PINKHOPE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PINKHOPE PINKHOPE'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/ Building steam... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808302 Things are looking up or would that be down? I've strung together a few good days of tracking, food choices, intentional exercise, accountability etc. AND the scale has rewarded me with a small drop. Yes, I know WHAT I need to do - it's doing it! <BR> <BR> The house project continues to be front and center and is going to be that way for several months yet. Rain returned today which made the site a muddy mess so much so that I could not scale the "ramp" to the front door for the mud an... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:33:51 EST Making something old new again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806946 Most of us have had weight loss success at some time. I'm not saying most have managed to get to goal weight but at least have had a week or two or maybe even months where weight loss has happened. In my lifetime I have gained and lost a few "humans". I know WHAT it takes to make the scale go down. It's the commitment to "doing" it that ebbs and flows. <BR> <BR> I have had months of restarts that have failed to build much steam. I really want to lose more weight and admit it's more ch... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:55:25 EST Building a House and Building Muscles - Tales from 100 Pounds Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790748 As I have shared before we are building our "forever home" on the farm. It's a BIG job. While we are not physically wielding the hammers I spend time on the job site daily making decisions when changes occur, choosing materials, correcting errors and paying the bills. It can be very stressful at times. <BR> <BR> There is a good side to this: I'm on my feet, walking up and down stairs, climbing ladders and upping my activity. I'm not eating (the house site is in the middle of nowhere).... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:46:58 EST Little Things are Great Motivators - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778492 Yesterday COULD have been a loss. I woke with intense hip pain and I'm itching from my knees down due to turkey mites. If you don't know of this larval stage that produces intense itching just trust me. It's worse than chiggers! <BR> <BR> With two issues making me miserable I knew it wasn't going to be a high exercise day. Rather than withdraw into a cave of comfort eating I chose to focus on my nutrition since I was going to be fairly sedentary for the day. <BR> <BR> I discovered ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:02:38 EST Just when you get started a SPEED BUMP - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777127 I am still living with boxes and "stuff" piled up around me in the temporary dwelling we call home while the house is under construction. In our move last week we used all the towels, bedding, mattress covers, rugs etc. as padding for pictures, small pieces of furniture etc. I began doing laundry last night. On the 2nd load I moved a heap of wet towels to the dryer and "crickets". It won't start. It has power (the light is on in the drum) but it just won't start. <BR> <BR> Another spe... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:26:06 EST The Big Move - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776514 Life passages often make us reflect. We just closed on our home in the Chicago suburbs, packed and moved this past week to Central Kentucky. We have been living here since April but our home and most of our belongings were still up north. <BR> <BR> We lived in that Wadsworth house for nearly 16 years. It saw many life changes, our son's graduation from high school and college, the passing of both of my husband's parents, the birth of three great nieces, travels across the continent and ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 11:20:30 EST This or That - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763407 When life gets hectic, and mine is certainly that, we often have to make choices quickly. When it comes to the house we are building I have to give my selections careful consideration. Do I want a charcoal grey roof or burnished slate? Do I want porcelain tile or hardwood in the foyer? Those decisions are given due consideration but what about my "health" decisions? Most are made quickly and the difference between THIS and THAT can have HUGE consequences. Here are some of the choices I... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:25:43 EST Summer Stresses Can Turn Into Autumn Advances! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752787 The local children return to the classroom Wednesday. How can summer pass so FAST? <BR> <BR> My summer has been one of EXTREMES. We've begun construction on our new home on the farm, got our home back in Illinois on the market, got a contract on it and are making the 400+ mile trip every two weeks to get a vanload full of belongings so we have as little as possible for the moving truck come the first of Sept. In addition our elderly Aunt (she has no children) has been in the hospital fo... