READYBETTY's SparkPeople Blog READYBETTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BLC Dazzling Diamonds Fall Into Fitness Goals My dietary goals are: <BR> - 64 oz of water daily <BR> - 5 freggies daily <BR> <BR> My Fitness goals are: <BR> - 20 mins cardio 3 x week <BR> - 10 mins strength training 2 x week <BR> <BR> My NSV goals are: to have a great doctor's visit <BR> <BR> I'm keeping my goals short and simple. Here's to a great fall challenge with much success for all my Diamond Friends. We can do it! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:13:20 EST Upward Spiral - Preparation Today was a good day! I believe it was because I was prepared. The preparations started last night by planning my menus, making my lunch, and going to bed early. I got to work on time today and was in a better frame of mind to face the challenges on my job. And the evening and the morning were the first day - Gen 1:4. Even God started His day the night before! <BR> <BR> Some things I did well today was I followed the plan, ate plenty of freggies, met my challenge goals, and earned a fit... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:09:48 EST Upward Spiral - The Rule of Gravity Today was challenging as I headed back to work. I didn't get a good night's sleep and was late to work. I had several things come up that I frankly didn't want to deal with and I'll still have to face tomorrow. Anyhow, I say all this because today reminded me of the rule of gravity - what comes up, must come down. As I've been spiralling upward, today brought me down a bit. <BR> <BR> Have you noticed how when doing strength training it takes more work to raise the weight up and how you... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 21:44:12 EST Upward Spiral - Attitude is Everything! Today I had the opportunity to share with a close friend what I have learned about our attitudes being our power. We have the power to view our situations either negatively or in a positive light. My friend had an unexpected change in her schedule that she was almost dreading until I helped her see all her options and this event is really a blessing and something to be enjoyed by her entire family. Now if I can only take my own advice and seize the power of a positive attitude in my life. ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:41:01 EST Upward Spiral - Making Me A Priority Today has and is incredibly busy. I was up early and took Buddy, my dog, to the vet for his annual exam and vacinations. I then went grocery shopping. After lunch I did a little clothes shopping and bought myself a new top. Then I heading to the nail salon for a little pampering and study my Sunday School lesson during my pedicure. I came home and then did the laundry. I got a quick swim in before making dinner. After I finish up here I'll be doing some housework. If I can manage to... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 20:56:41 EST Developing an Upward Spiral I've been in a downward spiral for several months. It's now time to develop an upward spiral. I'm going to acknowledge the things I'm doing well and count my blessings. <BR> <BR> Things I did well today: <BR> 1. I logged my food and ate within my calorie limit. I spent some time on SP encouraging some of my friends and receiving some encouragement, too. <BR> 2. I was active. I did 30 minutes of yard work and got some swimming in after cleaning the pool. I also did 15 minutes of streng... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 23:53:35 EST 2013 Summer 5% Challenge - The Why, What, and How I really need to write this blog. I've lost much of the motivation I started the year with. It's time to recapture the "want to" and start reaping the results. <BR> <BR> Why do I want to lose weight? <BR> - I need to be at my best health. Losing weight will have the biggest impact on my overall health. <BR> - I want to be active and not tired all the time. It's tiring carry around all these extra pounds! <BR> - I want to look my best. Who doesn't want that! <BR> <BR> What do you wa... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:49:49 EST BLC Sun-sational Summer Challenge Goal I've been struggling over the past few months. I have no good reason or the energy to create a bunch of excuses. It's time to turn things around and really consider my goals and how I'm going to get there. <BR> <BR> I have one goal. Lose at least one pound a week. <BR> <BR> I'm going to reach this goal by: <BR> <BR> 1. Spending time in the Word because my strength comes from the Lord. <BR> <BR> 2. Take it one day at a time and one meal at a time. Plan and track my meals as faithfull... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:13:28 EST BLC Spring Melt Off Reflections As the BLC Spring Melt Off Challenge comes to an end it's time to reflect on my progress. Although I didn't lose weight during the challenge my weight stayed pretty steady. To my surprise when I discussed the struggles I was experiencing with my cardiologist he calmly told me to not beat myself up because I wasn't gaining either. So I'm not going to go there. <BR> <BR> I don't know what it is about this time of the year when the time changes but it really messes me up. My sleep really ge... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:07:58 EST Measurements – A non-scale victory! This morning I took my measurements as part of a SP challenge. I wasn’t looking forward to it because I’ve only lost three pounds over the last two months. I’m so glad I took my measurements. I lost 1.75 inches from my waist & 0.75 inches from my hips over these two months. The measuring tape has definitely been kinder to me than the scale. Speaking of the scale, I bought I new one today. I know I’m getting accurate readings with this new scale. When I weighed with it today and then g... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 23:08:03 EST Checking Back In I’m checking back in. Not just to give an update on my progress but to being in the moment. This past week I’ve been off course. I hadn’t been sleeping well for awhile and it had really caused me to disconnect some from my goals and desires. I just barely managed to keep up with the basics. My morning quiet time had slipped to cramming it in before bedtime. I started snacking after dinner and making excuses not to exercise. My job was very stressful, I’ve been too busy and things just ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:51:50 EST 2013 BLC Spring Melt Off Goals This is my second Biggest Losers Challenge and I'm again with the greatest team ever, the Dazzling Diamonds! <BR> <BR> I'm going to bring back the goals from the first challenge and add one new one. <BR> <BR> 1. Quiet time with the Lord because my strength comes from the Lord. <BR> <BR> 2. Planning, which includes planning my meals and using my calendar to schedule exercise and other things which need to be done and keep me moving. <BR> <BR> 3. Do the plan. Even if I do a little, I've d... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:41:39 EST Sleep Blog - Thurs Night I slept like a rock last night. I got about 7 hours of sleep. I was very tired today. I took a nap this evening before dinner. Now I'm up too late but there won't be any alarms set tomorrow morning and I can sleep until I wake up naturally. <BR> <BR> I'd like to share that even though I haven't been real successful with reaching my goal I'm glad I've been working on it. I will continue to work at getting the rest I need. <BR> <BR> Also, I'm glad the blogging challenge is over. I pre... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 00:10:28 EST Sleep Blog - Wed Night Slept seven hours with one interruption from the dog. Hubby got up and took care of the dog and we went back to sleep. I'm exhausted right now and am going to get to bed ASAP. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 22:00:19 EST Sleep Blog - Tuesday Night As you can see I don't follow directions very well and have kept going in the direction I started with all along for this challenge. I will incorporate the blog point for today concerning what can I do to improve because I have alot of room for improvement. I'm not doing too well with getting enough sleep. Last night I was up and moving quite abit as I got the house ready for a house guest. When I finally went to bed (one hour later than I should have) I couldn't sleep very well because ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:26:17 EST Sleep Blog - Monday Night Sleep? What Sleep? I barely got six hours of sleep. I went to bed too late. I woke up at 2:00 a.m. wide awake. I did fall back to sleep but then woke up when hubby work up and couldn't go back to sleep. I wasn't bright eyed and bushy tailed but the crazy thing was I wasn't dragging throughout the day. So I believe I'm seeing some results even with last night not being my best night of sleep so far. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 22:40:12 EST Sleep Blog - Sunday Night I ended up missing my intended bedtime by one hour. So I changed my alarm so I would have seven hours of sleep. I woke up when hubby's alarm went off and fell back asleep. When my alarm went off I was still tired but got myself up. Now I'm a bit pushed for time this morning. I feel tired, but I'm glad I'm making a conscious effort to get more sleep. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:32:33 EST Sleep Blog - Saturday Night I went to bed at 9:30 but didn't fall asleep right away. Then hubby came to bed after I had fallen asleep and proceeded to try and have a discussion with me. That didn't work out too well since I was half asleep. So I probably fell back to sleep about an hour later than my goal. I got up about seven hours later and started to fall asleep again so I went back to bed for about another hour of sleep. Apparently I did get much quality sleep because I was trying to nod off in church. I didn'... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:11:15 EST Sleep Blog - Saturday Night I went to bed at 9:30 but didn't fall asleep right away. Then hubby came to bed after I had fallen asleep and proceeded to try and have a discussion with me. That didn't work out too well since I was half asleep. So I probably fell back to sleep about an hour later than my goal. I got up about seven hours later and started to fall asleep again so I went back to bed for about another hour of sleep. Apparently I did get much quality sleep because I was trying to nod off in church. I didn'... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:11:15 EST 5% Winter into Spring Blog Challenge Daily blogging is not my favorite thing to do. Just saying. Setting that aside I'm going to try and support my team the Spirited Underdogs. I'll start by answering the questions posed for the blog: <BR> <BR> 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> I need to start sleeping for seven to eight hours a night. I sleep well but I don't allow enough time for sleep. <BR> <BR> 2) How will you do that? <BR> I will start going to bed earlier because I'm an early riser. I can't change the ti... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 08:42:24 EST Plannings A Big Key to Success! Today I ate out twice and stayed within my calories range! Here's how I did it. I planned a light breakfast, mid-morning, and mid-afternoon snacks. I then figured out where I'd be eating out for dinner and decided to eat a lunch portion of grilled salmon, baked potato with butter, and green beans. Lunch was a little bit trickier because I wasn't sure where me and my friend would end up until she picked me up. We decided on Mexican and split a dinner. I only had 12 tortilla chips and a ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:24:39 EST The BLC Goal Results - Drum Roll Please! The Biggest Loser Winter Challenge is coming to an end. I've been reporting my progress throughout the challenge periodically and now it's time to give a final report on how I did with my goals. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Daily quiet time with the Lord - completed every day. I don't think I couldn't have achieve what I did if it hadn't been for the strength and grace I received from these quiet times. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Planned meals, exercises and other things to do. I tracked my f... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:37:09 EST What a Week! This is the kind of week that would trip me up and get me off track for days but not this time. It started with dinner out at a restaurant Sunday night with friends and gift of a small box of chocolate candies. On Monday everyone in the office received a mylar heart balloon with a bag of candy attached. Someone brought goodies into the office for Valentine's Day and there was a fundraiser with cake for sale. I made some treats for hubby to share at his work and a treat for us to enjoy. F... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:35:53 EST 2013 Winter 5% Challenge Countdown Assignments I'm doing some catching up on the assignments and am doing one blog to address the questions posed to us this week. <BR> <BR> - List all the reasons you want to lose weight. <BR> I want to change my attitude towards food. I want to look healthy, rested, and lively, and of course look like I've lost some weight. I want to feel alive and energized. In the future with a slimmer healthier body I want to play and do fun things like drive go carts and ride a horse. Some of the other things I w... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:49:17 EST EOM Jan 2013 Progress Report I'm was reviewing my Jan 1, 2013 blog on what I was going to focus on and checking to see how I did. <BR> <BR> 1. I have made my quiet time with the Lord my priority and one of the first things I do each day. There was only one day this month that my quiet time came later in the day. I've been reading a couple daily devotions and following a Bible reading schedule. And, once a week I've been reading a chapter out of the book "Made to Crave". Feeding my spirit has been keeping everything... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:59:32 EST Kid President Pep Talk Video This video is sure to start your day on the right track. It's a must see! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:49 EST A Way of Escape Today was one of those days I would have tossed the meal plans out the window and ate what I wanted and told myself I'll start again tomorrow. But that's how I handled a day like today in the past but not today. Today I recognized the obstacles in advance and then developed a plan to deal with them. <BR> <BR> Today I had lunch with a dear friend. It's a standing once a month lunch date. I planned my meals and tracked them except for lunch. I left plenty of calories for a nice lunch. W... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 23:05:07 EST Water Baby Last night my hubby and I visited our community college's aquatic center. We've been considering joining but thought we'd try it out first and check out the facilities and crowds before making the commitment. <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure if I could swim the width of the pool at first because it's more than twice the length of our backyard swimming pool. Anyhow, I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised I could make it all the way across. I swam and walked for 30 minutes. It was great! Ver... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:36:20 EST Progress Report The past few days have been pretty good. I've gotten a lot done and have gotten more exercise in since joining the Diamonds than I had done in months. Thanks for motivating me and for suggesting chair exercises. My knees thank you, too! I've also drank more water this week than I have in awhile. I didn't get my eight cups in today because I had too much diet soda first thing this morning. I did get the water in over the weekend which was quite an accomplishment. I've tracked my meals a... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:30:50 EST Chair Exercising Thanks for suggesting chair exercising. It's pretty challenging and I can do most of the moves except when I start tiring out. Man that was a long 11 minutes at the end. It's encouraging to me to learn some of you started out with chair exercises when you first began exercising. I'm so tempted to dwell on what I used to be able to do just over a year ago but I won't. I need to accept what I can do now and celebrate it. <BR> <BR> I got up 15 minutes earlier today and made it to work 15 m... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:34:39 EST No Pop up! Go Figure! I've had a really good day. I started the day with a quiet time. I got going into the morning routine but left the house a little later than I would have liked. I'm going to have to set the alarm a little earlier for tomorrow. It's already time to tweak the planning. <BR> <BR> After work I went to the hair salon for a much needed color job and cut. It was time to lose the old lady halo and the skunk stripe. I feel and look sooooo much better with the new do. The hair appointment too... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:56:48 EST Off to a Good Start Yesterday and today I've met my goals. I had my quiet time first thing in the morning. I started back to work today so I set the alarm a little earlier to make sure I had plenty of time. <BR> <BR> I managed to get the things done on the "to do" list. I'm being smarter and not overplanning my day. I now have my video workouts scheduled and should be logging some more fitness minutes tomorrow. Yesterday I planned my menus for the week and today I picked up a few items I needed to ensure s... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 22:48:47 EST A New Me in 2013 A new me in 2013 will not be an overnight sensation. In order to make it happen I'm going to focus on the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Quiet time with the Lord because my strength comes from the Lord. <BR> <BR> 2. Planning, which includes planning my meals and using my calendar to schedule exercise and other things which need to done and keep me moving. <BR> <BR> 3. Do the plan. Even if I do a little, I've done more than if I never started. Something is better than nothing. <BR> <BR> 4.... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:00:33 EST Stress Management Plan Our first BLC is to develop a stress management plan to include three things I can do to better manage stress around the holidays or anytime during the year. The three things I'm going to put into action are: <BR> <BR> 1 Quiet time with the Lord <BR> <BR> 2. Carve out some "me time" and do something I enjoy <BR> <BR> 3. Utilize my calendar to make time for 1 & 2 and the holiday preparations which still need to be accomplished. <BR> <BR> I'll post how I did at the end of the week. <BR>... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:07:47 EST Baby Steps I'm taking some small, baby steps this week in the right direction. <BR> <BR> 1. Logged in every day <BR> <BR> 2. Planned and logged my eats. Had a couple treats but still logged them. <BR> <BR> 3. Took a couple short walks <BR> <BR> 4. Only had one can soda a day and drank water the rest of the day. Not up to 8 cups of water yet but easing into it. <BR> <BR> 5. Interacted with my Spark Friends <BR> <BR> 6. Kept up with things around the house like laundry and dishes. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 06:19:05 EST The Pain of Discipline & The Pain of Regret I just updated my Spark page and ran across a quote I have on the page "Each day you must choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret". I think this year I've experienced both. I started out the year like gang busters and ended up aggravating the arthritis in both my knees to the point that I could barely walk. This was quite a blow since I was walking 5K and was under a 20 minute mile. The inactivity has taken it's toll as I gained back the weight I had lost, yet again. I've lea... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:20:24 EST Aug 9, 2012 – A List is Empowering This evening after work I went grocery shopping. I had my list in hand which I prepared this morning before going to work. I decided to move as quickly as possible through the store. More than half way through the store it dawned on me how in control I felt as I moved through the aisle picking up the items I needed. I then realized I get that same feeling when I’ve planned and logged my menus for the day. I’m so much more in control of what I eat and it’s not like food is controlling me.... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:12:30 EST Aug 6, 2012 – Hiccups! I had a relatively low stressed day at work today. While at work I had a pretty good case of hiccups which is exciting. It seems I get the hiccups when I start losing weight. <BR> <BR> This evening my hubby and I cleaned the pool and I swam for 30 minutes. I didn’t get all my water or freggies in that I would have liked but I did stay within my calorie range. <BR> <BR> I got half way through my Daily Bible reading and am going to finish it up before going to bed. <BR> <BR> I’m giving ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 22:22:26 EST Aug 5, 2012 – Road Trip Today after church my hubby and I went on a little road trip. We had to deliver some documents to complete a business transaction. It wasn’t our intention to conduct business on a Sunday but it couldn’t be avoided. The trip was about 3 hours round trip. I brought my daily Bible reading along and completed my reading about half way there. I then updated our calendars for some of the events going on. This is something I hadn’t been doing lately. I guess I’m now in the mood to start looki... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 22:45:42 EST Aug 4, 2012 – Nursing Blanket Completed Last night I set an alarm so I could get up in enough time to make the blanket and still “sleep in” an hour more than my usual work wake up time. My body clock didn’t get the memo about sleeping in an hour and I woke up like usual for work. So I got with it and made the blanket. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 4 Aug 2012 21:45:34 EST August 3, 2012 – Procrastination, Really! It’s the night before the baby shower and I still haven’t made one nursing blanket. What am I waiting for? Another baby to be born and still no blanket made? The plan now is to review the directions before I go to bed so my brain will get some amazing understanding of how to make it happen in just a few hours in the morning. By the way, the shower is at 10:30 a.m. Too bad I can’t sew in my sleep. If I don’t get it done, (here’s where Plan B kicks in) I’ll go to the shower without a gift... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 23:37:53 EST August 2, 2012 – Need to be prepared for “Plan B” I really enjoy structure and planning. What frustrates me is when the plan gets changed. I really need to learn to be more flexible. More important, I need to be prepared for change because it’s inevitable most of the time. <BR> <BR> Last night I planned my menu and had every calorie committed because I was supposed to go to lunch with my coworkers today. My morning at work was stressful and I missed reading the email letting me know lunch plans had been cancelled. I showed up at the re... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:41:13 EST August 1, 2012 – New Focus & Goals Somehow I lost my mojo in February and have been barely going through the motions and it shows. I’ve gained the weight I previously lost this year and some . I’m now heavier than when I started the year but I’m not giving up. I just have to keep trying and eventually it will click and I’ll get it and experience long lasting results. <BR> <BR> My goal for August is to forgive myself and just focus on this one month journey. <BR> <BR> I will focus on losing just 5 pounds at a time and no... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 18:43:23 EST Countdown to the Summer 5% Challenge – Assignment 3 Reasons I Want to Lose Weight <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight because I want to ….. <BR> <BR> 1. live! <BR> <BR> 2. weigh within a normal weight range. <BR> <BR> 3. be physically fit to serve the Lord in His ministries. <BR> <BR> 4. remain independent and mobile. <BR> <BR> 5. be able to keep up with my family. <BR> <BR> 6. not suffer with arthritis pain constantly. <BR> <BR> 7. enjoy walking again without pain. <BR> <BR> 8. do things I long ago enjoyed, like hiking, horseback... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:51:45 EST 2012 Week 12 & 13 – The Flu The flu about sums it up. I haven’t been so sick in such a long time. I lost 4 pounds last week and gained 2 pounds back. I got my appetite back. Go figure! I also have my strength back and am looking forward to doing things again. <BR> <BR> Last night I entered menus for the next few days into my SP tracker. I’ve set my fitness goals and I’m ready to give my all to the Beautiful Butterflies in the 5% Challenge. <BR> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 07:17:33 EST 2012 Week 10 & 11 – All or Nothing and I Chose Nothing Week 9 I began slipping and weeks 10 & 11 I gave in to the all or nothing mentality. I lost my resolve. Instead of pressing on I gave into my excuses. I can’t pin point any particular meal or event, or excuse that started the downward spiral. I also can’t tell you I was eager to stop it either. I guess I chose nothing instead of pursuing the best of all I could have had during these past three weeks. I gained a few pounds back and I’m going to have to gradual build on my exercise again s... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 17:34:21 EST 2012 Week 9 – Off Track I’m a little slow in posting this week’s blog. It’s probably because I know I haven’t put forth a good effort. I could list several excuses but it won’t change the fact that I’ve set aside my goals and made several poor choices. The poor choices have continued through today. I’m feeling miserable and am ready to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I did see the doctor this week and he agreed I could reduce the dosage of one of my blood pressure medicines. So it’s very important for me to stay ... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 22:08:53 EST 2012 Week 8 – Sleep Challenged I’d describe this week as being sleep challenged. I use a CPAP machine because my weight has created an air way obstruction. I use my CPAP even when I want a nap. Early Tuesday morning the machine started acting up. It was making a beeping sound and I couldn’t get the thing to work properly. Thankfully I kept my old machine. I had to go find it and set it up and then try and get back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Then on I started to get stuffed up with allergies. Not a good thing when you need... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:04:57 EST 2012 Week 7 – Victory Week I started out titling this blog “Temptation Week” but realized it was so much more. It was really a victory because I recognized the temptations and dealt with them. I planned how to manage them and by the grace of God kept myself in check. <BR> <BR> On Saturday my hubby and I took some of the kids in my Sunday School class to visit a friend of ours and our church who lives in a care facility and to an aquarium which are located a couple hours away from where we live. We had a real nice v... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 14:50:37 EST 2012 Week 6 – Overcoming This week’s been gnawing at me. Rather my stomach has been gnawing. I’ve been the hungriest this week than I’ve been in some time. I’ve been faithful to eat according to plan and stay within my calorie range. Instead of giving into the temptation to eat something more than what’s planned I just ate a little earlier, drank a little more water, or distracted myself and ended up forgetting about wanting to eat. I’m so glad I stayed the course. <BR> <BR> I’m still taking it easy on the knee... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 07:47:22 EST