TERI-RIFIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TERI%2DRIFIC TERI-RIFIC'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/ Too Much STUFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765915 First, I thank my Spark Friends who commiserated with me on the flooding of my basement. <BR> <BR> When we sold our house of 20 years about 3 years ago we had a big garage sale and then we filled 2 big roll-off dumpsters with junk. I was really convicted that I just had too much stuff. At the end of the sale there were things that did not sell but that were too nice to throw out. We put a free sign on them. Nobody took anything. Finally a man from a country in Africa came up to our drivewa... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:08:51 EST The week that Water was my Nemesis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761017 At our camp in Maine our neighbor got a new driveway put in. We now call it the spillway because it is causing a river to flow onto our property when it rains. We are getting severe erosion and our ( big) retaining wall fell down after the last storm. We're struggling to find a solution and just as all of this is happening we get a call from our landlord back home - you can't make this stuff up- that our basement had flooded and they discovered it when water was gushing out from under the ga... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:56:19 EST A Run/Walker in Paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757023 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805371582.jpg"> <BR> I just ran the Monadnock 5 K. My daughter ran the Half. It was a small, friendly race. My time was 37:20. ( I wanted to run the whole thing, but it was hilly and I walked up the worst hill). A highlight was that a goose started chasing a runner and then actually crossed the finish line in the chute) This was my daughter's last day visiting. We'll miss her !! We were trying to decide if I wanted to train for a half. I ha... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:29:09 EST Paddleboarding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754901 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075189553.jpg"> <BR> I rented a paddleboard for a couple of days to see what it is like. It was fun. It was easier to balance than I thought it would be, but it still required constant vigilance the whole time to maintain balance. Therefore, it is good exercise for your core and all of your leg muscles. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1541147164.jpg"> <BR> On the lake I felt it was more of a novelty. We had some rac... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:03:10 EST Getting Serious About Weight (s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752728 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1628942231.jpg"> <BR> Here I am benching 50#. I later did 60. With a little more than a month to go until my one year anniversary on Spark, I have to say that strength training is the weakest link in my journey to fitness. I've been doing it- but haphazardly. It is my least favorite exercise in general. Since my son and husband are weightlifters you would think I would have more incentive. They go to a meat head gym which I refuse to go to. ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:20:01 EST Mount Monadnock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751508 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114129328.jpg"> <BR> I had a fun day. Mt. Monadnock is the second most climbed mountain in the world after Mt. Fuji in Japan. It may be number one now that Fuji has a road to the top! One thing about climbing a mountain is that it is all uphill! Except when it is all downhill! The first picture is typical of the lower trail. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2068752387.jpg"> <BR> As you get higher it turns into just r... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 06:48:35 EST Adventure in Onederland - Yay - I'm *Just* Overweight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749903 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321674022.jpg"> <BR> Hallelujah! I'm overweight instead of obese. I did not think I would make my goal of a BMI below 30 by the end of July, but I just squeaked it in. I wrote it in on my Onederland map that I made a while ago when i got below 200. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116555487.jpg"> <BR> I've got a ways to go before I reach normal, but I'm excited about where I am and I'm learning to be a bit more pati... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:07:39 EST Resting on My Laurels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740725 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544990794.jpg"> <BR> Brooklyn born just wrote an excellent blog in which she mentioned "resting on your laurels". This has been a problem for me lately - wake up, run 4 miles, be proud of myself and then sit around the rest of the day. Here is a picture of what I rest on as I'm resting on my "laurels" So, I'm going to start calling my glutes my "laurels" and I'm going to quit resting on them. As you can see, they get bigger the more you res... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:03:18 EST Rhode Island Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l640033094.jpg"> <BR> I went to Rhode Island with my daughter to watch her run in the Jamestown Half Marathon. On Friday we went biking on the East Bay Bike Path. It is one of the best and most scenic bike trails I've ever been on. ( although what I thought was a quaint bridge with arches ( above) is actually two giant drain pipes through a mound of rocks) It runs between East Providence and Bristol along the coast. It is 14 mi. one way and ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:34:45 EST A Nice Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732647 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260901464.jpg"> <BR> What a difference a day makes. It has been really humid for a week. Yesterday Arthur blew through (not bad here) and today was bright, sunny and no humidity with a freshening breeze. A perfect day for a bike ride and my husband didn't gave to work. We went to a rail trail. 12 miles out and 12 back on level paved trail with few road crossings! We ran into a local parade. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:53:09 EST A Glacial Pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732338 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1484357278.jpg"> <BR> Lately I've been using this phrase a lot. I've said I run at a glacial pace and that I am losing weight at a glacial pace. So I started thinking, " what am I actually saying? How fast do glaciers move?" <BR> In reading about glaciers I found it is actually a good metaphor. I feel good about my glacial pace. <BR> "A glacier is a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight. It forms where... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:56:57 EST It only Hurts When I laugh- A Mishap on the Way to Non-scale Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729833 At the very beginning I listed some goals that had nothing to do with weight. One of them was to eliminate the "beached whale" appearance at the lake. This included getting in and (harder) out of the kayak more easily and gracefully. Also I wanted to be able to get into the sailboat and onto the jet ski from the water. So when my husband was away yesterday I thought I would try to get on the jet ski and see how that went. Well, I'm not there yet, and as I was straining to get my knee up on th... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:20:58 EST What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737180050.jpg"> <BR> I wrote in a previous blog that I have these running Capris that I really like and when I put them on I feel fit. (They are somewhat "compressive") When I look in the mirror I think they are slimming. I should never have taken a picture of me in them. So I tried to find a picture online of what I think I look like to compare. I actually know that I never see the real truth when I look in the mirror. That is why I'm alwa... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:37 EST Mind Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720392 There is a principle in psychology which I forget the exact name of, but the gist of it is- the determination of your level of happiness or satisfaction is not what you have but the difference between you have and what you THINK you SHOULD have. When I got back from vacation I was hoping that I had gained no more than one or two pounds, but I had stayed the same and I was ecstatic. Then two days later, as Slenderella had guessed, I found that I had actually lost two pounds. To top it off, t... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:20:09 EST Oops I accidentally reset my goals (Fate?)Plus a progress pic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1130689199.jpg"> <BR> I recently hit 40 pounds lost which put me 2/3 of the way to my original goal of losing 60 pounds to reach 160 pounds. When I picked this goal it seemed like an acceptable weight which didn't put too much pressure on me to lose a lot of weight. Plus there was a "60" thing in that I wanted to do this by the end of August when I will be 60. When I got to 40 pounds lost I really thought about changing my goal, but then I ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 11:34:59 EST An Amazing Runner and a Great Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709796 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1159623341.jpg"> <BR> This is Harriette Thompson and she just set the record for her age group- over 90- in the marathon in the San Diego Rock and Roll. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109043248.jpg"> <BR> It looks like she got her picture taken with, Meb, too! <BR> She ran her first marathon at age 76! There is hope for us all. <BR> <BR> <link>running.competitor.com/2014/06/news/<BR>record-setting-day-harriette... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 13:53:29 EST Alcoholism in the News Related to Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707943 A while ago there was a special report on the morning news about new research and thinking on alcoholism and how, now, some think that alcoholics can at some point return to occasional social drinking. They interviewed a local specialist who totally disagreed and thought that this was not only not true but very dangerous to the recovering alcoholic. Then he said something that really stuck with me - " an alcoholic doesn't WANT one glass of wine; he wants FIVE." In the past I have said that I ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 08:45:27 EST Kind of Staying on Track on a Busy Trip and Fitbit?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705259 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l882081467.jpg"> <BR> This picture sums up our trip - Grammy and Grampy trying to keep up with a one year old. It was great to see our newest baby granddaughter and get to play with the other one, but a lot of my diet routine went out the window. Two days of driving each way means two days of sitting and eating in restaurants. We ate out every meal when we were there. I managed to woggle a 5 K twice while I was there, though. That is somethin... Wed, 28 May 2014 13:27:04 EST The Roots of My Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693957 The first is the root of my back tooth. I had an excruciating tooth ache all week-end. I've known I've had a cracked tooth for a couple of months, I wanted to wait until all of my planned trips were over before going to the dentist. Well on Sat. I developed a toothache. Of course, it would be on the week-end. One thing about me is that people never believe I'm in pain because I don't act like it. So, I did get in all of my exercise. I did go on a long bike ride. I ate all of my meals. (on one... Tue, 13 May 2014 07:52:13 EST Why did I do it? Not a BIG thing, but significant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689562 Last night hubs and I went to dinner and trivia. I had to eat later than usual because that's when trivia starts. I was too hungry by then. I ordered well- steak tips and broccoli. (I always get this) it took forever to come. I was even more hungry. I usually eat half and save half, but this was less than what usually comes and I thought to myself, " I'll probably eat all of this" . With all of this in place, I got to the point of having 2 steak tips left (about the size of golf balls). The... Wed, 7 May 2014 08:21:48 EST Awesome Early Mother's Day Present and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686439 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2072881155.jpg"> <BR> A crucial part of my following a healthy lifestyle plan is looking at my motivation photos every day. I have some on my goal board on my start page and I have them on my laptop, too. My favorite one of all is one I got from Joyinky and it is a picture of her and her dog in a field with her own words written on it. It has more meaning because it is real life from someone who has walked the walk. (And hooped the hoop?).T... Sat, 3 May 2014 11:56:59 EST North Myrtle Beach and PICKLEBALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684929 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1956579848.jpg"> <BR> North Myrtle Beach was a fun place to be active in the days surrounding the Diva race. Their community center had awesome pickle ball courts. As you can see, the courts are like tennis only smaller. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622913991.jpg"> <BR> The extra white line right in front of the net and parallel to it is the "kitchen" you can't volley inside that line. This game is becoming very p... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:43:16 EST The DIVA 5 K - I got a wake-up call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681520 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978019894.jpg"> <BR> At 5:30 AM for the race. That's early! At least this time we were close to the start. What a fun race. Lots of costumes and bling and fun. The medal is beautiful (the half marathon medal is awesome). I got a boa and a tiara, a glass of ginger ale (I didn't take the champagne) and a rose. The course was flat. It wasn't too hot. I got a PR of 39:00. The woggle method worked very well. I had a blast. <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:41:08 EST Arbor Day - An Unexpected Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680013 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942767800.jpg"> <BR> At the Fryeburg Fair, several years ago, I stopped by the booth of the small woodlot owners association. I got a few of their newsletters and this poem was in one of them. I consider it a treasured and unexpected gift . It is by Clark L. Stevens who was chair of the UNH forestry Dept 1938-1958. I love poetry and I think this poem is just wonderful and that more people should be aware of it. <BR> <BR> <BR> If I could ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:00:27 EST Woggles and I get Ready for the Diva 5 K and the Benefits of Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677748 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l684811844.jpg"> <BR> I'm getting ready to drive down to Myrtle Beach and I decided to look back at my original blog about it -"I'm gonna run the Diva". In looking back I learned that right after I started SP I began 5 K Your way and soon after my knee hurt and I had to quit for awhile. (I had completely forgotten this). Then I restarted and that was when I decided on doing the Diva to get the MEDAL. My original goal was to run the whole thin... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:58:11 EST That was then - This is now - A Crossroads? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675692 For some reason, today , I was prompted to look back at my original SP persona page (Triffik). Lo and behold, I was kind of shocked that there were many amazing similarities to today. Of course I just changed my screen name to something similar! Last weigh-ins both record 34 pound weight loss. Both time frames are 8 months. I could have sworn I lost weight more quickly last time, but I didn't. In a blog last time I complain about how slowly I was losing - still losing slowly. I talked abou... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:04:04 EST What is wrong with these Pictures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673506 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1611103896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1654125206.jpg" <BR> <BR> Hint: It's not _____________ and he's not____________. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:04:20 EST Sayonara 190-ville !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719444755.jpg"> <BR> I spent exactly 3 months in 190-ville. It is longer than I wanted to stay, but I'll take it! It wasn't my imagination that I was losing weight Verrrrrry sloooowly. However, I was never overly hungry and managed travel and eating out. I finished an 8 K. I weathered (still weathering) another overuse injury. For the past 3 weeks I haven't been able to sit. Standing and lying were fine, but sitting was excruciating. Luc... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:32:45 EST Changed my screen name - not the blog I had planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670389 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229971801.jpg"> <BR> I had plans for blogging today. I wanted to say good-bye to 190 ville and post a picture of my new reward. Well yesterday I weighed 189, but today on official weigh-in day I weigh 190. I'm still in town, darn it. As Judith Beck would say, "Oh well." I'm happy I lost a pound and sooner or later I'll be out of that town (sooner I hope). So I picked a new name that is more personal and positive. I did consider numerous var... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:12:51 EST My Special Dessert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l5007588.jpg"> <BR> I have had dessert every night after dinner for the past 6 months since I've started my eating plan. I started searching for an acceptable dessert. It has to satisfy my sweet tooth but not be so good that I want more. I started with baked apple slices with cinnamon and nuts and seeds and a bit if brown sugar with 1/2 container of those tiny edy's vanilla ice creams. That worked, but too much prep. Then I found these Tiram... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:43:55 EST Daily Visualization Task plus my Goofy Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664265 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1382705315.