TRAVELGRRL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TRAVELGRRL TRAVELGRRL'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/ GORGEOUS Glacier! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979853 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> We've been "off the grid" for two weeks. The first week we stayed at a campground inside Glacier National Park where we dry-camped (no electric or water at the site). We had SUCH a blast and did a number of very wonderful and challenging hikes. The Highline Trail was 12 miles long and MUCH of it is perched on narrow trails 2,000 feet above the canyon floors! It was quite harrowing in places! This is ME holding onto the garden hose embedded in the rock wall. Notic... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:33:34 EST Leaving Yellowstone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969412 Wow, how time flies! <BR> <BR> We left Medora, ND and then proceeded to Hardin, Montana for a few nights. We wanted to see Little Big Horn National Historic Park. (Remember, I'm married to a history major.) <BR> <BR> After that we moved on to Yellowstone National Park. OH MY GOSH! What an amazing park this is! We drove the Park Loop (ring road) and it was 155 miles. And that didn't even take us to the southernmost end of the Park! <BR> <BR> We have been here a week and barely scratch... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:23:12 EST South Dakota, North Dakota http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955941 Hmm. We spent a week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and WHAT an amazing city. I would definitely consider living here if it wasn't for the winters! <BR> <BR> Now we are on our way to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. We'll be there tomorrow. We have a week IN the national park, camping with no utilities. Then we'll spend a week in a private campground OUTSIDE the national park with full utilities. Medora, ND is a small but lively town and I can't wait to get there! <BR> ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 17:44:57 EST Motivator of the Day?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945887 Well, that was quite a surprise considering I haven't been active on Spark for...two months? I sometimes read blogs, but even that has fallen by the wayside, so I don't know why I was given the honor! <BR> <BR> What have I been up to? Well, a lot it turns out! <BR> <BR> We were gone all of May visiting family & friends in Michigan. When we got back, we decided to do something we have talked about for 15 years: spend a year traveling in Europe. You'll see it's on my Sparkpage. As you ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:54:15 EST My Choices...My Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906615 Easter was a normal day for us. We don't have any family in the state and our hiking plans got rained out. So I cleaned the house!! We ate normally and I recorded everything as usual. <BR> <BR> Last night I was reading a post on Facebook about a woman's family Easter. Her nieces were offering her candy, her aunt was trying to guilt her into eating the cheesy potatoes, her father offered her drink after drink, and her mother finally announced to the whole assemblage: "BETH IS ON A DIET! ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 18:45:25 EST Boy, Was I Wrong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902960 We had NO CHANCE of hitting a PR in the Knoxville Half Marathon since the course was almost entirely either uphill or downhill! <BR> <BR> Amount of elevation change was not mentioned on the website, and I just assumed it would be flat as most race courses are. When we got to the Expo we mentioned to some of the volunteers that we were concerned with how hilly the city was! Everyone assured us the course was flat. HA! A city full of liars, I say!! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> The first t... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:59:32 EST Off again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899985 Tomorrow we are leaving for Knoxville, TN to do our third half marathon of 2015. Our goal was to complete 4-6 this year, so we are well ahead of schedule! <BR> <BR> They have pacing groups for this race. Our fastest time ever has been 2:58, and we'd like to try to beat that. We are hoping to join a pacing group of 2:45 and see what happens. <BR> <BR> I am not at my thinnest, but may be at my STRONGEST, so it's a possibility... <BR> <BR> Of course I'm worried to death about the food but ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:31:37 EST Good Morning, Sparkland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897444 YES, I am still here! I haven't blogged much but I've been lurking, reading blogs, tracking my food, still spinning the wheel, etc. <BR> <BR> Things have been busy in my corner of the universe. We had an awesome time with our daughter, SIL and two granddaughters in Massachusetts. We took 2-year-old Rebecca to Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor water park. You pay an exorbitant price for a room but then get two days "free" at the water park. Rebecca had such a blast and about WORE US OUT. Th... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:21:21 EST Holding Steady! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878841 Well, we did our second half marathon of 2015 last weekend! The Mississippi River Half, which went from Lake Village, AR, across the newest bridge over the Mississippi River, to Greenville, MS. It was a great race and our time was awesome! <BR> <BR> But the biggest news is that our second grandchild was born on Tuesday! Her name is Evelyn Kate, Evey for short. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2066105219.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Big sister, just-two Rebecca, wonders w... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:57:53 EST First Challenge of 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849559 We are leaving tomorrow for Jackson, Mississippi for our first half marathon of 2015! <BR> <BR> HOPE the weather warms up. <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> The challenge of course is FOOD! I overindulge when I am away from home. I have the mindset that it's special so I can indulge. I need to combat that sabotaging thought! <BR> <BR> My goal for this short overnighter will be to eat MODERATELY. To remember that food is fuel and I will feel much prouder of myself if I stay within (or close t... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:07:15 EST Good morning, Sparkpeeps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847658 I've really enjoyed everyone's blogs; you guys are kicking some serious butt out there in Sparkland! Motivation is running high, and I'm definitely feeding off that. <BR> <BR> LOVE all the people doing/redoing the Beck books; and even those that are redoing Steve Siebold's FAT LOSER video program. Not a fan of the guy or his style, I think he's rather a pompous arrogant @$$. But he's all tough love, and sometimes that's just what we need to give us a motivating kick in the pants! <BR> <B... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:34:24 EST Relocating my Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845578 Yes, Sparkfriends, I've been around Sparkworld, but doing more lurking than posting these days. <BR> <BR> Like many of you, I've thoughtfully reviewed 2014 to see what I did right BUT even more importantly I'm looking ahead to 2015 to set new goals. I've been reading lots of blogs which have helped me gather information to make the necessary course correction in my own journey. <BR> <BR> What did I do right in 2014? NOT gain more weight than I did! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> What I did ... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:05:13 EST Finally Ready to Restart! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837507 OK, I've been back a week and got back to the fitness center, pronto! <BR> <BR> However, healthy eating and Sparking took a little longer to get back on track. I still have a zillion blogs to catch up on, but I am inspired by the ones I've read so far. Everyone is really motivating each other to stay on track! It's not our first Christmas and it won't be our last, so why EAT like it is?? <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a great "Day One". I drank my water, got in 19,000 steps, tracked EVERYTHING... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:57:00 EST Beckus Interruptus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827619 It was ambitious of me to think I would keep up my Beck book while getting ready for another trip. <BR> <BR> Oh well! <BR> <BR> Just three weeks after we returned from Nepal and India we are off again. This time to "wog" the St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis on Saturday Dec. 6, then we buzz up to Michigan for a week or so to visit family and friends. <BR> <BR> VERY busy week ahead; nearly every lunch and dinner accounted for with various folks we don't see enough of. <BR> <BR> I'm appreh... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 14:14:36 EST No Beck Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825311 Today we walked/jogged 13 miles to prepare for the St. Jude's Half Marathon in Memphis next Saturday. <BR> <BR> It was a SLOG; we've only been back from Nepal/India for a smidge over two weeks and I had that sinus infection and....we haven't had much time to prepare. <BR> <BR> Yes, even though we were hiking, it's NOT the same as doing half marathons, and half marathons don't prepare you for hiking! It seems like we are ALWAYS scrambling to prepare for our events! <BR> <BR> So no Beck tod... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:45:38 EST Beck, Chapter 3, Task 3: Make Time for Dieting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824621 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l359369299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Task 3 is about making time. JB tells us that "to lose weight successfully, dieting should be your top priority for a long time, and maintaining your new habits will always be high on your list if you want to keep off the excess weight for life." <BR> <BR> She goes on to say that "Making excuses is a slippery slope that leads to failure." <BR> <BR> "No duh," right? <BR> <BR> That's it. No quick fix. No "magic... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 09:34:46 EST Beck, Chapter 3 Tasks 1 and 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824326 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1811870351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Judith Beck (JB) states in Chapter 3 that in Stage 1 we will start learning and practicing the skills we will need for lifelong weight loss and maintenance. <BR> <BR> Task 1 is gathering your supplies. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> A set of 3x5 cards for my Response cards. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> A set of blank business-sized cards. (I'm going to use more 3x5 cards.) <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> A digital scale... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:18:44 EST Preparing for Beck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823176 Are you like me? <BR> <BR> Have you borrowed/bought multiple diet books only to blast through the opening chapters so you can hurry up and get to the heart of the matter? The actual diet? <BR> <BR> And then you follow it for a few days or weeks only to eventually abandon it? <BR> <BR> And how's that working for ya? It's sure not working for me! <BR> <BR> When I picked up the green Beck book (The Complete Beck Diet for Life) I did my usual thing: I skimmed through the first couple of ch... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:06:34 EST Re-Inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822676 Since getting back from "the big trip" 2 weeks ago I've had trouble getting traction to continue my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> First I was sick with a sinus infection, now the fitness center will be closed for the rest of the week. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> But I've continued to Spark, resubscribe to your blogs, and actually re-signed up for Sparkcoach. <BR> <BR> Reading blogs by Watermellen, Sandicane, and Gaby1948 on the Beck Diet Solution has also re-inspired me! I lost a big whac... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:23:47 EST Sharing the Trails in Nepal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822390 I didn't take many videos in Nepal once I discovered they wouldn't download to my iPad. But when we got home I found the few I had taken still on the camera. <BR> <BR> There are roads in the mountains of Nepal, to be sure, but hundreds of small ethnic villages can only be reached by walking for days. The trails that connect these villages are often nothing but stone steps, up and down, back and forth, following the contours of the mountains. Or not! <BR> <BR> In "populated" areas we were... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:42:10 EST Hiking in Nepal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821711 This was really the vacation of a lifetime! We were hiking in the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains which are a section of the Himalayas. We never got above 7,500 in elevation, but that didn't make it a cakewalk--we went up literally tens of thousands of stone steps! <BR> <BR> Our first day of hiking we came across a Hindu temple high above Kathmandu where we each received a bindi on our forehead. This is TC receiving his: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:45:30 EST Blog Notification Mystery Solved (?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820703 Apparently you can only have 100 blogs that can be listed either as "Subscribed" or "Unsubscribed." <BR> <BR> When I tried for the umpteenth time to resubscribe to WATERMELLEN and NANCY-'s blog, their names disappeared from my "unsubscribed" list and did NOT reappear on the list of Subscribed! <BR> <BR> So now I think I have to go to all of the blogs I'm subscribed to and "unsubscribe" if they are inactive. And that's a lot of folks!! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> It makes me feel good: my ... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:08:54 EST Confused! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820204 I've been trying to reconnect with all my Sparkfriends, and when I read your blogs I click "Get an Email Alert Each Time "Sparkfriend" Posts". <BR> <BR> Yet it's not happening! <BR> <BR> NO emails!!! <BR> <BR> Has anyone had this problem, and how did you solve it?? <BR> <BR> BTW, my loving husband is STILL working through the 2,550 photos he took on our trip. They are on an external hard drive. I'm afraid to disrupt his progress by plugging the hard drive into my laptop, so photos wil... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:56:07 EST "Gee it's good to be back home again!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818346 Hey, that would make a good song!! <BR> <BR> TC and I got back from Nepal & India last Tuesday after 21 hours of airplanes and 12 hours of layovers. It was GRUELING, and we've vowed NEVER to do that again without an overnight between long flights. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday I called the doctor and was lucky to get an appointment. I knew I had a RAGING sinus infection which was exacerbated by all the ascents and descents of the various flights. I got started right away on antibiotics and a ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:00:44 EST Hello from Pokhara, Nepal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803214 Just a quick check in. We spent 3 days sightseeing around Kathmandu and spent the last 6 days trekking in the Annapurna foothills. Two of the days were grueling but the other 4 were moderate or easy. Today we are in Pokhara,which is busy with lots of Trekkers from all over the world-- Germany, UK, Australia, etc. not many Americans though. Tomorrow we head to Chitwan national park which is also a sanctuary for elephants, rhinos, etc. we will kayak and hike and hopefully get to ride an e... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:51:06 EST Ok, now it's worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796471 My father-in-law died today. It looks like a memorial service will happen later in the year. But OMG. Can this trip be any more heavy... Or doomed? Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:07:19 EST NOT as bad as I thought.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795937 Thanks so much for everyone's kind words and support yesterday. All the kind words and comments really helped me to put the situation in perspective. <BR> <BR> OF COURSE my mom wants me to go on this trip. She and my father also traveled extensively in their retirement. I sent Mom our detailed itinerary and she told me she's read it through several times and wants to get out "the big atlas" so she can see daily where we are. <BR> <BR> The best news is that my brother will be staying wi... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:05:09 EST HARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795416 We are leaving for our month-long vacation in Nepal and India on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Earlier this week my mother fainted and called my brother to come stay with her. He lives 2.5 hours away. <BR> <BR> My brother drove Mom to her oncologist appointment and the doc agreed Mom's fainting was probably due to not eating or drinking enough, which is due to the effects of the radiation. She has incurable, inoperable lung cancer (although she's never smoked a cigarette in her life). Mom did 2.5 we... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 17:58:40 EST Going into High Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789251 We are less than two weeks away from leaving on our trip to Nepal and India! <BR> <BR> The suitcases are out. Packing is a multi-day/multi-week project. We will be gone a month and my PLAN is to take one small roller suitcase that can go in the plane and one LARGER suitcase that we will check. The only reason we will check a bag at all is because of our hiking poles. (Darn you, TSA!) I also have a large bag that fits under my seat and TC may take a tote bag to fit under his. <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:12:54 EST Physical Therapy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781670 At long last, I was approved for PT. <BR> <BR> I went Monday and the PT thinks I've pulled and inflamed some of the small muscles that connect my lower vertebrae. <BR> <BR> So the treatment is 15 minutes of heat, 15 minutes of ultrasound treatment, and 15 minutes of massage. Plus exercises to do at home. <BR> <BR> And the advice about activity is to push as much as I can without "stabbing pain." <BR> <BR> Yay! I'm back to classes at the fitness center (but modifying like crazy) and this... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:33:10 EST Have you Ever Lost/Erased a Blog Entry before Posting? Here's the Solution! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779542 I read this on a "tips and tricks" page for my new BLC team. <BR> <BR> Sometimes my cursor jumps up and selects a few lines (or my entire blog) and deletes it in one keystroke!! Has that ever happened to you? <BR> <BR> Before you panic, do this: <BR> <BR> Press and hold your CTRL key and then press Z. It's the equivalent of an "undo" button. <BR> <BR> I tried it yesterday and it worked! I had to press the Z three times, but there it was: my paragraph that accidentally got deleted! <BR... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:40:31 EST Things are Looking UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779152 Happy Saturday, Sparkfriends!! <BR> <BR> After more than a week I finally, finally FINALLY have an appointment with a physical therapist scheduled for Monday afternoon. <BR> <BR> Physically I am feeling much better. Yesterday I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill but only 15 minutes of a Pilates class -- too much strain on that hip. <em>39</em> I also have to be very careful about "pivoting", twisting and heavy lifting. I am not 100% by any means. <BR> <BR> This morning TC and I did 7 slo... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:54:23 EST NSV at the County Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778443 Yummm.....FAIR FOOD....that siren song (and smell) of fat, sugar, and salt... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I told you what my plan was, and I thought it was reasonable. But I know myself. Truthfully I knew that if I didn't get a dinner break until 8 pm I probably would NOT stop at a hamburger without the top bun when I could eat anything & everything I wanted FOR FREE! <BR> <BR> But then I started Sparking and I saw this on INDYGIRL's Page: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:48:08 EST Off To the Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777755 I still haven't gotten an appointment with a physical therapist yet. It's been a week since I saw my primary care physician and had xrays. Hopefully today I'll get it straightened out. You really have to stay on these people and be your own medical advocate. My physician has approved PT but as of yesterday afternoon no one from her office faxed the "permission" to the PT office. Yes, I have to have an order from a medical doctor before my insurance will cover the visits. <BR> <BR> The g... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:58:58 EST Good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776357 X-rays show no fracture or crack in my "sacral area." <BR> <BR> So I'm going back to my fitness class today, the first one in 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> I talk to the doctor tomorrow and will ask AGAIN for a referral for physical therapy. I still have pain in my hip and walking down stairs is hard and painful. The meds are helping, for sure, but I need physical therapy -- on this trip there is one day when we'll be walking down 1,500 stone steps! <BR> <BR> But I am encouraged and feel I can stil... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:44:19 EST The Saga Continues.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773521 Notice -- WHINE ALERT! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> As I stated in my last blog: on Tuesday I did the chiropractic appt. and afterward went to the Clinic I saw 5 days after the ladder fall to get a referral for physical therapy. I was refused the referral: the doctor said she "wasn't comfortable" giving me a referral because "You didn't have any X-rays." WELL, WHOSE FAULT WAS THAT? (Mine, apparently!) <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> As a result of that I made an appointment with my primary ca... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 19:41:08 EST Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771673 I got on my new treadmill Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I could do increasingly longer slow walks each day. Saturday was 1/2 mile (3 separate times), Sunday I walked 1 mile (3 separate times), and yesterday 1.25 miles (twice). Yesterday I managed over 15,000 steps which used to be my normal! But I was sore sore sore at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> Today I see the chiropractor in the morning and have an appointment at a physical therapy office in the afternoon. In between I have to go t... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:54:21 EST Pulling Up My Big Girl Panties.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769333 and getting out of my funk! <BR> <BR> Just because I can't do everything doesn't mean I can't do SOMETHING! <BR> <BR> So I'm going to stop eating my frustration and pain and do the things I can do. <BR> <BR> * I made an appointment with the physical therapy office. <BR> * I can do some upper-body work with weights. <BR> * I will stretch gently. <BR> * I will clean my office. <BR> * I will work on whittling down my list. <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone whose blogs and comments have inspired... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:14:05 EST Still in Tremendous Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768899 Yesterday I walked up to the mailbox twice (total mileage: 0.6 miles) and I was in a world of hurt. TC saw me walking back and said, "You are really in pain, aren't you??" YES, I was! <BR> <BR> Today I saw the chiropractor again for Session #2. Did exactly the same thing as Session #1. I don't think my problem is the spine. The pain is in my right butt cheek/glute. I can't walk one step without feeling pain. I walk like an old woman. (OK, an OLDER woman!) <BR> <BR> I asked the chi... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:33:19 EST Sidelined & Spaghetti Pie Pix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768032 I am sorry to say I am still in pain after my fall off the ladder on August 16th. Actually, everything is better from the ladder fall, but apparently I altered my gait and my slow miles on the treadmill and on our city trail have caused a huge pain & strain in my right glute. <BR> <BR> The chiropractor said my pelvis isn't "even" so he did an adjustment that about killed me. I don't feel any better today. I walked the 1/10 mile to our mailbox and my right hip is absolutely throbbing. T... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:20:54 EST Sunday Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765885 Good morning, Fellow Sparklers! <BR> <BR> Today should be a quiet but enjoyable day. I am going to do 2 slow miles on my treadmill both in the morning and afternoon. I'm going to call my sister in Michigan for a long chat. I plan to take pictures of things I want to sell on Craigslist, catch up on my filing and paperwork, and make a new recipe: <BR> <BR> Almost 5-ingredient Pizza Spaghetti Pie! <BR> <BR> <link>paleomg.com/almost-5-ingredient-pizz<BR>a-spaghetti-pie/ </link> <BR> <BR... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:12:34 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765485 Good morning, Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> I have been getting on my treadmill for a mile each morning and a mile in the afternoon. My back still hurts but I can do short slow stints. Today we went into town and did 3.5 slow miles on our city trail. <BR> <BR> I am still cooking a lot of new Whole30/Paleo recipes and enjoying them immensely. I am learning so much! I haven't bought full-fat mayo in 30 years, yet I discovered I am WAY more satisfied with 1 tbl. of my homemade mayonnaise than ... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:15:31 EST No Treadmill Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764423 I TOTALLY SUCK! No one, EVER, has accused me of being graceful! <BR> <BR> On Saturday I was on a 10-foot ladder cleaning the cobwebs/wasps nests on our front porch with a broom...when a GIGANTIC spider came flying out of its web and down the broom toward me! <BR> <BR> I HATE <em>420</em> , so did what any normal person would do -- I jerked back. Then the ladder started tottering, and down I fell. On the concrete porch. Flat on my back. ON TOP of the metal broom handle. <BR> <BR> O... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:55:25 EST Chocolate Chili Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763480 This is for Nancy-! <BR> <BR> I would definitely make this again! It gets sooo thick. I made it with 1 pound high-quality turkey and 1 pound of grass-fed ground beef. Next time I will add a can or two of rinsed black beans to up the fiber. <BR> <BR> <link>theclothesmakethegirl.com/2009/02/22<BR>/my-favorite-chili-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> I also have to say I enjoyed all the paleo dishes I tried. I will continue to try more of them, but I will be adding back beans and grains and hi... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:56:59 EST The End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763436 I had another "digestive attack" yesterday so I have decided to give up the Whole30 plan. There just isn't enough fiber to keep me "regular". <BR> <BR> So this "experiment of one" is over. But was it a waste of time? A resounding NO! <BR> <BR> Here's what I learned: <BR> <BR> * I was eating waaaaay too much "Frankenfood". That is, reduced-calorie breads, buns, cheese, ice cream and other over-processed food that have a zillion ingredients and tons of salt. I was able to give all that ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:09:09 EST Getting Creative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761924 This whole foods diet has been a challenge! <BR> <BR> I've been pouring over recipes on Pinterest and various Paleo blogs looking for recipes. I don't want to buy a lot of expensive ingredients that I may not use going forward, like the soy sauce substitute "coconut aminos" that I paid nearly $8 for at the health food store. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made something called "Egg McNothin's" which will be great for breakfast! Talk about easy and delicious! <BR> <BR> <link>julesfuel.com/2013/1... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:46:29 EST Whole30, Day 9 (Saturday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761247 Made a new recipe that was AWESOME! It is Paleo Pad Thai, and here's the link: <BR> <BR> <link>theclothesmakethegirl.com/2011/05/08<BR>/paleo-pad-thai/ </link> <BR> <BR> I did not use chicken thighs; I used a small chicken breast. I did not use spaghetti squash, I used a 12-oz package of angel hair cabbage. I also upped the amount of onion and snow peas because more veggies means more food! <BR> <BR> It made a huge pan full; my hubby had half, I had 1/4, and was going to save the ot... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:16:54 EST Whole30 Day 8 (*Epic FAIL*) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760783 OK, I won't gross you out with the gory details, but let's just say the lack of fiber in the Whole30 diet has played havoc with my digestive system, attaining crisis level two different times during the past week. <BR> <BR> And of course, it occurs at the MOST inopportune moments! Yesterday I was all dressed & ready to leave for a doctor's appointment when I simply doubled over with cramps that continued for an hour. NO WAY could I stray too far from the bathroom! The other time it happen... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:03:55 EST Whole30, Day 7! (Thursday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760145 OMG, I made it a whole week without any cheating! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435831760.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2069603587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did everything I set out to do for the WHOLE week: drink 10 glasses of water. Exercise daily. Take my vitamins. Track EVERYTHING. Be active on Spark. Get in 15,000 steps. <BR> <BR> AND, I lost 7 pounds the first week. Now admittedly, I was coming off a monster two-day bi... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:49:21 EST Whole30, Day 6 (Wednesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759417 Still hanging in with the whole Whole30 thing! This about sums it up: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830905358.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday TC and I got up early-early and were on our city trail by 6:30 am. We did 8 miles including 4 miles of intervals (1 minute jog, 1 minute fast walk). <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 medium eggs, 1 link turkey sausage, 2 cups honeydew melon. <BR> <BR> Lunch: Tuna salad and tomato over lettuce; baby carrots with avocado ranch dres... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:38:23 EST