SUNFLOWERGAL40's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNFLOWERGAL40 SUNFLOWERGAL40'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/ Motivation Assignment from 5% Challenge Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577956 Questions from 5% Challenge: What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> I think the biggest thing I want to change is how I feel. I have gradually slowed down in my moving over the last year and it greatly impacts my whole life. When I first found Sparkpeople and was more active, I felt so much better. I had a lo... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:30:27 EST Just being honest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576007 Can I be honest? I haven't been honest with myself for a while so I think it's time to get honest. I think of the ostrich with its head stuck in the sand when I start to think about how I've been lately. <BR> <BR> I have to go way back to figure this out. 44 years ago... <em>246</em> just kidding! Not quite that far back! Though I was an 11 pound baby which has always seemed to me the place to start looking at my journey. <BR> <BR> Instead I want to look back to 2010. I was 40 and had a ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:43:27 EST To quit or not to quit...that is the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484941 Definitely need a warning <em>230</em> at the beginning like a disclaimer...I haven't blogged since July and I have been composing this blog in my head for days...so <em>227</em> now if you don't want to read a long one! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am a mess! Literally a HOT <em>198</em> mess as I sit here having a hot flash while I type! But I am also a mess on my healthy journey. I am not just off track. I am down in the ditch, rolling around in the mud, and feeling pretty nast... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:40:11 EST July 12 Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419317 Today is one of those grumpy, grouchy, frumpy days that I really don't want to blog about. But for that reason I probably need to. <BR> <BR> Woke up kind of grumpy as I didn't sleep well last night and hubby was kind of short with me. My emotions definitely had an impact on my choices today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Frosted Cinnamon Toast Crunch with milk <BR> Lunch: Banana with a spoon of Nutella <BR> Dinner: Gobbled down 2 burritos because I was angry (washer broke in the middle of a load AND... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:28:46 EST July 10 & July 11...Days 10 & 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418397 It is amazing how easy it is to slip up when you are in the baby step stage of making new habits to replace the old. Yesterday was a busy day and I didn't blog. I thought no problem I could catch up today. Earlier tonight I got on SP to put my exercise minutes in and didn't feel like I had time to blog and caught myself thinking oh I'll do it tomorrow. So now it is almost tomorrow (11:37 pm) <em>246</em> and I am back to blog. I really feel like this daily blog is a new habit that is good ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:46:00 EST July 9 Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415950 Yay! I am on a streak for sure! I have moved 9 days in a row now! I logged on to SP earlier today and realized if I got 68 fitness minutes in I would get my 250 minutes award. So I thought that was just the challenge I needed to get moving. I did get on the treadmill earlier with the intent of doing about 20 minutes on there (usual) and then do some Wii Fit and later my walk with hubby to get in the 68 minutes. Well, I got to walking on that treadmill and reading a new book and the next thing... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:47:45 EST July 8 Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414859 Breakfast: Special K cereal with milk <BR> Lunch: Whole wheat tortilla with burrito stuffer <BR> Dinner: Salad, red beans and rice <BR> Dessert: Ready for this???? Greek yogurt with nuts and flaxseed!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Walk with hubby after dinner <BR> <BR> Self reflection and accountability: While I realize I can't be perfect (Go away <em>18</em> ) I am excited to find myself thinking more about my choices. For example, I did not put croutons on my salad. I am going to try to... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:50:11 EST July 7 Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413698 Breakfast: grits, banana, Orange juice, coffee <BR> Lunch: big ol salad with lots of veggies <BR> Snack: Greek yogurt with walnuts and flaxseed <BR> Dinner: 1 piece of last night's pizza, banana <BR> <BR> Walk with hubby <BR> <BR> Self reflection and accountability: Yay! I finally got enough freggies! <em>334</em> I have moved 7 days in a row! <em>334</em> I was very conscious of all my choices today and tried to make smart ones. So today's blog is short...but I am going for consiste... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:20:59 EST July 6 day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412730 My family took off today for a little adventure! We just got in the car and headed north looking at stuff along the way. It felt so good to do something unplanned! We stopped at several places that we had not been to in years so we got to tell stories that our kids didn't remember. I always love those! We even drove a few miles out of the way to go to a diner that has fabulous coconut pie because my youngest loves coconut and had never been there. He also saw a creek that shares his name and ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:47:50 EST July 4 & July 5...Days 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411948 Between heavy rain and fireworks I didn't get to spend a lot of time sparking yesterday. So I need to go back and summarize the 4th. <BR> <BR> July 4 <BR> Breakfast: special K cereal with milk <BR> Lunch: went to movies with family...shared popcorn and candy with family, coke <BR> Dinner: hamburger, hotdog, baked fries, baked beans <BR> <BR> Did another mile on the treadmill <BR> <BR> OK...so today is July 5...day 5 of being accountable... <BR> It does make a difference because during the ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 23:16:39 EST July 3 day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410133 Well I didn't get up and take off walking. I woke up with a headache, heavy rain again, and a daughter needing to go to the doctor. DH apologized for yesterday and volunteered to go out in the rain to take care of doctor, bank, pharmacy, and karate! <em>334</em> So I had the day at home with my son. I wasn't very productive. I read a book and was a bum. I think part of my lack of motivation has been the constant rain we have had this summer. I struggle with the winter time blues so it mak... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:27:22 EST Day 2 This is what i've become... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409160 Ok so today started off pretty well. DD slept through the night so I got to also. I got up a lot earlier than yesterday but didn't do my yoga right away. I made breakfast for the kiddos. I did read my Bible. I tackled some of my cleaning in my bedroom and the box of school books. I swam in the pool with one son and took the other to karate. Not too bad until I got upset with DH this evening. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: scrambled eggs, a biscuit, oj, milk <BR> Lunch: whole wheat wrap... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 00:03:28 EST July 1, 2013 Day 1...AGAIN!!! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407982 Thank the good Lord above for do overs! I feel like I have been on a never-ending cycle of do overs for a long time!!! I think...no I know I have gained and lost the same few pounds a million times over the past year. <em>39</em> I am ready to move ahead and break the cycle! <BR> <BR> I have been in a very different place for a while. I have done a lot of thinking and talking about it but today I admit I don't understand why or where I really am on this journey. BUT I am done questioning,... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:52:57 EST For those who have been wondering where I've been... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310650 ...I've been away from Spark People more than I've been on because of computer issues. <BR> ...I've been "off" my healthy lifestyle a lot more than I've been "on". <em>39</em> <BR> ...I've yo-yoed on the scale a couple of pounds up and then down repeatedly for months. <em>24</em> <BR> ...I've been in the Word daily but not in church. <em>39</em> <BR> ...I've been in a pit bound by anxiety and depression. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who have prayed, checked on me, and... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:04:04 EST How am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274900 <em>39</em> enough said, right? <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not. Maybe I need to confess, unload, vent, etc. The habit I wanted to focus on starting this week was morning exercise. Well, every day and night something has happened to keep me from exercise. Which is exactly why I wanted to make morning exercise a habit so that the day wouldn't get away from me and then I would be tired, grumpy, stressed, etc after work and not want to do it. <BR> <BR> I could make my list of excuses really long.... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:37:48 EST New habit...how? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271090 Ok...so as I blogged yesterday I want my new habit to be exercising in the morning. Today my assignment is to talk about how I am going to make my new habit a habit! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow I am going to set my alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier. I have already learned to put my alarm clock away from my bed from another spark friend so I have to actually get out of bed to turn it on. I will have my workout clothes ready when I go to bed tonight. I will use that 30 minute... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:39:26 EST 5% Challenge...new habit I want to develop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270297 I want to make morning exercise a habit. <em>135</em> I've tried it both morning and afternoon and I feel so much better when I do it in the morning. <em>319</em> If I don't do it in the morning my day gets busy, stressful, hectic and by the afternoon or evening I am exhausted and/or out of time. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So...I'm going to make exercise in the morning a new habit for me! <em>414</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 21:06:49 EST 5% Challenge Assignment #3...Why I want to lose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251904 I want to lose weight... <BR> -to be fit and healthy <em>362</em> as I want to avoid diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes that claimed my parents' lives! <BR> -to get to Onederland <em>334</em> as I haven't been there in decades! <BR> -to get out of the obese range <em>9</em> as I would really like to stop buying clothes with Xs on the tags! <BR> -to be able to run <em>363</em> as I want to be able to run, play, and keep up with my husband and kids! <BR> -to ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:15:53 EST Unwrapping a new month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996662 August...hot...busy...stressful...crazy! Those are the first 4 words that come to mind when I think of August. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am making a choice today to look at the month of August as a present and unwrap it to see what it has in store. <BR> <BR> Hot? Well, it has been historically a pretty hot month here in the south! I think of those hot days out on the playground with the new class. But...I'm choosing today to think about how blessed I am to have that job with those sweet ch... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:46:56 EST Forget the wagon...I've thrown myself under a truck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986963 A great big dump truck! <em>343</em> And it backs up and rolls over me again and again and again. I am totally squashed in the bottom of a deep pit. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Part of me is screaming not to type this blog for several reasons. 1. I don't usually reach out for help/support when I am this far sunk. I hide. I hide from the "real" people in my day to day life. I can even hide from my online friends by not being online too much or being too honest when I am. Usually at this point I... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:24:37 EST Taking control of the chaos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969971 A little recap for those of you who don't know me and my summer story. I teach and therefore, LOVE summertime! <em>334</em> It is a fabulous time to recharge my battery, relax, read, enjoy my children, and just have a break between years in the classroom. This summer I wanted to focus on me. Self-centered? Yes! But I wanted to get back down to the close to Onederland range that I was in last fall. I wanted to have the time to really push push push myself and get closer to my first big goal ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:10:18 EST How wallpaper is a lot like fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935577 If you have ever seen the old Tom Hanks and Shelley Long movie called The Money Pit, you will have an idea kind of what my house is like. Thank the Good Lord above it isn't nearly that bad! But when we bought it 5 years ago we called it "charming and full of character" <em>246</em> Over the 5 years we have slowly worked to fix things, remodel things, and make it our own. Every time we get one thing done at least one more project shows up. The current project is a complete bathroom remodel. ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:18:13 EST Summer 5% Challenge Assignment # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923964 All the reasons I want to lose weight... <BR> ...I want to be healthy! <BR> ...I want to feel good! <BR> ...I want to have energy! <BR> ...I want to be in Onederland for the first time in over 23 years! <BR> ...I want to keep up with my children and students! <BR> ...I want to keep up with my husband! <BR> ...I want to be able to walk into any store and find clothes that fit without compromising just because of the size. <BR> ...I want to quit feeling like everyone is looking at me because of... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:59:12 EST I have a confession to make! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889696 I need to share some stuff mainly to help myself get it all out and in written form. Not sure if that makes sense but it helps me to write things down. My first thought this morning was to buy yet another journal and start writing. But part of me realized I have a million and one journals in my house and to write there today would help me get it out but then it would be too easy for it to get misplaced in the million others in my house. So I decided to do a blog. Now that makes me a little un... Sun, 20 May 2012 12:11:00 EST Day 1 of new 100 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869496 Ok...so here I go again. Operation "Do over" has officially started! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Going back to my original theme of "Pray, Eat, Move" because I know it works for me! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Here we go... <BR> <BR> 1. Pray...I have been thankful today for so many things and have praised God for them. Tomorrow morning I will go back to getting up earlier in order to get back on track with my reading the Bible in a year plan. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat...I started the day with coffee and... Sun, 6 May 2012 21:38:31 EST Never quit pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853882 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and <BR> downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, <BR> and forgive myself for my past, <BR> and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, <BR> To Stop making excuses, <BR> And stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best <BR> Friend, <BR> Because that is who I am. <BR> I pledge to... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:15:49 EST 100 day challenge...DONE...reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822383 So my 100 day challenge ended on Tuesday. I looked back to my original blog to see what I said. I picked three basics to focus on..."Pray, Eat, and Move". My idea was to focus on just those 3 things for 100 days and see what happened. I figured that if I focused on 3 healthy habits for 100 days they would HAVE to become part of my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well, I ended up being consistent with only the prayer part of my challenge. I took an idea from spark friend KIM--POSSIBLE and move... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:04:24 EST Hidden Treasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817567 Ok so today was the first workday off because of spring break. My DH always has a list of things for me to do on school breaks. Today's job was to clean out the poolhouse. Can I just say "UGH!"? We are blessed to have a wonderful building behind our house that holds exercise equipment and other things pertaining to the pool. It's great for when we have company as it has a shower, fridge, etc. But over the winter months it gets pretty messy as it tends to be dumping ground until spring. <BR> ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:35:55 EST a lesson about Dairy Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770586 My family likes to go to the local Race Trac and get something to drink after church. My kids were surprised today when my husband and I said no to the usual question immediately after church. They knew we had something fun planned later in the day. My daughter and older son were ok with this as they remembered the surprise for later. My younger son had a harder time because he didn't know what the surprise was going to be. He started asking to go to Dairy Queen as we were driving by there. W... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:44:28 EST Please please read dear spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4740700 As many of you know my pattern has been up and down, up and down, up and down for several months now. Weight loss has been slow, up and down also, or just non-existent. My motivation and spirits have been the same. There have been several times I have felt like giving up. The last day or so I have been trying to get on here a little bit more to catch up and get a little motivation. Going back over the goodie notes, comments on my activity feed, and reading posts has definitely lifted my spiri... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:40:35 EST Need to vent! It's been a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676853 I've got so much I want to vent about I don't really know where to start. But I'll tell you up front this is a true and total vent. I'm letting loose here and letting it flow! I am putting a disclaimer up front. <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: This is a true and total vent. I've had one heck of a week and I need to unload before I explode. Some of it is petty. Some of it is whiney! I know that in the big scheme of things I should not whine and complain about some of these issues. I know that there are... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:15:40 EST 100 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639251 I did a personal 100 day challenge last April. I took one of those composition books that is usually black and white and not spiral bound. I covered it with pink paper and inspirational quotes and pictures. I wrote an inspirational or motivational quote on the top of each page in bright colored pencils before I started the challenge. Yes, this took some serious time to get ready. I tend to get carried away with the artsy stuff! <BR> <BR> But the amazing thing about that book was that it cam... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 20:59:50 EST 5 for 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601689 Ok...so here I am. 35 days left in 2011. 11/2011 has not been my best month. I got off track. I fell off the wagon. Heck, I threw myself under the bus! <em>24</em> And today when I weighed in I saw the results of my poor choices. 211! <em>46</em> I was 5 pounds away from Onederland and here I've gained 7 pounds! Dang it! <BR> <BR> So...ok...here I am. 35 days left in 2011. I am pulling myself up by the boot straps! I am dusting off my britches and getting right back in the fight! I am ki... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:23:30 EST I looked fear in the eye! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4546423 Ok...so I've been in a very reflective kind of mood lately. I was stuck in a rut and questioning so much of what I am doing (or not doing) and why. I blogged a couple of days ago about the fear and guilt that have been my constant companions for a while now. Then I blogged about that little <em>18</em> guilt and the eviction notice he received! HE is GONE! <em>244</em> Thank you Lord! <BR> <BR> I have spent the last couple of days relighting my spark and fanning the flames! I have tried ... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:43:25 EST eviction notice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4544011 <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Someone got an eviction notice yesterday! Can you guess who? It was the little <em>18</em> that had climbed out of the pit and was sitting on my shoulder! Gone! Bye bye! DO NOT come back! The door is slammed shut! <BR> <BR> Thanks to so many wonderful dear encouraging spark friends I realized several things... <BR> 1. This is a journey! Not a race. Not a sprint. Not a short... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 21:19:54 EST afraid to succeed? or afraid to fail? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541940 WARNING: I haven't blogged in a while and I'm feeling kind of "off" so this may end up being a rambling, whiny kind of blog. <BR> <BR> For several days if not weeks I have been trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I have had little to NO motivation. Each day I vow to do better and then each evening I find myself at 8 PM making excuses and justifying why I didn't exercise. <BR> <BR> Guilt has been a constant companion. I feel guilty toward my fellow Underdogs because I have logged in... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:04:40 EST my devotion today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4536038 My devotion today really spoke to me and how I've been viewing myself lately. Thought I would share it in case it could encourage anyone to think about their vision. <BR> <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> <BR> “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...” <BR> (Romans 12:2, NIV) <BR> <BR> TODAY’S WORD <BR> <BR> If you watch television for any length of time, it won’t be long before you see products and pills advertised to make you ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 21:35:34 EST Mid-August reboot!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426946 Ok...the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, right? Well, STOP <em>227</em> !!! Hold everything! This August train ride is turning into a train wreck! <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> I am THROWING myself off this train and getting on another track! <BR> <BR> I blogged at the beginning of August about how stressful back to school is and how I wasn't going to let the stress get to me. I was going to keep it simple. Well, I haven't even gon... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:38:02 EST August goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4402395 How do these months roll around so fast? It's time to look back at July goals and set August goals. <BR> <BR> My goals for July were: <BR> 1. Start each day with prayer, Bible, and exercise. <BR> 2. Exercise at least 1,200 minutes <BR> 3. Write down every bite I eat in my journal. <BR> 4. Plan my evening meals so that I can account for the calories and be finished eating by 9. <BR> <BR> So...how did I do? <BR> 1. <em>248</em> I did pretty good on the prayer and Bible part. With it being... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:19:10 EST Days 6-9 of 56 Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4383384 I haven't posted my accountability blog for 4 days because I've been on vacation. My family went to the mountains. With my much more active lifestyle I wanted a much more active vacation. And boy was it! We hiked, fished, played tennis, etc! It was great! Definitely a lot more fun to be able to jump right in and participate with them rather than watch from the side lines. We shared a lot of fun and laughs! We played board games at night and enjoyed the hot tub! <BR> <BR> So...here's the acc... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:22:57 EST Day 5 of 56 Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375603 I'm a happier puppy tonight! <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: coffee, banana, Fiber Plus cereal, milk <BR> <BR> Exercise: 60 minutes on treadmill <BR> <BR> Snack: breakfast on the go pack <BR> <BR> Lunch: sandwich with ham, turkey, spinach, tomato, pickle, 1T ranch <BR> nectarine <BR> <BR> Snack: yogurt <BR> <BR> Exercise: 40 minutes Supreme 90, 30 minutes Wii Fit Plus <BR> <BR> Dinner: salad, 3 cookies <BR> <BR> Summary: 130 minutes of exercise, 8 cups of water, 6 freggies, in cal... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:17:24 EST Day 4 of 56 Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4373527 Confession time: Today was not my best of days. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> There! I said it. Normally I would avoid SP and not report any of the "bad" choices I made today. But for me to be successful finally I have to finally be open and accountable to someone. So...here goes... <BR> <BR> Excuse #1: I went to bed late and woke up still tired. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 3 (yes, THREE) muffins, 1/2 cup milk <BR> <BR> Exercise: Nada! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Lunch: leftover chicken from last night ... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:32:22 EST Day 3 of 56 Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371228 Breakfast: cereal, milk, coffee <BR> <BR> Exercise: 30 min Wii Strength and Yoga <BR> <BR> Snack: yogurt, walnuts, pear <BR> <BR> Lunch: tortilla with cheese, ham/turkey, spinach, tomato, onion, and 1T ranch <BR> <BR> Snack: 1T peanut butter, 1/2 cup milk <BR> <BR> Exercise: 45 minutes Wii Sports <BR> <BR> Dinner: brussel sprouts, SP recipe for chicken, SP recipe for dessert <BR> <BR> Summary: I've worked out long and hard the previous 2 days. So today I took it easy and did Wii Fit/sp... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:40:30 EST Day 2 of 56 Summer 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368924 Breakfast: 1 slice whole grain toast, 1 T smart balance, 1 T jelly, 2 scrambled eggs, 1 cup milk, coffee <BR> <BR> Lunch: pear, nectarine, Fiber One bar <BR> <BR> Exercise: 30 minutes of Wii Fit Plus <BR> <BR> Dinner: spinach salad, brown rice, citrus chicken <BR> <BR> Exercise: 15 on gazelle, 15 on stationary bike, 15 on health rider, 45 on treadmill <BR> <BR> Summary: 120 minutes of exercise, 10 cups of water, 5 freggies <BR> <BR> Day 2 done! Go Underdogs! Woof! Woof! <em>338</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2011 22:23:12 EST Day 1 of 56 in the Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4367120 Exercise: 30 minutes Wii yoga <BR> <BR> Breakfast: banana, coffee, activia yogurt with walnuts <BR> <BR> Exercise: 30 minutes walking while my son had karate <BR> <BR> Snack: Fiber one bar, apple <BR> <BR> Lunch: salad <BR> <BR> Exercise: 45 minutes Supreme 90, 15 minutes on treadmill <BR> <BR> Snack: banana <BR> <BR> Dinner: sirloin steak in whole wheat pita, fries done in the oven <BR> <BR> Summary: 120 minutes of exercise, tracked every bite that went in my mouth, drank 10 cups of... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 21:55:07 EST One year on SP and I've gained!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4365510 Today is the one year anniversary since I stumbled upon Spark People. I say "stumbled", but truthfully God led me here as it has become a major tool in my life's toolbox. So I have to pause today and look back over the last year. <BR> <BR> Since finding Spark People, I have gained... <BR> ...confidence <BR> ...self-esteem <BR> ...goal-setting skills <BR> ...persistence <BR> ...courage <BR> ...self-control <BR> ...determination <BR> ...dedication <BR> ...optimism <BR> ...muscles! <BR> ...peac... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:37:07 EST Count down to Summer Challenge Assignment #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4363361 My trigger foods are sweets, cookies, chocolate, trail mix, chips and dips, cheese, etc...the list could be really long. <BR> <BR> My trigger situations: while cooking I sample too much, when I go too long without eating, at the end of the work day when the students are gone and I am working late, and lots of emotional times (angry, sad, lonely, etc.). This list could probably be long too! <BR> <BR> My plan to beat the trigger foods and situations: I don't keep the things in the house anymo... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:42:40 EST I faced my fears and had a colonoscopy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350068 It seems like every time you watch a news program or health program colon cancer is mentioned as it is one of those things folks don't usually talk about and definitely don't want to get checked for. Even this week on Spark People's start page there was an article about how much more common it is in the southern states probably because of life styles in the south. <BR> <BR> I will be the first to admit that I have avoided thinking about, reading about, and most definitely getting checked for... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 18:52:35 EST struggling to keep my chin up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4347598 ***WARNING***Not a happy positive blog <BR> <BR> I hate to come on here and post a negative blog. But I am feeling so down today and food as comfort is not an option. So I am hoping if I vent a little I will feel better. <BR> <BR> I have spent today on no solid foods in preparation for my colonoscopy tomorrow. Having to get one done has been hanging over my head for a little bit now because I am over 40, obese, and my mom had colon cancer. So I have been avoiding getting it done. Over the ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 16:19:34 EST today's trip to the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4343639 Today was my appointment with the GI doctor. I was just expecting a consultation and maybe an exam. I was overwhelmed with how quickly she made the decision that I did need a colonoscopy. I mean I knew that was probably going to be the recommendation, but I guess I was hoping deep down that she would say, "Oh no! You are fine! Just keep eating those veggies." I had wanted to see the doctor that my mom saw. But to do that it was going to be mid-August right in the middle of back to school. So ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 22:33:31 EST