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:36:35 EST A look in the mirror - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709579 If you are on one of my teams you saw this post already today but I felt it was worth sharing with you: <BR> <BR> A Look in the Mirror <BR> <BR> I am going to share with you from "real experiences" (some mine, some previous team members). If you see yourself in any of these stories it wasn't because I am talking about YOU but only that you have fallen into the same detours as many before you. "I" have been in many of these detours myself so can speak with authenticity about them. The names ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:14:55 EST Taking a lesson from our grandmothers. Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694185 As many of you know I have recently given up city life for country life. BIG change from the 'burbs of Chicago to the rural countryside of the mid-south but other than VERY slow internet it's all been good. I've been able to get my weight loss going again (I had been on a long plateau after a holiday uptick of about 6 pounds) and the surprising thing is that I don't have ONE piece of my gym equipment here nor the plethora of diet foods available in the Chicago market. So what's the differ... Tue, 13 May 2014 13:05:27 EST Finding a silver lining. Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689058 A week ago Sunday night I was sick... not the sniffly cold kind of sick. I'm talking SICK. I won't go into the nasty details here but suffice it to say I ended up at the hospital and it's taken nearly a week to get back on my feet. <BR> <BR> Now the good thing that happened... I dropped a bunch of weight. Granted, not the best way BUT while I was so sick I thought about a lot of my food choices over the past weeks. That timely review showed me just how far from the plumb line of health... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:11:41 EST How to handle CHANGE - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673387 I want to talk to you today about CHANGE. I've had a MAJOR change in my life (moving to a new state) and it got me to thinking about how we handle "change". Often we allow change to upset our routine to the point that it CAN be detrimental to our journey to Health & Fitness. It might be something as small as a co-worker calling in sick leaving us with more duties for the day or it may be something large like a parent being hospitalized. <BR> <BR> Here is the thing. Life happens. There... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:36:59 EST Moving Moments - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666868 We moved into our country farmhouse this past week and what a job that was. The house had sat vacant for 6 months and cleaning has been priority one. I'm so tired of cleaning but things are looking up. <BR> <BR> I will admit that food choices at times have been "what's available" but my exercise is off the charts which has compensated nicely. Only the most basic produce is available in our little IGA but there is a Wal-Mart and Kroger 30 minutes away. I will just have to plan better a... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:44:04 EST Adjust and Adapt - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658156 Sometimes the unexpected puts an obstacle in our path. It might be illness, car trouble, family crisis, or just something as simple as forgetting your gym bag. You can throw up your hands and give up or you can think on your feet and adjust. Now I'm not saying that if you are sick as a dog throwing up that you should get up and run 3 miles. What I AM saying is that if you can still adapt to this situation. Laying in the bed you can make a healthy grocery list for when you are feeling bet... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:50:56 EST Taming Tuesday - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656053 I've got a busy schedule today and one that without planning and effort would easily find me skipping exercise and eating mindlessly. When life gets busy it is easy to fall into the trap of eating "fast" whether at home or away. Exercise often gets put off until the end of the day and then the bed calls it's siren song. <BR> <BR> I'm NOT going to let today get away from me so here is my advance planning! <BR> <BR> Track every single bite of food. - I say this over and over but it works. ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:39:13 EST Still trying to get your http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655779 This is your last chance to participate in Beyond the Scale - 2Q, a team based 10 week challenge to help you make progress to "Health & Fitness". There are still a few spots open but you must register by FRIDAY! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=62659 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The challenge runs from April 7 - June 16th. <BR> <BR> ------------------------------------- <BR> <BR> My personal goal for the 2nd Quarter is to ramp up my f... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:01:22 EST How NOT to blow a weekend - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653802 Weekends can be the undoing of good effort Monday through Friday. It's easy to get into that "reward" mentality. You know what I'm speaking of. You think to yourself, "I've been SO good all week with eating right and exercising that I "deserve" to enjoy my weekend. <BR> <BR> Now before you think I'm going to say weekends can't be any fun - stay with me here. <BR> <BR> There is a big difference between a slower pace FORWARD in the journey and going BACKWARDS. We all want to enjoy our... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:52:13 EST BTS - Recap - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650876 I just finished the first quarter of BTS (10 weeks) and am in the three week interim before the 2nd Quarter begins April 7th. It's a good time for review. <BR> <BR> My Successes: <BR> <BR> 1) Daily connectivity to sparkpeople/team. <BR> <BR> 2) Many days when I would normally have "blown off" fitness I pressed on because of a team challenge. <BR> <BR> 3) When I stumbled I got up more quickly due to the encouragement and example of fellow team members. <BR> <BR> 4) I tried several new, ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:31:34 EST That feeling of progress - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646900 What a difference a day makes. Yesterday morning I got up and started the day with a plan and determination. What was the result? <BR> <BR> 1) I tracked all my food. <BR> <BR> 2) WHICH means I stayed in range (funny how that works - grin). <BR> <BR> 3) I got my cardio <BR> <BR> 4) I read a motivating article about another big loser and her changes in diet. <BR> <BR> 5) I kept getting out of my chair (laundry, cleaning, playing with the dogs etc.) <BR> <BR> 6) I stayed connected to SP ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:23:51 EST It's TIME! Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646383 I promised to tell you the MINUTE registration was open and it's TIME! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=62659 </link> <BR> <BR> This link is to the REGISTRATION team for BEYOND THE SCALE - 2nd Quarter which kicks off April 7th. This ten week challenge will take you to the start of shorts and swimming suit weather. NOW is the time to take advantage of what the challenge offers including: <BR> <BR> Accountability <BR> <BR> Guided Fitness/Nutriti... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:04:14 EST A Report from the Road - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646239 I like to refer to the destination as "Health & Fitness". The beauty of the journey is that it can be reached by many different paths. I get a lot of comments from my blogs (thank you) and many have asked about different aspects of my personal journey. I thought I would take just a little time today to share with you where I am, what path I'm currently traveling and what lies ahead. <BR> <BR> I'm 3-1/2 years down the road on my journey. I don't move in a "fast vehicle". I like to think... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:48:21 EST Help is on the way! BTS 2Q Open Registration COMING SOON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643859 Open registration for BTS - 2Q (Beyond the Scale - 2nd Quarter) will begin very soon. This 10 week, team-based challenge is a "whole spectrum" approach to healthy living . What can you expect from BTS? <BR> <BR> Accountability <BR> Nutrition & Fitness Help <BR> Team Challenges to push you outside of your comfort zone <BR> Friendship <BR> Support <BR> Hope <BR> <BR> We have an INFORMATION ONLY team here: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:38:42 EST A Gentle Encouragement - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629327 Hello Friend! <BR> <BR> All of us have traveled along the freeway and seen the guardrail where the ground falls away, crosses water or runs near another roadway. It's to help slow if not stop the car from plummeting into a more dangerous situation when it veers from the main roadway. Let this blog be a "guardrail" on your journey to "Health & Fitness". <BR> <BR> Did you start the new year with great enthusiasm and hope of making progress only to find yourself here in the waning days of ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:26:28 EST What motivates you? Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628832 Motivation is an essential part of this journey. Without it we often remain in the land of "status quo" . I like to think of motivation as a catalyst. Since my days of being 350+ I always "wanted" to be thinner but I was lacking the catalyst to get me going! <BR> <BR> As I have shared with you recently I'm trying to get off my zig/zag plateau. I've strung TWO great days together and hope to make it three tomorrow. It's funny how small things motivate us. Here are some things that moti... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:48:54 EST How to have a good day. Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627780 I've had a good day. It didn't just "happen". It took some planning, accountability and effort. So what did I do? <BR> <BR> LAST NIGHT - I thought ahead and mentally planned my food for the day. <BR> <BR> THIS MORNING - I set some goals for the day - specific ones. <BR> <BR> ACCOUNTABILITY - I TOLD someone my goals and kept checking my list throughout the day to keep me on task. <BR> <BR> EARLY ATTENTION - So often I leave my exercise til the end of the day then I'm too tired or t... