VILLAGECRONE's SparkPeople Blog VILLAGECRONE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm off to Vegas We are leaving in a few minutes for Las Vegas. I'm hoping that I can hold onto the weight I've lost. And at least some of my money !!!!! <BR> <BR> I have all the tools to make this a successful trip when it comes to eating and exercise. I'll post when I get back and see if the tools were used. Tue, 3 Apr 2007 07:03:40 EST Yoga Challenge The Namaste Yoga studio has offered a challenge and I've accepted the terms. We have to do 20 yoga classes in 60 days. Today I turned in my before pictures and now I'm excited to start. The official start date is Monday. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on Hot classes on Monday and Wednsday. The Vinyassa classes will be Tuesday and Thursday. If I don't make a class during the week I can take a gentle class on Saturday when I get back from the trainer. <BR> <BR> I know I can do this and I know ... Sat, 24 Mar 2007 11:54:01 EST Rip Roaring And Ready To Go The scale doesn't seem to be moving but I feel great. My clothes are fitting much better and my face is definately showing some weight loss. <BR> <BR> I'm not getting on the scale again until Sunday so maybe there will be a change this week. I'm hoping. <BR> <BR> I'm a real Spring person. It seems that every year at this time I'm blessed with an abundance of energy. The trick is to put the energy to good use. Tue, 13 Mar 2007 12:25:10 EST Snow Day - but I'm at work Actually the office is open. The weather is more ice pellets than snow flakes. Makes for slick driving. <BR> <BR> Therefore my first gratitude is my husband. He's working out of the house today so he drove me to work and will take me to my dr appointment. Yippie!!! Very very grateful. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my cats. They make me laugh. Tiger has taken to sleeping totally under my covers during the day. He's just like a teenager who doesn't want to see daylight. Nicky is the ... Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:40:54 EST Another Opening Of Another Show Or another beginning of another week. My weekly status meeting went well so I'll start with that as one of my gratitudes. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my job. It allows me to earn money to help my family and myself. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my voice and the ability to make myself heard and understood. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my boss and the other managers that I sit with in the status meeting. We work together well. <BR> <BR> I am short staffed here today and the stress has me re... Mon, 12 Feb 2007 12:47:42 EST Gratitude Journal - The Secret I watched Oprah's show on The Secret. This is a basic rule that I've lived with for a long time. I believe with all my heart that what you send out into the universe is what you get back three fold. <BR> <BR> I've decided to make a collage board with my positive feelings and to journal here with my gratitudes. <BR> <BR> The positive blessings in my life are listed below. They are constant blessings and I won't list them every day even though they are a daily blssing to me. <BR> <BR> My ... Sat, 10 Feb 2007 08:49:32 EST Now I know why I don't eat it kati and I went to McD's for lunch on our way back from shopping. <BR> <BR> It's been a very very very long time since I've had that cr*p. Now I remember why. The sodium has made me very thursty and my tummy is making all kinds of noises. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Feb 2007 14:53:30 EST Feelin'Good, Lookin' Good I'm feeling great today. There have been lots of NSV's. And today is another one. I have on a blouse that was tight a few weeks ago that is fitting perfectly today. <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jan 2007 12:58:20 EST Monday, Monday I didn't get enough sleep last night. Two reasons, my shouulder was killing me and Nicholas Gray Cat decided that he wanted to sleep with us. Neither the shoulder nor the cat was cooperating with my need for 8 hours sleep. <BR> <BR> I should have taken some Advil before I went to bed for my shoulder but I fell asleep. Everytime I rolled onto my left side I was