SWITTWER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWITTWER SWITTWER'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/ 5K Training, Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884417 I'm on day 12 of my 5k training. I'm following an every other day plan, so that means i'm half way through my 3rd week. I'm so happy with myself for keeping at it, and I get so excited when I see tiny little changes in my body, or my thinking, or my motivation. This has been such a great 3 weeks, even through those couple of times I thought I was going to fall over and just not be able to crawl my way back home. <BR> <BR> While last night wasn't my best time, nor my longest run since I've... Wed, 16 May 2012 15:41:25 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859723 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and <BR> downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, <BR> and forgive myself for my past, <BR> and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, <BR> To Stop making excuses, <BR> And stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best <BR> Friend, <BR> Because that is who I am. <BR... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 17:15:12 EST 5k Training, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856191 I thought for sure I'd regress today. So imagine my surprise when I again was able to up my pace and distance! While preparing for a 5k was something I always talked about, I never imagined I'd be working towards one and able to keep a 13 minute per mile pace. I'm amazed every day at what my body can do, and especially what I can do when I put my mind to it! <em>104</em> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 12:06:40 EST 5k Training, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852491 Today I changed up my intervals. The program I followed was a 5 minute warm up, then 60 second runs followed by 90 seconds walks. I was able to up my distance and my pace today, without even realizing I was moving faster. I sure am excited to see these little improvements! Wed, 25 Apr 2012 22:43:17 EST 5k Training, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848876 Today, I kept telling myself, "I can't believe I'm doing this!" But there I was....jogging down the street. I had to talk myself into even going out today. I was tired, and it was hot outside and I just didn't feel like doing anything. Instead of listening to me defeat myself, I came straight home from work, changed into my gym clothes and went. I was even able to increase my distance. Not by much, but it was still and increase and I'm thrilled! Mon, 23 Apr 2012 21:28:52 EST 5k Training, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845392 Well, come to find out, my husband told me the wrong date for this race. It's in June! I don't have as much time as I thought I did to get ready for this. But, that doesn't mean I'm going to slack off or quit. I'm a little more nervous about it though.... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to do my interval set on the treadmill. It's not nearly as satisfying as being outside, but at least I didn't let the day get away from me without getting some workout time in. Treadmill running is easier for... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:04:07 EST 5K Training, Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843396 No running today. But that's ok. I feel like I could do it, but know that I need to work up to any sort of distance. I have to build endurance and let my muscles get used to the idea that I'm doing something new. <BR> <BR> Today, I've been amazed at how one little accomplishment from yesterday has fueled my desire to go on. And how something as simple as starting the training program has given me so much hope and determination and drive. I'm glad for it! I hope I can hold on to this... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 23:35:46 EST 5K Training, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841702 Well, I did it! I set a goal to start training for a 5k fundraising race I'm doing in July for my husband's work. Let me make one thing clear to begin with....I'm NOT a runner. I've done little 1-2 minute running intervals on the treadmill, but I've done no running outside. I take that back...I remember some time when I was younger, living at my parents house, I thought I'd give running a try. So I put on some short, laced up my shoes and set off. I didn't even make it half a block. I w... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:20:21 EST Brown Bag Challenge Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480765 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l111813694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Terrible weekend, just terrible! I had not will power whatsoever, and I sure am paying for it. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Lunch today is Campbell's Savory Pot Roast soup and an apple. <BR> <BR> Back on track beginning now! <em>249</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:21:45 EST Brown Bag Challenge Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4475779 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507565608.jpg"> <BR> Lunch today is leftovers! <BR> <BR> Leftover pot roast with carrots and broccoli. <BR> <BR> Usually I eat my pot roast with some mashed potatoes and gravy, but thought I'd save the calories and go with all veggies. Yum, yum! Fri, 9 Sep 2011 15:20:52 EST Brown Bag Challenge Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473675 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775220119.jpg"> <BR> Hooray for Thursday! I'm looking forward to the weekend for sure! <BR> <BR> Lunch today.... <BR> <BR> Wheat berry salad with sliced almonds, craisins, chicken and citrus dressing. Spinach salad with fresh garden tomatoes, feta cheese, and balsamic vinegar for dressing. <BR> <BR> Again...I'm looking forward to lunch! Thu, 8 Sep 2011 13:20:04 EST Brown Bag Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4471696 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l727483718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Slight variation from yesterday.... <BR> <BR> Wheat berry salad with sliced almonds, craisins and citrus dressing. Spinach salad with fresh garden tomatoes, feta cheese, hard boiled egg and red wine vinegar for dressing. Wed, 7 Sep 2011 14:00:48 EST Brown Bag Challenge Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469462 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l637158610.jpg"> <BR> Day 3! (Which sadly means, back to work after a nice holiday.) <BR> <BR> Lunch today is: <BR> <BR> Wheat berry salad with chicken and citrus dressing. Spinach salad with fresh garden tomatoes, feta cheese and balsamic vinegar as dressing! <BR> <BR> I'm excited for lunch! Tue, 6 Sep 2011 13:04:47 EST Another small victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4467508 So, I already know that weekends are hard for me. I like to cook, so I'll make good meals for my husband and I, but then, throughout the day, I tend to find myself grazing. Well, this weekend was different! It was almost like a switch flipped! I did so good this weekend and actually laughed when I got on the scale and saw a loss! I had to chuckle at myself too, cause I thought of how silly I was to let a little thing like a weekend become such a big obstacle and excuse! Now, if only I c... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:20:28 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4466266 We had a church activity and a bbq. For the most part, I'm happy with my food choices, but I did sneak a couple of cookies in! That just means extra time at the gym tomorrow! And yes, the scale showed I had gained a few ounces, but the best thing about last, is that I'm not disappointed with myself or discouraged because of what the scale said. Rather, I'm happy that I was able to focus and pay attention to my portions! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 19:20:09 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464010 Weekend's are my portion control enemy! I don't have th structure of work to keep me focued. Plus, I'm usually out and about, or am doing things around the house so have ready access to my pantry and fridge. It's not the kinds of food I have at home either that really get to me. It's more that I just graze all day and forget to watch my portions as closely as when I pack my lunch for work. Or, when I head out, I forget to grab my apple or granola bar! I know that weekends for me definit... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 11:04:24 EST Brown Bag Challenge Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4462559 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l507756283.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nearly the same as yesterday! <BR> <BR> 2 oz sundried tomato turkey on whole grain Thinwichs with 1 c grapes and 1 c sliced lemon cucumbers. Fri, 2 Sep 2011 12:20:33 EST 35 by 35 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460831 My new goal......to lose 35 pounds by my 35th birthday on February 6. <BR> <BR> The break down which makes this SO much more manageable is the weekly number. I'm shooting for 7 pounds per month and/or 1.75 pounds per week. <BR> <BR> I'm excited to see this work and especially to be healtheir for my birthday! <BR> <em>104</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 14:30:23 EST Food Network's Healthy Eats Brown Bag Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460564 So, Food Network's Healthy Eats blog has extended the challenge to "Bring your lunch to work each weekday for the month of September." I thought I'd take up the challenge and record here on my blog what my lunches are for each day. It's 21 days of home-packed lunches! I'm excited to see what the benefits to my waistline and pocketbook will be by the end of the month. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498517147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lunch today is: <BR> <BR> 2 oz sundried... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:12:19 EST 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3875802 New Year's Resolutions! <BR> <BR> *Create and stick to a regular house cleaning schedule. <BR> *Consistantly create weekly menus. <BR> *Be consistant with prayer and scripture study. <BR> *Increase physical activity by attending the gym least 3 times each week or performing outdoor exercises (walking, running, biking, rollerblading, hiking, etc.) <BR> *Train for and run in a 5k. <BR> *Organize "recipe shelf" <BR> *Keep a journal <BR> *Finish wedding scrapbook <BR> *Create new vision collage Sat, 1 Jan 2011 03:54:55 EST New Vocabulary Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3779248 Now....I'm a pretty realistic person, so don't get me wrong, I know that I will NEVER be a skinny size 2/4, but what I'm recognizing lately is that my own version of "skinny" is beginning to be so much more realistic that I ever though possible! I've lost 25 pounds sine the beginning of June and I