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:21:16 EST Challenge Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612536 As part of a weekend challenge I am blogging a list of personal positive attributes. This is very hard to do because it seems so self-promoting and that just isn't my "thing" but I want to participate fully with my team so bear with me. <BR> <BR> 1) I'm loyal. I stand by my friends and family through thick and thin. If they stumble or disappoint I remember that "I" have done the same and people have stood by me. <BR> <BR> 2) I have a strong work ethic. I'm not afraid to roll up my slee... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:10:16 EST Unavoidable Obstacles - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598728 Sometimes on our journey we just can't re-route around an obstacle. We just have to muddle through it. It's not fun. It slows our progress. It can be costly (think of an idling engine stuck in a major construction jam). It happens. <BR> <BR> Examples: The gym is closed due to a water pipe break. Walking with your neighbor gets postponed when the school calls and tells you to pick up your child that was injured in P.E. and you spend all afternoon in the E.R. You have a death in the f... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:50:30 EST When success comes after much work - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591404 There is nothing more rewarding than having the scale reflect close attention to nutrition and exercise than by showing a lower number BUT sometimes success shows up in other ways. Today was just such a day for me. I actually FORGOT to weigh this morning in my rush to get out the door but as I was sitting at the piano bench about to begin my preludes I realized my tummy was flatter. <BR> <BR> The holidays were a bit of a detour for me (birthday, anniversary and Christmas alll within 2 w... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:34:02 EST Stringing together good days - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585442 I had a good day yesterday. I ate in range. I got over 60 minutes of cardio including some high intensity intervals. I got 100 ounces of water. I was active on my teams and I got some cleaning and organizing done at home. The key to success is stringing these kinds of days together. If the majority of my days are like this then when I have a less than stellar day it won't bring me to a screeching halt and see me backsliding into a detour. <BR> <BR> I have set some pretty big goals fo... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:19:59 EST Focus on the GOOD - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580275 I decided yesterday to spend more time in 2014 focusing on the GOOD. As a child I loved the movie Pollyana and she was always looking for the good in someone and finding a reason to be glad. I just think that a positive spin to things is much better than a negative one. <BR> <BR> What I am doing each day is reflecting on what I did "well" or "right". It will give me some instant POSITIVE feedback that allows me to see progress (no matter how small) and by focusing on this list I am apt ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 02:12:28 EST 2014 - The Road Ahead - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577587 A new year stretches out before us like an empty canvas waiting for paint. Every one of those 365 days on the calendar is an opportunity to make progress on the journey. I looked back at my goals from a year ago and found that some of them were met, some are in progress and some have yet to begin. I also discovered life sent a few surprises my way - things that took me on a detour for a time. Having said that, I ended the year better off than I began it and much richer for the friendships... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:41:04 EST BEYOND THE SCALE - 2Q http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576616 Some of you have been writing to ask me about Beyond the Scale and I wanted to pass along this link to you. This is an INFORMATIONAL team only. By joining it (be sure to click JOIN THIS TEAM at the top) you will receive a sparkmail for open registration for the next quarter. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=61940 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a GREAT NEW YEAR'S EVE! <BR> <BR> Press On! <BR> <BR> <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:39:20 EST Need a laugh? - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575840 So I'm all fired up and taking on 2014 TWO days early. I went to the grocery and stocked up on fruits, vegetables, turkey breast, skim milk, etc. I came home and had a very healthy salad for lunch. Then I decide to get on the elliptical with my ipad so I can multitask but because DH is out and about doing errands I decided I should take my cellphone in case he called. <BR> <BR> So here I am on the elliptical. The ipad is on my "tray" and I'm browsing KINDLE books for something good to r... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:46:03 EST CHARTING A COURSE - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575390 Those of you that have read my blogs for sometime know my favorite acronym: <BR> <BR> G - Good Nutrition <BR> P - Personal Fitness <BR> S - Sparkpeople Involvement <BR> <BR> <BR> My GPS has had a loose connection and the only one of those registering every day through the break has been the "S". The P has connected a few times but the G has been woefully disconnected! <BR> <BR> THAT CHANGES NOW! I do not know why I let myself do this every Dec. My birthday, anniversary and Christmas ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 08:55:07 EST It's more than just the scale - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574425 I can't tell you how many people I know that let the scale define their success/failure. Now before you misunderstand my point let me tell you what the scale "is". It's a navigational tool that helps point the way to "Health & Fitness". When it goes up it might be indicating "too much fuel" , "poor quality fuel", too much sodium", "too little movement" and/or "needs repair (illness). That's NOT the same as a red light on the dash blinking FAILURE. I hope you see the difference! <BR> <BR... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 09:22:11 EST When PAIN is a good thing - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573798 I woke up this morning with BAD lower back pain. This is an ongoing chronic condition but I made it worse by moving a king sized mattress off the bed to pull the bedskirt for laundering. I should have waited and let my husband do it. My 58 year old body told me clearly today I CAN'T do what I once could. <BR> <BR> So you may be wondering WHY I said PAIN is a good thing. Pain makes me be "still". Being still makes me "think". Thinking usually leads me to writing and here I am to try and... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:58:14 EST Packing my bag for 2014! Tales from 100 Pounds Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572636 My 2013 calendar will soon be placed in the recycling bin and a new 2014 calendar will take it's place on my pantry door. I love looking at the blank pages. They are 365 blank canvases upon which I will write the next chapter of my journey to "Health & Fitness". <BR> <BR> But I want to take JUST a minute to look back over the past 12 months and share a few highlights. <BR> <BR> 1) I walked two official 5Ks. <BR> <BR> 2) I lost another 20 pounds. <BR> <BR> 3) I stayed SODA free for a... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:55:59 EST Christmas Eve in My Home - PIX - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571359 Merry Christmas Eve! <BR> <BR> Our dear son is home for Christmas and everything is festive. I'm enjoying the sights and sounds of Christmas and thought I would share them with you. <BR> <BR> We have a fire in the hearth: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1419551009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Poinsettias in the foyer: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1127278127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Flowers on the table: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:19:56 EST Who said it was easy? - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570406 I was having a chat recently with someone new to the journey toward "Health & Fitness". After decades of hiding from obesity they finally got brave enough to sign up for Sparkpeople and "face the music". This was a HUGE first step and I applauded her efforts. What surprised me was a comment she made about how easy it must be for me. <BR> <BR> EASY? (I had to grin to myself). It's NEVER easy. Three and a half years and 120 pounds down it's STILL a daily struggle. This made me reali... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:25:15 EST Day 2 of 20 CHOICES - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568054 One thing I have learned on this journey is that life is full of choices. It's much like a cafeteria line. When I was a young girl there was a cafeteria chain in my city called BLUE BOAR. I can remember the difficult decision of WHAT I was going to eat. My eyes would survey all those choices and wish I could choose "more". Of course that "more" was what eventually led me to obesity. <BR> <BR> Now I'm having to UNDO those years of MORE by making CHOICES again. Here's the thing. If I ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:53:41 EST 20 Days! Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567577 Today I began a 20 day plan to get me through the holidays and to the beginning of my new 10 week challenge group that starts in January (Beyond the Scale). The holidays have always been a sticking point for me (as in weight STICKS - ha). My physician told me to set a goal to gain no more than 5 pounds over the holidays. That's a very realistic goal and I hope to gain no more than 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> Now I'm sure some of you are shaking your head thinking how can gaining TWO pounds be ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:08:56 EST Hard Work Pays Off - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566584 I lost my fitness tracker last night on the way to get the mail in the snow covered driveway. The problem is I didn't know I had lost it and shoveled away. The driveway was clear but when I came in my fitbit was missing off my pants where I had clipped it. My husband looked in vain for about 30 minutes before bedtime. <BR> <BR> Overnight we got more snow but it's ended (for now) and the sun was out so I took the shovel, bundled up and headed out to look. I moved snow, dug through snow ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:04:10 EST Passages - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561215 I'm a year older today. 