RAINBOWCO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAINBOWCO RAINBOWCO'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/ (no title) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=696730 Weight goal achieved. I flacuate from 129 to 134 from day to day. Now, I do weigh myself every morning. If I'm on the high end I cut down on daily calories and up the exercises. I'm glad to say most days I'm right on. The day's I love the most are the 129 days. Can you say treat? <BR> <BR> I have gone from a size 10 to size 8 while at the 130 mark. I guess the sculpting is paying off. Just bought my first pair of jeans in years. Gosh the price has gone up alot. So, have to keep the weight o... Sat, 11 Aug 2007 19:25:52 EST SparkPeople rock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=630551 Fabulous site and fabulous people on this fabulous site has inspired me to stay on track and lose weight! From 165 to 130 pounds since February. Not only is the weight gone, but I have gone from barely being able to jog 1/2 a block to doing 5 miles 3 times a week and doing it in 60 minutes(it may be slow, but I'm happy). I will be doing my first offical 5 mile run in Sept(I hope not to be last crossing the finish line; next to last would be ok.). <BR> <BR> The site equiped me with knowled... Sat, 30 Jun 2007 12:13:13 EST I can't do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=620171 really means I can't do it easily. At least that is the way it seems to me. I hear it and say it all the time, " I can't bend", "I can't walk", "I can't jog", "I can't ....(fill in the blank)". <BR> <BR> Yep, my 50+ body is not supple, bendable, stretchable. Why should it be? I nelglected, abused and mistreated it for 30 years and now all af a sudden I want it to respond like it was 20? Yea, right, like that's goin happen. It's pay back time. Want to do squats? Well the price is lots of pain... Sat, 23 Jun 2007 16:17:00 EST French Fry desire, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=617263 <BR> haven't had McD in 6 months but today I bought my 2-year granddaughter a Happy Meal. The smell did me in. I had to have a fry. I popped it in my mouth and OMG it was almost as good as sex. So, there I sat in the car, eyes closed, head back, actually groaning. Sorry, but it was worth it! <BR> <BR> Now, on to why I would give my granddaughter anything from McDonald's. Nat wanted candy and being the health conscious person I am said no. Tears started to flow and without being aware of wha... Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:30:02 EST weight/toning slow, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=609041 but what ya gonna do? I like the video I'm using, Kelly Coffey-Meyer's " A New You Coming". It targets the upper, lower and core in a circuit style workout, using hand weights and the step. The total workout is 55 minutes of non-stop exercise, so hopefully that counts as cardio also. <BR> <BR> I just don't realize the results as fast for toning as for the initial losing weight happened. Below are measurements from when I started compared with today. Some change, but not much. <BR> <BR> <BR... Sat, 16 Jun 2007 11:10:57 EST Some for giggles, some food for thought, some just plain sick. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=603543 Visited a Diet Quote site today and decided to share. Please enjoy and don't be offended by some of the quotes. My dark side is showing a little today. <BR> <BR> All of the things I realy like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening. - Alexander Woollcott <BR> <BR> The cardiologist's diet: If it tastes good, spit it out. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself... Tue, 12 Jun 2007 19:38:12 EST Hard times, hard decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=598743 Caldonia went in for her surgery on Thusday morning at 7:00. We waited because the vet was to call at the start, after examing her farther and call us regarding the extent of the cancer. Didn't hear anything and I finally called them at 5: 00 pm. She still wasn't in surgery and they would call when she was. About hour later they called, the cancer was so wide spread, her entire right jaw and up into her skull. The vet needed to know if he should proceed with the operation or not. He informed ... Sat, 9 Jun 2007 19:59:43 EST Change of Plans, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=584948 Took Caldonia (as in B.B. King's) to the vet today because we thought she had an infected tooth. Turns out she has a cancerous growth on her jaw. <BR> <BR> Caldonia is my husband's cat. His son, Sean, brought her home in the same month and year my husband quit drinking. That was 10 years ago. She is the touchstone for Bob. She's bossy, hard headed (as in woman, what makes your big head so hard-BBKIng), takes no crap from the 2 male cats, Hannah, the Wonderdog or her 2 people playtoys. This... Thu, 31 May 2007 19:32:28 EST Ahhhh! Hear that? It's the sound of pure selfishness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=583260 It has been a full year since having time that is just me. A day of not having to wake at 4:30, not having to cook to please 4 other people, clean, wash, put everyone's needs before my wants. Yep, that sounds selfish but after a year I am burnt