy! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to talk myself out of a pity party for 1, i've got an extra session of TKB for tonight, possibly wed night too! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: since amsterdam it's been hard with the water. They are so not up to snuff with the getting in 90 ounces a day, i feel shrivled still! Trying to get my totals ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:13:41 EST Amsterdam - still more - photo heavy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630848 Part of our trip we headed to Germany to visit with some friend of friends for a "Cabbage Quest". Basically a bunch of people get together, do a walk through farm land or whatever, stopping for some drinking games, with the final result being "the feast", which was sausage, kale (what they call cabbage). <BR> <BR> It's a specialty adventure to northern germany, and it was a hoot! <BR> <BR> Our friend did the whole thing in real clogs! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:20:47 EST Amsterdam - more - photo heavy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630109 So all that eating late and heavy did a job on all the hard work i had accomplished so far, so i've spent this week attempting to get back to where i left the country... Might make it tomorrow at weigh in, but it's friday, and i've been gone for a while and will be gone again next week... so we'll see how it all plays out. Chugging my water and tea today! <BR> <BR> Funny when i have a jump in wt and then see a drop, i always feel guilty when people give me kudos on my activity streak, kinda... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 12:33:27 EST Amsterdam - photo heavy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628427 So i'm finally back from a 9 day trip over to Amsterdam and Germany to see some friends, check out the city, see some stuff and eat too much! <BR> <BR> I was able to workout every day - except the first day (hello jet lag) and the last day (hello, gotta pack all my goods!) <BR> <BR> I also go in nearly 20K steps each day, so all in all it was good on the exercise front! The food intake front - let's just say i have some work to do before weigh in next saturday! Double workouts!! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:34:49 EST Thursday - week 3 of 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616789 Starting to get worried about staying on track on on vacation, having a tough time making progress this week! <BR> <BR> Made a cheeseburger soup crockpot recipe, added corn and kidney beans to my portion, but definitely wasn't enough to fill me up. Luckily i had work i needed to go do, so i forgot about snacking. Down a smidge on the scale this morning, but not enough. oy. <BR> <BR> Temps have been hovering around 0 and below this week, so leaving the house was a no-go, so TKB didn't happen... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:37:58 EST Hump day! - Week 3 of challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615855 With all my friends bailining on my events, i have more control over what i want to do and what i want to eat! <BR> <BR> It has been freezing here - negative 16 when i got up this morning- oy! <BR> So i haven't left the house since monday - but i'm ok with that. <BR> I'd like to get to TKB tonight... but we'll have to see if it warms up! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water - done and done - had all my water, and a couple cups of tea! <BR> <BR> Tracking: woot! done! <BR> <BR> Staying in range: kin... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:42:39 EST Tuesday - week 3 of the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614941 Hello more snow, hello thighs - you can recover from the weekend any time now... really, it's ok... <BR> <BR> I've been foam rolling each day, and dang do i hate it, but i know it's good for me! <BR> I've even been doing my calves... oy... <BR> <BR> Spent my lunch time time yesterday hitting up costco! Got my naked mean green juice! I swear there is some crack in there, cause it felt to good to have it for breakfast today! tee hee! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: success yesterday, got in my ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:09:53 EST Monday - challenge week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613973 Off kilter without my morning juice! I know lots of people don't like Naked Juice cause there isn't any fiber etc, but i love getting in my greens first thing. We were running low, but a costco run hasn't been in the cards, especially with a trip overseas soon... Alas, sat we ran out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was all crazy without it, i only had coffee on the way to skiing, then my friend offered me a half a peanut butter and jelly - nothing i would ever make, i don't really lke them, but i was ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:05:53 EST Sunday - week 3 of 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613371 omg - just got back from skiing, i haven't been sking in 5 years... or something like that... let's just call it forever and i'm not sure i know where my thighs are, they are pretty angry... <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: nope... on second bottle, but seriously have you attempted to get in and out of ski clothes in a restroom... <BR> <BR> Tracking: i'll get to that next... <BR> <BR> Staying in range: maybe... really on 1 meal today... <BR> <BR> Me time: time on the mountain kinda of was... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 20:10:50 EST Daily Dares! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612138 The teddy bear team has created daily dares for things complete each day, everything from extra exercise to self control etc... Today, this month's dare is to pick something for each day of the month and complete it! <BR> <BR> There are some of the things we can pick from: <BR> 1st- I will take my measurements <BR> 2nd- I will meditate for 5 minutes <BR> 3rd- I will buy a new book about health <BR> 4th- I will connect with some Teddies and help motivate them <BR> 5th- I will dance for 10 mi... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:26:05 EST Hump day! - Week 2 of challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609161 Hello wednesday - where did you come from?? <BR> <BR> Was supposed to have dinner with a friend last night and she forgot, so i grabbed a day i had planned for next week and pulled that recipe to yesterday. Mmm! Made a tofu steak with red pepper walnut sauce, and a chick pea salad with lemon and herbs. Woot for the win! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water - a ok and on track! <BR> <BR> Tracking: even took the time to put the recipes into the tracker - since i changed very little from the recipe (... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:22:58 EST Stair Climbs - 326 flights complete! (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607040 This weekend I did a double header! 2 stair climbs - one in Seattle one in Portland (OR)! <BR> At first i was just going to do 40 flights in Seattle and 160 in Portland... But then I learned i could do 160 in both! So i said why not! Woot! <BR> <BR> The 40 floor building was actually the "smallest" building i had done, but agreeing to do it 4 times in row - that was big! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l585110984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since I had 2 races, i decided to get ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:32:59 EST Tuesday - week one of winter 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601233 ok, so we are on a roll now! Monday went well, i stopped on saturday and got some veggies for the couple days i'm home this week and made a lovely salad for yesterday, today and tomorrow! Even with eating poorly, my extra exercise helped out with the metabolism! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: got 2 and 1/2 full bottles, and some extra water at the restaurant. Gotta get the full 3! <BR> <BR> Tracking: I tracked it all yesterday! Even the nacho and chips and salsa, but also the Brussel sprouts... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:21:27 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599985 For the beginning of a challenge weekend i am pretty disappointed in myself. Yesterday turned into a binge/bad day... so back on track today. <BR> <BR> There was a 10 am birthday party for a 3 year old with the most amazing cake ever... sigh. And fondant that didn't taste like cardboard - oh the humanity, and goat cheese that no-one was eating... sigh. <BR> <BR> The i had to drop off cash at one of the best BBQ joints in town for a friend that bought our rodeo tickets on friday - so i could... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:20:16 EST 5% Winter challenge has begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598820 So i was finally successful on the last challenge and am looking forward to another round of weight loss and healthy updates to my life! <BR> <BR> I'm traveling a smidge more for work and don't like to do too much on my work computer, so some things fall by the way side on those weeks, which is a bummer. But carrying 2 laptops is heavy! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: get in my 90 ounces day! Yesterday was about half, will do better today <BR> <BR> Tracking: track my food 3-5 times a week at ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:34:00 EST 5% Winter Challenge - Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580609 Last challenge i tasked myself with a goal of tracking my food at least 3 times a week, i think i averaged 5 times a week, and i want to keep that up. Once the challenged ended and it was harder, i stopped... no excuses!! <BR> <BR> Learned today I was assigned the Star Fish team for the challenge! Can't wait to start the challenge! <BR> <BR> My plan for the 8 weeks: <BR> <BR> Track my food 5 days a week! <BR> <BR> 90 ounces of water (i've been getting in my water pretty well, 32 ounces be... