ONENEL's SparkPeople Blog ONENEL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Color Run <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So last weekend the family met some friends and we all did the color run. This was the 1st for all of us so we really didn't know what to expect. The majority of our group are not runners and we planned to walk it. <BR> It started out a chilly (ok- cold!) morning at 40 degrees. We did not participate in many of the festivities because of the cold... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:42:27 EST Have to be accountable I will admit it- I have been very lazy about tracking food, to be honest- I wasn't tracking at all. I felt like I was making smart healthy choices so why track?? <BR> Last two days I have tried to be better about tracking and guess what? My choices have not been as good as I think they were. <BR> So now where do I go from here? Not exactly sure, it would probably be a good idea to get back to the basics and track again and try to follow the food plans that sparks suggest. <BR> <BR> The truth... Fri, 9 May 2014 08:48:19 EST Technology- could this be possible?<BR>gobe-the-only-way-to-automatically-mea<BR>sure-calorie-intake <BR> <BR> <BR> Take a look at this device- do you think one device can track all of this? Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:01:29 EST today's supper Sausage stuffed Shells I saw this recipe and had to give it a try- even my teenage son liked it. It took time to make, but worth the wait. <BR> <BR> -stuffed shells <BR> 24 jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz box) <BR> 1 lb Italian turkey sausage <BR> 1-15oz light ricotta cheese <BR> 1 box (9 oz) frozen spinach,thawed, squeezed to drain <BR> 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8oz) <BR> ½ teaspoon dried basil leaves <BR> ¾ cup finely shredded carrots (1 medium) <BR> 1 jar (25.5 oz) Italian pasta sauce <BR> ... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:45:33 EST Here is the quilt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of the quilt that I made for my son with all his old sweatshirts from sports thoughout the years. <BR> He liked it so much- started using it right away- while sitting on the couch! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:23:12 EST 52 ways -52 weeks for everyone whos new years resolution is to lose weight- you might like this article from Prevention magazine <BR> <BR><BR>-loss-tips/52-simple-weight-loss-tips?<BR>cm_mmc=Facebook-_-Prevention-_-weightl<BR>oss-weightlosstips-_-52simpleweightlosstips Sat, 4 Jan 2014 20:09:32 EST Roasted Cauliflower- recipe saw this recipe on facebook and just thought I should share. I have not tried it yet but sounds pretty good to me. <BR> <BR> Oven Roasted Cauliflower... <BR> 1 medium head cauliflower (about 2-1/4 pounds), trimmed and cut into florets <BR> 3 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced <BR> 1/4 cup olive oil <BR> 2 tablespoons lemon juice <BR> 1/2 teaspoon salt <BR> 1/4 teaspoon black pepper <BR> 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine caul... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:49:10 EST Time for me and time to get serious It has been 3 years since I started Sparks. The first year I lost close to 40 pounds. I went from 230 down to 185, which I did not stay at very long. Within the next 2 years I am back up to 200. Seeing the 200 mark is disappointing for me. Yes I am happy with the weight that I have still lost and kept off, but am very scared that I am on my way back up. Hence the "time to get serious". <BR> As a single mom with two boys, life can get pretty hectic. Two weeks ago my oldest has graduated from... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:53:14 EST What a day! Today was sub-sections for track so I took the day off and took a trip to the meet. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is what I saw as I got on the highway. So cute! <BR> <BR> Day started good, but the closer I got to the meet the more clouds there were. Thankfully it did not rain, just windy. Watched my son in the triple jump. He was not happy with how he did but made it to the finals. <BR> Watched him run the 4X400- which the team came in ... Wed, 22 May 2013 20:32:46 EST Results are in Earlier this month I went in for Biometric screening, I just received the results and they are not as good as I had hoped. <BR> Glucose 116 (should be less than 99). This number is up from 104 two years ago. <BR> <BR> Triglycerides 87 . this is within healthy range of less than 149 but his is up from 78 two years ago. <BR> <BR> Total Cholesterol- 208 which is high as it should be less than 199. This is down from 210 two years ago. <BR> <BR> Chol/HDL Ratio is 2.9 (should be less than 4.4).... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:19:17 EST For your Abs Saw this article this morning- I know I need to work on my abs <BR> <BR><BR>/photos/6-easy-lower-abdominal-exercis<BR>es#0 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:06:30 EST Interesting for women facing menopause An article I came across today- something to think about as I get older. <BR> <BR><BR>the-optimal-menopause-diet.aspx?xid=nl<BR>_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_20130311 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:46:24 EST One of those day Every now and then I need one of those days when it is all about me. