TBOURLON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TBOURLON TBOURLON'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/ Happy New Year Sparkers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6445879 Just put in 45 minutes on the elliptical - my first workout for 2018. Man, I've REALLY let the fitness minutes slide, gotta get that going again! <em>314</em> <em>320</em> <em>363</em> Things are very different for me, we moved into our new house last November. I'm farther from work and the gym, and am still working on establishing some routines. But it's been 2 months, and some things have settled down a bit, which is good. I am off to a good start today, and will check in soon. Mon, 1 Jan 2018 22:43:54 EST And it's November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432098 Well, the new house is finished and we moved in on Nov. 2nd. Needless to say, we're getting settled but aren't quite there yet. Still can't park in the garage, but hopefully will be able to after that long Turkey day weekend. Moving is so hard on the weight, you'd think with all the packing and moving stuff you'd be down a few lbs, but NOOOOOO! All the fast food you eat while moving, while trying to find your dishes, etc. adds up FAST! <em>192</em> <em>29</em> Oh well, back to it. ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:08:24 EST Today's running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406932 Well I'd planned on running outside today, but it was rainy this morning so I went to the gym instead. Naturally it was very humid, and I always have trouble with humidity. I managed to push through about 45 minutes instead of my usual 50, guess I'll have to make that up somewhere. <em>312</em> Yesterday I didn't "exercise," instead I went shopping which sure FEELS like exercise at times - especially the way I do it! <em>246</em> Monday is Labor Day, and I'll probably be laboring wi... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:23:44 EST Another month done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406330 Another month, another 1,000 fitness minutes accomplished! Just got back from a training run, need to unwind a bit before going to bed. <em>102</em> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:23:22 EST Falling behind on fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397273 I made 1000 fitness minutes in July, but I've missed a few days so far in August. Still, I think I just topped 250, so MAYBE I can get caught up by the end of the week. Tomorrow night I won't be running, though - DH and I are going to see "Atomic Blonde." That will either make me want to work out or drink vodka, not sure which! <em>33</em> Mon, 7 Aug 2017 23:16:08 EST Logged 1000 fitness minutes in July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394434 First time in MONTHS I've hit that number! I came so close last month, logged 915 minutes. 1000 a month is my goal, that's like 50 minutes 5 days a week - completely doable! Now, get ready for August, burn baby BURN!!! Mon, 31 Jul 2017 22:16:01 EST I published my first book! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387540 I have been busy, busy, busy not just with running goals, but other goals as well. This past week I've taken a different sort of plunge, in self-publishing my first book on Kindle - here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Talamk-Eisc-Book-Ce<BR>ltic-Rings-ebook/dp/B073PN1998/ref=pd_<BR>rhf_gw_p_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&re<BR>fRID=VD2FZPBPRXE2EZWX76Z5 <BR> <BR> It's called "Talamk an Eisc," and it's a fictional book based on historic accounts of Vikings landing in modern day Newfoundland. ... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:24:31 EST And I ran... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355689 I ran my first 10K-a-a (cue Flock of Seagulls music) <BR> I just ra-a-an, I don't know what to say-a-ay <BR> ('cause I can't remember the words) <BR> <BR> Yep, I did it - my first ever 10K race. Actually, it was the last leg of a marathon relay team, for whatever reason divided up as 10k - 5K - 12k - 5k & 10k. I ran it in 86 minutes, which is a little slower than I thought I'd do but oh well. The weather SUCKED, it was cold, windy and kept raining on and off. But neither rain nor wind no... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:47:25 EST Last workout for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288301 WOW, it's been a long time since I've posted anything! So I just finished my last workout of 2016. Actually I am down with yet another lower back problem, lots of pain that required a steroid shot yesterday, and a prednisone dose pack for the next 5 days - yeck! Also some stretching exercises for the hams & lower back. All I did today was walk for 30 minutes, but that's the first thing I've done in about 4 days. That combined with the prescribed stretching exercises = last workout for 20... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:25:40 EST OU Corporate Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176928 So I signed up to run for my University in the OU Corporate Challenge. The idea is for businesses to promote health & fitness by having employees compete in various events. Yesterday I ran in the 1 mile race, unfortunately I don't know my time, but I came in second - to last <em>20</em> That's okay, I haven't run in a while and never was very fast. Besides, my team gets points just for my showing up, <em>246</em> Today I ran a 5K in 40.28 minutes - that's about what I was hoping for... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 12:46:46 EST I DID IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056461 1500 fitness minutes, <em>244</em> ! Let's see if I can do it again next month! <em>315</em> <em>362</em> <em>418</em> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:20:47 EST Walking with a cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054351 Well I'm not sure how good an idea this was, but I'm just a few hundred fitness minutes away from my goal, so I decided to walk anyway. I do have a cold, so I walked at a slower pace, but I got in 60 minutes today. I think I'll be okay, hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 23:35:27 EST 1000 minutes for 3 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040536 For the months of September, October and November I've managed to clock in 1,000 fitness minutes <em>244</em> So my December goal is now 1500 minutes! <em>56</em> <em>446</em> I have never made it to 1500 minutes before, but I'm thinking 50 minutes a day for 30 days, not THAT much more than what I've already been doing. Plus, December does tend to be the most fattening time of the year <em>29</em> , so why not up the exercise? Maybe it will also keep me focused on eating right.... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 09:37:10 EST Don't want depression to derail me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007330 It happens. Sometimes life throws you a little curveball, and sometimes it's a BIG one that totally derails a plan you've been working on for months. Not wanting to rehash the whole mess here, just saying I'm dealing with the aftermath. I'm pretty bummed about this situation <em>39</em> , and usually I cope with copious amounts of chocolate <em>29</em> . But not this time. I've lost another pound since my last post, and I really don't want to undo that, so I'm looking for alternative... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:08:11 EST Well I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002738 I am officially below 150 lbs! <em>244</em> Today I'm at 149.5, was actually a bit lower than that yesterday. <em>192</em> I know weighing myself every day isn't a good thing (it CAN make you a bit obsessive), but I do and I realize the weight can fluctuate a bit day by day. I'm working on not sweating that TOO much! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, my new goal is 147, which will be 8 lbs, by the end of the month. Two lbs in one week, yes, I can do this! And my reward for the w... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:45:33 EST Celebrating the small victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997203 Sometimes you just have to celebrate the small victories - like last week, when I actually TURNED DOWN a cupcake, having my healthy low-cal snack instead, or when I actually stayed away - didn't even look at - the leftover food brought up to my office for an event. That sort of thing is usually sabotage for me, as I have a hard time turning down "free goodies," <em>29</em> but last week I DID! And I think I've set a new record for tracking food on Sparkpeople, two whole weeks without mis... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 10:46:01 EST Who's mouth is it, anyway? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973111 So here it is, August 6, about halfway through my latest diet challenge of losing a measly 5 lbs, and I have lost zip! No, actually somehow I gained a pound & lost that, and I guess I did lose another 1/2 lb, so down to 153.5. This is SO MUCH HARDER than I thought! Still not very good with tracking, but at least I've done some meal planning, now it's time to do some portion control. And to be honest, although I've been pretty good with the cardio, other than ab work I haven't done much st... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 11:26:39 EST My definition of "insanity" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960155 They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. Well, MY definition - at least as far as weight loss is concerned - is NOT doing the things that I know I should be doing, and expecting to lose weight anyway. Those things that I'm not doing are meal planning, tracking, portion control and strength training. And no big surprise, my weight is actually a smidge higher than it was at the beginning of the year. <BR> <BR> So, once again I am going to giv... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:32:03 EST Lost weight over the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941692 It's just not something that happens very often, so I have to post this. It may only be 1/2 lb, but it's still DOWN! <em>192</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:31:40 EST Smart or Sell-out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900037 Hello, it's been awhile since I've blogged on Sparkpeople. Well I signed up for half-marathon training, and have done some impressive (for me) runs - but I've also injured my right foot, twice! Or probably re-injured is more likely. I'm having all kinds of problems, too. I seem to get stomach cramps around the 8-mile mark, and have yet to go on a 10-mile run. And city streets seem to be killer! Granted, I'm used to running on a treadmill, but there's one street on the training program -... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:46:05 EST My first official training run - 1st 4 mile run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851714 So today was my first official training run for the Memorial 1/2 marathon, and my first outdoor run in several months, AND my first ever 4 mile run - can I get a <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> But here's the fun part - last night was my husband's company's big party at the Skirvin downtown. We decided to get a room, so we could do some drinking and not worry about driving. I wasn't even completely sure that I'd make it today, but I did. Mostly because my hubby and I really couldn't sleep muc... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:07:04 EST First training run - 3 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848079 Well, I realize 3 miles isn't that big a deal, but I'm still proud of myself for doing it. Mostly because I spent close to half a day today unpacking boxes for one of my Professors, which I wasn't supposed to do, but he was out of town and the job needed to be finished. I was actually supposed to run outdoors with the Red Coyote training crowd, but silly me, I thought tonight's meeting was only informational, and didn't bring my gear. They told me it was okay, as long as I got in my 3 mile... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:01:47 EST I'm Baaack - Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843218 How is everyone? Time for the annual New Year's resolutions, and my resolution this year is to run my first half-marathon. Yeah, I'd like to lose some weight, too. Took all my stats today, and they are really awful - weight is up, waistline is thicker and the bodyfat is borderline obese, so I do need to make some changes. But I believe training for the half marathon is a good way to accomplish some much-needed reductions. I have signed up for half-marathon training, and plan to run the O... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:53:18 EST Been down but not out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814358 You ever notice that sometimes life just gets in the way of your plans? I was "planning" to start training for the Reindeer Run 10K - it would have been my first 10K - when I twisted my ankle around Halloween. <em>33</em> No sooner do I recover from that when I get hit with a bad headcold. I missed 2 1/2 days of work last week, and pretty much the weekend as well. Yesterday I did manage to do some housework, and got on the treadmill and walked for about 35 minutes. First real exercise... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:38:20 EST October 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790581 Well my last blog may have been full of self-pity, so this one will be better. No, I'm still not "trying to lose weight" before the home situation improves - too much stress for that, BUT I don't want to use this as an excuse to gain weight, either. So I logged on today for the first time in almost 2 weeks to log my walking time. Like I said, going to keep up the exercising & (somewhat) healthy diet, and keep enough of an eye on the scale to keep from gaining. As of today I still weigh 15... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:16:08 EST Well isn't that strange? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783096 I am seriously considering taking a break from the whole "weight-loss" thing, partially because I'm not losing any weight but mostly because a certain home situation still hasn't been resolved, and may not be before the end of the year. Yesterday I had something of an emotional meltdown over it. I ended up having a burger for dinner and some chocolate ice cream when I got home - yeah, emotional eating. Didn't get on the treadmill like I intended, watched a movie instead. It was funny and ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:12:10 EST My plan doesn't seem to be working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773925 So I've been tracking food for nearly two weeks, and here we go again: weight drops down to around 151, the goes back up to 153-54. I spent five months earlier this year trying to drop down below 150, and it was down for a little while. So I'm adjusting my calories down a bit, to the 1300 - 1500 range instead of 1500 - 1650. I don't dare drop below 1300, that just isn't enough food! <BR> <BR> I'm also changing the diet & exercise plan a bit. Earlier this week I read yet another report on... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:10:36 EST Not so great Labor Day weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771919 I don't know why I always have so much trouble on the weekend - I still don't know how to track food when I eat out, and I ate out twice! Saturday we went to Ron's Hamburgers (not a terrific choice for dieters), and that night we got pizza from WalMart (another not great choice). Did better Sunday with a batch of Salsa chicken I made, plus a seafood salad from WalMart. Then yesterday we took Margaret to Golden Corral. I did okay, made a HUGE steak salad and had just a little bourbon stree... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:22:59 EST Take a chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769367 In my last blog I mentioned that I was considering dropping the jazz ensemble because of my weight gain - and I did consider doing so, for about 5 minutes. But I really like guitar playing, even if I'm not that good at it, and like I said I ought to be able to figure this out. So I've signed up again for another semester, taking a chance that I will indeed figure this out. I'm also taking a chance on a weight loss goal: (ahem!) I will lose 20 lbs over the next 12 weeks <em>192</em> <em... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:46:50 EST Lose 20 lbs - quit playing guitar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766732 Well this is probably dumb, but here goes. About 2 years ago I started playing guitar in a community jazz ensemble (I pay THEM to play, LOL!), but since I've been playing I've been gaining weight. I have at least twice in the past 5 years gotten down to 135 lbs, which is my new goal weight. I KNOW it's attainable, even if I can't maintain it. But since playing I haven't seen that weight, and now it's time to sign up for my third year and I'm having doubts. I have now gained back ALL the ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:48:16 EST Walking with my hubby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734959 Well the backache is better - not terrific, but better. I've started doing some lower back stretches, talked with my chiropractor first of course. And I've put in quite a bit of time walking. Well tonight my hubby & I went to NorthPark mall and walked for about an hour! He needs to get more exercise to help his blood sugar, so I was quite happy that he went with me. Otherwise I'd have been on the treadmill, probably good to give that a rest! I go back to the chiropractor tomorrow mornin... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 23:36:32 EST Down with a back injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733167 So my goals for July were to get 30 - 45 minutes of cardio 5 days a week, and do some serious ab work 3 days a week. Unfortunately, I am recovering from another serious & painful back injury. No idea how it happened, but Wednesday I was in so much pain I braved a chiropractor. I saw him Thursday as well, and thought I was better, but wouldn't you know it Friday I felt even worse, and naturally he was closed. Saw him again yesterday, and am feeling a little better today. This is going to ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:59:20 EST "Normal" swimsuit model? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715769 So, this is going to sound like complaining, and it kind of is. Here is a picture of Ms. Indiana, who is being touted as having a "normal" figure: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1664584214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, I appreciate the fact that she's not rail thin, and looks pretty healthy, BUT the article describes her as being 5'8" and wearing a size 4! It then states that the "average" woman is about 5'3" and wears a size 12 - 14! Now I'm about 5'3" and current... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:35:24 EST FINALLY!!! Some progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713443 So, for the first 5 months of 2014, I lost maybe 2 lbs. The scale would go down, get close to 150 lbs, then go back up - so FRUSTRATING!!! <em>192</em> <em>46</em> But finally, Finally, the scale has dipped below 150 lbs. Just a pound, but it's a very good pound! <em>224</em> Just wanted to share that - hopefully the next 2-3 lbs won't take so long! <em>246</em> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:56:25 EST HELP!!! How do you handle a "pot-luck" dinner??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699879 So my Church has an annual Memorial Weekend pot-luck dinner, and I absolutely DO NOT want to GO! It's like I'm afraid of the food, I don't know what they'll have (exactly) but I do know there'll be alot of food, probably higher calorie stuff, and I WILL overeat. <em>475</em> <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> But when I told my hubby I didn't want to go, he was kind of miffed about it. Am I over-reacting? What does anyone out there do to handle/control this situation? How do you track the food... Wed, 21 May 2014 09:53:31 EST Just read the most amazing thing - Barbell Denim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699109 Just stumbled across this article about a new brand of jeans called Barbell Denim, made by athletes for athletes. They are supposedly made of flexible denim, and cut to accomodate bigger thighs with smaller waists - HOORAY!!! <em>30</em> Best part, they were described as the "anti-thigh gap" jeans! <em>224</em> <em>345</em> Unfortunately, they are not available for sale yet <em>39</em> , but when they are, you can be darn sure I'll buy a pair!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:59:53 EST Like my new 'Do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692281 After 10+ years of my hair being shoulder-length or longer, I took the plunge and went for a Jennifer Lawrence-styled short pixie! Talk about a change, for the first week the back of my head felt cold, and I kept reaching for the hair that wasn't there. But I've gotten used to it now, and often wonder why I didn't do this a long time ago! It's so easy, I just scrunch some mousse into my hair and run my fingers through it while blow-drying, which takes less than 5 minutes. Then I just fluf... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:53:05 EST Goals update - got the "healthy" part! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687126 So I had the annual physical last Monday, and they drew blood to test for cholesterol, triglycerides, etc. Got the results Friday, and everything's good! HDL is actually a little high, everything else is right in the middle. I asked about my BP, that it seems to be elevated, but the Doc didn't seem to think it was anything to worry about. Just keep eating right & exercising, and everything will be okay. So, apparently the healthy diet changes is paying off at least in THAT respect (still... Sun, 4 May 2014 11:34:44 EST Played my first solo last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685631 So I played a guitar solo at the recital last night - and I'm glad I did!! I confess it probably wasn't the greatest song ever, BUT I got through it with only one bad note. My hands were shaking, which slowed me down on the chord changes, but overall I think the sound was pretty good. To me, the important thing is I didn't chicken out and I didn't choke on stage. I may not be an "excellent" guitarist yet, but <em>521</em> <em>276</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 2 May 2014 09:54:40 EST Define "Strong and Healthy" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679656 Last August I came up with my 4 goals - the first one was to be "Strong and Healthy" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l378103378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, like THAT! Of course, that's a vague, subjective goal. At one point I defined "Strong" as being able to do 2 sets of 12 pushups on my toes. <em>320</em> I confess, I haven't done much in that area yet, but it's a good start! Now, let's add a couple of things to that. I ran my first 5k in 1 1/2 years last Saturday... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:19:55 EST Jonesin' for a Coke (Zero) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674939 Well here's a silly thing. A few years ago I gave up Coke Zero because of my GERD - the carbonation really aggravates it. But I didn't give up coffee, and I still haven't. Anyway, I did decide to give up Starbucks for lent, and I've done really well with that. Only have a Starbucks coffee on Saturdays when my friends buy me one, so I'm saving a bit of money (all getting donated, of course! <em>43</em> ). Well, I've started drinking the Coke Zeros again, not every day but still pretty f... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:25:33 EST BP is up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666334 Well I don't know what's going on with my BP, this morning it was 119/87. Seems the top number is usually in the normal to slightly high range, while the bottom number is in the high range. My hubby says that means my system is not relaxing enough. Don't know what that's a sign of, tension? My weight is still up and not budging, my diet is improved (but honestly, I still eat junk food! <em>29</em> ), and I am definitely back into exercising. I've even started running again, but I'm not... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:38:56 EST Lazy staycation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654986 Well I've spent the past week at home on "vacation," babysitting two of my grandkids. And of course I planned to do lots of exercising, guitar playing and housecleaning, and maybe even some writing on my book. Needless to say, I did very little of any of that. I did manage to do some dishes and laundry, and cooked a few meals as well. Played guitar for about 20 minutes a day but managed to skip Friday & Saturday (boy, were my fingers feeling that TODAY! <em>276</em> ). Bought myself so... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:07:06 EST Feeling blue and ranting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647629 Well I'm not sure I should be talking about this here - I was on another post and some of this started coming out, so maybe if I say it all here I can come up with a way to deal with it. The original post was the "snowball effect" of cheating. Of course I tend to do that, the "well I've already blown it" mindset, which is another issue. Right now I'm dealing with a tense situation at home. Maybe it's been brewing for a long time, and it's finally coming to a head. Well, my normal reactio... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:13:54 EST March goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639427 This was a March challenge from one of my Spark Teams, and I'm just repeating them here so I can remember them better: <BR> <BR> 1. Start counting calories (tracking alone doesn't seem to work very well) <BR> 2. Get more consistent with exercise in the evening, at least 30 min 5 days/week <BR> 3. Keep playing guitar 30 min or more daily (this one I AM keeping) <BR> 4. Keep my checkbook totaled & don't blow my savings on something stupid <BR> <BR> And finally, <BR> <BR> 5. All the shows are... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:53:28 EST Music helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633282 OK, this is a little ranting. Sometimes life is just so frustrating - there are things happening in my life TO ME that I have no control over. And yesterday was such a Monday. I'm literally buried in work, and a vendor I have to deal with gets snippy about something. Then traffic was backed up so I was late for Jazz Ensemble, and they didn't have the guitar music for our new song, so I got to sit there and be bored. After awhile I started playing along with the melody line, so at least I... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:46:25 EST Halfway to New Zealand!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611005 Today I transferred $45 into my vacation savings, and I have officially saved $1,000 for my trip to New Zealand!!! <em>244</em> I have been going to the NZ tourism website to check packages & prices, and I figure once I hit $2,000 I'll have enough to start booking the trip. Of course, I'll still need a few hundred for meals & sightseeing, and kayaking! I DEFINITELY plan to do some kayaking while I'm there. So, it's still possible that I'll be spending this year's Christmas break way dow... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:00:32 EST Share the Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601434 This is silly, but I have to share this bit of wisdom with my SparkFriends: <BR> <BR> "Don't settle for a spark ... light a fire instead!" <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> (Can't believe there's not a flame emoticon when I need one <em>246</em> ) Believe it or not, I found that little gem of advice on a Dove Chocolate wrapper, but it seems perfect for SparkPeople! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:20:49 EST Minutes for weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592287 So I need to get back into exercising, AND tracking my fitness minutes. I read an article on SparkPeople about how many minutes you really need to exercise in order to lose weight, and I believe it's about 50 minutes a day. Wow, that's alot! But I'm going to try for it, 50 minutes a day for 5 days/week. It should be doable. Soon I'll be back in the Jazz Ensemble on Mondays, and Fridays I historically do nothing after work, but that still leaves Tues-Thurs, and Sat/Sun. So that would be ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:34:52 EST Year ends on a less than positive note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575736 So I checked all my weight & measurements today, and I weigh 152 lbs. Bad news, that's actually a pound higher than the last time I recorded. Good news is, it's actually down from 157, my highest weight ever, which I hit about 2 weeks ago. My back is alot better, but I still have this annoying cold, so I haven't done much exercise. I did get on the elliptical last week, and kept it down to the lowest setting, but I was still exhausted after 25 minutes. So I've decided to seriously cut ba... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:18:45 EST