SHERYLDS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHERYLDS SHERYLDS'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/ Exercise for Real Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789850 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161500461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to reorganized my exercise strategy.... <BR> and nobody does it better than Coach Nicole. <BR> So... I rejoined the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge. <BR> I love the videos but I've been cheating....a lot. <BR> Time to get serious again and follow the 4 week plan. <BR> <BR> A while back {between 5% challenges}...I started using sugar in my tea again. <BR> {...and not posting it...} <BR> I also started eating whol... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:10:45 EST Measuring Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788692 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1906688906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I spent a good part of my life feeling that I didn't measure up to someone else's expectations, as if I were some kind of human defect. <BR> What I didn't understand is that those people, and their small minds, <BR> did not BELONG in my BIG PICTURE. <BR> And when I finally understood THAT... <BR> I was better able to appreciate myself. <BR> <BR> Life is Short... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:14:00 EST Yin and Yang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787347 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2019366661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are always 2 ways to look at things... <BR> We always need to do a reality check and see the best/worst case scenarios <BR> and <BR> We need to stay sane and find the humor in it all. <BR> Making that choice for what I want Now versus what I want Most <BR> makes everything sounds simple. <BR> But <BR> we are also supposed to live in the present...so <BR> Sometimes living in the moment and just enjoying myse... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:20:18 EST Stay Frosty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730204738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> at this point ... each meal and exercise feels like an opportunity to do <BR> Just A Little Bit Better. <BR> Foodwise ... I have been focused on getting lots of veggies and good size servings. <BR> Activity wise...I am doing more strength training and core toning. <BR> I Feel It. <BR> <BR> 2 days until weigh in..... Go Team Go Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:16:43 EST Slow and Steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786285 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l11576675.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need a gentle reminder to do my exercise..... <BR> one for the fridge and one in the bathroom. <BR> The 2 places I know I'm going see a face staring back at me. <BR> <BR> I am learning that when strength training, using a slightly heavier weight <BR> with slow methodical movement, really works that muscle. <BR> BURN BABY BURN. <BR> <BR> One day at a time. <em>334</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>253... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:13:35 EST The Godfatter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785418 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359540900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with exercise. <BR> Any little ache ... and I'm ready to give myself an excuse to skip it for the day. <BR> BAD GIRL. <BR> I'm going to try watching some TV from last night's season premiers <BR> while I do my strength training. <BR> Maybe if I get distracted my INNER BRAT will stop complaining <BR> how unfair life is that I have to do this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:21:46 EST Stay Focused and Stay Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784651 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316677333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Years ago I had to have fast results to keep working on my weight... <BR> These days I fight to maintain the progress I've made so far, <BR> and I struggle forever to inch just a little more towards my goal. <BR> With age comes wisdom and what I have learned about the benefits of making better choices with food, far outweighs immediate results that rebound to even bigger gains. The lessons I have learned over the ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:02:26 EST BLC 26 Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784168 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550210122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BLC 26 Expectations: <BR> Exercise as a normal routine I look forward to. <BR> <BR> and She lived happily every after....the end <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:27:23 EST Exercise in the Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459719758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to remember this <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774248256.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am a morning person and my energy is at its best an hour after I get up. <BR> I have great equipment for cardio in my hall....it's called stairs. <BR> I have dumbbells and a Total Gym and resistance bands. <BR> I have great exercise videos from Spark <BR> I have great music for DANCING and for workin... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:41:01 EST Portion Dyslexia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782943 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1581058586.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have ......PORTION DYSLEXIA. <BR> I estimate a portion seems greater than it is when it is something I don't like <BR> versus <BR> underestimating a portion of something I love to eat. <BR> I hear it is a common affliction. <BR> <BR> I need to go back to weighing and measuring until my perception gets readjusted. <BR> <BR> the FALL 5% CHALLENGE begins anew tomorrow. <BR> I'm psyched. <BR> I've already started ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:49:35 EST Ebb and Flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1579336730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know that the scale is just one source of feedback <BR> but I keep playing with 3 pounds back and forth <BR> and depending on what I eat (an extra carb, salt, meat) I retain water. <BR> I'm like a sponge. <BR> <BR> And my mind plays tricks on me.... <BR> it is hard for me to get past scale numbers ending with zero, <BR> each one becomes a milestone <BR> <BR> Going to pick up a variety of squashes and cabbage... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:59:42 EST Okay Okay...I'm Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781706 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1734394898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So The Biggest Loser Challenge 26 has begun today (Wed 9/17) <BR> and my goal for the next 12 is to concentrate on Exercise. <BR> And to increase the amount of time...even if I break it up throughout the day. <BR> I should also do more strength training. <BR> And I need to do more balance training. <BR> <BR> Food isn't an issue with me...I conquered that battle <BR> but it still takes planning to get in 6 servi... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:26:09 EST Gravity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780350 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810355262.