SEASPIRIT1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SEASPIRIT1 SEASPIRIT1'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/ Monday morning starting with a roll.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437332 First thing I did when I woke up was to throw on some cycling shorts and a light jacket!!! Fed the dog and out the door I went to GET BACK ON MY BIKE!!!! <BR> Not expecting to be able to manage anything monumental ~ I aimed to simply have a quick ride around my neighborhood (which turned out to be about 3km). Ten minutes later I'm in the house having breakfast! <BR> Okay so tomorrow I'll aim a bit higher! <BR> Today's plans are filled with fitness activities so I'm not too "underwhelmed" with... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:14:56 EST Pictures worth a thousand words....the transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433308 The beginning ~ at 287lbs October 2012 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644848663.jpg"> <BR> and now.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1073998001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 101lbs gone....gone...GONE! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:51:31 EST 101 lbs down....YAH BABY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431022 I weighed in this morning....101lbs down from when I started mid October! <BR> I am at my first goal!!!!!!!! <BR> What did I do? <BR> When my weight loss coach weighed me this morning I began to jump up and down on the scale!!! <BR> Repeating OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! <BR> Then tears hit both my coach and I (she is a dear friend of mine and had been before she began helping me on my weight loss journey!) <BR> WHOO HOO!!!!!! <BR> I'm still "floating" on air! <BR> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 20:52:14 EST Realizing that I enjoy lying in the sun again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428614 Growing up in the Okanagan I was a "beach bum" and belonged to the baby oil generation of sun tanners..... <BR> Ok I know better now.....but for most of my adult life I've been too heavy to sit outside comfortably for even the shortest time. Totally intolerant of the heat and sun! <BR> Ah fast forward..... <BR> Here I am still only 2lbs away from my goal weight of having lost 100lbs (posted that yesterday)....but revelling in the fact that I am thoroughly enjoying having a bathing suit and sh... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:25:57 EST 2lbs to go....that 100lb loss is just around the corner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427374 I began my journey so looong ago. <BR> I'm 49 years old. <BR> I "settled" into bad eating habits when I started my post secondary education and those habits stayed with me for most of my adult life. <BR> For whatever reason this time I'm actually gaining ground! <BR> Determination? <BR> Time to myself? <BR> Whatever the change I'm so glad it's here...... <BR> I now eat low carb meals, gluten and refined sugars are out of my diet (for that matter anything refined is out of my diet) <BR> I drin... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 13:07:28 EST Painting in the sunshine :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425621 Love the summer weather....what a treat to haul my easel outside and paint in the shade of the tree just off of our back deck! <BR> Granted the acrylic paints dry almost instantley and I'm constantly "spritzing" the paint with a water bottle...but oh is it worth it! <BR> I'm just waiting for an underpainting to dry so that I can start adding glaze layers to it! <BR> Later this afternoon I'm off to the beach for a paddle..... I really need to find (or start) a SUP team!! <BR> Tomorrow morning ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:59:35 EST Setting distance goals.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424230 On Monday afternoon I had my husband drop me off at a nearby beach with the paddle board. Then he drove to the beach I had set as my destination and set up our dinner picnic! <BR> The distance? <BR> 5 km! <BR> The time? <BR> 50 minutes! <BR> My legs were tired, my arms were tired, but boy did it feel good! <BR> I stayed close enough to shore that I could always see the bottom and it is so amazing the wildlife that lives in the tidal zone! <BR> I am totally addicted to this new sport (to the p... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 13:20:43 EST Anaesthesia really takes it's toll! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417709 I went in for day surgery on Monday and I'm just feeling "human" this morning! I can't get over how anaesthesia knocks you for a loop for a few days! <BR> Now granted I also know that I've been recuperating from my surgery (and am feeling better today in that regard as well).... but ugh the last few days I've felt subterranean! Lots of naps, lots of "chilling out"... <BR> This morning I noticed the difference purely from the fact that I woke up not feeling tired! <BR> The morning is really c... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:25:47 EST An amazing paddling adventure!