SIMPLYPATTI's SparkPeople Blog SIMPLYPATTI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 100 things for the next year So every year on October 31, I make a list of 100 things I want to do over the next year. I may have something as simple as buy new walking shoes or something as challenging as hike all the trails in the large parks by my house. But I have committed to making this list. This year will be the 8th year of lists. I have decided to use this blog to share my list and then I can comment on what I accomplish and how it went. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 12:39:30 EST Haven't blogged in forever Or at least a month. Been crazy around here - got my gallbladder out yesterday. Full of stones. Seems to be what was making it hard to be consistent with eating and exercise. The vegetables were making it go crazy and causing me to feel awful. When I worked out my stomach would ache so bad. Finally got to the go to the ER stage Wed. Went in, they said call surgeon that gallbladder needs to go. Called surgeon he said come see me now. Went to him and he said it comes out tomorrow. So ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:32:11 EST Dust yourself off and try again! I overate this week. I blame my period but really I have to get control of myself. I had a stressful situation with a customer at my business. Had to get police and a lawyer involved and I ate the hell out of my stress. I feel like a disgusting failure. I am back in the 290's and I am not surprised at all. I could have pulled myself out of the slump at any time in the week and instead I used it as an excuse to eat. I undid all my hard work. <BR> <BR> I am not defeated. <BR> <BR> Th... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 11:28:16 EST Out of the 290's! Need to keep it that way! So glad to be on course and losing weight. Do I wish it was faster? Of course I do!! But I am changing my life here not running a sprint. <BR> <BR> This is a marathon! <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning with my right arm numb, I had slept wrong and it was asleep. But this sent me into a complete panic! It is 6 months since my stroke and any numbness still scares me. I sat straight up in bed and immediately began checking my face and all of my limbs to make sure it was all ok. I then ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:03:25 EST So tired this week - but pressing forward I am dead on my feet this week. Not sure why, maybe a TOM coming thing or the big drop in temperature or who knows. But I am not letting it bring me to a standstill. I am going to take a good hike tonight after work. I went to bed early last night because I was falling asleep every time I sat still. I am feeling really sluggish now, like the afternoon slump thing. But I am not going to miss my walk. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:13:09 EST Drummed so much today! I got to participate in a giant drum circle today with the band Tuatha De Dae and the singer Ginger Ackles. We had a blast leading this two hour circle! My hands ache, my arms ache and I have a bruise on my left hand. But the energy and excitement of such a great event outweighs what ever hurts right now. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 22:30:16 EST Cedar Point Survivor! We spent the entire day at the park! From Open to Close! I was only turned away from 1 ride! <BR> <BR> Here is a list of what I was able to ride for other people - <BR> <BR> Mine Ride <BR> Corkscrew <BR> Iron Dragon <BR> Gemini <BR> Magnum XL-200 <BR> Mean Streak <BR> <BR> <BR> I did not want to ride the Wicked Twister, Pipe Scream, Top Thrill Dragster, the Millennium, Raptor or the Gatekeeper so I did not try. <BR> <BR> I did the test seat for the Maverick and Rougarou and they wou... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:49:52 EST Cedar point tomorrow - Am I too fat?? I had to work with my daughter's play all this last week. Lost some weight only .2 but it is still down so I will take it. I am going to Cedar point tomorrow and I am terrified that I will not fit on any rides. I am going anyway - time to face the truth about my size and work to better it. I am not really excited to be turned away but I am preparing for it. I also looked online at the meal plan and I also mapped out the healthy eating places and I am doing the drink plan but sticking wit... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:33:40 EST Busy busy busy! I have been so busy the last few days I have not had time to blog, but this is fine with me, I have worked out like a champ! <BR> <BR> Monday - After work I got some much needed yard work done. It was hot, but I loved feeling so accomplished. <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Got inside the house scrubbed top to bottom, it was so hot outside, I figured this way I get a workout and I am out of the blazing heat. <BR> <BR> Wednesday (today :) ) - Went into the office early, and then took the kids to th... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:09:35 EST Reunion survived! I planned my day and worked my plan! I hiked, and swam and did not eat a ton of junk! I did have a diet soda or two but it was after all the food was put away so that I was not tempted to eat the cookies or cakes offered. I had watermelon and blackberries instead! <BR> <BR> Today went to a cookout at a friend's house, resisted the lemon cake and had watermelon and pineapple instead! <BR> <BR> I am on a roll. Went to the mall today and walked laps because it was rainy and hot for outsid... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:15:00 EST Today is our family reunion and I am terrified Today is the Repine Reunion. It is an annual tradition in my husband's family for more years than he and I have been alive much less married. It is also a lot of food. I am so concerned that I am going to blow it. I have a plan in place for the whole thing this is it: <BR> <BR> 1. I will have one reasonable plate of food. Not 2 or 3 or even more. <BR> <BR> 2. I am drinking water all day so that diet soda doesn't mess with my head and get me wanting something sweet. <BR> <BR> 3. We a... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:55:39 EST Even in the dark - you gotta work! Was dark when I got to the park tonight, still got out the car, hosed down with bug spray and went for a walk! Wed, 15 Jul 2015 22:30:04 EST So stress eating and I know each other well I am going to go with maybe we know each other too well. I have a friend who lost their mom this weekend. He is a terrific guy and his mom was a sweet and wonderful lady. She died suddenly and it was devastating. I have eaten my way through the emotions that brought up for me. I did okay Friday and Saturday when she was in ICU but Sunday and Monday when it was coming to the end, I just broke down. It was too close to home and the memories of losing my mom came flooding out. I ate junk ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:19:26 EST Movin on and movin forward So have you ever looked around a room and realized that you were not where you should be? I did that today - virtually. I looked around and realized that I was not where I should be and needed to make a change. I have nothing but warm wishes for those who are there, but I just don't feel like it is a positive space for me any longer. I am going to keep up the good fight! Healthy is the goal and I will keep working toward that goal. Love to all and keep sparking. Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:45:45 EST So it is three more weeks of this boot I am in a lovely boot for the next three weeks on my left foot. I am guilty of stress eating for the last few days. I am in the middle of wrapping up our IRS audit and then get this injury on top of that is just not what I need in my life right now. Tue, 12 May 2015 21:45:56 EST 21 years and counting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy to say that today marks 21 years with my hubby. I could not ask for a better partner and best friend than the man I married! I love him more each day! <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:26:01 EST So the odds are against me, but... I read an article in Prevention Magazine yesterday that had a very depressing statistic. <BR> <link><BR>t-loss-tips/weight-loss-gastric-bypass<BR>-surgery </link> <BR> <BR> This is a quote from the article : <BR> <BR> "Ninety percent of people who nonsurgically lose more than 5% of their body weight regain it within 5 years. "When you diet, every signal in your body says eat," says David R. Flum, MD, MPH, a gastrointestinal surgeon at the University... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:46:09 EST Three things I love about me! I am trying to stay positive right now, I am part of a 5% challenge group and I feel like I am letting the team down because I am so sick right now. I have had a stomach virus since Friday night. This is day 5 of the 7 days the doctor I went to see said this thing could last, my 14 year old son has it too. We are living in the plague ward at the house, staying away from everyone else. <BR> <BR> So anyway figured I needed some confidence boosting instead of letting myself continue to tea... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:38:08 EST Doing better but not 100% I am able to keep some food down. Tonight will tell the tale. I will go to the doctor tomorrow if anything else bad happens in stomachville. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 22:30:54 EST Hopefully not the trend for this challenge I am so sick right now. Stomach issues with a vengeance. I am hoping they resolve quickly so i can enjoy Easter with my family. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 20:25:47 EST Ten Reasons I am losing weight <BR> 1. To be healthier. <BR> 2. To be able to go farther, I want to walk, swim and ride farther and faster <BR> 3. To be more comfortable in my own skin. <BR> 4. To go sky diving <BR> 5. For less achy knees. <BR> 6. TO be able to complete a 5K <BR> 7. To be able to bike the Towpath from Cleveland to Akron <BR> 8. To go up stairs without straining. <BR> 9. To dance with out getting worn out <BR> 10. To feel sexy again! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:43:14 EST I have decided that I cannot diet. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Diets will never work for me. I am all about how to get around a problem. I view a diet as a challenge to get around not a solution to the issue. Because diets are temporary in nature, I tend to view them as something to get through, not what I need. I need a way of life change. I need to add activity and exercise to my life because I really like to eat. Not garbage, just food. I love to eat yummy food. If ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 09:14:45 EST My TIA made me MIA So I have been doing really well keeping up my spark streaks and participating in my Spark Teams and losing weight and feeling happy about my progress. Then a sassy ole TIA decides to come along and mess my progress all up. But you know what? I don't even care! I am so happy to still be here, so happy to be typing these words without any assistance. Heck, I am thrilled to pieces about everything! <BR> <BR> Because it could have been so much worse. Please know the signs for a stroke. ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:15:14 EST Making friends with the tape measure~ I am happy to say that I am getting better at not dreading the tape. I had not measured myself since Nov and that is not good, Non scale victories are important and I need them in my life. So I went on and did it. I lost an inch off my waist! Now that may not seem like much, but I have been at this since August and the tape had not budged. A whole inch is awesome! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:35:44 EST My timer is a great success tool. I have to write and say that it is sometimes the silliest things that really work. For me, I can get lost in the desk work and not move all day. I own my own business and I can spend hours doing the paperwork, entering the bookkeeping and answering emails, (playing online), etc. So it has been the simplest thing, I set a 30 minute timer on my phone with the clock app that came standard. It goes off I get up - if I am at the office, I check the post box across the street and other up and m... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:04:39 EST Twas the night before Thanksgiving... Tonight before the holiday, I am taking them time to write down all the people I am thankful for, the things in life I am thankful for, and the experiences I am glad to have had. Now this list could be a mile long, and I am so happy that I can say that. I do this every year, I write til it feels right. I would urge anyone that is struggling with the day, take this time. If you have the opportunity to share that list, then do so, tell the people on it that you appreciate them. I want to say ho... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:24:58 EST Smile! The world is watching! Today I have worked hard to smile at any stranger I see. The holidays can be so dark and dreary. The smile I share maybe the only one that person saw today. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:34:27 EST Today and Yesterday My goals for yesterday were to talk with a friend or family member - take a trip down memory lane. I talked with my kids, my hubby, my aunt and a friend at work. <BR> <BR> Today was to take the time to appreciate animals. My kids and I stopped today to watch a flock of Canadian Geese going about their morning routine. My daughter pampered our dog with a really thorough brushing when we got home. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:01:08 EST Talk to someone on the fringe Today my goal is this: <BR> <BR> Take time today to engage someone on the outside of your usual circle. Is there someone where you work with whom you would not normally talk? Strike up a conversation. If you know everyone at work, give a smile to someone who looks like they are not having the best day. Sometimes that is the only outside acknowledgement they may receive today. It only takes a moment, but it can mean the world to someone. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:57:04 EST Counting down to wellness Everyday, I am going to try to post something positive for the day. A good thing that I am doing, a thought, etc. Surrounding myself with positive as we go into the winter months and SAD takes it's toll. <BR> <BR> So today, my goal is to make something to give away. I will edit this later to show what happened. <BR> <BR> I made lunch today to share with someone I work with. <BR> <BR> She was very appreciative. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:21:09 EST Could this be the time I get it right? I am actually afraid to type this email. I am doing really well right now. I am in Week 4 of an exercise challenge here in Sparkpeople. I have been consistently walking three times a week with my family since August! I had to buy new walking shoes because I wore the old ones out!! Holy moly! I am so scared of jinxing the whole thing, but so proud of how far it has lasted. I have lost 14 pounds since July. I weigh in every week expecting the yoyo and the scale keeps showing a smaller n... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:29:12 EST Keeping fit is great! I got the Fitbit and I have a lot of good things to say about it. I have had it almost a week. It really makes you think about how much you sit. I think it is making me move more just so I have a happy little face on the silly thing. But if that is what it takes to get there, then I will. I still have not hit my 10k steps in one day. But I was almost there last night. So that is the next goal and then we will work toward a new goal. Good luck and Happy Monday! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:14:59 EST Walking to win My husband and I both have a lot of weight to lose. The kids just went to their annual physicals and they were told that they are getting to heavy and need to break the cycle before it becomes a problem. We sat down as a family, made the hiking schedule. Put it in our calendars as an appointment and stuck to it. We are walking 60 minutes three times a week to start. We will add more days after two weeks of sticking to it. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:44:51 EST Taking a good hard look.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And not liking what I see. This was taken at a friend's house two weeks ago. Man it really helps me to put my size in perspective and not forget how far I need to go. The mind can trick you and help you remember how you used to look. Then a picture like this comes and blammo no more fantasy world for me. Time to get back on it. Need to look at this everyday. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 19:04:06 EST Being wrong never felt so right! I posted last time that I had gained all this weight back and I was feeling horrible and all that work was for nothing! Well, as the week went on last week I still felt back physically weighed in again on Thursday because I could not get my rings on my fingers and my shoes were tight. I had gained even more weight. Well I talked it over with my hubby because i was looking at a 16 pound gain over a two week span. That was crazy. I knew I had not been doing all I could to get healthy but t... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:47:23 EST Even though I messed it all up, I am still not stopping. So I went and gained all the weight I had lost back. I am trying so hard to not go right back to failure mode. Where I give up and say that I should not even try because I cannot ever do this. I will not give in to the ugly voice in my head that says I am destined to stay this big. <BR> Here is the plan for getting back on track (and how I am doing so far): <BR> <BR> 1. I have to, have to, have to track my food. I get so lost in the day and mindlessly munch. The tracker makes me stop... Thu, 8 May 2014 08:08:52 EST Happy Birthday to me! Today is my birthday, it has started with a bang. Animals sick, hubby sick, cleaning all that associated mess. Cooking my own birthday meal due to hubby being sick. Getting ready to go pick up my own birthday cake. Wow. This year has to have an upswing soon. I am exhausted. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:16:42 EST Wow 2014 can bite me already. This has been a rough start to a new year. Jan 7th I fell off of the back porch and tore my right petellar tendon in my knee. Got well from that and two days after the all clear to regular activity, I got H1N1 flu. I am just now feeling like a human again, even though I am still on meds and an inhaler. It is March people. I have spent the better part of this year on the couch sick! Good news. I am not any heavier than when I first got injured. I consider this a major accomplishment. ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:54:47 EST plans and commitments So I went and bought three sport bras. Big step here. Removing excuses. "Oh I would do that but it hurts." Well not now. These puppies are on lock down. Not moving a bit. Not the most flattering look, but it will get the job done and that is what matters. Hubby and I have discussed getting outside for walks together, after mother nature is finished with her arctic blast. Not walking in below zero. I have not yet reached that level of exercise nirvana. <em>425</em> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 07:49:31 EST Working for my goals in 2014 We are all looking forward to a new year, looking for the fresh start and the begining of a time to make resolutions. I do not make resolutions, I make goals. I make a plan, a to do list, this is what works best for me. I like this quote. <BR> "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, <BR> Whispering 'it will be happier'..." <BR> &#8213; Alfred Tennyson <BR> This is a good way to look at things. I hope you all have a prosperous New Year. I wish nothing but the best for all my... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:16:42 EST Planning the work and working the plan I am getting ready for the post holiday return to a regular routine. Do I think I have been successful in weight loss this holiday break? Not really. Do I think I gained any weight back? I hope not but I am also not weighing in until after the New year. I know that my weight has probably fluctuated all through the month and I feel that by weighing myself I will only make myself feel bad. Also as this is the first year since my mom passed away, I needed to deal with that and if I push to... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:19:51 EST Merry Christmas Baby! <img src=""> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:54:50 EST Hope you had a Cool Yule!! We celebrate Yule here in our house. We welcome the return of the sun after the longest night of winter and we burn the Yule Log. We sing carols and drink the wassail. Gifts are given and love expressed. We share the stories of the year thus far and remember those that are only with us in spirit. They are kept alive through our stories and memories. When you ask someone to describe somebody, "Tell me about Joe" They do not give you a physical description. "Well he was about 6'4" blond... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:40:44 EST Whew tis the season to be hectic! Man is it crazy right now, presents to finish, and wrap - cards to mail, like today! So much to do. Trying to fit healthy eating in this schedule is presenting a challenge and I find myself resorting to old habits of fast food. Going to make a healthy lunch my priority today. I figure one healthy meal at a time to help me find my way. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of the tree we built on the wall. Me and My 13 yr old son!! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:12:36 EST Finished with the decorations So we finally got the house completely decorated and it is looking good! Kids were great! I made this awesome tree for the wall with my son and the power tools! Here it is in all it's Yuletide glory!! <BR> Or not since I cannot get the photo to load, oh well it is late and I will get it going tomorrow. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:20:23 EST Relaxation and memories I think these two items need to go together better for me this year. This is the first Christmas without my mom. I need to relax and allow myself to feel whatever it is comes through. Acknowledge that feeling and let it go. Don't fight what my brain or body is trying to do, if I need to take a quick minute and have a cry, that is ok. I did yesterday after we put up the tree. I decorated this year with all of the ornaments that my mom passed down to me. Some are from her childhood. We ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:32:21 EST Why I am trying! <img src=""> <BR> These guys are why I try - they are why I get up everyday and stay motivated to succeed. I will be healthier, I will be strong and I will meet my physical goals. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 08:34:22 EST Holiday cookies without guilt! We are in holiday cookie making land this week and I will not allow guilt to sabotage me into overindulging or being miserable. I will have a few cookies and adjust what I eat for the difference. If this is truly to be a lifestyle change, I will need to adjust to life. There will be cookies and I can eat my fill, or I can have a few and give the rest as gifts. That is the plan this year. Bake like we always do, but they go away! I own my own business so instead of buying corporate gifts... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:18:19 EST Winter breakfast I am sitting here with my daughter and contemplating my breakfast choices. I am planning on a warm bowl of Irish Oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins and dates. She had Greek yogurt with granola. <img src=""> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 09:02:47 EST Home is where the leg rests Had a good time with my daughter yesterday in the park. We hiked for 5 miles and her school group learned a lot about the Cuyahoga Valley Watershed. I got home and was sore but expected a little bit of soreness because I hiked 5 miles in the snow and ice. But as I warmed up I realized that this was not just some soreness. I did some damage. My knee was swollen and aching - so I applied RICE and watched some TV while making snowflakes with the kids. Took motrin and propped it up in my be... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:16:04 EST