SANDYMISA's SparkPeople Blog SANDYMISA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Almost to 100 Days! Today was day 90 of going to the gym, drinking at least 8 cups of water daily, and tracking all my food and exercise. Woo hoo! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:07:46 EST Non scale victories So I've been really dedicated since 12/31- I've tracked, gone to the gym daily, drank my water. I recently did my blood work and everything is much lower, including my A1C, which is great! The last few mornings' glucose readings habe been the lowest I've had since being diagnosed with diabetes in 2014. Though I'm on a little weight plateau I'm trying to focus on these non scale victories and trust that I'm still making progress even when the scale isn't saying so. Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:37:23 EST Keeping up the streak I'm actually sort of amazed I've been able to keep this up this long! I recommitted to healthy diet, exercise, and water, including tracking everything, on December 31. I've lost about 15 pounds so far and a bunch of inches off various parts as well. I signed up with a personal trainer twice a week starting on 1/9, and I plan to continue with her for at least a couple more months to maintain my momentum. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to be realistic that it will take awhile, but it's hard not to be i... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:45:15 EST Still being motivated I've been to the gym 23 days in a row and have been tracking the food I'm eating as well. Woo hoo! Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:45:15 EST Healthy Choices Woo hoo! I've been going to the gym for 10 days straight now. I'm tracking all my food intake, and I've signed up with a personal trainer. I'm hoping to make a marked difference in my blood sugar levels and overall fitness. As I've noticed before, it takes planning to ensure I have healthy snacks on hand. Trying to keep up this time - we'll see how it goes. :) Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:51:58 EST This time for sure! Musings about motivation and diabetes Once again it's been a long time since I posted to my blog. I have still been coming to Spark multiple times a week, but I have not been committed to sticking with a program. I won't make excuses, as I proved to myself back in 2010 that no matter how busy I am I can fit fitness and good eating choices into my life without feeling deprived. It's a matter of getting back into the habit, and I need to do it again. <BR> <BR> Over the last year, I've been helping my parents and then my mom after ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 10:40:39 EST Wow - I've definitely been neglecting the blog! Hey, SparkFolks! <BR> <BR> Hope you all are doing great! My godson is going into first grade today - I can't believe that it's the end of summer already and that he's already almost six years old! <BR> <BR> I've had an exciting summer traveling all over the place - Alaska, Pennsylvania, Florida, Bahamas (including a Disney cruise)...I've mostly been maintaining but I'm back to losing again, thank goodness. <BR> <BR> Over the last several months, although I've had a kind of yo-yo year, I'... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:27:13 EST Happy New Year! Howdy, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Well, we're solidly in 2012 now. I'm back to tracking everything I eat (although last night I went to a game party and I don't think I captured all the snacks...) as well as trying to get back on the exercise track. Today I am going to try to do all the stuff I thought I'd be doing this past week as I've been off work. We'll see how that goes! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that 2012 will bring with it new awareness and motivation, as I know that when I eat healthier ... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:26:28 EST OK, nothing like getting your health numbers to motivate getting back on track! Hello, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> So I have been ebbing and flowing all summer in terms of paying attention to what I'm eating, and I'm definitely not doing as much exercise as I was when I was being regularly successful. My company offers free health screenings, so I went today and had the usual weight/BP/Glucose/Cholesterol stuff done. While I'm not completely out of whack, it's apparent I really need to start paying attention again. My overall cholesterol is 205, which isn't TOO bad, but ... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:19:01 EST Dodging a bullet? Hello, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I find that it is amazing how easily one can fall out of good habits. I had been doing so well for so long and was saying how easy it was to fit in exercise and ensure I got all the possible SparkPoints for the day. Weeeelllll, I'm sorry to say that consistency has not been my strong suit. I've logged in every day and done some of my items, even when out of town unless there's no access, but otherwise I've been really spotty about tracking food, making good ... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:00:08 EST Reasons to Lose Weight Revisited So for one of my challenge teams, I'm supposed to list my reasons for losing weight. As I've covered this in past blogs, I thought I'd paste the previous ones here and add comments. <BR> <BR> 1. Overall better health/lower risk of diabetes which runs in my family <BR> 2. Truthfully, seeing a smaller number on the scale than I have before <BR> 3. More stamina for aerobics and sports <BR> 4. Healthier outlook and habits / lifestyle change <BR> 5. Look thinner in the mirror and wear smalle... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:59:52 EST Must regain motivation! Hello, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Just realized I hadn't posted a blog for almost three weeks! I've really fallen off that particular habit, since I was posting daily for quite a while. There's no time like the present to get back on track - not tomorrow, not Sunday so that it's at the beginning of the week, but today! <BR> <BR> At the beginning of my Spark journey, as is normal for any new venture into weight loss for me, I was extremely motivated. I regularly drank my water, I started a w... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 11:08:21 EST Walking around the zoo Happy Friday, Sparks! <BR> <BR> Today went completely differently than originally planned. I thought I would end up trying a different Zumba class this morning at 8 and then having a massage at 11, which I'd walk to. Instead, my godson's mom asked if I wanted to go to a local petting zoo and park with the kids. How could I say no? <BR> <BR> I still got up early and tried to do a walk-in appointment at another massage place in the same chain - to no avail. So I drove to Barnes and Noble, ... Sat, 14 May 2011 02:04:51 EST Fairly normal day Happy Midnight, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Here it is five minutes to twelve, and I'm getting this blog in just under the wire. Today was fairly straightforward - got a bunch of little things done at work today working from home, got a new(to me) Oldsmobile Alero that I bought from a coworker smog-checked today, had a singing lesson, and worked on some silk banners I was making for an event this weekend. <BR> <BR> I did pretty well with food and less well with exercise today. I made a yummy S... Fri, 13 May 2011 02:57:40 EST Trigger Foods Happy late evening, SparkCompanions - <BR> <BR> As another belated countdown assignment, we were asked to revisit our trigger foods. For me lately, it appears to be cheese and crackers. Chocolate is still somewhat of a trigger, though if I pre-portion some for myself, it works ok. The PopChips are dangerous if I'm at home and the whole box of them is available to me (I subscribe through Amazon to receive a case per month so I have them to bring to lunch, but sometimes they are hard to re... Thu, 12 May 2011 02:50:28 EST Reasons to Lose Weight Hi, SparkFolks! <BR> <BR> I'm just starting on a new 10% challenge that goes for the next 8 weeks. One of the Pre-challenge assignments I hadn't gotten to yet was to list the reasons I want to lose weight, so here we go: <BR> <BR> 1. Overall better health/lower risk of diabetes which runs in my family <BR> 2. Truthfully, seeing a smaller number on the scale than I have before <BR> 3. More stamina for aerobics and sports <BR> 4. Healthier outlook and habits / lifestyle change <BR> 5. Look t... Wed, 11 May 2011 02:16:36 EST Slowly but surely getting back on track Evening, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Sorry I haven't posted much in the last week or two - I've been backsliding with some of my healthy habits, so although I've been on Spark every day except a couple days of unexpected lack of internet access, I've been sadly lacking in the blogging department! <BR> <BR> Things have been going ok - I've been trying to keep on walking, and I do some strength exercises every day, but not very many. I need to reestablish the habit of spending ~ an hour doing ex... Tue, 10 May 2011 02:35:33 EST Back on track! Evening, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I've been a little bit of a slacker on doing my daily blog and my regular exercising lately. When I saw that there's a new bootcamp team, I thought it would be just the thing to get me back into doing the strength portion of my workout, so I joined the Spring into Shape bootcamp team. <BR> <BR> I also had a rare Wednesday evening free, so I tried a Zumba class for the first time. What fun! I did better than I thought I would, though there were definitely ... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 01:12:54 EST Made it through the middle of the week Hi there, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Here we are at the very end of Wednesday. It was a good day at work - I got some important stuff done and didn't waste too much time. I need to be productive again tomorrow though - have some deadlines coming up. <BR> <BR> I was a little extra snacky and under-exercisey today. I think I need to find something that will re-motivate me again, as I was doing well for a long time on ensuring I got at least my walks in and preferably my 10 minute workouts str... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 02:58:28 EST Monday, Monday Hi there, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I have been a slacker and not posted my blog the last couple of days. It's actually been a nice weekend. I'd been fighting a cold and taking Nyquil at night and Dayquil during the day to try to ensure I had a voice on Sunday when my church did its big Easter program. I ended up sleeping in on Saturday until almost 11:00! I weighed in on Saturday as well, and, wonder of wonders, made my 8 week 5% goal, losing 3.2 this past week. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> I rel... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 02:04:00 EST Not much going on here... Hi there, happy SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty good day here. As is usual for a Thursday, I worked from home today. Both the gardener and the housecleaner came today, so I have a squeaky clean house and yard for a brief moment in time. It's always a nice stress reliever to have a clean house! I bought myself some flowers (stargazers) to put on the mantel to add a homey touch. <BR> <BR> I got to meet a friend for lunch today, which was nice. I used to see more of her but she mo... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 01:51:25 EST It's Laaaaaate Good End-of-Evening, SparkPals! <BR> <BR> It's been a long day. It's mostly been filled with good stuff, though - got a fair bit of catching up done at work and with some efforts outside of work for which I'm responsible. Went out for lunch but had a nice light soup and salad meal, and dinner was healthy leftovers. Had a little extra snacking today, but nothing that felt out of control. I walked a fair bit, and at our dress rehearsal for Sunday's Easter presentation (we do it on Palm Sun... Thu, 14 Apr 2011 02:52:38 EST Busy day, relaxing evening Top of the evening, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Well, it was a busy day at work today. I got a lot done, and one of my friends asked me to come by at lunch to help with a computer problem. I didn't get out to do that until almost 2:00, and then I realized I needed gas. I got to the gas station a mile or so away and then discovered I'd left my purse at the office. Sigh. Drive back to the office, get purse, return to the gas station, and then go to the friend's house. Fortunately I was able to f... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 01:49:48 EST Wow, I'm tired... Howdy doo, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> It was a busy weekend to be sure. Friday I had setup for the event I was responsible for. Saturday I was wearing three different job hats, so there was much juggling of responsibilities. It was VERY cold both nights, but we had plenty of blankets, thank goodness. I didn't eat that much this weekend, so I had a 6oz steak at Black Angus this evening. I had one indulgent potato skin, but otherwise I did OK - had a salad and a baked potato which I didn't e... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 23:49:14 EST Popping in to say hi Hi, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> I'm logging in from a coffee shop down the hill from the event I'm running - no cell service up there so my cellular air card didn't allow me to log in from the event. So far everything is running smoothly, and I've gotten a ton of exercise today! <BR> <BR> Eating was a bit more challenging, but I did stay in my range for the day, or close to it. Hoping to be able to come down the hill tomorrow to log in for my points as well. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic weeken... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 00:28:20 EST What a day! Hi, SparkFolks! <BR> <BR> Whew - what a day. I worked from home today, as I generally do on Thursdays. There was a software problem that caused me to be on the phone just about all day long, so I didn't get to make the dinner I wanted to. I still was able to put something on the table, but it wasn't what I'd planned. Because I was so busy work-wise, though, the silver lining is that I didn't do any undue snacking. <BR> <BR> This week I'm going to weigh myself tomorrow morning instead of... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 02:01:40 EST Just another day... Hi there, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> How are you all doing? Things here are pretty normal. Work was a bit crazy, but I got through the day. Tomorrow is a work-from-home day, and I'm off Friday to work an event. I still have some work left to organize the event, but it seems to be going OK. <BR> <BR> Food-wise I did pretty OK today - I went to In-N-Out burger today but had a single burger with no bun, which was only 240 calories. I had a yummy soup and salad dinner, walked for an hour, an... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 02:12:11 EST Happy Tuesday! Evening, all - <BR> <BR> I realize I didn't actually get a chance to post last evening. I went to a San Jose Sharks game unexpectedly, which was a lot of fun since we won. I cooked a yummy steak yesterday and a Weight Watchers chicken recipe today. It's been an OK couple of days for exercise as well. I even relaxed a bit - who knew it was possible? <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great Wednesday! Wed, 6 Apr 2011 01:48:16 EST Lots of accomplishments today! Evening! <BR> <BR> The day started out great. I was on the mic at church this morning, and I had one song that I had the lead and part of it was solo. It went great! It was baptism Sunday, so particularly second service the house was packed, so the energy was really up there. The rest of our set went pretty well as well. <BR> <BR> Afterwards I went home to grab my laptop and then went to the kids' house to take care of them so that their dad could go to fighter practice across the stree... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 02:32:55 EST A nice well-rounded day Hi there! <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day here in sunny California (no, we don't always get sun here - we'd had a ton of rain for a couple of weeks, and it's been great to have the sun all week). It was actually overcast this morning and cooler than it's been the last few days. I went for an early walk and then made some yummy cilantro/mint/greek yogurt dip and had some of it with sugar snap peas. <BR> <BR> Then I went to another T Ball game and saw some folks I knew that were relate... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 02:18:24 EST Children's Discovery Museum Hello to you all! <BR> <BR> I had a fun day today - I got to spend the day with my godson and his sister (4 years old and 1.5 years old). I wanted to save their parents day care money, since I was off today. We went to a local children's museum, the Children's Discovery Museum. There were a lot of play areas for the kids to do various things, including playing with bubbles, water, giant blocks and the like. We were there for about two hours (including a snack bar lunch - I had half a gri... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 01:55:35 EST T Ball - what a concept Evening! <BR> <BR> Wow - it was warm. It was over 80 degrees here today. I had a good day working from home and did some walking on the Wii at lunch and after work. I cooked a butternut/apple soup for lunch - it was really yummy. <BR> <BR> This evening after work I went to my 4 year old godson's first Tee Ball game. It is amusing to watch - kids at that age do not yet know the overall purpose of the game, so there was a lot of everyone chasing the ball, a fair bit of kids hitting the bal... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 01:58:15 EST Fun time at the ball game! I had the opportunity to do to a day game, the last exhibition game for the SF Giants. It was against the As, and it was very exciting. It was pretty slow for much of the game, but right at the end the Giants came from behind (1 to 0) to win it! (2 to 1). I had some garlic fries, but it was balanced overall. I had a smaller dinner, and it worked out ok. I had some work to do this evening, so exercise was somewhat less today, but oh, well. My weigh-in for my other challenge came out well... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 02:59:45 EST Loving cooking these days Evening, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> One thing that of course changed once I started being more conscious of my eating is that I cook way more often than I go out for meals. However, I hate being bored with food, so I try to make at least a few new recipes a week. Sometimes they're off SparkPeople, and sometimes they're out of the scads of cookbooks I have. Today I made a pan-seared chicken with lemon chive sauce from America's Test Kitchen. It was yummy. This week at the grocery store I pi... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 23:50:44 EST Another Monday comes to a close Good evening, all you SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I had a pretty good day all around today. I was in a good mood, and I got stuff done at work. I had a little snack issue today because my mom gave me a bag of Japanese cookies, and they're my favorites from when I was little, so of course I ate too many. I adjusted in other parts of my day, though, so I'm only very slightly over my calorie range for the day. <BR> <BR> It was sunny enough to walk out of doors today! I did my evening walk but ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:42:20 EST Zzzzzz... Evening, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> What a whirlwhind of a weekend. I saw No Country for Old Men at a friend's houlse. That was....interesting, though I didn't like the ending. I saw Rango in the afternoon yesterdy after dropping by a local amusement part which was open just for my company! Rang was cute, though a bit surreal. This morning I was on the mic, so I had a lovely singing morning. This afternoon I've been at a Welcome Baby open house. I got to see a few follks that I haven't seen... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 02:35:45 EST Woo hoo! On my way down again! Hi, SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> Today was my weigh-in day, and I posted a two pound loss! This is significant because I've been rotating around rather than going downward over the last few weeks, so this feels like I am edging away from the weight I was stuck at. We'll see if I can continue the downward trend this coming week, but I'm glad in any case that I'm showing progress. <BR> <BR> My exercise has been sort of interesting lately. Due to the rain, I haven't been walking outside as much, b... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 01:26:25 EST Hoping for a good weigh in tomorrow Happy weekend, all! <BR> <BR> I had a fun day today with my mom at the SF Flower and Garden Show. I ate pretty much on plan today. When I weighed myself today, it appeared that I had lost a bit, but we'll see. <BR> <BR> I will get a bit more exercise before bed tonight, as well. This weekend I should be able to get some extra exercise in as well. <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic weekend! Sat, 26 Mar 2011 01:17:45 EST Nothing like a clean house What a day! I worked from home today, which was just as well, since it was rainy all day. I did my Wii Fit Plus body test and a half hour of Wii Walk it Out at lunchtime. I did a 20 minute Wii Zumba routine after work to switch things up a bit - I did better than I thought I would considering it was the first time I'd really played other than looking at a tutorial the first time I put it in. <BR> <BR> The house cleaners came a bit before 1:00. WIth four of them working, they were done i... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 23:54:30 EST Cleaning folks come tomorrow Good evening to you all! <BR> <BR> We're still have inclement weather out here in "sunny" California - it's supposed to rain/potentially hail overnight and into tomorrow. I wonder if the gardener comes when it's rainy out? We have tent canvas hanging up in the backyard from last weekend that will essentially get washed over and over again until Sunday through Tuesday when we are expecting a dry spell for a few days - long enough for the canvas to dry. The house cleaners are coming tomorro... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 02:35:37 EST Really good day all around Hi, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Well, today was a good day. I was pretty productive at work, and I went for my walk and DIDN'T get rained on today, which was a marked improvement from yesterday. Once I got home, I made a nice recipe for pork tenderloin - with balsamic vinegar and Splenda brown sugar blend for the glaze. <BR> <BR> Then after dinner I did an hour of Wii's Walk it Out and did my strength exercises, including a last minute workout for my Kiwi Biggest Loser team. I ate my prescri... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:02:59 EST Monday, Monday Good evening to you all! <BR> <BR> Today was a day to be (mostly) back in my routine. I kept busy at work, and I went for my walk at lunch - though I got rained on when I was halfway around the block the second time, so I was pretty wet when I was done. I also did 20 minutes on the Wii Walk it Out game this evening, and I'm about to do my strength stuff. <BR> <BR> Snacks-wise, I did pretty well at work, but I've overdone it a bit at home. I made a good dinner with reasonable portion sizes... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 02:34:46 EST Lessons Learned Hi there! <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday, I was at a weekend event from Friday until this morning. I learned a few things. It's true that I've been to some events since I began SparkPeople last November, and I've been able to keep up with my points gathering and exercising in spite of being away from home. However, this weekend's event was different than the others, and it's taught me that I need to find ways to be better prepared. <BR> <BR> At this weekend's type of event, the typi... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 01:53:40 EST Wow - that was miserable weather... Happy Weekend, my SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> It has been a challenging day, to say the least. Yesterday I did all my exercise in the morning so that I could get going to the event I was going to which is about 2 hours away. I picked up a friend an hour away, and then we drove to Woodland and stopped at the grocery store and picked up a ton of stuff. <BR> <BR> We got to the site, and I set up all the kitchen stuff and made some bread and pasta for the folks I was feeding. Then with a friend's... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 02:52:17 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! Hi there! <BR> <BR> Well, this was a pretty uneventful day, all things considered. I did my corned beef in the crock pot, so before work today I was cutting up potatoes and carrots to get it started. I worked from home today, so I got to be in my jammies almost all day. It was a pretty productive day work-wise. <BR> <BR> My DH was planning to go up to the Woodland area tonight in advance of an event we have this weekend, so he had some corned beef before he left. The friend that's stayi... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 02:41:14 EST Just another day in California Hi there! <BR> <BR> Today was reasonably uneventful, all in all. I didn't like my weigh-in for the Kiwi Biggest Loser team I'm on, but I tried not to let it get me down. I was good about my meals and snacking today, and I walked for an hour on my Walk It Out game. I've done a half hour of strength training this evening in addition to more walking, so I'm doing OK overall. <BR> <BR> I had singing rehearsal for Easter this evening, which was lovely, and I got to chat with a few of my fri... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 02:17:58 EST Fun Fiddler on the Roof! Good evening, all! <BR> <BR> Well, it was another slightly festive day. Although I ate healthy snacks in the morning and ate reasonably when I went out for a birthday lunch today, I did have a slice of yummy carrot cake. There were carrots...and raisins... and walnuts - there are Omega-3s in walnuts, so they're healthy, right? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The plus was that I was so full I didn't snack the rest of the day. I probably should have had just salad for dinner, but we went out to d... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 02:32:06 EST Daylight Saving Time and sleep Hi there! <BR> <BR> Wowza - I didn't help matters any with DST. I stayed up entirely too late Saturday night (got home at the new 4AM after playing games with friends). I had told myself I would try a yoga class that was happening at 10:30, so I set the alarm for 9:45 and actually made it over to the class. I enjoyed it - it was also nice to see the friend who was teaching it - who went to high school with me. I had her on my Facebook and had seen other fitness offerings she had but the ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 02:47:03 EST It was a day of festive eating... Hi, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I realized that in yesterday's blog I neglected to mention that my great-aunt, who lives in the affected area of Japan, is fine. Thanks to those who expressed concern. Other relatives do not live near the affected area. <BR> <BR> Today was a day of festive eating - had tea with friends this afternoon and am at a game party now. I do notice that Spark seems to have advanced the time already, as it's still 11:19 but it is showing points for the next day, so I'll... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 03:20:53 EST Fun with video games Well, this will be the last night's sleep before the time change tomorrow night. Hope that transition works well for all of you! <BR> <BR> Today (other than that pesky thing called work) I had some fun with video games. At lunch I took my walk on the Wii instead of on the street, and I got about a half hour done. Then this evening, my housemate decided to set up his new XBox 360 with Kinect, so we went to the store to buy some games. He got a dance game and a sports game, and there was a... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 02:32:44 EST