TSB1124's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TSB1124 TSB1124'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/ 4/24/2017: Stalled but still moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352801 Currently stalled at 5lbs lost. My husband's uncle passed away and my DH needed to make a last minute trip to attend the funeral. None of us were getting much sleep the week prior mostly worried about my FIL. His memory is fading and he didn't initially remember his brother's name. Then when he did he was as upset about the inability to remember as the passing. Really hating this phase of our lives where we seem to be saying good bye so frequently. <BR> <BR> This meant I wasn't cooking... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:32:08 EST 4/7/2017 - Its been busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345045 Nothing like missing work for 3 days to bring a little focus to your week. Since I'll be out of the office in training all next week everything needs to be done now! if not sooner. Did have a bit of a gain last week but overall loss is holding at better than 1.5 pounds a week so I'm calling it good. Not reaching my exercise goals. I am getting more overall steps in each day but have not made it to the gym for some serious cardio. No one to blame but myself, I need to just set an alarm ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:10:36 EST 3/27/2017 - Back from the flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339631 Topped off last week with the flu. I lost weight big time, that happens when you're on a liquid diet for 3 days and gradually working back to eating food. Currently working to at least hold steady this week and not have the weight spike up. I know at some point my appetite will come back with a vengeance and I'm trying to out maneuver it. <BR> <BR> Haven't worked on my usual menu planning because I was still out of it over the weekend. I do have a pork tenderloin defrosting and I'll ro... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:58:01 EST 3/21/2017 - Lessons Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336287 Okay, overall yesterday was a good day. Definitely got my steps in and my exercise. I made one huge tactical error. Its been awhile since I've been able to do anything but light exercise. I had my healthy breakfast, packed my healthy lunch had my snack of 2 tangerines. All sorts of healthy eating was going on. Then at 3pm I was ravenous. <em>40</em> Those 2 tangerines weren't even a drop in the bucket and I needed to stop by the grocery store to pick up vegetables for dinner. And I... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:14:27 EST 3/20/2017 - First day of Spring !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335703 Yay! And I'm so ignoring that weather forecast calling for freezing temperatures later in the week. <BR> <BR> Still oversleeping because of daylight savings time but I did make it to the gym for 30 min on the elliptical. Packed my lunch (leftover pork and a large salad). I was going to have some broccoli too but someone beat me to it. Can't really fuss at the kinder for eating the vegetables. I had planned to put pot roast in the crock pot but hubby has a late meeting with dinner so ma... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:33:07 EST 3/19/2017 - Chugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335323 I have veggies prepared to pack into lunches and a game plan if there are no leftovers for lunch. Woke up sore this morning so did some yoga and listened to my joints snap crackle and pop. I am behind on drinking my water and I need to tidy up for the cleaners. Tidy up meaning clear the clutter out of the way so the cleaners can do their job. We've been clearing things out and passing things along so the tidying up takes a little bit less time every time we do it. <BR> <BR> Looking forw... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:43:12 EST 3/18/2017 - Saturday The Thaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334824 The sun is out and there is finally more grass than snow in the front yard. The robins approve and we now have a pair of cardinals. I started this morning with some water and went to the gym. Menu planning is imminent I need to find a new recipe I want to try. <BR> <BR> As promised the before picture. I woke up my youngest so I had one shot and one shot only before she went back to sleep. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71d26c89-7bed-44bd-8022-fe2959027e64.jpg"> <B... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:12:10 EST 3/17/2017 - Happy St Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334321 <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <BR> <BR> Celebrating today by going to a Greentop Ramblers concert! Yes, my local Celtic band will be playing from 5:30 to 8:00. Its hard to eat and drink too much when you're singing along (off key but I know all the words). The weather is warming up to 41 and its sunny so I'll be walking around the campus at lunch time. Planning ahead for the drinking of the beer. <BR> <BR> Today I brought my lunch (Thai panang curry with chicken), I ate breakfast, ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:08:33 EST 3/16/2017 - Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333941 I joined Sparkpeople in November 2013 at the suggestion of my doctor. My weight had climbed to 240 and was showing no signs of slowing down. I've lost and gained. Got down to 220 at one point and could almost taste getting to below 200 but didn't make it. I'm currently at 249 which isn't a bad thing. Had I continued at the rate I was gaining previously I would've topped 300lbs by now. <BR> <BR> Stress eating is my downfall and each year seems to bring different varieties of stress. 2... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:59:18 EST 3/10/2017 - Moving right along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330922 Still working on consistency. I have been able to add more walking to my day. Its helpful that my new job encourages walking around the campus. Now if the weather would cooperate. We're still bouncing between low 70s and low 20s. Thursday I was walking outside in short sleeves. Tomorrow they're calling for ice showers. <BR> <BR> It was an eventful February. Finally got all my clearances so I can access everything I need to do my job, now I just need to learn the environment so I can... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:50:00 EST 2/9/2017 - Thursday aka Friday Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313458 Its a good day. Brought my lunch and passed another hurtle getting access at work. Just one more and I'll be able to do my job. Getting paid to read isn't as much fun as I thought. <BR> <BR> Have stuffed veggie shells planned for dinner (lots of spinach, mushrooms and garlic with just a bit of cheese) and some time with my daughters. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 12:49:08 EST 2/8/2017 - Wednesday Tis Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312892 Went to the gym this morning. First time in a year and a few things have changed. They've replaced a lot of the older elliptical machines and I didn't see the recline bikes anywhere. <BR> <BR> Have a dinner party planned for this evening. Weiner schnitzel with lots of vegetable sides. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:38:27 EST 2/7/2017 - Tuesday gets no respect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312232 Over slept, bed was warm I was comfy and I've got nothing else to say on that front. Lunch is packed and still in the fridge at home instead of with me at work. And to top it off I forgot I needed to get gas this morning. So rushing out the door, ate a banana, grabbed my coffee and still late for work. <BR> <BR> Currently doing a happy dance because I stopped and grabbed more coffee at the office but did not get a donut or a muffin or one of the chocolate croissants and the chocolate cr... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:46:26 EST 2/6/2017 - Back to Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311753 Evidently it takes the entire weekend to properly celebrate a birthday. There were some indulgences but not too many. There will be Louisiana red beans and rice for dinner along with some andouille sausage and steamed broccoli. Still working the stairs! <BR> <BR> Greetings to another new week. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:40:01 EST 2/3/2017 - And its Friday already http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310153 The week seems to be flying by. I got more than 5000 steps yesterday! Took the stairs up this morning and have some butternut squash to roast up tomorrow. Tonight I will be ignoring food a bit since we're celebrating hubbies birthday and going to a concert. I checked and the venue doesn't offer much that isn't fried. My best bet will likely be their veggie or chicken flat bread. Either way its a celebration and I'm not going to worry. Still trying to wrap my head around my husband tur... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:40:08 EST 2/1/2017 - Some things working some not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309023 Started last week intending to blog and track all my food daily. Made it three days before I had an interruption. At least I'm recovering from interruptions faster. The new job has stairs, which I'm using, still working on getting up and walking more often. May have to resort to an alarm on my phone because when I'm working I'm not moving and I've had two days where I've forgotten to eat lunch at a reasonable time. If I don't eat lunch by 2pm I tend to not eat lunch and then choose sn... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 10:46:07 EST January 25, 2017 - Interesting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304978 Yesterday I did log all my food but it was a mish mosh of junk. Yesterday was chemo day, not the bad stuff I'm just on Herceptin through May. It doesn't kill my appetite or tire me out but I've developed the habit of eating comfort food afterwords and not actually eating a meal. So my soup went uneaten in favor of an apple streusel muffin and chai latte. <BR> <BR> I did take the stairs. I might half fill my travel mug so I have to make twice as many trips to get coffee, since coffee ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:39:22 EST January 24, 2017 - Good start to the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304359 Yesterday I ate what I was normally eating on Whole30 with the exception of the morning danish (someone brought the mini's in to share) and toasted bread with cheese for dinner. I did feel satisfied all day and didn't eat 3000 calories. Yay. I've also been using the stairs at work, 3 flights. I can't go fast but I am going steadily although I puff like a steam engine at the top when I'm climbing up. If I take a circuit around the office and then go up and down the stairs every 2 hours... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:10:38 EST January 23, 2017 - Tracking Food Once Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303736 I have been doing Whole30 before Christmas and then did a Whole15. One of the Whole30 rules is no tracking food or weight. It really is hard to not step on the scale, easy as pie to not record food. I originally did the Whole30 with a friend because her doctor recommended it and I needed something to get my diet back to something approaching normal. After chemo (no appetite and struggling to eat 1000 calories a day) and then radiation (nutritionist wanted me to eat at least 2000 calories... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:43:14 EST Just one more Chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221291 Just had my next to the last chemo. Absolute last is 9/13. There will be hair by Christmas! Although it looks like I may have lost my silver. All of the remaining stubble is dark brown. We'll see. Now I have the followup appointments with other doctors and the new doctors to consult as we forge ahead. One of which is a dietitian because my eating is currently all over the map. <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:52:23 EST Moving Forward - Eating is weird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211477 I'm now over half way through chemo, white counts still good energy levels okay except the 3rd & 4th day after chemo which I'm calling good. My appetite varies from non-existent to ravenous once it kicks in again. <BR> <BR> The problem is my taste is off and rice pudding, tapioca, yogurt, sweet potatoes and potatoes are what is easiest to eat. I've identified various fruits and veggies that I can eat and it is an odd assortment. Mangoes always good, blueberries good, broccoli and cauli... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:08:38 EST Chemo hair begone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187379 I'm currently rocking a natural hair style best described as mangy hedgehog. Most people evidently lose their hair after the second round of chemo, I didn't wait. More than usual was coming out the 2nd Tuesday and Wednesday I bought my wig. (lovely thing, shoulder length and looks like my own hair with highlights). Thursday I washed my hair and was blow drying like usual. Big mistake do not blow dry your hair when large amounts of it are falling out. I must have created a whirlwind of ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:48:11 EST Okay so this isn't so bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174920 Started chemo on Tuesday. First good news its only a 6 dose regimen over 18 weeks. So I may have my own hair back for Christmas. I didn't have any of the bad reactions at the first dose and the nausea is minimal. Best described as hangover with morning sickness. Now I'm just sort of hungover. Haven't worked hungover for at least 20 years but I think I can get back in the knack. Only other side effect is the neuropathy (tingly fingers). I sit most of the day at a computer and I now h... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 06:33:02 EST 2016 isn't half way through and I'm ready for it to be over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170775 This year started with a cancer diagnoses and the death of my beloved step-father (papa). So far I've had 3 biopsies, lumpectomy and resection and installed the port for chemo. Chemo starts 5/31. I have 4 to 5 months of chemo then radiation. <BR> <BR> I have gained weight and at one point hit 250 (yet another number I swore I'd never make it to) Beyond the stress its difficult to exercise or eat right when procedures mean fasting for 6 to 12 hours prior then no exercise for 3 to 5 da... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:32:45 EST Nov 4 - Fall is here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026462 Loving the crisp mornings, not so much the drive home in the dark. Starting a walking challenge because my knee is still recovering and I'm not allowed back on the elliptical yet. It also gets me out of doors during lunch so I actually do get to see the sun. Looking forward to mom and papa visiting at the end of the month. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 07:36:01 EST Sept 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993278 And its a good news and bad news kind of day. I twisted my knee during our beach vacation. Evidently if you're old enough to order off the senior menu at Bob Evan's you shouldn't be chasing ghost crabs on the beach. I did my usual rest, ice and it will get better and walked as much as I was able. This was evidently a mistake. When mobility got much worse on Saturday I finally went to a doctor. My knee is sprained, I'm in a brace and I'm not supposed to be walking. At least it shou... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 09:05:28 EST And the count down begins 8 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956250 In just 8 days we fly out to Geneva and meet up with our exchange student. From there we're going to Rome, Venice, Verona and Pisa. We're doing a tour (Just like the ones I said I'd never do) with a coach bus and fellow tourists. Most of the tours we have planned involve walking, lots of walking on mainly cobble stone roadways. I'm currently training like I'm in a mini marathon so I'm ready for the walking. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:41:21 EST Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894492 I always feel so much more energized when spring arrives. (Although I'm still grumpy because of the time change). The snow if finally melted and I don't have the excuse of its too cold to go outside. It might be muddy but mud washes off. <BR> <BR> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:18:26 EST A Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864335 For the past 6 years I considered my self depressed but functional. This was an improvement over the previous 2 where I was depressed and barely functional. This is the first week since 2008 where I've felt energetic and positive for the entire week not just a day or a few hours. I attribute that to the time I've spent on Sparkpeople initially trying to lose weight and then when the weight wasn't budging trying to implement some healthier habits. So I'm now sleeping regularly. I'm e... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:10:38 EST New Favorite Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849322 As part of trying to find new things to pack for lunch I found the Nourish Bowl. Essentially a salad on steriods. The basic recipe is <BR> 2 cups salad greens (preferably dark) <BR> 1 serving of a healthy fat (avocado, pumpkin seeds, nuts) <BR> 1 serving of healthy protein (lean chicken, fish, beans, tofu) <BR> 1 serving of a carb (sweet potato, quinoa, rice, barley ) <BR> Assorted other veggies or fruit that take your fancy <BR> <BR> <BR> This has resulted in the Veggie Mango chutney ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:21:43 EST Almost the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840525 Just got back from Christmas with the in laws. My mother in law makes a killer light fruitcake. Light as in the opposite of dark. She makes this cake in late October, it then gets wrapped in cheese cloth and doused with brandy every week. It is decadent and the standard recipe makes a huge fruit cake. This year I had my one piece and I have a bunch in the freezer. I'm going to be discovering bits of Christmas all year long. <BR> <BR> We went to Williamsburg, VA for a short family va... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:26:50 EST Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825645 Okay I love Thanksgiving. Its the only holiday where there's 1/2 a dozen veggies on the table at once because you wouldn't want the turkey to get lonely. We had stuffed squash, sweet potatoes, green beans kale salad, green salad, whiskey carrots, mashed potatoes and parsnips. Then there's the 3 types of cranberry sauce 2 homemade and the traditional canned. Our family has dinner at 3ish followed by picking at leftovers throughout the day. The only thing I missed was watching the Macy... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:40:30 EST A bit past my year Anniversary with Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820579 I have learned quite a bit in the past year. Top 10 things in no particular order. <BR> <BR> 1. Getting 5 servings of fruits and veggies is really not that hard. <BR> 2. I can exercise in 10 minute increments <BR> 3. Pilates still kicks my *ss. <BR> 4. I really am in denial about my non work computer time. <BR> 5. Todo lists and planning are my friends for menus and squeezing in exercise <BR> 6. The stress is never going away so have a plan B and C and on some days a D just in case. <BR>... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:40:43 EST Its Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818254 Okay its getting toward the end of fall but we had some perfect fall weather this weekend. A little overcast so the leaves look that much brighter and getting colder. I like the cold. <BR> <BR> I am still working on consistency and some way of losing instead of just maintaining. I have improved my freggie intake. If I have a fruit with breakfast, 2 veggies with lunch and dinner, I've covered my 5 freggie minimum. Adding a snack with veggies or fruit is just a bonus. <BR> <BR> With t... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:19:49 EST Plugging along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797960 I really love fall but right now it isn't loving me back. Hubby is recovering from an illness that put him on short term disability. (For some reason that makes both of us feel really old) He's back at work but his normal work day just leaves him exhausted since he isn't really 100% yet. My oldest is stressing because of PSATs and school and the pressure they put on high school juniors that if they blow this year their life is over and none of their dreams will come true. So she has m... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:53:57 EST Took an Unplanned Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787865 Started out strong for the first week of back to school then it all went pear shaped. Trying to sort out everyone's schedules and keep up was challenging and then the fall allergies/colds started moving in. I haven't been logging in, keeping up or managing my food. Which means I haven't slept, I'm either eating nothing or overeating and the exercise is not happening. <BR> <BR> On the upside the kids are still complaining about the lack of junk food in the house. I'm still cooking more ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:13:08 EST Merrily we roll along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768571 Today marks the fourth day of the school year. So far all the forms are signed, the girls are in the classes they are supposed to be in, dinner plans have been followed and I'm keeping to my cardio goals. My oldest actually cooked dinner last night, stir fry chicken with vegetables on soba noodles. I sat at the kitchen table as a security blanket. I had planned to bring my lunch but the leftovers were claimed before I could get them. Clearly I needed an alternate plan. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:23:19 EST School Starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767170 Yay! Back to a more regular schedule. So far I've hit the gym yesterday and today. Still coming just short of my 10,000 step goal but working on it. My oldest is preparing for college even though it is still two years off, so we've been planning menus together and she's picking up some of the cooking. Since she leans toward vegetarian her meals tend to have lots of veggies. Dinner tonight is already in the crockpot since I have a committee meeting. With any luck I'll get to eat my ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:06:32 EST Week 2 of getting back on track with exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752264 Things that I've learned from the past week. 30 minutes of cardio is really not that long. Pilates looks easy and is not. Decided to try the crunchless ab workout. I made it half way through it. I'll try it again and again until I actually last the entire 12 minutes. <BR> <BR> Now I need more water and a shower. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 13:07:58 EST Happy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751619 Started the day with a hike with hubby. Next up (after my snack and some water) is gathering up all the outgrown and/or unwanted clothes and shoes and taking them to the donation closet. Then I'm getting a pedicure. My biggest decision today will be whether I'm going with pink nail polish or maybe a sunset orange. <BR> <BR> Thanks to actually living my menu plan this week (except for making the Chicken with Leeks, couldn't find unwilted leeks) no vegetables turned to slimy puddles in ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:05:35 EST Its a wonderful day in the neighborhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748079 You know its going to be a good Monday when your ear worm for the day is the theme from Mister Rodgers Neighborhood. I have a plan for the week! <BR> <BR> The menus are ready and the groceries have been purchased. Even have a new recipe (Chicken pan roasted with Leeks) if that one turns out well it will end up being posted on Spark Recipes. Have a crock pot pot roast planned for Tuesday because the schedule will be crazy and I've joined the Bootcamp challenge to keep me working out.