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413983 Yesterday morning my mum and I set out to one of our local beaches to take the kayak and paddle board out for a bit. <BR> We had been on the water for about 30 minutes when all of a sudden I heard a "whoosh" of air right beside me!!! <BR> There was a pod of dolphins that had come in close to shore to feed! <BR> The best part was that several of them moved towards us and then began to swim around us!!!! One even swam in between the kayak and the paddle board!!! <BR> They were within 10 feet of... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 07:30:01 EST Soooo close to my first goal ~things that I've learned so far.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411558 I began my weight loss journey mid October last year. <BR> Weighing 288lbs I decided enough was enough! <BR> I rejoined spark people to help me continue with my weight loss and connect with others who are also on the path to healthier lifestyles! <BR> This morning I weighed in at 194lbs! <BR> I have 6 lbs left to reach my first goal! (100lbs lost) <BR> I am aiming for a final weight that falls into the ranged between 175 - 185 lbs. <BR> Who knows what will be the best weight for me..... I'm 4... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:48:22 EST Trying out the new paddleboard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410077 My mum and I went in together and bought a stand up paddleboard. <BR> This afternoon was our chance to go out and give it a go!!!! <BR> I've been hooked on SUP for awhile now and have been itching to buy one (but it just wasn't quite in my budget!). <BR> Mum has been itching to try it and is convinced that because her 2 daughters love it that she would too..... so we combined our resources and shared the cost of one! <BR> It was priceless listening to my mum this afternoon (her first time pa... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:16:19 EST Allergies reeking havoc ~ Argh!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409705 I can't get over how much my allergies impact my outdoor activities! When it's hot out and breezy I seem to suffer more (the pollen factory outside really lets loose in those conditions!) <BR> It seems that to gain relief I need to head to the ocean where the effects are still there (just not as bad for whatever reason!) <BR> So this afternoon, unless the waves are too tall from the wind, I'm going to take our SUP down to the beach and go paddling for a couple of hours. <BR> I use all manners... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 13:51:41 EST Happy Canada Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407359 It's an absolutely beautiful morning here on the West Coast ~ a great day to go out and celebrate! This is one of those action packed weekends where there is plenty to do and not enough hours in the day for all of the choices! Yesterday I was one of the judges at the annual carving contest...(chainsaws, massive chunks of wood, talented individuals, novices and professionals!) After meeting with all of the artisans, and hearing about their visions and challenges, thankfully there were 4 other... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:46:44 EST Finished the school year...now onto summer holidays and my own schedule!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405111 Oh I soooo look forward to summer holidays! Where I can ignore clocks, not have a schedule timed to bells and set my own daily agenda according to my own whims! <BR> The first week off is always destined for sleeping when I need to, reading to my heart's content and setting my house to order (spring cleaning but during the first week of summer holidays). The act of chasing out the dust bunnies always makes me feel "settled".... <BR> During this coming week I will also build the stretcher fram... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 00:14:19 EST Remembering the importance of taking a day of rest from exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400677 I was up to my neck cleaning out my art classroom today! It's amazing what can accumulate after a year! Recycling, purging, sorting, organizing, reclaiming.... you name it I was doing it today! There is something to be said about making a mess to clean a mess..... <BR> This included reclaiming over 200lbs of dry clay! <BR> By 1:30 I was feeling it in my sciatic... an area that I have been careful to heal as I really suffered from sciatic pain through the Christmas holidays. By 2:30 this after... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:51:04 EST A 12km ride this morning to wear off the birthday cake!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399111 I had such a lovely day yesterday for my birthday! <BR> I went for an hour of Zumba early in the morning, then came home to have breakfast and my mum came over with a "cleaner, low-cal" version of what used to be my "traditional birthday cake" (Dark Chocolate Cheesecake!) YUM! ~the new revised version of my favorite cake was absolutely devine!!!!! (Thanks mum!) <BR> Just after lunch I drove downtown to our large city park where all of the grads were gathered prior to the prom last night (in a... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:40:45 EST 49 TODAY!! Love that I'm starting my 49th year healthy and stronger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398345 I went for a workout this morning! Zumba!!! <BR> And we're heading out paddle-boarding for a couple of hours this afternoon! <BR> What a great way to spend my birthday! <BR> Fresh fruit salad for lunch, then later after paddling we're going to treat ourselves to a yummy mexican meal out! <BR> Will dancing still be in the mix for later???? <BR> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:25:10 EST Planning a healthy birthday tomorrow centered around activities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397118 Tomorrow is my 49th birthday! <BR> I woke up this morning and realized that I really have shifted my thinking towards the healthier lifestyle that I'm working on. <BR> Prior to this year I would have spent time trying to decide what kind of birthday supper I wanted to indulge myself with. <BR> This year I realized this morning that my focus hasn't once gone towards the decadent food realm..... Instead for the last couple of weeks I've been exploring what I could do for a healthy activity for ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 08:49:20 EST Feeling the change in my muscle tone...I'm not as "jiggly". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395721 I've been working really hard since the 10th to reset my fitness goals. I've started attending a new cardio class (kickboxing) (which I love)....whoo baby do you sweat in that class! I'm still going to Zumba (which I also love...as I can be as uncoordinated in that class as I want and still move to great music!) I've gone for several great hour long walks with my husband and I've conquered a new cycling route that has a massively long tapered uphill grind at the beginning! (Tis just over 12km... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:35:39 EST Accomplishing goals set! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392720 I woke up determined to accomplish 2 of my goals. <BR> Eat smart. <BR> Exercise. <BR> I packed a nutritious lunch, ate a decent breakfast and created a monster salad for dinner! Fruit salad for desert too (Yum!) <BR> And even though I had one of those days where I could have had a nap...I managed to go to a kickboxing class before dinner! <BR> Ok....tomorrow I need to make sure my water intake is up! And a repeat of today will be just the ticket! Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:40:58 EST Early morning exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390794 There's nothing like getting outdoors and being active on a beautiful June morning! <BR> I just finished a great bike ride where at the start of the ride is a loooong uphill grind (and I did it in 13 min!).... It was a great ride as the home stretch is along the ocean, there was hardly any traffic and bugs.....AND I managed the 12.24 km ride in 41 minutes! Whoo Baby I'm proud of myself! Time for breakfast! <BR> I've had 4 glasses of water so far, my energy is up and I'm going to head out shop... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:27:30 EST Needing to change my food attitude.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390510 I am really "derailing" concerning my food choices. Had a bad day food wise even though I went and worked out hard at the gym this morning. <BR> It was a day of sabotage and giving up. I know that I will have days like this and that I really consciously need to make good decisions concerning my food intake....but when I make bad choices I really make bad choices. <BR> One part is emotional eating. <BR> Recognized this....and will always struggle with this. <BR> One part is the cravings that c... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 03:15:02 EST Now that was a busy week ~ time to change the routine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389741 My last entry was on Monday....(where did the time go?!!!) <BR> I "upped" my fitness this week and managed a cardio class on Monday (along with kick boxing!), Wednesday and Thursday! This morning I'm heading off to an early morning Zumba class and tomorrow I hope the weather holds so I can head off on a long distance bike ride! <BR> With 2 teaching days left in the school year and then 2 weeks of exams etc, I am so looking forward to the change in routine! <BR> We had a lovely Friday night BB... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 08:06:24 EST back to back workouts and hitting the "reset" button! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385214 Last week I would say was a bit of a disaster....emotional eating, very little exercise...and overall just a big ol pity party happening with a good dose of guilt thrown into the mix! <BR> So this weekend I hit the reset button ~ my husband and I walked along the ocean for an hour on Saturday night and then yesterday we went for a hike down through Seal Bay park for an hour. Both wonderful treks along the water and through green woods...perfect for finding balance once again! <BR> Tonight I r... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:10:32 EST Hiking on a Sunday afternoon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383417 We just finished a late breakfast, I did a bit of school work and now we're rolling around ideas about where we can go hiking today! <BR> Love days where we're not ruled by the clock! Pure luxury! <BR> It's a high overcast day with a light breeze ~ a day where a hike through the woods will be comfortable and not too hot! My request is for one of the hiking areas that has a hills and valleys and follows a river! <BR> Time to get out the map book! <BR> Enjoy your Sunday today!!! Sun, 9 Jun 2013 13:30:00 EST Organizing my life one day at a time.