PENOWOK's SparkPeople Blog PENOWOK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community the get-to-know you blog My sweet SP friend from Paris, Claire, wrote this questionnaire in a blog and I have struggled to get a response written, so here goes! <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? In my pocket <BR> Spouse? Yes, upstairs making dinner <BR> Your hair? Short, grey, maybe sassy at times, strong hair! <BR> Your mother? gone since ’02. She was my email buddy and I still miss her! <BR> Your father? Still in NJ-the other side of the country. I write him every weekend and he calls on Sundays. He had a stro... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 18:38:49 EST Who You Are A friend sent this to my Bible Study group and I can't resist passing it on to all of you: <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:16:59 EST struggling... I am not sure where to go with this, but I am having tremendous difficulty making a bucket list. I am happy with my weight loss so far. I am down 33 pounds from last January and have just a few more to go. I am confident I will reach my goal but am not stressed about it. As I read and re-read Chapter 9m though, and it asked for a bucket list, I don't know where to go with it. I've read the helpful hints and ideas. I'll soon be 61. I have no desire to para-sail or make a million dollars. I lik... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 21:44:31 EST Goals and dreams I have failed so many times that long ago I gave up goals and dreams. Long ago, I would have said I wanted to weigh 135 pounds, like when I was in high school. Long ago, I would have dreamt about going to a beach and wearing a pretty swimsuit without having to cover all of the fat. There were so many things I would have done and would have wanted to do. SparkPeople, the book, and my success so far are re-awakening y hopes and dreams. I am down 21 pounds since the beginning of the summer with ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 18:19:12 EST high or low I like to challenge myself. It's as though I am always in a contest against my best previous score. I guess you would say I am competitive but not so much against others (though that happens at times). In this weight loss journey, I am really trying to settle in to doing my best day to day and not so much competing with myself to get the lowest number of calories. <BR> <BR> I am one of the fortunate ones. My husband makes most of the meals, so I can just enter the info into the nutrition t... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 20:41:23 EST Reflections on Chapter 4 Motivation--being the turtle--blaming others. Yes, these have all been challenges for me in the past. My motivation continues as long as I am losing weight...Oh, but if I skip meals or find a diet pill or a diet drink I think I can trust I could lose weight faster...And then my husband wants pizza for dinner and I am supposed to eat half of it... <BR> <BR> So what is different this time? I've been working this plan for about 3 1/2 months. I am the tortoise, and I have been losing weight stea... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 21:39:59 EST out of touch I was away for the Labor Day weekend. I took my IPAD but haven't yet downloaded the app from Sparkpeople, so I was on the internet with it and wasn't able to enter my food or exercise. In the past that would have been the excuse to just do whatever I want. We had some challenges finding healthy food, but I was able to work out what I wanted by asking. Exercise was not a problem, since we hiked mountain peaks. During the two days, we hiked 8 1/2 miles over the course of about 6 hours, with hal... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 19:17:11 EST routines We all have routines that we engage in day to day. For me, after I start the sprinklers to water the lawn, I come in to the computer and check the news. Then I check weather for the day, e-mail and a few other regular sites. Next I do 30 minutes of exercise, jump in the shower and get dressed. Breakfast and 30 minutes of reading are next. <BR> <BR> I've been doing this routine literally for years. When I am off my routine (e.g. my husband gets the the computer first...), it changes everythi... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 21:09:14 EST emotional eating I have made it through 5 weeks. I have lost 11 pounds, plus 10 more in the beginning of the year before I started Sparkpeople. I feel better. I look better (though there is still weight to go). Life is good.... except that my challenges still exist. I am definitely an emotional eater. I was able to address that ... okay, overcome that until this afternoon. Up to this point, I have redirected myself when I wanted that piece of candy. I was able to grab an apple or 10 almonds. Today I was readi... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:47:40 EST