VICD25's SparkPeople Blog VICD25's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community on the approach of spring I love, love, love the new format of the start page. That said, today I found this on it: <BR> <BR><BR>?post=feel_better_and_get_fitter_by_sp<BR>ring <BR> <BR> I don't "twitter", "pin", "facebook" (I call myself a facebook voyeur, look but don't post), so I'm putting a tracker on my page to follow the 20-day challenge. <BR> <BR> I find I'm not as successful when I create my own goals and challenges. I need a little push from my friends! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:32:23 EST on February Goal Setting My goals are not unreasonable. . . . so here we go again: <BR> <BR> Excercise 30min 5 days/wk <em>362</em> <BR> track all food NLT 5 days/wk <em>190</em> <BR> resulting in: <BR> Fit into jeans 2/28 <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> So, one thing I did was to put the pilates classes on my calendar. I'm hoping to get 1-2 pilates classes/week and 1 yoga per week. As the weather improves (read wind dies down!) I'll get dogzilla back on the schedule! <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:10:28 EST On a wasted month First off, I don't make "resolutions" on the first of january. I do them most every day!! <BR> <BR> That said, I created my goal board and when I'm on the site I review it. (PS I LOVE that feature). So. . . short term goals: <BR> <BR> Stretch daily. . . maybe 10/31 days <BR> fit into jeans by 1/27. . . no <BR> track food 5/7 days. . . maybe 15 days <BR> exercise 30min 5 days per week. . . maybe 12 days <BR> <BR> Thus the title of my blog, "A Wasted Month". It's like the commercial about c... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:38:43 EST on quick and easy meals New Mexico makes it easy for me to grill most nights of the year. . . for us a perfect dinner is <BR> <BR> Grilled trout (usually from about an hour away from here!) <em>492</em> <BR> grilled veges (I like summer squash with red peppers, garlic and cumin) <em>371</em> <BR> <BR> protein alternatives include: elk, chicken, salmon, pork <BR> vege alternatives include: broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, steamed green beans <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the summer garden. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:22:37 EST On day 1 of real life So I'm calling today day 1 after recovery. Day 0 was the first day I didn't sleep most of the day and ate 3 normal meals. <BR> <BR> Still on a med that is affected by calcium so meal planning is interesting <BR> <BR> Took a 50 min walk (let's call it a stroll) and really felt the heat. Probably only about 75 or so but I'm guessing my adaptive systems are still a little under the weather. <BR> <BR> BLC starts tomorrow. Fortunately first challenge is a no brained <BR> <BR> Thanks for your... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:07:17 EST on recovery whew! after many false "recoveries", I think I'm FINAlly on the mend. <BR> <BR> Shot in the bu** did it. doc is thinking UTI, albeit usually it's kidney infections that cause high fevers, not just a bladder infection. so we're checking out the kidneys just in case. <BR> <BR> but after 6 days of fever, virtually 24 hrs a day in bed, food yuk... the first day back to life is a little weird. I even asked the doc if there was a recommended "diet" for someone who hasn't eaten much for 6 days...... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:23:57 EST on hiccups <em>46</em> whiner alert! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> it was just a few weeks ago I told my friend when riding, the thing that always derails my progress is injury or illness. <BR> <BR> today, in lovely ruidoso nm, I woke up, went for my morning walk, had breakfast on the patio. what could be better. within 1 hour, I have uncontrollable shivering. I get in the car, driving in nm in the summer with the heat on! and cannot get warm. I can see myself in the rear view my face is beet red. I c... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:21:50 EST on consistency <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rats. you can't see it, but since May 7, 2013 my activity graph show a minimum of 40 minutes to a maximum of 70 minutes every day! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Fri, 31 May 2013 10:59:35 EST on my iThings I love my I-things. iPad, iPhone.. I'm close to being addicted. in fact, early on SP wasn't particularly easy to use with my iPad so I mostly stopped sparking! <BR> <BR> I found (via a blog on USA today) an app called TEEMO: the fitness adventure game. (it's for iPhone, but you can use it on your iPad too) <BR> <BR> the premise is you are on an adventure (of your choosing, I picked a Gold Rush for my first). you start off and are given steps to take within three different disciplines: end... Tue, 28 May 2013 23:55:47 EST on living in the southwest this morning I woke up to 59degrees, slightly overcast and perfect for outdoor activities. <BR> 70 min with dogzilla. perfect way to start the morning! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 May 2013 17:37:00 EST on Consequences Actions have consequences. Not all good, not all bad. . . <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had a normal (albeit very late, 10am) breakfast of protein/fiber cereal, milk and walnuts. Good start. <em>481</em> <BR> <BR> THEN, for whatever reason. . . busy, bored, tired, distracted, angry, upset, blah, blah, blah. I "forgot" to eat lunch. <em>245</em> I had to head out for a rehearsal at 6pm and realized I hadn't eaten since breakfast. Not having time to prepare something good, not wanting to do th... Tue, 21 May 2013 11:02:18 EST on spring breezes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> sitting with dogzilla and a glass of water after cleaning the patio and mowing the lawn. 71degrees mild breeze. life is good. Sun, 19 May 2013 13:40:42 EST on Pushing through the pain Saturday: Golf tournament, so dogzilla will be home alone for a long time. <em>313</em> Only right, I decide to take her for an abbreviated, but good exercise walk. Oops, twist my ankle, and at the furthest point from home. <BR> <BR> NP, ice it and head out for golf tournament. <em>278</em> While walking, it's not too bad. BUT, 45min ride home in car. OMG. swelling, stiff and ugly. <BR> <BR> So, pamper yesterday, some RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) <em>282</em> . . .stil... Mon, 13 May 2013 09:47:57 EST on the "bait and switch" so I'm on the freeway and see a bill board for "steak" place.. great I think. I can get a steak with veges and take half home to my spousal equivalent, or so I've dubbed him! ;) <BR> <BR> when I get in and seated, the lunch menu has no steaks, only Mexican food, monster salads and sandwiches. no side orders of veges, unless you count onion rings. <BR> <BR> well flexibility is the key, so green chile cheeseburger is my choice. Mind you, I NEVER eat fast food burgers, and only rarely eat res... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:59:34 EST on buffets so, I wasn't perfect aT the buffet, buAt best I can tell, I only exceeded my daily calorie goal by 100cal..or so. pretty good given this is your greeting <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the meat choice was ham, not my fave, so I chose tilapia (unfortunately smothered in cream sauce)... instead of my splurge into enchiladas, I had fried okra... can I call it a vege? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> got close to the proper proportions... <BR> <i... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:42:44 EST on planning, Part III so, there's no planning tool for buffets! <BR> <BR> While I realize one shouldn't do this often, I have eaten fewer calories during the day... mostly fruits and veges... reserving extra calories for the buffet. I have eaten when hungry, and I'm drinking regularly. <BR> <BR> fortunately, we've eaten at this buffet before and I know what to expect. they have excellent lean meats, and make a great calabacitas. so, my plan is for 1/2 my plate with veges, a playing card deck size of lean po... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:05:01 EST on planning, part II today, I had a function in the evening so it wasn't convenient to go home after work. normally, I'd take this opportunity to splurge on a favorite (maybe Mac n cheese or some Mexican food) but today I packed my lunch, two snacks and dinner and carried it with me. <BR> <BR> you gotta love the meal planner. it just makes it so easy! <BR> <em>341</em> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:47:39 EST on planning you've got to love the ease of using the meal planner.. I was able to stay in my calorie range, meet my protein and fiber goals and make swaps to match the food in my kitchen. <BR> <BR> woohoo! <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:36:36 EST on Road Trips Another day, another road trip. <BR> <BR> Difficult to get appropriate food (especially snacks) on the road. <BR> <BR> Oh well, no excuses, right? Wed, 2 Jan 2013 08:55:44 EST A penny for your... Movement? One more trick to get me moving. A penny for every 5 min of exercise. I've stacked 3 stacks of 6 pennies. Each time I complete at least 5 min of exercise, I'll throw one penny into the cup. 18 pennies = 90 min. <BR> <BR> Yes 90 min is a bit of a stretch for one who's been "off the wagon" (so to speak) for some time. That's why I'm breaking it up in 5 min blocks. Min 30 per day, but what an accomplishment if I get the 90? <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:48:30 EST on "Trust but Verify" confession... I KNEW 14 halves of walnuts could not be 0.25oz and thus 47cal. I KNEW it instinctively, but I WANTED it to be true. <BR> <BR> what is she babbling about? I often substitute walnuts for flax or othe fats in my breakfast meals, or sometimes in salads. the substitution in the food tracker (if you are using the meal plans from SP) is "Walnuts, 0.25 oz (14 halves) 47 cal". <BR> <BR> today, I used my food scale to weigh 0.25 oz of walnuts and found its really more like 2-1/2 halve... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:59:46 EST on tracking progress DAY one of tracking, I created a spreadsheet that will add up my earnings! <BR> 28-Mar <BR> 1. Track all food  x <BR> 2. Drink 8 cups of water  x <BR> 3. Meet my protein goal  x <BR> 4. Meet my fiber goal  x <BR> 5. Take my vitamins  x <BR> 6. Take my prescription med  x <BR> 7. Cardio 45min  x <BR> 8. Earn 100 spark points  x <BR> 9. Complete 3 challenges a day  x <BR> 10. Use my face cream/sunscreen  x <BR> subtotal $0.50 <BR> day total $1.00 <BR> cumulative total $1.00 <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 22:26:25 EST On Streaks and Rewards How embarrassing! I knew I'd been away for a while, but since October???? egad! <BR> I could start with the excuses, but suffice it to say, there were plenty of excuses, a few good reasons and then more excuses. <BR> <BR> So I find myself up 20 (yes 20) lbs. and a wedding to attend in 2 months. Que sera! <BR> <BR> I decided to work toward those streaks. My plan is to reward myself daily for the following things: <BR> <BR> 1. Track all food <BR> 2. Drink 8 cups of water <BR> 3. Meet my prot... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:03:03 EST on the IRS Imagine. . . you return from a lovely 2 week vacation. . . Yosemite, wine tasting, visiting favorite cousins. . . <BR> <BR> Day 1 back to work, mail arrives and it's a $35,000 bill from the IRS. Yes, $35,000 due the IRS. <BR> <BR> They claimed I made $300K in stock sales. I looked at it and thought, boy if I'm that good at picking stock, why the he** am I working for a living! <BR> <BR> So, after a sleepless night, followed by a day of digging out all my 2009 records, I visited my accoun... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 11:10:52 EST on the perfect body How Positive is Your Body Image? <BR> You love your body. <BR> <BR> Congratulations! You have a positive, healthy image of your body and tend to treat it with respect. You realize that there are far better ways to spend your time than obsessing about the way that you look, and you incorporate healthy behaviors into your lifestyle in order to feel better, not just to look better. Keep up the good work and don't let others pressure you to change if you're already happy with your body. <BR> ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 10:01:45 EST on changing goals. . . I had an unusually active weekend over the Labor Day holiday. After only 2 days, my tracker said: <BR> <BR> The number of calories you should eat to manage your weight depends on many factors, including how many calories you burn through exercise. It may seem counterintuitive, but eating too little while burning too much can actually hurt your weight-management goals and the outcome of your fitness program. <BR> <em>101</em> If you are consistently burning more calories than recommended he... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 10:55:25 EST on clouds in the sky with apologies to my spark friends that are being dumped on. . . <BR> <BR> Today I walked my usual walk, starting about 7:15am. It's an hour round trip, up some significant hills and not one tree on the way. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You see, I live in a little village (not a town, please!) outside Albuquerque (roughly 360 days per year of sunshine). It's what I call the gentlemen farmer's village, where you live if you WANT to be a f... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 14:57:16 EST on making Chef Meg's blueberry flax muffins This morning I woke up and thought, “should I take dogzilla for a walk or check my spark teams?” Disappointing my workout partner, I chose to check my teams. I had a challenge. Make Chef Meg’s Blueberry Flax Muffins. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (I call this “suicide dog”) <BR> <BR> I set to it, and very shortly the muffins were going into the oven <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chef Meg (... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 19:24:30 EST 400 calories over. . . and all's well! Last night we visited Red Lobster for dinner. (my BF was swayed by some advertising). Before we went I checked out the menu online and made a good selection. <BR> <BR> Even so, by the time it was over, I'd overeaten my daily calories by 400cal. OMG, scold myself? berate? flog, maybe? <BR> <BR> Nope. Thanks to SP articles, quizzes, message boards and especially my SP friends, I enjoyed the dinner (and the company) <em>211</em> and logged every thing (including the butter. . yum!). <BR> <B... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 09:32:29 EST on joining Spark Teams I joined a new spark team yesterday. I wanted to join because so many of my spark friends are on the team, I didn't want to be left out! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> BUT, I had to assess the teams I was already on. <BR> Why was I on the team? <BR> was I contributing to the team? <BR> was the team supporting my goals? <BR> did I really need the team? <BR> How many teams do I need? <BR> <BR> I decided to remove some teams, and resolved to be more active in the teams I'm on. <BR> To that end, I... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 09:37:04 EST on returning to the work force With mixed emotions, I accepted a job offer to begin 4/11. It was really nice being "retiired", but having an income will be nice too! <BR> <BR> I lapsed in my running around Christmas time. Then winter hit! Below zero temps kept me inside for most of February. So. . . my first 5K was last weekend (3/13) and I walked more than I ran. <BR> <BR> I later realized I had no excuse for slacking off because of weather. I have an elliptical sitting right next to me!!@!!! <BR> <BR> Oh well, no more... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:09:59 EST on Me as a runner? I recently wrote the following to one of my spark friends and decided it would make a good blog for my "records". (I like to look back at my blogs to see where I was vs where I am!) <BR> <BR> <BR> I write this with Week 3 Day 2 of the Couch to 5K training program under my belt: <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> I'm actually having less problem with my knees than I thought. I have a "bad" knee (2 surgeries on it) that is my limiting factor on most things. <BR> <BR> But it generally doesn't give me ... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:31:07 EST on continuing success Quick to the point, I'm great on continuing my C25K training commitment and other activity commitments, but not so much on the nutrition front. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I'm lazy or as one of my SP friends commented am I gearing up for the winter hibernation phase! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> All I can say is I will keep working at it. Trying to be one choice better every day until I'm making better choices all day every day! <BR> <BR> On another front, I took a kickboxing class from a... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 11:12:51 EST End of week 1 recap So week 1 of new resolve not a resounding success, but there were successes in there. <BR> <BR> I found myself eating everything in sight yesterday. Boredom, I guess. I was a little tired by 8pm (time change and crap for fuel, probably). Slept through the end of Sherlock Holmes (the old one with Jeremy Brett, anyone know who done it?) <BR> <BR> But that was yesterday, today's another day and the start of another week. BF made waffles with an egg this am (we use whole wheat flour and flax i... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 09:37:02 EST Progress Report I'm pleased to report, Day 1 and Day 2 of my new resolve went very well. <BR> <BR> I completed Day 1 of C25K training, kept in my calorie range and even spent several hours at the hospital with my mom. <BR> <BR> Day 2 came and I rode my bicycle to school (to tutor) and then on to vote. Again kept in my calorie range, visited at hospital again for several hours with mom and off to the Civic Chorus rehearsal. <BR> <BR> Dinner on Day 2 was not a well balanced SP meal, but I stayed away from ... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 23:52:47 EST on long lapses Ah yes. The procratinator's refrain. . . I'll do it tomorrow/next week/ after the holidays! <BR> <BR> Many months ago I blogged about just that mind set and yet here I am again. After "retiring" in June, one might think I'd be healthier, fitter, THINNER, and all around better off. <BR> <BR> Well, not so fast. So, let the excuses begin! <BR> We've had mother and mother-in-law medical issues, excessive heat, actual boredom and . . .wait a minute. I'll think of more. I've started over a numb... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 10:42:01 EST on Patience Patience is a virtue, albeit not generally one of mine! That said, here's what's been trying my patience: <BR> <BR> 1. While on vacation, (7/21-29), we received a call saying my BF's mom had been discovered collapsed on her sofa. She'd been there for up to 3 days. She was taken to the hospital, we were communicating with his sister constantly during the rest of our vacation. <BR> <BR> She's in rehab trying to gain back enough strength to walk. We need patience with her (she must be frustrat... Mon, 9 Aug 2010 12:23:25 EST on Vacationing I've been away for 9 days vacationing in Pennsylvania. I can't wait to catch up with all my SP friends. <BR> <BR> For my SP friends in Pennsylvania. OMG! It was absolutely beautiful! <BR> and OMG! it was hot as Hades with a humidifier! <BR> <BR> We had a terrific time, absolutely no meal planner oractivity planner. So. . . possibly 4lb weight gain. (I can't believe that's possible, 4x3500 calories 14,000 calories over my base?) After the salt washes out, I'll check again. . . <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Jul 2010 11:45:59 EST Photo Journal Day 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 2: yogurt and Strawberries from lunch were actually an afternoon snack instead. . . <BR> <BR> Final stats: (goal) <BR> Calories: 1448 (1200-1550) <BR> Fat: 39 (32-56) <BR> Protein: 90 (60-127) <BR> Fiber: 29 (25-35) <BR> <BR> One thing I've learned so far. . . I'll never be a food stylist!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 7 Jul 2010 21:25:38 EST Photo Journal Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> Day 1 : I started photographing after breakfast so I missed that, and I had dinner at a neighbor's and forgot to take my camera, so it's a bit sparse! <BR> <BR> Final stats: (goal) <BR> Calories: 1327 (1200-1550) <BR> Fat: 36 (32-56) <BR> Protein: 73 (60-127) <BR> Fiber: 24 (25*35 <BR> <BR> Not too bad. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Jul 2010 23:50:03 EST on Plateau Busting The dreaded words of anyone trying to lose weight. "I've hit a plateau (or if you are in New Mexico a mesa)". <BR> <BR> Today, by virtue of naming it, I admit to hitting a plateau. In the past month I've stepped up my exercise from 30min/day to 1 hour/day to 1-1/2 hour per day, with no weight change resulting. My diagnosis. . . need more intensity. <BR> <BR> I've been keeping up with my spark friends' journeys and I'm going to shamelessly steal from their positive behaviors which will help... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:02:14 EST on "Training" to cross the Mighty Rio Grande Our team (the Wii Warriors) are in NM (on the Amazing race. . . see wii exercise team for more info) and the challenge we had was to train to cross the MIGHTY Rio Grande. <BR> <BR> Since I cross the Rio Grande almost daily (and can walk to it from my house), I thought my teammates might like to see what they were training for: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to laugh when the message said we were concerned about getting across. ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 16:35:17 EST on Finally selecting a car <img src=""> <BR> Here it is! Thank you to all who stopped by with help in deciding which car to purchase. You all had great ideas, most helped me to "dicker" in so far as I could. <BR> <BR> This is it. (caption from my BF, not me!) It's an Infiniti G37, and according to my BFF's 23 year old son, the "hottest car around". OK, so maybe for a little old lady like me, it's more of a mid-life crisis car, but so what! <BR> <BR> FYI, this pic... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 12:27:39 EST on (be prepared it's disgusting) burping Fish Oil I love my salmon. I love my tilapia. I absolutely love my rainbow or brown trout. I'm not so fond of burping fish oil. <BR> <BR> It all started with my physical from my new doctor. I told him my long saga regarding phsicians and why I was off my meds (a statin drug and thyroid). My blood work (not surprisingly) came back with high cholesterol including high LDL. My LDL (at 168) put me in a four-fold increased risk of heart disease. <BR> <BR> However, he being new to my case wants me to do ... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 14:08:15 EST On Car Shopping. . ..HELP!! For the first time since 1986 I have to have a personal car. (Ok, i admit it, I'm very spoiled having had a company car all this time.) <BR> <BR> So, I'm asking you for your suggestions. I'll tell you what I'm looking at and why, and if you have any experience with these cars, their dealers or manufacturers, I'd love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> I want a small, sporty, but luxury car. So, I started looking at the Volvo S60 (I had one as a company car once and LOVED it!). <BR> <BR> I also l... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 09:31:02 EST On waking up jobless First off, in case you are concerned. It's a good thing! <BR> <BR> That said, I woke up today just like every other day. I woke up at 5:45am (unassisted). I TRIED to stay in bed longer, but daylight is out there. Time's a wastin'! <BR> <BR> This weekend I went camping with friends, most of whom are already retired. The most common question was "what are you going to do now?". <BR> <BR> I didn't really answer the question to them, but I'll answer the question to you. <BR> <BR> 1. I will ... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 09:19:51 EST On biking in DC this weekend I went to DC this weekend to visit with a college friend and his mate. We planned to ride in the Bike DC 2010. Unfortunately, it started raining about 10pm Saturday night and continued through the morning. <BR> <BR> We decided not to take the ride and instead had a leisurely breakfast. (Poppy seed muffins, small, 1 egg 1/2 c. OJ. . not too indulgent). By 9:30 I was itching to do something active. <BR> <BR> I dressed for the outside and headed out for a walk, but my friend's mate suggested ... Sun, 23 May 2010 21:02:47 EST On eating White Bread Today I had to go for blood work (fasting, of course). Fortunately, my lab opens early so I was done before 7:30am. <BR> <BR> As a treat, I decided to swing into the local high end coffee place (yum) for a plain cup-o-joe. As I waited my turn, I scanned the bakery case. <BR> <BR> No to the cheese danish, <BR> No to the bagels, <BR> No to the coffee cake, <BR> No to the quiche. <BR> . <em>473</em> <em>475</em> <em>495</em> <em>287</em> <BR> <BR> I was all set to say no to all but, oop... Fri, 21 May 2010 13:09:14 EST On entering a new phase of life Well, I did it! I was accepted for a voluntary severance package which brings me to "unemployment" in 3 weeks! <BR> <BR> WooHoo! I'm taking a minute to celebrate because I was already planning to retire in a few (12-18) months anyway. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> But wait, I don't get a pension. I have to live on my savings. Egad!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Oh well. I've been preparing for this for years. I'm a pharmacist by education (although that didn't turn out to be ... Thu, 20 May 2010 09:36:43 EST To all the SP Moms in my network (and you know who you are) HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure how many of my wonderful SP friends are mothers, but odds are most are. <BR> I am so blessed to have my 85 year old mother coming for dinner. <BR> <BR> I hope all of you get time with your children and realize how much your journey has affected them. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 9 May 2010 11:51:50 EST