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/ 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 Where I'm at..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700136 Ten more days and I will be stepping onto Mr. Scale. I am working hard to gain his approval. I have been walking up a storm. I have had over 20,000 steps on my fitbit a couple times in the past 4 days. I've been getting up early and hopping on the treadmill, getting in noontime walks and also walking with my son or grandkids in the evening. <BR> <BR> Eating? My goal this week has been to eat an apple every day. I know that probably sounds like a silly goal - but apples are so good for ... Wed, 21 May 2014 16:01:23 EST What I did right..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695560 I had a healthy breakfast and lunch. <BR> <BR> I had my granddaughters after work until 9pm. <BR> <BR> We had pizza for supper. I had one slice (honesty part - it was a large pizza so one slice probably is like two slices of a small pizza - but still that is huge for me). The remaining pizza went home with the girls. <BR> <BR> We had ice cream treats for dessert - 90 calorie treats and I had ONE! The remaining treats went home with the girls. <BR> <BR> I got over 10,000 steps in on my ... Thu, 15 May 2014 09:50:09 EST suck it up and go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694214 I haven't been to the y this month. I have been opting to walk outdoors, or on my treadmill, and do workout videos and some kettlebell work at home. <BR> <BR> I am paying for a Y membership I haven't used. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> It's easier to work out at home. It's quicker to work out at home. It's nicer to walk outdoors (most days). It frees up time to do other things at home (like watch tv). My workout buddy cancelled her membership because she has been ill. I feel intimidated... Tue, 13 May 2014 13:54:48 EST Grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693481 I spent most of the week on track. I had one night where my steps fell short of the 10,000 goal, but most other nights I exceeded it. <BR> <BR> I was a little concerned about the weekend with Mother's Day but decided to celebrate and just do the best I could. <BR> <BR> Friday night we went to the WhiteCaps baseball game (which is our local team, a farm team in the Detroit Tiger system). It had rained most of the day, but by evening, the rain rolled on and we had a decent night to watch so... Mon, 12 May 2014 14:36:54 EST my dear deer friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688206 Got out for my noontime walk. Instead of sitting on my butt in the lunch room, I walked 2 miles. It was a bit gloomy and threatening rain, but I pushed on. My dear deer friend was closely watching me as I walked past. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l967436470.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I must say I felt great afterwards. <BR> <BR> A couple more miles and I will have my fitbit total for the day. It is clearing a little outside, no longer a threatening gray - but a brighte... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:20:39 EST Don't listen Barb..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687950 Let's see. Friday I broke a crown on my tooth. My dentist was out of town for a family funeral. The tooth really isn't sensitive, but it has rough edges and throbs when I bite down on stuff. Silly me, I will forget that it is broken until I go to chew something = then OUCH! So that started my weekend. a little voice in my head told me it was ok to eat pasta all weekend, alfredo pasta, mac & cheese, mmmmmmm. I ignored the voice. <BR> <BR> I did get in the pool with my friend, also did ... Mon, 5 May 2014 11:01:24 EST Day one down!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685801 So met all of my daily goals yesterday. Ended up with 13,000+ steps on the fitbit. I was content with my efforts! I wanted to see if Mr Scale approved, but I didn't go there! <BR> <BR> I was a bit worried about today - meeting an old friend who I haven't seen in a bit. We were going to hook up at a local restaurant after work, have dinner and chat. I worried that if we chatted too long, I would be on the ol treadmill in the late hours trying to get my 10,000 steps in! <BR> <BR> I got u... Fri, 2 May 2014 13:16:31 EST April showers..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684802 Well, just like the weather here in Michigan, my April was a bit dismal. As far as reaching the goals I set for the month, none of them happened. I wasn't a total slacker. I had some good days, but overall, there were more bad days. Yikes! <BR> <BR> I had slides in the exercise area. Procrastination, excuses, justifications ---bottom line I did not exercise like I should have. <BR> <BR> In the healthy eating area - well let's just say that there was more procrastination, excuses and ju... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:34:45 EST Don't put off... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683977 Me? I'm doing better. Got on my treadmill and did 3 miles yesterday. Found myself a few hundred steps short of 10,000 at 10pm. I made the mistake of turning on a 10pm tv show and told myself during the commercials I would walk around the house to get those last few steps in --- but instead between 10pm and the first commercial I dozed off only to wake up after midnight - soooo I stayed short on my steps. Lesson that popped into my mind immediately after? Don't put off til tomorrow what ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:45:03 EST I love you guys!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680188 Thanks for helping me get out of my funk! Still not quite out of the woods, but feel like I have some good tools with me to use! Most of all thanks for reminding me that sometimes the motivation is a result of our doing the right things ----- maybe that was why I couldn't find mine? Also, thanks for the motivational clown! I have a creepy love/hate thing with clowns! I have visuals of the clown chasing me as I run to get away! Oh--- and as I am running I am carrying my list of things I ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:39:09 EST Stuck? Denial? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679454 I have been stuck. I have been feeling lazy. My favorite thoughts have been "I don't want to" or "I will do it later". At first I thought, like everything else, this too will pass. <BR> <BR> Guess what? It hasn't. I am stuck. Wait - no I am not stuck. I am backsliding. <BR> <BR> So I have been searching for motivation. Something that will jump out and make me feel that desire again. I've been reading motivational blogs, articles, listening to motivational speakers, music ----- it... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:56:23 EST Melting the snowball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673636 So I got off my butt and out for a walk during my lunch hour. It was a little chilly when I started. The river and ponds are still beyond their banks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157387357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While walking, I couldn't help but notice the trees. Since there are no leaves yet, I was checking out the bark. Some of them were rather amazing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316712277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one looked... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:03:27 EST snowballs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673520 I'm not talking the kind made out of the white fluffy stuff - I'm talking the kind made up of an accumulation of other stuff. You know the kind! <BR> <BR> So the past couple weeks of spring, I have been making snowballs. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> Exercise? I can't get to the gym, I don't have enough time today. I will walk on the treadmill at home later. Later comes, I don't want to walk on the treadmill, I want to put on my jammies and watch tv. It's ok to take a day off. I will... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:17:55 EST Where its at........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672757 April is half gone - and I am not halfway towards reaching my goal - in fact I think I am further from it than when April started. April has been a huge challenge. <BR> <BR> I am emotionally tired. I have not gotten in my workouts. In fact, I don't know that I have logged ANY fitness minutes - although I do know I did do some workouts and walked on the treadmill. My usually supportive workout buddy is having health issues and has not been working out. A dear friend is in the hospital ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:19:03 EST the new 'do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668107 some of you asked for a pic of my haircut - sooooo - here it is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1996575494.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It certainly is a beautiful day. Have the next couple days off and will be away from the computer. So if I don't talk to you later, have a wonderful weekend Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:00:43 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667252 This past week I have been struggling with motivation and keeping my focus. After looking at some things, I am blaming - are you ready? My success. <BR> <BR> I have just reached the goal of losing 10% of my bodyweight. I have lost a little over 20 lbs. I feel good. I look better. So those gremlins that occupy my head are telling me to just stop here. Silly me was listening - for a bit. Then I gave it more thought and realised if I stop, I will go back to where I came from. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:59:20 EST Rewards..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664444 So when I went in to get my hair trim/color touch up I decided it was time for a new do. I looked at lots of pictures and put my trust in my hairdresser. After all, if you can't trust your hairdresser, who can you trust! She turned my back to the mirror, cut off the length, snipped and clipped, put in layers (I don't do layers, only on the very bottom) and there you go..... the new me. <BR> <BR> I left hoping I didn't need to call in sick today because I couldn't work magic with the blo... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:03:25 EST THE cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663593 Every Thursday is bagel and cookie day at our office. We get Panera bagels and cookies. They sit in the kitchen right outside my office door. I smell toasting bagels and sweets all morning long. <BR> <BR> I have been doing pretty good staying away from them or just breaking off a piece of a cookie. Today was different. <BR> <BR> I walked by those cookies at least five times this morning. I looked in the box to see if my favorites were there. Yep, they were. Later on the toffee cook... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 14:50:49 EST Who thought less would lead to more? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662550 So another month of doing the next right things to the best of my ability have lead to this: <BR> <BR> More stamina. When I first started walking at the first of the year, I could not walk a mile without stopping several times feeling like the little distance I covered MUST have been a mile! I had knee pain, shortness of breath and just felt miserable. I didn't think I would ever walk a mile. Well...... I can easily walk a mile now. In fact, I can walk several miles AND have picked up... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:02:54 EST Letting go of jealousy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658768 I have a friend at work who has been doing Bob Harper's Jump Start to Skinney diet/exercise program. She has lost 17 lbs this month. People are complimenting her on her weight loss. She looks great. She has worked hard. She deserves recognition. <BR> <BR> Silly me is jealous that people are noticing her weight loss, but no one has noticed mine. Perhaps it is because she lost the weight quickly. Perhaps it is because she needs to lose less weight than me. Perhaps it is the way she car... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:28:19 EST Just doing it.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652797 I really didn't want to go the gym tonight. I really wanted to stay home and watch basketball. I compromised. I watched most of the Michigan State game and then went to the gym. I got on a bike and caught some of the other games while I rode - and then the game I was following went into overtime, so I rode an extra 15 minutes! Didn't <BR> walk much tonight, after the long ride my knee was feeling a bit tight. <BR> <BR> So I have to let you all know that I did not win Warren Buffet's bi... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:00:56 EST Hendrix, Green Rivers and more ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650036 Friday some friends and I headed to Chicago. Trying to stay on track I got up extra early, did 5K on the treadmill before heading out. I had my healthy breakfast, packed a couple protein bars, some fruit & bottled water. I did pretty good the first day - until we got stuck in traffic, ended up arriving at the hotel later than planned, hopped the train downtown & got to our destination 20 minutes before our concert - without dinner. Of course there was a McDonalds on the corner. I just co... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:17:04 EST Jean day, ER and gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643526 I went to bed Thursday night, thinking how nice it would be to be able to wear jeans to work on Friday. I thought about the tasks I needed to complete the next day and dozed off to sleep. <BR> <BR> Ahh, but life can change in an instant and sometimes the things we think are going to happen don't happen for us. <BR> <BR> For me it was that 2am phone call that my daughter was going to the hospital via ambulance with abdominal pain. In a daze I got out of my bed, threw on some clothes and ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 11:26:52 EST Stay in today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641327 Honesty with self and others is so important on this path. I had a rough weekend with a late night meal on Saturday that I know was not the smartest thing to do - eating late, excess carbs & fats = bigger number on the scale - you get the idea. <BR> <BR> This week I have been back on track working away doing all those right things. Eating balanced meals, working out (maybe a bit excessively for me) and drinking ALL my water. I feel pretty good - other than my knees complaining a bit. <B... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 11:44:20 EST Fat Tuesday and Paczki http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639676 Soooo today is FAT Tuesday. When I was little I always wondered why they called Tuesday fat - after all that wasn't very nice. My polish Busha smiled and laughed when she heard me ask this question. <BR> <BR> She explained it to me like this. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which in the Catholic church (which we were members of) is the beginning of the lenten season. During the lenten season, Catholics were to fast. So the week before Ash Wednesday, they would haul out th... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:05:25 EST