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday the Spark Coach daily visualization task was to imagine carrying something that represents how much weight you have lost/want to lose. Well, having two dogs, I buy a lot of dog food and each time I have carried the bag up the stairs I have thought about that 31 pounds! It is almost exactly what I have lost already and what I still want to lose. It really does make an impression to actually carry that weight up... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:36:48 EST Whan that Aprille http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661461 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1518609693.jpg"> <BR> I have to admit that in HS I hated reading the Canterbury Tales. I appreciated reading them in College and now in my old age I find that I'm glad that I was forced to read them. There hasn't been an April when the prologue hasn't crossed my mind. It helps that my college prof had a marvelous reading voice and read it out loud for the class on the first day. Also, don't we all feel the same, today and wish we could descr... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:54:48 EST Piriformis syndrome- who knew? And halfway to goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658423 So, the afternoon after the 8K my hip was a little stiff. But it was better by the time I got home so I ran a practice 5K and it started hurting again and then I tried to jog a mile the next day and from then on I've had pretty bad sciatic pain. My daughter, the PT says it is probably piriformis syndrome. I'm a nurse and I swear I never learned there was such a muscle. It is deep in the buttock and while it is not a major mover of anything it appears to be involved in its own little way in ev... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:47:27 EST My Favorite Spring Poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653295 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1185850668.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I homeschooled my kids we read this poem every spring and then went to the local botannical garden on a field trip. They have a huge field of naturalized daffodils. I also like the Wordsworth poem, I wandered Lonely as a Cloud <BR> <BR> Daffodowndilly <BR> <BR> by A.A. Milne <BR> <BR> She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, <BR> She wore her greenest gown; <BR> She turned to the south wind <BR> And curtsied up and... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:16:04 EST BLING! The the ups and downs of a destination race. And bling for virtual races. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652253 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l363030995.jpg"> <BR> I'm back home and getting back to routine and still the same weight. Is that good or bad or just what it is? I had a great little vacation and got my medal, but as far as weight loss goes-meh. The problem with traveling to a race was that I had to spend two full days sitting in a car and the whole time eating in restaurants. Even though on the actual race day i walked three miles and also ran/walked the 5 mile race - th... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:31:38 EST The Shamrock 8 K - It's Spring in Virginia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648526 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l10560868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When we left Massachusetts it was 10 degrees and snowing. Today we ran the Yuengling Shamrock 8 K in Virginia Beach in short sleeves. I was nervous so my daughter and her friend volunteered to run with me. (They are really running in the Half Marathon tomorrow) I shouldn't have worried. It is a very friendly race for walkers and walk/joggers. It was still nice to have company and I went faster than I think I normal... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 15:51:54 EST Weigh In- Cold Hard Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636669 This is my third blog in as many days. Even I don't want to read that much about me! However this is one that I want to look back on. I've been struggling with losing weight much slower than I want. It seemed like breaking 200 would take forever. Then it seemed like I was losing better, now I've slowed again. Three weeks - no loss. With Spark Coach it seems magical that they talk about stuff just as I'm dealing with it. Yesterday, Birdie talked about plateaus and how you CAN'T be focused enti... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:51:39 EST Another Arctic Expedition- I mean Daily Jog-and a Techno Fail -Arrrrgh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636173 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2082630018.jpg"> <BR> I've been bundling up and hitting the jogging trail and it honestly hasn't been that bad once I get started. Long underwear and a face mask help a lot. It was 14 degrees today when I went out. I've been trying to keep track of 1 and 4 minute intervals. Monday I just looked at my watch. Wednesday I went through agonies figuring out how to set intervals on my watch and pre-tested it. So I get to the path and start everyth... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:33:31 EST My Harpy Daughter Called so I'm training for an 8K and I tested my SPAT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635041 I'm just kidding. My daughter isn't a harpy, she's actually the nicest of my three children. But way back in Sept. she was the one who talked me into signing up for this race. And she did call and ask, "Mom are you ready for the Shamrock?" I said, "Do you know how cold it is up here?" And she said "Well bundle up and get out there - you have to be ready." And I said, "It's too cold" So she countered, "Then go to the gym and run on the treadmill." and I said "I don't even want to go outside." ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:25:52 EST Anybody Remember Jacki Sorensen? I've been Having a Hoot and a Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286795943.jpg"> <BR> I used to take an aerobic dance class a loong time ago and couldn't remember what it was. For awhile I thought it must have been Dancercize and I took a class, but it was too high impact and I knew it wasn't the same one anyway. Somehow, through the internet I found Jacki Sorensen and knew that she was the one. I found her California Workout on youtube and I have been hooking up the laptop to the TV and doing this worko... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:36:04 EST New England and the Cat Days of Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630691 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l275719511.jpg"> <BR> I didn't grow up in New England, but I've lived here a long time and my kids grew up here. It can be glorious in the winter. On Wednesday I went XC In New Hampshire. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137881822.jpg"> <BR> It is February vacation week here (a true new England tradition) so there were lots of kids on the trails. We had just gotten 3 inches of snow the night before. The sun was shinin... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:08:38 EST By Popular Demand - Cross Country Ski Olympic Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627271 So I took a poll of all of the members of the Spark People Cross Country Ski Team and I was chosen to comment on XC skiing in the Olympics so far. First, I have to say, in all modesty. That there are times that I look just like an olympic XC skier. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334195156.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1329654181.jpg"> <BR> Yes, I often look like this. But seriously, this is how the races end! They give the last ounce... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:55:00 EST my 600 Pound Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625371 I've been watching this show on TLC on Tuesday nights. It's very interesting in many ways. I guess some people watch it for the spectacle. I watch it for the insight I can get on my own eating problems. If you haven't seen it, they film people who weigh 600 pounds and over for about a year as they go through barriatric surgery and a weight loss program. There are things you know, but seeing behaviors magnified in front of your face is very compelling.In fact, in the last show, the Dr. said, "... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:08:39 EST An Inspiring Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622914 <link>www.myfoxboston.com/video?clipId=983<BR>5277&autostart=true </link> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite sayings in SP is Coach Nicole's "Until next time keep moving forward." I think I have mentioned before that I love Coach Nicole. As a contrast, I do not like Jillian Michaels (not personally - just her methods) Everybody responds to a different method and for me, I do not respond to harsh methods. I do not and never have aspired to six pack abs. I just want to be healthy and active. <BR>... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 08:49:56 EST Things come together and a new motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621775 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1312236838.jpg"> <BR> So I have a shiny new toy. On Jan 24 I wrote a blog about being a slug and doing absolutely no exercise for five days. I got over that, but I still had a nagging feeling that I should be doing more. Then what should be in the Spark Coach lesson but Coach Nicole talking about NEAT (non exercise activities) and asking the question, "could you be exercising strenuously for an hour and then spending the rest of the day sit... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:40:43 EST Mini Ski Vacay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617170 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1030268980.jpg"> <BR> Well, four planned days of skiing turned into one. But after eight inches snow yesterday, today was a perfect day. We went to Sunday River and I took the Chondola for the first time. You can see it in the pic. It is about 4 regular chair lifts interspersed with a gondola. I took the gondola, of course. I don't know why they just don't make it all gondolas (expense?) <BR> Prior to the snow, conditions were pretty bad so... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:20:47 EST Fear and Skiing at Okemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607923 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261220824.jpg"> <BR> I think I look like I can ski in this pic. My kids say whatever I do on the slopes they don't call skiing. I rarely leave the pizza stance and never leave the green slopes. I haven't been downhill skiing for 2 years. I was afraid of getting on the lift, getting off the lift, icy spots and low visibility (in the morning). I had fun anyway. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1585456409.jpg"> <BR> In ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:11:01 EST Have you ever tried keeping your home cooler to help lose weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605278 There was an article this morning on Spark people titled "Can the Polar Vortex Help you lose weight" I had to read it since we are in the grip of the PV right now. It referred to an article which suggested that keeping your environment cooler CAN help you lose weight. It makes sense. Actually, this is old news and I had read about it awhile ago and actually tried it for awhile. I was aided in my research by a cheap husband who loves to turn down the thermostat and waits until Nov. to light t... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 12:59:31 EST Bad Exercise Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604641 I was a slug this week for 5 days. Two days I didn't feel well, so I gave myself a pass, but after that I did NOTHING. I didn't FEEL like exercising. It was too much effaht!! <BR> <BR> (my friend has a very heavy new england accent and when people from Kentucky were visiting they asked her why she didn't pronounce her R's and she said - too much effaht) <BR> <BR> Anyway,I felt bad about having nothing to add to the daisies exercise totals. I felt bad giving myself 1's on the spark co... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:24:41 EST Morning Win!!! Arrrrgh!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598681 It happened again. The most annoying song started playing out of nowhere. No video that I could see, no button to click to get rid of it or mute it. It is the Bel Vita crunchy breakfast biscuit commercial which I think could win this year"s most annoying jingle award. In case you've been lucky enough NOT to hear it - the last words are "morning win". NOT! <BR> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 08:04:02 EST