RUNNER23's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RUNNER23 RUNNER23'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/ New books and new motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110933 I ordered some new Tosca Reno books from Amazon that arrived in the mail yesterday. I've been reading, Your Best Body Now and Just the Rules. I have nearly all of Tosca's books...or maybe I do have all of them now...anyway, her books are definitely motivating and inspiring. So this morning I'm ready to set goals and take small steps to achieve them. <BR> <BR> Goals for the day ~ <BR> No sugar <BR> Water with every meal/snack <BR> Walk a total of 60 minutes <BR> Plan for tomorrow <BR> Ge... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:48:44 EST July 27, 2012 ~ Not perfect...but OK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989046 I've been on track, mostly...OK - I've had several less than stellar days...but I'm OK. I've gotten rid of 5 pounds in the last 3 weeks and will continue to refine my "practice" of fat loss and muscle building. Who knows if I'll ever get it right! I've been practicing for 33 years! (I'm 54, but only started paying attention to health when I got married.) <BR> <BR> I'll never be perfect, and I try not to get caught up in pursuing perfection...although there are times when I'm disappoint... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:12:15 EST Day 11 ~ Doing OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956019 I returned from my bike ride yesterday...hungry...chips and ceviche on the table...OK, I'll just have a few...is that even POSSIBLE??? I had a few...and a few more...and a few more...oh, there was some avocado, too. <BR> <BR> It could have been worse...much worse...so I'll move on from here. I DID have the "points" to spend, and I'll be fine today. I will keep moving forward. <BR> <BR> I plan to fit in some sort of cardio this morning, and I'll be teaching a yoga class at noon. Tonight,... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 08:19:46 EST Day 10 ~ Down Another Pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954988 This morning, I weighed myself and was down another pound since last night's weigh in. <BR> <BR> I'm contemplating a short ride today...around 11 miles...just to loosen up a bit. I also plan to do some yoga, crunches, squats, and upper body weights. <BR> <BR> Just having coffee and breakfast now. No big plans for the 4th ~ low-key with some exercise and healthful food. <BR> <BR> Have a happy day, everyone. <BR> Patti <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>491... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:26:51 EST Day 9 ~ Biking and Weigh In Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953633 Today, I will head out for a 20 mile ride...maybe more! This evening, I'll weigh in at WW. We'll see how that goes. <BR> <BR> I'll update my blog after I weigh in...even if no one else reads it, it will be documentation for me. <BR> <BR> Have a great day ~ <BR> Patti <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> UPDATE: 22.5 mile bike ride....down 1 pound this week! Tue, 3 Jul 2012 13:47:39 EST Day 8 of 36+ ~ A Weekend of Family Fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951976 I celebrated my birthday this past weekend with family ~ my sister and brother in law have a very peaceful home with a pool and spa ~ we often go there for family events. Trouble is, in my mind (and in the minds of other family members) it's time to celebrate! Of course, that often means food and drink. <BR> <BR> I had a plan ~ and I stuck with it....occasionally! ;-) Saturday wasn't too bad...my resolve was much stronger than it was on Sunday. Each day wasn't too bad, individually, but ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 13:13:36 EST Day 5 of 36+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949037 Today is day 5 of the 36 days I'm counting toward our beach/surfing vacation. I'm doing well...down 4 pounds since Monday...lots of exercise, proper eating, and low sodium have aided in that. I don't expect to keep this rate of weight loss up...I know it was a lot of fluid this week. Still, it's encouraging! <BR> <BR> Our family will be spending today and tomorrow at my sister's home to celebrate some special occasions in our family ~ this is the scary part. <BR> <BR> I have decided to... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 13:55:23 EST Day 4 ~ Putting it all in perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948019 A friend of mine lost his adult son yesterday. <BR> <BR> As I run around worrying and complaining about my weight, whether or not I will ever weigh what I did 5 years ago, and how I will look in a bathing suit this summer, this man grieves for his son. <BR> <BR> Talk about putting things in perspective. <BR> <BR> My heart goes out to him, his wife, and their family and friends. <BR> <BR> In times like this, I am hit hard with the realization that some things I concern myself with,... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 17:45:50 EST Staying Tough and Keeping Focused ~ Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945906 Yesterday was another good day! <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to get any exercise in ~ I got busy with other things and decided to go to a spinning class and a yoga class in the early evening, but our son came over for dinner and decided to stay a while...and that was great! <BR> <BR> I stayed tough and focused ~ when I got hungry late last evening, I had black beans with diced tomato and jalapenos :-) ....followed by a few grapes. <BR> <BR> This morning, I will go to a spinning class and lift ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:20:40 EST Satisfied and Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944683 Alright ~ I have one day down...and that's all it takes to get the ball rolling. I planned all meals and snacks yesterday and had a GREAT workout ~ spinning, yoga, and (upper body) weights. <BR> <BR> I was hungry late in the evening, but stayed "tough and focused" and chose not to eat anything except a few small carrots. I was happy with that and felt satisfied that I didn't give in to having anything more. This morning, when I woke up, I felt rested and good about myself ~ awesome! <B... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:39:37 EST Beach Vacation ~ 36 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942770 I have a beach vacation planned in 36 days ~ 5 weeks. I just returned from a short road trip with my husband and two adult sons ~ I ate and drank too much! So, today, I'm beginning the countdown to our beach/surf vacation ~ back to Weight Watchers and back to regular workouts. <BR> <BR> I mapped out the entire 36 days and highlighted where I might have trouble, if I'm not on top of things, such as ~ my birthday, 4th of July, nephew's chili cook off, and my sister's birthday. Weekends ca... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 08:23:48 EST 5/21/12 ~ back with a spark (159) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892334 I've been reading back over my blogs ~ starting waaaaay back in 2007! I lost 20 pounds with SparkPeople then! Today, I weigh 159...then, I had gotten down to 134. Yes, I was 5 years younger. I'm 53...wondering if I can still do it...pretty sure I can. Summer is basically here, and I will have more time to workout...I love that. I'm really into road biking right now and enjoying it like crazy. So, I am tracking my food, getting my activity, and setting my goals. Most of all, reminding ... Tue, 22 May 2012 01:22:24 EST Day 45 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633747 Today is day 45 of my 30 minutes + activity challenge. I've had a couple of sketchy days in there, but I've managed to do SOMETHING that qualifies as activity <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm also working on the Simply Filling technique with WW. Doing OK with that...it's been helping me to stay on track a little better during the holidays...at least, so far! <BR> <BR> ~~Italian luncheon today...will eat some power food BEFORE I go <BR> ~~Christmas party Friday night....will eat a "powerful" di... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:53:17 EST Holiday Spirit :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617499 I am totally in the Holiday Spirit even though I haven't shopped yet! ~~ my tree is up but not decorated ~~ I haven't bought any Christmas cards ~~ I haven't completed my gift shopping list ~~ I can't bring myself to go out in the traffic. Hmmm... <BR> <BR> I love the season ~ the lights, the chill in the air, the decorations, time with family and friends, receiving cards in the mail ~ ALL that good stuff!! <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about taking tomorrow off work, so I can go out early and ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 09:12:48 EST Day 30 ~ Exercise Streak :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614487 Hi <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Today is day 30 of my 30 minute plus exercise commitment. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I've walked and/or have done yoga every day for the past 29 days. After work today, I'll walk for at least an hour to complete day 30! <BR> <BR> I feel great and am proud of sticking to it. I can't stop now...I can't break my streak. There have been only a couple of days when I've had to break the 30 minutes into smaller chunks to fit them in. Generally, I have been walking i... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 08:31:19 EST Day 24 ~ STREAK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605590 Today is day 24 of my 30+ minutes exercise streak <em>311</em> My exercise has been all walking and yoga, but I think I'm ready to add another activity. My goal has been to NOT add too much too soon and burn out. That's still my goal. Slow and steady...you know. <BR> <BR> I have always had a tendency to dive in, go all out...and burn out or become disappointed when I can't stick to a strict pattern of exercise...like running every day or lifting weights 5 days a week. Really? Silly... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 08:58:36 EST Focus on the Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4604116 The holidays sure can stir up some emotion! I'm doing all I can to focus on the present and let go of what is past. While I miss those who are no longer with me, I must breathe in the loving vibes of those who are in my life. It's OK to remember the good times and the happy memories, but life is about change. Impermanence. The holidays can really get me thinking. <BR> <BR> On a less philosophical note ~ I am on day 23 of my exercise streak! I'm concentrating on continuing each day...... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 09:49:55 EST The Break is Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4602335 I had a GREAT Thanksgiving Break! I had a full week off of work and thoroughly enjoyed my family and friends during that time! It was perfect!...except for one thing ~ I forgot to take care of myself <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I exercised every day....so that was good...but I ate horribly and drank too many beers <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I went to my Weight Watchers' meeting on Saturday, but didn't weigh in. I had weighed myself at home that morning before the meeting and was disappointed (n... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 08:55:32 EST Uh-oh :-O http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4589804 I woke up with a headache and sore throat this morning :-( We have 25 people coming for Thanksgiving dinner and I'm not ready! I don't have time to be sick!! <BR> <BR> I have to work today, so I plan to stay focused and maybe get off a little early. Then REST. We have a pretty packed weekend, too, but I'll have to say NO to something(s). <BR> <BR> I still want to get my 30 minutes of exercise in, so I'll get up and walk for 5 minutes once in a while today...until it adds to 30. That ... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 08:57:15 EST Good Morning ~ No Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4588276 Good Morning ~ <BR> <BR> This week, I have promised myself that I will not step on the scale until Saturday. I'm one who will usually weigh myself daily before my morning shower. That really affects me on so many levels....so this week I've put my scale up on a high shelf in the linen closet and haven't touched it. <BR> <BR> Saturday is my weigh in day with Weight Watchers so I'm waiting until then. It's kinda scary. I'm working very hard this week to eat right, track my PointsPlus, and... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 08:46:16 EST Day 10...can't stop now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4586654 I've been exercising every day for the past 9 days...today is day 10. I plan a 30 minute activity and end up doing more <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the trick ~~> telling myself it'll be just 30 minutes. It's much easier to go out for a walk or a bike ride, if I tell myself that it'll just be 30 minutes. Of course, once I'm out, I keep going! <BR> <BR> In the past, I'd always planned one hour or more only to get overwhelmed and discouraged when I didn't feel like exercising...because... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 08:13:08 EST Day 9 of my 30 minute exercise streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584955 Good Morning ~~> Today is day 9 of my 30 minute exercise streak. I got this idea from a SparkFriend of mine ~ he's somewhere around day 50! <BR> <BR> I've only had one sketchy day...it was late at night and I was tired. I still needed 30 minutes so I decided to do some yoga. I did some floor stretches and twists for 30 minutes ~ it wasn't a calorie burner, but it was something <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> All the other days, I have walked 50-70 minutes. I've found that if I tell myself I... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 08:04:51 EST Doing well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579668 Even though I went a little overboard last night...I feel positive ~ I found myself to be getting away, slightly, from my vegan/vegetarian meals ~~> but this morning, having the day off, allowed me the time to do a little cooking! <BR> <BR> I made some red quinoa with zucchini, jalapenos, tomato, garlic, onion, and a little salt. I may add some black beans for additional protein/fiber. It tastes delicious...but I'll admit, I should have left the tomatoes out or added them at the very end... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:26:25 EST Here's to the continued cultivation of the "new" me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4577691 I'll be working on this attitude change for a long time, I'm sure! Yesterday was good, but I find that I want to add more goals, more challenges, extend my workout time, and overeat at night. <BR> <BR> I'm on day 4 of an exercise streak...I've walked 30 minutes or more for the past 3 days. Today I will walk for 20 minutes at lunch and after work, I'm going to a spinning class. <em>332</em> <BR> <BR> I just finished a great breakfast...1/2 c egg whites cooked in a splash of olive oil, a... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 09:24:13 EST Another Successful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575910 Great day yesterday...here's why... <BR> I went for a 50 minute walk. <BR> I planned meals ahead of time. <BR> I packed my lunch and snacks for work. <BR> I vacuumed and straightened the house instead of just playing on the computer. <BR> I tracked all my food. <BR> I tracked my exercise. <BR> I read some inspirational and motivational articles and blogs. <BR> I ate a nice dinner that my husband prepared for me. <BR> I posted a blog. <BR> I maintained my positive non-perfectionist attitude. <... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 08:52:55 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574352 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was very successful with my *new* positive attitude. No more perfectionism. There will be good days and not so good days, but I will keep practicing. <BR> <BR> Today, I've already taken a few minutes of meditation to appreciate the healthfulness of my body. It's been strong and happy for years! It will be with me to the end. <BR> <BR> Have a good day ~~> it's a good day to have! (a quote from my dad...who passed away in 1995) Love to all!! <... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 10:03:10 EST Good-bye Perfectionist Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4572330 Today I made the decision to get rid of my perfectionist attitude. It's not going to be easy. I'm the type of person who has to do it all at once and do it perfectly. We all know that doesn't work, but it hasn't stopped me from thinking that *I* am the ONE person who can do it. After all, I'm not like everyone else. HA! <BR> <BR> I am exactly like *everyone else* ~~> Yes, I am. So today, I begin a new journey...one that will have room for being human...one that will enjoy the ride...wi... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 08:22:36 EST Back to SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3736749 I've been a Lifetime member of WW since 1998...lost 26 pounds in 3 months, but with every program change, came confusion and rebellion. I decided to "get serious" about WW again 2 years ago and have gained 15 pounds! Not good. <BR> <BR> Three years ago, I joined SP and lost 20 pounds! SP was a refreshing change from WW - but that loss was short-lived, as well :-( Sooo....I decided to go back to WW - result 15 pound gain. <BR> <BR> I've decided to polish up my eating habits by focusing... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 13:10:43 EST 5 Days of Celebrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3403126 My birthday was last Thursday...I had a great day! It was one of my best birthdays ever :-) We celebrated. The next night, we went to dinner at our friends' home. We celebrated. Saturday, my nephew hosted a chili cook-off. We celebrated. Sunday, was the 4th of July. We celebrated. Monday, was the day after the 4th of July - we went to my sister's house. We celebrated. Good times, for sure. <BR> <BR> Today, I feel.... <BR> puffy, achy, stiff, and heavy. <BR> <BR> It's incredible h... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 08:35:56 EST Back to Eating Clean (day 1 of many!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3323424 I took out my Eat Clean Diet book, blew off the dust, and have started to reread it. I will be finished with work for the summer in a few days, so now's the perfect time to get back to it. I haven't completely LOST it, but I haven't used the Eat Clean strategies with *fidelity* (a common phrase in education). So, today I will pack a cooler filled with delicious CLEAN EATS! ...and because I am also a Weight Watcher, I will track my intake today. <BR> <BR> I've made a few goals for summe... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 08:29:35 EST Deep Breath http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3224771 OK - I've taken a deep breath and have let go of the stress. I have a plan for today, and I'm taking this week one day at a time. I weighed myself yesterday, and I won't weigh myself again for one week. <BR> <BR> I had a good day yesterday, and I'll have a better day today. <BR> <BR> I took a Weight Watchers' quiz and read a related article about weight loss and living in the moment. I found that I am someone who focuses on the future (often too far ahead) or who dwells on past mistake... Thu, 13 May 2010 07:54:54 EST Stress and cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3220295 There's a storm inside me <BR> ...there's a rain cloud that is affecting me. <BR> I'm stressed...no matter how much yoga or meditation I do... <BR> cookies...a tub from Trader Joe's...gone in 2 days. Ugh. <BR> <BR> Tue, 11 May 2010 23:07:12 EST I guess I forgot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2792887 Well, I definitely let the weekend get the better of me. I didn't work out at all and I ate and drank way too much. I guess I forgot that I want to lose weight. I guess I forgot that I want to be healthy. I guess I forgot that I want to be fit. I guess I forgot that having a peaceful mind, body, and spirit depend on my nurturing. <BR> <BR> When I got home from work on Friday, friends called and wanted to meet for dinner at a pizza place, then go to their house to watch the Haiti special... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:22:58 EST Planned for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2748514 I just finished planning my meals/snacks/activity for the day. This is so helpful for staying on track. Yeah...there can be changes throughout the day, but planning ahead keeps those changes to a minimum...sometimes they are an even (or near even) exchange. <BR> <BR> First, I track on SP so I can see EVERYTHING I'm tracking - calories, carbs, fat, fiber, sodium, calcium, and iron - then I take the plan for the day to my WW tracker to check POINTS. If I don't hit my target, then I adjust. ... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:05:57 EST Down 3 Pounds :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2743589 Since I started the challenge with WW 2 weeks ago, I've dumped 3 pounds. It's amazing how good I feel now that I'm back in control. The best part is that I'm not expecting perfection. I plan to do this fairly slowly - target date to get rid of 10% is 4/25/10. <BR> <BR> Here's how ~ <BR> <BR> *continue to track nutrition and activity daily (either on SP or in WW tracker) <BR> *plan ahead daily <BR> *cardio - minimum 30 minutes 5 times per week <BR> *weights - minimum 3 times per week <B... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 08:46:37 EST I was doing great...I am doing great... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2667867 A couple of weeks ago, I was doing great! I had cut out sugar and junk completely...for about 9 days! I dumped 4 pounds and was feeling invincible. So, on Christmas Eve, I had a piece of candy...then a cookie...then another piece of candy...and another cookie! OH NO!! The spell was broken!!! <BR> <BR> Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the day after Christmas, Sunday, and Monday...not good. The 4 pounds came back with a vengeance :-( <BR> <BR> I went back to WW meetings last night. I hadn... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 10:02:29 EST Getting Rid of FAT During the HOLIDAYS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2649656 Here's the deal...about a week and a half ago, I decided to eat totally clean and cut out all sugar and junk during the dreaded Holiday Treats Week at work (I work at an elementary school). <BR> <BR> Lots of people said, "Oh wow...why did you choose THIS week to go without sugar and junk?!?" I told them that of ALL weeks of the year, it was the BEST WEEK to challenge myself. It made sense to me! <BR> <BR> I did it. Even as I baked cookies and made trail mix, with M and Ms, for my frien... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 08:27:28 EST OK OK OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2628772 OK...so my week was not so good...but that can change today. I updated my *ticker* and entered my weight to show the truth. I planned and tracked my food for the day..all clean...and within all ranges - calories, carbs, fat, calcium, iron, sodium, a little high on the fiber...oh well. I'm eating a clean breakfast right now :-) <BR> <BR> Last night, we went out to dinner with friends. I hadn't planned on going out...I had already eaten dinner, but our best friends called, and we love get... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 13:01:58 EST Weekend Successes :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2614196 Even though it's only Sunday morning, I have a few successes under my belt :-) <BR> <BR> 1. Our son moved out yesterday and I didn't cry...much...just teared-up a couple of times. <BR> <BR> 2. We went out to dinner with friends on Friday and I - <BR> *** drank iced tea (no alcohol) <BR> *** fixed myself a very healthy low-fat, low-calorie salad - VERY little low-fat dressing <BR> *** did not eat again for the rest of the night <BR> <BR> 3. We went to a party last night and I - <BR> *** ... Sun, 6 Dec 2009 13:15:18 EST My Son is Moving Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2603832 I have two wonderful sons, 25 and 20 -- both very caring young men. <BR> <BR> My oldest son is moving out this week. <BR> <BR> I'm so happy for his new adventure and for his newly found independence. That's what I've wanted for him his whole life - to be independent and happy. But it's still hard for me to see him go. This phase of our lives will be over and new phases will begin. <BR> <BR> He's only moving 2.5 miles away, so that's good. He and a couple of his buddies are renting ... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 08:45:33 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2600574 December 1 is a great time to set some attainable goals for the end of the year...goals to take me through to January 4...my first day back at work after Winter Break. <BR> <BR> Goal 1 - to get rid of 7 pounds of fat <BR> Goal 2 - to lift weights 4 times per week <BR> Goal 3 - to perform cardio 5 times per week <BR> Goal 4 - to eat clean 90% of the time <BR> Goal 5 - to drink one half gallon of water each day <BR> Goal 6 - to track nutrition and activity daily (very important) <BR> Goal 7 - ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 08:29:04 EST Tracking with Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2584008 Today, I began tracking my nutrition intake with Spark People...I've done it before, but not for a while. I'm a lifetime Weight Watchers' member, so I've been counting POINTS. Actually, when I tire of one method, I use the other. I'm quite successful when I have a good attitude <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm tired of counting POINTS...my attitude has not been so good lately, so I'm switching back to counting calories. It all boils down to the same thing anyway...eat fewer calories than you ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 18:38:26 EST Reading Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2573681 This morning I spent some time reading and commenting on blogs. I feel very inspired by this! Reading about other people and their journeys reminds me that we are all in this together. We all face the same challenges. We all want to find reasons to do the right thing. <BR> <BR> Today I will follow the goals I set for myself earlier this week and even though my life is very busy right now, I will persevere. <BR> <BR> Thank you to all of you who post your blogs and allow others to read... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 08:53:25 EST Setting Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2568036 I'm the type of person who sets goals - lots of 'em - then, after a day or two, neatly tucks them away in the back of my mind and forgets about them. They sure don't get met that way!! <BR> <BR> I'm at it again - I'm going to set some goals today...I will keep them in the forefront of my mind...print them out, carry them with me, read them a few times a day!!! (That's a good goal, right there!!) <BR> <BR> Today's goals - <BR> -to drink 1/2 gallon of water <BR> -to walk for 30 minutes <BR> ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:22:23 EST Off Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2388040 Labor Day weekend sent me right off track. I had good intentions to do my best - but Saturday morning, I skipped my workout...not intentionally...I was dressed and ready to go, but I had some things to do to get ready to my sister's house and it got too late to go to the gym. <BR> <BR> As soon as I arrived at my sister's, I cracked open a cold beer from the ice chest, chit-chatted with friends and family. I was careful, at first, about what I ate, but gradually, I fell into the same *groov... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 09:17:22 EST Optimistic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2339121 I'm feeling optimistic today. I feel energized and ready to take on the week! I will be back to work tomorrow and starting at 7:30 AM. I will work out before work...starting tomorrow. That means a 4:45 start time at the gym...finishing at 6:00...home by 6:15...showering, dressing, eating breakfast, and out the door to work by 7:15. <BR> <BR> My foot (I suspect a stress fracture) will just have to go along for the ride and not complain about it <em>40</em> As long as I wear the shoes w... Sun, 23 Aug 2009 13:46:46 EST Looking Back and Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2269042 This morning I have been reading over past journal and blog entries. Wow...when I first joined SP, I lost about 20 pounds and got down into the low 130s...something I hadn't done in quite a while...I looked really good and felt really good. My clothes fit well and I loved it (or at least, I THOUGHT I did). I regained (as many of us do) and for the past two years, I've stayed about the same...low 150s. <BR> <BR> What's the key to the reason I haven't achieved and maintained my goals? Heal... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 09:36:48 EST Changes and Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2265942 I have noticed some lovely changes in my body lately :-) Muscles are showing, dimples are going! I love eating clean and working out with weights! I am determined to lose more pounds and to lose more inches. <BR> <BR> We'll be going on a lake trip soon...I've been working hard to feel better about the way my body looks, and I've improved it for sure. It's not the best bathing suit body I could have, but I feel better much better about it now than I did 6 weeks ago! <BR> <BR> I will ... Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:16:53 EST Losing Inches - Slow but Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2236147 I've been getting some quality exercise for the past several weeks...especially since beginning to eat clean and train with weights. I have lost 4 pounds in 6 weeks...doesn't sound like much but I know I am also gaining muscle. <BR> <BR> The great news is that I've lost 1.5 inches from my waist and 1 inch from my hips. I'm really happy about that! <BR> <BR> Weight 150.6...goal 128-130 <BR> Bust 35...goal to stay the same or increase...building lats and pecs <BR> Waist 28.5... current go... Fri, 17 Jul 2009 08:49:35 EST Eating Clean and Weight Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2227481 I've been doing my best to eat clean and train consistently for the past 6 weeks. I've definitely seen improvement, but now I think it's time to step it up a bit. <BR> <BR> I build muscle fairly easily (even at 51) but losing fat is trickier for me now as I get older. I'm determined to do it, though. Six weeks ago, I weighed 155 - now, I weigh 151. I know I've gained muscle, and I can see it...but I want to SEE MORE of it, so the fat loss is important. <BR> <BR> I follow Tosca Reno'... 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