POLYANNA2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=POLYANNA2 POLYANNA2'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/ POOCH POOL PARTY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738641 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1575437210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A morning at the pool is so much better with friends!!! Thanks for joining me. <BR> <BR> Oh, no, who let the cat out?!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909898425.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week's mini challenge is to lose one pound of fat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2015019909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure I'd like to get rid of THAT!!!! <BR> <B... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:53:40 EST UH-OH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734681 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939642121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have YOU seen it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1289594919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I want my <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l980322870.jpg"> <BR> <BR> back!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1950026248.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 15:30:46 EST A CURE FOR THE BUSY MIND http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706134 Do you have a busy mind? You know, a mind that is always turning over a minutiae of useless information or feelings, thus interfering with the good stuff? I do - well did. <BR> <BR> I love yoga, but one trick I learned, which you may already know about, but if you don't, is what I want to give to you today. This can be done anywhere, at any time. My favourite place to do this is when I'm in a lineup at a grocery store or anywhere where I have unwelcomed down time and my busy brain rush... Thu, 29 May 2014 14:57:46 EST UGLY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704444 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l959243831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a true depiction of how I felt about my relationship with food, how I felt about my body, how I felt about my life. <BR> <BR> AND THEN I JOINED SPARKPEOPLE! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1674211989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a true depiction of how I feel about my relationship with food, how I feel about my body, how I feel about my life. <BR> <BR> Each of these pictures say... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:57:29 EST WHAT IS THE SPICE OF LIFE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703368 Yup, you're right, it's VARIETY - variety of healthy foods and variety of fitness activities. This has been proven to be true through my participation in the 5% Challenges. <BR> <BR> I used to think exercise was walking on my treadmill and pedaling my recumbent bike, but there is so much more to life, so much more fun to have. On the winter challenge I got out there and tried snowshoeing. That is hard work. <BR> <BR> This is what I've been doing for the spring challenge: <BR> <BR> Swimm... Mon, 26 May 2014 08:59:37 EST BATHING SUIT ANYONE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702776 NOT FOR ME, or at least that's what I used to say. <BR> <BR> Went for a holiday in March and decided no more of these trips and not enjoying my body being in the ocean. When I traveled before I would spend all my time sightseeing, fully clothed, because no one was going to see "this" body in the flesh. NO MORE!!! <BR> <BR> The first day I was in Aruba I wore clothes to the beach, sidestepping the pool, and when no one was looking I pulled off the clothes and revealed my body in a bathing ... Sun, 25 May 2014 12:16:53 EST YOU ARE ALL INVITED.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702212 ....TO TAKE A WALK WITH ME AND MY DH ALONG THE CATARACT SEGMENT OF THE BRUCE TRAIL! Grab your Nordic poles and water. And dress light, it's much warmer now than it was a couple of weeks ago when I took these pic's. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l666266053.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l247840216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1395026082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Sat, 24 May 2014 14:26:03 EST CALORIE BURNER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613183 A Sunday afternoon walk with my hubby. Fun, yes. Easy, not so much...lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l666166853.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1107472304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> HOPE YOU'RE ALL HAVING AN ACTIVE DAY!!! <em>548</em> <em>244</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:02:54 EST FAREWELL FROM THE DOGHOUSE (7) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279238 I may not know until next winter whether my new habit will stick, but at least I know I can do it. It's still winter out there, although today was looking pretty promising, and my ticker is moving to the right, NOT the left. It's like a miracle - woo hoo!!!! I plan to keep up my frisky ways now until my ticker gets to that four letter word at the far right - G-O-A-L. <BR> <BR> So this is not farewell to my Spark Friends and this is not farewell to my healthy lifestyle, only farewell to t... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 18:17:35 EST MEANDERINGS FROM THE DOGHOUSE 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277389 Today our "Grand Doggy" has asked us whether we need some motivation or advice, and if so, to ask for it. <BR> <BR> This dog couldn't be any more motivated - not possible. There has been a week-long party going on in this doghouse and I have enjoyed the visits from all my old friends and new friends alike. What an amazing experience this has been. <BR> <BR> I cannot thank you all enough for stopping by to see me and leaving all your precious nuggets behind. You're the best!!!! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:14:04 EST MEANDERINGS FROM THE DOGHOUSE 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275794 The topic under discussion today is "What can you improve upon?" That is one loaded question. The first answer that popped into my head was, "Everything." But, you know, that's not actually true. As I have been going along on my journey, little by little I'm feeling stronger, more confident, in control if you will, and all the other "stuff" needing improvement is magically improving. I guess this is what you would call the domino effect. <BR> <BR> Bottom line, by improving my health fir... