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/ 20 October 2016 What a week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254732 This hasn't been a good week in so many ways, <BR> but I am finally sleeping in a consistent way, for <BR> over a week. Knees are not much better, but some. <BR> <BR> Today a friend came by and picked me up for salad <BR> and a short trip to the library to pick up some dvd's <BR> that I had on hold. It was nice to get out of the house <BR> and I also saw a couple of friends from church, so <BR> it was a good day. <BR> <BR> My friend and I are starting a Bible study next week <BR> (just th... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:41:39 EST Oct. 11, 2016 oops, accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250174 It has been 12 days since my last blog, sleeping <BR> has been a problem. I am feeling better and sleeping <BR> a little more consistently. <BR> <BR> I have lost 2 pounds doing the 5% challenge. <BR> 2 weeks down, 6 wk. to go. <BR> <BR> My plan for today is: <BR> water - 0 <BR> 1000+ steps (more if I can) =2300+ <BR> Post/gift. (5) no <BR> Make my weekly commitment 50 min.= so far this week 10+10+20+30=70 <BR> <BR> Current goals: <BR> Visit Spark Coach daily... no <BR> Rea... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:43:40 EST 29 Sep 2016 Daily Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243954 I have missed another day, wish it was for the <BR> same reason as Tues (sleeping better). <BR> It was because of not sleeping. I made <BR> it until 4 pm Tues and then HAD to sleep, so <BR> I slept all night (dh's birthday, no less). <BR> Slept most of the night and got up at <BR> 9am, back to bed at 10 pm and slept <BR> until noon Wed.. Today was worse, stayed <BR> until 3 pm today. That is the usual way <BR> it goes. Wish I knew what causes it and <BR> how to fix it. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:22:59 EST Day 4 of 5% Fall Challenge 9/27/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242667 Been a couple of days since I have blogged. <BR> Good reason ... been sleeping better. <BR> <BR> My plan for today is: <BR> 40 oz water (more if I can) <BR> <em>48</em> 1000+ steps (more if I can) <BR> Post/gift. (5) <BR> <em>48</em> Make my commitment = 10 min <BR> <BR> Current goals: <BR> Visit Spark Coach daily... <BR> <em>48</em> Read one SP motivational article daily <BR> <em>48</em> Post one thing I am grateful for on my blog daily ... <BR> <em>48</em> Earn... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:32:01 EST 24 Sep 2016 On board and flying ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241388 It has been a short day again. I have made a <BR> couple of decisions and put them in motion. <BR> My #1 and #2 "priorities" are ranking a lot <BR> lower in my actions. This needs to end. <BR> <BR> Haven't gotten my "books" done yet, will <BR> finish up tonight I hope. I am "flying" now <BR> and want to get some solid work done this <BR> time. <BR> <BR> Finished my weekly shopping, got calorie <BR> controlled main meals, some good "snack" <BR> foods (also cal. controlled). <BR> <BR> Ne... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:26:01 EST It is getting closer ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240437 Lost my post, had to start over <em>24</em> <BR> Quiet day today, slept but not rested. <BR> <BR> I am going to work on my daily stuff list, with the 5% <BR> Challenge in mind. I hope to have it done this time tomorrow. <BR> <BR> So far: <BR> I am going to make my daily goal 10 min per day. <BR> My probable plan: M-F (S&S rest day) <BR> Walk 10 min per day <BR> Wall push-ups, ball crunches, hamstring curls 10@ to start <BR> Full body stretch a-la SP <BR> Daily carpal tunnel exer... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:45:47 EST 21 Sep 2016 Daily Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239929 Have done a few things, but not caught up again. <BR> Laundry sorted, but not washed <BR> . <BR> I have noticed a pattern over the last few weeks, <BR> not that it didn't register, just not letting it soak in, <BR> I guess. Every weekend, after "my regularly <BR> scheduled events" (payday, shopping, church, <BR> 1 day rest and then TOPS, sometimes lunch on Tue), <BR> after which I spend 3 days or so trying to get energy <BR> to do something. I need to choose between my "needs" <BR> vs "wa... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 23:51:08 EST 19 Sep 2016 Daily Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238821 I am tired tonight, TOPS and weight recorder wear me out. <BR> Not sure if I should be doing this. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to bed early so I can get things done tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Current goals: <BR> <em>48</em> Visit Spark Coach daily... <BR> <em>48</em> Read one SP motivational article daily ... <BR> <em>48</em> Post one thing I am grateful for on my blog daily <BR> <em>48</em> Earn 100 SP per day... <BR> <em>48</em> 1000+ steps per day ... about half way ?, <BR> ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:25:35 EST 18 Sep 2016 Semi-daily accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238240 Interesting weekend. Payday always is. ;-) <BR> <BR> This is one of (usually) two paychecks that <BR> are "extra". Of course, there some bills to pay <BR> to make sure they get paid on time and the usual <BR> suspects of groceries, gas, and meds. But the <BR> rest, we split for our own. The first of the year's <BR> (usually in late March) goes to taxes. So, I <BR> tried to get as much out of it as I could. I am <BR> thinking the next purchase will be a small scanner, <BR> (as opposed to my... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 01:43:33 EST 15 Sep 2016 Daily accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236571 Last couple of days have not gone well. Sleep <BR> problems, as usual. On my awake times, I have <BR> been accomplishing my goals fairly well. Going <BR> to go to bed tonight and try to get up on time. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is payday, so will need to get to the <BR> bank after dh gets home from work. Knees are <BR> not doing well, <BR> <BR> Current goals: <BR> Visit Spark Coach daily... not today <BR> Read one SP motivational article daily ... done <BR> Post one thing I am grateful for ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:39:44 EST 12 Sep 2016 Daily accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234911 Today was TOPS day. I decided that I would <BR> take a hit today, so that I could eat on my weigh-in days. <BR> It really isn't good for me to not eat all day. So I ate <BR> a little and drank a little. I need to try to eat <BR> normal meals every day. <BR> <BR> Got some exercise in today. Ten minutes on the treadmill <BR> and 10 ball crunches, 10 wall push-ups, and 10 hamstring <BR> curls. Knees are not happy, but am planning pool time to- <BR> morrow. <BR> <BR> Lights out at 1:30am or... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:44:07 EST 10 Sep 2016 Daily accuntability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233668 Still not quite "daily" yet, but working on it. <BR> <BR> Up all night again .. wish I knew what causes <BR> my body to just not go to sleep. Started at 6pm <BR> to work on the TOPS reports, finished 6am. At <BR> least they are done. Finally got to sleep about 11am. <BR> <BR> Watching 9/11 coverage. I will never forget and <BR> hope others remember as well. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my "rest day" we will see what gets done. <BR> Since I couldn't sleep last night, I did a 7 movie marathon. <... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 23:37:18 EST 8 Sep 2016 Daily? Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232593 Most of the week has past with very little done. <BR> Knees are still creaking and rubbing so I am <BR> trying to let them rest. <BR> <BR> I did find a good chronological Bible study that <BR> I am going to start in a couple of weeks after my <BR> friend returns from her vacation. <BR> <BR> I am gearing up for the fall challenges but seem to <BR> be stuck, having trouble getting back in the zone. <BR> Lots of late sleeping, as well. I need to get my weight <BR> recorder stuff done before ... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:19:37 EST 4 Sep 2016 Daily accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230252 Finally got to sleep, really enjoyed reading thru <BR> the new books. Lots of neat projects. Slept in late <BR> but feel pretty good right now. <BR> <BR> Current goals: <BR> Visit Spark Coach daily... not done <BR> Read one SP motivational article daily ... x3 <BR> Post one thing I am grateful for on my blog daily ... done <BR> Earn 100 SP per day... not done, but close <BR> 1000+ steps per day ... rest day <BR> 10 min exercise: ... rest day <BR> <BR> Additional SP goals: <BR> 3- 20 ... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 22:44:16 EST 4 Sep 2016 Early morning musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229816 It is 3:30 am, and I am still awake, but having loads of fun. <BR> <BR> Today, dh and I went to Goodwill to look at/for some books <BR> I had been thinking about quilting for a while and I found <BR> several magazines and 2 books on quilting, 1 book on <BR> painting using several types of media, a book on "notions", <BR> a juggling book, and a great crochet book. <BR> <BR> So, one added "hobby" to go with all the others LOL. But that's all. <BR> <BR> Resting this weekend, knees and back a... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 06:03:19 EST 3 Sept 2016 Needing to settle back in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229576 Well it is Sat. already but can't say I have made <BR> a whole lot of progress in my weight challenges. <BR> Up 1 lb from last week, and I know why, too many <BR> snacks and too many calories in them. Easy enough <BR> to say, harder to actually stop. We all know that, so <BR> I just need to DO IT! <BR> <BR> One huge project is now done, finally. Thursday, I <BR> finally tackled the master bedroom where my "nest" <BR> is. LOTS of organization needed, which I finally did. <BR> Took me 12+ hou... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 15:20:37 EST Aug 30, 2016 Getting back into the "saddle" again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226890 I seem to be getting caught up on my sleep/energy. <BR> It is taking time, though. <BR> <BR> My first TOPS weigh-in since I got home, only 3 lb <BR> up from the last one. I worked hard to keep it down <BR> and get it off after getting home. Now that fall is here, <BR> and the weather has cooled off a little, I am ready to <BR> get with it again. <BR> <BR> My daily weigh-in was 219 this morning. (TOPS was 221) <BR> My goal is 6 pounds lost per month (24) so I will be in <BR> Onederland b... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:47:47 EST Aug 20, 2016 Back home and ready to get back on my program !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221541 Finally back home, company left last night, <BR> ready to get back to working on me. <BR> <BR> Visited my daughter's family in Oklahoma. <BR> Beautiful land, they are making a homestead. <BR> Granddaughter is bright personality and so <BR> smart. We greeted each other in ASL, which <BR> we both are studying. We also had a lovely <BR> tea party(love Victoriana). <BR> <BR> The reunion (my 46th) was a lot of fun and <BR> I discovered a few friendships that I didn't <BR> remember and a cou... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 16:59:01 EST Aug 4, 2016 Thursday Road trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212239 My brother has been here now for over a week. Tomorrow <BR> we will be leaving for a 10 day road trip to do some genealogy <BR> research, visit my daughter. s-I-l, and granddaughter in OK, <BR> and then back to our High School reunion (my 46, his 44). <BR> <BR> Wi-Fi will be sketchy so I probably won't be tracking or posting <BR> much. Hoping to be able to stand the heat, it's been a HOT summer. <BR> <BR> I will be back and getting serious again. See you all soon. Thu, 4 Aug 2016 15:08:03 EST July 25th Addendum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206707 Brother is here but I got all the had-to-do <BR> stuff done, so he will get some rest before <BR> we go. I will need some too ! <BR> <BR> I have gained 4 pounds, but plan to work on it <BR> later like I said. I took 3 weeks vacation so I think <BR> I will have fun ! <BR> <BR> And I think a road trip is in the future as well ;-) <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:03:46 EST Jluy 25th Addendum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206706 Brother is coming in tonight but I got all the had <BR> to do stuff done, so he will get some rest before <BR> we go. I will need some too ! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:03:45 EST Monday, July 25, 2016 Looking forward to some fun this weekend ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206494 I am getting excited about this weekend. <BR> <BR> My brother is supposed to get here on Thursday, <BR> which will give him a slight rest before we head out. <BR> <BR> Tonight is TOPS, I have gained again, but am not <BR> going to worry about it until next week. dh is taking <BR> vacation the week after we get back and I will have <BR> a week to get my weight back into control. <BR> <BR> Currently, I am cleaning fridge, washing kitchen rugs <BR> and caught up the weight recorders books. ... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:25:01 EST Tuesday July 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203246 Have had a busy 2 days. <BR> <BR> Monday was TOPS. I did gain back most <BR> of what I lost last week. First day as weight <BR> recorder went pretty well. Should have looked <BR> thru the stuff before I got to the meeting. ;-) <BR> <BR> Got back to the gym yesterday and did my <BR> regular pool time and recumbent. Except for <BR> having to look at a couple who should pay <BR> for a room instead of the pool, it went well. <BR> <BR> Today is laundry day and maybe some cleaning <BR> time. W... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:18:53 EST July 17, 2016 Rest day deluxe ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202206 Today has been a "great" day. <BR> I was up all night, into bed at 8am, <BR> slept to 4:30pm. I feel rested and <BR> ready for the coming week. <BR> <BR> My main project last night was redoing my <BR> daily routine that I keep on Habitica. It is <BR> a great private place to keep it, and great <BR> motivation.I decided to get rid of a lot of <BR> the guilt-inducing busy work. The homily <BR> at Mass Saturday night was a reminder <BR> to me about my priorities, at least the <BR> ones I pr... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:28:21 EST Friday, July 15, 2016 Rough week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201248 It has been a rough week, awake all night three days, <BR> slept late into the day most of the days. Mon was TOPS, <BR> doctor appointment Tues, Wednesday spent a while waiting <BR> for meds at drug store and did some food shopping. <BR> <BR> In other words, it has been an upset to my routine, which <BR> means my sleep is off, my meals are off, but my new insulin <BR> is a success !. Today's fasting blood sugar was 98 ! I am <BR> really please and now need to step up the rest of my progra... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:36:09 EST Sunday, July 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198303 I am really tired today, not sure why. <BR> Finished shopping for the week and <BR> did 3 chicken breasts in the oven. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be southwest chicken <BR> black bean soup. Great sounding soup. <BR> <BR> Had a treat tonight (inside my calorie <BR> range) Lemon Meringue Cake .. YUM! <BR> <BR> So hot outside, just a little cooler inside. <BR> That may be why I am tired. Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:45:38 EST 7 Jul 2016 Another day gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196684 Had a lazy day ... not a lot accomplished except going thru <BR> SP catching stuff up. Caught all my challenges up, answered <BR> a few questions I had missed. Still need to do some posts on <BR> my challenge buddies pages. <BR> <BR> I did cut my food allowance back a little, not as low as it was <BR> (1200-1550) but not as high as it was. I set it to (1300-1650) <BR> about 100 less. Being too hungry is not a good thing and not <BR> good for my motivation either. <BR> <BR> The next we... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 21:36:09 EST 6 Jul 2016 Had better days on Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196133 It was an interesting day, Tuesday <BR> My friend E and I have a standing date for salad on <BR> Tuesdays after she finishes her work, so I thought it <BR> would be ok. First we went to our salad place, not a <BR> table was empty. So then we went to our favorite Chinese <BR> place, I figured soup and fried dumplings would be ok, however, <BR> they were still closed for the holiday ... so we ended up at <BR> a pretty expensive but good place I used to go to. <BR> Ended up eating a wrap, s... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:08:15 EST 3 July 2016 Sunday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194319 Had a really nice day today. <BR> Slept in a little, nice restful day. <BR> <BR> Dh took me to see the new <BR> Independence Day movie today. <BR> Nice way to spend 2 hours. I didn't <BR> eat any popcorn even though dh got <BR> a large sack ! I am proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Been working hard over the weekend, <BR> keeping track of all my meals, drinking water, <BR> and other good things. Tomorrow, I plan to go <BR> to the gym, hopefully to water exercises, but <BR> maybe only the recumb... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 21:36:28 EST 1 July 2016 New month, hopefully better at doing my blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193359 I haven't posted a blog for a whole week ... I <BR> really am trying to get better at it. <BR> <BR> My weight has gone up, slowing down on my motivation. <BR> No exercise this week, so that is part of the problem. <BR> <BR> One thing I have been doing is amassing Spark Points. <BR> I have signed up for some Challenges and am doing pretty <BR> well on keeping up with them, doing Spark Coach and <BR> reading articles. <BR> <BR> Finished another course this week, Intro to Time Management.... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 00:54:13 EST 24 Jun 2016 Tired ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189151 Worked all day on laundry and the master bath. <BR> Knees and back are talking to me. When I am done <BR> it will be spring cleaned. :-) <BR> <BR> I am mucho tired tonight going to get to bed soon. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:21:38 EST 22 Jun 2016 Wednesday Hot outside ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187869 We are now on our 3rd day in a row <BR> of 100+ days. I don't do well in weather <BR> extremes, it is like I have no energy, no <BR> desire to do anything but sit and eat. Got <BR> a little housework done today, but not much. <BR> <BR> Not much news here, will try to get some <BR> reading done and hide out in the house <BR> until the sun cools off a little. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:29:05 EST 20 June 2016 Early morning catch up blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186033 Weekends are never good times for me and consistency. <BR> It's been a fun one but not a lot of accountability or exercise. <BR> <BR> We ate out Saturday night for Father's day ( I paid) and <BR> Sunday breakfast for Father's day (he paid). Then he picked <BR> up a "Mother's" Day gift for me. I didn't get to see London Has <BR> Fallen and the dvd came out the 14th, so he got it for me! We <BR> had a nice movie night on his 55" tv. <BR> <BR> Saturday night was sleepless (2 diet cokes wit... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 03:07:48 EST 17 Jun 2016 Better days ahead ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184573 I see I missed a couple of days again ... <BR> need to remember to do this daily. I did <BR> get my spark coach done and kept track <BR> of my food. <BR> <BR> Finally got my new insulin and got my <BR> blood sugar down again. Both days I <BR> was way low in the am, will reduce dose <BR> tonight. I wonder if the pharmacy/doctor <BR> know how hard it is for me to fight this. <BR> <BR> Any who ... we made reservations for our <BR> "vacation" in July. Going to go to Cripple <BR> Creek and ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:25:01 EST 14 Jun 2016 Tuesday's almost gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183138 Tuesday has been short, slept most of the day <BR> and into the evening. I am beginning to see a <BR> pattern. <BR> <BR> I have been on the new med for 2 weeks .. 