SPOOKYTHECAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPOOKYTHECAT SPOOKYTHECAT'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/ Will Walk for Nailpolish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745851 Yesterday I saw a hand (playing glockenspiel) & that hand had on very pretty orange-red nail polish. <BR> In the 70s they called that color China Red. <BR> <BR> I didn't like it then, but I love it now. <BR> <BR> So, like a horse with a carrot, I said I could get the polish if I walked to the drugstore- a measly mile, 2 miles altogether there & back. <BR> <BR> But- I walked that measly mile!! <BR> <BR> & I was sore from circuit training yesterday, for the first time all month <em>2</em... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:09:15 EST Circuit Training & H.I.T http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706069 I feel really good today. Do you want to know why? <BR> <BR> <BR> Today makes the end of 4 weeks of circuit training (Mon-Thurs) & I have been doing between 35-50 minutes per session. <BR> All DVDs (I'm training at home) are Jillian Michaels, & she rocks. <BR> <BR> I rock. <BR> <BR> I'm rocking. <BR> <BR> Next step: find time on weekend to make a full 5 days per week. OR make sure to walk/bike ride /Something. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, hello my friends & all Sparkpeople. Spark on! <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:19:58 EST Happy 2014~! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597784 Dear Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> <BR> I know I have not been a good Sparkfriend, I tend to just put in my tracked foods/exercise into the tracker on my mobile phone, <BR> & then don't think to check in on my computer for some actual interaction (& motivation). <BR> <BR> Which, really- that's a huge part of Spark. Maybe why I keep spinning my wheels these days? <BR> <BR> <BR> A couple months ago, our scale broke (really!) I'd thought it was erratic, but then you'd step on it & the numbers wou... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:34:41 EST Lucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522451 Today my friend couldn't make our walk ~ so, I walked alone! <BR> <BR> It's nice to have a walk buddy, but ultimately, it's up to ME & I am the one who wants to get into 'that dress', & not quake in fear when I get an email saying someone has tagged me on Facebook. <BR> <BR> <BR> I put on my hat (it was cold!) & put in my earbuds- I have a playlist called Move! & so I did. <BR> <BR> If you have an iPhone I highly recommend an ap called RunKeeper- it uses GPS to show you how fast you are ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:28:15 EST The Reckoning- what am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521364 It's ok, & just part of my fitness journey- <BR> <BR> but I fell off the fitness track- although I've been pretty good about tracking meals & staying within my limit (albeit at the top of my caloric intake) <BR> & not eating junk, <BR> I am still at a plateau- the same one I've been on for over a year & a half. <BR> <BR> Someone asked me, so what changed? <BR> & I have to say- the gym. <BR> <BR> <BR> I did not think the gym was that important, because I was walking so much, but I just do ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:49:48 EST McDonald's comes through! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460080 *disclaimer- this is about fast food, so if you are not into that, see you another time! <BR> <BR> So, I guess 50 % of my blogs are turning into fast food reviews, I guess I will have to come up with a Spooky the Cat ranking system- using witch's hats & paws or something. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I drove to the other side of our tiny state (RI) to pick up a Cuisanart food processor for my now Grown Daughter, who would like to make some of her old mom's favorites in her new apt. <BR> <BR> I re... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 15:33:08 EST 3 years on Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455943 So, I realized I have been on Sparkpeople 3 years! <BR> I have in that time lost 20 lbs, put 13 back on, & am now 8 lbs away from goal. <BR> <BR> Oh yes, I have a Mini Goal weight too! <BR> I want to be back in the 140s. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago my husband Ted & I made a pact that we wouldn't have any junk in the house, <BR> & the near nightly ice cream cones would have to go. <BR> <BR> He of course dropped weight Immediately, but I noticed my clothes fitting a Smidge better after ... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:34:36 EST Dunkin Donuts Hot & Spicy~ adventures in Fast Food Breakfasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442020 *this is another blog review about about a new fast food, if you do not eat ff ever~ this is a blog to skip! <BR> <BR> <BR> So, it's Friday- my 9 hour day where I go in early- which means I usually stop off at Dunkin Donuts for a breakfast sandwich. <BR> <BR> I usually go for the egg white on a flatbread- (both turkey sausage or veggie are equally good/healthy, & filling until lunch- around 330 calories ) <BR> but I thought I'd branch out today & try the new Summer menu offering The Hot &... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 09:12:16 EST Mystery BK's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424328 I know some of you are fast food haters, & if so, this is not the blog for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> But here is a tip for those looking for a quick bite of something a little different & you live North of the Mason/Dixon & won't be offended by basic fast food BBQ. <BR> <BR> Burger King has a new Pulled pork sandwich, & it was pretty good! <BR> <BR> BUT they put an un-needed & suspicious looking glob of "sweet southern dressing", which IMHO looked like a smear of fat ;( <BR> & who needs Extra s... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:49:32 EST I hate our guts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423160 That was last night's joke between my husband Ted & me. <BR> <BR> We both are the not-so-proud owners of a Round Belly GUT, which we both are pretty unhappy about. <BR> (I still think he's cute, he still thinks I'm cute- but we are disgusted with ourselves, at least in the belly dept.) <BR> <BR> How did this happen? <BR> <BR> You know how! <BR> <BR> So we shook on a vow of No More candy bars, no more empty calorie even low calories ice cream bars, no more truffle oil popcorn w parm chee... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:36:08 EST Non- Sparky Music stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404775 If you ever wanted to hear my music, here is a beautiful video that was made by a local film-maker for my original song Lily of the Valley. <BR> <BR> It also stars my beautiful daughter, Ava...:) <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope you'll like it! <BR> <BR> https://vimeo.com/68974089 <BR> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:09:24 EST I'm still HERE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396390 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am still here, though in a limited way- I have been tracking most meals, & tracking my activity WHEN I do it. <BR> Which is not regularly, & it shows! <BR> <BR> Life has been very hectic, I have been playing a TON of shows & just released my 5th album. I am very proud of it, & me- <BR> & now if I can fit that 30 mins of exercise daily I will be EXTRA proud. <BR> <BR> I hope you still Sparking, keep the Spark! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:04:30 EST Dunkin Donuts Mystery Eggs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344268 I work a couple early mornings & though I usually still bring something from home, <BR> today I got a Dunkin Donuts Egg & Cheese on an English muffin. <BR> <BR> YUCK. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> They must have changed their egg formula? I say formula , because it tasted like something a scientist concocted in a laboratory. <BR> <BR> The egg is now a White circle w a weird yolk in the middle, it looks super fake. <BR> Tastes super fake. <BR> Am I out of my mind? <BR> <BR> I couldn't find an... Fri, 3 May 2013 10:51:54 EST A picture is worth a thousand words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328860 I won't lie. <BR> <BR> This month has been a bust exercise-wise. I got sick exactly on March 30, & on Easter Sunday had to go lay down while guests were still in my house. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I've been coughing, sneezing achy miserable ever since...finally went to Doc last Monday, where I was given antibiotics & two different inhalers. <BR> Inhalers?! <BR> I feel like I cannot get a good breath & a cough chokes my throat closed. <BR> <BR> <BR> All through this I've curled... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:36:19 EST Stupid Granola http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295016 Last night, I was about to settle in for snack time <BR> & decided I'd like granola to top my Chobani yogurt. <BR> <BR> I looked up Plain Granola recipe & cut the veg oil down from 1/3 c to about 3 tbs, thinking I had made low-fat. <BR> <BR> HA! <BR> <BR> I don't have anything but my iphone to track at home so today when I logged in the recipe, I saw it was over 80 calories per 1/8 c serving, <BR> & you know I had double that tasting it. <BR> <BR> UGH! Went over my calories, & for a measl... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:54:26 EST From 3 to 5~ my underarm attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292527 I have weird Trouble Zones these days. <BR> <BR> In the past, I only had a problem with my thighs. I hated them, would not wear shorts for Years. <BR> <BR> Now, my thighs are ok ( huh, what?!) thanks to a lot of walking, & Jillian Michaels dvds making me do a million squats ect., plus all those other things. <BR> Tough, painful , wonderful things. She is heavy on the leg training. <BR> <BR> I now worry about my tummy, & weirdly- my underarms. <BR> <BR> I do not like my Lady Pecs, they ar... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:31:13 EST Moderation is Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278747 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1264964393.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This Pearls Before Swine cartoon made me smile~ & I thought you'd get a kick out of it, too. <BR> <BR> I have to work on my 'once a week' foods. I am all for indulging in the foods you like, & working it into your food schedule by eating lower cal food for other meals. <BR> My problem is that by the end of the day if I go over a little bit, I figure O Well, & then go over a little bit more. <BR> Nothing ser... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:04:51 EST NYC bound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269491 I play a show in NYC about once or twice a year, my favorite DJ from WFMU usually comes out & my handful of fans in the area. <BR> My dream was to live there when I was a kid, <BR> which I never got to do , but this gives me a little taste. <BR> Taste being the operative word! <BR> NY has the best food, but I also will be walking a lot & eating healthy as possible ! <BR> See you Monday! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 09:24:51 EST Crushed my Feb Fitness Goal- even with tweaked back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267225 My back has been rebelling, for the past couple weeks- on & off, & now ON for the last couple days. <BR> No amount of Ibuprofen kicks it out, & I know it's from weak back muscles. <BR> <BR> The Jillian Michaels workout will help, but as I fought through the 1st 5 minutes yesterday I realized mid-excruciating jumping jack that JM would have to wait until I was better. <BR> <BR> But O no! I still had 20 + minutes left on my Feb Fitness Tracker to complete my very mellow 500 minutes goal. <BR>... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:21:47 EST Singing cells in my muscles :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257637 Today marks Day 3 in a row of my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (the first & still my fave!) <BR> <BR> Unlike what I usually wear for my walks (a million layers, hat gloves) I am in teeny tiny shorts & a sports bra. <BR> There are a couple mirrors in the room I work out in, too- so it's pretty inevitable to pay some attention to what I've been swaddling in sweaters & comfy pants. <BR> <BR> But I made a surprising discovery- while my body is far from 'perfect', it's also far from being totall... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:41:55 EST I am here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254889 Dear SP friends, <BR> <BR> I am still here, quietly Sparking... I have been tracking, but not blogging much. <BR> <BR> After my accident last month, I had to lie low...my weight was creeping higher, so I didn't want to just complain or rant. <BR> <BR> For the last couple of weeks I have been able to walk (long distance) again, & today I did my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred for the first time. <BR> I could do everything painlessly (still breathlessly!) except the girl pushups, as they are o... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:58:01 EST I discover oven baked french fries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742077586.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> 450 degrees & 2 tbs olive oil = heaven in my mouth for around 176 calories. <BR> <BR> Last night was awesome. <BR> <BR> That is all. Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:25:42 EST My fitness goals have hit a snag...I mean telephone pole ;( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195209 Here is a pic of me, smiling- on January 1st... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309722837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was happy because I was sledding with my friends, having fun & being active- had in fact done a good hour long hike earlier that day, <BR> & had been to the gym with my daughter the day before. <BR> <BR> I was on a nice streak of fitness...then, WHAM! <BR> <BR> I hit a telephone pole with both knees on the way down a fairly large hill (name of the street I was sle... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 14:37:25 EST This is not a Race- it's just life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177683 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l531037899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am now at Spark Level 14. <BR> <BR> This has extra significance to me because I always thought the icon was the prettiest of all the Spark levels... <BR> When I started out & had the dinky star & ugly colored ones I would look at Level 14 & imagine what my fitness/waistline would look like when I got that far along. <BR> <BR> I also threatened myself with- Wow, how embarrassed are you going to be if you still h... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 12:24:50 EST THREE Non-Scale victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176705 I am somewhat afraid to step on the scale...but I don't have to face it until Fri- so we'll see then. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a houseful of family- but my sister always likes to take a walk after holiday meals, <BR> so we had a little alone time to walk/talk. <BR> When it's a big group, we usually just go down to the little beach, but my sis & I did the full 2.15 miles, which is my regular route. <BR> <BR> Here is a little view from part of the walk <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:15:10 EST No fan-fare, no drumrolls... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172709 I am kinda proud of me. <BR> <BR> In the past 2 weeks I have lost 3 lbs. <BR> <em>9</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am not thinking I should jump up & down about it because <BR> <BR> 1. It's weight I had Regained <BR> <BR> 2.It could come back Any time because Christmas cookies haven't even been made, yet. <BR> <BR> 3.I am still above my Dread number. <BR> <BR> <BR> but you know what? Forget that ! (Yes, I was thinking of another f word) <BR> <BR> I Am proud. <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:32:56 EST *Cough hack hack (excuse me...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151880 I don't know about you , but I am Sick. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> There is no emoticon for it, so picture that little guy blowing into a giant Kleenix. <BR> <BR> A plus: I don't want to eat much, or drink alcohol. <BR> <BR> A minus: I don't want to do anything else, including exercise/walk outside. <BR> <BR> I have been nursing my throat for my gig on Saturday, & in the meantime have been contacted by a local magazine (newsprint, not shiny) <BR> for an interview/photo shoot. <B... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:13:53 EST Walk on the Beach- healing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145959 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l999292597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went to visit my friend's mom who just moved back home from Hawaii. <BR> She lives near the beach & I thought a nice beach walk would be healing... <BR> <BR> (we lost one of our cats, Skullbutt, last week) <BR> <BR> <BR> It was beautiful by the water, & even though Ted is still a sad sleep-walker, I think he perked up a little. <BR> He took this picture of me & Momma Baer... <BR> <BR> <img s... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:42:24 EST Happy Thanksgiving-the day after! (& a little crazed blathering) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144238 I still count it as Thanksgiving if there are still leftovers in the fridge. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> I host every year, but got folks to take 'most' of the stuff home, even my sister's sweet potato casserole which was hard to let go... <BR> <BR> I tossed Gram's pumpkin pie (shhh!) because she didn't use her glasses to read the instructions- & baked the thing at 325 instead of 375. <BR> but I kept my own 1/2 of apple (home-made by me) & ate some this am with my fingers. <BR> <... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:33:10 EST Hangin' with Spooky... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132548 I am not going to start talking in the third person, don't worry... <BR> <BR> But I do feel a little out of sorts, last night I went a little nuts with my friend who came to town, there were scorpion bowls involved , then we saw an amazing music show... <BR> <BR> We went out with the musician (who was a friend of my friend, plus some other folks) we closed the bar.... <BR> (I was drinking water for the last hour so I could drive) <BR> <BR> On the way home I remembered what I had Totally Fo... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:19:39 EST I am Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102795 At least, my body is back...my brain is a little still porridge-y & out to lunch. <BR> Jet Lag...is No Joke! <BR> <BR> My European Tour went Great- made lots of new friends, fans & even some $! <BR> (change that to a Euro or Swiss Franc symbol ;)) <BR> <BR> <BR> I walked about at least 2-3 miles a day, with about 50 lbs on my back, with 20 LPs in a bag in one hand, <BR> & my (heavy) guitar in a hard shell case in the other. <BR> <BR> I wore out the soles of my brand new shoes! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:52:13 EST 2 weeks countdown has Begun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068921 I know I haven't been on Sparkpeople that much lately~ but I am still tracking & Sparking on my own. <BR> <BR> In my first year on Spark, part of what really motivated me to lose the first 20 lbs, was I was booked to play a tour in Germany/Switzerland in 2011 ...& I did not want to show up overweight. <BR> <BR> I lost the weight, had a great 7 day tour- did not look heavy in my pix ! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, another year has passed. & I am going on tour again, this time ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:43:37 EST You don't need cheese on that. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5052966 I just saw a board post that was "What is your favorite eating out tip?" <BR> <BR> & my answer was the title to this blog. <BR> <BR> When I first started eating healthy , one of the first thing I learned was a grilled chicken sandwich is really good, really filling & super yummy. <BR> Many restaurants want to glob cheese all over it, thereby turning it into a fat/calorie bomb. <BR> <BR> It tastes good on it's own~ eat with roasted red peppers if you want something to squish. <BR> <BR> Wha... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:02:40 EST Healthy Changes~New Ticker Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045883 I do not think I am in maintenance, but my body apparently does. <BR> <BR> Most of what I've been doing these days has been my Jillian Michaels dvds, which I LOVE & can really see my body changing. <BR> My arms look good, my legs have incredible tone. I fit nicely into my size 6 skirts/pants. <BR> <BR> So, I am really happy & pleased with myself... <BR> until I step on the scale. <BR> <BR> It hovers right around 150 up or down a lb or two, every week. Still 15 lbs away from what had been ... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 17:03:19 EST What's in a name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038734 I know I've seen this topic posted before, but it was a while ago~ & I just read a post by a new Sparker who has given herself a , well, piggy kind of name. <BR> It seemed pretty self-defeating. <BR> <BR> I know we all have our own reasons for going by a screen name, I have been some variation of spooky since I first went online, many years ago on another board. <BR> <BR> (It's from my old cat Mingus who was gray tabby & very shy. <BR> He would lurk at the doorway like he wanted to be pett... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:35:45 EST It's just EMOTION that's takin' me over.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034977 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBgAj4cNee4 </link> <BR> <BR> Ok, I am old enough to know the BeeGees version, apparently Destiny's Child also covered it. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I am also old enough that my daughter has just left home for college!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> & this is me <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>41</em> <em>33</em> <em>334</em> <em>46</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> She is going to do great, & of course I am so proud~!! I did not get to go to college, so I am extra proud. <BR... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 17:01:10 EST Women Laughing Alone With Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5034963 This was one of the funniest things I saw all day, & I am pretty sure you are going to get a chuckle out of it.... <BR> <BR> <link>thehairpin.com/2011/01/women-laughin<BR>g-alone-with-salad/ </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:45:08 EST I Officially Hate my Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020381 This was a good week of workouts, eating healthy, staying within my calorie boundaries overall~ <BR> <BR> My arms look toned, my legs feel toned~ my tummy is less pot-bellied. <BR> <BR> I felt good until I stepped on my bathroom scale for my Official Saturday weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Back up 2 lbs?!! <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sorry, I meant <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <em>28</em> <em>28</em> <em>28</em> !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> But if there is one thing I've learned in my 2 years of Sp... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 08:51:31 EST Jillian Michaels Podcast changed my life maybe yours, too? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016793 I am on Twitter, mostly for music & to stalk my own teenage daughter~but I also follow some comedians & also health stuff like Sparkpeople. <BR> Jillian Michaels is another 'healthy choice'... <BR> <BR> Now, I don't usually click on podcast links, but I wanted something to listen to ~ <BR> & like it happens, sometimes... <BR> <BR> "The Teacher appears when the Student is Ready". <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the points she touched on was dealing with feelings of resentment. <BR> <BR> I struggle ... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 14:49:41 EST Keeping on Trucking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013606 Someone asked me at a show (someone else's) how music was going for me? Was I still truckin'? <BR> <BR> I said Yes~ & walked on. <BR> <BR> Some people don't really care how you are doing, not really~ & I have a propensity to get very excited when anyone asks (or doesn't ask) <BR> about me & music. <BR> <BR> I am learning to shut my trap ...(not easy!) & keep on trucking. <BR> <BR> So does this carry on over to my non-music life? <BR> <BR> Maybe! Because my DH was wondering about where m... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:13:10 EST It's my 2 Year Sparkversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987815 <em>504</em> <BR> <BR> Wow~! I have been tracking Nutrition, Fitness, Blogging , Commenting & generally Sparking it up for two whole years. <BR> <BR> I have gone from 165-145...then back up to 153...now down to 150.2. <BR> <BR> So I have learned a couple things, & here they are. <BR> <BR> 1.Protein is your Friend. Pretzels, Chips, Cookies just make you hungrier & want to eat More. Eat something with protein & you are satisfied for way less calories. <BR> <BR> 2.Fat comes Back! I was am... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:19:20 EST Sundays were made for Hiking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983448 I love the woods. <BR> Just about as much as I love the ocean~ <BR> <BR> I remember my youth fondly, walking through the woods with friends as a teen, <BR> as well as with my dear dad when I was a kid. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my weekend fisherman husband did Not get called in to charter~ <BR> & it was a little too cold for the beach. <BR> So we went to George B Parker Woodland in Coventry, RI for an awesome 3 mile hike. <BR> <BR> We started the day off right with a delicious breakfast <BR> <... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:19:59 EST No Sleep 'til Brooklyn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979193 Hello Sparkpeoples, <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am back from my mini-tour with about 3 brain cells left, & a deep need to sleep. <BR> <BR> My co-worker needed me to work this morning, but I am going home at 1pm to naaappppp - <BR> then one last show tonight in my own city, Providence, RI- only 30 mins away from my tiny town. <BR> <BR> I did pretty ok on tour, managed to walk a couple miles every day, & didn't snack on utter crap. <BR> <BR> McDonald's yogurt fruit parfait was a hit on the ro... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:06:55 EST I am off on tour...The PERILS of the Road! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974602 Tonight is my first of 4 dates , in 4 states~ I will be going from Cambridge , MA to Brooklyn, NY, to Southington, CT back to little Providence in RI. <BR> <BR> So, I am going to be 'on the road' eating whatever (?) unknown... <BR> <BR> So much is unknown, which is what makes it an adventure~ part of what I love. <BR> <BR> What I have learned in the past: <BR> <BR> I am going to walk as much as possible in NY- that is always a great thing. <BR> <BR> I am going to order salads whenever po... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:14:13 EST Double Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964516 Doesn't that sound intimidating ? <BR> <BR> It's really not, & now I feel fantastic!! <BR> <BR> This morning, after giving myself a good two weeks off due to my groin pull injury, I did my favorite Jillian Michaels DVD No More Trouble Zones. <BR> There were a couple lunges I took it a little easy on, but other than that I did it & feel Great!! <BR> <BR> Tonight , my hubby took me to drop my car off at the mechanic for an oil change. He had to go to a meeting so he dropped me off at the top... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:00:10 EST Woke up Fat & Poor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959011 Ever notice how budgeting calories & watching your finances are so very similar? <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I get that same safe secure feeling when I note my calories are 'under budget' <BR> as I do when I am all paid up on credit cards & have savings. <BR> <BR> But when I am a little out of control..... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I mean, just a little! <BR> <BR> I'm not talking thousands of dollars in debt, or thousands of calories~ but I have been one toke over the... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:15:27 EST Adventure Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953812 No, not the cartoon....real life ;-) <BR> <BR> Today I decided to take a different route for my morning walk, instead of walking towards the water, I walked upppp the hill towards the main road. <BR> I had extra time, & was wanting a new experience. <BR> <BR> <BR> At first I saw what my grandfather called "4th of Julillies" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150058414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Because they bloom wild around the 4th of July , lining our street with beaut... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 15:48:51 EST It happens to everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952078 Last night I went on a binge. <BR> <BR> I am not here to hold myself in stocks & let everyone throw rotten tomatoes~ I'm not even feeling sorry for myself. <BR> <BR> But I am being honest. <BR> <BR> & I tracked every little thing. <BR> <BR> Today, I woke up~ washed my face, ate a healthy breakfast & did a 2. 23 mile walk. <BR> I am eating right the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> & I'm not beating myself up because that doesn't help anyone. <BR> <BR> Things I've learned: <BR> <BR> Home-made... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:29:16 EST Ranch dressing you can Eat without guilt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947826 Ok, I know I've posted about Bolthouse Farms dressings before, & I swear they are not paying me (but they should) <BR> <BR> But today I ordered my beloved grilled chicken salad from McDonald's <BR> & said "No dressing, please" because I had taken my 45 calorie for 2 tbs a serving Bolthouse Farms Yogurt Based Ranch to work. <BR> <BR> Saving myself a quadzillion calories, I mean about 100. <BR> <BR> So I am proud. <BR> <BR> One small step for Spookykind. <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 14:19:56 EST Ambitious or Insane? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947386 Today I am working a 9 hour workday at my jobby-job, then running home & throwing on a dress, then driving 30 minutes to the city where I am playing a concert at a club. <BR> I most likely won't get home until 1:30-2 am. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning I am playing another concert (solo at a coffeehouse this time) & that one is an hour away. <BR> <BR> Am I nuts? <BR> <BR> Most likely. <BR> <BR> Today is a mandatory 'Rest Day' since there is no way I can squeeze in a walk~ but this week I have ... 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