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/ goals schmoals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799813 Yikes! We are midway through the month and I thought I'd let you know how I was doing on those goals I set up. <BR> <BR> I had really good intentions in setting up those goals and didn't think they were that crazy or difficult. Boy was I wrong Change IS difficult. It is ok for a brief moment - but maintaining it is the hard part. <BR> <BR> I am asking for help and suggestions on obtaining/maintaining some of my goals! <BR> <BR> 1. Sleep - I was shooting for 8 hours sleep a night. I d... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:16:28 EST Friday giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795826 I work in a law firm. Giggles in our lobby aren't a common thing but today I couldn't help but giggle all the way from the bathroom back to my desk. <BR> <BR> We have these electronic sinks that turn themselves on when you put your hands under the faucet. Well, someone was using the closest sink so I went to the next one - which beeped at me and never turned on. This means the batteries controlling the sensor are dead. I headed to the furthest sink - which rarely gets used. I put my han... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:11:28 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795393 Please give me the strength to stay out of the work kitchen today. It Thursday - which means Panera Bread bagels and cookies in the kitchen. As if that isn't bad enough, one of the people here brought in a fresh baked pumpkin roll, fresh, warm donuts and cider from one of the local orchard markets. <BR> <BR> There is this illusive thing called moderation which I have yet to figure out. I know if I go in there to have a piece of a donut, or a piece of that pumpkin roll, the remaining piece... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 16:40:26 EST Honesty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791116 I like to think I am an honest person. When I do something wrong I own up to it. Sometimes I'd like to hide, but I have learned that it is easier to own up to it and move on! <BR> <BR> I have posted blogs about my struggles with my eating habits. I am honest about the poor choices I made. Yesterday as part of my "plan" for the first week of October, I purged my kitchen of all the foods I shouldn't have there. <BR> <BR> I vowed no foods would be off limits when I started this journey. ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:23:24 EST Stop floundering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790556 So I have felt that the past few months I have been floundering. I even got out the dictionary and looked up the word flounder. Of course the noun refers to the fish. Then there were the other meanings, none of which I really wanted to claim as relating to me: to struggle to move or obtain footing: thrash about wildly; to proceed to act clumsily or ineffectually. Yep, that has been me. <BR> <BR> I made a decision. No more floundering in October. No more thrashing about wildly! What ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 16:18:39 EST Making a travel plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789183 I just read a blog on making a game plan. It caused me to think. I have been floundering for some time. I know where I want to end up - I want to be healthier, I want to be thinner, I want to be fit. Well, at least I know what I want, right? But how am I going to get there? I have some ideas, but those seem to change quite frequently and some of them haven't been very good ideas! <BR> <BR> Funny, I would never leave on a road trip without first figuring out where I am going, how I am g... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:51:39 EST #6 you find it where you look for it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781701 Did I ever say sometimes I amaze myself? Well I do! Yesterday I went to a nearby park for a walk after work. I intended to walk my normal lap around a couple small gravel pits. I was thinking in my head that any number bigger than 10,000 on the fitbit would do! <BR> <BR> After a family vacation followed by a week of being sick, I have been searching for motivation. Have had lots of inspiration - but just lacked the umph to put myself into action. Later..... I just don't have the energy.... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:21:29 EST Day 5 The things I do.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780924 Today is day 5 of my login streak. Yippee! <BR> <BR> Now - here is where it gets a bit ugly. Yesterday I had my son over. I stopped by the grocery store to pick up something to make for dinner. He wanted chicken voila.... strange request from him - but sounded easy and simple to me. I grabbed a cart and headed towards the frozen foods. <BR> <BR> On my way I noticed that GatorAde was on sale - so I grabbed 3 bottles of that and then I noticed that 2 liters of Coke products were on sal... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:48:05 EST #2..... no matter what http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777342 I have decided to attempt to walk one mile on the treadmill tonight - no matter how slow - no matter what. I am beginning to feel like I am using not feeling well as an excuse not to exercise. The silly part is I can be so convincing to myself that sometimes I believe it! Going to give it a try. If it really is THAT bad, I will stop. <BR> <BR> My eating habits have been dismal. Not feeling well and feeling a bit sorry for myself has taken me down that path of self indulgence - in thin... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:06:09 EST sick, sick, sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776531 Hokey Pete...... It started with a sore throat which I had for a few days but never really got sick. Wednesday, my head started feeling a bit stuffy and I had this little annoying cough. Thursday my head was soooo stuffed up. I had the worst headache I have had in a long time. I couldn't focus my eyes to read! People on tv had 4 eyes and printing had shadows around it. I was so tired I could barely drag myself from my bed to the couch downstairs. I stayed in my jammies all day long! F... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:45:54 EST Day 2 again..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772575 Well after my adventure to the UP - where I broke my streak - I am now home and working hard to get everything on the same track. While north, we did lots of hiking, riding in the car AND eating. One of the things I try to do is eat at local places for something different. Unfortunately when you do that it is REALLY hard to track your food! <BR> <BR> We hit rain almost every day - but not enough to keep us inside. However, it did make it a little more difficult to hike the muddy, slipp... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:01:53 EST Day 2 laugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769370 Well, I made it to day 2!!! <BR> <BR> yesterday I met a friend after work and we played a round of mini golf. It was an old course - like 1950's style! On the very first par 2 hole it took me 6 shots to get the ball into the cup! My friend was laughing so hard. The next hole she couldn't hit the ball up the little hill - it kept rolling back down to the starting point. Now I was laughing! <BR> <BR> I won't tell you how many over par we were on that silly little course! After we got do... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:50:59 EST Day 1????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768859 I'm not really sure what happened to my streak! I was on here yesterday. I logged in. I tracked, blogged - did I not spin the wheel???? Not sure. Oh well that almost double digit streak is over. Not to mention I probably will be out of touch for the weekend as I am going up north to the UP and wifi/phone service is difficult. If I get lucky, I WILL login! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, been doing lots of self examination - and evaluation. Changes are coming in September. I will blog more about t... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:36:11 EST Day 9!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768013 Woke up to day and couldn't help but notice the lack of humidity in the air. Yippee! Which means I will get in my walk during my lunch hour. <BR> <BR> Funny how you miss things like that! Here I thought it was just one of those things I do to get some physical activity during my work day - but when I wasn't doing it - I realized how much it helps me mentally reset! If someone told me at the beginning of spring that I would miss my lunch hour walk I probably wouldn't have believed them! ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:57:19 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766793 Still here! Day 8 of the streak! <BR> <BR> Feeling a bit yucky today. Pushed through my morning walk, but feeling a bit nauseated. We had a thunderstorm move through during lunch hour so no noontime walk for me - I probably wouldn't have walked anyhow because it is so humid. <BR> <BR> It will be a challenge to get my steps in today, however a sparkfriend suggested dancing when I can't get outdoors walking. So, tonight I am cranking the tunes and becoming a dancing machine! I may hit t... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:36:56 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765447 It's hot and steamy here! Got up and laced up my walking shoes first thing. Took a 5.5 mile walk, hoping to beat the heat! It was quite warm as I climbed that last hill towards home! Now I am going to pack a lunch and some water and head to the Lake Michigan shore. A day with my beach chair, a good book, the sound of waves lapping the shore, and the cool waters of the lake are just what I need. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day! Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:55:59 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764215 Working my way to double digits! <BR> <BR> I signed up for the fall 5% challenge! I did not reach my 5% goal for the summer challenge. I ended up on vacation the last week of the challenge and missed the final weigh in. When I returned, I weighed in and found I had gained weight that week, which took me further from my goal. I have some fall weekends away planned but no weeklong vacations and am looking forward to this motivating challenge! <BR> <BR> On a different note, I have been wal... