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 - 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 evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - gray november http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434980 just followed the rewls today. planned meals. adapted them. no eating in between. no "not my food" despite a few temptations. <BR> <BR> exercise came short - steps are ending at 13,000. it'll do. did a video in the night, standing abs. making progress. happy scale - under 110 last night; in the 107s today. pleased. <BR> <BR> work. walks. tried a new recipe: <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.101cookbooks.com/archive<BR>s/immunity-soup-recipe.html </link> <BR> <BR> good one. i made it using ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 21:23:50 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - beck review week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434720 so it is two weeks since the beck trek ended, and now it is time to not just read and review, but to actually live it. the biggest change since pre-trek days is the strength of my resistance muscle. other than thanksgiving, when i planned to take small portions of "my food" (vegetarian options, as opposed to the Rest of the Meal), i tracked pretty much everything. and planned. <BR> <BR> exercise was tough this week - i skipped the nighttime video twice, and did not make the 15,000 step goal... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 23:16:21 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - summan kardemumman... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434436 which translates as the sum of the cardamom... looking back at yesterday, the plan was a good one, but it went as expected - ultimately the imbalance of too many veggie carbs without enough protein, and a lot of unnecessary saucy calories thrown in left me feeling out of sorts by evening. ultimately, a slice of bread with about a tablespoon of peanut butter did the trick and my stomach stopped screaming that something was wrong, something was needed. <BR> <BR> the scale was not real happy to... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:13:38 EST afternoon cuppa spark - november blogstreak: thanksgiving strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434117 happy thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> the day started like november - gray, wet, melting slush. the sun is trying its best now, a few rays succeeding. <BR> <BR> my children are scattered, and it became too stressful to try to get the seattle-based crew here (or us there) dealing with traffic and weather, so we have cancelled the family holiday, preferring to get together as we did in north carolina earlier this month, without the turkey. which is not missed since there are several vegans in the cre... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:44:30 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - keeping on keeping on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433881 kind of a nothing day. i managed a video in the work night - toning, or strength training. my big accomplishment for the day. we got a late start to the real day, probably catching up from the lack of sleep from the day before (or whenever the was...). we didn't get much of a walk today, had to do some errands, get to the drugstore, the post office. etc. <BR> <BR> steps for the day only 10,000, but that will do. <BR> <BR> food for the day - well planned, though i did not write things down... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:51:40 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - tired...take II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433597 yup. again. well, i had a good reason yesterday. my work is totally dependent on my internet connection. and for some reason, last night my brand new laptop decided it did not want to connect to the internet. i tried to go to bed anyway, and couldn't fall asleep. finally, i came down and found a chat support (thank goodness for 24-7 apple support!). it took a while, but ultimately, this brilliant person, probably on the other side of the world, had figured out and talked me through how to rec... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:38:00 EST morning cuppa spark - november blogstreak - one foot in front of the other... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433037 yup. running.. again:-) or at least run-walking. <BR> <BR> over coffee yesterday, DH suggested that we could run. i objected, he pushed... well. ok. and off we went. i had already dressed for the morning walk and thought i was also dressed for the morning run in layers of underarmour and fleece, but forgot the fact that i was wearing a cotton tank with shelf bra, rather than a running bra... oopsie. well, survived. i took off with the goal of 3 miles... again. we ran once in october, once i... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 03:51:21 EST morning cuppa spark - november blogstreak - saturday in the kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432740 ...was a good day. another morning hike. another morning video. and amazing food - if i do say so myself. <BR> <BR> a year ago, i treated myself to an instant pot, which amazon had on sale for black friday. when the UPS lady delivered it, she asked about it, because there were several in the truck. it turns out that it is one of the best devices i ever bought for the kitchen. it's an electric pressure cooker that you just plug in, add the ingredients, set the timer, and walk away. it isn't n... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:37:23 EST morning cuppa spark - progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432475 finally some much-needed sleep and the world looks different. my crazy schedule works, as long as i get my sleep, but when it messes up i just have to power through until i can catch up again. <BR> <BR> a bit of a beck round up, now that the trek is over. the rules still rewl - eat slowly, sitting down, mindfully. plan meals. no snacking between meals - eat enough, and balanced, to make it to the next meal. besides, hunger is not an emergency. and remember - seeing 107 on the scale (current ... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:15:06 EST evening cuppa spark - november blogstreak - tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432379 short and sweet. i slept badly last night, managed to get through the work night. slept again, but it always takes me a day to recover, and i'm about to head for bed now. <BR> <BR> morning hikes both yesterday and today, step goal met on thursday, but not friday - without sleep i could not do the video, and that makes all the difference at this time of year. <BR> <BR> meal planning went well all week, as did, for the most part, the beck rules. <BR> <BR> more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> a photo ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:06:26 EST morning cuppa spark - november blogstreak - winter hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431851 each morning, as the caffeine sinks in, we have the day's big decision - what will the adventure be? do we have time for a short hike, or do we have to take several short walks here around the house? do we want to just get in the steps, or see something different? how much time to drive, or something close by? <BR> <BR> yesterday was gray and dreary. raincoats over warm layers gray and dreary - somewhere between rain and sleet and, yes, snow. we headed for a spot that is easy to drive to, an... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 04:23:31 EST afternoon cuppa spark - november blogstreak: life goes on, living it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431707 so yesterday was the first day of my post-beck trek life. we took a fabulous morning walk, the sun was out for part of it, trying to burn off the clouds that hugged the mountains, which made for some gorgeous photos. we went on a four mile loop, passing several old apple trees and tasting as we went along. yes, i broke my first rules of the day and a) ate between breakfast and lunch and b) ate standing up. but life goes on and you have to live it. and i think beck would say that tiny wild app... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:06:39 EST morning cuppa spark - november blogstreak - 925 day login streak and 1030 blogs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431265 today a spark award arrived - 925 days of spinning the wheel! i have a ways to go to hit the 2000 days that mcjulieo wrote about in her blog earlier this week, but 1000 isn't too far off now! and it is funny how spinning that silly wheel represents a commitment to a lifestyle. to choices. <BR> <BR> and it's the first day post beck trek; time to think about reconnecting here on sparkpeople. it took time to read and process and summarize each beck chapter, and between work, exercise, and life ... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:32:59 EST