TOSTAYHEALTHY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TOSTAYHEALTHY TOSTAYHEALTHY'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/ Saturday the 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401707 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ec9997b-e23c-4630-b117-4141393b1777.jpg"> <BR> I took this yesterday while enjoying the day on the back porch. Here I am with Lucky. I love my girls 💕 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:34:13 EST Life is good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400985 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6464dd4c-597c-4954-b8e3-d9c39402d5d8.jpg"> <BR> The love I receive from animals is remarkable. Here I am with my girl Sox. Life is good.... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:41:32 EST I like spoiling myself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4d95ff6-6d60-4da5-9230-fb7c22649397.jpg"> <BR> I made a quick stop yesterday to buy myself flowers. Life is good! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:49:21 EST Another weekend goes by.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399834 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0674bd68-dacc-48f7-8d75-ff7507466566.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1ca9dfe-bd28-49dd-b097-79b19384a195.jpg"> <BR> This is my view from my chair where I have my morning coffee. Another weekend goes by and I start to notice it's getting darker earlier in the evening and my girls are waking me up later than just a month ago. However, I have so enjoyed this weather. It'll be warmer by the end of the week. <BR> I took... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:56:44 EST Sunday 8/6/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396872 The weather....always a newsworthy subject around these parts, especially under an extreme heat advisory. <BR> <BR> It's a little more tolerable, the weather. Lucky & Sox have been stretched out for days trying to beat the heat. I felt so bad for them last week as the temps outside were in the mid 90's and the house was so warm no matter what I did to keep it cool. In spite of that, I am loving the summer weather we're having.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 23:59:35 EST I thought I should begin to blog again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396355 <em>311</em> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d669f79-b92b-427b-9243-7af9eee770d3.jpg"> <BR> Because those on here who are successful swear by it.... <BR> <BR> So to begin with today, here's my late breakfast. I found a way to sneak more veggies into my day. This morning was 2 cups crimi mushrooms & a leftover orange pepper. The brown is a Morning star sausage patty. <BR> <BR> Today is day 40 post surgery. On 6/27 I had a complete hip replacement on my left hip. Recov... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 15:38:15 EST 5/22/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365070 Its been awhile since I've blogged. <BR> Today's coaching: give yourself 3 compliments <BR> Me: <BR> Doing a great job of tracking every day. <BR> Like how you deal with fitting in some exercise every week. <BR> Glad you keep a positive attitude. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 May 2017 09:09:07 EST 4/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344918 Coach: <BR> Do you have a particular meal you eat before a workout? <BR> <BR> Me: I like to workout after work if I can. I'm usually hungry by then so I might make a peanut butter sandwich and have it before my workout. Easy on the tummy. <BR> <BR> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 00:58:15 EST One thing #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307517 I'm supposed to blog on one thing I'd like to accomplish this week. <BR> <BR> I'd like to get to Curves twice this week. My hand has improved since my falling on the black ice on the 9th and I can grip pretty well now. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:03:49 EST Yesterday's Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307212 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a73c57c9-32c6-4148-95a2-f018dd4d5a78.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday was our annual Para Educator conference encompassing 6 school districts. It was nice to not have to drive far as it was held in my employer's professional development site. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> There were 3 different classes, almost 2 hours each. I do wish they were shorter as that would allow more topics and nothing on Equity & Diversity. I did write those 2 suggestions down on t... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:23:25 EST One thing.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307023 One thing I'd like to accomplish within the next 7 days is to eliminate evening snacking. <BR> <BR> The 5% Challenge I'm doing is going good. I've lost 2 pounds. <BR> <BR> This week, the challenge includes "no evening eating or one planned healthy snack." <BR> <BR> We'll see how it goes...all for now ☺ Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:42:12 EST I love all of me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304749 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5adb8cc8-e931-45bd-8e37-81950e30bf94.jpg"> <BR> Coach: What part of your body do you like best? (or something similar) Me: I love all of me! Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:39:50 EST Clothes Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303478 Coach: clothes shopping makes me feel _______ <BR> <BR> Me: clothes shopping makes me feel grateful to have the money to spend. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:03:12 EST Longest streak ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301086 I've been on a streak since August 14, 2016, my longest ever! <BR> <BR> I feel proud of myself for committing. <BR> <BR> I can do it! <BR> You can do it! Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:16:59 EST Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299640 Coach: Clothes shopping makes me feel ________? <BR> <BR> Me: I don't shop much for clothes. I did go last September to see if I could find a long sleeved white short I could wear under t-shirts. I found one at Target. Happy ☺ <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:53:01 EST One Healthy Habit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298878 I have Premium and today I'm to blog about one healthy habit I can do for one week. <BR> <BR> Well, I think I can workout daily thanks to sparkpeople TV. I started today and logged 41 minutes. <BR> <BR> Consistent exercise is important at any age. I CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> Keep sparking ☺ Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:58:42 EST Old Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295719 I gave away a bunch of clothes last time I lost a great deal of weight. Now I'm involved in the Winter 5% Challenge and yes, I would donate again. <BR> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:47:09 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294297 Coach: What's one thing you're good at? <BR> <BR> Me: I'm good with communication skills. I love meeting new people. At least I think I am. <BR> <BR> Well....it's late & time to sign off. ☺ Mon, 9 Jan 2017 01:18:01 EST Moving is good...☺ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289827 Coach: What will you do to today to better your life? <BR> <BR> Me: I opened the Spark Coach app after a semi-good nights sleep. I drank my 8 glasses of water. I cut off my caffeine after breakfast. I walked Lucky. I worked out at Curves. I posted on the private challenge team I am doing. Life is good! <BR> ☺ Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:19:28 EST Moving is good...☺ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289826 Coach: What will you do to today to better your life? <BR> <BR> Me: I opened the Spark Coach app after a semi-good nights sleep. I drank my 8 glasses of water. I cut off my caffeine after breakfast. I walked Lucky. I worked out at Curves. I posted on the private challenge team I am doing. Life is good! <BR> ☺ Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:19:15 EST Moving is good...☺ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289825 Coach: What will you do to today to better your life? <BR> <BR> Me: I opened the Spark Coach app after a semi-good nights sleep. I drank my 8 glasses of water. I cut off my caffeine after breakfast. I walked Lucky. I worked out at Curves. I posted on the private challenge team I am doing. Life is good! <BR> ☺ Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:19:11 EST My walking pal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288977 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7d27879-e61c-4d3b-b8d4-3f92511eb6b9.jpg"> <BR> Lucky and I got out for a walk this afternoon after the Hawks game. She'd stayed out there forever but I know that any more than 10 min on her 11 year old body, and she would begin to limp. Love my girl ☺ Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:52:47 EST Breakfast 12-29-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287032 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee657486-1e40-43be-9357-c6c8892dae70.jpg"> <BR> Lucerne egg (1) Morning Star Sausage patty (1 ) Fresh broccoli (1 c chopped) Fresh mushrooms (1/4 c sliced ) Halo Folders Coffee 1/2 Caffeine 175 calories 19 grams protein Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:02:53 EST Me and Sox.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286701 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/996b1953-a5c2-46e8-ad18-25bc670c5574.jpg"> <BR> This is Sox helping mom work on her work training online. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:23:56 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286687 Today was a bright, sunny day; very cold for 44 degrees. I got outside and took Lucky for a walk. I ate lunch after having coffee with friends. And I spent about an hour working on my mandatory work training online. I have another hour and a half to go. I'm still not able to upload pictures.....sure do miss it! Back to the computer....☺ Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:53:04 EST 2017 5% Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286231 Check List <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, walking shoes, dog leash, poop bags, water bottle, etc. ready to go? Yes. <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? <BR> a. 10,000 steps per day / 5 days a week <BR> b. Take Lucky (she's 11 1/2 years old) out for her walk every day: 9-10 minutes <em>338</em> <BR> c. Attend Curves & do circuit training 2 days a week <BR> d. Stretching exercises 7 days a week <BR> <BR> Did you post your 2017 Winter 5% Cha... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 23:13:49 EST Let's see if I can upload a photo yet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286076 #coach #tech I read that the developer was fixing the app. I haven't been able to upload a photo since updating. No I cant....poo. :( Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:42:15 EST Fell off the wagon with my exercise plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286050 I fell off the exercise wagon. I have been so excited with my streak of 125 days checking in and tracking food that I figured it would be no big deal. Not what you'd usually hear out of someone who is 67 years old and likes to exercise normally. Maybe that's the problem, my expectations. The doctor gave me her blessing last week at my annual checkup. "Move" she says. "Get back to Curves, do squats, walk, do something!" My cholesterol is up and now I've proved thru my willy-nilly exercise pl... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:57:54 EST Christmas Day Empty nester 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285255 I've been an empty nester since 1987. Wow! Seems like yesterday only son graduated from high school. I've used various techniques to squash the feelings I get. Especially ones that promise "fast weight loss"; I've tried them all. Feelings are a good thing and I would encourage anyone to start a journal. The best part is I'm the only one who reads it. Been on a lot of diets. I think most of us know they don't work, very short term. But I can't seem to stop thinking I'm on a diet again. Gosh y... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:28:00 EST Football http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8c7e243-d662-455b-a854-492579b0002f.jpg"> <BR> I watched the Seahawks game, I had a salad for lunch and a Zone bar. But now I'm hungry and don't feel like cooking....😆. I bought groceries yesterday so I have some good, healthy choices. Salmon, to ground turkey, or chicken. Decisions....decisions Sat, 24 Dec 2016 20:17:42 EST Football http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efb6664e-d01f-4ab8-a374-1f254aace9d8.jpg"> <BR> I watched the Seahawks game, I had a salad for lunch and a Zone bar. But now I'm hungry and don't feel like cooking....😆. I bought groceries yesterday so I have some good, healthy choices. Salmon, to ground turkey, or chicken. Decisions....decisions Sat, 24 Dec 2016 20:17:21 EST Christmas Eve Eve again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284712 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6b4e2af-93fb-41d1-91b8-6ab23e2863fd.jpg"> <BR> Here's Sox. We've had a relaxing evening Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:32:29 EST Christmas Eve Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284707 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ebc7966-f40c-45bc-a369-03de4e1fa057.jpg"> <BR> A nice, relaxing evening. Wish there was room for more than one photo at a time Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:20:17 EST Happy Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284538 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e0ae004-0c27-4cf8-adaf-20b0ca99adf8.jpg"> <BR> Have a good day all ☺ Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:24:40 EST Truth be told....went to the doctor today and weighed less!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ae81445-6561-4f4e-9662-80783ccc5a71.jpg"> <BR> Clean bill of health. And I weigh less, 178.1#s. I met one of my goals for the month. Dr wants me to lower cholesterol from 167 to 130 in 4 months. So.... And to tell the truth..... I don't go to the gym 3x a week or eat enuf fiber according to dr. In fact I haven't been to Curves since Oct. Just walks with Lucky. No disrespect to her but I sometimes think she wants me in there often, which is fin... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:07:29 EST Truth be told....went to the doctor today and weighed less!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284209 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcec52a2-76f0-4231-85f0-1405f7c99fa7.jpg"> <BR> Clean bill of health. And I weigh less, 178.1#s. I met one of my goals for the month. Dr wants me to lower cholesterol from 167 to 130 in 4 months. So.... And to tell the truth..... I don't go to the gym 3x a week or eat enuf fiber according to dr. In fact I haven't been to Curves since Oct. Just walks with Lucky. No disrespect to her but I sometimes think she wants me in there often, which is fin... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:07:20 EST Being silly...☺ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283884 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20ad1822-cad4-4330-91f7-927b93a84840.jpg"> <BR> I was at the chiropractor laying on the spinalater and couldn't resist a selfie Wed, 21 Dec 2016 17:52:14 EST Tomorrow I see the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283823 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ad666ff-024f-4319-af4e-8aa040c5c426.jpg"> I have my annual physical tomorrow; so resistant I am. I have no idea why. I try to stay as healthy as I can, watching my blood pressure. A year ago, one more BP pill was added so now I take 3 pills. You'd think that would shock me and it did for awhile. I've never liked taking pills as a solution; I've always used exercise and healthier eating. I agreed to give it a try and it seems to be working. Wha... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:38:42 EST The belt metaphor....Tuesday 12/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283413 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e6ed79dc-3412-4a1c-af46-5c03bd0855ed.jpg"> <BR> In the beginning of sparkpeople, 10/2009, I was wearing slacks to work with a belt. I liked how it felt. And the only day I dressed down was on Fridays. Back then, I thought I had it all together. I quit Curves and joined Allstar Fitness near the Mall. I spent money on a trainer after 2 free sessions. Worked out consistently, even yoga classes on Sundays & boxing classes on Thursdays. Pretty soon... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:57:12 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282423 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06f755ac-e8b8-47a4-b235-36b213318543.jpg"> <BR> I am grateful for another day! Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:12:29 EST Happy Friday☺ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281646 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/554cf251-5143-46c8-ad9a-7460545f6a3c.jpg"> <BR> Good morning everyone. It's a really cold morning here, in the 20's. It's still dark and I hear the sun will shine all day. The Seahawks won their game last evening on Thursday Night Football, we're NFC Champions! I restarted the SP 28 day Plateau Busting program today. I really don't want to give up, it's been too much work tracking. So here I am again. My dog walks have become few and far bet... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:40:09 EST 12/7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277542 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34a85e85-2b41-4213-93e7-9d0e759ab941.jpg"> <BR> Remembering Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 09:37:43 EST 11/26/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272363 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ae8e96a-7236-4577-ac53-f379e0e2f67e.jpg"> <BR> Good morning! I love these quiet mornings before the world gets out and gets going. Sox had a tooth extracted yesterday morning and seems to be her usual self. Lucky and I will be doing some walking later. All for now.....☺ Sat, 26 Nov 2016 11:33:18 EST Temptations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272130 Have I passed up on some temptations recently? Yes and no as the school nurse brought in cupcakes in Monday. Someone else brought banana bread. As I stopped to refresh my coffee cup, I picked up 2; one for me and a coworker. I only ate the frosting off the top.....on an almost empty stomach. Not a good idea so I threw away the cupcake. My coworker ate hers. I did eat a piece of banana bread. <BR> <BR> I have such a sweet tooth but I do try to remember to track and not beat myself up over i... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:36:06 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271665 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/903069e4-436b-4d54-ab3d-795b363fe511.jpg"> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to everyone on sparkpeople. Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:00:51 EST Working Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270050 Five reasons that inspire me to workout: <BR> <BR> 1. I have osteoarthritis and exercise makes it tolerable. <BR> 2. I want to live to a ripe old age & exercise helps the brain stay healthy. <BR> 3. My son is an avid exerciser. <BR> 4. Exercise helps keep me feeling more balance. <BR> 5. Feel less stress when regularly exercising. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:09:24 EST Broke Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269624 I finally lost weight! Now to keep the momentum going. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 02:19:34 EST 11/16/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268076 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad6d4177-0429-4b4d-b1e9-0567a4c5d901.jpg"> <BR> I'm on a roll ....so close to a 90 day streak of logging in to Spark people and tracking food. Not so good with exercise but it's "progress, not perfection", right? Keep sparking! Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:49:11 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266662 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d846ddb4-d829-4132-99c6-12087f8e00d3.jpg"> Good morning! I'm really ready having been off for 3 days. I'm planning on have a good week. I made my grocery list plus I have made great strides toward adding more vegetables to my day. Sunday is my usual day to shop but with the Seahawks on Sunday night football, I didn't want to go. I heard it's been packed all weekend. All for now.....keep sparking 😊 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:33:25 EST Sat. 11/12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265996 The best part of my day was spending time with my girls, Lucky and Sox. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 02:34:33 EST