SEWINGMAMACDS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SEWINGMAMACDS SEWINGMAMACDS'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/ Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914849 I took an R&R weekend. I didn't have anything planned except church. I took naps both days. I still am a little tired and hoping to still take it easy this week. <BR> <BR> I did get to the gym tonight for my weekly session with my trainer. One NSV -- he wanted me to do the plank and hold it for at least 60 sec. I made it to 90 seconds!! And I hadn't done a plank for quite awhile. <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Goals Mon 4/20 <BR> 1. Blog <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Exercise 20-30 minutes -- <... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:41:48 EST Ready for some R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913124 I have been tired all day. I am looking forward to this weekend for some R&R. I have nothing scheduled. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals Thurs 4/17 <BR> 1. Blog <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Exercise 20-30 minutes -- <em>248</em> 30 min <BR> 3. Nutrition Plan -- Adrenal Reset Diet <em>248</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:08:13 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912592 I have decided that I will ice my knees and use the herbal ointment before I go to bed for awhile until my knees start to feel better. <BR> <BR> It has been snowing all day. They say we should get 6-8 inches before morning. <BR> <BR> I cleaned and sorted through things on my sewing/cutting table. It was good to get things straightened out. I also worked on sewing on the binding of the October Night quilt. I am almost done. <BR> <BR> I am a little frustrated with my weight loss. It se... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:20:50 EST Better Night Makes for a Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912026 I had a better night last night. I iced my knees and put some herbal ointment on them before I went to bed. I was still a little tired today. <BR> <BR> I got a lot accomplished today. I finished binding Grandma's Sweatshirt quilt. I quilted the October Night at the Pumpkin Farm quilt and got the first stitching on the binding. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals Wed 4/15 <BR> 1. Blog <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Exercise 20-30 minutes -- <em>248</em> 30 min <BR> 3. Nutrition Plan -- Adrenal Reset ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:15:08 EST Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911430 The last few days my knees have been very achy. They have woken me up at night. It is funny how I posted last week that I was going to work on my sleep by going to bed earlier and ever since then, my nights have been worse. <BR> <BR> I did go to the gym last night and had a good upper body workout with my trainer. He has upped the weights recently and was very happy how well I did. I stayed afterwards and did 30 minutes on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> Today, I was able to quilt the G... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:10:50 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910195 I had a rough night last night. I woke up at 12:30 and couldn't get back to sleep because I was thinking about a bunch of things. So, I finally got up to drink some Sleepytime Tea. I was up for an hour. But since I had gone to bed early and got up later than normal I did get 8 hours of sleep in just wish it was all together. <BR> <BR> We didn't get home from church until almost two, but after a quick sandwich I laid down for an hour nap. Then got up to get ready for Small Group Bible St... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:57:39 EST Full Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909614 I slept for 10 hours last night. <em>102</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a very full day. This morning we went up to Longmont (an hour+ away). I delivered the memory quilt I made for a cousin with her father's Aloha shirts. Afterwards we went to the Colorado Tartan Day festival and walked around there for about an hour. On the way home we stopped at Sam's Club and Sprouts. When I got home I took 1/2 nap. Then, I worked on and finished making the backing to the Hens and ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 21:53:54 EST Oh, Well.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909092 Oh, well, I was planning on going to bed early last night. But my husband and I ended up having an unscheduled meeting with someone that went to 10:00 and we didn't get home until after 10:30 and I stayed up until 11:00. I didn't sleep well because I was thinking about the things that were discussed. <BR> <BR> I am tired today and didn't get much done. My exercise was going up and down the stairs and walking around the house chasing after kids. At least I got exercise in <em>246</em> ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:32:05 EST Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908439 This last year I have struggled with chronic fatigue which was caused by low thyroid and adrenal fatigue. I've been reading The Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson, NMD. One section talked about sleep. He asked the question..."What is more important for weight loss--diet or exercise? The real answer might be sleep. Sleep determines how much you eat, which foods you crave, and what your body does with the calories....Adequate sleep is critical for your health and performance." <BR> <... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:02:42 EST Sunday - Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907338 The last couple of days has been busy. I am still working on getting back into a routine. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals - Sun 4/5 & <BR> 1. Blog <em>42</em> <BR> 2. Exercise 20-30 minutes -- rest day <BR> 3. Nutrition Plan -- Adrenal Reset Diet <em>248</em> reading book <BR> <BR> Daily Goals Mon 3/6 <BR> 1. Blog <em>42</em> <BR> 2. Exercise 20-30 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> -- 62 min <BR> 3. Nutrition Plan -- Adrenal Reset Diet <em>248</em> reading book <BR> <BR> Daily Goals Tues... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:34:57 EST Glen Eyrie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905516 I didn't blog yesterday because we left in the afternoon for an overnight at Glen Eyrie Castle. My kids had given me a gift certificate last year Mother's Day and we were finally able to get there. It was gorgeous. It was off season and so it was very quiet and peaceful. <BR> View from the balcony. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l863542459.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444730447.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:05:38 EST Back to Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904256 I haven't blogged for almost three months. I just haven't felt like it. I thought about it a few times, but just never got around to it. I have still been battling fatigue - and trying to get things worked out. There was mix ups with the doctor's office, labs etc. Well, I think we finally got things sorted out and I was put on a higher dosage of thyroid (double of what I had been taking!). My adrenals are also fatigued and I have been taking supplements to help them. <BR> <BR> It h... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:43:49 EST Winter 2015 5% Countdown Activites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850491 January 9, 2015 <BR> #1 - Exercise Plan <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? Yes <BR> What is your exercise plan? - Combo of the following... <BR> Trainer twice a month <BR> Jessica Smith’s #FITIN15 Plan <BR> Group strength training at gym starting 1/24/15 for 8 weeks <BR> Daily 15-30 min on the elliptical or taking a walk <BR> <BR> #2 - Nutrition Plan <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? Doctor recommendation-- Lean protein & lots of vegetabl... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 16:41:42 EST A Month Later Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827497 It has been almost a month since I last blogged and I figure it is time for an update.... <BR> <BR> I am still fatigued and my motivation has been low and my weight has been slowly creeping up. I did see the naturopath in November. It was a good appointment. But we are waiting for lab tests until I can see my new primary care doctor Dec 17. The doctors will coordinate things, so when the naturopath wants labs he will ask the MD who will order them so that insurance will cover. <BR> <BR... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:43:57 EST Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, Fatigued and Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812747 It's been a week and a half since I last blogged. They have been rough, physically and mentally. I have struggled with fatigue on a daily basis. I didn't exercise for five days and my weight went up. To top it off I was extremely frustrated with my doctor. <BR> <BR> I knew something wasn't right. So I called my doctor. It took me two days to finally get through! I asked if I could get a full thyroid panel done before I went in to see him. That way we could discuss the results then in... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:42:49 EST The Thyroid Solution Diet Revolution book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806652 Yesterday, I read in The Thyroid Diet Revolution... <BR> "Because intensive exercise can also cause a release of stress hormones, Sisson cautions that, rather than help, it actually contributes to an increased risk of insulin resistance....Aim for moderate activity on a regular basis, but recognize that exhausting yourself with exercise not only isn't likely to help your effort but may actively prevent you from losing weight, by interfering with your hormones and metabolism." <BR> <BR> Thi... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:35:26 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806032 My alarm went off this morning and I just didn't feel like getting up and exercising - I was tired. I figured I would try to get 10 minutes in 3x's today. Well, that didn't happen either. <BR> <BR> I tried my doctor's office @4 times today, but each time I would just get the voice message. I finally left a message, but never heard back. I know Monday gets extra busy, but I was still frustrated not getting through to them. If I haven't heard anything by mid-morning tomorrow I will try, t... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:20:40 EST Non-Stop Weekend Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805344 Well, I didn't do too well on my daily goals this weekend. It was a very packed weekend again. <BR> <BR> First thing Saturday morning was my session with my trainer. He upped some weights and was encouraging all the way through it. he worked me hard! <BR> <BR> I also had a good talk with him. I have been frustrated because I haven't been losing weight - I have been staying on track with exercise and eating, but the weight hasn't budged -- just playing around with a couple of pounds. ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 23:28:12 EST Intervals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804219 I had time so this morning I did an additional 10 minutes on the elliptical because I wanted to finish the book I was reading. The kids were picked up early, so I headed to the gym. I was going to work out on the stationary bike, but decided to do the arc trainer. I haven't been on it since before my knee surgery in Feb. I did 40 minutes of intervals on it. What a good workout! <BR> <BR> I worked on getting my sewing room cleaned up this morning. Then I made and sewed a binding on the... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:02:16 EST Kilt Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803649 I wasn't hungry at lunch again today, but I did have half an apple and 1 T almond butter. <BR> <BR> I finished the kilt today. Plus I made a sash for our pastor's wife and another small sash for his daughter from the leftover tartan fabric. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 31 of 100 - 10/23 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 27/31 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 27/31 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>24... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:03:03 EST No Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803052 I wasn't hungry at lunch so I didn't eat anything. I know, not a good idea, but I I kept busy and didn't snack. Therefore I didn't reach my fiber goal, however, I did get 32 grams of fiber today. <BR> <BR> I am making the kilt for our pastor. He is Irish and has always wanted a kilt. He will be doing a monologue on John Knox on Nov 2 and will be wearing his kilt then. I am almost finished with it. I just have to finish the lining and final pressing. Since what I had to do today on it ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:09:07 EST Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802436 I had a good day and stayed focused on my eating plan. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my goal for the day on the kilt done. I am almost done - I am hoping to finish it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 29 of 100 - 10/21 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 25/29 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 27/29 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 23/29 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:09:49 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801785 I have my grandson & granddaughter for a sleep over tonight. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 28 of 100 - 10/20 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 24/28 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 26/28 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 22/28 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> 26/28 <BR> 5. Blog Daily <em>248</em> 23/28 <BR> 7. 35-40 g fiber <em>248</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:11:29 EST Restful Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801068 I really enjoyed today - nice and restful. <BR> <BR> We taught Sunday School this morning. After lunch, I laid down for a nap. I only got 30 minutes then the phone rang four times. After the 4th I gave up in trying to nap. So, I started to working on the kilt. I was able to finish sewing in the canvas innerfacing - my goal for the day. Now I am going to relax, cross stitch and watch TV. <BR> <BR> This weekend is want I really needed. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 27 of 100 - 10/1... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:17:34 EST Day of Leisure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800601 Nothing planned for the day. I slept in. I exercised on the elliptical. Had a leisurely breakfast-- I made High Protein Pumpkin Pancakes (my recipe concoction). Worked on my checkbook. Took a nap. Worked on kilt. Cleaned bathroom. Took a walk with husband. Worked & studied Sunday School lesson. Sparked. Good Day. Relaxed!! <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 26 of 100 - 10/18 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 22/26 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (mini... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:26:46 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800083 I accomplished my goal of how much I wanted to get done on the kilt today. <BR> <BR> I am ready to have a restful weekend. The first one in over three months where I haven't anything planned. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 25 of 100 - 10/17 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 21/25 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 23/25 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 19/25 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:52:26 EST Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799547 I slept in this morning instead of getting up to exercise as I was planning on to go to the gym. The kids were supposed to be picked up early, but ended up being later. So, I almost didn't go to the gym, but I did. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 24 of 100 - 10/16 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 20/24 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 22/24 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 18/24 <BR> 4. Eat 5 ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:50:33 EST Productive Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798978 I had a good productive day. First of all, I did 30 min on the elliptical, then did another 15 min strength training. <BR> <BR> As I was going through SP emails I saw the Slow Cooker Marinara Chicken and Vegetables. I decided that was what we were going to have for supper. So, I got everything in the crockpot and I had dinner done! Usually it is time for dinner and I am hunting in the refrigerator or freezer to figure out something to make. I made a few substitutions and it sure was goo... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:18:53 EST Still Tired, But Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798367 People have asked - I am not getting sick. I just have had too many late nights and too early mornings. I am still tired, but doing better. <BR> <BR> I took out the last 13 pleats of the kilt today, so I could redo it. <BR> <BR> I have been more conscious of how much fiber is in my food. My daily goal is 40 g. I reached it again today. <BR> <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 22 of 100 - 10/14 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 18/22 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:12:34 EST Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797723 I have been exhausted the last couple of days, so I haven't exercised. The only exercise I did today was march in place while I washed dishes tonight. <BR> <BR> I did however eat 41 grams of fiber today. My goal was 40. I m more conscious now of the fiber in the food that I eat. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 20 & 21 of 100 - 10/12 & 10/13 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>42</em> <em>248</em> 17/21 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</e... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:21:24 EST Down 1% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796561 Friday was a long, busy, but great day. My granddaughters came at 6:15am and I had them until after 7:00pm. Plus I had my other two grandchildren in the morning. Needless to say it was hectic. The cousins love playing together. It is so fun to watch and hear them play! <BR> <BR> After lunch I worked with my two oldest granddaughters with their homeschool work (preschool and kindergarten). I also started preparing for the dinner we were hosting for our church's Growth Group leaders. I... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:53:40 EST Kilt/Mending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795527 I mainly worked on a kilt - finished the pleats, then realized I need to take some out because they were too big. AGGGHHH. I did well though and did not snack like I normally would do when frustrated. <BR> <BR> Then I worked on 3 dresses my DIL gave me to mend...broken zipper, skirt torn off, and a torn button off. Mending is not my favorite thing to do. However I did get those done. <BR> <BR> I got 34g of fiber today. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 17 of 100 - 10/9 <BR> <BR> 1. Trac... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:43:09 EST Fiber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794940 Today was a good day. I was able to sleep a little later, yet still got up and did 30+min on the elliptical. Then throughout the day I did some bursts of marching in place. <BR> <BR> I got a lot of other things done...laundry, finished quilting a quilt, and was able to finish at least half of the pleats on the kilt I am working on. <BR> <BR> I have been reading the Full Plate Diet. A SparkFriend challenged me to get 40 grams of fiber a day (recommended in the book). Yesterday, I got 30 ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:37:20 EST Self-Sabotage?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794350 I woke up with a headache and was just too tired to exercise. So, I laid in bed for an extra 15 minutes before I got up. Mid=morning my husband messaged me to say he was going to go to the barber after work and would be home later and wanted to know if I was going to the gym. It has been awhile since I have gone and I knew I needed to get back (except for going twice a month for sessions with my trainer I haven't had a regular time there). <BR> <BR> The kids were picked up early, so I h... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 23:09:45 EST Family Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793702 I had a wonderful, busy weekend! Saturday I had four of my granddaughters. We had fun playing, baking, fall decorating and getting ready for a family birthday celebration. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564511689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They had a sleepover Saturday night. They came to church with us and when we got home all my kids and grandkids were here. We celebrated September & October birthdays and then watched four episodes of the newest Doctor Who. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:31:59 EST Thursday & Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791992 Yesterday was crazy. My daughter reminded me that we were having a two man band staying for the next three days. I had forgotten. I had to clean and reorganize our guest room. It had been the room where we "threw" stuff when we got new carpet and I hadn't finished putting things back where they belonged. <BR> <BR> I also started sewing on the kilt and luckily was only on the second pleat when I realized I had made a mistake in the math. Therefore I redid all the planning on the pleat... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:25:21 EST Better Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790761 Today was so better than yesterday. I got a good 30 minutes on the elliptical and was able to stay on track with eating. <BR> <BR> I did a good maintenance on machine -- oiled & cleaned. Did a lot of testing on a test quilt and it looks good. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 9 of 100 - 10/1 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 8/9 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 8/9 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>248</em> 7/9 <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:57:52 EST One of Those Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790064 Today started okay. I got up and did 30 min on the elliptical and was able to do 15 min Jessica Smith Lower Body Workout for Bad Knees. That was tough and was a great workout. <BR> <BR> The rest of the day was frustrating! The kids were whiny and getting into things they weren't supposed too. They also fooled around during nap time. I had problems with my quilting machine. The last quilt I quilted was fine. But when I tried working on a new one the tension was out of whack and ke... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:05:13 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789415 It was good to get up early and do 30 minutes on the elliptical. I am ready to have a good week. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 7 of 100 - 9/29 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 6/7 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 6/7 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>39</em> 5/7 <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> 6/7 <BR> 5. Follow trainer's eating plan <em>39</em> 3/7 <BR> 6. Blog Daily <em>248</em> 7/7 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:31:27 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788732 We taught Sunday School this morning. I love teaching kids! After church & lunch, my grandson & granddaughter were dropped off for a sleepover. This afternoon he helped me make Apple Cake for our Bible Study's dessert which we hosted tonight. I cut the sugar in half and it was still very delicious and lower calorie:) <BR> <BR> I didn't have any supper except for a piece of apple cake which really wasn't on plan. But I did okay for the rest of the day and stayed within my calorie limit. ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:33:46 EST Craft Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788119 Today was the craft fair. It was small about 20 vendors) and sponsored by our subdivision. There wasn't a lot of traffic and I didn't sell anything. I did get 3 inquiries though, so we'll see if anything comes of it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l702883139.jpg"> <BR> I wasn't going there with big expectations knowing it was a small fair. As my husband and I talked about it afterwards, it was a good push for me to get my website up and to get things started for... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:17:29 EST Fair Preparation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787628 I basically worked on getting things ready for the craft fair today. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I had my first phone call from a wellness coach from our insurance plan. My "assignment" for the next month is .., whenever I feel like snacking/grazing drink water before I do. I hope this will be helpful. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 4 of 100 - 9/26 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 4/4 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 4/4 <BR> ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:56:36 EST Great Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787101 I didn't get to workout on the elliptical this morning, but I knew I would be at the gym tonight. I had a session with my trainer. We (or rather I <em>211</em> ) worked on legs and abs. This was the first full leg workout since I had injections in my knee in June. He went easy so we could build back up. I feel it now, so I am sure I will feel it more tomorrow. I know I need to work on stretching out my leg & hip muscles on the foam roller - they have been very tight. <BR> <BR> I wor... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:48:03 EST Snacking Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786467 I got up and did 30 min on the elliptical again this morning. It is good to have daily goals again - it sure keeps me focused! <BR> <BR> I still struggle with snacking. I followed the nutrition plan except for snacks. It is so hard when I have to feed the daycare kids and I want the same thing ie banana bread. Plus my daughter made Chocolate Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies - hard to resist. I have made a note now and put on cookie jar...."Carrie - NO COOKIES!" Hoping I'll do better tomo... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:27:20 EST "Back in the Saddle" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785819 This morning I got up and did 30 minutes on the elliptical and was ready for the day before the daycare kids came. First time in over a month. It was nice to get moving again. Besides I missed reading <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I adhered to my trainer's eating plan except for afternoon snack. I had the last Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffin...temptation is now gone... and a bowl of ice cream after supper. No more ice cream for me for awhile now. But I was able to stay within my calorie rang... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:46:39 EST 5% Challenge + New 100 Day Personal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785122 I haven't blogged since my birthday in August when I completed my 100 Day Personal Challenge. Things went crazy. I had to finish getting the house back in order after getting new carpet. I had to finish a sample kilt for a band to see if they would want me to be their kiltmaker. Plus I am starting a custom memory quilt business. <BR> <BR> I did finish the kilt and the band has said they want me to be their kiltmaker. Also, when I was at the Longs Peak Highland Games I found out that t... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:22:34 EST Day 100 of 100 -- Challenge Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768449 I just finished writing a blog and lost it -- frustrating! <BR> <BR> Today is the 100th day of my personal challenge. This is from my first day..."I am ready to get back on track. My birthday is in 100 days. So I am starting a challenge for myself to lose 15-20 lbs. My goal is to be at 225 or below by my birthday. Many of the following goals had gone by the wayside and they used to be habits. Time to input them back into my routine." <BR> <BR> I only lost 6 pounds, but my daily goals did ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:48:33 EST Day 99 of 100 - Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767724 I worked on the kilt off and on today. <BR> <BR> I did a SP 12 min cardio video this morning. I still am tired and haven't got back to getting up early to work out on the elliptical for 30 min. <BR> <BR> Daily Goals- <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes <em>42</em> <BR> 4. Eat 5 servings of freggies <em>248</em> <BR> 5. High protein breakfast <em... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:21:08 EST Days 92-98 of 100 -- Flat Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767051 This last week has been HECTIC! I had no reserve to get on and blog. I was getting reading for carpet installation by packing up things, moving furniture and painting. It was nice to be able to paint and not worry if it got on the carpet! <BR> <BR> I also had two church meetings (one for Children's Ministry and one for Small Group Leader's) on Wed & Friday nights. <BR> <BR> Every night it was after 11:00 or later that I went to bed and I am used to going to bed @9:30. <BR> <BR> On Thu... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:06:50 EST Days 89-91 of 100 -- Getting Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762558 Saturday was spent moving furniture out into the garage, then we went shopping for new couches. We had picked one set out a year ago. The couch is 102" - we wanted a big couch that would sit 4 people -- our family is growing and we needed more seating in our living room. We wanted to make sure it was the right one. We got home late and needed to finish preparing for teaching Sunday School the next day. <BR> <BR> Sunday we had to be at church early to set up as we are in a temporary facil... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:25:15 EST