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Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:19:51 EST ultimate SP LC - 75 days - just accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091459 checking in right before bed, continuing my blog streak for accountability. today had all the right ingredients - restarted the 6 week transformation program with cardio party video, great 4.5 mile walk this morning. step goal met. two salads made that will provide meals for the next few days. work. play. balance. <BR> <BR> sleep. <BR> <BR> tomorrow is another day... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec3bc55d-c49d-4dda-8fe4-86f4802356a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 00:46:22 EST ultimate SP LC - 74 days - transformation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090548 motivation comes in many forms. this time - completion of the six-week total transformation system: <BR> <link>walkonwalkstrong.com </link> <BR> <BR> i started this before christmas, had to take a break while traveling, took things out of order while waiting for my weights to arrive (even amazon has trouble dealing with this remote island), but as of this morning i completed all of the workouts. and let me tell you, i do feel transformed. when we climbed the rocks on our hike earlier thi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:45:57 EST ultimate SP LC - 73 days - the rules... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089089 the border collie lives by the rules. ours seems to believe that someone must be in the office - all night long. that is generally the case; i get up to work just as my better half is heading for bed. but occasionally, he (my better half) may wish to go to bed a bit early, and i may choose to actually sleep in on the weekend (i.e., till 2 a.m., not midnight). which upsets the border collie. very. much. and so he (the border collie) whines and sniffles and muffles and makes noises - though he ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:05:01 EST ultimate SP LC - 72 days - 100,000 points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088857 motivators come in all shapes and sizes; when you first join sparkpeople it doesn't take long to go from one level of points to the next. today i hit 100,000 points, the level after 80,000. next level is 150,000 - it will take commitment to get there, but that is what it is all about. because it keeps the vigilance, the accountability, going. <BR> <BR> meanwhile, not sure if i will be able to continue the streak of 15,000 steps daily; today's morning walk turned into an odd hike - not much d... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:03:41 EST ultimate SP LC - 71 days - streaks and NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088009 a featured article this morning was about a woman who had logged into spark 1000 days! i identified with her; she said that when they traveled she did what she could to make sure that she found an internet connection so she could still log in. i had a full year going from may 2014 until sometime in may 2015, when i was traveling, and i am not sure how it happened but i missed a login one day. so my current streak just hit 275 days, according to spark (276 today!); i will hit that 365 sometime... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 20:33:32 EST ultimate SP LC - 70 days - life is a beach... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087179 well, maybe not a beach, but we did take the time for a walk on one today. after yesterday's shoulder to the grind, we took a little time off this morning. oh - about that not hitting the step goal yesterday? didn't happen - or rather, the step goal *did* happen - DH was more than happy to take a sunset walk when i quit working (and finished that blog). and this is what we saw: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf2fd451-d70d-4e92-8561-d68a046d39e2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> anyway,... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 21:42:09 EST ultimate SP LC - 69 days - a long day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086308 and it's quitting time, sparkaroos... not much brain left after a full night and day of work, with a few hours of sleep thrown in here and there. managed to squeeze in a good cardio video for 30 minutes, but this may well be a day when we have to settle for the 10,000 steps - dang, i had a good streak going there for a while. oh well. <BR> <BR> still, we have eaten well (break time was my entertainment in the kitchen), a lovely lentil and roasted beet salad, and i'm about to experiment for d... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:23:53 EST ultimate SP LC - 68 days - clean slate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085066 i love when the new month begins. you get a clean slate; when you play trivia, you have a chance at a perfect score again, if you messed up (or forgot to play) a day or so last month. you get to set new (realistic) goals and streaks. you get to find new motivation, new challenges. <BR> <BR> it is also a time to look back. how did i do on my january goals? <BR> steps: 526,916 <BR> miles: 225.19 <BR> floors: 993 <BR> jennifer smith transformation videos: every day except while we were in sea... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:50:36 EST ultimate SP LC - month 3 day 5 - world's shortest blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084461 made it to the end of the day. masses of work, but made the step goal. and dinner with friends. sunset celebration. january is over - goals met. and bed awaits. more creativity tomorrow.. in a few hours. meanwhile, the streak is still going strong... so long, january! <BR> <BR> for now <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> for today: <BR> <BR> FITNESS <BR> 15,000 steps - almost there.. <BR> fitness video - 360 abs <BR> FIRE <BR> write blog <BR> POSITIVE FORCE <BR> read, comment on blogs <BR> ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 01:39:10 EST ultimate SP LC - month 3 day 4 - celebrating a lifestyle - for life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083463 in this morning's round of blogs hear on SP i happened upon hakapes' blog, "4 years of maintenance - three key lessons to be successful" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082839 </link> <BR> <BR> and since i am heading for 4 years myself, i thought it well worth a read - and finding myself nodding in agreement. because the number one lesson is not celebrating weight loss - but celebrating a lifestyle. and i couldn't agree more. because... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:09:51 EST ultimate SP LC - month 3 day 3 - potato chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082691 and why, you may ask, am i writing a blog about potato chips? because they sat on the table. all. through. lunch. DH had them on his plate. DH ate them. but they did NOT jump onto my plate. nope. no way. no how. NO CHOICE. <BR> <BR> hah! just look at that resistance muscle! <BR> <BR> credit. <BR> <BR> another day in the life of a beckster... <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> making this a quickie, company is coming and i need to run off and make those healthy sunset appetizers. <BR> <BR> FITNESS <... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:27:52 EST ultimate SP LC - month 3 day 2 - justification http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081929 it's been a long day. and inspiration for the blog has been elusive. but then i saw this article: <BR> <link>www.rodalesorganiclife.com/home/the-<BR>surprising-health-benefits-of-clutter?<BR>cid=soc_Rodale%27s+Organic+Life+-+Roda<BR>lesOrganicLife_FBPAGE_Rodale%27s+Organic+Life__ </link> <BR> on "The Surprising Health Benefits Of Clutter." health benefits? clutter?! you really can find an article or study - or both - to justify just about any point of view. this one even mentioned the bo... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:48:09 EST ultimate SP LC - month 3 day 1 - what a waste! or... what a waist! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080858 yes, take your pick - the first in dismay, or the second in celebration...and it is indeed the focaccia that is on my mind - we stopped off to visit and say goodbye to the friends who made the bread for the potluck that we did not attend and left with a sack of bread: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbff87b2-33c3-487b-9fe9-cdc97e11233d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> oh... what's that? you mean the cookie? well, yes, we visited other friends who sent us home with that cookie. oh,... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:10:08 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 31 - are we there yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079585 what parent hasn't heard that question? but have we asked that question on our weight loss journey? how do we know when we are *there*? what/where is "there"? <BR> <BR> in today's newsletter, SPT (susan peirce thompsen) asks a few questions: <BR> what is your goal? <BR> how will you know when you arrived? <BR> <BR> her answer: <BR> 1. Your weight is relatively stable and you're comfortable in your body. <BR> 2. You're healthy. <BR> 3. You have peace and neutrality around food. <BR> <BR> an... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:24:45 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 30 - resistance is futile... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079161 or not. the other evening we had a sunset party. i stood in the kitchen for several hours and created some really nice yummy (healthy) (vegan) munchies topped off with chili for our sunset party with friends. one couple is leaving in a few days; they wanted to have a party serving ribs that they had in the freezer and asked if DH would enjoy them. well, DH agreed more for the social than the nutritional aspects, and we were looking forward to this gathering. until we learned it was going to b... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 21:23:19 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 29 - we're all different... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078067 today's blog will be short and sweet. idea found on Facebook, shared by warrior woman aka our own doglady13, from someone named "james fell - body by wife" (just wanted to attribute where attributes are needed...): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30fee287-a189-4a47-a0a0-0c5c519c6843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> love it! <BR> *** <BR> as for today: <BR> FITNESS <BR> 15,000 steps - going to be tough, just a short walk so far... <BR> fitness video - upper body <BR> <BR> FIRE ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:13:42 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 28 - plastic peril http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077280 the past few days the news has been filled with articles about how plastic will outnumber the fish in the ocean by 2050; here is one of them: <BR> <link>trofire.com/2016/01/22/by-2050-there<BR>-will-be-more-plastic-than-fish-in-the<BR>-ocean/ </link> <BR> today, we got to see for ourselves. we haven't been able to walk on the beach for over a week because of high (ca 25 foot) waves, but today the sea was back to its serene self, so we headed that way for our morning walk. <BR> <img src=... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:02:24 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 27 - swimsuit edition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076480 each day when i log on to spark, i spin the wheel, answer the trivia questions, and catch up on a few of my favorite bloggers. today, watermellen's blog on "presence" ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076023 </link> ) reviewing amy cuddy's video on the topic (which i have not yet seen, but hope to find time for it soon) really caught my attention. she said: <BR> <BR> "I believe it's about the bodies we inhabit all day long. When we're not posing. ... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:17:17 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 26 - exercise, the best medicine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075324 200 weeks - that's my current streak of "exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" which spark seems to track automatically. that's 8 weeks shy of 4 years since i got serious about my weight loss journey. and of course 90 minutes is the amount of exercise we often get in one day; border collies demand that much activity and more! when we had our first dog, over 40 years ago, we had the motto - if we live a good life for misty we live a good life for us. and that still applies - if we keep pe... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:41:04 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 25 - accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074437 so here i am, back to an "ordinary" blog as part of spark guy's Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge. reviewing beck blue gave a purpose to the blogs - and actually helped me get through the book. i'm not so sure i would have made it consistently through without the obligation to blog about it. while i feel i picked up a few good tips along the way, and appreciated the refresher aspect, it's beck pink that has made the difference. <BR> <BR> so for now, it is accountability - finding my balan... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:42:40 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 24 - beck blue - last chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073388 and so the final chapter of beck blue. a review of some of the people and traps from previous chapters with suggestions for how they have applied the techniques to the rest of their lives, besides weight loss and maintenance. plus a return to the foundation strategies. the need for a refresher every now and then. <BR> <BR> when the beck pink review began last august, i was headed down the home stretch to DD's wedding and the dress i had bought last january. the timing was perfect, and despit... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:11:11 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 23 - beck blue getting off track traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072532 beck blue chapter 10: getting off track traps <BR> i imagine this is a chapter for all of us. though while i have fallen off the wagon more times than i can count, i really don't feel that beck's initial comment applies to me: "I've blown it. I might as well give up and eat whatever I want for the rest of the day." that just isn't part of my makeup. when i have recognized that the wagon is moving away without me on it, that's been the time when i start running to catch back up with it and jum... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:44:58 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 22 - beck blue psychological traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072159 moving along in beck blue, chapter 9 - psychological traps; we feel deprived, discouraged, unmotivated, or burdened by the demands of consistently following a healthy diet. being prepared for these feelings helps; anticipate and plan for what to do. <BR> <BR> #1 Discouragement trap - give up when the going gets rough <BR> sometimes things seem difficult, but if you analyze the situation, there aren't all that many difficult hours. and you can deal with them this time because you have new ski... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:21:18 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 21 - beck blue holiday trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070778 it feels a bit late, now that the holidays are behind us, but a refresher never hurts. once again, it's a question of the benefits of control vs the sabotaging thoughts that encourage loss of control - it's a holiday, so it's ok. <BR> <BR> #1 you only live once (YOLO) trap - it's the holiday so it's ok. <BR> - list the advantages of staying in control <BR> - plan how many treats to allow <BR> - balance the number of calories from treats with what you eat the rest of the day <BR> <BR> #2 wal... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:22:36 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 20 - beck blue family traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070042 so sparkers, back at beck once again. yesterday i did indeed take the day off mostly for fun things; a bit too much work to deal with during the night to have time for a "real" blog, and a day without work to go to the beach, and then prepare for and have friends over for dinner minimized time at the computer - as it should be. it also minimized time for getting in the daily steps; fell short of the 15k for the first time, just 12,500 for the day, but the week's average will be just fine. als... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:30:22 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 19 - unblog blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069179 no time right now, but i did not want to mess up my streak; hoping to get a beck chapter reviewed later today. meanwhile, yesterday was our first day running since early december and it went well, 4.64 miles - and over 20,000 steps for the day. meals were planned. my 3 lb weights finally arrived so i can continue with the strength training videos in the jessica smith program (did the abs video today). weight settled right down after sweating off the salt during the run. <BR> <BR> some photos... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:16:11 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 19 - unblog blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069178 no time right now, but i did not want to mess up my streak; hoping to get a beck chapter reviewed later today. meanwhile, yesterday was our first day running since early december and it went well, 4.64 miles - and over 20,000 steps for the day. meals were planned. my 3 lb weights finally arrived so i can continue with the strength training videos in the jessica smith program. weight settled right down after sweating off the salt during the run. <BR> <BR> some photos from the garden: <BR> <... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:16:09 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 18 - beck blue food pusher traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068206 the next trap in beck blue is the food pusher trap; the motives for pushers are many. some may want you to appreciate their efforts; others want you to be polite; others may want to sabotage your efforts. their motives are irrelevant to your response - the ability to stand firm, say no, is under your control. <BR> <BR> #1 chronic hard sell trap <BR> the best strategy against the chronic hard sell is endurance - just say no thank you, over and over. no need to give a reason. remember that say... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:13:44 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 17 - beck blue emotional eating traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067506 after addressing the travel/vacation/restaurant traps that were/are so relevant for my life, it's time to move on in beck blue (The Diet Trap Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good) - so back to chapter 4, emotional eating traps. <BR> <BR> food can be used to comfort, console, distract, soothe - but only temporarily; it doesn't solve the problem. beck points out people may crave food, feel they deserve food, feel it is the only solution to negative emotions. food ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:44:37 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 16 - beck blue unreasonably strict eating plan trap (vacations) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066428 today the 5th and final vacation trap: <BR> 5. unreasonably strict eating plan <BR> <BR> the last trap for travel, restaurants and vacations, involves a plan that is too restrictive - which can easily result in sabotaging thoughts: "too hard, i'll eat what i want and get back on track when i get home." a looser plan that can be followed may still result in no weight gain, with increased exercise on vacation, or less weight gain than ignoring the whole plan. "looser" has to be defined: decid... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:44:38 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 15 - beck blue vacation trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065499 the next trap in the vacation and travel trap chapter: <BR> 4. "vegas" mindset - what you eat on vacation stays on vacation, and anything goes <BR> <BR> traditionally, many people believe that they should loosen up on vacation and eat whatever they want. but, given the hard work to get where we want to be on our weight loss and health journey, is it worth it to undo all that progress? does it feel good to be overstuffed, or feel the consequences of less than healthy choices? or do the adva... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 07:34:05 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 14 - beck blue travel trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064597 continuing the chapter on restaurant, travel and vacation traps: <BR> <BR> 3. limited food options (travel limits what is available at the airport, conferences, business meetings, or just culturally) <BR> you really lose control of choices here; some airports don't have good food choices at all - or might have them, but there are temptations calling instead. conferences and business meals may have a set menu, or poor choices, or choices that are more tempting than the healthy ones. <BR> - b... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 06:37:27 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 13 - beck blue restaurant traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063846 yesterday i listed the traps related to travel, vacation, and restaurants; here are more details on restaurant traps. <BR> <BR> 1. every meal out should be "special" - even when you eat out frequently (travel, renovating the kitchen, etc) <BR> this trap is a problem when life requires frequent restaurant meals; the basic belief is that eating out is something special; that might work when you eat out once in a blue moon, but for extended periods, not so much. beck says to rethink - <BR> st... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 08:32:45 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 12 - travel day - survived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063065 well, sparkers - we made it! and all in all, it was a GoodTravelDay, albeit long. this is pelle's fourth trip to molokai, and he was a trooper, though we giggled at the thought of the scene from the movie A Dog's Year, which we recently saw, in which Devon, the Border Collie from Hell took off running through the entire airport which of course, pelle, the well-behaved border collie, did not. anyhoo, by filling in a bunch of paperwork, jumping through a lot of hoops, and sending in a lotta mon... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 11:48:24 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 11 - travel day - stress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061823 this is just a quick check in on the morning that we are traveling - i don't want to break my streak, but i really can't concentrate to analyze beck. it's time to put the real travel stress escape plan into effect! <BR> <BR> i have meals and snacks for the day planned to avoid airport and airplane food. once checked in we will walk as much as we can in the airport. when we get to honolulu, after getting pelle from the agriculture people, we will spend time in the grassy area and walk from on... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 05:24:41 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 10 - beck blue chap. 2, stress escape plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060872 the first situation that beck blue addresses is a big one for me - the stress trap. two years ago, after almost a year and a half of maintenance, i let my weight and my healthy choices get away from me because i was Too Busy. 15 lbs later, i found my spark again, knocked off those 15 lbs, and then some. last winter, as "silly season" approached, when work is round the clock, i swore i wouldn't regain - and i didn't. but i am facing the same busy period again and now i am learning new tools to... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 08:26:44 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 9 - beck blue chap. 2, escape plan, foundation strategies checklist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059650 chapter two of beck blue offers two new tools, compared with beck pink. one is a foundation strategies checklist with 10 boxes to check off daily, from reading advantages to creating or reviewing "worth it memories". the other is a template for an escape plan for your diet trap. both can be printed or downloaded and checked off directly on the pdf file, which is what i have done. i have to admit i am having sabotaging thoughts about the escape plan; do i really need this? aren't i doing well ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 06:26:27 EST ultimate SP LC - month 2 day 8 - beck blue chap. 2, 10 foundation strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058602 what a morning of catching up reading spark blogs, so much food for thought, such good ideas, support, strength.... i do love this community.... <BR> <BR> but on to beck blue chapter 2 - the chapters already seem meatier, longer to digest, than beck pink, so i will break things down, blogging the foundation strategies today, the escape plan tomorrow. <BR> <BR> the ten foundation strategies give the skills we need to lose weight - for as long as we want to maintain weight loss, which is the... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:22:20 EST ultimate SP life challenge - month 2 day 7 - beck blue, 5% challenge: new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057686 new beginnings, indeed - the winter 5% challenge, and the beck blue trek, both are kicking off now. i have been on the walkers, runners, joggers and gadgeteers team now for a few challenges, and while i am strictly in maintenance now, the accountability is helpful. <BR> <BR> as for the beck trek - this will be my third journey with the beck solution, only this time with beck blue: The Diet Trap Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep It Off for Good. <BR> <BR> the first chapter... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 06:50:58 EST ultimate SP life challenge - month 2 day 6 - hello 2016... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056573 and here we are in 2016 - the year i intend to celebrate 4 years of maintenance come august. that's the MAIN goal of MAINtenance. to keep on keeping on. <BR> <BR> the year ended pleasantly - after frantically preparing the meal for the friends who were here on wednesday, last night everything was ready because we had prepared double the day before and it was all ready to pop into the oven or heat on the stove. planning really does make a difference! the cookie tin is now nearly empty, after ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:48:49 EST ultimate SP life challenge - month 2 day 5 - so long 2015... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055837 tis the season - to look back, to look ahead. so many special things in the family: a new grandson, DD's wedding, my dad's 100 birthday and his 2-week visits all the way from new york to sweden last summer and to WA now - and talking about the same two visits in 2016. <BR> <BR> 2015 was the year i learned to climb mountains, to embrace the challenge that once made me whine, moan, groan. and sooo looking forward to more mountains next year. my fitbit tells the story: 875 floors more in 2015 ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:43:38 EST ultimate SP life challenge - month 2 day 4 - training the resistance muscle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055151 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7d9d856-cf76-4ae4-bf70-d8aae8e3b470.jpg"> <BR> yup. that's the challenge. while my brother and dad, both major munchers, and DD, SIL, DH and i all did our part on monday when the first batch was fresh out of the oven (and i really did keep things under control relatively well), yesterday, after the house emptied out when they all left for home, i made the rest of the dough. and there are now cookies. lots and lots of cookies. some are already ... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:19:20 EST ultimate SP life challenge - month 2 day 3 - random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054415 the brain isn't focusing on any one thing today, so let's try a little stream of consciousness here. <BR> <BR> when writing and reading blogs on SP, i find the comments made to be as worthwhile and enlightening, if not more so, than the blog itself. and the comment from onekidsmom yesterday: "I figure as long as we can pull something of value from any given program, we can come up with what works for our individual 'experiments of one'.. " - that's really what it is all about. and seeing th... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 04:36:36 EST ultimate SP life challenge - month 2 day 2 - SP as a source of inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053778 sparkpeople serves so many purposes. the most obvious - we come here because we have pounds or kilos that we want to lose. obviously. but what about maintainers? why do we stay? mainly, because we know how difficult maintenance is - many of us have been on the roller coaster. the good news is that SP has a fantastic community of maintainers, with the team At Goal and Maintaining & Transitioning to Maintenance. and there are some amazing people there from whom i learn so much, who have pointed... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 06:23:38 EST ultimate SP life challenge - month 2 day 1 - motivation, habits, milestones and progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053256 and so month 2 of this ultimate SP life challenge begins. a few days ago this showed up here on sparkpeople: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/468f47fb-ed8a-4f30-a2f2-a7dc808e14c8.jpg"> <BR> and when you think about it, that's what this challenge is ultimately all about - having the motivation to develop good habits, for life. looking back at month 1 of this challenge, i developed the habit of an exercise video before breakfast. every. day. well, just about.... and it is i... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:04:56 EST ultimate challenge day 31 - one month blog streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052789 that's one month of blogging since committing to the ultimate challenge. and i have to admit - publicly stating what i am going to do, and reporting back on it, really does help with accountability. i've added some other good streaks as well. a fitness video daily, mixing it up with the walking workouts and strength. a fair amount of yoga, though not the daily practice i would like. yet... meal planning - several weeks were planned fully. the holidays and guests make it harder, and we will so... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:24:18 EST ultimate challenge day 30 - happy and merry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052363 it's a quiet holiday here. just my dad and my brother, with phone calls to our sons in new york and san diego, and are daughter set to arrive tomorrow on "annandag jul", the second day of christmas, or boxing day, depending on your tradition. we've had full house so many years, this is quite the change. though given the weather for crossing the state the last few days, with the roads closed for avalanche danger, i'm glad that we haven't had to worry about them traveling. <BR> <BR> so for chr... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 06:29:32 EST ultimate challenge day 29 - week 5 begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051990 yesterday: <BR> FITNESS <em>48</em> <BR> 10,000 steps - 19,843! <BR> fitness video - yes! <BR> yoga - no. <BR> skiing! <BR> FIRE <em>48</em> <BR> write blog <BR> POSITIVE FORCE <em>48</em> <BR> read, comment on blogs <BR> teams <BR> give spark goodies <BR> BECK <em>48</em> <BR> meals planned <BR> eat slowly, sitting down, mindfully, oh well hunger is not an emergency... <BR> give credit! <BR> back on track... <BR> remember - NotMyFood <BR> stay in control <BR> eat... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 07:34:52 EST ultimate challenge day 28 - the streak continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051584 yesterday: <BR> FITNESS <em>48</em> <BR> 10,000 steps - 11,614 <BR> fitness video - yup, a killer strength with dumbbells plus 1 mile power walk <BR> yoga - nope, can't fit in everything.. <BR> FIRE <em>48</em> <BR> write blog <BR> POSITIVE FORCE <em>48</em> <BR> read, comment on blogs <BR> teams <BR> give spark goodies <BR> BECK <em>48</em> <BR> meals planned <BR> eat slowly, sitting down, mindfully, oh well hunger is not an emergency... <BR> give credit! <BR> b... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:53:31 EST