OSUBUCKI101's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OSUBUCKI101 OSUBUCKI101'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/ Change, Change and More Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808601 My life has completely changed since mid-April. It's all been good but I do admit, it was stressful as well. Thank goodness for exercise - cycling in particular - or there might have been some causualities in my wake! <BR> <BR> I had been planning to sell my house and move for the past five years and the time was this past spring. My youngest was graduating from high school and I was done with my stressful commute to work and felt as if I was stuck in Suburban-heck. I worked all winter ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:37:19 EST It's been a while...starting a 66 day challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539228 I have been a bad Sparker; at least when it comes to checking in with my Spark friends and updating my activities. Life has been busy but I know that isn’t an excuse since everyone’s lives are busy. I’m no exception and I’m not going to use it as an excuse. <BR> <BR> The truth of the matter is, I kind of needed a break. Not just from Spark but from a lot of things. We seem to go at Mach-speed at times and feel the need to keep up with EVERYTHING and honestly, sometimes I just need a brea... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:52:40 EST Overdue Update - New Job(s) and Making the scale move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398015 I haven’t posted an update in awhile but only because life has been busy but good! I started my new job at the beginning of May and I absolutely love it! It’s a bit of a culture change not needing to worry about government restrictions, and the people are really great. Don’t get me wrong – I totally adored everyone I worked with at my previous job and am keeping in contact with them – but it’s so nice when you meet equally as nice people coupled with a good work environment. A little brag... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 07:01:42 EST May – New Month, New Job, New Attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343295 First of all, my resolution for April was to not drink any alcohol. I did not achieve this goal. <em>39</em> Luckily I’m not a huge drinker but at the beginning of the month I was in such a funk that having one beer in the evenings just felt right. I’m not going to beat myself up about it though and have moved on. The irony is as my funk lifted throughout the month (explained below) so did my need to have a beer in the evening. <BR> <BR> The funk has now lifted as we go into May. Pa... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:23:20 EST March Update - Epilepsy and Clean Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305704 This feels as if it's been the longest winter ever! We had a nice day today and I hope we are on the way to warmer more spring-like weather. I managed to get a bike ride in today although it wasn't as long as I had planned but it felt good! It was still a bit chilly and the wind was stronger than I thought it was going to be but at the end of the day, a day on the bike is still a good day. <BR> <BR> As for my March update, my resolution was no sweets. For the most part, I did very well. ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:39:31 EST Healthy wRaps and Corporate Wellness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300877 I am lucky enough to have a great Corporate Wellness program at work. It's called InShape and our leader is the wonderful Rebecca Nguyen and her sidekick, Lindy Gilkey. They have done so much for my company in just a few years. Things like updating the old, dark fitness center to a place that is light and fun to workout in; additional classes including what we call RAW and LAW (Rebeccas a$$whooping and Lindy's a$$whooping). They have also brought Farmer's Markets in the summer as well as ... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:54:17 EST Working through my March funk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289643 I've been in a funk so far this March for a couple of reasons... <BR> <BR> One - as much as I like my job, there are alot of reasons why I would happily leave at the moment. Since last October I've been in a new department with a new manager. It's a woman...I hate to say it but I really don't like reporting to a woman. Don't get me wrong, I believe and support women in management and I think more boards need us but we are not always the easiest to report to. In general I like and respect... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:40:44 EST February Update - Reruns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270791 My resolution for February was to not watch any reruns. For the most part I was successful. I did manage to get caught up on House Hunters and House Hunters International. Boy, do I want to run away to some warm place that has great food and wine to live a simple life. :) The only reruns I did watch were when I was stuck in a hotel room on business travel. There wasn't much to choose from and not much to do but all in all, I consider the month a success. <BR> <BR> March is no sweets. I... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:39:54 EST January...check. February...a little bumpy so far... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236003 My resolution for January was to not spend any extra money - only bills and necessities. This wasn't that difficult due to no merit increase at work and the tax increase. I did end up spending the following: <BR> <BR> $14 on movie tickets <BR> $30 on 3 birthday gifts for family members <BR> $5 on lunch one day - I was supposed to have a board of advisers meeting one afternoon and it was cancelled due to weather. They provide lunch so therefore, I had to buy a lunch at work. <BR> $3 on lun... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:21:38 EST New Year's Resolutions! It's that time of year again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175264 2012 is slowly coming to an end and it’s now time to start looking forward to 2013. I’ve decided to once again do one resolution a month but this year I’m not giving up cheese! That was probably the hardest last year. <BR> <BR> I’ll actually be repeating a few every couple of months to try to achieve a few more goals. For example, starting with January, I’m not spending any extra money – only necessities. This will mean no eating out and no other shopping. Luckily I don’t eat out a lo... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 14:50:31 EST Where did the year go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159445 <BR> December! How did we get here so fast? It seems like just yesterday I made my list of monthly resolutions and now I need to start a new list for 2013? Unbelievable! <BR> <BR> November’s resolution was to do a Spark Video every day. As much as I love all of the videos and as handy as they are, I’m sad to say it just didn’t happen. But that was mainly because I was using my fairly new gym membership and taking advantage of the classes there – Cardio Resistance Training, Spinning, Yo... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 15:54:58 EST I hate being sick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128767 I don't know where this cold came from but it totally knocked me on my booty! Tomorrow will be a solid week of sniffling, sneezing, coughing and all around feeling crummy and tired! I haven't done a lick of exercise - not even a Spark video which was my goal for the month. I teach Spin tomorrow at lunch and I still won't be well enough to go all-out but I'm hoping it'll feel good just to get on the bike. <BR> <BR> My eating has been atrocious! When I don't feel good I want comfort food! ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:43:53 EST 10 months down in 2012...2 to go...October update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120729 My goal (or resolution) for October was to get three strength training sessions in a week. Joining a gym near my home in addition to my work fitness center has helped immensely. They have a class on Saturday mornings that I really like and I hit another one tonight. I've been able to get to the fitness center at work more regularly as well so I was able to make my goal for the month! <BR> <BR> November's resolution is to do a Spark Video everyday. I'm realistic enough to know I may not... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 20:31:34 EST Spin-a-thon! Pelotonia Rocks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119432 Today was what we called the Final Push for our Giving Campaign at work. (Similar to United Way but we do it just within the company.) Battelle goes all out when it comes to giving back to the community. There was ping-pong, basketball, putt putt, cornhole and a Spinning competition. We had our three Cycling Causes well represented - Tour de Cure (diabetes), Pan Ohio (cancer) and Pelotonia (cancer). I was captain of the Pelotonia team and apparently recruited very well! We had teams of ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 19:13:14 EST 2012 Columbus Marathon - it's more than just another race... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105706 Good luck to all of the Columbus runners tomorrow both in the half and the full marathons. It promises to be an emotional run for all involved whether running or not. Each mile has a special child representing it so when it gets tough just remember that your pain is temporary. For these children, their pain is dealt with on a daily basis and many have very uncertain futures. There is also an Angel Mile - children who have already run and won their race. If a child is encouraging you to c... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 07:50:48 EST Leaves are changing so it must be almost time for a new month - October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080243 September seemed to just fly by! My resolution for the month was "open" and thanks to some input from some fellow Sparkers I decided strength training needed to be my focus. Actually it has needed to be my focus for quite awhile. I've been finding as I get older it is just harder to keep things in line (hello waist!) than in the past. My weight fluctuates only a few pounds but things seem to be settling differently than before. I know strength training can make the biggest impact on my m... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 07:26:23 EST Quote of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075526 "Doing your best, you are gong to be produtive, which means you are going to take action. Doing your best is about taking action and doing what you love to do because it's the action that makes you happy." Wed, 26 Sep 2012 09:48:44 EST A sad week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070047 This week was sad on so many levels. On Monday I had a huge fight with my oldest son and had to tell him to move out by the beginning of the month. I felt terrible the fight happened on his birthday but it was not my intent at all. <BR> <BR> It was over things that had been brewing for about 8 months since he moved back home and finally came to a head when he wanted his ex-girlfriend to spend the night on Friday. They had broken up about two months ago and I certainly didn't dislike her... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 08:27:59 EST September Resolution - Assistance Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039748 August is behind us and I kept up with my resolution of eating vegetables everyday. Probably the easiest month of the year to do so with the farmer's markets in full swing. But I need help with September. Originally I had planned on cutting out caffeine. I started thyroid medicine at the end of April and found my two cups of coffee and my medicine made me feel a bit weird so I actually have already taken care of this resolution. I've switched to mainly decaf and use coffee as a treat and... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 09:05:26 EST Phrase of the week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025179 “Don’t believe your own story. Not believing yourself is a huge advantage, because most of what you learned is not the truth. Use the power of doubt to challenge every message that you deliver to yourself.” <BR> <BR> Additionally I’d like to add that we shouldn’t assume we know what someone else’s story is. I was out with friends on Saturday evening and my one friend was thinking about inviting a man she had met recently to join us for drinks. Then she proceeded to come up with every pos... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 16:16:36 EST July into August…Lessons Learned, Cycling and Cancer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996647 July didn’t turn out the way I had intended but I’m not going to stress over it. I did manage to ride just over 400 miles for the month and I was a regular at Yoga and the group weight classes that I love. They are known as RAW and LAW here at work and they hit every muscle group with weights and are a ton of fun. I was pretty good about my limited computer time in the evenings. Some nights I didn’t even turn it on. As for food, I was reminded that for me one of the most important meals/... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:37:53 EST Some Good Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993248 "When you recover the control of your story, that gives you the freedom to create your life as beautifully as you can, as an artist of the spirit." <BR> <BR> "Listen to others without judgement. All people have the right to believe whatever they want to believe, they have the right to say whatever they want to say. Instead of judging what other people say, listen and show your respect." <BR> <BR> "Everything you need is within you. You don't have to search for the truth. You are the tru... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:00:21 EST July Restart - Stalled...sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982160 My big restart for July has stalled...sort of. I'm still exercising - training for my 180 bike ride coming up in three weeks. I'm very excited about the new route this year. It will be much more enjoyable and I hope it will be best century yet. Either way, it's for a good cause - cancer research - and that is all that matters. I've been going to Yoga and my group exercise classes and working hard. I did forget my clothes on Friday when I had to teach Spin so I taught from the floor. I'm... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:00:42 EST Quote of the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4972562 "You can change your own story, but the change begins with you, the main character of your story. You can transform yourself from a messenger of lies, fear, and destruction to a messenger of turth, love, and creation." Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:03:47 EST Day 12, 13 & 14 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970289 The past few days have been pretty uneventful. I took Thursday as a rest day and did some cleaning. Friday was my Spin class I teach and since I was riding today, that was it. Eating is okay other than when helping with a fundraiser at work on Thursday I had the most amazing cupcake ever! I won't tempt anyone with the details but suffice it to say, it was a combination of flavors most people don't think of. <BR> <BR> Today was a charity ride - Tour de Cause. This raises funds for drug... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 17:40:55 EST Day 10 & 11 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966843 <BR> I’m fighting my funk the past few days. I’m so incredibly bored at work but trying to take action to move myself in the right direction. I think I’ll feel better once the weekend comes. <BR> <BR> I did our weights only class yesterday at lunch and it really ramped up my stats. We actually call the class R.A.W. which stand for Rebecca’s A$$ Whooping! One of my favorite classes offered at work…other than the Spin class I teach of course! <BR> <BR> My eating has been okay and I kno... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 09:18:50 EST Day 9 of 31 Day Restart - Ride w/GPS...I think not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963389 The weather has broken here and last night was a gorgeous evening. I went for a bike ride and decided to try a new route. I had mapped out approximately 20 miles on Ride with GPS but ended up only doing 16. Ride with GPS sucks! I love it when it tells you to turn right...and you can't...the road only goes to the left! I was on some roads I hadn't been on in awhile so a bit unsure and not trusting my cue sheet and for good reason. I've had this problem before with the program (and I know... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:17:56 EST Day 8 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961696 <BR> I’ve recovered from the very hot ride on Saturday and am still glad I stopped when I did. The weather is supposed to break starting today and the high of 85 will literally feel like sweater weather! I’m targeting a nice, comfortable ride tonight! <BR> <BR> I didn’t worry about tracking on Saturday due to the long, miserable ride and enjoyed some takeout Chinese with no guilt. I had a bridal shower to attend yesterday and the snacks were all of my favorites. I probably should not ha... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 08:05:48 EST Day 7 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959566 It is currently 101 degrees in Columbus today and yes, I rode my bike earlier. We started at 7:00 when it was much more comfortable and I ended up riding 55 miles. I should have gone with the shorter group and done 42 miles but I was feeling pretty good and the heat hadn't hit when it was time to split the group. I know better next time! I actually ended up finding a nice big oak tree in a very nice couples front yard and waited to be picked up by some of my teammates. It just got too ho... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 17:55:01 EST Day 5 & 6 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958370 I had the day off yesterday and spent most of it running errands...not a lot of fun but very productive. One of the items I had to do was Hospice Volunteer Training. I'll be doing this with my 16 year old son and it will be hard but I'm looking forward to sharing the experience with him. <BR> <BR> I kept in calorie range <em>250</em> and finally got a bike ride in! <em>332</em> It was hot but I headed toward the metro park not far from my house and was able to ride in the shade most o... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 18:18:02 EST Day 4 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955955 Got back on track yesterday with clean eating and did some walking. It has been just so hot in Ohio to walk very fast or for very long. My goal was to get up early this morning and ride but some storms came though last night and I'm shifting my ride until later...hopefully with the heat. I definitely won't be breaking any records! <BR> <BR> Push ups – 80/950 <BR> Squats – 80/475 (forgot my goal and did more than I expected. Guess I need to change my goal!) <BR> Lunges – 90 / 475 (ditto ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 07:23:26 EST Day 3 of 31 Day Restart - a hiccup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954780 Had a bit of a hiccup on day 3 but learned some lessons. I've discovered I must have more protein at lunch (which means more planning ahead and cooking) to stave off the afternoon munchies. Part of my problem is I am sooooo terribly bored at work at the moment and frustrated beyond belief. That equals munchies usually in my world. Starting Friday (when I go back after a few days off) it will equal a trip to the basement and the 8 flights (double flights actually) back up to my office inst... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 09:13:24 EST Day 2 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953118 Day 2 - <BR> <BR> I had dinner with a girlfriend and I was a bit nervous about sticking to my resolve. I was able to view the menu online though beforehand and decide what I was was going to order and then do my best to figure the nutrition. I choose a yummy grilled chicken salad with grapes and pears and a very light vinaigrette dressing. I wasn't going to have any wine but it was a wine bistro and happy hour so I did have one glass but I had been so good about my nutrition during the ... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:01:37 EST Day 1 of 31 Day Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951432 Day 1 - Excellent Start <BR> <BR> I had company on Saturday evening - one of my girlfriends was visiting from Indy so we went to dinner and ice cream. I ate what I wanted knowing on Sunday begins the return of my good and consistent eating habits. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, I did stay within my calorie range - actually a little below but actually didn't have any huge exercise planned and I had definitely 'stock piled' the day before so I didn't worry about. <BR> <BR> Turns out I need to lose... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 07:58:37 EST July Focus Coming Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947941 As I prepare for my 31-day challenge on July 1, I decided I needed to be more focused on what needs to be done during this time. As we all know, just saying we’re going to buckle down and drop some pounds isn’t enough. At the same time, the actions need to be attainable as well as challenging. Here is my plan for exercise. (My food plan will be cutting out the abundance of junk I’ve been ingesting and focus on good-for-you-foods! I know what’s right and I usually do eat clean but I’ve le... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:11:08 EST June update and need for more focus in July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943342 June was an easy month regarding my resolutions. It was to eat fruit every day. I think I may have missed a day or two but with the bounty of fruit available this time of year, I certainly made up for it on other days with several servings. <BR> <BR> July is to limit my computer time to 20 minutes each evening. It is so easy to be sucked into Facebook, YouTube or countless other sites when I could be doing some crunches or something productive. I literally spend all day on the computer... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:36:39 EST A few more "words" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942794 "If you use the word impeccably, just imagine the story that you are going to create for yourself. You're going to use the word in the direction of truth and love for yourself." <BR> <BR> "The word is a force we cannot see. But we can see the manifestation of that force, the expression of the word, which is our own life." <BR> <BR> "Every one of us has a story that we share, a message that we deliver to ourselves, and to everyone and everything around us. We create the story of our own l... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:36:28 EST Food for thought.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912724 "The word is all about the message you deliver, not just to everyone and everything around you, but the message you deliver to yourself." <BR> <BR> "Be impeccable with your word. When you are impeccable with your word, you feel good, you feel happy and at peace. The result is an extraordinarily beautiful life." Tue, 5 Jun 2012 07:40:12 EST June – Italy is now behind me…pictures included! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908627 May was a wonderful month although I fell short of my “resolution”. My resolution for the month was to clean every day for about 30 minutes. I think I’d rather give up cheese again! I didn’t do great on this one as I was just too tired some days recovering from jet lag. Also, my oldest son moved back home in March with his puppy and there were days it just didn’t seem worth cleaning knowing things were going to be a mess in a very short amount of time. Now, don’t think I live in filth be... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 11:17:24 EST Quote on Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4883741 When you have faith in yourself, you follow every instinct that you were born with. You have no doubt about what you are, and you return to common sense. You have all the power of your authenticity; you trust yourself, you trust life." Wed, 16 May 2012 08:24:36 EST Italy Cycling Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879071 I returned from Tuscany yesterday and was up early today due to still being on Rome time. I promised a blog and pictures from my trip. Please go to rappontheroad.com and you will be able to follow our adventure for the entire week. Sue Rapp was on our tour and writes fabulous blogs which I could never do justice (with pics). The week was amazing and all of the women were just diamonds who shone every day and I learned so much from not only about cycling but life in general. From Sue's ho... Sun, 13 May 2012 06:48:45 EST May – the end of no-alcohol-April!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861527 In keeping with my one resolution at a time, no-alcohol-April is now behind me! I did have a few non-alcoholic beers but other than that I managed to say “no” to all other temptations! I’m not a huge drinker so it wasn’t terrible but I am going to enjoy a beer tonight! <BR> <BR> May is focused on cleaning every day for 30 minutes. I hate to clean so I’m hoping by biting it off in small chunks each day it won’t seem so bad. <BR> <BR> Now, there was a method to my madness! May is when I... Tue, 1 May 2012 15:47:50 EST Quote on Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861516 “Faith is the force that gives life to every word, to every belief that we store in our mind. If we agree with a concept, our faith is there, and we keep it in our memory.” Tue, 1 May 2012 15:39:33 EST Quote of the week - Lies and Imperfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849396 "Humans are born in truth, but we grow up believing in lies. One of the biggest lies in the story of humanity is the lie of our imperfection. It's just a story, but we believe it, and we use the story to judge ourselves, to punish ourselves, and to justify our mistakes." <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:58:27 EST So tired lately... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845114 I have been so tired lately and not sure why. I exercise regularly and eat healthy - no saint but overall I love to get my fruits and veggies in and drink plenty of water and take my vitamins. I haven't felt really great since mid-February. I went to the doctor and he did the basic blood work which came back "amazing"! I asked for more tests though when I was sitting at my desk this week at work and wanted to just cry I was so tired. I've been getting plenty of sleep too so I know that i... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:30:44 EST Interesting Quote... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838869 "Humans can perceive truth with our feelings, but when we try to describe the truth, we can only tell a story that we distort with our word. The story may be true for us, but that doesn't mean it is true for anyone else". <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 08:08:16 EST Sugarless March - well almost... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814020 March was my month to give up sugar. I did pretty well but admit it really is hard to cut ALL sweets out. My nephew got married last weekend and I'm sorry...there is no way I'm not having wedding cake! There were a few other slipups - my older son now knows to not offer me ANY Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby - but overall the month was a success. Part of my success was the fear of feeling like I did in February with my sugar highs but I go to the doctor in a week and will hopefully know more w... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:38:30 EST Sprinf 5% Committment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780737 I usually try to do some sort of exercise everyday so if I miss a day it isn't a big deal. I'll continue that into the Spring 5% challenge. I don't follow a 'diet' per se but will continue to try to eat 6 freggies a day on a consistent basis. I've noticed some changes in my body as I get older and will try to limit my carb intake in the evenings and stick to healthy ones and not big bowls of pasta. I will also log on and record my exercise and Living the Good Life Points daily and I will ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 13:50:26 EST February & my relationship with the stairs, sugar and moving into March! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768267 For the month of February my New Year's Resolution was to do the stairs as much as possible at work. I work on the 8th floor; each flight consists of approximately 20 steps each since it's a large office building. I always try to do the stairs as much as possible regularly but February I was committed to doing them up and down at every opportunity. <BR> <BR> There were a few instances when I did not do the stairs and it was for safety reasons. If I was carrying a lot of items and did not ... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 08:55:15 EST Sugar is a Drug! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755785 We all know it! Sugar is a drug and easy to get addicted to. I had two incidents this week which drove this simple fact home loud and clear. <BR> <BR> I had cake twice this week. The first piece was on Tuesday at a luncheon. Oddly enough, the lunch was a fundraiser for a local organization to raise money and awareness about childhood hunger. A very nice, modest chicken salad was the entree and a very large, decadent piece of chocolate cake was the dessert. It was such a large piece, ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:27:18 EST