SMOKYBLUE1's SparkPeople Blog SMOKYBLUE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Squats and planks I did 75 squats and 10 one minute planks. People are asking if I am losing weight, no I am losing inches and feeling stronger. Try the planks. Good for strengthen your core and helps relieve pain in your joints. <em>320</em> Wed, 13 May 2015 22:50:34 EST Worries blown away Had a good bike ride. Rode 21 miles for the first time this season. Every mile I went I let go of issues that were causing me to feel physically emotionally and spiritedly drained. I thought that being on my bike for the first time I would feel exhausted, but no I feel happier and looking forward to more rides. Thu, 7 May 2015 23:04:32 EST Good day Today was a good day. Slept 9 hrs, did 60 squats 10 planks of one minute each and walk 4 miles. Feel strong and happy <em>334</em> Wed, 6 May 2015 23:16:04 EST cycling I love this time of year when temps are cool and bugs population is down. I took my bicycle out of storage for maintenance work. I am ready to hop on the saddle. I am also doing 10 one minute plank a day. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:07:32 EST Sky talking Last night we had a storm come through with lots of hail, lighting and thunder. I always looking forward to thunder storm, for it gives me an opportunity to sit still and read, do crafts, surf the internet, look at photo albums or take a needed nap. So sky talk some more. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:51:28 EST Commitment So I started on this mission to do 1 minute <em>320</em> for the points Badgers put on the scored board. I did 15 1 minute <em>320</em> on game day and rested the next day. Today I did 10 1 minute <em>320</em> and feeling good. I feel muscles where I didn't think I had. I have 38 more to go and feeling good about this commitment. <em>30</em> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 23:00:21 EST Bucky' journey April 7th the day after the big game, many people are waking up realizing the reality that their beloved team lost. I stayed up all night and heard the reaction of the Badger fans. I was surprised to hear some of what was said. One fan stated "they(Badgers) are still our favorite team". Other stated how proud they were with the UW basket ball franchise and the leadership of Bo Ryan. I too am proud of this group and am looking forward to next year games. Oh by the way, I only did 15 minutes o... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:13:29 EST Game goal Tonight the WI Badgers are in the National championship game with Duke Devils. It's been 74 years since they won the National title. I thought I can I honor the hard work these young men have done. So I thought for every point Badgers did, I was going to do hold a minute plank. It might seem impossible to do that many planks, but many thought it was impossible for the Badgers to get this far. My mat is already and water near by. Go Badgers. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:52:12 EST Wisdom Some how I am receiving the Seventeen magazine. So I took a look at some of the articles and realized how far I have gone since I was seventeen. I remember my teenage years where I hated the way I look and my spirits low. I had the same seventeen mentality telling me I was not good enough. My hair was not right, my body too round. As time went on I lost trying to look like everyone else and started to except my imperfectness. I work on what I could changed and except what I could not. Today ... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:31:32 EST Peace Today as the sun comes up and the choir of birds started singing, I praise God for another day of blessings and trails. Blessing of that I have a wonderful Savior who loves and cares for me and will help me get through this difficult day. My husband is having a major operation today and I know my Savior will help get through this low valley. I feel his presence and peace. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:47:26 EST Back on the saddle Four weeks ago I was thrown off my bike and fracture my ribs. It hurt to breath, cough, sneeze and move side to side. Because of respiration difficulties I developed walking pneumonia. After four weeks I am finally feeling better. Today I got back on the saddle and had a good ride. <BR> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:45:56 EST Circle of Life The world is round and the place can be the end but also be the beginning. <BR> ~Ivy Baker Priest <BR> <BR> On Friday April 12, I welcomed my friend's son new baby into the world. Ten fingers, ten toes, perfect little head and a face that melts the ice of winter from my heart. A little miracle ready to start life journey. Welcome Tucker!! <BR> <BR> On Saturday April 13 my husband's Uncle life journey ended. A miracle 80 years ago and lived ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:44:54 EST STRONG RIDE Today the temps were in the 50s and I decided to hop on my bike. I decided to do a 21 mile bike ride. It has been awhile since I had done a long ride and I was not sure if I was going to finish. The ride started out strong and continued until I had completed the ride. I was surprise how strong I felt when I climbed some large hills on the route. I think by xc skiing and snowshoeing all Winter I kept my body strong. <BR> <BR> Looking forward tomorrow for I am going wall climbing. Well m... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 22:41:38 EST Mud Bonding Today the temps were in the 30s and sunny. I decided to go for a bike ride and rode 13 miles. It felt good to ride outside instead of indoors. When I got home I was covered with mud, but I rather be covered with mud instead of fat. <em>334</em> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:27:16 EST Old Man Winter came for a visit <BR> Yesterday was 57 and raining and today 7 inches of snow fell with temps falling below zero. Welcome Old Man Winter!! Will be enjoying your cold wet snow by snowshoeing and xc skiing. <em>224</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 21:00:15 EST Cold Temps <BR> <BR> Today was very cold with temps reaching 9 degrees. I find exercising in cold weather not enjoyable. This is the time where I go to the gym and work-out. I ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes at 5-7mph. I still had some energy to get rid of so I hop on a stationary bike and pedaling for 20 minutes. I FEEL GOOD!!! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:18:21 EST Bonding <BR> <BR> Spent the day today with girlfriends. We worship, ate lunch and supper together and went to spend our hard earn money on ourselves. Someone said once Good nature begets smiles, smiles begets friends, and friends are better than a fortune. To me my friends make me feel richer than Oprah. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:56:00 EST Happy trails <BR> <BR> After many months of not running, I went for a run today. I ran 6 miles in 1 hr. I ran with a friend and that help a lot due my friend is a good runner and she kept pushing me. I planned on resting tomorrow and will run on Friday. Can not wait!!! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:25:36 EST Mind set I had a very heavy patient load last night and was quiet anxious about how the cares were going to be done. I had to change my mind set before I approach my patients for they can see and feel my anxiety I asked the Lord to remove my doubt, anxiety and give me a positive happy attitude. <BR> <BR> The night went well and at the end of shift my boss commented "well done". I wonder what kind of night I would had if I did not adjusted my mind. Would they have been anxious and slept poor beca... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 00:10:16 EST Long Winter Nap <BR> Today was a slow day. I slept 14 hrs, did some wash and watch TV. I have a challenging week ahead and I am ready to face whatever the week brings. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:44:20 EST Saturday Win Yesterday was one of those days when diet was excellent, friendship restored, forgiveness given and the Green Bay Packers won. Sun, 6 Jan 2013 02:14:16 EST Old man Winter I am not a cold weather person and when Winter comes I become a different person. I sleep and eat more and my moods represent the long dark days. I had to do something about this season called Winter. <BR> <BR> Last year I made peace with old man Winter. I decided to embrace the cold and snow by getting xc skis. Well old man Winter developed dementia and we had a record warm winter. I went bicycling more then cx skiing, but the couple of times I used my skis I fell in love with this s... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:55:35 EST Family that works out together lives long together Tonight's family dinner topic was on health. My 24 year old twin sons stated they work out at the Y before dinner and express their gratitude that they have a gym to go to. When they were young, we made a family decision to drop cable TV and get a membership at the Y. Oh there was a lot of complaining in the beginning, but when they realized they could go swimming everyday the complaining stopped. <BR> <BR> The Y was where they learned to swim, play flag football, and basket ball. The ... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:59:52 EST Rabbit goals The other night while bike riding, a rabbit cross my path, the car beside me and a car coming in the opposite direction. This lucky rabbit had missed death three times and reach it goal which was to get to the other side of the street. <BR> <BR> As I ponder in what I had wittiness, I at times are like the rabbit tying to doge road blocks to reach my goals. One road block that comes to mind was when I did a century bike ride. I had ridden 70 miles and had 20 to go. I was extremely tired a... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:09:31 EST Tree man I love to bike at night and have no problems until last night. My friend and I went 21 miles through the city and out into the country. While we were riding through the country, I noticed something by a tree. As I got closer the shape look like a human and I began to feel fear. When I got closer I saw the eyes of a man. I yelled "Holly crap". The man laugh at me as I rode past him. <BR> <BR> I began to cry and hurried to catch up to my friend. I asked her if she saw a man standing by... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 23:05:57 EST November rides <BR> <BR> For the first time ever, I have put more miles on on my bike in November than any other November. This month I rode 231 miles. I rode mostly at night and the weather has been fabuious. Hope to keep riding in December. Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:27:35 EST Disco ride <BR> <BR> I love to bicycle and when the days are short and cold I put my bike away until Spring. Not any more. Twenty years ago bike lights were dull and night time safety was poor. That has changed. More people used their bikes to get around and have requested better safety for their communte. The bike lights are better, ranging from 100 to 500 lumens and more flashing are available. I wear clear and red flasher on helmet and red flasher on the back of bike. I have seen flasher on ... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:25:20 EST Thankful <BR> Here are some of the things I am thankful for. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 12:57:58 EST Good decision As Thanksgiving is approaching, I have been pulled to celebrate this holiday in my different groups like work, family and church. Last night at work we put on a feast and each dish that was passed was fabulous. I ended up not feeling well and tired. Sunday mornings have been my time to go for a bike ride and this morning I was not feeling well. My biker friend encourage me to go. I am so glad for that encouragement for I had the best ride. I rode 25 miles and at times I pushed the speed... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:04:46 EST Strong run <BR> Today I ran 25 minutes on the treadmill without stopping at 5.0 to 6.7 mph. <em>244</em> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:48:36 EST Misfit I feel at times I am not in the best shape that I know I can be. I get caught up in my daily schedule and forget to take care of myself. I am missing out on being fit. So the other day I saw this new gadget that measures steps, calories burned, stairs climbed, and sleep. I clip it on my waist or bra and away I go. At times I will see how many steps I have taken and push to keep moving. When I am at home, I syncs my data to my computer and smart phone and wonderful graphs show my progres... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 22:57:38 EST Good day <BR> <BR> Today was a good day. Slept all day and woke up to visit with husband. I put on my walking shoes, ear phones in my ears and away I went for nice long walk. The walk help ease my mind of the daily stress I am under, so when I was through I felt relaxed. I ended the day with some low fat yogurt ice cream. Good nite everyone!! Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:39:33 EST Purpose I can not choose the day I was born, but I can choose responsibility for discovering why I was born. I was born to show the beauty within me. And when I show what I am made of, I give other people to do the same. <BR> <BR> At times I have played it safe never reaching my potential and then never fulfilling my purpose, but now I have step out of my box and have tried new things. Last week I went bicycling with 23 strangers. I carpooled with two ladies I did not know, but had fun getting t... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 23:13:00 EST Mental Fitness Challenge Today I started a 90 day program to enhance my life. I realized there are areas in my life that I am not reaching my full potentials. I took a self-assessment test to show me where I need to make those changes and were not surprise at the areas that are weak and strong. <BR> <BR> The program is Thirteen Resolution. The definition of resolution is written resolves that are studied daily to help guide a person's behavior while forming his fundamental character. Etch week I... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:44:09 EST Two wheel friend Today after three weeks of taking a break from bicycle, I rode 13 miles. I took a break for two reasons, 1. temps to warm, 2. not feeling well. I noticed in the beginning of July I was struggling on short rides. I can normally do 21 with no problems, but 21 was like doing 100. I finally went to the Dr. and found I had infection. I took a break from bicycling and rested my body. The rest paid off and I feel like my old self. <BR> <BR> I missed my two wheel friend. We will start back ge... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 18:52:22 EST Customers Service Yesterday I had a meeting at work and learned how to increased satisfaction in the work place. I'm a health care worker and I take care of the dying and support the families. What I learned is AIDET. <BR> <BR> A ACKNOWLEDGE <BR> I INTRODUCE <BR> D DURATION <BR> E EXPLANATION <BR> T THANK YOU <BR> <BR> I was surprise that I use all of these and did not know this existed. I also noticed looking back at my last appointments that this was used on me. I was always satisfied in how my appoi... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:02:02 EST Single step 2009 I bicycle 105 miles in one day. It took me 8 hrs and 45 minutes. Some said this would be impossible but I broke it down into possibilities. <BR> <BR> My possibilities were <BR> 1. I can build up my endurance and strengthen my legs. I ran on the treadmill and used weight machines. <BR> 2. I can eat well and I lost weight. <BR> 3. I can bicycle 50 to 80 miles per week all Summer. <BR> 4. Have good mind set. I CAN DO THIS. Did not listen any negative thoughts. <BR> <BR> So it wa... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:16:03 EST Forward again Today I started back running after taking 2 weeks off from illness. The run was hard but was able to push through and finish my time. Its amazing only a few weeks off from running how I lost some endurance. My goal is to move forward and build my endurance up again. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:51:09 EST 24 Yesterday I had the worst day ever. I thought could this really be happening. I spent time in prayer and slowly peace came upon me. The smoke, dust settled and today looks like a different day. I feel more at peace and happy. Believe me I still have the problem but I have a different outlook of it. You see newborn chicks doesn't know it's alive until its world begins to crumble. What seems like the collapse of my world may be just an exciting beginning. Here to a new day!! Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:41:50 EST Bad Day <BR> <BR> Today was the worst day ever. Hoping tomorrow will be better. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:01:26 EST Fear August 6th, 1965 I almost drown. I was 5 at the time and I slid down a slide into the deep water. I remember coughing as someone was pulling me out. I was ok, but after that I had great fear for water. For years my parents work with me to get over that fear. They signed me up for swimming lessons, which was very difficult to take, but managed to pass. While swimming I had great respect for the water, especially in the deep. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went to Jamaica one year and my h... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 01:10:34 EST DUMBO Daily life lessons from Dumbo <BR> <BR> 1. We all have flaws we are not happy about. Have the courage to changed the ones you can and find peace with the ones you can not. <BR> 2. Do not laugh, tease or ignore those around you. Remember we all have flaws. <BR> 3. When life is falling apart, find your happy place. Go to Dumbo's mother and find rest. It could be music, prayer, meditation, friends, exercising, or anyplace or thing that helps you relax and feel happy. <BR> 4. Be the Timo... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 06:28:43 EST Home again <BR> <BR> Yesterday after unable to run for a year, ran 15 minutes on the treadmill. I was unable to run due to a sore knee. After a year of my Chiro adjusting my knee I am now able to run with no problems. I ran 15 minutes without stopping at 5mph and at times bump the speed up to 6 for one minute. I felt like I had been running for awhile. I wanted to run more but did not want to over do it. <BR> Today my knee has no pain and will run 2x a week. I am excited I'm able to run. Running... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:42:35 EST New week <BR> <BR> Today I lost another pound and happy for it. A new week is ahead of me with new goals Going to start running, weightlifting and continued cycling. Also going to cook some more if temps are not to high and learn CPR. Looking forward to this week. <em>334</em> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:57:20 EST Friday <BR> <BR> Had an excellent day. Up at 10am and ate good breakfast. Went shopping for self. Ate lunch and went for a long bike ride. Ate supper with two close friends and husbands. Ate low fat ice-cream as the sun went down. Life is good! Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:44:28 EST Rain dancing <BR> <BR> For the past 2 months it has not rain. Today while at the fair the heavens open up. Instead of taking covered people young and old went dancing together in the rain. How wonderful that a storm can bring people together no matter religion, politics, race; had one goal in mind and that was to celebrate the watering of the earth. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:14:08 EST Health Today is another day of working out and eating right. I feel strong and happy, but is this all to life? While it is important to keep my body healthy, what about the soul? Am I all I can be? or am I lacking in areas of improvement. The soul is the heart of the body, if my soul weak so is my body. <BR> <BR> Keeping in shape is great, but soul-building requires much more discipline than body building. I choose the trainer of my spirit as well. <BR> <BR> I am reminded of this wonderful te... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:18:05 EST Friday the 13th Today I went for a 21 mile bike ride. I almost got hit 4 times. I take this route often with no problems. It was not until I was home that I realized it was Friday the 13th. Could there be something to this or was it just a coincident. Lets look at the number 13th. At the Last Supper there was 13 but one died. Some considered 13 an incomplete number or a bad omen. Why is there not a 13th floor in any of the buildings? <BR> <BR> Fridays is considered not a strong day for starting projec... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:27:42 EST Humor So last week I went horse back riding. Now I have not been on a horse for awhile, so when the horse took off I grabbed the horse's mane. The speed was too much and my hands slip off. I was falling and my foot got caught in the stir ups. I cried out to Jesus to save me. Jesus save me alright. He sent Bill the Wa-Mart greeter to unplug the horse. Take the time today to laugh at life. <em>334</em> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:38:03 EST New Year <BR> <BR> Today my Grandson turned 4. His 4 years of life has been an awesome blessing for me. His life has shown me to stop and smell the roses, bring my child out to play, not afraid to try new things and always learn. Happy Birthday Aiden!!!! This Grandma can not wait for you to learn to Scuba dive, ride roller coaster, and run 5ks with me. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 16:50:34 EST