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ah yes...SOME LIKE IT HOT <BR> <BR> There are 2 BIG areas on my figure that I need to work on... <BR> Belly and Batwings. <BR> My problem areas used to be my hips and thighs but <BR> Mother Nature has a sense of humor and defied the Laws of Nature... <BR> so it seems my waist has become my center of Gravity. <BR> <BR> Maybe someone should invent Control Top Armsleeves? <BR> <BR> Anyhow...it's cooler in my area ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:28:06 EST the WaterShed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779590 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697247892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always drink a lot of water and iced tea. <BR> I average at least 2 liters a day....I'm a big gal... <BR> and I remember reading that cabbage is a natural diuretic. <BR> Lately ... I've been eating a Lot of Kimchi...I mean a lot. <BR> <BR> DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO THE 2 TOGETHER? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1322486310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watershed is de... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:11:09 EST Exercise ... need to make it happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779073 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1967190663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> okay ... so today is an overcast cool day. <BR> I can't use hot weather as an excuse......{..darn it..} <BR> Going to do a little dancing with my 5 lb. dumbbells and then do some stairs. <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:51:37 EST Dancing to the Beat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l568593481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am loving the cooler weather. It is invigorating. <BR> I finished the last of my bok choy and leek kimchi...going to make some more. <BR> It never lasts long enough to really ferment...but I'm getting in my veggies. <BR> <BR> Going to do some Zumba today and then walk over to the Produce Store and buy some pears, acorn squash, and butternut squash. I think I'll count that as strength training for today. ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:15:34 EST Mr Frosty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778090 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1398282018.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've joined two challenges for Fall...because some of us need more than a push. <BR> I need a cattleprod. <BR> And just to share with you how totally Crazy I can be... <BR> One day I'm making lots of healthy veggie dishes...(kimchi) <BR> And the next day, I'm thinking: <BR> 'Oooh the challenge is starting soon.... <BR> maybe I should buy some ice-cream before it starts". <BR> It is not as if I don't do this every... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:13:10 EST Some like it Spicy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776629 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1161786029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460178382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had fun yesterday. <BR> I bought cabbage, leeks, daikon radish, baby bok choy, cucumbers, and carrots. Then I bought toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili powder, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce. <BR> <BR> I came home and made 5 varieties of kimchi. <BR> I added very little sugar and I used apples for sweetness instead. <BR> An... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:35:57 EST Pickled and Fermented http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775704 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303663702.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gorgeous day and I'm all out of excuses. <BR> Going to try doing a exercise video this morning and a long walk this afternoon. <BR> <BR> My kimchi is delish....need to get other veggies to make other different kinds. <BR> I would like to try baby bokchoy....cucumber....and daikon radish kimchis. <BR> Kimchi is one of the top 5 super foods. Packed with vitamins, prevents disease and increases immunity are just some... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:54:18 EST Finally -- a break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775093 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338227924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> much cooler today...finally...a break. <BR> Planning to take a nice long walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2004808326.jpg"> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:39:24 EST Act Out Your Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774556 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l531925579.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599244825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> hot and muggy again today.....can't wait for fall. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:54:35 EST Uh Oh -- 4 months left 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774001 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1408862754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1845487757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l4113380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> bought a small head of cabbage and I'm about to make some kimchi for snacking. <BR> Have fun this weekend... <BR> <BR> Push That Tush... <em>247</em> <em>381</em> <em>304</em> <em>253</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:16:02 EST Don't Compare Apples to Oranges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773299 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1519952157.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One would think that by now I would know <BR> "Don't Compare Yourself to Others".... <BR> But <BR> There is still a part of me that looks at the other person and thinks <BR> "Why Can't I do That?" <BR> <BR> In fact there is a part of me that looks back and remembers <BR> taking 3 pounds off a week without even trying. <BR> The thing my selective memory forgets is that I was a whole lot more active and <BR> ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:26:23 EST Hot and Muggy...Yuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771860 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96563935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 90 degree weather with near 50% humidity today...and me with no A/C <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790929727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will be with you in spirit. <BR> <BR> I made a great chickpea/chicken stew yesterday <BR> and I have a freezer full 0f frozen veggies....I certainly won't starve. <BR> I am about to do 10 minutes of abs and then I'll hit the shower. <BR> <BR> Keep cool and... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:53:43 EST Walk the Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770389 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419498576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1226349738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642962246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2084782978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Giving myself a little pep talk this morning. <BR> I've been doing this long enough to know the script. <BR> I need to push myself into more action. <BR> Had my healthy breakfast ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:17:36 EST Rhetorical Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769926 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1256944297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like I already know the answers to <BR> the questions I keep asking myself. <BR> Then I start wondering ... then why don't you do it <em>38</em> <BR> The little voice inside my head says: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1038819635.