NWME4EVRMARYANN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NWME4EVRMARYANN NWME4EVRMARYANN'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/ Got behind again ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787702 I am still here. Not working as hard as <BR> I should be, but am trying to get my <BR> motivation back. Worked extra hard <BR> in the yard, had a 10 hour day which <BR> always puts me down for a few days. <BR> <BR> Got all the evergreen bushes trimmed (3) <BR> Evergreen trees trimmed (2), all outside <BR> windows and screens cleaned, sprayed the weeds, <BR> washed the car windows, wash, dried, and put all <BR> 5 cushions into garage, watered the rose bushes, <BR> and vacuumed under a... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:40:12 EST Goal accountability Tuesday 23 Sep 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785239 Had a great, productive day. Most of my <BR> fall yard work is done. My reward is a hot <BR> shower and all the Criminal Minds I can <BR> watch before I get sleepy. <BR> <BR> My goals for this week: <BR> Health and fitness: <BR> Walk 3 days for 10 min on treadmill (no, walked a lot though) <BR> Walk 2000 steps per day (5 days) 3400+ today <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Dietary: <BR> Finish eating all the bad foods and get fridge cleaned out <em>104</em> <BR> Eat 1 fruit and 1 ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:07:21 EST Weekend's over, back to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785228 I was doing really well last week until the trip to <BR> the big city. Now I am back up again *sigh* <BR> <BR> My goals for this week: <BR> Health and fitness: <BR> Walk 3 days for 10 min on treadmill <BR> Walk 2000 steps per day (5 days) <BR> <BR> Dietary: <BR> Finish eating all the bad foods and get fridge cleaned out <BR> Eat 1 fruit and 1 veggie daily <BR> <BR> Personal growth projects: <BR> Start reading my TOPS books <BR> Do Spark Coach <BR> Earn at least 50 spark points daily <BR... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:37:21 EST Payday, but still did one thing on my goal list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783343 1. Treadmill: 10 min M-W-F -- no but got 2656 steps <BR> 2. Eat 1 fruit and 1 veggie daily <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Do Spark Coach daily --no <BR> 4. Earn at least 50 spark points daily ? <BR> <BR> Resting for the weekend (my weekly usual) <BR> Will try harder next week. Was down quite a <BR> ways, but we went to Golden Corral on our <BR> big city trip <BR> <BR> Had a full night's sleep Thursday night ! YAY! <BR> Not so much tonight. I finally figured out what <BR> I was doing so hope to... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:40:02 EST Sep 18, 2014 Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782684 Not as much accomplished today. <BR> Had company for an hour or so <BR> then we went out to eat salad, <BR> was up all night again and only <BR> 3 hours sleep. I just don't have <BR> the energy to do .. tomorrow is <BR> another and I think I will get to sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> 10 min of treadmill walking M-W-F no <BR> Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie per day <em>248</em> <BR> Do Spark Coach daily ... no <BR> Get at least 50 spark points per day ... no, had 44 <BR> <BR> Th... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:59:52 EST Day 4 Wed 17 Sep 2014 Still behind on my posts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782271 Yesterday was ok. I got a few things done. <BR> <BR> 10 min of treadmill walking M-W-F no <BR> Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie per day <em>248</em> <BR> Do Spark Coach daily (not sure) I think I did <BR> Get at least 50 spark points per day (not sure) <BR> <BR> Two days in a row of up-all-night so my brain is <BR> tired. Need to sleep sometime today. <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:02:42 EST Day 3 Sep 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781827 Forgot to post yesterday. <BR> Hope my friend comes back? <BR> <BR> 10 min of treadmill walking M-W-F (no exercise day) <BR> Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie per day <em>248</em> <BR> Do Spark Coach daily <em>248</em> <BR> Get at least 50 spark points per day <em>248</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:20:46 EST Day 2 15 September 2014 