SUSANNAH31's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUSANNAH31 SUSANNAH31'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/ Day 7 - A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864798 This was a good food day, and I feel well as a result. <BR> <BR> I was particularly happy with the way I made a salmon salad for lunch. (That's canned salmon like canned tuna - made into a salad.) I mixed the salmon with some chopped onion, some fresh squeezed lemon juice, and some Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise. It tasted great, and i felt really good about adding the nutrients of the yogurt rather than just the calories of the mayonnaise. <BR> <BR> Lunch was my biggest meal of the... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:17:11 EST Day 6 - Hungry but compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864349 I began yesterday with a 5-mile hike in the morning. It was my first hike of the year here in Arizona. There were beautiful sights all around. The next time I go, I will take my camera. <BR> <BR> After the hike, I was hungry all day. I ate 4 smaller meals throughout the day and went to the top of the calorie range. I made beef tacos to go with the leftover rice and beans. I do love Mexican food. <BR> <BR> It was a good day. <BR> <BR> This morning my clothes are feeling ever so sligh... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:33:44 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863092 This day began when I went to the gym at 7:30am for some strength training, Curves-style. They have a room with about 12 machines, and I went around the room twice. I'm planning to do this 2-3 times each week. <BR> <BR> My nutrition is back on track - because I now have control over the food. <BR> <BR> I was happy to see that the scale went down this morning from what it was before I left. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:49:57 EST Day 4 Within the calorie range http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862559 Today we went to a farm with our grandkids - then off to the airport for our 2-hour flight back to Arizona. <BR> <BR> The quality of food today started out okay. Three quarters of a bagel with cream cheese this morning. After the farm, we stopped at Fuddruckers - and while everyone else had hamburgers, I ate a salad with grilled chicken on top. Finally, though, at the airport, I decided we were not going to eat once we arrived at home, so i ate pure junk while waiting for the plane: one... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:48:18 EST Day 3 within range. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861938 Today was another good day. <BR> <BR> I negotiated a buffet breakfast here at the hotel with the entire family. I filled plates for the grandkids with bacon and eggs and potatoes and other goodies like cinnamon rolls, while I limited myself to yogurt and nuts. <BR> <BR> Lunch was also light, followed by a trip to the movie, Paddington. I did splurge at the movie nibbling on some ice cream dips. So for Chinese takeout dinner, I only ate wonton soup. <BR> <BR> It was a rather unbalanc... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:17:27 EST DAY 2 On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861350 It was a successful Day 2. <BR> <BR> I had breakfast at home before we left for the airport, and I did not join my husband in getting something additional to eat while we waited at the gate. <BR> <BR> I also did not eat the chocolate chip cookie that the hotel traditionally gives to every guest as they check in. (My husband ate his, and I told him to eat mine as well.) <BR> <BR> We stopped for lunch at a Mexican restaurant, and I enjoyed every mouthful of a tostado salad with beans and ch... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:56:08 EST Day 1 of total compliance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860217 Okay, it's time to take off those extra holiday pounds -- and perhaps to continue on down the scale some more. <BR> <BR> I have been really busy these days - for a retired person. <BR> <BR> I'm learning Spanish for an upcoming trip to South America. I spend time each day with an online course, making flash cards for new vocabulary, and reading short stories in Spanish/English. It is slow going, but i am making progress. <BR> <BR> I am developing my skills in photography. I attend wee... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:03:37 EST A Siebold Fan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859568 I am a fan of Steven Siebold’s. I didn’t always like his style, but I found he did help me to view my frustrations and disappointments with weight loss through a new lens. <BR> <BR> The image I have in my mind of Siebold is that he is someone who carries a large sledgehammer, smashing away at our defenses. We have built up something like a glass shield around ourselves in the form of self-deception and excuses and reasons why we cannot lose the weight. <BR> <BR> Sielbold shatters that ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:49:10 EST Raptors: some photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858942 Last week, I went to a Tucson nature center on a photo shoot with the local camera club, and I saw a demonstration of raptors. I got some nice shots. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l656673349.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342381221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549788874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480955678.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:17:32 EST Transitioning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855897 My 3-year-old grandson needs to be told, "In 10 minutes, we are going to get ready for bed." or "You have 10 more minutes to play -- and then we will have dinner." <BR> It's never a good idea to say, "Stop what you are doing and come now!" <BR> <BR> "He doesn't do transitions very well," is how my daughter-in-law explains it. <BR> <BR> I don't think any of us does transitions very well - without that little warning or advance notice. It always helps me to get my head around what is comi... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:39:37 EST Winter goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849413 This winter I have set some goals for myself. <BR> <BR> 1. To continue eating healthfully every day, keeping a close watch on proteins, carbs, and fats - along with calcium levels. <BR> My endocrinologist has given me strict instructions: proteins should make up 30%, carbs 40%, and fats 30%. I also must take in 120% of the mdr of calcium through food sources - with no supplemental calcium. <BR> <BR> 2. To continue walking for an hour (3 miles) 4-5 times each week. <BR> Of course that is ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:56:41 EST Just finished the holiday cycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844827 It is January. The holidays are over. All the Christmas decorations are put away. The extra foods and treats that went along with the holiday have been eaten or discarded by now. <BR> <BR> It is the New Year - 2015. <BR> <BR> It is time to go back to the usual routine of eating and exercising according to a plan-- and tracking both. <BR> The couple of extra pounds that snuck on during the holidays will now have to go. <BR> <BR> This sounds like a familiar story. What is different this... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:20:48 EST Drawing a line in the sand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820278 Okay, so today when i went to put on my tightest pair of pants (brown) - they didn't fit me any more. <BR> All the other pants fit okay. Some are a little more snug than before, though. <BR> <BR> My food and exercise routines have been disrupted for the past couple of weeks. <BR> And the results are not good. <BR> <BR> I obviously have to start tracking my food again. <BR> <BR> I also have to walk more often than I have been. <BR> <BR> It begins again right HERE and NOW! I'm drawing ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:43:21 EST Watermellen Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816773 My SP friends inspire me. That's the best part of this site. <BR> <BR> Among several, these are just a few: <BR> <BR> My friend, ONEKIDSMOM, has blogged about her adventures with entering marathons. That got me to think about walking more than I already did, and to think of ways that I could walk as part of a group activity. Walking groups and walking vacations are now on my agenda. <BR> <BR> My friend, FEEDTHEHUNGER, inspired me to make myself over with a new identity here on SP. Ther... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:24:08 EST Important health reminder to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815410 Eating a healthful diet is not only about weight loss. <BR> It's also about my health. <BR> <BR> <BR> According to the NIH, being obese or overweight can increase the risk for several health problems; some of them are: <BR> ~coronary heart disease <BR> ~high blood pressure <BR> ~stroke <BR> ~type 2 diabetes <BR> ~some cancers, including colon cancer & breast cancer <BR> ~osteoarthritis <BR> ~gall stones <BR> <BR> I write this as a reminder to myself. <BR> <BR> Resisting that sugary snack... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:16:55 EST Another way to add dietary calcium: Sardine caesar salad dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813545 I'm still discovering recipes with calcium, and this is the next one I plan to try this afternoon. <BR> It came from: <link>paleokitchenlab.com/2014/09/30/sardi<BR>ne-salad-dressing/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sardine Salad Dressing http://paleokitchenlab.com/2014/09/30/sard<BR>ine-salad-dressing/ <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1/2 teaspoon of salt <BR> 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper <BR> 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano <BR> 1 teaspoon of garlic powder or one minced garlic clove <BR> Juice from 1 lemo... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:14:02 EST Egg Muffins to go from Deserve Better Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812734 I just saw this photo posted by a friend on Facebook, and wanted to share it. <BR> The photo came from the Facebook page of Deserve Better Fitness, a blogger in Canada. These are egg muffins that can be made ahead and easily taken with us when we are on the go. <BR> <BR> The description that accompanied the photos was as follows: <BR> <BR> "Sometimes you want a hearty breakfast that you can eat on the go or throw in your bag to take to school or work. Usually the most portable of breakfa... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 17:59:55 EST Tracking Calcium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812445 My physician has told me to take in 1280 g of calcium each day. (That is a little over 100 % RDA.) In addition, he has me taking 2000 g of vitamin D daily. This is all to improve my bone density, which has been declining in recent years. <BR> <BR> So I have begun tracking my food on My Fitness Pal, because I can see the RDA of calcium for each food entered. <BR> <BR> Here on SP, if I track calcium, I get one running total for the day. That does not help me learn which foods offered the ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:00:16 EST Reached a plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810071 I have reached a plateau with my weight. <BR> And I am very happy about it. <BR> <BR> My weight is staying the same - all within 2 pounds of my last weigh-in - while I am living and eating very normally. (And that includes nibbling on Halloween candy this past week.) <BR> <BR> I am not very focused on my food these days. Instead, I am involved in many new activities that are part of my new retired lifestyle. I am volunteering and then babysitting my grandson once a week. I attend photo c... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 14:32:19 EST Retirement Followup - Volunteering my services http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805000 The last time I wrote about my recent retirement - one of the items I mentioned was how I was determined to volunteer at the writing center in the community college where I had taught for ten years. <BR> <BR> Well that is not going to happen. <BR> <BR> Basically, the college has a strong labor union - and they do not use volunteers because it "takes away a job from a union employee." <BR> <BR> To say that I disagree with the policy is to put it mildly. As a former member of that same unio... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:34:34 EST Home again and back to our own eating habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802139 It's good to be back home and able to follow my own eating style and meal times. <BR> My husband and I both realize that we prefer to have our main meal in the middle of the day - now that we are both retired. And we hardly ever eat anything past 5 or 6pm. <BR> <BR> With social dinners, the schedule is much later - and it just doesn't work for me. <BR> <BR> While we were in Texas, visiting with our son and his inlaws, we had two dinners that were served around 9pm. That was way too late... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:29:03 EST Childhood experiences affecting adult choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796441 Earlier this week, I attended a panel discussion presented by a local university about media and our current culture. Frank Bruni, the op-ed writer for the NY Times was on the panel, along with Alessandra Stanley, the Times television critic. It was an interesting discussion, and i was glad to be there to see it. <BR> <BR> Equally interesting, too, was some of the personal information revealed by both of those speakers. <BR> <BR> <BR> Frank Bruni, before he became the op-ed opinion write... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:39:28 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792337 Last week, after experiencing an accumulation of discouraging moments - mostly related to my newly retired status - I wrote a blog here about it (Out of my comfort zone right now). <BR> <BR> There were two reasons for my writing about these non-food, non-diet, non-exercise issues. <BR> First, the actual process of writing about my feelings helped me to put things in a more positive perspective, and helped me to feel better right away. <BR> Second, I am being very truthful here on SP these d... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 15:58:35 EST Out of my comfort zone right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790314 Life has changed for me this September. I have retired from teaching, and I am no longer returning to the classroom. I have moved out of the classroom --- and also out of my comfort zone too, I'm noticing. <BR> <BR> Much of my new spare time is being spent on improving my skills in photography. I have signed up for a course and I have begun participating in competitions with a camera club. <BR> <BR> The first thing I have learned is that those many photos that I have taken (on the c... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:02:19 EST Working on it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789761 A week ago, at a church country fair, I bought a homemade Apple Crisp. <BR> (From my point of view, any food that is homemade - and isn't made by me - is a real treat.) <BR> Every fall, Apple Crisp or Apple Pie is a special dish that my husband and I love. <BR> And we always have it with vanilla ice cream too. <BR> <BR> Did I eat it? Of course. <BR> Did I eat too much of it -- going over my calorie limits for the day? Yes. <BR> <BR> Then, the leftovers took me over the limits on and of... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:57:40 EST Nature in the Neighborhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786403 This week brought some of nature's dark side to our neighborhood. <BR> <BR> An attack by coyotes left a deer carcass in the far end of my back yard. I discovered it Sunday morning, in time to warn my son, who had come to visit with his family and dogs, to keep the dogs on a leash or inside the house. <BR> <BR> All week, there were visits to the carcass - by different species. I think I spotted a coyote in the middle of the day; he quickly moved away when he heard me. Wild turkeys made ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:34:32 EST Retirement progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782917 This is the first fall in 31 years that I am not returning to teach in a classroom. <BR> <BR> Instead, I am taking a class. <BR> I have signed up for a class in digital photography at the local arts center. <BR> I have also rejoined the local camera club with the intention of participating a whole lot more than I have done in the past. <BR> <BR> I have also rejoined the board of the Friends of the Library in my town. <BR> <BR> Finally, I have joined the local garden club. It is my hope ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:14:34 EST Buying food for the cool Fall weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779144 I just stocked up on some satisfying foods for this cool weather that seems to have arrived today. <BR> <BR> I bought fresh produce: <BR> <BR> --squashes: butternut squash (I love to make soup) and acorn squash (which I bake and eat right out of the skin). <BR> <BR> --sweet potatoes, which can be baked/microwaved and eaten as part of a meal or as a luxuriously rich snack. <BR> <BR> --mushrooms, which I have sauteed with some olive oil and salt and pepper, and will be either eaten alone (... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:41:52 EST Does my stomach really shrink? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778086 How many times have I told myself that I will start to feel better on the diet once my stomach shrinks a little? <BR> <BR> And it has happened for me. After a week or two on a diet, my appetite usually calms down, and I can feel satisfaction from smaller portions of food. I feel less hunger. <BR> <BR> So does my stomach really shrink? Or is it just in my imagination? <BR> <BR> I put this question to Google, and came up with different answers -- but this one was especially interesting: <... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:08:27 EST Chopped Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776612 I am a big fan of the chopped salad. <BR> <BR> Some days I find myself actually craving one. <BR> <BR> The first time I ate a chopped salad was a few years ago at a diner near the community college where I taught. I liked the chopped salad there so much that I never ordered anything else. <BR> The waitress didn’t need to give me a menu –I would have the ‘usual.’ <BR> <BR> I like to make chopped salads at home too. <BR> <BR> The whole idea is to have all the ingredients chopped into ve... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:05:49 EST Slithery Sam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775691 I've been working at cleaning out my (unfinished) cellar these days. <BR> Items which have been sitting down there for a while - until 'some day' when they will be needed - are being donated to the local church fair to be sold at their flea market. <BR> <BR> I tend to hold onto things, so this is a bit of a change for me, and I'm happy to find that it is a liberating process. As some of these items are being given away, I am feeling lighter. And that's a good thing. <BR> <BR> Last week, h... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:39:24 EST High Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775172 My SP friend FEEDTHEHUNGER wrote about how her own high expectations for herself caused her problems. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774377 </link> <BR> <BR> The topic struck a chord with me, and so I am posting my response below as a blog of my own. <BR> <BR> Assuming responsibility, setting high standards, making it happen - all true for me. <BR> <BR> Having high expectations for myself with weight loss got in the way of my being ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:14:58 EST Breaking Ground http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774522 My weigh-in this morning put me a half pound lower than my earlier weight loss two years ago here on SP -- the lowest weight I've been in decades. <BR> <BR> In fact, the scale went into spasms - not sure if something was broken. (Just kidding.) <BR> <BR> What was broken were many of my old eating habits. And they are broken for good. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> During the past 4 1/2 years of my belonging to this Spark community, I have made lots of changes in how I eat, how I exercise, and how ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:02:54 EST The tracking habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771304 For me, success all boils down to one habit that I must keep: tracking everything that goes into my mouth each and every day. <BR> <BR> And...I have to stay within my calorie limits for the day. <BR> <BR> I have managed to do that for about three weeks now. The more I do it, the easier it gets. <BR> <BR> This weekend at a friend's daughter's wedding, i tracked my food in my mind all day long, and finally gave up at the end of the night when I had some wedding cake. When I returned to th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:47:16 EST Rehearsal Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770041 Dartmouth College has a picturesque campus - just as one would imagine the ideal campus to look like. <BR> DH and I are here to attend the wedding of our friend's daughter. <BR> <BR> To the rehearsal dinner this evening (casual attire) I am wearing a pair of pants that were too tight for me at the beginning of this summer. That is making me feel very good. <BR> <BR> I have on some fun sandals- silver in color - and I am liking how I look. <BR> <BR> So far this week I have not weighed my... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:51:36 EST Eating a $300 dollar salad for lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768119 I am not a successful gardener because I live in the woods and little critters come and take whatever I grow. One year, I grew tomatoes in a pot on my deck (up 6 steps), and the morning I planned to pick one of those tomatoes because it was finally ripe -- I found it already picked and sitting on the deck railing with a single bite taken out of it. LOL <BR> <BR> Once, I found deer tracks up those 6 steps and right onto the deck. So I know the deer also join the chipmunks and raccoons and ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:31:04 EST Putting that scale away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767364 I am someone who weighs myself every day. I need to know how I am doing with my weight loss. <BR> Ten days ago, I had to take a trip - without having any access to my scale while I was gone. <BR> I did NOT want to gain any weight during this trip; in fact, I wanted to continue to lose weight. <BR> <BR> The only way I could guarantee that would happen was to carefully watch what I ate - and to exercise regularly. So that is what I did. <BR> <BR> Today I am home again, and the scale shows t... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:46:53 EST An earthquake and a birthday party. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766241 This morning I was awakened around 6am from the beep on my cell phone informing me that i had received a text. It was from my daughter-in-law back in New York who knew about the earthquake in Napa 60 miles north of us - and she wanted to be sure we were all okay. <BR> Very sweet of her! <BR> <BR> (What my DIL texted was, "Please check in when you get this." My husband and I had not seen the news yet, and we said to ourselves - "She's PREGNANT! and she wants to make an announcement." ) <BR... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 19:47:03 EST Walking along San Francisco's Embarcadero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765747 Today my husband and I spent three hours walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco - all the way to Fisherman's Wharf. <BR> <BR> There were beautiful views of the bay all around. <BR> <BR> In this photo you can see the Golden Gate Bridge (which is, in fact, red). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1378611875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a view of Alcatraz Island: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2009453317.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The photo... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:57:38 EST An adult day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765235 My DH and I took a drive down the peninsula to Monterrey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. <BR> They are both scenic locations. Are there any locations on the coast of California that aren't scenic? <BR> <BR> It was typical of us that we drove most of the day, exploring. (I'm thinking that we need to change that; we have to get out of the car and spend more time on our feet walking.) <BR> <BR> In Carmel- by-the-Sea, we stopped for a late lunch at a Middle Eastern restaurant: Demetra. The food w... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:33:52 EST Last Day of Babysitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764604 Today was the last full day of babysitting that we will do for our little GD. <BR> Tomorrow her mom will be home. Saturday her Dad will be home as well, and her big brother will return from his stay with his other grandparents in Texas. <BR> Sunday is the big party for her third birthday. <BR> On Monday my DH and I will fly home to Connecticut. <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we took our little girl over to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and this afternoon we returned with her to the hotel poo... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:42:06 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764139 On Wednesday morning, we took my little granddaughter to Fairyland - a storyland park for toddlers. She loved making her way through a tunnel and maze, going on a pirate ship, climbing on the back of a dragon, and riding on a train -- and more. <BR> <BR> Walking through the park is all the walking I did, except for the trip I took the Barnes & Noble to buy some more story books to read to our little girl. <BR> <BR> When my DS and DIL returned home from work at 6:15. My DS and DH went off t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:31:15 EST Walking in Berkeley CA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763252 This afternoon, while my little granddaughter napped, I left her with her grandpa and took a two-hour walk around the city of Berkeley, California. <BR> There is really nothing like walking in a town to get a good feel for it -- for the neighborhoods, the architecture, the people, and the plant life. <BR> I like Berkeley. It has a wide range of neighborhoods, lots of interesting restaurants, and an eclectic collection of retail stores featuring items from around the world. It also has a wor... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:08:10 EST Stepping away from the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762575 Many of my friends here have suggested that I should not weigh myself every day. <BR> Somehow I just could not manage that one. <BR> I needed that immediate feedback offered by my scale. If I had been on track, I wanted to see the resulting loss on the scale. If I had not been on track, I wanted to see how bad the damage was. <BR> <BR> Well here I am - away from home (and my scale) for almost two weeks, so now what? <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, this is working out really well. <BR> <BR> Becau... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:09:08 EST Liking myself in the morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762000 I woke up this morning to a grumbling stomach - and it made me smile. <BR> It's that idea of liking myself in the morning -- and it feels good when I do. <BR> (I think of WATERMELLEN whenever I use the term of 'liking myself in the morning.') <BR> <BR> Yesterday I walked the 4 miles on a bright sunny day from my DS's house to the hotel - and enjoyed every bit of it. <BR> I walked through the town of Berkeley, CA, a place where lots of people are out and about, walking, running, and riding bi... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:43:51 EST Yoyo-ing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761344 If we consulted a chart, my goal weight would be in the 130s, maybe even the 120s. <BR> (Notice that i am not looking at that chart.) <BR> <BR> The goal I have set for myself right now is somewhere in the 140s. Maybe after I achieve that I will aim for the 130s. Maybe not. <BR> <BR> I am only 5'2" tall, so the 140s is still a rather high weight - but it is a realistic one for me. <BR> <BR> <BR> For the past few months I have been weighing between 154 and 150. When I reach the lower w... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:16:36 EST Reyes Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761187 It was a bright sunny day at Reyes Point today, and the views along the coastline were spectacular. <BR> My dh and I walked a total of about two miles on various short trails and then I walked another mile around the neighborhood when we returned home. <BR> <BR> My computer is not functioning properly this evening so I cannot share photos. Maybe tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I watched my food intake and managed to have a small cup of butter pecan ice cream as a treat. <BR> Double Rainbow was the bran... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:19:03 EST Blogging so I won't lose my focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760581 It is so easy to lose sight of my own agenda when I am visiting with my son and his family in California. My husband and I are staying at a hotel, and we are babysitting my granddaughter during the weekdays. We usually eat too much and too often during this time. Also I don't get to walk much, just because I don't make time to fit it in. We are accommodating ourselves to our son's family's schedule, and we spend the daytime mostly entertaining our little granddaughter. <BR> <BR> This tim... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:19:36 EST An athlete in training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759035 My SP friend--- ONEKIDSMOM, the athlete --- has inspired me again. <BR> <BR> Like her, I want to be more active and involved with an enjoyable physical activity. <BR> And wouldn't it be fun to train for a future event! <BR> <BR> However, I am ten years older than she is, and I don't wish to enter a triathlon -- or any kind of race or marathon. I am not comfortable with running, swimming, or bicycle riding in a competitive setting. In fact, I don't like most competitions. <BR> <BR> After ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:00:38 EST Mirror vs Camera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747580 In the mirror, I think I look okay. <BR> Most of me does not look overweight to my eye, I look pretty normal. <BR> Yes, I have a few more pounds to lose, but... <BR> I feel good and I think I look pretty good too. <BR> <BR> The camera, however, tells a different story. <BR> OMG! <BR> <BR> The camera shows things just as they are. <BR> There's no hiding anything from the camera. <BR> There's no flattering me or showing only my good side. <BR> <BR> The camera gets all sides <BR> ...including... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:44:12 EST