TLB1630's SparkPeople Blog TLB1630's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Best Buds :-0 What a day! Beautiful and full! <BR> <BR> We were able to get in 2-walks today!!! 1st walk mid-morning for 6 miles and then again this evening after stuffing our face (Vacation mode) for another 2 miles <BR> <BR> So total steps so far this evening. So clocked in 23,405 steps and 11.44 miles WHOO HOO! And to think I'm on a bit of a vacation with my gal pals. We have been walking 5 miles every morning, amazing what the buddy system can accomplish hu?? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:17:15 EST B-Day week!!! Whoo Hoo - yesterday was my - B-day and today is one of my gal pal’s . We are up north celebrating both our B-Days with another gal pal for a few days. <BR> <BR> Great time away - actually getting in 5 mile walks each day away so far. We’er back from our morning walk and having a little lunch before heading out on the pontoon to float the lake for the afternoon. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We’re staying at friend’s paren... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:00:41 EST February Funk…:-0 Well although February may be the shortest month of the year I vote to just skip it all together. We have had a very ROUGH winter in the Chicago area but even so I was on my game. I sailed through the holidays wonderfully and stayed pretty much on track. Then new year came with great gusto <BR> <BR> With the wonderful incentive of my SPAT (SparkPeople Activity Tracker) I pushed on into January. I began to push for 10,000 steps a day and each day continued, not wanting to break the streak... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:02:38 EST Momentum is waning.... OK January was great, good...fine! <BR> <BR> Now into February and Oh's the resolutions are beginning to wane a bit...HELP!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:25:11 EST February - new month - new goals! For the month of February I’m changing up my “activity” program. Today I focused more on strength & flexibility over steps of the past. Now I need to find a new motivator, since with the “steps” I was able to earn a GLOW GETTER AWARD. For January I was 31 of 31 for the month in accomplishing 10,000+ steps each day. This small feat for some was a movement of mountains for me! <BR> <BR> Now I need to find a new motivator to get me through the next 25 days of February. My new “monthly” goa... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 23:31:03 EST NFL Super Bowl XLIII - bring it on... <em>281</em> <em>4</em> <em>281</em> <em>198</em> <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> Bring it on...although my <em>26</em> isn't totally in this one, as my beloved CHICAGO BEARS are on the sidelines for this one. But with Denver and Seattle it should prove to be a good game. That is if the game is not badly officiated and that the ref's don't have the deciding factor to this games we know they have in past games. <BR> <BR> So what shirt will I wear to the party, well CHICA... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 16:13:08 EST Let my true colors show... <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:35:17 EST Weeeeee - let the roller coaster ride begin… Well today is day 78 of my infamous return here to SPARKPEOPLE and I’m <em>26</em> every moment of this return. Although by records I originally joined SP 11/10/2006. That is I opened my account here on Sparkpeople. Oh I did actively participate for a month or so…but obviously not fully into it - yet. <BR> <BR> Then I would jumped in and out from time to time, most often towards the end of any given year. Guess it’s the humanistic trait in all of us to regroup towards the end or begin... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:54:25 EST How do you really feel? <img src=""> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:58:04 EST Did you every wonder if Cold Weather Burns Calories?? Ok with all this vortex happening in my area I began to wonder if I’m benefiting from walking outside in sub-zero weather over (boring) waking around an inside circle. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So of course I did what I always do when I have a perplexed question … <em>58</em> I GOOGLED it. <BR> <BR> And I give credit to the following site for the Info found<BR>ld-Burn-More-Calories-20947057 <BR> <BR> So first off - Does breathing cold air in... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:29:59 EST Maxine on winter whoa... With being thrown into the winter whoa here near Chicago, IL ya gotta just go with the flow. So I'm going with Maxine here and enjoying the ride of LIFE... won't you join me now... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:29:06 EST Does a tongue really stick to a freezing metal pole?? OK I got your attention. I’m sure we’ve all seen A CHRISTMAS STORY! As was the case with Flick in A Christmas Story when his tongue got stuck to an icy flagpole after he accepted a triple-dog dare from another boy. And believe it or not this memorable scene gets played out several times a year, whether it’s due to a triple-dog dare or just a really, really stupid idea. <BR> <BR> So now I lay before you a similar question. Can a tongue really get stuck on a cell phone in sub zero weather ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:19:19 EST Monday...Monday - come on let's sing it now... It’s been a GOOD Monday - other than COMPUTER ISSUES <em>33</em> Brother it’s like slow mode, or rather like I've regressed backward to the old form of DIAL UP EEEKKKK <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Woke early as I had a phone JOB interview, felt went well. Should receive a call back by end of week or 1st of next - we shall see. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> I’m thrilled to have gotten in my 10,000+ steps before 3 pm today. (20 for 20 and still rock'n) This means I’m in for the night as the... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:39:09 EST The sun will come out tomorrow (today)... Tomorrow will be a new day. <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> The sun will shine whether I see it there or not, beneath the clouds <BR> <BR> I have the choice upon waking on what my attitude will be. <BR> <BR> I can choose boo hoo – doom & gloom <BR> <BR> Or YIPPIE!! – I’m alive and have another day to see & do! <BR> <BR> To think...I use to be a pessimist - - - <BR> <BR> A doubting Thomas, living only to wait for the other shoe to drop <BR>... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 01:12:26 EST GGGGRRRR hear me ROAR!! For the past few days I have been getting this rather annoying pop-up screen whenever I’ve tried to edit a SP food / recipe screen that needs to be scrolled up or down! Rather annoying when trying to enter in food nutrition as the screen needs to be scrolled so haven’t been able to do a thing GGGRRR! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But…the real problem is it never solves itself nor ever allows me to scroll the screen, the only real o... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:19:36 EST New 10 minute SPARK :-) <img src=> <BR> <BR> My "new" 10 MINUTE Spark activity <em>198</em> and it burns how many calories <em>33</em> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:58:23 EST These boots are made for walking… Yep I’m still at it with these darn GLOW AWARDS <em>246</em> As of late I'm 16 for 17 but the day's not done! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And I'm glad to have a WARM pair of boots to do my walking in OUTSIDE - currently 13 degrees! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Still need about 4,000 steps for today - OUCH to get that 17th award! And to think this even includes 60 minutes of bowling tonight <em>246</em> But guess how I bowled would explain for the lack of steps <em>246</em> <BR> <... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 00:06:06 EST Let it snow Snow SNOW My 1st ever video blog... <em>244</em> Who would have known I could be so creative here on SP!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> I know ~ I got way too much time on my hands <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sending this to all my fair weather friends...hope you feel the gentle wetness of every little flake and that it brings a smile to your face. <BR> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:57:17 EST Lunch anyone?? <img src=""> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:19:16 EST Shortest Blog ever ~ <em>248</em> zzzz Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:22:59 EST A Little SHORT... It's 10:30 pm and I'm a little short of my daily goal of 10,000 steps so...Yep so on go the snow pants (currently 18 degrees) and out into the cold I get my steps in before the <em>56</em> strikes midnight! <BR> <BR> Currently I'm 13 for 13 with receiving GLOW GETTER AWARDS for this year...and I just don't want to loose out if I can do it still today to make 14 for 14. <BR> <BR> So ta-ta off I go bbbrrrrr into the cold night to SPARK! <em>334</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:41:53 EST Moving Forward Together - 2014?? <em>26</em> <em>382</em> <em>26</em> <em>382</em> <em>26</em> <em>382</em> <em>26</em> <em>382</em> <em>26</em> <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> This is an intentional <em>215</em> - calling anyone who may be interested in joining Sp-team <em>205</em> First Place 4 Health. You can find the link from my SP-page if interested. <BR> <BR> I reactivated this SPARKteam shortly after I recommitted back on SARKPEOPLE (11/12/13). I currently lead a F2F group at my parish and... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:55:03 EST BREAKING NEWS..... <img src=""> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:13:11 EST 12 for 12 and doing well… <em>244</em> I’m still on a roll in completing 10,000 steps daily <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Last 24 hours has been a blur as I spent the evening with girlfriends. We had in impromptu old time sleepover - pajama party <em>244</em> Only three of us (3 musketeers) but really great friends for over 40+ years (oops showing my age here ha ha. Had a really wonderful “girls only" time together and much neededl <BR> <BR> Although through the years oh we've had our spats and moments between one... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 22:45:34 EST HELLO SATURDAY - OK this blog may be a bit premature since I normally don’t call it a new day until I've gone to bed and wake in the morning. So for me, it’s really still Friday night although the <em>56</em> is showing 1:00 am and the date on this blog is recorded as being tomorrow - January 11th aka SATURDAY already! <BR> <BR> The weather today (Friday) was <em>27</em> <em>27</em> and more <em>27</em> . But I did get in my 10,000+ steps for Friday <em>248</em> and that makes 10 for 10 - <em>... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 01:57:58 EST The day is done...and on a good note too!! Somewhat a productive day today! Was going to post blog earlier to list a TO-DO list for today but…instead I just jumped into the day. So I guess this is more of a WHAT DONE list instead. <BR> <BR> Woke late but wanted to try a new recipe in the crock pot. Was thrilled when I created it in SP and found it wasn’t actually a crock pot recipe but a Dutch oven - whew - so I was able to make it for my dinner tonight. Then of course as I was creating this recipe into SP I found a lot of discre... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:00:20 EST 8 for 8 and feeling GREAT!! I can’t believe it myself! What began with steps resulting from so much SNOW shoveling at the beginning of 2014 has now got me pumped <em>104</em> to keep it going! <BR> <BR> I certainly didn’t want a repeat of yesterday’s fiscal of repeatedly having to walk outside in sub zero weather (brrrrrr) late at night just to get my 7th Glow Getter Award. Today it finally did warmed up to single digits here and I was out and about with many errands, but with all my walking I still hadn't accompl... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 00:15:11 EST Grrrrr - still short steps!! OK it’s 10:30 pm, and I’m short for my 10,000 steps for today. I was out between 8 and 9 walking in this below zero weather just to get in my steps for today. Walked 46 minutes and came in, unbundled myself and was thrilled I was done! NOT! As I sat down and let my SPAT sync and what do my weary eyes see but… I’m short! OMG - REALLY???? <BR> <BR> So…guess I need to reassemble all my winter gear again and head back outside, now at -3 below to get in my 10,000 steps in - GGGGRRRRRRR But ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:28:49 EST Brrrr - Baby it’s COLD outside but... now 6 for 6!! I know this site is all about health, nutrition and wellness but…. Baby it's COLD here and I hope you will enjoy this rather lengthy blog. <BR> <BR> As the day began I woke this morning to the beautiful <em>67</em> shining so I quickly pulled open the shades to bask in the sunshine! I turned to check the temps and <em>530</em> -15 below zero. YEP you are reading that correctly... <em>530</em> -15. Oh and then they like to factor in the lovely…”feels like” temperature which was a ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:37:17 EST Just living in a snow globe...:-) What a winter wonder land. Here are a few photos taken today as I was out and about on my way to Church this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My driveway this morning. Had to make a path just to get out. Then the roads were a different story - NOT PLOWED YET! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Neighborhood roads - pretty as a picture, for a snow globe... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 00:07:48 EST In the hands of 2014 "What deeds of power are being done by His hands!" Mark 6:2. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Hands that made the world and gave the sun and moon their light <BR> are the tiny Hands of a baby born one cold December night. <BR> The Hands that stilled the wind and tamed the fury of the sea <BR> are the calloused Hands of a carpenter who lived in poverty. <BR> The Hands that held the power to break the binding chains of sin <BR> are ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:07:28 EST Walking against all odds I got my main walking in this afternoon clipping through Wal*Mart as I was waiting to pick up prescriptions for my sick college daughter. The pharmacy was so backed up that I actually got in 58 minutes, with about 10 minutes just standing right at the counter - in place!! <em>104</em> Hey works for me even though I’m sure I looked like a nut! But as I was leaving an elderly gentlemen came over and asked if I got in my 10,000 steps and we both smiled. He bid me good luck and commended m... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 21:06:31 EST Two for two and counting!! I’m working on accomplishing another glow award for today, only need just under 400 more steps to do so. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> only 2 days into the New Year and 2 glow awards under my belt and I’m feeling pretty darn good! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Oh, I know that to attain a glow award every day of this year is an inconceivable goal and one I DID NOT SET!! But that won't <em>227</em> me from attempting to attain one every day! I will move about my day and see where my steps may... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 22:12:19 EST Doctor's appointment anyone?? <img src=> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:14:01 EST My New Year's resolutions?? First let’s define the word “resolutions” - (1) a resolving to do something. (2) a course of action determined or decided on. <BR> <BR> In past years I have NOT made any New Year resolutions as most are broken within the 1st week of the New Year. Years ago when I had attempted to make any, I too would set myself up to fail by making decisions of huge or radical changes. Changes that I “wanted” to make but were far from the probability of being attainable in the short term. <BR> <BR> Resol... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 02:50:02 EST Happy New Year - 2014 Wishing all a HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2014!! <BR> <BR> Ended the year up and down; <BR> <BR> Up - Donated blood today in record time 4 minutes <BR> Vitals were excellent - BP 115/60 - WOW! <BR> Attended Mass - even in a snow storm <BR> 20 mph driving conditions - Oh My!! <BR> “WAS” heading for 10,000+ steps <BR> By shoveling 4” from large & long driveway… <BR> <BR> Downs - think I may have over done it today. <BR> Normally after donating blood - to take it easy ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 00:47:03 EST Supermarket Shuffle What a great idea and especially today in honor of today’s exciting football match up of the Chicago Bears vs the Green Bay Packer’s later today at 4:20 pm Chicago time - at home of course - GO BEARS GO - BLUE AND ORANGE ALL THE WAY!!! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This morning the roads in our area were horrible with ICE everywhere! When I took the dog out I could not even walk the driveway, nor could she. Since I haven’t done much in the activity area for the past two day bu... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:59:10 EST Confessions of a Chocoholic!! Ok blog after blog…and I was doing so well. Christmas came and went, but that darn old Santa left behind my worse enemy “CHOCOLATE” OH NO….I've fallen and need to get a grip! <BR> <BR> So I need to now confess my hand dipped into that gay old Christmas stocking and what to my surprise did I pulled out but a whopping 635 empty calories and 30 grams of fat. I’m not even sure if these figures are even accurate but did chart them direct from SP. And to think I ate all of this in one sitting, i... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:25:19 EST Results are in…and they weren't pretty! Christmas is over and now the results are in. I’m catching up on tracking my food for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And WOW I of course did not PRACTICE WHAT I PREACHED on previous blogs! I ate way over what I had intended to eat and why? Well, just because it was there and I could? <BR> <BR> See I am not very good at self-control!!!! In fact after charting what I consumed on Christmas Eve from what I have been normally consuming which amounted to more than DOUBLE!!!! “ouch” That ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 02:52:20 EST Happy Christmas Eve <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Christmas is here and I’m still on track! I have been able to maneuver through a few holiday parties and now onto getting through today and tomorrow. We all know the C in Christmas means “CHOCOLATE” and lots of it, which is my weakness. Although I usually keep from bringing chocolate into my house I have to admit to purchasing some of course with the ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 09:35:36 EST Day before the day before Christmas - Christmas Eve Eve! <em>425</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> All is somewhat ready for Christmas Day! Presents are wrapped but still need to buy candy before the stockings can be hung by the tree. I completed my 10,000+ steps for today with 53 minutes of activity by way of 3 mini SPARKS and another 28 minutes of run/walk activity to make my 10,000 daily step goal. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow starts early - 3:15am with a... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:08:54 EST C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S* C is for Christ our Lord <BR> <BR> H is for history (HIS-story) <BR> <BR> R is for rejoice <BR> <BR> I is for Immanuel <BR> <BR> S is for shepherds <BR> <BR> T is for tree (the cross) <BR> <BR> M is for magi <BR> <BR> A is for angels <BR> <BR> S is for shining star <BR> <BR> <BR> Christmas is not primarily a celebration of human life, although each human life is valuable; <BR> <BR> Christmas is not primarily a celebration of peace and love, although peace and love are noble. <B... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:55:08 EST Truckfull of Hugs Let's keep this truck Moving <BR> <BR> &#9829; &#9829;&#9472; &#9472; &#9472; &#9472; &#9472; &#9604; &#9612; &#9616; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9600; &#9612; <BR> &#9472; &#9472; &#9472; &#9604; &#9604; &#9608; &#9608; &#9612; &#9608; &#9617; &#9829; &#9617; &#9617; DELIVERY OF HUGS &#9617; &#9829;&#9617; &#9617; &#9617; &#9617; &#9617;&#9617;&#961... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:38:57 EST Psyched and MOTIVATED!!!! I’m so psyched! I officially returned back to SP on 11/12/13, as the date prompted me to make some big radical change. And what better than to change up my lifestyle to practice what I preach to others and get myself in shape. <BR> <BR> I am fortunate that my insurance runs a program that I can go a few times a year and get an assessment on how my health is. They do weight, BMI, waist circumference as well as check fasting blood glucose and cholesterol. Which in the past have all not bee... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:44:31 EST Gotta Run or walk? It's 11 pm I’m 550 steps "short" of my 10,000 steps for today so… out the door I will fly. OK walk but you get the picture. <BR> <BR> I so want to continue my streak with getting another Glow award today and being so close - gotta go… Bye.................................... <em>311</em> <BR> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 00:11:13 EST ADD & Christmas DO NOT MIX - for me! <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>442</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Oh brother - how I know I have ADD! And ADD doesn’t mix well with Christmas. Too many additional distractions with all the commotion, things to do, and then add in all the twinkling lights, and need to read all the cards received. So today I’ve been attempting to tackling “house cleaning” and this, NOT being one of my favo... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:52:45 EST A no activity day - yesterday! I was feeling bad that I never did get my walk in on Sunday. In fact I usually am able to get in at least 2 - 10+ minute SPARK, just with taking the dog out, but not yesterday. Too &%$# cold for her and she just can’t handle a full 10 minutes at 8 degrees. And of course once I come in with her, who in their right might wants’ to go back out then?? <BR> <BR> But hind sight is great, as I looked at my Spark activity tracker details for the day and it made me fill better. Although I may not ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:45:08 EST Good day ~ Bad Day These items are not in any particular order - just as I remembered them LOL <BR> <BR> Good day - BEARS WON! <BR> Began making my gifts LOL <BR> Got some more shopping done <BR> Made 9am Mass - before Mass started <BR> Talked with daughter on phone <BR> <BR> Bad day - Resale shop was closed (Sunday/s) <BR> Green Bay Packers won - by 1 point too! <BR> Minnesota Vikings won too <BR> ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 23:11:57 EST Today's Victory Celebration It was a bust!! Weather kept everyone home. Due to heavy morning snow storm no one wanted to attempt to come out in it. Although since I’m the leader I had no choice and the roads weren't that bad. Problem is on Saturday they don’t bother jumping on the roads with plows - only Monday through Friday. Guess they assume no one works or leaves their home on the weekend - go figure. <BR> <BR> Well I made my Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole and it was pretty good. Only 2 other ladies sh... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:16:50 EST Tomorrow’s Victory Celebration I’m soo psyched for tomorrow morning. I lead a F2F First Place 4 Health group at my church and tomorrow as the title of this blog states, is our VICTORY CELEBRATION. <em>104</em> No biggie as we have one of these celebrations after every 12-week Bible Study session. Since our weekly meetings are held early Saturday mornings we all bring in HEALTHY breakfast type foods to share as a meal together. <em>4</em> Besides going over the success <em>9</em> and progress <em>33</em> ... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:35:02 EST