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/ it's your path. make it a beautiful walk... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173502 i found this on a spark friend's page this morning; it was attributed to "unknown" - but i can't imagine a better approach to life, literally and metaphorically. <BR> <BR> here is a photo from yesterday's walk: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bc8143e-1d77-4261-b581-8a244539018d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> we came to a lake: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/397a00c3-3ddd-44b1-99d5-54ae4c8a9db5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this was through the area where the wildfires... Tue, 31 May 2016 04:23:55 EST monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172988 making progress on the jet lag front, getting more sleep. and now it is monday, and back to work - since my clients are in sweden, it is not a holiday for me. but that's ok. <BR> <BR> we went for another beautiful hike on saturday, came to a hillside covered in lupines in an area that was part of the 2014 fire: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/381c9eae-7f76-42f8-961e-19e5dc69dd2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> keeping up the steps, continued with days 3 and 4 of the 30 day walk off th... Mon, 30 May 2016 10:31:47 EST 90 weeks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171793 i love the milestones that spark marks - the motivation really helps. today i hit 90 weeks of 30 miles per week, running or walking. most of it has indeed been walking - but 90 weeks marks... well, heading for two years. <BR> <BR> it is not difficult when you live in an area with hikes that look like this about 20 minutes from home: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4723266c-db3a-4e12-998b-8c43f1d1994d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> yesterday we went for a gentle morning walk and the ... Sat, 28 May 2016 08:33:57 EST finally home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171178 yep. i've used that title before. but every single time we step out of the car after that long long journey over the mountains, and breathe that amazingly clean air, laden with scents of flowers and trees, we look at each other and wonder why we ever left. <BR> <BR> it was a crazy day yesterday, the usual kind of crazy when jet lag is present - i woke up at 11:30 pm and stayed awake all night and all day, driving around the city taking care of errands, until finally we picked up pelle and h... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:10:35 EST jet lagging in transit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170505 jet lag is one of those things you have to put up with, the price you have to pay, for traveling over time zones. and experience says it takes 7 days to get past it - which means just a few days ago we were saying whoopie! jet lag is over! and now it starts all over again. which means sleeping at weird hours. otoh, at least it means sleeping, which given the way i was squeezing in work during the night while we were traveling, is a plus. it's just that the time you sleep can be a little weird... Thu, 26 May 2016 03:58:52 EST homeward bound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169801 whenever we are in stockholm, we walk. and walk. and... well, you get the picture. our hosts provide us with bus/train passes, which we dutifully tuck into the wallet - just in case. and still we walk. we have set record steps and miles, until a mountain hike, in stockholm. yesterday, we walked 13 miles and about 33,000 steps. not quite a record, but good enough. and it is a beautiful city for walking, set on about a dozen islands. and after all these years, we also got to play tourist - and ... Tue, 24 May 2016 23:01:42 EST traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169204 sipping coffee on a stockholm morning, last day before the journey home. found a scale today - not the best news, but not the worst. the past few days exhaustion and obligations have kept me from getting the steps in, which otherwise balanced things out - a couple of days last week at 18,000 steps and one over 25,000. the past few days we didn't hit the minimum. oh well. today we are in stockholm again, where we usually walk miles and miles and miles, and i expect that today will be no except... Tue, 24 May 2016 01:04:04 EST first cool weather run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155283 that is, if you can call 65 degrees cool - but it sure is compared to 75... four miles, mostly running with a few walk breaks, mainly on the hills. so beautiful - no flowers yet (we watch them spread north on this road that parallels the river), but the smells so sweet, a gentle breeze. and pelle was with me the whole way - which is unbelievable considering that a year ago he was injured and could barely walk. while we were stretching he went looking for sticks and his "cool-down" included a ... Tue, 3 May 2016 04:49:59 EST regrouping... really... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154468 no, i haven't been in transit all this time. we arrived home on thursday evening, immediately locked ourselves out of the house... panicked when we couldn't remember where the hidden spare key was and couldn't reached the neighbors who had the other spare... and finally DH found the hidden one... yeah, could have done without that part, but all's well and all that... <BR> <BR> it's been a... challenging return. even though the time change is just 3 hours, somewhat displaced, rather than the ... Mon, 2 May 2016 04:04:11 EST in transit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152145 phew! the great thing about traveling is a) you can't work and b) you have no household responsibilities. at least, when you are sitting in a plane. or a car. <BR> <BR> and so i "have a day off". or two. well, maybe it's three, but who is counting. the week has whirled past and we have closed up the molokai house. amazing how many steps you can get just running around a very small house, packing, putting away, cleaning - 7500 steps before driving to the airport! and the honolulu airport is f... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:07:31 EST breathing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149754 ah.... can't believe it. somehow i have gotten to *this* point - the one where i can breathe. after a final push last week, and doubling down on the weekend. and practicing the N word (nnnn oooo....), i am at a break. which means... i can pack. smiley face. <em>334</em> sad face. <em>46</em> because the time has come to close up winter, and head home to spring. which is not at all a bad thing... i have been seeing photos from neighbors, and it is GORGEOUS at home. and i'm looking forward... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:37:29 EST 350 day login streak! almost there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145492 last year, somehow i messed up right about when i was supposed to hit 365 days. it probably came while i was in transit to a conference in sweden, and i had to start over. but here i am again - yesterday i hit 350 days of logging in. consistency. a little slipping in commitment here on spark, mainly because of work this time of year, partly because of obsessing with the presidential primary, not to mention fitting in walks on the beach in the morning and taking sunset strolls, but i have stil... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:21:56 EST growing better, not growing old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144726 i hope this works - i saw this video from AARP in which millennials were asked to define "old" - one said 50s was old! most said 60s and 70s. they were asked to demonstrate how old people walk, text, do push-ups and jumping jacks. then they met some old people. and were surprised. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/lYdNjrUs4NM </link> <BR> <BR> the way i look at it, we're not getting old. we're getting better:-) Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:04:27 EST what a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144138 what a week indeed. last saturday, DD arrived with DSIL for a last minute planned break. DD (and i) worked the whole time, but we took off for adventures every day. had to show them our favorite walks, and even managed a few of the tourist highlights on this tiny island. and the week flew by and before we knew it, we were seeing them off at the airport. sigh... <BR> <BR> and i was blue. because there is something about having your kids under your roof again, even at 30-something, that brings... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:23:18 EST 10 days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141249 that's how much time has passed since my last blog. <BR> <BR> that's what happens when you break a streak. <BR> <BR> and what else happens? you get sloppy. habits slip. that halo <em>43</em> of Doing the Right Thing gets crooked... <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> what i've done right: <BR> spin the wheel daily to log in to spark. <BR> daily video from the transformation system, 3rd time around. <BR> made my 120 minutes and posted on the 5% challenge <BR> made the 15,000 step goal every day ... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:21:31 EST a good night's sleep... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133955 everyone talks about it. yet, it is something that usually eludes me. and i have to say, it is not a bad thing. i didn't set the alarm last night, and before i knew it, 5 a.m. had come. not my usual schedule, and not sure how the day will go - we planned to run, and now i don't want to eat breakfast because it will be too close... well, will just have to see how it goes. <BR> <BR> yesterday was lovely - we went for the morning walk and the beaches, once violent with 30 foot waves and devoid ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 12:40:08 EST ....and april is here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133206 after a big push my mind goes blank for a while. can't seem to get up much motivation for anything other than poking around on the internet. took the day off yesterday, which was wonderful. a new hike, not too far. splashed in the water for a while. came home, went "citrus shopping" - we have a neighbor who invites us to come pick grapefruits and lemons and limes in his garden whenever. friends came for dinner and we made pizza - did pretty well on that count, for once we didn't have appetize... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 11:41:22 EST and there went march.