TRUCKER72's SparkPeople Blog TRUCKER72's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Winter Motivation. I get a little agitated when I begin to see the surge of articles about how to stay motivated in winter and over the holidays and of course, the deluge of how to get fit in the new year articles that will inevitably come upon us very soon. I get agitated because it's not about staying motivated in the winter nor surviving the holidays. It's about a LIFETIME journey of moment to moment decisions to STAY ALIVE. I either want to live or I don't. I pray for the day when I will see a stop to... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:33:12 EST Trying to add stretching to my day with Spark. I decided last Monday (my Thanksgiving) that I was going to put my time on Sparkpeople to even more work for me...I decided that before I logged off each day, I was going to spend 5-10 minutes with any of the Spark staff doing seated stretches, workouts. It's just a little way to get my stretching in each day and to prevent me from not moving while I am on the computer. <BR> Thanks for listening. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="htt... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:45:05 EST FOCUSING ON THE HIGH ROAD. Been under the weather for about a week, so thought I would post a couple smiles to focus on instead of the aches and pains. Cheers! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> xo Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:42:26 EST Wednesday the 17th. <img src="" <BR> xo Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:03:47 EST Felt like posting. <img src=""> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:58:30 EST LAST DAY POOL IS OPENED FOR TWO WEEKS. I am being 'forced' to change up my routine for the next two weeks. My pool closes each year for a couple of weeks. So there is one 'affordable' pool all the way in town and a free conservation area as well. The Y pool is too expensive. And there is always the sidewalk around here. I have swimming today and then I will make up a schedule later today for this week and next. I am excited about the change, but am already looking forward to the re-opening. Thanks for listening. <em>104<... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:35:25 EST TODAY MARKS THE FIRST FIVE YEARS OF ONE DAY AT A TIME. IT WAS FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY THAT I WALKED INTO THAT FIRST AQUAFIT CLASS UP AT MY LOCAL POOL WITH GOD AT MY SIDE. 67,500 SPARK FITNESS MINUTES LATER AND ALAS I AM STILL HERE. I AM THANKFUL FOR ALL OF MY SPARKFRIENDS AND I SHOUT LOUDLY AND GRATEFULLY, HERE'S TO US AND TO ANOTHER 5 YEARS!!!! XOX <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> " I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE, I LOVE TO ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:27:13 EST Just a little cuteness to welcome the weekend. :-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday Everyone! <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:42:25 EST Some 'sunny' pictures for Saturday. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's to peaceful and loving one-step-at-a-time change. <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:41:39 EST A few Friday smiles for all of us... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:27:41 EST A little "I reached my 150-mile marker swimming goal" smile ! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One length at a breath at a time...thanks and here's to 200 ! <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 12:06:32 EST My Monday needs a little encouragement. :-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:24:09 EST It's Wednesday and I want to smile. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:10:49 EST An (Edited) Poem I Have On A Bookmark On The Visor Of My Car <BR> Don't Quit <BR> <BR> When things go wrong as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you're travelling seems all up hill, <BR> When the funds are low and the debts are high <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh, <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit, <BR> Rest if you must, BUT DON'T YOU QUIT ! <BR> Success is failure turned inside out-- <BR> The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, <BR> And you never can tell how close you are, <BR> It may be near when it seems so far; <B... Fri, 2 May 2014 11:47:04 EST Smile! You're on 'Tuesday Camera' (heehee) <img src=""> <BR> This woman's jump makes me smile (and the water too). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I need to be mindful of this daily. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:03:42 EST A little cuteness for you on Friday. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:57:40 EST Wednesday's 'happy thought.' <img src=""> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:14:47 EST Tuesday's 'happy thought.' <img src=""> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:51:48 EST HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE!! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Left foot. Right foot. <BR> xo Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:26:09 EST Reached 110-mile mark. I reached 110 miles of swimming today. Will be encouraging myself to reach 8 miles this month. That's 128 laps each week or 2 miles a week for the month of February. Thanks for listening. xo Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:43:40 EST January 21st and swimming. I decided to set monthly goals for myself to help me stay on track to reach my 250-mile swim goal. So my goal is to swim 10 miles each month. I have swam just under 8 this month. I am writing about it so I can get my brain to focus. Ok brain, let's have a talk with my heart and body. My body is tired, but I want to reach this goal. One day at a time. One lap at a time. I want to quit. I want to give up. I feel like I am trying too hard and it shouldn't be this tiring and frustratin... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:24:46 EST New Year. Today being New Year's Day seems kind of arbitrary, a little lackluster if you will. I get a little extra energy thinking about new beginnings and all that , but mostly every day that I wake up is a new year really. My goal is the same as when I started aquafit and Sparkpeople back In late 2009. Get lighter and get stronger. Measure my waist and weigh myself. Be conscious of what goes in and what comes out of my mouth. So happy new year to myself and to you , but don't laugh when I wish... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 16:19:55 EST Baking So I am making chocolate balls and rice krispie squares for my brother and nephews to give to them on Saturday when we go up to celebrate together. The recipe for the chocolate balls is from my nan and I haven't made them in 4-5 years. Wish me luck. She passed away 11 years ago and I took to making them for my brother when she no longer could. I will go for a walk tonight to walk off any chocolate that may have transferred from my hands to my mouth. lol I am a little anxious about them ... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:19:28 EST WE DID IT!!!! :-) I just got home from finishing my 100-mile swim!!!! <em>244</em> <em>208</em> <em>20</em> The next marker is 250 miles... <em>527</em> Thanks for all your support and love.....xo Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:33:56 EST 100-mile swim I am coming up to my 100-mile marker in my B.McArthur Fitness Swim up at my local pool. I have 288 laps left to swim before I receive my name on a plaque on the pool's wall. I got my name on a plaque last august for hitting the 50-mile mark. The stupid part about this year is that when they 'renovated' the pool and closed for five weeks back at the end of August, they took down the plaque boards as well as the recording board and they aren't back up yet. They told me last week, they were i... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:13:57 EST Fishing for birthday wishes! LOL! This Thursday is my 41st birthday and I am OK with getting as many birthday wishes as I possible can....LOL! If I don't get any I will still love you all anyway ! LOL Greedy, immature, cheeky, maybe. I am OK with that! HeeHee. :-) Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:36:17 EST Aquafit class less 15 minutes. My gym is cutting back their aquafit classes from 60 to 45 minutes and adding 15 minutes of something different at the end for anyone who wants to participate the full hour still. An example would be active yoga, suspended water fitness, asking questions, getting help on individual needs. So I am not impressed really. Their rationale is that it's been proven at a national level that 45 minutes is enough, any time more than that and you run into people not focusing and simply not being able... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 13:27:35 EST My pool is down for a month. I am a little down. My pool is elongating? its annual 2-week shutdown to a 5-week shutdown this year for some 'special projects.' Monday is my last swim until September 29th. That's a closure from August 27th until September 28th. It means a 5-week stoppage? of my 50-mile swim. I have one swim tomorrow and one swim Monday left. I have punch passes enough to go to 2 aquafit classes each week and I guess I am sort of looking forward to that, but not really. It means all the swimming endu... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:09:43 EST Four Years. It's a bit unreal. It was four years ago yesterday that I got in line with what I think was God trying to get me to get healthier and happier. I walked into my first aquafit class scared and in pain. It was a Tuesday evening class and I haven't looked back since. It hasn't been a wild ride ... it hasn't been a jaw-dropping weight-loss has been a journey of patience and foundation building and trust. It has been a journey of loving myself and putting in pieces of s... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:55:12 EST 1347 days. One thousand, three hundred and forty-seven days on Sparkpeople. I just saw that on my Sparkpoints page. I haven't been able to go for my walks and swims the last two weeks, which is a whole other story - so it was very uplifting to see that number 'by accident' today. As we say here on Spark - WooHoo! LOL! Thanks for listening. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 13:38:47 EST Still have self-conscious moments. I went for my swim at noon yesterday. A couple of weeks ago, I started to walk home after each swim and have my SO pick me up en route after about 20 minutes. Yesterday, I walked through the top part of the school yard/soccer field at about 1pm. I thought lunch would be over for the public school kids, but they were all over the yard/field in little groups. I didn't want to turn around and go back up the hill, but I didn't want to walk through them all either. I just had to get to the pa... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:24:27 EST I want to vent. I have nothing to complain about. I am just disappointed in myself for feeling tired and not going to class this morning. I am disappointed but not enough to go to the pool in an hour to swim. Disappointed, but still wondering if I really feel like even going for a walk later today. It's raining. The sky is grey. I don't even mind walking in the rain with my umbrella up. I have been feeling ugly and 'gooey' the last few days. Slump. I don't even feel like making a mother's day card t... Sat, 11 May 2013 13:20:42 EST Earth Day and Starbucks. I know it's Thursday, but I am still feeling good from my trip to Starbuck Monday. They were giving away a free coffee if you brought in a re-usable mug. So I did and got a free coffee. I had a good day. I also had a good rest of the week. I swam Monday and today. I walked Tuesday and last night. I am not doing anything tonight - laundry can wait until tomorrow. Thanks for listening. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:11:51 EST Stupid chocolate? I bought a 300g bag of Lindt milk chocolate eggs on Monday afternoon on a 50% markdown. I love Lindt chocolate. But this time my body revolted almost immediately. After I polished off almost the entire bag between Monday and yesterday night, the cramps set in and I have been suffering. It's weird, but I am proud of my body for responding so drastically and so promptly. It hasn't done that before with chocolate. So now I have a specific, immediate, negative, physical reason not to chow d... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 13:02:25 EST Left foot. Right Foot. My brain has been trying to talk me out of moving. All that crap about why bother. And to quote Raising Hope, "Trying is the first step to sucking." LOL! Or Homer on The Simpsons, "Why even try?" HA! So here I go. One foot in front of the other. Believing is seeing, right? Ok. Time to enjoy a swim. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:50:48 EST The Biggest Loser Finality. I just finished watching the finale with baited breath to see who got voted into the final three and who won the at-home prize and who would take home the title of biggest loser this season. So the person I wanted voted into the final three was voted back in. The person who won the at-home prize I never cared for. The person who won was not who I was vying for. The one thing I don`t get about this show is that they go by percentage of body fat lost, not by total pounds lost. I feel that... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:20:14 EST Books. I have six boxes of my books to put out my bookshelf today (and quite possibly tomorrow and Saturday too) ! LOL They have been packed away for quite some time now and I am excited about getting to display them again. Thanks for listening. Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:12:09 EST Janet Evanovich and Penny Marshall. I started and finished reading Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich on Saturday. If you haven't read any of her books yet and you want to laugh out loud, then pick up One For The Money. Maybe you will get hooked like me. I started a new book yesterday afternoon written by Penny Marshall (of Laverne and Shirley among other things). It's called My Mother Was Nuts. I have been reading it indulgently since then. I still have a few pages to go. I like the way she writes. This book, in str... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:06:45 EST Stolen Quotes. 'Progress, not perfection.' <BR> <BR> 'Patience. Persistence. Perspective.' <BR> <BR> I just want to say thanks. And make sure to find something to smile at today. Better yet, laugh right out loud ! <BR> <BR> xo <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:44:05 EST Motivational-ness of Weight-loss television. Do you guys watch The Biggest Loser? My 600-lb Life? Eat Yourself Sexy? X-Weighted(when it was on)? Extreme Makeover (Weight Loss Edition) (when it was airing)? Do you find them in any way helpful in your journey? I can watch them to re-commit to my healthy life. To sometimes re-direct my thoughts from eating something to going outside and moving. But I find them all a bit over-the-top. I find myself both cheering and yelling at the people using each forum to lose weight. I guess I ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:30:51 EST Found a great book. I forgot how much I liked Douglas Adams as an author. I just started reading his The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. His writing makes me laugh out loud. I can't wait to start up again tomorrow. After I finish reading Adams, I have Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich in the queue. What authors or particular books do you guys like reading? Talk to you soon. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:08:22 EST We have today. I pray each and every day to be wise. To make informed decisions about living healthy. It can become a total quagmire in my mind as to how to be my best. So each and every day, I start again. And every moment of every day, I remind myself that I am not in this alone. I choose to have hope. I choose health. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:31:13 EST Memory Box My best friend of over 30 years passed away a little over a year ago. His wife (also a longtime friend) is putting together a memory box for their a year and three quarter year old daughter and asking people to contribute letters so their daughter can read about her father when she is older. I re-lived alot today writing that letter and I hope she gets even just a glimpse of what a friend her father was. I owe him at least that much. Thanks for listening. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 14:47:06 EST Re-entering a deleted blog. I am 37 and I weigh 'Err' pounds. <BR> Wednesday, November 11, 2009 <BR> I bought a scale a couple Saturdays ago. The package said it had a 396-pound limit. I thought I weighed less than that. According to the digital scale, I weighed 'Err' pounds. Now, I am not sure if that is some ancient alpha-numeric system I am unfamiliar with or if I weigh over 396 pounds. I am hoping for the former. I know, it's probably the latter and now, unsuccessful in returning it, I have a scale on the floor of m... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:51:12 EST Sunday Happy Sunday. My day is going peacefully. My leg is getting better. I went up the stairs yesterday and stepped outside and sat down on the back step last night. I will do the same thing today. I really wanted to go out to the store today, but didn't. I look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings. I watched Planes Trains and Automobiles this morning. I used to watch it with my best friend who passed away a little over a year ago. Today appears to be a day to smile through the memories. xo Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:12:45 EST Writer's block. What can I journal about today? Honey BooBoo? Using a crutch? Broccoli? Is there anything I can muse about that may benefit you and me both. There's this quote I have always liked: You were born an original, don't die a copy. (I don't know the author). Then there's June, the mother of Honey Boo Boo - "It is what it is." My leg is still in distress, but it feels a bit better each day. I have faith. Thanks for listening. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:11:23 EST Another week of the biggest loser. I watched the biggest loser last night. There seems to be alot more crying this season then I remember in the past. I won't give away who went home since you may be watching it later. No one commented on my last blog about the show, so I am assuming no one is reading my blogs or if they are, the blogs aren`t intriguing enough to actually comment on. Having said that, it`s week two of my blogging streak and I must admit I like writing. Even if it is to keep me pre-occupied from my leg and... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:56:16 EST Practice what they preach. It's imperatve to ponder on positive things. Like eating healthy foods and being grateful that you are alive. I am staying off my leg as much as I can and using a crutch when I move around. I say my prayers. And in keeping with my new Sparkstreak, I am journaling today. So in keeping with positive thoughts, here are some things that begin with 'p' that make me smile....pineapples, jalapeno peppers, oatmeal pancakes, homemade pizza, puppets, playing cards, plot devices, plants, happy peop... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:05:32 EST New Sparkstreak. So I've chosen to 'journal' 3X/week from the list of Sparkstreaks to try. I have also decided to track watching less than 1 hour of television each day. So, here's my second blog for this week. I didn't manage to watch less than an hour of TV yesterday, but I did manage to watch way less. Same with today. Does computer time and movie/specials count towards that one hour?! lol Here's to being mindful of my time spent. Thanks for listening. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:39:06 EST Biggest Loser - yes or no. I found myself glued to the television Sunday night and unexpectedly last night, watching the new season of the Biggest Loser. Turns out, I like watching other people getting brutalized at the gym? I get mad when they cry. I am just very reactionary, I guess. When they throw up, I think - that's gotta hurt. When they go on about how it's do-or-die, I start to talk back to them in disbelief and apathy,thinking get over yourself, yah right - are you kidding me? You are only 245 pounds! T... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:26:50 EST