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378990 It happens every year at this time.... Chaos reigns! <BR> So I've started organizing my life.... and literally I'm doing it one day at a time! <BR> I'm tackling small areas that have become "collection zones" and at the same time I'm trying to keep a schedule where I have energy to go to a workout after my work day! <BR> Last night I had full intentions to go to a kickbox class but the weather was so mild that my husband and I decided to take advantage of the evening and we went to the beach... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:34:01 EST Energy levels and gluten intake...coincidental? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377379 Since I've reintroduced gluten back into my diet I've noticed I've been more lethargic. <BR> Is it coincidental? Or is the tiredness due to the annual end of the school year exhaustion that I normally face? <BR> Today I "weaned" back my gluten intake...tomorrow I'm going to eliminate it once again completely. We'll see how my energy levels respond... hopefully for the better! <BR> I really had to push myself out the door this evening to attend an aerobics class (and I did...and I feel better ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:34:44 EST Dancing tonight? Watching a surf competition tomorrow? Going on an art studio tour? A hike with a pi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373462 Lots of ideas for this weekend! <BR> It's nice to approach the weekend not totally exhausted and actually looking forward to the possibility of having too much to choose from! <BR> Dancing tonight is a strong pull (I love to dance!) <BR> If we drive across the island to go watch the surfing competition tomorrow we can go for a massive hike along the most amazing beach.... <BR> Then again cycling around Quadra going on the annual gallery tour would be fun (and inspiring!). <BR> Sunday is earma... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:44:57 EST Inches lost... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371980 Love it! <BR> Over the last 2 weeks I've managed to lose a total of 5 inches from the key areas that I track! <BR> (Hips, waist, bust, thighs and upper arm) <BR> That is such an affirmation that the exercising that I've been doing is actually building muscle and changing my body mass! <BR> And the best part is that I noticed the major change in my waist/hip zone because my clothes were "hanging" off of me....to the point where I need to either get my skirts and pants altered or I need to go t... Wed, 29 May 2013 22:43:33 EST Challenged myself today with a distance goal for cycling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368552 This morning I had breakfast and threw on my cycling clothes (which is essentially a tshirt, capri work out pants, socks and my converse runners)....however today I added my new high visibility cycling jacket to the wardrobe choice!! I felt like a light bulb...it was wonderful! <BR> There is a hill climb about 15-20 minutes south of my home that I need to take my bike gears all the way down to the lowest in order to reach the top of the hill without stopping..... Well today I made it to the t... Sun, 26 May 2013 16:36:06 EST Exercise is a sure cure for the "frumpies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367628 I went to bed last night feeling "frumpy" ~ I'm sure it's because of my food choices over the course of the last week... and I'm sure that mentally my head was saying whoa!! <BR> In fact I ended waking up in the middle of the night (first time in a long time) and I'm sure it's connected to the food I ate at dinner!!! <BR> So this morning with the sunrise I pulled on my exercise gear and went into the gym for an hour of Zumba! The instructor that gives this session is a dynamo and you really w... Sat, 25 May 2013 13:51:24 EST Full moon, Friday and tea at the beach..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367134 It's only 7pm at the moment.... and I already have my "jammies" on! <BR> I don't know why my energy levels were so low this week...but all week long I've needed to crawl into bed early!! <BR> So I can check workout off my list of "to do's" for the day ~ I went to Zumba after work tonight and had a great workout! <BR> Friday evenings is typically the time at the end of the week where I let go of the week's busy pace and I focus on the 2 days of the weekend ahead of me! <BR> Last night the full... Fri, 24 May 2013 22:09:04 EST Sweet treat temptations are too close...time to clear out the cupboards again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365526 Since my daughter moved home for the summer from college, I've noticed that the "treats" have started to move back into the house once again! <BR> Last night was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back! <BR> She had a friend over to watch movies and they brought in double chocolate ice cream and made milk shakes.... and after I had 2 sips from the one she had made her dad I realized I was way too close to going into the kitchen and making one for myself (so I went to bed and read