REBECCAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=REBECCAMA REBECCAMA'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/ Stepping back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791576 I stepped down from my team leadership role a few days ago. I knew I wasn't an effective leader and I wanted to give others the chance to make something happen. I know that local groups don't always flourish, but I also knew I wasn't giving it my 100% either. <BR> <BR> I'm also stepping back from trying to do it all in other teams. I am not going to force myself to post every day. No one else does it. Why push myself when I could be using that time and energy elsewhere? <BR> <BR> I do plan ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 08:32:09 EST I did it! Well sort of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726127 I made it to Level 20! Yeah.... funny though, I haven't made my weight loss goal yet. These Spark points are nice, and they help me focus but I am not done. At one point I was down 30 pounds. Then I gained a bit back. I have a lot of work to do still. <BR> <BR> I am doing it though. I had an injury last year that slowed me down, but I am better now, and I am in control. I am using my Fitbit that I got in March and I am still tracking, tracking, tracking. <BR> <BR> I got a new doctor recent... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:17:11 EST Good numbers, let's hope we get some more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721376 I don't want to jinx anything for tomorrow, but I'm not sure I believe in that stuff anyway. <BR> <BR> As I posted the other day I've been trying to stay on track. I am trying to take care of myself even when I feel like I am falling apart. <BR> <BR> This morning I met with my new primary care doctor. I had been introduced to her a month ago and heard good things about her. My old doc retired and I have been waiting to see who the new providers would be etc. <BR> <BR> Well a month ago I we... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:58:55 EST Going to quickly pat myself on the back here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719780 I am going to quickly pat myself on the back here. Even though June has been crazy, and the past few days have been even crazier than I expected I have mostly stayed in my calorie range. If I have been too busy to track then I made notes of what I ate, and then I plugged them into my tracker later. Surprise, surprise! Aside from one night when I ordered quite badly (it was a hell of a day!) at a restaurant I did okay. I held myself in on Father's Day and did not order the very yummy caramel m... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:39:22 EST It's my birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645112 It's my birthday, and once again I have not made my weight loss goal. When I joined Spark, over 3 years ago I was trying to get down to 180 pounds. I keep resetting, and resetting, but I haven't made it there yet. <BR> <BR> So not really celebrating, just marking the fact that it has happened again. I reset my goal again and I will keep trying. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:58:58 EST Rough month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610892 January is always the hardest month for me. It is just so cold that I can barely get outside except for essentials. It also gets dark early still too. I know I COULD have done my exercising INDOORS. It's my own fault. I'm not hitting my fitness goal for the month and I know it. I'm mad at myself. <BR> <BR> I hope to do better the rest of the year. That's all I can say. There are 11 months left of 2014. Hope they are good ones. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:16:58 EST Talk to me about your Fitbit Zip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585620 Talk to me about your Fitbit Zip. I do not have a smart phone. I use Spark with a computer. I have been waiting for the little $59.95 gizmo to go on sale after I saw Spark plugging it a few months ago. Right now Target is offering it at the regular price BUT you get a $10 Target gift card. So that is sort of a sale. I don't know if I am going to see a better offer. My husband says "You have had pedometers before and they haven't worked well for you." <BR> <BR> So tell me about your Fitbit Zi... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:38:33 EST Wrapping up 2013, worst year ever on SparkPeople for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572914 Well this has been a rough year. I could list the excuses but it doesn't matter. I gained weight this year and it wasn't just a pound. It was a lot of pounds. I don't have the final number for the year but it's about 15 pounds that I have gained this year. I have back tracked a lot! <BR> <BR> I'm not back to my starting weight but I did gain about half of it. Very sad. I was 2/3 of the way to my goal, and now... wow. Little by little with one excuse after another the pounds came back on. <BR... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:22:54 EST I'm caving I guess- getting a closer parking spot to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540023 After over 2 years of parking a long, long way from my desk (.41 miles) I have the chance to get a much closer spot that will only be .25 miles (maybe even .16 miles depending on the route I take) from my desk for the same amount of money. I'm taking it. Call me a wimp I guess. I will still be parked outdoors. There will still be stairs or a hill to deal with, but I am hoping my asthma will improve this winter with the change. Should have the new permit tomorrow. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:28:25 EST Well now I understand the team points a little better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529275 Spark has put my home group into a "City to City" challenge. They've put my state group into a "state to state challenge". "Red Sox Nation" is evidently challenging other sports teams and etc. down the list. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:56:45 EST a nice thing with the new Sparkpeople site http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527451 We've had a little while to get used to the new site I guess. I was worried when it first happened. I thought since it was such a big page that it would be hard to load. So far I've managed though. I still find that it takes too long to load the "favorites" in the nutritional tracker sometimes when I'm home, but I work around that by making a note and then filling in the tracker when I get to faster internet or have more patience for the slower speed. <BR> <BR> The nicest thing I've noticed ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:02:06 EST GRRR!! Spark screwed me up on my log-in streak!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499091 Spark is saying I have a log-in streak of 12 days. BULL!! I checked my Spark points and I know I did not miss a single day this month. Before this my streak was at 982 days. I was due to hit 1000 days near the end of this week. For some reason Spark broke my streak even though I was here. I am so mad! I know it's a little thing but I work hard to show up here every day, whether I'm camping in the middle of the woods in Vermont or at a nice hotel or working or sick or busy or whatever... I am... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 07:56:54 EST Oh I love salad bars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493874 You know what I like about salad bars sometimes? It's that I can try something new and not be committed to it. I can have a taste of something without having it be my whole meal. <BR> <BR> Recently the salad bar in the cafeteria that my husband and I like to go to has added some new things. Some good, some not so good. <BR> <BR> Now, don't get me wrong. I will never touch anything eggplant related. I am also smart enough to stay away from tunafish and egg salad because those things are more... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:36:38 EST What good are goodie points if you don't use them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476853 Usually I wait until the winter holidays to send out goodies to my Spark friends. Instead of a holiday card I send out some sort of winter greeting. Why wait? The seasons are changing now, and what good are points if you don't spend them? <BR> <BR> So a lot of you just got a goodie from me in the last few days. Just because that's what goodies are for. For giving. <BR> <BR> Have a great day friends! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 14:10:38 EST If it's not working, then it's time for a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470510 When I failed to make my latest goal for my weight loss, I reset my goal. I also linked my nutrition to my fitness (an option Spark gives us). Well I have to say, the scales went up. Obviously this isn't working. <BR> <BR> So I am resetting my goal again to a tighter time frame and in the process I am lowering my maximum allowed calories. I need to be tougher on myself. I did not like the number on the scale this morning. After a week of vacation with lots and lots of exercise and good eati... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 05:00:10 EST It's my 3 year Spark anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466572 Three years ago I joined the site. For the first few days I was just here to check things out. I didn't commit to my goals and tracking until September 1st. I wanted to finish the ice cream in the freezer first. When I first started I didn't understand how anyone could track birthday cake. If you were serious about losing weight, how could you indulge? <BR> <BR> Well here I am 3 years later and I indulge plenty! Too much! I still haven't made it to my weight loss goal. I am still tracking th... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:23:35 EST What happened to my strength training?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431601 Okay I'll be honest. I've slacked on the strength training BIG TIME. <BR> <BR> However I used to have something set up 3 days/week on Spark where I had my ST workout listed and I could just check each box that I completed like Hip Flexor and Wall Pushups. <BR> <BR> All that is gone! Probably gone for a long time now and I just haven't noticed because I haven't been doing the workouts. <BR> <BR> So is it hiding somewhere? Or did they make it go away??? Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:14:48 EST So proud of my daughter = Healthy Choices! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423897 This story has two bits of background and I'm not really feeling as coherent as I'd like to be, but I'm going to share this with you all anyway. <BR> <BR> 1. On New Years Eve in our family, we have a tradition. Hubby goes out to his friend's party and I stay home with our daughter. We've been doing this for about five years now, ever since we realized that it's impossible to bring her to the party. So this year I decided that since it is just her and I for supper we would have a picnic suppe... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:25:53 EST How do you track walking at theme parks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420496 This is a serious question. I do not wear a pedometer and we have a vacation to Disney coming up in a few weeks. Obviously being in the parks for a week will be a LOT of walking. So for those of you have done it (and I know many of you have) How do you track it? Do you count it as a 1mph walking or what? I am curious. <BR> <BR> thanks. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:26:09 EST Losing my Spark - Three Year Assessment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408426 I had to buy the size 18s. Whether I wanted to or not my size 16s were splitting out on the thighs. Not very attractive. My weight is still going up. My doctor didn't even comment on it when I saw her yesterday to check in on my asthma. It is my own fault. I am making poor choices. I know this. I know I COULD do better, but I haven't been. I've been walking but I haven't been sleeping. I don't think this is going to change. <BR> <BR> On the Spark front, my lovely friend who I've never met AS... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:22:33 EST Not doing so well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366567 So I have gained and gained. Since breaking my elbow in February I pretty much stopped all of my ST. Inexcusable. Not all ST requires elbows. Sigh. I am up over 200 now, up to 206.6. I tried to blame it on my mini-vacation but really it is laziness. I go out and I order what I want to order. I come home and I crave sweets. I am not doing my part and it is showing. I need to get serious again. I need to make this a priority and stop letting cravings and stress get in my way. <BR> <BR> I need ... Fri, 24 May 2013 09:50:13 EST Up 1 pound for the month of February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268169 I realize I haven't blogged in a while. I reached for the scale this morning since today is March 1st. I am up one pound for the month of February. Up to 204. Went to log it into Spark and into my Google document and realized I hadn't recorded my weights all month in February except for the first one. After over 2 years of religiously recording my weight every week I am suddenly hiding from those numbers. <BR> <BR> Now to to make things even harder for myself, on February 16th I went rollers... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:15:22 EST Time to make it happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246176 I forgot to weigh in on Friday because of the snowstorm. I forgot on Saturday too. I finally weighed in yesterday with another no loss, no gain week. I used to have to fight myself from weighing every day, and this week I just plain FORGOT! <BR> <BR> Last summer I was doing well and I was into the 190s. I've gained a bit of it back though and started the new year on the wrong side of the 200 line. I already gave away my size 18 jeans. I don't have a wardrobe anymore if I regain the weight I ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:40:49 EST If you got spam from me then I apologize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236683 My Yahoo account got hacked. If you got spam "from me" then I am sorry. I have changed my password and I am debating closing the account. Hope I don't have to though. <BR> <BR> So my apologies to anyone who got spam. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:37:16 EST 26 things about me (stolen from another Spark friend) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225589 A – Available or married: Married <BR> <BR> B – Book: Trying to write one at the moment. Have a couple checked out from the library but don't read as much as I should. <BR> <BR> C – Cake or pie: Yes? Both are good with ice cream. <BR> <BR> D – Drink of choice: coffee. <BR> <BR> E – Essential item: Tough one. Car probably. Or if that doesn't count, computer. I have at least 2 and both have different advantages. <BR> <BR> F – Favorite color: pink, or purple. Sunrise or sunset shades. ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:48:30 EST Adding another way of tracking my health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200206 Yesterday I created a new calendar for myself on my Google calendars. I am calling it "Pain calendar". My goal is to track my pains there, both physical and mental, and see if I find any patterns. I am tired of feeling like a hypochondriac all the time. Maybe I am one, or maybe not. I have heard it said that the best way to cope with something that is bothering you is to talk about it or write it down. So I am going to write it down. I know there are energy level trackers and sleep trackers ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:57:05 EST 2012 Year in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182018 The scales are up 2 pounds this week. I will do a weigh-in tomorrow, but when I weighed in on Friday I was up for the year by 2 pounds. It is easy to get discouraged by that fact. The goal of most of us here on SparkPeople is to lose weight after all, and I am still 20 pounds away from my goal. Still, since joining Spark over 2 years ago I am still down 27 pounds from where I started. This is a good thing! I need to give myself credit for that. Gaining 2 pounds this year is not terrible. <BR>... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:43:43 EST 50 Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170234 Thanks Lauren, I stole this from you. <BR> <BR> I saw this elsewhere on SparkPeople and am feeling lazy about coming up with my own topic for a blog. So.... <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No, they purposely gave me a name not in the family since they were both named after their own parents and hated it. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Last night <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No, usually don’t even recognize it. <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:38:19 EST Portion Distortion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157906 I'm writing this because I suspect many of you will relate to it. <BR> <BR> Last night I made pasta for dinner with a tomato and hamburg spaghetti sauce. I dutifully used my 9 inch plates like I always do. I didn't measure my portions though. I just eyeballed it. After a few bites I realized I didn't really feel like eating. Maybe it was the snack I had when I got home that killed my appetite, or maybe it was just because I've been feeling blah lately. Whatever the reason, I went to the cupb... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 08:06:52 EST Discouraged. Back out of One-derland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151297 I hadn't officially weighed in since November 9th until this morning. With all the craziness of Thanksgiving break, holiday shopping, and NaNoWriMo I didn't want to stress myself out by looking at the scales too much. Ok, I did look at the scales but I kept telling myself it was "fluke" and I didn't write it down. <BR> <BR> On Monday night I met my NaNoWriMo goal. I have been feeling EXHAUSTED ever since. I think the 4-5 hours of sleep a night has finally caught up to me. Either that or it'... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:07:14 EST NaNoWriMo goal met!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148052 I crossed the 50K word mark last night and I am so excited, and relieved. Looking at the calendar I knew there would be no time for writing tonight. I did not want to wait until the last minute to reach the goal. God forbid my internet goes out, my kid gets sick, or something else in life gets in my way. I wanted to reach the goal early! That wasn't easy to do since I went several days without writing around Thanksgiving, but last night I was able to sit down and write out the last 2500 words... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:07:40 EST 5K walk completed with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122627 Actually did a 5.021K walk. It's hard to find an exact 5K route. I had signed up for something here on Spark where I promised to do a 5K walk sometime during this week, and today was the last day. I almost didn't do it because my NaNoWriMo project needs time too, but I decided that I would reward myself with a small Celeste pizza for one when I was done. Besides, it was a beautiful day outside. My walk was mostly on dirt roads, and there was a bit of an uphill and a really short part through ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:22:11 EST NaNoWriMo, Sandy, and weight gain!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118796 HI all. I just feel like I need to check in here a little bit. <BR> <BR> First of all we are FINE from Sandy. We stayed home on Monday but our little house never lost power. We had some branches down but no damage to our home or cars. Tuesday we were back to normal and even though the rain is still with us, I think we are in the clear pretty much. Many, many thoughts and prayers to those who are suffering. <BR> <BR> NaNoWriMo.. National Novel Writing Month... is upon us!! Fellow writers you... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:27:10 EST Prayers and help needed for a neighbor with metastic bladder cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107677 My 34 year old neighbor is losing her battle with metastatic (advanced) bladder cancer. When I look out my front door I see her home through the trees. Her two children are a little older than my daughter so we don't do play dates but we know each other. She and her husband both work at a local healthy foods market that is cooperatively owned by its members. They eat healthy, they live healthy. Her daughter won an award last year at school for having checked out the 3rd most books of anybody ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:58:41 EST Okay I saw the ad-- Fitbit users talk to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100913 I saw the ad this morning when I went for my bonus spin. I clicked. I see there are 2 kinds of Fitbit basically- a Fitbit One for $99.95 and a Fitbit Zip for $59.95. <BR> <BR> I do not have a Smartphone since cell phones don't work where I live so I would be doing all my synching with my home computers etc... so tell me, worth it? not worth it? which one? I know there is at least one Fitbit team out there so it must be a popular item. Talk to me! <BR> <BR> I have used pedometers and they h... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:34:36 EST Need to get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096125 I've been procrastinating everywhere. Instead of writing I've been playing computer games. Instead of sleeping I've been overeating. I need to pull it together and soon. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting some exercise this weekend. I'll be in a hotel pool tonight, and hopefully doing a little walking tomorrow at a small amusement park or something. I have a short hike planned with my daughter on Sunday (only 1 mile). Let's hope it doesn't rain. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 08:11:50 EST up 4 pounds in a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090951 Ugh. I almost didn't add it to my tracker, but I want to keep things honest. I am up to 199 now. Just a hair of crossing back into the 200s! I already got rid of my bigger jeans so I have to get this under control ASAP. This is nuts. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:35:09 EST Yes I admit it - I ate a whole Kit-Kat yesterday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084843 I did. I ate a whole candy bar yesterday (Kit-Kat). Not the thing to do when you are trying to lose weight, right? Well you know what? I still stayed in my calorie range. Yes the candy bar was unplanned and really not healthy but I had eaten a salad and a sandwich at lunchtime, and a soup & salad at dinner time and I managed to eat that candy bar and still stay in my calorie range. The joys of tracking! Now I know I should not do that every day, and I would certainly be losing weight faster i... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 08:30:59 EST Contradictions on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074071 Looking at my Spark Start page.... and the "Insider" section is promoting "Jump start your weight loss with this new program that we've developed with Self Magazine...lose more weight..." yaydayaydayada...... and then over on the "Blog" section is "the Jellybean diet...." which is basically going to tell you that none of these "lose weight fast" things are the real deal. <BR> <BR> Just seems a little contradictory to me. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:20:40 EST Goodbye Summer, and good luck Starfish in the Fall challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072779 I'm taking myself off of the Summer 5% challenge team since the challenge is over, and I'm taking myself off the Starfish summer team for the same reason. Good luck to all of my Seasonal 5% Challenge friends in the Fall challenge! And especially good luck to my Starfish friends!! I hope you all meet your goals in the coming weeks!! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:05:22 EST NaNoWriMo vs. "reality" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057224 This is aimed toward the writing teams on Spark, and the writers here more than anyone else.. <BR> <BR> I am reading "Writer with a Day Job" by Aine Greaney" and I'm curious what other people think. In the book she talks about NaNoWriMo and lists some pros and cons of it. Actually she says it uses a Kamikaze approach to writing, and then she lists the pros and cons of kamikaze writing. <BR> <BR> 5 advantages- <BR> 1. unleashes creativity <BR> 2. motivates by productivity <BR> 3. the adren... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 08:12:37 EST Multi-tasking- reposting this from one of my other blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057206 As I drove into work this morning I thought about how crazy I am making myself right now. On my commute I was taking pictures for two of my blogs, plus reviewing in my head some of what I had been reading in "Writer with a Day Job". Suddenly I realized that I was also writing my novel while I was doing these things, and driving, and thinking about what my work day was going to be like and and and and and..... <BR> <BR> Let's break this down: <BR> <BR> 1. I'm working my job <BR> <BR> 2. I'm... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:59:44 EST is this true for you-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050090 Am I nuts or do other people feel this way too.. if I am eating at work or in a restaurant or any place and someone comes up to me and starts a conversation with me I have a compulsion to throw my meal in the trash. Of course I don't do this because I am hungry and I want that food so instead I finish my meal but later I feel like I haven't eaten. The conversation has taken my attention away from my taste buds. This also happens if I am drinking a cup of coffee at home and I have to go into w... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 18:56:48 EST Reset my goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039293 Reset my goals to try to reach my goal weight by my next birthday. haha. I keep doing this. when I started Spark I wanted to reach my goal weight in 6 months of joining Spark. Now here I am 2 years later, and 30 pounds lighter but still trying to reach that magical 180 pound mark. <BR> <BR> Oddly enough in resetting my goals my calorie allowances for the day went up. I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that though. I always say I need to step up my cardio and ST programs and that is still the ... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:45:54 EST Come on co-workers! Come out of hiding! I know you are out there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038414 Just had a woman stop by my desk saying she had joined Sparkpeople a while ago and not kept with it. She's not even sure of her username at the moment. Come on ladies! I know you are out there. Join me on the Pioneer Valley team and let's get going. <BR> <BR> To be fair many of my coworkers do have walking groups and some of them have probably lost more weight than I have, but I would love to see more people that I know face-to-face being active on this site. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:39:19 EST I love zoos for the walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032728 I love taking my daughter to zoos. She likes to see the animals and I like all the walking we do. I always track it when we get home. It's not a fast walk but I usually add some miles and some fitness minutes. It's a great way to spend time with her and learn new things too. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:00:28 EST 2 year Spark anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031491 So after 2 years on Spark I still haven't reached my goal of losing 50 pounds but I haven't given up yet either. I remember when I first entered the site. For the first week I was cautious and not fully committed. It wasn't until September 1st that I really started to get my act in gear and take this seriously. <BR> <BR> Now I have been logging into Spark for nearly 600 consecutive days. Sometimes it's just enough to spin the wheel and say I was here. Then I come back later and do my tracki... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 10:12:35 EST Wouldn't it be nice if.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029053 Wouldn't it be nice if Spark somehow could realize from your IP address or something where you were logging in from and give you something more than 2 points on the Spark wheel if you were logging in from somewhere on vacation? I mean really, I was in the middle of Nowhere Vermont and found the wi-fi at the campground. Had to get away from my family for 20 minutes, figure out how to access said wi-fi, ask the clueless ranger for help, and then finally figured it out for myself... all to keep... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:34:01 EST Sorry starfish- it's official I gained weight during the challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018976 Gained one pound in the past 8 weeks. Very disappointed with myself. I was getting closer to a goal before the challenge started and had hoped to meet and beat it. Instead I sent the scales upward this summer and could not bring them back down. My weight from start point to today is on the UP side instead of the down. <BR> <BR> I know I let my team down, and more importantly I let myself down. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day. We have a vacation coming up where I'll be camping for a couple o... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 06:02:55 EST Ending the Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017678 Well we are almost to the finish line. This is my 4th consecutive 5% challenge and I think I am done for a while. The camaraderie has been great, but I'm not really losing any weight. Having to track and report all of my exercise is a good motivator but it doesn't seem to be enough to pull those pounds off. I'm going to take a break. I'm not signing up for the next challenge. I have other things that need my time, and I'm going to pull back and focus on those things. <BR> <BR> So thank you t... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 07:59:42 EST