TOSTAYHEALTHY's SparkPeople Blog TOSTAYHEALTHY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It Works When You Work It! <em>252</em> I went to Curves earlier today as planned. Yes, I actually had a plan. I'm on vacation & have really gotten out of the habit of setting goals & following thru with them. But I figured if I followed thru on this one, I could do more. Yes, it works when you work it. <BR> <BR> Since they close at noon on Saturdays, I managed to get there with 5 minutes to spare. I asked the gal if she would weigh & measure me. At the club, they call it "Monthly Coaching Session." Here's my surp... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:37:48 EST Reality Check Well today is day 4 of tracking. I haven't weighed myself for several weeks so while I was at the groomer, I stepped on their scale, 186.2. I guessed I was 185 when I reset my goals on my page. The good news....I'm not been down on myself at all nor have I picked up any fast food or a muffin at the store. I'm good with it; I have to start somewhere. I'll make sure I get to Curves soon so I can get my weight and measurements in the system. I hope you all had a good day. 😊 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:43:10 EST Getting Some Exercise <img src=""> <BR> Decided to finish mowing backyard, just dandelions. 30 minutes into mowing, ran out of gas. Easy fix I'm thinking so I push the mower to the patio, followed the directions on the can & the picture says it all 😄. Goofy cans, why can't they open easier I'm thinking. After 10 minutes I stopped, figured I'd come back later and decided to fix lunch. Good & healthy too! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 17:49:42 EST Happy Tuesday! <img src=""> <BR> The marine air moved in overnight one more time; it feels so good. We're in for hot weather this week so I plan to get to Curves anyway. Normally I use weather as an excuse in the summer because I get lethargic when it in the high 80's and 90's. However, I will do by best to ask for help from my Higher Power and all of you. Have a great day ☺ Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:26:01 EST Time to Get Honest Hi, I'm Sandy & I'm getting honest. I am so proud of myself for tracking 2 days in a row. It's truly a miracle. On January 1, 2012, I set myself up for healthier eating to go along with my visits to Curves. By September, I had lost 32 pounds. I could fit into things again. I would go shopping at the thrift store & buy new things.....smaller. Then, 2 years ago on Memorial Day weekend, three weeks after my 65th birthday, I was at a coffee shop with friends. I got up to switch chairs and tumbled... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 01:01:32 EST Monday 8/15 I'm having the dickens of a time being motivated to workout 3x a week at Curves. Do you ever get that way? I get the feeling I'm not alone. I downloaded the SP app yesterday thinking it will help me since I'm usually a "paper & pencil" gal. Reading an article or two has already got me thinking of something else for breakfast and streaming a exercise video. # makingitagreatday Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:07:32 EST Super Sunday 10/20 <img src="">So today I started tracking again, pulled up the Meal Plan, and am on a mission to continue building my strength. Now it definitely has been slower than 2012 but its progress, not perfection! I have figured out the secret to maintenance, it's between my brain! It's a powerful machine, and I've only scratched the surface. I've been in a pretty normal routine for starting back to work; though part time at the school... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 17:36:15 EST Two things that made me smile today... Sharing a meal & conversation with my women friends at a local restaurant <BR> <BR> Going into Safeway and purchasing carnations for myself <BR> <BR> Sandy :) Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:06:20 EST Blood Pressure Sparkteam It's been a long time since I joined this team...however, today I made the commitment to join the April Blood Pressure Challenge! <BR> <BR> Since I was gone most of this weekend (as it's the end of a wonderful spring break), I just got online on my smartphone & realized thru the spark mail that it's time to pick up the pace. <BR> <BR> All for now... <BR> <BR> <BR> :) <img src=""> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 21:56:22 EST I bought a new "blood pressure" gizmo this month My yearly visit to my doctor once again revealed the fact that I need to monitor my BP more often. I haven't been very good about this; usually checking in with the school nurse for a good month or so, and then not checking until my annual dr. visit. Not any more. <BR> <BR> I've been watching my weight and size come down since January, so I was naturally concerned myself when my BP was up during my April 2nd visit. So I left and went home to plan a low-sodium diet. I looked up DASH, made my... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 18:33:57 EST grabbing ahold of SparkPeople, and not letting go... I have just a moment but I wanted to share that I did w/o extra calories yesterday, starting what I call a Reset. Today is day 2 and I woke up feeling perky, and much better physically. <BR> <BR> I watched the Dr. Doctors earlier today and was really imspired to grab ahold of "SparkPeople" and not let go! 2011 was the year I let go of WW one more time, only because of the cost. I asked John to buy me a new scale and as the Fall season showed, I weighed myself to get a better idea of where I... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 19:43:02 EST No wonder I'm struggling... No wonder I'm struggling with a few pounds...I haven't posted on my SP or tracked in 4 months! Oh sure, a day here or there, I may have tracked some meal but I've been exercising at my Curves doing Zumba, and haven't even made time to track that. <BR> <BR> I have until the middle of February to get below last year's weight at the doctor's office, it was 175. That is the month I go see my primary doctor for annual things. My blood pressure was up this spring so I connected with a SP team, t... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:07:01 EST 10/15/11 I just have to announce that I've been with SparkPeople for 3 years! Wow has it gone fast.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>505</em> Sat, 15 Oct 2011 10:42:32 EST just a quick thought... I noticed that my sodium level is way down & my potassium level is way higher as a result of making my smoothies with more vegetables. Though I am drinking my veg's, I am finding myself NOT craving the junk food as much as before. If this is my secret to feeling better & having more of a balanced energy, then so be it. <BR> <BR> That's the goal! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sandy <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:58:19 EST another "green" smoothie w/cucumber Well, the week has flown by, and I figured I must use my leftovers today as John will be bringing fresh fruit & vegetables home after work. I'm enjoying writing my blogs; mostly the only reason I'm doing this every is unless I write it down, I'll probably forget the ingredients; however, I will remember it tasted good. Post-it-notes & pieces of paper end up in a pile after a bit, this keeps me in the mind-frame of journaling also. <BR> <BR> Here's my recipe: <BR> <BR> 6 ounces tap water, ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:28:16 EST The green smoothie this time has broccoli... I'm trying something new as I found fresh broccoli in the refrigerator, John must have snuck that in when I wasn't looking... :) <BR> <BR> Here's the recipe I'm creating: <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 c yogurt, I use NF, plain <BR> 2 handfuls baby greens <BR> 1 cup broccoli <BR> 1/2 cup blueberries <BR> 1/8 cantalope <BR> 1 medium apple, cored <BR> <BR> Mix together. <BR> <BR> I thought it tasted pretty good...considering I forgot to put in the apple <BR> <BR> Sandy Thu, 18 Aug 2011 19:32:49 EST Another green & purple breakfast! This is too fun! This morning, in addition to my protein shake, I mixed up another green smoothie. <BR> <BR> 1/2 lemon, peeled <BR> 2 handfuls baby greens <BR> stalk of celery <BR> apple <BR> banana <BR> 1/2 cucumber <BR> <BR> Wow! No need for a 2nd latte this morning...I make them at home. I bought this little machine at Wahlgreens for $19.95 and it has more than paid for itself. <BR> <BR> I had Math Talk training for 6 hours today. I did bring a small can of diet coke thinking I would n... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 19:32:25 EST Purple, Green, & Yellow Breakfast I woke up to a nice, warm, sunny morning! I love vacations, even if I don't travel anywhere except my own backyard... <BR> <BR> This morning, I see I have some lemons left over so I made a recipe: <BR> <BR> 1/2 lemon, peeled <BR> 1 banana <BR> 1 pear or 1/2 apple <BR> 2 c spinich or any leafy greens <BR> 1/2 c water <BR> <BR> Blend alltogether. <BR> <BR> I subscribe to which is where I get some of my ideas for ingredients I already have in stock. Want to make s... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 13:11:37 EST Purple & Green Breakfast...YUMMY! I'm a breakfast eater from way back; however, I'd say for the last 5/6 years, I've been experimenting with smoothies to have first thing in the morning. I tweeked it last summer & came up with something that will hold off my hunger until lunch. It's nothing fancy... <BR> <BR> 1 scoop whey protein powder (pur'd @ Costco) <BR> 6 ounces water <BR> 1 cup frozen blueberries (also pur'd @ Costco) <BR> <BR> Mix & blend <BR> <BR> Now this summer, I've been working with creating a green smoothie. I... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:04:33 EST Green Smoothie 1/2 cucumber, w/peel <BR> 2 cups leafy greens <BR> peach <BR> orange <BR> 1/4 avocado (optional) <BR> 4-6 ounces water (they suggest filtered) <BR> <BR> Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. I added 2 ice cubes to make it cooler. I made this today & it resulted in about 5 cups. I left out the avocado & orange as I didn't have either. I posted the link below where I found this recipe. <BR> I thought it tasted good! <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>es/gre... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 17:51:10 EST Sandy's Turkey Breast Sandwich with goat cheese & onions Good afternoon! <BR> <BR> Science Camp is over, & woke up to a cool, foggy morning. The sun is now out and after spending most of my morning online....I've gotten a taste of goat cheese this summer, something new, and I really like it! I took a receipe from SP, substituded some ingredients, and really, it tasted ok. It's called Sandy's Turkey Breast Sandwich with goat cheese & onions <BR> <BR> 2 slices of bread, my choice is Oroweat <BR> 2/3 oz of turkey breast <BR> 4 c onions, carmelize... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:15:53 EST John had to call 911... John had to call 911 this morning, I felt like maybe I was having a heart attack. It was early, around 8:15, I was just about to have coffee & a quick breakfast before going off to my Zumba Class @ Curves. <BR> <BR> The pressure in my chest felt like someone was sitting on me and my back hurt. The fire department came, took BP, gave me aspirin, hooked me up to an EKG machine. The BP was high and they were unsure of the EKG reading so they suggested I let them take me to the E.R. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 19:15:27 EST 7-31-11 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I'm just so darn proud of's not often I give myself credit for all the work I do in the interest of health. <BR> <BR> So today I'm enjoying the "fruits of my labor!" <BR> <BR> <BR> Sandy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 17:38:02 EST 7-28-11 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I got up early and decided to run over to Curves, do a weigh-in & measurements for the month. Results were good, waist down 1", BMI down, weight down 3/5#. The results are the work I do 3x a week, Zumba is included at least 2x. I met my July goals, smaller waist, lower body fat, and I'm sure lower BP. <BR> <BR> I love vacations! They feel like "retirement" to me. However, I also love to work, and can't imagine not being at the school when the students come back. <B... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:07:11 EST 7-25-11 Here it is Monday, and I've been on vacation since June 17th. Much has happened in this short time and all for a good cause. The most important thing I'm doing today is posting new goals on SP. Day b4 yesterday, I called up and cancelled my WW membership; I'm in a pickle about spending, and I just can't seem to justify $519+ a year for nutrition information & meetings. And, that's ok. <BR> <BR> I just realized that if I wouldn't spend it if on social security, why, in heavens name, would I d... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:26:18 EST My First 5K Walk/Run "Run for Tina" I've entered a walk/run w/some of my co-workers at Stafford. I was a little fearful of this because I am still going to PT but...WHY NOT! <BR> <BR> I registered on Friday afternoon, and am quite excited for this opportunity to be part of. You see, Tina Griswold's family has set up a scholarship fund for other women who enter Law Enforcement, and what a great way to raise $$ for this! Tina was one of "Fallen Four" who was shot & killed in a Forza Coffee Shop here in the local area on November... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 17:07:13 EST Time Management... :) Ok, so I read these posts about a time-scrunched schedule & it gave me an idea for today's blog. Time of man's oldest ideas to create balance? I'm not sure, I just made that up. I know that in a world where everyone, man or woman, are working full time can be a challenge for me to get enough physical fitness in my day. <BR> <BR> You see, back when I was in my twenties, my late mother-in-law got me into watching Jack La Lanne on TV. You have to remember this was 196... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 19:33:54 EST 1/5/11 Yea...I went to the gym this afternoon after work just like it was suggested by <BR> <BR> my pt guy. I had a plan, followed the plan, and it worked!! <BR> <BR> All for now, <BR> <BR> <BR> Sandy :) Wed, 5 Jan 2011 23:47:03 EST I Watched I watched "The Biggest Loser" show tonight for the first time ever! Earlier, I had gone for a deep-tissue massage and by 8 o'clock, I was feeling pretty sleepy and thinking of shutting things down and going to bed. But no, I thought, just an hour or so will be ok, let me see what's on the tube. <BR> <BR> I watched all 2 hours of this show, not once leaving my chair except during the commericals. That is so not like me! I finished watching feeling very inspired!! These people work really har... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 01:37:13 EST 1/3/11 Yea!! Back to work after 2 weeks vacation....only to find that a sprinkler head had cracked during our recent cold snap & flooded our classroom. It was drying out when I got to work this morning. The firemen had pushed everything away from the blast of water and it looked like everything survived, textbooks, laptops, and the smartboard, thank goodness!! <BR> <BR> I went to PT this afternoon, and I'm doing better. Alika says that if I am in the gym 4 times this week recreating exactly the thi... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 02:47:16 EST 1-2-11 Hello my friends! <BR> <BR> It's another beautiful, sunny, crispy cold day in the PNW! I thought I would wake up early as today is the last day of vacation...LOL. Didn't happen! I woke up about 11:30 this morning and I do suppose I needed it. If that's the case, I must have needed a lot of sleep because I have slept in almost all of vacation! <BR> <BR> This has been, by far, the best vacation in a long time! An opportunity to connect with friends, attend many meetings, blog, sleep, read, & ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 15:31:02 EST 1-1-11 I just had to add an entry today because I read somewhere it will be 1000 years before today's date shows up again. <BR> <BR> Today has been a day of reading and relaxation while John tends to the turkey he bought. I figured that staying home would give my body a chance to rest as I go-go-go most of the time! <BR> <BR> Today I decided I don't usually have New Year's Resolutions, they are more like decisions. These decisions are important because they allow me to stay on track toward becomi... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 20:52:02 EST Day 1 - a reset My exercise program has gone sideways this Fall, and as the year comes to a close, I am now faced with figuring out how to exercise at the gym. The last time I was there was in September, 2 months into PT for plantar fasitis on my left foot. I finished up PT about the end of October, only to pull or strain my groin muscle...ouch! It was somewhere around Thanksgiving, I was cleaning the bathroom. After Thanksgiving break, I limped through work and my volunteer actitivities to find myself more ... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 17:54:49 EST I am choosing to live life the healthy way... ...despite being diagnosed this afternoon with a bout of plantar fascitis plus an undetermined diagnoses with symptoms of numbness & tingling. The ultra sound showed why the left heel hurt so much, there is fluid in the tendon. has come a long way since I had a foot surgery back in 1990. <BR> <BR> I am determined not to let it "rule my world." As some of you might now from my posts on the team challenge I joined, I've been dealing with heel pain off & on all of August. Back... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:49:29 EST life is slower in August.... I'm back on vacation after teaching at the summer school science camp. I have less 3 weeks until I start back for teacher training. It's been a fun, whirlwind of a summer, and of course, I live in Western Washington, and the weather seemingly has a mind of its own. We live between 2 mountain ranges so our summers are either really nice or short & hot! What's on my mind today....R & R, it's been a busy, busy week. My heel pain has gone except for an occasional moment, I've totaled my fitness m... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 13:06:46 EST ONCE I SHARE... I read two blogs earlier that inspired me to go to my sparkpage, bring it up to date, and continue to write more. I love to write! I liked one of the pages that talked about being the captain of our ships and getting into the saddle. Borrowing from that, getting into the saddle with NO SWEETS was my latest challenge on a team I belong to, and by far, my most difficult...or so I thought. It didn't turn out that way at all. When this came up I posted, I put it out there for the world to see...... Sun, 18 Jul 2010 17:24:22 EST No Sweets - Day 6 So here it is day 6, it's late in the evening, and somehow I've managed to go this long without sweets. I love sweets!I love sweets way too much, which is why I joined this 3rd challenge. The first 2 were really easy for me, water & breakfast...this one I knew would be tough. But this time I'm using SP. <BR> <BR> Life is "one day at a time" ..... <BR> <BR> All for now, <BR> <BR> <BR> Sandy :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>331</em> Fri, 16 Jul 2010 23:57:30 EST "NO SWEETS" - Day 2 I joined another SP challenge on one of the teams I belong to, it is "NO SWEETS!" This one <BR> is going to be a challenge for me but I signed up yesterday anyway. So this morning, I'm entering my food & exercise for the day, and the thought comes to me...why not use the meal plan that SP recommends, I never have yet. So I played around with it, and made 3 meals work with food we already had in the refrigerator and cupboards. I'm not big on finding recipes and then I have go shopping...and I... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 20:18:49 EST Water.... Today is another scorching hot day in Western Washington. However, I feel the air is different, ready for a change. That is the beauty of living between 2 mountain ranges, the weather changes often...and I hear it's supposed to be in the 70's for the weekend. <BR> <BR> My health tip this week is water. I've always been very good about drink my 8 glasses a day; however, I workout intensively plus everything else I do, and my body needs more. I drink 1/2 my body weight in oz, so I weight 175... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 21:53:08 EST Connected Today is Thursday and boy is it a warm one. I've been awake since 7ish this morning, I had a class I wanted to attend. I took a Propel, 3 bottles of water (27oz), almonds, an Access bar, and a banana. Now I didn't expect to eat anything because the class was only going to be 3 hours but I've learned through experience not to let myself go hungry for very long, and half to raid the vending machines in the hallway. <BR> <BR> Progress...not perfection! <BR> <BR> S <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Jul 2010 19:41:24 EST SP Becomes My I was going write about my progress last month, and list some goals for the month of July, and I was going to do this yesterday. I hesitated because I knew I was having some bigger "ahaa's" and I had to think about how I would write it down. So... <BR> <BR> As I sit here today and reflect on my progress, and I think of new goals for the last 6 months of the year, I smile at myself because I am delighted and proud to have made the choice to become part of the SP family. SP has become my "com... Wed, 7 Jul 2010 19:48:13 EST Memorial Day Weekend 2010 Into the second day of a break from work, and an opportunity to celebrate those who serve and give their lives for our country! <BR> <BR> I have accumulated 550 minutes of exercise this week...YEA! I didn't do a whole lot yesterday but I did go and do my strength training with Sky. I talked myself into going, and felt much better after I was done. A short walk on the treadmill, and I decided to go home. I slept like a rock all night even though I stayed late. I'm pretty stiff today and layin... Sat, 29 May 2010 19:41:39 EST 5/9/10 HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the SP mothers, foster mom's, step-mom's, and especially to my beautiful mother, the late Dolores Crowe. She was so good to me, in more ways than I think she even realized. <BR> <BR> February/March/April Fitness Update: <BR> <BR> I got injured while on spring break, it was a Tuesday afternoon. I was doing my usual 5pm strength training with my trainer, Sky. The next morning, I woke up and felt really good! I usually have DOS (delayed onset soreness) and expected... Sun, 9 May 2010 20:42:00 EST Monday 1/18 Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr today! This is not only a day off for most people but a day to remember...I HAVE A DREAM. <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:30:21 EST Monday 1/11 I stayed home from work today, sick, cancelled my attendance at a meeting at 4, and huddled in for a day to take care of myself. I will most likely skip the FITNESS CHALLENGE Class at All Star at 6pm. These are extra classes we get to participate in because of the contest. This week it was pilates, and being taught by my favorite trainer, Sky. <BR> <BR> I received my results from the blood work my dr. ordered, and my level of Vit. D is low. I did some reading about this vitamin on sparkp... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 19:40:18 EST R & R I took today to recover and rest. Again I logged in 454 minutes of fitness this week, not bad for a "mature" woman's first week back from vacation! I worked my tail off last night at the gym, I even earned myself an "Access" bar from Sky! We were about 1/2 through training, and she took off running, motioning me to follow her. We did this a couple of times, and the 3rd time, I was kind of jogging slowly, and then I sprinted up behind her only to miss catching her by inches!!! What fun!! We la... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:42:35 EST May the Force Be With You! So I decided today was the afternoon to finally make another goal. One that I knew if I could get into the right mind-set, I could manage. To help the process along, I asked fror help, a prayer, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13. <BR> <BR> I began searching through a familiar website, clicked the goal tab and was really thinking this was more of an intelligent process. I started the recording, soon found myself meditating - going back to that place where ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 19:21:15 EST News Year's Day <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> It's a very relaxing day today, slept late, online some, and just realized that WATER might be the most important thing I do for myself today. I'm taking a recovery day as I have been pushing my body to the limits exercising while on vacation. A break in the weather may be an indicator to go outside and walk with the dogs. For now, I'm enjoying something I haven't given myself much of in 2009....relaxation! If the weather continues to be wet, I'm going for a yoga vid... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 19:04:07 EST There is so much to appreciate in this life! Countdown to the end of 2009: There is so much to appreciate in this life...I won't waste another moment....After my work out today, I will have surpassed my yearly goal I set back in October! <BR> <BR> I find a surprising side-affect of my new strength training...I have started on the road to be fit financially. During this vacation, we were relaxing one evening, J watching the History channel, and I picked up a Dave Ramsey book I had borrowed from a friend. One thing to remember, it wasn'... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 12:15:10 EST Monday 12/28/09 I love Mondays, especially when I am on vacation!! Going off to the gym again later this afternoon. <BR> <BR> All for now <BR> <BR> Sandy Mon, 28 Dec 2009 15:44:26 EST