SPARKIE1964's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPARKIE1964 SPARKIE1964'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/ Excuses BEGONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831850 I turned 50 year this year & still haven't reached my weight goal. What am I waiting for!? Life is happening with a stressful job, a demanding husband & 2 teenagers. No more excuses like I'm tired, I don't feel like it, heel spurs killing me, stressed out, no time. BLAH...BLAH...BLAH...BLAH. I'm ready to finally commit to ME! <BR> <BR> I will be disciplined, start exercising, track what I eat, & drink my Shakeology so that I can feel fit, lean, energetic & healthy again... Excuses BEGONE! Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:39:30 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671631 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. <link>www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffin<BR>gton/OnBecomingFearless/Program/9505/ </link> <BR> 2. Meditating for 8 days <BR> 3. Spending time with my brother & his kids <BR> 4. Bonding while helping DD prepare a platform for youth group board position <BR> 5. DS feeling better after 2 weeks of being sick <BR> 6. Mother-in-law not hurt from fall she took this morning <BR> 7. Sun shining bright... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:59:49 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670837 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. <link>www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffin gton/OnBecomingFearless/Program/9491/ </link> <BR> 2. Meditating for 7 days <BR> 3. Getting 11,691 steps / 4.9 miles / 134 minutes of walking today <BR> 4. Reading Dr. A's books & discovering how to re-program myself <BR> 5. Feeling my fat melting away (fearful of the scale though) - down 4.4 lbs <BR> 6. DS securing a 2nd internship for the summer <BR> ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:54:15 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669976 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. <link>www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffin<BR>gton/OnBecomingFearless/Program/9491/ </link> <BR> 2. Meditating for 6 days (finally got in the groove...or took a mini cat nap) <BR> 3. Getting in some walking today despite a hectic day <BR> 4. Reading Dr. A's books & discovering how to re-program myself <BR> 5. Soaking in H20 <BR> 6. Feeling my fat melting away (fearful of the scale though) - down... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:55:35 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666432 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. <link>www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffin<BR>gton/OnBecomingFearless/Program/9484/ </link> <BR> 2. Meditating for 5 days <BR> 3. Getting in 120 min of exercise yesterday + 65 min. this morning <BR> 4. Reading Dr. A's books & discovering how to re-program myself <BR> 5. Soaking up the H20 <BR> 6. Feeling my fat melting away (fearful of the scale though) <BR> 7. Practicing mindfulness <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:05:35 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665675 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. <link>www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffin<BR>gton/OnBecomingFearless/Program/9477/ </link> <BR> 2. Meditating for 4 days, albeit not in a row <BR> 3. Relaxing date night with DH <BR> <BR> AFFIRMATIONS FOR TODAY: <BR> <BR> 21 Day Meditation - On Becoming Fearless with Arianna Huffington <BR> <BR> Day 1: Journey into Mastery <BR> I live my life from a center of stillness, which is the true s... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:19:42 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664381 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. <link>www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffin<BR>gton/O nBecomingFearless/Program/9463/ </link> <BR> 2. Meditating for 3 days, albeit not in a row <BR> 3. Caught up at work <BR> 4. Bathroom remodel kicking off on Wed <BR> 5. Scale down 3.6 pounds in 2 +/- weeks (WOO HOO!) <BR> 6. Slowly discovering who I am & what I want in my life <BR> <BR> AFFIRMATIONS FOR TODAY: <BR> <BR> 21 Day Meditation ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:07:32 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662142 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. <link>www.mentorschannel.com/AriannaHuffin<BR>gton/OnBecomingFearless/Program/9463/ </link> <BR> 2. Meditating for 2nd day in a row <BR> 3. Catching up at work <BR> 4. Making new SP friends <BR> 5. DS strep throat feeling much better (stinks when they're away at college) <BR> 6. DD getting an A on her science test <BR> 7. Bathroom renovation about to begin <BR> <BR> AFFIRMATIONS FOR TODAY: <B... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:08:57 EST DEAR FAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660750 Dear Fat, <BR> <BR> I am writing to let you know that the time has come to part ways, permanently. <em>253</em> . I appreciate all your support & comfort during some stressful days in my life, especially these past 2 years <em>304</em> . You have had the best of intentions, protecting me & keeping me alive, <em>188</em> like an angel watching over me from above . You have been a <em>220</em> great friend during lonely times . You have sustained me with nourishment <em>250</em> ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:44:46 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660328 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. Visiting with my DS at university for parent's frat weekend <BR> 2. Finding a new beautiful hotel / inn / spa that I can't wait to return to <BR> 3. Making time for a brisk walk around a golf course, despite the cold <BR> 4. Making new friends <BR> 5. Being there when my son was running a raging fever to take him to ER & care for him <BR> 6. Watching DD's & DS's health improve, both down with the ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:58:24 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656500 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. My Medifast coach who puts thinks in perspective & encourages me to stay on track <BR> 2. Time with BFF today <BR> 3. Making it for a decent walk, despite the cold in NY <BR> 4. Getting to the gym for some more cardio & a crack at Pilates reformer without an instructor <BR> 5. Next Medifast delivery due tomorrow (yikes, out of bars!) <BR> <BR> AFFIRMATIONS FOR TODAY: I AM strong & committed to a ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:12:58 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655767 Taking a moment for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. A fun social weekend with both family & friends <BR> 2. Making it see my 90 year old uncle who's in the hospital with the flue / pneumonia <BR> 3. Scale down 2.2 lbs since starting Medifast (Yay!) <BR> 4. Not missing bread which is one of my favorite foods <BR> 4. Learning that I need to also temporarily part ways with basmati rice (more challenging) <BR> 5. DD finding a new routine to manage schoo... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:38:19 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652368 Taking a moment to for my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. Pain from heal spurs almost gone <BR> 2. Making time for a 1 hour walk <BR> 3. Finding a walking partner for tomorrow <BR> 4. Sticking with Medifast plan <BR> 5. Spring around the corner <BR> 6. Dinner plans with friends & family for the weekend <BR> <BR> AFFIRMATIONS FOR TODAY: I AM finding health again, one step at a time. I AM determined to lose the weight once & for all. I WILL get back i... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:38:47 EST DAILY G & A http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649183 Taking a moment to renew my Daily Gratitudes & Affirmations. Today, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> 1. Discovering Medifast (thank you JK) <BR> 2. Re-committing to Pilates after a 10 year hiatus (again, thank you JK) <BR> 3. DH for his encouragement to test bioi-dentical hormone therapy <BR> 4. Migraine-free for 3 months (gave up anything plastic) <BR> 5. A wonderful sweet 16 celebration this weekend with good friends <BR> 6. DS home safe & sound from spring break in Mexico <BR> 7. Hearing pos... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 14:19:56 EST A NEW YEAR - BOOSTING MY WILLPOWER WK 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607421 The 1st month of the New Year is coming to a close as I re-ignite my path back to feeling healthy, energetic & happy again. <BR> <BR> I kicked off bioidentical hormone therapy about 3 weeks ago & am starting to feel some differences. I'm sleeping better, have more energy, smiling again & starting to move again (even went back to Pilates after 10 years). I now want to boost my willpower & came across an article in an old issue of Yoga magazine that connected me to a relevant link. <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:32:49 EST CONNECTING THE DOTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546412 Over the last 2 years, I've been gradually gaining weight, hitting a new peak since I was pregnant with my 2nd child over 15 years ago. Along the way, life's stresses have added to my feeling depressed on occasion & lethargic on most days. Work is at a fever pitch with lots of drama. DH & I have had our share of growing pains which we presently seem to be thankfully working through. The prospect of hitting 50 next year is beginning to hit & my body from top to bottom. <BR> <BR> This past Spr... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:14:07 EST WHY I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510647 Why I Want to Lose Weight: <BR> <BR> 1. To get back into my beautiful size 10 clothing collecting dust in my closet <BR> 2. To enjoy having my photo taken again <BR> 3. To be able to walk briskly without huffing & puffing <BR> 4. To feel healthy & fit <BR> 5. To have a more active lifestyle <BR> 6. To feel sexy <BR> 7. To not feel like a fat person <BR> 8. To get on the scale & smile <BR> 9. To have lean legs so that I can wear shorts again <BR> 10.To feel young as I approach 50 next year ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:31:49 EST LIFE IS GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501976 I am taking a moment to pause & recognize where I am on the road to feeling healthy & fit after a few months back on SP. Sadly, I haven't kept the few pounds I worked so hard to take off. I've gotten sucked into an adrenaline high at work with lots going on & have neglected to take care of myself. On top of that, I have been in L.A. over the last few days with sexy young 20 something yearl olds & feeling old & fat which is not where I want to be. <BR> <BR> I downloaded a great app on my iPh... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 23:27:35 EST LIFE IS GOOD - REBOOT WK 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451914 I'm entering my 8th week of reboot & am grateful for the 5% Summer Challenge & the support of the Casual Travelers. As of this morning, I'm down 6.2 lbs which hasn't been easy. I had entered the 180's last week & got derailed at work with lots of sweets that spoke to me upon my TOM. I gained 3 lbs by mid week & then ended up kicking butt the last few days & reached a new low of 188.8 today (Yippee!!!). <BR> <BR> I am traveling to the West Coast tomorrow (gotta pack!) until Saturday for busin... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:25:29 EST LIFE IS GOOD - REBOOT WK 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451061 It’s the end of wk 7 of my reboot & I had been down nearly 6 lbs. I even entered the 180’s which left me feeling elated. It seems I’m good at sabotaging myself as by mid week I had gone up 3 lbs. I quickly hit the reset button & ended the week up 1 lb which I can live with especially as it’s TOM & which explains the chocolate cravings I had last week. I also forgot to drink the water & got little sleep with 12 hour work days so I'm going to give myself a small break & forge ahead. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:13:34 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WK 6 continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441412 Since joining the Casual Travelers on the 5% Summer Challenge, I have been feeling a renewed commitment to exercise regularly, track daily & drink the water. I did 2 back to back spin classes on Sat & then again on Tuesday which left me feeling tired but alive! <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, I discovered a new SP feature that I'm testing. I discovered that I can make my calorie set to change with the amount of the calories I burn from exercise. I was skeptical at first. I even ate below my nor... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:02:38 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WK 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436634 I'm kicking of week 6 of my reboot & am feeling alive again! Yesterday was the day 1 of the 5% Summer Challenge & I'm on team "Casual Traveler's" which is perfect for me as I truly love to travel. This week's challenge is easy to start drinking water & exercising daily. It helps to keep me mindful to drink the water & to do some physical activity each day. <BR> <BR> I recently got back into spinning which I love. Yesterday, I chose to do 2 45 minute classes which I've done only once before &... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:57:07 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 5 - 5% Summer Challenge Assignments 12-14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434722 Tomorrow, we kick of the 5% Summer Challenge...Here are assignments 12 - 14: <BR> <BR> Assignment 12: My Program: <BR> <BR> 1. Track food daily <BR> 2. Drink 8 cups/day <BR> 3. Eat 5 fruits/veggies <BR> 4. 7 hrs sleep/day <BR> 5. Meditate 1x /day <BR> 6. Read inspiring stories/quotes daily <BR> 7. Exercise 10 min a day & 60-120 min 3x/wk <BR> 8. Yoga 1x / wk <BR> 9. Blog 1x / wk <BR> 10. Swim 1x / wk <BR> 11. Garden 1x / wk <BR> 12. Weigh in on Sat <BR> 13. Support team on 5% Summer Challen... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:18:24 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 5 - 5% Summer Challenge Assignments 7-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431049 Gearing up for the 5% Summer Challenge as I head into a busy few upcoming weeks at work. Want to stay focused despite the extra workload & travel across the country. Here are assignments 7 - 11: <BR> <BR> Assignment 7: Take body measurements - will do this on Friday <BR> <BR> Assignment 8: Took Quiz...Looks like I'm prepared for success & will stay connected to teammates for support to stay motivated.... <BR> <BR> Assignment 9: <BR> Goal to eat 1310-1660 calories per day <BR> Goal to burn... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:18:23 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 5 - 5% Summer Challenge Assignments 1-6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428566 I'm kicking off week 5 of my reboot, am down 5 pounds & gearing up for the 5% Summer Challenge shortly. Here are the assignments I've completed so far: <BR> <BR> Assignment 1: I will exercise everyday for at least 10 minutes & 60 - 120 minutes 3-4x/week for 56 days of the 5% Summer Challenge & which I will record on my team page along with Living the Good Life Points. I will follow my own diet, with little bread / rice / pasta & tracking calories on SP. I will pop in to read teammate blogs &... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:20:58 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOKT WEEK 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421687 I am kicking of week 4 of my reboot & have signed up for the 5% Summer Challenge that begins on July 27th. Last week, I <BR> <BR> * Practiced yoga / mediation 1x <BR> * Walked in the water for 1 hour <BR> * Walked another hour last night <BR> * Got back to spinning 2x <BR> * Made it to body conditioning 1x <BR> * Ate loads of fruits <BR> * Got a good night's rest regularly <BR> * Read inspiring stories / quotes daily <BR> <BR> I will focus on those habits that I'm struggling with including... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:40:23 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419885 I ended Week 3 of my reboot & have been struggling a bit with a local business trip that got me off course for a few days. Taking a moment to reflect & get back on track... <BR> <BR> * Eating 5 fruits / veggies per day with large salads & lots of fruit <BR> * Getting 7 hours of sleep most nights <BR> * Reading inspiration stories / quotes daily <BR> * Blogged 1x (today) <BR> * Mildly weeded 1 day this past week <BR> * Do Water Exercises 1x / week - did 1x last week <BR> * Weigh myself 1x / w... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 14:05:46 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407903 I am kicking off the 2nd week of my reboot & checking in to see how I did last week & planning this week: <BR> <BR> * Drink 8 cups / day - missed goal Mon / Fri <BR> * Eat 5 fruits / veggies per day - reached goal since giving up bread / rice <BR> * Get 7 hours of sleep / day - reached all but 1 night watching late tv <BR> * Read inspiration story / quote - do regularly <BR> * Exercise / Stretch min 10 min / day - burned 3,444 cal. last week / 608 minutes <BR> * Blog 1x / week - blogged 2x ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 21:40:27 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 1 - MID-WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402929 I'm checking in with myself to see how I'm doing mid-week: <BR> <BR> * Drink 8 cups / day - getting int he H20 daily! <BR> * Eat 5 fruits / veggies per day - need more consistency <BR> * Get 7 hours of sleep / day - done! <BR> * Read inspiration story / quote - easy! <BR> * Exercise / Stretch minimum of 10 min / day - got in almost 1550 min this week <BR> * Blog 1x / week - blogged 2x this week <BR> * Garden 1x / week (recent hobby & great exercise!) - have done daily <BR> <BR> I am succee... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:16:50 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 1 - MID-WEEK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402927 I'm checking in with myself to see how I'm doing mid-week: <BR> <BR> * Drink 8 cups / day - getting int he H20 daily! <BR> * Eat 5 fruits / veggies per day - need more consistency <BR> * Get 7 hours of sleep / day - done! <BR> * Read inspiration story / quote - easy! <BR> * Exercise / Stretch minimum of 10 min / day - got in almost 1550 min this week <BR> * Blog 1x / week - blogged 2x this week <BR> * Garden 1x / week (recent hobby & great exercise!) - have done daily <BR> <BR> I am succee... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:16:42 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT WEEK 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399028 It's been a few days since my reboot & I'm taking a few moments to review my goals: <BR> <BR> * Drink 8 cups / day <em>248</em> <BR> * Eat 5 fruits / veggies per day - Love juicing! <em>248</em> <BR> * Get 7 hours of sleep / day <em>248</em> <BR> * Read inspiration story / quote daily <em>248</em> <BR> * Exercise / Stretch minimum of 10 min / day <em>248</em> <BR> * Blog 1x / week <em>248</em> <BR> * Garden 1x / week (recent hobby & great exercise!) <em>248</em> <... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:07:15 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - REBOOT - DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5394998 I've been off the SP radar for far too long, lost my spark, gained a lot of weight & feeling lots of physical aches & pains. In the interim, I hired a health coach who taught me some good new habits (lemon with water, give up coffee to address migraines, discover new grains, learn to juice to get in fruits / veggies, etc). <BR> <BR> All the while, I kept gaining weight which has been frustrating. Some of the weight gain might be attributed to the fact that my body is going through typical c... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:52:03 EST 21 DAY MEDITATION - WK 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290364 Well, I finished the first week of Deepak Chopra's 21 Day Meditation! I found it difficult to shut off the chatter in my head & found my mind wondering throughout each session, but I kept at it. Here's what I focused on this past week through this meditation: <BR> <BR> Day 1 - I committed to living perfect health <BR> Day 2 - Balance is my true nature <BR> Day 3 - My mind & body are in perfect sync <BR> Day 4 - I trust the wisdom of my body <BR> Day 5 - I flow in rythmn with my mind & body <... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:45:53 EST 21 Day Meditation - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283979 Excerpt from day 2... <BR> <BR> "To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." —Buddha <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 2—The Nature of Perfect Health <BR> <BR> Today, we discuss how it is our evolutionary impulse to progress in our lives, to seek and attain balance, and to be healthy and strong. <BR> <BR> While our bodies naturally move toward balance, there are things we can to do aid in this process. For instance, we can send ou... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:02:26 EST 21 DAY MEDITATION - DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283197 I got an email 2 days ago from Deepak Chopra & Oprah Winphrey who are together offering a free online series on attaining perfect health through 21 days of meditation given by both of them. <BR> <BR> It's not a coincidence that I got that email just at the same time as I finally made a commitment to myself to give up carbs / fruit for 2 weeks to jumpstart my weight loss at last. <BR> <BR> Wayne Dyer believes that we get help from the universe when we need & that we just need to tune into to... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:33:01 EST RE-NEWED BEGINNINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281794 I have been struggling with a healthy amount of weight gain over the last year that has hit an all time high. This has been a huge source of frustration for me as I now only fit into 2 pairs of pants. I hate the way I look & feel. <BR> <BR> I had purchased the DASH DIET in search of something I didn't already know. While I didn't learn anything new, it reinforced what I already did know but wasn't following. To jump start my metabolism, I'm giving the 14 day kick off a test & committed to e... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:33:56 EST EAT YOUR HEART OUT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278193 Interesting article challenges what we think we know about cholesterol & heart disease. Does it actually pay to be overweight? Definitely food for thought.... <BR> <BR> <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/ea<BR>t-your-heart-out/ </link> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 23:39:52 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 #23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033869 This weekend was bittersweet as we dropped off our DS for his freshman year at college which is about 4.5 hours away from home. We left before sunrise (DH's idea) to get there in time for the start of move in day 1st thing on Friday morning. We woke up his new soon to be roommate who was gracious & even helpful (look like a good match). It's hard to imagine how we were able to fit everything from his larger bedroom at home into a tiny dorm room he'll be sharing for the next school year, but w... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:02:18 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 #22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020768 I have been struggling to find my spark for nearly 1 year. Life has been fraught with changes & challenges that I haven't managed well. I have neglected taking care of myself while I focused on taking care of just about everyone else in my life. As a result, the weight has crept to an all time high. I finally got the courage to get on the scale last week which was quite disappointing. However, it also motivated me to do something about it. After a business trip out west with DS last week, I f... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 14:50:42 EST Finding My Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990624 I've been struggling to find my spark again for well over a year. I've been using my time & energy to take care of everyone else which has left me even more overweight and brought on another bought of depression. Last week, I decided it was time to start taking care of myself again, to find my spark... <BR> <BR> I made several doctor's appointments to address the pain in my right shoulder, get a good read on my goiter, and get a full physical to assess my overall health & figure out what I n... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:02:09 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880535 A friend sent this to me last week & I just got around to watching it. Found it truly inspiring & just what I needed to wake up & make it happen! <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/qX9FSZJu448 </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy... <em>30</em> Mon, 14 May 2012 09:41:19 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880379 While I worked feverishly all weekend, I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> * Finishing preparations for upcoming meetings this week <BR> * Quality time with DH <BR> * Fun time for DD on her weekend trip <BR> * Beautiful diamond/sapphire necklace from the kids (totally unexpected) <BR> * Warm notes with mother's day cards that brought happy tears (held back) <BR> * Family get together last night <BR> * Health for all who I care about <BR> * Completing W2D3 (finally ) of C25K (hope to get in W3D1 thi... Mon, 14 May 2012 08:10:13 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878912 It's been a whirlwind week with no time to track food...I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> * Getting in some fitness this week including a bike ride with DH <BR> * DH saving me from a near accident (w/no seat belt/short distance/inexcusable) <BR> * Date night with DH with quick dinner & a movie (Avengers gets a thumbs up) <BR> * DD seemingly having a blast on weekend trip <BR> * DS making a few decisions as he prepares for college <BR> * Beautiful flowers from an anonymous friend - nice surprise (... Sun, 13 May 2012 00:14:44 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869604 The weekend has been busy...I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> * DD's wonderful dance competition today <BR> * Lovely lunch with moms I'm getting to know <BR> * Making time for a manicure this afternoon <BR> * Going for a short walk wtih DH <BR> * Thinking about family trip to West Coast this summer <BR> * Quality time spent with DS <BR> * DH making lunch for all <BR> * Peace at home <BR> * Regaining control over my eating <BR> * Ready for a busy week <BR> <BR> Cheers! Sun, 6 May 2012 22:48:23 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867702 Worked late last night after an already long day....Thankful for: <BR> <BR> * reading a great book that I had trouble putting down at 1:30 a.m. <BR> * a good night's rest <BR> * the scale on the move again (down 3.6 lbs - YAY!!!) <BR> * making it to a.m. spin class followed by some weights <BR> * finding it easy to put bread, rice, pasta on hold for now <BR> * soaking up 4 glasses of water already (4 more to go) <BR> * DS getting a prom date <BR> * DD managing her hectic life with poise <BR>... Sat, 5 May 2012 13:17:17 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866998 It's been a stressful week at work which as at a fever pitch. With that said, I am thankful that for: <BR> <BR> * successfully putting out several work fires this week <BR> * meeting most deadlines (2 more to go) <BR> * tracking every day within/below calorie range <BR> * seeing that I need to drink more water <BR> * getting in 2 runs <BR> * DS asking me for advice & making his own decisions <BR> * watching Touch with DH/DD...very cool show...we are all connected <BR> * the weekend <BR> * ... Fri, 4 May 2012 22:41:30 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863931 Had a busy day. Taking some time to express my gratitude for: <BR> <BR> * Climbing some mountains at work <BR> * Support from BFF (thank you JK) to have courage to stand up for myself <BR> * An apology from DH which is no small feat <BR> * DD making it through a really busy day <BR> * DS winning another baseball game with lots of hits & RBI's <BR> * Eating within calorie range for a whole week <BR> * Getting in a run for W2D2 of C25K this morning despite slight rain <BR> <BR> Cheers! Wed, 2 May 2012 23:17:02 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861109 Thankful for quotes of the day~ <BR> <BR> <link>behappy.me/en/as-you-grow-older-you-<BR>will-discover-that-you-have-two-hands-<BR>one--for-helping-yourself-the-other-fo<BR>r-helping-others/?nopp=1 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>behappy.me/en/as-you-grow-older-you-<BR>will-discover-that-you-have-two-hands-<BR>one--for-helping-yourself-the-other-fo<BR>r-helping-others/?nopp=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY! Tue, 1 May 2012 11:34:07 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858809 We had a truly wonderful time celebrating my dad's & one of my brother's birthdays last night.. I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> * Having the courage to finally get on the scale today <BR> * Motivated by the frightening # on the scale <BR> * Making time to spend with family I care about <BR> * Watching loved ones take a turn towards living a life of peace <BR> * Logging in over 10,000 steps yesterday <BR> * Finding 3 dresses for DD (her graduation, her dance, DS graduation) <BR> * Using 25% o... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 08:29:43 EST LIFE IS GOOD 101 - #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857662 The sun is shining beautifully today! I am grateful for: <BR> <BR> * Fitting into size 12 evening dress last night <BR> * Sharing & enjoying milestone celebrations with family & friends <BR> * Completing W2D1 of C25K this morning (WOO HOO!!!) <BR> * Working up the courage to get back on the scale (not yet ready) <BR> * Practicing letting go (which is challenging for me) <BR> * Taking deep breaths as I head into May Madness <BR> <BR> Cheers! <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:43:28 EST