ONTHEPATH2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONTHEPATH2 ONTHEPATH2'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/ I did it!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301420 Last Thursday, I got on the scale, looked at the number, got on my computer and logged it in as my weight. It was my first step to getting back on the path to a healthier me. I started Sparking....again. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> I tracked my food. I tracked my water (heck, I started drinking water again). I started exercising. I started looking at the number on my fitbit. I vowed this was a decision I would stick with for 30 days and after those 30 days I would revisit my decision. ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:49:06 EST Location, location, location...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300643 I have a rather nice large office at work. I used to have a crappy small office tucked away in a corner. I kinda liked it there! However, the powers that be wanted me more visible and moved me to an office in the central hall - right across from the entrance to the kitchen! Every person who was in that office lasted a few months and asked to be moved because the noise was a distraction. I am good at tuning out noise. Distraction helps me focus (if that makes sense). I like my office - ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:41:38 EST OMG! Hidden Figures.... hidden rock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300112 Yikes, I tripped over a rock! I stumbled and fell - flat on my face! Stunned, I got up, I dusted myself off and continued on the path. <BR> <BR> OK, I really didn't trip over a rock physically. <BR> <BR> Here's how it unraveled..... <BR> <BR> I tracked my food choices, my water, I sparked, I blogged, and then the workday ended. I got in the car and was driving home when I heard the theater was showing the movie Hidden Figures at a reduced rate of $5 for MLK day. So spur of the moment ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:34:36 EST You say you want a revolution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299344 Yep, I'm old. I loved that Beatles song. I've taken the liberty make a slight change. You see, I want an evolution. <BR> <BR> That's it an evolution - as Webster puts it "a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change". <BR> <BR> Every year I pick a word to focus on that is of importance to me. I usually pick a verb. I started with enjoy - because I was going through some dark times. Enjoyment was hard to come by. I had a keychain with the word on it which I took with me everywh... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:38:45 EST How did I....get here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297414 I've been on SP for some time. Every once in a while I stop and scratch my head and say "How did I get here?". Here is usually a long way from where I intended on being. When I got on the scale yesterday, I was about to utter those words. It had been a while since I had gotten on a scale. In my silly mind, I didn't think it would be THAT bad. I imagined I was right where I left off - but my body was telling me otherwise. <BR> <BR> I stopped myself. I knew how I got "here". I quit doi... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:59:35 EST There is no perfect time Barb, just do it..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296836 The first of the year came and went. Many people were making resolutions, setting goals, starting healthy eating and exercise routines..... not me. I had holiday cookies left in the house to eat. I had baked a ham on New Years and had leftovers to eat. These things aren't part of a healthy eating plan - and I was not about to throw or give them away - so why start, right? Well the cookies and leftovers were gone, but then it was an old friend coming for dinner that I was going to meet, a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:04:08 EST Things that scare you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266871 Public speaking is one of those things. I am not a public speaker. I am a quiet person. I do not seek out the spotlight. I'd rather work away behind the scenes. Every now and then I find my self in the spotlight. Saturday was that day. <BR> <BR> I find this to be true. When I am uncomfortable - I turn to food for comfort. I am aware of this. Sometimes I do it anyhow. Sometimes I am able to see it for what it is and choose something different. <BR> <BR> Personal triumph - I made it... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:07:23 EST It was - one of THOSE weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259907 It started off with a friend's dad passing and then I got a call from another friend, his dad also passed the same day! Which meant one funeral service and one memorial service, both two hours from my home. Toss in organizing and hosting the kid's Halloween Party at work with over 75 people attending, (including setting up, decorating, cleaning up and un-decorating in one day!) Toss in a doctor's appointment for my son, a haircut/color..... you get the idea. It was hectic. Long days, fol... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:14:09 EST How do you dream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246321 One day I woke up and discovered my body is fat. My doctor confirmed it, obese category 2 on her weight charts. OK, it didn't just happen over night - but I lived in denial for a long time. I quit looking in mirrors below my neck, hid from cameras and at times, like when it involved wearing a bathing suit, hid from life. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d768121-5a11-4814-9751-0063a9b47edc.jpg"> <BR> Yep, that is me and no, it isn't the puffy jacket making me look puff... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 15:21:41 EST First day of the 5% fall challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242702 How committed are you Barb? <BR> <BR> I started the 5% fall challenge. The very first day I was going to be out of town. I vowed with this challenge to put my all into making progress - with my eating, exercise and weight loss. I truly want to see that 5% goal. (We all want to see that goal, right?) <BR> <BR> So day one rolls around. I had plans for the day which included a drive across the state to Detroit and then Hamtramck with a friend. Knowing I'd be up early and the morning wo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:49:31 EST National Dog Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224967 I have a big, black, hairy dog. He is a newfoundland/lab/retriever mix that I got at a neighboring county's shelter. I really didn't intend to bring him home. I was just going to "look" and thought I would schedule an appointment with my daughter later thinking she would talk me out of it. While at the shelter, the shelter employee went on to tell me what a good dog he was - he had stayed with her family some of the time as his days in the shelter were close to their end. She was hoping ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:50:55 EST Like sands through the hour glass so are..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219777 the days of our lives. The opening line of the soap opera Days of Our Lives. Not sure what brought that to my mind this morning, but it just popped up in my head. Sometimes things do that. <BR> <BR> I got out of the shower. Ahhh, the days of our lives. I have a birthday coming up this month. One of those so called milestone birthdays. 60 <BR> <BR> I dried off and stepped on the scale. I had been putting off doing this for a few days. I didn't want to know what the scale had to sa... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:32:57 EST Hot hot hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190559 No, I don't like it hot, hot, hot!!! The heat and humidity is contributing to my feeling like a wet rag! Saturday I took refuge at the beach for a few hours. Yesterday it rained and only added to the humidity. It is pretty miserable out. <BR> <BR> I took Mr Dog for a walk - but after about half a mile he was panting and looking miserable. We turned for home. Luckily my treadmill is in my basement - so it is a bit cooler down there! I did manage my steps for the weekend and got my ex... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:26:25 EST Captain's Log: Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180411 Spark Date: June 10, 2016. Unfamiliar territory. <BR> <BR> The fireworks and drama at work have run their course and a less stressful, peaceful environment is being restored. The dog's digestive system has returned to normal and there have been no more surprises to greet me when I get home from my work day. My food choices have not been perfect, but have been within my calorie range and much better than in the past. Yesterday I got my first 10 mile day on my fitbit this week and was hap... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:27:10 EST Day 7 the path challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179010 So yesterday (Day 6) was a totally challenging day for me. I overslept. I got to work later than normal. I arrived to some furniture installers who were here to install furniture in an office. The scheduling department called the day before to set up a time. I returned the call and left a message - but never heard back from them. Well, of course we were the first stop and no one else here knew what they were here for. Feeling silly and looking less than professional on that one. <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 12:14:29 EST Day 5... I feel good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177724 Day 3 - I cleaned out the refrigerator. I haven't tackled the freezer - but everything came out of the refrigerator, I washed it down. The things that went back in? The farm fresh eggs from my daughter's chickens, the butter and spreadable butter with olive oil, the baby spinach, asparagus, pineapple, blackberries, strawberries and some of the condiments in the door, ohhh and some different cheeses. That is it. No soda! No leftover pizza! It looks pretty bare in there! But not much th... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 15:43:50 EST Day 2....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175845 Yesterday I decided it was time to step up my game here. Midway through the day. Not tomorrow, not later - but right then. I had my granddaughter's 8th grade graduation ceremony at her school. I had just enough time to get home, let the dog out, change clothes and head to the school. No time for dinner. I grabbed a protein bar and a bottle of water. <BR> <BR> The ceremony was great and I am so proud of her. After snapping pictures afterwards, I headed home. It was about 8:45 when I... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 13:52:13 EST Somebody push me off the ledge....please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175215 About 15 years ago a group of us decided to get our adrenaline rush and jump out of an airplane. It was a static line jump. It sounded like no big deal. It sounded pretty fool proof. Step out of the plane, the chute opens, you land on the ground. Number of people who have died doing a static line jump from the place we were going? Zero. No big deal. <BR> <BR> We got there in the morning and took the required training course where they taught you basic safety stuff and how to land. Ho... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 14:43:37 EST Onward to Scotland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164095 Saturday I finished the GR20 trail in Corsica on my virtual walk. It was quite the hike. Funny, I got sucked in by the quaint old church they showed in one of the photos and thought it'd be this hike through the old European countryside. Ha! It was a rugged, rocky hike along the ridgeline, where the hikers actually stopped photo journaling the hike because of hurricane force winds and freezing temps on the ridge! Luckily they made it to a descending point where the winds subsided a bit a... Mon, 16 May 2016 11:50:37 EST Beautiful Corsica! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156895 It's a beautiful sunny day here in Michigan! I am hoping to sneak in a short walk on my lunch hour. I am going to a play in a neighboring town tonight so there won't be a walk with the dog on my agenda. Want to get my steps in to check out the ground I covered today on my virtual walk. <BR> <BR> I am doing a virtual walk of the CR20 trail in Corsica. It is more like a climbing expedition! Thought I'd share some of the sites of the ground I covered yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 5 May 2016 11:06:35 EST Life - on life's terms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156334 Life is good. I just got back from a mini vacation. I had a great time. I enjoyed some great things I love and came home feeling rejuvenated. I have some great little things planned for this summer... concerts, ball games, road trips, family birthdays and outings... lot's to look forward to. Lot's of things I love with people I love - it doesn't get much better than that! <BR> <BR> Today, it's a gloomy day. It's raining and gray. I just found out a person I know committed suicide. Hi... Wed, 4 May 2016 15:08:30 EST Corsica? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155690 Well I finished my virtual walk of the Florida Keys trail while I was off on vacation in Minnesota. I was pleased that I managed to hit all my step goals even with some long drive days. I was grateful that the person with me also has a step goal, so we tried to keep each other on track and snuck in some steps between workshops, etc. I was also pleased to see that Mr Scale didn't take a huge upward climb. I even used the phone ap to log in daily - so my streak continues! I even had one 20... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:21:40 EST Managing time..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148059 I am having a hard time managing time. I work. By the time I get home it is 6pm. I usually change out of my work clothes and put on my walking clothes and head out with the dog. We usually are hitting our feet to be pavement around 6:30. Notice I did not mention eating dinner. <BR> <BR> Dog and I walk for about an hour and a half which brings me home near 8pm. I then change out of my sweaty walking clothes and shower. It is now 8:30. Time for dinner. By the time I cook something or ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:49:10 EST Changes..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145103 Sometimes it takes a series of little things to happen before you see the light! Well, yesterday I saw the light! <BR> <BR> A year ago my daughter and two of my granddaughters and I took part in the Gazelle Girl. The Gazelle Girl is a women/girl only run. The event has a half marathon for the distance runners and a 5k for others. Last year my daughter and granddaughter ran/walked the race. My oldest granddaughter walked half the race with me, and then ran the last half. She ended up pa... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 17:00:47 EST I did it!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140695 I am beaming brightly and smiling from ear to ear. Today's going to be a good day! <BR> <BR> Ok, so I will start with the not so good. I did not finish the PCT virtual hike yesterday. I had planned on coming home from my board meeting and hopping on that treadmill and knocking out the remaining steps to make a 7.5 mile total. That didn't happen. The meeting ran long. After I went out for coffee with a group of people. When I got home, I let the dog out, took off my shoes, watched the ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:14:26 EST What have I been up to? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140054 No, I haven't been on spring break to some warm and sunny beach. I was home completely jealous of those who were! Here in Michigan, Old Man Winter refuses to loosen his grip and we were having temps in the 20-30's, snow, sleet, rain, and lovely gray skies. I was beginning to lose faith that the sun was really up there above that gray sky! <BR> <BR> However I haven't been blogging much. I was in a bit of a funk. Between feeling a bit depressed, the crappy weather and a touch of the flu..... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:24:44 EST Mama got some new shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130883 Well, the shoes the running store ordered for me came in. I finally made my way there to try them on. I was apprehensive after my last experience. I had spent over an hour trying on shoes and went home with none. <BR> <BR> I slid my feet into these shoes and they felt wonderful! Who knew? A wide width. I guess there is a first for everything! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, being totally excited, I got home, changed, put on those new shoes, got the dog on his leash and headed out for a walk. The f... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 11:24:28 EST tick tock, tick tock...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126756 I haven't blogged in a bit. The end of the month is almost here! Easter is just around the corner too! <BR> <BR> I've had a busy month at work, trying to hire staff for one of our smaller offices in a nearby town. Lots of commuting between offices. We are almost there!!! Yippee! I will be glad when someone is hired and things get back on track. <BR> <BR> I've also had many things going on this month. Heck, I always seem to have many things going on. I am one of those people who beli... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 14:30:54 EST You can't always get what you want...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119120 Singing the Rolling Stones here. So I had a busy weekend. I got my steps in on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday was a bit of a challenge AND I went out to dinner. I had a small sirloin steak with a baked potato dry - no butter, no sour cream, and broccoli. I thought I did ok with my choices. However, Mr Scale still went up 1.6 pounds today. After I got home, I was soooooo thirsty. I drank 3 glasses of water. I am blaming sodium/seasonings? I really watched my breakfast and lunch know... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:04:14 EST One year later... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114310 I have been on this site for a while now. At first I joined, jumped in with a strict diet and exercise plan, dropped about 30 pounds and then quit. A year or so later, with my tail between my legs, I quietly rejoined SP. I decided no more drastic dieting. No more quitting. <BR> <BR> I don't do snails pace well. I want to see results. I want to feel results. I want some instant results to keep me motivated to stay the course. <BR> <BR> On one of my spark teams someone started a challe... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 12:18:39 EST Do you ever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113445 Do you ever do something that you really didn't plan on doing, didn't really want to do, but did it anyhow and afterwards found yourself scratching your head and thinking "Why did I....?" They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Sometimes I question my sanity when it comes to healthy eating. <BR> <BR> It's been a stressful week for me. Saturday I had a relaxing day planned to go to dinner and a play in Detroit. I was looking forward to it. Di... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:26:32 EST Here, add a little more stress..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110465 How you doing? Here, take just a little more. It's ok, you can handle it. You got this girl. <BR> <BR> Ever look at your calendar and think you don't have much on it and you are going to have a pretty easy week with some time for yourself, only to have things hit the fan? <BR> <BR> We had a storm on Tuesday. The roads were pretty bad. The plows seemed to be waiting for the snow to finish falling before they tackled the roads. Add to that some of that freezing wet stuff that coats your... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 15:52:54 EST The Temptations and goals..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108637 Well it's March! New month, clean slate. My goals for March? Repeat of February! Eat healthy, exercise, drink water AND lose 5 pounds during the month. <BR> <BR> So what happened in February? Well, I didn't reach any of my goals perfectly. My goal to lose 5 pounds in the month, well, it was about 3 pounds. Goal not achieved. <BR> <BR> My goal to drink all my water - well I did pretty good on that. Giving up soda helped. However, I did sneak in one orange soda. I think there were o... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:37:57 EST 2 hour delay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104692 This morning my phone rang at 6:30 only to tell me that we had a two hour delay in my work start time. Yippee! 