TOSTAYHEALTHY's SparkPeople Blog TOSTAYHEALTHY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 61 My biggest accomplishment today is working with students. I love my job! <BR> <BR> All for now....keep sparking Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:28:02 EST Day 60 Going clothes Shopping makes me feel okay. I'm not much of a regular shopper like when I was young. If I need something, I go to the thrift store first, then maybe Fred Meyer. I bet I haven't been to the mall maybe once in 10 years. <BR> <BR> All for now.... <BR> <BR> Keep sparking ☺ Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:11:23 EST Sox <img src=""> <BR> 10/16 out like a light Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:26:54 EST Day 59 Today was an okay day for a Monday. The pest control guy came this afternoon. Seems I have had some rodents visit under the house. He plugged one hole and set 2 traps. In the morning I have to call the insulation people and have them come out. Seems some insulation has come down. I don't want a rodent to nest. All for now.... <BR> <BR> Keep sparking😊 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:19:10 EST Day 58 Things I can do to distract myself from an eating binge: <BR> <BR> 1. Drink water <BR> 2. Take a walk <BR> 3. Contact a friend <BR> 4. Read my goal again Sun, 16 Oct 2016 23:02:00 EST Day 57 Starting to feel better, hardly sneezed at all today. But physically, my left hip has been hurting. It's the one with arthritis and bone spurs. Maybe it's the weather. Went on 2 walks with Lucky and 1 walk by myself. Exercise is a good thing. <BR> <BR> All for now...keep sparking Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:42:26 EST Day 56 Stayed home from work. I slept for about 12 hours straight. Lots of fluids, rest, chicken soup, and a trip to the chiropractor. Staying in rather than visit my friends; I don't want them to get sick. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:04:07 EST Day 55 Wish I felt better to blog. Been a rough day, sneezing, etc. Off to get a good night's sleep. Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:51:49 EST Day 54 What would you do with your too big clothes? <BR> <BR> I would donate them. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:03:56 EST Day 53 <img src=""> Some days, I'm unsure of what to write. Today is one of those days. I will say that by getting up at 6:30 am this morning, it's made a long, lazy day. I'm still taking lucky out for 2 walks a day. She seems to have a little pep in her step today. I so hope the infection is going away. All for now....keep sparking! Sun, 9 Oct 2016 23:49:35 EST Day 52 Never give up. Keep sparking! Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:03:22 EST Day 51 I'm a very grateful woman. I'm glad I have stayed connected with sparkpeople. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:11:15 EST Sox <img src=""> <BR> One of my girls. Was just fascinated with my umbrella. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:51:59 EST Day 50 I'm supposed to give myself 3 compliments. <BR> <BR> 1. You look happy. <BR> 2. You are a caring <BR> person. <BR> 3. You look good in aqua blue. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:42:59 EST Day 49 Today was a good day. It's been raining; in fact got caught in a downpour while out doing crossing at 3:30pm. Oh well....all in a days work. <BR> <BR> Keep sparkimg☺ <BR> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:16:10 EST Day 48 <img src=""> Carrot was free yesterday for those of us 65+. Really good! I got it at Marlene's Deli, a health food store. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 23:21:26 EST Day 47 <img src=""> <BR> I was gifted a dog bed; feel blessed. Lucky and I continue ue to take an early morning walk and a dinner walk. I pray this infection goes away and she gets better. I live my girls! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 23:26:27 EST Day 46 I walked did the ALS Walk today with my son. We joined his cousins and their families to not only walk in memory of the Fighting Fierce Five, but also for who are still alive and dealing with this incideous disease. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 00:39:12 EST Day 45 I walked 1.27 miles today after I got home from work and got Lucky all taken care of. It sure cleared up my head, and I felt better. I just might have to do it more often. I know it would help me get toned up and lose weight faster. At 67, things are moving slow in the weight department but my clothes feel better. I might be losing inches. <BR> This weekend is the ALS walk. Also the Mariners are in the race for the wildcard spot and Seahawks play Sunday. I love my life. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:58:21 EST Day 44 Coaching today: about a no-fail meal I have before my workouts <BR> <BR> It depends on what time I workout. <BR> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:50:55 EST Day 44 Coaching today: about a no-fail meal I have before my workouts <BR> <BR> It depends on what time I workout. <BR> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:50:47 EST Day 43 I thought it time I have an end date for my weight loss goal....1/2/2017. I also put into my calendar on phone to show up daily. Keeping it real. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:46:56 EST Day 42 Lucky seems to have an issue with her hind legs; especially favoring the left. I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow. I so hope they can find out what's wrong. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:30:19 EST Day 41 I'm feeling wonderful. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:45:03 EST Day 40 <img src=""> <BR> I want to blog about my feet. I have this philosophy that teeth and feet need to be taken care of, right up there with breathing. I recall giving myself pedicures up until 1994 when I had my first one at the hair salon I was going to.I was hooked! So here's what I've learned about my feet in those 20-odd years....ingrown toenails and hammer toes are no fun. A lot of it is genetic. I bought orthop... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:57:30 EST Day 39 The best part of my day was connecting with old friends this morning. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 23:53:20 EST Day 38 I'm grateful Lucky seems to be better. Went for another walk this evening. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:15:31 EST Day 38 I'm grateful Lucky seems to be better. Went for another walk this evening. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 01:15:18 EST Day 37 To me, health means taking care of oneself. It's more than stepping on a scale or counting calories. It's wanting to do the work it takes every day so I can live long and prosperous. It's willingness to exercise even if I don't want to. It's saying no to that donut at work without guilt. It's cherishing those small moments of victory when accomplishing something toward my goals. Keep sparking😊 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:10:43 EST Day 37 I'm feeling thankful this morning for all I have in my life. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:58:32 EST Day 36 I just took Lucky to Pet Pros with me to buy her some food. Having a temp has made her not feel well and picky about her food. Normally she eats her dry food with fussing. So the store carries some brand in a pouch; single serving. And here I thought I would always be talking about my weight on here. I'm so grateful I have Lucky. <BR> <BR> Sandy :) Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:43:43 EST Gratitude Coach: In one sentence describe how you feel. <BR> <BR> Me: I feel grateful for all the positive comments about Lucky. Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:35:01 EST Day 35 I missed blogging yesterday; I must have had something else on my mind. I know what it Seattle lost to the LA Rams 9-3. I also have had my dog Lucky on my mind alot. Lucky has to be at the vet this morning to stay while I work. They couldn't get enough urine for a test on Friday so we're going to try again. I really didn't want to take her and leave her as all she'll do is be in a crate all day. But we do have to see if the antibodics are working. Well, I better get going and... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:06:18 EST Day 34 9/17/16 I had a productive day; even got to the gym. I've noticed I'm getting better at buying groceries and planning my meals. Baby steps... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:49:11 EST Day 34 I've noticed some improvements since tracking. I'm eating more protein, able to keep an eye on my sodium better, and though tired at the end of the day, I still feel I have taken less naps, having more energy. Just some random thoughts....☺ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:57:59 EST Day 33 In my coaching today, it's suggested I write about what would I do if I had an extra hour every day. <BR> Let's see...I would exercise more. Now I'll have think about how I can find an extra hour. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:01:25 EST Day 32 It's late as I write, 9:30pm. If I could offer any piece of advice to be successful, I think I would say "get connected. Nothing worse than trying to go at it alone. Keep sparking ☺ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:30:54 EST Day 32 <img src=""> <BR> I'm still hanging on there, ready to call it a night. It's been a busy, busy. What with work, caring for Lucky, eye dr appt, and attending an annual Benefits Fair, it's no wonder I'm tired. Speaking of Lucky, I took for a walk, 18 minutes, and she pooped! To me, that means she'll be on the road to recovery. I'm still tracking food and getting as much exercise as I can. It'll feel good to get bac... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:28:24 EST Day 31 One thing I'd like to accomplish in the next 7 days is to keep blogging every day. It's new to me; sometimes I think it can't do any good, who's going to read my comments, etc. But apparently it does work and I want to experience that. All for now. Keep "sparking!" Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:01:22 EST Day 30 "For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it made lead." <BR> -Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:53:45 EST Day 29 Today, I'm going to pass on blogging about my achievements. <BR> Today is more about pausing to remember an event 15 years ago, 9-11-2001. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:47:10 EST Day 28 This was a suggestion on the premium I subscribe to. <BR> Clothes shopping makes me feel __________. <BR> Any one else subscribing to premium have an idea? <BR> <BR> I've never thought much about how I feel when I <BR> go clothes Shopping. <BR> <BR> Hmmm.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20:44:38 EST Day 27 I'm grateful for friends because they help keep you grounded. <BR> <BR> Keep on "sparking!" Sat, 10 Sep 2016 02:02:04 EST Day 26 Tracking has shown me where I need to make some changes this weekend when I reevaluate my goals. This time. I'm doing it weekly so I don't lose the reason I'm doing all this in the first place. I must be connected. It's vital. Have a great day & keep on sparking!! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:56:17 EST Day 24 "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." <BR> -Martin Luther King, Jr <BR> <BR> This one of my favorite quotes. Today has been very long day, as you can tell, since I'm just getting around to blogging. We had an Ice Cream Social for all the students and families at 4 o'clock after work. Many, many people. Passing on the ice cream is easy for me. I've had a couple of bad digestive experiences in my adult life eating ice cream that reminds me why I don... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 00:25:33 EST Day 23 <img src=""> Happy Labor Day! This has been one of the best summers I have had. Why? Because the last 2 summers I was dealing with post-surgery issues. I go back to work tomorrow after being on vacation since June 17th. The best part? Getting reconnected here....I found my spark! Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:37:36 EST Day 22 My name is Sandy; I'm a fan of social media and post frequently. Yet here I sit wondering what to say about 22 days in a row on SP. So here goes my random thoughts ....I do hope they make sense & maybe my posts will eventually help someone else some day. Looking at 22 and the first I think of is, its such a small number but such a huge victory too. Keeping track for 22 days hardly feels time consuming now; just needed a shift in my perspective one day at a time. Looking back, I'm just thankf... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 16:15:11 EST Old Clothes What will I do with my old clothes that are too big? Will I keep as a reminder or will I give them away? In the past, I've done both. In 2012, I lost 32#, purged my closet, and sent all the too big clothes to the thrift store. So now I've come back to SP after a 3 year absence and lots of pounds to lose, my closet has more things that are too tight & not worn than too big. I do own a couple pair of jeans that I bought in the last year that will become too big and I will give them away when I... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 12:18:09 EST Dinner 9/2 <img src=""> <BR> Scumptious! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 21:19:41 EST 3 Things I've Done Well in the last week 1. I did a better job of planning & tracking meals <BR> 2. Exercise has become important again <BR> 3. Community- vital! <BR> <BR> These are the 3 Things I did well in the last week. Looking forward to the long weekend. ☺ Fri, 2 Sep 2016 12:01:15 EST