2 <BR> weeks of daily good BS numbers, waking early <BR> (for me anyway) and lots of energy .... there was <BR> a mix-up on getting my script to the drugstore <BR> so have not had any since Sunday night. Back <BR> on the old meds and sleeping all the time ... hummm <BR> <BR> Will call the pharmacy tomorrow and see what is <BR>... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 01:09:14 EST 13 Jun 2016 Monday was a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182397 Today was a good day. Slept in, so well rested. <BR> <BR> TOPS was tonight. I lost 2.5 pounds and was <BR> runner up loser of the week. I also won some <BR> contest money ... $10.00! So a great start to <BR> the week. <BR> <BR> Nothing else done for the day. Going to get <BR> to bed on time and get some rest for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:08:35 EST Jun 11, 2016 Been gone for a while. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181155 I have lost a few days .. trying not to do that. <BR> <BR> My meal plan is going well and I have lost the <BR> three pounds I gained, Need to get better about <BR> drinking my water ... always a problem for me. <BR> <BR> The new insulin is working great. I have more <BR> energy than I have had in years. I have actually <BR> done two big projects this week, which I have <BR> been putting off for months because of fatigue. <BR> <BR> Only made it to the gym once this week. Another <BR> th... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 23:43:28 EST 8 June 2016 Oops, missed a day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178964 Monday night, I had one of my no-sleep nights. <BR> I had a salad "date" with a friend of mine, so <BR> I didn't want to go to sleep before then. Had a <BR> wonderful salad at the local pizza place and some <BR> cheesy bread. Crawled into bed at 4 pm and <BR> slept until 4 am. this morning. <BR> <BR> While I waited for my lunch, I got the living room, <BR> long hall, and office vacuumed. Looks much better. <BR> <BR> I also got 2 classes caught up a little; Intro to Classical <BR> Musi... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:56:29 EST June 6, 2016 Another good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178053 A good day! Did well on my food and got in 50 min of exercise, <BR> 30 in pool and 20 on recumbent, knees are a little sore, but that <BR> is because I missed all last week except Mon. <BR> <BR> Weigh-in today at TOPS, 3 lbs up but am pretty sure it was <BR> the new meds. It is working wonderfully, and think I just need <BR> a little more time. 1 shot instead of 5 makes me happy. <BR> <BR> Finished up dh's laundry and did my prayers. It would be <BR> great if I could get it all done in on... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 04:30:58 EST Jun 5, 2016 First day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177286 It has been a great first day! <BR> <BR> My eating has gone well. I am within my calorie <BR> allowance and have put away 40 oz water ! <BR> <BR> No extra exercise, had planned to do a short <BR> walk, but didn't get it done. <BR> <BR> On my virtual walk, I am almost thru #1 section. <BR> It is really fun for me. I am about 65% done with <BR> the second book, as well. <BR> <BR> No classes done, but did get my French, Spanish, <BR> and German lessons done and my daily luminosity. <BR> ... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 01:21:23 EST Jun 4, 2016 Late night catch-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176733 I got to eat an amazing dinner tonight for my "last meal". <BR> dh made some wonderful cabbage rolls, excellent! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow/today begins my "new" goals. I reset my goals <BR> and will need to get all my extras back on. I reset my daily <BR> calorie amount as well.. I want to be at my goal weight by <BR> New Year's Eve. <BR> <BR> Going to work on next week's menu and grocery list today, <BR> as well as getting this coming week's menu refined. <BR> I will also be looking for some g... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 06:45:38 EST Jun 3, 2016 Late afternoon check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176055 Great news! After, I finally got to sleep today, <BR> I slept really well and woke up to a 128 FBS. <BR> Been a long time coming on that one! <BR> <BR> DH made shrimp and potato patties for dinner. <BR> I hate to stop that, he has been doing all the <BR> menus and cooking for only 4 weeks, it was <BR> sooo nice. <BR> <BR> Going to go for a short walk before dark. <BR> I belong to a walking group called Walking4Fun <BR> and I am doing the Appalachian Trail. I am also <BR> reading books ab... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 22:05:23 EST 3 Jun 2016 Early morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175533 Made a decision tonight ... I can't accurately measure calories for mixed foods, so I guess it is back to food that I can. I got some food but won't start counting until Sunday. Fish tomorrow and cabbage rolls on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Took a shot this afternoon, (190 BS) my blood sugar was 71 after grocery shopping, so it looks like it is working. <BR> <BR> Had dh take a photo tonight and posted it. The white blouse that I am wearing was too small when I got it, now it is very comfortable. L... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 03:08:16 EST 1 Jun 2016 This will be a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174270 I didn't make it back yesterday. Slept too much and got behind on everything. <BR> <BR> Rejoined a couple of challenges today. New member and 30 days of small changes, in addition to the Diabetes challenge. I have joined more (you know me) but am going to work on these this month. <BR> <BR> Doctor put me on a new insulin and I started it yesterday with a small dose. Today I will take a full dose and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Will get to the gym tonight. Missed it as well yesterday. <BR... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:39:30 EST May 30, 2016 Back at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173453 Today, I am 6 months into the year, I have made some progress <BR> and I am thinking that I want to journal the rest of the trip to the new me. <BR> <BR> As of my last weekly weigh-in at TOPS, I am 215.5, down 10 <BR> pounds since Mar 28, 2016. I also lost 10 pounds last year, so <BR> I am 20 pounds down. My doctor says he would be "happy" if <BR> I got down under 200. That is good, cause my goal for this year <BR> is to be 199 or under. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I am also working on gett... Tue, 31 May 2016 01:00:01 EST Monday ... here and basically gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847134 Today, I slept most of it away. <BR> <BR> Not sure why, but I am thinking <BR> my body is throwing off the effects <BR> of the sleep med that I have quit taking. <BR> First couple of days were nightmares/weird <BR> dreams. Now, I think I am getting back the <BR> rest that I had lost on med off-days (every other day) <BR> <BR> Another 30 day challenge has presented itself on SP. <BR> Realistic Resolution Challenge. Have added it to my program. <BR> <BR> I have eaten an apple as dessert. Al... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:42:07 EST New week starting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846222 Fri/Sat was a no sleep day. <BR> It really messes me up. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to get to bed <BR> at decent hour. I took a short <BR> nap, hopefully not long enough <BR> for me to not sleep tonight <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I will catch up and <BR> stay caught up, <BR> <BR> Just as an aside, I spent a LONG <BR> time on G@@Dreads playing <em>41</em> <BR> I am planning a lot of book reading this year! <BR> <BR> 1/3 I am grateful for my eyes, so that I can read. <BR> 1/4 I am greatful ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:39:33 EST Motivational blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843900 Today's SP feature blog gave these points.. going to work <BR> on them and get back later today <BR> <BR> 7 Things to Do Before You Lose Weight <BR> 1. Create your personal wellness vision. <BR> 2. Solidify your commitment. <BR> 3. Increase your confidence. <BR> 4. Anticipate obstacles and create strategies to overcome them. <BR> 5. Build a support team. <BR> 6. Set up your environment for success. <BR> 7. Create your plan of action. <BR> <BR> I am participating in the 30 day... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:09:35 EST A new year ... I love a new start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843217 I love New Year's Day! I feel new, refreshed, <BR> invigorated to revisit my goals (I don't make <BR> resolution, just goals.) I have accomplished <BR> a loss of 10 lb.and kept it off in 2014. It isn't <BR> much but I am going to take! <BR> <BR> I have lowered my beginning goals this year to baby <BR> steps (I think?) I need to try to make things a habit <BR> slowly, I guess, instead of moving too fast and paralyzing <BR> myself. <BR> <BR> I have reset all my things (will add the other... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:52:20 EST Still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829228 I am still here. <BR> <BR> Spent most of 2 weeks bringing my home <BR> up to my former standards for Thanksgiving. <BR> Had son, d-I-l and gd, my dh (we are separated), <BR> and took an additional 2 meals for my friend E and <BR> the lady she cares for. <BR> <BR> My tree isn't up yet, will try again tomorrow. <BR> It is usually done on Black Friday or that weekend. <BR> Ooops ... again. <BR> <BR> Friday evening, I started getting sick (stuff son had) <BR> so have mostly rested over the l... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:03:07 EST