SWEDE_SU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEDE%5FSU SWEDE_SU'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/ fall 5% 2014 challenge - catching up - assignments 1&2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780436 i've been floundering a bit, trying to lose the last few pounds that i regained last winter; theoretically i'm within my maintenance range, but i would like to shake off those last few pounds so that i'll have a bit more leeway to fluctuate when winter arrives. someone ( <em>213</em> roxzymom!) suggested that the fall challenge might be just the ticket, and i managed to squeak in just under the wire for sign-up. i still don't know what team, but there must be a seat for me somewhere:-) <BR>... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:35:24 EST 100 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765780 today marks my 100-day login streak. in that time i have struggled to get back to what i consider to be my goal weight. i hit it, but couldn't hold on to it; i wrote the blogs to celebrate it, and to celebrate my two years, but underlying these "celebrations" is the nagging feeling that i'm still struggling, i'm not there yet. and the feeling that despite the lovely supportive messages, and the popular blog post award, inside, i feel like a fraud, because day after day, the same choices arise... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:13:15 EST celebrating two years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759951 well, it isn't perfect, it hasn't been easy, but it's still good - two years after dropping to the minimum, i weighed in at 107-ish. not as good as my last blog, but still pleased to be there after recent challenges of a cold that left me unable to run, two weekends of house guests with accompanying meals with too many calories (and difficult to track), little time to devote to spark between the guests, the cold, and work. but i'm here, and i've maintained my login streak at 90 days, which sa... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:01:01 EST maintaining again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747279 and i made it… 71 days after recommitting to my SP lifestyle of tracking and accountability, changing habits and establishing streaks, i hit my goal maintenance weight, just two days after the goal date i had set. now it's true that it was after exercise, and before food, but the scale said it once and will do so again. i don't plan to let down my guard, and when my 2-year maintenance anniversary rolls around next month i intend to be solidly at this weight. <BR> <BR> so what worked this tim... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:12:53 EST whatever works…make it so! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741168 here's a weird motivational tip - my spark time is the morning, over coffee. it used to be Facebook time, or sudoko time, but now it's spark time. spin the wheel, trivia, blogs, teams. i try to track during the day, manage to get in my meals, but i don't always remember to fill in the glasses of water, or the freggies - both of which i always consume daily out of habit. in the same part of the home spark page i have the goal of strength training, which has been my downfall - i can walk foreve... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:37:27 EST motivation by music + running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739829 through the years i've done different things to keep myself entertained while running; first i listened to books on tape, then various podcasts, and a few years ago i put together some playlists at different speeds to listen to on my walk/runs (galloway style). i found that the music has to be about the beat of my walking, rather than the running, because otherwise i walk too slowly, and i have to be strong enough to keep the pace of walking even when on hills (lots of them wherever i run/wal... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:31:26 EST motivators and progress by fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737639 i do love my fitbit - yesterday i received the "astronaut" badge - for 280,000 feet! not sure how they calculate it, but the dashboard says i have lifetime floors of 30,371 - and yesterday was the first day to hit 100 floors in one day for quite some time. also hit 10 miles… so the past week looks like this: <BR> <BR> 125,974 steps <BR> 531 floors <BR> 53.47 miles <BR> <BR> and if that's not motivation… more than anything, checking the fitbit each day and making sure i hit the 15,000 step ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:01:42 EST slipping up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734880 ok, so i haven't been blogging, but surviving jet lag and fitting in miles of walking and a few exercises a day so i can continue my ST streak, and everything was going great - dropped down to my lowest weight yesterday morning, and so did DH. we went for our first run since arriving, and we were both feeling really good about progress. so DH says, let's have a glass of wine tonight, and i made us a nice salad, and then we sat down - and he says let's have a couple of snacks… and a few olives... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:41:26 EST traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730430 it's that time again - we've been in seattle a couple of days and are heading for the airport in a few hours on our way to the family farm in sweden. despite restaurant meals, i think i've done ok on the healthy choices, and we've actually managed to get quite a few steps and miles in on these days, which should make up for the next two days of airplane sitting. i hope… i've managed to do some exercises too, just to keep the streak going. and the scale is still moving in the right direction. ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:47:24 EST day 14 abs/strength - finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724584 i don't know if it's the strength training finally taking effect, or the fact that i went to see the doctor about my thyroid meds, but the scale finally started to move, slightly beginning the day i made the appointment, to a nice solid jump down to 113 yesterday, the day of my appointment, and a 4 lb loss since my last appointment on 4 weeks ago. considering the miles, ST, and nutrition, i would have loved to have seen a 1.5 - 2 lbs loss per week, but i'll take it. <BR> <BR> we took a beaut... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:57:47 EST day 13 abs/strength finding what works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723523 so i'm still modifying my "challenge" to what works for me. and i've decided to leave the full sit-ups to the younger crowd, or at least to try again when i am more physically phhhittt. i still feel the muscles from the last time i tried it, and life is too short. so what am i doing instead? i found i like about a 20 minute video of strength/body sculpting. today i did one with coach nicole, and was able to do just about all of it. yay! i have some "favorites", exercises for runners, that i w... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:27:42 EST days 11 & 12 abs-strength sparking on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722954 still at it. yesterday did a 20 minute "body sculpting" video, and today core exercises on my own. 4.5 mile run yesterday, and getting in the miles through various walks today. scale inching slowly downwards. company in the house, rules a bit loose, but still trying. beautiful day! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:23:52 EST days 9 and 10 abs/strength training - frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721338 yesterday became break day, at least for strength training. my back twinged a bit in the morning, and although i was able to go on a run (4 miles, but so much tougher than the 6 two days earlier), i decided to give the core - and everything else - a break from strength training to let the back heal. it's a bit better today, and i plan to do arms, but will give the core another break until the back stops complaining. <BR> <BR> frustration - after the initial drop in weight, the scale has not ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:13:22 EST day 8 ab/strength challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719343 yesterday's 13 sit-ups (still short of day 1 of the "real" ab challenge) left their mark, so today i did a core strength video instead. i still felt it, but it was the Right Thing to Do. <BR> <BR> it was also the scheduled day for my "long" run, working up to the september half marathon - today i would run 6 miles. although a bit sluggish at the start, by the time i turned around at 3 miles i was feeling fantastic - i can really do this again. it's amazing the way the body remembers what it... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:54:39 EST day 7 ab/strength challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718288 <em>418</em> 13 <BR> <em>406</em> 20 <BR> plank 30 seconds <BR> <BR> they weren't purity, but i'm getting there. <BR> <BR> two hikes yesterday in the beautiful methow. new wildflowers as the season progresses, though too busy talking with friends to count. dinner at a restaurant - victory not to think about french fries - except to think about how i was NOT going to order them. slight headache this a.m., must have been the wine. that's it for me, back to cleaning out the system. <BR... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:03:49 EST days 5 and 6 ab challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717656 no sit ups yesterday, but crunches worked. and plank. arms with weights and a few others thrown in. <BR> <BR> today the muscles worked again, 10 sit-ups. crunches. and a plank. just sayin'… <BR> <BR> rainy run yesterday, first with cooler temps in a while. thought it would be rough but really it was nicer being cool. the colors were more intense, and the scents lovely. <BR> <BR> first weekend off now in a long long time - friends visiting. will get out on a hike today. <BR> <BR> goal f... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 07:17:10 EST day 4 and 5 of ab challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716927 yesterday gave the abs a break, or more to the point, the abs insisted on a break, because a sit up was not going to happen. picked up the weights and did arm exercises. <BR> <BR> beautiful hike a few miles from the house. 