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/ Sep. 13, 2017 Getting Sparked 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410814 It has been a strange 5 days. <BR> <BR> Sat, I received my new Medicare plan D <BR> medicine card. Used it the first time Sat <BR> afternoon. When I got the med, I was told <BR> that Medicare pays for my flu shot. Because <BR> of my many chronic problems, I am required <BR> to get a flu shot yearly. It is usually too early <BR> to get it in Sep. but was told it is already going <BR> around and because so many problems, it was <BR> suggested to get a higher dose. So ... I got it and <BR>... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:00:17 EST Friday Sep 8, 2017 Things are looking up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409167 Not much sleep last night, about 3 hours. I <BR> wanted to get some work done, so when I <BR> woke just before dh's alarm (4:40am) I got <BR> up. I got all my morning stuff done (blood <BR> sugar, blood pressure, meds, weigh-in etc.) <BR> <BR> I did Spark Coach, my 4 challenges, and <BR> ate a good breakfast, 1 egg scrambled, <BR> 1/2 c overnight oatmeal made with vanilla <BR> soy milk, and a banana. I am eating the <BR> last of the garbage (yummy) food in <BR> preparation for getting... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 21:57:20 EST Sep. 7, 2017 Need some friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408790 Got my new start today. Caught up on my sleep. <BR> So not a lot of activity, but am rested. <BR> <BR> Counting my calories again, planning to get in <BR> my first water goal of 16 ounces of water. <BR> <BR> Weighed in today, with a 2 pound lose again. <BR> Back to my starting weight of the year I think <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I put most of my teams in invisible <BR> mode, that way I don't feel so overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> I rejoined 4 challenge groups yesterday. Two <BR> of the challenges are ... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 20:52:23 EST Sep. 6, 2017 Can I do this ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408389 Another month gone ... same 4 pounds lost and gained. <BR> A little less then a month, surgery on my right knee. <BR> <BR> I have been working on decluttering the house for a <BR> couple of weeks. Cleared about half the stuff from <BR> the big cabinet where we keep misc. dishes. All the <BR> cooking glass, bowls, etc. Now we can actually put <BR> stuff away neatly. Weeded 2 of the 4 drawers and <BR> sent 2 large trash bags and several boxes full of <BR> dishes and "stuff" to Goodwill. S... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 17:51:05 EST Lost track of days, but it will come back to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398857 It's been exactly one month since I posted my last blog. <BR> I am not very good with my carry thru, but I am going to <BR> keep trying. <BR> <BR> I had all the rest of my remaining teeth pulled on July <BR> 27 (3 days before my 65th birthday). Thirteen teeth <BR> are now history. Actually, all 26 are history. The <BR> sutures were removed Monday. Still sore some, but <BR> mostly from the deadening shots LOL Gums are <BR> healing nicely . Staying with soft food until all the <BR> way hea... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:33:17 EST Onederland Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386093 I started this blog last night, but got sidetracked <BR> reading Fitbit posts. <BR> <BR> I am loving the new Fitbit. The sleep part is helping <BR> me to be more sleep aware. I have gotten progressively <BR> more sleep each night this week. Last night I had <BR> a definitely better night. I looked up sleep times, It <BR> says you should cycle thru each stage (4) every 90 <BR> minutes. <BR> <BR> My new CPAP should be here today or <BR> tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I did 10 min on my recumbent... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:05:34 EST Onederland Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385058 The last week or so hasn't really been filled <BR> with health stuff. So far my abilities seem to <BR> be every other day ... work one day, sleep <BR> the next. I guess it is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> We have worked on the garage a few days, <BR> it is cleaning up nicely. I sprayed the yard <BR> M and W to get rid of weeds. <BR> <BR> I picked up a new Charge 2 fitbit tonight. <BR> I liked the flex one but wanted more info. <BR> It hurts my feelings to pay what I did for it <BR> but s... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 03:00:54 EST Onederland Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380589 Today, I caught up on my sleep, about time. <BR> Slept from 4pm Monday to 4 pm today. Had <BR> taken my fitbit off to charge it, ended up <BR> forgetting to put it back on, so no record of it. <BR> <BR> Today, I did my 5 min. on the recumbent. <BR> Doesn't hurt but I don't have much strength <BR> yet. <BR> <BR> Going to try out Halo Top chocolate. so many <BR> people are praising it in the feed. <BR> <BR> Day 4: <BR> 1. SP coach, daily ... done <BR> 4 Challenges. daily ... done (1 ... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:32:08 EST Onederland Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380003 Wasn't a good night for me, awake all <BR> night and all day. Not sure why. No <BR> caffeine and took my meds on time. <BR> <BR> Food wise, didn't do well the longer <BR> I was up. Decided I should start eating <BR> like I usually do and just start where I <BR> was at. <BR> <BR> I am going to skip almost all my "stuff" <BR> I have no energy and don't want to make <BR> myself exhausted. <BR> <BR> I did finish the 15,000 step solo fitbit walk <BR> that I started a week ago. I found all the... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:22:01 EST Onederland Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379731 I always take Sunday off, so not much <BR> accomplished today. I have also agreed <BR> to eat Sunday dinner ... so I will also take <BR> my free day on Sunday. Tonight he made <BR> breaded shrimp and 4 cheese rice, it was yummy <BR> <BR> I slept way in and feel better, doesn't take <BR> much to slow me down. Knee is a little <BR> sore but not bad. ( 9 hrs.) <BR> <BR> This week, I will continue with 5 min. on the <BR> recumbent. Don't want to make it mad too soon. <BR> <BR> Sent out my... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:39:36 EST Day 6 to Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379324 It has been a quiet day. It was a little <BR> warmer than yesterday. My knee was <BR> very unhappy late last night, my back <BR> and right groin (hurt it coming in the <BR> door after shopping). Today everything <BR> is all better. <BR> <BR> dh made homemade tamales, I am <BR> not a "tamale" person but they were <BR> really good. I took one bite, it was <BR> hard to walk away. <BR> <BR> Lots of junk eaten, but I need to <BR> organize the fridge so it isn't so <BR> hard to find my f... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:08:49 EST Journey to Onederland Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378982 Short day, and pay day, and grocery shopping day... <BR> Not much else was accomplished. <BR> <BR> Dinner was Taco Salad at Taco Bell, I didn't eat the shell <BR> so it came in at a lot lower cals. <BR> <BR> Lots of steps, knee is not too upset at me. <BR> All done with no cane or walker. <BR> <BR> No Coach or challenges done <BR> Steps -fitbit <BR> Sleep - 9 hours <BR> <BR> Hoping that I will get to church tomorrow. <BR> I haven't been since before Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow star... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:32:00 EST Day 4 continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378559 Doctors appointment went very well. <BR> I can use the recumbent bike as tolerated <BR> and can drive. <BR> <BR> I am at 140 degrees "bendable" range and <BR> he was very pleased. Told me to continue <BR> what I was doing. <BR> <BR> Next surgery is first week of October. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:58:36 EST Journey to Onederland Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378386 Didn't get in yesterday, too many things going on. <BR> <BR> Picked up some more food, mostly fruit and veggies. <BR> I found a new to me food, An-joy Chicken Lomein. <BR> It comes in a pretty good sized carton (4- 1cup servings). <BR> I really liked it. It's going on my permanent menu' <BR> <BR> Six-week checkup will be today. I don't know why, but <BR> I want to be able to use the recumbent. <BR> <BR> I seem to be finally coming out of the depression from hell. <BR> Being able to get up... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:31:28 EST Day 2 on my journey to Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377584 Doctor's appointment was cancelled, <BR> re-scheduled for Thursday. <BR> <BR> Changed my weight goal for 199 by Oct, 1. <BR> I thought the amount of calories was excessive. <BR> Back to the 1200-1550 range. <BR> <BR> Today, one of the suggested articles was <BR> on how to determine how much to weigh using <BR> different #. It is also the week 1 assignment in <BR> HealthyLifeWeigh Week 1. <BR> <BR> So my numbers are: <BR> BMI = 36.9 <BR> H&W : 117-143 / 118-155(HLW), 150 is my goal <BR> ... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:30:39 EST Day 1 My journey to Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377251 Day 1 is almost over. Up again overnight. <BR> Finally asleep at 10am. 2 glasses of tea <BR> at the buffet place yesterday, I should learn ;-0 <BR> <BR> Took new pictures today. Weighing in at <BR> 227.6. Going to measure tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I finally broke myself of daily weigh-ins. <BR> Went for weekly. Now decided to weigh <BR> Tuesday and Friday. Measurements, <BR> monthly. <BR> <BR> Goals (fluid right now): <BR> 1. SP coach, daily <BR> 6 Challenges. daily <BR> Steps logged into Fi... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:24:22 EST Time to begin again ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376870 Tuesday, I have my 6 week check-up. I am hoping for <BR> release to ride my recumbent bike. There is at least <BR> ? 2 months before the next knee can be done. There <BR> could be up to 3 months wait. Although, things went <BR> well the first time, I would like to present myself in <BR> Onederland this time.. <BR> <BR> So I am ready to try again. I weighed in at 227 this <BR> morning. If I work really hard, 28 pounds could be <BR> lost by Sep. So I am going to begin tomorrow. <BR> <BR... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:14:23 EST 4 week post TKR check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373253 Monday was my 4 week mark. <BR> <BR> My walking has improved some, trying to <BR> learn what I can and can't do except I am <BR> a slowww learner. It usually takes a couple <BR> of days to reverse the effects of one "working" <BR> day. Monday, I did my laundry (3 loads), swished <BR> and swiped my bathroom, cleaned my CPAP, <BR> straightened my bedside table. Up all night with <BR> nasty knee and leg pain. To doctor on Tuesday <BR> in the rain, doctor's office was closed (grrrrr). <BR> ... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:42:17 EST 3 weeks post-surgery-TKR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367714 It's been a while since I have checked in. <BR> Better excuse than usual, though. <BR> <BR> I am 3 weeks post-surgery for a left knee <BR> total replacement. Surgery went very well. <BR> Surgery on Monday, out of the hospital on <BR> Wednesday. Staples out last Tues and doing <BR> ongoing rehab at home. <BR> <BR> Weight-wise, I have lost 9 pounds since surgery. <BR> It helped that my throat hurt for over 2 weeks and <BR> that most of my teeth are gone. However, I have <BR> been actually wo... Sun, 28 May 2017 13:00:47 EST It's almost S-day May 3. 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357296 I have 5 more days until surgery. <BR> <BR> Have ordered all the have-to-haves ... <BR> bedside commode, wheelchair, walker, <BR> a few accessories to make the walker <BR> more fun. Some have gotten here and <BR> are waiting to be used and a couple of <BR> sloe-pokes <BR> <BR> My d-I-l took my walker home to "bling it ".. <BR> Should be fun ! <BR> <BR> I did lose 5 pounds .. then "stressed out " <BR> it back on :-p. I have been trying to eat <BR> better when I do eat. <BR> <BR> My doc... Wed, 3 May 2017 19:41:41 EST Good news ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349442 I had my orthopedic evaluation on Tuesday. <BR> No real surprises, but a new conclusion. Let <BR> me say that if I haven't ever said so here, I <BR> was dead set against having surgery. I am <BR> "too old and sick" to risk it. <BR> <BR> Well, in the last few months, I have steadily <BR> been in more pain, less mobility, and even <BR> worse, getting into and out of chairs It has <BR> defiantly gotten harder has contributed to <BR> my depression. <BR> <BR> I like the doctor, much more pe... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:09:36 EST Beginning again, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346109 I am glad to say I am coming out of my winter depression. <BR> It has been pretty bad this year, my meds had to be raised <BR> again and I still had a hard time staying out of the bed. My <BR> weight has stayed pretty steady but no loss. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to declutter the house since dh moved <BR> back 1.5 years ago with all his stuff. It is so full here I can <BR> barely breathe. This week I rented a storage space and <BR> will put all my boxed books in it, my recumbent bike... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 17:02:46 EST Sun. Jan 15, 2017 Day 2 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298933 Been awhile since I posted. The holidays were crazy. <BR> <BR> Have been doing a little bit of de-cluttering, not much <BR> yet but working up to it. <BR> <BR> Sleeping better, sometimes too much. <BR> <BR> Second day of the winter 5% challenge. I picked up <BR> fruit, chicken breasts, tilapia fillets, some canned <BR> veggies, and some sides. Got a little exercise in <BR> yesterday, walking in Walmart. Need to work on <BR> getting some water in daily. My goal this month <BR> to get ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:29:58 EST Mon. December 26, 2017 Making plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285416 I am working on my plan for 2017 in several <BR> categories. I plan to post on New Years with <BR> my new year's goals. <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite weeks in the year. <BR> I love the planning that gets done and the <BR> start of a new year. All the " special" eating <BR> is done for a while and motivation is high. <BR> <BR> Most of the day was spent setting up my <BR> reading plan for the new year. I have lofty <BR> goals there as well My goal is 150 books. <BR> That is 12.5 bo... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:34:35 EST Sat. Dec 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282187 Lovely day here. 8+" snow, <BR> supposed to be 1-4". LOL <BR> Tomorrow is our 34th anniversary, <BR> dh was going to shop today :-P <BR> <BR> I got the telescope orders by Wed. <BR> (3). I will put it together after Christmas. <BR> <BR> I joined a new reading group at Goodreads. <BR> This is going to be a great group and I can <BR> pick out the books I want to read. I will still <BR> read some of the 1001 books, but the ones <BR> I want to. <BR> <BR> I am going to start decluttering t... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 18:21:10 EST Sun. Dec 11, 2016 New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279480 Well, it has been over 10 days again since my last <BR> post. I do wish I could be more consistent in my life. <BR> <BR> The Christmas tree was put up yesterday. It is a <BR> pre-lighted tree so the lights are on. Rest will get <BR> put on soon I hope. The tree was always put up <BR> on "Black Friday" otherwise known as the day <BR> after Thanksgiving. Not so much anymore. <BR> <BR> Finally got the results back on the A1c and Hep c. <BR> Hep C was negative, was sure it was but always <... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:54:43 EST Wednesday Nov. 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274453 More all-nighters, changes in my schedule seems <BR> to be the culprit, not even a big change. But the prep <BR> for and then Thanksgiving was a major change. I <BR> also was diagnosed yesterday with SAD again. <BR> I will take an additional half of my anti-depressant. <BR> So that can also affect my sleeping. I will try to stay <BR> up until bedtime and get back on schedule. <BR> <BR> I finished the Harriet Tubman book, but otherwise <BR> nothing more done. My knees are killing me, hard ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:56:23 EST Sun. Nov. 27, 2016 Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273038 It has been a short? Sunday. Had an all-nighter "sigh". <BR> Since Thursday, I have slept away most of the days. So, <BR> it wasn't unexpected. I will go to bed on time and hope <BR> for sleep. <BR> <BR> Doc called some of the results from the lab work. <BR> He said the results were "excellent" which I haven't <BR> heard for years. The A1c wasn't posted yet so I have <BR> to wait on that for a while. Cholesterols were good, <BR> HDL was 45 which is good for me. Thyroid was high, <BR> so me... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 23:13:12 EST Sat. Nov. 26, 2016 Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272575 This week has pretty intensive. Been decluttering and <BR> cleaning daily and 12 hours or more on Mon and Wed. <BR> We ate late on Thurs. so I was able to finish up what <BR> I hadn't gotten done already (mopping kitchen complex). <BR> <BR> The meal was mostly a success, pretty good since I <BR> haven't made a turkey in ? 3 years, I think. Pumpkin <BR> bread was not as successful as usual, but I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Had my lab work done for Tue. appointment today. <BR> It will be interes... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:56:39 EST Monday Nov. 21, 2016 Accountabilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270473 Got an early start on the day. I got to bed early and woke up early. <BR> Washed four loads of rugs and cleaned the guest bathroom. Some <BR> small jobs as well. Took a nap from 4-6. Hope I can sleep tonight. <BR> Tomorrow or Wed. I need to make room in the garage for the treadmill. <BR> dh ordered his Christmas present and he will be needing the room. <BR> <BR> My plan for tomorrow is to give the kitchen complex (kitchen/dining room/ <BR> laundry room,/ furnace room.) a really good cleaning... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:12:40 EST Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270032 It has been a pleasant day, a slow Sunday. <BR> <BR> I found out, after my Sat blog, that the 5% <BR> challenge is going to continue thru to the <BR> Winter challenge in Jan. Yay! <BR> <BR> To start, I did 2 days of decluttering and no <BR> exercise. Tomorrow, I will start with committing <BR> to 20 oz a day (water). Since I am getting none <BR> right now, I feel it is a good small step.. <BR> : <BR> My commitment for the next 6 wk. <BR> 1. Keep working on sleep schedule (lights out at... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:58:21 EST Sat. Nov. 19, 2016 Winding up for the first of 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269240 Today, is the last day of my 5% challenge. <BR> I can't believe I made it all the way, not <BR> always as I planned or hoped, but I made <BR> it the whole way. <BR> <BR> Today I read a SP article on 25 ways to get <BR> back on track. I don't know if the 5 % group will <BR> be doing something else (between challenge). <BR> If they do, I will do it as well, maybe.. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062 </link> <BR> <BR> I have decided to work on... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:15:52 EST Nov. 13, 2016 Sunday Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266499 Have had a lazy day. Did three AFI movies (one is a repeat) <BR> Ben-Hur, Rocky, and The Silence of the Lambs (the repeat, <BR> probably my favorite movie) <BR> <BR> dh made dinner- sausage, onions, and potato casserole. <BR> also one of my favorites. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I am going to begin my Thanksgiving Day crisis <BR> clean. Since my daughter and family are coming, I probably <BR> should clean up a little bit. <BR> <BR> Getting close to bedtime. Going to try to get back on my sleep <... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:28:19 EST Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 Weekly accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265991 Since I am not getting my daily blogging done, <BR> I will go for at least weekly. <BR> <BR> This week has been a lazy one. Stayed off my <BR> knees as much as possible. Got some reading <BR> done, 2 mysteries and a classic/1001. It feels <BR> great to be reading again. <BR> <BR> My sleeping slipped a little this week. Had an all <BR> nighter last night didn't get to sleep until 3pm and <BR> was up at ?8:30pm. I am trying to get it back under <BR> control without staying awake all day an... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:32:55 EST Sunday Nov. 6, 2016 Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262924 It's been quite a while since I have posted. <BR> <BR> My book project went pretty well. I didn't get <BR> it all done, but it is better than it was. I had <BR> enough totes to organize each type of book <BR> in different color totes. <BR> <BR> I watched Silence of the Lambs last night for <BR> my AFI list (101 in 1001). I got 10 from the library 2 weeks <BR> ago but didn't get them watched. I have 16 <BR> more of my own, so I will work on those. The <BR> next 2 months are always a bad... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 18:44:07 EST 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