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:51:16 EST 5% Winter Challenge - Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580595 So i'm back on the challenge bandwagon, this last challegen i succedded through 2 tough tough holidays and am still doing well! Yeah me! <BR> <em>335</em> (tooting my own horn) <BR> But in actuality, it feels great! First time I've ended a challenge feeling and being successful! <BR> <BR> It definitely helped to be at home with no family to entertain except our selves, my exercise equipment and my gym! <BR> <BR> This challenge: <BR> <BR> I'm jumped back on the 5% challenge! I'm consider... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 10:40:04 EST Was the week of christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570462 And all through the house, treats and breads and food was around! <BR> Arg! <BR> <BR> Even without an oven there are alot of thing that could detail me in the house today. Like a mini package of non-parrils for breakfast... <BR> <BR> But i'm still doing ok, thinkgs are still chugging along and even tho i enjoy my non-tratitional breakfast, many other things that generally hold my interest food wise are not. There is a candy bowl i have on the counter, which i really should not, and most of ... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:43:11 EST Another year older! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567952 Yesterday marked another year, but year when i finished my workout and looked in the mirror, i said - hey, not bad, not bad at all! :) <BR> <BR> I started my day off by "sleeping in" - which was 6:20, which was pretty good! <BR> Headed off to the real gym to get in some stair climbing! <BR> Welcomed home to hubby having downloaded a happy birthday nicole song to play for me! Super cute! <BR> Then he had also cleaned off the reading nook - aka dump chair - in the bedroom so i could spend the... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:01:58 EST December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565609 No how did we get from thanksgiving to 9 days till xmas??? <BR> <BR> Oy! <BR> <BR> 2 weeks of travel back to back, 3 MMA kick boxing classes, weight under control - mostly - and a 60 degree day! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: got a new water bottle, left mine on the plane last trip. Let's get the 90 ounces today! <BR> <BR> Track good: I"ve been slacking and rationalizing! <BR> <BR> Keep in range: so far so good <BR> <BR> Extra Exercise: no yoga on sunday, but did walk around with a girl f... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:26:00 EST Thanksgiving success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552752 Got in a good hike in the morning! There is a hike called "the incline". It is about a mile, straight up. It was an old cog railroad line that was discontinued. So it's right up my alley - stairs into the sky! Woot! <BR> <BR> I talked a girl friend into coming with, she didn't realize what i meant... What i didn't realize was that the snow doesn't melt very much down there, so it took us twice the amount of time it should to get up since we didn't have spikes on our shoes, but we did it! An... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:50:05 EST The day before thanksgiving and all through the house.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551486 Just kidding... <BR> <BR> Since we aren't hosting, not a lot going on through the house! We have 2 dishes to make, and i think i have everything except a shallot... might do without! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: did meh yesterday, day got off track early and i didn't get thru my first bottle until 1:30, then i was heading to an afternoon at the museum with a gf. There was a hh holiday party at our hubby's work so i chugged some water from my red cup - at least 4 or 5. G <BR> <BR> Tracki... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:59:55 EST 3 days till turkey day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549886 Oh my!!! <BR> <BR> Made it through the weekend! <BR> Friday we had a mini date night - a couple beers at my friends brewery, then mellow mushroom with another beer from another local bewery! It was COLD so we speed walked the 20-ish blocks to and fro! We popped into a "party" on the way home, but i skipped any additional beer or cupcakes! <BR> <BR> Saturday was local shopping day with a gal pal, we split a garbanzo's greek salad! Our normal! Saturday night there was a birthday party in sub... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:47:01 EST Nearly the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547153 Whirlwind week! <BR> <BR> Been working on some things that have taken up most of my time, including selling our rental house, fighting with lawyers, negotiating with buyers, and other stuff too numerous to list... So in need of some down time and quiet time! <BR> <BR> The week has been going pretty well besides the drama, i've attempted 2 new recipes. Both came out ok, and we like enough to re-do! I tried a new ingredient - schezuan pepper corns. Not sure i'm in love, we'll try grinding it... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:56:50 EST Happy Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544196 Funny story for a monday! <BR> <BR> I get up to work out and i notice that our "router box" is down. Sigh. <BR> I'm checking my email on the eliptical and i see an email from our provider indicating we have a word. Weird i think, we have all apple products, in theory those can't get into apple products... what do i know... carry on... forward info to hubby for him to deal with when he gets up... <BR> <BR> Hubby fixes some things, deals with the one pc product in the house (my work machine... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:32:09 EST Welcome thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541001 Time to head home from the client site today, yeah for the middle seat... ugh. <BR> Tomorrow i jet off for a fun weekend! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: yup yup <BR> <BR> Track food: done and done! <BR> <BR> Stay in range: pretty good, even with an amazing burger with superb bacon on top and the bun was a donut - yup - i had to do it! But i do cut my burgers in half, eat half, and then just eat the meat from the second half! <BR> <BR> Me time: was so tired after boxing and dinner, i went ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:43:00 EST Half way to the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540171 Cheers! Got in a great hike up the "hill" here at work at the client site! We were racing sunset, failed, but we were still hoofing it to get down prior to pitch pitch black! <BR> <BR> We ended up at olive garden - ick - but i was able to know exactly the calorie in the dish and request it to be halved in the back, so i could have some semblance of self control! But buy did a glass of wine sound fabulous! I refrained! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: check! <BR> <BR> Track food: good on that ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:22:48 EST Another week another dollar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539432 Sunday i decided to chilax in the morning, since i have the baby shower in the afternoon. But then we walked around town after visiting a couple breweries to round out the weekend and recover from too much baby talk! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> <BR> Water: check! <BR> <BR> Track food : check - even had to try and do it on the ipad, oh how i hate doing it that way <BR> <BR> Stay in range - did pretty good! <BR> <BR> Me time: not so much, did spend a little time at lunch reading crafting books!... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:49:40 EST Gal's night menu! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536931 Some have asked for the recipes so i figured i'd put them here for everyone's info! <BR> <BR> The spread! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1487246750.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spaghetti Squash Fritters <BR> <link> http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/squash-fri<BR>tters-sriracha-mayonnaise-50400000130446/ </link> <BR> <BR> Veggie Fritatas (i made mine in mini muffin tins for easier finger food!) <BR> <link> http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/Rec<BR>ipePage.aspx?recipeid=32... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 23:01:35 EST Hello Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536861 Managed to make it another week of the challenge, in the grand scheme of things i'm status quo - but really i'm up .2 <BR> <BR> The gal's night ended up going very well! All the food was enjoyed by all! I can't say i'll repeat all of the new recipes i tried, but 1 was great, 1 could be good with a few tweeks and the other is not worth it! <BR> <BR> The things that annoyed me mostly all worked out, we gathered, we gabbed, we grubbed and we watched a fun movie - so yeah me! <BR> <BR> I defin... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:12:01 EST Bugger of a friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535747 Well, it was a disappointing weigh in this morning, i was down from monday but up from friday. Arg!. I'm still on course for meeting my goals, but always a bummer. I am pretty sure i did myself in by not have enough calories to meet my needs. I know better, i was just hoping it would all work out to a down scale number. Again, it was down, just not enough! :) <BR> <BR> I'm also annoyed with my friends that are coming over tonigth for priscilla! So if all y'all on here want to take their pla... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:26:41 EST Almost friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534800 The scale is coorperating. Not to the extent that it did last week, but hopefully we'll end the week the same as last week! <BR> <BR> I did manage to bundle myself up and head out to kickboxing last night, and funny thing, when i exercise that hard after 5pm, i'm not hungry for dinner... hmmm <BR> <BR> I ate anyway, i had that big old crockpot full of enchilada turkey soup!! <BR> <BR> I made my two dips - hummus and red bean dip. Both are melding happily in the fridge! <BR> I have to tofu ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:01:33 EST