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132517 not only is today "blink! it's friday!"; it's also "blink! it's april!" and there went march... <BR> <BR> while the weeks seem to fly by, it feels like there must have been an awful lot of weeks in march, because i sure can't remember the beginning of this month. in fact, most of the month seems to be a blur, but that could be because of the incessant work load. and i am happy to say that as of a couple of hours ago, the pressure is off. nothing big is due in the foreseeable future; or at le... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 11:38:20 EST blogging: end of a streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131466 you know what my problem is? i need a day longer than 24 hours. because yesterday, 24 hours just wasn't long enough. i usually have enough time to do it all - to spark, to walk, to hit the 15,000 step goal, to deliver all the work i'm supposed to - and to blog. <BR> <BR> my work day ended yesterday after i usually go to bed; my clients in sweden were already in the office when i went to sleep. <BR> we took one last walk - but it brought us to 12,000, steps. not 15,000. <BR> i sent off one b... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 06:38:33 EST blogging 126 - workaholic day 2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130614 and that's a wrap. i rarely work beyond 5 pm (since i get up at midnight), with a few hours of sleep in between), but today went until well after 7. and after dinner, we needed 2000 more steps to hit the 15k, and out we went. 360 abs video during the night. and for once i remembered to enter my weight for the week on the at goal and maintaining challenge, on time, and now i'm heading over to the 5% challenge. <BR> <BR> meals were simple but planned - leftovers for lunch, our go to spelt spa... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 02:49:02 EST blogging 125 - workaholic day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129824 again. but, upper strength video in the wee hours, and we took the morning walk - finished off the day at 15,000 steps. luckily the meals were "preplanned" and ready to go. and i succeeded in taking a wine holiday. so, all in all, the day was a win. <BR> <BR> now to run over to my team in the 5% challenge and put in my minutes, and then bed - and repeat... <BR> <BR> habits. good ones. <BR> <BR> today: <BR> beck/check list: <BR> FITNESS <BR> 15,000 steps - 15,000 <BR> fitness video - up... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 02:18:24 EST blogging 124 - beach day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6129074 oh i know. it was more than just a beach day. but oh what a day. calm seas, sunny skies, so clear you could just about see the buildings on oahu, across the sea. and gifts from the sea, tiny shells, perfect little creations. a few people, perhaps a few more than usual. a lovely family, with the daddy teaching his 4 year old daughter how to surf - i was impressed! <BR> <BR> so we walked the beach for the morning, came home for a healthy lunch, then worked the afternoon until it was time for ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 03:50:05 EST blogging 123 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128417 somewhere along the way, spark and i don't agree on what time zone i am in right now. i'm in hawaii; i have written my blog every night before going to bed. but i noticed that a few days ago, spark jumped the gun and decided it was already tomorrow. well, it is still today. so as far as i am concerned the streak is still on. <BR> <BR> beautiful day here. watched the caucus results with excitement (yes, i am feeling the bern!). went "wogging" with our athlete former olympian friend. overdid i... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:00:48 EST blogging 122 - setting the record straight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127800 a quick blog before bed (and it is so late this is often the time i usually wake up to work after a few hours of sleep). hopefully i will be more coherent. <BR> <BR> a couple of days ago i mentioned that DH went to the beach with friends and pelle the border collie; it was DH who had to carry pelle, all 40 furry pounds of him, down the trail when the sand was too hot for pelle's paws, not me, though i suppose i would have carried the fuzzball a few feet if i had been there, but i was working... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 05:09:06 EST blogging 121 - 325 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127114 that's the streak for logging in here on spark. 325 days. 40 to go for a full year. i just missed it last year, somehow while i was traveling it messed up. will have to watch that this year because i'll be traveling again. <BR> <BR> anyhow... today was a break. sent off a major project, and now sweden where the clients are is on holiday until tuesday. there is work to be done, but no hours to follow. <BR> <BR> so we took to the beach this morning, and it was lovely. played in the tide pool... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 02:49:34 EST blogging 120 - the basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126389 another heavy day of work. and the basics. good food. good exercise - surprisingly. video during the night, then a short walk in the a.m., then i asked DH if he wanted to go for "a stroll" (he had taken off with pelle and some friends to the beach while i worked, but wound up carrying 40 lb pelle down the trail coming home because it was too hot for pelle's paws!). so we started on a stroll that grew into a few miles, and before we knew it - well, i'm 150 steps away from the day's 15,000 step... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 02:13:11 EST blogging 119 - scream weight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125604 not a good start to the day. scream weight on the scale. and the stress is piled up with work. not to mention primaries. but we won't go there. <BR> <BR> so i did the morning video - total body strength - and when DH went fishing with his bud, i did two miles on a dvd. a couple of short walks in the day. but best of all. after dinner, DH and i put the leash on the border collie (who walks freely by day, but not in the dark) and out we went. 16,000 steps for the day. <BR> <BR> the scale - we... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 02:24:31 EST blogging 118 - i wish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124251 ...i wish that i could say that my resistance muscle was strong... i wish that i could say that i muttered NotMyFood under my breath and smiled and said "no thanks" last evening. but i didn't. but that feeling i get afterwards, that why did i do that groan ate too much feeling... that's enough to remind me why i should have strengthened my resistance muscle instead of my giving in muscle. luckily, such meals only occur once a week nowadays. much easier to have things controlled at home. oh we... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:17:14 EST blogging 117 - four years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123384 streaks and milestones and where we have been and where we are going and how we are going to get there and how we maintain once we are there - that is what the journey is all about. and all in the good support of the spark community. <BR> <BR> i joined spark in may of 2009, but it was four years ago this week that i "got serious" and the journey really began. i learned to use the tools - the "aha" moment that yes indeed, you could eat too much even when all the choices are healthy. and trac... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 08:34:44 EST blogging 116 - more stray thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122734 saturday. already. again. do days and weeks fly by faster these days? wound up taking the daytime off yesterday. couldn't really afford to work wise (which means i will pay for it later this week), but it seemed like the thing to do. we borrowed a pickup truck from a neighbor and filled it with the two plus months of trash and recycling that had accumulated since we arrived and had the great molokai adventure of driving to the dump. a few more errands later (including yet another trip to the ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 08:30:54 EST blogging 115 - stray thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122010 good morning sparkers - yes, first morning blog for a long time. but after not having time (er. not taking the time, though in many cases yes, not having it) for a long time in the morning (and i mean 1 a.m.!), i just found too much food for thought in this morning's blog roundup. <BR> <BR> i started with a blog by Madzoya which was honored as popular blog and included in best of spark email: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121240&u<BR>tm_s... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 07:23:48 EST blogging 114 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121923 shortening the name here. because somehow i am streamlining. it has been a long time since i looked at spark guy's blog for this ultimate challenge. but i am still blogging. and today is day 114. <BR> <BR> exercise video in the night - check. 15,000 step goal - check. an hour or so in the garden yanking weeds and dead palm tree thingies - check. two good meals - check. bedtime - check. <BR> <BR> and the good news - amazon appears to have moved pelle's dog food in the system. perhaps, this t... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 02:11:38 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 113 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121119 there went another day. woke up to rain, good for the garden. not too inspiring for getting out and walking. and i admit it; we wimped out. in my case in the name of Getting Work Done. not to mention hours on the phone with amazon trying to get poor pelle's food shipped to the island. the border collie has been eating dachshund food for the past few days. maybe if we are lucky it will get here by friday. and they call that overnight... <BR> <BR> anyhoo... i did the video in the night, lower ... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 02:01:28 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 112 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6120327 another full day. video - upper body strength. finally went running - 3 miles, too hot, but needed to get back, one foot in front of the other. walk on the beach afterwards - and today was a good shell day: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec4d71cf-a9fa-46c0-822c-db137e3f7c96.jpg"> <BR> <BR> back to work for the afternoon, an evening walk to round off the steps. <BR> <BR> saw that the streak for 90 minutes of exercise per week is now 208 weeks long - 52 weeks per... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 01:56:08 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 111 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119546 long day - kicked it off with the interval video, starting week 6 of the transformation system (round 2), plus a walk on the beach, some weed therapy in the garden and a final walk before bed - adds up to 20,000 plus steps. i'll take it. i'll also probably pay for it with more work tomorrow, but, oh well. <BR> <BR> nutrition was easy - leftovers both lunch and dinner. or should i say "planned meals made in advance." makes life easy. <BR> <BR> and the good things in life. i work nights, slee... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:02:41 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 110 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118676 ok, back to my old tricks. bed beckons. but the day was not bad - step goal met. video done. nutrition decent. the basics. <BR> <BR> and now sleep. and tomorrow - another day, another week. see you then, sparkers... <BR> <BR> from today's walk: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d696200-2f84-4102-bf82-b7ca68be0dc6.jpg"> <BR> today: <BR> beck/check list: <BR> FITNESS <BR> 15,000 steps - yep <BR> fitness video - dynamic stretch, end of week 6 <BR> <BR> FIRE <BR> writ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 02:51:20 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 109 - in the morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117320 hah! i'm back! well, it's saturday, and i took a little bit of a breather. and i wanted to write about a little more than just What I Did in My Day. <BR> <BR> so one of the things that i firmly believe in is... habits. and spark is indeed a habit. logging on each morning, spinning the wheel. entering the food for the day. taking the wellness quiz. did i say making my cup of coffee and inhaling it while doing all of the above? habits. those are essential, Every. Single. Morning. <BR> <BR> y... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:49:44 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 108 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117217 oh yeah. another friday. blink. and it didn't start off so great - turns out i forgot a deadline and the project manager was not a happy camper. got it all done, though, and in the end, all was well that ended well. but it meant working through the entire night without taking my usual break for the video and breakfast. <BR> <BR> but... i took the Day Off. and we went to the beach. the trades are blowing, about 30 mph, gusting to 50, so it's kind of wild out there. we walked 5 miles, so the ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 03:04:23 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 107 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116476 we really have to stop meeting like this. i really have to start writing a blog not when my body is wishing it were already in bed... <BR> <BR> the day started off just fine; barefoot fusion sculpt video, heading for the end of week 5 of the 6 week "transformation", round 2. a five mile walk for the morning. 15,000 steps met before dinner. <BR> <BR> but dinner... oh well. one of those days to remind me about wagons. and resistance. or the lack thereof. <BR> <BR> good thing that tomorrow ... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 01:03:38 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 106 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115678 consistency. accountability. the basics. that's what i'm down to and i thank each and every one of you who comes here and reads this nonblog and says that there is some inspiration to be found. because once again i am teetering on the edge of bedtime. i am a morning person, but i have to make choices. there is work, of course. there is coffee - a necessity. and the decision to follow through on my exercise videos, a great commitment but one that eats up spark time. but... that is what spark i... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 01:34:22 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 105 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114793 this is a blog. hardly. but it is. morning walk. morning video. rain - ok. i wimped out and didn't get out for the evening walk. and the fitbit is probably missing a couple of thousand steps because i forgot to transfer it after the morning walk. but the body knows. it always does. <BR> <BR> and so my friends. bedtime. and one day i will write a blog when i am not exhausted, and have something worthwhile to say. but until then... accountability. check. <BR> <BR> <BR> beck/check list: <BR... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 00:35:02 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 104 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113941 another day. good food. good exercise. good work. good garden time. good night... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/137bec90-627e-4beb-ba89-180e71e770da.jpg"> <BR> (good sunset!) <BR> <BR> beck/check list: <BR> FITNESS <BR> 15,000 steps - 17,000 - 9 day streak now <BR> fitness video - intervals (start week 5 of the 6 week transformation) <BR> <BR> FIRE <BR> write blog <BR> POSITIVE FORCE <BR> read, comment on blogs <BR> teams <BR> give spark goodies <BR> B... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 01:03:08 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 103 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113059 and another day. the basic ingredients: video in the wee hours, "prehab" this time, all those little joints getting extra care. then the morning walk; we thought the ocean was looking calm and headed for the beach. found sand returned to the shore that had been wiped clean by 40 foot waves over the past week or so - but with the sand, massive amounts of plastic trash. filled a bag as we walked. stopped to splash in the tide pool in front of the sandbar. then home to work. ended off the evenin... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:54:05 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 102 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112326 a fun day. went "wogging" this morning with our friend who is recovering from surgery from a torn biceps muscle - so we are walking and running in spurts with a former olympics kayaker and winner of the kona ironman, with one hand tied... well, not behind her back, but in front in a sling. and i'm thinking that there is a time i never could have kept up. but i did. about 5 miles total, just a couple of them running, but good exercise all the way around. <BR> <BR> afternoon spent working, the... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 02:09:20 EST ultimate SP LC - blogging 101... days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6111584 goal met. now what? keep on going for now. because now is when it counts. now is when i put on 15 lbs two years ago under similar circumstances. not gonna do it. <BR> <BR> worked until 7:30 a.m. - which is bad for me, usually i collapse around 5 or 6 a.m., but i had to keep going until i was done. and had to skip the video last night because there just was not enough time. but we Took the Day Off. no more work. a nice morning walk with our neighbor. then a drive this afternoon, and a lovely ... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 01:45:02 EST ultimate SP LC - 100 days - streak!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110793 yes indeed. 100 days of blogging. barely hanging in, and shamelessly borrowing this from strongdawg: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e1732bd-68ec-4780-a047-0d97d304b877.jpg"> <BR> <BR> or to modify <BR> eat healthy <BR> train hard <BR> work hard <BR> sleep <BR> <BR> and that's what i'm going to do now. and one of these days, i will have time to write a real blog. but for now, this is #100. <BR> <BR> beck/check list: <BR> FITNESS <BR> 15,000 steps - 15,000 - o... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 00:57:20 EST ultimate SP LC - 99 days - marching on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109950 another day... it's late. but step goal met. meals went down as planned. and work. <BR> <BR> can't complain... <BR> <BR> <BR> beck/check list: <BR> FITNESS <BR> 15,000 steps - 16,500. <BR> fitness video - abs <BR> FIRE <BR> write blog <BR> POSITIVE FORCE <BR> read, comment on blogs <BR> teams <BR> give spark goodies <BR> BECK <BR> meals planned <BR> eat slowly, sitting down, mindfully, oh well hunger is not an emergency... <BR> give credit! <BR> back on track... <BR> rememb... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 01:01:24 EST ultimate SP LC - 98 days - here comes march... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109075 i had planned to write about march goals, but it's too darn late and i'm too darn tired. so i'll just tell a bit about the day, and think about the month tomorrow. <BR> <BR> more than made the step goal, with the interval video during the work night and a good 4 mile walk run in the morning. we have a friend (a former olympian!) who had surgery for a biceps tear and she is walking with us as part of her rehab. i'm honored! we did some jogging (wogging?) spurts on the morning walk. and saw so... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 01:10:18 EST ultimate SP LC - 97 days - there went february... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108144 woa! it's gone! february is just about gone. and we got an extra day out of it, too! <BR> <BR> all in all, i have to be satisfied. my blogging streak is on track - goal of 100 days, just 3 days away. my weight is back to "normal" as opposed to grazing the lower - or the upper - scream levels. just need to keep an eye on things. the step streak - that was nice while it lasted, but given the pressures of work, it's kind of nice to be able to forgive myself if some days i have to "settle" for ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:45:41 EST ultimate SP LC - 96 days - 300 login day streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106541 round numbers are nice, and today i had a spark award waiting: 300 login day streak. consistency. habits. vigilance. <BR> <BR> the scale is warning me right now - so easy to say fuhgedabout it - but i know better. yesterday was a good news bad news day - or good behavior bad behavior... still a ton of work, so we didn't go on a full morning walk, but several short ones. i even fit in a 15 minute video for a one mile workout when i finished working in the afternoon. we had planned to take an... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:48:09 EST