am thrilled with the changes! But the best part is the recognition in myself that I CAN be "skinny" at a size 12 or 14. I still have around 35 pounds to lose before I can achieve that, but the be... Fri, 12 Nov 2010 10:40:42 EST VLCD14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3731502 It is officially my TOTM. And I have been craving chocolate like nobody's business! I admit, I gave in and had a few Hershey's treasures and now they are sitting in my belly like a rock! Ugh! Good thing every minute is a chance to re-group and start fresh! <BR> <em>15</em> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 18:24:39 EST VLCD5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3706698 It's been a tough day for me and I'll be glad to be back in the normal routine of the week. I've just wanted to eat all day, not because I'm hungry, but because I'm bored and because the food that is available in my house is delicious. It's not even bad food for P2! I have tomatoes from my garden that I just want to devour, and peaches and apples from the market! Broccoli and green beans have an appeal too! I just want to eat way too much of it! <BR> <BR> Ugh! I'm afraid of this day ... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:37:43 EST R2P2 VLCD1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3698148 This is my 2nd round, VLCD1, and even thought I've done this before, I feel ready to throw in the towel! It almost feels like I'm brand new at this again and I don't like that feeling! I loaded Monday and Tuesday and today has just not been a great day. I've been hungry and I am discouraged because I don't remember my R1D1 being like this. However, I know that I need to push through this because I know that sticking to it will show in a few days! <BR> Wed, 6 Oct 2010 23:36:56 EST R2 starts Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3687527 I just got my next round of hcg in the mail and am excited and nervous to start round 2. I'm still in shock about the success I had on round 1 and think that some of the nerves are from worrying about doing as well as I did on round 1. I think though, that because I've done this before I will be able to just slide right back into the routine of things and it won't be as bad as I'm making it out to be in my head. I get home from vacation tomorrow night and can start my load days on Monday a... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 19:15:20 EST Has anyone else noticed.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3435692 if the heat of summer makes your body retain more water? I know I drink alot of water every day (around 200 oz is on the low end of my water intake), but it seems to me like I retain alot more water now that the temperature is regularly in the 90s. Does anyone else have this experience? Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:08:09 EST Not hungry, just bored http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3335141 But all I want to do is snack. There are so many yummy things in my house right now that I just want to snack on, and in all honesty, probably would if I wasn't aware that what I'm feeling is boredom and not hunger. The silver lining in this is that I'm actually aware of what I'm feeling and I'm paying attention to it. I'm glad that this is one more baby step I've learned along the way while working to be more healthy....mind, body, and soul. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 23:32:23 EST VLCD20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327817 Well, I guess yesterday was my last injection....I ran out of HCG 2 days earlier than I had anticipated, so I'll be starting P3 on Monday. For my first round, I have to say I'm impressed! I was a sceptic at first, but am glad I stuck to it and find myself down about 18 pounds 3 weeks later. I'd never have guessed that the weight would fly off, but it sure did and I'm glad I've made it this far. My next challenge/opportunity is P3, which I'm looking forward to, just so I can add a bit more... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 18:59:53 EST VLCD14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3307732 Wow! It's hard to believe it's been 14 days since I started my VLCD! I do have to say, I'm glad it's coming to an end! I'm so happy that I've lost 14.3 pounds and that in just 2 weeks.....and I'd love to lose more. I'm thrilled that I've lost inches as well! I plan to do another couple of phases, at least, until I am at my ultimate goal weight, which is a big thing for me to say considering just a mere 14 days ago I was still a skeptic. But here I am, craving different food. I think I'm... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 23:11:24 EST Small gain....VLCD11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3297181 I know it may seem small, but even small things around here can make a big difference. Tonight I made lettuce wraps for dinner (lettuece, ground chicken, liquid aminos, cabbage, onion, coconut oil, garlic and ginger...also, I've been given permission to mix my veggies) and a little extra dish for my husband. I have this recipe for chinese take-out noodles that my husband loves. Sesame oil, teriyaki sauce, cabbage, ginger, garlic, green onion, cabbage, and either spaghetti or linguine noodles ... Thu, 3 Jun 2010 14:34:16 EST Really?