SPAQUEEN2012's SparkPeople Blog SPAQUEEN2012's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Taking care of myself It has a snow ball effect. Taking care of myself - - starting small and continuing to build my skills is making a huge difference in my life. It is true that nothing changes until you do! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:06:18 EST Afternoon with the girls Went to lunch at a friend's house and then spent the rest of the afternoon sitting and talking with friends....and everywhere. Before lunch, lunch, after lunch. I ate. When I logged ALL that food, I had eaten almost 3x what I should have eaten, especially when I got home and DH had cooked his favorite breakfast for dinner. However, I counted it up to "This REALLY doesn't happen all the time" and sometimes I don't have as much control as I want. And this is life. I will be... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 06:51:54 EST Blessed Today I feel very blessed. I am so grateful that I found SparkPeople. I am grateful that I have a wonderful place to walk and can get up in the morning. I am blessed to be able to see stars at night when I walk my dog. I am grateful that I can buy healthy food and prepare it. I am grateul that I have a supportive husband. I am blessed and incredibly grateful today. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 22:00:47 EST Intentions I am saying my intentions rather than writing my resolutions. I have made small changes and remember that sometimes it is two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes it is four steps forward and sometimes it is standing still. And yes, there have been days when I go backwards but I am kinder to myself and more forgiving. Instead of planning to start tomorrow, I am taking small actions today. <BR> <BR> 2013 is a wonderful year for me! <em>104</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:22:27 EST Here comes 2013! So looking forward to the new year. I have made progress and I am excited to start the new year with SP in January and watch my points and minutes accumulate - - and the pounds lost! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 19:50:38 EST Grateful I am so grateful for SparkPeople. The articles are so informative and the community support makes me feel like I have a stadium full of people cheering me on! It is also so motivating to hear the stories of people who have lost weight and changed their lives. I am going to be one of those soon! Thank you guys! Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:53:13 EST Christmas Party While I was not thrilled with my food choices at the party last night, I know without a doubt that I did much better last night than I did last year at the same party. And I was energized and so ready for my morning walk! Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:16:10 EST New Pedometer Got a new pedometer in the mail yesterday. In two weeks I lost one pedometer and flushed my FitBit down the toilet. It is true that I am much more active when I know that my steps "count"! Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:17:04 EST Drama at work Drama at work today - - a co-worker called a department meeting and started blaming other staff for negative attitudes. She publicly "called me out" and I responded calming and appropriately. I spoke my mind and it was not flattering to her. Normally, I would obsess all day about this, but when I walked out of the meeting, I found that I didn't need to be right, didn't need to make her wrong and I was so very proud of myself! I used to have the tendency to let people run over me and feare... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 20:41:37 EST Happy Veterans Day Two weeks ago I heard stories of 5 POWs from WWII. It made me think how our complaints pale in light of what they went through. Thank you to all veterans -- past, present, and future. Without your service we would not have the life we have now. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:37:32 EST Lifestyle Changes Today SparkCoach tells me that I am entering Stage 3 of SparkPeople - - Lifestyle changes. My task for today is to think about why I want to lose weight. This is a good question. Like many, I have struggled with my weight for years and NOT struggled with my weight for years. It has only been in the last very few years that I have decided that I do like myself again and had almost decided that I could live with the weight. Almost like magic, I lost 20 lbs from September 2011 until Septemb... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:56:54 EST TGIF So glad that Friday is here! Don't want to wish my life away but ready to enjoy 2 days away from middle schoolers! Beautiful today and sunny but the cold front will bring in 30's in the morning and a high of 60 on Sunday. Crisp weather - - better to walk! Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:19:06 EST Nutrition Report I keep going over my sodium count and under my protein! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:13:41 EST