POCKETLLAMA1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POCKETLLAMA1 POCKETLLAMA1'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=5527702 I'm eating right and exercising every day again. I pray I can make it to the finish line this time. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:52:05 EST I am re-challenging myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245093 I was born in 1956, and this year I will be 57 years old. My challenge to myself is this: <BR> <BR> Weigh in at 157 or less on my 57th birtday. <BR> <BR> This is doable! I have 40 pounds to lose, and I have almost 9 months to do it. Here are the steps I will take to achieve this goal: <BR> <BR> At least 1000 minutes of outdoor activity every month. <BR> <BR> Eat less than 1700 calories every day. <BR> <BR> Work my way up to, then maintain, 8 cups of water every day. <BR> <BR> Re assess ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:44:09 EST Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245085 This year, I am planning on 40 days of prayer and fasting during the Lent season, February 13 through March 30. ( I copied the following guidelines from our church bulletin) <BR> <BR> WHAT IS PRAYER? Prayer is simply talking to God, listening to His Word and his Spirit as you pray. Prayer does not change things so much as it changes us, making us more open to God's will and ways. Throughout the season of Lent, give renewed daily attention to seeking God's almighty acts and blessings for ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:36:33 EST I am challenging myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760566 I was born in 1956, and this year I will be 56 years old. My challenge to myself is this: <BR> <BR> Weigh in at 156 or less on my 56th birtday. <BR> <BR> This is doable! I have 33 pounds to lose, and I have almost 9 months to do it. Here are the steps I will take to achieve this goal: <BR> <BR> At least 1000 minutes of outdoor activity every month. <BR> <BR> Eat less than 1700 calories every day. <BR> <BR> Work my way up to, then maintain, 8 cups of water every day. <BR> <BR> Re asse... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:33:08 EST Big Win Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706553 Yesterday, I went to visit a friend, and we had lunch together. For dessert, she offered a chocolate filled donut. I was able to resist, even after she practically begged me to have one. I insisted that I was too full to eat one. Well, after a while when I was going home, she gave me the box of donuts to take home. NO!!! I said, but she just wouldn't let me refuse. So I took them with me, but I stopped at a gas station and threw them away. So they never made it into my house. I fee... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:12:12 EST Advice worth heeding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696945 "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. " <BR> <BR> -Ralph Waldo Emerson Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:41:01 EST Kayaking on Seneca Lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390714 This evening, I went kayaking with friends on Seneca Lake in Ohio. Here are some pictures for my Sparkfriends to enjoy: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960346823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is me in my kayak! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507147422.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These water lilies were absolutely gorgeous, and huge! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l192356310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My friends, Paula and Lonnie. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:29:49 EST Today will be a busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386684 Today is going to be a long, busy day. First, I am a teacher at our church's Vacation Bible School. Then, I go right from there to my one-day-a-week job at A Touch OF Thread Quilting Gallery, where I will be teaching my Applique Block of the Month Class. One class is from 1 to 4, then I have a one on one student to teach her how to use her new sewing machine from 5 to 6, then another block of the month class from 6 to 9. <BR> <BR> I'll find time to eat between all that, and I have all m... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 07:36:42 EST Today was a great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4381784 Great 20 mile ride on the bike, followed by a class on coloring quilts. Awesome. Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:49:55 EST One of my favorite diversions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346006 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898916196.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of a display I set up at the Ohio Hills Folk Festival Quilt Show. The quilt show is in a church, and we display many of the quilts on the pews. This display is on the front pew. <BR> <BR> These are the quilt blocks made by the girls in my sewing camp. After sewing camp is over, we have decided that we will continue to meet as the "JASA Sewing Club". We have a lot of fun, and the girls are learni... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 22:54:14 EST Where are you, INDYGIRL? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4300011 I don't know how to look for a certain person on Spark People, but today I got some more motivation from INDYGIRL. Since she isn't in my friends list, I couldn't find her. <BR> <BR> How did I get motivation from her this time? I remembered one of her motivational quotes! <BR> <BR> Last night, I went off the wagon because some lemon bars were on the counter. A friend of my husband gave them to him last night. I don't even really like lemon bars, and they aren't even good ones. But they ... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 09:28:21 EST The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4299224 One week from right now, I will be asleep in my tent in Delaware, Ohio. In the morning I will rise early, pack up my gear, and get on my bicycle. Then, I'll ride from Delaware to London, about 50 miles. <BR> <BR> I'll have the whole day to do it. I'll probably make some stops along the way to see some sights, or even learn some historic fact about my Home state, Ohio. But, I will have nothing else to do on Wednesday, June 22, except pedal my bicycle from Delaware to London. No dishes... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:12:45 EST I love Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296391 I get a lot of motivation from this website, and I'm a loser. (Losing weight, that is). Today, I went from the 180's into the 170's. Yippee! <BR> <BR> What I love about Spark People: <BR> <BR> You get motivation without having to add another meeting to your weekly schedule. <BR> <BR> You can look for support any time of night or day. Just reading the blogs helps me a lot. <BR> <BR> The tracking is easy, and you can find almost any food in the database. <BR> <BR> There is a reward s... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:01:11 EST Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4290103 Today, I had Lasagna Florentine by Smart Ones for lunch. Delicious and very satisfying. Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:07:29 EST Snacks Ready to Eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275557 Yesterday, I bought a seedless watermelon and a cantelope. Just now, I used a cookie scoop to scoop out melon balls and make up baggies with one serving a piece in them. Some went in the fridge, the rest in the freezer. These will be great snacks on those hot days when I crave something cool and sweet. <BR> <BR> It's called pre-planning. <em>491</em> Fri, 3 Jun 2011 20:01:16 EST The Bicycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4264531 The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. ~John Howard <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Mon, 30 May 2011 08:29:52 EST Goals for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4250316 Goals for today: Get Sue's quilt done, Start on the Owl quilt, eat only healthy stuff, Walk with the Quaker Girls at six o'clock. <BR> <BR> (I weighed in this morning, and lost two pounds this week! Woo Hoo!!) Mon, 23 May 2011 08:27:14 EST I applied one of the Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247454 Just got home from riding the "Riding for a Reason" Bike Ride. 40 miles in three hours, thirty eight minutes. Average 11 mph. Not fast, but perfect for me. Ancient Chinese Proverb says: "Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still." That can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. <BR> <BR> That particular proverb was one of the quotes in this morning's slide show featured in the daily Spark People emails. I just love this one, because it really applies to me in many... Sat, 21 May 2011 16:36:21 EST Don't Quit (author unknown) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4221524 When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, <BR> When the funds are low and the debts are high, <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit, <BR> Rest, if you must, but don't you quit. <BR> <BR> Life is queer with its twists and turns, <BR> As every one of us sometimes learns, <BR> And many a failure turns about, <BR> When he might have won had he stuck i... Mon, 9 May 2011 20:48:15 EST Housework is Tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215134 Can I count housework as cardio activity on my fitness tracker, since I hardly ever do it? Fri, 6 May 2011 19:34:08 EST Goals for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201771 Exercise one hour outside at least 26 days out of 31. <BR> <BR> Ride my bike 300 miles. <BR> <BR> Lose 7 pounds. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 May 2011 08:36:58 EST Today was an awesome day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4200807 Went for a bike ride with a group of friends. It was absolutely beautiful after many rainy days. <em>332</em> Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:12:59 EST Good Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4183304 Today is Good Friday. It's the day we reflect on the fact that Jesus was crucified on a cruel cross as payment for our sins. Three days later, Jesus defeated the grave and was resurrected. Because of that, we can also have eternal life with God if we only believe and receive His salvation. <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 08:56:20 EST My Dinner Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4182247 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l826415855.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scalloped potatoes, cheeze-itz chicken, and fresh-from-the-garden asparagus. <BR> <BR> Total: 524 delicious calories Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:08:26 EST I am very proud of this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170491 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l220163781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am a professional quilter. This is one of my customer quilts. The customer asked me to work with her to make a quilt that looked similar to a new book that was being published. The author of the book wanted to display it at his book signings. My customer pieced all the different small blocks together, and I did the appliqued banner (with the lettering), the borders, the quilting, and the binding. This is act... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 19:20:25 EST What My Priority Should Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4159460 According to God's word, my first priority should be: <BR> <BR> Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 23:05:53 EST I'm Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146308 Last year, I lost almost 40 pounds from January to June, while training for a bicycle tour - the Great Ohio Bike Adventure. I felt so good on the tour, and rode over 50 miles each day on hilly roads. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, after the tour I lost my motivation, and started gaining the weight back. Yesterday, I finally got up the courage to get back on the scale, and found that I gained back 25 pounds!! I am so embarrassed and disappointed, but also glad that I didn't gain ALL the pounds ...... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 09:43:50 EST Accentuate the Positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3769933 These are the lyrics to a song by Johnny Mercer. I often sing it while doing my morning walk, to remind myself to always be positive: <BR> <BR> You've got to accentuate the positive <BR> Eliminate the negative <BR> And latch on to the affirmative <BR> Don't mess with Mister In-Between <BR> <BR> You've got to spread joy up to the maximum <BR> Bring gloom down to the minimum <BR> Have faith or pandemonium's <BR> Liable to walk upon the scene <BR> <BR> To illustrate my last remark <BR> Jona... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:00:52 EST Weigh in Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3753256 Lost three pounds this week! <em>244</em> Mon, 1 Nov 2010 07:22:16 EST I Set a new personal record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750742 Today, I went on a charity 5k walk at the YMCA in Cambridge. My goal was to beat the time I did the 5k at Barkcamp at the beginning of this month. I thought I had not made it, but I did! <BR> <BR> My time at Barkcamp was 49 minutes, 51 seconds. Today's time was 49 minutes, 19 seconds. Hey, 32 seconds is 32 seconds! Sat, 30 Oct 2010 20:18:18 EST How I put an end to the eating each day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3749691 The hardest time for me to refrain from mindless snacking is at night. The way I have learned to put an end to it: <BR> <BR> At around 8:30, I eat my last snack, which I had planned earlier according to how many calories I still have available. Usually it's something healthy, but "junk" food is okay as long as it's a measured amount and it's entered on my daily nuitrition tracker. <BR> <BR> At 9:00 pm, I brush my teeth, floss, and rinse with ACT. Then, I do not allow myself into the kitch... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 07:10:17 EST New Word of the Day - Pulchritudinous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3747750 <BR> pul·chri·tu·di·nous <BR>   <BR> ( pronounced: puhl-kri-'tood-n-uhs) <BR> <BR> –adjective <BR> <BR> physically beautiful; comely. <BR> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:11:44 EST My Favorite Einstein Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3745571 "Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to stay balanced, you must keep moving." Thu, 28 Oct 2010 06:44:38 EST I Did It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3375191 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l231418329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of me with my friend Peggy after we crossed the finish line of the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. I'm on the left. <BR> <BR> I started my Spark People journey in January after I registered for this bike tour, and decided I needed to become more fit in order to participate in this ride. Since January, I have lost almost 40 pounds and exercised over 8,000 minutes to get ready for this ride! Now, ... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 10:38:35 EST Today ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3261918 Today I need to get "back on the wagon" Both Saturday and Sunday were not good in terms of nutrition. I went to a reception on Saturday for my Grandson's christening, and there were so many great foods I just couldn't resist. So I really really blew it on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Sunday wasn't too bad - but I didn't enter anything into my nutrition tracker, so I'm not really sure how I did. I did do a 23 mile bike ride though. That might be my saving grace for Sunday. <BR> <BR> Today, I am ... Mon, 24 May 2010 09:19:41 EST Five Answers to Five Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3231623 I saw this exercise, writing five answers to five questions, on TRYTWO's blog. I liked it, so I decided to do the exercise myself. <BR> <BR> I am good at making goals and working toward them. <BR> I am good at creating things with fabric. <BR> I am good at planning fun adventures with groups of friends. <BR> I am good at using the computer. <BR> I am good at managing money. <BR> <BR> I am happiest when I am singing hymns to the Lord in church. <BR> I am happiest when I am in front of my se... Sat, 15 May 2010 07:20:21 EST Tomorrow is a Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3204114 The impetus for my healthy makeover happened in January, when I mailed my registration for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA). I have loved biking for years, and 2009 was one of my laziest years, so I was sorely out of shape. <BR> <BR> The bike tour will be in HILLY territory this year, so I knew I had to do something to get back in shape and take off some pounds. Now, I have lost over 30 pounds and I have been riding a lot to get ready for the big ride in June. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I... Fri, 7 May 2010 08:19:46 EST I've Lost 30 POUNDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3170047 This picture says it all: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l827426571.jpg"> Wed, 28 Apr 2010 08:10:36 EST New Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3139488 I'm into new numbers as of this morning's weekly weigh-in! I have now crossed into the 170's and I honestly can't remember the last time I saw those numbers on the scale. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 07:16:11 EST My Quilt Barn Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3132179 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l913287768.jpg"> <BR> My friend, Peggy, and I have been riding and riding to train for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure in June. This is a picture of us on an old bridge on one of our favorite hill training routes (I am on the left). We give all our routes names, and we have named this one "Peggy's Quilt Barn Loop". The route is near Peggy's house and we pass many barns with quilt blocks painted on them, thus the name. <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 09:48:51 EST I got a surprise yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3132122 Yesterday, I went "up north" to visit relatives. When I left my house in the morning, it was fairly warm and we have been having quite a warm weather streak lately, so I didn't expect any different. So, I had shorts on...... <BR> <BR> After two hours driving north, it was quite cold, and actually SNOW was falling in Medina! When I got out of my van I was FREEZING.....So, I visited a thrift store to get some long pants. At about a dollar a pair, I could buy a couple, and I really wasn't s... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 09:30:51 EST Veggies for Breakfast? Yes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3125587 <em>69</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, I had something different for breakfast today. Most days I eat oatmeal with nuts and some kind of fruit. But, variety is the spice of life, and today I decided to do something different. <BR> <BR> At our local grocery store, a couple days ago, they had a little tray of diced veggies - onion, broccoli, zucchini, and tomatoes - for 2.50 and the label called it "veggie omelet" So, I bought it. This morning, I used some of them to make a breakfast burrito - l... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 08:23:31 EST It's Weigh in Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3116830 This morning, I weighed in again. I am amazed that the weight so far is just falling off. I lost two pounds this week again! <em>246</em> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:39:27 EST Gotta Keep Movin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3110304 Albert Einstien quote: <BR> <BR> Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to stay balanced, you must keep moving. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:39:51 EST I've Been Riding! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3107837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565601035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, my friend Peggy and I went for an awesome bike ride. We rode twenty very hilly miles, traversing three counties in southeast Ohio: Noble, Monroe, and Belmont Counties. There are several barns along the route with quilt blocks painted on them. Since I am also an avid quilter, I just loved looking at the barns. <BR> <BR> The more hills I ride up and down, the more weight I lose. The more weight I lose, ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 22:46:14 EST I HATE diet pop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3100719 One of the things I decided to do when I started my healthy plan with Spark People was to quit drinking Diet Mountain Dew, which I was addicted to. I was always drinking it. And, I noticed, most of the people I saw drinking DIET pop needed to go on a diet! Including ME! It doesn't make you skinny, I think it makes us fat! So, on January 8, 2010, I quit drinking it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, driving home from a four day trip to the Cleveland Area to visit family, I was a little tired so I ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 18:42:21 EST It's Easier to do this at HOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3093382 I'm visiting with relatives this week. My grandchildren are on Spring Break from school, and my twin sister, Sheryl, who is a teacher is on break too. So, I decided to come up to spend time with them. <BR> <BR> I have found out that it's a lot easier to eat healthy at home. I am fixed into certain routines that help to keep me on track - at HOME. I have certain foods around that help me through temptations - at HOME. I did bring some of "my snacks" along, but here at my dad's house, ... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 22:14:24 EST Luck has Little to do With It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081090 I started with Spark People in January, and I have lost weight every week since I started. This week only a half pound, but still a loss, and not a gain, so I'm happy with it! <BR> <BR> Lots of times I hear or read people telling each other "Good Luck" on your weight loss journey. Well, it's a nice thing to say, to wish somebody luck, but I want to say that luck has nothing to do with it! If we want to lose weight, we have to work at it. <BR> <BR> Sure, there will be days when you will... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 07:44:12 EST Today is Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3078031 This is the day that I celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, who died for me on a cross, was buried in a guarded tomb, then raised up from the grave to ascend to Heaven. Because of His sacrifice, I am forgiven of my sins, and I have eternal life with Him simply because I believe. Sun, 4 Apr 2010 07:00:28 EST Morning Full Moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3059596 <em>31</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up early this morning, around 5:45, and saw a really bright light shining into the window. Looked outside, and the moon was so big, beautiful, and bright! I absolutely had to go out there! So I literally threw on some clothes and went for my morning walk. I have been walking in the morning three or four times a week lately, but I usually wait till sunrise or later. <BR> <BR> Today, the moon was so bright, it was like daylight. It was beautiful. By the ti... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 07:33:31 EST