SCRAPBECCA's SparkPeople Blog SCRAPBECCA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Scrap Studios This blog entry is for all of my friends who asked me to post pictures of my Scrap Studios. Yes, I am blessed to have two rooms in my home where I can get creative. <BR> <BR> I started out with a room upstairs but if friends came by to get scrappy with me we ended up in the dining room which offered so much more space and great light to boot! So it became my second scrappy space. No more dining in that room! I have a very tolerant and awesome hubby who indulges me beyond what I deserve! <... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:41:45 EST Art Journal I decided to start an art journal this year, here are a few of the pages I have created so far. I am having a good time making art! Some evenings I work in my journal for just a few minutes, other nights I am at my table for hours. I am trying a lot of new techniques and really enjoying the process. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:47:51 EST Whole 30 day 21 Today is day 21 of my Whole 30 journey. <BR> <BR> The previous food plan that I followed eliminated sugar, flour and wheat so those are not items I am inclined to miss much, although I was consuming them off and on for a few months during a recent relapse before I started the Whole 30 program. <BR> <BR> I am really not missing anything that I have cut out on Whole 30 that I used to eat pretty regularly on my former food plan (dairy, grains, beans, legumes and soy) and because this is stil... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 13:48:00 EST Bridge walk success! Hubby and I had a great time walking the Mackinaw bridge this morning along with 30,000 others. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:05:14 EST Day 7 Whole 30 I am doing some batch cooking tonight as I am determined to stick to the Whole 30 plan and will need to take some of my own food for our trip on Sunday and Monday to walk the Mackinaw Bridge on Labor Day. I am hard boiling some eggs right now and made some chicken burgers earlier this evening. <BR> <BR> Here's what I had for breakfast, it was a yummy egg scramble with spinach and onions and a mango sweet potato hash with a tbls of dried cranberries. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:57:10 EST Putting it out there for everyone to see Did you all notice that I changed my tracker? It used to be the one that tracked my fitness minutes and it really helped to motivate me. Because I am doing so much better with consistent exercise I have decided to change my tracker to the one that shows my goal of pounds I want to lose and tracks those pounds coming off. I hate putting it out there for everyone to see but I think I need that accountability! <BR> <BR> <BR> With this blog post I have made it even more public! How's that for ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:17:03 EST The buck stopped here Literally! During my glorious walk this morning I detoured through a wooded meadow and almost ran into a buck. He didn't seem very afraid of me and we stood quietly and assessed each other for a few minutes before each going our separate way. It was a pretty cool way to start the day. Sat, 31 May 2014 12:34:53 EST Derailed? How can you tell? Here’s how you can tell if I am derailed from my healthy living habits ….. you don’t see or hear from me much. I fade away into the woodwork, I don’t have much to say, I contribute just the minimum to my sparkteams, I withdraw from active Spark life. <BR> <BR> Good example, no blog here in 6 weeks, none, not a word, nada. Also my food tracker goes unused and it’s got more than a few blank days in the past 6 weeks. I would guess that I am not alone in the disappearing act or the blank tr... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:14:21 EST Sleep Well! Not sure why but I can't seem to get enough sleep lately. Or phrased another way, I don't want to get up in the morning lately. It doesn't seem to matter if I stay up late or hit the hay early, I could stay in bed til noon. Because I work full-time and have commitments on the weekends I never actually do sleep until noon but boy is it tempting. This is all quite unusual for me as I typically require less sleep than most people I know. <BR> <BR> I've been wondering if it's related to Se... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:45:43 EST Start Somewhere! I've been in a reflective mood this week. There are many areas in my life that could use some improvement. It can be overwhelming to consider all of the changes I would like to make and when I feel overwhelmed I experience self paralysis and I do nothing and that keeps me stuck. Boo! <BR> <BR> Saw this quote on a twitter feed today and it struck a chord with me; <BR> <BR> If you wait for conditions to be just right before you start, odds are you'll never do anything. #inspiration <BR> <B... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:17:10 EST Making Tracks A new Spark friend recently posted this brief message. <BR> <BR> Tracking = Success! <BR> <BR> For me truer words have never been spoken. I am so clearly one of those people who achieve the best results through the practice of structure and accountability and when I track I am much more successful than when I don't. When I am holistically tracking my food, my fitness and my feelings, really good things happen. I begin to move in a positive direction and I start to see the results I ultim... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:57:08 EST I will journal here! I have been wanting to start a journal again. I used to do it regularly and it was a great way for me to get my feelings out and often times I was able to see something from a new perspective by putting the words on paper rather than simply thinking or talking about it. <BR> <BR> So, as I said I have been feeling the urge to journal again for quite a while now but I have not found or rather "made" the time to do so. Yesterday it occurred to me that rather than searching for the right pen a... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 16:07:19 EST So This Was An Excellent Idea! I haven't blogged since last November! That blog was entitled "So That Was A Dumb Idea" and focused on my dumb idea to stop tracking my food at a time when my work life got super stressful and how that led to a ginormus binge and left me feeling like crap physically, emotionally and spiritually. <BR> <BR> So what's the excellent idea I allude to in the title of this blog post? I joined BLC24! So far it's been great, I was assigned to the Silver Spies team and they are a really great, we... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:49:48 EST So that was a dumb idea! I admit it, I recently had a not so brilliant idea, but I went with it anyway. Can you say d-u-m-b?! <BR> <BR> So I am super stressed at work right now, writing performance reviews for more than 30 of my direct reports and that on top of my "regular" work as a manager has me over the top overwhelmed. So i figured I would give myself a break from committing my food this week and just go with whatever I felt like having. <BR> <BR> This is a VERY bad plan for a food addict and binge eater. ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:59:29 EST How cool is that!! I got my Fitbit in April and tonight I earned this badge! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How cool is that!! Can't believe that I've walked 1000 miles in 8 months. Me the former exercise resister! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 23:06:56 EST Thank goodness the Party is Over! Guess what .... no more pity party. It's over and done with. I am moving on and feeling good and positive and strong and hopeful. The past 30 days are just that .... the past. I am keeping my focus on the only day that matters, today! <BR> <BR> I really appreciate my Spark buddies who commented on my last blog and helped me to see that it was time to move on. <BR> <BR> For today I am feeling grateful for the clarity and focus to do my job, to be appropriate in my self care and to apprec... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:57:40 EST The Seven month itch?? This month has been a struggle for me on a number of levels, physically, emotionally and spiritually. After seven pretty great months on Spark People, consistently exercising for the first time in my life and a loss of more than 20 pounds, I started courting disaster. I got sloppy, I got cocky, I got lazy. I got in trouble. I lost my motivation, I lost my drive, I lost nearly a whole month. I am mad at myself and I know from past experience that being mad could lead to more self destructi... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 22:02:56 EST Should I be freaking out??? So... I have been weighing in on Monday mornings every week since March 11 when I joined SP. No matter what my week has been like, no matter what I have eaten, no matter how many minutes of exercise I have done, I weigh in on Monday mornings. Even after vacation, I weigh in on Monday morning. <BR> <BR> Until this morning, every week when I weigh in I have seen a loss or stayed the same. Not so today, today for the first time in more than 120 days here the scale showed a gain. Oddly,... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:06:23 EST Splendid Sunday <BR> It's been a while since I posted a blog and I don't have much going on but I hate to let too much time pass between posts or, like other things, I'll just let it go altogether. <BR> <BR> That has definitely been the case with exercise as I look back over my past workout history. I have found that if I miss more than a couple of days in a row of working out it can be weeks or even months until I get back to it again. Guess it's like the saying goes, a body in motion stays in motion ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:41:15 EST And she's off! I have Friday fever! I had a doctor's appointment today so I was a bit late getting in and yet all I can think about is going home. It's Friday after all, let the weekend begin!! <BR> <BR> Actually I am salaried and can leave whenever I want and since I worked a couple of 12-14 hour days this week I think I'll take advantage of that. <BR> <BR> Hope the rest of your Friday moves by quickly or perhaps you'd like to join me and sneak out early? <em>334</em> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 14:33:14 EST Here comes Monday I was a bit blue today. <BR> <BR> Tears for no reason in church, Unnamed anxiety early afternoon. Decided to go for a long walk. Sadness during the walk thinking about my childlessness. A bit out of sorts with Michael when I returned home but I told him how I was feeling and we talked and did a bit of cooking together. Took time to cuddle for an hour or so before dinner Definitely feeling better tonight. <BR> <BR> Budget deadline tomorrow at work. The bulk of it is done but I am going in... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:16:58 EST I did something cool today! I have worked at my job for 33 years and I have never done this before ..... I walked to work this morning and then I walked home again this evening. It was only 45 minutes each way and it was a lovely day weather wise so I figured, why not give it a go. <BR> <BR> Just before quitting time my hubby called to offer me a ride home. Two of my colleagues also offered but I said no thanks I am looking forward to the walk. I stopped along the way to smell the lilac bushes in full bloom and saw... Sat, 18 May 2013 20:12:26 EST A week ago I was standing on the ledge Okay so that's a bit of an exaggeration but I blogged right before I left for vacation that I was feeling a bit discouraged that I wasn't seeing any movement on my scale <BR> <BR> I was heartened by the encouragement and support I received from some of you about not focusing on the scale and enjoying my time away while continuing to track and monitor my food and fitness. <BR> <BR> I took my tablet PC with me and continued to log into Spark People and track my food, fitness, water and spar... Mon, 13 May 2013 12:09:36 EST Discouraged but not defeated Okay I admit it, I am a bit discouraged this morning. My normal weekly weigh in is on Monday mornings but because I am leaving for a short vacation this morning I decided to weigh in before leaving today. I was really hoping to see some downward movement on the scale but alas yet another week (I think this is the 3rd week in a row) of staying the same. <BR> <BR> No, I'm not ready to chuck it all, throw in the towel and give up and get crazy on vacation but I was a bit disheartened not to see... Sun, 5 May 2013 08:34:57 EST My Zip is changing my life! I have always known that I am motivated by numbers and competition (with myself). Things like Spark Points excite and inspire me. So when I heard talk about the Fit Bit, I figured it might have a positive influence on my exercise motivation. <BR> <BR> What an understatement that has turned out to be! My Fit Bit Zip has rocked my world, changed my life in ways I would never have imagined and motivated me beyond my wildest dreams. <BR> <BR> Today for instance in an effort to rack up some... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:18:29 EST Loving it here! Have I told you all lately how much I appreciate you! Yes, you! This SP site rocks! It never fails that when I reach out for support or advice that someone reaches back. I haven't met any of you face to face. You don't know me from Adam and yet here you are in my corner. Caring about my successes and failures and cheering me on when the going gets tough. <BR> <BR> I am ever so thankful that I stumbled upon this site several weeks ago! There is so much motivation and inspiration here, ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:10:11 EST Should I or shouldn't I? I'm really not sure if I should exercise today or not. I have had a nasty head cold and upper respiratory infection for the last 3 days. I am stuffy and a bit weak and a bit off balance from the cold meds that I took yesterday and last night. But I am thinking I could mange a few minutes of some exercise. I really hate to miss a day! <BR> <BR> Weird new thoughts for me since a month ago I would have seen this as a perfect excuse to "get out of" exercising! <BR> <BR> Any thoughts from yo... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:55:13 EST Home today Still not feeling great so I am staying home today. I figure not talking to anyone will be a good way to rest my throat. I plan to rest and get a few things done around home like working on my monthly budget for May and putting my gear together for my scrapbooking crop tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am a bit achy and tired but I am thinking that I will also include a bit of exercise today as well, perhaps a few 10 minute sessions rather than trying to tackle a longer 45minute or hour long session. ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:26:59 EST Dangerous place I don't feel good. I have a sore throat and I am achy everywhere. This can be a dangerous place for me. When I am sick I feel sorry for myself and when that happens I seek the comfort of food. Ice cream might soothe my sore throat, I think. Or maybe if I eat I'll have more energy. I know that these things aren't necessarily true and that actually the best thing I can do for myself is to take a couple more Motrin and get some sleep. So with that I am off to bed. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:11:14 EST Better than I imagined! Well the house is quiet again after a super fun, busy, noisy and chaotic weekend with my nephew (7) my girlfriend who lives about 3 hours North of here and her son (also 7). Hubby and I live a pretty quiet life in comparison to this lively weekend! <BR> <BR> On Friday I blogged about my concerns with eating on my food plan, and getting enough rest, water and exercise while we had guests. <BR> <BR> Food was no problem at all, yeah! Planning my meals ahead of time as another Spark Person ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 21:47:22 EST This weekend could be tricky! I'm not overly worried about it but I am concerned enough to post here and seek support. <BR> <BR> My friend Barb and her 7 y-o are on there way here for a weekend visit. Hubby and I are borrowing our 7 y-o nephew for the weekend too. The two boys are best buds and I am certain we are all going to have a grand time! <BR> <BR> Okay here's the but ..... I don't want to get so caught up in cooking, cleaning, visiting and playing that I forget about connecting here which is truly changing ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:27:49 EST What are you smiling at? Another rainy day in Michigan, but the temps are in the 70's, yeah! And so I smile! <BR> <BR> Working a long day today, staying late for an evening Board meeting, but had an on site yoga class at lunchtime. And so I smile! <BR> <BR> Piles and piles of paperwork to get to on my desk in the office, but I have a job I love. And so I smile! <BR> <BR> Out of town company couldn't come last weekend because of bad weather, but we were able to reschedule for this weekend. And so I smile! <BR> ... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:41:19 EST Checking out My hubby is watching the news coverage of the Boston bombings, again. I am going to escape to my craft room. It makes me too upset and sad to stay focused on it. Hope that doesn't make me seem selfish or unsympathetic Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:45:10 EST Tonight <BR> <BR> I worked a bit later than I had planned tonight and opted to skip the gym at it's most crowded time. Instead I walked in the neighborhood for 70 minutes. Here's what I noticed; lawns are greening up, there were several spring flowers in bloom, some of the trees have buds on them, the smell of spring was in the air. It felt great to be outside enjoying it. It feels good to be alive. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:04:42 EST I have no words I am saddened and overwhelmed with the events today in Boston. I think I need to turn off the television now. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:19:50 EST Seeing changes My seven year old nephew is staying with us this weekend. Usually that would mean that I would forgo my exercise routine for a few days. Instead today I invited him to join me for my 45 minute toning and strength training DVD. He started out great but dropped out after about 15 or 20 minutes. I kept going and he was pretty patient while I finished up. I am thinking we may get a chance to run around with a soccer ball tomorrow or take a walk to the park or nature preserve near my house. ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:36:09 EST Not what I expected .... but nice anyway Today didn't turn out the way it was planned but it was nice anyway. <BR> <BR> Started out with a massage. <BR> <BR> A friend were supposed to drive down from upper Michigan with her 7 y-o. My nephew also 7 is here for the weekend. Ice and snow prevented my friend from coming but hubby and I had a fun evening with our nephew anyway. He is a great kid, we played games and laughed and laughed and laughed. I am looking forward to more of the same tomorrow and Sunday! Fri, 12 Apr 2013 23:59:24 EST Same Old Same Old Do you ever feel like your days are all the same? A couple of times this week I have had that thought. Here's my life; <BR> <BR> get up <BR> go to work <BR> go to the gym <BR> eat dinner <BR> watch a movie with hubby or play on the computer <BR> go to bed <BR> <BR> repeat <BR> <BR> repeat <BR> <BR> repeat <BR> <BR> repeat <BR> <BR> Weekends vary a bit but there is routine to them as well. <BR> <BR> Two things occur to me as I write this; 1. that I have the power to break out of my ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:55:25 EST I am more surprised than anyone! Who is determined to get a daily workout in no matter what? Who is the person who isn't always looking for the closest parking space? Who is the person who walked in her living room while watching a movie with her hubby so that she could get her 10,000 steps in today. Who is the person who has worked out more than once a day several times this week? Who is the person who upped her monthly fitness minute goals because she had already reached her initial goal before the 10th of the month. ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:31:43 EST Drinking more! Okay, didn't mean to freak you all with my blog title but I did get your attention, didn't I? Well the truth is that I am drinking a LOT more since I started SparkPeople 30 days ago. I just can't seem to get enough refreshing water. It was much more of a chore to get my 8 glasses in 30 days ago. But now most days I am drinking 8-12 glasses pretty easily. In part because I drink more when I work out and I am definitely working out more. In part because I am more aware of EVERYTHING that ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 13:26:36 EST Taking off the blinders Okay so I admit my naiveté, denial, disbelief about how active I am (or am not) as the case may be. <BR> <BR> I have a desk job. I work a lot. Therefore I sit a lot. And yet, somehow in my mind I think of myself as being pretty active throughout the day. My new Fit Bit is proving me wrong on that score! I am becoming a total nerd about that Fit Bit dashboard. I love having the ability to look at my stats at the end of the day and see what the real deal is. <BR> <BR> So for today the ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 21:54:37 EST Thanks for the push! I am so happy to be a part of the SparkPeople community. I've been here less than a month but I have wholeheartedly thrown myself into the experience. SparkPeople is so perfect for me in so many ways. I love the competitive gaming nature of the points, trackers and challenges. I love the positive upbeat support and encouragement I see happening between members. I love inspirational and motivational blogs, spark page entries and group posts. I love the informational articles and videos. ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:57:12 EST Not sleeping I should be in bed. I am working the weekend and really need to get my rest. In part I am still awake because I tend to be a night owl. In part I am still awake because I wanted to get a jump start on my SP work before I go to work tomorrow. In part I am still awake because I had such a lovely day at the zoo with my Great Goddaughter and later a lovely dinner and visit with her parent's my Goddaughter and her husband. I sure won't be earning any points today for getting at least 7 hours ... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:55:33 EST Zoo bound My 7 year old God-daughter spent the night last night and we have the whole day together today. We made a list of fun things we might to today and finally decided we would head to the zoo in a little while (once it warms up some). The high temperature in the Detroit area today will be a crisp 50 degrees. so we'll layer up, pack a lunch and head off for our zoo adventure. Bonus for me ..... lots of extra walking. Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:02:03 EST Sit up & take notice! Boy, am I noticing lately just how bad my posture is sometimes! I have a heightened awareness of just how often I am slouching when sitting, slumping when sitting and not standing tall when walking. I guess those realizations are a good thing because when I become aware of them I do sit up straight and stand up taller! <BR> <BR> Weird how unnatural it feels to pull up out of my torso, you'd think it would feel better but it actually feels like I have to work consciously to make it happen.... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 09:42:26 EST feeling good! Tired tonight after a full day; work, gym, errands, dinner out with friends,recovery meeting. Good tired though knowing that I got done what needed to be done today. <BR> <BR> Also put in my status today I posted a NSV, I wore my blouse tucked in to my trousers and a belt. Yeah! Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:45:34 EST Need to check in with this. Okay so I am three weeks into my SP journey and have been feeling really good about my commitment and my progress, until this morning when I stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh in. <BR> <BR> Weighing in can be tricky for me because my mood and attitude can be influenced by the numbers on the scale. First week here I lost four pounds, felt euphoric, full of hope and promise, motivated to focus and be diligent on this journey. Second weigh in last Monday, down 2 more pounds, hoped for... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 10:48:27 EST Great day! What a lovely Easter Day spent with family! Made even better because I followed my plan, ate within my calorie range and took a walk with family after dinner. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 22:50:16 EST Results already? I just completed a stability ball 15 minute workout from Spark People which ended with a cross-legged stretch. I could swear that I am already seeing results in terms of being more flexible and in the less than 3 weeks that I have been working out! woo hoo! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:40:57 EST TGIF! I don't know about you but this week has pretty much flown by! I have been uber busy at work all week but my to do list and the piles on my desk make it look like I have been absent from work all week! I am planning to dig in and hit it hard for the rest of the day. Hope to make a BIG dent! Zumba class after work tonight and then some scrapbooking and the Friday night Recovery from Food Addiction meeting I usually attend at 8 PM. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday all! Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:13:16 EST