my ... Thu, 23 May 2013 10:13:44 EST Cheering my brother on at his first body building competition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363411 It was quite the experience this weekend! <BR> My sister, mum and I flew into my brother's home town to cheer him on at his first body building competition! <BR> When he met us at the airport all of us had tears in our eyes.... the transformation was stunning! My brother had lost in total 70 lbs, had worked hard at training and was a very "chiseled, muscular, tanned body" with a massive smile on his face!!! He had quit his pack a day smoking habit along with the changes and WOW! What a transf... Tue, 21 May 2013 12:11:01 EST The importance of telling others about our goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359121 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918251705.jpg">Goals are a good thing to set. <BR> Goals provide us with direction, purpose and accountability. <BR> I've read (and been told) that if we write our goals, tell someone about our goals versus keep them to ourselves ~ we will be more likely to achieve reaching the goal! <BR> ~And yes I believe this is true! <BR> I set a goal of losing 100 - 110 lbs for myself. I am now in what I call "the home stretch" of my weight loss journey... Fri, 17 May 2013 10:14:31 EST Getting ready for another travel weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357955 Wow! This will be the 2nd weekend in a row that I will be out of town! And knowing that my eating habits may be a bit of kilter because of the travel I've been really working hard at eating clean this week and exercising! I can't believe it's Thursday tomorrow (where did this week go?)!! <BR> I'm off to cheer my brother as he competes in his first ever body building competition this weekend! He used the the very tangible goal of the competition to help him as he quit smoking, lost weight and ... Wed, 15 May 2013 22:28:29 EST What a wonderful weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355811 I can't say enough about the amazing conference that I went to this past weekend....it was truly a wonderful experience! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to participate! <BR> There was so much that I will be processing for quite a while...but I do know that I came away from the conference a changed person! <BR> I enjoyed my visit with my sister ~ she took me on a very long hilly (mountain goat track) hike up through the mountain behind her home for over an hour the first night that I ... Tue, 14 May 2013 00:05:32 EST Planning healthy eating while travelling for a few days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350802 This morning I'm packing to go to a conference on the mainland for 3 days. <BR> I'm really excited about the conference as it's linked to the focus area for my masters in counseling and education! <BR> What I'm finding is that I will be carrying more "support" goodies to ensure that I have healthy alternatives to fast foods, the prepacked "conference" lunches and generally just being away from home! <BR> I bought a really large nalgene water bottle that will hold enough water to see me throug... Thu, 9 May 2013 09:51:39 EST Eating Habits, Habits of the Mind, Daily Activity Habits.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349626 My weight loss journey has been more than the "numbers on the scale"...but I have to say that those numbers staying in one place for a while sure does something to your mindset! <BR> This morning tho it changed! <BR> I can look at this logically and with reasoning about the last couple of weeks: <BR> I had stopped the program that I was following so that I could increase my activity levels (it was a low, low calorie program). And did I ever "bump up" my activity levels! I know that muscl... Wed, 8 May 2013 09:55:48 EST Looking for physical activity to balance a "Monday".... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347791 It was as if there had been a full moon out last night. <BR> I couldn't get over the attitudes walking through the door with some of my students! Each class today had someone who was so out of sorts that it rippled from them in a form of negative energy that pushed buttons with everyone that came into contact with them! <BR> I am still shaking my head at the day....(thankfully it's done!) <BR> I went to the gym that I had joined hoping to join in on a cardio class to work out all of the days ... Mon, 6 May 2013 19:43:20 EST Knowing I can change.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346871 I woke up this morning feeling "foggy" from my day of indulgence yesterday. <BR> It was my first "cheat day" and I had gotten carried away. <BR> After feeling nauseated all night long and having had to take tylenol before bed and in the middle of the night...I knew when I woke up that my "cheat days" would be few and far between! <BR> I ate "clean" today and feel so much better tonight for it. <BR> I haven't had refined sugars, gluten or processed foods for over 7 months and I haven't missed ... Mon, 6 May 2013 00:42:21 EST The morning after my first "cheat day"...eating clean today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346138 My program has me eating sensibly 5 days a week, allows me one cheat day and then to be followed by one clean eating day. <BR> Can't say that my cheat days are going to be that frequent if this is how my stomach is going to feel afterwards! <BR> Yesterday was my first official "cheat day". <BR> I felt like a kid in a candy store ~ but I was also a little nervous. <BR> The first thing I wanted was to eat either almonds or pecans (fresh, no salt!) <BR> ~You know....they left an oily taste in my... Sun, 5 May 2013 10:46:32 EST The smell of lilacs.