PPELTON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PPELTON PPELTON'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/ Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186042 Hey there Just Me checking in. Since September 29th we have been very busy. We placed my MIL in hospice for terminal lung cancer. Though we have a wonderful staff of Dr's and nurses coming in everyday. I am challenged with mantaining two households. 2x the laundry, 2X the grocery shopping 2X the yardwork and 2x the bill paying and financial stress. It has been very wearing on me. Through it all I lost 2 pounds but gained it back over the holidays. <BR> <BR> I will not give up on my health o... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:02:07 EST Oh! No! a stumbling block http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072155 Yesterday I was walking along the shore of Lake Hemet, CA. I bent over to examine some rocks and oh my word, A sharp pain stabbed me at the end of my tailbone. I fell to my knees and wondered what had happened. NOT Again!!!! My back went out. In 2005 I was involved in a nasty School bus accident which left 3 bulging discs in my lower back. I take great steps to ensure that I do proper exercises and everything by the book. Just bending over can cause great pain at times. <BR> <BR> I finis... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:39:07 EST Down the road 10,000 steps aday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5064978 WOW I have now completed 5 Full days of walking 10,000 steps a day. All of the sudden I just felt my 6000 step goal was too weak. Sunday night at 8:00pm I only had 6154 steps,I went out and walked the block 4 times to get over 10,000 steps. It as still hot out 100* so when I came home I was hot and sweaty so I jumped in the pool and swam for 15 minutes. <BR> Monday night I was closer to my goal. 8051 steps were quickly converted to 10,000 with just a few laps around the block. I swam for 20... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 13:36:22 EST Should I take a nap or............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5058336 It's 3:00pm in the afternoon, Its 104* and the students are having PE. in the gym. I have 30 minutes before they load the bus and I am thinking a nap would be really nice. I could turn on the air and drift off to that land of day dreams and make believe. <BR> <BR> No No no! My pedometer only has 7268 steps and I WANT 10000 today. I set the breaks and remove the keys. I started walking the black top around the 20 or more basketball courts. 1 lap was equal to 3 minutes. That was nothing let's... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 22:37:04 EST Crazy about portion control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053908 Everyday I weigh, pack, and portion out my servings. I have a few cheaters I would like to share. The first is a portion cup that holds 2 tablespoons of salad dressing. I purchase the cups and lids at Smart & Final for less than $3.00 for 250. There is no way to add too much dressing when I use these cups. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l191718838.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Second is what I call the 1/2 size snack bag. I pick up a 2X3 ziplock bag in the crafting store. These are grea... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:26:59 EST Me and My Pedometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052065 Everyday I start off with my pedometer in my right pocket. It helps remind me daily that each step counts. I gave up wearing a wrist watch and replaced my time piece with a pedometer that has a clock. Even better I can reflect on my weeks progress any time I like as my pedometer keeps 7 days of recorded steps. I have washed 3 pedometers , lost 2 and flat wore 1 out. I have 3 spares and feel lost if I leave it at home. <BR> <BR> My goal is 6000 steps a day but reach beyond 10000! My highest d... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 07:50:08 EST Winning or Whining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051609 I set some very realistic goals nearly a month ago. I started off full steam ahead and suddenly hit a road block. My Mother in law has been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. She lives next door and requires alot of my time and assistance. Eating healthy and portion control is AOK. But my sleep is weaken trying to get things done. I don't have a spare moment to exercise. This is what I would classify as the whining part of this blog. <BR> I am proud to report that I have lost 3 pounds . I h... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:16:49 EST First day of school http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017383 Keeping to my goals was ok until it was time to drive home. I ate my apple before i started my 1 hour commute, But I needed sugar and fast. I was weak and ended up ordering a large Dr Pepper. I didn't finish it but none the less I was weak. <BR> <BR> 1. Record daily Blood Pressure ~121/77 I am pleased with my BP today <BR> 2. log daily on nutrition tracker ~ completed <BR> 3. walk 6000-10,000 steps per day. (reward for days over 10,000)~ 9615, I may walk a few laps around the pool just to g... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:25:08 EST School start means back to a schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013614 I started the summer blogging and posting my gaols..worked great until I finished. I let myself down and gained a few more pounds. <BR> I am overly optimistic with school started on wednesday. I am setting 5 new goals . <BR> I'm looking for a few partners to join in. AWEISE has been a great competitor and PANFRIEDTROUT a wonderful cheerleader. who will join me in a challenge of blogging and journalising day to day progress. <BR> <BR> Now to set a few goals, Some are old but necessity for MY ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:19:32 EST completion of a 10 day challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923121 I left for a weekend at the Lake and stayed an extra day. This totally threw me off with my blogging. We entertained company on sunday and stayed until monday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380372587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The fishing was fabulous I caught a tagged trout with a $10.00 prize! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l124787895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish that I had taken a photo of the amazing meal I prepared. Grilled chicken breasts, skinny pas... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:50:31 EST Day 8 and 9 of a 10 day challenge off line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917919 Getting ready for a weekend up at the lake fishing. I am not afraid of completing my challenge! I just will need to modify for 2 days. <BR> <BR> I will try to put my food in the tracker before I leave and modify it when I return. <BR> <BR> I will write down my bp in a journal and check off that I have taken my meds. <BR> <BR> I will eat healthy and walk at least 2 hours aday! <BR> <BR> I will be successful and I will finish this challenge on sunday! the best is yet to come as I see the f... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 15:15:45 EST Day 7 of a 10 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4917140 First day of summer vacation. So many chores and lose ends to tie up today. I had a meeting at 5:30 pm and of course there was food provided. Pizza Fried Chicken , granola bars and water. Seriously, Would you feed that meal to your family? Needless to say I ate nothing. I brought the granola bar home and had it for dessert...Yummy <BR> <BR> 1. Walk at least 6,000 steps a day and reach for 10,000 /7246 steps today. Seems like a million. <BR> <BR> 2. Log all food consumed on the food tracker ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 01:14:21 EST Day 6 of a 10 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915967 A very long day 3:15am until 9:45 pm. It was the last day of school and a blasted Union meeting . We had a huge turn out to VOTE on language to save my JOB. YES!!!!! I will still be employed next year ! The layoff was over turned. A very log and stressful day. I am sure you will see that in all of my challenges and comments <BR> <BR> Thank you for supporting me over the last 6 days. The last 4 days should be the easiest knowing that I am home for the next 8 weeks! I can't wait to set new goa... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:19:21 EST Day 5 Of a 10 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4914026 Long day and I am so very tired. I managed to complete my 5 personal goals today and now we are on the down side. Five more to go! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Walk at least 6,000 steps a day and reach for 10,000 / 7844 steps today. I am sure to bust another 10,000 tomorrow <BR> <BR> 2. Log all food consumed on the food tracker daily / completed and all within range.... Second day and cholesterol is looking more normal! <BR> <BR> 3. Take meds and record blood pressure readings daily / took meds an... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 23:29:31 EST Day 4 of 10 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912327 Today was amazing! I left at sunrise to capture some photos of our new Marilyn Monroe statue down town. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l901894044.jpg"> <BR> She is amazing! I visited many school sites today as part of my union volunteer work. I walked all over the place! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l756625797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are my 5 personal goals for the next 10 days! I am Pleased with my progress at this point! <BR> <BR> 1. Walk ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:20:17 EST Day 3 of 10 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910748 Today was very busy with gardening and getting the house chores back in order. I felt I walked many more steps than 6135. I guess when I spent 2 hours swimming my pedometer does not record that movement. I even had time for a nap today! A well deserved treat for staying focus over the weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. Walk at least 6,000 steps a day and reach for 10,000 /6135 steps today. Just barely legal...LOL <BR> <BR> 2. Log all food consumed on the food tracker daily / completed and all within ran... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 23:24:44 EST Day 2 of a 10 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4909444 I did not know if I would have the chance to post a blog tonight. I worked as a docent at Cabot's Pueblo Museum giving tours to guests who have paid $150.00 a plate for a BBQ dinner. There were political figures celebrities and very wealthy guests tonight. I had a great time but was starving when I arrived home. I made an amazing BLT salad with avocado! Topped off with an icy 8 oz glass of 1% milk! <BR> <BR> Many thanks to those of you who are following along! I treasure your support and com... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:01:06 EST Day 1 Of 10 Day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907889 1. Walk at least 6,000 steps a day and reach for 10,000 / 6373 steps @4:10 pm will update tomorrow <BR> <BR> 2. Log all food consumed on the food tracker daily / completed <BR> <BR> 3. take meds and record blood pressure readings daily / took meds and darn I need AAA batteries for the BP machine..Tomorrow <BR> <BR> 4. Pack my lunch everyday/ or eat at home NO FAST FOOD / completed and I did very good with fruit and veggies! <BR> <BR> 5.Check in with Spark People at least once a day.... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:13:44 EST A New 10 day cahllenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906132 Aweise and I have agreed to a 10 day challenge. Eash of us will post 5 personal goals that we would like to achieve over the next 10 days. <BR> May personal goals are as follows. <BR> <BR> 1. Walk atleast 6,000 steps a day and reach for 10,000 <BR> 2. Log all food consumed on the food tracker daily <BR> 3. take meds and record blood pressure readings daily <BR> 4. Pack my lunch everyday/ or eat at home NO FAST FOOD <BR> 5.Check in with Spark People at least once a day. <BR> <BR> All of my ... Thu, 31 May 2012 16:15:48 EST Fishing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864237 I have had an amazing adventure. The last five days have been spent fishing the Eastern Sierras. I walked over 12,000 steps per day and had wonderfulair to breathe. NOw I just need to keep up the pace and walk here at home. <BR> <BR> I would like to share a few of my favorite photos with you! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l152009572.jpg"> <BR> The Scenery breath taking and lots of fish! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l485734336.jpg"> <BR> O... Thu, 3 May 2012 07:54:19 EST Stress cripples good habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790147 I was issued a layoff notice on friday March 9 2012 at 6:03 pm and since then I have been on a horrible down slide of my eating habits. I post my nutrition and SCREAM out load...WHAT ARE YOU DOING! I have portions mastered! I Know what to eat and what not to eat! So why do I not have control at this time? STRESS! I am not blaming anyone , but I can completely say that I am a stress eater. With that said.....Where is mt lunch box? it has been missing for 4 days now. Without it I make wrong c... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:47:15 EST A week of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4775059 I have faithfully tracked my food portions for a week. <BR> I have drank at least 100 ounces of water. <BR> I have made awesome food choices 97% of the time. <BR> I have slept at least 6 hours a night . <BR> I have avoided salt as often as possible. <BR> I have been on a carb and caffeine alert. <BR> <BR> I am aware of what is going into my body and because of that I really am feeling better. I am thinking more clearly and managing my stress! I have the energy to exercise and I feel like I... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 07:47:35 EST Turn around trips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766949 Tomorrow our scholarship committee is hosting a bus turn around trip to Laughlin Nevada. There will be all sorts of snacks and junk food on the bus. I have considered just joining them , but instead. I have decided to pack some apples , Clemintines, raw almonds, and water. This trip also includes a BUFFET.....A real DANGER zone. I have already decided I am just going to pile on salad. Possibly a peice of Chicken if its baked. I will need strength and alot of will power on this one! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 10:36:26 EST Fast food cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764718 Is it that we crave those yummy french fries or is it just the salt and carbs? <BR> <BR> I have avoided my Local Del Taco for 5 days now. The air is filled with the smell of french fried hot from the oil. Do I miss them ? Do I crave them ? YES I DO! But in order to move ahead I must keep walking. I Must be strong ! Today I will have a small bag of raw almonds to munch so that if the urge occurs I can fight back with a substitute snack. <BR> <BR> Walk with me today and together we can FIGHT ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 07:49:52 EST Counting the steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762860 Everyday I wear my pedometer and count my steps. <BR> <BR> To day I am counting my way back on track to a healthier lifestyle. <BR> I am measuring my portions and being satisfied with enough. <BR> <BR> Not only do I count my steps but I am counting my Blessings! <BR> Thank you Spark sisters as you have been my Blessings today and Every day! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:54:14 EST Taking my own advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4761096 To day I reread a few of my blogs . WOW I really had it all together. I am taking control and stepping forward . Believing in myself I know that I can accomplish anything! <BR> I have lost my way due to a back injury . I Have stumbled , It's time to dust off the jeans and focus on the future. <BR> <BR> Today I focus on portion control and water. I will log my meals and fit in exercise where ever and when ever I can! <BR> <BR> I know that I have the support of my Spark Sisters as they have ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:08:37 EST Sop ~look and Listen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3826866 Today just like every other morning I get up and start off with a great start. Hot breakfast , pack a wonderful lunch and plans to walk on my breaks. <BR> So when does it all fall apart? By 9 am I feel the need for a snack, No problem I have 4 pieces of fruit in my lunch box. <BR> UNION drama no time for a walk so I rush off to represent an employee. Take my Kindergarteners to school and now its noon and lunch time. I have 45 minutes to eat and my salad doesn't seem to fill me up. So we add... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 07:48:17 EST Relaxing is part of the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3471755 Learning to relax has been a difficult challenge for me. I am constantly working even though I CAN have the summers off .This year my husband decided at the beginning of summer that we should park our RV at the lake for 3 months! we would get away every weekend until school starts. I didn't think that I was going to like it much as I love having company over on the weekends to swim in our pool . <BR> <BR> I LOVE the lake, the mountains, and all of the fishing and hiking. Our friends now com... Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:04:23 EST 10 things I have changed in 365 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3382489 It seems like a year has passed by so rapidly. I have lowered the number on the scale from 228 to 192. . I have gained energy and self esteem. I have encouraged others to never give up, which in return has kept me on this journey. <BR> <BR> 10 Things I have changed over the last 365 days <BR> 1. I no longer drink or crave diet coke <BR> 2. No longer do I guess on portions..Everything is weighed and measured <BR> 3. I can drive by the drive through <BR> 4 .I drink at least 12 glasses of wa... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:43:50 EST BIgger workout bigger breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3362911 This morning I walked 6 miles before breakfast and I am Hungry! So I have made a yogurt parfait with fresh pineapple, blue berries and banana.I topped it off with a pumpkin ~flaxseed granola . I also added 1/2 of an english muffin with 1/2 tablespoon of no salt peanut butter ...484 calories!...and all worth the walk! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560502037.jpg"> Yummy! Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:44:02 EST Playing with my food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3291692 I found this cute idea around Easter time and decided to expand on it. the bunny is completely edible. Its whole wheat bread. So is the Fish. I am planning to use this idea for other holiday veggie platters...I just need an Idea for 4th of July...Any Suggestions <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l286408436.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759423638.jpg"> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 08:05:31 EST Healthy weekend breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3280469 Breakfast was an inside out omelet...1/3 c cooked spinach 1/4 cup mushrooms 10 grams fresh grated Parmesan and 1 Egg scrambled. I added 1/3 of a baked potato fried in a non stick skillet, 1/2 whole wheat waffle and 1 tablespoon of syrup..total calories for breakfast were 316 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10849992.jpg"> <BR> Lunch was a fajita taco salad...1.5 cups romain lettuce, 1 cup green cabbage ,2 radishes dices,1/4 cup diced tomatoes,20 grams diced red onion, 3 o... Sat, 29 May 2010 18:43:26 EST detour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3117483 This week started out with many schuedule changes. NO breaks...lunches on the go and meetings late into the night. I have barely reached 7000 steps on my pedometer and nutrition is not the greatest, even though each morning I pack my meals and eat breakfast ...seems meeting lunches are MANDATORY when meeting with school board members and Benefits vendors. <BR> <BR> I record it all good and bad....But its making me feel awful, sick to my stomach...I will have to make time during my 3 day conf... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 08:10:55 EST Hit the ground running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3107692 My first week back to School bus driving and I have worked 6 straight days.I have sat in 4 business meetings pertaining to employee disapline. ( not for my work abilities, I tend to represnt others) Dinner was not on the table until after 7:00 every night!...WOW I loved my vacation schuedule. Today was catching up on laundry, chores and book keeping for our home business. Next week is no better. I am attending a 3 day conference friday through sunday. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say that I have ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 22:14:39 EST End of Spring break...welcome back to Driving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3080550 My 2 weeks off have been wonderful. I completed the painting in my Kitchen and I was successful at walking 3 miles a day for the entire 2 weeks. I did not lose any weight , but I have gain a mass amount of knowledge. I have gained friendships that are so lifting and motavating. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a familiar routine...Up 3:00am 10 minutes cardio 10 minutes strength training. go to the kitchen and get breakfast ready, Shower, dress, Make Lunch ,eat breakfast and answer emails by 4 am.... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 23:47:41 EST The day of 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3072672 This morning when I woke up I was so excited that I had successfully completed 2 weeks of walking 3 miles a day! I read a few emails and decided to spin the wheel before I set out on my last walk of spring break. Whoo hoo I got a 5!. I looked at the clock "OH NO"I am leaving 5 minutes late. No worrys I set out to enjoy the crisp 55* weather. I closed my eyes and took in the morning smells. MMmmm Citus blossoms and my many blooming lillies and roses. <BR> <BR> AS I turned my first corner a n... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:05:52 EST Slow and steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3024751 I have been on this journey since June 29 2009. I have lost weight and had many plateaus. But I am very proud to say that I have not gained anything back. Weeks go by and the scale stands still . I still have a ways to go to reach my first 1 year goal of 50 pounds. I know I will get there! I have changed so much over the last 10 months. I have always had a positive attitude and determination. I think what has changed is my desire to eat healthy and live with less processed foods. EVERYTHING... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:21:31 EST