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/ My Two Year Sparkversary and A Perfect Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000089 Happy Sparkversary to me and it IS a happy time. I have gotten a lot out of Spark people and I am happy with how far I've come. The first year was great-I lost about 50 pounds. This past year started out good with another 10 pound loss and then the weight loss came to a halt. For most of this year I've been plateaued in the high 150's ( with a glorious low of 153 which didn't last long enough to record) I've been wanting to get down to 144 and a normal BMI, but I'm still happy with where I am... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 07:16:27 EST Beck Trek Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987852 Day two, I picked my diets. <BR> Day 3 has been an eye opener in the past. I never realized how programmed I was to picking at food that was sitting in the kitchen leftover after meals. I have gotten so far as to having food in my mouth that I have spit out. The visual satisfaction angle is very insightful! <BR> Day 4 <BR> Giving yourself credit. This whole chapter describes me to a "T" I am very self critical and all of the sabotaging thoughts she describes, I have had. I do realize that th... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:07:36 EST Beck Trek Day One -ARC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986162 What to do, what to do. This isn't my first Beck rodeo. Hard copy or digital? Should I use my old index cards in the special holder? ( that I spent hours finding and picking out) Can't find them. Also, I have a real problem with writing down personal things on paper. Did I read my Evernote advantages everyday? No. But I can still find them. And I can add pictures to my reasons, also. My iPad is password protected, so I feel more secure. There is my answer. I'll stay digital. <BR> If I do n... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:00:13 EST Beck Trek Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984953 What I underlined and starred : <BR> <BR> People who end up maintaining their new weight do so because they've changed what they do and how they think about food and eating.if you think you'll be able to return to your old ways of eating after you lose weight you'll gain the excess weight back. <BR> <BR> A while ago I read a magazine ( Salvation Army ) article written by a former drug addict. He had been in detox and was then going to go to a Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center: <BR> " My pl... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 07:01:08 EST Beck Trek Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984285 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8 <BR> I have often thought of this Bible verse as I go on an eating binge. It's like a restless, prowling feeling- like something inside of me that is bent on devouring. <BR> Sometimes when I overeat it is because stuff just tastes so good, but other times it does not matter what I eat I just want to eat. The latter one is due to my history of severe food restrictio... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:58:23 EST Beck Trek Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984026 Starting this book reminded me of the beginning of Ana Karenina: ". Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." <BR> There are many reasons for being overweight, but people who are thin or who lose weight and remain thin are alike. <BR> <BR> This first chapter is a gold mine and hits many points that exactly describe me. <BR> The following are the things that resonated the most: <BR> <BR> - planning what to eat in advance and practice what I need to say <... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:46:58 EST Is There Ever a Downside to Losing Weight and My Trip Back "Home" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961578 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6bd17901-c055-4e39-a145-9cb1abd3ba11.jpg"> <BR> It was my cousin's 80th birthday party so I decided to fly back to my hometown for the week-end. The rest of the family was headed to the lake where I would rejoin them later. We have a suburban, but after packing three adults, two toddlers, one baby, two dogs and all of the resultant paraphernalia we were jammed in tight. I was the only one who could fit her rear between the two car seats-so, yes... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:29:47 EST I bought a Rickshaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957571 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67f87d7a-9ae4-4cbb-bbe5-ad368d43864d.jpg"> <BR> That was my first thought when we got the new double jogging stroller put together in the living room. OMG it looks like a rickshaw! The Amazon reviews were right- this stroller is not going through any doors. I took it for a 4 mile trial run this morning and it worked great. It is VERY humid so I just walked and ran as I felt it and did not even use my Garmin watch to keep track of anything. It's... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 14:05:10 EST A Fun 5 K With My Daughter (Her First) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951830 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/951f52c6-058b-495c-af45-1ec83eafef8b.jpg"> <BR> This was a trail race through a state park. The Lake Dennison 5 K. It was not too hot and very pretty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef314072-f795-4d67-b5ea-0fa437c8d667.jpg"> <BR> My unofficial time was 34:58, which is good for me. I ran the whole thing and did not have to take walk breaks. A lot of the footing was pretty bad, so I knew I would not set any record. It was a... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:48:03 EST I Broke Down and Bought a New Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951642 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8091de85-1966-401f-9307-cc7f2b481f9b.jpg"> <BR> First off, I am not a dress person. Secondly, I haven't bought many new clothes since I have lost weight. I live in my running clothes. Once you start wearing technical t-shirts and capris you realize how comfy and breathable they are and other clothes feel heavy. Other than my running stuff a have a pair of jeans and a pair of jean capris and that's about it. Of course I have about 6 pairs of ru... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:39:03 EST The $100,000 Workout - Yours Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947050 <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how much we actually paid for my son's college education, I just picked a high sounding number. But this is what I got for my money. He is getting a degree in exercise physiology and he wrote me up a plan. I was originally doing 5x5's (Arnold's method) - but my son talked me out of that. I really <BR> like this work out because it takes right around an hour to get done and I have noticed significant strength improvement all over. Better than when I was doing my own t... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:22:00 EST A BIG nsv (for me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945912 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e4f72af-9b3f-4749-b46e-747cb4c42d9b.jpg"> <BR> My daughter and granddaughter. <BR> We've had a jet ski for about 15 years. We bought it used and it has been a great deal of fun as our kids grew up. One of our best purchases! Now our grandchildren are enjoying it. I have never been able to pull myself up on the back of it. I really hated the fact that I couldn't do it. One of my original goals was to be able to do this. Last year I thought lI ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:36:17 EST Road Trip and Sometimes I Just Don't Get It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931208 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/199ca76e-2e5d-40b0-a4b7-f70b1c8742d7.jpg"> <BR> My son's girlfriend sent me this picture. We went to visit him this past week-end. Also we took the grandkids to see their paternal grandparents. A twelve hour drive with three children two and under is not fun for anyone. (Plus two dogs!) On the way down there was vomiting within the first 20 minutes. <BR> Anyway, my son is a really really good cook. He should be a chef. Everything he touches tur... Wed, 20 May 2015 06:40:16 EST A 5 K and a Point 3 Miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925625 2 <BR> Yesterday I ran a 5 K (35:03) and we decided to have my granddaughter do the fun run of .3 miles. Today is her birthday. She is two. So on race day she was one. She came in dead last, but I'm sure she was first in her age group! I was third in mine and there were more than three. Here we at the start. OMG look at that slouch and the flab! I need to work on my posture and that last 15 pounds!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1519525021.jpg"> <BR> Here we go ... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:16:23 EST Welcome New Baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326729429.jpg"> <BR> For the first time in over one and a half years, I skipped breakfast. My daughter started having contractions this morning. So I took a shower and was going to eat breakfast and then dry my hair and take her in to the hospital. We only live 5 minutes away. So I took a shower and then she said we should go right then. She wouldn't even let me dry my hair. So I said, " oh for heaven's sake, you could wait 5 minutes" but I ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:54:05 EST The Clueless, Lucky Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914405 This morning I went to feed the dogs. <BR> Me: (calling up the stairs) where did you put the dog food? <BR> Hubs: ( from bed-lucky already) oh, I left it in the car. I'll go get it. <BR> Me: that's OK, I'll get it. I just didn't know where you put it. <BR> Hubs: I'll have to get it- it's a 40 POUND!! Bag! <BR> Me: Are you serious? Do you think I go to the gym 3 times a week and bench press 60 pounds 5x5 and can't carry a 40 pound bag of dog food!? <BR> Hubs: Oh. OK. <BR> <BR> Lucky is the ma... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:29:50 EST Spring into Spring 5 K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909361 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046967172.jpg"> <BR> I'm updating blog with a pic. I'm in the group photo at the start next to 120. That huge pic of the smiling woman in the upper right- is the one who just beat me!! <BR> <BR> A great race! It wasn't snowing! It was 46 balmy degrees. The most important thing is that the race benefitted the Live Strong program at the Y for adult cancer survivors. It's as very small race with manual timing even. One can't complain be... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 11:03:01 EST New Fitness Tracker Vivofit 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908693 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l151829981.jpg"> <BR> This will be my third fitness tracker. First was the Spark Tracker which I loved, but when I gave up my laptop, I couldn't use it anymore. It doesn't have Bluetooth capability. <BR> <BR> (I keep saying this -but- Spark is completely dropping the ball on keeping up with technology. The interface with a mobile phone using android system REEKS - STINKS- do the powers that be use their own site? You used to be able to ac... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:59:08 EST Mudderella-Super Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838375229.jpg"> <BR> I just signed my middle daughter and me up for this race in October. The charity is "Futures Without Violence" which works to prevent domestic violence. Since my daughter has been a victim of domestic abuse, this makes the race doubly meaningful for us. She is due to have her third child in a few weeks, so after that she will have baby weight to lose and she wants to get back into shape. I've never been in an obstacle / ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 06:41:09 EST Inspiration in the Free Weight Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894416 Since I have joined the Y, there is a woman whom I have admired. She is really strong and serious in the weight room. Yesterday I talked to her a bit and told her that she could be my model of fitness to aspire to. She's a little bit of a thing. She looks to be about 5' 3". I asked her how much she weighed and she said 120. I said she didn't even look like she weighed that much. She said that she is smaller now than when she weighed 114. At the birth of her child she weighed 200 pounds. She ... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:12:56 EST On Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2137310079.jpg"> <BR> One great thing about blogging is that you can look back and remind yourself of things. This is my reminder to myself of my 99% compliance on eating breakfast and what that has meant.. Pretty much most of my adult life, the picture on the bottom right represents my "breakfast". I could also have had a cup of coffee. I might have had the same thing for lunch. Then if I were sticking to my diet I could have a small dinner... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:49:09 EST I Don't Want To Lose Weight Anymore and I Am Not Elderly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175948764.jpg"> <BR> Here I am lifting two plates! Ha ha I wish. They were a prop at the U.S. Olympic training center. But this illustrates my new goal - to lift weight in order to lose fat. I've been doing reading about it and had embarked on serious resistance training in the late summer/fall. Family matters got in the way, but now I am back at it. I just joined the Y and yesterday, went for the first of my 3 free "goal getter" sessions. T... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:50:17 EST Ups, Downs and Sidewayses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876161 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498895134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First down is that I just finished this whole blog, decided to add a pic and lost the whole thing! SP is not optimized for iPad or android platforms. <BR> <BR> This morning's weigh in marked two whole months of staying the same weight. Time flies. On the up side -I didn't gain- on the downside I didn't lose either. I don't want to be in maintenance, but I'm unintentionally getting a feel for what maintenance will... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 12:12:11 EST For LJCannon- The Blizzard in MA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864360 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947199159.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:42:55 EST The Other Half of the Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862049 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1033782195.jpg"> <BR> The sun has set (even though this is my pic of the sunrise) on Key West and my first Half Marathon. I got more attention over this accomplishment than I have had in 30 years. People have been really nice! On my Facebook account people crawled out of the woodwork to comment. My son's ice skating instructor from jr high commented. Thanks to all of my Spark friends for your support. I plan to thank individually, but I'm ha... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:45:16 EST Key West http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859055 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l935597880.jpg"> <BR> Key West is a very fun place and quite beautiful. You can get everywhere you want to go by bicycle. It is actually a biking paradise. There are bike lanes and bike trails all over and the streets are easy to share with cars. We spent two days biking. The second day we we biked to Stock Island and went kayaking. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954801335.jpg"> <BR> We kayaked through mangrove mazes... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:44:29 EST On a Scale of 1-10 I'm a 13.1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857375 Ha ha. I finished my first half marathon and get to use the funny blog title. Here is my fake picture: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1543511195.jpg"> <BR> Well, that IS me, and it is mile 12 and I did go on to finish, but I was NOT that happy - I was dying! My daughter finished 4 seconds over 2 hours ( she really wanted to get under 2 hours!) but she started getting sick and promptly puked after crossing the finish line ( 3 times). But she recovered and ran back to ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:52:18 EST A Winter Run and Feeling Nervous about the Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853684 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l521692747.jpg"> <BR> This morning when I walked the dogs it was bitterly cold and very windy. I was dreading my scheduled run, even though it was only 3 miles. However by 11 there was bright sunshine and the wind had died down. I was reminded why I love New England. This is a bad picture, because it doesn't really show that all of the branches were covered in ice and were sparkling in the sunshine. It was only 12 degrees, but because it was... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:52:47 EST To, Two, Too, Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852443 To walk - two dogs- two leashes-two bags- two mittens-too clumsy-too funny. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ps - bags= poo bags <BR> <BR> I'm glad I can laugh at myself because nobody else will, - oh wait. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:00:35 EST My Daughter's Wonderful Comment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843827 My daughter and I were in Wal Mart today with the kids and we separated for awhile. She came up to me and said' " I can never find you in a store anymore! I've walked past you three times and didn't recognize you-you're so skinny!" Well that made my day and perhaps my week. But I have to avoid any laurel resting! Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:01:18 EST A Merry Healthy Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838444 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l320324565.jpg"> <BR> One of the highlights of this Christmas was getting to run with my "baby". We woke up, watched my grandchildren open presents, then the two of us ran a 5 K. He is about to graduate in Exercise Physiology. I know he wanted me to get a PR with him, but I missed it by a little bit. I want to know how in the heck I got so short and he got so tall!!!!! <BR> In the olden days, Christmas morning would have involved cookies, sn... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 17:23:58 EST Vacation, Before , After, Before Pics, and Day one Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l25389539.jpg"> <BR> I flew to Nashville to meet my daughter and drive with her to Colorado. Nashville was fun. We saw a concert, of course went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and visited various Taylor Swift spots ( her fave coffee shop, fave park and the Bluebird Cafe). We had dinner at Tootsies. Then on to Colorado. We stopped in St. Louis and toured the Gateway Arch. <BR> Colorado was one beautiful scene after another. I got a little ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:53:57 EST It's About Life: L- I - F - E http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825039 <link>www.usatoday.com/story/news/2014/11/<BR>29/inspiration-nation-grandma-powerlif<BR>ter/19656645/ </link> <BR> As of today, I'm 15 pounds away from my goal for 2015. I've been struggling lately to find just the right motivation to keep me on track. I did not re- up for Spark Coach after my year subscription was finished. I miss that, but one year was enough (and it was great for that first year). I'm in my next to last decade of weight (159). At this point I'm concerned about getting ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:56:21 EST Turkey Trot - A Great New Tradition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823849 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765575185.jpg"> <BR> It was an absolutely gorgeous New England morning to run. The trees were covered in snow and this picture does not do it justice. There was really beautiful scenery all along the route, but I didn't stop to take a pic because I was working on getting a good time! People were out shoveling and snow blowing and the smell of wood smoke was in the air. Instead of being home cooking and tasting I was outdoors running and fee... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:37:56 EST Putting it out there. A slip up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815362 Last Thursday I "binge ate" one evening. I'm blogging about it so I will remember. After dinner I was still hungry. I told myself - have dessert and then you will be OK. I had my usual dessert and stll felt " not full". It wasn't a starvingly hungry feeling - more like a restless, empty not full feeling. So I thought- don't eat junk - and I had some leftover meatloaf. If I had waited about 20 minutes I would have probably been OK. But that restless, not full feeling led me to look over t... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:57:13 EST The Jeans discussion at the Marine Corps Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807624 What is it with us women and jeans? Remember "nothing gets between me and my Calvins"? Well , I have saved a pair of size 8 Calvins from when I was in my late 20's. This was not my smallest size ever, but I really loved those jeans. When I went to DC to see my daughter and her friend run the MCM, they both commented on how slim I was looking. I showed them my dog food pictures from my last blog. Then I just casually mentioned that I had recently tried on my old Calvins and that I never though... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:44:33 EST A Milestone and Some Progress Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803813 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84964064.jpg"> <BR> I've been looking forward to this for awhile. Back in April 2014 as a response to a Spark Coach visualization challenge, I blogged about losing the first 30 pounds and realizing that it was equal to the bags of dog food I buy for my two dogs. <BR> As of this morning I have lost another 30 pounds since then. Carrying those two bags up the stairs was quite the chore- I needed help getting them both up on my shoulders and I... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:14:24 EST Web site complaint- Opinions wanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794470 A big change for me in using SP was getting a smartphone. I now can use it to access the site anywhere and any time and photos upload directly from my phone camera which is my main source of pics. I also have an iPad. <BR> A few days ago when I went to access my page I got some weird abbreviated form. I could not edit my page or see anything I wanted to see. Even when I chose login to Full Site I stll could not get to the regular page. What is up with this? Are other people experiencing this... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:06:30 EST I Got To Meet A Spark Friend!!! Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788237 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1110746416.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday I, my daughter (runnergirlkim), and her friend (2scrambledlegs) were running in the Virginia 10 miler.(I ran the 4 miler). I had made plans to meet up with Brooklyn_Born who has been my Spark Friend for most of the year. The girls were excited for me. They said it was like a blind date! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1219226027.jpg"> <BR> The second time I went to the steps where w... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:17:19 EST One Year Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782769 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217826266.jpg"> <BR> Tomorrow will be exactly one year since I restarted Spark People. My original goal was (60-60-60) -to lose 60 pounds by the time I was 60 and weigh 160. As of this morning I weigh 168, and I have lost 54 pounds. I'll take it! My original goal was based on thinking I could lose 2 pounds a week and I gave myself a lot of wiggle room! Well, now I know that 1 pound per week is the best I can hope for sticking to my curre... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:21:53 EST Big Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781441 The stuff that was going on in my life concerned my daughter's problem with domestic violence. She will be staying with us for the foreseeable future. I really wasn't going to blog about it, because it is so personal, but, it is the reason that I have not been as active on Spark People. So I wanted everyone who has been so supportive of me to know why I've been absent so much. Living with a 16 month old and a 4 month old even if you are not the primary caretaker is quite the whirlwind! So far... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:42:18 EST Autumn-Triggers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775608 Very quickly after I wrote my previous blog about overcoming my love of Dairy Queen blizzards, a commercial for the new apple pie and pumpkin pie blizzards for fall came on the TV and I wanted them!! If I hadn't seen that commercial I would have never thought <BR> about any kind of blizzard. Also, Dunkin and Starbucks are advertising pumpkin spice lattes. Right this minute as I'm watching the morning news, I'm hearing " pumpkin is back at Dunkin"! Fall is my favorite season. When my kids we... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 06:39:59 EST In The News- Can You Train Your Brain To Like Healthy Foods? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771805 The answer is yes and they had a news feature on the study this morning on TV. When I first started the "diet" that has been working for me I had just read "the Skinny on Losing Weight" . A couple of things really stood out to me. One is that Dr. Aronne explained how there is a physiological reason that in some cases the more you eat the hungrier you get- it's not just greed or weakness. Second, he told how at the hospital after super obese patients had been put on fasts- after they were al... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:51:12 EST Do These Pants Make My Butt Look Big? - Be Honest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769412 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1883271819.jpg"> <BR> After contemplating the pros and cons of playing hockey this year I decided to go ahead and do it. Cons: too old, too fat , crummy skater, might break a leg. Pros: have fun, do something different, meet new people, get to be a better skater, more likely to break a leg tripping over my dog in the kitchen. One of the best things about hockey is that EVERYBODY'S butt looks big in hockey pants. <BR> <em>196</em... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:14:04 EST 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