SHELTIELADY's SparkPeople Blog SHELTIELADY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back to Basics week 1 I tracked every day but one,this week. I got more exercise in than was called for in the challenge. I did well on drinking at least 8 glasses of water. I posted one recipe and I got one night of sleeping 7 or more hours. <BR> <BR> I am having a hard time getting back into the habit of tracking but I am determined to make it second nature again. . Sun, 22 Nov 2009 00:26:18 EST And then there was one. <img src=""> <BR> Mom holding me, brother Jr (age 20) and Stan (age 8) <BR> I have always lived a lonely life. Mom saw it when I was still a child. She always said it was because we kids were such different ages. She also said that when we became adults that age difference wouldn't be as important and we would become close. I didn't understand what she meant. I thought everyone felt just like me. LOL It has taken me 63 years to understand w... Sun, 6 Sep 2009 12:58:09 EST That meeting was even worse than I had feared The problem has been resolved. I just hope it doesn't raise it's ugly head again! <BR> <BR> Sally Tue, 9 Jun 2009 08:31:06 EST The dreaded Sheltie Club meeting tonight Another month has flown by and it is time for the dreaded meeting. The hostile take over that 5 people are trying to pull makes for a meeting from hell. <BR> <BR> Our club has done some amazing things in the past! We have started several new & workable ways to get more entries at the shows and other clubs are still using several of them. We have a nice bank account. We are still the only specialty club to pull of a 5 day specialty cluster and the only one to offer cash trophies for all cla... Mon, 8 Jun 2009 10:37:21 EST The truth about HSUS is finally coming out In case you haven't heard, WSB-TV Atlanta aired a telling expose last week on the deceptively named Humane Society of the United States. Unfortunately, after only 24 hours of that airing, all mentions of that piece were removed from the station's website. <BR> Whether the HSUS turned their lawyers loose on the station with threats is being speculated. The video made an appearance on YouTube garnering tens of thousands of hits before being removed due to "copyright" issues. Yeah, right. It... Wed, 27 May 2009 15:31:47 EST Where do the days go? I didn't realize that it had been so long since I bloged! There just hasn't been to much to say though. I try to stay busy moving and with spring finally being here that isn't hard to do. <BR> <BR> The pool is down for repairs again. That means I am off until whenever the pump comes in so I am taking some other classes at the gym. Mornings are spent with the dogs and I am planting, weeding, raking and tilling my afternoons away. Then classes in the evenings. Gee, no wonder I haven't had ti... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 09:31:51 EST Wednesday, April 1, 2009 Spark & I have an anniversary on April 3rd. ! <em>503</em> <BR> <BR> I can't believe that April is here already. Time sure flies when your staying active! March was a good month. I ate well, exercised a lot and got a start on my garden. Oh, and I stayed at goal weight too. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> In April I am going to quit going to the gym as much and spend more time working outside as well as getting my dogs to looking their best. April is a whole month of shedding those winter coats fo... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 12:00:24 EST Snow comes to Alabama <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is after 1 hour of snow and we have several more hours beore it is over. And it was 57 yesterday. The old saying is that if March comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb. We will see. LOL Sun, 1 Mar 2009 10:06:30 EST Goal weight met Maybe I should have added again to the title. I have met my goal before only to lower my goal and try for a few more pounds gone. LOL <BR> <BR> Tonight I will celebrate the fact that I am happy with where I am and how I feel. Yes, I'm going to celebrate by having a great dinner. Slow cooker Taco chicken. YUM! If you have not tried this check it out here: <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=141491 </link> <BR> Throw in some brown rice, corn & spinach and a glass ... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 11:53:00 EST New You Bootcamp Starting info <img src=""> The pants I am holding are a 20W and not being able to get everything shoved into them was the start of this Spark journey. One of my first goals was to be able to wear them. LOL <BR> <BR> Today's numbers. <BR> Weight 141 <BR> Bust 38 <BR> Waist 32 <BR> Hips 38 <BR> <BR> The day I found Spark was April 4, 2008 and I weighed 200 pounds. I didn't take my measurements that day. It wasn't until I had lost 12 pounds that I worked... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 10:15:19 EST When is enough enough? Ok, is it enough for me? This is a question I have been pondering for over a month. My Dr's & trainers and even DH agree that I am at my ideal weight. So why do I hesitate to quit trying to lose more? <BR> <BR> Lists always work for me so I guess I'll list my reasons here and then see how they stack up. <BR> <BR> The why I should lose another 10 pounds list: <BR> 1. I put 130 on my tracker and if I change it people will think I have given up. <BR> ( that is just plain dumb girl! What is m... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 10:16:56 EST B & A Journal - Christmas day All this week I have been telling myself that it is OK to splurge for a while. Not only have I been killing the downward movement of the scale but I feel horrible. My head aches, my tummy is "off" and I have the blahs. <BR> <BR> My goals in this challenge were: <BR> 1. learn to set mini goals/rewards for myself. <BR> 2. do better at staying in the 1000 - 2300 sodium range <BR> 3. do strength training on the machines at least twice a week. (I love cardio & circuit training classes but have... Thu, 25 Dec 2008 10:06:08 EST B&A update Met all my B & A goals yesterday! <BR> <BR> I have discovered that I can't reward myself for weight loss but I can reward myself for the length of time I have been consistent. So from now on that will be my goal. As long as I am keeping on keeping on that weight will take care of itself. <BR> <BR> The sodium is the tough one. I am getting a collection of healthier recipes and that helps a lot. I was over on both Mon & Tues of this week but a call yesterday from the Dr's office about my ne... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 09:57:20 EST Take that Jack Sprat! Spark and I have a 7 month anniversary today. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I was hoping to get that 60 lbs off goal today but it just wasn't meant to be. So I'll be happy with the 59 that are gone. <BR> <BR> I am celebrating our anniversary with 2 new swim suits. I ordered them online and I sure hope they fit. I went to a fitness store last week and tried on a few so I think I know what size (14) I need. I really wanted to get them there but they were all black. Yes, I know black is supposed to... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 09:39:54 EST Before and After journal - Day 1 It was a dreary day and my energy level was low. As I set my goals for the newest challenge I just knew that I wasn't going to accomplish anything today. After a few minutes of considering going back to bed I decided that I was going to the gym. I hurried to get dressed and in the car before I could change my mind. I knew that if I thought about it I would start the old mental games with myself. So away I rushed. I got in 90 minutes of full circuit training that included 30 minutes on the tre... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 23:39:50 EST BEFORE AND AFTER JOURNAL CONTRACT BEFORE AND AFTER JOURNAL <BR> <BR> <BR> I Sally aka Sheltielady will participate in the Journal Challenge and promise to not say anything negative about myself when I post my journal on my blog or on paper. I will at least post once a week or daily in my blog. I also agree to stick with this until December 29th the end of the challenge. The goal I choose to work on is: <BR> <BR> 1. learn to set mini goals/rewards for myself. <BR> 2. do better at styaing in the 1000 - 2300 sodium range <... Sat, 29 Nov 2008 12:49:14 EST My November GOYAAM plan Even thought the month is almost over I still plan to: <BR> <BR> Get back on track with my circuit training. <BR> Get at least 8 glasses of water a day. <BR> Track all food eaten. <BR> Keep my sodium between 1000 and 2300. <BR> <BR> <BR> I had to take 6 weeks off from exercise and I just got started back yesterday (11/28/08). So my main goal is to get back to training. Tue, 25 Nov 2008 23:54:51 EST Have I sabotaged myself I was reading a friends blog this morning and I realized that I had gone full circle and need to start all over again. It also reminded me of the different feelings I have had on this journey. <BR> <BR> She spoke about how she used to look for excuses to get out of exercise and I thought "Boy does that sound like me." <BR> <BR> She talked about how she has learned to love exercise. How she looks forward to it and does it first thing in the morning and I thought "Boy does that sound like m... Sat, 22 Nov 2008 13:26:11 EST The Dachshund & Pink the Pig <img src="">This Dachshund is fostering this little guy for another mom who couldn't take care of him. <BR> He had his eyes closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other pups. <BR> <BR> She loves this little guy as much as the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. <BR> <BR> He is the cleanest pig-uppy ever because she licks him all the time. <BR> <BR> HIS NAME IS PINK.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <im... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 17:39:02 EST I can't believe this much has gone kaput. 50 pounds gone as of this morning. That little nag voice inside my head that I hate so much is saying "So what you still haven't reached your goal so what are you celebrating" Well little voice. I AM CELEBRATING 50 pounds GONE. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2008 11:13:05 EST 5 month Spark anniversary Tomorrow 9/3/08 is my 5 month Spark anniversary. It sure doesn't feel like it has been that long. I still feel like Spark people and I are on our honeymoon. I can't wait to get to the puter every time I eat or exercise. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the first day in these 5 months that I didn't get to track my food and exercise. You know what? I'm not beating myself up over it. I have learned here that I can not always be perfect but it is OK. <BR> <BR> August brought some great changes. I got ... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 15:24:26 EST Stage 4 and the changes I need to make. On Spark people the today's quote is: <BR> "Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm. " <BR> <BR> Today I started stage 4 on Spark. It has been quite a journey! I have learned a lot about myself and my eating habits. The hardest thing has been succeeding in eating right, most of the time, while having a husband that needs to gain weight and eats nothing that is good for him. <BR> <BR> I know now that as I realize where I have been going wrong I need to learn ... Thu, 7 Aug 2008 13:07:42 EST Stared off good but here I go again Wanted that pizza badly last night. And I was so disappointed at the way it didn't taste as good as I thought it would. But I went back to my "old ways" and ate it anyway. Why oh why do I do that to myself? What is even worse is I ate the left overs today. Couldn't let it go to waste so I put it on my waist. <BR> <BR> OK, I hope I learned my lesson! Lets start over. Sun, 3 Aug 2008 17:51:17 EST August is here The month of July was went slowly as far as weight loss was concerned. I stepped up my exercise to 5 days of cardio and 2 of strength. The harder I worked the less I lost. Stayed at 1 lb. every week for the entire month. Don't get me wrong I was grateful for losing that lb. but I wasn't going to make my deadline of Nov. 3, 08. <BR> <BR> I am show secretary for the only 5 day cluster of specialty shows in the USA. That is quite an honor and I take it very seriously. <BR> <BR> I have been wo... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 13:46:45 EST Memorial day weekend 2008 Today is the Saturday following the big weekend. It was quite a week for me. <BR> First, I lost a very precious furbaby. One of my Shelties. She was old and her heart started failing her a week ago today. By Memorial day (Monday) it was very, very apparent that she wasn't going to make it. She will be missed badly! She was my traveling partner, my therapy dog and for many years my best friend. <BR> Second, I started on level 3 of Sparks. I even changed my goals. When I started I had more th... Sat, 31 May 2008 09:28:29 EST