SPARTANJAI's SparkPeople Blog SPARTANJAI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Beans, beans and more beans! So I've been busy canning beans the past few weeks and something happened last night- my bean shelf is FULL! While I'm not complaining at all- I'm just not sure where to put the rest of the cans! <BR> What a problem to have eh? <BR> And now.... CORN! <BR> <em>373</em> <em>427</em> <em>334</em> <BR> P.S. tomatoes if you are reading this- GET A MOVE ON! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:24:10 EST cake pic <img src=""> <BR> Here it is- sorry the pic isn't great, it was just a quick one on my phone and that's the only one I have with me. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:37:41 EST Garden salads.... mmmmmmmmm Love this time of year. Hit the garden last night and picked chard, spinach, red leaf lettuce and green leaf lettuce and onion. Couldn't bring myself to whack at the celery yet- maybe next week when it gets a little bigger. Have birthday cake to bake tonight so after I get it in the oven I'll go pick fixins for tonight's dinner. I think I'll try to whip up some sort of dressing with walnut oil. Soooooo nice to have fresh picked salads again. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:39:55 EST paying attention Ok, I've tracked food for the past 6 days... that may be a record for me. I'm going to try and continue to track and see what happens. I feel in general that I'm eating decent for me, guess once it's in writing we'll see for sure. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:43:50 EST hmmmmm Wonder if I can drop the "not enough time" nonsense and get focused for real this time. Contest at work- but I'm avoiding that as I don't want it to be a 30 day or 60 day thing. I need to make this a life-long focus for me now! <BR> Sun is hitting the sky with a glow- time to go for a walk and enjoy it while I'm burning off calories! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:20:13 EST Canning already! Generally don't start canning until the snow is off the ground a month or so- but found some really nice asparagus on Friday. Mmmmm spicy pickled asparagus- have to love it! Between that and the Seed catalogs showing up, it must be Spring- right? <BR> Ok, probably not since we're supposed to get another 3-6 inches of snow tonight. But, at least it will taste like Spring with the asparagus! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:54:06 EST Last week of Insanity! While I can't say that it has gone by quickly, I have noticed that I seem to be getting stronger and our half point weigh & measure did show some progress. I think I'll hit the gym starting next week to keep things moving in the right direction! <BR> Stay dry in the rain everyone! Tue, 28 May 2013 11:43:52 EST 100,000? Hit 100,000 SparkPoints this week and got myself the little gold crown now instead of the silver one. Seems like it took me quite a while to get between the silver and the gold- then again, maybe it was at the time when I was slacking off a little bit. <BR> I'm on day 52 of Insanity today and while I like the progress I've seen, my knees and shoulders are letting me know I'm not as young as I used to be. Think I'll take a little break of Insanity when I get through - which is just the end o... Thu, 23 May 2013 14:51:19 EST Cake, cake and more cake! Added the cake pictures to my SparkPage. Have a couple of weeks before the next ones... time enough to relax and plan them out. <BR> Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! Fri, 1 Jul 2011 08:40:09 EST Whew! Hit the garden last night and got a handful of green beans, some green onions and a nice big head of romaine lettuce- which may I say made a killer salad last night and I'm already looking forward to it tonight! <BR> Recovering this week from the cake baking stuff of the last little bit. Counting down the days until my sister's twins turn 13- yup- two more cakes. Although, I have to admit I'm a little worried about the animal print cake- I want to do a topsy turvy one, but I'm not sure it ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:35:07 EST The Garden Well, after hours and hours pulling weeds in the garden by hand, hoeing and raking the garden (because it's too wet to rototill) it's finally ready to go in. The rains (again) last night will make it a bit damp, but the wind today should help dry the garden out a little bit. I've already pickled and canned some asparagus this year- now I can't wait until the garden starts producing all those great summer veggies. Need to do my regulars this year (pickles, salsa, green beans, corn, etc) but... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 11:21:43 EST Spring? Snow covering the ground here and I'm finding it hard to believe it's Spring! Mon, 18 Apr 2011 14:49:25 EST Goodbye Just a little line to say goodbye to my Uncle Tom. He was a kind man who will be missed. <BR> Rest in Peace Uncle Tom! <BR> <em>459</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:15:24 EST Veterans Day Happy Veterans Day to all the Vets out there and thank you for all you have given for your country! <BR> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:52:53 EST When a win isn't really a win... So the official puts his arms in the air signalling a touchdown and the Lions get their first road win in something like 3 years.... <BR> Wait. <BR> Not so fast. <BR> Suddenly in what seems like a bad practical joke the play is reviewed and with someone speaking in terms of a "process" the Lions lose their touchdown and with it the game. I won't type about bad calls the next two plays- where pass interference was happening... I won't be that fan that says the refs are out to get us... but I ... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:30:50 EST Lost and found box? Anyone know where the lost and found box is here on SparkPeople? I seem to have lost July. It was right around the corner a minute ago when I was getting the garden ready, planting the flower beds, etc and the next thing you know it's gone! <BR> Oh sure, it's August and it's nice and warm and the garden is going gang-busters and I have only one birthday cake to bake this month but dang, I was soooooooo looking forward to a nice July and I blink- ok maybe a couple blinks and it's gone. <BR> ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:39:21 EST I'm not missing you at all- ok well maybe a little bit... So it has been about a month since I had 10 inches chopped off my hair... and I really don't miss it at all... well... ok maybe I do. It is great when I want to dry it or toss it up in a baseball hat to not have to mess with all that length. It's amazing how much lighter my head feels too. But there are times when I go all "awwwwwwwwwww" and think of the killer french braid I used to be able to do, or the super long pony tail. I still have enough to put it up in a pony tail, but people at... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:55:39 EST How my garden grows... So far the garden is going gang-busters. Last night picked and canned 7 quarts of green beans (picture of them getting a bath in the sink)... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> then there were the cukes (those pickling cukes are soooooo sweet!)... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and finally the huge kohlrabi (with a few little onions in the background- man those things are HOT!) <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 10:42:21 EST On a roll! After that blast of fitness minutes this weekend spending two days gardening and digging out weeds, I figured I'd continue it last night. Got home from work, slathered on the sunscreen and grabbed the clippers. Finished up all the bushes and shrubs in the front and side yards- ok maybe not as perfectly round as those landscaping dudes do- but dangit- they aren't too bad looking~ and a nice little boost for my compost pile too! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>434</em> Tue, 25 May 2010 06:58:46 EST Weeding - and cactus picker picking Spent the weekend weeding and cleaning out my cactus bed- it looks great- but my arms sure don't- they're full of pickers... I just don't see how they seem to get everywhere! <BR> Some pruning left to get to tonight after work- I hope the baby birds are out of my dogwood! Mon, 24 May 2010 07:24:19 EST Making a change! It was a hard day mentally yesterday - for a lot of people. Everywhere I went yesterday it seemed I was running in to people that were upset, mad, annoyed and complaining. Before the end of the day- I had found I had turned in to one of them. This morning I've heard the complaints starting already- so as I sat down to change my status here on SparkPeople, I made a decision... I'm going to try to stop complaining. That's right- no whines, complaints, or rants... well, ok I'm Irish and Germ... Wed, 12 May 2010 08:31:55 EST I walked a marathon???? So this weekend was my Relay for Life walk. Saturday it was raining and kind of nasty out when I woke up, but after a couple of hours it seemed to just be windy and overcast. I packed up my things and headed to Milford, unloaded the car and hit the school's track just before the opening ceremonies. After the survivor's lap (which got me all teary-eyed), I put my pedometer on, then I hit the track to start my walk. <BR> I wasn't really keeping track of how many laps I was doing or how long... Mon, 3 May 2010 12:55:37 EST Weekend of Walking Friends of mine have a team in the Milford Relay for Life this weekend and I'm walking in it. I am looking forward to getting a lot of steps in this weekend- and I'm hoping the weather is decent (at least no rain). <BR> I'm wondering if I should get out there and just walk until I can't anymore- or if I should just do so many minute "on", so many minutes "off"... <BR> If anyone has done these 24 hour walk things before I'd appreciate the advice. <BR> <BR> Oh and if you happen to be in the ... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 07:11:24 EST Snap! Allowing myself a small pout here- I missed my 2 year SparkVersary! <BR> No party- no balloons- no whoooooooo hoooooooooo's... just a picture change and a 'lil blog- 10 days late. <BR> ~grin~ Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:34:37 EST Peace My friend with cancer died this weekend. <BR> She fought a brave battle and a long fight with her husband by her side. <BR> Thank you everyone who gave me the well-wishes and kept her and her family in your prayers- you can't begin to imagine how much it was appreciated. Mon, 12 Apr 2010 06:31:24 EST Help me! There are times that it's hard to know what to share or what to say. This is one of those times. I have two friends that are battling cancer. Her battle is with the disease itself- because it's not her first battle- she has fought it before, but it keeps coming back. For him, it's watching his wife summon the strength to fight this monster yet again and to know that he can't fight it for her or with her- just give her support. <BR> She's in the hospital now and family has gathered. There... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:32:14 EST A little bit about me- a chain blog- Thanks to Purpleally I've decided to keep this chain blog going... <BR> <BR> Not as easy as you might think! <BR> <BR> Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? Purse. <BR> Spouse? Yes. <BR> Your hair? Ponytail. <BR> Your mother? Heaven. <BR> Your father? Amazing. <BR> Your favorite thing? Depends. <BR> Your dream last night? Garden. <BR> Favorite drink? Water. <BR> What room are ... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 11:41:16 EST Finders Keepers! I've found my inner Spark. I hit that A-HA moment when it all became crystal clear... where the motivation and drive that I seemed to be seeking was found within myself. <BR> I've found a way to keep myself on a workout schedule, to train not only for fitness, but for enedurance and strength and flexibility. <BR> I've found a way to say "no" to the foods that I'd eat simply because they were there and say "yes" to the foods that I should eat, but sometimes don't seem worth the bother. <BR> I... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 12:14:45 EST Benefit Dinner March 7th I've not said too much about a friend of mine who's son is struggling with Ewing's Sarcoma, but I feel the need to share this in case someone can make it. <BR> <BR> JJ has been through two surgeries and radiation and chemo treatments. He has lost part of his pelvis, most of his left hip and has a long fight ahead of him with additional surgeries and treatment. <BR> <BR> Friends are having a benefit spaghetti dinner (with 50/50raffle) at the Dawg House Bar and Grill on 35965 Groesbeck Hwy i... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 12:54:24 EST March Madness? It's March first and it's already off to a crazy start. Work continues to keep me busy and with class winding down at college I've already starting writing their final exam- look at me planning ahead. I'm not about to shove my fitness time aside, so I'm putting it on the planner with all those sporting events, band concerts, etc that always seem to come on full force now. <BR> It's time too, for me to decide on the length of the race I'll do for the Detroit Marathon... full? doubt it, in ... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 12:28:17 EST GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Ok, so it's a title that's more reflective of soccer than a scale but dangit- I feel like I should be able to scream it at the top of my lungs with that much emotion! <BR> I weighed in a couple days ago at 135, but was afraid to post it, thinking it was just a fluke drop and that I didn't really hit my goal. Weighed in again this morning and BAM! up comes that 135 again... if I was a gambler, I'd feel like I just hit the 7s on the slot machine. It was an amazing feeling to know that it wasn... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 15:59:40 EST Awwwwww I've missed you so! Hello again 130's, it's been awhile and I've missed you. I weighed in last week and I was still in the 140's, this morning the scale said 138.8 and it's nice to be back. Still 3.8 pounds to go until I hit the top of my maintenance range again, but I know by sticking to my plan that got me here, I'll hit it. It may not be this week, or the next, or the next, but I'll get there. And this time- when I get there, I'll fight harder to stay there! Mon, 22 Feb 2010 15:31:34 EST Goodbye! Weighed in today at 140.4, while that is still in the 140's I'm ready to say goodbye to them. I had hit my goal and was maintaining with SparkPeople when I ended up having health issues in July. In the months that followed I watched the weight climb higher, taking with it the muscle and endurance I had built up. When I tossed up my hands in dispair at the end of December I gave in to the fact that I couldn't do this "no exercise" part of the plan my physician had requested of me. So I sta... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:21:41 EST aimless thoughts wandering Not much of a blog-writing mood, but maybe this will help my mood a bit. DH lost one of his grandma's this week- that puts us down to one grandparent left- makes me feel old. <BR> Friend of mine's son had a major surgery yesterday - he seems to be doing well so far- but it's just one of those things that takes your thoughts off of what you have to get done during the day. <BR> We're supposed to have ham for dinner which I don't want (leftovers from the MILs when she made it when I told her w... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:40:48 EST Happy Holidays! Just a short note to wish everyone on SparkPeople a happy holiday season. May your New Year be full of health and happiness! <BR> Mon, 21 Dec 2009 06:32:43 EST A battle lost <link><BR>/2009/11/noah_biorkman_died_on_monday.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> I made a post a bit ago about little Noah, the child that wasn't expected to live to see Christmas. I just got an update on his story this morning. Noah passed away on Monday, losing his battle, but in the process bringing a whole lot of togetherness and different attitudes to those who's life he touched. My co-workers and I had sent along cards in response to his familys requ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 10:03:27 EST Fitness time! I've been staying busy cleaning up the yard and walking. Ended up going to the IL's cemetary this weekend and digging all the area around it up so make it easier to plant again in the Spring. Finished raking the leaves at my MIL's and sweeping out her barn and garage. Very excited to put my new cardio dvd in that I got in the mail this weekend... my doctor still hasn't released me to exercise but this is driving me crazy!!! <BR> On a side note, a friend of mine lost her brother this weeken... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 10:52:57 EST A 5 year old's last Christmas There are things in life that make you stop and think... and then there are things in life that are simply beyond words... this is one of those things. A co-worker came into my office today with a collection of Christmas cards and asked me to pick one out and sign it. When I asked why, this is the story I heard... <BR> <BR> There's a 5 year old here in Michigan with neuroblastoma, he's had treatments over the past couple of years, but it has come back and they don't expect for him to last ... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 09:48:18 EST From no impact to WOW What An Impact Fitness! Growing up I was an active kid, never had any extra meat on my bones to worry about, as a matter of fact, was just plain old skinny. Then the years passed and while I didn't have a lot of extra meat on my bones, I had more than I did and I began to not like it. When I took a look at what was going on I realized that all the things I did as a kid and even in college, I wasn't doing anymore. Sure, I went for walks and did the occasional hike and canoe trip, but nothing that could be consider... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:18:01 EST 20,000 minutes under my shoes? Sat at my desk this morning and watched the sun rise with the lights turned off (lit of course with the glow of my PC) and while still basking in the stress free moment I logged into SparkPeople to record my food, fitness, etc for the day. I happened to glance over at my fitness minutes and TAAAA DAAAAAAAAAA I've reached my yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes. <BR> Hmmmmmmm wait a minute... now what do I do? (Besides give a little internal "yeah me" cheer) Do I try for 25,000? 22,000? ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 10:50:09 EST How things that are good for me make me feel like a kid again... not in a good way! We've all had it happen to us, especially when you were a kid. Someone put something in front of you and said "eat this, it's good for you". So, in the midst of my physician trying to put her finger on what's causing my blood pressure spikes and the chest pain, she tells me that ladies "my age" (speaking of chest pain... thanks so much for THAT term) need to watch their intake of Vitamin D and that most people, especially here in Michigan don't get enough. So I go through my diet and admit... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 11:21:56 EST Be careful what you wish for! So my last blog was about my tomatoes and how they were slow coming on and I couldn't wait until they did... this blog is about the other side of things... <BR> I got home from work last night and hit the garden. I'd been kind of neglecting the one side while I took care of the cucumbers (into 3 kinds of pickles) and the cabbage... so I headed out last night to check out the broccoli. Somewhere between the kohlrabi and the tomatoes there's a path of broccoli plants, there aren't many, but i... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 10:39:06 EST Where are the tomatoes? It's almost mid-August, the garden is in full swing... well mostly. <BR> Cucumbers are going great, as are the cabbage, onions and broccoli. The corn is a bit behind but nice and sweet and doing ok. The peppers are doing as my peppers normally do, slow until fall and then watch out. The beans would be great if I could keep the deer out (they unlike the rabbits don't seem to mind the cayenne pepper). The tomatoes on the other hand are another story. I've pruned back the growth twice and i... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 09:27:57 EST Cheater Cheater! I'm a cheater... at least I admit it. Tried to do what I was supposed to do and got to the point that I said "Forget it!". Been having some health issues that my doctor can't figure out so I've been banned from caffeine, alcohol, exercise, salt, etc... and I've done really well on it... since July 15th, then today I said enough of that and became Cheater Cheater! I had a piece of caramel filled dove candy, put salt on my deviled egg this morning and after work... yup... you guess it, I'm i... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 12:41:20 EST Another icon gone Just heard the news that Farrah died today. Another icon from my youth is no longer with us and I've realized that I'm beginning to see the start of where I'm going to hear more about deaths of those near to me than births... another day older, another day wiser and another life no longer with us. <BR> Her will to live and her battle was strong, but she's lost her fight, rest in peace Farrah! Thu, 25 Jun 2009 13:26:08 EST Week 8 at the gym Just finished another week at the gym I joined a little while ago and as part of the program I'm in, that means I hit another milestone to be weighed and measured. So I step on the scale and the numbers were moving in the right direction (which is good because I'm simply trying to maintain now). Then she pulls the little machine out that does my fat percentage and plugs in my numbers... after it does it's little test I find I'm down almost another 3 percent from my last set of numbers (abou... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 13:53:38 EST A new Trophy! <em>244</em> <BR> After just over a year on SparkPeople I've passed the 25,000 mark and got a new trophy! I've been watching the numbers when I log out eat day and notice that I'm getting closer and closer. To be honest, I thought I'd hit it a while ago... then I got bronchitis and wasn't as active in person or on the site. There were times when it seemed so far away and there were times where I'd hit a point total in a day that would make me go "wait, that can't be right"... but sure en... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 14:16:41 EST A rough week... As I write the title of this blog "a rough week" I wince, because in reality, while it's a busy, crazy, hectic, tiring week, it isn't really "rough" when I compare it to the weeks of others. Maybe this is a good thing. I started to write this blog to vent and make myself feel better about how much I have to get done this week at work, teaching and at home. But now after I've written the title, I'm thinking about the parents that have lost a child this week, the solider fighting for our cou... Wed, 27 May 2009 11:46:54 EST Whoops! Slight miscalculation! Because I live in Michigan, yet I enjoy my summer vegetable garden, I tend to start some of my seeds inside ... you know, those things like corn with the longer growing season. The problem is, this year, we're still getting cold nights and those frosts, so I can't transplant outside yet... and in the meantime, my stuff inside has been growing and growning and growing. So while my tomatoes, okra and onions are doing just fine in their rates of growth, my corn has taken off like a middle scho... Tue, 19 May 2009 08:26:01 EST Week 1 at the gym Joined a new gym last week and I have to say I LOVE it! It's not anything I'm used to, I mean, I've done a boot camp class through community ed, but it's always held in the cafeteria or on the gym floor and it's just not the same as going into a gym and doing my thing. I generally come in and warm up on elliptical or the stationary bike, then hit the weights, then back for some cardio and then finish up in the sauna. I can't figure out why some days the sauna seems the hardest part and on ... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 09:23:24 EST