Accountability post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780529 Good day everyone! <BR> Slow and easy is my goal! <BR> Thanks so much for the support! <BR> <BR> Morning weigh-in :231.6 <BR> TOPS weigh-in tonight: 233 (down 1lb from last week) <BR> <BR> My goals for this week are: <BR> 10 min of treadmill walking M-W-F <em>248</em> <BR> Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie per day <em>248</em> <BR> Do Spark Coach daily emoticon <em>248</em> <BR> Get at least 50 spark points per day emoticon <em>248</em> <BR> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:12:55 EST Needing to get back on track ... again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779796 It has been over a month since I have blogged. <BR> I check in daily but haven't been doing much else. <BR> <BR> It is now the middle of September. Let's see what <BR> I can accomplish for the rest of the month. <BR> <BR> My goals for this week are: <BR> 10 min of treadmill walking M-W-F <BR> Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie per day <em>248</em> <BR> Do Spark Coach daily <em>248</em> <BR> Get at least 50 spark points per day <em>248</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:49:49 EST Not sure what happened to the month :-/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750571 This month is almost gone, and I have almost nothing <BR> to show for it. My weight is up, exercise is way down. <BR> However, my blood sugar is under better control and my <BR> BP is back up to 110 or so, so am not lightheaded so much. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my 62nd birthday. My friend and I drove <BR> to the big city, ate gyros and baklava, chicken for dinner <BR> and went shopping at my 2 favorite big city shopping sites. <BR> My ds31 works in the city so was kind enough to treat both <B... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:56:41 EST Doctor visit- good news and bad news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740047 My 6 month visit went ok. <BR> <BR> Good news: <BR> Triglycerides are at 152, 2 points from normal ( way down from 225) <BR> HDL: 47 within normal range up from 39 <BR> Cholesterol: 194 within normal range <BR> Took me off 1/2 of my diuretic dosage <BR> He was proud of me for my weight lose <BR> <BR> Neutral news: <BR> Gel med for pain, try it and see if it helps <BR> Pain meds up to 6 a day (up from 4) <BR> Arm losing range-exercises given <BR> Back to every 3 months visit <BR> <BR> Sem... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:44:42 EST Getting better I hope ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730679 Well, as it turns out, I wasn't all better <BR> when I posted last time. I was down the <BR> whole week with weakness and complications <BR> from missing my meds for 3 days. Missed <BR> another day's worth this week, but I am <BR> hoping I have turned the corner on this one. <BR> <BR> I got some vacuuming done yesterday, dusting <BR> and decluttering side tables today. LR is looking good. <BR> The church is having a garage sale in August so I am <BR> taking advantage of that and trying ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:21:13 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725901 I spent Sun., Mon., and most of Tue in <BR> bed, no meds, and little to eat and drink, <BR> good for the diet but not good for my kidneys. <BR> <BR> While lying there, I came to an epiphany ... <BR> what am I doing to myself and why ??? <BR> <BR> Today, I have been able to eat some toast and tea, <BR> chicken and noodle soup, a grilled cheese tonight with <BR> some chips, and I plan a skinny cow ice cream sandwich <BR> for snack. <BR> <BR> I am back on all my meds today and am trying... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:59:12 EST June 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723104 Here I am, sneaking in 3 weeks late, again *sigh* <BR> I wish I knew what to do about my consistency, <BR> only thing I am consistent in, is my inconsistency. <BR> <BR> The last two weeks have been pretty shaky, <BR> knees are bothering me, hips as well. Sleep <BR> is way off and so is the food. I have been eating <BR> real food, not "diet" food and that is always bad LOL <BR> <BR> I have lost my way, need to find my way back. <BR> I am going to let my knees rest as much as I can <BR> unti... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 23:36:16 EST Great first http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709366 I know it is the 2nd of the month, <BR> but I don't do anything on Sunday. <BR> Monday is always weird as I don't <BR> eat until after weigh-in at TOPS. <BR> <BR> Here is my plan and how I have done today: <BR> June: <BR> Spark points for the month: 3000 -200+ so far <BR> Make 200 mile trophy by June 30 <BR> Tracker quest: Track at least 100,000 <BR> steps with your Spark. <BR> <BR> Eating plan: <BR> Cal: 1330-1680 {640} so far <BR> Daily goal: 1500 <BR> 5 freggies pe... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:21:23 EST Getting organized for June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708502 I went thru my team list and narrowed <BR> them down a little bit, I am not good <BR> at keeping up with all of them and it <BR> tends to make me feel bad. <BR> <BR> Got an unexpected phone call this morning, <BR> so I didn't get my measurements done, <BR> I will do that tomorrow! <BR> <BR> My weekly fitness report comes tomorrow, <BR> so will get that caught up as well. <BR> <BR> Sunday is always my rest day, so no exercise, <BR> and it is also my special eating day. I usually <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:58:54 EST Challenges for June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707821 Done Girls Biggest Loser June Challenge: <BR> Rules: <BR> 1. Complete all weekly tasks, (weekly tasks will be specific activities geared towards building healthy lifestyle habits) calculate your points and post your points by the deadline. The weeks for this challenge will run from Sunday to Saturday, however, the deadline for posting will be midnight every Monday, in order to accommodate those who don't have internet access at home. <BR> <BR> 2. The winning person per week will be the mem... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 01:17:18 EST New day, new week, new month! New me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707812 My first gain month this year. <BR> Need to correct that! <BR> I'll do measurements tomorrow. <BR> I will update my fitness goals , <BR> after I get the notices. <BR> <BR> This month, I need to check in on my goals <BR> and be more accountable to them. My goal <BR> will be to check-in and post results twice a week. <BR> <BR> Bought 2 tub attachments, am going to <BR> try to get in and out a couple times a week. :-) <BR> <BR> Starting weight 1 Jun 2014 226.6 <BR> Goal weight... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:36:28 EST Having lots of fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699787 I bought a mini-tramp/rebounder and had dh <BR> put it together Sunday. It has a counter on it <BR> which I think is super cool. I can't get any more <BR> than 1 min at a time, but hope it will help anyway. <BR> <BR> Then, last night I got a new recumbent bike and <BR> put it together all by myself! I also got a new pair <BR> of walking shoes to see if it helps my knees any. <BR> <BR> Food not going well, keep getting messed up on <BR> being able to count what I am eating. This weekend <B... Wed, 21 May 2014 08:20:38 EST Back again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698663 Trying to get back on track. Started today! <BR> <BR> May: <BR> Spark points for the month: 1000 (5/20 1000+) <BR> Make 100 mile trophy by May 31 (done 5/5/2014) <BR> Make 200 mile trophy by June 30 <BR> Tracker quest: 12.58/40 miles <BR> <BR> Eating plan: <BR> Cal: 1300-1650 <BR> Daily goal: 1500 <BR> 5 freggies per day <BR> Fiber: 30+g per day <BR> Avg blood sugar for month: 150 (taken from meter) <BR> <BR> Physical activity: <BR> Weekly: 4 mi. <BR> Monthly: 20... Mon, 19 May 2014 18:50:21 EST This needs to be the week I get back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688602 May's plan has been posted below. <BR> <BR> I had my "play" week last week. <BR> Tomorrow, I am back on track. <BR> <BR> I am also continuing my spring cleaning. <BR> I bought a new (to me) double oak bookcase last Friday. <BR> I had to move a single 5 shelf bookcase before I <BR> could set the double one up. So old one went to MBR. <BR> Now I have to pull those books, move both of the book- <BR> cases in there. Going to work on taking the paint <BR> out of the guest bath cabinet, declu... Tue, 6 May 2014 02:55:26 EST May 1, 2014 New month, changes needed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684543 I plan to fine tune this since it was