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:10:59 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763510 Today is day 3 of my spark login streak. Yippee! I'm on my way! <BR> <BR> This morning I got up and got on the treadmill. After one mile I started feeling a little tired. I noticed that I was slapping the treadmill with my left foot which I normally find myself doing at the end of my walk. After the one mile mark I really wanted to quit. I stopped and stretched. <BR> <BR> Onward to mile 2. Phew, sweat, slapping foot, I don't wanna.... Yes Barb, you wanna. You have goals, remember? ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:33:17 EST sights and insights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763020 Every year for my son's birthday we go to see the Detroit Tigers play baseball. This year the Tigers were playing in Toronto Canada. We got our passports, loaded up the suitcases in the car and hit the road. Sunday we got up bright and early and wandered around Rogers Centre. We found our gate and made our way into the field. The Blue Jay's welcomed us with birthday wishes! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495993805.jpg"> <BR> We had awesome seats right behind the... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:48:32 EST New streak!!! I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762208 Was off for a family vacation last week. We ventured to Canada to Toronto and to the Niagara Falls area. I must say, "There's no place like home". We had a great trip, but it was so good to return home and sleep in my own bed and get back to my quiet little life! <BR> <BR> So here's the gang (minus me taking the pic) waiting for the ferry on the Toronto Islands. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760990993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and here is one of me and my son Jack <BR>... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:42:43 EST left, right... left, right, left.... more self talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753774 Can you hear the drill sergeant calling it out? Me too. I am marching to the cadence. One foot in front of the other. <BR> <BR> I am just not feeling it today. I don't wanna. Maybe I don't wanna because I have had a less than stellar week adhering to my eating/exercise plan. Maybe I don't wanna because I haven't in some areas. Maybe I really am tired and need to slow up a bit. Maybe I am just being a slacker and need to dig deeper. I honestly don't know. I just know that I am NO... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 16:48:47 EST All who wander are not lost?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752891 All who wander are not lost...... Isn't that how it goes? <BR> <BR> I love to wander. I love to explore. It is one of my passions. Get me off the beaten path! However, when I set a goal and I start to wander, I am in trouble. History tells me I am on my way to getting lost and who knows when I will find my way again! <BR> <BR> This girl has been wandering!!! I have somewhat managed to keep my exercise on track, but at times that hasn't been the best. My eating, well, I have been try... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:53:41 EST First 5K this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751033 My weekends have been packed and I have not taken the time to do a 5k this year. I am not a runner - I am a walker. I have a knee replacement and running is not the best activity for me (however, there is that secret I have - I really WOULD like to run a 5k). My doc said if I lose more weight, it would be ok to do it one time to get it off my bucket list - but I shouldn't plan on becoming a runner. Soooo that thought is in my head and it is on my list of things I want to complete! <BR> <... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:35:56 EST Iam able. I am strong. I am fierce. I am not a quitter. Repeat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749793 So tomorrow is the end of the month. I normally record my weight on the first day of the month - it was my official monthly weigh in day. The first of July I weighed 183.6. <BR> <BR> I worked hard this month. The scale has not rewarded my work like I thought it would. However last weekend I did see a 7 on the scale.....yippee! <BR> <BR> My original goal when I started this journey was to lose 5 lbs a month until I reached my goal weight. That has happened most months - accept April whe... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:31:31 EST weekend exploring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749053 This past weekend I ventured to the UP (upper peninsula) of Michigan to gather with some friends from all over the state and some who live up there (who were our hosts). We had a great time catching up with each other, a cookout and bonfire - UP style. For those who haven't kept up with my blogs - each year I choose a word to focus on. This year my word was explore and EXPLORE I did! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1255021737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our first night ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:50:39 EST Because I gotta have faith..... (sing it!