35 species of wildflowers counted. food tracking on track, but weight is sitting still once again. <BR> <BR> run planned for today. and core workout. will do it. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 03:55:48 EST day 3 abs challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715886 yes indeed. i did it. my way - i won't be able to do what the "official" abs challenge asks for, but i am working the core, and that is what counts. i did a few attempts at sit-ups (sore today!), leg lifts and crunches, but did the 7 minute bootcamp core workout too. <BR> <BR> add to that another lovely 4.6 mile run - beautiful day, terrific music. i love running to my playlist, it calls to mind where i have been in sweden and in hawaii when i heard the same song. and when "it's a beautiful... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:24:03 EST day 2 30 day abs challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715254 well, it looks like i will do it my way, but i will do it. sit-ups, leg lifts, plank and crunches - not all at once, but in the end got them done. also tried a 35 minute video, and got through 17 minutes. enough. will try shorter. <BR> <BR> walks today, hit the15,000 steps. <BR> <BR> and nutrition: lunch was a wonderful lentil soup <link>vegangela.com/2014/01/09/coconut-cur<BR>ry-lentil-soup/ </link> with enough for leftovers, and dinner, easy peasy bean burgers <link>recipes.sparkpeop... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:01:53 EST 30 day abs challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714342 the question mark is… can i do it… at least i tried the first day. not the greatest form, and i may need to repeat the first day for a week just to move on, but it is a start. here is what i'm going to try to do: <BR> <BR> <link>30dayfitnesschallenges.com/30-day-ab<BR>s-challenge/ </link> <BR> <BR> meanwhile, i also did a 20 minute video here on spark today. and a 4.6 mile run this morning that actually turned out great. after friday's uphill 5 mile run, saturday's 6 mile marathon walk/... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:13:17 EST another week, another pound... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712549 it's good to see results. feeling a bit stuck last week, i looked at what was going on, received some good advice, and made some adjustments. i replaced my simple peanut butter sandwich for breakfast with oatmeal (just as simple), added a green smoothie for afternoon snack (found that kale, a half banana, almond milk and about 6 almonds with a dash of cinnamon is delicious!), made sure the salads and veggie soups kept on coming, and kept on tracking - and weighing. meanwhile, stayed within ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:44:09 EST week behind, week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708073 bottom line: i feel good. one week of good eating, and no wine, and good exercise, and reasonable sleep, and i feel good. and did i mention that my thyroid (and other) tests came back normal? so yeah, all is well. but the downside - despite what the numbers say - i am definitely in calorie range, and i am definitely exercising - the scale is not moving. just eliminating the wine from my diet should have pushed it more. i realize that some of the first week's loss was water weight from travel.... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 12:15:00 EST wildflower hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706669 we played hookie yesterday morning; should have been working but the call of the mountain was too strong. a very lovely hike up patterson mountain, half an hour away and visible from our house, took the whole morning. <BR> <BR> the good news - i had absolutely no problem climbing the 93 fitbit stories, was feeling completely normal - huffing where appropriate, recovering on the flat parts, and never needing to stop except to admire the beauty and the flowers - which we did a lot. <BR> <BR... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:44:20 EST day 9 progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705775 and there has indeed been progress. eating on plan - check! miles accomplished - check! 15,000 steps per day - check! and most important, no wine since returning home - check! 4 pm mad munchies met with green smoothie instead of wine, chips, and all the other bad-for-me things - check! <BR> <BR> blood test results are back and the good news is that everything is good - which means the bad news is no quick fix to the shortness of breath going up hills that i've been experiencing. i had hoped ... Thu, 29 May 2014 07:25:26 EST day 5 - sunshine and a beautiful hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703691 we are so lucky to have hiking right outside our door. a short walk down the road, turn off on a dirt road, and we're on a trail. i didn't have a camera along, but the methow valley was absolutely stunning today. hillsides covered in sunflowers and lupine, the sweet scents of sage and bitter brush as we walked past. such a bouquet of flowers - we counted 33 different wildflowers on our hike! the climb was steep, 84 stories on the fitbit, and i've got something going on, either my thyroid or c... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:08:09 EST day 4 inspiration and motivation - getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702579 i thought it was just me. but getting back to sparking, reading blogs, i see others who have been in maintenance have been backsliding, faced challenges, but dealt with it - and come back. i read these blogs to find the messages, and realize we're in this together and <em>381</em> . i find how others have coped, adjusted. and understand that shame doesn't help. because i've taken the first step. and the second. baby steps. <BR> <BR> another day of goals met - we went running for the first... Sun, 25 May 2014 06:31:24 EST day 3 - hanging in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701883 and the scale is moving in the right direction. travel water weight disappearing, but also tracking - and yesterday stayed within calories. feeling really good about 3 days no wine. today is saturday, and we agreed that we could/would have wine on saturdays, but i'm not sure i want to break this "clean" feeling just yet. we had more time - and energy! - for walks yesterday, and managed to hit the 15k mark. today hoping to get the first run in. <BR> <BR> reading blogs, looking for what helps... Sat, 24 May 2014 06:04:11 EST day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701208 jet lag is not fun; but we survived, despite some heavy deadlines made worse by the pilots strike in iceland that delayed our trip home. and i tracked - it looked like i was barely going to make calories for the day, until hunger struck at a normal dinnertime, and we ate one more meal - also a jet lag problem when you are awake too many hours in the day. and though i thought the soup would keep the calories down, and i hadn't had any of my "food challenges" during the day, i just topped the l... Fri, 23 May 2014 04:32:18 EST restart - again, day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700453 so we finally are home, after 3 weeks of travel, conference, visiting friends and family. lots of fun, but lots of food (and wine) - some days lots of miles, others not so much. <BR> <BR> and i'm way behind in work now, which poses a new challenge - how do i have time to walk, energy to run, organization to plan meals, with the pressure of deadlines mounting? not to mention jet lag, which is a real b*tch in this direction… <BR> <BR> so the first hour of the first day, recommit to spark - ... Thu, 22 May 2014 03:58:57 EST signed up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687857 ok, there's no going back. i signed up for the bellingham bay half marathon on sept 28. it's going to be tough getting the running in these next two weeks with travel again, but somehow i'm going to do it - no excuses! <BR> <BR> that's the good news. the bad news - had to pick out clothes to pack for the conference trip, and all the new clothes i bought for last year's conference fit - but barely. worse, though, my jeans don't (i was in hawaii while gaining the weight and the jeans were home... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:29:57 EST progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686904 it's working. i should remember that there is always extra water retention after travel (we just returned home), and that is slipping off. but obviously not all those added pounds are water weight and it is good to reset and re-establish the good habits that made it all happen two years ago. <BR> <BR> went running (and stretched) yesterday for the first time since a toe injury about 3 weeks ago. managed with the evening walk to hit the 40 mile goal for the week - which is excellent for a tra... Sun, 4 May 2014 05:03:49 EST back on the wagon, back to spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686227 sigh. it happened. 10 lbs back on - and the signs were all there. too many pistachio nuts and chips, too much wine at sunset - and not enough miles to compensate. too much stress, to much escaping. time to focus. <BR> <BR> started tracking food yesterday. set the goal of 40 miles a week walking and running. no wine at home. and back to spark and the scale - this has to be a conscious effort. <BR> <BR> i'm back... Sat, 3 May 2014 06:03:53 EST week in review, week ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492600 it's been a tough and stressful week, with four days spent in the car and/or the city, which made both food choices and exercise/steps/miles difficult, but somehow we managed to fit it in. we (that's DH and me, he's in on all of this) managed to reach our goal of averaging 15,000 steps per day despite the short days in the city, and total miles over 40. only one day of running because of the travel, though - would like to get back to three days. <BR> <BR> sept 15-21 <BR> steps 112,575 <BR> m... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:23:19 EST home again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477469 and so the journey is over. we picked up pelle, shopped to replenish the vegan pantry and refrigerator, crossed the mountains and arrived home in the early afternoon to find a party of 4 deer lounging on our lawn. we disturbed them in their midday siesta, and they took their sweet time about leaving. pelle the border collie jumped out of the car, cast a glance at the visitors, and marched up to the front door. home. <BR> <BR> and hot! too hot for exercise, but a nice stroll down to the river... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 07:25:06 EST in transit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476448 and so our summer in sweden has come to an end, and we are in transit - a full day on the airplane yesterday, a night in seattle, and later today we pick up our beloved border collie pelle and head for the wilds of winthrop. <BR> <BR> travel is always tough, but we ordered asian vegetarian meals on the plane which were actually delicious (and served before everyone else, i love "special meals" on planes!). i walked the length of the plane several times, and there was the connection in amster... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 07:17:15 EST windows of opportunity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459968 sunday dawned just like the weather report said it would - fierce wind, pouring rain. nothing anyone would want to go out in, not even the proverbial duck. but the hourly forecast promised a window of sunshine at about 1 pm, maybe one or two hours long. and sure enough, the sun came out - more or less. and i shook a dozing DH and said we'd better get out then and there or it wasn't going to happen. and so we did. no high hopes of going far, figuring the rain would return, but the weather held... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:46:26 EST re-igniting the spark... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458620 it's good to be back. i realize as i read blogs, teams, and just the personal summaries on our individual pages how much motivation and support can be found in this fantastic resource. we all come from different places, physical, socially, spiritually, but we all have the same goal - lasting weight loss and a better way of living, more or less, give or take, with an amazing support network. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> chomping at the bit today, with weather so awful i don't want to set foot o... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 06:37:04 EST day one of year two.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455637 not that there will be a blog entry of day two, day, three, etc, but it feels right to recenter myself here on spark, to recommit to all the things spark taught me. seeing the support yesterday reminded me that this community *is* important to that commitment. so i will try to take a more active role, because i WILL make it to my second maintenance anniversary - and beyond. <BR> <BR> my weight on aug 14, 2012 was 103 lbs; now it is 107. figuring that 105 is ideal, that is still more than acc... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:35:22 EST a new month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341514 how it got to be may already... well, the usual way, i suppose. <BR> <BR> today is the last day of jet lag - theoretically we shall be recovered (takes 7 days), but my sleep deficit goes back to the beginning of april, with all the travel we had. to sum things up, FANS: <BR> <BR> Fitness - we are back on track with our running. three times so far, 5 miles, every other day, of walk-run, and aiming for 7 miles a day total with walking. aiming to get 15,000 steps on the fitbit (i do love that ... Wed, 1 May 2013 04:46:47 EST moving forward... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337020 so the first day back on track went well, managed to avoid the mindless eating at the end of the day, prepared two great plant-based meals, took the time for a 5-mile run/walk for the first time in months, plus another 4 miles in small walks through the day, hit 20,000 steps on the fitbit. and this morning the scale was kinder (probably shedding travel water weight as well), and i even managed to do a video and some weights. <BR> <BR> intrigued by "FANS" on at goal and maintaining - Fitness... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:59:19 EST admission time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335944 i. slipped. up. <BR> <BR> there. admitted it. life has been amazingly busy the past few months, and more so the past two weeks; we left molokai after three months there, briefly returned home before turning around and heading to sweden for a conference. <BR> <BR> in molokai we walked and walked - running fell by the wayside. my one year anniversary of "being serious" with spark people came and went, which was fine. once we finally had a car there, our miles reduced from 60-70 miles of wal... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 03:55:23 EST six months of maintenance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249965 and now it is six months. the lifestyle right now makes it almost easy - we don't have a car, so we walk. and walk - and walk! the beach is two miles away, so any walk is four miles long to start with; add the walk on the beach and the morning walk is easily up to six or seven miles before you know it. and the evening walk, after work, coincides with the sunset; sometimes we head to the beach again, but others just a walk around the neighborhood - but that is two or three or four miles too - ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:22:19 EST molokai hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244878 while we walk miles and miles every day, this was the first planned hike we have taken since arriving in molokai. our destination was ilio point, the north end of the shoreline. we left at 8:30, before it got too warm, and while the sea was at its calmest. we picked our way along the shoreline from beach to beach: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1485616286.jpg"> <BR> <BR> pelle the BC had his first hawaiian hike too: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 09:44:00 EST new month, new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232688 new months are even better than new weeks - the slate is clean, you can commit, you can do things right. and here we are at the beginning of february. <BR> <BR> it's also a good time to look back, what worked, what needs work. january was a crazy month for us, starting with the flu, packing, and moving to hawaii for the rest of winter. two weeks of stress really, but amazing through all that to stay on track with the scale. i've given up tracking nutrition for now, but the scale and i commu... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 06:53:07 EST what's cookin good lookin round two: green soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226002 some weeks i spend a lot of time surfing blogs, looking for inspiration, others i just rely on the fridge. we are in hawaii, so we have been eating a lot of salads, but DH said he still wanted soup, and.... it just so happened that i had the bones of my favorite green soup lying around the refrigerator - a dear friend in sweden once taught me that if you have a zucchini and a potato, you have soup. and sometime in the last day or so i saw a green soup recipe that used chard and broccoli - whi... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:44:50 EST an active lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222559 we're very lucky in that i have a job that i can do anywhere - just bring the laptop, internet connection - and my office is in business. and since i work at night, most days we have time for a long walk- or two, or three. <BR> <BR> some places are just so conducive to an active lifestyle. when we are in sweden in the summer, the 8-mile days just add up without even thinking about it. and here on molokai, we hit 10 miles yesterday. all walking, nothing strenuous - but that's calories anyway... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:18:34 EST what's cooking, good looking challenge, round 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215280 -Amanda79- proposed a fun challenge on the At Goal and Maintaining team - find a recipe each week, try it, and review it. this week i actually found three recipes online that i tried - and each was a winner, to be tried again! simplicity is the name of the game since we are in a rented one room cottage, and choices are limited here on molokai. basically, i buy a variety of canned beans plus tofu and quinoa, along with all the veggies i can find at the organic farm and the two grocery stores o... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:09:05 EST shaking things up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214094 one of the tips i read here on SP was the need to shake things up, to keep things fresh. especially when you are in maintenance - it would be so easy to slip back to old habits so perhaps it is even more important to replace with new ones. for some people shaking things up may involve joining a gym, or taking a different class. for others, trying something new like bicycling or swimming. <BR> <BR> for me shaking things up has meant adding the fitibt to our lives - i love my electronics, and ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:05:31 EST 5 months of maintaining - or 7... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206134 on march 25, 2012, i finally got serious on SP, though i had first joined in 2006. on may 15 i met the first goal, 111 lbs, which i had achieved before, and knew was "doable". on june 11 i hit what i thought was an impossible goal - 108 lbs. i'd actually "learned" how to lose weight, and at that point i decided to keep going. two months later, august 13, i hit 103 lbs, which marked the final goal. since then i've set a range of 105, give or take 3 lbs, and stayed within that range now for 5 m... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:47:46 EST 20,000 steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203176 so in december, i got a fitbit. and of course december brought with it holidays, company, cold weather, snow, and colds - not to mention preparations to leave WA and come to hawaii for the rest of winter. which meant it got harder and harder to get our miles - or steps - in. but now we are here, and with a walk on the beach in the morning, and another walk in late afternoon, for the first time we managed 20,000 steps - which it turns out is equivalent to 8 miles. and that was a typical day fo... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:45:33 EST