PJMOGG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PJMOGG PJMOGG'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/ Back on track.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223015 Well, January is here and almost gone.. <BR> <BR> I have not been Saprking much since mid-December, I have had alot on my plate with work and family. I have checked in when I could, not wanting to totally lose touch. I have tried to keep myself in the fore front, as much as I could, and I was surprised to see some changes.. <BR> <BR> Things did not completely fall off the wagon (as opposed to my hips) in the last month.. I tried where I could, and I have been thrilled to realize that I ha... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:15:26 EST Annoyed at Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118068 Hello!! <BR> <BR> Well, the worst of the high winds are gone now - I'm about 45 minutes north of Toronto - but the rain just keeps coming. A steady rain that is supposed to continue for at least the next 2 days. Flooding over this time will be our newest concern. <BR> <BR> I have been grilling chicken and veg, making lots of fresh salads, and having fruit and nuts for snacks, trying to recover from my weekend. I am annoyed with myself, as tomorrow is our final weigh-in for our "Biggest Los... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:06:03 EST The Saturday Eating Challenge... eek! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115641 Hi everyone.. <BR> <BR> I hope you all have had a good weekend, and for those of you in the path of the storm, that you are all safe and well... <BR> <BR> I did not have the best day for eating yesterday. DH and I went out for breakfast..eggs, bacon, home fries and rye toast. I skipped the fries, but ate the toast & bacon. I didn't feel too bad, as I have been very good lately, and was allowing the meal as a small reward.. <BR> <BR> Where it went south was: We stopped at our best friends... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 13:42:53 EST Winding down October.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111382 <em>426</em> WoW!! Only one week left!! <BR> <BR> I am down 4 lbs in October. No where near my goal. So, while sitting here trying to decide what to blog, I evaluated what has changed this month, beyond the numbers on the scale.. <BR> <BR> I have dramatically increased my daily water intake...plus! I have taken vitamins everyday...plus! I have been too busy lately, and have not been getting in my eating small portions of protein/carbs every 2-3 hrs, leaving me hungry, and therefore may... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 15:01:31 EST One-derland!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098232 <em>465</em> Surviving Thanksgiving!! <BR> <BR> I mentioned in my last Blog that I was headed north, with the whole Fam-dam-ly, for Canadian Thanksgiving. It was wonderful :) My dinner was the best it has ever been - I had a plan... everyone's favourite treats... even good choice for me so that I wouldn't feel deprived. I allowed myself a small taste of this, a treat of that, and even a few cocktails - but (and I don't know why, but I'm thrilled any ways), I stayed with the PLAN, focus... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 02:14:33 EST Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend: The Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087381 <em>465</em> Hello!! <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> I have been away for a couple of days - on my 6th night (ugh) - so I have been reading through my Team pages, my Friend Feeds, and your Blogs to catch up... and I have to say... you Girls are all amazing !! Do you realize what a fantastic support and inspiration you are to all of your Spark friends? All of your successes, and even the not-so-great days (that help us realize that we are all going to off the wagon once and a while)..what count... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 03:13:32 EST Fit for Fall Challenge: October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083218 Hi everyone <em>465</em> I am down 12.5 lbs in my first 4 weeks!! Woot! <BR> <BR> **Goal for the Month of October: 10 lb loss <BR> <BR> **Daily Goals for October: <BR> ~ start taking vitamins daily <BR> ~ eat 2 fruits a day <BR> ~ eat 5 veg a day <BR> ~ at least 8 waters a day <BR> <BR> **Weekly for month of October: <BR> ~ 2.5 lbs a week <BR> ~ exercise 3 X 45 minutes <BR> <BR> **Plan to Accomplish: <BR> ~ reduce computer time that could be utilized exercising <BR> ~ start t... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 01:18:56 EST 3 Weeks In !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5079011 <em>465</em> I've been busy, busy, busy, and I haven't had a lot of time to sit and blog - so DH is fast asleep early on the couch, so I thought I would write down some thoughts and reflect on my last 3 weeks... <BR> <BR> They have gone by so quickly - I have had a lot going on socially, so that has been both fun and a challenge - visits out to my sisters, baby showers, good-bye bbqs, multiple weekends away, both up north with DH & to Niagara Falls with a friend. I have also been working... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:24:06 EST Moving in the Right Direction ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067232 <em>252</em> I LOVE SPARK !! <BR> <BR> It's been almost a week since I blogged last - life has been busy, busy... <BR> <BR> I have been Sparking the entire week - checking in, eating right, posting, reading, team participation, connecting, learning ... it has been incredible ... <BR> <BR> The sense of community and support that my Spark friends and team mates offer has made the difference for me. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I have even impressed myself. Tomorrow is my weigh-in at work's ... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 01:37:46 EST Gotta love Friday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059062 <em>244</em> it's Friday! <BR> <BR> For whatever reason, I am thrilled that Friday is here and I am off work today - raining here in Ontario today - but never mind, what a glorious sunshine-filled week it has been! It has done wonders for my spirit! <BR> <BR> I hope you all had productive, successful weeks! <BR> <BR> I have just been trying to keep putting myself first and stay on track, keeping the motivation up, and the momentum moving forward.. <BR> <BR> I did try and make some swee... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 12:12:50 EST Eat more, Lose weight? Go Figure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055925 Hi all.. <BR> <BR> Week one is down, and at my 1st official weigh-in @ my work "Biggest Loser" challenge - I was down 6 lbs! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> Few realizations this week: <BR> <BR> - that with preparation, you really help set yourself up for greater success... <BR> <BR> ie. getting rid of temptation; shopping for the 'right' stuff - good food choices & options, including snacks; actual prepping of food for convenience ( I bagged 12 almonds in snack bags in the cupboard is one example); w... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:30:29 EST Reset..Rethink..Replan..Reduce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050950 Well, Since January I have been completely side tracked off my weight loss focus. Not due to anything other than allowing it to happen. Life has been good, wonderful in fact - busy, fun-filled, family-filled. Add some amazing travel with my DH to St Maartan for 2 weeks this spring, home 7 weeks, then off across the pond to England for 2 weeks, for the Olympics - now that was an energy filled adventure! Many get-away weekends to the cottage, bbqs, weekend outdoor concerts, barn antique auc... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:04:28 EST A Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614268 Last week was a tough week, as many of you know. I decided not to weigh myself, and allow myself the time to heal and refocus. <BR> <BR> So, Monday came and time to get back on track. My focus was water, water, water!! I cannot lie, I ate some chocolate tonight on night shift....but what I really wanted to confess was this: <BR> <BR> I was talking tonight at work to a co-worker, and telling her about my weight loss progress. I was mentioning what has been working, my food prep, my increase ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 02:16:36 EST My Motivation Has Left the Building.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602907 Oh, the peaks and valleys...and I have been in the valley for the last 2 weeks! Between 2 funerals, supporting both families, work, living through a renovation, my mom-in-law threatening to move my DH's Dad away (my DH is the only one who visits him regularly), some sister turmoil, and some empty nest loneliness..my motivation has gotten up, left the building and has been on quite the vacation! ...yup...gone! <BR> <BR> I was whining this morning, actually reaching out for a pep talk! And I ... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 14:48:33 EST Happy Saturday Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591338 Happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> Here in Canada, I am happy to say Thanksgiving is long over and behind me! I did try extra hard to have a plan, and I say, use the 'real deal' and try portion control rather than the fake stuff....It did def help though to have thought it through before I went to family get together...I had a healthy snack before I went to prevent the appetizer 'graze', made sure I drank lots of water and skipped the alcohol, and just made sure I took small portions. I was ... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 13:09:05 EST Learning to Blog.. "Walk the Walk!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572823 Morning friends.. <BR> <BR> I was on SP last night, catching up with all my spark friends... reading their blogs, catching up with team msg boards, enjoying everyone's successes and encouraging the 'get-back-ons' of many. I wanted to send little pick-me-ups to keep people on track, the same way their support keeps me here when I have been having such a hard time staying focused myself. <BR> <BR> I was also trying to find the words for a blog...and it just wasn't there. I don't know why this... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 12:29:49 EST How do we turn Auto-pilot off?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565197 hello there! <BR> <BR> Well, it's November now, and here in Canada Thanksgiving (2nd weekend in Oct) and Halloween are behind us!! Thank goodness!! <BR> <BR> We have had a lovely October, and although I have not lost as much weight in October as I had in September, I have been thrilled with the changes - the thinking, the adapting to stress, the choices, how to handle myself in tempting situations, the enjoyment getting back to exercising and how it is growing, and so much more. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 14:47:41 EST 8 Weeks In..Keeping the Commitment..Change Feels Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552908 I don't know about you guys, but making this lifestyle change has it's ups and downs. Or maybe, it's life that has the ups and downs!! <BR> <BR> I was sent away almost 2 weeks ago to Ottawa for some remedial training - stressful, and a LONG drive, 5 hrs - got back 2 nights later, and headed to Quebec, an 8 hr drive, for a beautiful weekend away with friends the next morning. We had our fun...we did consume numerous drinks, but we did eat well and were out and about walking and exercising in ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:45:40 EST 8 Weeks In..Keeping the Commitment..Change Feels Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552906 I don't know about you guys, but making this lifestyle change has it's ups and downs. Or maybe, it's life that has the ups and downs!! <BR> <BR> I was sent away almost 2 weeks ago to Ottawa for some remedial training - stressful, and a LONG drive, 5 hrs - got back 2 nights later, and headed to Quebec, an 8 hr drive, for a beautiful weekend away with friends the next morning. We had our fun...we did consume numerous drinks, but we did eat well and were out and about walking and exercising in ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:45:19 EST Has there been a change, if you fall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541825 Hi everyone...well, I have been off spark for a week..Feeling glum, not tracking and eating not as good as I should...I paid with a 3 lb gain...boo!...So, Monday I kicked myself in the butt, and started back on track. I was up and out walking the trails in the forest @ 930 this am, and came back and had a healthy lunch... <BR> <BR> I have been on spark catching up, reading blogs, and of course, catching up on my fantastic Team pages...and I gotta say...you guys are amazing...so positive and ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 14:50:19 EST The Emotional Journey: Dealing with our Feelings and Fears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4521519 We all are dealing with thoughts, feelings and fears on our journeys. <BR> <BR> Gotta just love that self-doubt. I decided to share with you today some realizations I have had over the last two days, talking about these things with 2 different spark friends... <BR> <BR> One friend, who was successful completing a segment of running training that she had doubts she could complete, and then dealing with the emotions; and a new friend, fearful of a race she has coming up, questioning if she'l... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:02:37 EST Shifting gears..nearing a month of Sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511340 I have been sparking almost a month now! WoW! And I am officially down 10 pounds.. <BR> <BR> I had a crazy, busy week and I was not checking in for 5 days. I was not tracking, drinking my water, but not 8 glasses a day, and I had difficulty getting my exercise in...old patterns of letting life get in the way...but, I can say I lost 2 lbs bringing my total to 10 lbs, which I was actually happy with because it did show me that I have learned some things this month, and I have made some change... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 00:39:47 EST To My Spark "Girlfriends" especially EMILYULM1..for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501079 <BR> I thought we could all use a reminder our health is not just about the scale..... <BR> <BR> <BR> I know someone who just finished taking an evening class. Their last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nur... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 01:18:30 EST Starting to find my groove.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484867 Hi everyone...I want to thank all of you, and you know who you are, for all your kind and motivating words over the last 2 weeks! You have walked along with me, listened, and inspired me...It has been so encouraging to do this with others. <BR> <BR> I have had a few insightful moments, and have inspired myself to continue. I am so proud that I have been dedicated to this in the last 2 weeks. That I showed the commitment, not only to this, but I realize I was showing it in myself! <BR> <BR... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:58:25 EST Surviving temptation and what I've learned..the good, the bad, and the not as ugly as I thought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479930 What a weekend! It was beautiful here in Ontario! A glorious weekend! The most perfect weekend to get married outdoors! Not me, LOL, my girl friend's daughter... <BR> <BR> This was a learning curve weekend for me, and overall, I survived it better than expected! Perfection...not even close...but huge strides...and I've decided to focus on the positives (which will deter me from falling off the wagon totally - a lesson in itself!) <BR> <BR> There was the rehearsal dinner out on Friday night... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 02:41:51 EST Setting myself up for success!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470406 Hi everyone! <BR> Well, I started this journey last Friday, 5 days ago now, and I have to say I'm thrilled with Sparkpeople...I have totally immersed myself on the site..reading articles, reading blogs, creating my sparkpage, reading group posts, making friends, and of course setting small goals and TRACKING! I cannot believe all it has to offer - the obvious - but also, the support and encouragement I have received has been incredible! I thank them all! My intention in devouring the resourc... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 21:43:19 EST