TORTISE110's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TORTISE110 TORTISE110'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/ Good Morning from Colorado http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152028 Many of my Spark friends know I have been in Colorado to help our son who broke his leg a few weeks ago. He had surgery last Friday and came through it. It has a terrifying twist because in the surgery he had an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. It turns out he has a genetic condition called Malignant Hyperthermia which means he cannot have gas anesthetic. The good news is the doc recognized the rare condition and stopped using gas AND that we now know. He spent a scary night in the I... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:11:24 EST Time to Renew My Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144031 It's been a harder week for me than usual. My son broke his leg skiing and will have surgery next week. He's making his career in Outdoor Education so this leg deal is key but all news points in a positive direction (leg is fixable), though he will need to spend the summer recovering. <BR> <BR> As we set out to support him it will be important to hold my own routine a bit, at least in terms of self care and self control around eating and moving. He's not demanding and will want to spend... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 07:27:48 EST Activity Takes Many Forms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131511 Just sharing a family shot from Easter morning. It was chilly, thus the coats. It was drizzling, thus the plastic bags. Still, we had fun. Can't beat that! <BR> <BR> Two of my grandchildren with my husband and I, after the scamper around the yard. How many calories does one burn 'scampering?' (-: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc48728f-4479-448a-9a68-2195e21030b6.jpg"> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:49:45 EST It's Blooming Springtime! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127191 I've been impatient for my Forsythia to bloom, but here they are, lighting up our side yard. Looking at the stand gives me an energy surge. It's time to get moving again! <BR> <BR> Happy Spring to all and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/859c0e8e-33c5-4975-902d-53981297630a.jpg"> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:39:43 EST A Sweet Clip on Why Mindfulness Is So Helpful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115764 I loved this little youtube video on mindfulness. It reminded me why being mindful is so important. To view, copy and paste the link below into your browser. It's called How Mindfulness Empowers Us. <BR> <BR> (I could not get the link to work with a 'click through' which is why you have to copy and paste!) <BR> <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzKryaN4<BR>4ss <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 06:24:42 EST The Gym Is Not Calling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114018 It's going to be a pretty day here and while it's my day to hit the gym, I'm playing hookie. Call it spring fever, call it common sense, but when it's nice (and sometimes when it's not) I just want to be outside. You? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51925bb0-7b05-4595-a692-b561377ff795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the things I love about Spark is that it encourages us to try new things. But my love for the outdoors comes from my childhood. In the Pacific Northwest... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 06:36:55 EST Distorted Body Image: A Little Turnaround http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101047 Last week I was able to ski in Colorado with my family. It was the first time I'd been on skis for 8 years and I skied one full day. At 68 I hung out with my family, had a few thrills, no falls and felt like a million bucks. Then I saw the picture. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34a3d8c6-842e-400a-ac8e-d29a68034259.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't I look a little fat? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm not a little fat. I am standing next to a 100 lb grand daughter and her 110 lb ... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:38:16 EST A Memoir about Binging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089830 I just read It Was Me All Along: A Memoir, by Andie Mitchell. I enjoyed this book, a story about a young woman who grows up overweight and continues to put on pounds through college until she becomes morbidly obese. <BR> <BR> The story about what lead Andie there and the journey that takes her out is hard to put down, especially after about 1/3 of the book. It IS painful to read about her binging at times, but I doubt anyone who has ever struggled with food will not understand, to some d... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 07:44:48 EST A Little Straight Talk to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087374 My weight spiked up this week and my first thought is to buckle down, give myself some tough advice, and feel bad. Because I do. This is not a path I want to walk. <BR> <BR> I showed up this morning to check in and recommit to my goals. That's a good thing. Some serious attention to detail works for me, but it won't be fast (like overnight--would be so nice) and I feel my impatience with myself growing right here and now like a tropical vine. <BR> <BR> But you know, that's just one ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 05:32:09 EST What Are We Posting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081258 I hope it's not too political to say that I think this US election cycle for the presidency is just too darn long. But perhaps that isn't so much the problem as the vitriol and high emotion that is so common in almost all reporting right now. I find it EXHAUSTING. <BR> <BR> And reporting is just a part of it. The rest of us can now take to the "airwaves" about everything we care about. At their best, posting and reading posts can be so fun. We get informed, we laugh, we share experiences... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:44:02 EST My "Go To" Smoothie Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069096 I've discovered that if I drink a high protein smoothie after strength training I have minimal initial soreness and DOM (delayed onset muscles soreness). Of course pacing my workouts so I don't over exert is also important, but I do like to think I push that and need this nutrition. <BR> <BR> What do you do to recover and not get too sore? <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, here is my recipe: <BR> <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1 cup of fruit - usually mixed berries <BR> 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk <BR> 1 s... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:40:45 EST For Everyone Who "Sparks" Before Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064617 I think this is why I so need a quiet morning to jump start my day! Happy Friday everyone. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d5066b4-59e7-4609-8e91-8430667d2b05.jpg"> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 07:14:05 EST We Gotta Laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054528 So here we are with cookies still around, chocolate gifts, and hey, a whole half quart of whipping cream for... Hmmmm <BR> <BR> Well it's gotta go. All of it. <BR> <BR> Ho, ho, ho....off it goes... <BR> <BR> Where do you take your goodies when you need them out of the house? Sadly I sometimes redistribute them in my office. I feel guilty about this. No one needs 'em, right? Sometimes I just dump them. I feel guilty about this. Waste. So I have come to accept that guilt is the pric... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:57:51 EST All I Want For Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051135 I found this picture on line and for me, it rings so true. To be present on this amazing planet with people I care about is such a gift. To be active and healthy and committed to doing the best I can in life is grand. Those are my most heart felt wishes now at holiday time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/683c19d0-54ed-42ff-ba91-13b9b73e7aa1.jpg"> Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:17:41 EST I've Been Gifted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046297 I feel so fortunate right now. Last week we traveled to St John with our daughter and 9 year old grandson. He has a busy life, like most young people these days. Lots of activities and lots of homework. Until this past week I felt like I hardly knew him even though we live just a few miles apart. But his dear mother pulled him out of school to spend 5 days with just us, his grandparents. We snorkeled, paddled (see how proud he is of his paddle in this picture), swam, talked, ate sushi (... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09:40:19 EST Is Sparking an Ordeal or an Adventure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041023 I have to admit that when I started Sparkpeople I wasn't in a good place. I felt defeated and resigned to my fate: I needed to get to work. And work it was--and still is--to stay focused, be consistent and do the healthy thing. But at some point Spark has also become an adventure. <BR> <BR> For the most part, I look forward to time I spend on Spark. It is the route to health and most importantly more energy. Since I've joined I've learned to paddle board, and kayak. This winter I will s... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 06:05:34 EST Old Dog, New Tricks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037014 I'm changing things up. It's Fall and the holiday season is spinning towards me. Because it's harder to get outside, even though I am mostly committed to getting outside, I need variety to keep my spark (and my Spark cred). <BR> <BR> So here's the deal. I started a yoga dvd that I am doing once a week. I know finding a class would be a good idea, but this is inside and handy. So yoga once a week in the middle of my other stuff. <BR> <BR> One or two serious gym workouts a week. <BR> ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:15:41 EST For the Next Time We Fear Speaking Up, Some Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035680 This quote from John Lennon is new to me and I love it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ac3f639-d4fd-4bc6-a845-a589692db0ac.png"> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 12:18:55 EST Mixing It Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030793 It's been a good week for me fitness-wise. I've been consistent and active. I'm feeling good. <BR> <BR> But the biggest thing I did was try something I'd abandoned for a long time: my yoga practice. I popped in a Jillian Michaels yoga DVD yesterday with some trepidation. She tends to be very quick paced and hard. But bottom line is that I loved her DVD, loved getting back to some yoga and felt great for cracking my "forward moving" routine into someting that stretched me out all over. <... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:49:33 EST Never Too Old? It's Not That Simple. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026490 Every so often I read a post or a blog on Spark about feeling too old to lose weight, or change lifestyles. Often I pick up that concern when I read the Introduction posts on the Message Board. My first reaction is that we are never too old. But that's too easy an answer. Making the switch ups we need over a lifetime is not easy and certainly gets more difficult as we age. We need to find courage just to get started and lots of patience to perservere. <BR> <BR> This is a story about me an... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:34:29 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024044 Sharing a pic of our youngest grandson to celebrate the fun of Halloween! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5d35f97-bc14-46a7-9707-48d76ab02769.jpg"> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:07:22 EST Fall Herbs & Veggies Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019792 <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I cleaned the basil out of my herb garden--just a big pot on my front porch where I keep some essential herbs. For me these are parsley, chives, thyme, oregano and in the summer, basil. I added rosemary to replace the basil yesterday. In our moderate climate near Washington DC I will probably have these herbs throughout the winter months--though I may have to cover them on hard-freeze nights. <BR> <BR> I also planted seeds for lettuce, spinach and char... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:26:12 EST Prank It Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016419 I found this amazing story on video today and want to pass it along. It is about a young woman who suffered from an eating disorder and then turned her life around to help others. And then someone who knew her played an amazing pay-it-forward kind of 'prank' on her. Prepare to be delighted, as well as to think about how we might do more for others as we achieve our own goals on Spark. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> http://theshrug.com/this-waitress-though<BR>t-it-was-a-normal-day-until-a-hid... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:54:05 EST Just for Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011150 I picked this up on social media today and laughed out loud. Any Sparker knows better! But still... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b65f3f4-5a92-4551-8403-4ce58320a038.jpg"> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 17:50:08 EST How Do Others React to Our Changing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004802 Ever notice that when we step out of a pattern to pursue our dreams or state a strong opinion it is common that others exert pressure to keep us as we always have been--or as they have always seen us? I think it is "common" because it is just human to be unsettled by change and to resist it--even when we need it to grow. <BR> <BR> On our Spark journeys the reactions of others are not always supportive. I think the resistance we get is often not mean-spirited, but just fearful. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 08:15:00 EST My Consistency Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004265 I go along with Woody Allen who is often quoted as saying that showing up is 80% of life. But still, my 518 day streak for checking into Spark surprises me a little. That’s pretty dang consistent. <BR> <BR> Checking in with Spark has become a daily ‘touchstone’ for me, to remind me of what I aim for every day. Of course there is maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping active, those fundamental Spark goals. But there is also showing up to chat with folks who know what I’m trying... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 06:56:19 EST A Little Note to Self about Staying Out of Other People's Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988598 I don't know why I sometimes think other people's problems are mine to repair. I don't actually believe that, but sometimes I act like that. So here's my "note to myself for today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b2059b7-3261-40c0-a8c0-a5968362a2c6.jpg"> Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:37:14 EST Thinking of School Starting, Fall Coming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986228 I could feel Fall in the air as I slipped through the water on my kayak this morning. It is coming all too soon. But I do look forward to crisper weather, jackets and sweaters and maybe a fire or two in our fire pit. <BR> <BR> I want to give something fun to each of my grandchildren who are starting school this coming month. I'm thinking of filling mugs with their name or initial on it with little goodies. Maybe some hot chocolate mix, a fun pen and note pad, some great socks. Something... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:05:54 EST Slipping Away to Be Outdoors & Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980068 When I get back from the beach I always long to hold just a bit of 'beach life' in my mind and heart to take me through fall and winter. Beach life for me is activity. Slipping away to swim in the ocean, jump in a boat, ski, walk. Sometimes it is only to be briefly outdoors and to return then to cook a simple summer meal or read a book. But it is always active. It seems like the right thing to do surrounded by all that water, beach front. <BR> <BR> I want 'slipping away' to be the 'right... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:18:10 EST A Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965922 Passing this along to my Spark Friends who try to run or work out in any way every day. Loved this cartoon passed along to me by a friend this morning. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4211201b-2e29-421b-bd39-3b083f338352.jpg"> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:31:16 EST Building a Life with Peaceful Practices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962588 Sometimes I get so busy I forget how important it is to build in 'peaceful practices' into my days. Reflecting on that this morning got me thinking about what I believe about such activities and here's what I came up with: <BR> <BR> I believe a peaceful practice is like a balanced meal I feed myself to sustain life. A basic. Not a luxury. Not "me time" in a selfish sense. A peaceful practice serves a real need I have to restore my life, replenish my energy stores and build up the reserve... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:32:28 EST Sharing a Beautiful Photograph from Spain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959905 Good morning, Those of you who know me know my son has been walking the El Camino de Santiago for the past month. This weekend he and his girlfriend finished the 500 mile trek and we were able to catch up some. There was a part of the 'way' that our son walked alone. His girlfriend was not feeling well and so needed to use transport. This is the picture--he says it is the best of his collection--taken at sunset on the Meseta, an arid stretch of the El Camino. <BR> <BR> It is wonderful ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:48:13 EST Enough With Trying to be Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954806 Passing along a quote from blog I like alot, Marc and Angel Hack Life: <BR> <BR> "The quest for perfection always ends in devastation. Thinking you have to do things perfectly is like strapping an extra 500 pounds to your back – it absolutely crushes you. Perfection is correlated with depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis or missed opportunities. The fear of failing, making mistakes, not meeting people’s expectations, and being criticized keeps us outside the arena where ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:02:17 EST What It Takes Is Not Boring at All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947578 Outside of Spark I don't talk much about weight or eating (just cooking, LOL!). Since we are all 'at it,' Spark is a safe place to vent and smile, complain and celebrate this particular road. So much diet talk away from here is about fad diets or how folks 'should diet,' etc. and frankly the subject I spend so much time on here, bores me in casual conversation. <BR> <BR> I make exceptions when someone asks me what I do to maintain. I tell them I use the fitness site SparkPeople. I know tha... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:24:27 EST I Count Gardening as an Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943271 I came back from my travels to a garden path overcome with weeds. I decided to tackle that instead of a gym workout. It was complely satisfying and while it did not race my heart I moved (!) for many hours. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbab33d8-cbe4-4e1e-a96d-bb419ad3fde5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the right corner is my pot of 'porch herbs.' In the fall when it starts to get just a bit cooler I'll fill it with lettuces too. I'm so glad I can do that on my front p... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:58:27 EST How Much Should We Sit Each Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939449 "Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 30 percent. Just getting up for five minutes is going to get things going again. These things are so simple they're almost stupid." <BR> <BR> This quote is from an article in the Washington Post today covering research on how m... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 07:13:16 EST Are We Starving Ourselves? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931852 A friend of mine posted this on fb today: <BR> <BR> "Just thinking...we spend a lot of thought, effort and money on making sure that the foods we put into our bodies are mostly wholesome, healthy and free from toxins. I wonder how life would change if we developed the same rigor and concern for how we feed our souls and minds?" <BR> <BR> We are careful about the ingredients in our food, what about the ingredients in our day? What makes for a nourishing day? <BR> <BR> Food and activities ... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:19:17 EST Remembering Mom on Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925622 Sharing a picture of my mom on this Mother's Day. It was taken during a hospital stay a few years before she died. <BR> <BR> It's fitting Mom should be on a Spark blog. She cooked well and cooked with all fresh ingredients. At retirement and until very late in life (she lived to be 93) she walked 2 miles a day, every day. While she was a master pie maker, pie was a special occasion thing in our home, and we did not have dessert every day. And not surprisingly, her weight did not vary mu... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:06:56 EST On Living a Messy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925193 "All those beautiful, spotless rooms on Pinterest? Nobody lives in them." Patti Digh <BR> <BR> This quote reminds me of things I've done in life to stop myself from living. While I'm not a fan of a completely chaotic house I am trying to be more flexible about inviting people in even when the house is not PERFECT. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you but when I go into a home where everything looks perfect I get downright nervous. I feel like I'm about to make a mis-step at any minute. Wh... Sat, 9 May 2015 07:17:57 EST How Can I Be Kind to Me Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920653 Not many of us would debate the importance of being kind to others. We know it’s a better world and a better day when we are. But how often do we ask ourselves, “How can I be kind to me today?” <BR> <BR> When I ask myself that question honestly I find the answer that comes is usually something small and doable. Here are some of my ‘answers’ from this week: <BR> <BR> I can sit down and call my friend Karen for a good talk. <BR> <BR> I can drink water because I always feel a lit... Fri, 1 May 2015 08:32:55 EST A Reflection on Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917346 I am reading a memoir I like very much called Bettyville. It's the story about a man--a writer from NYC--who goes home to Missouri--Paris, Missouri--to take care of his aging mom, Betty. I love the book for being so well written and human, but mostly I love it for being kind. She is not easy and he is ceaselessly, but not perfectly, kind. <BR> <BR> I think of my family as a safe and loving place and I don't think I am wrong in that. But I notice sometimes we are more polite than kind to o... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:47:40 EST Kayaking Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912996 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1782290192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a great day on the water. My DH and I went out this afternoon. We watched a very defensive Canadian goose flutter and squak to lead us away--presumably from a nest. A heron took flight about 10 yards away from the nose of my husband's boat. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful to be on the lake, and to be healthy enough to paddle and savor it all. Thank you, Spark life! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:17:37 EST Itching for Spring and Summer Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909237 I love how spring makes me 'itchy," and I don't mean seasonal-allergy itchy. I mean itching to MOVE. As soon as the weather turns just a little warm I am drawn outside to walk, to kayak. I also start dreaming of swimming, hiking and the beach. <BR> <BR> The warming trend in our neck of the woods makes me realize how 'pent up' winter was as for me this year. When we weren't cooped up because of difficult weather we were wrapped up in layers of clothing. As I put away my winter stuff I ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:46:13 EST Spring Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2097678849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't know how many calories are in a "Peep," do you? But this picture made me laugh out loud! Happy Spring and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:53:23 EST First Paddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897039 Those of you who know me on Spark know I've been waiting for this day. The outside temp got over 55 when my husband and I pushed off. The sun was warm on our backs. The windspeed low. Nirvana! <BR> <BR> It was a quiet trip. We paddled by some trolling fisher-folks. All of us were out just taking in the day. Later in the season the lake will roar with jet skis, motor boats. But for today, the lake was ours. We visited a few coves, waved to neighbors in their yards--some we haven't s... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:33:45 EST Watching My Weight(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892093 This is not another blog about weight. Well it is about weight, but not the kind we talk most about on Spark. <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the weight I use in the gym to strength train. Let me be clear. I am not a body builder. And free weights still kind of scare me. I know, a trainer would help, but I'm not wanting to hire a trainer right now. I do a circuit using weight machines. <BR> <BR> Recently I started paying really close attention to the amount of weight I feel comfortable wo... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:51:51 EST I'm Thinking that Sometimes Easy Does It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887907 I woke up too early today. 4 a.m. is early even for an early riser like me. But it's my strategy for times when I seem fully awake and can't get back to sleep. I just get up and start my day. Which probably means there is a nap ahead in my day. <BR> <BR> Sleep is pretty important to me. I need it to balance myself: my work, my relationships, my workouts and self control around eating. So I think I'll go a little slower today. I've been on a workout "ramparge" after healing from a kne... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:08:15 EST The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880937 I am coming to grips with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about what it takes for me to maintain a healthy life style. <BR> <BR> The Good (news) is all the great information, the fabulous motivating friends, and the inspiring photos and ideas on Spark that help keep a smile on my face and a bounce in my steps. Tracking is good. I always know exactly what to get back to when I slip up and am doing less-than-healthy things. <BR> <BR> The Bad is that part of my motivation for being here... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:52:22 EST Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877218 It's a feet by the fire kind of day. First snowfall of the year where I live. (I know, Boston, you should be so fortunate). But with it comes a delightful pause in metro DC where we all know people could wisely spend a little more time pausing--creating the mental space--to think clearly. And then there are all those neglected political children all over town who may finally get some prime time with their parents! I mean it is really cool when this city slows down. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:13:56 EST A Spark-Like Food Fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874943 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1101010736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember fighting over the biggest cookie? I sure do. And my husband, one of four boys, sure does as well. But lately something weird in a Sparky kind of way is happening at our house. <BR> <BR> We are trying to get the smallest piece of food instead. "Give it to me!" "No, give it to ME!" <BR> <BR> No one has been forked yet, but it strikes me as hilarious. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:56:18 EST