SHIRE33's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHIRE33 SHIRE33'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/ Staying true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244815 I am in a good mood. I still have stacks of papers to grade, but overall, I feel good. I'm looking forward to my run tomorrow. <BR> <BR> That is a fun thing. Looking forward to a run. After having to take the week off last week, this week I've felt very strong. Friday I changed my run/walk ratio to 2 min. run/30 sec walk. This felt just fine. I even did 2.5 minutes at the very end because it felt silly to walk the last 30 seconds of my timed workout. <BR> <BR> I also had fun this week buyi... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 20:00:47 EST Staying true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244814 I am in a good mood. I still have stacks of papers to grade, but overall, I feel good. I'm looking forward to my run tomorrow. <BR> <BR> That is a fun thing. Looking forward to a run. After having to take the week off last week, this week I've felt very strong. Friday I changed my run/walk ratio to 2 min. run/30 sec walk. This felt just fine. I even did 2.5 minutes at the very end because it felt silly to walk the last 30 seconds of my timed workout. <BR> <BR> I also had fun this week buyi... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 20:00:40 EST How normal people handle stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242816 So it was one of those weeks. I get to 200.8 and then things fall apart. So close! <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday afternoon my mom had a heart scare, so I picked her up and took her to the doctor for an EKG, missing my Tuesday afternoon strength training. He said she had a. fibrillation, so he prescribed some pills. We picked them up and I sat with her for the rest of the day. She felt in less pain then. The next day I didn't like leaving her alone all day, so I stayed again. First I got up at 4 to... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:03:57 EST That is not how I want to age http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236795 Last July I was sitting in my dad's hospital room, helping him recover from carotid surgery after a series of small strokes. I had recently been walking with my mom and seeing her (and hearing her) get winded after a short walk. They're both 76. I'm 54. And I thought that is not how I want to age. <BR> <BR> I called my trainer. We started weekly workouts for strength training. And I activated my old Easy 5K Jeff Galloway app on my phone. On Aug. 1, I started running - well, walk/running. <... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:44:19 EST Progress is better than goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229896 You know, I don't know what my "goal" is anymore - that elusive goal that I used to set, the one that meant every day I didn't get there was "fail." <BR> <BR> I have a weight listed on my tracker, but really, I don't know what I'm going to weigh when I am satisfied. I just know I'm going to know. <BR> <BR> So in the meantime, I'm celebrating progress. Today I finished week 5 of my Easy 5K and I ran/walked three miles! And for the first time in 5 weeks, I got back to that wonderful place -... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:50:10 EST Exercise helps my busy days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227946 What a day. Ran this morning. Took Dad to breakfast. The girls couldn't come to work today (one has a sick child and she drives the other one). But I got all the harvesting done myself for the CSA. Also put a pork roast in sauerkraut in the Instant Pot on slow cooker setting and that worked great. Delivered vegetables, came home and Hub added some veggies and had the dinner on the table. Now I am going to be grading for awhile. <BR> <BR> But I feel wonderful and competent. And hey, I saved ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:51:22 EST Putting ME on the agenda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223850 Four years ago my weight loss program fell apart. Almost to the day. On August 25, my 50th birthday, I weighed 152, down from 245. Then at work, my university went from quarters to semesters, our enrollment dropped 40%, our jobs were in jeopardy, our insurance changed, all my courses had been completely revamped, I was still in mid-farm season, of course, and I was feeling more stress than a belt wth too few notches. <BR> <BR> One thing I felt had to go was my exercise program (to be honest,... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:33:05 EST I'm a runner again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217480 Just a note of encouragement to myself - I have run two full weeks of my Easy5K reboot! I moved in week 2 from a 30-second run/45-second walk ratio to a 60/60 ratio and that worked well. Surprised me. I really wanted to move to 45/45, but there wasn't a selection for that. The first few 60s running I had to push through a bit, but now it feels fine. <BR> <BR> I'll probably stay with this ratio for at least a couple of weeks more, then move to maybe 2-min/1-min, and so forth. I wonder, though... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 21:45:03 EST Run Day One - I did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210297 I've been wanting to do this all summer and today I finally just did it. Went to the bike trail and got my first run in. /happy dance/ <BR> <BR> I'm using Jeff Galloway's Easy 5K app. I love it because he coaches you along and it's a run/walk program - he believes that all runners are stronger longer when they work in walk breaks from the beginning. Walking and running use different sets of muscles, so you get in a good workout while alternating, without stressing your body. So you can work ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:43:07 EST Enjoy the journey - milestones matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209619 Today I hit 209, which is a nice number because it means I have less than 10 pounds to go to be back in Onderland. I dropped 1.8 pounds this week, which is remarkable, since I've been averaging 1/2 to 1 lb per week since May and lately I've been dropping 1 to 1.5. Must be on a streak. And then I've eaten out three times! - once at Olive Garden, once at Red Lobster and the last night at a local picnic that served wings and corn on the cob. Well, that's what I ate - I skipped the cheese burgers... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:24:42 EST I am not a miserable failure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202423 Starve and lose fast or eat and lose slow - those are my choices. I've chosen to eat and lose slow, but there are days when this is a tough decision. <BR> <BR> The last time I was on Spark and lost 93 pounds, I lost it pretty fast - 245 to 153 in about 15 months or so. You can see the photos in my album. But I couldn't maintain it. Just like time before that when I lost 70 pounds and the time before that when I lost more than 50. You can see a pattern, right? <BR> <BR> At least this time I... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:45:32 EST The unexpected mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198562 So I got to looking at my measurements records and I see that it's good news. Just Saturday I was feeing down about my weight. I had done a bad thing - I caught a glance of myself in a full mirror in Costco BY ACCIDENT. <BR> <BR> I don't avoid mirrors, but I'm usually prepared. :D I thought I looked kinda cute and, frankly, I DID. But I'm still pretty thick, and side-views really show that. I was pushing a cart and looked over and there was a mirror propped up on the aisle. It just made me... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:52:22 EST Always Hungry? The book that taught me I didn't fail - now I know why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97c36b4d-2d13-4e0e-a050-2e5673c7e8ec.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's me, third from left, with my farm girls. I'm pretty happy now, though still on my journey. In January I was pretty glum. Having lost 93 pounds and gained back all but 18, you can imagine. And then I read this story from WebMD about the fact that it's impossible to lose weight and keep it off except for a tiny tiny few. Having lost mine in about 15 months, I could attest to that. <BR>... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 14:21:13 EST Surgery, but I'm better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788598 Went to the ER with gall bladder attack Tuesday night about midnight. Well, Wednesday early, I guess. It was bad. Surgery Thursday afternoon and home Friday after lunch. <BR> <BR> I had been having these spells for at least two years. Finally early this year I had one that was worse and it actually had localized pain, instead of waves of bad nausea. That's when I finally knew it was my gall bladder. So I saw my doctor about six weeks ago. We did blood tests and ultrasound to determine I had ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:30:34 EST Selfie - yes, enjoy the way down, too. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755085 So today I took a selfie of me in my new on-sale jean skirt. I'm at 204, which is a long way yet from my goal of 150, but it's ALSO a long way from my starting point of 245. Last time I don't think I appreciated myself enough on the way down from 245 to 152. <BR> <BR> I just kept focusing on how good I WOULD look, so I often missed out on how good I DID look on the way. <BR> <BR> Here's the photo - a little grainy, and yes, I see flaws (so hard to get over that habit), but I also see a per... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:57:16 EST So, when did your gall bladder problems kick in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754186 Well, I know everyone doesn't have gall bladder issues. But I've read that people who lose a decent amount of weight will often have them. I guess that's what I have. <BR> <BR> I'm still in the process of figuring it out. Ultrasound yesterday for gall stones. Dr. put me on 40 mg. of Nexium to rule out acid reflux. I was hopeful that maybe that was it, since I don't have all the classic symptoms, but last night, after nearly a week on the purple pill, I had a bad bout, so I'm thinking it's p... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:38:06 EST More kinds of win - a hilly, up-and-down path is NOT success/fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753223 I've been surfing around on blogs, finding some kindred spirits in the stop-and-start-style journey to a healthy weight. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of us, and that's empowering. I don't think any of us need to feel bad about it, either. <BR> <BR> For one thing - we're still here!! That's hugely important. We are here, and we're learning more about ourselves and our journey, which means that no matter what we are making progress. <BR> <BR> For another, we've learned so much. Some are lesson... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:51:06 EST What if your ideal weight number isn't your ideal weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749884 I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I set my "ideal weight" at 140. The decision was based on a number of criteria - my height (5'6"), my build (medium-large), and a lot of charts. I felt good at that weight in the past, and it was higher than my old college-age weight of 130, so I felt it was realistic. <BR> <BR> On my last weight loss journey (which dead-ended), I got down to 152. I felt fabulous, looked fabulous, but I was still determined to get to that number - 140. I didn't. A ... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:43:45 EST Summer Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748445 I've been working hard every day this summer on the farm. Things look good. I finally figured out how many people I need to be working with me to make this work and keep up with things. <BR> <BR> So, being outside nearly every day for 6-15 hours is a good way to stay focused on fitness. But in a more natural way, since "working outside" is not the same as "working out." :D <BR> <BR> I've noticed that my legs are strong, my back hasn't been bothering me a lot, my arms are toned, I'm tan, an... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:45 EST March update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660143 Just a quick update. No, I haven't given up again (yet). :D I am swamped this time of year with end-of-semester work and also beginning-of-season farm work. So, I haven't been posting a lot or tracking here. But I've been trying to check in a few times a week and to post my weight losses. <BR> <BR> So far this go-round I've been losing about 5 pounds per month. Not setting the world on fire, but going in the right direction, and probably more healthfully. <BR> <BR> I haven't been to the g... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:12:30 EST Scale victories or losses are meaningless, as a measure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639773 Well, just going on record here to establish my determination. An entire week of staying on track with my eating plan. I walked or ran 5 days out of 7. And lost no poundage. <BR> <BR> Grrrrr!! <BR> <BR> But, it doesn't matter. Not in the long run. Or on a long run. :D What matters is consistency. There was a day when I'd be furious and go eat something just to spite the scale. But the scale doesn't carry the weight, just reflect it. So there's no point in getting upset about it and sabotag... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 18:39:59 EST Shhh. I don't want my lazy butt to hear this, but . . . I ran for a bit yesterday. :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630865 Shhh. I don't want my lazy butt to hear this, but . . . I ran for a bit yesterday. :D <BR> <BR> I'm afraid that if my a$$ hears about it, I won't be able to get it up and moving next time. <BR> <BR> I downloaded the Easy5K from Jeff Galloway yesterday (by lolo). I used to use his Easy10K last time I got on my running kick to get me from the 5 to the 10K level, and I loved it. And I like this one, too. <BR> <BR> I was going to wait until I got closer to 210 or so, but what the heck. I do ha... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:36:09 EST Spark doesn't like brackets. Ate my blog post. }:/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629255 Great. I write a blog post about dealing with a stressful morning that ran counter to all plans. But I coped. And then I hit post. Spark tells me I have HMTL in it and to go back. Well I most certainly did not have HTML in it, but when I click on the back button provided, it gives me a blank blog entry, the one I had written deleted. Spark thinks anything you do with a bracket is code, so I probably had a bracket in there somewhere instead of a parenthesis. Idiotic system. Hello 2014!!!!! <BR... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:12:41 EST Wait a minute. I think I did do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628963 I was thinking about my "addiction" framework, and how people say that you should never ban certain foods because it just feeds cravings. But it occurs to me I've already had some success in this. <BR> <BR> I stopped eating fast food hamburgers after watching the documentary Food, Inc. I had been trying ever since I read Fast Food Nation, but with partial success. That last one did it. If I ever did eat fast food after that, it was chicken or something, which also wasn't great, but it was be... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:08:10 EST Grandma did it. So can I. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628383 I'm so excited! Finally. Big woo-hoo when I stepped on the scale today and met my weekly goal. But even more exciting is the fact that for 7 days I kept to my eating and exercise plan. Even if the scale does't keep up, I will be happy about staying on track with my plan. <BR> <BR> From my "addiction framework," it's been easier (so far) to say no when I should because I have one more reason. It's not just that I want to lose weight. It's that I have to say no. That's a success in itself. <BR... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:25:04 EST When it's your attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623667 You don't know you're at the bottom until after you leave. <BR> <BR> So I don't know if I'm at the bottom. Yet. <BR> <BR> Been feeling so negative about my weight. I'm old enough to know that this isn't the same as hating myself. I don't. But I hate what I've done (or not done). I have to hate it, I think. I have to absolutely be disgusted, in order to blast myself out of this rut. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I posted about food addiction. I finally knew it when I realized I was once again eating ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 06:37:44 EST What you can't face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623347 I've about come to the conclusion that I'm a food addict. <BR> <BR> I honestly didn't think I was. But there really isn't much else to explain the weight gain. Or unsuccessful weight loss. Or whatever you want to call it. I can lose weight, but I am a miserable failure at keeping it off. <BR> <BR> I was making my typical lament Tuesday: if only I was addicted to smoking or alcohol or drugs. Then I know I could give it up. I KNOW it. But you can't give up eating food! <BR> <BR> But then I... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:38:17 EST Week 1 reboot -- I'm happy with it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610845 I've lost 3 pounds this week, so I'm happy. I always drop faster the first two weeks of getting back on it. Probably mostly water. But whatever it is, I'm good with it! <BR> <BR> I'm packed for the gym today, so that's two days of workouts. I'm aiming for 3, so I might do something this weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm sleeping a little better and my mood is improved. So, overall, making progress. <BR> <BR> Still need to start planning meals a little ahead. I did okay this week, but that can be a ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:19:42 EST Well, I'm still here at least. Climbing out of the hole. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608166 So, back at it. I've joined a 10-week program at work. I do a weekly food discussion, check in activity for 3 days per week. Log food. Weekly weigh-in. <BR> <BR> The best part is that it's being organized by my former trainer, whom I love. It's funny - I had been seriously considering calling her. She's no longer with my old gym (and neither am I), but is doing well. I really like working with her. I will gladly pay to continue after the program is over. <BR> <BR> I need the outside motiva... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:44:59 EST Things weigh on us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512149 Things are weighing on my mind. Finishing taxes today (major). Finishing a set of papers to grade (important). Missing two meetings because I need to stay home and do these things (not great). House needs cleaning. Garden needs work putting it to bed for the winter and deciding what's going to work for the late market weeks through November (maybe we won't have much). New greenhouse needs planting, but the electric and water aren't set up yet (worrisome). <BR> <BR> I try not to think about a... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:58:07 EST The NSV vs. the MST -- Missing Slim Things. Still good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510864 People love reading NSVs. I have another list to post. I thought of it while driving the other day, past the bike trail where I used to run. <BR> <BR> See, I lost 93, then gained 62. Now I've lost six and a half on my way back down to where I was and to goal. So I want to post MSTs -Missing Slim Things from when I lost weight. And at size 4, I felt pretty slim. <BR> <BR> 1. Taking my jeans out of the dryer and marveling at how small they look. <BR> 2. Sitting in a chair comfortably while h... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:50:56 EST Little measures of progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510139 When you weigh once per week, you rely a lot more on how your clothes fit to measure progress. The shorts that were almost too tight to wear are now loosely comfortable. Not too large to wear, but big enough that I wouldn't buy them, if I were shopping. Yay. I must be almost to size 14. <BR> <BR> When I get to 190 or so, I'll go to the thrift store and pick up a pair of jeans or two, to get me by until I can at least get in my 8s. <BR> <BR> Don't I sound confident. :P :D <BR> <BR> Milest... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 19:51:54 EST Skewed by the Scale - NO! Not this time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505862 Left the keys in the car and Hub took the car to church because he had to be there early. Looks like I'm going to have a morning off. :D <BR> <BR> I'm trying to maintain proper perspective. It's All Attitude!! Right? I lost a pound this week, but had hoped for 2 (or 3) being that it's early in my program and historically I lose faster then. But I DID gain almost 1 percent body mass in muscle, according to my scale. Fat percentage didn't move, but seeing the muscle increase is good. The ST mu... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 10:07:58 EST I may be converted to weekly weighing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499130 I think I like this weekly weighing thing. I am not preoccupied with every little up and down on the scale. When I reach my goal, I will probably go back to daily weighing just to keep track of things, but on the way down, this method is better for my peace of mind. <BR> <BR> Two full pounds this week! I wasn't sure what to expect, since I've been eating in the upper range of my calorie limit. It's closer to what I will be doing on maintenance, so I guess in a way, I'm working on maintenance... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 08:52:35 EST Wow, I figured it out -- eat to lose, to find and keep The Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494188 So tonight I wanted a piece of zucchini bread (chocolate, with chocolate chips), and I ate it. <BR> <BR> It took me within 3 calories of my daily range. Last time through this process, I would have said no. After all, it'd boost my weight loss to say no to those 215 calories. I lost faster, yes, but I didn't stay on it. <BR> <BR> No matter how much I knew that I had to make a lifestyle change, I kept thinking that I would do that after I lost the weight. I found out the hard way, with a 60... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:12:44 EST New motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492558 I do not like that picture. The one that shows up beside my name when I post stuff on SP. (Yes, that one up there.) <BR> <BR> I liked it when it was taken, when I had lost 35 pounds. The first time. But having lost 92, then gained 60 back, it's a reminder of that slide backward. Yet I'm using it, since it's got to be what I look like (minus the longer hair). I need to keep remembering that. <BR> <BR> And so it's motivating me to keep at it, so I can put the next picture up, the one from whe... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:38:29 EST Reviewing the first week back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492050 First weekly weigh in is tomorrow. I'm kinda nervous. I know I lost, because my pants already fit better, but weighing weekly is new for me, and I don't know what to expect. The first week back is usually pretty good, though, so I hope it's a good number. <BR> <BR> Even if it's not great, I don't care, though. It's really feeling good being back at it. I am enjoying the gym more each day. It'll be wonderful when I get used to everything at a new gym, where stuff is, what the procedures are f... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 15:44:55 EST Start slow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487955 Day 2. Good breakfast again. Another mean green smoothie and a hard-boiled egg. The wonder is that I got up in time to MAKE these things before dashing off to work. And now I'm blogging. Better time management. That's a big part of this, isn't it? <BR> <BR> In fact, that's what I had such a hard time with a year ago when we switched at my job from being on quarters to semesters. It blew my mind and my schedule. <BR> <BR> This year is so much less stressful. No threats of job loss or cut bac... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 07:13:42 EST Well, no, I wasn't back. But maybe this time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486479 Joined a new gym, with a 6 a.m. appointment tomorrow with the trainer. Sign of commitment. <BR> <BR> I am ready to try again. I have to get that way. I am upbeat. I like the fact that I haven't given up. <BR> <BR> Got stocked up on some good food at the store. I wanted some kefir to add to my juices, and other things for juicing. I really only needed some Granny Smith apples. Right now I can get everything else I need for juicing and healthy meals from our gardens -- kale, collards, brocco... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 18:54:50 EST Am I really back on track now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406164 After two solid weeks of eating well and exercising regularly, I'm starting to be cautiously optimistic that maybe this is it, I'm really back on track. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, I feel comfortable. It's familiar. It almost feels as though I hadn't stopped living this way. Which is so encouraging, because maybe that also means that my lifestyle really has changed more than I thought. After being off track for 9 months, I thought maybe I'd just lost it, that my success was the aberration. <BR>... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 09:24:49 EST Some NSVs -- what are yours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401651 I commented on another Sparker's page about NSV's, so I thought I'd share them here. Some of them I am still enjoying, having lost 36 pounds, though some of them are on hold until I lose what I gained. <BR> <BR> One NSV so far is that it's been 10 days tomorrow and I've been on track every day. Next week might well be a lot harder, with Mom's open-heart surgery, but at least I have some good habits underway now. <BR> <BR> <BR> The towel fits around you after a shower. <BR> Feeling comforta... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:28:14 EST Bitten by running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400434 This morning I was going a bit late, but made it to the bike trail. Walking for my warm up. MOSQUITOS!!!! They were awful! I actually had to stop and go to Mom's to see if she had any bug spray. She didn't. So I went to the local grocery store. <BR> <BR> I decided to try those clip-on kind of bug deterrent, thinking it'd be better than slathering chemicals all over me. So I read the instructions, put it together, then glanced over the instructions once more. It says that if you move, wait f... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:30:03 EST You don't have to hit a goal to feel good. You can do it now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394939 You may weight 427 pounds. Your exercise plan might be to walk to the mailbox or to do a chair workout. You don't have to be 140 and run a 10K. When you work out like you planned, you feel great. You don't even have to wait to hit a goal. You can do it today. <BR> <BR> I've spent 9 months feeling bad because I was off my program. Most thoughts of how I was doing were negative. Today, at 211 lbs, I did day 2 of my "Re-Run 5K" program, and even though I'm only running 45 seconds at a time, I... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:05:21 EST Mom's open heart surgery is our open door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389231 Mom has had her open heart surgery set for July 1. The doc thinks she'll do great. She's among the very lucky - first, she's not one of the 6 billion people on the planet who have no access to this kind of health care. Second, she has not had a heart attack and has no heart damage. <BR> <BR> The doctor said everyone has antherosclerosis of some kind. It's a human thing. He said he hopes he dies of it, that his 12-year-old son dies of it some day, because dying of it is really what happens w... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:57:12 EST Yikes and a wasted morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343354 So, do I get work done outside or take an hour and walk? This used to be a no-brainer question. I'd get out and walk, and then eventually I was running. I always did it early on MWF. <BR> <BR> Now, I can still do that. Then work outside. But I do miss being able to sit out on the porch when the sun in streaming in, checking my email, reading, or just daydreaming. It seems sometimes that I only feel responsible if I'm doing something I'm supposed to be doing. Maybe I just need to schedule m... Thu, 2 May 2013 14:18:23 EST Busy all day. That's got to burn a lot of calories, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333379 Busy busy today. Graded the last of a set of literature papers. Then I went outside. Too nice to sit in here grading. Measured and secured the drip tape for the northwest plot. Got each one 30" apart. Then I started planting. Seeded 12 double-rows (60') of broccoli raab, spicy greens, Red Russian kale for cutting, a "wild kale" bed, 4 kinds of spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, baby lettuces, and carrots. <BR> <BR> Feels so good to accomplish a lot of work. Next will be transplanting lettuc... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:21:08 EST Sunday and trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330355 The next morning. The back-at-it morning. Baby steps. So far, a good breakfast of oat cereal and blueberries. DHA organic milk. Whole, though. I think that it's healthier than skim, and it doesn't upset my system as much, for some reason. And half a cup isn't going to blow my day. <BR> <BR> Made beef and noodles for a potluck board meeting today. I will have to pay attention to what I eat there. but I'll eat a light supper, for sure. In a two or three weeks I'll be able to harvest salad fro... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 08:28:57 EST Tomorrow is day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330066 School is out next week. I'm going to post some short blogs more often, just to have a reason to come here and do something. <BR> <BR> I'm doing okay, but very much off program. Going to try to start back beginning tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It bothers me to know I might do it all over again but never be able to just be normal. But the way to normal is just trying to do the right things one day at a time, and I can do that, at least. <BR> <BR> I think that in another week or so I'll feel pretty... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:42:37 EST Clarifying lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272218 Sometimes it's good to list things and clear your head. <BR> <BR> Good things this past week: <BR> 1. Getting accepted into a big new farmers market for the season <BR> 2. Finding one good employee for the season and having a lead on a second <BR> 3. Joining CostCo. Never want to set foot into Sam's again. <BR> 4. Decided to buy a new truck later this spring, to handle both markets. <BR> 5. One more week till spring break. <BR> 6. Daughter may get to work with cheetahs this summer! <BR> 7. ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:41:20 EST 5:2 fasting - worth a shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265325 <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/948045<BR>1/The-52-diet-can-it-help-you-lose-wei<BR>ght-and-live-longer.html </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to write about something I'm trying to do for both health reasons and for losing weight. Some people advocate fasting as a way of life. Now, I don't really, but I've found this article that addresses the issue, and so I'm trying a modified version for awhile. <BR> <BR> You've probably heard about the people who eat a "calorie restricted" diet, stay un... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:19:34 EST