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/ 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 Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534017 Hello middle of the week, if you could just skip to the end, that would be awesome! <BR> <BR> I've been trying to do a little for my gal's night each day. Monday i made 2 deserts, last night i made "toasted chickpeas" - not sure they are good enough to serve... And prepped for dinner today (enchilada turkey soup - sooooo love this thing) - 3/4 to 1.5 pounds of turkey browned, and 5 cans of stuff (beans, corn, enchilada sauce, beef broth etc) and you are good to go! Freezes awesome, makes a ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 14:20:28 EST Tuesday - voting day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532822 Hello tuesday! <BR> Did everyone vote? You should have, if not, go do it now! It's your american right! <BR> <BR> I love Colorado - 100% absentee voting! LOVE IT! <BR> Keeps the spamming and stupid fliers down a bit too since some people vote right when they get their ballot! <BR> <BR> My extra exercise yesterday was moving stupid stuff around the rental house, like pee filled rugs, tree branches in window wells (who does that?), attempting to rid the bathtubs of 5 years of hair - again - w... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:36:05 EST Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531770 Woot, another week another challenge! <BR> <BR> This past weekend i did the tallest building to date for me! I was proud of myself for making it to the top, not stopping on the way up (although i wanted to!) and getting a decent time! Under 30 according to my calculations! <BR> <BR> This week will be interesting, fighting over damages with our previous renter, trying to get in the exercise i want, and ramping up for a gal's night on friday! Oh yeah, and that work thing in the middle! I can... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 10:08:26 EST 103 flight stair climb - chicago - complete! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531441 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1710647700.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend I climbed the Willis Tower! Formerly known as the Sears Tower! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2039703940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was 103 flights, the stairs seemed taller than normal and the crowds seemed more clumped together, but i chugged along and made it to the top! <BR> <BR> It felt great to accomplish it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 23:25:08 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528458 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l232560089.jpg"> <BR> Happy Halloween all! <BR> <BR> Made it back from traveling to the office with of all things a cold. Seriously? I have 103 flights to climb on sunday and I really really really need to breath! I'm even considering getting a neti pot! (but no, that wont happen!) <BR> <BR> Made it home with less weight than i left, and some sore side obliques from either my extra yoga class or the pilates that morning! <BR> <BR> Go... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:56:45 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526245 Hello tuesday. <BR> <BR> Pretty ok day yesterday, got a "skinny" sandwich, and had my left over veggies and dip for dinner along with the rest of the twilight series - oh how i love happy endings! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: done and done! Water, tea, peeing all day! <BR> <BR> Track food: on it! <BR> <BR> Stay in range: good for yesterday - wondering about today. I've got lunch plans at a thai place and my favorite dish is all coconut milk and i will just say - no, i'm not going to order... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:49:42 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525233 The weekend went pretty good. <BR> <BR> I was doing pretty good at the party, the munchkins i brought went before i got any more (i had a few on the way) <BR> <BR> But then the conversation moved into the food area... ugh... Artichoke dip... <BR> Hard to tell what the scale meant in the morning, i have a travel scale i bring with... <BR> <BR> So i spent yesterday as a whole big ball of me time! I headed down to get these special donuts and hot cider... meh. <BR> <BR> Then i popped int... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:24:52 EST Saturday - 5% challenge - weigh in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524014 Hello end of week 2 of the 5% challenge! <BR> <BR> I had a pretty good week, mostly moving in the downward direction and ending the week on a high note! Woot! <BR> <BR> Weigh in was great but i have a challenging week ahead! I'm on site in michigan at a hotel with crappy gym, no extra hike or kickboxing will be on the agenda, it's sadly typical middle America, where everyone eat and watches tv... I'm hoping to get out and get in a walk or a hike at some park tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I do have s... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:28:09 EST Finally Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523068 Woot! So glad to see this day arrive! <BR> <BR> Forgot all i had going on on thusday, had planned the sushi lunch i had cancelled for the week prior... knowing all the salt and having eat everything would throw me off kilter... To attempt to overcome, i took a walk to the bank with the hubby in the morning, and did an extra kick box class at night, and pretty much skipped dinner... and downed the water - i peed all night! hahaha! <BR> <BR> Alas... still up a little over a pound this morni... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:21:31 EST Almost friday... please hurry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522163 Scale was up a smidge, but i'm ok with that since the day prior there was not really a dinner that was had. <BR> <BR> Last night was apparently a ditty that everyone knows about for the crock pot - chicken, cream of chicken, broth, garlic, Italian dressing packet and cream cheese... <BR> Calories weren't terrible when i only used half the cream cheese. And all in all the taste was just eh... i'm thinking cream of mushroom would be better, but my hubby has a thing against fungi and he will... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:14:58 EST Happy Hump Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521220 Lost track of the day yesterday, starting with early meetings cuts into my spark time! <BR> <BR> I said i needed more planning to have a successful week! I was going to make a plan for yesterday - i was meeting a friend as a new local place with a cool mexican place and a new brewery that i had yet to get to... Turns out around 4pm i was starving! like marvin! <BR> I made some popcorn - fyi - you can make chemical free popcorn with 2 bowls slightly askew rim to rim, 3 table spoons of k... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:57:47 EST Happy new week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519257 Weekend was pretty low key - lots of quiet time and relaxing! <BR> Saturday we hit up the library for a bunch of books i reserved, so got in a walk (i realize i forgot log that) <BR> We did a little shopping and sunday was veg all day type of day! <BR> I caught up on my bookclub book, read thru some of my library books, got to cooking (3 different squashes - spaghetti for spaghetti squash and spinach fritters - cooked, squished and frozen for later, acorn squash for chroizo and spinach filled... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:15:50 EST