basically from April. <BR> I didn't meet many of my goals for April. <BR> <BR> May: <BR> Spark points for the month: 1000 <BR> Make 100 mile trophy by May 31 (done 5/5/2014) <BR> Make 200 mile trophy by June 30 <BR> Tracker quest: 40 miles <BR> <BR> Eating plan: <BR> Cal: 1230-1580 <BR> Daily goal: 1400 <BR> 5 freggies per day <BR> Fiber: 30+g per day <BR> Avg blood sugar for month: 150 (taken from meter) <BR> <BR> Physical activity: <BR>... Thu, 1 May 2014 04:02:52 EST Another week ... no progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682019 It is almost the end of the month of April and <BR> all I can hope for this month is to break even. <BR> <BR> I plan to take a few days off of strict adherence, <BR> set next month's goals, take a breathe or two <BR> and renew my commitment. As of this week, <BR> I am where I should be with my one pound lost <BR> per week, but after that I have no cushion left. <BR> <BR> I need to eat out less, get rid of contraband, <BR> exercise, even if it is only 10 min., and <BR> look to my goal... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:10:00 EST Missing in action?? WOW 2+ weeks gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676510 Wow, it has been awhile since I checked in. <BR> Didn't realize I had been gone so long. <BR> <BR> I have been slacking off. Motivation has been <BR> missing. It is time I get back at it. <BR> <BR> Spent most of yesterday cleaning and organizing <BR> the garage. Friday, dh hooked up the swamp cooler <BR> so now I have water outside. Got my gardening tools <BR> cleaned up, a lot of stuff sorted into containers. and <BR> organized a little. <BR> <BR> It is the beginning of a new week, I am ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:48:30 EST New month, new week, new day ... new goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661941 The new month is here! <BR> No April fool's for me! <BR> <BR> Weight went up a little overnight <BR> yesterday, and is still up, so will <BR> have to settle for the 18.4 total <BR> so far this year. <BR> <BR> Two important measurements went down, <BR> and still have more to take. My goal for <BR> March was 3 inches and have lost 4 in <BR> just those two, so I am calling it a win! <BR> <BR> April goals: <BR> Weight goal: 215 <BR> Spark points for the month: 3000 (100 per day) <BR> Make... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:10:10 EST Great week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660317 Tomorrow is the end of March! <BR> I am very happy with the way the <BR> month has gone, even though I <BR> haven't blogged much. I will make <BR> my official "new month" weight post <BR> tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Been having more problems with my knees <BR> so I have decided to go back to 15 minutes <BR> a day on the treadmill. I want to walk daily <BR> and consistently, so I need to find a time <BR> that works for me and my body. <BR> <BR> April's goal is to walk on the treadmill 15 m... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:41:09 EST Good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650948 Went to my TOPS meeting Monday evening. <BR> Even though I ate a sammie for breakfast, <BR> my weight was down 3/4 of a pound. It was <BR> "good enough" to rate Loser of the Week! <BR> It also added $5.00 to my new clothing <BR> fund in the pink piggy! <BR> <BR> I also got my blood work back from Sat. <BR> Several important numbers went down. <BR> Several "markers" for my kidney damage <BR> are "WAY" down. Still "high" are the HDL, <BR> and triglycerides. However, the tri's are <BR> ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:34:43 EST Still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649399 I am still here. Get busy and forget to post. <BR> Rejoined TOPS last Mon. First weigh-in is <BR> tomorrow, hope it shows a lose but if not, <BR> it is my fault. Couple of small binges this week <BR> and eating out 2 times yesterday. Was up 2 pounds <BR> this morning, hoping to show a loss tomorrow. <BR> <BR> March goals: <BR> Eating plan: <BR> Cal: 1200-1550 Daily goal: 1500 yes, most of the time <BR> 3 freggies per day yes <BR> Fiber: 30g per day most days <BR> Avg blood sugar f... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:33:12 EST I think I have hit a plateau ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643759 Have had a fair week, seems that <BR> I have hit a plateau. <BR> <BR> Still walking most days. Not watching <BR> my food as well as I should. <BR> <BR> Lent has started, went to church <BR> for ashes, made it to daily mass <BR> W, Th, and Fri. very unusual for me. <BR> <BR> Have been trying to do some reading ... <BR> so many books, so little time ... <BR> <BR> I did get my 50 mile lifetime walking trophy! <BR> Most days, I got my steps award as well. <BR> <BR> New week, new day, n... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:56:23 EST Rocky day ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640378 Had a rocky night last night ... <BR> not sure why, but it was a binge night. <BR> Back in the saddle today! <BR> <BR> I think part of the problem is not getting <BR> enough calories. I went into severe low <BR> (59) yesterday and lower 60's the day before. <BR> So I raised my calories back to where they were <BR> and need to keep within them so I don't <BR> binge. <BR> <BR> Will be back later today to post outcomes. <BR> <BR> March goals: (actual) <BR> Eating plan: <BR> <BR> 3 fr... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 11:49:17 EST Keeping track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638974 I have been sloughing off lately, <BR> need to get back into the zone, <BR> Figure one way to do that is to <BR> keep my goals in the front of my <BR> mind, so am planning to review daily. <BR> <BR> March goals: (actual) <BR> Eating plan: <BR> Cal: 1200-1550 Daily goal: 1500 (1531) <BR> 3 freggies per day (5) <BR> Fiber: 30g per day (39) <BR> Avg blood sugar for month: 150 (taken from meter) <BR> <BR> Physical activity: <BR> Fitness miles: 15 mi per month <BR> Fitness min: 500min <... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:10:44 EST End of month report, new month, new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637997 It has been a slow month. <BR> <BR> Jan 1: 242 <BR> Feb 1: 233 <BR> Mar 1: 229 <BR> <BR> Feb Inches lost: 2.75 total <BR> physical activity: up from 0 to 500+ min ... 400 min down 100 <BR> 7 out of 11 days with 2000+ steps on tracker ... 14 out of 28 over 2000 <BR> strength training: <BR> up from 40 to 50 ball crunches and lying hamstring curls <BR> up from 20 to 25 wall push-ups <BR> walking time: up 15 to 20 min on treadmill <BR> Water per day: usually 40 ounces (inconsistent ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:21:36 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628581 Well, I am back on track, 5 pounds too late. <BR> However, I am still at my 1 pound per week goal, <BR> so I will be satisfied with it and go on from here. <BR> <BR> Exercised 3 days so far this week, only 10 min <BR> yesterday because of knee pain. Charting food, <BR> drinking my water, need to work with teams more. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:48:17 EST Getting sloppy .. gotta get back with it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625311 I have fallen off the wagon !! <em>234</em> <BR> But, I am hopping back on right now! <BR> <BR> Ate out several times in the last few days, that <BR> really messes with my calorie counting, getting <BR> my exercise done, and keeping my weight down. <BR> <BR> I will weigh-in on Monday, see how much damage <BR> I have done, but I will also get back on my program! <BR> <BR> This is my first step, making my confession and <BR> then getting back on my turtle! <em>134</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 07:47:56 EST Good week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616419 I have had a good week. <BR> Lost: 2.4 pounds since last Wed. <BR> <BR> Total so far is 11.2 lost since 1 Jan 2014 <BR> <BR> Too soon on the WATP and the extra weight <BR> program, knees pretty sore, so am cutting back <BR> on them and will just do my 20 min walk and <BR> crunches, wall push-ups and hamstring curls <BR> for this month. <BR> <BR> Trying to stay consistent and am doing better. <BR> My sleeping and getting up are the most <BR> inconsistant right now. Exercise is getting... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:01:40 EST End of the month report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613520 This is my end of month report: <BR> <BR> Jan: <BR> Pounds lost: 9 (exceeded goal by 5 pounds) <BR> Inches lost: 4.25 <BR> Physical activity: up from 0 to 500+ min <BR> 7 out of 11 days with 2000+ steps on tracker <BR> Strength training: <BR> up from 20 to 40 ball crunches and lying hamstring curls <BR> up from 10 to 20 wall push-ups <BR> Daily keeping track of calories <BR> 8 hours sleep - yes, up by 9 no <BR> Walking time: up from 10 min to 15 min on treadmill <BR> 2 days other exercis... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 23:35:09 EST Disappointed but still going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610693 I am not sure what happened to the last 1.8 pounds lost. <BR> It only lasted one day <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> However, I am still going strong. I have slacked off a little <BR> so need to buckle down again. <BR> <BR> Not sure what caused it, but have lowered my calories <BR> a little to get a jump start again. Monday, I will attempt <BR> to go to 20 min on treadmill and add 10 more ball crunches <BR> and hamstring curls, and up 5 for wall pushups and possibly <BR> add some more weights... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:31:10 EST Great surprise this morning!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606549 Had a great surprise this morning at weigh-in! <BR> <BR> I was down another 1.8 so it is 11 pounds down <BR> for this month. I was thrilled! It was a great motivator <BR> for keeping straight! <BR> <BR> Today and Sat are my rest days, so nothing in activities. <BR> Did have a small salad and 6 plain (naked) baked chicken <BR> wings, for my meal out last night. The wings were perfect, <BR> and I ignored the ranch dressing he brought even though <BR> I asked not to get it. Drank 2 big glas... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:34:08 EST Great week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605500 Have had a great week! <BR> Kinda forgot to blog ... oops! <BR> <BR> Got my Spark Tracker, seems to be working pretty well. <BR> Most days I exercised. Did a Leslie Sassoon DVD and <BR> Sweating to the Oldies, both of which made my knees talk. <BR> So I didn't exercise every day. <BR> <BR> Watching my food and keeping straight on that. <BR> Weight this AM was down 9.2 for the month! <BR> Hoping to make 10 by the end of the month, but <BR> I have already made my goal, so it is cool <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:50:37 EST Good month going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601759 Today is my official weigh-in. <BR> Three weeks and I am down 7.4 pounds! <BR> <BR> Took today off except for counting calories. <BR> Not feeling my best, but I think it's only being <BR> tired. Getting to bed later and sleeping later, <BR> Tonight I am going to bed early and setting <BR> my alarm for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I walked my 15 min and then did <BR> Dancing to the Oldies DVD! I used to do it <BR> all the time. I only had "to march" a few times <BR> cause I don't want t... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:31:17 EST Nice quiet weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599364 Had a nice quiet weekend. <BR> Made it to church and had a friend over for a couple hours. <BR> We watched Olympus Has Fallen, which is quickly becoming <BR> an all time favorite <BR> <BR> Today (Sunday) is my alone day. Clipped coupons, watched <BR> CSI:Miami on Netflix and jut generally vegged. <BR> <BR> Stayed within my calories, but ate a couple "treats", one of my <BR> tactics to prevent binges, which is working well. Sunday is my <BR> rest AND treat day. <BR> <BR> This next week is... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:39:22 EST Another week completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597408 Another week gone! <BR> And another week well done! <BR> <BR> Received my Spark Tracker today, <BR> interesting ... making more steps <BR> then I thought, so that is good. <BR> <BR> Still working on my calories for the day. <BR> Late start so all has to be rearranged. <BR> <BR> Ready for my rest days this weekend, <BR> but my knees are doing great. <BR> <BR> On another note, yesterday, I succeeded <BR> in getting rid of a 3' x 3' pile in my office. All <BR> papers needing to be sorted... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:33:49 EST First 5 pounds are gone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596226 It is a red letter day! <BR> 5 pounds gone in 18 days <BR> <BR> Since my goal is one pound per week, <BR> I am really happy about it! <BR> <BR> So far this week, 4 days with exercise, <BR> everyday within my calorie limits, at <BR> least 2 fruits and/or veggies per day. <BR> <BR> I added 2 cups of green tea and 4oz grapefruit <BR> juice for liver cleanse, cranberry juice for kidney <BR> and bladder care. <BR> <BR> I added flax seed for omega 3's and 1/2 oz of <BR> almonds for he... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:32:12 EST Doctor is happy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594046 I saw my GP doctor today. <BR> <BR> He was happy with my blood work and <BR> my program. Feet are still in good condition <BR> with feeling in all areas. <BR> <BR> A1C was down .4 to 7.8 (was 8.2), not where it <BR> should be but going down. A small elevation in <BR> liver function/lack of , but he said that was not <BR> unusual with all the meds I take. Losing weight <BR> will help that. It is down several points from my <BR> lab results at ER in Nov. <BR> <BR> Best news was: I don't... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:21:30 EST New week, going strong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592955 Had a great weekend. <BR> <BR> Moved my exercise up a little this week: <BR> 15 min (up from 10) on treadmill <BR> 40 ball crunches (up from 20) <BR> 40 lying hamstring curls (up from 20) <BR> 20 wall pushups (up from 10) <BR> <BR> 1565 cals today <BR> Weigh-in was down 4 pounds from first of the month. <BR> Tomorrow will be my "official weigh-in, I am hoping <BR> it might go down a little more. However, I am well within <BR> my 1 pound per week goal, so it is all gravy! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:15:14 EST It is smoothing out again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590331 It took me a little while to get back to normal! <BR> Lowered my insulin by another 10 units twice daily. <BR> The 60 units twice a day has leveled out with no "low" lows <BR> <BR> Didn't exercise much this week, my knees are getting <BR> better so didn't want to "push" when they hurt. <BR> <BR> With the exception of one day, I have stuck with <BR> my food plan. Weight finally moved a little bit. <BR> <BR> Tuesday is my doctor appointment. Monday I will <BR> get the lab work done. <BR> ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:05:08 EST Interesting day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587155 Had an interesting day ... <BR> <BR> This morning at 4:30am, I awoke after a fitful night's sleep. <BR> I felt really strange, so I took my blood sugar .... 59 .... <BR> I rushed into the kitchen and grabbed the fastest sugar I <BR> could find (two "bars") of skinny cow bars (130 cal each). <BR> <BR> Ate those, still felt bad, took another bs and it was 67 ... <BR> Got a full sugar pop from fridge and sipped from it, finally <BR> made it up to 119. So after 3 hours doing that, I went back... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 17:21:50 EST Still going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586202 I have had two good days. <BR> <BR> Food wise, I have stayed in my calorie allowance <BR> both days, Mon 1600 and today 1658?. Getting <BR> several fruits and veggies daily. <BR> <BR> Monday, I exercised as usual. Today when I got up <BR> my knee gave out several times when I tried to walk. <BR> So, I took the day off of exercise. I am doing fine, <BR> accomplished a lot of housework in the last week, <BR> so I am not worried. <BR> <BR> Next week, I see the doctor for my check up. Call... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:57:09 EST Week 2, I am ready!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583481 It's been a good weekend, no problems, <BR> even turned down lunch cause I couldn't <BR> calculate the calories. I ate before I left so <BR> no problem watching them eat. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed my rest, and even kinda missed <BR> my walk. Knees and back feeling a little better. <BR> <BR> I am ready for another week ... bring it on ! Sun, 5 Jan 2014 20:23:31 EST Great week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582493 I have had a great first week! <BR> <BR> Met several goals this week, including: <BR> Exercised 5 days <BR> Drank water every day, made 60 oz one day <BR> Lost 1+ pound <BR> Stayed within calorie goal all but 1 day <BR> Got up everyday by 9am <BR> Got at least 8 hours sleep per night <BR> <BR> Probably more, but those were the big ones!! <BR> <BR> Ready for week 2! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 23:53:57 EST