SWDOTB2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWDOTB2 SWDOTB2'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/ Saturday evening with my Daughter & her 2 daughters, 07/19/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742872 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291641174.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My daughter and her two little girls at Krider Garden, Middlbury, Indiana. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389483090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We met up near a halfway point to walk in the garden. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356984147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Near the statue of "Hebe, the goddess of youth," a bird's nest rests in her hand... <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:47:14 EST Spark Rally, April 26th, 2014 Florence, Kentucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696885 Florence, Kentucky Spark Rally, April 26, 2014 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966825399.jpg" <BR> <BR> My sister, READING GAL traveled more than 8 hours from North Carolina to meet me at this Spark Rally. I traveled 5 hours from South Bend, Indiana. I was so happy to see her again, it had been almost a year since we spent time together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260666072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With gratitude for INDYGIRL (Be... Sat, 17 May 2014 08:59:15 EST On a Snowy Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582788 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1720516243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Very thankful for a dear friend who allowed me to talk about why I eat. It helped me to tell her what I wanted to eat yesterday and I had a good day yesterday. Followed through with a romaine, zucchini, avocado salad last evening and stopped there without any night time eating. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:05:59 EST Started October by fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502134 A successful day of fasting to cleanse and also to take back a little control over my eating. Broke my fast this morning with a 3 egg white omelette of spinach, chopped red pepper and shaved parmesan cheese in a tsp. of coconut oil over 8 sprigs of steamed asparagus. I am thankful for a phone conversation last evening with a wellness coach who is in training. I volunteered to be one of her practice clients. We talked about visualization and I found myself describing my spirituality, clari... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 06:46:23 EST Mother's Day 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355950 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810194366.jpg"> <BR> Pokagon State Park, near Angola, IN was filled with redbud trees in bloom and even though the day was cold, we packed a picnic lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2130339328.jpg"> <BR> My 3-year-old granddaughter, Joscelyn enjoyed looking at the turtles and frogs at the nature center at the park. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631557015.jpg"> <BR> I enjo... Tue, 14 May 2013 07:21:11 EST May 11th, 2013, Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353732 I am encouraged by my weight loss of just one pound. The first week in the May challenge is behind me and I am motivated to keep working toward more weight loss. After asking for support from Spark friends who walked together, IUSBDEB gifted me with some green produce from the Farmer's Market yesterday morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778849168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you for the romaine and the asparagus, the spring greens and the red pepper and for c... Sun, 12 May 2013 06:41:38 EST May 10th, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352852 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304991143.jpg"> I asked IUSBDEB to take a photo of me so I could see myself at the weight I am at in the beginning of this May challenge. Sparker FVHORVATH was standing with IUSBDEB and I spotted these beautiful purple iris blooming on campus outside of Greenlawn Hall. LESSOFMOORE was just arriving, walking down the sidewalk toward us to meet up for a SPARK walk last night after work. I shed my jackets for this photo, but the weather wa... Sat, 11 May 2013 08:31:44 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306157 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700554260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back on plan, I decided to prepare waffles instead of steel-cut oatmeal for this Sunday holiday breakfast. <BR> <BR> I started with 2 Kashi blueberry waffles, 150 calories, 6 g of fiber. <BR> <BR> I measured 3/4 cup of Stoneyfield organic french vanilla lowfat yogurt and divided this, spooning it over the 2 waffles. 3/4 cup is 128 calories, 35% calcium, only 6-7g of protein, it wasn't greek yogurt, that would... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:20:24 EST An article about Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231241 This quote comes from an article, by Hillari Dowdle that I found in Yoga Journal, Feb., 2013 called: "Boost Your Willpower:" <BR> <BR> "Step 1 Know What You Want" <BR> <BR> "...If you want to lose weight, for example, is it really about squeezing into those skinny jeans? ...can you approach it as an opportunity to create a body that enables you to experience life with vitality and ease? Can you make it an act of love toward yourself? ...Formulate your "I want" statement within the cont... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 06:46:37 EST Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178471 It was just a week ago, I selected one card from Lynn Andrews' "Power Deck" and it was the card entitled, "Commitment." Andrews writes: "You need commitment to focus on your target...to hit the bull's eye requires total commitment of your spiritual and physical being." <BR> <BR> And now, here it is again: "make a commitment," as I begin using SparkCoach this morning to help me lose this extra weight that I've allowed myself to carry again after losing it initially by using Spark and the ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 07:33:33 EST I was so touched by this story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151273 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 05:07:38 EST Apple and Caramel Bread Pudding for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145661 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1368559396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am focusing on getting a handle on my eating. I am determined to stay on my eating plan this week now that the Thanksgiving holiday is past. I made this "best life plan" recipe this morning and also on the morning of Thanksgiving. My son and daughter-in-law enjoyed it very much after completing a 5K Turkey Trot in Niles, Michigan. I babysat for their 2 month old daughter this year so they could run together.... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:47:05 EST Photos from Spark Rally in Portage, 9/15/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642158247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942431993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836802440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The photograph of the group at the Spark Rally in Portage that my DH tried to take with his cell phone did not turn out, it was very blurry. Did anyone take more photos of this Spark rally, I would love to see them. Please share. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:23:02 EST Still Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076035 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l469346577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I walked down to the small lake at Still Water after teaching a restorative yoga class this morning. I sat on the small dock there and watched a red tail hawk. I took some time for myself, to be alone, to watch the ripples in the water after the fish "hit" the surface. I listened to the wind in the trees and the jays. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l908734391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:17:57 EST Open to what the Universe has planned for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075328 This is about yesterday, this is about today. This is where I am right now...open to what the Universe has planned for me, my life path. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I taught four yoga classes in one day. This was a "first" for me. It felt so good. The first class was an early class at a local well-known facility that I am not at liberty to write about in a public blog. It began at 6AM and I am a morning person, as some of you know. I enjoy beginning my day with yoga, it sets my intent for my ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:21:45 EST Heron Indeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952683 Sighted more nesting bluegills from the bridge, the river is low. Two large plovers or killdeer along the water's edge and a large heron balanced on top of a branch. Walked to a grocery store for low sodium black beans to add in the flatbread with romaine, salsa and avocado. Splurged and bought a set of metal measuring cups to keep in my desk at work. Someone left a large cookie with frosting on the break table in the kitchen right next to my office. It never fails, whenever I try to dil... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:03:35 EST A Walk after Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951064 The moon is so beautiful this evening, we took a walk after dinner and the air temperature isn't as hot as it was before the sun set. Stayed on the "best life plan" throughout this day and tracked every bite. Also got in some abdominal strength training this evening after our weekend guests left for Ft. Wayne. I can do this! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:37:17 EST January 2nd, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653247 So I'm thinking about yesterday. I'm reflecting on how I did. I am following my bestlife food plan again. I really love the focus on vegetables and fruits. The Lentil Barley stew I ate for lunch had small chunks of sweet potatoes in it (Vitamin A). It snowed heavily most of the day and I knew I had to drive into town last evening to teach a yoga class. <BR> <BR> I prepared dinner early in the afternoon, slicing up 3 zucchini, lemon zest, minced garlic and artichoke hearts to be served... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 06:19:37 EST Cooked up a storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649650 Just finished the second liter of water for this first day in the New Year and I cooked up a storm today. Stuck to my bestlife meal plans all day and tracked everything. My weight is up after the holidays and I need to prioritize my weight loss efforts in the busyness of my schedules. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:25:59 EST Human-ness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4518578 Human, being human...I continue to be in awe...our bodies are so unique and wondrously made, each cell, each breath, each thought... <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I tried to eat a little cleaner...I remembered to cleanse with apple cider vinegar in the morning, but now this morning, I've already forgot. Could of had something to do with getting out the door early, pushing myself to get to an early morning step aerobics class. I felt like I needed this cardio workout due to my spin classes being can... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 09:32:59 EST Focusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348758 Dear Lee, <BR> <BR> I'm so glad you found your goals for July and taped them up on the dining room wall right above the dimmer light switch. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> 1.) to study hard, to keep my head in my homework and to catch up on the reading for yoga teacher training before the retreat on the 15th of July. <BR> 2.) to continue making anatomy flashcards, I'm a visual learner <BR> 3.) to eat less in the evenings <BR> 4.) to strive to eat more clean and more raw foods <BR> 5.)... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:18:48 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346397 It's 5:57AM and I pull open the living room draperies. The sunrise is breathtaking, the deep pink of dawn coming on...tufted clouds like a sky mattress pad cover release their stitches and I'm feeling a need to write to you. <BR> <BR> I know you are filled with gratitude for yet another day in this lifetime, this is established, this is your way, your practice, a tuning within of when to open up to the outside world... <BR> <BR> The blueberries taste good this morning, yes? -on top of you... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 06:53:51 EST Poetry (Late Spring 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4279837 <em>172</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> EASTER <BR> <BR> hyacinths in white <BR> <BR> eucalyptus oil in <BR> water on hot stones <BR> <BR> steam rises <BR> <BR> sweat cleanses <BR> time away <BR> <BR> the in between <BR> <BR> hyacinths in purple <BR> hyacinths in white <BR> <BR> a rabbit crosses the road <BR> <BR> Lee Scott-Green (April 21, 2011) <BR> <BR> COMMENCEMENT <BR> <BR> there's a nest in the magnolia <BR> and the maple has leafed out <BR> <BR> some kind of roll call <BR> I... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 05:55:38 EST Cincinnati Spark Rally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252216 There were 11 round tables in the conference room at the Cincinnati Spark Rally Saturday. And around each table... Spark people... with their own incredible stories of weight loss success and determination. It was absolutely amazing and humbling to listen and get to know so many people who nodded their acknowledgment and smiled with encouragement. I am filled with gratitude this evening for this experience, filled with gratitude for each person there who extended their friendship. <BR> ... Mon, 23 May 2011 23:39:27 EST 4/30/2011 - Saturday, 1st day of the Buddy Challenge for the BLC Camo Crew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4201958 I'm thinking about yesterday and how the Camo Crew's Buddy challenge helped me. I'm on team 5 with LYNNANN43, KEL_CE and THEHEALTHYCHEF. <BR> <BR> B - BUMP - Move the body. Anything goes as long as it's intentional. 1 point per 15 minutes. 8 points max per day. <BR> <BR> Went downtown early to the club and ENJOYED dancing in an intense 45 minute Zumba dance class with instructor Treasa. I've been working alot and this I consider PLAY and it worked up a good sweat. I spent 10 minutes alon... Sun, 1 May 2011 10:09:07 EST Monday, 4th day of Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4175593 It's been a real good day. Taught a yoga class at 4:15 and then right into spin & strength training. I had alot of fun and those who came seemed to have a lot of fun too. Drove to Southfield for Kim's yoga class, requested bellows breathing which Teji suggested in my ayurvedic consultation. It's been awhile, but now I remember and Kim said Iyengar talks about it in "Light on Yoga." A strawberry protein smoothie when I arrived home and DH is home this evening, I need some sleep, homework'... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:44:53 EST Sunday, 3rd day of Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172785 Too much sugar this evening... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:41:51 EST Saturday, 2nd day of Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4170849 I left the house early this morning and headed downtown to the health & fitness center where I've been teaching a 75 minute yoga class on Saturday mornings. Decided to get a few extra workouts in before my yoga class. Enjoyed the 45 minute Zumba class at 8:30AM this morning, I worked up a good sweat. I really love to dance. And stayed for Treasa's 45 minute strength training class. A quick shower before my class. 15 people came to my yoga class... <BR> <BR> Tried to eat lighter this evening ... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 23:07:45 EST Friday, 1st day of Weekend Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4168840 <BR> B - BLOG/JOURNAL Sit down every day of this Challenge and either make your plan or analyze your day and/or Progress. Keep your FOCUS and Decide what you deserve a pat on the back for, and what still might need a little tweaking. <BR> <BR> Arrived home hungry after teaching a spin and tone class, 11 women came this evening. Ate 3 organic strawberries, instead of chips while waiting on the vege pizza. I need to stay focused this weekend on my goals...need to get some sleep. Will tea... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:23:55 EST Implementing some Ayurvedic suggestions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4143608 It was late last night when I stopped at the grocery store, after teaching my 5:30 spinning class, after 6:00 strength training class. I looked forward to my teacher's 80 minute restorative yoga class at 7:00, ending with an inversion upside down in a padded chair with my shoulders resting on blocks and my head on a blanket on the floor for savasana. <BR> <BR> I planned on driving home and warming up butternut squash soup but I had a close call last week on Kern almost hitting a deer so I... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 09:22:53 EST Ayurvedic Consultation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4138300 I enjoyed hearing so many confirming affirmations from Teji Ruth Dilley yesterday, my Ayurvedic consultation took place at her Tree of Life Yoga Studio from 4:00 - 6:50PM. This gave me more insight into my self and I am so thankful for this amount of information, thought I would blog here about the dietary suggestions. <BR> <BR> I began my transition four years ago. Some of the major changes at that time were in giving up flavored cream in my coffee, giving up ground beef due to saturated ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 09:29:24 EST Cut Off Time for Eating at Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4080894 My days have been busy, I'm feeling so alive! And my schedule is filled with classes after work so I've been overeating in the evenings, so I heard myself say yesterday to a weight loss group, "try setting a cut-off time in the evenings where you do not allow yourself to eat nor graze after that time." So as is so often the case, I thought I would try and follow my own advice. Originally when I lost most of my extra weight, the cutoff time was 6PM, but my schedule has changed. So I'm tryi... Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:37:03 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4031744 I didn't eat any cake!!! <BR> <BR> And I'm feeling really good about planning NOT to eat cake before going to a birthday party for my granddaughter, writing about my plan and following through with the willpower to do so (especially since it was late evening when I tend to NOT have as much self discipline with food intake). <BR> <BR> I helped myself resist by planning to eat a big raw salad before the party from a salad bar in Ft. Wayne. It was a two hour trip to get there and my mother an... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 07:25:38 EST Trying to Drop Under 166 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4026980 I just wrote this...this morning, think I'll title it, "Shedding Winter Coat." I'm weighing in this morning at 180.3 <BR> <BR> <BR> I know how to cook <BR> and I remember one <BR> <BR> roasted holiday <BR> <BR> before my transition <BR> each child was dressed <BR> their hair was combed <BR> <BR> the turkey was coming out of the oven <BR> and I was trying so hard <BR> to present it all like a Norman Rockwell <BR> <BR> to live up to the expectation. <BR> His family held the bar high and ... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 04:36:57 EST Trying to Understand My Holding Onto The Extra Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4024895 I've been reading passages from "Meditations from the Mat," by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison and I made it a point to revisit and take another look at a particular passage on Day 43. And it got me to thinking about how I've been struggling to lose the unnecessary pounds I'm still carrying. <BR> <BR> And I quote: "...many obese people find their efforts to lose weight thwarted because, as they return to a healthy weight, they also return to their former selves---to smaller selves, selves t... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:22:21 EST The Tweekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955452 Cycled my calories over the high end of my range yesterday without planning (didn't eat well, kinda what we had on hand, tried to save on groceries) but kept it under 2,000 calories and the scales shows I'm down to 178.2 this morning, go figure. I had an off day, schedule wise. <BR> <BR> My head was in to downloading music earlier in the day, working on a play list for a Florida spinning dvd. <BR> <BR> Left the house to teach a 60 minute yoga on campus. 6 people came to my class. An... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 09:42:29 EST How Did I Do Yesterday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3952098 Recently, I changed my calorie range down to 1200-1550 calories so my total of 1619 calories went over my range yesterday. I seldom crave chocolate but I believe it was indulging in chocolate last evening that put me over. <BR> <BR> I had an off day, schedule wise. I didn't eat breakfast before teaching yoga. Rule of thumb is to NOT eat two hours prior to practice <BR> <BR> So I had steel-cut oatmeal and dried cherries for lunch with alittle coconut milk. <BR> <BR> In the afternoon ... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 08:47:35 EST Reflection on Monday, 4th day of N.E.W. challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3912582 W~Wellness JOURNAL~BLOG~LOG If you Bite it Write it...if you Nibble it Scribble it. At the end of the day sit down and have a talk with you...What did you Accomplish Today...What areas could still use some work? Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Monday, January 10th <BR> <BR> What did I Accomplish today? <BR> <BR> 40 minutes of Step Aerobics with Ironwoman Maureen Kennedy on my lunch hour:) <BR> 30 minutes of Spinning, 8 people came to my spin class <BR> 30 min... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:50:07 EST Reflections about Sunday, 3rd day of N.E.W.Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3909915 W~Wellness JOURNAL~BLOG~LOG If you Bite it Write it...if you Nibble it Scribble it. At the end of the day sit down and have a talk with you...What did you Accomplish Today...What areas could still use some work? Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Sunday, January 9th <BR> <BR> What did I Accomplish today? <BR> <BR> What's that they say about "even the best laid plans?" I tried to plan for cardio fitness minutes today, but my roller skating plans fell through... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:51:32 EST Reflections on Saturday, 2nd day of N.E.W. Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3905033 W~Wellness JOURNAL~BLOG~LOG If you Bite it Write it...if you Nibble it Scribble it. At the end of the day sit down and have a talk with you...What did you Accomplish Today...What areas could still use some work? Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Saturday, January 8th <BR> <BR> What did I Accomplish today? <BR> <BR> I made it through 25 inches of snowfall to teach my 75 minute yoga class downtown. I did a little strength training before class. <BR> <BR> I... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 22:40:03 EST Reflections on Friday, 1st day of N.E.W. Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902662 W~Wellness JOURNAL~BLOG~LOG If you Bite it Write it...if you Nibble it Scribble it. At the end of the day sit down and have a talk with you...What did you Accomplish Today...What areas could still use some work? Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Friday, January 7th was a very busy day more so than most Fridays. Telephone calls from those who procrastinated until the last day before classes begin on Monday continued to come in. I did not go to an all-campus bre... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 07:33:47 EST Resolutions: Looking at the Ones I Made for 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874122 Thought I would take a look at how I did with the resolutions I made for 2010 and then choose resolutions for the new year!!! <BR> <BR> 1.) I resolve to reach my weight loss goal and weigh 152 in 2010. - Did not make this weight loss goal, I'll keep trying. This will be #1 for 2011 as well! <BR> <BR> 2.) I will continue to choose healthy, nutrient-dense foods so that I will be healthy. DID!!! <BR> <BR> 3.) I will continue to exercise by practicing yoga, strength training, dance and more... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:21:18 EST Writing on Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805111 Six women came to my spin class last night at the student activity center. I was surprised at such a good turnout considering it was how we chose to kick off this holiday weekend. The S.A.C. closed early so I had to condense the class into just a 35 minute spin class but it felt good to get the cardio workout in last night. <BR> <BR> The pumpkin pie is out of the oven and the dutch apple pie is baking as I write this. The boiled eggs peeled easy (thank goodness) and DH is still sleeping... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:35:28 EST Dear Buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3803066 I haven't blogged in a while, over 2 months. I've found that it helps me to have someone to write to, like a letter so: <BR> <BR> Dear Buddy, <BR> <BR> How did you do yesterday? It wasn't one of my best days. DH lost his job and even though I tried not to let it upset me...the old triggers for stress eating kicked in. <BR> I went to a yoga class on my lunch hour and that helped me after receiving his telephone call. Resisted a candy dish but later on in the afternoon, I ate way too many... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 05:39:19 EST Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3646361 I'm ready to move forward. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to weigh less than I did this summer. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to meet the goal that I posted on my Spark page to drop down to 169 by October 1. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to meet the challenge on my South Bend team to weigh 168 by October 2. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to see 166 and RECLAIM that total of 90 pounds lost. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to see 163 to match the number of my locker over at the student activity center. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to LIVE and dance... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 09:26:36 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3550714 Decided to walk outside in the warm sunshine today, instead of going over to the student activity center on my lunch hour. Enjoyed the walk very much when another Sparker agreed to join me, and we talked non-stop about our goals and food choices. I really appreciate this level of support in my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> Lunch was fresh spinach leaves topped with 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice, sliced a fresh sweet nectarine over the top and added 14 natural almonds for protein and textur... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 14:55:16 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3545844 Yesterday was a full day, full of activity, full of planning, full of energy, full of my life! My life, this journey I'm on and I'm wanting to put it into words because I'm feeling so excited and so filled with gratitude for my life, my path, this direction. <BR> <BR> Summer attendance has been low in the fitness classes and yesterday was the last day for my morning spinning class. I was hoping that someone would show up as I walked over to the student activity center to teach. I was de... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:55:45 EST My Cord Fell Off on Wednesday, August 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3509943 Last year, I completed a yoga teaching training YT200 certification. As part of the graduation ceremony on October 25th, my teachers tied a cord around my left wrist. This was to help remind me of them and being connected with our group of ten students. Described as a Thai custom when children leave for college to remind them of family...I remember feeling a sadness that the twelve of us didn't have more scheduled weekends of sharing ahead of us, and touching my wrist cord as I walked into... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 14:08:16 EST July 10th, Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3420288 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229950088.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...the waves, <BR> I can hear them, <BR> as the breeze blows my hair <BR> around my hunger. <BR> <BR> ...brushing sand <BR> from this page, nestling back and forth <BR> with my elbows and knees, <BR> molding body against blanket. <BR> <BR> ...lifting chest, shifting rib cage, <BR> ever so slightly to gaze out <BR> where the water of the big lake <BR> meets the sky. <BR> <BR> The light's reflection is almost <BR... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 13:22:44 EST July 2nd, Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3397282 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72811220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the view I LOVE from the footbridge looking downstream this afternoon. It was a blue sky day and it was reflected in not only the beauty of the river, but in everyone's energy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897422980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I take pause here... on the red footbridge..., lingering here before going on ...it's this view that takes me outside of the office on Fr... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 08:02:11 EST