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/ afternoon cuppa spark - a quick fix! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320063 so many words, so little time - especially when trying to balance exercise into the equation. so today, i am living it - work, sleep, exercise, good food, work, repeat... and the exercise included the daily photo ops, which i will share here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efc53104-1e9d-4f34-8295-2d5f18f8c582.jpg"> <BR> yep, that is the same sea that the tops were blowing off the waves just two days ago... <BR> <BR> the colors honestly and truly looked like this!... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:32:18 EST morning cuppa spark - a good run, a great workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319292 yesterday was run #12 since we arrived here on molokai, and since returning to running following the break first for hiking season, then for the time when DH was sick and recovering from shingles in the fall and early winter. the weather was cooler and more conducive to a bit of speed - at least compared to my usual snail's pace. i'm now up to turtle - or perhaps slow rabbit. still, i'm pleased that i was able to go a full 3 miles at a steady pace, without walk breaks - and still get some wor... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:19:32 EST afternoon cuppa spark - danger danger danger.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318948 so the scale was not happy this morning. and i know why... <BR> <BR> work pressure. didn't wanna. finally finished... ate. too. much. <BR> <BR> time for beck's seven questions: <BR> 1. What kind of thinking error could I be making? <BR> i don't care. now.. but i will care... <BR> just this once won't matter <BR> how much could damage this little ole pretzel (with loads of yummy salt!) do? <BR> <BR> 2. What evidence is there that this thought is true or untrue? <BR> because i always get ma... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:27:52 EST afternoon cuppa spark - back to routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318458 from seizing the day to ho hum, another routine day in paradise... up in the night for work, sleep, morning coffee on the lanai, walk/photo adventure, lunch, siesta, work, zen weeding in the garden, celebrate sunset, dinner... repeat. <BR> <BR> meals planned - check. <BR> steps and video - check. <BR> scale happy - check. <BR> <BR> maintenance. <BR> yesterday's stats: <BR> steps: 23,496 <BR> miles: 10.35 <BR> floors: 28 <BR> leslie sansone - 3 miles <BR> <BR> from the morning walk - a tan... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:03:58 EST afternoon cuppa spark - some days you have to just carpe that diem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318019 mornings start the same - DH makes us coffee, we sit on the lanai, sipping, discussing what he read after i disappeared in the evening (i go to bed at 8), and what my work night was like. i let him know the plan for the day's meals. and then the question - what will today's adventure be? and it's all in the lifestyle. we were both a bit achy from yesterday's run, so we knew we would take it easy - a walk to the condos, with the beautiful manicured gardens, would be just the ticket. of course ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:50:57 EST afternoon cuppa spark - uphill and beyond http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317577 so today was running day. long and slow and HOT. yeah i know. not too many of you are not dealing with hot right now. in fact, if i were at home in winthrop, i'd probably be pushing the snowblower instead. <BR> <BR> but here in molokai, we headed out and i decided to channel annie and go for the hills again, with the added challenge of lengthening the run - 4.6 miles today, the longest i'd run since last summer. and it was slow - but one foot went in front of the other, uphill, and down. an... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:03:21 EST morning cuppa spark - phew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316917 well, yesterday was not what i had planned. which is actually the problem - poor planning. it turns out that the day i took off earlier this week was a case of ignorance is bliss. and blissful it was. because i totally forgot a project that was due yesterday, which when added to various holes in the dike that had to be plugged (aka clients who just want this and could i please do that), meant that i could not start the project actually planned for yesterday until what should have been quittin... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:40:26 EST morning cuppa spark - bring it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316612 there is a real culture of healthy living here on the west end of molokai. every morning people are out, walking, running, biking - enjoying the tropical smells, the gorgeous views, but moving. young. old. thin. not so thin. <BR> <BR> since we arrived last month we keep running into one woman - i learned her name is annie today. she has more than a few pounds to lose. quite a few. and every time we see her, whether we are out walking, running, or just driving, she is on her bike. and the hi... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:27:15 EST morning cuppa spark - mental health day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315840 oh boy did i revel in it - a day off at this time of year! my work has freedom in that i can be anywhere in the world with an internet connection, and i can take off any day when there isn't work... it's just that this time of year that's about as common as ... hen's teeth? are they common? <BR> <BR> anyway, yesterday was IT: the day off. we went to the beach, DH's preferred walk the day after a run. he thinks (and probably rightly so) that walking on the sand is particularly kind to our ag... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:34:00 EST morning cuppa spark - monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315370 yep, it's monday. and for me it will be one of those special days - a day off! after pushing the envelope with work the past few days (don't even know how many), i will get to play today. <BR> <BR> meals are planned - repurposing weekend food, lunch will be vegan caesar salad with kale and romaine, essentially following this recipe: <BR> <BR> <link>ohsheglows.com/2014/11/24/crowd-plea<BR>sing-vegan-caesar-salad/ </link> <BR> together with this yummy spread on swedish crisp bread: <BR> ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:11:40 EST morning cuppa spark - rules rewl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314814 as i have mentioned many times before, two books have heavily influenced my maintenance journey: beck's diet solution - train your brain to think like a thin person, and barbara berkeley's refuse to regain. the rules and beckniques that i learned in the process are what make maintenance possible. <BR> <BR> for example. i don't eat from breakfast (which in my case is around 2 a.m. since i work at night) until lunch. which is "permitted" from 11 a.m. on - because any earlier and i can't make ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:10:17 EST morning cuppa spark - consistency (revisited) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314542 it is still morning here in hawaii - at least for 10 more minutes. hence the title - and its consistency:-) <BR> <BR> because blogging has become a streak, untracked but not many days missed. <BR> logging in is a streak - 650 days tomorrow! <BR> the step goal is a streak - 11 days... <BR> 30 miles/week walking or running - 14 weeks! (what happened that week - was DH ill, or travel?) <BR> and last but not least <BR> exercise at least 90 minutes per week - 255 weeks, since march 25 2012 <BR> ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 17:08:09 EST morning cuppa spark - a full day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313839 despite the sleepless beginning, i managed to get through the work night and into the day. i fit in a one-mile leslie video. part of the balance in life that is so important - i don't want to give up, but cut back to shape. caught up on sleep with an early bedtime and two naps during the day. running in the morning - tortoise slow, but another 3 miles, and now for the first time 3 runs in a week. DH was invited to go fishing, so i told him to carpe that diem (no fish, but some great photos), ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:20:57 EST morning cuppa spark - sleepless, again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313232 the theme of this week's 5% winter challenge is sleep, and last night was one of those elusive nights when i fell asleep but woke up way too quickly, and could not could not could not fall asleep again. argh! especially when i know there is a certain amount of work that MUST be done (especially since i kind of procrastinated during the day yesterday because i knew i could get it done during the night). finally soaked in the tub, then DH administered a good massage, and then i fell asleep. the... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 06:22:06 EST afternoon cuppa spark - adventure of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313028 a life well lived. that's what onekidsmom often says about my blogs. and all i can do is set by example. seems like i've been doing that most of my adult life - or at least since becoming a parent. and by the way, that was forty years ago yesterday. yup... hard to believe that DS1 turned 40. anyway, it seems to me we led by example. we read. my kids are readers. not all the same type of book, but they all read. we stopped watching TV. though the kids had access to TV growing up, none of them ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:32:27 EST morning cuppa spark - missing pelle, missing claire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312171 when we lost our wonderful fourteen year old border collie pelle last september, it seemed like every walk we took afterwards was a "pelle memorial walk" - we shared our memories of the silly things he did, could see him up the trail ahead of us... but he wasn't there. we worked through our grief, laughed, cried. and a few weeks later claire joined us, worming her way into our hearts. <BR> <BR> we are on molokai now, and in some ways have had to repeat the grieving process - and on top of th... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 08:09:25 EST morning cuppa spark - having fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311597 who knew?! exercise is fun? and not in the going to the dentist way - it feels so great when it stops. but in the wow, i'm really enjoying this way, with sweat dripping into my eyes. who knew?! <BR> <BR> about a year ago i first started with videos from jessica smith - it was a commitment; i did them, i was glad i did them. but was i really having fun? nah, i wouldn't say so. but they were good for me, and i felt like i was making progress. kind of like eating your vegetables. they're good f... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:42:40 EST bonus blog - yay us! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311408 we had a run planned for today; it was supposed to be "long" - or at least longer than what we have been doing, which was 3 miles for me and 4 for DH. i was not sure how my leg would deal with it, and at first it wasn't encouraging - started with a warmup walk, no problem if a bit stiff, but a gentle jog was not feeling great - alternating run-walk, 30 seconds each. but i knew it would probably loosen up a bit, and it was real gentle and real slow. and then somewhere around 1.5 miles i felt i... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 20:41:54 EST morning cuppa spark - just another day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311063 but a good one. the bruise on my thigh is colorful, but not giving too much trouble. worst is walking down stairs, everything else is tolerable. even did a couple of leslie sansone miles with only the hamstring curl giving a bit of trouble. i'll live:-) <BR> <BR> the morning walk was perfect - we parked the car close to the beach, and walked a couple of miles, first on a trail on what was once part of a golf course, lined with kiavi trees: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gui... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:01:36 EST morning cuppa spark - sisterhood of the seashells http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310542 there was no blog yesterday; can't remember when that last happened. i had a client waiting for delivery of a file during the work night and did not manage to do more than spin the wheel and answer the quiz questions and then finish the project i was working on before it was time to go back to bed at 5 a.m. <BR> <BR> and then there was a day off. many years ago - probably close to twenty - i had an older and wiser colleague who advised taking fridays off. as a freelancer, we do get to set ou... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 07:12:02 EST morning cuppa spark - badge of honor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309453 sometimes you read something on spark that sticks with you. a couple of days ago, as part of her beck journey watermellen blogged about the difference between lowest achievable and lowest maintainable weight : <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307113 </link> <BR> <BR> like most people here on spark, i set a variety of "goals" for losing weight; i'm 5 '2", not very tall, and when i got serious i had been losing the same five to ten pou... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 06:28:55 EST morning cuppa spark - so long january, hello february! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308956 wow, where did january go? blink! before we know it, it will be christmas again! <BR> <BR> ok. let's slow down and have a look at january's stats and plan for february. <BR> <BR> january: <BR> steps: 550,356 <BR> miles: 241.67 <BR> floors: 836 <BR> <BR> an excellent month, all in all. i failed to meet the 15,000 step goal on only 4 days, which is amazing considering we were traveling during the first week. i also have finally started running again - we ran four times in january, building u... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 08:54:39 EST morning cuppa spark - sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308290 when days like yesterday happen, you realize just how important sleep is to "the plan" - without it, there is no energy - and will power suffers, too. in the summer, when i don't have to get up in the middle of the night to work (because we are in sweden where the clients are) it is easier to lose weight - and i think it is because of the uninterrupted sleep. but my life is what it is, and in order to make it work, i have to get up at night. not that i am complaining - as long as i get to sle... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 07:21:45 EST morning cuppa spark - take two, exercise and activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307831 after realizing i was worthless (and starting to get that sick feeling that comes when i haven't slept), i went back to bed and finally fell asleep. it's still dark now, but at least i've had a few hours. downside - DH is still sleeping and i had to make my own coffee. oh well. <BR> <BR> so the blog i was planning on writing was about exercise and activity - i've been following spark coach, and that was one of the lessons a while back that has been puttering on the back of the brain. or stov... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:22:13 EST morning cuppa spark - sleepless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307650 not much brain tonight, though i'll somehow have to muddle through work. some sundays are like this - when bedtime comes, sleep refuses, and i get caught up in a novel, and before i know it, midnight rolls around and it's time to get up to work. and that's what happened today. <BR> <BR> sunday was walk day - a brisk walk up a hill, about 3.5 miles. added to two miles of leslie sansone during the night. work in the afternoon, but we finished up in time to head to the condos to watch the suns... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:24:18 EST morning cuppa spark - a run and a recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307138 yesterday was a record breaker, at least in recent times, for fitbit steps. after deciding to "go fot it" with the 72-minute leslie sansone workout during the night, DH and i went for the planned morning run, in my case a galloway walk run, and i was pleased that i was able to go just a little farther, and just a little faster than the last two times. i listened to my body, and when i hit the turnaround from the last run i knew i could take on more, though i passed the side street where i add... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:40:10 EST morning cuppa spark... sweating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306608 choices. decisions. because i'm worth it. credit. <BR> <BR> beck rules underlie much of what i do. i'm far from perfect, but there are often little voices saying things like no choice... hunger not an emergency... well, you know. <BR> <BR> so backing up a bit, i reached goal in the summer of 2012. all was well until this time of year, 18 months later. and then what we call silly season (accountants and CPAs know what i mean) hits. i translate annual reports what feels like round the clock. ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:58:12 EST morning cuppa spark - about nothing in particular... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306085 it was a typical day. morning walk, four miles. wild seas, sunny skies. off to the many stops to restock provisions - from the organic farm for fresh veggies, to the post office for the delivery of mail order organic dry goods at reasonable prices, to the local grocery store to fill in the blanks. and the drug store. home again. lunch waiting and ready to go; siesta. a bit of work. a bit of gardening. sunset. dinner. the end. <BR> <BR> like i said. a typical day. <BR> <BR> stats: <BR> step... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:22:23 EST morning cuppa spark - breathing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305479 i will probably ramble here. no theme is jumping into my mind, which may just be a bit burned out after yesterday's workathon. somehow i managed to get the steps done - the last walk of the evening to empty the compost and close the gate that keeps the deer out of the garden, we strolled to the end of the driveway, admired the stars, and returned, just passing 15,000 steps for the day, which included 2 miles of leslie sansone in the work night and a couple of miles on the beach. DH was apprec... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:51:36 EST evening cuppa spark - life gets in the way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305391 or at least work. mostly. one of those days. i managed the video in the night, but otherwise work was piling up. <BR> <BR> after the morning sleep, the day started calmly enough - and with gorgeous color: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/66be9d39-518d-4bd3-b6a5-83df9afd524b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> it was early, and DH really really wanted to go back to the beach - he thought we would find more shells. and maybe another morning dip! well, we found one teeny tiny shell - t... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 01:33:11 EST afternoon cuppa spark - running, seashells, and a swim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304624 ok, i'm not even going to try to pretend that it's still morning. it isn't! work and life got in the way of the morning blog - but that gives me something to write about. <BR> <BR> as for work, this is the "silly season" - and i had projects due in the night that kept my spark time short. oh i logged on, spun the wheel, answered the quiz questions - but decided that my leslie video was more important than blogging, and danced the night away. or at least three miles... and when morning came,... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:55:56 EST morning cuppa spark - exercising like a thin person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303588 in reading beck (the diet solution), we learn the techniques to think and eat like a thin person. it worked for me. <BR> <BR> now i am learning to exercise like a thin person. last year, i started doing jessica smith exercise videos. i really enjoyed them, and the main thing was i *dd* them - from the 15 day, 15 minute videos that i first read about on spark, to trying to put together my own "plan" from her many youtube videos, to her 6 week transformation, which i completed twice, to a few ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:47:02 EST morning cuppa spark - well, it's gotta be morning somewhere... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303236 ...but even here in molokai it is just past noon. i put off blogging this morning (when i got up to work in the night, which is when i usually write) kind of like i put off getting on the scale when i know i am not going to like it. who wants to admit, in public, that they screwed up? again? <BR> <BR> it was kind of interesting, when you think about it... every day i answer the wellness quiz questions and by now, i see some of the same ones repeating. one question is something like the likel... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:36:07 EST morning cuppa spark - what is your why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302380 as i inhaled my morning cup of coffee and spark today, i read onekidsmom's blog on how her journey began, and the QOTD on the walkers, runners, joggers and gadgeter team - what motivated you to take on a healthier lifestyle - and both made me realize how our motives change over the years. <BR> <BR> OKM wrote that in her 20s, it was to be attractive to potential mates, in her 30s it was baby/child-related, in her 40s and 50s... well, go read it here, it is her story to tell: <BR> <link>ww... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:52:35 EST morning cuppa spark... well, late afternoon... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302198 hey there sparkers - the day got away from me. the night was a bit stressful; i wound up "firing" a client and that was all i could think of at the time i would usually be blogging... so let's not go there. <BR> <BR> instead, a few photos from a lovely walk on the beach. the sea was rough, but we have a special place with a tide pool where you can sit in the water and the little fish come up to you and start to nipple on your skin! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:52:48 EST morning cuppa spark - a day off - and running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301163 finally had a day off. well, i did work the night, but no afternoon shift. no cutting the walk short because the deadly lions (aka deadlines) were screaming. no skipping running because i couldn't afford to be tired the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> as a matter of fact, it was our first run since we were here in november. DH didn't do very well then; he was still recovering from shingles. and for one thing, he overdid it - instead of taking it easy with me on a slow walk-run, he started in with... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:16:42 EST morning cuppa spark - "then what" revisited... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300516 yesterday i looked at "then what" from the standpoint of maintenance. and that is certainly important. it is what keeps us going after we lose weight, keeps us off the weight gain-loss roller coaster. <BR> <BR> but what i didn't communicate was that in the spark coach video, "then what" was used to replace weight loss as the goal. someone said he wanted to lose 20 lbs; spark guy asked why? the answer was so the man could play basketball with his son. so instead of the goal being to lose weig... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:30:29 EST morning cuppa spark - then what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299771 last summer i joined spark coach, and on and off i've followed the program. today was the first day of the motivation portion and something that spark coach said, well... it sparked me. he talked about someone who wanted to lose 20 lbs. a lot of people come to spark - to lose 20 lbs. or more. but if you only come here to LOSE weight, once you do... then what? <BR> <BR> what spark really teaches.... is then what. then what - is maintenance. it's lifestyle. it's putting the tools together for... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:13:16 EST morning cuppa spark - let it go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299372 let it go. let it go. let it go. <BR> <BR> i'm late writing the blog today. all that work from the weekend piled up early this morning, and i barely had time to spin the wheel and answer the quiz questions while i was eating breakfast midway through the work night. <BR> <BR> so why the title of this blog? by the time i went to bed after the work night, i was feeling super tense, super stressed. part of it was the work - it turned out a file was missing that i hadn't planned on, and will ha... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:48:51 EST morning cuppa spark - keeping it simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298398 as my workload piles up life has to stay simple. simple exercise. simple meals. simple entertainment - there just isn't time for more. i often wish for a longer day to do all that i would like to do, but 24 hours seems to be the limit and some of those have to be spent sleeping! <BR> <BR> the first decision of the day is the morning walk - how far, where. and with the heavy workload it's the nearest and the shortest that wins. meanwhile, in the month we were gone the rains came and the gard... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:45:50 EST morning cuppa spark - the beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297873 as my latest profile photo shows, we finally made it to the beach yesterday. we drove down to enjoy maximum time there, dipped toes in the water, found the first perfect shells, experienced the massage of tiny broken pieces of shell underfoot, accompanied by the crash of the waves. multi-sensory experience. it was as "crowded" as ever - we saw a total of about five people. <BR> <BR> work is front and center this weekend; the busy season has started and i take my days (and hours) off when the... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:45:13 EST morning cuppa spark - getting in the groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297143 it's a lifestyle. whether we are in winthrop, molokai or sweden, the lifestyle is the same - we eat and play for health, and work to pay the bills. and now that we are unpacked, and the kitchen is stocked with the beautiful fresh produce available on the island, it is time to get into the groove. nights are for working - and for walking workout videos to give a jump start on the fitbit goal for the day. mornings - we share our morning cuppa at sunrise, then decide where the morning walk will ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:28:10 EST morning cuppa spark - thawing out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296477 after the past month with subzero temps in winthrop, and even worse, plus 40 in the seattle rain, it feels sooo good to be warm! ok, i still had to put on a sweater for the morning coffee, before the thermometer reached 70, but that kind of "cold" is way different - and disappears as soon as the sun climbs in the sky. <BR> <BR> after surveying the garden, which has grown amazingly with the rain of the past month - including the weeds - we headed out on the first morning walk. the beauty here... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:38:35 EST morning cuppa spark - travel day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295902 whew! what a long day... from the airport shuttle at 5 a.m. in seattle, to arrival in time for sunset at 5:30 pm in molokai! i had a plan, worked, the plan, and the plan worked. rejected the "not my food" on the airplane, ate my own vegan sandwich and snack, filled in with plenty of water in between, and if the scale looks this good today, i'm looking forward to seeing the scale when the salt from restaurants the past few days wears off. <BR> <BR> the "planned" exercise was airport walking ... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:30:54 EST morning cuppa spark - airport bound... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295065 good morning sparkers! today is the day. not only is it my DH's birthday, but the day we finally head for the airport and warmth for the next four months. yesterday was crazy errand day - the day when i realized once again that i should have brought an empty suitcase with us from home, as we tried to bring everything with us that we might need on a remote desert island. it seems that no matter how i try to plan in advance, we always wind up bringing more with us than the 50 lbs per suitcase a... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:14:42 EST morning cuppa spark - seattle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294320 mornings in seattle begin with a walk for claire combined with our morning starbucks and yesterday we combined it with something i've wanted to do for some time. while we usually enjoy walking the urban neighborhoods, i've always wanted to walk to - and around - green lake, one of those urban oases for both people watching and a bit of nature. it turned out to be a seven mile walk - something we haven't done since we were in san francisco in early november. felt good to stretch out those walk... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 03:52:52 EST the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293641 still on the road. in seattle now, glad that we crossed on a sunny day on friday, and missed satuday's snow. but it is COLD here - that raw penetrating kind of cold that humidity gives, even though it is 30 degrees warmer than it was at home in winthrop. those below zero temperatures never cause that to the bone chill. <BR> <BR> when we are in transit like this, it's never a question of vacation (though the three places where we spend our lives are the most gorgeous places on earth where pe... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 06:05:11 EST my morning cuppa spark, on the road edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293081 sleep. blessed sleep - slept in until 4:45 this morning, no alarm; yesterday, even though it was a holiday in sweden where my clients are, i still wound up getting up early without the alarm and was unable to sleep because of the trip ahead. (the next four months we will be living and working from molokai, doing exactly the same thing except trading snowshoe walks for beach walks). and after sleeping in, i began this morning with my cuppa coffee and spark. <BR> <BR> my word, so many many ins... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:00:46 EST consistency - 250 weeks of exercise - and spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292340 my day starts the same, every single day. a glass of water. a cup of coffee. spark. spin the wheel. wellness quiz. and i love seeing the streaks - 613 days of logging in, but right now, a good round number: 250 weeks of exercising at least 90 minutes per week. <BR> <BR> now, most days i have 90 active minutes, so 90 minutes per week is not the point. but it does represent the time that i have been active on spark, with my exercise minutes automatically tracked. in the beginning, i entered i... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 04:07:49 EST oh my oh my... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291657 sparking is picking up - love the effort to shine the spotlight on blogs by maintainers. trying to keep up with my faves. and the 5% winter challenge is gearing up for take-off. and i need it right now. my weight, which was in a good spot on christmas day, has somehow gotten away from me and i am nudging scream weight again. i'm beginning to suspect my thyroid meds need adjusting (i've been hypothyroid for several years and stubborn weight despite reasonable exercise and diet, plus huffing an... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 04:12:12 EST