SLIMSHANN's SparkPeople Blog SLIMSHANN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community To my Spark Friends... No I am not leaving... like a bad weed I'm here to stay! <BR> <BR> I just want to say how much I appreciate having you here on Spark and in my life! <em>220</em> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> I have succeeded far beyond my expectations this time around and I owe so much of that to this community! <BR> <BR> So far this January I have lost 4 pounds, sent my son back to University (sending him with soups, precooked chicken, steaks, hamburgers a tub of vegetables and other goodies), my second ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:41:38 EST I bidged, I badged, I boodged! I had my appointment on Dec 23, I usually weigh in only at this appointment and try for the non scale victories through the month. Last month my weight was the same to the tenth of a pound. I decided not to be frustrated. Instead I was determined. I worked hard. I was brutally honest with my tracking and because I just received my activity tracker I accepted only what it said. Even though I know it doesn't really do a great job with strength sessions and when I wore my heart rate monitor to m... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:11:44 EST spark coach challenge - my water routine I count my 24 hours from midnight to midnight... <BR> <BR> At night when I go to bed I take a 12oz (375ml) glass of water with me. When I wake up between 2:30-3:30am (cuz I do and have for all my life!) I have about half. If I ate late or had something salty I find I am more thirsty so I drink the whole lot. <BR> <BR> 6:30 - If I drank half through the night, I finish what's left, refill my glass and drink it 12oz (375ml) - then I can have coffee ( I have 2 cups). If I drank the whole glass... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:57:33 EST gratitude #2 Today I am grateful for this spark article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=1678 </link> <BR> <BR> It is about happiness set points. It is a good reminder to me that all of what I do is a choice. I can wake up in the morning and be as happy as I set out to be! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 22:56:56 EST Gratitude #1 Today I am grateful for... <BR> Yoga <BR> I had a bit of a weird and awkward experience at work today. Nothing bad it just gave me one of those empty feelings. One of those feelings that would have sent me to the jube jube bag in the past. Well it might have sent me there today too except the are a banned substance in this house! lol <BR> I begrudged going to yoga. Odd how even though we know how yoga/exercise will help us let go of all our icky feelings, we still fight it. I do anyway. Still... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:21:08 EST gratitude something to remember. I've been thinking for a long time that I would like to start a gratitude blog. I haven't yet but this might be what I need to get it started. <BR> I copy and pasted from catlover110 - thanks for the nudge. <BR> <BR> Great idea: Tell others about your gratitudes <BR> <BR> On Thursday here in America, we are celebrating one of our <BR> national holidays, Thanksgiving Day. For many people, it’s <BR> day to get together with family and share traditional meals <BR> such a... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:12:37 EST I think someone may be listening... I went to a different Dr today for a 2nd opinion on my leg cramps. I just needed to know if is fitness, nutrition or neurological? <BR> My Dr thinks its fitness level (or lack of it), he should see my fitness minutes! secondly if it is fitness why aren't other people getting these things. I went to a dog trial, ran my dogs in a blasted cold barn, walked on the spot and kept moving to stay warm but others didn't and they appear to be as fit or less than me. None of them were up all night think... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 01:52:18 EST Wreath making day Production time... in the shed <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Yes it is cold! Nice sunny weather in the north means it drops below freezing. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But we muster on! with smiles! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sandra's finished wreath <BR> <img src... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 00:46:15 EST sometimes when we tell others about our dreams... I have a dream. I've had this dream for 20-25 years. I've kept it in, always looked for ways to achieve it. <BR> <BR> A way presented itself through my work at a professional learning collaboration event. It was so exciting the way it unfolded. I hadn't told many of my dream, mostly because I couldn't see a way for it to come to fruition. When I did the dynamics around the table changed. People became excited. Really excited. <BR> Since then I hadn't heard anything. So I inquired. With some... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 00:17:20 EST doc visit #4 - homeostasis... On my goal sheet today I wrote " today is the day I don’t get frustrated." <BR> It is Doctor check in day and I have the stinking feeling that my weight has not changed. My pants fit the same, I just don’t feel like I have lost. <BR> Sure enough… I was right. The scale was the same to the 10th of a Kg. Nothing! The Dr came in and very quickly said – this is pep talk day! The scale is neutral and there is nothing wrong with that. He blathered along about homeostasis… about how the body doesn’t... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:51:00 EST SC challenge #4 - Hit the hay earlier I so wanted to do this at 4pm! Just go straight to bed right now! I had a bad night with cramps the night before. <BR> Of course I didn't go at 4 and by 6:30 I was so tired I didn't know what I wanted to do. By 7 I was gathering a second wind and by 7:30 DH and I were snow shoeing by the full moon on the mountain. How does that happen?! <BR> I did get concerned that I might forfeit my challenge. Although for a very worthy event. The air was so fresh and crisp. The light cast by the moon is s... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 14:38:28 EST SC Challenge #3 - eat without distraction A bit of a pain this one! It fell on a Friday - our eat in the living room night while watching our shows. It is the only night I watch TV and eat at the same time. Except snacks and this is dangerous... One of the last challenges was to 'turn off the lights' after supper clean up - close the kitchen. I did that and enjoyed it. I am trying to make that a habit. It cuts down on the night munching. <BR> As it turned out it was OK. Hubby had school work to catch up on so the TV was off anyway so... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:47:47 EST some things have to end... change is inevitable Sorry - this is not a feel good blog so you might not want to read any further. I understand. <BR> <BR> Today marks the end of a long road and the start of a longer one... <BR> My DH was injured on the job 5 years ago. He has been on a compensation claim that took the time of a full time job to keep track of all the ins and outs. In Sept his employer informed him that there are no longer any jobs suitable for him, not now or in the future. Today he handed in his ID badge, keys, computer etc.... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:38:30 EST dog trial - fun run -food and toys aloud as training aids this is a standard run so includes all the obstacles in a numbered sequence. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 22:42:51 EST SC - motivation and commitment #2 Plan ahead... <BR> my nemesis! I so want to master plan ahead that it knocks me off my feet because I desire it so much... <BR> <BR> So I did a few things. I boiled some eggs. I made a casserole. OK I planned and laid out my lunch, breakfast and snacks so I should be happy. I should be proud. I don't know what I expect planning should make me feel like? I always have a 'but'... <BR> <BR> but we decided to go swimming. loved it. so proud and happy with my accomplishments but...I didn't organ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 01:26:17 EST Spark Coach - Motivation and commitment / challenge #1 Today's challenge was to get off our duffs! Do 3 things today that get you up off your bum and moving. <BR> 1. It was Monday so 30 chairs had to be set up around the tables in the library. Rather than taking one down and pushing it across the floor (as usual) I took 2 off the pile, carried them (1 in each hand)to their location and before I put them down I did 10 alternating bicep curls with them - for 30 chairs. <BR> 2. At the beginning of my lunch, which I take on my own. Instead of hittin... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 23:53:24 EST My new hobby ME! <BR> Dr appointment number 3 <BR> <BR> <BR> Another fantastic appointment. Goal reached... off the obese scale with clothes on, mid day. YOOO HOOOO. feels so good. I am down 14 pounds since I started going to him. <BR> <BR> I didn't have many question. We talked about exercise, he gave me some strength ones to do. there was a lot of smiling going on. He kept saying doesn't it feel good to have a new hobby? the hobby of ME. I so agree - best one ever. And I like hobbies. I was quick to ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:02:32 EST my commute out of the fog in the morning and back... here is a day of my commute. We have had fog banks hanging in for days now. We are experiencing an inversion so it is 10-15 degrees warmer in the mountains than at sea level. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:30:36 EST spark coach assignment. focus on the next small goal Highlights/Challenges <BR> I had trouble thinking of the next small goal. Maybe it will be my dr appt next week... having lost more than my scale is saying. My scale is hooped I think. when I step on it is goes right back to the last weight to the tenth of a pound. So I step off, back on... it goes up 2 pounds... I change the number of the setting and it reads 1-2 pounds less. I don't trust it, am going with the non scale victory feelings, am I feeling stronger, are my clothes fitting looser... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:31:55 EST a change of heart who was I fooling! I was setting myself up for failure by joining a choreographed step class in the wee hours no less. I am a Clydesdale I am not a dancer. Never will be. <BR> I have decided that I will be much happier getting up early and clomping through a session on my elliptical while checking emails and maybe watching a show. However I will have to clean my garage and set up a tv in my garage. Win win I say Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:36:19 EST Pass it on Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 01:35:20 EST spark coach assignment - share a new goal when I started this journey I had trouble working on my elliptical for 10-20 minutes. Then we bought our 1acre property and by just being outside. raking. planting and playing with my dogs I somehow. without trying, I built up strength and endurance. So was surprised when thing I had done before became easier. Then I became encouraged and tried my elliptical again. I can do 30 minutes fairly easily I uppped my program... then I added a workout at the rec center one day per week. In September ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:57:26 EST motivating others I work with a team of amazing people, teachers. I am continually impressed by the way they take 28-30 students do art, math, language arts and teach life skills all at the same time. <BR> I am so proud to have this job. For the first time in my life I am working a Monday to Friday "real" job. I decided to embrace it, love it and respect myself for what I can offer. In doing that I bought some skirts, dresses and nice, comfortable but classy clothes (for me anyway). I was a sweat pant and hood... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:34:31 EST #2 Oct 20 dog trial same run - completely different results. But remember it is all about the hair. lol that is what we get for playing in a barn in October in Canada. We have to wear 4 layers then peel them off, including the toque before you run. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:08:52 EST dog trial oct 20 here is the first of 2 videos of the same run - all jumps and tunnels. The first is my daughter doing it how it is SUPPOSED to be done... The second is me... just remember it is all about the hair... hahaha <BR> <BR> since I have never done this before, I downloaded one video on 2computers. I was unsure if you could put 2 videos on one blog. <BR> <BR> Let's go see if you can... I ran into trouble with the second video and adobe flash on my desk top computer so the video of my run is on a n... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:34:07 EST thanksgiving stump extravaganza <BR> Last year we paid to have this 200' tree taken down but the tree removal company left a 4' stump for us to deal with. My son cut his chain saw teeth on it for a few months, the we tried lighting fires on it until I thought we would be living with it and it's little suckers for the rest of time... <BR> <BR> Today on this Thanksgiving day, I am thankful for the men in my life and tool rental businesses! <BR> <BR> After 3 hours of digging with the bob cat and hand shovel. I have to say t... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:11:37 EST I exercised moderation today ok maybe I am fixating on moderation here but... <BR> After my root canal yesterday I was still feeling a bit sorry for myself so chose not to go to my one hour, 6:30 spin/trx class. Instead I did 30 mins on my elliptical in my PJs. So I burned 215 calories instead of 480 and I feel just great. <BR> I will work on moderating moderation later <em>334</em> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:34:42 EST a re-do of my moderation blog I just read a blog by WATERONE and can' t believe she wrote my blog! So I decided to start fresh... <BR> <BR> The Spark Coach moderation task led me into a bit of a downward spiral. I read it too fast, went into some deep dark recess of my mind and started writing. What the heck did I write about - wine for goodness sakes. It is not even something I really need to moderate. Odd. <BR> <BR> I so needed to write about all or nothing mentality, darn scrapbooking, gardening, list writing, menu... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 22:55:08 EST Dr's appt today I am going to my Dr for follow ups every 4-5 weeks. Today's visit was so encouraging. It has been such a long time since he took the time to sit and actually talk. Normally appointments are 10-15 minutes and today it was a full half hour to 35 minutes. We talked about fitness, fears, goals and challenges. <BR> <BR> I am at the lowest weight I have been since 2006! <BR> <BR> He would like me to add weights to my fitness program. He doesn't feel that the TRX is a bad thing it just won't buil... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:55:27 EST snuggle up to a fire on a blustery day... When the first day of fall looks like this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You might just want to snuggle up by the fire like this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 17:24:32 EST mentors My mentor started as my Dr. We agreed to meet every 4-5weeks. I thought it would give me accountabiliy and soon far so good.. I don't habeas any health issues exept stress that unseen killer. But he knows them well making it easy to know that I have someone to talk to. That also makes it easier to make connections through spark while keeping it a little lighter. I am hoping to make enough transitions along my journey that my spark friends become my mentors. I am hoping to tackle my stress eno... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:41:07 EST moderation today's spark coach assignment... <BR> Moderation/perfection <BR> <BR> The first thing that come to mind is blogging. I work in a library, I read fantastic books. But am a terrible speller and have serious concerns about my writing. I want to write like THEY do. I want to be funny, entertaining, make people think and laugh and cry... but what I think and what shows up on the screen or the paper is not the writing THEY do. So I decided I just need to write. Stop fixating on the spelling and ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:47:06 EST loose 10 punds by Christmas challenge 09/13/13 Ok late but it's a start... <BR> the challenge is to post answers to the following questions.: <BR> <BR> I have been on spark for a few years (3) and squandered away quite a bit of time just trying to navigate around. I did manage to create quite a recipe collection that I used from time to time. I never joined any teams, I hated the spark wheel. I had no idea what to do with it or the points. I didn't visit my spark page. I was afraid of public pages. Afraid of people gathering information ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:09:21 EST next personal day... I want to spend doing something a little more personally invigorating. I need to remember that I am trying to scale back all the slogging it out for every one. It was a marathon day BUT... I do have 16 pint jars and 16 frozen salmon fillets in the freezer. I gave 4 fish to my sister and a large half to my yoga instructor. I am happy about that... <BR> Plus I did get for my river swim and my daughter came with me. I was beginning to think it might not happen as supper had to happen first then ... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 02:12:20 EST I love my job... And the best part is we get 3 personal days per year and today is one... It is a glorious sunny end of summer day, I have salmon to process, I've been on my elliptical for 45 minutes, played agility with my dogs already and it is only 8:30 in the morning. I am about to have my first cup of coffee...and get to it. Today might just be my day to swim in the river. I haven't gone one year in my life that I have not swam in the Puntledge river and I don't want this to be it... <BR> so bring on to... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:41:25 EST a successful bike ride A wonderful morning. I didn't even wipe out - that's my usual bike trick... very encouraging. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The trail <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My sister <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My trusty buddy <BR> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 16:20:51 EST Support... Well, I made it home after a 15 hour whirl wind tour to Vancouver Children's hospital with my daughter (all is well/more about that later). Driving in the city is an experience for me, a country bumpkin where 3 cars at the stop sign is a traffic jam! <BR> Even though I packed healthy food (homemade granola, yogurt and hummus, fruit, nuts, vegetables, rice crackers...) the stress of the trip all round was a trigger for me. <BR> Arriving home after 15 hours of travel and doctors I walked into ... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:33:48 EST control your cravings <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this poster was created by Lux Coaching and weight management. I managed to find a copy in a word table format so hopefully will be easier to read. The original post idea came from Soapstress1's spark page... Thanks Mel Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:26:06 EST Salad in a jar... ? Utterly brilliant, people!!!!!!! Not only does SALAD IN A JAR save space in your fridge, it also reduces food waste and gets non-salad eaters to mow down daily. THE ARRANGEMENT From BOTTOM to TOP: Dressing Shredded carrots Cherry tomatoes Sunflower seeds Hard boiled eggs Baby spinach DIRECTIONS 1) Arrange ingredients in a large mason jar 2) Store in fridge for up to a week 3) When ready to eat: shake jar, place on a plate, and eat! You can make any arrangement you want… you can add red onion,... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 01:43:09 EST Grandma's quote Feeding ourselves well means nourishing our body and spirit. It means seeking out the people and things that bring us happiness and peace and saying no to the things that drain us. In order to do that, we must spend time in silence, getting to know ourselves and figuring out what "feeds" us. - See more at:<BR>isdom.html#sthash.TnV4ZtEA.dpuf Thu, 8 Aug 2013 15:58:22 EST the best day of your life - quote I borrowed this from Travelnista's blog site... This is exactly where I am right now, <BR> Favorite quote: <BR> "The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." Bob Moawad Thu, 8 Aug 2013 00:53:23 EST sparkcoach assignmeng - write down quick and easy meals Breakfasts : fruit and veggie smoothie with health sprinkles. GF mesa cereal/yogut/fruit, Clif bar and fruit. <BR> <BR> Lunch : last nights supper left overs (salad, lentil cassarore, chicken breast slices, fruit), soup, peanut butter, rice crackers, salad, cottage or ricotta cheese with lettuce fruit and crackers <BR> <BR> Dinner : quinoa salad, can of salmon/tuna on lettuce with raw veggies <BR> <BR> I'm looking for more ideas... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:24:16 EST moving right along... I've crossed the Spark hurdle I have come to a number of times... I now know where my blog is, I am forming a pattern of steps to simplify and decrease the time I spend flipping around trying to find things, getting distracted and I have a few SparkFriends that I look to for inspiration. And HEY, I think I may have figured out the 'devices!' <BR> Today the SparkCoach visualization was very interesting...It was to visualize how I will handle myself when someone offers me something that is not... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 12:09:01 EST patterns I got frustrated with spark...and myself. I hate the ads... will a paid subscription make them go away? will I follow through long enough to warrant the paid subscription? I couldn't find my blog, or figure out how to see it let alone use it. My tracked items weren't showing up on different devices, All the batteries on all my blasted devices died at the same time. I misplaced my hand written food log... I worked too hard in my yard in the hot sun so was dehydrated, exhausted and frustrated.... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:54:02 EST new beginnings I have the best garden I have ever had. I eat from it every day. I am pleasure to be on this path the time is right.I am happy in my own skin. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 23:09:09 EST