SHEENADEE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHEENADEE SHEENADEE'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/ Test Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521344 Sorry if you make a trip here to see this. I'm just trying to test out something. I'll come back later to update with a "real" blog. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l701562563.jpg"> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:23:15 EST Challenge Blog - Struggles and Successes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510989 I don't blog all that often (as you can see); but, now two in one day?!? I'm in a challenge and picked up this assignment: <BR> <BR> "What steps do you regularly take to achieve your health goals? Post a blog that gives us a before and after idea of your struggles and successes since finding Sparkpeople. " <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> <BR> Before: Maybe I had good metabolism and decent eating habits, plus was sort of active in terms of yardwork, gardening, keeping up with a young son, etc. ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:21:10 EST Missing Bruce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510769 It is 22 years ago today that my brother Bruce died. I miss him every day. I can't help but think about what he would be like in his middle age years if he had made it this far. I think the same things he always loved: farming, astronomy, hiking, trapping, drawing/painting, photography... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1608426776.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1579253402.jpg"> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:51:02 EST BLC 22 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466634 The assignment is to review my performance in the (almost) 12 weeks of Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC). As part of that, I am reposting my original goals and reporting status: <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks <BR> Status: I lost 17 pounds as of last Wednesday. At the 1/2 way mark, I had lost 13 so although I exceeded my goal, I slowed down in the second half. Some clues as to why I had the slow down are mentioned with some of the following status items. <BR> <em>341... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:03:39 EST BLC First Half Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426911 The assignment is to reflect on the first 6 weeks of the Biggest Loser Challenge (BLC), what did I do well, and what could use some work. I thought a good way to start off is by recapping the goals I documented at the beginning of the BLC and reporting my status: <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks <BR> Status: I have already lost 13 pounds at the 1/2 way mark. WooHoo! <BR> <em>341</em> Record every BLT (bite, lick, taste) <BR> Status: I am done this every day and ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:18:03 EST BLC Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382947 I'm participating in the Biggest Loser Challenge for the first time and here are my goals for this 12 week challenge: <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks <BR> <em>341</em> Record every BLT (bite, lick, taste) <BR> <em>216</em> Workout at least 20 minutes per day 6x/week -- this is my planned BLC streak <BR> <em>311</em> Continue Saturday walking group every week <BR> <em>364</em> Participate in at least one official 5K this summer <BR> <em>102</em> Get i... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:42:50 EST My Unexpected Source of Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253846 One of my favorite inspirational quotes is this one: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1442420128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I even had that made into a big magnet that I keep where I see it every day. Some days I take time to specifically read it. Some days I barely look at it. Some days I move it out of my way as it has fallen down from its spot yet again. <BR> <BR> Today, I really read it and spent some time contemplating what it means to me. This extra reflection w... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:40:03 EST January Steps Goal Exceeded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233106 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> One of my new goals is to average 7,000 steps per day walking. I'm happy to share that I exceeded that goal for the first month. Yay me! Not by a lot: I was over by just 6,512 steps total for January. But, I figure that's like cramming a 32nd day of walking into January. Here's my SP steps tracking report: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620315719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was not tracking steps previously so cannot really quantify ho... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:29:16 EST Saying Goodbye to Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225637 Hello Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to blog about this; but, some of you have asked for updates on my Mom so here goes... I thank you for your follow-ups and asking how she was doing. Sadly, Mom passed away earlier this month. The past couple months were difficult for her and she was very ready to go. Knowing that helps a lot; but, it is still tough. I miss her a lot. I'm VERY thankful for her fabulous 88 years. I can tell you she was the best, strongest, kindest woman I e... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 13:27:56 EST Plateau Busting Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163473 I'm embarking on a 4 week Plateau Busting Plan starting today with the help of the new SparkCoach Plateau Buster program. I decided to publicly blog about it here for accountability and support. <BR> <BR> So, there you have it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have been stuck at the same weight for quite a while. I am not completely sure I should call it a plateau as that may imply that I have been staying on track better than I have been. I've been struggling with eating things that are ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:04:35 EST Sitting In Mom's Hospital Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156549 Sitting In The Hospital Room...lights turned out, listening to my Mom's breathing as she sleeps. It could almost be relaxing if it hadn't been such a nerve-racking day. <BR> <BR> My Mom had a hip pinning surgery scheduled today. Earlier this week, she had a spontaneous fracture in her hip -- meaning she did not fall or anything, it just fractured / cracked. Although the surgeon was set to go and said the procedure itself was simple enough, when her team of doctors met (after reviewing ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 23:04:01 EST I Challenge You To Challenge Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153515 Hi Spark friends! <BR> <BR> I find myself feeling a little lazy today and would love your help and inspiration to snap me out of it. I have also been trying to mix up my workouts recently to keep them fresh. <BR> <BR> How can you help? How about leaving me a comment with workout suggestions? It can be your favorite SP video, a quick strength exercise, cardio, on the floor, on the elliptical or treadmill, with the ball, resistance band, dumbbells.... I know the options are endless. ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 12:05:04 EST The Power of a Fitness Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147782 Yesterday, I met a friend for a morning walk. It was cold out (30ish F) and a little windy; but we went. I had "assumed" we would walk the shorter trail a couple times (one time is a little over a mile). But, she suggested we do the longer (8 mile) trail. We did it!!! <BR> <BR> She didn't push me into it. Well, it was not a hard push anyway. It took the smallest suggestion for me to agree to go the extra distance. This really made me realize what a positive influence other people can be ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:07:32 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143356 The topic kind of says it all.... HAPPY THANKSGIVING! <BR> <BR> I am very thankful for family, friends, SparkPeople and my improved healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Whether or not you celebrate this Thanksgiving Day, I hope you enjoy the day and take time to reflect on the many blessings in your life. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>429</em> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:11:18 EST The good news: We are all fine! The bad news: Dealing with a house fire. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096952 For those Sparkers who are also my Facebook friend, this is just a copy of what I posted on FB. Thanks for checking up on me. :-) <BR> <BR> So, here's what's new in my and Jack's lives the past couple days: Small fire at our house. We are fine and all pets fine too. Small amount of damage to the house. But, we have no electricity, no landline phone, no internet, no cable, and likely won't have any back until Tuesday at the earliest. :-( <BR> <BR> Next to the no electricity, the worst th... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 21:37:33 EST Ready for a Rally to Meet Fellow Sparkers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092544 If you're ready to meet some fellow Sparkers and live in this area (or ready to travel), please think about joining us at the Madison, Indiana rally on November 10th. Here is a link to the related Spark team: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=51200 </link> <BR> <BR> For reservations ($35 I think) go to bloometc.com <BR> <BR> Here is a copy of the agenda: <BR> <BR> <BR> Madison, IN SparkPeople Member Rally 11/10/12 <BR> <BR> "Getting Fit Thro... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:10:28 EST Challenge Blog: Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037731 For a challenge I'm in, I had to read the article linked below and then blog about one of the tips I have used to help with Meal Planning. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1485 </link> <BR> <BR> The first tip in this article is about having an ongoing list for the groceries you need. This is something that I started a while ago. We have a piece of paper in the kitchen "miscellaneous" drawer that we use to write down everything that we use the l... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:30:32 EST Healthier Habits Lead to Lots of Improvements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021281 SparkCoach gave me this task today: "Blog about all the ways in which you've noticed improvements in your life since adopting healthier habits." <BR> <BR> So I decided to tackle this with a list of just some of the improvements I've realized since following SparkPeople these past few years. Here it goes: <BR> <BR> - Learned that I really like vegies <BR> - Found new vegies that I never tried before, and liked them -- this gives me more to choose from <BR> - Walk the stairs in my house w... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:20:48 EST Morning Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003242 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996813656.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Love this quote! <BR> <BR> I found this on SparkPeople's Inspiration page and it really rang true this morning. I overdid the unhealthy snacking last night and this quote helped me put things back into perspective. I'm not proud of my eating yesterday; but, it was just one day and I vow to do much better today. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:33:54 EST Why Did I Start My New Ticker Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868376 I just started a new ticker that counts the days since I snacked after 10 PM. <em>56</em> <BR> It is now 12:30 AM and I am soooo hungry. <em>4</em> <BR> Guess I will go to bed soon just so I can avoid temptation. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Who would have guessed that the ticker really would help keep me accountable? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 6 May 2012 00:42:43 EST Who's the Newest SparkPeople Employee? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780033 Who's the Newest SparkPeople Employee? <BR> <BR> <BR> Me Me Me Me Me!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I couldn't be happier or more excited about this opportunity, and couldn't wait to tell you all about my new job. Althought, it hardly seems that working for SparkPeople should be called a "job". LOL <BR> <BR> I was hired to be a member of the SP support group, answering questions that are sent into the help desk. ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:13:05 EST Healthy Super Bowl Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4723883 The Super Bowl game is about to start, and I thought I'd take a moment to post the healthy foods I have here in the hopes that I stick within my nutrition ranges today. Even if someone overeats some of these snacks, at least it will be better for them than overeating some other traditional snacks. <BR> <BR> <BR> The Super Bowl snacks I have here today: <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> Turkey chili <BR> <em>281</em> Small squares of turkey breast roast that you can eat plain or put on wheat cra... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 17:51:48 EST Cold-Weather Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4701931 Funny that today's SparkPeople Live meeting was about outdoor exercising in the cold weather, and now tonight one of the Biggest Loser teams has to work outside all week in the cold. Timely topic indeed. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>444</em> Brrrr! Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:30:03 EST Why I Love SparkPeople LIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4691946 SparkPeople LIVE is just the latest way that SparkPeople is helping me to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Check out my vlog to learn more, ask me any questions you want, and follow this link to sign up: <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/live.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> UPDATE: Shortly after posting this blog, I became one of the SparkLeaders for these Live meetings. WooHoo! I was very excited when SP asked if I was interested in doing this. Currently, I le... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:30:54 EST 11-11-11 Things To Do Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579285 11-11-11 is an auspicious date. <BR> <BR> I know some people are attending 11-11-11 parties tonight and lots of stores have sales. <BR> Do you have anything special planned for the day? <BR> <BR> I have a few fitness-related ideas and challenge any readers to pick one or more of these to do, or come up with your own means of commemorating this date and let us know what that is. <BR> <BR> - spend an extra 11 minutes exercising <em>248</em> <BR> - try a new exercise for 11 minutes ... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 10:03:36 EST Surprise Purchases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560073 For the first time in my life, today I purchased: <BR> <BR> - turnips <BR> - parsnips <BR> - honey <BR> <BR> I laughed at myself in the grocery store as I had to read the signs to be sure I was buying turnips and not burdocks (whatever the heck those are), and parsnips instead of Daikon. I know many of you are probably very familiar with these vegies...please don't judge me too harshly. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, I do know what honey looks like; just have never purchased ... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:09:57 EST Changed Ticker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4556667 I changed my ticker today so that it counts my streak of healthy eating days. I'm hoping this small change will help me keep focused on this important goal, and provide some extra accountability. <BR> <BR> I have struggled a lot with maintaining good nutrition this year and finally seem to have turned things around enough that I've started a new streak of good nutrition. Three day streak and counting. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 23:04:39 EST Missing My Brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530100 20 years ago today, my younger brother Bruce died at only 35 years of age. I miss him. <BR> <BR> I really think after all these years that I should be over it; but, my heart still aches when I think of Bruce. Usually I deal by pushing the memories out of my mind. It's just more difficult to do that today. <BR> <BR> Now that I've blogged, I must get back to the trying to ignore it technique. Off to find something to keep me busy. Thanks for 'listening'. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:56:52 EST Cookies should not be allowed in my home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4500276 I'm just saying. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>28</em> <em>39</em> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:38:48 EST Have You Tried SparkPeople Live? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445083 Have you attended one of the SparkPeople Live meetings yet? This is a relatively new feature from SparkPeople that provides us with live online support and motivation. <BR> <BR> Each week they cover a different topic related to weight loss, exercise, healthy eating or motivation to help us meet our goals. Along the way, you’ll meet new SparkFriends who will encourage and support you each week! <BR> <BR> Meetings are offered multiple days and times each week. I'm partial to the Tuesday... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 00:36:50 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4296814 When I see that my last blog was in November, I'm a tad embarrassed. Clearly, I am not a frequent blogger. Oh well, maybe I'll try again for a once a month blog...we'll see how that goal goes. <BR> <BR> Here are just a few highlights of the past 6 months in my life and the major decisions and actions: <BR> <BR> - My Mom had a series of strokes and illnesses earlier in the year. For a couple months we all (I'm one of 10 kids) took shifts and made sure someone was with her round the clock... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 21:36:13 EST I Got Squished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808194 In the midst of other people's Friday shopping madness, I went to get squished (aka mammogram) with one of my sisters & a SIL. Shame on me that I was way overdue for this. This will put me back on a regular routine of annual squishing now as a group of us will go together. I am grateful to my SIL for asking me to go with her -- sometimes we need someone to kick us in the rear to get us to do important things. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, I visited Mom for a bit and then met up with more of our ... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:11:26 EST I'm Grateful... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3726121 This blog is really a note to myself. I'm grateful for many things and sometimes need to remind myself of that so here is a partial list of what I am grateful for and should remember each day. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for: <BR> - my loving hubby <BR> - my fabulous family <BR> - our dear pets <BR> - a good job <BR> - good health <BR> - wonderful friends <BR> - spectacular Spark friends <BR> - SparkPeople.com <BR> - a nice home <BR> - Wii Fit (thx for the reminder BIKE82X) :-) <BR> - etc. et... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:09:03 EST Stepping It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604797 This blog title could have also been Back to Basics. <BR> <BR> I've not done as well with my overall fitness program the past few months. I have good days; but a few too many disappointing days. I generally still get in lots of exercise. It's the eating where I've experienced some set backs. As I read in one of the coaches blogs recently, no amount of exercise can make up for bad eating (or something like that). <BR> <BR> So... I'm stepping it up and going back to what helped me su... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 19:21:43 EST A Healthier Family? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3516890 Tonight, I joined SP's Official Healthy Family Makeover Challenge . Here's a link for those who may want to know more: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=42562 </link> <BR> <BR> We're empty nesters so it's just DH and me here at home now. I am guessing a lot of this challenge may be geared towards families with children; but, I'm hoping I can apply it to us still. I'm hoping this will help me focus on more healthy choices for us and help move my... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 00:26:46 EST Streaking: 10-Minute Daily Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3393205 Streaking is a good thing. But, I must say that streaking meant something entirely different for me before I joined SP. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I recently joined SP's Official 10-minute daily exercise streak challenge team, and decided I would use a blog to track what I'm doing for this challenge. My plan is to edit this blog daily to list what my "10-minute item" was for the day. We'll see how good I am at keeping the blogging going for this; daily blogging is not my usua... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 14:34:27 EST My Personal International Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3313180 Last night I went out to the patio to relax and finish the salad leftover from dinner. I don't sit out there nearly as often as I should. It is a very calming atmosphere and a great place to think through whatever needs thinking through. On this particular occassion, I was catching up on some reading and just enjoying the evening. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple pics of the view I enjoy... <BR> <BR> One of our flower/garden areas next to the patio: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 11:02:23 EST Started the 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3293292 <em>198</em> <em>248</em> <em>334</em> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> I joined SP's 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge and just finished my Day 1 activities. Once again, I am very happy with the bootcamps. I know it's only Day 1; but, these challenges always help to get me back or keep me on track. I am excited to begin this one. Here's a link to the challenge team if you want to check it out: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=42559 </link> ... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:46:21 EST My Answers to Spark Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3138552 I copied these questions from REDDUCK1260's blog & here are my answers. Please consider copying the questions into your own blog so friends and visitors can learn more about you too. <BR> <BR> How long have you been a Spark Person? Since April 2008 <BR> <BR> How did you hear about SparkPeople? From a friend (who is no longer active here :-( ) <BR> <BR> What does your username mean? It's a combination of names of 2 of my past cats: Sheena and DeeDee. <BR> <BR> How many teams do you ... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:54:15 EST Who Do I Need to Retrain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3082775 Who do I need to retrain? It's a rhetorical question for sure. <BR> <BR> I spent the first 6 months of my "SP life" retraining my DH so that he would quit offering me bad food, quit bringing home my favorite junk food, quit asking me if I want more (of anything) to eat, quit telling me that I have exercised enough. <BR> <BR> He did change his ways and was very very supportive for quite a while. However, the past couple months, he is slipping back into his old ways. I have a very diffic... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 13:48:13 EST Where Did This Laziness Come From? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3023329 Look at me acting like I don't feel a little lazy at some point in every day. <BR> <em>20</em> <em>102</em> <BR> Not sure what it is about today. I started out waking up before alarm went off -- this NEVER happens. Felt pretty energetic, got a few minor things accomplished around the house, and headed out to salon to have my hair done. Perhaps it was the sitting in a chair for 2 1/2 hours & a lot of that under a dryer that helped make me tired. But, I have felt like doing nothing ever ... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 19:13:39 EST Groundhog Day - What Can We Learn From the Movie (not the Groundhog)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2830609 Today is Groundhog Day and the annual tradition took place of staring at Punxsutawney Phil to see if he saw his shadow. He did, by the way, which means 6 more weeks of winter. Funny tradition; but, that's not really the purpose of this blog. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking more about the movie, Groundhog Day, where people were subjected to having the same day repeat itself over and over and over. There were opportunities the actor took advantage of to affect the future based on what had happened o... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:13:52 EST Bootcamp - Starting Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2689624 I started SP's Bootcamp Sunday and wanted to post my beginning stats so that I can easily retrieve them to see results after bootcamp. My only firm goal is to lose the couple pounds that I gained during the holidays. <BR> <BR> Starting weight = 145.8 lbs. <BR> Starting waist = 31 in. <BR> Starting hips = 40.5 in. <BR> <BR> Stats at beginning of last year's Bootcamp for reference: <BR> <BR> Starting weight = 156 lbs. <BR> Starting waist = 34 in. <BR> Starting hips = 43 in. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 01:16:14 EST New Year - New Routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2675309 Hi everyone! I hope you had a good New Year celebration, whether you're a partyer or one who brings in the year quietly. <BR> <BR> As 2010 begins, will you use this as an opportunity to change up anything in your workout routine or are you happy with what you are doing and plan to continue it in the new year too? Remember, our bodies do get used to our exercise habits and they become less effective if we never change anything. <BR> <BR> I do plan a few changes to maybe shake things up a... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:38:52 EST Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2640945 Dear Blog Reader, <BR> <BR> I know I won't make it around to visit all the Sparkers that I'd like to during this holiday season, although I certainly will give it a good try. So hoping to catch some of you through this blog. <BR> <BR> No matter which holidays you celebrate at this time of year, I wish you the very best of good times with friends and family. I hope this is a happy season for you and that you finish out the year on a high note. <BR> <BR> Take care my friends! Thu, 17 Dec 2009 17:40:25 EST The worst thing in my kitchen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2634494 ...is the empty bag of Snyder's cheddar cheese pretzel pieces. Worst of course because I played a big role in emptying it. My DH is in so much trouble for bringing them into the house again. He shall be punished. Hopefully, he will run from me and I can burn off some of these new calories by chasing after him. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> Mon, 14 Dec 2009 23:53:27 EST Happy Birthday to my Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2568592 Not a typical SP-related blog... <BR> <BR> Today is my son's birthday & so he has been on my mind all day. He's 35 today (not sure how that happened since I'm pretty sure I'm only about 39 myself), married, raising 2 children, is healthy, has a job ... plenty to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Keith Michael! Tue, 17 Nov 2009 11:28:19 EST Thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2555910 Not quite Thanksgiving Day here; but timing is right for me to do lots of shout outs to people who have been very kind to me and deserve a big thank you and so much more. I try my best to get around individually to each Sparker who has touched my life; but I am sure I have accidentally missed some people (and I am sorely sorry for this). I'm in process of replying to all the comments and Goodies from the past 2 days -- so many of you were so generous with your time & notes that it is takin... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 11:49:05 EST Quoted in Article About SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2452415 Had to share this with anyone who is so kind as to read my blog. <BR> <BR> The day before the SP Convention, I was interviewed by Soapbox Media for part of an article on SparkPeople. It was fun doing it and I think the article turned out pretty good. Here's a link in case you'd like to check it out. Oh, yeah, they don't use my screenname so when you see quotes by "Merle", that would be me. <BR> <BR> <link>www.soapboxmedia.com/features/0929sp<BR>arkpeople.aspx </link> Sun, 4 Oct 2009 21:50:52 EST Speaking at the Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2395765 A few weeks ago, I blogged about the upcoming SP convention in Cincinnati and mentioned how I was already thinking about what to wear. I was only half kidding about that concern. Well, now I am able to tell you that I am going to be one of the featured member speakers at the convention, which means I have even more to worry about... <BR> <BR> - what to wear <BR> - what to say <BR> - don't drool while I talk <BR> - don't trip on stage <BR> - don't look like a goober <BR> - don't forget eve... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 12:04:51 EST