TEQPEACH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEQPEACH TEQPEACH'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/ Taste of Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305265 Wow, what a week. The scale gods were on my side. Now I am not saying I didn't do the work. I did track, track, track. And I chose right on so many occasions. At a lunch buffet (at a pizza parlor no less) I had my plan......big salad, water, one piece of pizza.....eat slowly. If I was still hungry, then another plate of salad, water....you see my plan. It worked. I only had one piece of pizza, one big plate of salad and two glasses of water. There were other victories throughout the ... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 11:13:53 EST Feeling Good -- Commit Me Now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298146 I recently joined Weight Watchers and I have to say this is a much needed change. I've been half heartedly doing Jenny Craig. So now I will check in at Jenny once a month and will follow the Points Plus WW eating plan. Hubby is going to follow too. He is the cook (well really a chef) and we have made a pact to discuss the meals he is cooking. This is all good. <BR> <BR> I know my plan is working because after gaining last week, I enjoyed a nice loss this week ..... and we were on vacati... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:20:40 EST Readiness -- How I Can Improve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276349 There is always room for improvement. I need to be more consistent in my readiness. In addition, I can add more "things" to make the mornings easier. But before I add more, I will be working on being consistent! Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:41:51 EST Readiness -- How I'm Doing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275195 It is definitely day by day. I'm struggling with my first introduction to menopause. This is coming in the form of night sweats. Now for someone who has always been cold, this is really a change. Also I have always slept through the night. I never get up for anything. So to be woken up several times a night for the last two weeks has been quite the challenge. I'm so tired when I do finally get up int he morning, cardio is the last thing I want to do. <BR> <BR> Being ready is more im... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 23:40:53 EST Readiness -- Encouragement and Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272969 I am pretty good at self encouragement. Not racing around in the morning is a blessing in itself. Being able to add exercise minutes to the team feels good. And no matter how much I do the night before, it is never as daunting as doing it in the morning. Guess I was a girl scout in a prior life. I like to be prepared. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:40:10 EST Readiness -- How Will I Do It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270894 Okay. I see where we are going here. I've got my "goal" now what are my "strategies". Can't fool me LOL. <BR> <BR> Being a list person, I will develop my lists during the day for the next. For Sunday, it is a bit different because I will look at the week as a whole -- seeing what days I will be packing my lunch (most days), what days I will be exercising at work and my morning and/or nighttime exercise options. Once I chart this out (sounds worse than it is), this will allow the daily l... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:52:41 EST My New Habit -- Readiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269905 The new habit that I want to develop is readiness. Whether it be during the week or on the STRONGend, I want to be ready for the next day. I know this will help keep me on track not only nutritionally but also with my exercise. <BR> <BR> More to come! Sat, 2 Mar 2013 14:51:57 EST My Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236917 I took today off work but it is not really a day off. I'll be starting off with a Smoothie. Then to yoga. Weights after that. And then to my weigh in appointment at Jenny Craig. This won't be a good one, but I recognize this is just life. My birthday was Friday. So it was a dinner out, cake for the last several days (chocolate, my favorite) and some snack food yesterday during the Super Bowl. <BR> <BR> I'm back on track today. So I guess a day off is not so much -- really! <BR> <BR>... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:14:16 EST Snacking Be Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235498 One thing I have noticed is that when I'm on plan (or you can say paying attention), my snacking is almost nonexistent. It really helps me to have things to do, places to go, people to see, etc. The day flies by and voila, I am snack free. Or when I do snack, it is a handful of grapes here, a couple of carrots there, etc. Also, the later I eat dinner in the evening, the better it works out for me. So I need to keep all these things in mind as I continue my journey to a healthier me. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:00:48 EST Frost on the Yoga Mat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234337 My husband and I practice hot yoga (Bikram style). To keep our mats fresh and clean, we hang them off our back deck where they air/dry out after spraying them with tea tree oil. Most of the time we remember to bring them in. Last night we went out to dinner and didn't bring in my husband's mat. He had gone to the noon class while I was at work. So this morning we had a bit of a laugh. Instead of frost on the pumpkin, we had frost on the yoga mat. <BR> <BR> Tee Hee <BR> <BR> Namaste! Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:30:12 EST Planning is Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226886 Today is a day off from work. I will be planning my workouts for the week. This is really the only thing that keeps me accountable. The plan needs to be written out, not just in my head. It is too easy to dismiss if I don't write it down. I bought myself an easy to use "weight calendar journal and planner". The name says it all. I've only used it a bit this first month of the year. I will begin using it more. Starting today! Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:20:08 EST 5% or Bust -- A Focused Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225476 I have made my commitment to the 5% Winter Challenge. I will be one of those that meet my 5%. I have learned quite a bit about myself in these almost 53 years of life. One of the most important things about me is for me to remember that I enjoy being focused. So for this challenge, I listed simple statements with regard to Assignment #3 that asked several questions about my intent. No long list of reasons for each question. That just doesn't work for me. So I'm on to a focused quest of... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 11:01:19 EST Commit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224161 I think it really is that easy. Commit to: <BR> <BR> Being the best you can be <BR> Spending each moment doing what is needed <BR> Owning up to the choices you make <BR> Loving yourself and those around you <BR> Taking time for yourself <BR> <BR> Just a few random thoughts while I sit and enjoy my morning coffee and my SparkPeople community. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:01:06 EST Smoothie Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220403 We recently invested in a Vitamix. I am loving all the smoothie recipes. Boy am I getting in my fruits and vegetables like there is no tomorrow. Plus my husband loves to invent things. We have had some of the most wonderful soups ever. And with this cold weather......I don't need to say more. <BR> <BR> I have literally replaced my breakfasts with smoothies. I try all types. Even ones that are a bit more veggie tasting that fruit. It mixes it up and what a variety. Can't say that I w... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:11:53 EST Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218978 After 3 great workout days, I have decided to take today off. Of course this is from exercise only since my eating is a way of life. I am enjoying the soreness of well worked muscles. It makes me feel like I've really done something good. <BR> <BR> I will be all packed and have everything set out tonight to make tomorrow morning's workout as easy as possible. <BR> <BR> My journey continues......... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:40:38 EST Even an Optimist Must Overcome Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216774 Without going into details, there are some days that start off spectacular. Well for me, it is just about every day. I know I have a choice of how to view life and I choose to be one of those that will find even a sliver of happiness and be content. Yesterday was one of those days, so full of promise and then bam! Mr. Obstacle rears his ugly head. It is up to me to recognize and acknowledge him and then move forward (or at least stay even!). Too many times I let Mr. O dictate my choices... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:50:53 EST Wake Up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215445 I had a great day yesterday. Wonderful workout with my trainer. My hubby and I went out for a 2.5 mile walk. Took a mini nap in the afternoon. Then off to an anniversary dinner. Even got to bed fairly early. This morning the scale yelled at me. So instead of getting mad at it, I jumped in the shower, put on my yoga clothes, signed up for the 9 AM class, ate my oatmeal, put my liquids in the freezer and will be leaving for class in about 15 minutes. And, oh yeah, I stopped in hear to b... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:59:53 EST It's Not All About My Personal Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214140 Today is my kind of weekly appointment with my personal trainer. I say kind of because due to one or the other of us being out of town on weekends, we can't always coordinate our schedules. I really enjoy her workouts. I have been with her for a while. She has shown me all types of different routines for weight training all parts of my body. Now the workouts are simply ones she dreams up. I don't have to think, remember, etc. I just do what she says. I always feel so good after the wo... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 10:38:18 EST Doing What Works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213278 Usually on Friday nights, my husband and I go out to dinner. He is retired. I still work. So by Friday, he is ready to get out of the house. I am just ready to settle in. We both acknowledge these differences and have worked it out over the years. Lately, my husband has been having added stomach issues, much of which can be abated by eating earlier in the evening. This does not coincide with us going out on Friday nights since I don't get home much before 6 which means we don't even le... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 15:53:52 EST Why Are Mornings So Easy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211700 I am dating myself, but as the Riddler would say to Batman....riddle me this....Why is it so much easier for me to stay on track foodwise in the morning? Here is it, time for lunch and I am so satisfied with my morning food. It seems once I eat lunch, all heck breaks loose. I can't seem to wait for my midday snack and then at home it can sometimes be a frenzy until dinner. I just don't get it. If I could make my afternoons and evenings just like my mornings, I would be at goal weight tom... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:45:36 EST Emotion versus Intelligence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210203 Lately I've been in a battle between my two selves: Ms. Emotion versus Ms. Intelligence. I love it when Ms. I wins. And just by her very nature, shouldn't she always? After all, she is the smart one. But she doesn't and that brownie, candy bar, licorice whip, etc. feeds Ms. E and makes her day. <BR> <BR> Ms. I then says okay. We can exercise this off. No problem. It is just a few extra calories after all. And then the meeting runs late, no time for noon exercise. Something a little... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:39:13 EST No More Tomorrows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206979 I am not a writer. I don't particularly like to share. I'm the listener of the group. I'm the problem solver. But it is time for me to come out of my comfort zone and start blogging on a consistent basis. I enjoy browsing through member blogs. So while I think my blogs will be boring to most, I'm moving forward and putting my thoughts out to this viral world. <BR> <BR> I have been having this discussion with myself for longer than is allowed. So here is my commitment and my first blog... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:38:27 EST How I Will Burn Off Holiday Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152504 With the help of my Determined Daisies, I will burn off my holiday calories by committing to the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Loading/unloading the car <BR> 2. Carrying groceries <BR> 3. Taking out trash <BR> 4. Carrying wood or lumber <BR> 5. Clearing dishes from the table <BR> 6. Washing dishes by hand <BR> 7. Putting away groceries <BR> <BR> While these are all little things, they do add up. <BR> <BR> Thanks to my Daisy team who has shown me the way to make little steps add up to big ... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:43:36 EST My Gifts to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132488 My challenge this week is to give daily gifts to myself. Sounds easy enough, right? Well not so. The first day was easy. Or a coincidence LOL. We were in a small jewelry shop and saw two feather pendants that were very affordable and my husband and I both liked them. Task completed. Yesterday I spent a lazy day playing mindless computer games I needed some time away from my own head. So I'm thinking....wow I have a whole week of this. How is this going to work? Well today my gift c... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 09:33:30 EST Away From Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775223 I'm currently at my daughter's house with my husband. They just bought a house and my husband, the best handy man ever (no kidding), offered to spend a week here to do some "projects" for them (daughter is married with two little girls). So far he has relocated the dining light to include adding a fan and is now working on crown molding in the girls' bedroom. <BR> <BR> We brought our trailer, which is housed right on site. This should make it easier for me to eat right and exercise. But ... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:59:05 EST Grazing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3319199 I have to say that one thing I have going for me is that I don't graze. I play on the computer. I read. I do crosswords. But I don't graze. Maybe this is because I don't cook. My DH is the chef in the house. I only go in the kitchen to do dishes, make coffee, or put in my "box" meal. That is probably why Jenny Craig works for me. <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here blogging while my DH is grazing. He is cooking his dinner (I have green beans waiting to be steamed to add to my "box" JC dinn... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 22:35:56 EST Maybe the Fool was Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3072393 Well, I must put yesterday behind me. All it took to derail my plan was an unexpected lunch out. And it wasn't what I ate at the lunch (it was a sushi bar) but the mere idea of not eating what was on my plan. Then the birthday mousse (honoring the lunchee). And that is all I will say about yesterday. <BR> <BR> I've had a great start to the morning. Exercise in, food packed and ready for work. So off I go to follow my plan. And I say off with their heads to those that want to challenge... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 09:57:37 EST April 1st and No Fool Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3068344 I've been coasting for too long. Today is the day I take charge and embrace my goal of a better me. There are so many ways to do this and I could get lost in just thinking about it. But enough of that. I will start with my food. This means making the right decisions. Or maybe a better term is making decisions! None of this eat it because it is there. <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge will be at work. Food abounds and I always seem to find it. Home is much easier. My husband is a big p... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 09:24:53 EST Heel Surgery Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2521141 I finally had the surgery required to remove my heel spur and now am in the recovery mode. I should be walking normally by the beginning of the year and back to running in April. This has set me back 20 pounds of which I am ready to get off. I need not to wait until I can exercise and start with food. Of course, I've been saying that for several months. Now is the time for me to take action. <BR> <BR> I will make no more excuses. This is my life! <BR> Fri, 30 Oct 2009 19:53:12 EST