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745776 Last weekend I saw a 7 on my scale - as in I was in the 170's for the first time in years. Woohoo! Granted it was barely in the 170's as in 179.6 - but it was in the next lower decade of numbers on the scale. Hmmm decade isn't the word I want - but I think you know what I mean. <BR> <BR> Well, Monday it was back to 180. Tuesday it was 180.6 Yesterday it was 181.4. Today back to 180.6. Hmmmmm. What happened to that 7? What gives? <BR> <BR> Go figure. Mr. Scale. I really don't lik... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:10:24 EST Take a chance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744890 Sometimes you just have to take a chance. <BR> <BR> Last night I decided instead of walking on the treadmill I was going to drive to Grand Haven and walk the waterfront and the pier. The weather forecast was calling for rain later in the evening. It was so hot and humid here, the waterfront had to be better! When I left my wooded neighborhood and got to the main road I notice the sky was a threatening gray. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm, do I drive the 40 miles and have it possibly be raining when I g... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:56:19 EST Procrastinators CAN change.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744182 I've been walking this path a while. Things I know..... this is not easy for anyone. Change, even if we embrace it, requires us to let go of old habits which is not easy. Period. Change requires action. <BR> <BR> I remember when I was little my grandma would have this schedule for her chores - Monday was laundry, Tuesday was ironing, ..... every other day was market day. Yep,we walked to the farmers market and the corner grocery store and bought fresh meat for dinner along with whatever... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:42:04 EST Videoconferencing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743484 OK this will take a minute to come around to my title. <BR> <BR> Saturday I was cleaning out my closet getting rid of some too big clothes. Yippee!!! <BR> <BR> In the back hung a garment bag containing a dress I bought to wear to last year's office holiday party. It was a cute dress that was on sale at the end of the year. I snagged the dress - can't resist a bargain! And then I proceeded to gain weight. I took a few pounds off over the summer but gained them and more back by the tim... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:49:10 EST I can - therefore I will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740234 Sometimes my head complicates this thing so much. <BR> <BR> It is really quite simple. Eat healthy foods in healthy quantities and exercise. To lose weight, calories out or burned must exceed calories in or eaten. I just complicate the crap out of a simple process. <BR> <BR> In my heart I want to be healthier. I want to be stronger. Wanting and wishing will get me no where. While it all may begin with a dream and some hope - it all happens with a plan, taking action and sticking wit... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:35:37 EST Stay Strong Barb..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739340 Last Sunday I topped off the day celebrating a friend's birthday. We decided to go to a movie - his choice - which was the Planet of the Apes movie. I must say the smells of the popcorn were soooooo tempting. I thought "mmmmm, movie popcorn, with butter and wash it down with a mountain dew" but then I remembered I had declared Sunday my day of rest with exercise and to slack off on my food choices would make the day feel like a relapse into old habits. So, no popcorn or pop. Pat on the ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:13:03 EST And on it goes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737921 Completed another week of the challenge. This week I have exercised lots! Continued to try to get over 14000 steps per day on my fitbit and tried really hard to increase that veggie intake. I must say I was a bit disappointed when my weightloss was less than 1 lb. However, I am trying to stay focused on long term goals. <BR> <BR> Started my day with some of my favorite things, farm fresh eggs scrambled with some fresh mushrooms, a little onion and just a little diced ham, a piece of toas... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:25:59 EST The 5% challenge, the tornado and gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734171 I worked extra hard the end of last week, exercising, counting calories, drinking water. I can not tell the gratitude I felt when I lost all the weight I gained the weekend before and one pound more. I did not want to let my team down and gain weight. <BR> <BR> I have decided not to get on that scale again until next Saturday. I am just going to do the next right things the best I can and hopefully the scale will be reflective of my effort. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful holiday weekend,... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:48:02 EST Double whammy! Take that voice of reason! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731372 I woke up this morning and a gentle rain was falling outside. The sound of the rain falling was soothing. I reached over and hit the snooze button. "I really don't want to get up and walk. My knees ache and I am still tired," I said to myself. "Just get up and get it over with," I reasoned. Yawn. "I don't want to," I said. "Once you start it will be fine. If you don't, you will regret it," I reasoned. "So what. You'll get over it. It's ONE morning," I countered. I hit the snooze ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:24:05 EST I went to the doctor today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729908 I went to the doctor today. I usually hate to step on that scale - it is my moment of shame and guilt! I used to actually think about the weight of the clothes I wore, take off my jewelry in the car, make sure I kicked off my shoes and removed anything I could before stepping on that box. I'd watch the numbers until I saw the dreaded number flashing at me. <BR> <BR> Not today. I went in, jewelry, shoes and all, stepped on that scale and it was about 25 lbs less than the last time I was i... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:20:52 EST 3.6 lb loss for week one ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729077 Saturday was weigh in day for our 5% challenge. I posted a weight loss of 3.6 lbs for the week! WooHoo!!!!! I am so proud of myself and all my hard work to accomplish that! It was not easy. It was a challenge!!! <BR> <BR> I should be flying high with that feeling of accomplishment but then..... <BR> <BR> I had a fundraiser to attend Saturday afternoon where I was sitting in a chair at the door collecting tickets from 12-5pm. Prior to going there, I got up early, walked on the treadmil... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:44:31 EST Day 7 of 5% summer challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727405 I had today off work - so no getting up early and hitting the treadmill. Was waiting for the cable repair man. Believe it or not, I was the first stop! After he finished his repair work I laced up the shoes and started walking in the neighborhood. I logged 5 miles before lunch! Then I picked up my granddaughters and headed to the beach. We walked up and down the shoreline quite a ways! So more steps! I did allow myself a splurge of an ice cream cone - not sure that was the wisest with... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:26:05 EST Day 6 of 5% Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726418 Wow 6 days have gone by already! Amazing! Well, I guess day 6 isn't over yet... <BR> <BR> I did awesome yesterday and went for a walk after my board meeting - so, I managed to log 10.26 steps on the fitbit! Phew! <BR> <BR> I am doing a virtual walk to Phoenix which I started on May 1. I set the goal of hitting the Missouri border by the 4th of July - which was trekking west and south across the state of Illinois. Well, I am a mere 32.20 miles from the border! I am already starting to ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:30:14 EST Day 5 of 5% Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725707 I must admit I am dragging today. I am running on inspiration, motivation, desire, dedication and spark power. There isn't much in the tank! I think it is the humidity and all these gray, rainy days. I feel drained. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I did get on the treadmill this morning and walked. I also was able to get a half hour walk in at noon time. Tonight I have a board meeting to attend, but plan on walking afterwards. I will have about 60 minutes of working out to get in to get the maximum... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:26 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725001 I am really enjoying this challenge! It is giving me some extra push to make sure I get in my exercise. I am struggling a bit with my freggies. No - that is not true. I am struggling with my veggies! <BR> <BR> I am one of the pickiest eaters on the planet. Salads do not agree with me - mainly lettuce salads - they revisit me for hours after I eat them - so I don't. Which makes it a bit hard to get in those veggies. Not to mention I don't like more of them than I like. <BR> <BR> I d... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:39:10 EST things you learn... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724059 There s nothing like a good pair of running shoes. There is nothing worse than a bad pair of shoes! <BR> <BR> I bought a new pair of Adidas Boost running shoes. They were awesome! Light weight, cushiony, perfect summer shoes! Not so sure how they would be in the winter. <BR> <BR> When I bought my shoes, they told me my left foot is about a half size smaller than my right foot. I am not sure if this is residual from the biking accident - or if my feet are getting to be different size... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:20:20 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723366 I joined the 5% Summer Challenge. Yesterday was day one - and I had a picnic to attend. I came totally prepared. Brought a couple dishes that I could eat - cut up fresh fruit. I watched what I ate, brought my water and zero vitamin water ..... and then there were those 10 regular potato chips that found their way onto my plate. <BR> <BR> I broke away from the group a couple times and got in about three miles walking, so I didn't need to come home and spend the entire evening on my treadm... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:37:36 EST Oh geez! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720762 Yesterday I missed my noontime walk due to having to cover for another employee who was out for the day. I figured I would just add another mile and a half to my nighttime walk. <BR> <BR> Not a good idea. <BR> <BR> I walked my normal 3.5 miles and tacked on another 1.5 miles for a total of 5 miles. I tried to keep my pace around 17 min a mile - which is difficult in the hilly section of the trail. By the end of my last lap around the lake my knees ached. I figured it was normal sore ach... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:09:36 EST The Streak is Over... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719001 For 55 days I religiously logged in to spark people and pushed that button to spin the wheel for my log in points and then it happened........ <BR> <BR> Sunday, I lost service for my tv, internet and phone. I had my family coming over to celebrate my granddaughters' birthdays and to celebrate father's day. I got up early, started cleaning house and then tackled the porch which was covered in pollen from the oak forest around my house. Then off to the store to get some fresh fruit and a fe... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:52:33 EST If you are struggling..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714163 I started this journey early in the year. I didn't start on New Years Day. I dragged my feet a bit. I started too many journeys on New Years Day that ended somewhere other than my destination! This time was going to be different...and reality ... I wanted to eat all the leftovers from the holidays before I started this journey. That's the truth! I ate every single holiday cookie that was in my house! <BR> <BR> Here is my photo that I took one month in. I think it was the beginning of ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:57:32 EST Fitbit help??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709648 I have had a fitbit for some time. I usually count my steps and am good with that number. However, now I am doing this virtual walk thing and I am setting a lofty goal of walking 7/5-8 miles per day. Yes, I said WALK, not run. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, yesterday I walked 4 miles according to map my walk gps, I did 1.5 miles at noon and did 3 miles on my treadmill. I thought I was at 8.5 miles, plus all the miscellaneous steps during the day. <BR> <BR> When I synced my fitbit, I had 6.74 miles?... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:42:26 EST What I did right this weekend..... and my confession and a lofty goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708980 Friday we ordered out lunch at work. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich w spinach and skipped half the bread. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had a planning committee meeting for a women's retreat at 10am. I got up early, got my two miles in on the treadmill, showered, ate a protein bar and went to the meeting. <BR> <BR> On the way home, I stopped by the grocery store and bought 4 packages of fresh strawberries, a pineapple, some blackberries, a small watermelon and some blueberries. Went hom... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 13:46:08 EST Basking in it...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705338 I had a meeting to go to today with a group of legal administrators from other firms in our area. I decided to wear a dress. I usually don't wear them in the winter - or really even in the summer. <BR> <BR> Reasons I don't? I have a zillion. I feel like a short, fat box in a dress. I have heavy legs. My legs are not tan right now. My thighs rub - and that can get uncomfortable! I have to be careful how I sit - and I can't cross my legs at the knee. There you have it. <BR> <BR> I du... Wed, 28 May 2014 15:57:42 EST shhhhhh - I'm trying to keep it a secret - but I can't any longer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704339 I can't say I am a total slacker. I just have issues with consistency. I dive right in and for the first week it is near perfect. Week two, I let go of a few things here or there and tell myself it's ok, those things aren't really important. It is overwhelming to do things near perfectly every day. Week three I may skip a day altogether and just throw everything in the wind. Week four I struggle getting back on track after committing the ultimate sin - being not only less that perfect b... Tue, 27 May 2014 11:55:51 EST I survived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701565 I survived my trip to the oral surgeon - although 2+ hours in the chair caused a bit of anxiety in my head! The tooth is out, a bone graft was done, so now it is healing time. Six stitches and some swelling - and a big, tender space where my tooth was. <BR> <BR> I even managed to get a 4 mile walk in yesterday, however, I did not eat my apple. I'm not sure I will be able to eat one yet today - but I am going to try to cut one into small pieces tonight and see how it goes. For lunch I had... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:52:05 EST