RETIREDSUE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RETIREDSUE RETIREDSUE'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/ Beginning week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079189 It seems hard to believe that I am beginning my fourth week of daily exercise and have yet to miss a day! Sundays are my least active day, as I take a break from the cardio workout on the treadmill but I do at least 10-20 minutes of strength training exercises (legs) to keep up with the Jump Start Your Workout challenge While I have been tired and had to push myself a few times, I have never been tempted to skip a workout - yet! Since my main focus for this month was to develop a regular e... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:06:13 EST Soup Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074926 It seems that Wednesday (right now) had become a "soup making" day for me. Today it was the Lentil Vegetable Soup that I had seen and wanted to try. I purchased most of what I needed last week knowing that there were a couple of ingredients already on hand - or so I thought. The celery that was in the fridge had been used up by Hubby who does do the cooking I had kept some of the celery leaves and so used them along with a couple of small bell peppers instead. I should have started with ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 21:54:05 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073112 Doing a blog post daily was not one of my goals although I did start out blogging most days. My main focus is to develop a consistent exercise routine or "habit" which has been lacking for far too long. So far, so good! My back felt fine on Saturday so it was on to the treadmill first thing. I got in some core exercises a bit later although I did take it easy with most of them and switched out one an alternate. <BR> <BR> Sunday is my "day off" more or less. Because I am doing the 31 day... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:01:57 EST Back problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070591 Maybe it was the exercise bending over and lifting dumb bells to work my legs yesterday that got things started, but early this morning (5:30) when I had to get up, I tweaked my lower back a bit and immediately was concerned that I would be able to get in today's exercise. Even walking was painful when my weight was on my right foot. I tried to do some gentle stretches when I got back into bed a few minutes later before going back to sleep. <BR> <BR> I have had lower back problems diagnosed... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:51:49 EST Adventures in cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069790 Let me preface this with saying that I DO know how to cook but do very little. Almost 30 years ago before our son was born, my hubby was unemployed and suggested that he stay home with the kids ( we also had a 2 year old daughter). Thus my hubby became a *stay at home dad* and took over all the household duties, including cooking of course. I do make some dishes occasionally and yesterday was one of those times as I decided to make a very easy bean soup. <BR> <BR> Actually the cooking was... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:24:26 EST Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068083 It was nice to see the scales finally move down a bit today - not a whole lot - but it's a start. Hopefully if I keep moving they will too! <BR> <BR> I knew that I would be walking to the library this afternoon for a weekly knitting group so didn't jump on the treadmill first thing for the third day in a row, Now I have an appointment tomorrow morning near the library - so I could walk - but it will depend on how cold it is and if I have enough time to walk. The forecast is for colder t... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 23:27:41 EST Snowy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067026 It was off to have coffee with some retired friends this morning so there was no time to jump on the treadmill, especially since I woke up a bit late. It was also snowy which around here means snowy streets (even main roads) and extra time needed for driving anywhere. <BR> <BR> While I did begin my day sitting and chatting instead of exercising, I also ran some errands afterwards which kept me moving. Finally arrived home this afternoon, more than ready for some lunch! It was later this a... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 20:03:34 EST Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066259 Being Sunday I was up and off to church so had already determined I wouldn't get in any cardio since the service starts at 9:30 and I have trouble getting there with much time to spare at the best of times (I was actually a bit late today)! <em>2</em> I did get in my Jump Start workout (some nice lower body exercises) after I came home and had my second cup of coffee, but that was the sum total of my formal exercise.I still was active enough (so far) for my phone to show just over 30 min... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:07:27 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065100 I slept in (hey it's Saturday) so was a bit late getting to the cardio exercise but even with the extra sleep, my body felt a bit tired and unmotivated and finding some music to correct that seemed to be a problem. I wasn't sure if the tiredness was the result of a longer "fast" since I had eaten so I had a 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce with the water just to give me a little extra boost. <BR> <BR> I had already determined to cut back a bit today on cardio since a week ago my most acti... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 17:47:15 EST Five days and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064400 So I have managed to hit the treadmill and/or do some aerobic activity for five days in a row now. I have also completed four days of the Jump Start Your Workout challenge and most of the Realistic Resolutions challenge. Hard for me to plan the weeks's meals when my husband and I each make our own breakfast and lunch and he cooks dinner plus does the grocery shopping! Unfortunately he doesn't look at nutrients and thus I was stuck with a 340 calorie beef burger for supper (and that was jus... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 21:55:45 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063508 Woke up this morning not really feeling motivated to get up and hit the treadmill, but I did it anyway. I've been battling a slight cold with a bit of a headache all week but so far have not let it stop me. I did have to push myself a bit this morning though but as I got into the workout, found I was able to keep going longer than I had originally planned, I thought I'd do 20-25 minutes but actually spent at least 30 minutes on the treadmill plus warm up and cool down. The first day I was... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:04:05 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062107 Well I'm back again hoping to make 2016 the year that I really and truly do become healthier and more committed to a healthier life style. I knew better than to start on January 1st as I am always still in holiday mode, but attending the funeral of my 64 year old cousin on Sunday certainly strengthened my resolve to begin on Monday. He died from a sudden heart attack New Year's Eve day although with his love of hunting, fishing and outdoor life, I'm not sure how much life style choices cont... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 11:56:59 EST Pleasantly Surprised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733404 I originally started to blog to help keep me on track with my exercise. However four weeks ago, my husband and I left on vacation to visit family in Calgary and later in Ohio. We ended up travelling 7300 km over a period of three weeks (plus a day). We spent a total of nine days travelling which of course involved eating out. The rest of the time we were visiting our daughter and later my brother-in-law and family. I knew that would be a challenge and my goal was to try to not gain any wei... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 22:31:07 EST Best laid plans sometimes go astray! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711601 So the plan to walk downtown to my hair appointment today (probably a 25-30 minute walk one way) didn't quite work because of threatening skies and lack of time. However I had two or three errands I wanted to accomplish downtown so the alternate plan became to park about two blocks from my stylist's and then get in some walking while accomplishing my other tasks after my appointment. The result was about 20 minutes of walking - considerably less than if I had walked to the appointment but on... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:13:51 EST Procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710772 Yes I procrastinate about a number of things like making phone calls, answering email, exercise (of course!) etc. All-nighters to complete university essays were common - back in the day. I guess I felt I worked better under pressure. <BR> As a teacher, I definitely learned to plan ahead for at least a few days at a time but I could easily put off marking at times. <BR> <BR> Now I procrastinate about exercise - frequently. I can so easily get distracted by other things. Today was a pr... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 20:08:25 EST Catching up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710094 So my goal to blog daily so far is not quite there! lol! It didn't help that we went to Georgetown to our son's on Saturday so that we could attend and cheer him on in his first triathlon of the season in Milton on Sunday. He had his best time yet for the distances he was doing. <BR> <BR> As for me, there was no time to walk, exercise or blog on Saturday before we left BUT I did get in at least 30 minutes of walking on Sunday since it was a LONG trek to the race area from the far end of ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:37:56 EST New to blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707111 Blogging is not something that I have really gotten into but I have read that keeping a journal can be an important tool to being successful with weight loss and management long term so I will give this a shot! <BR> <BR> I can usually do a pretty good job of staying within my calorie range and tracking food but my downfall is lack of exercise! I usually have to push myself to so something although some days it is easier than others, I find it too easy to get distracted by other things! <B... Fri, 30 May 2014 22:00:33 EST