in pain. I hope that Joanne can get me into the dr's office soon for that cortizone shot. <BR> <BR> As for Nicky, bad bad bad. ... Mon, 8 Jan 2007 14:31:24 EST Gray Be Gone I'm spending the day taking care of me. I bought some new face cream and body lotion to try and get rid of this dry skin. I also bought new mascara and have decided to color my hair. <BR> <BR> The gray got to me yesterday and I decided that it was time for it to go. Now I just have to keep up with it !!! <BR> <BR> I also bought all the healthy suppliments to make a healthy shake in the morning before I work out. I have a new yogurt that is only 60 calories that will make a perfect mid m... Sun, 7 Jan 2007 13:25:16 EST Good News At The Doctor Today I'm back from the dr. And the numbers are ...drum roll, please .... good! <BR> <BR> Cholesterol 215 down from 221 <BR> Triglycerides 313 down from 346 <BR> HDL 40 down from 41 <BR> LDL CHOL, Calculated 112 up from 111 <BR> A1c 6.3 down from 6.9 <BR> <BR> Plus I was down 8 pounds from my last visit. <BR> <BR> The dr is thrilled and says we can start decreasing meds if the numbers are better in 4 month. <BR> <BR> YIPPIE !!!! <BR> <BR> Part of these good numbers is the addition of ... Thu, 4 Jan 2007 16:01:50 EST Partnership With Susan Susan and I decided that we are going to get together every Tuesday and go over the Spark 31 Resolution Calendar. <BR> <BR> We each got notebooks from the mailroom and are going to write everything down there. I will also use this blog to track my progress. <BR> <BR> My very specific resolutions are as follows: <BR> <BR> I will use the treadmill for 20 minutes 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> I will go to one hot yoga class a week and one regular vinyassa class. <BR> <BR> I will journal my foo... Tue, 2 Jan 2007 14:25:55 EST Happy New Year 2007 Another day, week, month and year. Another new start. <BR> <BR> With 2 family weddings coming up soon it's time to knuckle down and get this weight off. <BR> <BR> I'll be hitting the gym again tomorrow morning and doing my cardio with gusto. <BR> <BR> I'm planning on using my blog to write about the goals on the Sparks calendar that was on the site last week. So here goes for the first one. <BR> <BR> My goal is to loose 5 pounds a month until I reach my goal weight. 5 pounds is very do... Mon, 1 Jan 2007 10:52:42 EST Post Thanksgiving - Pre Christmas The holiday rush has officially started. And the overeating season is in full swing. <BR> <BR> I'm trying my best to watch what I eat. I know that I can avoid any empty calories by avoiding the drinks. No problem. I'd rather eat my calories than drink them. <BR> <BR> The cookie baking will supress my sugar craving. Smelling all that sugar will stop me from eating them. The big challenge will be the salty snacks at gatherings. I'm a sucker for chips and dips. Celery and carrots just ... Tue, 28 Nov 2006 14:30:39 EST Great music I'm going over my music for working out. And for the office. It's time to change things up a little. Maybe if I'm not too tired after yoga tonight I'll sit down and go through everything. <BR> <BR> Music is important to me. I need to hear it all day at work. I need to hear it in the gym. I'm going to put together an all upbeat playlist on my iPod. Tue, 21 Nov 2006 16:09:34 EST Emotional Eating Peggy drove me crazy at lunch yammering about her ding dang department. I'm tired of listening to her and her gripes. I need to decompress at lunchtime and not listen to her moan and groan. <BR> <BR> I know it was wrong but I ate a handfull of Tootsie Rolls. <BR> <BR> I'll pay for that on the trampoline tonight. Fri, 17 Nov 2006 17:00:33 EST Another Gray November Day It's warm out but the skys are gray and dreary. Weather like this gets me down in the dumps. <BR> <BR> I have Vinyasa Yoga tonight and will be eating late. I hope that Kevin is in the mood for a light supper. NOT CHINESE FOOD. <BR> <BR> If I can convince him to have Italian I'll get a salad. That will work for me. He can go and fetch the food while Kati and I are at yoga. <BR> <BR> This is a killer class but I'm looking forward to it. I want to burn, baby, burn on the calories. I ne... Thu, 16 Nov 2006 12:58:02 EST I'm Confused This is my normal state of things. Today I'm confused about how to use these blogs. I guess I just don't get blogs in general. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to add a comment on someone else's blog either. <BR> <BR> Make that Dazed and Confused. Wed, 15 Nov 2006 14:19:49 EST What a bore to paraphrse Bette Davis. It's another dreary day here. <BR> <BR> I went home for lunch and had a very small amount of mac & cheese for lunch followed by a pear. <BR> <BR> When I got back here there were left over sandwiches from the exec meeting. I had a half turkey and brea with dried tomatoes on a cranberry bread roll. Very good. I also had a spoond=full of macaroni salad. <BR> <BR> That's it for me for dinner too. I'll just have a light salad. I don't have to cook because Kevin i... Tue, 14 Nov 2006 15:00:29 EST Momday, Monday It's a dreary rainy November day outside. This is one of those days that I don't mind having my office in the basement. When I went up to the 3rd floor before I caught a glimpse of the weather. Yuch. <BR> <BR> I'm having some tummy issues with the Byetta today. My tummt rumbled all night long. I chewed some Pepto and it seems to be holding it's own right now. <BR> <BR> I have to force myself to drink the water today. I never feel like drinking water in the fall and winter. Unless it'... Mon, 13 Nov 2006 12:16:48 EST This is a first I have my bra hooked on the smallest hook. First time EVER !!!! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that it's a weight loss and not a stretched out bra. <BR> <BR> I'm definately going to buy the new scale this weekend. Wed, 8 Nov 2006 11:32:41 EST Broken Scale Our Tanita scale is broken. It got wet and shorted out. Oh, well. That means that I haven't weighed in this week. I'll pick up another scale this week and keep it in the upstairs bathroom. I'll find room somewhere. <BR> <BR> I must be losing something. My bras are definately feeling looser. The one I'm wearing now is one of the smaller bras that I own. I have decided that I'm not buying any clothes this winter though. That way I'll really feel it when Springtime comes around. <BR> ... Tue, 7 Nov 2006 10:51:34 EST Gotta do what you gotta do I was all ready to call in sick today. I just need a day to veg out ont he couch. I worked out every morning this week at the company gym and wanted one morning to stay in bed a little longer. <BR> <BR> DH decided he was going to work in the city today in stead of out here. So I bit the bullet and put my stuff together and drove him to the station and then I wen to the gym. <BR> <BR> It was a good work out and I'm glad that I did it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow it supposed to rain cats and dogs.... Fri, 27 Oct 2006 12:39:58 EST Non Scale Victory ! Actually I have a few Non Scale Victories for today. <BR> <BR> The first is that my pants are actually BAGGY !!!!!! At the end of last winter I could hardly squeeze my behind into them. I also have on a sweater that I couldn't wear last year. It was way too tight and rode too high onto my waist. YIPPIEEEE!!! <BR> <BR> Today I led my friend and co-worker in a yoga class. We did Sun Salutations. I wore my heart monitor and registered within my heart rate for most of the class. My calor... Thu, 26 Oct 2006 12:37:15 EST Moving My Cheese I love changes. They keep the mind active and the body moving. Now that I'm a community team member I have to remember to post on my journal or my blog. I don't know what the difference is but i'm sure I'll learn. A day without learning something new is a boring day. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Oct 2006 10:40:26 EST First Entry - I guess we'll call it the virgin blog Ging on the Game On Challenge has convinced me that blogging will help me. I agree and will try to put something half way intelligent on a blog at least 3 times a week. <BR> <BR> Today was rough getting up. Every morning is now that it's dark out. But I made it to the gym by 7:30. Kathy wasn't in the mood for yoga and neither was I. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill and then did my regular leg exercises and crunches. The leg stuff is inner and outer thighs. Double leg raises. I did 7... Thu, 19 Oct 2006 12:13:25 EST