out, I AM selfish! <BR> <BR> The guys I care for 24/7 are headed off to Easter Seals Camp on 6/3 and will be there for 4, count'em 4 whole days. My mother-in-law (who lives with us) is set up with visits from her daughter and grandkids to ckeck in o... Wed, 30 May 2007 20:21:58 EST Exercising Paying Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=574933 I stopped to chat with my next door nieghbor this morning before hitting the street with Wonderdog-Hannah. Marilyn said I looked like a different person with all the weight loss and that she sees me running everyday, good for me. Another friend, who I haven't seen in a month said "Hey, your skinny again". I'll take it as a compliment. Inspiration!!!! <BR> <BR> To bad I didn't feel that way last night. Maybe I would have past on the seconds of everything. My calorie count way exceded my li... Thu, 24 May 2007 19:47:38 EST Time to change focus. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=563261 I'm at 134.6 pounds and have been for the last 2 weeks. My initial goal was 130 pounds. I think my body has selected the weight it is most comfortable with and what's 4.6 pounds at this stage of the game. I have gone from a size 15/16 to a size 10 and that is enough. <BR> <BR> Now, focus shifts to the fitness part. I have all the paraphernalia I need to do this. This is my exercise plan: <BR> <BR> 1. 30 Minutes of strength building every other day,(Tues, Thurs and Sat) using dumb bells and ... Wed, 16 May 2007 21:15:22 EST Death of a Musketeer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=553190 Baskell was a running bud of mine and my future hubby, Bob, for many years, The 3 of us kicked ass, drank, partied and in general had a great ole time. Just writing this puts a smile on my face. Yep, we were something 25 years ago. You wouldn't take us home to your mother but you sure would want to hang with us. <BR> <BR> Over time I married my Hubby and we slowly settled down into a moderately boring life. You know, house, job, 2.5 kids, a cat, a dog, the good life. <BR> <BR> Baskell sta... Wed, 9 May 2007 22:04:57 EST The good, the bad and the ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=549568 The Good!!! <BR> Great jog/walk of 2 miles today. No the time hasn't improved still doing a 17 minute. Just can't break thru that time. But I did jog more that I walked and did 3/4 mile jog without walking. Did it the 1st mile and the 2nd mile too! And I felt great, not so beat this time. So, the jogging is looking up. So my plan is not to worry so much about how long it takes, I will work on doing the 2 miles without walking. When my stamina has built up to do that then I will start working ... Mon, 7 May 2007 20:34:43 EST Honest with myself and feeling the blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=528030 Read the last blog-sometimes I can just be so simple. Honest with myself, Oh, really? If I were to be honest with myself, I'd say I really want that mile high piece of chocolate cake and icecream, and throw that Baby Ruth and a large coke in with it, will you? <BR> <BR> And, why am I jogging? Is this what I really want to do when my joints and muscles are tight and sore, even after much stretching. Or would I rather be loungeing around on the couch watching Sleepless In Seattle for the ump... Mon, 23 Apr 2007 18:34:08 EST Just can't cheat here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=522751 Isn't this site amazing! Being able to track everything I put in my mouth, track if I've been good or bad on exercise means I have to be responsible to myself. Believe me that made a big difference in my progress. <BR> <BR> I can't tell any little white lies. Yes tasting that spaghetti sauce 10 times does have calories and yep it will add weight. Counting out those jelly beans, instead of quessing, adding the exact info for a food that is not in the tracker, doing the full 2 miles instead ... Thu, 19 Apr 2007 20:26:53 EST Rambles, Choices and Paths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=513720 Below is my 100 day ramble for being an ex-smoker. I have used the same desire in my weight loss journey. Just change some of the words and this is how I have acheived my weigh loss. I am tremedously proud of both accomplishments. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople gets kudos for everything I have done and learned regarding weight, health and diet. You people rock!!! <BR> <BR> LTW(Lose the Weight), KTQ(Keep the Quit) and Peace Out. <BR> <BR> RainbowCO's 100 day Ramble <BR> From RainbowCO on 4/13/2007 ... Sat, 14 Apr 2007 09:32:50 EST Baby it's cold outside- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=503307 but it smells all warm and cosy in here. I am making a pot of homemade chicken broth with lots of spices and vegetables for seasoning. There's homemade egg noodles (used egg beaters) drying on the rack. In about a hour there will be a cup of healthy homemade chicken noodle soup to wrap my hands around. <BR> <BR> I am in a much better place than I was yesterday regarding this lapse back to winter. So, maybe I will take my cup of soup and go sit under the apple tree in the sun room. <BR> <B... Sat, 7 Apr 2007 17:24:41 EST Saw the robin-where's the spring? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=502304 Yesterday I bought a beautiful tree and ton's of flowers. Spring fever hit me hard. It has been in the high 60s and low 70s. Things turning green, early spring flowers everywhere. Made me soul sing. <BR> <BR> Today, sleet, snow, 26 degrees. The flowers seem to have lost some of their deepness. Moved the tree into the house to keep it from freezing, no easy task, getting a 16 foot tree thru a 12 foot door. Have all the plants indoors also. <BR> <BR> Enough of this cold, winter's over-I saw... Fri, 6 Apr 2007 20:05:24 EST The Closer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=500819 This is were I always mess something up. It's that point of almost reaching my goal. I start off gang busters, handle the middle fine but when it comes to closing, I choke. Something about actually finishing makes me self destruct. Being over half-way to meeting my weight goal makes me really nervous, just waiting for the melt down. <BR> <BR> But not this time. I am switching my goal from weight to learning to eat and cook healthier. This is a more open ended goal, no finish line in sight.... Thu, 5 Apr 2007 19:59:16 EST Finally, made 3/4 mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=491003 jogging nonstop today. Have been doing 1/2 mile and was begining to woder if that was the best I could do. But just kept on and made it. I am so pumped!!! <BR> <BR> I also added another mile walk/jogg to my routine;now doing 2 miles with lots of jogging and little walking. Feels great. <BR> <BR> I wish I got this pumped doing the strength training. Right now it is a chore. But if it's not done I will look like a pug dog. Wrinkles on top of wrinkles. LOL. Fri, 30 Mar 2007 13:49:24 EST Strentgh training today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=486479 But, I had to walk my Hannah-girl this morning and since I was out I ended up jog/walking my 1 mile. I finish the mile so quickly now, I added another mile this morning. <BR> <BR> I just can't believe I jog or that I actually, really want to. But I do. Who woulda thunk it? <BR> <BR> Oh, right this was to be about strentgh training-haven't done it. So off I go to the land of cruches. Ugh! Tue, 27 Mar 2007 19:02:39 EST Some days it just don't http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=482853 pay to dwell on the set back that happened a day ago. The day started okay, no big red flags, no flashing lights, nothing indicated that by the end of the day I would jump down from the food wagon. <BR> <BR> Notice I said jump, and not fall, I deliberately overate. So, okay all the things were healthy, but that doesn't make it okay to overeat. But there was no stopping me, and I tried. I read, I got on the computer, I exercied any thing to take me mind from where it was headed. Just didn't ... Sun, 25 Mar 2007 17:38:03 EST 1/2 mile jog-Hurray!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=480137 Okay I jogged the entire 1/2 mile without stopping today! Then I jogged walked the last 1/2 mile. Finished the Mile in 10 minutes. Gosh I'm just soooo thrilled. <BR> <BR> I can't believe how much I want to do the 5 k this year. I just keep pushing the jogging time and it feels so great. :) Fri, 23 Mar 2007 11:13:49 EST MMM-Good Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=480131 There are so many recipes on Sparkpeople you can't know or try them all. So, I thought I would share this one for Whole Wheat, Walnut Pancakes for 2 from OKANOG. <BR> <BR> I fixed them this morning for my husband and myself. My Junk Food husband, (who only eats things that are good for him by mistake) said they were good and I agree <BR> <BR> The recipe makes 8 medium size pancakes with 2 equaling a serving. I froze the other 4 in serving sizes for other days. Fri, 23 Mar 2007 11:09:25 EST Strength Training-Not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=477043 fun. I find I have to have some type of video to keep me motivated and doing it. I have been using the 10, 15 and 20 minute videos on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I want to use weights, bands and maybe the ball for exercising. Will be looking for a video containing these if possible. Wed, 21 Mar 2007 12:36:57 EST Yesssss! Jogged 1 whole complete block http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=477035 without walking. And that was at the end and in addition of my jog/walk of mile. Thank goodness, because I was wondering if the jogging/breathing thing would get better. Answer: Yep, just keep on building on this and someday maybe I won't be so out of breath. Wed, 21 Mar 2007 12:33:08 EST Didn't miss jogging today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=474279 I take care a person with mental/physical disabilities and he had a doctor's appointment so didn't go to his center today. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to do my jogging today, so I hatted BK up and off we went. Pushing his wheelchair added some interest to the jog. I jogged 2 block lenghts and speed walked 1 for the 1st 1/2 mile and it worked okay. But on the way back home(the 2nd half mile) jogging while pushing the wheelchair became to hard. Never noticed before but the route back home is sl... Mon, 19 Mar 2007 18:16:48 EST Strength Training starts today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=472342 My weigh-in today is 145 lbs and I'm 15 lbs away from my goal. I have only been do aerobic exercise, (stationary bike, jazzisize, walking and jogging) this has helped me to lose 20 pounds and build up my stamina. <BR> <BR> Now I want to build strentgh and muscle. I think these 2 things will really help me reach my goal of running a marathon in 2009. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople make is so easy to setup exercise programs. I just said yep I'm ready and there was a ready made program for me. Wonderfu... Sun, 18 Mar 2007 11:41:59 EST Back on track (running) again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=469050 Yep, I learned my lesson about pushing to hard. Don't be so macho-it doesn't get me any where. So, I'm back on track now, following the distances and times for walking and jogging set for my first week. Not doing so cost me a week of no training. <BR> <BR> So, now instead of running that extra 1/2 block I just don't. I want to do a 5k by September and I will need all the stamina building training possible. Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:54:32 EST Slacker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=461923 This week has been a bust as far as the running goes. Did the arobic exercising, the stretching, but no running. Have been busy painting and spring cleaning. <BR> <BR> Is that an excuse, I think so, I started off gang busters. I ignored the advise to run every other day and to only do it for 20 minutes, since I'm just starting to train. I thought I knew more than people who have been doing this forever, not just starting 2 weeks ago. And look where it has gotten me. Tired, sore and skipping... Sat, 10 Mar 2007 22:29:59 EST Hannah-The Wonderdog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=452155 I am house bound on weekends, so no jogging. I miss it, my dog misses it. <BR> <BR> My superdog, Hannah, goes jogging with me. She took right to it and doesn't understand why we aren't out there on Saturdays and Sundays. <BR> <BR> I throw her toy down the stairs and she fetches it, but after a few runs, she justs sits in front of me with her head tilted and gives a little whine as if to say, "Hey, get up, lets go, move it, come on.! All those treats you gave me, it's no wonder I'm overwei... Sun, 4 Mar 2007 11:31:58 EST Off to a running start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=444957 I have added jogging to my morning walk on 2/24/07. When I first started jogging I could only go about half a block. Then I would walk at my usual fast pace until it felt comfortable to jog again. <BR> <BR> Today I jogged the whole block, then walked a block and continued this routine for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> I am going to coolrunning website for more info about training for marathons. So, I am on my way to meeting my 2009 goal. <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Feb 2007 11:34:56 EST Walkin with my baby. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=436973 Because I worked 2 jobs, I never had any free time to spend with my one and only grandaughter, who's almost 2. Since I retired from one job I have the opportunity to spend time with her. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I babysat for my grandaughter. It was a glorious day here, so we loaded her into her very cool, stroller and went window shopping in our local neighborhood stores, which I hadn't visited before. <BR> <BR> I spent time with my Natty, got my exercise in, (walked at least two miles), en... Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:37:50 EST Less time working-more time to eat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=425713 As of February 8 I'm only working one job! This means so many changes for me. This is a two edged cutting sword. <BR> <BR> It means that after 4 years of working 2 jobs, there will be time to do some of the things I miss, painting, walking my dog, working in the yard. Hopefully it will mean I will be less quick to anger, less tired, less stressed out. That I will have time to show care, happiness, and hope to not only myself but others. <BR> <BR> The other side of the sword is, there will b... Tue, 13 Feb 2007 18:41:00 EST 1st Weigh In!-Life Change, Not Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=417113 I did my 1st weigh in since I joined. I went from 165.5 to 159.5 pounds. This is more than I planned to lose each week. So, although I am elated about the loss, I want to be sure that I lose because of eating more healthy, am using the correct portion size and exercise. Not because I am doing a diet. <BR> <BR> This is a life change not a diet! Wed, 7 Feb 2007 19:42:55 EST Getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=415487 My cigarette quit is into 31 days now. I was overweight before I quit and after my quit I really wanted to get more healthy. Not just lose weight but eat smarter, exercise and change my view of who I am. <BR> <BR> So, I took stock of where I am and where I want to be in 2 years. I want to be more active, more outgoing, and feel like I have accomplished something. I quess give myself a boost. <BR> <BR> <BR> Someone at the Quitnet site mentioned this site to me in a post. I thought I would t... Tue, 6 Feb 2007 20:22:57 EST