SHEENADEE's SparkPeople Blog SHEENADEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Spring!!! The title pretty much says it all. I am very happy to see Spring arrive. Yay Spring! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>448</em> <em>67</em> <em>87</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 🐣🌞🌼 Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:13:40 EST Distractions I certainly don't blog very often; but, have decided to try some shorter more frequent blogging for a while. I recently started going through the SparkCoach program again so today's blog is from an assignment there about identifying ways to distract yourself if you feel an eating binge coming on. So here are some ideas I think will work to keep me from the extra snacking that hits me sometimes. <BR> <BR> - do a few minutes of fitness <BR> - check in with a SparkPeople team <BR> - give my p... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:11:13 EST July Goals 1) Get to bed by 1AM. <BR> <BR> 2) Close the kitchen at 9PM. <BR> <BR> 3) Do yoga 3x per week. <BR> <BR> #3 is the only one that should be relatively easy for me. The other two are true challenges. Wish me luck! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 13:46:05 EST PAWSE - 5/27/15 PLAN/PREPARE for the coming week. - Starting this week, I will post my dinner plans here. This has really helped me in the past to actually make a plan rather than flying/cooking by the seat of my pants. <BR> <BR> Wed: Grilled pork chops, corn/bean dish, fresh salad, fruit <BR> Thu: Leftover pork, etc. <BR> Fri: Going to friend's and she's having fresh salad w/optional chicken. Plus I will stick to the fruit and veggie snacks. <BR> Sat: Cheese ravioli, homemade tomato sauce, big salad ... Wed, 27 May 2015 14:08:47 EST PAWSE - 5/20/15 My first PAWSE for BLC Round 28: <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE for the coming week! - I planned a few dinners and will have leftovers with salads the other days. We have a couple meals of eating out over the holiday weekend so I plan to eat lightly earlier on those days to leave room for those usual higher restaurant calories. <BR> <BR> ACT - getting back to daily nutrition tracking <BR> <BR> WRITE - So, here I am, writing this blog and refocusing on myself. Night time snacking continues to b... Thu, 21 May 2015 01:12:54 EST PAWSE - 3/4/15 Plan/Prepare - Act - Write - Set - Engage <BR> <BR> For PLAN and PREP, I am continuing my weekly dinner planning and also scheduling fitness and having my clothes ready and set out. <BR> <BR> Thur - Dinner out with hubby - Chinese buffet <BR> Fri - Homemade tuna salad sandwich, salad <BR> Sat - Homemade soup, apple salad <BR> Sun - Turkey sausage, green beans, sweet potato mash <BR> Monday - Baked chicken, quinoa, veggies <BR> Tues - Chicken stir fry <BR> <BR> ACT - daily nutrition t... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:36:07 EST RUN WITH IT A BLC leader shared this Ralph Marston post today. I found it so personally motivating and inspirational that I wanted to share it here, and this way I can find it easier in the future too. :) <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> RUN WITH IT <BR> <BR> You can fret about what life hands you. Or you can put your energy into doing something positive and meaningful with it. <BR> <BR> You can complain about the weathe... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:25:17 EST PAWSE - 2/25/15 Plan/Prepare - Act - Write - Set - Engage <BR> <BR> Continuing my weekly dinner planning, based on what I already have in the house so no shopping required... <BR> <BR> Wed - Roast beef sandwich, apple <BR> Thur - Homemade bean soup, baked sweet potato <BR> Fri - baked ziti and salad (at friend's) <BR> Sat - Homemade bean soup, sides TBD <BR> Sun - Baked chicken, quinoa, veggies <BR> Monday - Chicken stir fry <BR> Tues - Tuna and noodles, peas, corn <BR> <BR> NSV: Increased morning w... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:43:29 EST PAWSE - 2/18/15 Plan/Prepare - Act - Write - Set - Engage <BR> <BR> I lost 1/2 pound this past week; but, do not feel like I really earned it. I had fewer workout minutes (although what I did was good) and I ate poorly. Some days were not necessarily over my calorie range (which I guess is what saved me); however, I made too many poor food choices. All that WILL change this week! <BR> <BR> Will get back to my dinner planning. I skipped that the past couple weeks and found that I missed it. The meal pl... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:47:31 EST PAWSE - 1/28/15 Plan/Prepare - Act - Write - Set - Engage <BR> <BR> I lost another pound this week, so I am declaring that a great success. :) <BR> I finally feel 90% recovered from my cold and had sooo much more energy the past few days, which has helped with my working out. <BR> <BR> Will continue my daily tracking (nutrition and fitness). Planned the following dinners (which some carry over to lunch the next day). I found the dinner planning really helped much more than expected this past week. I ha... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:16:43 EST PAWSE - 1/21/15 Plan/Prepare - Act - Write - Set - Engage <BR> <BR> The first part of the past BLC week, I did well; but, then really slacked off the fitness the latter part of the week. I'm having trouble shaking a cold and it has me pretty lifeless. Doing my best to move on from that and do better this week. <BR> <BR> Will continue my daily tracking. Planned the following dinners (which some carry over to lunch the next day): <BR> <BR> Wed - Easy tuna, almond salad with veggie side <BR> Thur - Pizza... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:47:36 EST PAWSE - 1/14/2015 My first PAWSE for BLC Round 27: <BR> <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE for the coming week! - I cleared out some junk food (well, gave it to hubby to take down to the barn or wherever he wants it), and planned a few dinners for the coming week. Also have my personal trainer sessions scheduled. <BR> <BR> ACT - getting back to daily nutrition tracking <BR> <BR> WRITE - So, last week was good from a fitness perspective; but, on the nutrition side not so much. My actual meals were good and within cal... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:57:44 EST Recipe Challenge - Apple Celery Salad I need to post a healthy recipe for a WIO team challenge so here it is. I have seen several versions of this recipe; but, this is the one I make. This is fresh, light and low fat (only fat comes from the nuts). <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple - Celery Salad (serving size is 1/2 cup) <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 15 <BR> Number of Servings: 12 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 red apples, diced <BR> 2 green apples, diced <BR> 1 cup celery, sliced <BR> 1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt <BR> 1/4 cup c... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:38:50 EST NOvember Goals Another challenge from my BLC team. These challenges sure have me blogging more than usual. I'm not complaining; the blogging really does make me take some time to reflect and plan, so that's all good. <BR> <BR> This challenge is to declare some goals for the month, so here goes. I will make these all "No..." goals with thanks to BLC friend Doug for giving me that idea. <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> No candy in November. That will help with my next goal. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> No weig... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 15:55:08 EST Inspiration My team got this assignment for a challenge we're doing: Who or what inspires you? Each team member write a blog about someone or something that inspires you. <BR> <BR> Different things and different people inspire me depending on the day and situation. Today, it is my husband. We recently bought a 1968 Mustang project car. When Jack has something "new" like this, he is very focused on working on the project. He does his research and lays out the plans of what needs to be done, who can ... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:27:04 EST BLC 26 Vision Board <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my vision board for the remainder of BLC 26. I took the one I created for BLC 25 and updated it to match more of my current focus. Most of the pictures are self-explanatory, but here's a quick explanation: <BR> <BR> To Do List - Represents advance planning of meals and fitness as a way to help me keep on track with good eating and to fight my tendency to procrastinate so I'm not waiting until 9PM to exer... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:05:56 EST BLC 26 - PAWSE Week 3 & Surveillance Combining my PAWSE blog and the Weekend Challenge blog into one. <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREPARE for the coming week! -- I've planned 1/2 my meals for the next few days and shopped to be sure I have all the ingredients. The rest of the week's meals will be a combination of leftovers and some already frozen, I guess I've actually planned the entire week. I'm starting off the day by checking the challenge requirements so I know what I need to do. <BR> <BR> ACT -- I will continue tracki... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:53:12 EST BLC 26 - PAWSE Week 1 BLC 26 started today. I'm excited for this round to be starting up and am feeling very motivated to fully participate with my team and the challenges, and am sure I can meet my goals if I do that. <BR> <BR> PAWSE Wednesday Blog <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREARE for the coming week! -- I've done some fridge clean out and have planned 1/2 my meals for the next few days already based on the food we have in the house. I will plan the latter 1/2 of the week's meals before my next grocery shopping trip. ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:52:41 EST Video Workout Day <em>524</em> Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I have doing pretty good with working out regularly, and am happy about that. I try to mix it up a bit so some days it is long 8 mile walk with friends, some days it is quick 15 minutes of yoga. But, between workouts I am finding myself sitting in one spot for way too long lately. <BR> <BR> So today I decided to set up a reminder every 2 hours to stand up or stop whatever else I may be doing when that alarm goes off and do a SparkPeople video wor... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:32:01 EST BLC 25 Vision Board <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Part of our BLC Hopscotch challenge is to create and share a vision board for the remaining 6 weeks of BLC 25. So, here it is. <BR> <BR> I think it is pretty self-explanatory. The tiger picture is because I am on the Tenacious Jungle Tigers team. The rest depict areas of focus for me. <BR> <BR> This was a good exercise. It has been a while since I made a vision board, and it was good to think about what I n... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:46:35 EST Jungle ABC's of Me Posting for my TENACIOUS JUNGLE TIGERS - Jungle ABC's of Me: <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? -- Absolutely! I love a challenge and competing with myself and others. <BR> <BR> B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? -- I was in 2 previous BLC rounds in the Soaring Scarlet Phoenix team. Then I took a break; but, am back now and ready to ROAR! <BR> <BR> C is for CHILDREN.... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:10:19 EST Test Blog 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=""> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:23:15 EST Challenge Blog - Struggles and Successes 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 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=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 12:51:02 EST BLC 22 Review 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 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 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 One of my favorite inspirational quotes is this one: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <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=""> <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 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 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 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 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 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! 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. 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? 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><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=51200 </link> <BR> <BR> For reservations ($35 I think) go to <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 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><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 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 <img src=""> <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? 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? 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 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 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 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> </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 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 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 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 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 I'm just saying. <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> <em>28</em> <em>39</em> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:38:48 EST