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Today is one of those days. The work week is catching up with me and I am getting tired and burnt out. So after my day at work, I decided to stay home from the gym. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am cooking ,so there is some food in the fridge for the boys. <BR> <BR> Trying to do a little cleaning so the house looks somewhat respectable. <BR> <BR> Once I am done, it will be an evening for sitting d... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 19:15:45 EST Need to Lift your Spirits? Found this article and thought I would share. I have been struggling lately and this gives me some ideas <BR> <BR><BR>-photos/ways-to-cope-with-depression.a<BR>spx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_<BR>20130304#/slide-1 Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:42:01 EST Jan 2013 Some of you may already know that I had joined a gym to help keep me active this winter. It's a good thing I did, otherwise I would just be sitting in the house on these cold, cold days. <BR> The gym has Biggest Loser Challenge, which my workout buddy thought we needed to join. I really wasn't expecting anything to change, but slowly the scale is starting to move in the right direction. It is moving very slowly, but it is moving. <BR> So what have I changed? I have been trying to figure out ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:51:01 EST Have a Nice Day This little greeting, <BR> I'm sending your way. <BR> Hoping that maybe, <BR> I'll brighten your day! <BR> <BR> <BR> With it comes happiness, <BR> love and good cheer. <BR> Wishing you laughter, <BR> throughout the whole year. <BR> <BR> <BR> Not a tear in your eye, <BR> but a smile on your face. <BR> One that's so bright <BR> It lights up cyber space. <BR> Laughter ringing so loud and true. <BR> that no one around you <BR> Could ever be blue. <BR> <BR> <BR> Just remember these wishes... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 07:48:16 EST From Our House to Yours <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From my house to yours- wishing you all a white Christmas <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remember to make healthy choices <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:21:20 EST Really is this why I am still single? saw this article this morning "Could your family be why you are still single". Of course I had to read it. The last reason caught my attention. Might be something that I have to work on. (that is one reason I copied to a blog- so I will have it) <BR> <BR> <BR> Family Issue #5: You’re estranged from your family and don’t interact with them at all <BR> Are you emotionally disconnected from your family, for the most part? If so, you may believe that they couldn’t possibly affect your love life... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 07:34:22 EST It's all about the number (to me) Yes I know (as we all do) that weight loss is more than just the number on the scale. But that number can really take a toll on me. <BR> I started Sparks in May of 2010 at 231. I felt like I quickly lost weight getting down to 185. Okay maybe it was awhile to get there. <BR> Oct 2011 to Feb 2012 I stuck around this 185- 187. Then after that I slowly started going up. Dec 2012 I am back up to 197. I am not happy about this at all. I used to walk 30 minutes a day- I am now up to 60 minutes (wal... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:45:36 EST My Sat Some of you already know that it is basketball season, which means that I will be on the road watching my son play, 1-2 times a week. <BR> Sat was our first day on the road. I started the day off with a breakfast of scrambled eggs before I left. Packed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carrots, protein bars and string cheese. One thing I forgot was the water. So I had plenty to eat and with no water, I did not have to take any potty breaks. I did end up getting a headache, due to dehydrati... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 07:51:04 EST The Countdown It is a short work week due to Thanksgiving. Some are already counting down. Some until the Thanksgiving Day others are counting down to Black Friday. <BR> <BR> For me I am thankful for the short work week- as it is probably going to be another stressful one for me filling in for a co-worker, even though I do not have access to applications that I need to do her job. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. Spending it with a friend and her son, my parents and maybe a nephew. <BR> ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:41:05 EST Lean Project So at work yesterday we had a meeting which the company talked that they were working on a "Lean Project". I took this to mean that they would start "cleaning House" and people would be losing their jobs. As the day went on, I heard of a couple of people that were "let go" and sounds like more will be coming. <BR> <BR> Looks like I will be keeping my fingers crossed that I am not one that will lose their job and praying that those who have lost their jobs- are able to find other work. <BR> ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 07:22:14 EST 1st weekend in Nov It's coming to the first weekend in Nov and do you know what that means for people who live in Northern MN? Deer Season! Yep it is hunting season so that means it is going to be busy for awhile. Which got me to thinking- I think I need some fancy electronic gadget so I can keep up with sparks when I am away- any suggestions? I do not have a fancy cell phone, since I do not use one very often. No laptop, or Ipad. One son has an Ipod touch- which I think could be handy, the other son has an e-r... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 07:44:25 EST The past week The past week has been a busy one. It has been a lot of running around, time in the vehicle. It was some much needed R & R for me. Nothing special- ok the Eagles Tribute concert was pretty awesome! Going with my son to buy a brand new vehicle was pretty great seeing him so excited. Fun little things that really threw off my normal routine. <BR> <BR> my gym member ship had ended just before I left town and as of now I have not yet renewed it. The cost for me right now is what is holding me ba... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 08:52:06 EST Feeling of Accomplishment Well last night I (with help from my son's) finally installed the garage door opener. To me this was quite the accomplishment. It sat in the garage for a couple weeks before I even attempted it. Couldn't decide if I could handle it on my own or if I should hire someone to do it for me. Couple more weeks later, it is finally done- and so far it is working. <BR> <BR> That feeling "I did it!" was so great last night. You know what it is like? That feeling of realizing that you could do somethi... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:18:05 EST One week left to decide on Gym Well my month of "trail" membership at the gym is only one week away. Now it is getting to be the time when I have to decide whether or not I want to continue. Frankly, I am having a hard time convincing myself that spending the time and money will be worth it. <BR> The past three weeks I have been faithful of going to the gym, either with buddy or by myself. I have gone from the 30-45 minutes of just cardio to 60-90 minutes of cardio and strength training. Thought I was doing pretty good but... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:59:54 EST The gym Seems like the time has come. My workout buddy and I decide the day before when we will exercise the following day. Yesterday we were going to take a long lunch again and work out. I was thinking that I kind of like that schedule as I know that I will get the workout in and my evenings are free to get things done around the house. <BR> Well... she gets in touch with me in the morning and tells me lunch time is not going to work for her and she was thinking after work. I was a little bummed bu... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 09:53:27 EST Vitamin D The blood work came back all fine except my vitamin D is low. Part of me is glad that this is all the doctor could fine but then again a little upset because I am not sure the low vitamin D explains everything. I will up the vitamin D and see if things get better. <BR> This is what I found: <BR> http://www.vitaminddeficiencysymptomsgui<BR> <BR> <BR> My level is 27- which according to this article is only Mildly Deficiency. <BR> <BR> The symptoms of severe deficiency include: <BR> <B... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:12:31 EST Another Sat evening Sat evening and here I sit all alone reflecting back on the past week. Nothing special comes to mind. <BR> My son had a couple cross country meets so I was on the road a couple days. Believe it or not, I didnt do too bad with the eating while on the road. One day I brought some snack mix- soy nuts, pumpkins seeds, dried cranberries. Another trip I brought with some carrot sticks and then ended up buying snack mix for the ride home. <BR> I trip also included my annual doctor visit- she ran som... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:29:51 EST TP squad got us! (for enjoyment only) Hopefully this does not offend anyone. <BR> This was the site I woke up to the other morning. I have a teenage son and this is a prank that junior high schoolers do to senior high schoolers. It is all in fun ( a mess "yes"). <BR> As I have noticed some people are not happy about this and others think it is fun. As for me- it is over and done with and to be honest it does not really bother me. No one was hurt and nothing was broken. I do believe there are worse things that kids can do. <BR> E... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 22:41:06 EST I Need a life too" Yesterday while out on our walk/jog my buddy was having a hard time. She had made the comment that she "ate crap and feels like crap" while trying to run. She was gone for 3 days, so no exercise and didn't worry about what she ate while she was gone, so the exercise was pretty rough on her. <BR> <BR> Not thinking, I commented "wasn't worth it now was it?" <BR> <BR> Boy did she snap back at me quick with a "Well I need a life too" I am not really sure what she meant by that. <BR> <BR> My re... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 18:05:18 EST The Bass Dash- 5k Well you all heard that I started training for the 5k- last weekend I finally did it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought it went pretty good, until we got to the finish line and my buddy took off. I had no clue what got into her, later she told me she saw the finish line and just wanted to get there. I wasn't far behind her. <BR> <BR> Me being the newbie to the whole 5k thing- did not notice the BIG clock at the finish line. Buddy sa... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:28:37 EST Fitness Challenge This morning I attended a ceremony for Mike Ehredt as he leaves on his journey. "One Life, One Mile, One Flag". <BR><BR>business-press_releases/t/one-life-one<BR>-flag-one-mile-introducing-project-ame<BR>rica-run-part-ii/ <BR> <BR> This man is running from the Canadian border to Galveston Tx. Each mile he runs, he stops and places a flag to honor a fallen soldier. <BR> This man is amazing- listening to him this morning brought tears to my eyes. Of co... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:04:40 EST It's Official! <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Yep as of today- we are signed up for the Bash Dash on Aug 25th. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> We started 5 weeks ago- with a time of about 46 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today's time was 38:20 <BR> <BR> Our goal for next Sat is 36 minutes. <BR> <BR> We have a week left to prepare <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> I think I am a little excited for my first 5k- and a little nervous. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:44:01 EST Week 5 intervals We have just completed week 5 of our walk/jog program. Yes we have made some adjustments to the program so it is taking us a bit longer that it normally would. <BR> When we began we were around 45-46 minutes for our 3 mile (just over 3 miles) stretch. That was doing 4 minutes walking and 1 minute jogging. 5 weeks ago I never thought I could do it. Every day (ok- 3 times a week), we pushed ourselves to complete it. <BR> This week we have been walking 3 minutes/2 minutes of jogging. After abou... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:41:54 EST weekly blog before the week is up I better get in my weekly blog. <BR> <BR> So what have I been up to this week? the walk/jog program we are up to 3 minutes walking with 2 minutes jogging. Yep it feels tough but guess what- we started out at 4 minutes walking and a 1 minute jogging and then I thought I was going to die! So we have gotten better, yes a long ways to go but that will come in time. <BR> <BR> For anyone thinking of starting- go for it! You never know what you are capable of until you get ou... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 21:56:09 EST A day on the Lake Today we took a tour boat ride on Voyagers National Park. It was a beautiful ride, weather was not so nice. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> It did rain- at times very hard, but we went inside which was still nice. <BR> Any day on the lake is better than ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:40:08 EST week 3 walk/jog We are ending the 3rd week of the walk/jog program. This week we should be up to walk 3 minutes/jog 2 minutes, but since we had a hard time last week, we decided to re-do week two. Walk 3 minutes/ jog 1.5. We both have days that seem to be better than the other, the heat really has been tough on some days. <BR> <BR> It is frustrating that the scale is not showing the efforts that me are making. Part of me wonders if this is worth it or not. <BR> <BR> For now, we will continue with the progr... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 07:56:04 EST Picture of new garage Well here it is. I know for some this would not be a big deal, but I am so excited about it <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Only thing left is the overhead doors and then to find an electrician to wire it so I can have a garage door opener. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for suggestions as to what to do around the garage (notice the dirt). The garage is built up so that the water will drain away from the foundation. Hopefully so that it will l... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:25:17 EST Day 8- walk/jog 4 Last night finished the 4th walk/jog for the 5k Your Way program. That means we are up to walking 3 minutes with a 1.3 minutes of jogging. Adding a 30 seconds to the jogging doesn't seem like much but boy does it seem like a lot when you are jogging. <BR> I am thankful to have a friend out there with me, if it wasn't for her I know that I would not have pushed myself like I did. <BR> At this point I am not exactly sure how I feel about jogging. <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em>... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 07:20:41 EST I finally did it!! Yes, I did it- and what is "it" you ask. I tried to run or maybe I should say jog. <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> Yes I have talked about it and been too scared to actually get out there and try. Well on the 4th of July I helped out with the local 5k- talk about inspirational. To see everyone out there running/walking- young and old. This has no age limits and really no time limits. I've seen people running (which I think is totally amazing) and some just walking and some doing both. No matter what... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:56:37 EST Why do people think surgery is the only way to lose? Most of you know that my weight loss has been very slow for the past year- really non-existent. Yes I have been frustrated. <BR> The other day, someone I was talking to mentioned that my name was brought up in conversation. Another co-worker seen me out walking and I guess I haven't seen her for awhile so she did not know that I lost weight. Keep in mind, I started Sparks in May of 2010 and lost about 40 pounds the first 8 months or so and haven't really lost weight since. She asked my frien... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 11:37:19 EST Busy week Well it has been busy. <BR> I mentioned that last week I took some time and went out of town. Was gone for a day and a half. A friend and I drove 300 miles to go to a dinner theater and watched Xanadu. It was a great "blast from the past". On the way home we ran into some detours due to flooded roads. For awhile I wasn't sure we were going to make it home. <BR> Then it was getting ready for the Relay for Life fundraiser. All went well. We had a lot of things to sell and many left after the sa... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 07:54:01 EST "I will NOT Quit" Pledge Monday, July 02, 2012 <BR> "I Will NOT Quit" Pledge <BR> <BR> borrowed from roebunch <BR> <BR> Share and spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> <BR> "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 09:18:25 EST Xanadu Here is a link that has a little clip of the show we seen <BR> <BR><BR>.aspx <BR> <BR> It was so much fun. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:19:20 EST Past week I don't know about anyone else, but time sure seems to fly. I can not believe how fast this past week as gone. <BR> I need to do some re-evaluating and plan my days a little better to fit things in. Yes, I have been very slack again on the whole fitness. <BR> <BR> I feel that the next few weeks are going to be a challenge. <BR> I am going to take some time off and take a little trip with a friend to go to a Dinner Theater. Which is 300 miles away. It will be a quick trip but we are so loo... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 21:58:58 EST June- start of summer? Well it is getting closer- summer. <BR> <BR> School is officially over for both my boys and that means everyone is getting ready for the summer schedules. For my oldest boy that means sleeping in late and hopefully more hours at work. For my youngest that means he is packing up and getting ready to leave for summer job at the lake. He will stay out there and come home once a week. For me? well .... hopefully it means getting my crap together and focus on me and getting back on track <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 07:40:47 EST Month of May Just looking at the month starting weight- 190 (up from the 185 I was maintaining) and today's ending weight for the month of May 195! Yep- up a whole 5 lbs. <BR> For the first time, I set a goal with a daily reminder of how I was to get to that goal and instead of going down- I go up. <BR> It is what it is. <BR> <BR> Lets hope June is better Thu, 31 May 2012 07:04:05 EST Today- Monday I am not the best at this blogging but here I am trying. <BR> <BR> It has been a very wet and rainy week- yes week. I have not been outside for a walk since about last Mon or Tues. The dog is going nuts- but she doesn't like the rain any more than I do. <BR> Instead I have been hanging low inside and taking it easy- okay I have been lazy. When I feel like it, I will do a few strength training exercises but nothing to major. And guess what- the scale is moving in the downward motion. Guess t... Mon, 28 May 2012 10:30:45 EST Survived doggie sitting weekend This past weekend I babysat a friends dog while they went away for the weekend. Who would have thought a little dog could be so much work? Not me! <BR> <BR> I have a little 10 pound weiner dog and the dog I babysat was maybe 15-20 pound part corgi- so both small dogs. Mine is very clingy with me so I knew jealousy would be an issue and boy was it. When I sat down, I would have a dog on each side. When I leaned forward- my dog would try to sneak behind me to get to the other dog. <BR> I cou... Mon, 21 May 2012 07:20:26 EST