SKYVALLEYGAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SKYVALLEYGAL SKYVALLEYGAL'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/ Terrible Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596132 It is 4:18pm I will be so glad when this day is over, It has been one of the worst I've had in a while. I did get some exercise in at the office this morning when DH informed me I needed to vacuum around our computer hard drives! I'm not the maid or at least I don't intend to be and I refuse to spend my w/e coming to the doggoned office to clean it. He has no idea how to even turn on the vacuum. Well, that made me mad enough that I not only vacuumed 2 of the 3 office spaces, I dusted and e... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:24:22 EST Sad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492244 Today I lost a very special friend. He died because of a stupid ATV accident. A 58 year old grandfather gone because of a careless accident. He leaves behind a wife he had only recently found who seemed to make him very happy for the first time in a long time, a brokenhearted daughter who is a young mother and I'm sure some devastated sisters (3 of them) not mention a whole community who loved the big red headed, heart of gold, never met a stranger, huggable, fun loving, cuddly teddy bear ty... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 20:52:24 EST Whoo Hoo! Great visit at the doctor's office today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455469 I began my SP journey in earnest last October 2012 after a visit to my primary care facility, a PA tried to double my BP med, put me on anti depressants and some other drugs! I weighed in that day @ 167 on their scale. I refused to go on these drugs and wasn't about to double my BP med. Today, I weighed in on their scale at 132.6 with a BP of 114/74. The PA I saw today reduced my already lowered BP med by taking me off the Hctz and leaving me on a 10mg maintenance dose of plain Lisinopil. ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:28:07 EST Lost TOO much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448164 Today my greatest fear came to fruition. I got on the old analog scale this morning and literally had to step off and try again. Then I still couldn't believe what I was seeing. I got my reading glasses so I could make doubly sure I was seeing it correctly. According to the scale I was now at 125! Way, way, way too low. My happy place weight would have been 145 then my awesome weight would have been 140 when I hovered around 132 for several weeks, I was settling in and felt well my body had d... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:12:55 EST Maintenance and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413690 Well, I met my ultimate weight goal of 140 back in March. Then the pounds kept dropping. I think it finally stopped, I now weigh around 132-133 and have for several weeks now. I'm 5'8 1/2" and about to turn 60 years old. Wow, never in my last 2o years would I have believed I would ever weigh this little again. I was always skinny even after having my babies in the 70's. Only when I stopped smoking and had a hysterectomy in the same day Dec 30 1996, did the pounds start accumulating. I've yet ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:12:14 EST Relying on my own intuition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341307 Spark Coach wants me to think about relying on my own intuition to determine when, what and how much to eat. I think I have conquered the eating humongous portions and allowing myself to be tempted (usually by hubby) now I need to trust my intuition to tell me it's ok to eat more. I am hovering between 135 and 138 that's 2-5 lbs below my untimate weight goal. I am afraid to allow myself to eat when I am hungry. My caloric intake is below where it should be almost every single day. Carbs and ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:25:43 EST long term goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336864 Spark Coach encouraged me to think about long term goals up to 10 years. Wow, I hadn't put it into that perspective. I'm about to turn 60 years old; in 10 years I'll be looking at 70! I guess the first thing that comes to mind as a long term goal is to stay healthy physically and mentally.Osteoporosis runs in my family so a priority will be to make sure I kept my bones strong. (need to work on that strength training). My mother developed alzheimers, my maternal grandmother also suffered a sev... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:51:00 EST Continue to lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322219 I am now almost 3 lbs below my ultimate goal weight. Must slow down the weight loss. Can't figure out why I continue to lose but also need to get a grasp on maintenance. Don't want to start re-gaining. This is a real dilema. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 21:52:07 EST Easter Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306590 Quiet Easter Sunday began very early atop Black Rock Mtn State Park for sunrise service. Very blessed way to begin Easter Sunday. Not enough rest this weekend though has left me exhausted. Weight dropped below 140. Must watch don't want to lose anymore! Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:56:21 EST Time to start maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290392 Well, I passed my goal weight a week or so ago and this week I saw the scale tip at my ultimate weight of 140. WooHoo. Now I have to start thinking in terms of holding my own and not losing. You know I think that is more scary than undertaking the challenge to lose weight. When you first start, you think, maybe I can lose a few pounds and get healthier and stronger. Maybe my body will look better but when you hit that final number on the scale and you know the 1st part of your journey is ove... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:10:52 EST Setting goals pay off tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287000 Well it was a rough day at the office. I hardly got out of my chair came home exhuasted ready to cry feeling totally overwhelmed. What a bummer DH was going to a meeting and I had the house alone and didn't feel like doing anything. Thank goodness I got in about 20 minutes exercise early this am b4 going to work. I was almost finished logging and posting on SP when I looked at my "other goals" and realized I was only 10 minutes short of making my daily exercise goal. Ten minutes! Well, I foun... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:09:16 EST Wonderful Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285842 Today was pretty awesome. Hubby got up extra early and left to go out of town. WITHOUT ME! YAY!! I was able to make my breakfast lentils (pretty good but I think I can tweak them a little next time). I did 2 SP videos and got lots of stuff done b4 leaving for the office. Then I had the office to myself all day. I took my leftover Orzo Primavera add no salt veggie broth and made soup from it for lunch. Very good! I got home b4 DH so was already on my Wii when he came home. And Oh, I almost for... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:14:49 EST Plans for Wednesday 3 13 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284510 WooHoo! Hubby is going to ATL for meeting EARLY tomorrow am. I get the chance to have the house to my self for a couple hours b4 work. After I get in my morning meditation/prayer and exercise, I plan to cook the breakfast lentils recipe from SP that I've been salivating over for a week. That will be my breakfast along with some fruit. I already have left over primavera orzo with veggies that I plan to add lo sodium veggie stock and heat up as a soup for my lunch since I don't have to worry ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:58:58 EST Daylight savings time begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281786 Woohoo, I get more afternoon daylight time whcih means more time to exercise and less to procastinate. However, I am already concerned that I will be able to get up early enough in the morning to squeeze in at least 1 short SP Video and my 15 minutes prayer/meditation time. I opened my eyes this morning at 6:45 which is my time to get up tomorrow am if I want to get up in time for my routine; it was pitch dark black. Ughhh! I don't get up easily when I can't see at least a crack of daylight s... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:26:45 EST I'm tired of winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271826 I have never liked winter. Oh I appreciate living in the mountains especially in the summer when I leave 100 degree temperatures to come home to the high 80's. Yesterday, I awakened to a blanket of snow around my home. My neighbors were gone for the weekend and I was responsible for taking care of their aging dog and crazy cat. With snow on the driveway and our little road there was only one way to get to their house, WALK! So, the snow was actually a good thing I had no choice but to make at... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 22:07:45 EST I'm free Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259309 OMG! I can't wait until tomorrow gets here. I am leaving my DH!!! Why am I so excited to be leaving my DH??? I spend 24/7 with him constantly. I need a break. Tomorrow I am heading back to my home city of ALBANY GA that ALL BENY to those of us born there. I will be going to meetings, a dinner and a luncheon so it will be a busy busy visit. It will also be an emotional trip for me because I will be sitting in a very special room that my daddy sat in so many years ago and I will be in another r... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:50:34 EST I reached a goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224256 For the 1st time in about 10 years, the scale says I weigh less than 150. That was a really nice surprise for a Saturday morning. It was so motivating to find that out that I did 52 minutes of Wii exercise, 2 Spark People Videos including one using the resistance band I bought last year and only tired once before. Being really disappointed that I can no longer come to a sitting position from a lying position (sit ups) I dug out an old spring loaded exercise tool from the 80's that helps with ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:14:00 EST Bad weather Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5223700 Well, we started the day almost getting killed or at least in a bad wreck because my DH thinks his 4wd jeep can go anywhere anytime. Guys with 4wd are dangerous!!! I tried to tell him that things were glazing over before we left for the office. He never listens to me. Guess who was right. The driveway was so slick that he had to put it in 4wd and we still slipped several times just getting up and out of the driveeway. Then the real fun began. Our little narrow, winding , STEEP road to the mai... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 21:56:56 EST Bummer! missed my water yoga class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210820 I really enjoy going to my water thai chi/yoga class on Wednesdays. It's very relaxing and a great stress reliever. I feel like it's wonderful "me" time for me! <BR> I had my swim gear with me and planned all day to go however with less than 1 hour before time to leave for the class, I realized I had to stay at the office if I was going to be able to complete a monthly report which was due tomorrow. Then just as I was finishing the report DH comes in from his meeting but instead of being read... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:10:30 EST Satisfying Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204364 I'm a happy camper. I was able to spend a Saturday WITHOUT my DH! Oh, I know that sounds ugly but when you work and live with him 24/7 it's like a holiday to have him go one way and you the other! Mine is so attached to me that even on weekends he wants me with him every minute. I was able to clean my house, go shopping, get ALL the laundry done. Wow, it feels wonderful to know it's all done and I have Sunday to go to church and rest <em>244</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:26:05 EST Finally Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202879 After the last 2 weeks having a holiday in them, it's been a really long week. I was truly challenged Mon, Tues and Wed to fit in any exercise time. At least until I went to my water yoga and thai chi class Wednesday evening, What a relief! That's my favorite time of the week. It's truly my only ME time. It's stress relieving and fun! Now it's Friday evening and I got some good exercise time in today. I hope to make up for lost time this weekend. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:40:01 EST Off to a good start for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189077 I'm feeling pretty good about myself so far this year. After eating those blackeye peas cooked with bacon grease and the mustard greens also cooked in bacon grease so I can make sure I have pennies and dollars this year :) I began Jan 2 on a healthy note and by joining the 2013 jumpstart challenge I feel obligated to squeeze those exercise videos in. I got new Wii games including the fitness coach for Christmas and Maya and I are becoming good friends. I just wish she'd stop taking so many br... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 22:19:55 EST Trying to get back in the groove. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165973 After a whirl wind trip last weekend, I have gotten off track as far as exercise. I had to make another out of town trip yesterday and sat in a sale meeting all day after driving 100 miles to get to it. I was exhausted when I returned home and had no energy to do anything. Tonight, I had a bit more energy and actually logged 60 minutes of fitness. <em>244</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:11:52 EST Finally found some energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157638 I've been feeling overly tired all week. I feel like I must not be getting enough sleep even though I'm logging at least 7 hours. My calorie count has been pretty low this week and I think I did some "overdoing" it last weekend. This morning I had a dizzy spell in the shower. I was not sure I'd have the energy to make it to my water aerobics class. While running an errand for the office this pm; I picked up a 99cent pack of unsalted almonds, went through the drive thru at McD's and got mysel... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:42:22 EST Blessed Beautiful Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153972 I started this morning with the blahs, a really bad case of "overdoers exhaustion" after an extremely busy and physically active Saturday. After a banana, yogurt, OJ, and a cup of coffee I began to feel more energetic. I decided Lilly and I would go for a short, easy walk. Once we started walkingthe morning was so beautiful, it was 55 degrees with a light wind, we just kept walking. We ended up walking 1 1/2miles. That motivated me enough to go home and start digging out Christmas decorations... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:48:51 EST MY NSV Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151106 I guess I had a NSV day yesterday and believe it or not, it just went over my head. I have to get up an hour & 1/2 early on Wednesdays to go to an early morning meeting. Yesterday, I was half asleep and in a hurry to get dressed and didn't think much about a pair of slacks that have always been a little big in the waist. I had not worn them since last winter but this time I put them on and they weren't a little big, they were TOO big to wear! I thought well I guess I will have to take them t... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:48:39 EST Testy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133626 What is your test for today? Mine is to stick with my healthy food and exercise goals and stay focused on a single task at the office so that I can complete several important prjects today! I am so easily distracted. <em>386</em> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:26:14 EST Blah Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108700 If I felt as sunny as the outdoors looks, I'd be on top of the world. However, it turned out to be a typical Monday and day at the office. BLAH!! I did mange to get up and walk to the post office earlier today. Wasn't able to fit in much of my new meditation time, perhaps tonight. I hope to go home and walk somemore with Lilly. She needs the exercise as much as I do! <em>386</em> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 16:03:43 EST It's a new Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106863 Yesterday I went to a 1 hour meditation class. This morning before I started my hustle and bustle I allowed myseld 15 minutes to give meditation a try. Wow I think I've found the escape I've been needing. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:44:53 EST Good start for a New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649620 I am excited to have gotten 01/01/12 off to a fast start. I actually attained some of my getting started goals today. I took the dogs for a walk and we even hiked a little ways through the woods. I live in mountainous area so it's not just walking on flat ground. I fired my Wii back up, deleted my old Mii so I could start anew and spent at least 30 minutes going through some of the exercises. I put the old pedometer back on and went over my steps goal, I'm currently at 13,536! Oh, and I also ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:16:22 EST