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/ morning cuppa spark - april?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477848 a new month deserves a new blog. i've been known to say "blink - it's friday!" with each passing week; somehow i can't believe it's already april. our last month in our tropical paradise, before we return to our wilderness paradise in WA state. <BR> <BR> so how did i do in march? i maintained. although weight is a tad at the high end this morning, i know i will have it back under control in a day or so. i've been staying right in the range of "perfect" - neither scream weight, top or bottom... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 07:18:57 EST morning cuppa spark - march musings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474062 phew! what a month. march is *the* month, the heart of "silly season" when my work hits peak. i've barely come up for air for weeks, it seems. barely had time to spark. haven't spent much time on Facebook. certainly haven't blogged. or read blogs. or commented or followed or participated... <BR> <BR> march is also the month... when i actually got serious about losing weight in 2012. my sparkiversary shows up as 2009, but it wasn't until 2012 that i actively started using SP. and you can tel... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:25:28 EST afternoon cuppa spark - february-march maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468012 wow - that month flew by... crazy with work. little time for much else, but we made time for priorities - good healthy plant-based whole food meals, step goals - and running. yes - running. because the month started with galloway run-walk on the first two running days, but after that i started running, albeit much more slowly than the run-walk intervals. still, i was struggling to hit 4 miles at first (which is better than struggling to hit 3!), and my pace was snail slow. my heart rate - acc... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 18:24:13 EST morning cuppa spark - beck check and finally not behind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466454 and blink, another week has passed. but in that week, a remarkable thing happened - i got caught up! well, until i fell behind again, which i probably am now, but it sure felt good for a day or so. we woke up on thursday which should have been a running day and decided it was a day to just take it easy, walk the beach with our cameras, pull weeds in the garden, and LIVE. we ran on friday. and the running is going great - slow and easy, i can manage an hour now, and my heart rate is now more i... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:26:57 EST morning cuppa spark - beck check, living like a thin person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464243 hey sparkies, i'm still alive. hanging by the fingernails. or toenails. or something. spinning the wheel here on spark, answering the wellness questions. haven't missed a day - and haven't missed a question this month. but that is about it on spark. trimming life to the bare bones - sleep. work. healthy food. steps-running-walks. beach walks. photos. not enough of any of them. well, maybe the healthy food, lots of that. and more than enough work - just not enough time for it. and plenty of be... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:16:45 EST morning cuppa spark - beck check, rinse, wash, repeat plus a small commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461874 yup. i'm on rinse, wash, repeat mode. work is as crazy as it gets, and will stay that way. but that core of beck rules is keeping me going - no food between breakfast (the same every day, no planning needed), lunch (cooked once, eaten for 3-5 days, depending), and dinner - often a combination of bean dips and veg. occasionally a snack of papaya, bean dip (for protein) and nuts, but we've been so busy with work that we haven't always had time, and lunch has been so filling (this week was lasag... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:23:51 EST morning cuppa spark - accountability check... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460161 the fan is being hit by the proverbial you know what. i really have to start exercising the N. O. word for work. <BR> <BR> but meanwhile - thinking that with the thunderstorms predicted for yesterday we would not get out for the planned run, i did a morning video for the first time in a week. and then when we woke up, it was perfectly fine outside - so we laced up and headed out. DH runs from the house, but we are on a hill, and i hate walking home again, so i drive down to the flat area an... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 07:50:20 EST morning cuppa spark - beck check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459003 another week. blink! friday slipped right by... we woke up to rain, which is lovely for the garden, but makes for a muddy border collie. we have red dirt here, and our fluffy white BC is turning into a pink pup. oh well-) we left for a latish walk around 11 and came home to a huge pot of minestrone soup in the instant pot, which will be lunch for the next few days. <BR> <BR> we had friends over for dinner and i made a vegan lasagna - i make a tofu ricotta, essentially following this recipe <... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 06:19:26 EST morning cuppa spark - hello february! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458260 here we are! it's february! and silly season has started. january has usually been a slow work month, but not this year, so i am already adjusting/adjusted to the priorities. one of those means i send DH off with shopping lists for all the errands that we would usually do together. i call in our produce order to the organic farm, and then he gets to piece together the rest from the various stores on island. he had 9 stops yesterday! and when he comes home, i get to find room for everything. <... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 06:52:12 EST morning cuppa spark - january in review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457877 good morning sparkers. and somehow january is gone! it's been a good month for "living" beck and spark-life, but not a very good life for me online. blogging was not 5 days a week, as i had planned at the beginning of the month, but more like once a week - reduced to the beck check. strength training appears to be a thing of the past, along with the night time video. i have neglected my spark buddies and teams, have not had time to read and comment on blogs, write posts. no meal tracking. i h... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:22:24 EST morning cuppa spark - beck check plus 1000 days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456764 another week. blink. i'm running a bit on automatic right now - trying to make the right choices. sleep. work. walking-running-step goal. photos. reading. sudoko. meal planning/preparing. zen weeding in the garden. <BR> <BR> not necessarily in that order. <BR> <BR> some things have gone by the wayside. i am not tracking food, but i am clearly staying within range, applying the lessons of... the past 1000 days or so. because today, that's the login streak. and the lessons have stuck. <BR> <... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 08:48:49 EST morning cuppa spark - running again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454911 well, walk-runs. we (DH and i) have agreed that we will run every other day. we have a nice loop that is mostly downhill, or at least so it seems - we park the car halfway up a hill, i walk to the top with claire as my warm up, and then start the run-walk (30 second intervals) and it is flat or downhill for the next 2 miles or so. one more hill, then instead of going back to the car (uphill), we turn down toward the sea, and end up at 3 miles. then we walk back to the car (uphill) so we get a... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:12:55 EST morning cuppa spark - beck check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454062 it's been a strange week. i've pulled back from much of my online activities, not really doing much more than spinning the wheel and answering quiz questions (annoyed at myself that one day i was sure i answered 3 questions, if not 4, but somehow only 2 were registered, though i still have 100% correct, if not the full number). i've taken a few photos, but they are still in the camera. i haven't done the night video most nights - attributed to too much work, too little sleep. and obviously i ... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 06:56:22 EST morning cuppa spark - beck check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451282 another week. and i've been in a very strange position - not just goal weight, but below! and yes, the pizza birthday celebration brought my weight back up again, but it has held steady. <BR> <BR> i have not been tracking, but i've followed my basics - meals are planned by the end of coffee in the morning. my regular breakfast in the night, no food again until lunch. we haven't had our mid afternoon snack most days; counting out the pistachios to go with wine before dinner. it's a routine, ... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:12:09 EST morning cuppa spark - settling in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449297 choices. i need a few more hours in the day. i can write a blog, or do the morning exercises, or get to work. so just to say - we are getting back into the groove, with beach walks and road walks and work in the garden, and claire is learning about her new home, deciding the beach is a rather fun place to be: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d17e684d-4743-4276-b5e4-d52187a012ce.jpg"> <BR> <BR> she found a coconut and carried it for much of the beach <BR> <img src=... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 06:34:49 EST morning cuppa spark - molokai day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447968 the first day - waking up, morning coffee on the lanai. checking out the garden... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bcf31d9-fd56-415a-976f-5410229fc7b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> tons of weeds to attack - there will be no lack of spare time occupation. <BR> <BR> errands - running into old acquaintances at the grocery store, checking out 5 stores to find adams chunky peanut butter, and not finding it... it's molokai... stopping by the organic farm for fresh produce. <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 07:35:47 EST morning cuppa spark - we're here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447545 a long day. with the layover in honolulu, it takes about as long to travel to molokai as to sweden - or at least it feels that way. but all went well, and claire seems to have survived it like a trooper. she was not crazy about returning to her crate each time she had to get out for TSA to inspect it, or when she was in the dog park at the honolulu airport, but didn't put up a fuss. and with the time it took to go through the agriculture office procedure to get her released, then over to the ... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:20:01 EST morning cuppa spark - travel day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447026 and finally. after a very emotional day yesterday, seeing DD and DSIL off on their grand adventure, moving to sweden, we will be traveling ourselves today to spend the rest of the winter in molokai, where i will be working as usual, but we will be walking the beach rather than snowshoeing across the fields. and maybe i will get back to running... or not... we'll see. <BR> <BR> after the ritual family farewell (DD had a plan, and we followed it until we hugged goodbye one last time), yesterda... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 05:58:31 EST morning cuppa spark - small commitments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446515 this morning read spark guy's blog about the million small commitments - and tried to think of what to write, what small commitment i could make. <BR> <BR> i finally came up with continuing to try to achieve my 15,000 steps per day as an average each week - total of 105,000 per week, even if i fall short some days. because that takes an effort, some focus. <BR> <BR> but then i thought about the small commitments that are, like he says, like brushing your teeth <BR> <BR> - i log onto spar... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 05:30:19 EST morning cuppa spark - clean slate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445350 ...and that was 2017... it ended in a whirlwind of putting the house back together after two weeks of house guests. down with the tree, washing machine going all day long. folding up fold out beds. i managed to hit well over 15,000 steps without even going for a walk! and 24 flights of stairs! poor claire only got a couple of frisbee outings, we didn't even take the morning walk with her. <BR> <BR> another impetus for cleaning up was our neighbors coming over for an early visit, but we are a... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 06:31:53 EST morning cuppa spark - beck recheck and happy new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444905 all things considered, not a bad beck week. made it through the holidays without weight gain, and after friday's "hunger is not an emergency," even weight loss. i've slipped up on tracking the last day or so, and the scale tells me that it really was no ok to pull out the hummus and crackers before dinner and then eat dinner too. good reminder, with molokai sunsets ahead. <BR> <BR> still, i remembered to: <BR> - eat sitting down, slowly and mindfully <BR> - plan meals each morning <BR> - tra... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:12:30 EST morning cuppa spark - the number 4... or, hunger is not an emergency... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444582 it wasn't exactly planned, but that is what happened yesterday - after breakfast at 5 a.m. (a bit on the late side since i had been up working since 1 a.m.), i practiced "hunger is not an emergency" until dinner at a restaurant at 6 pm. what happened in between? a three-hour white knuckled drive to the greyhound bus for DS and granddaughter to return to seattle. it wasn't white knuckled because of the driving conditions for us, but because we thought leaving three hours for a two-hour trip s... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 05:13:37 EST evening cuppa spark - the number 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444194 i've been waiting for it for a long time - the number 5. finally hit the 105s today. <BR> <BR> it was clean out the freezer day - we are still four big people and one small, and rather than cook more, i took out all the small meals i had frozen in. quite the variety but they are all gone now. <BR> <BR> tomorrow DS1 and granddaughter leave, the next day BigBro. quieter by the day... <BR> <BR> and here is a visitor <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6efca7da-0473-400c-bde... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:40:56 EST evening cuppa spark - mellandagarna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443863 the days in between the holidays - christmas and new years. mostly, my clients take the week off, but a few are waiting for deliveries. and i am struggling to hold my chin above water. so far, so good. <BR> <BR> the first of our guest left today (actually, the last to arrive). amazing how much quieter it seems. between seeing them off and squeezing in work, the day vanished. meals were easy - i made a kale miso tofu soup for lunch <BR> <link>https://jlgoesvegan.com/creamy-kale-<BR>miso-sou... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:55:10 EST morning cuppa spark - the day after... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443451 ...aka the second day of christmas. at least in sweden, it is still a holiday, but i realized that when i took off from work (mostly) over the weekend that i had better get back to it during the night. no alarm, but woke up naturally a little after midnight. worked until 5, back to sleep. <BR> <BR> yesterday went pretty much as planned. finished baking the cookies, and still plenty of people to eat them. and i had them included in the plan. dinner was a vegan "my kinda meat loaf" that every... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 12:48:23 EST morning cuppa spark - was it worth it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443118 ...maybe... well, probably not. <BR> <BR> the slippery slope continued yesterday with our one and only holiday party. <BR> <BR> the day started off well enough - i baked gingerbread cookies without snitching a single bit of dough (beck rules #1 no food between breakfast and lunch; #2 eat only sitting down). and i had my cookies with lunch. and then a few more... of the goodies from the neighbor. ruh roh. <BR> <BR> still, manically preparing house and dinner for incoming guests, before th... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:03:57 EST morning cuppa spark - slippery slopes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442857 one of the items on my beck list, which i reviewed yesterday, is that temptations that are out of sight are out of mind, corollary to don't bring it into the house. well, with the holidays and the guests, we stopped by the bakery on friday, and bought a number of goodies with the idea of cutting them into small pieces and enjoying them over the next few days. i did enjoy them - two or three of those small pieces. and then, the neighbor came with her annual plate of christmas cookies - includi... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 06:01:56 EST morning cuppa spark - beck recheck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442592 the blogstreak is over. not sure how long it was, because i have been counting by the months, but it was long. why? life, i suppose. and feeling that i didn't have much useful to say or share. life has mostly been keeping on keeping on. a lot of work in the final push before the holidays. not much time for exercise - i have skipped the video now for a few nights, and we haven't been able to take much in the way of morning walks either. though i still have managed to keep the step count over t... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 04:54:49 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - monday sparkplan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441414 the day is over, so the plan has been implemented. <BR> <BR> sleep - good sleep before the work night, after the work night, somewhat stressful. had trouble falling asleep. in the end, a total of 6 hours in bed so not bad. <BR> <BR> work - feeling on top of things. mostly. <BR> <BR> exercise - video in the night - cardio party. multiple walks during the day. step goal met. <BR> <BR> food - yesterday's leftovers plus a salad: lunch was potato leek zucchini broccoli soup with sandwich (pb a... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:29:46 EST morning cuppa spark - december blogstreak - sunday sparkplan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440946 just putting the day together. here is my version of the spark recipe for health: <BR> <BR> sleep - yes! a good night, over 3 hours so far, with a second session ahead. <BR> <BR> meals planned: <BR> lunch - a green instant pot soup with leek, potato, white beans, broccoli, zucchini, onion, garlic - zapped smooth at the end <BR> <BR> dinner - broccoli rice casserole with vegan cheese sauce: <BR> <link>https://eatplant-based.com/recipe/ve<BR>gan-broccoli-rice-casserole/ </link> <BR> <BR... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:44:17 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - beck recheck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440906 this week's challenge has been sleep. and lack of sleep has meant being short on exercise - the rule (my personal rule) is no night time video if i haven't slept enough. and if i have massive deadly lions to slay, they take priority over the night time video. and these days, with the weather and the short daylight hours, if i don't add the night video it is hard to make the 15,000 step goal. still, i managed to hit the total goal of 105,000 for the week (15k average daily). i'm working on the... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:44:49 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - blink, it's friday again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440645 oh my. finished off the week with all the ingredients of a Good Day. enough sleep before work. did the night time video - lower body strength from jessica smith's 6 week transformation. had to work a bit later than i wanted in the night, didn't get back to sleep until 6 a.m., but we took the morning off and headed for the hills - a foggy day - mysterious - where i got to try out my new camera. when we were first married, oh so many years ago, DH decided i needed a fishing reel - so he bought ... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:30:23 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - miniblog again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440359 another one of those days. finally beat all the deadly lions, but not enough sleep. no real exercise, other than getting the trash and the recycling together and going to the dump. plus a couple of claire walks. steps added up to 11,000 or so for the day. <BR> <BR> still strong on the "not my food front". the beck trek has left a deep imprint. scale is comfortable at 107. not complaining. <BR> <BR> no photos on a gray and tired day, but another look at yesterday's sunset <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:28:11 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - miniblog take V http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440075 this has gotta be fast. i have to be up to work in a few hours, and i haven't gone to bed yet. minimum number of steps for the day, video in the night. check. meals planned and executed, check. video - standing abs - check. <BR> <BR> quick walk to the river this morning, and a lovely sunset this evening: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/befb9040-63f2-425d-8d8c-422a3e60a08b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a632eb0e-421c-45a1-a623-592e5b46f... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:08:08 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - a recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439754 just about everywhere you look these days, you read that the hottest trend for 2018 is plant-based food - or at least adding more plants to your diet (as in... what you eat, not losing weight). <BR> <BR> we've been plant-based for close to 10 years now, and i enjoy the creativity of finding recipes and then tweaking them. combined with beck's rules for planning what to eat - well, a lot of those "shouldn'ts" can be avoided. <BR> <BR> although i have shelves filled with cookbooks, i love fin... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:07:11 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - miniblog take IV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439474 back to the miniblog. but it was a full day - enough sleep, for a change. enough exercise - video in the night, 15,000 step goal met. <BR> <BR> most important accomplishment - the paperwork for claire the border collie to be allowed to enter hawaii has been sent. just a little over three weeks and we'll be there. <BR> <BR> upper body strength video in the night <BR> <BR> a couple of photos <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f0e0cbb-33fc-4e25-b276-cacdae3a9754.jpg"> <BR>... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:45:36 EST afternoon cuppa spark - december blogstreak - 30 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439119 ok, i know spark guy says 10 minutes. but that's what i get just walking claire up and down the drive for a quickie potty walk. and it is hardly worth getting out of my work clothes (AKA my nightgown) to put on my workout clothes for 10 minutes. and there is also the requirement of having enough sleep on board to work out; two nights this week i fell short. <BR> <BR> no, for me it's all about 30 minutes. oh, i've had periods where i've turned up my nose and thought i'd hardly get enough step... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:00:12 EST morning cuppa spark - december blogstreak - beck recheck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438724 what a week! a great time to practice beckniques for travel and restaurants last weekend and at the beginning of the week, and for stress at the end of the week, when i paid for the time i took off to travel over the mountains and celebrate my birthday. <BR> <BR> all in all - no complaints, about a one pound weight gain once the water weight fell off when we returned to home cooking and meals tucked away in the freezer. i made two instant pot soups (minestrone and carrot/turmeric/sweet potat... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 07:03:52 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - miniblog take III http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438663 gah. these 11 and 12 hour work days are getting really old, as strong dawg says. <BR> <BR> i've really paid for taking the weekend off. and it is strange that it actually is only wed and thurs, plus a chunk of friday that i have pushed so hard, but the lack of sleep has made it really tough. i had to get up at 10:30 pm last night to finish off the work that was due today; i returned to bed already at 3:30 a.m., instead of my usual 5 a.m. (getting up at midnight). i haven't hit my "normal" 3 ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 22:37:26 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - miniblog take II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438364 ok. equally short. going to bed even earlier. but when i blink for tomorrow, friday, i will finally have a break. <BR> <BR> meanwhile, i managed to hit 10,000 steps. <BR> no video. <BR> meal planning - thank you instant pot and freezer. we ate well. minestrone soup, curry. <BR> <BR> good night... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 21:37:41 EST evening cuppa spark - december blogstreak - miniblog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6438085 this is the miniest of all miniblogs... a ton of work. a lack of sleep. but i did the video in the night. i planned and executed the meals (thank goodness for the pressure cooker!). and now one last walk with claire. <BR> <BR> and then good night.... <BR> Wed, 6 Dec 2017 22:13:00 EST morning cuppa spark - december blogstreak - after the birthday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437553 thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! <BR> <BR> so... yesterday's comments included a request from strongdawg for the details of the special vegan dinner we had on sunday evening; here it is. we learned about strange ingredients like "urfa bieber" which had nothing to do with justin; the wild mushrooms were picked last week, and the huckleberries were foraged and frozen earlier in the fall. there was a choice of alcoholic or non-alcoholic pairing; the wine added up to about two to two ... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 04:36:39 EST morning cuppa spark - december blogstreak - blog #1050 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437271 1050: that is a lot of days of accountability! because that is what this is really about; like spinning the wheel every day, each blog i write is a commitment to my self, to the lifestyle choice of being a thin person. some days i have had something to say; some days not so much. i've enjoyed sharing my photos, which have become the product of the lifestyle choices i've made, here on the blog (though none today - though we carried the cameras on yesterday's morning walk, i had too much on my ... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 08:01:40 EST morning cuppa spark - december blogstreak - seattle journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436920 and good morning from my usual sleepless state in seattle. we made the trip over the mountains yesterday, not the most pleasant of adventures - snow on the mountain passes, coming up on one accident that occurred shortly before we arrived, and watching another car spin 360 in front of us, then slide sideways and then backwards into the guard rail. have you ever wondered how just because you decided to stop here or there or go back for one more thing resulted in not being in the wrong place at... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 04:54:45 EST morning cuppa spark - december blogstreak - beck recheck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436636 another week post beck trek; number 3, i think. looking back, i followed the rules pretty well. eat sitting down, slowly mindfully. planned meals daily (and even if it changed later in the day, there was never a day we didn't have a plan we could have used). most importantly, i stayed away from the "not my food" issues. no chips, no cheese, no crackers. no "it won't matter". no " i don't care". i tracked what i ate fairly well. an occasional nut grabbed from the nut bowl, but no slippery slop... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 06:57:22 EST morning cuppa spark - december blogstreak - goodbye, fitbit one... and 5 lbs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436321 ... hello fitbit charge 2! <BR> <BR> yesterday i blogged about the habits that have gotten me through over 5 years of maintenance. and if there is one tool that has been the most important in these 5 years, it has been my fitbit. together, we have covered 12,615 miles! <BR> <BR> i loved my fitbit one... i replaced the holder a few times (sometimes the nice people at fitbit paid for it, sometimes i did), and when i replaced the holder last week i noticed that the fitbit one, cute and unobtru... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 04:18:52 EST morning cuppa spark - november blogstreak - habits! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436016 and that was november. a couple of days ago, one of the featured articles was about habits vs shaking things up. i'm definitely a creature of habit. for example - <BR> <BR> same breakfast every day - oatmeal, soy milk, an orange (or satsuma) - it's easy, quick, and keeps me satisfied for hours (DH says the opposite - if he has oatmeal for breakfast it leaves him with a hunger spike!) <BR> <BR> morning exercise - the video unless work prevents it, and the main walk (or run) of the day - if ... Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:06:36 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - place marker... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435948 this is an exhausted blog - i am heading for bed (it is all of 7:30) and will write the "real" blog when i get up in a few hours. <BR> <BR> walked - 19,455 steps <BR> planned - vegan deliciousness... <BR> photos - maybe; not sure if any came out. <BR> <BR> more in a few hours, tomorrow.... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:33:56 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435652 a few days ago watermellen shared yet another interesting article, this time about the benefits of families walking together. this is something that we have been doing for years. not so much with the kids while they were growing up, but as adults, it is always in the plans. when we visited DS2 in north carolina earlier this month, the big activity he planned for us was a walk in a park by an old southern estate. then we walked in a town not far from there. then we walked in durham itself. we ... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:12:17 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435325 no title - it's just another day. the two major deadlines (aka deadly lions) were slain during the night. we had a good walk this morning - crisp, cold, snow on the ground, some sunshine. a few photos, but not much. <BR> <BR> last night's soup for lunch. and a new one for dinner: <BR> <BR> <link>www.oneingredientchef.com/potato-bro<BR>ccoli-soup/ </link> <BR> <BR> 5 minutes in the pressure cooker (stove top pressure cooker since we were in the kitchen anyway; the instant pot is great w... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:59:16 EST