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:22:14 EST MEANDERINGS FROM THE DOGHOUSE 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275104 The topic of discussion for today is "How are you doing day by day." <BR> <BR> I am planning and preparing all my food a week ahead of time and I have made a fitness appointment with myself for each and every day of varying durations. I follow the plan and eat within my calorie range and do the exercise I have scheduled. I wake up each day and execute the plan with enthusiasm. I'm losing weight and feeling healthy. It just doesn't get any better than this. <BR> <BR> Oh, and the best par... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:37:59 EST MEANDERINGS FROM THE DOGHOUSE 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272461 Today we are pondering the question of what we are doing to encourage ourselves and keep on track. This one is pretty easy. I am participating in the 5% Winter into Spring Challenge, I am seeing the world, I am hanging out with a fantastic pack of dogs, AND I AM PUMPED. So at the moment I am thoroughly enjoying the high and being excited about what we're doing. I'm even looking forward to Saturdays now - woof woof. <BR> <BR> And as my good doggie friend EJOK said to me yesterday, even th... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:06:32 EST MEANDERINGS FROM THE DOGHOUSE 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270978 So today's thoughts are swirling around how I'm going to keep my ticker from going left in the winter seasons. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is move to somewhere warm and sunny. Big X beside that one - not going to happen. <BR> <BR> Here is the plan: <BR> <BR> 1. Instead of talking about getting snow shoes, be proactive and go get them. I can't ski any more (knees are toast) but I can walk, love to Nordic walk, so in winter I can use my ski poles, put on the snow shoes a... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:08:26 EST Meanderings from the Doghouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269798 I am a non-blogger. Somehow I think our leaders have spotted me cowering in the corner of the kennel and have decided blogging should be the challenge of the week. I know, I know, it's not all about me...lol <BR> <BR> So what is the habit I want to break? Simple to know, difficult to break. I want to stop my ticker from going right to left every winter. When I'm in the zone (summer) I'm great, but winter comes along and poof! <BR> <BR> I am working on the problem, but I need better st... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:16:24 EST WINTER 5% CHALLENGE - ASSIGNMENT 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240102 Winter, the toughest time for me to lose weight - BUT NOT THIS YEAR! For the past 3 years I have lost weight and winter comes and I put a bunch on again. This made me angry, so this year I have turned things around. Once I saw it happening again I went on a cleanse, which a very good friend of mine recommended, and a miracle happened. I lost weight and kept right on going. It's still winter, and I'm pumped. I know the Winter Challenge will keep me pumped, so looking forward to great thi... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:21:33 EST WALKING THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084107 I've been walking segments of the Trans Canada Trail that are close to my home recently. I thought I'd share some of the colour with you from today's walk. Enjoy. I know I did! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l311330626.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19404450.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l732655195.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l503685465.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 17:12:15 EST I PLEDGE NOT TO QUIT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998916 "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to stay in ... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 01:06:10 EST A MIMOSA FOR A SAMOSA? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980126 Ah, what I wouldn't give for that beautiful, deep-fried, pastry-wrapped bunch of spiced veggies! You see, I enjoyed just such a treat several months ago when attending a party, and it's been lurking in my mind ever since, so much so that when the East Indian community in Toronto was showcasing their cuisine in the "Taste of India" last weekend, the thought of making the hour-long drive to the city actually occurred to me. Such a ridiculous thought, but there it was, for, you see, those pock... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 07:43:07 EST IT'S TIME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933703 I have spent considerable time with the assignment for the 5% Challenge (Summer) of listing 3 or 4 reasons/excuses for why my diet and exercise plans haven't been well executed in the past and on what strategy I can utilize to keep me on track for the 8 weeks (hopefully forever). I'm sure smoke was coming out of my ears for this one. After sifting through all the minutiae in my brain it comes down to one thing - time management. I need to make time for food, make time for exercise and make... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 19:59:40 EST A letter to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631439 Dear Carol, have your knees stopped hurting? Do you feel more energized? How was the mood over the winter? These are all the things you wanted to address with this 10-week winter challenge. It's difficult during the dark winter months because the blues drive you to the couch. Without fitness, the body hurts. Without healthy fuel, the straight line between zero and goal becomes a circle. I hope you have a great big smile on your face when I see you in March! Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:29:59 EST A MONDAY TO REMEMBER/FORGET http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3546263 Yesterday was a big day for me. It was the day my doctor was going to give me great news about my blood results. It never occurred to me that it would be anything but spectacular news. So we get to that part of the visit, she gives me the numbers, I sit there and stare, and then my eyeballs explode with tears! Yup, numbers are up again. Just wasn't prepared for that. So my doctor, sweetheart that she is, shocked at my reaction, gave me a big hug. Now she realizes what this actually mea... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:25:02 EST TOO MUCH TOO QUICKLY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327875 Everybody was right, I shouldn't have looked at this as a drastic change. I kind of went overboard in my first week and I was body sore and mind sore as a result. I have been reading everything that has been offered and realize now I should have approached things a little differently, i.e. slow and easy does it. I did not fall off the wagon, which I would have done without Spark, but I am planning to make smart choices instead. Words cannot relate how helpful this site is. I have no fea... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 19:33:50 EST