OURJITTERBUG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OURJITTERBUG OURJITTERBUG'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/ 50 Things About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994468 50 Things About Me <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> <BR> An aunt I never met <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> <BR> Watching my daughter cry on her 15th BD, she was very sick. :( <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> <BR> Most of the time! I checked out a handwriting book, from the local library, a couple years ago, and am pleased with the improvement in my handwriting. People now compliment my writing, instead of complaining about how dif... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:52:59 EST Three Months Until I'm 50.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970017 So I set a goal to reach by my 50th BD, and after taking the first 6 months to lose 17 pounds, it's time to "poop or get off the pot", so to speak. 15 pounds to lose by 3 months from today, and that is very do-able! Time to get out my food journal and log what I eat. Exercise has been great for the past three months, but next week we are headed to the coast for the rest of the summer, and I will be without my trainer and fitness group members. It's up to me from here....and I'm determined!... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:42:39 EST My Trainer's "trick" for Successful Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941660 I have worked very hard, since January, to lose 17 pounds. Thursday, my daughter and I fly to the east coast (we're Oregonians) for 8 days with Adventures by Disney, for their "Spirit of America" tour. I'm scared to death! Not because of flying, or kyaking on the Potomac River, or any of the other fun adventures we will encounter, but because I will be eating out for EIGHT DAYS straight! At my trainer's suggestion, I'm packing low-cal fiber/granola bars, and nuts, so I never get too hungr... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:10:19 EST More Than One Way to Measure Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934553 This past week, I had my 2-month assessment with my trainer. Last month, I lost 10 pounds and was considered a "star pupil"; this month, I got on the scale and my trainer responded with a frown: "We need to talk." You see, I was down only one pound. It was fun to see the suprise on my trainer's face when he started taking my measurements, and realized that I had still lost almost as many inches this month, as I did the month I lost 10 pounds. My cardiovasuclar had improved, I could do mor... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:50:55 EST An Unexpected Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919097 I'm a little over half way to my goal but my jeans were getting too baggy and I could tell they weren't going to make it until I reached my ultimate goal. Last night my husband took me shopping and I was delighted at the prospect of trading my size 8 jeans in for a size 6. I came out of the fitting room and both the sales clerk and my husband responded, "Still to big." So while they are a little snugger than I'm comfortable with, I was happy to purchase the size 4 because they fit, and I'm... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 15:40:17 EST On My Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895040 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847943501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I haven't finished yet but I'm certainly on the journey! :) Wed, 23 May 2012 18:27:13 EST Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876864 I completed my final assessment with my personal trainer last night. From April 10 - May 10, here are the numbers: I lost 5.25 inches, 10 pounds, my body fat is down 2.7%, and my new BMI is 25.2 (anything below 25 is no longer considered overweight)! I signed up for another month-long training program...I'm pressing on! Blessings on your journey! :) Fri, 11 May 2012 10:35:00 EST I Couldn't Do it On My Own... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845218 Two weeks ago, I did something I thought I would never do: I entrusted my very life to a fitness trainer. Well, actually, I joined a 4-wk "Transformations" class at a local fitness studio, which is a small group workout with a trainer. <BR> <BR> Prior to my first class, I had a protein shake - NOT a good idea. After spending my first workout dizzy and nauseated, the trainer had a nice talk with me about the importance of carbohydrates before a workout! I don't consider myself an anxious... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:46:16 EST Remember, you are an inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4727125 Last night I took the time to start checking on some of my Sparkpeople friends, and I noticed that some checked in once or twice in January, and they appear to be gone. I miss them and hope they are encouraged to come back soon. <BR> <BR> I have a sister and a friend, and the three of us check in with each other every Monday to discuss fitness goals and successes for each week. My sis missed checking in last week (too busy) and my friend has skipped the past two. While I'm reporting speci... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 12:47:26 EST One of the Reasons I do what I do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716452 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l899071168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is one of my motivational pictures: I look at the smile on my 14-year-old daughter's face, and I want to stay healthy and active enough to enjoy spending time with her for many years to come. I want her to be proud of the way I live my life, and I want to model for her, that we can accomplish anything if we're willing to work at it long enough and hard enough! <BR> <BR> I just booked a girls trip, for this ... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:29:33 EST New Beginnings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715415 January has been a great month: I participated in the Sparkpeople community for the first time (after being a member for 18 months), made some new Spark friends, completed the January Jumpstart fitness challenge, and lost 6 pounds! <BR> <BR> I look forward to tomorrow beginning a new month! I just turned the calendar over and I am anticipating the successes I will be celebrating on the 28th. I am joining a spark friend in waiting until the end of the month to weigh in, and will now measure... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:14:47 EST The Best Motivation Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708993 The best sentence I read on this site today, was to "Shut up and start sweating!". After spending .5 hours on the computer, completing polls and quizzes for points, I read that comment, shut down my computer and went out for a 2.5 mile walk. I came in and completed 2 videos (last day of 28 day January Jumpstart program), and now I'm headed out the door to complete the same 2.5 mile loop again! Music helps keep my pace up on these isolated walks, but the most important thing is to make that... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:12:35 EST I'm Deluding Myself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682666 The most disappointing lie, is the one we tell ourselves. You know, the rationalizing, the excuses (however valid they may seem)... <BR> <BR> Today I've been considering the following: <BR> <BR> I cannot lose weight if I continue to eat out as much as I normally do (7 times this past week!). The belief that increased activity level and increased water consumption is enough to make a difference, is no longer true for me. In my 20's and 30's? Yes. At age 49? Afraid not. <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:34:14 EST 9 Minute Arm Sculpting Video Reminds Me I Have Much to be Thankful for! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666620 Using my wimpy two-pound weights, I struggled through this week's arm-sculpting video. As I felt the burning in my neck, I was reminded of where I was a year ago. <BR> <BR> One year ago, I was recovering from a neck injury sustained in a Zumba class the previous October (2010): quick neck-rolls, seriously, who does those any more? One year ago, I was spending an hour on the road, three times a week, driving to and from the chiropractor. One year ago, I couldn't bear the weight of carrying... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:57:12 EST What Motivates Me to Exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4652014 People!!! I am a very social creature who happens to live on a farm, in the country, with very few neighbors. Through the years, I have greeted the occasional new neighbor with a plate of cookies and the question, "Do you like to walk?" In the past 17 years, I have only had one taker, we spent a summer walking 5 days a week @ 5 a.m. (not my favorite time) and it was such a treat to have a workout partner! Sadly, she and her husband separated and divorced in the fall and while I grieved fo... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:14:00 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648766 I love being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and active church member, and it's so easy to make spending time with other people, and meeting their needs, more of a priority than my own health. I turn 50 years of age on October 14th of this year and my goal for that date is to be 31 pounds lighter than I am today. It's not just about looking better, or being more comfortable in my skin, but I want to enter the last 1/3 - 1/2 of my life in the best health and shape possible. I want... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:35:23 EST