SABLENESS's SparkPeople Blog SABLENESS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Misleading Yesterday's lunch came from the stash in my desk drawer. From home I had carrots, grape tomatoes, and delicious globe grapes. From the drawer: Vegan Black Bean & Lime soup, one of those cardboard containers you add water and a seasoning pack to. Well...I was not impressed. It looked like mud, tasted bland, so I added a few crackers. Didn't improve much, so I sprinkled on a generous shake of Cajun seasoning. That made it edible, but then, then I happened to notice the label. There are ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:39:58 EST PreDiabetic class session 5 and scale matters I'm going, I'm participating, but I still think SP does it better. I have lost 4 lbs in Winter Challenge, 6 lbs according to class scale, so maybe I should change my mind! Actually, it's probably my antique scale, the kind with numbers and a red arrow/line that settles on the number. I've been sure for some time that it's not all that accurate, but whatever it says, it's going down, and that's what matters. <BR> <BR> This week we track food, fat, and workout/fitness minutes. I am very ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:28:54 EST Activity Tracker, 2 for 2 <em>545</em> For Valentine's Day, I bought SP Activity Trackers for both me and husband. Husband loves tracking his steps; he easily gets most of them in at work. I have a sedentary job, so I usually add an intentional walk or two to make up my minutes. <BR> <BR> Tonight I was really tired, but--husband hadn't gotten enough minutes, and it was his idea to go for a walk around the neighborhood even though the sea fog was rolling in and the humidity thick enough to slice. Ugh! I was thin... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:32:12 EST Choices I went for a walk early this morning, am still a bit short of 6000 steps. I could go for another walk, even go to another park, but because of other commitments earlier this afternoon, I still need to pay bills AND cook up some of the wonderful produce we got yesterday. So--I'm going to focus on healthy cooking. And who knows? I might still get in that extra walk. <em>545</em> <BR> <BR> PS: Resisted all baked goods this morning, even the ones that came to my house later. No, I did not... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:34:08 EST Successful Multitasking All in one: quality time with husband, a good walk, two more parks, and some organic produce! <BR> <BR> Husband and I walked in two parks: <BR> 53. Alligator Creek Channel H Stormwater Improvement Project, which is a lovely natural park area. We saw herons, anhingas, ducks, hawks, turtles, jays, a crane, and possibly an eagle. <BR> 54. Coachman Ridge Park. I'm glad we did our longer walk at the first one. This one is also disc golf, and it was a bit hazardous on a beautiful sunny day... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 17:28:07 EST Winter 5% Challenge progress report Since 1/10/15: <BR> <em>192</em> lost 4 lbs <BR> <em>311</em> kept up walking habit <BR> <em>434</em> walked in 29 different parks <BR> <em>362</em> gotten back to doing SP videos <BR> <em>4</em> attended 4 of 16 prediabetic classes & introduced classmates to SP <BR> <em>347</em> haven't missed a day of checking in and tracking since 12/22--oops, I lied. I missed Christmas day. <BR> <BR> How do I feel? Pretty good! I've kept going for two months and actually lost some ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:48:38 EST VERY grateful no damage to me or car I was rear-ended today coming back to work after lunch. Thanks be, I had just stopped at the stop sign about 30 feet from the gate. The driver behind me stopped at the sign, but failed to notice my left turn signal and plowed right into me. Fortunately, we couldn't have been going above 15-20 mph, so it was just a good bump. <BR> <BR> I felt like a mom. The young person who jumped out of her car was scared to death, I suspect imagining what her parents might say. She was actually shaki... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:02:45 EST Bright Idea Quakers don't do Lent, but I had what I think is a great idea, and it already saved me some calories. I decided to forgo baked goods till Easter. I had to think about it; did I really want to? Do I think I can? And what about my daily dark chocolate? If I gave up sweets, there goes the chocolate. Sooo, it's baked goods that has to go. That covers most dessert-y things and leaves me my daily square of 90% dark chocolate. <BR> <BR> I had lunch at my mom's today--leftovers from yesterda... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:53:46 EST Blustery Awesome! I was sure I'd get rained out today, so did an SP video this morning plus a little more. I went to a tea on my lunch hour, so no walk however badly I needed one after that. <BR> <BR> On the way home, it wasn't pouring, and I thought, "where could I walk and not get too far from my car?" I parked at the Dunedin Causeway and walked the bridge twice. It was an exhilarating windy damp walk, quite wonderful. I came home windblown and quite happy! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:25:23 EST Park Reruns Now that I've been to nearly all the parks that are close to work or home, I'm having to go farther afield on the weekends when I have more time. However, knowing about so many more convenient parks than I did makes it easy to fit in a walk at one of them. Today I had to go to the grocery store, but the store I chose is right next to Dunedin Tree Arboretum and Oasis Park. They're linear, small, and hook into each, but it's a perfect walk to combine with an errand. <BR> <em>434</em> ... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:19:05 EST It was a dud 51. Curlew Creek Park was a disappointment. All of the parks I've walked at so far have been beautifully maintained. This one needed some serious upkeep. So on the way home, we stopped at <BR> <BR> 52. Coachman Ridge Park, well up to the standards I've come to expect around here. <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:43:41 EST Busy week and no new parks yet Super busy week at work preparing for inventory. Yesterday I just went for a drive and didn't walk. Today I had lunch with my mom so no walk. I'm looking forward to a new park this weekend. I've reached my halfway mark, and the next will be # 51. <BR> <BR> body has decided it doesn't like being over-full. Now to listen to it. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:45:27 EST Park repeat I had a good walk today in a park I've been to before, one of my favorites and close to work. Loved the chilly breeze and fast moving clouds casting shadows on the Gulf. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:37:32 EST Rained out For the first time since Dec 22, I got rained out. I'd hoped to do a lunchtime walk before the rain came in, but it was a little earlier than expected. <em>27</em> I don't mind walking in fine misty rain, but this was a soaker. Oh well, "tomorrow is another day." Mon, 9 Feb 2015 19:42:58 EST Halfway there and keeping going! 50. Freedom Lake Park. I've seen this one from the highway, used to pass it everyday on the way to work, and never checked it out. Another lovely park! <BR> <BR> I'm halfway now to my goal of 100 parks, and as I expected, it's getting harder. I've explored most parks close to home or on my commute and am having to plan for time to go farther afield. Park 50 was one of those. <BR> <BR> On keeping going, I've had a pretty bad weekend foodwise. I know it's symptomatic of not being in bala... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:37:47 EST Spring Bayou Spent half my lunch hour walking in park # <BR> <BR> 49. Craig Park at Spring Bayou <BR> <BR> This has been a favorite place since my girls were small. We brought picnics here and walked around the bayou where there are springs and sometimes manatee. Every year on Epiphany, the large local Greek community has a dive for the cross. The Metropolitan (church leader) throws a cross into the chilly January water where there are boats full of young men waiting to dive in after it. The boy wh... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 20:34:17 EST Sometimes you just put one foot in front of the other... It's been that sort of day. I've been going strong for awhile now, and today I just felt worn down. I am a person who needs a lot of quiet time to myself. I realized that even my wonderful walks, while usually solitary, are for me an extrovert activity since my first choice would be home with a book. It didn't help that the SP video I chose this morning was only minimally do-able; I kept moving anyhow, but couldn't do most of it--discouraging. <BR> <BR> I was already running late when ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 20:30:06 EST Bend like the green reed - Confucius If I were set on one way, I'd have been disappointed today. I set off for a state park, but turned around at the $8 admission sign. Not worth it to walk for 20 min of my lunch hour. I'll save it for a day I can spen time to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Plan B - OK, so I won't get a park in today, but I can do a mighty good walk over the Dunedin Causeway Bridge. When I got to the other side of it, I thought I'd go just a little farther. I'm so glad I did. Well hidden and unnoticed by me previous... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:31:59 EST And what did I see? Wood stork on a roof <BR> Cormorants hanging their wings out to dry <BR> Mangrove island dotted with ibis <BR> Raccoon tracks on a tiny beach <BR> Sand pellets pushed up by fiddler crabs <BR> Crows, ducks, sandpipers, gulls, skimmers, hawks, pelicans <BR> Osprey in its manmade eyrie <BR> Bird of Paradise blooming <BR> <BR> All on a walk to the Speckled Trout Marina on a winter's day in Florida Tue, 3 Feb 2015 13:30:01 EST I love a gray day - and park #46 What I'd like best to be doing on a gray day is to spend it in my favorite chair with my space heater going, one cat parked near it, another on my lap, book in hand, cup of herbal tea beside me--perfect. However, not an option for us working folk unless we're ill, and then it's no fun. <BR> <BR> Here in Florida, we DO have seasons besides warm and HOT. It took my first New England fall to make me appreciate Florida's subtlety. Fall happens, not all at once and not everywhere, but in p... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:55:14 EST I know there's a park back there... In my park-spotting, I'd noticed one that looked inviting. I didn't see any parking lot access from the busy roads on two sides, so husband and I drove to where I thought there might be access. There was a sign by the busy highway, but none at all into the old neighborhood where it's tucked away. However, a deadend sidestreet took us right to park # <BR> <BR> 45. Myron A Smith Bayview Park. It has a nice walking trail that loops back to make a good walk in a relatively small park and a ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:00:09 EST Weekend Whew - and ready for bed All week I've been working hard to prepare my home, myself, and my notes for a gathering in my home with faith sharing on excerpts of a larger workshop I'll be giving in a couple months. My things to do list every day has read Clean--Read--Write--PRAY. <BR> <BR> At the end of the day, my house is very clean, and I had some very encouraging feedback and suggestions. I've certainly been active doing lots of heavy cleaning, and I did pretty good with my second potluck in two days--and anoth... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:47:37 EST What I learned today In an unexpected twist, all these parks are teaching me. This is another busy from end to end day, so in case I didn't get out to walk at lunchtime, I did some stretching and a short SP video before work. However, in planning my day and thinking my only park would be the Publix PARKing lot, I remembered a parklike area along the Pinellas Trail that I wanted to check out sometime. This interesting area also borders the west end of the Publix parking lot, sooo I parked there and walked over.... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:15:35 EST Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from those goodies Temptations: <BR> <BR> #1. There's a pack of donuts in the break room. Self-talk: These are not the last donuts in the world. Don't set my coffee cup down next to them. I've already done my tracking for breakfast, lunch, and snack #1, and there's no room for anything else. Custody of the eyes--DON'T LOOK. <BR> <BR> #2. Buffet tables after a memorial service. Self-talk: Don't even go near the desserts. Make a good choice--have a few little sandwiches, but leave my sandwich in the ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:28:18 EST Better than expected That applies to today' total fitness minutes as well as to today's park. I'd already spotted this park as an on the way home option when I just needed to get one in. However, the part you can see from the road isn't all there is to it. I found a nice walking trail that I'll keep in mind for other days when I'm short on time and need to do a convenient walk. <BR> <BR> 41. Valencia Park Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:28:41 EST It's a good thing I'm ahead I'm looking at my watch and thinking, "Oh good, as soon as I'm done here, I'm going to bed." It's a good thing I'm ahead of my Jan parks goal because it just didn't happen today. I expected it to be on the cool side for Florida, but wasn't dressed for wind. A skirt and cape are not good for lunchtime walks on windy days. No workout this morning because I'd slept badly and really needed whatever extra ZZZs I could get; no workout at lunchtime because I ate lunch in my car in the sun and re... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:48:07 EST Park within a park - # 38 & 39 and one more! I'm looking for opportunities everywhere. It's amazing to me how many parks I've spotted along places I frequently travel that I've never paid any attention to. Today's parks were among them. I had lunch with friends and spotted a park less than a block from the restaurant, so I headed there immediately afterward. I had noticed the veterans' hall, but not the park next to it, and especially not the smaller park within a park that I wouldn't have seen if I hadn't gotten out to walk. <BR> ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:54:06 EST Counting it as #37 I've been busy cleaning today and didn't think I'd get out for a walk. I did, however, have stuff to drop off at a church thrift shop, and while I was there, decided to walk around the back. The back of the church property has a Remembrance Garden, a pet memorial garden, a gazebo, benches, and a labyrinth. All in all, it is a lovely parklike area, and having walked every bit of it, I'm counting Good Samaritan grounds as park #37. <BR> <BR> The labyrinth has been beautifully maintained. ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:21:03 EST End of week, thanks be 36. Hammock Park <BR> <BR> I did a SP video & some other fitness minutes before work this morning in anticipation of a possibly rainy day. Rain was still offshore after work, so I stopped at Hammock Park on the way home. I walked fast & short to be sure I wasn't too far away from my car in case the rain moved in. About the time I got back to the parking lot, I heard...a large owl? a coyote? Could have been either--and it came from where I'd just been. Spooky... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:37:14 EST Park in Process 35. Dunedin Youth Guild Park <BR> <BR> I ate lunch and went for a short walk in this little park. It has half a dozen young oak trees but not much shade just yet. One of its four picnic tables is under a tree. A little black beetle, an ant, a wasp, and a ladybug shared it with me. <BR> <BR> I'm not into whining, but I just have to say I am so so tired. I feel worn down by some extensive and complicated dental work where one thing after another has gone wrong. I've had far too many day... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:17:28 EST 1/3 of the way! Park #34 after work: Highlander Park. This is surely one of the best and most fun goals I've ever done. My doctor agreed! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:05:19 EST Less than stellar day, BUT... Got in half hr walk at <BR> <BR> 33. Cliff Stephens Park where friend and I saw two wood storks! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:32:34 EST Parks, Parks, and Teeniest Park Would you believe FIVE parks today? Plus one on Saturday? <BR> <BR> 28. Saturday - short walk at Park Lake in Orlando <BR> <BR> Monday: <BR> 29. Anderson Park on Lake Tarpon at lunchtime <BR> <BR> 30. Wilson Street Park on the way to dr appointment; running early. <BR> <BR> 31. Wee Garth Park; have to be an old timer to know about this one. It is/was a teeny tiny park in Dunedin next to city hall. It has a beautiful 100 year old spreading oak. No sign anymore, but this little bi... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:46:18 EST Quickie Blog, off to Orlando I'm not expecting to be able to walk in a park today unless there's one near where I'm going. So I've gotten up early and done two SP videos to wake myself up, get going, and get in some fitness minutes before I'm off to Orlando for a meeting. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:09:15 EST Met January Parks Goal! 27. Putnam Park in Palm Harbor <BR> <BR> Wonderful massive old oak trees, a trio of them! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:09:03 EST What difference does it make? Since Dec 22, I've been walking daily in as many different parks as possible. So...what differences do I see? <BR> <BR> My heart, lungs, and legs are willing to walk faster than the slow stroll of the first week of walks. <BR> <BR> I didn't gain anything in December, quite an accomplishment, I'd say. Since the beginning of December, I've lost 7 lbs. <BR> <BR> My barely get into jeans feel better. <BR> <BR> My motivation remains high since I'm not committing to exercising--bleah--but t... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:44:15 EST Good but not perfect...or was it? Today's park was a bit disappointing. Over half of it especially by the gulf was closed and under construction. In addition, I felt sluggish today; my body just didn't want to go very fast. I have a birthday dinner to go to tonight, and that made me feel like I should be getting in a good brisk walk in advance of what I know will be high cal food. <BR> <BR> I walked several times around the part that was open, enjoying today's lower humidity and the pleasant breeze. The open part did incl... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:11:33 EST BUT... I didn't sleep well and could have used more sleep, BUT I got up early and walked for 30 min in the neighborhood, knowing I'd have to use my lunchtime a bit early to have lab work done instead of walking in a park. <BR> <BR> I usually go out for a generous meal after the deprivation of fasting, BUT I ate the square of dark chocolate in my purse, went back to work and had oatmeal from my drawer stash. <BR> <BR> I was SO tired on the way home; I could have guilted myself into finding a park a... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:16:44 EST Parks and Perks Lucky me! High chance of rain today, so I wasn't sure I'd get out. When I went to explore another new to me park at lunchtime, I could see rain off the coast but figured if I hurried, I could get in at least a short walk. After ten minutes, I got back to my car just in time for the heavens to open. I drove around to see the rest of the park, saw that the sky was lightening and the rain letting up, so with an eye on the next shower coming in, I was able to make it around the park again. S... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:56:26 EST Good things I started the morning off refreshed after 9 hrs much needed sleep. Got up and drove off to walk in a park and found yet another I hadn't known about. I'd actually set out to walk where I know there are three parks very near one another. I stopped at the one I intended to walk at and noticed a sign for Kapok Park - 1/4 mile. It was a short connecting link from the park I was at to another park. I'll save the first park for another day. Yes, it's looking probable that I'll need to up my g... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:01:10 EST Mullet Creek Park Park #23 - gem of a park with small play area, woods on two sides, low walls on the other sides with mosaics of--what else--mullet, white heron, violets, and more. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 17:09:31 EST This Is the way to start the day <em>342</em> With out for breakfast with husband and another park after. <BR> <em>4</em> Breakfast: ordered a simple one and saved a piece of toast and bacon for lunch to stay nicely within cal range <BR> <BR> 22. Prospect Lake Park - this is one I preferred not to walk alone, so waited for a day when husband could join me. It's wide open, not wooded, but rather isolated. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:55:53 EST Spotlight, huh, what?? Thank you, friends, for all the greetings and kind words! I am just now checking my mail; what a nice surprise! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 20:29:36 EST Determined Walker Gives Tiny Park Prize 21. Ozona Preserve <BR> <BR> Most of this one is not accessible. The part that is has a couple of palm trees, some pines, and one picnic table, sort of like an old timey roadside park. It took me exactly one minute to walk around it so I did it 10 times. <BR> <BR> It <em>434</em> definitely deserves the tiny parks prize! <em>109</em> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 13:56:13 EST Tiny Park #20 I did most of my fitness minutes other ways today, but stopped by a tiny park on the way home from work and walked around it twice. It has one bench, crepe myrtles, Fla maples, and a few oak trees, but the piece de resistance is a huge old oak, probably as old as the centenarian for whom the park is named. <BR> <BR> 20. Vivian Skinner Grant Park Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:44:04 EST Going for my Parks Goal At least for January, meeting my parks goal is going to be easy. I'm rediscovering parks I haven't been to in ages and finding new little ones I hadn't noticed. I was on my way to one park on my lunch hour when I remembered another one just a little farther away. I'm so happy that I live in a place with an abundance of city and county parks! <BR> #19. Fred H Howard Park <em>67</em> <em>311</em> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 13:25:07 EST On the Lookout for Parks I spotted three parks today and walked in one at lunchtime. It's a tiny one, so walked around it a couple of times and around the block. This is a great little park created by the Palm Harbor Garden Club. <BR> <BR> #18. Blue Star Memorial By-Way Tue, 6 Jan 2015 13:42:35 EST More Parks Goal I so enjoyed my winter break parks goal that I'm planning to expand on it. I'd rather set myself up for success and exceed a goal than fail from being too optimistic, too ambitious, too unrealistic. What I'd really like to do is walk in 100 different parks in the next year. I'm counting winter break as #1-16. To do that, I'd need to do two different ones a week, and I don't know how realistic that is. I won't have time to find a new park as often as I did over winter break. I do want to... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:06:14 EST Winter Break Parks Last Day Park #16 <em>224</em> <em>248</em> <em>311</em> <BR> Last day of winter break; it's back to work tomorrow. I set myself a goal of walking in at least 10 different parks over winter break. This morning's walk made 16! I walked in two parks that were new to me. I got to the three that I most wanted to walk in. Two were evening holiday lights walks. I hadn't been to Lowry Park Zoo in years, and that was the best. I want to see how I can modify this goal when I'm back at work. <BR> <BR> 1... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:55:13 EST Winter Break Parks #15 15 days of winter break and have walked in 15 parks as of today! I'll get in one more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Park #15: Eagle Lake Park. It was once a Boy Scout camp, now a county park. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 20:29:18 EST