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1826189966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:19:13 EST Queen of Denial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769530 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807006910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had a heart to heart with my inner child today <BR> about how the scale doesn't move <BR> and it is obvious that my head and my tush are not working together. <BR> <BR> I know that I need more effort in the exercise area... <BR> because the body tone is soft... <BR> well not soft actually....more like mush...oatmeal really...okay cellulite. <BR> But like so many other things in life...at least I can stuff it in ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:03:04 EST Dance Fever...Bachyderms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768286 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1173431597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> needed a little something to smile about today... <BR> I am soooooo tired of bad news... thought you could use a smile too. <BR> <BR> Eleanor Bartsch uploaded a video and her story is: <BR> "warming up for a performance of the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. <BR> I decided to go outside and play a bit for Kelly and Viola, 44 and 45 year... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:46:20 EST Getting Ready for another Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767320 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1082133041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I first get that jumpstart to do something, whether it is sheer desperation or fear, the novelty and motivation is in high gear. <BR> I have that obsessive/compulsive gene...I shift into overdrive <BR> {...and sometimes...0verkill...} <BR> and it feels euphoric...for a little while. <BR> I get annoyed when someone tells me to tone it back a notch...they don't get it. <BR> It's like swimming. <BR> I need th... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:33:48 EST Top 10 ways to tell if your Inner Child is messing with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764986 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l56429153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 10. It’s only Monday and the treats you bought for the week are already gone. <BR> <BR> 9. you keep finding empty protein bar wrappers but you haven’t been working out. <BR> <BR> 8. you have plenty of veggies in the fridge…but all the fruit has been eaten. <BR> <BR> 7. the peanuts, the almonds, and the walnuts…have all disappeared <BR> <BR> 6. the raisin bran box is empty and you notice how regular yo... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:20:39 EST It's Never Too Late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755126 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846334524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, <BR> then they seem improbable, and then... <BR> when we summon the will, ' <BR> they soon become inevitable." <BR> ~Christopher Reeve <BR> <BR> Still working on improving my lifestyle... <BR> and it will always be a work in progress <BR> But that's the way life is. <BR> <BR> "We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. <BR> And we have to be ready to rele... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:05:58 EST Not necessarily the Laws of Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753014 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1951974280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The news is still bothering me <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Warmer today. Resisted the temptation to splurge on ice cream yesterday. <BR> Planning to have a nice iced coffee frappe with a late lunch. <BR> Feeling a little lethargic today....May be coming down with a cold. <BR> <BR> I don't need to cook...plenty ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:06:43 EST Smaller Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752291 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21918435.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am soooooo tempted to get something sweet right now. <BR> Trying to contain myself....my Inner Child is acting up ... big time. <BR> I don't even know what I want...just want it. <BR> Don't want to undo the effort I've been putting in. <BR> <BR> I need to find something to take my mind off things. <BR> {...and don't tell me to go for a nice long walk...it's hot and humid...} <BR> <BR> oh well. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:04:09 EST I've got my Eye on you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751719 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1195939628.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Exhausted today...weather related. <BR> Going to do a little strength training and gentle stretches. <BR> <BR> Found a great sale on bell peppers... <BR> trying to find out what I need to do to freeze them. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>253</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:26:30 EST the Last word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751165 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l454950607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A sudden storm hit my area and a clap of thunder that felt as if it were right outside my window made me jump off the sofa. <BR> Okay, Okay, I'll do my exercises....you don't have to get so pushy. <BR> <BR> fish for dinner with brussel sprouts, mushrooms, <BR> and grilled tomatoes with parmesan. <BR> Brewing some black tea with a peach that was getting too ripe. <BR> It should make some great iced tea. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:01:55 EST Enough Already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750622 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l58782433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1239655722.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958495112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1867278476.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm a news junkie ... and I keep trying to avoid looking...but I can't help myself. <BR> I can't keep up....don't want to either. <BR> <BR> The best news I read was the <BR> Aw... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:01 EST The Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749731 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919693753.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The weather has been fabulous. My food choices have been great. <BR> I have been doing my exercise. And everything feels like it's falling into place. <BR> <BR> I just wish I had committed myself to this feeling sooner. <BR> But you can't change history. <BR> Meanwhile...I making more of an effort to get rid of clutter...food and otherwise. <BR> It's amazing how I hold on to stuff I know I am not goin... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:39:48 EST Flirting with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745084 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1583805082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> People have all kinds of reasons for pushing food at you... <BR> but with all the BAD news these days <BR> I came across a very funny NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC presentation about <BR> a photographer and a leopard seal. <BR> <BR> I think this one will make you smile.... <BR> Photographer Paul Nicklen receives an unexpected gift ... (7 min) <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmVWGvO8Yhk </link> <BR> <BR> so the ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:55:35 EST Keep Flying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743406 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1182760620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Holding on to the Past...whether it's a bad memory, old habits, old preferences... <BR> can be a huge waste of time and energy. <BR> Even false expectations can be draining. <BR> I tend to pour a lot of enthusiasm and effort into a NEW PROJECT <BR> and walk around in the state of euphoria....until the novelty wears off... <BR> and I stop getting the 'unbelievable' results that I got initially. <BR> But ... isn't t... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:44:57 EST Still Working on the Endorphins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740966 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l421063120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Still not doing well with too much cardio, <BR> but I am getting stronger with the strength training. <BR> Yesterday, I broke down and treated myself to some thin sliced ham... <BR> I haven't had ham in years. <BR> I should have bought some melon to go with it... <BR> but I didn't think of it until I got home. <BR> <BR> I had a big lunch of roasted veggies and chicken <BR> Tonight I'm going for oatmeal with b... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:29:04 EST I must be doing it wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2069492355.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Muggy today ... but still I tried. <BR> I did 45 minutes of dancing to fast meringue and worked up a sweat. <BR> I don't feel energetic in the summer...but it hasn't been brutal....yet <BR> <BR> I'm still drinking about 10 glasses of water (with lemons and limes) <BR> and I am well hydrated. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l440189903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Keep pushing .... <em>381</em>... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:48:30 EST Obstacles -- this too shall pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736623 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315793749.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1030792500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918209465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1291815463.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342992212.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1633720087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this very fu... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:17:34 EST A Fish Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l38937954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I think about what my ultimate goal is.... <BR> it usually feels IMPOSSIBLE. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028880773.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But when I break it up into smaller milestones... <BR> it feels like something I can handle <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1542288027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now ... if I could only get into exercising and toning <BR> <B... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:09:23 EST Resilency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734450 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1469957023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I tried a new exercise routine this morning and the back said: <BR> "ARE YOU IN YOUR RIGHT MIND?" <BR> I think it is a combination of weather and unfamiliar moves. <BR> {...try again tomorrow...} <BR> <BR> Have you heard about the new waterslide in Kansas, taller than Niagara falls, <BR> (17 stories tall....a 15 second drop...up to speeds of 60 mph) <BR> My question is considering that accidents do happen and ri... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:07:54 EST Pushing the Underdog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733842 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1215754923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm participating in the 5% Spring Challenge (lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks) <BR> and I'm on the Underdog Team. <BR> So far this week has been good but I need to push harder <BR> <BR> My problem IS and will always BE..... exercise. <BR> And I came across this humorous video that made me smile <BR> so I tried it myself...{...be grateful I'm not into selfie videos...} <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwfL... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:19:38 EST Blueberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733230 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2024129413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Blueberries went on a special sale this week and I bought a lot to freeze. <BR> Naturally, my Inner Child had a party and enjoyed herself. <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:06:58 EST You are what you eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732460 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1946228488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> do you see the woman? <BR> <BR> Last week I focused on cutting WAY back on starches and <BR> eating LOTS of veggies. <BR> I plan to continue that strategy. <BR> Besides the fact that it is super healthy and low in calories, <BR> it is also a lot of food. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966718135.jpg"> <BR> <BR> do you see the man? <BR> <BR> Last night I had 1 chicken thigh and ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:04:04 EST Stand Up to your Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731772 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1154445998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WISHING YOU A FUN DAY SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES. <BR> <BR> HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:58:44 EST Yin and Yang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731251 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37161570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I said...I am not a summer person. <BR> Today is hot, hazy, and humid with Thunder Storms predicted. <BR> {...don't know how people handle this weather in places like New Orleans...} <BR> BUT <BR> When the weather is like this....I don't feel like eating, <BR> So I guess there is a up side to everything. <BR> <BR> I woke up late this morning....I'm going to borrow some COLD weather DVDs <BR> from the library, a... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:04:01 EST Summer is not my thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730767 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280544215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I SURRENDER....SUMMER IS NOT MY THING <BR> <BR> I am great with the food choices but in hot humid weather...I move like a turtle. <BR> I've been drinking tons of lemon water, <BR> so by now I've done about 10,000 steps just going to the restroom. <BR> <BR> and summer is just beginning....yuck <BR> I'm hoping my body is acclimating...{...but don't count on it...} <BR> I need to aim for very early morning walk... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:00:26 EST