60 is creeping closer and when I was a child that was "ancient". Now I'm closing in on that number and realizing that it's JUST a number. Oh granted, I can't do what I DID when I was 20 and gravity has moved things around and added a few wrinkles but in my MIND I'm not old! <BR> <BR> I learned to accept physical aging long ago but I refuse to let it limit my possibilities. In the past year I walked my first TWO official 5k's. Who would dream that a woman once w... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:58:15 EST That DEEP winter coat! - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559376 Last winter my DH bought me a "deep winter" coat. I was trying to buy it in a size that would last more than one winter. I bought it snug and last winter could JUST zip it and it was tight. We went out to do a bit of shopping today and when he told me to bundle up because it was in the single digits I went for that coat. <BR> <BR> Not ONLY did it zip easily but it's too big! Oh what a feeling! Now I plan to make it "do" for the winter and will buy a new one SNUG when they go on sale in... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 21:42:41 EST New Year - New Challenge - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558746 Soon 2013 will be in the history books and while I COULD look back at the road behind me (and it's been a long road) I'm going to look FORWARD to what lies ahead. Three years and four months into this journey to "Health & Fitness" I have made much progress and many Sparkpeople friends but I have a long way yet to go. <BR> <BR> What I have realized is that I AM successful in ways other than rapid drops on the scale. As I mentioned in my previous blog , tiny weight losses add up and the w... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 23:56:13 EST Loving Those Fractions - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555796 I weigh every day. For those of you that don't I fully support your decision not to (grin) for me it's a check and balance. If I see an uptick I work a little harder to eliminate sodium, push water and eat cleaner. If I see it go down it motivates me to push even more. It's brought me to a place where I have learned to love the fractions! My scales measure to the tenth of a pound and some days that TEENY loss is enough to make me feel good about my progress and push forward. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 09:28:08 EST Kindness on the Journey - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554973 This journey to "Health & Fitness" is not an easy one. It's a long trek over many weeks, months and for some years! One must persevere past many obstacles and keep pressing on even when it's most difficult. It MUST be a one way journey. <BR> <BR> I've been on this journey now for 3 years and 4 months. How easy it would be to pull into a long rest area and how quickly that could be come a detour if I don't keep putting one foot in front of the other. Right now it's a HARD journey. That... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:49:00 EST You didn't FAIL! Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552749 It's BLACK FRIDAY in the USA but for many that black "cloud" was the scale showing an uptick this morning. Across the USA yesterday many feasted on savory dishes and delectable treats. Wonderful memories were made. Families and friends enjoyed fellowship. It was a "special holiday". <BR> <BR> Don't beat yourself up if you ate more than you planned. INSTEAD reset your GPS: <BR> <BR> G - Good Nutrition <BR> P - Personal Fitness <BR> S - Sparkpeople Involvement <BR> <BR> Today is a new ... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:39:39 EST Thanksgiving Planning - Tales from 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549814 That feast of all feasts is approaching. In our family Thanksgiving is the biggest single food event of the year (even more than Christmas). In the past it has often been a day of excess. I can remember many a Thanksgiving Dinner where I snacked on the appetizers, filled my plate twice and had more than one dessert! Then as if that wasn't enough ... the evening leftover warm-ups finished the day in a high calorie, high fat, high carb, high sugar frenzy. <BR> <BR> That was THEN. This is ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:09:03 EST Dogs don't care! - Tales From 100# Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548053 I have three dachshunds. They are so loving and they are always so happy to see me. That was true even before I lost the first pound. Their love was blind to my size. It still is. <BR> <BR> One thing HAS changed. I now have a "lap" they can sit in! That wasn't always the case! In fact, I can hold TWO dachshunds in my lap! Now THAT'S an NSV (non-scale victory). <BR> <BR> Here are the girls in my lap: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243310937.jpg"> <BR... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:20:05 EST