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:14:35 EST Cleaning out the closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747063 I decided one of my goals was to do a capsule wardrobe for the summer and build on it moving forward. Mostly because I'm tired of not looking put together because I'm waiting to lose the weight. So I went through my closet and removed anything that didn't fit, I didn't like or I hadn't used in a year. I now have 4 bags of clothes, shoes, purses and belts to donate and I do still have clothes to wear. <BR> <BR> After I finish this blog post I'm going to figure out what pieces I want t... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:27:36 EST First Tomato ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738477 We harvested our first tomato of the season! My garden has herbs (chives, parsley, basil, thyme, and rosemary), tomato plants and bean plants. With flowers to fill in. We usually only plant a couple of tomato plants because once they go into full production mode its hard to keep up. It does give me a reason to be outside in the garden although the thunder storms have messed with some of those plans. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:23:33 EST Same old song and dance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722812 I feel like I've been running a marathon for 2 months. School has finally ended. The girls are finally signed up for all the requisite summer things. Except I still need to sign the oldest up for driving school. I think I'll just wallow in my denial for a few more days on that one. <BR> <BR> On the good side I did go to the gym this morning. First time in six weeks. Part of that is because the weather has been nice and I've been walking outside but the other part is I've been slacking.... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:15:54 EST Summer is almost here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717181 I've scheduled the camps for the youngest, planned some activities for the oldest and now I'm planning my goals. I'm intending to change my habits over the summer, hopefully make some headway on some fitness goals and create habits that will last me into the start of the stress season (aka, school, church, girl scouts and all my other occupations) in September. <BR> <BR> We start with visiting the farmer's market this Saturday. Make a batch of veggie soup for lunches and snacks. Ge... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:23:08 EST One more time with feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704176 I have discovered that I can concentrate on sleeping, exercise or food but not all three at the same time. On a good week I can do two out of the three. Currently we're back on trying to concentrate on food and getting away from emotional eating. I'm still walking and sticking with my weight training and hopefully that means I'll be sleeping. The really good news is the school year, church year and girl scout year are almost at an end. I have almost 3 months where my obligations are gre... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:47:18 EST Dear pollen please get lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688770 The weather is just getting to the point where it would be wonderful to walk outside if it wasn't for the abominable tree sex. Can't walk outside if I can't breath afterword. My car has a golden haze from all the pollen. I can garden for about 15 min before I need to go back inside. The upside is I do channel the Tazmanian devil while weeding so I can make the most of the time. <BR> <BR> I joined a spring bootcamp challenge so I can get back to consistent exercising. Was planning t... Tue, 6 May 2014 09:16:12 EST Still working toward it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681540 Spent most of yesterday preparing for a dinner party. You would think I would get more steps in running up and down stairs putting things away and getting serving plates out of storage but that isn't the case. I taste while I'm cooking so I have no idea what I actually ate yesterday. At least it was a Tuscan style so there were lots of vegetables. <BR> <BR> Getting my menus together and with some of the leftovers there's going to be some tasty breakfasts and lunches. The roasted red ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:06:41 EST Yay! Now I can get back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679384 Taking today and tomorrow off after finishing a major project. Doing sexy things like catching up on the housework. The good news is even after 3 weeks of a crappy schedule I was still getting my freggies and staying mostly on my meal planning. The only thing that really suffered was my exercise routine. So I'm off to the gym to get back on track. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:42:58 EST The many challenges of being gainfully employed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668823 Somewhere someone decided everything at work that I'm leading needs to be done at the end of March or April. Working longer hours and multiple meetings is really messing up my plans. We've at least made changes to the working lunches so we have roasted veggie subs, chicken fajitas or some other diet friendly entree with the pizza or subs that are offered. The biggest problem is the exercise, or lack thereof. I've gone from 30 minutes or more of dance/kick boxing or walking, to barel... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:54:04 EST