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3283553 My total loss today was 0.2 Really?! But I think I can explain it. I spent most of the day at the hospital with my family because we thought me might lose my grandma. I didn't bring my lunch and didn't want to leave, so I went to the hospital cafeteria. I was good....I got a fire grilled chicken breast on a bed of sald greens with lemon wedges. I could have done much worse cause everything else looked and smelled so good, plus I was stressed. On top of that chicken breast, I didn't get... Sun, 30 May 2010 23:09:07 EST Resisting Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3278786 So in my head, I keep thinking about the holiday weekend, and how Memorial Day tends to kick off summer in my family. With that, comes the good summertime BBQ foods. And what do I do tonight when I'm feeling really like I want to give up and just indulge? I go to a BBQ tonight where they are grilling up cheeseburgers and hot dogs, have chips and dip and all the fixin's, along with a decadant chocolate cake cake filled with orange creme and frosted with ganache. Deilicious! <BR> <BR> .... Sat, 29 May 2010 01:02:32 EST VLCD4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3277186 Truly a much better day....until it ended. Even then, I suprise myself sometimes! I got home from work around 7:30 excited to try the coconut oil I had just purchased for dinner. However, a phone call changed all of that. My 92 year old grandmother fell and broke her hip and cheek bone and was in the emergency room waitin for surgery. As I ran out the door, I thought how my cousins and family would be there and would probably want to get something to eat, and I wasn't that hungry and didn... Fri, 28 May 2010 12:43:12 EST VLCD3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3273272 It's a bit funny....I had read of others experiences about the 3rd day on the low cal diet being the hardest. Until about 3 o'clock, yesterday afternoon, I thought I was one of the lucky ones. I wasn't hungry, wasn't thinking about food, drinking plenty of water (like "bathroom break every 45 minutes" enough!), on track with my calories.....but come 3 pm, and a switch flipped! I still paced myself with my food, having a snack, around 3 and another at 5, actually not eating diner until abou... Thu, 27 May 2010 10:28:15 EST Oh no! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271934 There is a family who occasionally sells homemade fresh tamales every so often in my neighborhood who just happened to come to my door tonight. I couldn't turn them down this time. The tamales were hot and fresh and smelled oh so delicious......right till I put them in the freezer. I'm so proud of myself for making that choice, espeically since today for some reason I hungry! I've eaten all of my calories and have just had a dull, achy hunger feeling since dinner time. I know those tamal... Wed, 26 May 2010 22:17:22 EST VLCD2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269859 Yesterday wasn't as hard as I expected it to be. But, my weight loss this morning is more like what I expected. 0.7 is about normal for me before I started injections, so the skeptic in me is still saying....you can totally do this on your own! But, I'm going to stick to the diet because that 0.7 isn't an everyday normal loss for me. It'll be nice if I can lose at least that 0.7 every day! But really!!! I sound like I'm getting down on myself! I really am excited and happy and can't be... Wed, 26 May 2010 11:14:28 EST VLCD1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3266792 I'm still a skeptic. Did I really lose 4.4 lbs because of the VLCD or because of the meds or because I was just supposed to lose that much in one day?!?!? Don't get me wrong, I'm still so excited about the loss, but I think it feels almost too good to be true! I was ready to give up after having just started. It wasn't that I was even that hungry, it was just the thought of the food and the thought of 20 more days with restrictions. I was allowing myself to be overwhelmed with the strictn... Tue, 25 May 2010 13:51:16 EST March 2010 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2942643 1. Hit the gym at work at least 3 of 5 days. <BR> <BR> 2. Start working in the yard now that it's beginning to warm up. <BR> <BR> 3. Get to bed earlier so I can wake up earlier. <BR> <BR> 4. Clean and organize the pantry. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 11:32:45 EST A little "A-Ha" moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2898668 The other morning when I was feeling annoyed that I have to work at this weight loss thing for the rest of my life, it hit me, that of course I will work at it for the rest of my life, wheather or not I'm at my goal weight because I know how good eating healthfully and exercising make me feel. So, why wouldn't I want to incorporate that into my life?! It was a great moment of realization for me, one for which I'm grateful. I know I can always look back and lean on that thought when I need ... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:37:03 EST Just a thought or two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2840484 My birthday is on Saturday. I'll be 33. I'm not nervous about turning a year older, but what I've been noticing myself doing this week is thinking about how anxious I am about the food that comes with birthday's and how I'm going to handle it. Plus, it's Superbowl weekend and I have a party to go to. I know the healthy choices I need to make and want to make, but I also know that when I'm with friends and family I tend to fall into the category of "follower." I know that my body and meta... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:07:50 EST Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2823185 Ok...so maybe it's more like Month in Review. Though, 31 days seems like a long, long time to me right now. I should remember that next time I start thinking I can't accomplish losing "X" number of pounds in 4 weeks! <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm happy with January. Quite honestly though, I haven't ended it so well. I've had a monster sweet tooth today and I've given in by having a cinnamon roll and some chocolate chips with walnuts. But! I'm not going to beat myself up over it! <BR> <BR> I'... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 23:35:40 EST Goals updated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2804710 I've added a number 7. I'm glad I finally put these into writing and now I am keeping them in a pl ace when I'm constantly reminded of what I want to achieve! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.Create a cleaning schedule. Pick one small task for every day and after dinner is cleaned up DO IT! i.e. Monday, sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Tuesday, vacuum and dust. Wednesday, Clean out the fridge. Thursday, upstairs bathroom. Friday, organize my closet. <BR> <BR> 2. Live more healthfully... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 13:51:40 EST Just for fun.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2795338 I saw this on someones page and thought it was fun! Thanks whoever you are.... <BR> <BR> A: Age: 32 <BR> B: Booze: I don't drink <BR> C: Career: I process health insurance claims <BR> D: Daddys name: Celerino <BR> E: Essential Item: Cell phone <BR> F: Favorite Song: This one always depends on my mood. <BR> G: Goof off go to: My Wii <BR> H: Hometown: Salt Lake City <BR> I: Instrument you can play: Violin and Flute <BR> J: Jam and/or Jelly u always pick: Raspberry <BR> K: Kids: Absolut... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:01:09 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2779463 Why do I want to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle? Here are some of my answers..... <BR> <BR> * To improve my self esteem <BR> * To feel more attractive <BR> * To be a healthy and active mom <BR> * To imporve my asthma <BR> * To prove I can accomplish this <BR> * To help empower others <BR> * To help overcome depression Thu, 21 Jan 2010 22:13:21 EST Mini-Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2750185 I've had to put alot of thought into what kinds of mini rewards I can use for my achievements and I know it will be an ongoing list and there will be alot of additions. So for now, here's what I've come up with. <BR> <BR> 5 lbs....new pedometer <BR> 10 lbs....new tripod <BR> 15 lbs....new Wii game <BR> 20 lbs....new knitting book <BR> 25 lbs....new cast iron griddle <BR> 30 lbs....day off for "me time" <BR> 35 lbs....new cookbook <BR> 40 lbs....new workout clothes <BR> 45 lbs....new camera ... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:14:12 EST 2010 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2683640 So, here are my goals for the year.... <BR> <BR> 1. Create a cleaning schedule. Pick one small task for every day and after dinner is cleaned up DO IT! i.e. Monday, sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Tuesday, vacuum and dust. Wednesday, Clean out the fridge. Thursday, upstairs bathroom. Friday, organize my closet. <BR> <BR> 2. Live more healthfully. This is such a huge topic! I know I need to break it down, and will do so, but ultimately, this really sums up all the reasons I want ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:37:17 EST This week's goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2398440 Yet again, I'm starting fresh. I guess that's really what I do every morning as I have a fresh, clean slate to fill, and I am grateful for that! My latest struggle is in setting goals, and knowing what I want to achieve, but then letting little things get in the way. I even manage to sabotage my little goals. Ultimatley, I find myself discouraged and just not wanting to care anymore. I know that's not me, and I know that's not going to get me anywhere. So, for this weeks' fresh start, m... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 11:52:15 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2314001 Why do I make this so hard for myself!!!!!???? Thu, 13 Aug 2009 22:41:44 EST BMR-Something I need to be more aware of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2292960 BMR Formula <BR> Women: <BR> 655+ (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years) <BR> <BR> Men: <BR> 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years) <BR> <BR> <BR> Harris Benedict Formula <BR> To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor, as follows: <BR> <BR> If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2 <BR> If you are lightly active (ligh... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 12:23:36 EST Fortunate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2277037 I'm feeling very fortunate tonight that I live in a neighborhood that is close to most of the things I need. I can get to the grocery store, my gym, various restaurants and shops, some sporting events, public transit, and even my doctor by taking a short walk. And I'm grateful for my husband who likes to walk and encourages these shorts jaunts as part of our date nights. We don't always stay close to home, but when we do, it nice to know that we can do this together and do one more thing t... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 00:09:53 EST