2 more hours in my comfy bed! I rolled over.... only to THINK <BR> <BR> I can't lay here to long, there is snow to shovel. I better get up and get started. I put on some warm clothes, grabbed the shovel and took the first scoop. Holy crap, that is all slush under that snow. Heavy stuff! There were about 8 inches on top with about an inch of slushy snow on the bottom. I had ... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:54:09 EST the silver lining.... one more time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103893 It's snowing and blowing here in Michigan today. Winter storm warning they say. I really don't want to leave work and drive home..... but I don't want to stay here either! So, I will bundle up and head out there. My son has basketball practice tonight and as of yet, it hasn't been cancelled. So I may be doing this a couple more times. Truly hoping they cancel by the time I get home. <BR> <BR> I must say it is a bit pretty, those snow covered trees... however so were those blue sky, sun... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:37:44 EST Day of rest? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102900 I am one of those all in or all out people. I try really hard to find the middle of the road, but it is difficult for me. It doesn't come naturally. <BR> <BR> When I start working out, I do something and find my ability isn't where I thought it was. I get frustrated. I push myself to get that ability back. I push myself to be better. If 10 reps are good, 20 are better - right? More reps, more weight, more miles, more distance. More, more, more. I've watched the biggest loser. I've ... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:26:16 EST I've been sparked!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101975 Friday it was a warm and sunny day in Michigan. Something we haven't seen in a long time! It was crazy windy though, gale force winds off the lake. Anyhow, I had to leave work early to take my son to get his hearing aids, which meant I got home early! I loaded up dog and took him for a long walk before I dropped him off to the kennel. It felt so nice to be able to walk and not be wearing boots and winter gear! <BR> <BR> Saturday I went to Toledo with a friend. We were going for a conve... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 10:37:14 EST The body and the mind are not on the same track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099787 Yesterday was a tad bit warm here in Michigan.... as in the 40's! The snow is rapidly melting. When I got out of work, it was light out. I had a tinge of spring fever. I put the leash on the dog and took to the streets. I only had about an hour to walk because I was meeting a friend later at the Y - but the dog loved it! <BR> <BR> Got home and changed into my workout clothes. It took a couple changes of shirts because the ones I wore last summer were to clingy! Yikes! It really was... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 11:31:16 EST How it works... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098985 Today was weigh in day for my weight loss challenge at work. We weigh in every Thursday. I was hoping to see a BIG number! After all, I gave up soda. I stayed on track with my food. I exceeded my step goals every day. When the scale flashed 1.8, I must say I was disappointed. I felt I worked harder than a 1.8. I felt Mr Scale was being stingy again. <BR> <BR> Last week the person with the highest weight loss lost 5.71%, mine was a mere 1.1% When I started talking to people to see ... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:02:59 EST Gasp! Another reality check! Where's the sunshine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097424 Saturday I was home doing housework. It was cold outside. I decided I wasn't going to go out for anything. I had everything I needed to make meals, I had lots to do (laundry, general cleaning) and I even got sidetracked by a couple episodes of Fixer Upper on tv. While watching the end of Fixer Upper, I looked at my facebook. I have a friend who is obese. She has been going to the gym lately. She joined the Y. She has been posting every day after her workout saying "another workout don... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:41:57 EST I deserve it...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095826 It's Valentine's Day. Today is day 5 of soda free me. I have three bottles of Coke Zero hiding in the refrigerator (yep, I hid them behind some taller bottles of stuff in the door). A little voice in my head said to me "Hey, it's Valentine's Day. You should crack open one of those hidden bottles of Coke Zero. You know you love it. Share the love. Don't deny the love. It's all about love. You deserve it." <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. Well, I ate some strawberries and drank my water. <BR> <BR... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 16:40:17 EST Tests, challenges and what you REALLY want... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094386 Well I joined a weight loss challenge at work. We are on our own to choose what diet/exercise we want to do. Of course each week there are all sorts of tidbits of information floated our way. Week 1 I lost 1.11%of my weight. Not great - but not bad. The leader lost 5.76% of her weight. I did the math. That would be 12.4 pounds for me. from my starting weight. I can't see myself doing that! I would have to do on a water only diet and work out 24-7. Maybe next week will be better with... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:36:02 EST giving up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093645 First I need to say, I am not giving up - as in quitting this journey. You hear the word diet. Your first thought? Deprivation. Giving up..... I am Catholic. This is our Lenten Season. This is the time of year many people give up things they love, things that are hard to give up. Some of my friends are giving up their coffee, others are giving up sweets, others are giving up "junk food", some are giving up soda or alcohol. I even have friends who are giving up tv or becoming "unplugg... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:05:44 EST I didn't want to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088057 I have had a busy week at work. I had a busy week in my after work hours - meetings, son's basketball, appointments. Tonight I got my haircut and colored. I got home and sat on the couch. It felt so good to sit and do nothing! I turned on the tv. I thought to myself "I should do those reports for the meeting this weekend". I didn't want to. I thought to myself "I should get on the treadmill and walk a half hour like the doctor wanted me to". I didn't want to. I sat on the couch. I ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 21:44:10 EST Another milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085751 I haven't blogged much about my virtual walk lately. However, I have been plodding along on the PCT. I have loved this stretch of trail in Oregon. The mountains and lakes are so beautiful. I am certainly planning on making a trip out there someday! I will set my feet on a stretch of this awesome trail! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, yesterday marked day 332 on the trail. I have been averaging 6.7 miles per day. I left Mount Hood behind me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fa... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:54:03 EST It's February! Share the love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084996 So this morning I get out of bed. I was going to hop on the treadmill, but I didn't. I putzed around and ran out of time. However, I did hop on the scale to record my February 1 weight. Guess what? Another pound slid off that scale! If only it had done that yesterday, then I would have hit my 5 pound goal for the month. Oh well, now I have a good start for February! <BR> <BR> We are having a break in our weather today. I was so tempted to stay home from work and get out there and wal... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:17:07 EST oh geez you posted THAT on facebook? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084190 Friday I went to a Detroit Pistons game with a friend. We stopped to have dinner on the road. While waiting for our food, my friend snapped my photo. She laughed and said one more - just as I was laughing about her snapping photos before I am ready. She laughed again and posted it on facebook. I had no idea what it looked like. I had my fears..... <BR> <BR> Later I looked at my feed and saw the photo she posted. At first I was moritified. I was going to delete it but then I noticed i... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:21:22 EST More numbers..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079879 Numbers seem to be a big part of our lives! I am a numbers person. I like to think I have complete control over numbers. Numbers are black and white. There is no gray with numbers. That being said..... <BR> <BR> I got the results from my lab work for my physical. My overall cholesterol remained the same as it was last year. That sounded good, right? However, my overall cholesterol was 219 - which is higher than it should be - but not high enough for my doctor to want to put me on med... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:48:09 EST Numbers and winning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075398 My son had a Special Olympic basketball game yesterday. It was their first game of the year and he has several new teammates, some of whom have never played in a game. The team they were playing outsized them in height. They were quicker. Now you would think that would have intimidated our team - but it didn't. That is the thing about Special Olympics, the kids rarely get intimidated about things the rest of us would. They just go out there and do their best. Unfortunately, the parents... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 12:09:02 EST My body...... my moment of clarity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072800 It's in the single digit temperatures. I'm worried. Summer is coming! Yep, summer. The time of year when you can't hide under baggy sweaters and layers of clothes. Summer, when you put on a bathing suit and go out in public. Gasp! <BR> <BR> I was reading a SP article on loving our bodies at any size. I thought to myself, ya right. If only I had those long lean legs, tight abs instead of a jiggly belly, arms that didn't wave back at me. If only I could fit into regular size clothes, w... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 14:18:47 EST