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345234 Yesterday morning one of my dear friends brought me a bouquet of lilacs.......and they smell marvelous! <BR> I have the bouquet in front of me and in between bites of breakfast I'm breathing the deep sweet smell of fresh lilacs! Lovely way to start the day! <BR> It is going to be an amazing weekend ~ one that I want to spend as much time out in the garden as possible! <BR> So with that I'm going off to Zumba this morning and then pulling on my gardening gloves and digging in the dirt! <BR> ... Sat, 4 May 2013 10:48:52 EST Paying attention to my food... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344239 I have lost over 90 lbs on the ideal protein diet. <BR> I'm off of that diet now and am I being careful about the quality of calories that I now consume! <BR> That being said I'm also really aware of the sugar content found in natural foods and am trying to keep a balance of how many "sweet" foods that I consume each day! <BR> Balance is such a critical word when it comes to weight loss, weight maintenance and a healthy lifestyle! <BR> The big change in my life is the activity level that I'm... Fri, 3 May 2013 10:28:17 EST The trials and tribulations of being 48.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343032 I don't hide from my age....it is what it is ~ I've earned all of my grey hair, laugh lines and character! <BR> What I'm struggling with is this yo-yo roller coaster ride of my body going through changes. Good grief! <BR> Enough already!!! <BR> You would think that raising 3 children would have provided me with the patience to go through this stage with grace..... hmmmmm. <BR> (apparently not today....) LOL! <BR> Really think I need to go for a good long hike today out in the fresh air to gi... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:49:15 EST Early morning start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341804 I'm eating my breakfast, logging in my nutrition info on SP, and mentally going through the checklist for the day.... <BR> WAIT!! <BR> Add in listening to the birds singing their morning songs outside (tis a beautiful sunny day!) <BR> Today at work my students will be prepping their paintings for our black light painting day tomorrow! The art room's windows get blacked out, black light lamps along the long central table and neon tempra paint all adds up to a fun 4 blocks of art classes! <BR> ... Wed, 1 May 2013 10:03:10 EST I'm thankful for..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340566 I thought I would write a blog entry each week about what I'm thankful for. <BR> A weekly moment in time that will slow me down and truly recognize that I have so much in my life to be grateful for. This initial blog is my "generalist" format...next week's blog entry (and those weeks that follow) will be specific to a theme... <BR> I'm thankful for: <BR> ~my health <BR> ~my children <BR> ~my grand-daughter <BR> ~my loving partner <BR> ~my family! <BR> ~having a roof over my head <BR> ~having... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:12:19 EST Keeping the cold bug away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340154 The students were dropping like flies today...sick, sick, sick!!! It's a nasty flu/cold that is ripping through our school! <BR> So after work tonight I went to the gym to hit the treadmill for an hour...but found that after 30 minutes I was bone tired. I came home put my jammies on and took some liquid vitamin D! <BR> So it's with one eye open and one eye closed that I'm posting this blog entry....and with that I'm heading for an early bed time! Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:30:18 EST Athletic Clothing! (Time to save my $ for!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338138 So not only have I had the great pleasure of removing my "big girl" clothes from my closet (purged the closet 3 times over the last 6 months) but I've just recently realized that for the first time in over 20 years I've been looking at athletic clothing with serious intent on it's function-ability (LOL...is that a word???!!!) <BR> For example: <BR> I've really gotten back into enjoying hiking! Not hiking along a paved path...we're talking roots, and rocks and dirt and gravel, up hills, ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:42:43 EST Going for an explore~best thing to do on a rainy Saturday morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337295 We're heading out shortly to head down island. Our plans are easy going.... I want to check out a surf shop for their SUP's and then we both want to find a new hiking trail to go and explore. <BR> It's a drizzly kind of day ~ but once you're hiking in amongst the huge trees, the drizzle turns to a mist and you stay relatively dry! <BR> Best of all, the fresh forest smells...... I can hardly wait! <BR> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:31:46 EST