THEADMIRAL's SparkPeople Blog THEADMIRAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Resetting the Calendar I have enjoyed sharing my sweetie's anniversary day of being cancer free for five years. In fact, I happily posted that one month ago. <BR> <BR> In February, we discovered a lump on his ankle. Two days after my joyful posting, we learned it is mestastic melanoma. We have gone through a whirlwind of tests and emotions since then. Today I celebrate the great health care we have received from our medical provide and that the cancer has not spread to his brain nor his organs. It is isolated and... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:14:46 EST Exercises for March I'm supposed to blog about changing up my exercises so that I keep challenging my muscles. You know I like blogging as much as wilted, soggy spinach, but here goes. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm working on regaining my momentum with my exercise routines after traveling for three weeks. So I'm being cautious right now, I may up the level later in the month. <BR> <BR> I'm committed to riding my bike trainer, it's boring but I read a book while riding. I'm committed to increasing my outdoor w... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:07:46 EST So How About Those NSVs? So I'm back from our Florida vacation. I brought my friend the scale with me because she speaks the truth to me and it wasn't good news while there. I'm glad that I'm making progress again albeit I'm relosing the lost weight I enjoyed before vacation. <BR> <BR> I've been using Spark Coach for several months now. I really love the discipline it gives to me and the coaching videos every day. Today I had a series of questions to answer about NSVs and, since the scale hasn't been budging mu... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 12:42:42 EST Ten Years From Now Gee, I'll be 71! <BR> <BR> Well now that I'm over that little number, I'll be at a healthy weight for my age and learned to roll with the punches that caused problems for me when I was a "youngster". I will handle stress and emotional tensions without turning to food. I'll finally have convinced my family that they are not blessing me when they bring sweets or unhealthy foods around me. I will be a confident cyclist who is comfortable cycling every where I want to go and I will cheerfully i... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:49:54 EST Lifestyle Action Words for a Maize Mountaineer: Part Two Here we go again! It's time to reflect on lifestyle words that help motivate and illuminate me towards a healthier life. This time I have more questions when I ponder these words, so that's what I'm posting. Later on in the team quarter, I'll answer my questions. <BR> <BR> Mindset: What am I focused on? Do I keep my goals visible so I can succeed? How do I keep focused? <BR> <BR> Support: What's my backup plan when my day is not going the way I planned it? Do I have alternatives availab... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:14:13 EST Stress Management: Maize Mountaineer Style I've felt worn out the past few days, maybe thanks to my sweetie's germs. I did make progress in weight loss and measurements since last week, and I'm thankful for that. My zeal has diminished along with my energy. So, it's good that this week's focus is on stress management. My challenges to a sustained healthy lifestyle loom large when I'm low energy or stressed. We're hosting a dessert for three couples this Thursday, and WOMEN are going to be in my house. Maybe you're different and ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:07:27 EST Rewards: Maize Mountaineers Style This week started with a smile from my scale and I'm thankful for that. I revived my old lunch stand-by of tuna salad, and discovered that my sweetie loves tuna salad. Well, after almost 19 years, he can still surprise me. Changing my lunch menu was part of getting beyond comfort last week, trying out new recipes. I have room to improve in menu exploration, but this week's topic turns to Rewards. Easy, eh? Well, maybe not, but let's think about it. <BR> <BR> Preparedness: I already de... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:08:41 EST Beyond Comfort: Maize Mountaineer Style I had a successful week, my time management focus to prioritize my exercise worked well. The scale smiled at me on Monday so did my measuring tape, so I'm satisfied with my progress. The team focus for this week is beyond comfort. That's a little humorous because I'm feeling the effects from my workouts last week. <em>30</em> Well, here goes my plan for the week: <BR> <BR> Preparedness: I think my overall preparedness action will be to have an open mind about choosing different or new... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:30:26 EST Time Management: Maize Mountaineer Style Time management - ugh! I knew this was coming. How does a person who dislikes to do lists and reminders, but likes accomplishments and reached goals, work out a compromise on time management. Let's get going: <BR> <BR> Preparedness: I tend to delay rewards like reading, doing crafts, fun stuff until after I get the gritty stuff done. You know, chores, exercise, TASKS. Bleah! Recently I re-set my mental attitude button and changed mornings to Me Time. Me Time includes an hour of exercise... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:37:31 EST Obstacles: Maize Mountaineer Style I'm very happy to be home again after three weeks in Florida and Virginia! Unfortunately, I did not benefit from our constant travel and eating out during last week, so my weight is up. The good news is that my weekly focus on acceptance helped to keep me on an even emotional keel so that I'm pretty upbeat about my progress in spite of the weight gain. Now there's a NSV! I'm even excited about this week's focus on obstacles! Boy, have I had some that were unique to our vacation and I hav... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:50:25 EST Acceptance: Maize Mountaineer Style I had a mild setback today since I gained weight since last Monday, so this is a great beginning to focus on acceptance. I did very well with my nutrition and exercise, BUT celebrating my sweetie's birthday over the weekend probably did me in. I didn't "celebrate" by overeating, but the choices I made didn't help my cause. Let's get started on how I will stay focused on my goals through acceptance. <BR> <BR> First off, I accept that there will be fluctuations in my weight and my physical st... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 21:08:38 EST Visualization: Maize Mountaineer Style I'm thankful for another week of successes that overcame my challenges last week. I continue to lose weight slowly and regain good balance with my exercise and nutrition. My sweetie supported and encouraged me every day. I feel I made good progress in taking charge of my eating plan, even when unexpected bumps in the road occurred like cookies or HUGE desserts were ordered by others. <BR> <BR> This week my focus is on visualization. My initial blog for the Maize Mountaineers stated part of m... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:26:53 EST Support: Maize Mountaineer Style My support system for a healthy lifestyle has been my Spark Family and my DH. As I've meditated on "support" for my team focus, I've been sad because that is the extent of my support system (apart from God as my Strength, of course). It is eye-opening to really see this. As Sparkers well know, we are ambushed with loving intent by our friends and family, in my case, they just can't understand the big deal about exercise and clean eating. Food and lots of it is fun. Well, of course it is! Howe... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:27:05 EST Mindset: Maize Mountaineer Style My last blog defined Mindset as "This word reminds that I must consider what my focus is. My focus is not to be on my extra weight, but loving myself where I am at this time. However, I'm also to love myself enough to not leave myself with 20 extra pounds that cause aches and pain." <BR> <BR> My task for this week's challenge is to define an overall weekly goal, an exercise plan, affirmations, and accountability based on this definition. Since I'm spending the next three weeks away from hom... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:05:38 EST Lifestyle Action Words for a Maize Mountaineer Mindset = This word reminds that I must consider what my focus is. My focus is not to be on my extra weight, but loving myself where I am at this time. However, I'm also to love myself enough to not leave myself with 20 extra pounds that cause aches and pain. <BR> <BR> Support = This word reminds me that I have encouragers within Spark People. I have an encouraging DH, but he is also a co-conspirator when I stumble in my journey towards good health and nutrition. <BR> <BR> Visualizatio... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 19:18:05 EST My Truth Speaker Spoke I'd avoided her for weeks. For a while I didn't see her, hidden away so it was easy for me to forget about her. I had a feeling I knew what she'd say when I saw her again, and I just wasn't ready for that. Not that she's mean or anything, but she's honest with me. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Then I saw her again. I just wasn't ready to communicate though, feeling pretty fragile from moving, unpacking, learning a new house and area. So I continued to avoid her, although I could see her out of the c... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 08:41:38 EST Adjustments The wonderful news is that my sweetheart continues to be cancer free. It affects our daily life (he needs daily lymphatic massage, he has to wear compression garments, MUST wear sunscreen, etc.), but life is good. We have much to be thankful for from God. <BR> <BR> We've moved closer to family in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. We're enjoying life in a real house and living in a college/beach/biking community. However, it doesn't feel like home yet, it feels like an extended vacation. Eati... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 07:32:25 EST Changes I'm happy that I finally made progress in the right direction according to my friend the scale this morning. I watched my sodium intake and even then it was a struggle, but I did much better than the previous week. I avoided land mines like my favorite light salad dressing, popcorn (sigh) and cut down on the turkey sausage we like for breakfast. I also mixed up my exercise throughout the week with vigorous walks, Coach Nicole's workouts (whew!) and a couple of my golden oldies, like The Fi... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 11:59:02 EST Consistency: The Good and the Bad The year didn't start well nutritionally since I was on a month long vacation in January. The extra 4 pounds that I've been carrying around found an extra six pounds to partner up with because I struggled the entire month to get good nutrition and daily exercise. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I've been eating and exercising much better and I began to see improvement on the scale every week in February. This morning I mournfully saw that I had lost ground and gained back a pound. I'm sur... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:13:48 EST Closing the Books for 2011 It's been a long time since I last blogged. I guess that reflects how busy 2011 has been. I've had some physical challenges this year, but what bothers me most as I finish up 2011 is the lack of definite goals that I had. That has affected my conditioning and my weight. I have experienced a yo-yo five pound gain/loss for most of the year and I don't like it a bit. I also don't like that I didn't achieve any healthy goals of long-distance walking or biking this year. So what's a girl to... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 19:02:19 EST May goals review It's been a good week and month so far. I did have some nutritional challenges that I hadn't anticipated, and this week may be difficult as well because we're going to be traveling for a couple of days. <BR> <BR> First goal: I did pretty well with getting plenty of fresh fruit and salads last week. I found a fiber chocolate cookie (may be a little self-serving there with the chocolate) and it was a satisfactory substitute for the fiber bars I had been buying every week. The nutrition ove... Mon, 9 May 2011 18:21:13 EST May Goals I cannot believe I haven't blogged since February. Well, it has been an extremely full 2011 for me and it's gotten to me health-wise. I'm doing better now, but I have had to ease up on some of the fun things I like to do. <BR> <BR> As far as my physical health, I'm doing pretty well with my weight maintenance; I'm a little over goal again, but it's within an acceptable range. This is nothing sort of a miracle in my opinion because my nutrition has not been within acceptable ranges. Thi... Mon, 2 May 2011 18:54:55 EST Bathtub Project There's no such thing as an easy home renovation project nor an inexpensive one! We finally replaced our see-through tub and had to install new tile around it. Here are pictures of the process: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bringing home the new tub! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Can you believe what's behind your tile wall!? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Feb 2011 12:38:26 EST Day 29 It's been an eventful week around my house: snow, rain, sleet, snow, wind, snow, tub tile replacement, docent training, and I lost one pound <em>334</em> Thought I'd slip that in there! <BR> <BR> I tried my one pound loss award to myself on Monday, the Firm Classic One. I kept telling myself I WANTED this tape because the reviews said it was really challenging...and it is. I guess I should be pleased that this is the first routine in a long time that I had to take breaks to survive it! ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 11:29:57 EST Day 23 It's been a hectic week for me, but I'm very happy to report that two more pounds were shed! <em>244</em> I did pretty well with my nutrition last week, did my best to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise Monday to Wednesday. The challenges came Thursday through today because of extra activities I had going on plus we're in the middle of a tub replacement project (have you ever SEEN what the hole looks like without a tub? not a pretty sight!). I hope I'm not rationalizing, but it see... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 18:52:13 EST Day 17 It's been a few days since I blogged and, since I'm a border-line introvert, I felt I needed to get a new blog out fast so that I can keep my progress and challenges out in front of my nose (and, I guess, your nose as well) so I can keep an eye on both. My, it's beginning to look like a facial blog! <BR> <BR> First, I have a big smile on my face: I lost one pound of my temporarily visiting added pounds. <em>224</em> My first award was due! So my eyes roamed over the possible exercise t... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:16:36 EST Day 13 I was too wound up to do any blogging last night! I teach music (sort of, in a way, kind of, well - I TRY) to preschoolers at my church on Wednesday evenings. I've had a couple of fire drills for the past couple of weeks making sure I had an extra pair of helping hands with the children. Praise the Lord, I now have someone who agreed to help out so that takes some pressure off my other mom helper, who has enough on her plate with a sick child. Many thanks to those of you who prayed for th... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 20:17:02 EST Day 11 It's snowing here in northern Virginia! Just a little bit to make it look picturesque! <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a very good day! I walked five miles with Leslie Sansone and really pushed myself. One of my Spark Teams had a challenge of doing 100 pushups today...and I just finished doing them! <em>334</em> It took me all day doing 20 at a time, but I did them! <BR> <BR> My nutrition was very good today, including my sodium. I stayed below 1700 calories for the day and I feel ... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 20:57:37 EST Day Ten So what happened to Days Seven to Nine?! Numbers are not my strength, friends! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Considering that we had friends over on Friday and part of our tradition with them is to have pizza, considering that I had WAY too much chili on Saturday, considering that all but one of the football teams I was cheering for was a good weekend! <BR> <BR> I weighed in and I have not lost any of my pesky, temporarily-visiting-me pounds. However, I didn't gain and I lost a littl... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:17:44 EST Day Six I got -- well, WE got up late this morning, I'm not sure why, except my sweetheart is still recovering from a cold. We think he may be in NyQuil withdrawal because he didn't sleep well without it last night. Anyway, I didn't get my exercise in today unless I count the walk from the Castle to the Old Post Office Pavilion to the National Press Building and then to my Metro station. <BR> <BR> Anyway, it was a good day other than the late start. My sweetie had some business in the District so... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 20:15:51 EST Day Five Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Last night we stayed up to watch football and today I felt convinced that I am NOT meant to be a night owl. I got up late, squawked when I saw the time, and proceeded to only do ten minutes of exercise by rapidly walking up and down my stairs. So it wasn't the best of days to get in the exercise I need, but I did work in ten minutes and I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> Today I did well with my nutrition and successfully kept my sodium low! I feel better after a co... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 21:20:09 EST Day Four There's a little bit more of improvement every day and I'm thankful for that. This morning was very relaxed, didn't get much done except for my cardio workout (two 20 minute aerobic sessions with Kathy Smith) and my strength training workout (another 20 minutes with KS and she just about killed me!). <BR> <BR> I did better with my nutrition today, staying within my boundaries, fiber was good, most of the numbers were acceptable, went just a midge over with sodium. Normally I stay within ... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 22:25:21 EST Day Three Today was more of a normal day! I walked 5 miles with Leslie Sansone this morning - she's so much fun! I had a full day of laundry, grocery shopping, putting away Christmas decorations, trying to catch up on the news and having fun guiding my sweetheart through the SP website. He caught up with all of his nutrition over the weekend and I knew when he found the calorie count for the Bermuda cake. <em>246</em> I'm enjoying having him as a Sparkie! <BR> <BR> I did well with my nutrition ... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 20:31:57 EST Day Two Since Sunday mornings are always a sprint for us (well, it is for me but my sweetie gets ready in about 20 minutes...if he takes his time <em>211</em> ), I never exercised in the morning. One of my 2011 goals is to exercise every day, so I did ten minutes on my personal stepper -- our staircase. I'm glad I did that. <BR> <BR> We went to a friend's house for a late lunch after church. I guess since he's a bachelor, he bought lunch from Honey Baked Ham and ready made dishes from his local ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:11:49 EST Day One Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> One of my 2010 goals that I successfully ignored was writing a regular blog. Ahem, now that it's 2011, I felt like I needed to conquer that molehill and just get over it (bad pun intended). <BR> <BR> I intend to blog to keep a record of my 2011 exercise and nutrition in order to engage my full attention on my health...and to keep myself honest with myself. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> After maintaining my goal weight since April 2010, I succeeded in grabbing myself b... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:53:37 EST Progress, not Perfection It’s been a long time since my last blog and that’s partly because I’m just not a blogger type. However, part of the adventure and journey we’re on includes sharing the status of our personal journey. I reached my weight goal in April 2010 and I’ve maintained it so far. I’m thrilled that I’m still at goal weight, but if I hadn’t been warned by those nifty Spark People articles about what to expect during the maintenance period, I’m not so sure I’d still be where I am with my weight. So wh... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 20:13:46 EST Silly Survey :) It's silly survey time! Copy and paste into your own blog and fill in the blanks! <BR> <BR> A - Age: 56 <BR> B - Bed size: Queen <BR> C - Chore you hate: Cleaning car <BR> D - Dog's name: No pets <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Coffee <BR> F - Favorite color: Royal blue <BR> G - Gold or Silver: silver <BR> H - Height: 5'4" <BR> I - Instruments you play: Does foot tapping count? <BR> J - Job title: Galley Wench or Admiral, take your pick <BR> K - Kid(s): None, three honorar... Wed, 19 May 2010 14:32:51 EST Goal Met! “Goal Met” just doesn’t fully describe today’s weigh in. I’ve been waiting for today; I knew it would come. I learned from Spark People that when I set a goal, establish short term goals to attain that major goal, and stay patient through the journey, I can enjoy the scenery as I get closer to that goal. <BR> I didn’t take my journey seriously until May 2009. I’d been on a roller coaster with my weight for most of my life. I did okay for the most part, not seriously overweight, but not he... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:58:20 EST A Roller Coaster January I guess I'm a little uncomfortable with blogging because I tend to ramble, but so much has been going on in January, I thought it might be beneficial to put it in writing. <BR> <BR> We have a dear 17-year-old grandson who is truly an outstanding student, personable, respectful, etc. The bond between father and son has always been close. The dad has been exhibiting bipolar behavior and his son is now unwilling to be anywhere near him until his dad seeks medical help and medication, which h... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 21:02:40 EST Adding up the numbers I am a numbers-challenged individual. How does that relate to my nutritional program? I've been trying to be faithful in taking my body measurements every week after I face the scale. I'm making progress on the weight, but what caught my attention this week were the number of inches I've lost since I started keeping track in May 2009: a total of nine inches are GONE. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> PLUS! There's MORE! (But no steak knives.) One of my goals has been to lower my cholesterol, wh... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 16:21:05 EST Timely Encouragement Maybe you've had this experience as well. Once upon a time, long long ago, I impulsively bought a pair of jeans. They were really cheap ($10) and they were the brand name that ALWAYS fit you right. And I didn't try them on in the store. <BR> <BR> Maybe unlike me, you bought those jeans hundreds of miles away from your home at a local store that is not a chain in your home town. You've guessed it though, I tried them on once I got back home and the little stinkers didn't fit, not even c... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 10:52:09 EST A Nice Fit As I started to dress this morning for my morning shift at the National Building Museum, I pulled out one of my usual dress slacks that I wear as business attire. I took a good look and thought it was time to retire them because they're too baggy on me. <em>9</em> So I pulled out of my Secret Storage Place a pair of slacks I haven't been able to wear in five years. <BR> <BR> And they fit just fine. <BR> <BR> Praise the Lord and thank you Spark People! Fri, 25 Sep 2009 18:17:08 EST Anniversary Trip It's traditional for the spouse planning the annual Surprise Anniversary Trip to give false clues, ambiguous details and outright misinformation. I didn't know what I was getting into when my sweetheart asked me 14 years ago where I wanted to go for our honeymoon. I told him to surprise me. So he began the tradition of saying we were going to hike the Appalachian Trail and staying in lean-tos along the trail. I was afraid that was what we were really going to do, but instead we traveled t... Tue, 22 Sep 2009 21:15:22 EST Making Progress! <em>244</em> I've finally broken through to a new, not seen before in Years weight! Thank You LORD! Time for a bike ride this morning and get working! Tue, 1 Sep 2009 06:43:18 EST Adventure today While on our vacation (which I promise to write about soon!), I picked up a paperback copy of Killer Angels, a classic novel about Gettysburg during the Civil War. I don't usually read novels, but this one was a page turner -- even though I knew the ending! Usually books on history can tend to help me with my napping, but I felt like I really got to know the men and their thoughts during the battle. I told my sweetheart that I wanted to go back to the battlefield someday now that I had a g... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 08:25:22 EST Vacation coming up The Washington DC area has great rail-to-trail bike trails! We're going to ride our tandem bike the entire length of one of the more famous ones: the C&O Canal Towpath that begins in Georgetown in DC and ends in Cumberland, MD. Then we'll ride beyond the C&O and ride almost the entire length of the Great Allegheny Passage trail into Pennsylvania before we stop about 15 miles from Pittsburgh (because the trail isn't complete yet). Both trails are great for tandem bikes because the trail gra... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 13:30:24 EST Fear of Flying ... on a Bike I love bicycling. I didn't learn to ride a bicycle until I was 24 years old and living in Germany. I had a cheap, red bike and I practiced on a farmer's lane near the small village where I lived. I can still remember my panic trying to balance myself and the shock on an elderly woman's face as she watched my efforts as I rolled by her. <em>41</em> I did learn to keep my balance, but it wasn't easy being an inexperienced bicyclist in Germany where the hills are BIG and rolling. <BR> Once... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 15:29:49 EST Dumpster Diver :) I had the opportunity to participate in the largest effort to recycle in Washington DC for the past two weeks. The Folklife Festival is always held during late June and ends after the Fourth of July. I've gone to the Festival in the past and been a little unnerved by the amount of waste that accumulated over the course of a day or week, so this time I signed up to be a "recycling aide". Recycling is an important aspect of my home life -- cans, plastics, paper, bottles, whatever I can recyc... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 15:16:05 EST