ROCKLAND2010's SparkPeople Blog ROCKLAND2010's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I broke the rules Yesterday was Women's Day. <em>81</em> I worked. <BR> <BR> I didn’t wear red. I went to the Vet and bought cat food from (another) working woman. I guess I broke the Women’s Day rules. I simply saw no logical reason how taking the day off could constructively impact anything. I am proud of my job; earned through education, experience and hard work. <BR> <BR> I felt no need to sing, “I am Woman, hear me roar”. <BR> We are valued everyday through our actions and treatment of others. <... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:29:23 EST 100 Shades of Piloga Friday is Piloga day. I can hear the collective "what the heck is that?" across Spark World. Sparkers everywhere have puzzled looks. Is it something you eat, drink, wear? It is not a national holiday. Nope, none of the above. It is actually an excellent fitness activity, great for both mind and body. My Piloga class is scheduled on Friday mornings. Piloga combines Pilates routines and Yoga poses. After 60 minutes you are stretched, strengthened and relaxed with a rock-hard core. That may be a... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:12:03 EST What no one tells you about Gratitude It sneaks up on you. Gratitude takes many forms and meanings; enjoying simple pleasures like a sunset on the beach, thankfulness for food on the table and the joy brought to us by family and friends. <BR> <BR> Each August I help with a community event in our seaside town. Our event has a name bestowed upon us by an original team member many years ago. We have a story. <BR> <BR> ..........It was a dark and stormy night in 1977, a voice echoed out of the darkness, from the heart of Padanaram ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:28:53 EST Words to live by... This quote has been floating around the internet as something that Meryl Streep said (wrote), but should be attributed to Portuguese self-help author José Micard Teixeira. <BR> <BR> <BR> “I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to ple... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 10:20:29 EST Spark Activity Tracker - Day 2 I was very excited when the Tracker was introduced. I ordered it within the hour seeing no reason to fret over the decision as I sometimes do. I love technology! inner geek... I have not been disappointed. <BR> <BR> <em>545</em> yes, I bought the black one! <BR> <BR> I laced it into my sneaker. This is working very well. I know I will have to experiment with different locations since I don't wear sneakers all the time. Wishful thinking, that I could stay in the comfort of sneaker... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:28:27 EST Single Digits Make Me Smile Like most women my closet is full of clothes in multiple sizes. I don't like to admit it but it's true. Yesterday I was in an adventurous mood, exploring, venturing into an area of the closet that had been ignored.... <BR> <BR> The single digit sizes.... <BR> <BR> It's easy to understand why I have ignored and avoided this section. The last time I ventured there, my mood shifted to a bad place. It is very disheartening when buttons are strained, zippers won't close, sleeves are tight and yo... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:11:30 EST My Inner Geek is Smiling My inner 'geek' is smiling AND becoming fit. I have always loved technology. My career has evolved around it and I enjoy new gadgets, new apps and new software. As technology evolved, my life has been streamlined. Or, as I tell my customers, it's all about automation! <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago I discovered 'wello' or as they say 'Bye-Bye Gym, Hello Convenience'. Wello lets you work out with a trainer via 2-way video on the internet. I thought WOW, really? I don't even have to leave my... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:33:37 EST If you have a garden and a library... The full quote is "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." --Marcus Tullius Cicero <BR> <BR> Marcus was a Roman Statesman who lived between 106 BC and 46 BC. Obviously a very wise man from a long time ago. <BR> <BR> I love my garden! It gives me pleasure to look at it and to work in it. I just wanted to share some photos: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love the combination of textures and colors. <BR> ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:57:36 EST Summer oatmeal Yes, I eat oatmeal in the summer! This is my 'go to' breakfast trend at the moment. It's easy, quick, nutritious, low cal! and most important...filling. This morning I added 1 cup of (organic) strawberries and 1/2 cup of blueberries. No added sugar, no added milk. The oatmeal is 100 calories. The strawberries are 46 calories and the blueberries are about 40 calories. <BR> <BR> A great breakfast,,,under 200 calories! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:50:12 EST The Greatest Weakness As the week winds down, I want to share one of my favorite quotes: <BR> <BR> “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” --Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> My words to live by.... <em>381</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:53:15 EST Do you have 4 minutes? If you have 4 minutes to spare every day, you can be healthier. Here is a link to an interesting blog in the New York Times: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-4-minute-workout/?smid=fb-nytimes&WT<BR>.z_sma=HL_T4M_20130620&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:54:26 EST An Egg a day keeps the doctor away Today at lunch I thoroughly enjoyed my hard boiled egg....with fresh ground pepper and a dash of sea salt. Eggs have become my new 'go to' food at lunch. <BR> <BR> As a pescetarian (vegetarian who also eats fish) I want to make sure I am getting enough protein. <BR> <BR> For a long time eggs had a bad reputation but times have changed. <BR> Check out: Eggs Regain Reputation <BR> <BR> <link><BR>gs-regain-reputation/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>490</em>... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:04:50 EST Lobster Mac & Cheese, my Guilty Pleasure I can almost hear the collective gasp...lobster mac & cheese!!!? Shouldn't that be forbidden for anyone trying to lose weight? Never to be mentioned, not to be discussed, only to be eaten by 'FAT' people....500 calories per cup. <BR> <BR> I like lobster mac & cheese. Yes, let me say it again. I like lobster mac & cheese and I refuse to avoid it. I will not live on carrot sticks. I may not lose weight as fast as others, but I know that eliminating everything I love is not the solution. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:56:34 EST My Top 10 Cycling Tunes Lately I have been cycling at the gym 5 or 6 days a week for 60 minutes. As everyone knows this can get pretty boring compared to being outside. The weather in Massachusetts is not yet cooperating. I blame it on the weather but I am also a bit wimpy. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Since I started plugging in my ipod the hour goes by in a blink. Ok..that's exaggerating..but it definitely helps the time to pass... better than watching all 6 TV screens I can see. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I l... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 15:59:26 EST Impossibly Easy Zucchini & Tomato pie x two On Sundays I cook. I cook for two at my house in anticipation that it will last for two dinners. Sunday plus Monday. Whatever I make, I double it to also bring dinner to my 87 year old Dad. Today I tried a new recipe, zucchini & tomato pie. I have made my Dad into a part-time vegetarian. He is very conscientious about eating balanced meals and eating less meat. <BR> <BR> If I do say, Sunday dinner was quite delicious. <BR> <BR> Try it.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's ... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 20:42:37 EST a Day in the Life Saturdays fly by.... <BR> <BR> Emails, Facebook, SP check in.... <BR> Hard boiled eggs for the week, one for breakfast with my peanut butter toast. <BR> Make bed. <BR> Sort mail. <BR> Yell at cats....sibling small furry humans. <BR> Clean cat box. <BR> Clean refrigerator. <BR> Clean kitchen. <BR> Off to the gym....30 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the treadmill - starting week 1 to train for 5K, and in case I wasn't exhausted...some strength training. <BR> Back home... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 19:39:43 EST Rain, rain...go away Let me be clear. I am not complaining. I'm sharing. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Rain is way better than snow. I just thought earlier today I might have to build an ark. <BR> I wasn't sure how I was going to get the cats to line up two by two.... <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> The rain reminded me about a time about 10 years ago when I lived on a lake. The lake was about 15 feet off the back off the house. During a big rain storm the water table was so high I couldn't run the wa... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 19:24:10 EST 1,462 more miles One of my goals last year was to walk, run or cycle 1000 miles. <BR> I tracked my outdoor walks, indoor treadmill, stationary bike and <BR> my (new gift to myself last summer) <BR> <BR> <em>144</em> bicycle, complete with odometer. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't count every step I took or even the miles I kayaked... <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I decided in 2011, I need to increase the target. <BR> My goal this year is 1500 miles. ... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 18:52:30 EST Three left feet In my never ending quest to try new things, I went to a 'step' class today. I knew it would be a great cardio workout, what I didn't expect was the dance steps barked out at what seemed like lightening speed: <BR> <BR> ....power knee, cross over, jazz walk, double mambo...huh? <BR> <BR> I just kept moving...for 60 wasn't pretty...but it burned calories... <BR> <BR> I am grateful it wasn't caught on camera. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 18:45:44 EST Better Late than Never, 2010 Top Ten I'm not sure where January 2011 went...or...for that matter, February is flying by. <BR> I joined SparkPeople in January 2010. One year later (loosely, let's not get crazy) I look back and reflect on my progress. <BR> <BR> <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> 1. My eating habits have improved immensely. I started out using the Nutrition Tracker but I now have a pretty good handle on choosing food and portion control. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I love fresh fruit, especially blueberries and... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:57:42 EST Saturday "To Do" List 1. Pick up cat food at Petco. <BR> <BR> Off to Petco. My cat, Mister, is only 3 years old, and he is a bit chubby. The vet suggested *lite* cat food. Poor Mister, I feel your pain. Too bad you cannot join me for my walks or go on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Science Diet Lite....yummmmm <BR> <BR> <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> but...wait....I see the *perfect* cat toy to help with your *catercise* program...a battery operated ball that keeps's on sale..... <BR> <BR> You des... Sun, 9 May 2010 08:42:10 EST Steal My Blog - I did! I stole this from SUSIEMILO, who stole it from HLMARRIOTT, who stole it from QUEENNOIS.... <BR> <BR> 1. What is your number one fitness goal you would like to achieve? <BR> <BR> I want to feel fit and toned and run a 5K. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> 2. What outfit are you dying to wear? <BR> <BR> The classic little black dress....and I am going to wear to some *fancy* event like meeting the President. <BR> <BR> <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Say three positive things about yourself.... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:53:44 EST Thursday morning humor for the women A friend shared this with me. <BR> <BR> I thought I would share this to bring a smile to your face. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it's your turn, you check for feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied. Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall. <B... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 07:21:43 EST Fair Weather Walker Yes, I admit it. I am a fair weather walker. No postal worker here. <BR> Rain, snow, sleet, hail, even a chill...*will* keep me inside. <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <em>425</em> <em>257</em> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> However, the weather this week has been awesome. I started out on the treadmill the first couple of days and then *magically* the sun returned! That beautiful golden orb we had almost forgotten. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em>... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 18:59:36 EST 7:59 am Can I *sneak* in a quick blog? This is going to be a crazy busy Friday. Work has been very hectic this week. Fortunately I am back in my home office after a whirlwind tour to upstate NY. <BR> <BR> My phone already has started to ring. When did everyone become work junkies? I envy those who have a 9:00 to 5:00 structured work day. Technology has made our world 24/7 and somehow the pace keeps getting faster. <BR> <BR> I realize there are advantages to being able to work out of a home ... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 08:07:19 EST Lunch break ramblings...about food. I haven't been blogging lately. It's a time thing. However, I am sitting here taking a lunch break and I thought..why not?...share a few thoughts. <BR> <BR> I have been eating very healthy and tracking my meals. Today for lunch...and all days when I work from my home office... I am having a cup of vanilla greek yogurt (more protein than other types) with a half a cup of fresh blueberries and 1 cup of Kashi Crunch cereal mixed in. This is a great lunch and very filling. <BR> <BR> The Nut... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:44:23 EST 6:15 am My favorite time of day is early in the morning. The house is quiet. No phones are ringing. <BR> <BR> Silence. <BR> <BR> It gives you time to think about the possibilities of the day. <BR> <BR> This will be a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> I am healthy. I am happy. Thu, 25 Feb 2010 06:49:16 EST 16 jingle balls Jingle balls are the best investment I ever made. What are jingle balls, you ask? They are plastic balls which are approximately 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter with a bell inside. I admit when I first saw them, 4 colors to a pack; 2 yellow, 2 green, 2 purple and 2 pink, I actually pondered over whether or not to spend the $1.99. Now I look back and think that was silly. I can waste $1.99 in the blink of an eye on far more useless items. These jingle balls were such a hit, I returned to Walma... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 21:07:19 EST It's a little small. Dinner time at our house is typically at 7:30. Sadly, I must confess we usually watch TV while we are eating. Does that make me a bad person...oh well <BR> <BR> ...all I know is... it is how I relax...but let's not get off topic. <BR> <BR> 7:30 pm is when House Hunters is broadcast on the HGTV channel. I am addicted to this show. Maybe it is a "girl thing" getting a peek at other houses but I love joining in the search for a new house. <BR> <BR> The comments made by the potential buyer... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 08:31:35 EST Kashi Crunch Lunch I am addicted to Kashi Crunch, fresh blueberries and yogurt. This is my favorite lunch. It's quick, easy, filling and very tasty. 333 calories, 13 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat.... <BR> <BR> This week I had to go on a business trip and I discovered I missed my Kashi Crunch lunch. Healthy food alternatives can be challenging to find when you are eating in restaurants. You can be forced to overdose on salads. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day...bring on the Crunch... <BR> <BR> <em>... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:25:17 EST 28 almonds 10 reasons why 28 almonds have become my favorite snack. <BR> <BR> 1. 28 almonds = 170 calories <BR> <BR> 2. 28 almonds = 5 carbohydrates <BR> <BR> 3. 28 almonds = 6 protein <BR> <BR> 4. 28 almonds, easy to pack, easy to take on-the-go <BR> <BR> 5. 28 almonds curb the appetite in between meals <BR> <BR> 6. 28 almonds, good to crunch on when watching TV <BR> <BR> 7. 28 almonds, perfect for that long commute <BR> <BR> 8. 28 almonds, a great alternative during the sales meeting when the ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:05:09 EST No "snow day" for me The wind is howling and the flakes are flying. Prior to this morning there was no snow left in my yard. The recent storms on the east coast missed southeastern Massachusetts. The snow-free streak has ended. The weather report keeps changing so snow totals are uncertain. <BR> <BR> There is an up side and a down side to having a home office. I think we all know the up side but the down side is difficult to cancel work due to weather conditions. Unless the weather some how affects... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 19:50:02 EST calling Dr. House... 19 minutes into tonight's show and still no hint of liver failure. No disrespect intended to folks who suffer from serious illness but liver failure is constantly lurking on this TV show. An amazing range of ailments are solved by Dr. House every week, sometimes with seconds to spare to meet the one hour deadline. <BR> <BR> If only life and all its challenges were that simple. Pounds melting away in one hour. Muscle tone magically appearing. Waist lines transformed. Single digit size c... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 20:40:36 EST You can't Get a Man with a Gun I was on my treadmill yesterday, hooked into my ipod, music streaming into my ears..specifically I was walking / running to the tunes from the Broadway show "Annie". This is one of my favorite shows. I have fond memories of a NYC weekend with my former college room mates. We had front row seats and it was Awesome....but enough of memory lane. <BR> <BR> I have discovered when I am on the treadmill, my mind wanders and I have some very PROFOUND thoughts. OK, profound to me. <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 10:24:34 EST Beware - New England Clam Chowder! How was I to know this creamy and alluring substance with chunks of clams and potatoes was really an evil toxin? OK, I exaggerate. But seriously, as a native New Englander, this is a staple. I conscientiously entered my food in My Nutrition Tracker and there it was...the blot...the pimple...the scar...on my excellent week (if I do say so) of eating well. <BR> 470 calories <BR> 27 carboh... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 11:20:24 EST 1st Blog ever Where DID that word com from? BLOG. I discovered SparkPeople last Saturday. I was sitting at the hair salon, relaxing and reading a magazine. There was a great article about a woman and her experience with SparkPeople. When I got home I checked it out and here I am! With my traveling life style ( due to my job) I have gotten lazy about keeping to a good routine. The pounds have crept on. Time to fight back. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:42:25 EST